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January 31, 2012

Anthony Almeida Harassed by Fellow LAFD Firefighters Over His Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Claims: Department Will Pay $500,000

LOS ANGELES (CA)
LA Weekly

By Dennis Romero
Tue., Jan. 31 2012

​Looks like the boys in the station had quite a laugh over firefighter Anthony Almeida's legal claims that he was abused by a Catholic priest.

And now the Los Angeles Fire Department must pay nearly $500,000 because officials failed to stop the razzing.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today announced:

The Los Angeles City Fire Department will pay $494,150 and implement widespread anti-harassment training to settle federal charges of discrimination ...

The EEOC in L.A. says "fellow firefighters at his station" ... "employed deeply offensive comments of a sexual and religious nature" after learning that he had filed suit against the church alleging abuse by a priest:

... Several coworkers mocked him for that, using explicit and offensive religious and sexual epithets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Woman Made Allegations Against Priest In 2008

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

[with video]

Written by
Melissa Holmes

BUFFALO, NY -- Father Secundo Casarotto, the priest from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Buffalo accused of sexually assaulting two women, is reportedly in Italy.

This comes a day after a second accuser came forward in the case of Father Secundo Casarotto, saying she made the allegations to the Buffalo Diocese in 2008, and nothing was done about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

José Andrés Murillo: "Espero que la Unión Sacerdotal (de Karadima) sea al fin disuelta"

CHILE
La Segunda

El filósofo José Andrés Murillo -quien fuera una de las víctimas de abusos por parte del condenado ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima- aseguró a "La Segunda" que, tras la reunión que sostuvo con el obispo uruguayo, Carlos María Collazzi , está esperanzado de que la Unión Sacerdotal del Sagrado Corazón sea disuelta.

Monseñor Collazi, en su calidad de visitador canónico nombrado por el Vaticano, finalizó el lunes sus labores, que se desarrollaron en dos etapas: Del 4 al 8 de diciembre de 2011, y posteriormente del 25 al 27 de enero de 2012. Su misión era verificar la eclesialidad de los procesos formativos y la transparencia de la administración económica de esa Pía Unión, fundada por Karadima. Según informaron en el Arzobispado, a través de un comunicado, hará llegar "en los próximos días" al arzobispo Ricardo Ezzati "las conclusiones y recomendaciones que él estime oportunas respecto de su visita". A su vez, Ezzati remitirá los antecedentes a la Santa Sede.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Penn State scandal spurs sex abuse bills in W.Va.

WEST VIRGINIA
WPXI

By AMANDA IACONE
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —

All adult West Virginians would be required to report suspected sexual abuse to the police under a bill working its way through the Legislature.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure Monday, sending it for consideration by the House. The bill also would add coaches and camp staff to the list of professions required to report physical abuse and neglect.

A bill introduced in the House also would expand reporting requirements but stops short of placing the responsibility on all adults. The House bill would provide funding for prevention programs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Speaker Philip Gunn writes bill to make what he is doing in child sex abuse case illegal

MISSISSIPPI
Cottonmouth

File this one under "H" for hypocrite.

Speaker Philip Gunn (R-Clinton) has introduced "The Mississippi Child Protection Act of 2012" today, which is almost identical to bills he has filed in the past. In that bill, Gunn seeks to make it illegal to not report suspected child sex abuse to authorities within 48 hours of gaining knowledge of it.

Why is that hypocritical? Well, Gunn became aware sometime in the last 18 months of allegations that the children's music minister at his church, Morrison Heights Baptist in Clinton, had molested young boys. According to some, Gunn then went on to try to quiet those reporting the alleged crimes. He then went even further, instructing the members of his deacon committee (of which he is chairman) to not cooperate with law enforcement investigating the now-indicted abuse cases against the minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Lawsuit accuses former Nolan religion teacher of sexual abuse

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A Tarrant County man claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was sexually abused as a minor by a priest who taught religion at Nolan High School and served as an assistant pastor at All Saints Catholic Church in Fort Worth. In the lawsuit, a John Doe says that from about 1982 to 1987, when he was a minor, he was sexually abused by Father William Paiz of the Claretian Order in the rectories of All Saints Catholic Church, St. George Church and other places.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Former Baptist minister to be paroled on sex crime

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Times

Posted by Max Brantley on Tue, Jan 31, 2012

Fox 16 reports that David Pierce, the former Baptist music minister in Benton who pleaded guilty to sexual indecency with a child in 2009, will be released on parole.

David Koon wrote a cover story for us about this case. He victimized scores of boys over a couple of decades at the First Baptist Church of Benton. There was an outpouring of support for him when he was arrested and many asked for leniency on account of his age, health, dangers to child molesters in prison and his good works.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

David Pierce granted parole after sex abuse conviction

ARKANSAS
KTHV

Written by
Lindsey Tugman

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A Benton music minister convicted of sexually abusing children is granted parole, but with stipulations.

David Pierce has to seek residency outside the state and if he ever returns to Arkansas he cannot live within 50 miles of Saline County.

At this time it is unknown when he'll be released. Again, he must first find housing outside the state and then that state must accept him under their parole program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Ex-Benton minister paroled following 2009 sex crime

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Online

A former Benton music minister who plead guilty in 2009 to sexual indecency with children is to be released on parole, according to multiple news reports.

The date when David Pierce is to be released has not been disclosed. According to reports, he must first find a state willing to accept his residence under its parole program.The reports also say that if Pierce chooses to return to Arkansas, he may not live within 50 miles of Saline County or have contact with the victims or their families.

Pierce, who was 56 at the time of his conviction, was formerly a music minister at Benton's First Baptist Church for 29 years until he was fired following the investigation. Pierce plead guilty in 2009 to 54 counts of sexual indecency with children. He was convicted in August 2009 by the Saline County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Former Baptist minister paroled for sex crimes

BENTON (AR)
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BENTON, Ark. (ABP) – A former music minister at an Arkansas Baptist church convicted of sexually abusing children has been granted parole, according to media sources.

David Pierce, 59, won release from prison after serving two years and four months of a 10-year sentence for four counts of sexual indecency with a child. The cases involved three now-adult boys who claimed abuse by Pierce, whom they regarded a spiritual mentor at First Baptist Church in Benton, Ark.

Pierce was originally charged with 54 counts of sexual indecency with multiple boys active in youth choirs during his 29 years as music minister at the 2,500-member congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, but he accepted a plea bargain rather than stand trial. The Saline County prosecutor said he accepted the deal to spare victims the trauma of testifying in court.

One of those victims, who blogs anonymously at Descent from Darkness, wrote Jan. 31 that he expected the news and thought he was prepared to handle it, but he was wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Should allegations against priests...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

Should allegations against priests not charged in Archdiocese sex abuse case be allowed as evidence?

January 31, 2012
By Eric Walter

The upcoming trial of three Philadelphia priests accused of sexually abusing young boys is gaining a response from NewsWorks readers.

On Monday, Judge Teresa Sarmina upheld her previous ruling that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to be a witness. There had been some question that the 88-year-old mans's significant memory loss would render his testimony unreliable.

Sarmina also announced she would decide within the week whether prosecutors may introduce abuse allegations against priests who are not charged in the case.

A reader identified as Dr. McHugh said, "As a Catholic physician who has met many who have been sexually abused by priests, I hope that all possible evidence is allowed to be used in the upcoming trial, to let it be known how dysfunctional the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have been."

NewsWorks reader GBullough said further, "Whatever side the ruling comes down on, the prosecutor has already done a great service by bringing the evidence into the light."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Testimony: Catholic Diocese Arranged Treatment For Abusive Priest But Not For His Victims

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

2:21 p.m. EST, January 31, 2012
WATERBURY—
A priest who was a former top aide in the Catholic Diocese of Hartford testified Tuesday that he arranged treatment in 1979 for a sexually abusive priest but said he has no knowledge of the church ever doing anything for the priest's victims.

Father Gene Gianelli also testified that he decided to keep the name of the church institute where the priest was being treated from the mother of two abused brothers because he was afraid she could become "a pest."

"I will not let this woman know where Father is receiving treatment," Gianelli wrote in a March 21, 1979, memo to Archbishop John F. Whealon. "She could become a pest."

Gianelli, who was Whealon's secretary from 1972 to 1982, was called as a witness in Superior Court Tuesday by a now-adult, former altar boy who claims in a lawsuit that the Diocese of Hartford was negligent throught the late 1970s and early 1980s by failing to stop his abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Activist's challenge to archdiocese began with Weakland

WISCONSIN
National Catholic Reporter

Jan. 31, 2012
By Jason Berry

Steeped in the writings of Camus, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil and Emerson, Peter Isely put his career as a therapist on the line in 1993 when he identified himself as a victim of clerical sex abuse and criticized Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who at the time was lionized by NCR, Commonweal and The New Yorker as a progressive leader of a post-Vatican II church. Weakland had a victim assistance program, Project Benjamin, of which Isely was deeply suspicious.

Born in Fond du Lac, Wis., Isley and a twin brother -- the youngest of eight siblings -- were 9 months old when their father, a realtor and contractor, died in a 1961 automobile accident. The family moved into a smaller house and struggled financially. Daily Mass at St. Joseph Parish School shaped his boyhood. “The community at St. Joe’s raised me,” he told writer Marie Rohde for a recent Milwaukee Magazine profile. On scholarship at the Capuchin-run St. Lawrence Seminary High School, he was popular with peers, an academic star and a sexual target of the principal: Fr. Gale Leifeld sexually assaulted Isely and 38 other boys Isely has spoken with. All thought they were alone. Two committed suicide.

After earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Isely won a scholarship to Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. As he wrestled with meanings of the Holocaust, a course on the psychology of secrecy spurred him to confront Leifeld’s weight upon his past. Back in Milwaukee, after another degree and establishing a therapy practice, he bristled as Weakland responded to early news coverage of clergy abuse cover-ups by promoting Project Benjamin, a therapy program to reconcile victims and church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Victims caught up in Milwaukee's 'shell game'

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Reporter

Jan. 31, 2012
By Jason Berry

Dead Catholics have a vested interest in reducing settlements to clergy abuse survivors in Milwaukee, thanks to a shift of $55.6 million on the church balance sheets by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan in 2008.

Dolan’s move in the twilight of his seven-year tenure in Milwaukee has emerged as a major issue in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy, which his successor, Archbishop Jerome Listecki, filed last February. One expert who has done extensive research on diocesan financial statements has described the move as “a shell game.”

Listecki approved Chapter 11 protection from creditors in order to reduce the settlement claims of sexual victims of priests from incidents that occurred long before the tenure of either Listecki or Dolan, who currently is the archbishop of New York as well as a newly named cardinal.

In contrast to the clamor of victims, the 500,000 souls spread across 1,000 acres of sacred soil in Milwaukee are silent. “The Cemetery Care Claimants include deceased persons with no direct voice in these bankruptcy proceedings ... [but] a straightforward expectation -- that the graves, crypts and mausoleums will be maintained forever,” the church asserted in a motion filed Nov. 26.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Parish Schools – Separate from Diocese or Not?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

Commentary by Susan Matthews

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, parishes are separate and distinct entities . The pastor is the ultimate decision-maker for the parish and parish school. However, those pastors take a vow of obedience to their Bishop. It’s confusing and very convenient for Archdiocesan finances, their legal team and the Office for Catholic Education.

Parishes and their schools are completely separate from one another and the archdiocese if you’re an elementary school teacher and you want to seek unionization. They are also separate if you’d like to hold the archdiocese accountable for negligence of its elementary school students in regard to child sex abuse.

But if you’re a pastor or a teacher whose school is closing, you must follow the rules of the Archdiocesan Office for Catholic education. Not so separate now. Hmm. See if you can figure it out based on the communications below:

1) “In all of the newly formed elementary schools the pastors will still be the employers, not the Archdiocese. That arrangement does not change even if we’re talking about a regional school that involves a number of parishes. The ultimate decision-making regarding employment would be done by the pastors. The governance model for each regional school is to be decided upon by all of the pastors involved. It would ultimately be their decision in each unique school as to how hiring takes place. The pastors would also identify who is responsible for making hiring decisions at the local level.” – statement from the Archdiocesan Office for Communication.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Conferencia Episcopal conocerá últimas denuncias de abusos sexuales al regreso de vacaciones

CHILE
Bio Bio

Publicado por Erasmo Tauran

En su testimonio otorgado a La Radio, el ex seminarista y ahora obispo protestante el obispo protestante Mauricio Pulgar denunció que fue víctima de abusos sexuales y psicológicos por parte de miembros de la Iglesia Católica en la Región de Valparaíso.

El vocero de la Conferencia Episcopal, Jaime Coiro, insistió en que apenas las autoridades eclesiásticas reciban los antecedentes oficiales, se iniciará una investigación al respecto, atribuyendo el desconocimiento, a que las personas que deben tomar los procedimientos correspondientes, se encuentran de vacaciones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Enrico Lucci: i penitenzieri

ITALIA
YouTube

[video]

Quando bisogna denunciare un prete pedofilo?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

I soldi dei santi e quelli “di sinistra”: 3 furbi “imbecilli”, un Madoff

ROMA
Blitz

di Alessandro Camilli

ROMA – Il prete, la nobildonna e l’intellettuale di sinistra. Sono tre delle vittime del Madoff dei Parioli ascoltate ieri (30 gennaio) dai magistrati che indagano sulla gigantesca truffa. Francesco Maria Ricci, monsignore appartenente alla congregazione per le Cause dei Santi, ha investito 1,6 milioni di euro nel vortice delle operazioni offshore di Gianfranco Lande. Claudia Ruspoli, principessa, ci ha rimesso “appena” 230 mila euro e David Riondino, “canto, suono, faccio produzioni”, circa 450mila. Dopo di loro, oggi 31 gennaio, è stato il turno di Sabina Guzzanti. Ascoltata dai magistrati ha detto: “Ho perso almeno 150mila dei 537mila euro, frutto del mio lavoro, che nell’arco di dieci anni avevo affidato alla Eim di Roberto Torregiani ma, al di là dell’aspetto economico, l’intera vicenda mi ha provocato un senso di insicurezza e di angoscia anche nei confronti dei miei familiari che hanno in buona parte perso i loro risparmi. Mi sono sentita un’imbecille, sensazione che non fa mai bene”. Anche se, a sentire i diversi racconti, non dovrebbe essere lei quella con la palma dell’imbecille.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

Truffa vip/ Vaticano: Estrenei a vicenda 'Madoff dei paroli'

CITTA DEL VATICANO
TM News

Città del Vaticano, 31 gen. (TMNews) - Rispondendo a domande di giornalisti a proposito dell'articolo pubblicato sul 'Corriere della Sera' di questa mattina con il titolo: "Dalla congregazione dei Santi 1.6 milioni al 'Madoff dei Parioli'", il portavoce vaticano, Federico Lombardi, ha precisato quanto che "il rev. Francesco Maria Ricci, di cui si parla nell'articolo, è un religioso domenicano, che opera per conto del suo Ordine. Egli non appartiene in alcun modo alla Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi. Occorre infatti notare che Postulazioni e Postulatori sono 'clienti' della Congregazione, a cui si rivolgono per promuovere le cause di cui si occupano, ma non fanno assolutamente parte della Congregazione. Bisogna quindi ribadire la totale estraneità della Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi, del suo Prefetto, Card. Amato, e di tutti i suoi Officiali, alla vicenda di cui ci parla nell'articolo in questione".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

COMMUNIQUE CONCERNING ARTICLE IN "CORRIERE DELLA SERA"

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2012 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. today released a communique in response to questions from journalists about an article published in today's edition of the Italian newspaper "Corriere dell Sera" entitled "Dalla Congregazione dei Santi 1.6 milioni al 'Madoff dei Parioli'" (1.6 Million from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to the 'Madoff of the Parioli'"). The text of the communique is given below.

"Fr. Francesco Maria Ricci, who is mentioned in the article, is a Dominican religious who works on behalf of his order. He does not in any way belong to the Congregation for the Causes of Saint. It must be made clear that Postulators are 'clients' of the Congregation, with which they interact in order to promote the causes they are handling, but they are by no means part of the Congregation. It is important, then, to highlight the fact that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, its prefect Cardinal Amato and its officials are not involved in any way with the events about which the article speaks".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Vatican claims no tie to latest financial scandal

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 31, 2012 NCR Today

Distancing itself from yet another financial scandal, the Vatican this morning insisted that an Italian cleric who allegedly invested some $2 million in a ponzi scheme run by an Italian financier known as the “Madoff of Parioli” is not, in fact, a Vatican official, and thus the Vatican has nothing to do with the story.

Italy’s leading daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, carried a story in its Jan. 31 edition, under the headline “From the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: 1.6 million for the Madoff of Parioli.” In essence, the story implied that the Vatican's department for saints was involved because an Italian cleric who got caught up in the swindle, Dominican Fr. Francesco Maria Ricci, is responsible for various sainthood causes for the Dominicans and therefore interacts with the Vatican.

The story reports that the Dominican, Ricci, had invested slightly over $2 million in a financial services operation run by financier Gainfranco Lande, who was arrested last April and charged with several counts of fraud. At this stage, Lande’s ponzi scheme is estimated to have wiped out the savings of a roster of elite Roman investors to the tune of roughly $300 million.

The details on Ricci’s investment emerged from an on-going civil investigation of Lande by Italian prosecutors. The story did not clarify where Ricci got the $2 million he invested with Lande.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

2nd woman accuses ex-pastor of advances

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz
News Religion Reporter

A second woman has stepped forward to allege inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances by a Buffalo priest.

A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo acknowledged this week that it has received a second independent complaint regarding the Rev. Secondo Casarotto, the former pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church on Court Street.

Casarotto was removed from his pastorate Jan. 14 after Bishop Edward U. Kmiec learned that the priest was accused in a Buffalo police report of groping a former parishioner inside the rectory.

Casarotto told Buffalo police the sexual contact was consensual, and the priest was not charged with a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

A Second Woman Accuses Priest Of Sexual Misconduct

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

[with video]

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW ) – There is a second allegation of sexual misconduct against Father Secundo Casarotto of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. This woman said she made a call, and sent a letter about the complaint in 2008 - but nothing was done.

Diocese officials said they had no record of this 2008 complaint until Monday. An employee came forward admitting that they took the call, but never passed along the information.

According to Diocese procedure, when employees take a complaint of this nature they are supposed to pass it on to the Safe Environment office or the Victim Assistance Coordinator. Neither of those actions were taken in this case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Kamer: Meer onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
L1

Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer wil dat er meer onderzoek wordt gedaan naar seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Het gaat om de partijen PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks.

De Kamer praat dinsdag over het onderzoek dat de commissie-Deetman deed naar het misbruik binnen de kerk. Volgens een aantal partijen zijn zaken zoals misbruik van meisjes en mishandeling onderbelicht gebleven. Ook slachtoffer-organisatie KLOKK is voor verder onderzoek. Regeringspartijen

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Instelling Taskforce kindermishandeling

NEDERLAND
Samenwerken

Minister Opstelten (VenJ) en staatssecretaris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (VWS) gaan een Taskforce kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik instellen. De Taskforce zal mede toezien op de uitvoering van het actieplan aanpak kindermishandeling ‘Kinderen veilig’ [2012-2016].

Opstelten en Veldhuijzen van Zanten kondigen in een reactie aan de Tweede Kamer op het rapport van de Commissie seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk (de Commissie Deetman) onder andere de oprichting aan van een Taskforce kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik. Veldhuijzen van Zanten heeft het actieplan ‘Kinderen veilig’ [2012-2016] in december 2011 al met de Tweede Kamer besproken. Het plan bevat maatregelen voor verbetering van de preventie, signalering, het stoppen en beperken van de schadelijke gevolgen van kindermishandeling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

'Kerk werkt misbruikzaken tegen'

NEDERLAND
DePers

De rooms-katholieke kerk frustreert onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik. Bisdommen en congregaties schuiven hun verantwoordelijkheid af, stelt de Koepel Landelijk Overleg Kerkelijk Kindermisbruik (Klokk) dinsdag in het AD.

Al 75 slachtoffers hebben volgens de koepel een klacht ingediend over frustratie van onderzoeken. Juridisch medewerker Maud Kips zegt in de krant dat bisschoppen en oversten 'vrijwel standaard' zeggen dat zij in hun archieven geen enkele aanwijzing vinden dat de klacht op waarheid berust. "En als het bewijs overduidelijk is, zeggen zij niet aansprakelijk te zijn."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Wat doet Den Haag na rapport Deetman over misbruik kerk?

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Vandaag debatteert de Tweede Kamer over het eind vorig jaar gepresenteerde eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman, die seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk onderzocht. Van 'parlementaire enquête' tot 'klein aanvullend onderzoek'. Over de vraag hoe de politiek een gevolg moet geven aan het werk van de commissie-Deetman lopen de meningen in Den Haag uiteen.

"Het is een onderwerp met een enorme maatschappelijke impact, maar tot nu toe hebben we het vooral gehad over wat er allemaal mis is gegaan bij de rooms-katholieke kerk. Er is voor vandaag nog geen debat geweest over de rol van de overheid, of over hoe het kabinet nu eigenlijk tegen de zaak aan kijkt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Victims comment on child sex abuse reform bills advancing

NEW MEXICO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Mike Knellinger on January 30, 2012

Whenever a lawmaker stiffens penalties against child predators, our children are safer from abuse. We applaud Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia's tough new criminal bills and hope that other lawmakers in the state follow her lead.

We also support SB118, introduced by Senator Lisa Curtis, a bill that lengthens the civil statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse until the victim is age 50. We always hope and work towards the complete elimination of both civil and criminal statutes of limitations, but any law that makes it safer for crime victims to come forward, expose perpetrators, and seek justice in the court system is a positive step towards child safety and victim healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Irish ex-priest jailed for 3 years for child porn

IRELAND
The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — An Irish court has sentenced a defrocked Roman Catholic priest who served time for molesting children in California to three years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Oliver O'Grady was arrested in Dublin in December 2010 after leaving a computer containing pornographic images of children on a flight from Amsterdam.

O'Grady worked in northern California from 1971 until 1993, when he was arrested for abusing two brothers. He served seven years in prison and was deported to his native Ireland in 2000.

He was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated 2006 documentary "Deliver Us From Evil."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Woman Made Allegations Against Priest In 2008

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

[with audio]

Written by
Melissa Holmes

BUFFALO, NY -- A second accuser has come forward in the case of Father Secundo Casarotto, but in a shocking twist, the Buffalo Diocese admits she made the allegations in 2008, and nothing was done about it.

Father Secundo was removed from St. Anthony of Padua church in early January after an investigation into inappropriate contact with a female parishioner back in 2009. The 70-year-old was a priest there for more than 25 years. Monday night a spokesman for the diocese said when that story came to light another parishioner stepped forward, saying in 2008 she called the diocese and sent a registered letter to file a report about Father Secundo. The diocese says it has no idea if it ever got that letter, and the employee she spoke with admitted Monday, he didn't do anything about her phone call.

"There's a human element in all of this and people make mistakes. People make improper judgments. The only thing that we can do at this point is learn from that obviously but also but at the same time make sure it doesn't happen again," says Kevin Keenan, spokesman for the Buffalo Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Ireland sentences O'Grady

IRELAND/CALIFORNIA
The Record

By Zachary K. Johnson
Record Staff Writer

January 31, 2012

STOCKTON - A notorious pedophile who preyed on children while a priest in the Diocese of Stockton before serving seven years in California prison is headed for three more years behind bars, this time in his native Ireland.

Defrocked and deported when released from an Ione prison in 2000, Oliver O'Grady found himself in trouble with the law again in 2010, when authorities reported he possessed thousands of pornographic images and videos of children on computers and other electronic devices.

Some of the confiscated pornography depicted victims as young as 2 years old, according to the Irish Times newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Former Wisconsin pastor arrested for sexual assault of a child

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

January 30, 2012

SNAPwisconsin.com

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director

CONTACT 414.336.8575

The Tomah Journal reports that Michael L. Delaney, a former Wisconsin pastor, was arrested on January 27th for repeated acts of sexual assault against a child and child enticement. The Tomah police department has confirmed that Delaney was still a pastor at the time he committed the reported sexual assaults.

As a pastor Delaney was provided access to families and children throughout his community. It is possible that there are additional victims who have not yet come forward to authorities. The Tomah police have indicated that this investigation is ongoing; therefore it is imperative that anyone who has information concerning the sexual assault of children by Delaney contact law enforcement officials immediately.

Michael Delaney is also reported to have had a prior charge of child sexual abuse in the state of Arizona. In addition to being a pastor he was employed as an over-the-road truck driver who would have come into contact with children throughout the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Ireland may reopen ‘modest’ Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore

IRELAND
The Journal

IRELAND MAY RE-OPEN an embassy in the Vatican whenever the public finances recover, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said.

Gilmore has acknowledged that the closure of the Holy See embassy – which the government estimates will save it €845,000 a year – could be reversed whenever the State can afford to reopen such an embassy.

“The government will continue to review our diplomatic network and it may be that, as public finances recover, we will at some time in the future be able to reopen a modest resident embassy to the Holy See,” Gilmore told FG backbencher Pat Deering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Diplomacy needed in Vatican row

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Tuesday January 31 2012

The Doctrine of Infallibility is not something a Labour leader can invoke to dismiss an argument.

In the row over the closure of Ireland's Vatican embassy, Eamon Gilmore, must envy Pope Benedict when it comes to fending off the protests by Fine Gael backbenchers pressing him to reverse the decision.

One wonders why they are not turning the screws on the Taoiseach, Mr Kenny, who has been the most severe critic of the church in recent history.

Do they regard Mr Gilmore as a softer touch?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Papal nuncio to Ireland arrives today

IRELAND
The Irish Times

DEAGLÁN de BRÉADÚN, Political Correspondent

THE NEW papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles John Brown, is expected to arrive in the country today and will present his credentials to President Michael D Higgins in mid-February.

The Manhattan-born former monsignor has worked at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994 and was ordained as titular Archbishop of Aquileia by Pope Benedict XVI on January 6th.

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued an invitation to Pope Benedict to visit Ireland on the occasion of the International Eucharistic Congress later this year, and it is understood this is under consideration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Reinstate our man in the Vatican, say FG TDs

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Tuesday January 31 2012

FINE Gael backbenchers are increasing the pressure on Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to reverse his decision to shut Ireland's Vatican embassy.

It comes as the Pope's new representative to Ireland, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles J Brown, is due to arrive in Dublin today.

Archbishop Brown is filling the position left vacant after the previous Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, was recalled to Rome last summer in response to Taoiseach Enda Kenny's criticism of the Vatican's approach in dealing with clerical sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Father tells jury he believed his son was 'in good hands'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

THE father of a man who claimed he was abused by a priest as a boy has told a court he saw no reason to worry about his son's well-being.

Alexander Bede Walsh, who served as a Catholic priest in Cheadle for 14 years, is currently on trial accused of abusing eight boys over a 20-year period.

One alleged victim, giving evidence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, claimed Walsh befriended him and indecently assaulted him in a number of ways on several occasions.

He told the jury that Walsh, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, near Rugeley, plied him with alcohol.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Sex abuse in schools: Prosecutors say manipulation often begins with a text or email

NEW JERSEY
The Record

BY MARY JO LAYTON AND COLLEEN DISKIN
STAFF WRITERS
The Record

[roster of defendants]

In the past three years, 23 teachers, coaches and school officials in North Jersey have been charged with or convicted of sex crimes against children. Three have been arrested this month alone.

Statewide, nearly a dozen teachers or coaches have made headlines since the beginning of December, accused of everything from videotaping boys showering in a school locker room to having sex with teens they were chaperoning on a field trip.

"The details of some of these cases are really disturbing," said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

The roster of cases includes a math teacher from Hasbrouck Heights who was sentenced to probation after exchanging 11,000 sexually explicit emails with a teenage girl at his high school and a Hackensack soccer trainer who went to prison after sexually assaulting an 11-year-old student. In Teaneck, a basketball coach admitted to authorities he collected naked photos of his players.

The cases come amid the sex scandals at Penn State, Syracuse University’s basketball program and the Amateur Athletic Union. It is happening years after similar scandals rocked the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, setting off a national public discussion about trusted leaders accused of disturbing acts against children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Judge reaffirms ruling in pedophile case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
UPI

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The judge in a trial involving priests accused of sexual abuse Monday reaffirmed her ruling a former Archdiocese of Philadelphia leader is competent to testify.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom, "I'll adhere to my original ruling" in the trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former church official accused of enabling pedophile priests, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The defense has claimed 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, formerly the head of the Archdiocese, is senile and unable to remember anything about the past two decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Molestation victim speaks out before abuser's parole hearing

ALABAMA
CBS 42

[with video]

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) - Jason Lee now lives out of state, but he will be at the parole hearing for Donald Corley tomorrow morning in Montgomery. For Lee, every day is a reminder of what happened decades ago involving the former scout leader, church leader, and mentor who was convicted of sexually abusing him and two other children.

"I wake up every day and I have to say okay- I'm not who I was then. I'm not going to believe anything he told me. I'm going to be my own person. I am an adult now," said Lee.

It is that impact on Jason Lee's life, and those of other victims, that spawned a movement to keep Corley locked up: the 30-is-30 campaign.

"Three boys pressed charges. He received a total of 30 years in jail. That's 10 years per child. That's 10 years for me that he's in jail for. I'm worth more than 10 years, I can't change the law, I can't change the sentence he was given, but I'll be damned if I'm going to willingly let him get out before he has served his full ten years for me," said Lee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Calvary Baptist Church to hold presentation on child sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Centre Daily News

Calvary Baptist Church in State College and the newly formed Beyond the Silence will host a presentation “Beyond the Betrayal: Healing from Sexual Abuse,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the church at 1250 University Drive, State College.

The presentation will feature Victoria Kepler Didato, director/founder of the Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio. A State College native, Didato is recipient of Penn State’s Alumni Recognition Award for her book “One in Four” and for her work in the field of child sexual abuse.

The session is open to the public. It will include topics such as how sexual abuse affects the brain, body and spirit, reading the signs of sexual abuse, and the impact on victims, families, community and the culture at large.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Former pastor facing child sex charges

TOMAH (WI)
LaCrosse Tribune

Brittany Linenberg | Tomah Journal | Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TOMAH - Police have accused a former pastor of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.

Michael L. Delaney, 64, of Tomah, was arrested Friday.

Authorities say he targeted the same victim over an extended period while he was employed as an over-the-road trucker, according to a statement released by the Tomah Police Department.

It wasn't immediately clear where Delaney was a pastor, but police confirmed the alleged assaults occurred while he was a practicing minister. They said he is no longer a pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Some want release of lists naming accused priests

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

[with audio]

by Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio
January 31, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn. — For at least the last 10 years, Catholic dioceses across the country have created lists of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

The lists have long been kept private by church officials. But over the last decade, dioceses in San Diego, Chicago, Boston and other cities have released such lists, largely under pressure.

None of the six dioceses in Minnesota have yet published the names of the priests credibly accused. But some want that to change.

Among them is St. Paul Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is well-known for representing victims and alleged victims of sexual abuse. As part of a settlement he reached last year with St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, the abbey released the names of 18 monks credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Lawyers: Bevilacqua’s memory ‘an empty room’

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua was so bewildered when prosecutors questioned him last month that he couldn't recognize a longtime aide and struggled "to the point of tears" to recall how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia handled child sex-abuse allegations, a new court filing says.

In the motion filed Thursday, lawyers for the aide, Msgr. William Lynn, argue that Bevilacqua's replies and demeanor prove he was unfit to testify and that his testimony should not be introduced at Lynn's trial on endangerment and conspiracy charges.

The motion from lawyers Thomas Bergstrom and Jeffrey Lindy offered the first public glimpse of the historic but private hearing, when attorneys grilled the 88-year-old prelate over two days.

Their motion doesn't quote the cardinal; the filing says the lawyers were not given transcripts. Still they cast Bevilacqua, who led the Archdiocese for 15 years, with an indelible image: as a sad, forgetful old man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Judge: Bevilacqua competent as witness in clerics trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

He is 88, ailing, "moderately senile," and remembers nothing about the last two decades.

Retired Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, however, remains legally competent to testify at the forthcoming trial of three priests accused of sexually abusing young boys, a Philadelphia judge ruled Monday.

"I'll adhere to my original ruling," Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Thomas A. Bergstrom, attorney for Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former church official accused of enabling a pedophile priest to continue preying on children by transferring him to another parish.

Sarmina first ruled Bevilacqua legally competent in late November after a two-day private hearing at which the cardinal, who retired in 2003, was questioned by the judge, Bergstrom, and a prosecutor. Bergstrom subsequently renewed his motion to disqualify Bevilacqua from testifying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Judge in priest abuse case sets Monday for evidence ruling

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY MENSAH M. DEAN
Philadelphia Daily News
deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949

ATTORNEYS preparing for the trial of Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys - or allowing the abuse - made their final arguments yesterday regarding what evidence will be admissible at trial.

Prosecutors want to be able to tell jurors about the sexual misdeeds of 27 former Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests never charged criminally.

They contend that defendant Monsignor William Lynn allowed some of those men to remain in the priesthood and around vulnerable children when he served as secretary for clergy, from 1992 to 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

January 30, 2012

Judge approves 'fire sale' of seized llamas

IOWA
Peoria Journal Star

By RYAN J. FOLEY
The Associated Press

Posted Jan 30, 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —

Federal bankruptcy officials in Iowa were bailed out of the llama business Monday, two weeks after they unwittingly got into it.

In a highly unusual proceeding, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul Kilburg approved the "fire sale" of 18 llamas seized Jan. 16 from Ryan Patrick Scott, a self-proclaimed priest who accumulated a litany of financial problems and aliases as he bounced from Wisconsin to North Dakota to Illinois to Iowa in the last two decades.

The herd was immediately auctioned off for $7,500, and will go to the Iowa llama farmers who have been caring for them under federal supervision.

Authorities took control of the animals after Scott filed for bankruptcy in Iowa, where he led a religious community housed in a former county mental health institution in Independence. His group, which consists of a handful of followers and is disavowed by the Catholic Church, raised llamas and sold wool on the side before abandonin g the property. Scott left behind a similar operation last year in Galesburg, Ill., where a judge ordered his business to pay a former follower $161,000 for failing to pay back loans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Second sex abuse claim against priest

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

Posted by: Eli George

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Though it previously appeared only one woman had made a complaint against a Buffalo priest, the Buffalo Catholic Diocese confirmed to News 4 on Monday another woman made a complaint against Father Secondo Casarotto back in 2008.

Father Casarotto worked at St. Anthony of Padua in downtown Buffalo until he was recently put on paid administrative leave after a woman made public her claim of sexual abuse dating from 2009. Diocese spokesman Kevin Keenan had told News 4's Luke Moretti that there was only one allegation of abuse, but that changed on Monday.

In a statement, Keenan told News 4 that around two weeks ago, after the woman had come forward, a second woman called the Catholic Center to say she had reported inappropriate behavior by Father Casarotto in 2008. An exhaustive search turned up no report of the certified letter or receipt the woman said she had sent. The Diocese went one step further, and interviewed all employees who may have handled the report, and found none were familiar with the incident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Ex-priest jailed for three years over child pornography

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A FORMER priest and convicted child abuser has been jailed for three years for possession of large amounts of child pornography.

Oliver O’Grady (66) had thousands of explicit images of children stored on computers and USB drives, some depicting victims as young as two. Gardaí also found more than six hours of child pornography videos and more than 500 pages of online discussions on the subject of child pornography.

O’Grady, Charlemont House, Dublin, was sentenced to 14 years in California for abusing children while a priest. He was deported to Ireland in 2001 after serving seven years of his sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

Church leaders from across the world come to Rome ...

ROME
Towards Healing and Renewal

Church leaders from across the world come to Rome to relaunch their commitment to the safeguarding of the vulnerable with a new global initiative: “Towards Healing and Renewal”

Bishops and Religious Superiors from across the world will come to Rome in February for the launch of the Catholic Church’s global initiative on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Towards Healing and Renewal is being offered by the Gregorian University in Rome and consists of a major symposium followed by the launch of a multi-institution e-learning centre which will run for the next three years – the Center for the Protection of Children based in Munich, Germany. Delegates for the symposium will come from 110 Bishops’ Conferences and also be superiors of 30 Religious Orders, making this a truly international gathering focusing on safeguarding by the Catholic Church.

This initiative has the support of several Vatican Congregations as well as the Secretary of State and the symposium, which will run from February 6-9, will have speakers from all continents in recognition of the global nature of safeguarding the vulnerable. The speakers include the testimony of a victim of abuse, who will address the delegates about the need for victims to be heard and how to effect positive change. Full details of the symposium and the speakers are available on the website www.thr.unigre.it.

Following the 2011 circular letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to Bishops’ Conferences requiring all Dioceses in the world to develop guidelines within the next year on the handling of all abuse allegations, the symposium will play a significant role in enabling Bishops and major religious superiors to move towards creating a consistent global response. Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, will give the opening address at the Symposium conference, and representatives from the CDF have had a very active role in giving shape to Towards Healing and Renewal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Prayerful Protest for the Future of the Philadelphia Catholic Church

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

January 30, 2012 by Susan Matthews

In light of all that has happened – clergy child sex abuse, priests with pornograhy, the hearings, the school closings, the embezzlement and so much more – let’s get out to support victims, protect children, demand transparency and renew our Church! Pray and protest for the future of the Philadelphia Catholic Church.

Please join Sister Maureen Turlish and many others during the First Friday Vigil on February 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan offices at 222 North 17th Street in center city.

All are welcome to participate in prayer, picketing and protest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Tomah man accused of child sexual assault

WISCONSIN
News 8000

TOMAH, Wis. -- A former truck driver and pastor from Tomah faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a child for an extended period of time.

64-year-old Michael Delaney was appeared in court Monday on possible charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child, and child enticement.

Tomah Police say the the abuse is alleged to have happened in Monroe County and other parts of the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

Lodi priest deported for molestation, jailed in Ireland for child porn

IRELAND/CALIFORNIA
News 10

Written by
Paul Janes

DUBLIN, IRELAND - A former Stockton priest who had been jailed then deported to Ireland for two counts of child molestation, was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Oliver O'Grady, 66, was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after 65,000 graphic images of children were discovered on a laptop he left behind on a plane in Amsterdam, according to an article on Newstalk.ie.

According to the Lodi News Sentinel, O'Grady had served at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Lodi from 1971-1978, and at parishes in Stockton, Turlock , Hughson and San Andreas from 1979 through his time of arrest in 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Notorious ex-CA pedophile priest jailed; SNAP responds

IRELAND/CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on January 30, 2012

One of the most notorious serial child molesting Catholic clerics in California history has apparently been jailed in Ireland for child porn.

Oliver O'Grady sexually assaulted boys and girls in and around Stockton for years. High ranking Catholic officials, including then-Bishop Roger Mahony (who went on to head the nation's largest archdiocese for years), knew of or suspected his heinous crimes. For years, they ignored or concealed those crimes. And who knows how many innocent lives were devastated as a result.

We applaud law enforcement for catching and prosecuting O'Grady. He clearly remains a danger to kids. We hope he's put behind bars for the rest of his life. And we hope that every single Catholic employee - current or former, high ranking or low level, in the US, Ireland or the Netherlands - who kept silent about O'Grady's crimes will find the courage to "come clean," admit wrongdoing, apologize to his victims, and share what they know with police and prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Philly judge issues rulings this morning; SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on January 30, 2012

This morning, a Philadelphia judge ruled again that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua will testify in the upcoming clergy sex abuse and cover up trial involving Msgr. Lynn.

We are grateful this judge is standing by her conviction that Bevilacqua will have to testify. For far too long, too many Catholic officials have feigned illnesses and memory lapses’ to avoid facing tough questions, in open court, under oath, about their role in concealing clergy sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Child abuse bills advance

NEW MEXICO
Las Cruces Sun-News

Sun-News report

Two bills to combat child abuse introduced by Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia, D-Do-a Ana, cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Thursday evening.

They are SB58, which defines criminal sexual penetration of a child under 5 as "aggravated criminal sexual penetration," making it eligible for a life sentence; and SB59, which makes the murder of a child under 13 with an aggravating circumstance eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole, the toughest sentence available in New Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Judge to rule by Monday about evidence in Catholic church sexual abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 30, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

Lawyers in the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sexual abuse case faced off in court Monday. The Judge upheld her previous ruling that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to be a witness. Also at the pre-trial hearing, the judge vowed to decide by Monday another major matter.

Monsignor William Lynn is accused of child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly transferring priests accused of sexual abuse.

Prosecutors say if they're allowed to introduce abuse allegations against priests who are not charged in the case, they will show Lynn continued a tradition in the Archdiocese of hiding or ignoring possible abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Diocesan Investigator Expands Abuse Focus

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KMBC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City's newest investigator of abuse in the Catholic Church said the rules are changing and investigators are casting a broader net.

Diocesan investigator Jenifer Valenti was appointed local sexual abuse investigator last summer as the priest abuse scandal ravaged the church.

Valenti said investigators don't plan to limit investigations to just reports of abuse. They're also going to look into suspicions of abuse.

"The Diocese is taking the position that we want to look into things that seem suspicious before we, somebody, has to report abuse," Valenti said. "Those behaviors may point to predators."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Priest held for rape attempt

INDIA
Times of India

NEW DELHI: A man who claimed to be a tantrik was arrested on Sunday for allegedly trying to rape a woman and rob her of jewellery in the Govindpuri area of southeast Delhi. The accused, Nand Lal Gupta, is a priest at a temple in Tughlakabad Extension. "The woman approached him for treatment of pain in her hand, but he allegedly tried to assault her sexually," said Ajay Chaudhry, addl CP, southeast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

SNAP meetings now open to all victims of abuse

KATY (TX)
Ultimate Katy

by Cody Tucker | January 30, 2012

The Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests/Clergy will hold its next meeting on Feb. 2.

SNAP is now available to any victims of abuse, whether it's at the hands of coaches, scout leaders, teachers, relatives or others.

