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March 31, 2012

It is necessary to revise the moral of sexuality, says bishop Robinson

UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

The bishop emeritus of Sidney has declared this in Baltimore during a symposium of catholic homosexuals

MARIA TERESA PONTARA PEDERIVA
Rome

It has been known for a while that the Church is often perceived as an agency that claims to teach people what they should or should not do, like an oasis of control inside a secular culture of "freedom". This is a misleading image that contains a series of prejudices that have to be dispelled, but where nobody can call themselves free of responsibilities. The idea that the path to holiness is not an simple passing of an exam of good conduct, but an increase in closeness to God and His freedom is not very widespread nowadays, not even among Catholics, who - according to studies and polls in this regard - end up making their own independent decisions on matters of morality.

In the subject matter of sexual morality, the gap is even more evident. In the United States, for example, the bishops and some catholics invoke religious freedom to oppose the health care reform that would provide coverage for contraception. At the same time, there are endless polls that suggest contraceptive use by more then 98% of women, independently of their religious convictions.

It is also known that the recourse to freedom of conscience and personal freedom is one of the conciliar acquisitions more used in the matter of family pastoral matters, and that various moral theologians prefer expressing themselves with extreme caution. The complexity of current issues makes it more and more difficult, if not impossible, to draw a neat demarcation line anywhere in this matter, and there are a lot of little observations whispered by many and put in writing by a few.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

MIKE TYSON ACCORDING TO BERT SUGAR, MIZZOU’S BILL McCARTNEY, CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO ST. PATRICK’S

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

...Two St. Louis prelates will reunited in Manhattan next week, according to well-connected Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo. Cardinal Tim Dolan, Palmo tweets, has invited Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to St. Patrick’s to preach on Holy Thursday. Given the scandal in Philly under Rigali, SNAP is upset with the move and accuse Dolan of “rubbing more salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of hundreds of church clergy sex abuse victims and thousands of betrayed Catholics.” The group is urging Dolan to replace Rigali with Winona Bishop John Quinn , who, earlier this month warned his flock about a notorious, defrocked serial predator priest, Thomas Adamson who moved back into the area recently (and who was the first child molesting cleric that current Archbishop Robert Carlson had to deal with years ago).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Priest returns to duties after complaint is stood down

IRELAND
Breaking News

A Tipperary priest who had been asked to step aside from his duties two years ago while a complaint against him was investigated, is back on the altar this evening.

Fr Tadgh Furlong is celebrating Mass in the parish of Cappawhite tonight after the complaint against him was stood down.

The Advisory Board established by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has found that the complaint was not substantiated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Lake George minister’s history of sexual abuse elsewhere follows him

MINNESOTA
Park Rapids Enterprise

By: Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

Three decades ago, a district judge suggested Darwin Schauer might be too self-righteous to appreciate the seriousness of his fall from grace.

Schauer, then principal of a Lutheran elementary school in southern Minnesota, was entering a guilty plea in Nicollet County to having a lengthy sexual relationship with a teenager that started when the victim was in second grade.

Schauer was angry, according to 1983 court transcripts, incensed that authorities had come into his home and hauled him off to jail in front of his family. He thought he’d been “stereotyped” as a sexual pervert. He verbally disagreed with the judge during his arraignment as to the charges he was facing.

Today he is jailed in Hubbard County on 15 charges of criminal sexual conduct with another minor who came forward earlier this month. Bond has been set at $1 million unconditional and $750,000 on the conditions he surrenders his passport, remains law-abiding and stays away from children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Monsignor Lynn And The Duty To Prevent Child Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

This post by Max Kennerly is cross-posted on his Litigation and Trial blog.

From the war on drugs to criminal copyright infringement, a number of commentators, legal scholars, politicians and even sitting judges have criticized the breadth of American criminal law, like the prevalence of non-violent or “victimless” crimes that don’t have a direct victim, and the Draconian mandatory penalties that are meted out, even where the judge and jury applying those laws think that less severe penalties would be appropriate. As a consequence of this “overcriminalization,” the United States has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, so that, with only five percent of the world’s population, we nonetheless have twenty-five percent of its prisoners, most of them imprisoned for non-violent offenses, typically drug offenses.

Historically, and continuing to the present, there have been two glaring exceptions to this expansion of criminality: abuse within the family (whether spousal abuse or child abuse) and criminal conduct by large institutions (like corporations, universities, or churches), both of which have generally gone unpunished, without prosecution, and without even investigation. Child abuse was not considered a crime until the 1870s, when Mary Connolly was prosecuted for “attacking her foster child with a pair of scissors and repeatedly beating her with a rawhide whip and cane.” (Quote from the Logan article discussed below.) She was convicted, and after that various “children’s guardian” boards were created. The prosecution of child abuse, however, remained rare until the 1960s, when new mandatory reporting laws were enacted that required healthcare professionals to report suspicions of child abuse to government authorities. Similarly, in the 1980s, public awareness of the sexual abuse of children increased dramatically, so that today child abuse prosecutions are no longer the rare, newsworthy events that they once were.

Prosecutions of crimes that occur within the context of a large institution are even less common than prosecutions for spousal abuse or child abuse, and they even more rarely result in a conviction. Outside of a handful of prominent examples — like Bernie Madoff and Jeffrey Skilling — financial institution fraud prosecutions have fallen over the past 20 years, down to under 1,400 a year across the entire country. Many prosecutions of alleged crimes that occurred inside a corporation with the knowledge of other employees, like the prosecution of GlaxoSmithKline associate counsel Lauren Stevens, ended in failure, dismissed prior to a jury ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Detective: Lynn Worried About Hierarchy, Not Victims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Detective James Dougherty is a silver-haired former Philadelphia police homicide investigator now assigned to the district attorney's Special Victims Unit. He's an expert on the archdiocese's "secret archive files" that detail the sins of pedophile priests.

This week, prosecutors in the archdiocese sex abuse trial had Dougherty take jurors on a two-day excursion through 160 formerly classified documents regarding the 40-year career of one offender, Father Raymond O. Leneweaver.

Father Leneweaver was identified in the 2005 grand jury report on archdiocese sex abuse as a "chronic abuser" of altar boys. The priest had special T-shirts printed up for his victims that identified them as "Philadelphia Rovers."

The details in the grand jury report are sickening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Pa. Trial Shows Church Abuse Allegations Strategy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NPR

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The long, typed letter fantasizes about a seventh-grader's body, and asks if the boy wants to try various sex acts.

"You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade," the author wrote in a rare G-rated line.

But the anonymous author was not a classmate at the boy's Catholic school in northeast Philadelphia. It was a parish priest. One with a cache of gay pornography and sadomasochistic videos in the rectory.

Files show the letter-writing priest was sent to a church-run treatment center for priests, where staff concluded he did not have "a pathological interest in children or adults." Doctors racked the letter up to a single fantasy. And they believed him when he said he hadn't sent it — or acted out with children.

"Cardinal Bevilacqua is granting him a health leave, and that should be the announcement to the (St. Anselm's) parish," reads a December 1995 memo, found in secret personnel files at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Pa. Trial Shows Church Abuse Allegations Strategy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA March 31, 2012 (AP)

The long, typed letter fantasizes about a seventh-grader's body, and asks if the boy wants to try various sex acts.

"You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade," the author wrote in a rare G-rated line.

But the anonymous author was not a classmate at the boy's Catholic school in northeast Philadelphia. It was a parish priest. One with a cache of gay pornography and sadomasochistic videos in the rectory.

Files show the letter-writing priest was sent to a church-run treatment center for priests, where staff concluded he did not have "a pathological interest in children or adults." Doctors racked the letter up to a single fantasy. And they believed him when he said he hadn't sent it — or acted out with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Update on Abuse Survivor’s Hunger Strike for Justice at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA

MASSACHUSETTS
Voice from the Desert

kate Says:
March 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I tried to post this comment yesterday, but for some reason it did not appear. Here it is again, with an update at the end:

All is well. This was planned for six months and medical/health people were part of the vetting and preparation. One reason this was done is there is little doubt the Jesuits and/or the Archdiocese of Boston will try to shut it down with a manufactured “psychiatric emergency”.

In fact, the reason for the Hunger Strike for Justice is every other process the church and Jesuits use is broken down and futile. Years of time are wasted. When the medical/health people asked “Why a hunger strike?”, the answer was straightforward: “It takes much less than three years.”

Tea is a great hunger deterrent and milk is a great hunger quencher. A few hours every day are brutal — not the whole day — and milk makes it better. That was the Day 3 and Day 4 surprise. Day 5 is tomorrow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

“The Black and White Code of Silence Is Broken”

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Voice from the Desert

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

March 30, 2012

One would hope the three Philadelphia Archdiocesan priests who testified on March 28, 2012 at the trial of Msgr. William Lynn and Fr. James Brennan voluntarily offered their services to the prosecution in the cause of truth and justice and were not forced under threat of sanction to describe the depravity of rectory and church life that permeates the Catholic clerical life. What they described in court was the clerical culture, a culture so depraved that shutting it down immediately should be reviewed by independent agencies. The porn, the stalking of high school boys, the abuse of children inside and outside of rectories and churches, the sadomasochistic and sexually stunted behavior of priests, the alcoholism and drug use; it was all testified to in open court. The black and white code of silence was shattered. The clerical culture was out in the open for the public to see. These stories were not unusual and sadly are the norm in most United States Catholic dioceses.

Does anyone think for one minute that the Philadelphia clerical culture is any different than the culture of any diocesan clergy or religious order anywhere in the United States or the world, for that matter? Should prosecutors throughout the United Stated choose to convene grand juries to investigate the clerical culture in their regions, the same results would occur, and invariably more bishops and their henchmen would be prosecuted. I know because I existed (not lived) in that culture for nearly forty years. I had to seek voluntary laicization to get away from it. I no longer work in or for “that company.”

In 1969, I was placed against my will into the honors’ English class of a serial religious brother pedophile. That so-called religious man abused boys in every school to which he was assigned. His best friend, another religious man, abused my first cousin. Both of us were groomed and then abused. I survived. My cousin killed himself at age 29. I was a Christian Brother at the time of my cousin’s death because I joined that religious order at eighteen years of age and left when I was forty-two, only to join another “sect” of the clerical culture, the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

PERVERSION OF POWER WHEN MOURNING NEVER COMES

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, Ph.D.

February 23, 2012

Voice of the Faithful of Southwest Florida
Naples, Florida

When I was a doctoral student at Adelphi University in the 1980s, Morris Eagle, a respected senior psychoanalyst gave an afternoon colloquium during which he was asked to reflect on what characterized a successful therapeutic journey. He responded that, after decades of practice, he could say that patients who “got better” were those who could and would mourn while those who could not or would not mourn tended to experience more limited growth over the course of a psychoanalysis.

Now with almost as many years of practice experience as Morris had then, I can say that I agree with him wholeheartedly. While Eagle referred to psychological growth that afternoon, I propose that a failure to mourn impedes psychological, relational, social, political and spiritual growth. Further, I contend that the Catholic crisis of corrupted power, mis-defined as a sexual abuse crisis, has been marked by a colossal failure of mourning among too many within almost every Church constituency. This failure to mourn has influenced corrupt power plays among the hierarchy; manic attempts to restore the forever gone among some victims; denial, silence and empty platitudes among many priests; and studied naivete among a large portion of laity. So – in other words, I may offend everyone sitting here tonight! But, let me begin anyway……

Introduction to Mourning

No one makes it from the cradle to the grave without confronting deep, even heartbreaking, disappointments, betrayals, and losses. There are life’s inevitable losses. From the pre-schooler who is rushed to the ER with a burst appendix and has to spend Halloween in the pediatric ward instead of trick or treating with his fellow goblins and ghouls; to the high school senior who gets only a one-page rejection from her first choice college; to the husband and father who comes back from lunch on Friday to find a pink slip announcing his part in the latest corporate downsizing; to the marathon running 50-something year old whose annual mammogram shows a nasty lump; to the ninety-year young senior widowed after 60 years of good enough marriage; we all are subject to assaults that shift the ground we once found firm and challenge much of what we thought we knew about life, people, ourselves and the Divine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

RCMP renews polygamy investigation into Bountiful

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

JAMES KELLER
Vancouver— The Canadian Press

Polygamous marriages in the religious commune of Bountiful, B.C. are once again under the scrutiny of the RCMP, following two decades of similar investigations that have so far failed to lead to a single conviction.

The Mounties have investigated plural marriages in Bountiful since the early 1990s, but persistent questions about the constitutionality of the law and a successful legal challenge three years ago have meant only two people have ever been charged and no one has been convicted.

The RCMP launched an investigation last year focusing on allegations that dozens of teen brides were spirited across the U.S. border to marry older men, but officers weren’t actively considering charges of polygamy because of an ongoing constitutional reference case examining the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Argentinian rabbi arrested in Passaic on child porn charges

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By The Associated Press

PASSAIC — Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a rabbi from Argentina on child pornography charges.

Passaic County sheriff's detectives arrested 50-year-old Rabbi Gabriel Toledo at a kosher food distribution company in Moonachie on Thursday.

The Record newspaper reports Sheriff Richard Berdnik issued a statement saying the rabbi was in possession of more than 1,000 images.

Toledo does not lead a local congregation and is in the U.S. on a visa. He's been living in Passaic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Rabbi arrested, roommate wanted on child porn charges in Passaic

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Friday, March 30, 2012

BY MARLENE NAANES AND NICK CLUNN
STAFF WRITERS
The Record

PASSAIC — A rabbi has been accused of possessing more than 1,000 pornographic images involving children following a four-month investigation that culminated in the search of the man’s home, authorities said Friday.

Rabbi Gabriel Toledo, 50, was arrested Thursday at his home on Pennington Avenue. His 22-year-old roommate, who is also charged, had not been apprehended by police Friday and is considered a fugitive.

The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office has charged both men with possession of child pornography. The roommate, Joseph Vasquez, also is charged with distribution of child pornography.

Toledo has worked at Foremost RAM Caterers in Moonachie, assisting the company in making ensuring its food is glatt kosher, a strict standard for cooking and eating that is rooted in Jewish law. The rules define the kinds of food, particularly meat, that’s permitted to be eaten and how it should be prepared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Church Calendar: 3-31

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

"Is the Vatican Accountable Under International Law?" Discussion on the complaint to the International Criminal Court on the Vatican and clerical sexual abuse, 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, University of Toledo Law Center Auditorium. Free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen im Bistum Trier

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Offener Brief an den Bischof von Trier, Dr. Stephan Ackermann

Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen im Bistum Trier

,Niemals tut der Mensch das Böse so vollkommen und fröhlich, als wenn er es aus religiöser Überzeugung tut.‘ (Blaise Pascal)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bischof,

gemäß uns vorliegender Dokumente haben sich in der zu ihrem Bistum gehörenden saarländischen Pfarrei Herz Jesu, Püttlingen-Köllerbach zahlreiche Missbrauchsfälle ereignet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Commissie Deetman: castratie los van misbruik RKK

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Joep Dohmen

De commissie-Deetman vindt dat haar rapport over misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk “berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen die de betrouwbaarheid ervan staven”. Dat schrijft de commissie in een notitie aan de opdrachtgevers van hun onderzoek, de kerkbestuurders. De commissie reageert op publicaties in NRC Handelsblad.

De krant berichtte eerder deze maand dat een melding aan de commissie, over de castratie van een minderjarige jongen na zijn aangifte van seksueel misbruik in internaat Harreveld, niet diepgaand was onderzocht en niet in het rapport van de commissie kwam. Volgens de commissie toonden de melding over de castratie en de gegevens die de commissie had, geen “verband aan tussen het seksuele misbruik van een aantal minderjarigen, de aangifte en de castratie”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Deetman: geen informatie verzwegen

NEDERLAND
Omroep Gelderland

DEN HAAG - De commissie-Deetman heeft geen informatie achtergehouden in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Katholieke kerk, zegt de commissie.

"Het onderzoek over het misbruik berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen," dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. Aanleiding voor de brief zijn de berichten over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

FLDS Leader Given Maximum Sentence by Texas Jury on Bigamy Counts

TEXAS
KCSG

by Matthew Waller

Published - 03/30/12
(Midland, TX) - A Midland jury has sentenced Wendell Loy Nielsen, a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and close associate of its imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs, to the maximum 10 years and $10,000 fine on each of three counts of felony bigamy. The jury had found the former leader of the sect guity of marrying three women in bigamy on Wednesday. The penalty phase of the trial end Friday with the maximum allowed under Texas law.

The defense said the FLDS practice of multiple "spiritual" or "celestial" marriages and argued that those marriages didn't count as marriages under the bigamy laws because they were not intended to be legal marriages.

The jurors didn't agree, and after deliberating for about 45 minutes Tuesday night and 45 minutes Wednesday morning, they found Nielsen guilty on all counts.

Nielsen was charged with marrying three women in 2006 when they were 43, 58 and 65, marrying two on the same day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Male survivors of child sexual abuse subject of film at WMU

MICHIGAN
WMUK

[with audio and video]

By: Andy Robins
Kalamazoo, MI
March 30, 2012
WMUK

The federal government says about one in every six boys in this country will be sexually abused by the time they are 16. Two events at Western Michigan University this month will help male sexual abuse survivors come to terms with their trauma. And organizers say they hope the wider community will learn about the issue.

Western is one of several colleges and universities around the country showing the new film Boys and Men Healing. The documentary by Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg tells the stories of three men who sexually abused as children.

[Tony Rogers] “While he was raping me, I felt like I left my body because I thought I was going to die. So, I wasn’t present there. And actually I had agreed to die at that point.”

That’s Tony Rogers, who’s now a teacher, from a YouTube trailer for film. Also featured are David Lisak, a therapist who calls on his own experience to counsel other male survivors, and Mark Crawford, an advocate for changes in laws on child sexual abuse.

[Tony Rogers] ‘I just experienced many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. And I thought it was uniquely me.”

[David Lisak] “Boys are sexually abused in vast numbers and vastly more frequently than as a society we are recognizing.”

[Mark Crawford] “I was absolutely amazed that it, in fact, it was so common among sexual abuse survivors of feeling alone, or feeling it was only you.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

When the Archbishop Met the President

UNITED STATES
The Wall Street Journal

By JAMES TARANTO
New York

The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. "I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me," says the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. But when Archbishop Dolan tells me his account of their discussions of the ObamaCare birth-control mandate, Barack Obama sounds imperious and deceitful to me. ...

The "flash point," the archbishop says, was "Humanae Vitae," Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reasserting the church's teachings on sex, marriage and reproduction, including its opposition to artificial contraception. It "brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the church, that I think most of us—and I'm using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself—kind of subconsciously said, 'Whoa. We'd better never talk about that, because it's just too hot to handle.' We forfeited the chance to be a coherent moral voice when it comes to one of the more burning issues of the day."

Without my having raised the subject, he adds that the church's sex-abuse scandal "intensified our laryngitis over speaking about issues of chastity and sexual morality, because we almost thought, 'I'll blush if I do. . . . After what some priests and some bishops, albeit a tiny minority, have done, how will I have any credibility in speaking on that?'"

Yet the archbishop says he sees a hunger, especially among young adults, for a more authoritative church voice on sexuality. "They will be quick to say, 'By the way, we want you to know that we might not be able to obey it. . . . But we want to hear it. And in justice, you as our pastors need to tell us, and you need to challenge us.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Former Nun’s autobiography to expose Catholic Church’s crisis in Kerala

INDIA
The Times of India

P Sudhakaran, TNN | Mar 31, 2012

KANNUR: Young nuns leaving the order unable to cope with the rigors of convent life is nothing unusual in Kerala. But in recent times, some of them have not just left the order to return to secular life, but have talked about the sexual frustrations that go behind the closed doors.

Sister Mary Chandy (67), a former nun with Catholic Church's Presentation Convent in Kerala, had quit the order 12 years ago when a priest tried to rape her. Or, that's her side of the story.

Now she is writing her autobiography -- Swasthi.

To be published by Kairali Books in Kannur, Mary wants to expose the debauchery she witnessed in the convents during her stint as a nun through her book.

More than a decade after stepping out of the convent at Perumpunna in Peravoor (Kannur district), Mary continues to live an austere life in a rented house-cum-orphanage (Santhisadan Charitable Society) with 17 orphan children in Pulpally, Wayanad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Clerical abuse survivors asked: Has the Church supported you?

IRELAND
The Journal

A SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT group is asking survivors of clerical abuse in Ireland to take part in a research project to discover the extent of the assistance offered to them by the Catholic Church.

The appeal has come in the wake of the recent Vatican Apostolic Visitation.

The Visitation, a group of high-ranking officials from the Vatican which came here in November 2010, was led by Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Their mission was to inspect the country’s four archdioceses and seminaries in Maynooth, Milltown, Belfast and the Pontifical College in Rome, along with other religious institutes, to see how child protection guidelines were being understood, implemented and operating.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Monsignor at Roslindale's Sacred Heart ...

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local West Roxbury

Monsignor at Roslindale's Sacred Heart apologizes after soliciting donations for accused priest

By Todd Feathers/Wicked Local correspondent
GateHouse News Service
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Roslindale —

The Archdiocese of Boston and the Rev. Msgr. Francis H. Kelley, pastor of Roslindale’s Parish of the Sacred Heart, issued quick apologies Thursday, March 29, after victims advocacy groups protested the use of parish resources to solicit donations for the legal defense of a priest accused of sexually abusing children.

Representatives from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and BishopAccountability.org held a press conference outside Sacred Heart at 169 Cummins Highway on Thursday, and passed out copies of the parish’s March 17 news bulletin, containing directions for how to donate to the defense fund for the Rev. John Mendicoa. Last August, Mendicoa was accused of sexually abusing children in the 1980s and was suspended by the Archdiocese which notified local authorities. His case is still in process, according to the Archdiocese website.

“I wish to express my apology to all impacted by this action,” wrote Kelley in a statement. “I now recognize that this announcement was not an appropriate use of the parish bulletin. I offer my personal assurance that such announcements will not be permitted going forward.”

Anne Barrett-Doyle, of BishopAccountability.org, said a concerned parishioner notified her organization of the bulletin. She worried that a statement of support in a parish publication would make it harder for potential victims to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

March 30, 2012

Cleveland parishes file motions in Rome demanding their churches reopen

CLEVELAND (OH)
National Catholic Reporter

by Brian Roewe on Mar. 30, 2012 NCR Today

This post has been updated to include today’s action by the appealing parishes.

Responding to their bishop’s delayed response, three Cleveland parishes have filed motions in Rome requesting the Congregation of the Clergy “order” the immediate restoration of their parishes and reopening of their churches.

The three are among the 13 parishes who successfully appealed to the congregation Bishop Richard G. Lennon’s decision to suppress their parishes and close their churches.

The motions, filed this morning to a congregation official by a canon advocate, read, "The approach of Holy Week creates expectations and apprehensions among the faithful who fear experiencing another Easter far from the parish to which they legitimately belong.

"And while it is understandable and agreed that His Excellency the Bishop should have time to consider the decision regarding his procedural stance, it must be also clear that the decree has immediate effect, restoring the status quo ante."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Notification of Upcoming Safeguarding Review For The Irish Spiritan Province

IRELAND
The Spiritans

(AN AUDIT OF THE REALITY OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY SPIRITAN MEMBERS AND CURRENT SAFEGUARDING PRACTICE)

Following the Ferns, Dublin and Cloyne reports the Irish State and public have sought complete disclosure on the part of all the dioceses and institutions of the Catholic Church inIreland as to the reality of the sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy, religious or church workers.

Catholic dioceses, religious congregations and institutions have responded positively to this desire of the State and public, believing that until a complete picture is known of past and present abuse, within the Church, there can be no possibility of authentic accountability or renewal for the future.

An independent and objective audit is of primary importance for the State and Irish public. In the three reports mentioned above, the State undertook the investigation and was responsible for the published audit. The State, at this time, recognises the competency and independence of the NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland) and entrusts to it the task of completing the audits of remaining dioceses, religious congregations and other Catholic institutions. In November 2011 the first audits by the NBSCCCI were completed for the Dioceses of Ardagh and Clonmacnois,Derry, Dromore, Kilmore, Raphoe and Tuam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Spiritans religious order to be audited on sex abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE IRISH province of the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) congregation will be the first Catholic male religious order internationally to undergo an audit to establish “the reality of the sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy, religious or church workers”.

The audit, at the Spiritans’ own request, was announced on its website ( spiritans.ie) yesterday and will be conducted by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding of Children. It will take place in May.

The Spiritans manage some of the best-known schools in Dublin, at Willow Park, Blackrock College, St Michael’s College, St Mary’s College, Templeogue College and Rockwell College in Co Tipperary.

The congregation said it believed “only a public audit of the reality of abuse committed by Spiritans can free the congregation to carry out its mission of service among God’s people. That mission includes the congregation’s outreach to those who were abused.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Archbishop Chaput Will Have None of Your Lukewarm Catholicism

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Philly Post

Richard Rys

In a recent story about Tuesday’s release of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s e-book, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it an “e-lamentation.” It’s really a challenge to today’s Catholics who, Chaput says, share the blame for the moral and spiritual weakness of our country. “We … helped shape it with our eagerness to fit in,” Chaput writes, “our distractions and overconfidence, and our own lukewarm faith.” And while Philadelphia’s top priest never mentions any candidates by name, he makes reference to the importance of this election year. Chaput isn’t just calling out his congregation; he’s issuing a political and societal call to arms. Consider his choice of quote from Father John Courtney Murray, a Jesuit theologian who wrote this in 1940: “In view of the fact that American culture is built on the negation of all that Christianity stands for, it would seem that our first step toward the construction of a Christian culture should be the destruction of the existing one. In the presence of Frankenstein, one does not reach for baptismal water, but for a bludgeon.”

That’s some tough talk, and in the course of Chaput’s compact essay, he smartly and eloquently states his case for what he sees as a growing sense of religious intolerance in this country, stoked by an ill-informed and biased media and a populace that’s turned its collective back on faith. He writes of “the inhuman parody we call ‘modern American culture’” and “sexual minorities [who] now routinely use the state’s power and friendly mass media to break down traditional definitions of marriage and family.” Chaput wistfully remembers the good old days, “when the word gay had more connection to joy than sexual identity.” ...

Chaput, the church and its lobbyists want to shape this country to fit their morality. The oppressed—if you believe that’s what Catholics in America have become—intend to be the oppressors. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has orchestrated a cover-up of child sexual abuse that spans the globe and reaches all the way up to the Pope himself. As we hear the horror stories in our own back yard, like those of disgraced Archbishop Ryan principal Charles Newman, and read grim daily testimony from the trial of Msgr. William Lynn and Rev. James Brennan, it seems an awfully curious time to declare the way the rest of us live to be “inhuman.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Deetman hield geen informatie achter

NEDERLAND
Omroep Gelderland

DEN HAAG - De commissie Deetman heeft geen informatie achtergehouden in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Katholieke kerk.

"Het onderzoek over het misbruik berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen," dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. Aanleiding voor de brief zijn de berichten over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Deetman verwerpt kritiek op misbruikrapport

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DEN HAAG (ANP) – Het onderzoek over misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen. Dat schreef de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer.

De volledigheid van het rapport, dat in december verscheen, werd de afgelopen tijd in twijfel getrokken. Volgens NRC Handelsblad ontbreekt in het rapport informatie over castraties in de jaren ’50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld en de bemoeienis van Vic Marijnen, in de jaren ’50 bestuursvoorzitter van Harreveld en later minister-president. De commissie verwierp die kritiek vrijdag en stelt dat de informatie in de artikelen niet berust op feiten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Deetman eist rectificatie van NRC

NEDERLAND
Trouw

NRC Handelsblad moet haar berichtgeving rectificeren over een kwalijke rol die KVP-er Marijnen zou hebben gespeeld in de zaak van seksueel misbruik in het jongensinternaat Harreveld, schrijft Wim Deetman in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer.

In deze notitie weerspreken commissievoorzitter Wim Deetman en secretaris Bert Kreemers dat zij belastende feiten achtergehouden hebben in hun eindrapport over misbruik in de rk kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Deetman verwerpt kritiek op misbruikrapport

NEDERLAND
Nu

DEN HAAG - Het onderzoek over misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen.

Dat schreef de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. De volledigheid van het rapport, dat in december verscheen, werd de afgelopen tijd in twijfel getrokken.

Volgens NRC Handelsblad ontbreekt in het rapport informatie over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld en de bemoeienis van Vic Marijnen, in de jaren '50 bestuursvoorzitter van Harreveld en later minister-president.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Donor group saw expansion under retiring longtime leader

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 28, 2012
By Jerry Filteau

WASHINGTON -- Francis J. Butler -- who usually worked quietly behind the scenes but may have been as influential as almost any other layperson in the U.S. Catholic church over the past 40 years -- retired Feb. 3 after 32 years as president of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities.

During his tenure, FADICA and its member foundations and donors have played key roles in some of the most fruitful Catholic initiatives of recent decades in the United States and abroad. Just a short list of FADICA initiatives that have borne fruit under his guidance would include:

•A substantial role in creating the bishops’ Religious Retirement Office, leading to their biggest annual national collection ever, the collection for retired religious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Deetman: geen twijfel over rapport

NEDERLAND
NOS

De commissie-Deetman bestrijdt dat er opzettelijk informatie over castratie in de jaren 50 uit het eindrapport is weggelaten.

Datzelfde geldt volgens de commissie voor de rol die oud-premier Marijnen (KVP) zou hebben gespeeld bij een gratieverzoek voor een broeder die voor ontucht was veroordeeld. Dat blijkt uit een notitie die de commissie naar de Tweede Kamer heeft gestuurd.

Volgens de commissie blijkt uit de informatie die zij tot haar beschikking heeft niet dat er een verband is tussen de castratie van een minderjarige jongen en eerder seksueel misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Disgraced Catholic official to preach in NYC; SNAP responds

NEW YORK
Voice from the Desert

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Noted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo (of “Whispers in the Loggia”) reports that Cardinal Tim Dolan is bringing disgraced Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to preach next Thursday.

Like he did last year with a New York teenager, Cardinal Dolan is callously and needlessly rubbing even more salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of hundreds of clergy sex abuse

Tens of thousands of Catholic clerics could preach in St. Pat’s next week. Almost any of them would be less upsetting and hurtful than Rigali.

Nine years after bishops promised to “reform,” Rigali, under pressure, was forced to suspend 21 accused Philly priests on one day in March of 2011. These suspensions took place exactly one month after Rigali wrote his flock assuring them that there were no credibly-accused priests remaining within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2005, Rigali kept silent as his lawyer blasted prosecutors as “anti-Catholic” in the wake of a second scathing report about widespread clergy sex crimes and cover ups in his archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Online Sexual Predators Only Need Eight Minutes

UNITED STATES
Child Protection News

Written on March 30, 2012 by Patrick Noaker

8 minutes. Researchers discover sexual predators “groom” children for sex online in just 8 minutes. In an article in the Irish Independent newspaper, researchers at Middlesex University in London revealed that online predators appear to be much more aggressive in the way that they approach children in cyberspace. The study found that online sexual predators “cut to the chase” and turn online chat conversations with children to sexual topics within 3 minutes of meeting the child. In addition, the study showed that a bond was formed between the child and the predator just 5 minutes later, often leading to a sexual exchange of information, sexual photographs and even online sexual activity.

This information is significant because previous beliefs that there was a period of grooming by sexual predators may be inaccurate in an online setting. Historically, sexual predators engaged in a period of trust-building with a child victim where the predator would have secrets with the child, give gifts or build an emotional bond with the child. Knowing this, parents took some comfort in believing that their supervision would lead to discovery and termination of any inappropriate relationship involving their child before the relationship turned sexual. It appears that this grooming grace period simply does not exist online. This leaves parents without time to intercept predators before they can exploit our kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

7 reasons Catholics leave church (in Trenton, #1 is sex abuse crisis)

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Even though Roman Catholics are the second-largest religious group in the United States, the tradition has seen an exodus of members in recent decades. One in ten Americans is an ex-Catholic.

If ex-Catholics were counted as their own religious group, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

If it weren’t for the infusion of Catholic immigrants, especially from Latin American, the American Catholic Church would be shrinking pretty fast.

A recent study by two college professor tries to get at a simple question: Why are they leaving?

Conducted William J. Byron, a professor of business at St. Joseph’s University and Charles Zech, founder of the Center for the Study of Church Management of Villanova’s School of Business, the anecdotal study conducted in late fall of 2011 processes the opinions of 300 non-churchgoing Catholics in Trenton, New Jersey. ...

1. The sex abuse crisis

Byron and Zech asked ex-Catholics to cite their main reason for leaving: “If you could communicate directly with the bishop, what would you say?”

The most common answer: the church’s inadequate response to clergy sex abuse. “The bishop’s refusal to list pedophile priests on the diocesan Web site and his non-support of the effort to lift the statute of limitations for bringing sexual abuses cases forward in the courts” did it for me, one man said, according to the report.

Several respondents said they had been victims of sexual abuse by church leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Parents in shock as priest displays gay porn images

IRELAND
The Herald

By Clodagh Sheehy

Friday March 30 2012

A PRIEST has denied knowing how gay porn images appeared on a screen during a presentation he was giving to parents of children preparing for First Communion.

Fr Martin McVeigh was setting up the PowerPoint display when the explicit sex scenes flashed up on the screen.

He was about to give a talk to the parents of First Communicants but abandoned the presentation after the pornographic images appeared.

One of those present said the pictures appeared on the screen after the priest put a USB memory stick into the computer at St Mary's School in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Offener Brief an Bischof Dr. Ackermann und an alle deutschen Kardinäle, Erzbischöfe und Bischöfe

DEUTSCHLAND
Wir Sind Kirche

München, 30. März 2012

Sehr geehrter Herr Bischof Dr. Ackermann,
sehr geehrte Herren Kardinäle, Erzbischöfe und Bischöfe,

die KirchenVolksBewegung Wir sind Kirche wendet sich wegen der Vorkommnisse im Bistum Trier in einem Offenen Brief an Sie. Wie den Medien zu entnehmen ist und vom Bistum Trier bestätigt wurde, sind derzeit sieben ehemalige Täter sexualisierter Gewalt im Bistum Trier im priesterlichen Dienst und in der Seelsorge eingesetzt. Dies halten wir für kein vorbildhaftes Zeichen für eine Umkehr und einen wirklichen Neuanfang im Umgang mit sexualisierter Gewalt in der Kirche.

Die Erklärung des Bistums, dass Sie, Herr Bischof Dr. Ackermann – der Sie seit Februar 2010 auch „Missbrauchsbeauftragter“ der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) sind – nicht gegen die geltenden Leitlinien der DBK verstoßen hätten, mag formal richtig sein, überzeugend ist sie keinesfalls. Um die Glaubwürdigkeit der Kirchenleitung in Deutschland wiederherzustellen, bedarf es mehr als nur Lippenbekenntnisse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Überblick über die Missbrauchsfälle in Diözesen und Orden - soweit sie von der Kirche oder der Presse öffentlich gemacht wurden

DEUTSCHLAND
Wir Sind Kirche

Die Aufstellung ist nicht vollständig. Mit Fehlern muss gerechnet werden, weil nicht immer klar ist, ob sich hinter dem Fall-Begriff jeweils (mindestens) ein Opfer verbirgt. Wenn die Täterzahl genannt wurde, nicht jedoch die Anzahl der Opfer, bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass jeder Täter ein Opfer hatte. In Bistümern und Orden wird von ca 1009 Tätern und auch Täterinnen und mehr als 2273 Opfern berichtet. Dem Überblick ist die Schwere eines Missbrauchs nicht zu entnehmen. Es muss unterstellt werden, dass eine erhebliche Zahl von Menschen, die im kirchlichen Kontext Opfer wurden, sich bei der Kirche nicht gemeldet haben, weil sie kein Vertrauen in deren Aufklärung haben.

(Herrn H. herzlichen Dank für die Fülle an Hinweisen! Stand: 15.1.2012)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Los Gatos Priest Beating Case Trial Now on Schedule For May

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

The trial for a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May of 2010 is on schedule now after the parties involved agreed to proceed during a hearing Thursday.

Pretrial motions are set for 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Gemetti.

Jury selection will begin on May 14 and the presentation of the evidence is expected to start on or around May 29 before presiding Superior Court Judge David Cena.

"I don't want to say the trial will start for sure because I've said that before, but the whole point of the conference today (Thursday) was to confirm everybody's availability," Gemetti said. "There may be some minor changes on how things go, but [the trial] will happen around that time frame."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Benedict's gentle debunk of clericalism

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Mar. 30, 2012 All Things Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI's diplomatic high-wire act in Havana, pressing the case for religious freedom but avoiding direct clash with the Castro regime, was the main news flash out of his March 23-28 trip to Mexico and Cuba. Yet there was another leitmotif to the outing, more subtle but arguably more decisive for the church across Latin America.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the pope offered a gentle, yet unmistakable, debunking of clericalism. His focus seemed to be the gradual reshaping of ecclesial culture, not sexy short-term headlines, which puts it squarely into Benedict's wheelhouse.

Catholicism in Latin America is wildly diverse, from the emotional popular Catholicism of various Marian devotions to the "base communities" that were the backbone of liberation theology. One important current, however, has long been a remarkably strong form of clericalism, perhaps the inevitable result of the faith being effectively a monopoly until quite recently.

Typical expressions of this clericalism include:
•Clergy see themselves as political powerbrokers, playing a direct role in affairs of state.
•The church projects an image of power and privilege, with its preferred spiritual imagery emphasizing God as a cosmic monarch.
•The role of the laity is conceived in largely passive terms -- "pay, pray and obey."
•Little premium is placed on evangelization or faith formation, with pastoral care understood largely in terms of administering the sacraments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Anger after film festival rejects sex-abuse documentary

UNITED STATES
New Jersey Jewish Standard

Ben Harris • Film
Published: 30 March 2012

Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and “Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt’s documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.”

Rosenfelt sent a scathing e-mail last week to the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival after learning that she had warned colleagues at other film festivals about “Standing Silent.”

The film, which features interviews with several victims of sexual abuse by Baltimore-area Orthodox rabbis, was featured at the Teaneck Film Festival held late last year. It is slated to be screened at several Jewish film festivals across the United States. It also was the subject of a lengthy feature article in The Washington Post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

22News inFocus: The Catholic Church

MASSACHUSETTS
WWLP

Jessica Stanley

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and this is an important time of year for many Christians across the country and right here in Western Massachusetts. So this week on 22News inFocus we're going to be talking about the status of the Catholic Church here in the Pioneer Valley.

The Church has faced many challenges over the years, the clergy sex abuse scandal, declining membership, a rough economy, and recent church closures that devastated many local parishioners. We'll discuss these issues, and talk about what the Church is doing to try and turn things around.

We invited the bishop to attend and answer our questions, but he declined our invitation. Instead, we'll speak with a Church historian and the Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) program in Western Massachusetts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Del. priest who stole from parishioner sentenced

WILMINGTON (DE)
Wausau Daily Herald

WILMINGTON, Del. (WTW) — A Roman Catholic priest in Delaware has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from a parishioner.

The Rev. Michael Angeloni also was ordered Friday to pay $305,425 in restitution to the 86-year-old victim.

Angeloni faced up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to one count of theft of more than $100,000.

Prosecutors say Angeloni stole the money from a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Child, where he previously served as assistant pastor. The investigation began last year after the attorney general's office received a report from Wilmington Trust of suspicious financial activity on the victim's account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Release of sex abuse depositions and records would not identify victims

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Archbishop Listecki’s deceptive statement that victims names would somehow be made public is a “false alarm” that will intimidate victims and mislead Catholics

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director

CONTACT: 414.336.8575

Archbishop Listecki, in an interview on WITI channel 6 yesterday, misleadingly stated that the unsealing of abuse depositions and documents of church officials in Federal bankruptcy court–a request being made in a motion filed by over 300 victim/survivors and to be argued in court next Thursday–would somehow result in the identities of victims being made public, presumably by Judge Kelley in a court order. That, Listecki says, is why the Archdiocese will oppose the motion. This statement by Listecki is absolutely false. Archdiocesan spokespersons, when opposing court release of documents in the past, have made these deceptive public inferences, but the Archbishop himself has never crossed the line and personally repeated them. Until now.

The motion filed in court by victim/survivors could not be any clearer. It states: “The motion seeks to have all information regarding survivors’ identities redacted and all information regarding alleged abusers who have not yet been publically identified redacted as well.” This motion was filed publically so it is available to anyone. One would guess that Listecki, who is a lawyer, and the 28 lawyers he has hired for the bankruptcy, have read it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

QUARRY v. DOE 1

CALIFORNIA
Leagle

TERRY QUARRY et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants,
v.
DOE I, Defendant and Respondent.
No. S171382.
Supreme Court of California.

Filed March 29, 2012.

Zalkin & Zimmer, The Zalkin Law Firm, Irwin M. Zalkin, Michael H. Zimmer, Devin M. Storey and Michael J. Kinslow for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Jeff Anderson & Associates, Michael Finnegan and Sarah Odegaard for The National Association for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney (Alameda); Furtado, Jaspovice & Simons, Bill Lockyer and Richard J. Simons as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Reed Smith, Margaret M. Grignon; Foley & Lardner, Stephen A. McFeely, Tami S. Smason, Courtney R. Henning, Leila Nourani and Michael B. McCollum for Defendant and Respondent.

Lombardi, Loper & Conant, Peter O. Glaessner and Lori A. Sebransky for The Ordinary Mutual as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Daniel H. Bromberg; Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, James C. Geoly and Nora Flaherty Couri for The Order of Carmelites, Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, The Order of the Friar Servants of Mary, USA Province and The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman, J. Michael Hennigan and Lee W. Potts for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

Sweeney & Greene, James F. Sweeney, Stephen J. Greene, Jr., and Laura Borden Riddell Jr. for California Association of Private School Organizations as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold and Nicholas W. Heldt for Boy Scouts of America and Masonic Homes of California, Inc., as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

Neumiller & Beardslee, Paul N. Balestracci, Lisa Blanco Jimenez; McNamara Law Firm and Gary A. Watt for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

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CANTIL-SAKAUYE, C. J.

Plaintiffs brought an action against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland, alleging that defendant bore responsibility for sexual abuse committed during the 1970's by a priest then assigned to the Oakland diocese. Plaintiffs allege that in 2006 they discovered for the first time that the cause of their adult psychological injuries was the sexual abuse inflicted by this priest when they were children. It is our task to determine whether their claims are timely within the limitations period established by Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1.1

Section 340.1 governs the period within which a plaintiff must bring a tort claim based upon childhood sexual abuse. The statute must be understood in an historical context. Over the years, the limitations period for claims alleging sexual abuse against children continually was expanded as to actions that were brought against those persons who were the direct perpetrators of the sexual abuse. Moreover, in 1990 the Legislature elected to specify that such causes of action against direct perpetrators could be brought within eight years of majority or within three years of the time the plaintiff discovered that psychological injury was caused by childhood abuse. It was only in 1998, however, that the statute was amended to include third party defendants within its purview, and as to such defendants the Legislature elected not to embrace the open-ended discovery provision past the plaintiff's 26th birthday. On the contrary, drawing a clear distinction between direct perpetrators and third party defendants, in 1998 the Legislature provided that claims against third party defendants must be brought prior to the plaintiff's 26th birthday. The claims of plaintiffs in the present case clearly were lapsed by 1998, because by that date plaintiffs all had passed their 26th birthdays.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Rep. Gene O’Flaherty

MASSACHUSETTS
Chelsea Record

By Record Staff

News that our representative Gene O’Flaherty may be stepping down from his chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee caught many by surprise. After all, O’Flaherty tends to be a steady Eddy, so to speak.

But when his feathers are ruffled as they were last week by a Boston Globe columnist, he threw a bit of a fit and why not?

He was made out to be in the eyes of the public an unfeeling, Roman Catholic with no interest in seeing justice done for those abused by priests. Obviously, this is not the case but when it is made to appear that way in a Boston Globe column written by a widely read columnist, such an assertion is hard to dodge or to talk your way out of.

The issue discussed by the Globe columnist concerned the present statute of limitations discussion going on in the House of Representatives, where 100 of O’Flaherty’s colleagues are considering a bill which would end the statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Catholic Church Abuses Sex Abuse Victims

UNITED STATES
The Revealer

13 March 2012

It’s been more than a decade since the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal rocked Boston. In that time, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has provided national support to victims of abuse. But recently SNAP is finding that the Church’s new approach to managing national lawsuits is not apology and reparation but counter-attack. Seeking to prove that SNAP is not a “rape crisis center” the Church is subpoenaing to access confidential communication between SNAP and victims, thus exposing victims to public scrutiny.

