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August 31, 2012

Priest charged in Ipswich, SNAP responds

MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 31, 2012

This is more proof that police and prosecutors are pursuing even older child sex crimes more aggressively. We applaud law enforcement for going after predators regardless of when their wrongdoing happened.

Let's hope everyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Rev. Richard McCormick or any Boston area cleric - will find the strength to step forward, get help, expose criminals, protect kids and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

Achbishop-elect of San Francisco, Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, charged with DUI misdemeanors

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Mercury News

By Angela Woodall

Oakland Tribune
mercurynews.com

Posted: 08/31/2012

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco, Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, has been charged with two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence, the San Diego city attorney's office announced Friday.

The city attorney's office said Cordileone is accused of one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than the legal limit of .08 percent.

Cordileone was arrested Aug. 27 after being stopped at a checkpoint in San Diego.

He was released on a $2,500 bond and ordered to appear in court Oct. 9.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco's Next Archbishop, Charged With DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Huffington Post

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego city attorney's office says the Roman Catholic archbishop-designate of San Francisco has been charged with two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence.

The city attorney's office said Friday that the Rev. Salvatore Cordileone is accused of one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than the legal limit of .08 percent.

The 56-year-old Cordileone is currently bishop of Oakland and is scheduled to be installed as archbishop of San Francisco on Oct. 4.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Priest pleads not guilty in Ipswich child rape case

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Newburyport

By Jennie Oemig
GateHouse News Service

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Ipswich —

Ipswich Police arrested a New York priest Thursday, Aug. 30, in New Rochelle, N.Y., on charges of child rape.

The priest ran a summer camp at the former Retreat Center of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ipswich.

Rev. Richard McCormick, 71, of 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, was arraigned Friday, Aug. 31, in Salem Superior Court on five counts of rape of a child, pled not guilty and was released on $1,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Plea hearing for accused Woodburn priest postponed

OREGON
The Oregonian

A court hearing for the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, accused of sex abuse involving a 12-year-old boy, has been postponed until Sept. 17.

The hearing, at which Perez is expected to enter a plea, was previously scheduled for Sept. 4. The Marion County Sheriff's Office announced the schedule change without explanation.

Perez, 46, has been indicted on charges of first degree sexual abuse, use of a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing liquor to a minor, tampering with physical evidence and drunken driving.

A probable cause affidavit filed by police said the alleged victim had planned to spend the night at Perez's home on Aug. 12 after the priest asked his parents if he could take the boy to the mountains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Drunk-driving charges filed against archbishop-elect of San Francisco

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Los Angeles Times

San Diego prosecutors filed charges Friday against the Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco following a drunk-driving arrest in San Diego last week.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08%, according to the San Diego city attorney’s office.

Cordileone was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at a drunk-driving checkpoint near San Diego State University. After failing a breath test, he was arrested and booked into county jail. He was released before noon after posting $2,500 bond.

In a statement released Monday, Cordileone said he was driving home after having dinner with his mother and several friends.

"I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself," Cordileone said in the statement. "I pray that God in His inscrutable wisdom will bring some good out of this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

MO - Catholic official changes her story; SNAP responds

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

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 31, 2012

We can’t help but wonder why one of Bishop Finn’s current employees would say one thing under oath weeks ago and now say something radically different. The obvious question is “did someone pressure her to change her story?”

We feel very sorry for Julie Creech. She’s in a very tough spot.

To her credit, Ms. Creech expressed concerns about Fr. Ratigan’s child porn. She spoke up to the highest ranking Catholic officials in Kansas City – Bishop Finn and Finn’s second-in-command Msgr. Murphy. We applaud her for her compassion and her courage.

At the same time, of course, she should have called the police. For months and months, she – and who knows how many other church employees – refused to call the police, even though it was clear that Bishop Finn was hiding Fr. Ratigan’s crimes from police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Bishop of Orthodox Church placed on leave pending investigation

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya Brachear
Tribune reporter

12:47 p.m. CDT, August 31, 2012

The local bishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of "inappropriate" behavior with a woman.

The action comes more than a month after the church's national leader, from Chicago, was forced to resign.

In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Matthias, 63, denied the accusations, which he said came to light in a formal complaint submitted to the church last week.

"The allegations are that I made unwelcome written and spoken comments to a woman that she regarded as an inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries and an abuse of my pastoral authority," he wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Former St. Pete Catholic High School priest arrested on sex charges in Massachusetts

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

By Curtis Krueger, Times Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 31, 2012

A priest who quit his teaching job at St. Petersburg Catholic High School a decade ago has been arrested in Massachusetts on child sex abuse charges.

The Rev. Richard McCormick, 71, pleaded not guilty on Friday to five counts of rape for crimes that allegedly occurred during the 1980s in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reported.

McCormick previously had been sued by nine people who said he sexually abused them as boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

Mass. priest charged with 5 counts of raping a child

MASSACHUSETTS
NECN

[with video]

(NECN) - Father Richard McCormick was arraigned in Salem Superior Court Friday to answer charges that he raped a boy at an Ipswich camp in the early 1980s.

Ipswich police arrested Father McCormick Thursday afternoon in New York. Police acted on an indictment warrant for five counts rape of a child in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982.

The victim was 11 and 12 at the time of the incident, the District Attorney's office said.

According to Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall, Father McCormick was in charge of a Salesian Summer Camp in Ipswich in the 1970s. During that time, he's accused of raping a young boy repeatedly over two summers.

Mac Dougall said the young boy attended the camp for three summers with his brothers. While he was 10 and 11, Father McCormick allegedly repeatedly sexually abused the boy. She said the only way the boy was able to avoid rape was by running into the woods to hide at night. She believes Father McCormick singled out this boy because he had no father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

NY priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse in Mass.

MASSACHUSETTS
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

SALEM, Mass. — A former high-ranking member of a Roman Catholic religious order accused of molesting a boy at a Massachusetts camp decades ago was released Friday after pleading not guilty to five counts of child rape.

The Rev. Richard McCormick, 71, was granted $1,000 bail at his arraignment in Salem Superior Court and allowed to return to the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco facility in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he lives and where he was arrested Thursday. Prosecutors had asked for $75,000 bail.

The alleged assaults took place in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was about 11 and 12 years old, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney.

McCormick was arrested following a yearlong investigation launched when the alleged victim went to authorities, she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Former leader of Salesian Brothers...

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

Former leader of Salesian Brothers charged with with raping boy in 1981 and 1982 in Ipswich

By Brian Ballou and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

SALEM — A prosecutor today painted the Reverend Richard McCormick as a ruthless predator who singled out a boy for repeated sexual assaults while McCormick ran a summer camp in Ipswich in the 1980s, crimes that so terrified the child that he hid underneath his brother’s bed.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall summarized the evidence that prosecutors have used to charge McCormick with five counts of rape for crimes allegedly committed in 1981 and 1982.

McCormick, 71, the former provincial of the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco for the eastern United States and Canada, has already been sued by nine people who alleged he sexually molested them as boys.

Five of those men alleged they were molested by McCormick while he worked at Salesian facilities in Massachusetts in the 1960s and 1970s, according to their attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Priest in New Rochelle Arrested on MA Rape Charges

NEW ROCHELLE (NY)
Patch

By Michael Woyton

A priest was arrested in New Rochelle Thursday and charged with five counts of raping a child in the 1980s.

WCVB.com in Boston, MA, is reporting Fr. Richard McCormick has plead not guilty to the charges that he raped a Massachusetts child at an Ipswich camp in 1981 and 1982.

McCormick was held on $1,000 bail and must remain with the Salesian society home in New Rochelle, where he must report to probation weekly by phone, make in-person court appearances and have no contact with minors, WCVB.com said.

Robert Hoatson, with Road to Recovery, Inc., an advocacy agency supporting McCormick's alleged victims, said the organization has been working with nearly a dozen men who claim to have been abused by the priest.

"The arrest of Fr. Richard McCormick yesterday in New Rochelle, NY, and his return to the Ipswich, MA, area is a result of the courage of a McCormick victim, who reported his abuse to law enforcement and received a fair hearing," Hoatson said in a press release. "Thank you to that victim and the law enforcement officials in Massachusetts who followed the law which led to the arrest."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Questions raised over Kansas City bishop's 'boys will be boys' comment

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 31, 2012

By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the computer systems manager of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese told her bishop, Robert Finn, that she had found lewd images of children on a priest's laptop, he replied, "Sometimes boys will be boys," according to sworn testimony that appears in court documents filed Thursday.

Diocesan employee Julie Creech's statement was taken as part of a deposition included in a court filing for a lawsuit brought by two alleged victims of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, a Kansas City priest who pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal charges of producing and attempting to produce sexually graphic material of minor girls.

However, after Creech's quote was reported in local media, her lawyer said Creech refuted the statement. After the deposition, Creech realized she had "misspoken" and hoped to correct her mistake when she received a copy of the deposition to verify her testimony, said John Grombowsky, Creech's attorney.

Grombowsky said the deposition was made public before Creech had a chance to review and correct it.

Ratigan's May 2011 arrest on pornography charges raised questions about when his diocese and Finn first became aware of concerns against him. County prosecutors say both Finn and the diocese should have reported Ratigan to police as early as December 2010, when they acknowledge becoming aware of lewd images of children on his laptop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Friar's Pro-Pedophilia Stance Blamed On Age, Accident Injuries

NEW YORK
Gothamist

The prominent NY friar who caused a boatload of controversy after he came to the defense of priests who have been caught in sex scandals with underage boys (claiming that oftentimes, the priests are "seduced" by teens) has apologized for his comments. Father Benedict Groeschel of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who also expressed sympathy for "poor guy" Jerry Sandusky, released a statement saying, "My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be."

I apologize for my comments. I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.

The Rev. Glenn Sudano, one of the founders of the Friars of the Renewal, told the NY Times that the remarks might have been the result of Father Groeschel’s advancing age, failing health, and the aftereffects of a near-fatal 2004 car accident in Orlando: “Poor Father Benedict,” he said. “It is painful for us, seeing someone who was so much an advocate and a defender for the underdog, say that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Priest pleads not guilty to child rape in Salem

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By O’Ryan Johnson And Matt Stout
Friday, August 31, 2012

SALEM — A former head of a Catholic order facing child rape charges had bail set at $1,000 this morning in Salem District Court.

Father Richard McCormick, arrested yesterday in New Rochelle, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to five counts of a rape of a child, charges stemming from the alleged repeated sexual assaults of a victim, then 11 and 12 years old, during 1981 and 1982 in Ipswich, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

McCormick, 68, an active priest with no public duties, will reside at his order in New Rochelle and was banned by Judge Timothy Feeley from any unsupervised contact with minors. He was also told to stay away from the all-boys high school that is 100 yards away from the order.

McCormick has a decades-old history of alleged abuse that includes nine civil cases — including five from Boston dating back to the 1960s — but before now, had never been charged criminally, a lawyer representing the victims told the Herald.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse in Ipswich

MASSACHUSETTS
The Daily Item

SALEM (AP) — A former high-ranking member of a Roman Catholic religious order accused of molesting a boy at an Ipswich camp decades ago was released Friday after pleading not guilty to five counts of child rape.

The Rev. Richard McCormick, 71, was granted $1,000 bail at his arraignment in Salem Superior Court and allowed to return to the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco facility in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he lives and where he was arrested Thursday. Prosecutors had asked for $75,000 bail.

The alleged assaults took place in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was about 11 and 12 years old, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney.

McCormick was arrested following a yearlong investigation launched when the alleged victim went to authorities, she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Iglesia confirma investigación contra sacerdote “mano derecha” de Karadima por abuso de poder

CHILE
Radio Universidad de Chile

El Arzobispado de Santiago confirmó la investigación canónica por denuncias de abuso de poder en contra del sacerdote Juan Esteban Morales, ex párroco de la Iglesia de El Bosque y mano derecha de Fernando Karadima. El religioso ha sido calificado por las víctimas como encubridor de Karadima, pues habría conocido de los abusos sexuales que ocurrían al interior de esta parroquia.

A través de un comunicado de prensa, la Iglesia ratificó este jueves que desde mayo de este año el sacerdote Juan Esteban Morales es investigado por dos denuncias de “abuso de autoridad” y que la indagación está a cargo del vicario judicial de Santiago, Jaime Ortiz Lazcano, quien también lleva el caso de Cristian Precht por abusos sexuales.

“La investigación previa fue motivada por la recepción de dos denuncias presentadas ante el Arzobispado de Santiago por eventuales abusos de autoridad en el ejercicio de su ministerio. Ésta tiene por objeto averiguar la objetividad y la naturaleza de los hechos descritos”, indica el texto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Sex abuse case can proceed against Poly Prep: judge

NEW YORK
Thomson Reuters News & Insight

By Jessica Dye

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A lawsuit alleging an elite Brooklyn prep school covered up decades of sexual abuse by a former football coach can proceed, a federal judge said in a ruling that plaintiffs hailed as a major victory in the closely watched case.

The lawsuit was brought against Poly Prep Country Day School by 10 former students and two men who, while still underage, attended the school's summer camp. The group, which includes named plaintifff Philip Culhane, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Hong Kong, claimed they had been abused by Philip Foglietta, who was a football coach at Poly Prep from 1966 until 1991. No criminal charges were ever brought against Foglietta, who died in 1998.

The plaintiffs said Poly Prep and several former and current administrators and directors swept reports of Foglietta's abuse under the rug for years to protect the school's reputation. The school denied that it covered up allegations of abuse.

U.S. District Judge Frederic Block allowed Title IX claims and state-law claims for negligent retention or supervision and breach of fiduciary duty to move forward, despite the school's argument that these claims were barred by the statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Alumnus Embroiled in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Involving Prep School

NEW YORK
The Cornell Daily Sun

August 31, 2012
By Utsav Rai

Scott Smith ’79 has found himself on the opposing side of his younger brother Phillip Smith in a sex abuse case involving Poly Prep Country Day School, a private school in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Phillip, who did not attend college and has been battling drug and alcohol abuse for many years now, is now blaming Poly Prep.

In a $20 million lawsuit, Phillip and 11 others claim Philip Foglietta, who coached football at Poly Prep from 1966 to 1991, sexually abused them. The lawsuit also states that Poly Prep administrators allegedly knew about the abuse and covered it up to save the reputation of the athletics program at the school.

According to the lawsuit, from 1971 to 1977, Phillip Smith was abused hundreds of times by Foglietta both at Poly Prep and off-campus. The athletic director, Harlow Parker, and headmaster, William M. Williams, contacted Phillip Smith and his mother “on many occasions” because of his unexpected absences and failing grades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Teenage Boys Seduced Priests Who Abused Them. Huh?

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Editorial

Teenage boys seduced priests who abused them in Father Benedict Groeschel’s opinion. He gave that opinion in an interview with the National Catholic Register. Story from ABC News.

Even when the newspaper questioned his comments, he went to say that it was “an understandable thing.”

The facts remain: teenage boys are teenage boys, priests are adults – or at least they should be.

That’s not the approach Groeschel is taking. He’s positing an out for priests who sexually abuse minors.

The sad part of this is that there are many Catholics who will grab onto this reasoning and run with it because Father Groeschel said it. Groeschel is the director of the Office of Spiritual Development of the New York Archdiocese and the host of a weekly show on the television network EWTN. In addition, he has a doctorate in psychology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Editorial: Children, not priests, are the only victims here

UNITED STATES
Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

Old age is a handy bunker for people who want to escape responsibility for their ideas. Take the Rev. Benedict Groeschel. The 79-year-old Groeschel, a spiritual leader in the Roman Catholic Church, took refuge in his age after an incendiary interview Monday with the National Catholic Register, in which he blamed the victims of pedophile priests:

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” Groeschel said. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

Groeschel added he was “inclined to think” priests who were first-time abusers had no intention of committing a crime, and therefore deserved no jail time. He also uttered a few words of pity for Jerry Sandusky.

What makes this all the more sickening is that Groeschel is a longtime teacher of pastoral counseling at a New York seminary, and has spent decades counseling priests accused of sexual abuse or battling alcoholism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

KC diocese worker: 'Boys will be boys' a mistake

KANSAS CITY (MO)
San Antonio Express-News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An employee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is backing away from her sworn testimony that the bishop said "boys will be boys" when told of lewd images on a priest's laptop.

The diocese's computer director, Julie Creech, said during a deposition earlier this month in a civil lawsuit that Bishop Robert Finn made the statement.

The Kansas City Star reports Friday (http://bit.ly/Px5mM9 ) that Creech's attorney now says his client had "misspoken."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Former Leader Of Salesian Brothers Charged With Raping Boy In 1980s

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

By The Associated Press
August 31, 2012

SALEM, Mass. — A former high-ranking member of a Roman Catholic religious order is scheduled to appear in court in Massachusetts on Friday to face accusations that he molested a child three decades ago.

The Rev. Richard McCormick is to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court on five counts of child rape, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.

McCormick was arrested Thursday in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Police allege the assaults took place in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was 11 and 12 years old.

The district attorney did not release additional details, but Mitchell Garabedian, who is the civil representative for the man who made the criminal complaint, said the alleged abuse took place at a camp run by the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Priest with long history of alleged abuse faces rape charges in Salem

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Matt Stout
Friday, August 31, 2012

The priest and former head of a Catholic order charged with raping a victim multiple times on the North Shore in the 1980s has a decades-old history of alleged abuse that includes nine civil cases — including five from Boston dating back to the 1960s — but before now, had never been charged criminally, a lawyer representing the victims told the Herald.

Father Richard McCormick, arrested yesterday in New Rochelle, N.Y., was scheduled to appear in Salem Superior Court today on five counts of a rape of a child, charges stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of a victim, then 11 and 12 years old, during 1981 and 1982 in Ipswich, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston lawyer representing the alleged victim civilly, declined to comment on the current case, citing it as a “pending criminal matter.”

But Garabedian said he’s represented nine other victims who had their cases settled against McCormick, who once served as the provincial, or head, of the Salesians of Don Brosco’s entire Eastern United States order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Testimony about bishop ‘misspoken’ in priest sex abuse case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS and MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

In sworn testimony made public Thursday, an employee of Kansas City’s Roman Catholic diocese reported that Bishop Robert Finn said that “boys will be boys” when told of lewd images on a priest’s laptop.

But late Thursday night the employee backed away from that testimony.

John Gromowsky, an attorney representing Julie Creech, the computer systems manager for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said that she had “misspoken” in deposition testimony taken in a civil case and hoped to correct it.

In the Aug. 17 deposition, Creech said that Finn had said, “Sometimes boys will be boys,” when she raised concerns about how the diocese was handling the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, on whose laptop computer she had seen lewd photos of young girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Fr. Benedict Groeschel on Youngsters As Priest-Seducers: He Says, They Say, I Say

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

[with illustrating photos]

He said: "A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer."

But you wouldn't know what he said, since National Catholic Register, in which he said what he said, has now disappeared what he said from the Register website

And then he apologized.

And they're saying (Tom Roberts at NCR, Joseph Zwilling of the archdiocese of NY as cited by Kevin Clarke at America, Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin, and blahblahblah in response to Grant Gallicho at Commonweal [see the second link above]).

And he's saying: The real issue is "Why are there not hundreds of Catholic officials publicly denouncing Fr. Groeschel, especially Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose archdiocese employs or employed him and in whose archdiocese he lives and works?"

And I say:

1. It's time for this nonsense about excusing adult men molesting minors by blaming the minors themselves to stop.

2. The atmosphere created in the Catholic church by apologists who want to find the situation of adult men abusing minors "complex" (see Matthew Boudway et al. in the Commonweal thread linked above) is toxic. Blahblahblah betrays the mission of the church to be a sacramental sign of the redemptive Word of God incarnate in the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Deetman al in december klaar met onderzoek misbruik vrouwen

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Wim Deetman hoopt zijn rapport over het misbruik van meisjes in december te kunnen presenteren. Zijn vorige onderzoek duurde anderhalf jaar, dit thema brengt hij binnen een paar maanden in kaart. .

Het onderzoek, dat zich richt op de seksuele en fysieke mishandeling van meisjes door rooms-katholieke geestelijken en vrijwilligers, is vergelijkbaar met zijn eerdere analyse. Dat draaide ook om misbruik door rk-geestelijken, maar beperkte zich tot zaken met mannelijke slachtoffers.

Die focus leidde tot kritiek vanuit de Tweede Kamer: in januari gaf een meerderheid aan dat er ook over zaken met vrouwelijke slachtoffers duidelijkheid moet komen. Voor een parlementair onderzoek, waarvoor de SP zich inzette, is nog weinig animo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Citizens press Saginaw Bishop about abuse case

SAGINAW (MI)
WNEM

[with video]

SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
A group of concerned citizens is pressing Saginaw Bishop Joseph Cistone about his role in covering up a case of sex abuse in Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia attorney representing an altar boy who claims he was molested in 1992, plans to name Cistone in a civil lawsuit. It's alleged Cistone witnessed the destruction of documents naming priests suspected of child abuse, and then lied about it to a grand jury.

Monsignor William Lynn, who was convicted in June of child endangerment in this same case, had reported to Cistone in church hierarchy, and claims Cistone witnessed the shredding of documents that described the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Priest Charged With 1980′s Child Rape In Ipswich

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

SALEM (AP) — A priest is headed to court in Massachusetts to face accusations that he molested a child three decades ago.

The Essex district attorney’s office says the Rev. Richard McCormick is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Salem Superior Court on five counts of child rape.

The alleged assaults took place in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was 11 and 12 years old.

Authorities say McCormick was arrested Thursday in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Child porn found on priest's computer

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

What is described as a 'small amount' of child pornography has been found on the computer of a 50-year-old priest from Veldhoven, RTL news reported on Friday.

The man is not under arrest but has not been at work for several months while the investigation is carried out. The pornography is not self-made, RTL said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Ipswich police arrest N.Y. priest on rape charges

IPSWICH (MA)
WCVB

IPSWICH, Mass. —
A New York priest is being returned to Massachusetts to face rape charges.

Ipswich police arrested the Rev. Richard McCormick Thursday afternoon in New Rochelle, NY. Police acted on an indictment warrant for five counts rape of a child in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982.

The victim was 11 and 12 at the time of the incident, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

The indictments are a result of a joint investigation by the Ipswich Police Department and the Essex District Attorney's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

MO- SNAP responds to Bishop Finn’s awful remarks

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

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 30, 2012

What an awful, hurtful way to respond to the heinous crimes of Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

Ms. Creech was under oath and she’s an employee of Bishop Finn’s diocese. So she has no incentive whatsoever to distort Bishop Finn’s callous remarks.

And Finn’s remarks weren’t that long ago. So it’s hard to believe Ms. Creech memory is somehow blurred by the passage of time.

Much like comments by two high profile New York Catholic officials – by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, earlier this week and by Cardinal Edward Egan earlier this year – Bishop Finn’s words show how little has changed in the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Kenya: I Have No Son, Says Nyeri Catholic Priest

KENYA
allAfrica

The Star

By Mosoku Geoffrey, 30 August 2012

A catholic priest has denied fathering a 13-year-old boy. Fr Josephat Mwanzia of Mbiriri social centre parish in Nyeri refuted claims he had an affair with Cecilia Mbiki.

Mbiki claims Mwanzia is the father of her son. But Mwanzia disowned Mbiki and her son saying, "I am not aware of the boy and his mother. I am ready to go for a DNA test to prove my innocence."

The priest said a demand letter sent to him by theMbiki's lawyers was part of a blackmail plot emanating from a family dispute he is currently embroiled in. "I have the letter from Oduor Okumu and company advocates, which was sent to my rural home in Kangundo and another to my headquarters in Consolata Missionaries by strangers. I have reported the matter to CID and also to my superiors," said Fr Mwanzia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

New measures to tackle child abuse in Diocese of Chichester

UNITED KINGDOM
Worthing Herald

Published on Friday 31 August 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to continue supervising protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Diocese of Chichester after investigators concluded that safeguarding had fallen “woefully short” of what should be expected.

Dr Rowan Williams, who set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the diocese, said the interim report “confirms that there have been many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester”.

Dr Williams appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC as commissaries to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals - the first such appointments for more than 100 years.

In May last year, a review found serious failings in the senior clergy after two priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of serious child abuse offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Ipswich police arrest priest for child rape from 80s

MASSACHUSETTS/NEW YORK
My Fox Boston

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A priest was arrested for child rape Thursday afternoon in New York.

Ipswich police took Father Richard McCormick into custody in New Rochelle on an indictment warrant for five counts of Rape of a Child in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982, according to the Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's Office. The victim was 11 and 12 at the time of the incident.

The indictments are a result of a joint investigation by the Ipswich Police Department and the Essex District Attorney's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Priest faces child rape charges in Ipswich

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Matt Stout
Friday, August 31, 2012

A New York Catholic priest is expected to appear in Salem court today on charges he raped a victim, then 11 and 12 years old, multiple times in the early 1980s on the North Shore, authorities said.

Ipswich police arrested the Rev. Richard McCormick yesterday in New Rochelle, N.Y., on a warrant charging him with five counts of rape of a child, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

McCormick has been indicted on charges he sexually abused the victim in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982, according to the district attorney’s office. Authorities didn’t immediately provide further details of the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings

UNITED KINGDOM
The Independent

[interim report]

Charlie Cooper

Friday 31 August 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised to victims of child abuse in a Church of England diocese after an inquiry by his own office found "fresh and disturbing" allegations against members of the clergy.

The inquiry into child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester, set up by Dr Rowan Williams, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Church of England in more than a century. Three priests were charged this year with child sex offences.

Dr Williams said the inquiry had confirmed numerous failures in implementing the diocese's child protection policies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Advocates Asking Saginaw Diocese for Answers Regarding Abuse Lawsuit

MICHIGAN
WSGW

Two advocates for victims of sexual abuse are requesting answers from the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, regarding a civil lawsuit, which he could soon be named in.

The case involves a former Philadelphia altar boy, who says he was sexually abused by a priest in 1992, in the diocese where Bishop Joseph Cistone formerly served. An attorney involved in the civil suit told CBS Philly that Bishop Cistone witnessed the shredding of documents relating to the abuse. The Bishop has declined to comment on the claims that he will be named in the case, but representatives from two organizations are asking for a response.

A member of Protecting Michigan's Children, along with a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, delivered a letter, Thursday, to the Catholic Diocese, asking for transparency and inquiring whether money relating to the suit will come from the Saginaw Diocese. Representatives from the diocese say they will not comment on matters involving the lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Deposition: Bishop Said ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ About Pictures

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Fox 4

Posted on: 9:37 pm, August 30, 2012, by Michelle Pekarsky and Robert Townsend, updated on: 10:48pm, August 30, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to court documents filed Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court, an employee of the diocese stated in a deposition that she recalled Bishop Robert Finn saying “boys will be boys” during a discussion about pictures found on the computer of a priest now charged with child pornography.

Julie Creech, Director of Management and Information Systems for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said she met with Bishop Robert Finn and expressed her concerns about the lewd images found on a laptop computer that belonged to Father Shawn Ratigan.

She gave her deposition two weeks ago in connection with a civil suit filed against Ratigan, Finn and the diocese. Creech claims when she approached Bishop Finn, the bishop replied “Sometimes priests do things they shouldn’t,” and “Sometimes boys will be boys.”

It is unclear if Bishop Finn had actually seen the images on Ratigan’s computer when he had this conversation with Creech.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Washington Churches Warned Not To Collect Funds For Gay Marriage Fight

WASHINGTON
Huffington Post

Religion News Service | By Tracy Simmons

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Churches in Washington state are being reminded that collecting money for a political cause is not OK -- including a high-stakes ballot battle over gay marriage.

The state's Public Disclosure Commission recently learned that Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima sent a letter to pastors in 41 parishes asking them to take up a special collection for Preserve Marriage Washington, the group that is trying to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage law.

A formal complaint, however, was not filed. Lori Anderson, communication and training officer for the state commission, said the reminder was merely precautionary.

“There’s been no formal action. There’s no story here. Preserve Marriage Washington and our partners have done everything within full compliance of the law,” said PMW Deputy Campaign Director Chris Plante.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

NY priest apologizes for saying child is often seducer in sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
NBC News

By NBC News wire services

NEW YORK -- A New York priest says he "deeply regrets" if he hurt anyone by his comments that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal apologized Thursday for the comments he made in an interview with the National Catholic Register, published this week. The conservative, independent Register removed the story from its website and posted an apology for publishing the comments. Groeschel and the friars did as well.

"I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible," Groeschel said in his post on the website. "My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Thorp to step down as head of Office for Pastoral Support and Child Protection

MASSACHUSETTS
The Pilot

By Christopher S. Pineo

BRAINTREE -- After 35 years of service to the Archdiocese of Boston, Barbara Thorp will be stepping down from her position as director of the Office for Pastoral Support and Child Protection this September.

Thorp directed the office dedicated to providing pastoral and mental health outreach services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse or misconduct, their families, parishes and all those impacted since 2002.

Prior to that she worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities and then led the Pro-life office from 1985-2002.

Coordinating archdiocesan efforts to ensure the protection of children, Thorp also supervised the Office of Child Advocacy and the Office of Background Screening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Bring sex abuse 'wall of silence' down

AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

AAP
August 31, 201210:08AM

PROSECUTING individual priests won't uncover enough information about child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, NSW MP David Shoebridge says.

The Greens' justice spokesman has renewed his calls for a royal commission into sexual abuse in the church after an elderly Catholic priest was on Thursday charged with committing and covering up child sex offences near Newcastle in the 1970s and 80s.

The charges include one count of failing to report the sexual abuse by another priest on a child at a school where he was principal in 1978.

The priest also faces 10 sexual assault offences at a church in Waratah in 1984 and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

NY priest ‘deeply regrets’ comments blaming 'seducer' youth in sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By Victoria Cavaliere / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A prominent New York-based friar has apologized for expressing sympathy for some pedophiles -- including defrocked priests and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky -- saying they are sometimes "seduced" by their underage victims.

Father Benedict Groeschel’s jarring comments come amid ongoing fallout from child sex abuse scandals that have rocked Penn State and, over the past decade, the Catholic Church.

In some of these cases, children “looking for a father figure” are responsible for the relationship with someone in a position of power -- like a coach or clergy member, Groeschel told the National Catholic Register.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster - 14, 16, 18 - is the seducer," said Groeschel, a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Priest Puts Blame on Some Victims of Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN

Published: August 30, 2012

A prominent Roman Catholic spiritual leader who has spent decades counseling wayward priests for the archdiocese provoked shock and outrage on Thursday as word spread of a recent interview he did with a Catholic newspaper during which he said that “youngsters” were often to blame when priests sexually abused them and that priests should not be jailed for such abuse on their first offense.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, who made the remarks, is a beloved figure among many Catholics and a founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a conservative priestly order based in New York. He hosts a weekly show on the Eternal Word Television Network and has written 45 books.

The comments were published on Monday by The National Catholic Register, which is owned by EWTN, a religious broadcaster based in Alabama.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” Father Groeschel, now 79, said in the interview. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

He added that he was “inclined to think” that priests who were first-time abusers should not be jailed because “their intention was not committing a crime.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Preying for absolution: Catholic priest says molester priests ‘seduced’ by minors

UNITED STATES
RT

A prominent New York Catholic priest stated in an interview that minors often seduce older clerics, leading them to commit sex acts. The interview was subsequently removed and the paper that posted it called its publication an “editorial mistake.”

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, the Reverend Benedict Groeschel was asked how to deal with priests who sexually abuse minors.

Groeschel suggested that the priest was not always fully responsible for his actions.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” he noted. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

He suggested that first-time offenders should be relieved of a jail sentence “because their intention was not committing a crime.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Never be alone with children, clergy told

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

An inquiry into child abuse in the Diocese of Chichester found “many and longstanding failures” in safeguarding children and other vulnerable people.

By Telegraph reporters
8:41AM BST 31 Aug 2012

Clergy will be reminded never to be alone with children under new rules proposed by an inquiry into sexual abuse in the Church of England.

They will also be expected to keep records of all meetings with parishioners, while priests accused of abuse will be immediately suspended, it was reported.

Investigators looking into child protection policies following child abuse scandals in the Diocese of Chichester found that safeguarding had fallen “woefully short” of what should be expected.

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury who set up the inquiry, said its interim report "confirms that there have been many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Prominent Priest Defends Sex Abusers, Later Apologizes

UNITED STATES
KVOR

(NEW YORK) -- A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense. But the comments were removed by the website that published them and replaced by an apology from the priest and the site's editors.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who hosts a weekly show on the Catholic television network EWTN, originally made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. He also referred to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach convicted of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, as a "poor guy."

"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to -- a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer," Groeschel was quoted as saying in the interview, which is no longer available on the paper's website.

The interview has now been replaced by a statement from Groeschel.

"I apologize for my comments," it said. "I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Elderly priest's comments about youngsters seducing priests creates flurry of protests, apologies

UNITED STATES
God Discussion

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, said:

People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — of a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.

The Huffington Post reports that the Archdiocese of New York said Groeschel's statement was "simply wrong."

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) writes, "… the real issue isn't that Groeschel makes such hurtful, stupid and Todd Akin-like remarks. (Many Catholic officials have thought and said much the same. We suspect many still do right now.) The real issue is "Why do priests who make callous, mean-spirited comments that hurt the already-wounded never suffer any consequences?" SNAP is calling for the discipline of Fr. Groeschel, noting that his remarks "continue to rub salt in the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of thousands of suffering child sex abuse victims and their loved ones."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

August 30, 2012

New details released in church abuse case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCTV

By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
"Boys will be boys."

That's what the head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese apparently said over concerns about a priest with lewd images of children on his laptop.

KCTV5's reporting partners at the Kansas City Star obtained court documents in the abuse case against Reverend Shawn Ratigan. Records said Bishop Robert Finn also said "sometimes priests do things they shouldn't."

Ratigan is accused of abusing a 9-year-old girl months after the diocese learned about the photos on the laptop. At the beginning of August, Ratigan entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges.

Finn and the diocese are facing misdemeanor charges for failing to report the suspected abuse to police.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP issued the following response in regards to the new details:

What an awful, hurtful way to respond to the heinous crimes of Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

Ms. Creech was under oath and she's an employee of Bishop Finn's diocese. So she has no incentive whatsoever to distort Bishop Finn's callous remarks.

And Finn's remarks weren't that long ago. So it's hard to believe Ms. Creech memory is somehow blurred by the passage of time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2012

UNITED STATES
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

August 30, 2012

The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal sincerely apologizes for the comments made by Fr. Benedict Groeschel in an interview released yesterday by the National Catholic Register, online addition. In that interview, Fr. Benedict made comments that were inappropriate and untrue. A child is never responsible for abuse. Any abuser of a child is always responsible, especially a priest. Sexual abuse of a minor is a terrible crime and should always be treated as such. We are sorry for any pain his comments may have caused. Fr. Benedict has dedicated his life to helping others and these comments were completely out of character. He never intended to excuse abuse or implicate the victims. We hope that these unfortunate statements will not overshadow the great good Fr. Benedict has done in housing countless homeless people, feeding innumerable poor families, and bringing healing, peace and encouragement to so many.

Fr Benedict helped found our community 25 years ago with the hope of bringing the healing peace of Jesus Christ to our wounded world. Our desire has always been to lift-up humanity and never to hurt. About seven years ago, Fr. Benedict was struck by a car and was in a coma for over a month. In recent months his health, memory and cognitive ability have been failing. He has been in and out of the hospital. Due to his declining health and inability to care for himself, Fr. Benedict had moved to a location where he could rest and be relieved of his responsibilities. Although these factors do not excuse his comments, they help us understand how such a compassionate man could have said something so wrong, so insensitive, and so out of character. Our prayers are with all those who have been hurt by his comments, especially victims of sexual abuse.

Personal Statement from Fr Benedict Groeschel:

I apologize for my comments. I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.

With questions please contact Fr. Glenn Sudano at 914-965-8143.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 PM

NY priest apologizes ...

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

NY priest apologizes for saying priests seduced by kids, 1st offense shouldn’t mean jail time

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, August 30, 7:55 PM

NEW YORK — A New York priest has apologized after coming under criticism from church officials and advocates of sex abuse victims for saying that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register published this week. The website for the conservative independent Register then removed the story and posted an apology for publishing the comments. Groeschel and the friars did as well.

Asked about working with priests involved in abuse, Groeschel said, “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.” ...

Editor in Chief Jeanette De Melo posted a note apologizing for “publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel’s comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our publication of that comment was an editorial mistake, for which we sincerely apologize.”

Groeschel also posted an apology to the site. “I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Child sex abuse inquiry damns Chichester church's local safeguarding

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

[interim report]

David Batty
The Guardian, Thursday 30 August 2012

An inquiry into child sex abuse by Church of England clergy in Chichester has found many children suffered "abiding hurt and damage" because local safeguarding measures had fallen "woefully short" for two decades.

The inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury's office concluded that the West Sussex diocese has "an appalling history" of child protection failures, with "fresh and disturbing" allegations continuing to emerge.

Lambeth Palace will now oversee clergy appointments and the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the diocese amid concerns that safeguarding procedures remain "dysfunctional".

The archbishop, Rowan Williams, who set up the investigation, said the interim report "confirms that there have been many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the diocese of Chichester".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Father Groeschel apologizes for sympathizing with Sandusky, but won't face discipline

UNITED STATES
Metro

CASSANDRA GARRISON

NEW YORK

A Franciscan friar in Westchester, N.Y., apologized Thursday for shocking comments he made to a Catholic newsletter, where he appeared to defend not only child sex abuse, but also disgraced former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, 78, said boys without fathers are often the ones to approach their abusers.

"Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer," Groeschel, who is part of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, said.

"It's not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own — and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing," he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Practise what you preach

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Michael Clifford

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cardinal Brady has no right to lecture anyone on the morals of abortion when, back in the 1970s, his ineptitude failed to protect children from clerical sex abuse, argues Michael Clifford

THERE are times when irony descends into farce. On Sunday, Cardinal Seán Brady was interviewed on RTÉ radio’s current affairs programme, This Week. He was on the phone, which was a strange way for the Primate of All Ireland to address the nation in this day and age. His chosen subject was abortion, a good choice for a hierarchy reeling from scandals. But what amazed was the sheer neck he displayed in lecturing on morals.

The cardinal referred more than once to "respect for all human life". He described the Supreme Court judgement in the X case as "flawed", as if he knew better than the judges appointed to administer the law in a republic. And he made a point of referencing the welfare of small children, in relation to the forum from where he threw himself into the abortion issue on Friday.

Coming from another member of the hierarchy, these issues would be regarded as standard fare. But the cardinal is a man who has practically no moral authority in light of what has emerged about his role in covering up clerical sex abuse.

Earlier this year, it emerged that he was one member of a team of clerics that in 1975 interviewed a 15-year-old Brendan Boland about the activities of paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth. The boy told the panel of others who had been abused by Smyth, yet he was sworn to secrecy about the process, and Smyth kept on abusing. The report was passed up to the hierarchy, and the 35-year-old Fr Brady, as he was then, washed his hands of it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

FR. GROESCHEL UNDER FIRE

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on remarks made by Father Benedict Groeschel in the National Catholic Register regarding the sexual abuse of minors:

A quarter century ago, Father Groeschel and seven other priests broke away from a religious community to found the Franciscan Friars of Renewal. His service to the Church over the past half-century has been nothing less than heroic. His ministry to the least among us is especially noteworthy.

Father Groeschel holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University, and has put his training to work by counseling some of the most mentally and socially challenged people in our society. In addition, for the past four decades he has been screening men for the priesthood, weeding out those who should not be ordained. His record is impressive.

In a recent interview, he hypothesized how a young person (14, 16 or 18, as he put it) could conceivably take advantage of a priest who was having a nervous breakdown. He also referred to Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced Penn State football coach, as “this poor guy.” For these remarks, and related comments, he is now being labeled as a defender of child abuse.

The accusation is scurrilous. In the same interview, Groeschel emphatically said that priests who are sexual abusers “have to leave.” His reference to Sandusky was exactly the way a priest-psychologist might be expected to speak: “poor guy” conveys sympathy for his maladies—it is not a defense of his behavior! Indeed, Groeschel asked, “Why didn’t anyone say anything?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Bel Air youth pastor charged with sexual abuse

BEL AIR (MD)
Baltimore Sun

BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

August 30, 2012

A Bel Air youth pastor was terminated from his position after being charged with the sexual abuse of a minor.

Walter Harrison Yocum, 35, of the 3200 block of Ady Road in Street, was charged Aug. 23 with third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree assault.

The incident dates to a week in mid-July, during Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, where Yocum is a youth pastor, according to charging documents.

On Aug. 21, a 16-year-old girl came to the Child Advocacy Center and in a forensic interview, told interviewers she was approached by Yocum at VBS earlier this summer, according to charging documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Amish woman: Ohio bishop coerced women into sex

OHIO
Sacramento Bee

By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- An Amish bishop accused of orchestrating hair-cutting attacks in Ohio coerced women at his settlement into having sex with him so he could turn them into better wives, one of the women testified Thursday.

The woman said what started out as hugs turned into kisses and then sex. She said she resisted at first.

"He would say things like, 'I can't understand why you won't obey me, the other ladies can,'" the woman testified. "I always gave up. I was afraid not to."

Prosecutors say the alleged sexual "counseling" of married women shows the control Samuel Mullet Sr. had over followers at the Amish settlement he founded two decades ago. The 16 people accused of carrying out the hair-cutting attacks last fall all lived on Mullet's settlement in eastern Ohio near the West Virginia panhandle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

'Boys will be boys,' Bishop Finn purportedly said after being told of priest's lewd photos

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY THOMAS and MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

When confronted by the diocese’s computer director about her concerns over lewd images found on a priest’s laptop, Bishop Robert Finn replied that, “Sometimes priests do things they shouldn’t,” court papers filed Thursday alleged.

“Sometimes, boys will be boys,” the bishop is purported to have said, court records show.

Julie Creech, the director of management and information systems for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, described her meeting with the bishop during an Aug. 17 deposition in a Jackson County civil case. According to that lawsuit, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan abused a 9-year-old girl months after the diocese learned of the photos on his computer.

Finn and the diocese are scheduled for a criminal trial starting Sept. 24 on misdemeanor counts of failing to report Ratigan’s suspected abuse of children. Ratigan is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in federal court earlier this month to producing and attempting to produce child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Accused KC Catholic bishop: 'Boys will be boys'

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Sacramento Bee

The Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An employee of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph says the bishop commented that "boys will be boys" when he was told about lewd images of children on a priest's laptop computer.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/OCj2rF) reports that diocese computer director Julie Creech described her conversation with Bishop Robert Finn during an Aug. 17 deposition. A partial transcript of the deposition was filed Thursday in a civil lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court.

That lawsuit alleges the Rev. Shawn Ratigan abused a 9-year-old girl months after the diocese learned of the photos on his computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Naperville priest suspended in wake of abuse allegations

NAPERVILLE (IL)
Daily Herald

By Lee Filas.

A Naperville priest has been suspended by the Joliet Diocese following allegations he sexually abused a child more than 25 years ago.

Rev. James Nowak, 75, who served as pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church from 2002 to 2007, was placed on temporary administrative leave. He is not permitted to celebrate public Mass or administer sacraments, said diocese spokesman Doug Delaney.

Nowak is retired, and is listed as member of the board of directors at Montini High School in Lombard, according to the school’s website.

It’s unknown where Novak was working at the time of the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Priest charged with hiding sex crimes

AUSTRALIA
Coastal Times

JOANNE MCCARTHY

31 Aug, 2012 03

HE was the ''right-hand man'' of a bishop, and a one-time acting bishop himself, but priest Tom Brennan has become the first Australian Catholic priest charged with concealing the alleged child sex crimes of another.

Father Brennan, 74, was arrested and charged yesterday with two counts of misprision of a felony - failing to disclose a serious crime - relating to alleged child sex offences by defrocked priest John Denham against two boys in the late 1970s.

The offences allegedly occurred at St Pius X, in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown, where Father Denham was a teacher and Father Brennan was school principal.

Strike Force Georgiana's Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber also charged Father Brennan with eight counts of sexually assaulting a boy, 8, at a Waratah church in 1984 and 1985, and two counts of assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Prominent priest blames sex victims, says first-time abusers shouldn't face jail

UNITED STATES
The Christian Century

Aug 30, 2012 by David Gibson and Daniel Burke

c. 2012 Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a prominent author and speaker who is especially popular with conservative Catholics and bishops, has sparked outrage by saying that priests who sexually abuse children "on their first offense" should not go to jail.

He added that in "a lot of cases," the child is "the seducer."

The New York-based Franciscan also expressed sympathy for Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in a scandal that rocked college football and dominated the news much as the clergy crisis has.

Groeschel's comments, in an interview published Tuesday (Aug. 28) by the National Catholic Register, spread like wildfire around the Internet after they were reported by Religion News Service, and they prompted comparisons to Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial remarks about "legitimate rape" and abortion.

They also threatened to raise more questions about the hierarchy's response to the abuse scandal even as the bishops have been hoping to turn the corner on a decades-long scandal that has cost billions in settlements and damaged the church's moral standing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

NY Priest Apologizes for Sex Abuse Comments

NEW YORK
ABC News

NEW YORK August 31, 2012 (AP)

A New York priest is apologizing following criticism he's receiving for saying that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender shouldn't go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register published this week. The website then removed the story and posted an apology for publishing the comments.

Groeschel also apologized, saying he did not intend to blame victims, and that he regrets any harm he caused to anyone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

New York priest says child often seducer in sex abuse cases

UNITED STATES
The Jerusalem Post

By REUTERS

08/31/2012

NEW YORK - A Roman Catholic priest in New York expressed sympathy this week for some clergy who sexually abuse children, as well as for convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky, saying that it is often the "youngster" who is the seducer.