The group meets on the first Saturday of every month in Conference Area A, Classroom A on the second floor at Christus St. Catherine Hospital, located at 701 S. Fry in Katy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

"Catholics" in Anti-Contraceptive Crusader Mode: An Addendum

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

A quick footnote to flesh out something I said in my first posting today: I stated that the U.S. Catholic bishops' current righteous crusade against the Obama administration vis-a-vis contraceptive coverage asks us--unbelievable!--to imagine that the U.S. Catholic bishops and their right-wing religious and political allies are trustworthy moral guides at this moment of history.

And I'd like now to cite two points of evidence that should, I would argue, give pause to think for anyone inclined to give the bishops the benefit of the doubts as they beat their warm drums to place a Republican in the White House:

1. In the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a trial date has just been set for Bishop Robert Finn, who is under criminal indictment for failure to report suspected child abuse to criminal authorities in the case of Father Shawn Ratigan.
2. And in the archdiocese of Philadelphia, where the former secretary for clergy, Monsignor William J. Lynn, is also under criminal indictment on similar charges, and where the district attorney has just contended that the diocese kept a priest in ministry four decades after it knew of his sadomachostic activity with youngsters, the archdiocese has just been labeled an "unindicted co-conspirator" in Lynn's trial.

As the bishops go on the political warpath right now, and as Catholics of the right and center line up behind them, it might be important to keep those two pieces of information in mind--if one really does care about the moral standing and moral credibility of Catholic teaching in the public square.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Zweiter Zwischenbericht des externen Beauftragten der Redemptoristen zur Untersuchung von Vorfällen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger

DEUTSCHLAND
Redemptoristen der Provinz St. Clemens

Seit 2003 ist Herr Hermann-Josef Merzbach, Direktor des Amtsgerichts Leverkusen, externer Beauftragter der Redemptoristen zur Untersuchung von Vorfällen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger. Seinen ersten Zwischenbericht hat der Orden im Sommer 2010 veröffentlicht. Jetzt hat Herr Merzbach einen zweiten Zwischenbericht vorgelegt.

Herr Merzbach hat für seine Untersuchungen einen weitgefassten Auftrag erhalten. Gegenstand seiner Untersuchung sind alle Meldungen von Verdacht auf sexuellem Missbrauch an Minderjährigen im gesamten Bereich der seelsorglichen und pädagogischen Tätigkeit in Verantwortung der Redemptoristen der früheren Kölner Ordensprovinz. Dieser Auftrag umfasst Orte vor allem im Westen und Norden Deutschlands sowie im Grenzbereich der Niederlande (Glanerbrück/NL bei Gronau).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

My Brothers & Sisters in Christ:

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio

[public notice]

[letter to parishioners]

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is unconditionally committed to the protection of children and youth within our community. In order to assure the children and youth are protected from harm, it has been mandated that all adults who minister to children must receive abuse prevention education. It is also mandated that all children and youth enrolled in religious education or in Catholic Schools be trained in abuse prevention. The archdiocese has developed Safe Environment Training for children, youth, and adults.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio cannot protect all children and youth alone; it is important that all Catholics ensure that we are following the mandate of Jesus, and “Let the little children come to me.” All adults, including parents, are encouraged to receive Safe Environment Training at your local parish or Catholic School. Children and youth need trusted and loving adults in whom they can confide any concern or fear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Church bookkeeper accused of stealing $1 million from Archdiocese of New York

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By Melissa Grace AND Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, January 30, 2012

A church bookkeeper was busted Monday for breaking the Eighth Commandment in a huge way by stealing more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York, officials said.

Mild-mannered Anita Collins pulled off the scam by billing the church for non-existent services and funneling the dough into accounts she controlled, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. ...

Adding insult to injury, this is not the first time Collins has been accused of embezzling funds.

Collins’ rap sheet lists two arrests for larceny before she began working eight years ago at the archdiocesan headquarters on First Ave. in Manhattan, sources said.

Church officials, however, had no idea of Collins’ crooked past because she wasn’t required to undergo a criminal background check, sources said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Former church employee accused of fraud

NEW YORK
YNN

[video]

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- A former employee of the New York Archdiocese is accused of stealing about $1 million. The Archdiocese reported the theft to a Manhattan District Attorney back in December 2011.

Anita Collins is accused of manipulating the accounts payable system in the Department of Education Finance Office. Collins had been an employee of the Archdiocese since 2003 until her termination on December 6, 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Clerk charged with swiping $1M from NY archdiocese

NEW YORK
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An Archdiocese of New York clerk has been arrested on charges of manipulating the church's accounts payable system to steal more than $1 million in education money.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Monday that Anita Collins wrote checks to herself or a relative but recorded them as payments to legitimate vendors.

The archdiocese says its staff and outside auditors spotted the theft and alerted prosecutors.

Collins has a prior grand larceny conviction from 1999. She was sentenced to community service and five years' probation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing $1 Million From Archdiocese

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN and KATE TAYLOR

Published: January 30, 2012

The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday arrested a Bronx woman who is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York when she worked in the archdiocese’s finance office, law enforcement officials and church leaders said.

The woman, Anita Collins, 67, had been previously convicted of grand larceny in one case and had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in another case, but the archdiocese said it did not know of those legal troubles when she was hired, because she did not undergo a background check.

Ms. Collins worked at the headquarters of the archdiocese, at 1011 First Avenue in Manhattan, for more than eight years, first in accounts payable for the education finance office, and then for the chancery, the main office that manages the archdiocese’s extensive finances.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Judge Says Bevilacqua Can Be Called To Testify In Priest Child-Sex Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The judge in an alleged clergy abuse case (see related story) has again rejected a defense motion to prohibit the testimony of retired Philadelphia cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua on competency grounds, even though the defense contends that Bevilacqua can’t accurately remember many of his own actions during the last two decades.

The judge ordered Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s testimony preserved — videotaped — in late November after finding the cardinal competent despite suffering from dementia and cancer (see previous story).

But after hearing his testimony, defense attorneys for defendant Msgr. William Lynn renewed the competency issue, arguing that Belivacqua couldn’t even identify Msgr. Lynn — his Secretary for Clergy for over a decade — or remember his own previous testimony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

NY Archdiocese employee accused of swiping over $1M

NEW YORK
The New York Post

By JOSE MARTINEZ

Last Updated: 12:09 PM, January 30, 2012

A 67-year-old Bronx woman who worked as an accounts payable clerk was busted today after authorities accused her of embezzling more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York.

Anita Collins worked in the Archdiocese's Manhattan headquarters and never informed her bosses that she'd been previously convicted of grand larceny in another case in 1999 when she worked for a temp agency.

The church never did a background check on Collins.

Joe Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, said church officials reported to the Manhattan DA's office last month that they had "uncovered what we initially believed to be the theft of at least $350,000."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Father Jonathan Morris Has A Friend In Roger Ailes?!

UNITED STATES
NewsHounds

Posted by Priscilla -1.80pc on January 30, 2012

Fr. Jonathan Morris' upward mobility shows that he's quite the mover. While he seems like your average parish priest, he is hardly that. In 2002 he was ordained as a priest in the wealthy and secretive Legionaries of Christ which was founded by the disgraced Fr. Marcel Maciel. By 2005, in addition to a cushy assignment as the rector of the Legionaries' seminary in Rome, Morris had joined Fox News. He subsequently left the Legion and ended up at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in the theater district of NYC and not in some poor church in the outer boroughs. So he's got a daytime job and he's doing all right. I joked, in an earlier post, about how his friendship with NY Archbishop Dolan shows how he has friends in high places. It seems that that he has another friend in another very high place - no, not "the big guy" in heaven, but the "big guy" at God's own network, Fox News. Could it be that Roger Ailes hearts Fr. Morris? Hmmm.....

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Judge reaffirms ruling on Bevilacqua’s testimony

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Despite defense claims that Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua is senile and remembers nothing about the past two decades, a Philadelphia judge this morning reaffirmed her ruling that the former head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia competent to testify in the trial of three priests accused of sexually abusing young boys.

"I'll adhere to my original ruling," Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom, attorney for Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former church official accused of enabling a pedophile priest to continue preying upon children by transferring him after he was accused.

Sarmina left open the question of whether the 88-year-old Bevilacqua's testimony would be in person, or a replay of parts of the video transcript of two days of private questioning last November at the Cardinal's residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua: Competent

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Weekly

A Philadelphia judge has ruled—again—that retired Roman Catholic Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to stand trial in a Philadelphia clergy rape/torture case, of which much information, including a grand jury report, was released last winter.

Bevilacqua will likely serve as a witness in the trial of his longtime aide Monsignor William Lynn, 88, who awaits trial not on abusing children, but on conspiring to keep abusive pedophiles in the ministry, and therefore endangering those children. Lynn’s defense is set to argue that Lynn took orders from Bevilacqua. Lynn’s lawyer has previously stated that Bevilacqua threw him “under the bus.” Prosecutors are calling the entire archdiocese an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Philly judge again finds church cardinal competent

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KGAN

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia judge has again ruled that a retired Roman Catholic cardinal with dementia is competent and could become a trial witness.

Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn say 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH'-kwah) no longer recognizes his longtime aide, Lynn. They say Bevilacqua remembers little if anything about his 10 appearances before a grand jury in 2003 and 2004.

Lynn is the former secretary for clergy. He awaits trial on charges he endangered children and conspired with others to keep accused pedophiles in ministry.

Defense lawyers argue that he took orders from Bevilacqua. But they say the cardinal's failing memory deprives them of meaningful cross-examination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

[WATCH]: Victims of Sexual Abuse by Clergy Seek Justice at the International Criminal Court

UNITED STATES
massmachusetts.com

[video]

Pope Benedict XVI and three other high-ranking Vatican officials were named as defendants in a Complaint filed on September 13, 2011, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Amsterdam. The unprecedented action was initiated by the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. They charged the Vatican officials with covering up and “allowing the rape, sexual violence, and torture” of children. They want the Court to investigate the matter, which they say amounts to “crimes against humanity.” On September 14, 2011, the “Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests,” (SNAP), held a press conference in Baltimore, MD, in front of the Roman Catholic archdiocese’s headquarters, at Mulberry and Cathedral Streets. SNAP’s Director, David Lorenz, shared his views on the case. To learn more, go to: www.snapnetwork.org and http and www.boston.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Visitador canónico hará llegar conclusiones tras encuentros con víctimas de Karadima y miembros d

CHILE
La Tercera

El viernes recién pasado terminó la visita canónica ordenada por el Vaticano, a la Unión Sacerdotal, realizada por monseñor Carlos María Collazzi, en el marco de la sentencia de la Santa Sede contra el ex párroco Fernando Karadima, considerado culpable por abusos sexuales reiterados.

De acuerdo a un comunicado emitido por el Arzobispado, se indicó que el obispo de Mercedes, Uruguay, realizó una visita a la Unión Sacerdotal del Sagrado Corazón; "sugerida al Arzobispo de Santiago por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, de la Santa Sede".

Bishops, religious to attend major conference on preventing abuse

ROME
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Representatives of most of the world's bishops' conferences and 30 religious orders will meet in Rome in early February to launch a global initiative aimed at improving efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults.

The conference, "Toward Healing and Renewal," will be held Feb. 6-9 at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University and is being supported by the Vatican Secretariat of State and several other Vatican offices.

U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with priests accused of abuse, will give the opening address. Other speakers include: a victim of abuse; mental health professionals who have worked in the areas of prevention and treatment; and bishops from different parts of the world, who will talk about responses to the abuse crisis in their countries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Evidence hearing resumes for Philadelphia monsignor accused of covering up abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 30, 2012
By Shannon McDonald

In what's expected to be the last hearing date before the trial begins, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn will return to court today as prosecutors argue for the use of evidence of other alleged sex abuse by priests.

Lynn has been charged with covering up abuse by relocating parish priests who've been accused of sexually abusing children. He was named in a grand jury report with a teacher and three priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Update, 10:30 a.m. Closing arguments in the evidence hearing wrapped up quickly, with the District Attorney's office claiming inaction by officials like Lynn emboldened priests to continue their abuse.

Lynn's attorney countered the argument, saying Lynn had finished his role as clergy secretary before some of the allegations surfaced.

A decision will come by next Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

WA: Victims blast one law, praise another

SEATTLE (WA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--blast Washington’s attorney general’s move to limit damages in civil lawsuits against state officials, and
-- endorse a proposal to make clergy “mandatory reporters” of suspected child sex crimes.
They will also praise a woman who was repeatedly molested as a child by a convicted sex offender and just reached a multi-million dollar settlement with Washington officials.

WHEN
Monday, Jan. 30 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE
Outside the King County courthouse, corner of 4th Ave. and James Street in downtown Seattle WA

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Serial child predator may be paroled; SNAP responds

ALABAMA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on January 30, 2012

The Alabama parole board tomorrow will consider paroling a serial child predator, Charles Donald Corley, who manipulated and assaulted children through both a Boy Scout troop and a Methodist church. The board should err on the side of the safety of kids and keep Corley behind bars.

It’s a simple choice really: does the state protect several vulnerable children or help one devious criminal? We urge the board to ask this simple question: Why take the risk?

Some may accuse us of being “vengeful.” We believe we are just being prudent. If a pickpocket gets out of prison and steals another wallet, that’s unfortunate but not tragic. Child sex crimes, however, are devastating. They leave decades of depression, anxiety, isolation, shame, confusion and self-blame in their wake. Why gamble that yet another innocent child be so severely damaged?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Wash away your affiliation

FRANCE
Get Religion

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday had a story about a 71-year-old atheist’s rather curious legal battle against the Catholic Church in France. Rene LeBouvier has taken the church to court over its refusal to let him “nullify” his baptism:

LeBouvier grew up in that world and says his mother once hoped he’d become a priest. But his views began to change in the 1970s, when he was introduced to free thinkers. As he didn’t believe in God anymore, he thought it would be more honest to leave the church. So he wrote to his diocese and asked to be un-baptized.

“They sent me a copy of my records, and in the margins next to my name, they wrote that I had chosen to leave the church,” he says. ...

OK, the story just utterly confuses me. LeBouvier has already left the church. And he doesn’t deny he was baptized. Is he asking the court to force the church to rewrite history? Again, he was baptized into the Christian faith. He has since renounced the faith. The church records both that he was baptized into the faith and that he chose to leave the church.

I’m not sure if the article simply needs to explain the oddities of French law more or if the story just fell down on the explanation of how Christian sacraments work.

The article apparently equates asking the church to strike the name from baptismal records with something called “de-baptism,” without quite explaining why it’s called that

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Former priest jailed after thousands of child images found

IRELAND
Newstalk

A defrocked paedophile priest has been jailed for 3 years after Gardai found evidence of 65,000 graphic images of children on his laptop.

Oliver O’Grady used to live at Charlemont House in Dublin 2.

He admitted 3 counts of possession of child pornography after leaving his computer on a flight from Amsterdam.

He was sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr. O’Grady was a priest in the US for 30 years before being convicted of abusing 2 children in California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Access to the Courts For Repressed Memory

MINNESOTA
Child Protection News

Written on January 27, 2012 by Patrick Noaker

One of the pillars of justice to which I have dedicated my career is meaningful access to the court systems for all. Even those with mental conditions that make it difficult for the justice system to embrace. Often this fight is about removing barriers that keep people out of the courts. Recently, I had the honor of arguing in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court on one of these issues. The case before the Minnesota Supreme Court involved a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by the well-known sexual abuser Fr. Thomas Adamson. As a reaction to the trauma of being sexually assaulted by his parish priest, the boy developed amnesia for the sexual abuse. The traumatic memories then flooded back years later.

This type of amnesia is not common in the general population, but is more common in people who have been traumatized like combat veterans, child abuse victims, Holocaust survivors, and war refugees. There has been much discussion in the fields of psychology and psychiatry about this amnesia, commonly referred to as repressed memory. In our case, the issue was whether to allow persons who have experienced repressed memory to have access to courts. Can criminal or civil cases be prosecuted when a person experiences repressed memory? I advocate the position that all people should be given access to Minnesota courts – no matter what mental or physical condition they suffer from. The above Minnesota Lawyer article summarizes the arguments to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

What’s in a place? ask prosecution in appeal

MALTA
Times of Malta

A mistake in a charge sheet which led to a defrocked priest being cleared of rape was at the centre of an appeal yesterday as legal arguments were exchanged over the error.

The mistake had emerged during the proceedings against three priests, which were held behind closed doors. A victim testified he had been raped at the St Joseph Home in Ħamrun when the charge gave the location of the crime as having been a home in Marfa.

The former priest, Francesco Scerri, also known as Godwin, was convicted of abusing boys about 20 years ago and jailed for five years, while a second former priest, Carmel Pulis, received a six-year jail sentence for also abusing boys. A third member of the same Order, Brother Joseph Bonnett, who had been facing the same charges, passed away last January, aged 63, during the proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
Ee Telegraaf

DEN BOSCH - Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester. Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

De Kruijf vroeg in november aan de bisschop om een tijd van bezinning om persoonlijke redenen. Hij was naar eigen zeggen „zoekende naar zijn plek in de kerk.” De bisschop gaf hem die ruimte en onthief hem van zijn taken in Wijchen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
RTL

Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester. Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Nederlandse Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik in Kerk

NEDERLAND
Gazet van Antwerpen

In Nederland wil een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer (van volksvertegenwoordigers) - van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks - dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke Kerk en de rol van de overheid.

De SP wil dat het onderzoek uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Leeuwarder Courant

AMSTERDAM - Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof dat oud-minister Wim Deetman weliswaar goed werk heeft geleverd, maar dat nog zaken onderbelicht zijn gebleven, zoals mishandeling en de positie van vrouwen. Ook PvdA en PVV vinden dat er nog te weinig is gekeken naar de situatie van meisjes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

SP: enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Pow! Ned

De SP vindt dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. PvdA en GroenLinks waren eerder ook voorstander van een enquête.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Almere Vandaag

AMSTERDAM - Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof dat oud-minister Wim Deetman weliswaar goed werk heeft geleverd, maar dat nog zaken onderbelicht zijn gebleven, zoals mishandeling en de positie van vrouwen. Ook PvdA en PVV vinden dat er nog te weinig is gekeken naar de situatie van meisjes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Deken De Kruijf stopt vanwege celibaat

NEDERLAND
Nu

DEN BOSCH - Pastoor-deken Rudy de Kruijf uit Wijchen heeft aan het bisdom Den Bosch laten weten niet verder te willen gaan als priester.

Hij wil de celibataire levensstaat niet langer als leidraad nemen voor zijn leven, zo maakte het bisdom zondag bekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

SP wil parlementaire enquête naar seksueel misbruik bij kerk

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Peter Zantingh

De SP wil dat een parlementaire enquête wordt ingesteld naar het misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk. Dat zei SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen vandaag in het televisieprogramma Buitenhof.

In de onderzoeken die tot nu toe zijn gedaan naar het seksueel misbruik is volgens haar geen oog geweest voor mishandeling en de rol van vrouwen. Ook kan met een parlementaire enquête volgens haar het probleem worden verholpen dat veel zaken niet meer te bewijzen zijn doordat dossiers zijn vernietigd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Misbruik moet verder worden onderzocht

NEDERLAND
BNR

Door Thijs Baas

29 January 2012

Er moet nader onderzoek komen naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid.

Dat onderzoek zou moeten leiden tot een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede moeten worden verhoord. SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen meldde dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Truth and Reconciliation in P.A.

CANADA
Prince Albert Daily Herald

Published on January 30, 2012

Keely Dakin

The truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is coming to Prince Albert this week. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, hearings will be held at the Prince Albert Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.

Residential Schools have a 150-year history in Canada and the purpose of the hearings, according the TRC of Canada, is to bear witness to those years and to give a voice to the people who went through them.

The intent of the hearings is to give a space in which to air the violence and the hurt that is still felt by so many people. The hope is that by doing so, all Canadians, aboriginal and non-aboriginal will be able to move forward into a healthier future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

OUR VIEW: Convicted child sexual abuser Charles Donald Corley should not be paroled

ALABAMA
Birmingham News

By Birmingham News editorial board

History and research have shown that pedophiles -- serial offenders who sexually abuse children -- often repeat their terrible crimes even after being caught or serving time in prison.

Of late, there have been some high-profile cases which support that conclusion, most notably that of Daniel M. Acker Jr., the retired Shelby County fourth-grade teacher who has been charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Police say Acker has confessed to molesting more than 20 young girls over his 25-year teaching career. Acker was accused of molestation in 1991 and was suspended with pay, but the Shelby County Board of Education reinstated him to his teaching position after a Shelby County grand jury failed to indict the teacher.

Charles Donald Corley also is a serial molester who was convicted of sexually abusing three boys in 1995 and sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Yet, Corley is coming up for parole on Tuesday. Authorities say Corley left a trail of abuse over three decades -- the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

January 29, 2012

Transfer of Vatican Official Who Exposed Corruption Hints at Power Struggle

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

VATICAN CITY — An Italian television program about the transfer of a whistle-blowing Roman Catholic prelate has caused consternation at the Vatican and prompted speculation about a power struggle among senior clerics in the church.

Broadcast Wednesday evening on the private network La7, the program centered on confidential allegations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that he had made enemies within the Curia and beyond after rooting out corruption and financial mismanagement in the Vatican City administration.

The program showed several confidential letters written by Archbishop Viganò early last year to Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In the letters, Archbishop Viganò, who was then the second-ranking official in the part of the Curia that administers Vatican City, asked to be allowed to continue cleaning up the Holy See’s financial affairs.

Instead, he was removed from his post and named the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States.

The host of the television program, Gianluigi Nuzzi, said in an interview: “I’ve never heard of a top cleric who reveals episodes of corruption directly to the pope; it’s a first. And what happens? He is stopped from pursuing his objectives and gets sent away from the Holy See.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM

Archdiocesan Buck Stops at Embezzlement – Not Child Sex Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

January 29, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Priests who sexually abuse children may get shuffled around – but don’t mess around with archdiocesan money. Where is all the talk of forgiveness for Anita Guzzardi? Hopefully, the leadership will audit their morals and money a bit better moving forward. I’m not holding my breath for transparency regarding either.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

For men and boys, a silver lining amid sex abuse scandals

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
updated 12:08 PM EST, Sun January 29, 2012

(CNN) -- Advocates and therapists for survivors of male sex abuse say the recent scandals at Penn State and elsewhere may help men who were abused as children, and boys being abused today, step out of the shadows and get the support they deserve.

They also hope society can become better educated about the issue.

"The allegations have kick-started a public dialogue about sexual violence and the community's responsibility," says Jennifer Marsh, who directs hotlines at RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. "It's a conversation we have to have and can't shy away from."

If increased Web traffic and calls to hotlines are any indication, the tide for men and boys may, in fact, be turning. ...

Calls to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) also have gone up, both locally and nationally, by 20% to 30% since the recent wave of stories broke, says David Clohessy, the organization's executive director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

Kamer wil verder onderzoek naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

AMSTERDAM - Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer van PvdA, PVV, SP en GroenLinks wil dat er meer onderzoek gedaan wordt naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid.

De SP wil dat het uiteindelijk uitmondt in een parlementaire enquête. Dat is het zwaarste middel van de Tweede Kamer omdat getuigen onder ede worden verhoord.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

SP wil parlementaire enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

DEN HAAG - De Socialistische Partij (SP) vindt dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. PvdA en GroenLinks waren eerder ook voorstander van een enquête.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Dutch Socialists want inquiry into church sex abuse

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

The Socialist Party believes that further research into Catholic church sex abuse in the Netherlands and the role played by the government is necessary. The research should eventually result in a parliamentary inquiry, in which witnesses can be heard under oath.

SP MP Sharon Gesthuizen made these statements on Sunday in current affairs television programme Buitenhof. Parliament will discuss the Deetman Commission’s report on church sex abuse on Tuesday.

Ms Gesthuizen says former minister Wim Deetman has done a good job, but argues that some issues have received insufficient attention, such as the abuse and the position of women. She also wants further research into the question of how the abuse could go on for such a long period and on such a large scale, and what the government’s role has been.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Viganò's allegations and the Vatican's verifications

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The controversy began with the episode of "The Untouchables" on La7: how the Holy See investigated the incidents cited by the current nuncio to the United States

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

There is an episode that was not related in the debate that has gone on for days now about the accusations made by then Secretary of the Governorate, Msgr. Carlo Maria Viganò, appointed nuncio to the United States, after writing dramatic letters to the Pope and the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, in which he speaks of episodes of "corruption" in the Vatican. The prelate's private letters - a story revealed by Vatican Insider last June 26 - addressed to Benedict XVI and his chief collaborator, were exhibited by the journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi during the episode of the investigative television program on La7, called "Gli intoccabili"("The Untouchables").

In those letters, Viganò, who had by then received news of the Pope's decision to appoint him as nuncio to the United States, distanced him (by promoting him) from the Governorate after less than two years and after undeniable results of morale-boosting and spending cuts, he claimed to be the victim of a plot, also involving some anonymous articles published in "Il Giornale", and he named the names and surnames of its instigators, citing as the ultimate instigator Msgr. Paul Nicolini, delegate for the administrative-managerial areas of the Vatican Museums.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Priest sorry over name and shame of church leavers

AUSTRIA
Austrian Times

Sunday, 29. January 2012

A Belgian priest working in Austria has apologised over the fact that he published the names of people in his congregation who left his flock so they could avoid paying the local church taxes.

Eight names from the congregation of 2000 in Sitzendorf an der Schmida in Austria were published in the local church newsletter sparking heated debate in the country.

Father Nicolaas Janssens, 51, Originally from Belgium who then trained in Aachen in Germany before starting work as a parish priest in Austria has now said that he is sorry for the row that he caused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

SP wil parlementaire enquête naar misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
Metro

De SP wil dat een parlementaire enquête wordt ingesteld naar het misbruik in de rooms katholieke kerk. Dat zei SP-Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zondag in het televisieprogramma Buitenhof.

In de onderzoeken die tot nu toe zijn gedaan naar het seksueel misbruik is volgens haar geen oog geweest voor mishandeling en de rol van vrouwen. Ook kan met een parlementaire enquête volgens haar het probleem worden verholpen dat veel zaken niet meer te bewijzen zijn doordat dossiers zijn vernietigd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

SP wil parlementaire enquête misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
ED

AMSTERDAM - De SP wil dat er verder onderzoek nodig is naar het misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk en de rol van de overheid. Uiteindelijk zou dat moeten uitmonden in een parlementaire enquête, waarbij getuigen onder ede kunnen worden gehoord.

SP-Tweede Kamerlid Sharon Gesthuizen zei dat zondag in het tv-programma Buitenhof. De Kamer praat dinsdag over het rapport van de commissie-Deetman naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

On The Record: A Quest For De-Baptism In France

FRANCE
WNYC

Sunday, January 29, 2012

By Eleanor Beardsley

In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He's taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, and the case could have far-reaching effects.

Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier's parents and brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy.

LeBouvier says this rural area is still conservative and very Catholic, but nothing like it used to be. Back then, he says, you couldn't even get credit at the bakery if you didn't go to mass every Sunday.

LeBouvier grew up in that world, and says his mother once hoped he'd become a priest. But he says his views began to change in the 1970s, when he was introduced to free thinkers. As he didn't believe in God anymore, he thought it would be more honest to leave the church. So he wrote to his diocese and asked to be un-baptized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Row over tennis legend Margaret Court's view that homosexuality is often the result of sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

TENNIS great Margaret Court claims homosexuality is often the result of sexual abuse.

Amid a growing backlash over her opposition to same-sex marriage, the three-time Wimbledon champion told The Sunday Mail "many, many" gay and lesbian people she knew of had "been abused" and this had led to their sexual orientation.

Court, a senior minister at Perth's Victory Life Centre, has already sparked fury among gay and equal rights activists for recent comments, including that the push for gay marriage was trying "to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices".

Mental health advocate Chris Tanti accused her of "spreading misery" and putting young gay people at risk of suicide with what he called her anti-gay comments, amid calls for her name to be removed from centre court at Melbourne Park.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Church elder accused in sex abuse of girl, 6

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

A church elder who police identified as the second-ranking official of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 213 Vermont St., was arrested Friday on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse for an alleged incident with a 6-year-old girl at the church this past Dec. 16.

Detectives accused Abel Poloche, 60, of Chenango Street, of inappropriately touching the girl while she sat on his lap inside the church.

He was taken into custody by Sex Offense Squad detectives about 7:45 p. m. Friday at his home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

JOEY KENNEDY: Child molester Don Corley is right where he belongs: in prison

ALABAMA
The Birmingham News

By Joey Kennedy -- The Birmingham News

Molester Charles Donald Corley is up for parole on Tuesday.

There's no way child molester Charles Donald Corley will be paroled Tuesday. Right?

Jason Lee and his friends are going to make sure of that, and their hard, courageous campaign is an important public service for Alabama.

Don Corley is the worst kind of human being. For decades, he used his position of trust as a respected Boy Scout leader and church leader to prey on boys and sexually abuse them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Worker accused of stealing $1 million from archdiocese over six years

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph Tanfani
Inquirer Staff Writer

As an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anita Guzzardi, was considered a trusted servant of the church. Once, she headed an office that tried to restore the faith of strayed Catholics.

In her time off, she liked to play the slots at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City and to take vacations, using her American Express card.

And for years, Guzzardi paid those credit card bills by checks from the archdiocese - nearly $1 million in all, according to sources familiar with a continuing investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

The alleged embezzlement went on for at least six years, but no one in the church caught it, sources said. Instead, it was discovered by a fraud investigator with American Express who wondered why the archdiocese was ringing up charges at a casino.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

January 28, 2012

Vatican, there are fears over the rebellion of the Austrian priests

AUSTRIA/VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The bishops talk to Rome about the danger of a schism following the ‘Appeal to disobedience’ by Father Hellmut Schüller

Guido Horst
Rome

Monday afternoon (23rd of January), in the Vatican there was a meeting between the top figures of the Austrian Episcopal Conference and the representatives of the Roman Dicasteries to discuss the movement led by Hellmut Schüller.

This movement is supported roughly by three hundred clerics and it openly disobeys the Roman Catholic Church with theories bordering on heresy, moreover now it wants to spread abroad creating an international net open to priests of other nations and continents.

For Pope Benedict and the Roman Curia it is time to take action against this separatist movement. Schüller himself, in several interviews, did not deny his will to disengage from Rome and he added that there are priests from other countries like France, Germany and Australia wanting to join the initiative.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Trial det set on priest sex abuse case

MISSOURI
Missourinet

January 27, 2012 By Jessica Machetta

A trial date has been set for the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese and Bishop Robert Finn on charges they failed to report suspected child sex abuse to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Alexander says an affair is reason he resigned

HAWAII
HawaiiNewsNow

By Jim Mendoza

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The question surrounding Marc Alexander's sudden resignation as Hawaii's homeless coordinator has been why?

On January 5, Gov. Neil Abercrombie attributed Alexander's departure to a need to "tend to personal matters."

In a letter to Hawaii News Now, Alexander admitted he resigned over an affair.

"I resigned when the news of an affair I had with a consenting adult woman, while I was an ordained member of the Catholic priesthood, became public," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Sex-abuse suit withdrawn against Glenside priest

DELAWARE
Philadelphia Inquirer

December 20, 2011|By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer

WILMINGTON - A sex-abuse lawsuit that prompted the suspension of a Glenside priest this year has been withdrawn amid questions over his accuser's credibility.

The civil case against Msgr. Michael Flood, 71, fell apart during a deposition last week of the South Jersey man, 48, who sued the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia three years ago.

The man - identified in court filings as "John Broe #1" - had alleged that he had been abused dozens of times in the 1970s while a ninth grader at what was then Bishop John Neumann Catholic High School in South Philadelphia, where Flood was a religion teacher.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Hawaii bishop shocked at high-ranking priest's departure for politics

HAWAII
Catholic News Agency

By Benjamin Mann

Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 27, 2011 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Bishop Larry R. Silva of Honolulu, Hawaii says he was “shocked and extremely disappointed” to discover that his second-in-command at the diocese, Fr. Marc Alexander, was leaving his ministry for a post he had already accepted in the administration of Governor Neil Abercrombie.

“He was a well respected priest,” Bishop Silva told CNA on Jan. 26. “This news has been quite devastating to many.”

Fr. Alexander, who had served as a diocesan priest for 25 years, told Bishop Silva on Jan. 16 that he had lined up a job as the governor's Coordinator on Homelessness, and would be leaving the responsibilities he had taken on during the past five years as Bishop Silva's Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Holy See Considers ...

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Holy See Considers Legal Action Against TV Station

by EDWARD PENTIN
01/27/2012

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has threatened legal action against an Italian television station for using “questionable journalistic methods” in a program that alleged a former senior Vatican official had been transferred against his will after complaining about internal corruption.

The program, called The Untouchables and broadcast on the channel La 7 on Wednesday night, showed several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then-deputy governor of Vatican City and now apostolic nuncio to the United States, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict XVI, last year.

In one letter to the Holy Father, Archbishop Viganò, who was responsible for maintaining much of the city state’s infrastructure, claims he is a victim of a smear campaign launched by other Vatican officials after he had made extensive efforts to save the Vatican money by cleaning up its procedures. He also resisted efforts to transfer him, citing his efforts to root out malpractice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

After chilling testimony, former Ogontz Avenue deacon held for trial on child-rape charges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

January 27, 2012
By Vanessa Martinez for NewsWorks

(Warning: This story includes graphic details of alleged sexual crimes.)

Three young women took to a Criminal Justice Center witness stand on Thursday to divulge the details of a darkened childhood.

Courtney Wilson, the 56-year-old former church deacon at the Remnant Church of God 7th Day on Ogontz Avenue, has been charged with two counts of rape, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, two counts of statutory sexual assault and a series of other charges.

In December, five women reported Wilson to the police, alleging sexual abuse that occurred repeatedly between 1997 and 2005 when they were minors. The women, now in their 20s, were affiliated with the church, located at 7708 Ogontz Ave., during the alleged abuse.

His preliminary hearing on those charges was held Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Notre Dame's president stresses reporting of abuse

SOUTH BEND (IN)
WSBT

By MARGARET FOSMOE
South Bend Tribune

5:59 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
SOUTH BEND — In the wake of the Penn State scandal, University of Notre Dame President the Rev. John I. Jenkins recently sent an e-mail to students and employees reminding them of their obligation to report cases of suspected abuse and other questionable conduct.

The priest wrote that he has given a great deal of thought to news stories about Penn State’s alleged failure to respond promptly to alleged cases of child abuse, and that the possibility of serious failures gives those at Notre Dame the chance to take steps to prevent transgressions here.

He also referred to the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent years. “In my reflection, I cannot but connect what is alleged to have occurred at Penn State with the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Both involved the abuse of minors, and both seemed to include a failure by some to report behavior and by others in authority to respond appropriately,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault Behind Bars

SAN DIEGO (CA)
NBC San Diego

By Sarah Grieco

A Las Vegas pastor who has been accused of sexually assaulting three girls in a Nevada congregation was ordered to be extradited from San Diego on Friday.

Otis Henderson, 55, also known to some as Otis Holland, was turned into U.S. Marshals in San Diego by the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday.

On Friday, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Szumowski ordered him to be held without bail, while Henderson’s extradition is pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Ex-pastor accused in sexual assaults waives extradition from San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CA)
KFMB

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former Las Vegas-area pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three young girls in his congregation waived extradition to Nevada Friday and will be returned there to face assault and child abuse charges.

Otis Henderson, also known as Otis Holland, had been the subject of an international manhunt since June 2010 and was featured in the Jan. 20 episode of the television show, "America's Most Wanted."

After the show aired, authorities received a tip from a viewer that Henderson might be living in Tijuana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Former pastor sentenced in molestation charge

NAPERVILLE (IL)
WLS

[with video]

January 27, 2012 (NAPERVILLE, Ill.) (WLS) -- A former pastor and college professor was sentenced late today to six months in jail, probation and counseling for repeatedly molesting a girl from Naperville.

Sixty-four-year-old James French pleaded guilty to one felony sexual abuse charge last October.

Three other charges were thrown out in exchange for that plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

George looking to Wall Street to shore up archdiocese finances

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter

January 29, 2012
As Cardinal Francis George prepares to retire in the next few years and hand over the reins of the Archdiocese of Chicago to a successor, he is looking to Wall Street and the achievement of one particular predecessor to ensure the church's long-term financial viability and leave a legacy of his own.

On Wednesday, the archdiocese earned a top rating from the Moody's firm, a typical prerequisite to selling private bonds. A bond sale is a maneuver to improve cash flow that was used by Cardinal George Mundelein nearly a century ago. The Moody's report was based on a proposed offering of $151.5 million in bonds.

Citing strict federal regulations imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that preclude discussion of a pending bond sale, no church official, including George, will confirm that bonds will be issued. The Moody's report also points out that the rating does not mean a sale is guaranteed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

'Unindicted co-conspirator': A deserved label

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A prosecutor calling the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia an unindicted co-conspirator in child sexual abuse is an overdue rebuke of systemic church sickness.

During a pretrial hearing involving a priest and a former priest accused of pedophilia and a monsignor charged with "conspiring with priests and church officials to keep priests accused of sex abuse in ministry and parishioners in the dark," the judge asked if prosecutors consider the archdiocese an unindicted co-conspirator, The Associated Press reports.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti replied, "Certainly. It's not like there aren't other people (in the archdiocese) involved. There absolutely are."

"Other people" include 63 Philly priests named in a 2005 grand jury report on pedophilia but not charged due to "legal time limits."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Church Abuse Defense Leads To Clash With The Faithful

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

7:23 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
WATERBURY — In its effort to defend itself from an accusation of sexual abuse by one of its priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hartford collided in court Friday with one of the unflinchingly obedient Catholic families that form its core.

The retired parents of an altar boy took the witness stand and described the day they were shaken by their by-then grown son's disclosure that a priest, known to the family for years, abused him and his best friend while the boys attended a diocesan grammar school in Derby.

The now-adult altar boy is identified as Jacob Doe in his negligence suit against the diocese. His father is a former church deacon. His mother is a former parish nurse.

The parents testified in Superior Court about the day three years ago when their son flew to the Virginia Beach home where they had retired. He told them he was traveling on business. In reality, he had decided to sue the church and wanted to tell his parents of the abuse in private. They said he waited to deliver the news until his parents had completed their volunteer shifts at a Virginia Beach soup kitchen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

January 27, 2012

Ohio man sues Camden diocese over alleged abuse

NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O’Reilly
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

An Ohio man who alleges he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the early 1970s but repressed all memory of the assaults is using the "late discovery" feature of New Jersey's child endangerment law to sue the Diocese of Camden.

Mark Bryson, 50, who lives near Cincinnati, alleges that the Rev. Joseph E. Shannon assaulted him multiple times when he was a first grader at St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden.

In a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Bryson says he left the school after first grade and "repressed all memory" of the assaults until last February, when he learned that a registered sex offender had moved into his neighborhood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Recolectan firmas para solicitar destitución de 4 obispos que habrían sido cómplices de Karadima

CHILE
Bio Bio

Viernes 27 enero 2012 | 19:49

Publicado por Pamela Hidalgo | La Información es de Ignacia Saiz

Fiscal judicial Gutiérrez recomienda confirmar sobreseimiento definitivo en Caso Karadima
Uno de los denunciantes del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz, está recolectando firmas a través de Internet para pedir al Vaticano que se sancione y destituya de sus cargos a cuatro obispos que habrían sido cómplices de los abusos sexuales de Karadima.

El abogado y denunciante del ex párroco del bosque, Juan Carlos Cruz, inició hace algunas semanas una recolección de firmas a través de un sitio de peticiones en internet para entregar una carta al Vaticano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Federal grand jury indicts former STM youth minister ...

LOUISIANA
The Advertiser

Written by
Nicholas Persac

A federal grand jury indicted this week a former Lafayette youth minister who allegedly posed as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet to swindle nude photographs from boys.

Eric Michael Manuel, 22, of Lafayette, is a former youth minister at St. Thomas More High School, and he currently owns Half Black Media. Manuel is now charged in a 20-count indictment with 18 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office.

For the production of child pornography charge, Manuel faces between 15 and 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, Finley said in the release. If convicted of using a facility in interstate commerce to persuade a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, Manuel faces between 10 years and life in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

DA: Ricardo Aldana, Pervert JSerra High Teacher-Coach, Snuck 14-Year-Old Girl Past Roommates to Schtup Her

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano
Fri., Jan. 27 2012

​Over the past couple of weeks, I've received numerous taunting emails from pendejos associated with JSerra Catholic High School over Ricardo Aldana, the school's beloved Spanish teacher who was arrested this past December for molesting a 14-year-old student. They insisted that Aldana was innocent, and that DA Tony Rackaukas would file no charges--oh, and that the victim was a ho.

Well, they're gonna sing a different tune this weekend: Aldana has been charged with seven counts of lewd acts on a child.

In a press release issued today, the DA said Aldana began grooming the girl when she was 13 years old, a perversion that culminated with Aldana "driving the victim to his Dana Point residence and sneaking her into his bedroom to avoid being seen by his roommates." Once there, Aldana "engag[ed] in substantial unlawful sex acts with" the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Philadelphia archdiocese ordered: prepare for trial in sex-abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Culture

January 27, 2012

Although the Philadelphia archdiocese is not a defendant in the sex-abuse case, a Pennsylvania judge has ordered the archdiocese to prepare for a trial in March.

The case against Msgr. William Lynn involves his work in handling clergy assignments for the archdiocese. Prosecutors have referred to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as an “unindicted conspirator” in the case, and Msgr. Lynn’s defense has suggested that the accused priest was carrying out policies approved by his clerical superiors.

At a January 26 hearing, Judge Teresa Sarmina ordered lawyers for the archdiocese to provide detailed records of Msgr. Lynn’s office correspondence, including his consultations with archdiocesan lawyers. An attorney for the archdiocese said that the Church might resist further disclosures. “We are not a party to that battle,” he said of the Lynn case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

From the public editor: Readers correct to question print ad

CANADA
Globe and Mail

Sylvia Stead — Public Editor
Globe and Mail Blog

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

In Friday’s paper we ran an ad with the words “Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Given to President Warren S. Jeffs”. Some readers wondered why such an ad appeared in The Globe and Mail. We do review ads, but unfortunately this one was not caught.