From Laurie Goodstein’s fantastic New York Times article today, “Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group”–which includes perhaps one of the most telling statements*, from William Donahue, on the Church’s impatience with these cases:

The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re trying to find a way to silence SNAP.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

SNAP WI letter to Archbishop ...

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

SNAP WI letter to Archbishop Listecki on unsealing Weakland, Sklba depositions; Mass of Atonement

To: Archbishop Jerome Listecki
From: Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director
Re: Mass of Atonement and motion to release court depositions of Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Bishop Richard Sklba

This letter is sent as an expression of our desire for justice. It is a desire we victims of childhood sexual violence by clergy share, with Christ, who also suffered the fate of so many nameless and forgotten children. In our own archdiocese, according to attorneys representing 350 of the 570 victim claimants in Federal Bankruptcy Court, at least 8,000 individual acts of child sex abuse have occurred in the archdiocese committed by 100 alleged offenders not included on the church’s “official” 2004 list of 43 priests with credible reports of child sex abuse.

So, it is fitting that we join with you today, at least those of us who still consider ourselves Catholic, in a shared prayer for justice and, specifically, to support and encourage you on the difficult and liberating path of atonement, repentance, and conversion from the sins of sexual abuse by clergy and the cover up of those crimes by church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

The Signals Switch

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Editorial

Pope Benedict XVI visited Mexico and Cuba between March 23 and March 29 and like the Cardinal Archbishop of New York he seems to have a new strategy towards sexual abuse victims, too.

Beginning with his trip to the United States in 2008, the pontiff has been meeting with survivors of sexual abuse by clergy during his international travels.

But no meetings with survivors were on the agenda for the Mexico or Cuba visits.

The Vatican’s spokesman said no bishops requested meetings with survivors and therefore none were placed on the schedule.

Huh?

Mexico, let’s remember, is the land of the alpha and omega of Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legionnaires of Christ. Maciel was born in Mexico and is buried there – a far place and a far cry from the Roman stage where he held forth with great panoply and power backed by Pope John Paul II.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Lawsuit alleges Crosier priest accused of molesting student in 1980s

CALIFORNIA
The Salinas Californian

Written by
SUNITA VIJAYAN

Palma High was among those named in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday by a man claiming he was molested by a Crosier priest while he attended the Salinas school.

The lawsuit filed by St. Paul, Minn.-based law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates on behalf of Christopher Spedden, the former Palma High School student, accuses ex-teacher, the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, of sexually abusing him at the age of 13 during a ski trip in the 1980s at a resort near Bend, Ore.

Also named in the lawsuit filed in Minnesota are Funcheon, now 73, and his religious order, the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Castrés pour les punir de leur homosexualité !

PAYS BAS
myeurop

Par Marco Bertolini (Amsterdam)

Des prêtres catholiques néerlandais ont ordonné la castration de jeunes hommes mineurs pour les punir de leur homosexualité. C'était dans les années 50, mais l'affaire éclate aujourd'hui aux Pays-Bas.

Les affaires de pédophilie au sein de l’église catholique ont suscité un énorme scandale dans divers pays d’Europe, et les Pays-Bas n’ont pas été en reste. Comme en Belgique, une "Commission d’enquête sur les abus sexuels de mineurs dans l’église catholique romaine" a été créée, la Commission Deetman, du nom de son président.

Mais, au-delà des récits d’attouchements et de viols répétés, c’est une révélation plus effarante encore qui vient d’être faite au quotidien néerlandais NRC Handelblad: un jeune homme mineur, Henk Heithuis, a été castré en raison de "son comportement homosexuel" après avoir déposé plainte contre les prêtres de l’orphelinat dans lequel il était placé.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Beasley Firm Sponsors Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog By Ralph Cipriano

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Digital Journal

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

The Beasley Firm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog by Ralph Cipriano, author of Jim Beasley, Sr.'s, biography Courtroom Cowboy.

Beginning March 26, 2012 in the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, the trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn marks the first time a Catholic Archdiocese official has been criminally prosecuted on charges of child endangerment and conspiracy. Lynn, a senior official of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, stands accused of attempting to protect the church by covering up years of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. The prosecution has drawn international media attention, and the trial is expected to take several weeks.

Ralph Cipriano is the featured writer for the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog. Cipriano covered religion for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 1990s, and as a freelancer for the National Catholic Reporter. In his investigative journalism work, Cipriano examined secrecy and lavish spending under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, as well as the findings of the grand jury that investigated sex abuse in the archdiocese. Cipriano is a credentialed member of the press reporting on the Lynn trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Sex, Lies, and Videotaped Depositions

UNITED STATES
TBogg - firedoglake

By: TBogg Wednesday March 14, 2012

Taking time out from refusing to sanction the whoredom of their flock of Catholic girl slutskanks (whom they have obviously failed to reach) the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decided to do unto advocates for the victims of priestly abuse what the priests did unto the actual victims:

Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.

The group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the litigation. But the group has been subpoenaed five times in recent months in Kansas City and St. Louis, and its national director, David Clohessy, was questioned by a battery of lawyers for more than six hours this year. A judge in Kansas City ruled that the network must comply because it “almost certainly” had information relevant to the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Marist Brothers ex-pupils finally obtain justice

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher

Article posted 30 March 2012

In December 2011 the Catholic religious order of Marist Brothers finally agreed to make out-of-court settlements with two former pupils of a prominent Australian Catholic school — Red Bend Catholic College, situated on the Lachlan River at Forbes, 380 kilometres west of Sydney.

Broken Rites Australia helped these two ex-pupils to obtain their settlements.

The two pupils, born in the early 1950s, attended this school in 1965-66 while Brother Kevin Hogan (also known as "Brother Callixtus") was the principal. The school, then known as Marist Brothers College Forbes, took boys as boarders from a large rural region in western New South Wales.

The two ex-pupils (let's call them "Paddy" and "Rupert" — not their real names) are not connected with each other and were not the same age (one was 12 and the other was 14 when they encountered Brother Callixtus Hogan).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Sex Abuse Victims Lose California Appellate Ruling

CALIFORNIA
AlterNet

March 29th, 2012

Joey Piscitelli

A major setback for child abuse victims was decided today by the Supreme Appellate Court in San Francisco. This decision will have a crucial effect on not only the plaintiffs in this case, but numerous child sex abuse victims cases throughout the State of California. The legal representative of the plaintiffs in this case was the Zalkin Law Firm of San Diego, California.

Originally, the lawsuit known as “Quarry Doe 1 vs. Oakland Diocese”, case # HG0731364, was initially filed by the Quarry brothers, 6 alleged victims of admitted serial Molester Fr. Don Broderson, a priest who was employed by the Oakland Diocese.

The 6 brothers filed suit in Alameda County Court in 2007 against the Bishop of Oakland, alleging molestation at the hands of Fr. Broderson, but the lower court dismissed the case, stating that the California statute of limitations allowed only a one year window in 2003 to file a claim for sex abuse that was previously barred by the statute. The Bishop of Oakland was represented by Stephen McFeely, of Foley and Lardner, from Los Angeles, California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

City Council passes bill on sex-abuse measures

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse.

"No one really understands what these young men and women experience unless you've been there," State Rep. Louise Bishop (D., Phila.), who said she was a victim of abuse at age 12, told Council. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Rep. Bishop shares childhood trauma with Council

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

March 29, 2012|BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer

STATE REP. Louise Bishop was 12 years old when her stepfather stripped her of her innocence in the middle of the night inside their Georgia home.

The Philly Democrat shared her story Thursday with City Council, which voted 16 to 0 to pass a resolution sponsored by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Denny O'Brien urging the state Legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was absent.

"No one really understands what these young men and women experience, unless you've been there," said Bishop. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place . . . ."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Exclusive: Letter From Haredi 'Gadol' Rabbi Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg Says Notorious Pedophile Innocent

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

[with document]

For the first time, here is the 2006 letter written by haredi ‘gadol’ Rabbi Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg affirming that he ruled in 1985 that Rabbi Yehudah Kolko was innocent of all allegations of pedophilia and should not be fired from his teaching job.

Kolko, a notorious pedophile, pleaded guilty more than 20 years later to endangering the welfare of two children who were not yet born when Scheinberg ruled.* Other victims out of the statute of limitations also have come forward including David Framowitz, who says Kolko molested him 42 years ago.

Note that despite all the additional evidence against Kolko amassed over the 21 years between the beit din and this letter, Scheinberg does not change his ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Brooklyn DA Condemned For Not Prosecuting More Hasidic, Orthodox Jewish Sex Abusers

NEW YORK
CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Finding sexual abusers of children and prosecuting their cases is one of law enforcement’s top priorities.

But in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office has come under fire what not vigorously pursuing cases in the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities, a charge Hynes vehemently denies.

On Friday afternoons in Williamsburg families prepare for the Sabbath. It is a sheltered community known for its devotion to old world values, but some say its a community with a secret made worse by decades of cover-up and law enforcement that looks the other way.

“We have a wonderful community, a beautiful community, but we have some of the same of the problems the rest of the world have,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently told CBS 2’s Chris Wragge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

The Vatican is a ‘cold house’ for liberal Catholics

IRELAND
The Mayo News

Fr Kevin Hegarty

It has been ironically said that the three greatest lies in human history are “the cheque is in the post”, “of course I’ll still love you in the morning”, and “we’re from head office, we are here to help you”.

So the Irish Catholic hierarchy must have felt some trepidation akin to that felt by teachers when a whole-school evaluation is in the offing, after Pope Benedict announced in March 2010 that he was sending apostolic visitors to Ireland to examine church institutions.

The announcement came in the wake of the publication of the Murphy Report in December 2009 after which the Pope had summoned the bishops to Rome to account for their stewardship.

The report was a devastating indictment of the archdiocese of Dublin. It revealed the horrifying extent of the sexual abuse of children by clerics in the diocese and multiple cover-ups by successive superiors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Texas court dismisses appeal of FLDS leader Jeffs

TEXAS
KHOU

by Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas court has dismissed the appeal of Warren Jeffs after the convicted polygamist sect leader made almost no progress on his case.

The 3rd District Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday wrote in a two-page order that Jeffs has failed to meet filing deadlines and has altogether not responded to notices from the court.

Jeffs is the head of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is serving a life sentence after being convicted last year of sexually assaulting two of his underage brides at the remote West Texas ranch built by his followers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Traditional Background Checks of Bus Drivers Won’t Stop Child Molesters from Driving Kids to School

UNITED STATES
PR Web

Jacksonville Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

“I applaud school districts around the country for looking for ways to keep the kids safe. But background checks that strictly review driving history, criminal history, or looking at the sex offender registry and other databases won’t identify all the adults that pose a threat to children,” stated Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation.

Don Dymer was commenting on recent stories in the news, including Governor Branstad’s upcoming signing of Iowa’s new state law mandating school bus drivers undergo a background check before being hired. Statistics from the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute tell us that less than 5% of all child molesters have a criminal history. The Institute through years of research also points to the fact that 90% of all children are abused by people they know, trust and love. Because of that convoluted association of child, parent and abuser, the sexual abuse goes unreported. The vast majority of child abusers won’t be found in the system because they have no fingerprints or criminal history that would tie them to child sexual abuse.

Checking into the past won’t help prevent children in the future from child sexual abuse. The Foundation Darkness to Light also has done studies suggesting far fewer than one third of child abuse incidents are ever even identified or reported in any official capacity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Landmark clergy-abuse case hears evidence in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Adelaide Now (Australia)

A WITNESS in a landmark priest-abuse cover-up trial in Philadelphia described feeling "helpless and trapped" as a 13-year-old, because her priest was fondling her when she worked weekends at the rectory.

The woman says she didn't tell anyone for years, and later learned the same priest had fondled her younger sisters.

The woman testified on the fourth day of the child-endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. charged with child endangerment for allegedly leaving predators in jobs around children.

Defense lawyers say Lynn took orders from two archbishops. No other church administrators are charged.

The priest who allegedly fondled the woman at a suburban parish in Bristol around 1970 was removed from ministry after the church sex-abuse scandal broke in 2004. By then, he had admitted to an archdiocesan review board his "longstanding habit" of fondling girls' breasts, according to a 2005 grand jury report. The Associated Press is not naming him because he was never charged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Rev. Francis H. Kelley's fund request for alleged abuser draws ire

MASSACHUSETTS
Metro

STEVE ANNEAR
BOSTON

A Roslindale reverend under fire for using church resources to raise cash to pay the legal expenses of a clergy member suspended for allegedly sexually abusing a child, apologized Thursday.

The Rev. Francis H. Kelley, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, said in a statement he would no longer use a church bulletin to solicit donations for the Rev. John Mendicoa, who was placed on leave in August after being accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1980s.

Representatives from BishopAccountability.org stood outside of the church Thursday and called on Cardinal Sean O'Malley to put an end to the public fundraising.

"Its very disturbing to see a pastor publicly raising money for an accused priest. It will intimidate and silence anyone who has [been harmed]. They will fear they won't be believed," said Anne Barrett Doyle, the group's co-director.

Doyle said a parishioner contacted her to alert them about the fundraising efforts.

David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, joined Doyle in Roslindale and called Kelley's actions "callous."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Church apologizes for bulletin priest ‘ad’

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Richard Weir
Friday, March 30, 2012

Victim rights advocates are blasting the pastor of a Boston Catholic church for placing a blurb in a Sunday bulletin asking for donations to support a parish priest suspended last year over child sex abuse allegations.

“It is callous and risky and hurtful to publicly raise funds using church resources for an accused child molester,” said David Clohessy, head of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

“If anything, there should be a plea placed in the parish bulletin asking for anyone who may have seen or suspected or suffered his crimes to call police and get help.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Priest’s arraignment has been delayed

MONTANA
The Daily Inter Lake

An arraignment hearing for child pornography charges against the Rev. Rudolph “Rudy” Bullman of Risen Christ Parish was continued Thursday in Flathead District Court.

Bullman, 67, Kalispell, is charged with felony sexual abuse of children after investigators allegedly found pornographic images of children between 12 and 18 years old during a search of his computer. Knowingly possessing such material makes one guilty of sexual abuse of children under Montana law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Wife takes stand in priest sex abuse trial

STOCKTON (CA)
The Modesto Bee

By Ross Farrow
Lodi News-Sentinel

STOCKTON — The plaintiff's wife in the sexual assault trial of Catholic priest Michael Kelly broke down in tears this week as she testified about the time her husband told her he was sexually assaulted as a child.

The wife, whose name is not being disclosed in San Joaquin County Superior Court because her husband says he is a sexual assault victim, testified that her husband broke the news to her in 2006, when he was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. She met the plaintiff in 2000 and married him in 2002. They have two children.

The plaintiff, who grew up in Stockton and now lives in Fairfax, became angry and subject to panic attacks in recent years, his wife said during testimony Wednesday that lasted about 30 minutes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

‘Molested brothers waited too long’

CALIFORNIA
Pretoria News (South Africa)

March 30 2012
By LISA LEFF

California's highest court sided with Oakland's Roman Catholic bishop and refused on Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit brought by six brothers who allege they were molested by a priest during the 1970s.

The ruling could doom at least eight other pending cases involving decades-old clergy abuse claims.

The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the brothers had waited too long to bring their abuse claims involving the priest, Donald Broderson, who was forced to retire amid similar allegations in 1993 and died in 2010.

The state Legislature opened a one-year window for old clergy abuse complaints in 2003, and the men lost their chance to sue the diocese that hired Broderson as an associate pastor in Hayward when that timeframe ended, the court said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

March 29, 2012

Evergreen priest in child sex abuse case granted continuance

MONTANA
KAJ

EVERGREEN- A Catholic priest accused of child sex abuse was supposed to appear make his first court appearance Thursday but his attorney asked for a continuance before further court proceedings.

Rudolph Bullman was the Catholic priest at Risen Christ Parish in Evergreen for over 10 years.

Bullman sold a handheld gaming system that contained naked photos of boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Collar 'a difficult symbol' for Cork priests

IRELAND
The Cork News

Trainee priests are being warned that their collar may make them a target for verbal abuse, as increased public anger towards the Church has become an unfortunate modern-day reality of their job. Chiefs of the Diocese of Cork & Ross are hoping to breathe new life into the region's parishes by attracting new seminarians at their annual recruitment drive and information day for the priesthood tomorrow (Saturday).

Would-be clerics have been invited to find out first-hand the reality and sacrifices necessary for life in the priesthood from experienced churchmen at a gathering, organised by Bishop John Buckley to combat the dwindling number of priests and new vocations across the diocese's parishes.

Long-serving parish priests will also inform attendees of their own experiences of being at the receiving end of verbal assaults, triggered by the damning revelations in recent years of clerical abuse scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Court Rules Brothers Can't Sue Bishop For Alleged Sexual Abuse

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Appeal

The California Supreme Court today rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s.

The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred.

The brothers--Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry--were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Pedophile priest fondles 13-year-old girl in rectory

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

It was a job that she never applied for. Anne Margevicius was 13 years old when her mother accepted the position on Anne's behalf. Anne's mother went to Mass every day; sometimes twice a day. The only thing that mattered to Mom was that the church was in need.

Margeret, the parish cook at St. John of The Cross in Roslyn, had phlebitis, so she needed help serving meals to priests on weekends. Anne was the help. For a weekly salary of $5, Anne served dinner on Saturday nights to the priests in the rectory, and then she came back on Sunday mornings to serve breakfast.

Sunday mornings were the worst. That's when Father Albert T. Kostelnick waited at the end of a long mahogany table. The priest would hold the girl's hands in his, and make small talk. Meanwhile, the priest's hands would wander up to the girl's chest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

SEX ABUSE: Top Catholic priest calls for inquiry on assaults

AUSTRALIA
Geelong Advertiser

Mandy Squires | March 30th, 2012

GEELONG'S top Catholic priest has called for an independent inquiry into the church's treatment of sexual abuse complaints.

St Mary's parish priest Father Kevin Dillon yesterday said the church's moral authority had been "compromised to an extraordinary degree" by its failure to independently review the handling of sexual abuse claims.

"People from both within and outside the church are saying as long as you haven't got this right ... then why should we listen to anything else you say and that's fair comment," he said.

The church had a duty of care to the people who had suffered abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, teachers and carers to ensure the processes it had in place to handle complaints were just, transparent and compassionate, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Courts deal blow to sex abuse victims: victims respond

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 29, 2012

We are sorely disappointed that the California State Supreme Court did not agree with the legislative intent of the law and have now deprived many victims the right to use the civil courts for justice and accountability.

When California State Legislators wrote the law, they understood the devastation of child sexual abuse on a child and the community. They also knew that, according to studies and the US Department of Justice, it takes many victims 10, 20 or even 30 years to come forward and report. During that time, predators are still hurting children and communities have no warning of the danger.

One in four girls and one in eight boys are molested. So we must make it easier for victims to expose predators. In light of this tragic ruling, California lawmakers have to get busy revising predator-friendly laws so that more child molesters can be caught and jailed, so that our kids will be safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Court upholds time limit for clergy abuse claims

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

(03-29) 15:20 PDT San Francisco (AP) --

California's highest court has sided with Oakland's Roman Catholic Diocese and refused to reinstate a lawsuit brought by six brothers who allege they were molested by a priest during the 1970s.

The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday that the brothers had waited too long to bring their claims involving the now deceased priest, Donald Broderson, who was forced to retire amid similar allegations in 1993.

The state Legislature opened a one-year window for old clergy abuse complaints in 2003. But the brothers' lawyers contended the time limit should not apply to the men because they did not make the link between their problems and what happened to them as children until later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Group calls for all priest-abuse documents to be released

WEST BEND (WI)
Fox 6

March 29, 2012, by Myra Sanchick

WEST BEND — A group representing survivors of priest abuse is asking that the Milwaukee Archdiocese open all its documents relating to its investigations and recent depositions in court. This, on a day of reflection and remorse for the church.

For the second straight year, Archbishop Jerome Listecki began Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Mass of Atonement. The Mass involves the Archbishop lying down in front of the altar at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend Thursday, to symbolize humility as a church before God.

Also on Thursday, a group of victims’ advocates for those who have been abused by priests urged the Archbishop to release all documents regarding the cases they’ve investigated over the years. Some victims planned to join in Thursday’s Mass of Atonement.

Peter Isley with the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused By Priests says he will ask a judge to released these documents when the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case is heard next Thursday, April 5th. 570 people have filed claims against the Archdiocese, alleging they were abused by priests as children. “The people who need to be held responsible have not been held responsible. What you have in these documents is the truth. The gospel tells us that the truth shall set us free,” Isley said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

High Court Says Family Can't Sue Oakland Bishop for Alleged Sexual Abuse by Hayward Priest in 1970s

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Bay City News Service

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court today rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s.

The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred.

The brothers — Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry — were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007.

They alleged that the late Father Donald Broderson, who was associate pastor of the St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, sexually abused and molested them by grabbing, fondling and kissing them and engaging in other inappropriate conduct in 1972 and 1973.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

1in6 Thursday: What Does Supportive Look Like?

UNITED STATES
Joyful Heart Foundation

When 1in6’s founding Board member, Dr. David Lisak, and I were talking with a group of students and staff at Brown University recently, someone asked for ideas about how to best support a friend or family member who is coming to terms with unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.

We had just watched a powerful film, “Boys and Men Healing,” a portrayal of the lives of three courageous men (David being one of them) who were sexually abused as children and then, as adults, found healing for themselves and have since helped many others. The film also shows scenes from a support group of men who experienced abuse, beautifully highlighting the value of men finding a safe place to share their stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

Vatican Leaks Raise Questions Over Finances

VATICAN CITY
NPR

[with audio]

by Sylvia Poggioli

March 29, 2012

The Vatican has launched a rare criminal investigation to uncover who is behind leaks of highly sensitive documents that allege corruption and financial mismanagement in Vatican City.

The documents also shed light on purported infighting over the Vatican Bank's compliance with international money-laundering regulations.

A television show in late January on an independent network first revealed letters addressed last year to Pope Benedict XVI from the then-deputy governor of Vatican City, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

Vigano complained of corruption within the church and protested orders to remove him from his post and send him to be the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Washington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Catholic Diocese of Portland says audit finds it in compliance with child protection policie

MAINE
Bangor Daily News

Posted March 29, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has been found in compliance with the standards and effectiveness of its child protection policies and practices, according to a diocese statement released Thursday.

The external audit by StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, N.Y., examined the year ending June 30, 2011, and included visiting parishes and schools to make sure only personnel with clear background checks were working with the children, said Sue Bernard, diocese communications director, in the statement.

The audit was conducted as part of the diocese’s efforts to comply with the Bishops of the United States Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes mandates such as reporting allegations of sexual abuse of minors to civil authorities, thoroughly investigating complaints of abuse of minors in a timely manner, removing clergy or other church representatives who have sexually abused minors, abuse prevention training and background checks for church personnel and volunteers who work with minors, and outreach to victims and survivors of abuse.

Northampton County grand jury to investigate three homicide cases

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

By Nicole Radzievich", Of The Morning Call

4:41 p.m. EDT, March 29, 2012
A Northampton County grand jury will investigate three unsolved homicides and allegations of sexual misconduct involving a priest, District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday. ...

The grand jury will also be looking into possible criminal misconduct by the Rev. Cletus Onyegbule, a Catholic priest recently removed from his Berks County parish after acknowledging an inappropriate relationship with a woman. Authorities are trying to determine whether abused his position of authority at his former parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bethlehem Township, to groom the girl for a sexual relationship with him before she turned 18.

According to a source close to the investigation, a day after the girl's 18th birthday in February 2006, she consented to sex with Onyegbule while in the rectory office at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The source said the woman had an abortion in March 2006. County officials have not established the identity of the father, but the source said Onyegbule denied being the father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Priest Apologizes For Trying To Raise Funds For Accused Sex Abuser

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – A Roslindale priest has apologized after attempting to raise a legal defense fund for another priest accused of sexually abusing a child.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports

Monsignor Francis Kelley of Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale is apologizing for putting an item in the church bulletin urging financial support for Father John Mendicoa.

Kelley issued his apology and promised that it won’t happen again as advocates for children abused by priests went to Sacred Heart to protest.

David Clossey of the survivors network for those abused by priests says those who wish to support Mendicoa should do so privately, without any use of church resources.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER vs. CATHOLIC CHURCH

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

[NCR endorses call for a new sexual ethic]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an editorial featured on the website of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR):

It’s been obvious for a long time, but now it is official: the National Catholic Reporter rejects the teachings of the Catholic Church on sexuality. In an editorial titled, “NCR Endorses Call for a New Sexual Ethic,” it supports retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson’s plea for the Church to change its teachings on sexuality.

Bishop Robinson wrote a book a few years ago called Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church. Here is what the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said about it in 2010: “Catholics believe that the Church, founded by Christ, is endowed by him with a teaching office which endures through time. This is why the Church’s Magisterium teaches the truth authoritatively in the name of Christ. The book casts doubt upon these teachings. This leads in turn to the questioning of Catholic teaching on, among other things, the nature of Tradition, the inspiration of the Holy Scripture, the infallibility of the Councils and the Pope, the authority of the Creeds, the nature of the ministerial priesthood and central elements of the Church’s moral teachings.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Sex abuse victims angry over inquiry calls

AUSTRALIA
ABC South West Victoria

There is anger at comments made by a senior Melbourne Catholic priest who has joined calls for an inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse complaints in the Melbourne diocese.

Father Tony Kerin wants an independent inquiry but has told the ABC he does not think it will find "anything majorly untoward".

Judy Courtin represents men who were abused by convicted Christian Brothers and Catholic paedophiles in Ballarat in the 1960s and 70s.

She says the matter needs to handled by a Royal Commission and investigated much more broadly than one diocese of one church.

She says most victims are unhappy with the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

State Supreme Court rejects brothers bid to sue bishop over alleged abuse

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

KTVU And Wires

SAN FRANCISCO —

The California Supreme Court Thursday rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s.

The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred.

The brothers -- Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry --were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007.

They alleged that the late Father Donald Broderson, who was associate pastor of the St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, sexually abused and molested them by grabbing, fondling and kissing them and engaging in other inappropriate conduct in 1972 and 1973.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Pinoy priest indicted on child porn charges

UNITED STATES/PHILIPPINES
The Asian Journal

29 March 2012 11:14 Joseph Pimentel | AJPress Los Angeles

A ROMAN Catholic Filipino priest, who is believed to be hiding in the Philippines after being accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been officially indicted on those charges, according to the Worcester Telegram.

The Telegram reported a grand jury in Worcester County on Friday indicted Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny over $250.

Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Dongor, who is believed to have fled to the Philippines after being charged with possession of child pornography and stealing from his parish last year. Several Philippine media outlets have reported that Dongor has returned to his hometown of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, in October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Texas court dismisses Warren Jeffs’ appeal

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Lindsay Whitehurst
| The Salt Lake Tribune

A Texas appeals court dismissed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs’ appeal of his conviction on sexual assault of a child charges Thursday.

Jeffs is representing himself, but has done little to advance his case and missed two essential deadlines, according to a memorandum opinion handed down Thursday by the Third Court of Appeals.

Jeffs, 55, was convicted in August of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, who he took as polygamous wives. He fired his team of high-powered attorneys as the trial opened, and continued to represent himself on appeal.

The appeals court ruled Thursday that Jeffs had not taken first steps on his case: submitting a clerk’s record and reporter’s record that were due in December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

"Ein Täter-Schutzsystem"

DEUTSCHLAND
SR

[mit Video]

Verurteilte Pädophile im Priestereinsatz - erneut steht das Bistum Trier deswegen in der Kritik. Und nach Angaben der Opfer-Organisation "MissBit" soll es sogar noch weitaus mehr Fälle geben als bisher bekannt. Das Bistum kündigte nun an, die Leitlinien auf den Prüfstand zu stellen.

(29.03.2012) Geistliche, die trotz sexueller Übergriffe auf Kinder weiterhin in der Seelsorge eingesetzt werden - das sorgt seit Wochen im Saarland und bundesweit für Schlagzeilen. Jetzt wurde bekannt, dass ein vorbestrafter Priester im Nordsaarland ausgerechnet einen Gottesdienst mit Kindern gehalten hat.

Das Bistum Trier verteidigt den Einsatz verurteilter Straftäter und rechtfertigt ihn damit, dass die betroffenen Personen nicht so eingesetzt würden, dass Gefahr für Kinder bestehe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Faithless Ireland

IRELAND
Religion in the News (United States)

by Christine McCarthy McMorris

The afternoon was slowly winding down in Dublin last July 20 as the Dáil, Ireland’s lower House of Parliament, prepared to close for its summer break. Its last order of business was to debate a motion to “deplore” the Vatican’s role in the state’s fourth investigation of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church, this one involving 19 priests of the diocese of Cloyne in County Cork from 1996 to 2009.

Only a few lawmakers and members of the press were on hand when Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny opened the discussion not with the expected mild criticism but by declaring that the Cloyne Report “exposes an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic as little as three years ago. And in doing so, the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, and the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day.”

In an unequivocal declaration of independence, Kenny drew a line between Ireland’s past relationship with the Catholic church and its present:

“[T]his is not Rome. Nor is it industrial-school or Magdalene Ireland, where the swish of a soutane
smothered conscience and humanity and the swing of a thurible ruled the Irish-Catholic world.
“This is the Republic of Ireland 2011. A republic of laws.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Ballarat sex abuse victims welcome inquiry calls

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

BY TOM MCILROY

30 Mar, 2012

VICTIMS of paedophile Christian Brother Robert Charles Best have backed new calls for an independent inquiry into clergy sexual abuse in Ballarat and around Victoria.

As momentum gathers among clergy and victims’ advocates, a Melbourne lawyer preparing a class action against the Christian Brothers order said she had 45 people registered to take part.

The calls come a day after The Age reported that senior Melbourne Catholic clergy, including an adviser to Archbishop Denis Hart, have called for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints.

Father Tony Kerin said this week that he had told Archbishop Hart a review would clear the air after more than 300 compensation payouts and the conviction of 60 priests and members of religious orders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Silence and self-rule: Brooklyn's Orthodox child abuse cover-up

NEW YORK
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Zoë Blackler in New York
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 March 2012

When Mordechai discovered his mentally disabled child was being molested, he reported the crime to the police. A local man was arrested and charged with repeatedly raping the boy in their synagogue's ritual bath. When news of the arrest got back to their Brooklyn community, the neighbours launched a hate campaign. But the object of their anger wasn't the alleged perpetrator, Meir Dascalowitz, it was the abused boy's father.

For the last two years, Mordechai says he's been hounded by his community. "The minute this guy got arrested I started a new life, a life of hell, terror, threat, you name it." There were bogus calls to the fire department resulting in unwelcome late night visits, anonymous death threats, banishment from synagogue, even a plot to derail his move to a new apartment. "I lost my friends. I lost my family. Nobody in Williamsburg can talk to me. Nobody means nobody. We are so angry, so broken."

Mordechai's persecution is part of a widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse among Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jews. With echoes of the Catholic priest scandal, for decades rabbis have hushed up child sex crimes and fomented a culture in which victims are further victimised and abusers protected.

After the first claims of a cover-up surfaced in the mid 2000s, the rabbis' stance was outright denial – not only that crimes were being concealed, but of the very existence of ultra-Orthodox child molesters. In the years since, victim advocates and whistle-blower blogs have forced open the issue. Today, the religious leadership claims to co-operate with law enforcement. The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles Hynes, long vilified by advocates for his inaction, now cares to be seen to be prosecuting – though how enthusiastically is in dispute. And attitudes within the community have shifted marginally.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Blight in the Vineyard ...

UNITED STATES
Paul's Passing Thoughts

Blight in the Vineyard, and Clergy Sex Abuse: Some Initial Thoughts Provoked by John Immel’s Book

I am presently reading, “Blight in the Vineyard” by John Immel. One should probably read this book a couple of times before they review it (this isn’t the formal review), but my present understanding of the book has provoked some thoughts that are perhaps worth writing about. That’s because the book is very thought provoking. The subtitle is, “Exposing the Roots, Myths, and Emotional Torment of Spiritual Tyranny.”

Let’s face it: spiritual abuse; clergy sexual abuse; clergy manipulation; clergy intimidation; clergy control mania, and everyday spiritual tyranny is rampant in today’s church. Without hardly any effort at all I compiled the blogroll under “Abuse” in this website’s sidebar.

What’s going on? Obviously, something is. And John Immel offers a thesis concerning the root cause in his book. That’s important—endless discussions concerning symptoms will leave us all dressed up with nowhere to go. Immel outlines the historic philosophies that have led to the present spiritual tyranny of our day. And spiritual tyranny often comes with the unspoken clergy perk of selected concubines. Willing and unwilling. That’s my angle here; one of the symptoms of spiritual tyranny.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Report: Miss. Bar filing complaint against AG Hood

MISSISSIPPI
Legal Newsline

BY JOHN O'BRIEN

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Bar is reportedly filing a complaint against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reported Thursday that the Bar is expected to file a complaint over one of Hood's campaign ads from last year. The complaint would follow one filed in November by the lawyer for a man accused of killing a Catholic priest.

Jeremy Wayne Manieri was charged with robbing and killing the Rev. Ed Everitt of Hammond, La., in July. Manieri told police he shot Everitt after he woke up to find the priest fondling him. He has not been indicted by a grand jury.

In the commercial, Hood's campaign showed a photo of Manieri with a voiceover saying the attorney general's GOP opponent in last year's election, Steve Simpson, let a "child molester" out of jail and then the child molester "murdered a 70-year-old priest in cold blood."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Witness recalls gropings by priest in her teen years

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

She was a 13-year-old girl, fifth child of seven in a devout Catholic family in suburban Roslyn whose mother attended Mass once or twice daily.

But the girl dreaded Sunday mornings.

Not because of a crisis of faith but because she knew it would mean another morning of groping by the Rev. Albert T. Kostelnick.

The woman, now in her mid-50s, told a Philadelphia jury this morning about how Kostelnick, now retired, fondled her for two years as she worked in the rectory of St. John of the Cross church in Roslyn - and then did the same to two of her sisters who followed her into the job.

"I didn't know what to do," the woman told the Common Pleas Court jury. "I felt helpless and trapped. My parents expected me to work."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Prosecutors Of Philadelphia Priests Raise Decades Of Buried Abuse Cases

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the Philadelphia clergy sex abuse case has alleged a history of coverup and enabling by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (see related stories).

Today, as they built their case against Msgr. William Lynn and another priest, prosecutors presented evidence of similar actions by the archdiocese going back decades.

In one case dating back to the 1960s, prosecutors say, an alleged serial pedophile priest was allowed to remain in ministry for two decades after admitting his crimes.

Prosecution evidence alleges that Fr. Raymond Leneweaver repeatedly admitted to the archdiocese that he was having sex with boys at various times from the late ’60s to the late ’70s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

Oakland priest abuse ruling makes lawsuits more difficult

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.comcontracostatimes.com
Posted: 03/29/2012

The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it much tougher to bring new lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church over long-past instances of clergy abuse, barring a case against the Oakland diocese brought on behalf of six brothers who maintain a priest molested them during the 1970s.

In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that the statute of limitations barred the case because the brothers did not capitalize on a new one-year window to bring such old claims the Legislature set in 2002. The Legislature opened the door for suits against the church in response to a widening scandal over allegations of priests abusing children decades ago.

The Supreme Court case centered on the brothers who were in their 40s and 50s in 2006 when they linked their adult psychological problems to the abuse allegations. The brothers alleged in their lawsuit that they were molested as children by Donald Broderson, an Oakland priest who was forced to resign in 1993 as a result of abuse allegations. He died two years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Former St. Marys principal Father Marshall faces more legal action

CANADA
The Sault Star

By Mike Verdone The Sault Star

Legal action against Father William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall — a former St. Mary's College principal in Sault Ste. Marie from 1980-85 — began 10 years ago when a 46-year-old man filed suit in a Sudbury courtroom.

Nineteen people have come forward in Sudbury, Windsor, Toronto and Saskatoon since then, and Marshall has pleaded guilty to 17 charges of indecent assault.

He was sentenced in June 2011 to two years in prison, which he is serving in Kingston Penitentiary.

No victims are known to have come forward in the Sault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Victims call on Listecki to atone in court as well as special Mass

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

March 29, 2012

Hours before Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is scheduled to prostrate himself before the altar at a special Mass of Atonement for the church’s sins in the sex abuse crisis, victim advocates are calling on Listecki to show true remorse by agreeing to unseal documents and depositions in its bankruptcy case that lawyers say would shed light on the scope of the crisis in southeastern Wisconsin.

“Atonement, if it is genuine, means that you must first stop hurting victims right now and covering up right now,” victim-survivor Michael Sneesby, Milwaukee director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a statement.

SNAP said it would be emailing its request to Listecki, and members and that members and supporters would gather outside St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave. in West Bend before the 7 p.m. Mass.

A spokeswoman for the archdioceses did not immediately comment, saying she’d just received SNAP’s statement and hadn’t had a chance to read it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

'Priest snatched my baby but I never stopped searching'

IRELAND
Bray People

By MYLES BUCHANAN

Wednesday March 28 2012

A DAUGHTER and her father have been reunited 38 years after she was forcibly removed by the church from his home in Dublin.

Christy Cox and his daughter Wendy (Suzanne) Parle were torn apart from one another when Wendy was just three months old.

The pair spent decades trying to track one another down only to find out that they lived a mere 45-minute drive away from one another across the Wicklow Gap, with Wendy residing in Rathdrum and Christy in Dunlavin.

Wendy was placed up for adoption as a baby, without Christy's permission, after a priest called around to his family home in Crumlin and demanded the child be handed over.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Woman: At 13, 'helpless and trapped' at $5 rectory job with Philly priest who fondled

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Reporter

MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
First Posted: March 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia trial witness has described feeling "helpless and trapped" as a 13-year-old because a priest was fondling her at the rectory where she worked.

The woman says she was later told he was fondling her younger sisters. She earned $5 on weekends to cook for priests in about 1970.

She says she remains deeply wounded.

The woman is testifying on the fourth day of the child-endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

A Tale of Two Bishops

UNITED STATES
Catholic Sensibility

It all depends on whether they’re alive or dead. Mark Silk at RMS spells it all out, and it’s not pretty, by any definition:

At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William J. Lynn, whose job it was to oversee the archdiocese’s 800 priests, should not be held responsible for covering up abuse cases because his boss, the late Anthony Bevilacqua, was the “puppet master.” Meanwhile, at the sexual abuse hearing in Kansas City yesterday, counsel for the defense sought dismissal of the coverup indictment of Bishop Robert Finn on the grounds that Finn wasn’t the “designated reporter.”

Alive, you’re not the “designated reporter;” dead, you’re a “puppet master.” Alive, your defense goes after those puppets of anti-Catholicism … SNAP. Dead, and you get thrown under the bus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Admitted Predator Priest Kept in Philly Archdiocese

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By MARYCLAIRE DALE

| Thursday, Mar 29, 2012

Jurors in the Philadelphia priest-abuse trial are hearing about one of the most notorious priests named in a 2005 grand jury report.

Church documents show the priest admitted in the 1970s that he had sexually assaulted three eight-grade boys in one year alone. He remained in ministry through 1980, and taught Latin at a Main Line Philadelphia public school in 2004.

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping him and other accused predators in ministry.

Defense lawyers say Lynn, the secretary for clergy, took orders from the archbishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Movilh: El obispo de Santiago visita pedófilos, pero no tuvo palabras para Daniel Zamudio

CHILE
Cooperativa

El líder del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), Rolando Jiménez, criticó que la Iglesia Católica se de el tiempo para visitar a "un pedófilo y a un abusador" -en alusión al sacerdote Fernando Karadima- y que no se haya pronunciado sobre la agresión en contra de Daniel Zamudio, quien falleció este martes en la Posta Central.

Jiménez expuso que "tenemos la convicción de que el sacrificio de Daniel no va a ser en vano. El dolor de su familia no va a ser en vano. El se ha convertido en un símbolo de la lucha por la dignidad, por los derechos fundamentales de las personas que tenemos un orientación sexual distinta".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Aufklärung auf katholisch

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Von Anna Loll und Peter Wensierski

Vertuschung statt Aufdeckung: Schont ausgerechnet der Missbrauchsbeauftragte und Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann Kinderschänder? In seinem Bistum scheinen die Aufklärer zum Schweigen verdammt zu sein.

Pater Klaus Gorges öffnet die Tür zu seiner kleinen Einliegerwohnung mit der beeindruckenden Sammlung orthodoxer Ikonen. Der 56-Jährige trägt Priesterrobe mit steifem Kalkkragen und war stets ein frommer und folgsamer Diener der katholischen Kirche. Doch inzwischen ist er tief erschüttert über seine kirchlichen Oberen. Weil er versucht hat, in der Pfarrei St. Martin in Köllerbach im Bistum Trier drei Missbrauchsfälle aufzuklären.

Er ist entsetzt über seinen langjährigen Vorgesetzten und Dechanten, entsetzt über den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann und das ganze Ordinariat. Darum packte der konservative Pater seine ganze Enttäuschung dieser Tage in einen Brief an seine Kirchenoberen. Darin wirft er ihnen Vertuschung statt Aufklärung vor und fordert vom Bistum Trier, "endlich reinen Tisch zu machen".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Wenn Klöster mauern

OSTERREICH
Der Standard

Jutta Berger, 28. März 2012

Mutter Kirche beweist im Umgang mit straffällig gewordenen Söhnen Langmut. Nach Missbrauch ist in Klöstern Versetzungspolitik und Intransparenz üblich, wie zwei Fälle aus der Abtei Mehrerau zeigen

Bregenz - Über Fragen des Daseins lange nachzudenken, ist eine der Aufgaben von Kirchenmännern. Die Frage, wann und wie lange ein wegen Missbrauchs verurteilter Priester suspendiert wurde, scheint zu den ganz kniffligen zu gehören. Kassian Lauterer, Altabt der Bregenzer Abtei Mehrerau, brauchte zur Beantwortung neun Tage. Am 19. März teilte er den Medien mit, er habe "Pater J." 1982, nachdem er von den Eltern eines missbrauchten Schülers informiert worden war, "sofort aus dem Schuldienst entfernt, als Priester suspendiert und versetzt". Wie lange die Suspension dauerte, wollte er nicht sagen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Pädophiler Pfarrer feiert Gottesdienst mit Kindern

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Aufregung im nördlichen Saarland: Ein vor Jahren wegen sexueller Übergriffe verurteilter Geistlicher hat dort einen Gottesdienst mit Kommunionskindern zelebriert. Die Eltern der Kinder sind entsetzt.

Trotz anderslautender Auflagen hat ein pädophiler Pfarrer im Trierer Bistum einen Gottesdienst mit Kindern gefeiert.

Der vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer Bewährungsstrafe verurteilte Priester habe vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, bei dem Kommunionkinder vorgestellt worden seien, sagte eine Bistumssprecher am Donnerstag und bestätigte damit einen Bericht des „Trierischen Volksfreunds“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Glaubwürdigkeit hinterfragen

DEUTSCHLAND
domradio

[mit Video]

Die Verantwortlichen des Bistums Trier sehen sich erneut mit Vorwürfen zum Umgang mit pädophilen Priestern konfrontiert. In einer Gemeinde des Bistums soll ein Priester mit Kommunionkindern einen Gottesdienst gefeiert haben. Der Mann war vor 17 Jahren zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilt worden, weil er Mädchen sexuell missbraucht hatte. Im domradio.de-Interview nimmt der Sprecher des Bistums, Stephan Kronenburg, Stellung.

domradio.de: Schon vor diesem Fall war bekannt geworden, dass mindestens sieben pädophile Geistliche im Bistum Trier weiterhin beschäftigt sind. Die katholische Kirche hat inzwischen klare Auflagen, zum Beispiel, dass die Männer nicht in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit eingesetzt werden dürfen. Viele Eltern sind jetzt entrüstet, wie konnte es dennoch dazu kommen?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

Bishops in the Dock

UNITED STATES
Religion in the News

by Andrew Walsh
As the Catholic clerical sexual abuse scandal grinds into its fourth weary decade, the costs tote up: thousands of abused victims, about 700 predator priests removed from ministry, scores convicted of molestation of minors and other crimes, billions in legal settlements and costs, devastating grand jury reports about hierarchical collusion and cover up, and an unfathomable sum of heartbreak and shattered faith.

How goes the struggle to reform? Not so well, at least according to prosecutors in Kansas City and Philadelphia. In 2011, for the first time in American history, criminal indictments were pressed against high church officials for failing to report suspected child abuse and child endangerment. In both cases, the charges deal with administrative decisions made by church leaders in the recent past, not old cases dating decades back. Both trials are expected to begin this spring.

Why, despite the largest, longest scandal in the history of religion in America, are some Catholic bishops still struggling to evade or escape legal requirements that they automatically call the cops whenever clergy are accused of sexual misconduct?

