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June 30, 2012

Santa Clara County court-appointed estate manager quits case after questions about fees, judgment

CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Karen de Sá
kdesa@mercurynews.commercurynews.com

Posted: 06/30/2012

Two years after a Los Gatos Jesuit center settled an explosive sex-abuse lawsuit, a Santa Clara County judge entrusted Russ Marshall to oversee the $2.5 million awarded to one of two mentally disabled dishwashers molested for decades by clergy.

Such a delicate and high-profile assignment seemed a natural fit for Marshall, one of Silicon Valley's premier estate and elder-care managers, overseeing $76 million in assets.

But late last year, with questions mounting over his billing practices, Marshall resigned from the case as court officials made a troubling discovery: The $50-an-hour personal companion he had hired to take his long-abused client on outings turned out to be a former priest.

"Appalled" that a former priest had been anywhere near the traumatized man, Judge Thomas Cain blocked Marshall from charging his client's estate $19,406 for the companion's trips to ice rinks, ballgames and other events during a 22-month period. Cain said hiring the companion "shows all kinds of problems with regard to not only background checks but judgment and everything else. He never should have been there to begin with."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

East Prairie pastor faces additional sodomy charge

MISSOURI
Southeast Missourian

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Standard Democrat

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie, Mo., church pastor arrested on child pornography and sodomy charges now faces an additional charge of sodomy.

Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Mississippi County and is due to appear at 1 p.m. July 10 in Mississippi County Circuit Court before Judge David Dolan. A bond reduction request was also denied.

Allen will appear before Judge T. Lynn Brown at 9:15 a.m. July 11 in Mississippi County Associate Court on a new sodomy charge which was filed Thursday.

Allen's wife, Beth Lynnette Allen, 36, of East Prairie also appeared in court Thursday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Her case was continued, and she will appear at 9:30 a.m. July 18 before Brown

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Mo. minister gets 4 years in prison for child porn

MISSOURI
The Times and Democrat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A southwest Missouri minister who told federal investigators he was addicted to pornography has been sentenced for nearly four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Michael Alan Crippen, 53, was sentenced Thursday to three years and 10 months in prison without parole for one count of possessing child pornography. He also will be on supervised release for 20 years.

The former minister of First Baptist Church in Duenweg told investigators he had viewed images of adult and child pornography for several years - usually early in the morning before going to work.

Federal authorities began investigating Crippen after being notified by the Dutch National Police that child pornography had been downloaded on his computer from a website in The Netherlands, which had been hacked.

Investigators said Crippen admitted downloading 10 images from the site on Aug. 23, 2009. A forensic examination of his laptop computer discovered more than 360 images of child pornography, including girls under 10 years old either posing nude or engaged in sexual conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

WFSB: Child Porn Investigation Into Waterford Church

WATERFORD (CT)
Patch

By Paul Petrone

WFSB-TV is reporting that state police seized a computer at Rectory of St. Paul in Chains Church as part of an investigation into possible child pornography, and Father Dennis Carey has resigned.

The news report said a computer was seized Thursday at the Waterford church, and Carey resigned, effective immediately. According to the article, a letter to members in the church by Most Reverend Michael Cote, Bishop of Norwich, said, "I have received and accepted the resignation of your pastor, Father Dennis Carey. His resignation is effective immediately."

According to the news report, nobody has been arrested and state police are calling the matter part of a criminal investigation. The television station said church goers will get a letter during masses this weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Child pornography found at Waterford church

WATERFORD (CT)
WFSB

By WFSB Staff

WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) -
State police are investigating the discovery of possible child pornography at a Roman Catholic church in Waterford. Connecticut State Police will only say this is a "criminal investigation."

Sources say a computer was seized Thursday from the Rectory of St. Paul in Chains Church.

Today, communication from the Diocese of Norwich to Eyewitness News says parishioners will get a letter during masses this weekend. No one has been arrested.

In the letter, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich said, "I have received and accepted the resignation of your pastor, Father Dennis Carey. His resignation is effective immediately."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Police launch child porn investigation at Connecticut church

WATERFORD (CT)
Fox News

Published June 30, 2012

Associated Press

WATERFORD, Conn – Connecticut state police officers are investigating the discovery of possible child porn at a Roman Catholic church in Waterford.

WFSB-TV reports that police declined to provide details, saying only that a "criminal investigation" is in progress after computers were reportedly seized from the Rectory of St. Paul in Chains Church.

Michael Strammiello, a spokesman for the Diocese of Norwich, did not immediately respond to a call and an email seeking comment Saturday.

WFSB-TV says Norwich Bishop Michael Cote will release a letter to parishioners during masses this weekend announcing that he has received and accepted the resignation of their pastor, Fr. Dennis Carey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Papal apartment’s frosty relations with Secretariat of State are source of Vatileaks scandal

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The rift between the Secretariat of State and the papal apartment is clearly felt in the Apostolic Palace

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

The Vatican’s two physical centres of supreme power are the papal apartment and the Secretariat of State. Both are located in the third loggia of the Apostolic Palace but are being driven apart by the Vatileaks scandal.

Benedict XVI’s right hand man Mgr. Georg Gaenswein is the “king of the castle” in the papal apartment while Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sets the rules in the Holy See’s “control room”. At the beginning of Benedict XVI’s papacy, when Bertone substituted Angelo Sodano it seemed as though the papal apartment and the Secretariat of State had reached a peaceful co-existence, a sort of silent agreement.

But then came a series of contested nominations, such as those for the Archdioceses of Turin and Milan. In both cases, Bertonian candidates were rejected in favour of those preferred by the Italian Bishop’s Conference team lead by Cardinals Bagnasco and Ruini who saw the Pope’s secretary, Fr. Georg, as an excellent support figure, apt for creating a power balance with the Secretary of State. This detachment between papal apartment and Secretariat of State is partly responsible for triggering surprise appointments and unexpected decisions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

US monsignor seeks release from prison to await sentencing as lawyers plan appeal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Edmonton Journal

By Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press June 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - Lawyers for the first U.S. Roman Catholic church official ever charged for his handling of sex abuse claims will push to have him released on house arrest before his sentencing for felony child endangerment.

Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn plan to argue Thursday that he has a good chance of having his conviction thrown out on appeal.

The 61-year-old priest has been held since he was convicted June 22. He faces up to seven years in prison at his sentencing in August.

Lynn oversaw clergy abuse complaints at the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Theologian critical of bishop selection process

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
CT Post

John Burgeson

Updated 01:16 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012

BRIDGEPORT ---- A professor at Fairfield University has criticized the process of choosing a new bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, saying it's geared less to finding a leader committed to the faithful of Fairfield County than to choosing a man who will rise high in the ranks of the Church.

"This is not just an ordinary diocese," said Paul Lakeland, the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. professor of religious studies at the Jesuit university. "You have a diocese that's quite dramatically divided between the wealthy and those in poverty."

William E. Lori, who had been bishop of the diocese since 2000, was elevated to archbishop of Baltimore on May 16. On May 22 it was announced by church officials that Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle will administer the diocese until a new bishop is appointed.

Lakeland was quick to point out that the Bridgeport diocese has sent other bishops to high positions; Lawrence Shehan and Edward Egan both were elevated to cardinal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

25.06.2012: Bilanz der Heimkinder-Hotline

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

„Ein wichtiger Schritt zur Aufklärung und Aufmerksamkeit“

Die Heimkinder-Hotline der katholischen Kirche schließt am 30. Juni 2012. „Nach einer mehrjährigen erfolgreichen Arbeit ist dieses Angebot der Kirche nicht länger notwendig, weil unterdessen sehr gute andere Angebote geschaffen wurden. Die Hotline war ein wichtiger Schritt zur Aufklärung und Aufmerksamkeit“, erklärte der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Erzbischof Dr. Robert Zollitsch. „Mit den Anrufen konnten Schicksale ehemaliger Heimkinder aufgeklärt werden. Vor allem hat die Hotline ein Gesprächsangebot für Heimkinder ermöglicht, das ihnen die notwendige und in der Vergangenheit oft versagte Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt hat.“

Seit Januar 2010 haben sich 909 Betroffene bei der Heimkinder-Hotline gemeldet. Die Hotline war das erste bundesweite Angebot dieser Art für ehemalige Heimkinder. Sie richtete sich an Betroffene, die zwischen 1945 und 1975 in katholischen Einrichtungen schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht hatten. Von den 909 Betroffenen haben 645 telefonisch und 264 im Rahmen einer Online-Beratung die Hotline genutzt. Insgesamt gab es 1.959 telefonische Beratungsgespräche, die meistens zwischen 15 und 60 Minuten dauerten. Unter den Anrufern, die überwiegend im Alter zwischen 40 und 70 Jahren waren, befanden sich mit 55 Prozent etwas mehr Männer als Frauen (44 Prozent).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

"Denn sie wissen nicht, was sie tun - oder doch?"

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

In dem Artikel heißt es unter anderem:

"(...) Die Katholische Kirche hat in ihren Leitlinien zum Vorgehen beim sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern im Jahre 2002 festgelegt, dass ein Beauftragter der Kirche mit dem Tatverdächtigen Gespräche führt und mit dem (mutmaßlichen) Opfer oder den Erziehungsberechtigten Kontakt aufnimmt, um dann zu entscheiden, wie zu helfen ist und wie weiter vorgegangen werden soll.

Damit wurde eine außerstaatliche Ermittlungsinstanz geschaffen, die eine interne Handhabung entsprechender Vorkommnisse vorgab und dadurch zu einem verbreiteten Verschweigen und Vertuschen entsprechender Vorkommnisse beitrug. In den überarbeiteten und verschärften Leitlinien von 2010 wurde festgelegt, dass der Beauftragte das mutmaßliche Opfer bzw. seine Erziehungsberechtigten darauf hinzuweisen hat, dass ein Verdacht möglicherweise den Strafverfolgungsbehörden mitgeteilt wird (was durchaus als Drohung verstanden werden könnte). Diese Mitteilung erfolgt den überarbeiteten Leitlinien zufolge dann nicht, wenn es dem (möglicherweise nicht allzu schwer herstellbaren) Wunsch des mutmaßlichen Opfers bzw. dessen Erziehungsberechtigten entspricht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Trier: Bischof Ackermann bedauert Austritte

DEUTSCHLAND
SR

Im Bistum Trier sind im Jahr 2011 rund 5700 Menschen aus der Katholischen Kirche ausgetreten. Das sind nach Angaben des Bistums rund 1700 Kirchenaustritte weniger als im Vorjahr.

Bischof Ackermann sagte, es sei sehr schmerzlich, dass "eine gehörige Zahl von Menschen der Kirche den Rücken kehre". Grund seien die Negativschlagzeilen nach den Kirchenskandalen.

Die Kirche müsse nun an Glaubwürdigkeit zurückgewinnen. Ein weiterer Grund für den Mitgliederschwund im Bistum sei die zurückgehende Bevölkerungszahl im Saarland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Silent Epidemic: Shining a light on child sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times (Ohio)

June 29, 2012

By Kevin Pierson (kpierson@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

* Editor's note - This article is the first in a series on child sexual abuse. Additional articles in the series will also run Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
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If the Washington County Health Department were to find that one in three people under the age of 18 had the flu, they'd say they had an epidemic on their hands.

But there's one epidemic raging across the state and nation that has no vaccination to take care of it.

Statistics show that one in three girls and one in four boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

That figure far exceeds the standard used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to determine medical epidemics.

"And those are the numbers we know of," said Ginger Davey, a caseworker with Washington County Children Services who specializes in sexual abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Parents, others must know signs of sex abuse

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

June 30, 2012

By Ashley Rittenhouse - The Marietta Times (arittenhouse@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

Experts say since most sexually abused children don't tell anyone about their experience it's extremely important that parents, neighbors of children and others recognize the signs of abuse.

They also say since most sexual abusers don't leave physical marks, it can sometimes be difficult to detect that the abuse is occurring.

"Most perpetrators are good about not leaving physical marks because they don't want to get caught and that's why it's hard to prosecute them or find the evidence," said LeAnn Bates, a Private Violence Project counselor at Washington County Children Services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Impact of child sex abuse lasts a lifetime

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

June 30, 2012

By Ashley Rittenhouse - The Marietta Times (arittenhouse@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

Confusion, guilt and physical pain are just some of the things sexually abused children experience.

While the physical pain may only be temporary, many feelings and emotions associated with the abuse last a lifetime.

"I don't think a person can completely heal from that," said Sheila Shafer, deputy director of programs at Athens County Children Services. "It's part of their history, their existence, but it's important as part of the healing process to come to terms that they were a child when it happened and they aren't to blame and there are adults that were supposed to be protecting them."

Shafer said there are many ways sexual abuse can impact a child, including physically.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Sex offenders aren’t always easy to spot

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

June 30, 2012

By Sam Shawver - The Marietta Times (sshawver@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

The typical child molester isn't lurking around the playground wearing dark glasses and an overcoat, luring youngsters away with a piece of candy.

"These perpetrators don't look like aliens-in fact they often seem OK. You could have a sex offender in your neighborhood and wouldn't even know it," said Karen Days, president of the Center for Family Safety and Healing in Columbus.

Sex abusers are often portrayed as older men, but she said that's not always the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Column: There really is no shame in having been a victim of sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

June 30, 2012

By Kate York - The Marietta Times (kyork@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

When I was 5 years old, my mother was told by a relative who happened to be a pediatric nurse that I was showing the classic signs of being sexually abused.

I was.

But my mom dismissed the information, thinking it couldn't be true. She didn't ask me or follow up, and the abuse continued on for several years.

I wasn't in a home with no supervision or left vulnerable to strang-ers. My mom was a very involved, loving mother, an educated person, and yet she thought there was no possibility this was happening, as many parents would. I was never left alone with someone that wasn't a trusted family member, after all.

She wouldn't find out for another 10 years, well after the fact, and all the impact it had.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Abusers find ways to get closer to child

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

By Sam Shawver
The Marietta Times
sshawver@mariettatimes.com

The sexual abuse of a child often begins innocently enough-perhaps with just a simple conversation, according to Helen McGrail, Belpre clinic director for Tri County Mental Health and Counseling Services.

The clinic provides counseling for child abuse victims.

"Initially it seems there's nothing inappropriate going on," she said. "The abuser makes a child feel special, maybe buying things for him or her long before the victimization begins. And children love attention."

McGrail said abusers can be very patient, noting that some pedophiles will take weeks or months to gain a child's confidence.

But she said the sexual abuse can start without the child being involved at all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Child predators

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

June 30, 2012

By Kevin Pierson - The Marietta Times (kpierson@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

When she was a little girl, "Sarah" found herself receiving some unwanted attention from her father.

Anytime the young girl needed a bath, her father wanted to join her and have her wash him in ways the little girl never understood.

Years later, Sarah, 27, of Parkersburg, began to understand that she was one of the thousands of victims of child sexual abuse, and it came from within the home and the people trusted to raise her. ...

Most abusers are men.

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report made to Congress in 2010, 97 percent of the non-biological parent or partners responsible for sexual abuse of a child were men. Eighty percent of biological parents who sexually abused a child were male and 86 percent of non-relatives were also male, the report says.

There were 55,313 substantiated reports of sexual abuse against children in 2010, the most recent statistics available from the Department of Justice.

State numbers weren't available for cases, but a review earlier this year in Ohio found there were 7,426 people incarcerated in Ohio for sex-related offenses - the second highest total for any demographic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Alleged Delbarton abuse victim files lawsuit, asks to be released from gag order

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

MORRIS TOWNSHIP — He stood six feet from the microphone on the lawn of the Morris County Courthouse Friday, his wife’s hand clasped and his lips clenched as others spoke of him in the third person.

And when it was time to be heard, he didn’t even read his own statement.

His real name protected, he is known as "John Doe" in a civil lawsuit filed Friday, and as victim "W.P.W. II" in a criminal plea signed by a sexually abusive monk 24 years ago.

The Rev. Timothy Brennan’s victim, now in his 40s and living on the West Coast, remains silent, attorney Greg Gianforcaro said, because when the man asked in 2002 to be released from a confidentiality agreement that came with a seven-figure settlement in 1988, lawyers for Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey threatened him. They vowed to sue for the return of the money and to seek financial damages on top of that, if he spoke out, Gianforcaro said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Priest Abuse Blog in the Media

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

There's an exhaustive and authoritative new website that catalogues everything that moved during the priest abuse trial:

BishopAccountability.org timeline

Here's what the introduction to the site says:

"The trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn and Rev. James J. Brennan in Philadelphia was complex and lengthy, and its conclusion was a watershed event: the first conviction of a church official for child endangerment. During the trial, witnesses and exhibits provided the jury with information on 21 other accused priests whom Lynn had managed." ...

-- The judge during deliberations completely reversed herself overnight on the key issue of whether Msgr. Lynn had to have acted with criminal intent in order to have been found guilty of conspiring to endanger the welfare of children.

How was that not a story? A judge doing a complete reversal on key jury instructions regarding whether the main defendant had to act with criminal intent? How'd they miss that one?

If you're doing this job right, at some point, you're gonna piss everybody off. At various points during the trial, we've enraged the victims' groups, the defense lawyers thought we hated them, we've ripped the judge, and now the prosecutors aren't speaking to us. Get over it guys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Ior, indagini su un nuovo conto sospetto Mistero sull'intestatario: è un laico

ROMA
Il Messaggero

ROMA - C’è un nuovo conto sospetto nel mirino dei magistrati che indagano sullo Ior. Con movimentazioni milionarie sospette e, per la prima volta, con un l'intestatario, coperto da codice cifrato, che certamente non è un religioso, bensì un laico: un imprenditore o un politico particolarmente in vista in Italia. A parlarne ai magistrati romani che da tempo lavorano su altri cinque conti correnti, tutti intestati a prelati, è stato lo stesso ex presidente dello Ior, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. Che ha aggiunto di aver ricevuto la segnalazione dall'esterno della banca: «Il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani mi confermò il nome e aggiunse di non fare altre domande», ha detto ai pm.

Ma davanti alla richiesta dei magistrati di conoscere l'intestatario di questo conto, anche Gotti Tedeschi ha scelto di non rispondere, confermando le preoccupazioni e le paure che dopo le dimissioni l'avevano portato a scrivere un memoriale diretto a Benedetto XVI in persona. E' da qui che sta ripartendo l'inchiesta della procura di Roma sulle operazioni di riciclaggio triangolate attraverso la banca Vaticana. Il conto, a detta di Gotti Tedeschi, ha visto transitare movimenti milionari; e secondo le prime valutazioni di piazzale Clodio potrebbe rappresentare il primo caso documentato di riciclaggio che passa per le mura Vaticane ma coinvolge anche politica e imprenditoria italiana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

South Bay assault case puts priest abuse on trial

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Updated 10:58 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012

For a trial that's supposed to be about someone beating up a senior citizen, there's not much being said about the beating.

The 2-week-old trial of William Lynch in San Jose is really about seeking the public humiliation of the man Lynch says raped him as a child - the same man, retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner, he is accused of beating up two years ago.

And even more, it's about clergy abuse in general, and rage over statutes of limitations that let molesters off the hook if their young victims don't reveal the abuse until years later.

That, in essence, is what's being said by Lynch, his lawyers and the picket-waving throngs who attend every hearing at Santa Clara County Superior Court and revile the priest and his representatives whenever they show up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Suit claims abuse by priest

WATERBURY (CT)
Republican-American

BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

WATERBURY — A former city man is suing the Archdiocese of Hartford, claiming that a priest sexually abused him 37 years ago when he was a boy being treated in Saint Mary's Hospital.

A 47-year-old man using the name "Patrick Doe" filed the suit this month in Waterbury Superior Court, naming the hospital and the archdiocese as defendants.

Doe claims in the suit that he had been admitted to the hospital in about 1975 when he was abused by Raymond F. Paul, a priest assigned as a chaplain there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

GUEST COLUMN: Sandusky, Lynn convictions remind us to be vigilant, report suspected child abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Express-Times

Saturday, June 30, 2012

By Express-Times guest columnist

By ANNE ADAMS
Valley Youth House

The stories we heard during the trials of Jerry Sandusky for abusing teenage boys and Monsignor William Lynn for failing to protect children from predator priests were tragic for all involved — the defendants, the institutions they served, and especially the young people whose lives were ruined.

Perhaps the most damaging long-term result is the loss of trust in the many good people who work with our youth. Can we ever look at our teachers, coaches, ministers and others the same way again? These trials involved very sad stories, indeed. Do these events provide an opportunity to do more to stop child abuse? Can we learn anything from what we have read for these many months? I think we can.

Child abuse is traumatizing and leaves permanent scars. Long after abuse occurs individuals struggle to come to terms with their victimization. We saw adults struggling to deal with powerful emotions and psychological anguish. In the testimony of victims we saw the painful legacy of abuse.

Many said they knew they were in an uncomfortable situation but were afraid to come forward because they were embarrassed, did not believe they would be viewed as credible, or were offered gifts they had no other way of receiving. Even years later, many victims did not speak up because they did not think their word would be trusted against that of a powerful coach or priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Pennsylvania to allow expert testimony in sex abuse trials

PENNSYLVANIA
Democrat and Chronicle

By Jessica Tully, USA TODAY

The recent high-profile child sexual abuse court cases involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and Philadelphia Catholic Church officials had a missing element unique to Pennsylvania.

During each of those trials, state law did not permit expert witnesses to testify about sexual abuse.

One week after the verdicts in those cases, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, signed a bill into law today that makes the state the last in the nation to allow such testimony. The law will take effect in 60 days.

The law could come into play if prosecutors file additional charges against Sandusky or the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Philadelphia, who began working on this bill in 2006. Parker said she thought it was "unjust and unfair" that such expert testimony was not allowed. The bill took about six years to pass through the House and Senate because case law, or rules established from previous cases, forbid expert testimony in the state, Parker said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Solano County pastor arrested on 19 sexual abuse counts

FAIRFIELD (CA)
The Reporter

By Catherine Bowen/ CBowen@TheReporter.comthereporter.com
Posted: 06/30/2012

A well-known pastor at a Fairfield church was arrested Thursday night amid molestation allegations spanning as far back as 1994, police announced Friday.

The Rev. Robert "Silas" Ruark of Suisun City was taken into custody around 9:45 p.m., after Fairfield police officers served an arrest warrant at his home in the 1400 block of Spence Court, authorities reported.

Six alleged victims of the 65-year-old priest, known by many at St. Timothy Orthodox Church as "Father Silas," have come forward. However, Fairfield Lt. Greg Hurlbut said police fear there could be others.

The investigation into Ruark began after members of the diocese contacted the Fairfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit when they learned of the alleged molestations, authorities said. The diocese provided police with the names of those believed to have been molested by Ruark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

June 29, 2012

Will Lynch trial: Lynch admits he beat priest, but says it wasn't planned

CALIFORNIA
Marin Independent Journal

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/29/2012

At times sobbing during emotional testimony, the suspect in the priest beating case took the stand Friday and admitted he assaulted the Rev. Jerold Lindner in 2010.

But Will Lynch said he did not plan to attack Lindner when he went to the Jesuit retirement center in Los Gatos where the priest lives.

Instead, the 44-year-old San Francisco resident testified he wanted Lindner to sign a confession that the priest sexually molested Lynch and his 4-year-old brother more than 35 years ago on a camping trip sponsored by a religiou group. Lynch testified he hit Lindner after the priest "leered" at him the same way he did during the alleged molestation in the mid-1970s.

"I hit him more than once," said Lynch, who began his testimony Friday morning after the prosecution rested its case.

Lynch is charged with two felonies that together carry a maximum sentence of four years -- assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and also elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death. Lynch refused to negotiate a plea deal for no more than a year in jail because he wanted to "out'' Lindner and expose clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Staten Island-based Priests for Life faces financial trouble

STATEN ISLAND (NY)
Staten Island Advance

By Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Vatican and a bishop have cleared Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life in New Dorp, of any financial wrongdoing but the damage -- at least in terms of fund-raising -- has been done.

The Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy recently upheld Father Pavone's position that he never was suspended from priestly ministry. Father Pavone had appealed to the Vatican after a dust-up with his superior, Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo (Texas), over what was then an annual Priests for Life budget of about $10 million.

Priests for Life raised more than $40 million from 2004 to 2008, according to its tax returns. But the organization reported finishing 2010 with a revenue shortfall of $1.4 million.

Bishop Zurek recalled Father Pavone to Amarillo and temporarily suspended him from ministering outside the diocese in September 2011 amid questions about whether Father Pavone properly accounted for millions of dollars in donations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Hadleigh/Ipswich/Felixstowe: Retired priest charged with 15 sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
EADT 24

A RETIRED Suffolk priest has been charged with 12 sex assaults on a child and an adult.

Father Haley Dossor - who retired as priest-in-charge at St Mary at the Elms, in Elm Street, Ipswich, in January 2007 - also faces three further charges of gross indecency with a child.

The 71-year-old, of Kirton, near Felixstowe, is due to appear before Ipswich magistrates for the first hearing of his case on Monday, July 9.

The allegations are said to relate to the period between 1990 and 2004, and involve more than one alleged victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Ex Suffolk priest Haley Dossor accused of child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A retired Suffolk priest has been accused of sex offences against children and adults between 1990 and 2004.

Haley Dossor, 71, from Kirton, near Felixstowe, is charged with six counts of indecent assault on a child and five counts of indecent assault on an adult.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting an adult and three counts of gross indecency with a child.

Mr Dossor is due before Ipswich magistrates on 9 July.

He retired as priest-in-charge of St Mary at the Elms, in Ipswich, in November 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Ten Years After Dallas

UNITED STATES
Catholic Sentinel

Most Rev. John Vlazny
Archbishop of Portland

We American bishops held our spring assembly in Atlanta earlier this month. That meeting marked the tenth anniversary of the approval by the American bishops in Dallas of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. When we bishops from the Pacific Northwest walked into our meeting room for a regional discussion, we found a bulletin from Atlanta’s “Voice of the Faithful,” telling us that, “the Charter to Protect Children and Young People is still fundamentally flawed.” VOF stated that the reforms were “not significant,” bishops still don’t welcome people who speak the truth about abuse, and there has been no cooperation with the recommendations from the bishops’ own National Review Board.

On the other hand, during the Atlanta meeting all bishops received a ten-year progress report on the Charter from our own National Review Board. In the report the members stated, “Ten years later, there has been striking improvement in the church’s response to and treatment of victims. Children are safer now because of the creation of safe environments and action has been taken to permanently remove offenders from ministry. Yet, much work still needs to be done.” The NRB reminded the bishops that we should never let our guard down. Vigilance should never be taken for granted, or worse, watered down.

Over the past ten years, more than 15,000 victims have come forward in Catholic dioceses across the USA to tell their secret about the abuse they suffered in childhood. The John Jay Study of the Nature and Scope of the Abuse reported that incidents of abuse began to rise in the 60s, peaked in the 70s and declined sharply in the 80s. Even the most recent reports tend to fall into that same pattern. In other words, most of the abuse is past history, but victims back then are still hurting. We can never presume that similar mistakes won’t be made again in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Delbarton Abuse Victim Seeks Gag Order Release

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By John Dunphy

Another person has come forward in the ongoing saga of allegations against Delbarton School and St. Mary's Abbey involving years of alleged sexual abuse.

Except in this case, the person coming forward did not make a new allegation.

But, for "John Doe," as his attorney Gregory Gianforcaro referred to him, a confidentiality agreement in place since settling in 1988 has kept the victim silent following former Monk Timothy Brennan's guilty plea in 1987.

On Friday, in front of the Morris County Courthouse, Gianforcaro said his client wants to break the silence that has been legally required of him for 24 years. The confidentiality agreement was, according to the school and abbey's attorneys at the time, in the best interests of the school, Brennan and the student whom Brennan had admitted in court to abusing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Delbarton sex abuse victim wants to speak freely about settlement

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright
@peggywrightdr

A man who admittedly was sexually abused by a Delbarton School monk when he was a student in 1984 joined victim’s advocates Friday in calling upon leaders of the prestigious school to be “transparent and open” about misconduct by its monks and allow him to speak freely about a confidential lawsuit settlement he reached with St. Mary’s Abbey in 1988.

Attorney Gregory G. Gianforcaro, who already represents four men who have accused Delbarton monks in a lawsuit of sexually exploiting them while they were students in the 1980s, held a press conference on the lawn of the Superior Courthouse in Morristown to announce another lawsuit — this one without any money damages being sought — against the school and St. Mary’s Abbey.

On behalf of a man who was at the conference but referred to as John Doe, Gianforcaro said he has filed a complaint in Superior Court to get a confidentiality clause section of a 1988 settlement agreement between the victim, Delbarton and St. Mary’s lifted. The victim, who was abused as a freshman when he sought counseling from the Rev. Timothy Brennan, then a guidance counselor and theology instructor, wants the freedom to speak about his experience and to support other victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

Priest sex abuse claimant sues Moncton diocese

CANADA
CBC News

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by the late Father Camille Léger in the 1970s is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moncton as well as three archbishops.

The man, who has asked the court not to release his identity, claims he was molested by the Cap-Pelé priest "on a regular and repeated basis" for five years, between the ages of 11 and 16.

He was an alter boy and member of the Ste-Thérèse-d'Avila parish during the period in question, according to his statement of claim, filed with the Court of Queens Bench in Moncton on Friday.

The man, now middle-aged and living in Saint John, claims he still suffers physical, emotional and mental pain and suicidal thoughts from the abuse he suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

St. Paul priest suspected of sex assault of minor has DWI record; wanted to 'party' with teens, report said

ST. PAUL (MN)
Pioneer Press

By Mara H. Gottfried
mgottfried@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
Posted: 06/29/2012

A St. Paul priest under investigation for a sexual assault involving a juvenile was convicted of DWI in 2009.

A Fillmore County, Minn., sheriff's deputy received a complaint Sept. 29, 2009, of a man in his 40s "asking 18 year olds where they live, go to school, and if they wanted to party with him," according to a sheriff's office report.

Deputy Tim Rasmussen identified the man as the Rev. Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, and cited him for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

In the current case, St. Paul police arrested Wehmeyer, 47, on Friday, June 22, on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. On June 21, police said they were told that Wehmeyer abused a juvenile male over a two-year period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Calif man accused in priest assault describes fear

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

Updated 01:09 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of assaulting a priest he says molested him decades ago is testifying that he lashed out with his fists after being overcome by a deep-rooted fear of the reverend.

William Lynch readily admits he punched Jerold Lindner, a retired Jesuit priest, on May 10, 2010. But Lynch says he initially planned only to compel the priest to sign a written confession of molestation.

Lynch testified that memories of the alleged abuse 37 years ago came flooding back to him after he looked in the priest's eyes.

He says he felt threatened and began striking the priest. Lynch says during the confrontation, the priest grabbed him by the throat in the same manner he was grabbed during the alleged sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Fr. Joseph Jiang, Associate Pastor at Cathedral Basilica, charged with endangering the welfare of a child

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK

[with video]

Written by
Brandie Piper

St. Louis (KSDK) - A St. Louis priest has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

On June 23 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office began investigating a complaint from a 16-year-old girl who accused 29-year-old Father Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang, an associate pastor at Cathedral Basilica, of inappropriately touching her.

Authorities say Jiang met the victim and her family through church and became close with them over the last year.

The victim's family invited Jiang over for dinner at their home in Old Monroe, Missouri several times because he is from China and does not have family in Missouri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Cops: Fairfield Pastor Molested Teens, Took Nude Pictures of Them

FAIRFIELD (CA)
Fox 40

Zohreen Adamjee FOX40 News
5:28 a.m. PDT, June 29, 2012

FAIRFIELD —
A Fairfield pastor from St. Timothy Orthodox Church was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation on Thursday night in Suisun City.

The clergy of the diocese contacted Fairfield Police Department's Major Crime Unit and reported possible molestations had been committed by one of their pastors.

The alleged molester is Robert Ruark, 65, from Suisun City, also known as Father Silas. He coordinated the acolyte program for boys eight years old and older.

According to Fairfield Police, Ruark had photographed the alleged victims naked and most of the incidents happened at the church when the pastor was alone with the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Fairfield pastor arrested, accused of child molestations

FAIRFIELD (CA)
KGO

[with video]

Katie Marzullo

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- A Fairfield pastor has been arrested, accused of a string of child molestations dating back as far as the mid-1990s.

Police arrested 65-year-old Robert Ruark at his Suisun City home Thursday night. Ruark also goes by Father Silas.

Police say they received disturbing information from clergy members at Saint Timothy's Orthodox Church in Fairfield that Ruark molested at least five children in the mid-1990s.

Thursday, police interviewed potential victims, now adults in their 20s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Fairfield Church Pastor Arrested For Alleged Child Molestations

FAIRFIELD (CA)
CBS San Francisco

FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) - A pastor at a church in Fairfield was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting at least five victims as far back as 1994, police said Friday.

Fairfield police were contacted Thursday by clergy of the diocese represented by St. Timothy Orthodox Church, located at 4593 Central Way.

The diocese had learned of possible molestations by one of their pastors, 65-year-old Robert Ruark, who is also known as “Father Silas,” according to police.

Detectives worked all day interviewing potential victims and witnesses in the case and eventually identified five victims, all of whom are now adults and said Ruark committed lewd acts upon them when they were as young as 13 years old, police said. ...

Investigators were still trying to identify other possible victims in the case and were asking anyone with information to contact the Police Department’s investigations bureau at (707) 428-7600 or its 24-hour tip line at (707) 428-7345.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

William Lynch Tells Jury He Attacked Retired Priest for Abuse that Destroyed His Life

CALIFORNIA
KRON 4

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 29 Jun 2012

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A man accused of beating a priest he says molested him and his brother began emotional testimony Friday morning at his trial on assault charges.

William Lynch, 44, told the jury that the Rev. Jerold Linder, now 67, raped him and his brother on a 1974 camping trip.

Lynch said the abuse has destroyed his life.

He is charged with assault and elder abuse for allegedly beating Lindner on May 10, 2010, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

He admitted today to hitting the priest multiple times during a confrontation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Lynch takes the stand, admits attacking priest

CALIFORNIA
KGO

[with video]

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A man accused of beating a priest he says molested him and his brother began emotional testimony this morning at his trial on assault charges.

William Lynch, 44, told the jury this morning that the Rev. Jerold Linder, now 67, raped him and his brother on a 1974 camping trip.

Lynch said the abuse has destroyed his life.

He is charged with assault and elder abuse for allegedly beating Lindner on May 10, 2010, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

He admitted today to hitting the priest multiple times during a confrontation.

"I was angry, I was reverting back to things from my childhood," Lynch said.

"I wanted him to admit what he'd done to me," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Jury awards $4.35 million for victims of ex-pastor's sexual abuse of 2 girls

OHIO
Newark Advocate

Written by
Jessie Balmert
Advocate Reporter

NEWARK — Their associate pastor sexually abused them. Friends ridiculed them. Churchgoers held a candlelight vigil for the man who assaulted them.

But after nearly a decade, a group of jurors believed them — to the tune of $4.35 million.

Two young women were vindicated after a jury found that former Licking Baptist Church associate pastor Lonny “Joe” Aleshire, 41, of Hebron, sexually assaulted them when they were 13 and 16 years old, said their attorney, Beverly Farlow.

The abuse, which occurred between 2003 and 2004, was reported in early 2005. Later that year, Aleshire pleaded guilty to six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of sexual imposition and one count of rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Lynch admits attacking priest, describes alleged molestation

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

KTVU.com and wires

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

A man accused of beating a priest he says molested him and his brother began emotional testimony Friday morning at his trial on assault charges.

William Lynch, 44, told the jury this morning that the Rev. Jerold Linder, now 67, raped him and his brother on a 1974 camping trip.

Lynch said the abuse has destroyed his life.

He is charged with assault and elder abuse for allegedly beating Lindner on May 10, 2010, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

He admitted Friday to hitting the priest multiple times during a confrontation.

"I was angry, I was reverting back to things from my childhood," Lynch said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Vatican says Priests for Life director can minister outside diocese, but must have bishop's permission

TEXAS
U.S. Catholic

By Catholic News Service

AMARILLO, Texas (CNS) -- A Vatican decree allows pro-life activist Father Frank Pavone to minister outside the Diocese of Amarillo, where he was incardinated in 2005, but he still must obtain specific permission to do so from Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek.

The decree from the Congregation of the Clergy was dated May 18 and became public about a month later. Bishop Zurek said in a June 20 statement that the congregation "has sustained Father Frank A. Pavone's appeal of his suspension from ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo."

"As a gesture of good will, I will grant permission to him in individual cases, based upon their merits, to participate in pro-life events with the provision that he and I must be in agreement beforehand as to his role and function," the bishop added.

The priest, who is national director of Priests for Life, also must continue his ministry as chaplain to the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a religious order in Channing. He was appointed chaplain by the bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Will Lynch trial: Lynch takes stand, admits he beat priest

CALIFORNIA
Marin Independent Journal

The suspect in the priest beating case took the stand this morning and admitted he assaulted Rev. Jerold Lindner, according to ABC 7.

Will Lynch is accused of beating Lindner in 2010 at a Jesuit retirement center in Los Gatos. Lindner allegedly molested Lynch 35 years ago when Lynch was 7 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Voice of Faithful to mark 10th year with conference

UNITED STATES
Standard-Examiner

NEWTON, Mass. — The worldwide Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful is marking its tenth year with a conference in Boston in September.

The event is expected to draw supporters from across the United States and Europe, according to a news release from the organization.

“At the close of our first decade, we’re assessing where we’ve been and considering what we have left to do to bring healing and renewal to clergy abuse survivors, to conscientious priests trapped in such turmoil for so long a time and to our whole Church.

“VOTF is bringing together speakers whose work has given them in-depth knowledge and awareness not only of the Church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal and the devastation wreaked upon victims and their families, but also of the clericalism in the Church’s hierarchy, theological and doctrinal underpinnings of Church teaching and the effects the reform movement has had on Catholics and the Church,” the release states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Missbrauchsopfer unterliegt vor Gericht

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Pressemitteilung Rechtsanwalt Dr. Christain Seiler 29.06.2012

Am 28.06.2012 fand vor dem Oberlandgericht Bamberg der 6 Jahre währende Rechtsstreit zwischen Alexa M. Whiteman und der Diozöse Würzburg sein vorläufiges Ende.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

SPEAKING TO POWER

AUSTRALIA
Canberra Times

Graham Downie
June 30, 2012

Retiring Catholic bishop Pat Power has been one of Canberra's much-loved clerics not least because he has been prepared to take a stand on social issues, GRAHAM DOWNIE writes

Often seen as out of step with his church, Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Pat Power retires today unrepentant, still willing to speak his mind across a range of issues and reaching out to those of other denominations and faiths.

He was at it again this week, taking on Cardinal George Pell no less, on the question of climate change. ''I think it's important that another bishop shows that mainstream Australian Catholicism, and in fact the Pope himself, has been very strong in speaking in support of measures to take into account issues affecting the environment.''

But it is questionable whether the Pope would support his views on some of the big issues - including sexual abuse, married priests, the ordination of women and homosexuality - facing the church, which he sees as having missed opportunities for reform.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Happy Anniversary, Holy See: It’s been 50 years!

UNITED STATES
Patrick J. Wall

Anniversaries are important mile markers. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Father Gerald Fitzgerald s.P. giving notice to the Holy See of the problem of child sexual abuse by the clergy in the United States. Fitzgerald not only informs the Holy See but suggests a low-cost simple solution to protect children:

“On the other hand, when a priest has fallen into repeated sins which are considered , generally speaking, as abnormal (abuse of nature) such as homosexuality and most especially abuse of children, we feel strongly that such unfortunate priests should be given the alternative of a retired life within the protection of monastery walls or complete laicization.” April 11, 1962

Father Fitzgerald’s solution to the Holy See is simple: assign priests who abuse children to monasteries. This classic Roman Catholic solution of assigning religious order and diocesan priests to the protection of a monastery was well known in the United States. Want an example? See the documents on Clement Hageman O.M.I. not being admitted to final vows.

The Holy See reacted to Father Fitzgerald’s warnings in line with tradition: The report was filed away in the Holy See’s Secret Archives and with no action.

The only published work about Father Fitzgerald, A Prophet for the Priesthood: A Spiritual Biography of Father Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, by Father John Hardon S.J., tip-toes around the issue of fallen priests. Looking back, we know Father Fitzgerald was aware of the crime of stuprum (sex between an adult and a child) but there is no evidence he knew the work of Cardinal Peter Damien also warning the Holy See in the 11th century (Book of Gomorrah). Neither was Father Fitzgerald was aware of the various instructions from the Holy See such as Cum sicut nuper (1561 AD), Universi dominici (1622 AD) or Sacramentum (1741 AD).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

MO - Judge issues historical ruling for abuse victims’ parents; SNAP responds

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

Posted by David Clohessy on June 29, 2012

A KC judge is letting a wrongful death lawsuit, stemming from childhood sex abuse by a priest, go ahead toward trial because the victim’s parents charge they were deceived by church staffers who “fraudulently concealed the clerics’ crimes.”

We applaud this historic ruling, and this family for having the courage and strength to seek justice and expose wrongdoing in court.

It’s hard to imagine much of anything worse than the death of a child. But this case is indeed worse: a child died by his own hand because of a pedophile priest and the priest’s crimes were concealed from the child’s parents for years.

So we are glad that Judge Michael W. Manners sided with Donald and Rosemary Teeman. We are grateful that a trial is now possible, at which the heinous crimes of Msgr. Thomas J. O’Brien and the inexcusable complicity of church officials may be further documented and disclosed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Judge: Wrongful death lawsuit can move forward in case alleging abuse by priest

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

A wrongful-death lawsuit alleging that a boy took his life decades ago because of repeated sexual abuse by a Kansas City priest can proceed, a judge ruled this week.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death is three years in Missouri.

But in his order, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Michael Manners held as valid the argument of the boys’ parents that the statute of limitations should be suspended because of the defendants’ cover-up, fraud and concealment of the priest’s alleged abuse of their son and other children.

The judge dismissed the parents’ other claims that the priest and the diocese deprived their son of “a material chance of surviving.”

Don and Rosemary Teeman filed the case against Msgr. Thomas O’Brien and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph last September after a man who served as an altar boy with their son, Brian, told them of the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Archdiocese Launches Program To Protect The Abused

BAHAMAS
Bahamas B2B

Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder said he would never tolerate any abuse within his Archdiocese and added that he knows of no one in the local Catholic ministry against whom any allegations of sexual abuse exist.

His comments came amid allegations of abuse that have swirled in various circles.

Pinder said it is unfortunate that there are some members of the Order of St. Benedict against whom allegations of sexual abuse have risen.

The archbishop said in a statement, “The Benedictines (Order of St. Benedict) had a long and distinguished association with The Bahamas which extended over a period of 120 years. They have done a tremendous amount of good for the religious and social development of this community, particularly in education.”

Pinder said he would never tolerate abusive behavior period — whether sexual or otherwise.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Sechs Missbrauchsopfer der Kirche im Hungerstreik

DEUTSCHLAND
Extrem News

In Deutschland und Österreich sind drei Frauen und drei Männer, die in ihrer Kindheit von Geistlichen missbraucht wurden, im Hungerstreik. Das berichtet das in Bielefeld erscheinende WESTFALEN-BLATT.

Den Anfang machte vor drei Wochen Norbert Denef, der Vorsitzende des »Netzwerks Betroffener von sexualisierter Gewalt e.V« aus Scharbeutz. »Ich nehme seit dem 8. Juni nur noch Wasser und Kräutertee zu mir«, sagte der 63-Jährige am Donnerstag der Zeitung. Er hungere »ohne Hass und Wut« und wolle auch niemanden erpressen. »Aber ich will mahnen und darauf aufmerksam machen, dass es uns noch gibt.«

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Why a blank Child Offenders’ Register?

MALTA
Times of Malta

About 18 months ago, the government’s announcement of legislation to introduce a Child Offenders’ Register was hailed as a significant step forward. Coincidentally, the news came the day after the Church’s Response Team had concluded that there was enough evidence for the long-standing case of victims of clerical abuse at St Joseph’s Home to be sent to the Holy See in Rome for adjudication.

Whether by coincidence or not, the decision to introduce a Bill to set up a Child Offenders’ Register of course went far wider than simply dealing with clerical abuse, although this most heinous of crimes had stirred public revulsion. The idea of having a paedophile register had in fact surfaced about four years earlier in the wake of another nasty controversy involving the Malta Football Association. The MFA had kept a 79-year-old convicted paedophile as a groundsman at a football ground that doubled up as a playing field for a nearby school.

Over the last five or six years, the legislative wheels have ground slowly forward to the point when, on January 20 this year, the Protection of Minors Act finally came into force.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Former priest re-arrested, bond set at $3.42M

LOUISIANA
KPLC

The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

On June 27, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office re-arrested former priest Mark A. Broussard, 56, of Duson, who is currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, and charged him 24 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and six additional counts of sexual battery after further investigation revealed Broussard had inappropriate sexual contact with an 8-year-old victim between approximately 1986 and 1987 while he and his family were attending Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles.

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $400,000, bringing his total bond to $3,420,000.

Broussard was first arrested on March 22 and charged with two counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery after an investigation revealed he had sexually inappropriate contact with an 8 year old boy between 1986 and 1989 while the victim and his family was attending St. Henry Catholic Church. 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.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Rev. Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang Charged with Fondling Child

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Riverfront Times

By Paul Friswold
Fri., Jun. 29 2012

Reverend Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang, 29, has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly fondling a girl younger than 17. Jiang is the associate pastor at the Cathedral Basilica, but none of the inappropriate sexual contact occurred on church property.

According to the girl, she was fondled on four separate occasions, each incident taking place in Old Monroe in Lincoln County. Jiang has been placed on administrative leave since the charges were leveled, according to the official statement made by Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

Former priest from Duson facing more sex charges

LOUISIANA
KATC

A former priest from Duson has been re-arrested in Calcasieu Parish. 56-year old Mark Broussard is in the Calcasieu Correctional Center, currently charged with 24 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and 6 additional counts of sexual battery. Deputies say the extra charges came from further investigating Broussard. They say he had inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old victim between approximately 1986 and 1987 while he and his family were attending Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles.