Mr. Jeffs, as you may know, is a polygamist sect leader in the United States who was convicted last year of sexually assaulting two children, one of whom was one of his child brides.

The ad, which was due to run again, has been cancelled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Witness: Abusive Priest Said People Would Think Boy Was Gay If Word Got Out

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

2:33 p.m. EST, January 27, 2012
WATERBURY — A man who says a priest molested him when he was 13 years old testified Friday that the priest warned him that people would believe he was gay if he ever reported the abuse.

"When I would resist, he would say, 'People will think you are gay if you bring this out,'" the victim said.

The victim, whose name has been withheld in court papers, appeared as a witness for another victim, identified as Jacob Doe, who is bringing the first sexual abuse complaint to go to trial against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.

Doe and his friend, who also has a suit that claims he was molested, were best friends and students together at St. Mary's School in Derby in the early 1980s. Both claim they were repeatedly abused by the Rev. Ivan Ferguson, who ran the diocesan school. Ferguson died in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Nuns in Street Clothing Shouldn’t Frighten Vatican: Mary Johnson

UNITED STATES
Bloomberg

By Mary Johnson Jan 23, 2012

The Vatican recently finished an exhaustive, three-year inquest, the kind it reserves for its gravest problems. The subject: “American apostolic women religious,” commonly known as nuns.

Almost 400 religious institutions throughout the U.S. were studied as part of this “apostolic visitation,” and a final, confidential report on the nuns’ activities was submitted to the Vatican in December.

Why investigate nuns? Because, Vatican officials said, they were concerned for the sisters’ welfare. But as a former nun -- I left the convent in 1997 after 20 years as a sister in New York, Rome, Washington and Winnipeg, Canada -- I know what the church leaders won’t publicly admit: American nuns frighten them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Priest reveals names of church leavers

AUSTRIA
Austrian Times

A priest has named and shamed those of his congregation who left the church last year. Eight names from the congregation of 2000 in Sitzendorf an der Schmida in Austria were read out to the remaining church goers. The priest has been condemned by prominent members of the church and even data protectionists.

Father Nicolaas Janssens revealed the full names to his congregation of those who had withdrawn their membership to the church, with the "black sheep" describing the experience as being "sent to the pillory". The priest has now apologised for his actions, saying that he never meant to hurt anyone and Mayor Leopold Hummel has also protected the priest. "There will be no disadvantage to those who have been revealed. We are not so conservative here," he explained.

Jessen’s superior, Dean Christian Blauensteiner has also shown his support. "The priest has apologised many times. The strong reaction has had a real effect on him," the dean explained. The revealing of the names was described simply as "not wise".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Austrian priest publishes names of former Catholics

AUSTRIA
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Gallagher on Jan. 27, 2012 NCR Today

Here's a new form of evangelization: Publish the names of all the Catholics who have formally left the church.

A pastor in an Austrian church did exactly that. What was he thinking?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Poppenkast voor volwassenen

NEDERLAND
Katholiek Nieuwsblad

door Jan Peeters

Gaat het ooit nog goed komen tussen slachtoffers en katholieke Kerk? Het vertrouwen lijkt voorgoed naar de knoppen.

"De opvattingen in de Kamer [over seks met minderjarigen –red.] zijn ook erg veranderd", leek PvdA-Tweede-Kamerlid Khadija Arib zich quasi terloops te laten ontvallen. Ze nam vorige week deel aan de hoorzitting over het misbruikrapport van de commissie Deetman. De soms rumoerige slachtoffers op de publieke tribune lieten haar ermee wegkomen. Want als het in de jaren tachtig aan de PvdA, VVD, D66 en een aantal andere partijen had gelegen was het wettelijk verbod op seks met kinderen helemaal opgeheven. Het is precies dat wat Arib terloops leek te willen neutraliseren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

The Catholic Crackdown on Feminism

UNITED STATES
Big Think

Adam Lee on January 27, 2012

In 2009, the Roman Catholic church convened an "apostolic visitation" - a sort of modern-day auto-da-fe - a rare step taken when the Vatican feels that a church-affiliated institution has gone seriously astray. The church officials in charge of the investigation conducted interviews at almost 400 religious institutions throughout the U.S., and this month, they submitted their final report, whose contents as of now are still secret.

What is this pervasive evil within the church that the Vatican is so determined to combat? If you guessed "priests who rape children with the knowledge and complicity of their superiors", you're thinking like a normal, decent human being, which of course makes you wrong. No, the real subject of the report is something far worse: the Vatican is worried that its nuns are becoming too feminist!

As this earlier news report says, the all-male Catholic hierarchy is upset that American nuns aren't hewing sufficiently to the church line on teachings like gay rights and the restriction of the priesthood to men. Cardinal Franc Rode, who launched the apostolic visitation, said that they were displaying a worrisome "feminist spirit". And those concerns appear to be well-founded, given that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella group representing liberal American nuns, is almost ten times larger than the conservative Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Some orders have openly refused to cooperate with the inquisition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Is Boston Archdiocese Moving Money from Clergy Funds?

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Catholic Insider

The annual report for the Boston Archdiocese was released yesterday amidst much hoopla over the “balanced budget.” There is good news in the report, in that parish collections rose by 4.5% and the archdiocese appears to be on stronger financial footing than in recent years.

But what is not so clear from the reports is the extent to which costs may have been shifted around and money has been moved or redirected from other entities in order to achieve the “balanced budget.” One example: the Clergy Funds, which provides health, welfare, and retirement benefits for 683 Boston priests–285 senior priests and 438 active priests.

A look at the 2011 annual report for the Clergy Funds shows they paid $13.5M in benefits and spent $2.3M in administrative expenses to do so. For every $1 in benefits paid, they spend 17 cents to administer the benefits, or about $3,357 in administrative costs for each priest receiving some benefits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Geen vervolging misbruikpriesters Luxemburg

LUXEMBURG
Kerknieuws

Het Luxemburgse gerecht ontving in de afgelopen tijd 39 meldingen van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke geestelijken, maar er zullen geen priesters worden vervolgd: alle gevallen van misbruik zijn verjaard.

Dat meldt de Luxemburgse krant Luxemburger Wort. De slachtoffers van het misbruik zijn hier inmiddels over geïnformeerd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Thoughts on America's new whistle-blowing nuncio

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jan. 27, 2012 All Things Catholic

We already knew that Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, named by Pope Benedict XVI in October as his new nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States, seriously rocked the boat in his brief but tumultuous run as the No. 2 official in the government of the Vatican city-state from 2009 to 2011.

What we didn't know until this week, however, was just how vigorously Viganò had campaigned to be allowed to finish the financial house-cleaning he started. As it turns out, the pope's new man in Washington is something of a whistle-blower.

Viganò, 71, who has degrees in both civil and canon law, is a veteran Vatican diplomat who took over what amounts to the chief of staff position in the Vatican city-state in July 2009. He quickly earned a reputation as a take-no-prisoners financial reformer, reportedly turning a $10.5 million deficit into a $44 million surplus in one year alone by insisting on centralized accounting procedures and strict accountability for cost overruns.

No good deed, of course, ever goes unpunished, making it natural that Viganò's efforts produced fierce backlash among some mid-level managers in the various Vatican fiefdoms. They were long accustomed to being accountable only to God and the pope -- and in both cases, that accountability was fairly nominal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Defrocked priest should be found guilty of rape - AG

MALTA
Times of Malta

Godwin Scerri, the defrocked priest, who the Courts jailed five years after they found him guilty of abusing boys in his care, should also be found guilty of rape, Philip Galea Farrugia, for the Attorney General, insisted this morning.

Making submissions in the AG's appeal against the Magistrate's decision to acquit Mr Scerri of rape, Dr Galea Farrugia said there was no real contestation that the rape took place.

Mr Scerri was cleared of the rape charge only because it had happened in one place when the charge sheet listed that it happened at another.

Lawyer Patrick Valentino, who is appearing for the victims, asked Mr Justice David Scicluna for the case to be heard rather quickly because the victims already had to wait a long time for justice in the Magistrates Court. There were 77 sittings, with the prosecution closing its case after seven. Twenty-seven of the other sittings were deferments at the request of the defence team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

SNAP to Archbishop: “Help police, protect kids, do outreach”

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on January 26, 2012

Church officials have allegedly reformed, right? Then explain this: For decades, when a priest from diocese “A” was accused or suspended or arrested or charged or convicted in diocese “B”, rarely (if ever) did Bishop “A” disclose the news to his flock.

So police in diocese “A” had to build their case alone, with little or no help (and usually opposition) from church authorities. And no one in diocese “B” was warned about the cleric. Their kids suffered in shame, silence and self-blame, instead of being asked “Did that priest hurt you?” and getting help promptly.

That pattern continues to be played out today. In Colorado, on Sunday, Fr. Robert Manning was suspended. He’s the target of a child sex abuse investigation.

Manning is a St. Louis priest. He was ordained here. He worked in at least three parishes here. Yet Archbishop Carlson, as best we can tell, has been silent about

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Are South Dakota Lawmakers Seeing the Light?

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on January 26, 2012

How about a little good news: It looks like South Dakota lawmakers are working to undo a terrible wrong.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is considering a bill that will abolish the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. If passed, the law will be in direct rebuttal to a 2010 law that SHORTENED the civil statute of limitations and was deliberately written to silence Native American victims of abuse.

Testimony is scheduled next week, and lawmakers will hear from dozens of South Dakota victims, many of whom were physically and sexually abused in Church-run “orphanages” for Native American kids. (I put the word “orphanages” in quotes because living at the schools was mandatory for children in many reservations across the state.) You can read more about some of the schools here. According to the church’s own documents, abuse at the schools had been prevalent for decades.

Canada had similar institutions – many run by the same religious orders as the schools in North Dakota – but in response to the horrific abuses, the Canadian Government started a special government commission dedicated to the healing of Indian school victims, shining a light on the crimes that took place, and holding responsible parties accountable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Vatican Diary / Viganò, the untouchable

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

The current nuncio to Washington cannot stand having been driven out of Rome. And he is reacting against his archenemy, Cardinal Bertone. He has many supporters in the curia. And the pope is getting caught in the fray

VATICAN CITY, January 26, 2012 – The two texts reproduced in their entirety further below are:

– a letter dated July 7, 2011 to Benedict XVI from then secretary general of the governorate of Vatican City-State, Carlo Maria Viganò, now the nuncio in the United States, made public during the broadcast of the television program "The untouchables" on the evening of January 25, on the Italian channel "la 7";

– the statement released on January 26, with regard to this same broadcast, by the director of the Vatican press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Viganò's letter to Benedict XVI was the showpiece of this episode of "The untouchables." It was exhibited together with a sheaf of other letters also written by Viganò to the pope and to secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone. It is logical to presume that the copies of these letters came to the producer of the broadcast, Gianluigi Nuzzi,, directly or indirectly, from the sender rather than from the recipients. The statement from Fr. Lombardi expresses "disappointment over the release of confidential documents," but does not accuse anyone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Priest sex trial: 'He abused me at college'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

ANOTHER man has explained how he was allegedly sexually abused as a boy by a priest at a North Staffordshire boarding school.

Eight men from across the Midlands claim they were abused by Catholic priest Alexander Bede Walsh, below, over a 20-year period between 1974 and 1994.

The 58-year-old is currently on trial charged with 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault.

Incidents are said to have taken place across Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Coventry, including at Cotton College, in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Weense priester publiceert per ongeluk namen van kerkverlaters

OOSTENRIJK
Trouw (Nederland)

Robin de Wever − 26/01/12, 16:07

Het bisdom van Wenen verontschuldigt zich voor het publiceren van een lijst met kerkverlaters. Een priester plaatste de lijst onlangs in de krant van het bisdom.

In een verklaring vraagt het aartsbisdom om vergeving en wijst het erop dat de publicatie indruist tegen regels van de kerk en de staat. De priester, die werkt in een dorp ten noorden van Wenen, zou al tijdens een mis boete hebben gedaan. Aan slachtoffers heeft hij een excuusbrief gestuurd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Judge tells archdiocese to prepare for Lynn trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

January 26, 2012| By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Will he say the lawyers made him do it? Did they?

The questions form a key subplot in the forthcoming trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official accused of making decisions that enabled priests to sexually abuse children.

On Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina took a step toward answering them. She ordered the archdiocese to be ready March 26, the first day of Lynn's conspiracy and child-endangerment trial, to turn over what could be hundreds or thousands of private records detailing Lynn's communications with church lawyers about sex-abuse claims between 1992 and 2004, when he was secretary for clergy.

"That gives you two full months to get it done," the judge told Robert E. Welsh, a lawyer for the archdiocese.

Lynn is accused of assigning the Rev. James J. Brennan and a former priest, Edward Avery, to parishes in the 1990s where each allegedly molested a boy. All three men have pleaded

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Vatican in spotlight after corruption revealed

VATICAN CITY
Eyewitness News (South Africa)

Reuters

The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal on Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.

The show "The Untouchables" on the respected private television network La 7 on Wednesday night showed what it said were several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who was then deputy-governor of Vatican City, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict, in 2011 about the corruption.

The Vatican issued a statement on Thursday criticising the "methods" used in the journalistic investigation. But it confirmed that the letters were authentic by expressing "sadness over the publication of reserved documents."

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state's gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Report: Boston Archdiocese’s Finances Have Stabilized

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

By Monica Brady-Myerov

BOSTON — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston says it’s no longer in “financial freefall.”

The finances of the archdiocese have stabilized, according to its annual report released Thursday. The church has a balanced budget and its assets have increased $31 million to $563 million. The increase is due primarily to investments.

Church collections increased 3 percent last year and the enrollment decline in Catholic schools has slowed to its lowest rate in 10 years.

The archdiocese also reports it spent $1.7 million last year to settle 23 legal claims arising from sexual abuse by clergy. The money came from real estate property sales, rental income and insurance funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Church Volunteer Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Case

PHOENIX (AZ)
My Fox Phoenix

[with video]

PHOENIX - A Phoenix man arrested in a sexual exploitation case involving juveniles has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 26-year-old Christian Salvador Turcios entered his plea Thursday. His next court date is an initial pretrial conference and no date has been set yet.

Turcios was jailed on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, child molesting and unlawful surreptitious video recording. He was ordered held without bond Jan. 10.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Fugitive U.S. pastor captured in Tijuana

MEXICO
U-T San Diego

Written by
Sandra Dibble

TIJUANA — Days after being featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted,” a fugitive pastor from Henderson, Nev., was captured Wednesday by Mexican authorities in Tijuana. Otis Holland, 55, is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls in his parish who came to him for counseling.

Holland’s arrest took place thanks to a tip from a viewer of the program’s Jan. 20 episode, authorities said. On Wednesday, the information reached the U.S. Marshal’s Office in San Diego, which in turn contacted members of Baja California’s State Preventive Police. They arrested him that same day, and turned him over to U.S. authorities.

“It was a fantastic operation on both sides of the border, it couldn’t have gone smoother,” said Omar Castillo, a member of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Alfredo Arenas, chief liaison officer for the Baja California state police, said Holland was detained outside a house in Tijuana’s Zona Norte, a neighborhood near the U.S. border. Holland had been living there by himself, and had not been there for long, Arenas said: “He had a couple of suitcases, the clothes were still inside.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

January 26, 2012 - Archdiocese of Boston Releases FY’11 Annual Financial Report

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Parish Offertory Increases; Catholic Schools See Growth

www.bostoncatholic.org

(Braintree, Massachusetts) January 26, 2012…The Archdiocese of Boston today released its annual financial report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2011. The report identifies key financial performance measures, including its financial position and changes in net assets during the most recent fiscal year. The full report is available on the Archdiocese’s website (http://www.bostoncatholic.org/annualreport) together with the audited financial statements of Archdiocesan related organizations. The report should be read in conjunction with the recently issued 2012 Budget, which focuses on Central Ministries.

The report provides a comprehensive review of the Archdiocese’s assets, liabilities and financial activities. Included are the audited financial statements of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole (the “Corporation Sole”), encompassing the activities of the parishes, central operations, the endowment fund, and the general insurance fund. The report also includes an accounting of payments for sexual abuse settlements and related expenses and the sources of these funds.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley stated that “The Archdiocese of Boston has greatly benefitted by the financial management of recent years that has achieved and sustained a balanced budget. The stabilization of our finances has led to increased confidence among our many generous benefactors, who provide us the means to invest in our parishes, schools, evangelization and the important mission of serving the poor and those in need. We are aware that there remain challenges to be addressed, but are encouraged by the progress being made in rebuilding our local Church. Going forward, we will maintain our commitment to be a sign of the presence of the Lord to the Catholics of the Archdiocese and the wider community. “

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Catholics boosting church donations

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Patricia Wen and Martin Finucane
| Globe Staff
January 27, 2012

Parishioners at Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Boston are boosting their donations to financially strapped parishes, according to the annual financial report released yesterday by the archdiocese.

The report shows that parish collections and other fund-raising rose by about 4.5 percent, after several years of being flat or declining. In the budget year that ended in June, Catholics in the pews gave about $146.6 million to their parishes, compared with $140.3 million the year before. Meanwhile, church officials said Mass attendance remained relatively flat.

“Ordinary people are digging deeper into their pockets,’’ said John Straub, executive director of finance and operations for central ministries for the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Editorial: Archbishop’s Life Like a Tragic Hero

NEW MEXICO
ABQ Journal

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
on Fri, Jan 27, 2012

Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez was interred Thursday, ending a chapter in New Mexico history that featured both great hope and a great fall.

The life and death of Sanchez in many ways mirrors Aristotle’s tragic hero, like Oedipus of ancient Greece or Samson of The Bible. Remember that a hero in this sense does not mean a superman, but the protagonist of a story.

Though from humble beginnings, Sanchez rose to a position of high status and responsibility. He was not perfect, and his downfall involved both errors of judgment and character flaws. His fall was not based entirely on his own actions and his punishment was great — loss of position and a life of solitude, ending in death in a place in Albuquerque for people with Alzheimer’s disease — though some would argue his punishment should have been harsher.

While many were seriously harmed, the outcome was not without seeds of hope: The Archdiocese of Santa Fe pioneered a serious policy for dealing with a problem that had been swept under the rug by the Roman Catholic Church in many places — though the problem is in no way unique to the church. And the scandal increased awareness of the problem of child sexual abuse in America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Family of pastor victim: "He's the scum of the earth"

NEVADA
KTNV

[with video]

By Drew Karedes

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- An international manhunt ends with a Las Vegas pastor arrested in Mexico and families of his alleged victims even more angry than before.

Investigators say Otis Holland used religion to sexually abuse teenage girls.

Holland is now in federal custody, awaiting extradition in San Diego. The 55-year-old was arrested after a tip that he had been living in a church in downtown Tijuana.

Holland had previously been arrested in Southern Nevada in December of 2010 and had appeared in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

DA: Church knew of 'sick' letter ...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

DA: Church knew of 'sick' letter written 30 years ago by priest about teenage brothers on sadomasochistic outing

A letter detailing incidents of sexual abuse and sadomasochism at the hands of priests, written 30 years ago, could help prove that church officials turned a blind eye to molestation.

Prosecutors are asking that the letter - which the The Archdiocese of Philadelphia allegedly learned about in 1968 - be used in the trial of William J. Lynn, the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy.

The letter was said to contain details about teenage brothers on a sadomasochistic outing in which a boy, 15, was strung up and flogged in the woods by his brothers, aged 17 and 18.
Prosecutors say the letter will help them prove that Lynn's actions regarding two other priests, facing trial with him, are part of a long-term pattern or practice by the church of protecting abusive clergy and hiding their conduct from parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Catholic priest on trial over charges of sexual abuse against boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Tamworth Herald

A CATHOLIC priest perpetrated a catalogue of sexual abuse against young boys – including children from Coleshill – who were in awe of his "revered and trusted" status within the community, a court heard.

Jurors at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court were told that Alexander Bede Walsh abused eight boys while working at Roman Catholic establishments in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry between 1975 and 1994.

Walsh, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, Lichfield, Staffordshire, denies a total of 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault.

Opening the case against the 58-year-old, prosecutor Robert Price alleged that one of the victims was abused after being plied with alcohol during what purported to be a private communion ceremony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Victims' group demands answers about Springs' priest

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
The Gazette

RYAN MAYE HANDY
THE GAZETTE

Members of an advocate group for victims of priest sexual abuse met in front of the headquarters of the Archidiocese of St. Louis Thursday afternoon to demand answers about Rev. Charles Robert Manning of Colorado Springs.

The group, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), is a national organization that acts as a watch-dog for sexual assault crimes brought against religious leaders. It wants Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis to clear up ambiguities in Manning’s history with the Catholic church after learning that Manning is being investigated in a sexual assault case in Colorado.

Manning, formerly of three St. Louis Catholic parishes, came to St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs in 2007. At a Saturday mass, Rev. Rafael Torres-Rico told the congregation that allegations of sexual assault on a minor have been brought against Manning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

January 26, 2012

At Civil Trial, Men Describe Abuse By Priest

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By DAVE ALTIMARI, daltimar@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

7:17 p.m. EST, January 26, 2012

WATERBURY -—
They were 8th-grade altar boys at St. Mary's Church in Derby, best buddies since grammar school, mesmorized by "Father Ivan" who treated them like adults and offered sleepovers at the rectory.

Now they are together again, both suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hartford for transferring a known pedophile priest to their school only months after he finished "treatment" in Massachusetts.

The case of Jacob Doe entered its third day in Waterbury Superior Court Thursday. The plaintiff and his childhood friend, known as Matthew Doe in court papers, testified before a six-member jury.

In sometimes very emotional testimony the men, now in their mid-40's, told similar stories. They met the late Rev. Ivan Ferguson when he began working at the school affiliated with the St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Church in Derby. Both boys were altar boys and testified they immediately liked Ferguson when he showed up there in 1980.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Former Las Vegas pastor accused of sex with minors arrested in Mexico

NEVADA
Los Vegas Sun

By Aida Ahmed

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

A former Las Vegas pastor accused of having sex with underage girls was detained in Mexico Wednesday night, Henderson Police said.

Otis Holland, 55, fled the Henderson area in June after police issued an arrest warrant on 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under 16, one count of child abuse and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.

Holland was recently featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” and the U.S. Marshals Service received a tip from a viewer.

Marshals worked with Mexican National Police to apprehend Holland without incident at about 10 p.m. Wednesday in Tijuana, according to Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Javier Jimenez.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Mexico police catch U.S. pastor accused of sex abuse

MEXICO
Reuters

MEXICO CITY | Thu Jan 26, 2012

(Reuters) - Mexican police have arrested a Las Vegas pastor who they said was hiding out in Tijuana after being accused of sexually abusing several minors in the United States.

Otis Holland, 55, had tried to flee a house in the border city but was captured by officers who had surrounded the area, senior local police official Alfredo Arenas said on Thursday

"This type of crime has no place in society. We will not let such cruel acts as those committed by this person go unpunished," Arenas said in a statement. "Our work is done ... now we hope he'll be punished with all the weight of the law."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Vatican responds to corruption charges

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

The Vatican has responded angrily to an Italian television report about alleged corruption inside the Vatican, charging that the broadcast used “questionable journalistic methods” and presented a biased and oversimplified version of the facts.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the show Gli intoccabili (“The Untouchables”) gave a warped view of Vatican affairs, continuing a pattern of “biased coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church.” The Vatican hinted that legal action could be taken against the La7 network that broadcast the report.

The televised report had showed a letter to Pope Benedict XVI from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former secretary of the Vatican city-state governorate, in which the prelate argued that he should not be appointed apostolic nuncio to the US Archbishop Vigano told the Pontiff that he had worked to stop corruption in Vatican business dealings, and his departure from the Vatican administration would “cause confusion and dismay among those who believed it was possible to correct the many problems of corruption and waste.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

BSO Arrest Alleged Child Molesting Youth Pastor

FLORIDA
CBS Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that a church youth pastor in Lauderdale Lakes has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a boy.

Jeffrey London, 48, was arrested at his home Wednesday night. The alleged victim in the case said he lived with London for more than a decade and he was repeatedly abused during that time.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim alleged the battery happened twice a week and that London would buy the victim a video game. As the victim got older, London allegedly offered money in exchange for sexual acts, according to BSO.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Jeffery London: Second Youth Pastor/Alleged Child Molester Arrested in Broward This Month

FLORIDA
New Times

By Matthew Hendley
Thu., Jan. 26 2012

​Youth pastor Jeffery London was arrested last night at his Lauderdale Lake home on suspicion of sexual abusing a boy for about a decade, and now becomes the second Broward youth pastor to be arrested this week on molestation charges.

London, 48, was arrested shortly after returning home from conducting bible study at the Bible Church of God in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Police say the alleged victim's mother left him to live with London when he was 8 years old because she was "facing hard financial times."

For the next decade, police say London sexually abused the boy, while the two were living together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Eldora man charged with sex abuse wants evidence suppressed

IOWA
Courier

By KRISTIN GUESS, kristin.guess@wcfcourier.com | Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012

WAVERLY, Iowa --- A 67-year-old Eldora resident would like to suppress evidence related to his arrest for allegedly having a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old he met online.

Dennis Brown, a pastor, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. He was arrested at his summer residence in Eldora in July and taken to the Bremer County Jail.

Brown also has a home in Verona, Va.

According to authorities, Brown performed a sex act with the victim in May after allegedly making a connection on the Internet. He admitted meeting the teenager in Waverly, according to court documents

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

AMW Helps Nab Accused Child Sexual Predator

NEVADA
America's Most Wanted

Charismatic and cunning, Las Vegas Pastor Otis Holland is on the run after members of his church between the ages of 13 and 16 accused him of sexual abuse. The revelation of Holland's relationship with his young parishioners has opened a Pandora's box that has left Holland's entire congregation stunned and shamed. Thankfully, an alert AMW tipster gave authorities the information they needed to track Holland down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Former Las Vegas pastor arrested in Mexico on sex charges

NEVADA
Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Doug McMurdo
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The former pastor of a Las Vegas church was arrested in Mexico on multiple sexual assault charges involving minors Wednesday.

Otis Holland, 55, of Henderson, fled Southern Nevada in June after Henderson police issued an arrest warrant alleging 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under 16 years old, one count of child abuse and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, according to Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul.

A tipster alerted the U.S. Marshal's Service after Holland's case was profiled on the "America's Most Wanted" television program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Charged with Sex Abuse Arrested in Mexico

NEVADA
8NewsNow

By Stephen Jackson, Online News Editor

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A Las Vegas-pastor wanted on charges of having sex with underage girls was captured in Mexico on Wednesday night.

Fifty-five-year-old Otis Holland allegedly fled the Henderson area after an arrest warrant was issued for him on 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under 16, one count of child abuse and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Holland's case was recently featured on America's Most Wanted. A tip from someone who watched the show lead to his arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

SNAP Accuses Archbishop of Sweeping Abuse Case “Under The Rug”

ST. LOUIS (MO)
CBS St. Louis

Brian Kelly

January 26, 2012

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Local clergy abuse victims are accusing St. Louis’ Archbishop of sitting on the sidelines Colorado police investigate a sex abuse allegation levied there against a priest who used to work here.

Father Charles Manning, who used to work at parishes in Bridgeton, Glencoe and Imperial was suspended from his St. Gabriel the Archangel parish in Colorado Springs last weekend, while police investigate an allegation that he sexually abused a minor. Even though no charges have been filed and there are no allegations against him in St. Louis, Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests Director David Clohessy believes Archbishop Robert Carlson should be pro-active, “Anytime a priest is suspended because of child sex abuse allegations, but especially when there’s a pending police investigation, Catholic officials have a civic duty, plus a moral duty, to aggressively seek out any other victims, witnesses, whistleblowers.”

Clohessy was asked if he knows if the Archbishop is helping police in their investigation, behind the scenes, “We’ve seen no evidence that he has and the easiest way, of course, to help is to simply use church bulletins, church websites, church pulpits to let parishioners know that Fr. Manning has been accused and suspended and let them know there is, in fact, a pending criminal investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Cardinal's profit mission and an FBI investigation into sale of church property

UNITED STATES
The Irish Times

JASON BERRY

RITE AND REASON: IN 2005 parishioners of St James in the farm belt town of Kansas, Ohio, recoiled when Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair, facing a tight budget, closed the parish, steering them to one several miles away. They filed an appeal to the Vatican. It failed.

Then they sued in a local county court, arguing that the bishop was a trustee but parishioners owned the property. The state sided with the bishop. “We spent $100,000 in legal fees,” said parishioner Virginia Hull. “Bishop Blair paid his lawyers with $77,957 from our parish account.” Blair had the church demolished.

Canon law says a parish is “a juridic person”. But that “person”, like an olden slave, does not own itself. The bishop does. Nevertheless, a federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts barred the bishop there from razing a church deemed a historic landmark. Parish ownership is unresolved in American law.

A US Catholic parish has closed on average once a week for the last 20 years. Many bishops have sold churches to plug deficits, or pay for abuse cases caused by their negligence or their predecessors’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

September trial date set for KC bishop, diocese

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Jan. 26, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The trial of Bishop Robert W. Finn and the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., the first bishop and diocese to face criminal charges in the decades-long clergy sex abuse crisis, has been set for September.

Finn and the diocese were charged in October by a grand jury in Jackson County, Mo., with separate counts of failing to report suspected child abuse in the case of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, a diocesan priest who was arrested last May for child pornography.

Lawyers for Finn and the diocese met with Jackson County Judge John Torrence on Thursday to set a Sept. 24 trial date in the case. Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Bishop Finn set for September trial

KANSAS CITY (MO)
News-Press

Associated Press
January 26, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri Catholic bishop will go to trial in September on a misdemeanor charge that he and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese failed to report suspicions of child sexual abuse by a priest.

Bishop Robert Finn is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 24. A pretrial conference is scheduled before Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence on March 27.

The charges against Finn and the diocese stem from claims that the diocese waited five months before telling police about pornographic photos of children found on a priest's computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Archdiocese of Chicago considers bond sale

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter

January 26, 2012
Seeking to replenish coffers that have covered the costs of construction, clergy misconduct and parish operations, the Archdiocese of Chicago is exploring a number of options to raise more money, including the sale of private bonds to investors.

Though no church official will confirm that the archdiocese plans to sell bonds, theMoody'srating service on Wednesday night gave the Archdiocese of Chicago its top rating for a proposed sale of $151.5 million, the typical precursor to issuing bonds.

But Moody'salso says a sale is not guaranteed, and church officials insist no decision has been made. If the archdiocese proceeds with a bond sale, it would be the first time since Cardinal George Mundelein sold bonds to finance a construction boom in the early 20th century.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Trial Set for Local Catholic Bishop Accused of Silence

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Fox 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A September trial date was set Thursday morning in Jackson County Court for Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on charges they failed to report suspected child sex abuse to authorities.

The next pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 27 and the trial is scheduled to go forward Sept. 24.

Finn and the diocese pleaded not guilty after a grand jury indicted them for failing to report alleged child pornography involving the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 46, who faces federal and state charges of child pornography possession, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Six-year sentence for paedophile priest

GERMANY
The Local

A Catholic priest found guilty of over 250 charges of sexual abuse towards young boys has been sentenced to six years in prison, a German court announced on Thursday.

The 46-year-old from Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, was found guilty of abusing three boys aged between nine and 15. He was spared a longer sentence because he admitted to 250 of the 280 suspected cases.

Of the reported incidents, 214 were classified by the court as serious sexual abuse, while the remaining 36 were classified simply as sexual abuse.

“He has systematically violated the trust that is bestowed upon Catholic priests,” said the Judge Manfred Teiwes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Priest jailed in Germany for years-long child sexual abuse

GERMANY
Expatica

A German court jailed a Roman Catholic priest for six years Thursday after convicting him of 250 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a seven-year period, an official said.

The 46-year-old priest, who was arrested in July, admitted during the trial to sexually abusing the boys, aged nine to 15, whose families the priest knew, a court spokesman said.

"Due to the high number of cases of sexual abuse, many of which were cases of aggravated abuse, he was handed a total sentence of six years," the spokesman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

With new evidence ...

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

With new evidence Walworth County DA brings criminal charges against minister for failure to report abuse

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director

CONTACT 414.336.8575

The Lake Geneva News reports that Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss will file criminal charges for a third time against Joseph R. Fultz. Fultz is a former minister of Grace Evangelical Church who is being charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect. Fultz is facing five counts of failure to report because he is alleged to have had knowledge that children in his church were being sexually assaulted and he failed to notify law enforcement officials.

Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss is to be commended for his persistence in holding Fultz accountable with new evidence, despite the previous dismissal of charges by Judge Robert Kennedy. Koss remains undeterred, and for good reason: “I think it’s crucial that those who watch over the welfare of children, know there have been sexual assaults, and are mandated reporters, follow the law so kids are safe”.

Wisconsin law requires that professionals working with or responsible for the well being of children are mandated to report child abuse and neglect. Koss is to be commended for steadfastly pursuing charges against this once trusted member of the community who was charged with watching over children in his care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Philly Prosecutors Show Venom for Catholic Church, Not Desire for Justice

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

Prosecutors in the high-profile abuse cases in Philadelphia are revealing that their cases may be more about their open distaste for the Catholic Church than their desire for justice for abused children.

In a hearing on Tuesday (1/24/12), Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington (a so-called "Chief of Special Investigations") actually asserted the following to the presiding judge:

"Time and time and time again, [Catholic officials] lie to victims because they are not concerned about the victims; they are just concerned about the almighty dollar and mother Church."

Blessington's remark was made after Monday's hearing where another Assistant District Attorney, Mark Cipolletti, claimed:

"The archdiocese was supplying [an accused ex-priest] with an endless amount of victims … It was a willful blindness."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Vatican defends transfer of priest who exposed corruption

VATICAN CITY
The Times Leader

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Thursday defended its transfer of a top official to Washington after he exposed alleged corruption in the awarding of Holy See contracts.

The Vatican also warned that it could take legal action against a TV show that reported on the case. The Italian investigative news program, “The Untouchables,” showed letters from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to Pope Benedict XVI begging not to be transferred after exposing corruption costing the Vatican millions of euros (dollars).

Vigano was removed in October as the No. 2 administrator of the Vatican city-state and was named the pope’s ambassador to Washington. While the job is highly prestigious, the posting took Vigano far from headquarters and out of the running for the Vatican’s top administrative job, which carries with it the rank of cardinal.

The Vatican statement said Vigano was given one of the most important roles in Vatican diplomacy, citing this as proof of Benedict’s “unquestionable respect and trust” in him.
The statement did not respond to specific allegations aired Wednesday night on the news show on the private La7 network. It criticized “questionable journalistic methods” such as revealing confidential documents and complained that information was presented “in a superficial and biased manner.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Man charged in priest's death found dead in Rankin prison

MISSISSIPPI
The Clarion-Ledger

Mississippi corrections officials say a man accused of killing a Catholic priest and setting off in his car on a Disney vacation has been found dead in a prison cell of an apparent suicide.

Jeremy Wayne Manieri, 33, was charged with shooting the Rev. Ed Everitt of Hammond, La., in July 2011 at a beach house in Waveland, Miss.

Manieri's attorney, Brian Alexander, confirmed that he was found dead early Thursday morning. Manieri was being held at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

Manieri was a handy man at the house used by a group of Catholic priests as a beach retreat. Prosecutors said he shot Everitt with the priest's own gun.

Manieri had claimed he shot Everitt after he passed out from alcohol and marijuana use and found the priest fondling him. But investigators had charged robbery was the motive because when Manieri was arrested in Florida authorities said he had the priest's car, gun and wallet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Garda watchdog ready to launch Cloyne probe

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Cormac O’Keeffe

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has moved a step closer towards launching an investigation into the Garda handling of cases criticised in the Cloyne report.

Following six months of discussions with the Murphy Commission, the GSOC has recently received the full, unredacted, or unedited, version of their report into the Catholic diocese.

A spokesman for the GSOC said yesterday: "We have now received the full unredacted version of the report and the commission is now examining its contents." He declined to make any further comment until this process was completed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

September trial set for Bishop Finn, Catholic diocese

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge set a September date for the trial of Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic diocese in the case of whether they failed to report suspected child sex abuse to authorities.

Lawyers for Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph met with Judge John Torrence this morning. Torrence set March 27 as the next pre-trial conference, when the court expects to deal with motions filed by the defense.

Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty. Their trial now is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

Nuns Are “Rats” and “Wimps” for Turning in Accused Priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Philly Post

By Tim Whitaker 1/26/2012

“They’re rats and they’re wimps.”

That’s what William Brennan, a lawyer representing a local priest who allegedly abused a 14-year-old in the 1990s while receiving monthly church stipends despite having already been accused of abuse, recently called the nuns who ratted out his client.

The nuns in question, if you can imagine such a thing, turned on the priest, who was living in a church residence with young men and throwing loud parties.

The nuns ratted him out to the archdiocese. But they also made it clear they didn’t want it disclosed that they were the informants.

Which means not only were they rats. They were wimps too.

And that’s the very point the priest’s lawyer was making. Nuns or no nuns, you can’t trust anyone who’s a rat and a wimp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Church rebels worry the Vatican

AUSTRIA
Austrian Independent

The highest representatives of the Austrian Catholic Church gathered with Vatican officials to speak about a group of priests who declared themselves "disobedient", it has emerged.

The Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper revealed yesterday (Weds) that Viennese Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn and two other members of the Conference of Austrian Bishops, went to Rome on Monday to meet with clergymen in the Vatican. The paper claimed that the gathering was organised to discuss how to react to the increasing acclaim among Austrians for the demands of Helmut Schüller’s Preachers’ Initiative.

Schüller – who was president of Caritas Austria for some years before withdrawing to Probstdorf in Lower Austria to head the local parish – presented the guidelines of his movement half a year ago. He said the Preachers’ Initiative wanted the Vatican to allow Austrian priests to give Holy Communion to divorced people. The rebellious group also want female priests in the Catholic Church and an abolition of celibacy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Church rebels worry the Vatican

AUSTRIA
Austrian Independent

The highest representatives of the Austrian Catholic Church gathered with Vatican officials to speak about a group of priests who declared themselves "disobedient", it has emerged.

The Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper revealed yesterday (Weds) that Viennese Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn and two other members of the Conference of Austrian Bishops, went to Rome on Monday to meet with clergymen in the Vatican. The paper claimed that the gathering was organised to discuss how to react to the increasing acclaim among Austrians for the demands of Helmut Schüller’s Preachers’ Initiative.

Schüller – who was president of Caritas Austria for some years before withdrawing to Probstdorf in Lower Austria to head the local parish – presented the guidelines of his movement half a year ago. He said the Preachers’ Initiative wanted the Vatican to allow Austrian priests to give Holy Communion to divorced people. The rebellious group also want female priests in the Catholic Church and an abolition of celibacy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

South Dakota

SOUTH DAKOTA
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Hello,

We need your help here in South Dakota. HB 1218 http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bill.aspx?Bill=1218 will be before the House Judiciary Committee next week, either Wednesday or Friday.

We will have a positive date later today. As you can see Representative Hickey has garnered many co-sponsors.

The help we need is sending messages to those members of the committee whose names are listed here. The message needs to encourage support for HB 1218 in a positive way. So many of these kind folks receive “nasty” emails on a daily basis, we do not want to be confrontational in any way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Who knew an Irish seminary could be so much like a prison?

IRELAND
National Catholic Reporter

by Eugene Cullen Kennedy on Jan. 19, 2012 Bulletins from the Human Side

In a story likely to be unsurpassed as what psychologists term an "unobtrusive measure" of what is wrong with the Catholic church in Ireland, its venerable national seminary at Maynooth has decided, according to The Irish Catholic, to "separate the seminary environment from the wider university community."

Perhaps it is modeled on the new television series "Alcatraz," in which ghostly former inmates return to the famous prison that is now a cold and empty symbol of the golden age of isolating big-time gangsters like Al Capone from the world they might harm. It was called "the Rock," a nickname given to many seminaries that flourished in a roughly parallel golden age of isolating small-fry seminarians from the world that might harm them.

That was the pre-Vatican II world in which seminarians were prepared for working among men and women by such spurn-the-world spiritual ideals as the famous one from the Imitation of Christ: "As often as I have been among men, I have returned less a man."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Ireland: “Catholic pride” deals a blow to the Government

IRELAND
Vatican Insider

Postcards, petitions, and protests - many citizens want their country’s representative to stay at the Holy See

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

A Catholic wave has come crashing down on the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. In Dublin, 100,000 postcards were sent to the head of government in protest at the closure of the Irish Embassy to the Holy See. Two months ago, Ireland downgraded its representation in the Holy See from resident to non-resident.

The website of the international movement "We Are Church" reported a statement made by the Jesuit essayist, Fr. Brian Lennon, published in the Italian Jesuit monthly magazine Popoli. Fr. Lennon warned that “the government has got the time frame wrong: it was in 1998 that Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, head of the Congregation for the Clergy, told the Irish bishops that the Vatican’s policy was to protect priests when they were accused.” According to the Government, this occurred within the last three years. “While it is a regrettable inaccuracy in such an important statement by the government, the minister’s words probably reflect the general indignation aroused by the revelations of the Cloyne Report,” Fr. Brian Lennon observed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

PRESS NOTE ON ITALIAN TELEVISION PROGRAMME

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 26 JAN 2012 (VIS) - At midday today the Holy See Press Office published a note written by its director, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., concerning a television programme, "Gli intoccabili", transmitted yesterday evening by Italy's "La7" television network. Fr. Lombardi highlights the "questionable journalistic methods" with which the programme was made, and his "disappointment at the revelation of reserved documents", noting that such things often form part of the "biased coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church".