One plausible answer is that old habits die hard. For the last 1,800 years, the Catholic Church has pretty much consistently argued that its bishops have the exclusive right to discipline their clergy, a standard that entered Roman law as early as 412, when the Emperor Theodosius II agreed that only bishops—and not imperial courts—should prosecute and punish clergy accused of crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

As Listecki seeks to “atone” this week...

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

As Listecki seeks to “atone” this week, his lawyers will fight victims next week to stop release of explosive new testimony

Victims will be asking Listecki before “Mass of Atonement” Thursday to “demonstrate genuine remorse” by dropping his opposition to unsealing depositions of Archbishop Weakland and Bishop Sklba next week

Recent court hearings reveal that at least 8,000 acts of childhood sexual assault and abuse occurred in archdiocese, by at least 100 never before identified alleged offenders

WHO
Victims of clergy sexual abuse, displaying childhood photos and candles in a makeshift memorial, will discuss before attending a “Mass of Atonement” conducted by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki a court motion filed in Federal Bankruptcy Court to make public new videotaped court testimony of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Bishop Richard Sklba. Both Weakland and Sklba were deposed for their extensive involvement in the cover up of thousands of child sex crimes by dozens of clerics for several decades. The motion will be heard on Thursday, April 4th. Victims will be asking Listecki, as a concrete sign of “genuine remorse and change,” to instruct his lawyers to withdraw the archdiocese opposition to the release of the depositions.

WHERE
Outside of St. Francis Cabrini Parish, 1025 S. 7th Avenue, West Bend

WHEN
Thursday, March 29h, 6:30 p.m. Mass of Atonement will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Philly Abuse Case Flip-Flop? Serious Doubt Emerges in Charges Against Accused Priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

For over a year, the media has whole-heartedly embraced and loudly trumpeted the graphic and shocking details of last year's high-profile Philadelphia grand jury report.

The report, which depicted stomach-turning allegations of depraved abuse and cover-ups by Catholic clergy, has served as the foundation for this week's highly watched trial.

The media has never so much as aired a peep of criticism or skepticism about the report or the criminal charges against the clergy – until now.

However, in a startling article this week at the start of the Philadelphia trial, Monica Yant Kinney at the Philadelphia Inquirer appears to be the first journalist in the United States to openly acknowledge that there may be serious credibility issues with the criminal charges in the current cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Bishop Lennon Says He's Not Yet Made a Decision on Reopening Churches

CLEVELAND (OH)
Cleveland Leader

By Julie Kent. Published on 03/28/2012

In a letter to be distributed this week at weekend masses, Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Dioceses says that the issue of reopening the 13 churches that were recently spared by the Vatican has yet to be resolved.

Earlier this month, the Vatican ruled that Bishop Lennon had improperly closed 13 churches in 2009. It was a decision that shocked many, including the lawyer representing the closed churches.

In the letter, Lennon says that the issue of reopening the churches "is not nearly as clear-cut as it may appear." He writes that there is no easy or perfection solution. Lennon says that hasn't made any decisions yet, but promises to respect church authority.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon still weighing whether to appeal Vatican decrees on Cleveland church closures

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --Bishop Richard Lennon said in a prepared statement today that he has not yet decided whether to appeal recent Vatican rulings that reversed his closings of 13 churches in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The bishop's statement comes two weeks after he officially received word from Rome that he did not follow church law or procedures when he closed the churches between 2009 and 2010.

The 13 churches -- out of 50 he closed in a finance-driven, diocesewide downsizing -- had appealed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, arguing they were self-sustaining communities that shouldn't be closed.

The Congregation issued decrees in favor of the churches and gave Lennon 60 days from March 14 to appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Cleveland Parishes Still Empty, Diocese Leader Responds

CLEVELAND (OH)
Fox 8

by Jennifer Jordan, updated on: 06:07pm, March 28, 2012

CLEVELAND — Several Catholic churches in our area are still empty nearly a month after the Vatican ruled they were wrongfully shutdown.

And now, the head of the Cleveland Diocese is speaking out for the first time.

Bishop Lennon did not speak on-camera, but sent out a letter addressing the latest decree from the Vatican on the closing of 13 parishes in our area.

In the letter, the Bishop Richard Lennon said he, members of the clergy and experts in church law are carefully looking into what he calls a “complex matter.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Bishop sends letter...

CLEVELAND (OH)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Bishop sends letter to parishes regarding status of Vatican decrees

the priests, deacons and parish life coordinators within the Diocese of Cleveland.

The letter is an update about the recent decrees from the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome regarding the closing of certain parishes.

Read the complete letter>

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Cleveland bishop analyzing Vatican rulings on church closings

OHIO
Akron Beacon Journal

[the bishop's letter]

By Colette Jenkins
Beacon Journal staff reporter
Published: March 28, 2012

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Richard G. Lennon has issued a letter to the more than 700,000 Catholics in the eight-county diocese to assure them that he is working on a response to Vatican rulings that upheld appeals from parishioners challenging the bishop’s orders to close 13 parishes.

Lennon received documents from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy on March 14, a week after Peter Borre, a Boston activist who has fought the closing of churches in the Cleveland diocese, told the Associated Press that the Congregation of the Clergy had ruled Lennon did not follow proper procedures in closing the 13 parishes.

While Borre and other critics of the closings have interpreted the documents to say that the bishop’s mandates to shutter the parishes have been overturned, diocesan officials say the documents must be analyzed before they can reach that conclusion.

“The language in the decrees is being carefully studied to see what is being said by the Vatican,” said Robert Tayek, spokesman for the diocese. “This is pretty new territory. We can’t find a precedence for it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Paedophiles 'groom' children for sex online in just eight minutes

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Independent

By Andrew Hough

Thursday March 29 2012

PAEDOPHILES can "groom" children for sex through the internet in as little as eight minutes, a study has concluded.

In a new warning for parents, criminologists discovered that online predators are exploiting an array of techniques to “break the ice” with children aged as young as 12.

The Middlesex University, London, study found that within less than three minutes of web-based chatting, sex offenders “cut to the chase” and turn the conversation to sexual-related topics.

The four-year study, published on Wednesday, found that just five minutes later a bond was formed with the child as predators maintain a calm and innocent atmosphere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Judge upholds lower court’s decision in clergy - penitent privilege case

MICHIGAN
The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

By Staff reports
The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Posted Mar 28, 2012

IONIA, Mich. —

After hearing oral arguments from the prosecution and defense, Eighth Circuit Court Judge Susanne Hoseth Kreeger agreed with the district court’s decision for Prominski to not face charges for failure to report in a suspected child abuse case in 2009.

“The circumstances that Prominski was presented with were unique,” said Kreeger. “(The victim’s mother) was seeking guidance. There was that expectation for privilege.”

After Kreeger stated her decision, those present in the courtroom started cheering. Supporters made their way to hug and shake hands with Prominski as they exited the courtroom.

“The people here are wonderful,” said Prominski, adding he was surprised by the amount of people who came to show support. “You can’t live in fear when doing God’s calling. Doing good for God and the people of the community, that is what I am called to do. You can’t minister in fear.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Judge: Minister OK To Not Report Suspected Abuse

MICHIGAN
CBS Detroit

IONIA (WWJ/AP) – A judge has ruled a western Michigan minister was not obligated to report to authorities when a woman told him she suspected her husband of sexually abusing her children.

Ionia Circuit Judge Susanne Hoseth Kreeger has upheld a district court judge’s decision dismissing a misdemeanor charge against the Rev. John Prominski of Resurrection Life Church.

Kreeger said the minister was protected by penitent privilege.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Judge: Pastor covered by privilege

MICHIGAN
WOOD

By Dani Carlson

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) - An Ionia County circuit court judge said a pastor who invoked clergy-penitent privilege was within his rights when he did not report suspicions of a man molesting his stepchildren to authorities.

Dozens of members of Prominski's church packed the Ionia County circuit courtroom Wednesday morning to show support for the pastor. They erupted in applause and cheers when Judge Suzanne Kreeger announced her decision.

"Our church has grown to know each other and to love each other and to love our pastor and, you know, we love him so much that we wanted to come and support him," said church member Greg Saurbeck, one of the men who turned out Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Walkersville man gets 4 years for child sex abuse

MARYLAND
News-Post

By Cara R. Anthony
News-Post Staff

A Walkersville resident and former pastor was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but four suspended Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in February 2010, according to State's Attorney Charlie Smith.

Joe Nix Ivey, 74, will serve at least four years of the sentence ordered by Judge G. Edward Dwyer. Ivey pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense on Feb. 7 in Frederick County Circuit Court.

During an investigation, Ivey told the girl that what happened was between "you, me and God" and that she shouldn't tell anyone about it, according to charging documents in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

PASTOR-SEX ABUSE

FREDERICK (MD)
ABC 27

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The former pastor of a Montgomery County church is going to prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Seventy-4-year-old Joe Ivey of Walkersville was sentenced Wednesday in Frederick to four years, with another 16 suspended.

The former senior pastor of the Barnesville Baptist Church pleaded guilty last month to second-degree sex offense. He allegedly abused the girl in February 2010 while she visited his home.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Ivey must register as sex offender after his release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Abuse support urges Church do more to help victims

PROVIDENCE (RI)
WPRO

A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is calling on the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence to reach out to potential abuse victims who may have attended a Warwick parochial high school.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says two brothers who worked at Bishop Hendricken High School have been 'credibly accused' of abuse, and a judge in the bankruptcy filing of their Irish Christian Brothers order has set a deadline of August 1, 2012 for abuse victims to come forward to seek justice and compensation.

"A judge has given victims an August first deadline, by which they must come forward and seek justice and expose predators or else they're left out in the cold," said David Clohessy, Executive Director of the St. Louis, Missouri based SNAP.

"We obviously believe that the bishop should err on the side of openness and transparency and child safety, and reach out to anybody who either saw, suspected or suffered any crimes," said Clohessy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Lawsuits launched against jailed priest

CANADA
CTV

Emily Senger, ctvtoronto.ca

Date: Wednesday Mar. 28, 2012

Four Sudbury men are launching civil lawsuits against a priest and former Catholic schoolteacher who has already pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault.

Father William Hodgson Marshall, who is now approaching his 90s, is currently serving a two-year prison term for the abuse of 17 young people between the 1950s and 1980s, crimes to which he pleaded guilty.

At least one of those incidents of abuse occurred at St. Michael's College School in Toronto in the 1950s.

On Wednesday, four more men stepped forward at a press conference in Sudbury, alleging abuse at the hands of the man who was their Grade 9 teacher at St. Charles College in Sudbury in the '60s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 AM

Former Palma student alleges abuse by priest; documents show history of suspicions about teacher

CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

[with documents]

By JULIA REYNOLDS
Herald Staff Writer
montereyherald.com
Posted: 03/28/2012

A former Palma High School student filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, a former Palma teacher, of molesting him on a school trip in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, in another court case, copies of letters from and about Funcheon indicate a long history of suspicions about the Catholic priest, who taught at the Salinas school during the 1984-85 school year.

Named in the new lawsuit, filed in a Minnesota court, are Palma High School, Funcheon and the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, a Catholic order also known as the Crosiers, which at the time had headquarters in Minnesota. Funcheon was a member of the order, which is not affiliated with Palma.

The complaint alleges that Chris Spedden, now in his early 40s and living out of the area, was 13 when he was molested while on a ski trip to Bend, Ore., a trip chaperoned by Funcheon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

Mass is said as penance for harm done to abuse victims

PORTLAND (ME)
The Portland Press Herald

The leader of Maine's Roman Catholics held a day of prayer and penance Wednesday for harm done to the victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone celebrated the annual Mass of prayer and penance, first held in 2002, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Malone said he hopes through prayer and reflection that Catholics can become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

Priest's S&M vid fetish kept secret from pastor

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

BY JOHN P. MARTIN & JOSEPH A. SLOBODZIAN
Inquirer Staff Writers

A HAVERTOWN pastor testified Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sent a priest to his parish in 2002 without telling him that the man had been caught with gay sadomasochistic videos and a sexually graphic love letter he'd written to a seventh-grade boy.

The Rev. Henry McKee, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, said that nearly three years passed before he learned of the Rev. Michael Murtha's background.

"It was the last two to three weeks he was there," McKee told a Common Pleas Court jury.

McKee was one of four priests who testified Wednesday as prosecutors sought to show how Msgr. William J. Lynn and other church leaders shuffled and protected priests suspected of sexual misconduct or abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

March 28, 2012

Victim’s Father Determined To Break Cycle Of Abuse In Brooklyn’s Hasidic, Orthodox Communities

NEW YORK
CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The issue of child sexual abuse cuts across all ethnic and religious lines.

But some say in the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, the problem is compounded by religious taboos that make reporting abusers to police very rare.

They say it is a secret and that children continue to suffer.

Mordechai Jungreis said he was victimized twice — once when his son was sexually abused by a member of the community and again when he was shunned trying to get him help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Archdiocese Priest Writes Love Letter to Seventh-Grade Boy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Father Joseph Okonski had a pained look on his face. The veteran priest was telling a jury how back in 1995, he walked into the bedroom of his rectory roommate, Father Michael Murtha, and discovered a trove of pornographic magazines and videos.

"Certainly, I was disturbed by it," the priest told the jury Wednesday. The porn was being mailed to the rectory of St. Anselm's Church in Northeast Philadelphia in plan wrappers. The priest played one video. "It was sado-masochistic male-on-male pornography," he testified.

The priest reported the porn to the pastor of St. Anselm's, but he didn't do anything about it, Father Okonski told the jury. Then, Father Okonski made a second visit to Father Murtha's bedroom and discovered in a closet a love letter Father Murtha had written to a seventh-grader named Drew.

"Dear Drew," Father Murtha wrote. "You are so cute ... would you like it if I sucked your dick? I bet you would." In the letter, which was displayed to the jury, Father Murtha told the seventh grader that he wanted to kiss his nipples and spank "his cute ass." The priest told the seventh-grader that if he decided to take the priest up on his offer of fellatio, he should leave a letter behind the bulletin board where the parish school advertised the student of the week.

The letter from the archdiocese priest was signed, your "secret lover."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Clergy call for inquiry into sexual abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Alison Caldwell

Updated March 29, 2012

Senior clergy in Melbourne's Catholic Church say there is a groundswell of support in their ranks for an independent inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse complaints.

Among those supporting calls for an independent inquiry is the Archbishop's adviser on sexual abuse issues.

Father Tony Kerin, the Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, says an independent inquiry would be costly but it would help.

Along with several other priests, he has recently been meeting with victims of sexual abuse through a victim's advocacy group.

"I would say there is growing appreciation among the clergy of the seriousness and significance of this problem of church sexual abuse," Father Kerin said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Lawyers appeal for other Sudbury victims of Father Marshall to come forward

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

By Carol Mulligan/The Sudbury Star

The sexual abuse of students decades ago at St. Charles College by a Roman Catholic priest is "the white elephant in the room in Sudbury" and must be aired publicly, says the lawyer representing victims of the disgraced clergyman.

Father William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall, 89, is serving two years in Kingston Penitentiary after pleading guilty in June 2011 to 17 charges of indecent assault, six involving Sudbury men.

Some of those men are now seeking justice from authorities they say knew about the abuse they were subjected to and did nothing to stop it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Diocese clams up as questions remain on status of Gerald Riva investigation, priest polici

WOODRIDGE (IL)
Woodbridge Reporter

By David Heitz, dheitz@mysuburbanlife.com
Woodridge Reporter

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Woodridge, IL —

In the days following the early departure of one of its pastors after a 20-year-old public indecency charge came to light, the Diocese of Joliet has refused to answer remaining questions.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Rev. Gerald Riva left St. Scholastica Roman Catholic Church in Woodridge after a 13-year tenure there as a priest and pastor. His retirement came three months earlier than scheduled and just days after his 1992 arrest and subsequent guilty plea on misdemeanor public indecency charge came to light.

The diocese initially said it had launched an investigation into the incident in 1992, in which a plain-clothed DuPage County Forest Preserve Police officer arrested Riva for masturbating and grabbing the male officer’s genitals

Altar Boy Stalked By Pedophile Priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

A former altar boy told a jury Wednesday how he was stalked by a pedophile priest.

Daniel J. Guida, 36, took the witness stand to testify in the Catholic sex abuse trial. Guida told the jury how back in 1991, when he was a 15-year-old sophomore at Bishop John Neumann High School, he was in a book store browsing through gay pornographic magazines when he realized he was being watched.

Guida described hismelf as a "tiny" five-foot-one, 110-pound kid "with big hair and a moustache" who was wearing his Bishop Neumann jacket. Father Francis X. Trauger was at least 6-foot-3, Guida testified, dressed in black, but not wearing a collar.

"He taps me on the shoulder and confronts me," Guida recalled. He had a half-dozen mags rolled up in his hand. "What are you buying?" the priest wanted to know. "I just have some magazines," Guida recalled saying.

"I know what you have, let me see the magazines," Guida quoted the priest as saying. The priest grabbed the magazines from Guida and browsed through them. He handed the mags back to Guida and asked the boy his name. Guida refused to answer. The priest asked Guida what school he went to. When Guida again refused to answer, the priest reminded him, "It's on your jacket."

"Don't worry, I'll find you," the priest said, before he left.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Grand Jury indicts Fr. Dongor

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

Posted By The Catholic Free Press
March 28, 2012

A Worcester County grand jury indicted Father Lowe B. Dongor Friday on charges of possessing child pornography and larceny of more than $250.

Father Dongor, 36, is believed to have fled the country, possibly to the Philippines, his family home.

State Police charge that he admitted stealing “$40 or $50” at various times from St. Joseph’s Parish in Fitchburg, where he was serving as associate pastor, and sending the money home to his family. State Police also said one of his computers contained pictures of 10- or 11-year-old girls in various states of undress.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued and, if he is returned to Massachusetts he will be prosecuted, said Timothy J. Connelly, spokesman for the District Attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

Another Lay Review Board Thrown Under The Bus …

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 28, 2012 in Clergy Abuse Crisis

Serve on a Diocese lay review board, and you can go to jail. Or at least that’s what Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn says.

Bishop Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are each being charged with one misdemeanor of failure to report suspected child abuse. The charges stem from the case of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, a priest in the diocese who now faces 13 federal counts of child pornography. According to legal accounts, whistleblowers, and media reports, Bishop Finn knew about Ratigan’s suspicious behavior for at least a year, possibly more, and sat on Ratigan’s child pornography collection for six months before turning it over to the police.

Finn also didn’t inform his own lay review board until six months after Finn learned of the pornography and a month AFTER he finally notified the police. This is a year after the school principal wrote Finn a detailed letter outlining Ratigan’s suspicious behavior, including the fact that parents had found toys in his house and children’s underwear in his bushes.

The lay review board learned about the principal’s letter in the media. Not from Finn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Victims of sexual abuse step forward, encourage others to follow suit

CANADA
Sudbury Northern Life

By: Laurel Myers - Sudbury Northern Life Staff

Robert Talach said it's time society stopped turning a blind eye to the past and stepped up to bring justice to fruition.

The litigation lawyer with Ledroit Beckett addressed local media March 28 at the Radisson Hotel regarding the commencement of four new civil lawsuits against Father William Hodgson Marshall, a man found guilty of sexual abuse against a long list of his former students.

Also named in the lawsuit are the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro, all being either employers or supervisors of Marshall during the time of the crimes.

Marshall, also referred to as "Happy Hands" by former victims, was convicted and sentenced in June 2011 for the sexual abuse of 17 young people while he was serving as a Roman Catholic priest and educator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial: Rev. Francis Trauger Stalked Boy, Witness Says

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Huffington Post

By Michael McLaughlin | Posted: 03/28/2012

Msgr. William Lynn is on trial for allegedly not informing law enforcement officials about suspected cases of sexual abuse by clergymen.

In a far-reaching sex crimes coverup trial underway in Philadelphia, a former Catholic high school student testified today that a priest stalked him, locked him in a school conference room and ordered him to unzip his pants.

The student -- now a 36-year-old man -- said loud banging on the locked door halted the priest, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The explosive testimony came on the third day of a historic trial against two Roman Catholic priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese. The Rev. James Brennan is accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Monsignor William Lynn is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for covering up cases of molestation and abuse by members of the clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Abuse victim testifies in Philadelphia church trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
RI NPR

(2012-03-28)
(Reuters) -
By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The jury in the Philadelphia Archdiocese pedophilia case on Wednesday got a look at the lurid lives of priests that were allegedly ignored by a top church official now on trial for child endangerment.

Testimony by a former altar boy who said he was abused and by a priest who stumbled upon his fellow clergy's misdeeds came during the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior church official to go to trial in the child sex abuse case rocking the Roman Catholic Church.

Lynn, 61, who served as secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests, many of whom were simply transferred to unsuspecting parishes.

Lynn, who was effectively the archdiocese's personnel director, said he tried to expose suspect priests by giving a list of their names to Bevilacqua but his boss ordered the paperwork shredded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

PA trial: Priests struggled with 'sexual sobriety'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Sun News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- A string of Roman Catholic priests testified Wednesday in a landmark clergy-abuse case, saying they reported fellow priests to the archdiocese after finding them with pornography or in unhealthy relationships with children.

The priests, uncomfortably, are prosecution witnesses in the trial of a longtime supervisor in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Monsignor William Lynn. The former secretary for clergy is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church cover up abuse complaints.

The Rev. Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found pornographic magazines and videos, and a sexually explicit letter to a seventh-grade boy, in another priest's bedroom in 1995.

The graphic letter, which purported to be from a classmate, asked if the boy wanted oral sex. The author said he fantasized about seeing the boy getting spanked by his father. The boy was told to write "Yes" on a bulletin board at the parish school if he wanted to engage in sex acts with his "secret lover."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Priest Finds Porn, Lewd Letter in Rectory

By MARYCLAIRE DALE

| Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 | Updated 3:53 PM

Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, including one who said Wednesday that he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory.

The priests are prosecution witnesses in the trial of a longtime supervisor in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Monsignor William Lynn. The former secretary for clergy is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church cover up abuse complaints.

The Rev. Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found a box of pornographic magazines and videos in another priest's bedroom in 1995.

Okonski said he informed his pastor, who did nothing. But he soon called an archdiocesan official after finding the sexually explicit letter to a seventh-grade boy, which purported to be from a classmate and asked if the boy wanted oral sex.

"You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade,'' the typed letter said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Bishop: Total re-examination of Catholic faith, culture needed

CHICAGO (IL)
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 28, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

CHICAGO -- The roots of the decades-long clergy sex abuse scandal lie not in any set of rules or practices, but are found deep in the culture of the church itself, retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson said Wednesday in a wide-ranging talk at the historic Newberry Library in downtown Chicago.

The "major fault" of the church in the scandal, Robinson said, is that it "refuses to look at any teaching, law, practice or even attitude of the church itself as in any way contributing" to the crisis.

"In studying abuse, we must be free to follow the argument wherever it leads rather than impose in advance the limitation that our study must not demand change in any teaching or law," he continued. "We must admit that there might be elements of the 'Catholic culture' that have contributed either to the abuse or to the poor response to abuse.'"

Peppering his talk with personal stories of bishops and priests, Robinson spoke of 12 areas of Catholic culture he said deserved "serious consideration" for their role in contributing to the abuse crisis, including our understanding of God as a being who is frequently angry and a hierarchy that is prone to a "culture of obsessive secrecy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Pädophiler Priester feierte Gottesdienst mit Kindern

DEUTSCHLAND
SWR

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche, Triers Bischof Stephan Ackermann, steht erneut wegen der Beschäftigung eines pädophilen Priesters in der Kritik. Ein wegen sexueller Übergriffe zu einer Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Geistlicher soll einen Gottesdienst mit Kinder gehalten haben.

Das berichtet der "Trierische Volksfreund" (Donnerstagausgabe). Dem Bericht zufolge verböten die Regeln der Kirche dies jedoch. Als pädophil bekannte Priester dürften nicht mit Minderjährigen arbeiten. Die geistliche Leiterin der katholische Jugendorganisation KSJ, Jutta Lehnert, forderte Konsequenzen. "Priester, die straffällig geworden sind, gehören nicht mehr in die Seelsorge", sagte sie der Zeitung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Pädophiler Priester hielt Messe mit Kommunionkindern

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbrucker Zeitung

Trier. Viele Eltern einer Gemeinde im Nordsaarland sind entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hat vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden (Veröffentlicht am 28.03.2012)

Trier. Viele Eltern einer Gemeinde im Nordsaarland sind entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hat vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden. Das habe im Nachhinein für "viel Unruhe in der Bevölkerung" gesorgt, sagte der Bürgermeister der Gemeinde dem "Trierischen Volksfreund", in deren Kirche die Messe gehalten wurde.

Zuvor war bekannt geworden, dass der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann mindestens sieben pädophile Geistliche beschäftigt. Dafür gibt es Auflagen, etwa dass die Männer nicht in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit eingesetzt werden dürfen. Dies sei in der Praxis kaum zu überprüfen, wie die geistliche Leiterin der katholische Jugendorganisation KSJ, Jutta Lehnert, sagt. Sie sieht nur eine sinnvolle Konsequenz: "Priester, die straffällig geworden sind, gehören nicht mehr in die Seelsorge." Diese Forderung erheben auch Opferorganisationen sowie die von haupt- und ehrenamtlichen Kirchenmitarbeitern gegründete Saarbrücker Initiative. In der betroffenen Gemeinde gab es am Dienstagabend eine Krisensitzung von Pfarreienrat und Seelsorgeteam. "Es war kontrovers, aber sachlich", berichteten Teilnehmer. Der betroffene Geistliche war nicht dabei.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Bistum bekommt ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Bistum bekommt Problem mit pädophilen Priestern nicht in den Griff

Der Trierer Bischof und Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche, Stephan Ackermann, steht abermals in der Kritik. Pädophile Priester dürfen nach den Regeln der Kirche nicht mit Minderjährigen arbeiten. Aber dies geschah kürzlich in einer Kirche in Ackermanns Bistum.

Über diesen erst zweieinhalb Wochen zurückliegenden Vorfall in einer nordsaarländischen Gemeinde sind viele Eltern entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hielt einen Gottesdienst, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Nouveau scandale de prêtres pédophiles en Allemagne

ALLEMAGNE
Le Monde (France)

Par Frédéric Lemaître

L'église catholique allemande est au cœur d'une nouvelle polémique en raison de son laxisme à l'égard de prêtres pédophiles. L'hebdomadaire Der Spiegel (du 19 mars) révèle qu'au moins sept prêtres pédophiles continuent d'exercer dans le diocèse de Trêves. Celui-ci présente pourtant une particularité : c'est justement à l'évêque de Trêves, Stephan Ackermann, que la conférence épiscopale allemande a confié la gestion de ce délicat dossier.

Circonstance aggravante : dans le cadre de ces fonctions, Stephan Ackermann parle de "tolérance zéro" à l'égard des prêtres pédophiles. Or, selon le Spiegel qui s'appuie sur les travaux d'un historien et les témoignages de catholiques mis en ligne sur deux sites Internet (MissBiT, Schafsbrief), ce principe est loin d'être en vigueur dans l'évêché. Trois prêtres -un responsable d'internat qui avait contraint un élève à avoir des relations sexuelles et deux autres prêtres chez qui l'on a trouvé des films pédopornographiques- ont été condamnés par la justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Vom Acker und dem Ackermännchen

DEUTSCHLAND
The European

Was in der Politik von rechts nach links diskutiert wird, kann analog auf die Kirche angewandt werden. In 500 Jahren seit der Glaubensspaltung hat sie Grundlegendes nicht geändert. Hatten die Reformatoren doch recht?

Das Reich Gottes, so hören wir bei Jesus, ist wie ein Acker, in dem ein Schatz gefunden wird. Der Vorbote dieses Reiches Gottes ist die Kirche. Die katholische Kirche. Hat sie vielleicht auch ein paar Schätze im Acker? In Deutschland: Im Moment keine. Die Kirche hat hier keinen Acker anzubieten, sondern einen Ackermann. Er ist Bischof von Trier und hat den Auftrag der Bischofskonferenz angenommen, die Missbrauchsskandale in der Kirche aufzuklären und neue zu verhindern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Controversy erupts around ‘Standing Silent’ documentary

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Emily Wax

A controversy erupted this week over “Standing Silent”, a documentary film about sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community, reported the JTA, a news service that covers the Jewish world.

It all started in September, when L.A.Jewish Film Festival chief Hilary Helstein wrote an email to other Jewish film festival directors warning about the danger of showing “Standing Silent,” and saying that while it was well made, “Our committee felt with a community that reveres it’s [sic] rabbis this was not something they wanted to show.”

That email was not made public until last week during a March 20 screening of the film in Hartford. Steve Shaw, a member of the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, showed the film’s producer, Scott Rosenfelt, a copy of the Helstein email. Shaw wanted to use it during a Q and A session after the film to demonstrate that,“our rabbis in West Hartford not only endorsed showing the film, but they actually sponsored the entire evening,” Shaw said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post.

“I read a quote from the email at the Q and A to show that the response in other communities had not been as welcoming,” Shaw said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Damaging Evidence Presented In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial

PHILADLEPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the clergy abuse case presented disturbing evidence Wednesday as it tries to make its case that defendant Monsignor William Lynn was part of a decades long conspiracy to protect predator priests while endangering children.

The priests from these old cases have not been charged.

A man testified he was targeted on the street. A priest in civilian clothes spotted him buying pornography as a teen in 1991, noted his Bishop Neumann High School jacket, and then tracked him down to the school, pulled him from class and then molested him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Press Release

MASSACHUSETTS
Voice from the Desert

Hunger Strike for Justice by Clergy Abuse Survivor to Continue: Days 4, 5, and 6 of the Hunger Strike will be at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Contact:
Kevin O’Connor, 434-327-6543
Mark Lyman 518-852-7295

A victim of clergy sexual abuse by a Jesuit priest began a Hunger Strike for Justice on March 25, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. It began there because the victim, although abused by a Jesuit priest, was badly treated by Cardinal O’Malley when she told him about Jesuit non-responsiveness. The Cardinal said the Archdiocese would not get involved because “the Jesuits are working it out with you”. This was false. The victim was sexually assaulted on a study abroad program sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross in 1983.

She tried to report it the same year, but the college did nothing about it. She made several other attempts to report it over the next ten years, but the abuser remained in ministry and teaching. In 2003, the Jesuit abuser was finally removed from ministry and teaching and banned from ministry and teaching forever. The abuser’s family immediately began to harass the victim, because the Jesuits had provided her name. In 2006, the Jesuit abuser breached the ban on ministry; he was on the staff of a parish in Berlin, Germany. He also taught at Georgetown and Fordham. The victim learned this in 2009 after she googled the abuser’s name.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Group calls on hospital to find victims of abuse

HARTFORD (CT)
WFSB

[with video]

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Members from SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is asking Hartford Hospital to reach out to potential victims of Father Ivan Ferguson, who is accused of child abuse.

Feruguson, who worked at Northwest Catholic, was transferred to Hartford Hospital in the 1980s by the Archdiocese, where many said the abuse continued.

In Waterbury, Father Raymond Paul is accused of abusing children during his two year tenure as Chaplain at Saint Mary's Hospital during the 1970s. Before that, he was accused of abuse while presiding over Saint Thomas Church.

"We believe that it's just really tragic how Catholic officials take accused priests out of a parish or school and put them in a hospital where kids are even more vulnerable," said David Clohessy, the director of SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Priest: Found porn, lewd letter to boy in rectory

PHILADLEPHIA (PA)
The Seattle Times

Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, and one says he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory.

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA —
Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, and one says he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory.

The priests are prosecution witnesses in the trial of the longtime secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese. Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church hide abuse complaints.

Father Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found a box of pornographic magazines and videos in another priest's room in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bishop in Ohio says no decision yet on re-opening Cleveland Diocese churches spared by Vatican

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: March 28, 2012

CLEVELAND — Parishioners of 13 northeast Ohio churches closed by the bishop but spared by the Vatican must wait to find out if they will re-open.

Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon said in a letter to be distributed at weekend Masses that the issue of re-opening the churches "is not nearly as clear-cut as it may appear."

He says there is no easy or perfect solution and he hasn't made any decisions. He pledges to respect church authority.

Two weeks ago a Vatican office took the extraordinary step of ordering the churches re-opened. The Congregation for the Clergy ruled that Lennon failed to follow church law and procedure in the closings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Bishop Finn bobs and weaves

KANSAS CITY (MO)
dotCommonweal

March 28, 2012

Posted by David Gibson

This is not going to end well, even if Bishop Finn gets off. Coverage of a motion to dismiss, via Reuters:

In a preview to the upcoming trial of Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a lawyer for Finn asked Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence to dismiss the charge against him because he said there was another Diocese official who should have reported the priest to police.

“Bishop Finn had no statutory duty to report. We believe that this is clear,” said attorney J.R. Hobbs in arguing for Judge Torrence to dismiss the case against Finn. ...

Finn’s lawyers argue that Monsignor Robert Murphy was the “designated reporters” so Bp. Finn did not have the technical legal responsibility. Perhaps that argument could work legally, and the bishop has hired a team of the best lawyers in the state. But will that fly in the court of public opinion?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Witness recalls being stalked by priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A former student at a Catholic high school in South Philadelphia today described how an Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest stalked him, had him removed from a class, locked him in a conference room, touched his leg and pressed him to talk about homosexuality.

"I told you I'd find you," the Rev. Francis Trauger allegedly told the boy, then 15.

The priest ordered the boy to kneel and unzip his pants, but the forced encounter abruptly ended when a faculty member began banging on the door, the student said.

Now 36, the man was the second witness to testify at the conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial of two archdiocesan priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Blog Covers Priest Abuse Trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

March 28, 2012 by Susan Matthews

There’s a new blog in town and it’s worth a daily visit: The Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog – by Ralph Cipriano.

Cipriano was a religion reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer during the early 90s while I was an editor at The Catholic Standard and Times. I was impressed at his willingness to report on the late Cardinal Bevilacqua’s Machiavellian style of leadership back in the day. He is currently a freelancer for National Catholic Reporter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

War on Catholics

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service - Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk|Mar 28, 2012

At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William J. Lynn, whose job it was to oversee the archdiocese's 800 priests, should not be held responsible for covering up abuse cases because his boss, the late Anthony Bevilacqua, was the "puppet master." Meanwhile, at the sexual abuse hearing in Kansas City yesterday, counsel for the defense sought dismissal of the coverup indictment of Bishop Robert Finn on the grounds that Finn wasn't the "designated reporter."

Lawyers do what lawyers are paid to do, of course, and in these cases it is to get their clients off the criminal hook. But it's hard to imagine a better way to drive Catholics further away from the church than by such denials and shifting of responsibility. Sure, over the past decade many apologies have been made and new rules and vetting procedures put in place. What's clear from Philadelphia and Kansas City, however, is that when push comes to shove, the apologies can turn out to be lip service and the rules are honored in the breach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Parents say school failed to protect children in inmate pen-pal project

HOUSTON (TX)
Click2Houston

[with video]

Author: Ryan Korsgard

HOUSTON -
A Houston family sued the Trinity Lutheran School claiming the school and its administrators failed to protect students as a teacher allowed students to correspond with a now convicted child molester.

"Just disbelief over the whole situation," said the mother, who asked that her identity not be revealed.

She said her 10-year-old son was corresponding with Rickey Rea Rowlett while he was in jail. Last week, Rowlett was convicted of continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 years old.

"The school that I trusted to protect my child had sent his personal information out," the boy's mother said.

She said her son was one of a dozen students who started corresponding with Rowlett in December as a class pen-pal project at Trinity Lutheran School. She said the correspondence started without her permission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Parents Say School Had Kids Write to Child Molester

HOUSTON (TX)
Courthouse News Service

By CAMERON LANGFORD

HOUSTON (CN) - Parents claim in court that their son's fourth-grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School had her class start a pen pal correspondence with an accused child molester without telling them, and he shared the letters with other jail inmates convicted of sex crimes against children.

John and Jane Doe sued Trinity Lutheran Church / The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod dba Trinity Lutheran School, in Harris County Court.

Jane Doe on her own behalf and as next friend of the couple's children, Child Doe 1 and Child Doe 2, who both attended the school until the pen pal assignment was made known to parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Zwolle gaat op de knieën

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

Zwolle | Christenen vanuit allerlei kerken en organisaties gaan vrijdag op de knieen in Zwolle. Ze doen dat allereerst om de relatie met God, elkaar, zichzelf en de stad te herstellen. Jongeren gaan in de middag midden in het centrum van de stad bidden. Volwassenen en jongeren hebben ’s avonds de gelegenheid om met elkaar te bidden in de Noorderkerk aan de Thorbeckegracht of de Plantagekerk bij het Kerkbrugje.

,,Het bijzondere van het samenkomen van de jongeren is dat ze worden opgeroepen via de Sjofar, een oud blaasinstrument van duizenden jaren oud uit de geschiedenis van het joodse volk. De Sjofar was het twitterinstrument in die tijd”, aldus Mink de Vries, voorzitter van het Podium van Kerken in Zwolle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Another Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orange and Pedo-Priest it Protected, Denis Lyons

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano
Wed., Mar. 28 2012

​Not even a week after Denis Lyons pleaded guilty to being a child molester, another civil lawsuit has been filed against him and his longtime protector, the Catholic Diocese of Orange.

The lawsuit was actually introduced into Orange County Superior Court in September but was just delivered to Lyons, Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown and others by Santa Barbara-based lawyer Tim Hale.

The lawsuit claims that Lyons repeatedly molested a boy starting in 1979, when he was a fifth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa, the same parish where Lyons molested the boy that led to his arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

Ex-priest faces eight charges of gross indecency

IRELAND
Wexford People

Wednesday March 28 2012

AN ELDERLY FORMER priest who taught at St. Peter's College, has been charged with eight counts of gross indecency during the 1960s.

Seamus O'byrne (78) with an address at The Presbytery in School Street appeared at Wexford District Court on Monday.

The former parish priest of Cushinstown who was dismissed from the priesthood in 2005 on the order of the Pope, faces eight counts of committing acts of gross indecency with a male at St. Peter's College in Summerhill on dates unknown in 1964, 1965 and 1966. The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons. Garda David Beale gave evidence of arresting the defendant on Sunday and charging him with the offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Priests call for abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Barney Zwartz
March 29, 2012

SENIOR Melbourne Catholic clergy, including the archbishop's adviser on sexual abuse issues, have broken ranks by backing a call for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints.

The adviser, Father Tony Kerin, said yesterday that he had told Archbishop Denis Hart that an independent review would clear the air and should be held, although the cost to the church would be high.

''This is really a crunch issue for the church. If we are to be a church, we need to minister to the victims and do it much better,'' he said.

More than 300 sexual abuse victims have received compensation from the Catholic Church in Melbourne. More than 60 Melbourne Catholic clergy and members of religious orders have been convicted of sexual abuse since 1993.

The abuse issue is intensifying worldwide. It started in Boston in the US, spread to Ireland and is now surfacing in Europe and South America. A public inquiry in Ireland, long opposed by the bishops, uncovered decades of institutional abuse but allowed a fresh start, Irish Catholics say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Missbrauchsbeauftragter kämpft gegen das Vergessen

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Von Miriam Hollstein

Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig ist ein geduldiger Mann. Einer, der sich von Absagen nicht irritieren lässt. Der ehemalige Arbeitsrichter verliert auch dann nicht die Ruhe, wenn er wieder einmal mit vorwurfsvollen Fragen konfrontiert ist. Geduld braucht der 52-Jährige bei seiner jetzigen Tätigkeit mehr denn je. Seit rund 100 Tagen ist Rörig der Unabhängige Beauftragte für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs . Seither kämpft er dagegen, dass das Thema in Vergessenheit gerät.

Vor gut zwei Jahren, am 24. März 2010, beschloss die Bundesregierung die Einrichtung eines Runden Tisches „Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch“. In den Wochen zuvor hatten immer weitere Enthüllungen über Missbrauchsfälle in katholischen und anderen Einrichtungen die Republik erschüttert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Convicted priest faces more lawsuits

CANADA
CBC News

William Hodgson Marshall will have more civil lawsuits launched against him Wednesday.

He's the retired priest and convicted sex offender who taught at schools around the province, including Assumption College and Holy Names in Windsor.

Four more alleged victims will speak alongside their lawyers in Sudbury on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Es geschah in der Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Berliner Morgenpost

Von Uta Keseling

33 Knöpfe, daran erinnert er sich noch genau. 33 Knöpfe der priesterlichen Soutane, die nacheinander geöffnet wurden. Die Erinnerung an das, was folgte, war über Jahre in einem Nebel verschwunden, den man in der Psychologie Trauma nennt: Erfahrungen, die zu schlimm sind, um sie zu verarbeiten, werden beiseitegeschoben. Manchmal dauert es Jahrzehnte, bis sie wiederkommen.

So wie bei Stefan K. (Name geändert). Er war elf Jahre alt, als ein Kaplan ihn sexuell missbrauchte. Erst jetzt, mit Mitte 40, ist K. in der Lage, öffentlich darüber zu sprechen. Seine Vorwürfe treffen einen Geistlichen, gegen den schon einmal wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt wurde – Peter W., zuletzt Pfarrer der Heilig-Kreuz-Gemeinde in Hohenschönhausen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Missouri judge hears motions in case against bishop

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Morning Sentinel

BY BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County judge said Tuesday he hopes to rule on motions by the end of next week in a misdemeanor case involving the highest-ranking U.S. Roman Catholic official accused of shielding an abusive priest.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph each are charged with one count of failure to report suspected child abuse to the state. Finn's attorneys have asked to have his case dismissed, contending he was not the diocese's mandatory reporting agent.

Defense attorney J.R. Hobbs also asked Circuit Judge John Torrence on Tuesday to sever the cases so they can be tried separately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Complaint details charges against alleged monk

GALESBURG (IL)
WCF Courier

By DENNIS MAGEE, dennis.magee@wcfcourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GALESBURG, Ill. --- Ryan St. Anne Scott used his influence as a spiritual adviser to steal from a former admirer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Knox County in Illinois.

Scott duped his alleged victim, Sheila Anderson, by "holding himself out to be an ordained priest and member of the Order of St. Benedict," Assistant State's Attorney Erik Gibson added.

According to the complaint, Scott "knowingly and by deception" gained control over Anderson's property, including bank accounts. He is facing three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft and one count of deceptive practices.

"The charges are not unusual. We see those all the time," Gibson said. "What makes this a little more interesting is the relationship between the parties."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Woodridge priest retires after word of '92 arrest gets out

WOODBRIDGE (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Brian Slodysko, Chicago Tribune reporter

March 27, 2012

A Catholic priest retired three months earlier than planned recently after news that he was arrested 20 years ago for soliciting sex in a forest preserve spread through the Woodridge parish he served, according to Diocese of Joliet officials.

The Rev. Gerald P. Riva chose to retire on his own after serving for 13 years at St. Scholastica's Parish and was not forced out, according to Doug Delaney, spokesman for the diocese. Delaney added that the diocese was not aware of Riva's arrest until recently.

The diocese declined to provide specifics on why or how news of the arrest came to light.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Glück: Gesellschaftlicher Bedeutungsverlust der Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Kirchensite

Berlin. Der Präsident des Zentralkomitees der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK), Alois Glück, rechnet mit einem wachsenden Bedeutungsverlust der Kirchen in der Gesellschaft. "Das Christentum generell wird nicht mehr lange die dominante Stellung behalten", sagte er am Dienstag (27.03.2012) der Tageszeitung "Die Welt".

In München bildeten die Mitglieder beider christlicher Konfessionen nur noch knapp 50 Prozent der Einwohner. "Das so genannte katholische München ist damit noch nicht antikirchlich, aber die Sonderrolle der Kirche wird längerfristig nicht mehr gegeben sein."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

New polygamy charges coming in Canada?

CANADA
The Salt Lake Tribune

Lindsay Whitehurst

A set of "expanded powers" for a Canadian special prosecutor could mean new charges against polygamists in and around the Warren Jeffs-led settlement of Bountiful.

Previous polygamy charges filed against rival leaders there crashed and burned amid concerns about religious liberty in 2009. Story here.

But then a judge took up the question of whether the law violates religious freedom — and last year decided it should stay.

Could charges be filed again against Winston Blackmore, who broke from Jeffs several years ago, and Jimmy Oler, the FLDS leader ex-ed more than a year ago?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens...

PENNSYLVANIA
Huffington Post

Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens, Holds Them At Gunpoint, For 'Learning Exercise' (VIDEO)

The Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Middleton, Pa., has sparked outrage after a teaching exercise traumatized its youth group and left some with physical bruises, WHTM TV reports.