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $400,000, bringing his total bond to $3,420,000.

Broussard was first arrested on March 22 and charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery. In that investigation, deputies say Broussard had sexually inappropriate contact with an 8 year old boy between 1986 and 1989 while the victim and his family was attending St. Henry Catholic Church. Documents were allegedly found 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.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Patrick Raggett, Sexually Assaulted By Priest At School, Claims £5m Damages

UNITED KINGDOM
Huffington Post UK

A former City lawyer who claims he made a mess of his life because he was sexually abused at a Jesuit-run school has taken the latest step in his claim for £5m damages.

Patrick Raggett was subjected to years of insidious abuse by Father Michael Spencer, a teacher at Preston Catholic College in Lancashire, who died in 2000 aged 76.

Between 1970 and 1974, the priest, who was his form teacher and coach of the football team he captained, observed him naked, filmed him, photographed him and touched him inappropriately.

The abuse, which began when he was 11, was not penetrative and resulted in no physical injury but Mr Raggett, who has waived anonymity, says it left him feeling "violation, dread, isolation, shame and humiliation".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Priest-libel reporter's €25k deal in RTE payout

IRELAND
Herald

By Niall O'Connor

Friday June 29 2012

FORMER RTE reporter Aoife Kavanagh was given a five figure golden handshake when she quit the scandal-hit station.

The national broadcaster has confirmed that Ms Kavanagh received a significant sum -- believed to be in the region of €25,000 -- following her resignation in the wake of the libellous Mission To Prey programme.

The Wexford woman was given a severance package equalling six weeks pay per every year she worked at the station.

The significant lump sum -- partly funded by the licence fee -- has never been mentioned by Montrose bosses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

Donegal priest cleared of indecently assaulting Derry teenager

IRELAND
Donegal Democrat

Published on Friday 29 June 2012

A Moville born parish priest cleared of indecently assaulting a teenage girl in Derry two decades ago has spoken of his relief to end “the darkest two years” of his life.

On Wednesday a jury at Derry Crown Court found Fr Eugene Boland (66), of Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh not guilty by majority verdict on all five charges against him of indecent assault on a girl aged around 14 years-old. The charges related to alleged incidents in the parochial house of St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992 where she worked as a volunteer.

There were cheers from supporters of Fr Boland as the verdict was delivered following an eight day trial and several hours of deliberation by the jury of four men and eight women.

Fr Boland said it was “the first day of the rest of my life”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

Associate pastor accused of molesting girl

ST. LOUIS (MO)
NECN

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An associate pastor at St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica is on administrative leave after being accused of fondling a teenage girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/LHfdlB) reports the Rev. Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang is charged with first-degree child endangerment.

Court documents allege that Jiang repeatedly had sexual contact with a girl younger than 17.

The girl told police he fondled her as a priest and family friend on four different occasions this year in Old Monroe.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Jiang is on administrative leave because of the allegations.

Jiang is from Shandong, China.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

Statement from Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis

For more information contact:
Angie Shelton
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314-792-7101

St. Louis —The Archdiocese of St. Louis has placed Fr. Joseph Jiang, who is the Associate Pastor at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on administrative leave following a report involving alleged inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor. None of the conduct is alleged to have occurred at the Cathedral or on any archdiocesan property.

The Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection notified Missouri Division of Family Services immediately upon learning of the allegations and this matter is under investigation. The archdiocese is fully cooperating with this investigation.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Phil Hengen, the Director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7704 or the civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

St. Louis priest charged in case involving misconduct with minor, placed on administrative leave

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Review

Submitted on June 29, 2012

Father Joseph Jiang, associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, was charged in Lincoln County June 28 with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, a first-degree offense involving sexual conduct.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis had placed Father Jiang on administrative leave following a report involving alleged inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor. The Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection notified Missouri Division of Family Services immediately upon learning of the allegations.

According to a statement from Msgr. Richard Hanneke, the archdiocese’s vicar for priests, the archdiocese is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Bond set at $25,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

Brooklyn Prosecutor’s Role in Abuse Case Is Examined

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By RAY RIVERA

Published: June 28, 2012

For years, Avrohom Mondrowitz counseled children out of his home in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was host of a call-in radio show popular among ultra-Orthodox Jewish listeners, claiming to be a rabbi and psychologist. But law enforcement officials say Mr. Mondrowitz, who fled to Israel in 1984 to avoid arrest, was also something else: “a compulsive pedophile.”

The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, has repeatedly said that since taking office in 1990, he has vigorously tried to extradite Mr. Mondrowitz. Mr. Hynes has said his office was instrumental in bringing about a change in a treaty between the United States and Israel in 2007 that had thwarted early extradition efforts.

But newly disclosed documents from Mr. Hynes’s office cast doubts on his accounts of his role in the case, suggesting that for many years, the office paid little attention to it.

Michael Lesher, a writer and lawyer who represents several of Mr. Mondrowitz’s accusers, obtained 103 pages of files on the case from the district attorney’s office after a protracted court battle to secure them under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Priest allegedly sexually assaulted woman undergoing exorcisms

ARLINGTON (VA)
WLS

ARLINGTON, Va. (WLS) - A Virginia woman came to a priest to be purged of her "evil spirits" in 2008 but claims the priest repeatedly molested her during the two-year exorcism that followed.

The woman -- known only as Jane Doe -- filed a lawsuit on June 19 in Arlington County Circuit Court against Human Life International, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and one of its bishops, alleging they failed to stop the abusive sexual encounters. She seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

The woman had already reached a private settlement with the exorcist, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, who was the president of anti-abortion rights group Human Life International during the time of the exorcism, according to her lawyer.

In the lawsuit filed last week, she claims Euteneuer abused her in the Human Life International offices during working hours, and the employees knew the exorcism sessions were going on there. In addition, the suit claims the Diocese of Arlington should have been responsible for Euteneuer's conduct because he was working within its jurisdiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Parish Priest vindicated after found not guilty of accusations

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Friday 29 June 2012

A parish priest cleared of indecently assaulting a teenage girl in Derry two decades ago has spoken of his relief to end “the darkest two years” of his life.

On Wednesday a jury at Derry Crown Court found Fr Eugene Boland (66), of Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh not guilty by majority verdict on all five charges against him of indecent assault on a girl aged around 14 years-old. The charges related to alleged incidents in the parochial house of St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992 where she worked as a volunteer.

There were cheers from supporters of Fr Boland as the verdict was delivered following an eight day trial and several hours of deliberation by the jury of four men and eight women.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Fr Boland said it was “the first day of the rest of my life”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Freedom to Do What?

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

As the Catholic hierarchy calls its faithful followers in the United States to get down on their collective knees in prayer for the preservation of religious liberty, we believe the hierarchy owes its adherents a clear explanation as to why it allows convicted felons to retain the ranking of priest.

Monsignor William Lynn was convicted last Friday in Philadelphia on the felony charge of endangering children.

Father Gerald Robinson was convicted in Toledo, Ohio in 2006 of the murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pal.

It was left to the survivors once again to raise the issue of justice, of a seamless garment of words matching actions, of simple reason.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Sex Pest Priest Jailed For Infecting Gal With HIV

UGANDA
Red Pepper

A priest attached to Pakwach catholic parish in Nebbi Diocese has been locked up for 10 years for infecting a 15-year-old girl with HIV.

High court Judge Justice Yasin Nyanzi, on Thursday jailed Rev. Fr. Santos Constatino Wapokura , 47, for feeding his venomous whopper to the poor girl.

Court heard that Wapokura would lure the poor girl who was a maid at Pakwach catholic mission in his quarters and feast on her like a sex beast.

The girl said she told one of her friends about her nightmare and she encouraged her to report to her parents.

This according to court prompted her father Santo Onyai to report the matter to police leading to Wapokura’s arrest. Wapokura had been on remand since May 5, 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Associate pastor at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis accused of fondling teen girl

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY SUSAN WEICH • sweich@post-dispatch.com > 636-255-7207 | Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012

The associate pastor at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is accused of fondling a teenage girl in Lincoln County.

The Rev. Xiuhui “Joseph” Jiang, 29, was charged Thursday with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He is accused of repeated sexual contact with a girl under 17, according to court documents.

The girl told police he fondled her on four different occasions this year. She said that Jiang was her priest and a family friend. The incidents happened in Old Monroe, Mo., according to police, who began their investigation Saturday.

Jiang was placed on administrative leave after officials learned about the allegations, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

None of the conduct is alleged to have occurred on any archdiocesan property, the statement said. The archdiocese would not comment beyond the written statement, a spokeswoman said.

St. Louis pastor charged for allegedly fondling teenage girl

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A priest assigned to the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica parish has been charged with fondling a teenage girl.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Father Joseph Jiang is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The girl told police Jiang fondled her on four separate occasions in Old Monroe, Missouri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Fr. Euteneuer's accuser seeks damages from diocese, former ministry

ARLINGTON (VA)
Catholic News Agency

By Benjamin Mann

Arlington, Va., Jun 29, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA).- Former Human Life International President Father Thomas Euteneuer is accused of abusing a woman employed by the organization, in a lawsuit seeking damages from HLI and its local bishop.

In a statement provided to CNA, Human Life International spokesman Stephen Phelan said that the organization, from which Fr. Euteneuer resigned in August 2010, would “vigorously defend itself” against the “false accusations” of complicity in alleged abuse by its former president.

“To the extent Father Euteneuer has already admitted to engaging in highly inappropriate and gravely sinful conduct with a young adult woman, we can only emphasize that such behavior was never within the scope of his employment with HLI,” Phelan said.

The alleged victim worked for Human Life International for two years, during which time she says the priest repeatedly violated physical boundaries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Brennan: I Worry About the Opinion of One, the One I Have to Answer To

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By Harry Hairston and David Chang

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012

Less than a week since a hung jury let him go free in the priest child sex abuse case, Father James Brennan is speaking out and telling his story to NBC10.

Brennan faced more than 20 years in prison after prosecutors charged and tried him for the attempted rape of a 13-year-old boy.

Last Friday however, a hung jury left Brennan walking out of court a free man. Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of endangering the welfare of the child and faces up to seven years in prison.
Brennan described how he reacted when he heard the verdict.

“I sat down at the table,” said Brennan. “That was the first time I cried.”

The verdict was far from an acquittal however and has done much to tarnish his reputation.

“I don’t think that will ever go away,” said Brennan. “I would like to have it go away but I don’t think it will ever go away.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

A Sign of Hope for Parish: Scaffolding Taken Down from Mater Dolorosa

HOLYOKE (MA)
WGGB

By Neil Carroll

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — For months there were wooden planks and metal beams that stood outside the Mater Dolorosa church because the Catholic Diocese of Springfield said the church was unsafe.

Now the scaffolding is gone and for the parish, that says it all.

“The diocese was claiming that the steeple was gonna fall down,” said Victor Anop, attorney for the Friends of the Mater Dolorosa. “As you can see today nothing is falling down here.”

Anop hired a private engineer to look into the safety concerns inside the church and it’s steeple and then present them to the city of Holyoke.

“So that showed that the scaffolding was up under false pretenses,” said Anop. ”There was no danger immediate or otherwise to the public or those who were in the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Monks Do Not Face Probe

JAMAICA
Tribune 242

By KHRISNA VIRGIL
kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

THE Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau yesterday said no Benedictine monks serving in the Bahamas are under investigation over sexual abuse allegations.

Archbishop Patrick Pinder was responding to growing speculation over the departure of a monk from the Bahamas.

The Benedictines, the Archbishop said, have a long-standing and distinguished relationship with the Bahamas which has lasted for the past 120 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Dutch monk may have killed psychiatric patients in 1950s

NETHERLANDS
The Republic

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Thirty-seven boys who died in the early 1950s in a Dutch psychiatric hospital run by the Catholic Church were probably killed by a monk in charge of their care, prosecutors said on Thursday.

It was the latest in a string of scandals to hit the church in the Netherlands, where an independent commission found last year up to 20,000 minors were sexually abused in Catholic orphanages, boarding schools and seminaries between 1945 and 1981.

In a report released on Thursday, prosecutors said the boys who died between 1952 and 1954 in St Joseph's psychiatric hospital in the southeastern town of Heel had likely been given morphine overdoses by Brother Andreas.

Prosecutors said Brother Andreas had died and there were no known living suspects. If he had been alive there was enough proof to launch a criminal investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Pastor charged with sexual interference

CANADA
CBC News

A pastor at a Glace Bay church denies any wrongdoing, after police charged him with three counts of sexual interference.

Robert Lawther, 59, is accused of sex crimes against three children under the age of 16.

Lawther, pastor at Bethel Family Church, was arrested on Wednesday. He appeared in court in Sydney and was released under strict conditions.

"One of the main ones was that he not attend any area at schools, playgrounds, recreation areas, etc. where children under 16 would normally attend," said Staff Sgt. Mike Kennedy, spokesman for Cape Breton Regional Police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Pastor admits to abusing teen

IOWA
WCF Courier

WAVERLY, Iowa --- A pastor accused of illegal contact with a 15-year-old boy this week admitted committing third-degree sexual abuse.

Dennis Brown, 67, of Eldora, will face sentencing at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 in Bremer County District Court.

According to court documents, the boy and Brown became acquainted online and met in Waverly. The teenager's family learned of the encounter, however, and contacted authorities.

Brown's attorney, Kevin Engels of Cedar Falls, had argued unsuccessfully that some potential evidence should be suppressed. The material included statements Brown allegedly made to investigators and his personal computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Vicar is cleared of sexual abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
The Post

A CHAPLAIN at Southmead Hospital has been cleared of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court took less than three hours to acquit Stephen Oram of indecent assault when he was the vicar at St Anne's Church, Brislington, in the mid-90s.

Rev Oram burst into tears as the verdict was delivered. Outside the courtroom, he hugged supporters who had attended the trial.

The 53-year-old, of Ison Hill Road, Henbury, was initially standing trial for three indecent assaults, all of which he denied strenuously. After a legal ruling from Recorder Christopher Parker QC, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on two charges relating to one complainant. They were then left to decide whether Rev Oram was guilty of molesting a second boy who claimed he had been plied with strong lager.

During his evidence, Rev Oram said he was homosexual, but denied being attracted to young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Late Dutch Catholic brother suspect in ‘50s deaths

NETHERLANDS
Boston Globe

June 28, 2012|Associated Press

A brother at a Catholic institute for disabled boys may have been involved in the suspicious deaths of 37 patients in the 1950s, Dutch prosecutors announced Thursday.

However, the prosecutors said they will not further investigate the deaths because the suspect, identified as Brother Andreas, has died and any alleged crimes happened too long ago to be prosecuted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Lawsuit the latest in series against Joliet Diocese priests

JOLIET (IL)
The Herald-News

Updated: June 29, 2012

JOLIET — New allegations of sexual abuse are the latest in a series of claims regarding priests from the Diocese of Joliet.

In 2006, the diocese had 15 abuse lawsuits pending in Will and DuPage counties.

The latest allegations are being leveled at a former priest from the diocese already accused of molesting several young boys in the 1970s.

A spokesman said the diocese had no comment on the latest accusations against Lawrence Gibbs.

In Will County Circuit Court this week, Terence Breen sued Gibbs and the diocese. He claims Gibbs gave several young boys alcohol and pornography during a retreat at a Wisconsin cabin in 1977 and had them play games, swim and perform other activities naked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

June 28, 2012

Lawsuit claims exorcist priest, supervised at the time by Diocese of Palm Beach, sexually assaulted woman

UNITED STATES
The Palm Beach Post

By Lona O'Connor
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A woman who claimed she was sexually molested by an exorcist priest has filed a lawsuit against the priest’s former employer and church officials in Virginia, where the alleged molestation occurred.

Thomas Euteneuer, 50, was officially supervised by the Diocese of Palm Beach during the time the incidents are alleged to have occurred. The Palm Beach Diocese settled with the woman known as “Jane Doe” for an undisclosed amount. A spokeswoman referred questions about his whereabouts to his attorney, who did not respond to a request for an interview.

The Diocese of Arlington, Va., and Human Life International, the anti-abortion group that Euteneuer headed for 10 years, should have known that Euteneuer was abusing his position because some of the incidents occurred at HLI headquarters during working hours, said Demetry Pikrallidas, the woman’s attorney. Pikrallidas said Wednesday that he was “very concerned” about the woman’s current state of mind.

According to an assistant of Euteneuer who was present for Euteneuer’s earlier exorcisms, the woman experienced classic symptoms of demonic possession. The witness claimed the woman had been speaking in different voices and languages and cursing religious objects. She said the woman’s body contorted into unnatural positions and her eyes rolled back in her head.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 PM

Departure of HLI priest under scrutiny

VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Daily

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

It wasn't until six months after forcing out its president for sexual misconduct that a Front Royal-based pro-life organization began to shed some light on the real reason for his departure.

In its initial statement in August 2010, Human Life International praised the tenure of the Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who headed the international charity for about a decade.

The Catholic News Agency at the time reported HLI's Board of Directors issued a news release stating "after nearly 10 years of meritorious service to HLI as president, Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer has stepped down from his position after being asked by his bishop to return to his Diocese in Palm Beach, Florida."

The release also stated Euteneuer's leadership and his role in the "pro-life movement around the world will be greatly missed."

At the time, the Daily quoted HLI chaplain the Rev. Frank Papa as saying Euteneuer was a "marvelous" boss with "amazing gifts."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 PM

Judge Orders File Release By Kansas City Catholic Hierarchy

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCUR

[with audio]

By Dan Verbeck

Documents considered so sensitive they may not be photocopied must be turned over to a prosecutor by the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese.

The files deal with former cases alleging abuse by priests.

The Catholic Diocese had been reluctant to turn over data from its own investigations until ordered this week by Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence.

The Jackson County Prosecutor will take the information that is so touchy only a limited number of people may see it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Reactie KNR en Broeders van H. Joseph op onderzoek OM

NEDERLAND
KNR

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH - De Commissie Deetman heeft vanaf het voorjaar van 2010 in opdracht van de Bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR) onderzoek verricht naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen de RK kerk.

Bij dat onderzoek is de Commissie gestuit op een aantal als “verdacht” aan te merken sterfgevallen in een katholieke instelling in de gemeente Heel. Daarop heeft de Commissie besloten om het betreffende dossier voor nader onderzoek over te dragen aan het Openbaar Ministerie in Roermond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Ongoing Archdiocese Fire Sale Exposes 19-Year-Old Cover-Up of Cardinal Bevilacqua's Lavish Spending

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is holding a fire sale after running up $11.6 million in legal bills in the fiscal year prior to the priest abuse trial. Facing a $17 million operating deficit, the archdiocese is now selling off the cardinal's mansion on City Line Avenue, and closing down the 117-year-old archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Standard & Times.

The latest victim of the church's austerity campaign is Villa St. Joseph-by-the-Sea. The grand summer vacation home where Cardinals Krol and Bevilacqua once entertained wealthy donors will soon be up for sale. It's a three-story brick and stucco oceanfront mansion that covers an entire city block along the boardwalk in Ventnor, N.J., and is assessed at $6.2 million.

The impending sale of the cardinal's seaside villa is not only a sign of the archdiocese's changing fortunes, but it also exposes a fraudulent story told by the cardinal's PR guys 19 years ago to get His Eminence out of a public relations jam over the villa. It's an amusing saga.

It should surprise nobody that a cardinal who in 1994 would order the shredding of a list of 35 abuser priests then in ministry a year earlier would launch an elaborate and untruthful cover-up of his own lavish spending habits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Today's Reasons to Quit the Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Big Think

Adam Lee on June 27, 2012

Over the last few years, it's become increasingly clear that there's no longer any place in Roman Catholicism for any but the most conservative and doctrinaire members. The signs of a top-down ideological cleansing are too obvious to ignore, including the Vatican hierarchy's using the Eucharist as a bludgeon against politicians who show too much independence and cracking down on nuns for being suspiciously feminist. People, especially young people, are leaving in droves, and the FFRF has been helping them along with billboards and ads urging progressive Catholics to quit the church (I can't tell you how much I love "Put Women's Rights Over Bishops' Wrongs"). Even the executive editor of the New York Times, hardly a voice of radicalism, is in agreement that liberals can do more good outside the church than in. And liberal Catholics who aren't leaving feel compelled to articulate why not, a clear sign that they're feeling the pressure as well.

But you can never have too many reasons on offer to quit the Catholic church. Today, I'd like to toss four more on the pile. Some of these are older stories I meant to write about earlier, but others are brand-new (the Catholic church being a veritable wellspring of self-embarrassment these past few years).

First: You've probably heard that the church has been offering generous severance packages - as much as $20,000 - to known pedophile priests, despite a specific earlier denial that they were doing this. The Vatican's lame and belated excuse has been that laicizing a priest is an unavoidably slow and bureaucratic process, especially if the priest resists; that the church is bound to provide for the priest's needs in the meantime; and that offering lump-sum payouts to the pedophiles so that they'd go quietly was the easiest way to get the process over with. This explanation is thrown into doubt by the case of a rogue archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, who ordained married men as priests in a public show of defiance and was officially laicized all of six days later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Geschokte reacties op verdachte sterfgevallen

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DEN BOSCH (ANP) – De KNR, de koepel van onder meer religieuze ordes en congregaties, en de congregatie van de Broeders van de H. Joseph zijn geschokt door de conclusies over de dood van 37 jongens in het katholieke internaat Sint Joseph in Heel (Limburg). Dat liet de KNR donderdag weten. Het Openbaar Ministerie publiceerde donderdag het strafrechtelijk onderzoek naar hun dood. Daaruit blijkt dat de 37 jongens die tussen 1952 en 1954 onder verdachte omstandigheden overleden in het internaat vermoedelijk het slachtoffer van een misdrijf zijn en dat het bisdom Roermond vanaf begin 1959 van de verdachte sterfgevallen wist, maar niets deed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Virginia woman sues over alleged sexual abuse during exorcism

ARLINGTON (VA)
Chicago Tribune

Ian Simpson
Reuters

4:15 p.m. CDT, June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia woman who claims a priest sexually abused her while performing an exorcism is suing a Catholic diocese and an anti-abortion group for $5.3 million in damages.

The woman claims the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer abused her between April 2008 and September 2010, according to the suit filed in Virginia's Arlington County Circuit Court.

The suit names as defendants the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and its bishop, Paul Loverde, as well as the anti-abortion group Human Life International and HLI Endowment Inc.

Euteneuer had been transferred from the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, to serve as president of Human Life International and HLI Endowment in 2000. He resigned in August 2010.

The woman, identified in the suit as Jane Doe, said she signed an "agreement for spiritual help" with Euteneuer in February 2008 because "she believed she was in desperate need of the rite of exorcism," the suit said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Pro-Life Org Sued for Sexual Abuse During Exorcism

UNITED STATES
Religion Dispatches

Post by Sarah Morice-Brubaker

Annie Gowen at the Washington Post has written a lucid and troubling article about a lawsuit filed in Arlington this week against Human Life International. The lawsuit alleges that Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, a Catholic priest and former president of HLI, sexually abused a woman who had turned to him for counseling—and that he did so under the guise of performing an exorcism. (According to diocesan officials, Euteneuer was not authorized to perform exorcisms.) The lawsuit does not name Euteneuer as a defendant, but instead seeks damages from HLI which, according to the woman’s attorneys, knew about and permitted the exorcism. Euteneuer stepped down from his position as president of HLI in 2010.

Currently HLI is promoting a “One Million Rosary Challenge” as a tie-in with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, a campaign calling upon Catholics to support religious liberty and freedom, which have become battle cries in the fight over the contraception coverage mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Sex abuse case against former Saanich priest moves forward in July

CANADA
Sooke News Mirror

By Staff Writer - Saanich News
Published: June 28, 2012

The case against a former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing minors in Saanich will head to a voir dire phase of court proceedings in July.

Philip Jacobs served as a parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker on Burnside Road West from 1998 to 2002. A pretrial conference this week in Victoria Supreme Court set a date for the voir dire – a hearing to examine evidence or witness competency – for July 23.

In July 2010, Jacobs was charged with sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference of a person under 14 and touching a young person for a sexual purpose.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

TV-Kritik: Wenn Nonnen Kinder stehlen

SPANIEN
Tages Anzeiger

Von Denise Jeitziner. Aktualisiert um 12:27

300'000 Neugeborene wurden in Spanien geraubt und heimlich verkauft – bis in die 90er-Jahre. Sowohl «Reporter» als auch «DOK» behandelt das Thema. Denn auch Schweizer sind betroffen.

Tausende von Müttern haben in Spanien den vermeintlichen Tod ihres neugeborenen Babys beweint. Es sei kurz nach der Geburt gestorben, haben ihnen die Krankenschwestern gesagt, meist waren es katholische Nonnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Clergy abuse? Is it over? No!!!!!!!

OREGON
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Clergy Abuse? Is it Over? No! Become a Part of Healing

Clergy abuse? Is it over? No!!!!!!!
Many clergy abuse survivors still in the Church remain silent.
Many survivors remain estranged from the Church.
The Bishops requested 20 plus years of e-mails from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests costing them huge sums of money to protect the confidentiality of survivors.
Despite the 2002 Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Young People, survivors abused in the last 10 years continue to come forward.

The whole community is wounded and the whole community needs to be involved in the healing process.

Come to Ascension Catholic Church to be a part of the healing process.
July 14, 2012
11 AM to Noon
743 SE 76th Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
St. Francis Room

Cost: free, but registration required
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E-mail compassion500@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Illinois aims to head off sex abuse scandals like at Penn State

ILLINOIS
cuIstanbul

June 27, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The state of Illinois on Wednesday added sports coaches and university employees to the list of people required to report suspected child sexual abuse, a move aimed at stopping cases like the one that involved convicted former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

“Young people place their trust in coaches and university officials, and it is their responsibility to report any suspected abuse,” Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing that he signed legislation passed unanimously by the state’s General Assembly.

All U.S. states have laws mandating who is required to report child abuse or maltreatment.

In Illinois, the list already included social workers, teachers and other school employees, doctors and healthcare workers, members of the clergy, police, mental health professionals, child care providers, foster parents, funeral home directors and commercial film processors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

IL - IL passes new child sex law; SNAP responds

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on June 27, 2012

We're grateful almost any time lawmakers take steps to better protect kids. But this law won't make much difference.

Mandatory reporter laws - no matter how many occupations are covered - are rarely used. And the penalties for breaking them are usually paltry.

It's far more effective to eliminate or extend the criminal or civil statues of limitations on child sex crimes. The best approach to expose, remove, prosecute, convict and imprison child molesters is to let their victims take them to court, instead of being left out in the cold due to arbitrary, archaic, predator-friendly deadlines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

MO - Judge rules against KC bishop; SNAP responds

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

Posted by Judy Jones on June 28, 2012

We are glad that Bishop Finn has lost his bid for more secrecy. We are glad that he must turn over relevant documents to prosecutors. This information can only help shed light on how Catholic officials handle abuse reports and predator priests in secrecy.

As this trial nears, we are grateful that Bishop Finn will likely have to face tough questions under oath in open court. During trials, more secrets are exposed showing who conceals child sex crimes. And when corruption surfaces, it spur others with facts and suspicions to come forward, protect kids, help police and uncover truth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

SNAP Misses Beam in Its Own Eye While Demanding That Philly Priest be ‘Defrocked’

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

In a letter to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, the hysterical anti-Catholic group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is now demanding that 61-year-old Msgr. William Lynn, recently acquitted of three criminal charges but found guilty of a single third-degree child endangerment charge from actions nearly two decades ago, be "defrocked" from the priesthood.

SNAP claims, "This (request) is not about being vindictive," yet common sense suggests otherwise.

If SNAP really wanted to see discipline for those who have failed to report cases of suspected abusive priests, it should start by looking into disturbing episodes from within its own organization. As we have reported before:
■SNAP National Director David Clohessy fully knew in the early 1990's of allegations that his brother, Kevin – a Catholic priest – was sexually abusing innocent boys.
For two decades, David Clohessy has been railing against Church leaders for allegedly not calling authorities when becoming aware of suspected abuse by priests. Meanwhile, Clohessy himself did not report his own brother to authorities, and he may very well have jeopardized the safety of numerous innocent children by his admitted inaction … [Read more]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Glace Bay pastor faces sex charges

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

June 28, 2012

A pastor from Glace Bay is facing sex charges related to three minors.

Pastor Robert Lawther, 59, of Bethel Family Church was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of sexual interference.

The charges involve three different children, all younger than 16, and stem from incidents that occurred over the last five years in Glace Bay.

Lawther appeared in Nova Scotia provincial court in Sydney on Wednesday and was released on a recognizance with several strict conditions. He will return to court on Aug. 22 for plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Pastor charged with sexual interference

CANADA
CBC News

A pastor at a Glace Bay church denies any wrongdoing, after police charged him with three counts of sexual interference.

Robert Lawther, 59, is accused of sex crimes against three children under the age of 16.

Lawther, pastor at Bethel Family Church, was arrested on Wednesday. He appeared in court in Sydney and was released under strict conditions.

"One of the main ones was that he not attend any area at schools, playgrounds, recreation areas, etc. where children under 16 would normally attend," said Staff Sgt. Mike Kennedy, spokesman for Cape Breton Regional Police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Nova Scotia pastor arrested on sex charges

CANADA
Sun News

QMI AGENCY

A Nova Scotia pastor was arrested Wednesday for sexual offences involving three children.

Robert Lawther, 59, of the Bethel Family Church in Glace Bay, is charged with three counts of sexual interference,Cape Breton police said.

The abuse is alleged to have occurred over the past five years, involving three girls all under the age of 16.

Lawther appeared in court and was released under strict conditions, which include avoiding all contact with the alleged victims and staying away from areas where children might be, such as parks, playgrounds and schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Mo. judge says KC diocese has turn over documents

KANSAS CITY (MO)
San Francisco Chronicle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has to provide prosecutors with information about the diocese's investigation into past reports of priests accused of abusing children, a Jackson County judge has ruled.

Jackson County Circuit Judge John M. Torrence, who is overseeing a case against Bishop Robert Finn and the diocese, also said in a ruling Wednesday that the diocese must turn over documents from the independent investigation into the case of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan that the diocese commissioned.

Ratigan has pleaded not guilty to state and federal child pornography charges and remains jailed.

Finn and the diocese are charged with misdemeanor failure to report suspected abuse to the state after learning of suspected child pornography on Ratigan's computer. Finn has acknowledged learning about the photos in December 2010, six months before Ratigan was arrested. The trial is scheduled for September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Va. woman claims exorcism turned to sexual abuse

VIRGINIA
The Palm Beach Post

By LARRY O'DELL
The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. —

A woman who claims a priest repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc., for spiritual help in February 2008. The lawsuit says Euteneuer knew that the woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, believed she needed exorcism. He told her that her case was "severe" and had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, the complaint says.

The plaintiff alleges that Euteneuer's sessions with her frequently involved inappropriate touching and directing her to undress. The complaint says Euteneur explained passionate kisses as "blowing the Holy Spirit" into her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Multiple deaths at boys’ home were no accident

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

A Roman Catholic brother administered a deadly overdose of medication to 37 severely handicapped boys at a home for the disabled in the Netherlands 60 years ago, the Dutch public prosecution office has confirmed. On the heels of a castration scandal in the church this spring, a deeply macabre cold case has been solved.

Murder, manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. Thirty-seven counts. Those are the charges that would have been brought against Brother Andreas if he were still alive and if the statue of limitations had not expired.

The public prosecutor in the Dutch city of Roermond reports that Andreas, who belonged to a congregation called the Brothers of the Holy Joseph, put the permanently bedridden boys to death one by one, shortly after they arrived at the home between 1952 and 1954.

No regrets
The public prosecutor's report, released this morning finally clarifies a sharp spike in deaths during that period at the Saint Joseph's home in the tiny southern hamlet of Heel.

Brother Andreas himself wrote in his memoirs that he had acted with the permission of his brother superior at Saint Joseph's, and in his writings he never expressed any regrets, according to the prosecutor's report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Inside the Vatican bank: silence, secrets and Latin cash machines

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

John Hooper in Vatican City
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 June 2012

On the ceiling of the conference room in the Vatican bank, there is a big, round allegorical painting.

There is the Virgin Mary somewhat improbably wearing a papal tiara and holding a model of a church. There is another holy lady offering the mother of Jesus a gold plate laden with crowns, a gold chain and an honorific decoration. In the background, Neptune is emerging from the sea on a chariot, while in the foreground there is snake winding its way through a patch of mushrooms.

Baffled? Well, what did you expect? This is the heart of what, until Thursday, was the most secret building in the "city of secrets" – the premises of an institution that has attracted more speculation, suspicion and sinister insinuation than almost any on earth.

Addressing a restricted number of correspondents on the first-ever press visit to the Vatican bank, its managing director, Paolo Cipriani, could scarcely be expected to recall its involvement with Banco Ambrosiano – whose boss, Roberto Calvi, was found lifeless and dangling by the neck under Blackfriars Bridge in 1982 – or the claim by Holocaust survivors that the bank took in gold looted by wartime Croatian fascists. He merely alluded briskly to "that veil, that shadow that comes from the past", and then plunged back into an account of the bank's efforts to satisfy international requirements on transparency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Vatican Bank seeks to counter image of secrecy

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

The Vatican Bank has opened up to the media in an effort to appear more transparent, amid a scandal surrounding the Vatican's financial affairs.

In a briefing to journalists, director Paolo Cipriani said the bank wanted to dispel "myths", including that it runs secret bank accounts.

In May, the bank sacked its president, who said he was being punished for seeking greater transparency.

Earlier this year, leaks hinted at Vatican rifts about the bank's running.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Under scrutiny, Vatican bank opens its doors

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican bank, one of the most secretive institutions in the secrecy-obsessed Vatican, opened itself up to a little external scrutiny Thursday in a bid to show it's serious about fighting money-laundering and being more financially transparent.

During a nearly three-hour power-point presentation to a few dozen journalists, the bank's director, Paolo Cipriani, highlighted the peculiar nature of the Institute for Religious Works, the institute's official name, and stressed its internal and external financial controls.

But more importantly, he sought to refute media allegations that the institution has been less than cooperative with requests for financial information from banks such as JPMorgan and Italian authorities.

At one point, Cipriani displayed a letter from Italy's financial police thanking him for his "timely and exhaustive response" in signaling a suspect transaction to them even before the Vatican's new anti-money laundering law went into effect last year. And he described in detail the exhaustive checks carried out by the institute to ensure that the money that comes into and out of its accounts is clean.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Pároco "chocado e magoado" com detenção de catequista suspeito de abusar de crianças

PORTUGAL
DN Portugal

[Summary: A pastor has expressed shock and hurt that a catechist in his parish is accused of abusing children.]

O pároco da igreja de Aveiras de Cima, na Azambuja, mostrou-se hoje "surpreendido, chocado e magoado" pela detenção de um catequista daquela paróquia, suspeito de abusar sexualmente de crianças.

O tribunal do Cartaxo ordenou hoje a prisão preventiva de homem suspeito de abusar sexualmente de crianças a quem ministrava catequese na capela de Casais de Lagoa, na paróquia de Aveiras de Baixo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Kansas City diocese ordered to hand over documents in sexual misconduct case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Jun. 28, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first Catholic bishop criminally charged in the decades-long clergy sex abuse crisis will have to grant prosecutors access to a range of files regarding his diocese's response to previous accusations of clergy abuse, a county judge ordered Thursday.

According to the decision, Bishop Robert Finn and his Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese will have to turn over notes and other documents from a diocesan investigation into their handling of the case of diocesan priest Fr. Shawn Ratigan, who was arrested last year for possession of child pornography.

They will also have to grant prosecutors access to diocesan files regarding its handling of five other priests who had previously been accused of abuse.

Both Finn and the diocese face trial this September in Jackson County, Mo., over separate criminal misdemeanor charges of failure to report suspected child abuse concerning their actions in the Ratigan case.

News of the latest order from County Judge John Torrence comes almost a week after the first conviction of a diocesan administrator on a charge of child endangerment for his role in reassigning clergy accused of abuse in his archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Diocese ordered to give Jackson County prosecutors documents related to priest misconduct

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star

Local Catholic officials must hand over information about past priest abuse investigations to Jackson County prosecutors, according to a judge overseeing the current case against Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The diocese also must turn over its notes and other documents from an independent investigation it commissioned former U.S. attorney Todd Graves to conduct into the case of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, the judge ruled. Ratigan is facing child pornography charges in state and federal court.

Finn and the diocese are nearing trial on misdemeanor charges related to the handling of allegations against Ratigan.

In his ruling released Wednesday, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence said that information about the diocesan investigations into alleged misconduct regarding five other priests was “relevant and material” to the state’s pending case. Because sensitive and confidential information likely is contained in that information, the judge said he would impose a protective order to limit access to those files to attorneys and staff directly involved in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

The Wild, Wild West: A Week in the Priest Abuse-Assault Trial

SAN JOSE (CA)
San Jose Inside

Posted by Christopher Schumb on Thursday, June 28, 2012

San Jose attorney Christopher Schumb will write a bi-weekly column for San Jose Inside focusing on the biggest cases and legal disputes in Santa Clara County. This is his first column.—Editor

If you have seen all the media vans parked in front of the Criminal Courthouse on Hedding Street, it’s not for a location shoot of Law and Order. The media is there for the courtroom drama unfolding in the trial of William Lynch. Mr. Lynch alleges that he was a victim of horrific child abuse by a Catholic priest, Father Jerold Lindner, in 1975.

Mr. Lynch settled a civil suit he filed against Father Lindner and the church over a decade ago. In 2010, Mr. Lynch allegedly went to Father Lindner’s retirement home, and attacked the 67-year-old retired priest. From the outset, it was clear that Mr. Lynch’s agenda was to publicize the alleged abuse he, his brother and several other boys allegedly suffered at the hands of Father Lindner.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed felony assault and elder abuse charges against Mr. Lynch. The trial has not gone smoothly. Before the trial began, Judge David Cena ruled that allegations of child abuse would be admissible to attack Father Lindner’s credibility. However, the scope of his exam on this issue must be brief so as not to consume an undue amount of time, because it was a peripheral issue. Deputy District Attorney Vickie Gemetti, who is very well respected by criminal attorneys—both prosecutors and defense—made a tactical decision to defuse the abuse allegations by playing, as part of her opening statement, a tape recording of an interview in which Lynch detailed the alleged sexual abuse. The jury was in tears after hearing the tape, and the defense attorneys asked that Judge Cena modify his previous ruling limiting the scope of the questioning about the alleged sexual abuse because Ms. Gemetti had “opened the door” by playing the tape. Judge Cena agreed, and the defense was then allowed to extensively cross-exam Father Lindner about the abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Vatican Bank Committed to Fight Against Money Laundering

VATICAN CITY
Bloomberg Businessweek

By Flavia Rotondi and Chiara Vasarri on June 28, 2012

The Vatican Bank has increased efforts to comply with international rules to control money laundering and is committed to transparency, Paolo Cipriani, director general of the Institute for the Works of Religion, said today in Rome.

“We have stepped up anti-money laundering controls to protect the reputation of the Holy See, remove the veil and shadow of the past” when the IOR was known as one of the world’s most secretive banks, Cipriani said today at the first- ever briefing with reporters inside the bank in Vatican city. “There are no secret numbered accounts here,” Cipriani said.

The Vatican bank has 33,000 accounts with assets of around 6 billion euros ($7.5 billion), Cipriani said today. The bank’s cash machines allow users to operate in Latin.

Set up in 1942 by Pope Pius XII to manage the Vatican’s finances, the bank, known as the IOR from its Italian initials, is controlled by the pontiff and has recently been at the center of several financial scandals. Cipriani and his former boss, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, were placed under investigation by Italian prosecutors in a probe in 2010 for allegedly omitting data from some wire transfers from an Italian account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Vatican bank lifts veil with reporters'

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, June 28 (Reuters) - The Vatican bank, attempting to project a new image of transparency ahead of a decision by EU financial authorities next month, lifted its veil of secrecy on Thursday by allowing journalists to visit the institution for the first time.

The tour came one month after the bank's president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted by the board of the bank, in a move he said was aimed at stopping his efforts to make the bank more transparent. The Vatican said he was just a bad manager.

It also followed allegations by Italian magistrates that the bank may have been involved in money laundering, which the Vatican denies.

"We have nothing to hide," said Paolo Cipriani, director-general of the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Woman alleges priest molested her during 2-year 'exorcism'

VIRGINIA
USA Today

By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

A‏ Virginia woman claims in a $5.3 million lawsuit that a priest repeatedly molested her over a two-year period during what was supposed to be an exorcism.

The plaintiff, identified in court paper only as Jane Doe, filed the suit earlier this month against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va., its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

She is seeking $5.3 million in damages, the Associated Press reports.

The complaint alleges that she went to Rev. Thomas Euteneuer in 2008 to seek spiritual help and that he called her case "severe."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

What did the Vatican really decide in Father Pavone's case?

TEXAS
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler

The “victory” of Father Frank Pavone in his appeal to Rome illustrates something seriously wrong with the ordinary application of canon law.

The word “victory” belongs in quotation marks above because we don’t know whether the Congregation for Clergy accepted all, or even most, of Father Pavone’s canonical argument. The text of the Vatican decision has not been released. Therein lies the problem.

Priests for Life has claimed vindication for the group’s president, happily announcing that “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended.” But that is the answer to a question no one was asking. The Diocese of Amarillo put things in a different perspective, issuing a brief statement from Bishop Patrick Zurek, which can be quoted in full:

In its decree of May 18, 2012, the Congregation for the Clergy has sustained Father Frank A. Pavone’s appeal of his suspension from ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo and his appointment from me on October 4, 2011 as Chaplain of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in Channing, Texas. Father Pavone is to continue his ministry as chaplain until further notice. As a gesture of good will, I will grant permission to him in individual cases, based upon their merits, to participate in pro-life events with the provision that he and I must be in agreement beforehand as to his role and function.
All other matters are outside the purview of this statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Retired priest charged with sex attacks dating back 50 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Echo

A retired Church of England priest has been charged with sex attacks on 18 girls and boys dating back 50 years, including Hampshire.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, is accused of committing 38 offences over an 11-year period between 1962 and 1973.

The charges follow a nine-month inquiry by detectives into allegations of child sex abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Rideout, of Filching Close, Wannock, Polegate, East Sussex, will appear on bail at Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court on July 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Bishop Juan A. Arzube

LOS ANGELES (CA)
BishopAccountability.org - Assignment Record

Summary of Case: A native of Ecuador, Arzube was ordained in Los Angeles, California, at age 36. He was known throughout his career to be an advocate for Mexican Americans in Los Angeles. He was elevated to Auxilliary Bishop of the Los Angeles archdiocese in 1971. In 2003 Arzube was accused of having molested an 11 year-old boy in 1975 and 1976. He admitted in a 2006 deposition to training altar boys in his bedroom, but denied molesting anyone. A civil lawsuit against the archdiocese related to the accusation against him was part of a massive settlement in the summer of 2007. Arzube died in December, 2007.

Ordained: 1954
Incardinated: Los Angeles
Ordained Bishop: March 25, 1971
Retired: June 1, 1993
Died: Dec. 25, 2007

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Pedofielenvereniging Martijn verboden

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

[met video]

door Peter Zantingh

De rechtbank heeft vandaag bepaald dat pedofielenvereniging Martijn verboden moet worden. Het OM had gevraagd om een verbod en een ontbinding omdat de vereniging ‘in strijd is met de openbare orde en goede zeden’.

Het verbod geldt per direct; mocht Martijn in beroep gaan, dan betekent dat niet dat de vereniging zijn bestaan daarmee nog kan oprekken. Het is volgens de rechtbank in Assen niet toe te staan dat Martijn seksuele relaties tussen volwassenen en kinderen verheerlijkt. Dat is een inbreuk op de rechten van het kind. De Tweede Kamer maakte zich al langere tijd sterk voor een verbod.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Gerald T. Slevin: Will the Philly Abuse Cover-Up of Bishops and Priests Ever End?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Bilgrimage

Drawing on his wide legal expertise, Jerry Slevin has sent another critically important statement about the recent Philadelphia trial and what remains still to be done. What follows is Jerry's statement:

APOLOGISTS' RECENT "SPIN EFFORTS":

Almost a year and a half ago, Philly's Cardinal Rigali suddenly suspended three dozen priests of the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese (Philly AD) on perceived suspicion of sexual misconduct with children. Over half of these priests' cases were "news" to Rigali's lay child protection review board chairwoman. Over a dozen of these cases still remain open under Archbishop Chaput at the Philly AD. These remaining suspected priests are apparently still generally unmonitored and may yet be possible risks for defenseless Philly children. Yet, the Philly AD's newly convicted felon, Monsignor Lynn, had barely broken in his new prison mattress when the Catholic bishops' spin-machine went into over-drive to try to whitewash Lynn's criminal trial's findings and almost to suggest that an "abuse free" Philly AD had arrived.

The U. S. Catholic bishops' occasionally unofficial mouthpiece, Bill Donohue, exclaimed here that the alleged "witch-hunt" against the Philly AD had failed with Msgr. Lynn's conviction. According to Bill Donohue, the "witch-hunt" against the Philly AD was initiated in 2001 by former Philly District Attorney (DA), Lynne Abraham, who is of the Jewish faith, with her purportedly biased pursuit of Philly Catholic clergy. Bill Donohue claimed pointedly, gratuitously and irrelevantly that DA Abraham investigated priests, but not rabbis and others. Bill has previously made similar seemingly anti-Semitic diversionary allusions to her alleged religious bias against Catholic clergy as a factor in her investigation of Philly predatory priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Priest must have bishop's OK before participating in protest activities

TEXAS
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Posted: June 28, 2012

By KAREN SMITH WELCH
MORRIS NEWS SERVICE

AMARILLO ­— A Vatican ruling allows anti-abortion activist the Rev. Frank Pavone to perform religious services outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, but he must have permission to participate in pro-life activities, his bishop said Wednesday.

Priests for Life, the New York nonprofit led by Pavone, declared Wednesday the Vatican’s Congregation of the Clergy upheld Pavone’s appeal of restrictions placed on him last September by Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek.