The remarks by the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Westchester County outside New York City, drew strong criticism from the Archdiocese of New York and the support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster - 14, 16, 18 - is the seducer," Groeschel said when asked by an interviewer from the National Catholic Register, the nation's oldest Catholic newspaper, about his work with priests who abuse children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Renewed inquiry call after abuse cover-up charges

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Timothy McDonald

The survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have renewed their call for a Royal Commission after the police in Newcastle charged a former priest with covering up abuse.

Retired Newcastle Catholic priest, Thomas Brennan, has been accused of sexually assaulting a child in the 1980s, and charged with failing to report sexual abuse by defrocked priest John Sidney Denham in the 1970s.

It is believed to be the first time a priest has been charged over an alleged cover-up, and survivors and advocates are hopeful that it might set a precedent.

Bob O'Toole is from the Clergy Abused Network, which helps victims in the Hunter Region.

"I think it's a good thing," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Archbishop of Canterbury apologises ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Archbishop of Canterbury apologises after Church report accuses clergy of failing to protect children from 20 years of abuse at ancient diocese

By Steve Doughty

A savage Church of England report today accused the clergy in an ancient diocese of a ‘disastrous’ failure to protect children from abuse by paedophile priests.

The investigation carried out for the Archbishop of Canterbury said that many lives had been blighted, and a string of court cases was just the tip of the iceberg of corruption in the Diocese of Chichester.

It followed deepening concerns after one vicar was jailed for five years for sexually abusing two boys and another parish priest died without being charged with any offence after abusing at least 10 boys.

Three retired priests in the diocese are currently facing charges of sexual offences against children.

The‘interim’ report of the inquiry - known in ecclesiastical terms as a visitation - comes more than a year after an initial inquiry by retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and has itself taken eight months to produce.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

NY - Why is Cardinal Dolan silent on Fr. Groeschel's victim-blaming?

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 30, 2012

The question raised by the Fr. Benedict Groeschel controversy is simple: why is Cardinal Dolan - and every other US Catholic official - silent? This week, Groeschel, a prominent New York-based priest and founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal said teens act as “seducers” in sex abuse cases against clergy.

But the real issue isn't that Groeschel makes such hurtful, stupid and Todd Akin-like remarks. (Many Catholic officials have thought and said much the same. We suspect many still do right now.)

The real issue is "Why do priests who make callous, mean-spirited comments that hurt the already-wounded never suffer any consequences?" The real issue is "Why are there not hundreds of Catholic officials publicly denouncing Fr. Groeschel, especially Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose archdiocese employs or employed him and in whose archdiocese he lives and works?"

Can you even think of one instance, over the past 25 years, in which even one bishop or other top church staffer disciplined or denounced even one church employee for making even one ignorant, hurtful statement?

It doesn’t happen. And that's why priests like Fr. Groeschel continue to rub salt in the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of thousands of suffering child sex abuse victims and their loved ones.

But it should happen. So today we are calling on two prominent Catholic officials to discipline Groeschel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Statement Of Joseph Zwilling Regarding Recent Comments Of Fr. Benedict Groeschel

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

This is the statement from Joseph Zwilling, Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New York, in reaction to comments attributed to Fr. Benedict Groeschel in a recent interview with the National Catholic Register.

"The comments made by Father Benedict Groeschel that appeared on the website of the National Catholic Register are simply wrong. Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged. The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime, and whoever commits that crime deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The harm that was done by these remarks was compounded by the assertion that the victim of abuse is responsible for the abuse, or somehow caused the abuse to occur. This is not only terribly wrong, it is also extremely painful for victims. To all those who are hurting because of sexual abuse or because of these comments, please know that you have our profound sympathy and our prayers.

The Archdiocese of New York completely disassociates itself from these comments. They do not reflect our beliefs or our practice."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

NY Priest Facing Criticism for Sex Abuse Comments

NEW YORK
NBC New York

A well-known New York priest is coming under criticism for saying that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register this week. The interview has since been removed from the news source's website and the outlet did not return a call seeking comment.

The Archdiocese of New York repudiated the comments in a statement posted on its website, calling them "simply wrong."

Groeschel is not a priest with the Archdiocese but has worked with it in the past. He did not return messages seeking comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Catholic TV Star, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, Defends Child Sex Abusers

UNITED STATES
ABC News

[with video]

By COLLEEN CURRY

Aug. 30, 2012

A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who hosts a weekly show on Catholic television network EWTN, made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. He also referred to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky as a "poor guy."

"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to - a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer," Groeschel is quoted as saying in the interview, which is no longer available on the paper's website.

The interview, billed as a reflection on the 25 years since Groeschel founded the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order, covered many topics, but has gained attention for Groeschel's comments on child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Prominent NY Friar Thinks Pedophile Priests Are Often "Seduced" By Teens

UNITED STATES
Gothamist

A prominent NY friar has come to the defense of priests who have been caught in sex scandals with underage boys, claiming that oftentimes, the priests are "seduced" by teens. Father Benedict Groeschel of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal made his comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. As if claiming teens seduce pedophiles wasn't a disgusting enough sentiment, Groeschel also expressed sympathy for Jerry Sandusky, calling him a "poor guy."

"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to—a psychopath," Groeschel told them when asked about his work with sexual abuse perpetrators. "But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster—14, 16, 18—is the seducer." He continued, arguing that those kids are looking for father figures: "It's not so hard to see—a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own—and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing."

The friar, who is based in Westchester but does outreach in the Bronx and Brooklyn, doesn't think priests should go to jail if they are caught for the first time having a sexual relationship with a child: "I'm inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime." He argued that there is a precedent for that attitude toward priests abusing children: "Until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things. If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties—except for rape or violence—it was very rarely brought as a civil crime."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Child sex victims seduce abusers: Priest

UNITED STATES
Sun News

QMI AGENCY

A well-known Catholic priest called convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky a "poor guy" and says clergymen in a lot of cases are seduced by children.

Father Benedict Groeschel, 79, told the National Catholic Register boys without father figures are often the ones who initiate sexual relationships with abusers.

"Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer," said Groeschel, the host of a weekly show called Sunday Night Prime.

"Well, it's not so hard to see -- a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own -- and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that."

The New York-based clergyman with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal went on to say he doesn't think child sex abusers should be tried on their first offence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Prominent Catholic Friar on ‘Poor Guy’ Sandusky: ‘A Lot of Cases, the Youngster Is the Seducer’

UNITED STATES
Gawker

Max Read

Father Benedict Groeschel, a prominent friar, television host, and director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, gave an interview to the National Catholic Reporter this week. It's been taken down — why? Probably because Groeschel claimed that "in a lot of cases" of abuse, "the youngster... is the seducer." And expressed sympathy with Jerry Sandusky.

Renew America's Matt C. Abbott grabbed the interview before it was taken down:

[Interviewer]: Part of your work here at Trinity has been working with priests involved in abuse, no?

[Father Groeschel]: A little bit, yes; but you know, in those cases, they have to leave. And some of them profoundly — profoundly — penitential, horrified. People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.

[Interviewer]: Why would that be?

[Father Greoschel]: Well, it's not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own — and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It's an understandable thing, and you know where you find it, among other clergy or important people; you look at teachers, attorneys, judges, social workers. Generally, if they get involved, it's heterosexually, and if it's a priest, he leaves and gets married — that's the usual thing — and gets a dispensation. A lot of priests leave quickly, get civilly married and then apply for the dispensation, which takes about three years.

But there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Here's this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn't anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn't break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn't think of it in terms of legal things.

If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties — except for rape or violence — it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way. Sometimes statutory rape would be — but only if the girl pushed her case. Parents wouldn't touch it. People backed off, for years, on sexual cases. I'm not sure why.

I think perhaps part of the reason would be an embarrassment, that it brings the case out into the open, and the girl's name is there, or people will figure out what's there, or the youngster involved — you know, it's not put in the paper, but everybody knows; they're talking about it.

At this point, (when) any priest, any clergyman, any social worker, any teacher, any responsible person in society would become involved in a single sexual act — not necessarily intercourse — they're done. And I'm inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Father Benedict Groeschel Reflects on 25 Years of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by JOHN BURGER
08/27/2012

Editor’s Note:

Child sexual abuse is never excusable. The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel's comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our publication of that comment was an editorial mistake, for which we sincerely apologize. Given Father Benedict's stellar history over many years, we released his interview without our usual screening and oversight. We have removed the story. We have sought clarification from Father Benedict.

Jeanette R. De Melo
Editor in Chief

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Leading N.Y. Catholic Blames Kids for Seducing Sex Abusers

UNITED STATES
New York Magazine

By Joe Coscarelli

Friar Benedict Groeschel, the 79-year-old director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York and a leader of the Bronx-based Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has a theory on pedophilia. In an unbelievable interview with the National Catholic
Register, Groeschel explained of abusive priests, "People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him." Then he kept going.

Via Andrew Sullivan:

A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer ... It's not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own — and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It's an understandable thing ... there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Here's this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn't anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn't break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn't think of it in terms of legal things."

Groeschel goes on to say, "I'm inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime." The article has since been deleted from the National Catholic Register, but lives on through Google and various dumbfounded media outlets, both religious and not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Sexual abuse victims call for Saginaw diocese bishop's 'transparency' in Philadelphia sex abuse case

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Justin Engel | jengel1@mlive.com

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Two victims of sexual abuse now advocating for children’s rights this afternoon delivered a letter asking for answers from the Most Bishop Joseph Cistone, whose name recently was linked to a planned clergy sexual abuse-based lawsuit in Philadelphia.

Cistone, the diocese's leader, earlier this year was not named in any criminal indictments, but lawyers say he and others will be named in a civil case brought on by a former altar boy who claimed sexual abuse at a Philadelphia diocese in 1992, media reports indicate.

Lawyers claim Cistone, who was appointed as the Saginaw diocese’s leader in 2009, helped oversee the shredding of documents relating to the alleged abuse.

Kathy McCreedy, a Midland resident and member of Protecting Michigan’s Children, and Brad G. Sylvester, an Auburn man who belongs to Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), at 1 p.m. today gave the letter — intended for Cistone — to Sister Judith Mary O’Brien, vice chancellor of the Diocese of Saginaw.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Father Benedict Groeschel: Clergyman says pedophile victims are often the 'seducers'

UNITED STATES
Metro

CASSANDRA GARRISON
NEW YORK

Published: August 30, 2012

The Catholic church is taking some serious heat after a New York-based clergyman expressed sympathy for Jerry Sandusky and said teens are often the ones seducing grown men in cases of pedophilia.

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, 78, said boys without fathers are often the ones to approach their abusers.

"Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster - 14, 16, 18 - is the seducer," Groeschel, who is based in Westchester, said.

"It's not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own — and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing," he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Sympathy for ‘this poor guy’ ...

UNITED STATES
New York Daily News

Sympathy for ‘this poor guy’ Jerry Sandusky and other pedophiles? New York friar blames youngsters who ‘seduce’ priests, coaches

By Victoria Cavaliere / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A prominent New York-based friar has sympathy for some pedophiles -- including defrocked priests and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky -- saying they are sometimes "seduced" by their underage victims.

Father Benedict Groeschel’s jarring comments come amid ongoing fallout from child sex abuse scandals that have rocked Penn State and, over the past decade, the Catholic Church.

In some of these cases, children “looking for a father figure” are responsible for the relationship with someone in a position of power -- like a coach or clergy member, Groeschel told the National Catholic Register.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster - 14, 16, 18 - is the seducer," said Groeschel, a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Pressed on the point, Father Groeschel says "It's not so hard to see - a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own - and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Catholic TV Star, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, Defends Child Sex Abusers

UNITED STATES
ABC News

[with video]

By COLLEEN CURRY

Aug. 30, 2012

A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who hosts a weekly show on Catholic television network EWTN, made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. He also referred to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky as a "poor guy."

"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to - a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer," Groeschel is quoted as saying in the interview, which is no longer available on the paper's website.

The interview, billed as a reflection on the 25 years since Groeschel founded the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order, covered many topics, but has gained attention for Groeschel's comments on child sex abuse.

"Well, it's not so hard to see. A kid looking for a father and didn't have his own -- and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping, but not having intercourse or anything like that. I's an understandable thing, and you know where you find it, among other clergy or important people; you look at teachers, attorneys, judges, social workers," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Getting to The Truth: Coming Forward on the Diocese of Winona Abuse

MINNESOTA
The Legal Examiner

by Mike Bryant
August 30, 2012

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week concerning repressed memory in sexual abuse cases. As the Crookston Times reported:

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 2:11 PM

Priest On Leave While Joliet Diocese Looks Into Sexual Abuse

JOLIET (IL)
CBS Chicago

JOLIET (CBS) — The Diocese of Joliet says it is likely that a priest in the diocese engaged in the sexual abuse of a minor more than two decades ago.

While the diocese looks further into the allegation, the priest has been placed on administrative leave.

The Diocese of Joliet said in a statement that it recently received an allegation of Rev. James Nowak sexually abusing a minor more than 25 years ago.

An investigation was initiated by The Office of Child and Youth Protection and then evaluated by the Diocesan Review Committee, according to the statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Empowering children ...

UNITED STATES
The Child Custody Guide

Empowering children about child molesting, and how to defend against it–Shari Karney speaks out about

SHARI KARNEY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT

Comment on some of the agencies and non-profits that are engaged in educating and advocating against child abuse and molesting. You as a crusader for child rights and against child abuse take on various cases as an attorney. Is there an organization that you are connected with, too, that you will tell us about briefly?

Shari Karney: I like Child Help USA www.childhelp.org because they provide a haven for neglected and abused children. Also they are involved with education and protection. SNAP (Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests): www.snapnetwork.org is a network for those abused by Priests and Churches. The National Crime Victim Bar Association: www.victimbar.org puts a lot of energy into educating attorneys, helping crime victims with attorney referrals for civil lawsuits. National Center for Victims of Crime: www.ncvc.org helps victims of all types of crime. If you have been victimized, this is a good place to start. With their specialized DNA program, Stalking Center, and Youth Initiative program, it’s a safe place for crime victims (especially youth) to get information and support. California Protective Parents Association: www.protectiveparents.com protects and works with those who are victims of incest and family violence.

Our time needs to be spent educating caretakers, educating parents. We want to cut down on children being prey to opportunistic predators, which all child molesters are. We can’t just lay this on the parents, because it’s bigger than the parents. You can’t lock your children up 24 hours a day. Children (without being graphic), can be educated on what the rules are and what adults can and can’t do. Let’s teach our kids how to honor their gut feelings; How to stay safe, how to alert a trusted adult when something is Yucky, or doesn’t feel right. We want to empower our kids before they are in a dangerous situation. I don’t think parents should be expected to do all this on their own. We all need to pitch in and power up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Fr. Benedict Groeschel blames victims for seducing priests

UNITED STATES
SNAP Wisconsin

Almost twenty five years ago Archbishop Rembert Weakland declared that some adolescent victims of sexual assault were not “so innocent”. Weakland elaborated by saying that some adolescents “can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite street-wise”.

Fast forward a quarter of a century later and well known Catholic priest Fr. Benedict Groeschel offers this piece of wisdom concerning the clergy sexual assault crisis that continues to plague the church:

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him…A lot of the cases, the youngster – 14, 16, or 18 is the seducer”. Groeschel added that all of this was understandable “Well it’s not so hard to see, a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own, and they won’t be planning to get into heavy duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping, but not having intercourse or anything like that”.

Groeschel provided his insights to the National Catholic Register in a lengthy interview which has since been removed from the publications website. Groeschel leads the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a religious order headquartered in the Archdiocese of New York under Cardinal Dolan’s supervision. Groeschel also hosts his own television program which can be seen on EWTN.

In the interview Groeschel proceeded to offer his observations on the sexual assault scandal at Penn State University. He stated “Here’s this poor guy Sandusky, it went on for years. Interesting: why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well you know, until recent years people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

The Scandals, Fr. Benedict, and Moving on…

UNITED STATES
Father, Where Art Thou?

August 30, 2012 By Fr. Michael Duffy

An interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR was recently published on the NCRegister website. It was quickly taken down, but not before it caused quite a stir. The Huffington post and the NY Daily News both picked up on it. Fr. Benedict is a remarkable priest – one that I’ve looked up to for many years. His book on Fr. Gene Hamilton helped me decide to become a priest in the early days of discernment. His comments to the NCRegister however horrified me.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster – 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer…”

“I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

No matter what the circumstance, a priest must be beyond reproach. The priest is always, ALWAYS called to a higher responsibility. To protect. To serve.

The Church has done so much since the scandals first broke back in 2002. We’ve done more than any other major corporation in the world. The bishop should be applauded for their vigilance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Bill Donohue Makes My Day

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Michael Sean Winters on Aug. 30, 2012 Distinctly Catholic

Nothing quite like being attacked by Bill Donohue to make a liberal Catholic’s day. Donohue is to informed discourse what Hurricane Isaac is to the Louisiana coast, all blustery and destructive wind. Yesterday, Mr. Donohue issued this press release attacking my post about the arrest of Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone for driving while under the influence.

The key paragraphs are these:
Winters, like a lot of embittered Catholic “progressives,” is obsessed with homosexuality. That is why he was unable to write one paragraph in his screed against Cordileone without mentioning this subject. The context? Winters wants the bishop to “think with greater compassion about the complicated lives we all lead today.” He also wants the bishop to show an “approriate [sic] humility and humanness.” All of this is code for “shut up and leave the culture to us.”
Gay blog sites have also picked up on this theme. Why? San Francisco is a city where men [read: gays] are free to walk around naked in the street in front of women and children. They can even walk into McDonalds totally nude and park themselves next to Ronald McDonald, provided, the law says, they place a towel on their seat (hygiene matters). Next month homosexuals will whip each other in the street and have sex in public at the Folsom Street Fair. This is the city that Cordileone will soon inherit.


First, I do not think any fair reading of my many blog posts would reveal an “obsession” with the issue of homosexuality. Certainly, I have never written a paragraph like that second one quoted above which is dripping with the kind of explicit detail that leads one to wonder if the author’s interest in the topic is not properly termed prurient. I was certainly unaware of the laws about entering McDonald’s naked, or the goings-on at the Folsom Street Fair, but Mr. Donohue seems unnaturally fascinated by them. I wish he had kept his fascination to himself: I will never enter a McDonald’s with the same blissfully simple desire for a Big Mac again without being disturbed by the image he so painstakingly paints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Vatileaks: Attorney for Pope's Butler Quits Defense

VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

August 30, 2012. (Romereports.com) The attorney for pope's butler, Carlo Fusco has abruptly abandoned his case in defense of Paolo Gabriele against charges of leaking private documents in what has become known as 'Vatileaks'. Fusco says his decision was based on “differences over the line of defense”.

He is actually a childhood friend of Gabriele. Fusco says that even though he is leaving the case, the two will maintain their friendship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Groups plan protest outside Saginaw diocese after bishop linked to Philly clergy child sex abuse lawsuit

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Justin Engel | jengel1@mlive.com

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Two children’s rights groups today plan to protest outside the Diocese of Saginaw headquarters here after the Catholic organization’s leader’s name was attached to a planned clergy sexual abuse-based lawsuit, officials say.

The Most Bishop Joseph Cistone earlier this year was not named in any criminal indictments, but lawyers say Cistone and others will be named in a civil case brought on by a former altar boy who claimed sexual abuse in 1992, media reports indicate.

Lawyers claim Cistone helped oversee the shredding of documents relating to the alleged abuse.

Now members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Protecting Michigan’s Children, a group that has worked with Michigan legislators to introduce laws aimed at better protecting children, plan to show up at 1 p.m. today at the diocese offices, 5800 Weiss in Saginaw Township.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

NYS POLS AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how the New York State Legislature is handling charges of sexual harassment against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez:

Assemblyman Lopez says he is innocent of physically abusing female aides. I have no way of telling. He is also charged with giving hush money. The real issue for the Catholic League is the incredible duplicity at work: we have one rule for priests accused of sexual abuse, and another for lawmakers.

The New York Archdiocese, following the rules established by the bishops’ conference, makes it clear that it must “cooperate with public authorities about reporting cases [of sexual abuse] even when the person is no longer a minor.” That’s what “zero tolerance” means.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says, “The Assembly has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment.” Really? Then why weren’t the cops called? Why did he not initially insist, as he was supposed to do, that the case be given to the Assembly Ethics Commission? Instead, he apologizes for not doing so, while still insisting that what he did was “both legally correct and ethical.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

A Call for a Healing Movement

CALIFORNIA
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

The following letter is to a local church in San Diego that acts to prevent child sexual abuse and promote healing.

Pilgrims,

Congratulations on sending the Resolution for Safe Churches and Healing Communities to the Annual Gathering and having it adopted [this document]

I have a vision of how, together, we can bring the Resolution to fruition. In fact, it is a vision of a movement that is impossible for any one person, like myself, to realize and will become a reality because of your participation.

I remember the pain I went through when I broke my own silence about being sexually abused by a priest when I was an adolescent. Many of you can remember the pain and trauma five years ago when a registered sex offender showed up asking to be part of our faith community. I think that the pain many experienced then had to do with not having a language or competency to deal with that pain at the time. Individual and collective abuse trauma experiences were triggered and we thought we might never recover, and look where we are now! We are more conscious, competent, and committed to preventing abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults. Many are more healed and whole as a result of working with this toxic material as a church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury criticises local failures to protect children from paedophile priests

UNITED KINGDOM
Brighton and Hove News

The Church of England diocese that includes Brighton and Hove and the recently retired Bishop of Chichester have been criticised in an official report.

The report was commissioned by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to investigate repeated failures to protect children in the area from paedophile priests.

The archbishop said that his office would oversee child protection in the Diocese of Chichester for the foreseeable future.

His staff will also take over responsibility for decisions about the appointment of clergy, deciding who has “permission to officiate”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out over child abuse in Chichester diocese after damning report

UNITED KINGDOM
The News

Published on Thursday 30 August 2012

THE Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to supervise protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Chichester diocese after a report revealed it fell ‘woefully short’ of expectations.

Dr Rowan Williams – who set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the diocese – said an interim report showed ‘many and long-standing failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy.’

Dr Williams appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals – the first such appointments for more than a century.

In May last year a review found serious failings after two priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Archbishop appeals for abuse victims to come forward

UNITED KINGDOM
itv

[interim report]

Dr Rowan Williams has responded to a new report on sex abuse in the Chichester Diocese and has apologised to those who have been abused as a result of failings by the Church.

Dr Williams set up an inquiry into child protection policies after abuses by East Sussex vicar Colin Pritchard and Brede parish priest Roy Cotton.

He appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC as commissaries to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals - the first such appointments for more than a century.

The Archbishop said the interim report confirmed that there had been "many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Top Catholic Priest Claims Some Teenage Boys Seduced Priests

NEW YORK
CBS Connecticut

NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) – A top Catholic priest is claiming that some teenage boys seduced priests in sexual abuse cases.

Father Benedict Groeschel, 78, told the National Catholic Register in an interview published this past week that teenage boys could sometimes play the “seducer” toward a priest.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” Groeschel said to the Catholic Register. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

GA - Victims blast Atlanta minister accused of sex crimes

ATLANTA (GA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 30, 2012

At least four individuals - two men and two women - are accusing an Atlanta minister of infecting them with the HIV virus. It's awful when a pastor breaks his bonds of trust and honor and abuses his position by sexually exploiting congregants. It's even worse when he actively spreads HIV among them.

In criminal matters, one is innocent until proven guilty. Yet it's hard to imagine four adults lying about Pastor Craig Davis of the Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta. If convicted of this disgusting crime, we hope that Davis will be jailed for a long time so he can't hurt others.

We are grateful that Davis has been arrested, but disappointed that he was released so easily on bond. We suspect his victims are right when they describe him as a “master manipulator.” So his role, personality, HIV status and alleged crimes put others in the Atlanta area at risk. We hope that no one else is victimized by David and that anyone else who may have seen or suspected his crimes, whether at Full Gospel or elsewhere, will come forward to the police immediately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury ...

UNITED KINGDOM
The Argus

Archbishop of Canterbury vows to protect victims of Sussex church abuse after report reveals diocese's safeguarding fell 'woefully short'

Anna Roberts

Britain's top vicar has apologised to victims who suffered abuse at the hands of the Church of England in Sussex. Archbishop of Caterbury Rowan Williamson spoke yesterday after an interim report into an investigation into the operation of child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester was published.

Archbishop Williams said he will continue supervising protection of children and vulnerable adults in the diocese after investigators concluded that safeguarding had fallen "woefully short" of what should be expected.

Dr Rowan Williams, who set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the diocese, said the interim report "confirms that there have been many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester".

Dr Williams appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC as commissaries to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals – the first such appointments for more than 100 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Church rocked by damning report into child protection failures

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

[Interim report]

Published on Thursday 30 August 2012

THE DIOCESE of Chichester has come in for yet more heavy criticism in a damning new report.

A “profoundly negative culture” within the diocese, responsible for Church of England churches and priests in Eastbourne and the surrounding area, led to two decades of child protection failures and the inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office said “fresh and disturbing” aspects of the way abuse claims were handled keep surfacing.

The diocese has also been labelled “dysfunctional” with no drive or direction from the top, arrogantly in denial, somewhere priests were allowed to officiate without up-to-date CRB checks and there were weaknesses within safeguarding policies, which were unclear.

Its authors said, “It is clear to us that many lives have been blighted. Some have sought justice through the courts of law. Clergy have gone to prison for their abuse of children. We are clear that those who have sought justice through the courts are but the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Judge will allow Poly Prep sex-abuse lawsuit to proceed, but throws out RICO claims made by all but two plain

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

[court document]

By Michael O'Keeffe / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

In a startling court order that could be a watershed moment for survivors of childhood sex abuse, a federal judge said Tuesday he will allow portions of an explosive lawsuit to proceed against Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block wrote he would green-light the case because officials may have lied when they claimed they only learned in 1991 that a longtime football coach had allegedly molested boys for several decades.

Block said Poly Prep's attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired falls flat because administrators might have deceived 10 former students and two day campers who claimed they were sexually abused by coach Phil Foglietta.

"Central to plaintiffs' claims in the present case are their allegations that Poly Prep engaged in an affirmative course of conduct during the period of limitations to deceive the plaintiffs into believing that they had no claim against Poly Prep because the school had no knowledge of Foglietta's wrongdoing…Foglietta was consistently portrayed to the plaintiffs as a reputable and esteemed football coach throughout the limitations period (1966-1991)," Block wrote in Tuesday's order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

School Abuse Case May Proceed, Judge Says

NEW YORK
The New York Times

[court document]

By JENNY ANDERSON

Published: August 28, 2012

A top-tier Brooklyn private school cannot automatically use New York State’s statute of limitations to prevent a case involving sexual abuse allegations against a former football coach from proceeding, a judge ruled Tuesday, because of the possibility that the school may have engaged in a scheme to cover up decades of abuse.

The ruling by the judge, Frederic Block of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, paves the way for a hearing to establish whether there was a cover-up by the school, Poly Prep, and if it prevented the plaintiffs from bringing a case within the statute of limitations. In New York, survivors of sexual abuse that occurred while they were minors must file a case by the time they are 23.

The judge dismissed all racketeering charges against Poly Prep, but allowed 2 of the 12 plaintiffs to go forward with their racketeering claims against current and former board and administration members. In his 40-page ruling, Judge Block also allowed civil charges including fraud and violations of Title IX, which specifically prohibits sexual abuse, to move forward to a hearing.

The case is being closely watched, as allegations of sexual abuse and the way powerful institutions manage knowledge of those allegations has exploded within the Roman Catholic Church, in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn and in high-profile schools like Horace Mann in the Bronx and Penn State University.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Judge OK’s Abuse Suits Against N.Y. Private School

NEW YORK
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

August 29, 2012

A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for alumni of a top-ranked Brooklyn private school to sue over alleged sexual abuse decades ago by the institution’s late football coach, writes The New York Times.

U.S. District Judge Frederic Block said Poly Prep cannot automatically invoke the state’s statute of limitations to head off lawsuits because the school may have engaged in a years-long scheme to hide allegations against Philip Foglietta, its football coach from 1966 to 1991. The decision makes possible a hearing to establish whether there was such a cover-up.

“The court has basically carved out an exception on statute of limitation claims where the party has engaged in affirmative misrepresentations or deceitful conduct,” said Kevin T. Mulhearn, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Sex abuse suit against B'klyn's Poly Prep can go forward: Judge

NEW YORK
New York Post

[court document]

By Tim Perone

A suit against elite Brooklyn private school Poly Prep — alleging that its famed former football coach sexually abused boys for decades — can move forward, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The suit was filed in Brooklyn federal court by 10 former students and two others who attended the school’s summer camp. They allege that Philip Foglietta, the coach from 1966 to 1991, molested them.

The school had tried to have the suit thrown out because of statute of limitations, but Judge Frederic Block refused,

Block said a hearing can be held to determine whether the school’s administration conducted a cover-up about Foglietta’s alleged acts, which prevented them from bringing the suit before the statute of limitations ran out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Federal Judge’s Ruling on Poly Prep Sex Abuse Case Buoys Horace Mann’s Accusers

NEW YORK
New York Observer

By Daniel Edward Rosen 8/29

Federal District Court judge Frederic Block ruled in a Brooklyn court Tuesday that private school Poly Prep could not use New York State’s statue of limitations to thwart a lawsuit levied by its former students who allege that a popular football coach had molested them.

The decision comes amid rumblings that a group of former Horace Mann students, who have accused the Bronx private school’s faculty of sexual abuse during the 1970s and 80s, had hired attorney Gloria Allred to pursue legal action against the school.

Poly Prep argued to have the case against former football coach Phil Foglietta dismissed on the grounds that the statute of limitations for his accusers –which include 10 former students and two day campers, according to The New York Daily News–had expired after those students turned 23:

“Central to plaintiffs’ claims in the present case are their allegations that Poly Prep engaged in an affirmative course of conduct during the period of limitations to deceive the plaintiffs into believing that they had no claim against Poly Prep because the school had no knowledge of Foglietta’s wrongdoing…Foglietta was consistently portrayed to the plaintiffs as a reputable and esteemed football coach throughout the limitations period (1966-1991),” Block wrote in Tuesday’s order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Lawyers Say Ruling Allows Abuse Suits

NEW YORK
Wall Street Journal

[court document]

By SOPHIA HOLLANDER

New York state has one of the country's strictest statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims, despite lobbying by advocates who say the law can stymie victims who come forward too late.

Now some attorneys believe that legal framework may be shifting after a federal judge this week allowed a lawsuit detailing decades-old sexual abuse to go forward against one of Brooklyn's elite prep schools.

"Frankly I'm going over my files right now to see if there's anything that could be done," said Michael Dowd, an attorney specializing in abuse cases. He plans to review some 300 suits.

"It's the best news out of a court for the victims of sexual abuse this year, and probably in a number of years," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Simpson Thacher Partner's Sex Abuse Claims ...

NEW YORK
Connecticut Law Tribune

Simpson Thacher Partner's Sex Abuse Claims Against Brooklyn Prep School Will Proceed

By Sara Randazzo
The Am Law Daily

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Philip Culhane finds a measure of peace in a federal judge's ruling Tuesday that a prominent Brooklyn prep school can't argue that New York State's statute of limitations should automatically nullify a lawsuit in which Culhane and 11 other men claim they were sexually molested by a revered football coach school—and that school officials covered up the serial sexual abuse.

"No matter what happens from this point on, I’ve achieved one of my most important goals," Culhane says, "which is for the truth to be told."

Culhane, a private investment funds lawyer based in Simpson Thacher's Hong Kong office, first told his story to The Am Law Daily in 2010. At the time, Culhane had decided to join a lawsuit filed by several former Poly Prep Country Day School students who claimed that longtime Poly Prep football coach and physical education teacher Philip Foglietta, who left the school in 1991 and died in 1998, had sexually abused them from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Sex Abuse Suit Against Poly Prep Survives School's Bid to Dismiss

NEW YORK
Law.com

By Andrew Keshner
New York Law Journal

August 30, 2012

The statute of limitations will not halt a lawsuit, at least for the time being, against the elite Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn brought by former students who charge they were sexually abused by a prominent football coach at least 25 years ago.

Ten alumni of the Brooklyn school and two former summer camp participants allege Poly Prep officials knew that Philip Foglietta, who coached football at the school from 1966 to 1991, had abused students but had covered up his conduct.

"Central to plaintiffs' claims in the present case are their allegations that Poly Prep engaged in an affirmative course of conduct during the period of limitations to deceive the plaintiffs into believing that they had no claim against Poly Prep because the school had no knowledge of Foglietta's wrongdoing," Eastern District Judge Frederic Block (See Profile) said Aug. 28 in Zimmerman v. Poly Prep Country Day School, 09-cv-4586.

The judge dismissed claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against the school, but allowed racketeering claims brought by two plaintiffs against school administrators and officials to go forward. Block said that the two had contributed money to the school, whose football coach had been portrayed as "reputable and esteemed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

INTERIM REPORT ...

UNITED KINGDOM
The Archbishop of Canterbury

INTERIM REPORT OF THE COMMISSARIES APPOINTED BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY IN RELATION TO A VISITATION UPON THE DIOCESE OF CHICHESTER

Your Grace,

FOREWORD:
St Luke tells us that the people brought infants to Jesus that he might touch them. (St Luke 18:15ff). When his disciples tried to stop this practice Jesus called for the children saying,
„Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these the Kingdom of God belongs.‟

Not only did Jesus encourage children to come to him, not only did he offer love through touching them, but they were manifestly safe in his company.

All contemporary safeguarding policies and procedures in the Church should be a response to what we learn and see in Jesus himself. Children are meant to be safe in the care and company of the Christian Church. In witness to this faith and to our sense of obligation to children who are brought to Jesus through the life of the Christian community, the Church should set for itself the highest standards of care available to our society today. If that is true especially in relation to children, it ought also to be true for the care we offer to some of the most vulnerable adults in the modern world (see St James 1:27).

It has been particularly distressing to us to have met people whose lives have been deeply wounded by the abuse they have suffered at the hands of clergy and of lay people holding positions of responsibility in the Church. Sadly, these wounds often refuse to heal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Archbishop’s Chichester Visitation – interim report published

UNITED KINGDOM
The Archbishop of Canterbury

[INTERIM REPORT OF THE COMMISSARIES APPOINTED BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY IN RELATION TO A VISITATION UPON THE DIOCESE OF CHICHESTER]

Thursday 30th August 2012

The interim report for the enquiry into the operation of the diocesan child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester has today been published.

The report was written by Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC who were appointed as the Archbishop’s commissaries to carry out the enquiry.

In responding to the interim report, Archbishop Rowan Williams has made the following statement:

“I am very grateful to those who have been conducting the Visitation in the Diocese of Chichester and to all who have co-operated with this process – not least those survivors of abuse who have shared their experience. The abiding hurt and damage done to them is something that none of us in the Church can ignore, and I am deeply sorry that they should have been let down by those they ought to have been able to trust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns child abuse failings

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A "profoundly negative culture" within the Diocese of Chichester led to two decades of child protection failures, a report has concluded.

The inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury's office said "fresh and disturbing" aspects of the way abuse claims were handled keep surfacing.

Lambeth Palace has said it will now oversee clergy appointments and child protection matters in Sussex.

Three local priests have been charged this year with child sex offences.

The report by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams's office is believed to be the first of its kind in the Church of England for more than a century.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Iglesia investiga a Juan Esteban Morales, ex brazo derecho de sacerdote Fernando Karadima

CHILE
Bio Bio

Miércoles 29 agosto 2012 | 19:52

Publicado por Daniel Medina | La Información es de Michelle Berstein

Tras acusaciones de “manipulación de conciencia”, la Iglesia Católica se encuentra investigando al ex párroco de El Bosque Juan Esteban Morales, quien fuera el brazo derecho y principal defensor del sacerdote Fernando Karadima. Este último fue condenado por el Vaticano en 2011 por abusos sexuales contra menores.

Según fuentes de la Iglesia, la investigación lleva cerca de un año y está a cargo del vicario judicial Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, el mismo religioso que comenzó a indagar las denuncias por abusos de connotación sexual en contra de Cristián Precht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Prominente priester: 'Bij misbruik is jongere vaak de verleider'

VERENIGDE STATEN
Trouw

Priesters, leraren of maatschappelijk werkers die iemand één keer seksueel misbruiken zouden eigenlijk geen celstraf moeten krijgen. Vaak is juist de jongere de verleider, meent de Amerikaanse prominente priester Benedict Groeschel.

'Veel mensen gaan er vanuit dat zo iemand handelt vanuit voorbedachten rade - ze zien een psychopaat', vertelt Groeschel op de nieuwssite National Catholic Register. 'Maar zo gaat dat niet. Stel: een man heeft een zenuwinzinking en een jongere zet zijn zinnen op hem. In veel gevallen is de jongere - van 14, 16 of 18 jaar - de verleider.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Lawyer for pope’s butler...

VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

Lawyer for pope’s butler, charged in Vatican leaks scandal, quits over differences in strategy

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, August 30

VATICAN CITY — A lawyer for the pope’s ex-butler, who is facing trial for his role in the Vatican leaks scandal, has resigned.

Attorney Carlo Fusco said Thursday he had quit as Paolo Gabriele’s attorney over differences in defense strategy. It wasn’t immediately clear if Gabriele’s other lawyer, Cristiana Arru, was remaining on as counsel.

A Vatican judge earlier this month ordered Gabriele to stand trial for allegedly stealing documents from Pope Benedict XVI’s private apartment. The documents formed the basis of news articles and a book exposing power struggles and purported corruption at the highest levels of the Catholic Church’s governance.

Fusco has essentially acknowledged Gabriele’s guilt after Vatican police found papal documents in Gabriele’s Vatican City apartment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Retrial after mistrial set for accused priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

PROSECUTORS will get another opportunity to try the Rev. James J. Brennan, 49, a Roman Catholic priest charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996 and related offenses.

A mistrial was declared in June after the District Attorney's Office was unable to persuade a jury to reach a unanimous verdict that Brennan was guilty.

Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman met Wednesday with Assistant District Attorneys Patrick Blessington and Mark Cipoletti and defense attorneys William J. Brennan Jr. and Richard J. Fuschino Jr. before setting March 6 as the new trial date.

Brennan was a co-defendant in a trial earlier this year with Monsignor William J. Lynn, 61, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Vatican not responsible for moving abusive priest from Benburb

NORTHERN IRELAND
Tyrone Times

Published on Thursday 30 August 2012

A US court has delivered a landmark ruling that the Vatican cannot be held legally liable for the activities of a paedophile priest who is alleged to have sexually abused a boy at Benburb’s Servite Priory more than fifty years ago.

Former Benburb cleric Rev. Andrew Ronan, who died in 1982, was at the heart of a landmark legal case in the US which could have resulted in Pope Benedict being sued over sex abuse claims.

The Vatican had sought to halt the lawsuit which accused the Roman Catholic Church of transferring Rev. Andrew Ronan from parish to parish – starting in Benburb and moving to St. Phillip High School in Chicago and then to St. Albert’s Church in Portland, Oregon – despite repeated accusations of sexual abuse in all three positions.

Ronan’s history of sexual abuse allegedly dated to the 1950s at the Benburb priory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Dolan's Conventional Wisdom

UNITED STATES
outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

I wasn't surprised when I read that Cardinal Dolan would deliver the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention. He should be right at home there. After all this new batch of Republicans has lead it's own war on woman at the same time the Vatican is waging war with Women Religious.

The Vatican didn't like women speaking on women's issues saying they often hosted speakers who "disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church's authentic teachers of faith and morals."

Ah, the authentic teachers of the faith. You know, men.

Similarly the men of the Republican Party have decided they are the authentic teachers of women's biology. When discussing the choice of abortion for women who have been raped Rep. Todd Akin said:

“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Granted making the latter part of that statement in Freshman biology class would get you an F for a grade, but in congress it gets you a seat on the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology. ...

Which brings me back to Cardinal Dolan.

While he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee he approved of payments of up to 20 grand to sexually abusive priests to make them go away, leave the church and abuse kids somewhere else without the collar. That's the way to look out for the welfare of children in the world. In a perverse sort of way.

Literally.

By reading this it might be best to suggest that you keep women and children away from the RNC. These people are crazy with their views of rape and abuse.

But not to be out done, apparently Democrats don't want to lose the coveted pervert vote either, so in the most unoriginal act conceivable and not forced but certainly legitimate, the Democratic National Convention will also have Cardinal Dolan say a prayer.

What?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Priest charged with child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

An elderly Catholic priest has been charged with committing and covering up child sex offences near Newcastle in the 1970s and 80s.

The 74-year-old man went to Charlestown Police Station where he was arrested on Thursday morning.

He has been charged with 14 offences committed at a high school at Adamstown where he was principal in the 1970s and at a church at Waratah in the 1980s.

The school-related crimes include one count of buggery, relating to his alleged failure to report sexual abuse by another priest of a child at the school in 1978.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

FACEBOOK FOOLISHNESS: Married Pastor Arrested For Spreading HIV At Church

ATLANTA (GA)
WGIV

A Georgia church pastor is under fire for allegedly spreading HIV among his church members…so far at least two victims have come forward to press charges. This shocking news set the internet on fire after it was posted on a blog by an angry church member and ex lover of the married pastor.

Pastor Craig Lamar Davis (mug shot below) of Atlanta’s Full Gospel Baptist Church was arrested for reckless conduct after investigators discovered he was sleeping with several women in the church. Davis admitted to investigators that he’s HIV positive and chose to have unprotected sex with these women.

According to an email sent to blogger Obnoxious, Pastor Davis is a church ho. The woman who reported him, Ronita McAfee, says she met Davis on Facebook and it wasn’t long before the two started meeting at his home to have sex.

A few months after the affair kicked off, Ronita says Davis called and told her that one of his ex-girlfriends called and said she tested positive for HIV. He told Ronita to call her doctor and that if she is positive it is not a death sentence. He also suggested some over the counter drugs she could take so that she would not get infected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

WTH! Married Pastor Spreads HIV Among Congregation?

ATLANTA (GA)
News One

Pastor Craig Lamar Davis (pictured) of Atlanta’s Full Gospel Baptist Church was arrested on July 22 for reckless conduct, when police investigators discovered that he has HIV and had allegedly been indulging in unprotected sex with several of his congregation members, reports WVIG. Now one of his congregation victims have come forward with her story.

Thus far, two women have pressed charges against the married preacher. One of the victims, Ronita McAfee, told police officials that she met the pastor on Facebook and began communicating with him. The online relationship soon progressed into sexual romps at the pastor’s home. McAfee says a few months in to the affair, Davis revealed that one of his former girlfriends had tested positive for HIV. The seemingly concerned preacher allegedly advised McAfee that the virus would not kill her if she tested positive and even went as far as to suggest some drugs that she could take to avoid infection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Former Full Gospel Baptist married pastor accused of spreading HIV

ATLANTA (GA)
God Discussion

Ronita McAfee, who allegedly slept with Craig Lamar Davis, a married pastor of a Full Gospel Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia, accused him of spreading HIV. According to McAfee, a former ex-girlfriend of Davis called her to inform her that Davis gave her HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

According to the Christian Post, police arrested Davis last month, on July 22, for alleged reckless sexual conduct after spreading HIV to other women.

McAfee stated that she met Davis on Facebook and later ended up in a sexual relationship with him. After a one of his former girlfriends contacted her and told her that he gave her HIV, she confronted Davis about it and he encouraged her to get tested, but told her it would not kill her and suggested to her certain drugs she could take to avoid the infection.

Later, another woman stepped forward, claimed that she was celibate for 15 years before meeting Davis, slept with him, and he gave her HIV.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Former Pastor Craig Davis Spreading HIV to 'Mistresses' in Atlanta?

ATLANTA (GA)
Christian Post

By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter

Craig Lamar Davis, a married minister in Atlanta, was reportedly arrested after allegedly spreading HIV to some of his mistresses who were also congregants of his church.

Davis formerly served as the pastor of Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., before reports surfaced about his alleged infidelity and spreading of the retrovirus that causes AIDS. While several news outlets reported that the pastor was arrested last month for reckless conduct after spreading the human immunodeficiency virus to several woman outside of his marriage, Ronita McAfee was one person who spoke about the pastor in particular in a blackbluedog.com report.

McAfee reportedly claimed that she met Davis on Facebook which ultimately led to intercourse with the former pastor. However, McAfee was later contacted by an alleged ex-girlfriend of the pastor who claimed that she had contracted HIV from him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Adelanto: Iglesia indaga a ex párroco de El Bosque ...

CHILE
La Segunda

Adelanto: Iglesia indaga a ex párroco de El Bosque tras acusaciones de "manipulación de conciencias"

por: Miguel Ortiz A.

El sacerdote Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano -el mismo que comenzó a indagar a monseñor Cristián Precht tras denuncias de connotación sexual- está a cargo ahora de una investigación en contra del ex párroco de El Bosque, padre Juan Esteban Morales .

El proceso, según confirmaron fuentes al interior de la Iglesia, apunta a la presunta manipulación y abuso de conciencia que el sacerdote realizaba con los jóvenes miembros de la «Acción Católica», la entidad pastoral asociada a la parroquia.

Morales -quien fue el brazo derecho y principal defensor del cura Fernando Karadima , condenado en 2011 por el Vaticano por abusos sexuales contra menores- vive hoy en la Casa del Clero, en calle Santa Isabel, lejos de toda actividad parroquial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Autora de libro sobre Karadima revela perfil de cura Morales

CHILE
Terra

Cynthia Rosales

Por “manipulación de conciencia” está siendo investigado el sacerdote Juan Esteban Morales, uno de los más cercanos colaboradores del cura Fernando Karadima y su sucesor en la parroquia El Bosque desde septiembre de 2006, cargo que dejó hace meses a raíz de la polémica. Pero, ¿quién es este sacerdote?, ¿por qué es indagado hace más de un año por la Iglesia Católica?

La periodista y autora del libro “Karadima; el señor de los infiernos”, María Olivia Mönckeberg, conversó con TERRA.cl sobre este religioso, precisamente porque formó parte de algunos pasajes de su obra.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Help for Bishops in Rebuilding Trust

UNITED STATES
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishop Daniel Conlon

God bless you. Your commitment to the care of victim/survivors of past abuse in the Church and to the safety of children in the Church today is a true manifestation of God’s grace. What you do every day builds up the body of Christ and allows the light of Christ to shine more brightly in the world.
More than twenty years ago I had your responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I am confident that you are much better equipped to fulfill the task and even have a better idea what the task is. I am certain that you are doing a better job. I think we all are.

PART 1—A LONG WAY TOWARD HEALING

You understand that I must be cautious in making that assertion: that we are collectively doing a better job. Most Catholics and the public in general apparently believe that the Church’s handling of the sexual abuse of minors is barely more correct or effective today than it was ten years ago.

The May issue of U.S. Catholic reported on a survey of 300 Catholics it had conducted. The article, “Needs improvement: Readers rate the bishops’ response to church sex abuse”, does not describe the survey’s methodology. So, the survey’s objectivity and scope is unclear.

The bottom line, though: thumbs down for the bishops. For example, 59% of the respondents said that the bishops have done the bare minimum, while only 9% think that the bishops have done a good job of being transparent about past cases of abuse. 55% say the bishops are less likely to cover up abuse cases today than in the past. Remarkably—and this will certainly disappoint you—34%--just over one-third—believe that “parishes and schools are now safer for children thanks to safeguards implemented in the last 10 years.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Prelate: bishops’ credibility on abuse is ‘shredded’

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

CWN - August 30, 2012

The August 30 issue of Origins includes “Help for Bishops in Rebuilding Trust,” a recent talk by Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

“For the last few years I operated with the conviction that consistent implementation of the ‘Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,’ coupled with some decent publicity, would turn public opinion around,” he said at a conference of safe-environment and victims’ assistance coordinators. “I now know this was an illusion … I was wandering in a hall of mirrors.”

Stating that bishops’ “credibility on the subject of child abuse is shredded,” Bishop Conlon said that the lay diocesan employees “may have a better chance. People--in the Church, outside the Church, and hanging on the edge--need to know that real progress is being made” in the “daunting task of repairing the damage.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Priest on leave ...

NAPERVILLE (IL)
Chicago Tribune

Priest on leave while church investigates 'credible' abuse allegation

By Melissa Jenco
Tribune reporter

6:55 p.m. CDT, August 29, 2012

A former parish priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville has been placed on leave following an accusation of sexually abusing a minor more than two decades ago, according to the Diocese of Joliet.

The diocese has launched an investigation into the Rev. James Nowak, 75, who is retired.

“The review committee discussed it and recommended to the bishop it was credible, so he’s going to have it investigated further by church authorities. And Fr. Nowak has been placed on administrative leave,” diocese spokesman Doug Delaney said Wednesday.

Delaney said the alleged abuse occurred more than 25 years ago, but he would not say where Nowak was serving at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Priest on leave after sex abuse claims

ILLINOIS
WGN

WGN News Desk

8:08 p.m. CDT, August 29, 2012

A retired priest from Naperville has been placed on leave following an accusation of sexually abusing a minor more than 25 years ago, according to the Diocese of Joliet.

Rev. James Nowak, 75, formerly of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, will not be allowed to say a public Mass or administer sacraments while on administrative leave.

In a statement, diocese spokesman Doug Delaney said, “The review committee discussed it and recommended to the bishop it was credible, so he’s going to have it investigated further by church authorities.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Third person accuses former priest of abuse

GEORGIA
Savannah Morning News

By Jan Skutch

A Catholic priest who once served as pastor at Holy Cross Church in Pembroke was accused of sexual misconduct last week for the third time.

An Atlanta-area man told police he was molested as a child by the Rev. Bob Poandl, who in addition to pastoring in Pembroke served served in two other churches in the Diocese of Savannah, a support group for victims said Aug. 22.

Leaders of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, SNAP, want Poandl put in a secure treatment center to protect possible victims and are asking Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer in Savannah to visit each place where the Rev. Bob Poandl worked and reach out to potential victims.

“Actually he really needs to be in jail,” SNAP official Judy Block Jones said Wednesday. ”We’re really concerned there might be some new victims in that area” of the Savannah Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Newcastle priest charged with abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
ABC Newcastle

Updated August 30, 2012

In what is believed to be an Australian first, a Hunter Valley Catholic priest has been charged with failing to report the alleged child sex offences of another priest.

Toronto Catholic priest Tom Brennan, 74, has been charged with 14 offences.

They include sexually assaulting a boy while he was a priest at Waratah in the 1980s as well as common assault and performing acts of indecency at the same church.

But the ABC has been told some of the charges - understood to be a first for Australia - relate to Brennan's alleged actions in relation to defrocked former priest John Sidney Denham.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Priest charged with sex abuse and failing to report alleged abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
August 30, 2012

A FORMER senior cleric in the NSW Hunter Valley has been charged with sexual abuse and failing to disclose alleged abuse by another priest.

It is thought to be the first time a member of the Australian Catholic clergy has been charged with failing to report the alleged child sex offences of another priest to police.

Father Thomas Brennan, 74, was charged this morning with two counts of misprision of a felony, or failing to disclose a serious crime, relating to alleged child sex offences at a school during the late 1970s.

Father Brennan, who was a school principal at the time of these alleged offences, was also charged with 10 counts of sexually assaulting a young boy in the early 1980s, when he was a parish priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

CORRECTION Catholic priest ...

AUSTRALIA
NSW Police Force

CORRECTION Catholic priest charged with historical child sex offences - Lake Macquarie LAC

Thursday, 30 August 2012 03:23:38 PM

**CORRECTION: Further clarification of charges**

Detectives have arrested and charged a Catholic priest with child sex offences.

Strike Force Georgiana was established in March 2008, consisting of investigators from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command, to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by various priests within the area.

About 9.15am today (Thursday 30 August 2012), a 74-year-old man attended Charlestown Police Station where he was arrested.

He was charged with the following offences whilst employed as the principal at a high school at Adamstown;

#One count of misprision of a felon to wit buggery, relating to allegedly failing to report the sexual abuse by another priest on a child at the school in 1978;

#One count of misprision of a felon to wit indecent assault on male, relating to allegedly failing to report the sexual abuse by another priest on a child at the school in 1978;

#Two counts of common assault relating to an alleged assault on two children at the school in 1978.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Note to Fr. Groeschel: It wasn't the kids' fault

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts on Aug. 29, 2012 NCR Today

Fr. Benedict Groeschel has led an inspiring life, particularly in his role as head of a band of brothers known as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. I’ve written admiringly of the Brooklyn-based friars in the past. For whatever one might think of their rather conservative approach to religious matters (Fr. Groeschel is a regular on EWTN), the friars live out of the heart of the gospel’s admonition to be with the poor, a position that has no liberal or conservative slant.

In short, they put their lives on the line.

In a recent interview with John Burger for the National Catholic Register, Groeschel looks back on his 25 years with the friars, a growing national and international community that started as a part of the better-known Capuchin Franciscans. His reflections are worth reading and his recollections at the end of the piece, a poetic reflection on death that leads to a recounting of a powerful moment as a youth, are particularly edifying.

But there is a section of the interview, in which he discusses the sex abuse crisis, that simply cannot stand unchallenged. It is particularly disturbing because he’s earned significant credentials in psychology. Asked whether he’s worked with priests who have been abusive he said:

“A little bit, yes; but you know, in those cases they have to leave. And some of them profoundly – profoundly – penitential, horrified. People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to – a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him (emphasis in original). A lot of the cases, the youngster – 14, 15 18 – is the seducer.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Priest, 74, faces sexual abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Byron Shire News

Jessica Grewal | 30th August 2012

AN ELDERLY Catholic priest has been charged over a series of historic child sex offences spanning two decades.

The 74-year-old is accused of failing to report repeated allegations of sexual abuse by another priest while he was the principal of an Adamstown high school in the late 70s and assaulting several boys at a Sydney church during the 80s.

He was arrested at Charlestown on Thursday morning and charged with 15 related offences.

He will front a Newcastle court on September 24.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Father Benedict Groeschel, American Friar, Claims Teens Seduce Priests In Some Sex Abuse Cases

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

By Meredith Bennett-Smith

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, said that teens act as seducers in some sexual abuse cases involving priests.

It's been close to decade since an investigation into clergy sex abuse cases by The Boston Globe unearthed a shocking scandal and cover-up that rocked the foundations of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and around the world.

Ten years may have passed, but the wounds have yet to fully heal in America, especially in light of the recent Penn State allegations, as well as the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary for the clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In light of this, the recent comments by Groeschel seem both puzzling and jarringly out of step with current sentiments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Father Benedict Groeschel's disturbing comments

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

My favorite living spiritual writer, Father Benedict Groeschel, made some comments in a recent interview with the National Catholic Register that I find quite disturbing.

The portion of the interview with Father Groeschel addressing the issue of sexual abuse is as follows (click here to read the interview, which is wide-ranging, in its entirety):

[Interviewer]: Part of your work here at Trinity has been working with priests involved in abuse, no?

[Father Groeschel]: A little bit, yes; but you know, in those cases, they have to leave. And some of them profoundly — profoundly — penitential, horrified. People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Outrage at friar's claims ...

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Outrage at friar's claims that it is often the teenage boys who seduce priests in religious sex abuse cases

By Daniel Miller

Father Benedict Groeschel has sparked outrage claiming it is often boys who seduce priests in religious sex abuse cases

A friar has sparked outrage after claiming it is often the boys who seduce priests in religious sexual abuse cases.

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, said he did not believe a priest found guilty of sexual absuse should go to jail if it was his first offence.

He even went on to describe disgraced Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky as a 'poor guy'.

Father Groeschel, an influential voice in the American catholic community, has written several books and appears weekly on a religious television network.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Father Benedict Groeschel Reflects on 25 Years of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

[note: This article has been removed from the Register web site.]

by JOHN BURGER
08/27/2012

It’s been 25 years since Father Benedict Groeschel and seven other friars broke away from their Capuchin communities and formed what would come to be known as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Their growth as a community of priests and brothers has been impressive — both in the numbers of young men joining them and the number of friaries they have begun in the New York metropolitan area, other states and other countries.

Wearing a gray habit fashioned after the Capuchin robe with cowl, the friars have become a common sight not only on the streets of poor neighborhoods from the Bronx to Honduras to inner-city London, but also at religious conferences and pro-life events.

Father Benedict, 78, who has been in religious life since he was a teenager, has also become a high-profile author and much-in-demand speaker throughout the world. ...

Part of your work here at Trinity has been working with priests involved in abuse, no?

A little bit, yes; but you know, in those cases, they have to leave. And some of them profoundly — profoundly — penitential, horrified. People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.

Why would that be?

Well, it’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It’s an understandable thing, and you know where you find it, among other clergy or important people; you look at teachers, attorneys, judges, social workers. Generally, if they get involved, it’s heterosexually, and if it’s a priest, he leaves and gets married — that’s the usual thing — and gets a dispensation. A lot of priests leave quickly, get civilly married and then apply for the dispensation, which takes about three years.

But there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Influential US Catholic, blames 14-year-old 'seducers' for sex abuse cases

UNITED STATES
TNT Magazine

Prominent religious leader Father Benedict Groeschel has made the astonishing claim that in many cases of sexual abuse within the church, the teenagers were to blame.

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Benedict Groeschel, of the conservative Franciscan Friars of the Renewal said ‘People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.’

The 78 yr old priest, who has a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University in 1971, is an influential figure in the American Dioceses who appears weekly on Catholic TV channel EWTN, and has written several books.

Many readers of the National Catholic Register were dismayed to read his comments published without comment, especially as the publication has an affiliation with disgraced Legion of Christ religious order. This clerical order were rocked by scandal when its previous leader, the very high profile Rev Marcial Maciel was accused of sexual abuse. It was also part of a group of investors who saved the National Catholic Registar from closing in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

August 29, 2012

Crimes and Misdemeanors: Why a DUI Charge Isn’t Detouring a Rising Catholic Church Star

UNITED STATES
Time

By Ellen Lee / San Francisco | August 29, 2012

Just days after his appointment as the next Archbishop of San Francisco in late July, the Rev. Salvitore Cordileone was in Napa Valley, leading a special mass for some of the nation’s most prominent conservative Catholic leaders.

They had gathered in the wine country to contemplate “Catholics in the Next America” and their place in the debate over abortion, marriage, sex and other hot button issues. Cordileone, 56, had already become known for his instrumental role in passing Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot to end same-sex marriage in California. And now Cordileone, the current bishop of the neighboring Oakland Diocese, had been called to head more than half a million Catholics in the San Francisco area.

“He was a rock star there. There was no question about it,” recalled Frank Schubert, one of the Napa retreat’s attendees and the political strategist who managed California’s Proposition 8 campaign.

But that ascension was shaken over the weekend after Cordileone, driving his mother home after a late evening with friends, was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in San Diego and found to be over the state’s legal blood alcohol level of 0.08. He was booked and released after posting $2,500 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Iglesia realiza investigación canónica ..."

CHILE
La Tercera

Iglesia realiza investigación canónica contra sacerdote más cercano a Karadima por "manipulación de conciencia"

por Angélica Baeza Palavecino - 29/08/2012

Fuentes de la Iglesia confirmaron hoy a La Tercera que "hace más de un año" la Iglesia inició una investigación canónica contra Juan Esteban Morales, ex párroco de El Bosque y el sacerdote más cercano a Fernando Karadima.

Las mismas fuentes aseguraron que la indagatoria es por "manipulación de conciencia" y que es llevada por el vicario judicial, Jaime Ortíz de Lazcano, quien también investiga el caso de Cristián Precht.

Una de las víctimas de Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz, comentó a La Tercera que "ha habido un abuso de poder increíble y ojalá sigan con los obispos encubridores: Arteaga, Barros, Valenzuela y Koljatic".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Voice of the Faithful's 10th year anniversary conference

BOSTON (MA)
Irish Central

The worldwide Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful, which started in 2002 in outrage and dismay that the Church’s power structure had kept clergy sexual abuse of children secret, is marking its tenth year with a conference in Boston this September. The event is expected to draw supporters from across the United States and Europe.

VOTF was started here in Boston, but is international now with some 30,000 members and a strong presence in Ireland. Many of the US members are also Irish or Irish-American.

The outrage in Boston that sparked the founding of VOTF back in 2002 has morphed into something different today (yet no less significant) as more and more Catholics embrace ideas previously seen as radical (women priests, optional celibacy). The importance of changing the church for future generations is also now a theme that rings true for many, as we have seen here in the US, as in Ireland and elsewhere, a lost generation moving away from religion. Amid these changes, Voice of the Faithful trudges onwards making steady progress towards its goals to support survivors of abuse, and work towards structural change in the church with greater input from laypeople, greater roles for women, and financial accountability within the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Accomplice, ex-wife of Belgian pedophile killer ..

BELGIUM
Washington Post

Accomplice, ex-wife of Belgian pedophile killer settles into convent life after early release

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, August 29

BRUSSELS — The screaming, insults and scuffles that accompanied the nighttime arrival of one of Belgium’s most despised criminals at a bucolic convent have abated.

A local legislator who suggested in a Tweet that Michelle Martin, the woman who let two 8-year-old girls starve to death in a cellar and helped her pedophile husband carry out horrific abuse 16 years ago, should be “taken down,” said on Wednesday that his comment should not be taken seriously.

And political talk is centering on how to toughen the conditions for early release in Belgium to avoid having a criminal like Martin walk free after serving only 16 years of her 30-year sentence.

Meanwhile, Martin started her first day at the Clarisse convent in the village of Malonne on Wednesday. She will have to work for 20 hours a week to compensate for her living costs as she seeks, in the words of her lawyer, atonement for her crimes.

215 Accused MN, SD, ND Clerics

MINNESOTA
SNAP Minnesota

[with lists and graphics]

Have you ever seen or heard of a bishop acting as a Good Samaritan toward half dead sexual abuse survivors laying along the road? On my numerous advocacy journeys I have not.

Bishops on their journeys, regardless of what they say in public or have written in their “US policy,” have not climbed off their donkeys to help the attacked survivors with shattered innocents souls. It is a known fact the bishops will not take attacked and bleeding survivors to an inn for healing and recovery.

The bishops don’t want the full truth about sexual abuse by clergy to step from the shadows of silence and emerge into the sunshine.

In the reflection of tears on my journeys I step from the silent shadows to light these truths.

Bob Schwiderski

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Retrial for US priest in child sex assault case

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
KENS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. priest will remain in legal limbo until 2013 after a judge set a March date for his retrial in a child sexual assault case.

Prosecutors are retrying the Rev. James Brennan after the jury deadlocked on attempted rape and child endangerment charges.

The jury acquitted Brennan of conspiring with church officials after a landmark trial that alleged a broad cover-up of abuse complaints at the Philadelphia archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

The Cordileone case and the U.S. elections

UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

Now that everyone is vying to win over Catholic voters, the consequences faced by the newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco for his recent involvement in a drink driving incident, may not be so severe

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

It is still too early to tell whether the new archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone’s run in with the police last Friday night will have any consequences for his upcoming mission and what these may be. The archbishop was stopped near the San Diego campus and found to have a blood-alcohol level higher than the legal limit in California.

The prelate - a representative of the American Episcopal conference’s new conservative guard who was promoted to the position of Archbishop of San Francisco last 27 July after just three years as leader of the Diocese of Oakland and a standard-bearer in the battle against same-sex marriage – was apparently accompanying his 80 year old mother home after a meal at a friend’s house.

Cordileone apologised and said he felt “shame for the disgrace” he brought upon the church and himself, adding that he wanted to repay his “debt to society.” He is due to start his work in the new diocese on 4 October. Five days later, the archbishop who spent nine hours in a county prison cell and was released on bail, will be required to appear in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

TRYING TO SILENCE BISHOP CORDILEONE

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the DUI arrest of Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop-elect of San Francisco:

Bishop Cordileone was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in San Diego last weekend; he was arrested after it was determined that his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. He has since apologized.

This won’t be the end of this story, but not because of what happened. What counts is who it happened to. It just so happens that Cordileone holds orthodox Catholic positions on sexuality, the kind of views hated by both secularists and left-wing Catholics. Consider Michael Sean Winters of the dissident weekly, the National Catholic Reporter.

Winters, like a lot of embittered Catholic “progressives,” is obsessed with homosexuality. That is why he was unable to write one paragraph in his screed against Cordileone without mentioning this subject. The context? Winters wants the bishop to “think with greater compassion about the complicated lives we all lead today.” He also wants the bishop to show an “approriate [sic] humility and humanness.” All of this is code for “shut up and leave the culture to us.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

New nuncio for Israel a 'humiliation'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PADDY AGNEW in Rome

ISRAEL’S BIGGEST-circulation daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, has this week called Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto’s appointment last week as papal nuncio to Israel “an embarrassment and a humiliation”, largely because of his conduct during the clerical sex abuse crisis in Ireland.

In particular, the newspaper highlighted the fact that the Murphy commission report on clerical child sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese reported that a request to the nuncio in February 2007 for “documents in his possession relevant to the commission’s terms of reference” received no reply.

The commission said it received no reply primarily because it had not approached either the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome or the nuncio in Ireland “through appropriate diplomatic channels”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Did The Vatican's New Envoy To Israel Help Shield Pedophile Pries

ISRAEL
Worldcrunch

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH (Israel), LA STAMPA (Italy), THE IRISH TIMES (Ireland)

JERUSALEM - The appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as Papal Nuncio to Israel last week has sparked controversy in Jerusalem after it emerged that he was linked to the pedophile priests scandal that hit the Irish Catholic Church in 2005..

The country’s biggest-circulation daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, has refered to Lazzaroto’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI “an embarrassment and humiliation for Israel”.

Archbishop Lazzarotto, who served as the Vatican's ambassador to Ireland at the time of the scandal, was accused of doing everything in his power to protect suspected Irish clerics.

He is thought to have spearheaded the strategy not to cooperate with Judge Yvonne Murphy - who was investigating the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin, explain La Stampa and The Irish Times.

After refusing to disclose information in Ireland, he was appointed Vatican’s ambassador to Australia in 2008.

Retrial set for March for priest who had hung jury

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A Philadelphia judge this morning set March 6 for the retrial of Rev. James J. Brennan, the Roman Catholic priest charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman met briefly with Assistant District Attorneys Patrick Blessington and Mark Cipolletti and Brennan and defense lawyers William J. Brennan Jr. and Richard J. Fuschino Jr. before setting the trial date.

Coleman also set March 4 for a pretrial conference.

Father Brennan, 49, was tried earlier this year with Msgr. William J. Lynn, 61, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 AM

Fiscal de caso Cumbres indagará denuncia de abuso presentada por Colegio Verbo Divino

CHILE
La Tercera

por Felipe Passi - 23/08/2012

El fiscal de la zona Metropolitana Oriente, Ignacio Pinto, fue designado para investigar la denuncia presentada por el Colegio Verbo Divino, luego de que un apoderado acusara que un estudiante del establecimiento fue víctima de abuso sexual, pero fuera del recinto escolar.

Pinto es el mismo persecutor que indaga el caso del colegio Cumbres, en el que se acusa de abuso sexual al sacerdote John O'Reilly. El fiscal ya recibió la carpeta con la denuncia, por lo se iniciarán las primeras diligencias.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Abogado pide cerrar colegio Cumbres tras multa del Mineduc

CHILE
Terra

El abogado de las familias denunciantes de los casos de abusos sexuales en el colegio Cumbres, Ciro Colombara, dijo que la única sanción que cabe hacia el establecimiento es la cancelación de su autorización de funcionamiento. Esto luego que elestablecimiento perteneciente a la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo, que suspendió al sacerdote John O'Reilly por denuncias de abusos sexuales, recibió una multa de 36 millones de pesos por parte del Ministerio de Educación a causa de una serie de irregularidades entre las que destacó la ausencia de privacidad en los baños, lo que afecta la dignidad de alumnos y alumnas.

Ante tal situación,menciona Cooperativa, Colombara afirmó que "en su momento se habló de que las sanciones podían llegar incluso a la cancelación de la autorización de funcionamiento. La gravedad de los hechos que todos conocemos hace suponer que obviamente esa debería ser la sanción".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Don’t jump to conclusions

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

— Another sad and shocking news report about child sexual abuse made its way onto one of our front pages last weekend.

Like us, our readers, too, must be asking, what is going on? These senseless, sick criminal acts are happening all too frequently across our region.

And the case to which we now refer involves a longtime spiritual leader, a priest in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese.

The priest, the Rev. George Koharchik, 63, has been relieved by the diocese of his duties at a Huntingdon County parish. It has been alleged that he sexually molested “young boys” at a parish in Cambria County more than 30 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

August 28, 2012

Until victims come forward, prosecutors unable to investigate allegations against Priest

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

[with video]

By Maria Miller

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. —

It was last Friday that Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese told prosecutors in Cambria County that he had received allegations involving one of their priests. He said George Koharchik may have abused a number of children possibly as far back as 30 years ago.

Barchak removed Koharchik from his position at St. Catherine of Siena in Mount Union. He is not facing charges because there haven't been any alleged victims that have come forward. 6 News reporter Maria Miller talked with prosecutors on Tuesday to find out why they're not actively seeking the alleged victims.

The diocese said the allegations come from a time when Koharchik was in Cambria County, but said it does not plan to release the names of any churches where the abuse may have occurred.

"The alleged abuse happened so long ago that we are trying to be very mindful that this is a tough situation for all involved," said Tony DeGol, secretary for communications for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. "We certainly don't want to put that parish community in the spotlight unnecessarily."


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

"Grabby" Vito Lopez and the Bishop in His Pocket

NEW YORK
Huffington Post

Michele Somerville

I wasn't surprised to read this morning that the conduct of Democratic power broker Assemblyman Vito Lopez has finally landed him in hot water. I have been paying careful attention to Lopez, mostly in the context of his alliance with the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. (I write opinion pieces about the Church and I worship in DiMarzio's diocese. See "Bishop DiMarzio May Not Want Your Lunch Money..." on Huffington Post. ) Nicholas DiMarzio and Vito Lopez have long been (to put it aptly) "thick as thieves." So tight are Lopez and DiMarzio that in 2009, the latter was willing to play fast and loose with the tax law that prohibits tax-exempt churches from electioneering. DiMarzio recorded endorsements of Lopez and these were transmitted throughout Lopez's election district as "robocalls" just before Election Day in November of 2009. (See "Heaven-Sent Robocalls..." in the November, 2009 NY Post.)

Vito Lopez has lobbied at DiMarzio's behest, to block the passing of A5488, Assemblywoman Marge Markey's Child Victims Act, which DiMarzio opposes on the grounds that it would bankrupt Roman Catholic dioceses. (The Child Victims Act will expand, slightly, the statute of limitations for reporting incidents of sexual assault perpetuated by adults against children.) Lopez et al have been successful in preventing the passage of A5488, and Bishop DiMarzio has expressed his appreciation by campaigning for Lopez's political protégés within his diocese.

Maybe now that the bishop's man in Albany is out of commission, A5488 will become law, allowing victims of juvenile sexual assault to be better able to seek just outcomes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

Belgische priesters krijgen cursus anti-pedofilie

BELGIE
Trouw

Belgische seminaristen, aspirant-priesters, gaan tijdens hun priesteropleiding leren hoe ze seksueel misbruik tegen moeten gaan. Ook een cursus 'omgaan met kinderen' staat op het programma. .

Dat meldt de Belgische bisschoppenconferentie in het Vlaamse dagblad Het Laatste Nieuws. Een groep psychiaters, bisschoppen en vertegenwoordigers van katholiek onderwijs onderzoekt momenteel op welke manier de bestrijding van seksueel misbruik het beste in het curriculum opgenomen kan worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

New legal rights for some of California’s victims

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 28, 2012

In a ruling yesterday, the California Court of Appeal ruled that if a victim of child sexual abuse received counseling from the Catholic Church during the time that victim had an active statute (2003, or earlier, depending on the case), that victim may have new civil rights to seek justice, expose their perpetrator, and get accountability in the courts.

It’s complicated to explain, but this ruling opens the doors for victims who received counseling in 2003 (when California had a civil window for older cases of abuse), but didn’t file a case, because they didn’t know about the law, were confused, or thought that church officials had their best interests at heart. In some cases, the church cut off victims’ counseling completely as soon as the window closed.

Many victims thought that the church was really trying to help them, when instead, officials were just trying to keep them placated until their civil rights ran out. Because of that, predators were able to escape justice, and valuable evidence about sex abuse and cover-up was hidden from public view.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Dolan to Offer Prayer at Democratic Convention, Too

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention, following through on a promise that he made when accepting the same role at the Republican convention.

His appearance before the Democrats in Charlotte, N.C., which was announced Tuesday by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, may lead to one of the most intriguing tableaus of this convention season. Cardinal Dolan, an opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage who is among the Catholic bishops suing the Obama administration over its contraception health care mandates, will bless a gathering of thousands of delegates who passionately disagree with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Melding van misbruik in Zevenaars Juvenaat

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

ZEVENAAR - In het Juvenaat in Zevenaar heeft zich aan het eind van de jaren vijftig seksueel misbruik voorgedaan. Dat zegt een nu 67-jarige inwoner van Portugal, die destijds als jongetje aan de zorg van de Broeders van Maastricht in Zevenaar toebedeeld was.

De man heeft aan de landelijk opererende stichting Klokk laten weten nog steeds traumatische ervaringen te ondervinden van het misbruik. Klokk komt op voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. De organisatie heeft dit weekend op haar site een oproep geplaatst aan lotgenoten om zich te melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Finding my ‘ohana in Hilo

HAWAII
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 28, 2012

‘Ohana can come from the most unlikely of places.

I went to Hilo, Hawaii last week for a single reason: Expose priest George DeCosta, who has been accused of abuse by two youth and former students at Honolulu’s Damien Memorial School. De Costa is now living in Volcano, a town about 20 miles outside of Hilo, where he went after Honolulu Bishop Francis DiLorenzo forced him to retire in 2002.

DeCosta spent 30 years as pastor at St. Mary Gate of Heaven – now Malia Puka’O Kalani – parish. When he was forced out – in the midst of a massive priest shortage – the parish was left without a permanent priest. He was also forced to retire the same year, 2002, that Catholic clergy sex abuse “reforms” forced bishops across the country to remove child-molesting clerics.

Now, DeCosta is the pastor of a religious “community” in Volcano and travels the country with a national group called Music Ministry Alive. Within the past week, DeCosta’s photo and bio have been taken off of the website.

I went to the small Malia Puka’O Kalani Parish not quite knowing what to expect.

I stood outside for less than 5 minutes before a man came up to me and said, “Are you the whole rally?”

“Yeah,” I told him. “It’s just me. Hope it’s not disappointing”

“We’ve been waiting to talk to you. Please, come back and sit.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Former priest pleads not guilty in child sex case

LOUISIANA
San Antonio Express-News

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former Lake Charles Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of child sex abuse.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/cseYHv ) 56-year-old Mark Broussard didn't speak during a short hearing on Monday in which he was arraigned on two counts of aggravated rape; three counts of molestation of a juvenile; two counts of aggravated oral sexual battery; two counts of aggravated sexual battery; and one count of sexual battery.

His attorney, Tom Lorenzi, entered the plea on his behalf. Broussard is set to go to trial Feb. 4.

Broussard served at Our Lady Queen of Heaven from 1986 to 1988 and at St. Henry from 1988 to 1992. The abuse is alleged to have occurred at both churches. Broussard is accused of abusing three boys between 9 and 13 years old between 1986 and 1991.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Pastor: Turn the light on sexual abuse

TEXAS
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A Texas Baptist pastor urged his congregation to shine a light on sexual abuse, which he says occurs much more frequently than most people believe, even in churches.

Gary Morgan, pastor of Cowboy Church of Ellis County in Waxahachie, Texas, said in a recent sermon that sexual abuse carries damage beyond the physical and emotional.

“It makes a hole in the soul that can’t be fixed, and I didn’t understand this until just lately,” he said. “Over the last couple of months, maybe the last three or four months, we have just had a run on people who have been either sexually abused or raped, all kind of things like that, and it’s been an eye-opener to me.”

Morgan said in his July 29 sermon that statistics say that one out of every three girls is abused at some point in her lifetime. “Based on my experience, I think for this church, that’s a very optimistic figure,” he said. “I think the numbers are quite a bit higher among us.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Cardinal Dolan Should Keep His Distance From Tampa and Charlotte

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Steven A. Krueger.
President, Catholic Democrats

When John F. Kennedy was asked during the 1960 presidential campaign whether he wanted to either meet with a group of nuns or bishops on a tightly scheduled day, he was said to have replied, "The nuns I'll see. But not the bishops, they all vote Republican."

In retrospect, those seem like the good ole days of the Church.

Today, at a time when a divided Catholic Church is still in need of healing, particularly as a result of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, a new predicament has emerged: the bishop Republicanization crisis, most recently characterized by the U.S. bishops focus on the contrived issue of religious liberty at the expense of their advocacy for the record numbers of people living in poverty. This crisis is defined by the degree to which many of the U.S. bishops have allowed their political affiliation with the Republican Party to effect their pastoral responsibilities. In the last week, it has been thrust onto the national stage again with efforts by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to insinuate himself into both parties' political conventions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

‘The Darkest Two Years of My Life’: Popular Priest Describes Long Torment of False Abuse Accusation

IRELAND
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

Very few priests speak publicly about their horrifying ordeals of being falsely accused of child sex abuse, but Rev. Eugene Boland is doing so after a jury in Derry, Ireland, unanimously found him not guilty in June of the flimsy claim that he had somehow "inappropriately touched" a girl over two decades earlier.

The verdict brought an end to what the priest now calls "the darkest two years of my life."

From "a priest's worst nightmare" to victory

On March 31, 2010, Fr. Boland received the phone call that every priest fears. His bishop was on the line, and he told him to contact the diocese's child safeguarding leader the next day.

"That was a bleak day," Boland told the Irish Independent. "It just came out of the blue … I was shell-shocked. I'm sitting in my home on my own. I didn't know what the allegation was, or who was making it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

DOLAN TO CLOSE DEM CONVENTION

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the news that Timothy Cardinal Dolan will give benediction at the Democratic National Convention (DNC):

Over the past week, Cardinal Dolan has been hammered by liberals for accepting an invitation to give benediction at the Republican National Convention (RNC). Now that he will close both conventions, they look even more foolish. Here’s a sample of what Dolan’s critics have said.

Andrew Sullivan called Dolan “The Republican Party Cardinal.” The Boston Herald’s Margery Eagan called him an “opportunist.” Mike D’Antonio at the Huffington Post accused Dolan of “leading the bishops in a partisan direction.” John Gehring of Faith & Public Life said he was “baptizing the Republican nominee.” Mike O’Loughlin at America accused him of “being a shill for the GOP.” The National Catholic Reporter said Dolan was “playing a dangerous game.” Sarah Posner at Salon said Dolan’s acceptance “solidifies a partisan partnership between the GOP and the Bishops.” Niall O’Dowd at the Irish Voice said his presence “is a dog whistle to all Catholics out there to support the GOP candidates.” And the Los Angeles Times editorialized that Dolan has “placed his imprimatur” on the Republican strategy.

The fundamental difference between Cardinal Dolan and these critics comes down to one thing: he is a man of principle and they don’t know how to spell the word. He invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner, knowing he would receive flak from some on the right. Then he agreed to speak at the RNC, knowing he would be blasted by some on the left. Now he has accepted an invitation to speak at the DNC and none of his critics—on both the left and the right—can figure him out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Marin Priest Busted in Sex Sting

CALIFORNIA
NBC Bay Area

By Chris Roberts
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012

This is no China Camp of Eden.

A Marin priest is in trouble with the law, after allegedly exposing himself to undercover officers at China Camp State Park, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, is charged with lewd conduct in public and being nude in a state park, the newspaper reported.

Mofan is a "priest in residence" at the Church of St. Isabella in Terra Linda. He's a retired priest, and recites Masses -- but doesn't teach in the parish schools, church officials were quick to point out.

On Thursday, Mofan was caught up in a "sting targeting lewd conduct at China Camp," where more and more members of the public have complained about "sexual activity in public, found Internet postings seeking sexual meetups in the park" as well as "cleaned up condoms," according to the newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

C.A. Revives Sex Abuse Suit, Citing Insurance Code Provision

CALIFORNIA
Metropolitan News-Enterprise

By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer

An alleged victim of childhood sex abuse victim who received assistance from the defendant’s insurer years ago may claim the benefit of an Insurance Code provision that tolls the statute of limitations, the Court of Appeal for this district ruled yesterday

Div. Eight revived an action brought against official of the Roman Catholic Church by a man who claims he was abused by a parish priest in 1987 and 1988 when he was 12 or 13 years old. He retained counsel in 2008, he alleged, the same year he discovered that the molestation had caused adult-onset psychological injuries.

The plaintiff, identified as John Me Doe, further alleged tolling of the statute of limitations under Insurance Code Sec. 11583. The statute provides that an advance or partial payment of damages by an insurer is not an admission of liability, but that if the injured party is not represented by counsel, the insurer must advise that party in writing of the statute of limitations.

Failure to do so, the law says, tolls the statute until notice is given.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Our view: When a child is sexually assaulted ...

MISSISSIPPI
The Dispatch

August 28, 2012

Last week, a Lowndes County jury found Columbus businessman Benny Shelton guilty of sexual assault of a minor. The details of the case are -- quite naturally -- disturbing. And so was the conduct of Junior Eads, pastor of Eastview Baptist Church.

The crime happened during the church's summer retreat. A few hours after the early-morning assault, the victim told Eads what had happened, identifying Shelton as his molester. Shelton, a Sunday School teacher and camp volunteer, wasn't approached by Eads until the following afternoon when Eads told Shelton to talk to the victim's family about the "rumors'' the boy was spreading about Shelton.

This event happened in 2008, more than three years before the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal that rocked the university and forever sullied the reputation of its revered football coach, Joe Paterno. Paterno was told that Sandusky had had assaulted a boy in the showers on the Penn State campus. It took 10 more years before law enforcement was able to put an end to Sandusky's campaign of sexual terror. It was clear that Paterno's actions, along with those of the school's athletic director and president, should have been more forceful when that first allegation was made. Their timid response permitted Sandusky to victimize many more children over a 10-year period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Einblicke in ein unbekanntes Universum

VEREINIGTE STAATEN
Diesseits

Die britische Wochenzeitung "The Economist" widmet sich in der aktuellen Ausgabe dem „unheiligen“ Finanzgebaren der katholischen Kirche in den USA. Dies sei derart undurchsichtig, dass die Autoren nicht ausschließen wollen, dass eines Tages amerikanische Steuerzahler für die Entschädigungen der Missbrauchsopfer der katholischen Kirche aufkommen.

Thomas Hummitzsch
Dienstag, 21. August 2012

Fakten über die Finanzlage der katholischen Kirche in den USA sind insofern spannend, als dass wenig bekannt ist über den „weltlichen Konzern" der amerikanischen katholischen Kirche. Die Journalisten des britischen Wirtschaftsfachblattes The Economist liefern nun einige Zahlen und stellen diese in Zusammenhang mit den aktuellen Schwierigkeiten der Kirche. Man erhält in dem Beitrag einen Eindruck, wie es um die katholische Kirche in den USA steht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Belgien: Zukünftige Priester sollen Kinderschutz-Kurse besuchen

BELGIEN
Kathweb

Kirche kündigt weiteren Schritt in Missbrauchs-Prävention an

27.08.2012

Brüssel, 27.08.2012 (KAP) In Belgien sollen Priesteramtskandidaten künftig Kinderschutz-Kurse besuchen. Wie belgische Medien am Montag berichten, sollen Psychiater die zukünftigen Priester für problematische Situationen sensibilisieren.

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Belgischen Bischofskonferenz, Bischof Guy Harpigny von Tournai, erklärte den Berichten zufolge, Ziel der Kurse sei die Prävention und der Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen. Die Kirche wolle aus der Vergangenheit lernen. Genauer Inhalt und Aufbau der Kurse stehe noch nicht fest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

das dokumentartheater berlin positioniert sich - Presseerklärung

das dokumentartheater berlin

das dokumentartheater berlin positioniert sich.
DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Mit den Opfern der von den Jesuiten am Bonner Aloisiuskolleg jahrzehntelang verübten Sexualverbrechen. das dokumentartheater berlin wird die Opfer auf dem Weg ihrer Klage im Rahmen seiner künstlerischen Aktion begleiten.

Presseerklärung

Sieben mutige Menschen, sieben Kläger, der jüngste 27, der älteste 72. Alle von derselben Tätereinrichtung vergewaltigt. Sechs Jahrzehnte lang. Von den Jesuiten am Aloisiuskolleg….Am 26. September 2012 fordern sie ihr Recht ein.

Klage vor dem Verwaltungsgericht Köln, 10 K 1582/12

Erstmals gehen Opfer sexueller Verbrechen gegen eine deutsche Schulaufsicht vor.

Sieben Kläger des Jesuitenkollegs in Bonn klagen die Bezirksregierung Köln an.

Termin: 26. September 2012, 11.45 h, Zi. 33, EG, Apellhofplatz (WDR)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi turns 70

VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

August 28, 2012. (Romereports.com) The director of the Vatican press office, who serves as spokesperson for the pope, turns 70 years old on August 29. Few know that besides being a theologian and philosopher, this Jesuit priest is also a mathematician. He has worked in the media now for more than 30 years.

This was his first meeting with reporters, just hours after the pope appointed him as the Vatican spokesman.

Fr. Federico Lombardi
Director, Vatican Press Office
“I worked first in the press, with the magazine 'Civilta Cattolica', then in radio and the Vatican Television Center. I've learned the different areas of communication. Now, at the age of 65, I have been asked to be the spokesman. I will try to also learn this new office.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

No Schadenfreude

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Michael Sean Winters on Aug. 28, 2012 Distinctly Catholic

I am sure that some people are tempted to indulge a little schadenfreude over the news that the oh, so censorious Archbishop-elect of San Francisco has been charged with a DUI. I hope that the incident will invite Archbishop-elect Cordileone to think with greater compassion about the complicated lives we all lead today. Just as his arrest does not tell us all there is to know about him, so too, does the fact that a couple uses contraception, or that a given man or woman is gay, exhaust all there is to know about them.

I will also point out that, by definition, drinking while under the influence is not an intrinsic evil, but Cordileone better hope his case is settled soon because his colleague, Bishop Morlino in Madison, seems intent on expanding the category of intrinsic evil to include just about anything that does not cohere with the Republican Party platform. Even the GOP, I suspect, is not about to propose overturning drunk driving laws.

Finally, issuing a brief statement about the incident is insufficient. Here, the case is very different from that of Archbishop Roach of St. Paul in the 1980s. Archbishop Roach was already a much-beloved pastor. Archbishop-elect Cordileone is in the process of introducing himself to his new flock in San Francisco. He should have gotten out front of this story from the beginning, and not waited for it to break from others. Then, he should have held a press conference to answer all questions, and hopefully begin putting the episode behind him. Now, he has guaranteed the story will continue to play out as people, quite rightly, want to know the answers to basic questions such as how much over the legal limit he was at the time of his arrest. I think most people sympathize with the circumstance of having one sip too many and being slightly over the limit. Being way over the limit is a different story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

New Milford priest charged in domestic incident

CONNECTICUT
News Times

Libor Jany

Updated 9:56 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NEW MILFORD -- A Greek Orthodox priest was arrested last week for striking his wife's live-in aide because he was put off by the smell of her cooking, police said.

The Rev. Eleftherios Stavrakis, of Littlefield Road, was charged with disorderly conduct and domestic violence, according to New Milford police spokesman Lt. Larry Ash. Under state law, a person is guilty of domestic violence if it is determined that he or she physically abused a "family or household member or person in dating relationship."

Stavrakis was released on $10,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Bantam Superior Court.

The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

San Francisco's new Archbishop arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

UNITED STATES
Vatican Insider

Salvatore Cordileone, has admitted his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit when police arrested him, and has publicly apologized for “the disgrace” he has brought on the Church.

Gerard O'Connell
Rome

The Archbishop-elect of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, was jailed for 11 hours last Saturday, August 25, on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink, after failing a sobriety test administered by the police who stopped him.

In a statement issued by his diocese, Cordileone, a native of San Diego and currently bishop of Oakland, acknowledged that his blood-alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit. He apologized for his “error in judgment”, and said he felt “shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself.”

He explained that he had dined earlier that evening with friends and another priest and was driving his mother home from the gathering when he was arrested.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Ex-cop says porn images 'an artist thing'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Lauren Farrow

A former NSW police officer and church youth worker told detectives that turning photographs of underage girls into pornographic images was "an artist thing", a Sydney court has been told.

Wayne Paul Mason, 42, allegedly kissed a 15-year-old girl during a church sleepover and groomed a 13-year-old for sex while he headed a youth group at a Sydney Baptist church, his trial has heard.

Mason has pleaded not guilty to 37 counts of sexually assaulting four girls between 1996 and 2005 and 14 counts of producing and disseminating child pornography.

In a recording of a police interview shown at his trial on Tuesday, Mason is shown a series of photographs, of which he said some had the "real" faces of underage girls, but "fake" bodies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

DUI charge for future SF archbishop

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Updated 11:04 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012

The man set to become the next archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco was arrested Saturday in San Diego on suspicion of drunken driving as he was taking his elderly mother home after having dinner with friends.

Oakland Diocese Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, 56, was headed along San Diego State University's southern edge when he encountered a sobriety checkpoint, said Officer Mark McCullough. Cordileone was amiable but appeared intoxicated and was arrested at 12:26 a.m., McCullough said.

The bishop was released from jail shortly before noon after posting $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charge on Oct. 9.

Cordileone issued a contrite statement Monday, saying he "was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level."

"I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself," the bishop said. "I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco."

Visiting friends

Cordileone said he had been visiting friends with his 88-year-old mother and was driving her to her residence near the university after a meal together.

"I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this," he wrote.

The area where he was arrested has a large number of fraternity and sorority houses, and police routinely run checkpoints on weekends. McCullough said 10 others were arrested at the same checkpoint that night.

"He was very calm, somewhat apologetic at the time," said the officer, who ran the checkpoint that morning. "He said he'd been drinking. But he wasn't a stumbling, falling-down drunk."

The archbishop-designee's driving record is clean except for one ticket he got on Dec. 23 for failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If convicted of this latest offense, he could be sentenced to three years' probation, a fine of $1,800, two days in jail and sobriety counseling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

I'm an artist: ex-officer who posted teen photos on porn site

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Louise Hall
Court Reporter

A former police officer who has admitted doctoring photos of teenage girls he met through a church youth group and posted them on a pornographic website says he likes to think of himself as an "artist".

Wayne Paul Mason, 42, is charged with more than 50 child sex and pornography charges after one of his alleged victims found on a website explicit photos of herself and other girls taken by him nearly a decade earlier.