A shaken 14-year-old told the station two men came into the room with guns, pulled pillow cases over some of their heads, and pushed them into a van.

"They pulled my chair out from underneath me and then they told me to get on the ground," the unnamed girl tearfully told WHTM. "And I was the first person to go into the van. I had my hands behind my back they said 'just do as I say and you won't be hurt.'"

The "kidnapped" youth group was then taken to their pastor's house, where it looked like the minister was being attacked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Church is approaching breaking point

IRELAND
New Ross Standard

The way I see it

By FR BRIAN WHELAN

Tuesday March 27 2012

THE LONG awaited Vatican Report into the Irish Church was published last week. A couple of weeks ago, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin was quoted as saying that the Church in Ireland is at breaking point.

The statement was of course headline fodder for the newspapers, and reading the reports of the interview he gave in the US, one can easily see why such a statement would raise eyebrows. To think that the Church is at breaking point is quite disconcerting, and really I suppose it could be perceived as a very negative idea.

But I feel that while Archbishop Martin is right in some ways, the truer overall picture isn't quite so bad. The institutional church, the hierarchy, and the perceived 'all-powerful church' is of course a shadow of its former self. But this needn't necessarily be a bad thing. What had evolved, particularly over the last couple of centuries in Ireland, was an institution, which had strayed hugely from what the church should be all about.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Bishop's lawyer files motion to dismiss

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCTV

[with video]

By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A judge will rule by the end of next week whether to dismiss criminal misdemeanor charges against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Lawyers made arguments in Jackson County Court for about two hours Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors said Finn and the Catholic Diocese should have reported possible sexual abuse by Rev. Shawn Ratigan in 24 hours as required by state law. Prosecutors said the diocese knew about the abuse in December of 2010 but did not report in until May of 2011. Attorneys representing Finn said he wasn't the designated reporter for the diocese and charges against him should be dropped.

"We await the court's ruling," said Gerald Handly, an attorney for Finn. "We're not in a position to prejudge one way or the other. We hope for the best always. The bishop is in good spirits and says he appreciates your attention."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Catholic Diocese to hold day of prayer, penance for abuse victims

MAINE
The Portland Press Herald

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has designated Wednesday as a day of prayer and penance for harm done to the victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

In Portland, the day will be recognized by Bishop Richard Malone with a 12:15 p.m. celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

“Each year, I ask the clergy of the diocese to join me by marking a day of contrition for past offenses against minors,” Malone said, in a prepared statement. “Through prayer and reflection, may we become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

The Sins of the Past — Evidence Of "Prior Bad Acts" By The Archdiocese May Be A Daily Issue

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Although many Catholic priests have been prosecuted and then convicted of abusing children, this trial is unique because Monsignor Lynn is the first Catholic official prosecuted and brought to a jury trial on criminal charges of endangering the welfare of children by failing to investigate and report allegations of child abuse. The only similar case in the United States involves Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, and that case is still in its early stages, with a judge poised to rule on whether the prosecution can continue at all.

The prosecution of Monsignor Lynn thus raises a number of novel legal issues that do not arise in a typical child molestation prosecution, even one involving religious figures. In many ways, the prosecution is closer to a white collar fraud prosecution than a molestation prosecution, because Lynn's relationship with the rest of the church is central to the case. In his opening statement, Lynn's lawyer confirmed months of speculation that Lynn was going to defend himself by conceding that he knew about the allegations, that he tried to act on them, but that he was stymied in his efforts by others in the Archdiocese, including Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. As Lynn's lawyer told the jury in his opening statement, "You're going to see that Msgr. Lynn did his damndest to get a handle on this awful issue."

To tell if that's true or not, the jury is going to have to see inside the Archdiocese. Although the church itself is not on trial, on many levels it is impossible to separate the two. Lynn was acting in his duties as a church official the entire time, and was also a participant in many investigations of — or the failure to investigate — other allegations of child abuse. Lynn’s lawyers had argued strenuously for the court to exclude from the trial any evidence of other abuse allegations beyond those made specifically against his co-defendants, Priests Avery and Brennan, but Judge Sarmina denied that request, ruling that the prosecutors could bring in evidence of “prior bad acts” including Lynn’s failure to properly follow-up on more than two dozen other allegations of abuse by priests under his supervision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

"The Avery Files"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

"Father Ed" Avery liked to hang out at Smokey Joe's and drink beer with college kids. He was into sleepovers with altar boys. He also preferred to spin records as a DJ rather than say Mass.

In Common Pleas Court over the past two days, the prosecution opened up "The Avery Files" -- more than 100 confidential documents dealing with accusations of sex abuse against Father Edward V. Avery.

The priest, a defendant in the archdiocese sex abuse case, pleaded guilty last week to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old, and conspiracy, and faces a prison sentence of 2 1/2 to 5 years. But that guilty plea didn't end Father Ed's role in the ongoing archdiocese sex abuse case. The Avery files were introduced by Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington while he examined Detective Joseph Walsh, a Philadelphia police officer investigating archdiocese sex abuse since 2002.

Monsignor William J. Lynn began his investigation of Father Avery on Oct. 19, 1992, when he got a call from Robert Fisher, a married 29-year-old medical student. The accusations that Fisher made against Father Avery allegedly took place 10 to 15 years earlier, when Fisher was a teenager. At the time, Avery was associate pastor at St. Philip Neri, where Fisher went to church. Fisher said that Father Avery used to take him along when he worked as a DJ at Smokey Joe's, a bar on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

US Catholic bishop had no 'duty' to report child abuse-lawyer

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Chicago Tribune

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, March 27 (Reuters) - A Catholic Bishop in Kansas City did not have a legal obligation to report suspected child sexual abuse by a local priest even if he knew about it, a
lawyer for the bishop said on Tuesday.

In a preview to the upcoming trial of Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a lawyer for Finn asked Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence to dismiss the charge against him because he said there was another Diocese official who should have reported the priest to police.

"Bishop Finn had no statutory duty to report. We believe that this is clear," said attorney J.R. Hobbs in arguing for Judge Torrence to dismiss the case against Finn.

Judge Torrence said he would take the matter under advisement and likely rule on the matter next week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Both Sides Point To Key Evidence In Priest Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Smoking gun evidence for the prosecution and the defense as both sides cite the same couple of documents to make their case for guilt or innocence in the clergy abuse case. The evidence centers around a former co-defendant who last week admitted sexually abusing an altar boy.

The prosecution has presented evidence in the form of documents showing Monsignor William Lynn, who is charged with endangering children compiled a list of 35 suspected or admitted predator priests, found then Father Edward Avery was guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor but still allowed him to remain in ministry and Avery struck again.

He pleaded guilty to this assault last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Maine bishop holds day of prayer for abuse victims

MAINE
NECN

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The leader of Maine's Roman Catholics is holding a day of prayer and penance for harm done to the victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass on Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Malone says he hopes through prayer and reflection Catholics can become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

March 27, 2012

Producer threatens L.A. Jewish film fest over rejection of sex-abuse documentary

UNITED STATES
JTA

By Ben Harris · March 27, 2012

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and ”Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt's documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.”

Rosenfelt sent a scathing email last week to the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival after learning that she had warned colleagues at other film festivals about "Standing Silent.”

The film, which features interviews with several victims of sexual abuse by Baltimore-area Orthodox rabbis, is slated to be screened at several Jewish film festivals across the United States. It was the subject of a lengthy feature article in The Washington Post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Prosecutors: Monsignor misled parishioners about abuse accusations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Twice in 1993, Msgr. William J. Lynn received letters from parishioners at St. Therese of the Child Jesus church who were concerned because their pastor, the Rev. Edward V. Avery, took an unexplained leave.

As secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Lynn knew the reason: A 29-year-old man had told Lynn that Avery molested him in the 1970s. Lynn had recommended that the Mount Airy pastor get a confidential evaluation and treatment.

But Lynn didn't disclose that in his replies to the two parishioners, a detective testified Tuesday. One letter warned a woman to disregard the rumors about Avery. A second said Lynn's office never received "anything but compliments" about the priest.

"Another letter (and) no mention of the sexual abuse of a minor?" Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington asked Det. Joseph Walsh.

"That is correct," Walsh said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

'Iedere katholiek is medeplichtig aan psychisch leed'

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

vk opinie
'Iedere katholiek draagt hoe dan ook bij aan het in stand houden van een instituut dat door de rigide standpunten ten opzichte van bijvoorbeeld voorbehoedsmiddelen en celibaat nog steeds schrikbarend veel ellende veroorzaakt. Aan die harde waarheid kan en mag je je als lid van een dergelijke organisatie niet onttrekken', meent Erik de Kruijf.

En daar zat hij weer, Antoine Bodar, bij Pauw en Witteman. Dit keer om iets te zeggen over stress bij priesters en hoe erg de castraties wel niet waren die sommige door geestelijken misbruikte jongetjes in de jaren vijftig en zestig gedwongen hebben moeten ondergaan. Moegestreden zag hij er uit, maar plichtsgetrouw was de mediapriester toch maar weer komen opdraven voor een zoveelste mea culpa. Na de vele schandalen binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk een nogal ondankbare taak. Ook Bodar leek dat te beseffen, en de altijd zo beheerste spreekbuis van het Nederlandse katholicisme werd zelfs een beetje driftig gedurende het gesprek. Maar, eerlijk is eerlijk, hij nam zijn verantwoordelijkheid en ging in weerwil van veel van zijn snordrukkende collega's, de confrontatie aan. Hulde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Juror ill, clergy sex trial postponed

STOCKTON (CA)
Lodi News-Sentinel

By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

STOCKTON — Court was canceled today in the civil trial involving Lockeford priest Michael Kelly because one of the jurors was ill.

On Wednesday, San Francisco psychiatrist Dr. Anlee Kuo is scheduled to continue her testimony from last Friday, and the plaintiff’s wife is scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon.

A 37-year-old man has sued Kelly, claiming that the Catholic priest sexually assaulted him in the mid-1980s, when the plaintiff was an altar boy at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton. His name is not being released by court order because he is a potential sexual assault victim. Kelly has not been criminally charged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Monsignor Distances Self From Indicted Child Abusers

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Courthouse News Service

By REUBEN KRAMER

PHILADELPHIA (CN) - An unprecedented clergy sex-abuse trial began Monday with claims that a cardinal's aide "did his damndest" at the nearly impossible job of identifying predatory priests.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in America to go to trial on a child endangerment charge.

The case against Lynn is unique because it stems from his administrative role overseeing hundreds of priests as clergy secretary for the Philadelphia Archdiocese between 1992 and 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Memo: Philly parish misled about pastor's leave

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors read dozens of confidential church documents aloud in court Tuesday to try to prove the Philadelphia archdiocese routinely buried complaints that priests were molesting children.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. charged with endangering children by keeping accused priests in parish work.

The letters and memos read in court Tuesday centered on now-defrocked priest Edward Avery. Avery, known as the Smiling Padre, adopted six Hmong children and moonlighted as a disc jockey at parties and nightclubs throughout his three-decade church career.

According to the documents, a medical student told the archdiocese in 1992 that Avery had molested him after a DJ gig when the priest and the high school freshman were drinking heavily at a West Philadelphia nightclub. It happened again at age 19 when the two shared a motel bed on a ski trip to Vermont with Avery's brother, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Ex-priest hires lawyer to fend off 25-year-old sex charges

LOUISIANA
KPLC

By Theresa Schmidt

The former Catholic priest arrested and booked for allegedly sexually assaulting an eight year old boy 25 years ago says he has hired his own attorney. 56 year old Mark Anthony Broussard appeared before a judge this morning for "right to counsel" court.

He indicated he has hired local defense attorney Tom Lorenzi. Broussard has been booked on two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery. The case is expected to be presented to a Calcasieu Grand Jury.

Bishop Glen John Provost has asked Catholics to pray and fast Friday to, in part, ask God's forgiveness for sins of the past and to alleviate suffering in the lives of victims of sexual abuse. The bishops full statement follows.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Alleged Priest & Former Abbey Owner Posts Bail

ILLINOIS
WGIL

A condemned priest and former owner of Galesburg's Holy Rosary Abbey church bailed out of Knox County Jail Wednesday morning.

Knox County Circuit Court officials say Reverend Ryan St. Anne Scott paid the required 10-percent of his $75,000 dollars bond, one day after being extradited from St. Louis County.

Records indicate Scott will make his first appearance in court April 30th. Prior to bonding out Tuesday morning, he was scheduled to before a judge Tuesday afternoon via video teleconference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Ruling expected next week in criminal case against Bishop Finn, Catholic diocese

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge said Tuesday that he would rule by the end of next week on whether to dismiss charges against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic diocese Finn leads.

Judge John Torrence made the announcement after hearing about two hours of arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers.

“This is an unusual set of circumstances,” Torrence said. “The waters are difficult to navigate.”

The misdemeanor charges allege that Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed for five months to report suspected child abuse related to the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, a priest now facing federal child pornography charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Bishop to hold Mass for clergy abuse victims

MAINE
Bangor Daily News

Posted March 27, 2012

PORTLAND — Bishop Richard Malone has designated Wednesday, March 28, as a day of prayer and penance for harm done to victims and the faithful by past incidents of clergy sexual abuse.

Malone, the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, will celebrate Mass at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, according to a press release issued Monday by Sue Bernard, spokeswoman for the diocese.

“Each year, I ask the clergy of the diocese to join me by marking a day of contrition for past offenses against minors,” Malone said in the press release. “Through prayer and reflection, may we become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Los Gatos Priest Beating Case Trial Still Pending Due to Scheduling

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

The trial for a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May of 2010 was scheduled to begin this week, but instead has been pushed out for a status conference on Thursday.

"We're not beginning at this point," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti, adding that presiding Superior Court Judge David Cena is in trial on another matter and scheduling for the high-profile case will be discussed then.

Lynch, 44, is being represented by Pat Harris and Mark Geragos, with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Geragos & Geragos.

Once a schedule is worked out, the trial will be set in motion, beginning with pre-trial motions, jury selection and the presentation of the evidence, Gemetti explained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Case against the Church only after appeal – victim

MALTA
Times of Malta

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by
Christian Peregin

The victims of clerical sex abuse will file a lawsuit against the Church only after the appeal case over the two priests found guilty of perpetrating the acts is concluded.

Last January, the victims’ spokesman, Lawrence Grech, said the Church had until the end of February to reconsider its decision not to grant financial compensation or face a court case the next day.

However, almost a month after the deadline expired, the victims have said they have dropped the ultimatum following legal advice.

Their lawyer, Patrick Valentino, told The Times the case against the Church would only be filed after the entire appeal process had been concluded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

State House News -- DeLeo sees path for "constitutionally correct" child abuse bill

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Pembroke

By Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
State House News Service

Posted Mar 27, 2012

Boston —

House lawmakers are working to redraft a plan that would eliminate time restrictions on prosecuting perpetrators of sexual abuse against children, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday, indicating that a “constitutionally correct” version of the proposal could be passed into law by the end of July.

“At the end of the day, we have to come up with a bill that will pass constitutional muster and you know that has to be something of a concern,” DeLeo told reporters after exiting a meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick. “Because at the end of the day if we do not do that, then the first time this bill is tested and is thrown out, you know, it will come back to fall on the Legislature as to why so-and-so wasn’t convicted because the statute wasn’t constitutionally correct.”

“We’ll take some more time and make sure at the end of the day we’ve got a bill that has that balance,” he added. “Some of the attorneys representing some of the victims have been to my office expressing concern. I’ve got some folks in my district expressing concern … Hopefully we’re going to be able to get something done.”

Eliminating the so-called statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes against children has been a wrenching issue on Beacon Hill over the years, with victims of abuse, and their attorneys, deluging lawmakers with appeals to loosen the statute of limitations or repeal it outright. In recent weeks, supporters of that change have claimed that more than 100 members of the 160-member House have signified support for the proposal (H 469) sponsored by Majority Leader Ronald Mariano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Accused former priest to be in court today

LOUISIANA
American Press

Last Modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BY ASHLEY WITHERS / AMERICAN PRESS

Bishop Glen John Provost, head of the Lake Charles Diocese, has declared Friday “a day of prayer and fasting” in light of recent allegations against a former area priest.

Provost wants people to “pray with him asking God for the forgiveness of the sins of the past, for the grace and strength to pursue holiness in our lives, for reconciliation, and for the alleviation of suffering in the lives of victims of sexual abuse and their families, as well as for a spirit of peace and understanding to prevail,” he said in a news release.

Mark A. Broussard was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery. Broussard served as a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles and at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier. He left the priesthood in 1994.

Provost spoke at all Masses at St. Henry over the weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Ex-priest facing gross indecency charges

IRELAND
New Ross Standard

Tuesday March 27 2012

AN ELDERLY former parish priest of Cushinstown, who taught at St. Peter's College, has been charged with eight counts of gross indecency during the 1960s.

Seamus O'byrne (78), with an address at The Presbytery in School Street, Wexford, appeared at Wexford District Court on Monday.

The former priest, who was dismissed from the priesthood in 2005 on the order of the Pope, faces eight counts of committing acts of gross indecency with a male at St. Peter's College in Summerhill on dates unknown in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Prosecutors Trace Paper Trail of Guilt In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the Philadelphia clerical child sex abuse case today presented potential “smoking gun” evidence as it tries to make its case against a Catholic monsignor who is charged with endangering children by allowing a predator priest to remain in ministry.

The evidence focused on Edward Avery, a defrocked priest who pleaded guilty last week (see related story).

The prosecution presented a series of memos and correspondence, many written or received by Msgr. William Lynn, which show that Avery was treated at the church’s mental health facility after a man came forward in 1992 with allegations of abuse by Father Avery.

According to the prosecution’s evidence, the church’s mental health experts recommended that Avery be excluded from ministering to adolescents, and Msgr. Lynn himself identified Avery as guilty of sexual abuse of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

The Prosecutor's Opening Statement: Whispers in the Dark

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Blog

Covering the landmark sex abuse case against Monsignor William J. Lynn and James J. Brennan of The Philadelphia Archdiocese

Ralph Cipriano

She came out whispering, and left behind a confusing pile of facts. But there weren't any objections, mainly because even the lawyers seated nearby in the courtroom had a hard time hearing what the prosecutor had to say in her opening statement.

Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coehlo took center stage Monday as the archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse case opened on the third floor of the Criminal Justice Center. The courtroom was packed with 30 journalists, including representatives from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. Four courtroom artists were ready to slap down some paint and chalk. Several priests also showed up in their collars, presumably to support their accused brethren.

But for more than an hour, as Coehlo rambled, the biggest challenge was hearing what she had to say. She spoke in a barely audible tone that had the press and courtroom clerks straining their ears, in a vain attempt to figure out what was going on. It's not as if the district attorney's office can't be eloquent about the subject of pedophile priests; a 418-page grand jury report released by the DA in 2005 was a literary masterpiece. ...

The defense lawyer reminded the jury that his client "sits cloaked in the presumption of innocence." He quoted Kingman Brewter's definition of the presumption of innocence: a generosity of spirit that presumes the best and not the worst of a stranger."

He also quoted To Kill A Mockingbird, saying, "the jury box is the one place in the country where a man ought to get a fair shake."

Investigating child sex abuse is "a tough job, an ugly job, but he did it," Bergstrom said of his client. The defense lawyer told the jury that when the two alleged victims walk into the courtroom to confront Lynn, "he has never met them, he has never seen them ... they are total strangers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

NCR endorses call for a new sexual ethic

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 27, 2012
By An NCR Editorial

We wholeheartedly second the invitation by Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson for a thorough and honest reexamination of the church’s teaching on sexuality. (See story.)

Robinson’s invitation, coming in a paper delivered in Baltimore at a conference sponsored by New Ways Ministry, is a gentle but elegant plea that offers hope for Catholics who want to stop the church’s headlong plunge into irrelevancy as a moral voice in our culture.

Robinson says that a careful study of the long arc of church teaching on sexuality comes to this foundational statement: “The church is saying that love is the very deepest longing of the human heart, and sex is a most important expression of love, so people should do all in their power to ensure that sex retains its ability to express love as deeply as possible.”

From this foundation, Robinson suggests three areas to reexamine Catholic teaching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Rooms-Katholieke Kerk Spanje werft priesters onder werklozen

SPANJE
Reformatorisch Dagblad (Nederland)

MADRID – De Spaanse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk is vorige week een online wervingscampagne voor priesters gestart. In het land waar veel werkloosheid heerst, belooft de kerk een vaste baan. Maar geen fantastisch salaris.

Dagblad Trouw schrijft over de Spaanse campagne op YouTube.

In het filmpje beloven priesters een vaste baan: „Ik beloof dat je onderdeel bent van een bijzonder project. Ik beloof geen luxe leven. Ik beloof eeuwige welvaart. Ik beloof dat je hoop kunt brengen, overal waar je bent. Je zult het ware geluk ervaren. En je zult priester zijn.”

Het gemiddelde salaris in Spanje ligt tussen de 700 en 800 euro per maand. Dat is iets onder het nationale gemiddelde, maar wel boven de armoedegrens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Slidell pastor convicted of sex crimes

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

By Claire Galofaro, The Times-Picayune

A 44-year-old minister who had a three-month sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl has been convicted of two sex crimes by a St. Tammany Parish jury. Keith James Boyd, pastor of Open Door Apostolic Church in Slidell, was convicted Friday of carnal knowledge and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

His small church on the western fringe of the city was closed Monday afternoon and no one returned telephone messages inquiring about the conviction and about whether Boyd is still its pastor. But a sign remains tacked to the outside of the church reading: "Open Door Apostolic Church, Pastor Keith J. Boyd & Lady Kendra W. Boyd. Jesus Opens Doors That No Man Can Shut."

Boyd reportedly met the teenager while visiting another church in St. Tammany Parish, according to the District Attorney's Office. The pair exchanged some 2,000 text messages during their consensual sexual relationship that began in August 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Former Fitchburg priest indicted on porn charges

FITCHBURG (MA)
Boston Herald

By Associated Press
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FITCHBURG — A Roman Catholic priest who once served at a Fitchburg church has been indicted on child pornography and theft charges.

A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Dongor, but his whereabouts are unclear and Massachusetts authorities think he has fled to his native Philippines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Amended suit alleges new abuses at Kansas school

UNITED STATES
Trib.com

Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012

A California boy attends only four days at a Kansas military boarding school where he is tormented by staff and students after breaking both his legs in separate incidents. A Tennessee student's stomach is forcibly branded as a rite of initiation. A Florida cadet breaks his hand fending off a student with a history of sexual abuse who tries to grope him, and school officials refuse to investigate or inform his parents of the attack.

These claims are the latest additions to a growing list of former cadets who allege in a federal lawsuit they were abused at St. John's Military School in Salina, Kan. An amended complaint filed Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., now includes six sets of named parents who have filed on behalf of cadets, plus one ex-cadet who is now an adult. The plaintiffs come from California, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Illinois.

The Episcopal boarding school, which charges families nearly $30,000 per year for students enrolled in grades 6-12, draws students from across the nation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Memo: Philly parish misled about pastor's leave

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WRAL

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Prosecutors in Philadelphia are showing jurors memos to try to prove the Philadelphia archdiocese covered up complaints that priests were molesting children.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church supervisor in the U.S. charged with endangering children by keeping accused priests in ministry.

Letters read in court Tuesday show Lynn telling a parish that accused pastor Edward Avery was on a "health leave" in 1993, when Avery was undergoing sex-therapy treatment at a Catholic hospital.

The letters also reveal a church policy not to act on complaints unless a priest was diagnosed as a pedophile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Records show monsignor misled parishioners

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Twice in 1993, Msgr. William J. Lynn received letters from local Catholics worried about a leave of absence taken by their pastor, the Rev. Edward V. Avery.

As secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Lynn had recommended Avery for confidential treatment because Avery had been accused of molesting a teen in the 1970s.

But his letters to two of Avery's parishioners, read aloud today to jurors at Lynn's trial, praised the priest and urged them to disregard any unflattering whispers they might have heard.

"Let me assure you, that is what they are: rumors," Lynn wrote one woman. "Father Avery had requested a health leave from Cardinal Bevilacqua, which was granted."

The letters were among dozens of confidential memos and documents about Avery that prosecutors introduced as they opened the second day of the conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial against Lynn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Hoher US-Geistlicher soll Missbrauch gedeckt haben

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Sueddeutsche

Es ist der erste Prozess seiner Art in den USA: Seit Montag steht in Philadelphia ein ranghoher katholischer Geistlicher vor Gericht. Er soll Priester gedeckt haben, die unter Verdacht stehen, Kinder missbraucht zu haben. Der Kirchenmann weist die Vorwürfe zurück.

Die Geschichte dürfte symptomatisch für die Missbrauchsskandale der katholischen Kirche in vielen Ländern weltweit sein, doch es ist das erste Mal, dass in den USA ein derartiger Fall vor Gericht gebracht wird: Monsignore William Lynn aus Philadelphia soll Priester unter Missbrauchsverdacht gedeckt haben. Am Montag wurde der Prozess gegen ihn eröffnet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Herr, schmeiß PR-Berater vom Himmel: Die Kirche und der Sex

DEUTSCHLAND
Blaue Narzisse
Geschrieben von: Julian Islinger

Dienstag, den 27. März 2012

Es ist manchmal schon ein arges Kreuz mit seiner Kirche. Ostern steht vor der Tür und Christen bereiten sich weltweit auf ihr wohl wichtigstes religiöses Fest vor. Doch ausgerechnet in Deutschland dringt ein neuer Kirchenskandal an die Oberfläche. Wie der Spiegel in der aktuellen Ausgabe berichtet, beschäftigt das Bistum Trier sieben pädophil auffällig gewordene Pfarrer. Pikant: Der Bischof in Trier ist Stephan Ackermann, seines Zeichens erst 2010 von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) gewählter Missbrauchsbeauftragter in Deutschland.

Der junge Hirte

Ackermann ist einer der Jüngsten seiner Zunft. In seiner Laufbahn hatte er kein Problem, romkritische Pfarrer zu unterstützen, so zum Beispiel den kondombefürwortenden Priester Stefan Hippler, der in Südafrika tätig ist. Gerade weil er in seiner Position als Sinnbild für eine jugendlichere Kirche steht, hielt man ihn bei der Wahl 2010 für besonders geeignet, als zentraler Ansprechpartner im Bereich Missbrauchsfälle innerhalb der katholischen Kirche aufzuklären und aufzudecken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Kein Ablassbrief für pädophile Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
Spree Wild

Von Marie-Thérèse Harasim, 
21 Jahre

Stephan Ackermann ist der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland und Bischof von Trier. In der einen Position ist es seine Aufgabe, die Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle innerhalb der katholischen Kirche zu unterstützen, den Opfern zur Seite zu stehen und ein Ansprechpartner für ihre Belange zu sein. In der anderen beschäftigt er, scheinbar ohne zu zögern, pädophile Priester, die sich des Missbrauchs an Kindern schuldig gemacht haben, in Ämtern, in denen diese durchaus Kontakt zu Kindern und Jugendlichen haben können.

Dies kann nicht toleriert werden. Es sind die Kinder, die so ihrer ohnehin schon leisen Stimme beraubt werden. Nur selten schaffen sie es, für ihre Rechte einzutreten, in den meisten Fällen erst Jahre nachdem ihnen Leid angetan wurde. Sie sind die Leidtragenden solcher kirchenpolitischen Entscheidungen. Es ist nicht möglich, den Einsatz eines pädophil auffällig gewordenen Menschen in dem Bereich, in dem er wieder mit Kindern oder Jugendlichen Kontakt haben kann zu rechtfertigen. Tatsächlich hat dies außerhalb des Klerus, im Schulwesen zum Beispiel, harte Konsequenzen. Warum sollten Priester davon verschont bleiben?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

A little more reading with today’s piece…

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By Susan Campbell On March 27, 2012

To read the piece, go here.

And here is another Q&A piece put out by SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests:

What’s the crisis facing SNAP? Catholic officials in two Missouri dioceses are trying to force key SNAP staff people to answer hours of questions under oath about and turn over thousands of pages of confidential communicationswith victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and concerned parishioners. It’s an unprecedented assault on crime victims, on those who help crime victims and on our self help group.

Who’s affected by this? This potentially affects any crime victim who wants or needs privacy. It also affects police, prosecutors, journalists, witnesses, whistleblowers, victims, self help groups, counseling agencies – literally anyone who helps victims and exposes criminals. Emboldened by church officials’ legal successes, a rapist may now seek, and perhaps get, records and depositions from staff at the center his victim went to for help. A violent husband might get documents and depositions from staff at the domestic violence center where the spouse he battered sought refuge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Why the trial in Philadelphia is so significant

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on March 26, 2012

There have been many different attempts by many different people to get bishops to act responsibly in child sex cases. But nothing seems to have much impact.

There have been thousands of civil lawsuits, media exposes, and financial settlements, There have been hundreds of criminal prosecutions. There’s been massive public and parishioner outrage.

Still, even now, most bishops continue minimizing and hiding heinous child sex crimes. They are shrewder about it and more effective with public relations. But in child sex cases, they are largely still acting in the same hurtful and deceitful ways they’ve acted for decades.

One approach, however, hasn’t really been tried: criminally charging the top Catholic officials who enable child molesting clerics to keep hurting kids. That’s what’s happening, for the first time, in Philadelphia. That’s why this trial is so significant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

AHASCRAGH PRIEST DEFAMATION FINDINGS TO BE MADE PUBLIC

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

March 27, 2012

The findings of the broadcasting watchdog's investigation into the defamation of a Galway priest by RTE are to be made public next week.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland met yesterday to consider the findings of an investigation into the Prime Time Investigates programme, A Mission to Pray, which wrongly claimed that Ahascragh priest Fr Kevin Reynolds had fathered a child while on mission in Africa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Senior priest on trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Columbus Dispatch

By Erik Eckholm and Jon Hurdle
The New York Times
Tuesday March 27, 2012

The landmark trial of a senior official of the Philadelphia Archdiocese who is accused of shielding priests who sexually abused children and reassigning them to unwary parishes began yesterday with prosecutors charging that the official “paid lip service to child protection and protected the church at all costs.”

Monsignor William J. Lynn, 61, is the first Roman Catholic supervisor in the country to be tried on felony charges of endangering children and conspiracy — not on allegations that he molested children himself, but that he protected suspect priests and reassigned them to jobs where they continued to rape, fondle or otherwise abuse boys and girls.

One of Lynn’s lines of defense was indicated in an opening statement when his lawyers suggested that he had acted responsibly and reported allegations of abuse to higher officials, including Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who died in January.

The trial promises to further roil the 1.5 million-member Philadelphia Archdiocese, which was convulsed by grand jury reports in 2005 and 2011 alleging that it had not responded forcefully to dozens of credible abuse complaints and had allowed known offenders to have continued contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Proces ex-aartsbisschop die pedofiele priesters...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
HLN (Belgie)

Proces ex-aartsbisschop die pedofiele priesters beschermde van start in VS

Bewerkt door: Ellen Provoost

In de Verenigde Staten is vandaag het eerste proces van start gegaan tegen een 'topman' van de katholieke kerk in verband met een reeks pedofiliedossiers. Voormalig aartsbisschop William Lynn staat in Philadelphia terecht omdat hij onder meer priesters zou beschermd hebben die beschuldigd waren van seksueel misbruik.

Lynn zou dossiers over seksueel misbruik van verscheidene priesters laten verdwijnen hebben. Voorts liet hij na twee van pedofilie beschuldigde priesters over te plaatsen. Hij riskeert 14 jaar cel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Was Msgr. Lynn Protecting Children or Church?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

March 27, 2012 by Susan Matthews

The opening arguments in the landmark clergy sex abuse trial in Philadelphia began with a focus on Msgr. Lynn’s intent. Was he trying to protect children or the Church? My conclusion, after reading only 137 pages of absolutely damning evidence, is that Msgr. Lynn was protecting the institutional Church. I’m not a lawyer and it was crystal clear. I shared some of that evidence in a previous post – Exhibit Eight in Msgr. Lynn Trial: Evil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

*EXCLUSIVE REPORT* Philadelphia Abuse Accuser Has Extensive Criminal Record of Fraud and Filing False Police Reports

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

The primary accuser in this week's high-profile criminal abuse trial in Philadelphia has a lengthy criminal record of fraud and deceit, including an alarming episode in which he fabricated an elaborate tale to the police about a violent home robbery that never occurred. Meanwhile, the media is largely ignoring the accuser's background and is continuing instead to uncritically trumpet the prosecution's salacious allegations of abuse.

In 2005, Mark Bukowski came forward with the shocking charge that Rev. James Brennan had raped him nine years earlier, in 1996, when Bukowski was reportedly 14 years old. Since that time, the media has breathlessly reported Bukowski's allegations with scant interest in the accuser's background. (Note: Bukowski has allowed his name to be made public – it's in the grand jury report – although media outlets have chosen not to reveal it.)

Meanwhile, Bukowski has committed multiple and serious crimes in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that date both before and after the 2005 rape accusation against Fr. Brennan that call into question Bukowski's veracity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Former Fitchburg priest indicted on child-porn, theft charges

FITCHBURG (MA)
Sentinel & Enterprise

FITCHBURG -- A grand jury Friday indicted a former Fitchburg priest on charges that he stole from his parish and kept images of child pornography on his computers.

The Rev. Lowe Dongor, formerly assigned to St. Joseph Church on Woodland Street, is believed to have fled to his native Philippines.

"The last I knew was that he was gone in the wind and that we had a warrant out for his arrest," said Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester removed Dongor from office when the accusations surfaced and has requested the Vatican defrock Dongor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Vatican report attempts mere excuse not explanation

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Fr TOM DOYLE

RITE & REASON: THE REPORT on the apostolic visitation reflects an exercise in irrelevancy. The visitors listened but did they hear? The report includes the standard apologies, blame for the bishops and religious superiors, and praise for all the church has done in digging into the clerical culture to determine why the horrendous epidemic occurred.

But in reality, they looked for excuses rather than explanations. This “crisis” is not primarily about sexual molestation. It’s about the obsession with power and the corruption and stagnation of the clerical culture.

The visitors were not about to pierce the protective veil that covers the institutional church, a veil that hides the reason the clericalised church is unravelling and the communion between bishops and people is ruptured. The total lack of accountability by the authoritarian model of the church is the root of the crisis.

The Irish people didn’t deserve the insulting claim that the “shortcomings of the past” caused an inadequate understanding of the “terrible phenomenon of the abuse of minors”. The people named the causes head on: the secretive clerical culture, the lopsided theology of sexuality, seminary training disconnected from reality and the “church’s” obsession with control.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Church "Mentor" Under Investigation for Molesting Children 3/26/12

MIDLAND (TX)
CBS 7

Shannon Murray
CBS 7 Reporter
smurrary@cbs7.com
Marcch 26, 2012

Midland, TX - We are continuing to learn more about a Midland County man under investigation for child molestation.

57-year-old Harold Carden Thompson Jr. is charged with felony indecency with a child by sexual contact.

He is out of a jail on a $50,000 bond.

There is one child labeled as a victim of Thompson’s alleged sexual abuse...but there are about 6 others that have come forward and will be interviewed in the coming days.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says Thompson is considered a mentor in the church where he met the boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Kansas City judge to hear motions ...

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Washington Post

Kansas City judge to hear motions to dismiss in case against Roman Catholic bishop

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, March 27

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County judge was scheduled to consider motions to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a Roman Catholic bishop in Kansas City who is accused of violating Missouri’s mandatory reporter law.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph were charged last year with failing to report to the Missouri Children’s Division hundreds of photos of young children found on the laptop computer of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, including a series that showed the exposed genitals of a girl believed to be 3 or 4 years old.

Finn is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official to be accused of shielding an abusive priest, and a conviction could send shock waves through a church hierarchy unaccustomed to being held legally accountable for failing to report suspected sexual abuse by clergy members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Representative of Mexican Priest’s Victims Reproaches Pope for Ignoring Them

MEXICO
Latin American Herald Tribune

LEON, Mexico – A representative of the victims of sexual abuse committed by late Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, on Monday reproached Pope Benedict XVI “for having ignored” that group of people on his just-concluded visit to Mexico.

“Why, in Mexico, did you not want to be close to the victims of that most ignominious priest Marcial Maciel?” former Legion of Christ member Juan Jose Vaca told MVS radio.

The pontiff met with victims of clerical sexual abuse during visits to the United States, Australia, Portugal, Malta and Germany.

Vaca had asked for a meeting in an email he sent to the papal nuncio Christophe Pierre and on his own in the name of the victims of Maciel (1920-2008) before the pope’s arrival in Mexico last Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

U.S. priest on trial over alleged abuse coverup

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Calgary Herald

Agence France-Presse March 27, 2012

A Catholic priest tasked with assigning priests jobs protected the dark "secrets" of his child-abusing subordinates, a U.S. prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark trial.

The trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior church official in the United States to be charged with covering up priests' sexual abuse of children, began under heavy media scrutiny in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors are targeting Lynn, who they claim shuffled two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions, enabling the crimes to continue.

Assistant district attorney Jacqueline Coelho described Lynn as the "keeper of the secrets," tasked with protecting the church from scandal and keeping parishioners in the dark. "The protection of children was the furthest thing from defendant Lynn's mind," said Coelho, who promised the jury a painstaking review of church archives in which Lynn would be incriminated by his own words.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Secret files show church doubted victims, shielded abusers, court told

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Chronicle-Herald (Canada)

March 27, 2012 - By MARYCLAIRE DALE The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia protected sexual predators in its ranks for more than 70 years, putting the church’s reputation over the safety of children, a prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark priest abuse case that’s shaken the Roman Catholic establishment.

The church kept secret files dating back to 1948 that show a long-standing conspiracy to doubt sex abuse victims, protect priests and avoid scandal, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in opening statements.

Coelho called the case "a battle between right and wrong within the archdiocese and the office of secretary for clergy."

She outlined the decades-old sexual abuse complaints found buried in secret archives to build a case against Monsignor William Lynn, who supervised priests as secretary for clergy from 1992 through 2004. Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged for his administrative role in the sex abuse crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Monsignor’s role at issue as trial opens

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Jurors were asked a central question: Was Msgr. William J. Lynn trying to protect children - or the church?

READ: Grand Jury Presentment (.pdf)
Who was charged?
The list of 21 suspended priests

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Monica Yant Kinney: Clergy sex-abuse trial takes a sharply sanitized turn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist

It was one of the most graphic details in a grand jury report filled with uncomfortable passages: A sentence on Page 37 stating that after the Rev. James J. Brennan anally raped a 14-year-old, the priest remained inside his body as the boy cried himself to sleep.

Yet in Monday's opening statements at the long-awaited clergy sex-abuse trial in Common Pleas Court, both the prosecution and a defense attorney offered a sharply sanitized version of that night, which casts doubt on the case against Brennan and could weaken the conspiracy charge against Msgr. William J. Lynn, charged with protecting abusive priests and placing children in harm's way.

Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said the accuser had his underwear on when he was "almost raped" by Brennan.

Defense attorney William Brennan, no relation to his client, dismissed what transpired between the priest and the boy as a "pelvic bump between clothing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Priests' child sex-abuse trial gets started

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

[video]

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

A landmark trial over child sex abuse by Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests opened Monday with a prosecutor and defense lawyer clashing over a central question:

Was Msgr. William J. Lynn trying to protect children or the church?

As the official responsible for investigating allegations of clergy sex-abuse around Philadelphia, he couldn't do both, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho told jurors. So Lynn, she said, chose to spare church leaders and his fellow priests from scandal at the expense of victims and the public.

"You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," Coelho said in her opening statement. "He kept the parishioners in the dark, and he kept the faithful in the dark."

Lynn's lawyer, Thomas Bergstrom, provided a starkly different portrait. He said that as secretary for clergy between 1992 and 2004, Lynn devoted himself to comprehending the scope of clergy sex-abuse around the archdiocese and trying to isolate problem priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

March 26, 2012

Complete coverage: Philadelphia Archdiocese child sex abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

Find the latest headlines from the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sex abuse scandal since the District Attorney released the Grand Jury report which charged three priests, a parochial school teacher, and a monsignor with sexual abuse against a minor or failing to prevent abuse. The report also found 37 priests who had been connecting to allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct still active and practicing in local parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Can Monsignor Lynn get a fair trial?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

March 26, 2012
By Eric Walter

The trial of Monsignor William Lynn, which began this week, signifies a major crisis for the Catholic Church. While priests have been accused or convicted of sex crimes against children, this marks the first time a church leader has been criminally charged with covering up such abuse.

The case is drawing national attention for that reason, and it is stirring up renewed outrage from Catholics and critics of the church alike.

Lynn's lawyers say that widespread coverage of the case, especially in light of the recent last-minute guilty plea from defrocked priest Edward Avery to sexually abusing a young boy, will have tainted the jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Not in Kansas Anymore

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

“First of all, this is not television.”

With those words, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina ended her orientation for 20 jurors – 9 women and 11 men – who Monday began hearing what could be up to three months of testimony in the trial of a church official and priest involving the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Not television? That’s an understatement.

It’s not just a reality check for jurors. Judges don’t bang gavels to open and close court sessions and most people understand that TV, movies and theater alter reality for dramatic effect.

For jurors, the trial is a crash course in logic and philosophy: learning to live according to a new reality that exists only in a courtroom and has its own language and rules of behavior.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Trial of highest ranking church official opens in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Press TV (Iran)

As one of the most closely-watched sex abuse trials involving the Catholic church kicked off on Monday, a prosecutor charged Monsignor William Lynn was the "keeper of secrets" who failed to protect children and then covered-up the crimes.

Lynn, 61, the most senior cleric to go to trial in the wave of sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests.

Lynn served as secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Philadelphia's archbishop from 1988 to 2003. That made Lynn, in effect, the personnel director for priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Ruim 8000 gesprekken via hotline misbruik

DUITSLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

TRIER (ANP/DPA) – Via de speciale telefoonlijn voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in Duitsland zijn tot nu toe ongeveer 8200 gesprekken gevoerd. Dat heeft de woordvoerder van het bisdom Trier maandag gezegd. De Duitse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk opende de lijn 2 jaar geleden. Hij zal in ieder geval tot eind april blijven bestaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

‘De ballenbus kwam elke vrijdag langs’

NEDERLAND
Historisch Nieuwsblad

De onvrijwillige castratie van de minderjarige Henk Heithuis in een katholiek internaat in de jaren vijftig zorgt voor veel commotie. De vraag rijst waarom commissie-Deetman het voorval niet heeft opgenomen in haar rapport. Historicus Hans Renders meent dat de commotie terecht is, maar dat castraties bij psychiatrische instellingen in de jaren veertig en vijftig de normale gang van zaken was.

Door Wendy Dallinga

Heithuis deed in 1956 aangifte van misbruik in het katholieke jongensinternaat Harreveld. Hij werd door de politie naar de psychiatrische instelling Huize Padua gebracht om vervolgens gecastreerd te worden. De castratie zou hem afhelpen van zijn homoseksuele gevoelens. Cornelis Rogge, een kind van het pleeggezin waar Heithuis later werd opgenomen, deed hiervan melding bij de commissie-Deetman, die seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk in Nederland onderzocht, maar het voorval werd niet in het rapport opgenomen. De commissie stelt dat zij onderzoekstechnisch te weinig aanknopingspunten had voor verder onderzoek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Landmark US church sex abuse case begins

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Times of India

PHILADELPHIA: A landmark sex abuse case that rocked the Roman Catholic Church went to trial Monday, marking the first time a U.S. church official faced a jury on allegations he endangered the welfare of children by covering for predator priests.

The trial will be closely followed by Catholics across the country, including some who say their lives were destroyed.

Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM

Landmark Catholic priest abuse trial begins in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
msnbc

By msnbc.com staff and news services

PHILADELPHIA -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia protected sexual predators in its ranks for more than 70 years, putting the church's reputation over the safety of children, a prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark priest abuse case that's shaken the Roman Catholic establishment.

The church kept secret files dating back to 1948 that show a long-standing conspiracy to doubt sex abuse victims, protect priests and avoid scandal, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in opening statements.

"You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," Coelho told jurors, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Landmark sexual-abuse trial: Monsignor called 'keeper of secrets'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Los Angeles Times

By David Zucchino

March 26, 2012

The first Catholic Church official to go on trial for allegedly covering up sexual abuse of children by predator priests was described by prosecutors Monday as more concerned with protecting the church than children.

Prosecutors in Philadelphia told jurors in opening statements that Monsignor William J. Lynn, who was in charge of reviewing complaints about abusive priests, tried to save the church from scandal by covering up child sexual abuse.

