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July 31, 2012

'Too much pain': plea for inquiry into church sex case

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Joanne McCarthy August 01, 2012

The family of Hunter man John Pirona says there is a fitting legacy for him after his disappearance and death last week, when he left a letter saying he was in "too much pain".

That legacy is the truth about the Catholic church's handling of child sex abuse issues over decades, including the 1970s when he was the victim of a paedophile priest at a Hunter school.

"I do believe John is where he is now as a result of what happened to him when he was young and at that school, and such things happened to a lot of boys," Mr Pirona's father Lou said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 PM

Long time minister investigated for sex crimes

ALABAMA
WAAY

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAAY) - Sheffield Police confirm that they're investigating claims of sexual abuse against a former music and youth minister at the Sheffield First United Methodist Church.

Investigators say they began looking into the claims Monday. The pastor was let go from the church once the allegations came to light. Police say there may be numerous victims spread out over years or decades.

The 78 year old man has not been charged at this time, and officers tell WAAY 31 they're still interviewing witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Philly Inquirer Rebroadcasts Wholly Discredited Claim of Abuse Against Bishop

UNITED STATES
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

July 30, 2012 By TheMediaReport.com

Witnesses have now come forward to thoroughly discredit a specious claim that Wheeling, West Virginia, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield committed abuse decades ago, yet one would hardly know this from reading the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has rebroadcast the charge.

Last April, during the Philadelphia abuse trial, media outlets fell over themselves to trumpet a double hearsay allegation from a witness in the trial. The witness claimed on the stand that 40 years ago in the 1970s that an admittedly abusive priest motioned to a car carrying Bransfield and some boys and told him that Bransfield was abusing "the one in the front seat."

Well, two grown who were actually in the car years ago with Bransfield at the time, including the alleged "victim" of Bransfield, have now come forward to flatly refute the decades-old hearsay claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Minn. Supreme Court Rejects ‘Repressed Memory’ Junk Science Against Priest, Media Yawns

MINNESOTA
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

July 31, 2012 By TheMediaReport.com

Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court flatly rejected the psychological theory of "repressed memory" as bogus. The Court declared that scientific studies that have tried to prove the bogus theory have "lacked foundational reliability."

Church-suing lawyers and accusers of abuse have attempted to use "repressed memory" as a way to circumvent statutes of limitations in order to file big-money lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

According to proponents of the discredited belief, some people completely forget instances of extreme trauma or abuse. Then, years or decades later, an event or thought – often directed by a convincing therapist – causes one to suddenly "remember" having been abused or traumatized.

In the case in Minnesota, an accuser – represented by high-profile, Church-suing attorney Jeff Anderson – tried to claim that his case of abuse against a Catholic priest should not be limited by the state's statute of limitations because he was simply unable to remember being abused because he "repressed" the memory of it happening. Fortunately, the Minnesota courts didn't buy it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Beyer y el Cumbres: Investigamos aspectos administrativos, la acusación la ve la Justicia

CHILE
Cooperativa

En entrevista con Cooperativa, el ministro de Educación, Harald Beyer, aseguró que las irregularidades detectas por Seremi en el Colegio cumbres no apuntan directamente a la denuncia por abuso sexual contra el sacerdote John O'Reilly.

"Ese es en un proceso que está en curso, por lo tanto el establecimiento necesita conocerlas antes de que nosotros las divulguemos, pero son de carácter administrativo", informó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Colegio Cumbres emite instructivo que prohíbe a sacerdotes a “sacar niñitas” de las salas

CHILE
El Mostrador

El Colegio Cumbres emitió un instructivo que prohíbe que sacerdotes y profesionales tengan contacto privado con los alumnos. La medida se da tras la denuncia de abuso sexual que pesa sobre el vocero de los Legionarios de Cristo, el padre John O’Reilly y de las declaraciones de una ex profesora que confirmó la costumbre que tenía el religioso de sacar selectivamente a niñas de sus salas de clases.

El mismo antecedente lo dio a conocer la semana pasada el abogado Mario Schilling luego que reventara el escándalo por la denuncia contra quien también aparecía como el vocero en Chile de la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo. Antecedente que fue confirmado por la profesora Vivianne Litvack, quien hace nueve años hizo clases en el exclusivo establecimiento privado.

Ex profesora del Cumbres: O´Reilly sacaba a las niñas de clases y nadie lo cuestionaba

CHILE
Cooperativa

[con audio]

La ex profesora del Colegio Cumbres Vivianne Litvack aseguró este martes en Cooperativa que el sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo, John O'Reilly, tenía la costumbre de sacar a las niñas de la sala y "nadie" cuestionaba sus decisiones.

El religioso enfrenta graves acusaciones por supuestos abusos sexuales cometidos contra una menor de 6 años en el establecimiento, lo que ha motivado recientemente que el Ministerio de Educación inicie un proceso administrativo contra el colegio. El recinto, por su parte, emitió hace poco un instructivo con el fin de prohibir a los sacerdotes sacar a las niñas del aula.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Ex profesora de Colegio Cumbres afirma que era "habitual que O´Reilly sacara a las alu

CHILE
Publimetro

En entrevista con radio Cooperativa, la ex profesora del Colegio Cumbre, Vivian Litvack, confirmó que el sacerdote John O'Reilly, acostumbraba a sacar a las niñas de la salas de clases.

Litvack recordó que mientras realizaba un reemplazo en el recinto educacional a los cursos de 4º, 7º y 8º básico, en el año 2003, “era habitual que el padre O´Reilly acostumbraba a sacar a las alumnas de las salas de clases”.

“Las invitaba a tomar desayuno, les tengo té, galletitas y él me decía que las llevaba porque las niñitas aprendían mucho más con él que en una sala de clases”, comentó la ex profesora. Asimismo, afirmó que al religioso poco le importaba interrumpir pruebas o interrrumpirla cuando pasaba algunas materias.

Time to ‘fall on swords’

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

01 Aug, 2012

ALMOST 18 years ago former police officer and Nationals MP Troy Grant charged paedophile priest Vince Ryan, and formally interviewed the priest who ‘‘decided to say nothing’’ about Ryan’s offending.

Ryan was convicted and sent to jail for 14 years.

Monsignor Patrick Cotter, who declined to answer questions many times during his interview with Mr Grant, was not charged with concealing Ryan’s crimes despite police recommending that this should have happened.

It is the legacy of his police years that causes Mr Grant the most heartache.

‘‘My failure to have Cotter and a couple of nuns held to account for their roles in Ryan’s ability to keep offending over many years still troubles me,’’ he said yesterday, after speaking strongly about the Catholic church’s inability to deal with its sex abuse crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Rafael Venegas and Luis Jose Cuevas, Catholic Priests, Accused of Sex Crimes Against Females

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Matt Coker
Tue., Jul. 31 2012

At least this can be said of the pending charges against two Roman Catholic priests from Southern California parishes--including St. Athanasus Church of Long Beach: only one of the four accusers is a child and all are female. The latest case involves Father Rafael Venegas, who is accused of sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman on the grounds of his St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Monica.

The woman, who is not a parishoner, claims the assault happened in September 2011, and the Santa Monica Police Department launched an investigation July 1.

Venegas turned himself in on Monday after the city attorney charged the priest with one count of sexual battery and one count of providing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

3 to 6 for Lynn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Northeast Times

By John Loftus
07/25/2012

— The first top official in the Roman Catholic Church to be convicted of shielding child-molesting priests is going to have plenty of time to do some reflection — in prison

Monsignor William Lynn, the first member of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to be found guilty of shielding a child-molesting priest, was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn he knew “full well what was right,” but, instead, facilitated and supported “monsters in clerical garb.”

Lynn’s attorneys said they planned to appeal Lynn’s child endangerment conviction next month. They said Lynn had been convicted for the crimes one of his co-defendants had committed against a boy the monsignor had never met.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Column: Penn State case bad, but church sex abuse worse

UNITED STATES
USA Today

By DeWayne Wickham

I didn't have much sympathy for people who complained about the punishment the NCAA doled out to Penn State, until I discovered how an even larger institution in the Keystone State has escaped punishment for shielding dozens of pedophiles in its midst.

In June, Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was found guilty of raping and sodomizing 10 young boys. Top university officials were told of Sandusky's deviant behavior years earlier and did nothing to stop him. They, apparently, were more worried about the damage that exposing him would do to the school's reputation than the harm he was doing to his victims.

For its inaction, Penn State on July 23 was fined $60 million, its football team was banned from post-season play for four years and the games it won from 1998 through 2011 — the span of time during which university officials were aware of Sandusky's pedophilia and looked the other way — were wiped off the record books.

Another troubling case

The next day, an even more troubling case of child sex abuse — given that so many more predators were involved — played out in a Philadelphia courtroom without any hint that justice would reach beyond a low-level official of that city's Catholic archdiocese.

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to three to six years in prison for covering up the actions of pedophile priests he was supposed to root out of the church. Instead, he sent them to unsuspecting parishes where other sexual assaults took place — an action his lawyers said was ordered by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who headed Philadelphia's archdiocese from 1988 to 2003. He died in January.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

As investigation of priest continues, others temporarily assigned to Fort Kent area parish

MAINE
Bangor Daily News

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

Posted July 31, 2012

FORT KENT, Maine — As the Maine Attorney General’s investigation into unspecified allegations against a Roman Catholic priest continues, the diocese has announced temporary assignments at the St. John Vianney Parish.

The parish, based in Fort Kent, has been without its spiritual leader Rev. James Nadeau since the 50-year-old pastor took a voluntary leave of absence in early April.

“The diocese is cooperating fully with the attorney general’s office and at their request I cannot discuss the allegations or anything about the investigation,” Bishop Richard Malone said at the time. “I am hopeful that this process will go smoothly in order to lead to an expeditious and just conclusion.”

Officials with the attorney general’s office and from the Diocese have released little information on the investigation over the past several months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

More men allege abuse by Christian Brothers

CHICAGO (IL)
Southtown Star

By Mike Nolan mnolan@southtownstar.com

Updated: July 31, 2012

Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging that they were sexually abused as boys while attending Southland Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.

The firm — Hurley McKenna & Mertz — said it now represents 27 Chicago-area men alleging abuse by members of the order, which founded Brother Rice and Leo high schools on the Southwest Side as well as St. Laurence High School in Burbank.

The order filed for bankruptcy in April 2011, and Wednesday is the deadline for alleged victims of abuse to file claims in the case. Attorneys from firms around the country have claimed that the bankruptcy filing was an attempt by the Catholic order to shield assets and block the filing of new lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Adam Fisher: An abuse case's aftershocks

MASSACHUSETTS
Daily Hampshire Gazette

By Daily Hampshire Gazette

Created 07/31/2012

NORTHAMPTON - On precisely the same day that Andrew Nicastro of Williamstown on Friday withdrew his priest-abuse lawsuit against two retired Springfield bishops in return for $500,000, a contrasting scenario was playing out a half a world away.

In Australia, Bill Wright, the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, stated publicly that he would support a public inquiry into his church's handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Newcastle Herald promptly wrote an editorial applauding the bishop and observing: "There was a time, when the first shocking revelations of abuse began to emerge into the public eye, when many probably believed the matter could be satisfactorily dealt with by the churches and the police. But since that hasn't been entirely the case, and since - on the contrary - more cases of abuse by more priests keep surfacing along with distressing evidence of church cover-ups and failed police investigations, public opinion has dramatically altered."

Back in Springfield, one of the retired bishops accused by Nicastro, Joseph F. Maguire, 92, issued a long and apparently heartfelt statement acknowledging Nicastro's molestation by defrocked priest Alfred Graves. The other defendant was retired Bishop Thomas L. Dupre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

5 Men Allege Sex Abuse By Members Of Order From Local Catholic High Schools

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS Chicago

[with audio]

CHICAGO (CBS) — Five more men have filed claims in U.S. Bankruptcy Court alleging they were sexually abused as boys while attending Chicago area Roman Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, at least 27 Chicago area men have now filed lawsuits alleging abuse by members of the order at three all-boys high schools – Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd.; Leo High School, 7901 S. Sangamon St.; and St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St. in Burbank.

Three brothers, who at one time worked in Chicago have been named as sexual predators in earlier suits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Santa Monica priest booked for alleged sexual assault

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Contra Costa Times

By City News Service
dailybreeze.com
Posted: 07/31/2012

SANTA MONICA - The Rev. Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne's Church in Santa Monica, turned himself in to police Monday and was booked for sexual battery.

Santa Monica police began investigating Venegas on July 1 when a 20-year-old woman, who was not a parishioner of the church, reported an assault on her at the church at 2017 Colorado Ave. in September 2011.

Investigators turned the results of their investigation over to the City Attorney's Office, who charged Venegas with a count of sexual battery and another count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:59 AM

Priest, on leave, steps down from Sewickley parish

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bobby Cherry

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Roman Catholic priest on leave from his Sewickley parish officially will step down later this month even after investigators deemed no charges would be filed against him following a complaint about Facebook postings to a minor.

The Rev. Daniel Valentine of St. James Catholic Church, who began a leave of absence May 19 because of a complaint about online posts, will leave the Sewickley church on Aug. 15, Pittsburgh diocese spokesman Rev. Ronald Lengwin said this week.

In May, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said the diocese requested the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office do a forensic audit of both the parish computers and Valentine's personal computer following the complaint the diocese received.

Following the investigation, which ended late last month, the district attorney's office said no criminal charges are warranted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

“The Manual”.

Verschueren.at

["The Manual" - Englisch - BishopAccountability.org]

Of hoe de katholieke kerk sinds 1983 over seksueel misbruik op de hoogte was en hoe ze daar (niet) mee omging. Schuldig verzuim.

Begin juli 2012 werden via een van de oudste websites over seksueel misbruik, BishopAccountability.org, documenten vrijgegeven die een dieper inzicht verschaffen in hoe Amerikaanse bisschoppen, kardinalen, aartsbisschoppen en de bisschoppenconferentie al zo’n dertig jaar geleden en tot voor kort met gevallen van seksueel misbruik door priesters (niet) zijn omgegaan. Het hoofddocument, hoewel sinds zijn ontstaan wijd verspreid binnen de kerkelijke hiërarchie, bereikte nooit massaal het grote publiek. Dit destijds baanbrekend werk van drie gerenommeerde auteurs, is op zich revelerend vooral om te begrijpen hoe vroeg al ALLE Amerikaanse hoogste geestelijken op de hoogte waren van de problematiek rond pedofilie in de kerk (1985). Het meest interessante echter rond “The Manual” is vooral hoe de kerk met het document is omgegaan en het proces dat aan de verspreiding van het document is voorafgegaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Senior Catholic cleric 'pledged silence' on child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
August 01, 2012

ONE OF Australia's most senior Catholic clerics allegedly told a priest facing claims he was a pedophile that any confession to child abuse would be kept between himself, the priest and the bishop.

Brian Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, was responding to a 1993 allegation from the family of Father Denis McAlinden that the priest had sexually abused a relative.

In a later letter to the then Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke, McAlinden wrote: "Brian Lucas convinced me, against my better judgment, to accept that the information I gave him would be held in strictest confidence by the bishop."

Father Lucas, who yesterday said he was unable to comment on the contents of that conversation, was interviewed in February by NSW police investigating "alleged cover-ups" by church officials of McAlinden's alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Ok, so I'm a co-dependent

MASSACHUSETTS
Buddha Belly and the Art of Questioning

Skip Shea

Ok, so I'm a co-dependent. But aren't we all? At the end of a human service interviewing class I have taught, after all the students were stoked to go out and help others, we had to discuss the high risks that they were all co-dependents and capable of doing great harm to others. Cruel but necessary. Why we get in the game of trying to help another person has to be a big part of being sure we are in fact being helpful.

Such has been my relationship with the Catholic Church for the better part of my life. Despite all the evidence, pretty much throughout my life, that this relationship was just going to get worse - I hung in there. I knew things weren't right when I was younger. I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I found out years later that priests were putting fingers etc. all over some friends of mine. They have had to live the rests of their lives with these scars.

I have gone to Mass upon Mass at which the priest strongly emphasized the tragedy of abortion. I don't like abortion. I wish it didn't happen. I respect that many women will think that even my saying that makes it sound as if I would deprive them of all their rights. I support a women's right to choose, on the simple and perhaps lame basis that I am not a woman. It just doesn't seem right to me that women should have the LEAST say about something that routinely becomes the defining moment of their lives, and that they be also be viewed as criminals. But I do understand it to be a profoundly ethical and moral dilemna. I wish I could wish it away and I respect anyone's right to argue against it.

But, given the sordid history of abuse allowed by and perhaps perpetrated by the Catholic Church, every sanctimonious sermon about abortion, birth control, masturbation etc. should be preceded by a 20 minute apology for child sexual abuse - EVERY time for the foreseeable future. The numbers of lives ruined by the Church's tacit approval of child sexual abuse are just as staggering as those lost to abortion. The moral indignation of the Catholic Church's pro-life stance can only be justified by true penance for its own sins. Sins, that by every estimation, go back centuries.

Recently the Bishop of the Worcester Diocese has vetoed Vicki Kennedy speaking at a Catholic College because he deemed her to NOT be Catholic enough. Ms. Kennedy holds many views similar to rank and file Catholics like being partly or mostly pro-choice, pro- birth control etc. That she has raised countless dollars for Catholic Charities and causes was of no consequence. The Bishop followed that up by refusing to sell the former House of Affirmation to two gay men that had wonderful plans for economically revitalizing the site. The fear was that gay marriages would be performed there. This is appalling because the House of Affirmation was a "treatment facility" for pedophile priests, run by a pedophile. Many such priests were stationed in the Blackstone Valley so they could make use of the services there. Many made use of Blackstone Valley children, and some of those events allegedly happened there. This is not the definition of hypocrisy. It cries out for a new word.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Prosecutors Side with Abuse Group to Block Releasing Records

MISSOURI
Ozark Area Network

[Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ - SNAP]

July 31st, 2012 | Author: The Associated Press

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Several prosecutors are siding with the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to block an order requiring the group to release certain records.

The issue stems from lawsuits against a Roman Catholic priest by accusers who say they repressed memories of begin abused decades ago. A lawyer for the priest argues documents could raise doubts about such memories and whether a gag order was violated.

SNAP wants the high court to block a trial judge’s order that it provide records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Calls multiply for inquiry into handling of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Linton Besser, Joanne McCarthy
August 01, 2012

PRECISELY six months after the paedophile priest Denis McAlinden was reprimanded but not reported by the church over allegations of child sex abuse, Father Brian Lucas told the Wood Royal Commission that ''to engage in a cover-up … is the very worst way of approaching it''.

Now Father Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, is one of three senior Catholic officials being investigated by police detectives over the concealment of McAlinden's offences in the 1990s.

Strike Force Lantle is due to deliver a brief of evidence to prosecutors in the next few weeks.

Between 1993 and 1995, Father Lucas, the former bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Michael Malone and Father Philip Wilson, now an archbishop, had roles in an attempted defrocking of McAlinden over the sexual abuse of young girls but failed to report him to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Abuse advocacy group says little changed among Catholic church leaders

UNITED STATES
Endrtimes

A group that advocates on behalf of victims of clergy abuse is urging the Catholic church to move beyond the "smoke and mirrors."

More than 200 survivors met in Chicago over the weekend at the annual conference of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP. The group says the church needs to "stop the abuse, expel the abusers, cooperate with the courts and support the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Senior Catholics implicated in child sex cover-up

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Posted July 31, 2012

Three of the Catholic Church's most senior priests in New South Wales are being investigated by the Department of Public Prosecutions over an alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Suzanne Smith

Transcript

STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: A member of the NSW Government wants Cardinal George Pell and other senior Catholic leaders to fully cooperate with the police and make available all internal documentary evidence on child sexual abuse in the state's Hunter Valley.

The call comes as evidence about three of the Catholic Church's most senior priests is being referred to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions for possible charges.

Strikeforce Lantle is wrapping up an investigation into serious allegations of cover-up and possible criminal behaviour involving the sexual assault of many young girls in the Newcastle Maitland diocese.

The priest at the centre of the allegations, Father McAlinden, died in 2005. The three senior leaders facing possible legal action are Father Brian Lucas, retired Bishop Michael Malone, and the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson.

As Suzanne Smith reports, Archbishop Wilson has declined to be interviewed by police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Pope names Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico, JCL, Tenth Bishop of Erie

ERIE (PA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie

July 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI today named the Rev. Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico as the tenth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. He will succeed Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., and will be ordained and installed as bishop during a Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 2 pm.

Bishop Trautman will introduce Bishop-elect Persico at a news conference today at 10:30 am at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Boulevard, Erie.

In the announcement at noon, Roman time, today, Pope Benedict XVI also accepted Bishop Trautman’s resignation, which was submitted following church protocol on his 75th birthday, June 24, 2011. Bishop Trautman will continue to lead the mission and ministries of the diocese as Bishop Emeritus until Bishop-elect Persico’s installation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, (VIS) - The Holy Father: ...

- Appointed Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico of the clergy of the diocese of Greenburg, U.S.A., vicar general and pastor of the parish of St. James in New Alexandria, as bishop of Erie (area 25,734, population 860,340, Catholics 223,668, priests 193, permanent deacons 61, religious 317), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Monessen, U.S.A. in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1977. He has acted as chaplain and chancellor of Assumption Hall, and is vice president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He succeeds Bishop Donald W. Trautman, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Priest at Santa Monica church charged with sexual battery

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Los Angeles Times

A priest at St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Monica was charged with committing sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman and giving her alcohol, police said Monday evening.

The victim is not a parishioner but reported that she was attacked by Rafael Venegas in September 2011 on the church grounds at 2017 Colorado Ave., the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Venegas was charged by the Santa Monica city attorney's office with one count of sexual battery and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor under 21, police said in a statement.

Venegas, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in Monday to authorities at the Police Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Santa Monica Priest Charged with Sexual Battery

SANTA MONICA (CA)
KTLA News

July 31, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Police arrested a Santa Monica priest Monday when he turned turned himself in after learning that he was charged with sexual battery.

Police began investigating Rafael Venegas -- a priest at St. Anne's church in Santa Ana -- on July 1, according to a news release issued by the Santa Monica Police Department. The victim -- a 20-year-old woman who does not attend the church -- reported that Venegas sexually assaulted her on the church grounds in September 2011.

Santa Monica's city attorney received the investigators' case last week and charged Venegas with one count of sexual battery and one count of providing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Santa Monica Priest Accused of Sexual Battery

SANTA MONICA (CA)
NBC Southern California

By Samantha Tata

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012

A Santa Monica priest accused of sexual battery against a 20-year-old woman turned himself in to authorities Monday, police said.

Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne’s Church in Santa Monica, has been the target of an investigation since July 1 after the woman, who is not a parishioner of Venegas’ church, accused the priest of sexual battery in Sept. 2011, police said.

Accompanied by his attorney, Venegas turned himself in to Santa Monica police where he was booked for one count each of sexual battery and furnishing alcohol to a minor, police said. He was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Mendham man accused of destroying monument to sex abuse victims has 'history' with Greystone psychiatric hospital

MENDHAM (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

Monday, July 30, 2012

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

MENDHAM — A man accused of using a sledgehammer to destroy a Mendham monument to victims of clergy sexual abuse has "a history" with Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, his attorney said today.

The defendant, Gordon Ellis, 37, of Mendham, is “close” to accepting a plea agreement offered by the Morris County prosecutor, but the records from Greystone need to be reviewed first, his public defender, Neill Hamilton, said today during a conference in Superior Court in Morristown.

Hamilton said he wants to be sure there are no outstanding “health issues” before he accepts the plea offer. Ellis is to appear in court again on Aug. 27.

Ellis was said to be under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 18 when he allegedly destroyed the 400-pound millstone memorial outside St. Joseph Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Police wind up church cover-up investigation

AUSTRALIA
ABC Newcastle

Updated July 31, 2012

The detective in charge of an investigation into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by a Hunter Valley Catholic priest says a brief is being finalised to hand to prosecutors.

Strike Force Lantle has spent almost two years investigating claims that senior clergy tried to cover-up allegations against Father Denis McAlinden.

The paedophile priest sexually assaulted girls in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese over four decades, but died in 2005 without being charged.

Detective Graeme Parker headed the investigation and says the brief of evidence about the Church's handling of the McAlinden case is due to be handed to prosecutors within weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Jail for a grave sin of omission

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Asbury Park Press

Editorial

Msgr. William Lynn did not rape a child. He did not molest a child.

But he will go to prison for at least three years because those awful things happened to children. And it is justice — long, long overdue justice — that sends an important message across the United States and, hopefully, around the world.

A few Catholic priests who for years molested and assaulted children have been sent to prison in this country. They are, unfortunately, only a handful among the guilty, most of whom will never face deserved time behind bars because they’ve died or statutes of limitation have run out or because there isn’t enough evidence left to ensure a conviction.

Lynn, though, is the first Catholic official convicted in the United States solely for the crime of covering up sex abuse claims. The former secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was found guilty last month by a jury in Philadelphia of felony child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Three more claims of sexual assault made by Palma alumni

CALIFORNIA
Monterey Herald

By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Staff Writer
montereyherald.com

Facing a Wednesday deadline, a Seattle attorney said he will file three new claims on behalf of Palma High School alumni who say they were sexually assaulted by Father Gerald "Jerry" Funcheon in the 1980s.

Michael Pfau said the three men all came forward after well-known alumnus Steven Cantrell announced he was filing suit and making a claim in the Irish Christian Brothers bankruptcy case in New York. Cantrell, the brother-in-law of Palma coach Jeff Carnazzo, alleges Funcheon assaulted him on an overnight trip.

The new claims bring to at least six the number who have alleged abuse by the priest, who was chaplain and a teacher at Palma from 1984 to 1985. Most allege they were assaulted on weekend trips.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Church to face probe over paedophilia cover-up

AUSTRALIA
ABC - PM

Updated July 31, 2012

The New South Wales Police will turn over a brief of evidence to prosecutors on an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Documents show that the Church was aware of allegations against paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as the early 1990s, but didn't report it until much later.

Timothy McDonald

Transcript

TIM PALMER: The New South Wales Police will turn over a brief of evidence to prosecutors on an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Documents show that the Church was aware of allegations against paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as the early 1990s.

The Church failed to report the matter to authorities until 2003, after victims notified the police and had been paid compensation.

McAlinden died two years later without facing charges, and in 2007 the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was forced to confirm he was a serial offender who may have targeted hundreds of girls

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Greens MP mistrusts Church's inquiry into sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Updated July 31, 2012

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge says he mistrusts the Catholic Church's internal inquiry into Denis McAlinden and the incidents in the Armidale dioceses. David Shoebridge has tabled a number of the documents surrounding the church's handling of the McAlinden case in Parliament.

Tim Palmer

Transcript

TIM PALMER: One of the most senior Catholic churchmen in the country, the now Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, had the carriage of much of the McAlinden investigation, but according to newspaper reports he has now refused a formal interview with police.

New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge says that's yet another reason to mistrust the internal inquiry the Church has already announced into incidents in the Armidale Dioceses.

David Shoebridge tabled a number of the documents surrounding the Church's handling of the McAlinden case in Parliament and says only a Royal Commission will satisfy victims.

A short time ago I asked him how he'd characterise the Church's investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

July 30, 2012

Arraignment Set For Friday For Santa Monica Priest Accused Of Sexual Battery

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Monica Mirror

Posted Jul. 30, 2012

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

St. Anne’s Church priest Rafael Venegas will be arraigned at the LAX Courthouse this Friday on two charges -- sexual battery and providing a minor under the age of 21 with alcohol.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said Venegas turned himself into the department and was in the process of posting $20,000 bail.

An adult female, who is not a parishioner of St. Anne’s at 2017 Colorado Avenue, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1 and reported that the sexual battery incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Former youth pastor guilty in local child sex abuse case

WASHINGTON
Fox 12

By FOX 12 Webstaff -

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -
A former youth pastor convicted in a federal courtroom of making child pornography and molesting children is now guilty in a local court as well.

A Clark County judge found Michael Norris of Vancouver guilty on all charges Monday morning, which includes multiple counts of child rape and molestation.

Norris was arrested in 2006 after federal investigators linked him to child porn distribution websites.

A search of his home turned up movies and images of young children in explicit scenes that Norris had made, according to investigators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Former Bible camp counselor guilty of sex crimes

WASHINGTON
The Columbian

By Laura McVicker
Columbian Staff Reporter

Monday, July 30, 2012

After six years, a former Bible camp counselor's child rape case in Clark County was resolved today with a conviction on 10 felony counts.

Michael Scott Norris, 46, of Vancouver will be sentenced Sept. 4. and he faces 35 years.

Norris was charged in both federal court and in Clark County Superior Court; in April, he pleaded guilty to producing pornography of two children and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 25 years in prison on those crimes.

Following conclusion of the federal case, Norris came back to Clark County to resolve the local charges. Prosecutors have said they will ask the judge for Norris to serve the local sentence at the same time as he serves his federal sentence, so the amount of time doesn't exceed 35 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Seremi descubrió irregularidades en el Colegio Cumbres tras denuncia por abusos

CHILE
Cooperativa

La Seremi de Educación Metropolitana descubrió irregularidades en el proceso administrativo que se realiza en el Colegio Cumbres luego de la denuncia contra el sacerdote John O'Reilly por abusos sexuales contra una menor de seis años.

La acusación contra el religioso irlandés se conoció la semana pasada y ya es sometida a investigaciones por parte de la justicia ordinaria, la iglesia y el Ministerio de Educación.

El ministro Harald Beyer confirmó que "la Fiscalía de la Seremi encontró algunas irregularidades que no quiero exponer públicamente antes de notificárselos al sostenedor que está citado parta hoy, que tendrá diez días para presentar sus descargos".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Youngstown Diocese Plan Is 'Work in Progress'

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WYTV

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has completed the initial reconfiguration plan announced in the spring of 2010.

The plan was a response to the declining number of parishioners and priests, but diocesan officials said the plan is still a work in progress.

In the two years since the plan began, the Diocese went from 112 parishes to just over 80.

"We've seen 17 canonical mergers that involved 42 parishes. We've seen nine collaborations where they're sharing a pastor that involved 19 parishes," said the Rev. Nick Shori of the Diocese of Youngstown.

Twelve churches also closed their doors for good. Several of those properties were sold or are pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM

Giving a voice to childhood sex abuse victims

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Northeast Times

By John Loftus

On the heels of the conviction of a high-ranking Catholic church official, veteran attorneys and a victims' advocate encourage childhood sexual abuse victims to speak up.

Be silent no more.

Childhood sexual abuse victims should come forward and tell their stories, Philadelphia’s district attorney, Seth Williams, said on Tuesday. Williams was fresh off the conviction and sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn, the first high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official to be ordered to prison for protecting predator priests.

Williams promised that if the crimes against children were committed within the statute of limitations, they will be prosecuted. Williams made the plea for more reporting in a news conference held outside the Criminal Justice Center where Lynn, 61, had just been sentenced to three to six years in prison for shielding a priest who had molested a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Accused Phila. priest hires lawyer

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy, the Rev. Andrew McCormick turned to a lawyer who knew the terrain - William J. Brennan Jr., just one month off of representing another priest in the recent Philadelphia Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial.

Brennan on Monday confirmed that he had been hired to represent McCormick, 56, charged with molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 while he served at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg.

McCormick, arrested Thursday night at his parents' home in Pottstown, was released Friday night after posting the required 10 percent of his $150,000 bail. McCormick is set for an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing in Municipal Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Too Late to Sue Bishop Over Abuse, Judge Says

CHICAGO (IL)
Courthouse News Service

By LORRAINE BAILEY

CHICAGO (CN) - An inmate who claims he was sexually abused by Catholic priests in the 1950s and '60s waited too long to sue the Bishop of Chicago for $6.5 million, a federal judge ruled.

Charles Anderson, 62, an inmate at Shawnee Correctional Center, grew up in two Roman Catholic institutions, the Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill., and St. Joseph's Orphanage in Lisle, Ill.

In a federal class action, Anderson claims he was sodomized by former priest Thomas Windham at Maryville when he was younger than 10, and was sexually abused by Father Cosmo at St. Joseph's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Dead men hold no bank accounts

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | July 30, 2012 3:27 PM

The “Moneyval” audit of the Vatican bank, the IOR, turned up this interesting tidbit: there were 236 cardinals who held accounts there. Which wouldn’t be remarkable, except that at the time of the audit, there were only 213 cardinals alive.

This is not necessarily evidence of financial shenanigans. The estate of a deceased prelate might control a bank account that is still listed in the late cardinal’s name. Dormant accounts might linger on the books for some time before someone decides how the funds should be disbursed. Still one can understand why the European inspectors thought some tighter controls would be useful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Conferencia Episcopal respalda decisión del Colegio Cumbres por denuncia de abuso sexual

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El vocero de la Conferencia Episcopal, Jaime Coiro, junto con calificar de "muy dolora" la denuncia de abuso sexual en contra de una menor que enfrenta el sacerdote legionario John O'Reilly, señaló que la decisión del Colegio Cumbres femenino de suspender de sus funciones al religioso mientras se aclare el caso, está en línea con los protocolos adoptados por la iglesia en este tipo de situaciones.

"La Iglesia desde el año 2003 tiene un protocolo, un procedimiento judicial interno para estas materias y desde el año 2011 este protocolo actualizado incluye un acompañamiento a las víctimas y también medidas de prevención", explicó Coiro al sitio "24horas.cl ".

En ese sentido, el vocero sostuvo que "siempre cuando hay un posible abuso de un menor de edad es una mala noticia para la sociedad, para la familia y para la Iglesia".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Mineduc inicia proceso administrativo contra el Cumbres tras detectar irregularidades

CHILE
La Segunda

Diez días hábiles, a partir de hoy, tendrá el Colegio Cumbres para presentar sus descargos, luego que el Ministerio de Educación decidiera iniciar un proceso administrativo en su contra.

La indagatoria se produce tras conocerse la denuncia de un supuesto abuso sexual cometido por el padre John O'Reilly contra una menor y luego de que un grupo de observadores del Mineduc se hiciera presente en el centro educacional.

Los reparos de la Secretaría de Estado al establecimiento, están relacionados con la aplicaciónde la Ley General de Educación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

Former Pennsylvania psychologist says he reported child molestation, lost license

PENNSYLVANIA
The Daily Caller

By Michael Volpe

Jim Singer, formerly a psychologist working in Pennsylvania, said that he reported a case of child molestation in 1986 to Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services agency, and not only was his report ignored, but soon after, in retaliation, the Pennsylvania Psychology Board prosecuted Singer and eventually removed his license to practice psychology.

As the aftermath of the Penn State University molestation scandal unfolds, most observers believe that if the proper authorities had been alerted to the crimes much earlier, many children could have been saved. That’s not always the case, says Singer.

Speaking exclusively with The Daily Caller, Singer said that most of the same Pennsylvania government agencies that were outraged over the PSU scandal — Child Protective Services, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police — all ignored and buried his report of child molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Vatican Hague Crimes Filing Update, Spees talks to CofA Blog

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

[with videos]

Kay Ebeling

(Transcripts of interview below:)

Update on The Hague International Criminal Court filing September 2011 re Vatican Crimes Against Humanity, interviews took place July 28, 2012, in Chicago. First Pam Spees of Center for Constitutional Rights in NY, gives current status of case:

Transcript:

TAPE ONE:

Q: You're Pam Spees from the- what is the name of the organization in New York.

A: The Center for Constitutional Rights.

Q: And tell us what the status is of the case that you filed in The Hague last year.

A: Well since we filed the larger submission in September along with twenty-two thousand pages of documentation, we have filed a supplemental communication to the prosecutor in April of this year. Which was intended to provide an update as things have come to light just since we filed in September. And that included the publication of an Amnesty International Report about the clergy sex abuse in Ireland, calling it torture and crimes against humanity. More evidence that had come to light around the notorious priest from Mexico, Father Marcel Maciel and to be able to show that Ratzinger played more of a role and actually protected him, that evidence had come to life. We, you know, notified the prosecutor that SNAP has received over five hundred contacts and communications from people in sixty-five different countries.

TAPE TWO:

Q: What is the status on that case? I understand when the old prosecutor stepped down, the new prosecutor threw some cases out, but your case did not get thrown out. Is that part of the good news today?

A: Well the- we did get a communication from the Office of the Prosecutor that they're still reviewing the communication and the evidence we submitted. And so, you know, we know it's still there and they're looking at it and taking it seriously and we feel hopeful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Chile to Investigate 120 Schools in Light of Sex Abuse Reports

CHILE
I Love Chile

Written by Rachel Stevenson on July 30, 2012.

SANTIAGO — The Chilean Public Prosecution Office will investigate 120 schools in Santiago after a series of sex abuse allegations concerning minors were uncovered.

It has been revealed that during the first half of 2012, sexual crimes against children under 14 years have increased by 22 percent.

Although Chile is a conservative country strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, the image of the institution has been damaged in recent years due to a series of scandals involving priests sexually abusing minors.

In 2010 it was confirmed that one of the most respected priests, Fernando Karadima, sexually abused four teenage boys.

Just last week it was reported that John O’Reilly, a priest working at Colegio Cumbres in Santiago, has been accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old child. The investigation is to be carried out by Public Prosecutor Ignacio Pinto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Statement from Jimmy Lago, chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago regarding Rev. Gary M. Miller, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish

CHICAGO (IL)
Catholic New World

Representatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago have spoken with Monsignor Wayne Prist, at St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park, and Father Roger Corrales-Diaz, pastor of St. Leonard Parish, Berwyn, to inform them that the archdiocese has received an allegation that Father Gary Miller engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, while assigned to St. Leonard’s Parish, more than 30 years ago. At the request of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, Father Miller has agreed to voluntarily and temporarily step aside from active ministry. He also agreed to this action so that there would be no question about the protection of children.

This allegation has been reported, by the archdiocese, to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney. The archdiocese has also begun its review and investigation of this matter in accordance with Archdiocese of Chicago policies and requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

No further information is available at this time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Victims must always come first

UNITED STATES
The Marietta Times

July 30, 2012

Editorial

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 recently two juries in Pennsylvania issued reminders that the children always take priority.

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.

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 2:42 PM

Former priest pleads guilty to indecently assaulting five boys

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, July 30, 2012

A former priest who indecently assaulted five schoolboys will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October.

The 76-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on the boys in Dublin on dates between 1979 and 1981.

The pleas were entered following legal argument in his trial and before the victims had to give evidence.

The boys were aged between 11 and 13 years old at the time of the offences which took place in the then priest’s home and at a nearby school. The man has no previous convictions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Justicia de Chile aclarará presunto abuso sexual: Legionarios

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Milenio

Su portavoz, Benjamín Clariond precisó que el sacerdote John O’Reilly, capellán del Colegio Cumbres de la capital chilena, todavía no ha sido juzgado y, por lo tanto, no se ha acreditado su culpabilidad.

Ciudad del Vaticano • El portavoz de los Legionarios de Cristo en Roma, Benjamín Clariond, afirmó que la congregación confía en la justicia para el esclarecimiento de la denuncia, contra uno de sus sacerdotes, por supuesto abuso sexual a una menor en Chile.

En declaraciones a Notimex precisó que el sacerdote John O’Reilly, capellán del Colegio Cumbres de la capital chilena, todavía no ha sido juzgado y, por lo tanto, no se ha acreditado su culpabilidad, a diferencia de lo reportado por algunos medios de comunicación mexicanos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

Archbishop of Ljubljana transferred for allegedly concealing fatherhood

SLOVENIA
Vatican Insider

The Slovenian mystery has been solved. Archbishop Uran has been punished by the Vatican not for his involvement in a financial flop but for his infraction of the celibacy rule

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

The Slovenian mystery has been solved. Archbishop Uran has been punished by the Vatican not for his involvement in a financial flop but for his infraction of the celibacy rule.

Now the prelate-father will move to the northern Italian city of Trieste. The Vatican has ordered Mgr. Alojz Uran, Archbishop of Ljubljana, from 2004 to 2009 to leave Slovenia because of all the rumours going round about him breaking his celibacy vows and fathering two children, now adults, neither of whom he recognises as his. “This is a temporary measure to calm public opinion until the question is resolved,” stated Andrej Saje, spokesman for Slovenia’s bishops, on Ljubljana’s public television.

“The problem is his alleged paternity, which the former archbishop has always denied, but I think there have been some misunderstandings between him and the Holy See. Once these are cleared up, Uran will be able to return to his country,” Saje added, denying the theory that the sanctions decided by the Congregation for Bishops are linked to the financial scandal which brought the Diocese of Maribor to the brink of bankruptcy two years ago. Uran retired unexpectedly in 2009 (he is not 67) for health reasons after a heart operation, but soon rumours began to spread about him allegedly fathering two children, a fact he apparently kept secret from his Vatican superiors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Police to allege senior catholic priests concealed sexual assaults

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

July 31, 2012

Joanne McCarthy, Linton Besser

NSW Police will give prosecutors evidence that three of the most senior members of the Catholic Church allegedly concealed the sexual assault of young girls in the Hunter Valley, in a landmark case that could expose the church to a new wave of criminal prosecution.

One of three people of interest in Strike Force Lantle is the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Father Brian Lucas, who is alleged to have been aware of the actions of the paedophile priest Denis McAlinden as far back as 1993 but failed to report him to police. The others are Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who wrote to police yesterday to formally decline to be interviewed, and the retired Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Michael Malone. From 1993 to 1995 the three had roles in internal moves against the priest, including an attempted ''speedy'', secret defrocking in October 1995 because of the evidence against him.

The church failed to report the matter to authorities until 2003, after victims notified the police and were paid compensation.

Instead, in 1995, McAlinden was assured by the then Maitland-Newcastle bishop, Leo Clarke: ''Your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of this process'', despite ''your admission to Father Brian Lucas and other evidence''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Vatileaks, And Why Young People Should Care

UNITED STATES
Nextgen Journal

by Dan Horning | The George Washington University

Remember that time Dan Brown wrote a series of books that made a bunch of Catholics mad, especially the people at the Vatican, because he wrote fictional stories about the Catholic Church covering up crimes and leveraging power over its flock?

Now mix that with a game of Clue, and you have a real life story unfolding right now.

One of the most powerful, secretive, and controversial organizations in the world is once again under the global spotlight about a topic it would rather see go away. Money, power, greed, influence and politics have taken center stage, instead of a mission to feed the poor and spread the Gospel. What could possibly be the latest PR embarrassment for the world’s largest single religion and smallest sovereign state, and why should young people even care?

Vatileaks, as it has been dubbed by the media, is seen as a three-tier power struggle: hide questionable activity by the Vatican Bank, undermine the Pope’s second in command, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and increase the influence of the Italian cardinals in selecting the next Pope. In January 2012, several private letters from top Vatican officials, including the papal secretary and Pope Benedict XVI himself, were leaked to Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. Those leaked communiqués, which Nuzzi published in a book called Sua Santità (His Holiness), document a Vatican in disarray, resembling medieval feudal states divided between various camps and cliques, resembling a lion’s den more than anything else.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

SNAP Points to Pennsylvania Case

UNITED STATES
Alton Daily News

[with video]

By Jim Anderson

Victims of sex abuse by priests say cover-ups by those in the know are still a problem. A monsignor in Pennsylvania was sentenced to prison this week for his role in covering up sex abuse by others – the first in the U.S. to go to prison for that. Barbara Blaine, head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, says Illinois prosecutors should address the problem here.