Mr Mason, who was an officer with the NSW Police between 1997 and 2003, has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution claims Mr Mason had sexual relationships with at least two 14- and 15-year-old girls he met through his role as a youth group leader and karate teacher at a Baptist Church in Sydney's south-west.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Catholic archbishop-elect apologizes for ‘disgrace’ of drunk driving arrest

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Toronto Star

Elliot Spagat and Lisa Leff
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco has apologized for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behaviour that he said brought “shame” and “disgrace” on himself and the church, though legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone said in a statement issued Monday by his office that he was driving home from a dinner with friends in San Diego with his mother and a visiting priest friend early Saturday when he was pulled over at a checkpoint near San Diego State University.

The statement said a sobriety test showed his blood-alcohol level to be above the legal limit, although Cordileone did not reveal by how much.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” he said. “I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.” ...

Cordileone took a breath test that confirmed his blood alcohol content exceeded California’s legal limit of 0.08 per cent, said Officer Mark McCullough, who declined to say by how much.

Cordileone, one of 11 people arrested at the checkpoint that night, identified himself as a priest, said McCullough. An officer did an Internet search and learned he was archbishop-elect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Lawyer loses claim to class action fees

KENTUCKY
Cincinnati.com

Written by
Jim Hannah

A Northern Kentucky lawyer and past president of the Kentucky Bar Association has lost her battle to share in the about $18.5 million in fees famed Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley received from the Diocese of Covington sex-abuse settlement.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Barbara Bonar, who has a law office in Covington, was not entitled to a portion of the attorney’s fees in the class-action settlement.

An attorney for Chesley, James Gary of Louisville, said he was pleased with the decision but declined further comment.

Bonar sued Chesley, his firm and another lawyer in the firm, Robert Steinberg, five years ago in Boone Circuit Court. She claimed Chesley forced her out of the sex-abuse litigation and refused to pay her for critical work that brought about the class-action settlement. The roughly $84 million settlement was distributed among about 200 people, with the amount each received determined by the severity of the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Portland archbishop apologizes after abuse claim

OREGON
Miami Herald

The Associated Press

REEDSPORT, Ore. -- The archbishop of Portland issued an apology that was read at Sunday Mass to a woman who settled a lawsuit claiming she was sexually abused by a priest in the 1980s.

Carolee Horning, 41, was at St. John the Apostle Parish in Reedsport when the letter from Archbishop John Vlazny was read, the Eugene Register-Guard (bit.ly/Nxzh51) reported.

The priest, the Rev. Edward Altstock, was a family friend when he headed the parish from 1984 to 1986, and Horning was a teenager who had been an altar girl.

She said she was flattered by gifts and attention from such a figure of authority, and he pursued her for years, even visiting her in Corvallis when she was a student at Oregon State University.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Diocese asks Stanislaus County judge to toss O'Grady lawsuit

CALIFORNIA
The Modesto Bee

By Sue Nowicki
snowicki@modbee.com

A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge will hear arguments this morning as to whether the only Oliver O'Grady lawsuit ever filed in this county should continue.

The lawsuit names Sacred Heart Parish in Turlock, contending that the Catholic parish — as well as the Stockton Diocese, also named as a defendant — should have known that O'Grady was a pedophile, one who later admitted sexually assaulting more than 23 children of both sexes and sleeping with two mothers to get access to their children.

The lawsuit contends that if one of the world's most notorious pedophiles had been removed from the priesthood in Turlock instead of shuffled from parish to parish, the alleged victim never would have been molested years later at Stockton's Church of the Presentation, said Vince Finaldi, an attorney with Manly and Stewart in Southern California, who filed the action.

The victim in the case is a 40-year-old man "who was 11 or 12" when the abuse occurred, Finaldi said. He has two younger siblings — a sister and brother — who filed similar lawsuits in 2005 and 2008; those were settled in 2011 for a combined $2 million in damages. The current lawsuit was filed in 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Details of Abuse Allegation Against Darien Priest Elusive

DARIEN (CT)
Patch

Roman Catholic officials say they have never received specific allegations about the behavior of the Rev. Robert Post, a priest at the St. Thomas More Church in Darien, and the lawyer for three men accusing him won't make their accusations public.

By David Gurliacci

The Rev. Robert Post has been accused publicly of having sexually abused three teenagers when he was a member of the Irish Christian Brothers in New York state, before he became a priest 30 years ago.

But specific, detailed allegations, the credibility of which might be judged, have not been made public. Nor has Post, a priest at St. Thomas More Church, been arrested or prosecuted.

Instead, Robert M. Hoatson, a former Catholic priest who now runs Road to Recovery, an organization that describes itself as offering "compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse," made himself one half of a two-man demonstration Saturday in front of St. Thomas More as parishioners entered and then left the church for Saturday afternoon Mass.

The two held a news conference afterward where they said they wanted the Bridgeport Diocese to remove Post from his position as it investigates the priest's past.

"[T]hree men have come forward to claim that they were abused by Br. Robert Post," the organization said in a news release. "Not one, not two, THREE."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

August 27, 2012

San Rafael priest pleads innocent to lewdness, nude charges from China Camp sting

CALIFORNIA
Marin Independent Journal

By Mark Prado
Marin Independent Journal
marinij.com

San Rafael priest jailed in lewdness case after sting at China CampA San Rafael priest pleaded innocent Monday to two misdemeanor charges in connection with allegations he exposed himself to an undercover investigator during a crackdown on lewd behavior at China Camp State Park.

The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, appeared in Marin Superior Court on charges of lewd conduct in public and being nude in a state park, according to the Marin district attorney's office. If convicted, Mofan faces up to six months in Marin County Jail.

Mofan was held in custody over the weekend and was released on his own recognizance after the hearing. He is due back in court next Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 PM

UPDATE 2-San Francisco archbishop-elect apologizes for drunken driving

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Chicago Tribune

By Ronnie Cohen

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic bishop newly chosen by the Vatican to lead the archdiocese of San Francisco and two other Bay Area counties publicly apologized on Monday after he was arrested and held behind bars over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving.

Salvatore Cordileone, 56, appointed in July by Pope Benedict XVI to preside over more than 500,000 Catholics as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco, was taken into custody on Saturday near San Diego State University, according to the San Diego Police Department.

He was jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was stopped at a police checkpoint and failed a field sobriety test, police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said. The bishop was released on $2,500 bail, about 11 hours after his arrest, he said.

Cordileone, a San Diego native who currently is bishop of Oakland, had dined earlier that evening with friends and another priest and was driving his mother home from the gathering when he was arrested, he said in a statement released by his diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 PM

Archbishop of San Francisco Arrested on DUI Charge

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Diego 6

By Lindsay Hood

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego native recently appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his hometown over the weekend, authorities confirmed Monday.

Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, 55, of Oakland was arrested on suspicion of DUI about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a checkpoint in the 5100 block of College Avenue near the San Diego State University campus, according to San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough.

Cordileone -- one of 11 arrested at the checkpoint -- failed a field sobriety test, then consented to an optional preliminary alcohol screening device which measured a blood-alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .08 percent, McCullough said.

Cordileone was then placed under arrest and given the option of an official blood or breath test at the checkpoint. He chose a breath test that confirmed a blood-alcohol level higher than the legal limit, McCullough said.

Cordileone's mother, who was a passenger, was allowed to drive the mid-size black car home following her son's arrest after officers made sure she had not been drinking and had a valid license, McCullough said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 PM

Future SF archbishop arrested for DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Updated 3:34 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012

(08-27) 14:47 PDT SAN DIEGO -- The bishop who is due to take the reins of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, 56, was driving along the edge of San Diego State University when he encountered a sobriety checkpoint, said Detective Gary Hassen. Cordileone appeared drunk and was arrested at 12:26 a.m., Hassen said.

The bishop was released from jail shortly before noon after posting $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charge on Oct. 9.

"He's probably our highest profile DUI arrest in awhile," Hassen said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Archbishop-Designate Cordileone Arrested for DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
National Catholic Register

by CNA/EWTN NEWS08/27/2012

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department verified the weekend arrest of Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for driving under the influence of alcohol.

San Diego police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen confirmed Aug. 26 that Archbishop-designate Cordileone was arrested just after midnight on Aug. 25 and held in county jail.

After passing through a DUI checkpoint near the San Diego State University, the former bishop of Oakland, Calif., was further evaluated by the police and then taken into custody.

Just before noon that same day, he was released on bail, Hassen said. The legal blood-alcohol-content limit for California is 0.08%.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Newly-appointed San Francisco archbishop arrested for DUI: police

SAN DIEGO (CA)
New York Daily News

By Christine Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, August 27, 2012

The newly-appointed Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco was arrested this weekend on suspicion of drunk driving, San Diego police said.

Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, 56, was arrested early Saturday morning after he was stopped by cops at a checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said.

Hassen did not say whether the San Diego native took a sobriety test.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

SF archbishop arrested on DUI in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CA)
U-T San Diego

Written by
Debbi Baker

SAN DIEGO — The archbishop-elect of San Francisco for the Roman Catholic Church was arrested and jailed over the weekend in San Diego on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, 56, who was appointed archbishop in July, was taken into custody Saturday at 12:26 a.m. after being stopped on College Avenue near Montezuma Road, police said.

Cordileone, who is a San Diego native, was booked into county jail on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and later posted bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco's New Archbishop, Slapped With DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
SF Weekly

By Albert Samaha
Mon., Aug. 27 2012

Salvatore Cordileone, who was named the new Archbishop in late July, allegedly took one too many sips of the Blood of Christ before getting behind the wheel this weekend.

The newly minted leader was reportedly arrested for a driving under the influence in San Diego at 12:26 a.m. Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune first reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Future SF archbishop arrested for DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Published 12:52 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012

(08-27) 12:49 PDT SAN DIEGO -- The bishop who is due to take the reins of the Archdiocese of San Francisco next month was arrested Saturday in San Diego on suspicion of drunken driving, according to officials at the San Diego Police Department.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, 56, has been bishop of Oakland since 2009 and was named in July by the Vatican to become the new archbishop in San Francisco on Oct. 4.

The bishop has longtime roots in San Diego. He was born there, studied at the St. Francis Seminary there and serve as an official for many years in its diocese. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego in 2002, was ordained a bishop later that year, and then was appointed bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Newly appointed SF archbishop arrested for DUI

SAN DIEGO (CA)
KGO

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco was arrested for DUI over the weekend.

Police in San Diego say Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence. Police say it happened in San Diego's College District just before 12:30 Saturday morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Archdiocese offers comfort, apology to abuse victim

OREGON
Catholic Sentinel

REEDSPORT — Msgr. Dennis O'Donovan, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Portland, traveled to St. John the Apostle Church here to deliver a dramatic apology from Archbishop John Vlazny.

The expression of regret was made from the pulpit at Sunday Mass. It was in response to an incident of sexual abuse that happened in the mid-1980s at the parish here by the parish priest at the time, Father Edward Altstock.

The victim, 41-year-old Carolee Horning, was abused in the mid-1980s by Father Altstock. Horning now lives in Eugene, but her family still belongs to St. John the Apostle, a small church set in the woods off Highway 101.

Father Altstock became a family friend and Horning was an altar girl. Horning told the Register Guard newspaper that her life has been harmed by the encounters with the priest, now 79, and living in Beaverton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Saginaw's top Catholic bishop -- called 'kingpin' by lawyer -- to be named in Philadelphia clergy sex abuse lawsuit, reports indicate

SAGINAW (MI)
MLive

Monday, August 27, 2012, 11:20 AM

By Justin Engel | jengel1@mlive.com

SAGINAW, MI — Attorneys plan to name the leader of the Diocese of Saginaw in a lawsuit surrounding clergy sex abuse allegations at his former assignment in Philadelphia, media reports indicate.

Bishop Joseph Cistone earlier this year was not named in any criminal indictments, but lawyers say Cistone and others will be named in a civil case brought on by a former Philadelphia altar boy who claimed sexual abuse in 1992, CBS Philly reports.

“My best description of them is that they were the kingpins,” Slade McLaughlin, a Philadelphia attorney, told the news station when describing Cistone and another former Catholic administrator in Philadelphia.

Attorneys during a criminal trial this year claimed Archdiocese of Philadelphia administrators shredded documents naming priests accused of sexual abuse while allowing one priest to remain in active ministry with the Northeast Philadelphia parish, where the 10-year-old altar boy was abused, media reports indicate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Dances With Hacks: Bishops as Politicians

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Michael D'Antonio

Long a bouquet of shy wallflowers compared with evangelicals, Catholic bishops are at last joining the dance at the Republican party. The big step forward will be made as New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the closing benediction at the GOP convention this week. His appearance marks the first time in 40 years that an American cardinal has traveled cross-country for this purpose, and it comes as the churchmen reveal themselves to be more like politicians -- in style and substance -- than ever before.

The Republicans have danced to this song many times before. Since 1980, the party has used evangelicals to win elections but denied them most of what they want in policy from restoration of school prayer to a nationwide ban on abortion. With Mitt Romney's selection of the fiercely anti-abortion Paul Ryan, he signaled the party is now taking conservative Catholics for a whirl. However, everything in Romney's flip-flopping character suggests that once again, religiously motivated voters will give up their votes and get little in return.

For their part, the Catholic hierarchs are abandoning the restraint that once made them credible as moral leaders above the partisan fray. The danger in this choice is evident when you consider that a majority of Catholics disagree with their leaders. They use contraception and oppose the GOP's "no exceptions" abortion stand. Polls also show Catholics support gay rights and marriage at about the same rate as the general population. These Catholics are not pleased to see their bishops lining up with party hacks or with an evangelical movement that includes a significant number of anti-Catholic bigots.

The fact that Timothy Dolan is leading the bishops in a partisan direction is not a surprise. Take away the clerical clothes and the cardinal is the central casting version of an old pol, glad-handing and joking in one minute and deflecting and deceiving in the next. As Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times reported in May, the cardinal lied about money paid to Wisconsin priests who had been accused of sexual abuse when he was their bishop. He described the money as "charity" when it was intended to induce them to leave the priesthood as quickly as possible. When documents surfaced contradicting Dolan, local Church officials admitted as much. New York's prelate chose to attack the suggestion that something was amiss as "false, preposterous and unjust."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Denis Lyons, ex-OC Roman Catholic Priest, Must Register as Sex Offender For Sex With Second Grade Boy

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By R. Scott Moxley
Mon., Aug. 27 2012

A onetime prominent priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County finally will pay for repeatedly molesting a seven-year-old boy inside a parish rectory and church sacristy in the 1990s.

According to prosecutors, Denis Lyons pleaded guilty in March and last week received his punishment: one year in jail, five years of formal probation and 400 hours of community service.

The 78-year-old serial molester must also register for the rest of his life as a sex offender and won't be allowed to visit places where children congregate.

In 2008, the victim filed a complaint with the Costa Mesa Police Department and officials arrested Lyons the following year at Leisure World in Seal Beach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Anti-pedophile training for Belgian priests to protect children

BELGIUM
RT

Psychiatrists will be helping trainee priests in Belgium to avoid potentially dangerous situations at work. Special “anti-pedophile” training is the new measure to help prevent child abuse by priests.

­According to Belgium’s RTL online, psychiatrists will teach aspiring priests “the correct attitude in the presence of a child”.

“The goal of the training? Not to repeat the errors of the past,” Guy Harpigny, Bishop of Tournai told Belgium’s SudInfo daily.

“The challenge is simple: prevention and protection of our young ones,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Vakbond klaagt over dure beveiliging klooster Malonne

BELGIE
De Morgen

Bewerkt door: Steven Alen − 23/08/12

Voor de beveiliging van het klooster van Malonne, dat Michelle Martin zal opvangen als ze voorwaardelijk wordt vrijgelaten, zullen dertig voltijdse agenten van de federale politie gemobiliseerd moeten worden, meldt de vakbond VSOA-politie. Volgens de bond is dit "geen redelijke oplossing" wegens de hoge maatschappelijke kosten. .

"Iedereen is het ermee eens dat de geïntegreerde politie lijdt onder een groot personeelstekort. Ook gaat iedereen ermee akkoord dat de federale politie dit personeelstekort het meeste voelt. Maar op vraag van de politiezone Namen zal de federale politie 30 'full times' ter beschikking stellen gedurende onbekende tijd om het klooster van Malonne te beveiligen. De logica is ver te zoeken", klaagt de politievakbond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Di Rupo wil voorwaardelijke invrijheidstelling verstrengen

BELGIE
De Morgen

De federale regering zal snel stappen ondernemen om de voorwaarden voor voorwaardelijke invrijheidstelling in bepaalde gevallen te verstrengen en om de gevallen waarin een zwaardere straf wordt toegekend omwille van recidive uit te breiden. Dat meldt premier Elio Di Rupo na een onderhoud met Jean-Denis Lejeune en Paul Marchal, waarbij ook de procureur-generaal van Bergen, Claude Michaux, aanwezig was. .

Het gesprek met de vaders van Julie Lejeune en An Marchal, beiden slachtoffers van Marc Dutroux, kwam er naar aanleiding van de mogelijke voorwaardelijke vrijlating van Michelle Martin, de ex-vrouw van Dutroux. De premier, die het over een "zeer constructief en openhartig" gesprek heeft, zegt de emoties van de familie en de bevolking te begrijpen. "De verschrikkelijke daden waarover het gaat, zijn nog steeds zeer aanwezig in onze herinneringen en het leed van de families blijft ons allemaal raken", aldus Di Rupo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

Politie in staat van paraatheid voor vrijlating Michelle Martin

BELGIE
De Morgen

Bewerkt door: Steven Peeters − 27/08/12

In Namen zijn de lokale autoriteiten klaar voor de komst van Michelle Martin, de ex-vrouw van Marc Dutroux, naar het klooster van de Arme Klaren in Malonne. Het Hof van Cassatie spreekt zich morgen uit over het beroep dat de burgerlijke partijen en de procureur-generaal van Bergen hebben aangetekend tegen de voorwaardelijke vrijlating van Martin, maar algemeen wordt aangenomen dat ze morgen vrijkomt. .

"Om veiligheidsredenen kunnen we geen details kwijt over de inzet van de politie", zei burgemeester van Namen Maxime Prévot. "Ik kan wel zeggen dat deze agenten niet enkel zullen instaan voor de bescherming van mevrouw Martin, maar voor de openbare orde."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

20 more suspects in Vatileaks case?

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

CWN - August 27, 2012

Vatican investigators could investigate 20 more people in the connection with the leaks of confidential papal documents, the Italian news service ANSA reports.

Citing “well-placed Vatican sources,” ANSA said that after indicting two people—Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former valet, and Claudio Sciarpelleti, a computer technician in the Secretariat of State—investigators are preparing a new phase of their investigation, in which at least 20 people will be examined.

The Vatican has not commented on the ANSA report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Why Bother With Such a Corrupt Church?

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by Mark Shea Sunday, August 26, 2012

A reader writes:

Read some of your blog. I know their are some good people that are Catholics. Just don't understand why organized religion becomes perverted and the leadership condones the behavior. Wait, I do understand, it's all about "power over." The culture of the church is corrupt and sanctions this aberrant behavior. Puts all the good people in such a bad place, don't you think? The church has had a "power over" relationship with the people for centuries. Watched this in action during Semana Santa in Sevilla about 30 years back. It was a disgusting display of "power over" and yet apologists for the church condone and encourage this behavior.

First, thank you for the acknowledgement that "some" good people are Catholics. I would even go so far as to say most Catholics are good people. That is, we are average schlubs trying to get by in life. As you may recall, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is engaged in a great struggle." It turns out Catholics are remarkably like human beings and are not more prone to evil than the general population, nor do their IQ levels deviate from the norm for the general population.

Why then, do they remain Catholic when members of their communion do great evil?

Answer: Because Catholic faith does not stand or fall with the moral quality of our bishops. It stands on Jesus Christ. I'm a Catholic because I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that he established a Church as the sacrament of salvation--a Church composed entirely of sinful people--especially me. I don't place my faith in the personal sanctity of any bishop (though some are very good people and others are, in my view, scoundrels). I place it in Jesus to guide his Church because he is gracious to dunderheads and sinners. There is no option of escaping grave sin in this world. You meet it everywhere, including the mirror. The only option is to stick with Jesus--or not. Some people imagine you can stick with Jesus but ditch the Church. Not possible. Christ is the head and the Church is his body.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Vatican Diary / Everything we didn't know before and do now

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

VATICAN CITY, August 27, 2012 – "The activity of the Holy See" is the title of a weighty volume that year after year offers the account of the actions undertaken by the pope, the Roman curia, and other Vatican offices. It is an "unofficial publication," as specified on the frontispiece, but – compiled by the secretariat of state – contains a substantial amount of information and not a few curiosities, often unpublished elsewhere.

The latest edition, concerning the activities of 2011, was published at the end of July by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. It is 1,366 pages long, and costs 80 euro.

In it we learn, for example:

– that among the activities of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith must also be included the republication in the November 30, 2011 issue of "L'Osservatore Romano" of the text by then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger published in 1998 in a volume "On the pastoral care of the divorced and remarried." This republication – it is explained – was intended to "draw the attention of pastors" to that volume, "unfortunately little known," which reiterates the traditional Catholic position on the argument and in which, among other things, it is confirmed that the practice of the Orthodox Churches of admitting under certain conditions a second and third marriage after the failure of the first remains "unacceptable for doctrinal reasons."

– that last year, the disciplinary office of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith opened 599 new procedures, 440 of them concerning "delicta graviora," and that the most numerous of these, 404 to be exact, are cases of abuse perpetrated by clergy against minors. With regard to this, the volume points out that "in the year 2011, with respect to the year 2010, the disciplinary office received fewer notifications," but that nonetheless "with respect to previous years (for example, the period of 2005–2009) the number of cases has risen considerably." Also in this area, moreover, the congregation for the doctrine of the faith submitted to the pope a request for the removal "ex officio" from the clerical state of 125 subjects, and for another 135 a request for dispensation from priestly obligations.

– that during the same period, the congregation for the clergy – for reasons other than "delicta graviora" – issued 540 certifications of dispensation from priestly obligations for 49 diocesan deacons, 26 religious deacons, 280 secular priests, and 185 religious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Parañaque bishop under fire

PHILIPPINES
Manila Standard Today

By Ferdinand Fabella | Posted on August 27, 2012

A laity group in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque criticized Bishop Jesse Mercado for snubbing a public forum on Monday where he was invited to explain the disposition of more than P3 million in diocesan funds that were meant to be given to disaster victims, but purportedly did not reach the beneficiaries.

Dr. Erwin Carabeo, a leader of the Lay Initiative for Transparency and Accountability, expressed disappointment at the bishop’s apparent refusal to face the public and clarify the allegations hurled against him.

“We want to hear it directly from the bishop. These people, the ordinary parishioners and the faithful, have questions that we church workers also could not answer,” said Carabeo, a former president of the pastoral council of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the seat of the Parañaque diocese.

Carabeo told Manila Standard Today at the forum held at the Elorde Sports Complex on Sucat Road in Parañaque that he resigned as council president when the alleged irregularity broke out because the bishop has done nothing to explain the matter but issue “blanket denials.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Sad Tale of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries in the 1940s Is Devastating

UNITED STATES
History News Network - George Mason University

By Bruce Chadwick
8-27-12

Bruce Chadwick lectures on history and film at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also teaches writing at New Jersey City University. He holds his PhD from Rutgers and was a former editor for the New York Daily News. Mr. Chadwick can be reached at bchadwick@njcu.edu.

Magdalen

New York International Fringe Festival
Gene Frankel Theater
24 Bond Street
New York, N.Y.

From 1765 through 1996, the Catholic Church in Ireland ran a chain of large laundries supervised by nuns called the Magdalene laundries. The workers, over 30,000 of them over the centuries, were all prostitutes, rape victims, sexually abused girls, troubled girls and, in later years, the mentally challenged. They were sent to the laundries by their families and the courts in the belief that hard work cleanses the soul and that the good sisters would rehabilitate the women.

They did not. Revelations in the 1990s finally illustrated that the women worked like dogs and lived like prisoners in workhouses attached to the laundries. Many spent years there and some their entire lives. The nuns were overly harsh in their treatment of the girls and many of the girls were physically, sexually and psychologically abused. The centuries of abuse came to light in 1993 when contractors who dug up a convent courtyard discovered 155 skeletons belonging to the girls at the laundries. Following that discovery, many of the girls finally went public and told their sordid stories. A national scandal followed. Several years later, another church sex scandal ensued when it was revealed that many young Irish boys were molested by priests.

The story of the girls, and the nuns, is told in a scorching new play, Magdalen, at the New York International Film Festival, that opened last week. The star of the one-woman play is Erin Layton, who delivers a heartwrenching and thunderous performance that both shocks brings tears. The theme of her electric show is how on earth could the nuns and priests get away with this for over two centuries. Minute after minute, like a slowly lit fuse, the play heats up, hotter and hotter, until it explodes like a criminal and sexual volcano at the end.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Cambria County priest accused of child sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Cambria County priest has been placed on leave amid allegations of sexual abuse involving children several decades ago.

The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said Friday that the Rev. George Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, will not be permitted to function as a priest and won't have contact with children while he is on leave.

Diocese spokesman Tony DeGol said the alleged sexual misconduct allegedly took place in the late 1970s. The alleged victims brought it to the attention of the church recently.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

A church’s regrets

OREGON
The Register-Guard

By Bob Keefer
The Register-Guard

[with copy of a letter from Bishop John G. Vlasny]

Published: August 27, 2012

REEDSPORT — What Carolee Horning wanted most was for her former church to say it was sorry. On Sunday, when she came to Mass, she got not only an extraordinary apology but also found, amid her taut nerves and copious tears, a sense of homecoming and liberation.

Horning, 41, has lived in Eugene for a decade. She was even born here. But a quarter-century ago, when she was a girl growing up in Reedsport, she was molested by a Catholic priest at St. John the Apostle Parish, where her family was and still is part of the congregation.

Father Edward Altstock became a trusted family friend when he headed the parish from 1984 to 1986. Horning, then a young teenager who had been an altar girl, came under his sway, flattered by gifts and attention from such a figure of authority. He pursued her sexually for years, even visiting her in Corvallis when she was a student at Oregon State University.

Decades after the abuse started, she says, her romantic life remains wrecked by what happened with Altstock, who is retired and living near Portland. Because of the statute of limitations, he never was charged with a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Woman shares story of alleged abuse by priests

IOWA
Quad-City Times

Brian Wellner

An Iowa woman contemplating a return to the Roman Catholic Church last year agreed to meet with a priest on one condition — he remove his collar.

“Roman collars still frighten me,” Kathleen Bowman, 47, told the priest.

She then emerged from four decades of silence, having only ever shared with a therapist her story of alleged abuse as a child by three priests because the memories were making her suicidal.

“I didn’t know I could report,” Bowman told the Quad-City Times, her first time speaking publicly about the alleged abuse. “It was taking everything just to maintain life.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

August 26, 2012

FAQ about the Bishop Accountability Petition

MASSACHUSETTS
Western Massachusetts Catholics

a. What Is The Petition?
b. Why Is This Petition Important?
c. How Can I Help?
a. What Is The Petition?

The owners of the Western Mass Catholics blog (Robert Kelly and Brody Hale) started a petition on Change.Org.

You can sign the petition here.

The petition asks Massachusetts Secretary of State William Francis Galvin to reinstitute a requirement that the Corporation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts provide annual financial statements to state officials.

It is critical to understand two things:

1. this petition is NOT directed at religious organizations in general; it is directed at the Corporation of the Springfield Diocese.

2. this corporation is NOT a religious entity.

Corporate sole gives the diocese civil standing. Through corporate sole, diocesan officials buy and sell property, file lawsuits (see links below for five recent lawsuits), lobby the state legislature, and donate to political parties and special interest groups. Deed restrictions on real property are especially important in the Springfield Diocese because they are by far the most restrictive in the state. If the requirement for “annual returns” were reintroduced, citizens would learn about:

- source and list of diocesan money and assets.
- what the money and assets are used for.
- how much money is used for civil suits and political donations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM

Archbishop George Pell urged to clarify handling of Victorian abuse cases

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

John Ferguson, Victorian political editor
From:The Australian
August 25, 2012

THE nation's most powerful Catholic, Sydney archbishop George Pell, is embroiled in a damaging controversy over the handling of church-related child sex assaults in Victoria, with demands that he appear before a new inquiry to explain what he knew and when about some of the worst abuses committed anywhere in the world.

Under the powers afforded the state parliamentary inquiry, Cardinal Pell and other senior members of the church can be compelled to appear before the committee as it is set to investigate the systematic abuse of probably hundreds of children in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat, where Cardinal Pell began his career.

The Weekend Australian can reveal that the inquiry is poised to undertake regional sittings, with victims from Ballarat preparing submissions and inquiry members describing as inevitable that the committee will sit in the regional city, 110km west of Melbourne.

A senior state Labor MP, Ann Barker, who has studied the church's Irish response, told The Weekend Australian that Cardinal Pell should appear before the inquiry in his role overseeing the church's initial response to Catholic abuse in Melbourne but that incumbent Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart also should give evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Make The Bishops Accountable Now

MASSACHUSETTS
Change.org

by Robert M. Kelly

The people of Massachusetts deserve to know how corporations licensed and regulated by the state spend money, especially when they influence elections, advocate social change, and conduct civil lawsuits. It is past time to broaden this right-to-know to the spending habits of religious corporations.

Petition Letter
Dear Secretary of State Galvin,

I just signed a petition asking you to require the Corporation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts to file annual financial reports with the state. Here’s why:

- the civil corporation started in 1898 and was required to file annual reports, but the requirement lapsed under the assumption that religious groups did not need oversight. Today, most citizens agree that corporations have too much influence on politics and social change; that the laws governing religious corporations are outmoded; and that self-policing simply does not work.

- the diocese has made contributions to PAC’s, special-interest, and other advocacy groups for political (not religious) reasons; yet there are no laws requiring public disclosure of these funds.

- the diocese regularly files lawsuits which seek to enforce its worldview in civil courts, yet the lawsuits are not religious in nature, and are often not supported by parishioners. Instead, diocesan lawsuits are aimed at corporate property rights, corporate damage and settlement awards for third-party insurance claims, or corporate privacy rights.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Drie broeders Bleijerheide voor rechter

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

MAASTRICHT (RKnieuws.net) - Stichting Mea Culpa sleept drie voormalige broeders van het voormalige jongenspensionaat in Bleijerheide voor de rechter.

De vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk zegt dat de drie geestelijken die nog in leven zijn snel door de politie gehoord moeten worden. Volgens de stichting houden ze informatie achter over seksueel misbruik op het jongenspensionaat in de jaren zestig.
Mea Culpa heeft ook aangifte gedaan tegen de congregatie die de scepter zwaaide in het pensionaat. De stichting wil inzage in de archieven om informatie te krijgen over andere broeders die in Bleijerheide werkten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Protestors Seek Removal of St. Thomas More Parochial Vicar

DARIEN (CT)
Patch

By Patrick Barnard

A small group of protestors reportedly gathered on Saturday at St. Thomas More church in Darien to call for the removal the church's parochial vicar, the Rev. Robert Post, on allegations of past clergy abuse.

According to a report in the Stamford Advocate, Robert M. Hoatson, a former priest who now heads Road to Recovery, a group that assists victims of clergy abuse, along with Kevin Waldrip, who claims to be a victim of past clergy abuse by another priest while in New Jersey, handed out flyers and wore placards calling for the Rev. Post's removal.

Hoatson is a former priest with the Irish Christian Brothers and Waldrip is a former student at one of the Christian Brothers' high schools, according to the report. They are reportedly calling for the Rev. Post's removal in light of a federal bankruptcy suit pending in White Plains, N.Y., that contains some 462 allegations of abuse allegedly committed by members of the Irish Christian Brothers. According to the report, three of those allegations are against the Rev. Post, with those incidents allegedly occurring some 30 years ago.

In an earlier report in The Darien Times, Brian Wallace, spokesman for The Diocese of Bridgeport, said Hoatson’s accusations are “baseless and misleading.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

How many accusations does it take to rename the parish hall?

HAWAII
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 26, 2012

Fr. J. Michael Henry has a hall in his honor. And the number of his alleged victims just keeps growing.

Fr. Joseph Michael Henry (also known as J. Michael Henry and Mike Henry), was a longtime priest in the Diocese of Honolulu. Most of his time was spent at St. Anthony’s Parish in Kailua on Oahu’s Windward Coast—a small-town parish with a school, preschool and active charity league.

Fr. Henry was first exposed as a predator in 1991 lawsuit by a Kailua boy named David Figueroa. In addition, Figueroa charged that after Henry abused him, another priest at the parish, Joseph Ferrario, took advantage of the vulnerable boy and began to abuse him as well. Fr. Joseph Ferrario became Bishop of Honolulu in 1978. Henry died in 1974. Ferrario died in 2003.

Soon after Figueroa came forward, another Kailua boy stepped forward to say that he, too, had been molested by both priests. The initial reason Mark Pinkosh came forward was to support David. Later, he realized that it was vital for his own healing and keeping other kids safe. David’s case was thrown out on the statute of limitations, NOT the merits of the case.

Fortunately for Mark and other victims of child sexual abuse in Hawaii, a new civil law, sponsored by Senator Maile Shimabukuro, gives Mark a chance to use the courts to seek justice, truth and accountability. While both Ferrario and Henry are dead, the people who covered up for them are not. Neither is the legacy of pain they caused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Einheitliche Richtlinien für Opferschutz fehlen

OSTERREICH
Der Standard

23. August 2012

Die Opferschutzstellen der Bundesländer arbeiten unterschiedlich - Generelle Richtlinien fehlen, da es sich um freiwillige Einrichtungen der Länder handelt

Bregenz/Innsbruck/Linz/Wien - Opfer von Gewalt in staatlichen und kirchlichen Einrichtungen können sich seit 2010 in allen Bundesländern an Opferschutzkommissionen wenden. Eingerichtet wurden die mit Experten besetzten Kommissionen von den Ländern, einheitliche Richtlinien für die Arbeit der Kommissionen gibt es nicht.

Zur Festlegung der Entschädigungen habe man sich zwar die Richtlinien der Unabhängigen Opferschutzanwaltschaft, besser bekannt als "Klasnic-Kommission", zum Vorbild genommen, sagt Herwig Hösele, Sprecher der Anwaltschaft, "ansonsten arbeiten sie aber autonom". Da die Kommissionen freiwillige Einrichtungen der Länder seien, gebe es auch keinen Instanzenzug.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Anklage: Kinder missbraucht

DEUTSCHLAND
Kreiszeitung

Verden · Ein Jugendwart der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Verden soll mehrere Jungen missbraucht und ein Kreisjugenddiakon der evangelischen Kirche in Verden kinderpornografische Bilder besessen haben. In beiden Verfahren haben die Staatsanwaltschaften Verden und Hannover lange ermittelt.

Nun sind die Ermittlungen abgeschlossen. Im Fall des Jugendwartes wurde bereits Anklage erhoben. Es sind zwei völlig getrennt voneinander laufende Verfahren, die aber beide im März 2011 publik geworden sind. Der Kreisjugenddiakon war durch ein Ermittlungsverfahren in einem anderen Bundesland ins Visier der Ermittler geraten. Durch Gesprächsinhalte in einem Internet-Chat hatten sich konkrete Verdachtsmomente gegen den Diakon ergeben. Am 10. März 2011 waren dann die Privaträume des Verdeners und seine Diensträume in der St. Nikolai-Gemeinde durchsucht und Beweismaterial sichergestellt worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

State Senator From Queens Is Warning of Her Arrest

NEW YORK
The New York Times

[Reforming the Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse: New York's Child Victims Act Shouldn't Be Political, But It Is Findlaw - Marcia A. Hamilton

Excerpt from this 2010 story: In the Codes Committee, three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting against letting the bill go to the floor, though none appeared at the Committee meeting, voting only in absentia. Sen. Shirley Huntley, whose website claims she has been a strong advocate for children, was a particular disappointment.]

By THOMAS KAPLAN and RANDY LEONARD

Published: August 25, 2012

Adding to the long list of Albany lawmakers accused of misusing their offices, a Democratic state senator from Queens said on Saturday that she expected to be arrested as part of an ongoing corruption investigation.

The senator, Shirley L. Huntley, said she would surrender to the authorities on Monday. She said she did not know the charges, but her announcement came months after one of her aides and three others were charged with stealing taxpayer money that had been directed to a nonprofit group that Ms. Huntley founded.

Ms. Huntley spoke to reporters on the street in front of her home in Jamaica, Queens, surrounded by several dozen supporters, some of them holding campaign signs. The senator’s spokeswoman had e-mailed reporters late Friday, urging them to attend “an emergency news conference.”

“I want my day in court,” Ms. Huntley said. “I don’t know the charges. I have no idea what this is about.”

Ms. Huntley’s announcement, which comes after the censure of Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez on Friday because of allegations of sexual harassment, suggests that Albany’s string of corruption and ethics scandals has not ended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Wrongly accused are often left with lingering wounds

IRELAND
Irish Independent

There are few crimes more revolting than the abuse of a child.

Naturally, an allegation of child abuse provokes public outrage and anger. So it's hard to imagine just how devastating it must be to be wrongly accused of abuse.

A priest who hits the headlines when he is accused of abuse can justifiably feel aggrieved when little or no attention is paid if he is declared innocent or found to have no case to answer.

As has been demonstrated in numerous reports, the Catholic Church, when confronted with allegations of abuse against clerics over many decades, failed to act.

The devastated lives are a constant reminder of this cowardly reaction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Clergy Abuse Won't End Until Parishioners Step Up

OREGON
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Virginia Jones

I was in Eastern and Southern Oregon walking through small, rural towns and on scenic trails to raise awareness about abuse when the news came about an abusive priest, Fr. Angel Armando Perez, in Woodburn, Oregon. The abuse was very recent and the child reported it, and his family supported him, and the police supported him, and the priest was arrested.

The family support and the arrest frequently did not happen in the past.

We’ve made progress, real progress. The abuse happened, but at least most of the response to the abuse was appropriate.

I could not comment on what had happened when I was walking through towns and on trails in the distant parts of Oregon. My internet access was intermittent, and I had my two teenagers to care for and a schedule to keep, and the two teenagers didn’t want to share the computer with me.

When I returned home to Portland, I read Abuse Tracker and saw Randy Ellison's blog on the case. Randy is the Board President of the child sex abuse survivor advocacy group, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS). Randy reported in his blog that a group of parishioners showed up to support the priest in court

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Demonstrators demand removal of Darien priest

DARIEN (CT)
CT Post

By Michael P. Mayko

DARIEN — Handing out fliers and wearing placards, a former Catholic priest and an abuse victim stood at the entrance of St. Thomas More church Saturday, demanding the Diocese of Bridgeport remove an elderly priest for allegedly abusing three high school students some 30 years ago.

The demonstration was directed at the Rev. Robert Post, who is assigned St. Thomas More as the parochial vicar and serves as the chaplain of the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department. Demanding his removal were Robert M. Hoatson, who served with the Rev. Post in the Irish Christian Brothers, but now heads Road to Recovery, which assists victims of clergy abuse. Handing out leaflets with Hoatson was Kevin Waldrip, who said he was abused on his 13th birthday by the late Rev. Richard Galdon, who was convicted and sentenced to prison for abusing children in New Jersey. Waldrip’s abuse is not linked to Rev. Post.

The three complaints against the Rev. Post are part of a federal bankruptcy suit pending in White Plains, N.Y., against the Irish Christian Brothers. That suit contains some 462 allegations of abuse allegedly committed by numerous members of the Irish Christian Brothers across North America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Pedophilia may not be a life choice

MASSACHUSETTS
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Dianne Williamson
dwilliamson@telegram.com

Andrew J. Myers, 34, sat passively at the defense table during a brief hearing at U.S. District Court. Short, bespectacled and unassuming, he glanced behind him just once, apparently searching for his parents. As he left the courtroom, he mouthed “I love you,” to his mom, who covered her face and broke down in tears.

The scene was heart-wrenching. Within days, Myers' mother has witnessed the public transformation of her son from likable local lawyer and Boy Scout leader to one of the most despised members of society — a suspected pedophile.

The Northbridge man is just the latest suspect to catch everyone by surprise, even though we've grown somewhat accustomed to revelations that otherwise “normal” adults are harboring a dark, secret sex life. In Meyers' case, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges he communicated with minors by email and offered to perform sex acts. He also received emails containing pictures of prepubescent boys exposing their genitals.

“I don't know what to think,” his mother said softly, before her son was led into court.

Neither do the experts. Recently, though, some fascinating studies are debunking some long-held views about pedophilia.

For years, we've been told that pedophilia is an addiction or a horrible illness or a manifestation of an abusive adult seeking power and control. It's a failure of character, an evil predilection. Of course, we've learned long ago that pedophiles tend not to be monsters lurking in bushes but more often our fathers, our priests, our police, our teachers. Frequently, they're upstanding members of the community, well-regarded and respected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

I survived a priest's worst nightmare

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Greg Harkin

Saturday August 25 2012

A brisk wind batters Fr Eugene Boland's face as he walks along the shoreline on Co Donegal's remote Inishowen peninsula. But the breeze doesn't bother him.

He is just glad to be breathing the sea air and enjoying the stunning views offered by Ballyliffin beach after enduring his own very personal storm over the past two years.

For most of that time, the Catholic priest has been forced to live under a cloud after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenager.

It was a devastating period for him -- one that ended only when a jury found him innocent following an eight-day trial in June.

He was forced to step aside from his parish work while police investigated claims made by a now 37-year-old woman that he had indecently assaulted her over two decades earlier when she was just 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Catholic lapses, moral and fiscal

UNITED STATES
Philadelphia Inquirer

Render Unto Rome
The Secret Life of Money
in the Catholic Church


By Jason Berry
Broadway Paperback. 420 pp. $16

Reviewed by Kenneth A. Briggs

While some Catholic bishops and lay people have been waging a campaign to convince the public that their religious freedom is being threatened, Jason Berry's book stands as a formidable reminder of how much the church needs to learn from the "secular" realm that it often scorns.

Like common-law justice for sex abusers.

And certified public accounting of obscure church finances.

Combining superior investigative skills and adroit analysis, Berry links clergy sexual abuse of children - a subject he helped push onto a national stage in an earlier book - with the tactics designed to cover legal and psychiatric damages resulting from it in a crisis that has cost the church more than $3 billion in settlements, according to the advocacy group BishopAccountability. The chief cause he identifies is appalling moral failure by top church officials, including Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Abuse and its cover-up, widespread and hidden, became a nightmare when Berry in Louisiana and a blockbuster series later in the Boston Globe exposed the scope and horror of the scandal. Expenditures on legal fees and suits quickly became astronomical. Strapped for funds, bishops resorted to various schemes.

The reflexive response in settings like Boston, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, was to sell off church property. That often meant killing a parish that was the cherished spiritual home to neighborhood Catholics. Asking them, in effect, to pay for clergy abuse sparked protest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

August 25, 2012

A tale of 2 priests: Woodburn priest, best friend from seminary, face similar sex charges

OREGON/CALIFORNIA
The Oregonian

By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian

For most of their lives, the paths of Angel Perez and Uriel Ojeda ran along parallel lines, from devout boyhoods in Western Mexico, through years of prayer and education at Oregon’s Mount Angel Seminary and, finally, onto the pulpits of their own Catholic churches outside Portland and Sacramento.

They became the best of friends.

Now both priests are accused of crimes 500 miles apart that could ultimately send them to prison and jeopardize the collars that once told the world they were brothers.

The tales of Father Angel and Father Uriel, as their parishioners know them, offer windows into how two neighboring dioceses are addressing a relatively new phenomenon for the Roman Catholic Church: a real-time criminal investigation into alleged child sexual abuse by a priest.

Charges against Perez, 46, and Ojeda, 33 -- acclaimed in both the Archdiocese of Portland and Diocese of Sacramento as dynamic, committed, Spanish-speaking pastors beloved by their immigrant congregations -- have added fresh woes to a church made hyper-vigilant after settling hundreds of priest sex abuse lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Clergy child sex abuse allegations arise

HAWAII
The Worthy Adversary

Honolulu Star-Adveriser

Damien Memorial School and St. Anthony are hit with accusations of molestation

By Rob Perez
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2012

Twelve former students at Damien high school on Oahu have filed claims in a New York bankruptcy court alleging that they were sexually abused by clergy who were working at the private Catholic school in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

The allegations were disclosed Thursday by a California attorney who is representing the alleged victims in their claims against the North American branch of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which runs Catholic schools around the country and supplies some staff to what is now called Damien Memorial School.

Michael Reck of the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates said officials overseeing the school during that period were aware of the abuse problem but covered it up for years."It's really a conspiracy of silence and abuse that's most troubling," Reck said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

A hero is born overnight

HAWAII
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 25, 2012

Last spring, I met a man named Mark Pinkosh. Yesterday, he became a hero.

Mark charges that he was sexually abused by Hawaii priest J. Michael Henry (Also known as Joseph Henry) when Mark was just a boy attending Kailua’s St. Anthony’s church. When Mark reached out to other adults, trying to get someone to help him, another priest befriended the boy. That priest, Joseph Ferrario, then began to abuse the boy himself. Joseph Ferrario later became the Bishop of Honolulu.

Mark’s accusations were not the first against both men. Another boy, David Figueroa, came forward in 1991 and filed a lawsuit against both priests. The suit was dismissed because of an archaic statute of limitations, NOT the merits of the case. Mark came forward then to help David, but in the end, both boys were shunned in their communities for coming forward and speaking out about what had happened to them. Mark was eventually chased out of Hawaii, his home. David passed away, never able to get justice for the boy who was abused.

Earlier this year, the law changed. Victims of child sexual abuse now have the next two years to come forward and use the civil courts to expose their abusers, punish those who covered up abuse, and get justice and accountability. Thanks to Senator Maile Shimabukuro, victims can get justice and children are safer from abuse. Mark filed a lawsuit to get to the truth of what the Diocese of Honolulu knew about abusers, when they knew it, how they covered it up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

San Rafael priest jailed in lewdness case...

CALIFORNIA
Inside Bay Area

San Rafael priest jailed in lewdness case after sting at China Camp

By Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal
contracostatimes.com
Posted: 08/24/2012

A San Rafael priest was arrested on allegations he exposed himself to an undercover investigator during a crackdown on lewd behavior at China Camp State Park, a state parks ranger said Friday.

The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure, soliciting a lewd act and nudity in a state park. He remained in custody Friday night in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The arrest occurred during a sting operation targeting lewd conduct in the park, said Supervising Ranger Ryen Goering. He said rangers have recently received a spike of reports about sexual activity in public, found Internet postings seeking sexual meetups in the park and cleaned up condoms, clothes and waste left on the grounds.

On Thursday evening, a plainclothes ranger was walking at Chicken Coop Hill, in the shoreline area off North San Pedro Road, when a man approached and propositioned him for sex, Goering said. Then the man allegedly exposed himself to the ranger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Marin Co. priest arrested for indecent exposure

CALIFORNIA
Modesto Bee

The Associated Press

CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, Calif. -- A priest has been arrested after authorities say he exposed himself to an undercover agent at China Camp State Park.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/QAUbk9) that 58-year-old Rev. Feliciano Mofan was being held in jail on Friday in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Supervising Ranger Ryen Goering said Mofan's arrest happened during a sting caused by an increase in reports of sexual activity.

Goering said Mofan propositioned the undercover ranger and exposed himself.

Mofan is a "priest in residence" at the Church of St. Isabella, part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

L.A.-area priest stole $284,000 from elderly widow, suit alleges

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times

August 25, 2012
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles suspended a priest Friday amid allegations that he stole nearly $300,000 from an elderly widow who was a member of his parish.

Michalena Jones, 79, filed a lawsuit this week that accused Father Peter Valdez of befriending her after her husband's death and using his influence to steal $284,000 over a seven-year period.

The archdiocese placed Valdez on administrative leave, "pending the resolution of this matter," said Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman.

Jones said she met Valdez at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Palmdale after her husband died in 2003. The priest persuaded Jones to give him $150,000 to buy a home in Downey and added his name to her checking account, which he used to make mortgage payments, the lawsuit said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Bogor Police Arrest Koran Teacher Who Allegedly Molested 13 Kids

WEST JAVA
Jakarta Globe

Bogor, West Java. Police have arrested a Koran recitation teacher in the Wanaherang village in Gunung Putri, Bogor, after he admitted to having sexually molested 13 of his students over the course of two years.

The case was revealed after the parents of one of the kids, nine-year-old Bunga (who has chosen to go by an alias), reported the teacher, Nana Suryana, 47, to police. Bunga’s mother, Suwarti (also going by an alias) said she had learned about the alleged molestation from Bunga’s younger sister.

“Suwarti first heard about it from [Bunga’s sister], and then she asked Bunga for confirmation, after which she reported Nana to the police,” the head of Bogor Police’s child protection unit, First Insp. F. X. Suyadi, said in Bogor on Saturday.

“[Nana] admitted to molesting 13 children during the past two years, with the ages of the victims ranging from five to nine years old,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

CA- One year in jail for pedophile priest

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 24, 2012

For the devastation he’s caused, a year in jail is a paltry sentence for Fr. Lyons. Still, we’re grateful he’ll be locked up and for years afterwards will be on probation.

We hope that Fr. Denis Lyons is given the maximum sentence. Harshly sentencing Lyons sends a powerful message. It warns other would be predators that if you harm children, you will be punished. It offers victims and their loved ones a sense of justice. And it keeps a dangerous predator from harming more kids.

Kids are safest when pedophiles are behind bars. And kids are even safer when every single person who saw, suspected or suffered a predator’s crimes comes forward. We are grateful to the brave victims of Fr. Lyons who came forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Sex Abuse Victim To Sue 2 Bishops With Philadelphia Ties

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

[with video]

By Pat Ciarrocchi
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)

- With the second clergy sex abuse trial in Philadelphia set to begin in early September, lawyers for the abuse victim in that case are preparing civil litigation.

This week the attorneys told the court they intend to amend their lawsuit and also go after two bishops with Philadelphia ties.

“This won’t be the last of it. This is groundbreaking,” said Philadelphia Attorney Slade McLaughlin.
McLaughlin, of McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C., intends to name Bishop Joseph Cistone, the current Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan and Bishop Edward Cullen, the former Bishop of Allentown, as he proceeds in a civil case, on behalf of a former altar boy who was sexually abused in 1992.

“My best description of them is that they were the kingpins,” said McLaughlin in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

The narcissism and grandiosity of John Paul II, Cardinal Bernard Law, Benedict XVI, and Bishop Roger Vangheluwe are nauseating and despicable

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Updated August 24, 2012

Paris Arrow

New sex abuse allegations are coming out against retired Bishop Roger Vangheluwe who bragged on television (read related articles below) to sexually abusing his own young nephews and who was the longest reigning Bishop of Belgium for over 25 years. Another clone of John Paul II (who was the longest reigning pope for over 25 years) Bishop Roger Vangheluwe is one of the highest ranking pedophile in the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army . This capacity to be priests no matter how heinous the crimes one has commited prove that the Eucharist makes amoral the consciences of men claiming to represent and re-incarnating Christ's flesh. That is why the Vatican proved itself amoral for over half a century as it covered-up thousands of pedophile priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Former interim pastor faces child porn charges

COLORADO
San Francisco Chronicle

DENVER (AP) — A former interim pastor at a church in Greeley is scheduled for a status conference in September on child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury indicted 68-year-old Richard Howard Craft, of Thornton, this week on charges alleging he distributed, received and possessed child pornography during a period between July 2007 and December 2009.

Craft is a former interim pastor of Family of Christ Presbyterian Church of Greeley.

An affidavit for a search warrant says an undercover FBI special agent saw numerous child pornography files via a publicly available online file-sharing program that were tracked to Craft's home computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

2005 Grand Jury Report Caused Embezzlement?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

August 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews

I’ve often wondered why the Grand Jury Reports didn’t result in massive archdiocesan employee resignations. However, it never dawned on me that the cover up of clergy child sex abuse might lead to embezzlement. With Guzzardi’s line of reasoning, Catholics should be mugging Bishops and raiding the collection baskets. What a load of …. Quit the institution. Give your money elsewhere. Don’t become what you purport to hate – a liar and a thief.

I am, however, struck by the fact her sentence is more harsh than many child abusers face. Our society values money more than children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Archdiocesan embezzler gets 2 to 7 years

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

August 24, 2012|By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

Amid the cries and sobs of relatives who packed the courtroom, the former chief financial officer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was sentenced this morning to 2 to 7 years in prison for her admitted embezzlement of more than $906,000 from the church treasury.

Anita Guzzardi turned and looked at her husband Angelo and mouthed the words "I'm sorry" as Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler imposed the sentence.

Guzzardi, 42, of Barrington in Camden County, pleaded guilty in July to stealing more than $906,000 during a seven-year period from 2004 until she was caught last year.

Guzzardi's attorney, Louis R. Busico, had urged Ceisler to impose probation so Guzzardi could continue working to pay back the Archdiocese. He said she has paid $260,000 since her arrest in March.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Legislature is no place for a sexual predator

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

There is no place in the New York State Legislature for a man who committed the gross sexual misconduct ascribed to Brooklyn Assemblyman and Democratic boss Vito Lopez by his colleagues.

Lopez must resign — or immediately prove that he’s innocent of preying on young female aides with the sort of physical contact that demands criminal investigation.

Most grotesquely, as recounted in a letter to Lopez from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, “ You put your hand on her leg, she removed your hand and you put your hand on her upper thighs, putting your hand as far up between her legs as you could go.”

Silver also writes that a staffer who was forced to join Lopez on a trip to Atlantic City reported “that you attempted to kiss her, that she struggled to fend you off before you stopped and that on the drive back . . . you again put your hand between her legs.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Staten Islanders: Brooklyn Dem chief should quit

NEW YORK
Staten Island Advance

By Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Officials on Staten Island and elsewhere called for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign as Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman after the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance found Friday that he violated the chamber's sexual harassment policy, and stripped him of his committee chairmanship and seniority.

"For the good of the party, he should step aside as party chairman," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), whose district crosses into Kings County.

The bipartisan eight-member committee unanimously found that Lopez, 71, created a hostile workplace, including verbal and physical sexual abuse, and that his response to the allegations was "not credible."

Complaints by two staff members included repeated unwelcome comments about their bodies and attire, as well as attempts to kiss and put his hands between the legs of one of them when he required that she travel with him to Atlantic City, N.J., in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Pol Who Blocked Key Child Sex Abuse Bill Censured For Harassing Women

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

NY State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Brooklyn's Democratic Party boss and power broker, has lost his committee chairmanship, enjoined from employing people under 21-years-old or from having interns, and has been censured after the Assembly's Ethics Committeefound that Lopez had repeatedly sexually harassed two younf female employees in June and July. Lopez blocked passage of the Markey Bill (Child Victims Act) meant to make pedophiles accountable for their crimes, working closely with the Catholic Church and Satmar to ensure the bill's failure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Lawmaker Is Censured Over Sexual Harassment

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By DANNY HAKIM

Published: August 24, 2012

ALBANY — Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, one of the last powerful Democratic Party bosses in New York City, was abruptly stripped of his committee chairmanship and censured Friday after he was accused of sexually harassing two women who worked in his district office this summer.

Mr. Lopez, 71, is a longtime fixture of Brooklyn politics, and an irascible kingmaker: he has served in the Assembly since 1984, and has headed the Brooklyn Democratic Party since 2005.

But on Friday, he faced what had once been unimaginable: widespread calls for his resignation, after charges that he verbally harassed, groped and kissed the women without their consent.

Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, who has in the past been criticized for mishandling sexual misconduct claims against lawmakers, surprised the local political world Friday with a sharply worded rebuke of Mr. Lopez, who had been an ally. Mr. Silver not only removed Mr. Lopez as chairman of the Assembly’s Housing Committee, but reduced the size of his staff, barred him from employing interns or anyone under the age of 21 and denied him any perquisites he had accrued based on his seniority.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Churches urged to 'turn the light on' sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
Baptist Standard

By Ken Camp, Managing Editor

Published: August 24, 2012

Memories so strong they produce heart-stopping nightmares simultaneously remain so repressed and clouded she cannot pinpoint the time when abuse began. But Janice—who prefers to withhold her last name—knows three male relatives conspired to abuse her sexually over an extended time when she was a small child.

"My mother knew and did not protect me. … An aunt told me not to be a tattletale. … It was as if everybody in my little world either molested me or knew I was being molested," she said.

At an early age, Janice became convinced she was unloved. "I knew I had no value," she said.

But a Sunday school teacher told her otherwise.

"She said, 'God loves you.' She didn't know how powerful that message was to me. She didn't know I was being molested," Janice recalled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Jury announces verdict in pastor's trial

IOWA
KCCI

ADEL, Iowa —
A jury announced its verdict Friday in the trial of former Pella pastor Patrick Edouard.

The jury found Edouard not guilty of three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

The jury found him guilty of all four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy. They also found him guilty of having a pattern, practice or scheme to sexually exploit.

Four women in Edouard's former congregation at Covenant Reform Church in Pella said he used his influence as a pastor and counselor to draw them into having sexual relations. Three of the women said the first sexual encounter with Edouard was rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Jury: Former pastor guilty of sexual exploitation

IOWA
San Antonio Express-News

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A former Pella pastor has been convicted by a jury of sexually exploiting women in his congregation.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/PHrl3k) 42-year-old Patrick Edouard will be sentenced in October on four counts of sexual exploitation and of having a pattern, practice, or scheme to sexually exploit.

The maximum penalty is nine years in prison.

The jury, which returned its verdict on Friday, acquitted Edouard on three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Edouard guilty on four counts of sexual exploitation, one additional charge

IOWA
Journal Express

By Clint Brown
CNHI

Adel — After deliberating for almost another 6 hours on Friday, the jury in the State of Iowa v. Patrick Edouard presented their verdict.

Edouard had been charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. He allegedly had forced sexual contact on at least three women while serving as a minister from 2003-10.

The jury found Edouard not guilty on all three charges of sexual abuse, but found the former pastor guilty on all four of the sexual exploitation charges - including an additional charge of entering into a pattern/scheme/practice to engage in sexual exploitation as a counselor or therapist, a Class D felony. The last charge came as a result of being found guilty of two or more of the original sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist charges in which he violated law banning sex between people who provide “mental health services” and those who come to seek guidance from them.

"We (the State) are very pleased with the outcome," Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown said following the announcement of the verdict. "In my mind the sexual exploitation charges were the most critical with the pattern he (Edouard) engaged in during that time. It was a successful case, even with the not guilty verdict on the sexual assault charges. We knew those charges would be an uphill battle with the circumstances. It's been difficult for everyone (the case), but we couldn't be more pleased."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Former Pella pastor exploited women for sex, jury rules

IOWA
Des Moines Register

Written by
Jeff Eckhoff

ADEL, IA. — Former Pella pastor Patrick Edouard illegally exploited his female parishioners for sex, but he never forced sex upon them, a Dallas County jury ruled Friday afternoon.

Edouard, pastor at Pella’s Covenant Reformed Church until his multiple extramarital affairs came to light in December 2010, was convicted Friday of four charges that he violated a law banning sex between people who provide “mental health services” and those who come to seek guidance from them. He was also found guilty of having a pattern or practice of exploitation.

Edouard was acquitted, however, of three more-serious rape charges — apparently because jurors agreed with defense arguments that the women were never physically forced to start the affairs.

Edouard now faces between five and nine years in prison when he’s formally sentenced on Oct. 19. He remains free on $45,000 bond. Neither Edouard nor his victims agreed to comment Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Bathurst diocese defends sex abuse conciliation

CANADA
CBC News

The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst has taken out a half-page newspaper ad, defending itself against criticism over a conciliation process offered to 80 sexual abuse victims.

An Ontario lawyer and some of the victims, abused by clerics between the 1950s and 1980s, have argued there wasn't enough transparency in the process, but in the newspaper statement, the diocese maintains it did everything right.

It hired retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache a couple of years ago to oversee the process, which included compensation and apologies.

"Eighty out of 86 victims of sexual abuse by Levi Noel, and other clerics of the Bathurst Diocese, participated in the process and accepted awards made, representing a 93 per cent success rate, one of the highest ever achieved in such a process," the statement, signed by Most Rev. Valery Vienneau, the bishop-administrator of Bathurst states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

SoCal priest, 78, gets 1 year in jail for molesting altar boy

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

By City News Service
dailybreeze.com
Posted: 08/24/2012

SANTA ANA - A former Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to molesting an altar boy in the 1990s at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, was sentenced today to a year in jail.

Seventy-eight-year-old Denis Lyons -- who left the priesthood in April 2004 -- also was put on five years of formal probation. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno, who accepted the plea agreement the defendant reached with prosecutors, also ordered Lyons to complete 400 hours of community service and register for the rest of life as a sex offender.

As a registered sex offender, there is only one nonprofit organization Lyons can do his community service with, so if that falls through then he would pay a fine instead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Priest 'Ruined My Life,' Molestation Victim Says at Sentencing

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By John Crandall

August 24, 2012

Before a judge could sentence him to a year in jail for molesting a second-grader almost 20 years ago, retired priest Denis Lyons of Leisure World had to listen to the anguished words of those he hurt.

“Today is the day I finally have closure. I have spent the last 16 years living in pain, living in shame. He took away my innocence as a child. This man has ruined my life and many others besides me,” his now grownup victim said Friday in a victim’s impact statement. “He has changed my perception of religion, life, and right and wrong. Him pleading guilty not only gives me closure but gives other victims closure as well. He is a bad person, a bad man.”

Those words hung in the air as a judge sentenced Lyons, formerly employed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County to one year in jail, five years of formal probation, 400 hours of community service and lifetime sex offender registration.

The victim’s mother also shared her pain and the depth of betrayal she felt when a man of the cloth abused her son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

The Vatican Can't Be Held Responsible For Things It Couldn't Have Known. The Problem Is... It Knew A Lot.

UNITED STATES
Josh Zepps

[with video]

Where does accountability begin and end? I hosted a heated HuffPost Live discussion about that question with Marci Hamilton, a lawyer trying to hold the Vatican accountable for pedophile priests.

This week, the Church won a victory over Hamilton when an Oregon federal court ruled that the Holy See is not the “employer” of molester priests. The case could shield the Church from possible monetary damages, although Hamilton says she’ll appeal.

The Vatican's responsibility for the actions of priests on the other side the world is not just a legal question. It’s a moral one. Defending the Vatican on HuffPost Live was writer-reporter James Marshall Crotty, who asked: “Is the Pope responsible for every action of anybody who works in a church? … Is the Pope responsible for the part-time guy who helps in a church with the liturgy and does something wrong? Is the Pope responsible for the person who volunteers at a shelter that’s overseen by the Church?”

No. He has a point. The Church can only be held responsible for what it should reasonably have known. The problem for Crotty and the Church’s other defenders is… it knew a lot. The Vatican is not an impartial head office, detached from the daily workings of its dioceses. Nor does it lack moral influence over its global franchise. It is a deeply engaged institution -- and it has systematically enabled child rapists to escape justice and freely rape again. When Pope Benedict ran the diocese of Munich and Freising in 1980 as Archbishop Ratzinger, it came to his attention that one of his priests had taken an 11-year-old boy into the mountains, fed him alcohol, locked him up, stripped him naked, and forced the boy to give him a blow job. Ratzinger’s response was to send the priest off for "therapy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Cambria priest on leave, accused of child sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August 24, 2012

The Associated Press

A Cambria County priest has been placed on leave amid allegations of sexual abuse involving children several decades ago.

The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said today that the Rev. George Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, will not be permitted to function as a priest and won't have contact with children while he is on leave.

Diocese spokesman Tony DeGol said the alleged sexual misconduct took place in the late 1970s. The alleged victims brought it to the attention of the church recently.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Residents React to Sexual Abuse Allegations

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

By Rich Wisniewski

MOUNT UNION, Pa —

Shock and disgust surrounded the neighborhood of Mount Union, near the Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish. When residents in this small town heard that the priest at the church was accused of allegedely molesting kids three decades ago.Donald Kullen: "As far as I'm concerned he was an outstanding priest," said David Kullen, a part time janitor at the school.

"I think it's disgusting," said Curry Dashbach, a resident of the town.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Diocese investigates sexual misconduct

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

August 25, 2012

By Zach Geiger (zgeiger@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

A Huntingdon County priest has been removed from active ministry after allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors were reported to church officials, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said.

The Rev. George D. Koharchik, 63, was placed on leave from his position as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, Tony DeGol, diocese secretary for communications, said on Friday.

Multiple individuals approached the diocese to report alleged sexual misconduct by Koharchik, DeGol said.

The alleged incidents occurred as far back as 30 years ago during Koharchik's time as a priest at various Cambria County parishes, DeGol said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

American priest accused of child sex abuse placed on leave

PENNSYLVANIA
Press TV (Iran)

An American priest allegedly involved in sexual abuse of minors several decades ago, has been placed on leave.

The offending priest Rev. George Koharchik, who is from western Pennsylvania, went on leave on Friday.

This is while according to the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, a borough in Pennsylvania, is prevented from making contact with children while he is on leave.

He is also not allowed to function as a priest due to the sexual misconduct which allegedly occurred in the late 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

August 24, 2012

O.C. priest will spend year in jail for molesting boy in 1990s

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

A retired Roman Catholic priest in Orange County was sentenced to a year in jail, probation and community service and will be forced to register as a sex offender for molesting a grade-school student in the parish rectory and inside the church more than a decade ago, Orange County prosecutors said.

Denis Lyons, 78, pleaded guilty in March to four felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 on four occasions in which, prosecutors said, Lyons sexually assaulted the student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa. The boy was in second and third grade when the assaults occurred.

Prosecutors said the molestations occurred between Jan. 1, 1992 and Dec. 31, 1995, when the boy was between 7 and 9 years old. Prosecutors said Lyons, a priest in the Diocese of Orange, molested the boy twice in Lyons' room in the church rectory and twice in the sacristy, a room within the church where religious garments and sacred vessels are stored.

In addition to the year in jail, Lyons was sentenced to five years of formal probation, 400 hours of community service and will register as a lifetime sex offender, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Retired priest sentenced for molestation

CALIFORNIA
Daily Breeze

The following information was released by the Orange County District Attorney.

A retired priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County was sentenced today for molesting a young boy almost two decades ago in the rectory and sacristy at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa. Denis Lyons, 78, Seal Beach, pleaded guilty March 23, 2012, to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. He was sentenced to one year in jail, five years of formal probation, 400 hours of community service, and lifetime sex offender registration.

Sexual Assault of John Doe

Between Jan. 1, 1992, and Dec. 31, 1995, Lyons molested a young male student, John Doe, while the victim was a second and third grade student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. The school was part of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa, where Lyons served as a priest.

On four occasions, Lyons sexually assaulted the 7 to 9-year-old John Doe by engaging in masturbation with the victim twice in his room in the parish rectory and twice in the church sacristy. A rectory is the residence and administrative office for the parish priests of a church. A sacristy is a room inside the church used to store religious garments, church documents, and sacred vessels.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Baptist minister enters state prison system

VIRGINIA
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A former British Baptist pastor convicted last year of sexual abuse has been transferred to custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Robert DandoRobert Dando, former senior minister at Worcester Park Baptist Church in suburban London, is now in custody at Powhatan Reception and Classification Center in State Farm, Va. The facility’s role is to intake offenders from the local jails and process them into the state prison system.

Dando served the first year of his eight-year prison sentence in the adult detention center of Fairfax County, where he pleaded guilty in November of 2010 to four counts of aggravated sexual battery against two male victims who were under the age of 13 when the crimes were committed.

He was arrested the previous July in Oakton, Va., after the alleged victims, then ages 21 and 17, claimed that Dando sexually abused them over a five-year period during visits to a family friend in the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Mount Union pastor placed on leave following allegations of sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — A Mount Union pastor has been placed on leave after 30-year-old allegations of sexual misconduct with minors in Cambria County surfaced on Friday.

Rev. George Koharchik, 63, Pastor of the Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union has been removed from the active ministry, according to a press release from the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. According to the Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, Koharchik will not be permitted to function as a priest and "will reside at a place where he has no contact with children."

Bartchak said these actions are pursuant to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, put in place in 2002 to address allegations of sexual abuse within the clergy. Bartchak has reportedly informed the office of Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan but there has been no word yet on official charges.

Daily Mass at Koharchik's parish will not take place next week and Bartchak said he will appoint a temporary administrator to handle the daily affairs of the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Retired priest gets year in jail for molestations

CALIFORNIA
The Orange County Register

By PETER LARSON / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A mother cried Friday morning as an Orange County judge sentenced the retired priest who pleaded guilty to molesting her son and another boy almost 20 years ago.

Denis Lyons, 78, of Seal Beach previously admitted to charges of molesting a 7- to 9-year-old boy at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa between 1992 and 1995, for four felony counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14.

Lyons pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid a potential 14-year prison sentence if convicted at trial.

Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno ordered Lyons on Friday to serve one year in county jail beginning Oct. 12, followed by five years probation. He must also complete lifetime sex offender registration and serve 400 hours of community service.

Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said in March when Lyons pleaded guilty that her office considered the victims' wishes to resolve the case without going through the ordeal of a publicized trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Former priest sentenced to jail for molestation

CALIFORNIA
Daily Pilot

By Lauren Williams

August 24, 2012 | 1:03 p.m.
A former Costa Mesa priest was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and five years formal probation for committing lewd acts on a child younger than 14 while he served at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, according to prosecutors.

Denis Lyons, 78, previously pleaded guilty in March to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 between 1992 and 1995 while he served as a priest at the Costa Mesa church, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Lyons molested the boy for three years when the child, a student at the church's school, was between 7 and 9 years old, prosecutors said. The victim reported the abuse to Costa Mesa police in 2008, and Lyons was arrested while playing cards at a community center near his Seal Beach Leisure World home, according to the D.A.'s office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Protest planned at St. Thomas More Saturday, alleging former abuse by parish priest

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
Darien Times

By Susan Shultz on August 24, 2012

A protest against the Diocese of Bridgeport is being organized by Road to Recovery founder Robert Hoatson and others who allege past abuse by St. Thomas More’s parochial vicar.

According to a press release, the Saturday afternoon protest has been organized to call on the Diocese of Bridgeport to remove Father Robert Post “and keep him away from kids.”

The further purpose of the demonstration is to “alert parishioners and the public to the accusations of sexual abuse” against Father Post. ...

Brian Wallace, spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the diocese was not aware of the the planned protest but said that information on Hoatson’s website, the Road to Recovery, has been challenged in terms of accuracy and the motivations behind it have been questioned. Calls to the office and the pastor at St. Thomas More were not immediately returned.

Wallace said Hoatson’s website was investigated and it was “full of inaccuracies and misrepresentations” and said a 2005 lawsuit filed by Hoatson was thrown out of court and and his attorney was sanctioned.

“Father Post is a priest in very good standing in our diocese and has served there for 20 years without a blemish or any impropriety,” Wallace said, adding Hoatson’s alleged accusations are “baseless and misleading.” Wallace added that Father Post had stepped down from his advisory position this summer because he had other responsibilities to attend to and clarified it had nothing to do with any of the allegations.

According to the press release, Hoatson said it took “three years of whistleblowing” to get Father Post transferred “because of Post’s behavior around teenage boys.” Hoatson claims he was then retaliated against for his whistleblowing and was transferred himself.

Hoatson reports that the abuse allegations come from three adult men, at least one is a former student at Blessed Sacrament. Hoatson outlined his experiences with Father Post, his observations and the retaliation he experienced in another lawsuit filed in 2007 that named the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Newark and the Diocese of Albany among its defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Child Molesting Priest to Be Sentenced Today

CALIFORNIA
Patch

A 78-year-old former Catholic priest from Leisure World who pleaded guilty to molesting an altar boy in the 1990s at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, beginning when the victim was 9 years old, is scheduled to be sentenced today.

Denis Lyons, who left the priesthood in April 2004, is expected to be sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno, who accepted the plea agreement the defendant reached with prosecutors, is also expected to order Lyons to complete 400 hours of community service or pay a fine.

Lyons could have faced up to 14 years in prison had he gone to trial.

The trial has been delayed multiple times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Archbishop Vlazny defends loan to Woodburn priest in alleged abuse case

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian

Portland's Catholic archbishop, the Most Rev. John G. Vlazny, defended his decision Thursday to loan the Rev. Angel Armando Perez money pay for an attorney in his criminal case. Perez is being held without bail in Marion County, facing charges that include first-degree sexual abuse and abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct.

In a statement published online in the Catholic Sentinel, the archdiocesan newspaper, Vlazny said he was "deeply saddened and troubled" by accusations against Perez.

"The behavior Father is accused of is sinful, wrong and can never be tolerated," Vlazny said. "Criminal charges in this case, as in all similar cases, require both prosecution and defense in court before judgment is rendered."

The archbishop said Perez, a priest of the archdiocese, "requested assistance for his defense."

"Father has committed his life to priestly service and is respected and well-liked by his parishioners," Vlazny said. "Who of us would not do what we could to help a beloved brother, sister or child in tragic circumstances?" Noting that priests are paid "modestly" and "rely on us for financial assistance in extraordinary circumstances," Vlazny said he offered to assist Perez.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Priest at Mount Union Catholic church placed on leave amid allegations of sexual abuse of minors

PENNSYLVANIA
Centre Daily Times

By Anne Danahy adanahy@centredaily.com — State College - Centre Daily Times

The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has placed a Mount Union priest on leave after allegations of sexual abuse involving children came to light.

According to the diocese, the allegations involve minors and date back more than 30 years. George Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, will not work as a priest and will not have contact with children.

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has notified the Cambria County district Attorney of the accusations. According to a statement from the diocese, Koharchik's status "will be determined at the appropriate time after consulting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Diocesan priest placed on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct in Cambria Co.

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

By WJAC Web Staff

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. —

The Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has placed Rev. George D. Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, on leave from active ministry in the priesthood after allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors in Cambria County dating back more than 30 years.

While on leave, Koharchik, 63, will not be permitted to function as a priest and he will reside at a place where he has no contact with children, according to a news release from the diocese.

The decision is in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

"Children are a precious gift from God, and we must always take the necessary steps to ensure their protection in the Catholic Church," said the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, in the release. "I pray for the alleged victims in this case and for all children who have suffered sexual abuse in our society. May the Lord grant them healing, comfort, and peace. Let us also remember the parish family of Saint Catherine of Siena in Mount Union during these difficult days. As Diocesan Bishop, I pledge my continued prayers and support to that faith community and the entire Church of Altoona-Johnstown."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

UNEDITED: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown news release regarding Rev. George D. Koharchik (8/24/12)

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. —

August 24, 2012

Diocesan Priest Placed on Leave Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, has placed Rev. George D. Koharchik, Pastor of Saint Catherine of SienaParish in Mount Union, on leave from active ministry in the Priesthood. The action comes after allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors in Cambria County dating back more than 30 years. While on leave, Father Koharchik, 63, will not be permitted to function as a priest, and he will reside at a place where he has no contact with children.

In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy), Bishop Bartchak has notified the Cambria County District Attorney of the accusations against Father Koharchik. Father Koharchik’s future status will be determined at the appropriate time after consulting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. The Bishop’s report to the Vatican will not interfere with the jurisdiction of the District Attorney’s office in this matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Catholic church abuse: victims make formal complaints about three monks

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Friday 24 August 2012

A foundation representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic church officials has made a police complaint against three monks who worked in the former Bleijerheide residential school in Kerkrade.

A spokesman for the Mea Culpa foundation told the Telegraaf the three men 'deliberately and knowingly' kept secret about crucial information about the abuse of their pupils.

'All three monks should be questioned by the police as quickly as possible,' Bert Smeets said.

Youth worker

One of the three is Maastricht minister Jan S who is already the subject of an investigation into sexual abuse. He has been suspended by the bishop of Roermond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Former Pastor Indicted On Child Porn Charges

COLORADO
TheDenverChannel

[with video]

Deb Stanley, New Media Producer

DENVER -- Prosecutors said a former pastor has been indicted on child pornography charges.
Richard Howard Craft, 68, of Thornton, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, prosecutors said.

Craft previously served as interim pastor of Family of Christ Presbyterian Church of Greeley.

The indictment alleges that Craft knowingly distributed and attempted to distribute child pornography between July 2007 and January 2008 as well as in December 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Pa. church's ex-CFO gets 2-7 years in $900k theft

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Sacramento Bee

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- The former top finance officer of the Philadelphia archdiocese is going to prison for two to seven years for embezzling $900,000.

A lawyer for 42-year-old Anita Guzzardi says she succumbed to gambling and shopping addictions after feeling betrayed by the church over the priest sex-abuse scandal.

Guzzardi had worked at the Roman Catholic archdiocese since she was 20, and was making $124,000 a year as chief financial officer when she was fired last year.

Prosecutors say she took relatives on trips to Hawaii, the Caribbean and San Francisco, and spent lavishly on herself and others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Sex victims speak of sleepless nights and a loss of faith


AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
August 25, 2012

A PEDOPHILE priest who abused boys as young as eight in northern NSW told one of his victims that the treatment suffered at his hands "was what God wanted", a court has heard.

The priest, identified as DO for legal reasons, smiled and waved to his supporters in the public gallery of a Sydney court during his sentencing hearing yesterday, before two victims' impact statements were read out.

"I don't sleep very well at all. I wake up from nightmares of memories of the abuse," one of these read.

"(DO) stated that what he was doing - touching my body and penis with his hands and mouth - was what God wanted.

"I was bought up in a very religious family. I had a very strong, committed faith . . . I feel I have lost all my faith in God, the priests and the church."

DO is one of eight people, including six priests, charged in NSW's Hunter Valley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP convention blessing prompts debate

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By David Gibson| Religion News Service, Published: August 23

The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention in Florida next week was seen as a huge coup for Mitt Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee. But the move has also prompted a sharp debate within the church over the increasingly close ties between leading bishops and the GOP.

“The cozy relationship between a sizable portion of U.S. bishops and the Republican Party should be cause for concern, and not just among progressive Catholics,” Michael O’Loughlin wrote in a post on the website of America magazine, a leading Catholic weekly published by the Jesuits.

“Cardinal Dolan’s appearance in Tampa will damage the church’s ability to be a moral and legitimate voice for voiceless, as those who view the Catholic Church as being a shill for the GOP have just a bit more evidence to prove their case,” O’Loughlin concluded.

Similarly, David Cruz-Uribe, a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and a professor of mathematics at Trinity College, wrote on the Vox Nova blog that Dolan’s decision “will only drag the Church further into a partisan divide and fuel the perception (true or not) that the Catholic Church wants to replace the Episcopalians as the Republican party on its knees.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Cardinal sin? The top U.S. bishop will pray with the GOP

UNITED STATES
Los Angeles Times

By Michael McGough

August 23, 2012

He didn’t ask my opinion, but I think Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, should have declined an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Republican National Convention. I say that knowing that Dolan also was willing, if asked, to pray at the Democratic convention and that (to some considerable flak from conservative Roman Catholics) the cardinal has invited the president as well as Mitt Romney to address the famous Al Smith Dinner in October. That’s the charity event at which, in 1960, John F. Kennedy famously bested Richard M. Nixon

Here’s the problem: Dolan is not just any bishop; he’s the leader of the national conference, which has been feuding with the Obama administration over whether its mandate for contraceptive coverage is a war on religious liberty. The bishops’ campaign has led to understandable complaints that it is taking sides in the presidential election, not to mention placing the church’s opposition to contraception above its advocacy of compassion for the poor (a cause at least some bishops see as incompatible with Paul Ryan’s budget).

Dolan’s motives may be pure, but I’m not so sure about Mitt Romney’s. A featured role for America’s No. 1 Catholic prelate at the GOP convention is a not very subtle way for the party to appeal to Catholic voters, especially conservative Catholics. (Romney announced the Dolan gig in an interview on EWTN, the right-wing Catholic TV network.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Cardinal sin: Bam blew off DNC blessing

UNITED STATES
New York Post

By CARL CAMPANILE

WASHINGTON — President Obama turned down a chance to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention after Dolan told Democrats he would be “grateful” to deliver a blessing in Charlotte.

Dolan — considered the top Catholic official in the nation, as head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops — tipped off Democrats a few weeks ago that he had agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dolan’s spokesman Joseph Zwilling told The Post.

“He wanted to make sure that they knew that this was not a partisan act on his part and that he would be just as happy and grateful to accept an invitation from the Democrats as he would to have received one from the Republicans,” said Zwilling.

“He has not been contacted by them” since, he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Cardinal Dolan latest prelate to offer prayers at political convention

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 24, 2012
By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON -- The announcement that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan would deliver a benediction at the Republican National Convention made him the latest in a long string of prelates to offer prayers at the major party conventions.

Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the New York Archdiocese, said Thursday that Dolan accepted an invitation to offer the closing prayer at the Aug. 27-30 convention in Tampa, Fla. On the program for the evening, the benediction immediately follows the major address by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accepting the nomination for president. The convention is to be gaveled to a close after the prayer.

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios is scheduled to offer a benediction Aug. 29, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, an Assembly of God minister who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is scheduled to do the same Aug. 27.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Victims deplore high profile role for controversial Cardinal Dolan

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Mary Caplan on August 24, 2012

We are troubled that Cardinal Dolan, who has acted recklessly and deceitfully in recent clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, is being given such a prominent role at a political convention. In four recent instances, Dolan has acted recklessly, callously or deceptively.

1) Several months ago, Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, the public learned that there was child porn on an assistant principal Lawrence Gordon’s school computer.

But Catholic officials – including Dolan - kept silent for nine months about the child porn, giving the criminal and his supervisors ample time to destroy evidence, fabricate alibis, intimidate witnesses, threaten whistleblowers and thwart law enforcement.

For a solid decade, Dolan and his peers have promised to be “open” about child sex crimes. But for most of last year, he was keeping such crimes secret. There’s just no excuse for Catholic officials keeping parents in the dark about child porn at their kids’ school month after month.

2) Last August, Dolan similarly made no moves to help resolve child sex accusations against Fr. Jaime Duenas.

In a short statement on the archdiocesan website, Dolan didn’t ask Catholics or citizens to do a thing when Duenas was arrested. It is crucial that victims, witnesses and whistleblowers be urged to call police and prosecutors. Dolan is not dumb. He knows appeals like this are often effective. But instead of begging anyone with information or suspicions to call the cops, he said nothing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

American Catholic Church bankruptcies: one big shell game?

UNITED STATES
AO Advocates

Posted by: A.Dean on Aug 24 2012

This week, The Economist published an extensive exposé on the financial organisation and mechanisms that underlie the activities of the American Catholic Church. The writers and researchers at The Economist have outdone themselves in the depth of their investigation, and the piece is certainly worth reading in its entirety (link here).

The article details of some of the shadier financial practices of the Catholic Church—obfuscation, diversion and commingling of funds, hiding behind the Church’s tax-exempt status—much of which is hardly surprising. Snippets of such information on this matter have found their way into the press in recent years, usually following major cases of clergy sexual abuse. But it is reading about the pervasiveness of these activities, and in greater detail, that truly shocks the conscience.

It is also worth highlighting that a great deal of this knowledge of Church finances has only come to be accessible as a result of litigation, and in many cases, bankruptcies, arising from sexual abuse civil suits against dioceses.

But on to some of the more striking figures—which help give a sense of just how big a presence the Catholic Church is in America. The Economist estimates that annual spending by the Church and entities owned by the Church was around $170 billion (£107.57 billion) in 2010, and that these entities together employed 1 million people. Almost 100 million Americans have been baptised into the Catholic faith, and 74 million self-identify as Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Taking its medicine does the Vatican some good

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Aug. 24, 2012 All Things Catholic

"Be careful what you wish for," as the saying goes, "because you will surely get it." In light of a couple of recent Vatican stories, the corollary also seems to apply: Be careful what you try to avoid, because it might actually be good for you.

A stringent European money laundering exam in July and a federal court ruling in Oregon this week both make the point.

Earlier this year, the Vatican faced secular scrutiny of its financial operations for the first time with a review by Moneyval, Europe's anti-money-laundering agency. The Vatican submitted voluntarily, a somewhat surprising choice given its long history of fighting off such perceived incursions on its autonomy tooth and nail. The truth, however, is it didn't have much choice. If the Vatican is perceived as a suspect financial player, it risks higher transaction costs and being shut out of important markets.

July's verdict was a mixed bag, raising questions such as whether regulation of the Vatican Bank is sufficiently strong. Yet on the whole, Moneyval concluded the Vatican "has come a long way in a very short period of time" toward transparency, and "there is no empirical evidence of corruption."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Widow Claims Priest Rolled Her

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Courthouse News Service

By KEVIN KOENINGER

LOS ANGELES (CN) - An elderly widow claims in court that a Catholic priest defrauded her of $284,000 after her husband died.

Michalena Jones, 79, sued The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and Father Peter Valdez, in Superior Court.

Jones claims that Valdez befriended her after her husband died in 2003, then "enticed her" to give him $160,000 to buy himself a house.

That done, she says, "Valdez wrongfully placed his name [on] various checking accounts in which Jones had funds" and paid his mortgage out of those joint accounts until 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Priest accused of molesting boy commits suicide

POLAND
The News

A priest accused of sexually molesting a 15 year-old boy has been found dead after he hung himself at his rectory in Nowy Staw, Pomeranian province, northern Poland.

“After examining the evidence […] and carrying out an autopsy, all indications are that this was suicide, without connection to any third party,” Piotr Wojciechowski, deputy district attorney in nearby Malbork, told the TVN24 news channel.

According to local media, charges of sexually molesting a 15 year-old altar boy were made against a priest from Nowy Staw in May this year, after an alleged crime was notified to the police by the boy’s mother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

’Vangheluwe niet te vlug veroordelen’

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Joris Van Cauter, de advocaat van de vroegere bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe (foto), vreest een voortijdige veroordeling van zijn cliënt door de publieke opinie.

Van Cauter reageert op de ophef die afgelopen week ontstond nadat bekend werd dat er opnieuw een beschuldiging van seksueel misbruik tegen Vangheluwe is ingebracht. Media en publieke opinie houden volgens zijn advocaat geen rekening met de mogelijkheid dat de nieuwe beschuldiging vals zou kunnen zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Vangheluwe duikt op in stripverhaal

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUGGE (RKnieuws.net) - Roger Vangheluwe, oud bisschop van Brugge, duikt op in het nieuwe stripalbum van "Kiekeboe". Dat mldt de VRT. In "Schijnheilig bloed" heet hij monseigneur Hoegeiligman en leeft hij ondergedoken in de Heilig Bloedkapel in Brugge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Schafraad mag rapport gebruiken

NEDERLAND
Dagblad de Limburger

De van seksueel misbruik betichte pastoor Jan Schafraad uit Maastricht mag in zijn verweer bij de klachtencommissie Seksueeel Misbruik RKK in Utrecht wel degelijk gebruik maken van een deskundigenrapport van rechtspsycholoog Peter van Koppen.

Maastricht
Van onze verslaggeefster

Dat oordeelt de voorzieningenrechter in Maastricht. Het bewuste rapport was onderdeel van een kort geding dat twee oud-leerlingen van j0ngensinternaat Blijerheide in Kerkrade tegen de pastoor van de Maastrichtse Koepelkerk hadden aangespannen. Zij betichten Schafraad van seskueel misbruik en vinden dat hij hun privacy heeft geschonden. Deskundige Van Koppen stelde in opdracht van de pastoor een rapport op over de betrouwbaarheid van de klachten die de twee hadden ingediend en verwerkte daar een aantal persoonlijke achtergrondgegevens van de beide mannen in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

VATICAAN NIET FINANCIEEL VERANTWOORDELIJK VOOR SEKSUEEL MISBRUIK DOOR PRIESTERS

VERENIGDE STATEN
Kerknet

BRUSSEL (KerkNet) – Een rechter in het Amerikaanse Portland (Oregon, VS) oordeelt dat het Vaticaan niet financieel moet opdraaien voor de gevolgen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door priesters. De rechter Michael Osman vonniste in een rechtszaak die was aangespannen door een man die in 1965 verschillende keren werd misbruikt door een intussen overleden Ier, die een jaar later zijn priestertaak moest neerleggen. De dader, Andrew Ronan van de Servieten van Maria, werd meermaals verplaatst en maakte in totaal 14 slachtoffers in Chicago, Benburg (Ierland) en uiteindelijk ook in Portland. De rechter oordeelde bovendien dat het Vaticaan niet op de hoogte was van het misbruik door de priester en al evenmin betrokken was bij zijn overplaatsingen. Het aartsbisdom Portland, dat in 1966 op de hoogte werd gebracht van het misbruik, zette de priester binnen de vijf weken uit het ambt.

De advocaat van het slachtoffer, Jeff Anderson, argumenteerde dat priesters werknemers zijn van het Vaticaan omdat zij een gelofte van trouw afleggen en omdat het Vaticaan priesters kan bevorderen, kan bepalen welke opleiding zij krijgen en hen uit hun ambt kan zetten. De rechter volgde die redenering niet en oordeelde dat het Vaticaan daarom ook niet financieel moet opdraaien voor het misbruik door priesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

’H. Stoel niet financieel aansprakelijk voor misbruikpriesters’

OREGON
RKnieuws

PORTLAND (RKnieuws.net) - Het Vaticaan heeft in de VS een rechtszaak gewonnen over het vraagstuk van aansprakelijkheid voor priesters die kinderen hebben misbruikt. Dat meldt het Katholiek Nieuwsblad onder aanhaling van KNA.

Een rechter in Portland oordeelde dat de Heilige Stoel niet kan worden gezien als werkgever van alle katholieke geestelijken. Daarom kan deze in het geval van seksueel misbruik door clerici niet financieel aansprakelijk worden gesteld, aldus het vonnis van maandag. De advocaat van de klagende partij kondigde aan in beroep te gaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Die Grenzen der Nächstenliebe

BELGIEN
Spiegel

Von Fabienne Hurst

Michelle Martin, Ex-Frau und Komplizin des belgischen Sexualmörders Marc Dutroux, wird vorzeitig aus dem Gefängnis entlassen. Nonnen wollen sie in ihrem Kloster in einer wallonischen Kleinstadt aufnehmen. Belgische Bürger sind empört, Kirche und Staat eher weniger.

Hamburg - Das Klarissenkloster liegt in einer engen Gasse inmitten der wallonischen Kleinstadt Malonne bei Namur, berühmt für ihre idyllische Lage am Tor der südbelgischen Ardennen. Nur eine Straße entfernt liegen eine Grundschule und ein Kindergarten.

Dort soll Michelle Martin einziehen, Ex-Frau und Komplizin des Sexualstraftäters Marc Dutroux. Vor 16 Jahren wurde das Paar verurteilt. Ihm wurden Entführung, Gefangennahme und Vergewaltigung von sechs Mädchen und jungen Frauen sowie der Tod von vier Opfern zur Last gelegt. Während Dutroux lebenslänglich hinter Gittern bleiben wird, hatte ein Gericht im belgischen Mons Ende Juli die vorzeitige Freilassung seiner Ex-Frau verfügt. Sie kommt womöglich Ende August frei, rund 14 Jahre vor dem ursprünglichen Termin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Diakon verlässt Kirche nach Missbrauchsverdacht

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Heimleiter beantragt Entlassung, damit endet auch die Untersuchung gegen ihn - die Vorwürfe hatte der 75-Jährige stets zurückgewiesen

Nürnberg - Das bisher umfangreichste Disziplinarverfahren in der Geschichte der bayerischen evangelischen Landeskirche hat ein unerwartetes Ende genommen: Der des Kindesmissbrauchs angeklagte ehemalige Leiter des Martin-Luther-Hauses der Nürnberger Stadtmission hat selbst seine Entlassung aus dem Kirchenbeamtenverhältnis beantragt, wie der Sprecher der Landeskirche, Johannes Minkus, am Mittwoch sagte. Er bestätigte damit einen Bericht der Nürnberger Nachrichten.

Der Landeskirchenrat als kirchenleitendes Organ hatte den Fall Ende Februar dieses Jahres nach einer fast zweijährigen Voruntersuchung an die Disziplinarkammer der Landeskirche weitergeleitet. Dem heute über 75-jährigen Rummelsberger Diakon werden körperliche Misshandlungen und Missbrauch von Kindern zur Last gelegt. Die Taten sollen sich zwischen Anfang der 1970er und Ende der 1990er Jahre ereignet haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

2 Kailua priests accused of rape

HAWAII
Hawaii News Now

By Tim Sakahara

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) -
In elementary school Mark Pinkosh was an altar boy and spent a lot of time at St. Anthony Church in Kailua. He and his family were devout Catholics but says he was abused by his own priest.

"When I was about 8 or 9 years old Father Henry raped me and it was very violent and very intense and of course as an elementary school fourth grader it's very difficult to process that kind of stuff," said Mark Pinkosh, who filed a civil suit against the Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii.

Pinkosh was told to keep it to himself and initially didn't tell his family but did go to others in the church.

"Simultaneously I told another priest. Nothing happened. I told a nun. I told another nun, so now four adults at my church know about this. Two nuns and two priests and nothing stopped the abuse," said Pinkosh.

Another priest then came to the church. His name was Father Joseph Ferrario.

"I told him about the abuse that took place. He counseled me that it was a secret, I shouldn't tell anybody and then he proceeded to rape me as well," said Pinkosh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Bishop's Extravagant Behavior Triggers Uproar

GERMANY
Spiegel

By Martin U. Müller and Peter Wensierski

He extols the virtues of poverty and humility, but the German bishop of Limburg enjoys first-class flights and a luxurious new living complex. As the truth comes out about their secretive shepherd, local Catholics are threatening to abandon the fold en masse.

The Catholic bishop of Limburg, a small city in western Germany, apparently had noble motives when he boarded a plane to India with his vicar general in mid-January. "We were there to support social projects in and around Bangalore," Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst reported after his return. They wanted to help children "who worked breaking stones," he added.

But this man of God didn't just want to do something good for the poor. He also wanted to do something nice for himself. On the upper deck of a jumbo jet, he and Vicar General Franz Kaspar had made themselves comfortable in the plane's first-class section, which offers such amenities as champagne, caviar and a bed. "Traveling first class means you should always be able to expect the extraordinary," Germany's Lufthansa airline, which Kaspar flew with, promises.

SPIEGEL inquiries about this luxury trip to the slums triggered a flurry of contradictory reports. Questions directed to the diocese press office were answered by a law firm in nearby Frankfurt. The 10-page document contained a cease and desist declaration with a penalty clause forbidding the publication of the claim that the bishop had flown first-class to India -- as well as a €1,890.91 ($2,400) bill for the legal warning. The bishop's lawyer said that the claim "is untrue" and that his client had "flown business class."

But after a follow-up written inquiry, the whole story changed a few days later. Suddenly, the truth was out. Now it was admitted that the bishop and his vicar general had, in fact, sat in first class on both the outbound and return flights. But this was qualified with a claim that this was only made possible because the vicar general -- who enjoys "Senator" status with Lufthansa, which requires at least 100,000 annual status miles -- had used reward points to purchase upgrades from business class in what the lawyer described as a "purely private" action. ...

Meanwhile, funds are tight or insufficient across the diocese. There isn't enough money for the upkeep of churches, parishes are being consolidated and funding for Catholic day care centers is being slashed. All of this is part of the bishop's tough cost-cutting measures.

Ever since construction on the bishop's complex began and the extent of his ambitions became known, the atmosphere among Limburg's Catholics has been poisoned. Indeed, the contradictions between the bishop's words and his lifestyle have enraged many believers. One member of the cathedral's choir loudly voiced her anger immediately after a mass. "Many church communities don't know where they are going to get the money to pay to heat their churches next winter or to make urgently needed repairs to their church roofs," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

House of Worship Protection Act challenged by federal lawsuit

MISSOURI
Pitch

Church, meet State. A law prohibiting the disruption of worship services in Missouri is set to go into effect next Tuesday. But first it must face a court challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Political Fix reports that the ACLU branch covering eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court on behalf of the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests and Voice of the Faithful-Kansas City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Priest sex abuse of minor in Reedsport brings archdiocese apology

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian

At 54, he told her she was special and showered her with gifts. He became her best friend and then lured her into a sexual relationship. Carolee Horning was only 15.

The Rev. Edward Altstock groomed her, abused her, then moved on from St. John The Apostle Parish in Reedsport, continuing his career while she stumbled toward adulthood, shattered by guilt and shame. She kept the sex abuse secret, just as he had asked, for more than two decades. She never had a boyfriend and never married.

Now 41, she finally recognizes that Altstock was not a soul mate, as she had imagined, but a predator who used her for pleasure. In May, she settled her lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland, which oversees the Reedsport church. The deal includes a rare public apology by a high-ranking archdiocese official during Mass this Sunday at St. John.

The apology coincides with a new allegation of priest sex abuse in Woodburn last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Victim sexually abused by a priest speaks publicly

HAWAII
KHON

[with video]

Reported by: Gina Mangieri
Email: gmangieri@khon2.com

A man who anonymously sued a former Honolulu bishop and priest for sex abuse has come forward.

The alleged victim says he's putting a name and face to the case so other survivors can seek justice during a legal window that expires in 2014.

Mark Pinkosh and his family were devout Catholics who attended st. Anthony church in Kailua, and not just on Sundays -- every holy day, weekend and summer classes - even weekday mass where Mark was an altar boy. But he alleges his trust in the church turned to terror.

“When I was about 8 or 9 years old, Father Henry raped me, and it was very violent, it was very intense, and of course as an elementary school 4th grader it's very difficult to process that kind of stuff,” said Mark Pinkosh, alleged victim.

He says he kept it quiet as he alleges he was instructed to do by Father Joseph Henry, now deceased. He didn't tell family but says he but did tell two nuns and two priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

August 23, 2012

Jury deliberating fate of former pastor, alleged rapist Edouard

IOWA
Des Moines Register

Aug 23, 2012 | by Jeff Eckhoff

It’s now up to 12 Dallas County jurors to decide whether former Pella pastor Patrick Edouard is a cold-blooded, manipulative rapist or the victim of rewritten memories recounted by four God-fearing women who later regretted their affairs with him.

Closing arguments ended this afternoon in Edouard’s trial on three counts of sexual abuse, four counts of sexual exploiting women who allegedly sought him out for counseling and one charge that involves engaging in a pattern of those sexually exploitative relationships.

Iowa prosecutors say Edouard, the former pastor of Pella’s Covenant Reformed Church, pursued religious and vulnerable women in his congregation for at least a four-year period that ended in December 2010, when a husband came home early and found the pastor’s van in the driveway.

Authorities say Edouard used a combination of flattery and shows of concern with the women’s personal problems to force himself on them and lure them into consensual affairs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

OR - Victims blast archbishop’s “deceptive & callous” remarks

OREGON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 23, 2012

Shame on Portland Archbishop John Vlazny for his extraordinarily deceitful and hurtful remarks today about a pedophile priest and his victim.

A parent whose child has died is “in tragic circumstances.” A woman who lost a pregnancy is “in tragic circumstances.” A spouse whose partner has committed suicide is “in tragic circumstances.”A breadwinner who has lost his or her job is “in tragic circumstances.”

But a sexually troubled priest who claims to be holy, promised to be celibate and chooses to assault a youngster – instead of going to his bishop and seeking professional help – is not “in tragic circumstances.”

It’s also hurtful and gratuitous for Vlazny to mention that Fr. Perez is supposedly “respected and well-liked.” That’s just rubbing even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of child sex abuse victims – to have a powerful figure publicly praise an arrested, imprisoned and credibly accused child molester. And it’s hurtful and deceptive for Vlazny to call this boy a “young man.” Such deceit is just one of the many ways Catholic officials callously try to minimize the severity of their clerics’ crimes – by misstating the age of their victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Former Greeley pastor charged with possessing child pornography

COLORADO
The Denver Post

Greeley Tribune staff

A former interim pastor at a Greeley church was charged Wednesday in federal court with four counts of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to court documents, Richard Craft, 68, of Thornton, distributed child pornography between July 2007-January 2008 and in December 2009. Court records also state Craft had child pornography on a computer disk.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the first three counts. He is in custody in Denver.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

MO - SNAP opposes unconstitutional new MO law

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 23, 2012

Every churchgoer deserves to be able to worship in peace. We in SNAP deplore anyone who disrupts a worship service of any type for any reason. At the same time, however, it’s crucial that everyone’s freedom of speech is protected.

One in four girls and one in eight boys will be sexually assaulted. Lawmakers need to better protect children, not buildings. They should focus on real harm that's happening now, not on possible inconvenience that might happen sometime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

CA - Group wants 'outreach' about accused priest and military chaplain

TEXAS/CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 23, 2012

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Catholic bishops in California and Texas to warn their flocks about a priest who is accused of attempted rape.

In June, Lt. Cmdr. Fr. Steven Hicks was suspended from his post at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentypine, CA after allegations of sexual abuse were made by a sailor in the United States Navy.

Fr. Hicks has worked as an armed forces chaplain for almost twenty years, beginning with the Air Force in 1993 and then transferring to the Navy two years later. He was ordained in the San Angelo Diocese but has worked for many years within the San Diego Diocese too.

Leaders of SNAP, the Surivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are urging San Angelo Bishop Michael Pfeifer and San Diego Bishop Robert Brom to “do everything in their power” to see if there are other victims of Fr. Hicks within their dioceses.

“Sex crimes are very rarely a one-time occurrence,” said SNAP director David Clohessy of St. Louis. “It is possible that there are others who are suffering in silence, and we want them to know that they don’t have to suffer alone anymore.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Archbishop's Statement

OREGON
Catholic Sentinel

Most Rev. John Vlazny
Archbishop of Portland

Many letters, messages and phone calls have come to my attention from Catholics in this archdiocese. Like all of you, I am deeply saddened and troubled by the accusations of the abuse of a minor by Fr. Angel Perez. The behavior Father is accused of is sinful, wrong and can never be tolerated. Criminal charges in this case, as in all similar cases, require both prosecution and defense in court before judgment is rendered.

Fr. Perez, as a priest of the archdiocese, requested assistance for his defense. Father has committed his life to priestly service and is respected and well-liked by his parishioners. Who of us would not do what we could to help a beloved brother, sister or child in tragic circumstances? Our church compensates priests modestly and priests rely on us for financial assistance in extraordinary circumstances. As Father’s archbishop, I offered a loan to him for attorney expenses after his own financial resources have been exhausted. I saw this as my obligation, certainly in charity, if not in justice. Monies loaned will not come from the Archbishop’s Appeal or any other designated fund.

This was a difficult decision on which I sought counsel from legal and other advisors. Such decisions are controversial but I am surprised by the strong opposition it has raised and I am sorry that so many find it offensive and inexcusable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

422 sex abuse claims filed against Christian Brothers

CANADA/UNITED STATES
CBC News

The final number for claims against the Christian Brothers in North America is in, surprising even some of the lawyers handling them.

Christian Brothers entities in North America declared bankruptcy last year. The deadline for filing suit against the order expired Aug. 1.

The total number of claims approved is 422.

About 160 are from Newfoundland and Labrador. The rest originate from the United States.

Mount Pearl lawyer Geoff Budden and his firm filed 90 of the claims from this province.

'I think the lawyers involved certainly were all expecting more to come forward, but we would not have necessarily expected 422 claims.'—Geoff Budden

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

New names added to list of accused priests

IOWA
WHBF

Posted: Aug 23, 2012

(AP) A bankruptcy judge has told the Davenport Diocese to add the names of three deceased priests to its online list of people credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Jackwig came after she reviewed allegations made by a 47-year-old Clear Lake woman.

The diocese is emerging from bankruptcy protections that it sought during the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic church. The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2006, saying it did not have enough money to cover all the legal claims it faced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Bar on Church Protests Called Unconstitutional

MISSOURI
Courthouse News Service

By JOE HARRIS

ST. LOUIS (CN) - The Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests claims in court that a Missouri law banning protests in front of places of worship is unconstitutional.

The Missouri "House of Worship Act" makes it a crime to "intentionally and unreasonably disturb[ ], interrupt[ ], or disquiet[ ] any house of worship by using profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior, or making noise either within the house of worship or so near it as to disturb the order and solemnity of the worship services," the complaint states, citing the law passed this year that is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 28. (Empty brackets as in complaint.)

Joined as a plaintiff by Voice of the Faithful, in Federal Court, SNAP claims the law violates the First Amendment, and is unconstitutionally vague.

The groups seek declaratory judgment and an injunction. Named as defendants are City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, St. Louis City Police Chief Daniel Isom, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Ronald Replogle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Retired area priest accused of sex abuse

HAWAII
West Hawaii Today

By JOHN BURNETT
Stephens Media

The child sex abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church has hit close to home, with fingers of accusation pointing at a priest revered in the local community.

Father George DeCosta, who for almost three decades was the parish priest at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha, has been accused of abuse by two Hawaii men. The two were students at Damien Memorial High School in the 1960s when DeCosta was the chaplain there.

The school is operated by Christian Brothers of Ireland, and the allegations have been made in claims filed against The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland Inc. in federal bankruptcy court in the Southern District Court of New York.

One of the alleged victims has made his claim public, with his name and the names of other alleged victims deleted from the document. The other has not, said California attorney Michael Reck, who represents both men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

George Pell puts abuse at arm's length

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

[Sexual Abuse: The Response of the Archdiocese of Sydney]

Jared Owens
From:The Australian
August 24, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S most senior Catholic, Sydney Archbishop George Pell, has authorised an extraordinary 4000-word statement publicly distancing himself from responsibility for the church's mishandling of sexual abuse investigations around the country.

The 15-page document, titled Sexual Abuse: The Response of the Archdiocese of Sydney, also claims the archdiocese does not "cap" its assistance to abuse victims or shield alleged perpetrators and church bodies from civil lawsuits.

Barrister Bryan Keon-Cohen QC last night accused the church statement of employing "very careful language that only tells half the story".

The statement acknowledges "deep concern" about church sexual abuse, and admits that "officials have sometimes failed to deal appropriately with those who have been abused, and with priests and church workers accused of abuse".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Priest accused of sexual misconduct again

UNITED STATES
WCPO

A priest that was a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners, a Catholic society in Fairfield of priests and brothers who are dedicated to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns of the United States, has been alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct for a second time.

Authorities allege that Father Bob Poandl was involved in an incident that took place in the 1980s in the diocese of Savannah, Georgia. A police report containing these allegations was filed on July 14 with the Union County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department.

Poandl had originally been accused in February of child sex abuse that occurred 30 years ago in West Virginia.

Poandl was brought back to Cincinnati and relieved of his duties following the first set of allegations, the charges of which were dismissed by a West Virginia judge. Poandl has been living at Glenmary's Cincinnati residence since then and has not been functioning as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Admin Quits Over Sex Abuse Claims

NEW YORK
The Observer

By HARRY HUGGINS
Editor-in-Chief
Published: August 22, 2012

Despite passing a criminal background check in 2011, Br. James A. Ligouri, former associate vice president and executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus, resigned July 20 after a claim that he sexually abused a child was made public.

According to a story posted on the website of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the alleged victim, known as John Doe, filed on July 19 a claim in bankruptcy court alleging sexual abuse by Liguori. The alleged incidents occured in 1969, when the victim attended the Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinecliff, New York. Liguori is a member of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, formerly known as the Irish Christian Brothers.

Two days later, on July 21, Fordham sent an email to the community expressing their awareness of the allegations against Liguori and his subsequent resignation. The email from Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., said Liguori passed a criminal background check when he was hired in 2011.

Fordham uses A-Check America for background checks on new hires. One recent hire who wished to remain anonymous described the background check process as rigorous, asking for all employers from the last seven years, and even addresses from when she lived out of the country. Fordham’s employment application does ask for applicants to list any convictions, but does not ask for pending lawsuits or bankruptcy claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Catholic anti-abuse charter marks decade

OREGON
KTVZ

[with video]

By Joe Burns

BEND, Ore. -
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a major national effort by the Catholic Church to combat child sex abuse.

With the news of a Woodburn priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy at his home last week, just how effective has the program been?

The document entitled "The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" was adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.

In October of that year, the Diocese of Baker published its version.

NewsChannel 21 talked with the local bishop in Bend for his thoughts on the effectiveness of the program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Report filed against Catholic Priest for child abuse

SAVANNAH (GA)
WTOC

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
A sex abuse report has been filed against a Catholic Priest with ties to Southeast Georgia.

An Atlanta man filed the report, stating that Father Robert Roandl molested him when he was a child.

Leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests want Roandl put in a secure treatment center.

The priest served churches in Pembroke and Claxton under Glenmary Missions of Cincinnati. He has not served with the Diocese of Savannah. He also worked in seven other states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Man named in rape trial now indicted

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By Maddie Hanna / Monitor staff

August 23, 2012

When she testified last year to being raped and impregnated as a teenager in 1997 by a married man who attended her Concord church, Tina Anderson told jurors she also had been sexually assaulted by her stepfather years earlier.

Anderson said at trial that her mother and her pastor at Trinity Baptist told her to forgive her stepfather, Daniel Leaf, for the abuse, and he never faced charges in connection with her allegations.

That changed last week, when a Merrimack County grand jury handed down two aggravated felonious sexual assault indictments charging Leaf with assaulting Anderson between 1990 and 1992, starting when she was 10 years old.

The indictments - which don't name Anderson - accuse Leaf, 52, of Tilton of intentionally touching the girl's genitalia with his penis in Concord during different time periods. Leaf is a sex offender listed on the state's registry with convictions in 1993 for felonious sexual assault and indecent exposure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Testimony wraps up in pastor's trial

IOWA
KCCI

ADEL, Iowa —
Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the trial of a former Pella church pastor accused of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Edouard is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy. Four women in his former congregation at Covenant Reform Church in Pella said he coerced them into having sexual relations.

Tuesday, Edouard talked in detail about his relationships with the women -- how they started and what happened. He said each woman was upset when the relationship ended.

Edouard said he loved one of the women.

He also talked about almost being caught by one of the women's husbands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Witness testimony complete in Edouard trial

IOWA
Journal-Express

By Clint Brown Journal-Express

Adel — Tuesday's session of the trial of Patrick Edouard, former pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, saw the conclusion of Edouard's cross-examination by prosecutors and also a pair of expert witnesses with psychology backgrounds.

Edouard is being charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. He allegedly forced sexual contact on at least three women while serving as the minister from 2003-10.

Edouard commented during his testimony on Tuesday that if he had not been caught the affairs mentioned would still be ongoing. When asked about investments he had made with money that was given as gifts from one of the victims. Edouard claimed to not recall exact details of the investments he made and believed that much of the money was lost when the market took a downturn during the time of the affairs.

When asked about specify details about conversations he had with victims, sexual and also other matters, Edouard, again, couldn't remember details of those conversations. Details Edouard gave to the court regarding where sexual activities would occur contradicted what the victims had told the court. Edouard told the court this each of the relationships had ended prior to his resignation with the church. Although he as unsure of exact dates and lengths of each relationship. He was able to give the court somewhat of a broad estimate length of each relationship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Pastor ordered to stay behind bars in child sex abuse case

FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel

A judge has ordered that the former pastor of a Chuluota church remain behind bars after being accused of sexually molesting a child for several years.

David Rutherford Downs, 54, of Chuluota was arrested last month after allegations emerged that he had had inappropriate contact with a child under the age of 12. He is charged with two counts of sexual battery, a capital offense.

During a bond hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Tad Yates questioned the credibility of Downs' alleged victim and argued that his client should be set free because he poses no danger.

Downs, who founded and led Cornerstone Baptist Church in Chuluota for more than 20 years, encouraged church leaders to remove him as senior pastor and report the allegations, Yates said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

A new scandal is shaking the Aussie Church

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Herald (United Kingdom)

By Jill Duchess of Hamilton on Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Accusations of cover-ups and blame-shifting by the Catholic Church in its handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests have been front-page news in Australia. Newspaper headlines such as “Senior Catholic Priests in Child Sex Cover-Up Inquiry” point to claims that the Church has attempted to hide possible sex abuse within its walls rather than reporting it to the police.

Whether these cases will stand up is yet to be proved, but investigators in the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria are currently searching for evidence that in many instances priests were merely moved on. This is not unique to Australia. There have been far-reaching repercussions from court cases involving cover-ups in Ireland, Germany and America.

Two dedicated investigations by the NSW police, Strike Force Lantle and Strike Force Glenroe, are currently looking into alleged cover-ups involving three senior churchmen, including a bishop and an archbishop.

An MP has renewed calls for a royal commission. Last April in Victoria, following revelations of 40 suicides of abuse victims by two priests, the state government initiated a parliamentary inquiry into the failure of the Catholic Church to protect children from sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

New Abuse Allegations Against Fmr Savannah Priest

GEORGIA
WSAV

By: Andrew Davis | WSAV News 3
Published: August 22, 2012

ATLANTA, GA/SAVANNAH. GA --
A former Savannah Diocese priest is facing a new allegation of sexual abuse, and calls from at least one group for him to be removed from the clergy.

This is now the 3rd person who has come forward claiming Father Robert Poandl molested him when the victim was just a boy, in this case about 10 years old.

In this case, the Atlanta man has filed a police report about the alleged abuse.

From 2010-2012 Father Poandl worked in churches in Claxton, Pembroke and Sandhill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Judge grants Clear Lake woman's request to add priest to abuse list

IOWA
Globe Gazette

By BRIAN WELLNER

DAVENPORT — A U.S. bankruptcy court judge is ordering the Diocese of Davenport to add three of its deceased priests to its online list of those credibly accused of child sexual abuse, records filed late Tuesday show.

The accused priests being added are the Revs. John Bonn, Michael Broderick and William Dawson.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Jackwig came after she reviewed allegations brought to the court by 47-year-old Kathleen Bowman of Clear Lake.

Bowman brought her allegations after bankruptcy proceedings involving the diocese already were under way, and she has received a settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

August 22, 2012

SNAP sues over “House of Worship Protection Act”

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY ROBERT PATRICK • rpatrick@post-dispatch.com > 314-621-5154

ST. LOUIS • The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and other victims' group sued St. Louis police, prosecutors, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General in federal court here Wednesday, seeking to block enforcement of a new law prohibiting the disruption of worship services.

At issue is the “House of Worship Protection Act,” which makes disturbing or interrupting a church or other house of worship, either inside or near that church, a misdemeanor. The charge becomes a felony on the third and subsequent offenses.

The new law becomes effective Aug. 28.

The lawsuit says that the law would ban protests in traditional public areas such as parks and sidewalks near those houses of worship. Those are areas where SNAP and the other group, Voice of the Faithful in Kansas City, often picket or protest, the suit says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Prosecutors refile felony charges dropped against Philly priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Daily Times

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors have refiled felony sex-assault charges against a suspended Philadelphia priest, days after a judge dropped them for lack of evidence.

A city judge had found the victim's testimony at a preliminary hearing last week failed to support the most serious charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick. The judge upheld misdemeanor charges, including indecent exposure and indecent assault.

But prosecutors insist the 56-year-old priest's actions amount to felony sexual assault.

The 25-year-old accuser says McCormick molested him at his rectory in 1997, when the boy was 10.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Towson Priest Pleads Guilty To Abingdon Indecent Exposure

MARYLAND
Patch

By Kirsten Dize

A Catholic priest from Towson was sentenced Wednesday to nearly a year in jail—with all of that time suspended—after pleading guilty to indecent exposure.

Rev. Mark Stewart Bullock was arrested and charged Jan. 16 after two Harford County sheriff's saw Bullock expose himself in an Abingdon adult bookstore.

Today Bullock plead guilty to a single count of indecent exposure. He was sentenced by retired Harford County District Court Judge Lawrence Lanahan Jr. to 360 days in jail with all of that time suspended. Bullock was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay half of a $500 fine, according to online court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Do priests work for the Vatican?

UNITED STATES
Palm Beach Post

by Opinion Staff

An anonymous plaintiff who says he repeatedly was raped by a priest in the 1960s has lost his attempt to hold the Vatican financially responsible.

In this file photo provided by the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI addresses a crowd in St. Peter's Square. A judge in Portland has ruled that priests do not work for the Vatican, so the Holy See cannot be held financially responsible for child abuse by priests.

A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has ruled that the priest, Andrew Ronan, was not an employee of the Vatican, so the Holy See cannot be named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

According to The Associated Press, Judge Michael Mossman ruled that that “there was insufficient evidence to decide that the Vatican has both directional and operational control over priests in the United States.”

Ronan, who is accused of abusing children in Ireland and in the United States, died in 1992. The plaintiff says the Vatican is responsible for its failure to protect children as the priest moved from place to place.

A lawyer representing the church, however, says Ronan was kicked out of the priesthood very quickly after the Vatican learned of the allegations.

So, the Vatican gets credit for kicking him out, but he wasn’t the priest’s employer?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Clergy sex abuse novel attracts media attention

UNITED STATES
AO Advocates

Posted by: A.Dean on Aug 22 2012

A new book by Ray Mouton called “In God’s House” has gathered significant press attention recently, including interviews on BBC Radio 4 and TV3 in Ireland. The book is a work of fiction, although largely based on the author’s experience as a lawyer involved in the Church sex abuse scandal. Ray Mouton was engaged by the Church in the 1980s to help it defend the rising allegations, but after some time he suggests he saw the Church’s tactics as aimed at camouflaging the situation rather than remedying the victims. The book took the author over 10 years to write as he collated more information about the crisis which he sees as having a global reach. He decided to style it as a work of fiction so as to emphasize the universality of this problem. We welcome the publicity it has been given and hope it will succeed in extending the public’s interest in addressing the ongoing crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

We Are Still Supporting the Perps Folks!

OREGON
Boys Don't Tell

[Woodburn, OR, police department report]

Randy Ellison

The news story last week describing a scene at midnight was one to chill the soul of most people but especially survivors. It was a visual played out in public that a lot of us experienced behind closed doors. Church doors.

A couple standing outside late at night, saw a boy running down the street screaming for help when he should have been at home safe in bed. Wearing only his underwear his priest, Father Angel Perez, was chasing after the 12 year old. OMG, picture an almost naked, drunk priest chasing a child down the street. Folks I gotta tell you this gives me nightmares. It is a representation of what every boy who was abused by their minister or priest experienced, being chased by a grown man with lust in his eyes and a boner in his pants. If you are not a survivor, try to imagine the fear in your heart and mind of experiencing something like this. Imagine living in a world where you are not safe in your house of worship. Imagine a world where you do not feel you could tell someone, and if you did you would not be believed, or worse yet God would strike you dead.

By the grace of God this little boy awoke to a real life nightmare, having his religious mentor holding his genitals and taking pictures. He grabbed his clothes and ran. The couple rescued the boy, took him home to his parents where he recounted what had happened.

A grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against Father Perez. It charges him with first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, tampering with physical evidence, four counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Stating there was “clear and convincing” evidence that the priest would pose a risk to the victim in the case and the general public, bail was denied by Judge Audrey Broyles. Go Judge Broyles!

Quick action and people doing the right thing ended in best possible results. Right? We are finally having appropriate responses to child sex abuse. Right? Not so much. Better than even a decade ago, but there are miserable failures and actions that do nothing to stop abuse from happening in the first place.

What happen last Sunday night reads like the first chapter in a Stephen King novel. Now here is chapter two. Over 40, yes count them, 40 parishioners showed up at the hearing to arraign Father Perez. Were they there to protest the horror of what happened and support the victim? NOPE, these fine church members were there with ribbons pinned on their shirts that said, “We Support you Father Perez”! Even the judge was appalled that all those people would show up for the perpetrator and not one person present in support of the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

ANOTHER SUSPECT ABUSE CASE

CHICAGO (IL)
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

Some guy filed a suit yesterday against the Archdiocese of Chicago claiming he was fondled by an Augustinian brother. But there is more than one reason to question his motives: the accused brother is dead; no complaints had ever been filed against him by anyone; he did not work in the Archdiocese; the “victim” claims he did not recall what happened until 2011; and the alleged abuse occurred some 35 years ago.

Those who have truly been victimized are deserving of justice. But cases like this smack of injustice. Quite frankly, it’s been open season on priests for decades, what with contrived “repressed memory” gimmicks and the like. No wonder the sound of “ching-ching” can be heard for miles around.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

No pleas by defrocked priest to 47 charges

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY

23 Aug, 2012

A MAN who attempted suicide in a church-owned building in October last year is one of 14 men alleging that defrocked Catholic priest John Denham sexually assaulted them at a Hunter school in the 1970s.

Mr Denham, 70, did not enter pleas to 47 charges including indecent assault and buggery during a brief appearance at Newcastle Local Court yesterday.

Police allege a man made a statement after attempting suicide last year. He alleged Mr Denham had repeatedly sexually assaulted him at St Pius X School Adamstown in 1977, when the man was 12.

Police allege the man had attempted suicide or contemplated it many times before October last year when he made his allegations against Mr Denham for the first time to an employee from the Catholic Church’s investigative unit, Zimmerman House.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Towson priest gets probation, suspended sentence for indecent exposure in Harford

MARYLAND
Explore Harford

BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

August 22, 2012 | 3:37 p.m.
A Catholic priest from Towson was sentenced to 360 days in jail, with all of the time suspended, after pleading guilty in Harford County Wednesday to a single charge of indecent exposure, stemming from his arrest inside an Abingdon adult bookstore in January.

Although Rev. Mark Stewart Bullock won't serve any jail time, he will have a significant probation period and, for now, a guilty finding on the misdemeanor charge.

Harford County Sheriff's deputies discovered Bullock, who at the time was with the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson, exposing himself in a back room at Bush River Books & Movies, according to charging documents.

The deputies found Bullock in the last film viewing theater of the Pulaski Highway bookstore on Jan. 16, without pants and in an area that the public could see him, according to Assistant Harford County State's Attorney Trenna Manners, who prosecuted the case in Harford County District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Vatileaks: Vatican unlikely to reveal evidence that should be made public

ROME
Vatican Insider

The author of the book containing the documents leaked from the Vatican comments on the Vatileaks affair. "There are too many irregularities in the Vatican," he says

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

“I am hopeful for an open trial that will examine all documents, I hope evidence will be made public and the reasons for slinging mud at the individuals involved. But I don’t believe the Vatican will.” Gianluigi Nuzzi - author of the bestselling book “Sua Santità” (His Holiness) which contains the documents leaked to him by the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele (the butler admitted to this himself and was committed for trial last week together with an IT technician) – stated this during an interview with Il Giornale di Vicenza, a regional Italian newspaper, commenting on the conclusion of the preliminary investigation into the theft of the Pope’s confidential documents.

Commenting on the fact that he had not been contacted either by Vatican or Italian judicial police bodies (“No. Nobody asked me to confirm any information either on an investigation or a judicial level”), the journalist claimed “that there are many irregularities in the attitudes taken by the Vatican. Starting with the Calvi case. I believe that in relation to my book, there was a greater focus on the document leak and on who – cook, butler, guard or whoever else –handed these to me than on what the documents say.”

Nuzzi did not comment on whether Gabriele was his only source, though he explained that “my sources are based on information based relations with various individuals who contributed to my work, whom I must protect. Whoever gave me the letters is highly trusted.” As far as the attacks received for spreading the news, he stressed: “I did not steal anything; I have not committed any crime. I published documents which readers ask to be informed about because everything that is out of sight in terms of politics, finance, banks, businesses, the Church, foreign influences, is interesting.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Prosecutors refile charges against priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

BY MENSAH M. DEAN
Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Staff Writer

It took less than a week for the District Attorney's Office to make good on a promise to refile felony charges against the latest Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting a child.

The refiled charges against Father Andrew McCormick, 56, were received Tuesday by the Court of Common Pleas.

Municipal Judge Karen Yvette Simmons held McCormick for trial on Aug. 16 on four misdemeanor charges related to an alleged incident with a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 when he was a priest assigned to St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.

But Simmons caught the D.A.'s Office off guard when she dismissed the most serious felony charges: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, which is oral sex with a child under age 13; sexual assault, oral sex without the victim's consent; and statutory sexual assault, oral sex with a child under age 16 when the defendant is more than four years older.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Yeshivah apology to student victims

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 23, 2012

Jewel Topsfield

AN ORTHODOX Jewish organisation in St Kilda East accused of covering up a child sex abuse scandal has ''unreservedly'' apologised to victims.

Yeshivah College has been rocked by allegations multiple students were molested over many years by trusted members of the school community.

In a letter sent to community members this week, the Yeshivah Centre said children were ''entitled to our protection and our vigilance in eradicating abuse, particularly sexual abuse, in our community''.

''We understand and appreciate that there are victims who feel aggrieved and we sincerely and unreservedly apologise for any historical wrongs that may have occurred,'' stated the letter, signed by Yeshivah College principal Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler, Rabbi Zvi Telsner and committee of management chairman Don Wolf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

IA - SNAP applauds Judge forcing diocese to list accused priests

IOWA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 22, 2012

An Iowa judge is ordering Davenport Catholic officials to publicly list three accused priests on their diocesan website. The accused priests are Rev. John Bonn, Rev. Michael Broderick, and Rev. William Dawson.

We applaud this judge and her ruling. The public needs and deserves to know more, not less, about clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes. Parents and parishioners need and deserve church officials who honor, not disregard, commitments to be open about pedophile priests.

We also applaud Katie Bowman. Her courage and persistence is helping to peel back deeply-held and long-standing corruption and crimes in the Davenport Catholic hierarchy. She's helping to show that church officials continue to prefer secrecy over transparency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Father DeCosta accused of sex abuse

HAWAII
Tribune-Herald

By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer

The child sex abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church has hit close to home, with fingers of accusation pointing at a priest revered in the local community.

Father George DeCosta, who for almost three decades was the parish priest at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church in Keaukaha, has been accused of abuse by two Hawaii men. The two were students at Damien Memorial High School in the 1960s when DeCosta was the chaplain there.

The school is operated by Christian Brothers of Ireland, and the allegations have been made in claims filed against The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland Inc. in federal bankruptcy court in the Southern District Court of New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

Schwere Vorwürfe erschüttern Heim St. Martin

OSTERREICH
Bezirks Blatter

SCHWAZ (fh). Über dem Kinderheim St. Martin in Schwaz steh derzeit kein guter Stern. In der letzten Sonntagsausgabe des "Kurier" berichtet eine 61-jährige Tirolerin, dass sie im Jahr 1968 von einem Soldaten nach einem Faschingsfest mit Wissen der Heimleitung vergewaltigt worden sei. Sie sei von einer Erzieherin in ein Krankenzimmer gerufen worden, wo sie missbraucht worde sein. Das Bundesheer unter Militärkommandant Herbert Bauer ist erschüttert und kündigt an, dass das Heer den Vorwürfen nachgehen werde weil man davon ausgehe, dass es noch mehrere Opfer gegeben hat. Das Bundesheer hat eine Telefonnummer eingerichtet bei der sich Personen vertraulich melden können (Tel. 0810 300 490).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Neue Westfälische (Bielefeld): Studie zum Missbrauch von Kinder Unkultur des Wegsehens BERNHARD HÄN

DEUTSCHLAND
Mittelstand Cafe

Wegsehen und vertuschen – diese Strategie verfolgte die katholische Kirche in den Fällen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern und Jugendlichen durch Priester. Nur die Kirche? Diese Frage muss sich die Gesellschaft insgesamt stellen, wie jetzt die erste Studie des Deutschen Jugendinstituts zu Verdachtsfällen von Kindesmissbrauch an Schulen, in Internaten und Heimen zeigt. Danach gehört die seelische und körperliche Schändung zum Alltag der Kinder; fast wie Zähneputzen oder Haare kämmen. Rechnet man noch die Dunkelziffer des Missbrauchs in den Familien hinzu, kann einem nur noch Angst und Bange darüber werden, unter welchen seelischen Qualen Kinder – wohl nicht nur in diesem Lande – heranwachsen. Dass Kinder gequält, erniedrigt und beschämt werden, ist eine Schande für unsere Gesellschaft, die sich zivilisiert nennt und gerne mit dem Finger auf andere zeigt.

Nimmt die Gewalt gegen Kinder zu?

DEUTSCHLAND
News

Auch bei sexuellem Kindesmissbrauch häufen sich scheinbar die Fälle. Aktuelle Beispiele: Ein Schulbusfahrer steht seit dieser Woche in Braunschweig vor Gericht. Er soll ein geistig behindertes Mädchen mehrfach vergewaltigt haben. Sie war erst elf Jahre alt, er ein 53-jähriger Familienvater. In Kiel steht ein Schwimmtrainer vor Gericht. Er soll sich 18 Mal an einer damals 16 Jahre alten Schwimmerin vergangen haben. Der 40-Jährige trainierte das Mädchen, er soll das Betreuungsverhältnis ausgenutzt haben. Der Prozess wird im September fortgesetzt. Und vor dem Landgericht Itzehoe wird derzeit ein Fall von Familieninzest verhandelt. Der Vater soll jahrelang seine Töchter vergewaltigt haben. Auch die Söhne machten wohl mit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

Für Gewalt im Internat entschädigt

OSTERREICH
Kleine Zeitung

Anfang der 60er-Jahre kam es laut Experten zu Misshandlungen im Konvikt Lienz. An sieben Opfer floss nun Geld. Ihnen geht es vor allem darum, gehört zu werden.

Es war keineswegs normal, was damals geschah. Die Narben der Opfer rufen nach Offenlegung, nicht nach Rache." Mit diesen Worten wandten sich ehemalige Internatsschüler des Bundeskonvikts in Lienz an die Kleine Zeitung. Sie berichten von zehn- bis 14-jährigen Buben, die damals, in den 60er-Jahren, in dem Osttiroler Heim auf "sadistische Weise gequält wurden". Ihr anonymes Schreiben erreichte auch den Opferschutzverein "Weisser Ring" in Wien. Für Geschäftsführerin Marianne Gammer sind die Vorwürfe nicht neu. Im Gegenteil: "Der Weisse Ring gründete heuer in Absprache mit dem Unterrichtsministerium eine Expertenkommission, die sich mit den Vorfällen in Lienz befasst." Es gehe vor allem um die frühen 60er-Jahre. Udo Jesionek, der Präsident des Opferschutzvereins, ist Vorsitzender dieses Gremiums. Insgesamt haben sich 15 ehemalige Zöglinge beim "Weissen Ring" gemeldet. Sieben Betroffene erhielten laut Gammer vor Kurzem eine finanzielle Entschädigung. "Die anderen Fälle werden noch geprüft. Auch Untersuchungen zu Vorwürfen betreffend sexueller Übergriffe gibt es, die sind ebenso noch nicht abgeschlossen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

Schwierige Aufklärungsarbeit

DEUTSCHLAND
MOZ

Berlin (MOZ) Immer wieder erschüttern Fälle von sexueller Gewalt gegenüber Kindern und Jugendlichen die Öffentlichkeit. Nach zahlreichen Übergriffen in kirchlichen Heimen, teilweise über Jahrzehnte vertuscht, hatte die Bundesregierung einen Runden Tisch zur Aufarbeitung von Missbrauch eingesetzt. Aus Sicht von Experten fehlen jedoch weiterhin professionelle Beratungsangebote - vor allem in Flächenländern.

"Auf dem Land sind die Fachleute weit entfernt und überlastet", sagte die Sozialpädagogin Barbara Kavemann gestern auf einer Fachtagung des Evangelischen Jugend- und Fürsorgewerks in Berlin. Nach ihren Angaben gibt es in Brandenburg nur neun Psychotherapeuten auf 100000 Einwohner, das Land ist damit Schlusslicht im bundesweiten Vergleich. In Berlin sind es 48 Therapeuten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Kirche entlässt Pfarrer wegen Sex mit Seelsorgebedürftiger

SCHWEIZ
Basler Zeitung

Die reformierte Kirche von Bremgarten-Mutschellen hat ihren Pfarrer des Amtes enthoben. Der Mann verletzte die Amtspflicht, als er sexuelle Kontakte mit einer Frau hatte, die bei ihm in Seelsorge war.

Die Reformierte Landeskirche Aargau entlässt einen Pfarrer, der sexuelle Kontakte mit einer Frau hatte, die bei ihm in Seelsorge war. Dem Pfarrer werde angelastet, dass er die Verantwortung für seine berufliche Tätigkeit in der Seelsorge schwerwiegend verletzt habe, gab die Reformierte Landeskirche Aargau an einer kurzfristig angesetzten Medienkonferenz bekannt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Missbrauchsbeauftragter lobt Einsatz von Kirchen und Verbänden

DEUTSCHLAND
domradio

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, hat die Kirchen für ihr Engagement zur Vermeidung von Kindesmissbrauch gelobt. Wie beim Deutschen Olympischen Sportbund (DOS) und bei den Wohlfahrtsverbänden sei eine große Bereitschaft erkennbar, bei einem Missbrauchsverdacht einzugreifen und die Prävention vor Ort zu verbessern, erklärte Rörig am Dienstag in Berlin. Die Kirchen hatten im Juni Vereinbarungen zum Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen vor sexueller Gewalt in Berlin unterzeichnet. Rörig äußerte sich bei einer Fachtagung zum Schutz vor sexueller Gewalt gegen Kinder. Ziel der Vereinbarung ist es nach den Worten des Missbrauchsbeauftragten, die Empfehlungen des von der Bundesregierung eingesetzten Runden Tisches gegen Kindesmissbrauch umzusetzen. Den Maßnahmenkatalog haben auch der DOS, die Arbeiterwohlfahrt, der Paritätische Gesamtverband, die kommunalen Spitzenverbände sowie der Deutsche Bundesjugendring unterschrieben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Jewish day school apologizes to child sex abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
JTA

August 22, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- The Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal apologized “unreservedly” to the victims.

The apology, issued Monday in a letter from the head of the Yeshivah College and the head of the Yeshivah Center, which houses the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch in Melbourne, said: “We understand and appreciate that there are victims who feel aggrieved and we sincerely and unreservedly apologize for any historical wrongs that may have occurred.”

Outlining safety measures the college had taken, the letter said it “wants to make it absolutely clear that we condemn sexual abuse in any form.”

It comes six weeks after a judge ordered David Cyprys, a former security guard contracted to the college, to stand trial next year for multiple child sex abuse charges allegedly perpetrated over two decades ago on 12 students – three of whom now reside in America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Brown on the future of the Church in Ireland

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

Wed, 22/08/2012

Here is fhe full text of the homily delivered this afternoon by Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland at Knock Shrine on the future of the Church in Ireland.

When Blessed John Paul II came here on September 30, 1979, to celebrate Holy Mass, he began with the words: “Here I am at the goal of my journey to Ireland: the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock” and, in a certain sense, his words are true for all of us here today, as we celebrate the conclusion of the National Novena; we too have come to the goal of our journey. We come as pilgrims to pray at the feet of Mary, the humble girl of Nazareth, the glorious Mother of God, the “Woman clothed with the sun” who appeared here in 1879 to comfort and console the Catholic people of Ireland. The passage of time tends to make us forget what things were like in Ireland when Mary appeared. Ireland was not yet a free and independent nation; close to a million people had suffered and died during the Great Famine thirty years previously, and in the year 1879 when Mary appeared, hunger had returned to the West of Ireland. Huge numbers of Irish people had been forced to leave as emigrants, never to return, so much so that the population of Ireland plummeted by something like 25 per cent. ...

When we reflect on Our Lady’s apparition at Knock and the historical circumstances in which it occurred, we cannot help thinking about our times and our own future. Certainly, there are reasons for discouragement. It seems as if every few months, a new survey is released showing, or purporting to show, that the Catholic faith is disappearing in Ireland. We have had two decades of scandals, crimes and failures. ‘The Church is finished!’ seems to be the cry heard everywhere.

But, my brothers and sisters, let me tell you what I have seen and heard (cf. 1 John 1:3). Two months ago, I saw the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin exceed everyone’s expectations, with tens of thousands of people coming to learn more about the central mystery of our faith – the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. One month ago today, I was in Ballyvourney in County Cork, where I had the joy of ordaining a young man to the priesthood. The small country church was filled with people young and old; the liturgy was celebrated in a beautiful way, with music and hymns in the Irish language. The sanctuary was packed with more than eighty good and faithful priests, many very young, some quite old, all of them there to welcome and to support their newest brother in the priesthood. Three weeks ago, in County Mayo, I saw thousands of pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday. Many young people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Bishops Cullen and Cistone To Be Named Defendants in Ongoing Civil Case Against Archdiocese of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog

Ralph Cipriano

They may have escaped criminal prosecution, but according to a memorandum of law filed Monday in Common Pleas Court, Bishops Edward P. Cullen and Joseph R. Cistone can expect to be named as defendants in an ongoing civil case against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the sexual abuse of a former 10-year-old altar boy.

Attorney Slade H. McLaughlin filed the memorandum of law while representing "Billy Doe" in the civil case of Billy Doe V. the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Doe is the pseudonym for the former altar boy sexually abused by Father Edward V. Avery, who pleaded guilty on March 22 to involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a minor, and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison. Avery's abuse of Billy Doe also resulted in the June 22 conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn for endangering the welfare of a child. Lynn is now serving a prison term of three to six years.

The former altar boy allegedly was passed from one abuser to another at St. Jerome's parish. On Sept. 4, two more alleged abusers of Billy Doe -- Charles Engelhardt, a former priest, and Bernard Shero, a former archdiocese school teacher -- are scheduled to go on trial before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina at the Criminal Justice Center.

Engelhardt and Shero were originally supposed to be tried back in March with Father Avery and Father James J. Brennan, before they were severed from the case, at their request. In the criminal case, lawyers for Engelhardt had been seeking the mental health records of the former altar boy, but Judge Sarmina ruled against them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

CA - SNAP to Gomez: “Insist that your flock act properly in child sex cases”

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 21, 2012

In response to what they are calling a "stunning silence by Catholic officials and shocking callousness by Catholics parishioners," victims of sexual abuse are begging the head of the Los Angeles archdiocese to speak out about the arrest of two accused pedophile priests. And they want him to insist that his flock respond “appropriately” when clerics are accused of molesting kids.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are writing LA Archbishop Jose Gomez about two priests – Fr. Luis Jose Cuevas of Long Beach and Fr. Rafael Venegas of Santa Monica.

Cuevas was charged in July with sexually assaulting a child. Venegas was also charged in July with sexual battery and giving alcohol to minors.

SNAP is “surprised and disappointed" that Gomez has “been silent” about the two arrests. "You pledged to be ‘open and transparent’ about clergy sex cases. This is when your flock needs you the most," the letter says. "Catholics are confused, victims are scared, and children are at risk. It is your duty to reach out to every parish where these men worked and foster healing and help police, by turning over any information you have on these priests to law enforcement."

In response to the news of Cuevas' arrest, more than 100 of the cleric’s supporters came to his arraignment to show vocal support for him.

Such actions, SNAP says, intimidate victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

GA - Third victim of pedophile priest files police report

SAVANNAH (GA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 22, 2012

An Atlanta-area man has filed a police report charging that a Savannah Catholic priest molested him as a child, and clergy sex abuse victims are prodding Georgia church officials to widely publicize the latest allegations against the recently-ousted cleric.

Leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are concerned about Fr. Robert F. Poandl. They want Poandl put in a secure treatment center, so that kids will be safer, and they want Georgia church officials to “stop being passive and start being compassionate” by seeking out others who’ve been hurt by the cleric.

Specifically, they’re asking Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer to personally visit each place where Fr. Poandl worked and reach out to any other victims, urging them to call police.

SNAP members are leafleting today outside the Christ the King Cathedral, 2699 Peachtree Road Northeast (corner of Peachtree Way NE) in Atlanta, the symbolic center of the Atlanta archdiocese. Later, they are holding a news conference outside the Atlanta Archdiocese headquarters, 2401 Lake Park Dr. S.E., Smyrna, GA

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Third alleged victim accuses former Savannah area priest of abuse

SAVANNAH (GA)
Savannah Morning News

By Jan Skutch

An Atlanta-area man has told police he was molested as a child by a Catholic priest who was pastor of missions in Pembroke and two others in the Diocese of Savannah, a support group for victims said today.

Leaders of the survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, SNAP, are asking Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer in Savannah to personally visit each place where the Rev. Bob Poandl worked and reach out to any other victims.

They also want Poandl put in a secure treatment center to protect other possible victims.

“Actually he really needs to be in jail,” SNAP official Judy Block Jones said Wednesday. “”We’re really concerned there might be some new victims in that area” of the Savannah Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Fort Worth diocese reaches sex abuse settlement

FORT WORTH (TX)
San Francisco Chronicle

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas diocese has reached a settlement with a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1990s.

The Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese on Tuesday announced the settlement with a man whose name has not been released. Terms were not disclosed in the case involving allegations of abuse by then-priest Philip Magaldi.

Officials say the victim was about 9 years old when he allegedly was abused by Magaldi in 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Paedophile bishop becomes cartoon bad guy

BELGIUM
Expatica

Belgium's disgraced former Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, features in the latest album of the tremendously popular Kiekeboe series. Vangheluwe has admitted paedophile abuse of a relative but escaped prosecution because of the time that elapsed between the abuse and the time it came to light.

The new album is being published next year, but installments are already appearing in newspapers of the Concentra Group. It is entitled "Sanctimonious Blood". The disgraced cleric features as "Monseigneur Howrandyman". In the strip cartoon Howrandyman has taken refuge in the Holy Blood Chapel in Bruges and we see how he takes a baby vampire on his knee. In reality the former bishop found accommodation in a Trappist abbey.

Cartoonist Merho says that he had been thinking about a story located in the Holy Blood Chapel in Bruges for some time. As it's Bruges it seemed quite right to throw in Vangheluwe, he says in an interview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

US ruling means Vatican not liable over abuse cleric

UNITED STATES
Irish Independent

By John Breslin and Breda Heffernan

Wednesday August 22 2012

A US court has delivered a landmark ruling that the Vatican cannot be held legally liable for the activities of a paedophile Irish priest.

In a 10-year legal battle, an alleged victim of deceased priest Andrew Ronan had sought to have the Vatican held legally responsible.

The decision could shield the Vatican from possible damages claims.

The alleged victim claimed the Vatican was liable because senior officials in Rome knew of the priest's previous record of abuse while a teacher at the Servites' Our Lady of Benburb Priory in Co Tyrone -- and before he was moved to Chicago and then Portland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Here We Go Again: Trailer For Upcoming Film Rehashes 2010 Smear by NY Times Against Pope Benedict

UNITED STATES
TheMediaReport

Dave Pierre

The trailer for an upcoming film about an abusive Catholic priest in the 1970s appears to rehash the bogus attack on Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010 by the New York Times' Laurie Goodstein.

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, produced by HBO Documentaries, is slated to make a big splash at the prominent Toronto Film Festival in early September, and the trailer for the film is now making the rounds on the Internet.

New York Times/Goodstein vs. the facts

The film is based upon the same story as the much-heralded, March 25, 2010, front-page article in the New York Times, in which the paper managed to reach a journalistic low in its obsession of smearing the Catholic Church.

The story essentially accused Pope Benedict XVI, when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, of somehow refusing to promptly laicize an abusive Milwaukee priest who had already been removed from ministry. The criminal priest, Lawrence C. Murphy, had been accused of abusing scores of boys at a Wisconsin school for the deaf through 1974, the year he was asked to resign from his position at the school. Murphy later retired in 1992 and died in 1998.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

School bus driver charged with sex assault as church volunteer

COLORADO
The Denver Post

A 23-year-old man told El Paso County Sheriff's investigators that when he was 13 he started an ongoing sexual relationship with a grown man at his church in the Security-Widefield area.

Robert Gordon, 48, now works as a s a bus driver for Widefield School District 3, but has been placed on leave since his arrest Tuesday on sex assault charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Victim assistance coordinators can help heal the church, bishop says

OMAHA (NE)
The Georgia Bulletin

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Bishops need help restoring trust and healing wounds inflicted on the faithful by the clergy sexual abuse scandal, and people who work in the church to assist victims and create safe environments for children can be key partners, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People said Aug. 13. Despite efforts over the last decade by bishops and others in the church to atone for wrongs done and take swift action when abuse is reported, many Catholics "remain hurt, angry, cynical and confused," Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill., told more than 100 people at the National Safe Environment and Victim Assistance Coordinators Leadership Conference in Omaha. Safe environment and victim assistance coordinators carrying out duties called for by the bishops' 2002 "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" are good candidates to assist bishops as they strive to make the church safe for children and young people and overcome mistrust and anger, the bishop said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Testimony wraps up in pastor's trial

IOWA
KCCI

[with video]

ADEL, Iowa —
Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the trial of a former Pella church pastor accused of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Edouard is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy. Four women in his former congregation at Covenant Reform Church in Pella said he coerced them into having sexual relations.

Tuesday, Edouard talked in detail about his relationships with the women -- how they started and what happened. He said each woman was upset when the relationship ended.

Edouard said he loved one of the women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

August 21, 2012

Native Americans Sue Canada for School Abuses

CANADA
Courthouse News Service

By DARRYL GREER

VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - Canada unfairly excluded from a monetary settlement Native American students who suffered abuse at residential schools, but did not live at them, according to a federal class action.

Two Native American bands claim Canada unconstitutionally excluded people harmed by residential schools from a settlement reached in 2006.

By their chiefs, members of the Tk'emlups Te Secwepemc Indian Band and the Sechelt Indian Band claim that Canada's residential school policy "was designed to eradicate Aboriginal culture and identity and assimilate the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada into Euro-Canadian Society."

"Through this policy, Canada ripped away the foundations of identity for generations of Aboriginal People and caused incalculable harm to both individuals and communities," the complaint states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Fort Worth diocese settles sexual abuse case

FORT WORTH (TX)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Darren Barbee
DBarbee@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH — A man who accused disgraced priest Philip Magaldi of sexual abuse settled his claim Tuesday with the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese, according to a news release.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed at the man's request, the diocese said.

The man's attorney, Tom McElyea of Fort Worth, said the abuse started in about 1994 when his client was 9 years old. It occurred in Tarrant County.

Magaldi was in the process of being defrocked when he died in 2008. Prior to his death, the diocese announced he was HIV positive. McElyea said his client does not have the virus.

As with two other known accusations against Magaldi, the man was subjected to enemas as part of his abuse, McElyea said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM

Federal judge dismisses abuse lawsuit against Vatican

PORTLAND (OR)
Catholic News Agency

By Kevin J. Jones

Portland, Ore., Aug 21, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See on grounds that the Vatican was not an employer of the accused ex-priest and cannot be held financially liable for the abuse.

Jeffrey Lena, counsel for the Holy See, told CNA on Aug. 21 that the ruling is “particularly important.”

It follows a years-long legal examination of whether the Vatican has sovereign immunity protecting it from such lawsuits.

On Monday U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman in Portland, Ore. ruled that the laicized Servite priest Andrew Ronan, who allegedly molested the plaintiff as a teenager in 1965 and 1966, did not have an employee-employer relationship with the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Child abuse and the church

OREGON
Statesman-Journal

Editorial

We’ve come a long way in confronting sex abuse of children.

The Statesman Journal’s Emily Gillespie told that story in Saturday’s newspaper, recounting how a 12-year-old Salem boy followed his mother’s lessons on “what’s right, what’s wrong and to tell her if anything happened.” According to authorities, the boy ran when a Woodburn priest tried to victimize him.

The Roman Catholic priest, Angel Perez, has been charged with sex abuse, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, driving under the influence, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and tampering with evidence. Perez is accused of providing alcohol to the boy on several occasions, which is typical of grooming behavior designed to gain trust and access to a potential victim.

The boy, the strangers who came to his aid, his family and the authorities all acted with immediacy. That’s as it should be.

For too many generations, the Catholic Church turned a blind eye toward sexual abuse of boys and young men. But that church was not alone. Other churches, other organizations and other families found it preferable to deny the potential abuse than to confront it. Many adults are alive today who were molested or otherwise abused in their childhood and found no one to turn to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Appeal planned in Vatican sex abuse suit: lawyer

UNITED STATES
AFP

WASHINGTON — A US man who sued the Vatican after years of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest plans to appeal a court ruling dismissing the case, his attorney said Tuesday.

The lawsuit in the western US city of Portland, Oregon was the first in a priest abuse case to directly name the Vatican as a defendant.

The plaintiff alleged that while he was a teenager, the priest raped him repeatedly -- abuse he said went on for a decade -- and that the Catholic church bears ultimate responsibility for those crimes.

But the alleged victim's attorney Jeff Anderson told AFP in a telephone interview that the judge dismissed the case Monday, ruling that the Vatican did not employ the cleric.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, has cancer

CHICAGO (IL)
Vatican Insider

The archdiocese of Chicago broke the news that Cardinal George has cancer and said his doctors will work out a plan of treatment with him

Gerard O'Connell
Rome

Cardinal Francis George has cancer, for the second time. He is planning a course of medical treatment after doctors found cancerous cells in his kidney and liver, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced last Friday.

A brief statement released by the archdiocese on August 17 said the cardinal had learned the results of the tests on that same day following an examination two days earlier at the city’s Loyola University Medical Center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Child abuse: U.S. court rules priests are not Holy See employees

PORTLAND (OR)
Vatican Insider

The U.S. District Court in Portland clears the Vatican of any responsibility for a priest who was pronounced guilty of acts of paedophilia during the 1960s

ANDREA TORNIELLI
Vatican City

On Monday, 20 August in Portland (Oregon), U.S. District Court judge, Michael Mosman, ruled that the Holy See “cannot be considered an employer” of members of the clergy and consequently cannot be held responsible in civil proceedings for sexual abuse committed by priests. Therefore each case should be judged individually and being a priest does not automatically mean the person in question should be treated in the same way as a company employee. In this specific case, the judge ruled that there was a total absence of any “employment relationship” between the Holy See and the priest who committed the abuse.

Legal proceedings ended with a “no jurisdiction” ruling. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents a number of sexual abuse victims in the United States, has nevertheless announced that there will be an appeal which the Holy See’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lena, described as “very hard to win”.

The case reached court ten years ago, in 2002, when the Holy See was charged with responsibility for the acts of Fr. Andrew Ronan, a priest belonging to the Servite Order (OSM), who in 1965 abused a 17-year-old boy. Archive documents revealed that Fr. Ronan abused other children in Chicago and Benburg, Ireland over a period of 15 years but that these episodes were kept secret by the Order and that the Holy See had been informed of all this only when Ronan asked to be defrocked. Ronan’s superiors had decided to transfer him – first from Benburg to Chicago and then from there to Portland – without notifying either the Order’s local representative or the Bishop of Portland of what had happened previously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

MO- Bishop wants evidence kept out of court; SNAP responds

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

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 20, 2012

Just because Bishop Finn claims he didn’t see all this evidence, it’s supposed to be suppressed?

If Bishop Finn didn’t personally see all this proof, we suspect that’s because he told his staff he wanted ‘distance’ from child sex crimes and clergy sexual misdeeds. And we strongly suspect he was told about almost all of this evidence, but chose to not look at some of it.

Every single piece of evidence that’s kept out of court will make it harder to convict Bishop Finn. We hope prosecutors prevail and Finn loses on these motions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

US-Gericht: Vatikan haftet nicht für pädophile Priester

OREGON
Kipa

Portland, 21.8.12 (Kipa) Der Vatikan hat in den USA einen gerichtlichen Sieg in der Frage der Haftung für pädophile Priester errungen. Nach dem Urteil eines Distriktgerichts in Portland ist der Heilige Stuhl nicht als Arbeitgeber aller katholischer Geistlicher anzusehen. Somit könne er bei Sexualstraftaten von Klerikern nicht mit Entschädigungen zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden, entschied Richter Michael Mosman am Montag (Ortszeit) laut Medienberichten. Klägeranwalt Jeff Anderson kündigte Berufung an.

Mit dem Urteil im Bundesstaat Oregon endet vorläufig der letzte Prozess in den USA um eine Haftungspflicht der katholischen Kirchenleitung im Vatikan. Ähnliche Klagen in Kentucky und Wisconsin waren in den vergangenen Jahren fallengelassen worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Archdiocese hands over school management to independent foundation

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

In a radical, and nationally unprecedented, change to its 120-year-old education system, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is handing over management of its secondary and special education schools to an independent foundation.

The recently-incorporated Faith in the Future Foundation aims to not only maintain but also grow a Catholic school system hit hard by declining enrollments, deficits and closings. It will manage 17 high schools and four special education schools, according to the terms of a five-year contract recently signed by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

It will be the first independently-managed Catholic school system in the country. ...

Although the archdiocese will still own the schools and their assets, the foundation will cover their operating deficits.

The archdiocese has spent more than $11 million during the past 16 months responding to a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse, and projects a $6 million deficit in its operating budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. However, Hanway said those difficulties did not drive the decision to privatize management of these schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Studies show religious sex offenders do more harm

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

Thanks to BaptistPlanet, these two eye-opening studies were recently brought to my attention.

1. In Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, a study examined "associations between self-reported religious affiliations and official offense histories among 111 incarcerated adult male sexual offenders. Four categories of religiosity were devised according to self-reported continuities and discontinuities in life-course religious affiliations: atheists, dropouts, converts, and stayers. . . . Stayers (those who maintained religious involvement from childhood to adulthood) had more sexual offense convictions, more victims, and younger victims, than other groups. Results challenge assumptions that religious involvement should, as with other crime, serve to deter sexual offending behavior."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Hilo Priest Accused of Child Sex Crimes Still Travels and Works with Youngsters Today

HAWAII
Damon Tucker: Hawaii News and Island Information

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Damon

Holding signs and photos of themselves when they were abused, child sex abuse victims will announce that a long-time Hilo Catholic priest, Fr. George DeCosta, has been accused of molesting two boys, but continues to work for a church group that teaches music to teenagers.

They will also beg Honolulu Bishop Clarence Silva to: disclose why the priest was forced to retire, insist that the music group oust him immediately, personally visit every parish, school and facility where he worked reaching out to others he may have hurt.

Where:
Outside of Malia Puka O Kalani Church, 326 Desha Ave in Hilo

When:
Tuesday, August 21, at 11 am

Who:
One to two members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women sexually abused as children in religious and institutional organizations, including a California woman who is the group’s Western Regional Director

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Priest waives county court arraignment

PENNSYLVANIA
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

August 21, 2012

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

WELLSBORO - Thomas Shoback, the former Blossburg Roman Catholic priest accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former altar boy during 1990s, was scheduled to be in Tioga County Court Monday but waived his formal arraignment.

A date for the next court proceeding has not yet been set, said court administrator Nancy Clemens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Judge Rules for Vatican in Suit Seeking Damages for Priest Molestation

PORTLAND (OR)
ABA Journal

Posted Aug 21, 2012
By Debra Cassens Weiss

A federal judge in Portland, Ore., has ruled for the Vatican in one of the first cases seeking to hold it liable for alleged molestation by a priest.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman ruled the Vatican didn’t employ the priest and dismissed it as a defendant, the Oregonian reports. The priest, the Rev. Andrew Ronan, was transferred from Ireland to Chicago and then Portland.

The suit claimed Ronan molested a teen in 1965 and 1966. His religious order remains as a defendant.

Jeffrey Anderson, the lawyer for the plaintiff, said he would appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled in 2005 that sovereign immunity didn't protect the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Woodburn priest accused of sex abuse denied bail

OREGON
KPTV

[with video]

By Natalie Brand

PORTLAND, OR, (KPTV) -
A judge ruled the Woodburn priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy will be held without bail pending trial.

Father Angel Perez, who served at St. Luke Catholic Church, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of sex abuse in the first degree, using a child in display of sexual conduct, furnishing liquor to a minor, tampering with physical evidence and DUII.

A number of parishioners attended the hearing Monday in support of the priest. One church member told FOX 12 the St. Luke community is heartbroken and remains in disbelief over the allegations.

Woodburn police say Perez is accused of abusing a boy who was sleeping over at the priest's home following a community church event. According to court documents, the boy told investigators he woke up to a flash, possibly from a cell phone camera, and saw the priest touching him, as well as touching himself. ...

The national Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests released a statement, which read in part, "We're grateful that Fr. Perez is being kept locked up and away from kids."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Bishop seeks to exclude evidence in child abuse case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Examiner

By The Associated Press

Kansas City, MO —

Defense attorneys argue that evidence used to convict a Catholic priest of child pornography shouldn’t be allowed to try the diocese and the bishop who leads it.

The effort to have eight pieces of evidence excluded was made in a pretrial motion.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal charges of producing child pornography. His case led authorities to charge Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph with failure to report suspected child abuse. Finn has pleaded not guilty.

A trial in the case is scheduled to start Sept. 24 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Sex abuse lawsuit bill stalls

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Michael Symons

TRENTON — State senators might vote next month on a bill that eliminates the statute of limitations for suing in childhood sexual abuse cases, after the plan couldn’t muster the needed support Monday.

The proposal would apply retroactively and could allow victims to seek monetary damages from entities such as the Catholic Church and nonprofits that negligently employed abusers.

Seven of the 40 senators were absent from Monday’s rare summer voting session, and bill sponsor Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, said the bill didn’t appear to have support from 21 of the senators present. He’ll try again in September, when senators — including four Democrats Vitale hopes will back the bill — are back from vacation.

State law has already been changed to eliminate immunity from civil lawsuits related to child sexual abuse for charitable organizations. The new proposal would retroactively allow lawsuits for past incidents, which are currently subject to a two-year statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Pastor's wife says she didn't know about affairs

IOWA
KCCI

ADEL, Iowa -
The former pastor of a Pella church took the witness stand Monday afternoon in his sexual abuse and exploitation trial.

Prosecutors said Patrick Edouard used his position of power at Covenant Reform Church to coerce four women members into having sexual relations with him.

Edouard is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy.

In a matter of fact tone, Edouard told jurors Monday that each of the four affairs he had was consensual.

Edouard's wife Grace also took the stand as a witness for the defense. She testified that she had no idea her husband was having sexual relations with other women until he told her in December of 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Senate vote on sexual abuse bill postponed

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BY MICHAEL LINHORST
STATE HOUSE BUREAU
The Record

A Senate vote on a bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault victims to sue their abusers was postponed Monday when one of its sponsors decided there were not enough votes to support it.

With six senators missing during Monday's session, which was held in the middle of the Senate's summer break, Sen. Joseph Vitale said he was worried the bill would not have garnered the 21 needed to pass.

"When I polled the members — and I polled both sides of the aisle — I didn't quite get to 21," said Vitale. He plans to put it back on the Senate's agenda in September, he said.

Vitale blamed the Catholic Church for rallying opposition to the bill, which would eliminate the state's statute of limitations and would allow victims to sue organizations that are out of their reach under current law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Ore. priest accused of abuse is indicted

OREGON
The Daily News

A Woodburn, Ore., priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy has been indicted on eight counts and ordered held without bail.

The Rev. Angel Armando Perez was arrested last week on accusations including sexual abuse, furnishing alcohol to a minor and drunken driving. The boy ran from the parish priest's house during a sleepover, saying he awoke to find the 46-year-old Perez fondling him and apparently taking a cell phone photo. Police say Perez told investigators he was drunk and didn't remember what happened.

Besides the initial counts, the grand jury indictment returned Monday charges Perez with giving the boy alcohol on four separate occasions and accuses the priest of evidence tampering. Marion County Deputy District Attorney Katie Suver said investigators believe Perez deleted a photo from his phone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Judge dismisses child sex-abuse case that accused Vatican

PORTLAND (OR)
NBC News

By NBC News staff and wire reports

CHICAGO -- A U.S. federal judge in Oregon on Monday dismissed a clergy sexual abuse case that was the first to try to hold the Vatican responsible for moving an offending priest into unsuspecting parishes, lawyers in the case said.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman in Portland, Oregon, ruled the Holy See in Rome could not be shown to be the "employer" of the late Father Andrew Ronan, who abused children in Chicago and later in Portland.

Church officials in Chicago knew that Ronan, who ultimately left the priesthood and died in 1992, had a history of sexual abuse, but he continued to abuse after he was transferred to Oregon, court documents showed. ...

"There is no fact in the record on which to base an employment relationship," Jeffrey Luna, a lawyer for the Vatican in the United States, said in summarizing the judge's ruling.

The Oregonian newspaper quoted Luna as saying the ruling was "quite significant ... because the Holy See has patiently and cooperatively worked with the American judicial process to arrive at this day."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

August 20, 2012

Religiosity Raises Risk Among Sex Offenders, Clergy More Dangerous Than Other Groups

UNITED STATES
Atheist Revolution

One of the most common objections encountered by atheists who report on child rape by clergy is that it is not fair to focus on clergy since this offense occurs in many other groups. They have a valid point in that clergy are certainly not the only group to engage in this despicable behavior; however, we typically retort that the involvement of religion is relevant. Certain aspects of religious doctrine may facilitate abuse. Abuse by a member of clergy involves a deep betrayal of trust, contributes to the low rates of reporting such crimes, is more likely to be concealed in systematic ways, etc.

But what if there was actually evidence from scientific studies that religiosity was associated with increased dangerousness among sex offenders, that clergy were more likely to get away with sex crimes than other groups of offenders, and that clergy used more force when committing their crimes than other sex offenders? With such evidence, it would be difficult to argue that religion was irrelevant.

As Stop Baptist Predators recently reported, this evidence exists. Male clergy accused of sex crimes were found to be more dangerous in some important ways than matched non-clergy offenders (Langevin, Curnoe, & Bain, 2000). And religiosity was positively associated with the number of convictions for sex crimes and the number of victims among convicted male sex offenders (Eshuys & Smallbone, 2006). It was also inversely related to the age of the victims (i.e., more religious offenders tended to victimize younger children).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Vatican win: Judge says priests aren't employees

PORTLAND (OR)
The Associated Press

By NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests.

The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who said the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s.

The plaintiffs tried to show that Ronan and all priests are employees of the Vatican, which is therefore liable for their actions. ...

After the ruling, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, director David Clohessy said in a statement that the Vatican wants "to have their cake and eat it too" by varying their definition of the church, sometimes calling it a top-down hierarchical institution and other times asserting that only locals have control over their employees.

"It's a shame that, once again, top Catholic officials successfully exploit legal technicalities to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups covered up," Clohessy said. "The truth is that the Vatican oversees the church worldwide, insisting on secrecy in child sex cases and stopping or delaying the defrocking of pedophile priests."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Priest denied bail; Archdiocese will pay for defense

OREGON
KOIN

SALEM, Ore. -- A local Catholic pastor accused of sex abuse has been denied bail.

On Monday Father Angel Perez -- who was expecting a release hearing -- learned he'll stay in jail until his trial. He's expected to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday, followed by an arraignment Aug. 27.

Perez is listed as a pastor of Saint Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, Ore.; he is accused of sexually abusing a boy from a church party.

What's happened so far?

The 46-year-old pleaded "not guilty" in Marion County Court Aug. 14 to one count each of first-degree sex abuse, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The charges come after a 12-year-old boy told police that Perez touched and took pictures of him during a sleep-over at Perez's home. The boy says he ran away from the house to get help from his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

OR- Pedophile priest denied bail; SNAP responds

OREGON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on August 20, 2012

We’re grateful that Fr. Perez is being kept locked up and away from kids. He’s clearly a flight risk.

Kids are safest when pedophiles are behind bars. And kids are even safer when every single person who saw, suspected or suffered a predator’s crimes comes forward. So we beg each person with knowledge of or suspicions about Fr. Perez’ crimes to contact police and prosecutors immediately. We can’t be complacent and assume justice will be done. We must all do our part to make sure justice is done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Lawyers for bishop, KC diocese want some evidence kept out of trial

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star

Evidence that led to a Catholic priest’s child pornography conviction should not be allowed in the trial of the diocese and the bishop who supervised him, defense attorneys argue in a pretrial motion.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are scheduled for trial starting Sept. 24 in Jackson County on misdemeanor charges of failing to report suspected child abuse by the Rev. Shawn Ratigan.

In their pre-trial motion, attorneys for Finn and the diocese ask a judge to exclude eight pieces of evidence they believe prosecutors intend to introduce at trial, including the contents of Ratigan’s computer hard-drive that was turned over to the diocese in December 2010 and to police in May 2011.

The defense maintains that neither Finn nor another high diocesan official saw or reviewed the hard-drive’s contents. They also seek the exclusion of images found in Ratigan’s possession about the time of his arrest. Again, they maintain that those items were never seen by the bishop or other diocesan officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Portland judge dismisses Vatican as defendant in lawsuit over pedophile priest

PORTLAND (OR)
The Oregonian

By Aimee Green, The Oregonian

A federal judge has dismissed the Vatican from a lawsuit filed by a former Portland teenager who says he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest who was transferred from Ireland to Chicago and then Portland in an effort to sweep his past under the rug.

In a downtown Portland hearing Monday morning, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman said the Vatican cannot be held financially liable for abuse allegedly suffered by a Portland victim, identified by the pseudonym John V. Doe, at the hands of Rev. Andrew Ronan in 1965 and 1966. Mosman ruled that's because the Vatican wasn't Ronan's employer and didn't have control over Ronan -- or at least, there weren't facts to prove that.

"It's clearly a disappointment, but we're definitely not discouraged," said Jeff Anderson, the Minnesota attorney who is representing Doe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Judge says Vatican isn't priests' employer

PORTLAND (OR)
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic priests aren't employed by the Vatican and so the Holy See is not financially liable for priest misdeeds, a federal judge in Portland ruled today.

The entire church leadership, from Pope Benedict and bishops across the nation, have called for better protection for children and worked to make that happen. But bishops have also tried to explain church strcuture to courts, explaining that dioceses are themselves churches, not subsidiaries of the Holy See.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman got the point. His decision ends an ongoing quest from sex abuse victims and their lawyers to seek monetary damages from the Vatican.

"There are no facts to create a true employment relationship between Ronan and the Holy See," Mosman said in his ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

US Judge Says Vatican Isn’t Priests’ Employer

PORTLAND (OR)
Time

By Associated Press | August 20, 2012

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The Vatican has won a major victory in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests.

The ruling Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who claimed the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s.

Mosman made a previous decision strictly on legal theory and determined that if all the facts in the case were true, the Vatican would indeed be Ronan’s employer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Woodburn priest held without bail in alleged sex abuse

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

SALEM -- A Marion County judge on Monday ordered a Woodburn priest, who is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy at his home last week, remain in custody without bail.

Judge Audrey Broyles found "clear and convincing" evidence that the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, would pose a risk to the victim in the case and the general public if he was released pending trial.

Broyles said Perez's position as an ordained priest in a small community gives him a unique position of trust and power.

"He abused that power," the judge said. "Clearly he had, he has and would have access to children – directly or indirectly."

Perez appeared behind a glass partition. He wore dark blue jail shirt and pants, and mostly looked down during the 20-minute hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Pfarrer gegen Pfarrer - wer hat Recht?

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbrucker Zeitung

St. Wendel/München. Hat Klaus Leist als Dechant in Völklingen an Drohbriefen gegen den damaligen Köllerbacher Pfarrer Guido Ittmann mitgewirkt und so Mitschuld an dessen Flucht zu Ostern 2011 aus seiner Kirchengemeinde? Christoph Lerg hält diese Behauptung des mittlerweile im Bistum Paderborn tätigen Pastors für abwegig. Der Anwalt aus München vertritt den seit Jahresbeginn in St. Wendel eingesetzten katholischen Geistlichen Leist. "Warum sollte mein Mandant ein Interesse haben, Herrn Ittmann zu verjagen?" Als Beweis führt er an, dass die betroffene Kirchengemeinde Herz Jesu "bis heute keinen neuen Pfarrer" habe.

Die von Ittmann gegen Leist eingereichten Asservate hält der Advokat für fragwürdig. Es handle sich um etwa zehn Schriftstücke. "Ich stelle in Abrede, dass darunter Drohbriefe sind." Aber: "Zwei bis drei davon enthalten eklatante Beleidigungen, da gibt es nichts zu beschönigen." Er ist sicher, dass die Briefe keine Abwehr darauf sind, dass Ittmann mutmaßlich sexuelle Übergriffe auf Kinder durch Pater und Pfarrangehörige anzeigte. Es gehe "nicht um die Vertuschung von sexuellen Missbrauchs, sondern dass Gemeindeangehörige stinksauer auf Ittmanns Verhalten waren". Dies betreffe unpopuläre Entscheidungen zur Kirchenstruktur, die, vom Bistum Trier gefordert, Ittmann habe umsetzen müssen. Die Art, wie er dies tat, habe die Briefe verursacht. "Es gab einen Riss durch die Gemeinde."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Priester muss nach Missbrauch vorerst in Fonds zahlen

DEUTSCHLAND
SWR

Ein katholischer Priester im Ruhestand muss sich vorerst mit einer Kürzung seiner Bezüge um 20 Prozent wegen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen in den 1960er Jahren abfinden. Das Verwaltungsgericht Stuttgart lehnte seinen Eilantrag gegen diese Entscheidung der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart am Montag ab.

Die Diözese war Missbrauchsvorwürfen nachgegangen, hatte dem Priester einen Verweis erteilt und am 22. Juni 2011 verfügt, dass ein Fünftel der Bezüge vom 1. August 2011 an für drei Jahre an einen Fonds fließen sollte. Diesen Verweis hielt sie für zulässig, auch wenn die Taten selbst wegen Verjährung nicht mehr kirchenstrafrechtlich verfolgt werden könnten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Klasnic-Kommission verlängert Tätigkeit um drei Jahre

OSTERREICH
kathweb

Heuer wandten sich bisher 133 Personen an Unabhängige Opferschutzanwaltschaft

20.08.2012

Wien, 20.08.2012 (KAP) Die im April 2010 von Kardinal Christoph Schönborn ins Leben gerufene "Unabhängige Opferschutzanwaltschaft" unter Leitung von Waltraud Klasnic hat ihre Tätigkeit verlängert. Der Wunsch des Kardinals sei, dass die Kommission noch weitere drei Jahre im Amt bleibe, wurde Klasnic am Wochenende von der "Austria Presse Agentur" (APA) zitiert. Seit 31. Mai 2011 sind die Diözesanen Ombudsstellen wieder Erstanlaufstellen für mutmaßliche Opfer. Die "Klasnic-Kommission" ist aber weiterhin für die Entscheidungen über finanzielle Hilfen zuständig. Das "große Paket" an Fällen sei mittlerweile abgearbeitet, Meldungen träfen aber nach wie vor ein, hieß es. So hätten sich heuer bisher 133 Personen an die Einrichtung gewandt.

Insgesamt gab es bis Mitte August 1.333 Meldungen an die Opferschutzanwaltschaft. 242 davon wurden laut APA bereits nach dem neuen Modus über die Ombudsstellen abgewickelt. Von Gewalt bzw. Missbrauch im kirchlichen Umfeld waren 1.206 betroffen, rund drei Viertel der Meldungen betrafen Männer. Für 810 der Meldungen konnten bisher Entscheidungen getroffen werden, weiter gab es 733 Kommissionsbeschlüsse, darunter 19 ablehnende.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Protestwanderung mit Holzkreuz von Wuppertal nach Köln zum Dom

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

Am kommenden Samstag, 25. August 2012, geht es los, ich breche zu meiner mehrtägigen Wanderung von Wuppertal nach Köln zum Dom auf, um Menschen für die Unterzeichnung der Petition zur Abschaffung der Verjährungsfristen zu gewinnen.

Meine Planungen neigen sich dem Ende entgegen:

am Freitag, dem 24.8., besuche ich einen Freund in Essen-Werden, wo ich nächtigen werde. Samstag morgens fahre ich dann mit der Bahn nach Wuppertal-Barmen. Die Wanderung werde ich voraussichtlich zwischen 09 und 10 Uhr vormittags vom Vorplatz des Wuppertaler Rathauses (Johannes-Rau-Platz 1) beginnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Pfarrer Ittmann: "Was ist der größte Schaden, den man der Kirche zufügen kann?!

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Pfarrer Ittmann: "Was ist der größte Schaden, den man der Kirche zufügen kann?! Das ist sicherlich nicht, wenn durch ein Erdbeben in Rom der Vatikan zusammenstürzt: Der größte Schaden unserer Kirche ist, dass allein in den letzten 50 Jahren Hunderttausende von Kindern durch Kirchenangestellte weltweit gefoltert und vergewaltigt wurden.“

Eigentlich soll es die Aufgabe von Bischof Stephan Ackermann sein, sexuellen Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche aufzuklären. Er ist der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. Doch ausgerechnet in seinem Bistum Trier werden immer mehr Fälle bekannt, die Fragen aufwerfen. So auch jetzt in der saarländischen Gemeinde Köllerbach: Vor zwei Jahren hatte dort der Pfarrer Guido Ittmann Missbrauchsfälle in seiner Pfarrei angezeigt und darauf Drohbriefe bekommen. Nun haben Ermittlungen der Polizei brisante Fingerabdrücke zu Tage gefördert, wie SWR-Reporter Erwin Kohla berichtet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

"Die Vorgänge in Trier setzen allerdings einen übermenschlichen Glauben voraus"

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

"Stephan Ackermann, der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz hat in dieser Woche auf dem Arbeitsamt vorgesprochen. Er wollte mal wissen, wie es ist, wenn man sich arbeitslos meldet. Ein Bischof „übt das Leben“ könnte man da ironisch sagen oder - etwas zynischer – die Frage stellen, ob der Bischof von Trier vielleicht schon selbst mit seiner Abberufung rechnet. Denn ausgerechnet in seinem eigenen Bistum läuft die Aufarbeitung von Missbrauchsfällen alles andere als rund – wir haben es gerade eben im Beitrag gehört. Was ist da los im Bistum Trier?

Jörg Vins aus unserer SWR-Redaktion „Religion, Kirche und Gesellschaft“ kommentiert:

„Seit Wochen gibt es keine Ruhe im Bistum Trier. Missbrauchsfälle wurden zwar angezeigt, aber nach wie vor vertuscht. Der Anzeiger wurde für „psychisch gestört“ erklärt und anonym schriftlich bedroht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Bill eliminating time limit for sexual molestation lawsuits stalls in Senate

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — A bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse unlimited time to file suit against their abusers and the institutions harbored them stalled in the state Senate today, after its sponsor couldn't round up enough votes to pass it.

The bill (S1651) would lift the statute of limitations for civil suits for sexual abuse for both the perpetrators themselves and institutions that committed “any negligent act that results in the commission of sexual assault, the commission of any other crime of a sexual nature or sexual abuse.”

State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), its sponsor, said he wasn't sure the votes were there to pass it today in part because four of the Senate's 24 Democrats were absent. He plans to try again in September.

Under current law, victims have two years to file suit from the point they realized the abuse damaged them.

Mark Crawford director of the New Jersey Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), has been pushing for the legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

NJ lawmakers vote on abuse bill today

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Mark Crawford on August 20, 2012

New Jersey state senators are expected to vote today on a measure that would give child sex abuse victims more time to pursue civil lawsuits against child molesters and those who employ them.

The measure, S1651, eliminates the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. New Jersey eliminated the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in 1996.

This bill will not only change the law prospectively but would allow past cases as well.

“It also expands the category of those who can be held liable, putting all institutions on notice that they too could be held responsible for knowingly recycling predators and putting children in harm’s way.” said Mark Crawford, NJ Director,

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Pastor takes witness stand in his trial

IOWA
KCCI

ADEL, Iowa -
The former pastor of a Pella church took the witness stand Monday afternoon in his sexual abuse and exploitation trial.

Prosecutors said Patrick Edouard used his position of power at Covenant Reform Church to coerce four women members into having sexual relations with him.

Edouard is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy.

He took the stand Monday afternoon after the prosecution completed its case and turned over testimony to the defense.

Monday morning, the state called an elder of the church to the stand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Judge dismisses historic child sexual abuse case ...

UNITED STATES
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Judge dismisses historic child sexual abuse case involving Vatican’s role in clergy abuse cover-up

Attorney says appeal is definite

Statement of Jeff Anderson re: John V. Doe v. Holy See

(Portland, Oregon)“We are saddened and disappointed that after ten years in the federal courts, United States District of Oregon Judge Michael W. Mosman dismissed the historic lawsuit (John V. Doe v. Holy See) brought by clergy abuse victim John V. Doe against the Vatican for its role in the cover-up and secrecy of the clergy abuse crisis in America.

However, be assured that we will be appealing this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Along with courageous survivor John V. Doe, we have been there before, and prevailed, and we expect to prevail again.*

In making his ruling Judge Mosman’s thoughtful remarks from the bench clearly expressed his difficulty in deciding the case as he referred to the case as very troubling and a close call. But he ultimately decided that under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) there was insufficient evidence to decide that the Vatican has both directional and operational control over priests in the United States. The Judge also acknowledged that there would likely be an appeal of his decision.

Indeed, I can confirm that there will be an appeal. We believe that under further scrutiny the courts will find that Vatican protocols and practice make it clear that obedience to Rome required the secrecy, and concealment practiced by priests and bishops as the clergy abuse crisis unfolded in the United States.

Finally, it is with renewed vigor that we must, and will, carry on this fight for transparency and accountability on behalf of John V. Doe and every single survivor of sexual abuse by a priest in this country and across the globe.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Woodburn sex abuse suspect priest held without bail

OREGON
KGW

SALEM -- A Woodburn priest facing sex abuse charges is being held without bail after a judge called him a threat to children.

Father Angel Perez was being held without bail in the Marion County Jail after a release hearing Monday.

Police arrested him last week after a boy staying with Perez said he was fondled. He said he had run away from Perez to find help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

NY - Ex-Buffalo cleric accused of abuse

BUFFALO (NY)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 20, 2012

A former Buffalo area Catholic priest's name appears on a list of priests ‘guilty of sexual misconduct,’ according to yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The Rev. Ted Podson taught at the Buffalo-area Devon Prep school before leaving the school when he accused of sexually assaulting a child. He was named on a list that was compiled in 1994 by recently-convicted Msgr. William Lynn.

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Buffalo Catholic officials - including Bishop Richard Malone - to reach out to anyone in the area who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric's crimes.

"It is more likely than not that there are other victims in the Buffalo area," said David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “We just want to find them and help them heal.”

Msgr. Lynn’s list was recently made public during his trial, but had been hidden since the list was made and shown to then Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in Philadelphia. Of the five men on the list, four have since been publicly accused, prosecuted, or sued, and three were never named until Lynn’s trial. Those three men are Rev. Podson, Rev. Stanley Jankowski and Rev. DePaul Sobotka (both members of the Franciscan order and currently living in Wisconsin).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

CATHOLIC CHURCH ISSUES PASTORAL LETTER ON PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

AUSTRALIA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, today announced that the leaders of the Catholic Church in Victoria are sending a pastoral letter to all parishes and churches this weekend on the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.

“In our letter we acknowledge the suffering and trauma endured by children who have been in the Church’s care, and the effect on their families.

“The letter also explains the approach of the Church to the Inquiry, speaks of the challenging and difficult period ahead for victims and their families, and the need to learn from past failures to ensure we do everything in our power to protect children,” Archbishop Hart said.

“Mistakes were made and we apologise to victims and their families for these failures.
“The Church has learnt from these failures and our response has changed. We are focused on the needs of those who have been abused and have taken action to prevent future abuse. We have also changed how we deal with offenders.

“Since 1996, we have introduced procedures to protect children and vulnerable persons against sexual abuse. These have been refined as we have learned how to support victims better, and we will consider further changes in the light of recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

Pastoral Letter on the Victorian Government Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations

AUSTRALIA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ballarat

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Over the last thirty years our society has become increasingly aware of the extent of sexual abuse of
children, and of its terrible consequences. We know that the impact of abuse on children and their families can be devastating and lasting. The January 2012 Report on Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children (the Cummins Report) indicates the extent to which the abuse and neglect of children is a significant community issue and concern.

The suffering and trauma endured by some children who have been in the Church’s care, and the effect on their family members, is a matter of continuing shame and dismay to all Catholics.

Let us be very clear. The sexual abuse of a child was, is and always will be a crime, and is contrary to all we believe in.

We know that parents especially feel an intense betrayal of trust, that even one child could have been
so grievously hurt by people whose call it is to serve others. The Church has apologised for these failures. Today we renew this apology to victims and their families.

We are deeply sorry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

BISHOPS PASTORAL LETTER re INQUIRY INTO THE HANDLING OF CHILD ABUSE 21/8/2012

AUSTRALIA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ballarat

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, announced today (21/8/2012) that the leaders of the Catholic Church in Victoria are sending a Pastoral letter to all parishes and churches this weekend on the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.

The Archbishop said that the Pastoral Letter acknowledges the suffering and trauma endured by children who have been in the Church’s care, and the effect on their families. Archbishop Hart said, “The letter also explains the approach of the Church to the Inquiry, speaks of the challenging and difficult period ahead for victims and their families, and the need to learn from past failures to ensure we do everything in our power to protect children."

The Archbishop said that mistakes were made and “we apologise to victims and their families for these failures.” He said, “The Church has learnt from these failures and our response has changed. We are focused on the needs of those who have been abused and have taken action to prevent future abuse. We have also changed how we deal with offenders.”

PASTORAL LETTER ON THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT INQUIRY INTO THE HANDLING OF CHILD ABUSE BY RELIGIOUS AND OTHER NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS. READ HERE

MEDIA RELEASE: Catholic Church Issues Pastoral Letter On Parliamentary Inquiry. READ HERE

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Church heads warn on abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 21, 2012

Barney Zwartz

STATE Catholic leaders have warned parishioners that they will hear disturbing reports about the church's past failure to respond to child sexual abuse by clergy during the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints.

In a pastoral letter to be sent to every Catholic church in Victoria this weekend, the leaders say the church needs to learn from these failures, and again apologise to victims of abuse and their families.

The letter is signed by the four Victorian diocesan bishops - Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors, Sale Bishop Christopher Prowse and Sandhurst Bishop Leslie Tomlinson - plus Sister Annette Cunliffe and Sister Helen Toohey, presidents of the national and state religious orders. ''The suffering and trauma endured by some children who have been in the Church's care … is a matter of continuing shame and dismay to all Catholics,'' the letter says.

''Let us be very clear. The sexual abuse of a child was, is and always will be a crime, and is contrary to all we believe in.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Vic church says sorry over child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

August 21, 2012

Daniel Fogarty
AAP

Victoria's most senior Catholics have apologised for the sexual abuse of children under the church's care and say they will continue to take decisive action to protect children.

In a letter to parishioners, the church says it is "deeply sorry" for the suffering and trauma endured by children and the betrayal of trust.

The letter acknowledges that the impact of abuse on children and their families "can be devastating and lasting".

It also acknowledges the abuse and suffering is a matter of continuing shame for Catholics.

The letter, which is a statement on the Victorian parliamentary inquiry on child abuse, is signed by Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, Diocese of Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors, Diocese of Sale Bishop Christopher Prowse and Diocese of Sandhurst Bishop Leslie Tomlinson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Catholic Church turns back on embattled monsignor

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Paltalk News Network

By JONATHAN WOLFMAN

The other week I wrote here of several, first-of-their-kind criminal prosecutions of churchmen, leaders who perpetuated child abuse.

I raised up the behavior of Kansas City’s Bishop Finn who allowed a known sexually deviant priest to molest his way through that diocese. Bishop Finn reassigned a pedophile priest to a facility in which the priest would have regular contact with kids. . I spoke, too, of Philadelphia’s Monsignor William Lynn who two weeks back became the first priest-administrator in the United States church hierarchy to serve prison time, in his case for shredding archival evidence thereby actively shielding well over 30 pedophile priests.

Word has it that, now that the monsignor’s case has been lost, the Philadelphia Archdiocese has dramatically cut back the support it had provided for Lynn’s defense. Even as Lynn is appealing his six-year term, his legal team, four lawyers prior to his conviction, has been halved and the remaining two will now have to continue to represent the convicted monsignor – for howver long they remain in the picture – largely pro bono.

Any wagers on how long those lawyers and the church will support Lynn?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

Mother of boy allegedly abused by Woodburn priest says she's proud of her son

OREGON
The Oregonian

WOODBURN -- The mother of the 12-year-old boy who bolted from the home where he was allegedly abused by his parish priest told the Statesman-Journal she is proud of her son.

The Salem newspaper interviewed the woman last week. She said she taught her children what to do if they were ever touched inappropriately.

“She taught all of us what’s right and what’s wrong and to tell her if something happened,” said the boy’s brother, who translated for his mother.

The mother said she was shocked by the alleged incident and is proud of her son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Ore. priest accused of sex abuse back in court

OREGON
KGM

[with video]

Posted on August 20, 2012

SALEM -- A Woodburn priest facing sex abuse charges is returning to court.

Father Angel Perez was being held without bail in the Marion County Jail, and a release hearing was scheduled for Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Sentencing delayed in ex-priest’s sex abuse case

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

YARMOUTH — An 83-year-old former Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused boys when he was younger used a doctor’s note to say he could not travel to Yarmouth on Friday to be sentenced.

Albert LeBlanc, now married and living in Bouctouche, N.B., pleaded guilty in May to six counts of indecent assault. His guilty plea came at the beginning of what was expected to have been a weeklong trial in Yarmouth.

LeBlanc faced 50 counts but pleaded guilty to six charges, each of which related to a different male victim.

In Yarmouth provincial court Friday, Judge Jim Burrill said the court received a note from LeBlanc’s doctor concerning his medical condition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Priest slapped with restraining order

CALIFORNIA
Marine Corps Times

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 20, 2012

A San Diego judge has granted a temporary restraining order to an enlisted sailor who alleges a Navy chaplain tried to rape him.

The sailor, whose identity Marine Corps Times is withholding because he is an alleged victim, is expected to be a key witness in the government’s case against Lt. Cmdr. Steven E. Hicks, a Catholic priest at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Hicks was removed from his assignment earlier this year amid an investigation into alleged misconduct, including claims of sexual harassment, indecent conduct, assault and fraternization, a combat center spokesman said June 22.

Hicks has been charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but Marine officials at Twentynine Palms have refused requests for a copy of his charge sheet, which details the allegations against him.

Marine Corps Times has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Hicks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Victim of sexual violence tells her heartbreaking story

KOREA
The Hankyoreh

New book describes a life of enduring father’s abuse, and the hope of drawing attention to social ill

By Lee You-jin, staff reporter

‘When light hits a teardrop, it twinkles’, wrote Eun Su-yeon (a pseudonym) in an essay released on Aug. 15. It is the first writing by a victim of sexual violence by relatives published in Korea. The writer was sexually abused for 9 years from when she was in 5th grade of elementary school. The perpetrator was her own father, who was a pastor. When she was in 6th grade, she had to have an abortion.

When Eun was a freshman in university, she was dragged to a motel by her father. She managed to escape to a police station after pleading with the motel owner that she had been kidnapped.

Her father was arrested. He served seven years in prison and was released. In the past, under South Korean law, for a case of sexual abuse to move forward, the alleged victim had to make a formal accusation. That law has been changed and it is now possible to punish the offender without victim’s accusation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Catholic diocese misses abuse report deadline

PHOENIX (AZ)
KTAR

By Associated Press
Originally published: Aug 19, 2012

PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic office overseeing parishes in Maricopa, Coconino, Yavapai and La Paz counties has missed its own deadline to publish a report detailing sexual abuse by priests.

The Diocese of Phoenix promised to publish a comprehensive list of abusive clergy and a financial accounting by June 14. The Arizona Republic reports that diocese officials are refusing to discuss why they missed their own deadline.

The report is supposed to detail the church abuse scandal in Phoenix, where more than two dozen priests were either arrested or accused of sexual misconduct. The scandal erupted in 2002 with the release of diocesan files in Boston and is believed to have cost about $3.3 billion in settlements and verdicts nationwide.

Diocese officials say the report is now expected to be published in the fall edition of the diocese-produced "Catholic Sun" newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Woman sues Camden diocese over alleged abuse

NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Barbara Boyer
Inquirer Staff Writer

Lisa Shanahan says she was molested at age 10 by a priest at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hammonton and has kept quiet about it for decades, alone in her suffering.

She decided to break her silence after learning there were two victims before her.

Now 43, Shanahan has sued the Camden diocese, demanding it reveal why the now-defrocked priest, Thomas Harkins, was permitted to stay in ministry even after the church hierarchy learned of his alleged abuse and, she claims, sent him for therapy.

"They sacrificed me," says Shanahan, a business executive living in North Carolina.

Though the suit she filed in May is active, it appears vulnerable to dismissal as the diocese argues it was filed past the state's statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

August 19, 2012

Gab es Missbrauch oder nicht?

SCHWEIZ
Tagblatt

Missbrauchsvorwurf gegen einen ehemaligen Lehrer im Kloster Fischingen: Der Anwalt des Opfers fordert eine unabhängige Ombudsstelle, die den Fall untersuchen soll. Andere Ehemalige setzen sich für den beschuldigten Pater ein und schicken einen Bericht an die Bischofskonferenz.

IDA SANDL

Es ist der gleiche Lehrer, es sind zum Teil sogar die gleichen Schuljahre – doch die Erinnerungen könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein. Für den Österreicher Walter Nowak war der Benediktinermönch Pater St. ein Sadist, der ihn gequält, missbraucht und sein Leben zerstört hat. Für den Gymnasial- und Berufsschullehrer Martin Borer aus Uster ist Pater St. ein begnadeter Pädagoge, geduldig, selbst schwierigen Schülern gegenüber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Was ist los im Bistum Trier?

DEUTSCHLAND
SWR

Sonntagmorgen vom Sonntag, 19.8.

Eigentlich soll es die Aufgabe von Bischof Stephan Ackermann sein, sexuellen Missbrauch innerhalb der katholischen Kirche aufzuklären. Damit hat die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz den Trierer Bischof im Jahr 2010 beauftragt. Doch ausgerechnet im Bistum von Stephan Ackermann werden immer wieder Fälle bekannt, die Fragen aufwerfen.

Mantel des Schweigens

Als Pfarrer Guido Ittmann vor zwei Jahren von mehreren Missbrauchsfällen in seiner Pfarrei hörte, erstattete er Anzeige. Jahrelang waren Kinder in der saarländischen Gemeinde Köllerbach von Priestern und einem Laien missbraucht worden. Doch die Taten sind alle verjährt, die Täter blieben aber teilweise im Amt. Das haben SWR-Recherchen ergeben. Um Aufklärung sollte sich im Auftrag von Bischof Ackermann der zuständige Dekan von Völklingen kümmern. Doch anstatt innerhalb der Gemeinde Frieden herzustellen, geriet der Gesandte des Bischofs regelmäßig mit Pfarrer Ittmannn in Streit. Zudem tat er die Missbräuche als unbewiesene Gerüchte ab. Eine Reaktion von Bischof Ackermann soll es in dieser Sache nicht gegeben haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Wisconsin priests ...

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Wisconsin priests identified as “guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor” in landmark Philadelphia clergy sex abuse case

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director
CONTACT: 414.336.8575

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two religious order priests from Wisconsin appear on a list compiled by Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as having been identified as “guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor”. Lynn became the highest ranking official of the Catholic Church to be tried and found guilty of endangering the welfare of children in a landmark case for his role in providing known sex offending clergy continued access to children. Lynn was sentenced in July to three to six years in prison.

The Wisconsin priests who appear on the list of sex offending clerics drafted by Lynn in 1994 and later ordered shredded by former Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia Anthony Bevilacqua belong to a Milwaukee area religious order, the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province. The clerics are Fr. Stanley Janowski and Fr. DePaul Sobotka who each taught at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. Janowski was once vice principal of the school and the Franciscan’s acknowledged paying a settlement to one of his accusers.

The Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province are based in Franklin Wisconsin and have a presence throughout the state, including at parishes, hospitals, and universities. In the Milwaukee area they are affiliated with St. Francis Seminary, Cardinal Stritch University, and Sacred Heart School of Theology.

The appearance of two Wisconsin priests on a list of clergy sex offenders in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia illustrates a continuing danger to children that church officials, including Archbishop Jerome Listecki, refuses to address. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s selective list of 44 sex offending clerics does not include priests, nuns, and brothers who belong to the multitude of religious orders who work in the archdiocese. According to Milwaukee church officials over half of all clergy affiliated with the diocese belong to religious orders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Confessions of an Ex-Priest...

UNITED STATES
Tom Rastrelli

Confessions of an Ex-Priest: How Catholic Seminary Forms Victims of Sexual Abuse and Perpetrators to Forgive

On Sunday night around midnight, in the small town of Woodburn, Ore., a 12-year-old boy ran down a street screaming for help. A man dressed only in his underwear pursued him. The boy saw a group of people standing in a driveway and screamed, "Help me, a guy is chasing me." The bystanders drove the boy to his sister's home, where he explained, "Father Angel touched me in my privates."

This sounds like a scene out of a film, but this is not fiction. This is information taken from the Woodburn police department's probable cause statement.

On Monday, Rev. Angel Armando Perez was arrested. He faces allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, furnishing alcohol to a minor, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, and driving under the influence.

Like me, Father Perez was ordained in 2002, when the Catholic hierarchy's cover-up of sexual abuse was on the front page of nearly every U.S. publication. We received the same seminary "formation," which is the word used to describe the intellectual, psychological and spiritual overhaul that men undergo as they are "formed" into healthy, celibate and obedient priests.

When we were ordained 10 years ago, new priests were under a great deal of pressure. The people in the pews needed hope that our generation would change the duplicitous and corrupt clerical culture that had been unmasked. We had been "formed" to say all the right things. ...

I marched up into the sanctuary and gazed at the upturned faces. They were the real Church, full of longing, willingness and trust. They deserved something more than what scandalous priests and bishops had shat upon them. My voice thundered through the speakers: "No matter what you're hearing in the press -- there's a lot of misinformation out there. Go to the source. Call seminary faculties. Talk to seminarians. The good men are still in the seminaries. And we are radically committed -- radically meaning we're gonna give our all to our vows, to our promises, and we are going to be the best priests that we can be. And live the mystery that we celebrate, which is the Lord's cross. We will turn over our weaknesses to the Lord so that he can make them into strengths."

The crowd leapt to their feet. My bones reverberated with an electric buzz that could only be the Holy Spirit. The foundation of St. Stephen's had never rumbled with such hope.

Over my shoulder, the priest, who had sexually assaulted me in the confessional during college and exploited me for two years after, clapped away. During the Mass, he'd said the homily. I hadn't wanted him anywhere near the celebration, but his absence would have raised questions. An unwritten tradition held that the pastor of the parish "honor" his priestly protégé by preaching at the special Mass. My Franciscan counselor had encouraged me to let my perpetrator preach, as an exercise in forgiveness and letting go.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Senior Catholic asked to stand aside

August 20, 2012

Rory Callinan

A SENIOR Catholic official has been called on to stand aside from the board of a Canberra secondary school after revelations he did not report a paedophile priest to law enforcement.

Father Jim Littleton, who sits on the board of Daramalan College, failed to alert police to child abuse allegations involving Melbourne parish priest Peter Chalk in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The Age has uncovered evidence that police conducted a secret bugging operation of a meeting between Chalk's victims and Father Brian Gallagher from Chalk's order, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1994.

During the meeting victims learnt that Father Littleton and other senior figures in the order were aware of the abuse allegations for years but did not tell the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Australia, a diocese pays out 13.5 million euros in compensation for sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
Vatican Insider

The instances took place between 1960 and 1990, involving ten priests and more than 100 victims

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

A Catholic diocese in Australia is negotiating compensations that add up to 13.5 million euros and are to be paid out to more than 100 victims of acts of paedophilia that took place between 1960 and 1990. According to today’s issue of The Australian the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, north of Sydney, negotiated out of court settlements with at least 78 of the alleged victims. Another 25 cases have been nearly settled. However it seems that the total number of victims might be even higher.

The compensations are linked to acts of sexual abuse at the hands of at least 10 priests and teachers employed by the Church and include the highest compensation ever negotiated in Australia, up to approximately 1.7 million euros. In the terms of the settlement, that have been negotiated through law firm, the Church does not admit responsibility for the acts of abuse, even though many of the victims see the compensation as a form of recognition for what they suffered. “ The Church usually requests a waiver form that prevents the victim from making further claims for the same acts of abuse and a clause that forbids arguing over the terms of the agreement”, said one of the negotiating lawyers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Birmingham's former youth mayor reveals he was abused by paedophile priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday Mercury

Aug 19 2012 by Mike Lockley, Sunday Mercury

BIRMINGHAM’S first youth mayor, who openly criticised the quest for justice by victims of Britain’s most evil perverted priest, last night admitted: I’m so sorry – I was so wrong.

In an emotional phone call to the Sunday Mercury Patrick Mullins confessed he himself was among scores of vulnerable orphans abused by predatory paedophile Father Eric Taylor.

Patrick, who moved to Perth, Western Australia, 40 years ago, said: “That man didn’t believe in God, he only believed in little boys. That is all he believed in.

“The judge called him a disgrace to the cloth. That is an understatement. He was Britain’s worst ever paedophile”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Clarissen Malonne in vizier justitie

BELGIE
RKnieuws

MALONNE (RKnieuws.net) - Het clarissenklooster in Malonne (Namen) dat de ex-vrouw en medeplichtige van Marc Dutroux onderdak wil verlenen, is in het vizier van Justitie geraakt. De zusters worden ervan verdacht Michelle Martin zwart te willen laten werken. Dat meldt het Katholiek Nieuwsblad onder aanhaling van de Brusselse krant Le Soir.

Martin zou volgens mediaberichten als tegenprestatie voor de kost en inwoning twintig uur per week in het klooster moeten werken. Het gaat dan om werk in de tuin, strijken of levensmiddelenpakketten inpakken. Dat roept vragen op, vindt een onderzoeker van de gemeente Namen. Volgens Claude Dedoyard moet iedere arbeid worden aangemeld. De situatie in het klooster zal worden onderzocht zodra Martin er ingetrokken is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Church is keen to protect children and to ensure the horrors of the past are not

AUSTRALIA
The Sunday Telegraph

[document from the archdiocese]

August 19, 2012

Cardinal George Pell

Last week the Sydney Archdiocese published a short document outlining what the Church does in Sydney to provide safety for children and how it now deals with allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

Sydney Archdiocese is committed to working within the Australia-wide protocol "Towards Healing" which was introduced in 1996 to tighten up procedures in the light of earlier mistakes.

Church leaders, like myself, have apologised many times to victims and families; and we mean it. These crimes, with their tragic toll on victims and their families, have brought shame and disgrace on the Church. This document outlines what we do today to avoid past errors.

Towards Healing was reviewed in 1999-2000 and 2008-09 and we are open to constructive suggestions for further improvement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Devon case shows how religious orders evade scrutiny in priest abuse cases


PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted: Sun, Aug. 19, 2012

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

At first glance, the photo seems heartwarming: a man in his 60s, wearing a Santa suit and a grin as he wraps his arms around a boy.

In a different light, the image is unsettling. The man in costume is the Rev. Ted Podson, a former teacher at Devon Prep, an all-boys school on the Main Line.

Podson left the school in 1993 after allegedly sexually assaulting a boy. He was not publicly identified, charged, or barred from ministry.

Instead, Podson resurfaced as a parish pastor in Texas. In 2002, as the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted, he again pulled up stakes, moving halfway around the world.

Now 64, Podson lives on a remote Philippines island, promoting himself as a mentor and renting an apartment he shares with teens. The Santa photo was taken last year.

The landmark sex-abuse trial that unfolded this spring exposed how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia failed to remove suspected pedophile priests. Lost in the spotlight were similar claims about other area priests, like Podson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

August 18, 2012

Woodburn priest's arrest focuses attention on Mount Angel Abbey

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian

The sound of men chanting early Friday morning drifted across the grounds of Mount Angel Abbey, where monks gathered for morning Mass as they have on this hilltop near Silverton for 130 years.

Mount Angel Seminary, housed in a half-dozen buildings clustered around the abbey, was waiting. Today, new students will arrive as Oregon's only Catholic seminary grapples with a dark accusation about a prominent alumnus: the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the pastor at St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, who now faces a charge of sex abuse involving a child.

The seminary, which has trained 80 percent of the 150 current and retired parish priests in western Oregon, has drastically altered the way it accepts and trains candidates for the priesthood since Perez was ordained near the height of the Catholic Church priest abuse scandal a decade ago.

People at Mount Angel, which enrolls about 200 students annually, say they have wracked their brains in the past week over whether they did all they could when preparing Perez for the priesthood. But they also say that they have gone to great lengths to ensure new priests emerging from the seminary are on solid ground, both spiritually and psychologically.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Residential School Day Scholars Launch Canada-Wide Lawsuit Against Abuse, ‘Genocide’

CANADA
Indian Country Today Media Network

By David P. Ball
August 18, 2012

A historic class action lawsuit by people who attended Indian Residential Schools as “day scholars” has begun to spread across Canada, bringing the total to 76 bands alleging widespread abuse.

Only a day after British Columbia’s Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Sechelt First Nations filed their case against the federal government on behalf of survivors and their descendents who were excluded from full compensation under a 2006 abuse settlement, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) added its name to the lawsuit.

“The Indian Day Scholar survivors suffered the same injustices as the Indian Residential School survivors,” said FSIN Vice Chief Dutch Lerat in a statement. “Many of them suffered abuse and a loss of language and culture. We estimate there are more than 4,000 Indian Day Scholar survivors in Saskatchewan waiting for past wrongs to be righted.”

Representing 74 First Nations in the prairie province, the Saskatchewan group’s addition suggests that many more could join the case against Canada’s nearly 160 Residential Schools, which operated from the 1870s through 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Belgien: Ordensschwestern verteidigen Ex-Bischof Vangheluwe

BELGIEN
domradio

Belgische Ordensschwestern haben den erneuten Missbrauchs-Vorwurf gegen den ehemaligen Bischof von Brügge, Roger Vangheluwe, infrage gestellt. Die Schwestern hatten in den 90er Jahren in Lokern/Westflandern ein Kinderheim geleitet, in dem es zu dem Missbrauch gekommen sein soll. Wie der Anwalt des Ordens am Donnerstagabend in Brüssel mitteilte, handelt es sich den Schwestern zufolge um "unberechtigte Vorwürfe". Anfang der Woche war bekannt geworden, dass ein heute 30-jähriger Mann den ehemaligen Bischof Vangheluwe angezeigt hatte, weil er von ihm in dem Kinderheim vor mehr als zwanzig Jahren missbraucht worden sei. Auch die Schwestern hätten von dem Missbrauch gewusst und nicht eingegriffen. Der Kläger sitzt Medienberichten zufolge zur Zeit im Gefängnis. Der ehemalige Bischof von Brügge, Roger Vangheluwe, hatte im April 2011 in einem umstrittenen TV-Interview den Missbrauch eines anfangs fünf Jahre alten Neffen zwischen 1973 und 1986 sowie den Missbrauch eines zweiten Neffen eingeräumt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Kirche vertuschte Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Der Missbrauchsbericht für das Erzbistum München und Freising darf nach Ansicht der Reformbewegung "Wir sind Kirche" für die katholischen Kirche kein Schlusspunkt sein. Die aufgedeckten Vertuschungsmechanismen müssten auch bundesweit aufgearbeitet werden, forderte "Wir sind Kirche"-Sprecher Christian Weisner. Der Münchner Erzbischof und Kardinal Reinhard Marx versprach, dass aus dem Bericht die nötigen Konsequenzen gezogen würden. Eine neue Kultur des Hinsehens sei nötig. Bayerns Justizministerin Beate Merk (CSU) lobte den kirchlichen Aufklärungswillen.

In einer bundesweit bisher einzigartigen Studie hatte die Münchner Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl als unabhängige Gutachterin im Auftrag des Erzbistums untersucht, welche innerkirchlichen Strukturen sexuelle und andere körperliche Übergriffe über sechs Jahrzehnte überhaupt ermöglicht hatten. Die nun erfolgte Prüfung von 13 000 Akten der Jahre 1945 bis 2009 ergab, dass mindestens 159 Priester, von denen 26 wegen Sexualdelikten verurteilt wurden, und 96 katholische Religionslehrer in Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs verstrickt waren, so Westpfahl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Neu im Redaktionsblog: Verantwortung der Ortsbischöfe

DEUTSCHLAND
Konradsblatt

16.08.2012 -
Da sage jemand, ein Apostolischer Nuntius könnte nicht auch mal ganz offen heikle Punkte der innerkirchlichen Lage in Deutschland öffentlich ansprechen. Erzbischof Jean-Claude Perisset, der Vertreter des Papstes in Deutschland, ein gebürtiger Westschweizer, macht in einem Interview mit Aussagen von sich reden, die man gerne schon mal früher gelesen hätte.

Angesprochen wird er in dem Interview auf folgenden Vorgang: Der Leiter des Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts in Hannover, Christian Pfeiffer, geht im Auftrag der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz in einem großangelegten Forschungsunternehmen den Ursachen des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Priester und Ordensleute nach. Dazu stellen ihm die betreffenden Bistümer Personalakten zur Verfügung. Ein konservatives „Netzwerk katholischer Priester" hat dies scharf kritisiert. Die Untersuchung setze die Mehrheit der Priester, Diakone und Ordensleute einem „Generalverdacht" im Hinblick auf sexuellen Missbrauch aus, wird argumentiert. Die Bistümer hätten nicht das Recht, Dritten Einsicht in die diözesanen Personakten zu gewähren. Nicht zuletzt über Rom will man die Angelegenheit stoppen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Lettre ouverte à Soeur Christine

BELGIQUE
Le Soir

Eva Kavian, Écrivain et malonnoise.

Le 11 août 2012

Sœur Christine,

Si je vous écris cette lettre aujourd'hui, ce n'est ni dans la colère, ni dans la joie. J'ai voulu me joindre à une des manifestations, et je ne me suis pas reconnue dans la colère et les discours ambiants. Une ou dix manifestations, cela ne changera rien. Cette lettre est ma petite manifestation personnelle. Vous avez dit oui, les gens disent non. Vous avez le choix, ils ne l'ont pas. Ils ont juste celui de signifier leur désaccord. Je vous écris pour vous signifier mon désaccord quant à l'accueil de Michelle Martin dans le village où je suis née et dans lequel je vis.

C'est la deuxième fois que notre justice lui accorde une liberté conditionnelle pour des faits similaires, ni vous ni la justice n'avez les moyens de garantir qu'il n'y aura pas de récidive. Mais, outre la crainte de récidive, c'est sur les effets de la crainte de récidive sur les comportements des malonnois que je souhaite attirer votre attention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Was ist los im Bistum Trier?

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Sonntagmorgen am Sonntag, 19.8. | 6.00 Uhr | SWR1
Eigentlich soll es die Aufgabe von Bischof Stephan Ackermann sein, sexuellen Missbrauch innerhalb der katholischen Kirche aufzuklären. Damit hat die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz den Trierer Bischof im Jahr 2010 beauftragt. Doch ausgerechnet im Bistum von Stephan Ackermann werden immer wieder Fälle bekannt, die Fragen aufwerfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Church Volunteer Accused of Three Decades Worth of Abuse

CALIFORNIA
KTLA

[with video]

KTLA News

August 17, 2012
JOSHUA TREE (KTLA) -- A teacher and church volunteer from Joshua Tree is accused of sexual encounters with several young boys over the past 30 years.

Investigators say Caleb Hesse met the majority of the victims during overnight outings with a youth group at the Evangelical Free Church in Yucca Valley.

Hesse has volunteered with the group since the early 1980's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Jordan Young Arrested...Again!

KANSAS
KJCK

August 17

Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown is confirming the arrest of Jordan Young, 25, Junction City for a second time this week.

Young, who had been serving as Music Director for the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church, was arrested by police Friday on suspicion of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and sexual solicitation of a child. He was arrested at the Geary County Detention Center where he has been incarcerated since Monday after being arrested by police on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, attempted criminal sodomy, and solicitation of a child.

On what led to the second arrest Police Chief Tim Brown stated authorities had continued their investigation." We thought it was appropriate and in consultation with the county attorney's office we went ahead and effected the arrest on him this ( Friday ) afternoon at the jail."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Church Minister Arrested For Alleged Child Sex Abuse

KANSAS
WIBW

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Junction City man has been arrested for alleged sex crimes involving children.

Jordan Young, 25, was taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012.

According to Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown, Young was arrested for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.

Chief Brown would not comment further on Young’s arrest.

Last week, Brown confirmed to WIBW that his department is investigating information they received about a local church. He says Young arrest stems from this investigation that is still underway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Kansas Minister Arrested For Alleged Child Sex Crimes

KANSAS
KAKE

Reporter: KAKE News
Email Address: news@kake.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Junction City man has been arrested for alleged sex crimes involving children. Jordan Young, 25, was arrested by Junction City police late Monday morning.

Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown says Young was arrested on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, attempted criminal sodomy and solicitation of a child. Officials say he is being held without bond in the Geary County Jail. Brown would not comment further on Young’s arrest, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.

Last week, Brown confirmed his department was investigating information they received about a local church. He has not yet confirmed the name of the church.

Sources say Young works at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City as the minister in charge of the church's music. Young is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Kansas Church Minister Arrested For Alleged Child Sex Crimes

KANSAS
Hays Post

Via Junction City Post

A Junction City church minister was arrested for alleged sex crimes involving children, Monday.

25-year-old Jordan Young was arrested on charges including Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.

Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown is confirmed Young’s arrest and said, “These charges stem from an investigation that has been going on for about the past week and I’m not really prepared to go into it any further than just to say that at this time.”

He is reportedly being held without bond in the Geary County Jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Junction City Church Rocked By Scandal

KANSAS
WIBW

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The congregation at a Junction City church has been left stunned in light of an alleged sex scandal and police investigation.

Sources say Edwin Young, the former pastor at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church recently and abruptly resigned. This week, his son, 25-year-old Jordan Young, the church’s music minister, was arrested by Junction City Police on suspicion of sex crimes involving children. Those close to the church say he also works in the youth ministry.

He was taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012 for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.

Nathan Dudley has taken over as pastor of the church in the midst of the controversy. He says it is a trying time for members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Minister Arrested Again In Church Sex Scandal

KANSAS
WIBW

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Junction City man has been arrested for the second time this week for alleged child sex abuse.

Jordan Young, 25, was originally taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012.

Young was arrested for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child. ...

Jordan Young had been serving as the music minister at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church on Burke Drive in Junction City. Those close to the church say he also worked in the youth ministry.

He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly recently and abruptly resigned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Ex-LDS Church employee charged with child sex abuse

UTAH
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cimaron Neugebauer
The Salt Lake Tribune

Prosecutors charged a Centerville man, who is a former LDS Church employee, on Friday with sexually abusing two children and showing them his genitals several months ago.

Timothy William Bothell, 43, was charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child fstemming from incidents between Dec. 1, 2011 and Aug. 9. He was also charged with four counts of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.

LDS church spokesman Scott Trotter said in a written statement, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. Those found guilty of these actions are subject to the demands of the law and also face Church discipline. The welfare of victims is our utmost concern and Church leaders will continue to offer counseling and other resources to help in the healing process."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Former LDS Church employee, leader charged with child sex abuse

UTAH
Deseret News

CENTERVILLE — A former LDS Church employee and leader was charged Friday with sexually abusing two children.

Timothy William Bothell, 43, was arrested Thursday and is facing two first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and four counts of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.

The sex abuse charges are aggravated in nature because Bothell "holds a position of trust in relationship to the victims," said Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child. Bothell was serving as a member of a stake high council in Centerville at the time of his arrest, he said.

Police said Bothell, 43, last week was confronted by and admitted to his wife that he had inappropriate sexual contact with at least one child of a family friend. Bothell later contacted Child Protective Services, which then involved police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Centerville man arrested on child sex abuse charges

UTAH
Standard-Examiner

By Scott Schwebke
Standard-Examiner staff

CENTERVILLE — Police have arrested a Centerville man on child sex abuse charges.

Timothy William Bothell, 43, was arrested Thursday by a Centerville police detective and booked into Davis County Jail on two first degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and four counts of Class A misdemeanor charges of lewdness involving a child.

Bothell served on a local Stake High Council for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of his arrest and he was also employed by the LDS Church, the Centerville Police Department said in a news release late Friday night.

There are two female victims in this case, ages 13 and 11 and both friends of the Bothel family, according to police. The alleged assaults and lewdness took place at Bothell’s home, beginning around Christmas of 2011, according to the news release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Trailer: 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God' Exposes Catholic Sex Abuse Cover Up

UNITED STATES
Ology

by Bison Messink
Sports Editor
On Aug 17, 2012

Set to premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God looks to be a chilling exposé of the Catholic Church's systematic cover up of decades of sex abuse by Rev. Lawrence Murphy (trailer video below). Murphy worked as a priest at a Catholic school for deaf boys in Wisconsin, and preyed upon hundreds of boys during his tenure there, from 1950 to 1974.

Rev. Murphy's abuse, and the Church's organised cover up, was written about extensively in the New York Times in 2010. As far back as the 1950s, Murphy's victims told everyone they could think to tell about what Murphy had done to them: other priests, nuns, priests, three archbishops, two police departments and a district attorney. But the allegations were repeatedly shrugged off or not believed.

The Vatican never defrocked Murphy, even though word of his abuse travelled as far as the Vatican, and to then-future Pope Benedict. In fact, Benedict appears to be at the center of the Church's non-action and cover ups of sexual abuse for more than a decade now. He ignored two letters sent to him in 1996, detailing Murphy's abuse.

"From 2001 forward, every single priest sex abuse case went to [current Pope Joseph] Ratzinger. He has all the data," says testimony in Mea Maxima Culpa's trailer

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Catholic official to apologize publicly to woman sexually abused as child by Reedsport priest

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian

A high-ranking official with the Archdiocese of Portland will formally apologize to an Oregon woman later this month for the sexual abuse she endured as a child in the 1980s at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest.

Monsignor Dennis O'Donovan, the vicar general of the archdiocese, will apologize from the pulpit of St. John the Apostle Parish in Reedsport on Aug. 26, according to Portland lawyer Gilion C. Dumas, who represented the victim in a lawsuit against the diocese and the Rev. Edward Alstock.

The public apology, which O'Donovan will make on behalf of Archbishop John Vlazny, is a rarity, Dumas said.

"As far as we know," she said, "this is the first time that they are going to make a public apology in the parish where the abuse occurred."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Police quick to act on boy's claims in priest abuse case

OREGON
Statesman Journal

[Woodburn police department report ]

Written by
Emily Gillespie
Statesman Journal

The mother of the 12-year-old Salem boy who allegedly was violated by his Catholic priest taught her children what to do if they ever were touched inappropriately.

“She taught all of us what’s right and what’s wrong and to tell her if something happened,” said the boy’s brother, who translated for his mother.

That’s exactly what court documents say that the boy did when he spent the night on an air mattress at Woodburn priest Angel Perez’s house Sunday night and awoke to the 46-year-old man touching his genitals and taking pictures with his cell phone.

Perez faces two charges of felony sex crimes and two misdemeanor charges of supplying the boy with alcohol and driving while intoxicated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Phoenix Diocese misses abuse-reporting deadline

PHOENIX (AZ)
Tucson Citizen

by Michael Clancy on Aug. 17, 2012, under Arizona Republic News

The Diocese of Phoenix has missed its self-imposed deadline to publish details of how many priests have been accused of sexual misconduct and the associated costs of the scandal.

The diocese, which oversees parishes in Maricopa, Coconino, Yavapai and La Paz counties, promised to publish a comprehensive list of abusive clergy and an accounting of costs associated with the scandal by June 14. That hasn’t happened, and diocese officials are refusing to talk about it.

The report as promised would detail the full scope of the church abuse scandal in Phoenix, which lost more than two dozen priests to accusations and arrests. The scandal, which erupted in 2002 with the release of diocesan files in Boston, is believed to have cost the church nationwide an estimated $3.3 billion in court settlements and verdicts to date.

The diocese more than a year ago said the report would be ready in time for the 10th anniversary of the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, known as the Dallas Charter. The charter was the bishops’ response to the burgeoning scandal, which caught fire earlier that year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

N.J. man publishes book on abuse by priests in the Diocese of Trenton

NEW JERSEY
The Times of Trenton

Published: Saturday, August 18, 2012

By Mike Davis/The Times of Trenton

UPPER FREEHOLD — It took Bruce Novozinsky more than seven years and 14,000 pages of letters, memos, manuscripts and interviews to produce his book on the decades of sexual abuse allegedly covered up by the powers that be in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Purple Reign: Sexual Abuse and Abuse of Power in the Diocese of Trenton” hit stores and online in June and recently became the sixth-most purchased e-book about Christianity on Amazon.com.

“Purple Reign,” the result of what the Upper Freehold resident calls an “obsession,” chronicles his memoirs in Catholic school — and three years at the former Divine Word Seminary in Bordentown — and the sexual abuse suffered in the Diocese of Trenton through the mid- to late 20th century.

“We were all products of the 1970s, where you just kind of prayed to, obeyed and paid the church. Nobody ever questioned the politics involved,” Novozinsky said in a telephone interview earlier this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

August 17, 2012

The Economist Estimates the Catholic Church Spent $171,600,000,000 in 2010

UNITED STATES
Friendly Atheist

[The Economist]

August 17, 2012 By Hemant Mehta

The Economist has attempted to paint a picture of what the Catholic Church’s finances look like, especially in light of the sexual abuse scandals. I’ll admit it. I may have salivated a bit at this paragraph:

By studying court documents in bankruptcy cases, examining public records, requesting documents from local, state and federal governments, as well as talking to priests and bishops confidentially, The Economist has sought to quantify the damage.

They estimate that the church spends about $171,600,000,000 a year. Not a typo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

US bishops quietly adopt protocols for theological investigations

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 17, 2012
By Joshua J. McElwee

The U.S. bishops’ committee tasked with enforcing church doctrine quietly adopted new procedures for investigating theologians a year ago, apparently unbeknownst to the theologians whose teachings and writings would be subject to the protocols.

The procedures seem to indicate that the committee is eschewing dialogue with theologians when concerns over their adherence to church doctrine are reported, instead preferring a private in-house review process.

The procedures, which are dated Aug. 19, 2011, would have been formulated and approved at a time when the bishops and their committee were being questioned about their treatment of St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, a distinguished theologian whose work they sharply criticized in March 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Molestation case rejected against Compton pastor

CALIFORNIA
San Bernardino Sun

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The (San Bernardino County) Sunsbsun.com
Posted: 08/17/2012

Prosecutors on Friday declined to file charges against a Compton pastor accused of molesting two Rialto girls, citing a lack of evidence.

Anthony Lavon Smith, 47, of Rialto had been behind bars since Wednesday on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and other sex charges.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case Friday.

"It's been turned down," said spokesman Chris Lee. "It's pending further investigation."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Rialto pastor accused of sexually abusing 2 girls

CALIFORNIA
KABC

RIALTO, Calif. (KABC) -- A San Bernardino County pastor was arrested, accused of sexually abusing two young girls.

Anthony Lavon Smith, who was arrested Tuesday, lives in Rialto but he works as a pastor at the Jericho Missionary Baptist Church in Compton.

The 47-year-old is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl that's been ongoing for the past six years.

During the investigation, a second female victim, who is now 29 years old, also came forward claiming she had been sexually abused by Smith when she was 15 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Terneuzenaar Dave ontvangt excuses van bisdom Breda voor seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
PZC

TERNEUZEN - Het bisdom Breda heeft Terneuzenaar Dave ten Hoor in een brief officieel excuses aangeboden voor het bij hem gepleegde seksueel misbruik door oud-pater Jan N. die in de jaren tachtig in Terneuzen werkte.

Dave, die na een verblijf in Gent in Kloosterzande woont, heeft dit vrijdag zelf bekend gemaakt. De klachtencommissie seksueel misbruik rooms-katholieke kerk heeft Dave's klacht over seksueel misbruik deels gegrond verklaard. Het bisdom Breda heeft daarop de brief geschreven. De klachtencommissie achtte handtastelijkheden bewezen, maar verkrachting niet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

"An unholy mess"

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Heidi Schlumpf on Aug. 17, 2012 NCR Today

That's what an in-depth, investigative piece in the Economist called the state of finances in the Catholic Church in America: an unholy mess.

It's hard to decide what is most horrifying in this report of financial mismanagement, which looks at data made public through bankruptcy proceedings in several dioceses:
•Some dioceses have raided priests' pension funds to pay for sexual abuse damages and other costs. Under Cardinal Bernard Law, the archdiocese of Boston contributed nothing to its clergy retirement fund between 1986 and 2002, despite receiving an estimated $70 million to $90 million in Easter and Christmas offerings that many parishioners believed would benefit retired priests.
•The same is true for parish savings. A parish in Wilmington, Del., sent $1 million to be deposited in what it thought was a separate account, but was really a pooled, general cash account for the diocese. The parish lost the money when the diocese struck a sexual-abuse settlement.
•Cardinal Dolan and other New York bishops are spending an estimated $100,000 a year to well over $1 million, sources say, on lobbying the state assembly to prevent an extension of the statute of limitations on sexual abuse, which would result in more lawsuits and more dioceses declaring bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Sex assault sentencing for former priest delayed until fall

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

August 17, 2012 - 2:21pm By THE CANADIAN PRESS

YARMOUTH, N.S. — A sentencing hearing has been adjourned until November for a former Nova Scotia Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault involving children.

Provincial court received a letter saying that 83-year-old Albert LeBlanc was unable to travel from his home in Bouctouche, N.B., to Yarmouth where the case has been held due to medical reasons.

LeBlanc’s sentencing will now take place Nov. 23.

He pleaded guilty in May to charges involving different victims and faced a total of 50 sex-related charges involving minors, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s when he worked as a priest and later as a probation officer in Yarmouth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Adios, Br. Thing!

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 17, 2012

Thomas Thing, a former Franciscan brother, was recently fired from his job as the student activities director at a LA college when details of two child sex abuse lawsuits against him became public.

University of the West in Rosemead also got access to more than 500 pages of Thing’s personnel file (released as a part of the litigation) which showed that Thing had a long history of troublesome behavior. He even admitted to using his “power relationship” to sexually assault a college student while he was working at USD.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Priest accused of sex abuse gets church loan for lawyer

OREGON
KATU

WOODBURN, Ore. - The Woodburn priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy now has a prominent lawyer in his corner.

Angel Perez has hired attorney Marc Blackman and the Archdiocese of Portland has made him an open-ended loan to pay for the legal fees according to The Oregonian.

Perez was arrested earlier this week after a 12-year-old boy told police that Perez had fondled him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

National award goes to Fontana

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald

Posted on July 27, 2012

Robert Fontana, local leader of a group seeking to reform the Catholic Church, will receive a national award in Chicago on Sunday.

Fontana will be saluted as “Lay Person of the Year” by Survivors Network of People Abused by Priests.

SNAP Director David Clohessy said that Fontana is receiving the award for his work in the Yakima area helping victims of clergy sexual abuse.

“We want to honor you for speaking out when you saw a dangerous situation and for continuing to reach out to survivors and working to protect kids,” Clohessy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Secret tape reveals church shied from reporting abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 18, 2012

Richard Baker and Rory Callinan

EXCLUSIVE

A SECRET police bugging operation caught a senior Catholic figure on tape saying it was not up to him to report a paedophile priest and encouraging a victim not to go to authorities for fear of bad publicity.

Abuse victim Peter Murphy has told The Saturday Age he was wired up by police to record a meeting between the church leader and victims as part of a 1994 investigation into Melbourne-based paedophile priest Father Peter Chalk.

Mr Murphy, who has been abused by Chalk, said the meeting was with the head of Chalk's order, Father Brian Gallagher, and the victims to discuss what the church was doing about the allegations.

News of the existence of the secret tapes comes as the church faces serious allegations in New South Wales and Victoria of failing to help bring paedophile priests to justice and as a parliamentary inquiry into criminal abuse of children by religious orders and other organisations gets under way in Victoria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

High-profile lawyer for accused Woodburn priest

OREGON
Daily Astorian

Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Portland has offered an open-ended loan to the Rev. Angel Armando Perez to cover legal fees as he fights an accusation that he fondled a 12-year-old boy.

The Oregonian reports ( http://is.gd/XAQi2P) Perez has hired prominent Portland attorney Marc Blackman, who has handled a number of high-profile cases.

Woodburn police arrested Perez Monday after the 12-year-old boy ran out of a parish-owned house, telling authorities Perez had given him beer and fondled him.

The 46-year-old parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church told investigators he was drunk and didn't remember what happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

The church's deep pockets, the butler did it, and myths about atheism

National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Aug. 17, 2012 All Things Catholic

Most people believe the real power in Catholicism resides with the hierarchy, and in terms of both theology and church law, that's basically right. For instance, canon law says the pope wields "supreme, full, immediate and universal" authority, and it's tough to get more sweeping than that.

One wonders, however, if an accountant would reach the same conclusion.

When it comes to the financial dimension of Catholic life, there are certainly some deep pockets out there. Just to offer a few examples:
•The University of Notre Dame, America's flagship Catholic university, has an annual budget of $1.2 billion and an endowment estimated at $7.5 billion.
•The Archdiocese of Chicago last year reported cash, investments and buildings valued at $2.472 billion.
•The Knights of Columbus has more than $85 billion of life insurance in force, with $8 billion in annual sales.
•In Rome, the Institute for the Works of Religion, known popularly (if, some say, inaccurately) as the "Vatican Bank," administers assets in excess of $6 billion.
•American Catholics drop more than $8 billion every year into the Sunday collection plate, which works out to more than $150 million a week.
•In Germany, the Catholic church netted $8.8 billion in 2010 from the national "church tax," allowing it to remain the country's largest private employer after Volkswagen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Fears rogue priests could sue for damages

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

A LANDMARK Supreme Court challenge has thrown into doubt the Anglican Church's disciplinary processes for dealing with rogue priests.

In a case that will impact the church across the nation, an Anglican priest accused of sexual misconduct is challenging the validity of the clergy disciplinary regime.

The head of the Anglican Church, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has asked the court to be heard in the action which could open the floodgates for civil claims by priests who have been sacked or disciplined.

The disciplinary processes for dealing with rogue priests in almost every Anglican diocese in Australia are in doubt because of a landmark court challenge to their validity.

The head of the Anglican Church in Australia, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has asked to be heard in the legal action, which could open the floodgates for civil claims against the Church by priests who have been sacked or disciplined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN & MOVING MONEY

UNITED STATES
Berger's Beat

[Earthly concerns - The Economist]

August 16, 2012 3:01 pm | Author: Jerry Berger
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a hometown boy who now heads America’s second largest Catholic archdiocese, is also believed to be Manhattan’s largest landowner. So says The Economist in a lengthy new article analyzing the wealth of the church in the U.S. Dolan refused to answer questions from the magazine about how much he spends lobbying against legislation that might enable child sex victims to file more lawsuits. And he dodged questions about two moves he made while Milwaukee’s archbishop - transferring $35 million to a trust and $55.6 million to a fund for cemeteries. Critics say the goal was to shield church funds from clergy sex plaintiffs

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Catholic priest accused of drunkenly fondling Woodburn boy hires A-list attorney

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian

A Woodburn priest accused this week of drunkenly fondling a 12-year-old boy has hired one of Oregon's best criminal defense lawyers to represent him.

The Archdiocese of Portland offered an open-ended loan to the Rev. Angel Armando Perez to cover the legal fees of Marc Blackman, according to archdiocese spokesman Bud Bunce.

Blackman, 65, a founder of the Ransom Blackman law firm, has spent the last 35 years in private practice, representing such high-profile criminals as:

•Andy Wiederhorn, a Portland businessman, who was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison (and fined $2 million) for filing a false tax re