"You can’t protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark,’’ said Assistant Dist. Atty. Jacqueline Coelho, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Church official called "keeper of secrets" in U.S. abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Reuters

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA | Tue Mar 27, 2012

(Reuters) - One of the most closely watched child sex abuse trials involving the Roman Catholic Church began on Monday with a prosecutor asserting that Monsignor William Lynn was the "keeper of secrets" and his lawyer countering that he alone tried to stop the abuse.

At the center of opening arguments in the case against Lynn, the most senior cleric to stand trial in the church's sex abuse scandal, was the Philadelphia Archdiocese's "secret archive" of files containing information about hundreds of suspect priests.

Lynn, 61, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests. He faces a maximum of 28 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

If the Catholic Church is going to put pressure on SNAP…

WEST HARTFORD (CT)
The Hartford Courant

By Susan Campbell On March 26, 2012

…then SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — is going to need funds to fight back.

In two clergy sex abuse cases in Missouri, church lawyers have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists
though SNAP is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the cases. (I wrote about that here.)

The organization — with three paid staff members, and volunteers who lead 55 chapters in this country and eight overseas — was providing support for victims of clergy abuse years before any one else was paying attention. And they will need help fighting back.

You can meet David Clohessy, SNAP’s national director, at a Connecticut fundraiser at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Westmont St. in West Hartford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Director of Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests Pays A Visit

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

Susan Campbell

4:39 p.m. EDT, March 26, 2012

Earlier in March, reports began circulating that lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexually abusing children were going to court to force SNAP —- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests —- to release more than two decades of correspondence.

Their attempts are unprecedented. SNAP is not directly involved in any court cases, though it has served as a support system to victims since its inception in 1989. The national organization has members in Connecticut who have provided support for individuals abused by George Reardon, St. Francis Hospital's former head of endocrinology, and priests, as well as lobbied for change in the state's statute of limitations laws.

David Clohessy, national director for SNAP, will be in West Hartford on Tuesday for a fundraiser. (You can find out more about the fundraiser here: http://bit.ly/GQNcjQ). He answered a few questions in preparation for his time in Connecticut.

Q: You're in town for a fundraiser on Tuesday. Are you doing more fundraising these days?

A: Considerably. Because of the church hierarchy's legal attack, we've incurred roughly $50,000 in legal expenses that we didn't expect and can't afford. We've had to work harder than ever to continue, as we have for years, protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded and seeking donations to help us afford (and hopefully prevail over) the mean-spirited legal moves by Catholic officials in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT WILL NOT BE SILENCED

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

[Archbishop Chaput’s War on Obama Is Bad for Philadelphia]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an article that appears today as a post on the Philadelphia magazine blog site by Joel Mathis:

Joel Mathis isn’t Catholic, but that doesn’t stop him from giving some heady advice to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: just tend to the problems in the archdiocese and drop your criticisms of the Obama administration. Mathis is angry that Chaput has a new e-book coming out tomorrow, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, that addresses recent attacks on religious liberty. Mathis counsels Chaput to “concentrate on fixing the Catholic Church in Philadelphia,” adding that the archbishop’s alleged “anti-Obama crusade” amounts to “a distraction.”

Catholics like to lecture the outspoken archbishop as well. Last September, no sooner had Archbishop Chaput taken over in Philly when Catholic attorney Nicholas Cafardi offered his instructions. Noting that Chaput likes to comment on the big issues of the day, he said, “Chaput would be well-advised to leave politics aside.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Church Official Concealed Abuse Allegations, Prosecutor Said

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A former high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official placed the church's reputation above children's safety by concealing allegations that priests sexually abused minors, said a Philadelphia prosecutor at the start of a landmark criminal trial Monday.

"He paid lip service to children's protection," Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in an opening statement of a trial that could last for several months. "His concerted effort was to protect the church from scandal."

Msgr. William Lynn is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to coverup allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests. He is charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children and has pleaded not guilty.

Ms. Coelho said Msgr. Lynn was aware of allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors that had been lodged against several priests, but he failed to keep two of those priests out of assignments that involved contact with children; the two priests allegedly went on to sexually abuse two boys in separate incidents in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Philadelphia ex-priest admits abuse; lawsuits settled, filed

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 26, 2012
By Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA -- As two of his former colleagues prepared to face trial on abuse-related charges, a former priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison March 22 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy.

Edward V. Avery, 69, who was removed from the priesthood in 2006, admitted in an appearance before Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina that he was guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in the 1999 assault. He also said he conspired with co-defendant Msgr. William J. Lynn, then secretary for clergy in the archdiocese, to endanger children.

Msgr. Lynn, who is not charged with any sexual wrongdoing, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and endangering children. Another co-defendant, Father James J. Brennan, is accused of raping a boy in 1996 and has also pleaded not guilty. Their trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

For church leaders who covered up sex abuse, it is time to face the music

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

Monday, March 26, 2012

By Scott Alessi

Today begins the much anticipated trial of Msgr. William Lynn, a Philadelphia priest accused of child endangerment for his role in the cover up of child sex abuse allegations. The trial has major implications for the church, as it marks the first time a church official is facing criminal charges for failure to remove an accused priest from ministry.

Lynn, in his role as secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, was responsible for investigating abuse allegations and ensuring that appropriate action was taken against priests who posed a threat to children. A Philadelphia grand jury determined that he failed in that role and recommended he face charges along with the priests who actually committed the abuse.

Meanwhile Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is facing his own legal trouble for failure to report to authorities a priest who was in possession of child pornography. Finn avoided indictment in one county last fall by making a deal with the prosecutor but he may not be so lucky in the second county where he faces charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Abuse shatters dad's faith

AUSTRALIA
Maroondah Weekly

BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM

27 Mar, 2012

IAN Lawther still has faith in God - but he doesn't attend the Catholic Church to prove it any more.

The Healesville father said he doesn't "accept dogma from any church" since his son was abused by a convicted St Brigid's parish priest more than 10 years ago.

Over the years, Mr Lawther and his family have faced heartbreak and turmoil in their fight for justice. The crippling trauma caused him to lose three-quarters of his sight after he went into a "fit of rage" reading over his son's court documents, and burst the blood vessels in his eyes.

When the Weekly spoke to Mr Lawther last week, he welcomed the recommendations of the landmark Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry, which was tabled to Parliament at the end of last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

So much for “it was a thing of the past”: Active Clergy Criminal Cases

UNITED STATES
Patrick J. Wall

With the beginning of the clergy sex abuse and cover-up criminal trial in Philadelphia, as well as the recent guilty plea from Orange County (CA) priest Denis Lyons, I wanted to post a list of all of the currently active clergy criminal cases in the United States. If I have missed any, let me know. All of these are for sexual abuse or conspiracy to commit abuse, except for Fr. McCloskey in Albany. He was charged with fleeing from the police, reckless driving and auto theft.

■Diocese of San Diego – Reverend Jose Davila
■Diocese of Sacramento – Reverend Uriel Ojeda
■Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph – Bishop Robert Finn
■Diocese of Venice, Florida – Reverend Bernard Chojnacki
■Archdiocese of Philadelphia ■Reverend Edward Avery – plead guilty to conspiracy and felony child abuse
■Monsignor William Lynn
■Reverend Charles Engelhart O.S.F.S.
■Diocese of Brooklyn – Reverend Thomas Brady
■Diocese of Albany – Reverend Francis McCloskey

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

[with video[

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 2:28 PM EDT, Mon March 26, 2012

Philadelphia (CNN) -- Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan appeared before Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina inside a nearly filled Philadelphia courtroom. The attendees had to pass through a metal detector and surrender all electronic devices before entering the courtroom.

Commonwealth prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho told jurors in her nearly hour-long opening statement that Lynn's role was to protect priests, the church and privacy "at any cost."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Priest indicted on charges of child pornography, theft from Fitchburg parish

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Gary V. Murray TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
gmurray@telegram.com

WORCESTER — A Roman Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his Fitchburg parish has been indicted on related charges.

A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rev. Dongor, who authorities believe has fled the country and possibly returned to his native homeland of the Philippines.

State police allege that one of Rev. Dongor’s laptop computers contained images of girls 10 or 11 years old in various states of undress. The 36-year-old priest also allegedly admitted to investigators that he stole “$40 or $50” from St. Joseph parish in Fitchburg on a number of occasions to send home to his family in the Philippines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Defense: Monsignor 'won't run' from church abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KTAR

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
March 26th, 2012

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A lawyer for a high-ranking Catholic monsignor on trial in Philadelphia says his client won't run from the church's sex abuse crisis.

The defense says Monday that Monsignor William Lynn is perhaps the only person in the Philadelphia archdiocese who tried to address it.

Lynn supervised more than 800 priests as the longtime secretary for clergy. He's the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints.

Prosecutors say Lynn helped the church cover up the abuse complaints and endangered children by keeping dangerous priests in ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

First U.S. Catholic pedophile cover-up trial opens

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Canada.com

By Daniel Kelley, AFP March 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — High-ranking Catholic priest Monsignor William Lynn protected the dark "secrets" of child-abusing subordinates, a U.S. prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark trial.

The trial of the most senior church official in the United States to be charged with covering up priests' sexual abuse of children began under heavy media scrutiny in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors are targeting Lynn for allegedly shuffling two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions, thereby enabling the crimes to continue.

Assistant district attorney Jacqueline Coelho described Lynn as the "keeper of the secrets," tasked with protecting the church from scandal and keeping parishioners in the dark. "The protection of children was the furthest thing from defendant Lynn's mind," Coelho said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Former Dominican sees church's demise as blessing in disguise

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Jamie L Manson on Mar. 26, 2012 Grace on the Margins

It has been 20 years since Matthew Fox was expelled from the Dominican order after a 12-year battle with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the decades since, Fox has continued writing, teaching and ministering to various communities. In 1994, he was welcomed into the Anglican Communion as an Episcopal priest. Fox has authored 28 books, the most recent being The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved. The book has been translated into German, and the Italian version will be released this week.

In addition to this work, Fox spends much of his energy engaging with young adults who are interested in activism and spirituality. In a telephone interview last week, I talked with Fox about the key themes from his recent book and about his current projects with young spiritual activists.

Manson: You have been an Episcopal priest for 14 years, yet you're still writing about the Catholic church and speaking to Catholics. Do you still consider yourself a Catholic?

Fox: I consider myself an Episcopal priest, but I never found any documents that said I'm no longer a Catholic priest or a Catholic. As I say in my most recent book, I'm for dropping the word Roman from Catholic and getting it back to its real meaning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Bishop Listecki to preside at Mass of Atonement

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

March 26, 2012

Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop Jerome Listecki will prostrate himself before the altar at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church on Thursday in a special Mass of Atonement meant to acknowledge the church's sins in the handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis and steps it has taken to reform.

Although all Catholics are welcome, the archdiocese specifically invited sex abuse victims in its announcement. It is unclear how the archdiocese's bankruptcy, in which it has taken steps that would block large numbers of victim's claims, would affect that turnout.

St. Frances was selected for its size and location, not its history, according to a church spokeswoman. Two archdiocesan priests who had served at the parish, Father Charles W. Walter (1987-1993) and the late Father Edmund Haen (1955-1972), appear on the archdiocese's list of priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against them. Haen died in 1997; Walter remains fully restricted from ministry, according to the list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Tragedies Beyond Belief

NETHERLANDS
The Algemeiner

Within the past week, three incidents of depravity have been the subject of news coverage. Of course, in the world at large, many outrages have occurred, but these three affecting young people had a special impact, and I would like to bring them to your attention.

On March 20th, The New York Times reporter Stephen Castle wrote, “A young man in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was surgically castrated decades ago after complaining about sexual abuse, according to new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there.”

Castle went on, “In 2010, about 2,000 people complained of abuse by priests, church institutions or religious orders in the Netherlands after the Roman Catholic Church commissioned an inquiry. It finally concluded that the number of actual victims over several decades could be 10 times higher.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Local 10

Author: By Sarah Hoye CNN

Published On: Mar 26 2012

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) -
Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan appeared before Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina inside a nearly filled Philadelphia courtroom. The attendees had to pass through a metal detector and surrender all electronic devices before entering the courtroom.

Commonwealth prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho told jurors in her nearly hour-long opening statement that Lynn's role was to protect priests, the church and privacy "at any cost."

Lynn, dressed in all black and wearing a priest collar, listened intently as Coelho argued that he knowingly covered up incidents of sexual abuse, including alleged acts by Brennan, and "ignored common sense and placed children at risk."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

American monsignor tried on paedophilia charges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Vatican Insider

Philadelphia’s first trial against a monsignor is taking place after it was discovered that he covered for subordinates who had committed sexual abuse against minors

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

A grand jury is accusing Mgr. William Lynn of protecting two priests suspected of paedophilia, allowing them to carry on abusing their victims. One of the priests, Edward Avery, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and half years in prison.

The other priest, Rev. David Brennan is being tried for abuse against minors carried out in the 90’s. This is the first court proceeding to be launched in the U.S. against cases of paedophilia in Catholic Church institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Prosecutor: Protecting church more important for monsignor

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A ranking monsignor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia chose to ignore or conceal information about sexually abusive priests because protecting the church was more important than protecting children, a prosecutor said Monday morning.

"You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," to Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho told jurors as the landmark sexual abuse case got under way. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark."

Coelho's opening statement came after lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan lost a bid to seek a new jury or delay the trial.

The proceedings were delayed nearly 90 minutes while Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina and attorneys met individually with the jurors to make sure none had been unduly influenced by news that a third defendant, defrocked priest Edward V. Avery, pleaded guilty last week. When it ended, the panel of 22 jurors and alternates had dropped to 20. But the judge did not explain why.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Judge Moving Forward with Clergy Abuse Trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

March 26, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Breaking News: John Martin reported in the Inquirer a few moments ago that the Judge has rejected a bid to delay the trial. Opening statements are set to begin! Link to follow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

First Catholic pedophile cover-up trial opens

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AFP

By Daniel Kelley (AFP)

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The first Catholic priest in the United States to be charged with covering up his subordinates' sexual abuse of children arrived in court Monday for a landmark trial in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors are targeting Monsignor William Lynn for allegedly shuffling two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions around the Philadelphia, thereby enabling the crimes to continue.

The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990's, makes the trial the first of its kind in the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Prosecutors: Philly archdiocese protected predator priests, reputation more than kids' safety

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newser

By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Associated Press
Prosecutors say the Archdiocese of Philadelphia engaged in a long-standing criminal effort to protect sexual predator priests, putting the reputation of the church over the safety of children.

Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coehlo (coh-EHL'-oh) told a jury Monday during opening statements of a landmark trial against a priest and high-ranking church official that a decades-long conspiracy met victims with skepticism "at all cost."

Monday marked the beginning of prosecutors' case against Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Landmark US church sex abuse case begins; monsignor, priest plead not guilty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Global News

PHILADELPHIA - A landmark sex abuse case that rocked the Roman Catholic Church went to trial Monday, marking the first time a U.S. church official faced a jury on allegations he endangered the welfare of children by covering for predator priests.

The trial will be closely followed by Catholics across the country, including some who say their lives were destroyed.

Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Täter, Opfer und null Toleranz

DEUTSCHLAND
Anmerkungen donec venias

Aus gegebenem Anlass, möchte ich hier einmal kurzgefasst das wiedergeben, was ein Bekannter zu sagen hat. Ich habe mich bemüht, alle Details herauszunehmen, die ihn identifizierbar machen. Seinen Namen habe ich natürlich sowieso geändert. Vielleicht ist er ein Ausnahmefall. Vielleicht gibt es noch mehr wie ihn. Denn wer erfährt so etwas? Er hat mich nicht beauftragt das zu schreiben. Er resigniert eher und hat Angst, dass, gleich was er tut, alles nur noch schlimmer wird. Also, hier seine Geschichte:

"Mein Name ist Josef. Ich bin Priester – und Sie sind alle meine Richter. Bevor Sie das endgültige Urteil fällen, nehme ich dankend die Möglichkeit an, wenigstens alles aus meiner Sicht schildern zu können:

Zu meiner Berufung fand ich, als ich als Jugendlicher schwer verletzt im Krankenhaus lag und der Ortspfarrer mich besuchte. Er setzte sich zu mir und betete den Rosenkranz. Dabei wurde mir klar, dass ich in Maria eine liebende Mutter habe. Das war für mich sehr wichtig. Denn meine Mutter hatte mich nicht gewollt, meinen Vater kannte ich nicht. Ich durfte nur leben, weil eine Verwandte sich bereit erklärt hatte, mich großzuziehen. Dort wuchs ich auf, meine Mutter sah ich selten. Ich wollte sein wie dieser Pfarrer, der Kranke besucht und Verlassenen wie mir eine Mutter zeigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Opfer beschuldigen Papst

MEXIKO
N-TV

Wusste Papst Benedikt XVI. von den Machenschaften Marcial Maciels? Der führende Geistliche soll in Mexiko Kinder missbraucht und mehrere selbst gezeugt haben. Als Mitglied der Glaubenskongregation behinderte er die Aufklärung des Falles, so die Anklage von Opfern und Experten. Und das gemeinsam mit Papst Johannes Paul II.

Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch in Mexiko haben schwere Vorwürfe gegen Papst Benedikt XVI. erhoben. Der 84-Jährige habe in seiner Zeit als Chef der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan die Aufklärung des Missbrauchsskandal um den inzwischen verstorbenen Gründer des Ordens der Legionäre Christi, Marcial Maciel, behindert, heißt es in einem Manifest, das die Opfer aus Anlass des Papstbesuches in Mexiko veröffentlichten. Eines der Opfer, José Barba, beklagt in der Videobotschaft, dass sie über Jahre nicht gehört worden seien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Papst ruft Mexiko zur Beilegung seiner Konflikte auf

MEXIKO
Spin

Papst Benedikt XVI. hat Mexiko zu einer friedlichen Beilegung seiner Konflikte im Land aufgerufen. Christi Herrschaft bestehe "nicht in der Kraft seiner Armeen, andere mit Macht und Gewalt zu unterwerfen", sagte das Oberhaupt der katholischen Kirche bei einer Messe unter freiem Himmel nahe der Stadt León. Viele hätten die Herrschaft "falsch verstanden oder verstehen sie falsch".

Benedikt XVI. sprach wie üblich keine konkrete Situation an, sondern betonte vor den mehr als 350.000 Gläubigen im Bicentenario-Park in Silao die Grundwerte des katholischen Glaubens. Das mexikanische Volk und weitere lateinamerikanische Länder erlebten derzeit "Momente des Schmerzes und der Hoffnung", sagte er.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Neue Vorwürfe gegen Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz

DEUTSCHLAND
Bospace

Trier - Gegen den Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Stephan Ackermann, gibt es neue Vorwürfe. Nachdem bekannt worden war, dass Ackermann in seinem eigenen Bistum pädophile Pfarrer als Seelsorger beschäftigt ("Spiegel" 12/2012), werfen nun zwei Pfarrer aus dem saarländischen Ort Köllerbach dem Trierer Bischof und dessen Ordinariat "Vertuschung statt Aufklärung" vor, berichtet der "Spiegel" vorab. Die beiden Geistlichen hatten 2010 von mehreren Verdachtsfällen sexueller Gewalt in der Köllerbacher Gemeinde St. Martin erfahren und daraufhin unverzüglich die Bistumsleitung informiert.

Statt der erhofften Aufklärung wurden in einem Schreiben im Auftrag der Bistumsleitung die von Pater Klaus Gorges innerkirchlich gemeldeten Vorfälle in Köllerbach lediglich als "Gerüchte" bezeichnet, "die sich nicht erhärtet" hätten. Dabei hatten Zeugen auch gegenüber dem Priester Guido Ittmann die Vorfälle bestätigt. Ittmann und ein Opfer stellten Strafanzeige, die allerdings wegen Verjährung nicht weiter verfolgt werden konnte. Das Bistum fühlt sich zudem für die mutmaßlichen Täter kirchenrechtlich nicht zuständig. Nach seinem Aufklärungsbemühungen bekam Pfarrer Ittmann neben Drohbriefen auch einen Sack mit Tierkadavern vor die Haustüre und tote Fledermäuse in den Weihwasserkrug seiner Kirche gelegt. Ackermanns Personalchef habe ihn angewiesen, sich still zu verhalten und den Missbrauchsfällen nicht nachzugehen, so Ittmann. Das Bistum wollte sich zu dem Vorwurf nicht äußern. Das Generalvikariat schrieb ihm, Veröffentlichungen des Pfarrers müssten vorher abgezeichnet werden. Ittmann: "Ich kann nicht fassen, das dies die Reaktion des Bistums auf einen Missbrauchsverdacht ist." Einige der mutmaßlichen Täter seien in der Diözese immer noch aktiv.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

„Vertuschung statt Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Wochenblatt

„Vertuschung statt Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen in der katholischen Kirche"

Gegen den Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Stephan Ackermann, gibt es neue Vorwürfe. Bereits letzte Woche hatte der Spiegel berichtet, in der Diözese Ackermanns seien Priester nur versetzt worden, denen man sexuellen Missbrauch vorwerfe.

Nachdem bekannt worden war, dass Ackermann in seinem eigenen Bistum pädophile Pfarrer als Seelsorger beschäftigt (SPIEGEL 12/2012), werfen nun zwei Pfarrer aus dem saarländischen Ort Köllerbach dem Trierer Bischof und dessen Ordinariat "Vertuschung statt Aufklärung" vor. Die beiden Geistlichen hatten 2010 von mehreren Verdachtsfällen sexueller Gewalt in der Köllerbacher Gemeinde St. Martin erfahren und daraufhin unverzüglich die Bistumsleitung informiert. Statt der erhofften Aufklärung wurden in einem Schreiben im Auftrag der Bistumsleitung die von Pater Klaus Gorges innerkirchlich gemeldeten Vorfälle in Köllerbach lediglich als "Gerüchte" bezeichnet, "die sich nicht erhärtet" hätten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Landmark Philly priest sex abuse case begins

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KSRO

MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-ranking Roman Catholic official charged with shuffling predator priests to unwitting parishes has pleaded not guilty in front of a Philadelphia jury as the landmark case against him and a priest begins.

The trial of Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan began Monday morning after a brief delay. Opening statements are next.

A defrocked priest who had been a co-defendant in the case entered a surprise guilty plea last week following weeks of legal wrangling in the case. Defense attorneys had asked for a new jury, saying it could be tainted if jurors learned of Avery's plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

Archbishop Chaput’s War on Obama Is Bad for Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Philly Post

The head of the Catholic Church should spend less time pandering to the Republicans and more time dealing with local problems.

By Joel Mathis 3/26/2012

It can’t be a fun time to be Catholic in Philadelphia.

On Friday, defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a Northeast Philadelphia altar boy in 1999. This week—assuming all goes as planned—Monsignor William Lynn goes on trial, accused of covering up many more allegations against many more priests while he served during Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s reign in the city. And there are the non-rape problems: The diocese has struggled with massively declining enrollment in the city’s parochial schools. They ain’t exactly packing them in at the parishes, either.

So what’s Archbishop Charles Chaput’s plan to fix a diocese in crisis? Apparently, it’s to turn the church into the Republican Party at Mass.

Suddenly Philadelphia Catholics under Chaput are rallying against President Obama. This week they’ll be fasting and praying in protest against the president. And Chaput himself is now releasing an 99-cent e-book—A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America—that plainly takes aim at the president and his policy that employers provide contraceptive coverage as part of health insurance plans. Under Chaput, the local church has been busy, busy, busy reminding everybody that Obama is coming to take your religious freedom away.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Judge to rule on bid to delay priests' trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A judge is expected to rule this morning on a request to delay the landmark trial of Philadelphia priests accused of conspiring to cover up clergy sex abuse.

Opening statements had been scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in a third-floor courtroom at the city's Criminal Justice Center. But as of 10:15 a.m., the parties remained behind closed doors.

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan said that publicity over last week's unexpected guilty plea by a third defendant might have tainted the jury.

As of 10:15 a.m., the parties remained behind closed doors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Start of landmark Philly priest abuse case delayed

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KTAR

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
March 26th, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The start of a landmark priest abuse case involving a high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was delayed Monday while a judge weighed a defense request for a new jury after the abrupt guilty plea last week of a co-defendant.

Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan planned to attack the credibility of the priests' troubled adult accusers, but that strategy took a hit last week when defrocked priest Edward Avery entered a last-minute guilty plea, confirming one accuser's account of a brutal 1999 sexual assault inside a church sacristy.

The trial for Lynn and Brennan was scheduled to begin Monday morning after weeks of jury selection and pretrial wrangling. Both men were in court for the start of the trial, but the judge and jury were not.

All three priests were to be tried together before Avery pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to an assault on a then-10-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Reported sexual assault at Notre Dame campus leaves more questions than answers

INDIANA
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 26, 2012
By Melinda Henneberger

On her way back to St. Mary’s College from the University of Notre Dame, just across the street in Notre Dame, Ind., freshman Lizzy Seeberg texted her therapist that she needed to talk ASAP. “Something bad happened,” read her message, sent at 11:39 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2010. A sophomore in their dorm bolted from her study group after getting a similar message. When they talked a few minutes later, Lizzy was crying so hard she was having trouble breathing: “She looked really flushed and was breathing heavily and talking really fast; I couldn’t understand her. I just heard her say ‘boy,’ ‘Notre Dame,’ ‘football player.’ She was crying and having the closest thing to a panic attack I’ve seen in my life. I told her to breathe and sit down and tell me everything.”

What she eventually did tell both her therapist and her friend that night -- then committed to paper, in a handwritten statement she and the other young woman carefully signed, dated and handed over to campus police the next day, is that a Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted her in his room after two other students left them alone there. Yet Notre Dame police, who have jurisdiction to investigate even the most serious crimes on campus, still had not interviewed him when she committed suicide 10 days later -- and wouldn’t for another five days. “He started sucking my neck and I started crying harder,” Lizzy wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Benedict XVI attacks the bishops conniving with the drug lords and the paedophile Maciel

MEXICO
Vatican Insider

The majestic Basilica Cathedral of Our Holy Mother of the Light hosts a sort of ‘Latin American conclave’ of South American bishops

Giacomo Galeazzi

An eco resounds in the neoclassical aisles of the Cathedral, it is the invite extended to the audience by the pope as pastor and theologian not to “give into the intimidation campaign of evil forces”, because “ Evil does not have the last word in history” and “God can present new grounds for a hope that does not disappoint”. In the Majestic Cathedral of Leon in Mexico, which has been transformed into a sort of “Latin conclave” as all the continent’s bishops have flocked together, Benedict XVI attacked the bishops who have collaborated with the drug lords and the powerful founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Maciel, who is a paedophile. During the recital of the vespers the Pope deplored “weaknesses and faults”, but also sent a message of hope: “ The cruelty and ignorance of men do not stop the divine plan for salvation. Evil cannot do much”. This warning was directed at people within the Church but also outside, including the leaders of countries “that suffer due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the collapse of moral values, criminality and emigration because it splits families up”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Evangelicals rise in Latin America

Aljazeera

Chris Arsenault Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012

As Pope Benedict XVI makes his way through Mexico and Cuba, rallying the faithful, his advisers are likely having backroom discussions about an impending threat to the Catholic Church's historic dominance in the region: The rise of evangelical Christianity.

Home to about eight per cent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics - more of the faithful than any country outside Brazil - Mexico has seen a slow but steady decline in people who self-identify with the faith. Currently about 82.7 per cent of Mexicans consider themselves Catholic, down from 88 per cent in 2000 and 96 per cent in 1970. Evangelical protestant denominations are believed responsible for much of the drop.

"The Vatican is extremely concerned about competition with evangelicals," Daniel Levine, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies religious movements in Latin America, told Al Jazeera. "They are worried about losing their position as ‘the' spokesperson for religion and morality in the region. It is a big change from a generation ago."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Landmark Priest Sex Abuse Trial Begins

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newser

By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff

Posted Mar 26, 2012

(Newser) – Two Catholic priests are set to go on trial in Philadelphia for charges related to alleged child sexual abuse today, and their chances of victory look a lot lower than they did last week. Monsignor William Lynn is the first church official charged with child endangerment for failing to remove two alleged abusers from their posts, the AP reports. One of those alleged abusers, Rev. James Brennan, is on trial alongside him, charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in 1996. But the other, Edward Avery, submitted a last-minute guilty plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

De Wonderjaren van Maaike Cafmeyer

BELGIE
Humo

De Wonderjaren van Maaike Cafmeyer (39) spelen zich af op het platteland van Torhout, diep in het West-Vlaamse Houtland. De actrice houdt goede herinneringen over aan haar kindertijd, hoewel haar tienerjaren niet zonder slag of stoot verlopen zijn.

Maaike Cafmeyer «Ik ben een plattelandskind. Als ik aan mijn lagereschooltijd terugdenk, zie ik mezelf in het groen, spelend tussen de koeien, de schapen en de bomen met vogelnesten. Ik heb als kind de stad niet gezien. ...

•Cafmeyer «Als kind heb ik ook altijd intuïtief heb aangevoeld dat er iets niet pluis was met al die geestelijken.

»Neem nu Roger Vangheluwe. Ik heb die man verschillende keren ontmoet. Ik ben zelfs ooit samen met hem met de witte Lourdestrein op bedevaart geweest. Hij zat in het midden van die trein op een hoge stoel met zijn staf, meestal met een kind op zijn schoot, terwijl hij door een micro het onzevader voorlas. Ook mijn broer heeft zo bij hem op de schoot gezeten, toen hij één jaar was. Als ik daaraan denk, word ik niet goed.

»Het typeert de tijdgeest van toen en het soort mensen tussen wie ik in het katholieke West-Vlaanderen van de jaren zeventig en tachtig ben opgegroeid. Maar het typeert ook de hoogmoed van dat soort priesters, en hoe ze zichzelf zagen ten opzichte van ‘hun’ gelovigen: ze zaten, als goede herders, met hun mijter en staf op een troon, op een übertrip naar een verschijning van de maagd Maria, terwijl alle schapen in de trein lijdzaam toekeken en lofliederen zongen. Als je in zo’n machtspositie zit, kunnen grenzen snel vervagen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Maaike Cafmeyer over Vangheluwe : “Schrok niet toen hij ontmaskerd werd

BELGIE
Knack

maandag 26 maart 2012

Torhout - Actrice Maaike Cafmeyer heeft het in het weekblad Humo deze week over haar ‘Wonderjaren’, haar jeugd die ze doorbracht op het Torhoutse platteland. Ze heeft het over de leuke tijd die ze beleefde met haar zus, haar rebelse jaren toen ze ‘s nachts wegsloop om te gaan fuiven, maar ook over toenmalig bisschop Roger Vangheluwe.

“Als kind heb ik ook altijd intuïtief heb aangevoeld dat er iets niet pluis was met al die geestelijken”, zegt Maaike Cafmeyer in het interview. Roger Vangheluwe ontmoette ze verschillende keren, ook op bedevaart. “Hij zat op een hoge stoel met zijn staf, meestal met een kind op zijn schoot. Ook mijn broer heeft zo bij hem op de schoot gezeten. Als ik daaraan denk, word ik niet goed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Cleveland: Special mass at St. Colman's Church

CLEVELAND (OH)
WKYC

[with video]

Written by
Pamela Osborne

CLEVELAND -- It's been a little over two weeks since the Vatican ruled that the 13 churches closed by Bishop Richard Lennon reopen. The bishop has yet to respond, and the churches have yet to be reopened.

But it didn't stop displaced parishioners from joining for a special prayer of thanks. Hundreds of parishioners gathered at St. Colman's church for a special mass. They called it the "Mass of Thanksgiving." Their thanks went to the Vatican for overturning the bishops ruling.

But there was a deeper meaning to the prayer that took place. Parishioners were asked to spend some time thinking about forgiveness. Forgiveness is something some have had a hard time with, since many of them say their churches closed down and they were left with no place to go.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Alison O’Connor: Church tells the betrayed laity to get back in line

IRELAND
Irish Independent

I've a sneaking suspicion that there are plans afoot in Rome to put a squeeze on us a la carte Catholics -- those of us who can't quite decide whether we're in or out. We're the ones who believe they should be glad to have us at all; and who love a bouncy castle on Holy Communion Day. Will we soon be told to shape up or ship out?

Now there is no clear word, on this but the summary of the report from the 'Apolostic Visitation" published this week was most interesting in parts. It was not that it contained any great surprises in terms of clerical abuse and the rape of children. It was pretty much the same old same old there.

But what did surprise me was the fairly clear message regarding orthodoxy. In other words, we were reminded that the rules are the rules. It doesn't matter what the "background music" may be in our country with regard to sexual abuse, or the historical dominance of the church, which had such a negative effect on our society. The rules, we were reminded, must be adhered to -- religiously, as it were.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Landmark Philly priest-abuse trial starts Monday

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Associated Press | Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012

Defense lawyers plan to attack the credibility of the troubled adult accusers when two Roman Catholic priests go on trial in a landmark child sex-abuse case involving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But that strategy took a hit Thursday when co-defendant Edward Avery entered a last-minute guilty plea, confirming one accuser's account of a brutal 1999 sexual assault inside a church sacristy. The victim was then a 10-year-old altar boy, Avery a 57-year-old priest.

Avery's plea leaves Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan on trial on Monday. Brennan, 48, is charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Judge to rule on delaying priest sex trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
UPI

PHILADELPHIA, March 26 (UPI) -- A former high-ranking Catholic official accused of hiding Philadelphia alleged priest sex abuse acted as if his job was to shield the abuser, a prosecutor said.

Msgr. William Lynn "would have done something about the allegations" if he were "thinking about kids first" when he handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests from 1992 to 2004, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said at a pretrial court hearing Friday ahead of opening arguments set to begin Monday.

Lynn, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of children, is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to coverup allegations.

The opening arguments at the state Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, were to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, but might be postponed, lawyers said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

A lingering legacy of secrecy

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

Sexual abuse of children by priests went unchecked for decades because church leaders ignored the problem or worked to keep it secret. We are nearing the 20-year mark of the bishops finally acting against pedophile priests and the scandal becoming public in the Belleville Diocese.

It seemed that the lessons of secrecy's insidious nature had dawned on diocesan leaders. Open declarations about accusations and actions were made, bringing forth other victims. Sunshine was used to cleanse the pulpit.

Yet here we are still dealing with the legacy of secrecy, paying victims $7.5 million in damages. That was before this past week, when three more lawsuits were settled for "substantial" sums.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Unusual Catholic Church abuse case to go to trial in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
God Discussion

In lawsuits involving pedophile priests within the Catholic Church, typically it is the priest accused of abuse who stands trial. But in a case that will start this week in Philadelphia, a priest alleged to have covered up the crime will also be tried.

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly failing to remove predator priests from the ministry. He will be the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. to go on trial on allegations of transferring accused priests to new assignments.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian specializes in sexual abuse cases, although he is not connected with this one. Garabedian told the Associated Press that Lynn's case is very rare and may set legal precedent if there is a conviction. "Given the fact that a monsignor, Monsignor William Lynn, of the Catholic church is being prosecuted means that the government has taken the next step and going after, criminally, supervisors of pedophile priests within the Catholic Church and not only the pedophile priests themselves. I believe that a conviction will have a chilling effect on the Church, and that it will make the Church more moral. And supervisors of the Church may realize that they are also susceptible to criminal charges and that they will not transfer pedophile priests."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Opening Statements In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Set To Begin Today

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Opening statements are scheduled for today in an unprecedented case: the trial of a priest who allegedly raped a boy, and a Monsignor who is charged with endangering children as part of what authorities say was a Philadelphia Archdiocese-wide criminal conspiracy. The defendants have pleaded not guilty. But, before the trial starts, the judge must determine if jurors have been tainted by a co-defendant’s guilty plea last week.

The prosecution alleges Monsignor William Lynn, Secretary for Clergy reviewed secret archives, containing allegations and admissions of sexual abuse by dozens of priests, but he allowed them to remain in ministry to abuse children.

According to prosecutors, Monsignor Lynn and other church officials were concerned about scandal and lawsuits, but what was missing was concern for children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Trial begins for Catholic church official charged with reassigning abusive priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

March 26, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

The landmark trial of a Roman Catholic Church official is set to begin in Philadelphia Monday. It will turn a new page in the court battle in the cases of Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan.

Lynn, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the first U.S. church official charged criminally for his administrative actions. He's accused of child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to unsuspecting parishes.

Eyes across the country are focused on the Philadelphia case, says Patrick Wall, a former Catholic priest. Wall now works as a consultant for a law firm that has filed suits on behalf of those sexually abused as children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Opening arguments scheduled today in Philadelphia clergy sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Morning Call

By Peter Hall, Of The Morning Call

5:25 a.m. EDT, March 26, 2012
A judge is expected to decide whether opening arguments will begin today in the sex abuse trial of two Philadelphia-area clergymen where retired Allentown Bishop Edward Cullen is likely to testify.

Following a surprise guilty plea by one of his codefendants, defense attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn asked Judge Teresa Sarmina to delay the trial to pick a new jury. The jurors, Lynn's attorneys said, were likely exposed to media reports of defrocked priest Edward Avery's guilty plea.

The judge said she would decide before the scheduled start of the trial this morning whether a new jury is needed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

March 25, 2012

C4C Commentor Quoted in CNN Justice Coverage

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

March 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Click here to read: “Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attention,” by Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti, CNN, March 25, 2012

Excerpt: “(Rich) Green, the nephew of deceased Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, says he was abused by a priest at a Philadelphia high school in 1990. The priest died in 1999, and the statute of limitations has run out on Green’s ability to sue the Philadelphia archdiocese.

Green did receive a settlement from the Archdiocese of Wilmington, Delaware, where the priest’s order is based, and says he plans to attend Lynn’s trial as often as he can.

“We are asking for these people who are responsible for destroying our lives to be held accountable for what they did to us,” Green said. “We are the ones telling the truth, and I don’t understand why the Catholic Church can’t tell the truth.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Víctimas de Maciel en México acusan a de Benedicto XVI de haber tapado los abusos

MEXICO
El Plural

Mexicanos que denunciaron los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, así como algunas de sus víctimas, pidieron al Papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en ese país reconocer la responsabilidad de la Iglesia en el ocultamiento de los hechos.

Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en una rueda de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernoctó el Papa este sábado, que el Vaticano ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Víctimas de Marcial Maciel cuestionan al Papa en México

MEXICO
La Nacion (Chile)

Víctimas de abusos sexuales del mexicano Marcial Maciel, un sacerdote fallecido en 2008 que fundó la congregación católica Legionarios de Cristo, difundieron un manifiesto en el que acusan al Papa Benedicto XVI, de visita a este país, de haberles ignorado.

"Por vuestras manos pasó la oportunidad de aceptar esa verdad" (los abusos sexuales de Maciel), dice el manifiesto presentado en León, a 400 km al noroeste de la capital, donde el Papa se aloja en su primera visita a México. "Pero no se nos escuchó ni se nos creyó oportunamente. Durante mucho tiempo fuimos ignorados", agrega el manifiesto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Respuesta del Vaticano: Ningún Papa encubrió a mexicano Maciel

MEXICO
Orlando Sentinel

Por E. EDUARDO CASTILLO y ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON

LEON, México (AP) — El vocero del Vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, afirmó el sábado que ningún Papa encubrió la doble vida del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, señalado de abuso sexual contra seminaristas y de haber procreado al menos tres hijos pese a ser sacerdote.

Horas después de que fuera presentado un libro sobre el presunto encubrimiento del Vaticano a los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, Lombardi consideró "injusto" calificar de esa manera tanto al Papa Benedicto XVI como a su antecesor Juan Pablo II.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

LA PEDERASTIA QUE EL PAPA NO QUIERE VER

MEXICO
Critica Politica

Por Sanjuana MartínezPeriodista www.websanjuanamartinez.com www.elboomeran.com
“Me falta un testículo, por eso tengo la tentación de tocar niños”, dijo como excusa el sacerdote José Luis de María y Campos López de la Diócesis de Guanajuato, a María, madre de un niño a quien violó varias veces bajo el argumento de que era “el elegido por Dios” y con la protección continuada del obispo José Guadalupe Martín Rábago.

En Guanajuato, tierra yunquista, las víctimas de pederastia clerical forman parte de manera silenciosa de la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI quien se ha negado a recibirlas durante su estancia del 23 al 26 de marzo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

México: acusan al Papa de ignorar denuncias sobre abuso sexual

MEXICO
Observador Global

Quienes fueron abusados sexualmente por el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel aprovecharon la presencia del Papa en León para presentar un manifiesto donde lo acusan de ignorar las denuncias al respecto.

Víctimas de abusos sexuales del mexicano Marcial Maciel, un sacerdote fallecido en 2008 que fundó la congregación católica Legionarios de Cristo, difundieron ayer un manifiesto en el que acusan al papa Benedicto XVI, de visita a este país, de haberlas ignorado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

The Olé Pope: Benedict dons a Mexican sombrero as he preaches Mass to 30,000

MEXICO
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

More than 300,000 Catholic pilgrims gathered in the central Mexican city of Silao on Sunday to hear Pope Benedict XVI say Mass in the country on his first official visit to Latin America.

By Josephine McKenna
9:54PM BST 25 Mar 2012

Benedict held the ceremony in the city's Bicentennial park in the shadows of the Christ the King statue, a 72-foot monument which recalls the Catholic uprisings of 1926 – 1929.

After landing in the park by helicopter he was presented with a large black sombrero as he greeted fans in his Popemobile before preaching a message of peace in a country reeling from the violence of the drug cartels.

"We ask Christ, to reign in our hearts, making them pure, docile, filled with hope and courageous in humility," Benedict said in his homily.

Despite the enthusiastic reception Benedict received on Sunday, his visit to Mexico has been overshadowed by accusations from victims of sexual abuse who have accused the Vatican of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for years.

Victims of sexual abuse were angry that the pontiff had no plans to meet them after he had met victims of paedophilia on his previous official visits to the US, Germany, Malta, Australia and the UK in 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Catholics celebrate Vatican ruling on closings with special Mass at St. Colman parish

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By Evelyn Theiss, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Catholics from many of the closed churches in Northeast Ohio gathered this afternoon for a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Colman Church in Cleveland.

Hymn-singing was emphasized in the Mass, led by St. Colman's pastor, the Rev. Bob Begin, and it seemed exceptionally joyous.

"This is so beautiful," said Phyllis Cielec, 81, whose home church was St. Barbara in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood. "This is part of a dream we never thought we'd see."

The celebration was triggered by the stunning news earlier this month that the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy had ruled in favor of 13 closed parishes in Cleveland, saying Bishop Richard Lennon did not follow church law and procedures when he closed them. Banners at the front of the church represented each of those churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attention

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

By From Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti, CNN

updated 6:40 PM EDT, Sun March 25, 2012

(CNN) -- Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

Monsignor William Lynn has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. Lynn served as the vicar of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a position in which he was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children.

A grand jury alleged that he knowingly allowed priests accused of abuse to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children, according to the district attorney's office. Lynn "acted as if his job was to protect the abuser, never the abused," a January 2011 grand jury report concluded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Monsignor's Coverup Trial Set to Open

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A landmark criminal trial is scheduled to begin here on Monday for a former high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official accused of failing to protect children from alleged molestation by priests.

Amid the sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church over the past decade, because Msgr. William Lynn will be the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to cover-up allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia diocese from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests. He is charged with endangering the welfare of children and has pleaded not guilty.

The case illustrates both the progress and the shortcomings of the Catholic Church's handling of abuse allegations. The Philadelphia district attorney's office credited the diocese with referring some of the allegations at issue in the trial to prosecutors, under strengthened reporting policies the diocese adopted in the past decade.

But a grand-jury report last year blasted the diocese for allowing 37 priests to remain in active ministry despite having "credible" abuse allegations lodged against them. The diocese later placed a majority of the priests on leave as it investigated the allegations. Msgr. Lynn also was placed on leave from his post as a parish pastor after he was charged last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Popes have worked for 'truth and transparency,' Fr. Lombardi affirms

MEXICO
Catholic News Agency

Leon, Mexico, Mar 25, 2012 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has followed his predecessor Blessed John Paul II in working for “truth and transparency” on priestly abuse and other topics, the Holy See Press Office director said on March 24.

Pope Benedict XVI “has truly done much to fight against these problems and put fundamental measures in place,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists during a press conference at the Hotsson Hotel in León, where he has been briefing journalists during the Pope's visit to Mexico.

“It’s unjust to consider Pope Benedict XVI as someone who has worked against truth and transparency,” he said during the evening press conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Sex abuse book mars Mexico Pope visit

MEXICO
YouTube

Published on Mar 25, 2012 by Euronews

http://www.euronews.com/ Pope Benedict XVI's first trip to Mexico is being overshadowed by a book alleging the Catholic Church hid evidence of sex abuse by one of Mexico's most prominent Roman Catholics.