The Holy See Press Office director then turns to focus on two considerations "which were not given space in the course of the debate". Firstly "the activities of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano as secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State certainly had many positive aspects, as he contributed to the efforts being made to ensure administrative rigour, economisation and the improvement of what was a difficult overall economic situation. ... However, a fairer evaluation would have taken account of the trends of the market, the investment criteria adopted over recent years, and other important circumstances. ... Certain accusations - some very serious - made during the course of the programme, especially those concerning the members of the Finance and Management Committee of the Governorate and the Secretariat of State, will lead both the Secretariat of State and the Governorate to adopt all measures (including if necessary legal measures) to protect the honour of morally upright and highly professional people who serve the Church, the Pope and the common good. In any case, the positive criteria of correct and transparent management which inspired Archbishop Vigano certainly continue to guide the current directors of the Governorate. ... This is in keeping with the policy to which the Holy See is committed of increasing transparency and attentively monitoring of economic activities".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

More Shocking Allegations Emerge in Philadelphia Priest Child-Sex Scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge today heard more disturbing evidence — including some admissions — of priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who sexually assaulted boys and physically hurt children but still were allowed to continue their service, and their abuse.

The prosecution alleges these “prior bad acts” show a pattern of conduct by the church that contributed to the criminal conduct of defendant Msgr. William Lynn.

Some of the cases cited in court — about 30 in all — date back to the 1960s, but in many of those cases the priests continued to serve for decades. Among the allegations is that predator priests in some cases preyed on numerous children, in unspeakable ways.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

NOTA DEL DIRETTORE DELLA SALA STAMPA DELLA SANTA SEDE, P. FEDERICO LOMBARDI, S.I., A PROPOSITO DI UNA TRASMISSIONE TELEVISIVA , 26.01.2012

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Bolletino

La trasmissione televisiva "Gli intoccabili" andata in onda ieri sera, accompagnata dall’abituale contorno di articoli e commenti può essere oggetto di molteplici considerazioni, a cominciare dalla discutibilità del metodo e degli espedienti giornalistici con cui è stata realizzata, per continuare con l’amarezza per la diffusione di documenti riservati. Ma non è di questo che ora vogliamo principalmente parlare, essendo oggi tutto ciò fin troppo abituale, sia come metodo generale, sia come stile di informazione faziosa nei confronti del Vaticano e della Chiesa cattolica. Proponiamo piuttosto due semplici considerazioni che non hanno trovato spazio nel dibattito.

La prima. L’azione svolta da mons. Viganò come Segretario Generale del Governatorato ha certamente avuto aspetti molto positivi, contribuendo ad una gestione caratterizzata dalla ricerca del rigore amministrativo, del risparmio e del raddrizzamento di una situazione economica complessiva difficile. Questi risultati, ottenuti durante la Presidenza del card. Lajolo, sono chiari e non sono negati da nessuno. Una valutazione più adeguata richiederebbe tuttavia di tener conto dell’andamento dei mercati e dei criteri degli investimenti nel corso degli ultimi anni, ricordare anche altre circostanze importanti, come i risultati notevolissimi dell’attività dei Musei Vaticani, con flusso accresciuto di pubblico e orari di apertura più ampi, ricordare le finalità non puramente economiche ma di supporto della missione della Chiesa universale da parte dello Stato della Città del Vaticano che sono motivo di spese anche notevoli, e così via. Alcune accuse poi – anche molto gravi – fatte nel corso della trasmissione, in particolare quelle nei confronti dei membri del Comitato Finanza e Gestione del Governatorato e della Segreteria di Stato di Sua Santità, impegnano la Segreteria di Stato stessa e il Governatorato a perseguire tutte le vie opportune, se necessario legali, per garantire l’onorabilità di persone moralmente integre e di riconosciuta professionalità, che servono lealmente la Chiesa, il Papa e il bene comune.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Austrian priest publishes names of ex-Catholics

AUSTRIA
The Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna archdiocese has apologized for the publication of a list of people who have formally left the Roman Catholic church.

A statement says those affected have been asked "for forgiveness," noting making the names public "is not allowed by state or church rules."

The statement was issued Thursday after a priest in a village north of Vienna listed local church-leavers in the diocese newspaper. The archdiocese says the priest has since "apologized in the form of a Mass and has written those affected a letter" of apology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Kindesmissbrauch: Sechs Jahre Haft für Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
op-online

Braunschweig - Weil er über Jahre mehrere Jungen sexuell missbraucht hat, muss ein katholischer Priester aus Salzgitter für sechs Jahre ins Gefängnis. Er soll sich 250 Mal vergriffen haben.

Der 46-Jährige habe sich in 250 Fällen an drei 9 bis 15 Jahre alten Jungen vergangen, urteilte das Landgericht Braunschweig am Donnerstag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Opnieuw ophef over protestuiting Frans Houben

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

OOTMARSUM - Hij blijft shockeren en confronteren. De Ootmarsumse kunstenaar Frans Houben stelt op allerlei mogelijke manieren het seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk aan de kaak. Zij nieuwste uiting voor de galerie aan de Oldenzaalsestraat is een glasgebakken kruis met een corpus ernaast en een bord met de tekst: Vol verlangen ging ik toen hangen, nu: 2012 jaar later heb ik een dikke vette kater.

Hiermee stelt hij dat de kruisiging van Jezus Christus niets heeft gebracht. Volgens velen in Ootmarsum overschrijdt Houben daarmee de grens van het betamelijke. Omdat hij Jezus aan het kruis in zijn protest betrekt, zou er sprake zijn van godslastering. Houben is zich echter van geen kwaad bewust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

"Schaderegeling voor slachtoffers seksueel misbruik in de sport niet makkelijk"

BELGIE
Vandaag

De deskundigen van de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk moeten nagaan of ook een schaderegeling mogelijk is voor slachtoffers van verjaard seksueel misbruik in de sportsector en in de medische wereld. Dat vindt minister van Justitie Annemie Turtelboom (Open Vld).

Ze antwoordde zopas op een vraag van CD&V-fractieleider Raf Terwingen. Hij wees erop dat vele slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik dat door niet-geestelijken is gepleegd, zich gediscrimineerd voelen omdat zij geen schadevergoeding meer kunnen krijgen als hun feiten verjaard zijn. Slachtoffers van geestelijken kunnen dit wel, dank zij het akkoord dat de Kerk met de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik sloot.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Priest convicted of muder appeals again

TOLEDO (OH)
NorthwestOhio

TOLEDO -- A Toledo priest is appealing a judge's decision to deny him a new trial.

Published reports say in a notice of appeal filed Monday, Rev. Gerald Robinson claims his constitutional rights were violated because police documents that could have helped his defense attorneys were misfiled and not discovered until years after his trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Top archbishop 'denounces Vatican corruption'

VATICAN CITY
AFP

VATICAN CITY — A top Vatican official who is now the envoy to Washington denounced corruption and waste in the management of the Holy See in letters to Pope Benedict XVI, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

Carlo Maria Vigano was secretary general of the governorate of the Vatican -- the person in charge of the administration -- until October, when he was named ambassador to the United States in what was seen as a demotion.

In extracts from the letters published in Corriere della Sera and Libero, Vigano said he had faced a "disastrous" situation when he became head of the governorate in 2009 and said his transfer to Washington was "punishment".

"My transfer is causing disarray and discouragement among those who believed it was possible to resolve the numerous situations of corruption and waste" in the Vatican, he reportedly said in one letter to the pope in March 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Priest guilty of two sexual assaults

CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

GUELPH Former Hamilton Catholic priest James Boudreau has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Boudreau, a 68-year-old bald, heavy-set man, wearing silver-rimmed glasses, stood beside his lawyer Roger Yachetti as he pleaded guilty in Guelph’s provincial court to two sexual assaults.

He will be sentenced April 13.

Court was told Boudreau, now retired, took advantage of a young man’s friendship and another’s interest in the clergy when he sexually assaulted the two in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Court jails German priest for six years for sex abuse

GERMANY
Monsters and Critics

Braunschweig, Germany - A German court convicted a priest Thursday of sexually abusing three boys and sent him jail for six years in one of the worst recent abuse cases to come to light in Germany's Catholic Church.

The 46-year-old man, whose name was withheld under privacy guidelines for media, was convicted in Braunschweig on 214 aggravated counts of sex with a minor and 36 lesser counts of the same charge.

The court heard the parish priest abused the children during youth camps.

'He exploited the trust of their parents,' said Judge Manfred Teiwes as he passed sentence. The defendant admitted the charges after a plea bargain at the start of the trial fixing an upper limit on the sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

German priest jailed for 6 years for child abuse

GERMANY
The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a Roman Catholic priest of some 250 counts of sexually abusing children over a several-year period and sentenced him to six years in prison.

German news agency dapd reported that the state court in Braunschweig on Thursday convicted the priest, who was found guilty of abusing three boys aged 9 to 15 between 2004 and 2011.

The 46-year-old priest, who wasn't identified, was arrested in July after one victim told his mother what had happened. He admitted the abuse when he went on trial Jan. 13.

He also faces church disciplinary proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Area Pastor Placed On Administrative Leave

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KMBC

[with video]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced Wednesday that a Kansas City-area pastor has been placed on administrative leave.

The Rev. Robert Finn said the Rev. Matthew Bartulica has been restricted from public ministry. He has been the pastor at St. Cyril Parish in Sugar Creek, Mo.

In a press release, the diocese said information came to the Ombudsman that prompted Finn and the Independent Review Board to "invoke a strict application of all diocesan policies and procedures."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Diocese places St. Cyril pastor on leave

SUGAR CREEK (CO)
The Examiner

Posted Jan 25, 2012

Sugar Creek, MO —

A Sugar Creek pastor has been placed on administrative leave.

The Rev. Matthew Bartulica had served as pastor for St. Cyril Parish in Sugar Creek for about six months before the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph placed him on administrative leave earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the diocese said in a press release that information came to the Ombudsman that prompted Bishop Robert Finn and the Independent Review Board to “invoke a strict application of all diocesan policies and procedures.”

In the wake of the church’s recent sex scandal, Finn appointed the ombudsman as an independent public liaison to field and investigate any reports of suspicious or inappropriate behavior. The church said it would not comment about the nature of the information involving Bartulica until more facts were known.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

ICE agent honored for exposing sex trafficking

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer

Published 11:28 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012

For the past five years Rod Khattabi's work as a federal agent has taken him through the sewers of child pornography, the degradation of teenage prostitutes and the horrific sexual abuse of Haitian and South African children in humanitarian programs.

Each time, Khattabi has come back with evidence to arrest and convict people like Edgardo Sensi, who with his girlfriend made child pornography of sexual encounters with the woman's 8-year old daughter in Fairfield County; Corey Davis, of New York; Theodore Briggs, of Norwalk, for running separate prostitution rings involving teenage girls; Douglas Perlitz, who admitted abusing Haitian street boys in a program he designed to feed, educate and clothe them; and Jessie Osmun, a Peace Corps volunteer from Milford, now under arrest for abusing girls as young as 4 in a South African HIV-encampment.

"I've put narcotics traffickers, money launderers and gun runners behind bars and that feels good," Khattabi said. "But being able to build a case against a sexual abuser and knowing that you may have saved a child ... there's no better feeling than that. You feel like you made a difference."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Roman Catholic Church Trust Property Amendment (Justice for Victims) Bill 2011 - Consultation Paper

AUSTRALIA
Clan.org

The Greens MP David Shoebridge has produced a consultation paper regarding a proposed legal reform which will make it easier for victims of sexual abuse to seek fair compensation from the Catholic Church.

David Shoebridge Greens MP is asking interested parties to read this consultation paper and put in submissions based on the ten consultation questions.

Please understand this is not about you writing your personal story, it is a chance to comment on the consultation paper only and you need to answer the 10 questions.

Click HERE to view the consultation paper

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

“De omgekeerde wereld”

NEDERLAND
Klokk

Als we alles op een rijtje zetten, dan staat de zaak van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk totaal op zijn kop. In ons huidig Nederlands Strafrecht wordt de verdachte als dader gestraft. Wat ondenkbaar is, is dat de verdachte bepaald welke regels en normen aanwezig zijn betreffende het onderzoek naar ´zijn daderschap´ en als veroordeelde dader nooit kan bepalen welke straf of boete hij/zij krijgt.

De kerk zag in begin 2010 de bui al hangen en nam ogenblikkelijk veel initiatieven. Bij te grote publiciteit, vond de kerk – waarom juist de kerk?- het noodzakelijk dit onafhankelijk te laten onderzoeken. De kerk stelde een onafhankelijke commissie in, de commissie Deetman. En daarover wil ik alleen maar kwijt dat mijn gevoelens van onafhankelijkheid bij de commissie Deetman volledig aanwezig was. Alleen mocht de commissie alleen dat onderzoeken wat de kerk – de daders- aan opdracht hadden meegegeven. Het is dan zo simpel om jezelf in dat onderzoek te beschermen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Letter from 1968 could show abuse pattern, prosecutor says

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

A letter written by a Philadelphia priest four decades ago about teenage brothers on a sadomasochistic outing could help prove that church officials endangered children 30 years later, a prosecutor contended Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia learned about the letter in 1968, but allowed the Rev. John Mulholland to work and minister at parishes across the region until 2002, Assistant District Attorney Mariana Sorensen said.

"It shows that they put blinders on," Sorensen told Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

Prosecutors want to be allowed to tell jurors about decades-old conduct by Mulholland, who no longer is a priest, and dozens of other priests during the March trial for William J. Lynn, the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy. They say the evidence will help them prove that Lynn's actions regarding two other priests, facing trial with him, are part of a long-term pattern or practice by the church of protecting abusive clergy and hiding their conduct from parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Priest sex trial: Boy was disgusted at 'abuse' by priest

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

A TEENAGER was so upset after being sexually abused by a priest that he tried to kill himself, a court heard.

The alleged victim is one of eight people who have come forward to claim they were abused by Alexander Bede Walsh as youngsters. The alleged abuse is said to have taken place over 20 years between 1974 and 1994.

Walsh, aged 58, is currently on trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court facing 27 charges including indecent assault and indecency.

Yesterday, jurors heard from one alleged victim who claimed he went to stay with Walsh when he worked at Cotton College in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Irish abuse victim to address Vatican conference

IRELAND
Irish Catholic

Senior Vatican officials will hear first hand of the experiences of Irish abuse victims at a major conference in Rome early next month aimed at ensuring better Church guidelines worldwide to ensure abuse allegations are handled properly.

Marie Collins, who was abused by Dublin priest Fr Paul McGennis, was one of the first people to come forward on how the Church failed to respond properly to her abuse.

She was instrumental in the Government's decision to set up the Murphy Commission. She will speak of her experiences before Church leaders from all over the globe as well as senior Vatican officials such as Cardinal William Levada.

Irish Church leaders will also be among the delegates. The Conference of Religious in Ireland (Cori) -- which represents more than 9,000 women and men religious -- will be represented by Sr Marianne O'Connor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Vatican officials warn pope of corruption

VATICAN CITY
IOL News (South Africa)

January 26 2012
By NICOLE WINFIELD

An Italian news programme has obtained letters from a top Vatican official to the pope in which he begs not to be transferred after exposing corruption in the awarding of Vatican contracts that cost the Holy See millions of euros (dollars).

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was removed in October as the No 2 administrator of the Vatican city-state and was named the pope's ambassador to Washington. While the job is highly prestigious, the posting took Vigano far from headquarters and out of the running for the Vatican's top administrative job, which carries with it the rank of cardinal.

The investigative news programme “The Untouchables” on the private La7 network broadcast a series of letters Vigano sent Pope Benedict XVI and the secretary of state last year in which he claimed to have exposed corruption and abuse of office in the running of the Vatican's administration.

Vigano said he corrected them during his two years as secretary-general of the Vatican city-state, the Vatican department that is responsible for everything from maintaining the pope's gardens to running the Vatican Museums.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

ITALIAN BISHOPS RENEW SUPPORT TO PAEDOPHILIA VICTIMS

VATICAN CITY
AGI

(AGI) Vatican City - The Italian bishops call for "a renewed support by the ecclesial community to paedophilia victims".

They ask that the issue of sexual abuse of underage children by members of the church be addressed "with a spirit of justice, first of all showing great consideration for the victims of such abuses and also focusing on the training of future priests". CEI spokesman, monsignor Domenico Pompili, said so, reporting on the works of the permanent episcopal council, under way in Rome. . .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Child sex abuse fears in Oakleigh

AUSTRALIA
Waverley Leader

by Tim Michell

AN Oakleigh family is praying they have not been victims of a three-month smokescreen as the State Government prepares to release a report into vulnerable children on Friday.

Chrissie and Anthony Foster, who have campaigned for a Royal Commission into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, are awaiting the results of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry.

Ms Foster said they hoped adding the terms of reference relating to church sexual abuses to an existing inquiry was not simply a stalling tactic.

“We’re hopeful that it’s not just a delaying tactic and we can get the response we’re after.”

In October last year, the government announced the inquiry would include an examination of the reporting of alleged abuses by Victorian churches and whether it should be made mandatory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

After Penn State, states reconsider sex abuse laws

UNITED STATES
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

Updated 01:22 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University has prompted state lawmakers across the nation to take another look at laws designed to protect children and punish child predators.

Thirty-eight legislatures are back in session this month, most for the first time since retired assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged in November with child sex abuse and two school officials were charged with failing to properly report abuse allegations. At least 12 states are considering mandatory reporting legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and more are expected to craft bills as their sessions get into full swing.

In addition to measures to improve the reporting of suspected child sex abuse, bills have been drafted across the country that would increase or even eliminate the statutes of limitations for bringing criminal or civil cases against alleged abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

DA files charges against minister again

WISCONSIN
Lake Geneva News

Rob Ireland

January 25, 2012 |
ELKHORN — A judge twice dismissing criminal charges against a former Walworth minister hasn't dissuaded the District Attorney's Office from pursuing the case.

On Monday, Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss filed, for the third time, a criminal complaint against Joseph R. Fultz, who was the minister at Grace Evangelical Church.

Fultz is accused of having knowledge, but not reporting to law enforcement, sexual assaults that occurred between young boys at his church, at Faith Christian School and at the Abbey Resort. Fultz is not accused of having direct inappropriate contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Priest held over child sex claims

UNITED KINGDOM
Grantham Journal

Published on Thursday 26 January 2012

A Church of England priest has been arrested by Sussex Police investigating historic allegations of sexual abuse on young boys in the late 1980s.

Semi-retired Father Wilkie Denford, 76, was held with an unnamed 68-year-old man who worked as an organist in the Lewes area of East Sussex, sources confirmed.

Both were arrested by Sussex Police child protection detectives on November 3 on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys at locations in West Sussex in 1988.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Prosecutors: Archdiocese Financially Motivated To Cover Up Sexual Abuse By Priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The prosecution presents evidence of decades of what it calls “prior bad acts” it hopes to present in the clergy abuse trial. Authorities say this shows a pattern of ignoring abuse and protecting ‘predator priests’ long before the crimes allegedly committed in this case. Authorities allege the motive was money.

The prosecution has cited countless instances in which Archdiocesan officials were aware of alleged abuse by dozens of priests over decades, even cases in which priests admitted abuse, but allegedly the Archdiocese failed to act, often until the threat of a leak or legal action.

One prosecutor has told the court that was the concern of the Archdiocese. Another prosecutor told the court that church officials were not concerned about victims. They were concerned about liability, the almighty dollar, mother church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

January 25, 2012

D.A.: Church officials know about priest’s S&M letter

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A letter written by a Philadelphia priest four decades ago about teenage brothers on a sadomasochistic outing could help prove that church officials endangered children 30 years later, a prosecutor contended Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia learned about the letter in 1968, but allowed the former Rev. John Mulholland to work and minister at parishes across the region until 2002, Assistant District Attorney Mariana Sorensen said.

"It shows that they put blinders on," Sorensen told Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

Prosecutors want to be allowed to tell jurors about decades-old conduct by Mulholland and dozens of other priests during the March trial for William J. Lynn, the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy. They say the evidence will help them prove that Lynn's actions regarding two other priests, facing trial with him, are part of a long-term pattern or practice by the church of protecting abusive clergy and hiding their conduct from parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Catholic diocese removes priest from ministry

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCTV

By DeAnn Smith, Digital Content Manager - email

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Catholic priest in the Sugar Creek area has been placed on administrative leave and removed from the ministry.

Bishop Robert Finn said in a statement that information from the ombudsman of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph had prompted "a strict application of all diocesan policies and procedures."

Finn emphasized that the investigation is the preliminary stages.

"The diocese urges everyone to understand that further information only can be made available once the facts are known," Finn said in the statement.

The diocese identified the priest in their statement, but KCTV5 is not doing so because he has not been charged or sued civilly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Well, at least Pope Benedict is sticking to the company line

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on January 25, 2012

From the Office of Keep Your Trap Shut, You Pesky Victims’ Activists:

Pope Benedict yesterday espoused the virtues of silence:

By remaining silent, we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself, and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested.

Ah, the irony. I am honestly surprised I didn’t receive a signed copy of the speech in the mail with a gift-wrapped roll of duct tape.

Here’s my favorite:

The most authentic communication takes place between people who are in love: gestures, facial expressions and body language are signs by which they reveal themselves to each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Prosecutors reveal Monsignor Lynn’s history of handling child sex assault reports

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
SNAP Wisconsin

The Philadelphia Daily News reported today on developments in the upcoming trial of Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn, the secretary for clergy under cardinal Belivacqua, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy for his role in transferring known sex offending clerics into unsuspecting parishes.

Philadelphia prosecutors appeared before Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina and attempted to persuade her to allow into evidence earlier reports of child sex crimes against dozens of priests from the archdiocese. Prosecutors believe that these reports of childhood sexual assault, made during Lynn’s tenure as secretary of clergy, clearly demonstrate a pattern of behavior by Monsignor Lynn.

Lynn, as secretary of the clergy in the archdiocese of Philadelphia, was responsible for investigating reports of clergy sexual assault. He is the highest ranking Catholic cleric in the United States to face trial for his role in knowingly providing priest predators with continued access to children. He is being tried with Fr. James Brennan who is reported to have raped a 14 year old altar boy, Fr. Charles Engelhardt, and former priest Edward Avery. Engelhardt and Avery are each charged with raping a 10 year old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

10 Years Later: Clergy Response to the Sex Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Danielle Tumminio

This January marks the 10th anniversary of the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the foundations of the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. What began as a series of news reports in the Boston Globe about six Roman Catholic priests and the cover-up arranged by Cardinal Law led to accusations against Christian leaders across the United States and internationally.

Ten years after the scandal erupted, clergy sexual abuse has been reported everywhere from Austria to Australia, and while it remains the case that only a small percentage of Christian clergy perpetrate sexual abuse, the effects of this small number of individuals is felt, at some level, by every Christian and by clergy trying to understand what the scandal means for them as leaders.

While they don't make news headlines, the majority of priests and pastors across denominations do not commit abuse, and this group of individuals take their vocation very seriously. They dedicate their lives to bringing Christianity's hope to their communities, to allowing God's light to permeate the darkness.

What effect, then, has the sexual abuse scandal in the Church had on them?

Clergy realize that one of the most prominent ramifications of the scandal is the way in which the safety of the Church is no longer assumed. Ten years ago, many people, including clergy, assumed the church was a safe place for all people, including children, just as prior to Sept. 11, a certain amount of airport security was assumed in the United States that we no longer take for granted, as we remove our shoes at security checkpoints, stand in full-body scanners and submit to questioning by TSA officials. Likewise, clergy ordained prior to the sex abuse scandal remember a time when the Church was an assumed safe place. Today, that assumption is not made in the same way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Lawyer: Church official threw monsignor ‘under the bus’ ...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Lawyer: Church official threw monsignor ‘under the bus’ amid child sex accusations in Philly

By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — An indicted Catholic church official is showing signs he won’t take the fall alone for the priest abuse scandal in Philadelphia, with his lawyer saying Wednesday that a successor threw him “under the bus.”

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is the only official from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia facing trial for allegedly failing to remove accused predators from the priesthood. He served as secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004.

Defense lawyers argue that Lynn took orders from then-Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and other superiors in the church hierarchy.

Prosecutors hope to include dozens of old abuse allegations to show a pattern of conduct at the trial, which is scheduled to start in late March and last several months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Karadima es dado de alta y regresa estable a Convento de las Siervas de Jesús

CHILE
La Tercera

por Angélica Baeza Palavecino - 25/01/2012

Fernando Karadima fue dado de alta ayer a las 15.45 horas, luego de haber ingresado el sábado por la tarde al Hospital Clínico de la UC tras sufrir un shock glicémico.

La información fue confirmada por su abogado Cristián Muga, quien indicó a La Tercera que se encuentra en buen estado de salud y estable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Priest placed on leave in KC diocese

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS

Bishop Robert Finn has placed a priest in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese on administrative leave and restricted him from public ministry, the diocese confirmed today.

“In recent weeks, information came to the Ombudsman that prompted Bishop Finn and the Independent Review Board to invoke a strict application of all diocesan policies and procedures,” the diocese said in a statement.

The diocese announced the action at the priest’s church Sunday but provided no further details about the case or what the allegations involved.

“While this investigation is in a preliminary phase, the diocese urges everyone to understand that further information only can be made available once the facts are known,” the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Former Guelph Catholic priest pleads guilty to two historic sexual assaults

CANADA
Guelph Mercury

GUELPH —Former Catholic priest James Boudreau took advantage of a young man’s friendship and another’s interest in the clergy when he sexually assaulted the two in the 1980s, a city courtroom heard Wednesday.

The 68-year-old bald, heavy-set man, wearing silver-rimmed glasses stood beside his lawyer Roger Yachetti as he pleaded guilty to two sexual assaults in Guelph’s provincial court.

Boudreau served as pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on Victoria Road North, from 1978 to 1985. He went on to work at six other Ontario churches, including Kitchener’s St. John’s Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Catholic priest admits abusing kid; SNAP responds

CANADA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on January 25, 2012

Let’s hope Fr. Boudreau is put behind bars for a long time so no more kids are hurt. Let’s also hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will step forward, get help, expose wrongdoers and start healing.

His bishop must personally go to each parish where Boudreau worked, begging anyone with suspicions or information about his crimes to step forward and call law enforcement. Anything short of that is irresponsible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Ex-New York Mills pastor admits stealing $87,000

NEW YORK
Observer-Dispatch

By ROCCO LaDUCA
Observer-Dispatch

Posted Jan 25, 2012

UTICA —

Whenever the collection was taken at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa in New York Mills, the parishioners believed their charity was going to benefit the church.

Instead, the money went to help their longtime pastor, the Rev. Valentine Krul, live a better a life, including buying a condominium in Florida, prosecutors said.

On Wednesday, Krul, 61, of Forestport, pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court to second-degree grand larceny for stealing more than $87,000 from the church between October 2008 and January 2011.

Krul was taken into custody after his plea to begin serving six months in Oneida County jail, where he once worked as chaplain for the Sheriff’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Niet de Belgische bisschoppen, maar het eigen canoniek recht van de Heilige Stoel bepaalt de spelregels inzake seksueel kindermisbruik….

BELGIE
Klokk

Tegen de achtergrond van het seksueel kindermisbruik door de bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe werd bij het aantreden van de nieuwe aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard door hem nadrukkelijk beloofd dat seksueel kindermisbruik in een pastorale relatie van dan af altijd zou worden aangegeven bij justitie. Hij baseerde zich daarbij op een officieuze richtlijn van het Vaticaan die reageerde op het stilzwijgen van Benedictus XVI op Pasen 2010. Die werd gepubliceerd op de public relations website van het Vaticaan: ‘Gids voor het verstaan van de basisprocedure van de congregatie van de geloofsleer betreffende beschuldigingen van seksueel misbruik’ (http://www.vatican.va/ressources/resources_guide-CDF-procedures_en.html).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Bankruptcy Sheds Light on Leading Abuse Attorney's Earnings

CALIFORNIA
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

The Los Angeles Daily Journal, a publication serving the law community, has reported that a leading Los Angeles abuse victim attorney, Raymond P. Boucher, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

At the time that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles paid out $660 million to 508 alleged abuse victims in July of 2007, Boucher was representing as many as 245 plaintiffs who were suing the Catholic Church.

The Journal cites "lengthy divorce proceedings" as the cause for the bankruptcy filing. Although Boucher and his wife made their divorce final in 2008, they continue to dispute over money issues.

The Journal reveals some eye-opening numbers related to the earnings Boucher may have garnered from clergy settlements in recent years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

NYM Priest, former Sheriff's Department Chaplain, admits taking money from church accounts

NEW YORK
WKTV

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A longtime priest in the Village of New York Mills was in Oneida County Court in Utica on Wednesday, where he admitted to taking money from the church's bank account for his own use.

Father Valentine Krul pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny, facing five years probation with the first six months spent in the Oneida County Jail.

Father Valentine, as he was known by many in the community, was actually the chaplain for the Oneida County Sheriff's Department for more than 20 years. A priest for 34 years, he had been assigned to St. Mary's Church in New York Mills for the past 17 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Dr. Anthea Butler On Church Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

[with video]

PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors in the church abuse case will be in court Wednesday morning pushing to include some 30 child endangerment cases as part of the trial against Monsignor William Lynn.

Lynn is accused of keeping priests around who were suspected of abusing children.

Lynn's defense lawyers argue that he was only doing what Cardinal Bevilaqua told him to do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Man Testifies He Was Molested By Priest In Derby, Courant Reports

CONNECTICUT
Valley Independent Sentinel

by STAFF | Jan 25, 2012

A 43-year-old man testified that he was molested in the 1980s by a priest who was assigned to a grammar school in Derby, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday (Jan. 24).

The victim, identified only as “Jacob Doe,” took the stand during the first day of a trial in a civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.

The lawsuit claims the Archdiocese knew that the priest, Ivan Ferguson, was a pedophile, but kept transferring to different assignments when complaints arose.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Key Ruling Expected in Philly Priest-Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA January 25, 2012 (AP)

Will a Catholic monsignor be left to defend the sins of the Philadelphia archdiocese in the child sex-abuse scandal?

A judge Wednesday may rule on whether prosecutors can use dozens of old priest-abuse allegations at Monsignor William Lynn's upcoming child-endangerment trial.

Defense lawyers insist Lynn should only be tried for his oversight of the priest and ex-priest on trial with him on rape charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Nuzzi e i misteri del Vaticano: "Privilegi e corruzione"

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Libero

Beatissimo Padre, un mio trasferimento in questo momento provocherebbe smarrimento e scoramento in quanti hanno creduto fosse possibile risanare tante situazioni di corruzione e prevaricazione da tempo radicate nella gestione delle diverse Direzioni (del governatorato, l’amministrazione vaticana, nda)». È il 27 marzo del 2011. A rivolgersi in termini così drammatici direttamente a Benedetto XVI, denunciando privilegi, corrutele e zone opache Oltretevere, è un sacerdote di primo piano. Carlo Maria Viganò, un monsignore che viene incaricato nell’estate del 2009 su fiducia del Santo Padre a controllare tutti gli appalti e le forniture del Vaticano. La sua opera di tagli e pulizia dà fastidio. Tanto che finisce vittima di una congiura per bloccare l’opera di pulizia che aveva avviato. Da novembre Viganò è stato rimosso. È diventando nunzio apostolico a Washington negli Stati Uniti, andando a ricoprire la più prestigiosa rappresentanza diplomatica della Santa Sede nel mondo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Soldi facili in Vaticano, Mons Viganò risana, viene rimosso e denuncia

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Blitz

di Alessandro Camilli

CITTÀ DEL VATICANO – Rimuovereste voi dall’incarico un amministratore che in un anno ha portato i vostri conti da meno 8 milioni di euro a più 34? Probabilmente no, ma le vie del Signore, oltre che infinite, sono anche imperscrutabili. E così a monsignor Carlo Maria Viganò è stata tolta la guida della struttura che gestisce gli appalti e le forniture del più piccolo e, in proporzione, potente Stato della Terra: il Vaticano. In realtà però in questa vicenda il Signore con la “s” maiuscola c’entra poco o niente. I motivi dell’affidamento ad altro, prestigioso per carità, incarico di Viganò sono molto più prosaici: nella sua opera di risanamento forse ha scoperto un sistema di malaffare e corruzione noto e diffuso, pestando i piedi a personaggi molto più potenti di lui.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Top official denounces Vatican corruption: reports

VATICAN CITY
Times of Malta

A top Vatican official who is now the envoy to Washington denounced corruption and waste in the Holy See in a series of letters to Pope Benedict XVI, Italian media reported today.

Carlo Maria Vigano was secretary general of the governorate of the Vatican -- the person in charge of the administration -- until October, when he was named ambassador to the United States in what was seen as a demotion.

In extracts from the letters published in Corriere della Sera and Libero, Vigano said he had faced a "disastrous" situation when he became head of the governorate in 2009 and said his transfer to Washington was "punishment".

"My transfer is causing disarray and discouragement among those who believed it was possible to resolve the numerous situations of corruption and waste" in the Vatican, he said in one letter to the pope in March 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Report: Vatican official warns pope of corruption

VATICAN CITY
Boston Globe

January 25, 2012

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican says it has no comment on a media report that an Italian prelate was transferred to Washington as papal ambassador after he wrote to the pope complaining about corruption in the awarding of Vatican contracts.

The allegation is carried in a report, being televised Wednesday night, by Gian Luigi Nuzzi, author of a 2009 book outlining the shady dealings by the Vatican bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Nieuwe huiszoekingen misbruik RK-Kerk België

BELGIE
Reformatorisch Dagblad

BRUSSEL (ANP) – Bij de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in België zijn opnieuw huiszoekingen verricht in verband met het grootscheepse onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik. De politie voerde maandag een 30-tal huiszoekingen uit bij ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen in Oost- en West-Vlaanderen en Brabant, maakte justitie dinsdag bekend.

Volgens Vlaamse media zijn een kleine honderd persoonlijke dossiers van mogelijk verdachte geestelijken meegenomen. Vorige week waren er een reeks huiszoekingen in de bisdommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Nieuwe huiszoekingen in Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
De Redactie

Politie en gerecht hebben gisteren opnieuw een 30-tal huiszoekingen uitgevoerd in het kader van het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Daarbij zijn een kleine honderd persoonlijke dossiers van geestelijken in beslag genomen.

De huiszoekingen vonden plaats bij 15 verschillende ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen in de provincies Oost- en West-Vlaanderen en Brabant. Vorige week waren er al gelijkaardige huiszoekingen bij de verschillende bisdommen in ons land (foto boven).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

I misteri della finanza in Vaticano: le rivelazioni di monsignor Viganò

ITALIA
Pianetanews

«Corruzione». La parola è sinonimo di malaffare e degrado morale. Ma se a pronunciarla è un altissimo prelato vicino al Papa, come rivela questa sera «Gli intoccabili », il programma d’inchiesta del giornalista Gian Luigi Nuzzi che va in onda su La7, allora vengono i brividi. Il suo nome: Carlo Maria Viganò, fino a qualche mese fa segretario generale del governatorato del Vaticano, la struttura che gestisce gli appalti e le forniture del più piccolo e potente Stato della Terra. «Corruzione» è proprio il termine che quel monsignore usa per descrivere in una clamorosa lettera a Benedetto XVI l’incredibile situazione che si è trovato davanti dopo aver assunto nel luglio del 2009 il delicatissimo incarico. Una bomba sganciata nelle stanze del potere vaticano il 27 marzo del 2011, nell’estremo tentativo di sventare una manovra di corridoio che culminerà con la sua rimozione.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Nuzzi riparte dal Vaticano

ITALIA
Corriere della Sera

Gianluigi Nuzzi torna in prima serata. Il giornalista, che ama le inchieste, costruirà in ognuna delle puntate un’indagine su fenomeni legati alla criminalità organizzata, alla corruzione politica e all’illegalità. Stasera Nuzzi si occupa di un tema su cui ha scritto anche un libro: gli affari del Vaticano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Report: Vatican Official Warns Pope of Corruption

VATICAN CITY
ABC News (United States)

VATICAN CITY January 25, 2012 (AP)

The Vatican says it has no comment on a media report that an Italian prelate was transferred to Washington as papal ambassador after he wrote to the pope complaining about corruption in the awarding of Vatican contracts.

The allegation is carried in a report, being televised Wednesday night, by Gian Luigi Nuzzi, author of a 2009 book outlining the shady dealings by the Vatican bank.

A report in Corriere della Sera on Wednesday said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano used the term "corruption" in a letter to Pope Benedict XVI to explain the difficulties he faced in his position as secretary-general of the Vatican city-state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Extradited ex-priest faces 55 Irish abuse charges

IRELAND
The Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — A defrocked Irish priest who was extradited from Brazil with British help has appeared in a Dublin court charged with 55 counts of sexually abusing 18 children.

The judge ordered 72-year-old Peter Kennedy held without bail Wednesday in Dublin's Cloverhill Prison until his next court appearance Feb. 8.

Kennedy fled to England in 2002 after his accusers told police he had molested them when they were children from 1968 to 1984.

The church removed Kennedy from the priesthood in 2003 by which time he had emigrated to Brazil using his British passport. The church that year paid one of Kennedy's accusers euro325,000 ($425,000) in damages, the biggest abuse settlement reported in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Opnieuw huiszoekingen bij kerk

BELGIE
Nieuws

[video]

Het gerecht heeft opnieuw huiszoekingen verricht in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. Speurders zijn gisteren binnengevallen bij een 30-tal kloosterordes en congregaties. Maar ook bij de paters Oblaten in Blanden vielen ze binnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Paying tribute to the reporting that exposed priest sex abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot-Ledger

By Roy J. Harris Jr.

Jan. 25, is not a particularly remarkable day for most journalists, except among the top editors of America’s newspapers and news websites.

It is the deadline for submitting entries for the Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious awards for U.S. journalism, dating to 1917. That’s 95 years of honoring great reporting, along with accomplishment in arts and letters acknowledged by the non-journalism branch of the prizes.

As it happens, I’m in Los Angeles talking today to classes at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. My topic: what I consider the best example of Pulitzer-winning team investigative reporting since Watergate. That reporting, in the Boston Globe, began running 10 years ago this month.

On Jan. 6, 2002, the Globe first vividly documented the Catholic Church hierarchy’s cover-up of priests who sexually abused young parishioners – igniting a scandal still resonating around the U.S. and the world. Rightly, most of the anniversary’s attention so far has focused on the progress made by abuse victims and their families, and the way the issue still resonates within the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Socorro mourns archbishop’s death

NEW MEXICO
El Defensor Chieftain

by Staff | January 25, 2012

Socorroans are mourning the loss of a native son, the much-revered, first New Mexico-born archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Rev. Robert Fortune Sanchez, who once played baseball on the dirt grounds of Mt. Carmel Catholic School as Bobby Sanchez.

A simple purple and black wreath on the doors of San Miguel Mission over the weekend reminded parishioners and other passers-by that the former archbishop was very much a respected and beloved member of this community.

His onetime classmates at Mt. Carmel held a vigil last Friday night, after learning of his death earlier that day, gathering in front of the historic mission church, now closed for renovations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Robert Sanchez 1934-2012:

NEW MEXICO
El Defensor Chieftain

The Rev. Robert Fortune Sanchez became a state hero in 1974 when he was ordained as the first New Mexico-born Archbishop of Santa Fe and the first Hispanic in the nation to hold the post.

He resigned in disgrace in 1993 as part of a sex scandal that took a heavy toll on the church.

The ordination of Sanchez, then 40, as the nation’s youngest archbishop drew 14,000 jubilant New Mexicans to the Pit at the University of New Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

2 sides contest using past responses in priest trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the forthcoming child endangerment trial of a Philadelphia cleric sparred for a second day Tuesday over whether jurors should hear how the monsignor and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia responded to dozens of claims of priests sexually abusing children.

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn, who is accused of making decisions that enabled two priests to molest boys in the 1990s, say letting prosecutors bring up allegations against 27 other priests not charged in the case would be unfair and irrelevant.

They also contend that as the archdiocese's secretary for clergy between 1992 and 2004, Lynn supervised 800 priests but did not have unilateral authority to reassign them, order them into treatment, or remove them from ministry.

Those decisions fell to his superiors, in particular Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, the attorneys said, and were often dictated by broader church policies about how to handle abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Paedophile priest released for funeral

NORTHERN IRELAND
UTV

A convicted paedophile priest from Lisburn has been granted compassionate bail for 24 hours to allow him to attend the funeral of a family member.

James Martin Donaghy, 53, has been in custody since December 15 - when he was convicted by a jury of a litany of sex crimes against two altar boys and a trainee priest over a period of 17 years.

During his trial, Belfast Crown Court heard how Donaghy had told one of his victims that a priest's vow of celibacy was "only man-made rules and it's up to your conscience".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Operatie Kelk: huiszoekingen worden voortgezet

BELGIE
Knack

Er werden opnieuw op 31 locaties, bij ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen, huiszoekingen gedaan.

Gisteren voerde het federaal parket huiszoekingen uit op 31 locaties: bij ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen. De huiszoekingen kaderen in het onderzoek naar schuldig verzuim binnen de kerk, dat mogelijk sowieso verjaard zou kunnen zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Priest held over child sex claims

UNITED KINGDOM
Chichester Observer

Published on Wednesday 25 January 2012

A Church of England priest has been arrested by Sussex Police investigating historic allegations of sexual abuse on young boys in the late 1980s.

Semi-retired Father Wilkie Denford, 76, was held with an unnamed 68-year-old man who worked as an organist in the Lewes area of East Sussex, sources confirmed.

Both were arrested by Sussex Police child protection detectives on November 3 on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys at locations in West Sussex in 1988.

The pair, whose arrests have only just emerged, have since been released on police bail until March 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

SD senator seeks to remove reporting deadline for rape victims

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Daily Republic

By: KRISTI EATON, The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — It has taken Jolene Loetscher more than 15 years to come to terms with a rape she says she endured as a teenager in Nebraska, but according to state law at the time, she waited too long to seek punishment for the man she accuses of stealing her childhood in the back of the store where she worked.

While 23 states currently have no statute of limitations on some form of sexual assault, prosecutors in several states — including South Dakota, where Loetscher now lives — remain bound by laws that restrict the length of time they can charge someone for a sex crime.

In South Dakota, prosecutors can only charge a suspect in a rape case up to seven years after the crime was committed or until the victim is 25, whichever is longer.