“In Pennsylvania, prosecutors there are recognizing how significant the role of enabling a predator is, and we’re hoping that here in Illinois, more victims will speak up, and we hope our lawmakers will heed the outcry of victims, and change our laws of Illinois so that they’re tougher on predators,” she said today (Friday) as the group’s annual weekend-long meeting began in Rosemont.

In particular, she is concerned about the statute of limitations in Illinois. Those who were victimized as children must make a claim by the time they are 28. She says by age 28, only 20-30 percent of child victims are able to understand that they were victims and to articulate the particulars in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Pink News (United Kingdom)

by Stephen Gray
30 July 2012

An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret had a $1m offer for Oakhurst, a 24-acre complex which includes a 1920s mansion, accepted by the Catholic Diocese of Worcester. ...

But the Worcester Telegram reports that when priests discovered the couple intended to turn the house into an events venue where gay weddings might be held, they chose to back out.

The Telegram pointed out that Oakhurst was once a home for rehabilitating paedophile priests, the House of Affirmation.

The couple’s lawyer called the situation “reprehensible” and pointed out that it is illegal in Massachusetts to discriminate against a home buyer because of their sexual orientation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

More Victims Claiming Sexual Abuse by Montana Priests

MONTANA
Indian Country Today Media Network

By Heather Steinberger July 30, 2012

In January, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that a Yakima, Washington–based law firm had filed a 12-page legal complaint on behalf of a Northern Cheyenne tribal member seeking justice for years of abuse she suffered as a child at Montana’s St. Labre Indian School in the 1950s and 1960s. The case is a significant one, as the accused is Father Emmett Hoffmann, a near-legendary figure on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

In recent weeks, the case has become even bigger. According to an amended, 19-page version of the legal complaint filed on June 6 in Montana’s Eighth Judicial District Court, priests and nuns misused their authority to “molest, exploit and abuse children” across eastern Montana. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis are now named in the complaint, and 10 additional male and female victims have joined the original Jane Doe in filing suit against the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

“At the beginning, I called this the tip of the iceberg,” says Blaine Tamaki, founder of Tamaki Law and a practicing trial lawyer for three decades, who is the lead attorney on this suit. “Now, we are beginning to see just how big that iceberg is.

“From the outset, our extensive experience suggested that pedophiles usually do not limit their victims to just one. They prey on vulnerable children. The more powerful the pedophile, the more access they have to children, and the more likely it is their victims will suffer in silence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

The House That Kane Built

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

It isn't big news anymore when a Catholic Diocese sells old and unused property. The church has been consolidating and selling property for decades now. Parishioners complain to deaf ears and eventually move on. But a story on WBZ TV, Boston today caught my attention.

Apparently Alain Beret wanted to buy The Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center in Whitinsville Massachusetts from the Worcester Diocese and transform it into a venue for weddings and functions. A great idea as the center has been closed for years. And a sale for one million dollars to boot. A win win all around.

Except Mr. Beret and his partner are gay. Uh oh. And they might perform gay weddings there. Uh oh. Bishop McManus can't allow that to happen on this church property. This property is sacred! I'm sure there was some sort of blessing that occurred at one point with holy water, incense and Latin chants. This place is holy! ...

It was started by Fr Tom Kane, who claimed to have a Phd in Psychology. He didn't. In fact the diocese settled a lawsuit, confidentially about Kane's sexual abuse of a none year old boy. Meaning Kane himself was a pedophile. And he had just created his candy store. Because Kane, with his phony Phd and his cronies sent there for treatment by the likes of Cardinal Law, kind of made the House of Affirmation their own little playground. Kind of a Club Ped.

So much for sacred ground. A lot of the serial sexual abuse of children in the Southern Worcester County can be traced right to the House that Kane built. Kane, like the brother who killed Able. The only problem was that this Kane and his buddies were very willing and able. Because of protection by the church.

And knowing this, somehow the Worcester Diocese is still more offended by the notion of a gay marriage happening on this property, than by it's vast history of abuse. Because if he was more offended by the abuse he might have sought to bring justice to those who were abused there by opening the files and shedding light on this sad chapter. Instead they changed the name to Oakhurst and destroyed the files. Hoping we would all forget.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

In Chabad Child Sexual Abuse Scandal, Bad Judgement And Alleged Lack

AUSTRALIA
Failed Messiah

"In many of the cases the abuse could have been prevented if appropriate action would have been taken earlier on. For example, with at least one of the alleged perpetrators there were sufficient warning signs for action to be taken. Instead, not only was action not taken but the alleged paedophile was given unrestricted access to children."

Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, the late head of Chabad in Australia and the surrounding region, who allegedly spent decades covering up child sexual abuse in his institutions and protecting pedophiles.

Manny Waks, the only alleged victim in the Chabad child sex abuse scandal in Melbourne to have gone public (although many others spoke with police and 11 others have been vetted and are complainants in the case against David Cyprys, who has a previous child sexual abuse-related conviction, and who is now charged with more than 40 counts of child rape and sexual abuse) spoke to a WIZO group in Melbourne about the scandal.

J-Wire summarizes his talk, which touched on most of the important issues about this scandal that Chabad apologists ignore or misrepresent:

• While the abuse itself was terrible enough, the ongoing cover-up and intimidation has made the situation much worse.
• In many of the cases the abuse could have been prevented if appropriate action would have been taken earlier on. For example, with at least one of the alleged perpetrators there were sufficient warning signs for action to be taken. Instead, not only was action not taken but the alleged paedophile was given unrestricted access to children.

Autores de libros sobre Legionarios hablan de O’Reilly

CHILE
Terra

John O’Reilly ha sido por décadas el sacerdote emblema de los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile. Ahora se encuentra bajo la lupa de la justicia y la Iglesia por una acusación de abuso sexual en su contra. Pero, ¿quién es este religioso?, ¿qué rol cumplía?, ¿por qué llegó a Chile?

Según contó a TERRA.cl el investigador de la escuela de periodismo de la UDP y coautor del libro “Legionarios De Cristo En Chile: Dios Dinero Y Poder”, Javier Ortega, O’Reilly arribó a nuestro país en 1985 sólo con la intención de aprender portugués, ya que luego partiría a Brasil. Sin embargo, tuvo que quedarse en Chile una vez que el Vaticano supo que había transgredido el voto de silencio. “Debido a que se conoció que había criticado a un superior, lo dejaron acá”, puntualizó el docente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Justicia chilena investiga denuncias de abusos sexuales en 120 colegios

CHILE
el Universo

La última serie de denuncias (200) de abusos sexuales contra menores ha afectado a sectores de altos ingresos y ha elevado la alarma social en Chile, cuyo gobierno ha lanzado un paquete de medidas de prevención, mientras que la fiscalía ha puesto en la mira a 120 colegios en la capital.

Varios de los casos han salpicado, además, a religiosos, algunos de ellos muy influyentes y conocidos en el país, lo que ha llevado a la Conferencia Episcopal a implementar un protocolo de actuación frente a estas denuncias.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Ezzati respalda investigación ...

CHILE
La Tercera

Ezzati respalda investigación de los Legionarios por denuncia de abusos

por N. Ramos, J. Matus y P. Palma (Santiago)

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, se refirió nuevamente ayer a la denuncia por supuestos abusos presentada contra el sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, capellán del colegio Cumbres.

“Hay que esperar que de verdad se esclarezcan los hechos. Los padres de familias o muchos padres, piensan que el padre John es inocente y tenemos que esperar lo que diga el resultado de la investigación”, manifestó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Ezzati por prácticas de John O'Reilly...

CHILE
Publimetro

Ezzati por prácticas de John O'Reilly: No descarta que sea algo 'malo' sacar a alumnos de la sala de clases

El Arzobispo de Santiago, monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, afirmó en La Entrevista del Domingo de TVN, que a priori no descarta que sea algo 'malo' sacar a alumnos de la sala de clases, al ser consultado por las prácticas que habría realizado el recientemente denunciado por presunto abuso sexual, el sacerdote John O'Reilly, del Colegio Cumbres.

"Lo que he pedido es que inmediatamente el Superior Provincial inicie una investigación previa para ver si hay hechos verosímiles", precisó monseñor Ezzati sobre el caso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Sacerdote Alfredo Márque...

CHILE
La Tercera

Sacerdote Alfredo Márquez: "Estamos con el interés de que haya claridad de qué pasó y qué no pasó"

por Javiera Matus y Natalia Ramos

Esta semana, una denuncia por presuntos abusos contra una menor por parte del sacerdote John O’Reilly sacudió al colegio Cumbres femenino y a los Legionarios de Cristo. El cura Alfredo Márquez, director del Cumbres masculino hace ocho años y vocero de la congregación, explica cómo han enfrentado esta situación y profundiza sobre los traslados que el superior provincial y él deberán asumir a partir de agosto.

¿Cuál es el mensaje que en medio de esta crisis ha transmitido a la comunidad escolar?

El mensaje es que el colegio está dedicado ciento por ciento a velar por el bienestar de todos los miembros que componen la comunidad, sean estos, alumnos, profesores, papás o familias. En ese sentido, estamos con el interés de que haya claridad, que se aclaren las diferencias o mal entendidos, para que no haya dudas de qué pasó o no pasó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Alza de denuncias de abusos sexuales eleva la alarma en Chile

CHILE
el Nuevo Herald

Fuencis Rausell
EFE

Santiago de Chile -- La última serie de denuncias de abusos sexuales contra menores ha afectado a sectores de altos ingresos y ha elevado la alarma social en Chile, cuyo Gobierno ha lanzado un paquete de medidas de prevención, mientras que la fiscalía ha puesto en la mira a decenas de colegios en la capital.

Varios de los casos han salpicado además a religiosos, algunos de ellos muy influyentes y conocidos en el país, lo que ha llevado a la Conferencia Episcopal a implementar un protocolo de actuación frente a estas denuncias, revisado en el 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Comeuppance for the Church Hierarchy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

Editorial

A dose of criminal justice was long overdue in the pedophile priest scandal. It was meted out in Philadelphia Tuesday when Msgr. William Lynn became the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the United States to be sentenced to prison. He was convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to up to six years after a trial that starkly detailed how diocesan leaders shielded predatory priests and rotated them through parishes to prey anew.

The sentence should be a clear warning to church officials that criminal law, not church evasion, is the law of the land when it comes to protecting innocent children.

As the scandal emerged, more than 700 rogue priests had to be dismissed in a three-year period — yet ranking diocesan clergy were never called to justice for their own obvious misdeeds in engineering systematic cover-ups. Eight years ago, the bishops’ own investigative board of laity warned “there must be consequences” for leaders who chose to protect abusive priests rather than report crimes against children. The pity is that the point finally had to be driven home not by church leaders but by Philadelphia prosecutors energized by a secret archive of predator priests that Monsignor Lynn compiled. He testified that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered in 1994 that the file be shredded, but a copy survived.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Insurance company sues Helena Diocese

MONTANA
Billings Gazette

By EVE BYRON Independent Record

HELENA — An insurance company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana, saying that the church is trying to make it cover some of the costs associated with defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse in the 1930s through the 1970s.

In court documents, the Arrowood Indemnity Company said the diocese has sought a defense from a number of insurance companies in connection with two lawsuits filed in Lewis and Clark District Court. The insurance companies that sold general liability policies to the diocese have agreed to defend the church in those lawsuits.

The diocese also demanded a defense from Arrowood, saying that the company or one of its predecessors sold general liability insurance from 1940 through 1960 that provides coverage to the diocese for the abuse lawsuits, according to the documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Clergy sex abuse case settlement

SPRINGFILED (MA)
WWLP

Published : Monday, 30 Jul 2012

Nicole Nalepa

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - On Thursday night, lawyers representing the Springfield Diocese and Andrew Nicastro came to a six figure settlement in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.

41 year-old Nicastro said he was sexually abused as a child by Father Alfred Graves, a former priest in the Diocese. He claims there were others within the church's system that did nothing to protect him.

But on Friday morning, the jury in his case was dismissed, and with his family beside him, Nicastro and his attorney announced that the case--which they had been fighting for for 3 years--was finally closed.

"I think it's the first case in the last 8 years of clergy sex abuse cases that have been tried in Massachusetts....Based upon my personal knowledge it is among the highest settlement of these cases for an individual in Massachusetts," said John Stobierski, Nicastro's attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

July 29, 2012

Bishop has vicarious liability for actions of priest

UNITED KINGDOM
The Irish Times

COURT OF APPEAL OF ENGLAND AND WALES JUDGMENT: JGE -v- Trustees of Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

Neutral Citation Number EWCA Civ 938

Court of Appeal (Civil Division) of England and Wales

Judgment was delivered by Lord Justice Ward on July 12th, 2012; Lord Justice Davis concurring; Lord Justice Tomlinson dissenting.

Judgment

Although a priest is not an “employee” of a bishop, the relationship between a priest and his bishop is sufficiently close to that of an employee to mean the Bishop of Portsmouth was vicariously liable for the actions of a priest of the diocese who abused a child.

Background

The claimant in the case was born in 1963 and when she was six and a half spent two years in a children’s home run by nuns. Fr Wilfred Baldwin, the parish priest, regularly visited the children’s home where she alleged he abused her. She also claimed he raped her numerous times, including the day of her First Communion. She claimed the trustees of the diocese, who were the legal entity representing the Catholic church and the bishop, were vicariously liable, as the acts committed were connected with his carrying out his duties as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Melinda Gates versus Benedict XVI: who’s more “like Christ”? Melinda Gates saves lives of 200 million women while Benedict XVI sits in out-of-touch-with-realit

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

When Melinda Gates travels to another country, she goes right into the heart of poverty stricken areas where she can personally hug the sick and take all the time in the world to speak with the poor and assess women’s plights so she can donate billions of dollars to alleviate and end their sufferings. When Benedict XVI travels, he wastes 100 million Euros in austerity stricken Spain for his personal security http://pope-ratz.blogspot.ca/2011/08/anti-pope-protests-in-madrid-injure-11.html so he can perform the Eucharist Greatest Magic Show on Earth to reincarnate Jesus Christ into hundreds of thousands of pieces of invisible prime meat flesh in the flour Host to feed Catholics http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/international-eucharistic-congress-in.html and he dons on his unique papal robes to have photo –ops with royalties and he speaks only with wealthy people who can donate to the Vatican Bank and be papal assured of a prime real estate in Heaven

Vatican Diary / The strange case of the new prelate of the IOR

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

His name has not been made known. He has not entered into service. But he was appointed eight months ago. The news is in the report by Moneyval. Together with dozens of other disclosures. Here is an anthology of them

VATICAN CITY, July 30, 2012 – There is one post, that of prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion, the Vatican "bank," that has been vacant since, in 2010, the occupant at the time, Monsignor Piero Pioppo, former secretary of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, was made archbishop and sent as a nuncio to Africa, in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

But now we know that on December 1 of 2011, the commission of cardinals that oversees the IOR, headed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed the new prelate. The appointee, whose name has not been made known, has not yet begun his service.

We know this not because yet another confidential paper has escaped from the Vatican, but because the news is written in black and white in paragraph 76 of the voluminous report drafted by the inspectors of Moneyval and published last July 4.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Sheboygan priest to be honored by abuse network for advocacy work

WISCONSIN
WSAU

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WSAU) - A Sheboygan priest will be honored today at a national gathering of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Father James Connell has become a strong advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. He has criticized bishops and the church at large for the way the crisis was handled. He will receive the Millstone Award at a ceremony in Chicago. Connell has been working for the last two years with fellow priests in what is believed to be there first effort to pastor victims and help parishes heal the problems created by the abuse scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Promulgación Ley de Registro de Pedófilos

CHILE
Gobierno de Chile

[con video]

El Presidente Sebastián Piñera promulgó el proyecto de ley que crea inhabilidades para condenados por delitos sexuales contra menores y establece registro de dichas inhabilidades (Boletín N° 6952-07)

¿En qué consiste la ley?

La ley introduce modificaciones al Código Penal, creando inhabilidades para condenados por delitos que atentan contra la libertad e integridad sexual de menores de edad, y al Decreto Ley N° 645, estableciendo una sección especial en el Registro Nacional de Condenas denominada “inhabilitaciones para ejercer funciones en ámbitos educacionales o con menores de edad”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Nuevo cura acusado de abuso indagó en 2005 caso de violación

CHILE
Terra

El ex subdirector de El Pequeño Cottolengo de Santiago, el sacerdote Claudio Chávez, es el nuevo cura de la Iglesia Católica que enfrenta una acusación de abuso sexual.

La investigación a Chávez se sumó esta semana a la del religioso John O’Reilly, el capellán espiritual del Colegio Cumbres que se vio obligado a alejarse de su trabajo pastoral en ese establecimiento luego que una menor de seis años lo señalara como su supuesto agresor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

John o´Reilly: Cuando me reuní con alumnas, lo hice en grupo

CHILE
Terra

Santiago.- El sacerdote John O'Reilly insistió en que las acusaciones en su contra por presunto abuso sexual sobre una alumna del Colegio Cumbres son "absolutamente falsas", y afirmó que si se reunía con escolares lo hacía en lugares visibles.

En entrevista con "El Mercurio", el rostro más conocido de Los Legionarios de Cristo, asegura que "toda vez que me reuní con alumnas, lo hice en grupos. Si se trataba de confesión o dirección espiritual, lo hice de un lugar perfectamente visible".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Ezzati respalda investigación de los Legionarios por denuncia de abusos

CHILE
La Tercera

por N. Ramos, J. Matus y P. Palma (Santiago)

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, se refirió nuevamente ayer a la denuncia por supuestos abusos presentada contra el sacerdote legionario John O’Reilly, capellán del colegio Cumbres.

“Hay que esperar que de verdad se esclarezcan los hechos. Los padres de familias o muchos padres, piensan que el padre John es inocente y tenemos que esperar lo que diga el resultado de la investigación”, manifestó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Crookston Times: Court rejects Adamson abuse case based on Keenan's repressed memory

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[Video of press conference stream regarding Adamson cover-up and Supreme Court Ruling]

[6-29-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson]

[7-9-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson]

[4-19-1975 letter to Fr. Pierre from Bishop Watters]

Article: Doug Glass, Associated Press Crookston Daily Times

Minneapolis, Minn. —

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court's ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state's six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

July 28, 2012

Sheboygan priest honored by sex abuse survivors

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 28, 2012

A Sheboygan priest and former vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who has become a vocal advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse, is being honored in Chicago on Sunday at a national gathering of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Father James Connell who has criticized bishops and the church at large for their handling of the sex abuse crisis, will receive the Millstone Award for his courage in speaking on behalf of survivors.

“I’m very honored, but I don’t feel as though I deserve an award,” Connell said by telephone from the three-day event, which has drawn about 200 survivors from around the country. “The whole tone of this conference is about hope," he said, "and if accepting this helps that hope to grow, then I’m happy to do that."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 PM

Diocese's Oops on Email Shows Real Reason It Refuses to Sell to Gay Couple

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Advocate

BY Lucas Grindley.

July 26 2012

Email can be tricky, as one Catholic Diocese in Massachusetts is learning.

The diocese was apparently trying to come up with some legal reason it refuses to sell a 44-bedroom mansion in Worcester to a gay couple who wanted to renovate it. But the back-and-forth over email was still appended to the bottom of the bogus explanation that eventually made its way to the couple, according to Worcester Telegram columnist Dianne Williamson.

"If you're going to discriminate, you should cover your tracks," Williamson wrote in jest in a column today, noting that what actually unfolded could be illegal.

A real estate broker for the diocese said in an email she sent to the couple, James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, that it had suddenly found "other plans" for the property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM

Gay Couple in Northbridge Refused Sale of Mansion Because Gay People Might Get Married There

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Bostinno

Today at 1:33 pm by Dave Eisenberg

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, a gay couple in Northbridge offered $1 million for a 44-bedroom mansion owned by the Diocese of Worcester, which the diocese initially accepted according to the Worcester Telegram. They signed their offer, made a deposit and paid for a home inspection, the article adds. But now the diocese won’t sell to the couple.

They were told by the diocesan broker that the deal fell through because of financing. In the broker’s email to the couple, however, was also an accidentally attached email from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan, who oversees the sale of the diocesan property, which suggests there may have been another reason the couple couldn’t buy. Can you guess what it is?

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop,” Msgr. Sullivan wrote. “Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.”

Hey, Monsignor Sullivan. Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts. You can’t use that as a reason to not sell to someone. It’s, like, against the law and stuff. Your cool hat doesn’t excuse you from being sanctimonious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Sacerdote John O'Reilly afirma que denuncia en su contra 'es absolutamente falsa'

CHILE
Terra

El sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O'Reilly, afirmó que "es absolutamente falsa", la acusación en su contra de presunto abuso sexual a una escolar de ese establecimiento educacional, según un hecho denunciado por la familia de la alumna, la cual también llevó el caso a la Fiscalía Oriente.

O'Reilly formuló declaraciones al diario El Mercurio en respuesta a un cuestionario que le envió el periódico. "Soy inocente. Todos los miembros de la congregación y del Movimiento Regnum Christi conocen muy bien mi actuar", manifestó el sacerdote en la entrevista que aparece este sábado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

La hora más compleja de John O'Reilly

CHILE
La Tercera

GOLPEADO por la acusación de una apoderada del Colegio Cumbres como supuesto abusador de su hija, una niña de seis años, el sacerdote John O’Reilly, uno de los miembros más influyentes de la congregación de Los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile, enfrentó el martes pasado la disyuntiva más dramática de su vida: seguir esperando la evolución de un caso que podía agravarse con los días o tomar la ofensiva y judicializar la denuncia, para iniciar una investigación penal que le permitiera defenderse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Schweiz: Kirchliche Missbrauchs-Kommission wird neu aufgestellt

SCHWEIZ
kathweb

Bischof Morerod will Aufgabenbereich und personelle Ausstattung der diözesanen Kommission deutlich ausweiten

28.07.2012

Fribourg, 28.07.2012 (KAP) Der Bischof von Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg, Charles Morerod, will die Missbrauchs-Kommission seiner Diözese neu organisieren. Das Aufgabenfeld und die personelle Ausstattung der von Morerods Vorgänger, Bernard Genoud, bereits 2008 eingesetzte interdisziplinäre "Commission SOS prevention" soll deutlich ausgeweitet werden, teilte die schweizer katholische Nachrichtenagentur KIPA am Freitag mit.

Aufgabe der Kommission war es bisher, Informationen über sexuellen Missbrauch durch Priester zu sammeln, zu prüfen und schließlich der Diözesanleitung Bericht zu erstatten. Zukünftig soll die Kommission nach dem Willen Morerods personell aufgestockt werden und das Arbeitsfeld "interdiözesan" ausgeweitet werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Australien: Kardinal Pell bedauert Suizid von Missbrauchsopfer

AUSTRALIEN
kathweb

Sydney, 28.07.2012 (KAP) Der Erzbischof von Sydney, Kardinal George Pell, hat mit Bedauern auf den Suizid eines Missbrauchsopfers reagiert. Zugleich wies er Forderungen nach einer staatlichen Kommission zur Aufklärung pädophiler Straftaten in der katholischen Kirche zurück, wie die Tageszeitung "The Australian" (Samstag) berichtete. Am Freitag war der Leichnam eines Mannes gefunden worden, der als 13-Jähriger von einem Priester mehrfach missbraucht worden war. In seinem Abschiedsbrief erklärte er laut dem Bericht, er empfinde "zu viel Leid".

"Wir räumen ein, dass es Versagen gegeben hat, und wir arbeiten weiter daran, unseren Umgang mit den Opfern sowie ihren Vorwürfen und Sorgen fortzuentwickeln und zu verbessern", erklärte Kardinal Pell in einer Stellungnahme. Indessen sehe er derzeit keine Notwendigkeit für eine landesweite Ermittlungskommission. "Aber wenn es eine gäbe, würden die katholischen Kirchenbehörden voll kooperieren."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

USA: Weitere Verfahren wegen Missbrauchs

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Radio Vatikan

Die Erzdiözese Philadelphia kommt im Skandal um sexuell missbrauchte Jugendliche nicht zur Ruhe. Ein 56jähriger Priester wird jetzt wegen eines Übergriffs auf einen Ministranten im Jahr 1997 angeklagt. Ein weiteres Verfahren gegen einen anderen Priester will die Staatsanwaltschaft wieder aufnehmen. Sie geht insgesamt davon aus, dass es noch weitere Opfer sexueller Gewalt in der Erzdiözese Philadelphia gibt. Die laufenden Strafverfahren könnten noch mehr Betroffene ermutigen, sich bei den Behörden zu melden, erklärte der Generalstaatsanwalt. Einige Tage zuvor ist erstmals ein hochrangiger Geistlicher zu einer Freiheitsstrafe verurteilt worden, weil einer den sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern durch einen Priester gedeckt hatte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Köllerbach: Streit um Drohbriefe ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Sol

Von SZ-Redakteur Norbert Freund

Köllerbach/Trier. Der Streit zwischen dem Bistum Trier und den Laiengremien der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde um den Umgang mit dem früheren Pfarrer Guido Johannes Ittmann hat einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht.

Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im aktuellen Pfarrbrief öffentlich die Bistumsleitung und den eingesetzten Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Diese hätten den Pfarrgemeinderat und den Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde nach dem Weggang von Ittmann nicht genug unterstützt und die Veröffentlichung von Dankesworten an Ittmann unterbunden. Ferner habe die Bistumsleitung damals einen „runden Tisch“ zur Entschärfung des Konflikts zwischen Ittmann und dem damaligen Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist abgelehnt. Darüber hinaus habe sie aktuell die Gemeindereferentin Therese Thewes gegen den Willen der Laiengremien versetzt. In dem Schreiben ist ferner von „zahlreichen Briefen“ der Gremien an den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann die Rede.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Chile expands child sex abuse probe to 127 schools

CHILE
The Malay Mail

Saturday, July 28, 2012
by AFP

Location:
SANTIAGO

CHILEAN authorities have expanded their probe into reports of child sex abuse to include more than 120 schools in the capital Santiago, double the number a week ago, officials said Friday.

"There are now 127 schools under investigation in the metropolitan region for complaints about offences that are sexual in nature," prosecutor Sabas Chahuan said in a statement.

Last week, Chilean authorities had said 59 schools in Santiago were under investigation.

The most recent allegation is linked to John O'Reilly, an Irish Catholic priest and member of the Legionnaires of Christ who was suspended from the Colegio Cumbres school in the upscale Las Condes district of Santiago after a student's family reported abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Fr. McCormick To Face Preliminary Hearing In August

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)

– A Philadelphia Archdiocesan priest now faces a preliminary hearing in August after being charged with the sexual assault of a 10 year old altar boy in Philadelphia in 1997.

The defense attorney says McCormick has pleaded NOT guilty during an arraignment and they look forward to defending against this 15-year-old set of facts.

The alleged victim came forward late last year and went to police.

Special Victim’s unit Captain John Darby says current events played a role in his decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

'Plans' don't include sale to gay couple

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Dianne Williamson
dwilliamson@telegram.com

It's bad enough that the Catholic Church discriminates against gay people. But it's poor form — and possibly illegal — to document the bigotry and then mistakenly email it to the victims.

This embarrassing etiquette lapse occurred as James Fairbanks and Alain Beret were pursuing the purchase of Oakhurst, a 44-bedroom mansion in Northbridge, owned by the Diocese of Worcester. Fairbanks and Beret had searched for two years for the perfect renovation project, and hoped to turn the run-down estate into a banquet facility. Previously, the pair had transformed mansions in Vermont and Barre into similar businesses.

“When we saw Oakhurst, we fell in love with it,” Beret said.

The asking price of $1.4 million was negotiated to $1 million. On May 18, the pair signed an offer to purchase with a $75,000 deposit. They paid $3,000 for a home inspection. They also met with various town boards, all of which expressed enthusiasm for the project because it would save the historic building from developers seeking to raze it. ...

Speaking of reprehensible, Oakhurst is perhaps best known as the former House of Affirmation, a treatment home for pedophile priests, which closed amid scandal in the late 1980s. Ironically, Beret was willing to overlook that history; he's a devout Christian who at one time studied for the priesthood.

“I have plenty of sins,” Beret said. “But being gay isn't one of them. This is not a fight I wanted to pick. But for the sake of my dignity, I'm not walking away.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Exclusive: Gay Couple Says Church Is Blocking Sale Of Historic Home

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
CBS Boston

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

WORCESTER (CBS) – Alain Beret has a vision. He wants to transform a neglected historic home, for sale by the Catholic Church, into a venue for weddings and functions.

He’s done it before and loves the character and the understated charm.

Alain and his partner Jim put in an offer for $1 million for the Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center and say the Diocese of Worcester accepted it.

But, according to Beret, as they were doing their due diligence and pursuing normal negotiations, the Diocese abruptly stopped the sale.

Beret didn’t know what happened, until he began scrolling through an email between the brokers.

He noticed a message at the bottom of the thread from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to his realtor.

It said:

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop. Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there….we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.” ...

We reached out to the Diocese of Worcester, but we were told Monsignor Sullivan was not able to respond to the story.

The Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center was once the “House of Affirmation,” a treatment center for priests with psychological problems.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Gay Couple Shunned By Church In Northbridge Property Deal

NORTHBRIDGE (MA)
Northbridge Daily Voice

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A sign in front of the Sutton home of Alain Beret and James Fairbanks says it is for sale. They’d expected to move soon to the former Chester Whitin Lasell estate on Hill Street, oversee its restoration, and open the historic mansion to weddings and other public events.

Their dream was dashed when the property owner, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, backed out of the deal, and the couple believe it is because they are gay.

Beret said the diocese’s real estate broker sent them an email telling them their $75,000 deposit would be returned because the church wanted to pursue “other plans.’’

However, that email included a thread of messages, one from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to the broker, which says: "I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop. Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they're shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language." ...

The property most recently was being used by the church as a retreat. Prior to that it was the House of Affirmation where troubled priests were treated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Parishoners React To Arrest Of Former Pastor Accused Of Sex Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

[with video]

By Jenn Bernstein

SWEDESBURG, Pa. -

The Sacred Heart Church is nestled in the small tight-knit town of Swedesburg.

Tonight everyone is buzzing about the Sacred Heart Polish Festival, but the arrest of its former pastor, Reverend Andrew McCormick, last night on child sex assault charges, has many surprised and upset. That includes the church’s Holy Names Society President, Bernard Gutkowski.

“We just can’t believe it, a man like this, that we’ve known. He’s a great friend of ours,” said Gutkowski. He’s remaining supportive of McCormick and says the community is also. “We will stand by him 100 percent,” he said.

Gutkowski says the town’s been waiting for McCormick to return after he was suspended by the Archdiocese in March 2011. He was one of more than two dozen priests removed from the ministry after the Archdiocese said it was investigating past sexual abuse allegation

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Nearly 17 percent of sex offenders nationwide hide in plain sight, study says

UTAH
Deseret News

By Andrew Adams, Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 27 2012

RIVERTON — A new national study shows that nearly 1 in 6 convicted sex offenders have altered their identities and personal information. But Utah officials say the state has managed to buck that trend.

Preliminary results of the federally funded report out of Utica College found that 16.6 percent of sex offenders used aliases, stole identification, changed their names and moved without notifying proper authorities.

The Utah Department of Corrections says only 3 to 4 percent of the 7,000 registered sex offenders in Utah are out of compliance. That is down from 12 percent just four years ago.

One thing that makes the difference is officers pounding the pavement, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said. Law enforcement officials make physical visits once a month to the homes of registered sex offenders to check up on their compliance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Pastor alleges sex abuse, sues Roman Catholic organizations for $3M

CANADA
The Record

WATERLOO — A local pastor is suing several Roman Catholic Church organizations for allegedly failing to protect him from being sexually abused by a priest in Waterloo more than three decades ago.

Michael Zenker says he was 11 years old when a priest at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Waterloo began abusing him. It lasted three years, he says.

The lawsuit’s statement of claim filed in a court in Hamilton, in August 2011, contains allegations that have not been proved in court.

According to the statement of claim Father Wilfrid Systerman, who is now dead, forced the boy into sexual acts including fondling, masturbation and oral sex.

Zenker, 43, who now lives in Elmira, says he met Systerman as a Record newspaper carrier delivering the paper to the St. Agnes church office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Area priest facing sex assault charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Times Leader

Sheena DeLazio - sdelazio@timesleader.com - 570-970-7235 - Twitter: @TLSheenaDeLazio

A Diocese of Scranton priest who was once assigned to several parishes in Luzerne County, including a Catholic high school, will face 32 charges in Tioga County Court on allegations of sexually assaulting an altar boy.

The Rev. Thomas P. Shoback, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, appeared Wednesday at a preliminary hearing before District Judge James E. Carlson in Mansfield.

After a hearing that included testimony from the victim in the case, Carlson forwarded all 32 charges, which include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault, to county court.

Shoback, who was charged in June, will next appear for a formal arraignment before a Tioga County judge on Aug. 20. Shoback remains free on $35,000 bail and is represented by attorney Christopher T. Powell, Jr., of Scranton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

US priest charged after accuser, prompted by Penn State case, emerges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Chicago Tribune

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA, July 27 (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic priest been charged with the 1997 sexual assault of an altar boy, who was emboldened to come forward by the high-profile prosecutions of Monsignor William Lynn and former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, authorities sai d on Friday.

The arrest of suspended priest Andrew McCormick, 56, who a prosecutor said "had a pattern of grooming altar boys," capped a tumultuous week for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the sixth
largest in the nation with 1.5 million members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Suspended Philly priest is charged with sexual assault

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writers

One of 26 Roman Catholic priests suspended from ministry last year for possible child misconduct has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy in a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56, was arrested at his parents' Pottstown home Thursday night. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail at an arraignment Friday.

District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference that McCormick had started "grooming" the boy in the fall of 1997, while serving at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg, and sexually assaulted him that December. He said it appeared that the priest had groomed a number of altar boys there, and he urged any other abuse victims to come forward.

At the time of his suspension in March 2011, McCormick was pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bridgeport, Montgomery County. He had previously served at St. Adalbert's in Northeast Philadelphia and St. Bede in Holland, Bucks County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

July 27, 2012

Clergy sex abuse lawsuit settled against Bishops Dupre & Maguire

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Anthony Fay

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A man who claims that he was sexually abused by a western Massachusetts priest has settled a lawsuit against two bishops he says did nothing to protect him. His lawyers say damages in the suit are described as being a “substantial six figure sum.”

According to a news release sent to 22News by the law firm Stobierski & Stobierski, their client, Andrew Nicastro settled his lawsuit against former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire on Thursday evening.

The settlement comes less than a week after the start of a civil trial against Dupre and Maguire at Hampden County Superior Court.

Nicastro says that as a child, he was sexually abused by now-defrocked priest Fr. Alfred Graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM

Priest to face abuse charges in Tioga court

PENNSYLVANIA
Standard Speaker

By Cheryl R. Clarke (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

Published: July 27, 2012

MANSFIELD - The priest from Wilkes-Barre who was suspended from his duties last fall for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy in Tioga County will face the charges in county court.

The Rev. Thomas P. Shoback, 60, is charged with three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, one of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault.

The charges are in connection with the alleged multiple sexual assaults between February 1991 and February 1997, against the victim, now 32, who was an altar boy at St. Mary's Parish Rectory in Blossburg, Tioga County, where the Rev. Shoback was pastor.

The victim testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing that the Rev. Shoback began abusing him when he was 11 or 12 years old and that the abuse would happen three out of four Sundays each month when he stayed after Mass to help count the collection. He said he felt compelled to tell what had happened to him after the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted "because it was the right thing to do and he didn't want it to happen to another kid."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

Sex abuse sinister and serious: Cardinal

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Jared Owens
From:The Australian
July 28, 2012

CARDINAL George Pell last night issued a statement condemning child sex abuse, following the apparent suicide of a 45-year-old man who was repeatedly abused as a teenager by a priest.

Police yesterday discovered John Pirona's remains in his car at Tomago, outside Newcastle, five days after he left a note for his wife, Tracey, and disappeared.

Mr Pirona, a firefighter, was repeatedly assaulted by a priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in 1979, when he was aged 13.

The NSW courts have established he was sexually assaulted years after the school's principal and Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke, now deceased, became aware the priest had assaulted other boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

Sussex priest and organist deny child sex charges

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Church of England priest and an organist have denied charges relating to alleged sexual abuse of two young boys in West Sussex in the late 1980s.

Father Wilkie Denford, 77, of Shoreham, pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 16.

Michael Mytton, 68, from East Chiltington, East Sussex pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting an alleged assault on a boy in Cuckfield.

Both were bailed at Lewes Crown Court to await trial on 10 December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

Abuse victim's last sad words

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

28 Jul, 2012

LOU Pirona is a father who must live with the awful sadness of his son's last words.

"When I was young I was frightened. When I went to school I was bullied and abused by people who should have been nurturing and guiding me."

The body of John Pirona, 45, of Belmont North, was found in a car at Tomago yesterday morning, five days after leaving the letter his family had always feared, which ended with the words "Too much pain".

A victim of a notorious Hunter paedophile priest in 1979 when he was 12, John Pirona was sexually assaulted at least one year after both the school principal, Father Tom Brennan, and the late Maitland-Newcastle bishop Leo Clarke were told the priest was a sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Settled for $500K

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WGGB

By Ryan Trowbridge

July 27th, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Williamstown man settles his civil suit against two Springfield bishops.

The $500,000 settlement was announced Friday morning at Hampden County Superior Court.

It was emotional testimony during the trial that Attorney John Stobierski says accelerated discussions of a settlement in Andrew Nicastro’s civil suit against Springfield bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire.

Nicastro says he was abused 30 years ago by now defrocked priest Alfred Graves .

He sued the bishops because he said they were in supervisory positions and should have prevented the abuse he suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 July 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, U.S.A., as archbishop of San Francisco (area 6,023, population 1,866,000, Catholics 448,000, priests 408, permanent deacons 78, religious 854), U.S.A. He succeeds Archbishop George H. Niederauer, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

POPE RECEIVES THE COMMISSION OF CARDINALS INVESTIGATING LEAKING OF DOCUMENTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 July 2012 (VIS) - "Yesterday morning 26 July, the Holy Father received in audience the Commission of Cardinals which is undertaking the administrative investigation into the leaking of reserved information: Cardinal Julian Herranz, Cardinal Jozef Tomko and Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi. The cardinals were accompanied by Fr. Luigi Martignani O.F.M. Cap., secretary of the Commission; Examining Magistrate Piero Antonio Bonnet, and Promoter of Justice Nicola Picardi of the Tribunal of Vatican City State", according to a communique released this morning by the Holy See Press Office.

"The Holy Father was informed about the conclusions reached by the Commission of Cardinals, and about the progress of the criminal procedures currently underway. He thanked them for the information he had received and invited the Vatican magistrates to proceed expeditiously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Pope hosts top-level meeting on leaks in Vatican

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 27, 2012
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY -- Although technically on vacation, Pope Benedict XVI hosted a top-level meeting of Vatican officials involved in investigating and responding to the leak of Vatican documents.

The meeting Thursday included the commission of cardinals appointed to conduct an administrative review of Vatican offices and procedures, as well as the judges involved in the criminal case against the pope's personal assistant. The meeting also included the head of the Vatican police and representatives of the Vatican secretariat of state, said Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

Greg Burke, the former U.S. journalist appointed by the pope to advise the Vatican secretary of state on communications strategy, also participated, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

The Catholic Church's Vatileaks scandal: A guide

VATICAN CITY
The Week

A series of embarrassing leaks has exposed conspiracies, corruption, backstabbing, and bitter rivalries within the Catholic Church's hierarchy

posted on July 27, 2012,

What is the scandal about?
A steady stream of leaked documents since the beginning of the year has revealed the Holy See to be an unholy nest of conspiracies, backstabbing, and ambition. "Vatileaks," as the scandal has been dubbed, has smashed the Vatican's code of silence to reveal a long-standing tradition of bitter rivalries and corruption. The leaks point to at least three shadowy, interlocking plots: an anonymous campaign to undermine Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state and Pope Benedict XVI's top deputy; a struggle over the future of the Vatican bank; and an effort by Italian cardinals to gain more influence over the choice of Benedict's successor. "This is a power struggle," said Notre Dame theology professor Lawrence Cunningham. "People are leaking information to the press to discredit one person or another."

Who is doing the leaking?
The sole official suspect is the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, 46, who was arrested in May after he was found with stolen papal documents; held for months in a small cell at the Vatican, he was granted house arrest last week. His lawyer insists Gabriele acted alone, but the leaks have continued since his detention. The real culprits are suspected to be disgruntled prelates inside the Vatican bureaucracy, or Curia, who view Bertone as an obstacle to church reform. The 77-year-old cardinal, a longtime ally of the current pope, has consolidated his power by promoting former associates from his native region of Piedmont to influential posts; they now include the governor of the Vatican City State, the head of the Vatican treasury, and the Holy See's top bank regulator. There are growing rumors that the health of the 85-year-old Benedict is failing, feeding suspicion that Bertone's ultimate goal is to gain control over the next papal conclave — the meeting of the College of Cardinals that selects the pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire statement...

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire statement: Andrew Nicastro and family 'suffered greatly' from 'terrible' clergy abuse

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield on Friday released a “statement from Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire” after Andrew Nicastro settled his civil lawsuit against Maguire and another past bishop.

Maguire said, “Today’s settlement I hope will bring some measure of healing to Andrew Nicastro and his family. Sadly they have suffered greatly by this terrible abuse. Although I intend on writing them personally to express my sincere sorrow, I also wish to make this statement which in some ways represents what I would have testified to in court."

Nicastro announced Friday that a $500,000 settlement has been reached in the suit against Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre. Nicastro, of Williamstown, said the two former bishops knew now-defrocked priest Alfred Graves had molested two boys in 1976 but allowed him to keep serving as a priest.

Maguire said, “I am truly sorry for all that Mr. Nicastro suffered and the hardships it has brought in his life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Andrew Nicastro announces $500,000 settlement in civil lawsuit against two former Springfield bishops

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Bishop Emeritus Maguire issues statement, says Andrew Nicastro and family "suffered greatly" from "terrible" clergy abuse

Read the story

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro announced today that a $500,000 settlement has been reached in his civil lawsuit against two former bishops of the Springfield Catholic Diocese.

John Stobierski, Nicastro’s lawyer said discussions of a settlement began two weeks ago and accelerated last night after “emotional testimony” from Nicastro, his wife, and his father over the last few days in Hampden Superior Court.

Lawyers for the two bishops, the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph M. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, had unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed previously on the grounds the statute of limitations had expired by the time the suit was filed.

Nicastro, of Williamstown, said the two former bishops knew now defrocked priest Alfred Graves had molested two boys in 1976 but allowed him to keep serving as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Oakland bishop, noted Prop 8 backer, replaces former Utahn Niederauer in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Sean Maher
| Contra Costa Times

San Francisco • Oakland’s bishop, Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, will become the archbishop of San Francisco, making him perhaps the highest profile opponent of same-sex marriage in a city renowned for its support for gay rights.

Cordileone, 56, was appointed to the new job by Pope Benedict XVI to replace retiring Archbishop

A San Diego native, Cordileone was installed as Oakland’s bishop in May, 2009. His time in the East Bay "has given him a deep understanding of the radically diverse cultural composition of the Bay Area and a dedication to multicultural ministry," church spokesman George Wesolek said.

At a news conference Friday morning at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Cordileone accepted the position with a speech he repeated in English and Spanish

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Philly priest charged with 1997 sexual assault

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
San Francisco Chronicle

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Updated 01:56 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia priest suspended last year has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a church rectory.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Andrew McCormick molested the boy in 1997 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The 56-year-old McCormick is one of about two dozen priests suspended last year after a grand jury report alleged that accused priests were still in ministry.

McCormick was arrested late Thursday. Defense lawyer William Brennan says he expects McCormick to post the $150,000 bail and fight the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

UPDATED: Settlement reached in civil trial of bishops

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown man who was abused by former priest Alfred F. Graves from 1982 to 1985, agreed to a $500,000 settlement with Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré on July 27.

The agreement, which was worked out late July 26, ended a dramatic trial which featured emotional testimony by Nicastro, his family members and two priests who testified to the harm caused by the Graves.

“The testimony was compelling,” said John Stobierski, Nicastro’s principal attorney. Speaking at a press briefing on the steps of the Hampden County Hall of Justice after the trial, Stobierski said that while he was confident that his client was winning his case in the trial, other factors persuaded him to settle out-of-court.

“We were warned that, even if we won, we would have faced two more barriers. First, they (the bishops) would have appealed. Second, even if we won on appeal, we would have had to sue their insurance companies to actually receive any money. That process might have taken another three to five years,” Stobierski said.

“I can’t comment on what cynics might say,” Stobierski responded when asked what he would say to someone who suggested that the case was actually about money. He said that the case not only brought justice to his client, but also might give other abuse victims the courage to come forward to tell their stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Ihr seid nicht die Einzigen!

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Nachdem sich inzwischen auf vielfältige Weise bestätigt hat, dass das Bistum Trier den Begriff einer "ehrlichen Aufklärung" weitaus anders definiert als wir Betroffenen, möchten wir alle Opfer, Betroffene und Zeugen sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Angehörige der katholischen Kirche im Bistum Trier dazu ermutigen, ihr Schweigen zu brechen und sich entweder mit "MissBiT" oder "schafsbrief.de" in Verbindung zu setzen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Köllerbacher Gläubige rebellieren gegen Bischof

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbrucker Zeitung

Köllerbach/Trier. Der Streit zwischen dem Bistum Trier und den Laiengremien der Köllerbacher Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde um den Umgang mit dem früheren Pfarrer Guido Johannes Ittmann hat einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht. Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im aktuellen Pfarrbrief öffentlich die Bistumsleitung und den eingesetzten Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Diese hätten den Pfarrgemeinderat und den Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde nach dem Weggang von Ittmann nicht genug unterstützt und die Veröffentlichung von Dankesworten an Ittmann unterbunden. Bereits vor dessen Amtsverzicht habe die Bistumsleitung einen "runden Tisch" zur Entschärfung des Konflikts zwischen Ittmann und dem damaligen Völklinger Dechanten Klaus Leist abgelehnt. Darüber hinaus habe sie aktuell die Gemeindereferentin Therese Thewes gegen den Willen der Laiengremien versetzt. In dem Schreiben ist ferner von "zahlreichen Briefen" der Gremien an den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann die Rede.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Pfarrgemeinderat greift Trierer Bischof in Missbrauchs-Affäre an

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Köllerbach. Der Streit im Bistum Trier um Drohbriefe gegen den früheren Köllerbacher Pfarrer Guido Ittmann eskaliert immer mehr. Pfarrgemeinderat und Verwaltungsrat der Gemeinde rügen im Pfarrbrief Bischof Stephan Ackermann und seinen Pfarrverwalter Hans Maria Thul. Sie werfen der Bistumsleitung indirekt vor, Ittmann und Gläubige im Stich gelassen zu haben, als diese einer "Mobbing-Kampagne" ausgesetzt gewesen seien. Pfarrer Ittmann hatte Missbrauchsfälle angezeigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Brighton priest sent for trial on child sex charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Brighton and Hove News

A priest who worked in Brighton and Hove has been sent for trial on charges of sexually abusing two boys more than 20 years ago.

Father Wilkie Denford, 77, of Broad Reach Mews, Shoreham, is due to stand trial at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 10 December.

He appeared at Mid Sussex Magistrates’ Court in Haywards Heath where he was bailed until his trial, having denied four charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 16.

Church organist Michael Mytton, 68, of South Road, East Chiltington, near Ditchling, will join him on trial. Mytton denies one charge of aiding and abetting Denford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Suspended priest charged with molesting boy, 10

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

A Catholic priest who was removed from his Montgomery County parish in March, 2011, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick, 56, was arrested at his parents' Pottstown home Thursday night, officials said. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail at his initial arraignment Friday.

Law enforcement officials there may be more possible victims and urged them to come forward.

District Attorney Seth Williams said McCormick "groomed" a number of altar boys when he served at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Montco Priest Charged With Sexual Assault

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

A Priest in Montgomery County in under arrest for an alleged sexual assault.

The charges against Father Andrew McCormick stem from a sexual assault committed in 1997.

Sources tell Fox 29 that the priest and the victim were a part of the same church in Philadelphia at the time of the abuse.

The victim was 10-years old at the time of the incident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Massachusetts bishops settle lawsuit brought by abuse victim

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
Catholic Culture

Two former bishops of Springfield, Massachusetts, have settled a sex-abuse lawsuit, 3 days after the case came to trial.

Bishops Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre reportedly agreed to pay $500,000 to Andrew Nicastro, who said that he was molested in the 1970s by Alfred Graves, a priest of the Springfield diocese who has subsequently been laicized. Nicastro charged that both bishops were aware of previously sex-abuse charges against Graves, yet continued to give him parish assignments.

Bishop Maguire issued a statement through the Springfield diocese, saying: “Today’s settlement, I hope, will bring some measure of healing to Andrew Nicastro and his family.” He expressed regret for not having taken action earlier against Graves, saying that he did not understand “the true nature of one who violated our trust with such devastating harm to his victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Philly Priest Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault: Police

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By Lauren DiSanto

| Friday, Jul 27, 2012

Father Andrew McCormick has been arrested for an alleged sexual assault. He was taken into police custody late Thursday night after accusations that he sexually assaulted an altar boy in 1997.

McCormick was a pastor at St. John Cantius Church in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia at the time of the alleged assault.

He's being held at Philadelphia Police headquarters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Philly priest charged with 1997 sexual assault

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Times Online

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012

Associated Press

A Philadelphia priest suspended last year has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.

Prosecutors accuse the Rev. Andrew McCormick molested the boy in 1997 while assigned to a Northeast Philadelphia parish.

McCormick is one of about two dozen priests suspended last year after a grand jury report that found priests accused of abuse were still in ministry.

The 56-year-old McCormick is in custody after surrendering Thursday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer. Bail has been set at $150,000.

McCormick has been on leave from Sacred Heart in Swedesburg, Montgomery County, since March 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Church royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Editorial

CATHOLIC Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle is to be congratulated for daring to publicly support a formal inquiry into priestly abuse.

It is no easy matter for a senior clergyman, embedded in a church hierarchy under intense pressure over seemingly endless allegations of criminal abuse, to offer even guarded support for a course of action that seems certain to result in serious recriminations against his own organisation.

Bishop Wright’s acknowledgement of the need for a thorough external inquiry suggests a recognition that the issue has an inevitable momentum that can no longer be credibly resisted.

The heartbreaking discovery yesterday of the body of abuse victim John Pirona has seared the hearts of thousands of Hunter people, adding powerfully to the groundswell of support for a royal commission into priestly abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

San Francisco archbishop retires; Bishop Cordileone to succeed him

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Catholic News Service

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco and named Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., to succeed him.

The appointment and resignation were announced in Washington July 27 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Niederauer, 76, had headed the San Francisco Archdiocese since 2005. A priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he also served as bishop of Salt Lake City for 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Pope calls for speed in deciding butler's fate

VATICAN CITY
AFP

ROME — The pope has called on Holy See investigators to proceed quickly with their inquiry into a former butler for his role in the Vatican leaks scandal.

The decision over whether Paolo Gabriele should face trial will be made on August 6 or 7, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday.

The pontiff's former butler, Gabriele is the sole suspect behind the leaked documents, which revealed an atmosphere of intrigue at the Vatican and a power struggle centring around the powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope Benedict XVI met the examining magistrate on the case Thursday "to hear the progress of the criminal procedures underway," and "invited the Vatican magistrates to proceed expeditiously," the Holy See said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Another Philadelphia priest facing sexual assault charges

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 27, 2012
By Tom MacDonald

A former Philadelphia Archdiocese priest is facing charges of sexually assaulting one of his altar boys.

Captain John Darby of Philadelphia's Special Victims Unit says the now 25 year old came forward to police recently to say that former parish priest Andrew McCormick abused him in 1997. Darby says the boy was just 10 years old then and McCormick was working at St. John Cantius parish in the Bridesburg neighborhood.

"He was a parishioner he was a student at St John Cantius and he was an altar boy and it was in those conditions he was brought to the presence of Andrew McCormick and contacts began," said Darby. "Where inside the rectory of St John Cantius, sexual contact was made."

District Attorney Seth Williams says he wants victims of abuse to feel comfortable calling the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Retired Priest Speaks Out On Alleged Child Abuse, Church Cover Up

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A retired Winona priest is coming forward after allegations of child abuse were tossed out by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Retired Fr. James Edward Fitzpatrick of Diocese of Winona says he knew for decades his church had covered up allegations of abuse by victims.

“It’s a matter of conscience,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s been bothering me for years.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Bishop backs inquiry into sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Will Ockenden

Updated July 27, 2012

A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church says he would support a public inquiry into the church's handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, says it is up to governments to work out which issues need investigating.

Over the past 50 years the Hunter Valley has seen scores of people reporting cases of sexual assault by priests.

One Catholic priest was convicted and jailed several years ago after sexually abusing 39 schoolboys aged from five to 16 years old over nearly 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Former youth minister to be sentenced for sex crimes

ALABAMA
Montgomery Advertiser

A former youth minister facing charges in Madison and Cullman counties in connection with sex crimes against children is due to be sentenced July 31 for similar crimes in Elmore County, Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday.

John A. Astorga, 37, of Wetumpka was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse April 11 in Elmore County Circuit Court. During the trial, three victims testified, as did the pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka, where Astorga worked, according to the AG’s office.

At his July 31 sentencing, Astorga will face a penalty of one year and one day to 10 years in prison for each of the two counts, which are class C felonies, a news release from Strange’s office states. State law also requires him to register as a convicted sex offender and to abide by community notification requirements of state law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Breach of duty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Toledo Blade

Editorial

The watchman didn't watch. That's why Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia was sentenced this week to 3 to 6 years in prison.

Lynn failed to protect the safety of children in his Catholic archdiocese for the dozen years he was secretary to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. It was his job to make parish assignments and investigate sex-abuse claims against priests.

Last month, Lynn, 61, was found guilty of turning a blind eye to the predations of Edward Avery, a former parish priest who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting an altar boy in 1999. Lynn was told by a medical student in 1992 that Avery had molested him in the 1970s.

Lynn reassigned Avery to a parish that knew nothing of his history, and made no report to civil authorities. The molester was finally defrocked six years ago, but he didn't confess his crime to authorities until March of this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Man abused as a child by pedophile priest found dead in car

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

A MAN who as a child was abused by a pedophile priest has been found dead in his car after the pain became "just too much for him'', his wife says.

The body of John Pirona, 45, was discovered by police in a car at Tomago near Newcastle early today, nearly a week after his wife Tracey last saw him on Saturday night.

Ms Pirona said she alerted police to his disappearance after finding a letter that spoke of the pain he felt being linked to a pedophile priest and of his wish "to go nobly''.

"The pain was just too much for him,'' Ms Pirona said.

"He felt like his children were better off without him.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Tragic end for 'too much pain' husband

AUSTRALIA
Launceston Times

The body of John Pirona, a victim of one of the Hunter's most notorious paedophile priests, has been found at Tomago.

John Pirona, 45, of Valentine, was last seen by his wife in Belmont North last Saturday night.

Police attached to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command found the body of Mr Pirona in a car in the early hours of this morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Women purged of court contempt during priest’s trial

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published on Friday 27 July 2012

A Derry woman and a woman from Culdaff appeared in court in Belfast this week on contempt of court proceedings relating to an outburst at the trial of Fr. Eugene Boland, in Derry last month.

Sarah Kerrigan, from Patrick Street, Derry and Michelle Ruddy, from Larraghirrel, Culdaff, who were described as “close friends” of Fr Boland found themselves accused of contempt after they cheered and clapped when Fr Boland from Killyclogher Road, Omagh, was cleared of indecently assaulting a 14 year-old girl 20 years ago.

Describing the women as “close associates and friends” of Fr. Boland, Brian McCartney QC, defending, told Belfast Crown Court the women had been caught up in the heat of the moment and ‘by the intensity of feelings’ during the cleric’s trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Report: Charges pending against Upper Merion priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Main Line

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012

UPPER MERION — Criminal charges were pending against an unnamed priest at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday evening, Fox 29 News reported on Thursday afternoon.

The pending charges are related to an alleged sexual assault that took place in the 1990s, according to the news report.

Neither Philadelphia police, Upper Merion police nor Fox 29 News have identified the priest. The Times Herald has not independently confirmed that a priest has been charged. Fox 29 had earlier tweeted that a priest had been arrested but that tweet has since been removed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Prosecutors side with SNAP in Mo. records case

MISSOURI
NECN

[Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ - SNAP]

Jul 27, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several prosecutors are siding with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to block an order requiring the group to release certain records.

The issue stems from lawsuits against a Roman Catholic priest by accusers who say they repressed memories of begin abused decades ago. A lawyer for the priest argues documents could raise doubts about such memories and whether a gag order was violated.

SNAP wants the high court to block a trial judge's order that it provide records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Victim, former priest accuse Archbishop Carlson of child abuse cover-up

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK

[with video]

By Leisa Zigman I-Team Reporter

St. Louis (KSDK) - A victim of child abuse in the 1980s and a former priest made stunning allegations Thursday regarding St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.

The allegations center on Archbishop Carlson playing an active role in the cover-up of child sex abuse cases when he worked in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis.

Since his installation in 2009, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has painted Archbishop Carlson as a staunch protector of children from abusive priests.

But Thursday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Keenan lashed out at Archbishop Carlson who was a bishop at the time Keenan was abused by his parish priest. The abuse allegedly occurred in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Lawsuit claims sex abuse at Malvern Prep

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By PATTI MENGERS
pmengers@delcotimes.com

Two days after a Philadelphia judge sentenced a monsignor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to jail for enabling a pedophile priest, a Delaware County man filed a civil suit Wednesday against the archdiocese and Malvern Preparatory School for allegedly not protecting him from a sexually abusive cleric who taught there.

Also named in the lawsuit, filed by Chester County attorney Daniel F. Monahan in Philadelphia, were the religious Order of St. Augustine and John R. Liggio, the Augustinian priest who allegedly assaulted the plaintiff in 1997 and 1998 when he was a student at the 170-year-old private Catholic boys’ school for grades 6 through 12 in Chester County.

“He did so by using physical, intellectual, moral, emotional and psychological force. The abuse began as compelled touching in Malvern Prep bathrooms where Liggio followed the plaintiff and isolated him. It progressed to sexual contact at Liggio’s residence on campus,” the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff is identified only as “an adult male individual less than 30 years of age and a citizen and resident of Delaware County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” because he was a minor when he was an alleged victim of sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Supervisors finally paying the price of sexual abuse cover-ups

UNITED STATES
Wicked Local Newton

Marjorie Arons-Barron

Recently, a Philadelphia church official, Msgr. William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on one felony child endangerment charge for covering up sexual abuse by the now laicized priest, Edward Avery, whom he supervised. Lynn was acquitted of conspiracy and a second endangerment count involving a second priest, on whom the jury deadlocked. The concern underlying the charges and conviction was Lynn’s apparent shielding of predatory priests, protecting them from public scrutiny by reassigning them to different parishes, and lying to spare the Church’s reputation from scandal. He had a responsibility in those three areas under both secular and canon law. Msgr. Lynn mounted a defense saying he was obeying orders from his own supervisor, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and a canonist, who died earlier this year. Meanwhile, Cardinal Bevilacqua’s successor, Cardinal Justin Regali, failed to provide material relevant to the scandal to his own review board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Former Diocese of Winona priest ...

MINNESOTA
LaCrosse Tribune

Former Diocese of Winona priest describes encounter with bishop, concerns about Adamson abuse

By Jerome Christenson Winona Daily News

WINONA, Minn. — A former priest of the Diocese of Winona said Thursday he was literally shown the door when he told Bishop Edward Fitzgerald that the Rev. Thomas Adamson was sexually abusing boys in Caledonia, Minn.

Jim Fitzpatrick, a Caledonia native and priest for the diocese from 1963 to 1973, said he was assigned to the Winona Cathedral and Cotter High School when parents from his hometown came to Winona to ask what he could do about what Adamson was doing to boys in Caledonia.

Fitzpatrick said he would talk with the bishop, but when he went to Fitzgerald and related what the parents told him about their sons and about 15 other boys, Fitzgerald told him he would deal with his priests and showed him out of his office.

Fitzpatrick described his encounter with the bishop in a news conference Thursday in St. Paul. Fitzpatrick was to be a witness in the case brought against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona by James Keenan, claiming he had in 1980-81 been sexually abused by Adamson and that church officials had been aware of Adamson’s history of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Paedophile priest victim found dead in car

AUSTRALIA
TVNZ

Published: 8:08PM Friday July 27, 2012

A man who as a child was abused by a paedophile priest has been found dead in his car after the pain became "just too much for him", his wife says.

The body of John Pirona, 45, was discovered by police in a car at Tomago near Newcastle in the early hours of Friday morning, nearly a week after his wife Tracey last saw him on Saturday night.

Ms Pirona said she alerted police to his disappearance after finding a letter that spoke of the pain he felt being linked to a paedophile priest and of his wish "to go nobly".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

July 26, 2012

Lawyers suggest different portraits of abuse victim’s mental health

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau
SPRINGFIELD – Different portraits of the effects that Alfred F. Grave’s sexual abuse had on Andrew Nicastro, and his later motivations in

launching a 2009 lawsuit, were the subject of contentious questioning July 26 in the civil trial of Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré.

Nicastro, of Williamstown, alleges that the bishops acted negligently by returning the former priest to ministry with insufficient supervision after they knew that he had a history of abusing boys in other parishes.

John J. Egan, Bishop Maguire’s attorney, began his cross-examination of Nicastro by suggesting that the now 41-year-old had told others about his abuse several years ago – this time using a document prepared by Nicastro himself with the help of his attorney, John Stobierski.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 PM

Catholic Bishop says public inquiry into paedophile priests needed

AUSTRALIA
ABC - AM

Will Ockenden reported this story on Friday, July 27, 2012

TONY EASTLEY: A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church says he'd support a public inquiry into the Church's handling of sexual assaults by priests.

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Bill Wright says it's up to governments to work out which issues need investigating.

Will Ockenden reports.

WILL OCKENDEN: Over the past 50 years the Hunter Valley has seen scores of people reporting cases of sexual assault by priests.

One Catholic priest was convicted and jailed several years ago after sexually abusing 39 schoolboys aged from five to 16 years old over nearly 20 years.

The Bishop Bill Wright released a statement on his view on how sexual assault should be investigated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

SNAP asks Missouri court to stop order for documents

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 26, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The leading advocacy group for clergy sex abuse victims has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to quash a local judge's ruling for the group to grant access to more than 23 years of internal documents to attorneys who represent accused priests in the state, saying the order violates the confidentiality of abuse victims.

The request, formally known as a "writ of prohibition," is the latest step by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in a months-long saga over access to the documents.

Twenty-two victims' advocacy and church reform groups and six former and current local, state and federal prosecutors have also asked the court to intervene in the matter, saying the order could lead to further victimization and ultimately "intimidate, harass, and silence victims of sexual abuse."

The requests stem from Jackson County, Mo., Circuit Court Judge Ann Mesle's order July 17 to SNAP in a case concerning a Kansas City priest accused of abuse. The case, in which SNAP is not a party, made headlines in January when it became the first in which one of the group's leaders was ordered to provide testimony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Rafael Venegas, St. Anne's Santa Monica Priest, Investigated For Sex Crime

SANTA MONICA (CA)
LA Weekly

By Dennis Romero
Thu., Jul. 26 2012

Santa Monica police today said they're checking out a local priest after a woman came forward and alleged he sexually assaulted her.

If so (and, for the record, it ain't so, at least not yet), it wouldn't be too surprising. Church and the Tiki theater in Hollywood, apparently, are where all the sex crimes go down these days.

The man of the cloth under scrutiny was named as Rafael Venegas. He works at ...

... St. Anne's Church, 2017 Colorado Ave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Father of alleged clergy sexual abuse victim Andrew Nicastro, testifies of implicit trust in priests

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Anthony Nicastro testified Thursday he took his son and daughter to church when they were young because he wanted them to get some moral direction in addition to what they got at home.

He said he never worried about his son Andrew Nicastro’s interactions as an altar boy with now defrocked priest Alfred Graves, the family’s pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown.

“I had implicit faith and trust in priests,” said Anthony Nicastro, who said he went to parochial school and Catholic high school in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anthony Nicastro, a “semi-retired” professor at Williams College and North Adams State College, said he never knew Graves had sexually assaulted his son Andrew Nicastro over a period of about three years starting when the boy was about 11 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Sexual Battery Investigation

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Monica Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012
Contact: Richard Lewis, Sergeant
Phone: 310.458.8462
e-mail: richard.lewis@smgov.net

The Santa Monica Police Department is currently investigating an allegation of sexual battery against Rafael Venegas, a priest at St. Anne’s Church located at 2017 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

The victim, who is an adult female and not a parishioner of St. Anne’s, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1, 2012 and reported that the incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011. The allegations remain under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective DeRyck at (310) 458-8944, Sergeant Jacob at (310) 458-8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24hours) at (310) 458-8495.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000.00, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Alleged Sexual Misconduct by Local Priest Under Investigation

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Patch

By Jenna Chandler

Police are investigating allegations of sexual battery by a priest at St. Anne's Catholic Church, a department spokesman said in a press release Thursday.

No arrests have been made in the case, which was reported to July 1 to Santa Monica Police.

A woman, who isn't a parishioner at the church, told police the incident occurred on church property near Colorado Avenue and 20th Street in September of last year.

St. Anne's referred requests for comment to its attorney, Donald Steier, who did not return a message.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM

Santa Monica Police Investigate St. Anne’s Church Priest For Sexual Assault

SANTA MONICA (CA)
Santa Mornica Mirror

Posted Jul. 26, 2012

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

St. Anne’s Church priest Rafael Venegas is currently being investigated following an allegation of sexual assault.

The adult female, who is not a parishioner of St. Anne’s at 2017 Colorado Avenue, contacted the Santa Monica Police Department on July 1 and reported that the incident involving Venegas occurred on the property of St. Anne’s Parish in September 2011.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the allegations remain under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective DeRyck at 310.458.8944, Sergeant Jacob at 310.458.8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24hours) at 310.458.8495.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Growing call for royal commission into priest sex cases

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

27 Jul, 2012

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has expressed his ‘‘broad support’’ for a royal commission into the Catholic church’s handling of sexual abuse cases after an overwhelming public response to the disappearance of a paedophile-priest victim.

In a statement yesterday Bishop Wright acknowledged the growing calls for a royal commission, saying ‘‘I am broadly supportive of public inquiries into these matters’’.

‘‘It would be for government to determine, in consultation with their agencies and other groups in the community, what would be the best form of inquiry and into which particular issues it should inquire.’’

It is believed to be one of the first public expressions of support by a senior NSW Catholic clergy member for a formal government inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Bishop says 'false hearsay' linking him to claim hurts diocese, family

WHEELING (WV)
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said the "false hearsay statements" made against him at the recently concluded Philadelphia trial of two priests on sex abuse-related charges have hurt him, his family and the people of his diocese.

In a July 23 letter to the priests and people of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, Bishop Bransfield said a "hearsay allegation" that he had engaged in improper conduct with a high school student in the 1970s "has been put to rest" by the student in question, now in his 50s, and others.

"I can only repeat what I have stated before publicly: I have never abused anyone," the bishop said.

The allegation surfaced during the trial of Msgr. William Lynn, former secretary of clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, on charges of child endangerment; he was later found guilty of one count and recently sentenced. His co-defendant, accused of abuse, must be retried after the jury could not reach a verdict in his case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Abuse trials miss other victims

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

June 25, 2012|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.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Youth pastor to be sentenced for sex crimes

ALABAMA
San Francisco Chronicle

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A youth minister accused of sex crimes against children in three Alabama counties is scheduled to be sentenced in one case on July 31.

An Elmore County jury found John A. Astorga guilty on April 11 on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Three victims and the pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka, where Astorga worked, testified at his trial.

Astorga faces up to a year and a day imprisonment on each of the two counts in Elmore County and must register as a convicted sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Gerald T. Slevin: Philly DA Must Go Higher

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Bilgrimage

Jerry Slevin has sent one of his wonderful postings. This one focuses on the unfinished business after Msgr. Lynn has been sentenced in Philadelphia. What follows is Jerry's statement:

At Lynn's trial, he and his lawyers presented overwhelming evidence that Lynn followed his Cardinal bosses' orders that resulted in child endangerment. The lawyers were selected under Cardinal Rigali and paid huge sums by the Philly Archdiocese (Philly AD).

Rigali was one of Lynn's bosses. Lynn served under him, several months as priest personnel chief and almost 8 years as a pastor. Obviously, Lynn filled Rigali in on the "bad priests" and then Rigali learned further details as top man in the Philly AD for almost 8 years until several months ago.

Last year, after receiving his second disastrous Philly Grand Jury priest abuse report in barely five years, Rigali still tried to deny having pedophile priests still actively on board. After some public pressure and perhaps new lawyers' advice, he quickly reversed himself and in March of last year suspended 36 priests for suspected misconduct with minors. Since then, Rigali's sudden replacement, Archbishop Chaput, has sacked some of these suspected priests, yet Chaput continues to stall on many of them. It is not clear why he is stalling and whether it relates to trying to protect Rigali.

If Rigali's evident carrying of 36 alleged pedophiles, some for years it appears, isn't a "prima face" case for child endangerment, it is hard to see what is. Lynn got 6 years for carrying one pedophile, defrocked Fr. Avery! Cardinal Rigali appears to make Joe Paterno look good! Moreover, the Philly AD makes Penn State look like the minor leagues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Diocesan leaders reflect on significance of Dallas charter

IOWA
The Catholic Globe

By RENEE WEBB, Globe editor

Ten years ago the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that required each diocese have mechanisms in place to respond promptly and in a pastoral way to credible allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy.

Since that charter was adopted at the bishops June meeting in 2002 being held in Dallas, it has become known as and is often referred to as the Dallas charter.

Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City, who was a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver at that time, pointed out that not long before that meeting of the bishops the national scandal pertaining to child sexual abuse by clergy had erupted in Boston.

Response was necessary

“The bishops knew they had to respond,” Bishop Nickless said. “It was really important for them to show that they cared first and foremost about victims, that children needed to be protected and that credible and accused perpetrators needed to be dealt with in a strong way.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

MO - Sex abuse victims head to MO Supreme Court

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

SNAP's new writ to MO Supreme Court

Amicus by prosecutors backing the writ

Amicus by 24 groups backing the writ

Posted by David Clohessy on July 26, 2012

Clergy sex abuse victims are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to block or limit demands by Kansas City Catholic officials for potentially hundreds or thousands of pages of their self help group’s records. And they’re picking up support from widely disparate sources.

On Friday, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, filed a writ to the state’s highest court to stop what they call “expensive, intrusive, hurtful and intimidating” discovery requests by lawyers for several suspended Kansas City area Catholic priests accused of molesting children.

And this week, three amicus briefs have been filed backing SNAP’s position. One is by two current Missouri prosecutors and four former prosecutors. The other two are signed by 24 local and national organizations. They include The Rutherford Institute, a conservative legal organization that helped Paula Jones pursue her sexual harassment case against then-President Bill Clinton and the liberal Call to Action, which advocates ordaining women.

“If this court permits the circuit court’s discovery order, sex abuse victims and the organizations that support them will suffer irreparable harm,” the prosecutors’ brief maintains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Bistum startet Kampagne gegen Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Hannoveriche Allgemeine

26.07.2012

Nach dem Missbrauchsskandal in der katholischen Kirche hat das Bistum Hildesheim seine Präventionskampagne ausgeweitet. Mitarbeiter der Kinder- und Jugendseelsorge erhalten künftig einen Leitfaden mit klaren Regeln und Richtlinien, die sexuellen Missbrauch und respektlosen Umgang mit Kindern verhindern soll, teilte das Bistum am Donnerstag mit.

Hildesheim. Teil des Leitfadens ist die Selbstverpflichtungserklärung, die ehrenamtliche und hauptberufliche Mitarbeiter, die mit Kindern zu tun haben, seit zwei Jahren abgeben müssen. Diese hatte nach Angaben des Bistums immer wieder Fragen aufgeworfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Verdächtig still

DEUTSCHLAND
Die Zeit

Vor einem Jahr wurde eine Studie zum sexuellen Missbrauch angekündigt, nun stockt das Projekt des Kriminologen Christian Pfeiffer. Wie einflussreich sind die Kritiker?

Im Juli 2011 wurden Journalisten in den profanen Räumen des Bonner Universitätsclubs eines Mirakels teilhaftig: Die Bischofskonferenz kündigte ein Forschungsprojekt zum Thema Missbrauch an; Fälle von 1945 bis in die Gegenwart sollten aufgeklärt werden. „Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige“, lautete der Titel. Gemeint war: mehr Glaubwürdigkeit, weniger Vertuschen. Als federführender Experte wurde der bekannte Hannoveraner Kriminologe Christian Pfeiffer präsentiert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Winona diocese responds to Supreme Court ruling

MINNESOTA
San Antonio Express-News

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Diocese of Winona says it's pleased with the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that rejected a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim.

In a statement released Thursday, the diocese says it's committed to ensuring the safety of children and young people at its parishes, schools and other programs.

James Keenan of Savage sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, alleging abuse in the 1980s by Thomas Adamson, a priest who is now defrocked. Keenan brought his claim outside the statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

East Lancashire suspended priest takes up new role

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Lancashire

AN EAST Lancashire priest has resigned his post in charge of a church after his suspension came to a close.

The Rev Joe Fielder, the priest-in-charge at St John’s, Baxenden, was suspended by Blackburn Diocese in March after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an 11-year-old-boy.

A church investigation was completed this month and a decision to take no action against the Rev Fielder was made. Police have also taken no action.

The diocese said it had now come to an agreement with Mr Fielder over his resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

ELITES NOT SERIOUS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

July 26, 2012

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how the elites in two states are dealing with child abuse:

Yesterday, a bill was passed by voice vote in the Massachusetts House expanding the time period on civil claims of child sexual abuse. Today, an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer calls for Pennsylvania lawmakers to allow a two-year window for filing civil lawsuits in such cases. Neither effort is serious about combating this problem, and both endorse discriminatory legislation.

In Massachusetts, the bill that was passed would do absolutely nothing about child sexual abuse that occurs in the public schools; it applies exclusively to private institutions, such as the Catholic Church. Similarly, the editorial in the Inquirer says absolutely nothing about blanketing the public sector; unless a bill specifically targets the sovereign immunity status of the public schools, they remain exempt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Lawyer: Los Angeles abuse documents could see release by year's end

LOS ANGELES (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 26, 2012
By Tom Roberts

Hundreds of plaintiffs involved in a historic sex abuse settlement more than five years ago with the Los Angeles archdiocese may be coming to the end of a long struggle to gain access to thousands of pages of documentation detailing the conduct of church officials in handling the scandal.

On July 18, a California Appeals Court denied the latest petition of the archdiocese to restrict access to priest personnel files sought by attorney Anthony De Marco as part of a current abuse lawsuit he has filed against the archdiocese.

The significance of the recent decision, however, goes beyond the case in question, De Marco said in a phone interview Tuesday. He said California Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias looked over the 25 files in question in the current case, some of which overlap those sought as part of a $660 million settlement in 2007. He said she told attorneys on both sides that she would use the request as a "test case" and that if the appeals court is satisfied with what she was agreeing to release, that the same criteria would be used for the rest of the documents being sought. She said if the archdiocese's petition to keep the records sealed is denied, she would rapidly go through the rest of the documents in question.

Tod M. Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese, disagrees with De Marco's assessment. The denial of the church's petition "does not affect release or publication of documents," he said in an email response to questions from NCR. "The issue was only whether certain materials could be disclosed to the plaintiff's lawyer in one specific case."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Abogado de padre O'Reilly ...

CHILE
La Tercera

Abogado de padre O'Reilly y denuncia de abuso: "Informe psicológico no contiene el relato de la niña, sino de la madre"

El abogado del sacerdote Jhon O´Reilly, Luis Hermosilla, calificó como "pobre" el informe hecho por una psicóloga privada y que develaría los supuestos abusos a los que habría sido sometida una menor de seis años a manos del capellán del colegio Cumbres.

El hecho fue conocido públicamente ayer, mediante un comunicado del mismo colegio luego de la denuncia de los padres de la menor y después de que el mismo sacerdote solicitara una investigación.

"El informe (psicológico) es muy pobre, técnicamente muy débil, sin consistencia, lo que contiene no es el relato de la niña, contiene el relato de la madre de la niña, omitiendo antecedentes que son extraordinariamente importantes. Por ejemplo, esta niña es trilliza, es una mujer que tiene dos hermanitos.El desarrollo psicológico y emocional de un menor que es parte de trillizos es distinto de un hijo único. Normalmente tienen que competir los mismos por la misma madre y el mismo padre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Fiscalía indaga denuncia de abusos contra sacerdote John O’Reilly

CHILE
La Tercera

por S. Labrín y P. Muñoz

Una denuncia por un presunto caso de abuso sexual contra una menor de cinco años indaga la Fiscalía Oriente, en contra del sacerdote legionario y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O’Reilly.

La denuncia fue confirmada a través de un comunicado por el recinto educacional de la Congregación Legionarios de Cristo. En el texto se señaló que “la información entregada verbalmente por la madre de nuestra estudiante hace referencia al padre John O’Reilly, quien ha manifestado al colegio su total inocencia y disposición a colaborar en la investigación”. El sacerdote, junto con el colegio, acordaron la suspensión de sus actividades mientras dure el proceso judicial. De hecho, su nombre y fotografía ya no figuran en el sitio web del colegio como miembro del equipo espiritual del nivel preescolar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

Trial Begins in Lawsuit Alleging Child Molestation by Parish Priest

UNITED STATES
Digital Journal

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012

The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than Andrew Nicastro and other victims of alleged Child Molestation. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke of AttorneyOne.

According to court documents, a jury began on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 in a lawsuit filed on December 15th, 2010 by a Williamstown man, Andrew Nicastro, in Hampden County Superior Court (case no. HDCV2010-00037B) alleging he was molested as a child by his parish priest, former Rev. Alfred Graves. Nicastro claims he was sexually abused about twice a week for about three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old. Defendants are two former bishops, the Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who Nicastro claims should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by the priest.

According to the National Alert Registry, statistics say that one out of every three to four girls has been sexually assaulted by the age of 18. One boy out of every six will be abused by the age of 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Long Beach priest pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

LONG BEACH (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times

July 26, 2012
A Roman Catholic priest who worked at a Long Beach church pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he sexually groped a 14-year-old girl and two women in incidents that started two years ago.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, a pastor of St. Athanasius Church on Linden Avenue, faces eight misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. County district attorney's office. Superior Court Judge James Otto set his bail at $260,000.

The two adult women, both 20, initially reported the alleged incidents to the archdiocese and then filed a police report, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department. Later, the teenager alleged repeated incidents during which Cuevas inappropriately touched "an intimate part" of her body for his own sexual arousal, the complaint contends. Cuevas was arrested Monday in San Jacinto.

All of the incidents allegedly occurred at the church, where Cuevas served and lived for seven years until his recent removal from duties. The felony and six of the lesser charges involve the teenager, who was 14 during the first alleged incident in July 2010, according to the complaint. The two women said he fondled them in February 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Inquiry bungles church abuse complaint

AUSTRALIA
The Age

July 27, 2012

Barney Zwartz

A VICTIM of sexual abuse - by a Catholic priest - who wrote to a government inquiry into clergy sexual abuse was referred to a Catholic agency, less than a week after the committee's chief executive assured The Age such a conflict could not happen.

Peter Blenkiron, of Ballarat, was appalled when he was referred to Centacare, a Catholic agency he found ''terrible'' when he first reported his abuse several years ago.

He wrote on July 10 to the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations seeking a simpler method for victims to be heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

UPDATED: Jury selection begins in civil trial of bishops

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Jury selection began July 23 for a trial that may – or may not – give the public new insights into how the Diocese of Springfield handled cases of clergy sexual misconduct in the 1970s and 1980s.

After questioning nearly 100 potential jurors for more than two hours, Hampden Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney had seated only 10 men and women for what is expected to be a two-week trial.

Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown resident who operates Isabella’s Restaurant in North Adams, is suing Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré in a civil case alleging that they failed to protect him from former priest Alfred Graves.

Graves, who actively served as a diocesan priest from 1967 to 1992, was taken out of ministry and forbidden to present himself as a priest by the late Bishop John A. Marshall, apparently after new allegations of misconduct came to the attention of the diocese. The diocese later confirmed that allegations that then-Father Graves had sexually abused boys were credible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Victim recalls childhood abuse at civil trial of bishops

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – Testimony in the civil trial of Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré began July 24 with dramatic testimony from abuse victim Andrew Nicastro.

Fighting back tears at several points in during his 45 minutes on the witness stand, Nicastro recounted how he had been a happy child, in an intact nuclear family, growing up in Williamstown before a new priest, then-Father Alfred C. Graves, arrived at St. Patrick Parish in 1981. But by early 1982, his pastor had begun to sexually abuse him in the parish church and rectory.

“It was done with laughter. I felt chosen,” Nicastro said in a quiet voice after recounting in graphic detail how Graves had improper sexual contact with him behind St. Patrick’s sanctuary after funeral or wedding liturgies, and in the rectory where he was invited in during his daily newspaper delivery,

Nicastro said the abuse continued until shortly after Graves became the pastor of the former St. Matthew Parish in Indian Orchard in October, 1985. The priest invited him to an overnight stay in his new rectory, where he smoked cigarettes and relaxed with the man he then considered a special friend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Victim says key meeting with former pastor never happened

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

SPRINGFIELD – In the second day of emotional testimony in a civil trial against Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupré, the plaintiff, Andrew Nicastro, denied that he ever spoke to a former pastor of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown about his childhood sexual abuse by Alfred C. Graves a former diocesan priest who was laicized in 2006.

What the plaintiff’s attorneys called “the alleged meeting” could be a crucial element in the outcome of the trial, which is determining if the two former diocesan bishops were negligent in returning then-Father Graves to ministry after they knew he had a history of abuse.

Father William F. Cyr, who was pastor of the Williamstown parish from 1989 to 2002, testified early in the day, before Nicastro was called to the stand. He said that sometime between 2000 and 2002, he received a phone call from Nicastro requesting a meeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Vatileaks: Pope’s former butler says he is disliked by many because not a supporter of the system

This was what Paolo Gabriele kept repeating to friends before his arrest. Now he hopes the Pope will forgive him. Could he become an usher?

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

“I am disliked by many because I am not aligned with the system.” It is a phrase which reveals all the deep anguish that has been shaking Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, who is currently under house arrest after spending two months in a Vatican prison cell, charged with aggravated theft of confidential documents. He is now awaiting a predicted committal for trial. The butler kept on repeating the phrase to friends and acquaintances in the Vatican before getting mixed up in one of the most controversial scandals that have shaken the Holy See in recent years.

There is still one fundamental question surrounding the scandal involving the so-called poison pen letter writers - who got hold of some confidential documents belonging to the Pope and had them published in Italian newspapers and a book: why did the person/people responsible do this and why? If Gabriele, who is still the only individual under investigation who is facing trial, spoke of a “system” he was not in line with, perhaps in his mind, over time, he developed a need to act if not fight against these alleged forces of power working around or even against the Pope, out of “love” and in order to “help” Benedict XVI. This is how he described his actions to his lawyers Carlo Fusco and Cristiana Arru.

According to the two lawyers, Gabriele acted the way he did because he was influenced by a set of “inner ideals” which led him to follow a plan which was “certainly questionable” but was meant for the “good of the Church.” Gabriele sent a distressed letter to the Pope explaining these reasons and thinking. The letter reinforced the former butler’s hope that Benedict XVI would forgive him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Ex-teacher accused of soliciting sex from teen

FLORIDA
WDBO

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

A newly released video of a former Orange County teacher shows him being grilled by detectives after he was arrested in a sex sting.

Brian Shriner, who was also an Episcopalian priest, was arrested last month after being accused of traveling to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Shriner told detectives he wanted to meet the girl because he was writing a book, according to officials.

He apparently had aspirations to be an author, so Shriner told detectives he needed to speak to a 14-year-old girl, and he went online to find one, according to investigators.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Breach of duty: A pedophile priest's enabler gets prison time

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 26, 2012

Editorial

Few things are worse than a watchman who doesn't watch. That's why Monsignor William J. Lynn of Philadelphia was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 6 years in prison.

He failed to watch over the safety of the children of his Catholic archdiocese for the dozen years he was secretary for clergy to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. It was Lynn's job to make parish assignments and to investigate sex abuse claims against priests.

Last month, Lynn, 61, was found guilty of turning a blind eye to the predations of Edward Avery, a former parish priest who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting an altar boy in 1999. Lynn was told by a medical student in 1992 that Avery had molested him in the 1970s.

Lynn removed Avery from his parish and ordered him hospitalized for evaluation. But instead of then turning Avery over to Philadelphia police, Lynn let him to return to ministry in a limited capacity. Avery was reassigned to a parish that knew nothing of his history and no report was made to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Why the Summer of 2012 Will Go Down in History as the Breakthrough Summer for Child-Sex-Abuse Victims

UNITED STATES
Verdict

Marci A. Hamilton

If you have even glanced at a headline, television screen, or the Internet this summer, you cannot have missed the multitude of stories about child sex abuse and the justice system. The fight against such abuse has taken a laudable turn, for the benefit of victims. And all of these developments have occurred in one state: Pennsylvania. By dint of geography, it has been impossible to avoid comparisons between the institutional cover-ups of abuse at Pennsylvania State University, and in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. To put it mildly, neither institution emerges smelling like a rose.

There is so much that is happening, on so many fronts, it is as though a tsunami of justice has been released. We have been drowning in stories, data, coverage, and new revelations. Indeed, there is so much breaking news about the child-sex-abuse scandals that some reporters have been driven to specialize in either one institutional cover-up or the other.

The trial of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Monsignor Lynn ended in a verdict of child endangerment against him, and a sentence of 3-6 years. The trial of former defensive Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky resulted in guilty verdicts against him on 45 out of 48 charges, with sentencing still to be scheduled; and former FBI Director Louis Freeh recently released his scathing report on how child sex abuse by Sandusky was covered up by Penn State from 1998 to the present. The Freeh Report, in turn, formed the foundation for the NCAA to issue history-making sanctions against the Penn State football program.

And it is not over. Trials await against the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s lay teacher Bernard Shero and Fr. Charles Englehardt, as well as against Penn State’s former Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley. Meanwhile, grand juries are likely busy in both central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. There is reasonable certainty that former Penn State President Graham Spanier will face criminal charges, and that Sandusky will face more charges. And it is possible that past officials of the Philadelphia Archdiocese may face additional charges as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Catholic Mutual Off Hook For $100M Sex Abuse Judgment

UNITED STATES
Law360

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Law360, New York (July 25, 2012, 12:46 PM ET) -- The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday said The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America had no duty to defend or indemnify a defrocked priest and convicted pedophile for a $100 million judgment obtained by one of his victims.

A three-judge appeals panel found that a South Carolina federal court was correct when it decided former priest Wayland Yoder Brown’s sexual abuse of Allan Carl Ranta was not conduct covered under a Catholic Mutual policy.

“According to Ranta, Brown knew or should have known he was a danger to children, yet failed to protect Ranta from him, thereby breaching his fiduciary duties as a priest,” the panel said. “Therefore, Ranta contends, Brown’s conduct constitutes negligence, which triggers coverage under Catholic Mutual’s insurance policy.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Roeland Park man’s name surfaces in Florida child porn case

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star

A Roeland Park man facing child pornography charges chatted online with a Florida man about killing and eating children, according to court records filed in the Floridian’s criminal case.

Michael D. Arnett, 38, and the Floridian had “extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating of children,” according to the court papers recently filed in federal court in Florida.

Prosecutors charged the Florida man, Ronald William Brown, 57, on July 20 in federal court in Tampa with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and possession of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Puppeteer case gives rise to question: Were these gruesome fantasies or real intentions?

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

By John Woodrow Cox and Peter Jamison, Times Staff Writers

LARGO — The instant message arrived at 9:42 that night in mid-August last year.

"Any luck with your boy?" it said.

Professional puppeteer Ronald William Brown, according to a federal criminal complaint, had been chatting online for months with the man from Kansas who had just asked him that question.

"No," Brown replied, "I still want to eat him, though."

He and the boy, authorities say, attended church together in Largo. The complaint indicates Brown had fantasized about kidnapping and killing the boy. The man from Kansas, Michael Arnett, told Brown he had murdered children before, according to the complaint, so Brown asked for advice.

Brown: "Would you just knock him out?"

Arnett: "It would be the best way, for a boy his age and size yes."

Brown: "With something? Your fist? Or what?"

Arnett: "A good whack to the back of the head, preferably with something like a blackjack."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

New accusation surfaces in Philadelphia church sex abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Chicago Tribune

Dave Warner
Reuters

8:21 p.m. CDT, July 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man sued the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Wednesday for alleged sexual abuse by a priest, marking the 10th civil suit filed against the church since a 2011 grand jury report detailed sexual abuse by clergy in the area.

The suit names Rev. John R. Liggio, the archdiocese and the Order of St. Augustine, which it claimed provides teachers to the school. It alleges a priest at suburban Malvern Preparatory School sexually abused a youth in 1997 and 1998. The student was under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

"He did so by using physical, intellectual, moral, emotional and psychological force," according to the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Transportation company employee accused of sexual abuse

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man arrested Tuesday is facing charges after being accused of sexually abusing another man after transporting him from a community center.

Police said Ronnelle Southerling was working as a driver for a transportation company that shuttled residents to and from the Agape Community Center when he took the victim from the center to an apartment at 2nd and College streets. Once at the apartment, Southerling allegedly gave the man alcohol and later tried to grope him.

Bishop Dennis Lyons of the Gospel Missionary Church said Southerling attended and worked there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Claims abuse inquiry victims sent to Church-run support agency

AUSTRALIA
ABC - AM

[with audio]

Liz Hobday reported this story on Thursday, July 26, 2012

TONY EASTLEY: Victoria's inquiry into abuse by religious and other non-government organisations has offered support to abuse victims wanting to participate in the inquiry.

However there are now claims that some of the agencies offering support to victims in country Victoria are run by the Catholic Church - which is itself facing serious allegations involving hundreds of abuse cases.

Liz Hobday has this report.

LIZ HOBDAY: Ballarat man Peter Blenkiron was abused by a Christian Brother when he was 11 years old.

He wanted support to prepare a submission to the parliamentary inquiry and called the recommended victims of crime helpline.

He says he was referred to an organisation called Centacare, run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat.

PETER BLENKIRON: We are talking about broken trust again. The Catholic Church are the people that are responsible worldwide for what's going on, they're responsible for what happened to me as an 11 year old. It's beyond belief the things that happen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

House bill would extend deadline for filing child sex abuse claims

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Stephanie Ebbert
| Globe Staff
July 26, 2012

The House passed a bill Wednesday to extend the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits, angering advocates who had hoped that such time limits would be eliminated.

The measure would limit to 27 years the deadline to claim to have been sexually abused as a child, effectively, expanding a victim’s potential to file claims until he or she is 43 years old.

That is a scaled-back version of the original bill, which would have eliminated the time limit on civil claims of childhood sexual abuse.

Though the measure would only affect future abuse cases, it would also offer victims who have been previously shut out by statutes of limitations one year in which to file retroactive claims. However, the bill would prevent a business or entity from being blamed for such abuse, unless gross negligence can be proven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Chilean school priest suspended amid sex abuse claim

CHILE
Santiago Times

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Written by Tom Murphy

Latest allegation comes after recent series of high-profile abuse scandals.

A Catholic school in Santiago suspended a priest from its faculty Tuesday after claims he sexually abused a student surfaced. Father John O’Reilly, who worked at the Colegio Cumbres in the east of the capital, expressed his total innocence and willingness to fully cooperate with the investigation.

The Catholic Church in Chile has been rocked by a number of allegations of sexual abuse. Photo by Kurotashio/Wikimedia Commons.

“I’ve always had the utmost respect for students and their families, and I am convinced that after the investigation it will be made clear that this is an unfortunate mistake and that my actions have been correct,” O’Reilly said in a statement released Wednesday.

The allegation against O’Reilly comes after a series of high-profile scandals and reports of sexual abuse against minors in the country. Chilean authorities are now investigating 61 schools in the capital amid increasing reports of sex abuse in 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Clergyman faces allegations he sexually abused child in parish

PENNSYLVANIA
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

July 26, 2012

By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

MANSFIELD - The Blossburg priest who was suspended from his duties last fall for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy was held over for county court Wednesday by District Judge James Carlson.

Thomas P. Shoback, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, will face all charges against him, including three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, one of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent assault at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20 before President Judge Robert E. Dalton Jr. in the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas.

The charges are in connection with the alleged multiple sexual assaults between Feb. 20, 1991, and Feb. 20, 1997, against the victim, now 32, who was an altar boy at St. Mary's Parish Rectory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Priest's sentence is appropriate

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Inquirer Editorial

For the first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex abuse by priests, the appropriate wages of sin include jail.

Beyond punishing Philadelphia Roman Catholic Msgr. William J. Lynn for failing to shield an altar boy from a priest known to have molested another youth, the certainty that he will spend three years in prison — and as many as six — sends a powerful message to anyone who enables abuse.

Lynn, 61, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of child endangerment.

The 12-week trial that led to Lynn's conviction also linked the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to the archdiocese's policy of moving suspected predator priests to other parishes, rather than alerting civil authorities. As Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said, "The cover-up went all the way to the top."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Sentence for priest sends a message

PHILADELPHIA (Pa)
Courier Post

WHERE WE STAND: Clerics who hid pedophiles, allowing abuses to continue, should go to prison.

Msgr. William Lynn did not rape a child. He did not molest a child.

But, he will go to prison for at least three years because those awful things happened to children. And it is justice — long, long overdue justice — that sends an important message across the United States and, hopefully, around the world.

A few Catholic priests who for years molested and assaulted children have been sent to prison in this country. They are, unfortunately, only a handful among the guilty, most of whom will never face deserved time behind bars because they’ve died or statutes of limitation have run out or because there isn’t enough evidence left to ensure a conviction.

Lynn, though, is the first Catholic official convicted in the United States solely for the crime of covering up sex abuse claims. The former secretary of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was found guilty last month by a jury in Philadelphia of felony child endangerment. Lynn learned in 1992 that now-defrocked priest Edward Avery abused a boy years earlier. Lynn sent Avery for treatment at a church-run facility that diagnosed him with an alcohol problem, not a sexual disorder. Avery was subsequently returned to the ministry in Philadelphia and sexually assaulted an altar boy in 1999. Avery is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence for that crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Irish missionary faces allegations of child abuse in Chile

CHILE
Press TV (Iran)

An Irish Catholic missionary priest working as a school chaplain in the Chilean capital of Santiago is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a child.

Chilean authorities on Wednesday said that the missionary priest, John O'Reilly, is under investigation. O'Reilly, who works as a chaplain and spiritual advisor at the Colegio Cumbres School in the classy Las Condes district was suspended after a student's family reported abuse.

"The information provided verbally by the mother of our student refers to Father John O'Reilly LC, who told the college that he is totally innocent and willing to cooperate in the investigation. The priest and Colegio Cumbres agreed to the suspension of all Father O'Reilly internal activities in order to fully clarify the facts," the Colegio Cumbres school's statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

July 25, 2012

Priest, accused of meeting girl for sex, says he did it for research

FLORIDA
Fox 51

[with video]

By Tiffany Teasley, Reporter

The State Attorney's Office released video of investigators interviewing Brian Shriner, 46, a former Geneva School teacher and Episcopal priest at New Covenant Anglican Church in Winter Springs, shortly after his arrest.

Shriner was arrested in June, after he was accused of chatting with a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl online, investigators say he then traveled to Winter Springs to meet the minor for sex, instead he was met by deputies.

"I can guarantee nothing like this will ever happen with me again," said Shriner during the interview. "I was just planning on sitting and talking to her, I know this sounds crazy," he said.

During the interview Shriner gives investigators an explanation for what happened, telling them he's writing a novel, and he was meeting the girl for research.

"This is one aspect of the book," Shriner said. "This guy goes through a mid-life crisis where he works for California Soft -- there's a level of lust and there's several stories that develop on the level of lust, and I wanted to look at one of them to deal with this," Shriner said in the video.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Caso Colegio Cumbres...

CHILE
La Segunda

Caso Colegio Cumbres: Abogado de la familia de la víctima dijo que se trataría de "tocamientos libidinosos"

Pasado el mediodía, el abogado Mario Schilling -que representa a los padres de la niña de 6 años que denunció abusos por parte del sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, John O'Reilly- presentó una querella en el Cuarto Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago, consigna Soychile.cl .

Schilling explicó que la acción criminal es para que se investigue “las responsabilidades, no sólo del autor de estos delitos, sino también si existen coautores, cómplices o encubridores". Aseguró que los delitos habrían ocurrido entre 2010 y el presente años, y se trataría de "tocamientos libidinosos"

Según comentó el abogado de la familia denunciante, dulces y hostias no consagradas, le habría regalado el sacerdote John O´Reilly a la supuesta víctima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Colegio Cumbres suspende a John O'Reilly por denuncia de abuso

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El sacerdote legionario John O'Reilly, capellán y asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, fue suspendido de todas sus actividades en el establecimiento educacional luego que se conociera una denuncia por abuso sexual en su contra.

La información fue dada a conocer por la dirección del colegio del sector oriente de Santiago en una carta dirigida a la comunidad escolar.

La supuesta víctima corresponde a una menor de edad, estudiante del colegio, quien con la autorización de sus padres fue sometida a una evaluación profesional externa a cargo de una psicóloga. Dicho informe y los antecedentes recopilados por un equipo interdisciplinario quedaron a disposición de la Fiscalía Oriente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM

Irish priest probed in Chile over child sex abuse

CHILE
The Star

SANTIAGO: An Irish Catholic priest working as a school chaplain in Chile is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a minor, authorities said Wednesday.

John O'Reilly, a member of the Legionnaires of Christ who works as a chaplain at the Colegio Cumbres school in the posh Las Condes district of Santiago, was suspended after a student's family reported abuse.

Investigating prosecutor Ignacio Pinto is leading the investigation, a prosecutor's office source said.

O'Reilly insisted in a statement that it was all a "regrettable mistake," arguing that his behavior was above board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Archbishop calls for fresh inquiry into laundries

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Juno McEnroe

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called for fresh inquiries into care in the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, and other institutions, to examine where the Church, serving the most deprived, went wrong.

The Archbishop of Dublin said the Church also needed to find a new language, but not be excluded from general society.

Dr Martin said priests needed support after the wave of abuse scandals that have engulfed the Church.

Some "research-based investigation", less adversarial than a full-blown inquiry, could bring the truth to light and serve victims of abuse, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

The church in the dock

IRELAND
The Irish Times

THE THREE-TO-SIX-YEAR jail term imposed in Philadelphia on Monsignor William Lynn for covering up child abuse marks an important first and a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, not only in the US but internationally. A court’s willingness for the first time to punish not only priestly abusers, but those who sheltered them, will reverberate through the church, and not least in Ireland where gardaí are still involved in investigating possible charges arising from the Murphy and Ryan reports. The sentence also comes only days after another landmark ruling in the UK courts which has extended church liability for the actions of priests and which is likely also to have important implications for other voluntary organisations.

The prosecution of Lynn, found guilty in June of child endangerment after a trial which exposed efforts over decades by his Philadelphia archdiocese to play down accusations of child sexual abuse and avoid scandal, echoes that of Bishop Pierre Pican of Bayeux-Lisieux in 2010. He received only a suspended three-month term, but, notoriously, was privately praised by the Vatican, for not handing over an abuser-priest to the police.

Lynn, who served as secretary for 800 clergy to the 1.5 million-strong archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints, will appeal. The archdiocese responded to what it complained was an “over-harsh” sentence with assurances that its procedures for protecting children had improved significantly in the decade since the offences occurred.

Meanwhile the court of appeal in London a fortnight ago upheld a lower court’s ruling that the church can be held liable for the actions of priests. The Portsmouth diocese had appealed a decision that found a priest had a relationship akin to an employee relationship to his bishop, and that the diocese was therefore “vicariously liable” for his actions. In his conclusions, Lord Justice Ward ruled that the priest in question, the late Father Wilfred Baldwin who allegedly abused a girl in a Hampshire children’s home, “may not quite match every facet of being an employee but in my judgment he is very close to it indeed.” He acknowledged the judgment significantly “widened the scope of vicarious liability”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Jailed puppeteer known as the "cotton candy man" and "snow cone man" to local kids

FLORIDA
Bay News 9

By Erin Maloney, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LARGO --
The pastor at Gulf Coast Church in Largo said families are reeling after learning about church member and volunteer Ron Brown.

He was arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child, and possession of child pornography.

Dozens of parents trusted Brown to bring their children to church every Wednesday. Anthony Cummings said he would even feed the boys pizza before heading to church.

Anthony's mother Lexis said it was innocent enough until she learned about his arrest. Authorities say Brown chatted online with one man about his fantasy to strangle and eat a child's body.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Compassion and justice

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

26 Jul, 2012

WHEN Pope Benedict XVI came to Australia in 2008 his apology to victims of priestly abuse within the Catholic church didn’t leave room for interpretation.

The misdeeds of errant priests, he said, constituted ‘‘a grave betrayal of trust’’ and deserved ‘‘unequivocal condemnation’’.

‘‘Victims should receive compassion and care, and those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice,’’ the Pope declared.

Almost five years later, progress towards those goals is hard to measure.

While the church has, at various levels of its hierarchy, taken several steps to compensate and counsel victims, the human damage seems to be proving difficult to adequately address.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Court rejects abuse case based on repressed memory

MINNESOTA
LaCrosse Tribune

By DOUG GLASS

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court's ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state's six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the district court, which found that studies claiming to have proven the existence of repressed memory "lacked foundational reliability."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

Case Against Former Priest Moved to Different Court

PENNSYLVANIA
WETM

Reported by: Stacey Minchin
Email: sminchin@wetmtv.com

Blossburg, PA - A former Tioga County Priest charged with 32 crimes related to the sexual abuse of a child, had his case moved to the court of common pleas.

66 year old Thomas Shoback of Wilkes-Barre is charged with several crimes including deviate sexual intercourse.

State police say the alleged crimes happened between 1991 and 1997 while Shoback was a priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Blossburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Celstraf voor Amerikaanse bisschop die pedofiele priesters beschermde

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
hbvl (Belgie)

De Amerikaanse bisschop William Lynn is dinsdag veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van 3 tot 6 jaar. Hij is de belangrijkste vertegenwoordiger van de Amerikaanse katholieke kerk die schuldig bevonden is aan het verhullen van seksueel misbruik door priesters. Rechter Teresa Sarmina zei hem bij de strafuitspraak dat hij heel goed wist wat goed was, maar dat hij toch fout koos.

Na een proces dat tien weken duurde ,werd Lynn eind juni schuldig bevonden aan het in gevaar brengen van kinderen. Hij werd er als voormalig verantwoordelijke voor het personeel in het aartsbisdom Philadelphia van beschuldigd, gevallen van seksueel misbruik verborgen te hebben, en niets gedaan te hebben om minstens twee priesters te verwijderen van posten waar ze vaak in contact kwamen met minderjarigen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Statement of Jeff Anderson...

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Statement of Jeff Anderson re: Minnesota Supreme Court decision - John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona

“We are deeply disappointed and shocked by the decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court to deny access to justice for this victim of childhood sexual abuse who repressed the memory of his abuse because it was so traumatic. In its decision the court determined that science concerning repression of memory is unsettled enough that it can't be used in the court and thus denies Jim Keenan access to a trial--for this we are deeply saddened.

WE ARE SCARED FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN because the dismissal of this case results in us not being able to release, or require the release of, a secret list of offenders kept by defendants--some of whom are still in the community.

Until those names are revealed, it is our view that the cover-up continues and children and the community remain at risk. There are 33 names that were reported to have been credibly accused by the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and 13 in the Diocese of Winona, that's 46 credibly accused offenders as of 2004 and how many more on this list remain secret and remain unknown.

Because of this decision today, those secrets remain and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona are allowed to put their reputation above the health, safety and well-being of the children in our communities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Andrew Nicastro testifies that sexual abuse by former priest Alfred Graves made him angry, emotionally distant

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Nicastro said it wasn’t until 2008 that he realized continuing sexual assaults by former priest Alfred Graves more than two decades before in Williamstown had led him to become a person ruled by angry outbursts and unable to connect emotionally even with his own family.

He said The Rev. Mark Burke, a priest who became a friend of his, in 2008 helped him to see the role the sexual abuse had played in making him who he was.

“I felt like, ‘I get it,’” Nicastro said.

Nicastro was on the witness stand Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court in his civil suit against two former bishops.

He contends they should be held accountable for his several years of childhood abuse by the Rev. Andrew Graves because they were in supervisory positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese and knew Graves had assaulted two other boys before Nicastro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Bishop Explains Vatican's Criticism Of U.S. Nuns

UNITED STATES
NPR

[with audio]

July 25, 2012

Four years ago, a Vatican group called "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" began an assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic nuns in the United States. The assessment was designed to take a careful look at whether the nuns were acting in accordance with the teachings of the church.

In the assessment, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the leadership conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." It also reprimanded the nuns for hosting speakers who "often contradict or ignore" church teachings and for making public statements that "disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church's authentic teachers of faith and morals."

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, is the bishop who assessed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Along with Archbishop Peter Sartain and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, he will be working with the nuns of the LCRW to make sure the group is aligned with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The bishops and the nuns' group leaders were also told to develop material "that provides a deepened understanding of the church's doctrine of the faith."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Court rejects abuse case based on repressed memory

MINNESOTA
San Francisco Chronicle

DOUG GLASS, Associated Press

Updated 12:33 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court's ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state's six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the district court, which found that studies claiming to have proven the existence of repressed memory "lacked foundational reliability."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Williamstown Man Claims Clergy Sex Abuse

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WGGB

[with video]

By Ray Hershel
July 25th, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Testimony continued Wednesday in the case of a Williamstown man who says he was abused by a Catholic priest some 30 years ago.

Andrew Nicastro has filed a civil suit against Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire saying they should be held accountable because they were in supervisory positions in the diocese.

At times Nicastro wiped away the tears as he answered questions about how alleged sex abuse by former priest Alfred Graves has impacted his life.

Nicastro says the now defrocked priest sexually abused him for three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Long Beach Priest to Face Nine Counts of Sexual Assault

LONG BEACH (CA)
NBC Los Angeles

By Caroline Tan

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012

A Long Beach parish priest is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon to face sexual assault charges based on allegations made by three female victims.

Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, a priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, faces eight misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, officials from the Long Beach Police Department said in a press release.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges against Cuevas after police officials filed his case on July 19. Cuevas, who was arrested Monday, has been relieved of his duties as pastor, an Archdiocese spokeswoman said.

He was arrested after three female victims -- two adults and one minor -- approached police and accused the former priest of sexual battery and inappropriate touching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

MN - Victims blast supreme court ruling on secrecy

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 25, 2012

Our hearts ache for Jim Keenan. He fought a six-year-long heroic battle to expose predators warn parents, and protect kids. But somehow, the privacy of wrongdoer seems to trump the safety of children.

The real losers here are the employers, families and youngsters of Minnesota. They will apparently never be able to learn the names of roughly 46 accused child molesting Catholic clerics, some of whom are credibly accused or have likely even admitted their crimes.

And the real winners here are corrupt Catholic officials who have protect and are still protecting child molesters and their complicit colleagues instead of protecting vulnerable boys and girls.

Dr. Martin Luther King once said "The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice." He's right of course. But at times, there's a terrible step backwards. This is one of those times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

State Supreme Court tosses lawsuit against Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
Updated: July 25, 2012

The ruling means a list of 46 priests accused of child abuse will remain under seal.

A man who alleges he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1980s but didn't remember until two decades later, may not present expert evidence about repressed memories, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered Wednesday.

The 4-2 ruling throws out the long-battled case and means a list of 46 priests accused of abusing children will remain under seal.

The decision reverses a Court of Appeals ruling and dismisses a lawsuit brought six years ago by Jim Keenan, 45, against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, alleging that the church allowed the abuse to occur and then covered it up. Although the ruling is narrow, its effect is wide, said Keenan's attorney, Jeff Anderson.

"I've always been outraged by the Archdiocese's decision to hide behind the statute of limitations, but in this case and the position they've taken on cases like it, they can use technicalities to avoid accountability," he said. "As long as they do, they can be destined to repeat the same mistakes."

Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath was not immediately available for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Long Beach priest accused of sexually assaulting girl, 2 women

LONG BEACH (CA)
Los Angeles Times

A Roman Catholic priest who worked at a Long Beach church was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges he sexually groped a 14-year-old girl and two women in incidents that started two years ago.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, of St. Athanasius Church on Linden Avenue was to face eight misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. County district attorney's office.

He was arrested Monday in San Jacinto and was being held on $1-million bail pending his arraignment in a Long Beach court, said Long Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The two adult women, both 20, initially reported the alleged incidents to the archdiocese and then filed a police report, Eaton said. During the investigation, the teenager came forward and alleged repeated incidents during which Cuevas inappropriately touched “an intimate part” of her body for his own sexual arousal, the complaint contends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Scarred for life: victim of paedophile priest goes missing and wife fears the worst

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

[with poll]

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

26 Jul, 2012

ON Saturday night Tracey Pirona hugged her husband as she has done many times before, and reassured him: ‘‘We’ll get through this.’’

On Sunday morning she found the letter she had feared for years, and rang police.

John Pirona, 45, of Belmont North, a victim of one of the Hunter’s most notorious paedophile priests, has not been seen or heard from since then.

‘‘The longer this goes on the worse I feel about what the outcome’s going to be,’’ Mrs Pirona said.

Mr Pirona’s letter, with the final words ‘‘Too much pain’’, leaves no doubt the pain is the sexual abuse he suffered at a Catholic high school and the ugly secrets the church knew, but did nothing to stop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Priest accused of sex abuse in court today

LONG BEACH (CA)
Contra Costa Times

Staff and wire reportspresstelegram.com
Posted: 07/25/2012

LONG BEACH — A man who served as a parish priest at a Catholic church in Long Beach is scheduled to be arraigned today on nine sex-related counts.

The Rev. Luis Jose Cuevas, 67, is charged with one felony count of lewd act on a child and eight misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving a 17- year-old girl and two women. The crimes allegedly occurred between July 2010 and February of this year.

Cuevas was a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church for seven years and lived on the Linden Avenue church grounds at the time, according to police. He was charged last week and arrested at a residence in San Jacinto Monday by Long Beach police with the assistance of U.S. marshals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Father Jose Luis Cuevas, Long Beach Priest, Charged With Sexual Battery on Church Grounds

LONG BEACH (CA)
LA Weekly

By Simone Wilson
Wed., Jul. 25 2012

The latest sex scandal and PR nightmare for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles comes by way of northern Long Beach, near Compton:

Father Jose Luis Cuevas, 67, the longtime head priest at St. Athanasius Church, is being charged with "nine counts of sexual assault" for years of allegedly molesting female congregants, including a 17-year-old girl, say Long Beach police.

His arrest and removal from the ministry have been quite dramatic:

Archdiocese officials informed attendees of the church's weekend services that their trusted leader would be removed "from all ministry and he will be living privately pending the outcome of these matters," according to City News Service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

A good week for children and justice

PENNSYLVANIA
Canton Repository

Editorial

The issue: Child sexual abuse cover-ups

Our view: Sentencing of church official, sanctions on Penn State send strong message

Have Americans and some of their institutions decided once and for all that protecting sexual predators at the expense of children is intolerable? Hope that this is the case comes in two developments separated by one day and a scant 200 miles.

Tuesday in a Philadelphia courtroom, a Roman Catholic official was sentenced to three to six years in prison after being convicted of child endangerment. The case against Monsignor William J. Lynn revealed a decades-long pattern in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of protecting predatory priests at the expense of their victims and parishioners.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor,” the judge said while sentencing Lynn, “but you chose wrong.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Prosecutors release video in child-sex case against Christian school teacher

FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

1:01 p.m. EST, July 25, 2012

Prosecutors released more evidence Wednesday in the case against a local school teacher — who is also an Episcopalian priest — who is accused of traveling to meet a child for sex.

Brian Gerald Shriner, a 46-year-old father of two who worked at The Geneva School, was arrested in June following an undercover operation.

The Orange County Sheriff's Officehas reported Shriner initiated an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a child.

Shriner and the detective communicated via email for about one month and agreed to meet to have sex June 15, the Sheriff's Office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to jail term for harboring child sex abuse priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Irish Central

By
PATRICK COUNIHAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012

US Catholic clergyman Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in jail for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

Lynn is the most senior U.S. cleric convicted in the church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal.

NBC reports that the sentence which was handed down by Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was less than the maximum penalty of seven years in prison for Lynn’s conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

The judge said: “The sentence is meant to punish Lynn for protecting monsters in clerical garb who molested children … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.” ...

Commentator Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases, told NBCPhiladelphia.com: “I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese.

“In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop.”

“More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse but Lynn’s three-month trial shows just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

SNAP Hopes Bishop Finn Thinks Twice About Going To Trial Next Month

UNITED STATES
KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Local clergy abuse survivors assess the impact of today’s 3 to 6 prison sentence handed down to a Philadelphia church official for covering up sex abuse claims against priests.

First, SNAP’s David Clohessy says he’s glad the monsignor will spend time behind bars.

“We think that jailing men who conceal child sex crimes is a good way to deter people to concealing child sex crimes,” he says

And, Clohessy says, that sentence may have an impact on a St. Louis-native who could be the next church official to go on trial — Kansas City St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Italienische Zeitung prangert angebliche "Vatileaks"-Komplizen an

ROM
Financial Times Deutschland

Seit Monaten spekuliert Rom über die Frage, ob der Maulwurf im Vatikan Helfer hatte. Eine italienische Zeitung nennt in der Enthüllungsaffäre "Vatikleaks" Namen - der Vatikan dementiert empört.

In der Enthüllungsaffäre "Vatileaks" könnte der verdächtigte Kammerdiener des Papstes einem Bericht der Zeitung "La Repubblica" zufolge drei Komplizen gehabt haben. Sie arbeiteten alle im Umfeld von Papst Benedikt XVI., schreibt das Blatt am Montag, ohne Quellen zu nennen. Von den vatikanischen Ermittlern verdächtigt würden Benedikts Haushälterin und Beraterin Ingrid Stampa, der deutsche Kurienbischof Josef Clemens sowie der für Papst-Reden verantwortliche italienische Kardinal Paolo Sardi. Sie hätten auch vertrauten Umgang mit dem Kammerdiener Paolo Gabriele gehabt. Der Vatikan ist empört und dementierte den Bericht als falsch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Kloster Mehrerau: Prozess vertagt

DEUTSCHLAND
Rhein Zeitung

FELDKIRCH - Das Zivilverfahren eines heute 45-jährigen mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsopfers gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser-Kloster Mehrerau am Landesgericht Feldkirch ist am Dienstag zum zweiten Mal vertagt worden.

Der Mehrerauer Alt-Abt Kassian Lauterer, der als Zeuge aussagen sollte, konnte wegen einer kurzfristigen Erkrankung nicht vor Gericht erscheinen. Der Prozess soll nun im Oktober fortgesetzt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Hoher US-Geistlicher in Missbrauchsprozess verurteilt

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
religion@ORF

Der ehemalige Personalverantwortliche der Erzdiözese Philadelphia ist wegen Vertuschung von sexuellem Missbrauch zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. William Lynn habe den Schutz seiner Kirche über den der Opfer gestellt, erklärte Richterin Maria Teresa Sarmina laut US-Medienberichten bei der Urteilsverkündung am Dienstag.

Der 61-jährige Lynn muss zwischen drei und sechs Jahren in Haft. Er ist der erste hochrangige Kleriker, der sich vor einem US-Gericht wegen des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche verantworten musste. Opfervertreter begrüßten den Berichten zufolge den Schuldspruch. Die Erzdiözese sprach von einem „harten“ Urteil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM

Ranghoher US-Geistlicher wegen Vertuschung von Missbrauch verurteilt

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Welt

Wegen der Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen ist ein ranghoher katholischer Geistlicher in den USA zu einer Haftstrafe von drei bis sechs Jahren verurteilt worden. Ein Gericht in Philadelphia im Bundesstaat Pennsylvania verkündete am Dienstag das Strafmaß gegen Monsignore William Lynn. Der 61-jährige Geistliche war im Juni wegen Gefährdung von Kindern schuldig gesprochen worden. Lynn wurde vorgeworfen, pädophile Priester im Erzbistum Philadelphia gedeckt und auf neue Stellen versetzt zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Hoher US-Geistlicher in Missbrauchsprozess zu Haft verurteilt

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
kathweb

Gericht verhängt mehrjährige Haftstrafe gegen früheren Personalchef der Erzdiözese Philadelphia

25.07.2012

Washington, 25.07.2012 (KAP) Ein früherer Personalverantwortlicher der Erzdiözese Philadelphia ist wegen Vertuschung von sexuellem Missbrauch zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. William Lynn habe den Schutz seiner Kirche über den der Opfer gestellt, erklärte Richterin Maria Teresa Sarmina laut US-Medienberichten bei der Urteilsverkündung am Dienstag (Ortszeit). Der 61-jährige Lynn muss demnach zwischen drei und sechs Jahren in Haft. Er ist der erste hochrangige Kleriker, der sich vor einem US-Gericht wegen des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche verantworten musste. Opfervertreter begrüßten den Berichten zufolge den Schuldspruch. Die Erzdiözese sprach von einem "harten" Urteil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Ein Jahr zuvor...

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Ein Jahr zuvor: Der Vertrag zur Durchführung eines Forschungsprojekts über den sexuellen Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz

185. Sitzung des Ständigen Rates der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz am 20./21. Juni 2011 in Würzburg-Himmelspforten

Sexueller Missbrauch im kirchlichen Bereich – Aktuelle Fragen

1. Arbeitshilfe

Seit Bekanntwerden der Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch Priester und kirchliche Angestellte im vergangenen Jahr hat die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz eine Vielzahl von Maßnahmen ergriffen. Diese Maßnahmen sind bisher durch Pressemitteilungen und das Internet publiziert worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Bischof Ackermann scheint seine Hirten nicht mehr unter Kontrolle zu haben

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Laut Professor Dr. Christian Pfeiffer ist das "Forschungsprojekt über den sexuellen Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz" zu „einem gewissen Stillstand gekommen“.

Am 14. Juli 2012 erschien auf dem Internetportal „kath.net“ ein Interview mit Pfarrer Uwe Winkel, Netzwerk katholischer Priester, „über das Ende eines geplanten Forschungsprojekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, bei dem ein Institut Zugriff auf alle Personalakten der 27 Diözesen gehabt hätte“. (Man beachte den Plusquamperfekt Konjunktiv II!)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Monsignor William Lynn Prison Sentence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

7/25/2012

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) believes Monsignor William Lynn should have received the maximum seven year sentence given the parameters of the law but the three to six year sentence is significant for his conviction on the endangerment of children in this watershed case regarding the sexual abuse of children.

The sentence should send a clear and direct message to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church: they have failed their people, and given Monsignor Lynn’s defense they created and sustain a culture that fails their people.

If the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Monsignor Lynn’s parish believe the sentence to be unfair, they should urge Cardinal Rigali to step forward and take Monsignor Lynn’s place in jail. For indeed, it becomes increasingly clear with each court case that the cover-up and direction came from the top.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Long Beach priest charged with sex assault on two women, girl

LONG BEACH (CA)
The Orange County Register

By KELLY PUENTE / PRESS-TELEGRAM

LONG BEACH — A catholic priest from a Long Beach church was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced Tuesday.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 5390 Linden Ave., is facing nine counts of sexual assault following accusations from three alleged victims, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Police believe there may be more possible victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Eaton said that in April two women accused Cuevas of sexual battery. Both women initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and then filed a police report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

UNEDITED: July 24, 2012 news release from The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

WEST VIRGINIA
WTOV

A STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON

Two witnesses whose testimony in a recent trial in Philadelphia led to speculation that Bishop Bransfield may have abused minors in the late 1970s have clarified that they have no such knowledge or information.

In addition, two Philadelphia men have come forward to strongly refute the speculation, and it has been confirmed that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia declared such an allegation unfounded after conducting an investigation when the allegation was first reported in 2007. The details of each of these developments are provided below.

1. At the recent Philadelphia trial of two clerics, a man who was the victim of sexual abuse by another priest, then-Father Stanley Gana, was permitted to testify that on one occasion when then-Father Michael Bransfield visited Gana’s farm outside Philadelphia, Gana told him that Bransfield had been sexually abusing the boy in the front seat of his car. The boy in the front seat of Bransfield’s car on that occasion at Gana’s farm has now been identified as Ronald Rock, a Philadelphia business executive who was a Lansdale Catholic High School student at the time. Rock has confirmed that he was the boy in the front seat of the car and that Bransfield never engaged in any improper conduct of any kind. Rock has explained that his family owned a cabin near Gana’s farm, that he invited then-Fr. Bransfield, a teacher at Lansdale Catholic, to accompany him and a group of his friends to the cabin on one weekend, and that they had visited Gana’s farm that weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

KC diocese dismissed from priest abuse lawsuit

KANSAS CITY (MO)
San Francisco Chronicle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been removed from a civil lawsuit over alleged child sexual abuse by a priest.

Jackson County Judge Ann Mesle dismissed one count of failure to supervise children and two counts of fraudulent misrepresentation in a lawsuit against the Rev. Michael Tierney. The judge dismissed three similar counts against Tierney but he still faces civil counts of child sexual abuse and battery.

The suit alleges that Tierney abused a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s. Tierney has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Could Crown and defence face charges?

CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

By Susan Clairmont

A veteran Crown attorney and a high profile defence lawyer could face criminal charges for cutting a deal that let a priest escape the country rather than face sex abuse charges.

However Dean Paquette, the priest’s council, says there is no basis for such charges against him or the Crown.

The Ministry of the Attorney General will not say if its probe into the controversial handling of the case involving Reverend Jose Silva involves a criminal investigation. But buzz around the John Sopinka Courthouse where the deal was brokered is that technically, criminal charges could be laid against Paquette and assistant Crown attorney Carey Lee.

The reasoning goes like this: failing to appear in court is a criminal offence. Silva failed to appear in court because Lee and Paquette worked together to arrange for him to return to Brazil, where he is from, even though he was facing charges related to the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man who says he was groped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Archdiocese Issues Absurd and Enraging Response to Lynn Sentence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

The Archdiocesan official response to Msgr. Lynn’s sentencing shocked me in its blatant and utter disregard for justice, truth, victims and Church healing. I’m not shocked this is their take on it. I’m floored that they put it out there for the press. I thought the arrogance would have been left at the court room doors after the evidence and testimony were presented. No. The last sentences of the press release prove that arrogance is alive and well at 222.

I beg people to read this statement and compare/contrast to the Penn State response. Two institutions are faced with the same horrible issue. One handled it with compassion – the other with continued callousness.

At the very least, I would have thought Archbishop Chaput would clean house. What about all those names copied on the memos? All the others who knew but can’t be prosecuted? They are still in positions of authority. There is no real contrition or sanction unless the civil courts demand it.

The last sentence proves to me beyond the shadow of any doubt that the Catholic Church is under attack from within. The leadership is destroying the living body of Christ. They can’t even repent properly in words – let alone in action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Archdiocese Issues Absurd and Enraging Response to Lynn Sentence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

The Archdiocesan official response to Msgr. Lynn’s sentencing shocked me in its blatant and utter disregard for justice, truth, victims and Church healing. I’m not shocked this is their take on it. I’m floored that they put it out there for the press. I thought the arrogance would have been left at the court room doors after the evidence and testimony were presented. No. The last sentences of the press release prove that arrogance is alive and well at 222.

I beg people to read this statement and compare/contrast to the Penn State response. Two institutions are faced with the same horrible issue. One handled it with compassion – the other with continued callousness.

At the very least, I would have thought Archbishop Chaput would clean house. What about all those names copied on the memos? All the others who knew but can’t be prosecuted? They are still in positions of authority. There is no real contrition or sanction unless the civil courts demand it.

The last sentence proves to me beyond the shadow of any doubt that the Catholic Church is under attack from within. The leadership is destroying the living body of Christ. They can’t even repent properly in words – let alone in action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Vatileaks: Pope's butler asks to be pardoned

VATICAN CITY
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The Pope's butler has written a letter to Benedict XVI asking to be pardoned for stealing and leaking confidential papers, in a move which may enable him to avoid a trial that could prove embarrassing to the Vatican.

By Nick Squires, Rome
12:28PM BST 24 Jul 2012

Paolo Gabriele, 46, who was formerly a trusted member of the pontiff's inner circle, sent the confidential letter to express his regret over the theft.

The letter was sent to the Pope via a commission of three cardinals who are investigating the leaks and hunting for other moles within the Holy See.

The letter expresses Mr Gabriele's "sorrow and contrition" over the stealing of the confidential documents from Benedict's private apartments, said Carlo Fusco, the butler's lawyer.

In the letter, the valet reportedly insists that no one else was involved in the theft, denying widespread rumours in Rome that he was an unwitting scapegoat for a much wider plot amid jockeying for power at the highest levels of the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Largo puppeteer arrested for child porn tries to hire private attorney

FLORIDA
WTSP

[with video]

Written by
Isabel Mascarenas

TAMPA, Florida -- A Largo man who works as a puppeteer and is now charged with child pornography and conspiring to kidnap a child appeared in federal court Tuesday.

Investigators say 57-year-old Ronald Brown fantasized about eating children. He had a bond hearing today, but it has been delayed while Brown tries to hire private attorney Eric Kuske to defend him.

Investigators say Brown had a graphic online chat about kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering, and eating children. He walked into a federal court in shackles, wearing prison blues and looking calm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Ronald Brown, Puppeteer, Planned To Rape, Kill, Eat Children: Florida Police

FLORIDA
Huffington Post

By Andy Campbell

A Florida puppeteer who entertains children at birthday parties, schools and churches, secretly wanted to rape, kill and eat them, cops said.

Ronald Brown, 57, of Largo, was arrested last week after federal agents found that he'd allegedly been chatting online with child pornography suspects about "extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating children," according to a federal complaint obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

The details are gruesome.

Brown -- whose Puppets Plus website promises "grins and giggles" for kids -- was reportedly caught in online chat rooms with people the feds were investigating as part of a child pornography ring in Massachusetts. He allegedly fantasized about strangling, dismembering and eating his victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Philadelphia archdiocese promises vigilance as priest is sentenced

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Agency

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 24, 2012 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered prayer and a pledge to protect children July 24, as Monsignor William Lynn received a three to six year prison sentence for his handling of an abusive priest.

“From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said in its response to the sentence handed down by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Tuesday.

In a statement released after the sentencing, the archdiocese reaffirmed its commitment “to protecting children and caring for victims,” while also offering its prayers “for Msgr. Lynn and his family at this difficult time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

W. Virginia bishops says testimony debunks abuse allegation

WEST VIRGINIA
Catholic News Agency

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 25, 2012 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston says accusations of abuse against him have been disproved, with the alleged victim and another witness coming forward to attest to his innocence.

“I am pleased to be able to say that this allegation has been put to rest,” Bishop Bransfield wrote in a July 23 letter, addressing the “false hearsay statements” made against him during the recent trial of Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan.

“Ron Rock, the high school student whom I had allegedly victimized – now a prominent Philadelphia businessman – has now publicly confirmed that this allegation is completely false,” Bishop Bransfield wrote.

“Timothy Love was also with us on that occasion, and he has also confirmed the completely innocent and proper nature of my friendship with them.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Peoria minister indicted on sex abuse charges

PEORIA (IL)
Journal Star

PEORIA —

A minister at a Peoria church who was placed on probation in 2010 for aggravated criminal sexual abuse was indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury on similar charges.

Marcus D. Randle-Howard, 28, of 213 N. Webster St. was indicted on charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for acts he allegedly committed to a 14-year-old girl in June.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Pattelli said the alleged assault occurred at the victim's uncle's house. She was visiting Peoria when Randle-Howard came into contact with her at the church, which wasn't immediately known Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND: Turning the Corner of Renewal

IRELAND
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

Speaking Notes of
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin

Glenties, 24th July 2012 Embargo 2:30pm

Some months ago a commentator on radio – in all good faith - said that he could not understand the Archbishop of Dublin. I seemed, he said, to be constantly speaking from both sides of my mouth and he felt he did not really know where I stood. On the one hand I had said that the Catholic Church in Ireland was at a crisis point and on the other hand I was saying that it had begun to “turn the corner” of renewal.

I do not see these as opposing comments. I believe that both reflect different aspects of the life of the Catholic Church in Ireland today. The problem is that those who see the Church in Ireland as being in crisis fail to see - or perhaps in some cases do not want to see - the Church already turning the corner to a renewed phase in its history. And those who feel we have turned the corner often feel that the Church has already definitively moved forward - perhaps much more than I would hold - and that it is time now to look forward with confidence and definitively archive the past.

Some years ago I spoke here in Glenties about the situation of the Church in Ireland. I can honestly say that I have found my task today in trying to analyse the situation of the Church in Ireland without a doubt much more difficult than it was then. There is no way I which I can make definitive statements. There is no way in which humanly I can unquestionably say that my vision for the Church in Ireland, at least in the short term, is optimistic or pessimistic. It is only the faith I have that Jesus will be with his Church always which gives me encouragement and light. On the human level there are perhaps more unknowns and challenges and dysfunctionalities than there were a few years ago.

I am by no means a born pessimist. I see the many and remarkable positive changes that have taken place in the Church in Ireland since Vatican II and indeed in recent years and in recent months. There are however many contradictions and levels of ambivalence in the way believers and non-believers look at and evaluate the Church and its role in Ireland today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Dublin archbishop calls for more investigations into child sex abuse

IRELAND
Jamaica Observer

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LONDON, England (AP) — The archbishop of Dublin says the Catholic Church of Ireland needs to reflect further on the roots of sexual abuse of children by priests and is calling for public investigations into the scandal.

Diarmuid Martin says he believes the public interest could be served by public, research-based investigations into abuse and that the "answers to some questions are not to be found just in the archives of the Church."

Martin is widely considered to be Ireland's most reform-minded Catholic leader and the Irish church's leading voice calling for greater openness on past abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Keeping children safe in the Church

UNITED KINGDOM
News.va - Vatican Radio

[with audio]

2012-07-24 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Helping survivors of sexual abuse. Ensuring that children are safe in the Church. And supporting religious congregations in their safeguarding endeavours. Those are three key concerns outlined in a new report from Britain’s National Catholic Safeguarding Commission which was published in London on Tuesday. While the fourth annual report highlights many positive developments in this vital ministry, it also says there’s still more that needs to be done to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission Annual Report

UNITED KINGDOM
The Catholic Church of England and Wales

[with download of the full report]

The fourth Annual Report outlining the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has been launched today.

This report reflects the work of the Commission and the CSAS. It highlights the many positive developments in the safeguarding ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales whilst acknowledging that there is still work to be done and the need to remain vigilant in the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

NCSC Developments 2011 – 2012

In 2011 the NCSC identified that its main areas of work for 2011/2012 would be to:
•Develop a more sensitive and pastoral response to victims and survivors of abuse
•Ensure that safeguarding standards are maintained throughout the Church
•Seek solutions to support the religious in their safeguarding endeavours

The report describes the progress in these areas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Church commission finds 49 abuse allegations in England, Wales in 2011

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Culture

CWN - July 25, 2012

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, a lay body formed in 2008 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales and the Conference of Religious, released its annual report on July 24 and found that there were 49 allegations of abuse against a minor in 2011.

“Of the 49 alleged abusers, 28 are clergy or religious, 9 volunteers, 5 employees, and 7 parishioners,” the report stated. “26 victims allege that the abuse occurred in the 1980’s or before, with 1 in the 1940’s and 4 in the 1950’s. 25 victims allege that the abuse occurred in 2011.”

“37 victims alleged sexual abuse, 13 physical abuse, 8 emotional abuse,” the report continued. “This represents a significant reduction in the proportion of sexual abuse allegations compared with an equally significant increase in the proportion of physical abuse allegations.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Minister, day care worker charged with sex abuse also worked at middle school in Lake Co.

FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

WFTV has learned that a man accused of sexually abusing children and disabled adults not only worked as a youth pastor and day care worker, but he also worked at a local middle school.

Kenneth Hagins is accused of abusing children and disabled adults while he worked at a Lake County day care and church, authorities said. But Channel 9’s Berndt Petersen found that Hagins also worked at Mount Dora Middle School for eight years before he was fired.

District officials said Hagins worked at the school from May 1999 to Nov. 26, 2007. He had been a teacher’s assistant, custodian and a secretary during his time at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Church officials outline policies

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Tribune-Review

By Rachel Weaver

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sex-abuse scandals in the past decade have given religious leaders a greater understanding of how to handle allegations, say Roman Catholic Church officials in Western Pennsylvania.

“There is no ‘cure’ for this,” said the Rev. Ron Lengwin, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. “This is not something where you can simply send them away to a treatment center and put them in another parish assignment.”

Individual dioceses set policies for handling abuse allegations, to use in conjunction with national standards of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Pittsburgh diocese put most of its practices in place in the late 1980s, Lengwin said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Insurance company sues Helena Diocese

HELENA (MT)
Independent Record

By EVE BYRON Independent Record | Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An insurance company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana, saying that the church is trying to make it cover some of the costs associated with defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse in the 1930s through the 1970s.

In court documents, the Arrowood Indemnity Company said the diocese has sought a defense from a number of insurance companies in connection with two lawsuits filed in Lewis and Clark District Court. The insurance companies that sold general liability policies to the diocese have agreed to defend the church in those lawsuits.

The diocese also demanded a defense from Arrowood, saying that the company or one of its predecessors sold general liability insurance from 1940 through 1960 that provides coverage to the diocese for the abuse lawsuits, according to the documents.

However, the insurance company says that after an extensive search of its existing historical records, it can’t find any evidence that it provided coverage to the diocese. The company adds an independent investigation by the church also couldn’t uncover any evidence that they sold the diocese insurance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Monsignor Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic child-sex-abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
New York Daily News

By Charlie Wells / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The first U.S. Roman Catholic official convicted of covering up child sexual abuse inside the Church was sentenced Tuesday to 3-to-6 years in prison.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina handed down Monsignor William J. Lynn’s sentence, just shy of the maximum seven-year penalty prosecutors had sought.

Sarmina told Lynn that he had permitted "monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.” ...

"I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese," Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a website tracking cases of abuse, said to NBCPhiladelphia.com. "In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop."

According to McKiernan’s group, over 500 priests have been convicted of abuse.

As for Lynn, prosecutors were not at a loss for harsh words.

“His active, even eager execution of archdiocese policies - carried out in the face of victims' vivid suffering, and employing constant deceit - required a more amoral character, a striving to please his bosses no matter how sinister the business," they wrote in a sentencing memo obtained by CBS News and filed Friday. "At any time during those 12 years, he could have had a moment of conscience."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

William Lynn gets 3 to 6 years in Philly church sexual abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

[with audio]

By Elizabeth Fiedler

The first U.S. church official convicted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations against other priests has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The sentence was handed down today in Philadelphia to Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at Philadelphia Archdiocese. ...

District Attorney Seth Williams said the sentence validates years of work.

"This is a very different type of case. One that many people say is unprecedented in American jurisprudence and I am very proud of the men and women of the grand juries and the men and women of the district attorney's office for bringing this case on behalf of all victims," he said.

Williams says while Lynn did not abuse children, he didn't do enough to protect them.

"As the father of three daughters, to know that someone reported potentially that my daughter was raped, didn't call law enforcement, didn't even try to let me know that I have a ticking time bomb in the room next to me that needs counseling -- is insufficient," Williams said. "And that is why he's here. That is why he's held responsible for his behavior."

"I think this is a guide for the world," says Marci Hamilton, the co-counsel in several civil cases brought by plaintiffs who allege abuse and cover-up by Philadelphia church officials.

"I do think that Seth Williams has set the standard so that prosecutors now know that they can get justice for victims of child sexual abuse," Hamilton says. "And prosecutors were afraid these kinds of prosecutions even 10 years ago. They were elected officials and they were afraid of being targeted as being anti-Catholic."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

EDITORIAL: Judge imposes 'fair-minded' sentence for Lynn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

After three months of silence regarding the child endangerment trial of the Rev. Monsignor William Lynn, who was accused of protecting pedophile priests, officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spoke out late Tuesday afternoon.

They issued a press release expressing profound regret for any pain the trial may have caused the 12 victims of clerical sexual abuse who courageously testified.

They also insisted that things have changed in the Roman Catholic Church since the days those victims were abused.

That being said, archdiocesan officials wanted to make another major point.

They think it’s time to be “fair-minded” in the case of the monsignor who was responsible for the disposition of suspected abusers when he served as secretary of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. ...

“Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Monsignor Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted. We pray for Monsignor Lynn and his family at this difficult time,” said the press release issued by officials in the archdiocese headed by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

We don’t even know where to begin in responding to such a tasteless and, quite frankly, incredible statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Catholic Priest of Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn gets to 6 years for child sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Turk (Turkey)

A Roman Catholic Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced yesterday to serve up to 6 years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to continue to work in an assignment involving contact with children.

US catholic priest William J. Lynn, a former cardinal’s aide, was found guilty of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States convicted of covering up child sexual abuses by priests under his supervision in Philadelphia.

The catholic priest Monsignor William Lynn’s sentence is another milestone in a sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Church in the US and elsewhere for the past ten years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Catholic church official sentenced in abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Journal (Ireland)

THE FIRST ROMAN Catholic church official in America to be convicted of covering up claims of sexual abuse by priests under his supervision was sentenced to up to six years in prison yesterday.

Monsignor William J Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment after a three month trial that reveled decades of glossing over accusations of sexual abuse to avoid scandal, the New York Times reports. ...

Defence lawyer Thomas Bergstrom said Lynn was being punished for “things he did and did properly” and confirmed the Monsignor will appeal and is seeking bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Monsignor Lynn gets 3-6 years in prison for 'enabling monsters'

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Of The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he “enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children.”

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “helped many but also failed many” in his 36-year church career, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Lynn, who handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery. Avery is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence for sexually assaulting an altar boy in church in 1999. ...

The archdiocese called the sentence severe and hoped it would be “adjusted” on appeal.

“Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three- to six-year sentence imposed on Monsignor Lynn today,” the statement said. ...

“Protecting children has to be first and foremost,” said Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “We’re extremely grateful that the judge and the prosecutors did not give Monsignor Lynn special treatment because of his priestly status.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Advocate: Lynn sentence 'sends signal' for abuse cases

UNITED STATES
Daily Times

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By PATTI MENGERS
pmengers@delcotimes.com

Ten years ago, John Salveson called the resignation of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law in the shadow of hundreds of claims of clerical sexual abuse under his watch, a start in seeking justice for the victims of pedophile priests.

“I think it’s long overdue. I think it’s a good start. What I mean by this, the root of this problem to me is the bishops and cardinals who keep sheltering abusive priests,” the Radnor resident said in December 2002.

But more members of the hierarchy must be held accountable if the Catholic Church is going to fully address the scandal, insisted the former director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP.

Tuesday, Salveson, who in 2006 founded the Foundation to Abolish Childhood Sex Abuse to lobby for expansion of Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations on sexual assault, finally saw part of his prediction realized after learning that a Philadelphia church official was sent to prison for protecting a pedophile priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Lynn gets prison sentence of three to six years

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writers

Msgr. William J. Lynn was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison by a judge who said he turned a blind eye while "monsters in clerical garb" sexually abused children, devastating families and shaking the Catholic Church across Philadelphia and beyond.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said she believed Lynn was once the kind and selfless parish priest that his supporters so passionately described. But as the aide whom Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua tapped to investigate clergy sex abuse, Lynn chose to protect the church over victims, she said.

"You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong," she told him.

The sentence, the first for a Catholic leader for enabling clergy sex abuse, fell just short of the maximum seven-year term Philadelphia prosecutors had sought. It was hailed by victims and advocates who had complained that church officials long eluded justice for accommodating or concealing priests' attacks on children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Monica Yant Kinney: Priest-abuse victim: "Lynn didn't give a damn"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist

What's the appropriate response when your tormentor gets his comeuppance?

Should you clap? Sigh? Sob? Smile in recognition of a rare moment of karmic payback?

Msgr. William J. Lynn didn't rape anyone, but he still received a three- to six-year sentence in prison for endangering the welfare of children. He's guilty of inaction more than action. He sullied the priesthood not as a predator, but as the worst kind of company man - a pathologically passive-aggressive coward afraid to question his boss.

Vicky Cubberley, 62, a survivor of clergy sex abuse, never expected this day, so she didn't know quite what to do when victims finally notched a victory. She reveled for a minute, then got back to the business of trying to survive a life of man-made agony.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Monsignor Lynn sentenced to jail for role in church sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

By Mensah M. Dean
Daily News Staff Writer

In a soft and clear voice, disgraced Catholic Monsignor William Lynn stood Tuesday before a packed courtroom and apologized for the years of sexual abuse a young man suffered at the hands of defrocked priest Edward Avery, whom Lynn transferred to the boy's parish despite knowing that he had abused another boy.

"I did my best," said Lynn, 61, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

"The fact is, my best was not good enough to stop" the abuse of the boy, concluded Lynn, a priest for 36 years who never met the boy.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina agreed and concluded the sentencing hearing by lambasting Lynn for failing to support and protect not just Avery's victim, but other children who had been abused by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

July 24, 2012

Long Beach Catholic Priest Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

CALIFORNIA
Long Beach Post

By Sarah Bennett | Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A Long Beach parish priest, Father Luis Jose Cuevas of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was arrested today on sexual assault charges including eight misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and one felony count involving lewd acts with a child.

The victims include two female adults and one 17 year-old female who reported repeated incidents of inappropriate touching over a two-year period, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The 67 year-old Cuevas has worked and lived on the grounds of the St. Athanasius Catholic Church at 5390 Linden Ave. for the last seven years and was arrested by LBPD with the assistance of the United States Marshal's Office at a residence in the City of San Jacinto, police said. Cuevas is being held on $1,000,000 bail while he awaits arraignment in Long Beach on Wednesday.

In April, the Long Beach Police Department received information from the two adult victims, who say they initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese. After an investigation, during which the 17 year-old victim came forward, the LBPD presented the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on July 19. The D.A's Office subsequently filed charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Philadelphia priest guilty of child endangerment to serve up to six years in prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 24, 2012
By Brian Roewe

Msgr. William J. Lynn, seen leaving a Philadelphia courthouse in late May, was convicted of endangering children for his handling of priest abuse claims while secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese. A judge sentenced him July 24 to a maximum of six years in prison. (CNS photo/Scott Anderson, Reuters)

For failing to protect children from a known predator priest, Msgr. William J. Lynn will spend three to six years in prison.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina read the former secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese her sentence July 24 before a standing-room-only courtroom.

"You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong," Sarmina said, according to The Associated Press. ...

Marci Hamilton, law professor and counsel in multiple abuse cases, was present at the sentencing. She said Sarmina's statement, which at one point quoted Archbishop Charles Chaput's Good Friday sermon, carried the theme that being a good priest does not make up for criminal endangerment of children.

"She really contrasted the Lynn that was secretary of the clergy who was, in her words hardhearted and callous, and the Lynn who was the parish priest, who was warm and compassionate, and she said the one doesn't make up for the other," Hamilton said. ...

Survivor support groups also endorsed the sentencing.

"Considering all the kids whose innocence was shattered (or, in some whose lives were lost to suicide), we believe that Msgr. Lynn deserved the harshest punishment. Still, this sentence sends a powerful message: cover-up child sex crimes and you'll go to jail," said a statement from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"The sentence should send a clear and direct message to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church: they have failed their people, and given Monsignor Lynn's defense they created and sustain a culture that fails their people," said the National Survivor Advocates Coalition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Judge Gives Msgr. Lynn Three to Six Years In Slammer

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Msgr. William J. Lynn today that she was sentencing him to three to six years in state prison, because he had turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the suffering of victims of sex abuse.

"You knew full well what was right, Msgr. Lynn, but you chose wrong," she told the defendant, before imposing sentence. Lynn has been in jail since June 22, when he was convicted by a jury of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a third-degree felony.

The judge contrasted Lynn's recent service at St. Joseph's Church in Downingtown, where he was pastor from 2004 until his indictment in 2011, to his 12-year-tenure as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

The judge said she got hundreds of "heartfelt letters of support" on behalf of Lynn, many from parishioners at St. Joseph's, who told her that Pastor Lynn would drop every thing to help someone in need. But the judge said that as secretary for clergy, Msgr. Lynn had displayed insensitivity to victims. He was either promising to do something, and doing nothing, the judge said, or he was doing his best to "callously shield the priests."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM

Archdiocese of Philadelphia laments “heavy” sentence for Monsignor Lynn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
SNAP Wisconsin

Monsignor Lynn was sentenced today to prison for 3 to 6 years following his conviction for child endangerment. Lynn is the first high ranking Catholic Church official to be tried and found guilty in a criminal court of law for giving known pedophile priests access to unsuspecting children.

At sentencing Judge Teresa Sarmina told Lynn “You knew full well what was right Monsignor, but you chose wrong”.

Sarmina added that Lynn deserved the sentence imposed on him because of “your support and facilitation of monsters in clerical garb…who destroyed the souls of children as you turned a hard heart”.

Following the sentencing of their Monsignor the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a statement lamenting Lynn’s sentence stating “Fair minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Msgr. Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed it will be adjusted”.

The archdiocese neglected to mention the sentence that was imposed on the child whom Lynn endangered. That child was sexually assaulted by Fr. Edward Avery who Lynn was in charge of supervising. Lynn knew that Avery was a child molester and assigned him to St. Jerome’s parish anyway without warning parishioners that there was a dangerous predator in their midst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Monsignor Lynn’s jail time helps strip away shield of loyalty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

Six years in prison for Monsignor William Lynn, former clergy secretary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because of his complicity in sexual abuse of minors; $60 million in fines to Penn State and its football program for similar indifference towards a coach. These despicable events are linked by a defect in American society. There is little public conscience to protect those speaking truth to power.

Particularly sad is how these recent events distort what should be an uplifting faith in an institution. Does not Penn State make of its football a weekly religion, replete with dedicated blue-and-white, competing ritually in an arena for honor? Does not Catholic America consider the bishop’s office the watchtower of a living faith? We all regret the sins and sympathize with the victims, but unless we recognize the climate that has fostered wrongdoing and change, these events will be repeated.

The failure to be feared the most lies with the university favoring football wins over integrity and with the clericalism that prefers loyalty over virtue. In short, there is a moral void in American society that does not reward whistle blowing against the interests of an institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

Former secretary for clergy sentenced to three to six years in prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic News Service

By Matthew Gambino
Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Common Pleas Court Judge Teresa Sarmina closed the latest chapter in the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Philadelphia by sentencing Msgr. William Lynn to three to six years in state prison.

During the sentencing hearing July 24, after more than two hours of arguments and letters presented from victims and Msgr. Lynn's defense, Sarmina handed down a sentence just shy of the maximum seven years.

The former secretary for clergy, who recommended priest assignments to the archbishop of Philadelphia and investigated claims of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, was found guilty of one felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child June 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Monseigneur Lynn to serve six years for abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Online

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Judge Teresa Sermina told Monsignor William Lynn that he was being sentenced to prison because he protected "monsters in clerical garb who molested children."

Lynn will serve at least three of those years in prison, and possibly longer. A sentence for another, single count of child endangerment is pending and could add a seventh year to his time.

Monsignor Lynn oversaw 800 priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and was responsible for investigating claims of abuse. However, instead of involving higher Church and civil authorities, Lynn often covered up allegations of abuse often by transferring priests to different parishes where they continued to prey on children.

In one case, he transferred a known pedophile priest to another parish that was attached to a grade school. That priest went on to abuse a 10-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

US church official gets prison in landmark abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AFP

[Trial Narrative and Resources - BishopAccountability.org]

NEW YORK — The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to between three and six years in prison on Tuesday.

Lynn, whose job it was to investigate reports of abuse in the archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Defense lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of between three-and-a-half and seven years.

"It was three to six years," an official at the court in Philadelphia told AFP by telephone, confirming the tough sentence. ...

Shockwaves from the trial are expected to keep reverberating.

"The Lynn trial is of lasting significance because of its guilty verdict, and because the record of the trial contains a dramatic analysis for a single archdiocese of the two crimes that constitute the ongoing sex abuse crisis: a) the sexual abuse of children by priests and b) the enabling and cover-up of the abuse," wrote bishop-accountability.org, which tracks reported abuses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Long Beach Priest Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

CALIFORNIA
Gazettes

A Long Beach priest was arrested Monday and charged with nine counts of sexual assault on three women, including one felony count of lewd acts with a child.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church was arrested by Long Beach police with assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office at a residence in the city of San Jacinto. He was being held in Long Beach City jail on $1 million bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 25.

According to the report from Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the media detail for the Long Beach Police Department, Cuevas, 67, has served at St. Athanasius for the last seven years, living on the grounds at 5390 Linden Ave. In April this year, two women reported to the Long Beach police that they had been victims of sexual battery.

Both women said they initially filed reports with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before talking with Long Beach police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

My Take: Why is NCAA taking sex abuse more seriously than Catholic Church?

UNITED STATES
CNN

Editor's note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN) – As a resident of the most Catholic state in the nation (Massachusetts), I have watched for more than a decade as the Roman Catholic Church responded to charges of priestly pedophilia with a troubling combination of procrastination and obfuscation.

Far too often, Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals have identified not with abused children but with their “band of brothers,” their fellow priests.

In the case of the sex crimes committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, officials at Penn State also looked the other way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Police arrest Long Beach priest for sexual assault on 2 girls, 1 woman

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Kelly Puente, Staff Writer
presstelegram.com

July 24, 2012

LONG BEACH — A priest at a Catholic church in Long Beach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced today.

Father Luis Jose Cuevas, a parish priest at St. Athanasius Catholic Church at 5390 Linden Ave., is facing nine counts of sexual assault following accusations from three alleged victims, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Police believe there may be more possible victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Eaton said two women came forward in April and accused Cuevas of sexual battery. Both women initially reported the incidents to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and then filed a police report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Historical sex abuse charges back in court for former Pro-Cathedral priest

CANADA
The North Bay Nugget

By MARIA CALABRESE The Nugget

Charges were back in court on Tuesday for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a seven-year-old boy in North Bay dating back to 1958.

John Edward Sullivan, 87, now living in Montreal, is out on bail. His next court date is Aug. 14.

Sullivan was an ordained priest at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption when the sexual offences are alleged at various times from 1958 to 1979.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

Catholic monsignor 'monster' jailed for cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NEWS.com.au (Australia)

A US Catholic Monsignor who "enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children" has been jailed for up to six years.

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. He was accused of transferring problem priests in one of the country's largest parishes and keeping complaints out of the public eye.

"You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong," Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Advocates for abuse victims, however, contend that dioceses have kept some accused clergy on assignment. They pointed to the Lynn case as an example.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AFTER SENTENCING OF MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there is legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse. The trial of the past several months has been especially difficult for victims, and we profoundly regret their pain.

The public humiliation of the Church has emphasized the vital lesson that we must be constantly vigilant in our charge to protect the children in our parishes and schools. Since the events some ten years ago that were at the center of this trial, the Archdiocese has changed. We have taken dramatic steps to ensure that all young people in our care are safe, and these efforts will continue even more forcefully now and in the years ahead.

We remain committed to protecting children and caring for victims. Fair-minded people will question the severity of the heavy, three to six year sentence imposed on Msgr. Lynn today. We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted.

We pray for Msgr. Lynn and his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Archdiocese: Monsignor Lynn’s Sentence ‘Heavy’

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has released a statement just hours after Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison, calling his sentence “heavy.”

The statement reads:

“From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there is legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse. The trial of the past several months has been especially difficult for victims, and we profoundly regret their pain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

WV - Bransfield claims proof of false allegations, SNAP responds

WEST VIRGINIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 24, 2012

It’s deceitful and insulting for Bishop Bransfield to claim he has “tangible proof” that the allegations against him are false. Bransfield has no sworn affidavits, notarized statements or even signed letters. He has two Catholic men who haven't faced real scrutiny or questioning and who say he never molested them.

So?

No child molester molests every child he or she encounters. So if Bransfield finds two or two hundred Catholics who say he never molested them, that means virtually nothing.

And very few child molesters molest in front of witnesses. So if Bransfield finds two or two hundred Catholics who say they never saw him molest anyone, that means virtually nothing.

If you come to Missouri, we can show you hundreds of banks that Jesse James never robbed. That doesn't mean he wasn't a bank robber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Catholic diocese dismissed from Jackson County priest abuse suit

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge has removed the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from a civil lawsuit that alleges child sexual abuse by a priest.

In a ruling issued Friday, Circuit Judge Ann Mesle freed the diocese from a suit against the Rev. Michael Tierney by dismissing one count of failure to supervise children and two counts of fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Mesle wrote in her three-page order that she “struggled” with her decision to release the diocese from liability in the case, but said she was bound by other recent court rulings.

Lawyers and spokespersons for parties in the case either did not return calls or declined comment because of a gag order. In the past, Tierney has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Priest gets prison for sex crimes cover up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WorldTVNews

PHILADELPHIA – A group representing victims of child sexual abuse says the prison sentence given a Philadelphia priest who covered up crimes against children sends a powerful message to organizations across the country. Monsignor William Lynn did not sexually abuse children himself. He is the first Roman Catholic Church official convicted of covering up the actions of priests under his supervision.

Joelle Casteix, the western regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said Lynn deserved the maximum sentence of seven years. But she said the judge’s sentence of three-to-six years in prison is meaningful.

“This sentence sends a poweful message: cover up sex crimes and you’ll go to jail. Not house arrest. Not community service. Not a fine. You’ll be locked up,” Casteix said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Good and Bad Fruits in the Legion of Christ & Regnum Christi

CANADA
Irish Mexican

GOOD AND BAD FRUITS IN THE LEGION OF CHRIST CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS ORDER [and in the Regnum Christi]

By J. Paul Lennon, MA, STL.

Presentation by Paul Lennon at the International Cultic Studies Association Annual Conference in Montreal - July, 2012

Introduction
The official Catholic Church stance on this issue is the following: “The Legion of Christ Produces Many Good Fruits; therefore it is a Good Religious Order Blessed by God.” The position was originally made clear at the end of the Vatican statement condemning the founder’s behaviors in May, 2006: “Independently of the person of the Founder, the worthy apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and of the Association ‘Regnum Christi’ is gratefully recognized.”

When Pope Benedict XVI was interviewed in 2010 and questioned regarding the clergy sex abuse scandal and specifically about the Legion of Christ founder and the viability of the Legion he explained: “Naturally corrections must be made, but by and large the congregation is sound. In it there are many young men who enthusiastically want to serve the faith. This enthusiasm must not be destroyed. Many of them have been called by a false figure to what is, in the end, right after all. This is the remarkable thing, the paradox, that a false prophet, so to speak, could still have a positive effect.”

The belief held by Pope Benedict XVI, by his Delegate to the Legion of Christ, and by the Leadership of the order can be formulated as followed: The Legion of Christ Produces Many Good Fruits; therefore it must be good despite the corrupt and harmful life of the founder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Opening statements in clergy abuse lawsuit against Springfield bishops

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Published : Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012

Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Opening arguments have begun in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit against two former Springfield bishops.

Greenfield Attorney John Stobierski claims his client, Andrew Nicastro, who is 41 now, was sexually abused by Father Alfred Graves, a former priest in Springfield, when he was between the ages of 11 and 14 years old.

In his opening arguments Tuesday, Stobierski provided pictures of Nicastro as a child to the jury.

Nicastro is suing Catholic Church leaders, former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire, claiming they knew Graves had a history of indecent conduct with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Andrew Nicastro describes alleged sexual abuse ...

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

Andrew Nicastro describes alleged sexual abuse by defrocked priest Andrew Graves, says 2 former bishops should have prevented it

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Jurors heard 42-year-old Andrew Nicastro describe how his parish priest in Williamstown sexually abused him about twice a week for about three years when he was between 11 and 14 years old.

Nicastro – apologizing to Hampden Superior Court Judge Constance M. Sweeney when he had to hesitate to clear his tears – said during the same years as he was assaulting him, the former Rev. Alfred Graves was choosing him for the most sought-after altar boy duties.

“I felt special, chosen,” Nicastro said of his altar boy duties at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.

Graves, then pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Williamstown, even sexually assaulted Nicastro in the church during 1981 or 1982 to 1985, Nicastro said.

Nicastro was testifying in his civil lawsuit against two former bishops he said should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by Graves because they were in supervisory positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese and knew Graves had assaulted two other boys before Nicastro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Philadelphia monsignor sentenced in cover-up of priest sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Los Angeles Times

By Michael Muskal

July 24, 2012

A Roman Catholic monsignor, William J. Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for covering up sexual abuses by a priest he supervised in Philadelphia.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, according to media reports from the courtroom.

“I did not intend any harm,” Lynn said in court Tuesday. “My best was not good enough to stop that harm.”

A former secretary for clergy to the late Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn managed priests and investigated claims of misconduct from 1992 to 2004. With his conviction last month of child endangerment, Lynn became the first Roman Catholic church official to be convicted of a felony for covering up child sex-abuse claims against a priest.

That priest, Edward Avery, was later defrocked and is serving 2½ to 5 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar boy in church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

US monsignor sentenced for child sex abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Press TV (Iran)

A Roman Catholic Monsignor, the highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse claims, has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The Philadelphia court on Tuesday handed down the sentence to William Lynn, who was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment in connection to the US Roman Catholic Church scandal.

Monsignor Lynn, secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty of endangering the victim of Edward Avery, a former priest convicted in 1999 of sexual assault.

Lynn enabled "monsters in clerical garb... to destroy the souls of children," Judge M Teresa Sarmina said.

The trial, the first in the United States involving a senior official in the Catholic Church, also centered on two more Philadelphia priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Philadelphia Church Official Sentenced to at Least 3 Years in Prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By JON HURDLE and ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic official in the United States to be convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” said Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina as she imposed the sentence, which was just short of the maximum of three and a half to seven years. ...

“I think this is going to send a very strong signal to every bishop and everybody who worked for a bishop that if they don’t do the right thing they may go to jail,” said Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. “They can’t just say the bishop made me do it, that’s not going to be an excuse that holds up in court.”

In a three-minute statement before he heard his sentence, Monsignor Lynn, dressed in a black clerical shirt and white collar, said: “I have been a priest for 36 years, and I have done the best I can. I have always tried to help people.”

He said that he respected the verdict of the jury, and he apologized to the abuse victim in the case at the center of his conviction. He turned toward relatives of the victim in the courtroom and said, “I hope some day that you will accept my apology.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Benedict XVI Fires Another Old Liberal Bishop

ITALY
The Eponymous Flower

Yet again there is another Old Liberal Bishop of the rundown Post-Conciliar Church --- named by Benedict XVI -- who has been removed.

(kreuz.net)Today Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the surprising resignation of Archbishop Vincenzo Di Mauro (61).

The reason for the resignation is not known.

Vigevano is a 64,000 population city 35 km southwest of Milan.

Dismissed

Msgr De Mauro was the Secretary of the Vatican Prefecture for Economic Affairs.

His dismissal after only three years in an unimportant Italian diocese was widely interpreted as a demotion.

The Italian news agency 'agi.it' spoke of the dissmissal of the Archbishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

‘Purple Reign’ falls on Catholic Church with book’s release

UPPER FREEHOLD (NJ)
Examiner

BY JANE MEGGITT Correspondent

UPPER FREEHOLD — No one could accuse Bruce Novozinsky of backing away from a controversial subject.

With the publication of his book, “Purple Reign – Sexual Abuse and Abuse of Power in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, 1972- 2011,” the township resident takes on no less an authority than the Catholic Church and its behavior in the priestly pedophilia scandals.

According to a website promoting the book, “Novozinsky’s unvarnished look at the clerical culture reveals pedophilia as but one facet of the larger crisis — sexually active priests breaking their vows of celibacy with each other; the shielding of clergy through transfers, forced resignations, legal technicalities and prosecutorial deals; the Church’s attempted blame shift to homosexuality and society’s sexual degeneracy; and the silence of victims, secured through the politics of power and intimidation.

“The legacy of a succession of local bishops is that they acted first to protect the institution over the victim and employed every means to spare the realm, demonstrating that the crisis played out no differently in the idyllic New Jersey suburbs than it did anywhere else,” according to the website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Lynn sentenced to up to six years in prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Brian Roewe on Jul. 24, 2012 NCR Today

William J. Lynn, the former secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, was sentenced to three to six years in prison this morning, according to The Associated Press.

Lynn was convicted June 22 on one count of child endangerment for allowing former priest Edward Avery to remain in ministry despite knowledge of past abuse.

Lynn's defense lawyers had sought a minimal sentence of probation without jail time while the Philadelphia district attorney's office pushed for a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Lynn and his lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

US monsignor William Lynn sentenced for abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
BBC News

US Roman Catholic Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in jail for covering up a sex abuse complaint against a priest.

Lynn supervised hundreds of priests in his role as secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Last month he became the most senior clergyman convicted in connection to the US Roman Catholic Church scandal.

Judge M Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled "monsters in clerical garb... to destroy the souls of children".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Philly Priest Gets Three to Six Years in Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Fox 2

July 24, 2012, by Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA CNN — The highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial was sentenced to three to six years in prison Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

He was given just under the maximum sentence he faced, which was three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for his conviction on the third-degree felony.

The trial marked the first time U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed abuses but also church leaders for failing to stop them. Lynn is the highest-ranking cleric accused of covering up allegations of molestation and rape against priests by transferring them to unwitting parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Philadelphia monsignor gets 3-6 years for cover-up in Catholic priest sex-abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
MSNBC

By NBC News and wire services

PHILADELPHIA -- Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior U.S. Catholic clergyman convicted in the church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to three to six years in jail for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

The sentence handed down by Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was less than the maximum penalty of seven years in prison for Lynn's conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

Sarmina said the sentence was meant to punish Lynn for protecting "monsters in clerical garb who molested children … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart." ...

"I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese," Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases, told NBCPhiladelphia.com. "In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop."

More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse, according to his organization. But Lynn's three-month trial, he said, shows "just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion."

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City diocese face a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Both Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty, and are set to go on trial next month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Msgr. Lynn sentenced to three to six years in prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Msgr. William J. Lynn was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison Tuesday for child endangerment by a judge who said he turned a blind eye while "monsters in clerical garb" sexually abused children and devastated the church and community.

"You knew full well what was right, Monsignor, but you chose wrong," Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told him.

The punishment capped a two-hour hearing and a three-month landmark trial, the first for a Catholic church official accused of enabling child-sex abuse. It fell just short of the maximum term that Philadelphia prosecutors sought, but was far more severe than the probation or county jail term that Lynn's lawyers had argued.

Lynn told the judge that he was sorry for his "failings" during the 12 years he was in charge of managing priests' assignments and investigating clergy-sex abuse claims for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He repeated his claim that he did his best as clergy secretary,
"But the fact is, my best was not good enough - and for that I'm truly sorry," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

US church official gets prison in landmark abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
AlterNet

The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

William Lynn, who was secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of three and a half to seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Monsignor jailed for child sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

AFP
July 25, 2012

The highest-ranking US church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Philadelphia monsignor William Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.

William Lynn, who was secretary of the archdiocese from 1994 to 2001 and tasked with investigating abuse claims, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.

Lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina imposed close to the maximum sentence of three and a half to seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Philadelphia Priest Convicted of Child Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Prensa Latina

Washington, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Philadelphia''s Attorney''s Office confirmed today that Monsignor William Lynn will be convicted of being responsible for the Church''s greatest sex scandal in the United States or, even, in America.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in prison for covering up child abuse committed by colleagues under his supervision between 1992 and 2004.

District judge Seth Williams wrote in the pre-sentence that the defendant should have been understood that the protection to U.S. child and the prestige of the ecclesiastical church were his jobs' main task.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Pa. monsignor who became 1st US church official branded felon...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Pa. monsignor who became 1st US church official branded felon for sex cover-up gets 3-6 years

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, July 24

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he “enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children.”

Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “helped many but also failed many in his 36-year church career,” Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Lynn, who handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004, was convicted last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an altar boy in church.

The monsignor said Tuesday: “I did not intend any harm to come to (Avery’s victim). My best was not good enough to stop that harm.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Church Official Sentenced to Prison for Sex Abuse Coverup

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABA Journal

Posted Jul 24, 2012
By Debra Cassens Weiss

The first senior Roman Catholic official in the United States convicted for covering up sexual abuse by a priest has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

Msgr. William Lynn of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was convicted last month on one count of child endangerment and acquitted on two other charges. The sentence imposed today was just below the maximum, the New York Times reports. Lynn’s lawyers had sought probation, according to the Associated Press.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn he enabled "monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

U.S. monsignor gets 3-6 years in prison for child sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Reuters

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA | Tue Jul 24, 2012

(Reuters) - Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church scandal, was sentenced on Tuesday to three to six years in prison for covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told Lynn, 61, the former secretary of the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, that he protected "monsters in clerical garb who molested children."

Lynn had faced up to seven years behind bars for his conviction on a single count of child endangerment.

Lynn, who oversaw the work of 800 priests, was convicted of covering up sex-abuse allegations, often by transferring predatory priests to unsuspecting parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

Pa. monsignor gets 3-6 years in sex abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Daily Record

Posted: 12:01 pm Tue, July 24, 2012
By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.”

She added: “You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Abuse cover-up priest jailed in the US

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Roman Catholic monsignor who covered up sex abuse claims against priests in the US has been jailed for three to six years.

Lynn was the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

A jury convicted him last month of child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving up to five years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

PA - Msgr. Lynn sentenced, SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 24, 2012

We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn was not able to escape with the minimum sentence for his years of concealing heinous crimes against children. But cover ups would be better deterred had he gotten the maximum penalty, and justice would have been better served.

Considering all the kids whose innocence was shattered (or, in some whose lives were lost to suicide), we believe that Msgr. Lynn deserved the harshest punishment.

Still, this sentence sends a powerful message: cover-up child sex crimes and you’ll go to jail. Not house arrest. Not community service. Not a fine. You’ll be locked up.

It says, loud and clear, that child sex crimes are taken extremely seriously, and will be punished as such.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Pennsylvania Monsignor Sentenced To 3 To 6 Years In Prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Capital Public Radio

By Eyder Peralta

During sentencing the judge said William Lynn had enabled "monsters in clerical garb" to abuse children.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monsignor William Lynn, who became the first Catholic leader convicted in the church sex abuse scandal, was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The AP reports:

"The former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

"Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled 'monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart.'

"She added: 'You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Catholic monsignor sentenced for sex-abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Duluth News Tribune

By: Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex-abuse claims against priests has been sentenced in Philadelphia to three to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced today. He was the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. A jury convicted him last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Philadelphia Monsignor Gets Up to Six Years in Prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Wall Street Journal

By PETER LOFTUS

PHILADELPHIA—A Roman Catholic monsignor was sentenced Tuesday to as many as six years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to have continued contact with children.

A jury last month found Monsignor William Lynn guilty of child endangerment. The verdict marked the first time a senior U.S. church official was convicted of a criminal charge related to allegations of covering up sexual abuse of minors by other priests. Msgr. Lynn, 61, served as secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included investigating abuse allegations lodged against priests in the diocese.

Monsignor William Lynn, shown in June, was sentenced to six years in prison for allowing a priest suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor to have continued contact with children.

Msgr. Lynn's three- to six-year prison sentence is another milestone in a sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Church in the U.S. and elsewhere for the past decade. Victims' groups heralded his conviction as an opening for law-enforcement officials in other cities to look anew at whether other high-ranking church officials could be held criminally liable for looking the other way when priests under their charge were accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Murder and Sexual Abuse

CANADA
Ken Hills

In response to “priest dumping” case troubling, July 23 editorial When Karla Homolka made a deal with the Crown Attorney, in which she agreed to testify against Paul Bernardo, she literally got away with murder. It was after this agreement, termed the deal with the devil, that the incriminating videos, which clearly showed her involvement in her sister's death, were found in the ceiling structure of that house of horrors. Now we learn that the defense attorney for Rev. Jose Silva, and the Hamilton-based Crown attorney's office, struck yet another clandestine deal that allows Silva to return to his native Brazil where he is now in therapy, his status as a Catholic priest on hold. When I once asked a criminal lawyer, a member of our family, how he could in conscience defend someone whom he knew was guilty, his answer was clear. His job, he told me, was to offer the best defense possible within the law. And if he was successful in having his obviously guilty client walk free, then it was up to legislators to change the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

Two men say Bransfield did nothing inappropriate

WEST VIRGINIA
Herald-Star

July 24, 2012

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH - Special to the Herald-Star , The Intelligencer

WHEELING - Two men who were among a group of teens that accompanied then-Rev. Michael J. Bransfield to a Pennsylvania farm in the late 1970s to visit another priest told a Philadelphia newspaper this week that Bransfield did nothing inappropriate during their time together.

The men, Ronald Rock and Timothy Love, gave statements to the Philadelphia Inquirer that contradict claims made in a Philadelphia courtroom earlier this year.

During what has been called the "landmark" clergy-sex abuse case, a witness testified that a former defrocked priest who was not on trial, Stanley Gana, told him that Bransfield was having a relationship with one of the boys in the group that visited the farm. The witness, Mark Berkery, who told investigators that Gana had abused him for years, claims that Gana called the group Bransfield's "fair-haired boys."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Missbrauchsopfer beendet Hungerstreik

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Scharbeutz (dapd). Nach gut sechs Wochen hat der Vorsitzende des Opferverbandes NetzwerkB, Norbert Denef, seinen Hungerstreik beendet. Die Entscheidung sei nach Rücksprache mit Unterstützern, die sich seiner Aktion angeschlossen hatten, und den Ärzten gefallen, teilte der 63-Jährige am Dienstag im schleswig-holsteinischen Scharbeutz (Kreis Ostholstein) mit. Er hatte sich seit dem 8. Juni nur noch von Tee, Wasser, Gemüsewasser und Limonensaft ernährt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

46 Tage HUNGERSTREIK – Politik läßt Opfer lieber verhungern

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

[video]

netzwerkB Pressemitteilung 24. Juli 2012 (als PDF herunter laden)

46 Tage HUNGERSTREIK – Politik lässt Opfer lieber verhungern als sich für Opferschutz und Kinderschutz einzusetzen

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

New abuse claims against Father F

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MITCHELL NADIN
From:The Australian
July 25, 2012

THE priest known as Father F, the subject of a police investigation into child sex offences dating to the 1970s, is facing fresh allegations of abuse.

Mark Boughton, who was a student at the Catholic primary school in Moree in northern NSW during the late 1970s, last night told the ABC Father F - as he is known for legal reasons - forced him to perform oral sex numerous times when he was an 11-year-old altar boy.

Last week, NSW police established Strike Force Glenroe to investigate the alleged child abuse by Father F of several altar boys in parishes across the state.

Mr Boughton said Father F had abused him after gaining the trust of the boy's parents. "I thought he was trying to do the right thing and draw the community closer to everyone," he told the ABC's 7.30 last night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Victim comes forward over priest's sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

[with video]

An alleged victim has gone to authorities over an apparent cover-up by the Catholic Church over abuse by a paedophile priest known as Father F.

The Church told a Four Corners report it could not act on the allegations as it did not know the identity of any of Father F’s victims.

There has never been a successful prosecution, mainly because victims have not been willing to go to police.

But 7.30 can reveal that an alleged victim has gone to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Women who cheered priest in court freed

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Michael Donnelly
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Two women who cheered in court as a priest was cleared of sex abuse charges have walked free from court themselves after apologising for the outburst.

The women had clapped and cheered when Fr Eugene Boland (66), of Killyclogher Road, Omagh, was cleared of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl 20 years ago in parochial house in Derry.

The women — Sarah Kerrigan from Patrick Street, Londonderry, and Michelle Ruddy, of Larraghirrell, in Culdaff, Co Donegal — had been charged with contempt of court. They appeared visibly relieved when Judge Stephen Fowler said he would take the matter no further.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Philadelphia Church Official to Be Sentenced in Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 24, 2012

Sentencing is expected Tuesday in the landmark conviction of a Roman Catholic official for covering up child sex abuses by priests under his supervision.

The official, Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia, was found guilty on June 22 on one count of endangering a child. The crime carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Monsignor Lynn served as secretary for clergy for the 1.5 million-member archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints. In a trial that lasted more than two months, prosecutors argued that he had shielded predatory priests, often transferring them to unwary new parishes, and lied to the public to avoid bad publicity and lawsuits.

Last week, Monsignor Lynn’s lawyers asked Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to spare him from prison and sentence him to probation and work-release or house arrest. They argued in a written memorandum that a long prison sentence would be “merely cruel and unusual,” and “would serve no purpose at all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Victim comes forward over priest's sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

By Adam Harvey

Posted July 24, 2012

The ABC can reveal an alleged victim has gone to authorities over an apparent cover-up in the Catholic Church over a self-confessed paedophile known as Father F.

The Church told a Four Corners report it could not act on the allegations as it did not know the identity of any of Father F’s victims.

There has never been a successful prosecution, mainly because victims have not been willing to go to police.

But 7.30 can reveal that an alleged victim has gone to authorities.

For 30 years, Mark Boughton has struggled with the memories of what Father F did to him as an 11-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Former altar boy says priest molested him

FLORIDA
WESH

[with video]

ORLANDO, Fla. -
A lawsuit was filed Monday against the Catholic Diocese of Orlando by a former altar boy who said he was molested by a priest when he was 14 years old.

The attorney for the man, who is a naval officer, said the molestation took place in 1978.

"What we allege here is that the diocese failed to protect one of its altar boys because it had a priest who was known to be a sexual predator," attorney Adam Horowitz said.

The Rev. William Authenreith was around 41 or 42 years old at the time of the alleged incident, and Horowitz said the abuse happened to several children.

"He allegedly abused children at parishes where he had served for a period of decades," said Horowitz. "It occurred in the sacristy, where the priests and the altar boys prepare for church services. It happened more than one time."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

COPS: Largo puppeteer wanted to "cook" and "eat" children

FLORIDA
WTSP

[with video]

Written by
Melanie Michael

Largo, Florida -- The details in this case are so deviant and so diabolical the contents of the federal documents are creating a visceral reaction in people.

Those who read the material become sick to their stomachs.

A 57-year-old local puppeteer from Largo is accused of planning to kidnap children -- specifically toddlers -- torture them, rape them, murder them, then cook their body parts on a stove, according to federal documents.

Ronald Brown was busted by federal agents this week and is on a U.S. Marshal hold in the Pinellas County Jail. Brown lives in the Whispering Pines mobile home park in Largo off of 142nd Street. ...

According to documents, Brown was targeting a little boy at a local church.

He told FBI agents, he wanted to "eat" the child. Brown also admitted in the documents that he wanted to strangle children, that he was in a group on Yahoo where he discussed his fantasies online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Largo puppeteer hit with child porn, conspiracy charges

FLORIDA
The Tampa Tribune

By ELAINE SILVESTRINI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: July 24, 2012

TAMPA --
A puppeteer who has entertained children for years across the Tampa area had a sickening secret, according to a federal complaint.

Ron Brown collected pornographic images of children and fantasized about strangling, dismembering and cannibalizing children, court documents state. The 57-year-old Largo man is under arrest in the Pinellas County Jail facing federal charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography.

He was arrested as part of an international investigation conducted by federal Homeland Security agents based in Boston. ...

He told agents, according to the complaint, that every Wednesday several children from his neighborhood come to his house for pizza before he gives them a ride to church in a van provided by the church.

But he told investigators he talked to someone online about killing, dismembering and eating a particular boy at his church, the complaint states. He said he told the person, "If I was going to eat someone, I would probably eat" the boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Victim Impact Statement to Judge Sarmina

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 24, 2012 by Susan Matthews

Dear Judge Sarmina,

My name is Bob Fisher and I had the opportunity of testifying at Msgr. Lynn’s trial April 25th. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you how my life has been affected by my abuse and its aftermath. Edward Avery’s assault on me was psychological and spiritual as well as sexual in nature. Its effects on my life have been global and pervasive and have altered its trajectory. That is not to say that it has ruined my life by any stretch of the imagination. I have in many ways an amazing life and family despite what happened to me. However, these accomplishments and blessings do not mitigate the pain, I have carried because of Edward Avery’s actions.

My abuse led to great difficulties in the area of trust and relationships particularly with men resulting in my having a fairly small support circle at this point in my life. I have struggled with my own psycho sexual identity and the disruption of my spiritual center. There were bouts of depression and thoughts of suicide with attempts at self medication with alcohol and just general numbing out over the years. The only way forward had been a rigid compartmentalization of this part of my life away from the “normal” life I was pursuing. This took considerable energy and attention away from my becoming the husband, father and physician I wanted to be and has exacted an incalculable toll on our lives over the years. There has also been a direct and indirect negative financial impact related to my abuse, its aftermath and more recently to this trial.

I first broke my silence regarding what Edward Avery did to me in 1992. I had been struggling with the pain and shame for over 10 years and I wanted to make a break with the past I had also become concerned that Avery might do the same to someone else. I approached the Archdiocese through the office of Secretary for Clergy as I was advised to do. Msgr Lynn represented the church and resolution of this matter to me. I put my faith in and trusted that the right thing would be done; approaching Msgr Lynn with the expectation that his actions would be consistent with the values I had learned through my faith. I stressed in my communications with Msgr Lynn that I felt that Edward Avery might offend again. I conveyed the great difficulties that the abuse was causing me in my life. I never received the acknowledgment or validation from him confirming what I had experienced. I never knew that he had concluded as early as 1994 that Avery was guilty of abusing me. I was left to wonder whether he and the Archdiocese even believed me. I later had to pursue the truth of whether Edward Avery was in a safe assignment after I began to hear that he was DJ-ING and was around young people. I was assured by Msgr Lynn that Edward Avery was in a safe assignment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Vatican denies speculation about Vatileaks suspects

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is denying newspaper claims that three officials close to Pope Benedict XVI were found complicit in the recent leaking of sensitive papal information to the media.

“The Secretariat of State expresses its firm and total disapproval of those publications, which are not based on objective criteria and seriously damage the honor of the people concerned, who have served the Holy Father faithfully for many years,” said a statement issued by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State on July 23.

The allegations were printed in the July 23 edition of the Italian daily newspaper “La Repubblica” after they appeared in the online edition of German newspaper “Die Welt” last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Videla dijo que Iglesia argentina sabía del asesinato de desaparecidos

ARGENTINA
La Nacion

Buenos Aires. AFP.
"La desaparición de personas fue una cosa lamentable (...) se lo planteó como una situación muy dolorosa y nos asesoraron sobre la forma de manejarla. En algunos casos la Iglesia ofreció sus buenos oficios y frente a familiares que se tenía la certeza de que no harían un uso político de la información, se les dijo que no busquen más a su hijo porque estaba muerto", dijo Videla.
La nota fue realizada entre agosto y octubre de 2010 mientras el exdictador estaba arrestado en la prisión de alta seguridad de Bouwer, en la provincia de Córdoba (centro) y concedida bajo la condición de que fuera publicada "luego de su muerte", según refirió la revista cordobesa que decidió divulgarla.

Videla citó al ex cardenal primado de argentina Raúl Primatesta (fallecido en 2006) y al nuncio apostólico Pio Laghi (fallecido en 2009) entre los representantes de la Iglesia a quienes "consultaba" sobre el tema.

"En mi vida lo he hablado con muchas personas. Con Primatesta, muchas veces. Con la Conferencia Episcopal Argentina, no a pleno, sino con algunos obispos. Con ellos hemos tenido muchas charlas. Con el nuncio apostólico Pío Laghi", citó Videla.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Australian Chabad Faces Abuse, Fiscal Scandals

AUSTRALIA
Forward

By Haaretz

Published July 24, 2012.

The two major branches of Chabad-Lubavitch in Australia are in the grip of separate crises that threaten to tar the movement’s reputation and undermine much of the work the Hasidic organization has invested in the six decades since it began operating here.

In Melbourne, a judge last week set the date for the trial of an Orthodox man who stands accused of 41 counts of child molestation at a Chabad-run school as several other separate child sex abuse cases continue to embroil the organization.

David Cyprys, a former security guard contracted to Yeshivah College, the Chabad boys school in Melbourne, has been ordered to stand trial next July. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include several counts of child rape allegedly perpetrated on students in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Bistümer setzen Kontrollen gegen Missbrauch fort

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Im Kampf gegen sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern und Jugendlichen setzen die Bistümer die Kontrollen ihrer Mitarbeiter fort. Das Bistum Speyer bestätigte am Montag, dass ein Jahr nach einem Aufruf an alle rund 1100 Hauptamtlichen, ein erweitertes Führungszeugnis vorzulegen, ein Großteil der Informationen vorliege. Daraus hätten sich keine Informationen über Vorstrafen wegen Sexualstraftaten oder Verletzung der Fürsorgepflicht ergeben. Ein kleiner Kreis von Personen habe noch kein Zeugnis vorgelegt, doch man rechne damit, dass dies nachgeholt werde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Nach 46 Tagen hat Norbert Denef gestern den Hungerstreik beendet

DEUTCHLAND
Lubeder Nachrichten

Scharbeutz – 46 Tage lang hat Norbert Denef keine feste Nahrung zu sich genommen. Gestern Abend um 18 Uhr beendete der 63-Jährige in Scharbeutz seinen Hungerstreik, biss vorsichtig in eine Möhre und suchte sich aus einem großen Korb ein Stück frisches Obst aus.

Ebenso wie Denef handelten gestern auch vier Frauen sowie zwei Männer in Deutschland und in Österreich. „Nach Rücksprache untereinander, mit unseren Unterstützern und unseren Ärzten, beenden wir den Hungerstreik“, formulierten sie in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung. Ihr großes Ziel, eine Aufhebung der Verjährung für Taten gegen die sexuelle Selbstbestimmung zu erreichen, haben sie nicht erreicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Ex-Diktator Videla: Vatikan wusste von "Verschwundenen"

ARGENTINIEN
Kipa (Schwiez)

[summary: Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla said church leadership in Argentina and the Vatican were kept informed of the disapperance of those who opposed his regime. He said he talked to many people about it, including the Argentinian Episcopal Conference, some but not all bishops and former Vatican ambassador Pio Laghi. It is estimated that 30,000 people died during the dictatorship.]

Buenos Aires, 20.7.12 (Kipa) Die katholische Kirchenführung in Argentinien und im Vatikan war nach Aussage des früheren Diktator Jorge Rafael Videla über die Fälle verschwundener Oppositioneller informiert. "In meinem Leben habe ich mit vielen Leuten darüber gesprochen. Mit der argentinischen Bischofskonferenz, nicht mit allen, aber mit einigen Bischöfen. Mit ihnen hatten wir viele Gespräche", sagte der 86-jährige Ex-General in einem Interview des argentinischen Magazins "El Sur".

Die Regierung habe auch mit dem Vatikanbotschafter Pio Laghi gesprochen. "Sie haben uns beraten, wie wir das Thema behandeln können", sagte Videla. Der 2009 verstorbene Kurienkardinal Laghi war von 1974 bis 1980 Nuntius in Argentinien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Mehrerau-Zivilprozess erneut vertagt

OSTERREICH
Vol

Bregenz, Feldkirch – Das Zivilverfahren eines heute 45-jährigen Missbrauchsopfers gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser-Kloster Mehrerau am Landesgericht Feldkirch ist am Dienstag zum zweiten Mal vertagt worden.

Der Mehrerauer Alt-Abt Kassian Lauterer, der als Zeuge aussagen sollte, konnte wegen einer kurzfristigen Erkrankung nicht vor Gericht erscheinen. Der Prozess soll nun im Oktober fortgesetzt werden.

Missbrauch und Vergewaltigung in Mehrerau

Der 45-Jährige hat die kirchliche Einrichtung auf 135.000 Euro Schmerzengeld und Verdienstentgang geklagt. Er ist in den 1980er Jahren von einem Pater des Klosters offenbar missbraucht und vergewaltigt worden. Die Eltern des 45-Jährigen hatten den damaligen Mehrerau-Abt Kassian Lauterer über den sexuellen Missbrauch ihres Sohnes durch den Pater informiert. Daraufhin wurde dieser aus dem Schuldienst entfernt, als Priester suspendiert und versetzt. Im Gegenzug verzichteten die Eltern auf eine Anzeige gegen den Pater.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Pemberton deacon faces additional molestation charges involving second child

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Posted on July 24, 2012

by Danielle Camilli

MOUNT HOLLY — A Pemberton Township deacon, already charged with sexually assaulting a girl during a church service earlier this month, is now accused of molesting another child.

Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of Whispering Pines Boulevard in Pemberton Township, was back in court Monday for his first appearance on the new charges of alleged sexual abuse of a second girl, authorities said.

The second victim told police she was molested at the Calvary Baptist Church in Pemberton Township, where he served as a deacon prior to his arrest July 13, back in 2010, according to court documents. The new charges also allege he sexually abused the same child in 2009 and 2011.

On Monday, he was charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child for the second alleged incident at the church, authorities said. He also was charged with attempted-criminal sexual contact and aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

W.Va. bishop says alleged victim proves innocence

WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston Daily Mail

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia wrote in an email to supporters Monday that he is grateful that two men have come forward to defend him against allegations that he sexually abused one of them in the 1970s, and that their assertions provide proof that he's innocent.

In an email to clergy, parishioners and employees of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Bishop Michael Bransfield said he has never abused anyone. The letter also was posted on the diocese website.

It comes after allegations surfaced during a recently completed Philadelphia priest-abuse trial in which a witness testified that a priest who abused him told him that Bransfield was sexually involved with a young teen. The alleged victim and another man told The Philadelphia Inquirer in a story published Sunday (http://bit.ly/LJE9rx) that the allegations were false.

Bransfield remains under investigation for another claim, which he denies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Philadelphia man denies sex abuse by W.Va. bishop

WEST VIRGINIA
The Charleston Gazette

By Travis Crum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Philadelphia man denies that Bishop Michael Bransfield sexually abused him when he was a teenager in the late 1970s, according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Monday.

A man who alleged abuse by Stanley Gana, a former Philadelphia priest, testified in the city's Court of Common Pleas in April that Gana claimed Bransfield was having sex with a young boy.

The man testified he was on Gana's farm in upstate New York when Bransfield pulled up in a truck with several teenage boys inside. The man said Gana told him then-Rev. Bransfield had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy in his passenger seat.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston identified the boy in the passenger seat as Ronald Rock, a Philadelphia business executive, according to a statement. Rock was a Lansdale Catholic High School student at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Lynn sentencing today in priest sex abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The sentencing today of Msgr. William J. Lynn will mark the first for a Catholic church official convicted of enabling clergy-sex abuse.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina is scheduled to sentence Lynn later this morning for failing to take steps that might have prevented a priest from sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in state prison. He has been jailed since his June 22 conviction.

His sentencing will follow an unprecedented three-month trial that exposed decades of child-sex abuse by Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, and showed how church leaders sometimes shuffled accused clerics to hide the misconduct from the public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Philly monsignor awaits fate in church cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WSRO

MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic monsignor awaits sentencing Tuesday in a landmark prosecution over his handling of complaints that Philadelphia priests were molesting children.

Monsignor William Lynn faces up to seven years in prison for his felony child endangerment conviction. He was cleared of three related charges at trial.

The 61-year-old Lynn is the first American church official convicted in the scandal that's rocked the Catholic church for more than a decade. But he may not be the last.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City diocese face a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Both Finn and the diocese have pleaded not guilty, and are set to go on trial next month.

"I believe that what Lynn did was done by just about every diocese," said Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks priest-abuse cases. "In most cases, I think the vicar general was well informed, and also the bishop."

More than 500 U.S. priests have now been convicted of abuse, according to his organization. But Lynn's three-month trial, he said, shows "just how hard it is to demonstrate collusion."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

July 23, 2012

Former priest appeals rape conviction

TENNESSEE
WBIR

A former Kingsport and Knoxville priest is appealing a rape conviction he received last year.

William Casey is appealing a conviction to the state Criminal Court of Appeals.

He is currently serving 35 to 40 years behind bars for sexually molesting a teen more than three decades ago.

Last July, a jury convicted Casey of molesting his former altar boy Warren Tucker between 1978 and 1980.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Ex-Irish College vice-rector appointed parish priest

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GORDON DEEGAN

CLARE: One of three priest staff members at the Irish College in Rome who returned home this summer was yesterday appointed a parish priest in Co Clare.

Last May, the college announced its vice-rector, Fr Albert McDonnell, was one of three staff priests to return home at the end of the academic year.

A native of Kilmaley, Co Clare, Fr McDonnell was one of the names mentioned for the vacancy of Bishop of Killaloe before Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr Kieran O’Reilly in May 2010.

In May, the rector of the Irish College, Fr Ciarán O’Carroll announced the return of Fr McDonnell and two of his colleagues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

W.Va. bishop says alleged victim proves innocence

WEST VIRGINIA
The Sacramento Bee

The Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jul. 23, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Roman Catholic bishop of West Virginia says he is grateful that two men have come forward to defend him against allegations that he sexually abused one of them in the 1970s.

Bishop Michael Bransfield sent an email Monday to clergy, parishioners and employees of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in which he said he has never abused anyone. The letter also was posted on the diocese website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Sentencing Tuesday in priest abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CNN

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

updated 6:37 PM EDT, Mon July 23, 2012

Philadelphia (CNN) -- The highest-ranking Catholic church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark child sexual abuse trial is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge. He could face three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for his conviction on the third-degree felony.

A Philadelphia judge ordered Lynn, 61, to remain in jail until his sentencing despite a request for house arrest by his legal team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

New trial for priest set on eve of Lynn sentencing in abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WHTC

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Prosecutors said on Monday they would retry a key figure in the child sex abuse case involving Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church scandal.

A new trial for the Reverend James Brennan, 49, on charges of attempted rape and child endangerment was announced on Monday before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

On Tuesday, Sarmina will sentence Lynn, 61, who faces up to seven years in prison for child endangerment. He has been in jail since his conviction on June 22 after a three-month joint trial with Brennan.

Lynn, as the former secretary for the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was essentially personnel director for 800 priests, including Brennan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

9 jurors seated in clergy sex abuse civil trial

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Published : Monday, 23 Jul 2012, 5:42 PM EDT
Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Nine jurors have been seated in a clergy sex abuse case.

The case involves two former Springfield Bishops who are accused of not protecting a child from sexual abuse.

The jurors will hear the case of Andrew Nicastro.

He's the man who claims former Springfield Priest Alfred Graves sexually abused him as a child.

Now, he's suing former Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire who he says could have prevented it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

District Attorney To Re-Try Father Brennan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Priest Abuse Trial Timeline

Ralph Cipriano

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington notified Judge M. Teresa Sarmina this morning that the Commonwealth is seeking a new trial date for Father James J. Brennan.

Father Brennan was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old, but the jury deadlocked on June 22, after 13 days of deliberation with an 11-1 vote to acquit the priest, according to Juror No. 7, Taleah Grimmage. The jury also deadlocked on a second charge against Father Brennan, endangering the welfare of a child. Grimmage said the jury was evenly split on the endangerment charge.

A third charge against the priest, conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, was thrown out by Judge Sarmina as not proven.

Father Brennan's lawyer, William J. Brennan, no relation, had pledged to defend his client if the district attorney sought a new trial. "I think it's lunacy to retry the case, with the jury split 11-1 on the attempted rape charge," Brennan said before the district attorney's office announced its decision today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

FL - New lawsuit filed in Orlando, SNAP responds

FLORIDA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 23, 2012

We are grateful to this brave survivor for coming forward and revealing his abuse. It is a very difficult thing to make allegations of this sort public, but it is an important part of finding others who may have been in similar circumstances. We hope anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. William Authenreith to immediately come forward and make a report to police.

It is extremely disturbing to find out that the Diocese of Orlando had knowledge of previous allegations against Fr. Authenreith. If they had allowed the police to investigate instead of doing their own internal investigation, it may have prevented other kids from being victimized. Bishop John Noonan should immediately use all of his available resources – including the diocesan website, parish bulletins, and pulpit announcements – to seek out other victims who may have been scared to speak up beforehand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Ex-Priest Gets 5-Month Sentence For Stealing

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

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

2:59 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012
A former parish priest in Greenwich accused of forging letters to cover up his theft of about $300,000 in church money was sent to prison for five months Monday in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors said pastor Michael Moynihan forged letters from two parishioners, one of who was an unidentified judge, in an attempt to deceive FBI agents into believing that he spent the money for church purposes.

Moynihan, who was asked by the church to resign, was employed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Greenwich from 1993 to 2007.

Prosecutors said Moynihan used church money to pay credit card bills or other personal expenses, according to federal and church authorities. He was charged with obstructing an official proceeding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Jonge priesters zwichten onder juk van celibaat

BELGIE
De Standaard

De afgelopen week lieten Jürgen Soetens en Tim De Mey, allebei 38, het priesterschap voor wat het was. De roeping is er, maar het celibaat weegt te zwaar. Dat meldt Gazet van Antwerpen.

Onderpastoor Tim De Mey uit Antwerpen was tien jaar priester, maar is uiteindelijk gezwicht onder het eenzame juk van het celibaat. Net na zijn priesterwijding zag hij geen graten in het solitaire bestaan, maar 'het celibatair leven viel me zwaarder dan gedacht. Dit is de eerlijkste beslissing', klinkt het.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

PA - SNAP applauds decision to re-try Fr. James Brennan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 23, 2012

We are grateful to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office for moving ahead with this retrial and not letting Fr. James Brennan to escape justice. It is very rare that victims of clergy sex abuse are able to see their abuser tried in a criminal trial, so we are very glad that Mr. Williams is still seeking justice for his victims.

We consider Brennan a dangerous man. Obviously, Philly Catholic officials do too, or they'd put him back in a parish.

He's well educated, well spoken and charming - traits that predators use to get close to kids. He's still a priest. And he's likely telling many that the first trial "exonerated" him, which of course isn't true. But as long as he walks free, kids near him are at risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Jury selection ...

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Jury selection in civil case against Springfield Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire

Updated: Monday, 23 Jul 2012

Laura Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Jury selection has begun in a civil case against former Springfield Bishops Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire.

Greenfield Attorney John Stobierski claims his client, Andrew Nicastro, who is in his 40s now, was sexually abused by Father Alfred Graves when he was between the ages of 11 and 13 years old.

Now, his client is suing Catholic Church leaders, claiming they knew Graves had a history of indecent conduct with a minor.

“It’s angering. It could have all been avoided had someone simply did anything, anything at all,” Nicastro told 22News back in 2009 when he announced he was filing a lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Trial begins in civil suit brought by Andrew Nicastro against the Most Rev. Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD -- Jury selection will continue Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court in a civil lawsuit brought by a Williamstown man who claims two former bishops should be held accountable for his childhood abuse by a priest.

The trial is being held before Judge Constance M. Sweeney, who began Monday morning by asking prospective jurors filling the large courtroom a series of questions, which she followed by individual juror questioning at the side of her bench with lawyers for both sides.

Lawyers for the Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire and the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre had unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed on the grounds the three-year statute of limitations had expired by the time the suit was filed.

Jury selection was slow going as 59 people raised their hands when Sweeney asked if anyone had any personal or business reason they could not serve as a juror on the trial, which could take nine days or longer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Prosecutors to retry priest in abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Philadelphia prosecutors said Monday they planned to retry James J. Brennan, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish priest accused to trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

"James Brennan used his position as a priest to prey upon and victimize this young man," District Attorney Seth Williams said. "It is extremely important that Brennan be held accountable for his crime, not just for his victim but for all victims of sexual abuse."

Brennan, 48, was one of two defendants in the unprecedented trial about clergy-sex abuse in the archdiocese.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina declared a mistrial in Brennan's case when jurors deliberated 13 days but couldn't reach verdicts on attempted rape and endangerment charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Former Woodland priest's hearing postponed until September

CALIFORNIA
Daily Democat

By Democrat staff
dailydemocrat.com
Created: 07/23/2012

A former Woodland priest has had his preliminary hearing continued again, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, served as a priest at Woodland's Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 2007 until 2009.

His hearing Friday was continued until 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Sacramento Downtown Courthouse, 720 Ninth St. Ojeda also had a preliminary hearing continued in June.

He pleaded not guilty in April to seven counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a girl under the age of 14 between 2007 and 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Vatican denies removal of three new alleged poison pen letter writers

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has criticised the content of an article on the Vatileak case, published in an Italian newspaper, as unfounded

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

The director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi has denied fresh claims by Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica and Germany’s Die Welt online in relation to the Vatileak issue.

Joseph Ratzinger’s three long-term collaborators – Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bishop Joseph Clemens and Mrs. Ingrid Stampa - who were dragged in to the Vatican document leak scandal as suspected accomplices of the Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, are three “respected individuals” said the Holy See’s spokesman. Fr. Lombardi stated that the newspaper falsely and incorrectly refers to them as “accomplices” following up on a Die Welt scoop which was ignored by most of the German press because of its inaccuracies. Fr. Lombardi said the story was exaggerated.

“This morning’s article in La Repubblica newspaper on the leaked Vatican documents, copies (in some cases entire expressions, not just the final quotation) an article by Paul Badde, published on the online version of German newspaper Die Welt a week ago (15 July),” the Vatican spokesman said. La Repubblica’s article adds nothing new to the “Die Welt” article which was ignored by most of the German press precisely because of the inaccuracies it contains and the accusations it makes against certain individuals without producing any proof whatsoever. It was for this reason that I decided not to react to it so strongly.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Vatican scolds reporters for 'Vatileaks' speculation

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

[Svolta sul Corvo del Papa "Altri tre sotto inchiesta" - La Repubblica]

The Vatican has voiced “firm and total disapproval” of Italian and German newspaper reports naming three individuals who are allegedly being investigated in connection with the leaks of confidential papal documents.

Speculative stories “which are not based on objective criteria” are harmful to the Church and to the reputations of the individuals, said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office.

The Italian daily La Repubblica had said that three people—a housekeeper to Pope Benedict XVI and two officials of the Roman Curia—were under active investigation in the “Vatileaks” scandal. But Father Lombardi said that the story was inaccurate.

La Repubblica had pointed to Ingrid Stampa, a member of the Pope’s household staff; and to two prelates: Cardinal Paolo Sardi, the retired vice-chamberlain; and Bishop Josef Clemens, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, who for years had been a chief aide to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The newspaper article suggested that the three had been dismissed from their duties because of their suspected involvement with the leaks. In fact, the Vatican press office noted, Stampa and Bishop Clemens remain in their respective posts, while Cardinal Sardi retired in January at the age of 76.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Vatican: Sardi, Stampa & Clemens worthy of esteem

VATICAN CITY
AGI

(AGI) Vatican City- Three of the Pope's oldest associates, alleged accomplices of Paolo Gabriele, are "worthy of esteem".

Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi said that Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Bishop Joseph Clemens and Mrs Ingrid Stampa, are "three persons worthy of esteem and respect." Lombardi said that the newspaper accusing them of being intentional accomplices reporting untruths and behaving in an extremely inappropriate manner with behaviour that follows other 'scoops' later disproved and that according to Father Lombardi "goes too far." . .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Ex-Greenwich priest headed to prison

CONNECTICUT
Stamford Advocate

David Hennessey
Published 01:14 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012

NEW HAVEN -- The former pastor of a Greenwich church who pleaded guilty last year to federal obstruction of justice was sentenced Monday in federal court to five months in prison.

Michael Moynihan, who resigned from St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in 2007 amid allegations he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in church funds to pay for personal expenses, will also face two years of supervised release and must pay over $400,000 in restitution to the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Moynihan pleaded guilty in December 2011 to the obstruction charge, which stemmed from lies he told federal officials who were investigating the possible misappropriation of church funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

New sex abuse lawsuit filed against Orlando Diocese

FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

Attorney Adam Horowitz is filing a lawsuit today against the Catholic Diocese of Orlando for the sexual abuse of a teenager by by Father William Authenreith in 1978.

According to the Complaint:

In approximately 1978, St. Mary’s Priest William Authenreith molested John Doe, a 14-year old parishioner and altar boy at the church.

John Doe has been an active military member for over 30 years. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act prevents the statute of limitation from running on this claim as long as John Doe is an active member of the military.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Philly prosecutors to retry ...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Washington Post

Philly prosecutors to retry ousted priest after jury deadlocked on attempted rape charge

By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia prosecutors will retry an ousted priest on an attempted rape charge after a jury deadlock.

The Rev. James Brennan says the decision reopens wounds that were starting to heal.

Forty-year-old Brennan is accused of trying to rape a young teen boy in 1996. Brennan has admitted in a church trial that he slept with him and let him watch porn, but he denies molesting him.

Brennan’s lawyer says 11 of 12 jurors wanted to acquit his client last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Sesso in cambio di denaro Arrestato per pedofilia il parroco di Sciacca

ITALIA
Corriere Della Sera

E' stato arrestato per pedofilia Davide Mordino, 41 anni, parroco della Basilica di San Calogero di Sciacca (Agrigento). Secondo il Gip di Palermo, Maria Pino, che gli ha già notificato un ordine di custodia cautelare in carcere, il sacerdote avrebbe abusato di ragazzini tra i 14 e i 18 anni pagando in denaro le prestazioni sessuali.

INTERCETTAZIONI - Secondo i Pm Laura Vaccaro e Alessia Sinatra, il sacerdote fino al 30 dicembre del 2009, avrebbe avuto rapporti sessuali con i giovani della parrocchia. La verità è venuta a galla grazie alle intercettazioni che hanno permesso di ricostruire la vicenda. Il sacerdote ingannava i minorenni dicendo di doverli sottoporre a un «test sulla sensibilità corporea» per conto dell'Università di Palermo, e dopo questo approccio cominciavano i rapporti sessuali a pagamento, con somme che andavano da un minimo di 50 fino a un massimo di 300 euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Pedofilia, arrestato prete in Sicilia: avrebbe pagato minori per rapporti sessuali

ITALIA
Quotidiano

Agrigento, 23 luglio 2012 - Arrestato per pedofilia il sacerdote Davide Mordino, 41 anni, originario di Palermo. La polizia gli ha notificato un ordine di custodia cautelare in carcere emesso dal Gip di Palermo, Maria Pino, su richiesta dei Pm Laura Vaccaro e Alessia Sinatra. Secondo l’accusa, fino al 30 dicembre del 2009 ha abusato di molti giovani tra i 14 e i 18 anni, pagando in denaro le loro prestazioni sessuali. Il provvedimento è stato eseguito a Palermo, dove adesso il religioso si era trasferito.

La vicenda era emersa nell’ambito dell’operazione antidroga “Mata Hari”, quando si era scoperto che uno degli indagati intratteneva con il prete commerci sessuali. Successivi accertamenti e intercettazioni hanno permesso di ricostruire che il parroco, secondo l'accusa, ingannava i minorenni dicendo di doverli sottoporre a un “test sulla sensibilità corporea” per conto dell’Università di Palermo, e dopo questo approccio cominciavano i rapporti sessuali a pagamento, con somme che andavano da un minimo di 50 fino a un massimo di 300 euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Priest arrested in Palermo, paid minors for sex

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Palermo - Davide Mordino, one time parish priest at the San Calogero Basilica in Sciacca, has been arrested for pedophilia. Police carried out an arrest warrant issued by Palermo Investigating Magistrate maria Pino, on the request of Prosecutors Laura Vaccaro and Alessia Sinatra the on the 41 year old priest. According to the Prosecution, the man abused several youths between 14 and 18 years of age up until December 30th of 2009, paying money for their sexual attentions. The arrest measure was carried out in Palermo, where the priest had been transferred. The matter came to light during the "Mata Hari" anti-drug operation, when it was discovered that one of those being investigated entertained the priest with sexual favors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Fr. Brennan Retrial Ordered in Priest Child Sex Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

By Karen Araiza

Monday, Jul 23, 2012

Father James Brennan will be retried in the landmark priest child sex abuse case.

He's accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Jurors could not agree on a verdict in his first trial.

Brennan Talks to NBC10 Investigators

On Monday morning, Philadelphia prosecutors announced they'll put Brennan on trial again.

He was a co-defendant in the trial earlier this summer with Monsignor William Lynn. After 13 days of deliberating, jurors could not agree on verdicts for Brennan and could only agree on one of the three verdicts for Lynn. Lynn was convicted of one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of mishandling sex abuse complaints while he was secretary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Monsignor Lynn was acquitted of a second charge of endangerment and a charge of conspiracy. He was taken straight to jail and was denied a later request to be put under house arrest until his sentencing in August.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Brennan to be retried in priest-abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 23, 2012
By Shannon McDonald

After a jury was unable to reach a verdict last month, Rev. James Brennan will be retried in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest-abuse case. Brennan was tried for an attempted sexual assault on a boy in the mid-90s, and went to trial earlier this year with Monsignor William Lynn, who was found guilty of child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Prosecutors to retry priest in abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Philadelphia prosecutors will retry James J. Brennan, the former parish priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who was accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996, they said Monday.

The case against Brennan, 48, ended in a mistrial last month when a Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for 13 days but deadlocked on attempted rape and child endangerment charges against him.

Brennan seemed at times a footnote in the landmark clergy sex-abuse trial, because district attorneys spent much of the three-month proceeding presenting evidence against his codefendant, Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. Lynn was convicted of a single count of child endangerement.

But the two days that Brennan's accuser spent on the witness stand were among the most explosive at the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Compensation over alleged abuse at Catholic school

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

The Supreme Court will hear a case to decide how much compensation the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough must pay to victims of alleged abuse at a former Catholic school.

St William's School near York closed after its headteacher was jailed for sexually abusing young boys.

The Diocese argues that because the school had been run by the Catholic order of lay teachers, The De La Salle Brotherhood, they should be responsible for part of the £8m compensation bill.

In a statement, the Diocese says:

"The Diocese has always agreed that, as the nominal employers, it is partially liable. But it is also right that the main liability should lie with the organisation which ran the school and home.

"The De La Salle brothers appointed the staff and made all the decisions in respect of the day to day running of St William's, and it is right that they should share the cost of compensating victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Victim of alleged abuse demands justice

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

One of the victims of alleged sexual abuse at a Roman Catholic School has spoken out to demand justice for himself and other former pupils.

Graham Baverstock has given up his right to anonymity to describe what he says happened to him at St William's School near Middlesbrough, when he was a boy.

Today the Supreme Court is hearing a case to decide how much compensation the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough must pay to victims of the alleged abuse.

St William's closed in 1992 and the headteacher, Father James Carragher, was jailed for sexually abusing young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

Historic clerical abuse hearing in London's Supreme Court

UNITED KINGDOM
RTE News

The Supreme Court in London has begun hearing legal arguments in an historic abuse case involving the Catholic diocese of Middlesborough and the De La Salle Brothers.

They ran St William's boys home in Yorkshire where children were sexually abused between 1960 and 1992.

The case involves over 150 claimants, many of whom say they were abused by former headmaster Br James Carragher.

He was sentenced in 2004 to 14 years for abusing boys at St William's and has a previous conviction for sex abuse.

The institution has since closed down and the buildings have been converted into a mental health facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Catholic diocese facing abuse claims seeks to share burden of blame

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 23 July 2012

More than 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse who attended a Yorkshire children's home are awaiting the outcome of a dispute between Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation, the supreme court has heard.

The Roman Catholic diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking to overturn a ruling that it alone must meet claims brought by those who say they were assaulted at St William's children's care home and school in Market Weighton, east Yorkshire.

The allegations date back as far as 1958. The former headmaster James Carragher has twice been convicted of a series of indecent assaults, buggery and taking photographs of young boys.

In 2004 he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, having already served a seven-year sentence imposed in 1993. He has since been expelled by the De La Salle order of Christian Brothers, whose members taught at the institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Father James Brennan To Be Retried In Priest Sex Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There are new developments in the priest sex abuse trial.

KYW Newsradio has learned that there will be a retrial for defendant Father James Brennan. An earlier jury was hung on an attempted assault charge against Brennan, involving a teenage boy back in 1996.

This is an important week in this case, as Monsignor William Lynn will be sentenced. Prosecutors have called for the maximum sentence of three-and-a-half to seven years in prison. Defense attorneys want probation.

Prosecutors will be back in court this morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

Justizministerium Rheinland-Pfalz: Kein erkennbares Interesse an einer Veränderung der Verjährungsfristen

DEUTCHLAND
netzwerkB

Das netzwerB-Mitglied Simone Ollhoff fragte am 9. Juni 2012 an Kurt Beck, SPD, Ministerpräsident des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, was er von einer Änderung der zivilrechtlichen und strafrechtlichen Verjährungsfristen für Sexualstraftaten halte. Am 11. Juli 2012 antwortete das Landesjustizministerium in Becks Auftrage.

Das Ministerium antwortete, dass es im Bundestag zwei Gesetzesentwürfe kenne, die beide nun nicht weiter vorankämen. Den nicht viel besseren dritten Vorschlag der Grünen kannte man nicht. Das Ministerium räumte ein, dass die Gesetzesentwürfe “nicht wieder aufgerufen” wurden.

Annäherung im Streit um Personalakten

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

Kriminologe Christian Pfeiffer spricht von "Missverständnis"

Hannover - In den Streit um die Auswertung personenbezogener Daten von katholischen Priestern für die Missbrauchs-Studie der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz kommt offenbar Bewegung. Der Vorsitzende des bei der Studie federführenden kriminologischen Forschungsinstitutes Niedersachsen, Christian Pfeiffer, sprach auf Anfrage der Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) am Mittwoch in Hannover von einem "Missverständnis". Es sei durch eine unzureichende Information der Priester ausgelöst worden.

Pfeiffer: Unzureichende Kommunikation

Nach einem Gespräch mit dem "Netzwerk katholischer Priester" erwarte er eine Beilegung des Konflikts, so Pfeiffer. Das Netzwerk hatte in einer Erklärung vor einer Verletzung der Persönlichkeitsrechte der Priester gewarnt. Die geplante Datenerhebung setzte die Mehrheit der Priester, Diakone und Ordensleute "einem öffentlichen Generalverdacht im Hinblick auf sexuellen Missbrauch" aus, so der Vorwurf. Die Bischofskonferenz hatte diese Vorwürfe als "unbegründet" zurückgewiesen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Bistümer wehren sich gegen Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals durch das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen stößt bei der Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals in der katholischen Kirche immer noch auf Widerstand. Im vergangenen Sommer hatte die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz das Institut beauftragt, in einem dreijährigen Forschungsprojekt die Personalakten der Kirche auf Missbrauchsfälle zu untersuchen. Die Bistümer Hildesheim und Trier stellten Akten für erste Auswertungen zur Verfügung; inwieweit die anderen 25 deutschen Diözesen ihre Personalakten übergeben, ist aber immer noch nicht ganz geklärt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Denn der Zweck heiligt nicht die Mittel!

DEUTSCHLAND
Kath.net

KATH.NET-Interview mit Pfarrer Uwe Winkel, Netzwerk katholischer Priester, über das Ende eines geplanten Forschungsprojekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, bei dem ein Institut Zugriff auf alle Personalakten der 27 Diözesen gehabt hätte

KATH.NET: Vor knapp einem Jahr hat sich das „Netzwerk katholischer Priester“ gegen das Vorhaben gewandt, dem Kriminologischem Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen Zugriff auf die Kleriker-Personalakten in allen 27 Diözesen zu geben. Das Forschungskonzept für eine empirische Untersuchung des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) sah die Durchsicht aller Personalakten des genannten Personenkreise der letzten 65 Jahre vor. Offensichtlich wurden diese Pläne jetzt von Rom eingeschränkt? Welche Instanzen innerhalb der DBK setzten sich aktiv für dieses Projekt ein? Wurden die einzelnen Bischöfe vorher über die Zusammenhänge ausreichend informiert?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Das Forschungsprojekt der katholischen Kirche...

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Das Forschungsprojekt der katholischen Kirche "Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Netzwerk Katholischer Priester - Bistum München, Regensburg, Dresden gegen Öffnung der Personalakten und Archive

DEUTSCHLAND
News4Press.com

Das Netzwerk Katholischer Priester - Fotos - scheint einen großen Erfolg erreicht zu haben. Die Untersuchungen des Kriminologischen Institutes Niedersachen an Hand von Personalakten von Priester in der Katholischen Kirche über den Umfang der sexuellen Missbräuche wird es nicht geben. Das Institut muss wieder Mitarbeiter entlassen, die es für die Untersuchungen eingestellt hatte. Die Bistümer München, Regensburg und Dresden haben sich quer gelegt und bringen damit die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz - DBK - in erhebliche Erklärungsnöte. Die Enttäuschung und der Zorn der Opfer ist noch nicht abzusehen.

Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz - DBK - hatte mit dem Kriminalistischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachen, Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, eine Vereinbarung abgeschlossen zur Öffnung der Personalakten. Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige sollte anonymisiert untersucht werden. Unklar war immer noch, ob auch die bischöflichen Geheimarchive geöffnet werden, da insbesondere in diesen Archiven die "Verfehlungen" dokumentiert sein sollen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

„Doch jetzt wird bekannt, dass das Projekt auf Eis liegt“

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer: "Es ist zu einem gewissen Stillstand gekommen..."

Die Missbrauchserforschung der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz in den Archiven einiger Bistümer steht auf der Kippe. Noch niemandem ist es gelungen, die Gesamtzahlen über die Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland vernünftig zu ermitteln – so unterschiedlich sind die einzelnen Statistiken der Bistümer.

München z.B. hat Personalakten durchforsten lassen. Essen, Trier und Stuttgart haben intensiv geforscht und die Zahlen veröffentlicht. Andere Bistümer geben aber nur Fälle an, die ohnehin schon bekannt waren. So steht z.B. Köln blendend da – die Aufklärer aber schlecht. Da sollte ein Projekt der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz helfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Polizei hat Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Norbert Denef eingeleitet

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

video
NDR Schleswig-Holstein Magazine 22/07/2012

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Svolta sul Corvo del Papa "Altri tre sotto inchiesta"

CITTA DEL VATICANO
La Repubblica

Vaticano, i sospetti sui complici del maggiordomo. Nel mirino finiscono la governante del pontefice Ingrid Stampa, l'ex segretario di Benedetto XVI Clemens e il ghostwriter cardinale Sardi. Non sono più in contatto diretto con il Papa

di MARCO ANSALDO

E DOPO il maggiordomo del Papa venne la governante tedesca, la donna capace di capire la scrittura minuta e articolata delle carte di Benedetto XVI. E dopo la governante l'ex segretario personale di Joseph Ratzinger, tedesco pure lui, oggi vescovo addirittura, sacerdote che l'aveva servito per 19 anni prima di lasciare l'incarico all'aiutante attuale, padre Georg Gaenswein. E infine il cardinale italiano che aiutava il Pontefice a redigere i discorsi, l'ex vice Camerlengo, Sua Eminenza Paolo Sardi.

"Ci saranno sorprese", aveva detto poche settimane fa all'agenzia Ansa il cardinale Julian Herranz Casado, capo della Commissione composta da tre porporati, incaricata da Benedetto di scoprire la verità sui documenti trafugati dalla sua scrivania e finiti pubblicati sui media. "Ci saranno sorprese", dice a Repubblica una fonte interna alle Mura vaticane circa l'identità dei cosiddetti Corvi, cioè coloro che hanno fatto uscire le carte. E per la prima volta, sabato, nel suo briefing con la stampa il portavoce vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, non ha negato che ci possano essere altre persone sottoposte a indagine. I sospetti degli inquirenti penali e della Commissione cardinalizia che ora ha consegnato il rapporto al Papa si stanno così concentrando, fra gli altri, su 3 persone attorno al Pontefice: la professoressa Ingrid Stampa, il vescovo Josef Clemens, e il cardinale Paolo Sardi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Three Investigated for Leaked Vatican Documents, Repubblica Says

VATICAN CITY
Bloomberg

By Lorenzo Totaro - Jul 23, 2012

Vatican prosecutors are investigating three people including a housekeeper of Pope Benedict XVI and two prelates as part of a probe on confidential documents leaked to an Italian journalist, la Repubblica reported, without saying where it got the information.

The three may be accomplices of the pontiff’s butler Paolo Gabriele who was arrested on May 26 on suspicion of “aggravated theft,” the Rome-based newspaper said.

Gabriele was last week released from custody and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether he will stand trial, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a July 21 statement.

A lawyer for Gabriele said he hadn’t been paid by anyone to remove documents from the Vatican, Ansa news agency reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

More possible victims in minister sex abuse case

FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said it's looking for more potential victims who may have been sexually abused by a Lake Countyminister and day care worker.

Investigators said Kenneth Hagins abused children and disabled adults at the places where he worked.

Authorities said they have identified at least six alleged victims and they believe there are more.

Investigators and the Department of Children and Families said they are working to contact children and vulnerable adults who Hagins had contact with through his jobs at a day care facility for the disabled and a church.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Priest investigation to examine complaints

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

AAP

An independent Catholic Church inquiry will consider whether the church appropriately managed allegations of sexual abuse involving a former NSW priest known as Father F.

The former priest, who was connected to the Parramatta and Armidale dioceses, allegedly abused altar boys during the 1980s.

The dioceses of Armidale and Paramatta on Monday released the terms of reference for the independent inquiry, announced earlier this month.

It will examine the history of Father F's appointments, ministry and activities, and the way in which complaints by his alleged victims were handled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Terms of 'Father F' abuse inquiry released

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Updated July 23, 2012

The Catholic Church has released the terms of reference for an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in two New South Wales dioceses.

The Bishops of Armidale and Parramatta announced the inquiry earlier this month, after the ABC's Four Corners program revealed allegations about a priest known as Father F.

The priest allegedly abused a number of altar boys in the 1980s.

The inquiry, headed by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam, will examine how complaints against Father F were dealt with by the church, and allegations that he made admissions to three senior priests in 1992 but they failed to act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

'Father F' inquiry terms of reference released

AUSTRALIA
The Armidale Express

STEPHEN JEFFERY

23 Jul, 2012

The Bishops of Armidale and Parramatta have released the terms of reference of an independent inquiry into the management of sex abuse claims within the Catholic Church.

The inquiry, conducted by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC, is examining the management of sexual abuse allegations levelled at a former priest known as 'Father F'.

Father F served in the Armidale and Parramatta dioceses in the 1980s and early 1990s, during which he is alleged to have sexually abused several young boys.

In a joint media release by Bishop of Armidale Michael Kennedy and Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher, it was revealed the inquiry will examine Father F's time as a priest, as well as the management of complaints made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Child abuse dobbing laws

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Frank Brennan July 23, 2012

The Church's handling of sexual abuse claims has been back in the media spotlight. Following the 4 Corners program 'Unholy Silence' which exposed the dastardly deeds of 'Fr F' in the diocese of Armidale during the 1980s, the bishops of Armidale and Parramatta, seeking to be completely transparent, have appointed a respected lawyer, Tony Whitlam QC, to conduct an inquiry into the Church response to Fr F.

The inquiry will focus on a meeting of Fr F with the 'Australian Catholic Bishops Special Issues Resource Committee' on 3 September 1992, and its aftermath. It will be up to Mr Whitlam to chase the paper trail and presumably interview all persons involved in the 1992 meeting. Twenty years on, recollections may well be hazy and varied, but that is not surprising.

The Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Armidale was in attendance at that 1992 meeting and provided the bishop of Armidale with a detailed report a week later which is at variance with 'the file note of that meeting' referred to by Cardinal Pell on 4 Corners. The Archdiocese of Sydney has described the Judicial Vicar's report as 'a private report' and referred to 'notes of the meeting held by the Church's Professional Standards Office' but says that 'any official record of the meeting would be with the Armidale diocese'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Crucial meeting with accused paedophile priest to go under microscope

AUSTRALIA
Stock & Land

LEESHA MCKENNY

23 Jul, 2012

A meeting between three senior clergy and alleged paedophile priest Father F will be examined by a Catholic Church inquiry, according to its terms of reference released today.

The church-commissioned inquiry, headed by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC, will examine whether the church acted appropriately when managing allegations made about the former priest.

Father F, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stands accused of repeatedly sexually abusing altar boys while based in the Armidale diocese from the early 1980s and after he was later transferred to Parramatta.

He was removed from public ministry in 1992 following a meeting with three senior clergy, prompted by repeated complaints of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

More transparency sought from Philadelphia archbishop

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

July 23, 2012
By Elizabeth Fiedler

Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official convicted for failing to prevent other priests from sexually abusing children, is awaiting sentencing. The former secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese was found guilty last month.

With the landmark trial over, the church faces calls for transparency.

Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput and many others across the country give the public, including affected parishioners, little information about alleged child sexual abuse by priests, says Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of bishopaccountability.org.

"Chaput, though, is even less transparent than many bishops in the category of priests removed for alleged violations of the ministerial code. There we see the archbishop giving absolutely no information," she said. "Elsewhere in U.S. dioceses, most bishops will say at least whether the ministerial misconduct fell in the category of financial misconduct or sexual misconduct with an adult."

Doyle said in the wake of grand jury reports and the landmark priest abuse case, this is a significant time for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and area Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

July 22, 2012

Paterno statue gone from Penn State: when will Weakland’s turn come?

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)
Contact: 414.429.7259

Today, in a simple and obvious gesture of decency and justice to victims of child rape and sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky, Penn State officials removed coach Joe Paterno’s statue from university grounds.

Removing the statue is not simply some nice gesture to victims. It was done because Penn State officials realize that if they are going to rehabilitate the honor of their institution and make it worthy of respect and support, they cannot deliberately display a statue of a man who, for whatever contributions he has made to the university, failed to protect children when he could have easily done so. Paterno didn’t because he was more concerned about the school’s reputation than about the school’s actual moral integrity.

For years survivors of rape, sexual assault and abuse by scores of Milwaukee priests under the supervision of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland have begged the current Archbishop Jerome Listecki to remove from the Milwaukee Cathedral a prominent bronze relief of Weakland depicting himself in the place of Jesus protecting little children. Weakland concealed and transferred so many sex offender clerics that Joe Paterno’s actions at Penn State seem almost trivial in comparison in their scope and consequences.

But the real reason Listecki must remove Weakland’s bronze honor to himself, which Catholics are forced to pray and worship in the presence of, is not for the sake of survivors and our feelings about Weakland. It’s for the sake of what honor and decency the Catholic Church in Milwaukee might still stand for, especially as Listecki demands the indulgence of the federal bankruptcy court to shield Weakland and others from the consequences of decades of cover-ups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

A new conversation about Church sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Peter Day

July 22, 2012

Since my ordination to the priesthood 12 years ago, the millstone of sexual abuse revelations within the Catholic Church has weighed heavily. Indeed, such is the extent of the crisis, that in some circles priest and paedophile have become interchangeable words. It is as if we have moved from an unhealthy 'A priest would never do that' to an equally unhealthy 'He's a priest, so he probably did do that'.

I do not presume to speak for anyone else. I am not a spokesman for the church. My intention is to help break open a new and broader conversation in which truth might hold sway against a collective silence and inertia.

The spectre of sexual abuse has become a defining moment for the Church; one that, if not addressed more universally, more openly, and more humbly, poses a serious threat to the Church's life and authority. We are, after all, dealing with something akin to crimes against humanity.

Just think: priests and others vested with authority in our Church and trusted as its representatives have raped children; caused emotional trauma that has led to suicides; and covered up or remained silent, and in so doing have protected paedophiles.

Yet amid the thousands of shattered lives, the institutional church is tending towards resuming normal programming while this overwhelming problem corrodes from within.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Sentence Lynn on the merits

PENNSYLVANIA
Pocono Record

July 22, 2012

Editorial

Being locked up in jail must be a shock indeed to a man who lived and worked for decades in the rarefied atmosphere of high officials in the Roman Catholic Church. But just because he wore the mantle of the church doesn't mean Monsignor William Lynn, convicted last month of endangering children in a landmark priest-abuse case, should escape an appropriate sentence for his wrongdoing.

A jury convicted Lynn of one count of felony child endangerment among many accusations that in his position he knowingly shielded priests who were child molesters. He was the first U.S. church official convicted of endangerment.

The verdict stemmed from a case involving Lynn's tenure as secretary for the clergy in the Diocese of Philadelphia, under the leadership of then-Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. Lynn handled priest assignments and abuse complaints.

Now Lynn is arguing that he should serve house arrest, community service, work release or probation. He's to be sentenced on Tuesday, and faces up to seven years in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Milwaukee’s bishops continue to be honored as statue of Joe Paterno is taken down

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

In announcing his decision to remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside of the Penn State football stadium Penn State President Rod Erickson stated that the 7 foot statue of Joe Pa “has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing”. Erickson added “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue would be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse”.

On the same day that a forklift lowered the statue of Penn State’s disgraced football coach onto a flatbed truck to be carried away and placed into storage the President of the NCAA Mark Emmert announced that “corrective and punitive measures” would be taken against Penn State adding that he had “never seen anything as egregious”. The NCAA will announce its sanctions against Penn State on Monday noting that they will be “well beyond what was done in the past”.

The bronze statue of Joe Paterno was removed and sanctions will be imposed against Penn State because Paterno and University officials covered up, concealed, and enabled the child sex crimes committed by football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting at least 10 boys and is expected to spend the remainder of his life behind bars. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh described Paterno and his colleagues as having “total and consistent disregard” for the children Sandusky brutally assaulted.

In sharp contrast to what is taking place on the campus of Penn State University the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to honor and glorify those bishops who enabled and facilitated the rape and sexual assault of countless children. Despite a declaration of bankruptcy, and over 8,000 acts of reported abuse which span decades, the bishops of Milwaukee, including William Cousins, Rembert Weakland, and Richard Sklba are still provided with admiration and acclaim by church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Sex abuse fight doesn't end with conviction

UNITED STATES
WCF Courier

By STEVE THEISEN | Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012

Steve Theisen is the director of the Iowa chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

The July 1st Courier editorial, "Child sexual abuse convictions a win for children everywhere" with the accompanied editorial caricature, was indeed encouraging for sex abuse survivors, their loved ones, and children. (Penn State University assistant football Coach Jerry Sandusky convicted and former Philadelphia cardinal’s aide found guilty of endangering children).

But to further protect children and to stop predators, we, as a society cannot stop there. Because sex offenders are shrewd and cunning, we need to do everything possible to enable sex abuse victims to come forward, expose predators, and protect kids. We know it’s safe for legislators to "get tough" with child molesters and pass laws restricting their activities, movements, and putting them on a registry but that is far from what is needed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

4 more victims surface

FLORIDA
The Daily Commercial

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012

MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer
millardives@dailycommercial.com

A molestation investigation that shut down a Eustis day-care center on Thursday has led to similar accusations from four more victims, the Department of Children and Families reported Saturday.

According to a Lake County Sheriff's report, detectives began an investigation of Kenneth Hagins of Tavares after parents of a 5-year-old boy at Pat's Kidzworld Development in Eustis said on July 11 that he had been molested there by Hagins.

Carrie Hoeppner, a DCF spokeswoman, said allegations of sexual assault the day before were made against the same man by a developmentally disabled man at SunriseArc, a group home in Mount Dora.

However, Hoeppner said the investigation stemming from Pat's Kidzworld turned up three more juveniles and another adult who lodged molestation complaints against Hagins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Child care worker held, center surrenders license

FLORIDA
San Francisco Chronicle

EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) — State officials say a Central Florida child care facility has been closed and a worker who also serves as a youth pastor was arrested on charges of sexual battery against children.

Pat's Kidz World Development Center in Eustis surrendered its license Thursday in place of having it immediately revoked, according to a statement released Saturday by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The employee, 40-year-old Kenneth Hagins of Tavares, surrendered Friday and remained in custody Saturday at the Lake County Detention Center. In addition to the battery charge, he is accused of lewd and lascivious acts on an elderly or disabled person, according to jail records. His bond was set at $200,000. Jail officials could not say if he has a lawyer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Day care worker accused of sexual abuse remains in jail

FLORIDA
13 News

EUSTIS --
The man suspected of sexually abusing a child at a day care remains in jail on $200,000.

Kenneth Hagins worked at Pat's Kidzworld Development Center in Eustis.

Department of Children and Families investigators said Hagins, 40, may have abused a disabled person while working at a group home.

Hagins is a youth pastor with Promise Land Ministries in Eustis, who surrendered on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Former Greenwich Priest Charged with Obstruction to be Sentenced Monday

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Patrick Barnard

Federal prosecutors are reportedly recommending a one year prison sentence for former Greenwich priest Michael Moynihan, who allegedly used church money for his own personal expenses.

The former pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish is to be sentenced Monday in New Haven after pleading guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation, according to an Associated Press report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

Police concede priest wasn't pursued over child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

July 23, 2012

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie

POLICE have admitted for the first time that a notorious paedophile priest escaped justice and lived out his life in Britain because they failed to question him about serious child sex allegations.

Victoria's Assistant Commissioner, Steve Fontana, confirmed Father Ronald Dennis Pickering was not pursued because detectives handling complaints about him in the 1990s believed force command was unlikely to support any request to travel to Britain.

Pickering, who died recently in Britain after fleeing Australia in 1993, has been linked to the suicides of up to eight people he allegedly sexually abused as children at various Catholic parishes around Melbourne in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

The Melbourne archdiocese has acknowledged in writing Pickering's ''proclivity for child abuse'' and has financially compensated several victims. Pickering is understood to have received some pension entitlements from the church after its leadership became aware of his crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Prosecutors Seek Maximum Sentence for "Cold," "Craven" and "Amoral" Monsignor

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

In a 29-page, scorched-earth sentencing memo, prosecutors assail Monsignor William J. Lynn as a "cold," "craven" "yes man" who, in his position as secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, functioned as an "amoral" enabler of predator priests.

Although defense lawyers have tried to portray Lynn as a powerless, low-level functionary, the prosecutors in their sentencing memo brand the monsignor as a "central actor" in the archdiocese sex scandals while he served as Cardinal Bevilacqua's secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. In that job, prosecutors said, Lynn waged a 12-year campaign of "constant deceit," managing to keep both victims and parishioners in the dark, while displaying "a willingness to sacrifice anyone to please his superiors."

"Defendant's apparent lack of remorse for anyone but himself, his refusal to accept responsibility, and his failure to understand the criminality of his actions all demonstrate character in serious need of rehabilitation," prosecutors Mariana Sorensen and Patrick Blessington conclude. "A maximum sentence may be the only way to impress upon defendant that he committed a serious crime, that there are more important rules to follow that instructions from corrupt or misguided bishops, and that protection of children trumps the reputation of abusers and the institution that harbors them."

Lynn is scheduled to be sentenced at a 9 a.m. hearing Tuesday in front of Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who presided over the monsignor's ten-week trial After being convicted of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a third-degree felony, Lynn faces a jail sentence of between 3 1/2 and 7 years. If the prosecution's sentencing memo is any guide, Tuesday's hearing won't be a spectacle for the faint-hearted.

The prosecutors begin their narrative in September 1992 when a former altar boy at St. Philip Neri Church in East Greenville, Pa., then a medical student, told the monsignor about being repeatedly abused in the 1970s by Father Ronald V. Avery. When he was a young teenager, the victim said, he was one of many altar boys that Avery would take to his Jersey shore house, ply them with liquor, and then wrestle with him.

The victim told Lynn that Avery would "sometimes touch his genitals while they roughhoused." The victim also told Lynn that "Avery molested him in the priest's bed after [the victim] has assisted Avery" while he was working his part-time gig as a disc jockey. The priest subsequently took the victim on a ski trip to Vermont, where he molested him again in a motel bed.

Lynn "referred to himself as the cardinal's 'delgate' in matters having to do with sexual abuse," the prosecutors wrote. In 1994, Lynn included Father Avery on a list he drew up of "37 pedophiles and priests" accused of guilty of sexual abuse of minors. On the list, Lynn wrote that Avery was "guilty of sexual abuse of a minor."

Avery was shipped off to St. John Vianney, an archdiocese-owned facility, for nine months of psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The therapists recommended that Avery "not be assigned to a ministry involving adolescents or vulnerable minorities," the prosecutors wrote. At the time, Avery was also the legal guardian for six H-Mong children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Top Fordham Admin Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations: Report

NEW YORK
NBC New York

An administrator at Fordham University resigned Friday after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a boy more than 40 years ago, according to a published report.

Brother James Liguori, who served as president of Iona College in New Rochelle for 17 years, became the executive director of Fordham's Westchester campus in 2011.

He stepped down Friday a day after a lawsuit by his alleged victim was made public, reports the Daily News.

In a statement, Fordham University said Liguori passed all background checks when he was hired by the university, and officials say they began investigating the claims immediately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

GUILTY VERDICT! JUSTICE is LYNN in JAIL for 7 YEARS! Trial of William Lynn: A compilation. Philadelphia JP2 Army - John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Updated July 21, 2012

Paris Arrow

William Lynn is the highest Roman Catholic Church officer to be brought to justice and found guilty by a secular jury in our American secular court of law (without Rosaries or Eucharist or Vatican Canon Laws influences) and it is time our American justice system also give him the maximum penalty of 7 years of jail time without parole in deference to the hundreds of thousands of victims of the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.ca/ named aptly after the longest reigning pope of the 20th century who did and said nothing about this most heinous crimes against children in Christendom and of the 20th century and ironically John Paul II is also the fastest tracking saint and biggest Opus Dei Golden Cow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Abuse probe dogs bishop, despite Rigali's unorthodox role

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

In March 2008, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali handed Bishop Michael J. Bransfield welcome news.

After a four-month inquiry, Rigali, then head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, declared unfounded a claim that Bransfield had molested a Lansdale Catholic High School student in the 1970s.

The outcome wasn't unusual - other priests had been cleared of decades-old allegations - but the process was.

In a break from practice, the accusation against Bransfield bypassed the archdiocese's civilian review board, according to a source briefed on the case but not authorized to publicly discuss it. The board was formed to conduct independent examinations of abuse claims and assesses priests' suitablility for ministry.

Instead, Rigali acted after reviewing the reports of an investigator who interviewed Bransfield, his accuser and others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Del challenges clergy: ‘own up

IRELAND
Northern Star

22nd July 2012

AFTER battling post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism for nearly five decades, Marlene 'Del' Burgess has finally turned the corner on her fight to recover from sexual abuse at the hands of a Lismore Catholic priest.

It's taken years of therapy, it destroyed her marriage and Marlene believes the legacy of the abuse has been visited upon her own daughter and grandchildren.

But she feels finally she can call herself a survivor.

Between the ages of 10 and 14 the now Ballina resident says she was abused by the late Father Paul Rex Brown and beaten repeatedly by a nun she confided in.

In 2003, after 40 years of keeping her dark secret, Marlene revealed her story to The Northern Star.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

July 21, 2012

Top boss at Fordham University's Westchester Campus...

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Top boss at Fordham University's Westchester Campus, Brother James Liguori, resigns amid allegations he sexually abused a boy more than 42 years ago

By Oren Yaniv / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, July 21, 2012

A top administrator at Fordham University resigned Friday amid allegations he sexually abused a boy more than 42 years ago.

James Liguori, executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus, who previously was president of Iona College, stepped down one day after a lawsuit by his alleged victim was made public.

“Brother Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham,” the university said in a statement. “University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday [he] submitted his resignation, effective immediately.”

The man who filed the suit claimed Liguori molested him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Dutchess County, which was run by the Christian Brothers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

How “The Manual” Helped the Cover-Up

UNITED STATES
Jay Nelson's Renegade Catholic Blog

[THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION BY ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY :
MEETING THE PROBLEM IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER
- via BishopAccountability.org]

Most survivors of clergy abuse by now have heard the woeful tale of The Manual (full title: The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Responsible Manner).

It’s widely known how back when the first scandal arose in Louisiana in the early 1980s, Ray Mouton, the attorney for the perpetrating priest, Gilbert Gauthe, called for help. And how Fathers Tom Doyle and Michael Peterson responded. Together, the three men wrote a proposal on managing the already brewing clergy abuse crisis for the country’s bishops, and how, mysteriously, nothing ever came of it.

Why? Could it be that was the entire point of the exercise?

While going through old newspaper clippings about the scandals for my book Sons of Perdition, I came upon a curious fact that had emerged. Our old neighbors, the Servants of the Paraclete, were advised by the bishops’ organization at one point to destroy their records. The purpose was supposedly, “to make room.” The archbishop of the hosting diocese of Santa Fe was also told to do the same. But how did the folks in Washington come to think both places were running out of space and they had to tell them to do something about it?

Unfortunately, no precise date was given, just the “mid 1980s”. Interestingly, The Manual was completed on June 8-9, 1985 and presented at the annual National Conference of Catholic Bishops pow-wow shortly thereafter – as close to “mid 1980s” as one can get.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Defense Lawyers Argue Judge Should Give Monsignor Minimum Sentence and Let Him Out on Bail Pending Appeal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

UPDATED FRIDAY

Msgr. William J. Lynn poses "no danger to the public," his defense lawyers argue, so putting him away for a maximum prison term of seven years would amount to "cruel and unusual punishment." Lynn's defense lawyers are also asking that Lynn be freed from jail pending an appeal.

On Tuesday, Lynn will stand before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, and be sentenced for his June 22 conviction on a third-degree felony of endangering the welfare of a child. He is facing a prison term of between 3 1/2 to 7 years. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington has already said that the prosecution will seek the maximum sentence of seven years for Msgr. Lynn.

Lynn's defense team, however, argued in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday that Lynn has never touched a child, and that "no reported Pennsylvania case has ever dealt with a situation where an individual had been convicted of EWOC [endangering the welfare of a child] without ever knowing the child that he or she was accused of endangering."

"Msgr. Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child," Lynn's lawyers argued. "To the contrary, letters from friends, teachers, fellow priests, nuns and family members extol Msgr. Lynn's love and respect for children and their safety, offering in supporting innumerable examples of the care and protection he showed the children he has come across."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

Vatican: Pope’s former butler released

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Paolo Gabriele gets a provisional release after he was put in prison on charges of leaking confidential documents from the Apostolic Palace

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

After being held in prison for almost 60 days on charges of illegal possession of confidential documents belonging to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, Benedict XVI’s former butler has been released from his security cell in the Vatican Gendarmerie building, where he has been confined since 23 May 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Buddhist monk 'repeatedly raped teen for two years until he impregnated her'

CHICAGO (IL)
411 Bookworm

A former Buddhist monk who allegedly raped and impregnated a 15-year-old girl more than ten years ago was arrested for the crime yesterday.

Camnong Boa-Ubol, 62, is accused of repeatedly raping the girl over a period of two years when he worked at a Chicago temple.

The 62-year-old was charged with one count aggravated criminal sexual assault and was ordered to be held on $5 million bail at Cook County Circuit court this morning.

The alleged attack took place at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township.

The court heard today that the victim was just 13-years-old when Boa-Ubol approached her in a nearby car park and said he would pay her if she cleaned around the outside of the temple.
It was when she started working inside the temple the monk started kissing her, which eventually led to her first rape in 1997, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Papal butler's lawyers say client acted out of love for church, pope

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Everything Paolo Gabriele did, he did for love of the church and the pope, said the lawyers for the personal assistant to Pope Benedict XVI accused of leaking private documents.

However, Carlo Fusco and Cristiana Arru, the defense lawyers, said whether or not anything Gabriele did was a crime will be up to Vatican magistrates or a Vatican court to determine.

The lawyers spoke to reporters July 21 after Gabriele was allowed to leave a Vatican cell and return to his Vatican apartment to be with his wife and three children. He had been in custody for 60 days.

Vatican magistrates said they had finished their interrogation of the 46-year-old papal valet and were putting him under house arrest. The magistrates are still drafting their formal decision on whether or not they believe they have enough evidence to put Gabriele on trial for his alleged part in the "VatiLeaks" scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Vatican: Pope's butler moved to house arrest

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

The Pope's butler has been released from custody and moved to house arrest.

The Vatican said that Paolo Gabriele will remain under house arrest pending a decision on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers to the media.

He was charged in May after a series of leaks exposed alleged corruption and internal conflicts at the Holy See.

Mr Gabriele's lawyer Carlo Fusco said his client had operated on his own in an "act of love" toward the Pope.

The so-called "Vatileaks" scandal saw an Italian investigative journalist publish hundreds of secret documents detailing fraud scandals, nepotism and cronyism within the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Pope's butler 'acted alone,' lawyer says

VATICAN CITY
London Free Press (Canada)

By Philip Pullella, Reuters

Last Updated: July 21, 2012

VATICAN CITY - The pope’s personal butler, who has been detained on suspicion of leaking documents alleging corruption in the Holy See, acted alone and was not part of any wider plot, his lawyer Carlo Fusco said on Saturday.

Separately, Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the butler, Paolo Gabriele, had been released from preventive custody and placed under house arrest following a seven hour interrogation on Saturday.

Gabriele was charged in May over illegal possession of secret documents and has been held in a secure room at the Vatican police station awaiting a decision on whether he is put on trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Pope's butler placed under house arrest in Vatican

VATICAN CITY
AFP

By Dario Thuburn (AFP)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI's butler was released from a Vatican cell and placed under house arrest on Saturday as he awaits a ruling on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers.

"His detention is no longer necessary," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters, adding that the ruling would come by early August at the latest.

Paolo Gabriele "will reside at home with his family in the Vatican", he said.

Gabriele's lawyer meanwhile said his client believed his was "an act of love" for the pope and a bid to make the Catholic Church "more alive". He stressed that Gabriele had acted alone and not as a part of any Vatican "plot".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Pope's butler granted house arrest

VATICAN CITY
Huffington Post

July 21, 2012

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI's jailed butler has been placed under house arrest nearly two months after he was detained for alleged involvement in leaking sensitive Vatican documents.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Saturday that Paolo Gabriele will return to his family home in the Vatican while judicial authorities decide whether to seek a trial or drop the investigation. A decision is expected within days.

Gabriele was arrested May 23 on suspicion of stealing and leaking the documents. The leaks exposed corruption, infighting and power struggles at the Vatican's highest levels.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 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 8:23 AM

Michael Tfirst Homepage - Ratzinger und Schönborn waren die Vertuscherachse bei Groer

OSTERREICH
Michael Tfirst

Benedikt XVI. hatte als Kurienkardinal im Vatikan erklärt, wie es seinerzeit Schönborn auch nach längerem Leugnen letztendlich bekannte, dass die Vorwürfe gegen den Benediktiner Groer stimmen. Was machte Herr Ratzinger Jahre später? Er schickte im Jahr 2008 seinen Botschafter an Groers Grab, wo dieser eine Festrede hielt und Groer als Unschuldslamm hochjubelte......... Du sollst mein griechischer Götterknabe sein, schrieb ein anderer Benediktiner aus St. Peter in Salzburg.......

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Kurienerzbischof Müller warnt ungehorsame Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Gerhard Ludwig Müller ist einer der mächtigsten Männer der katholischen Kirche - und übt Kritik an einer Gruppe von ungehorsamen Priestern. Deren Vorgehen sei mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht vereinbar, so der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan.

München - Kurienerzbischof Gerhard Ludwig Müller hat eine Gruppe von reformorientierten Priestern ermahnt, die sich beim Kommunionempfang für wiederverheiratete Geschiedene nicht mehr ans Kirchenrecht halten wollen. Sie förderten "ein Kirchenbild, das davon ausgeht, dass die Menschen sich selbst ihre Kirche schaffen, nach eigenem Geschmack und jeweiligem Zeitgeist", sagte der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan der "Süddeutschen Zeitung". "Dies ist aber mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht vereinbar."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Katholische Kirche ermahnt reformfreudige Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

Der von Papst Benedikt ernannte Chef der Glaubenskongregation hat Reformpriester zum Gehorsam aufgefordert. Die Kirche dürfte nicht dem Zeitgeist folgen, warnt Müller.

Der neue Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan, Kurienerzbischof Gerhard Ludwig Müller, hat reformorientierte katholische Priester zum Gehorsam gegenüber der Kirche ermahnt. Ein Kirchenbild, "das davon ausgeht, dass die Menschen sich selber ihre Kirche schaffen, nach eigenem Geschmack und jeweiligem Zeitgeist" sei "mit dem christlichen Glauben nicht zu vereinbaren", sagte Müller der Süddeutschen Zeitung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Juror in San Jose priest-beating trial reveals decision-making

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By Tracey Kaplan
tkaplan@mercurynews.com
mercurynews.com

Posted: 07/20/2012

A juror who led the effort to acquit Will Lynch for punching a priest he claims molested him as a child confessed Friday that he would have handled the attack on the cleric differently.

"I would have used a club,'' said Rich Parker, a semiretired bail bondsman.

In an interview with this newspaper, Parker offered the first peek at the jury's deliberations in a case that shined the national spotlight on clerical sex abuse and its impact on victims.

Lynch, now 44, pummeled the Rev. Jerold Lindner at a Jesuit retirement home in Los Gatos in spring 2010, about 35 years after the priest allegedly sodomized him and forced him to have oral sex with his 4-year-old brother during a religious camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The beating left the 65-year-old cleric bloodied, bruised and with two small cuts requiring stitches.

Parker's account came on the same day Santa Clara County prosecutor Vicki Gemetti officially entered into the court record a decision that District Attorney Jeff Rosen had already announced: The office will not retry Lynch for misdemeanor assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

DA will not re-file charges against Lynch in priest beating case

CALIFORNIA
KGO

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The Santa Clara County district attorney formally announced Friday that misdemeanor charges will not be re-filed against a man accused of beating a priest.

On July 5, a jury found William Lynch not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse charges in the attack on retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner two years ago.

Lynch says that Lindner sexually abused him and his brother when they were young children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Suits by alleged Perlitz victims face first test

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Published 08:38 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012

By Michael P. Mayko

HARTFORD -- Twenty-two lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of 23 Haitian boys who claim they were sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz will meet their first legal test on Aug. 7.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny set aside that afternoon to hear oral arguments from a small army of defense lawyers seeking to dismiss the cases on various legal grounds.

On that day Chatigny will listen to arguments from both sides, ask questions and request written legal briefs. He could write a decision by early next year.

An attempt to settle the cases failed during an all-day session July 9 in Boston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Liguori resigns from Fordham amid sex-abuse allegations

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Written by
Terence Corcoran and Ken Valenti

Brother James Liguori, the former president of Iona College in New Rochelle and a current top administrator at Fordham’s Westchester campus, has resigned amid accusations that he sexually abused a teenage boy in 1969, Fordham officials announced in a statement Friday night.

“On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Fordham University learned that an advocacy group has claimed a lawsuit alleging child abuse was filed in 2008 against Brother James A. Liguori, associate vice president and executive director for Fordham Westchester,” the statement read. “Brother Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham. University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday, July 20, Brother Liguori submitted his resignation, effective immediately.”

A network of sex-abuse victims announced Thursday that a California man had accused Liguori of sexually abusing him. The alleged victim, who lives in Orange County, Calif., claimed that Liguori abused him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinebeck, N.Y., according to a release from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Liguori is a member of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, and it was the religious order’s bankruptcy case, filed last year as the order’s assets were being drained by sex-abuse cases, that opened the window for the case to emerge, according to Joelle Casteix, SNAP’s western regional director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Defense claims teen rape accuser...

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Defense claims teen rape accuser of Hasidic leader Nechemya Weberman is seeking 'revenge'

By Oren Yaniv/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A teenager accused a prominent Hasidic leader of raping her only after she learned he persuaded her father to secretly record her having sex with a boyfriend, defense lawyers argued Wednesday.

The explosive allegation was made in Brooklyn Supreme Court as the trial date for the Satmar leader, Nechemya Weberman, 53, was set for the end of October.

"There is a motive of revenge," defense lawyer George Farkas said when asking to introduce the sex tape evidence at trial.

"I haven't seen the video, but I heard it's very explicit," a source said.

Prosecutors acknowledged the tape was shown to them and that the case against the boyfriend was eventually dropped. They note that Weberman accompanied the father to the district attorney's office in 2010 to make an allegation of statutory rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Toledo bishop to be guest on NPR show 'Fresh Air'

UNITED STATES
Toledo Blade

BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo is to be on the NPR show Fresh Air next week.

He follows a leader of an organization representing 80 percent of American Catholic nuns. As a guest , she discussed a Vatican review of the nuns organization. The bishop is a leader of the review.

The interview by Fresh Air host Terry Gross with Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, was broadcast Tuesday. It focused on the organization's response to the findings of a two-year "doctrinal assessment" of the nuns group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Sex abuse victim ‘let down by evangelist’

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on Saturday 21 July 2012

A LEADING evangelist from Eastbourne has been criticised for urging a victim of sex abuse within the church not to go to police.

Ian Jackson (pictured) told victim Lina Barnes she should not report the man who abused her as a young girl and he would not support her if she involved the police and in court proceedings.

Lina, who has waived her right to anonymity, said she had sought spiritual help from Ian Jackson for the historic sexual abuse at the hands of former preacher and author Allan Cundick but has been let down by both him and the church.

In a series of emails to Lina Barnes, Mr Jackson said, “I am not prepared to give you any support in relation to the involvement of the police and court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Former Youth Pastor Arrested in Alleged 12 Year Old Child Sex Assault

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Deborah Bell

A 24-year-old man, who says he was the victim of a sexual assault when he was only 12 years old, told Perth Amboy police on July 5 what happened to him.

Two weeks later, the police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office made an arrest.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, now of Phillipsburg, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

In 2000, police said, Mackintosh was a youth pastor at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, then located on King Street in Perth Amboy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Former Youth Pastor Charged With Sex Assaults

NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

MIDDLESEX, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A former youth pastor was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy years ago.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, of Phillipsburg faces sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges.

Mackintosh was arrested after the alleged victim – now an adult – approached the Perth Amboy Police Department this month.

Investigators believe Mackintosh assaulted the boy during the year 2000 when he was a youth pastor at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Former Perth Amboy pastor charged with sexually assaulting boy 12 years ago

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — A former Perth Amboy youth pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy multiple times more than a decade ago.

Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, of Dinah Drive, Phillipsburg was arrested at his home 9:15 p.m. Thursday, and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Perth Amboy Acting Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz.

Mackintosh, who works as a computer technician, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $100,000 bail, with no 10 percent down payment.

He was arrested during an investigation by Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Perth Amboy Detective Pete Boulieris which began July 5, 2012, after the 12-year-old boy, who is now an adult, contacted the Perth Amboy Police Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Former NJ youth pastor charged with sex assault

NEW JERSEY
WABC

PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey (WABC) -- The Middlesex County Prosecutor's office says a former youth pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy on numerous occasions more than a decade ago.

Police say 46-year-old Jeffrey Mackintosh was arrested Thursday night at his Phillipsburg home.

He faces charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mackintosh is in custody on $150,000 bail and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Prosecutors say the child victim, who is now an adult, contacted the Perth Amboy authorities on July 5 to report the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Fairbanks Diocese approaches 50th anniversary

ALASKA
San Antonio Express-News

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks has scheduled an August mass to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Officials say Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate a mass of thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Pope John XXIII officially established the diocese on Aug. 8, 1962, but officials say the history of the church in Alaska stretches back to the 18th century.

The diocese covers 400,000-square miles including multiple Alaska Native villages.

The church filed for bankruptcy after numerous claims of clerical sexual abuse, reaching a bankruptcy settlement with more than 300 victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Fordham Administrator Resigns in Wake of Abuse Lawsuit

NEW YORK
The Ram

By CONNOR RYAN
NEWS EDITOR

Br. James A. Liguori, associate vice president and executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus and former president of Iona College, submitted resignation today, after being linked to a child sex abuse lawsuit in a claim released by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Thursday.

“Br. Liguori passed a criminal background check in fall 2011, when he was hired by Fordham, University officials began investigating immediately, and on Friday, July 20, Br. Liguori submitted his resignation, effective immediately,” Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University, said in a statement. “The University takes any claim of abuse with the utmost seriousness. Fordham’s primary concern is always for the victim in such cases — it could not be otherwise. I know that you keep anyone who has been so victimized in your thoughts and prayers.”

The suit charges that Liguori sexually abused a boy, now identified as John Doe, in 1969 while Doe was a student at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New York, according to the statement. The Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic order (now known as the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers), ran the school at the time of the alleged abuse. Liguori is a member of the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Chile investigates school sex abuse

CHILE
Big Pond News (Australia)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chilean authorities will investigate 61 schools in the country's capital for possible child sex abuse, the attorney general has announced, in the latest government step to address a sharp rise in reports of such crimes.

Attorney-General Sabas Chahuan said on Friday his office will look at 49 schools in eastern Santiago and 12 on city's west side. Several teachers have recently been accused of sexually molesting children at schools in affluent neighbourhoods in the eastern part of Santiago. ...

Pinera also urged lawmakers to review and fast-track about 100 bills before Congress that could protect children against sexual abuse. Under new measures, young sex abuse victims will need only to provide a video-recorded statement once so they can avoid the stress of repeatedly having to retell their painful episodes.

The president said the sex offender database would be fully functioning from August.

Chile is one of South America's most strongly conservative nations in social matters. The Roman Catholic Church retains a firm influence in society, although in recent years it has been hit by scandals in which priests have been accused of molesting children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Delays in pedophile case prompt demonstration

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star July 21, 2012

A victim of convicted pedophile Rev. William Hodgson Marshall - who was scheduled to enter a plea Friday to two new counts of sexual abuse - said he is frustrated the case was delayed.

Marshall, 90, appeared briefly by video from the Joyceville Institution, near Kingston, but only to hear his lawyer Andrew Bradie ask that the matter be put over so that he has time to discuss new developments with his client. Ontario Court Justice Lloyd Dean set Sept. 4 as the next court date.

"I feel upset. Victims are kept in the dark," said Patrick McMahon, 44, who was sexually assaulted at age 13 by Marshall and who was in court Friday hoping to see the Catholic priest plead guilty to two cases involving victims from Saskatoon. "I find it very frustrating. The justice system is all about delay, delay, delay.

"It doesn't give any satisfaction to victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

July 20, 2012

$5M bond for Ex-Buddhist priest charged with fathering child with teen

ILLINOIS
WLS

BRIDGEVIEW (WLS) - A former Buddhist priest was ordered held on $5 million bond Friday, charged with fathering a child with a 15-year-old girl while he belonged to a west suburban temple.

Camnong Boa-Ubol, 62, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and Cook County Judge Peter Felice ordered him held on $5 million Friday, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

Boa-Ubol was a Buddhist priest who lived and worked at the Wat Dhammaram Temple in Stickney Township when he fathered the child, according to a May 2012 release from the Cook County Sheriff's office.

In a 2009 lawsuit, the woman and her daughter claimed Boa-Ubol sexually assaulted and battered her at the temple between July 1998 and May 1999.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Feds seek prison for ex-Greenwich pastor

CONNECTICUT
Stamford Advocate

Associated Press

Updated 06:40 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012
NEW HAVEN -- A former Greenwich priest should be sent to prison for about a year for obstructing an investigation into his personal use of church money, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Moynihan, who resigned in 2007 as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, is to be sentenced Monday in New Haven after pleading guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation. Moynihan wants to be spared prison time, according to prosecutors.

"There is simply no excuse for a religious leader to knowingly lie and provide false documentation when an effort is being made to uncover facts surrounding off-the-book accounts," prosecutors wrote in court papers Wednesday. "The court should reject the notion that religious leaders or other types of white collar professionals should be sentenced more lightly than the powerless because, for the former, the embarrassment of conviction alone is more devastating than it would be for those who have enjoyed fewer advantages in life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Norbert Denef im 43. Tag des Hungerstreiks

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Norbert Denef befindet sich im 43. Tag seines Hungerstreiks. Er setzt seinen Hungerstreik fort.

Sowohl die Wortlosigkeit der SPD am 13. Juni 2012 (siehe Pressemitteilung vom 11. Juli 2012 http://netzwerkb.org/2012/07/13/hungerstreik-tag-36-es-geht-um-unsere-kinder/) als auch die Ereignisse im Bundestag am 19. Juli 2012 (siehe Pressemitteilung vom 20. Juli 2012,

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Priest's molestation hearing delayed again

SACRAMENTO (CA)
The Record Searchlight

SACRAMENTO — The preliminary hearing for a suspended Redding priest charged with seven felony counts of child molestation was continued today for the second time until Sept. 7, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office said.

That hearing had been scheduled for last month, but was continued then until today.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, was arrested Nov. 30, 2011, after surrendering to law enforcement officials in Sacramento County. The allegations came to light when the diocese received a complaint from a parishioner's family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Philly DA seeks 7-year sentence ...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS News

Philly DA seeks 7-year sentence for Monsignor William Lynn, priest convicted of felony child endangerment

By Paula Reid Topi

(CBS) PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia District Attorney is seeking seven years in prison for Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdioceses of Philadelphia official convicted of felony child endangerment.

The District Attorney filed a motion today arguing that the maximum sentence of seven years is the only way to impress upon Lynn that, "[T]he protection of children trumps the reputation of abusers and the institution that harbors them."

Lynn was convicted on June 22. He is the first American church official who has not actually abused children to be convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in a jury trial and subsequently incarcerated.

Lynn's lawyers have asked the court to show leniency. They argue that Msgr. Lynn poses no danger to the public and has been sufficiently rehabilitated during the legal ordeal, which began in 2002.

Advocates for survivors of sex abuse want to see Lynn jailed. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), released a statement saying that Lynn still poses a threat to public safety. SNAP argues that Lynn put "hundreds" of children at risk by helping "perhaps dozens of predators stay hidden, employed, and around kids."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

CA - LA Archdiocese cannot block release of secret priest files, victims respond

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[court record]

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 20, 2012

Late yesterday, the California Second Appellate District Court ruled that Los Angeles Archdiocese officials cannot block the release of confidential priest files of 25 known, admitted, or jailed child molesting clerics.

The files were a part of the Archdiocese's 2007 $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims of child sex abuse. Legal maneuverings by lawyers for the Archdiocese and the accused priests have held up the release of the files for five years.

We are thrilled that hundreds of pages of long-secret church records about pedophile priests will soon be released. Kids are safest when citizens know more, not less, about dangerous child molesters. The public will also be able to learn what church officials knew about predator clerics and when they knew it. That will help ensure some accountability and justice for people who recklessly put kids in danger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

SNAP’S PROTEST OF NUNS’ CONVENTION

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

July 19, 2012 7:32 pm | Author: Jerry Berger
Beginning Aug 7, the largest group of America’s nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, meets at the Millennium Hotel downtown. Outside, with picket signs and childhood photos, members of SNAP will protest what they call LCWR’s “nearly complete refusal to deal with past child sex crimes and cover-ups by its nuns or prevent future ones.” No one has a solid estimate of how many Catholic sisters have molested kids, SNAP says, but at least one local nun, Sr. Judith Fisher, was sued for abusing a girl for seven years. That case was settled out of court in 2004. SNAP board chair Steve Theisen of Iowa is spearheading the demonstration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

SF man accused of beating priest will not face another trial

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Examiner

By: Bay City News | 07/20/12

Santa Clara County prosecutors Friday officially announced their decision not to re-file misdemeanor charges against William Lynch for beating Fr. Jerold Lindner, who Lynch claims molested him more than three decades ago.

Deputy District Attorney Vikki Gemetti on Friday morning formally told Judge David Cena of her office's decision.

Cena responded by saying that the charges were dismissed and Lynch's bail released.

"It does put an exclamation point on the case," said Lynch's attorney Pat Harris.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Prosecutors: Msgr. Lynn deserves maximum prison sentence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Msgr. William J. Lynn is evil, conniving and remorseless and deserves nothing but the maximum term in state prison for allowing Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests to sexually abuse children, prosecutors argued Friday.

"Every workday he woke up, went to his office and there pursued a deliberate, orchestrated plan that shielded and enabled child rapists," Assistant District Attorneys Mariana Sorensen and Patrick Blessington wrote in a sentencing memo.

Lynn, 61, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

A former top aide to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn last month became the first Catholic church official convicted for enabling clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

A Pastor’s Thought on the Statute of Limitations

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

July 20, 2012 by Susan Matthews

According to a Catholics4Change reader this was posted on the Web site of Epiphany Parish in Philadelphia. It appeared in the July 15th parish bulletin and was written by Father John Pidgeon, the pastor.

“Lifting the statute of limitations and opening a window in which victims can sue is a topic that must be given serious consideration. If this is the way to best protect victims and provide justice for those harmed, then I am all for it. While I am not fully convinced that this is the answer, I do find a major flaw in the argument that lifting the statute of limitations and opening a window for civil lawsuits would unfairly target the Catholic Church. Such an argument is like a driver who is pulled over for speeding saying to the police officer, “Its not fair that you pulled me over and not the others”. Other institutions may very well have similar problems like us but to claim we are being unfairly singled out is like the high school student caught cheating complaining that it’s not fair he was caught while others who were cheating were not. Some get caught and others do not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

A Vatican watershed on transparency, and a new tool for reformers

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Jul. 20, 2012 All Things Catholic

For sure, I’m no Nostradamus. To cite just one example of my failures as a prognosticator, in 1999 I published a biography of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger containing four reasons why his election as pope was improbable. We’re now, of course, into the eighth year of his reign.

A month ago, however, I finally got one right.

On June 22, previewing an evaluation of the Vatican’s financial transparency by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body, I wrote: “The report is probably destined to trigger confusing and conflicting headlines about how well the Vatican did.”

On cue, these headlines ran shortly after the report’s release on Wednesday, July 18:
•Associated Press: “Vatican passes key financial transparency test”
•AGI: “Moneyval flunks the Vatican”
•L’Espresso: “Moneyval passes the Vatican”
•RTE: “Serious failings identified in Vatican Bank”
•Sunday Times: “Report cites progress in Vatican anti-money laundering efforts”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Rev. Hod Marshall sexual assault plea delayed

CANADA
Windsor Star

WINDSOR – A victim of convicted pedophile Rev. William Hodgson Marshall — who was scheduled to enter a plea Friday to two new counts of sexual abuse — said he is frustrated the case was delayed.

Marshall. 90. appeared briefly by video from the Joyeceville Institution, near Kingston, but only to hear his lawyer Andrew Bradie ask that the matter be put over so that he has time to discuss new developments with his client. Ontario Court Justice Lloyd Dean set Sept. 4 as the next court date.

“I feel upset. Victims are kept in the dark,” said Patrick McMahon, 44, who was sexually assaulted at age 13 by Marshall and who was in court Friday hoping to see the Catholic priest plead guilty to two cases involving victims from Saskatoon. “I find it very frustrating. The justice system is all about delay, delay, delay.

“It doesn’t give any satisfaction to victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Mediation: A new model for settling sex abuse cases

SPOKANE (WA)
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 20, 2012
By Tom Gallagher

The Spokane, Wash., diocese recently announced that a new settlement had been reached with respect to current, pending claims of sexual abuse. The settlement culminates almost a decade of complex litigation and a 2004 bankruptcy filing that cost the diocese $48 million.

A major complication involved the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, which once had elements of control in favor of the diocese in its governance documents. In reality, the ranch operated on its own and was led for decades by Fr. Joseph Weitensteiner, who himself has been accused of sexual abuse. Prior to the 2004 bankruptcy, the ranch was legally separated from the diocese.

A critical issue post-bankruptcy was how to fund future claims against the diocese and, specifically, some two-dozen unresolved claims filed by former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch residents. The future claims fund was woefully underfunded and was collateralized by practically all of the real estate of the parishes and their schools. A funding default would have triggered the foreclosure of parishes and schools.

With the new settlement, the diocese and parishes agreed to put $1.5 million toward the future claims fund. There will be no foreclosures. All appeals will be withdrawn.

How did all this come about?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Vatikanbank im Visier der Geldwäsche-Experten

VATIKAN
Handelsblatt

Vatikanstadt. Der Vatikan kann trotz einer Reformoffensive den Makel undurchsichtiger Finanzgeschäfte nicht abstreifen. Fachleute des Europarats kommen in einem am Mittwoch vorgelegten Bericht zu dem Ergebnis, dass der Heilige Stuhl den internationalen Standards zur Bekämpfung von Geldwäsche, Terrorismusfinanzierung und Steuerflucht noch längst nicht gerecht wird.

Dazu seien weitere bedeutende Schritte erforderlich, befindet der Expertenausschuss Moneyval. Der Ausschuss vergibt in zentralen Punkten vergibt schlechte Noten an die skandalumwitterte Vatikanbank IOR. Von den insgesamt 16 Schlüsselkriterien für transparente Finanzgeschäfte würden sieben noch nicht erfüllt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Catholic school sued for sex abuse in Haiti

CONNECTICUT
Caribbean 360

CONNECTICUT, USA, Friday July 20, 2012 – A former pupil of a school for disadvantaged youth in Cap-Haitien, Haiti has joined 22 other former students in filing a lawsuit against a Jesuit priest now living in Massachusetts, and others, alleging the defendants did nothing to prevent the school’s former director from sexually abusing them over a 10-year period.

In a civil complaint filed this week in federal court in Connecticut, a Haitian national, now in his early 20s, says the Reverend Paul E. Carrier; Fairfield University in Connecticut, and other defendants, are liable for the abuse he suffered from Douglas Perlitz, 42, former director of Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

The Haitian man’s complaint claims that Carrier, a former Fairfield chaplain; the university, and other defendants, ¬established the school, provided its funding, and ignored signs of Perlitz’s actions.

A lawyer for the university, ¬Stanley A. Twardy Jr., said Fairfield expects to be cleared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

LCWR nuns: “Catholic Church is pro-foetus but keeps silent on other essential issues”

UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

Sister Pat Farrel, president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious breaks the silence in a radio interview with NPR. The world moves on and doctrine cannot remain static she says

Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
Rome

It seemed like a coincidence to many but the day after a change of guard was announced in the leadership of the Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Cardinal Levada was substituted by Cardinal Müller – nuns of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), the association which represents 80% of women religious in the U.S. and which is preparing a national assembly to be held in August have broken their silence and agreed to talk about their placement under the supervision of an external commissioner.

Neither was it a coincidence that the first one to speak was President Pat Farrel, number two of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters Congregation in Iowa, in an interview with National Public Radio in one of its most popular programmes. The nun reiterated the association’s official response to the Vatican’s “unfounded” accusations which could potentially be destructive to the continuation of their mission. But she went further, saying: “There are issues about which we think there's a need for a genuine dialogue, and there doesn't seem to be a climate of that in the church right now."

Sister Farrel highlighted one fundamental question: is it possible to be part of the Church but be in favour of dialogue and discussion? “Questions there are much less black and white because human realities are much less black and white. That's where we spend our days." “I think one of our deepest hopes is that in the way we manage the balancing beam in the position we're in, if we can make any headways in helping to create a safe and respectful environment where church leaders along with rank-and-file members can raise questions openly and search for truth freely, with very complex and swiftly changing issues in our day, that would be our hope. But the climate is not there. And this mandate coming from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith putting us in a position of being under the control of certain bishops that is not a dialogue. If anything, it appears to be shutting down dialogue."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

What I Learned On Jury Duty

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

After 13 weeks of covering the archdiocese sex abuse trial, I was summoned for jury duty on Monday, July 9.

I reported to the first floor of the Criminal Justice Center at 8:15 a.m., figuring I would be there just for the day. Usually the court staff start laughing the minute they find out I'm a reporter, and they're still laughing when they show me the door.

But they must have been desperate. I was shipped upstairs to Courtroom 1002, where the Hon. Judge Earl W. Trent Jr. presided. He asked a few questions about whether I thought I could be an impartial juror. I said I honestly didn't know. Well, the judge said, when you go out to report a story, aren't you supposed to be impartial? I try to be, I said.

To my amazement, I was chosen as Juror No. 9, given an official ID badge, and told to report to court the following morning. After a lifetime of being an observer, I was suddenly in a position to have a direct impact on somebody's life. Terique Powell, 21, of Northeast Philadelphia, was facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 5 to 10 years in an armed robbery case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Inside The Jury Room, Part Two

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

[Part 1]

Ralph Cipriano

Taleah Grimmage, Juror No. 7, has finally explained why that not guilty verdict on the conspiracy charge against Msgr. Lynn left her with knots in her stomach.

Every juror believed Lynn was part of a conspiracy at the archdiocese, Juror No. 7 explained in an email posted on this website. It just wasn't the conspiracy that the prosecutors thought was there.

In subsequent emails, Grimmage elaborated on her complicated views about Msgr. Lynn. Yes he was just a "yes man," she said, but he was also the guy left holding the bag for the archdiocese.

I'd like to publicly thank Taleah for providing invaluable insights into jury deliberations. Here's what she posted about the conspiracy verdict:

Hi everyone, This is Taleah Grimmage (Juror #7). I stated before that my stomach was in knots about the conspiracy charge because, almost every single juror believed that there was a conspiracy. We just didn't believe that the conspiracy was to endanger children.

I specifically requested that the foreman send out a question (which he did) asking if the result of a conspiracy was that a child was endangered, did the endangerment also have to be the intent. Judge Sarmina told us that it did, which made it nearly impossible to convict, with the elements that we were given of conspiracy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Defense Team Says Monsignor Poses "No Danger To The Public"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

Msgr. William J. Lynn poses "no danger to the public," his defense lawyers argue, so putting him away for a maximum prison term of seven years would amount to "cruel and unusual punishment."

On Tuesday, Lynn will stand before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, and be sentenced for his June 22 conviction on a third-degree felony of endangering the welfare of a child. He is facing a prison term of between 3 1/2 to 7 years. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington has already said that the prosecution will seek the maximum sentence of seven years for Msgr. Lynn.

Lynn's defense team, however, argued in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday that Lynn has never touched a child, and that "no reported Pennsylvania case has ever dealt with a situation where an individual had been convicted of EWOC [endangering the welfare of children] without ever knowing the child that he or she was accused of endangering."

"Msgr. Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child," Lynn's lawyers argued. "To the contrary, letters from friends, teachers, fellow priests, nuns and family members extol Msgr. Lynn's love and respect for children and their safety, offering in supporting innumerable examples of the care and protection he showed the children he has come across."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Lynn's lawyers seek lenient sentence

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest convicted of child endangerment urged a judge Thursday to spare him from prison, arguing that Msgr. William J. Lynn poses no public threat, has led a life of service, and has already endured unprecedented "shaming and vilification."

Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians sentenced for the same felony since 1996 spent only months in county jails or were freed on supervised release, the lawyers said. They said Lynn, a priest for 36 years, deserves the same break.

"A sentence of time served, probation, work release, or house arrest would ensure that Msgr. Lynn can still use his priestly gifts to improve the lives of those around him," lawyers Thomas Bergstrom and Jeffrey Lindy said in their filing.

Lynn, a longtime aide to the late Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, faces up to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Recovered memories take courtroom spotlight

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Susan Spencer TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Ann M. McCarron never forgot being sexually abused by her pediatrician from the time she was 7 until she was 12 years old, but she never told anyone about it until she was in her 30s, after years of therapy.

Believing that she would go to jail if she spoke out, she tucked it in the back of her mind and followed a path of self-destructive behavior, including drinking vodka until she passed out.

“I was scared silent and I was numb,” said Ms. McCarron, who is now 49 and the associate athletic director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

David K. O'Regan, 62, of Spencer, also blocked out for 40 years detailed memories of being abused at age 11 by a priest, until the bombardment of media reports surrounding the Boston clergy scandal forced him to face his past. He opened up for the first time, at age 52, to his wife.

“I didn't think anyone would believe me. I didn't believe it,” said Mr. O'Regan, who is a victim's advocate for the Worcester chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Franse priester beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik

FRANKRIJK
De Standaard

Een 68-jarige priester uit het noorden van Frankrijk is beschuldigd van verkrachting van en seksueel geweld op minderjarigen van 15 jaar. Hij is ook in preventieve hechtenis genomen. .

De geestelijke heeft de hem aangewreven feiten bekend. Ze zouden zich hebben afgespeeld in de regio Rijsel en Duinkerken, vanaf de jaren zeventig tot de beginjaren van de huidige eeuw. Er is een tiental slachtoffers bekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Priester Jan Peijnenburg strijdt online tegen bisdom Den Bosch | opinie

NEDERLAND
Den Bosch Dichtbij

Stel, je bent priester en toegewijd aan de katholieke kerk. Je stelt je hele leven in dienst van God, Jezus en iedereen uit de kerststal. Je gelooft in het goede van mensen, bent al bijna 50 jaar samen met de liefde van leven en samen wil je de mooie kanten van de kerk en het geloof verspreiden. En dan ineens word je door diezelfde kerk er gewoon uitgeflikkerd. Nee, je krijgt nog 1 kans: je geliefde na 50 jaar dumpen.

Het overkomt priester Jan Peijnenburg uit Eindhoven. Peijnenburg mag van het bisdom Den Bosch niet meer voorgaan in de katholieke kerk omdat hij samenwoont met een vrouw. Een 81-jarige man mag niet zijn liefde geven aan een 86-jarige vrouw. Dan hebben ze natuurlijk ook seks en dat mag niet. Bah, vies. Want je lichaam behoort alleen God toe. En je zult je dus als priester moeten houden aan het celibaat. Dat doet Jan Peijnenburg niet en dus geeft de kerk hem een keuze. Of hij verlaat zijn geliefde Threes van Dijk, of hij wordt uit het ambt gezet. Dat terwijl andere priesters in het verleden aan piemeltjes mochten zitten of erger en alleen werden overgeplaatst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Priester stopt vanwege celibaat

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

BREE - Kapelaan Jürgen Soetens behoort niet meer tot de parochie van Bree. De 38-jarige priester was graag gezien in de noordoostelijke gemeente. Met zijn jonge leeftijd en enthousiasme maakte hij de mensen opnieuw warm voor de Kerk, maar hij heeft de dekenij van Bree al verlaten en verblijft terug in Zottegem, de plaats waar hij vandaan komt. De reden van zijn vertrek is simpel: het celibataire leven viel hem te zwaar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

“Een vrouw als priester is als seksueel misbruik van kinderen”

NEDERLAND
Nieuwslog

“Een vrouw als priester is net zo erg als sexueel misbruik van kinderen”? Is dit een belediging voor alle vrouwen?

Laten we ons nou eens afvragen wie het hier mee eens zijn. Persoonlijk zal ik niemand de kerk injagen maar eerder aanmoedigen eruit te stappen al was het alleen maar om de leugens. De claim dat vrouwen die priester willen worden vergeleken worden met de ernst van seksueel misbruik van kinderen gaat naar mijn idee alle perken te buiten. Een vrouw is evengoed in staat om een bijbel verhaal op te dragen, en als het komt tot het bespreken van (Katholieke) familie kwesties dan zou ik liever een vrouw tegenover me hebben dan een man met een tijdbom tussen zijn benen. Wat voor mensen zijn het eens met de paus? Wie in de wereld vindt dat een vrouw als priester net zo erg is als seksueel misbruik van kinderen? Wat een God vergeten quote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Pro Death Penalty

MASSACHUSETTS
outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

Lately I've found myself listening to Sports Talk Radio in Boston. Being a sports fan from New England is almost a natural. Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins are all legendary teams. At least to us. Much like politics here, which most consider a contact sport. Although they should never mix, just as Mayor Menino and try not to laugh as he tries to pronounce Wes Wekler. Res Wreckler?

The real no-no's in pleasant conversation are politics and religion. Which seems to be true as the silence from all of the politicians when the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in Boston ten years ago still echoes. And I mean all politicians, from both parties. There were no profiles in courage.

Which brings me to Penn State. I spent a good part of the afternoon today listening to WEEI's The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley as they fended off a lot of Penn State apologists. Who sounded awfully similar to the Catholic Church apologists.

Serial child abuser Sandusky is in jail for life now and Joe Paterno is dead. Time to move on. Others who may have facilitated the cover-up are still being investigated like Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. More justice will be served by the actual guilty parties. Time to move on. And leave statutes and football alone.

Or

Serial child abuser John Goeghan and Cardinal Law has moved to Rome. Time to move on. We are investigating it. Time to move on. And leave all the good priests alone. Stop Catholic bashing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Former Iona President Accused of Child Abuse [UPDATE]

NEW YORK
Patch

By Michael Woyton

A lawsuit has been filed in New York courts accusing former Iona College President Brother James Liguori of sex abuse and a subsequent cover up.

Joelle Casteix, western regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), posted a media statement outlining the accusations Thursday.

According of Casteix, the suit charges the victim, known as "John Doe," was allegedly sexually abused by Liguori in 1969. At the time, the boy was at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy, which is run by the Irish Christian Brothers, in New York.

"Doe," who now lives in Orange County, CA, reported his alleged abuse to church officials there in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

One year on: What’s happened since Enda Kenny’s landmark Cloyne speech?

IRELAND
The Score

[with video of the Enda Kenny speech]

TODAY MARKS EXACTLY a year since Taoiseach Enda Kenny stood up in a sparsely populated Dáil chamber to deliver one of the most significant speeches in the history of the State.

In a landmark address, Kenny outlined his views on the publication of the Cloyne report which had investigated and exposed how church authorities had dealt with allegations of abuse in the Cork diocese.

The report outlined how 19 priests abused dozens of children between 1996 and 2009 and it accused those in authority at the diocese of gross negligence for not doing enough to address the issue.

Kenny said the “heartbreaking” revelations contained in the report showed “the dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism that dominates the Vatican today” and was hugely scathing of the church’s treatment of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Judgment dismissed in Green Bay diocese sex abuse case

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 19, 2012

An Outagamie County judge has dismissed a $700,000 judgment against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay and ordered a new trial, citing juror bias in a landmark trial involving clergy sex abuse.

Outagamie Judge Nancy Krueger said a juror failed to divulge before or during the trial that she suspected the accused priest of inappropriate contact with her own brother and that she had a close friendship with a member of the plaintiffs' extended family.

"The overriding emphasis of this Court must be on the integrity of the justice and jury system - and the right of all parties to a fair and impartial trial," Krueger said in the ruling filed late Wednesday. "If even one juror harbors a material prejudice, the right to an impartial jury has been impaired," she said.

The jury in May found that the diocese had defrauded brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield by placing now-defrocked Father John Patrick Feeney into their parish in the 1970s without telling members about his sexual history involving children. But concerns about the juror's impartiality were raised by two fellow jurors who'd had conversations with her outside the courthouse after the verdict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Buddhist monk is brought back to Chicago area to face charge of raping teen

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune reporter

July 20, 2012

A woman who says she was sexually assaulted and impregnated by a Buddhist monk as a teenager more than a decade ago in the southwest suburbs agonized for years about telling her story to authorities.

Two years ago she filed a lawsuit against Camnong Boa-Ubol, but to maintain her child's privacy, she did not want to pursue criminal charges.

But after the Tribune wrote of the woman's lawsuit last year in a story about abuse allegations against several monks, a victims rights group persuaded her to seek criminal action against Boa-Ubol. On Thursday, Boa-Ubol, 62, who had left the Chicago area several years ago, was returned here and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, officials said.

The alleged crime occurred at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township. The woman was 15 when she became pregnant. In her lawsuit, she alleged that she was 14 when Boa-Ubol began a nearly yearlong pattern of abuse that resulted in her pregnancy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Diocese pays $205K to settle sexual abuse claim

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

By Pat Muir
Yakima Herald-Republic

The Catholic Diocese of Yakima agreed last month to pay $205,000 to a woman who sued over sexual abuse she said took place at the hands of a Jesuit priest in the 1970s.

The woman, identified as M.P. in the suit filed in April 2010 in Yakima County Superior Court, settled last year with the Jesuits for $288,000. Both suits stem from abuse she said occurred in 1977 when she was 8 years old at St. Joseph’s Parish, which was run by the Jesuits until last summer. The priest in question, Francis Duffy, had been accused of molesting girls in Oregon before he was transferred to Yakima, where he served until 1989. He died in 1992.

The woman’s lawyer, Bryan Smith of Tamaki Law Offices in Yakima, hailed the settlement as an overdue acknowledgment of responsibility. Previously, he said, the diocese had placed all of the blame for Duffy’s abuse on the Jesuits.

"The Yakima Diocese had not acknowledged any type of responsibility for Father Duffy despite the fact he preached in this town under their supervision for 20 years," Smith said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

St. Cloud, Minn.: Lawsuit claims St. John's Abbey knew of priest's past abuse

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

A former student sued St. John's Abbey for fraud Thursday, July 19, alleging the religious order knew one of its members had been accused of sexual abuse as early as 1958, yet let him continue teaching.

The lawsuit was filed in Stearns County by a former St. John's Prep student who claims he was sexually abused by the Rev. Allen Tarlton in the 1980s.

Tarlton was an English teacher at the Minnesota school.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the lawsuit alleges at least three abbots knew of the allegations against Tarlton but put him in teaching roles at St. John's Prep and at other locations in other states and the Bahamas.

A message left Thursday with the abbey was not returned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

July 19, 2012

Diocese of NY church lady accused of embezzling committed a 'sin': Judge

NEW YORK
New York Post

By LAURA ITALIANO

A Manhattan judge today chided prosecutors for offering only 4 1/2 years prison to an allegedly embezzling former clerk for the Diocese of New York, calling the $1 million embezzlement "not only a crime, but a sin."

"How come you went down?" Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone asked after prosecutors announced their latest rock-bottom offer -- 4 1/2 to 9 years prison -- for accused accounts payable clerk Anita Collins.

Back in April, prosecutors had said they'd go no lower than six years prison for Collins, 69, who is charged with taking the money over the course of seven years, filling her Schuylerville, Bronx, apartment with Bloomingdales furniture, Belleek China and pricey Madam Alexander dolls.

"This is a woman who has stolen more than a million dollars from a not-for-profit religious organization," the judge told prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

Ministry struggling to justify Hamilton ‘priest-dumping’: law expert

CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

The Ministry of the Attorney General is likely looking at ways to justify a controversial legal resolution that permitted a charged priest to leave Hamilton for Brazil, says a legal expert.

The more time it takes for the ministry to investigate the case of Rev. Jose Silva, the less chance it has been able to justify it, Alan Young, an associate professor of the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University told the Spectator.

Young was commenting on the ongoing ministry investigation of an unusual deal between the Hamilton Crown Attorney’s Office and a defence counsel that permitted Silva, 34, to return to his native Brazil without facing prosecution for a sexual assault charge. Silva left Hamilton May 4. A countrywide warrant was put in place that would see the charge proceed in the event Silva retuned to Canada.

“We know the deal is unusual and it cries out for some justification. The reality is they (ministry officials) understand the general public would not support a deal of this nature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

Day care employee, youth pastor accused of sexually molesting mentally disabled client

FLORIDA
WFTV

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

The Department of Children and Families ordered a Lake County day care that was connected to one of several sexual abuse investigations involving the same man to be shut down.

Detectives said Kenneth Hagins used to work for Pat's Kidz World day care in Eustis, as well as Sunrise Arc Group Homes. Detectives also said he was a youth pastor.

WFTV's Berndt Petersen confronted one Hagins' former bosseswho said Hagins was quickly put on leave once the allegations surfaced. ...

They also plan to visit a Eustis church where they believe Hagins is a youth pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Former Iona College President Brother James Liguori Named in Child Sex Abuse Suit

NEW YORK
Talk of the Sound

By Robert Cox on Thu, 07/19/2012

A California man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused by Brother James A. LiguoriBrother James A. Liguori in 1969 when the boy at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New York. The school was run by the Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic religious order. Brother Liguori is a member of the order and served up until 2011 as President of Iona College.

According to a press statement issued by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an independent, confidential network of survivors of religious sexual abuse and their supporters, the man reported his abuse to church officials in Orange County, CA in 2008. Catholic staffers, including Bishop Tod Brown, met with him and, in emails, a lawyer for the diocese said that she believed his allegations.

The Irish Christian Brothers, however, claimed that the allegations were "without merit" and took no action against Liguori who was, at the time, of the victim’s report, the president of Iona College in New Rochelle.

Iona College has issued a statement:

Through an Internet posting, we recently learned of a lawsuit alleging child abuse by former President, Brother James A. Liguori whose employment at the College concluded on September 26, 2011. The College has not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment at this time; instead, it refers questions about the suit to the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are in support of any victim of sex abuse and their family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Molestation charges against Raleigh priest dropped more than 2 years later

RALEIGH (NC)
News & Observer

RALEIGH -- More than two years after filing charges, authorities have dropped the child molestation case against Catholic priest Edgar Sepulveda.

Sepulveda’s suspension from his duties remains in place pending the completion of a Catholic Diocese of Raleigh investigation, in accordance with its procedures and those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Sepulveda was initially arrested in January 2010 on one count of second degree sexual offense and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in Brunswick County, S.C., where he was visiting church members in May 2009. Sepulveda, then a resident of Beulaville and pastor of Maria Reina de las Americas Parish in Mount Olive, was first investigated when allegations surfaced in September, according to a news release posted on the diocese website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Leader of US Orthodox church quits amid rape claim

UNITED STATES
KTUL

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - The leader of the New York-based Orthodox Church in America has resigned amid questions about whether he failed to report an allegation of a rape by a priest to church officials or law enforcement.

The church issued a statement from Washington Archbishop Metropolitan Jonah saying he submitted his resignation July 6. The letter from Jonah had come at the request of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Jonah did not refer to the rape allegation.

The church issued a three-page statement July 16. It said Jonah had failed to report to authorities a 2010 rape allegation involving an unidentified priest. It said an investigation of the allegation was being performed by the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Former college president accused of sex abuse and cover-up

NEW YORK
My Fox New York

By FRANCISCO BERNARD, MyFoxNY.com -

MYFOXNY.COM -
A man who claims he was sexually abused by the former president of Iona College is filing a lawsuit.

The victim, known only as John Doe, has filed a sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reports the man claimed to have been sexually abused in 1969 by Brother James Liguori when he was at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy, run by the Irish Christian Brothers, a New Rochelle-based Catholic religious order.

The victim now lives in Orange County, California and says reported his abuse to church officials in California in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Sex abuse claim filed ...

NEW YORK
Poughkeepsie Journal

Sex abuse claim filed in connection to former Rhinecliff military academy

Brother James Liguori, the former president of Iona College, has been accused of child sex abuse in a court filing, a network of abuse victims announced today.

The alleged victim, an Orange County, Calif. man, accuses Liguori of abusing him in 1969 at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinecliff, according to a release from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The academy closed in 1970, according to Poughkeepsie Journal archives.

Liguori is a member of the Christian Brothers, and it was the religious order’s bankruptcy case, filed last year as the Christian Brothers assets were being drained by sex abuse cases, that opened the window for the case to emerge, said Joelle Casteix, western regional director for SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Priest Asks to Be Spared Prison

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The New York Times

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Published: July 19, 2012

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia, the first senior official in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States to be convicted of failing to prevent child sex abuse by priests under his supervision, asked on Thursday that he be spared prison, arguing that a lengthy sentence “would be merely cruel and unusual.”

On June 22, after a landmark trial revealed efforts by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to conceal evidence of abuses, Monsignor Lynn was convicted on one count of endangering a child, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years. His bail was revoked and he has been in jail while awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Monsignor Lynn has never harbored any intent to harm a child,” wrote his lawyers, Thomas Bergstrom and Jeff Lindy, in a memo to Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of Common Pleas Court, and a lengthy incarceration “would serve no purpose at all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Some St. Maria Goretti parishioners encourage 'benefit of the doubt' for cleared priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Montgomery Media

By Bradley Schlegel
bschlegel@journalregister.com

The decision to declare the Rev. Leonard Peterson suitable for ministry was made through the lens of protecting the children of parishioners.

That’s according to a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Child and Youth Protection, who spoke Tuesday night to parishioners of the St. Maria Goretti Parish.

During an open forum on the standards of ministerial behavior, Leslie Gomez told the audience that the investigation into 37 priests accused of various abuse charges of children was not disclosed to protect the privacy of the priests and the alleged victims.

The process was not treated like a legal matter, according to Gomez, an investigator working on behalf of the archdiocese and a former child abuse prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Bankruptcy motion: Woman alleges Davenport priests abused her

DAVENPORT (IA)
Quad-City Times

• Brian Wellner

In a motion filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, a woman claims she was abused as a child by three Diocese of Davenport priests.

The victim, who brought her allegations after bankruptcy proceedings involving the diocese were already under way and has received a settlement, alleges that the diocese is failing to comply with its non-monetary bankruptcy requirements and requests a hearing, according to the filing.

One of those requirements is to identify on its website accused priests whom the diocese deems “credible.”

The victim claims the chairperson of the diocese review board found her “credible” and that the board told her in a letter it believed her case, even though it will not identify the priests, the filing states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Accused Visitation Priest Out on Bail

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Daniel Nee

The Brick Township priest arrested last weekend for two sex offenses is now out on bail.

Fr. Marukudiyil C. Velan, 64, had been in jail since last Saturday following his arrest on two counts of criminal sexual contact and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child. His bail had been set at $75,000 cash but later changed to $100,000 with a 10 percent bond option.

A source confirmed he was bailed out Thursday. He was no longer listed in inmate records at the Ocean County Jail as of 2:30 p.m.

It was not immediately known who posted Velan's bail or where he would be staying. Brick Patch is awaiting a statement from the Diocese of Trenton which will provide more details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

CO - Predator priest may plead guilty, SNAP responds

COLORADO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on July 19, 2012

A guilty plea will help Fr. Manning’s suffering victim. But it will also protect the reputations of Manning’s church supervisors and peers who we strongly suspect hid suspicions of his misdeeds.

With a possible plea deal next month, it’s more crucial than ever that people who saw, suspected or suffered Manning’s crimes speak up. Otherwise, he gets little or no jail time and may be able to hurt even more children.

Very often accused child molesting clerics claim or exaggerate health problems to win sympathy and lighter sentences.

If Fr. Manning does plead guilty, we hope this prosecutor will hang tough and insist on disclosing as much as possible about wrongdoing by this priest, his bishop and other church staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Brick priest facing sex assault charges out on bail

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Dustin Racioppi
@dracioppi

TOMS RIVER — The popular Brick priest who was arrested last weekend on sexual assault charges is free on bail today, according to Ocean County Jail records.

It is not clear who posted the bail for the priest, Marukudiyil Velan, more commonly referred to as Father Chris. When he was arrested on Saturday, his bail was set at $75,000 with the option to post 10 percent. However, the jail listed his bond set at $100,000 with an option to post 10 percent.

The Asbury Park Press asked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for a photo of the suspect, but it declined. State law allows authorities discretion in releasing suspect photos, but they often refuse to do so, saying media publicity could affect their ability to select a jury.

The jail would not disclose the bail source or when it was posted. He was listed in jail records as an inmate Wednesday evening, but by Thursday the records said he had bonded out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Spanish Baby-Snatching Victims Seek Answers and Justice

SPAIN
Spiegel

By Helene Zuber in Madrid

Until into the 1990s, doctors and nuns in Spain allegedly stole newborn babies and sold them to couples hoping to adopt. The vast scope of this lucrative baby-snatching network is only now coming to light as courts heed victims' calls for investigations and possible trials.

It's been a year since María Luisa Torres was reunited with her daughter. She gave birth to the girl in a Madrid hospital, but then the baby was taken away from her.

"For almost 30 years, I saw my child in the faces of people on the street," says Torres in a gravelly voice. But on a summer day last month, it is indeed the face of her daughter Pilar that emerges from a stream of pedestrians on the main shopping street in San Fernando de Henares, a town near Madrid. She has big, brown eyes and a pale complexion, and her face is framed by perfectly trimmed bangs and long hair dyed a mix of black, violet and red. ...

This specter of a Spanish national Catholicism even survived Franco's death in 1975. Nuns, especially members of the Hijas de la Caridad, or Daughters of Charity, whose training was more religious than intellectual, worked in the maternity wards of hospitals and in baby nurseries. They blindly obeyed their mothers superior and priests who, in turn, decided who deserved a child and who didn't. As a result, what were generally young or unmarried women became victims of baby theft. After all, the reasoning went, according to the Church's teachings, these mothers were living "in sin."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

WT recently settled out-of-court with 5 victims...

CALIFORNIA
Jehovahs-Witness.net

WT recently settled out-of-court with 5 victims of JW serial molester. Court documents now available to post on any website

On May 20, 2010, a lawsuit was filed in San Diego, California. Defendant, the Watchtower of NY, settled out-of-court for an unknown amount of money with the Plaintiffs just weeks before the Candace Conti trial began at the end of May 2012 in Oakland, California. The law firm representing the five Plaintifs in this case was

Irwin Zalkin
The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C.
12555 High Bluff Drive, Suite 260
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 259-3011 (800) 617-2622

The Case NO is: 37-2010-00092450-CU-PO-CTL.

The names of the Plaintiffs are listed as John Dorman, Individually, and Joel Gamboa, Individually.The Defendants were the La Jolla Congregation, the Linda Vista Congregation, JWs supervisory organization (Watchtower of NY) and a number of it's agents in the two congregations. Also, the perpetrator was a Defendant.

A short profile about the Perpetrator, Gonzalo Campos:

Gonzalo Campos was raised by his mother, a JW. He was 17 when he was baptized as a JW minister in 1980 and became a publisher. In 1982, when Campos was 19, the body of elders of the La Jolla Congregation discussed a molestation accusation made against him by a child and his mother in the La Jolla congregation to various congregation elders.

The elders assigned two of their own elders to investigate. They did not form a judicial committee because Campos denied the complaint and there were not the required “two witnesses” to the molestation as the only witness was the victim. Nothing further was done.

Around 1983, Campos, when he was 20, was conducting a Bible study with a boy, age 6. Campos molested this boy until he was 8.Campos was made a ministerial servant in 1988 although during the years 1986-1988, there had been dealings with him over accusations of molestation. He was “reproved” sometime during those years, yet he was made a MS in 1988. Apparently Campos did everything he was supposed to do because in 1993 he was made an elder. Campos was disfellowshipped June 9, 1995 and reinstated, April 21, 2000. He presently resides in Mexico, address known because he was deposed in Zona Rio, TIJUANA B.C. Mexico on September 2, 2011.

The court documents reveal that Campos molested at least seven children, six male and one female and tried to molest two more. Plaintiff's attorney said that Campos is a serial molester.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

PA - SNAP wants Philly Catholic cleric jailed

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on July 19, 2012

If Msgr. Lynn has “endured unprecedented public scrutiny, shaming and vilification," it’s because for years he repeatedly engaged in unprecedented, shameful deceit, callousness and recklessness about children’s safety.

Once again, a high ranking Catholic cleric is saying ‘I’m different from and better than the rest of you.’ Once again, a top church official wants special treatment, even though he basically putting children – hundreds of them – in harm’s way and helping perhaps dozens of predators stay hidden, employed and around kids.

Lynn does pose a threat to public safety. Behind bars, he can’t shred evidence, intimidate victims, discredit whistleblowers, threaten witnesses, deceive parishioners, fabricate alibis or take any of the other steps Catholic officials take to keep clergy sex crimes hidden.

Lynn’s alleged career of “service” was, in fact, a life dedicate to climbing the church’s corporate ladder, and acting deceptively and irresponsibly to protect his job and reputation and the reputations of his supervisors and peers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Australia: Distances, demographics, disaffection underlie tales of resigned bishops

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 19, 2012
By Phyllis Zagano

Distances and demographics combine to tell the story.

Three-quarters the size of the United States, Australia is mainly uninhabited except along its coastline. While the U.S. shelters close to 313 million people, latest Australian census statistics report only 22 million persons on the continent’s nearly 3 million square miles.

Australia’s Christians -- mainly descendants of 18th-century British settlers and Irish convicts, and of later émigrés from Germany and Italy -- comprise 61 percent of the population. Australia’s newest immigrants continue arriving from the United Kingdom and Italy, but also from New Zealand, China, India, Vietnam and the Phillippines. ...

Many Australian Catholics who remain -- who have not shifted to “no religion” -- are disaffected and are speaking out. Catholics for Renewal, Catholics for Ministry, Australian Reforming Catholics, and Catalyst for Renewal are among the more active groups, with other pockets of upset operating around the country.

Fewer than 200 Australian men are studying for the priesthood, and statisticians contend that within 10 years more than half the priests will be foreign-born -- perhaps not much different when Irish and Scots clergy followed their countrymen, except the new foreign-born are not native speakers of English.

Bishop William Morris (CNS/Diocese of Toowoomba)Against this backdrop -- more non-Christians, disaffected Catholics, fewer priests and religious -- play out the stories of three resigned bishops: Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson (born 1937), Toowoomba Bishop William Morris (born 1943), and Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power (born 1942). All three wanted to talk about the elephants in the episcopal palaces. All three found it rough going. All three resigned, more or quite less voluntarily.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Priest will consider plea on child sex counts, attorney says

COLORADO
The Gazette

July 19, 2012

BENZEL
THE GAZETTE

Former priest Charles Robert Manning, 77, waived a pre-trial hearing Thursday on child sex counts and will consider plea bargain, an attorney said.

Manning, formerly of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive,

in Colorado Springs, was suspended in January amid claims he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy.

Manning's attorney, Richard Bednarski, said in court that Manning is mulling a guilty plea. His return date is 9 a.m. Aug. 23.

Prosecutor David Kalicki said he was unable to discuss terms of plea offer. Bednarski declined to comment after the hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Priest Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Back In Court

COLORADO
KKTV

A Catholic priest accused of sexual contact with a teenager will return to court Thursday morning.

Father Charles "Robert" Manning is charged with three counts of counts of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Besides accusations of sexual assault, Manning is also accused of providing alcohol and marijuana to juveniles.

Parishioners of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church were stunned in January when allegations against Manning emerged. Manning was suspended from his duties while the Colorado Springs Police Department and the diocese conducted an investigation.

Manning turned himself in on May 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

IL - SNAP applauds Buddhist predators extradition back to Chicago

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on July 19, 2012

We are grateful to the brave survivors who spoke out about Camnong Boa Ubol and the abuse they suffered at his hands. Without their courage, he would likely still be victimizing young girls without regret or repercussion. Now that he has been extradited back to Chicago where these crimes occurred, we hope that he will be held without bail.

Now, more than ever, we urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of this monk to come forward and make a report to police. Any detail, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, could be the difference between keeping this dangerous predator away from kids or letting him back out onto the street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

NY - Iona College president named in child sex abuse suit

NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 19, 2012

A man who says he was sexually abused by the former president of Iona College has filed a sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit in the New York courts.

The suit charges that the victim, known as John Doe, was sexually abused by Brother James Liguori in 1969 when the boy at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy in New Y