Called 'The Will Not to Know', the book details the investigation and alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by a former high-ranking reverend who founded a religious order.

One of its authors, Fernando Gonzalez, claimed the Pope was aware of abuse in Mexico's Catholic church before 2000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Crimes de agressão sexual em lar da igreja vão a tribunal

PORTUGAL
Diario de Noticias

Seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos das Oficinas de São José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o dia-a-dia na instituição.

O jornal "Público" escreve que seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos da Oficina de São José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o seu envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o dia-a-dia da instituição tutelada pela Diocese do Porto, que acolhia então mais de 60 rapazes. Agressões reiteradas a monitores, abusos sexuais entre alunos e até menores vítimas de prostituição.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Bispo do Porto: Era inevitável fechar Oficinas de S. José

PORTUGAL
DN

O atual bispo do Porto, que exerce a função há precisamente cinco anos, diz que outra solução não restava senão fechar as Oficinas de S. José, a instituição católica para acolhimento de menores que o caso Gisberta mediatizou.

"Havia um desajustamento em relação àquilo que se procurava" inicialmente, o acolhimento de órfãos, e aquilo que ultimamente se lhe pedia, a institucionalização de menores problemáticos, "e achei que não havia condições" para isso, explica Manuel Clemente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Tribunais julgam 14 crimes de abusos sexuais com jovens de lar da Igreja

PORTUGAL
Publico

Oficina de S. José, que acolheu a maioria dos menores envolvidos na morte da transexual Gisberta, no Porto, foi o palco dos casos de maus tratos e abusos sexuais. Julgamento arranca dia 27.

Agressões reiteradas de monitores, abusos sexuais entre alunos e até menores vítimas de prostituição. Seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos da Oficina de S. José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o seu envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o dia-a-dia que se vivia na instituição tutelada pela Diocese do Porto, que acolhia então mais de 60 rapazes. Em Julho de 2010, a notícia destes casos, ainda em investigação, precipitou o encerramento do lar que, na altura, já só albergava 30 jovens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Churchgoers pray for all parties in child luring case

CANADA
CTV

Parishioners at a central Ottawa church are praying for everyone impacted by charges of sexual exploitation against a former youth pastor.

Sunday was the first gathering at Peace Tower Church on Bronson Avenue since 28-year-old Mark Raymer was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation and one of luring a 16-year-old girl.

"We never heard his side, you can't just rush to judgment on somebody especially when you're dealing with spiritual people," said Maurice Golka. "The law would have to prove he did something inappropriate."

"If it did happen, I hope people that had the offence done to them . . . I hope they get help and get healed," said Terry Fierback.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Las víctimas de Maciel acusan al Papa de ocultar el escándalo

MEXICO
International

Luis Prados León (Guanajuato) 24 MAR 2012

Las víctimas de los abusos sexuales a menores cometidos por el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, el sacerdote mexicano ya fallecido Marcial Maciel, han manifestado este sábado su repulsa por la ocultación a sabiendas del escándalo por parte del Vaticano durante décadas y su indignación por que el papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en México, no tuviera previsto recibirlos.

Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en conferencia de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernocta el Papa, que la Santa Sede ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado. Maciel fundó la congregación en enero de 1941 con el nombre de Misioneros del Sagrado Corazón y posteriormente lo cambió a Legión de Cristo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Stiftsleitung von Kremsmünster schützte pädophilen Mitbruder

OSTERREICH
Der Standard

Markus Rohrhofer, 25. März 2012 18:01

Man sei schockiert, Konkretes habe man aber nicht gewusst: Die Verteidigungslinie des Stifts Kremsmünster ist klar definiert - Polizeiliche Akten belegen aber gezielte Vertuschung

Linz - "Gerüchte" habe es gegeben, und es sei aus heutiger Sicht "ein großer Fehler" gewesen, diesen nicht nachzugehen. Abt Ambros Ebhart gibt diese Antwort gerne auf die heikle Frage, ob man denn tatsächlich nichts von gewalttätigen Übergriffen und dem sexuellen Missbrauch im Internat des Stiftes Kremsmünster mitbekommen habe. Vergangene Woche war es wieder einmal Zeit für die bekannte Rechtfertigung. Der 1200 Seiten starke Gerichtsakt der Staatsanwaltschaft Steyr gelangte an die Öffentlichkeit und offenbart ein Bild des Schreckens. Bis in die 1990er-Jahre soll es im Internat des Stiftsgymnasiums Kremsmünster sexuellen Missbrauch und Gewalt gegeben haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Pope calls on adults to protect children as abuse row rages

MEXICO
Daily Nation (Kenya)

By AFP
Posted Sunday, March 25 2012

GUANAJUATO, Mexico, Sunday

Pope Benedict XVI called on Sunday on adults to “protect and to care for children” and sent a message to minors suffering from violence in a speech in the central Mexican city of Guanajuato.

Amid complaints from sexual abuse victims that the pope would not meet them in Mexico, Benedict referred to the mistreatment of children, without specifically mentioning Catholic priest paedophilia scandals of recent decades.

“I wish to lift up my voice, inviting everyone to protect and to care for children, so that nothing may extinguish their smile, but that they may live in peace and look to the future with confidence,” the pope said before hundreds of cheering children from the balcony of the ornate Casa Del Conde Rul, where he earlier met with President Felipe Calderon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Father of men who filed sexual abuse lawsuit against Delbarton says monks betrayed his trust

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

BERNARDS — Bill Crane Sr. remembers the sweaty August day in 1964, when he drove his Pontiac onto the sprawling Delbarton School campus, hoping to land a job as a history teacher that paid $4,400 a year. Married, he had a freshly printed diploma from Upsala College in his pocket and a baby on the way.

But he wasn’t desperate. After all, he had just told a "stuffy" administrator at Hanover Park High School in East Hanover that he didn’t want the job the guy was offering.

"Where do you see yourself in five years?" Crane was asked.

"Anyplace but here," he replied, then walked out.

But Delbarton was different. Even in midsummer, the place had the feel of serious academia.

"As I stepped out of the car, I said to myself, ‘Now, this seems like a great place,’ " Crane recalled in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Washington state. "Knowing what I know now, I would have shut the door and driven away — in a hurry."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

“Yo, sacerdote, pecador, os pido perdón”

ESPANA
El Pais

Natalia Junquera 24 MAR 2012

No quisieron esperar más, y a la muerte de Franco, un grupo de viudas e hijos de fusilados se lanzaron a la búsqueda y apertura de las fosas donde los asesinos habían arrojado a sus familiares. En Navarra y La Rioja, arrodillados en la tierra, sin más herramientas que una pala y las propias manos, les acompañaban algunos sacerdotes. Sacerdotes como Victorino Aranguren, Eloy Fernández, Dionisio Lesaca, Vicente Ilzarbe... que ayudaron a aquellas viudas a desenterrar a sus maridos y que en los funerales que oficiaban en su memoria pidieron perdón por el comportamiento de la Iglesia durante la Guerra Civil: “Esta sangre nos salpicó también”, “si decimos que no hemos pecado, hacemos a Dios mentiroso”, “desde aquí, yo, sacerdote, aunque pecador, os pido perdón en nombre de la Iglesia...”.

“Participé en muchas exhumaciones. Era muy impactante. Las viudas decían: ‘Ese es mi marido, que era un poco chambo’, ‘ese otro es el mío, que le puse yo esa medallita...”, recuerda hoy Victorino Aranguren, sacerdote, de 80 años. “Besaban los huesos como si fueran reliquias y me pedían que los besara yo también. Todos tenían el cráneo agujereado por el tiro de gracia”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

In Pa. abuse trial, a window into church practices

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A landmark priest-abuse trial opening Monday in Philadelphia may unveil the cryptic operations of the Roman Catholic archdiocese and detail how child sex-abuse complaints were buried for decades in secret archives adjacent to a glorious cathedral as the priests they named went unpunished.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood. But he may not be the last.

Philadelphia prosecutors say he helped carry out "an archdiocesan-wide policy ... (that) was criminal in nature." And they've hinted they could charge others when the trial ends.

Civil lawyers believe the trial will help them refile priest-abuse lawsuits that were thrown out in Pennsylvania because of legal time limits, or persuade the state legislature to open a window for filing child sex-abuse claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Stakes are high...

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Washington Post

Stakes are high for church as ‘failure to report’ case unfolds against Kansas City bishop

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, March 25

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The charge is only a misdemeanor, but if prosecutors are able to win a conviction against Kansas City Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn, they could be opening up a whole new front in the national priest abuse crisis.

Finn is accused of violating Missouri’s mandatory reporter law by failing to tell state officials about hundreds of images of suspected child pornography found on the computer of a priest in his diocese.

Experts say a criminal conviction against Finn, the highest-ranking church official charged with shielding an abusive priest, could embolden prosecutors elsewhere to more aggressively pursue members of the church hierarchy who try to protect offending clergy.

“Cases can sit like land mines in files for a long time and suddenly come to light,” said Matthew Bunson, a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and co-author of a book, “Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal.” ‘’Those cases may ultimately involve leaders in the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Issue of Church’s Role in Child Sex Abuse Surfaces in Pope’s Mexico Visit

MEXICO
Hispanically Speaking News

Mexicans who denounced the sexual abuses committed by Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), founder of the Legion of Christ, asked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday to acknowledge the church’s responsibility in covering up his case and to announce that “never again” will pederasty be tolerated.

“We don’t plan to boycott the visit, absolutely. What we do want is to ask him from Mexico: Where are you going, Benedict XVI? Do you want to find your charisma once more and the mission of Peter, or is strengthening your papacy and your position as head of state what you want?” former priest Alberto Athie said at a press conference.

He spoke those words in presenting a new book of which he is co-author, “The Voluntad de No Saber” (The Will Not To Know), a 2012 publication of Grijalbo, which offers 212 documents from the secret archives of the Vatican that refer to the sexual abuse of minors and other inappropriate conduct connected with Maciel beginning in 1944.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

With church abuse trial set to open, tensions abound

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

The neighborhood that rings St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia is flush with cops and firefighters, reliable Catholics in brick homes with tidy lawns, backyard slides, and a few front-door crucifixes.

That was the backdrop last year for one of the more sordid clergy sex-abuse allegations to emerge in years. A grand jury report described a 10-year-old altar boy being confronted in St. Jerome's sacristy after Mass, ordered to strip, and engage in sex.

Not once, but three times - by two different priests - over a year in the late 1990s.

On Monday, a Philadelphia jury is scheduled to start hearing about those accusations and one that looms larger: that leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could have predicted, or prevented, the attacks but instead followed a long-held practice of protecting the church and abusers within it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Self-proclaimed Catholic Priest Facing Felony Charges in Knox County

ILLINOIS
WGIL

A self-proclaimed Catholic priest and former owner of a Galesburg church is facing seven felony charges in Knox County.

According to Assistant States Attorney Erik Gibson, Reverend Ryan St. Anne Scott was arrested in St. Louis County last week on a Knox County warrant. The warrant charges the former Holy Rosary Abbey owner with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft, and one count of deceptive practices.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Peoria has previously disassociated themselves from Scott and his teachings.

Gibson says Scott allegedly obtained accounts and other personal finance documentation illegally from an older woman in Galesburg between 2009 and 2011. He says the priest is accused of making it a habit to borrow money across the midwest region and bounce around to other cities. Earlier this month, Gibson says, Scott was targeted by federal bankruptcy authorities in the Cedar Falls area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Injustos señalamientos hacia Benedicto XVI: Vaticano

MEXICO
SDP Noticias

Por Andrés Beltramo Álvarez. Enviado

León, Gto., 24 Mar (Notimex).- El vocero del Vaticano, Federico Lombardi, consideró injustos los señalamientos hacia Benedicto XVI por el tema de la pederastia y aclaró que una reunión con víctimas no fue prevista con antelación.

En rueda de prensa sostuvo que el Papa es un hombre de transparencia, incluso en el caso de Marcial Maciel, y que la preocupación del líder católico por el problema de los abusos sexuales contra menores y su interés en las víctimas ha sido explicado muchas veces.

?Un punto fundamental es si los Papas fueron encubridores del problema y en ese sentido debo decir que no, según mi conocimiento de estos Papas no es verdad que fueron encubridores?, dijo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

El Papa se reúne con víctimas del 'narco' pero no con las de abusos sexuales

MEXICO
El Mundo (Espana)

Jacobo G. García | León (Guanajuato, México)

Ahí estaba Guadalupe Dávila, llegada de Ciudad Juárez después de que asesinaran a su hijo durante una fiesta. También Josefina Torres, de Durango, esposa de un militar. O María Valencia, madre de un policía secuestrado por el crimen organizado en Michoacán.

Apenas un puñado de historias pero suficientes para que el Papa Benedicto XVI, en su segundo viaje a Latinoamérica, viera de cerca el rostro macabro de la violencia que vive México, que ha dejado 50.000 muertos en la guerra entre y contra los cárteles en los últimos años. El Papa Benedicto XVI se reunió este sábado con víctimas de la violencia durante el encuentro que sostuvo con el presidente Felipe Calderón en Guanajuato. Un encuentro fuera de agenda de los que suele improvisar Benedicto XVI en sus viajes. "Hay que luchar contra este mal", había dicho días antes.

Pero a quien no verá, al menos eso es lo que señaló el portavoz del Vaticano, Federico Lombardi, es a las víctimas de violencia sexual del ex líder de 'Los Legionarios de Cristo', el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel, fallecido en 2008. El portavoz de la Santa Sede insistió en que el tema de la pederastia preocupa a Benedicto XVI y está presente "cuando pide que nadie quiete la sonrisa a los niños". Lombardi reiteró que el Papa se pronuncia en contra de todas formas de violencia y en estos se incluye el de abuso sexual, por lo que ha insistido en ayudar a los niños.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Ningún Papa encubrió a mexicano Maciel: vocero del Vaticano

MEXICO
El Diario de Yucatan

Por E. EDUARDO CASTILLO y ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON

LEON, Guanajuato (AP).- El vocero del Vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, afirmó el sábado que ningún Papa encubrió la doble vida del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, señalado de abuso sexual contra seminaristas y de haber procreado al menos tres hijos pese a ser sacerdote.

Horas después de que fuera presentado un libro sobre el presunto encubrimiento del Vaticano a los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, Lombardi consideró ``injusto'' calificar de esa manera tanto al Papa Benedicto XVI como a su antecesor Juan Pablo II.

``Tengo que testimoniar que los dos Papas fueron hombres, que son hombres de verdad y de transparencias en este problema'', aseguró el portavoz de la Santa Sede. ``Creo que es verdaderamente injusto de considerar al Papa Benedicto como un hombre que ha trabajado en contra de la verdad y de la transparencia'', dijo. El libro ``La voluntad de no saber'', uno de cuyos coautores es una víctima de abuso de Maciel, señala que el Vaticano encubrió esa doble vida del fundador de Los Legionarios de Cristo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Los abusos del padre Maciel ensombrecen visita de Papa a México

MEXICO
Que

LEÓN, México (Reuters) - La visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a México se vio ensombrecida el sábado por la revelación de nuevos detalles sobre abusos del padre mexicano Marcial Maciel, mientras las víctimas lamentaban la falta de respuesta ante sus peticiones de reunirse con el pontífice.

Benedicto XVI llega a la segunda nación con más creyentes del mundo después de Brasil cuando la fe católica de los mexicanos se ha visto disminuida entre otras cosas por el escándalo de Maciel, que durante décadas abusó sexualmente de seminaristas y llevó una doble vida.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Salen a la luz archivos secretos de El Vaticano sobre pederastia

MEXICO
Informador

Presentan libro con documentos referentes a abusos sexuales y otras conductas inapropiadas relacionadas con Maciel

GUANAJUATO (25/MAR/2012).- En paralelo con la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a Guanajuato, ayer fue presentado un libro de denuncia ante los casos de pederastia.

“No pretendemos boicotear la visita, absolutamente. Lo que sí queremos es decirle desde México adonde vas, Benedicto XVI: ¿Quieres reencontrar carisma y tu misión de Pedro o quieres caminar a fortalecer tu Pontificado máximo y tu Jefatura de Estado?”, dijo en rueda de prensa el ex sacerdote Alberto Athié. Esas palabras las pronunció al presentar un nuevo libro del que es coautor, ''La voluntad de no saber'' (Grijalbo, 2012), que ofrece 212 documentos procedentes de los archivos secretos del Vaticano que refieren abusos sexuales y otras conductas inapropiadas en torno a Maciel desde 1944.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Demandan víctimas justicia

MEXICO
A.M.

Por: Luis Meza.

Víctimas de abuso sexual lamentaron que dentro de las actividades del Papa en México no se haya considerado un espacio para su encuentro con ellos, como sí ha sucedido en otras latitudes.

Joaquín Aguilar, dirigente en México de la Red de Sobrevivientes de Abusos Sexuales de Sacerdotes, señaló que es falso que no hayan buscado ese encuentro, como lo dio a entender hace unos días Carlos Aguiar Retes, presidente de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano.

“El mencionó que no conocía a las víctimas. Yo personalmente fui hace unos días a presentarle un caso dramático de Tlalnepantla y nunca me quiso recibir. En México quieren seguir con esta política de silencio que lamentablemente provoca que el mismo Papa se vea involucrado con los delincuentes, al no querer hablar de esto que es violación y abuso sexual hacia menores”, expresó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Presentan libro sobre el padre Marcial Maciel

MEXICO
Pulso

El Universal

La presentación del libro “La Voluntad de no Saber: lo que sí se conocía sobre Maciel en los archivos secretos del Vaticano desde 1944”, ha llamado la atención de los representantes de los medios de comunicación que cubren la visita del Papa a México.

El libro escrito por Alberto Athié, José Barba y Fernando M. González, presentado por Bernardo Barranco y Carmen Aristegui, ha generado grandes expectativa y la presencia de unos 100 representantes de los medios de comunicación.

José Barba no ha podido asistir debido a problemas de salud pero se proyectó un video con un mensaje en el que acusa al Vaticano de saber desde el año de 1997, los abusos cometidos por el fundador de la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo Marcial Maciel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Honores y reproches al Papa en su visita a México

MEXICO
La Voz

El papa Benedicto XVI ha sido agasajado por multitudes en México, donde tuvo un emotivo encuentro con niños y adolescentes en Guanajuato, horas después de que víctimas de abusos sexuales del sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel le reprochasen haberlos ignorado. Benedicto XVI instó a "proteger y cuidar a los niños", en especial los que "soportan el peso del sufrimiento, el abandono, la violencia", en un discurso pronunciado desde un balcón de la plaza de la Paz, interrumpido por aplausos y gritos. A punto de cumplir 85 años, el Papa no dio muestras de fatiga. "Deseo elevar mi voz invitando a todos a proteger y cuidar a los niños, para que nunca se apague su sonrisa, puedan vivir en paz y mirar al futuro con confianza", señaló en Guanajuato, 380 km al noroeste de la capital, la tercera ciudad mexicana que visita en este segundo viaje por América Latina que incluye también a Cuba.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Lombardi: Ni Juan Pablo II ni Benedicto XVI fueron "encubridores del padre

MEXICO
Periodista

Federico Lombardi portavoz del Vaticano afirmó que los Papas Juan Pablo II y Benedicto XVI no fueron "encubridores del padre Marcial Maciel y es injusto considerar que el actual Pontífice está en contra de la verdad y la transparencia".

En conferencia de prensa descartó que el Obispo de Roma se vaya a reunir con las víctimas de abuso sexual, porque es un tema que no está en la agenda de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM) como sí lo estuvo en países que ha visitado como Francia e Irlanda.

El vocero del Vaticano manifestó estar informado de que se había presentado un libro de víctimas de abuso sexual, "el cual no he tenido tiempo de leerlo" pero su punto fundamental es que "si los papas fueron encubridores" y en "mi conocimiento de estos Papas es que no fueron encubridores".

Piden al Papa que reconozca el encubrimiento vaticano del caso Maci

MEXICO
Periodista

Mexicanos que denunciaron los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, pidieron hoy al papa Benedicto XVI reconocer la responsabilidad de la Iglesia en el ocultamiento de ese caso y proclamar que "nunca más" se tolerará la pederastia.

"No pretendemos boicotear la visita, absolutamente. Lo que sí queremos es decirle desde México adónde vas, Benedicto XVI: ¿Quieres reencontrar carisma y tu misión de Pedro o quieres caminar a fortalecer tu Pontificado máximo y tu Jefatura de Estado?", dijo en rueda de prensa el exsacerdote Alberto Athié.

In Mexico, tens of thousands gather before Pope Benedict’s Mass

MEXICO
Boston Herald

By Tracy Wilkinson and Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 25, 2012

LEON, Mexico — Singing, strumming guitars and trying to shield themselves from a searing sun, tens of thousands of Mexican Catholics came together Saturday nearly 24 hours ahead of an open-air Mass with Pope Benedict XVI.

They walked miles and took up position in Bicentennial Park, a short distance from a hilltop monument that honors the 1920s Cristero War by Catholic counter-revolutionaries.

But as religious fervor was on display here in Silao, in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state, a sexual-abuse scandal involving a notorious Mexican priest threatened to cast a pall on the pope’s first visit to the Spanish-speaking Americas.

At a news conference in nearby Leon to launch a scathing book, sexual-abuse victims and advocates angrily accused the Vatican of protecting the priest, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, for decades. And they said they were dismayed that there were no plans for Benedict to meet victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Amended suit alleges new abuses at Kansas school

KANSAS
Casper Star-Tribune

Associated Press

A California boy attends only four days at a Kansas military boarding school where he is tormented by staff and students after breaking both his legs in separate incidents. A Tennessee student's stomach is forcibly branded as a rite of initiation. A Florida cadet breaks his hand fending off a student with a history of sexual abuse who tries to grope him, and school officials refuse to investigate or inform his parents of the attack.

These claims are the latest additions to a growing list of former cadets who allege in a federal lawsuit they were abused at St. John's Military School in Salina, Kan. An amended complaint filed Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., now includes six sets of named parents who have filed on behalf of cadets, plus one ex-cadet who is now an adult. The plaintiffs come from California, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Illinois.

The Episcopal boarding school, which charges families nearly $30,000 per year for students enrolled in grades 6-12, draws students from across the nation.

Two new defendants are named in the revised lawsuit: The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, entities which the suit says created the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Mexican priest abuse scandals cast shadow on pope's visit

MEXICO
Reuters

By Mica Rosenberg and Philip Pullella

LEON, Mexico | Sun Mar 25, 2012

(Reuters) - Pope Benedict's first full day in Mexico was clouded by fresh allegations the Vatican hid evidence of sex abuse by one of the country's most prominent Roman Catholic leaders for decades.

The authors of a new book say a trove of once-secret Vatican documents prove Church officials ignored complaints of drug use and molestation of seminarians by the late Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Catholic order the Legionaries of Christ.

Adding to the criticism of the Church, victims of abuse by priests in Mexico came forward to seek an audience with Benedict, but said their calls have not been answered.

Church officials acknowledged in 2009, a year after Maciel's death at the age of 87, that the charismatic Mexican cleric had led a double life, secretly fathering children and lavishly spending the generous donations of his followers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Abuse allegations cloud pope visit to Mexico

MEXICO
ABS-CBN (Philippines)

Agence France-Presse

Posted at 03/25/2012

LEON, Mexico - Victims of sexual abuse accused the Vatican on Saturday of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for decades, and expressed frustration that Pope Benedict XVI would not meet them in Mexico.

The pope has met with abuse victims in many foreign countries but has no plans to do so during a three-day visit to Mexico which began on Friday.

A group including alleged victims of abuse by Marcial Maciel, the late founder of the influential Legion of Christ religious order, presented a book that they say proves that Vatican officials ignored crimes committed by Maciel.

"The opportunity to accept this truth passed through your hands," read a statement presented to journalists by Jose Barba, a former Legionary and alleged victim, during a video transmission from Mexico to the central city of Leon, where the pope is staying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Pope in Mexico Asked to Admit Church at Fault in Sex Abuse Cases

MEXICO
Latin American Herald Tribune

LEON, Mexico – Mexicans who denounced the sexual abuses committed by Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), founder of the Legion of Christ, asked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday to acknowledge the church’s responsibility in covering up his case and to announce that “never again” will pederasty be tolerated.

“We don’t plan to boycott the visit, absolutely. What we do want is to ask him from Mexico: Where are you going, Benedict XVI? Do you want to find your charisma once more and the mission of Peter, or is strengthening your papacy and your position as head of state what you want?” former priest Alberto Athie said at a press conference.

He spoke those words in presenting a new book of which he is co-author, “The Voluntad de No Saber” (The Will Not To Know), a 2012 publication of Grijalbo, which offers 212 documents from the secret archives of the Vatican that refer to the sexual abuse of minors and other inappropriate conduct connected with Maciel beginning in 1944.

According to the ex-priest, with Benedict XVI at the head of the church, “he and he alone can chart a new course to resolve this tremendous problem...the holocaust of thousands of boys and girls who were abused in many parts of the world.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Women to reshape child protection policy for KC diocese

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

Good moms know that simple instructions and clear expectations often lead to positive, vigorous outcomes.

With that in mind, consider this guidance crafted by the two mothers, Jenifer Valenti and Carrie Cooper, who now lead child protection efforts for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph:

If you know or suspect that a child is being abused, call the police, the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline and, finally, the diocese’s ombudsman.

Under the old system, muddled reporting policy and blurred responsibilities led to confused inaction and even criminal charges for the diocese and its bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Crookston Diocese speaks about priest charges

MINNESOTA
In-Forum

By: Stephen J. Lee, Forum Communications Co., INFORUM

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Catholic Diocese here, in its first official comment since news of the arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul in India last week on Minnesota sexual assault charges, says it hopes he is returned for trial.

“The only way for this to be resolved is for him to be here, so we would like a resolution to it,” Monsignor David Baumgartner, who, as vicar general of the diocese, serves as the right-hand man to Bishop Michael Hoeppner, told the Grand Forks Herald this week.

Jeyapaul, 57, has been a fugitive for six years for criminal charges first filed in 2006 in state district court in Roseau. He is accused of sexually assaulting a parish member in Greenbush, Minn., when she was 14 and 15 in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, the charges were amended to include similar counts involving a second girl who was 16 during the same period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Book Accuses Vatican Of Hiding Sexual Abuse

MEXICO
TheDenverChannel

LEON, Mexico (CNN) -- On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The book, "La Voluntad de no Saber" (Willing Not to be Aware), chronicles multiple cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by Marcial Maciel, a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who was influential at the Vatican.

Maciel, who died in January 2008 at age 87, was the founder and director of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement.

The book was authored by Jose Barba, a former seminarian who says he was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest. Historian Fernando M. Gonzalez, a co-author, says the book is based on 212 documents leaked from the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests not allowed to see Pope Benedict XVI

MEXICO
El Paso Times

By Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera \ El Paso Timeselpasotimes.com
Posted: 03/25/2012

LEON, GUANAJUATO -- Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests accused Mexican Catholic Church officials on Saturday of denying them an audience with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Mexico.

Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the Mexican Catholic Church has publicly said a meeting wasn't coordinated because abuse victims never approached them to request one.

However, Jesús Romero, a member of SNAP and a victim of abuse when he was 11 years old, said they requested a meeting with Mexico City Archbishop Norberto Rivera several times, but the request was never granted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

March 24, 2012

Abuse Case Clouds Pope’s Visit

MEXICO
The New York Times

By RACHEL DONADIO

Published: March 24, 2012

LEÓN, Mexico — The shadow of the disgraced Mexican founder of a powerful religious order darkened the visit of Pope Benedict XVI here this weekend, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the church’s failure to combat what they call a systemic culture of sexual abuse.

In the past week, two books released in Mexico drew new attention to longstanding questions about whether Benedict, when he was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, acted decisively enough about the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, a Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ, once victims began coming forward claiming he had had abused them.

The media attention shows that the Maciel case is far from closed. The Vatican has said that Benedict does not plan to meet with abuse victims while in Mexico, as he has done in other countries.

After complaints of sexual abuse were filed against Father Maciel in 1998, Benedict, who was then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, quashed a Vatican investigation. He re-opened the case in 2004, ultimately finding that Father Maciel had led a double life, raped seminarians, fathered several children and abused drugs while leading a charismatic organization known for producing ranks of priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Será histórica su visita si papa admite que ocultó pederastia: expertos

MEXICO
La Jornada

Los autores del libro 'La voluntad de no saber' aseguran que éste demuestra con documentos que el Vaticano ha mentido de manera sistemática sobre ese delito.

Carolina Gómez, Arturo Cano y Carlos García, enviados y corresponsal
Publicado: 24/03/2012

León, Gto. Para que realmente su visita a México pueda ser considerada histórica, el papa Benedicto XVI debería "reconocer públicamente su responsabilidad" en el ocultamiento de los casos de pederastia clerical, particularmente los relacionados con el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, Marcial Maciel, consideraron los autores del libro La voluntad de no saber, que fue presentado hoy.

En conferencia de prensa, Fernando González, experto del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la UNAM; el exsacerdote Alberto Athié; el experto en asuntos religiosos Bernardo Barranco, y la periodista Carmen Aristegui, expusieron que Joseph Ratzinger debe hacer un mea culpa y comprometerse como la máxima autoridad de la Iglesia católica y ex prefecto de la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe -instancia que conoció de primera mano las denuncias por los abusos sexuales a menores- a tomar las medidas necesarias para que estas situaciones no vuelvan a suceder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

El Papa no es cómplice de pederastia: cardenal de Guadalajara

MEXICO
proceso

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- La jerarquía católica consideró hoy que el Papa Benedicto XVI ha procedido con todo realismo y energía ante los casos de pederastia en la Iglesia católica.

De acuerdo con el sitio web de Reforma, el cardenal de Guadalajara, José Francisco Robles Ortega, dijo que no se puede acusar al pontífice de ser cómplice de esta situación o de no querer actuar.

Enfatizó que el Papa ha querido purificar a la Iglesia de la gravedad de este asunto.

Por su parte, el cardenal emérito de Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, dijo que ya se esperaba que durante la visita papal se volviera a sacar el tema de la pederastia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

El Papa evita a las víctimas de abusos sexuales del fundador de los Legionarios

MEXICO
El Pais (Espana)

Luis Prados León (Guanajuato) 24 MAR 2012

Las víctimas de los abusos sexuales a menores cometidos por el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, el sacerdote mexicano ya fallecido Marcial Maciel, han manifestado este sábado su repulsa por la ocultación a sabiendas del escándalo por parte del Vaticano durante décadas y su indignación por que el papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en México, no tuviera previsto recibirlos.

Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en conferencia de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernocta el Papa, que la Santa Sede ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado. Maciel fundó la congregación en enero de 1941 con el nombre de Misioneros del Sagrado Corazón y posteriormente lo cambió a Legión de Cristo.

“El Vaticano sistemáticamente eludió su responsabilidad. No solo sabía, sino que toleró y protegió a Maciel. El Vaticano mintió”, afirmó Barranco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Víctimas de abuso sexual cuestionan que el Papa no se reúna con ellos

MEXICO
CNN

Por Guillermo Cruz
Sábado, 24 de marzo de 2012 a las 14:41

LEON, Guanajuato (CNNMéxico) — El hecho de que el papa Benedicto XVI no haya hecho referencia durante su visita por México a los casos de abusos y pederastia registrados en el país hasta el mediodía de este sábado, fue cuestionado en la ciudad de León durante la presentación del libro La Voluntad de No Saber.

"Es un error de agenda del Vaticano porque el papa Benedicto XVI ha tenido contactos con víctimas en Estados Unidos, Australia, Irlanda, Malta y Alemania, ¿por qué en México no?, ¿acaso no existen víctimas en México?, ¿por qué el Papa no va a tener contacto con las víctimas de abuso sexual de Marcial Maciel? ¿acaso nació en otro país?", cuestionó Bernardo Barranco, experto en temas religiosos y autor del prólogo de la publicación de la Editorial Grijalbo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Condenan silencio de Benedicto XVI ante pederastia

MEXICO
Tabasco Hoy

Publicado: Sábado, 24 de Marzo del 2012, a las 14:45 hrs.

León, Guanajuato

"Estoy aquí, alzando la voz en nombre de muchas víctimas, lamentablemente somos muchos, nosotros hemos tenido unos cientos de casos, sabemos que son miles", afirmó Julián Aguilar, director de SNAP, organización que aglutina a víctimas de abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes.

"Estamos lastimados tras escuchar que no se van a reunir con nosotros, no les interesan las víctimas en México". Aguilar habló durante una conferencia previa a la presentación del libro "La Voluntad de no Saber", escrito por Alberto Athié, José Barba y Fernando M.González.

En dicho espacio se recordó que el Obispo de Roma se ha reunido con víctimas de abusos sexuales en Estados Unidos, en Australia, en Irlanda y en la Isla de Malta, entre otros puntos, pero que en dichos lugares los encuentros se dieron por la intermediación de los obispos locales, algo que no quisieron hacer los sacerdotes de la jerarquía católica en México.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Víctimas de Maciel exigen al Papa ofrezca disculpas

MEXICO
Milenio

León, Tendencias • 24 Marzo 2012 - 2:11pm — Pedro Domínguez

Los autores del libro 'La voluntad de no saber', afirman tener documentos en los que se comprueba que Joseph Ratzinger sabía de los abusos a niños por parte de sacerdotes y exigen rinda cuentas y reconozca su complicidad.

León, Gto. • El Papa Benedicto XVI debe pedir disculpas por los abusos sexuales del padre Maciel y reconocer su complicidad al encubrir el caso, afirmó el ex sacerdote Alberto Athié.

En conferencia de prensa al presentar el libro titulado 'La voluntad de no saber', respaldó su dicho en la posesión de archivos secretos de El Vaticano desde 1944 hasta el 2002 donde se da cuenta de cómo la Santa Sede, incluido Joseph Ratzinger, conocían y encubrían la doble vida del ex líder de los Legionarios de Cristo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Former priest arrested for sexual battery

LOUISIANA
NECN

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former priest in two area Catholic churches has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Kim Myers, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, tells the American Press ( ) that 56-year-old Mark A. Broussard, who left the priesthood in the mid-1990s, was charged with engaging in sexual conduct with an 8-year-old parishioner from 1986 to 1989.

Victims of sex crimes have 30 years after their 18th birthday to report abuse.

Broussard was arrested Thursday in his home in Duson. Broussard is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Mexico abuse victims denounce Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI visits

MEXICO
Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM LEON, MEXICO -- Sexual abuse victims angrily accused the Vatican on Saturday of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for decades, and said they were dismayed that Pope Benedict XVI will not meet with them on his visit to the country.

Benedict has sat down with abuse victims in almost every country he has visited. But his spokesman said Mexican bishops did not request such an encounter here -- an omission that victims' advocates said was unconscionable.

The pope arrived in Mexico’s central Guanajuato state Friday and continues to Cuba on Monday. He was scheduled to meet with President Felipe Calderon later Saturday and will preside over an open-air Mass on Sunday that organizers say could draw more than 300,000 people.

A group that included abuse victims and experts in the field held a forum here in Leon to release a book that they say establishes "irrefutably" that Vatican officials knew of the egregious crimes committed by the late Rev. Marcial Maciel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Giesbeekse pastoor leeft niet meer

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

GIESBEEK - De pastoor uit Giesbeek die zich volgens de belangenorganisatie Klokk in de jaren zeventig mogelijk schuldig heeft gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik, is overleden. Dit meldt het bisdom Utrecht, dat nazoekingen naar de pastoor heeft gedaan.

Volgens een woordvoerder zijn er, sinds het misbruik in de katholieke kerk aan het licht gekomen is, geen klachten bij het bisdom over de Giesbeekse priester ingediend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

The Family Feud Comes As The Network Weathers A Steep Drop In Donations

CALIFORNIA
WFMY

Costa Mesa, CA -- Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, who built the Trinity Broadcasting Network into the world's largest Christian broadcaster, are now facing attacks from within their own family.

Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, has filed court papers that include allegations of $50 million in financial wrongdoing at the ministry headquartered in southern California. Her suit was followed by another from a Koper in-law, who detailed opulent spending at the network on items such as private jets, mansions and a $100,000 mobile home for Jan Crouch's dogs.

The lawsuits came after Koper's husband was accused by a debt collection company of embezzling more than $1 million from TBN. The debt collection company that filed the lawsuit later added the Crouches' granddaughter and two of her in-laws as defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs...

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs: Televangelists 'defrauded tens of million of dollars from Christian network'

By Nina Golgowski

Two former employees of the world's largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses.

Among purchases, the network founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, is accused of misappropriating its 'charitable assets' toward a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch's dogs.

Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network's chief finance director in July.

Pope to Meet Mexican President Saturday

MEXICO
Voice of America

Pope Benedict meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Saturday, as the Roman Catholic leader embarks on a five-day Latin America trip that will also take him to Cuba.

The pontiff began his day with celebration of a private Mass at Miraflores College in the central Mexican city of Leon. He planned an early evening meeting with the Mexican leader at the state government house in Guanajuato, followed by a gathering with children on the city's Peace Square. ...

The Roman Catholic Church is under pressure in Mexico from the growing rise of Protestant churches, as well as a scandal involving a prominent priest, Marcial Maciel, who was facing allegations of drug addiction and molesting young boys when he died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

'Rol Marijnen in misbruikzaak groter'

NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

Vic Marijnen, de latere minister-president, heeft in 1958 als bestuursvoorzitter van het jongensinternaat Harreveld geprobeerd het ministerie van Justitie te beïnvloeden over vermeende misbruikpraktijken op het instituut. Marijnen was toen bestuursvoorzitter van het instituut. Dat stelt Bert Kreemers, voormalig secretaris van de commissie-Deetman, vrijdag in NRC Handelsblad.

Die informatie staat niet in het eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman, die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Revelarán documentos sobre posible encubrimiento a Maciel

MEXICO
El Financiero

AP

La primera visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a México coincidirá con la publicación de un nuevo libro que revelará documentos que presuntamente demuestran que el Vaticano tuvo conocimiento de los abusos sexuales cometidos contra varios seminaristas por parte del fundador de Los Legionarios de Cristo, el mexicano Marcial Maciel, y sobre su aparente adicción a la morfina.

El libro, "La voluntad de no saber", tiene previsto salir a la luz pública el 24 de marzo, un día después de la llegada a México de Benedicto XVI, un Papa que en viajes fuera del Vaticano y anteriores a éste, se ha reunido con víctimas de abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes pero quien no tiene planeado hacer lo mismo en territorio mexicano.

Editado por Random House Mondadori, el libro tiene un tiraje de más de 6,000 copias y sólo circulará en México.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Ratzinger y Juan Pablo sí supieron de abusos de Maciel: documentos

MEXICO
El Diario

Bernardo Barranco

Distrito Federal— “Este Papa me tiene desilusionado, ya no creo en él”, dice José Barba, catedrático del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México y una de las víctimas de Marcial Maciel. Cuando se le pregunta si accedería a tener un encuentro con Benedicto XVI en su próxima visita a México, responde categórico: “No estoy dispuesto a juegos mediáticos estériles ni a supuestos perdones cargados de retórica”.

Barba, Alberto Athié y el investigador Fernando M. González son autores de un libro que contiene evidencias documentales de algo que era ampliamente sabido: el Vaticano tenía conocimiento y registro del comportamiento enfermizo de Marcial Maciel desde los años cuarenta.

La próxima semana Random House-Mondadori pondrá en circulación el libro, La voluntad de no saber, cuyo subtítulo es elocuente: Lo que sí se conocía sobre Maciel en los archivos secretos del Vaticano desde 1944. Los documentos incluidos en la obra muestran que la curia romana siempre tuvo información sobre la trayectoria llena de aberraciones del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo... Pero el Vaticano lo toleró y protegió.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Rechaza víctima de pederastia tener interés en encuentro con el Papa

MEXICO
La Cronica de Hoy

José Barba Martín, ex miembro de Los Legionarios de Cristo, aseguró que el papa Benedicto XVI y los obispos mexicanos sí conocen la identidad de las víctimas del sacerdote pederasta Marcial Maciel y rechazó tener interés en ser recibido por el pontífice durante su estancia en esta ciudad.

En entrevista con Notimex se mostró indignado por las declaraciones vertidas en las últimas horas por algunos exponentes del Episcopado, quienes negaron conocer a quienes sufrieron los abusos sexuales del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo.

“El tema se ha exacerbado en los últimos días con motivo de la visita del papa Benedicto XVI a México porque el Episcopado, a través de varios voceros, ha declarado que no nos conoce y eso no es verdad”, indicó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

La voluntad de no saber

MEXICO
La Voluntad de No Sabor

[con los documentos]

Para que se tenga clara la secuencia de las oportunidades que tuvieron las autoridades de intervenir a la Legión de Cristo describiré lo siguiente: la primera fue en diciembre de 1944 cuando el V obispo de Cuernavaca recibió la denuncia del joven Luís de la Isla y de sus padres, pero no actuó en consecuencia y hasta donde se puede colegir, tampoco envió un informe al Vaticano; la segunda posibilidad se dio en el periodo 1948-50 cuando dos jesuitas de Comillas enviaron informes a la Sagrada Congregación de religiosos; la tercera se dio en 1954 cuando el Arzobispado de México pidió informes al legionario Federico Domínguez, el cual habló por primera vez de la adicción a la Dolantina (Morfina) por parte de MM y el documento si llegó a la SCR; la cuarta se dio en 1956 cuando el Arzobispo de México y el VII obispo Cuernavaca enviaron sendas cartas denunciando a Maciel por adicción a la droga y pederastia dichas denuncias terminaron con la suspensión temporal de Marcial Maciel ...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Ratzinger altered canon law to soften Maciel punishment, book argues

VATICAN CITY/MEXICO
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 24, 2012
By Jason Berry

On Saturday, as Pope Benedict XVI makes the first appearance on his March 23-28 trip to Mexico and Cuba, three authors will hold a news conference in the same city, Leon, Mexico, discussing a book that quotes Vatican files on the pedophilia and drug abuse accusations that trailed Fr. Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, for decades until his death in 2008.

Maciel, a native of Mexico who died at 88, was a subject of long-running concern at the Vatican congregation that governs religious orders, according to La Voluntad de No Saber – “The Will Not To Know,” published by a Mexico City imprint of Random House international.

The authors are Alberto Athié, a former priest who directed a Mexican bishops’ charity; José Barba, a retired college professor and former Legion seminarian who filed a 1998 canon law request in Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith tribunal, seeking Maciel’s excommunication; and Fernando M. González, a scholar in Mexico City and the author of a biography of Maciel.

In late 2004, with Pope John Paul II in failing health, Ratzinger finally ordered an investigation of Maciel. In 2006, Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, banished him from active ministry to a life of prayer and repentance. That stopped short of excommunication as Barba and seven other victims wanted. The Legion continued defending Maciel until 2009 when its leaders abruptly reversed course, revealing that he had sired several out of wedlock children, now grown.

NCR received a PDF of the book. Grijalbo, the publisher, is posting selected excerpts on a website www.lavoluntaddenosaber.com, the AP reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Angeklagte fühlt sich wegen Beziehung zum Pfarrer gemobbt

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Es geht um mehr als 200.000 Euro: Eine Erzieherin soll das Taschengeld der ihr anvertrauten Kinder unterschlagen haben, nun steht sie in Passau vor Gericht - und hat eine überraschende Begründung für ihr Verhalten.

Sie soll die Kirche und ein Jugendheim um etwa 200.000 Euro betrogen haben. Am zweiten Prozesstag vor dem Passauer Landgericht brach die 46 Jahre alte Angeklagte am Freitag ihr Schweigen und nannte eine überraschende Begründung für die massiven Untreuevorwürfe gegen sie: "Ich hatte sieben Jahre die Beziehung mit einem katholischen Pfarrer gehabt und gelebt, davon fünf Jahre im Pfarrhaus", sagte die frühere Jugendbetreuerin aus. Deswegen habe die Kirche sie auf dem Kieker, sie sei dort eine "Persona non grata".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Sister Christine Schenk leads discussion to share with bishop

FLORIDA
Gainesville Sun

By Lillian Guevara-Castro
Staff writer

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sister Christine Schenk, SSJ, executive director of FutureChurch, an organization of Catholic lay people, priests and nuns working within the Roman Catholic Church to effect change, is the guest speaker at “A Lenten Evening of Prayerful Dialogue & Listening” at United Church of Gainesville, 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Organizers addressed the event invitation to “Vatican II reform-minded Catholics” adding that the evening is an effort to gather input from the laity about the state of the Church in the Diocese of St. Augustine and present it to Bishop Felipe Estevez prior to his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in May.