Loetscher, now 33, hopes to change that with the help of her friend, South Dakota state Sen. Mark Johnston, who has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would eliminate the state's statute of limitations for rape cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Morris affair contains lessons for Church hierarchy

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Frank Brennan January 24, 2012

The Toowoomba Diocese has been without a resident bishop now for nine months since Pope Benedict removed Bishop Bill Morris, who refused to submit his resignation when requested by three curial cardinals who formed an adverse view of him.

Morris had offered to retire by August last year provided only that the sexual abuse cases in the diocese had been resolved. This timetable was judged inappropriate by the Vatican cardinals who conducted an ongoing inquiry into Morris' fitness for office. They wanted him out, now. Nine months later, no one is able credibly to defend their methods.

Morris was denied natural justice. No one, including the Australian bishops, quite knows why he was sacked — or at least they cannot tell us; the charges and the evidence remain a moving target, a mystery. Clearly Morris has not been judged a heretic or schismatic. He has maintained his standing as a bishop, being asked to assist with Episcopal tasks in his home diocese of Brisbane.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Judge rules in Chesley's favor in lawsuits stemming from diocese abuse settlement

KENTUCKY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: January 24, 2012

COVINGTON, Ky. — A northern Kentucky judge has dismissed two lawsuits that accused a Cincinnati lawyer of defrauding clients in a sexual-abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington.

Kenton County Circuit Judge Gregory M. Bartlett filed orders Friday dismissing the lawsuits against Stan Chesley, his law firm and colleague Robert Steinberg, The Courier-Journal reported (http://cjky.it/zY28CQ ).

The plaintiffs were among 252 people who shared in an $84 million settlement with the Roman Catholic diocese. One of the lawsuits was filed by three clients represented by Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, and the other by another victim who represented herself. Clay said he planned to appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Suit against Chesley in Catholic sex-abuse case dismissed

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

Written by
Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal

Embattled Cincinnati trial lawyer Stan Chesley has won a legal victory with the dismissal of two Kenton Circuit Court lawsuits that had accused him of defrauding clients in a sexual-abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington.

Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory M. Bartlett, in orders filed Jan. 20, dismissed the lawsuits against Chesley, his law firm and colleague Robert Steinberg.

Bartlett said the lawsuits failed on multiple legal grounds — including that the plaintiffs missed their chance to challenge the diocese settlement while that case was still open in nearby Boone Circuit Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Allegations pile on priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY MENSAH M. DEAN
Philadelphia Daily News
deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949

CITY PROSECUTORS yesterday continued to pile on the allegations that a former high-ranking official of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia facilitated the sexual abuse of church children by repeatedly looking the other way when confronted with jaw-dropping crimes of predator priests.

"Time and time and time again, they lie to victims because they are not concerned about the victims; they are just concerned about the almighty dollar and mother Church," Chief of Special Investigations Patrick Blessington said of the Archdiocese, which once employed the four defendants who are to stand trial in March.

Defendant Monsignor William Lynn, 61, at times appeared red-faced during the second day of a "prior-bad-acts" hearing at the Criminal Justice Center.

Lynn, secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy for allegedly shuffling dangerous priests among parishes instead of calling the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Priest sex trial: 'Abuse made me feel like pervert'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

MEN who claim they were sexually abused by a priest when they were young boys have told how respected he was in their community.

Catholic priest Alexander Bede Walsh is on trial accused of 27 counts of sexual abuse on eight boys over a 20-year period.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday from three of the alleged victims, none of whom can be named for legal reasons.

They say the 58-year-old, pictured, known to them at the time as Father Bede, was seen as a 'father figure and guardian' to them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Priest Wilkie Denford Questioned Over Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Huffington Post UK

A Church of England priest has been arrested by police investigating historic allegations of sexual abuse on young boys in the late 1980s.

Semi-retired Father Wilkie Denford, 76, was held with an unnamed 68-year-old man who worked as an organist in the Lewes area of East Sussex, sources confirmed.

Both were arrested by Sussex Police child protection detectives on November 3 on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys at locations in West Sussex in 1988.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

January 24, 2012

Ronald Bohl

ERLANGER (KY)
nky.com

Ronald William Bohl, 67, of Erlanger, passed away on Thursday, January 19th at his residence. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a retired Franciscan, an extensive world traveler, and a Vietnam Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Bohl, and his nephew William Bohl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 PM

Group Demands Bishop Disclose Alexander Allegations

HAWAII
Honolulu Civil Beat

A group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a press conference outside of the Honolulu Catholic Diocese Tuesday (Jan. 24).

Judy Jones, SNAP’s midwest associate director, delivered a letter to the diocese asking Bishop Larry Silva to “disclose all allegations against Fr. Marc Alexander and why he left his priesthood.”

Alexander resigned earlier this month as homeless coordinator for the Abercrombie administration. Jones said she wanted Silva to disclose whether he had informed the governor about allegations of sexual abuses made against Alexander while he was still with the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

Trial Starts In Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Archdiocese

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

8:33 p.m. EST, January 24, 2012

WATERBURY—
The first trial of a sexual abuse complaint against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford opened in Superior Court Tuesday amid allegations that high church officials, including a former archbishop, shifted an offending priest between parishes after learning of complaints that he had abused boys.

Evidence presented to the jury Tuesday also indicated that archdiocese administrators, including the late Archbishop John Francis Whealon, moved the priest, Ivan Ferguson, between church schools where he had access to children.

The suit contends that Ferguson was a pedophile who molested and sexually assaulted boys in the 1970s and 1980s. The archdiocese, which employed Ferguson, knew of the abuse but failed to stop it, the suit contends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 PM

Should jury know about monsignor’s response to abuse claims?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the forthcoming child endangerment trial of a Philadelphia monsignor sparred for a second day Tuesday over whether jurors should hear how the monsignor and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia responded to dozens of claims of priests sexually abusing children.

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn, who is accused of making decisions that enabled two priests to molest boys in the 1990s, say that letting prosecutors bring up allegations against 27 other priests not charged in the case would be unfair and irrelevant.

They also contend that as the archdiocese Secretary for Clergy between 1992 and 2004, Lynn supervised 800 priests but didn't have unilateral authority to reassign them, order them into treatment or remove them from ministry.

Those decisions fell to his superiors, in particular Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, the attorneys said, and were often dictated by broader church policies about how to handle abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 PM

The end of the mystique

UNITED STATES
Civil Commotion

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Bob Felton

A Philadelphia prosecutor has decisively — and good for him — ended 2000-years of unwarranted deference to the Catholic Church.

Prosecutors on Monday accused the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of being an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a clergy sex abuse case and said the Roman Catholic Church fed predators a steady supply of children.

Everybody willing to know the truth has known the truth for a long time: The Catholic Church has masterminded a global criminal conspiracy centered on the sexual abuse of children for a long time.

What is so striking is that now a state prosecutor is saying so, too, instead of a few hundred cranky bloggers. However naturally this may follow from the past decade of revelations, however easily it may be overlooked in the cataracts of abuse stories, this is a milestone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

10 Years On, Clergy Abuse Scandal Still Reverberates

BOSTON (MA)
NPR

[audio]

January 24, 2012

The Boston Globe broke the story of sex abuse within the Catholic Church's Boston diocese, and a systematic cover up, in 2002. Since then, hundreds of victims have come forward with their stories. After resistance, the Church changed course, but many complain it hasn't gone far enough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Catholic League: Jewish Rabbis Even Greater Abusers Than Catholic Priests

UNITED STATES
The New Civil Rights Movement

by David Badash on January 24, 2012

Bill Donohue, the head of the pedophile priests supporting Catholic League, in an attempt to deflect attention from the regular, serious, and unresolved sexual transgressions, sexual assault, and child rape within the Catholic Church, today pointed the finger at Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, saying, “[t]he most serious cases of the sexual abuse of minors currently taking place are among Orthodox Jewish rabbis in Brooklyn.” Donohue, proving the ludicrousness of the existence and purpose of his entire organization, lambasted Jay Leno for a joke he made last night about an L.A. Bishop who recently resigned after revealing he had fathered two children. Donohue claims also that Leno has “a long track record of bashing Catholicism.” So, rather than work to fix the root causes of systemic and felonious issues within the Church, Donohue chooses instead to attacks its critics, hoping, praying that no one will notice the Catholic Church’s role and reputation in America is rapidly diminishing, even among America’s Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

JAY LENO GOES BACK TO SEWER

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

In last night’s monologue, Jay Leno commented on an auxiliary bishop from Los Angeles who recently stepped down after admitting he fathered two children. After explaining what happened, Leno said, “I thought bishops could only move diagonally. I didn’t know they could move up and down.” When making these remarks, Leno gestured with his hands, waving them side to side, and then up and down.

Leno went on to say, “Isn’t it amazing the bishop of L.A. confessed to fathering two children? But, hey, he didn’t use birth control, so at least he followed the church rules. Ya gotta give him credit for that.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

There are those who will say, sure, Leno was tough on the bishop, but what do you expect from a late-night talk show host? After all, had there been no wrongdoing, there would have been no wise crack. This view is seriously mistaken.

The most serious cases of the sexual abuse of minors currently taking place are among Orthodox Jewish rabbis in Brooklyn, yet Leno would never tell a joke at their expense. The rate of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals is 50 times higher than in the rest of the population, yet Leno would never tell a joke at their expense. [Note: making such jokes would be equally offensive.] But if there is one wayward Catholic clergyman, it’s not only acceptable to ridicule him, it’s okay to mock the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Lawyers: Gov't hanging Pa. church abuse on 1 man

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Sacramento Bee

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Lawyers for a Catholic Church official say prosecutors are trying to hold him alone responsible for the priest abuse scandal in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors want to include accusations against dozens of priests when Monsignor William Lynn goes on trial in March on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.

Lynn served as secretary of clergy for the archdiocese from 1992 to 2004. Many of the accusations are decades old.

Prosecutors say Lynn kept priests on the job despite explosive allegations in secret church files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Gardiner minister suspended for two years

GARDINER (ME)
Kennebec Journal

By Mechele Cooper mcooper@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

GARDINER -- A longtime minister of Christ Episcopal Church has been placed on a two-year suspension following a months-long church investigation that found he engaged in sexual misconduct consisting of "inappropriate language and interpersonal boundary violations."

Church members were told at Sunday's service that the Rev. Jacob Fles had been suspended. Fles has conducted services at the city's landmark church, at the corner of Gardiner Common on Dresden Avenue, for 17 years.

A joint statement issued by both Bishop Stephen Lane and Fles said that the church's inquiry did not uncover any evidence of criminal behavior.

"The past four months have been difficult for all parties: the complainants, the people of Christ Church, Father Fles and his family, and all involved in the investigation," the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Amy Schmidt-Houston Leader of SNAP

TEXAS
KTRH

[audio]

Should Texas therapists be compelled to report adult patients who talk about their childhood problems in therapy to law enforcement? State psychologists are asking the Attorney General to revisit the current policy. We talk to: Amy Schmidt-Houston Branch of SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Sussex priest Wilkie Denford questioned over abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC news

A Church of England priest has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two young boys in the late 1980s.

Father Wilkie Denford, 76, who is semi-retired and lives in Lewes, and a 68 year-old-man, also from the Lewes area, were arrested in November.

The pair are accused of abusing the boys at a number of locations in West Sussex in 1988.

Both men have been questioned by Sussex Police and bailed until 1 March.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Kleine honderd dossiers in beslag genomen bij 15-tal kloosterordes

BELGIE
Knack

(Belga) Bij de huiszoekingen die maandag zijn uitgevoerd op een 30-tal verschillende plaatsen in Oost- en West-Vlaanderen en Brabant, hebben speurders van de Brusselse federale gerechtelijke politie een kleine honderd persoonlijke dossiers van geestelijken in beslag genomen. Dat meldt het federaal parket dinsdag. De huiszoekingen en het gerechtelijk onderzoek van onderzoeksrechter De Troy lopen daarmee op hun eind, maar voorlopig is er nog geen sprake van inverdenkingstellingen.

De huiszoekingen van maandag, bij een 15-tal verschillende ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen, volgen op de huiszoekingen die vorige week werden uitgevoerd bij de verschillende bisdommen in België. Net als vorige week waren de speurders op zoek naar de persoonlijke dossiers van geestelijken die genoemd werden in de klachten en burgerlijke partijstellingen die het federaal parket ontvangen heeft in het kader van Operatie Kelk, het gerechtelijk onderzoek dat onderzoeksrechter De Troy voert naar feiten van schuldig verzuim inzake seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door geestelijken

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Philly judge weighs church sex abuse evidence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Fox News

Published January 24, 2012

| Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia judge could decide Tuesday if prosecutors can tell a jury that the Catholic Church long ignored sex abuse complaints and fed dangerous priests a steady supply of children.

Prosecutors want to use dozens of old allegations at the upcoming March trial of a church official charged with child endangerment and two priests charged with rape.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official to face trial for his handling of sex abuse complaints.

Prosecutors at a pretrial hearing this week called the archdiocese "an unindicted co-conspirator."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Nog dertig huiszoekingen in Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Het federaal parket heeft maandag een dertigtal huiszoekingen uitgevoerd in ordes, congregaties en kloostergemeenschappen. Dat schrijft Het Laatste Nieuws.

Het gerecht zocht er naar bewijzen dat geestelijke leiders jarenlang op de hoogte waren van kindermisbruik in hun gemeenschap, maar daar niets tegen deden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Belgische Justitie doorzoekt kloosters

BELGIE
Katholiek Nieuwsblad

De Belgische Justitie heeft afgelopen maandag huiszoekingen gedaan bij ongeveer dertig orden en congregaties.

De huiszoekingen zouden verband houden met beschuldigingen van het verdoezelen van seksueel misbruik.

Volgens ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ zouden de invallen niets hebben opgeleverd.

Onlangs werden ook huiszoekingen gedaan in verschillende Belgische bisdommen waarbij personeelsdossiers in beslag werden genomen. Daarbij zou zijn gezocht naar bewijs dat kerkelijk verantwoordelijken op de hoogte waren van misbruikzaken, maar geen maatregelen troffen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

WHEN MEDIA BIAS IS SUBTLE

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue points to some instances of bias in today’s New York Times:

The reason I read the New York Times every day is because of its comprehensive coverage and tremendous influence on other media outlets. Editorially, at least on cultural issues, the positions of the New York Times are diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church. They are entitled to their opinion. What bothers me are the subtleties of bias that creep in, as in today’s edition.

In the “Arts, Briefly” section today, there is a story on how some of India’s Sikhs are angry at Jay Leno for making a disrespectful joke about their religion. The piece begins by saying, “It’s the rare Jay Leno joke that results in ruffled feathers in the United States.” Really? I guess the reporter, Dave Itzkoff, never heard of one of Leno’s endless stream of jokes painting all priests as predators. [By the way, Leno is so relentless in bashing priests that we prepared a report detailing his offenses from April 29, 1996 to February 4, 2010 and sent it to NBC executives.]

When someone dies who may have had a checkered past, it is not unusual for a news story to cite the comments of his adversaries. And while an obituary may quote a critic of the deceased, it is highly unusual to see the remarks of an official from an advocacy organization make that page. Yet in today’s obituary on Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, Dennis Hevesi allows a spokesman from a notoriously anti-Catholic group, SNAP, to hammer the late archbishop. [We issued a report on SNAP last year demonstrating its open hostility to the Catholic Church.]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

2 more men come forward, support sexual misconduct accusations against former Delbarton headmaster

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

BERNARDS — In a candlelit room at St. James School in Basking Ridge, Brian Kvederas remembers confessing the overwhelming fears of his adolescence to Rev. Luke Travers some 25 years ago.

As part of a weekend youth-ministry retreat at adjacent St. James Church, high school juniors and seniors were meeting one-on-one with clergy in informal settings to confess their sins or simply chat about what was on their minds. On this Saturday night, Kvederas chose Travers "because he seemed cool to talk to."

As Kvederas spilled his innermost anxieties, the two sat knees to knees, candles flickering, in a secluded corner of an office or small classroom, Kvederas recalls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain: Joe Paterno and the Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on January 23, 2012

Joe Paterno’s death last weekend came as a bit of a shock and a huge disappointment. I knew he was sick, but my disappointment did not come from grief. My upset was quite different: The man at the center of the biggest child sex abuse scandal of 2011 is gone, and we will never know exactly what he knew and when he knew it.

Some may say that I am overly critical to demand full truth and disclosure about the past of a man who is gone. As a culture, we are trained to “never speak ill of the dead.” In fact, I have been told by more than a few people, “Paterno’s gone now. Can’t we focus on the good he did?” Some news outlets have even wondered if Paterno died of a broken heart. (If anyone broke Paterno’s heart, it was Paterno. And I think that it was his ego, not his heart, that truly suffered. If he had a heart that could break, I think he would have done more to help the kids.)

Paterno’s supporters want us to redeem a flawed hero. They want us to honor the outward good deeds while ignoring the destruction that his actions caused.

And that reminded me of something ….

In the ten years since the Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal broke, experts such as Tom Doyle have aptly discussed the phenomena of “Bella Figura” (literally beautiful figure or good image). The term describes the desire of the Catholic hierarchy to maintain outward appearances and the best possible presentation, despite the ugliness, crimes and cover-up going on behind the scenes. (Think if it as a global “ignore the man behind the curtain” philosophy.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

10 Years Later: Breaking Down The Mass. Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

BOSTON (MA)
WBUR

[audio]

By Jessica Alpert (@jessprk)
Jan 23, 2012, 3:50 PM

Ten years after the clergy sex abuse crisis hit the news, we talk with two reporters who were instrumental in uncovering the scandal, WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer and Northeastern University distinguished professor Walter V. Robinson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the subject.

Guests:
Sacha Pfeiffer, WBUR host of All Things Considered
Walter V. Robinson, distinguished professor at Northeastern University

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Priests' past conduct is an issue in sex-abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

One by one, the assistant district attorneys walked to a courtroom lectern Monday to tell, at times explicitly, different versions of what sounded like the same story: priests molesting children, and Archdiocese of Philadelphia leaders failing to act on claims or signs of abuse.

One cited testimony from altar boys who said the former Rev. Edward Avery got them drunk in the 1970s, then proposed to "sober them up" by rubbing ice on their genitals.

Another detailed more than a dozen abuse claims against Nicholas Cudemo, who was shuffled among parishes and high schools over decades before he was defrocked.

A third said church leaders left the Rev. Michael Murtha in ministry for years after allegedly finding a cache of child pornography and a sexually graphic "fantasy letter" he had written to a boy in his Northeast Philadelphia parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Monument voor misbruik RK-Kerk

NEDERLAND
BNR Nieuwsradio

Hengelo krijgt een monument voor misbruikslachtoffers binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk.

Het beeld van de zelf misbruikte kunstenaar Frans Houben uit Ootmarsum komt voor de Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in de Twentse stad te staan. De twee meter hoge madonna van roestvrij staal zal op tweede paasdag worden onthuld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Overheid wil kindermisbruik stevig aanpakken

NEDERLAND
Klik

Minister Opstelten van Veiligheid en justitie stelt samen met staatssecretaris Veldhuijzen van Zanten van Vws een organisatie in voor de bestrijding van kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik (Taskforce). Het kabinet vindt met de Commissie Deetman (die misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk onderzoekt) dat seksueel misbruik moet worden voorkomen, zowel in instellingen als in huiselijke kring. Daders moeten stevig worden aangepakt, en de overheid moet daar een centrale rol in spelen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Parochie Hengelo krijgt misbruikmonument

NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

De rooms-katholieke parochie Hengelo in Overijssel onthult op 9 april (Tweede Paasdag) op het kerkplein voor de Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk een permanent monument voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk.

Dat meldt de website Katholiek.nl. De kerk geeft daarmee gehoor aan de oproep van een misbruikslachtoffer dat vroeg om een concreet en permanent gebaar te maken naar slachtoffers toe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Orthodoxie is geen grens, maar een bron

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

De christelijke kerk heeft geen meerderheid in Nederland. En eigenlijk is dat geen verkeerde zaak nu blijkt dat macht door bepaalde personen zo slecht is gebruikt. Het is nu tijd om een vitale minderheidskerk te worden.

Frank Bosman

Het is de opinie van prof. dr. Jozef Wissink, die daarmee een verwijzing maakt naar het rapport van de commissie-Deetman over het misbruik in rooms-katholieke instellingen. Wissink neemt per 1 februari afscheid als hoogleraar Praktische Theologie aan de Tilburg School of Theology. Daarom werd vrijdag in Tilburg een symposium gehouden onder de titel De toekomst van de katholieke kerk. Hoe die toekomst eruit ziet werd vanuit verschillende standpunten belicht.

Prominent spreker was bisschop Gerard de Korte: ,,Dat de Katholieke Kerk, of eigenlijk de christelijke kerken, in Nederland het zwaar heeft, dat weet iedereen. De kerk kampt met de gevolgen van globalisering, democratisering en individualisering.” Het is echter geen zaak zondebokken aan te wijzen, aldus de bisschop van Groningen-Leeuwarden, maar juist ,,om de kerk te vernieuwen”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Monument voor misbruikslachtoffers bij kerk Hengelo

NEDERLAND
NZG

HENGELO (Novum) - Op het plein voor de Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in het Overijsselse Hengelo komt een monument voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk. Het beeld wordt op tweede paasdag onthuld, zegt een woordvoerder van de parochie maandag.

Vorig jaar maakte de commissie-Deetman haar onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen tussen 1945 een 1981 openbaar. Daaruit bleek dat er tussen de tien- en twintigduizend kinderen zijn misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Monument voor misbruikslachtoffers bij kerk Hengelo

NEDERLAND
Metro

Op het plein voor de Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in het Overijsselse Hengelo komt een monument voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk. Het beeld wordt op tweede paasdag onthuld, zegt een woordvoerder van de parochie maandag.

Vorig jaar maakte de commissie-Deetman haar onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen tussen 1945 een 1981 openbaar. Daaruit bleek dat er tussen de tien- en twintigduizend kinderen zijn misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Monument voor slachtoffers misbruik

NEDERLAND
RTV Oost

Het monument voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk, dat in Hengelo komt te staan, kan misschien een landelijk monument worden.

Dat zeggen vertegenwoordigers van de Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk. Binnen de parochie is het initiatief genomen voor een monument, dat op Tweede Paasdag wordt onthuld bij hun kerk. Het beeld, Madonna met daarvoor enkele kinderen, wordt gemaakt door kunstenaar Frans Houben uit Ootmarsum. Houben is zelf slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik en heeft onder meer een boek geschreven over zijn ervaringen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Jeffs’ followers barred from schoolhouse

UTAH
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Lindsay Whitehurst

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Jan 23 2012

A judge has granted a permanent restraining order barring polygamous sect leaders loyal to Warren Jeffs from a large school building used as a church by followers of a rival prophet.

In a hearing Monday, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg ordered the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints not to "interfere" or "harass" people using the Holm School Building. FLDS attorneys did not appear at the hearing.

The ruling comes after a high-tension December standoff over growing divisions in the community and control of the sect’s property trust, which was taken over by the state of Utah in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs spends thousands on newspaper ads

UNITED STATES
The Tennessean

Written by
Bob Smietana
The Tennessean

Jesus has a message for America, say leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Let Warren Jeffs go.

That claim is made in published copies of the polygamist sect leader’s jailhouse revelations, being sold by his followers for $1 to $10. Jeffs’ followers are promoting the message through tens of thousands of dollars of paid ads placed in national and regional newspapers, including two in The Tennessean. Students of charismatic leaders like Jeffs said it’s not unusual for them to claim God will rescue them after they get in trouble with the law.

The ads claim that Jesus is coming back soon to judge America for its sins, including abortion and persecuting Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence plus 20 years in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Today’s church: a den of thieves

ZIMBABWE
New Zimbabwe

by Tendai R. Mbofana and Tinta Mbofana

IS TODAY’S Christian church truly the body of Christ, which was established by the original apostles in the New Testament, or is merely a man-made establishment that has been founded on man-made rules seeking self- aggrandisement?

Are we truly making disciples of all nations and leading people to Christ and salvation, or are people being misled from one evil world into another?

Are churches obeying everything Christ commanded (Matthew 28:18-20), or have they become collection points for money, instead of predominantly teaching the gospel?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Men Struggle for Rape Awareness

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By RONI CARYN RABIN

Published: January 23, 2012

Keith Smith was 14 when he was raped by a driver who picked him up after a hockey team meeting. He had hitchhiked home, which is why, for decades, he continued to blame himself for the assault.

When the driver barreled past Hartley’s Pork Pies on the outskirts of Providence, R.I., where Mr. Smith had asked to be dropped off, and then past a firehouse, he knew something was wrong.

“I tried to open the car door, but he had rigged the lock,” said Mr. Smith, of East Windsor, N.J., now 52. Still, he said, “I had no idea it was going to be a sexual assault.”

Even today, years after the disclosure of the still-unfolding child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the arrest of a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys, rape is widely thought of as a crime against women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

SNAP looks to empower victims

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By AARON BESWICK Truro Bureau

PORT HAWKESBURY — If Dave Mantin gets your cell number, you’d better have a good service plan.

If he doesn’t have it yet and you are a possible tool in his campaign to haul sexual abusers to justice, he’ll have it soon.

And he will call you and call you and show up at your work­place and your house, if neces­sary.

“I used to be submissive and I’d get the run-around from people in authority, like other victims," said Mantin. “No more."

The maritime director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) was in Port Hawkesbury on Monday meet­ing with victims of sexual abuse, as well as Mayor Billy Joe Mac-Lean, Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner and Richmond MLA Michel Samson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Dejaeger makes brief court appearance in Iqaluit

CANADA
Nunatsiaq News

Roman Catholic priest Father Eric Dejaeger, who faces nearly 40 charges, most of them related to the sexual molestation of children, made a brief appearance in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Jan. 23.

Prosecutor Scott Hughes said the Crown’s intention was to file an indictment against Dejaeger Jan. 23.

But he said his office is still waiting for some statement transcripts from the investigation and that they were not quite prepared to file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Catholic priest 'used status to abuse boys'

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mirror

by Paul Byrne, Daily Mirror 24/01/2012

A priest exploited his “revered and trusted” status to sexually abuse young boys, a court was told yesterday.

Alexander Bede Walsh, 58, allegedly attacked eight victims from 1975 to 1994.

Prosecutors claim he gave one of them a strong ­alcoholic cocktail, saying it was the “blood of Christ”, before abusing him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, Who Fought Discrimination, Dies at 77

NEW MEXICO
The New York Times

By DENNIS HEVESI

Published: January 23, 2012

Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, who as the nation’s first Hispanic archbishop fought discrimination within the Roman Catholic Church, but who resigned in 1993 while facing accusations that he had had sex with several women when they were teenagers, died on Friday in Albuquerque. He was 77.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which he led for nearly two decades, said he died in a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients.

Appointed by Pope Paul VI in 1974, Archbishop Sanchez was a descendant of the first Spanish settlers in New Mexico, the archdiocese said. ...

Archbishop Sanchez resigned amid a rising tide of complaints about sexual abuse by priests around the country. He made the announcement in March 1993, two days before a “60 Minutes” report on CBS was to name three women who said he had had sex with them when they were teenagers, in the 1970s and early ’80s. He released a statement expressing regret for his actions, without specifying what they were.

Earlier that month, The Albuquerque Journal reported that the women had gone public after the archbishop told reporters that he could not remember complaints from parents about priests molesting their children. At the time, more than a dozen lawsuits were pending against the archdiocese alleging sexual abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Did Catholic official's 'willful blindness' open more kids to abuse?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY MENSAH M. DEAN
Philadelphia Daily News
deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949

JUST TWO altar boys are alleged to have been sexually assaulted by three Philadelphia Catholic priests who will stand trial in March with a church official accused of enabling the crimes by covering them up.

But the misdeeds of those priests and of Monsignor William Lynn ensnared a much larger pool of child victims, according to city prosecutors who spent much of yesterday trying to persuade a judge to let a jury hear about those incidents.

The "prior bad acts" hearing before Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina is scheduled to resume this morning at the Criminal Justice Center.

Lynn, 61, a former top administrator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Also to be tried are priest James Brennan, 48, charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in the summer of 1996 at his West Chester apartment while on leave from Springfield's Cardinal O'Hara High School; priest Charles Engelhardt, 65, and defrocked priest Edward Avery, 69, both of whom are accused of raping a boy at St. Jerome Parish in the Northeast beginning in 1998, when the boy was 10.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Aiding Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse: What’s a Good Samaritan to Do?

UNITED STATES
McDermott, Will & Emery

January 23, 2012
The provision of financial assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse seeking to obtain mental health counseling and treatment may result in civil liability for religious and other organizations undertaking such aid if precautions are not observed. This newsletter highlights how Pennsylvania law has recently been applied and issues organizations in every state should consider before stepping into the role of Good Samaritans.

On September 29, 2011, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision in Unglo v. Zubik, No. 1749 WDA 2010, 2011 PA Super 207 (Sup. Ct. PA Sept. 29, 2011), addressing the issue of whether a religious organization that gratuitously undertakes to provide financial assistance to a victim of clergy sexual abuse, and then unilaterally terminates that assistance is liable for damages incurred by the victim after the termination of the assistance. The court held that an entity that provides financial assistance is not obligated to continue that aid indefinitely. Rather, that assistance may be discontinued as long as the recipient is not left in a worse position than when the aid began. The Unglo case raises questions about the nature of so-called Good Samaritan laws and the liability implications for religious organizations that voluntarily undertake to provide financial assistance for mental health counseling and treatment to victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Factual Background

Michael Unglo was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest from 1982 to 1985, while he was a student at All Saints School and an altar boy at All Saints Church. In June 2008 Mr. Unglo attempted to take his life. In response to outreach by Mr. Unglo’s family in December 2008, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh committed to pay for counseling and treatment services for Mr. Unglo. This decision was based in large part on the fact that there was no question surrounding the credibility of Mr. Unglo’s allegations against the priest whom he named as his abuser. The priest was known to the diocese as a pedophile and had previously been convicted of molesting another boy. Despite the diocese’s commitment to Mr. Unglo’s treatment, he again attempted suicide in June 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Priest accused of sexually abusing boys over 20 years

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sentinel

CATHOLIC priest Alexander Bede Walsh befriended boys 'in awe' of his position before sexually abusing them in swimming pools and at their family homes, a court heard.

The 58-year-old, pictured right, is on trial accused of 27 counts of sexual abuse on eight boys over a 20-year period.

Some of the boys were as young as seven when the incidents allegedly took place between July 1974 and December 1994.

Walsh served as a priest in Cheadle for 14 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Former Coventry priest on trial accused of sexually abusing young boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Coventry Telegraph

by Helen Thomas, Coventry Telegraph
Jan 24 2012

A FORMER Coventry priest has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 20-year period.

Alexander Bede Walsh denies 23 counts of indecent assault, two counts of serious sexual assaults and two of gross indecency.

The alleged offences were committed against boys aged eight to 16 between 1975 and 1994, with most taking place in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Colo. Springs Priest Accused of Sexual Assault

COLORADO
KJCT

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- -- A Colorado Springs priest has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of sex abuse involving a child.

The Colorado Springs Archdiocese announced Monday that church officials placed Rev. Charles Robert Manning on administrative leave and called police following a Jan. 4 report of sex abuse allegations. Officials also suspended Manning's duties as a priest. He was serving as pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

January 23, 2012

Archdiocese investigating priest charged with indecent exposure

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

[letter to parishioners\

By Mary Gail Hare and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

6:38 p.m. EST, January 23, 2012

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched its own investigation into a Towson priest arrested this month on charges of indecent exposure at an adult store.

Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, is scheduled for a March 6 court appearance in District Court in Harford County on misdemeanor charges that carry a maximum fine of $1,000 and three years in prison. Church officials have removed "all his faculties to function as a priest," said Sean Caine, archdiocese spokesman.

"The archdiocese is doing its own investigation and will be speaking to anyone who might help us understand what is happening in his life," Caine said. "We need to understand what circumstances led to this incident. In the meantime, he is not allowed to present himself as a priest."

Those who attend the Immaculate Conception parish in Towson called Bullock — who had entered the priesthood when he was middle-aged — a thoughtful preacher with a beautiful singing voice. He had been serving as associate pastor.

Known as "Father Stew," Bullock was ordained in 2006 with six others, the largest group of candidates in the past decade. He was 41, the oldest of the group, and had run a floral business before entering the seminary. His first assignment as an associate pastor was at St. John the Evangelist parish in Severna Park. He came to the Towson parish in July 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Pa. archdiocese named 'unindicted co-conspirator'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday accused the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of being an "unindicted co-conspirator" in a clergy sex abuse case and said the Roman Catholic Church fed predators a steady supply of children.

The comments came in a key hearing before the March trial of a high-ranking church official, a priest and a former priest.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is charged with conspiring with priests and church officials to keep priests accused of sex abuse in ministry and parishioners in the dark.

Common Pleas District Judge M. Teresa Sarmina must decide how much the jury will hear about the archdiocese's overall handling of sex abuse complaints.

Lynn's lawyer, Thomas Bergstrom, called it "nutty" and "dangerous" for prosecutors to bring in allegations that came before or after Lynn's stint as secretary for clergy. Lynn served in that role from 1992 to 2004, most of it under retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who's now 88 and in failing health.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti compared the accused priests to live bombs that Lynn left in a room without defusing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

SNAP worked with plaintiffs' lawyers against Church, court documents show

MISSOURI
Catholic Culture

January 23, 2012

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has cooperated with plaintiffs’ lawyers in publicity campaigns against the Catholic Church, charges The Media Report.

In a Missouri case, the lawyers for an accused priest have persuaded the court to subpoena documents from SNAP and require testimony from the group’s executive director, David Clohessy. Documents filed by the accused priest’s lawyers show that public statements issued by SNAP show that the group had prior knowledge of the plaintiff lawyer’s plans. The court had forbidden lawyers from issuing their own public statements. The priest’s lawyers charged: “Plaintiff’s counsel, in violation of this court’s prior Order precluding extrajudicial statements, has assisted SNAP in issuing press releases that prejudice both Father Tierney and the Diocese.”

SNAP’s public statements showed an insider’s knowledge of the plaintiff lawyer’s plans, the court documents show. On one occasion SNAP issued a detailed press release about a lawsuit before the suit was filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

PHILLY PROSECUTOR IS MALICIOUS

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Catholic League

The Philadelphia Archdiocese was named an “unindicted co-conspirator” today by prosecutors in a case involving clergy sexual abuse. At the pretrial hearing, Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti made accusations against a defrocked priest, Edward Avery, and the archdiocese. Cipolletti said “the archdiocese was supplying him [Avery] with an endless amount of victims.” Msgr. William Lynn will also face trial in March. He is charged with covering up incidents of sexual abuse for the archdiocese.

[The article by John P. Martin of the Philadelphia Inquirer is the source of the remarks attributed to the parties in this dispute.]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

Attorney Thomas Bergstrom, who is representing Msgr. William Lynn, calls Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti’s remarks “nutty.” He does so by citing the fact that all but one of the seven allegations made against Edward Avery were made after Lynn had left his post in the archdiocese where he was responsible for dealing with these cases. Bergstrom notes that the prosecutors are conceding this issue—they know that Lynn wasn’t aware of these cases—yet they continue to hammer away.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Warren Jeffs claims to channel Christ in print ads

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 23, 2012

While evangelicals debate whether Mormons are Christian, Jesus Christ Himself apparently is speaking through a disgraced fundamentalist Mormon leader, or so he says.

Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who’s been mailing bizarre prophesies to public officials and media in recent months (I got a few), is now taking out quarter-page ads touting a revelation from Jesus Christ in newspapers around the country — including Milwaukee. ...

Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting two girls he married as “celestial brides” when they were 12 and 14. He’s retained leadership of the fundamentalist sect while in prison, excommunicating hundreds of “unworthy” members and passing on a litany of apocalyptic revelations, including a tsunami on the East Coast, earthquakes and volcanoes in Utah and Arizona, and the melting of Idaho into a sea of fire. Harsh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Father Stewart Bullock arrested, removed from ministry

MARYLAND
The Catholic Review

By Matt Palmer
mpalmer@CatholicReview.org

Father Joseph Barr, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson, confirmed in a Jan. 22 letter to parishioners that associate pastor Father Mark Stewart Bullock has been removed from ministry and will no longer reside at the parish rectory after being arrested Jan. 16 in Harford County.

According to public case information from the District Court of Maryland, 47-year-old Father Bullock was charged with indecent exposure stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Ordained by Cardinal William H. Keeler June 24, 2006 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, Father Bullock is a formal floral designer and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Clare in Essex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Judge Considers Allowing Evidence In Philadelphia Priest Child Sex Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Much of the case against five men (three priests, a monsignor and a lay teacher) in the priest sex abuse, but today KYW Newsradio got a remarkable look inside. The judge is considering whether to allow certain evidence that the prosecution wants to admit to present at trial.

The prosecution wants to present evidence of alleged prior bad acts by the defendants. In some cases, the acts go back decades and the allegations are stunning.

The prosecution has detailed evidence alleging defendant Edward Avery, who is charged with one count of rape, has sexually assaulted over a half dozen boys since the early 1970’s. And, prosecutors have presented evidence of countless inquiries, reports or notice to the archdiocese by victims, their family members, other parishioners, even clergy of alleged abuse or rumor of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Court documents reveal motives for deposing SNAP

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Jan. 23, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys seeking the deposition of the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) argued the group had colluded with an attorney representing an abuse victim in violation of a court gag order, and also worried that the advocacy group could be “routinely advising” victims to evade statutes of limitations, according to court filings.

The documents, dated Nov. 18 but first reported yesterday in a blog post by author Dave Pierre, relate to a county court case involving allegations of sexual misconduct against Kansas City diocesan priest Fr. Michael Tierney.

The case made headlines earlier this month when it became the first where lawyers sought the deposition of a SNAP leader, and requested that the organization hand over some 23 years of internal records, correspondence and email.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Connecticut HSI special agent honored by US attorney

CONNECTICUT
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A veteran special agent assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Haven was honored today by U.S. Attorney David B. Fein, District of Connecticut. Special Agent Rod Khattabi received the U.S. Attorney's Award for Exceptional Contributions to Law Enforcement, in recognition of his leadership to protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

"Throughout his law enforcement career, Rod has exhibited courage, passion and persistence," said U.S. Attorney Fein. "With his strength of character, determination and humanity, he has given voice and brought justice to those who are among the weakest and most vulnerable members of any society. Because of his work, children are safer in our country and in other countries, and many individuals who have preyed upon the most innocent among us have been brought to justice."

"All of us at ICE HSI are proud of the professionalism and unselfish dedication Special Agent Khattabi has given to protecting our children – both at home and abroad," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Boston. "My office prioritizes child exploitation cases with a firm commitment to provide the highest level of investigative support necessary to successfully prosecute them. The efforts of Special Agent Khattabi exemplifies the unwavering determination to bring these cases to justice."

In 2006, Khattabi began working on child exploitation cases in Connecticut, an enforcement area he continues to focus on. Over the last few years, his cases have involved the trafficking and sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl in rural Nicaragua, of over 20 street children in Cap Haitien, Haiti, and several girls as young as three at an AIDS center in South Africa. In each case, Khattabi led a team into the country where the abuse occurred and faced – and overcame – seemingly insurmountable challenges. Khattabi and his team navigated through complicated logistics and issues involving international law and statesmanship to gather evidence that could be utilized in U.S. federal court and to locate and conduct child forensic interviews of oftentimes homeless children who live in poverty-stricken conditions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

'Trusted priest abused boys'

UNITED KINGDOM
Rutland & Stamford Mercury

Published on Monday 23 January 2012

A priest from Staffordshire perpetrated a catalogue of sexual abuse against young boys who were in awe of his "revered and trusted" status within the community, a court has heard.

Jurors at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court were told that Alexander Bede Walsh abused eight boys while working at Roman Catholic establishments in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry between 1975 and 1994.

Walsh, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, denies a total of 27 offences of indecency, buggery and indecent assault.

Opening the case against the 58-year-old, prosecutor Robert Price alleged that one of the victims was abused after being plied with alcohol during what purported to be a private communion ceremony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Former priest appears in Iqaluit court on sex charges

CANADA
CBC News

A man who faces more than 30 sex-related charges stemming from his time as a priest in Igloolik, Nunavut, appeared briefly in an Iqaluit courtroom Monday morning.

Dejaeger was to be arraigned Monday on the new charges against him but Crown prosecutors asked the court for more time. They said they want to continue collecting statements before filing an indictment.

Dejaeger will appear in court again on Feb. 6.

The charges against Erik Jose Dejaeger, 64, deal with incidents that allegedly happened when he was a Roman Catholic priest in Igloolik between 1978 and1982.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Pa. archdiocese named 'unindicted co-conspirator'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsday

Published: January 23, 2012 1:56 PM
By The Associated Press MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) -- Prosecutors are calling the Archdiocese of Philadelphia an "unindicted co-conspirator" in a clergy sex abuse case -- and say the Catholic Church fed predators a steady supply of children.

The comment comes in a key pretrial hearing Monday before the March trial of a high-ranking church official, a priest and an ex-priest.

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with conspiring with priests and church officials to keep accused priests in ministry and parishioners in the dark.

To prove a conspiracy, prosecutors want to tell jurors about dozens of priests accused in a 2005 grand jury report. No charges were filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Priest Busted With Pants Down in Adult Theater

MARYLAND
Newser

By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2012

(Newser) – Father Mark Stewart Bullock went from priest at the Church of the Immaculate Conception to creepy guy standing around pants-less in a porn shop, Baltimore cops say. Police say they responded to complaints of indecent exposure and found Bullock, nude from the waist down, inside a movie theater at the store. He has since been removed from duty at his church, the Sun reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Prosecutors, lawyers spar in priest sex-abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A prosecutor on Monday described in graphic detail how a former Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest allegedly molested seven altar boys and was shuffled from parish to parish for two decades before being removed from ministry.

When the former Rev. Edward Avery was rebuffed by one of the boys he allegedly assaulted in the late 1990s, he didn't pursue the boy "because the archdiocese was supplying him with an endless amount of victims," assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti said. Avery was finally defrocked in 2006.