But the organization shed no light on the details of the ruling.

Zurek said the ruling “makes it clear I am free to restore him to full religious ministry, if I wish. ... But he must have my permission for anything in regard to work in pro-life, and in particular Priests for Life, because that is where the issue arose to begin with.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Pädofile - Niederländisches Gericht verbietet das Krebsgeschwür Pädophilen-Verein "Martijn"

NIEDERLANDE
News4Press

Ein Verein, der sich in den Niederlanden für sexuelle Beziehungen zwischen Kinder und Erwachsenen einsetzte, ist verboten worden. Die Organisation wurde 1982 gegründet und hatte rund 60 Mitglieder. Martijn-Präsident Marthijn Uittenbogaard Foto bei einer Pressekonferenz im März 2012 macht den Eindruck eines netten Nachbarn von nebenan. Dieser Nachbar ist jedoch Pädofilen-Unterstützer der schlimmsten Art. Die Pädophilen-Vereinigung "Martijn" wurde jetzt endlich verboten. Das zuständige Gericht in Assen im Nordosten des Landes ordnete am Mittwoch die Auflösung der rund 60 Mitglieder starken Organisation an. Ob allerdings mit dem Urteil auch die Löschung der Homepage verbunden ist, ist nicht bekannt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Deutscher Kardinal beklagt Korruption im Vatikan

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Die "VatiLeaks"-Affäre erschüttert den Vatikan, nun spricht erstmals ein deutscher Kardinal klare Worte: Rainer Maria Woelki prangert Geldwäsche, Korruption und Vorteilsnahme im Kirchenstaat an. Dass der wiederverheiratete Horst Seehofer vom Papst die Kommunion erhalten hat, verteidigt er.

Hamburg - Der Berliner Erzbischof Rainer Maria Woelki fordert "einen Prozess der Selbstreinigung" in der katholischen Kirche. Damit hat sich erstmals ein deutscher Kardinal im Zusammenhang mit der "VatiLeaks"-Affäre geäußert. Und er nimmt harte Worte in den Mund: In der "Zeit" spricht Woelki von Geldwäsche, Korruption und Vorteilsnahme im Vatikan. Er bezeichnete es als besonders ärgerlich, wenn "im Raum der Kirche eine Bank schlecht agiert oder sogar Geldwäsche passiert und finanzielle Unregelmäßigkeiten geschehen. Das darf bei uns keinen Ort haben."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Katholische Kirche geht jetzt stiften

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Die katholische Kirche ändert ihre Meinung - was ja nicht so häufig passiert: Weltbild soll nun doch nicht verkauft werden. Der Verlag war wegen des Vertriebs erotischer und esoterischer Titel ins Gerede gekommen und soll jetzt in eine Stiftung umgewandelt werden.

Würzburg/Hamburg - Ach Du lieber Gott! Erotik! Esoterik! Wegen des Vorwurfs, der Weltbild-Verlag führe zu viele Titel aus diesen eher kirchenfernen Themenkreisen im Angebot, hatte die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz beschlossen, das Unternehmen zu verkaufen. Doch der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung" zufolge wird die Verlagsgruppe nun doch nicht verkauft, sondern von der katholischen Kirche in eine gemeinnützige Stiftung umgewandelt. Das bestätigte am Mittwoch der Vorsitzende der Geschäftsführung des Verlags, Carel Halff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Brutal im Vatikan

VATIKAN
Frankfurter Allgemeine

25.06.2012 · Im Vatikan weiß niemand, wem er noch vertrauen kann. Der Papst ist das Opfer einer Intrige, weil er der klerikalen Vertuschung den Kampf angesagt hat. Selbst um sein Leben wird gefürchtet.

Von Daniel Deckers

aum eine Institution birgt so viele Mysterien wie die katholische Kirche, kaum ein Gemeinwesen so viele Rätsel wie der Vatikanstaat. Doch das alleine ist nicht der Grund, weshalb die Paläste rings um St. Peter noch heute eine ideale Projektionsfläche für Phantasien jeder Art über Macht, Geld und Sex sind. Denn wie die Vergangenheit bietet auch die Gegenwart Verschwörungstheoretikern, Medienleuten und Romanautoren mehr Stoff als genug. Ausgerechnet jenen Schöngeist auf dem Stuhl Petri, der als Benedikt XVI. der „Entweltlichung“ der Kirche das Wort redet, hat die Weltlichkeit der Kirche nun so brutal eingeholt, dass manche um das Leben des Papstes fürchten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Church leader charged after reported naked sleep over

VIRGINIA
NBC 12

[with video]

By Sarah Bloom

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -
61-year-old Edward Zottoli has been charged with five sex related crimes after deputies said he had a naked sleep over with a teen he was supposed to be mentoring from church.

Investigators said a 14-year-old teen and his brother went to Zottoli's home for an overnight counseling session.

"I think he was just kind of a mentor to the children in the church, the adolescent boys in the church," said Cpt. Mike Harvey with the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.

Instead, detectives said Zottoli, known as "Brother Ed" to the kids, assaulted the 14-year-old.

Harvey said while one of the brothers was asleep on the couch, Zottoli asked the 14-year-old to get into bed with him. Harvey said the teen claimed Zottoli was naked at the time, asked the teen for a massage, and that then Zottoli sexually assaulted the teen twice. They say Zottoli also asked the teen to perform sexual acts on him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Vatican Diary / Opus Dei and the gendarmes win the first round

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

VATICAN CITY, June 28, 2012 – The pope's "butler," Paolo Gabriele, remains in custody as the only suspect in the crime. At the moment, it is one of aggravated theft. The investigative commission of cardinals that is working in parallel with the Vatican magistracy is continuing its hearings.

It is not known how long it will take for the two investigations to the reach a conclusion. But this does not mean that the so-called "Vatileaks" case has not already had an impact on the life of that particular organism which is the Roman curia.

Far from it. Some consequences, in fact, can already be identified in the short term, while others can be conjectured in the medium and long term.

OPUS DEI AND THE UNITED STATES

To begin with, in just a few weeks there has been an increase in the curia of the visible role of Opus Dei, which already numbers, in the organizational structure, the secretary of the pontifical council for legislative texts (Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, of the clergy of Obra), the secretary of the congregation for the clergy (Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, of the priestly fraternity of the Holy Cross, connected to Opus) and the secretary of the prefecture of economic affairs (Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda).

The head of the investigative commission of cardinals, in fact, is Cardinal Julián Herranz, a member of Opus Dei and former president of the same dicastery as Arrieta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Disgraced former priest ...

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Disgraced former priest accused of repeatedly molesting woman during two-year EXORCISM

By Snejana Farberov

A Virginia woman filed a lawsuit claiming that a former priest whom she approached for spiritual help after becoming convinced that she was possessed by the devil repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism.

The lawsuit filed earlier this month against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist seeks $5.35million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman, identified as ‘Jane Doe,’ went to the Reverent Thomas Euteneuer, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc (HLI) - one of the nation’s biggest anti-abortion groups - for spiritual guidance in February of 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Bisdom betreurt uitblijven aangifte

NEDERLAND
Dagblad De Limburger

Het bisdom Roermond zegt te betreuren dat er in de jaren vijftig geen aangifte is gedaan van de 37 verdachte sterfgevallen in zwakzinnigeninstelling Sint Joseph in Heel. Het bisdom stelt dat in een verklaring die donderdag op internet wordt geplaatst. Justitie noemt de houding van het bisdom in de jaren vijftig 'onaanvaardbaar'.

Heel
Niki van der Naald, Hans Goossen en Paul Bots

In ieder geval eind jaren vijftig was bij het bisdom bekend dat er in Heel kinderen zijn omgekomen onder verdachte omstandigheden. De zaak werd destijds intern gehouden. Ook de congregatie waar Sint Joseph onder viel, hield de kwestie stil. Beide instellingen kunnen niet vervolgd worden voor het verzwijgen van de kwestie. De zaak is verjaard, en in de jaren vijftig konden instellingen nog niet voor de rechter gedaagd worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Broeder en arts 'verdacht' in zaak St. Joseph

NEDERLAND
Dagblad De Limburg

[Justie Rapport]

[met video]

Justitie ziet de in 1997 overleden broeder Andreas als verdachte in de kwestie rond 37 opvallende sterfgevallen onder jongens in de Heelse zwakzinnigeninstelling Sint Joseph. Een groot deel van de jongens stierf in de jaren 1952-1954 in het zogeheten Gerarduspaviljoen dat Andreas onder zijn hoede had.

Heel
Van onze verslaggevers

Als de zaak niet verjaard was, en de broeder niet was overleden, was het strafrechtelijk feitenonderzoek van justitie voldoende aanleiding geweest om een opsporingsonderzoek naar Andreas te starten, concludeert justitie. De broeder zou dan als verdachte worden aangemerkt voor misdrijven die in ernst varieren van moord tot het niet-helpen van patiënten in nood. Justitie gaat er vanuit dat een groot deel van de jongens een onnatuurlijke dood is gestorven, maar kan niet zeggen om hoeveel gevallen het precies gaat. Oorspronkelijk is steeds sprake geweest van 34 verdachte overlijdens bij minderjarige jongens. Justitie telt daar echter drie namen van overleden jongens tussen de 18 en 21 jaar bij op, omdat in de jaren vijftig mensen pas vanaf hun 21e meerderjarig waren.

Niet alleen de broeder wordt door justitie als verdachte gekenmerkt. Ook toenmalig instellingsarts Guus Verstraelen zou in een nader opsporingsonderzoek verdachte zijn geworden als de zaak niet verjaard was, stelt justitie. De arts uitte eind jaren vijftig en eind jaren zestig openlijke twijfels over de door hemzelf afgegeven verklaringen van natuurlijke dood. Onderzoek naar Verstraelen zou zich dan ook richten op het plegen van valsheid in geschrifte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

OM: 37 gehandicapten mogelijk omgebracht in jaren vijftig

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Joep Dohmen

In het katholieke gesticht Sint Joseph in Heel zijn tussen juni 1952 en januari 1954 vermoedelijk 37 gehandicapte minderjarige jongens om het leven gebracht, mogelijk met een overdosis medicijnen. Dat heeft het Openbaar Ministerie in Roermond vanochtend bekendgemaakt. Het zijn de zwaarste feiten die tot nu toe bekend zijn geworden in het twee jaar voortdurende misbruikschandaal in de R.K.-Kerk.

Bij de dood van de jongens zouden de broeder die de kinderen verzorgde, de instellingsarts en de leiding betrokken zijn geweest. De broeder, Andreas, zou zich schuldig gemaakt hebben aan moord, doodslag of dood door schuld. Hij handelde, schreef hij in zijn memoires, met toestemming van zijn oversten en heeft daar “nooit spijt van gehad”. De instellingsarts gaf valse overlijdensverklaringen af waarin stond dat de kinderen een natuurlijke dood waren gestorven. De feiten zijn in 1972 verjaard; de meeste betrokkenen, onder wie broeder en arts, zijn overleden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Canon Gordon Rideout charged with sexual offences

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A retired Church of England priest from East Sussex has been charged with committing 38 sexual offences against 18 children and young teenagers.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire.

He was arrested at his home in March following a nine-month investigation and charged on Wednesday night.

He will appear before Mid Sussex magistrates on 16 July.

A total of 36 of the 38 alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens, Sussex Police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Abuse slur devastated me, says priest cleared of assaulting girl (14)

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Independent

By George Jackson and Trevor McBride

Thursday June 28 2012

A Donegal priest said his life had been "devastated" by allegations of indecent assault against a 14-year-old girl, after being cleared of the charges yesterday.

Fr Eugene Boland, originally from Moville in Co Donegal, was found not guilty of five counts of indecent assault at Derry Crown Court.

He had denied claims that he inappropriately touched the teenage girl in the parochial house at St Joseph's parish in the Galliagh area of Derry between June 1990 and June 1992.

The girl wept in court as the verdicts were read out after almost four hours of jury deliberation over the course of two days.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Priest acquittal brings ‘great relief’

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Thursday 28 June 2012

Monsignor Eamon Martin has said the acquittal of Fr Eugene Boland brings “ great relief to many people.”

A jury at Derry Crown Court yesterday found Father Eugene Boland (66), not guilty by majority verdict on all five charges of indecent assault on the girl of around 14 years old in the parochial house of St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992.

In a statement issued last night Monsignor Martin, Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Derry, said: “After a public trial, before a Judge and a Jury, Father Eugene Boland, a priest of the Diocese of Derry, has been acquitted of all charges made against him. Fr. Boland has always denied these charges and, at the start of the investigation, the Diocese of Derry emphasised his entitlement to a presumption of innocence.

“Fr. Boland’s acquittal understandably brings great relief to many people. In different ways the whole process has been very difficult for everyone involved. Through its pastoral and other support systems, the diocese seeks to reach out to anyone who has been affected by this case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Warren County woman claims exorcisms turned to sexual abuse

VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Daily

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

An international Catholic organization based in Front Royal is being sued by a woman who claims its former president repeatedly sexually molested her while performing exorcisms.

Fairfax attorney Demetrios C. Pikrallidas filed the complaint on behalf of an unidentified woman on June 19 in Arlington County Circuit Court. "Jane Doe" is seeking $5.35 million against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop, the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, and Human Life International Inc. and Human Life International Endowment Inc., both of 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal.

The complaint accuses HLI's former president, the Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, of abusing Doe during the course of more than two years. It also says he snuck visits to her on a family vacation to Hawaii, burned her diary and brought her to work at HLI.

Euteneuer worked for HLI from 2000 until August 2010, the organization's communications director, Stephen Phelan, said Wednesday afternoon. HLI and the Diocese of Arlington on Wednesday distanced themselves from the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Church makes major progress on safe environment issues

SALINA (KS)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina - The Register

Written by Bishop Edward Weisenburger

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

At the recent U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting, we received good news about the U.S. Church’s efforts to create a safe environment for youth and children. The report was produced by the National Review Board with much of the conclusions drawn from the John Jay School of Criminal Justice report, an extensive study by a non-Catholic legal institute on the origins and extent of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church. While the study noted that there will always be more to achieve and we must remain ever-vigilant, it concludes that we have done immense good in a very short period of time. Certain points are worth noting:

• The victims of sexual abuse who have come forward reveal that the vast majority of abuse arose in the 1960s, peaked in the 1970s and declined sharply in the 1980s — a period of time mirroring a breakdown of sexual ethics in our culture. Even victims coming forward today are largely voicing allegations from that time period. While it is good news to know that the majority of this illegal and sinful behavior is behind us, we cannot drop our guard. We must remain vigilant. Also, it is important to note that there is still much work to be done to bring healing to the victims from that era.

• Prior to the U.S. bishops’ 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth, the Church largely responded in a legal manner, which did not help victims. Today the Church’s response is far more pastoral and therapeutic. A wide range of resources are offered victims to assist with their healing.

• Prior to the 2002 charter, approximately 77 dioceses had policies and procedures in place to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. Today all 195 dioceses in the U.S. have policies and procedures, along with codes of conduct for clergy, employees and volunteers. Each diocese has a review board to advise the bishop on allegations and procedures, and confidential settlements have been abolished except when requested by the victim. Dioceses are required to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors to public authorities and to cooperate with police investigations. The Holy See has made possible procedures to remove offending clergy from the clerical state more quickly, and a “zero-tolerance” policy related to offenders has been implemented.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

The bill that supports child sex offenders, and the bills, A2405 and S1651, that would stop them

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Jamie Tripp Utitus/Parental Guidance

When Todd Kostrub, of Surf City, LBI, finally came to terms with the years of abuse that he suffered under the hands of a Franciscan Clergyman, he spoke to his family and brother-in-law who was a Seargent in the NJ State Police. He was 31. The police went to clergyman, Brother Munn of Holy Assumption Church in Roebling.

Surprisingly, when Brother Munn was detained, he confessed to everything, even particular instances of abuse that Todd had managed to block out after all these years.Todd was surprised by the confession, to say the least. But something even more surprising happened a few hours after Munn was detained. Munn was released.

According to a N.J. statute, a victim of abuse has to report the incident two years from the day they turn 18. In order to stop this predator, Kostrub would need to have reported the abuse 11 years earlier. That would mean about a day after the abuse stopped and Kostrub left for college, give or take a few hours,he would have needed to march down to the station and file a report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Unholy Silence

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Four Corners

[with video]

By Geoff Thompson and Mary Ann Jolley

Updated June 28, 2012

The Catholic Church says its response to cases of child sex abuse should be compassionate, that abusers should be brought to justice and that concealing the truth is unjust to victims.

But does it follow those principles?

Coming up, Four Corners reporter Geoff Thompson investigates a shocking case of abuse involving many children, committed over several years. The abuse in itself is horrifying, the impact on the victims devastating, but perhaps the most alarming revelation is the fact that the Church turned a blind eye to the priest's crimes. Four Corners asks why, despite clear evidence of abuse, the Church allowed him to move from parish to parish, apparently without alerting the police. The program reveals that even now the Church will not admit the full extent of what it knew about the priest's activities.

The program also tells the story of the young men and their families, whose lives were devastated by the abuse. And details how the crimes committed led to the early death of several victims.

"It would have been no different if he had taken a gun and shot him, it just took longer." Relative of an abused child

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Steven Kurlander: Covering up child abuse as reprehensible as pedophilia itself

UNITED STATES
Sun-Sentinel

There's been a great deal of sensational news lately concerning pedophiles in the United States. The common denominator is these individuals preyed upon children while religious and educational institutions established upon foundations of trust and morality ignored or covered-up such disgusting and illegal behavior.

The most sensational: the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach,. He was convicted last week on 45 of 48 counts for sexually abusing several young boys over a number of years while they attended camps sponsored by Sandusky's Second Mile charitable organization at Penn State.

The riveting testimony at his trial from several victims not only showed that Sandusky, who had worked most of his career under legendary Coach Joe Paterno, and one of the nation's most lucrative and revered football programs in the county, abused these boys on the Penn State campus, but that university officials failed to act on them when sexual abuse reports were made.

A second child abuse trial that did not receive as much national attention also concluded last week in Philadelphia. A jury on Friday convicted Catholic Monsignor William Lynnhim of felony for refusing to challenge his cardinal and stop the cover-up of child sex abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Church Pastor speaks out after allegations church member molested teen

VIRGINIA
NBC 12

[with video]

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -
The pastor at Christian Outreach Tabernacle said his church was shaken after allegations a church member abused one of the teens at the church.

"We are devastated," responded youth pastor, Mark Gallimore. "Obviously our feelings are devastated."

Deputies arrested Edward Zottoli, of Spotsylvania, after charging him with five sex related charges. They said Zottoli, who goes by "Brother Ed", slept naked with a 14-year-old boy from the church, asked for a massage, forced the teen to perform sexual acts on him and sexually assaulted the teen twice.

Deputies believe the abuse was contained to one night.

Pastor Norm Gallimore said he learned about what happened when Zottoli called him, reportedly two days after the incident, but before he reportedly turned himself in to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

New sex abuse allegations filed against former Joliet diocese priest

JOLIET (IL)
Naperville Sun

BY JON SEIDEL Sun-Times Media jseidel@suntimes.com June 27, 2012 7:32PM

Updated: June 27, 2012

New allegations of sexual abuse are being leveled at a former priest from the Diocese of Joliet already accused of molesting several young boys in the 1970s.

Terence Breen sued Lawrence Gibbs and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Will County Circuit Court this week. He claims Gibbs gave several young boys alcohol and pornography during a retreat at a Wisconsin cabin in 1977, had them play games, swim and perform other activities naked.

And he said Gibbs took him into a cabin bedroom to molest him in 1978.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Joliet didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.

Gibbs has already been named as a defendant in three civil lawsuits alleging he sexually abused two boys from Lombard and one from Lockport while serving as a parish priest in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were settled in the late 1990s for undisclosed sums. No criminal charges were filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Polegate priest charged with sex attacks

UNITED KINGDOM
The Argus

A retired Church of England priest has been charged with sex attacks on 18 girls and boys dating back 50 years.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, is accused of committing 38 offences over an 11-year period between 1962 and 1973.

The charges follow a nine-month inquiry by Sussex Police detectives into allegations of child sex abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Rideout, of Filching Close, Wannock, Polegate, East Sussex, will appear on bail at Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court on July 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Retired priest charged with 38 child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer

Published on Thursday 28 June 2012

A RETIRED Anglican priest who was once a head of governors at a Bexhill school has been charged with a string of sex offences against children.

Gordon Trevor Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, was charged with 38 sexual offences against 18 young girls and boys on Wednesday June 27.

Thirty-six of the alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens. Thirty-one are alleged to have been committed at an address in Crawley, and one in Barkingside, Essex, between 1962 and 1968, and four are alleged to have taken place at an address in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, between 1971 and 1973.

The other two alleged offences are of attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl in Crawley between 1962 and 1966.

Rideout, who was chair of governors at St Mary’s special school as well as a governor at Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne, been arrested on March 6.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Will Lynch priest-beating trial: Jury's decision may hinge on two witnesses

CALIFORNIA
Oakland Tribune

By Tracey Kaplan @mercurynews.comcontracostatimes.com
Posted: 06/27/2012

The receptionist heard the priest call for help and saw someone hit him a couple of times -- but she can't identify the assailant.

The only other eyewitness in the San Jose priest-beating trial said she saw suspected assailant Will Lynch pacing and screaming that the cleric had ''ruined his life" by molesting him and his brother as children. But it's unclear whether that witness actually saw Lynch hit the priest because she has given three different accounts of the incident -- including a new version during her testimony Wednesday.

With the prosecution winding up its case, the outcome of the trial could turn on how the panel regards the testimony of those two former employees at the priest's retirement center -- receptionist Carol Santos and health care coordinator Mary Margaret Eden.

The two women are among the six witnesses prosecutor Vicki Gemetti has called to the stand since the trial started last week -- including a wireless expert and three law enforcement officers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Ten years after the charter for children

UNITED STATES
Jersey Journal

Thursday, June 28, 2012

By Rev. Alexander Santora/For the Jersey Journal

When ever I hear or read comments by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, I am reminded of the boy who yelled “fire” in the crowded movie theater again and again.

Donohue finds a Catholic conspiracy under every rock. But when he defends the Church in the ongoing sex abuse trials and tribulations, I think he’s made the right call. If there were only one case of clergy sexual abuse, it would be tragic. That there were thousands substantiated coupled with the lax oversight by some bishops in the U.S. has damaged the church’s reputation.

For nearly two decades beginning in the early 1980’s, reporting of abuses by clergy began to mushroom and there were some attempts by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address the problems, but they were not uniform.

Not until Boston’s cases exploded in 2002 did the bishops enact a national policy.

So ten years ago this month, the U.S. Bishops adopted “The Charter for the Protection of Children,” which stipulated that no clergyman with even one credible accusation of sexual abuse of a minor could function publicly, thus the zero tolerance policy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Former priest admits attempting rape of girl and abusing her brother

IRELAND
The Southern Star

By  EMER CONNOLLY Saturday June 30th, 2012

A FORMER priest has admitted the attempted rape of a young girl and the sexual assault of her brother in West Cork, more than 30 years ago.

John Calnan (73), of the Presbytery, 35 Paul Street, Cork, pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of the girl between January 1st, 1980 and April 30th, 1980 in West Cork. She was aged seven at the time.

Calnan also admitted three counts of sexually assaulting the girl between October 25th, 1976 and October 24th, 1979.

He further admitted one count of sexual assault on the girl's brother between August 10th, 1975 and October 9th, 1979. The victim was aged between nine and 12 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Senior priest Canon Gordon Rideout charged with child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
London 24

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A retired Church of England priest has been charged with child sex abuse in east London.

A victim was allegedly assaulted in a house in Barkingside between 1962 and 1968.

Canon Gordon Rideout faces 37 other paedophile offences dating back to between 1962 and 1973.

He is charged in total with 36 counts of abusing boys and girls in their early teens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Sussex Police charge retired priest over sex assaults

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV News

A retired Church of England priest has been charged with sex attacks on 18 girls and boys dating back 50 years.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, is accused of committing 38 offences over an 11-year period between 1962 and 1973.

The charges follow a nine-month inquiry by Sussex Police detectives into allegations of child sex abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Rideout, of Filching Close, Wannock, Polegate, East Sussex, will appear on bail at Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court on July 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

BARKINGSIDE: Retired priest charged with child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

11:19am Thursday 28th June 2012 in News By Dominic Sutton

A RETIRED priest has been charged with 38 sexual offences against 18 children.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, Polegate, East Sussex has been on bail since his arrest on March 6, but was charged with the offences yesterday (June 27).

A total of 36 of the offences are of indecent assault alleged to have been committed on boys and girls in their early teens between 1962 and 1973.

One of those charges relates to an alleged offence which took place in Barkingside in the 1960s. The other charges relate to addresses in Crawley and Hampshire.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

June 27, 2012

Austrian rebel priests told to renounce manifesto or lose jobs

AUSTRIA
The Irish Times

THE CATHOLIC Church in Austria has laid down the law to its rebel priests by telling them they cannot support a reform manifesto criticised by Pope Benedict and stay in an administrative post.

One priest said he had already stepped down from the post of deacon rather than renounce the Call to Disobedience manifesto, that challenges church teaching on topics such as women’s ordination and offering Communion to non-Catholics.

Another priest had withdrawn his support for the campaign and kept his job, a church spokesman said yesterday, while two or three more had yet to decide.

The manifesto’s demands, which issue from a reform group called Priests’ Initiative, have been echoed by some Catholic groups and clerics in Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 PM

Priest not guilty of indecent assault

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish Times

GEORGE JACKSON

A Catholic priest who is originally from Moville, Co Donegal, has been found not guilty at the crown court in Derry of five charges of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl 20 years ago.

Fr Eugene Boland (66), the parochial house, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, was found not guilty yesterday of the charges by majority verdicts. He had denied claims he had indecently assaulted the girl in the parochial house at St Joseph’s parish in the Galliagh area of Derry between June 1990 and June 1992 when he was the then parish administrator.

The verdicts followed an eight-day trial before Judge Stephen Fowler and almost four hours of deliberation over two days by the jury. Following the verdicts, the complainant wept in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 PM

New Sex Abuse Allegations Filed Against Former Priest

JOLIET (IL)
CBS Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – New allegations of sexual abuse are being leveled at a former priest from the Diocese of Joliet already accused of molesting several young boys in the 1970s.

Terence Breen sued Lawrence Gibbs and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Will County Circuit Court this week. He claims Gibbs gave several young boys alcohol and pornography during a retreat at a Wisconsin cabin in 1977, had them play games, swim and perform other activities naked.

And he said Gibbs took him into a cabin bedroom to molest him in 1978.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Joliet didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Al 239 dossiers over seksueel misbruik door geestelijken

BELGIE
HLN

Het Centrum voor Arbitrage inzake Seksueel Misbruik heeft reeds 238 dossiers ontvangen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in een pastorale relatie. Dat bleek in de Opvolgingscommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kamer. Verslaggever Renaat Landuyt (sp.a) vermoedt dat nog een 150 slachtoffers zich zullen melden tegen de einddatum eind oktober van dit jaar.

Een dozijn dossiers werden aan de aanvragers overgemaakt voor een reactie op de opmerking van de stichting Dignity, die door de bisschoppen en religieuze oversten opgericht werd om in hun naam op te treden in de procedure. Daarna kan de Permanente Arbitragekamer (PAK) een poging tot verzoening opstarten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM

Appealing Cleveland parishes receive new pastors

CLEVELAND (OH)
National Catholic Reporter

Jun. 27, 2012
By Brian Roewe

Full restoration continues to inch closer for 11 shuttered parishes in Cleveland.

Bishop Richard G. Lennon announced Wednesday afternoon the names of pastors and opening dates for five of the 11 parishes that successfully appealed their closure to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy in early March. A 12th parish required restoration in name only.

The new pastors and assignments are:
•Rev. Gary Chmura, St. Adalbert parish in Cleveland, effective July 2;
•Rev. A. Jonathon Zingales, St. John the Baptist parish in Akron, effective July 2;
•Rev. Eric Orzech, St. Casimir parish in Cleveland, effective July 9;
•Rev. Joseph Hilinski, St. Barbara parish in Cleveland, effective July 16;
•Rev. Joseph Workman, St. James parish in Lakewood, effective July 23.

Assignments for the remaining six parishes are forthcoming, according to a diocesan statement. Each priest will determine the date for the opening Mass at their new parish homes, though a source told NCR the first Mass at St. Barbara is expected to be celebrated July 22 at 11 a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Woman Files $5.3 Million Lawsuit Against Catholic Diocese, Says Exorcism Turned To Sexual Abuse

ARLINGTON (VA)
CBS DC

RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A woman who claims Rev. Thomas Euteneuer repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman went to Euteneuer, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc., for spiritual help in February 2008. The lawsuit says Euteneuer knew that the woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, believed she needed exorcism. He told her that her case was “severe” and had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, the complaint says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

William Lynch Yelled He Was Sexually Molested, Witness Says

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

A San Francisco man accused of assaulting a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center more than two years ago yelled at the cleric that he had molested him, a health-care employee who once worked at the facility testified Wednesday.

Defendant William Lynch "seemed agitated," said retired worker Mary Margaret Eden. He "was still upset with Father [Jerold] Lindner ... was still screaming, saying that he molested him." Eden said Lynch tried to re-enter the parlor area where the alleged attack on the priest took place, but she prevented him from doing so.

Eden said she then told Lynch that receptionist Carol Santos, now retired, was calling 911. Eden then saw Lynch go out the front doors of the center's main building and down the steps, she testified.

Lynch is standing trial for the alleged May 10, 2010 attack on Lindner. The defendant faces one count of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and one count of elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Priest assault trial resumes with abuse allegation

CALIFORNIA
The Associated Press

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The priest accused of molesting children has "pleaded the fifth." The judge has stricken his testimony and denials of abuse from the trial record. Three of the priest's alleged victims are no longer allowed to testify. And the man on trial for beating the priest he says raped him will be limited in what he can tell the jury when called to the witness stand.

Still, after several emergency meetings in chambers, traded barbs of professional misconduct, and defense demands for a mistrial stemming from the priest's alleged false testimony, Judge David Cena for the first time in nearly a week convened trial on time and without legal rancor Wednesday.

William Lynch, 44, is charged with assaulting retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner on May 10, 2010, at a Los Gatos home for priests accused and convicted of sexual misconduct. Lynch claims Lindner raped him and his brother during a 1975 camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Lynch was 7 years old, and his brother was three years younger at the time. The brothers earlier settled a lawsuit over the allegations for $625,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Priest acquitted in indecent assault case

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

Father Eugene Boland, 66, has been found not guilty of five charges of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl over 20 years ago.

Fr Eugene Boland, Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh had denied committing the charges in the parochial house and at St Joseph's Church, Galliagh, Co Derry between 1990 and 1992.

After four hours of deliberations by the Jury yesterday and today, Fr Boland was found not guilty of the five charges that he inappropriately touched the complainant between June 1990 and June 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

The Earthly Power of a Philadelphia Jury

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Michael D'Antonio

After months of testimony and deliberations the Philadelphia jurors who found Msgr. William Lynn guilty of child endangerment did more than any Vatican official has ever done to address the problem of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. This was made possible by the simple fact that the men and women of the jury confronted him as a peer, in a system that confers equal rights and responsibilities upon all.

Those who wonder why the Church has been unable to halt the rolling catastrophe of sexual abuse claims need only consider the difference between the American system of law and Catholic justice. Within the Church, ordained men are regarded a special creatures with extra-human powers. They alone conduct the sacraments, such as communion and reconciliation (confession) and they alone can ascend through the clerical ranks to become bishops, cardinals and popes. Their superior status culminates in the pope's claim of infallibility, which places certain of his statements on a par with the voice of God.

Inside the institutional Church, ordination opens the doors to a brotherhood of men who have officially forsworn sex, marriage and children, and embrace the Church as their main source of emotional, spiritual and even financial support. This sacrifice makes many feel entitled to special treatment, and while they may not always get it from laypeople they generally receive it from each other. To put it crudely: priests give priests a lot of breaks. This is why complaints about sexual abuse were so often covered-up and resolved by sending "father" to another post. None of the men in charge wanted to discipline a brother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Priest assault trial resumes with abuse allegation

CALIFORNIA
The Sacramento Bee

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jurors in the trial of a California man accused of beating a priest he says molested him are hearing the abuse allegations.

Mary Eden, a health-care worker at the retirement home where the Rev. Jerold Lindner lived, testified Wednesday that she witnessed defendant William Lynch punch Lindner twice and scream that Lindner had raped him and his brother and ruined their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Victims group urges ...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Victims group urges Philadelphia archbishop to defrock convicted priest, Monsignor William Lynn

By David Gibson| Religion News Service, Updated: Wednesday, June 27

The leading advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is urging Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput to defrock the priest convicted last week of shielding other clerics who preyed on children. But laicizing Monsignor William Lynn is not as simple as it sounds.

Lynn oversaw clergy assignments in the Philadelphia archdiocese for a decade and is the first high-ranking church official ever found guilty of covering up for abuse, not committing it.

Lynn, 61, was convicted on one charge of child endangerment and was acquitted of conspiracy and a second endangerment charge after a closely watched three-month trial. He is in custody and could face up to seven years behind bars when he is sentenced on Aug. 13.

The request by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, came in a letter sent Wednesday (June 27) to Chaput. It highlights the unusual challenge of what punishment the church should levy on Lynn, if any.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Va. Woman Claims Exorcism Turned to Sexual Abuse

ARLINGTON (VA)
NBC Washington

A woman who claims a priest repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc., for spiritual help in February 2008.

The lawsuit says Euteneur knew that the woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, believed she needed exorcism. He told her that her case was "severe" and had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, the complaint says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Vatican Bank Prepares to Open its Doors to the Media

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

by Edward Pentin Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The supervisory board of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), popularly known as the Vatican Bank, held its first meeting today since the board issued a vote of no confidence in former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi last month.

The meeting, in which members discussed the selection of Gotti's successor, took place a day before the IOR receives a large group of journalists at its offices as part of efforts, initiated by Pope Benedict XVI, to increase transparency.

In a communique published this afternoon, the Vatican announced the board had “two very useful meetings for sharing information and proposals both regarding day to day management as well as the universal criteria of professionalism and experience that are called for in light of the choice of [the Bank's] new president."

The statement said one of the meetings involved the board reporting to a supervisory commission of cardinals, chaired by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

Vatican bank starts headhunting for new chief

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, June 27 (Reuters) - The board of the Vatican bank met on Wednesday to start the hunt for a new president to replace Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who was unceremoniously ousted last month.

The Vatican said the board, which is made up of outside lay experts, had met to "identify the universally recognised criteria of professionalism and experience" needed for the job.

The board includes Carl Anderson, the American head of the international charity group Knights of Columbus, Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, formerly a top executive at Deutsche Bank, Manuel Soto Serrano of Banco Santander and Antonio Maria Marocco, a prominent Italian notary.

Former Bundesbank head Hans Tietmeyer has denied Italian media reports that he was a candidate to become the next head of the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Friar abuse lawsuit settled out of court

LAS VEGAS (NV)
KSNV

[with video]

Reported by: Elizabeth Donatelli
Email: EDonatelli@Mynews3.com

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A lawsuit filed against a catholic friar who was accused of sexually abusing a young boy while he was stationed in Las Vegas is over.

It was settled out of court for money and information. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli spoke with the former church leader and has that story.

The diocese of Las Vegas, which was also named in the suit, issued a statement back in 2011 saying they were not aware of previous allegations.

The following was read during mass at St. Christopher’s parish in March of 2011 when the Diocese of Las Vegas was made aware of the allegation against Brother Tom Thing who was temporarily assigned to the Diocese for a period of time in the early 1980’s. The Diocese was not aware of any allegations or misconduct by Brother Thing prior to or during his time in Las Vegas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Vatican sides with Pavone but details unclear

TEXAS
Amarillo Globe-News

By KAREN SMITH WELCH
karen.welch@amarillo.com

A Roman Catholic priest restricted to ministry within the Diocese of Amarillo appears to have won a loosening of the restraints placed on him by his bishop.

The Congregation of the Clergy at the Vatican has overturned Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek’s decision to prevent the Rev. Frank Pavone from performing religious services outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, according to information from both sides in the dispute.

But a statement from Zurek said Pavone still must continue “until further notice” his ministry as chaplain of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ at Prayer Town, near Channing, and the two must agree, in advance, about Pavone’s participation in pro-life events.

Pavone has been operating since September under restrictions placed upon him by Zurek, who raised questions about the finances of Priests for Life, a New York anti-abortion nonprofit, and affiliated organizations directed by Pavone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Will Lynch priest beating trial: Judge clears courtroom, issues warning to public

CALIFORNIA
Oakland Tribune

By Tracey Kaplan
@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/27/2012

Judge David A. Cena, two hours into Wednesday's deliberations, summarily and abruptly ordered the public out of the Will Lynch assault trial courtoom. Only the jury remained, along with the mystery of what legal housekeeping the judge needed to do with such immediacy.

In many such situations, a judge will want to query jurors about whether anyone on the panel violated his orders and researched the controversial case thru media reports or in other ways. It's also possible that Cena is contemplating replacing a sitting juror with an alternate.

However, 15 minutes later when the public was allowed back in, the judge gave a stern warning to onlookers about them having absolutely no contact with any juror -- regardless of how innocent that contact might seem.

"Don't even say, "So what do you think about the 49ers moving to Santa Clara?''' said Cena, giving an example that illustrated how no topic with a juror is allowed. "If you do, I will not hesitate to eject anyone no matter how innocent the contact." The judge did not explain exactly what caused him to clear the courtroom or why he made that particular warning to the returning gallery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Austrian cardinal cracks down on rebel priests

AUSTRIA
Reuters

By Michael Shields

VIENNA | Wed Jun 27, 2012

(Reuters) - Austria's Roman Catholic Church has laid down the law to its rebel priests by telling them they could not support a reform manifesto criticized by Pope Benedict and stay in an administrative post.

One priest told Reuters he had already stepped down from the post of deacon rather than renounce the "Call to Disobedience" manifesto that challenges Church teaching on taboo topics such as women's ordination and offering communion to non-Catholics.

Another priest had withdrawn his support for the reform campaign and kept his job, a Church spokesman said on Wednesday.

He added that two or three more have yet to decide whether to withdraw their support from the manifesto from a reform group called "Priests' Initiative" whose demands have been echoed by some Catholic groups and clerics in Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUE ON IOR MEETINGS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 June 2012 (VIS) – Below is the text of the communique released late this morning by the Press Office of the Holy See:

“This morning there was a meeting of the Board of Superintendence of the Institute for Works of Religion, currently composed of Vice President Dr. Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, Dr. Carl Albert Anderson, Dr. Antonio Maria Marocco, and Dr. Manuel Soto Serrano.

Following that meeting, the Board reported to the Commission of Cardinals, presided over by Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

These two meetings were very useful for sharing information and proposals both regarding day to day management as well as the universal criteria of professionalism and experience that are called for in light of the choice of a new president for the Board of Superintendence.

Pope Benedict XVI is closely following the situation of the Institute for Works of Religion and is being constantly briefed by the Cardinal Secretary of State.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

PA - SNAP's letter to Archbishop Chaput

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

Dear Archbishop Chaput;

We are leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

We are writing you today with a simple and straightforward request about Monsignor William Lynn. He has been tried. He has been convicted. He should be defrocked.

This is not about being vindictive. It’s about being prudent. It’s about trying to reverse decades or centuries of self-serving secrecy in child sex abuse cases by thousands of Catholic officials. It’s about sending the most clear and severe message possible to current and future church employees who ignore, conceal and enable heinous crimes against kids. That message should be a “no brainer” – if you protect predators and hurt kids by hiding known and suspected crimes, you will be out of a job.

Sadly, even now, that message is virtually never sent. With only a handful of exceptions, Catholic staffers who act recklessly, callously and deceitfully with the safety of kids are virtually never disciplined by officials like you. So sadly, the same hurtful patterns of complicity - that have been so thoroughly exposed, so extensively documented and so widely criticized – continue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Pedovereniging Martijn per direct verboden: opluchting of schijnveiligheid?

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

Door: Marjan van den Berg − 27/06/12

De vereniging voor pedofielen, Martijn, is vanochtend door de rechtbank in Assen verboden. Is dat goed nieuws, of een bedrieglijke bescherming voor kinderen? .

Uit de uitspraak van de rechtbank Assen:
'(...)De Vereniging Martijn creëert of draagt daarmee bij aan het bestaan van een subcultuur waarbinnen seksuele handelingen tussen volwassenen en kinderen als normaal en acceptabel gelden. Daarmee tast de Vereniging Martijn de rechten van kinderen aan. De bescherming van de seksuele integriteit van kinderen vormt onmiskenbaar één van de meest wezenlijke beginselen van onze rechtsorde.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

PA - Victims want Philly Catholic official defrocked

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[SNAP's letter to Archbishop Chaput]

Posted by David Clohessy on June 27, 2012

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Philadelphia’s Catholic archbishop to start defrocking a high-ranking church official who was convicted last week of endangering children by refusing to report known and suspected child sex crimes.

Leaders of SNAP are writing Archbishop Charles Chaput asking him to initiate the process of “laicizing” Msgr. William Lynn. On Friday, Lynn became the first American Catholic staffer ever found guilty of enabling predator priests to be quietly sent to unsuspecting parishes where they molested again.

Since the jury verdict, Chaput has given no indication as to whether he plans to discipline Lynn.

“No reasonable person can deny that, for more than a decade, Msgr. Lynn ignored, concealed and enabled child sex crimes,” says SNAP’s letter. “Lynn repeatedly refused, in dozens of cases, to call police even once about known or suspected child sex crimes.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

UNITED STATES
The Deacon's Bench

June 27, 2012 By Deacon Greg Kandra

That’s the statement being put out by Priests for Life:

We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world.

We were confident all along that a just decision would be made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy. While we fully agree that Bishop Zurek has rightful authority over the priests of his diocese, we also see the urgent need for Father Pavone to be allowed to conduct his priestly ministry outside the diocese of Amarillo for the good of the pro-life movement.


However, last week, Bishop Zurek had this to say:

In its decree of May 18, 2012, the Congregation for the Clergy has sustained Father Frank A. Pavone’s appeal of his suspension from ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo and his appointment from me on October 4, 2011 as Chaplain of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in Channing, Texas. Father Pavone is to continue his ministry as chaplain until further notice. As a gesture of good will, I will grant permission to him in individual cases, based upon their merits, to participate in pro-life events with the provision that he and I must be in agreement beforehand as to his role and function.

All other matters are outside the purview of this statement.

Amarillo, Texas, June 20, 2012

+Most Rev. Patrick J. Zurek, STL, DD
Bishop of Amarillo

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

PA - House arrest for convicted Philly Catholic official? SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Karen Polesir on June 26, 2012

We believe Msgr. Lynn being behind bars is just, and helps end current cover ups and deter future ones, both inside and outside the church.

Before making a decision next week about his fate, we hope the judge does thorough research into the hundreds of predator priests who've crossed or been sent across national boundaries. We hope she bases her ruling on the past behavior - not future promises - of Catholic officials.

We're less concerned about the short term and more concerned about the long term. What we really want is for Lynn to get the maximum sentence and for prosecutors to retry Fr. Brennan and pursue other charges against other complicit staff in the hierarchy. That's the best way, we feel, to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Vatican bank to choose Gotti Tedeschi’s successor

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Vatican bank’s supervisory council has met and reported to the commission overseeing the bank’s activities, led by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

The first board meeting since the vote of no-confidence in the Vatican bank’s (IOR) former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on 24 May, took place today. Current members of the board include Vice-President, Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz who acts as interim president, Carl Anderson, Antonio Maria Marocco and Manuel Soto Serrano.

One of the themes of the meeting, a communiqué explains, is “the identification of internationally recognised criteria for professionalism and experience, ahead of the selection of the bank’s new president.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Een heksenjacht op pedoseksualiteit

NEDERLAND
Ruard Ganzevoort blogt

De vereniging Martijn is omstreden, daarmee is niets te veel gezegd. De club is gericht op de acceptatie van (seksuele) relaties tussen ouderen en kinderen. Het CDA grijpt de veroordeling van de voorzitter wegens het bezit van kinderporno aan om op een verbod aan te dringen. Het is echter zeer de vraag of dat verstandig is. Voor de strijd tegen seksueel misbruik kon het wel eens averechts werken.

De discussie over pedoseksualiteit is in de loop van de jaren een paar keer totaal verschoven (zie mijn artikel ‘tussen trauma en tolerantie‘ voor die ontwikkeling binnen de kerken). In de jaren zeventig en tachtig werd vooral gestreefd naar tolerantie en begrip. Het taboe moest doorbroken worden. De voortrekkers van deze tolerantie meenden zelfs dat het grootste probleem de reactie van de maatschappij is en niet de seksuele contacten zelf. Twintig jaar later is van dat streven naar acceptatie weinig over. Bijna niemand durft het op te nemen voor pedoseksualiteit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Woman claims exorcism turned to sexual abuse

ARLINGTON (VA)
Fox 8

June 27, 2012, by Joe Borlik

RICHMOND, Va. — A woman who claims a priest molested her during a more than two-year exorcism is suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

The lawsuit in Arlington County Circuit Court also names Bishop Paul Loverde and Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc. as defendants. It seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

The complaint said the woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur in 2008 for spiritual help. Euteneur was president of HLI, an anti-abortion ministry, and also performed exorcisms.

The lawsuit claims Euteneur’s sessions with the woman frequently involved inappropriate touching and directing her to undress. The complaint said Euteneur explained passionate kisses as “blowing the Holy Spirit” into her

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Priest acquitted of indecent assault

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Wednesday 27 June 2012

A priest cleared of indecently assaulting a teenage girl has said the allegation had “a devastating impact” on his life.

A jury at Derry Crown Court found Father Eugene Boland (66), of Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh not guilty by majority verdict on all five charges of indecent assault on the girl of around 14 years old in the parochial house of St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992. There were cheers from Fr Boland’s supporters as the verdict was delivered following an eight day trial and several hours of deliberation by the jury of four men and eight women.