“(It) is meant to give a sounding board to the laity to express their issues with the church,” said John Frank, professor of educational leadership at the University of North Florida and the event’s facilitator. “There are 30 million former Catholics in the U.S. alone. Any company dealing with that kind of loss of market share would be dealing with what it’s doing or not doing right.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Defense In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Wants New Jury

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One day after a defendant in the Philadelphia clergy abuse case pleaded guilty, the attorneys for two co-defendants have asked for a new jury panel because, they argue, this one was tainted by the latest developments.

Edward Avery, 69, who sat alongside co-defendants Msgr. William Lynn and Father James Brennan during jury selection, is now out of the case. He has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced (see related story), and the prosecution says he has not agreed to testify against his fellow defendants.

But attorneys for Lynn and Brennan have cited the local and national coverage of the Avery development, saying there is no way jurors could have avoided it and not been prejudiced by it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Defense asks for new jury in Philadelphia Archdiocese trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Chicago Tribune

Dave Warner
Reuters

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for the highest ranking church official to go on trial in the Catholic church's pedophilia scandal, charged with child endangerment, asked a judge on Friday to pick a new jury because a co-defendant pled guilty.

Opening arguments in the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, 61, former secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, were slated to begin on Monday. A jury has already been selected.

Lynn was to go to trial with defrocked priest Edward Avery and Rev. James Brennan, who are among four others charged in the child sex abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

FLDS TRIALS: Jury to see YFZ Ranch evidence

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

MIDLAND — The Texas Ranger had to squeeze through a hole in the wall to get into the vault, grasping a gun and flashlight.

Inside the locked precinct sacred to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Texas Ranger Lt. Jesse Valdez found rows of cabinets laden with boxes of records. It was April 2008 when he first entered the vault within the Temple Annex on the YFZ Ranch in Schleicher County, and now those records are being used as evidence against former FLDS President Wendell Loy Nielsen.

Nielsen, 71, a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with three counts of third-degree bigamy, each count punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Friday was the third day of the trial, and the day began with testimony from Valdez.

Prosecutor Eric Nichols asked Valdez about gaining entrance to the building, the gleaming white Temple Annex, which housed the vault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Dueling experts testify about concept of 'repressed memory'

STOCKTON (CA)
Lodi News-Sentinel

By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

Two experts testified on the concept of repressed memory Friday in the clergy sexual abuse civil case against Father Michael Kelly.

Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, who began his testimony on Thursday, finished up on Friday. Bodkin is an associate professor at Harvard University's medical school. He said that there is no scientific proof that repressed memory is a valid concept.

The plaintiff claims that, due to repressed memory, he recalled in 2006 that Kelly sexually assaulted him more than 20 years earlier.

Later in the day, Dr. Anlee Kuo, a San Francisco psychiatrist who once examined the plaintiff, testified on the plaintiff's behalf that he suffers from depression and alcohol abuse due to Kelly's alleged sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Enumclaw assistant church pastor charged with raping a child

WASHINGTON
Q13 Fox

Dana Rebik
Q13 FOX News reporter

ENUMCLAW—
An Enumclaw man was formally charged Friday with raping a young girl while he served as the assistant pastor of a local church.

The alleged assaults occurred in 2005 when the suspect, Malcolm John Fraser, was 32 and the victim was 10.

According to charging documents, the victim, who is now 17, came forward Monday and reported to Enumclaw police that Fraser had repeatedly raped her while he and his wife were staying with her family from 2005 to 2006. Fraser is the assistant pastor at the non-denominational South Sound Doctrine Church.

Enumclaw police detective Grant McCall said the victim told him Fraser came into her room late at night more than 20 times while staying with her family. Fraser would allegedly hold the victim’s mouth shut while forcing her to perform various sexual acts.

“I’m in shock. I’m scared for other children particularly my own,” resident Ailen Dean said Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Church leadership, public gather to discuss sexual abuse prevention

MIDLAND (TX)
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Sara Higgins

Joe Barron, Don Simpson and Ryan Wonderly all were church leaders trusted by their communities, and all have faced allegations related to child sexual abuse.

Fort Worth-based trial lawyer Greg Love held sessions for both church leaders and the public Tuesday at the Midland Center to discuss sexual abuse prevention and awareness. Love, who has represented victims of sexual abuse since 1994, worked to debunk myths in attendees' minds about who can be a predator, and what warning signs to look for in their own congregations.

"There's a real good chance that poor information and misunderstanding is going to lead to a poor result in what we do to protect our children," he said.

Love, who is a youth leader at his home church, co-founded safety system and training organization MinistrySafe with his wife, Kimberlee Norris. The two help congregations around the nation in the design and implementation of safety systems to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Former Priest Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

LOUISIANA
KLFY

A former Catholic Priest has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a child. Fifty six year old Mark Broussard has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery.

The alleged victim was an eight year old boy who is now 34. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Ton Mancuso says his office learned of the case from the Diocese of Lake Charles.

According to the allegations the abuse took place while Broussard was serving as a priest at Saint Henry Catholic Church during a three year period, between 1986 and 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Former priest charged with rape

LOUISIANA
The Advertiser

Written by
Brandon Kane

Even though the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said it was grateful for the arrest of former priest and Duson resident Mark Broussard on molestation charges, the victim's advocacy group issued a statement Friday condemning the actions of his church and diocese in what it called an "unconscionable" failure to act.

"We are grateful that Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest's file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children," the SNAP said in a release. "It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them."

Broussard was arrested at his home Thursday on more than 50 counts of sexual battery in connection to his tenure as a priest in Lake Charles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Retired priest pleads guilty to molesting boy at Costa Mesa church

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

A retired Roman Catholic priest from Orange County pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a boy in the 1990s, authorities said.

Denis Lyons, 78, of Seal Beach pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14; the crimes took place between Jan. 1, 1992, and Dec. 1, 1995. Prosecutors said they expected Lyons to be sentenced May 25 to one year in jail and five years' formal probation and be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Lyons was a priest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa when the crimes occurred. Prosecutors said he assaulted the boy four times on church property when the boy was between the ages of 7 and 9.

Lyons was charged after the victim came forward in 2008. The retired cleric was arrested at Leisure World in Seal Beach as he played cards. That is same community where former priest and convicted child molester Michael Wempe also lived.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Alleged second sex abuse victim's testimony not allowed

STOCKTON (CA)
The Record

By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore
Record Staff Writer

March 24, 2012

STOCKTON - Testimony from an alleged second sex abuse victim of the Rev. Michael Kelly will not be allowed in the civil jury trial where a former Catholic altar boy has accused the priest of molesting him.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt decided late Thursday that the second person's story will not be admitted to avoid prejudice.

Kelly, currently pastor at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford, is under criminal investigation over the second person's claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

Landmark priest sex trial begins

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Windsor Star

Agence France-Presse
March 24, 2012

The landmark trial of a Catholic Church official accused of covering up pedophile abuses in the United States is set to start Monday.

Monsignor William Lynn, who oversaw the assignment of priests to schools and parishes across the Philadelphia region, faces accusations that he failed to keep priests accused of sexual abuse away from minors.

The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990s, makes the trial the first of its kind in the U.S.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

A decade ago, priest abuse story rocked Salem

SALEM (MA)
The Salem News

By Tom Dalton Staff writer

SALEM — Ten years ago tomorrow, James Michael Hogan filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court that shook the foundations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

The 47-year-old former Salem resident, who drove up from Delaware to face the TV cameras and media crowds, detailed sex crimes that were almost unspeakable, committed against him as a young boy.

The former altar boy at St. James Church said he had been sexually abused "hundreds" of times by the Rev. Joseph Birmingham — "Father B" — who served at the Salem parish from 1965 to 1970.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

March 23, 2012

Acireale: denuncia un prete pedofilo a 20 anni dai maltrattamenti

ITALIA
romatg24

ROMA, 23 Marzo – L’emozione rotta dalle lacrime copiose e amare. Il senso di vergogna e l’ansia di chi sa di aver subito violenza e che, pur dopo anni, decide di sbattere il mostro in prima pagina col desiderio che l’esperienza vissuta non succeda a qualcun altro. Teodoro Pulvireti,38 anni di Catania ,attualmente ricercatore negli Usa, rompe il silenzio e in una conferenza stampa trova la forza e il coraggio di raccontare la sua storia e di denunciare pubblicamente le molestie e gli abusi che dai 14 ai 15 anni ha subito da don Carlo Chiarenza, ex parroco di S.Paolo ad Acireale e successivamente decano della basilica di San Sebastiano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 PM

Abuse victim secretly records accused priest’s ‘confession

ITALY
The Independent (United Kingdom)

Michael Day
Milan

Saturday 24 March 2012

An Italian man who suffered what he claims was clerical sex abuse as a 14-year-old has secretly recorded his attacker, now a senior Sicilian church figure, appearing to admit the crimes in a chilling case that throws the spotlight on the wider issue of clerical paedophilia in Italy, which many observers say is still being swept under the carpet.

The victim, Teodoro Pulvirenti, 37, now a medical researcher in the US, decided to return to his home town of Acireale in Sicily and confront the alleged abuser, Don Carlo Chiarenza, who is now a Monsignor. Last September, armed with a hidden microphone, he taped the conversation in which the priest is heard admitting to having had a sexual relationship with the-then adolescent, who subsequently made several suicide attempts and had years of psychotherapy.

With Mr Pulvirenti breaking down in tears half-way through the conversation, Mr Chiarenza is said to have claimed that the "intimate sexual relationship" – in Mr Pulvirenti's words – that took place between them was a way of Mr Chiarenza "telling [Mr Pulvirenti] that I cared for you very much". He then appears to suggest that the adolescent was to blame for initiating some of the encounters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

The pope in Mexico and Cuba

MEXICO
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Mar. 22, 2012 All Things Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI arrives today in León, Mexico, to kick off the 23rd foreign trip of his papacy but his first to Spanish-speaking Latin America. (He visited Brazil in 2007.) Benedict will spend the weekend in Mexico, then move Monday to Cuba before returning to Rome late Wednesday.

At one level, this is a tale of two different trips.

The pope's swing in Mexico will likely amount to a celebration of popular Catholicism, with about 3 million exuberant faithful expected to turn out. It also comes just ahead of national elections in July, raising fears of manipulation of the trip for political ends, especially given perceptions that the Mexican church is aligned in favor of the conservative National Action Party. However, Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, a retired Vatican official who will accompany the pope, recently insisted that trying to see the trip through the prism of electoral politics "would be like forcing the ocean into an oyster." ...

In Mexico, Benedict also faces the shadow of the scandals associated with the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who has become a global symbol of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said this week Benedict will not meet with victims of Maciel in Mexico, because such an encounter had not been requested by the local bishops. On Saturday in León, one of Maciel's victims is scheduled present a new book critical of the church's response to the Maciel case, titled "The Will Not to Know."

Given that context, even a modest show of popular enthusiasm for Benedict XVI, as well as anything he says or does that's at all relevant or engaging, may be enough to label the trip a success.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

Dolan and Donohue working together to attack victims of clergy sexual assault

UNITED STATES
SNAP Wisconsin

The new Cardinal of New York Timothy Dolan has chosen to attack the victims of clergy childhood sexual assault using his close ally Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League.

Dolan is very media savvy. He knows he shouldn’t directly attack victims of clergy sexual abuse, so he lets and encourages Donohue to do it for him.

Bill Donohue is clearly comfortable in this role. In 2011 he took out an ad in the New York Times in which, when referring to the thousands of children who were sexually assaulted by Catholic priests, he stated “Let’s get it straight- they weren’t children and they weren’t raped”. This year Donohue referred to victim/survivors who commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Boston Globe investigative report which exposed the clerical sex crimes of the Boston Archdiocese as “pitiful malcontents”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Former Priest Arrested, Neighbors Say They Had "Suspicions"

LOUISIANA
KATC

[with video]

A former priest, living in Duson, is now accused of sexually abusing children while working for the church. 56-year-old Mark Broussard is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery, after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said a 34-year-old man came forward and accused the former priest of sexual abuse. The man said he was sexually abused for three years, between 1986 and 1989, while Broussard was a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles.

When Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputies started investigating the man's accusations, deputies said documents were also located in Broussard's personnel file with the diocese in which Broussard indicated sexual contact with at least four other boys.

The Diocese of Lake Charles would not answer KATC's questions about if it was aware of the documents, and if so, why the accusations were not reported to law enforcement.

Morris LeBleu with the Diocese would only state that they received the allegations in December 2011 and "immediately reported the allegations to the District Attorney and Sheriff. The Diocese of Lake Charles has and will continue to cooperate fully with all civil authorities. In light of the ongoing proceedings, the Diocese will have no further comment on this matter."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Diocese of Lake Charles issues statement about alleged former priest sex abuse

LOUISIANA
KATC

In a press release, The Diocese of Lake Charles released a statement regarding allegations of abuse by former priest Mark A. Broussard. According to the diocese, in December 2011, the diocese received credible allegations regarding the activities Broussard and immediately reported the allegations to the District Attorney and Sheriff. The diocese will not comment further.

The statement said, "Bishop Provost offers his prayers and concern to all victims of sexual abuse, most especially this victim and his family."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Leisure World Priest Admits to Molesting Boy in Church Rectory

CALIFORNIA
Patch

Diocese: “There's nothing we can say” as Denis Lyons pleads guilty to molesting a child at his former Costa Mesa parish in a deal that will likely land him less than a year in jail.

A 78-year-old former Catholic priest from Leisure World pleaded guilty today to molesting an altar boy in the early to mid 1990s at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, beginning when the victim was 9 years old.

Denis Lyons, who left the priesthood in April 2004, is expected to be sentenced on May 25 to a year in jail and five years probation. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno, who accepted the plea agreement the defendant reached with prosecutors, is also expected to order Lyons to complete 400 hours of community service or pay a fine. Lyons could have faced up to 14 years in prison had he gone to trial.

``The victim has asked to resolve this case without going through a highly publicized trial,'' Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told the judge. Another alleged victim, who Lyons was not charged with molesting, was willing to testify to corroborate the named victim's testimony, but he also wanted to avoid a jury trial, Brown said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Maciel’s Shadow

UNITED STATES
Catholic Sensibility

Much is being made of the pope not meeting with Mexican abuse victims. Patricio Cerda, who works with victims, strikes a pessimistic tone:

In my opinion it is sad, on the one hand, because Benedict XVI is expected to be more than ‘politically correct’ – he is expected to be a true pastor. On the other hand, the cardinals have their own interests at stake, including the Primate of Mexico (Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera), who defended Maciel to the end. Those directly victimized by the founder do not want to become pawns in what amounts to nothing more than a media game.

Political correctness–the worst sense of that term–can run both ways. There’s a certain pc-strain in churchmen who want nothing more for this scandal of abuse and cover-up to go away. Why does it have to drag on past the obligatory fifteen minutes? This nipping at the heels might well devour good efforts in the new evangelization.

But rather than view the situation in defensive terms, the Church could look upon this as an opportunity. Rather than an annoyance, it presents an opening to develop an apostolate or reconciliation, prayer, and giving a good example of asking forgiveness. Maybe the time is no longer ripe for evangelization–at least as the cover-story initiative of Rome. Maybe it’s time for penitence, sacrifice, and contrition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

New Maciel Revelations...

UNITED STATES
firedoglake

New Maciel Revelations on the Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico Underscore Need for Accountability at the Very Top of the Roman Catholic Church

By: Center for Constitutional Rights Friday March 23, 2012

By Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

While nothing is being done to protect the children of Mexico still being assaulted by Catholic clergy, plenty of preparations have taken place for this weekend’s papal visit. According to Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Pope will not be meeting with survivors of sexual abuse by priests while in Mexico as he has done in previous visits to other countries. The reason given is that these meetings would have to take place in “a context in which the bishops asked the pope to do it because it was a problem felt in society and the church, and that it was something desired.” It seems that in the case of the many abuse survivors in Mexico, their suffering and the fact that the systematic sexual abuse of children continues does not feel problematic enough for church officials to ask the Pope to address it.

The Pope’s visit to Mexico comes on the heels of recent revelations about the Vatican’s decades-long knowledge and cover-up of rape and sexual violence by the Mexican priest Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, one of its most favored, and notorious. Maciel’s case illustrates once again the Vatican’s role in creating a culture of sexual violence within the Church—and the resulting need for accountability at the very top.

In an effort to ensure accountability for these widespread crimes and end the on-going crisis, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a complaint last year with the International Criminal Court on behalf of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests charging Pope Benedict XVI and three other high-level Vatican officials with crimes against humanity for the widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by priests and others associated with the church. The complaint was supported by more than 20,000 pages of documents consisting of findings and reports of commissions of inquiry and grand juries, testimonies, and other evidence of sex crimes by Catholic clergy and of the policies and practices involved in enabling the crimes and in the cover-ups in different countries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Former Orange County Priest pleads guilty, Victims respond

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 23, 2012

First, we want to thank the Orange County District Attorney's Office for working diligently over the past decade to ensure that Denis Lyons faced justice in the criminal courts. Despite numerous setbacks, prosecutors have never lost sight of the threat that Lyons has continually posed to children across the county.

Despite today's victory for children, we are still dismayed that church officials knew about Denis Lyons and his crimes for more than two decades.

Instead of calling law enforcement, they sent him to a church-run facility for child-molesting clerics, promoted him to pastor, and then sent him to a parish where he worked side-by-side with another known predator. This behavior is inexcusable and every church official who knew, whether they are still in Orange or in Boise, ID, MUST be called to account. The excuse of "it was a long time ago," is a slap in the face to victims everywhere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Unusual study asks former Catholics why they left church

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 23, 2012
By Jerry Filteau

WASHINGTON -- In an unusual study whose main results were released at a Catholic University of America conference in Washington Thursday, Villanova University in Philadelphia asked former Catholics in the Trenton, N.J., diocese why they left the church.

While the results themselves were not surprising, the researchers said, the study suggests new ways the church can approach Catholics who are dissatisfied with what the church teaches or how it acts -- including those so dissatisfied that they have decided to leave.

One of their key recommendations was for pastors, bishops and other church officials to respond consistently to questioning or angry Catholics with constructive dialogue rather than a simple reiteration of church rules or policies.

Jesuit Fr. William J. Byron, a professor of business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia -- who collaborated in the study with Charles Zech, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Church Management of Villanova’s School of Business -- several times cited a response of one disaffiliated Catholic who complained, “Ask a question of any priest and you get a rule; you don’t get a ‘Let’s sit down and talk about it’ response.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Goliath-bully Bill Donohue attacks David & SNAP & JP2 Army victims: A compilation. Being Anti-Catholic is necessary for justice, protection of children, women, the poo

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

This post contains a compilation of all the articles of Goliath-bully Bill Donohue against David & SNAP & victims of the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army, so check on its update regularly. It also contains a continuous update of the articles of the defenders and allies of David & SNAP and victims of the JP2 Army. Unlike in the Bible, it will take more than one pebble to beat Goliath-bully Bill Donohue -- it will take the MSM main stream media journalists just like Normandy needed major allies to free it from the Nazis. Goliath-bully Bill Donohue is the modern version of a Hitler and Catholic League is his Nazi powerhouse owned and operated by the Vatican Opus Dei Mammon today.

Catholic Blog Releases Archdiocese List of Priests Alleged of Misconduct

PENNSYLVANIA
Patch

By James Myers

With recent reports of priests who once served in the Norristown area being relieved of duty – Father Louis Bier, former pastor of St. Patrick's Church, who was removed from his new post in Springfield and Father Richard Powers, a retired priest who served at St. Patrick's over four decades ago, who was suspended in retirement – area Catholics are searching for answers from the Archdiocese. According to a Catholic blog, area faithful may have more unpleasant news in store for them.

Catholics4Change.com, a blog forum for Catholics to share their concerns and questions regarding Church accountability, recently made a post titled, "The List Cardinal Bevilacqua Didn’t Want You to See."

In it, they share what they claim is the “list of priests who have been guilty or accused of sexual misconduct with a minor according to the file material” that was reportedly attached to a memo from Msgr. William J. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy back in February of '94 – a list the blog claims Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered to be shredded. Several of the priests listed were stationed in Norristown and the surrounding areas at some point.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Philly monsignor seeks new jury...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Philly monsignor seeks new jury after co-defendant priest’s guilty plea; trial starts Monday

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, March 23

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official facing a landmark child sex abuse trial wants a new jury seated because of publicity over a co-defendant’s last-minute guilty plea, his lawyers said Friday.

Monsignor William Lynn’s attorneys said Thursday’s plea from defrocked priest Edward Avery could influence jurors in the trial that’s scheduled to begin Monday.

Lynn, the former secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children by failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood or report them to police.

The jury was seated early this month and advised not to read about the case. Jury selection took weeks given the sensitive sexual and religious issues involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Polish author, abuse victim, questions bishops' zero-tolerance stance

POLAND
U.S. Catholic

By Catholic News Service

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A prominent victim of clerical sex abuse has rejected the Polish church's stance that it is following a zero-tolerance policy toward priests and offers moral support for victims.

Ewa Orlowska, whose book about her ordeal, "I Accused a Priest," was published in 2008, charged that the church is holding "victims up to ridicule" while "behaving as if nothing has happened."

"No one in the church has made the slightest gesture. No one has expressed regret, visited or written to me. But now the bishops' conference head talks about surrounding victims of pedophilia with help and moral compensation," Orlowska said after the Polish bishops adopted guidelines -- in line with May 2011 Vatican instructions -- for handling accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Former priest pleads guilty to molesting boy

SANTA ANA (CA)
The Orange County Register

By VIK JOLLY and LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A retired priest Friday pleaded guilty to charges of molesting a 7- to 9-year-old boy at a Costa Mesa church nearly two decades ago.

Denis Lyons, 77, of Seal Beach, admitted to four felony counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14, pursuant to a plea agreement with prosecutors.

He answered "Yes, your honor" to most of Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno's questions, who will sentence him May 25. Lyons could have been sentenced to 14 years in state prison if convicted at trial, but has agreed to serve one year in county jail and five years probation.

Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said her office took into account the victim's wishes to resolve the case without having to go through the ordeal of a publicized trial in reaching an agreement with Lyons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Mack performs "Conversations with My Molester" at his church

CAMBRIDGE (MA)
Wicked Local Cambridge

By Andy Metzger/ametzger@wickedlocal.com
Wicked Local Cambridge

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Cambridge —

It’s the kind of thing that would have been completely unbelievable a decade ago, but Cambridge playwright Michael Mack is performing a one-man show at his Harvard Square Catholic church about sexual abuse he suffered decades ago at the hands of a priest.

“I was delighted that the parish is going to be the venue for hosting this,” said Barbara Thorp, director of the Office of Pastoral Outreach and Child Protection for the Boston Archdiocese.

Mack will perform “Conversations with my Molestor” at Saint Paul Parish on Mount Auburn Street on Thursday, March 29 – the first performance he will give in a church.

“This is kind of a new angle on the play because it will be in a Catholic church, which is kind of where it all began – not that church,” Mack said, over tea at the S&S Deli and Restaurant on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Cardinal confirms new aggressive strategy against abuse victims

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Kristine Ward on Mar. 23, 2012 Examining the crisis

Commentary

In a none too subtle posting on his Archdiocese of New York blog, Cardinal Timothy Dolan -- the newly minted and over the top feted eminence -- confirmed the bishops’ new strategy: playing hardball against victims and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in particular. Here’s the link.

This approach was first revealed by Catholic League president William Donohue in the March 12 New York Times story “Catholic Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse victims Group.”

The story played out in a good cop/bad cop routine with Mr. Donohue being quoted as bluntly declaring the “bishops have come together collectively” in this approach while Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops demurred that Mr. Donohue was incorrect and no such new strategy was in place.

Enter the Cardinal’s column. Tie broken. Winner declared: take no prisoners, new aggressive strategy it is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Defense Wants New Jury in Priest Sex-Abuse Trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC Philadelphia

By Karen Araiza

Friday, Mar 23, 2012

One day after defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty to raping a child, defense attorneys asked for a new jury in the priest sex-abuse trial that is set to start on Monday.

Avery admitted sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1999 while Avery was a pastor at St. Jerome’s parish in northeast Philadelphia. Avery was 57 at the time.

Attorneys for the two other church officials who will be tried went to court on Friday to ask the judge for a new jury. They argued that the jury is tainted because of the media coverage of Avery’s guilty plea.

Defense attorneys also announced on Friday that Avery will not cooperate with the prosecution and testify against his two co-defendants, Rev. James Brennan and Monsignor William Lynn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Defense In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Wants New Jury

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One day after a defendant in the Philadelphia clergy abuse case pleaded guilty, the attorneys for two co-defendants have asked for a new jury panel because, they argue, this one was tainted by the latest developments.

Edward Avery, 69, who sat alongside co-defendants Msgr. William Lynn and Father James Brennan during jury selection, is now out of the case. He has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced (see related story), and the prosecution says he has not agreed to testify against his fellow defendants.

But attorneys for Lynn and Brennan have cited the local and national coverage of the Avery development, saying there is no way jurors could have avoided it and not been prejudiced by it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Former priest living in Duson arrested

LOUISIANA
The Advertiser

A Duson man who had left the priesthood almost two decades ago was arrested Thursday at his home on more than 50 counts of sexual battery from his tenure as a priest in Lake Charles.

Mark A. Broussard, 56, 132 Canary Lane, Duson, was arrested by CPSO detectives, with assistance from Louisiana State Police, yesterday at his home and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is being charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office have been working together to investigate accusations that a former priest had inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old victim between approximately 1986 and 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

SNAP Statement on predator priest arrest

LOUISIANA
KATC

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Executive Director David Clohessy has responded to the arrest of a former priest arrested today.

Here is the press release from SNAP:

We are grateful that Fr. Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest's file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children. It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them.

We hope that Louisiana law enforcement officials will look beyond Fr. Broussard's crimes and investigate the clear cover-up that took place at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officials at the Diocese of Lake Charles, especially Bishop Glen John Provost should become targets of this investigation as well. The fact that they knew of Fr. Broussard's disturbing crimes and relocated him instead of turning him over to police is egregious and should be severely punished.

At the same time, we hope the arrest of this predator will embolden his other victims to come forward, get help, and make a report to police. Now that Fr. Broussard has been criminally charged, we hope these survivors can end their suffering in silence. We encourage anyone who may also have seen or suspected Fr. Broussard's crimes to come forward to police as well and do whatever they can to assist in this investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Lawyers seek delay in clergy sex abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Defense lawyers today asked a judge to consider delaying the looming conspiracy and child sex-abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, arguing a surprise guilty plea Thursday by a third defendant drastically altered the case.

The attorneys for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan said that broad publicity of Thursday's plea by defrocked priest Edward Avery could have tainted the jury for their trial.

They asked Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to consider picking a new panel or, at the minimum, individually polling jurors before opening statements on Monday to make sure they had not seen the news or could be fair.

"We don't mind the jury we got," Jeffrey Lindy, one of Lynn's lawyers, told the judge. But he said it was unrealistic to believe they had not heard about Avery's plea or that it would color their view of the other defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Former Galesburg abbey owner arrested on seven felony counts

GALESBURG (IL)
The Register-Mail

By JENNIFER WHEELER
The Register-Mail

GALESBURG —

A man criticized by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for being a fake priest has been charged with seven felonies in Knox County.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department will extradite the Rev. Ryan St. Anne from the St. Louis County jail early next week, said Sgt. Scott Cordle. According to an arrest warrant, he has been charged with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft and one count of deceptive practices.

Cordle could not provide additional information about the alleged incident or charges.

The warrant was issued Feb. 29, although St. Anne was arrested Tuesday in East St. Louis, said Cordle. He signed a waiver of extradition Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Former Priest living in Duson accused of molesting boy while in priesthood

LOUISIANA
KATC

A former priest living in Duson has been accussed of having inappropriate sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989 when he was a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Yesterday, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police arrested Mark A. Broussard, 56, of 132 Canary Lane in Duson.

He's in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery. "Documents were located in the priest's personnel file where the priest indicated sexual contact with at least four other male children. These incidents were not reported to law enforcement," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office have been working together to investigate the accusations. On December 22, 2011 the Sheriff's Office received a letter from a local law firm on behalf of the Diocese of Lake Charles stating they had received a letter from the victim, who is now 34 years of age, disclosing the priest had allegedly molested him. "The priest left St. Henry Catholic Church in 1992 and was relocated to St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier, where he resigned from the priesthood in 1994," Myers said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Ex-Altar Boy Files $5 Million Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Miami Archdiocese

FLORIDA
NBC Miami

By Julia Bagg

Friday, Mar 23, 2012

A South Florida man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest while he was an altar boy in the 1970s has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami.

Attorney Ron Weil says his client, a Miami man who is approximately 49-years old, was repeatedly sexually abused at the hands of William Romero, while Romero was a priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables.

Weil says the abuse began when his client was about eight and continued from 1971 to 1975 inside Romero's living quarters at the church, as well as at a home in Lake Worth.

"He's not ready" to talk about the abuse, Weil said during a news conference Friday.

Weil said his client never told anyone about the abuse while it happened, and said he suffered "traumatic amnesia," a condition where his memory of the incidents was repressed for more than three decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Attacking SNAP A Bad Move

UNITED STATES
Saunders & Walker

The US Catholic published this morning a very good piece authored by Bryan Cones concerning the perception that the US bishops have decided to attack SNAP (Survivors of Those Abused by Priests). While the author correctly points out that this perception has been fueled by the combative head of the Catholic League, William Donohue's recent comments on SNAP and his assertion that the US bishops have made a decision as a body to start fighting back against the non-profit group, media outlets such as the NY Times and the National Catholic Reporter have picked up on Donohue's comments and written pieces on it.

Donohue's comments come in the wake of two Missouri Catholic dioceses sending subpoenas for deposition testimony to David Clohessy, a SNAP founder and spokesperson. From reading the deposition transcripts of Clohessy's testimony, it was evident that the lawyers were more interested in the internal finances and operation of SNAP rather than the sex abuse lawsuits that were purported to be the subject of the deposition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Gotham's Cowardly Lion

UNITED STATES
Saundrs & Walker

In my blog post yesterday, I set forth some reasons why it wouldn't be a good idea for the nation's Catholic bishops to attack SNAP. While I didn't expect them to take my advice, I was surprised to learn of Cardinal Dolan's latest blog post. The post is entitled "Catholic League Reports on SNAP Deposition". Is the Cardinal now a cub reporter for a fledgling paper soon to rival the NY Times? Actually, that wouldn't be nearly as bad as the truth.

The reality is that Cardinal Dolan wants to appear objective and merely report what the Catholic League is writing about SNAP. Dolan wants to appear as a third-party while behind the scenes pushing his pal Bill Donohue to center stage for the world to witness his vitriol. At least Donohue has the courage of his convictions even though they are hateful and inaccurate. Dolan doesn't even make a comment in his blog post about the Catholic League article. Instead he re-prints a lengthy section of it with links to the entire article at the end. It's important to note that in the linked article Donohue calls David Clohessy, a friend of mine and a man of integrity, a con man. He offers no proof of course, he just makes a personal attack. I'm not Catholic but I always thought that kind of behavior was considered sinful by Donohue's church.

Making matters worse, this is the article Cardinal Dolan wants everyone to read. He wants to spread this attack on David Clohessy by highlighting it on his own blog. Of course, he doesn't get his hands dirty by repeating the attack.(Remind you of any Biblical figure?) Pilate, err, Dolan maintains the plausible deniability of a coward. He doesn't actually write it, he rather points in the direction of the one slinging the mud, encouraging others to read along. This is the President of the nation's Conference of Bishops. He's the one leading the crusade on moral issues. You can decide for yourselves what that makes him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Alleen de slachtoffers mogen kerk aanspreken op de daden

NEDERLAND
Trouw

ERIC FENNIS | LID VAN DE COMMISSIE SEKSUEEL MISBRUIK BISDOM HAARLEM-AMSTERDAM − 23/03/12

De Nederlandse bisschoppen nemen wél hun verantwoordelijkheid voor seksueel misbruik. Maar iedere compassie of actie is bij voorbaat verdacht.

De Amerikaanse bisschoppen nemen veel meer dan hun Nederlandse collega's hun verantwoordelijkheid ten aanzien van het seksueel misbruik, stelt de Nijmeegse religiehistoricus Peter Nissen in een opiniestuk in deze krant (20 maart). Zij zouden inmiddels meer openheid tonen, gesprekken met slachtoffers voeren, adequate maatregelen hebben genomen. Kortom, de bisschoppen hier kunnen er nog veel van leren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

„Paus moet in Mexico problemen onder ogen zien”

MEXICO
Reformatorisch Dagblad (Nederland)

MEXICO-STAD – Paus Benedictus XVI begint vrijdag aan een officieel bezoek aan Mexico. In het land is sprake van oplevend geweld door de strijd tussen de politie en drugskartels en ook de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk verkeert er in een crisis.

Dat berichtte nieuwsdienst IPSnews donderdag. „De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II, was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen”, zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

"Paus verliest contact met de basis"

MEXICO
MO (Belgie)

MEXICO-STAD

Toenemend geweld, slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke priesters die gerechtigheid eisen en positie van vrouwen in de kerk zijn kwesties waar paus Benedictus XVI volgens experts niet omheen kan tijdens zijn bezoek aan Mexico.

"De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen", zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis.

Masferrer zegt dat de kerk zich verwijdert van een strategie die gericht was op aandacht voor de noden en zorgen van de katholieke sociale basisbewegingen. In plaats daarvan richt de kerk zich op de elite.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Theology of priesthood behind sex abuse crisis

IRELAND
The Irish Times

VINCENT BROWNE

CLERICAL SEXUAL abuse is inevitable given the meaning system that is taught by the Catholic Church and to which many priests adhere.

Contradictions in that system lead to failure, increase shame and a way of living that encourages deviant behaviour.

This is the thesis of a revealing book on sexual abuse within the church by an Irish academic and therapist who interviewed, at length, nine priests and brothers convicted of child abuse, who counselled several other clerical abusers and who undertook extensive research on the issue for her book Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organisational Culture. The author is Marie Keenan of the school of applied social science at UCD.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Vorwürfe deutlich zurückgegangen

DEUTSCHLAND
Rhoenpuls

Professor Dr. Klaus Laubenthal, Ansprechpartner in der Diözese Würzburg für Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, legt die zweite Jahresbilanz vor.

Die Zahl der Vorwürfe wegen sexueller Missbrauchshandlungen und Grenzüberschreitungen ist im zurückliegenden Jahr im Bistum Würzburg deutlich zurückgegangen. Insgesamt wurden in der Zeit seit 20. März 2011 an Professor Dr. Klaus Laubenthal, Ansprechpartner in der Diözese Würzburg für Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, zehn zu prüfende Vorwürfe zum Nachteil von Minderjährigen übermittelt.

"Die angetragenen Geschehnisse liegen - wie schon diejenigen des Jahres zuvor - ganz überwiegend längere Zeit zurück und reichen bis in die 1950er Jahre", sagte Laubenthal am Montag, 19. März, in Würzburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Salzgitter: Pädophiler Priester nach kirchlicher Definition „nicht pädophil“

DEUTSCHLAND
Skydaddy's Blog

Andreas L., der Pfarrer der St.-Joseph-Gemeinde in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, der gestanden hat, drei Jungen im Alter zwischen 9 und 14 Jahren in einer Vielzahl von Fällen sexuell missbraucht zu haben, würde nach einer von der katholischen Kirche verwendeten Definition nicht als „pädophil“ gelten:

In einer von der US-amerikanischen Bischofskonferenz in Auftrag gegebenen und veröffentlichten Studie wird nämlich folgende Definition verwendet:

For the purpose of this comparison, a pedophile is defined as a priest who had more than one victim, with all victims being age eleven or younger at the time of the offense. [The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, S. 34]

Auf Deutsch:

Für diesen Vergleich wird ein Pädophiler definiert als ein Priester, der mehr als ein Opfer gehabt hat, wobei alle Opfer zum Tatzeitpunkt elf Jahre alt oder jünger waren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

400.000 Euro an Missbrauchsopfer gezahlt

DEUTSCHLAND
kirchensite

Bistum. Mehr als 400.000 Euro hat das Bistum Münster bislang an 85 Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch innerhalb der Kirche gezahlt. Dies teilte der stellvertretende Generalvikar Pfarrer Jochen Reidegeld auf kirchensite.de-Anfrage mit.

Im Jahr 2010 wurden 27.754 Euro ausgezahlt; dabei gingen zwei Summen direkt an Opfer, drei weitere Summen wurden unter anderem für wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung gezahlt. Im vergangenen Jahr wurden 348.298 Euro gezahlt, insgesamt waren es 76 Einzelzahlungen. Im laufenden Jahr gab es bislang sieben Auszahlungen in Höhe von insgesamt 28.000 Euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Religions-Lehrer missbraucht Mädchen im Schwimmbad

DEUTSCHLAND
Bild

Von ASTRID SIEVERT

Vegesack/Cuxhaven – Lehrer Reinhard B. (42) steht lächelnd vor der Schultafel in seinem Klassenraum. Der Lehrer für Religion, Sport und Mathe am Gymnasium in Cuxhaven missbrauchte im Freizeitbad Vegesack ein geistig behindertes Mädchen (12).

Das abscheuliche Verbrechen schockierte im Juli 2007 ganz Bremen. Die Polizei fahndete damals mit Fotos aus der Überwachungskamera des Freizeitbads Vegesack nach dem Sexgangster. Darauf spähte er halbnackt nach kleinen Mädchen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Confirmation – Avery Tells the Truth

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

By Susan Matthews

As my son became an adult in the Church, I sat in the last pew contemplating whether or not to remain a member. I could keep my faith but leave the religious institution. I prayed for some sign that I haven’t been on a fool’s errand in my efforts.

My father leaned over and whispered, “Did you hear about Avery?” My heart sank at the short prison term, but the victims finally got to hear some small part of the truth exposed. My son took Anthony as his Confirmation name – the patron saint of lost things. By the end of the Mass I’d found hope, a slim ray of it.

Confirmation includes the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom; Understanding; Right Judgment; Courage; Knowledge; Reverence; Awe of God. We need this gifts more than ever in Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Heads should roll over priest libel -- TV3 chief

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Friday March 23 2012

A SENIOR manager at TV3 has said that management at RTE should resign in the wake of the Fr Kevin Reynolds libel to prevent more damage to the national broadcaster.

TV3's Director of Programming Ben Frow described as "unforgivable"the airing by RTE of the 'Prime Time Investigates' programme that made false claims about the priest.

Mr Frow said the damages paid out by RTE to Fr Reynolds would have shut down TV3.

"We don't have that kind of money to be handing out in damages. It would have closed TV3. I think it is a major f***-up by RTE," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Abuse victims seek to take claims to pope in Mexico

MEXICO
ABS-CBN (Philippines)

Agence France-Presse

LEON, Mexico - Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico this weekend, particularly in the case of the disgraced Legion of Christ order.

Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel and his victims ahead of the papal visit to Mexico which begins Friday.

Benedict XVI has already met with victims of sexual abuse during foreign visits, but is apparently not planning to do so in Mexico, where many victims are still seeking justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

2 Catholic schools in S. Phila. appeal closure to Vatican

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

March 22, 2012|BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer

TWO CATHOLIC elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the Archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican.

The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and to merge into another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and one Boston-based Canon Law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Praying, Waiting for St. James

LAKEWOOD (OH)
Patch

By Colin McEwen
Email the author
March 21, 2012

For the past two years, the parishioners of the shuttered St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood have been hoping and praying.

Now, they’re just waiting.

After the Vatican recently overturned Bishop Richard Lennon’s 2010 decision to close 13 parishes in the Cleveland area, the bishop has 60 days to appeal the decision.

According to sources, if he doesn’t, it’s likely that the church will reopen.

“It’s in the bishop’s court at this point,” said Toni Sabo, president of the Friends of St. James. “He’s got the keys.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Abuse in Dutch Catholic care: more evidence

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Serious abuses went on unreported for years in Dutch Roman Catholic homes for the mentally disabled. They included sex offences, castration, secret medical experiments and possibly murder. One Catholic brother was banished to Africa for doing unethical brain research. Radio Netherlands Worldwide tracked him down.

Until recent years, most abuses in Dutch institutional care were kept out of the public eye. One exception was a scandal in 1978 involving medical experiments at 'Huize Assisië’, a Roman Catholic boarding school for mentally handicapped boys in the southern town of Udenhout.

Brain x-rays
The home's medical doctor and a Catholic nurse known as Brother Dionysius performed spinal taps on approximately 180 patients, including minors. They injected fluid and air into the patients' brains in order to take x-rays of the cerebral cortex. These were used for brain research which was quietly being carried out. After the injections, the patients suffered nausea and headaches for days. Their parents were neither asked for permission nor notified of the procedures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Vergeten Onrecht

NEDERLAND
Kralenspel

Sinds een paar dagen trekt de zoveelste storm over katholiek Nederland. Nog los van het misbruikschandaal blijkt er binnen katholieke instellingen ook gecastreerd te zijn, dit om mensen te "genezen" van echte of vermeende seksuele afwijkingen. Er is vooral verontwaardiging over dat deze voorvallen niet in het rapport van de Commissie Deetman zijn opgenomen. Dit is echter Deetman nauwelijks te verwijten: feit is namelijk dat chrirurgische castratie een breed toegepaste behandelmethode was, zoals Eric van den Berg o.a. stelt. Ook wordt beargumenteerd door zowel van den Berg als de kerkhistoricus Peter Nissen dat deze praktijk echter kritisch bevraagd werd door de katholieke moraaltheologie. Nissen gaat zelfs zo ver te zeggen dat er een algeheel verbod op castratie was. Dit is echter in het geheel niet het geval. De contemporaine moraal- en pastoraaltheologie sloot nauw aan bij de heersende praktijk en bestendigde die. Daarbij sloot de Kerk aan bij de tendens in de samenleving die geen wezenlijk probleem zag in het castreren van "psychopathen".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Vatican fails understanding of human sexuality

IRELAND
when religion fails

Recalling the revelation of horrific incidents of sexual abuse by members of the Irish Catholic clergy the Vatican on March 20th released an eight-page summary of the findings and recommendations of the visitation to four archdioceses, religious institutes and seminaries in Ireland. A Vatican-appointed investigation of the church in Ireland recognized serious shortcomings in the handling of accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet found that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an "excellent" job in creating safe environments for children today. While similar sentiments were issued forth by the Irish primate, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, others representing the victims were obviously disappointed by the report. Maeve Lewis, executive director for the Irish centre of sexual abuse, “One in Four’, criticized the report, insisting that "the Vatican is still not accepting responsibility for its role in creating the culture of purposeful cover-ups of the sexual abuse of children." adding that "while we welcome the findings of the visitation that the Irish church now has good child protection practices in place, we feel it is a lost opportunity to address the role played by the Vatican in perpetuating the policy of protecting abusive priests at the expense of children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Church’s Lawyers Have SNAP in Their Sights, global online pedophile network

UNITED STATES
Stop Child Abuse

Church’s Lawyers Have SNAP in Their Sights - Victims’ advocacy group’s national director speaks to RD about a flurry of subpoenas, and fears of ongoing harassment
By Kathryn Joyce March 16, 2012

In October, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the oldest, largest, and most visible peer counseling group for victims of clergy sex abuse in any denomination, received a subpoena from a Kansas City, Missouri, priest being prosecuted for sexually abusing an older male victim SNAP has never met. The subpoena demanded a sweeping range of documents and correspondence concerning thousands of the estimated 100,000-plus people SNAP has counseled over two decades.

In December, the group received a second subpoena from the other side of the state, from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, facing its own charges concerning the alleged abuse of a 19-year-old woman. SNAP has fought the requests, citing Missouri laws protecting the privacy of rape survivors, and describing the records-request as a coordinated Church effort to bully sex abuse victims into silence and harass a longtime opponent into bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Baltimore Sun

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Nearly 100 people have added their names to an online peititon seeking to keep a convicted child rapist behind bars since Wednesday, when two U.S. Supreme Court decisions appeared to bolster the man's appeal arguments and the likelihood he could be released from prison despite having been sentenced to four life terms.

John Joseph Merzbacher, now 70, was accused of terrorizing students at a Baltimore Catholic school in the 1970s and convicted two decades later of six counts of child rape and sexual abuse in connection with the allegations. But he more recently claimed that the findings and their punishments shouldn't stand, because he was never told of a 10-year plea deal proposal before his trial. A federal judge, Andre M. Davis, agreed with him in 2010, ruling that Merzbacher should get a second chance at the offer under certain conditions, opening the door for his immediate release.