The account marked the opening salvo in a critical pretrial hearing for Avery, two current priests accused of child-sex abuse and Msgr. William Lynn, the former ranking church official charged with covering up or enabling their attacks. The four men face a trial in March. All have pleaded not guilty.

Monday's daylong hearing focuses on an issue both sides say could shape the case like no other: Prosecutors want Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to let them introduce evidence of dozens of attacks over the decades by other archdiocesan priests or former priests who haven't been charged in the case. They planned to spend hours recounting for the judge details of abusive priests across the region and how Lynn and other church officials handled the allegations against them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

SNAP Protests After Priest Says Mass Amid Abuse Allegations

CHICAGO (IL)
WBBM

[with audio]

CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests were handing out leaflets outside Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, the group is upset because the Rev. George Klein, 78, celebrated mass on Jan. 1 at St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, at 1962 Old Willow Rd. in Northfield.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Massive Catholic school closings across the nation

UNITED STATES
Digital Journal

By Nancy Houser
Jan 23, 2012

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has been ordered to close a massive numbers of Catholic schools, privately recommended to him against his wishes. But Philadelphia is just one city that is being forced to close Catholic schools for many reasons.

As head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for only three months, Archbishop Chaput had requested permission from the priest's council to put off the large number of Catholic school closings that had been assigned to him.

"So I took the question to the priests' council," Chaput said in an interview after Friday's news conference that unveiled the closings, "and I asked them if we should postpone it for a year." His advisory body of senior priests answered no, Chaput said. "They told me, 'Don't postpone. We have to do this now.' So I'm taking the advice of the priests' council," reported Philly.com.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Sexual Abuse Complaint Filed in Montana

MONTANA
Indian Country Today Media Network

By Heather Steinberger
January 23, 2012

A law firm based in Yakima, Washington, has filed a 12-page legal complaint in Montana’s Eighth Judicial District Court on behalf of a Northern Cheyenne tribal member who is seeking justice for years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a priest. This tribal member, now in her 60s, claims the abuse occurred from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana.

This in itself might not be exceptionally newsworthy in an era where headlines frequently blare abuse allegations against priests, teachers, employers and sports coaches. But this case is different; the accused priest, Fr. Emmett Hoffmann, is a legendary figure on the 444,000-acre Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, located in remote southeastern Montana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Disobedient priests plan global movement

AUSTRIA
Austrian Independent

A parish priest who encouraged clergymen to be "disobedient" towards the Vatican plans to go international.

Helmut Schüller of the Preachers’ Initiative said yesterday (Sun) that "2012 will be the year of internationalisation". Schüller – who previously headed Caritas Austria – said the Austrian Roman Catholic Church should "finally take members seriously".

Schüller criticised the Vatican due to its conservative approach towards key topics of the 21st century and said the institution resembled an "absolutist monarchy". The head of the parish of Probstdorf in the province of Lower Austria stressed that his initiative "receives a lot of approval from Catholic reform movements all over the world."

Schüller claimed some weeks ago that the Preachers’ Initiative currently consisted of 370 members. He said yesterday there were no plans for further talks with the highest representative of the Roman Catholic Church of Austria, Viennese Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn. The archbishop condemned the word disobedience as a "term of fight" last month. Schönborn said it was "burdened with a negative connotation".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Priest awarded €8.5k for abuse of human rights

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Seán McCárthaigh

Monday, January 23, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights has awarded damages of €8,500 to a Dublin priest who was acquitted in 2010 of charges of sexually assaulting a teenager after it ruled his human rights had been violated by the excessive length in bringing the case to trial.

The ECHR has ordered the Government to pay the damages to Fr Maeliosa Ó Haullacháin after his legal team successfully argued that the 13 years and seven months taken to conclude proceedings against him represented a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Fr O Haullacháin sought damages of €100,000 from the state and €48,000 in legal fees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Former Catholic priest trials trial over sex assault on boys

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Staffordshire

Former Roman Catholic priest Alexander Bede Walsh is set to go on trial today after denying sexually assaulting seven boys over a 20-year period.

The 57-year-old has previously entered not guilty pleas to all 25 charges put to him.

He denied 23 charges of indecently assaulting a male and two further charges of sexual assault.

It is alleged he indecently assaulted boys aged between seven and 16 on dates between July 1974 and December 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Priest Removed From Ministry After Arrest

MARYLAND
WBAL

Monday, January 23, 2012
Phil Yacuboski

[letter to parishioners]

A Catholic priest serving at a church in Towson has been relieved from his duties after being arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct while inside of an adult book store and movie theater.

While investigating complaints of illegal activity at the Bush River Adult Book Store and Movie Theater, Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies found Father Mark Stewart Bullock naked from the waist down.

Police make the discovery on January 16, just before midnight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Philly priest-abuse prosecutors push to use broad evidence of similar acts in archdiocese

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Republic

MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
First Posted: January 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Monday could prove a key day in court for a Philadelphia monsignor charged with endangering children by transferring predator priests

Monsignor William Lynn will ask a judge to limit testimony at the March trial to evidence about his three co-defendants — two priests and a former teacher charged with raping the same boy.

Prosecutors want to include accusations made against many other priests to show Lynn routinely kept child molesters on the job.

The 61-year-old Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged criminally for his administrative actions. He faces more than a decade in prison if convicted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Archbishops death spotlights abuse

NEW MEXICO
KRQE

[with video]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - It was a legacy riddled with corruption.

Now an advocacy group hopes the death of former New Mexico Archbishop Robert Sanchez will provide healing for those still living with hidden secrets.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP hopes recent media coverage of the archbishop's death will give victims abused by priests under his watch the courage to come forward.

"I've spoken to hundreds of victims, and what they tell me is it's like living their abuse all over again," said Mike Knellinger New Mexico's SNAP leader. "The ones that haven't come to terms with it and come forward to confront it, are the ones that have a particularly difficult problem. "

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Karadima se encuentra internado en el Hospital Clínico de la UC

CHILE
La Nacion

Consciente y estabilizado se encuentra el ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, en el Hospital Clínico de la Universidad Católica, lugar donde está internado desde el sábado pasado.

La información fue entregada por el departamento de comunicaciones de dicho recinto asistencial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Fernando Karadima se encuentra estable luego de sufrir una descompensación

CHILE
La Segunda

El ex sacerdote de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, se encuentra estable y consciente, luego que sufriera una descompensación producto de la diabetes que padece.

El ex párroco, quien fue condenado por abuso de menores por el Vaticano y la Justicia, ingresó la noche del sábado al Hospital Clínico de la Universidad Católica tras presentar un "shock glicémico".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

David Clohessy's Kansas City Deposition Unsealed: Notes on SNAP Press Statement

MISSOURI
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

The SNAP website has a good media statement from last week addressing the unprecedented demand in two Missouri cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, that SNAP open its files to the scrutiny of lawyers hired by Catholic officials to defend priests accused of sex crimes with minors. As the press release notes, a judge has just unsealed the six-hour deposition that David Clohessy of SNAP was required to make in Kansas City recently, and it will be uploaded to the SNAP site when it's available.

The media statement also notes that the demands for disclosure being made in both Kansas City and St. Louis are sweeping, and represent an entirely new tactic in the Catholic hierarchy's battle to defend priests accused of sex crimes against children. SNAP is not involved in either of the suits in which these demands are being made, and Catholic officials are demanding access to private communications involving thousands of individuals who have never met either of the parties in the two lawsuits for which disclosure is being demanded, and who have nothing at all to do with either case.

SNAP's conclusion about what's going on (and this conclusion is echoed in the National Catholic Reporter editorial supporting SNAP to which the second link above points):

It’s a cynical, shrewd legal maneuver to deter victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and others from exposing predators, protecting kids and seeking help from SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Child Sexual Abuse Books from Cleanan Press Now Available on iTunes

UNITED STATES
PR.com

Roswell, NM, January 22, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Three important books from psychologist Dr. Lynn Daugherty, including her award-winning bestseller, "Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if they are adults now)," are now published as ebooks by Cleanan Press, Inc. on iTunes. This self-help book, and her other two ebooks, "Child Molesters, Child Rapists, and Child Sexual Abuse" and "Child Molestation Stories: Voices of Survivors," have been available for Kindle (readable on Mac, PC, Android, Blackberry, etc) for over a year, where they remain consistently near the top of several bestseller lists. All are also available on NOOK and Kobo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Victims of sex abuse fight molester's parole

ALABAMA
The Birmingham News

By Carol Robinson -- The Birmingham News

Jason Lee wakes up every day and has to remind himself that he is worth something.

The 36-year-old former Homewood resident constantly measures himself against those around him and, in his own mind, always comes up short.

"I feel," Lee said, "like I am less than."

This is no pity party. It's his way of life -- a tragic mindset instilled in the throes of adolescence when, in the wake of his parents' divorce, someone he looked up to as a father figure took his complete trust and twisted it into tragedy.

"The bottom line is," he said, "I was just a kid and he used me as a sex toy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Zimbabwe Strengthens Laws Against Rape, Sensitizes Reporting Process for Victims

ZIMBABWE
TrustLaw

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE - Dorcas Mbvuto, 32, was raped by a spiritual leader in her church in April 2010 on the outskirts of Queens Park West, a Bulawayo suburb. Three months later, the quiet woman was shocked when she discovered that she was pregnant with his baby, says one of her sisters, who declined to be named.

Mbvuto is a member of the African Apostolic Church, commonly known in Zimbabwe as "Mapositori," which means "apostles" in the local Shona language. One day, she requested a prayer from her church prophet, a spiritual leader believed to possess the powers to heal the sick and break evil charms and spirits. He told the tall and slim Mbvuto to come to the shrine late in the evening for the prayer.

During the prayer session, the prophet ordered her to take off her clothes so that he could cleanse her of the "evil spirits" that he had divined were the source of her problems, her sister says. The prophet then raped her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Shock Revelation: How SNAP, Lawyers, and the Media Conspire Against the Catholic Church

MISSOURI
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

Newly released court documents in Missouri have exposed an alarming practice by which the advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), abuse attorneys, and the media conspire against the Catholic Church.

These documents reveal that plaintiff attorneys have utilized SNAP to issue press releases about lawsuits that have yet to be publicly filed in court.

Defense attorneys for an accused Kansas City priest have chronicled an eye-opening series of events from last October. Please take note of the times:

October 20, 2011, 8:14 a.m.: SNAP issues a press release announcing a lawsuit against a priest and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The press release stamps the accused cleric as a "predator priest who still walks free now." The release lists David Clohessy, SNAP's national director, as the contact person, and it provides his email address and cell phone number.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Colorado Springs Priest Accused Of Child Sex Abuse

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
KRDO

[with video]

LINDSAY WATTS
KRDO NewsChannel 13
Twitter: @LindsayAWatts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The head pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church is on leave as police investigate an allegation of child sex abuse.

The church announced in all of it's weekend services that Rev. Charles Robert Manning was accused of sexually abusing a minor. Father Rafael Torres-Rico told KRDO Newschannel 13 that the allegation was promptly reported to Colorado Springs Police after it was reported on January 4, and Manning was asked to "step back from the ministry."

"It's important to remember that in civil law and canon law that Manning is presumed innocent until proven guilty," said Torres-Rico, in his statement to the congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Local priest on leave amidst allegations

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
Colorado Connection

by Rachel Welte

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- The Diocese of Colorado Springs has placed one of its priests on administrative leave, after it received an allegation of possible sexual abuse of a minor.

According to a statement released by the diocese Sunday, officials there received the allegation on Jan. 4, and immediately reported the matter to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The statement said Fr. Robert Manning, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis who was serving as the pastor of St. Gabriel Church in Colorado Springs, was promptly placed on leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Celibacy in priesthood is 'soon to be a thing of the past'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Lynne Kelleher

Monday January 23 2012

A MISSIONARY priest who has saved hundreds of children from a life of sexual abuse has described celibacy in the Catholic Church as a "business arrangement" that will soon be a thing of the past.

Fr Shay Cullen has earned three Nobel Peace Prize nominations during his 40 years fighting to save small children from paedophiles on the streets of the city Olongapo in the Philippines.

"Celibacy is only a practice mostly to keep property out of the hands of married couples," he said. "It's more sort of a business type of arrangement.

"All of the other Christian churches manage very well and many Anglicans who were married and had family and children and came over to the Catholics and were warmly accepted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Former St. Louis priest charged with sexual abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV

[video]

The Survivors Network of those abused by priests says Father C. Robert Manning, who worked at St. Lawrence the Martyr in Bridgeton and St. John’s in Imperial, has been charged with sexually abusing a child in Colorado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
KKTV

[with video]

Parishioners in Colorado Springs were stunned to learn about a sex allegation against their priest, an accusation reportedly involves a minor.

The accused is a priest at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, near Research and Powers. Father Robert Manning has been temporarily suspended from his duties as a priest while the investigation is underway.

The diocese says the allegation surfaced earlier this month. Officials say they immediately reported it to police. Church members got the news at mass over the weekend, and many were very surprised to hear about the allegation of sexual abuse of a child.

"If you met Father Manning--you think no way, it's not possible,” parishioner Craig Simonsgaard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Catholic priest denies abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Staffordshire Newsletter

A CATHOLIC priest accused of sexually abusing young boys in Staffordshire is set to go on trial today.

Alexander Bede Walsh - who has pleaded not guilty to 23 indecent assaults and two serious sexual assaults - will appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

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

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Leading priest predicts the end of celibacy in the Catholic Church

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
PATRICK COUNIHAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Monday, January 23, 2012

A leading missionary priest has claimed that celibacy will soon be a thing of the past – and described it as a ‘business arrangement’ for the Catholic Church.

Fr Shay Cullen has earned three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his work saving hundreds of children from a life of sexual abuse in the Philippines.

For the past 40 years he has worked with the children in a Filipino city of Olongapo.

Speaking to legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne on state television station RTE, Fr Cullen predicted celibacy will soon be outdated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

€8,500 damages for priest over human rights abuse in trial

IRELAND
The Journal

AN IRISH PRIEST whose trial for alleged sexual abuse crimes took over 13 years to come to completion has won €8,500 in damages at the European Court of Human Rights.

The priest, named only as ‘O’ in the proceedings, was accused of abusing a teenager in the early 1980s. The allegations were made in the mid-1990s, and charges were brought against him at a District Court in June 1997.

The case was then transferred to a Circuit Criminal Court, where in 1998 the trial was adjourned amid complaints of a conflict of interest by the trial judge, and a delay in releasing psychiatrist’s records relating to the priest’s alleged victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

January 22, 2012

Child safety forum under way at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster

ALABASTER (AL)
The Birmingham News

By William Thornton -- The Birmingham News

ALABASTER, Alabama -- About 100 people are attending a forum on child safety at Alabaster's Westwood Baptist Church this afternoon.

Several panelists spoke to attendees about signs to look for to spot child predators, how to talk to children about abuse and recognizing signs of abuse.

Daniel M. Acker Jr., suspected of multiple counts of child sex abuse, served as Westwood's youth minister from 1990 to 1994. None of the cases Acker has been charged with involved Westwood.

Russell Bedsole, with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, said child predators can come from every social class or income, and cases go vastly unreported. He said parents need to spend time with their children and ask questions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

150 attend Alabama church forum to discuss concerns over teacher's arrest on sex abuse charges

ALABASTER (AL)
The Republic

Associated Press
First Posted: January 22, 2012

ALABASTER, Ala. — More than 150 people attended a forum Sunday at an Alabama church to discuss a former teacher who's accused of abusing students.

The gathering took place in the 800-seat worship center at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster. The meeting was meant to provide a public forum to both answer questions about molestation and help the community cope with the allegations.

Danny Acker, who's charged with molesting four female students during his 25-year career as a fourth-grade teacher, also served as a youth pastor at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Restricted priest mistakenly celebrated Mass, Chicago archdiocese says

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter

6:49 p.m. CST, January 22, 2012

A retired priest has been reminded that he is restricted from public ministry at a Northfield parish until the Archdiocese of Chicago can substantiate an allegation of sexual misconduct dating to the 1970s.

The Rev. George Klein, the retired priest in residence at St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, has been restricted since the summer, pending the investigation of a complaint that he acted inappropriately with a young woman more than 40 years ago when he was principal of St. Benedict High School on Chicago's North Side.

Klein, 78, now lives in the rectory of St. Philip the Apostle. The archdiocese said the priest mistakenly thought his restrictions had ended and celebrated Mass on Jan. 1, but he has been corrected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM

Rabbi Moti Elon admits to hugging and kissing students, denies sexual intention

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Oz Rosenberg

Rabbi Mordechai Elon conceded Sunday that he might have indeed kissed and hugged two of his students - both of them minors - but denied doing so for sexual pleasure, but rather as a way to console and encourage the students.

Lawyers for Elon, one of the leaders of religious Zionism, told the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court that it was his habit to hug his students, as part of his educational methods. Elon was not present at court.

Elon is charged with sexually abusing two students. A 17-year-old student at the time claimed that during a private consultation Elon put his foot between the student's legs, seated him on his knees, hugged him, patted his stomach and knees and kissed his face. The student claimed Elon repeated the actions twice, after summoning the student.

Another student, also aged 17 at the time, complained that on two different occasions Elon hugged him, made him lie face-down, caressed and kissed him. Both students claimed that Elon recited the Priestly Blessing after his acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Towson priest arrested for indecent exposure

MARYLAND
ABC 2

ABINGDON, Md. -

A priest at a Towson Catholic church has been charged with indecent exposure for exposing himself at a Harford County porn shop.

According to a police report, Mark Stewart Bullock, an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, was arrested on January 16 th at the Bush River Book Store in Abingdon on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

A police spokesperson said that at around 11:40 p.m. deputies found Bullock in a theater at the back of the store sitting on a couch with no underwear on and his pants down. Police said he was sitting in an area where the public could see him. Bullock was advised to get dressed and was arrested for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Former St. Louis priest charged with sexual abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV

(KMOV) – The Survivors Network of those abused by priests says Father C. Robert Manning, who worked at St. Lawrence the Martyr in Bridgeton and St. John’s in Imperial, has been charged with sexually abusing a child in Colorado.

The Colorado Springs Gazette is reporting the allegations were brought to police at the beginning of the month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Reactions to the death of Joe Paterno

PENNSYLVANIA
CNBC

Penn State's Joe Paterno, who became the winningest coach in big-time college football but saw his legacy tarnished by a child sex abuse scandal, died on Sunday at age 85.

Here are some reactions to Paterno's death: ...

MARCI HAMILTON, LAWYER FOR AN ALLEGED SANDUSKY
VICTIM IN A CIVIL CASE

"I honestly don't think it (Paterno's death) will have much impact on the civil or criminal cases."

"So few people have ever talked with a child who has been sexually abused, they just don't connect with the depth of the suffering."

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TIM CORBETT:

"His legacy as the winningest coach in major college football and his generosity to Penn State as an institution and to his players, stand as monuments to his life."

DAVID CLOHESSY, DIRECTOR OF SURVIVORS NETWORK OF
THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS, A SUPPORT GROUP:

"I hope ... the controversy surrounding Sandusky will deter other people, especially powerful people, from covering up child sex crimes. Frankly, we believe that . even decades of professional achievement should not obscure dreadfully reckless and callous inaction that results in child sex crimes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

SNAP protests handling of accused priest

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

Demonstrators gathered outside Holy Name Cathedral Sunday while mass was being held, protesting the archdiocese and its handling of a priest accused of abuse.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests wants Cardinal George to take more forceful action against Father George Klein.

In a letter, church officials say they've determined Klein's conduct with a girl in the 1970's was inappropriate but did not constitute sexual abuse of a minor.

SNAP leaders say the church is splitting hairs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Baltimore Co. priest charged with indecent exposure at adult book store, removed from d

TOWSON (MD)
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, January 22

TOWSON, Md. — A Catholic priest has been removed from duty at a Baltimore County church after being arrested on indecent exposure charges at an adult book store.

The Baltimore Sun reports ((http://bsun.md/zVsqHo) ) that Harford County sheriff’s deputies investigating complaints of indecent exposure at Bush River Books & Movies in Abingdon on Jan. 16, found 47-year-old Mark Stewart Bullock nude from the waist down in a shop movie theater where customers could see him.

Bullock was charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and three years in prison.

Towson priest arrested for indecent exposure

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

3:34 p.m. EST, January 22, 2012

A Towson priest has been removed from duty at the Church of the Immaculate Conception after being arrested last week on indecent exposure charges.

According to a police report of the incident, Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, was at Bush River Books & Movies, an Abingdon adult store on the 3900 block of Pulaski Highway, the night of Jan. 16, when two deputies, investigating complaints of indecent exposure, discovered him nude from the waist down in a movie theater inside the shop.

Bullock was sitting on a couch with "his pants completely off," stated the report, which went on to state that "Bullock was not wearing any underwear and [was] exposing his penis." He was sitting in a public area where store customers could see him, sheriff's deputies said.

The deputies instructed Bullock to get dressed and charged him with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and three years in prison, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Sanchez is Gone But Questions Linger

NEW MEXICO
Renegade Catholic

Voice from the Desert

Jay Nelson

The tenth Archbishop of Santa Fe, the Most Reverend Robert Fortune Sanchez, who resigned in disgrace for gross mishandling of clergy abuse among his priests while taking sexual advantage of a number of young women, has died. And so, we are led to believe, ends the crisis here.

The crisis, maybe, but not the mystery. One of his close associates, Fr. Arthur J. Perrault, a notorious perpetrator that Sanchez covered up for and gave repeated “second chances” to, fled just before being publicly accused and his location is still unknown. Sanchez’ own 760-page deposition under oath, taken over four days, has still not been fully released, even after lawsuits by news media. Why? What secrets still lurk?

What has been revealed indicates that as a shepherd of his flock, the archbishop knew little and cared less. The beloved and charismatic leader admitted under oath that he asked no questions, launched no investigations, never looked in anyone’s personnel files, and never once tried to minister to victims, victims’ families, or parishes where accused priests had been removed. The single time he ever spoke to civil authorities was once when they called him: he simply felt he had no responsibility whatsoever to report anything to anyone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

‘Onderzoeksrechter wil bewijzen dat Kerk criminele organisatie is’

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Volgens de franstalige Brusselse krant Le Soir wil de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy (foto), die van de week een reeks huiszoekingen liet uitvoeren in de bisschopshuizen van alle Belgische bisdommen in het kader van zijn onderzoek naar pedofiele misdrijven door leden van de geestelijkheid, bewijzen dat de Kerk een criminele organisatie is.

De Brusselse krant stelt in een artikel op haar voorpagina dat de onderzoeksrechter nagaat of de katholieke Kerk een weloverwogen doofpotpolitiek heeft gevoerd in verband met seksueel misbruik door geestelijken. In dat geval kan zij vervolgd worden als een criminele organisatie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Dertig keer misbruik in Leo-Gesticht

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

Volg @tctachterhoek op twitter

BORCULO - Er zijn zeker 31 afzonderlijke gevallen bekend van seksueel misbruik op de voormalige Leo-Stichting en de bijbehorende tuinbouwschool.

Dat blijkt uit het meer dan achthonderd pagina’s tellende rapport van de commissie Deetman. Een onderzoek dat in opdracht van de rooms-katholieke kerk is uitgevoerd. Op de acht vestigingen van de fraters van Utrecht neemt de Leo-Stichting de helft van alle cases (in totaal 62) van seksueel misbruik voor zijn rekening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Van Toorenburg: Kerk moet verplichtingen richting slachtoffers nakomen

NEDERLAND
CDA

Deze week hield de Tweede Kamer, naar aanleiding van het rapport van de Commissie Deetman over seksueel misbruik door de Katholieke Kerk, een hoorzitting. Daarbij kwamen, naast de heer Deetman zelf, ook de slachtoffers en vertegenwoordigers van de Katholieke Kerk aan het woord, alsmede het Openbaar Ministerie en de Stichting die nu de klachten behandelt en schadevergoeding toekent. Namens het CDA woonde Madeleine van Toorenburg deze bijeenkomst bij. Van Toorenburg vond het een indrukwekkende bijeenkomst: ‘Het is belangrijk geweest dat wij, na het verschijnen van het eindrapport, hierover nu zelf, in de Tweede Kamer, de slachtoffers hebben kunnen horen. De Kerk heeft aangegeven dat zij de verplichting voelt om de slachtoffers te helpen en wij zullen haar aan die afspraak houden.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Rik Torfs 'geschokt' over reactie Rutte op rapport Deetman

BELGIE/NEDERLAND
Kerknet

Rik Torfs, de Vlaamse hoogleraar kerkelijk recht en senator voor het CD&V (de Vlaamse evenknie van het CDA) verwijt premier Rutte een "gebrek aan morele moed". In het programma Gesprek op 2 zegt Torfs tegen Paul Rosenmöller 'geschokt' te zijn over de reactie van premier Rutte op het rapport Deetman over seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk.

Onmiddellijk na het uitkomen van dat rapport pleitte Rutte voor het oprekken van de verjaringstermijn van seksueel misbruik, om daders alsnog te kunnen straffen. Torfs: "Dan denk ik: het is toch wel flinterdun, die bescherming van de rechtsstaat. Hij had moeten zeggen: verjaard is verjaard en er is een verschil tussen recht en moraal. Je kunt die verjaring verlengen, maar niet met terugwerkende kracht. Politici zouden leiders moeten zijn. Ze hadden dan misschien minder stemmen, maar het is uiteindelijk wel hun taak om mensen tegen te spreken."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

‘Kerk moet helder en hartelijk zijn’

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

TILBURG (RKnieuws.net) - De Kerk moet helder en hartelijk zijn. Dat heeft mgr. Gerard de Korte vandaag gezegd op een symposium bij het afscheid van prof. Wissink van de Uvt.

Het christendom, en meer bijzonder het rooms- katholicisme, heeft het in ons land niet gemakkelijk. Bijna alle kerkelijke gemeenschappen hebben in snel tempo te maken met een flinke en voortgaande krimp. Families, vaak al eeuwen kerkelijk, moeten constateren dat de overdracht faalt. Alleen evangelische gemeenten lijken tot groei in staat. Maar bij nadere beschouwing gaat het hier vaak om een “recycling of the saints”, een overgang van de ene naar andere christelijke gemeenschap.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Gesprek op 2: kerkjurist Rik Torfs over seksueel misbruik in de kerk

NEDERLAND
Nieuwsbank

Paul Rosenmöller praat met de Vlaamse hoogleraar kerkelijk recht Rik Torfs over het seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Torfs brengt de aandacht voor het misbruik in verband met het hedendaagse 'slachtofferdenken.' Wat heeft het populisme met die toenemende aandacht voor het slachtoffer te maken? En komt het misbruik door het celibaat of speelt er (nog) iets anders? Rik Torfs is ook een bekend mediafiguur in België.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Wet over seksueel misbruik op 30 januari van kracht

BELGIE
Vandaag

Op maandag 30 januari treedt de nieuwe wet op seksueel misbruik in werking. Deze wet is het eerste resultaat van de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk, die pedofilie in de Kerk bestudeerde. De wet staat vandaag in het staatsblad.

Wat zegt die wet?

* De verjaringstermijn om klacht in te dienen voor seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen gaat van 10 naar 15 jaar. De termijn start pas als het slachtoffer 18 jaar wordt. Dat betekent dat de dader nog tot 30 jaar nadat zijn slachtoffer 18 werd voor de strafrechter kan komen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Christian leader on molestation charges

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Aja Styles
January 19, 2012

The leader of a now-defunct Perth Christian group has been charged with groping the breasts of five women who were among his congregation that he led for 30 years.

Sex assault squad detectives charged Kevin Gerard Byrne Horgan, 68, of Mt Lawley, with seven counts of indecent assault.

Police will allege that while Mr Horgan was the leader of the Bethel Convenant Community in West Leederville from 1979 to 2008, he indecently assaulted five women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Church leader charged with molesting women

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

SEAN COWAN, The West Australian
Updated January 19, 2012

The leader of a Perth Christian group with strong links to the Catholic Church has been charged with molesting several female members of his flock.

After a four-year campaign by the alleged victims, police from the sex assault squad issued a summons to Kevin Gerard Byrne Horgan yesterday and he is expected to appear in Perth Magistrate's Court next month.

It will be alleged the offences occurred when Mr Horgan, 68, was the leader of the Bethel Covenant Community, which closed in 2008 after several women started an internal revolt against him.

At the time, _The West Australian's _ exclusive reports revealed the complaints about Mr Horgan dated back to the 1990s and were detailed in reports prepared by senior Bethel members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Walsall paedophile priest victim reveals how he faced his tormentor in court

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday Mercury

Jan 22 2012 by Jonny Greatrex, Sunday Mercury

A GRANDAD who was abused by a paedophile priest when he was a child has told how he gained the courage to give evidence against his abuser at court.

Geoff Smith was targeted by evil James Robinson when the convicted cleric was living in Walsall in the 1960s.

Geoff, aged 61, kept the abuse he suffered secret for 50 years.

He broke his silence after reading newspaper reports that Robinson had been extradited from the US to finally face the child sex charges against him in August 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Montco teacher charged with touching students

PENNSYLVANIA
WPVI

[with video]

PLYMOUTH TWP., Pa. - January 12, 2012 (WPVI) -- A Montgomery County middle school teacher has been charged with inappropriately touching a number of former students.

Colonial Middle School teacher William Schellinger, 41, of Gilbertsville, is facing a number of charges including indecent assault and corruption of minors. ...

During the investigation, police say they also uncovered similar incidents while Schellinger as a teacher at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia before he came to Colonial Middle School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Prominent Zionist rabbi Moti Elon denies sexual assault charges

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Oz Rosenberg

Prominent Rabbi Mordechai ‘Moti’ Elon denied on Sunday the charges against him that he sexually abused two male students.

Elon, until recently considered one of the spiritual leaders of religious Zionism, is the former head of Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, went on trial at Jerusalem Magistrate's Court in December last year on charges of forcible sexual assault against the two students, who had sought his emotional support.

Responding to the indictment against him, which details the charges of sexual assault against a 17-year-old male, identified as A., and another 17-year-old male identified as B, Elon said that his contact with the students was not sexual in nature.

According to Elon’s lawyer, meetings with A. and B. did not take place in the way that is presented by the prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Rabbi Elon: If I hugged teens, it wasn't for sexual stimulation

ISRAEL
YNet News

In response to charges of indecent acts against minors, prominent Religious Zionism rabbi tells court he has behaved similarly with all those who sought his 'advice, encouragement' over the years

Aviad Glickman Published: 01.22.12

Prominent Religious Zionism figure Rabbi Mordechai Elon, who was charged last November with committing indecent acts against two minors, filed his response to the indictment with the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday.

In his response, Elon denied the charges and claimed that if he indeed met the complainants, it was not with the purpose of deriving sexual satisfaction.

The indictment claimed Elon exploited his position as an educator and molested two male teenagers on various occasions in 2003 and 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Major youth groups make headway against sex abuse

UNITED STATES
CBS News

(AP) NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts have labored for decades to curtail sexual abuse of scouts by adult volunteers. But when their name was evoked in a lawsuit linked to the Penn State abuse scandal, the reference was not to problems — it was acknowledgment that the Scouts' current prevention policies are considered state of the art.

While the local youth charity in the Penn State case has been accused of lax policies, experts in abuse prevention say most of the national organizations serving young people — such as the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America — have performed commendably in drafting and enforcing tough anti-abuse policies even as they're sometimes faced with wily and manipulative molesters.

"I'd give them all an A-plus," said Portland State University psychologist Keith Kaufman, who has studied and treated child sex abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Congregants told pastor is accused of child sex abuse

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
The Denver Post

COLORADO SPRINGS — Those in the congregation of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church were left in silence Saturday night after they learned their pastor has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

The Gazette reported the 1,100-member church was told during the 5 p.m. Mass that the Rev. Charles Robert Manning is being investigated by Colorado Springs police for "sexual abuse of a minor."

No other details of the allegations against Manning were shared with the congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM

Church: Springs priest faces sex-abuse probe

COLORADO SPRINGS (CO)
The Gazette

January 21, 2012

RYAN MAYE HANDY
THE GAZETTE

After learning their pastor has been accused of sexually abusing a child, the shocked congregation of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church was left in silence Saturday night.

The Rev. Rafael Torres-Rico told the packed, 1,100-member church during the 5 p.m. Mass that The Rev. Charles Robert Manning is being investigated by Colorado Springs police for “sexual abuse of a minor.”

No other details of the allegations against Manning were shared with the congregation, some of whom were in tears by the end of Torres-Rico’s announcement.

“It is important to remember that in both civil and canon law Father Manning is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Torres-Rico told the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

January 21, 2012

SPITZ: Sharing her ‘Cry’

MASSACHUSETTS
The Milford Daily News

By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News

The people Barbara Hansen seeks are the ones most would shun.

“This is my purpose in life, to reach out to the underdogs and addicts,’’ she said, sitting in her living room in a Milford neighborhood that’s “a completely opposite world’’ from the crack houses and prisons she has visited.

While she hasn’t traveled the road of alcohol or drug abuse personally, she feels a kinship with “that part of society people don’t want to deal with,’’ and sees a common thread in many of their stories: abuse.

Oftentimes it’s the kind of abuse she knew as a young girl growing up in upstate New York and Texas.

“Listen to the Cry of the Child: The Deafening Silence of Sexual Abuse,’’ her book about the pain of being molested by her grandfather, and later a pastor at a religious camp, and her path to healing, was published in 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

El Paso Catholic Diocese to pay $1.6M in abuse suit settlement

EL PASO (TX)
El Paso Times

by Diana Washington Valdez \ El Paso Times
Posted: 01/21/2012

The El Paso Catholic Diocese will pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit involving allegations of sexual impropriety against a former Cathedral High School principal, a law firm announced Friday.

Officials of the law firm of T.O. Gilstrap said the lawsuit alleged that Brother Samuel Martinez abused or molested numerous boys, including the two plaintiffs who filed the suit. It states that the incidents occurred during Martinez's tenure at the school. He was principal from 1976 to 1985.

Cathedral is a top private Catholic high school for boys in the El Paso region.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of New Orleans-Santa Fe (NOSF), was under contract to run the school at the time.

"The lawsuit, which was filed in Santa Fe in the 1st Judicial District Court of New Mexico, alleged that Brother Martinez sexually abused the plaintiffs while they were students at Cathedral in the late 1970s and early 1980s," said S. Clark Harmonson, one of the lawyers with the T.O. Gilstrap firm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

10 Pastors Who Are Absolutely Loaded

UNITED STATES
Newser

By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2012

(Newser) – You probably wouldn't think of "religious leader" as a job that would bring in big bucks, and for the most part, you'd be right: Catholic priests make just $25,000 to $30,000 per year, and the average Protestant pastor brings in $40,000. But get a big enough following, and you can certainly live the good life, as the Huffington Post points out in its list of the 10 best-paid pastors in America. Some of the highlights:

• Kenneth Copeland: This televangelist's campus includes a private airstrip and hangar, both of which it needs because the ministry also owns a $17.5 million jet and unspecified "other aircraft." The most recent salary information, from 1995, puts his annual wages at $364,577 and his wife's at $292,593.

• Creflo A. Dollar: Yes, that's his real name—and it fits. As pastor of one of the biggest churches in the US, he drives a Rolls-Royce, flies around in a private jet, and owns one $1 million Atlanta home and another $2.5 million New York City apartment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Snohomish man accused of assaulting adopted daughter

WASHINGTON
Herald

By Diana Hefley, Herald Writer

EVERETT -- A Snohomish man is being accused of sexually assaulting the daughter he and his wife adopted after she was removed from what is described as a "polygamous clan" in Utah.

The criminal investigation into the allegations also has resulted in a complaint to the state Department of Health against a therapist who reportedly recommended that the defendant, his wife and the then-15-year-old girl all sleep in the same bed as a way to bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Strictly prohibited

CANADA
The Telegram

Published on January 21, 2012

Pam Frampton

"Welcome to the church of what's happening now. Head straight through - it costs nothing but change."

- Lyrics from "The Church of What's Happening Now," by Sia

One positive development stemming from the sexual abuse scandal that has cast a pall over the Roman Catholic Church is that churches in this province are getting better at talking about it.

When Bishop Raymond Lahey was sentenced recently for importing child pornography, Archbishop Martin Currie spoke publicly about the matter in St. John's, sending a letter to parishes, giving media interviews and posting his message on the archdiocese's website.

"Raymond Lahey has requested to be removed from the clerical state," he wrote. "The church will impose this or other penalties."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Back to the cloister. Brendan Hoban

IRELAND
Assocation of Catholic Priests

Western People

You may remember that last year a number of Cardinals and Archbishops visited Ireland to investigate the Irish Catholic Church. They were asked to report to the Pope on what reforms were needed in the Irish Church in the wake of the child abuse scandals and how they were handled.

The word now is that their first report – on Irish seminaries – has beenreceived, though it has not been published officially. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York investigated Irish seminaries and from developments in Maynooth it would seem that his wish is that a distinctive community be created whereby seminarians can be differentiated from other students on the Maynooth university campus.

Already, it seems, the Maynooth authorities have taken steps in implementing this approach. Doors have been installed to partition the seminarians’ quarters from the rest of the campus; a separate entrance has been constructed at the rear of the seminary building; and there are proposals to build a separate dining hall. Back to the cloister?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Could the truth about the Orlandi case be hidden in the boss’s tomb?

ROME
Vatican Insider

Magistrates inspect the crypt of St. Apollinaris, where De Pedis, the leader of Banda della Magliana, is buried. According to Pietro Orlandi "that shameful burial is the true knot of the interlacing of State, Church and Crime"

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

The door that keads onto the piazza is closed off. From the courtyard of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, students come in dribs and drabs for Eucharistic adoration, and the rector of the basilica, Fr. Pedro Huidobro, has just put on his vestments. It is the first time in 29 years that Pietro Orlandi has set foot in the church that may hold the secret of the disappearance of his 14-year old sister. Buried inside the crypt is Banda Magliana boss Renatino De Pedis, and the Public Prosecutor of Rome has given the Vicariate "clearance" to inspect the tomb. It had already taken DNA from Pietro and the other family members of the girl from the Vatican City who vanished in front of the church assigned to Opus Dei, just a few steps from Piazza Navona and the Senate.

"The burial of the boss De Pedis in a place intended for popes and cardinals is, I think, the true knot of the interlacing between Church, State, and the criminals that took away my sister Emanuela 28 years ago," says Pietro. The Acting Public Prosecutor of Rome, Giancarlo Capaldo, has met twice with the rector of St. Apollinaris, who has been very cooperative about opening the tomb which an anonymous tip said contains traces of Emanuela. "I am with you and your family, for you the doors of this church will always be open," assured Father Huidobro, who is also a coroner, to Pietro Orlandi, who this afternoon will lead a demonstration in front of the basilica. "Like you, I also want the grave opened and want to shed light on this matter," the rector added, expressing "respect and closeness for people who have suffered so much."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Ein Opfer, das nicht schweigt

BELGIEN
L'essentiel

ARLON – Als Jugendlicher wurde Joël Devillet von einem Priester regelmäßig missbracht. Es dauerte 15 Jahre, bis der Täter verurteilt wurde. 0 Kommentare

In seiner Jugend wurde der 38-jährige Joël Devillet in seiner Zeit als Messdiener regelmäßig vom Priester seiner Gemeinde Aubange missbraucht. Vor Kurzem wurde nach 15 Jahren Prozessdauer das Urteil gesprochen. Der Geistliche Gilbert Hubermont wurde für schuldig befunden und muss seinem Opfer 70 000 Euro zahlen. «Ich bin erleichtert, dass endlich seine Schuld anerkannt wurde», sagt Joël Devillet, der heute in Brüssel lebt. «Aber ich habe ihn nicht des Geldes wegen juristisch verfolgt. Ich wollte, dass jeder weiß, was er getan hat und er selbst seine Taten zugibt.»

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Ireland appoints new ambassador to the Holy See...to do what exactly...

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Updated January 20, 2012

96,000 postcards were sent to Ireland’s prime minister protesting the closing of country’s Embassy to the Holy See…so what? Will these same fanatic Catholics be willing to pay out of their own wallets the 1.25 million euro to maintain an Irish Embassy in Rome? Or are they going to force Irish secular people to pay for it ? According to Wikipedia, the population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just under 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland. therefore 96,000 is barely 1% of the population.

The Taoiseach, Prime Minister Edna must keep his words as a man of integrity when he officially declared within the chambers of the Irish Parliament and before the world - that "the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism....the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Et le pardon et la justice pour les victimes d’abus

BELGIQUE
Le Soir

RICARDO GUTIERREZ

jeudi 19 janvier 2012

Chaque évêché semble devoir y passer. L’un après l’autre. Méthodiquement. Le juge d’instruction bruxellois Wim De Troy, sanctionné voici peu pour ses méthodes de cow-boy, semble opérer, cette fois, dans les règles de l’art. Et sous le contrôle permanent du procureur fédéral, Johan Delmul.

Reste que les perquisitions à répétition de ces trois derniers jours interpellent. Des catholiques s’en émeuvent. Ils y voient comme un acharnement judiciaire, accusent le juge de « vouloir faire le procès de l’Histoire », d’un passé révolu.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Le curé caressait des "confirmés"

BELGIQUE
L'Avenir

Samuel SINTE

NAMUR - Curé à Flawinne dans les années nonante, il reconnaît des attentats à la pudeur commis sur de jeunes garçons en âge de confirmation.

Les faits remontent à 1992-1993. Si l'affaire arrive seulement aujourd'hui devant le tribunal correctionnel, c'est parce que la plainte à la base du dossier est intervenue tardivement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Otis Vernell Holland

UNITED STATES
America's Most Wanted

Cops: Con Man Posed as Pastor

Charismatic and cunning, Las Vegas Pastor Otis Holland is on the run after members of his church between the ages of 13 and 16 accused him of sexual abuse. The revelation of Holland's relationship with his young parishioners has opened a Pandora's box that has left Holland's entire congregation stunned and shamed. Police say this is not a case of a man of the cloth falling from grace.

"He was a con man, and he used the church front for his schemes," said Kevin Abernathy of the Henderson Police Department, the lead investigator on the case. "In the 19 years that I've been on the job, I would rank this as probably the worst case I've dealt with as far as a predator identifying and abusing victims." said Abernathy.

Trusted Minster becomes Alleged Predator

Otis Holland's journey from trusted minister to alleged predator started in the late 1990s, when he founded United Faith Church. Holland broke off from a ministry headed by his mother. That's also where he found his first members. Karla Grajeda was among a group of teenagers who looked to Holland for guidance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Trial Set For Former Church Pastor

IOWA
KCCI

PELLA, Iowa -- A former Pella pastor accused of sexually assaulting and exploiting women in his congregation is slated to go on trial this spring.

The Des Moines Register says a May 14 trial is set for 42-year-old Patrick Edouard in Dallas County District Court. Eduard's trial, which was moved from Marion County, had been scheduled to start this week.

Edouard is charged with three counts of sexual abuse and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. Documents say the alleged crimes occurred from 2003 to 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

The big Warren Jeffs revelations calendar

UNITED STATES
The Salt Lake Tribune

Lindsay Whitehurst

With the news that followers of Warren Jeffs are taking his revelations to the people in the form of quarter-page ads in newspapers (including this one) all over the country, I thought it would be a good time to launch something I've been working on a while.

The big Warren Jeffs revelations calendar. Take a look at it here. (switch it to month view to get the full effect).

I've read through all the packets received by the Utah Attorney General's Office (the same ones that have been sent out to the thousands of government officials, librarians, and other people from Missouri to Boston).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

I-Team: FLDS Raising Money for Jeffs

LAS VEGAS (NV)
8 News Now

By Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter

LAS VEGAS -- Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is making what former members of his church call a "last ditch" effort to raise money as he serves time in prison.

An advertisement appeared in Friday's Review-Journal which gives southern Nevadans the opportunity to buy church proclamations ranging in price from $3 to $10.

Leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, known as FLDS, did not return 8 News NOW calls.

Church membership is estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 members. The I-Team talked to a member of the Child Protection Project who was a child bride in the FLDS church before leaving.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

What’s up with those ‘Jesus Christ, Son Ahman’ ads? They showed up in newspapers nationwide Friday

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

Faithful followers of imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs are making his apocalyptic writings available to the public through the ads, The Associated Press reported.

Where did they appear? In Friday editions of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune and other newspapers, including the Idaho Statesman. The ads will run again in the Statesman on Sunday.

Why publish them? “We did not make the decision to run this ad lightly, but we do support and believe in free speech and freedom of religion,” said Travis Quast, Statesman sales and marketing vice president. “While we may not all agree with this group and what they believe, we found nothing offensive in their ad that would have kept us from publishing it.”

How did readers respond? A dozen called or emailed the Statesman with concerns about the ad; two canceled their subscriptions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

New Mexicans react to death of former Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Sanchez

SANTA FEE (NM)
KOB

By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4

People prayed in the hometown of former Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Sanchez Friday night.

A small group gathered outside San Miguel Mission Church in Socorro to remember the 77-year-old who passed away on Friday.

Sanchez was baptized there and performed many baptisms at the church.

Gene Romero said her daughter was baptized by Sanchez in 1960.

Friday night Romero told KOB Eyewitness News 4, "My daughter was getting baptized when he first came back from Rome. And we named her after him. His name is Robert and we named her Roberta. She was 19-days-old at the time. He is going to be very well missed and I'm fortunate to have known him."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Key dates in the life of Robert Fortune Sanchez

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe New Mexican

1934: Born in Socorro, N.M.

1959: Ordained as priest after studying at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Santa Fe and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he earned degrees in philosophy and theology.

1974: Appointed archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to succeed Archbishop James Peter Davis. At the time, Sanchez was serving as parish priest at San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque. He was the first Hispanic archbishop in the U.S. and, at the age of 40, one of the youngest.

1970s: Begins having sexual relationships with at least three women sometime after becoming archbishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Former Santa Fe Archbishop Dies

SANTA FE (NM)
KOAT

[with video]

SANTA FE -- New Mexicans had mixed reactions on Friday upon learning of a former Santa Fe archbishop’s death.

Archbishop Robert Sanchez led the Santa Fe Archdiocese for nearly two decades.
Sanchez was forced to resign in 1993 after word leaked he was not only having relationships with women, but that more and more priests under his watch were being accused of horrific sex crimes against children.

“Whenever something from the abuse age comes back up again, it's repeated hurt for people that were victimized,” said Mike Mellinger, the head of the local chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Lawsuit alleges Catholic deacon had improper sexual relationship

WYOMING
Billings Gazette

By WILLIAM BROWNING Casper Star-Tribune | Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012

CASPER — A Colorado woman has filed a lawsuit against a deacon at a local church alleging the church official "imposed a sexual relationship" on her after she was referred to him for counseling a decade ago.

The lawsuit claims that Donald Morris Stewart, a deacon at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, began the sexual relationship after the woman started receiving counseling from him in 2002.

The eight-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District of Wyoming. St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Diocese of Cheyenne are named as defendants in the suit, as well.

"Stewart imposed a sexual relationship during plaintiff's church-sanctioned bereavement counseling with (the woman)," the lawsuits states. "The other defendants knew or should have known of this inappropriate and meretricious sexual relationship imposed upon plaintiff by Stewart in the course and scope of his employment."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Jury clears former Harrow teacher of all charges of child sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Harrow Observer

Jan 20 2012 By Ian Proctor

A FORMER deputy headteacher has walked free from court after a jury found him not guilty of a series of historical child sex abuse.

David Griffiths, of Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, emerged an innocent man following the conclusion of the trial at Wood Green Crown Court in east London.

Mr Griffiths, who had denied all the historical child sex allegations against him, was found not guilty of the last remaining charge - indecency with a child - today. ...

He also had a voluntary role in child protection at a local church, as well as assisting with a range of other projects at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Dad says daughter is haunted by the pastor-professor who molested her

ILLINOIS
Naperville Sun

BY BILL BIRD wbird@stmedianetwork.com January 20, 2012

A onetime minister and community college professor convicted of sexually molesting a girl from Naperville could be sentenced Friday to as much as seven years in prison for his crimes.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. Guerin will decide the fate of James W. French, 64, the founding pastor of an upstate church and an adjunct professor of U.S. history and Western and Eastern civilization at Rock Valley College in Rockford.

The victim’s father on Wednesday told Guerin how French sexually abused his daughter “for about a year, in multiple counties and states.” The girl “eventually came to believe that if she did not say something, at some point what happened to her would most likely happen” to her siblings, the father said in a written, victim impact statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Cape music instructor indicted on sex abuse charges

MASSACHUSETTS
Cape Cod Times

By sean teehan
steehan@capecodonline.com

January 21, 2012

A Barnstable County grand jury has indicted a Cape Cod music instructor on more than a dozen counts of sexual abuse of two young students.

Stephen B. Lindberg, 55, of Marstons Mills will likely be arraigned on four counts of rape of a child, six counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 and one count of violating a restraining order, Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Sharon Thibeault said.

"My client vigorously denies these charges," said William A. Korman, Lindberg's defense attorney. "Based on the nature of the charges, we're not surprised the district attorney decided to present evidence to a grand jury." ...

At the time of his arrest, Lindberg was working as music director at Unity on Cape Cod church in Hyannis. The Rev. Steve Cordry, the church's pastor, said he fired Lindberg, who held the position on a contract basis since 2007, when he became aware of the charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

El Paso diocese to pay $1.6 million in sex abuse lawsuit against ex-principal

TEXAS
El Paso Times

By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Posted: 01/20/2012

The El Paso Catholic Diocese will pay $1.6 million as part of a legal settlement involving allegations of sexual impropriety against former Cathedral High School Principal Samuel Martinez, according to an announcement today by the T.O. Gilstrap law firm.

The lawsuit alleged that Martinez abused numerous boys, including the two plaintiffs who brought the suit, during his tenure at the school. Martinez served as the principal between 1976 and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Sanchez's service tarnished by accusations

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe New Mexican

Steve Terrell | The New Mexican
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012

For nearly 20 years, Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez was a figure of inspiration for thousands.

As the nation's first Hispanic archbishop, the Socorro native was known for establishing the first Archdiocesan Youth Conference. He instituted the first Native American liturgy at the cathedral in Santa Fe and apologized to American Indians for abuses by the church that went back to the Spanish colonial era. He appointed a commission to preserve New Mexico's historic churches. On Sanchez's watch, the archdiocese built new parishes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

But despite those accomplishments Sanchez is destined to be remembered mainly for resigning in disgrace for a double-headed sex scandal that shook New Mexico in the early 1990s.

First there were the seemingly endless lawsuits against the archdiocese filed by or on behalf of children who had been sexually abused by priests. Many of these had a common thread -- Sanchez did little or nothing when informed of the allegations against pedophile priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM

Robert Sanchez 1934-2012: Many Mourn Former Archbishop

NEW MEXICO
ABQJournal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writeron Sat, Jan 21, 2012

The Rev. Robert Fortune Sanchez became a state hero in 1974 when he was ordained as the first New Mexico-born Archbishop of Santa Fe and the first Hispanic in the nation to hold the post.

He resigned in disgrace in 1993 as part of a sex scandal that took a heavy toll on the church.

The ordination of Sanchez, then 40, as the nation’s youngest archbishop drew 14,000 jubilant New Mexicans to the Pit at the University of New Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

How long will church be allowed to keep its dangerous secrets?

CANADA/UNITED STATES
Vancouver Sun

By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun January 21, 2012

An American priest, who has been financially supported for the past five years by the priest and parishioners of a Vancouver Catholic church, has been convicted of sexually molesting a minor by an ecclesiastical tribunal in Pennsylvania.

In its decision, reached last October, the tribunal recommended to the Vatican that Eric Ensey be dismissed as a priest.

"The tribunal reached moral certitude that Ensey had indeed committed the offences of which he was accused," Fr. Tom Doyle wrote in letters sent last week to Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller and John Hor-gan, the priest at Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Doyle, a Dominican priest and canonical lawyer, represented the victims.

"I realize that Ensey and his cohorts continue to insist on their innocence," he wrote. "They have masked themselves with a deceitful veil of traditional orthodoxy, which has proven successful in duping a number of people. Unfortunately there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 AM

January 20, 2012

Former Archbishop Robert Sanchez has died

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe New Mexican

ALBUQUERQUE — Former Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez, who became the nation’s first Hispanic bishop in 1974 and headed New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese for nearly two decades before resigning over sex allegations, has died. He was 77.

He was surrounded by his family when he died Friday in Albuquerque, said officials with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. It did not release the cause of death but said Sanchez had been ill.

“I ask for prayers for the repose of his soul and the comfort and consolation of his family members,” Archbishop Michael Sheehan said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

EP Diocese Pays $1.6 Million In Abuse Case Involving Ex-Cathedral High Principal

TEXAS
KVIA

EL PASO, Texas -- The Catholic Diocese of El Paso has paid $1.6 million in a sexual abuse lawsuit involving two former Cathedral High School students.

Clark Harmonson, a partner with the T.O. Gilstrap law firm confirmed the payment to two men who were allegedly molested by then-Principal Samuel Martinez in 1978 and 1982.

Martinez was a member of a religious order called the Christian Brothers, whose mission is education and teaching, It operated Cathedral High School under contract from the Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Polygamist sect leader’s revelations offered for sale in national newspaper ads

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, January 20

SALT LAKE CITY — Faithful followers of imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs are making his apocalyptic writings available to the public through advertisements placed in newspapers nationwide.

The ads appear in Friday editions of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune and other newspapers.

A Washington Post ad sales representative tells The Associated Press a quarter-page ad in the newspaper costs about $10,000.

The 56-year-old Jeffs has been sect president since 2002 and has long predicted natural disasters and the destruction of the world. Threats have increased since his 2010 conviction in Texas on sexual assault charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Apocalyptic Warren Jeffs ‘revelation’ ad runs in newspapers across country

UNITED STATES
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Lindsay Whitehurst

The polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs has taken out apocalyptic quarter-page newspaper ads all over the country.

Labeled as a "Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Given to President Warren S. Jeffs," the ad reads in part: "Repent ye; now be of full humbling; all peoples shall be humbled in full way; as I send full judgements."

The ad appeared on page A7 of The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday, and also in the Denver Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to Associated Press reporters; in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, minnpost.com reported; and in the Nashville Tennessean, paper staff confirmed.

It also showed up in the A sections of The New York Times and the Washington Post. It did not run Friday in the Deseret News, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-owned newspaper in Salt Lake City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM

KANSAS CITY ATTORNEY REBECCA RANDLES TO GET KUDO HERE

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

If you’ve gotta fall down steps or slip on ice somewhere this winter, you might consider doing it at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark over the lunch hour Friday, January 27. That’s when hundreds of barristers will gather for the annual Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s awards confab. One of three honorees in the “Influential Lawyers” category is Rebecca Randles of Kansas City. She represents dozens of the clergy sex abuse victims in western Missouri (including 20+ who sued just last year). Legal minds around here may remember Randles from the 1999 Bachmann v. Gummersbach and the St. Louis archdiocese case. It’s the only civil lawsuit against a pedophile priest that’s ever gone to trial in the state. The jury awarded the victim $1.2 million but that was overturned on appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Abuse allegations not handled wisely, cardinal designate tells Guelph audience

CANADA
Gelph Mercury

GUELPH — The Catholic Church has learned much as it has wrestled with increasing reports of sexual abuse of children by members of its clergy, and can use that knowledge to help others, Canada’s newest cardinal designate told a Guelph audience Friday.

During a question-and-answer session following his lunchtime address to the Rotary Club of Guelph, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins said as the church became aware of these reports “some of the decisions made by people in authority were not very wise.

“They just didn’t know how to deal with it,” the Guelph native said.

Collins said sexual abuse is a societal problem “and I hope what we (in the church) have learned from our mistakes might help other organizations to deal with it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

The abused woman

UNITED STATES
The Catholic Free Press

By Father John Catoir
Catholic News Service

Every once in a while, I hear about a Catholic priest with a personality disorder so severe that he feels justified in verbally abusing women whenever he pleases and reducing them to tears. Such behavior should be reported to the bishop, and if the bishops is satisfied that the charges are true, he should suspend the culprit immediately.

Using the priest shortage as an excuse for tolerating any kind of abusive behavior is unacceptable.

Many husbands abuse their wives habitually at home. Women need to defend themselves by breaking the cycle of secrecy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

Former Archbishop Robert Sanchez Dies

NEW MEXICO
KOAT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Former Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez, who headed New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese for nearly two decades, has died. He was 77.

Officials with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe made the announcement, saying Sanchez died Friday. The archdiocese did not provide any details about the cause of death, but said he had been ill.

Sanchez was ordained as the archdiocese's 10th archbishop in 1974. He was the first Hispanic bishop in the United States.

He had resigned in 1993 after three women accused him of being sexually involved with them in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM

Sacerdotes firman solicitud para remover a obispos que “blindaron” a Karadima

CHILE
El Mostrador

Hay un documento que circula en Internet reuniendo rúbricas de apoyo a la petición. El texto acusa a Andrés Arteaga, Juan Barros, Tomislav Koljatic y Horacio Valenzuela de haber participado del “círculo de hierro” del ex párroco de El Bosque y de no haber dudado “en ayudarlo encubriendo sus terribles abusos”.

por El Mostrador

“Los obispos chilenos Andrés Arteaga (Auxiliar de Santiago), Juan Barros (Castrense), Tomislav Koljatic (Linares) y Horacio Valenzuela (Talca) fueron hombres cercanos a Karadima. Lo blindaron y apoyaron siempre incluso sabiendo de los abusos que cometía. Testigos los veían”.

Así comienza una carta que escribió Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas del ex párroco de la Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de calle El Bosque, Fernando Karadima. En el texto, el periodista que se querelló contra su otrora guía espiritual por abusos deshonestos reiterados, pide firmas para solicitar al Vaticano la remoción de las autoridades eclesiásticas que habrían encubierto al sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Former Archbishop of Santa Fe Robert Sanchez dies at 76

NEW MEXICO
KOB

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is confirming the death of former Archbishop of Santa Fe Robert Sanchez, who served the diocese for 19 years until resigning in 1993.

He was 76.

In a statement, the archdiocese did not mention a cause of death, but said Sanchez had been ill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

BREAKING: Former Archbishop Robert Sanchez Dies

NEW MEXICO
ABQJournal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writeron Fri, Jan 20, 2012

Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez, who served as the 10th Archbishop of Santa Fe from 1974-1993, died today, the archdiocese announced.

“Archbishop Sanchez was much loved as a native son by the people of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe,” Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, who succeeded Sanchez in 1993, said in a written statement issued today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

Former Archbishop Robert Sanchez has died

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe New Mexican

The following is a statement released Friday afternoon from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (please check back later for more information on this story):

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is saddened to announce the death of Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez who served as the 10th Archbishop of Santa Fe from 1974-1993. His family has deep roots in New Mexico with many ancestors among the first Hispanic settlers. On March 20, 1934 when Robert was born to Julius C. and Priscilla Fortune Sanchez, neither he nor his parents knew what God would call Robert to do. Robert was taught well by his parents to love God; and they made sure he received all his Sacraments. ...

As a result of the sexual abuse scandals, and allegations made against his own personal conduct which were brought to the forefront, he resigned as Archbishop in 1993. Many would claim that he was not as proactive as he could have been in the disciplining and expulsion of priests who were alleged of sexual misconduct. As he became ill, Archbishop Sanchez reiterated his love and blessings always for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, her priests, people and his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Attorney: Lawsuit filed by Maine man who accused Bernie Fine of molesting him will be dropped

SYRACUSE (NY)
Daily Reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: January 20, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The attorney for a Maine man who accused fired Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him says he's dropping a civil lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh.

Jeffrey R. Anderson, attorney for Zach Tomaselli, says in a statement that he "will be dismissing his case" against Fine.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli told The Post-Standard of Syracuse in an interview Friday that he altered emails from Syracuse police before forwarding them to the paper in an attempt to bolster his account. In a phone interview with The Associated Press Tomaselli insists he did not "fabricate the story" about Fine molesting him when he was 13. Two former ballboys also accused Fine of molesting them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

SNAP continues to fight disclosure

MISSOURI
Catholic Culture

January 20, 2012

Leaders of an organization representing sex-abuse victims claim that their group is fighting for its life, in the face of a court order requiring disclosure of its internal documents.

SNAP—the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—continues to fight against a subpoena calling for the documents, which was issued in connection with a lawsuit against a Kansas City priest. David Clohessy, the executive director of SNAP, says that the subpoena would require the group to identify victims of molestation: a step that SNAP refuses to take. Clohessy also admitted that if the subpoena is enforced in the Missouri case, SNAP is likely to face dozens of other demands for documents, and the expense could be devastating to the group.

The refusal of SNAP to disclose information carries some irony, since the group has persistently criticized Catholic bishops for their reluctance to open confidential diocesan files. Clohessy told the National Catholic Reporter that he sees “two standards of transparency.” The standards of candor that SNAP expects of Catholic dioceses, he explained, should not be applied to groups working with victims of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Asian bishops discuss response to abuse

ASIA
Catholic Culture

At a recent closed-door meeting, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences addressed the problem of sexual abuse and the response of the Catholic hierarchy, acknowledging “a considerably serious problem in Asia.”

To date the Catholic Church in Asia has not been seriously hurt by the scandal that has battered the Church in Europe and North America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Tomaselli attorney says civil suit against Bernie Fine will be dropped

SYRACUSE (NY)
WSYR

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – An attorney representing a man who has accused former Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexually abusing him says that they will drop their civil lawsuit.

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson told NewsChannel 9’s Jeff Kulikowsky that he and his client, Zach Tomaselli, will drop their suit and will soon issue a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

DA: Newton teacher was involved in online child pornography forum

NEWTON (MA)
Newton Tab

By Ashley Studley
Wicked Local Newton

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Newton —

A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s office today confirmed a Newton second-grade teacher is part of a federal investigation of an online child pornography community.

Spokesman Jake Wark said David Ettlinger, 34, of Brighton, was part of “Dreamboard”, an online forum that operated out of Louisiana.

In August, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced they’d broken up an international network dedicated to the creation and sharing of child pornography. ...

Ettlinger was a boy’s gymnastics coach at Newton South High in 2000, an adviser for a community service program at Underwood and previously worked as a camp counselor at the JCC Grossman Camp and instructor at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Former Pella pastor, set for trial in May, seeks medical records from his alleged abuse vi

IOWA
Des Moines Register

11:15 AM, Jan 20, 2012 | by Jeff Eckhoff |

A former Pella pastor accused of raping and sexually exploiting multiple women now faces a May 14 trial after a judge rejected his lawyer’s attempt to get much of the case thrown out.

Patrick Edouard, 42, was scheduled to face trial in Dallas County this week on Marion County charges that he raped three women and on four occasions violated an Iowa law that makes it a crime for counselors or therapists to sexually exploit clients in their care.

Defense Attorney Angela Campbell argued in court papers that the four sexual exploitation counts should be thrown out because prosecutors had failed to identify “any ‘emotional condition’ under which any of the accusers were laboring such that defendant knew, or had reason to know, they were ‘significantly impared in the ability to withhold consent to sexual conduct’ ” as defined in Iowa law. Campbell also attacked the constitutionality of the sexual exploitation law, arguing that the statute “unconstitutionally burden’s Edouard’s fundamental right to associate in intimate relationships, in violation of his due process rights” and that the law, “as applied to members of the clergy, violates the establishment clauses of the state and federal constitutions.”

Star Tribune accepts ad from convicted sex-assaulter's Mormon sect

MINNESOTA
MinnPost

By David Brauer | Published Fri, Jan 20 2012

Would you accept an ad from a religious sect touting a divine revelation given to a convicted sex abuser of two girls under 16?

That's what the Star Tribune did Friday morning, running two ads from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One (on page A5 of my Minneapolis edition), simply says, "Jesus Christ, Son Ahman." The second, on A6, proclaimes "Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Given to President Warren Jeffs," and offers serveral writings for sale.

Jeffs, the president of the polygamist sect, was convicted in 2011 of molesting two "child brides" aged 12 and 15. He is serving life plus 20 years in a Texas prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Irish Catholic group puts pressure on government to reopen embassy to the Holy See

IRELAND
Vatican Insider

One-third of the members of the Irish parliament attend meeting in Dublin organized by a group that wants the Government to re-open its Embassy to the Holy See

Gerard O'Connell
Rome

The Irish Government is coming under pressure from a broadly based Catholic lay group, with support from members of different political parties, to re-open its Embassy to the Holy See.

On January 18, more than a hundred members of the Group, known as Ireland Stand Up, met for five hours with one-third of the members of the Irish parliament. 50 of the 166 members of parliament’s lower house (the Dail) and 25 of the 60 members of its upper house (the Seanad) were present.

Even more significant was the presence of the Junior Minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Lucinda Creighton, together with representatives of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and several other ministers, as well as Ireland’s new ambassador to the Holy See, David Cooney, who is also Secretary General of the DFA.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

Deposition of a SNAP leader to be made public

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[link to legal documents via SNAP]

Posted by Mark Serrano on January 18, 2012

Late yesterday, a judge “unsealed” the six hour deposition of SNAP Executive Director David Clohessy by five lawyers representing Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and five Kansas City accused pedophile priests (Fr. Michael Tierney, Msgr. Thomas O’Brien, Fr. Mark Honhart, Fr. Francis McGlynn and Fr. Thomas Cronin). We will post it on our website as soon as we get a copy of the transcript. It ostensibly stems from a case called John Doe BP v. Fr. Michael Tierney and the Kansas City diocese and from one of three subpoenas that have been issued in recent weeks to victims who are SNAP leaders. This is the first time in SNAP’s 23 years that its staff has been subpoenaed.

Catholic officials are demanding thousands of pages of private records from child sex abuse victims and others. This has been called a “fishing expedition.” But it’s much worse than that. It’s a cynical, shrewd legal maneuver to deter victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and others from exposing predators, protecting kids and seeking help from SNAP.

And it threatens the long-standing privacy protections that almost all crime victims – not just child sex victims of predatory clerics’ victims - have enjoyed for years.

The demands – including documents from as long ago as 23 years- come from church officials in two dioceses - Kansas City and St. Louis. SNAP is not part of either suit.

Catholic officials want private, personal records and e mails involving hundreds of individuals who have never even heard of or met the accused or the accusers in the two suits. This is a misuse of judicial processes designed to crush a support and advocacy group that protects the vulnerable and heals the wounded. It’s cleverly orchestrated to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups concealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Opération Calice: l'Eglise assimilée à une organisation criminelle?

BELGIQUE
RTL

Dans le cadre de l’opération calice, le juge d’instruction Wim de Troy et plusieurs enquêteurs avaient effectué des perquisitions dans plusieurs diocèses en début de semaine. Selon nos confrères du journal "Le Soir", le juge d’instruction ne vise peut-être pas seulement à identifier les protecteurs de prêtres pédophiles. L’enquête cherche également à incriminer l’Eglise catholique en tant que bande organisée.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Taskforce kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
CCV

In reactie op het rapport van de Commissie Deetman, over seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-katholieke Kerk, stellen minister Opstelten van Veiligheid en Justitie en staatssecretaris Veldhuijzen van Zanten van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport een Taskforce kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik in.

Actieplan aanpak kindermishandeling

De Taskforce gaat er mede op toezien dat het Actieplan aanpak kindermishandeling wordt uitgevoerd. De bewindslieden kondigen multidisciplinair onderzoek aan naar seksueel geweld en hieraan gerelateerde verschijnselen, zoals kindermishandeling, huiselijk geweld en gedwongen prostitutie. Hiermee reageren zij op de oproep van de Commissie Deetman om diepgaand onderzoek te doen naar kindermishandeling en seksueel misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

‘Kerk faalt op alle fronten met hulp’

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

DEN HAAG (RKnieuws.net) - De kerk faalt op alle fronten met de hulpverlening aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Ook de afhandeling van meldingen over misbruik laat te wensen over.

Dat meldden de slachtofferorganisaties Klokk en Mea Culpa gisteren in Den Haag tijdens de hoorzitting van de Kamercommissie Veiligheid en Justitie over het rapport-Deetman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Nog veel werk te doen voor aartsbisschop Eijk

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk liet gisteren tijdens een hoorzitting in de Tweede Kamer weten dat er geen twijfel over bestaat: met wortel en tak moet misbruik worden uitgeroeid in de Katholieke Kerk.

Den Haag | Voor de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik is de belofte van Eijk iets wat ze vooral pas gelóven als ze de komende jaren ook echte veranderingen zien in het beleid. Dat leidde er gisteren toe dat er wederom twee kampen lijnrecht tegenover elkaar stonden: de kerk en de slachtoffers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

NCRV Documentaire: Jongens van Don Rua

NEDERLAND
Movisie

[video]

Een omvangrijke misbruikzaak op het internaat in 's Heerenberg was aanleiding voor het instellen van de commissie Deetman die het seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk onderzocht. In de documentaire Jongens van Don Rua van Coen Verbraak en Bernd Wouthuysen vertellen vijf mannen over de gevolgen van het seksueel misbruik in hun volwassen leven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Katholieke stichting wijzigt naam door seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Prachtig Pekela

VEENDAM/PEKELA - Het rapport ‘Seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk’ dat een commissie onder leiding van Wim Deetman onlangs 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 9:14 AM

Kerken willen Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag

NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

Tijdens een hoorzitting met de Tweede Kamer liet aartsbisschop Wim Eijk weten dat medewerkers van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in de toekomst een Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG) moeten hebben. Ook andere kerken beraden zich op deze verklaring.

Dat meldt het Nederlands Dagblad. Eijks toezegging is één van de actiepunten van de kerk om seksueel misbruik in de kerk te voorkomen. Bij verschillende beroepsgroepen in de samenleving – met name beroepsgroepen die werken met kinderen – is een VOG al vereist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Bishop: NW Pa. priest convicted of felony in teen relationship won't return to ministry

PENNSYLVANIA
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: January 20, 2012

SMETHPORT, Pa. — A bishop says a suspended Catholic priest convicted of a felony for his inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy will not return to active ministry.

Erie Bishop Donald Trautman tells the Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/A7ATW3 ) that the Rev. Samuel Slocum's conviction on Wednesday in McKean County is a "tragedy for everyone concerned."

Jurors convicted the 60-year-old priest of concealment of the whereabouts of a child. Prosecutors say Slocum continued to contact the boy and urge him to lie about their relationship to his mother even after she told the priest to stop contacting her son. Slocum was not charged with sex crimes, though prosecutors contend some of the priest's messages to the boy were flirtatious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Polish community ready to fight for church

CANADA
Cape Breton Post

Chris Shannon
SYDNEY — The Polish community is fighting back against the Diocese of Antigonish’s decision to close down their church in Whitney Pier within six months.

The diocese’s pastoral planning committee for the Sydney deanery proposed the closure of St. Mary’s Polish Church, along with nearby St. Nicholas Church, and St. Augustine’s Parish on Grand Lake Road in July.

In a report released Sunday, the committee cited the declining number of priests, church attendance and financial support, as well as increases in the cost of operating and upgrading aging structures.

“If that’s the criteria they’re using, then why are they closing us?” asked Wayne Joseph, parish council secretary at St. Mary’s Polish Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Mein Freund, der Herr Pfarrer

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Von Julia Jüttner, Braunschweig

Er verging sich an drei Jungen, tagsüber, abends, sogar morgens vor der Messe: Pfarrer Andreas L. steht wegen teils schweren Kindesmissbrauchs vor dem Landgericht Braunschweig. Die Befragung der Mütter dokumentiert das Versagen der Kirche - und das unerschütterliche Vertrauen ihrer Mitglieder.

Als Polizeibeamte im Juli vergangenen Jahres das Pfarrhaus in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt durchsuchen, stürmt eine Frau herein und wirft sich Priester Andreas L. an den Hals. "Wir stehen zu dir", sagt sie und umarmt ihn. So hat es der Leiter der damals ermittelnden Sonderkommission beschrieben.

Am Donnerstag sitzt die Frau im Saal 141 des Landgerichts Braunschweig, sechs Schritte von Andreas L. entfernt. Sie als Zeugin, er als Angeklagter. Der Pfarrer hat ihre beiden Söhne missbraucht, jahrelang. Sie weint. Das Vertrauen ist erschüttert, zerstört ist es nicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Priest is not charged in groping case due to insufficient evidence

BUFFALO (NY)
The Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz
News Staff Reporter

Authorities didn’t charge a Catholic priest accused of groping a former parishioner because they had no corroborating evidence, and the alleged victim did not cooperate in the investigation, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The priest, the Rev. Secondo Casarotto, 70, was abruptly removed as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church last weekend and placed on administrative leave, after Catholic Diocese of Buffalo officials learned of a criminal complaint in which a former female parishioner accused him of sexual misconduct.

The woman, who is in her 30s, filed a complaint with Buffalo police last June in which she reported that Casarotto allegedly groped her two years earlier — in the summer of 2009 — while the two were in the priest’s residence at the church on Court Street.

“The police made a decision not to arrest him, and we agreed with that determination,” Sedita said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Katholieke stichting wijzigt naam door seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Groningen Vandaag

VEENDAM/PEKELA - Het rapport ‘Seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk’ dat een commissie onder leiding van Wim Deetman onlangs 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. >>

Uiteraard absoluut onwetend over het voornoemde heeft op 5 juni 2007 de Stichting Katholiek Onderwijs Provincie Groningen (SKOPG) haar naam gewijzigd in de Mgr. Niënhausstichting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Dinniman Introduces Bill for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Legislation

PENNSYLVANIA
Justice4PAKids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2012

SENATOR ANDREW E. DINNIMAN
CONTACT: MARTIN INDARS
PHONE: 610-692-2112
www.senatordinniman.com mindars@pasenate.com

Dinniman Introduces Bill for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Legislation Opens 2-Year ‘Window’ for Civil Actions against Abusers

WEST CHESTER (January 19) – State Sen. Andy Dinniman has introduced legislation that would give victims of childhood sexual abuse another chance to file a civil action against their alleged perpetrator if their deadline for filing such a suit has expired.

Dinniman said he is introducing the bill because the current statute of limitations expires upon the victim’s 30th birthday, despite the fact that it often takes many years and even decades for victims of childhood sexual abuse to confront and fully process what happened to them as children.

“The horrific headlines of late focus attention on the reality that there are adults in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania who were victimized as children and have sometimes only now, often through support and therapy, come to grips with what happened to them,” Dinniman said. “Even though these adults are past 30, I believe they still deserve their day in court and the ability to confront and seek retribution from those who sexually assaulted them.”

Modeled after Delaware’s Child Victims Act of 2007, Dinniman said his bill would specify a one-time, two-year period for when such civil suits could be filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Important Bill on Child Sex Abuse Introduced to PA Senate

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholics4Change

January 20, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Important bill relating to child sex abuse was introduced to Pennsylvania Senate. Click here to read press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Prayers, Protesters Mix At Red Mass

HAWAII
KITV

Jill Kuramoto KITV 4 News Reporter

HONOLULU -- Governor Neil Abercrombie and state lawmakers gathered for Mass Thursday as part of a tradition in Hawaii for more than half a century.

But this year, the annual Red Mass was met by protesters angry over the church's teachings and actions.

"Shame on the politicians for attending the Red Mass and listening to the moral teachings of a morally bankrupt organization like the Catholic church," said protester Holly Huber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

“Ireland Stand Up”

IRELAND
Catholic World Report

96,000 postcards have been sent to Ireland’s prime minister protesting the closing of country’s Embassy to the Holy See.

By Michael Kelly

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny at a news conference following a meeting of European leaders in Brussels in June 2011. (CNS photo/Reuters)

The Irish Government is coming under increased pressure to reverse a controversial decision to close the country’s Embassy to the Holy See.

Dozens of parliamentarians – including many from the Fine Gael and Labour coalition parties - attended a meeting in Dublin January 18 called to highlight opposition to the closure and some 96,000 postcards have been sent to Prime Minister Enda Kenny by members of several different lay initiatives and individual Catholics protesting the move.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

8 life sentences for repeat child predator

TEXAS
San Antonio Express-News

By Craig Kapitan

A registered sex offender who has already served a seven-year sentence for molesting a young girl from his church congregation was sentenced again Thursday — this time for targeting a new victim.

David Fino, 57, asked the judge for the death penalty. He got eight life sentences, two of them stacked and without the possibility of parole.

A jury found him guilty Friday of super aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 6, continuous sexual abuse of a child and six other first-degree felony molestation charges involving the same girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster to hold child safety forum

ALABASTER (AL)
The Birmingham News

By Veronica Kennedy -- The Birmingham News

ALABASTER, Alabama -- The church where Daniel M. Acker Jr., suspected of multiple counts of child sex abuse, served as youth minister is holding a child safety forum this weekend.

The forum at Westwood Baptist Church will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, in the worship center in Alabaster, 1155 Alabaster Blvd. The event is free and is open to the public.

Jenny Funderburke, minister to children at Westwood, said the church had decided to address the issue after Acker was arrested earlier this month. He is in the Shelby County Jail on a $745,000 bond, charged with six counts of child sexual abuse. Four alleged victims have come forward; none were associated with Acker at the church, according to Alabaster police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Former professor to speak on troubled state of Roman Catholic Church

CANADA
Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY RIVER — A former university professor with deep ties to the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at the Vatican will give a lecture on the challenging times the church finds itself in.

Charles MacDonald of North West Arm is a well-known community leader who taught for many years in the religious studies department at Cape Breton University.

The Sydney Deanery Pastoral Council and the Council of Priests are sponsoring MacDonald’s lecture at Our Lady of Fatima Church hall on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The presentation entitled, The Catholic Church: Which Way Forward, will sketch important local historical developments in the recent history of the church and Catholic community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Crosby: Therapy, church ministry help sex offender regain foothold

ILLINOIS
The Courier-News

By Denise Crosby dcrosby@stmedianetwork.com
January 19, 2012

TJ Johnson is not looking for understanding from you or me. He’s not looking for sympathy either. And he’s certainly not seeking forgiveness, even from his victims, whose hurt he caused “is irreparable.”

What the Oswego man wants more than anything is a chance at redemption, in this life and the next.

And he wants to help other sinners come to terms with their offenses — just as he has: With the help of intense prison therapy; along with people on the outside who have embraced both his frailties and strengths.

Johnson is a convicted felon, found guilty in 2000 of performing sexual acts on young men at his Aurora church, who were doing community service contracted with the DuPage County Probation Department. At the time, his arrest was plenty screamy. Not only had he violated the justice system through what he describes as “a bogus ministry,” he’d also performed thousands of wedding services there. Adding to the outrage of this case was the fact he was a bus driver with the Oswego School District.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Report: Maine sheriff told pastor of child sex abuse allegations

MAINE
Boston Herald

By Nok-Noi Ricker / Bangor Daily News, Maine
Thursday, January 19, 2012

BANGOR, Maine -- The day before his suicide, the Rev. Robert Carlson was told by Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross, a longtime friend, that Carlson was the subject of a state police investigation of child sex abuse allegations, according to a Waldo County Sheriff’s Department report.

Ross said Wednesday that he felt compelled to tell Carlson that he was the focus of the Maine State Police probe because Carlson was on the Penobscot County Jail’s board of visitors and Ross wanted to limit his access to the jail.

Ross, who was Carlson’s co-worker for 33 years, said he spoke with Carlson around noon on Nov. 12. Carlson jumped to his death from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge early the next morning.

"I didn’t feel it was a conflict. I felt it was my responsibility as a sheriff," Ross said when asked why he informed Carlson of the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Priest Accused Of Misconduct

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

[with video]

By WKBW News

January 19, 2012Updated Jan 19, 2012

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Rev. Secondo Casarotto was placed on administrative leave from his position as pastor for St. Anthony of Padua Church in downtown Buffalo, after allegations surfaced that the priest sexually assaulted a woman parishioner in 2009.

According the Florida based attorney for the victim, the woman went to St. Anthony's in the summer of 2009 to meet with Father Casarotto about a sick relative.

According to attorney Adam Horowitz, the priest began to show the woman around the rectory, and allegedly took her to his bedroom, where he asked her to sit on the bed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Ex-altar boy sues Catholic church over sex abuse allegations

CANADA
Toronto Sun

By Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

First posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012

EDMONTON – A former altar boy who alleges he was sexual abused by a priest and a church organist has filed two $3.4-million lawsuits against the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

The alleged victim, a 51-year-old man now living in Vancouver, claims the sexual abuse happened in the early and mid-'70s, when he was a member of the congregation at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton.

According to one of two statements of claim filed Jan. 6, the man said he was initially sexually assaulted by a person employed at St. Joseph's as an organist and music director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 AM

Cleric accused of sex abuse

CANADA
The Windsor Star

Winnipeg Free Press
January 20, 2012

A high-ranking former orthodox archbishop has been ordered to stand trial on Manitoba sexual abuse charges dating back decades.

Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom Wednesday for the conclusion of a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details from being published.

Provincial court Judge Rocky Pollack ruled the Crown had met the standard of proof required to move the case along. The case will return to court in March for the setting of a trial date.

Storheim has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing two teenage boys while he was a priest in Winnipeg 30 years ago. He remains free on bail with several conditions, including having no contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM

Former altar boy alleges sexual abuse, sues archdiocese

CANADA
Edmonton Journal

By Ryan Cormier, Edmonton Journal January 20, 2012

A former altar boy who claims he was sexually abused by a Grande Cache priest and an Edmonton church employee in the 1970s is suing the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton for $6.8 million.

The man, who now lives in British Columbia, was an altar boy at St. Joseph's Basilica in downtown Edmonton from 1973 to 1975. For three years before that, he was part of the congregation. He was a teen-ager at the time.

The lawsuit alleges he was "sexually abused, assaulted and battered" by Patrick O'Neill while at the Grande Cache parish on an altar boy ex-change program. O'Neill was a priest in the parish at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 AM

January 19, 2012

Tough Questions About Alleged Assault Involving Buffalo

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Father Secondo Casarotto, a priest at St Anthony of Padua in Downtown Buffalo, was recently removed from the parish. Earlier this week, the Diocese of Buffalo would only say the removal was due to a personnel matter.

Now, the attorney for a woman who accused the priest of sexual assaulting her - is speaking out.

Channel 2 News obtained a copy of the police report filed in June. In it the alleged victim, who's in her 30s, says the sexual assault took place in the bedroom of the St. Anthony of Padua parish rectory back in August of 2009.

The diocese says the first they heard about all this was when the alleged victim's attorney sent them a letter at the end of last year. That was several months after Father Secondo was investigated by police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Former archbishop to stand trial on sexual assault

CANADA
CBC News

A former Orthodox archbishop has been ordered to stand trial in Winnipeg on sexual assault charges dating back more than 25 years.

Following a preliminary inquiry, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday ordered Kenneth William Storheim, 65, to stand trial.

Details of the preliminary inquiry cannot be published due to a court-ordered ban. A trial date will be set on March 14.

Storheim is charged with two counts of sexual assault based on allegations that he molested two pre-teen boys in 1985. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Nov. 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Q&A

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Operatie Kelk in drie vragen.

Wat is Operatie Kelk?

Onder die codenaam voerden de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy en de federale politie op 24 juni 2011 een reeks huiszoekingen uit in een onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk en mogelijk schuldig verzuim van de hoogste kerkelijke autoriteiten.

De speurders vielen binnen bij de commissie-Adriaenssens, die op vraag van de bisschoppenconferentie op dat moment het seksueel misbruik in de Kerk onderzocht.

De federale politie nam daar 475 dossiers in beslag.

Daarnaast viel het gerecht ook binnen in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis, bij kardinaal Danneels thuis en in de Sint-Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen.

Ze deden dat op basis van een tip van eremagistrate Godelieve Halsberghe, de voorgangster van Peter Adriaenssens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Alles of niets voor De Troy

BELGIE
De Standaard

dinsdag 17 januari 2012

Auteur: Yves Delepeleire

BRUSSEL - Iedereen dacht dat Operatie Kelk dood en begraven was. Tot het gerecht gisteren nieuwe huiszoekingen verrichtte. Voor onderzoeksrechter De Troy wordt het stilaan D-Day.

Van onze redacteur

Het leek gisteren of het hele circus weer van voren af aan zou beginnen, zoals goed anderhalf jaar geleden: huiszoekingen bij het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel, en dat voor het oog van de camera's. Maar in tegenstelling tot het machtsvertoon in juni 2010, waarbij de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy 140 lopende meter aan kartonnen dozen uit het raam en in bestelwagens liet gooien, bleef het showgehalte gisteren beperkt. De speurders zochten maar tien dossiers.

Ook in de bisdommen Antwerpen en Hasselt werden enkele dossiers in beslag genomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Beicht-Warnung für St. Stephan

OSTERREICH
Der Standard

Wolfgang Bergmann, 16. Jänner 2012

Im Wiener Stephansdom fehlt derzeit am Beichtstuhl ein wichtiges Hinweisschild: "Jugendverbot - for adults only!"

Dies wäre jedenfalls die Konsequenz, würde die Erzdiözese ihren eigenen Richtlinien für „Maßnahmen, Regelungen und Orientierungshilfe gegen Missbrauch und Gewalt" ernst nehmen. Die von allen österreichischen Bischöfen in Kraft gesetzte Rahmenordnung sieht vor: „Pädophile Missbrauchstäter werden keinesfalls weiter Pastoral eingesetzt, wo der Kontakt zu Kindern und Jugendlichen gegeben ist."

Man ist sogar so vorsichtig, einen weiteren Einsatz für Missbrauchstäter selbst nach einer Therapie auszuschließen, weil "eine relativ hohe Rückfallquote gegeben ist." In Verdachtsfällen wird bis zur Klärung mit einer Dienstfreistellung gearbeitet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Priest who fathered child removed from New York church

NEW YORK
Reuters

By Aman Ali

NEW YORK | Thu Jan 19, 2012

(Reuters) - A newly installed Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his suburban New York parish after church officials on Thursday said he secretly fathered a child while attending seminary.

The removal of Reverend Casmir Mung'aho, 34, from his post at St. Stephen the First Martyr Church in the Orange County town of Warwick, New York, comes two weeks after the resignation of a Los Angeles assistant bishop who admitted he had two children.

Mung'aho was asked to step down after officials learned he fathered a child in a consensual relationship with an adult woman during his first year of seminary school, Bishop Dominick Lagonegro said in a statement.

While Mung'aho was removed from the congregation in Warwick, it was not yet clear whether he will remain a priest or be defrocked by the New York Archdiocese, said archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling. He said officials had yet to discuss with Mung'aho what action will be taken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

In Norfolk, priest pleads guilty to embezzlement

VIRGINIA
The Virginian-Pilot

By Louis Hansen
The Virginian-Pilot
January 19, 2012

NORFOLK

A former priest of two Vietnamese Catholic Churches pleaded guilty today to embezzling $84,450 from the diocese.

Joseph Quoc Hai-Nguyen admitted to taking the money from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond between 2003 and 2008. Hai-Nguyen, 66, led Our Lady of La Vang in Norfolk and Our Lady of Vietnam in Hampton, court records state.

During a court appearance today, Hai-Nguyen gave the diocese a cashier’s check for the full amount of the loss. He was convicted of four counts of felony embezzlement and received a suspended sentence. He will not serve time in prison as long as meets the terms of his probation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Diocese wants change of venue for Merryfields lawsuit

WISCONSIN
Fox 11

Updated: Thursday, 19 Jan 2012

APPLETON - The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay wants a civil suit against it heard outside of Outagamie County.

Todd and Troy Merryfield sued the diocese, claiming it committed fraud by repeatedly transferring a priest without telling parishioners of the priest's history of abuse. The diocese says it had no knowledge of abuse committed by former priest John Feeney.

In 2004, Feeney was convicted of sexually assaulting the Merryfields 26 years earlier when he was assigned to a church in Freedom. Feeney, who was defrocked, was recently released from prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Pastor of Toronto Korean church denies sex assault allegations

CANADA
Toronto Star

Amy Dempsey
Staff Reporter

Pastor Jae-Kap Song was indeed alone in a room with a naked female church member on Valentine’s Day two years ago, an Orangeville court heard in his testimony Wednesday. But, he testified, it was not the woman he stands accused of sexually assaulting, and he did not invite the “shocking” incident.

Song, 57, a grocer and spiritual leader with the Toronto-based Jesus First Church, fervently denied that he is guilty of any kind of sexual assault.

The pastor said he did not tell his 30-year-old accuser she was being pursued by “evil spirits” that would turn her into a hunchback, as she had testified. Nor did he prescribe treatment for a skin condition or ask her to take off her clothes for an examination.

At no time were they alone together in his bedroom as she alleged, the pastor said. And he did not — on Feb. 14, 2010 or any other day — touch the woman sexually, with or without her consent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Sex assault claim a 'crock,' ex-pastor's lawyer says

CANADA
Toronto Sun

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to the Sun

First posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012

ORANGEVILLE - A woman accusing a former Toronto pastor of a bizarre sex assault concocted the story out of revenge, a defence lawyer charged yesterday.

Jae-Kap Song, an Orangeville grocer and once-pastor of the now-closed Canada Jesus First Church, near Steeles and Islington Aves., is on trial for the alleged sexual assault of a member of his congregation — a university student from Korea here on a student visa.

“It’s all a crock,” defence lawyer Christophe Preobrazenski said in closing arguments in Orangeville Superior court Thursday.

Earlier in the trial the woman, who can not be identified, wept as she testified how Song told her she was possessed by evil spirits and that he needed to examine her naked body to see if her skin was turning green.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Former archbishop to stand trial for sex abuse

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Mike McIntyre

A high-ranking former orthodox archbishop has been ordered to stand trial on historical Manitoba sex-abuse charges.

Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom Wednesday for the conclusion of a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details from being published.

Provincial court Judge Rocky Pollack ruled the Crown had met the standard of proof required to move the case along. The case will return to court in March for the setting of a trial date.

Storheim has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing two teenaged boys while he was a priest in Winnipeg 30 years ago. He remains free on bail with several conditions, including having no contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

What’s a fate worse than death? Being brought up in the Catholic Church

UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

A personal testimony of child abuse in the Catholic Church from Sue Cox of Survivors Voice Europe

A fate worse than death. When I was younger, this is the phrase people used when they referred to being raped. Adults would give each other knowing looks when talking about someone "if she is not careful she'll end up murdered - or worse" I couldn't imagine anything worse than being murdered, but it seemed there was something even worse.

It wasn't terribly long before I found out what they meant, and indeed they were right. My abuses at the hands of a priest are well documented, and I have talked about how my life started to go downhill from the moment I was raped. What was hard to understand was: why, if I had suffered "a fate worse than death" no one did anything about it! Had I been murdered perhaps they would have cared.

I was brought up with all the horrific fear stories of hell fire and damnation. In that Catholic world everything, apart from breathing, was sinful. Aged five I was told to pray for a cousin to die because he was about to marry a divorcee; his mother's priest told her that he would be better off dead than living in sin, so we should all pray for him to have a "happy death".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Priest Kicked Out of Parish for Fathering Child

NEW YORK
NBC New York

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in upstate New York was kicked out of his parish after church officials learned he fathered a child while he was a student at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.

Regional Bishop Dominick Lagonegro told parishioners he and Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan had believed 34-year-old Father Casmir Manyonyo Mung’aho fathered the child prior to entering the seminary when they installed him at St. Stephen in Orange County.

Then church officials learned he had fathered the child as a first-year seminary student and removed him. Roman Catholic priests pledge a vow of celibacy and seminary students are expected to abide by the same principles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 19 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Bishop William C. Skurla of Passaic, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Pittsburgh of the Byzantines (Catholics 58,763, priests 64, permanent deacons 17, religious 88), U.S.A.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 19 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience:

- Seven prelates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on their "ad limina" visit:

- Archbishop Edwin Frederick O'Brien, apostolic administrator of Baltimore and pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops Mitchell Thomas Rozanski and Denis James Madden.

- Bishop Paul Stephen Loverde of Arlington.

- Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of Richmond.

- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston.

- Bishop William Francis Malooly of Wilmington.

- Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke O.S.B. of Eichstatt, Germany.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

'Beschaamde, verdrietige' Eijk belooft opnieuw beterschap

NEDERLAND
Trouw

De rooms-katholieke kerk is werkelijk vastbesloten om seksueel misbruik 'met wortel en tak uit te roeien'. Regelingen daartoe kunnen kil overkomen, gaf aartsbisschop Eijk woensdag toe tijdens een zitting van een speciale Kamercommissie. 'Vergoedingen zijn maar een onderdeel. Leed kun je niet afkopen.'

Eijk beantwoordde woensdag, net als misbruikslachtoffers, vragen van Kamerleden over het onderzoek van de commissie-Deetman. Daaruit bleek vorige maand dat rooms-katholieke geestelijken van 1955 tot 1983 tussen de 10 duizend en 20 duizend misbruikslachtoffers maakten. Ordes en bisdommen waren daar jarenlang van op de hoogte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Meldpunt misbruik aan slag met kritiek

NEDERLAND
L1

Het meldpunt seksueel misbruik Rooms Katholieke gaat aan de slag met de kritiek die ze woensdag kreeg tijdens een hoorzitting over het rapport van commissie Deetman.

Die deed onderzoek naar misbruik binnen de kerk. Verschillende slachtoffergroepen verweten het meldpunt dat slachtoffers er weinig gehoor vinden. Ook zou er sprake zijn van weinig samenwerking met vertegenwoordiging van slachtoffers, en wordt de onafhankelijkheid van het meldpunt in twijfel getrokken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

'Beschaamde, verdrietige' Eijk belooft opnieuw beterschap

NEDERLAND
Trouw

De rooms-katholieke kerk is werkelijk vastbesloten om seksueel misbruik 'met wortel en tak uit te roeien'. Regelingen daartoe kunnen kil overkomen, gaf aartsbisschop Eijk woensdag toe tijdens een zitting van een speciale Kamercommissie. 'Vergoedingen zijn maar een onderdeel. Leed kun je niet afkopen.'

Eijk beantwoordde woensdag, net als misbruikslachtoffers, vragen van Kamerleden over het onderzoek van de commissie-Deetman. Daaruit bleek vorige maand dat rooms-katholieke geestelijken van 1955 tot 1983 tussen de 10 duizend en 20 duizend misbruikslachtoffers maakten. Ordes en bisdommen waren daar jarenlang van op de hoogte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Eijk wil verklaring goed gedrag voor RK-Kerk

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

DEN HAAG - Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk wil dat er een verklaring van goed gedrag komt voor medewerkers binnen de katholieke kerk. Dat zei hij woensdag tijdens een hoorzitting in de Tweede Kamer over het rapport-Deetman over seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen.

Zo'n verklaring is er nog niet bij de Rooms Katholieke Kerk. "Nu worden er wel inlichtingen ingewonnen, bij een bisschop bijvoorbeeld, maar een soort van VOG hebben we nog niet."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Kerk wil strijd tegen seksueel misbruik coördineren

VATICAANSTAD
RKnieuws (Nederland)

VATICAANSTAD (RKnieuws.net) - De rooms-katholieke Kerk versterkt de strijd tegen seksueel misbruik en zij wil de inspanningen in de verschillende bisdommen wereldwijd sterker op elkaar afstemmen, meldt Kerknet. De bisdommen kregen in 2011 al een schrijven van de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer met de opdracht om nog dit jaar een preventiebeleid op punt te stellen en dit aan het Vaticaan voor te leggen.

In februari vindt in Rome een symposium plaats met afgevaardigden van 110 bisschoppenconferenties wereldwijd en verantwoordelijken van meer dan 30 religieuze orden en congregaties. De bijeenkomst van 6 tot 9 februari aan de Gregoriaanse Universiteit in Rome, met de steun van het Staatssecretariaat en verschillende congregaties, is de eerste internationale bijeenkomst van kerkelijke verantwoordelijken op dit niveau.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Eijk: we leefden niet volgens onze eigen normen

NEDERLAND
Trouw

HOORZITTING SEKSUEEL MISBRUIK - De Tweede Kamer hoort woensdagmiddag en -avond vertegenwoordigingen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Ook aartsbisschop Wim Eijk kwam naar de Kamer om de commissie voor Veiligheid en Justitie van informatie te voorzien.

Aanleiding voor de hoorzitting zijn de bevindingen in het rapport van de onderzoekscommissie-Deetman. De hoorzitting begon met een toelichting van Deetman zelf.

16.00 Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk als vertegenwoordiger van de Bisschoppenconfertentie
De aartsbisschop zegt veel pijn en verdriet te hebben van het leed dat de kerk heeft berokkend bij zoveel mensen. 'Het is pijnlijk te moeten te concluderen dat we niet leefden volgens onze eigen normen. Dat vervult mij met schaamte'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Deetman voelt niets voor scherper toezicht religieuze organisaties

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DEN HAAG – Oud-CDA-minister Deetman, voorzitter van de commissie die onderzoek deed naar het misbruikschandaal in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk, voelt er niets voor het toezicht op religieuze organisaties te verscherpen.

Een suggestie daartoe werd woensdag gedaan door GroenLinks Tweede Kamerlid Dibi, tijdens een door de Kamer belegde hoorzitting. Daarin komen naast Deetman ook slachtoffers aan het woord.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Katholieke onderwijsstichting wil andere naam na misbruikschandaal

NEDERLAND
RTV Drenthe

[met audio]

ASSEN - De Monseigneur Niënhausstichting, met vier katholieke basisscholen in Drenthe, wil een nieuwe naam. De naam van Monseigneur Niënhaus, een hulpbisschop, komt voor op de lijst van de commissie Deetman, die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk.

Volgens John van Meekeren, voorzitter College van Bestuur van de stichting, is iedereen diep geschokt. "Als we dit van tevoren hadden geweten hadden we nooit deze naam aangenomen. We hebben nog geen negatieve reacties gekregen op onze huidige naam. Maar we willen op geen enkele manier geassocieerd worden met seksueel misbruik binnen onze scholen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Slachtoffers kerk willen overheidstoezicht

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

DEN HAAG - Slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen willen dat de overheid de kerk beter in de gaten houdt. Ze hielden hiervoor woensdag een vurig pleidooi tijdens een hoorzitting van de Tweede Kamer. Ook het rapport van Wim Deetman over seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen kwam aan bod.

Slachtoffers vinden dat de overheid druk moet uitoefenen op de kerkleiding om verantwoordelijken te bestraffen. Verder zou de overheid moeten toezien op een onafhankelijk meldpunt. Iets dat er volgens slachtoffers nu nog niet is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Ex-priest faces trial for indecent assault

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A former priest is to stand trial on 55 counts of indecent assault of 18 children at various locations in the State from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.

The defendant, in his seventies, was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday. He was arrested yesterday afternoon at Dublin Airport, the court heard. He was cautioned and said "No" in reply, when he was held on 55 warrants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

CDA: Rutte wekte valse hoop bij slachtoffers kerk

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) - Premier Mark Rutte (VVD) heeft valse hoop gewekt door te zeggen dat hij priesters die zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik alsnog wil laten vervolgen. "Dit is opnieuw een tik in het gezicht van de slachtoffers", zei CDA-Kamerlid Madeleine van Toorenburg woensdag op Radio 1.

Rutte deed de toezegging eind vorig jaar in het televisieprogramma College Tour. Dinsdag schreef minister van Veiligheid en Justitie Ivo Opstelten in een Kamerbrief echter dat het lastig is om de daders aan te pakken, omdat bijna alle zaken al zijn verjaard. Uit jurisprudentie van het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens blijkt volgens Opstelten dat er geen ruimte is om deze daders alsnog te vervolgen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Split verdict in NW Pa. priest's trial over teen

PENNSYLVANIA
San Antonio Express-News

SMETHPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in northwestern Pennsylvania have reached a split verdict in the trial of a priest accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

The McKean County jury deliberated for more than seven hours Wednesday before convicting the Rev. Samuel Slocum of a felony count of concealment of the whereabouts of a child as well as corruption of minors, The Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/A1zcY5) said. But the panel acquitted Slocum of another felony count of interference with the custody of a child and a misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night.

Police earlier testified that Slocum, 60, told officers that he bought the boy's attention with expensive gifts because he felt "old and alone" but contended that he acted more like the boy's "Dad" despite flirtatious-sounding messages prosecutors said he sent the boy without his mother's knowledge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Priest guilty of improper relationship

PENNSYLVANIAN/NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Matt Gryta
News Staff Reporter

A suspended northwestern Pennsylvania priest who studied in East Aurora was convicted Wednesday evening of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

A McKean County Court jury of 10 women and two men handed up their verdict about 6:30 p.m. in Smethport, Pa., following a three-day trial and eight hours of deliberations.

Rev. Samuel Slocum, 60, a Smethport native who studied for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, was acquitted of a felony count of interference with the custody of a child and a misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Former priest charged with abusing 18 children

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Tom Tuite

Thursday January 19 2012

A FORMER priest is to stand trial on 55 counts of indecent assault of 18 children at various locations in the State from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.

The defendant, who is in his seventies, was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday evening. The judge ordered the media not to name him or report the location of the alleged offences in case that would identify the complainants.

The man was arrested yesterday afternoon at Dublin Airport, the court heard. He was cautioned and said "No" when arrested on 55 warrants.

There was no application for bail. Judge Miriam Malone remanded him in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on January 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Archbishop's 'grief' over abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press Association

The leader of Catholics in England and Wales is "grief stricken" over incidents of child sexual abuse in Catholic schools, Education Secretary Michael Gove has said.

Mr Gove said he had "absolute confidence" that decisions taken by Archbishop Vincent Nichols would be the "right ones" following calls from a group of lawyers for a public inquiry into abuse within church organisations in England and Wales.

"I know from the conversations that I have had with Vincent Nichols that he takes the pastoral care of children in Catholic schools extremely seriously and he is grief stricken by what has happened to children who were entrusted to Catholic schools," Mr Gove said. "I think it is right in the first instance for Archbishop Nichols and his team to consider and reflect on how to respond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

New developments against former teacher accused of sexual assault

ALABAMA
Alabama's 13

By: Kalisha Whitman | Alabama's13.com

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. --
There are several new developments in the case against Daniel Acker, Jr., a former Shelby County teacher, who is accused of sexual assault.

More victims have come forward accusing him of sexually assaulting them. Wednesday, we learned a judge from outside Shelby County may have to hear the case.

The closer we get to Acker, Jr.'s preliminary hearing there is more potential for new and relevant information to surface. Currently, there are six different sexual abuse charges against - five of them involve a child less than 12 years old. At this point, no judge has stepped to the bench to hear the case. ,,,

The community wants to bring awareness to sexual child abuse to prevent anyone from becoming another victim of sexual child abuse. Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster - the same church that members of the Acker family attend - is hosting a forum on child safety.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Removed priest accused in groping

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz
News Staff Reporter

A Catholic priest abruptly removed from a downtown Buffalo church this past weekend was accused of groping a woman inside the church rectory in 2009, a lawyer for the woman said on Wednesday.

The woman filed a complaint with Buffalo police last June in which she reported she was sexually attacked two years earlier -- in the summer of 2009 -- by the Rev. Secondo Casarotto in the priest's residence at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Court Street.

Casarotto, 70, was removed on Saturday from St. Anthony, where he had served as a priest for more than 25 years, and placed on administrative leave.

At the time, diocesan officials provided no further information about the removal.

Casarotto has not been charged with a crime. The woman, a former parishioner in her 30s, hired the Florida-based law firm of Herman, Mermelstein, & Horowitz to investigate the case. She has not filed a lawsuit at this point.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Clergy Abuse Survivors Group SNAP Fighting to Survive

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOX

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is preparing for a legal fight that could determine its own survival.

SNAP’s Executive Director — David Clohessy — continues to defy a subpoena in a Kansas City abuse case, refusing to hand over internal SNAP documents on abuse victims. He says the showdown amounts to a test case that could have ripple effects nationwide.

“Ultimately, our fear is that we’ll face ten, or twelve or fifteen of these subpoenas in states all across the country,” Clohessy said, “The bottom line is we will either go broke, or victims and witnesses and whistle blowers and journalists will stop contacting us.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

January 18, 2012

Catholic priest removed from Warwick church after admitting he fathered a child

WARWICK (NY)
Times Herald-Record

By Doyle Murphy
Times Herald-Record

WARWICK — A Catholic priest has lost his spot in a Warwick church after archdiocesan officials learned he had fathered a child.

Bishop Dominick Lagonegro told parishioners at St. Stephen The First Martyr that Father Casmir Mung'aho never told the archdiocese about the child even as he completed his training in seminary and became a priest. Lagonegro delivered the message to church members in person.

He originally said Mung'aho's child was born before he entered the seminary following a “consensual relationship with an adult woman.” Lagonegro later issued a follow-up statement saying he'd learned the child was actually born during Mung'aho's first year at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Law prof, pastor weigh in on Gattis decision

DELAWARE
WDEL

[with audio]

By Frank Gerace

A law professor and a local pastor react to the Governor's decision to grant clemency to Robert Gattis.

Widener University professor Jules Epstein tells WDEL News jurors at Gattis' trial didn't hear about the physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Motion in Edouard case put under seal

PELLA (IA)
The Chronicle

Pella — A motion filed by the defense team of accused sex offender Patrick Edouard has been sealed by the court at the request of the prosecution.

Edouard is the former Pella pastor charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. The defense's motion sought to have the sexual exploitation charges dismissed.

The motion was filed Dec. 15, and remained accessible by the public until the afternoon of Jan. 17. Judge Paul Huscher, specially assigned to the case, made the decision following a hearing in Dallas County that morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Why Does John Urell, Pedo-Priest Protector Supreme, Sit on the Board of a Catholic School?

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano
Wed., Jan. 18 2012

​If there were justice in this world, Monsignor John Urell would've been in San Quentin long ago, in prison in a culture where child molesters and their protectors aren't welcomed with open arms like they are at the Diocese of Orange. But there is no justice, and so not only does John Urell remain a monsignor, not only does he remain a pastor at St. Timothy's in Laguna Niguel, but he also continues to sits on the board of a private Catholic elementary school in the county.

Does Urell have no shame? The answer, of course, is no.

Urell sits on the board of directors of St. Anne's Catholic School in Laguna Niguel, a private school not directly affiliated with the Orange diocese whose directors have a long association with pedo-priests. No less a pendejo than Urell helped get a pedo-priest to the school, and St. Anne's is the main feeder school to JSerra High, currently involved in its own pedo-scandal and an academy helped in its early years by notorious priest-rapist John Lenihan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

Operatie Kelk: documenten uit Namen in beslag genomen

BELGIE
De Standaard

Bij de huiszoekingen in Namen 'waren de speurders op zoek naar elementen over vier priesters. Het zijn oude of zelfs erg oude dossiers', zo heeft Christine Bolinne, woordvoerster van het bisdom Namen, gezegd over de huiszoekingen onder leiding van onderzoeksrechter De Troy. Op het bisdom Luik werd één document gekopieerd en niks meegenomen.

'De documenten werden gefotokopieerd en de speurders hebben de originelen meegenomen. Ik weet niet hoeveel het er waren, maar zeker geen honderden pagina's', preciseerde Bolinne. De woordvoerster wist niet of de feiten ten laste van de vier priesters bewezen waren. 'Het onderzoek zal het uitwijzen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

New special prosecutor named in Bountiful polygamy probe

CANADA
The Province

By Staff Reporter, The Province
January 18, 2012

The B.C. attorney general's office has named Peter Wilson as special prosecutor to pick up its explosive investigation into the polygamist community of Bountiful.

The Vancouver lawyer was appointed this week to replace Richard Peck, who stepped down from the probe early this month.

B.C.'s legal branch is trying to determine whether charges of sexual exploitation or other offences are warranted against members of the commune.

The breakaway Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints sect, in B.C. since the early 1980s, has been accused of forcing underage women into arranged marriages and motherhood with much older men. There have also been accusations of trafficking young women between Bountiful and a like-minded community in the U.S. led by Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving a 20-year sentence in a Houston jail for sexual assaults on two girls whom he "married" when they were 12 and 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Voluntary 'De-Baptism' Rising in Europe

EUROPE
Voice of America

Lisa Bryant | Paris

Sunday evening youth mass in Saint-Germain-des-Pres is overflowing with parishioners. People stand in aisles or sit cross-legged in corners of the cavernous, sixth century Paris church.

Father Benoist de Sinety, parish priest at Saint Germain for the past three years, says he has always had the good fortune of seeing crowds of young people seeking their bearings or rediscovering faith. But he knows it is not the same everywhere.

Churches in France and elsewhere in Europe have been battling falling numbers, a trend evident not only in the empty pews, but in the sharp fall in baptisms. But "de-baptisms", a church's deletion of one's name from the official baptismal registry at a parishioner's request, are a recent phenomenon, and they are taking place in both Protestant and Catholic communities.

There are no official statistics, but experts and activists count the numbers of those seeking de-baptism in the tens of thousands, and websites offering informal "de-baptism" certificates have mushroomed.

Anne Morelli, who heads a center for religion and secularity studies at the Free University of Brussels, says de-baptisms, both official and unofficial, increased in 2011, particularly in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Austria. The numbers, she said, reflect public anger at the church pedophilia scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Flood of ‘de-baptisms’ worries European church leaders

EUROPE
Washington Post

By Elizabeth Bryant| Religion News Service, Updated: Wednesday, January 18

PARIS — A decade ago, Rene Lebouvier requested that his local Catholic church erase his name from the baptismal register. The church noted his demands on the margins of its records and the chapter was closed.

But the clergy abuse scandals rocking Europe, coupled with Pope Benedict XVI’s conservative stances on contraception, hardened Lebouvier’s views. Last October, a court in Normandy ruled in favor of his lawsuit to have his name permanently deleted from church records — making the 71-year-old retiree the first Frenchman to be officially “de-baptized.”

“I took the judicial route to get myself de-baptized because of the church’s excesses,” said Lebouvier, speaking by telephone from his village of Fleury, near the D-Day beaches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Opération Calice: au tour des évêchés de Liège et Namur

BELGIQUE
7sur7

7S7 mise à jour Des enquêteurs de la police judiciaire fédérale chargés de l'enquête dans le cadre de l'opération Calice sont arrivés au siège de l'Evêché de Liège mercredi vers 16H10.

Huit enquêteurs, qui circulent à bord de deux voitures, se sont tout d'abord arrêtés au palais de Justice de Liège avant de rejoindre l'Evêché. L'Evêque de Liège, Aloys Jousten, est présent sur les lieux.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Opération Calice: les enquêteurs ont quitté l'Evêché de Liège vers 17H50

BELGIE
Le Vif

(Belga) Les enquêteurs de la police judiciaire fédérale chargés de l'enquête dans le cadre de l'opération Calice, arrivés au siège de l'Evêché de Liège mercredi vers 16H10, ont quitté les lieux vers 17H50, a indiqué la porte-parole du parquet fédéral à BELGA, soulignant l'excellente collaboration du personnel de l'Evêché.

Un seul document a été photocopié par les enquêteurs et rien n'a été emporté, a expliqué à l'issue de la perquisition l'évêque liégeois, Aloys Jousten. Les enquêteurs ont présenté une liste de noms de prêtres et ont demandé des données sur ces personnes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Quatre prêtres visés par l'opération Calice à Namur

BELGIQUE
7sur7

7S7 mise à jour "Les enquêteurs étaient à la recherche d'éléments à propos de quatre prêtres. Ce sont des dossiers anciens voire très anciens", a expliqué Christine Bolinne, chargée de communication au diocèse de Namur, à la suite des perquisitions menées mercredi par le juge d'instruction Wim De Troy.

"Ces éléments se trouvaient dans différents endroits de l'évêché, c'est pour cela que cela a pris du temps", a-t-elle ajouté. "Ces documents ont été photocopiés et les enquêteurs ont emporté les originaux. Je ne saurais pas dire combien il y en avait, mais ce ne sont certainement pas des centaines de pages qui ont été photocopiées", a précisé Mme Bolinne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Calice : nouvelles perquisitions et plusieurs dossiers emportés

BELGIQUE
Le Vif

Des perquisitions ont été menées mercredi aux évêchés de Tournai, Namur et Liège, par le juge d'instruction Wim De Troy, dans le cadre de l'opération Calice, qui concerne des faits présumés d'abus sexuels commis au sein de l'Eglise, a indiqué la porte-parole du parquet fédéral.

A Tournai, les enquêteurs sont repartis avec des dossiers ayant trait à des abus commis par des prêtres pédophiles présumés. "La collaboration a été totale", a-t-on indiqué à l'évêché, à l'issue de la perquisition qui a duré une heure environ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

High School Teacher from Milwaukee Archdiocese resigns following reports of sexual assault

RACINE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director

CONTACT 414.336.8575

The Racine Journal Times reports today that a teacher from the archdiocese of Milwaukee has officially resigned following reports of sexual assault. The teacher, Gary Craanen, taught at St. Catherine’s High School in Racine for thirty years. In a letter to the school community dated January 13th, St. Catherine’s President Christopher Olley explained the reasons for Craanen’s departure.

School officials at St. Catherine’s had been notified that reports of sexual assault had been made against Craanen when he was vice-principal and disciplinarian at Divine Word Seminary High School in Bordentown, New Jersey. The reports concerning Craanen’s sexual assault of students is due to be published in an upcoming book about clergy sexual abuse in the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.

Archbishop Listecki should immediately reach out to the parents and students of St. Catherine’s and encourage them to come forward and report to law enforcement any information they have pertaining to Craanen’s possible victimization of children in the Racine community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Ex-priest in court on indecent assault charges

IRELAND
RTE News

A former priest has appeared before Dublin District Court charged with 55 counts of indecent assault against minors, dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The man is to appear again before Cloverhill District Court

The man, aged 72, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court on 25 January next.

Judge Miriam Malone heard evidence of arrest, charge and caution from Inspector Martin Mooney, who said the accused replied "no" as each count was put to him at the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Former priest accused of 55 indecent assault charges

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A former priest in his 70s has appeared in court today charged with indecently assaulting children between the late 1960s and early 1980s.

Dublin District Court heard that he was arrested today at Dublin Airport. He replied "No" when the 55 charges were put to him.

The DPP has directed that he be tried on indictment and he has been remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Jury out in Pa. priest's teen relationship trial

PENNSYLVANIA
Centre Daily Times

The Associated Press

SMETHPORT, Pa. — A suspended northwestern Pennsylvania priest on trial for an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy told police he bought the boy's attention with expensive gifts because he felt "old and alone" but contends he acted more like the boy's "Dad" despite flirtatious-sounding messages prosecutors said he sent the boy without his mother's knowledge.

A McKean County jury began deliberating charges including corruption of minors, interfering with the mother's custody of the boy, and concealing the whereabouts of a child against the Rev. Samuel Slocum, 60.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie suspended Slocum from duties at two rural churches after the charges were filed in April, prompting Bishop Donald Trautman to issue a statement saying the charges, which do not include allegations of sexual misconduct, were nonetheless "devastating, if true."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Despite what the crazies say, women deacons are for ministry

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Phyllis Zagano on Jan. 18, 2012 Just Catholic

About a year ago, I published an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking him to make a decision on restoring women to the diaconate. I didn't hear back.

Priest-pederasts, -philanderers and -embezzlers continue to make the news. Parishes and schools are closing all over. Ordinations -- at least in the United States -- are beyond way down. The public relations profile of U.S. bishops seems fixed on same-sex marriage, abortion and the "new evangelization."

Are U.S. bishops carrying the brief for women deacons to their ad limina meetings in Rome?

They may be. The issue is picking up speed.

The Cleveland-based activist group FutureChurch has organized its members nationwide to pay pre-ad limina calls on bishops. The FutureChurch brief includes restoring women to their traditional place in the diaconate. In addition, a national Books-to-Bishops campaign has sent copies of the newly published Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future (by Santa Clara Professor Gary Macy, Monterey Deacon William T. Ditewig and me) to 135 U.S. diocesan bishops to date.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Belgian police in hot pursuit of Church child sex cover-up

BELGIUM
Expatica

Belgian magistrates have re-launched a high-profile probe into child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, this time seeking to show the Church hierarchy engaged in a cover-up.

Federal police pounced Wednesday on "personal files" held by senior Church figures in the dioceses of Liege, Namur and Tournai after hitting Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Hasselt and Mechelen since Monday.

The seizures are based on testimony from some 200 alleged victims and in 87 judicial complaints.

Federal magistrate and spokeswoman for national prosecutors Lieve Pellens said the purpose of this new "key phase" in a Belgian investigation is different from that of dramatic June 2010 raids on Church headquarters that angered Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Speurders doorzoeken zetel bisdom Namen bijna drie uur lang

BELGIE
Knack

(Belga) De speurders van de federale gerechtelijke politie die onderzoek voeren in het kader van Operatie Kelk, hebben rond 14.15 uur de zetel van het bisdom van Namen verlaten. De huiszoeking nam zowat drie uur in beslag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Speurders Operatie Kelk komen rond 16.10 uur op bisdom Luik aan

BELGIE
Knack

(Belga) Speurders van de federale gerechtelijke politie zijn woensdag rond 16.10 uur op de zetel van het bisdom Luik aangekomen, zo is ter plaatse vastgesteld. Acht speurders in twee auto's hielden eerst halt aan het justitiepaleis van Luik voor ze zich naar de zetel van het bisdom begaven. De bisschop van Luik, Aloys Jousten, is ter plaatse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

Eijk komt Kamer over misbruik informeren

NEDERLAND
Noordholland Dagblad

DEN HAAG - De Tweede Kamer hoort woensdagmiddag en -avond vertegenwoordigingen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Ook aartsbisschop Wim Eijk komt naar de Kamer om de commissie voor Veiligheid en Justitie van informatie te voorzien. De hoorzitting wordt gehouden naar aanleiding van de bevindingen van de onderzoekscommissie-Deetman. Ook Deetman komt aan het woord.

Slachtoffers van misbruik drongen aan op vervolging van de daders, ook als het misbruik al lang is verjaard. Minister Ivo Opstelten (Veiligheid) zou dat mogelijk moeten maken, maar hij heeft de Tweede Kamer maandag laten weten dat dat niet kan. Bij de Kamer ligt wel een wetsvoorstel dat de verjaring voor de ernstigste zedenmisdrijven opheft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Waalse bisdommen krijgen Kelk-speurders over de vloer

BELGIE
De Redactie

In de bisdommen van Luik, Doornik en Namen hebben speurders van de federale politie vandaag huiszoekingen uitgevoerd. Operatie Kelk heeft zo ook de Waalse bisdommen bereikt, nadat speurders de vorige twee dagen al dossiers hadden opgevraagd in Vlaamse bisdommen.

De huiszoekingen kaderen in Operatie Kelk, het onderzoek naar kindermisbruik in de kerk door geestelijken. Het gerechtelijk onderzoek spitst zich toe op mogelijk schuldig verzuim door de kerk. De speurders zoeken daarom persoonlijke dossiers van geestelijken die in de verklaringen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik genoemd zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Weer huiszoeking bij Belgische bisdom

BELGIE
Reformatorisch Dagblad

BRUSSEL (ANP/BELGA) – Voor de derde dag op rij zijn de politie en het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) de bureaus van bisdommen in België binnengevallen. Woensdagochtend was het de beurt aan het bisdom Doornik in Wallonië. Later op de dag volgden huiszoekingen in Namen en Luik, eveneens in Wallonië.

De huiszoekingen hebben te maken met Operatie Kelk, het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in België. Het OM is op zoek naar aanwijzingen dat bisschoppen of andere geestelijken priesters die kinderen misbruikten, de hand boven het hoofd hielden. Het gaat niet om het misbruik zelf. Veel van deze zaken zijn al verjaard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Wellicht ook huiszoekingen in bisdom Wallonië

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

11:58 Update Onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy heeft woensdagochtend een huiszoeking uitgevoerd op de zetel van het bisdom van Doornik, in het kader van Operatie Kelk. De speurders namen dossiers mee over pedofiliemisdrijven gepleegd door priesters. "We hebben volledig meegewerkt", luidt het bij het bisdom van Doornik.

Een twaalftal speurders van de federale politie, die met vijf voertuigen bij het bisdom arriveerden, voerden woensdagochtend gedurende twee uur een huiszoeking uit op de zetel van het bisdom in Doornik. De bisschop van Doornik, Mgr. Guy Harpigny (foto), was aanwezig toen de agenten aankwamen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Spending public money on proposed Catholic jamboree in London will be vigorously protested

UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

A priest in the Diocese of Westminster has begun a campaign for London to host the Vatican's World Youth Day in 2016. Fr Stephen Wang set up a Facebook group, "World Youth Day London 2016", to test whether there is popular interest in the idea.

He said that the English Church could "put forward a fantastic proposal" and that, after the event had been staged in Spain, France, Italy and Germany in recent years, "the United Kingdom is the next obvious one".

He added: "It wouldn't just be a London event but a national event, we could even include Ireland, all the different dioceses and cities doing all these amazing things. But there is nowhere like London, in terms of the space, the infrastructure, the transport, food outlets, the venues, the parks and commons, and we have this unusual situation of three dioceses converging on one city. It is the biggest youth event in the world and London would be the ideal city."

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said: "The last time the Pope came to this country, the resentment he sparked about the amount of public money wasted on the trip was immense. Despite the Church's attempts to talk up the 'success' of the visit, its own research showed that it was actually a dismal failure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

Operatie Kelk: speurders nemen dossiers mee in bisdom Doornik

BELGIE
Knack

(Belga) Onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy heeft woensdagochtend een huiszoeking uitgevoerd op de zetel van het bisdom van Doornik, in het kader van Operatie Kelk. De speurders namen dossiers mee over pedofiliemisdrijven gepleegd door priesters. "We hebben volledig meegewerkt", luidt het bij het bisdom van Doornik.

Een twaalftal speurders van de federale politie, die met vijf voertuigen bij het bisdom arriveerden, voerden woensdagochtend gedurende twee uur een huiszoeking uit op de zetel van het bisdom in Doornik. De bisschop van Doornik, Mgr. Guy Harpigny, was aanwezig toen de agenten aankwamen. "Het personeel werd afgezonderd in een andere ruimte dan de onze en mocht de telefoon niet beantwoorden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Deetman heeft goed beeld van misbruik in kerk

NEDERLAND
Nu

DEN HAAG - Wim Deetman, voorzitter van de commissie voor het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk, denkt dat er nog wel zaken naar boven kunnen komen, maar dat 'het beeld' er wel is.

Dat zei hij woensdag aan het begin van een hoorzitting in de Tweede Kamer over zijn bevindingen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Deetman: 'Er kunnen nog misbruikzaken naar boven komen'

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

Auteur: Sandra Kagie

DEN HAAG - Wim Deetman denkt dat er nog misbruikzaken binnen de katholieke kerk naar boven kunnen komen. Volgens de voorzitter van de commissie die het misbruik in de kerk onderzocht, is het beeld echter duidelijk.

Dat zei hij woensdag aan het begin van een hoorzitting in de Tweede Kamer over de bevindingen van zijn onderzoekscommissie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Child sex abuse: When concern for institutional risk trumps the truth

UNITED STATES
Watch Keep

Pennsylvania state representative Thomas P. Murt serves the 152nd Legislative District. He is the secretary of the Child and Youth Committee and chairs the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Mental Health. As a proud Penn State alumnus who still teaches at the PSU Abington campus, he writes a powerful article on the dire need to shine the light of truth on child sexual abuse. Here are some notable excerpts:

I serve on the Child and Youth Committee and have listened to and read many hours of excruciatingly painful testimony from victims and their families describing the most heinous sexual abuse imaginable. The institutional cover-ups and subsequent ill-treatment of victims have made these terrible situations even worse.

It’s a sad day, indeed, when concern for institutional risk management trumps uncovering the truth.

Rather than allow myself to become protective of the alleged and convicted criminals in these institutions that I hold most dear, I am compelled by my conscience and by my office to act on behalf of the victims until the perpetrators have been punished and justice has been served. ...

Will leaders in prominent Baptist mega-churches like Jack Graham and others at Prestonwood Baptist Church also be compelled by their conscience, at the very least, to act on behalf of the victims until the perpetrators have been punished and justice has been served?

There has still be no admission to the congregation by Prestonwood staff, no outreach to the victims to encourage them to come forward to the police, get help and start healing, nor any remorse for failing to obey TX mandatory reporting laws in 1989 when Prestonwood fired John Langworthy for the sexual abuse of several boys, minors under the age of 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

NW Pa. priest on trial for teen relationship was lonely, felt he was acting like 'Dad'

PENNSYLVANIA
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: January 18, 2012

SMETHPORT, Pa. — A suspended Catholic priest on trial for charges of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy last year told police he felt "old and alone" so he bought the boy's friendship with expensive gifts.

The Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/xUNpMW ) reports a McKean County jury is expected to begin deliberating Wednesday whether the Rev. Samuel Slocum corrupted the boy and interfered with his mother's custody of him by contacting the boy after his mother told the priest to stop. Jurors heard the 60-year-old priest's statement to police on Tuesday. The priest denies sexual feelings for the boy, saying he felt more like the boy's "Dad."

The Erie diocese removed Slocum from duty at two churches in McKean County after the charges were filed in April.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

St. Cat's teacher retires after 1970s abuse alleged

RACINE (WI)
The Journal Times

LINDSAY FIORI lindsay.fiori@journaltimes.com | Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

RACINE — A St. Catherine’s High School teacher retired this month after abuse allegations were raised regarding a previous school, according to St. Catherine’s officials.

Gary Craanen, a religion teacher at St. Catherine’s for more than 30 years, retired in January after the author of an upcoming book about sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, N.J., notified St. Catherine’s officials of allegations involving Craanen, according to a Jan. 13 letter to the school community from St. Catherine’s President Christopher Olley.

The book alleges Craanen solicited two teenage boys for sexual services and performed a sexual act in front of one of them during the late 1970s while he was vice principal and disciplinarian at the Divine Word Seminary high school in Bordentown, N.J, according