In a statement read on the cleric’s behalf by solicitor Kevin McGuigan outside Derry courthouse, Fr Boland said he now hopes to return to his ministry which was suspended by the Catholic Church when the allegations first arose two years ago.

“As a result of the allegation I have had to step back from my ministry as a priest. I have been a priest for 42 years and look forward to returning to my ministry as soon as possible with my reputation and good name restored.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Fr Eugene Boland found not guilty of indecent assault

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A Donegal-born priest has been cleared of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a parochial house in Galliagh, Londonderry, 20 years ago.

Fr Eugene Boland, of Killyclogher Road in Omagh, was acquitted of all five charges by a jury at Londonderry Crown Court after an eight-day trial.

Two women who clapped and cheered after the verdict were warned they could face contempt of court proceedings

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Bloodied Priest Suffered Head, Body Injuries, Witness Testifies

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

Two Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies found a bloodied, bruised and lacerated priest when they arrived at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May 2010 following a 911 call reporting an assault.

Deputies Rick Chaeff and Jonathan Seaton took the stand Tuesday afternoon during the trial of William Lynch, a San Francisco man accused of beating Rev. Jerold Lindner, who the defendant claims raped and sodomized him and his younger brother while on camping trips to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1975.

Chaeff's account came after prosecutor Vicki Gemetti showed him several photographs of Lindner depicting injuries to the right side of his face, back of his head, his left ear, and his thigh area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

VIDEO: William Lynch Attorneys Say Priest's Injury Was Minor

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

After Tuesday's deliberations in the William Lynch Los Gatos priest-beating trial, defense attorneys Pat Harris and Paul Mones walked out of the San Jose Hall of Justice to challenge the testimony by a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy.

On the witness stand, Rick Chaeff testified that Father Jerold Lindner had suffered several bruises and one laceration above his left eye that bled heavily. However, Harris said he believed the injury to be minor and amounted to one cut.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Schuldig verzuim

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
De Redactie (Belgie)

[Summary: Criminal neglect. Why a decision taken by a court in Philadelphia is important to victims of sexual abuse in Belgium]

"Monsignor William J. Lynn, de voormalige rechterhand van kardinaal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, werd vrijdag 22 juni 2012 in Philadelphia schuldig bevonden aan het in gevaar brengen van kinderen en wordt zo officieel de eerste vertegenwoordiger van de Katholieke kerk in de Verenigde Staten die veroordeeld werd wegens het verzwijgen van seksueel misbruik door priesters waarvoor hij verantwoordelijk was. Hij riskeert 3,5 tot 7 jaar cel.

Het verdict wordt door zowel het Openbaar Ministerie als door de slachtofferorganisaties in de VS als een keerpunt beschouwd in de benadering van schandalen rond seksueel misbruik die de Katholieke Kerk sinds jaren belasten. Belgische slachtoffers voelen het precies zo aan.

Dit alles kadert binnen een jarenlange strijd voor gerechtigheid met als doel de kerkelijke oversten verantwoordelijk te stellen voor het verstoppen en verzwijgen van bewijsmateriaal en het stiekem en schaamteloos verplaatsen van pedofiele priesters naar parochies of instellingen die het verleden van de daders niet kennen. Waar ze echter onbezwaard kunnen hervallen in hun oude gewoontes en opnieuw een gevaar vormen voor kinderen waarmee ze in contact komen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to sell Ventnor villa

VENTNOR (NJ)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Amy S. Rosenberg
Inquirer Staff Writer

VENTNOR, N.J. - The sight of elderly Catholic priests rocking in wicker chairs outside the grand oceanfront home on Princeton Avenue has been a familiar part of this seaside town for nearly a half-century.

But that era is about to come to an abrupt close after an order by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to shut the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 19-room vacation home at the Shore by Saturday and put it up for sale.

"It's not listed with a broker yet, but will be soon," archdiocesan spokesman Kenneth Gavin said of the property at 114 S. Princeton, which stretches a full block along the Boardwalk and is assessed at $6.2 million.

The retired priests who had planned a stay at Villa St. Joseph by the Sea were recently told that their reservations would be canceled as of Saturday, the end of the archdiocese's fiscal year. Facing a $17 million operating deficit and a price tag of at least $11.6 million for its response to the 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse, the archdiocese has been engaged in massive restructuring, cost-cutting, and selling of assets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Kirche predigt Achtsamkeit

DEUTSCHLAND
SVZ

Keine besonderen Geschenke für den Lieblingsministranten, kein gemeinsames Duschen von Kindern und Betreuern im Zeltlager, keine "herausgehobenen, intensiven freundschaftlichen Beziehungen" zwischen Erziehern und Schutzbefohlenen. Nach dem Missbrauchsskandal, der seit 2010 die katholische Kirche bundesweit erschütterte, setzt das katholische Erzbistum Hamburg verstärkt auf Vorbeugung.

Erzbischof Werner Thissen, zu dessen Diözese auch die 40 000 Mecklenburger Katholiken zählen, hat eine "Präventionsordnung" erlassen, die künftig in allen 95 Pfarrgemeinden, den 315 Sozialeinrichtungen und 24 Schulen seines Bistums gelten soll. Gestern wurde sie in Hamburg der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Für Vorpommern, das in der katholischen Kirche zum Erzbistum Berlin gehört, hatte Erzbischof Rainer Maria Kardinal Woelki bereits im April ein Dokument in Kraft gesetzt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Erzbistum – Offensive gegen sexuellen Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Eine Präventionsordnung des Hamburger Erzbistums soll Übergriffe auf Kinder und Jugendliche verhindern. Mehr als 6000 haupt- und ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiter müssen an zweitägigen Schulungen teilnehmen. Von Edgar S. Hasse

Tausende haupt- und ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiter des Erzbistums Hamburg werden in den nächsten Monaten zwei Tage lang geschult, um sexuellem Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche vorzubeugen. Die Schulungen gehören zur Strategie einer jetzt von Erzbischof Werner Thissen in Kraft gesetzten kircheninternen Präventionsordnung. Damit zieht das Erzbistum Hamburg Konsequenzen aus den Missbrauchsfällen bei Kindern, Jugendlichen und erwachsenen Schutzbefohlenen.

Nach Angaben von Domkapitular und Personalchef Ansgar Thim wurde inzwischen ein Priester wegen Missbrauchsverdachts suspendiert. Zwei weitere Verfahren werden derzeit im Vatikan geprüft. Den Geistlichen droht möglicherweise die Rückversetzung in den Laienstand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

"Kinder sind unsere Gegenwart"

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

"Wir hören oft den Satz „Kinder sind unsere Zukunft“. Ich möchte den Satz etwas umformulieren: Kinder sind unsere Gegenwart." (Zitat Generalvikar Holkenbrink")

- ein gewagtes Zitat aus dem Bistum Trier, wenn man bedenkt, dass mehrere Priester, denen sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen wird, die sexualisierte Gewalt angewandt haben oder sich im Besitz kinderpornografischen Materials befanden, im Bistum Trier weiterhin Sakramente spenden, Messen zelebrieren, in Alten- und Pflegeheimen sowie in Krankenhäusern als "Seelsorger" arbeiten dürfen und tagtäglich Kontakt zu unseren Kindern und Jugendlichen haben...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Die Zeit für die Opfer drängt

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, hat den Bundestag zur schnellen Umsetzung des "Gesetzes zur Stärkung der Rechte von Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs" (StORMG) aufgefordert. "Beim StORMG läuft uns die Zeit davon", sagte er. Der Entwurf liege bereits seit Ende 2011 im Rechtsausschuss. Rörig sagte, die Verjährungsfristen von nur drei Jahren liefen für zivilrechtliche Schadenersatzansprüche weiter. "Ich befürchte, dass es in dieser Legislaturperiode eher nicht mehr klappt." Rörig forderte ein breites gesellschaftliches Bündnis gegen sexuelle Gewalt. "Ich möchte, dass man mit dem Thema genauso ernsthaft umgeht wie mit den Gefahren für Kinder im Straßenverkehr", sagte Rörig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Der ehemalige katholische Pfarrer ...

SCHWEIZ
20 Minuten

Der ehemalige katholische Pfarrer von Aadorf TG wurde wegen sexueller Handlungen mit einem Kind verurteilt. Mehrere weitere Teilverfahren wurden eingestellt.

Die Thurgauer Staatsanwaltschaft hat gegen den ehemaligen katholischen Pfarrer von Aadorf einen Strafbefehl wegen sexueller Handlungen mit Kindern erlassen. Mehrere Teilverfahren wurden eingestellt. Der Schweizer sass 2010 einen Monat in Untersuchungshaft.

Die umfangreiche Untersuchung hätten bestätigt, dass es in der Zeit von 1999 bis 2010 zwischen dem Beschuldigten und mehreren Jugendlichen zu körperlichen Kontakten gekommen sei, heisst es in der Mitteilung der Thurgauer Staatsanwaltschaft vom Mittwoch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Diocese of Orange settles clergy abuse case for $2 million on eve of trial

CALIFORNIA
KYPost

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange settled a clergy abuse lawsuit for $2 million on the day of trial, an attorney for the plaintiff said.

The settlement was reached at 9:30 p.m. Monday after hours of negotiations, attorney Vince Finaldi said.

It resolves a civil lawsuit filed by a 41-year-old decorated Air Force combat pilot who alleged that former Monsignor Michael Harris molested him in 1986, when he was a student at Mater Dei Catholic High School and Harris was principal there.

Harris has never been charged criminally and denies the allegations. His attorney, James Ingram, did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Study: Alaska Native children greatly touched by cycle of violence

ALASKA
Alaska Dispatch

Alex DeMarban | Jun 26, 2012

Heart-wrenching rates of Alaska Native children witness domestic or sexual violence, and many are victims themselves, troubling facts that mean the cycle of abuse is poised to continue, experts say.

That's one of the takeaways from a newly published database called Healthy Native Families: Preventing Violence At All Ages. It's a warehouse of information harvested from recent reports that drills down on the problem among Alaska Natives statewide.

Consider:
•Native mothers of 3-year-olds are eight times more likely than non-Natives to report that their child had witnessed violence or abuse, according to a 2009 state survey. ...

Elsie Boudreau, a survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, works with abused Native children at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. A Yup'ik, she provides cultural education and support for child abuse victims and families as part of a response team that includes police, social workers and others.

She said Alaska Native children are disproportionately seen at the program, known as Alaska Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services, or Alaska CARES. Of 900 children who received services last year, 40 percent were Alaska Natives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Lynn conditionally approved to be released to house arrest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

After five nights of solitary confinement at Philadelphia's largest prison, Msgr. William J. Lynn has hope for a brief respite before he is sentenced to up to seven years for his role in the Catholic Church sex-abuse case.

Following an often-tense hour-long hearing, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Tuesday conditionally approved releasing the 61-year-old cleric to house arrest at the Northeast Philadelphia home of an in-law until he is sentenced on Aug. 13.

But Sarmina delayed Lynn's release until a July 5 hearing while lawyers research her questions about options if he were to flee.

Lynn might have to remain at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility even after July 5, prosecutors said, because of an inmate waiting list for the electronic-monitoring ankle bracelets used to ensure that someone on house arrest stays put.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Woman claims sexual abuse from priest

ARLINGTON (VA)
WAVY

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A woman who claims a priest molested her during a more than two-year exorcism is suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

The lawsuit in Arlington County Circuit Court also names Bishop Paul Loverde and Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc. as defendants. It seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

The complaint says the woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur (ET'-en-our) in 2008 for spiritual help. Euteneur was president of HLI, an anti-abortion ministry, and also performed exorcisms.

According to the lawsuit, Euteneur's sessions with the woman frequently involved inappropriate touching and directing her to undress. The complaint says Euteneur explained passionate kisses as "blowing the Holy Spirit" into her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

June 26, 2012

The Vatican Bank: The Most Secret Bank In the World

ITALY
Forbes

By Avi Jorisch

Italian prosecutors have now detained the former head of the Vatican’s bank after searching his home and former office for suspected criminal behavior. Catholics and followers of the Holy See will be disappointed to learn that the Vatican’s bank appears to be embroiled in yet another financial scandal. After a number of very embarrassing episodes in recent years, the Pope pledged to comply with international standards on illicit finance and clean up the bank’s image. The European Union has an important role to play in helping the Vatican mitigate risk and come into full compliance; the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), set up by the G-7 to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, has a responsibility as well.

The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held financial institution located inside Vatican City. Founded in 1942, the IOR’s role is to safeguard and administer property intended for works of religion or charity. The bank accepts deposits only from top Church officials and entities, according to Italian legal scholar Settimio Caridi. It is run by a president but overseen by five cardinals who report directly to the Vatican and the Vatican’s secretary of state. Because so little is known about the bank’s daily operations and transactions, it has often been called “the most secret bank in the world.”

The bank’s president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, a well-known and well-regarded figure throughout European banking and social circles, was effectively sacked when the board passed a unanimous “no-confidence” vote in late May. Hired in 2009 with the hope that he would clear the IOR’s reputation, he was fired, according to the Vatican announcement, because he failed to fulfill the “primary functions of his office.” Tedeschi echoed this when he told prosecutors that he came to the office only two days a week, spending the vast majority of his time as the head of Spain’s Banco Santander office in Milan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Schram: Criminal cover-ups of pedophilia

UNITED STATES
Ventura County Star

By Martin Schram

Posted June 26, 2012

Like planets and stars, two huge news masses with much in common hurtled for years through their independent orbits until — in a happening far more rare than a lunar eclipse — they unpredictably came into perfect alignment last Friday.

In the same news cycle on the same day in the same state, two juries announced two guilty verdicts in two totally unrelated court cases that were both rooted in the same shameful subject: the sexual abuse of children by trusted iconic figures of institutional authority.

One case was the focus of monumental news coverage, and it may be the only verdict you really know about: Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State University assistant football coach and founder of a celebrated program helping disadvantaged boys, was convicted of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

But it was the other case that was of truly monumental significance, historically, legally, culturally and ecclesiastically. For the first time in the United States, a senior official of the Roman Catholic Church was convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests he supervised.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM

Editorial: Verdict on the Catholic Church

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Dallas Morning News

The conviction of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, took place on the very same day last week that a jury in Philadelphia delivered a devastating verdict against the Catholic Church. Both cases involved sex abuse of minors by men whose horrific crimes, to a great degree, were facilitated by an institutional failure to protect vulnerable children.

Sandusky, for understandable reasons, received the national headlines. But the case in Philadelphia merits equal, if not greater, attention because it represents the first time that a senior official of the Catholic Church was held responsible for the abuse carried out by priests under his supervision.

The conviction of Monsignor William Lynn on a single charge of endangering a child was rightly hailed as a significant victory by victims of abuse by priests and their advocates, who for years have complained that the Catholic Church itself was often complicit in the crimes. As secretary for clergy at the Philadelphia archdiocese, historically one of the most important in the country, Lynn was like many church administrators in that he knew the histories of abusive priests and yet did nothing to prevent them from preying on children.

The significance of the verdict in Philadelphia, however, does not end with Lynn’s conviction. Evidence produced in the case offers indisputable proof that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, an ecclesiastical prince of the Catholic Church and the head of the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1988 to 2003, was equally guilty of endangering children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM

Philadelphia priest remains jailed because of flight risk

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Brian Roewe on Jun. 26, 2012 NCR Today

For the time being, Msgr. William Lynn will remain in jail.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina has given conditional approval to release the 61-year-old convicted priest to house arrest, but the final decision will wait until lawyers can research what would happen should Lynn attempt to flee.

That plan could keep Lynn jailed until at least July 5.

The former secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese was convicted on one of three charges -- one count of child endangerment -- brought against him for his role in supervising priests accused of abuse, and was acquitted on charges of conspiracy and another count of child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Philadelphia Monsignor May Be Granted House Arrest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

By Kristen Byrne

PHILADELPHIA -
A decision has yet to be made on whether a Roman Catholic official convicted of child endangerment will be released on house arrest until his sentencing hearing.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina indicated she might release Monsignor William Lynn on house arrest while he awaits sentencing if the Vatican agrees they will not harbor him in the event he flees the country.

Lynn's defense insists he's not a flight risk and want him on house arrest while he awaits his sentencing. His passport was surrendered to the court on Tuesday.

"Get the hell out of here, he's not going to the Vatican," defense attorney Tom Bergstrom said after the hearing. "That's ridiculous."

The prosecution argued for Lynn to stay in jail, citing an article that 35 priests have fled during criminal cases. However, most of these were before their criminal trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Judge Worried About Monsignor Hiding Out At Vatican

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina wants Msgr. William J. Lynn to sign an extradition waiver before she'll consider letting him out of jail on house arrest.

The judge told lawyers in the case that she's worried about the monsignor fleeing the Commonwealth to hide out at the Vatican. If the monsignor wants to get out of jail, he'll have to sign the extradition waiver first. Then if he subsequently becomes a fugitive and is captured on Vatican soil, he cannot legally fight extradition back to the U.S.

Sounds like a plot for a TV potboiler, right? But the judge was serious, and so Lynn agreed to the request. The judge was crabbier than usual as she repeatedly lit into defense lawyer Jeff Lindy for mistakenly telling her last week that the monsignor does not have a passport. He does, although on Tuesday, the monsignor handed his passport over to the judge before he went back to jail.

The judge got things started at the hearing over house arrest by telling lawyers on both sides of the case that she wanted them to be civil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Will Lynch trial update: Expert says Lynch's phone made 8 calls from near attack site

CALIFORNIA
Mercury News

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/26/2012

A wireless communications expert this morning testified Will Lynch's cell phone made a number of calls from near a Jesuit retirement center the day he allegedly beat a priest.

Jim Cook said Lynch's cell phone made eight calls from the Los Gatos-Campbell area, in the area of the Sacred Heart center, on the same day when Rev. Jerold Lindner was attacked, May 10, 2010.

The calls were made between 2:36 p.m. and 3:04 p.m., Cook said. Earlier in the day, the phone was used to call the center from San Francisco, where Lynch lives.

On cross of the prosecution's Modesto-based wireless expert, Lynch's lead attorney Pat Harris went on the attack.

First, he asked how much Cook was being paid, a standard question typically lobbed by both sides.

Cook said $175 an hour, or a little over $6,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Lynch trial continues without priest's testimony

CALIFORNIA
KGO

Amy Hollyfield

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- There was another legal setback Tuesday morning for the man charged with assaulting a priest he claims molested him and his brother as children. William Lynch's attorneys had asked for a mistrial but the motion was denied.

Lynch's parents apparently sighed as the judge announced the decision and they were scolded by the bailiff for reacting in court.

Lynch is on trial for felony assault. He is accused of beating Father Jerry Lindner, who he says repeatedly raped him as a child.

The district attorney's office put Lindner on the stand last week, but not before telling jurors that he would likely lie and deny the molestation. The priest did just that. The defense then asked for a mistrial, calling it perjury. Monday, the prosecution argued it was only being honest and upfront with the court. The judge said that the defense can't prove with 100 percent certainty that Lindner lied because he was never charged nor convicted of molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Berlin Priest Accused Of Sexual Talk With More Boys, Possessing Child Porn

BERLIN (CT)
The Hartford Courant

By DAVID OWENS, dowens@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

5:00 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2012

BERLIN —
A priest already facing felony charges that he engaged in sexual talk with young boys is facing additional charges, including possession of child pornography and four more case of the priest having sexually charged conversations with young boys.

The new charges arose out of searches of the hard drives of the Rev. Michael Miller's three computers, which were seized by police at the time of Miller's initial arrest on July 12, 2011.

Police said a search by forensic examiners at the New Britain police department turned up evidence of chats via Facebook with two 16-year-old boys, a 17-year-old boy, three 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy. Police focused their efforts on the Facebook chats with the boys younger than 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

The bill that supports child sex offenders, and the bills, A2405 and S1651, that would stop them

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Jamie Tripp Utitus/Parental Guidance

When Todd Kostrub, of Surf City, LBI, finally came to terms with the years of abuse that he suffered under the hands of a Franciscan Clergyman, he spoke to his family and brother-in-law who was a Seargent in the NJ State Police. He was 31. The police went to clergyman, Brother Munn of Holy Assumption Church in Roebling.

Surprisingly, when Brother Munn was detained, he confessed to everything, even particular instances of abuse that Todd had managed to block out after all these years.Todd was surprised by the confession, to say the least. But something even more surprising happened a few hours after Munn was detained. Munn was released.

According to a N.J. statute, a victim of abuse has to report the incident two years from the day they turn 18. In order to stop this predator, Kostrub would need to have reported the abuse 11 years earlier. That would mean about a day after the abuse stopped and Kostrub left for college, give or take a few hours,he would have needed to march down to the station and file a report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Judah Christian Community Church Statement on Sexual Abuse Allegations

OHIO
ABC 6

Judah Christian Community Church sent a statement regarding the sexual abuse allegations that one teenager and his mother has revealed to ABC 6 / FOX 28.

Camp Impact Vision:
Impact Camp exists to provide a fun and safe environment where students can encounter God and build godly relationships with each other.

Statement:
As senior pastor of Judah Christian Community, I was heartbroken when I received word on Friday morning of this serious incident.

I am grateful for the student's quick reporting of this incident, for the Impact Camp leadership contacting the authorities, and the fast actions taken by the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Scandalo sessuale nella Chiesa Il Vaticano rimuove il fondatore della comunità Villar

ITALIA
QN

Rovigo, 22 giugno 2012 - Nuovo scandalo sessuale nella Chiesa. Il Vaticano, nell'organo del Pontificio Consiglio per i laici, ha rimosso dal suo incarico il 73enne padre Luigi Prandin, missionario e fondatore della comunita’ di Villaregia (Rovigo). Il religioso è accusato di ‘’gravi atti immorali nei confronti di alcune missionarie’’, avvenuti in passato. Il sospetto e’ che si tratti di abusi sessuali nei confronti di donne impegnate nelle missioni gestite dalla comunita’ polesana in Sud America.

Ma l'azione del Vaticano non si è conclusa con questo atto. Ad essere rimossa dal suo incarico è stata anche la co-fondatrice laica della comunita’, la 61enne Maria Luigia Corona. La donna lavora assieme a padre Luigi dal 1981. Secondo quanto trapela dal riserbo dei missionari, la donna sarebbe stata a conoscenza dei ‘’gravi atti immorali’’ imputati a Prandin, ma li avrebbe taciuti, per coprirlo.

Acepta Papa renuncia de obispo cariñoso argentino

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Excelsior

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO, 26 de junio.- El Papa Benedicto XVI aceptó hoy la renuncia anticipada del obispo argentino Fernando Bargalló, tras la publicación en la prensa de unas comprometedoras fotografías suyas con una mujer en el balneario mexicano de Cancún.

En un comunicado la sala de prensa del Vaticano informó que la renuncia fue acogida según el apartado 402.2 del Código de Derecho Canónico, la ley fundamental de la Iglesia, que considera dimisiones anticipadas de prelados por enfermedad o “causas de fuerza mayor”.

El pontífice designó como administrador apostólico de la diócesis de Merlo-Moreno, hasta ahora pastoreada por Bargalló, a Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto, obispo emérito de la diócesis de San Isidro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

El romance acabó con el obispo

ARGENTINA
El Pais (Espana)

El Papa Benedicto XVI aceptó ayer la renuncia del presidente de Cáritas Latinoamérica, Fernando Bargalló, a su cargo de obispo de la diócesis de Merlo-Moreno, dos municipios pobres de la periferia oeste de Buenos Aires. Después de que se difundieran la semana pasada unas fotos de Bargalló bañándose en la playa con una mujer, el obispo reconoció el romance y dimitió el viernes por tratarse de una “causa grave”, según el Código de Derecho Canónico.

El prelado, de 57 años, no era progresista ni ultraconservador. Era de una línea moderada, fiel a Roma, pero tolerante con curas tercermundistas, con un compromiso social que lo llevó a enfrentarse con políticos. El viaje con su amante a un hotel de lujo en México en 2011 ha puesto en tela de juicio su austeridad, pero también ha demostrado que alguien quería arruinarle la carrera y lo siguió en todo su periplo. ¿Quién fue y por qué guardó las fotos casi un año y medio? No se sabe. El obispo se defendió ante la Nunciatura Apostólica (embajada del Vaticano) acusando de difamación al alcalde de Merlo, Raúl Othacehé.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

El Vaticano acepta la renuncia del obispo Bargalló

ARGENTINA
El Dia

El Papa Benedicto XVI aceptó la dimisión del titular de la diócesis de Merlo-Moreno, monseñor Fernando María Bargalló, involucrado en un escándalo por la publicación de unas fotografías que lo vinculan sentimentalmente con una empresaria, de quien dijo ser "amigo de toda la vida".

Además, el Santo Padre nombró Administrador Apostólico -ad nutum Sanctae Sedis- de esa diócesis a monseñor Alcides Jorge Casaretto, de 75 años, obispo emérito de San Isidro y ex presidente de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Social.

Esto quiere decir que Casaretto permanecerá en el cargo de Administrador Apostólico hasta que la Santa Sede designe al nuevo obispo diocesano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Pope accepts Bishop Bargallo's resignation

‎ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Herald

The Vatican said today it accepts the resignation tendered by Argentine bishop Fernando María Bargallo, who was caught living an alleged affaire with a woman in a Mexican beach resort, in the latest of a string of sex scandals that hit the Catholic church.

Monsignor Bargallo, bishop of Greater Buenos Aires districts of Merlo and Moreno since 1997, was forced to tender his resignation after photographs emerged this month showing him embracing a blonde a woman at a luxury resort in Mexico.

Bargallo, 57, has allegedly admitted to having "love ties" with the woman he was seen embracing in the waters of a hotel swimming pool, who's been indicated as a single (divorced) owner of a restaurant in the exclusive City area of Las Cañitas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Bishop resigns after being caught cavorting with woman on beach

VATICAN CITY
Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop who was caught cavorting with a blonde, bikini-clad woman on a Mexican beach.

Bishop Fernando Bargallo, 57, was forced to hand in his resignation after photographs emerged this month showing him frolicking and embracing the woman at a luxury resort in Mexico.

Bargallo, who led the Argentine diocese of Merlo-Moreno outside Buenos Aires since May 1997, has reportedly admitted to having "amorous ties" with the woman he is seen embracing in the water, thought to be a divorced restaurant owner.

He had initially claimed she was just a longtime friend.

The news broke as the Vatican ousted the founder of an Italian mission for "serious immoral behaviour," after it emerged he had sex with female missionaries during a posting in South America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Pope accepts Argentina bishop's resignation

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an Argentinean bishop who admitted a romantic relationship with a woman photographed with him on a beach in Mexico.

The resignation of Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, the diocese west of Buenos Aires, was accepted June 26 under a provision of canon law allowing bishops to resign if they become unsuited for their office for a “grave reason.”

The Pope has appointed Bishop emeritus Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto of San Isidro as apostolic administrator of Merlo-Moreno.

Last week, photos were published showing the 57-year-old Bishop Bargallo and a woman on a beach in Mexico. He initially acknowledged that the photos were of him but said that the woman was only a “childhood friend.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 26 June 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina, presented by Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law, appointing Bishop Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto, emeritus of the diocese of San Isidro, Argentina, as apostolic administrator "ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of Merlo-Moreno.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Monsignor Fernando Maria Bargallo Quits, Argentinian Bishop Seen Frolicking With Woman

VATICAN CITY/ARGENTINA
Huffington Post

[with video]

By NICOLE WINFIELD 06/26/12

VATICAN CITY -- The pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop photographed frolicking on a Mexican beach with a woman, one of several personnel changes announced Tuesday by the Vatican before the pontiff heads off for summer vacation.

Monsignor Fernando Maria Bargallo, bishop of Merlo-Moreno outside Buenos Aires, initially denied having had any improper relationship with the woman, whom he described as a childhood friend. But the 57-year-old Bargallo later decided to step down under the church rule that lets bishops retire before age 75 if they're found to be unfit for office.

Photographs of the encounter were broadcast on television last week and have been circulating on the Internet.

The resignation was one of several personnel changes announced Tuesday by the Vatican before the pope leaves next week for Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence in the hills south of Rome. The Vatican frequently announces a rash of personnel moves before the pope leaves town and the Vatican slows down for the summer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:50 PM

Breaking News: Victim of Father Thomas Euteneuer Files Suit

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Breaking news, thanks to this press release by David Clohessy of SNAP: a woman who alleges sexual abuse by Father Thomas Euteneuer, formerly head of the pro-life organization Human Life International, has sued the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia, its Bishop Paul Loverde, and Human Life International for, as she alleges, covering up sexual abuse she says she endured as Euteneuer performed exorcisms on her.

The suit claims that the defendants knew that the rite of exorcism should not be performed by a priest acting alone and with no observers--and that this did, indeed, happen in her case, as Euteneuer, who told her that her case was "severe," took her to a bedroom where he lay with her all night, touching her, and "blowing the Holy Spirit" into her with passionate kisses. I'll spare readers other details of subsequent exorcism sessions that are provided in the preceding article, and which the plaintiff alleges involved physical violation under the guise of exorcism that became more intense.

She is also alleging that because Euteneuer knew she had kept a journal chronicling her interaction with him, he asked to keep the journal in a safe place for her and then informed her he had burnt it, and searched her house for other journals she might have kept. She also maintains that Euteneuer remained in his position at Human Life International for two months after she described in detail his violation of her to a priest of the Arlington diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Judge may release Pa. monsignor, if Vatican will honor extradition waiver if he flees

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
In-Forum

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, The Associated Press - PHILADELPHIA

A judge might release a convicted Roman Catholic priest to await sentencing if the Vatican will honor his waiver of extradition if he flees.

Monsignor William Lynn could be released on house arrest if the conditions are met. The judge also would double his bail to $100,000. The judge will reconsider Lynn's request for release July 5.

Lynn is set for sentencing Aug. 13 after he was convicted of felony child endangerment.

He faces about 3-1/2 to seven years in prison. His lawyers say he is not a flight risk.

Prosecutors say at least 35 priests have fled during criminal cases, but most apparently fled before trial, often to their native country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

House arrest for Monsignor Lynn?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
dotCommonweal

June 26, 2012

Posted by Paul Moses

Having spent about eight years as a reporter covering various court beats, I was surprised when Monsignor William Lynn was jailed immediately after his conviction on a charge of child endangerment. The practice I’ve witnessed countless times, except for gangsters, drug dealers and other violent criminals, is for the defendant to be free on bail pending sentencing. And even then, the judges I covered – some very tough judges in the federal court – often allowed defendants to remain free pending appeal.

At a hearing in Philadelphia today, prosecutor Patrick Blessington came up with a surprise piece of information to support his call for Lynn to remain in jail pending his Aug. 13 sentencing: a Chicago Tribune article reporting that since 1985, some 32 priests who were charged or under investigation in child-abuse cases fled the country. Only five returned to face trial.

I hadn’t caught that troubling story when it ran in March and, as the Philadelphia Inquirer makes clear, neither had Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who “appeared to be taken aback.”

Blessington warned her that the Vatican doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S., implying that Lynn could find refuge there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Judge OKs Lynn's home confinement

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

Updated 12:35 p.m.:

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina has given conditional approval to the idea of house arrest for Msgr. William J. Lynn, who was convicted last week of child endangerment in a Catholic sex-abuse scandal. But Lynn will have to remain in jail until at least a scheduled July 5 hearing on several legal issues the judge asked the lawyers to research.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Convicted monsignor to remain jailed until July 5

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A Philadelphia judge has given conditional approval to a plan that would release Msgr. William J. Lynn on house arrest pending his sentencing for child endangerment in the Catholic church sex-abuse case.

But Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn, 61, must remain in prison at least until a July 5 hearing so lawyers can try to answer what would happen if Lynn were to flee.

Lynn, the first church officially criminally charged for his administrative duties in the landmark sex-abuse trial, was found guilty by a jury on Friday and Sarmina ordered him immediately taken into custody.

Lynn's attorney asked for today's hearing to proposed a monitored house arrest program to allow Lynn to remain out of prison pending his Aug. 13 sentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Judge orders Catholic cleric to remain in jail for now

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 3:46 PM EDT, Tue June 26, 2012

Philadelphia (CNN) -- The highest-ranking Catholic church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark child sexual abuse trial will remain in jail for the time being, a Philadelphia judge ordered Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

The trial marked the first time U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed abuses but church leaders for failing to stop them. Lynn is the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

With Lynn convicted, are civil cases against Philadelphia Archdiocese up next?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

June 26, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

The jurors have spoken in the landmark priest sexual abuse case in Philadelphia. Now what?

In addition to a spate of civil lawsuits, there are also the upcoming trials of the Reverend Charles Engelhardt and former schoolteacher Bernard Shero. The two are accused of molesting the same altar boy and will be tried in the fall.

The jury found Monsignor William Lynn, a former high ranking church official, guilty of one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Jurors found Lynn not guilty on two other charges.

"The civil lawsuits may well be stayed a little bit longer," said Law professor Marci Hamilton is co-counsel in seven cases brought by plaintiffs who allege abuse and cover-up by Philadelphia church officials. "Because there's a case against Engelhardt going forward in the fall and we wouldn't be surprised at all if there were further grand jury charges arising out of some of what we learned during this criminal trial."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Lynn on waiting list for electronic bracelet, but no decision on house arrest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

June 26, 2012
By NewsWorks Staff

Monsignor William Lynn in jail until July 5 at least.

After being convicted last week on one count of child endangerment in a landmark sex abuse trial for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Lynn is hoping to be put on house arrest.

The judge is reviewing the house arrest conditions, including that Lynn double his cash bail to $10,000 on $100,000 bond. Lynn would also sign a waiver acknowledging that if he flees, he could be extradited from any country—including the Vatican, which does not have an extradition treaty with the US.

The judge has not made a decision, but put Lynn in line to receive an electronic bracelet for house arrest; a process that could take several weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

NJ Sex Abuse Law Suit Time Limit Bill – Is It Time To Do Away With 2 Year Limit [POLL]

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

In New Jersey, as the law currently stands, if you’re a victim of sexual abuse, you have 2 years from the time you realize you’ve been sexually abused to file a lawsuit against the individual or institution that carried out the abuse.

A two year limit is way too little.

However according to a recent report: an Assembly panel has approved a bill abolishing 2-year time limit for sex abuse lawsuits… but would allow them to file suit no matter how much time has passed.

In one example in the report,

Todd Kostrub said his seventh birthday was “a big deal” because that was the day he became an altar boy at Holy Assumption Elementary School in Roebling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

VA - High profile ‘exorcist’ priest is sued in VA for abuse

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on June 26, 2012

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer is a manipulative, sick charlatan. He has sexually violated other devout, vulnerable Catholic women. Like Fr. Daniel McGuire and Fr. John Corapi, Fr. Euteneuer travels widely and trades on his charm and charisma to exploit unsuspecting parishioners who are often in awe of his high profile and impressive connections.

Catholic officials rarely supervise or monitor these kinds of predators, making them particularly dangerous.

We are grateful that more victims of Fr. Euteneur are stepping forward. When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance for prevention, healing and justice.

If you were hurt by a priest, suffering in shame, isolation and self-blame won't fix it. Only by stepping forward, speaking up and getting help can you both recover personally and help others. Now is the time to do it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Erzdiözese Wien rechtfertigt sich für die Absetzung eines Dechanten

OSTERREICH
Kreuz

Es genügt, daß ein Wiener Dechant nur äußerlich an der Einheit mit dem Bischof interessiert ist, um im Amt bleiben zu können.

(kreuz.net, Wien) Am 12. Juni trat Pfarrer Peter Meidinger von der altliberalen ‘Ungehorsam-Initiative’ auf Druck von Homoporn-Kardinal Christoph Schönborn von Wien als Dechant zurück.

Heute verschickte die Erzdiözese Wien dazu eine ausführliche Rechtfertigung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Berliner Pfarrer verzichtet nach Missbrauchsvorwürfen auf sein Amt

DEUTSCHLAND
News

Berlin - Die katholische Kirche in Berlin hat Konsequenzen aus den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen einen Pfarrer aus Reinickendorf gezogen. Der Mann, der in den 90er Jahren einen Jugendlichen missbraucht haben soll, verzichtet auf Wunsch der Kirchenführung künftig auf sein Amt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Missbrauch in der Kirche: 50 Opfer meldeten sich in Hamburg

DEUTSCHLAND
Hamburger Abendblatt

Der Missbrauchsskandal in der katholischen Kirche ist auch an Hamburg nicht vorbeigegangen. Um sexuelle Gewalt in der Kirche künftig zu verhindern, hat das Erzbistum Hamburg – wie bereits andere Diözesen zuvor – Mitte Juni eine Präventionsordnung in Kraft gesetzt. Damit solle eine „Kultur des Hinhörens“ gefördert werden, betonte Domkapitular Ansgar Thim am Dienstag.

+++Neue Missbrauchsfälle - Vorermittlungsverfahren+++

Seit Bekanntwerden des Skandals in der katholischen Kirche haben sich beim Erzbistum Hamburg etwa 50 mögliche Opfer sexueller Gewalt gemeldet. 38 Anträge von Betroffenen seien an die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz in Bonn geleitet worden, sagte Thim. „Wir zahlen dann, wenn die Anträge positiv beschieden werden, 5000 Euro pro Antrag.“ Zusätzlich zu der Entschädigung könne es Therapieleistungen geben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Jour Fixe mit Betroffenen-Initiativen

DEUTSCHLAND
Unabhangige Beauftragte

Der Unabhängige Beauftragte für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, lädt in regelmäßigen Abständen Betroffenen-Initiativen zu einem Gesprächsaustausch nach Berlin ein, um mit ihnen Schwerpunktthemen zu identifizieren, die auch nach Ende des Runden Tisches „Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch“ aus Sicht der Betroffenen im Vordergrund der weiteren Arbeit stehen sollten.

Vier Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der teilnehmenden Betroffenen-Initiativen sind auch in den Fachbeirat beim Unabhängigen Beauftragten berufen worden. Der Fachbeirat begleitet die Arbeit des Unabhängigen Beauftragten und wird Schwerpunktthemen in Hearings vertiefen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Forderung Beteiligung am Runden Tisch

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Offener Brief  an:

Frau Ministerin Prof. Dr. Anette Schavan
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Platz der Republik
1
11011 Berlin
Fax: 030 227 76794

Frau Ministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Bundesministerium der Justiz
Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin
Fax 030 – 227 764 02

Frau Ministerin Dr. Kristina Schröder
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin
Fax: 030 18555 4400

Herr Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig
Unabhängiger Beauftragter für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs
Glinkastraße 24
10117 Berlin
Fax: 030 20655-41551


Forderung Beteiligung am Runden Tisch

Sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Schavan,
sehr geehrte Frau Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,
sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Schröder,
sehr geehrter Herr Rörig,

das Netzwerk Betroffener von sexualisierter Gewalt e.V., kurz netzwerkB, ist eine Vereinigung von und für Menschen, denen sexualisierte Gewalt, oftmals verbunden mit weiteren Formen von psychischer und physischer Gewalt, angetan wurde, einmalig, mehrmalig bis hin zu jahrelang systematisch, im Säuglings-, Kindes-, Jugendlichen- oder Erwachsenenalter. Sie wurde 2010 in Scharbeutz gegründet.

Die Vereinigung arbeitet bundesweit, sie besteht aus einem Bundesvorstand, Landesgruppen und der Mitgliederversammlung. Sie versteht sich als Interessenvertretung der Opfer und ihrer Angehörigen. Sie setzt sich für die Aufklärung und Prävention ein.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Michael Tfirst - Österreichischer Kardinal Hans Hermann Groer (+) und der sexuelle Missbrauch auf (fast) höchster Ebene

OSTERREICH
News4Press.com

Hans Hermann Kardinal Groër OSB * 13. Oktober 1919 in Wien; † 24. März 2003 in St. Pölten war Erzbischof von Wien. Am 27. März 1995 erhob im Nachrichtenmagazin „profil“ Ausgabe 13 < / > 95 ein ehemaliger Schüler Groërs schwere Vorwürfe wegen seinerzeitigen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Jugendlichen gegen den Kardinal. Dieser hüllte sich darauf in Schweigen und trat am 6. April 1995 als Vorsitzender der Bischofskonferenz zurück. Der Vatikan reagierte „diplomatisch“: Groër wurde am 13. April 1995 Christoph Schönborn als Koadjutor-Erzbischof mit dem Recht auf Nachfolge beigestellt und mit Wirkung per 14. September 1995 sein schon am 13. Oktober 1994 – vor der „Affäre Groër“ – aus Altersgründen eingebrachtes Rücktrittsgesuch angenommen. Die Affäre Groër führte in Österreich im März 1995 zu einem Kirchenvolksbegehren. Die Initiative Wir sind Kirche sammelte mehr als 500.000 Unterschriften für eine „grundlegende Erneuerung der Kirche Jesu“. Reformen seien notwendig, um der katholischen Kirche „wieder zu mehr Ansehen und Akzeptanz zu verhelfen“.

Nach dem Rücktritt wegen der Vorwürfe des sexuellen Missbrauches zog sich Groër in das von ihm gegründete Zisterzienserinnenkloster Marienfeld zurück. Am 1. September 1996 übertrug man ihm wieder ein kirchliches Amt als Prior des Hauses St. Josef in Maria Roggendorf, einem Ableger des Stiftes Göttweig, das er allerdings nach anhaltenden Vorwürfen am 5. Januar 1998 ebenfalls aufgeben musste. Nachdem die Bischöfe Christoph Schönborn, Johann Weber, Georg Eder und Egon Kapellari in einer Stellungnahme erklärt hatten, dass sie zur „moralischen Gewissheit“ gelangt wären, dass die Vorwürfe gegen Groër „im Wesentlichen zutreffen“, und nach einer vom Vatikan verordneten Visitation im Stift Göttweig bat Groër 1998 in einer Erklärung, „Gott und die Menschen“ um Vergebung, „wenn ich Schuld auf mich geladen habe“. Kardinal Groër zog dann in ein Nonnenkloster der Nazarethschwestern in Goppeln in Deutschland, ab Oktober 1998 lebte er zurückgezogen in Marienfeld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Sexuelle Übergriffe an Ministranten: Pastoralassistent suspendiert

OSTERREICH
Kleine Zeitung

LEOBEN. Es geht um sexuelle Übergriffe auf Ministranten. Mindestens ein Mädchen und fünf Buben aus Leoben soll der 24-jährige Pastoralpraktikant aus dem Bezirk Graz-Umgebung unsittlich berührt haben. Zu sexuellen Handlungen ist es nicht gekommen.

Chefinspektor Josef Klec vom Kriminalreferat des Polizeistadtkommandos Leoben bestätigt: "Es ist richtig, die Vorwürfe stehen im Raum. Wir ermitteln." Kaplan Lukas Wojtyczka vom Pfarrverband Leoben-West, wo der Pastoralpraktikant bis vor wenigen Tagen beschäftigt war, hatte Anzeige erstattet. Es seien Vorwürfe laut geworden, man habe daraufhin sofort reagiert, sagt Georg Plank, Pressesprecher der Diözese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Analysis: The Vatican's 'Next Generation' PR maneuver

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Jun. 26, 2012
By John L Allen Jr

ANALYSIS

In the original "Star Trek," Capt. James T. Kirk was both the brilliant tactician and the swashbuckling ladies' man. When "Star Trek: The Next Generation" rolled around, Kirk's character was split in half, with Capt. Jean-Luc Picard as the brains and First Officer Will Riker as the brawn.

In effect, the Vatican has now unveiled a "Next Generation" strategy to address its perceived PR woes.

During the John Paul years, the Vatican had its Kirk on the communications front, someone who combined both external visibility and insider clout. Spanish layman Joaquin Navarro-Valls was a power broker in his own right, with a place at the table when decisions were made and the public face of the institution, second only in terms of visibility to the pope himself.

Under Benedict XVI, the Vatican has limped by on half that formula. Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the current spokesperson, is endlessly accessible and visible, but he lacks the insider muscle wielded by Navarro-Valls.

The Vatican has finally moved to plug that hole.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Víctima de Karadima...

CHILE
La Tercera

Víctima de Karadima responde a Yrarrázabal y asegura que parroquia estaba "llena de heridas"

El actual párroco de El Bosque, Carlos Yrarrázaval, señaló que no ha ido a ver a Fernando Karadima debido al rol de los medios de comunicación en el caso y que al momento de recibir esta iglesia del sector oriente de Santiago, ésta estaba viva y llena. Sin embargo, estas palabras hicieron eco en Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas del ex párroco.

Cruz afirmó a La Tercera que cuando viene a Santiago -ya que vive en Estados Unidos- no ve a una parroquia El Bosque "llena". "Si el párroco dice que recibió a una iglesia llena, será llena de heridas, porque las veces que he pasado por ahí no se ve llena para nada".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Zu lange her

DEUTSCHLAND
taz

HAMBURG taz | Wenn es um sexuelle Übergriffe geht, tut sich die Kirche immer noch schwer, eine Sprache zu finden. Von „Anerkennung von Leid“ spricht der Hamburger Domkapitular Ansgar Thim, Beauftragter für Fragen der sexuellen Gewalt an Minderjährigen beim Erzbistum Hamburg. 50 Anträge auf „Anerkennungsleistungen“ seien bei ihm eingegangen, 38 habe er an die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz nach Bonn weitergeleitet, sagt Thim auf der Pressekonferenz am Montag. „Heißt das, Sie gehen davon aus, dass die Anschuldigungen in diesen Fällen der Wahrheit entsprechen?“ – „Ja.“

Thim ist ein gepflegter Herr mit randloser Brille, seine Aufgabe ist es, Gespräche mit den potenziellen Opfern zu führen. Und mit den Tätern. „Kein Fall ist wie der andere“, sagt er. Oft sei die Situation die, dass Vorwürfe erhoben würden, und die Beschuldigten sagten: „Das war nicht so.“ Die Staatsanwaltschaft sei in allen Fällen eingeschaltet worden, aber sie ermittle in keinem – die Vorgänge seien verjährt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Judge in priest beating trial says three other alleged molest victims cannot testify

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Tracey Kaplan tkaplan@mercurynews.comcontracostatimes.com
Posted: 06/26/2012

The judge in the priest beating trial this morning once again denied a renewed motion by defense attorneys for a mistrial, then made a ruling that dealt a blow to their case.

Although Judge David A. Cena ruled that three other alleged victims of Rev. Jerold Lindner will not be able to testify in the trial of Will Lynch, who is accused of beating Lindner at a Jesuit retirement center in Los Gatos two years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Pope's valet to remain in Vatican holding cell

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

Paolo Gabriele, the valet to Pope Benedict XVI who was arrested on May 23 in connection with the leaks of confidential papal documents, will remain in a secure room inside the Vatican.

Gabriele has been questioned extensively about his role in the “Vatileaks” affair in two sessions with magistrates. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that no further questioning is currently scheduled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Individual crimes, institutional sins: guilty all

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 25, 2012

By Ruth Ann Dailey

Two adult men, Monsignor William Lynn and Jerry Sandusky, were convicted Friday of, simply put, hurting children.

One is a high-ranking priest, the other a respected football coach. Both harmed society's most vulnerable members.

Both men are, or were, part of great institutions whose reputations -- and whose other innocent members -- have been damaged by their crimes.

But there the likeness ends, because Mr. Sandusky is a predator, and Monsignor Lynn is an enabler of predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Saving Children From Predators

WEST VIRGINIA
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

June 25, 2012

No one will ever know how many children have suffered needlessly because adults decided it was less important to protect them than to avoid the taint of scandal at a school, church or other institution. But last week two juries in Pennsylvania issued reminders that the children always take priority.

By coincidence, separate trials in Philadelphia and Bellefonte ended Friday. In one, a jury in Philadelphia convicted a Roman Catholic church official of child endangerment for covering up situations in which priests had abused children. Monsignor William Lynn was the first U.S. church official convicted of a felony in such a coverup.

In Bellefonte, another jury convicted former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing children during a period of about 15 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Editorial | Horrors of abuse resound past trials

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

Editorial

Do not think that the guilty verdicts handed down in Pennsylvania last Friday have little or nothing to do with anyone here.

Just because they dealt with a Roman Catholic official in Philadelphia who was convicted of child endangerment for his role in moving around predatory priests without informing the public of the danger that awaited in their churches, and with a serial molester who used his Penn State coaching credentials and his community standing as a “saint” who worked with at-risk kids to shield his crimes, doesn’t mean those horrors are somehow removed from us.

It is true that Monsignor William Lynn, who could spend up to seven years in prison, and former football coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces more than 400 years behind bars, were convicted of crimes they committed in a different state, and held accountable by juries of their peers.

But both defendants and what landed them in court illustrate unthinkable horrors that are visited on children throughout the country, including those in our own communities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 AM

New York state law protecting abusers, not victims

NEW YORK
Times Herald-Record

Similar verdicts in similar cases in two Pennsylvania courtrooms last week provided a small measure of justice to some of the most vulnerable victims imaginable, young men who trusted older figures of authority who then abused them.

In Bellefonte, Pa., a jury quickly decided that Jerry Sandusky, a legendary part of the legendary Penn State football program, had systematically lured and abused these victims over decades. In Philadelphia a jury took almost two weeks before deciding that Msgr. William J. Lynn was guilty of endangering children because of his role in covering up abuses by Roman Catholic priests.

While the Sandusky case had the bigger media impact, the decision concerning the church could have much longer-lasting and wide ranging effects. For the first time, prosecutors were able to convince a jury of something that most people have already concluded, that failing to do something about this abuse is almost as despicable as the abuse itself. And when the cover-up has been an integral part of the institutions, as the cases showed it has been in Penn State and the church, the message is as clear as those warnings we see in another context: If you see something, say something.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Child abuse victims need reform now

PENNSYLVANIA
The Patriot-News

By Patriot-News Editorial Board

Pennsylvania lawmakers cannot continue to hide behind the “we’ll get to it” mantra when it comes to reforming the state’s child abuse laws.

We owe it to the victims of Jerry Sandusky who bravely came forward against community pressure and in the midst of a media circus.

We owe it to the victims of child molestation at the hands of certain Catholic clergy in Philadelphia. They, too, stood their ground, leading to a landmark guilty verdict in the case of Monsignor William Lynn.

And we owe it to all the victims who have only felt able to come forward recently or who are still living in confusion and shame.

Just last week The Patriot-News received a letter to the editor from a woman in Camp Hill alleging abuse from a neighbor when she was growing up.

Lawmakers know what they should do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

St. Paul Priest Removed For Alleged Misconduct With Minor

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A St. Paul priest has been dismissed from his parish after allegations that he engaged in misconduct involving a minor.

According to Jim Accurso, media and external relations manager for the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, Reverend Curtis Wehmeyer was removed by Archbishop John Nienstedt after learning of allegations of misconduct. Wehmeyer was the pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in east St. Paul.

The Archdiocese reported the allegations to police, and is fully cooperating in the investigation. Wehmeyer is barred from any involvement in ministry in the Archdiocese pending the outcome of the investigation. He is no longer in residence at Blessed Sacrament.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Woman Says 'Exorcist' Priest Abused Her

ARLINGTON (VA)
Courthouse News Service

By JAMES BRIDGE

ARLINGTON, Va. (CN) - A Roman Catholic priest "kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body" during a so-called "exorcism" session, and "frequently explained full, passionate kisses as 'blowing the Holy Spirit into' her," the woman claims in court.

Jane Doe sued the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its Bishop Paul Loverde - who is not the priest accused of the abuse - and Human Life International and the HLI Endowment Inc., of Charlottesville, in Arlington County Court.

Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her "exorcist," Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the HLI Endowment; Euteneur, however, is not named as an individual defendant.

Doe claims that Euteneur, a Roman Catholic priest, offers "'spiritual deliverance' and the performance of the rite of exorcism," and did it "with the knowledge and consent of the Diocese and the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde. ... On at least one previous occasion, the Diocese and Bishop Loverde gave permission to Euteneur to conduct an exorcism within the Diocese."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

“It’s a risky job, I hope they’ll listen to me,” says Vatican’s new media adviser

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

In an interview with Vatican Insider, Greg Burke, the Vatican’s new media adviser said his job would not just involve putting together responses but coming up with strategies

Andrés Beltramo Álvarez
Vatican City

Last 10 June, U.S. journalist Greg Burke decided he was going to turn his life around. He accepted the offer of a position as media adviser to the Vatican Secretary of State. This is a new role and was conceived in light of the Vatileak scandal, the crisis triggered by the leak of confidential documents belonging to Benedict XVI. Burke said this was a “high risk” job.

The 52 year old Opus Dei member will officially start his new role on Monday 2 July. Up until now he has been working as a correspondent for Fox News, following a stint at Time magazine. He has been living in Rome for over two decades and is well aware of the difficulties that exist within the Vatican. Burke is also aware of the fact that no one can snap their fingers and change the world of the Roman Curia just like that. No one. Not even the Pope.

But like any journalist, he is also well aware that the Holy See is going through a terrible moment in terms of its image. It is being tormented by news leaks, poison pen letter writers and by a series of obvious internal management errors which have received negative attention in the press. In an interview with Vatican Insider, Burke explained how he imagines his contribution, which he refers to as his “grain of sand”, to the vital change of course in apostolic communication.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

PPS drops abuse case against Father John McManus

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has decided that a senior priest in the Diocese of Down and Connor has no case to answer following abuse allegations.

Father John McManus from Portaferry has always denied any wrong-doing but stepped aside during the investigation.

The police conducted an inquiry after a complaint was made to the Down and Connor child safeguarding office more than a year and a half ago.

The PPS has now directed that no prosecution will be brought.

When contacted by the BBC, Fr McManus said he had "nothing to say".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

3 men settle molest lawsuit involving ex-Eureka priest, get $550,000

CALIFORNIA
The Press Democrat

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Monday, June 25, 2012

Three men who said they were molested by a Humboldt County priest in the 1980s have settled their lawsuit against church officials for $550,000.

A fourth man has rewritten his lawsuit to avoid being timed out by the statute of limitations.

All claim they were victims of Father Patrick McCabe, a priest at St. Bernard Parish in Eureka from 1983 to 1985. McCabe was arrested in 2010 on unrelated child-sex charges and extradited to Ireland for prosecution.

In March, three men who sued the Santa Rosa Diocese and the Archdiocese of Dublin, alleging officials knowingly placed a pedophile in their midst, settled their case for $550,000, their lawyer, Joseph George Jr., said Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

St. Paul priest arrested; allegations of child abuse

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

by Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
June 25, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul priest has been removed from his post after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a minor.

The priest was arrested on Friday, but has not yet been charged. MPR News typically does not name suspects before they are charged. The abuse allegedly occurred during a two-year period.

Police spokesperson Howie Padilla said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis approached police with the allegation.

"We had information on Thursday that there was a possible allegation of sex abuse regarding an employee of the archdiocese and a juvenile male victim," Padilla said. "The investigation is at this time ongoing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Priest removed from post after child abuse allegations

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

A St. Paul priest was removed from his job after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a minor.

The Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer is no longer at the Blessed Sacrament parish in St. Paul, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The archdiocese learned of the allegations and reported them to police, according to the statement posted on its website Sunday.

St. Paul police filed a report Thursday that said a juvenile reported being sexually abused by Wehmeyer for two years, starting in 2010. Police arrested Wehmeyer on Friday. He has been released, and has not been charged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Private counseling: Warrants allege Berlin priest talked sex online with 9 boys

CONNECTICUT
New Britain Herald

Monday, June 25, 2012

By Lisa Backus
Staff Writer

Newly released arrest warrants allege that a popular priest was having sexually oriented conversations with at least nine teenage boys, most under the age of 16, while he was working at St. Paul’s Church in Berlin.

Michael Miller, 42, was arrested in July 2011 on charges he made inappropriate comments during conversations on Facebook with a 13-year-old boy. As part of the investigation, police seized several of Miller’s computers, according to three warrants issued for Miller’s June 14 arrest.

The warrants detail the results of the computer examination which revealed that Miller was having inappropriate conversations with several teenage boys, most of whom were parishioners who met him through the church, according to police.

In the talks on Facebook, which were retrieved by the Digital Forensics Unit at the New Britain Police Department, Miller described for one 15-year-old boy the pornographic movie he was watching and said he preferred boys “because they know how the parts work.”

Another 15-year-old confirmed that Miller, who used the screen name “Brendan Duvey,” would describe sex acts to him and how to perform certain maneuvers. Yet another 15-year-old told police he began talking to Miller about his parents’ divorce and his girl problems and ultimately the priest began discussing his bisexual relationships with the boy and which sex acts he preferred to perform, according to the warrant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Invitation to Submit Charities

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

June 26, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Many on this site, including myself, have commented that they no longer wish to contribute to the archdiocese. We’d like to offer a comprehensive a list of Catholic or victim organizations that could use those funds for their good works. Please submit you suggestions (with url and short description) in the comments and I will create a Charity Resource page. Thank you.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Archdiocese removes, reports priest accused in abuse

MINNESOTA
My Fox Twin Cities

[with video]

by Leah Beno

St. Paul Police are investigating a local priest accused of abusing a boy for the past two years.

Last Tuesday, a spokesman for Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it was brought to their attention that Reverend Curtis Wehmeyer maybe abusing a boy within the church. The next day, the church spoke with the victim. By Thursday, St. Paul police were investigating.

"We have been in complete communication with the Archdiocese and they have cooperated to this point," said Howie Padilla, St. Paul police spokesman.

According to the police report, the victim claims Wehmeyer has been sexually assaulting him for two years. To complicate things further, the boy's mother also works for the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

San Jose: Judge rejects all mistrial motions in priest-beating trial

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com

In another bizarre legal twist, the judge in the San Jose priest-beating case Monday threw out the testimony of the Jesuit after he invoked his right against self-incrimination and refused to answer more questions in the trial of a man charged with assaulting him.

Judge David A. Cena said he will instruct the Santa Clara County jury to ignore the Rev. Jerold Lindner's 40-minute testimony last week, including his insistence that he did not sexually molest his suspected attacker, Will Lynch, 35 years ago when Lynch was 7 years old.

The ruling deprives the prosecution of its star witness, making the assault case against Lynch potentially more difficult to prove.

But it also could hurt Lynch, whose attorneys immediately called for a mistrial, saying it was unfair to proceed with the case because they will not have the opportunity to cross-examine Lindner. They said the jury heard half the story and could be left with a lingering impression of the May 10, 2010, attack at the Sacred Heart retirement center in Los Gatos, which the elderly priest described as "vicious'' and painful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer Removed From Blessed Sacrament Parish in St. Paul

MINNESOTA
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant
June 26, 2012

This week, St Paul priest, Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, was removed as pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in St. Paul , according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis..

The Minneapolis Tribune reported that :

St. Paul police filed a report Thursday that said a juvenile reported being sexually abused by Wehmeyer for two years, starting in 2010. Police arrested Wehmeyer on Friday. He has been released, and has not been charged.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said the victim was a boy, but could not divulge more details because of the ongoing investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

St. Paul Priest Investigated for Abuse Allegations

MINNESOTA
KSTP

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has relieved a priest of his duties while police investigate allegations of abuse.

St. Paul police arrested 47-year-old Curtis Wehmeyer, of Oakdale, after a juvenile male told investigators he had been assaulted over a two-year period. Wehmeyer has not been charged with a crime. He served as pastor at the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament on St. Paul's east side.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

IM HUNGERSTREIK seit 8. Juni 2012

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef, Sprecher des Netzwerks Betroffener von sexualisierter Gewalt e.V. mit Sitz in Scharbeutz, befindet sich seit dem 8. Juni 2012 im unbefristeten Hungerstreik. Ihm schlossen sich eine Reihe von Unterstützern an, darunter Christiane Kieburg, Katharina M., Anette W., Alwin Michel, Wilfried Fesselmann und Brigitte Lunzer Rieder aus Österreich.

Das Netzwerk Betroffener von sexualisierter Gewalt e.V., kurz netzwerkB, ist eine Vereinigung von und für Menschen, denen sexualisierter Gewalt, oftmals verbunden mit Formen von psychischer und physischer Gewalt angetan wurde, einmalig, mehrmalig bis hin zu jahrelang systematisch, im Säuglings-, Kindes-, Jugendlichen oder Erwachsenenalter. Sie wurde 2010 in Scharbeutz gegründet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

The Pope's New PR Man: Fox News Reporter and Secretive Opus Dei Member

The pope's new PR strategist not only hails from Fox News; he belongs to the secretive Opus Dei society and lives in an all-male house cleaned by women members.

June 25, 2012

By Adele M. Stan

Let's say you're at the top of a large, right-wing institution; one with such a patriarchal bent that only men are allowed into leadership. Imagine that, in recent times, your once-powerful worldwide conglomerate is losing oodles of clout, thanks in part to media coverage of the scandals that have beset you: the leaking of your CEO's private correspondence to a reporter, that pesky decades-long epidemic of child sexual abuse by your branch managers, mutiny amid the ranks of the service wing of your organization, and the perception that you have played dirty with one of your competitors.

Where would you find a really savvy player in the media world with legendary message discipline on a range of issues that serve the interests of the moneyed, exclusionary, patriarchal elite? Who ya gonna call?

Why, Fox News, of course.

This weekend the Vatican announced its hire of Fox News correspondent Greg Burke for the newly created role of communications strategist. Since the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI's reign over the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See, as the Vatican is known, just can't seem to catch a break in the media. Kicking off his papacy with hard-line rhetoric against Islam that resulted in rioting, Benedict now seems to have lost all control even of his own subordinates, as evidenced by the spilling over into the public sphere a round of internecine Vatican battles that resulted in the arrest of the pope's butler for allegedly leaking Benedict's private correspondence to a journalist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Defence witnesses testify in priest case

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Tuesday 26 June 2012

The jury in the trial of a priest accused of indecently assaulting a teenage girl are expected to consider their verdict today.

Fr Eugene Boland, of Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, denies five charges of indecently assaulting the 14-year-old girl between June 28, 1990 and June 30, 1992.

The allegations made by the complainant are that the now 66-year-old hugged her, kissed her on the lips and rubbed her back underneath her clothes.

During day six of the trial, the jury of eight women and four men heard from a number of defence witnesses giving evidence on behalf of Fr Boland and closing speeches by the prosecution and defence counsel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

The Vatican Takes on ‘Pettiness and Lies’

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By ANDREW ROSENTHAL

The Roman Catholic Church has been getting a lot of press lately, much of it negative: The priest sex abuse scandal won’t go away (on Friday, a former cardinal’s aide was convicted of covering up sexual abuse by priests under his supervision); the pope’s butler leaked private documents alleging corruption in Vatican finances (he was then arrested); and church leaders are cracking down on nuns for daring to buck doctrine.

So the Vatican has done what all powerful institutions do in this sort of a situation – it’s hired a new press consultant. Because none of these cases reflects an actual problem. (As the pope’s right-hand man, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, put it last week, the media are guilty of “pettiness and lies.”) It’s all just a matter of getting the message right and getting it out there more efficiently.

This job, which has to be the last prize in the 2012 public relations career lottery, is going to Greg Burke, a 52-year-old correspondent for Fox News who has covered the Vatican since 2001. Much is being made of the fact that Mr. Burke is the first person hired to work on the Vatican’s public relations who came from outside the Catholic news agencies, although he is a numerary of the Opus Dei movement, which means that he is celibate and gives the church most of his income.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Police: Church Youth Counselor Admits to Sexually Abusing Teen

OHIO
ABC 6

[with video]

ERIE COUNTY, Ohio -- A mother wants a local youth leader locked up amid allegations he sexually assaulted the her 16-year-old son.

ABC6/FOX28 spoke to the mother of the alleged victim, who did not want to be identified.

"I felt numb. I felt sick to my stomach," the mother said. "I did what a normal mother would do. I started crying. It was devastating."

According to investigators, the group from Judah Christian Community Church in Columbus arrived to Beulah Beach Christian camp in Vermillion Twp. last weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Scouts Canada refers more than 100 sex abuse allegations to police

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

OLIVER MOORE and KIM MACKRAEL
The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jun. 25 2012

Scouts Canada has referred more than 100 allegations of historic sexual abuse to police after a forensic audit raised troubling questions about the organization’s handling of the cases over the past several decades.

A report from KPMG, released Monday, offers new detail on the organization’s reaction to sexual abuse allegations. It found no evidence of a systemic cover-up but showed that even after 1992, when internal rules changed to require that such allegations be reported to the authorities, the information was not always shared.

“We have decided to confront the good and the bad of our past,” Scouts Canada chief commissioner Steve Kent told a news conference in Ottawa.

Information on 65 cases, about one-fifth of which were reported after 1992, was not given to police when allegations surfaced. And for another 64 cases, roughly split between pre- and post-1992, there were not sufficient records to be sure the cases were reported, the audit found.

All 129 of these cases have now been handed over to police, Mr. Kent said. He would offer no details of the individual circumstances, citing the active investigations, but suggested the cases spanned the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Msgr. Lynn's lawyers will ask that he be let out of jail pending sentencing

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

For the last four nights, William J. Lynn has been known as No. 1102886 - one of 2,883 men living at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the largest of the city's prisons, in Northeast Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, Lynn's lawyers hope they can persuade a Philadelphia judge to grant Lynn bail, allowing him to resume his role as a monsignor of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, at least temporarily, live at a relative's home instead of solitary confinement.

Lynn, 61, was found guilty Friday by a Common Pleas Court jury of a count of child endangerment, the first Catholic Church official criminally charged for his administrative duties as part of the ongoing sex-abuse scandal.

From 1992 to 2004, Lynn was archdiocesan secretary for clergy, responsible for investigating allegations of sexual abuse against priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Church youth leader gets life in prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Brockton Enterprise

By Erik Potter
Enterprise Staff Writer

Posted Jun 26, 2012

EASTON —

“I want people to know that they are safe from Paul Hawksley.”

The child that Hawksley repeatedly and forcibly raped eight years ago has been waiting years to be able to say that.

After coming forward in 2010 with his story of sexual abuse at the hands of an Easton church youth leader, the young man, whose name is not being published because he is the victim of a sex crime, has watched the criminal case against Hawksley wend slowly through the justice system.

When he heard the verdict on Monday – guilty on all counts – he cried.

“I was in tears. I was overjoyed,” he said in a phone interview with The Enterprise. “I’m working on putting back the pieces and getting my life back together. This gets me a lot closer. Closure is what I’m feeling now.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Opinion: When Are We Going To Create A Safe Community to Protect Our Children from Sexual Abuse?

UNITED STATES
Patch

By Penelope Ettinger, Executive Director of PEI Kids

When are we going to create a safe community to protect our children from sexual abuse? Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 out of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia, in a landmark clergy-abuse trial, was convicted of child endangerment for covering up abuse claims. In the past year, coverage of child sexual abuse has increased with more than 1,800 stories in the news. Yet, in our communities we do little to create a safe environment for our children.

The alarming statistics of child sexual abuse are well substantiated – 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Ninety percent of child sexual abuse is committed by someone the child (and the family) knows, trusts and in many cases loves. Thirty percent of these cases are committed by a family member. And most sexual abuse is never reported. The grim reality is child sexual abuse happens in every community. If the child doesn’t receive treatment, the adverse emotional and social impact on the child victim is life-long. The long-term economic costs to business and community are great.

Still, there is a solution. It is our primal moral responsibility to educate ourselves and our children about these potential dangers in our communities. Recently the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse was formed to do exactly this –educate every adult who lives and/or works in the greater Mercer area on how to keep children safe, how to recognize signs of abuse and how to respond with compassion to any child who tells of abuse. The Coalition, which is part of a statewide effort, comprises a growing group of community leaders from business, the faith-based community, health care, , the media, youth and social service organizations, government and education to address this issue within their own disciplines and to get the message out to constituents—and where appropriate—adopting appropriate child safety policies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Chilling as Sandusky case was, it was hardly an isolated incident

PENNSYLVANIA
Sports Illustrated

John Wertheim

Last Friday, a 12-member Pennsylvania jury issued a groundbreaking decision that will change the way we prosecute and perceive sex crimes against children. The guilty verdict will have far-reaching consequences for how authority figures and institutions can be held criminally liable when committing and covering up sexual abuse.

Yet when Monsignor William J. Lynn, a former cardinal's aide with the archdiocese of Philadelphia, was found guilty of endangering children -- and now faces jail time for concealing evidence about predatory priests, transferring them to other parishes instead of confronting allegations about their abuse -- a nation hardly stopped its business. Twitter wasn't atwitter, networks didn't break from regularly scheduled programming to announce the verdict, and reporters on the ground didn't file reports over the whir of circling news helicopters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Priest Pleads 5th in William Lynch Trial

CALIFORNIA
NBC Bay Area

By Breena Kerr

Monday, Jun 25, 2012

Lindner testified last week in the trial, in which defendant William Lynch, 44, has been charged with felony assault and elder abuse for allegedly attacking Lindner at a Los Gatos retirement home in May 2010.

A Jesuit priest who was allegedly assaulted in 2010 by a man who claims the priest molested him several decades ago is refusing to testify further in his accused attacker's San Jose trial.

The Rev. Jerold Lindner told Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David Cena Monday morning that, under the advice of his attorney, he is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and is declining to give additional testimony.

Cena is taking the matter under consideration and has recessed the case until 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Lindner testified last week in the trial, in which defendant William Lynch, 44, has been charged with felony assault and elder abuse for allegedly attacking Lindner at a Los Gatos retirement home in May 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

June 25, 2012

Former priest admits sexual assault and attempted rape

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A FORMER priest has admitted the attempted rape of a young girl and the sexual assault of her brother in west Cork more than 30 years ago.

John Calnan (73), of the Presbytery, Paul Street, Cork, pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of the girl between January 1st, 1980, and April 30th, 1980, in west Cork. She was aged seven at the time.

Calnan also admitted three counts of sexually assaulting the girl between October 25th, 1976, and October 24th, 1979.

He further admitted one count of sexual assault on the girl’s brother between August 10th, 1975, and October 9th, 1979. The victim was aged between nine and 12 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 PM

Rochester's Bishop Matthew Clark readies retirement letter

ROCHESTER (NY)
Democrat and Chronicle

Written by
SEAN DOBBIN
Staff writer

A momentous undertaking, the Diocese of Rochester’s three-day synod in October 1993 centered on the recommendations of more than 30,000 parishioners, who over several years had submitted countless suggestions regarding the future of the diocese and how it tied in to their faith, their values and their dreams.

But while the synod itself ranks highly among his favorite moments in Rochester, engaging with the parishioners beforehand and drawing on their strength, joy, and goodwill, is among Bishop Matthew H. Clark’s most cherished memories of his time here.

“The experience of doing it that way has had its good fruit for all the years since,” said Clark. “The realization that yes, what we do is extremely important, and the decisions we make are crucial, but no less important are the ways we come to it.”

In July, Clark will reach the age of 75, whereupon he will submit his resignation to the Vatican as is mandated by Canon Law. On Monday, he spoke to members of the media and reflected on his 33 years as bishop, saying that interacting with his parishioners was the best part of the position. ...

But most painful of all was the national sex abuse scandal which saw thousands of priests nationwide removed from the priesthood; earlier this month, the Diocese of Rochester published the names of 23 such priests it had removed from the ministry over the past 10 years.

“It’s the worst thing that has ever happened in my lifetime to the church,” said Clark. “The core damage done to the young people victimized by priests, of whom had every right to expect the highest level of trust and care, that is a terrible black mark and stain on our recent history.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Jury Didn't Buy Prosecution's Grand Conspiracy Theory

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Lost in all the hoopla over the "historic" conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn was the jury's repudiation of the prosecution's central allegation in the priest abuse case: that Lynn had somehow conspired with predator priests to keep them in ministry, so they could abuse new victims.

The prosecution's conspiracy theory was that Lynn got up every day and said in effect, what can I do to keep pedophile priests in ministry, so they can continue to rape, molest and abuse more innocent children.

On Monday, the jury foreman in the case went on Fox 29 and said that not only did he and other jurors not believe the prosecutors' theory, but also that they didn't understand it. It would be comical, except that the Commonwealth just spent millions of dollars and eight weeks of trial trying to convince the jury that Bill Lynn the quintessential company man was the alleged mastermind of the conspiracy down at the archdiocese to endanger children.

The jury found Lynn not guilty of conspiring with Father Edward V. Avery, or anyone else, to endanger the welfare of children.

On Monday morning, jury foreman Isa Logan went on Fox 29's Good Day and told anchors Mike Jerrick and Karen Hepp that he didn't buy the prosecution's conspiracy theory, and neither did anyone else on the jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Statement of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Regarding Father Curtis Wehmeyer

ST. PAUL (MN)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date:
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Source:
Jim Accurso

Archbishop John Nienstedt has removed the pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in St. Paul, Reverend Curtis Wehmeyer, after learning of allegations that the priest had engaged in misconduct involving a minor. Following archdiocesan policy, the Archdiocese immediately reported the allegations to the police, and an investigation into the allegations was begun. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with police in their investigation.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, Father Wehmeyer is prohibited from exercising any ministry in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He is no longer in residence at Blessed Sacrament.

Another priest will be appointed to Blessed Sacrament to provide for parishioners’ sacramental and pastoral needs.

Anyone having knowledge of misconduct within a parish should call the proper authorities and is encouraged to notify the Archdiocese at 651.291.4497.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Priest arrested in Oakdale on suspicion of child molestation

ST. PAUL (MN)
Patch

By Hannah Gruber

A St. Paul priest was arrested in Oakdale Friday after he was accused of having sexual contact with a minor.

Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, was arrested Friday and released from Ramsey County jail on Monday, according to the Pioneer Press. He has not been formally charged, but police are investigating the case as a sexual assault.

A juvenile male told police that the abuse occurred for two years, said Howie Padilla, a spokesman of the St. Paul Police Department.

Since the allegations emerged last week, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis removed Wehmeyer from his position as the pastor at the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament at 1801 LaCrosse Avenue in St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

St. Paul priest arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a minor

ST. PAUL (MN)
Pioneer Press

mgottfried@pioneerpress.com
twincities.com
Posted: 06/25/2012

Police arrested a St. Paul priest on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has removed him as a pastor.

The move came after the archdiocese learned "of allegations that the priest had engaged in misconduct involving a minor," archdiocese spokesman Jim Accurso said in a Sunday, June 24, statement. "Following archdiocesan policy, the archdiocese immediately reported the allegations to the police, and an investigation into the allegations was begun."

Police arrested Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, in Oakdale on Friday. He was released from the Ramsey County jail Monday, pending further investigation. He has not been charged.

Police are investigating the case as a sex assault, said Howie Padilla, police spokesman. A juvenile male told police Thursday it happened over a two-year period, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

MN-Victims blast Catholic officials for delay in child sex arrest

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on June 25, 2012

It’s disturbing that Minnesota Catholic officials stayed silent about these serious and credible allegations for days.

Days of delay enable criminals to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and even flee the country.

It’s irresponsible for Catholic officials to sit on crucial information that could protect kids while they selfishly wait for a more opportune time to release it.

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Wehmeyer's crimes (or misdeeds by any Catholic employee) will find the strength and courage to step forward, call police, protect kids, expose wrongdoing and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Cultuur St. Joseph was verziekt

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

Binnen Huize Sint Joseph in Heel was in de periode dat tientallen jongens onder verdachte omstandigheden stierven, sprake van een verziekte cultuur.

Door onze verslaggevers
Heel

De leiding van het gesticht in Heel kampte begin jaren vijftig van de vorige eeuw met grote problemen. Binnen de muren van de instelling was sprake van seksueel misbruik van de kinderen, agressie en gedwongen nachtarbeid. Er was een machtsstrijd gaande tussen de verschillende broeders. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van deze krant naar de omstandigheden waaronder tientallen jongens in Heel overleden.

De problemen escaleerden tussen 1950 en 1954. Dat is precies de periode dat tientallen jongens in Huize Sint Joseph stierven. Een groot deel van hen verbleef op de verpleegafdeling van broeder Andreas, die nu verantwoordelijk wordt gehouden voor de sterfgevallen. Deze ‘broeder des doods’ claimde in zijn later geschreven biografie dat hij als onervaren verpleger in Heel volledig aan zijn lot werd overgelaten. Justitie heeft nadrukkelijk naar de rol van de verantwoordelijken in die tijd bij Sint Joseph gekeken, bevestigen bronnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Convicted Philly Church Official Seeks Release

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WIBW

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic church official convicted of child endangerment will learn Tuesday if he'll get out of jail to await sentencing.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment Friday, making him the first U.S. church official convicted for covering up abuse claims.

A judge revoked his bail, but his lawyers want the 61-year-old priest released on house arrest until his Aug. 13 sentencing. They filed a motion Monday asking to have him released from prison.

"You guys are going to have to look a long, long time to find a 61-year-old defendant convicted of a third-degree felony with no prior record, with community ties who was remanded," defense lawyer Jeffrey Lindy told CBS Philadelphia station KYW-TV Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

San Jose: Judge strikes priest's testimony in beating case

CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/25/2012

A Santa Clara County judge has stricken the key testimony of a retired Catholic priest who is the victim in a beating case after he invoked his right against self-incrimination and refused to answer more questions.

Judge David A. Cena also indicated Rev. Jerold Lindner can legally invoke 5th Amendment rights and refuse to continue his testimony.

But Cena indicated he will move forward with the trial against Will Lynch, who is accused of assaulting Lindner at a Catholic retirement center in Los Gatos in 2010.

Lynch's attorneys said it is unfair to proceed with the case because the jury has already heard 40 minutes of Lindner's testimony and defense would have no opportunity to cross-examine him. They said the jury heard half the story.

The trial was adjourned in the mid-afternoon and will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, at which time the defense is expected to formally put their objections on the record.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

Judge tosses priest's testimony in assault case

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

The Associated Press
Posted: 06/25/2012

SAN JOSE, Calif.—A judge has tossed out a priest's testimony against a man charged with assaulting him after the reverend invoked his right to avoid self-incrimination as it became clear he may be accused of lying on the stand.

The man accused of attacking the priest in 2010 at a retirement home in San Jose, William Lynch, claims Father Jerold Lindner raped him and his brother decades ago. Lindner has denied the accusations.

The San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/KIWRz9) on Monday that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David Cena allowed Lindner to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

What Does Monsignor Lynn's Conviction Mean for the Catholic Church?

UNITED STATES
Legal Examiner

by John McKiggan
June 25, 2012

On Friday, June 22, 2012, Monsignor William Lynn was convicted by a jury on charges of criminal endangerment. The case marks the first time that any official within the Catholic Church has been held criminally responsible for sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Landmark Decision

I don’t believe the importance of this conviction can be understated. Every province in Canada and every state in the United States have laws that require persons in authority to report suspected cases of child abuse. The website BishopAccountability.org has a database of almost a hundred American priests who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse.

But until last week, not a single catholic official in charge of any of these priests have ever faced charges about their knowledge or complicity in failing to report these priests to civilian authorities.

Civil lawsuits by priest-abuse victims have uncovered, time and time again, evidence that persons in authority within the Church knew about abuse by priests and failed to report the abuse, or worse, moved the priests from parish to parish allowing them to continue their predatory acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Judge rejects Lynch defense team mistrial motion

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

KTVU And AP Wires

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

A Superior Court judge rejected a mistrial motion Monday filed by a man who is accused of beating a priest who he claims raped him decades ago.

Judge David Cena denied the motion before testimony started for the day Monday.

The attorneys for William Lynch had claimed a prosecutor committed misconduct in handling the priest's testimony. The defense attorneys accused the prosecutor of knowingly allowing false testimony, known as "suborning perjury."

Father Jerold Lindner denied under oath on the witness stand Wednesday that he molested Lynch during a 1975 camping trip.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Judge Denies Mistrial Motion in William Lynch Case

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

A mistrial motion filed Friday afternoon citing prosecutorial misconduct and suborned perjury was denied this morning by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David Cena, who's presiding over the high-profile Los Gatos priest-beating case.

After attorneys representing William Lynch, accused of beating Father Jerold Lindner at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos in May of 2010, and Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith defended his colleague, prosecutor Vicki Gemetti, Cena ruled that the prosecution wouldn’t knowingly use perjured testimony to obtain a conviction on the case.

Cena further ruled that Lindner's testimony denying the molestation accusations didn't relate to either of the crimes with which Lynch is being tried for, assault and elder abuse of the priest, the judge said.

Cena also stated that Lindner has never stated that he's molested anyone and has never been convicted of any molestation charge. He also said the defense had failed to prove that his testimony is 100 percent false when he denied abusing Lynch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Vatican blames lack of priests on secularism, abuse, parents

VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service, Updated: Monday, June 25

VATICAN CITY — The sexual abuse scandal has tarnished the image of the priest and contributed to a crisis of priestly vocations in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Monday (June 25), while also faulting a widespread “secularized mentality” and parents’ ambition for their children, which leaves “little space to the possibility of a call to a special vocation.”

The “Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry” were prepared over the last seven years by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education.

The document says candidates to the priesthood shouldn’t be accepted if they show “signs of being profoundly fragile personalities,” and says future priests should learn the “importance” of their future commitments, “in particular with regard to celibacy.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Katholische Kirche stellt Heimkinder-Hotline zum 30. Juni ein

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

Bonn (AFP) Nach zweieinhalb Jahren stellt die katholische Kirche ihre Hotline für ehemalige Heimkinder zum Monatsende ein. Seit Januar 2010 wurde das Angebot von 909 Betroffenen genutzt, die zwischen 1945 und 1975 in katholischen Einrichtungen schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht hatten, wie die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz am Montag in Bonn mitteilte. 645 der Nutzer meldeten sich telefonisch, 264 im Zuge einer Online-Beratung. 73 Prozent der Anrufer berichteten demnach von körperlichen Strafen, 48 Prozent von Demütigungen. 243 Anrufer gaben an, sexuellen Missbrauch erfahren zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Letter From a Father Struggling for Justice

OREGON
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Letter From a Father Struggling for Justice
Dear Friend:

My friend, Nam Hoang. asked me to post this letter. It is about a priest mentioned in a previous article posted to my blog -- I Am Greatly Saddened By This Case.

The priest, who is Nam Hoang's brother, had a credible accusation of abuse against him, but the Archdiocese placed him back into ministry. When Nam came forward in private to Church officials several years ago, he did not receive support from the community. Instead he and his wife, and children were harassed so badly they decided to leave the state of Oregon.

I edited some names but the most important one can be found in the previous blog post.

Peace be with us all. We need it.

Sincerely,
Virginia Jones

Email: paxdeus11@live.com
P.O. Box 11105
Manassas, Va 20113
Washington DC June 22 2012.
TO: Archdiocese of Portland and the Committee Review Board.
CC: Catholics and victims of sexual abuse, Media Outlets, Gov. John Kitzhaber (OR), Gov. Mac Donnell (VA), delegate David Albo (VA), Senator Scott Brown (Mass). Parishioners of Tillamook, Sacred Heart Church.
This letter will also be given to passerby and hand delivered to US congress of America.
Re: 1/Fr JVH erratic behavior and sexual misconducts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

The verdict in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Michael Sean Winters on Jun. 25, 2012 Distinctly Catholic

The jury in the trial of Msgr. William Lynn took 13 days to reach its verdict, and the verdict was clear: Those charged with oversight of clergy and who did not use that charge to protect children will be found guilty of criminal behavior -- in this case, child endangerment.

We know something about what took the jury so long. The jurors had sent the judge a note saying they had reached a verdict on one count but were deadlocked on the others. In the end, they concluded they could not break their deadlock regarding Fr. James Brennan, who was charged with molestation, and consequently, they could not convict Lynn on the charge of child endangerment regarding Brennan’s assignments. But they did convict Lynn on the charge of child endangerment as regards his actions towards Fr. Edward Avery, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and sexual assault. In other words, once the underlying crime was proven, the jury had little doubt as to the guilt of Msgr. Lynn, who served as the secretary for the clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

“This trial was not about a specific religion. It was about evil men who did evil things to children they should have protected but people were more concerned about the institution than about those victims or future victims,” Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said after the verdict. Williams is, by all accounts, a loyal Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Greg Burke: The Pope’s New PR Guy

VATICAN CITY
The Daily Beat

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Mired in scandal, the Vatican poached an American Fox News journalist to handle communications. Greg Burke tells Barbie Latza Nadeau how he’ll bring the Holy See back to good graces.

One week after the Pope’s butler was arrested for allegedly leaking private Vatican documents to the press, Fox News’s Rome correspondent, Greg Burke, got what he refers to as “a curious call” from the Vatican. Burke was in the United States at the time, celebrating his father’s 90th birthday, and had turned off his Italian cellphone. When he turned it back on, he had several messages from the Holy See. “The Pope’s chief of staff would like to see you,” said one.

“I knew it was something important,” Burke, 52, told The Daily Beast. “I figured it wasn’t to talk about the best restaurants in Rome.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Vatican hires Fox News correspondent

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian - Greenslade Blog (United Kingdom)

Would you believe it? The Vatican has hired a Fox News journalist to be its senior communications adviser.

Greg Burke, the News Corp channel's Rome correspondent, has covered the Vatican for Fox since 2001. He is a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement.

He becomes the Vatican's first communications expert hired from outside the insular world of the Roman Catholic news media. He is not replacing the current spokesman, Federico Lombardi, but will advise officials on how to shape their message.

Some Vatican observers regard the move as a power play by media-savvy Americans — including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — inside a Vatican hierarchy that is run by Italians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Fox reporter to Vatican

VATICAN CITY
The Age (Australia)

Rome
June 26, 2012

A FOX News reporter has been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to sort out the Vatican's media strategy amid signs that the 85-year-old pontiff is plotting a radical shake-up at the top of the Roman Catholic church.

Greg Burke, a 52-year-old member of the conservative Opus Dei fellowship, is to take a job in the Vatican's secretariat of state. He said: ''I feel exactly the way I felt in Lebanon at the start of the 2006 war - nervous and excited at the same time.''

Burke, who is Rome correspondent for Fox television, said he had twice refused a similar offer from the Vatican ''because I had a really great job''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Vatican Hires Fox News Reporter To Advise Media Office

VATICAN CITY
NPR

by Bill Chappell

Seeking to modernize and widen its dealings with the media, the Vatican has hired Fox News Channel's Rome correspondent to advise its press office. The move will put journalist Greg Burke, who is also a member of Opus Dei, into a new role working with Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

For NPR's Newscast desk, Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome:

"Greg Burke, 52, has been with Fox 10 years, and he'll be the first Vatican communications expert with experience outside the world of Catholic media.

Last week, the pope's right hand man, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. accused the media of 'pettiness and lies.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

US journalist to help scandal-hit Vatican clean up its image

VATICAN CITY
AFP

By Francoise Kadri (AFP)

ROME — A scandal-hit Vatican, struggling to combat years of bad press, has hired American Fox News correspondent Greg Burke to modernise a communications strategy tainted by serious blunders in the past.

Burke told AFP he has been hired "primarily as a strategist" to "simplify the Vatican's message (and) improve communications," though Vatican watchers have said his appointment fails to tackle the real issues within the Holy See.

One of his main tasks, Burke says, will be "avoiding too many surprises."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Kelly McParland: Pope hopes Fox News veteran can rescue the Vatican from itself

CANADA
National Post

Kelly McParland Jun 25, 2012

Embroiled in more scandals than it has commandments, the Catholic Church hierarchy has reacted like governments everywhere do when they’re in trouble: hire a public relations adviser to “craft its message.”

In this case the Church has turned to what must be one of the world’s more questionable sources, if you’re looking for straightforward, unbiased communications: Fox News.

Well, not Fox News exactly, but Greg Burke, a veteran Fox News correspondent in Rome, and a member of Opus Dei.

Gee, how promising — a member of the Church’s most conservative wing, who works for the world’s most right-wing news organization, will now be guiding the Pope in trying to reassure the flock that everything is under control inside the world’s last independent walled city-state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

San Jose: Priest who was beaten invokes 5th Amendment

CALIFORNIA
Mercury News

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/25/2012

A retired Catholic priest has refused to answer more questions in the trial of the man accused of beating him in Los Gatos, a move that could end the case.

When Rev. Jerold Lindner was called back to the stand this morning, he invoked the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. Lindner is the key witness against San Francisco resident Will Lynch, who is accused of assaulting Lindner in 2010.

Lindner allegedly molested Lynch decades ago when he was a child.

Judge David A. Cena dismissed the jury until this afternoon. He is considering whether Lindner can invoke his right against self-incrimination. The statute of limitations has run out on the alleged molestations, but Lindner's attorney says the priest could be charged with perjury. He has already in court denied he molested Lynch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

2nd mistrial motion filed in Calif. priest case

CALIFORNIA
Ventura County Star

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys representing a California man charged with assaulting a priest who he claims raped him decades ago have filed a second motion for a mistrial.

William Lynch's attorneys say prosecutor Vicki Gemetti withheld evidence she obtained from Father Jerold Lindner. Lindner allegedly told Gemetti that he would take the stand and say he did not molest Lynch. But Lynch's attorneys say Gemetti denied knowing what Lynch would say.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/Q37bl6) obtained the second motion late Sunday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Archbishop Chaput sees deep roots in clergy sexual abuse crisis

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service

INDIANAPOLIS — Noting that the church in Philadelphia is "now my family, an intimate part of my life" a year after being appointed to lead the church there, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said that the clergy sexual abuse scandal "has caused terrible suffering for victims, demoralized many of our clergy, crippled the witness of the church and humiliated the whole Catholic community" in that region.

He made this assessment June 20, hours after a Philadelphia jury told Judge Teresa Sarmina that they could not agree on four of five charges in a clergy sexual abuse trial. Judge Sarmina instructed the jury, which has been in deliberations for 12 days, to continue to seek a verdict in the case against Father James J. Brennan and Msgr. William Lynn.

Archbishop Chaput made his remarks during a keynote address in the 2012 Catholic Media Conference, sponsored jointly by the Catholic Press Association and the Catholic Academy for Communications Arts Professionals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

No gag orders at Penn State; SNAP says

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on June 25, 2012

We call on Penn State officials to disavow confidentiality or "gag" orders and to agree not to ask victims to sign them before their cases are settled. From a PR perspective, these orders may be tempting, but from a prevention perspective, these orders will only do the public a disservice.

It is important that the facts about this harrowing situation can be made public, so that people may learn where things went wrong, and what can be done to prevent such wrongdoing in the future.

Penn State officials have publicly said they want these suits to be resolved quickly. But in some ways, we hope not all of them will be.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Missbrauch: Diakonie entschädigt Opfer

OSTERREICH
Kaernten@ORF

Seit bekannt wurde, dass es auch in Heimen der evangelischen Diakonie in Treffen Missbrauchsfälle gegeben hat, läuft die Aufarbeitung. Die Diakonie zahlte den Opfern bisher 150.000 Euro Entschädigung. Rektor Hubert Stotter im Interview.

Sexueller Mißbrauch, sexualisierte Gewalt, schwarze Pädagogik, darüber berichteten bisher zehn Opfer, die als Kinder Zöglinge im Heim „de la Tour“ im Treffen waren. Manche wurden zu Hause missbraucht, kamen ins Heim, wurden dort wieder missbraucht. Als sie verhaltensauffällig wurden, kamen sie zu Kinderarzt Franz Wurst, dieser habe sie wieder missbraucht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Penn State already trying to gag-order victims?

PENNSYLVANIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on June 25, 2012

Penn State must have something to hide. And it’s bad enough that they’re trying to bamboozle victims into gag orders.

From the Philadelphia Enquirer:

… School president Rodney Erickson said in a statement released just after the 45 guilty verdicts against Sandusky were brought in Friday night, ”The purpose of the program is simple. The university wants to provide a forum where the university can privately, expeditiously, and fairly address the victims’ concerns and compensate them for claims.” (emphasis mine)

Even the US Catholic Bishops have a rule against gag-orders, (Article 3 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People). They give it the run-around as much as they can, but still.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Convicted Pa. Catholic Official Seeks House Arrest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC News

PHILADELPHIA June 25, 2012 (AP)

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic church official convicted of child endangerment are asking a judge to release him on house arrest.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment Friday, making him the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up abuse claims.

His lawyers filed a motion Monday asking to have him released from prison pending his sentencing Aug. 13.

Prosecutors say Lynn helped the Archdiocese of Philadelphia keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Foreman: Priest Abuse Jury Deliberations Got Heated

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

[with video]

PHILADELPHIA -
Two big verdicts were handed down by two different juries on Friday, including the conviction of Jerry Sandusky and the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn.

But the jury in the Philadelphia church sex abuse trial could not agree on the charges against Father James Brennan, which resulted in a mistrial.

Joining "Good Day" Monday was Issa Logan, the jury foreman on that case.

The jurors come to agreement on the charges against Brennan, who was accused of trying to rape a teenager, "because the evidence didn't allow us to actually believe – or all of us to believe – that he actually raped a child," Logan said.

The accuser testified during the trial, but Logan said some of the jurors had problems with discrepancies in the evidence, adding that "the story didn't stay as consistent as we needed it to be in order to make a decision."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

San Jose: Judge rejects motions for mistrial; priest beating case to resume testimony

CALIFORNIA
Marin Independent Journal

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 06/25/2012

A Santa Clara County judge this morning rejected the defense's motions for a mistrial in the priest-beating case.

Judge David A. Cena also said testimony will resume later this morning with Rev. Jerold Lindner back on the stand.

Lindner allegedly molested Will Lynch when he was a child. Decades later, Lynch is accused of beating Lindner at a Los Gatos center for retired priests.

Lynch's attorneys filed two motions for a mistrial. The first was that prosecutor Vicki Gemetti suborned perjury when Gemetti put Lindner on the stand Wednesday after announcing to the jury in her opening statement that he molested the brothers and would almost certainly lie under oath by denying the alleged molestation or saying he didn't remember.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Will Lynch trial: Defense alleges prosecutorial misconduct

CALIFORNIA
Oakland Tribune

By Tracey Kaplan tkaplan@mercurynews.comcontracostatimes.com
Posted: 06/25/2012

Prosecutors in the San Jose priest-beating trial have said they pursued the case despite the accused man's understandable motive -- retaliating against the cleric he said brutally molested him as a child -- because it's the right thing to do.

No matter how good the motive, they said, victims cannot be allowed to mete out justice in defiance of the rule of law.

But now, lawyers for the priest's alleged assailant, Will Lynch, are filing a second motion for a mistrial, claiming among other grounds that prosecutor Vicki Gemetti violated the rule of law herself -- by withholding evidence and lying about it.

Gemetti told the lawyers and judge she did not know what the victim and star witness -- the Rev. Jerold Lindner -- would say in court when she asked if he molested Lynch and his then-4-year-old brother on a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the mid-1970s. The defense had asked for the information in multiple discovery requests right up until Wednesday, the first day of trial, so the lawyers could prepare to cross-examine him. Gemetti that morning "stated she had not discussed it (with the priest) and that she had no idea what he was going to say," according to the motion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SECRETARIAT OF STATE

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 24 June 2012 (VIS) - The American journalist Gregory Burke, who is currently Rome correspondent for Fox News, will shortly take up the post of "communications advisor" to the Secretariat of State, according to an announcement made by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J.

"This new figure", Fr. Lombardi explained, "will have the task of dealing with communications issues in the work of the Secretariat of State, and will oversee relations with the Holy See Press Office and other media institutions of the Holy See".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE DIRECTOR ON POPE'S MEETINGS WITH CARDINALS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 24 June 2012 (VIS) - Fr. Lombardi has provided journalists with information about meetings the Pope held on Saturday 23 June, first with heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and subsequently with Cardinals George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia; Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue; Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome, and Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

"In the context of the circumstances that have arisen following the publication of reserved documents, the Holy Father is seeking to deepen his knowledge of the situation through continuous dialogue with those people who share with him the responsibility for governing the Church", Fr. Lombardi said.

"Last Saturday, as has already been made public, he became more fully informed on the course of the investigations in a meeting with the Commission of Cardinals responsible for conducting them, led by Cardinal Julian Herranz.

"This morning he is participating in the meeting with heads of dicasteries which, as is customary, is focusing on the issue of coordinating the work of the Roman Curia, something which is particularly important and urgent today in order to bear effective witness to the spirit of union which animates it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

'Broeder des doods' liet tientallen jongens sterven

NEDERLAND
RTL News

Eén man zou verantwoordelijk zijn voor de dood van tientallen jongens in de jaren vijftig in een katholieke zwakzinnigeninstelling in Limburg. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van Dagblad de Limburger.

Tussen 1952 en 1954 was het sterftecijfer in de instelling Sint Joseph in het plaatsje Heel opvallend hoog. Volgens De Limburger onthult het Openbaar Ministerie binnenkort een onderzoek naar de zaak, en naar de rol van een zekere broeder Andreas. De krant schrijft dat deze broeder, die inmiddels zelf ook is overleden, verantwoordelijk is voor de dood van de ernstig gehandicapte jongens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Broeder die tientallen doden op zijn geweten heeft, verbleef een tijd in abd

NEDERLAND
Knack

maandag 25 juni 2012

Westvleteren - De dood van tientallen jongens in het psychiatrisch instituut Sint Joseph in het Nederlands-Limburgse Heel wordt toegeschreven aan één man, broeder Andreas. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van dagblad De Limburger naar een van de grootste misstanden ooit binnen Nederlandse katholieke jeugdinstellingen. De broeder belandde later bij de Trappisten in het Westvleteren.

Tussen 1952 en 1954 vonden tientallen zeer ernstig gehandicapte jongens de dood in de een instelling in Heel. Oorspronkelijk luidde het dat ze een natuurlijke dood waren gestorven. Maar daar is vorig jaar twijfel over ontstaan. Onderzoek van Dagblad De Limburger leerde dat het extreme sterftecijfer te maken had met broeder Andreas. Die werkte in Heel met de groep ernstigst gehandicapte kinderen die niets meer konden dan eten en slapen. Hulp bij de behandeling kreeg hij niet.

Broeder verantwoordelijk voor dood zwakzinnige jongens

NEDERLAND
de Stentor

Auteur: door Paul Bots, Hans Goossen | maandag 25 juni 2012

HEEL – De dood van tientallen jongens in zwakzinnigeninstelling Sint Joseph in Heel wordt toegeschreven aan één man, broeder Andreas. De doden vielen tussen 1952-1954.

Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van Dagblad De Limburger/Limburgs Dagblad naar een van de grootste misstanden ooit binnen katholieke jeugdinstellingen. Het Openbaar Ministerie presenteert op korte termijn het resultaat van een eigen studie naar het extreme sterftecijfer en de rol van broeder Andreas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Broeder verantwoordelijk voor dood zwakzinnige jongens

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

HEEL – De dood van tientallen jongens in zwakzinnigeninstelling Sint Joseph in Heel wordt toegeschreven aan één man, broeder Andreas. De doden vielen tussen 1952-1954.

Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van Dagblad De Limburger/Limburgs Dagblad naar een van de grootste misstanden ooit binnen katholieke jeugdinstellingen. Het Openbaar Ministerie presenteert op korte termijn het resultaat van een eigen studie naar het extreme sterftecijfer en de rol van broeder Andreas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

'Tientallen slachtoffers broeder des doods'

NEDERLAND
PowNed

De dood van tientallen zwakzinnige jongens, tussen 1952 en 1954 in de instelling Sint Joseph in Heel, wordt in zijn geheel toegeschreven aan broeder Andreas. Dit blijkt vandaag uit onderzoek van De Limburger. Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) zal binnen korte termijn de resultaten van eigen onderzoek openbaren.

De 'broeder des doods' was in zijn eentje verantwoordelijk voor de verzorging van de zeer ernstig gehandicapte jongens. De kinderen waren tot niet meer in staat dan eten en slapen. De manier waarop hij de jongens om het leven bracht en de motieven van de broeder blijven onbekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

‘Dood jongens in Heel werk van één broeder’

NEDERLAND
ND

HEEL - Het hoge sterftecijfer onder gehandicapte jongens in het rooms-katholieke internaat St. Joseph in Heel is toe te schrijven aan het werk van één broeder, Andreas.

Dat schrijft het regionale dagblad De Limburger op basis van eigen onderzoek dat vandaag is gepubliceerd. Onduidelijk is nog of deze broeder de zwaar gehandicapte kinderen actief om het leven bracht of dat hij ze aan hun lot overliet.De zaak naar de dood van 34 jongens onder de achttien jaar tussen 1952 en ...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Informatie over mogelijke kindermoord verzwegen

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Joep Dohmen

Informatie over de mogelijke moord in de jaren vijftig op 34 zwakzinnige kinderen door een broeder in het katholieke gesticht Sint Joseph in het Limburgse Heel is in 1990 niet naar buiten gebracht.

De twee auteurs van een gedenkboek bij het tachtigjarig bestaan van Sint Joseph waren destijds in het archief van het bisdom Roermond informatie tegengekomen over de mysterieuze dood van de kinderen, waarvoor een broeder verantwoordelijk zou zijn. De door Sint Joseph ingehuurde auteurs hielden de gegevens echter achter omdat ze “niet bewezen” waren, zegt Phil Janssen uit Venlo die het boek schreef met Adri Gorissen, journalist van Dagblad De Limburger. Ze meldden het wel aan de directie van Sint Joseph, aldus Janssen. Die deed er niets mee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Doden Sint Joseph op conto broeder

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

[Summary: The death of dozens of boys in the St. Joseph mental institution is attributed to Brother Andreas. The deaths occurred 1952-1954. According to research by Dagblad De Limburger this is one of the great evils committed in a Catholic youth organization. By 1954, his religious order held him responsible for the high mortality rate and he was transferred. He later joined a Trappist order in Belgium.]

De dood van tientallen jongens in zwakzinnigeninstelling Sint Joseph in Heel wordt toegeschreven aan één man, broeder Andreas. De doden vielen tussen 1952-1954.

Heel

Door Paul Bots, Hans Goossen en Niki van der Naald

Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van deze krant naar een van de grootste misstanden ooit binnen katholieke jeugdinstellingen. Het Openbaar Ministerie presenteert op korte termijn het resultaat van een eigen studie naar het extreme sterftecijfer en de rol van broeder Andreas.

Onduidelijk is of de ‘broeder des doods’ de zeer ernstig gehandicapte jongens - al dan niet om hen verder lijden te besparen - actief om het leven bracht of dat hij ze aan hun lot overliet. De in 1917 in Brunssum geboren broeder werkte in Heel met de groep ernstigst gehandicapte kinderen die niet meer konden dan eten en slapen. Hulp bij de behandeling kreeg hij niet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Residential schools harmed generations

CANADA
The StarPhoenix

By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix
June 25, 2012

There are survivors of residential schools and then there are their descendants, who often survived their own abuse and social problems that are the system's legacy, said several people testifying at the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Saskatoon.

Former residential school students gave public testimonies about their experiences alongside younger generations of aboriginal people who told their own stories of surviving dysfunctional families and social struggles. The "inter-generational effects," as people called them, have done as much harm as residential schools, the commission heard during the four-day event.

Marcia Mirasty testified at Saturday's commissioners' sharing panel with her mother, a residential school survivor. The Flying Dust First Nation health director talked about family violence and neglect, sexual and substance abuse and other health problems that survivors and their families have faced.

"We have a generation of parents who don't know how to parent," Mirasty said after her testimony. "A lot of parenting skills were broken."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Guilty!

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The 21st Century American Catholic

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Yesterday, a church official was convicted of the crime of endangering children. Msgr. William Lynn, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, can serve from 3-l/2 to 7 years in prison.

The archdiocese released a statement apologizing to the victims and then saying that from now on they will work to make the church safe for all people. I don't believe them.

Everything happens in a context. The only reason that the church officials want to make the church "safe" is that they got caught. They got caught covering up priests' sins and crimes against children. So, what they really mean is that they will do everything possible not to get caught again. The pressure on the church is coming from the outside, from the world that bishops and the pope consider a place of secularism and sin, "the culture of death"--a world that ordinarily they ignore or condemn.

Inside the church, the context is different. Lynn was convicted of obeying his archbishop, Cardinal Bevilacqua. Obedience is built into the church structure. At ordination a priest promises obedience to his bishop, and a bishop promises obedience to the pope. When a Cardinal receives his red hat from the pope, he promises never to publicly express anything that will make the church look bad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Verdict showed the church as a whole wasn't guilty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

Christine M. Flowers
Philadelphia Daily News
Email Christine M. Flowers

I'VE BEEN PRAYING a lot of rosaries lately, some for personal reasons and the rest for my church. I finger the beads with reverence, knowing that each prayer brings me closer to a resolution, if not absolution.

In my heart, I love my church with the same accepting reverence of a child. In my mind, I know that sins were committed, crimes concealed, and so the rosary helps me find that inner place of peace. It also helps me face the painful truths that children who accepted, with reverence, that priests were all good men were betrayed.

My task is a private one. Not so for those 12 Philadelphia jurors who sacrificed three months of their lives to sort out the truths hidden among horrific allegations of abuse. They were not obligated to find peace but, rather, justice. And they did a magnificent job Friday, when they rendered a verdict that was both fair and heart-wrenching.

They were not looking for vengeance, nor were they willing to execute other people's vendettas. They listened to the law, listened to the facts, heard the cries of alleged victims and watched the faces of alleged perpetrators, and then came to a decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Years of work by Philadelphia D.A.'s Office led to priests' trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Trial Narrative and Resources - BishopAccountability.org]

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

The guilty verdict against Msgr. William J. Lynn - the first time a Catholic church supervisor has been found criminally liable for child-sex crimes by a priest - concluded one of the most unusual prosecutions in the history of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

It took nine years, two grand juries, and changes in Pennsylvania law.

And it made odd partners of former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and successor Seth Williams, whose relationship soured when Williams, a former Abraham prosecutor, challenged her in the 2005 Democratic primary.

Ironically, both prosecutors had to fend off criticism over their religions.

Abraham was criticized because she is Jewish and was investigating the Catholic Church; Williams, campaigning for election in 2009, defended himself against suggestions he would go easy on the church because he is an active Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Church and School Cuts Anger Catholics in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: June 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — “It’s been a rough week” is how the Rev. Charles Zlock, pastor of the St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, started his 10 a.m. homily on Sunday.

It seemed like an obvious reference to the searing trial that ended Friday with the conviction of a senior Philadelphia archdiocese official, Msgr. William J. Lynn, on a charge of endangering children by placing a known pedophile in an unwary parish.

But the 120 worshipers attending St. Mary’s on Sunday, though upset by the case, were mostly heartsick for a different reason: After final services next Sunday, this handsome church in northwest Philadelphia, a center of life for nearby residents since 1849, is scheduled to close.

For the unsettled Roman Catholics in this 1.5 million-member archdiocese, the closing is one more blow in sweeping and bitterly contested cutbacks. Across the city, thousands are already incensed because church leaders have closed 27 cherished schools.

Even as it struggles with the revelations of sexual abuse and the failure of top officials to act, the Philadelphia Archdiocese, long considered an eminent stronghold of Catholic power and tradition, is being battered from several sides.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Prevail ...

PENNSYLVANIA
Verdict

[Trial Narrative and Resources - BishopAccountability.org]

Marci A. Hamilton

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Prevail in Pennsylvania: The Lynn and Sandusky Cases Show Us What Justice Looks Like

Remember this date: June 22, 2012. That was the day that Msgr. William Lynn and Jerry Sandusky were each taken from their separate courtrooms in Pennsylvania and escorted to jail, after each had been convicted by a jury of his peers of committing crimes against children. That is justice. ...

Msgr. William Lynn: Convicted on 1 of 3 Counts

On the very same day the Sandusky verdict was read, the beleaguered jury in the trial of Msgr. William Lynn finally emerged—after 11 weeks of testimony and 12 ½ days of deliberations—to convict Lynn on a charge of the endangerment of children.

This was the first time anyone in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church had been criminally convicted for the role he played in the corrupt system that has covered up the sexual abuse of children around the globe. It took ten years—from the convening of the first grand jury to today—for prosecutors to fully examine how the Philadelphia Archdiocese had handled child predators among the clergy, but it was a busy ten years for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Their yeoman’s labors paid off in true justice, with Lynn being taken directly from the courtroom to jail.

The jury struggled with a conspiracy charge, partly because of the confusing instructions they received. There is also good reason to question the jury’s banker’s schedule in this case. The Sandusky jury deliberated for twenty hours in just two days. In contrast, there were weeks when the Lynn jury barely cracked 20 hours of deliberations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Local Catholics divided on Lynn fallout

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

By Dan Geringer
Daily News Staff Writer

AFTER MONSIGNOR William J. Lynn became the first senior Catholic Church official convicted of covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests under his supervision, people attending Sunday's evening Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul dealt with the ongoing scandal in different ways.

Rose Boyle, 22, a Temple student living in North Philadelphia, regularly attends Mass at the basilica, on the Ben Franklin Parkway at Logan Square. She said, "If you're married and if saying, ‘I love you,' to your wife is part of your marriage, and you hear about a guy who cheats on his wife, that doesn't mean you stop saying, ‘I love you' to your wife," Boyle said.

"The institution of the Catholic Church is the way I express my love for God," she said. "My relationship with the Catholic Church hasn't changed because some people in the church did some wrong things. I'm not going to stop going to church and saying, ‘I love God.'"

David Sherrard, 56, of Seattle said, "I'm a confessed Christian. We're all sinners. All of us need to ask for forgiveness, and to forgive."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Highlights from trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

By Sean Carlin
Daily News Staff Writer

AFTER AN 11-week trial, Msgr. William J Lynn was convicted of one count of child endangerment, making him the first Catholic official in the nation to be held criminally liable for priest child-abuse. Lynn, 61, was secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

The jury deadlocked on a child-abuse charge against his co-defendant, Rev. James J. Brennan, 48, who was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

Some of the highlights of the trial:

March 26: Trial begins with questions aimed at Lynn's role in covering up sexual abuse in the church. Lynn and Brennan plead not guilty.

April 4: A 30-year-old man testifies that Brennan molested him during an overnight stay in 1996 when he was 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Shock and grief in Msgr. William J. Lynn's parish after his conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Dara McBride
Inquirer Staff Writer

"Abominable," "shameful" and "sad" were a few of the words the parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Downingtown used Sunday to describe the conviction of their former pastor, Msgr. William J. Lynn, of child endangerment in the landmark clergy sex-abuse trial in Philadelphia.

On Friday, Lynn, 61, became the nation's first Catholic church supervisor convicted for covering up abuse by a priest. He faces up to seven years in prison.

On the first Sunday after that dramatic outcome, cars packed St. Joseph's two parking lots as usual. But inside, Masses were different. Some parishioners cried. Others expressed confusion over the verdict as they spoke with clergy afterward.

"He was the lovingest and most supportive man I've ever known. He was there in my hour of need, not just for me, but for my family," Bernadette Louden said after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Without providing details, she said Lynn had helped her when she became seriously ill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Conviction of Msgr. Lynn was a watershed event

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

Daily News Editorial
Philadelphia Daily News

GUILTY AS charged (although only on one of three counts): Msgr. William J. Lynn.

Guilty but not charged: Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

In a watershed decision in Philadelphia on Friday, a jury convicted (for the first time ever!) a Catholic Church official of child endangerment for taking part in a cover-up of priest abuse.

In a breathtaking coincidence, eight hours later and a few hundred miles away, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 43 counts of child sexual abuse. The swift decision, which followed a trial that got much more publicity than the Philadelphia proceedings, understandably dominated the rest of the day's news cycle.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office managed to prove only one count against Lynn, the former archdiocesan secretary of clergy, to the jury's satisfaction. Lynn was acquitted of another child-endangerment charge and a charge of conspiracy. (The jury deadlocked on both charges of abuse and conspiracy against the Rev. James J. Brennan.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

EDITORIAL: Conviction puts Catholic hierarchy on notice

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Daily Times

Published: Monday, June 25, 2012

More than 10 painful years after the clerical sexual abuse scandal broke open wide with the child molestation conviction of a Boston priest, a U.S. Catholic church official who protected predator priests has finally been held accountable.

By doing nothing when he knew about pedophile priests while he was secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Rev. Monsignor William Lynn allowed the abuse to continue. That was basically the message sent by a Philadelphia jury Friday when, after a 10-week trial, they found Lynn guilty of one felony count of endangering the welfare of children.

The 61-year-old monsignor, who formerly was parochial vicar at St. Katharine of Siena parish in the Wayne section of Radnor, served as secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under former Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

During the trial, jurors learned that Lynn had assembled a “secret file” of known or suspected pedophile priests that, in 1994, Bevliacqua — a canon and a civil attorney — ordered to be shredded. Prosecutors got to see the list after a copy of it was found this year in an archdiocesan safe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Convicted priest's lawyers to seek house arrest for him

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

From Susan Candiotti and Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 5:26 AM EDT, Mon June 25, 2012

(CNN) -- Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn will return to court Monday to argue that the cleric, who was convicted of child endangerment, be put under house arrest rather than jailed until his sentencing in August.

Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and on a charge of conspiring to protect a priest accused of abuse.

The jury was unable to bring a verdict against his co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, who was charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lynn was taken into custody after the verdict Friday, when the judge revoked his bail. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lindy, criticized the decision not to let his client remain free on bond prior to sentencing, calling it "an unspeakable miscarriage of justice (for) a 61-year-old man with no prior record and long established ties to the community."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

June 24, 2012

New Hampshire’s child-abuse reporting law is strong

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Keene Sentinel

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday’s conviction of former Penn State athletics coach Jerry Sandusky was about his sexual abuse of 10 young males during a 15-year period.

But by inference the charges against him also concerned the failure of a system under which more than a few people kept mum on suspicions of abuse during that time — a failure underscored by the virtual flood of abuse-reporting legislation across the country since the charges against the 67-year-old Sandusky were filed last fall.

The National Council of State Legislatures says that so far this year more than 100 bills have been filed in 30 states and the District of Columbia to toughen up rules for reporting suspected abuse of children. In 10 states, new laws have been enacted.

New Hampshire is not among those jurisdictions because, to its credit, its mandatory reporting statute has long been broadly inclusive. Whereas some states, such as Pennsylvania, required practitioners of only certain professions to speak up when they sensed something wrong — among them nurses, clergy members, day care workers, but not athletic coaches — the Granite State since 1979 has required any person who suspects child abuse to go to the authorities.

Now, laws are only as good as their enforcement, as in the conviction of a top-level Catholic church official in Pennsylvania, also Friday, of covering-up for pedophile priests over many years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Levada: Changes to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith due at the end of June

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Marco Tosatti
Rome

Reliable sources inside the Vatican say it is very likely that there will be changes at the top of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this month. The retirement of the current head of the Congregation, the American William Levada will be announced publicly some time around the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. Levada has asked the Pope to be relieved from his office, since he wants to go back to the United States.

Gerhard Mueller is a man with a remarkable personality, who exerts a certain influence over Benedict XVI. Although not one of the Pope’s closest friends, he is certainly a significant figure from an academic point of view and this establishes a tie between them. He also played, and still plays, an important role in the creation and work of the German born foundation which is in charge of preparing and publishing Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s literary works.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Discipline on trial at Salina’s St. John’s Military School

SALINA (KS)
The Kansas City Star

By ERIC ADLER and LAURA BAUER
The Kansas City Star

SALINA, Kan. -- SALINA, Kan. From the time he was a small boy, Jesse Mactagone dreamed he would become a U.S. Army officer.

His mom had painted the wall behind his bed olive green. His bed sheets depicted fighter jets.

“He never wore anything but camouflage,” said his mother, Jennifer Mactagone. “He knows every tank, every single helicopter.”

So, at age 14, when the time arrived for Jesse to choose a high school, the Auburn, Calif., boy leaped at an offer from his grandfather, a U.S. Navy veteran, to pay $30,000 a year for him to attend St. John’s Military School in Salina.

Website images of spit-and-polish students and a message of “discipline” and “a structured campus life” that promoted “qualities such as personal graces, confidence, respect, high moral character, and leadership” seemed the perfect fit.

“We didn’t send him to St. John’s,” Jesse’s mother said. “He wanted to go.”

But now, as part of a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, the Mactagones stand with a growing number of St. John’s families alleging their sons experienced the opposite of grace and character.

The Mactagones allege that Jesse was so severely physically abused and beaten, not at the hands of faculty, but by other students, that four days after he stepped on campus in August 2011, he needed to be rushed to the hospital. He was unable to walk with two broken legs, including a displaced femur.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

abuse look at me

UNITED STATES
YouTube

Published on Jun 23, 2012 by bonnie richard

Child abuse by priest or nun in Louisiana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

JAKE WAGMAN LAUNCHES SHIELD POLITICAL RESEARCH

MISSOURI
Berger's Beat

The Associated Press has confirmed that St. Louis native Greg Burke is leaving his Fox News post to help the Vatican with public relations. He’ll work with Rev. Federico Lombardi, who runs the Holy See’s press office and papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Vallis, who, like Burke, is a member of Opus Dei. . .

With a top Philadelphia Catholic official having been found guilty of endangering children, attention turns to the case against St. Louis native Robert Finn, now bishop of the Kansas City diocese. It’s set for trial in September and revolves around the same basic claim: that known and suspected child sex crimes were hidden by church staff. Finn should be worried, says SNAP’s Barbara Dorris. “The Philly case involved older and more complex evidence, and layers of church bureaucracy,” she explained. “The Finn case involves more recent and clear cut wrongdoing in a smaller diocese with fewer underlings who can be scapegoated”. .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Changes in the Curia

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Levada is to resign from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, leaving Müller in pole position to substitute him. Meanwhile, the Vatican library is getting a new librarian and Bertone’s substitution appears imminent

ANDREA TORNIELLI
Vatican City

Two important (cardinal) appointments are expected in the Vatican before the beginning of the summer holidays. The most significant one is the nomination of Joseph Ratzinger’s second successor as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is a delicate and crucial role not only because faith is at the heart of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, but also because this is the dicastery that deals with scorching dossiers on cases of sex abuse against minors and it also manages the dialogue process with the Society of St. Pius X. Seventy six year old American cardinal, William Levada, intends to retire to the U.S. After months of deliberation, the Pope is likely to choose the 64 year old Bishop of Regensburg, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, for the post of Prefect of the Congregation. Unless there are any last minute surprises (other candidates considered include an American prelate and a French cardinal) he is expected to take over from Levada in the next few months.

Another expected appointment is that of the Librarian of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The post has been vacant since outgoing librarian Cardinal Raffaele Farina (who will turn 79 next September) presented his resignation recently. The man that seems tipped to win the post is 68 year old French archbishop, Jean-Louis Bruguès, a Dominican. But even in this case there could be last minute surprises as the Pope could choose a cardinal from the Roman Curia who is nearing the end of his mandate. Vatican Librarians traditionally keep their role well beyond the age of 75.

Next 2 December the Vatican Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, will turn 78. When Bertone reached resignation age three years ago, Benedict XVI sent him an affectionate letter asking him to stay on. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper La Stampa last March Bertone stated: “Serving the Holy Father is always a strong experience of pastoral charity because of the way he leads the Church with clear judgement and moderate firmness. Obviously, however, whether my service continues or ends depends on Benedict XVI’s decision.” Many believe that the Pope wants to keep Bertone by his side for at least another two years, that is, until Cardinal Bertone turns 80. The Pope chose him for the role of Secretary of State shortly after his appointment as Pope in 2005 - although the nomination was announced in June 2006 and the installation the following September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

US-Journalist soll Vatikan bei Pressearbeit beraten

VATIKAN
Focus

Ein US-Journalist soll dem Vatikan nach dem „Vatileaks“-Skandal wieder zu einer guten Presse verhelfen. Der Rom-Korrespondent der konservativen Fox News, Greg Burke, wird Kommunikationsstratege des Vatikans.

Das bestätigten Burke und der Papst-Sprecher Federico Lombardi am Samstag der italienischen Nachrichtenagentur Ansa. Burke (52) erhält ein Büro im Führungsgremium des Vatikans. Er gehört zum konservativen Opus Dei und arbeitete früher als Korrespondent des US-Magazins „Time“. Seine neue Aufgabe wurde ihm Ende Mai angetragen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Konservative: Zollitsch soll härter gegen Reformpriester vorgehen

DEUTSCHLAND
Jesus.de

Das konservative "Netzwerk katholischer Priester" hat Erzbischof Robert Zollitsch zu einem härteren Vorgehen gegen Reform-Priester aufgefordert.

So solle der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz die Reformforderungen von Priestern, auch geschiedene Wiederverheiratete zur Kommunion zuzulassen, «nicht zweideutig kommentieren», zitiert «Der Spiegel» die Forderungen des Netzwerks. Der Sprecher des Netzwerks, Guido Rodheudt, wirft Zollitsch laut «Spiegel» vor, zuzusehen, «wie die Eindeutigkeit der katholischen Botschaft ins Zwielicht gerate».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

„Wir haben keine Mehrheit“

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Berlin – Wir zwei Hungerstreikende, Christiane Kieburg und Katharina M., nutzten die CSD-Parade am 23.6. 2012 in Berlin, um mit Transparent und netzwerkB-Flyern auf unsere Forderung nach Abschaffung der Verjährungsfristen bei sexualisierter Gewalt gegen Kinder aufmerksam zu machen.

Am Startpunkt sprachen wir Klaus Wowereit (SPD) persönlich an und bekamen die momentan übliche SPD-Antwort:

„Wir haben keine Mehrheit“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Die vatikanische Büchse der Pandora: Genozid, Kinderhandel und Kinderschändung

VATIKAN
Politaia

Das folgende Video mit Alfred Lambremont Webre und Rev. Kevin Annett befasst sich mit der öffentlichen Deklaration an Papst Ratzinger und dem Vatikan, in der ausgesagt wird, dass – sollten keine spezifischen Maßnahmen seitens des Papstes und des Vatikans bis 15. September 2012 ergriffen werden – “jeder bekannte römisch-katholische Priester oder Beamte, der einem Kind Schaden zugefügt hat oder dieselben gedeckt hat, öffentlich durch unser Netzwerk namentlich genannt wird, öffentlich festgenommen wird und aus seiner Kirche vertrieben wird.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Monsignor Lynn, conscience and obedience

UNITED STATES
dotCommonweal

June 24, 2012

Posted by Paul Moses

At the same time the U.S. Catholic bishops are giving daily lessons on how important it is for government to respect individual conscience, the Philadelphia jury that convicted Monsignor William Lynn on Friday of child endangerment has offered a lesson on the role of conscience in the church.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, jury foreman Isa Logan spoke of how he told the other jurors about his military experience; he served two years in an artillery unit in Korea. “All I told them was, I’m a soldier, and if my commander tells me to do something that’s inhumane or against any kind of Army rules,” he would not, Logan said. “I’m a human being before I’m a soldier.”

Contrast that with Monsignor Lynn’s testimony, reported here by journalist Ralph Cipriano:

Lynn’s direct testimony ended in a flourish, when [defense lawyer Thomas] Bergstrom asked the monsignor why he didn’t just quit his job as secretary for clergy, as some critics have suggested.

It’s “not in my nature to do that,” Lynn said. He explained he had a “simple faith” that “the will of God works through the bishop as far as your assignments are concerned.” He said he preaches that belief to fellow priests. It was a belief that provoked classmates in the seminary to call him a fool, Lynn said with a smile. But the monsignor said he sincerely believed it, so how could he quit his job as secretary for the clergy under Cardinal Bevilacqua?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Catholics have rendered a verdict

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown

The verdict on Msgr. William J. Lynn has been rendered; it is very big news, and yet that verdict is not the one that occupies me this day.

I was 11 as I looked out the window of my front porch toward the near-blackness of early morning. Mom stood at my side, and I held my cassock and surplice in hand. At 5 a.m. I kissed my mother and ran outside as Father's car stopped to pick me up on the other side of Main Street. It was my week to serve as altar boy at the 5:30 Mass in the lovely little chapel at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital just two blocks away. I can still see Mom's trusting smile as I ventured into the wintry darkness and into Father's waiting car.

Much has been lost by my church since the child-abuse horror broke into public consciousness a decade ago. None of these losses, except those occasioned by the beastly acts themselves, can match the loss of that trusting smile on the faces of Catholic mothers everywhere. The mothers of today's 11-year-old sons and daughters have issued their own verdict, and it is ominous. They are far less apt to release their children from their safe embrace to enter the car of a parish priest.

Rocco Palmo, Philadelphia-based author of the Whispers in the Loggia website, the place to go for what's happening in worldwide Catholicism, has said that "a very different church is going to emerge from this" latest turn in the sex-abuse scandal. He is speaking of the hierarchical American church of bishops and cardinals, chanceries and palaces — the mansion in Philadelphia is up for sale, a sure sign of some kind of change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

This Mother’s Verdict

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

June 24, 2012 by Susan Matthews

I just finished reading “Catholics have rendered a verdict” – an opinion piece in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer by Orlando R. Barone. He ends his thoughtful column with, “No bishop living today will see that trusting smile fully restored, but no living bishop can dodge the moral imperative to begin the healing. There will be more trials and more juries and more lengthy deliberations, but it is the mothers who will render the verdict that counts.”

This mother will need more than the weak statement issued in response to Msgr. Lynn’s verdict. Here it is:

“Archdiocese Reacts to Verdict In Trial of Monsignor Lynn, June 22, 2012

This has been a difficult time for all Catholics, especially victims of sexual abuse. The lessons of the last year have made our Church a more vigilant guardian of our people’s safety. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is on a journey of reform and renewal that requires honesty and hope. We are committed to providing support and assistance to parishioners as they and the Church seek to more deeply understand sexual violence, and to create an environment that is safe and welcoming to all, including past victims.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a heartfelt apology to all victims of clergy sexual abuse. Now and in the future, the Church will continue to take vigorous steps to ensure safe church environments for all the faithful in Philadelphia.”


We’ve heard these promises before. Healing and real protection can’t begin without truth. When will the Church admit that not only Bevilacqua but many other Cardinals have harmed children through their cover ups? When will the root causes of the cover up be addressed in open forums with the laity? I’m not talking about the hope and healing initiative on the parish level. I’m referring to the Vatican. Archbishop Chaput could be the best Archbishop ever but what happens when he is gone? A pervasive culture of clericalism persists throughout the institution. That culture will continue to allow this kind of cover up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

What Rev. William Lynn’s conviction means for the Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

What, if anything, changes with the June 22nd conviction of Monsignor William J. Lynn for child endangerment? Legally, one can expect an appeal in order to prevent the former clergy secretary for the Philadelphia Archdiocese from serving the maximum sentence of seven years in jail. But, unlike previous cases, this trial was not of a clerical abuser but of a priest in charge of personnel appointments. The court finding substantiates Lynn’s culpable responsibility for knowing that such abuse was likely to occur, but endangering children nonetheless by assigning abusers to what we Catholics call “near occasions of sin.”

There is little doubt that since 2002 the bishops have legislated stricter guidelines that have had the effect of substantially reducing the instances of clerical pedophilia.

I would not agree with Dr. William Donohue of the Catholic League, however, that the conviction of the monsignor represents a “victory” over the church’s anti-Catholic enemies. Reading the transcript makes it hard to avoid the prosecutors’ insistence that the monsignor had “helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches.” This may not be a conspiracy, (one of the charges on which Lynn was dismissed) but it is a crime.

To a reasonable observer, this case demonstrates that the courts will not afford clergymen a version of the Nazi’s Nuremburg defense that they “were only following orders.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Vatican hires American spin doctor

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Vatican has hired American journalist Greg Burke to batten down the hatches after the recent media storm

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

Right in the midst of the storm which brewed up around the paedophilia scandal in spring 2010, Fr. Federico Lombardi, who succeeded Joaquín Navarro-Valls’ as head of the Holy See Press Office, gave an interview published on the BBC website, in which he stated he was a spokesman who depends on the Secretariat of State’s instructions. “The Secretariat of State decides the line to take and I try to communicate it as best as I can,” Lombardi had gone on to say, concluding: “No one has ever given me the task of co-ordinating of a Holy See media strategy.”

One of the core reasons for the media crisis that has marked certain phases of the current papacy is the lack of a united communicative leadership as well as the lack of involvement on the part of the person in charge of communication during decision making processes. It would be simplistic to blame the crisis solely and exclusively on journalists, which is what is happening in the Vatican on all levels.

The Holy See’s appointment of American journalist Greg Burke as “media advisor” shows that the Vatican Secretariat of State has finally taken the problem seriously after kicking itself in the stomach on a number of occasions over the past weeks. Burke is a distinguished professional who has worked as Rome correspondent for Time magazine and is currently employed by Fox News in the same role. One of the most notable media gaffs was the piloted disclosure of the reasons for the dismissal of the Vatican bank’s former head, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi: regardless of whether he deserved to go, the media coverage of his dismissal was morally and professionally destroying for this man who was only appointed to the position three years ago and in whom a great deal of trust had been placed. An unprecedented event in the recent history of the Holy See, made worse by his exposure to an unpleasant psychiatric assessment, the results of which were sent to Gotti Tedeschi’s superiors by a diligent professional who had been made to sit next to the Vatican bank’s former president as a celebration and covertly examine him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

The Summer of Our Discontent

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Editorial

We arrive on this beginning of Summer Friday at a critical nexus for survivors of sexual abuse.

First, our thoughts go to the brave, dignified, and courageous survivors who testified and who have spoken out in interviews in the Penn State former coach Jerry Sandusky case which has gone to the jury amidst a report that an adopted son of Sandusky was willing to testify for the prosecution.

After nearly two weeks of deliberations, the jury in the Philadelphia case of Monsignor William Lynn, returned a verdict of endangerment of children.

Juxtaposed to these two major cases is the downbeat of dueling campaigns: the Bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” and the Nuns Bus Tour.

Playing out against these backdrops this weekend and next in baskets in parishes across the depth and breadth of the United State is the Peter Pence collection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Hell on Earth

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

[with video]

Judy Courtin says the rape of children by Catholic priests is best dealt with by a royal commission, writes Michael Short.

[WHO] Judy Courtin, lawyer researching sex crimes against children by Catholic clergy
[WHAT] Victims are being denied truth and justice by the church and the state
[HOW] A royal commission or full judicial inquiry is essential

WERE Jesus Christ to reappear today, the first thing he might do is walk into the golden, treasure-gorged edifice that is the Vatican and throw out not money merchants, as he did some 2000 years ago, but the very people purporting to represent him and his ideas.

The core idea, it seems to me, that this radical man so influentially ventilated is simple and beautiful: treat others as you would wish to be treated, for we are all equal and all deserve and owe decency and kindness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Full transcript: Judy Courtin

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

Michael Short: Judy Courtin, thank you for your time, and welcome to The Zone.

Judy Courtin: Thank you, Michael, for inviting me.

MS: You are you a lawyer do a PHD on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. Can we begin, please Judy, with the size and scope of the issue?

JC: This is something we don't know. This is one of the very important issues or questions that an inquiry, a properly constituted commission of inquiry, should be doing. So we don't know the prevalence, we don't know the incidence.

There is one known statistic coming out of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, which says that about 10 per cent of adults who were sexually assaulted as children will ever report to the police. The process called the Melbourne Response – that is, the process set up by the Melbourne Archdiocese to investigate complaints against Catholic clergy, reported about a year ago that about 450 complaints had been lodged since 1996.

Recently the Archdiocese said they had investigated about 330 complaints. Either way, if that represents that 10 per cent figure, that's a lot; between 3,500 and 4,500. That is just the Melbourne Archdiocese. The Melbourne Archdiocese only deals with diocesan priests. They don't deal with all the religious orders such as the Christian Brothers or Salesians, for example. And the Melbourne Archdiocese is just one geographical area. So, if we have a possible 3,500 to 4,500 victims just from diocesan priests, how many victims are there across the state?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Devil deliver me: Vatican hires Fox News journo for image makeover

VATICAN CITY
RT

The Vatican has turned to a Fox News reporter for help to improve its relations with the media amid communications blunders and a leaks scandal. The Holy See hired the Channel’s Rome correspondent for the position of senior communications adviser.

­The TV journalist Greg Burke is also a member of the Opus Dei movement, described by Dan Brown in his “The Da Vinci Code” as a “secretive, powerful and murderous sect whose members whip themselves bloody.” The best-selling book portrays the sect as being at the root of an international Catholic conspiracy. Burk said he didn't know what, if any, role his membership in Opus Dei played.

Burke, Fox's Rome-based correspondent for Europe and the Middle East, will leave the channel and assume the new post of senior communications adviser to the Secretariat of State, the Vatican’s key department responsible for all political and diplomatic functions.

His role will be similar to that of a communications adviser in the White House.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Are church investigation procedures really just? — Ladislas Órsy

IRELAND
The Association of Catholic Priests

All over the face of the earth, there is a compelling hunger for justice and a persistent cry demanding respect for human rights. The Church hears the cry, responds with solemn pronouncements, and is a forceful advocate of human dignity. The Church, however, speaks not only with words but also with actions: it is called to proclaim the Good News with signs and symbols as well. Judicial proceedings within the Church are part of such signs and symbols ‑ so much so that it is important to look at how the Church deals with doctrinal disputes and then at the ideal of justice that modern jurisprudence has created. In doing so, we follow a venerable tradition: throughout its long history the Church has turned for legal wisdom to secular sources and it made ancient Roman law the very foundation of canon law.

On June 29, 1997, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith promulgated new procedural rules entitled ‘Regulations for the Examination of Doctrines.’ They have superseded the norms published in1971. The Explanatory Note issued by the Holy See stated: ‘After twenty‑five years of experience … it was decided to prepare new Regulations that might respond even better to the demands of the present day.’

By referring to ‘the demands of the present day’ ‑ demands of justice, obviously ‑ the document itself invites us to consider whether it meets them. The first part of this article will present the Regulations; the second part will compare them with the best principles of modern jurisprudence. Paul the Apostle wrote to the Philippians: ‘whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just … you must consider’ (Phil. 4:8).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Abuse by priests causes spiritual wounds

IRELAND
The Association of Catholic Priests

Is it possible to get some kind of dispensation from the need for priests in the spiritual life of a Roman Catholic ? That you don’t need to ‘avail’ of the sacraments which can only be administered by an ordained priest, when it can be that all they are for you at times are triggers to earlier, more recent and it seems constant recalls of spiritual, emotional, psychological and sexual abuses ?

In the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church, a dispensation is the suspension by competent authority of general rules of law in particular cases. Its object is to modify the hardship often arising from the rigorous application of general laws to particular cases, and its essence is to preserve the law by suspending its operation in such cases. When a person so abused seems incapable, though not for want of trying, to find any real peace in heart and soul in that practice of the faith that can often seem endless reminders and revelations of betrayal.

This in no way suggests or is meant to imply any kind of negative feeling towards, perception or judgement of all the really good men and women, priests and religious in the Catholic Church, past and present.

When the true spiritual welfare of the individual is at stake, which impacts everything else, is there anything in Church law that would allow a person to live as Catholic, even having faith to a degree in the sacramental aspects of the Church as being of benefit for others, without the requirement to avail of those sacraments ? Would it suffice to try to obey the commandments of God in seeking God with the all, and in and through that searching, learning to love neighbour as the self. In this being all the law and the prophets – the keys to the Kingdom within and around us.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Delco priest: Lynn verdict isn’t the end of ordeal

PENNSYLVANIA
The Daily Times

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012

By JEFF WOLFE
jwolfe@delcotimes.com
@delcoreporter

When a Philadelphia jury delivered a child endangerment conviction against Monsignor William Lynn on Friday, it may have been the end of a trial, but the beginning of other things for the victims and the Catholic church in the region.

“I think in regard to the whole process, when it comes to healing, I just don’t know that healing can come by way of a trial,” said Father James Olson, who is the president of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby. “It can bring about a sense of closure and at best a sense of justice, but neither of those things can bring healing. I still pray for healing.”

Olson says first and foremost that he is praying for those who were abused.

“There has to be a lot of sorrow for the victims,” he said. “Sometimes in the middle of a trial, when you are thinking about results, and you focus so much on that, you begin to lose focus on the victims. That always has to be first in our minds and prayers.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William J. Lynn, Edward V. Avery, and James J. Brennan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William J. Lynn, Edward V. Avery, and James J. Brennan : Trial Narrative and Resources

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The trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn and Rev. James J. Brennan in Philadelphia was complex and lengthy, and its conclusion was a watershed event: the first conviction of a church official for child endangerment. During the trial, witnesses and exhibits provided the jury with information on 21 other accused priests whom Lynn had managed.

We have provided two resources for understanding the trial and the evidence that has been presented during it. On this page, we offer a day-by-day list of the witnesses, evidence, and courtroom discussions, with links to articles by journalists who were present at the trial and filed detailed accounts. The mainstays are John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Maryclaire Dale and Joann Loviglio of the Associated Press, and Ralph Cipriano of the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog sponsored by The Beasley Firm. Many other reporters covered the trial, and we have included selections of their work. We have emphasized the longer accounts. The men and women of the press deserve everyone's sincere thanks for their dedicated and able reporting during this epic trial.

We also provide, on a separate webpage, a day-by-day outline of the topics and persons in the trial to complement the chronological narrative offered on this page. The outline of topics and persons is linked to the narrative below.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Locals sound off on sex abuse verdicts

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Posted on June 24, 2012

by Hilary Bentman

Bucks County residents had a lot to say about the verdicts in two landmark Pennsylvania trials involving child sex abuse.

Justice was served in the Jerry Sandusky case, they said Saturday, a day after the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted on 45 of 48 counts that he sexually assaulted 10 boys. But the mixed outcome in the priests’ trial, also announced Friday, didn’t make them so happy.

“Dude is a pig,” Huntingdon Valley resident Kate Lewyckyj said about Sandusky, who is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. “Hope he goes to jail forever.”

In the priests’ trial, a jury agreed with prosecutors that Monsignor William Lynn, 61, helped keep predators in the priesthood by moving them to different parishes under the guise that the transfers were health related. ...

Doylestown resident Carol Wilbur, a Catholic, said this kind of reasoning was reminiscent of the defense strategies used by some Nazis after World War II in their attempt to deflect responsibility for the Holocaust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

George Pell in Pope's special meeting of cardinals to deal with Vatican leaks

VATICAN CITY
The Australian

POPE Benedict XVI has convened a special meeting of cardinals for advice on how to deal with the Vatican's leaked documents scandal.

The pope was already scheduled to attend a regular meeting of the heads of Vatican offices on Saturday morning.

The Vatican press office said he added a second meeting later in the day with other cardinals - including Sydney archbishop George Pell - in a bid to try to ''restore a climate of serenity and trust'' in the church.

The Vatican said over the coming days he will meet with still more cardinals gathering in Rome for a church feast day on Friday to ''continue the dialogue with the people who share the responsibility of the church's governance with him''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

The Non-Conspiracy: Media Provides Fig Leaf for Philly D.A. Who Goes One for Seven in High-Profile Trial, Trumpets Single Conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

Ten years … Three grand jury reports … One trial … 11 weeks of testimony … More than 60 witnesses … A trial judge who gave so much favoritism to one side that she was actually described as "often mistaken for a member of the prosecution team." … 13 days of jury deliberations.

What were the results of the charges against the two high-profile defendants in this months-long landmark Philadelphia criminal trial? Let's look:

Msgr. William J. Lynn
- Conspiracy charge #1 (w/ ex-priest Edward Avery): Not guilty
- Conspiracy charge #2 (w/ Rev. Brennan): Dismissed, May 2012
- Endangering the welfare of a child #1 (re: Edward Avery): Guilty
- Endangering the welfare of a child #2 (re: Rev. Brennan): Not guilty

Rev. James J. Brennan
- Conspiracy charge (w/ Msgr. William J. Lynn): Dismissed, May 2012
- Attempted rape (a reduced charge): Deadlocked jury
- Endangering the welfare of a child: Deadlocked jury

In other words, of all the numerous charges sent to a jury, only one charge was returned as a guilty verdict, and it was against a senior priest who left his diocesan secretary position eight years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Emotional time at hearings

CANADA
Leader-Post

By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix June 23, 2012

Twelve-year-old Chance Adrian sat onstage with 32 other relatives, listening to his grandfather, Ted Quewezance, tell the audience about his residential school experience.

"(Quewezance) has been talking about this for a long time. I thought it would be good to be here for him," Chance said Friday following the morning session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada hearings at Prairieland Park.

"I learned a lot. They were treated almost like animals. It was crazy."

Residential school survivors are testifying before the commission this week as part of the TRC's fourday national gathering in Saskatoon, which continues through the weekend. Survivors are generally accompanied by a spouse, friend or counsellor as they testify. Chance and the rest of his family, wearing colourful matching scarves, decided they all needed to be there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Bishop refuses to show financial records

PHILIPPINES
YouTube

Published on Jun 20, 2012 by rapplerdotcom

Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado refuses to show Rappler his diocese's financial records. "What for?" he tells Rappler's Aries Rufo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Catholic school hit over 'collateral'

PHILIPPINES
Rappler

by Paterno Esmaquel II

Posted on 06/23/2012

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Can't pay tuition?

St Andrew's School (SAS), which is under the controversial Diocese of Parañaque, allegedly offers a solution that has sparked outrage from concerned alumni. This is for the school to “forcibly” demand collateral from parents that include game consoles and television sets, said SAS alumni in a public manifesto.

Through representative Eduardo Carabeo Jr, the alumni sent the statement in the wake of a Rappler exposé on Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado who is accused of fund misuse. (Read: Bishop accused of diverting millions.)

“We denounce the present SAS management's decision in implementing a non-standing policy of forcing parents whose children have back accounts with the school, to produce 'anything of considerable value' such as certificate titles of land title (sic), jewelries, wristwatches, vehicle registration papers, even PlayStations, laptops, payroll-linked ATM cards, television sets, video cameras, etc, even those not owned by the parents themselves but even those of friends and relatives, to be posted as guarantee, as if SAS were already engaged in the business of pawnshops,” the alumni said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

'Scared' victim of alleged perv rabbi testifies

NEW YORK
New York Post

By JENNIFER BAIN and JOSE MARTINEZ

A teenage boy faced off in court today with the rabbi he accused of molesting him when he was in first grade.

The 13-year-old boy testified that he was "scared" when Rabbi Joel Kolko glared at him and his dad on their way to synagogue - an encounter that now has the notorious Brooklyn rabbi on trial for allegedly violating an order of protection.

"When I crossed the street I turned around and saw him staring like this," the boy said, as he crossed his arms. "Staring at me and my father. I said... 'Why's he looking at me?'"

Kolko escaped sex-offender status by pleading guilty in 2008 to misdemeanor child endangerment of the boy and a first-grade classmate at a Flatbush yeshiva. The boys had accused him of touching their private parts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

‘Perv’ rabbi: Chance meet

NEW YORK
New York Post

By JOSE MARTINEZ

Even a rabbi who’s been accused of being a pervert can live wherever he darn well pleases.

A defense lawyer for Rabbi Joel Kolko insisted yesterday that his client did no wrong when he had an up-close encounter near his Brooklyn home with a 13-year-old boy he was barred from contacting.

“Is there anything in that order that directs Mr. Kolko to turn and run in the opposite direction if he sees [the alleged victim]?” lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz asked a state court clerk who was testifying about the order of protection.

“No,” said associate court clerk Peter Montella.

The boy and his dad got the order of protection in 2008 after accusing the ultra-Orthodox rabbi of being a child molester — allegations from 2006 that did not stick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Kolko Accuser, Now 13, Faces Alleged Abuser In Court

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hella Winston
Jewish Week Correspondent

A 13-year-old boy who alleges he was molested by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko told a Brooklyn jury on Thursday that he felt “scared” when the rabbi -- whom he identified from the stand -- stared at him on the street on two occasions in late 2010.

Rabbi Kolko is currently on trial for violating an order of protection requiring him to refrain from having any contact with the boy. The order was part of a 2008 plea deal stemming from charges that Rabbi Kolko sexually abused the boy when he was a first grader in Kolko’s class (charges were also brought against the rabbi for allegedly abusing another boy).

Rabbi Kolko -- who has been dogged by child molestation allegations for over 30 years -- ultimately pleaded to lesser charges of child endangerment and received probation; he was not required to register as a sex offender.

The plea deal has drawn criticism from advocates and some observers because of the lack of jail time and/or mandatory sex offender registration. But the district attorney has defended the plea, claiming that neither family wanted their child to testify and noting that both signed a document consenting to the deal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Courage Shown By A Little Boy May Finally Land A Notorious Haredi Child Molester In Prison

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

Shmarya Rosenberg • Failedmessiah.com

He may finally go to prison.

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a haredi teacher and camp counselor with a long history of alleged child sexual abuse covering four decades, escaped a prison sentence in 2008 when Brooklyn’s ethically challenged District Attorney Charles Hynes gave Kolko what some observers say was the sweetheart plea deal of the decade.

Kolko, who allegedly fondled the genitals of two first graders while rubbing his erect penis against their clothed bodies, got 10 years probation and escaped sex offender registration because, Hynes claimed, neither of the victims’ families wanted their little boys to testify in court.

But that appears to have been a lie, as Hella Winston reminds us in The Jewish Week:

…The Jewish Week reported at the time [of the plea deal] that both families claimed they were willing to have their sons testify. The paper also obtained a letter to the district attorney, written by one of the fathers to the district attorney and dated one day after he signed off on the plea deal, that “[m]y son was ready to go to trial and we feel he would have done an excellent job and I am sorry to hear that [the case against] Joel Kolko will not proceed further.”…

Maryville man seeks awareness of sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses

TENNESSEE
The Daily Times

Katie Forrester | Daily Times Correspondent

Charlie Jones was just 8 years old when he was the victim of sexual abuse by a family friend. It happened when his parents left him, his sister and a friend with their “brother” in the Jehovah’s Witnesses a few times.

“He’d take me to the other room and molest me back there,” Jones said. This abuse happened on at least two occasions that Jones can remember, and each time the other two children were told that Jones had misbehaved and was about to receive punishment.

Jones said that on one occasion his mother came back and the man cleaned him up and told his mother that he was punished for misbehaving to explain why Jones was crying. Jones said that he was punished by his unknowing mother on the way home for not behaving as he should have.

Parents didn’t know

“The issue was that my parents did not know he was a predator,” Jones said.

According to Jones, a major factor in cases such as his within the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the secrecy policy. Jones said that the written rule for bringing to light cases of sexual abuse states that for any accusation you must have two or more witnesses, including the victim. If both witnesses were victims of different attacks by the same person, then those testimonies would suffice as two witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Controvesial Riverside Church founder Lorch remembered at memorial service

NEW YORK
New York Post

By ZACH BRAZILLER

Family, friends and countless members of the city's basketball community convened upon the Church of the Intercession in Morningside Heights to remember Ernie Lorch, the multimillionaire corporate attorney and controversial founder and director of powerhouse AAU program Riverside Church, at a memorial service Saturday morning.

Lorch passed away at the age of 80 May 14 at a Yonkers nursing home after batting diabetes and growing dementia, among other health issues. He was remembered on Saturday as a caring man who gave to others, who built Riverside Church from scratch into the nation’s top AAU program, who took inner-city youths around the world for basketball tournament.

“Mr. Ernie Lorch was the greatest man I ever knew because he taught me about life,” said NBA veteran and Riverside player Albert King, who had to hold back tears as he spoke. ...

Lorch was also dogged for years by alleged sexual abuse. He turned Riverside Church into arguably the nation’s elite program before allegations of sexual abuse of a former player led to his resignation in 2002.

Lorch was also indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury for allegedly molesting a New York teenager in Amherst more than 30 years ago, but in November a Westchester judge ruled Lorch wasn’t competent to be extradited to stand trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

'That's not why I'm here'

OREGON
Mail Tribune

June 24, 2012

By Sanne Specht
Mail Tribune

Officials of a local church are battling their insurance company over demands that sex offenders who come to worship be treated as if they had come to prey, rather than pray.

Chad McComas, pastor at Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford, said his church disclosed to its insurance company that there were known sex offenders within its congregation. That honesty may spell the end of Set Free, a church he started in 1997.

On May 1, the insurance company, Church Mutual, sent a letter requiring McComas to disclose to his congregation the identity of any and all sex offenders, allow those offenders to attend only one predetermined service each week where they must report in and be assigned an escort who will accompany them at all times, and bar them from participating in any child or youth programs.

"Please respond by June 15, 2012. We will review your procedures. If you have not met all the requirements, we may no longer be able to continue your coverage," the letter states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Abuse trials miss other victims

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

Inquirer Editorial

Outside their own circles, they're mostly unknown — and certainly not referred to as Victim No. … But other child sex-abuse victims across Pennsylvania are just as entitled to justice as those whose accusations were heard in the sensational trials of a former college football coach and a high-ranking Catholic Church official.

Many of the other victims have also suffered in silence for decades, often unable to admit to themselves the horror of being abused as a child or teen. And if they did decide to come forward, it would likely be too late under the state's criminal and civil statutes.

These other victims waited even as separate juries wrestled with the charges against former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, whose alleged victims now include an adopted son, and Archdiocese of Philadelphia Msgr. William Lynn — who on Friday became the first U.S. church official convicted in a child sex-abuse case.

Sandusky was found guilty late Friday on 45 counts of child sex abuse. Lynn was found guilty earlier on one count of child endangerment and acquitted on two other charges. The jury deadlocked on two child-abuse counts against the Rev. James J. Brennan.

For victims in yet unknown cases to get their day in court, Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Corbett must push aside special interests, including the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the insurance lobby, and carve a path to the courthouse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

In historic verdict, priest guilty in child sex abuse cover up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Digital Journal

[Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William J. Lynn, Edward V. Avery, and James J. Brennan - BishopAccountability.org]

By Yukio Strachan

Philadelphia- No top U.S. official of the Roman Catholic Church has been ever criminally convicted for child endangerment –– until now.

After 13 days of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury of seven men and five women found Monsignor William Lynn guilty on Friday (June 22) of one count of endangering the welfare of a child and acquitted of two other counts -- one of conspiracy and a second endangerment charge.

The Washington Post writes that lead prosecutor Patrick Blessington, seemed angry at Lynn’s acquittals. So he wasted no time in asking that the priest be taken right to custody.

The 61-year-old Lynn, face reddened but stoic, slipped off his black clerical jacket before deputy sheriffs led him out of the courtroom and into custody, his family members weeping, Reuters said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Sad parallels link abuse at Church, Penn State

UNITED STATES
Boston Herald

By Margery Eagan
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just hours before a jury on Friday found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of raping and sexually abusing boys as young as 9, a Philadelphia jury convicted a Catholic monsignor of allowing a known pedophile priest to continue his ministry with children — resulting in the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy.

The parallels between the two cases and the church sex abuse crisis here just take your breath away.

One parallel: The predators were not strangers in trench coats but respected, supposedly upstanding members of powerful, all-male, insular and elite communities. “A saint,” is the word a local wrestling coach used to describe Sandusky, legendary for his charisma, charm and generosity to the disadvantaged children he helped and even adopted. Now one adopted son has accused Sandusky of abusing him, too.

How ironic that so many parents today, fearing strangers, won’t let our children play outside or walk anywhere alone. Yet we now know that attackers almost always turn out to be those both we and our children know and trust, those we may not suspect even after the abuse occurs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Editorial: Common lesson in Sandusky, priest trials

UNITED STATES
Goucester County Times

By Gloucester County Times Editorial Board

The region’s two biggest criminal cases, now concluded, have one appalling feature in common:

In this booking photo released early Saturday morning June 23, 2012 by the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pa., former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is shown. Sandusky was convicted on Friday, June 22, 2012, of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. (AP Photo/Centre County Correctional Facility)

They’re both about grown men, men in positions of authority, and abuse of little boys.

The lessons are writ large for parents, teachers and employers. This stuff happens, and it happens in places where it’s least likely to be suspected.

In church.

In a respected college football program.

In a typical American small town.

In Philadelphia, Monsignor William Lynn was convicted Friday of child endangerment for covering up abuse within the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004. A jury couldn’t agree on a verdict for colleague who was charged with trying to rape a 14-year-old boy. The trial came after several guilty pleas and dozens of claims from boys who said they were molested by trusted parish priests.

In central Pennsylvania, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday night on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Monica Yant Kinney: Lynn's conviction could lead to more cases

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist

One conviction is better than none. Don't forget that.

It's easy to focus on totals and percentages when tallying victory and defeat. Everyone loves a rout; a one-run shutout is still a big win.

Before last week, no high-ranking Catholic official anywhere had been held accountable for the sexual abuse of children by anointed representatives of God.

As of Friday, one has. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Msgr. William J. Lynn has a new title: third-degree felon guilty of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Thursday night, Lynn rested comfortably at home. Friday, the once-powerful church leader who speculated that a boy had "seduced" a priest left the Criminal Justice Center with a sheriff's deputy escort to county jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Sex-abuse crisis is a watershed in the Roman Catholic Church's history in America

UNITED STATES
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Michael D. Schaffer
Inquirer Staff Writer

The last decade has been a season of agony for the Catholic Church in the United States, a pilgrimage through purgatory made all the more painful by being self-inflicted.

Thousands of children have accused Catholic priests, seminarians, nuns, and brothers of molesting them. Victims have told stories of suffering intensified by official church neglect. The church has paid out billions of dollars in settlements. Most controversial of all, Catholic bishops have been accused of trying to hush it all up, shuffling offenders from one unsuspecting parish to another.

Now, Msgr. William J. Lynn, former secretary for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has become the first high-ranking church official convicted for failing to protect children from the possibility of abuse. ...

"It's hugely significant and long overdue," said Philip F. Lawler, editor of the online Catholic World News. "If bishops and their assistants in the chanceries had been accountable, they wouldn't have to be held accountable by the courts."

"It's a major, major move forward for those of us trying to help victims," said the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a canon lawyer formerly on the staff of the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington.

An even higher-ranking church official than Lynn - Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., - has been charged criminally with failure to report abuse. Finn was indicted on the misdemeanor charge in October. His trial is scheduled for September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

June 23, 2012

Pa. priest case points up conscience vs. obedience

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KEYC

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mild-mannered Bill Lynn proved a loyal, likable colleague as he climbed the ranks of the powerful Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

A jury on Friday found the meek monsignor too loyal for his own good, convicting him of a felony for refusing to challenge his cardinal and stop the cover-up of child sex abuse by priests.

Lynn's conviction is the first for a U.S. church official and comes in a diocese now beset by layoffs, parish closures and a new round of soul searching over the long-running abuse scandal.

"Why does this stand out? Because he didn't say no," said Chris Walsh, a city pastor who leads the Association of Philadelphia Priests, an independent group formed last year to gather support and information for rank-and-file priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Vatican Hires American Journalist For PR Job

VATICAN CITY
Slate

By Abby Ohlheiser| Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Vatican will be getting some (much needed) PR help after hiring a Fox News correspondent as a senior communications adviser for the Church's top administrative office, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

The Fox News staffer, Greg Burke, is also a member of the conservative Catholic Opus Dei group. He will leave his job at Fox, where he is a Rome-based reporter. Before working for Fox, Burke was a Rome-based journalist for Time.

The recent, embarrassing Vatican leaks scandal is only the latest PR disaster to plague the Church since Pope Benedict XVI's election, as the AP notes. Previous blunders include the Vatican's response to the 2010 sex abuse scandal, the Pope's remarks on Muslims and violence, and the rehabilitation of a Holocaust-denying bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Vatican hires U.S. journalist to help media relations

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican, stung by communications blunders and mired in a leaks scandal, has hired an American journalist from Fox News and member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei to help improve its relations with the media.

The TV journalist, Greg Burke, and the Vatican on Saturday confirmed what a senior Church source had earlier told Reuters.

Burke, Fox's Rome-based roving correspondent for Europe and the Middle East, will assume the new post of "senior communications adviser" to the Secretariat of State, the key department in the Vatican's central bureaucracy. ...

He will report directly to the Vatican's deputy secretary of state, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the third-ranking person in the Vatican hierarchy. Father Federico Lombardi will remain spokesman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Fox News Correspondent to Fix the Vatican’s Communication Issues

VATICAN CITY
New York Magazine

By Caroline Bankoff

Since taking over at the Vatican in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI has had his share of public relations problems. Take, for example, those outrage-spurring statements about the founder of Islam being "evil and inhuman," or the pardoning of that Holocaust-denying bishop, and, of course, the constant mismanaging of the Catholic church's many child abuse scandals. More recently, they've been dealing with a papal butler's decision to leak a host of embarrassing internal documents. Today, the Vatican announced that they'll be taking on these and future issues with a new and improved communications strategy molded by Fox News's now former Rome correspondent Greg Burke, who will become the Holy See's senior communications adviser.

"I'm a bit nervous but very excited. Let's just say it's a challenge," Burke said in a phone interview.

He defined his job, which he said he had been offered twice before, as: "You're shaping the message, you're molding the message, and you're trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that's tough."

Burke is a member of Opus Dei, though he wouldn't say whether he thought that had anything to do with his appointment, because Opus Dei is full of secrets. "Am I being hired because I'm in Opus Dei?" he asked. "It might come into play," he said while noting that he was "also in Opus when he was hired by Time and Fox." We'll leave it to the world's conspiracy theorists and remaining Da Vinci Code obsessives to figure out what that means.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Ex-St. Louisan named Vatican communications adviser

VATICAN CITY
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

VATICAN CITY • Greg Burke, a native St. Louisan who had been working for Fox News, will become the senior communications adviser at the Vatican, officials said Saturday.

The Vatican said Burke, who was the Fox correspondent in Rome, will help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, officials said Saturday.

Burke, 52, defined the job, which he said he had been offered twice before, as being along the lines of the White House senior communications adviser: “You’re shaping the message, you’re molding the message, and you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that’s tough.”

Burke is a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement. Pope John Paul II’s longtime spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, was also a member of Opus Dei and was known for the papal access he enjoyed and his ability to craft the messages John Paul wanted to get out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Vatican hires Fox's Greg Burke to help shape media message

VATICAN CITY
MSNBC

By NICOLE WINFIELD, VICTOR L. SIMPSON

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday.

Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become a senior communications adviser in the Vatican's secretariat of state, the Vatican and Burke told the AP.

"I'm a bit nervous but very excited. Let's just say it's a challenge," Burke said in a phone interview.

He defined his job, which he said he had been offered twice before, as: "You're shaping the message, you're molding the message, and you're trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that's tough."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Vatican appoints new media adviser

VATICAN CITY
Kerryman (Ireland)

Sunday June 24 2012

The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, officials said.

Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become the senior communications adviser in the Vatican's secretariat of state.

"I'm a bit nervous but very excited. Let's just say it's a challenge," Burke said.

He defined his job, which he said he had been offered twice before, as being along the lines of the White House senior communications adviser: "You're shaping the message, you're moulding the message, and you're trying to make sure everyone remains on-message. And that's tough."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Day of Reckoning

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
American Thinker

Matt C. Abbott

I'm relieved yet saddened by the events of June 22, 2012.

Relieved because I believe justice has been served both in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case and, in Philadelphia, the case resulting in the conviction of a senior Catholic Church official for child endangerment. Saddened for those whose lives have been damaged by abuse in these particular cases and in so many others.

From Reuters:

A jury found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges on Friday, ending a trial that rocked U.S. college football and renewed attention on pedophilia in America....

And from The Wall Street Journal:

A Philadelphia jury delivered a sharp rebuke of the Catholic Church's handling of allegations of sexual abuse by its priests, convicting for the first time a senior church official of not taking steps that could have prevented further attacks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Missbrauch vertuscht: Geistlicher verurteilt

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Fehmarn Heiligenhafen

Philadelphia - In einem aufsehenerregenden Prozess ist ein hochrangiger Kirchenvertreter in den USA wegen seiner Rolle bei der Vertuschung sexuellen Missbrauchs verurteilt worden.

Monsignore William Lynn wurde am Freitag in Philadelphia schuldig gesprochen, Kinder gefährdet zu haben. Vom Vorwurf der Verschwörung sprach das Gericht den 61-Jährigen jedoch frei. Mit dem Richterspruch wurde erstmals ein in der Verwaltung tätiger Vertreter der katholischen Kirche in den USA in dem Skandal verurteilt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Missbrauchsskandal: Hochrangiger US-Kirchen­vertreter verurteilt

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
der Standard

Wegen seiner Rolle bei der Vertuschung - Erster Schuldspruch für katholische Kirche

Philadelphia - In einem aufsehenerregenden Prozess ist ein hochrangiger Kirchenvertreter in den USA wegen seiner Rolle bei der Vertuschung sexuellen Missbrauchs verurteilt worden. Monsignore William Lynn wurde am Freitag in Philadelphia schuldig gesprochen, Kinder gefährdet zu haben. Vom Vorwurf der Verschwörung sprach das Gericht den 61-Jährigen jedoch frei. Mit dem Richterspruch wurde erstmals ein in der Verwaltung tätiger Vertreter der katholischen Kirche in den USA in dem Skandal verurteilt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Schwierige Aufarbeitung im eisigen Norden

ALASKA
dradio

[mit Audio]

Von Michael Hollenbach

Sexueller Missbrauch durch Geistliche hat die katholische Kirche in den vergangenen Jahren sehr in Bedrängnis gebracht. So auch in der Diözese Fairbanks im US-Bundesstaat Alaska. Hier wurden mehr als 300 Kinder und Jugendliche von Kirchenangehörigen sexuell missbraucht.

Martin Schlüter ist zufällig auf den Skandal gestoßen. Nach dem Abitur war der Hamburger mit zwei Freunden drei Monate mit dem Fahrrad in Alaska unterwegs. Fasziniert von der unglaublichen Landschaft und der Gastfreundschaft der dort lebenden Eskimos ist der heute 34-Jährige dem Landstrich im hohen Norden verbunden geblieben. Als er mal wieder im Internet nachschaute, was es Neues in Alaska gibt, stieß er auf eine kleine Meldung über jahrzehntelange sexuelle Gewalt bei den Eskimos - ein Skandal, den das übrige Nordamerika kaum tangierte:

"Es ist so, dass in Amerika - vielleicht ähnlich wie in Australien mit den Aborigines - sich keiner so richtig dafür interessiert. Es gibt starke Vorurteile gegen die Ureinwohner, eine richtige Lobby oder eine Anteilnahme gibt es da nicht."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Aktuelle Vorabmeldungen

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

In der Debatte um die Verjährungsfristen für sexuelle Gewalttaten hat sich die SPD klar dafür ausgesprochen, die rechtliche Lage der Opfer zu verbessern. Die stellvertretende Fraktionsvorsitzende der SPD im Bundestag Christine Lambrecht sagte der ZEIT: „Die rechtliche Situation der Opfer ist unzumutbar. Wir brauchen deutlich längere Verjährungsfristen. Also 20 Jahre im Strafrecht und 30 Jahre im Zivilrecht.“ Der SPD-Gesetzesentwurf dafür sei bereits durch die erste Lesung, werde aber von der Regierungskoalition nicht weiter bearbeitet. „Wir wollen das in der nächsten Sitzungswoche im Rechtsausschuss thematisieren. Wenn das nicht geschieht, wollen wir eine Geschäftsordnungsdebatte im Bundestag erwirken.“ Die komplette Aufhebung der Verjährungsfristen sei zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt jedoch nicht durchsetzbar, betonte Lambrecht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Pope Meets Cardinals to "Restore Serenity and Trust" in Curia

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

by Edward Pentin Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI held a meeting this morning with heads of the various dicasteries of the Roman Curia and will be meeting six other cardinals later this evening.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said reason for the meetings is because the Holy Father wishes to “speed up” the conclusion of the “Vatileaks” scandal and to “restore serenity and trust” in the Curia.

“In regard to the situation created following the dissemination of confidential documents, the Holy Father deepens his reflections in continuous dialogue with the people who share with him the responsibility for the government of the Church," Fr. Lombardi said in a statement.

He said the meeting this morning with the Heads of the Dicasteries "is usually devoted to issues surrounding the better coordination of the work of the Curia," but which today is "particularly important and urgent for the effective witness to their harmony of purpose and the spirit which animates it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Vatican discusses leak scandal

VATICAN CITY
The Press Association

Pope Benedict XVI has convened a meeting of cardinals for advice on how to deal with the Vatican's leaked documents scandal.

The Pope was already scheduled to attend a regular meeting of the heads of Vatican offices.

The Vatican press office said he added a second meeting later in the day with other cardinals in an attempt to try to "restore a climate of serenity and trust" in the Catholic Church.

Over the coming days he will meet with still more cardinals gathering in Rome, for a church feast day on Friday, to "continue the dialogue with the people who share the responsibility of the church's governance with him".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Msgr. Lynn - First Conviction Of US Clergy Official in History

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
OpEd News

By
Joey Piscitelli

The very first conviction of a Roman Catholic Official for child endangerment in the USA has been decided in a Pennsylvania court jury trial on Friday June 22, 2012.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61 yrs. old, has been convicted by a 7 man, 5 woman jury, who decided he was guilty of transferring sex abusers, and covering up a list of at least 37 accused priests - and not alerting parents of their potential threat to children.

Evidence showed Monsignor Lynn willfully reassigned pedophile clergy to unsuspecting schools and parishes, without regard for safety; and with the intention of protecting the catholic church instead.

This unprecedented conviction will have far reaching impact on other cases in the US in the future, as no other catholic official in a high position of power has ever been tried and convicted in any court.

One of the most disturbing revelations brought up in the trial showed that Lynn had reportedly told some of the pedophile priests in the diocese that it was the fault of the child victims for enticing the priests into a sexual encounter. Another outrageous allegation was that Cardinal Bevilaqua had ordered the monsignor to destroy the list of sex abusers in the Diocese of Philadelphia, and to conceal the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Pope convenes cardinals to discuss leak scandal

VATICAN CITY
U-T San Diego

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI convened a special meeting of cardinals Saturday for advice on how to deal with the Vatican's leaked documents scandal - another sign of the damage the leaks have done to trust in the Holy See's governance.

Benedict was already scheduled to attend a regular meeting of the heads of Vatican offices Saturday morning. The Vatican press office said he added a second meeting later in the day with other cardinals in a bid to try to "restore a climate of serenity and trust" in the church.

The Vatican said over the coming days he will meet with still more cardinals gathering in Rome for a church feast day on Friday to "continue the dialogue with the people who share the responsibility of the church's governance with him."

The Vatican has been scrambling to contain the damage after the leak of hundreds of Vatican documents exposed corruption, political infighting and power struggles at the highest level of the Catholic Church. The pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is under arrest at the Vatican, accused of aggravated theft after the pope's own documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William J. Lynn, Edward V. Avery, and James J. Brennan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BishopAccountability.org

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. William J. Lynn, Edward V. Avery, and James J. Brennan : Trial Narrative and Resources

Note: This page is a work in progress. Please refresh your browser to view the latest additions and updates.

The trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn and Rev. James J. Brennan in Philadelphia was complex and lengthy, and its conclusion was a watershed event: the first conviction of a church official for child endangerment. During the trial, witnesses and exhibits provided the jury with information on 21 other accused priests whom Lynn had managed.

We have provided two resources for understanding the trial and the evidence that has been presented during it. On this page, we offer a day-by-day list of the witnesses, evidence, and courtroom discussions, with links to articles by journalists who were present at the trial and filed detailed accounts. The mainstays are John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Maryclaire Dale and Joann Loviglio of the Associated Press, and Ralph Cipriano of the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog sponsored by The Beasley Firm. Many other reporters covered the trial, and we have included selections of their work. We have emphasized the longer accounts. The men and women of the press deserve everyone's sincere thanks for their dedicated and able reporting during this epic trial.

We also provide, on a separate webpage, a day-by-day outline of the topics and persons in the trial to complement the chronological narrative offered on this page. The outline of topics and persons is linked to the narrative below.

Our narrative begins with a table of contents providing single-line summaries of the trial week-by-week. Click on any week, and you jump down the webpage to that week, where resources (marked >), summaries of court events (marked •), and links to articles (marked -) are provided for each day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Catholic priest’s child-endangerment conviction...

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

Catholic priest’s child-endangerment conviction underscores limits of law in abuse scandal

By Associated Press, Saturday, June 23

NEW YORK — A decade after the clergy sex-abuse crisis erupted, the first Roman Catholic church official has been criminally convicted for failing to alert parishes or police about known predators.

Advocates for children said the verdict Friday against Monsignor William Lynn sends a critical message that diocesan officials who supervise priests must report offenders or face prosecution.

Lynn was secretary of the clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. A jury in Philadelphia found him guilty of one count of child endangerment but acquitted him of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.

Lynn was far from the only diocesan official in the United States who kept accused priests in parish assignments. Thousands of case files made public through lawsuits and civil investigations revealed that consistent inaction by church officials in the face of abuse claims in earlier years left a trail of victims in dioceses nationwide. About 16,000 claims have been made against Catholic clergy since 1950, according to studies commissioned by the U.S. bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Former Norristown Priest Takes Bishops To Task in Remarks to Parishoners

PENNSYLVANIA
Patch

By James Myers

By now most readers are familiar with the case against Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn was charged with several counts of endangering children and conspiracy for his alleged role in covering up instances of sexual abuse of children by priests in Archdiocese of Philadelphia. [See this timeline of the case put together by The New York Times.]

On Friday, Lynn, a former aide to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, was found guilty of endangering children and became the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in America convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests. Lynn was acquited of conspiracy and another count of endangerment by the jury.

Many local Catholics have struggled for years with their faith and loyalty to the church in the face of sexual abuse allegations and cover ups. While it is often the topic of discussion at the dinner table, around the water cooler or on social media sites like Facebook, it is rarely addressed at the altar.

Father Liam Murphy, who served at Saint Patrick's Church in Norristown from 2004 to 2011 and is now stationed at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in West Grove, Pa., plans to do just that in his remarks to his parishoners at this week's masses. He's posted his thoughts, in which he takes church leadership to task for its silence on this issue, to his Facebook page:

Dear Friends:
This is a copy of my remarks made at Masses on the weekend of June 23-24:

“I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about the elephant in the room. Yes. As has been reported in the news, Msgr. Lynn was found guilty on Friday of child endangerment. For some, perhaps many, this verdict brings with it at least some small sense of justice rendered. No doubt, it makes clear that “I was just following orders,” is an unacceptable defense in the face of blatant evil.

Yet for many with whom I have spoken and with whom I agree, it is only a partial sense of justice. Because the other elephant in the room is the fact that those directly in charge, the bishops, have yet to claim or accept responsibility for their own horrific part in this painful scandal. Not a single bishop has acknowledged or apologized for his decision to put the image of the Church before the protection and care of sexual abuse victims of clergy. Nor have any bishops had the decency or courage to call their fellow bishops to accountability.

The result? Many Catholics, including fellow clerics, friends who are practicing Catholics and friends who have left a Church they find disingenuous, dismiss the bishops as inauthentic and unworthy of their attention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Sandusky and Monsignor Lynn Verdicts Speak Truth to Power

UNITED STATES
The Legal Examiner

Posted by Joe Saunders
June 23, 2012 1:36 PM

The Penn State football dynasty and the Roman Catholic Church both for decades have put their own prestige and privilege ahead of the safety of children. The criminal convictions last night are a measure of justice for children whose words were not believed in the face of denials by the these powerful institutions. In both of these cases it was not only the evil of the child predators that was at issue but the abuse of power by the institutions that allowed child rapes to go on for years.

I hope that these cases are just the first step in protecting children and in holding those responsibe for child abuse and the cover ups accountable. Monsignor William Lynn of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the first upper level official of the Catholic Church to be held accountable for protecting child rapists and endangering children. From the evidence in that case it is clear that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua who was Monsignor Lynn's boss was probably even more culpable. Monsignor Lynn was the vicar for clergy under Cardinal Bevilacqua which means that he was authorized to act for and stand in the place of the Cardinal. Monsignor Lynn was the also the personnel manager of the Archdiocese.

The next significant criminal case pending is the child sex abuse cover up case against Bishop Robert Finn in Kansas City. This case against Bishop Finn is only the second criminal prosecution ever against a high level Catholic priest for covering up for another priest child sex abuser. In spite of this charge and the clear underlying evidence that Bishop Lynn failed or refused to follow Missouri law and report child abuse to law enforcement the Vatican still has not removed Bishop Lynn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Top Level Catholic Priest Convicted for Child Endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Lawyer Herald

By Tatjana Kulkarni
June 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA. - The Archbishop's top former aid former Msgr. William J. Lynn was convicted Friday of child endangerment. A jury of 12 found Lynn guilty of knowingly putting a priest alleged to be a child molester in charge of a youth project involving many children.

The 61-year-old was found guilty on one count of child endangerment. He was acquitted of conspiracy and a second count of endangerment. Never the less he could face up to seven years in prison. The sentencing is set for August 13. Msgr. Lynn is expected to file for appeal.

The ruling is truly a milestone since it is the first time a top member of the Roman Catholic Church has been convicted in a sex-abuse case in the history of the U.S.

The 10-week trial resulted from the U.S. district attorney crack-down on various reported sex-abuse incidences involving high-level priests in the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Bill To Eliminate Civil Statute Of Limitations.

NEW JERSEY
The Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse

Bill To Eliminate Civil Statute Of Limitations On Sex Abuse Cases Clears Judiciary Panel

NJToday.net
June 22, 2012

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Nicholas P. Scutari that would hold accountable in civil court child sex offenders and organizations that fail to appropriately respond to employees who commit sex crimes against children was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, S-1651, would remove the statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse cases, expand who is potentially liable in these actions and provide that public entities would be liable.

"Expanding the statute of limitations on sexual abuse is imperative to providing justice for the victims of these heinous crimes," said Vitale, D-Middlesex. "The scars of sexual abuse do not heal easily, but hopefully, with time, compassion, counseling and a measure of justice, many of the victims will be able to get on with their lives. While a statute of limitations may make sense in certain civil cases, when it comes to the difficulty that victims endure to speak out about and seek justice for sexual abuse, they should be given a little more leeway. This bill makes sure that sexual abuse victims receive the time and patience needed for them to face their abusers in court."

"Considering the psychological scars and lifelong trauma of child molestation, many of the victims are not able to process or speak about the crime until long after it has been committed and often not without extensive therapy," said Scutari, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The current two-year statute of limitations is quite prohibitive in allowing for these victims to seek damages against their abusers. This law will not constrict sexual abuse victims with a meaningless timeline and will provide them with the ability to continue to seek justice and bring closure to their past abuse."

Monsignor Lynn Convicted in Church Sex Abuse Trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Religion Dispatches

Post by Anthea Butler

Finally, after 10 weeks of testimony and 13 days of deliberation, a partial verdict was reached in the trial of Monsignor William J Lynn and Father Patrick Brennan. Monsignor Lynn was convicted of one count of endangering a child, while the charges against Father James J Brennan, accused of child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and attempted rape, resulted in a jury deadlock.

The outcome was mixed, but I agree with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Ronnie Polaneczky, that whatever the outcome, the priest sex abuse jury did their job. As did the prosecutors. The determination of the Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and his team of prosecutors may not have resulted in a sweeping conviction but it was nonetheless valuable. It put into the public mind the manner in which the church made its decisions to move priests around without worrying about impunity from outsiders, or the legal system.

That is a huge change. The scope of the decades of abuse is no longer hidden and platitudes, payouts, and random apology sessions by Pope Benedict will no longer suffice as penance.

I was in the courtroom for the closing arguments which highlighted the deep divides and opinions about the role of the Philadelphia hierarchy in the cases. It was patently clear that there were three other men who should have been present to answer to these charges: The “princes” of the church, Kroll, Bevilaqua, and Rigali. Their complicity in the cases of abuse in the archdiocese was on trial as well, and to this observer they were found wanting. It certainly appeared as though it was their direction that allowed these incidences to occur.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

STATEMENT OF ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC. REGARDING THE GUILTY VERDICT AGAINST

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Voice from the Desert

Road to Recovery, Inc., the only non-profit charity in the United States that provides direct services of many kinds to clergy abuse survivors, stands with all victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as they absorb the news that Monsignor William Lynn has been found guilty of child endangerment. This verdict would not have been possible had brave victims not come forward to report sexual abuse to law enforcement.

District Attorney Seth Williams is to be thanked and congratulated for holding Msgr. Lynn and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia accountable for endangering the welfare of children. The Prosecution team, led by Assistant District Attorney Pat Blessington, was valiant in their presentation of a case that sent a message from Philadelphia all the way to the Vatican. Perhaps a cleansing of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, a necessary development, will now take place.

It is clear that indictments and convictions of Church officials could be entered in every diocese in the country. For too long, victims and their advocates have attempted to hold their abusers and enablers accountable, only to be dismissed and vilified by Church officials. The jury of peers in Philadelphia has sent a message to all citizens of the USA that the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse by the Catholic Church is over, will not be tolerated by law enforcement officials, and criminal charges will be filed against perpetrators and those who assign and protect them.

Monsignor Lynn’s conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
dotCommonweal

June 22, 2012

Posted by Paul Moses

Many will be elated that Monsignor William Lynn has been found guilty of one count of child endangerment. I’m not. It’s a sad day for Lynn, and for the church. And yet, it’s a necessary one.

The Philadelphia jury, which acquitted Lynn on two other counts, worked extremely hard. I hope we’ll see interviews with some of the jurors that explain their decision.

Absent that, it’s a little difficult to interpret the verdict with the information available. Sometimes, juries just compromise – no favor to Lynn, since it only takes a conviction on one count to expose a defendant to prison time and change the course of his life. For a defendant, there is really no such thing as a “mixed verdict,” as this is being called.

The jurors’ questions during the long deliberation indicated that they were very troubled by the conspiracy charge, and the panel passed up the chance to convict Lynn of entering into an illicit agreement with his superiors. So – this is preliminary – it looks like a verdict that focuses on Lynn’s personal responsibility. To reach it, the jury had to reject the so-called “only-following-orders” defense – a weak defense in any case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

PA- Statement from Male Survivor

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Statement by Christopher Anderson, Executive Director, MaleSurvivor, 917 524 8934 on June 22, 2012

MaleSurvivor applauds the jury for it's courageous verdict and the tireless work of prosecutors and officials in the case against Monsignor Lynn.

This verdict sends a clear and unmistakable message to all institutions that harbor and enable molesters to thrive within their walls: Sexual abuse will not be tolerated in our communities any longer. This verdict also sends a powerful message to all survivors of sexual abuse: Your voices will be heard. Finally, instead of facing obstruction and defeat, those who have suffered in silence for far too long are beginning to feel empowered to come forward and speak openly about what was once an unspeakable shame. Not only does this help survivors heal, it also begins to help heal our society as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Priest’s conviction hailed as victory for all children abused by priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Boston Herald

[with video]

By John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian / The Philadelphia Inquirer
Saturday, June 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — A jury convicted Msgr. William J. Lynn of child endangerment Friday, finding that as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia secretary for clergy, he ignored credible warning signs about a priest who later sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy.

The verdict, after a three-month trial, marked the first time since the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted a decade ago that a Catholic Church supervisor has been found criminally liable for child-sex crimes by a priest.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina immediately revoked Lynn’s bail, and deputy sheriffs escorted the white-haired monsignor to a holding cell. Lynn faces up to seven years in prison, and prosecutors vowed to seek a term near the maximum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Unholy Secrets

PHILIPPINES
Tempo

MANILA, Philippines – No, this is not about pedophile priests or bishops with mistresses and a love child or two. It’s about five parish priests, all belonging to the same Metro Manila diocese, whose battle cry is, “Thou shall not steal.”

They have serious allegations against their bishop – from mismanagement of the diocese’s funds, to the tune of millions and millions over the course of the last 10 years (out of the bishop’s reign of 15); mistreatment of priests and other inferiors, like shouting at them and humiliating them in public; and “his relationship with that woman,” allegedly his accountant and treasurer who holds, they say, the power of the purse.

The leader and oldest member of the group said parishioners have long suspected that the bishop has been hoarding proceeds from the second collection at the end of the mass. “That woman,” he added, has a lot of explaining to do, even if she comes from a well-off family and lives with her husband in a high-end subdivision not far from town.

Priests and parishioners want to know where the funds, principally sourced from the churches’ collections and the donations of generous souls, have gone – to heaven, that hot place below, or are they still on earth?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Church Sex Abuse Victim Speaks Out On Conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

[with video]

By Omari Fleming, Reporter

PHILADELPHIA -
It was a mixed verdict Friday in the landmark Philadelphia priest sex abuse case, but victims say it's an important step forward for their rights.

Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment, which could get him up to seven years in prison

It's the first time a church official has been convicted of covering abuse allegations. He was acquitted of conspiracy charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Bucks residents react to clergy sex abuse verdicts

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Posted on June 23, 2012

by Christian Menno

Bucks residents had plenty to say Friday following the landmark conviction of a Roman Catholic Church official charged with child endangerment and the hung-jury outcome of another priest with local ties accused of sexually abusing a minor.

A Philadelphia jury agreed with prosecutors that Monsignor William Lynn, 61, helped keep predators in the priesthood by moving them to different parishes under the guise that the transfers were health-related.

Lynn, 61, could face three-and-a-half to seven years in prison. He faced two counts of child endangerment charges and one count of conspiracy. Only one child endangerment charge was upheld by the jury Friday.

“Priests should be people you can trust,” said Dorothea Christian, 61, of Newtown Township on Friday. “To hear about these kinds of things is horrifying.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Rev. John Patrick Feeney

WISCONSIN
BishopAccountability.org - Assignment Record

Summary of Case: A Green Bay diocesan priest, Feeney has been accused of sexually abusing many children, male and female, throughout his career. At least 12 have come forward. He was moved among 18 parishes in the diocese within 30 years. In 1978 the parents of two young teenage brothers reported to diocesan officials and police that Feeney had molested their boys. The parents dropped the charges when the diocese told them the problem would be taken care of. In 1979 two mothers went to law enforcement officials with complaints about Feeney, but were persuaded by a prosecutor not to press charges. In 1983 Green Bay bishop Wycislo told Feeney that unless he found a job in another diocese he would face going to treatment, or prosecution. Feeney found work as a priest in San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV parishes, and in Nevada prisons. He was removed from ministry in 1986 after being accused of smuggling drug paraphernalia and women's underwear into a Nevada prison in exchange for sex with prisoners. Feeney was arrested in 2002 for the 1978 sexual assaults of the two young brothers in Wisconsin. He was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Feeney was defrocked by the Vatican in 2005. He was released from prison to a Wisconsin halfway house in Nov. 2011, and is a registered sex offender.

Ordained: 1952

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Dirty money, dirtier tricks

ROME
Irish Examiner

By TP O’Mahony

Saturday, June 23, 2012

THE firing on May 24 of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the president of the Vatican Bank, because of a failure to "promote transparency", must have sent a frisson of fear through the upper echelons of the Roman Curia, coming as it did three decades after another scandal involving the same institution.

The fall-out from the tragic events of 1982 still reverberate, and the police file on the death of Roberto Calvi, head of Banco Ambrosiano in Milan, is still open. It was that bank’s close links with the Vatican and its involvement in money laundering that led to a huge scandal.

To experienced Vatican watchers — mindful that in March this year the US State Department, for the first time, included the Vatican in the list of states deemed to be "vulnerable" to money laundering operations— it was surely a case of plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Just before the sacking of the head of the Vatican Bank, an Italian journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, published His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI. The book, based on leaked documents from the papal apartments — the so-called "Vatileaks" controversy — contains a mixture of revelations, including some about clashes over the management of the Vatican Bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Gerald T. Slevin: The Jury Has Spoken! Will the Pope Now Speak?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Bilgrimage

In Philadelphia today, the jury in the Philadelphia abuse trial found Msgr. William Lynn guilty of child endangerment. Brian Roewe reports on this story at National Catholic Reporter. Jerry Slevin, a Harvard-trained lawyer who has closely followed this trial, has sent the following powerful statement about the verdict:

A Philly jury, that included several Catholics, has found a former top aide to two prominent Philly Catholic Cardinals guilty of endangering children who were sexually assaulted by predatory priests as described here and here.

The Cardinals' aide, Monsignor Lynn, offered as his main defense that he was only following the Cardinals' orders pursuant to the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese's massive child abuse cover-up program that continued for decades until as late as last year at least.

The Cardinals had very close ties to the Vatican. One of them, Cardinal Rigali, worked closely with the current pope in Rome for over a decade and was St. Louis mentor for New York's Cardinal Dolan, head of the American bishops.

The trial revealed in detail a cover-up program that appears to be standard operating procedure in the Catholic Church worldwide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Quotations of the day

PENNSYLVANIA
Huffington Post

The Associated Press | June 23, 2012

One of the recurring themes in this case was: Who would believe a kid? The answer is: We here in Bellefonte, Pa., would believe a kid." – Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly after retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of child sex abuse.
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"Lynn was a smart, able manager who at any time could have called the police, warned parishes or threatened to blow the whistle. He was not a helpless good guy. The only helpless people in this ongoing catastrophe were the children, the many hundreds of boys and girls who were sodomized and terrorized by the men Lynn managed." – Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, after Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn was convicted Friday of one count of child endangerment and faces up to seven years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Priest: My horror over sex abuse allegations

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By George Jackson
Saturday, 23 June 2012

A pensioner priest could not eat or sleep after police informed him that he had been accused of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl, a court was told.

Fr Eugene Boland denies five charges of indecent assault between June 1990 and 1992 in the parochial house of St Joseph's parish in the Galliagh area of Londonderry when he was the parish administrator.

The 66-year-old from Killyclogher Road in Omagh told Derry Crown Court yesterday: “I remember I could not sleep, I could not eat. I was horrified.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Cardinal’s Aide Is Found Guilty in Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By JON HURDLE and ERIK ECKHOLM

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former cardinal’s aide, was found guilty Friday of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

The 12-member jury acquitted Monsignor Lynn, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, of conspiracy and a second count of endangerment after a trial that prosecutors and victims rights groups called a turning point in the abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic Church.

The single guilty verdict was widely seen as a victory for the district attorney’s office, which has been investigating the archdiocese aggressively since 2002, and it was hailed by victim advocates who have argued for years that senior church officials should be held accountable for concealing evidence and transferring predatory priests to unwary parishes. ...

Victims advocates said that they hoped the conviction would embolden prosecutors in other states to investigate senior church officials, and predicted that it would lead to more victim lawsuits.

“The guilty verdict sends a strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predator priests is a heinous crime that threatens families, communities and children, and must be punished as such,” said Barbara Dorris, of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Church Official Convicted for Handling of Sexual Abuse Claims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
PBS Newshour

[with video]

Transcript

JEFFREY BROWN: A jury convicted a U.S. church official for the first time for the handling and cover-up of sexual abuse claims.

Sixty-one-year-old Monsignor William Lynn of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was found guilty of child endangerment. Prosecutors said he recommended reassigning priests accused of abuse to unsuspecting parishes when he served as secretary of the clergy from 1992 to 2004. The jury acquitted him on one count of conspiracy and another of endangerment. He could face up to seven years in prison.

The jury could not agree on a verdict for his co-defendant, Rev. James Brennan. He was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

After the verdict, district attorney Seth Williams had this to say.

SETH WILLIAMS, Philadelphia district attorney: What happened here was unspeakable. People who knew that these were predators were much more concerned with the institution than the victims of sexual assault. They failed to recognize that the church is its people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Jurors in priest case talk about their difficult deliberations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Julie Zauzmer
Inquirer Staff Writers

In the end, jurors said, it was not about the Catholic Church or the prosecution's carefully crafted litany of Philadelphia priests who over the years abused children and got away with it.

It was about two people and what they did, and what prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt, said Isa Logan, foreman of the 12 Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jurors in the landmark Catholic Church sex-abuse trial.

Logan, 35, a muscular, 6-foot-6 Army veteran, bank worker, and deacon of a nondenominational West Philadelphia church, met with reporters Friday afternoon and, above the noise of traffic around City Hall, tried to give some insight into the jurors' deliberations.

"We followed the court's instructions and the evidence," said Logan, a father of three who said he gained a new appreciation for the vulnerability of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Attorneys seek mistrial over priest's testimony

SAN JOSE (CA)
Ventura County Star

The Associated Press
Posted June 23, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys representing a California man charged with assaulting a priest who he claims raped him decades ago want a judge to declare a mistrial.

The attorneys have said that a prosecutor committed misconduct in handling the priest's testimony. The defense attorneys accuse the prosecutor of knowingly allowing false testimony, known as "suborning perjury."

Father Jerold Lindner denied under oath on the witness stand Wednesday that he molested William Lynch during a 1975 camping trip.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Darts and laurels: Priest abuse case leaves no winners, just sadness

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012

A look at the week that was, the issues and people who made headlines, and a few darts and laurels for those who deserve them.

LAUREL: To the jury that took on the grueling Philly priest sex-abuse case. They heard 10 weeks of testimony, then deliberated 13 days before delivering a split verdict. It was a thankless task, but they performed their civic duty.

DART: To the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Monsignor William Lynn now becomes the first high-ranking church official to be convicted in connection with priest sexual abuse. He was convicted of one count of child endangerment, but was acquitted on another endangerment count as well as conspiracy. The jury was deadlocked on both charges against the Rev. James Brennan and a mistrial was declared. There are no winners in this case, only a terrible sadness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Msgr. William J. Lynn was once a little-known Bevilacqua aide

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

[2005 Grand Jury report - BishopAccountability.org]

By Robert Moran
Inquirer Staff Writer

Msgr. William J. Lynn was a top aide to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, but little was known publicly about him when his name first surfaced amid the initial allegations of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as a church official investigating the claims.

In 2005, he suddenly became a central figure in a 418-page grand jury report accusing church leaders, including Bevilacqua, of failing to take appropriate actions when priests were accused of abuse. Lynn's name was mentioned 652 times in the report.

He was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment, becoming the highest-ranking church official in the country to be convicted of such a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

PRIEST CONVICTED OF COVERING UP ABUSE CLAIMS

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
U-T San Diego

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official was convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy Friday in a landmark clergy-abuse trial, making him the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up abuse claims.

Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in the ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.

Lynn, 61, served as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

“Many in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia hierarchy had dirty hands,” Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said. Williams said he didn’t have sufficient evidence last year to charge other officials, including Bevilacqua, who died in January at age 88. Lynn had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted of a single endangerment count, which carries a possible 3½- to seven-year prison term.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

The Heron's Nest: Sandusky, Lynn & an overwhelming sadness

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By PHIL HERON,
editor@delcotimes.com
@philheron

One was the smiling, grandfatherly architect of Penn State's legendary defense, the man who put together 'Linebacker U.'

The other was a former high-ranking official of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, now a parish priest. Not just any parish priest - my parish priest.

This morning both are in jail.

And maybe the rest of us can start to see our way out of this prison of grim daily reports on the horrific things adults can do to children.

To be honest, I'm a little numb. And just overwhelmingly sad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

How the archdiocese has tightened up standards in reporting abuse and dealing with victims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquiry

[2011 Grand Jury report]

By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

The 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report that accused Msgr. William J. Lynn of child endangerment did much more than set in motion the landmark felony trial that ended Friday with his conviction.

The 124-page report - which charged the archdiocese with keeping in active ministry 37 priests accused of inappropriate behavior with children - triggered a series of actions by the local church to finally deal forcefully with the simmering sexual-abuse scandal.

Within days of the report's release, then-archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali placed 21 of the accused priests on administrative leave (the other 16 were already removed from ministry or had no substantial charges against them), and hired former sex-crimes prosecutor Gina M. Smith to assemble a team of law-enforcement and child-abuse experts to investigate the charges.

Last month, Rigali's successor, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, announced that five of the accused priests would be permanently removed from ministry as a result of that investigation and that three had been exonerated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Among Catholics, anger and sorrow after the Lynn verdict

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly, Jennifer Lin, Melissa Dribben, and Anthony R. Wood
Inquirer Staff Writers

As news circulated Friday afternoon that a jury had found Msgr. William J. Lynn guilty of child endangerment, many around the region praised the decision as fair, while some found it too gentle and a few maintained that the priest should have been set free.

"He only got one count?" asked Erin McGonigal, 31, who gasped when told of the verdict.

"What about all the kids, all the people who suffered?" she asked, standing outside Immaculate Mary nursing home in Northeast Philadelphia. She expressed doubt that Lynn would get the maximum prison sentence of seven years.

Her mother, Marybeth McGonigal, 57, said Lynn had officiated at her wedding in 1980 at St. Bernard's parish in Frankford. Although she thought he was likable and "hip" at the time, she said she now found it "scary" that he married her and her husband.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Father Brennan Walks Out "In The Sunshine;" Msgr. Lynn Taken Into Custody

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Moments after he had been convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, Msgr. William J. Lynn bowed his head at the defense table. The issue now was whether his bail would be revoked, and the speaker was Lynn's longtime antagonist, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington.

The monsignor had just been convicted of a third-degree felony that "calls for a lengthy jail sentence," Blessington roared. "Let's start it today. That's justice."

The monsignor had his back to courtroom spectators, but everybody could see the back of his neck and his ears turning bright red.

Moments later, family members wept silently as the monsignor was led away by sheriff's deputies. "Oh God," one young woman sobbed. His shame was now complete. Lynn would spend the night as the newest inmate at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, known as CFCF, at 7901 State Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Outside the Criminal Justice Center, Father James J. Brennan walked out into the mid-afternoon heat and was immediately surrounded by reporters and TV cameras.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Jury convicts Lynn of one count, deadlocks on Brennan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writers

A jury convicted Msgr. William J. Lynn of child endangerment Friday, finding that as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia secretary for clergy, he ignored credible warning signs about a priest who later sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy.

The verdict, after a three-month trial, marked the first time since the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted nationally a decade ago that a Catholic Church supervisor had been found criminally liable for child-sex crimes by a priest.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina immediately revoked Lynn's bail, and deputy sheriffs escorted the white-haired monsignor to a holding cell. Lynn faces up to seven years in prison, and prosecutors vowed to seek a term near the maximum.

The jury of seven men and five women acquitted Lynn on two other counts and deadlocked on attempted-rape and child-endangerment charges against his codefendant, the Rev. James J. Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

June 22, 2012

Attorneys seek mistrial over priest's testimony

CALIFORNIA
Marin Independent Journal

By The Associated Press
Posted: 06/22/2012

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Attorneys representing a man accused of assaulting a priest he claims raped him decades ago are seeking a mistrial.

The attorneys claimed Friday that prosecutors committed misconduct in their handling of the priest's testimony.

Father Jerold Lindner denied on Wednesday that he molested William Lynch during a 1975 camping trip. Lynch has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Lindner in 2010 and his trial started Wednesday.

During her opening statements, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Vicki Gemetti told the jury that Lindner did molest Lynch. Gemetti predicted Lindner would deny the molestation, but urged the jury to convict Lynch anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Defense files motion for mistrial in Will Lynch case

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

KTVU.com and Wires

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

The defense attorneys for a man accused of the 2010 beating of a Jesuit priest he says molested him as a child, have filed a motion requesting a mistrial in the case on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct.

Will Lynch, 44, allegedly attacked the Rev. Jerold Lindner at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos on May 10, 2010.

His trial on assault charges began in San Jose on Monday amid a firestorm of accusations of sexual abuse by Lindner, who Lynch said sexually abused him and his brother on a camping trip when he was 7-years old.

Paul Mones, co-counsel in Lynch's defense along with Pat Harris, said he believes prosecutorial misconduct occurred when Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti told the jury in opening statements that Lindner would probably lie about having molested Lynch and his brother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Diocese stands by priest in rape case

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

By John W. Goodwin Jr.
jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Diocese of Youngstown has issued a statement saying a priest was not wrong for failing to notify police about information he received years ago concerning the molestation of an underage girl.

Michael Parent, 55, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to 13 years in prison for raping his stepdaughter for years while living in Mahoning County. The rapes began in 1984 when the girl was 5 and did not end until 1996 when she was almost 18.

The victim, who is now 34, told authorities she went to the Rev. Michael Seifert and spoke about the assaults when she was 15, but the matter was never taken to police.

The diocese, in a press release issued Thursday afternoon, said it was not made aware of the issue or the allegations that Father Seifert did not report what the girl said to authorities until a story appeared in Thursday’s Vindicator, but church officials maintain that a priest cannot divulge information given in confidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Catholic Diocese Explain Sacred Confessional Laws

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WKBN

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown released a statement on Thursday explaining the sacred laws of confession after a story that ran in the Youngstown Vindicator on Thursday stated a priest did not report child abuse allegations to police.

The victim, who is now 34, was 15 at the time. She allegedly told Rev. Michael Seifert during a confession that her stepfather, Michael Parent, raped her. Parent was sentenced to 13 years in prison earlier this week because of the assaults.

The Diocese said if the victim confided during confession, the seal of confession cannot be broken under any circumstance.

"It is because of the sacred nature of that sacrament, the content of it, that it is protected by the seal of confession in church law, and respected by civil law," said Fr. John Jerek of the Diocese of Youngstown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Defense requests mistrial in case of beaten priest

CALIFORNIA
KGO

Karina Rusk

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Attorneys for Will Lynch, accused of beating former priest Jerry Lindner, who he says abused him, have filed a motion for a mistrial based on prosecutorial misconduct.

Lynch is accused of tracking down and beating Father Jerry Lindner at his church retirement facility in Los Gatos in 2010, but he claims Lindner molested him in the 1970s.

The deputy district attorney, in her opening statement Thursday, said the former priest would probably lie about molesting Lynch and his brothers. When asked under oath, Lindner did indeed deny the molestation providing the basis for the request for a mistrial, perjury, which the prosecutor herself predicted.

Lindner had never been in a courtroom before and never had to answer to charges of molestation because of the court's statute of limitations. This case was a way for Lynch, one of the men who says he was horrifically abused by Father Lindner, to put him on the stand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

AUDIO: WHYY's Elizabeth Fiedler discusses the verdict in priest trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

Reporter Elizabeth Fielder discusses the prosecution's strategy and the case's outcome. The audio above includes comments from the jury foreman, a defense attorney and District Attorney Seth Williams.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Defense attorneys in priest beating want mistrial

CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Claiming that the prosecutor in the San Jose priest-beating trial committed misconduct, defense attorneys Friday asked the judge to declare a mistrial based on the explosive accusation.

Attorneys for Will Lynch -- who is accused of beating up the Jesuit priest he says brutally molested him and his brother when they were children -- claim the prosecutor committed misconduct by suborning perjury.

Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti, they contend, put Father Jerold Lindner on the stand Wednesday after announcing to the jury he would almost certainly lie under oath by denying the alleged molestation.

As predicted, Lindner testified he had not raped Lynch when he was 7 or molested his 4-year-old brother on a camping trip in the 1970s in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Philadelphia archdiocese apologizes after conviction in abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Agency

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 22, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to the jury decision in the trial of former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official Monsignor William J. Lynn, the archdiocese has offered a “heartfelt apology” to all abuse victims and expressed commitment to child safety and “reform and renewal.”

“This has been a difficult time for all Catholics, especially victims of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said June 22. “The lessons of the last year have made our Church a more vigilant guardian of our people’s safety.”

A Philadelphia jury on Friday convicted Msgr. Lynn, the former secretary of clergy under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, on a count of child endangerment for failing to protect children from abusive priests.

Prosecutors argued that Msgr. Lynn's actions showed a pattern by Church officials to cover up the abuse, but the jury found him not guilty on a conspiracy charge and a second count of endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Calif. chaplain facing misconduct charges

CALIFORNIA
Navy Times

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jun 22, 2012

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps has formally charged a Navy chaplain at the Marine Corps’ desert training base with several counts of alleged misconduct, including sexual harassment, indecent conduct, assault and fraternization, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

The chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Steven E. Hicks, is scheduled to appear July 24 at an Article 32 investigation hearing at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., said Marine Capt. Nick Mannweiler, a combat center spokesman.

Hicks, 57, is a Catholic priest assigned who arrived at Twentynine Palms in 2008. He was pulled from his religious duties after allegations surfaced and an investigation began in late February, Mannweiler said. He remains assigned to the combat center staff.

Mannweiler said he did not have information about the nature of the charges, and he said he could not provide a copy of the official charge sheet that details the allegations. The Article 32 officer will preside over the preliminary hearing and recommend whether the charges against Hicks should be sent to a court-martial, be reduced or dismissed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM

Monsignor convicted for covering up abuse claims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Seattle PI

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Updated 03:37 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official was convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy Friday in a landmark clergy-abuse trial, making him the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up abuse claims.

Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said. ...

The defense also pledged to appeal the conviction.

"He's upset. He's crushed. He's in custody and he didn't want anything else but to help kids," defense lawyer Jeffrey M. Lindy said. ...

Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, called the verdict "a watershed moment" in the priest sex-abuse crisis.

"Lynn was a smart, able manager who at any time could have called the police, warned parishes, or threatened to blow the whistle," McKiernan said. "He was not a helpless good guy. The only helpless people in this ongoing catastrophe were the children, the many hundreds of boys and girls who were sodomized and terrorized by the men Lynn managed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

High-Level Catholic Priest Is Convicted

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By STEVE EDER, JENNIFER LEVITZ and PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A Philadelphia jury delivered a sharp rebuke of the Catholic Church's handling of allegations of sexual abuse by its priests, convicting for the first time a senior church official of not taking steps that could have prevented further attacks.

Msgr. William Lynn, who served as secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was found guilty on Friday of one count of child endangerment for allowing a priest to take a new assignment involving contact with children even after learning of allegations that he had engaged in inappropriate contact with at least one minor. The jury deadlocked in the case of another priest who was overseen by Msgr. Lynn and also on trial, the Rev. James Brennan.

The landmark ruling came after jurors heard nearly 10 weeks of testimony in a trial that opened a window into how one of the nation's largest Catholic dioceses grappled with the sort of allegations that have shaken the church for more than a decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Late Jesuit and ex-congressman Robert Drinan accused of attempted sex assault

UNITED STATES
The Christian Century

Jun 22, 2012 by David Gibson

(RNS) A popular online advice columnist has said that the late Rev. Robert Drinan, a famed Jesuit priest and onetime Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, tried to kiss and fondle her in the 1970s when she was 18 or 19 years old.

Emily Yoffe, who writes Slate's "Dear Prudence" column, said she was prompted to write her first-person account after reading coverage of the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who is charged with raping and molesting 10 boys.

In the column, published Thursday (June 21), Yoffe said she was sexually assaulted three times before she turned 20.

The first episode took place was when she was 9 years old and a 15-year-old cousin tried to fondle her; the second was at age 15 when the father of a school friend drove her home and tried to kiss and grope her before she fled the car.

The third attack, she said, allegedly occurred when Drinan, who died in 2007, drove her home after a fundraiser for his reelection campaign; Drinan was first elected to Congress in 1970 on an anti-war platform and served five terms until then-Pope John Paul II said priests could not run for elected office.

Yoffe, whose family supported Drinan, wrote that as the priest was dropping her off in his car, he "began jabbering incoherently about men and women" and then tried to kiss her and ran his hands over her breasts. She said she shoved him away and scrambled out of the car, leaving a smear of pink lipstick on his clerical collar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

Archdiocese Cuts Jobs While Dealing With Sex Abuse Scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Christian Post

By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter

June 22, 2012|5:21 pm

The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is still dealing with the fallout of a sex abuse scandal, announced Thursday that it will be cutting 45 jobs due to financial difficulties that have been building up for years.

Archbishop Charles Chaput says the massive legal and professional costs associated with the sex abuse cases had little to do with the decision to cut jobs. Instead, he says, it was based on a long overdue need to restructure, and a desire to cut down the archdiocese's projected deficit of more than $17 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

"These are good men and women who have served the Church well," said Chaput in a statement. "I take this action with great reluctance, as one of several urgently needed steps to restore the local Church to a healthy financial footing. Every departing employee has the sincere gratitude of the Archdiocese and will be treated with maximum consideration."

In addition to cutting dozens of jobs, the archdiocese will merge 19 of its offices and ministries. It has also decided to suspend the publication of Phaith Magazine, and will cease publishing its 117-year-old newspaper, The Catholic Standard & Times, which published its last issue in June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Monsignor convicted of child endangerment in priest abuse coverup

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Press TV (Iran)

Msgr. William J. Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States to be convicted for covering up child sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

The 12-member jury acquitted him on a conspiracy charge and a second count of endangerment after a three-month trial that prosecutors and victims rights groups considered a milestone in the sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic Church.

But the mixed verdict was widely seen as a victory for the district attorney's office in Philadelphia, which has been investigating the archdiocese aggressively since 2002 and for victim advocates, who have argued for years that senior officials should be held accountable.

The trial has already sent a sobering message to church officials and others overseeing children around the country, a message punctuated by Monsignor Lynn's conviction on a charge that could bring a prison term of three-and-a-half to seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Sex Abuse Scandal Cost US Catholic Church Over $2 Billion and Counting

UNITED STATES
EIN News

/EINPresswire.com/ (Plymouth Meeting, PA)— American Catholic Dioceses have spent $2.1 billion so far on settlement-related costs for the multi-decade sexual abuse scandals involving their priests and bishops, reports Reuters.

Recently, American cardinal Joseph William Levada announced that more than 4,000 cases of sexual abuse of children by priests have been investigated during the last ten years.

"The number is shocking and dramatic but, sadly, more cases are likely to emerge," says Peter S. Pelullo, a frequent guest on the Dr. Drew show and author of the recently released
book "Betrayal and the Beast."

In his book Mr. Pelullo focuses on his own journey as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual predation. For many years he kept hidden and refused to face his own debilitating issues as a survivor—the shame, frustration, multiple addictions, depression, and other influences that directly impacted his life. Finally, at the age of fifty-five, Mr. Pelullo confronted the sexual abuse he endured as a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

Villanova law prof reacts to priest abuse verdicts

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

By PATTI MENGERS
pmengers@delcotimes.com, @pattimengers

Boston may be where the national clerical sex abuse scandal was first exposed when a priest was convicted of child molestation in 2002, but Philadelphia will be remembered as the place where a church official was first held criminally liable for not stopping the abuse.

Friday’s child endangerment conviction of the Rev. Msgr. William Lynn by a Philadelphia jury for allowing a known pedophile priest to have continued access to youngsters while he was secretary for clergy is precedent-setting, said Anne Bowen Poulin, a law professor at the Augustinian-run Villanova University in Radnor.

“What it shows is that the church documented so much of this history of abuse within the church. This signals to prosecutors that this evidence may be available,” said Poulin, who has taught at the Roman Catholic university since 1981.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Monsignor William Lynn convicted in landmark Catholic sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Christian Century

Jun 22, 2012 by David Gibson

(RNS) A Philadelphia priest was convicted Friday (June 22) of one count of child endangerment, becoming the first cleric in the Catholic Church's long-running clergy abuse scandal to be tried and found guilty of shielding molesters.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was acquitted of conspiracy and a second endangerment charge after a three-month trial that had seemed on the verge of a hung jury two days earlier.

After a day off on Thursday, the jury of seven men and five women returned to deliberations Friday and by early afternoon announced the conviction on a single charge against Lynn. The jurors said they were deadlocked on attempted rape and endangerment charges against Lynn's codefendant, the Rev. James J. Brennan. ...

"This day -- and the relief, vindication and healing it gives clergy sex abuse victims -- is long overdue," said Barbara Dorris of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "The guilty verdict sends a strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predator priests is a heinous crime that threatens families, communities and children, and must be punished as such."

Terence McKiernan, head of BishopAccountability.org, another victim advocacy group, called Lynn's conviction "a watershed moment in the Catholic abuse crisis."

"It is a warning to other church officials and a model to prosecutors nationwide," McKiernan said. "Because of the Lynn verdict, bishops and church officials are now accountable -- they are no longer immune from judgment and punishment."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 PM

Monsignor convicted of child endangerment in priest abuse coverup

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Los Angeles Times

By David Zucchino

June 22, 2012, 1:31 p.m.
A Pennsylvania jury Friday convicted Msgr. William J. Lynn of child endangerment for covering up sexual abuse of children by priests, but found the former Philadelphia archdiocese official not guilty of conspiracy and another endangerment charge.

Lynn, 61, is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. to be tried and convicted on charges related to the church scandal in which priests across the country sexually abused children for years. In the landmark case, prosecutors said Lynn reassigned pedophile priests in Philadelphia while covering up allegations of sexual abuse.

The jury of seven men and five women deadlocked on attempted rape and child endangerment charges against the Rev. James J. Brennan, prompting the judge in the case to declare a mistrial on those charges. Prosecutors could decide to retry Brennan.

By assigning pedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes, prosecutors said, Lynn exposed more children to potential abuse in an attempt to protect the church’s reputation and stave off lawsuits. Prosecutors produced a list that Lynn compiled in 1994 naming 37 priests in the archdiocese who had been identified as pedophiles or were suspected of sexually abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

US church official convicted over abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AFP

By Daniel Kelley (AFP)

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A Philadelphia monsignor became Friday the highest-ranking US church official to be convicted over a child sex cover-up, as he was was found guilty of endangerment.

Monsignor William Lynn, who served as secretary of the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1994 to 2001, was acquitted of two other counts -- one of conspiracy and a second charge of child endangerment.

Lynn, 61, who took the witness stand for three days during his 10-week trial, is not charged with molesting children, but rather with covering up crimes of priests who did. His sentence is due to be announced on August 13.

The trial, the first in the United States involving a senior official in the Catholic Church, also centered on two other Philadelphia priests. ...

"We needed clarity on how to apply the evidence. We needed to learn how to apply the elements of the charges," jury foreman Isa Logan said. "Every juror wanted justice. We just wanted to do what was right."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Monsignor is 1st Senior Roman Catholic Official in US Convicted re Handling of Child Sex-Abuse Cases

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABA Journal

Posted Jun 22, 2012
By Martha Neil

Monsignor William Lynn on Friday became the first senior Roman Catholic official in the U.S. to be criminally convicted concerning oversight of claimed child sex-abuse by priests.

He was found guilty of child endangerment after a jury deliberated for nearly two weeks, but acquitted of conspiracy and a second charge of child endangerment, according to the Associated Press and Reuters.

Lynn, who is now 61, had his bail revoked and was taken into custody after the verdict. He served from 1992 to 2004 as secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Most of that time, he worked under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who was the final decision-maker concerning what to do with priests accused of abuse, according to trial testimony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

US Catholic priest convicted of sex abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BBC News

A high-ranking Philadelphia Roman Catholic Church official has been found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child in a sex abuse case.

Monsignor William Lynn was acquitted of two additional charges.

Prosecutors alleged that Lynn, who supervised hundreds of priests, helped cover-up child sex abuse, often by transferring priests to new parishes.

He is now the highest-ranking US Roman Catholic official convicted in connection in a wider scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Church foreman: I wouldn't follow unjust orders

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
New Jersey Herald

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The jury foreman in a landmark priest sex-abuse case says he'd have taken a court-martial in the Army rather than follow unjust orders.

Thirty-5-year-old Isa (EE'-suh) Logan is a bank employee and deacon in his independent West Philadelphia church.

He's the foreman of a jury that convicted Monsignor William Lynn on Friday over his handling of sex-abuse complaints at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The 61-year-old Lynn faces 3-1/2 to five years in prison for felony child endangerment, and is now in custody after his bail was revoked. He's been acquitted of 2 other counts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

A New Day of Reckoning: Jury Finds Msgr. Lynn Guilty of Child Endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Jeffrey R. Anderson | 3:15 PM

A Philadelphia jury made history today when it found Msgr. William Lynn guilty of endangering the welfare of a child. The jury’s decision is historic and unprecedented. Until now no top Catholic official has been criminally convicted for child endangerment. The result of this difficult and arduous trial presents the first true day of reckoning in the criminal justice system against any top official in the Catholic church hierarchy.

For decades the top officials of the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and elsewhere, have operated above the law and with impunity, believing that they could not and would never be held accountable. Now, finally, because of courageous survivors, as well as prosecutors and law enforcement that were willing to take a stand, justice is served. With this justice comes great hope and promise to all those who have fought for so long.

We applaud the prosecutors, the survivors, and all those who contributed to the exposure of the truth. We are deeply grateful for the many survivors with whom we work. And we continue to be inspired by those who chose to break the silence and make their painful histories known in order to protect other kids. A new and better day is upon us and we’re proud to stand on the shoulders of the courageous survivors whom we work with every day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Guilty Verdict Is a Victory for Children and Catholics

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

by Susan Matthews

For the first time ever, a jury has found a Catholic Church official guilty of child endangerment. It certainly wasn’t the first time one was guilty, but it’s an important step toward making it the last time. This verdict will do more to protect children than any Bishops’ charter or archdiocesan initiative. Why? Because now there is real accountability.

Msgr. Lynn faces jail but that is nothing compared to the life sentence the victims of his crime face. Despite that, this verdict is a victory.

As Kathy Kane wrote in our comments: ”Prior to the 2011GJ report there were 27 priests with abuse allegations/boundary issues in the Archdiocese. They were in our parishes, schools, CYO and Prep programs. Every single victim who has ever came forward, even if not involved in the trial, has kept our children protected, kept them safer than they ever would have been had the truth not been revealed. There is no amount of justice that could ever be served to the victims in the Philly AD for the years of horror that occurred, but your efforts have kept this generation of children safer from child predators. Each night when every victim closes their eyes, they can say that they protected children. Others have done just the opposite and some day will answer to a higher authority than any judge or jury. This trial produced a mixed bag of verdicts… a plea deal, an acquittal, hung jury and conviction. My verdict on what the victims have accomplished…Heroic.”

I couldn’t agree more. Children are safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Historic criminal verdict against top church official sends clear message to diocese

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT: 414.429.7259

In a historic verdict today in Philadelphia, for the first time in the church child sex abuse crisis a top church official has been criminally convicted of child endangerment. Monsignor William J. Lynn served as secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. The judge revoked Lynn’s bail and ordered him immediately to jail. He could face up to seven years in prison.

There is a Monsignor Lynn in every single diocese and religious order around the United States. That includes, of course, the Milwaukee Archdiocese, which is now in federal bankruptcy court, seeking to keep secret 40,000 pages of internal church files and testimony by former Milwaukee bishops concerning the transfer and concealment of child sex predators. Principally, Bishop Richard Sklba, who former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland testified was his “go to guy” on “all abuse cases”. Sklba remained the number two man of the diocese under Cardinal Timothy Dolan as well. Yet Sklba, unlike Lynn, has yet to face a single criminal charge for his decades long involvement in covering up child sex crimes, just like Lynn. And Sklba is not the only conspirator who endangered children in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Today’s verdict should send a chilling message to Sklba and every senior church official around the country: your boss—even if he is a cardinal or an archbishop–will no longer be able to protect you from following and implementing their child sex abuse cover up directives. From now on, the excuse, “I was just following orders” is not only a thoroughly discredited moral defense, but a legal one as well.

Support group: Pa. priest verdict heartbreaking

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NECN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A spokeswoman for a sexual abuse victims support group says the verdict in the Philadelphia priest abuse trial was heartbreaking.

Karen Polesir is a spokeswoman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. She was outside the courthouse as the verdicts were being read.

Monsignor William Lynn has been convicted of child endangerment. He is the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for mishandling sex-abuse accusations.

But Lynn also was acquitted of two counts. And jurors couldn't agree on a verdict for his co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, who was accused of sexually abusing a teenager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

First Juror in Priest Sex Abuse Trial Talks

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

[video]

Hear from Isa Logan, the first juror to talk today about the verdicts in the landmark priest sex abuse trial. Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of one count of child endangerment and not guilty on a second child endangerment charge. He is also not guilty of conspiracy. Jurors could not reach agreement on the attempted rape or child endangerment charge against Reverend James Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Verdict in Philadelphia – Monsignor William Lynn Child Endangerment Charge

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

The jury in Philadelphia has heard the cry of unprotected children and we are grateful.

We believe the cause of innocent children has been advanced today and we are grateful.

We believe all bishops and all chanceries staffs have effectively been put on notice that is criminally wrong to put the protection of adults, priests or any other adult, before the protection of innocent children—particularly when the children made their plight known to those in positions of moral and spiritual leadership. For this, we are grateful.

We believe there should not be a delay in the sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn. The jury has spoken: children need protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

PHILLY JURY SAYS NO TO CONSPIRACY

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

The jury in the trial of two Philadelphia Catholic priests has reached a verdict. Msgr. William Lynn was acquitted of conspiracy; on the two charges of child endangerment, he was acquitted on one of them, and found guilty on the other. The jury was deadlocked on two charges against Rev. James Brennan: one for attempted rape, and one for child endangerment.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

The witch-hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time. What made this a witch-hunt was the decision of former Philadelphia D.A. Lynne Abraham to summarily ignore what she was empowered to do in 2001: she was given the charge “to investigate the sexual abuse of minors by individuals associated with religious organizations and denominations.” Had she done so, those cases of minors who may have been sexually molested by ministers, rabbis, and others, would have been investigated. Instead, absolutely nothing was done about these cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Lynn guilty in clergy sex-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS

Updated 3:25 p.m.

Jurors have reached an unprecedented decision in the landmark sex-abuse and child endangerment trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests.

Msgr. William J. Lynn, found guilty on one count of child endangerment, is the first church official nationwide to be convicted for enabling or covering up clergy-sex abuse. He faces up to seven years in prison.

Lynn was acquitted of two other charges, one of conspiracy and a second count of endangerment.

The jury was deadlocked on attempted rape and endangerment charges against his codefendant, the Rev. James J. Brennan.

The jury was excused by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, so the trial is over, with a mistrial on the Brennan charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

ARCHDIOCESE REACTS TO VERDICT IN TRIAL OF MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

This has been a difficult time for all Catholics, especially victims of sexual abuse. The lessons of the last year have made our Church a more vigilant guardian of our people's safety. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is on a journey of reform and renewal that requires honesty and hope. We are committed to providing support and assistance to parishioners as they and the Church seek to more deeply understand sexual violence, and to create an environment that is safe and welcoming to all, including past victims.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a heartfelt apology to all victims of clergy sexual abuse. Now and in the future, the Church will continue to take vigorous steps to ensure safe church environments for all the faithful in Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

PA- Msgr. Lynn guilty, SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on June 22, 2012

This day—and the relief, vindication and healing it gives clergy sex abuse victims—is long overdue. The guilty verdict sends a strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predator priests is a heinous crime that threatens families, communities and children, and must be punished as such. It is also the criminal justice system's "shot across the bow," sending a clear signal to all institutions: “Protect kids, oust predators or go to jail.”

The evidence against Msgr. Lynn was overwhelming. Perpetrators have been enabled and free to prey on children because Catholic officials like Lynn hid crimes, intimidated whistle blowers, discredited witnesses, destroyed evidence and fabricated alibis. This verdict provides a measure of justice for every child who was hurt in the archdiocese and was forced to suffer in shame and silence as their perpetrator roamed freely with the help and blessing of top church officials.

The unsung heroes of this case are the dozens of victims, witnesses and whistleblowers who bravely came forward to testify. Many told harrowing stories of how they were horribly abused by priests they trusted, while others explained their frustration when they went to church officials for help but were ignored, deceived and maligned. We are grateful to these courageous men and women for their efforts to protect kids, expose wrongdoing and get healing. They refused to remain silent and did the right thing by going to law enforcement and not church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

PA- SNAP urges immediate jail for Msgr. Lynn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Peter Isely on June 22, 2012

We agree with prosecutors: Msgr. Lynn is a flight risk and should be jailed right now. That's only prudent.

Time and time again over the years, Catholic officials who have committed or concealed child sex crimes have fled overseas. BishopAccountability.org

Why take this risk?

Msgr. Lynn's been convicted of just one charge. But keep in mind that for at least 12 years, and likely longer, he suspected and knew of but concealed and enabled horrific child sex crimes by perhaps dozens of clerics. He and his current and former church supervisors have much to fear. He might very well flee abroad.

So let's put justice and safety first, and lock up Msgr. Lynn right away.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

MO - New Philly priest verdict should worry KC bishop, SNAP says

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on June 22, 2012

The historic guilty verdict today against a top Philadelphia Catholic official should embolden KC prosecutors and give KC Bishop Finn serious pause.

Finn faces essentially the same charge that his Philly colleague did – endangering kids by concealing crimes.

For the first time in history, a high ranking US Catholic official was held responsible - for knowingly, repeatedly and selfishly - putting kids in harm’s way. He was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

We hope this landmark verdict will prompt current and former Catholic officials – in Philly, in KC and across the country – to “come clean” with what they know about child molesting clerics. We also hope it will give hope to victims and encourage them to call police and prosecutors, so that other child molesters and corrupt officials can be exposed, removed, charged, convicted and jailed, so kids will be safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Verdict a blow to both Philly prosecutors and clergy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

UPDATED 3:25 P.M.

The packed courtroom in Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center had been warned that no outbursts would be tolerated.

But that wasn't enough to restrain lead prosecutor Patrick Blessington.

A jury foreman read the verdict finding Monsignor William J. Lynn guilty of one count of child endangerment and declared a hung jury in charges against Father James Brennan.

Lynn was found not guilty on conspiracy and another charge of child endangerment

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Jury finds Lynn guilty of child endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Brian Roewe on Jun. 22, 2012 NCR Today

After 13 days of deliberation, the jury in the landmark Philadelphia abuse trial has found Msgr. William J. Lynn guilty on one charge of child endangerment, acquitting him on a second endangerment charge and on one count of conspiracy.

The jury declared itself hung on both charges against Fr. James J. Brennan, who had been accused of attempted sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Prosecutors could choose to retry its case against him.

Lynn faced charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for his role in an alleged cover-up of priest sex abuse during his tenure as secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Senior Philadelphia Church Official Found Guilty in Landmark Child Endangerment Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
06/22/2012

PHILADELPHIA — A jury today found a former Philadelphia archdiocesan official guilty on one of two counts of child endangerment, but cleared him of the other as well as a conspiracy charge.

In a closely watched landmark case, Msgr. William Lynn, 61, the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004 and the most senior U.S. Church official to be criminally charged in an abuse case, was accused of knowingly placing minors in danger when he reassigned troubled priests to parishes where they would have access to children.

Msgr. Lynn faces three and a half to seven years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Jury Finds Monsignor Guilty Of Child Endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

PHILADELPHIA -
A Philadelphia jury has found a church official guilty of endangering the welfare of a child in the landmark Catholic Church sex abuse trial.

However, the panel reported Friday that it found Monsignor William Lynn not guilty of a conspiracy count and one additional child endangerment charge.

The jury reported that it was hung on both counts concerning the Rev. James Brennan.

The announcement came during the 13th day of deliberations in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Archbishop’s Aide Guilty of Endangerment in Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By JON HURDLE and ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: June 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former archbishop’s aide, was found guilty Friday of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States to be convicted of covering up child sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

The 12-member jury acquitted Monsignor Lynn, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, on a conspiracy charge and a second count of endangerment after a three-month trial that prosecutors and victims rights groups called a milestone in the sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic church.

The single guilty verdict was widely seen as a victory for the district attorney’s office, which has been investigating the archdiocese aggressively since 2002, and it was hailed by victim advocates who have argued for years that senior church officials should be held accountable for concealing evidence and transferring predatory priests to unwary parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Philly jury finds Lynn guilty on 1 count; acquits on 2 others

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

From Susan Candiotti and Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 2:30 PM EDT, Fri June 22, 2012

(CNN) -- Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse, was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment and acquitted on other two charges.

He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and a conspiracy charge to protect a priest accused of abuse.

The jury was unable to bring a verdict against co-defendant Rev. James Brennan, who was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Philadelphia priest sex abuse trial: Monsignor William Lynn convicted of child endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS News

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - Monsignor William Lynn, a Roman Catholic church official, has been convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial in Philadelphia.

Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled sex-abuse accusations.

Lynn has been on leave from the church since his arrest last year. The criminal case stems from his long stint as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Jury Finds Philadelphia Monsignor Guilty Of Endangerment In Child Abuse Coverup

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NPR

by Eyder Peralta

A jury found Msgr. William J. Lynn, of Philadelphia, guilty on one count of endangerment stemming from allegations that he helped coverup the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. Lynn was acquitted of another count of endangerment and one count of conspiracy, the AP reports.

Lynn was the first Roman Catholic official to be tried in the United States in the aftermath of the priest abuse scandal. The jury returned its verdict on its 13th day of deliberations and two days after the judge sent them back to deliberate further after they said they were deadlocked on all but one charge.

As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Lynn was never accused of touching a child, instead he was accused of encouraging the reassignment of priests despite the fact that there were signs they had sexually abused children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Philadelphia monsignor found guilty in church child sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Reuters

(Reuters) - Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty on Friday of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Roman Catholic official convicted in the church child sex abuse scandal.

The jury acquitted Lynn, who oversaw hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, on two other counts.

The jury deliberated 13 days before reaching a decision in the trial of Lynn, 61, who for 12 years served as secretary of the clergy.

He was accused of conspiracy and child endangerment in what prosecutors said was an effort to cover up child sex abuse allegations, often by transferring priests to unsuspecting parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Roman Catholic Church official convicted of endangerment in priest-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
MSNBC

By NBC News and news services

UPDATED AT 2:17 p.m. ET: PHILADELPHIA -- A Roman Catholic Church official has been convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial in Philadelphia, according to The Associated Press.

EARLIER: Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the United States tried for his role in protecting predator priests. He's charged with conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment for allegedly keeping accused priests in parish work around children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Pa. Catholic official convicted of endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official was convicted Friday of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, becoming the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims.

Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.

Lynn, 61, had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted only on one of the endangerment counts, leaving him with the possibility of 3 1/2 to seven years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Pa. Catholic official convicted of endangerment

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Houston Chronicle

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Updated 01:14 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official has been convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial in Philadelphia.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled sex-abuse accusations.

Lynn has been on leave from the church since his arrest last year. The criminal case stems from his long stint as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH'-kwah).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Jury reaches verdict in Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
MSNBC

By NBC News and news services

PHILADELPHIA -- After 13 days of deliberations, the jury has reached a verdict in a landmark clergy-abuse case involving a Roman Catholic church official. The verdict will be read at 2 p.m. ET, NBC10.com reported.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the United States tried for his role in protecting predator priests. He's charged with conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment for allegedly keeping accused priests in parish work around children.

Lynn is on trial with Rev. James Brennan Brennan, 49, is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996, along with child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Partial verdict reached in Philadelphia priest abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

Jurors in Philadelphia on Friday reached a partial verdict in the landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric accused of endangering children by helping cover up sexual abuse, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings.

Lynn, a defendant along with another Philadelphia priest, faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child by allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children, and one count of conspiracy to protect a priest accused of abuse.

If convicted, Lynn could be sentenced to up to 21 years in prison.

Also on trial is the Rev. James Brennan, who faces charges of attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy, endangering the welfare of a child and other counts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Jury Reaches Decision In Priest Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

PHILADELPHIA -
Court officials say the jury has reached a decision in the landmark Catholic Church priest sex abuse trial.

The jury will be in court at 2 p.m., and we will bring the panel's decision as soon as we can.

The announcement from the court came after a 13th day of deliberations in the case.

On Wednesday, jurors said they were unable to agree on four of the five charges against Monsignor William Lynn and Reverend James Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Jury reaches verdict in Pennsylvania priest-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Fox News

Published June 22, 2012

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – A jury reached a verdict in a groundbreaking priest-abuse trial and was poised to announce it Friday afternoon.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged for allegedly helping an archdiocese cover up abuse claims. He faces about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment.

Lynn is on leave from the Philadelphia archdiocese, where he served as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.

Defense lawyers said Lynn alone tried to document abuse complaints, get priests into treatment and alert the cardinal to the growing crisis. Church documents show therapists had called one accused priest a ticking "time bomb" and "powder keg."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Jury Decision In Philadelphia Child Sex Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia jury deciding the fates of two priests in the child sex abuse case was preparing to announce its decision this afternoon. But a verdict on most of the charges was unlikely.

The announcement was expected shortly after 2pm, according to court officials.

The jury did not deliberate yesterday after telling Judge Teresa Sarmina on Wednesday that they were deadlocked on four of the five counts against defendants Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan, who have pleaded not guilty.

The judge had ordered the jury to keep trying and they worked without asking for any further assistance, including additional legal instructions or testimony readbacks, offered by the court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

The Legion’s Scandal of Stalled Reform

UNITED STATES
First Things

Jun 22, 2012

Rev. Thomas V. Berg

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis was named papal delegate to the Legionaries of Christ early in July 2010 to shepherd the congregation through a “process of profound re-evaluation” as mandated in a communiqué from the Holy See to the Legionaries on May 1st of that same year. His appointment followed upon a close scrutiny of all Legionary houses of formation and apostolate—a “canonical visitation”—conducted by a team of bishops appointed by the Pope. The visitation was mandated by Benedict after the congregation’s major superiors admitted in early 2009 that Maciel had lived a morally depraved double life, fathering at least a daughter and perhaps other children from at least one mistress, and sexually abusing young seminarians.

After twenty-three years as a Legionary, I discerned that it was best for me to abandon the congregation in 2009. Since the naming of De Paolis, I have watched and waited for needed reform. Now, two years later, I have decided to lift my silence to express my deep disappointment as well as my profound concern for the fine young men and dedicated priests who still compose the Legion.

In point of fact, the Legionaries are not some centuries-old and long-cherished religious family, deserving of every ounce of the Church’s energies to salvage it. The Legion’s seventy-one years of existence are immersed in controversy. Serious questions have been raised about the various “approvals” of the Legion in the 1940’s on account of Maciel’s duplicity. The Legion also escaped extinction under dubious circumstances after a Vatican investigation of Maciel in the 1950’s. I have held for quite some time that it would have been best for the Legionaries and the Church had Benedict opted to suppress the congregation. That he did not do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Jury works to break deadlocks in clergy sex-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The deadlocked jury reported for duty again this morning in the trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests.

On Wednesday, the panel of seven men and five women said told Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina it had reached a consensus on only one of the five counts against Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan. It did not identify which charge or defendant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at