The Maryland attorney general's office fought the ruling, but had to put its own appeal on hold for more than a year to see how the country's high court would decide two similar cases involving botched plea offers. The justices' decisions, each reached in a 5-4 vote, seem to side with Merzbacher's interpretation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Boys and Men Healing Film Screenings at Penn State

PENNSYLVANIA
PR.com

State College, PA, March 22, 2012 --(PR.com)-- One of Over Hundreds of Screenings Across the Nation: A National Awareness Raising Campaign and MaleSurvivor.org 'Dare To Dream Event 2'

Join the Healing Journey!

Penn State will host two screenings of Boys and Men Healing, a leading documentary produced by Big Voice Pictures about the affects of male child sexual abuse and the importance of healing, speaking out, and advocating for ending the cycle of the sexual abuse of boys. This event is hosted by Penn State University.

The film screenings and Q&A following will be held at Altoona Campus at 7:00 p.m. on April 3, 2012 at the Misciagna Theater on the Penn State Altoona campus. A reception will be held @ 6 p.m. that evening in the Titleman Lounge of the theater to welcome the speakers. The panel of speakers include: Simon Weinberg, Co-Producer of Boys and Men Healing, Mark Crawford, survivor and MaleSurvivor Advisory Board member also featured in the film, Founding Board Members of MaleSurvivor and current Advisory Board members, Jim Struve LCSW and Howard Fradkin, Ph.D, and Chris Anderson, survivor and Vice President of MaleSurvivor. MaleSurvivor is a leading organization providing useful information to promote health, discussion and connections for male survivors of sexual abuse and those who support them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Plaintiff's sex abuse memories disputed

STOCKTON (CA)
The Record

By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore
Record Staff Writer

March 23, 2012

STOCKTON - A psychiatrist for the defense in the civil trial of a local Catholic priest says sex abuse memories of a former altar boy who accuses Rev. Michael Kelly are false.

The plaintiff, now a 37-year-old man, said Kelly assaulted him over a period of time in the mid-1980s.

Defense attorneys for Kelly and the Diocese of Stockton are challenging the validity of the man's recovered memories.

Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard University and member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, testified Thursday as the defense's expert witness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Clerical sex abuse saga clouds papal visit to Mexico and Cuba

ROME
The Irish Times

PADDY AGNEW in Rome

NOT FOR the first time, 84-year-old Pope Benedict flies out of Rome this morning for an important overseas visit that could yet be troubled by clerical sex abuse polemics.

When details of the six-day pastoral visit to Mexico and Cuba were first released, most Vatican commentators inevitably focused on the political implications of a second papal visit in 14 years to communist Cuba.

Will the pope meet 85-year-old Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro? Will he issue a blanket condemnation of the USA’s 52-year-old economic embargo on the island? Will the Cuban regime led by Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, attempt to exploit the pope’s visit, using it as some sort of government propaganda tool? Or will this visit improve both church-state relations and the status of the island’s seven million Catholics?

Before he gets to Cuba next Monday, however, the pope may be confronted in Mexico with the all-too-familiar problem of clerical sex abuse. At the centre of this polemic is the Catholic order, the Legionaries Of Christ, whose Mexican founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was denounced as guilty of “very serious and objectively immoral behaviour” by the Holy See in May 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Pope departs from Rome on Mexico and Cuba trip

ROME
7 News

ROME (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI set off from Rome on an arduous journey to Latin America on Friday where he will address key issues including the Mexico drugs war and the evolution of Cuba's communist regime.

The pontiff arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport by helicopter and was greeted by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. The pope waved goodbye on the airplane steps before the Alitalia Boeing 777 took off at 0845 GMT.

He is expected to land in Mexico at 2230 GMT. ...

But he is also likely to face criticism over the clerical abuse scandal.

In particular, he will face questions over the Vatican's management of Mexico's most famous offender, Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, who before he died faced accusations that he had molested eight minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Vatican's empty gesture is betrayal of abused children

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Eamonn McCann
Friday, 23 March 2012

What emerges most starkly from the report by emissaries of the Holy See into child sex-abuse in Ireland is that there has been no change in the hierarchy of hypocrisy.

The report, released on Tuesday, was compiled from information gathered by seven separate teams of clerics sent by Benedict XVI to study and draw lessons from the Church's handling of the scandal.

The source and scale of the operation had encouraged expectations that the exercise would go some way towards tracing the problem to its roots - towards the role not just of the Church in Ireland, but of the Holy See, the global governance of the Church.

But the document published at a press conference in Maynooth did the opposite. It is a sustained effort to exculpate the Holy See, while pronouncing on the inadequacies of Irish bishops and religious superiors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

GIDDY UP and WAGONS HO!

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Editorial

Cardinal Timothy Dolan played his new ring hand this week on his Archdiocese of New York blog.

In a none too subtle posting on his blog on 3/20/12 (here’s the link), the newly minted and over the top feted Eminence confirmed the bishops’ new strategy: playing hardball against victims, and SNAP in particular.

This approach was first revealed by Catholic League president William Donahue in the 3/12/12 New York Times story “Catholic Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse victims Group” (here’s the link)

The story played out in a good cop/bad cop routine with Mr. Donahue being quoted as bluntly declaring the “bishops have come together collectively” in this approach while Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokesperson for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) demurred that Mr. Donahue was incorrect and no such new strategy was in place.

Enter the Cardinal’s column. Tie broken. Winner declared: take no prisoners, new aggressive strategy it is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

News flash! Conservative bishop opposed abuse!

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

As I mentioned the other day, the historic Catholic throne in Baltimore has a new archbishop and he also happens to be an emerging leader in America’s increasingly tense debates about religious liberty. Just wait until some of these issues hit the U.S. Supreme Court (and you know that they will).

In addition to the belated coverage in The Baltimore Sun (the newspaper that lands in my front yard), the move to Charm City by Bishop William E. Lori — who leads the U.S. bishops’ new Committee on Religious Liberty — drew the attention of the well-known liberal Catholic blogger David Gibson of Commonweal, who also does news reporting for Religion News Service. His story included a wealth of details that will interest a wide variety of Catholics, including the kinds of details that one expects out of a wire service that focuses on religion news — period. ...

OK, so the art up at the top of this post gives this one away. That’s the very conservative Catholic writer Leon J. Podles, author of a fierce, take-no-prisoners tome called “Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.”

WHILE Podles is known for his orthodoxy on doctrine and social issues, not that there’s anything wrong with that, he also has been praised by many for taking a hard line on how the church should deal with abusive priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Tolerant Dutch Shocked by Accusations the Church Forced Castrations

NETHERLANDS
Time

By Leo Cendrowicz

It not only sounds ludicrous as a medical procedure, but in moral terms it's downright barbarous: castrating young men to "cure" them of their homosexuality. Yet this was how the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands treated gays in the 1950s, according to a Dutch newspaper, which claims at least 10 men were forced to go under the knife at the church's behest. The extraordinary allegations, which were published last weekend in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, have prompted Dutch parliamentarians to demand an inquiry into the issue, raising questions about whether the church received political cover to take such extreme measures.

The newspaper said the castrations were regarded both as a treatment for homosexuality as well as a punishment for those who accused clergy of sexual abuse. The newspaper said 20-year-old Henk Heithuis had been surgically castrated on the instructions of Catholic priests in 1956 after he told police he was being abused at the Harreveld boarding school in Gelderland. Although the monks were convicted of the abuse, Heithuis was nonetheless sent to a Catholic psychiatric hospital and then castrated. He died two years later in a car crash. The newspaper adds there are strong indications that at least nine other young men were castrated around the same time, either for whistle-blowing or for supposed homosexuality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Ottawa youth pastor faces sexual exploitation charges

CANADA
CBC News

Police have charged an Ottawa youth pastor with six counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring in relation to allegations involving a 16-year-old girl.

Ottawa police charged the youth pastor, a 28-year-old Gatineau, Que., man, after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual contact over an extended period in 2011 and 2012.

He was to appear in court Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Bronx pastor charged with sex assaults

NEW YORK
WABC

[with video]

Carolina Leid
Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A pastor in the Bronx who runs a storefront church has been charged with rape and other offenses for having a sexual relationship with a second teenage girl.

Reverend Michael Clare was already charged with having a sexual relationship with a young girl who attends the church.

Clare, 40, runs the Harvest Worship Center International on White Plains Road.

He was free on bail when he was taken into custody again following the new charges after a court appearance in connection with the first case.

Clare was arraigned on these new charges before State Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer. The judge set bail on the new case at $350,000 cash or $200,000 bond and also raised the bail on the first case to $350,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Former Lake George, Minn., pastor's bail set at $1 million in sex abuse case

MINNESOTA
Grand Forks Herald

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Unconditional bond in the amount of $1 million has been set in the case of a former Lake George, Minn., pastor facing 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a teenager.

Darwin Frederick Schauer, 70, former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George, was arraigned March 7 on the charges in Hubbard County District Court. He served in Lake George from 1998, when the church merged with Immanuel in Cass Lake, Minn., until about six years ago.

The conduct, including sexual intercourse, is alleged to have begun in 2009, after he left Trinity, according to the criminal complaint.

Schauer lives in Laporte, Minn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Youth pastor charged with sexual exploitation

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa youth pastor faces charges after a police investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl over an extended period. The investigation began in early February into events alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012. Mark Raymer, 28, of Gatineau faces six counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring under 18 via a computer. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free 1-800-222-8477.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Bronx minister charged in 2nd teen rape case

NEW YORK
The Journal News

NEW YORK (WTW) — A Bronx minister charged with having a yearslong sexual relationship with a young girl who attended his storefront church is accused of sexually abusing another girl in his congregation.

Michael Clare, who was free on bail, is being held on $700,000 cash bail. A judge on Thursday raised the bail on a new indictment charging him with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and other charges.

Clare also was ordered to stay away from children under the age of 16.

Prosecutors say the Harvest Worship Center pastor sexually abused the 14-year-old girl from 2009 to 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

An Historic Turning Point for Reforming Statutes of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse: News From Massachusetts, and More

UNITED STATES
Verdict

Marci A. Hamilton

Legions of victims of child sex abuse will tell you that when they were finally ready to talk to a prosecutor or a lawyer, the criminal and/or civil statutes of limitations (SOLs) had already expired. Across the United States, one victim after another has been surprised by these cruel and arbitrary legal deadlines.

For decades, states have been adjusting their child sex abuse SOLs in response to fresh stories of horror. At one time, states measured the SOL from the date of the abuse, giving victims only a few years in which to sue. Then, they set age 18 as the moment when the clock started ticking. Now, we have a true 50-state experiment, with a wide variety of approaches among the states.

There is one common theme, however: States are constantly working to extend their child sex abuse SOLs, because there is always a new victim with a compelling story that shows lawmakers the folly of having any SOL at all for the heinous crime of child sex abuse.

The Situation in Massachusetts Regarding Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations

That was precisely what was happening in Massachusetts when in 1996, the legislature extended the criminal SOL for child sex abuse to the date that marks 15 years after the victim turns 16. But that SOL still shut down justice for too many victims, and so there was another extension, in 2006. That year, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to extend the criminal SOL to 27 years after a victim turns 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Retired garda criticises Vatican report on child sex abuse

IRELAND
Donegal Democrat

Published on Friday 23 March 2012

A retired garda who has called for an independent inquiry into four decades of child sexual abuse in the Raphoe Dicoese has blasted the Vatican’s long-awaited report into the handling of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church - deeming it “a bluster of words.”

The report acknowledges failures on the part of those who - as it puts it - should have exercised vigilance. It also said lessons have been learned and found that the current guidelines on child protection were being followed. The findings are based on an apostolic visitation to the four archdioceses, religious congregations and seminaries.

Martin Ridge said that the money that was spent on the apostolic visitation would have been better spent on trauma units and support units to help the victims of abuse in areas where it is deemed necessary. He did state that he welcomed the fact that the church acknowledged their shame in relation to the events that had taken place in the past, adding that he felt that it was a shame that this acknowledgement had to be forced upon them by a State Inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Former Priest Admits Charges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A defrocked Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually abused a Philadelphia boy in the 1990s, just days before a landmark priest-abuse trial is set to start here.

Edward Avery was sentenced to up to five years in prison after his guilty plea to charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.

Two Catholic clergymen are scheduled to go on trial Monday, including Monsignor William Lynn, a former high-ranking official with the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia who is accused of endangering children by covering up abuse allegations against priests he supervised.

The trial will be a landmark in the sexual-abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church over the past decade. Msgr. Lynn would be the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy whose case reaches trial on charges related to allegations of a coverup. As secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia diocese from 1992 until 2004, his duties included handling allegations of sex abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

‘It will be a relief for the victims’

IRELAND
The Cork News

By:
Maria Tracey

Sexual Violence Centre director welcomes investigation into Garda handling of Cloyne sex abuse

An investigation into the Garda handling of a number of complaints of sex abuse as outlined in the Cloyne Report will come as a “relief” to those involved. That is according to director of Cork’s Sexual Violence Centre, Mary Crilly who said that for victims of sexual abuse, “transparency and accountability means everything”. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has decided to open an investigation, under section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into certain matters arising from the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic diocese of Cloyne.

The matters to be investigated arise from Chapter 10 of the report and relate to concerns over Garda behaviour. The report outlined a case involving a priest described as Father Corin, stating: “In one case, an investigation was clearly not commenced. The senior Garda involved insists that an investigation did commence but the evidence demonstrates otherwise. There are no investigation files in existence. The Commission has not been able to establish why an investigation did not take place in this case but it has no doubt that there was no investigation even though there was a complaint.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Abuse victims want to take claims to Pope

MEXICO
MSN (New Zealand)

Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico.

Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel ahead of the papal visit to Mexico, which begins on Friday.

Maciel directed the influential Legion of Christ order, which he founded in 1941, to his death.

Benedict XVI has met victims of sexual abuse during foreign visits, but is apparently not planning to do so in Mexico, where many victims are still seeking justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Former Phila. Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex-Abuse Charge

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Legal Intelligencer

Amaris Elliott-Engel
The Legal Intelligencer

March 23, 2012

The landscape of the trial of a Catholic Church official accused of endangering children by exposing them to allegedly abusive priests changed Thursday after one of the official's co-defendants admitted in court to sexually abusing a 10-year-old.

The former priest pled guilty to the first-degree felony of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy. The priest also pled guilty to the third-degree felony of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children for conspiring with church officials to conceal his history of sexual abuse from Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia parishioners.

Defendant Edward Avery was immediately sentenced to serve 30 to 60 months in prison by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina as part of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors. Avery must report to prison 9 a.m. April 2.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Crookston diocese official speaks about priest’s arrest in India on Minnesota sexual assault charges

MINNESOTA
Grand Forks Herald

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

The Catholic Diocese of Crookston, in its first official comment since news of the arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul in India last week on Minnesota sexual assault charges, says it hopes he is returned for trial.

Monsignor David Baumgartner, who as vicar general of the diocese serves as the right-hand man to Bishop Michael Hoeppner, told the Herald this week, “The only way for this to be resolved is for him to be here, so we would like a resolution to it.”

Jeyapaul, 57, has been a fugitive for six years from criminal charges first filed in state district court in Roseau in 2006. He is charged with sexually assaulting a parish member in Greenbush, Minn., when she was 14 and 15 in 2004 and 2005. In 2007 the charges were amended to include similar counts involving a second girl who was 16 during the same period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Ex-priest gets 2 1/2-5 year term

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY JULIE SHAW
Philadelphia Daily News
shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592

IN A SHOCKING turn of events, a former priest pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday instead of facing trial in the high-profile clergy-sex-abuse case that is set to begin Monday.

Defrocked priest Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to a count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving a 10-year-old altar boy.

He also pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.

Avery was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison under a plea deal with prosecutors and was told to surrender on April 2 to begin his sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Defrocked Phila. priest pleads guilty to sex abuse just before trial is to start

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy, four days before he and two priests were to face the start of a landmark trial about clergy sex-abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Edward V. Avery, 69, was sentenced to 21/2 to five years in prison under an agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

It was unclear how the sudden plea would affect the trial, scheduled to start Monday, or if Avery would become a witness for the commonwealth. Citing a gag order, prosecutors said they could not comment.

But Avery's decision could increase pressure on his codefendants, the Rev. James J. Brennan and, in particular, Msgr. William J. Lynn. As the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, Lynn is the first church official nationwide to be charged with covering up or enabling child sex abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

First Catholic paedophile cover-up trial set to start

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
City Press

The landmark trial of a Catholic Church official accused of covering up paedophile abuses in the United States is set to start on Monday in Philadelphia.

Monsignor William Lynn, who oversaw the assignment of priests to schools and parishes across the Philadelphia region, faces accusations that he failed to keep priests accused of sexual abuse away from minors.

The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990s, makes the trial the first of its kind in the United States.

In a surprise pretrial twist yesterday another co-defendant, defrocked priest Edward Avery, pleaded guilty to his own sex crimes, thereby avoiding trial. He was immediately sentenced to between two-and-a-half and five years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Harvard psychiatrist denounces repressed memory claim in trial

STOCKTON (CA)
Lodi News-Sentinel

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012

By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

A Harvard University psychiatrist testified in the civil clergy sexual abuse trial on Thursday that "repressed" or "recovered" memory hasn't been scientifically proven.

J. Alexander Bodkin, an associate professor at Harvard's medical school, said he examined the plaintiff suing Lockeford priest Michael Kelly on sexual abuse allegations and found the plaintiff to have long-term "obsessive-compulsive disorder" that goes back to his childhood, according to defense attorney Thomas Beatty.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is defined as people having unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, obsessions or behaviors.

The plaintiff is a 37-year-old man suing Kelly on allegations that the Lockeford priest sexually assaulted him when the plaintiff was an altar boy in the 1980s at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton. Kelly has been pastor of St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford the past eight years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Mexican abuse victims want to meet Pope

MEXICO
Edmonton Journal

Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico this weekend, particularly in the case of the disgraced Legion of Christ order.

Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel and his victims ahead of the papal visit to Mexico, which begins Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

March 22, 2012

Bronx Pastor Michael Clare Accused Of Raping Teenager...Again

NEW YORK
Village Voice

By James KingThu., Mar. 22 2012

​For the second time in just over a year, Bronx pastor Michael Clare has been hit with charges that he had sex with an underage girl, this time for allegedly raping a 14-year-old who was a student at Harvest Preparatory Academy, where Clare had been the principal (breath easy -- the school told us this afternoon that Clare is "no longer an employee").

In what could be perceived as a big "screw you" to the justice system, it's alleged that some of the abuse of the latest victim happened while Clare was free on bail in his previous case -- again, where he's accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Bronx District Attorney spokesman Melvin Hernandez tells the Voice that Clare, 40, was arrested this morning after a court hearing related to the previous charges. He was arraigned on the new charges -- one count each of second-degree rape, sexual misconduct, third-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of sexual abuse -- this afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Pervy Bronx Pastor accused of raping second teen, starting when she was 14

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By Kevin Deutsch AND John Doyle / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The pervy pastor of a Bronx church charged with rape last January for impregnating a teen was indicted Thursday for raping another girl, prosecutors said.

Michael Clare, the 40-year-old married leader of the Harvest Worship Center in Wakefield, had sexual contact with the girl at least three times between June 22, 2009 and June 30, 2011 at the school and inside his home, prosecutors said.

Their two-year relationship began when the girl was 14, police said.

The victim, now 17, reported the allegations earlier this month, cops said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Bronx Pastor Accused of Rape, Sex Assault

NEW YORK
NBC New York

A Bronx pastor has been arrested for a second time on rape charges, accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl who attended the preparatory school where he was principal, authorities said.

Rev. Michael Clare, 40, of West Harrison, N.Y., allegedly began abusing the girl on June 22, 2009, and continued the relationship through June 30, 2011. Clare would meet his victim at the Harvest Preparatory Academy and at Clare's two homes in the Bronx and in West Harrison, the prosecutor's office said.

Clare is already facing separate charges for engaging in a sexual relationship with a girl who was a member of his congregation at the Harvest Worship Center International, which is affiliated with the academy where he was principal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

When everyone is wrong, blame the Catholics

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | March 22, 2012

The first sensational headlines said that Catholic Church officials had castrated young men in the Netherlands a generation ago, allegedly to stop their homosexual activities. If the report is true, this was a brutal, appalling offense. But wait. It seems that at the time, castration was a standard treatment for homosexuality in the Netherlands, thanks to the pernicious influence of eugenics. If that report is true, it doesn’t excuse the involvement of Catholic officials. What’s wrong is wrong, even if everyone else is doing it. Still, if everyone is doing it, it shouldn’t be particularly big news that Church officials are doing it.

In Ireland, an official report released last summer found that both Church leaders and police officers had failed to respond adequately to reports of sexual abuse by priests in the Cloyne diocese. The bishop of Cloyne had already stepped down, other Church leaders were placed under microscopic inspection, and Irish lawmakers suggested draconian new laws to punish clerics who failed to report abuse. Now, a year later, the Irish government is finally stepping up an investigation of the police officials who also failed to report abuse. Again, the failures of the police do not excuse the failures of the clergy. But isn’t it worth noticing that everyone involved failed to act on the abuse charges?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Cloyne investigation - Time for the truth to be uncovered

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, March 22, 2012

There will be unswerving public approval for the decision of the Garda Ombudsman to conduct a full investigation into Garda behaviour relating to child sex abuse cases in the diocese of Cloyne.

So much has been written and broadcast about the scandalous behaviour of clergy there and in other dioceses that people might be forgiven for throwing up their hands and saying "enough".

However, so outrageous was the cover-up of what went on under the unseeing eyes of Church authorities, not to mention their connivance, that it is vitally important to ensure that if anything was swept under the carpet by gardaí it must be brought out of darkness and into daylight without fear or favour.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Despite 'tensions,' Catholics and administration working together

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 22, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

While the words “Obama administration” and “Catholic” have been used together in recent weeks frequently to only highlight discord between the executive branch and the U.S. bishops over the administration’s mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives in health care plans, federal funding figures may tell a different story. ...

The numbers seem to support DuBois’ claims that Obama has increased focus on funding Catholic social justice work. According to a fact sheet provided by the White House, the administration has worked to funnel more than $1.5 billion since 2008 to Catholic agencies, including half a billion dollars to Catholic Relief Services focused towards “global health and international development efforts.”

And according to Catholic Charities USA Annual Survey data, which are available online, annual federal funding to Catholic Charities’ agencies nationwide has increased by over $100 million between 2008 and 2010, with the total allocation in 2010 reported to be $554,212,255.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

Following the money from the White House

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Gallagher on Mar. 22, 2012 NCR Today

Commentary

For weeks now, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., have been decrying the so-called maltreatment of Catholics and our faith by the Obama administration because of the rollout of a mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives in health care plans. We've heard and read incredibly caustic words and letters from many U.S. bishops. ...

What makes Dolan look again and again as a not-ready-for-prime-time political amateur is the fact that the Catholic bishops’ conference itself and Catholic, non-hospital and university organizations (separate from Catholic hospitals and universities’ receipt of federal funds) happily accept hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the federal government, including from the Obama administration.

This undeniable fact has been well known to all of the bishops well before January, when the original HHS mandate was announced. And throughout the subsequent period of extraordinary nastiness, unkindness was communicated from the U.S. bishops and their staff towards Obama and his administration.

Let's take a quick survey of the money flow. In other words, let's follow the money. Here's a partial list of the federal government's money flow to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops itself and other non-Catholic hospital and university organizations (with one reference to one Catholic university grant).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

Priest in landmark US pedophile trial pleads guilty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AFP

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A former US Catholic priest who was to have been part of a landmark trial on Monday pleaded guilty Thursday to sex crimes.

Edward Avery pleaded guilty to conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child and also to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, the court clerk at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas told AFP.

He avoids trial, but was immediately sentenced to between two-and-a-half and five years in prison.

Avery was one of the three co-defendants in a trial set to start Monday featuring the first Catholic Church official to be prosecuted for covering-up incidents in the raging child molestation scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

De-frocked priest pleads guilty ahead of Philadelphia pedophilia trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WNEP

Dave Warner
Reuters

5:44 p.m. EDT, March 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A defrocked priest accused of sex abuse in the pedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded guilty on Thursday, just days before he, another priest and a higher-ranking monsignor were due to go to trial.

Edward Avery, 69, admitted to sex abuse involving a 10-year-old boy and was promptly sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to two-and-a-half to five years in prison for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.

Prisons Avery was one of three defendants in the high-profile case at the Archdiocese, the sixth largest in the nation with 1.5 million Catholics.

The trial is due to begin on Monday with Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with child sex abuse, and Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary of the clergy for the Archdiocese, who is accused of child endangerment and conspiracy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Play about clergy abuse retells Cambridge playwright's story

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Brock Parker, Town Correspondent

Cambridge playwright Michael Mack will perform his autobiographical play about talking to the priest who molested him as a boy next week in a local Catholic church.

Mack will perform “Conversations with My Molester: A Faith Journey,” at his church, Saint Paul Catholic Church at 29 Mount Auburn St., next Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The play, which premiered in the Boston Playwright’s Theatre at Boston University in January, is being performed with the blessing of the church in the Lenten spirit of reconciliation.

Barbara Thorp, a licensed independent clinical social worker who is the director of pastoral support and children protection for the Boston Archdiocese called the play “a powerful journey of healing and reconciliation,” according to a press release announcing the upcoming performance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Täterschutz vor Opferschutz

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

[mit Video]

ZDF:

Dürfen Pädophile katholische Priester weiter als Seelsorger tätig sein.
Ja sagt das Bistum Trier. Das beschäftigt mindestens sieben Geistliche die durch entsprechende Neigungen aufgefallen sind. Und das sie ausgerechnet in Trier Aufnahme fanden macht die Sache noch ein bischen prisanter, denn Bischof Ackermann ist der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. Wie soll das zusammenpassen hat Barbara Völkel gefragt.

Es ist noch nicht so lange her. Auf einer Pressekonferenz in Trier stellt Bischof Stefan Ackermann Pläne vor, noch offensiver gegen sexuellen Missbrauch vorzugehen, predigt null Toleranz. Doch ausgerechnet der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz Stefan Ackermann hat gerade Geistliche eingestellt die trotz Verurteilungen wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs wieder in Gemeinden arbeiten dürfen. Selbst aus den eigenen Reihen ist das Unverständnis darüber groß.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Kein Verzicht auf die Einrede der Verjährung

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Bischof Ackermann antwortet Opferanwalt: Kein Verzicht auf die Einrede der Verjährung

Mit Schreiben vom 20.2.2012 hatte Rechtsanwalt Dr. Christian Sailer, der seit Jahren Opfer sexueller Gewalt durch katholische Priester in Deutschland und Österreich berät und vertritt, dem Beauftragten der Bischofskonferenz folgendes geschrieben:

„Ich erlebe gegenwärtig zum Beispiel, dass einer heute 50-jährigen Frau, die als Kind und junges Mädchen von einem katholischen Priester jahrelang sexuelle Gewalt zugefügt wurde, Schadensersatz für den größten Teil ihrer Leidenszeit von vornherein deshalb vorenthalten bleibt, weil sich der Würzburger Bischof auf Verjährung beruft. Wie wollen Sie derartiges mit den wiederholten Beteuerungen Ihrer Kirche, Wiedergutmachung zu leisten, vereinbaren? Wäre es nicht ein Gebot des Anstands und der Ehrlichkeit, auf die Verjährungseinrede grundsätzlich zu verzichten, um die restlose Aufklärung und Entschädigung aller Missbrauchsfälle möglich zu machen?“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Regional Spotlight: The coach and the cardinal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

Rod Napier

Two iconic Pennsylvania figures, Joe Paterno and Anthony Bevilacqua, passed away this year. Both the longtime Penn State football coach and the former archbishop of Philadelphia had remarkable careers of public service and achievement that ended in scandal - scandals that will forever shadow their legacies. Both men saw themselves as close to God, but both were also treated as gods by those around them. And that may have had more to do with the scandals than has so far been appreciated.

It may be that both men's lives and reputations were horribly wounded by what I call the seduction of the leader.

As I recently told a group of Philadelphia executives, leaders of every stripe can learn important lessons about the dangers of this seduction from "Joe Pa" and the cardinal.

Court proceedings may show otherwise, but my guess is that neither Paterno nor Bevilacqua intended to deceive. If history is any guide, cultural culpability is far more likely than criminal culpability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to sex-abuse charge

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing an altar boy in a church sacristy, days before he was to go on trial with two other priests in a landmark child sex-abuse case.

Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days.

The charges stemmed from Avery's abuse of an altar boy at St. Jerome's Parish in northeast Philadelphia during the 1998-99 school year.

Two other church officials are still set to go on trial Monday. They include Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Priest Takes Guilty Plea In Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 has learned that one of two priests set to go on trial in the Philadelphia Archdiocese abuse case has taken a guilty plea.

Defrocked priest Edward Avery entered the plea on Thursday afternoon.

He was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to abuse of a 10-year-old boy at St Jerome's Parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Last Chance for Possible Abuse Victims at Montebello Catholic School

CALIFORNIA
EGP

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

Former students who want to file sex abuse lawsuits against the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which staffed Cantwell High School in Montebello from 1948 until 1990, will be barred from doing so after Aug. 1.

The Congregation of Christian Brothers, also known as the Irish Christian Brothers, filed for bankruptcy in New York courts last year, after it was hit with numerous sex-abuse lawsuits in recent years. They subsequently filed for a cut off date that will prevent further claims or lawsuits.

Lea esta nota EN ESPAÑOL: Corto Plazo para las Posibles Víctimas de Abusos en una Escuela Católica de Montebello

The religious order runs several Catholic schools across the country, and for 42 years before the Los Angeles Archdiocese removed them in 1990, its members ran Cantwell High School in Montebello.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty To Sex-Abuse Charge

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Phoenix

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to a sex-abuse charge, just days before a landmark priest abuse trial is set to start.

Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days.

The charges stemmed from Avery's abuse of an altar boy at St. Jerome's Parish in northeast Philadelphia.

Two other church officials will still go on trial. One is Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

SNAP responds to promotion of controversial bishop

VATICAN CITY/GERMANY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 22, 2012

Dozens of times, Benedict has made the same unwise, unhealthy and hurtful decision to promote clerics who are guilty or accused of wrongdoing. With Mixa, he's doing it again.

The message that church employees get is clear: misdeeds won't stop you from climbing the clerical ladder. Whether that's the intention or not, that's the signal that's sent and received.

For the sake of vulnerable kids, wounded victims and betrayed Catholics, we urge the pope to stop elevating alleged wrongdoers and start elevating men with better track records on children's safety.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Statement from Megan Peterson about the arrest of Jeyapaul

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Megan Remi Peterson on March 22, 2012

My name is Megan Peterson and I am 22 years old now and I am a student and I live in Winona. I’m here to speak the truth about what happened to me in 2004, and what has happened since then.

I’m here to tell you that it’s not “all in the past.” Sexual abuse by priests is not a symptom of the ‘60s. It is still going on today.

After I was raped and violated by Fr. Jeyapaul, who I had approached about someday becoming a nun, nothing happened to him. He was allowed to return to India, and while he was home he was gently told not to return to Minnesota. That’s it.

I was 14. I needed help and protection from the church that I had looked up to and wanted to dedicate my life too. Instead, I got nothing but shame, and a drawn out legal battle in which they finally, and begrudgingly, admitted they were in the wrong. This is wrong, and this needs to stop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

An ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to abuse; SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on March 22, 2012

We’re grateful that Avery’s victim won’t have to endure a trial. We hope all of Avery’s victims will feel comforted, knowing that kids will be safe from him for several years.

At the same time, however, a trial helps reveal often shocking levels of corruption by church officials – information that the public and parishioners need and deserve to know. When clergy sex abuse and cover up cases settle before trial, embarrassing secrets about the Catholic hierarchy remain secret.

We also suspect that Avery sexually assaulted other kids who may still be able to step forward and get help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Priest to stand trial for alleged sex assaults

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Thursday 22 March 2012

A priest is to stand trial in relation to a number of alleged sexual assaults against a woman.

Fr Eugene Boland (65), of the Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates’ Court today (March 22).

The defendant, who was based in Derry for many years, is accused of indecently assaulting the woman on dates between June 1990 and June 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Defrocked priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty today to sexually molesting a young altar boy.

Edward Avery, 69, was senteced to 2 1/2 to 5 years immediately after pleading guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger children.

He was a parish priest in the 1990s when he allegedly raped the fifth-grade boy.

Avery was a codefendant in the case against Msgr. William J. Lynn, the church official charged with endangering children by allegedly failing to properly respond to abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Priest pleads guilty in Phila. Archdiocese sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WPVI

PHILADELPHIA - March 22, 2012 (WPVI) -- Action News has learned that one of the priests involved in the abuse case involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese has pleaded guilty to sex-related and conspiracy charges.

Accused priest Edward Avery is in court at this hour.

Action News has learned that as part of a plea agreement, Avery is being sentenced to 2 ½ to 5 years in state prison.

Avery is one of five priests charged in the priest sex abuse case that has rocked the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

1 Defendant Pleads Guilty in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In a sudden turn of events, one of the defendants in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal has decided to plead guilty.

Unexpectedly this afternoon, defrocked priest Edward Avery, accused of molesting at least one boy, indicated that he would be pleading guilty, just days before his trial was set to begin.

As part of a plea deal, Avery was immediately sentenced to 2½-5 years in prison and ordered to surrender to authorities within 10 days.

Avery and two others — one a priest and the other a monsignor — were scheduled to go on trial next Monday in a case that has rocked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with accusations of sex abuse, coverups, and stonewalling (see related story).

In Room 507 of the Criminal Justice Center today, Avery pleaded guilty to two counts — one of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 years of age, and one of conspiring to endanger the welfare of a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Bishop Patrick Walsh defends handling of sex abuse case

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

By Julian O'Neill
BBC Newsline

A retired Catholic bishop has defended his handling of some of the abuse allegations made against James Donaghy, a former priest jailed for ten years for a series of sex crimes.

One of Donaghy's victims, Fr Patrick McCafferty, was critical of how Bishop Patrick Walsh dealt with his case.

Fr McCafferty was a 19-year-old trainee priest when first abused by Donaghy.

When he told Bishop Walsh of the allegations in 2003 an internal church inquiry was established.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Spirit of giving?...

BOSTON (MA)
MSNBC

Spirit of giving? Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees

By James Eng, msnbc.com

The Boston Archdiocese is defending six-figure salaries paid to a growing number of church employees, saying the pay is commensurate with their talents and work duties.

The Boston Herald on Wednesday reported that the archdiocese’s latest annual report lists 17 “senior lay executives” who earned more than $150,000 last year. In 2006, only five employees were paid that much, according to the newspaper.

The Boston Catholic Insider blog reported similar figures for 2011 in a post last month titled “Bloated Payroll” but said just two employees were making $150,000 in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Priest to stand trial for alleged sexual assaults

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A priest has been ordered to stand trial in relation to a number of alleged sexual assaults against a woman, dating back more than 20 years.

Fr Eugene Boland, 65, of the Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He is accused of indecent assaulting the woman on dates between June 1990 and June 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

"Paus verliest contact met de basis"

MEXICO
IPS

MEXICO-STAD

Toenemend geweld, slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke priesters die gerechtigheid eisen en positie van vrouwen in de kerk zijn kwesties waar paus Benedictus XVI volgens experts niet omheen kan tijdens zijn bezoek aan Mexico.

"De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen", zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

New structures in Archdiocese of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts on Mar. 22, 2012 NCR Today

While the high-profile legal proceedings involving former archdiocesan official Msgr. William Lynn and two co-defendants grind on, Archbishop Charles Chaput has established a long-planned Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and outlined new measures for financial transparency.

Here's a link to Chaput's column about the developments:

And a link to a diocesan story about the pastoral council:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Vatican ends probe of clergy abuse in Ireland

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Mar. 22, 2012
By Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY -- Following a yearlong investigation into decades of rampant abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican on Tuesday (March 20) called for more rigorous screening of would-be priests and compulsory child protection classes in seminaries.

Pope Benedict XVI ordered the "Apostolic Visitation" of Ireland's seminaries, religious orders and four main archdioceses in 2010 after a string of Irish government commissions detailed the extent of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions and exposed a cover-up by several senior churchmen.

The team of church investigators included New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was tasked with inspecting Ireland's seminaries, and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

A seven-page summary of the investigation's final report was released by the Vatican on Tuesday, and said investigators identified past "shortcomings" that led to an "inadequate understanding of and reaction to" child abuse, "not least on the part of various bishops and religious superiors."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Melding van seksueel misbruik in parochie St. Martinus in Giesbeek

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

GIESBEEK - Een pastoor van de Martinusparochie in Giesbeek heeft zich in de jaren zeventig mogelijk schuldig gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik. Dit vermoeden komt van de stichting Klokk, een landelijke organisatie die slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk bijstaat.

De stichting roept op haar website slachtoffers op om zich te melden.

De oproep is ingegeven door een klacht bij het landelijke Meldpunt Seksueel Misbruik RKK. Om tot een sterke zaak te komen, is het noodzakelijk dat zich lotgenoten melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Benedict XVI’s mission

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

From the Legion of Christ scandal to the meeting with Fidel Castro, from Mexico to Cuba

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

Tomorrow the Pope embarks on a trip that is as much religious as it is political. During his visit, the Pope is expected to meet Cuban dissidents and Fidel Castro but not the Mexican victims of the paedophile founder of the Legion of Christ, Maciel. The potential meeting is not formally part of Benedict XVI’s schedule. “Mexican bishops have not asked for this,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. Meanwhile, the climate ahead of the Pope’s arrival in Mexico in heating up on account of the top secret documents published by Mexican magazine Proceso about cover-ups in the Curia. Maciel committed crimes and misdeeds that “Wojtyla could not ignore.”

Benedict XVI will be visiting four cities in Mexico and Cuba. On the occasion of the bicentennial of independence, the leader of the global Catholic Church will make ten speeches over a period of six days, on Central America’s potential and contradictions. Guanajuato is the core of Mexican Catholicism but it is also home to five drug cartels and the scene of violent fighting between criminal organisations and police (with an annual toll of one thousand victims). Mexico is the world’s second most densely populated Catholic Country but anti-clericalism makes it impossible for bishops to exercise their sacred office publicly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Maciel’s shadow hangs over the Pope's trip to Mexico

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The lack of any meeting with the victims of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ could compromise Benedict XVI’s mission

Andrés Beltramo Álvarez
Vatican City

“He is not scheduled to meet with Maciel’s victims - the bishops have not asked him to.” With these words, Vatican Press Office director Fr. Federico Lombardi ruled out the possibility that the Pope will receive the sexual molestation victims of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ during his visit to Mexico - a controversial decision, even within the Roman Curia. Meanwhile, the victims are preparing another demonstration, possibly tarnishing Benedict XVI’s Latin American visit.

“He was not asked. In other countries where these kinds of meetings with abuse victims have taken place, the bishops urged the Pope to do so because the issue was strongly felt in society and in the Church. In this case, it is not part of the schedule and should not take place. It’s not happening, “said the Jesuit clergyman, while describing the itinerary of the papal trip to Latin America to the international press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Onderzoeksrapport Commissie Deetman te downloaden

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

Auteur: Karin Kamp

DEN HAAG - Het volledige eindrapport van de onderzoekscommissie Deetman is sinds woensdag te downloaden. De commissie onder leiding van Wim Deetman deed van medio 2010 tot december 2011 onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk van 1945 tot 2010.

Lange tijd was het alleen mogelijk de samenvatting van het rapport in te zien. Voor het uitgebreide rapport moest eerder betaald worden.

Het bisdom den Bosch plaatste overigens in december vorig jaar per ongeluk het hele eindrapport online, waardoor het rapport korte tijd ook te downloaden was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Nieuwe functie voor omstreden bisschop

DUITSLAND
PowNed (Nederland)

Paus Benedictus heeft de omstreden Duitse emeritus-bisschop Walter Mixa een nieuwe functie gegeven binnen de katholieke kerk. Mixa zal plaatsnemen in de Pauselijke Raad voor de Werkers in de Gezondheidszorg.

Mixa is omstreden omdat hij twee jaar geleden beschuldigd werd van seksueel misbruik en mishandeling van kinderen. De paus vroeg hem vervolgens zich 'in stilte en gebed' terug te trekken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Pope names bishop once accused of improprieties to Vatican council

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican's health care council.

Retired Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg was named a member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry March 21.

It is the 70-year-old bishop's first appointment as a member of a Vatican dicastery. He served as the bishop of Augsburg and the German Military Ordinariate until he resigned in 2010.

Bishop Mixa's resignation was accepted a few weeks after he offered it, after accusations surfaced that he had hit children during his time as a priest in charge of a children's home near Augsburg. He originally denied the claims, then admitted that he had perhaps "boxed the ears" of some of his wards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

'Zero-Tolerance' Bishop Accused of Leniency

GERMANY
Der Spiegel

By Anna Loll

Two years ago, Germany's Catholic Church was rocked by reports of widespread child abuse. But Stephan Ackermann, the bishop subsequently made the German Bishops' Conference's spokesman on such issues, has rattled many in his own diocese by refusing to actively pursue investigations or impose harsh penalties.

A man with piercing blue eyes is putting flowers in the planters on the balcony of a retirement home. Father V. sits up and carefully pulls off his dirt-covered plastic gloves. "Many see me as the gardener here," he says.

In 1994, he was convicted on 28 counts of sexual abuse of minors in the Trier diocese and given a two-year suspended sentence. Despite the conviction, he remained a priest and, in 1996, he was simply transferred to a congregation in Ukraine. There, he says, he abused more minors.

V. is now 72. "I can only compare it to alcoholism," he says quietly with his arms folded over his chest and shaking hands. "It's like an addiction," he adds, "a sort of schizophrenia in which you switch off entire parts of your consciousness."

Nevertheless, he once again has access to minors since children regularly visit his places of work, a retirement home and a clinic in the Trier diocese. V. says he is abstinent. But when asked whether he is cured, he takes a deep breath and says, "No. It remains part of one's personality," adding that he shouldn't have accepted his new position.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Neue Aufgabe für Mixa

VATIKANSTADT
Augsburger Allgemeine

Im Vatikan Mitglied des Gesundheitsrats

Vatikanstadt Walter Mixa, 70, ehemaliger Bischof von Augsburg, ist von Papst Benedikt XVI. zum Mitglied des vatikanischen Gesundheitsrates berufen worden. Das teilte der Vatikan am Mittwoch mit. Die Kurienbehörde mit dem offiziellen Titel „Päpstlicher Rat für die Pastoral im Krankendienst“ soll Seelsorge, Arbeit und Ausbildung im Gesundheitswesen fördern. Als Mitglied reist Mixa künftig zu den Versammlungen der Vatikanbehörde nach Rom. Gemeinsam mit Mixa wurde auch der südafrikanische Kardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, 71, zum Mitglied ernannt.

Mixa hatte nach verschiedenen Vorwürfen am 21. April 2010 vorzeitig sein Rücktrittsgesuch beim Papst eingereicht und wenige Tage später zunächst widerrufen. Am 8. Mai nahm Benedikt XVI. den Amtsverzicht an und verordnete Mixa eine nicht näher terminierte „Zeit des Schweigens und eine Periode der Heilungen“. Diese hatte Mixas Nachfolger in Augsburg, Bischof Konrad Zdarsa, im vergangenen Herbst für beendet erklärt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Mixa wird Berater des Papstes

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Benedikt XVI. beruft Ex-Bischof in den vatikanischen Gesundheitsrat

Augsburg - Papst Benedikt XVI. hat dem umstrittenen ehemaligen Bischof von Augsburg, Walter Mixa, einen Beraterposten im Vatikan anvertraut. Wie der Heilige Stuhl am Mittwoch mitteilte, wurde der 70-Jährige zum Mitglied des vatikanischen Gesundheitsrates berufen. Die Kurienbehörde mit dem offiziellen Titel 'Päpstlicher Rat für die Pastoral im Krankendienst' wurde von Benedikts Vorgänger Johannes Paul II. geschaffen und gibt Empfehlungen für die Kranken-Seelsorge und die Arbeit der weltweit im Gesundheitswesen tätigen katholischen Einrichtungen ab. Mixa wird nach Angaben des Bistums Eichstätt auch künftig in der Villa Barbara in Gunzenheim (Kreis Donau-Ries) wohnen und nur zu den Versammlungen nach Rom reisen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 21 March 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

- As members of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier O.F.M., archbishop of Durban, South Africa, and Bishop Walter Mixa, emeritus of Augsburg, Germany.

- As consultors of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye of Muyinga, Burundi; Orochi Samuel Orach, director of the National Office for Health Pastoral Care in Uganda; Stefano Ojetti, vice president of the Italian Association of Catholic Doctors, and Salvatore Pagliuca, vice president of UNITALSI (Italian National Union for Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM