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April 30, 2013

Dreamworks movie on Boston Pedophile Priests: Its moral message and mission in Boston, in the USA and in the world

BOSTON (MA)
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Dreamworks is making a movie about the Boston pedophile priests phenomenon as was investigated and reported by the Boston Globe. We propose (here below) important fundamental scenes for the movie because this movie must put Boston in its proper historical role in the United States of America and in the whole world --- in the epic Vatican Catholic Priests Sodomy of Biblical Proportions - committed by 80 pedophiles priests in Boston who were members of the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army - named aptly after John Paul II who said nothing and did nothing to protect children during his longest papacy of 27 years , read our related blogs

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 PM

Former Tioga County Priest Convicted Of Sexual Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
WETM

Reported by: Marissa Perlman
Email: mperlman@wetmtv.com

Blossburg, Pa. (WETM-TV) - A former Tioga County priest charged with sexual abuse of a child has been convicted.

Thomas Shoback, 66, of Wilkes-Barre was found guilty of nine counts.

He was originally charged with 32 crimes -- but most were found to be past the statute of limitations.

Pennsylvania State Police say the crimes happened between 1991 and 1997 while Shoback was a priest at St. Mary's Parish in Blossburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 PM

Vatican official seeks to temper hopes of quick reform of dysfunctional Holy See bureaucracy

VATICAN CITY
Windsor Star

Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY - A top Vatican official sought Tuesday to temper expectations of an imminent reform of the Holy See's dysfunctional bureaucracy, even though Pope Francis has made clear it's a key priority.

Monsignor Angelo Becciu, under-secretary of the Vatican secretariat of state, said it was "absolutely premature to put forward any hypothesis" about the reform and that Francis was still in a "listening" and discerning phase.

Cardinals who elected Francis pope in March insisted that fixing the Curia, as the Vatican bureaucracy is known, was a top concern. They want the Vatican, which is known for its slow pace and aloof attitude, to be more efficient and responsive to the needs of church leaders in the field.

Leaks of papal documents last year exposed the Curia as a dysfunctional Italian family business full of petty turf battles, political intrigues and corrupt business practices.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM

Victim's advocate questions initial reinstatement of priest in alleged Wyckoff child abuse case

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:30 PM

BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

After the Rev. Michael Fugee finished serving probation on allegations that he groped a teenage boy on several occasions at his Wyckoff home more than a decade ago, a review board of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Newark examined his case.

Despite an initial — later recanted — confession by Fugee and trial testimony from the boy, the review board found that no sexual abuse occurred. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome confirmed those findings.

And so, in late 2009, based on that conclusion, Archbishop John J. Myers returned Fugee to the ministry.

On Tuesday, victims’ advocates pointed to that action as the one that enabled Fugee to become involved in a new controversy: He attended several youth group retreats with a Monmouth County parish — even though he had signed an agreement with prosecutors that explicitly forbade his involvement with youth for as long he continued being a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM

Vatican official says curia reform needs time, dismisses bank rumors

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Amid widespread speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments and rumors in the Italian media that Pope Francis was going to close the Vatican bank, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.

"It's a bit strange; the pope still has not met the group of advisers he chose and already the advice is raining down," said Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the substitute secretary for general affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page interview April 30 with Archbishop Becciu, whose job is similar to a chief of staff.

Asked about rumors that Pope Francis intended to close the Institute for Religious Works, commonly called the Vatican bank, Archbishop Becciu said, "The pope was surprised to see attributed to him phrases that he never said and that misrepresent his thought."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Social media redeems itself in OC … twice

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on April 30, 2013

A teacher at Anaheim’s Servite Catholic High School is accused of posing as a girl to get teenage boys to send lewd pictures of themselves. He was arrested in February and faces numerous charges.

In 2011, a teacher at JSerra High School in south Orange County was arrested on charges of lewd conduct with a 14-year-old girl. The mother found texts he has shared with her daughter and reported to police. According to the mother, she also tried to report to the school, but was rebuffed. An independent committee found that the teacher, Ricardo Aldana, had been suspended from another teaching position for inappropriate contact with students. Aldana is scheduled to go to trial this month.

What do these cases have in common? Because of the digital trail of social media, a cover-up was virtually impossible – even after JSerra students wore “Free Aldana” t-shirts, and Servite tried to dilute the news of the sexual abuse with the announcement of a new head football coach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

State senator calls for Newark Archbishop to step aside, calls handling of priest 'sickening'

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

on April 30, 2013

Declaring “enough is enough,” a state senator this afternoon called on Newark Archbishop John J. Myers to step down, at least temporarily, while authorities investigate his supervision of a priest who has worked with children despite a binding agreement barring such interaction.

Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) said Myers’ handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee displays “arrogance” and defies common sense as the Roman Catholic church tries to regain the trust of parishioners in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

“Based on everything that’s happened, not just in New Jersey but around the country and the world, you have to follow the spirit of the law, and they have not done that in this case,” said Vitale, who has pushed for laws that aid victims of sexual abuse.

“Zero tolerance is zero tolerance,” Vitale added. “It’s not subject to someone’s interpretation or whim. There’s a potential for this person to reoffend, and if there’s any potential for that to happen, they just can’t be there. Being around children at all is just patently unacceptable.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Auf Höllenfahrt

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

von Claudia Keller

Es war die erste große öffentliche Anhörung zur Aufarbeitung von Fällen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs - und sie fand im "Wohnzimmer der Republik" am Pariser Platz statt. Dabei wurde klar, wie enorm die Probleme sind, vor denen die Betroffenen noch immer stehen.

Sie wollten sich nicht in irgendeinem Tagungszentrum irgendwo in Berlin treffen. Für die erste große öffentliche Anhörung zur Aufarbeitung von Fällen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs sollte es ein prominenter Ort sein. So haben der Unabhängige Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung und die Betroffenenverbände die Akademie der Künste am Pariser Platz ausgewählt – das „Wohnzimmer der Republik“. Das Signal ist wichtig: Menschen, die als Kinder in Schulen, in Sportvereinen, von Priestern oder vom eigenen Vater gedemütigt, misshandelt und missbraucht wurden, werden nicht mehr an den Rand gedrängt. Die Räume der Akademie der Künste sind hell und von viel Glas umgeben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Engelhardt-Shero Sentencing Postponed

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The sentencing of Father Charles Engelhardt and former Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero, originally sentenced for Thursday, has been postponed until June 12.

A clerk in Judge Ellen Ceisler's office said today that the sentencing most likely would be postponed, at the request of defense lawyers. Lawyers in the case say the date of the sentencing was moved to give them more time to study trial transcripts, which just arrived April 11.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Billy Doe's Lucky Streak Continues

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

Since he became the district attorney's star witness, "Billy Doe" has had a remarkable run of good fortune in the criminal courts.

The charges from two previous arrests in 2009 and 2010, both for retail theft, were dropped in 2010 after witnesses in both cases did not show up for court.

On Jan. 7, 2011, a judge dismissed a charge of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, after ruling that police did not have probable cause on June 9, 2010 to stop Billy Doe on the street. When police searched Billy Doe, they found 56 bags of heroin in his shorts. However, the late Judge Adam Beloff ruled the heroin was inadmissible as evidence; the charges were dropped and the case dismissed.

Billy Doe's most recent arrest, a simple drug possession case on Nov. 10, 2011, has been continued nine times in 18 months. During that time, Billy Doe appeared as a prosecution witness at two trials testifying against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But now that the trials are over, and Billy Doe is done as a witness in the criminal courts, that last drug possession charge is about to disappear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Msgr. Lynn's "Crafty" Well-Paid" Defense Lawyers Take Another Crack At Judge M. Teresa Sarmina

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

Sunday, April 28, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

During the trial last year of Msgr. William J. Lynn, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington advised the jury to pay attention to the judge's instructions, and to not be swayed by Lynn's "very skillful, very crafty, very well paid defense attorneys."

Blessington's comments, as well as the judge's absence of admonishment, are among the more colorful issues being argued in more than 300 pages of appeals court documents filed in Superior Court.

On April 12, Judge M. Teresa Sarmina filed a 235-page opinion, defending her handling of the 13-week trial that resulted in the June 22, 2012 conviction of Msgr. Lynn on one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The monsignor is now serving a three-to-six year prison term imposed by Judge Sarmina.

In her opinion, Judge Sarmina defended the rhetorical excesses of the prosecutor, as well as her decision to allow into the Lynn case 21 supplemental cases of previous sex abuse, dating back to 1948, three years before Lynn was born, to show a pattern of bad behavior in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

A Letter to Cardinal George

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priest

Dear Cardinal George:

There are at least 112 publicly accused Chicago archdiocesan priests. A few are behind bars, some are deceased, but where are the rest?

Dozens of them could well be just like Fr. Carroll Howlin, the suspended Joliet priest who was exposed on Friday by the Chicago Tribune. They could well be living and working among unsuspecting families, neighbors, colleagues and children. And they could be sexually violating children now.

Why? Because you and your colleagues refuse to house, monitor, supervise and treat them.

One ousted Chicago area predator priest (Fr. Vincent Bryce) admitting molesting a child but now works in St. Louis on the edge of a Catholic college campus. In 2010, a credibly accused Texas predator priest (Fr. Frank Paduch) was found working in Berwyn across the street from a school. In 2003, a criminally convicted Delaware priest (Fr. Kenneth J. Martin) was found living in your home and working in the Chicago archdiocese. That same year, (Fr. John D. Murphy) was found working at the Shedd Aquarium.

So we’re talking about very real threats, not theoretical ones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Newark We Hardly Knew Ye

UNITED STATES
On the Irish Waterfront

In spring 1998 my wife Kristina Chew was baptized, confirmed, and received into the one Holy, Roman, and Apostolic Catholic Church by a St. Louis child rapist named Gary Wolken. The conversion adventure was wholly K’s doing (looking forward to that testimony in print!) though as the lone congenital Catholic extant in this house, I remain bedeviled by the sordid legacy of a now long-incarcerated pedo-cleric. I do feel guilty of unwittingly if revealingly placing Kristina—and a then-infant Charlie, who Wolken once insisted on holding in his skanky mitts—in harm’s way, thanks to my self-short-selling, ‘here comes everybody’ Catholic localism and fatalist, rank and file mentality, which combined to sentence K. to a lame, seventh-grade-level season of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) catechesis, served up by an unctuous, sex-criminal parish priest whose heart was clearly not in the gig (would that he even had a ‘soul…’).

Gary Wolken had only recently arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes following a stint in a treatment facility for sex offenders, a lifelong status confirmed during his previous assignment at a parish in Chesterfield, a sprawling exurb in far West St. Louis County best known as a haven for professional hockey players and retired Cardinals (of the diamond not the cloth). Wolken had in fact launched his career in sexual assault at age fifteen; his first victim—like his last and God knows how many more in between—was a five year old boy.

St. Louis may well chart the most insularly Catholic terrain in all God’s creation. Though during seven years in residence I never was asked, “where’d you go to high school” (it was probably obvious to all that wherever it was, it was no place St. Louisans woulda heard of), the Gateway City’s reputation for muted tribalism was as well deserved as it was inscrutable to this Irish Jerseyan. At night the streets of the city run empty, all precincts. It finally took a slightly tipsy N. Jersey Irish-American nun, who’d attended grad school at Saint Louie U., to edify me during a conversation on a street corner in a different city, where we’d crossed paths at a history conference not long into our heartland stint. “The Germans,” Sister Mary knowingly leaned in to confide to me “do their entertaining in the home.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

N.J. Catholics outraged over accused priest’s access to children

NEW JERSEY
Religion News Service

Mark Mueller / The Star-Ledger | Apr 30, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a court-ordered lifetime ban on ministry to children.

At St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colts Neck, where the Rev. Michael Fugee had been spending time with a youth group, angry parishioners said they were never told about Fugee’s background, and they questioned Myers’ defense of the priest, the subject of a lengthy story in The Star-Ledger.

“It’s complete craziness that the church can let this happen,” said John Santulli, 38, a father of two at St. Mary’s. “I’m a softball coach, and I need a background check just to get on the field. Every single person I spoke to today said, ‘Oh my God. I didn’t know about this.’ It’s incomprehensible.”

Fugee, 52, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and under Myers’ supervision. His work at St. Mary’s, however, was in the neighboring Diocese of Trenton, where Bishop David O’Connell has ordered the pastor of St. Mary to bar Fugee from any church activities, a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Auditor General: Full truth about residential schools stymied by discord

CANADA
Canada.com

Michael Woods
Published: April 30, 2013, 10:21 am

OTTAWA — Canadians may never learn the full history of the Indian residential school system because the federal government and a commission responsible for studying the matter are at odds over how to assemble the facts, the auditor general has found.

The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have disagreed on basic questions such as who will cover what costs, the time frame that should be covered, and which documents are relevant to the historical record, according to the report tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The result, the audit found, is that with only 15 months remaining in the commission’s five-year mandate, no one knows what’s needed to create the historical record, what remains to be done, and how much time and money is needed to do the job.

“We are concerned that the lack of cooperation, delays and looming deadline stand in the way of creating the historical record of Indian residential schools as it was originally intended,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Out Of Control

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
American Journalism Review

From AJR, October 1998

Second half of article

By Alicia C. Shepard
Alicia C. Shepard is a former AJR senior writer and NPR ombudsman.

WHAT FINALLY RAN IN THE INQUIRER on April 14, 1997, after about eight months of reporting, was a relatively short story (167 lines) by Cipriano on the bottom of the Metro section front. The headline and deck: ``Archdiocese's Center Gets Little Use. More Than $500,000 Went into `Multimedia' Project. Its Envisioned Function Wasn't Fully Realized."

The article zeroed in on the actual cost of the $500,000 ``multimedia conference center" built in 1991 and 1992 on the 12th floor. But there was no mention of parish closings. It also reported that the cardinal had bypassed established review processes for large spending and some work had been carried out without required permits. Rossi says failure to get the permits was due to ``honest mistakes."

The story infuriated the archdiocese. Bevilacqua denounced it as ``fallacious" in a church bulletin mailed to every member, and an official wrote a letter to the editor, saying the story contained ``numerous inaccuracies and distortions." The letter was sent, according to Neumann's memo, with the proviso that it be printed in its entirety or not at all.

Neumann wrote a strong rebuttal to then-Editor King, suggesting the archdiocese was trying to ``once again bully the Inquirer" and that the paper shouldn't print the entire letter. ``The primary point of the letter is false," Neumann wrote. ``The letter says the archdiocese did not spend $500,000 on the multimedia center. In fact...Brother Joseph [of the archdiocese] confirmed that in a meeting with Ralph Cipriano and two Inquirer editors.... In addition, the former archdiocese building supervisor, Bill Scarborough, said on the record that the actual cost, with overruns, was $575,000."

The Inquirer printed the church's letter as written, along with an editor's note rebutting each point of criticism. ``Ralph Cipriano," King wrote, ``has been objective and ethical in his reporting."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Ralph Cipriano: Catholic Abuse Convictions Don’t Add Up

PHILADELHIA (PA)
The Philly Post

Joel Mathis

Well, this is interesting. Ralph Cipriano—the same reporter who once sued his bosses at the Philadelphia Inquirer for libel over his aggressive coverage of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia—has a piece in the National Catholic Reporter, suggesting that Msgr. William Lynn, convicted last year of helping cover up the abuse of children by priests in the Philadelphia diocese, was wrongly convicted.

At the center of Cipriano’s case is this: Lynn was convicted of covering up the abuse of a boy—known at trial as “Billy Doe“—by then-Rev. Edward Avery. But Avery, now defrocked, still denies committing the crime. He says he pleaded to charges in the case in order to avoid dying in prison if convicted.

Cipriano, who has also contributed to PhillyMag writes:

It was Avery’s guilty plea that led to the June 22, 2012, conviction of Lynn for endangering the welfare of a child, namely Billy Doe.

It was the first time in the nation that a member of the Catholic hierarchy had been convicted and sent to jail, not for touching a child, but for transferring a known abuser priest from one parish to another, while failing to adequately supervise him.

But if you believe Avery, Lynn is sitting in jail for a crime that never happened. And he’s not the only one.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Editorial: Philadelphia was a shallow victory

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

[Star witness' story in Philadelphia sex abuse trials doesn't add up]

by NCR Editorial Staff | Apr. 30, 2013

Editorial

Two Philadelphia cardinals in succession, John Krol (head of the archdiocese from 1961 to 1988) and Anthony Bevilacqua (1988-2003), for decades knowingly protected priests who had sexually abused children, sometimes savagely, hiding their actions from civil authorities and from the Catholic community they were supposed to serve.

We are certain of those assertions because a grand jury in Philadelphia managed to subpoena thousands of pages of documentation and to accumulate hundreds of hours of testimony before issuing, in 2005, a stunning report detailing years of sexual abuse of children by priests and cover-up of the abuse by cardinal archbishops.

It was discovered in 2011 that a third cardinal, Justin Rigali, since retired, had essentially disregarded provisions of the bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, ignoring credible claims of abuse against more than a dozen priests and bypassing the archdiocesan review board.

The cardinals were abetted in hiding the crimes by an insider group of clerics that included Msgr. William Lynn, as well as Edward Cullen, who went on to become bishop of Allentown, Pa., and Joseph Cistone, currently bishop of Saginaw, Mich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Rape trial of Caraway begins

KENTUCKY
Harlan Daily Enterprise

by Joe P. Asher
Staff Writer

The jury trial for Jeremy Caraway, who was indicted for rape is scheduled to begin today in Harlan Circuit Court.

Caraway, 38, of Loyall, is the former pastor of Loyall Church of God. He faces two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for a sexual offense.

The charges stem from alleged incidents from May 2011.

According to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Caraway is scheduled to appear before Judge Robert McGinnis with his attorney Linda West. West has represented Caraway throughout most of the proceedings.

The alleged victim is a female who was under the age of 14 and attending Caraway’s church when the alleged incidents occurred. The evidence against Caraway includes Facebook and other electronic communication between Caraway and the minor, according to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Trial begins for former eastern Ky. pastor charged with rape, sex abuse involving girl

KENTUCKY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 30, 2013

HARLAN, Kentucky — The trial is beginning for a former eastern Kentucky pastor facing counts of rape and other charges involving a girl younger than 14.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/15X5L6k) reports the proceedings against 38-year-old Jeremy Caraway were scheduled to begin Tuesday in Harlan Circuit Court.

Caraway is the former pastor of Loyall Church of God in Harlan County. He is charged with rape, sodomy, sex abuse, unlawful transaction with a minor and use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for a sexual offense.

Police say the girl attended Caraway's church at the time of the alleged incidents in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Robert R. Marsicek, s.d.s.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Robert "Bob" Marsicek was ordained a priest of the Salvatorian order in 1968. He ministered in parishes in the dioceses of Green Bay WI, Phoenix AZ, Birmingham AL, Sacramento CA, and Milwaukee WI. He was also chaplain for the Boy Scouts during the late 1980s and through the 1990s in Sacramento. Marsicek was the subject for years of complaints from parents, teachers and others that he violated boundaries with children. His personnel file shows that his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In 2005 the mother of a five year-old girl reported to the parish school that Marsicek, who was pastor, had indecently touched the girl. In May 2012 Sacramento police launched an investigation of Marsicek after a woman reported that the priest had molested her two sons in the late 1980s and early 1990s while he was their parish pastor. Milwaukee bishop Lestecki and Salvatorian provincial, Rev. Joseph Rodrigues, knew of the investigation; Rodrigues explained that Marsicek was not removed from ministry in Milwaukee at the time so as not to disrupt the California investigation. In March 2013 Marsicek was placed on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl. Subsequently, a woman claimed that allegations against Marsicek go as far back as his time in the Green Bay diocese in the 1970s. Marsicek has denied wrongdoing, stating that he was merely being affectionate with the children. In April 2013 he is said to be living under supervision in his order's Milwaukee provincialate.

Ordained: 1968

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Nuns case police officer 'faces charges'

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

THE policewoman in charge of an investigation into alleged abuse by nuns 40 years ago was probed by top brass after wearing a Loyalist "No Surrender" badge on her uniform at a Rangers game, a court was told.

Nuns Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth approved school in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, in the 1970s.

Yesterday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard Detective Constable Lesley McAuley – also known as Lesley Strachan – was in charge of the probe into alleged wrongdoing at the approved school.

One of her colleagues who worked with her on the inquiry in 2009, PC Nigel Gilmour, who has since been promoted to sergeant, was asked by defence QC Ronnie Clancy, representing Kenny: " Was Lesley McAuley in the driving seat," and he replied: "Yes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Nun probe cop wore ‘no surrender’ badge

SCOTLAND
The Scottish Sun

A POLICEWOMAN probing claims of abuse by nuns was caught wearing a ‘No Surrender’ badge at a Rangers game, a court heard yesterday.

DC Lesley McAuley was spotted with the Loyalist sticker on her uniform, a jury heard.

And she is also facing assault charges, including allegations of a racist attack.

The cop worked on the probe into Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Rosaria and Mother Martin.

At the nuns’ trial at Paisley Sheriff Court, the jury heard how the policewoman was removed from football duties after the picture emerged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Nun told police about approved school 'punishment room', court hears

SCOTLAND
STV

A nun accused of physically abusing girls at an approved school more than 40 years ago admitted to police that there was a punishment room on the premises, a court has heard.

However, 79-year-old Anne Kenny, known as Mother Rosaria, claimed it was used only as a "cooling off" room for badly behaving pupils and she added that none of the girls was ever hit.

Kenny and 77-year-old Agnes Reville, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton where they were head teacher and deputy head respectively in the early 1970s.

Four former pupils have claimed in evidence that they were physically abused during their time at the school. Christine Logan, 57, claims that, aged 14, she was tied to a pipe in a cupboard and left there for two days without food.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Cop in nuns case was investigated by top brass

SCOTLAND
Paisley Daily Express

Apr 30 2013 by Lynn Jolly, Paisley Daily Express

The policewoman who investigated two nuns accused of abuse was pictured wearing a Loyalist ‘No Surrender’ badge on her uniform at a Rangers game, a court was told yesterday.

DC Lesley McAuley faced a probe by the force’s top brass, it was revealed.

Nuns Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, in the early 1970s.

Yesterday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard that DC Lesley McAuley – also known as Lesley Strachan – was in charge of the probe into alleged wrongdoing at the approved school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Zögling missbraucht - erster Vergleich geschlossen

OSTERREICH
KroneI

n den Zivilverfahren zweier ehemaliger Missbrauchsopfer gegen das Bregenzer Zisterzienser- Kloster Mehrerau ist nun der erste Vergleich geschlossen worden. Im Falle eines heute 58- jährigen Mannes, der Ende der 1960er- Jahre als Internats- Zögling unter anderem vergewaltigt worden sein soll, einigten sich die beiden Parteien auf eine nicht genannte Entschädigungssumme.Es wird in dieser Sache keine weiteren gerichtlichen Vorgänge geben", erklärten am Dienstag Mehrerau- Sprecher Harald Schiffl und Doshi.

Missbrauchsopfer forderten Schmerzensgeld

Geklagt wurde das Kloster im vergangenen Jahr von dem 58- Jährigen sowie einem 46- jährigen Mann. Beide forderten, unabhängig voneinander, Schmerzensgeld und Verdienstentgang in Höhe von 200.000 bzw. 135.000 Euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Update: New letter from Connell to CDF

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts | Apr. 30, 2013

Following is a letter Fr. Connell sent today to CDF after hearing from the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark

April 30, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City State
Europe

Dear Archbishop Müller,

Yesterday I sent you an email letter regarding Archbishop John Myers of the Archdiocese of Newark (USA) and his handling of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Fr. Michael Fugee. I also sent a copy of that email letter to Archbishop Myers. Within a few hours yesterday, James Goodness, the Director of Communications and Public Relations of the Archdiocese of Newark, replied to me and his email is below.

Please notice that the fourth paragraph of Mr. Goodness’ email reads: “Archbishop Myers did send all information surrounding the allegation, including the court documents and the Review Board materials, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith following the conclusion of the Archdiocesan Review Board's investigation. The Congregation subsequently, after a complete review of the materials, concurred that there was no sexual abuse and that Fr. Fugee could return to ministry.”

I have two questions.

First, is it correct that Archbishop Myers sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) all the information regarding the Fr. Fugee allegation, including all of the court documents that I mentioned in my email to you yesterday (Fr. Fugee’s confession to the crime and the Memorandum of Understanding that stipulated requirements agreed to by Fr. Fugee and the Archdiocese of Newark in lieu of a court trial)?

Second, is it correct as Mr. Goodness states that the CDF “concurred that there was no sexual abuse and that Fr. Fugee could return to ministry”?

Archbishop Müller, a thorough and prompt explanation of this situation is needed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

NJ- SNAP blasts Newark Archbishop

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 30, 2013

Archbishop Myers continues to show his contempt for New Jersey’s kids and laws. Now, the burden falls to his bosses, his peers and his flock.

His bosses – from Pope Francis (the head of the church) to Cardinal Timothy Dolan (the head of America’s bishops) - must, at the very least, strongly and publicly denounce Myers. He’s deliberately endangering children. And he’s making a total mockery of every pledge and promise the Catholic hierarchy has made for decades about allegedly “reforming” their approach to clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

Myers’ peers – America’s bishops (not just those in New Jersey) – must similarly denounce him. Ignoring wrongdoing encourages wrongdoing. And in November 2002, America’s bishops committed themselves to “fraternally correct” their colleagues who violate church abuse policy, as Myers has clearly and repeatedly done. America’s bishops must, if they are to have any credibility on abuse, speak up loudly and clearly now.

Myers’ flock must also take action. They must stop donating to any institution even remotely connected with the archdiocese. We urge them to contribute more generously than ever before, but to contribute to organizations that protect kids, not endanger kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

St. Mary's Responds to Parishioners

NEW JERSEY
Patch

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers' February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

By Kaitlyn Anness

Rev. Michael Fugee has been working with church youth groups unofficially at the St. Mary's Parish in Colts Neck for years, even after admitting in 2001 to touching a 14-year-old boy inappropriately.

According to The Star Ledger, Fugee confessed in 2001 to groping a 14-year-old boy while working at the Church of St. Elizabeth in Wyckoff.

As a result, Fugee was put on 5 years probation and underwent therapy. Fugee also signed a binding agreement to stop any work with children, in any capacity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

Former Catholic Priest Bill Carney arrested in Britain accused of 32 counts of pedophilia

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
MATT KEOUGH,
IrishCentral Intern

Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nearly 30 years after he was originally convicted, former priest Bill Carney has finally been arrested in London. He will soon appear in court to face the charges of sexual abuse made against him, according to the Irish Sun. Having avoided punishment of any sort, and receiving $39,283 from the Catholic Church to leave the priesthood, his case has been called “tragic” and “nothing short of catastrophic.”

Dating all the way back to the 1970s and 80s, a priest in Ayrfield, Dublin, by the name of Bill Carney used his status as means to prey on innocent children and is only now being truly punished.

A BBC article from 2010 exposed Carney’s horrific nature and the glaring wrongdoings of the Catholic Church in efforts to cover up another child abuse scandal. The article cites the Murphy Report, from the current case against Carney. It states, “The Commission is aware of compliments or suspicion of abuse against him in respect to 32 individuals. There is evidence that he abused many more children.”

Ordained in 1974, Carney, a priest and scout troop leader surrounded himself with children. He created a seemingly fun-loving environment with swimming trips, free soda, and a personal video player. The pedophile then began to terrorize the children, both girls and boys, who admired and trusted him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Pedophile priest Denis McAlinden shifted to new fields of abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Dan Box
From:The Australian
May 01, 2013

A PEDOPHILE priest at the centre of a NSW special commission of inquiry was allowed unsupervised access to Aboriginal children in Western Australia years after the Catholic Church hierarchy was first warned he was involved in child sex abuse.

Denis McAlinden, who is thought to have abused dozens of children over several decades, moved from the Catholic diocese of Maitland, in northern NSW, to a remote parish in the Pilbara during the 1980s.

There he replaced another parish priest, Adrian van Klooster, who had moved from Wollongong in NSW and was subsequently convicted of indecently dealing with children under 13.

During his time in Western Australia, McAlinden repeatedly took Aboriginal children on unsupervised swimming trips to a local beach, during which he allegedly abused two young girls.

These revelations, contained in a 1992 court transcript, raise serious questions over the conduct of church officials who allowed McAlinden access to vulnerable children and whether there may be further victims unknown to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Milwaukee priest wants Archbishop Myers investigated

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers' February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

by Tom Roberts | Apr. 30, 2013

Following is a letter sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Fr. James Connell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and an outspoken advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. Keep checking website. More to come on the story from NCR reporter Brian Roewe.

April 29, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City State
Europe

Dear Archbishop Müller,

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (USA), a canon lawyer, and an advocate for victims/survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors.

I request that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) investigate within a Church penal process Archbishop John Myers’ handling of the matter concerning the Reverend Michael Fugee.

Yesterday, The Star-Ledger, a newspaper published in Newark, New Jersey (USA) printed a story titled “Newark archbishop allows priest who admitted groping boy to continue working with children” which declares that Archbishop John Myers, the Archbishop of Newark, allowed the Reverend Michael Fugee to continue in priestly ministry even though Archbishop Myers knew that Fr. Fugee had confessed to the crime of sexual abuse of a minor. Here is the link to the on-line version of the newspaper article http: [Star-Ledger]

In addition, the on-line version of the newspaper also published two key documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Catholic insurer pays $30m to Vic victims

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

April 30, 2013

AAP

The Catholic Church's insurer has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse, its CEO says.

Catholic Church Insurance CEO Peter Rush said the organisation did not make payouts related to offences that occurred after the date the church had knowledge of an offender.

He confirmed that his organisation did not insure offences committed by pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale after 1975 when then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns became aware of his offences.

Mr Rush said there were at least two confirmed cases, including Ridsdale, where they stopped paying insurance and said there would have been more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

A confession still to come

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Editorial
From:Herald Sun
May 01, 2013

THE Catholic Church should hang its head in shame after being forced to admit its priests abused children while their superiors covered up their crimes.

But whether the church understands the enormity of its transgressions remains a burning question.

Once again, the same excuse was offered for the cover-up as for the crimes.

In years past, child abuse was seen as a sin, not necessarily as a crime. But to offer that as an explanation is to ignore what any reasonable person would regard as an offence that should be reported to police. That was as true then as it is now.

But the former Bishop of Ballarat admitted the Catholic Church "effectively facilitated" sexual abuse by leaving known paedophiles in place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Paedophile priests advised never to admit guilt to limit payouts, Catholic church insurer

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Annika Smethurst
From:Herald Sun
May 01, 2013

PAEDOPHILE priests were advised never to admit guilt as a way of limiting payouts to victims, the Catholic Church's insurer has said.

Catholic Church Insurance has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse since 1990.

Chief executive Peter Rush told the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse that the company used to tell clients not to admit anything to victims and that minimising payouts was its primary motivation.

"In the early 1990s I am confident that that would have been the way that we would have advised our clients, quite wrongly," Mr Rush said.

Church insurer had 'exclusion list' of priests it wouldn't cover

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Stuart Rintoul
From:The Australian
May 01, 2013

CATHOLIC Church insurers have paid out $30 million to 600 victims of abuse since 1990 and have revealed the existence of an "exclusion list" of priests they would not indemnify the church against because they were known by the church to be offenders.

Catholic Church Insurance chief executive Peter Rush said the insurer refused to indemnify the church against claims involving pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale for offences committed after 1975 after it "ascertained" that was when Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns learned of his "propensity to offend".

He said the same "prior knowledge" test was applied to pedophile priest Michael Glennon and revealed that CCI did not cover the church in a $450,000 out-of-court settlement in 2006 with Emma Foster, who was raped when she was in primary school, along with her sister Katie, by pedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell and who took her own life in 2008.

The settlement paid to Foster, the amount of which was revealed at the inquiry for the first time, was nine times the $50,000 cap paid to victims under the church's Melbourne Response process at the time, which is now capped at $75,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Have the bishops found their 'attractive, articulate, intelligent' spokeswoman?

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by David Gibson,Religion News Service | Apr. 29, 2013

Analysis

New York --
A former adviser to Sarah Palin and attorney with a long record of advocating conservative causes will become the first spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the USCCB announced Monday.

The addition of Kim Daniels, who is a leader of the conservative media lobby Catholic Voices USA, seems aimed at revamping the hierarchy's communications strategy, which many bishops say has been hampered by a lack of coordination and an authoritative spokesperson.

Under the new structure, Daniels will speak for the president of the bishops' conference -- currently New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan -- while the USCCB's media office will continue to speak for the bishops as a whole.

Daniels' hiring also looks like an effort to satisfy Dolan's goal of finding an "attractive, articulate, intelligent" laywoman to help recast the hierarchy's image, which many feared was starting to be seen as unfriendly to women because of legal battles like the fight against the Obama administration's contraception mandate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

57-year-old monk charged with attempted child abduction

WISCONSIN
CBS 58

by Chris Patterson

Story Created: Apr 29, 2013

BENET LAKE -- 57-year-old Thomas Chmura, a monk at St. Benedicts Abbey, is charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to pick up teenage girls in his van. Reports from some of Chmura's potential victims eventually led police to spotting his van and arresting him.

A 14-year-old girl told police an elderly man offered to give her a ride home, and told her to get in the car when she declined his offer. Chmura sped away from the girl after she continued to refuse his offer for a ride. The girl reported the incident to a staff member at her high school.

The next day Chmura was spotted by an Antioch police officer and pulled over. Chmura admitted to police he attempted to give rides to 5-10 teenage girls using the same van registered to St. Benedicts Abbey located in Benet Lake, WI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

What is to be done about Archbishop Myers?

NEW JERSEY
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Apr 30, 2013

A week after John J. Myers was installed as archbishop of Newark in October of 2001, a priest of the archdiocese named Michael Fugee was indicted for groping a 14-year-old boy 14 months earlier. In April of 2003, Fugee, who had admitted abusing the boy, was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact and sentenced to five years’ probation, community service, and psychological counseling. He was also required to register as a sex offender and to receive community supervision for the rest of his life.

In the meantime, Myers, possessor of a doctorate in canon law, was appointed to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which drafted the bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, approved in 2005. The document provides that “for even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor whenever it occurred which is admitted or established after an appropriate process in accord with canon law, the offending priest or deacon is to be permanently removed from ministry.”

In 2006, Fugee’s conviction was overturned on a technicality. Rather than retry the case, the district attorney entered into an agreement with the archdiocese stipulating that the archdiocese

shall not assign or otherwise place Michael Fugee in any position within the Archdiocese that allows him to have any unsupervised contact with or to minister to any minor/child under the age of 18 or work in any position in which children are involved. This includes, but is not limited to, presiding over a parish, involvement with a youth group, religious education/parochial school, CCD, confessions with children, youth choir, youth retreats and day care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Bergen County prosecutor probing whether former Wyckoff priest violated agreement in molestation case

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Monday, April 29, 2013

BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

The language of the agreement with prosecutors is clear: Rev. Michael Fugee, a Catholic priest who served probation on allegations he groped a boy at his Wyckoff home in 2001, was not to be in the presence of children unsupervised, and he was never to supervise or minister to children.

But weekend press revelations that, several years ago, Fugee attended weekend retreats with a Monmouth County youth ministry to hear one-on-one confessions by minors, in spite of the agreement, has prompted an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and moved the bishop of Trenton to bar the priest from any further ministry with the Monmouth County parish.

On Monday, meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark argued that neither Fugee nor the archdiocese did anything wrong, that Fugee was always supervised while working with the youth ministry, and that the agreement, signed by the prosecutor and the archdiocese’s vicar general to avoid a trial for Fugee, is being correctly interpreted.

The Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli, pointedly disagreed Monday with that interpretation of the agreement — which he called “a very clear document” — but would say little more except that his office is conducting an open-ended investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Former priest accused of abusing children faces being extradited back to Ireland

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND
Daily Record

A FORMER priest accused of preying on children has been arrested.

Bill Carney, who ran a guesthouse in St Andrews, was in police custody last night and faces extradition to his native Ireland.

The 63-year-old, who left the church in Ireland in 1992, stands accused of abusing children while he was a priest.

He created a new life for himself with a wife in Fife and has also lived in Spain and the south of England.

Carney was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Warwickshire and faces a court appearance this week to decide whether he can be taken back to Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Abuse victim won $450,000 payout

AUSTRALIA
The Age

April 30, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age

Child rape victim Emma Foster received $450,000 compensation from the Catholic Church when the church limit was $50,000 because she took the church to court, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sex abuse heard on Tuesday.

Peter O'Callaghan QC, the independent commissioner for the church's abuse system, admitted he wrote to the church's lawyer Richard Leder about "flushing out the Fosters' real intentions" because he suspected they would use his Melbourne Response finding in court.

He also admitted going to the Fosters’ home and trying to persuade Emma to accept the church offer, saying it was because she was about to turn 18 and the legal arrangements would change.

Emma and Katie Foster were serially abused at primary school by paedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell. Emma later committed suicide, while Katie is in a wheelchair after being hit by a car.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

'Poor response' for Vic sex victims

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide Now

THE Catholic Church has saved hundreds of millions of dollars through its Melbourne Response complaints system, but it has been a very poor result for clergy abuse victims, a father whose two daughters were abused says.

More than 300 victims of clergy abuse have made complaints through the Melbourne-based process, with the majority of those complaints upheld, the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse heard on Tuesday.

Victims' payments were initially capped at $50,000 under the system, but have now increased to $75,000.

But many victims have criticised the response, which was set up by Cardinal George Pell when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, saying the money is inadequate.

Anthony Foster, whose two daughters were raped by a priest, said the system had saved the Catholic Church in Melbourne at least $250 million, but had failed victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Vatican Will Take No Action Against Cardinal Keith O'Brien Following Gay Sex Scandal

SCOTLAND
Instinct

Written by Nigel Campbell | Monday, 29 April 2013

It appears that no action will be taken by the Vatican with regards to Cardinal Keith O'Brien's sexual misconduct with four priests (those are just the ones that we know of).

Now that O'Brien's admitted to "unbecoming" sexual conduct, the Vatican sees no point in pursuing an investigation--or at the very least punishing him for his blatant hypocrisy as he vocally advocated against the rights of homosexuals while getting his rocks off with men in the rectory.

Shocking. (Not shocking.)

More after the jump.

Scotland on Sunday writes:

The Vatican is expected to take no further action against Cardinal Keith O’Brien after he admitted having sexual relations with four priests and a seminarian.

The Archbishop of St Andr­ews and Edinburgh was forced by Pope Benedict XVI to step down in February after admitting that “my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, an archbishop and a cardinal”.

However, Scotland on Sunday has learned that there is no active investigation into his behaviour and that the Vatican is only keeping a loose “watching brief” on his case. O’Brien is also unlikely to be asked to give up his rank as a cardinal unless the new Pope decides to confer the traditional red hat on another senior Scottish catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

End Times members in court

UXBRIDGE (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Susan Spencer TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
susan.spencer@telegram.com

UXBRIDGE — Two men affiliated with the Church of the End Times, a nondenominational church at 19 Industrial Drive that has been the subject of controversy over the past year, were in Uxbridge District Court recently on separate charges.

Dennis H. Stanley, 36, of 41 Murphy's Way was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of violating an abuse prevention order obtained by his estranged wife, Beth Ellen Merrill Stanley. He was released on personal recognizance.

Mr. Stanley, who co-founded the church with his brother David H. Stanley, 51 Murphy's Way, and owns the Driveways Corp. paving business with his brother, located at the same address as the church, is prohibited from coming within 100 yards of Ms. Stanley or their home until the order expires Oct. 4.

According to court documents, neighbor Susan Dalpe filed a statement and photographs with police indicating that she saw Dennis Stanley enter and exit his brother David's house, which is less than 100 yards from Ms. Stanley's house, on April 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

SNAP wants tighter control of abusive priests

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

An advocacy group for victims of pedophile priests wants Catholic bishops to force priests who are removed from ministry because of abuse allegations to be confined in residential treatment centers.

But a spokesman for the Joliet Diocese said that would be an exercise of authority that a bishop does not have over such priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Men allege abuse, sue religious order in Cook court

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune reporter
10:22 p.m. CDT, April 29, 2013

Unable to get restitution in federal bankruptcy court, 31 Chicago-area men have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing the Congregation of Christian Brothers of putting them in harm's way decades ago.

In three lawsuits filed Friday, plaintiffs accuse the religious order of allowing teachers to abuse them decades ago at Brother Rice, Leo and St. Laurence high schools.

More than half of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim they were sexually abused by a member of the order who was later convicted in Washington state of indecent behavior. According to the lawsuit, the religious order knowingly shuffled that brother to each of the three schools because of the allegations against him. One principal recommended the accused brother to a public school system in Washington.

Of the 15 men who allege abuse at Leo High School, a dozen claim they were sexually abused between 1969 and 1973 by the brother. Of nine men at St. Laurence High School between 1961 and 1996, three point to the brother. Of eight men who filed claims against Brother Rice for allegations between 1962 and 1984, one accuses the brother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Kommission muss Opfern Nutzen bringen

DEUTSCHLAND
netzwerkB

netzwerkB Pressemitteilung 29.04.2013

Bezüglich der jüngsten Diskussionen im Justizministerium nehmen wir Bezug zur Ablehnung einer Untersuchungskommission der Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP), s. unter:

[Evangelisch]

Eine Untersuchungskommission muss auch den Opfern Nutzen bringen. Die Idee einer zentralen Erfassung finden wir gut. Wir wissen, dass es ähnliches in Australien, in den Niederlanden und in Irland gibt. Wenn eine solche zentrale Erfassung stattfindet, muss es den Betroffenen wirklich etwas bringen. So fragen wir uns dann auch, was aus tausenden von Anrufen, Briefen und E-Mails bei der Missbrauchsbeauftragten Bergmann und der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz geworden ist. Wir stellen fest nichts. Die Kommission muss auch Befugnisse haben, die Betroffenen juristisch dabei zu unterstützen und strafrechtliche Ermittlungen durch die Landeskriminalämter zu ermöglichen. Die Weitergabe von Daten an die Gerichte in Schadensersatzverfahren muss in irgendeiner Weise möglich sein. Akten müssen eingezogen werden können. Eine Verlade wie im Fall von Prof. Pfeiffer darf nicht stattfinden. Die Opfer müssen dabei Unterstützung finden, dass ihre gesundheitlichen Schäden von Traumata, PTBS und Spätfolgen anerkannt und angemessen entschädigt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims

UNITED STATES
Bangor Daily News

By Bill Lowenstein, Special to the BDN

Posted April 24, 2013

We are survivors, too.

Historically, those of us who are male survivors of sexual victimization are often an unrecognized, underserved and unmentioned population when the issue of sexual assault is discussed. Many of us do not even recognize or understand that we may have been victimized. Yet one in five males will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, many of us before the age of 16.

The harmful impact of the sexual victimization of males is felt daily by all of us — in our families, communities and workplaces. It is often the unspoken, unrecognized and untreated issue when we are dealing with the problems of addiction, mental health, physical health, relationship issues, domestic violence, anger management, criminal behavior and many other issues that impact boys and men. Yet many male survivors do not know there are resources available to help them recover, nor do they feel safe talking about the impact sexual victimization has had on them.

I believe we all need to work harder to create a safe climate and culture for male sexual assault survivors. It is time for us to look at sexual assault and victimization as a gender-neutral issue. All survivors of sexual victimization are in need of quality services to assist them in their recovery regardless of their gender or age.

We have done a good job promoting awareness of the issue of sexual victimization of females for many years. Yet we still have great strides to go in promoting the same awareness, understanding and availability of resources to men and boys. We need to take what we have learned from those efforts, expand it and apply it to our male population as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Justizministerin gegen unabhängige Kommission zu Missbrauchsskandal

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig stößt in der Bundesregierung mit seiner Forderung nach einer unabhängigen Kommission zur Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsskandale auf Ablehnung.

29.04.2013 | epd

Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) sagte dem Evangelischen Pressedienst (epd) in Berlin, der Runde Tisch gegen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauch habe sich bereits intensiv mit der Aufarbeitung befasst und gute Ergebnisse im Interesse der Opfer erzielt.

"Was wir jetzt brauchen, ist nicht eine neue Kommission, sondern eine rasche Umsetzung", sagte die Ministerin, die gemeinsam mit Familienministerin Kristina Schröder und der damaligen Bildungsministerin Annette Schavan (beide CDU) den Runden Tisch geleitet hatte. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger erklärte, sie habe sich dafür eingesetzt, dass die Verjährungsfristen für zivilrechtliche Schadenersatzansprüche auf 30 Jahre erhöht werden. Das Gesetz, das der Bundestag bereits verabschiedet hat, soll am Freitag vom Bundesrat beschlossen werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Studie zieht einseitige Schlüsse

DEUTSCHLAND
hpd

BERLIN. (hpd) Das Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen (KFN) veröffentlichte Anfang April das Ergebnis einer Studie zum Thema "Christliche Religiosität und elterliche Gewalt". Wichtigstes Ergebnis: In evangelikalen Familien werden Kinder sehr viel häufiger geschlagen als in katholischen oder evangelischen. Das ist aber nicht alles.

Als Nebenergebnis wird erwähnt, dass sich in katholischen und evangelischen Familien eine intensivere Religiosität eher hemmend auf die Gewalttätigkeit der Eltern auswirkt. Doch die Zahlen sprechen eine andere Sprache.

Das Forschungsinstitut konstatiert: "In katholischen Familien, in denen die Eltern keine Akademiker sind und in denen ein nicht religiöses Elternhaus vorliegt, berichten 14,3 % der Befragten von schwerer elterlicher Gewalt; in Familien, in denen das Elternhaus sehr religiös ist, liegt der Anteil bei 11,8 %. Mit zunehmender Religiosität geht die Erfahrung schwerer elterlicher Gewalt in katholischen Familien also leicht zurück." (S. 7)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Bishop: Rev. Michael Fugee should not have been allowed in youth ministry at Colts Neck church

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

A Catholic priest once accused of molesting a child 10 years ago should not have been allowed to be involved in youth ministry at a Colts Neck church, Bishop David M. O’Connell said Monday.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, was convicted in 2003 of criminal sexual contact involving a boy in New Jersey. It was overturned by an appeals court and the priest eventually entered a pretrial intervention program. Fugee recently spent time working with minors in weekend youth retreats and heard confessions at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Colts Neck. But he never had permission to do so, according to O’Connell, the bishop with the Diocese of Trenton, who issued a statement Monday.

“Father Fugee had been given no permission to exercise ministry there by the diocese nor had he filed the letter of suitability required of all priests outside of the diocese with the chancery,” said O’Connell in the statement. “The diocese had no knowledge of his activity prior to this time.”

O’Connell said he immediately contacted the pastor of the parish and indicated that Fugee may not exercise ministry there, including any ministry involving youths. O’Connell then contacted officials in the Archdiocese of Newark to inform them of Fugee's activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Catholic investigators deny abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty, AAP
Updated April 30, 2013

The commissioners in charge of investigating claims of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Melbourne deny they have helped cover up crimes.

They say senior Victoria Police officers are "plainly wrong" for attacking the church's Melbourne-based complaints system for not reporting abuse cases.

Melbourne Response independent commissioners Peter O'Callaghan QC and Jeff Gleeson SC deny they are trying to protect the church.

Mr Gleeson said both men were disgusted at being accused of being involved in a cover-up in evidence before a Victorian parliamentary inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Lawyer denies alerting clergy to investigation

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The lawyer who runs a complaints system for the Catholic Church in Melbourne has criticised police evidence to the Victorian child sexual abuse inquiry.

Police allege Peter O'Callaghan QC tipped off a member of the clergy who he knew was under investigation by police.

Mr O'Callaghan has told the inquiry that is not true and says the police submission to the inquiry was a farce.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Church commissioners deny covering up claims of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AAP
April 30, 2013

THE commissioners in charge of handling Melbourne abuse complaints against the Catholic Church deny they helped conceal crimes from police.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has also heard the Catholic Church's insurer has paid out about $30 million in compensation to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse.

The independent commissioners in charge of the church's Melbourne-based complaints system, Peter O'Callaghan QC and Jeff Gleeson SC, deny they are trying to protect the church.

Mr Gleeson said both men were appalled at the suggestion they had been involved in a cover-up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Catholic Church defends itself at Vic Parlt Inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC - The World Today

[with audio]

ELEANOR HALL: The man in charge of Melbourne Catholic Church's response to child abuse had denied that he discouraged those who came forward with complaints to contact police.

The independent commissioner of the church's Melbourne Response also told the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry that the church did not interfere with a police investigation into child abuse by tipping off a member of the clergy who was under investigation.

Rachel Carbonell has been at the hearing this morning and filed this report.

RACHEL CARBONELL: The Melbourne Response is the Catholic Church's complaints system in Melbourne, which deals with allegations of abuse.

Barrister Peter O'Callaghan has been the lawyer in charge of that system since it was set up in the mid-1990s.

In evidence to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child abuse this morning Peter O'Callaghan began by defending himself against police criticism of his conduct which was given to the inquiry last year.

In the police submission it was suggested the church never referred complaints to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Catholic Church paid $30m to child abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Danny Morgan and Rachel Carbonnell, ABC
Updated April 30, 2013

The insurers of the Catholic Church say they have paid out $30 million to about 600 victims of child sexual abuse in Victoria.

The church's insurance arm, Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), has appeared before the Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse.

The payments relate to abuses committed mainly in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

A submission by the insurance group's chief executive officer, Peter Rush, states the CCI paid compensation and the cost of counselling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Judge dismisses Catholic Church sex lawsuit

WYOMING
Laramie Boomerang

By The Associated Press • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a Colorado woman had filed against a Roman Catholic church in Casper.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday dismissed the lawsuit against St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Diocese of Cheyenne and individual church officials.

In the lawsuit the woman filed last year, she alleged a deacon had imposed a sexual relationship on her after she went to him for bereavement counseling. The lawsuit claimed the consensual sexual relationship started in 2007 and continued until 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Church insurance reveals $30m payouts to Vic abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
ABC - PM

Catholic Church Insurance has told the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse that since the early 1990s it has paid out about 600 abuse claims at a cost of $30 million. It admitted to the inquiry that in the past it may have given advice to the church not to admit anything when dealing with abuse claims.

Transcript

TIM PALMER: Victoria's parliamentary inquiry into the institutional handling of child sexual abuse today turned its attention to the way the Catholic Church handled claims of abuse made to it.

The church's insurer, Catholic Church Insurance, told the inquiry it has paid out $30 million on 600 claims from victims of child abuse in Victoria. It went on to detail how it refused to indemnify a number of clergymen because the church knew of their propensity to sexually abuse children.

Rachel Carbonell reports.

RACHEL CARBONELL: It's been two days of evidence from orders and organisations of the Catholic Church at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse.

This afternoon it was the Catholic Church Insurance's turn to answer questions from the committee.

Chief executive Peter Rush told the inquiry that it had paid out claims and cost of counselling to about 600 victims, at a cost of $30 million.

Mr Rush told the inquiry he didn't believe the church structured itself to avoid paying out compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Local pastor jailed on sex abuse charges

WEST VIRGINIA
Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local pastor is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a young female family member over a period of several years.

Jonnie Franklin Winnell, 59, of Gypsum Lane in Elkview, is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 property bond, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

Winnell was charged Friday with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian and/or a custodian.

Winnell is a pastor at United Gospel Mission on Charleston's West Side, according to WCHS-TV.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

UPDATE: Charleston Pastor Confesses to Sexually Abusing Young Girl

WEST VIRGINIA
WSAZ

[with video]

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A congregation is in shock after their pastor was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

“[The church] is in limbo, don't know what we're going to do,” said a member of the United Gospel Mission who asked not to be identified because of the nature of the crimes.

Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tell WSAZ.com that Johnnie Franklin Winnell of Gypsum Lane in Elkview confessed Friday to abusing the young girl. Capt. Sean Crosier said the abuse happened during several years.

Neighbor Patricia Strickland says she'd never imagine the man she's lived beside for 20 years could do such things. She said her young granddaughter even plays at Winnell's house and, while she trusts him, she feared the worst when she heard the news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Parents: Why Was Once-Accused Pedophile Priest On Youth Retreats In N.J.?

NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

[with video]

COLTS NECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Parents and teens at a Monmouth County Roman Catholic church were shocked Monday, after learning that a priest who attended overnight teen retreats was once accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, a Newark Archdiocese priest, was convicted in 2003 of molesting a boy. The conviction was overturned by an appeals court, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

But Fugee’s past was not known while he was attending overnight teen retreats, parents and teens at St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck said.

“I’m upset that I wasn’t told, and I’m upset that they’re lying about it,” said youth group member Samara Franklin.

Fugee, 52, entered into an agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to avoid retrial on the abuse conviction after the groping incident six years ago. The agreement required Fugee, 52, never again to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Furor grows over Newark archbishop's stance on priest banned from ministry with children

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

on April 30, 2013

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

At the Monmouth County church where the Rev. Michael Fugee had been spending time with a youth group, angry parishioners said they were never told about Fugee’s background and they questioned Myers’ defense of the priest, the subject of a lengthy story in the Sunday Star-Ledger.

"It’s complete craziness that the church can let this happen," said John Santulli, 38, a father of two at St. Mary Parish in Colts Neck. "I’m a softball coach, and I need a background check just to get on the field. Every single person I spoke to today said, ‘Oh my God. I didn’t know about this.’ It’s incomprehensible."

Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell, who previously said Fugee was operating in the diocese without his knowledge or permission, has ordered the pastor of St. Mary to bar the priest from any church activities, a spokeswoman said in a statement Monday.

The bishop of Paterson, Arthur Serratelli, has likewise said Fugee was on a retreat at Lake Hopatcong without permission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

April 29, 2013

Star witness' story in Philadelphia sex abuse trials doesn't add up

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Ralph Cipriano | Apr. 29, 2013

Analysis

Philadelphia --
On Jan. 17, a former priest named Edward V. Avery was sworn in as a witness in a Philadelphia courtroom. The man once known as the "smiling padre" was dressed in an ill-fitting baby-blue prison uniform and was missing his usual toupee.

What Avery had to say would stun courtroom observers and enrage a prosecutor.

Avery had been in jail nearly a year since March 22, 2012, when he pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and to conspiring with Msgr. William J. Lynn, the Philadelphia archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, to endanger the welfare of a child. The victim of both crimes was a former 10-year-old altar boy identified in a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report as "Billy Doe."

The prosecutor who called Avery as a witness asked a simple question that nobody had bothered to ask the year before, when the former priest pleaded guilty: Did you do it?

In a calm voice, Avery said he had never touched Billy Doe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Calls for Nowicki to Step Down

PENNSYLVANIA
YouTube

On April 24, 2013, Channel 11 in Pittsburgh aired this news story regarding Archabbot Douglas Nowicki from Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (USA). More information is available at http://www.MisconductinLatrobe.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Justicia ordena ...

ARGENTINA
Terra

Justicia ordena a obispado argentino indemnizar a víctima de cura pedófilo

La justicia argentina ordenó al Obispado de Quilmes, cercano a la capital, a indemnizar en unos 30.000 dólares a un joven víctima de abuso sexual por parte de un cura, fallecido a causa de sida, según un fallo difundido este lunes y al que accedió la AFP.

El fallo dictado el 9 de abril por un tribunal de segunda instancia de Quilmes, un municipio en la periferia sur de Buenos Aires, se conoce luego de que el papa Francisco, nacido en Argentina, recomendara "actuar con determinación" y a ayudar a los que han sido víctimas en el pasado de abusos sexuales, en alusión a las cientos de denuncias en todo el mundo contra curas pederastas.

"Es histórico, la institución nunca antes tuvo que pagar una condena por estos actos. Me da tranquilidad y mucho consuelo y me alegra que pueda servir para que otras víctimas sepan que la Iglesia no se va a poder manejar con la misma impunidad ", se congratuló la víctima en el diario Página/12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

El Obispado de Quilmes deberá pagar una indemnización por un cura pedófilo

ARGENTINA
La Nacion

Luego de un histórico fallo de la Cámara de Apelaciones de Quilmes, que condena al obispado de ese distrito a pagar una indemnización de 155 mil pesos a un joven abusado por un cura, el joven denunciante pidió hoy que las personas que sufran hechos similares se presenten en la Justicia, porque "callarlo es tener complicidad", y denunció que en Córdoba existen "curas que siguen abusando de menores".

"Nos interesaba que el fallo sea favorable porque sienta un precedente importantísimo para otras causas similares, para que otras víctimas puedan tener otro fallo favorable y puedan tener justicia", resaltó la víctima, de nombre Gabriel, en declaraciones al canal Todo Noticias (TN) en la ciudad bonaerense de Berazategui.

Fallo histórico

La Cámara de Apelaciones de Quilmes ratificó en los últimos días la sentencia del Juzgado Civil y Comercial N2, que condena al Obispado de ese distrito por el delito de pedofilia y lo obliga a pagar una indemnización superior a los 155 mil pesos, tras diez años de batalla judicial de Beatriz Varela, la madre de la víctima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Argentina bishop forced to pay over priest sex abuse

ARGENTINA
GlobalPost

An Argentina court ordered a bishop from a town outside Buenos Aires to pay damages of $30,000 plus ten years' interest to a priest sex abuse victim, according to the ruling released Monday.

The appeals court ruling, handed down on April 9, came just days after Pope Francis, originally from Argentina, told Vatican disciplinarians to act "with determination" against the scourge of pedophile priests.

In Francis's first official pronouncement, the newly elected pontiff asked for "stepped-up measures to protect minors and help those who were subjected to such violence in the past."

The bishop, Luis Stockler, was ordered to pay $24,500 to the victim and $5,340 to his mother for "psychological" and other damages for the abuse -- which was committed by a priest he supervised -- in 2002.

The priest died of AIDS in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Priest calls on Vatican to investigate Newark Archbishop John J. Myers

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
on April 29, 2013

An influential Wisconsin priest who advocates for victims of sexual abuse has called on the Vatican to investigate whether Newark Archbishop John J. Myers violated canon law in his handling of a clergyman who continues to work with minors despite a lifetime ban.

The Rev. James Connell, the former vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, aired his concerns in a letter he emailed this morning to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that has dealt with allegations of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Connell, a canon lawyer, wrote the letter after reading a Sunday Star-Ledger story about the Rev. Michael Fugee, who is barred from working with minors under a 2007 agreement with law enforcement.

The newspaper found that Fugee, with the approval of Myers, continued to engage children through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary Parish in Colts Neck. Fugee, who is friends with the church’s youth ministers, has attended retreats with the youth group, traveled with teens to Canada and heard the confessions of minors behind closed doors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Priest With Molestation History Found Working with Kids – Should He Still Be a Priest? [POLL]

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

By Ray Rossi
April 29, 2013

You may remember some months ago, I questioned the decision made by the Archbishop of Newark, John Myers, to elevate Father Michael Fugee to the position of co-director of the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.

This was done in the wake of a report detailing the molestation past of the priest, and the subsequent disposition of the case, in which he was allowed to enter pre trial intervention, counseling for sex offenders; and allowed to sign an agreement never to work in any capacity with children.

At the time I felt it was a “sweet” deal not only to have been dealt with as an abuser, but to then be given a lofty administrative position within the church.

Some might call that “business as usual”, given the church’s penchant for hiding priests charged with sexual abuse of minors.

Sad but true, especially in light of the church’s recent history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Church not immune to abuse cases

AUSTRALIA
Neos Cosmos

29 Apr 2013

Helen Velissaris

Archbishop Stylianos has revealed the Greek Orthodox Church is not immune to child sex abuse cases a week after the Church fronted the Victorian parliamentary inquiry on the issue denying culpability.

The Archbishop believes that no religious organisation is immune, as the pattern of abuse isn't an organisational problem, but a human one.

"Religious organisations, which consist of human beings, even as clergymen, can never be regarded in advance as immune of such criminal acts," he told Neos Kosmos.

At the inquiry, Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis denied there were any cases of child sex abuse by Greek orthodox clergyman in Victoria and affirmed there were no attempts at cover up or "sweep under the carpet anything serious".

But, as The Age reported this week, the Bishop "misled" the inquiry, saying there is at least one case where a priest has been charged for indecently assaulting a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Former pupil at school run by nuns was 'hit with carpet beater'

SCOTLAND
STV

A former pupil at an approved school told a court a nun hit her repeatedly with a carpet beater.

Kathleen Humphries claimed that she had been battered by Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, while at the facility in Renfrewshire.

Kenny and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton in the 1970s.

On Monday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard from 56-year-old Ms Humphries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. H. Cornell Bradley, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Maryland Province Jesuit ordained in 1969, Bradley was first removed from ministry in 1993 after accusations surfaced that he had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with three people, including two 15 year-old boys and a woman. He was sent to treatment and returned to ministry in 1995. In 2006 Bradley was again accused, this time of sexual misconduct with an adult male during the early 1980s. As a result of this and four other credible allegations involving minors and adults over the course of three decades, he was again removed from ministry. Subsequently five more people came forward, several with reports that Bradley had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1960s and '70s at Gonzaga College High School, where he spent much of his career pre and post-ordination. Others complained that he had made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and staff member at St. Joseph's University, where he worked in the late 1990s and until his removal in 2006. In addition to his time in Washington DC, Bradley's career took him to India, Chile, Baltimore MD, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 2007 Bradley was said to be living under supervision in a Jesuit community on the East Coast.

Ordained: 1969

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Child sex abuse 'as important as any other act of terrorism,' crowd told at Mendham church

MENDHAM (NJ)
NJ.com

By Brendan Kuty/NJ.com

on April 29, 2013

MENDHAM — The next person who tries destroying a memorial at St. Joseph's Church honoring victims of clergy child sex abuse will be in for a big surprise, according to The Rev. Joseph Angiolini.

"They're going to get scared out of their wits," he said.

Security cameras now overlook the 400-pound millstone statue that was vandalized in early March — the second time it was attacked in two years — Angiolini said. He also said a motion-activated light will flip on when someone approaches the memorial at night.

Angiolini's remarks came at a rededication of the memorial Sunday afternoon. About 75 people attended the ceremony, which featured speeches from Assistant District Attorney of New York Jill Starishevsky and Angel Rose, founder of nonprofit Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, or PAVE.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Ballarat Diocese admits to destroying documents detailing accusations of paedophilia

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Annika Smethurst
From:Herald Sun
April 30, 2013

THE Ballarat Diocese has admitted it destroyed documents detailing accusations of paedophilia and moved offending priests to new parishes despite more than 100 case of sexual abuse, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Former Ballarat bishop Peter Connors said the church had effectively facilitated sexual offences against children by placing one of Australia's worst child predators, Gerald Ridsdale, in positions that enabled him to abuse.

The inquiry heard that evidence of Ridsdale's offences first surfaced in 1975 yet he continued to be protected by the church.

Deputy chairman of the Victorian inquiry, MP Frank McGuire, asked the Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird, why Ridsdale wasn't reported to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Church abused more than 100 children

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Topics:sexual-offences, community-and-society, child-abuse, human-interest, law-crime-and-justice, religious-leaders, ballarat-3350, australia

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Catholic Church order has told the Victorian Parliament inquiry into the abuse of children by organisations that at one stage up to 25 per cent of its members were accused of sexual abuse

The inquiry heard from the St. John of God Brothers, the Salesians and the Diocese of Ballarat.

Both the Bishop of Ballarat and his predecessor admitted that the decision to allow a known abuser to continue to have access to children had tragic consequences

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: Many victims and their supporters saw today as a potential indication of how the Catholic Church will handle the Royal Commission into sexual abuse.

The St. John of God Brothers told the inquiry that of the 60 members who'd served in Victoria since the 1950s, 15 had been accused of abusing those in their care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

IL- Victims want Joliet bishop ousted

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--blast Joliet’s top Catholic official for letting a suspended predator priest live and work freely among unsuspecting Kentucky families,
--urge Chicago’s top Catholic official to disclose where dozens of local suspended predator priests now live, and
--prod both prelates to put all their child molesting clerics in secure treatment centers away from children.

They will also ask Chicago’s Cardinal George to help oust Joliet’s Bishop Conlon from his post as head of the US bishops’ child sex abuse committee.

WHEN
Monday, April, 29, at 2:30 p.m.

WHO
Three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a St. Louis man who is the group’s long time executive director

WHERE
Outside the Chicago Archdiocese headquarters, Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Paedophiles walk as their victims suffer

AUSTRALIA
The Daily Telegraph

Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Daily Telegraph
April 29, 2013

ONLY three of the 238 men convicted of having sex with a child under 10 in the past decade have been jailed for what the government has set as a standard minimum term of 15 years.

One man who raped a child was behind bars for as little as nine months.

The shocking truth of such lenient sentences is revealed as The Daily Telegraph launches a campaign to force judges to do what the community expects through setting mandatory minimum terms for all sex crimes against children.

Angry child protection advocates and victims groups say that judges should not be free to ignore the standard non-parole periods set as guidelines for paedophiles and others who possess child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Church admits moving known paedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

[with video]

By Rachel Carbonell

A Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse hears a bishop allowed a known paedophile priest to continue working.

A Victorian Inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard the former Bishop of Ballarat made a terrible mistake by allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse has been told that by 1975 representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, had solid evidence of his crimes but he was not removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Sex probe after man accuses 2 priests

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

DETECTIVES are investigating historical claims of abuse made against two priests.

It came after a father-of-two claimed a priest raped him at one of Scotland's holiest Catholic sites, Carfin Grotto, near Motherwell in North Lanarkshire.

Pat McEwan, now 63, waived his right to anonymity to speak out about the alleged abuse.

He says the alleged sex attack happened when he was a young boy and claimed it was one of many he suffered at the hands of a group of priests in the west of Scotland.

He said he had visited the grotto, a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, with his mum and sister to visit a senior priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Wenn es einmal ins Rutschen gerät…

OSTERREICH
Tammoxsche Gedanken II

Einer der erstaunlichsten Aspekte des sexuellen Kindermissbrauchs der Katholischen Kirche ist die Unverfrorenheit, mit der Topkleriker wie der Salzburger Weihbischof Andreas Laun erklärten man haben ja vor 2010 gar nichts dagegen unternehmen KÖNNEN, weil man es ja gar nicht gewußt hätte. So etwas habe man sich noch nicht einmal vorstellen können.

Sprachs und kam ohne Rüge davon.

Daß seit vielen Jahren Politmagazine und zahlreiche Blogger von diesen Fällen berichtet hatten, daß die Kirche dies sehr wohl gewußt haben MUSS, da sie anwaltlich gegen die Opfer ihrer kinderfickenden Priester vorgegangen war, zahlreiche Schweigevereinbarungen getroffen und unzählige Pädophile in ihren Reihen wegen ihrer „Veranlagung“ munter von Pfarrei zu Pfarrei versetzt hatte, störte den Bischof nicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

Flandern will Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen

BELGIEN
BRF

Kay Wagner

Kindesmisshandlungen in katholischen Bildungseinrichtungen sollen in einer wissenschaftlichen Studie aufgearbeitet werden. Dafür bildet sich in Flandern zurzeit eine breite Mehrheit.

Auslöser für die neu entfachte Debatte um Missbrauch in katholischen Internaten und Heimen ist ein Bericht in der Tageszeitung De Standaard vom vergangenen Samstag. Die Leitung des katholischen Bildungswesens signalisiert Unterstützung für die wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

„Wir sind noch am Anfang“

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Von Katja Tichomirowa

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig spricht im Interview über die Arbeit des Runden Tisches Kindesmissbrauch, die finanzielle Hilfe für die Opfer und über die Pläne eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission einzurichten.

Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig ist seit 2011 Unabhängiger Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs. Er setzt sich für eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission ein, die das Thema umfassend nachhaltig aufarbeiten soll.

Herr Rörig, was ist seit der Vorlage des Abschlussberichts des Runden Tisch Kindesmissbrauch im Jahr 2011 erreicht worden?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Die Aufklärung stockt

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Von Katja Tichomirowa

Vor zwei Jahren hat der Runde Tisch Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch seine Arbeit abgeschlossen. Doch die Aufklärung ist ins Stocken geraten. Die Opfer wollen eine neue Aufarbeitungskommission. Am Dienstag werden sie erstmals über die Forderung beraten.

Matthias Katsch ist ein wunderbarer Gesprächspartner, souverän, wortgewandt und ein aufmerksamer Zuhörer. Sprechen hilft, sagt er, und dass er sich einmal entschieden hat, es zu tun, hat sein Leben verändert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Justizministerin gegen unabhängige Kommission zu Missbrauchsskandal

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig stößt in der Bundesregierung mit seiner Forderung nach einer unabhängigen Kommission zur Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsskandale auf Ablehnung.

29.04.2013 | epd

Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) sagte dem Evangelischen Pressedienst (epd) in Berlin, der Runde Tisch gegen sexuellen Kindesmissbrauch habe sich bereits intensiv mit der Aufarbeitung befasst und gute Ergebnisse im Interesse der Opfer erzielt.

"Was wir jetzt brauchen, ist nicht eine neue Kommission, sondern eine rasche Umsetzung", sagte die Ministerin, die gemeinsam mit Familienministerin Kristina Schröder und der damaligen Bildungsministerin Annette Schavan (beide CDU) den Runden Tisch geleitet hatte. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger erklärte, sie habe sich dafür eingesetzt, dass die Verjährungsfristen für zivilrechtliche Schadenersatzansprüche auf 30 Jahre erhöht werden. Das Gesetz, das der Bundestag bereits verabschiedet hat, soll am Freitag vom Bundesrat beschlossen werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

The church must deal openly with a very painful history

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

IF anything, the evidence provided to the state inquiry into institutionalised child abuse yesterday confirmed much of what has long been suspected about the handling of offenders in the Catholic Church.

The necessary knowledge and understanding about taking actions and informing authorities about abuse was simply not understood by church leaders.

The major failings of those presented with information about abuse was that they could not, or refused to, put the victims’ needs ahead of the perpetrators.

A serious example – that of the church’s handling of convicted paedophile Gerard Ridsdale – was laid bare on the public record yesterday.

According to recently appointed Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird: “Dismissal was not the first option. They (paedophile priests) would go to be treated to correct the behaviour, which proved to be a terrible mistake with tragic consequences. Gerald Ridsdale should have been taken out of the ministry.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Church admits moving known paedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

By Rachel Carbonell

A Victorian Inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard the former Bishop of Ballarat made a terrible mistake by allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse has been told that by 1975 representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, had solid evidence of his crimes but he was not removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

The inquiry heard that the bishop in charge of the Ballarat diocese during the time that Ridsdale worked there, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, was not fit to front the inquiry because he had suffered a stroke and now had poor memory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Church elders front abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The Victorian Parliamentary inquiry in to abuse today heard from church elders about their handling of the issue.

Transcript

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Relatives and victims of countless cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church have waited years to hear the Church's leaders explain their handling of the scandal.

Today, Church elders finally stepped up to faced questions at a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria.

Among them were the leaders of the Ballarat Diocese, where there've been 116 substantiated cases of abuse, 67 of them committed by a single priest. There've also been up to 50 suicides as a result.

This afternoon, the Ballarat Diocese revealed that not one of these cases was reported to police and victims groups remain outraged as they await the Federal Government's Royal Commission.

National affairs correspondent Heather Ewart reports.

HEATHER EWART, REPORTER: The Catholic diocese of Ballarat is where some of the worst sexual abuse exposed within the Catholic Church took place. From at least the 1970s onwards, we now know more than 100 children were abused there by Catholic clergy. Up to 50 of those victims have since committed suicide.

STEPHEN WOODS (2011): The sheer number of victims and the sheer amount of assaults and rapes that went on is just hideous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Mother Theresa's Masochism...

UNITED STATES
AlterNet

Mother Theresa's Masochism: Does Religion Demand Suffering to Keep People Passive?

Passive acceptance or even glorification of suffering can be adaptive when people have no choice. But why does so much religion -- particularly Catholicism -- fetishize pain?

April 28, 2013 |

With a new Pope at the helm, the Catholic hierarchy has set about to polish its tarnished image. Can an increased focus on the poor make up for the Church’s opposition to contraception and marriage equality or its sordid financial and sexual affairs? The Bishops can only hope. And pray. And perhaps accelerate the sainthood of Agnes Gonxha, better known as Mother Teresa.

In the last century, no one icon has improved the Catholic brand as much as the small woman who founded the Missionaries of Charity, whose image aligns beautifully with that of the new pope. In March a team of Canadian researchers noted the opportunity: “What could be better than beatification followed by canonization of [Mother Teresa] to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful, especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority is in decline?”

The question, however, was more than a little ironic. The team of academics from the Universities of Montreal and Ottawa set out to do research on altruism. In the process, they reviewed over 500 documents about Mother Teresa’s life and compiled an array of disturbing details about the soon-to-be saint, including dubious political connections and questionable management of funds—and, in particular, an attitude toward suffering that could give pause to even her biggest fans. ...

Mother Teresa’s outlook on suffering played out in her order’s homes for the sick and dying, which doctors have described as deficient in hygiene, care, nutrition, and painkillers. Miami resident Hemley Gonzalez was so shocked by his volunteer experience that he has founded an accountable charity to provide better care. "Needles were washed in cold water and reused and expired medicines were given to the inmates. There were people who had chance to live if given proper care," . . . "I have decided to go back to Kolkata to start a charity that will be called 'Responsible Charity.' Each donation will be made public and professional medical help will be given," Gonzalez said after returning to the U.S. He also launched a Facebook page called, “Stop the Missionaries of Charity.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Police probe dad-of-two's claims that he was raped by Catholic priest at Carfin Grotto in the 1950s

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

By Chris Clements

A FATHER of two has told how a priest raped him at the famous Carfin Grotto shrine when he was eight.

Pat McEwan, 63, said that after the attack, his abuser told him: “Stop crying. Be a soldier of Christ. God doesn’t like boys who cry.”

Pat says the sex attack was one of many he suffered in three years of hell at the hands of a group of priests at addresses in the west of Scotland.

He believes he was the victim of a paedophile ring. It’s alleged senior clergy were involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Salesians pay out $2.06m to victims

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The Salesian Catholic order has paid $2.06 million compensation to Victorian abuse victims, with complaints made against 14 priests, an inquiry has heard.

There have been a total of 49 complaints made against 14 priests of the Salesian order.

Of those, 37 payouts have been made, the Victorian child abuse inquiry heard on Monday.

Five priests from the order have been convicted of criminal offences.

The first abuse case came to the organisation's attention in 1986, its provincial Greg Chambers said.

Father Chambers said two priests accused of abuse remained in the order, but said both were bound to domestic duties and had no exposure to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Catholic orders deny protecting pedophiles

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

April 29, 2013

Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty
AAP

Two Catholic orders have denied colluding to protect pedophile members of the clergy, but say they accept some responsibility for the crimes committed.

One in four St John of God brothers and 14 priests of the Salesian order have been the subject of child abuse complaints in Victoria, a state parliamentary inquiry heard on Monday.

More than 100 abuse cases have been upheld in the Catholic Church's Ballarat diocese alone since 1975. More than 60 per cent of them involved one offender, the defrocked priest Gerald Ridsdale - who has been convicted.

The bishop now in charge of Ballarat has admitted a predecessor made a "terrible mistake" in letting Ridsdale - one of Australia's worst pedophiles - remain in the ministry after being alerted to a complaint as long ago as 1975.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Vic abuse inquiry hears from Catholic orders and organisations

AUSTRALIA
ABC - PM

Catholic orders and organisations have begun giving evidence at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse. The inquiry has heard of hundreds of cases of abuse against children dating back to the 50s by St John of God brothers and priests from the Salesian order and the Catholic diocese of Ballarat.

Transcript

TIM PALMER: Representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ballarat, in Western Victoria, have told the State's Parliamentary Inquiry Into Child Abuse that allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working as a priest was a terrible mistake.

Father Gerald Ridsdale was convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse in 1993 and again in 2006.

The inquiry heard today that by 1975 there was solid evidence of his crimes but he wasn't removed from his duties and was instead moved onto other parishes.

Today was the first day for Catholic orders and organisations to give evidence at the inquiry and reporter Rachel Carbonell was there.

RACHEL CARBONELL: Representatives from the St John of God Brothers, The Salesian Order and the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat were all questioned at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse today.

The inquiry heard that the bishop in charge of the Ballarat diocese during the time that paedophile priest Father Gerald Ridsdale worked there, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, was not before the inquiry because he had suffered a stroke and now had poor memory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Teacher in molestation case pleads not guilty

CALIFORNIA
Daily Pilot

April 27, 2013

A high school teacher who authorities said posed as a teenage girl and solicited nude photos from more than 100 boys has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony charges, court records show.

Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach to charges of using a minor for sex acts, distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, lewd acts upon a child, lewd acts upon a child under 14, possession and control of child pornography and distributing child pornography, according to prosecutors and court records.

Reeder was a history teacher at Servite High School in Anaheim at the time of the crimes, and previously worked as a history teacher at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine where he also worked as an assistant walk-on baseball coach for four seasons, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Court hears from victim of alleged child sex abuse by Eastbourne vicar

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on 29/04/2013

A man who says he was sexually abused by an Eastbourne vicar when he was just seven or eight has told a court he felt ‘terrible and disgusting’.

Gordon Rideout, a 74-year-old Church of England minister, has pleaded not guilty to 38 sexual offences against 18 young boys and girls, some as young as five.

Rideout lives in Filching Close, Polegate, and is currently on bail but standing trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Yesterday (Thursday, April 25), two men, both Barnados children in care during the 1960s, gave evidence at his trial and told the court Rideout had put his hands down their trousers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Inquiry: Where is Bishop Mulkearns?

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By FIONA HENDERSON
April 29, 2013

QUESTIONS have been raised over the absence of former bishop Ronald Mulkearns from the inquiry into institutionalised child abuse being held today at Parliament House.

Current bishop Paul Bird says Bishop Mulkearns memory has been affected by a stroke.

However, committee member Frank McGuire says he should appear to explain why Father Gerald Ridsdale was moved around parishes, even when his offending was known.

In response to Mr McGuire asking if Bishop Mulkearns had "wilful blindness", Bishop Bird said he had instead made "tragic mistakes" and was just following the accepted opinions of his time.

"Dismissal was not the first option," Bishop Bird said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

'Terrible mistake' over Vic abuse priest

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A Catholic bishop made a tragic mistake in letting now convicted pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale remain in the ministry, the current bishop for Ballarat says.

The Catholic Church knew about child abuse complaints against Father Ridsdale as early as 1975 but let him remain as a priest and moved him to other parishes, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Police told former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns of complaints against Ridsdale in 1975, but he was moved to other parishes, the inquiry was told.

Ridsdale should have been removed when a child abuse complaint was first made, current Ballarat bishop Paul Bird said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Learning from a dark time

CANADA
Leader-Post

Many non-aboriginal Canadians remain all too ignorant of the shameful history of Canada's residential schools, whose damaging legacy continues to be felt in aboriginal communities across the country.

The recent Montreal hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are part of the process of moving forward, not only for those who choose to testify, but for all Canadians.

At these public hearings, which are being held in seven Canadian cities, survivors of the residential school system are getting an opportunity to recount their experiences.

Over the course of more than a century, tens of thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were wrenched from their families and communities, and sent away to boarding schools run by religious groups and funded by the federal government. Though the schools were winding down by the 1970s, the last of them did not close until 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Sex abuse advocates rededicate NJ monument

NEW JERSEY
PhillyBurbs

Associated Press

Advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse have gathered to rededicate a monument in northern New Jersey that has been a target of vandalism.

Part of the millstone monument near St. Joseph Church in Mendham was destroyed last month for the second time in less than two years. But several survivors and family members rededicated the monument during a ceremony Sunday.

The original monument was dedicated in 2004, near the rectory that was home to a priest who was defrocked and admitted molesting about a dozen children at St. Joseph and other parishes.

In November 2011, police charged a 38-year-old man with using a sledgehammer to destroy the monument. It was rebuilt and dedicated last April.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Abuse inquiry slams church spokesman's comments

April 29, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age

Comments by the Catholic Church spokesman on child sexual abuse were inappropriate, disingenuous and possibly in contempt of Parliament, MP Frank McGuire said on Monday.

Mr McGuire, deputy chairman of the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse, said: "Before you've even come before the inquiry it looks as though the church is trying to minimise" the abuse problem.

Mr McGuire criticised the church for taking an umbrella approach to the inquiry but not when it came to compensation or remedies.

Criticising remarks by Father Shane McKinlay that clergy sexual abuse coincided with the social and moral collapse of the 1960s and '70s, including an attempt to lower the age of consent to 12, Mr McGuire said: "Is the church going to try to blame society?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Church told of abuse by Vic priest

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

By Daniel Fogarty
AAP
April 29, 2013

THE former bishop of Ballarat made a "tragic mistake" by not removing one of Australia's worst pedophiles when he first became aware of sexual abuse allegations against the priest, the current bishop of the diocese admits.

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns knew about child abuse complaints against Father Gerald Ridsdale as early as 1975 but let him remain as a priest and moved him to other parishes, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Church records reveal 67 abuse complaints have been made against Risdale, who is currently in jail for sex offences.

The church admitted on Monday that it effectively facilitated abuse by allowing a known abuser to continue to have access to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

April 28, 2013

Irish abuse priest lifted by Brit cops

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND
The Irish Sun

EXCLUSIVE by MICHAEL DOYLE

Last Updated: 29th April 2013

A DEFROCKED priest accused of abusing at least 32 children has been arrested, the Irish Sun can reveal.

Vile Bill Carney, 63, was described by the Murphy Report into clerical abuse as one of the worst offenders.

He has been living in the UK for over 20 years after the Catholic Church booted him out in 1992 and was arrested by British cops in London in the past few days on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

He is due to appear in court this week where he will fight to avoid being returned here.

A source said: “He will appear in court in the coming days. He still denies any wrongdoing and is fighting his extradition.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 PM

Church officials testify at abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A Catholic order that provided services for children with intellectual disabilities has denied it was infiltrated by predatory paedophiles.

The St John of God Brothers are the first of the Catholic orders to give evidence at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child abuse.

The inquiry first heard this morning that 15 of 60 St John of God Brothers had complaints made against them in Victoria since the 1940s.

Brother Tim Graham says he has been horrified by the allegations and acknowledges there has been a systemic failure of scrutiny and accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM

Advocates Rededicate Sexual Abuse Victims’ Memorial Twice Hit By Vandals

MENDHAM (NJ)
CBS New York

MENDHAM, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Advocates for victims of child sexual abuse rededicated a monument in Morris County, N.J., Sunday that has twice been the target of vandalism.

The rededication ceremony for the monument outside St. Joseph Church in Mendham took place on Sunday afternoon.

Part of the millstone monument near St. Joseph Church in Mendham was destroyed last month for the second time in less than two years.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the destroyed statue representing girl victims remained missing, and the boy figure remained heavily damaged, as of Sunday. But despite the second occurrence of vandalism, victims and families rededicated their efforts to crack down on child sex abuse.

“It takes all of us as a community to stand up,” said Mark Crawford, of the New Jersey Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 PM

Twice-Vandalized Clergy Sex Abuse Monument Rededicated

MENDHAM (NJ)
Patch

By Russ Crespolini

The damage physical damage to the monument may not be repaired, but to those assembled outside of St. Joseph’s Church in Mendham Borough on Sunday, it hardly mattered.

The crowd was there for the third time to rededicate the memorial to child victims of clergy sex abuse that was destroyed twice in as many years. Fittingly, the ceremony was scheduled just before the close of April, which is sexual assault awareness month.

The third dedication of the monument focused on female victims of clergy sex abuse. Angela Rose of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), an organization dedicated to “shattering the silence of sexual violence,” traveled from Washington, DC to speak at the event. Rose was tweeting before the event started about the number of people assembled and described the day as “incredible.” New York City sex crimes prosecutor Jill Starishevsky, author of “My Body Belongs to Me,” also spoke.

The monument was designed and built as a memorial to the victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and was dedicated in 2004 at St. Joseph's where James T. Hanley, a pastor who has been defrocked, admitted to molesting children decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM

Ratzinger to return to the Vatican on May 1st

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Pope Emeritus will be leaving Castel Gandolfo in a few days and returning to the Vatican

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

Benedict XVI returns to the Vatican. He left the Holy See on 28 February, the last day of his pontificate, which ended officially on the evening of that same day, following his resignation. Unless there is last minute change of plan, the Pope Emeritus is expected to return to the Vatican on 1 May. The former cloistered monastery where the former Pope will be living, is now ready for him to move in. The monastery is a four story building, with communal areas and twelve monastic cells, a new wing measuring approximately 450 metres squared, a chapel, the cloistered nuns’ choir, a library, a gallery, an evergreen hedge, a heavy gate that separates the cloistered area from the other parts of the monastery and a large garden where peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, cabbages, lemons and oranges are grown.

Benedict XVI will be living with the four members of the “Memores Domini” association and his personal secretary, Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household. Others who are allowed to stay in the monastery are the Pope Emeritus’ brother and the German deacon who joined the small former “papal family” and assists Ratzinger when Fr. Georg is busy in the Apostolic Palace. The move will make Mgr. Gänswein’s life much easier as, up until now, he has had to go back and forth from Castel Gandolfo to the Vatican every day. It will also make it easier for Francis to visit his predecessor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

O’Brien will remain a cardinal as file is closed on sex claims

SCOTLAND
The Times

Tom Farmery

Cardinal Keith O’Brien will face no further action from the Vatican after his admission of having sexual relations with four priests and a seminarian.

It emerged yesterday that there is no longer an active investigation into his behaviour and that Rome views the matter as closed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

Another Bishop Hits the News

NEW JERSEY
dotCommonweal

April 28, 2013, 6:04 pm

Posted by Lisa Fullam

This time in Newark, NJ. The bishop is Archbishop John Myers, and the offending priest is Michael Fugee, who admitted groping a 14 year-old boy 12 years ago. (He later recanted his confession, saying that he’d only confessed so he could go home sooner.) He was tried and convicted, but the conviction overturned on appeal based on inappropriate instructions to the jury. The appellate ruling did not question the validity of the confession. According to the NJ Star-Ledger, rather than re-try the case,

the prosecutor’s office allowed him to enter pre-trial intervention, a rehabilitation program for first offenders. At the same time, the prosecutor’s office secured an agreement that Fugee undergo counseling for sex offenders and have no unsupervised contact with children as long as he is a priest.

I infer that Fugee’s agreeing to this condition means that he, in effect, recants his recantation. Otherwise, it would be a serious infringement on his ministry. A later effort to have his record expunged was denied on grounds of public safety. Subsequently, Fugee has been assigned to significant posts in the Archdiocese. His latest post is co-director of the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.

On the face of it, this is a good resolution. After all, this job would not seem to bring him into contact with children, which is the terms of his deal with legal authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Reverend Robert Dando: Britain's Baptist Church hit by child rape claims

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

The Baptist Church in Britain has been hit by a string of child sex abuse claims.

Seven men allege that they were raped as teenagers by a paedophile minister.

Their High Court writ is the first action against the UK church and legal sources say it could cost it millions of pounds.

The men claim they were abused by Reverend Robert Dando, 48, who was jailed for eight years in Virginia, US, in 2011 for molesting two boys between 1995 and 1999.

Dando had been in the US on overseas ­missions. After his arrest in 2011 he resigned as senior minister at Worcester Park Baptist church in south-west London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Did Once-Accused Pedophile Priest Violate Order Banning Contact With Kids?

NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Investigators have been questioning whether New Jersey priest once accused of child sexual abuse may have violated an order never again to work with children.

The Rev. Michael Fugee has had an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church for several years, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. Parishioners said he has attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

Newark Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said Fugee was unavailable for comment.

But Goodness said the archdiocese believes Fugee, 52, can work with minors if he is supervised by priests or lay ministers aware of his past and the agreement’s conditions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

When religious beliefs become evil: 4 signs

UNITED STATES
CNN

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - An angry outburst at a mosque. The posting of a suspicious YouTube video. A friendship with a shadowy imam.

Those were just some of the signs that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, accused of masterminding the Boston Marathon bombings, had adopted a virulent strain of Islam that led to the deaths of four people and injury of more than 260.

But how else can you tell that someone’s religious beliefs have crossed the line? The answer may not be as simple you think, according to scholars who study all brands of religious extremism. The line between good and evil religion is thin, they say, and it’s easy to make self-righteous assumptions.

“When it’s something we like, we say it’s commitment to an idea; when it’s something we don’t like, we say it’s blind obedience,” said Douglas Jacobsen, a theology professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. ...

4. The end justifies the means.

It was one of the biggest scandals the Roman Catholic Church ever faced, and the repercussions are still being felt today.

In January 2002, the Boston Globe published a story about Father John Geoghan, a priest who had been moved around various parishes after Catholic leaders learned that he had abused children. It was later revealed that Catholic officials had quietly paid at least $10 million to settle lawsuits against Geoghan.

Kimball says the Catholic scandal revealed another sign that a faith has turned toxic: Religious figures start justifying doing something wrong for a higher good.

“The common theme was trying to protect the integrity of the church,” Kimball said of some Catholic leaders who covered up the crimes. “You get all of these rationalizations that we can’t let this scandal bring the whole church down, so we have to pay off this family and send the priests off to rehab.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

NJ Star-Ledger editorial: 'Archbishop Myers must go'

NEW JERSEY
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Gallagher | Apr. 28, 2013

It's generally not a positive development when an editorial board of a major newspaper takes the position that an archbishop should resign. Well that's what happened today on this fourth Sunday of Easter in an editorial by The Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in New Jersey.

The basis for the call for resignation is found in a related story in The Star-Ledger today with the headline: "Newark archbishop allows priest who admitted groping boy to continue working with children."

Writer Mark Mueller reports:

"Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest.

Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Wisconsin monk charged for attempted abduction

ILLINOIS
Seattle PI

ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Benedictine monk from Wisconsin has been charged with trying to abduct an Illinois teenager.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1864id6) 57-year-old Thomas Chmura (shah-MOO'-rah) was arrested last week. He was charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail Saturday.

Police allege the 14-year-old was walking in the northern Illinois community of Antioch when a man in a station wagon asked if she needed a ride. The girl ran and he drove off.

The teen recounted the description of the man and car to police. Chmura was arrested Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

SNAP: Benedictine monk from Milw. Archdiocese charged

WISCONSIN/ILLINOIS
Fox 6

April 28, 2013, by Katie DeLong

MILWAUKEE/ANTIOCH (WITI) — A judge has set bail at $50,000 for a Benedictine monk from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee accused of trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch, Illinois.

Police arrested Thomas Chmura on Friday, April 26th after seeing him stop his car in the middle of traffic to talk to three women on the sidewalk.

Police say Chmura was driving next to the girl on Thursday night when he asked her to get into his car. After his arrest, officers say Chmura admitted he approached the girl for purposes of sexual gratification.

SNAP, the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests is reacting to charges filed against Chmura.

In a statement, SNAP’s Director, John Pilmaier says: “Thomas Chmura, a Benedictine monk assigned in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was arrested on Thursday for attempting to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch, Illinois. Chmura informed police that he approached the child because he wanted sexual gratification. He further admitted to law enforcement officials that he had attempted similar child abductions up to 10 times in the past six weeks.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

How Harper’s ancestors “kill the Indian in the child”

CANADA
Lankaweb

Posted on April 28th, 2013

Herold Leelawardena

A Canadian Indian Michael Cachagee did spent 12 years in three different schools from 1944, Associated Press said as he said: “I was beaten. I was put in tubs of hot water. I suffered great pains of hunger. I was force-fed rotten food.” Michael Cachagee added: “The intent was to destroy the Indian.” It is also a known fact that some of the students in residential schools were sexually abused. Such was the cruelty and ill-treatment inflicted on The First Nation of Canada in the so-called ‘residential schools’.

Lifting children from native Indian families and planting them in residential schools began in the 19th century and continued until the 1970s. At those schools, children were forbidden to use their own languages and they were discouraged from learning about their own cultures. It is obvious that the aim was to “kill the Indian in the child” until “there is not a single American Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed”. Today, the native population makes up about 4% of the population of Canada though it remains among the poorest. In the then Ceylon, Christian missionaries have done the same in their boarding schools except induction may have been deception and bribe, but the purpose remained the same.

In 1998, the Canadian government issued a general apology for hundred and fifty thousand students that were forcibly taken from their homes for enforced assimilation and destroying their culture. But mentality of the descendants remains the same as that of their ancestors. So, when the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s made a formal apology on June 11th in 2008 to former students of Indian Residential Schools and sought forgiveness for the students’ suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language is indeed a surprise. He did not do so out of love for Indians but because the Australian prime minister at the time, Kevin Rudd, had issued a similar apology to his country’s aborigines taken from their families as part of a similar assimilation programme there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Archbishop Listecki responds to allegations

WISCONSIN
WTMJ

[with video]

By Keller Russell

WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- Milwaukee's archbishop opens-up about the handling of allegations against a Wauwatosa priest suggesting an error in judgment.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki shared his thoughts through his blog on the arch-diocese website. And now parents and the community are responding to his words.

In his blog, Listecki openly addressed allegations of improper conduct involving Wauwatosa priest, Fr. Bob Marsicek.

Referring to Marsicek's pastoral history, Listecki writes:

" We see a priest who was repeatedly warned about boundary issues. None of these behaviors were sexual abuse, but collectively they call into question allowing this priest to remain serving as pastor of two parishes, each with schools or daycare programs."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Former Wyckoff priest charged in groping working with kids

NEW JERSEY
NorthJersey.com

Sunday April 28, 2013

Associated Press

NEWARK — Investigators are questioning whether a New Jersey priest once accused of child molestation as a former assistant pastor in Wyckoff violated an agreement that called for him to never again work with children.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the Rev. Michael Fugee has had an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church for several years. Parishioners say he has attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

Newark Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said Fugee was unavailable for comment.

But Goodness says the archdiocese believes Fugee can work with minors if he's supervised by priests or lay ministers aware of his past and the agreement's conditions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Eddie Nichols, former sheriff's deputy and ordained minister, to stand trial for alleged child sex crimes

TEXAS
Go San Angelo

Robin Y. Richardson, ryrichardson@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Published Monday, April 15, 2013

MARSHALL, TEXAS — A trial date has been set for a former sheriff’s deputy who was arrested and indicted along with his wife last year for alleged child sex crimes.

Harrison County Criminal District Attorney Coke Solomon, whose office is prosecuting the case, said Eddie Nichols is set to stand trial for the crimes, starting in July.

“We’ll be ready,” Solomon said of the trial.

The DA noted that 71st District Judge Brad Morin has recused himself from the case; thus, visiting judge David Brabham, the 188th district court judge in Gregg County, will be presiding.

Defense attorney Vernard Solomon has been appointed to represent Nichols. Nichols initially retained attorney John J. Eastland, of Tyler, to represent both him and his wife. However, Eastland filed a motion in October 2012 to withdraw from the case; likewise, Nichols and his wife wrote a letter to Eastland, discharging him as their counsel, accusing him of not having a trial strategy and not diligently working on their case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

The Dean of Jersey is reinstated

UNITED KINGDOM
Channel Online

[with video]

The Very Reverend Bob Key has apologised for mistakes in the handling of a complaint which lead to his suspension, and added his own apology to the Bishop of Winchester, Archbishop of Canterbury and to the vulnerable parishioner involved.

The Bishop has acknowledges that, although mistakes were made, the Dean believed he was acting in good faith and reinstated The Very Reverend Bob Key with immediate effect.

Today, the Dean took the St Helier service and expressed his thanks for the support shown from people in the island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Dean of Jersey is reinstated

UNITED KINGDOM
Jersey Evening Post

THE Dean of Jersey has been officially reinstated after apologising for mistakes made in the handling of a complaint from a parishioner about sexual misconduct.

Almost two months after being effectively suspended by the Bishop of Winchester after an independent review found that he did not follow proper practice or take the complaint seriously, the Dean, Very Rev Bob Key, returned to normal duties at 9 am this morning. The decision from the Bishop, the Right Rev Tim Dakin, followed meetings between the two men last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Dean of Jersey is reinstated after apology

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The Anglican Dean of Jersey has been reinstated after apologising for the way he handled an abuse complaint.

The Very Reverend Bob Key was suspended in March by the Bishop of Winchester, who oversees Jersey.

His suspension came after an independent report found he did not follow policy over a complaint about a church warden's behaviour in 2008.

Earlier the dean conducted a service in St Helier Parish Church, also known as Town Church.

Dean Key said: "I regret mistakes that I made in the safeguarding processes and I understand that, upon reflection, it would have been more helpful if I had co-operated more fully with the Korris [safeguarding} Review.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Ballarat diocese appears at probe

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

By MARY ALEXANDER
April 29, 2013

REPRESENTATIVES from the Catholic diocese of Ballarat will front the state parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse today.

They will appear at a public hearing in Melbourne, where inquiry committee members will also hear from other Catholic groups including St John of God brothers and the Salesians. Representatives from the Christian Brothers and the Catholic Education Office are due to appear on Friday.

The Ballarat diocese has been slammed by victims and their families for covering up claims of abuse by priests and brothers in the past.

The worst offender was Gerald Ridsdale, a former priest who served in more than 10 parishes including Warrnambool and Mortlake.

Ridsdale was jailed in 1994 after pleading guilty to 46 charges of sexually abusing 21 victims over two decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Catholic officials to deny abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Stuart Rintoul
From:The Australian
April 29, 2013

CATHOLIC church officials intend to deny the church knew of and shielded pedophiles over a period of decades when they give evidence at Victoria's sex abuse inquiry today.

Two Catholic orders and a diocese at the centre of the church's sex abuse scandal will give evidence: St John of God, the Salesian Order and the Ballarat diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Editorial: Sex abuse accountability should be universal law

MALTA
The Malta Independent

28 April 2013

An editorial on the National Catholic reporter sings praises for Bishop Charles Scicluna’s handling of sex abuse cases in the church.

The editorial lauded Bishop Scicluna for “breaking the ecclesial logjam and beginning to move effectively against clergy who have abused children.”

Bishop Scicluna acted as the prosecutor handling sex abuse cases for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for 10 years until he was made a bishop last year.

Bishop Scicluna is quoted as saying that the "sore spots" in the church today are violations of the sixth and seventh commandments, sins against purity and theft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Monk Charged With Trying To Abduct Girl In Antioch

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

ANTIOCH, Ill. (STMW) – A Benedictine monk has been charged with trying to abduct a teen girl in north suburban Antioch this week.

The 14-year-old girl was walking on Skidmore Drive in Antioch Thursday when a man pulled up beside her in a station wagon and asked if she needed a ride, according to a release from Antioch police.

When the girl declined, the man said, “Come on, you’re so beautiful, let me drive you home,” and she declined again. The man said, “Get in the car,” and the girl ran away and he drove off, the release said.

The girl told her mother and a faculty member at Antioch High School what happened Friday morning. Antioch police interviewed her and she gave a detailed description of the man and the station wagon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

Monk Thomas Chmura charged with attempted child abduction

ILLINOIS
WLS

April 27, 2013 (ANTIOCH, Ill.) (WLS) -- A monk from Wisconsin has been charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct.

Thomas Chmura is being held in Lake County jail in Illinois after police arrested him Friday after he allegedly tried to lure a 14-year-old Antioch girl into his car Thursday night.

The girl ran home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Benedictine monk from Archdiocese of Milwaukee ...

WISCONSIN/ILLINOIS
SNAP Wisconsin

Benedictine monk from Archdiocese of Milwaukee charged with attempted child abduction of 14 year old girl

Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director
CONTACT: 414.336.8575

Thomas Chmura, a Benedictine monk assigned in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was arrested on Thursday for attempting to abduct a 14 year old girl in Antioch, Illinois. Chmura informed police that he approached the child because he wanted sexual gratification. He further admitted to law enforcement officials that he had attempted similar child abductions up to ten times in the past six weeks.

Chmura, a member of the Benedictine religious order, resides at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Benet Lake, Wisconsin. The abbey, located within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, runs a retreat center that also offers its services to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago due to its proximity to the state of Illinois. The order states that the retreat house has “been the site for many individuals and groups to find a path closer to God”.

The arrest of Chmura for the attempted abduction of a child raises many deeply disturbing questions. How many children and vulnerable adults did Chmura have access to at the retreat center in Benet Lake? Did the Benedictine order have previous reports concerning Chmura’s interactions with children and youth that may have been criminal and reportable to law enforcement? Are there reports concerning other Benedictine monks at Benet Lake who may have sexually assaulted children?

Chmura’s arrest follows the suspension from ministry of Fr. Robert Marsicek, a member of the Society of the Divine Savior religious order. Marsicek, pastor of two Milwaukee area parishes and grade schools, Pius X and Mother of Good Counsel, was suspended in March after it was learned he was under a current child sex abuse investigation in Wauwatosa. Marsicek was already under investigation for child sexual assault in California since last May for sexual assaults that took place in the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

HC Alum Claims that Recent Hate Speech Escalates

WORCESTER (MA)
The Crusader

By Elizabeth O’Brien
Co-News Editor

Updated: Saturday, April 27, 2013

On April 3, Kate, a woman who was allegedly sexually abused while on a study abroad trip as a Holy Cross student, began a Hunger Strike. In the past she has done a Vigil for Justice outside the College campus in February of this year, and other forms of protest in the past. She claims she is doing the hunger strike until the administration addresses her concerns, in the way the she wants, regarding her sexual abuse case.

She has been receiving hate speech in the form of derogatory comments, and on March 29 talked to Public Safety about it. Kate has received hate speech in the past, but she felt it has severely escalated in the past few weeks.

“I encountered some last year, but much more kindness,” said Kate. “The same was true for most of the past eight weeks at the Vigil, but the hate speech really spiked recently, so I reported it.”

While Kate believes that students are sending her hate speech, the administration cautions the Holy Cross community about assuming where the derogatory comments are coming from. Dean Jacqueline Peterson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, states that the college is following standard procedures for a filed complaint.

“She can give any information to Public Safety and the administration will investigate the situation with integrity and a standard response,” said Dean Peterson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Newark Archbishop John Myers must go: Editorial

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers' February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
on April 28, 2013

After all the Catholic Church has been through, it is beyond infuriating that Newark Archbishop John J. Myers can be so neglectful of his duty to protect children from sexual predators.

He should resign immediately and apologize to the families whose children he left exposed, barring some stunning new disclosure that could exonerate him in the face of the damning facts presented by The Star-Ledger’s Mark Mueller in today’s edition.

The case concerns Michael Fugee, a priest who was convicted in a sexual abuse case in 2003 after he confessed to fondling a 14-year-old boy, and being a compulsive masturbator obsessed with penis size.

The conviction was overturned when a higher court found the judge had given improper instructions to jurors. Instead of trying Fugee again, as they should have, prosecutors allowed him to avoid jail by joining a program for first-offenders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Benedictine monk charged with attempted child abduction

ILLINOIS
WGN

Bail was set at $50,000 today for a Benedictine monk accused of trying to abduct a 14-year old girl in north suburban Antioch on Thursday.

57-year old Thomas Chmura of Benet Lake, Wisconsin appeared in Lake County court.

A judge ordered him not to have contact with anyone under age 17.

Antioch Police say the 14 year old told them he pulled-up in a van and approached the victim while she was walking on Skidmore Drive.

The girl ran away.

A police report was made and an off-duty officer spotted the van he was in, registered to Saint Benedicts Abbey in Benet Lake.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Benedictine monk charged with trying to abduct a girl in Antioch

ILLINOIS
Chicago Sun-Times

BY JORDAN OWEN Staff Reporter/jowen@suntimes.com

Updated: April 27, 2013

A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin has been charged with trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch last week.

Police in the far north suburb said Saturday that Thomas M. Chmura, 57, a monk who has been living at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., for 32 years, was arrested Friday night and admitted he’d been offering rides to teenage girls the past six weeks.

Chmura was ordered held Saturday in lieu of $50,000 bail, charged with attempted child abduction and disorderly conduct.

Police said the 14-year-old girl was walking along Skidmore Drive in the Lake County suburb Thursday when a man pulled up in a Ford station wagon and asked if she needed a ride, telling her, “Come on, you’re so beautiful, let me drive you home.” When she refused, they said he told her, “Get in the car,” but she ran, and he drove off.

The girl told her mother and someone at Antioch High School and provided the police with a detailed description of the man and his car.

Friday afternoon, an off-duty officer saw a station wagon matching the girl’s description stop abruptly on North Avenue alongside three girls walking on the sidewalk, saw that the driver matched the description given by the 14-year-old and tried to follow the car. The officer lost the car, but got the license plate number.

Friday night, officers spotted the vehicle driving on Route 83 and arrested Chmuras.

“I shudder to think what we would be looking at had she got in that car,” Antioch police Chief Craig Somerville said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Bail set for monk accused of attempted abduction

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune reporter
April 28, 2013

A judge set bail Saturday at $50,000 for a longtime Benedictine monk accused of trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in far north suburban Antioch, authorities said.

Thomas M. Chmura, 57, of the 12600 block of 224th Avenue in Benet Lake, Wis., allegedly tried to lure the girl into his station wagon last week — first by asking her if she needed a ride, then demanding that she get in, according to a statement from Antioch police.

The girl ran and later gave authorities a description of Chmura, who was stopped in his vehicle and arrested Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Benedictine monk accused of attempted child abduction

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Rosemary Regina Sobol
Tribune reporter
3:00 p.m. CDT, April 27, 2013

A judge set bail today at $50,000 for a long-time Benedictine monk accused of trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in far north suburban Antioch this week.

Thomas M. Chmura, 57, of the 12600 block of 224th Avenue in Benet Lake, Wis., appeared in Lake County court today in Waukegan where a judge set the $50,000 bail and ordered him to have no contact with anyone under the age of 17, according to a statement from Antioch police.

Chmura was charged with one count of felony attempted child abduction and one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, according to the statement.

Chmura said he is a monk and has been living at the Benedictine Monks, St. Benedict's Abbey, in Benet Lake for the past 32 years, the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Mass for the Prevention of Child Abuse

NEBRASKA
1011 Now

Apr 29, 2013
St. Mary's Cathedral, 112 S Cedar, Grand Island, NE
Bishop William Dendinger will be celbrating a Mass for the Prevention of Child Abuse April 29 at 5:00 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island. Following the Mass, the diocesan Office of Child Protection will be hosting family-focused activities at the Cathedral Square. Activities will include refreshments, children's games, and resource for parents on topics such as bullying, internet safety, right relationships, and the prevention of abuse. Exhibits will feature abuse prevention efforts of Catholic schools and parishes from across the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Twice-destroyed clergy sex abuse memorial to be re-dedicated

NEW JERSEY
Digital Journal

By Brett Wilkins
Apr 27, 2013

Mendham - A New Jersey memorial dedicated to child victims of clergy sex abuse that was destroyed twice in as many years will be re-dedicated on Sunday.

NJ.com reports that the memorial, located outside St. Joseph Church in Mendham, Morris County, was smashed with a sledgehammer in 2011 and vandalized again last month.

The memorial, which is composed of a statue of a young girl and another of a young boy alongside a millstone, was placed outside St. Joseph, where former Rev. James Hanley once sexually abused at least 15 boys. In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson defrocked Hanley and agreed to pay nearly $5 million to 21 of his victims the following year. Hanley, one of dozens of clergy from the Diocese of Paterson to be accused of sexually abusing children, never served any prison time for his crimes.

One of the boys sexually abused by Hanley, James Kelley, killed himself at the age of 37. Kelley's suicide inspired Bill Crane, another of Hanley's victims, to lead efforts to place the monument outside St. Joseph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Newark archbishop allows priest who admitted groping boy to continue working with children

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

[Newark Archbishop John Myers must go: Editorial]

[Documents from The Star-Ledger
Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Read the Rev. Michael Fugee's confession to police

Read Archbishop John J. Myers' February letter to priests about the Rev. Michael Fugee]

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

on April 28, 2013

Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest.

Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.

But Fugee has openly done all of those things for the past several years through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, The Star-Ledger found.

He has attended weekend youth retreats in Marlboro and on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington, parishioners say. Fugee also has traveled with members of the St. Mary’s youth group on an annual pilgrimage to Canada. At all three locations, he has heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Jim Fitzpatrick: Child sexual abuse victims should be able to seek justice

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

By JIM FITZPATRICK Mahtomedi, Minn.

Throughout scripture God asks each of us to protect our children as they are to inherit God’s kingdom. In Psalm 127:3 we pray, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.” As a priest, I was responsible not only for sharing God’s word, but living it.

I was a priest at the Cathedral in Winona when parents from Caledonia, near my home town, came to tell me that Father Tom Adamson had abused their sons and as many as 17 boys within the two Caledonia parishes. I reported Father Adamson to the Bishop of Winona. Father Adamson was eventually moved from Caledonia, but I was shocked to learn he was assigned to a Catholic high school in Rochester. Eventually he was moved to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis where he served in several parishes and, in every instance, he continued his molestation.

This is just one example of many that illustrates the lengths some church, school and other youth serving organizations will go to hide or cover up abuse. Some institutions have shuffled child predators to other sites, even to other states to shield known abusers from legal action in order to protect the institutions’ reputations. Worse yet, some church leaders have used a pretense of providing for a victim while time passes and the statute of limitations for legal action will expire. This ensures they can never be held accountable for their employee’s actions. The latter is a tactic known to have been used within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and made public by the recent $10 million settlement with two survivors of clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

April 27, 2013

Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

KENTUCKY
The Virginia Gazette

Mary WisniewskiReuters
9:00 p.m. EDT, April 27, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.

Rosemarie Smead is one of about 150 women around the world who have decided not to wait for the Roman Catholic Church to lift its ban on women priests, but to be ordained and start their own congregations.

In an interview before the ceremony, Smead said she is not worried about being excommunicated from the Church - the fate of other women ordained outside of Vatican law.

"It has no sting for me," said Smead, a petite, gray-haired former Carmelite nun with a ready hug for strangers. "It is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Tecnicismo evita cárcel a cura por violar a monaguillo

COSTA RICA
La Nacion

Carlos Arguedas C.carguedasc@nacion.com 12:00 a.m.27/04/2013

El Tribunal de Juicio de Pavas absolvió ayer a un sacerdote de los delitos de violación y abuso sexual cometidos en perjuicio de un monaguillo de 13 años, porque, cuando se dieron los hechos (1999), la ley no castigaba la conducta acusada.

El caso ocurrió en Barbacoas de Puriscal, en el cual figuró como imputado el cura Jaime Cerdas Alvarado, de 54 años.

Cerdas, poco antes de terminar el juicio, dijo: “ Siempre había esperado este momento para desahogarme (...) porque me señalaron de algo tan vergonzoso y penoso”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Costa Rica Priest Gets Away with Rape

COSTA RICA
Coastrican Times

Posted by Dan Stevens on Saturday, April 27, 2013

Costa Rica News – We all know that these things happen all around the world, where a person will get off on a legal technicality, but this one seems ridiculous. The Pavas Trial Court acquitted a priest of the crimes of rape and sexual abuse committed against an altar boy that was 13 years old, because when the events occurred (1999), the law did not see the 13 year old as a minor.

During the hearing, the district attorney had asked to impose 22 years in prison on two counts of rape and four of sexual abuse of a minor.

The case occurred in Puriscal and was held against the priest Jaime Cerdas Alvarado, 54.

Cerdas, just before the end of the trial, said: “I had always waited for this moment to speak about this because it was something so embarrassing and painful.”

However, after hearing the acquittal and explanation of the judges, said: “I better refrain right now.” So he was going to talk about the crime and confess to everyone about it but then he was set free and decided not to say anything. The hypocrisy of the church is absolutely amazing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Montreal Archbishop 'saddened' by Catholic role in residential schools

CANADA
CBC News

Montreal's Catholic Archbishop Christian Lépine says he is still struggling to come to terms with how Canada’s residential school system and its abuses were allowed to happen.

Lépine sat in the audience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission dury its four-day stop in Montreal.

Saturday was the commission’s last day in Quebec.

In an interview with CBC’s Homerun, Lépine said he was struck by the humility and the courage of the witnesses, and their stories of abuse.

“What saddens me more is that … as Christians we allowed that to happen. As Catholics, we allowed that to happen," Lépine said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

No Vatican action expected on Cardinal O’Brien

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

By STEPHEN McGINTY
Published on 28/04/2013

THE Vatican is expected to take no further action against Cardinal Keith O’Brien after he admitted having sexual relations with four priests and a seminarian.

The Archbishop of St Andr­ews and Edinburgh was forced by Pope Benedict XVI to step down in February after admitting that “my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, an archbishop and a cardinal”.

However, Scotland on Sunday has learned that there is no active investigation into his behaviour and that the Vatican is only keeping a loose “watching brief” on his case. O’Brien is also unlikely to be asked to give up his rank as a cardinal unless the new Pope decides to confer the traditional red hat on another senior Scottish catholic.

It is understood that senior figures in the church do not believe a formal investigation is now warranted as he has already admitted and apologised for his behaviour. He has not been seen in public since stepping down as archbishop on February 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Honoring Bob Schwiderski

MINNESOTA
The Awareness Center

Since 1992, Bob Schwiderski has been an relentless and outspoken powerhouse when it comes advocating for the civil rights of adult survivors of sexual abuse.

Besides being a Veteran of the Vietnam war, Bob is also a survivor of clergy sexual abuse by a priest.

Back in 1994, Bob was one of three former altar boys, who came forward and filed a civil suit against St. John's Catholic Church in Hector, MN along with the Dioceses of New Ulm, after accusing Rev. Wm. J. Marks of sexually abusing them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Honoring Rick Springer

ILLINOIS
The Awareness Center

Back in 1992, at the age of 55, Rick Springer joined forces with LinkUp, (which was originally called VOCAL - an acronym for Victims of Clergy Abuse Linkup) started speaking out as a Catholic survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

According to the Chicago Tribune article "Silence is Broken", Rick Springer was quoted as stating: "I knew that what he (his offender) was doing was wrong". . . "But I couldn't tell my family, which was alcoholic dysfunctional. I told leaders of my church, who said the archbishop of Chicago would be informed. At the time Springer was studying to become a priest. "But nothing happened. I was told to leave the seminary because I was not a good candidate for priesthood. That's the way it stayed for 31 years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

Bishops were ‘mediocre’, cardinals had ‘modest talents’ – in 1931

IRELAND
Association of Catholic Priests

Pádraig McCarthy presents an 82-year-old document which contains suggestions for curial reform which are still being made. Read the full document here

“Most of the bishops, instead of being the strong characters presently needed, dynamic and active personalities, even if indeed pious and religious men, are in effect at the same time mediocre, or even below mediocrity. Some are apathetic, timid, indolent or vain; others are conformists, bureaucrats or introverts; many are ignorant and clumsy administrators. […]. Sometimes the whole episcopate of a country looks like a bunch of cripples”.
How does that sound today? But this was written in 1931!

Nothing is held back in a comment in Latin:
“Aliquando autem totus episcopatus alicuius nationis ita est compositus, veluti si coecorum, claudorum et infirmorum omne genus esset refugium.”

“The problem is aggravated by the Holy See’s tendency to appoint only obedient and complacent prelates.”

“As for the cardinals, the senate of the Church and the electors of the pope, here the situation is even worse, particularly in the case of those attached to the Roman curia. The sacred college contains too many non-entities who have reached their rank by never asking awkward questions. The merit of many eminences is not their excellent pastoral experience or learning, but that of having staffed a Vatican desk for a very long time. Without any real knowledge of the world or the life of the universal Church, they are nevertheless automatically promoted and placed in executive jobs far above their modest talents.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

IL- SNAP blasts Joliet bishop over unsupervised predator

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 26, 2013

Shame on Joliet’s Catholic bishop for letting a suspended predator priest live and work freely among unsuspecting families in Kentucky.

Today’s Chicago Tribune, using church records disclosed thanks to civil child sex abuse lawsuits, reports on the awful situation of Fr. Carroll Howlin in Kentucky. In theory, Catholic officials have ordered Fr. Howlin to stay away from kids. In reality, they’re doing nothing to make sure this happens. And he has clearly molested in both the Chicago area and in Kentucky.

Bishop Conlon is basically – and callously - washing his hands of a dangerous man and pretending to be powerless to stop a predator.

Bishop Conlon should order Fr. Howlin to get into a sex offender facility. He should go to every parish where Fr. Howlin worked, begging victims to come forward. He should give every shred of paper he has about Fr. Howlin to law enforcement, in Illinois and Kentucky.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Gay adulterer Cardinal O’Brien makes King Henry VIII an honest straight guy.

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Cardinal O’Brien should be excommunicated like King Henry VIII was excommunicated by the Pope. For more than 50 years as an “evil gay” adulterer, Cardinal O’Brien had multiple gay sexes with many priests and gay men, therefore, he is worse than King Henry who slept with 8 wives. At least, King Henry had the decency to marry his wife in public but Cardinal O’Brien hid all his “evil gay” adultery trysts inside his holy Cardinal Palace paid for by the holy Vatican Billions, read here the wealth of the Vatican in England

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Man who impregnated 11-year-old girl gets 61 years in prison

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By Rick Rojas
April 26, 2013

An Orange County man was sentenced Friday to 61 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a female relative over a nine-year period, including impregnating her when she was 11, prosecutors said.

Mariano Antonio Castro, 58, was found guilty in February of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, according to a statement for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Castro, a Santa Ana resident , sexually assaulted the girl on a regular basis from 2000 to 2008, starting when the girl was 8....

But, in 2011, when she began attending a new church, prosecutors said she told her pastor about the abuse. The pastor encouraged her to report the allegations to the police, which she did.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Msgr. Lynn fires back

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

POSTED: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2:19 PM

If the court filings are any indication, Msgr. William J. Lynn’s appeal of conviction on a child endangerment count will be as hard-fought as last year’s 11-week-long trial where a Philadelphia jury found him guilty for his supervisory role in the child sex-abuse scandal involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

On Friday, just days after Philadelphia media reported on Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina’s 235-page opinion affirming Lynn’s conviction and her handling of the landmark trial, lawyers for Lynn filed their response in Pennsylvania's Superior Court, faulting the judge for virtually every key ruling she made.

The 21-page response by Thomas A. Bergstrom and Allison Khaskelis, Lynn’s appellate lawyers, asks the Superior Court to overturn the conviction of the 62-year-old cleric and argues that Sarmina wrongly allowed city prosecutors to charge Lynn under the broader 2007 amended child endangerment statute.

Lynn was the Archdiocesan Secretary for Clergy from 1992 to 2004, the job in which he investigated allegations against priests and recommended action to the archbishop. Lynn’s attorneys argued that he should not have been charged under the 2007 law and could not have been charged under the pre-2007 statute because it required direct contact of children, not merely supervisory power over priests accused of molesting them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Church abuse victim Gary receives apology

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Published on 27/04/2013

A former choirboy from Eastbourne who was abused as child by an Anglican priest has received a letter of apology from the Bishop of Chichester who also admitted there was a cover up.

Gary Johnson and his older brother were abused by disgraced priest Roy Cotton, who worked for the Diocese of Chichester, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cotton was ordained in 1966, despite having a conviction for sexually abusing a choirboy in the 1950s, and went on to abuse at least 10 boys from Eastbourne. He died in 2006 as investigations were under way.

This week Gary, who now lives in America, received a private letter from Dr Martin Warner who wrote, “There has been deception and cover-up here.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Newcastle nun 'tied girls to pole in cupboard' at Scottish school, court told

SCOTLAND
Chronicle Live

A Newcastle nun physically abused teenage girls at a Scottish school, a court has heard.

Agnes Reville, 77, is accused of five counts of assault at Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, where she taught in the 1960s and 1970s and was known as Mother Martin.

Fellow nun Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosari, faces four charges of assault alongside her at Paisley Sheriff Court this week. The offences are said to involve eight girls.

The trial has heard from Catherine Logan, a teenager at the school who is now 57, who told the court she was tortured and tied to a pipe for two days.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

McCort probe widens

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

Randy Griffith rgriffith@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — Attorneys for alleged victims of the late Brother Stephen Baker want the Franciscan Friar’s supervisors held accountable for what they believe was years of sexual abuse of children.

In addition to dozens of former Bishop McCort High School students, attorneys say they have been contacted by others who say Baker made contact with them through his volunteer activities.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian said he is working with more than 30 men who say Baker molested them while they were students at Bishop McCort in Johnstown.

“I am currently investigating the liability of the school and Brother Stephen Baker’s supervisors,” Garabedian said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Paul Martin accuses residential schools of 'cultural genocide'

CANADA
CBC News

Residential schools engaged in "cultural genocide," former prime minister Paul Martin said Friday at the hearings of the federal Truth And Reconciliation Commission, adding that aboriginal Canadians must now be offered the best educational system.

"Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of education for cultural genocide, and that the fact of the matter is — yes it was. Call a spade a spade," Martin said to cheers from the audience at the Montreal hearings.

"And what that really means is that we've got to offer aboriginal Canadians, without any shadow of a doubt, the best education system that is possible to have."

The residential school system existed from the 1870s until the 1990s and saw about 150,000 native youth taken from their families and sent to church-run schools under a deliberate policy of "civilizing" First Nations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Cardinal O’Brien scandal: No to new Scots bishops

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

By
Published on 27/04/2013 09:55

The Catholic Church of Scotland is facing fresh scrutiny after the Vatican ordered a halt to the appointment of new Scottish bishops until an investigation into Cardinal Keith O’Brien is complete.

• No new Scottish bishops are to be appointed until an investigation into Cardinal Keith O’Brien has been completed

• The Vatican order comes as Catholic Church comes to terms with Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation earlier this year amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour

Cardinal O’Brien resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh after admitting that his sexual conduct had “fallen below the standards expected”.

Three priests and a former priest had accused Cardinal O’Brien of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Men sue over alleged sex abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

April 27, 2013

Thirty-two men are suing the group that operates three area Catholic schools for allegedly covering up years of sexual abuse by the priests and brothers who staffed the schools in the ’60s and ’70s, and as recently as 1996.

The three separate suits, all filed Friday in Circuit Court, allege that throughout the 1960s and 1970s the Congregation of Christian Brothers worked to conceal sexual abuse at Brother Rice High School, St. Laurence High School and Leo High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Memorial to child victims of church sex abuse, destroyed twice, to be rededicated Sunday

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Louis C. Hochman/NJ.com
on April 26, 2013

MENDHAM — A ceremony to rededicate the memorial to child victims of clergy sex abuse that was destroyed twice in two years will be held Sunday at 2 p.m.

The ceremony comes near the end of April, recognized as Child Sex Abuse Awareness month. It will be held outside at St. Joseph Church in Mendham, where former Rev. James Hanley once abused several children.

Authorities are still working to determine who vandalized the memorial to child sex abuse victims in early March, when a statue of a girl alongside a millstone was destroyed, and a statue of a boy was damaged. Morris County Crimestoppers is offering $2,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the responsible person or people; anyone with any information can call CrimeStoppers at 973-Cop-Call or 1-800-Sheriff.

Organizer Bill Crane, one of Hanley's victims, led the drive to create the monument in honor of James Kelly, another victim of Hanley's who committed suicide at age 37. Crane then led the effort to replace it, after borough resident Gordon Ellis allegedly took a sledgehammer to the monument in 2011. Ellis is pursuing a mental health defense in relation to the 2011 vandalism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Former Casper church janitor pleads not guilty to abusing girls

WYOMING
Billings Gazette

By JOSHUA WOLFSON Casper Star-Tribune

CASPER, Wyo. — A former janitor at a Casper church pleaded not guilty Friday to molesting three girls while apparently posing as a youth leader there.

James David Jaure is charged with five counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The girls — ages 11, 12 and 15 — have accused him of abusing them during separate incidents last year. At the time, he was employed by Highland Park Community Church.

Jaure spoke only to answer procedural questions during a brief appearance in Natrona County District Court. He was dressed in a red jail uniform and flanked by his defense attorney.

Combined, his charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 25 to 115 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

April 26, 2013

Denunciante de Karadima...

CHILE
La Tercera

Denunciante de Karadima en cumbre por abusos de sacerdotes: "Acá todos saben el encubrimiento de Errázuriz"

por Angélica Baeza Palavecino - 26/04/2013

A las 10.00 horas de mañana, el denunciante de Fernando Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz, expondrá por cerca de una hora sobre el caso de abuso sexual del ex párroco de El Bosque y el actuar de la iglesia chilena ante las denuncias de las víctimas, en la primera Conferencia Mundial sobre abusos sexuales y violencia cometidos por religiosos.

"Me tiene emocionado", dice Cruz, al relatar el itinerario que tendrá como único exponente latinoamericano.

"Me recibió gente del consejo de Dublín y la conferencia empezó hoy día y mañana hablo entre 45 minutos y una hora. El domingo estoy en un panel internacional y el lunes me junto con miembros del Parlamento europeo, organismos de derechos humanos y con la Corte Internacional de Justicia de La Haya", indicó Cruz a La Tercera.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Victim of Alleged Sexual Abuse Comes Forward After Thirty Years

MISSOURI
St. Joe Channel

By: William Seay

Updated: April 26, 2013

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's a special breakfast, a special gathering of support for crime victims and their families and those law enforcement officers who aid in solving these crimes.

It begins with a prayer:

"Help us to replace the darkness of evil with your light. Give us the fortitude to stand up for justice," said Jimalee O'Connor.

The Crime Victims' Rights Week Annual Breakfast is a big "thank you" to all the volunteers who help with crime victims.

There's also a guest speaker: Tom Lewis.

Lewis alleges Kansas City priest Father Michael Tierney of sexual assault when Lewis was still a teenager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

MO - “Damning” police report will be released

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHO
Three St. Louisans who have never spoken publicly before and are all connected to the same predator priest. One is Christopher Bertke, whose friend was molested by the priest. Another is John Doe, a victim who sued that priest. The third is a relative of a victim of that same priest. (The latter two will talk in silhouette without revealing their names.) With them will be two leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY

Police report available HERE

In 2009, Fr. Kevin F. Hederman – a St. Louis priest - was suspended from his ministry in Belize when he was sued for allegedly abusing a St. Louis teenager who he met at Christian Brothers high school (CBC) in Clayton.

But local Catholic officials have not disclosed that in the mid-1990s, another man filed a similar abuse suit against Fr. Hederman. (Both suits settled.) Nor did they admit that Fr. Hederman made some damning admissions when he was questioned by police about the abuse allegations.

Now, it looks like Fr. Hederman may soon be returned to ministry.

Last week, in an email to SNAP, Fr. Hederman’s sister-in-law said that he was recently “cleared” by a letter from the Vatican. She is Terry M. Hederman, an art specialist at Moline Elementary in the Riverview Gardens school district (869-7436 ex. 4977, thederman@rgsd.k12.mo.us). SNAP believes she’s telling the truth, given how similar cases have been handled by Catholic officials in recent years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Happy Anniversary

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 25, 2013

Dear Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

Happy anniversary. It was a decade ago next month when you essentially accused Jews of being behind media reports of clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

You said “We all know that Ted Turner is openly anti-Catholic, and he is the owner not just of CNN but also Time-Warner,” Rodriguez said. “This is to say nothing of dailies such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, protagonists of what I do not hesitate to call a persecution against the church. . .that reminds me of the times of Stalin and Hitler.”

[National Catholic Reporter]

[Huffington Post]

You've had more than 3,600 days now to correct or apologize or explain your irresponsible remarks. As best we can tell, you haven't.

In most other institutions, you would likely be criticized or demoted or disciplined for such hurtful behavior. Sadly, in the Catholic church, you are rewarded. Last month, you were one of only eight men tapped by the new pope to advise him on church governance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Chorleiter missbrauchte Jungen

DEUTSCHLAND
Elbe Wochenblatt

Missbrauchsfall in der Thomaskirche Hausbruch wird nach 20 Jahren bekannt
Schock in der Thomaskirche: Vor zwanzig Jahren soll der ehrenamtliche Posaunenchorleiter R. D. einen damals etwa zwölfjährigen Jungen sexuell missbraucht haben. Bekannt wurde der Fall, weil sich der Vater des Betroffenen per E-Mail beim Kirchenkreis Ost meldete. Daraufhin setzte sich der Präventionsbeauftrage der Nordelbischen Landeskirche mit ihm in Verbindung.

Diese Stelle wurde eingerichtet, nachdem 2010 Missbrauchsfälle in der evangelischen Kirche bekannt wurden – damals in einer Gemeinde in Ahrensburg. Es habe zwischenzeitlich auch Gespräche mit dem Betroffnen gegeben, so Remmer Koch, Sprecher des Kirchenkreises Hamburg-Ost.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Gerichtsurteil: Caritas darf Mitarbeiter nach Kirchenaustritt kündigen

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

Ein Sozialpädagoge war enttäuscht über die vielen Missbrauchsfälle und trat aus der katholischen Kirche aus. Daraufhin verlor er seinen Arbeitsplatz in einer Einrichtung der Caritas. Eine Klage gegen die Kündigung hat das Bundesarbeitsgericht nun abgewiesen.

Erfurt - Mitarbeiter in katholischen Einrichtungen müssen auch künftig bei einem Kirchenaustritt mit Kündigung rechnen. Der Austritt sei ein schwerwiegender Loyalitätsverstoß, der die Entlassung aus dem kirchlichen Dienst rechtfertigen könne, entschied das Bundesarbeitsgericht in Erfurt (2 AZR 579/12).

Damit blieb ein Sozialpädagoge aus Mannheim auch in der letzten Instanz mit der Klage gegen seinen Rauswurf erfolglos. Der 60-Jährige war 2011 wegen der zahlreichen Missbrauchsfälle in katholischen Einrichtungen aus der Kirche ausgetreten. Er könne aus Glaubens- und Gewissensgründen nicht mehr der katholischen Kirche angehören, begründete er den Schritt vor seinem Vorgesetzten. Daraufhin verlor er seinen Job in einem von der Caritas getragenen Kinderbetreuungszentrum. Ihm wurde fristlos gekündigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Klöster: "Ideale" Strukturen für Missbrauch

OSTERREICH
der Standard

Leserkommentar | Markus Wachter, 26. April 2013, 15:51

Welche Faktoren in Klöstern Vergewaltigungen und Unterdrückung geradezu fördern

Zwei Schadensersatzprozesse gegen das Kloster Mehrerau in Bregenz haben Strukturen zutage gefördert, die geradezu ideal sind für einen Menschen, der Kindern prügeln, missbrauchen und vergewaltigen will.

Ein geschlossenes System bindet die Opfer von allen Seiten und weist ihnen selbst Schuld zu. Die beiden Männer wurden in den 1970er- und 1980er-Jahren vom selben Mönch, Pater J. B., schwer vergewaltigt. Es handelt sich um den ersten Zivilprozess dieser Art, der in Österreich gegen einen Orden geführt wird.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bishop admits cover up over Brede child abuse priest Father Roy Cotton

UNITED KINGDOM
Rye & Battle Observer

Published on 26/04/2013

THE Bishop of Chichester has said the church was wrong in not taking action over paedophile priest Father Roy Cotton.

Cotton was a vicar at St St George’s Church Brede and and St Mary’s at Udimore in the 1990’s and had access to local primary schools.

Gary Johnson and his older brother, from Eastbourne, were abused by Cotton when they were choirboys.

In a private letter of apology to Mr Johnson, Dr Martin Warner wrote: “There has been deception and cover-up here.”

Reacting to the letter, Mr Johnson said: Mr Johnson said: “I’ve been taken seriously at last.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

IL-Child sex abuse reform bill passes IL Senate

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 26, 2013

In a huge victory for innocent kids and a huge defeat for child molesters, the Illinois Senate today passed a bill permanently lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sex crimes. (SB 1399, sponsored by Sen. Link and others)

This measure will stop more sex offenders. It enables child sex abuse victims to expose dangerous predators in court. It enables employers and neighbors and even relatives to learn about and protect themselves from child molesters who otherwise would have stayed “under the radar.”

Illinois kids are safer now because more child molesters will face justice.

Kids are safest when predators are jailed. But that can’t always happen. So the next best option is to expose predators. Our civil justice system should do a better job of this. When this bill becomes law, that will happen.

We hope the Illinois House will promptly pass this bill. We urge Illinois citizens to call their representatives and urge them to put the safety of kids first.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

Melbourne archbishop reacts to Maltese priest's resignation

AUSTRALIA
Times of Malta

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has reacted to the resignation of Maltese priest Victor Buhagiar, who claimed the archdiocese was covering up child abuse.

Mgr Hart said he accepted Fr Buhagiar’s resignation with regret and he expressed genuine concern for his welfare.

"I thanked him for his service and said ‘my door is always open to you’.

"Having submitted his resignation, Fr Buhagiar left the parish without informing his parishioners of his resignation," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

General Manager

AUSTRALIA
Pro Bono

The Legal Advisory Service is a free service for members of the public engaging or considering engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Location: Sydney (Sydney based, travel required)
Organisation: National Association of Community Legal Centres
Work Type: Full-time

Legal Advisory Service for people considering engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

• Greenfields role – design & implement operational procedures
• National phone and face to face Legal Advisory Service
• Sydney based, travel required

The Legal Advisory Service is a free service for members of the public engaging or considering engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional

Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is being established by the National Association of Community Legal Centres with funding from the Australian

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Alleged victim tells court she was tied to a pole and beaten by nuns at approved school

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

A TEENAGER was tortured and tied to a pipe for two days at a nun-run school, a court has heard.

Catherine Logan, now 57, claimed that nuns from Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, abused her during her time there between 1969 and 1971.

Mrs Logan told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was hit about 12 or 13 times – including with a riding crop – and alleged she was drugged.

She was giving evidence at the trial of Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77.

Kenny faces four charges of assault, while Reville is accused of five charges of assault. The accusations involve a total of eight girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Priest back from Rome to front Vic court

AUSTRALIA
The Age

AAP

The former head of the Salesian Catholic order in Australia has faced court on charges of sexually abusing Victorian children more than 30 years ago.

Priest Julian Benedict Fox, 67, returned from Rome to face three charges of buggery, five charges of indecent assault and two charges of assault in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police allege Fox abused four boys between 1976 and 1985 in Ferntree Gully, in Melbourne's outer east, and in Sunbury, about 40km northwest of the city.

Police on Monday described the priest's return to Victoria as a breakthrough in co-operation between Victoria Police and the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Fordham University Address

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

The Russo Family Lecture CATHOLIC IRELAND: PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE Speaking Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop of Dublin

Fordham Centre of Religion and Culture, New York, 24th April 2013

“Ireland has changed and Ireland is changing. The other evening I was at a lecture in the Italian Embassy in Dublin about Ireland in renaissance times. I was struck by two quotes chosen by the lecturer. The first was from Pope Pius II, Piccolomini, written in 1458 looking at the situation of Europe at the time. He concluded his three sentences on Ireland writing: “since nothing worth remembering took place there during the period we write about, we hurry on to matters Spanish”. I can tell you, much worth remembering and much that we would prefer not to remember has taken place in the Ireland of recent times.

The second quote was from Petrarch who, in the latter part of the 12th century, noted about Ireland: “in one year you will hardly hear it thunder once. No thunderbolts cause terror here, no lightening ever strikes”. That quote should make anyone who still had lingering doubts recognise that climate change is a reality!

I entered the seminary in Dublin in October 1962 just one week before the opening of Vatican II. The winter of 1962/63 was one of the bleakest winters for decades and our seminary was a very cold place in more ways than one. My memory of the seminary is of a building and a routine, a discipline and a way of life which seemed to have been like that for decades. Even to someone who was not a revolutionary, it all seemed so out of touch with the world from which I had just come, and in which my friends were thriving. But you were not supposed to think that way. Things were to be done as they had always been done. The Catholic Church was unchanging, but that was about to change.

For years now people looked to Ireland as a vibrant and sustainable model for strong economic growth. Countries were told to follow the Irish example. Today the economic situation of Ireland is full of uncertainties, precisely at a moment when confidence and trust are urgently needed. On the other hand, for decades Ireland was looked on as one of the world’s most deeply and stably Catholic countries and today Ireland finds itself along with other parts of Europe being classified as “post-Catholic”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Laity key to Irish church's renewal, Dublin archbishop says at Fordham

NEW YORK
Georgia Bulletin

Published: April 25, 2013

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Renewal of the Catholic Church in a "post-Catholic" Ireland depends on a homegrown effort by the laity to overcome clericalism and witness the Christian message in a secular society, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin told a New York audience. Once considered "one of the world's most deeply and stably Catholic countries," Ireland, like other parts of Europe, can now be classified as post-Catholic because of sociological changes and lingering fallout from the child sexual abuse scandals that swept the country in recent years, Archbishop Martin said April 24 in a speech at Fordham University. "You can only define post-Catholic in terms of the Catholicism that has been displaced," he said. The prelate described the Catholic Church in Ireland as being trapped in an illusory self-image when he became the archbishop of Dublin in 2004, but that the demographic majority the church enjoyed hid "many structural weaknesses" and that the church had become insensitive to them

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Children now safe to participate in Catholic Church, says Bishop

IRELAND
Galway City Tribune

April 26, 2013

Lessons must be learned from past if trust of people is to be regained

BY DARA BRADLEY

The credibility and very future of the Catholic Church hinges on its handling of the series of child sex abuse scandals, the Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, has said.

Unless the Church deals effectively with the child abuse crisis, and learns from the mistakes of the past, then it won’t regain the trust of people, and won’t have credibility, Bishop Drennan told current affairs broadcaster Keith Finnegan.

The exclusive interview, broadcast on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme, coincided with the publication of the audit of safeguarding practices in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Ex-Catholic has no right to Church job – German court

GERMANY
euronews

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS (Reuters) – Germany’s top labour court ruled on Thursday the country’s Catholic charity network had the right to fire an employee who quit the Church in protest against the sexual abuse crisis and disputed decisions by ex-Pope Benedict.

The 60-year-old teacher, challenging his 2011 dismissal, had claimed his constitutional right to freedom of opinion trumped the Church’s right to employ only Catholics who agreed with the religious mission of their jobs.

He said that his work at Caritas Germany tutoring grade-school children did not deal with religion and that pupils of all faiths were welcome there.

The decision was a victory for the mainline Protestant and Catholic churches, which together are Germany’s largest employer after the public sector, against some lay employees and unions challenging the churches’ special status in German labour law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

San Benito minister named fugitive amid sexual abuse investigation

TEXAS
Valley Central

[with video]

by Daisy Barrera

Authorities are searching for a San Benito minister who is now considered a fugitive amid an ongoing sexual abuse investigation.

San Benito police are asking for the public's help in finding sexual abuse suspect Edwin Talavera.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Talavera was a minister at a storefront church that recently closed off East Stenger Street.

Talavera is facing six sexual abuse charges after being accused of sexually abusing two girls under the age 14 years old.

San Benito police already arrested 34-year-old Norma Alicia Rodriguez in connection to the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Praise for child sex abuse info centre

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A Church counsellor has praised an information centre set-up to allow people to come forward in the lead-up to a probe into sexual abuse by Hunter Valley priests.

The Special Commission of Inquiry was triggered by allegations made by Chief Inspector Peter Fox that police were pressured to close investigations into abuse by two Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese priests.

The information centre opens for the last time on May 5, and aims to give people the opportunity to speak confidentially to members of the Inquiry team.

The Church's co-ordinator of healing and support Maureen O'Hearn says she has helped around a dozen people through that process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Church volunteer accused of sexual abuse of 3-year-old

NORTH CAROLINA
WSOC

[with video]

By Kathryn Burcham

MONROE, N.C. —

A Monroe church volunteer has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl during a church function.

Union County deputies arrested Christopher Broach Tuesday at his Monroe home on charges of indecent liberties and sex offense with a child.

Investigators said Broach was volunteering at the day care at a church function at Southbrook Church in Wesley Chapel in February when the alleged sexual abuse occurred.

Detectives said the victim later told her mother about the incident, sparking an investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Safeguarding God's Children Program Saturday In Buffalo

BUFFALO (WY)
Sheridan Media

By Aaron Palmer on Thu 04/25/2013

April is Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Buffalo's ASAP, or Ambassadors for Sexual Assault Prevention, have been offering training and workshops on the subject during the month.

Saturday they will present “Safeguarding God's Children,” a training program geared to preventing and then responding to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for church leaders, clergy, parents, educators, daycare providers or anyone who works with children, although because of content, they recommend those age 16 and older to attend.

The program will be at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 178 S. Main Street and will run from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Former Baptist school teacher sentenced in sex assault

COLORADO
Gazette

LANCE BENZEL
THE GAZETTE

A former teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student at a now-shuttered Baptist school in Colorado Springs will serve 90 days in jail and up to the rest of her life on intensive probation.

Terah Rawlings, 33, clutched a box of tissues and wept as 4th Judicial District Judge Timothy J. Schutz told her that despite the victim’s wishes to the contrary, she deserved to serve time for the sexual abuse.

“It is shameful that we can’t have our children go off to church or school without fearing they’re going to be assaulted by the people to whom they are entrusted,” Schutz told a courtroom packed with members of Hilltop Baptist Church, which operated the Hilltop Baptist School until its closure in 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Banned priest not monitored

ILLINOIS/KENTUCKY
Chicago Tribune

By David Heinzmann, Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune reporters
April 26, 2013

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. — Five years after church officials ordered the Rev. Carroll Howlin to stop functioning as a missionary priest in this isolated mountain community, Joliet diocesan leaders received a letter from a suburban pastor that illuminated just how little the diocese had done to enforce its own protective measures amid a crippling sexual abuse scandal.

Howlin, an avuncular-looking priest who moved here more than 30 years ago, had been suspended in 2002 after he was accused of molesting a teenage boy — the second of four such allegations he would face in his career. The Joliet Diocese later substantiated claims involving two other victims, including one who committed suicide at 17.

Church officials removed Howlin from public ministry, but otherwise left him alone in Kentucky with a $1,100-a-month pension. He was allowed to continue living in this remote community where he once helped run the Good Shepherd Catholic Chapel, providing food, clothing and other social services.

It appears officials even left Howlin alone in 2007 when the Rev. Gregory Rothfuchs of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Joliet wrote to the diocese that he had discovered the monthly collection his parish had taken up for Good Shepherd for three decades was going directly into Howlin's personal bank account and the nuns running the mission had not seen a penny.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

April 25, 2013

Priest appears in court on sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ABC
April 26, 2013

A Catholic priest has appeared in a Melbourne court to face 10 child sexual abuse charges.

Julian Fox, 67, returned to Australia from Rome to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

The charges include counts of buggery and indecent assault.

It is alleged the offences took place at Sunbury and Ferntree Gully between 1976 and 1985.

Fox was not required to enter a plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 PM

High-profile priest Fr Julian Fox in court on child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

Shannon Deery
From:Herald Sun
April 26, 2013

THE former Australian head of the second largest Catholic order in the world has appeared in court charged with child sex crimes.

Fr Julian Fox appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court this morning for a brief administrative hearing where 10 charges were filed with the court.

He was been charged with offences, including buggery, indecent assault and common law assault, after returning from Rome last Friday.

Police allege the 67-year-old former principal assaulted students at Salesian College, Rupertswood, between 1976 and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 PM

Salesian priest 'abused victim with pool cue'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

PIA AKERMAN
From:The Australian
April 26, 2013

A CATHOLIC priest charged with child sex offences has been accused of assaulting one of his victims with a pool cue.

Salesian priest and former school principal Julian Fox, 67, today faced court for the first time since the Catholic church negotiated with Victoria Police to see him returned from Rome.

He has been charged with 10 offences, including committing three counts of buggery against a boy under the age of 14 in 1980.

It is alleged he indecently assaulted another victim with a shortened pool cue in 1981, and indecently assaulted another three times between 1976 and 1978.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 PM

Catholic priest faces abuse charges in Victoria

AUSTRALIA
TVNZ

A Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing four Victorian children more than 30 years ago has appeared briefly in court.

Julian Benedict Fox, 67, returned from Rome to face ten charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Police allege Fox abused the four victims between 1976 and 1985 in Ferntree Gully, in Melbourne's outer east, and in Sunbury, about 40 kilometres northwest of the city.

During a brief filing hearing, he was granted bail on the condition he reports weekly to a Melbourne police station.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 PM

Bishop 'misled inquiry'

AUSTRALIA
The Age

April 26, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age

A Greek Orthodox bishop misled the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse when he denied any cases in his church, another member of the community has said in a letter to the inquiry.

Bishop Iakovos told the inquiry that he was not aware of any case or anecdotal evidence of child sexual abuse ''in living memory'', and that he had consulted much older members of the church.

But the letter writer, who asked not to be named, told the inquiry there was a well-known case in 2002 when the parish priest of the Church of St Catherine in East Malvern, Father Andreas Papadimitropoulos, was found guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage girl.

''This case is well known among the hierarchy of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, and information about it is even available online,'' the letter says.

It also cites harassment and abuse in Sydney, but this does not fall under the inquiry's terms of reference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Claude P. Boudreaux, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Boudreaux was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus in 1955. His early career was spent in India and Sri Lanka, after which he worked as a teacher in Jesuit high schools in Louisiana and Texas. For two years in the mid-1970s Boudreaux served as regional secretary of the General Curia for the Jesuits in Rome. For the bulk of the following three decades Boudreaux was a teacher at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. In December 2004 an accusation surfaced that Boudreaux had sexually abused a minor thirty years previously. The Jesuits removed Boudreaux from active ministry after determining that the accusation was credible, and sent him for extensive treatment. Boudreaux was then to be assigned to live in a community without access to minors.

Ordained: 1955
Retired: 2005

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 PM

Wrong then, wrong now: the bishops' top adviser on sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler April 25, 2013

"Just as the banishment of lepers was fueled by medieval myths, the hysteria surrounding child sexual abusers is exacerbated by myths about those who suffer from sexual deviancies. Child molesters incarnate our deepest childhood fears... Our myths about child molesters come more from the projections of what lies within our own inner psyches than from the truth about who these men are."

Does that quotation suggest that the author is motivated primarily by a desire to protect children from sexual abuse? Would it surprise you to learn that the author was--and to this day remains--one of the most influential voices advising Catholic Church leaders on the handling of sex-abuse cases?

The quotation comes from a 1995 article by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti in America magazine, with the revealing title: “The Mark of Cain: Reintegrating Pedophiles.”

”Reintegrating Pedophiles” was, in a sense, Msgr. Rossetti’s job from 1996 through 2006, when he served as director of the St. Luke Institute, the most prominent of the facilities treating American priests accused of abusing children. When the sex-abuse scandal erupted in the US, we learned that dozens of priests were released from such facilities and returned to ministry, only to molest children once again. Today, looking back regretfully on their decisions, many bishops explain that when they returned abusive priests to active ministry, they were following the best advice given by experts—experts like Msgr. Rossetti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Same Old, Same Old: New Book About Catholic Abuse Scandals Mistates Facts, Lauds the Abuse Industry, and Polishes Well-Worn Stereotypes

UNITED STATES
TheMediaReport

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, and sometimes you can judge a book by the author's radio interviews.

Appearing on a St. Louis radio program hawking a new book about the Catholic abuse scandals, writer Michael D'Antonio, author of Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, claimed that to this day "not a lot of effort to protect kids" has been exerted by the Catholic Church.

In truth, because of the aggressive, groundbreaking measures enacted by United States bishops years ago, the Catholic Church is likely the safest environment for children today. Contemporaneous accusations of abuse against Catholic priests are extremely rare, recently averaging only 8.5 allegations per year for the entire United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Alleged child molester, bishop Kacavenda, “punished” by Serbian Orthodox Church

SERBIA
In Serbia

BELGRADE – Bishop of Zvornik and Tuzla, Vasilije Kacavenda, who has been retired by Serbian Orthodox Church, will leave his lavish palace in Bijeljina and move into a cell of the male monastery Vasilije Ostroski in the center of Bijeljina or monastery Sisatovac on Fruska Gora, reports news magazine “Kurir”.

Recently, after the affair of sexual abuse of minors in which the bishop was allegedly involved and after news magazine “Kurir” has published part of the video on which, allegedly, bishop is kissing and enjoying a passionate moment with a boy, on Tuesday Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has stepped in and silently punished the bishop by retiring him and sending him to monastery.

How will Kacavenda, after being used to hedonism and luxury feel to live in a modest monastery, without friends, going outs, modern technology and luxury – many wonder.

The bishop has, in his palace in Bijeljina, enjoyed the most modern equipment for home, fireplace, hot tub, gold, antiques, servants and luxuries, of which an ordinary person can only dream of. The furniture in his home is made mostly of ivory, the salon is full of sculptures and artifacts, and his guests were served food in silver plates.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

MO-Priest is 9th local cleric accused of child porn; SNAP responds

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 25, 2013

In 2011, when he was suspended, Archbishop Robert Carlson’s public relations team said Fr. William Vatterott was accused of “inappropriate electronic communications.” Now, Fr. Vatterrott has been charged with child porn.

According to BishopAccountability.org, at least eight other current or former local clerics have been accused of possessing child porn or showing porn to kids (Fr. James Beine, Fr. Bruce Forman, Fr. William Christensen, Fr. James Funke, Fr. James Patrick Grady, Fr. John Hess, Fr. Gerhardt Lehmkuhl and seminarian Nicholas Pinkston).

Yet a quick search of the archdiocesan website shows just three mentions of “child pornography” (and one was just added yesterday when charges against Fr. Vatterott were disclosed).

We hope that someday Catholic officials will stop using euphemisms like “inappropriate conduct” and “boundary violations” and start being more honest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

CT- Former priest’s trial delayed for the 21st time, SNAP responds

CONNECTICUT
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 25, 2013

It’s outrageous that a Connecticut priest, who is accused possessing child pornography is delaying justice and exploiting technicalities. Is it any wonder that few victims of sexual violence and exploitation feel good about our justice system?

Despite these inexcusable delays we hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered abuse will come forward, report to law enforcement and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

INTL- Video game mocks clergy abuse scandal, SNAP responds

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 25, 2013

Some will do anything - no matter how hurtful - to make money. Shame on this video company. Heinous child sex crimes and cover ups, by Catholic officials or anyone, is no joking matter.

Why rub salt into the already deep and often still fresh wounds of hundreds of thousands of victims of pedophile priests across the world?

We call on these callous corporate decision-makers to withdraw this game, apologize, and donate any money they may have made to organizations that prevent abuse and help victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Calling for inquiry to focus in on courts

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Daily Telegraph
April 26, 2013

CHILDREN will remain at risk unless the royal commission into institutionalised child sex abuse includes the Family Court in its investigations, Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston has warned.

Ms Johnston said it would be a missed opportunity if the court was not included.

"Thousands of children and their families are depending on it," she said yesterday.

In a submission sent by Bravehearts to the royal commission, the organisation said improvements to practices, policies and procedures within the court would have a positive impact on a "large number of Australian abuse survivors".

Ms Johnston said it was a "no-brainer" that the court came under the commission's terms of reference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Former pupil at school run by nuns 'held in torture cupboard for days'

SCOTLAND
STV

A former pupil at a school run by nuns claimed she was attacked by them after being sent there for stealing two bras from Woolworths.

Catherine Logan told a jury that she was kept in a cupboard when she was at the school 41 years ago.

The 57-year-old was giving evidence in the trial of Anne Kenny, 79, who faces four charges of assault and Agnes Reville, 77, who is accused of five charges of assault at Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

She told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was taken back to the school three years ago, which was the first time she had gone back since leaving it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Two nuns 'tied woman to a pipe ...

SCOTLAND
Daily Mail

Two nuns 'tied woman to a pipe for two days and tortured her when she was at convent school in the seventies'

By Steve Robson

A teenager was tied to a pipe and tortured for two days by nuns who ran the convent school she attended, a court has heard.

Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, are accused of assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, in the 1970s.

Catherine Logan, 57, claims in one incident Kenny, known as Mother Rosari, hit her so hard with a carpet beater she ruptured her spleen.

She told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was 'hit' about twelve or thirteen times - including with a riding crop - and also alleged she was drugged.

Kenny faces four charges of assault while Reville is accused of five charges of assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

St. Louis Priest Father William Vatterott Indicted on Child Pornography Charge

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Riverfront Times

By Sam Levin
Thu., Apr. 25 2013

William Vatterott, a Roman Catholic priest from St. Louis, was indicted yesterday on a federal child pornography charge -- and could ultimately face ten years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Vatterott, 36, will appear in federal court later this week or early next week to respond to the indictment, the U.S. attorney's office says in a statement.

He was placed on administrative leave in 2011 after a complaint was filed with the Ballwin police. He had allegedly been involved in an underage drinking incident -- and was accused of "inappropriate conduct."

The indictment says that he possessed "at least two images of an unidentified nude boy on his computer" between June 2010 and June 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Church asks for help from Irish abuse watchdog

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

April 26, 2013

Barney Zwartz, Noel Towell

The head of the Catholic Church watchdog on clerical abuse in Ireland is to advise the Australian church about how well its abuse protocol is working.

Ian Elliott will visit Australia later this year to talk about lessons from the Irish experience and to help the church review its Towards Healing system, a spokesman said.

The National Committee for Professional Standards executive officer, Father Tim Brennan, said there was no external monitoring of how Towards Healing dealt with victims, and no way for the church to prove its systems were working.

''How does it get a clean bill of health?'' Father Brennan asked. ''At the moment, there's no mechanism to establish who does things well. The Irish experience is a way to go that step further.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Church hires abuse watchdog

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Jacquelin Magnay and Ean Higgins
From:The Australian
April 26, 2013

THE Catholic Church in Australia has hired an experienced Irish investigator of clerical abuse -- who has called for a complete cleanout of people who ignored child sexual activities -- as the church undergoes further scrutiny in the royal commission.

Ian Elliott, the chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, will head to Melbourne in the next few months after spending the past six years scrutinising child sexual abuses within the Irish Catholic Church.

Mr Elliot said Australia had to be prepared to be accountable and transparent -- and have evidence that they are being accountable and transparent -- before children can be kept safe and protected.

He said his Irish experience, which included a review of the Diocese of Cloyne and formulating a rigorous review and standards process for child protection that has been adopted by the church, showed Australia could only eradicate child abuse within the church if there was full conviction to do so from the bishop down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Church adviser questions value of abuse inquests

AUSTRALIA/IRELAND
Brisbane Times

April 26, 2013

Noel Towell
Reporter for The Canberra Times

The man chosen to advise the Australian Catholic Church on child sex abuse says he is ''not a fan'' of statutory inquiries into paedophilia in the church.

Ian Elliott, who has led the Irish church's internal response to the child sex scandals that shook that nation, has been hired by the Australian church to advise on its response to widespread abuse allegations.

Announcing his new job this week, Mr Elliott told an Irish newspaper that state-based inquiries into institutional abuse were long, costly and often failed to establish anything new.

During six years leading the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland - a church-run group - Mr Elliott and his staff completed audits of procedures and safeguards in 16 Irish dioceses and four religious orders, with reports due on another 10 dioceses and 100 orders by 2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Pope hints at possible changes to scandal-ridden Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY
Yahoo! News

By Philip Pullella | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has indicated for the first time that he may make changes to the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of the Holy See's troubled administration.

Before Francis was elected last month, many of the cardinals who went on to choose him expressed concern about the harm done to the Church's image by three decades of scandals at the bank, which Italian magistrates are now investigating for money laundering.

A report last year by Moneyval, a European anti-money laundering body, found that the bank, officially the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), had failed to meet some of its standards on fighting financial crimes, and called for increased oversight.

In an impromptu sermon at a Mass for Vatican employees including staff from the bank, the pope said they should concentrate on the true mission of the Church and that Vatican departments were needed "only up to a certain point".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Pope prepares IOR reform: “The Church is not a company”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Pope’s message to Vatican bank employees is that offices are necessary but only to a certain extent

Andrea Tornielli
VATICAN CITY

“Everything is necessary, offices are necessary, but only to a certain extent,” Pope Francis stated yesterday in the homily he pronounced during his customary morning mass in St. Martha’s House. In his message he also made explicit reference to the Vatican bank (IOR), which has had a rocky history, having often been at the centre of controversies, scandals and investigations.

His words indicated that the Vatican bank, along with all Curia’s various bodies, would be undergoing a review and reform in the next few months. The IOR, however, will not be shut down.

Francis’ words were centred around the profound essence of the Church, which must never consider itself a “company” that “makes deals to gain more partners”, neither does it measure its success in terms of organisation. “The path Jesus chose for his Church is a different one: he chose the difficult path, the path of the Cross, the path of persecution.” The Church begins “in the heart of the Father.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Second ‘Runaway Priest’ found by Dallas News sent back to Australia to face sex-abuse charges

UNITED STATES/AUSTRALIA
The Dallas Morning News

By Reese Dunklin
rdunklin@dallasnews.com
5:02 pm on April 24, 2013

Another priest from our landmark 2004-2005 series on the Catholic Church’s international transfers of sex abusers has been arrested.

Australian authorities charged the Rev. Julian Fox, pictured, after he returned from his religious order’s headquarters in Rome. He faces 10 counts of sexually and physically abusing boys at a Melbourne-area boarding school, according to press reports.

In our series, I reported that Fox was moved to Fiji after an abuse complaint in the late 1990s was made to his order, the Salesians of Don Bosco. The Salesians also paid his accuser a settlement, officials acknowledged to me.

When I talked to Fox by phone in 2004, he said a church review had exonerated him. He declined to further discuss the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Corrections and clarifications

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An article Wednesday about Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki saying the church had mishandled the case of a priest accused of inappropriate contact with a child incorrectly stated that Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Listecki, has criticized the media for reporting the accusations against Father Robert Marsicek. Topczewski says he's been critical of the extent of the coverage on Marsicek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Six abuse cases still pending in Clogher

IRELAND
Impartial Reporter

Sarah Saunderson
Published 25 Apr 2013

There are currently six civil cases involving allegations of clerical child abuse pending in the Clogher diocese, the Bishop of Clogher the Very Rev. Liam MacDaid has said.

While the "vast majority are historical", it has emerged that a most recent allegation came to light as recently as two years ago.

A report released yesterday (Wednesday) on behalf of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) draws "a line between the practice of this diocese today and some of the practice which existed previously".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Statement regarding Fr. William Vatterott

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has learned that Fr. William Vatterott, who had been the Pastor at St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis and previously an Associate Pastor at Holy Infant in Ballwin, has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Fr. Vatterott has been on administrative leave from St. Cecilia Parish since June of 2011, when the archdiocese was made aware of these allegations. Since that time, the archdiocese has fully cooperated with the investigation conducted by law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, at 314.792.7704 or the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800.392.3737 or law enforcement officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Catholic Priest Indicted On Child Porn Charges, Could Face Up To 10 Years In Jail

ST. LOUIS (MO)
International Business Times

By Charles Poladian | April 25 2013

A Catholic priest, William Vatterott, 36, was indicted on a possession of child pornography charge in St. Louis, and, if convicted, could face 10 years in jail as well as a $250,000 fine.

Vatterott’s indictment was released by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Missouri, Richard Callahan, notes Reuters. Vatterott served as a pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis from 2008 until he was placed on administrative leave in June 2011 by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The archdiocese issued a statement on Wednesday regarding Vetterott’s indictment saying, “Fr. Vatterott has been on administrative leave from St. Cecilia Parish since June of 2011, when the archdiocese was made aware of these allegations. Since that time, the archdiocese has fully cooperated with the investigation conducted by law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s office.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Editorial: Sex abuse accountability should be universal law

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by NCR Editorial Staff | Apr. 25, 2013

In late February, Maltese Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna told Italian journalists, "From now on, no one" -- and when he said "no one" he meant the 117 cardinals coming to Rome for the conclave that would elect Pope Francis -- "will be able to say they know nothing about what goes on regarding clerical sex abuse." Efforts begun by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and continued by Pope Benedict XVI are "now a fundamental part of the church's response to sex abuse," Scicluna said. "It will be part of the leadership program of whoever is elected in the Sistine Chapel."

Scicluna, of course, is more than an auxiliary bishop from Malta. He was the prosecutor handling sex abuse cases for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for 10 years until he was made a bishop last year. He, under the leadership of Ratzinger as the doctrinal congregation's prefect, deserves credit for breaking the ecclesial logjam and beginning to move effectively against clergy who had abused children.

As we sort through Benedict's pontificate and his more than three-decades-long legacy at the top of the church hierarchy, it would be wrong to too easily dismiss what Benedict did to protect children from clergy sex abusers. This does not mean his record is blemish-free or that we agree entirely with the processes used by bishops and the Curia to handle cases of abuse brought against clergy. But there can be no doubt that the church and her children would be in a far worse position if Benedict had not taken control of these cases in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Two years later, former Berlin priest yet to face trial

CONNECTICUT
Berlin Citizen

Monica Szakacs

It has almost been two years since a former assistant pastor of St. Paul Church in Kensington was first arrested and charged with five felony counts of risk of injury to a minor and one misdemeanor obscenity charge.

Father Michael Miller’s case was continued for the 21st time on March 28, 2013. His next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, in GA 15 Courthouse, at 20 Franklin Square, New Britain.

William J. St. John Jr., a Waterbury attorney who represents the former Berlin priest, said he cannot discuss any details regarding the case.

Miller was first arrested on July 12, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, on charges that he had inappropriate contact with more than one minor. At the time he’s been hospitalized for an unknown reason.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

St. Louis Catholic priest indicted on child pornography charge

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KELO

By Kevin Murphy

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A federal grand jury indicted a Catholic priest in St. Louis on Wednesday on child pornography charges involving Internet images of a boy under the age of 18, in the latest sex accusation to rock the Church.

William Vatterott, 36, was charged with possession of child pornography, according to the indictment released by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000, if convicted.

The indictment is the latest in a series of abuse accusations to hit the U.S. Catholic Church over the past two decades. The scandals have cost the Church billions of dollars in settlements and driven prominent dioceses into bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Truth and reconciliation in Montreal

CANADA
Global News

MONTREAL- Alora Condo is a sixth-grader at St. Willibrord’s School in Chateauguay. As she attended the Truth and Reconciliation event at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, she was shocked by what she saw. It reminded her of experiences her Mohawk grandfather had while he was at a residential school.

“They took away their culture, their language and they replaced it with some other kind of language,” she said. “My kinds of people went to these schools, and I wish I could have helped them.”

For a lot of students in the western Montreal area, Aboriginal issues hit close to home. A full third of St. Willibrord’s School, where Condo attends, have roots in the Mohawk nation of Kahnawake nearby.

“We had so many Native students that I felt it was my responsibility to share it with them,” said Annabelle Daignault, a French teacher at the school. “We kind of learned everything together, they were shocked obviously.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Editorial: Truth and reconciliation - from past to future

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL - Many non-aboriginal Canadians remain all too ignorant of the shameful history of Canada’s residential schools, whose damaging legacy continues to be felt in aboriginal communities across the country. The Montreal hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which got underway Wednesday and are to continue until Saturday, are part of the process of moving forward, not only for those who choose to testify, but for all Canadians.

At these public hearings, which are being held in seven Canadian cities, survivors of the residential school system are getting an opportunity to recount their experiences. Over the course of more than a century, tens of thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were wrenched from their families and communities, and sent away to boarding schools run by religious groups and funded by the federal government. Though the schools were winding down by the 1970s, the last of them did not close until 1996.

More than merely a well-intentioned effort to educate children, the policy was frankly designed to assimilate aboriginals — “to take the Indian out of the child,” according to one bureaucrat of the day. Students were forbidden to speak their own languages, and their traditional beliefs were denigrated and characterized as sinful. And all too often, the children were also subjected to physical and sexual abuse. No wonder, then, that the schools have left a painful legacy, one with which survivors, their descendants and their communities are still struggling. The commission’s work is part of a healing process that also includes monetary compensation, and has seen a 2008 apology from the federal government.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Truth and Reconciliation: What Joe Canadian needs to know

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

By Steve Bonspiel, Special to The Gazette
April 25, 2013

MONTREAL - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada opened hearings Wednesday in Montreal at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel that will run through Saturday — and there are a number of reasons you should be there.

The commission was created after the $1.9-billion residential-schools settlement in 2007 between the government of Canada (along with partner Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches) and the Assembly of First Nations.

Frank disclosure of the atrocities committed at church-run, government-backed residential schools have finally started to come out into the open since the settlement. An apology by all federal political parties, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons in 2008, was seen as a step forward.

But for Native people, many of whom see the apology as shallow, free of any real remorse or substance, there is still so much work and educating to be done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Truth and Reconciliation: ‘It’s about all of us,’ Michaëlle Jean says

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

By Christopher Curtis, The Gazette April 24, 2013

MONTREAL — It may be painful and profoundly troubling, but Canadians need to have a serious conversation about residential schools.

Michaëlle Jean's voice resounded sharply as she described the need for all Canadians to embrace aboriginal issues as their own. The former governor-general was in Montreal Wednesday to take part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — a $60-million project aimed at documenting the systematic torment suffered by generations of aboriginals who were forced into Canada's residential school system.

Jean served as governor-general when the TRC was launched during a ceremony at Ottawa's Rideau Hall in 2009. She became an honorary witness at the roving commission's first national event in Winnipeg, where elders described the unspeakable acts of abuse they survived during childhoods spent as wards of the federal government.

"It was the start of a dialogue, it was very troubling to hear the testimonies, sometimes disturbing, but there was also hope," Jean told a group of reporters huddled in a hallway inside the Queen Elizabeth Hotel downtown. "Because it was about sharing, sharing of the facts about this very dark chapter of our history. ... I think the role of this commission is breaking the role of indifference. Indifference is not an option, we need to confront history together and see how we want to move forward."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Die Perspektive der Opfer

DEUTSCHLAND
Main Post

Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche: Drei Jahre nach dem Skandal kritisieren Betroffene die Diözese Würzburg für die fehlende Aufklärung des Falls Damian Mai.

Sie fordern Transparenz statt weitere Vertuschung. Bislang schweigt das Ordinariat.

Für Bischof Friedhelm Hofmann sind die 2010 auch in seiner Diözese ans Licht gekommenen Missbrauchsfälle durch katholische Geistliche erfolgreich bewältigt worden. In dieser Zeitung lobte er jüngst die „transparente Aufarbeitung“ und „rückhaltlose Aufklärung“ der Vorwürfe. „Ich kenne keine Einrichtung in Deutschland, die Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs in ähnlicher Weise entgegenkäme“, lobte der Bischof die finanzielle Entschädigung, die die katholische Kirche leistet. Auf der Frühjahrskonferenz der deutschen Bischöfe war die durch den Missbrauchsskandal ausgelöste Vertrauenskrise gar kein Thema mehr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Reports shows that Galway diocese responded quickly to abuse allegations over four decades

IRELAND
Galway Advertiser

By Mary O’connor

Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan should ensure written restrictions are in place ensuring priests who are “out of ministry” due to child abuse allegations do not appear in public dressed in priestly attire, a report into safeguarding practices for children in the Galway diocese recommends.

The 28-page document, which was published yesterday (Wednesday) examines case records dating back to 1975.

It reveals allegations were made against 14 diocesan priests in the period 1975 to 2013. A total of 38 allegations were received, 27 of which were reported to the Gardai and the HSE. Allegations were made against three priests who are in ministry, two who are retired and five who are deceased. Two others have left the priesthood while a further two men are still members of the diocese but are “out of ministry”. One priest in the diocese was convicted of child abuse in the 38-year-period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Catholic church outlines new child protection measures

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Ian Elliott, the Catholic church’s own watchdog on child protection measures in Ireland, has detailed the policies now in place to prevent child abuse in several dioceses.

It is part of a nationwide review of each diocese and Religious Order in the wake of a series of damning state inquiries into the extent of paedophilia in the clergy and subsequent cover-ups.

Audits looked at in his third and latest tranche include the dioceses of Ferns, Killala, Elphin, Waterford and the Society of African Missions.

* In Ferns, where in 2005 investigators uncovered decades of abuse and cover-ups, 24 priests have faced allegations since 1975, none are in ministry and three have been convicted.

Mr Elliott noted a sea change compared to how the diocese operated since the report eight years ago, including a complainant-centred approach adopted by clergy and support staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Ex-bishop Joseph Duffy holds hands up ...

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Ex-bishop Joseph Duffy holds hands up over failure to tackle his paedophile priests

BY VICTORIA O’HARA– 25 April 2013

A former bishop failed to prevent clerical sex abuse and did not remove suspected paedophile priests from the ministry, a damning new watchdog report has said.

The Irish National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC) report published yesterday said there was “an unacceptable delay” in taking action against one priest.

It said Bishop Joseph Duffy’s delay came despite concerns being raised of “a credible allegation” in the Clogher diocese, which includes parts of Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Louth.

The review said that 13 priests in the diocese faced allegations, one of whom is classified as either “in ministry or retired”, and two have been convicted.

In another case, a priest in the diocese was suspected of multiple incidents of abuse, but he was not removed, was transferred to another parish and eventually was sent overseas for therapeutic help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Reaction to Clogher clerical abuse report

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International, Patrick Corrigan, welcomed the publishing of the Clogher clerical abuse report.

"We got yet another glimpse into the horror of abuse suffered by children in parishes in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the way in which figures in the church hierarchy permitted the abuse to continue.

"Yet, church-approved reviews are no substitute for a proper, independent investigation into clerical child sex abuse throughout Northern Ireland," he said.

"It is increasingly clear that clerical child sex abuse happened in Northern Ireland over many years and over many parishes - but only a proper state-instituted inquiry will tell us the extent of the problem and help bring to account those responsible."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Irish audits show 'evidence of steady progress' dealing with abuse

IRELAND
The Boston Pilot

By Michael Kelly

Posted: 4/24/2013
DUBLIN (CNS) -- The head of the Catholic Church's child safeguarding watchdog said he is encouraged by the latest audits of the handling of abuse allegations by dioceses and a religious congregation.

Ian Elliott, head of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, said the seven audits, published April 24, show "clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures" in the church.

"The overall picture is a very positive one with the vast majority of the criteria used to assess performance against the review standards as being fully met," he said.

While commending the overall picture, some of the audits are critical of past failings. In Clogher Diocese, for example, the review found that retired Bishop Joseph Duffy "consistently missed" opportunities to prevent abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Watchdog Elliott played key role in Catholic Church child safety reform

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Apr 25, 2013

So it’s goodbye to Ian Elliott. Some in the Catholic Church in Ireland clearly have felt it has been less than good to know him. Then maybe it’s just the beginning of a longer farewell involving the chief executive of the church’s child protection “watchdog-with-a-helluva- bite” and the authorities in Maynooth.

He may yet be employed on a consultancy basis as the review process in the church’s 162 institutions goes on.

It is doubtful whether the Catholic Church on this island has ever owed as much to a Presbyterian where restoring its credibility is concerned. Yesterday’s “gratifying” reports on current child protection practices in six dioceses and one religious congregation would hardly have been possible without his doggedness. He has played a hugely significant role in making Catholic parishes in Ireland today among the safest places for children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Church child protection chief to stand down after six years

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Ian Elliott is to stand down as chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children next month. “My contract expires at the end of June and, when leave is taken into account, I’ll be gone by the end of May,” he said yesterday.

By then he will have completed his second three-year contract with the board since 2007.

He has been requested by the Catholic Church in Australia to advise it on setting up child-protection review structures and will visit the country for three weeks in August and September next.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Garry O’Sullivan: 'Boring' audit answers prayers of battle-weary church dioceses

IRELAND
Irish Independent

25 April 2013

IN his Northern peace process memoir 'Making Peace', Senator George Mitchell mused that he hoped he could go with his son into the Stormont Assembly 10 years after the Good Friday Agreement and be bored by the proceedings – a sign of normalcy in democratic politics.

Reading the six reviews of Irish Catholic dioceses by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCI) – its third tranche – that same sense of 'normalcy' is evident as the clean bills of health, notwithstanding historic problems, are handed out.

Only Clogher diocese came in for some criticism of its management of allegations and this was prior to the current bishop's appointment in 2010. Under Bishop Duffy, now retired, the diocese "consistently missed" opportunities for "preventative interventions".

Maeve Lewis of One in Four called the reviews "reassuring" and called on the Children's Minister to accelerate the Children First legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Child Abuse Awareness

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

This is Child Abuse Awareness month and this week is Safe Environment Week in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where we pay special attention to the measures adopted over the past 10 years to ensure children are safe in our parishes and schools.

Last night, as a way of marking these events, I celebrated a Mass of Atonement, joining our prayers to the sacrificial act of Jesus, to pray for those who have suffered from clergy sexual abuse, for the community that carries the pain associated with their brothers and sisters, for the reform in the heart and mind of those clergy who have abused, but most importantly, for a sense of understanding that God’s love can accomplish a reconciliation in our lives and in our community.

In preparing for the Mass, which was hosted by St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, I began thinking about how our attention to Safe Environment is one of the good things that has come out of the evil that was perpetrated upon innocent children. The Safeguarding All of God’s Family program has provided training to more than 50,000 adults who have contact with our young people and, in addition, more than 100,000 children received safe environment education in their curriculum.

We have heightened our awareness about sexual abuse and tried to reach out to abuse survivors in the best ways possible. We have worked with law enforcement to ensure our policies for handling reports of sexual abuse are the best they can possibly be. We have an annual audit of our practices to make certain we remain in compliance with all the demands of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Archbishop Suggests Marsicek Should Have Been Removed

WISCONSIN
Patch

By Jim Price

In a pastoral letter now published in his blog on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website, Archbishop Jerome Listecki says that while the church followed "the letter of the law" in allowing Father Robert Marsicek to retain his priestly duties in Wauwatosa while he was being investigated in California, it might not have followed "the spirit of the law," in light of the church's pledge to keep children safe.

The contrite missive, titled "Child Abuse Awareness," begins by noting that this is Child Abuse Awareness month and this week is Safe Environment Week in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and his celebration of a Mass of Atonement at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield for the victims of clergy sexual abuse, as well for "the community that carries the pain" associated with it.

Listecki outlines steps the Catholic Church has taken over the past decade in training of its staff, education of its flock, and outreach to the community, restoring trust and credibility to an institution "badly broken" by its response to past allegations of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Serbian priest accused for sexual abuse of minors [video]

SERBIA
In Serbia

BELGRADE – After various media started reporting about Serbian priest in Bosnia has allegedly abused minors, and even some of them got killed in the attempt to hide it, Serbia was deeply shaken. This was not the first time an Orthodox Church Priest gets accused for such a vicious crime.

Bishop Vasilije Kacavenda, or episkop zvorničko-tuzlanski, which is his original title, has become known as child molester judging by testimonials from his alleged victims and their parents. But there is no concrete evidence, such as photos or videos.

After the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church heard about the unfortunate news, they decided to “punish” Kacavenda by retiring him. The decision came after careful consideration of available information. Kacavenda was retired, but allowed to keep his rank. However, the bishop hopes that this is just temporary decision, that all the charges will be dropped and he would be reinstated.

Another problem comes from the fact that Kacavenda is known as a bishop who has furniture painted in gold, and a home that looks like a palace.

Kačavenda was accused of multiple homosexual activities with minors. Serbian media also accused him of having sex with four young boys, claimed that it can be seen on the video (scroll down), and also that Serbian Orthodox Church is in the possession of this and maybe other videos, but it is not available for the public. Serbian Orthodox Church representatives have neither confirmed nor denied this claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

April 24, 2013

Fr. William Vatterott indicted on child porn charges

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A federal grand jury indicted a St. Louis priest on child pornography charges Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to court documents, Fr. William Vatterott was found to be in possession of the illicit materials between June 2010 and June 2011.

Two teens reported to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2011 that Fr. Vatterott engaged in inappropriate electronic communications with them. One teenager, who was 18-years-old at the time, also reported underage drinking and other undisclosed inappropriate behaviors. Neither teenager reported physical contact or solicitation of any kind.

Fr. Vatterott was placed on administrative leave after the incidents were reported. He had served as pastor at St. Cecilia Parish since January 2008, after serving as associate pastor at Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Archbishop Jerome Listecki releases letter after Mass of Atonement

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Fox 6

April 24, 2013, by Katie DeLong

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — This week, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki held a Mass of Atonement — a Mass that has become an annual event during which the church seeks forgiveness for clergy who have sexually abused children. Now, Listecki has released a letter following that Mass in which he discusses Child Abuse Awareness month and Safe Environment Week within the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Listecki’s letter reads:

Love One Another
April 23, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This is Child Abuse Awareness month and this week is Safe Environment Week in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where we pay special attention to the measures adopted over the past 10 years to ensure children are safe in our parishes and schools.

Last night, as a way of marking these events, I celebrated a Mass of Atonement, joining our prayers to the sacrificial act of Jesus, to pray for those who have suffered from clergy sexual abuse, for the community that carries the pain associated with their brothers and sisters, for the reform in the heart and mind of those clergy who have abused, but most importantly, for a sense of understanding that God’s love can accomplish a reconciliation in our lives and in our community.

In preparing for the Mass, which was hosted by St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, I began thinking about how our attention to Safe Environment is one of the good things that has come out of the evil that was perpetrated upon innocent children. The Safeguarding All of God’s Family program has provided training to more than 50,000 adults who have contact with our young people and, in addition, more than 100,000 children received safe environment education in their curriculum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

St. Louis priest indicted on child porn charge

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

By Robert Patrick rpatrick@post-dispatch.com 314-621-5154

ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis priest was indicted Wednesday on one federal child pornography charge, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Prosecutors say Father William F. Vatterott, 36, possessed child pornography between June 2010 and June 2011. The indictment accuses Vatterott of having at least two images of child porn on his computer; both were images of an unidentified nude boy.

Vatterott is expected to appear in federal court late this week or early next week, they said.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Judge Issues Opinion in Priest Sex-Abuse Appeal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Legal Intelligencer

By Amaris Elliott-Engel
The Legal Intelligencer

April 24, 2013

The Philadelphia judge who presided over the first trial in the country of a Catholic Church official charged with endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests said there was evidence that his motive was to perpetuate a system of protecting abusive priests over their sexual-abuse victims.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, writing in a 236-page opinion required under procedural rules in the appeal of Monsignor William J. Lynn, said that Lynn “followed in his predecessors’ footsteps, perpetuating the system that he inherited.”

Lynn was responsible for reviewing allegations of sexual abuse involving priests as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secretary of clergy from 1992 until 2004.

For example, Sarmina cited the situation of Father Nicholas Cudemo, who Lynn knew had been accused of abusing at least nine different girls, and whom Lynn instructed to comply with restrictions on his ministry “'for the good of the church and the avoidance of scandal,”’ according to the opinion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Pa. Judge Defends Church Aide's Trial, Conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA April 25, 2013 (AP)

A Philadelphia judge is defending her decisions in the trial of the first Catholic Church official in the U.S. to be charged and convicted in the cover-up of the priest abuse scandal.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina argues Monsignor William Lynn lied to perpetuate a church cover-up of child sexual abuse. Her opinion explains some of her trial decisions, which Lynn plans to challenge on appeal.

The Legal Intelligencer first reported on the judge's April 12 ruling on Wednesday.

Lynn was a longtime secretary for clergy. He was convicted of child endangerment and is serving a three- to six-year prison term.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Diocese of Clogher singled out for failing to prevent child abuse in the past

IRELAND
Highland Radio

The border diocese of Clogher has been singled out for failing to prevent child abuse in the past.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church criticised the former bishop.

The Diocese consists of County Monaghan, much of County Fermanagh with parts of Counties Tyrone, and Donegal.

The reviewers said it was clear that in the past – opportunities to intervene and prevent abuse were consistently missed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Clogher clerical abuse report: retired bishop accepts criticism over handling of allegations

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The former Bishop of the cross-border Catholic diocese of Clogher Joseph Duffy has been criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse allegations and risky behaviour by priests there in a report published today.

A review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, found that “opportunities for preventive interventions were consistently missed when concerns of abuse by clergy were highlighted in the past” in Clogher.

Bishop Duffy, a former spokesman for the Catholic bishops, led the diocese for 31 years until his retirement in 2010.

The NBSC review, published this morning, covered the period from January 1st, 1975. It found a line had been drawn “between the practice of this diocese today and some of the practice that existed previously”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Catholic child abuse: 187 allegations against 98 priests have led to zero convictions

IRELAND
The Journal

“I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me,” writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

THE DIOCESES OF Clogher, Elphin, Killala and Waterford join the infamous group of seven Catholic Church authorities, including Derry, Dramore and Limerick, where not one priest has been convicted for having committed an offence or offences against a child or young person despite numerous allegations since 1 January 1975.

From the 16 dioceses reviewed to date by the National Board for Safeguarding Children, there have been 187 allegations made in relation to 98 priests where there have been no convictions. This represents a third of the church authorities examined where not one priest was held to account. Following the publication of the third tranche of audits, today is yet another difficult day to bear for any survivor from these Catholic Church authorities.

It is hard to take in the sense of pain and suffering inflicted upon those brave enough to bring their case forward, to seek justice. Seven of the 16 dioceses sent their complainants away with nothing for their pain and suffering save an empty apology having re-traumatised them all over again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Oakland priest holds vigil for church reform while on voluntary exile

OAKLAND (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

by Monica Clark | Apr. 24, 2013

Oakland, Calif. --
Every Sunday morning for the last three years, Tim Stier, former pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont, Cailf., has stood outside Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light to call attention to the need for what he calls "structural reform" within the church. Sometimes he is alone, holding a large sign that reads, "Include the Excluded: Women, Gay Persons, Abuse Survivors." At other times, a handful of supporters joins him in the two-hour vigil.

On April 14, the third anniversary of his demonstration, about two dozen adults gathered in solidarity with him. Some were members of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. Others belonged to Women of Magdala, a local group advocating for the ordination of women. There were also gay and lesbian Catholics and a few of his Fremont parishioners.

"It's important to stand with him," said Patty Leal, who has known Stier since he presided at her wedding 32 years ago. "I have such great respect for him. I know what it has cost him to follow his conscience."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Ex-bishop accepts mistakes ...

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Ex-bishop accepts mistakes after watchdog criticises poor judgement in dealing with paedophile priests

24 April 2013

A retired Catholic bishop has admitted mistakes after a watchdog found opportunities to stop dangerous paedophile priests were consistently missed.

Joseph Duffy, who led the Diocese of Clogher on the border in Ireland for 31 years, conceded poor judgment among past hierarchy in dealing with clerical abuse allegations.

The damning review found one serial abuser had not been taken out of ministry but moved to a new parish and eventually sent overseas for therapy.

In a second case, auditors said it was unacceptable to allow a priest facing a credible abuse allegation to continue to minister.

"I accept the criticism in the review and regret that, in the past, the standard of managing some cases fell short of what is expected today," Bishop Duffy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Minnesota SOL Reform

WALTHAM (MA)
BishopAccountability.org

As of April 19, 2013, the Minnesota legislature appears close to passing the Child Victims Act (HF 681 [see also another web posting of HF 681] / SF 534). It would eliminate prospectively the civil statute of limitations for minors and provide a three-year window in which previously barred cases could be brought.

If passed into law, it will make Minnesota’s justice system accessible to adults who were sexually assaulted as children and result in the identification of sexual predators -- including some who may be abusing children still.

Bills like the Child Victims Act give society another benefit that is seldom mentioned: they expose institutional wrong-doing. In Delaware, a similar law resulted ultimately in the release by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington of 11,000 pages of formerly secret abuse files. In California, the San Diego diocese released 10,000 pages and the Los Angeles archdiocese, 12,000 pages – both disclosures the result of a law that freed victims of time restrictions. When victims have civil recourse, institutions are forced to account for their actions.

It is troubling that in Minnesota, some of those lobbying against the Child Victims Act have been involved in the very bureaucracy whose actions in abuse cases would be revealed if the bill passes. The bill faces active opposition from the Minnesota Religious Council. Three Council members are from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including two – Rev. Kevin McDonough and former archdiocesan attorney Andrew Eisenzimmer – who worked for decades in the archdiocese to manage abuse cases. Their involvement in the Minnesota Religious Council effectively continues that effort.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 2:43 PM

Abuse survivor demands state inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah Stack and David Young– 24 April 2013

AN abuse survivor who alleges an uncle of the former Bishop of Clogher was one of his attackers has demanded a state inquiry into clerical sex crimes in Northern Ireland.

The Stormont Executive has established a statutory probe into abuse committed in state and church-run institutions, but its remit does not cover criminal acts committed by priests outside of children's residential facilities.

Michael Connolly claims he was victimised for five years of his childhood in Donagh, Co Fermanagh, by parish priest Peter Duffy, who was later promoted to canon.

The deceased cleric was the uncle of the former Bishop of Clogher, Joseph Duffy, who was today heavily criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse allegations and risky behaviour of priests in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Ex-priest claims Australian Church hid sex abuse

MALTA/AUSTRALIA
Times of Malta

A Maltese man has blown the lid on the Australian Church by quitting the priesthood and claiming the Victorian Archdiocese has been deleting child sex abuse records.

Victor Buhagiar claims he “saw and heard” the Archbishop of Victoria order a secretary to turn off a recorder before discussing clerical sex abuse during a Church council meeting in April 2012.

He bowed out as a priest last January, saying his subsequent enquiries into the matter had led him to a metaphorical dead end.

“I believe there’s a devil in the hierarchy,” Mr Buhagiar has now told Australian investigative TV show Today Tonight.

“I suspect the recorder was turned off to create a black hole, so that investigators will…find nothing. Certain data is not being recorded in any way, shape or form.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Abuse watchdog heads to Australia

AUSTRALIA/IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

24 April 2013

The head of the Catholic church watchdog into clerical abuse in Ireland is to head up a similar review panel in Australia, he has revealed.

Ian Elliott said he will leave his post in the summer after examining the records of 16 diocese and four religious orders.

The remaining 10 dioceses will be complete by the end of this year, he said, with the 100 plus orders and religious authorities examined by 2015.

"I have been invited to go work in Australia with the Catholic church," he said. "They are interested in a review process and are learning from the Irish experience."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

IL- Alleged predator priest is sued; SNAP responds

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 24, 2013

Two men are suing the Chicago Catholic archdiocese and a former priest for alleged child sex crimes.

For the most part, only the most egregious child molesting clerics were defrocked in the 1970s, so we suspect that Fr. Baranowski assaulted many kids. We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoing, call police, and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Pfarrer wegen Kindesmissbrauchs vom Vatikan entlassen

DEUTSCHLAND
Neues

Veröffentlicht am Mittwoch, 24. April 2013 von Stefan Domeyer

Der wegen Kindesmissbrauch verurteilte Pfarrer Andreas L. ist nicht mehr Priester. Ein von der vatikanischen Glaubenskongregation durchgeführtes kirchenrechtliches Verfahren führte zu seiner Entlassung aus dem Klerikerstand. Dies teilte das Bistum Hildesheim mit.

Andreas L. wurde im Januar vorigen Jahres zu sechs Jahren Haft verurteilt. Das Landgericht Braunschweig sah es als erwiesen an, dass er drei Jungen über mehrere Jahre sexuell schwer missbraucht hat. An die strafrechtliche Verurteilung schloss sich ein kirchenrechtliches Verfahren gegen L. an. Das staatliche Urteil wurde zusammen mit den Unterlagen der bisherigen kirchlichen Ermittlungen an die Glaubenskongregation weitergereicht.

„Das entspricht den Vorgaben des Vatikans in Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch“, erläutert Weihbischof Heinz-Günter Bongartz, Geschäftsführer des Bischöflichen Beraterstabes für Verdachtsfälle des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Geistliche im Bistum Hildesheim. Das Urteil der Glaubenskongregation könne sich so auf die staatlichen Ermittlungen stützen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

‘Significant developments’ in child safeguarding in Diocese of Ferns

IRELAND
The Journal

[Diocese of Ferns]

A REPORT INTO child protection practices in the Diocese of Ferns, which was the subject of the Ferns Report into allegations of clerical sexual abuse, was published today.

The report was published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), as part of a review of safeguarding practice within all the Church authorities on the island of Ireland.

Criteria

The 2005 Ferns Inquiry Report was an official government inquiry into clerical sexual abuse allegations made against the Diocese of Ferns. One of the offenders was Fr Seán Fortune, who abused a large number of teenage boys. Fortune took his own life before his trial.

Today’s report found Ferns met 47 out of its 48 criteria fully, and one partially.

There are approximately 100,000 Catholic residents in the diocese, across 49 parishes. Its bishop, Bishop Denis Brennan, was installed on 1 March 2006

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Clogher Diocese child sex abuse abuse report released

IRELAND
Fermanagh Herald

A report into how allegations of child sex abuse were handled in the Clogher Diocese has revealed opportunities were “consistently missed”.

The audit by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church revealed allegations were made against 13 priests since 1975.

The Clogher Diocese includes six Tyrone parishes: Fintona, Dromore, Trillick, Eskra, Clogher and Aghavea-Aghintaine (Fivemiletown/Brookeboro). The diocese also spans across Fermanagh, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Cavan.

Of the 13 priests subject to allegations, seven were dead at the date the review commence on November 7 2012. A total of 23 allegations were reported to An Garda Síochána and 22 allegations to the HSE since January 1 1975.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Diocese continues investigation into priest accused of misconduct

SOUTH CAROLINA
Fox Carolina

By Casey Vaughn

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A man who told Greenwood County deputies he was touched by a priest 15 years ago has decided not to pursue charges, according to reports.

The Index-Journal reported Tuesday that the victim told deputies he did not want to further pursue the investigation.

The allegations against Father Hayden Vaverek made news in early March when the Catholic Diocese of Charleston released a statement saying he had been put on administrative leave after someone reported the misconduct.

The diocese reported that the misconduct occurred while Vaverek was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Greenwood, but "no parishioners of that parish were involved in the reported allegation." Diocesan officials said the sexual misconduct involved a minor and happened more than 15 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Abuse response was ‘often unsatisfactory’

NORTHERN IRELAND
Londonderry Sentinel

By Kevin Mullan
Published on 24/04/2013

OPPORTUNITIES to intervene following reports of clerical abuse in the cross-border Catholic Diocese of Clogher were consistently missed in the past, according to a newly-published report commissioned by Bundoran-born Bishop Liam McDaid.

The report carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) at the request of Bishop McDaid who was ordained in 2010, was published on Wednesday (April 23).

Twenty-three allegations were made against 13 priests in the Diocese, which includes parts of Donegal, Tyrone and Fermanagh, since 1975. Three were still alive at the time of the review last November; two were convicted of offences against children; but one against whom an allegation had been made was never convicted of any offence.

Whilst acknowledging Bishop McDaid’s hard work ensuring good working relationships were maintained with safeguarding agencies in both jurisdictions of his diocese, the report does point to serious failings prior to his prelacy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:23 AM

2 men sue Chicago archdiocese, allege priest molested them in ’60s

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

BY LEEANN SHELTON
Staff Reporter

Last Modified: Apr 22, 2013

Two men are suing the Chicago Archdiocese and a former priest, claiming he molested them during unsupervised overnight trips more than 50 years ago.

The plaintiffs — now both in their mid-60s — say they met then-priest Alexander Sylvester Baranowski when they were students at St. Wenceslaus grammar school in Chicago.

Both men say Baranowski molested them on separate overnight ministry trips to Springfield in 1961 and 1962, on which he would take only one student with him, according to the suit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

They claim that on each trip, Baranowski feigned that the hotel had made a mistake, and that the only room available had only one bed, forcing them to share a bed with him, the suit said. The priest then sexually abused them while they were sleeping, both men claim.

Church officials have since substantiated allegations against Baranowski, accusing him of sexual misconduct involving minors. He resigned in 1975 and was stripped of his priesthood a year later, according to the archdiocese’s website.

The men blame the archdiocese for failing to act, claiming church officials knew about the alleged abuse but concealed it from their families, law enforcement and other Catholics to protect the church’s reputation.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago said Monday night that officials have not yet seen the suit and declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Don Mayo - a sexual abuse victim's battle to be believed

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Janet Fife-Yeomans
From:The Daily Telegraph
April 25, 2013

ALL child sex abuse victim Don Mayo wants is justice - but his story is so confronting, the Victims Compensation Tribunal at first said it could never have happened.

Now a well-known radio announcer, Mr Mayo was repeatedly raped as a boy by four brothers and a lay teacher at Christian Brothers College, Burwood.

Like most victims of childhood abuse, it took him decades before he could talk about it and, by then, his life "had fallen apart".

Now he is one of the thousands pinning their hopes on the royal commission into institutionalised child sex abuse to provide answers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

‘Unacceptable delays and unsatisfactory responses’ to abuse concerns in Clogher

IRELAND
The Journal

THE NATIONAL BOARD for Safeguarding Children’s review into child protection practices in the Clogher diocese was highly critical of past responses to abuse allegations.

However, investigators drew a clear line between the past and current systems.

The report said that from the cases examined, “it was clear that opportunities for preventive interventions were consistently missed when concerns of abuse by clergy were highlighted in the past”.

In one particular case, there was an “unacceptable delay” in taking action against a priest and removing him from all ministry following a “credible allegation”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Child safeguarding report on Galway diocese makes 9 recommendations

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

Nine recommendations have been issued in a report into safeguarding practice in the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

The 28 page document issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church examines seven standards.

It's based on case material made available by Bishop Martin Drennan along with interviews with key personnel who contribute to safeguarding within the diocese.

The review references practice under the leadership of Bishop Drennan, Bishop McLoughlin and Bishop Casey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Catholic hierarchy 'failed to stop' child sex abuse by priests in Clogher

IRELAND
The Guardian (UK)

[Diocese of Clogher]

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 24 April 2013

The Catholic hierarchy failed to step in and prevent ongoing child sex abuse by priests in a Northern Ireland diocese, one of seven internal church reports has admitted.

Irish Catholicism's National Board for Safeguarding Children found on Wednesday that there was "an unacceptable delay" in taking action against one priest after what it describes as "a credible allegation" in the Clogher diocese, which covers the border counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh as well as Cavan and Donegal in the Irish Republic.

Among the cases of system failure cited by the report is of a priest suspected of being a serial abuser who was not removed from the ministry but was instead first moved to another parish in the diocese and then sent overseas.

He was eventually extradited back to Ireland after several years but died before he could be brought before a court, the report concluded.

The report, which does not name any priest involved, says there were complaints against 13 clergy in the diocese over four decades. Two of the priests from Clogher were subsequently jailed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Retired bishop criticised over handling of child abuse allegations

IRELAND
Irish Times

The former Bishop of the cross-border Catholic diocese of Clogher Joseph Duffy has been criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse allegations and risky behaviour by priests there in a report published today.

A review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, found that “opportunities for preventive interventions were consistently missed when concerns of abuse by clergy were highlighted in the past” in Clogher.

Bishop Duffy, a former spokesman for the Catholic bishops, led the diocese for 31 years until his retirement in 2010.

The NBSC review, published this morning, covered the period from January 1st, 1975. It found a line had been drawn “between the practice of this diocese today and some of the practice that existed previously”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Abuse allegations against three active priests in Galway diocese

IRELAND
The Journal

THE REVIEW by the Church’s national board for the safeguarding of children has revealed that abuse allegations have been made against three of the 63 priests who are currently on active duty in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

The review of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (PDF) is broadly positive of safeguarding procedures in the diocese, in a report which examines its performance under three different bishops since 1975.

While there is some criticism of how complaints had previously been managed in the diocese, the appraisal of procedures since the appointment of Bishop Martin Drennan in 2005.

Bishop Drennan this morning told Galway Bay FM that the allegations against the three active priests had been discussed with the Gardaí and HSE, and it was considered that the allegations were not significant enough to warrant removing them from duty.

The priests are not named in the Safeguarding Board’s report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Killala diocese records only a small number of abuse allegations

IRELAND
Irish Independent

[Diocese of Killala]

Caroline Crawford– 24 April 2013

THE Review of Safeguarding Practice within the Diocese of Killala found only a small number of allegations of abuse.

The report revealed that allegations were made against three priests in the Diocese with only four allegations received.

Three of these allegations were reported to gardai while only one was reported to the HSE. No convictions resulted from the allegations.

Two of the priests against whom allegations were made are still alive. The third was deceased at the time the allegation was made anonymously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Rosarian Academy former teacher Stephen Budd arrest prompts town hall to

FLORIDA
WPTV

[with video]

By: Jeff Skrzypek

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Stunned by the aftermath of sex crime allegations involving an ex-teacher at Rosarian Academy, parents and teachers got advice from experts on how to keep their children safe.

In early April, former Rosarian Academy teacher Stephen Budd was arrested for allegedly forcing several students into sex acts.

Weeks later, Rosarian Academy parents like Eliezer Hernandez sat and listened on Tuesday to a panel who hoped to prevent future sex crimes involving children.

"I mean what do you say? We're at a loss for what we say to our six-year-old," said Hernandez, who has both a six-year-old and a two-year-old at Rosarian Academy.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office along with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children tried to help parents on Tuesday to prevent their kids from trusting the wrong people.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki suggests church erred in Wauwatosa priest case

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

April 23, 2013

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a letter Tuesday suggesting the Catholic Church erred in its handling of a Wauwatosa priest suspended from leading two parishes and schools after a teacher reported what she considered inappropriate contact with a child in March.

Listecki said Father Robert Marsicek's history of boundary issues involving children called into question the decision to leave him in ministry after it was learned in May 2012 that he was being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of two boys in the late 1980s to 1990s in California.

"While our decisions followed the letter of the law in accordance with existing policies, I am not sure they followed the spirit of the law with regard to our pledge to be vigilant in keeping children safe," Listecki said in his weekly letter to Catholics in southeastern Wisconsin.

That decision, Listecki said, undermines the progress the church has made in addressing its sex abuse scandal and working to keep children safe in their parishes and schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Fresh abuse allegations as diocese reports launched

IRELAND
Newstalk

Seven reports have been released today which exmained child protection services in 6 dioceses and one order

Galway, Waterford, Clogher, Ferns, Kilalla and Elphin as well as the Society of African Missions religious order have all been subject to the reviews.

Out of the 7, the report into the Diocese of Ferns, is severely critical of two former Bishops in the Diocese for their handling of child sexual abuse cases.

The report by the National Bord for Safeguarding Children shows 100 allegations of child sexual abuse were made in the diocese since 1975.

3 priests have been convicted of committing an offence against a child in that time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Watchdog criticises former bishop as Diocese of Elphin commended

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

[3rd Tranche of NBSCCCI Reviews – April 2013]

A watchdog review of the Diocese of Clogher, which straddles the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, found opportunities to prevent attacks in the past were consistently missed when concerns were raised.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland said, however, that a line should be drawn between how the diocese used to do its business and the rules in place today.

Bishop Joseph Duffy led the diocese for about 30 years until his retirement in 2010.

The report into Clogher is one of seven being released today by the watchdog.

Bishop Liam McDaid was ordained as Bishop of Clogher on July 25, 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Ex-bishop criticised over claims

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A former bishop has been criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse allegations and risky behaviour of priests.

A watchdog review of the Diocese of Clogher, which straddles the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, found opportunities to prevent attacks in the past were consistently missed when concerns were raised.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland said, however, that a line should be drawn between how the diocese used to do its business and the rules in place today.

Bishop Joseph Duffy led the diocese for about 30 years until his retirement in 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Christian Pfeiffer: Mehr Gewalt in freikirchlichen Familien

DEUTSCHLAND
nw-news

Bielefeld (sim). In freikirchlichen Familien erleiden Kinder nach Untersuchungen des Kriminologen Christian Pfeiffer mehr Gewalt als in anderen Familien. Je stärker christlich-fundamentalistische Eltern im Glauben verankert seien, desto mehr prügelten sie, sagte Pfeiffer beim Deutschen Präventionstag in Bielefeld.

In katholischen und evangelischen Elternhäusern sei es umgekehrt: "Je religiöser sie sind, desto seltener üben sie Gewalt aus." Grundlage der Befunde sind Befragungen des Kriminologischen Forschungsinstituts Niedersachsen in den Jahren 2008 bis 2011 unter 23.500 deutschen Jugendlichen aus Familien, die einer christlichen Gemeinde angehören. Pfeiffer war Schlussredner des Präventionstags der Deutschen Stiftung für Verbrechensverhütung und Straffälligenhilfe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Kirche verschleppt Missbrauchs-Aufklärung

DEUTSCHLAND
NDR

[video]

Panorama 3 - 23.04.2013 21:15 Uhr

Offen und schonungslos gegenüber sich selbst wollte die katholische Kirche Missbrauchsfälle aufklären. Doch bis heute leiden die Opfer unter dem Schweigen der Kirche.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Opfer und Betroffene sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Angehörige der katholischen Kirche im Bistum Trier - ein Blog von Claudia Adams

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

NDR: "Das heißt, Sie haben persönlich mit Leuten gesprochen, die Ihnen bestätigt haben, dass in den Kirchenarchiven geschreddert worden ist?" Prof. Dr. Schüller: "Das kann ich bestätigen, ja."

Professor Dr. Schüller war lange Kirchenanwalt im Bistum Limburg. Nur mit Hilfe der Akten konnte er einzelne Missbrauchsfälle aufarbeiten.

Prof. Dr. Schüller: "Sie sind deswegen so wichtig, weil, wenn der Bestand vollständig erhalten ist, man sehr genau rekonstruieren kann, wie auf eine Anzeige reagiert wurde und welche Maßnahmen ergriffen wurden. Und dann kann man das abgleichen. Insofern ist das sehr gut um zu rekonstruieren, ob man vertuschend oder sachgerecht damit umgegangen ist."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Mauert das Franz-Sales-Haus? WDR-Filmteam ausgesperrt

DEUTSCHLAND
Helmut Jacob

Derzeit erstellt der WDR Bonn eine Serie mit ehemaligen Heimkindern, die während ihres Heimaufenthaltes in den Jahren von 1960 bis 1975 schwer misshandelt und sexuell missbraucht wurden. Durch die Weigerung der Pressesprecherin des Franz Sales Hauses, Valeska Ehlert, dem WDR zu gestatten auf dem Gelände des Heimes zu drehen, liegt die Vermutung nahe, dass die Einrichtung an einer Aufklärung der schweren Verwürfe nicht interessiert ist.

Alle ehemaligen Heimkinder und Betroffene von Kinder- und Jugendheimen in Deutschland sind eingeladen am Montag, den 22. April, gegen 11.15 Uhr vor dem Franz Sales Haus, Essen, (Haupteingang), Steelerstraße 261 durch ihre Anwesenheit Solidarität zu zeigen und die Filmaufnahmen zu unterstützen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Serbien: Sex, Lügen und Skandale

SERBIEN
Die Presse

Von Selbstbereicherung über Verherrlichung von Kriegsverbrechen bis zu Kindesmissbrauch: Bischöfe der serbisch-orthodoxen Kirche im Zwielicht.

Alter schützt offenbar auch betagte Kirchenfürsten nicht vor fatalen Fehltritten: Seit Tagen berichten serbische und bosnische Medien über anzügliche Videoaufnahmen des sogenannten „Teufelsbischofs“, Vasilije Kačavenda: Sie sollen den 74-jährigen, optisch ziemlich streng wirkenden Bischof des serbisch-orthodoxen Bistums von Zvornik-Tuzla in Bosnien beim Austausch intimer Zärtlichkeiten mit vermutlich Minderjährigen zeigen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Bishop of Chichester apologises to abuse victim

UNITED KINGDOM
Chichester People

The Bishop of Chichester has this month apologised to a child abuse victim in the US

In a letter of apology to a victim, who now lives in the US, Dr Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester who took up the post last year, said there had been "deception and cover-up" at his diocese and conceded there had been an "ineptitude and irresponsible lack of professionalism."

Former choirboy Gary Johnson, who has waved his anonymity, and his older brother, both from Eastbourne, were abused by Roy Cotton, who worked for the Diocese of Chichester, during the 1970s and 1980s.

The diocese is embroiled in a number of historical clerical sex abuse claims and its child protection policies are the subject of an official inquiry set up by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Bishop of Chichester apologises for abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Portsmouth News

THE Bishop of Chichester has said there has been ‘deception and cover-up’ which has been at the centre of historic clerical sex scandals.

In a personal letter of apology to a child abuse victim, Dr Martin Warner conceded there has been ‘ineptitude and irresponsible lack of professionalism’ at the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex.

The diocese has faced historic child abuse claims, and its child protection policies are the subject of an official inquiry set up in 2011 by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Dr Warner wrote the letter earlier this month to a victim who suffered abuse as a boy in the 1970s and 1980s at the hands of paedophile Anglican clergyman Roy Cotton, who died in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

St. James teacher put on leave in Shawnee sex investigation

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

April 22

By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star

Catholic school administrators placed science teacher Jeremy J. Way, 42, on administrative leave as soon as they learned Shawnee police were investigating him for an alleged sex crime, officials said Monday.

Way, who teaches at St. James Academy in Lenexa and coaches the school’s Science Olympiad team, was charged Friday with criminal sodomy and electronic solicitation of a child older than 14 but younger than 16, court records show. The incident involving a 14-year-old boy allegedly happened between Oct. 1 and Feb. 18, according to the Johnson County criminal complaint.

Way, who lives in Shawnee, posted a $100,000 bond and was released from custody pending his first court appearance on April 30. He declined to comment when reached by phone Sunday .

Shawnee police notified school officials of the investigation Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. School officials were told that the incident did not involve a student, the spokeswoman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Three priests still working in Galway because child sex abuse allegations ‘insufficient’

IRELAND
Irish Independent

[Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora]

By Caroline Crawford– 24 April 2013

THREE priests against whom allegations were made remain in ministry in the Galway diocese.

Galway Bishop, Martin Drennan said the three men where not removed from ministry because the concerns expressed were “not of a sufficient nature” to warrant their removal from ministry.

“The HSE and the gardai advised us that what was being done was sufficient in terms of monitoring,” he told Galway Bay fm.

The review of the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora covers files from 1975 up to 2010. It was carried out in January of this year and took three months to complete.

It revealed that allegations were made against 14 priests between the dates covered. The dioceses had reviewed 38 allegations over that period. No priests have been named in the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Child safeguarding body publishes report on Galway diocese

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

A report on the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora has now been published.

The 28 page document issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church examines seven standards.

It's based on case material made available by Bishop Martin Drennan along with interviews with key personnel who contribute to safeguarding within the diocese.

Galway Bay fm news notes the report references practice under the leadership of Bishop Drennan, Bishop McLoughlin and Bishop Casey. ...

It notes that three priests against whom an allegation has been made are still in ministry.

It also records that one priest has been convicted of having committed an offence against a child or young person in the period since January 1975.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Diocese of Clogher has been singled out for failing to prevent child abuse in the past

IRELAND
Highland Radio

The border diocese of Clogher has been singled out for failing to prevent child abuse in the past.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church criticised the former bishop.

The Diocese consists of County Monaghan, much of County Fermanagh with parts of Counties Tyrone, and Donegal.

The reviewers said it was clear that in the past – opportunities to intervene and prevent abuse were consistently missed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Watchdog criticises former bishop as Diocese of Elphin commended

IRELAND
Breaking News

A former bishop has been criticised for unsatisfactory responses to child abuse allegations and risky behaviour of priests.

A watchdog review of the Diocese of Clogher, which straddles the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, found opportunities to prevent attacks in the past were consistently missed when concerns were raised.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland said, however, that a line should be drawn between how the diocese used to do its business and the rules in place today.

Bishop Joseph Duffy led the diocese for about 30 years until his retirement in 2010.

The report into Clogher is one of seven being released today by the watchdog.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Clogher report: Opportunities 'missed' to tackle child abuse

IRELAND
BBC News

Opportunities for the Catholic Church to step in and tackle child abuse in the Clogher diocese were consistently missed, according to a report.

The church's National Board for Safeguarding Children has published its report as part of the ongoing audits of dioceses across Ireland.

It said claims were made against 13 priests in the diocese over almost four decades.

Two of the priests were subsequently jailed.

The report said that under the current Bishop of Clogher, Dr Liam McDaid, the issue of safeguarding children is effectively prioritised in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Audit into how children are being safeguarded in Clogher diocese to be launched

IRELAND
Impartial Reporter

Sarah Saunderson
Published 24 Apr 2013

An audit into the practices undertaken to safeguard children in the Clogher Diocese is to be launched this morning in Monaghan.

The Catholic Bishop of Clogher, the Very Rev. Bishop Liam MacDaid, will address a press conference on the report later this morning.

The Clogher report -- which is expected to detail any incidence of allegations against priests in the diocese from the mid-70s -- is part of the third tranche of similar reports by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCI).

It comes after seven Safeguarding Review Reports reports were published for dioceses and religious congregations last September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Bishop Drennan says report shows good safeguarding of children in Galway Diocese

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

[Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora]

April 24, 2013

Bishop Drennan says report shows good safeguarding of children in Galway Diocese

The Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan says a report to be officially published later today shows good safeguarding practice in the diocese and is a very significant day for the church.

The report is one of six nationwide to be issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

It examines files from 1975 to 2010 and has been three months in the making with the main field work completed in January.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Report highly critical of retired Clogher bishop

IRELAND
RTE News

[Diocese of Clogher]

Retired bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy consistently missed opportunities to prevent clergy from sexually abusing children, according to the Catholic Church's watchdog.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children has published audits of several dioceses.

It states that in one particular case in Clogher, there was an unacceptable delay in taking action against a priest and removing him from all ministry following receipt of a credible allegation.

Another priest suspected of multiple abuse was transferred to another parish and eventually was sent overseas for therapeutic help.

Eventually, he was extradited to the Republic from the United States but died before he could be brought before the courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Can The New Pope Fix The Sexual Scandals of The Church?

UNITED STATES
The Legal Examiner

Mike Bryant

There is an easy answer and that is "yes". Jeff Anderson took a look at this topic over at his must read blog based on a CNN Interview:

There are seven concrete measures the future pope can and must implement to bring about change within the clerical culture on child sexual abuse. First, disclose the names of all the clerics credibly accused and known to the Vatican worldwide along with the country, state, and parish or school where the offenses were allegedly committed. More than a dozen bishops have already created such lists and made them public.

Second, publicly disclose all of the documents within the Vatican's archives that pertain to reports of child sex abuse, the Vatican's response to it, and the hierarchy's role in the abuse. The church must begin to make amends to survivors, and exposing the secrets and concealment contained in such documents is a critical step.

Third, revise church canon law and Vatican protocols so that no secrecy surrounds child sex abuse. Secrecy is toxic, and in it, child abuse flourishes. Fourth, require each bishop and church official to report clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

3rd Tranche of NBSCCCI Reviews – April 2013

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

NBSCCCI Media Statement on the Third Tranche of Safeguarding Reviews

Clear evidence of steady progress


The Third Tranche of the Reviews of Safeguarding practice across the Catholic Church were released today by the seven Church authorities involved. They were the dioceses of Killalla, Elphin, Wexford and Lismore, Galway, Clogher, and Ferns. They also included the Society of Missions to Africa. This brings the total of Church authorities reviewed to date by this process to 20.

“It is gratifying to report clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures in all these authorities,” said Ian Elliott the CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

“The overall picture is a very positive one with the vast majority of the criteria used to assess performance against the Review standards as being fully met.”

He went on to state that this was very encouraging progress and represented a significant improvement on past performance.

“In particular, I want to thank and congratulate the army of volunteers who regularly give their time to supporting the safeguarding of children in the Church. Their efforts have been nothing short of heroic”, said Elliott.

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Allegations of abuse against three more priests in ‘notorious’ Ferns diocese

IRELAND
Irish Independent

[Diocese of Ferns]

Cormac McQuinn– 24 April 2013

A REVIEW of child safeguarding practices in a Catholic Diocese notorious for sex abuse by priests has found that it is now complying with standards required for the protection of children and procedures for reporting abuse.

However, the review also revealed that allegations of abuse have been made against three more priests in the Diocese, who weren’t included in the damning 2005 Ferns Report into child abuse at the Co Wexford-based Diocese.

Church-funded watchdog, The National Body for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), found that the Diocese of Ferns was fully compliant with six out of seven standards for protecting children.

And it found that the Diocese was mostly compliant with guidelines for the management of child abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

April 23, 2013

Archbishop speaks after recent removal of priest from duties

WISCONSIN
WISN

[with video]

BROOKFIELD, Wis. —Milwaukee's archbishop delivered a mass of atonement Monday night at St. John Vianney, focusing on the victims of clergy sex abuse.

This was the first time Archbishop Jerome Listecki has spoken on removing the Rev. Bob Marsicek from his duties last month.

Listecki delivered his fourth Mass of atonement recognizing the church needs to bring reconciliation for priest sex abuse. He said the church's change in policy is working.

"There is no one operating in the archdiocese today with a substantiated allegation of child sex abuse. There just isn't," Listecki said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Maltese priest resigns, becomes whistleblower in Australia

MALTA/AUSTRALIA
Times of Malta

A Maltese has quit the priesthood in Victoria, Australia, claiming the Victorian Archdiocese is continuing to hide child abuse cases.

Victor Buhagiar, a priest for 25 years, told Today Tonight that it had become impossible to continue after he found out the Church was deleting records relating to child sexual abuse.

During one meeting, he said, he heard the Archbishop telling the secretary to turn off the recorder.

"As soon as the recording was turned off, the Archbishop started talking about the sex abuse situation.

"I suspect the recorder was turned off to minimise the possibility of investigators finding evidence that can be useful to the inquiry, or to the Royal Commission; to create like a black hole, an empty space that when the investigators try to see how the situation evolved during the last 10 years or so, they seem to find nothing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Man drops sex charge against Upstate priest

SOUTH CAROLINA
WYFF

GREENWOOD, S.C. —Greenwood County deputies say a man who said he was inappropriately touched by priest 15 years ago has decided not to pursue charges because he thinks the Catholic church's punishment will be enough.

An incident report obtained says the victim told investigators he met the priest while he was a student at St. Joseph's High School in Greenville.

Deputies said the man told them the suspect rubbed him and only focused on sins related to sex during confession. The man also told investigators the priest spent the night with him on occasion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Calgary bishop supports priest's defamation lawsuit

CANADA
CBC News

Bishop Fred Henry testified in a Calgary courtroom Tuesday in support of a priest who is suing an Indian man for defamation.

Father Antonio Rodrigues, a parish priest at St. Bernadette’s Church in southeast Calgary, has accused a man in India of spreading allegations that the priest molested a 13-year-old girl.

Ten years ago, the girl who made the accusation in India recanted her statement, telling local police she had lied. The case was dropped.

The priest now alleges a personal battle has led to a lawyer overseas, named Aires Rodrigues, continuing to spread the story in internet postings and emails to Calgary school and church officials.

Antonio Rodrigues is seeking $600,000 in damages. The two men share the same last name but are not related.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Patrick Henry O'Liddy

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: O'Liddy was a priest of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1990. He took a leave of absence in February 1999 and, in August of that year, was caught sending lewd photos to a 14 year-old girl. Investigators posed as the girl and arranged for a rendezvous with O'Liddy. He was arrested when he showed up and charged with attempted sexual assault of a minor. O'Liddy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years' probation and 200 hours of community service. He left the priesthood after his sentencing.

Ordained: 1990

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Victim refuses to pursue charges

SOUTH CAROLINA
Index-Journal

By SCOTT J. BRYAN

An alleged victim of sexual misconduct of a minor by a Catholic priest will not pursue criminal charges, a Greenwood County Sheriff's Office report released Monday indicated.

The report, filed by the GCSO's investigations unit, said the 32-year-old Simpsonville victim, who now lives in New York, signed a criminal investigation waiver, indicating "he did not want to further pursue the investigation."

GCSO investigator Kenny Downing said any adult can sign a waiver not to pursue charges. Minors cannot; they must have a parent or guardian's signature.

The allegation stemmed from a meeting the GCSO had with Diocese of Charleston investigator Paul Buceti, who met with investigators March 8.

On March 10, the Diocese of Charleston issued a release stating Father Hayden Vaverek was placed on administrative leave and had his priestly faculties withdrawn after "an allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor dating back more than 15 years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

SC man won't pursue charges against priest

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Item

Associated Press

Greenwood County deputies say a man who said he was inappropriately touched by priest 15 years ago has decided not to pursue charges because he thinks the Catholic church's punishment will be enough.

An incident report obtained by The Index-Journal of Greenwood ( http://bit.ly/17Vap42) said the victim told investigators he met the priest while he was a student at St. Joseph's High School in Greenville.

Deputies say the victim told them the suspect rubbed him and only focused on sins related to sex during confession. The victim also told investigators the priest spent the night with him on occasion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Back from Rome, priest on child-sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Weekly

By DAN OAKES, The Age
April 23, 2013,

THE former principal of a Catholic school in Sunbury has been charged with child-sex offences stretching back almost 40 years after police negotiated the man’s return from Rome with the Catholic Church.

Police have hailed the arrest of Father Julian Fox as ‘‘a breakthrough in co-operation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church’’.

The 67-year-old went to the police crime command headquarters at St Kilda Road and was charged with 10 offences, including buggery, indecent assault and common-law assault, allegedly committed in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully between 1976 and 1985.

Police said they had been negotiating with the Church since July over the priest’s return. He has been bailed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Message from Bishop McGrath stresses protection of children

CALIFORNIA
The Valley Catholic

Dear Friends,
As we observe “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” we are reminded, as with so many other annual observances, that what we observe is never only for a day, or even a month or a year. Just as in May and June we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, hopefully not neglecting our parents for the rest of the year, so during April, we highlight our constant vigilance and commitment to the protection of our children, indeed of all children.

Awareness is key to these efforts, for each of us must be prepared to recognize signs of abuse, of neglect, and of bullying wherever children are present: at home, at school and at play. Our Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults is constantly offering training for adults and children to do all that we can to ensure a safe environment, especially for the most vulnerable. We are partners with other agencies that are willing to share their resources as we work collaboratively to prevent all forms of abuse.

Each of you who are reading this letter can be an agent for good in this commitment that we share. I encourage you and your families in all of our parishes and schools to learn more about the signs of abuse – whether physical or emotional – and never to be afraid of coming forward to the proper authorities so that, in the words of the Lord, “not one hair on their heads” will be harmed.
As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord in this Easter Season, may each of us redouble our efforts in awareness and prevention of child abuse, knowing that God wants for us only what is good. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Sex abuse news gets worse for Mahony

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

By Bryan Cones

It should be fairly obvious that there have been few "white hats" in the bishops' response to the sex abuse crisis, but as time goes by, one bishop, retired Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, seems to have no hat at all. Today's story at the National Catholic Reporter, detailing Mahony's rejection of the original forms issued by the John Jay researchers, notes that Mahony objected that the John Jay researchers had no understanding of "ecclesiastical culture"--by which he must have meant the deference expected by local bishops in running "their" dioceses.

We can hope that Mahony's objections, lodged 10 years ago, would not be repeated by current bishops, but recent news about a Joliet priest who had credible accusations of inappropriate behavior with a minor as early as 1986 but was not removed from ministry for a further 20 years, gives one pause. The claim made by Joliet diocesan spokesman James Dwyer that then-Bishop Joseph Imesch "did sit down with [the priest] and tell him sternly, 'This is wrong. You can't do stuff like this,'" is a sign of how out of touch the bishop had become. (The priest in question, William Virture [!!!], had taken a 10-year-old to an abandoned quarry, along with two six packs of beer; when police arrived, he fled, only to be arrested but released after the boy's mother had said she had given permission for Virtue to take the boy swimming. I'm glad the bishop was "stern" in his warning.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Bishop of Chichester admits child abuse cover-up

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The Bishop of Chichester has admitted to a former choirboy, abused as a child by an Anglican priest in East Sussex, that there was a cover-up.

Gary Johnson and his older brother, from Eastbourne, were abused by Roy Cotton, who worked for the Diocese of Chichester, in the 1970s and 1980s.

In a private letter of apology to Mr Johnson, Dr Martin Warner wrote: "There has been deception and cover-up here."

Welcoming the letter, Mr Johnson said: "I've been taken seriously at last."

He said: "It's given me some semblance of humanity. I've been validated, and I've been met at a level where I don't feel like a victim or a survivor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Bishop comes to the aid of fellow priest

CANADA
CTV

[with video]

Michael Franklin, CTV Calgary
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bishop Fred Henry attended court on Tuesday, adamantly defending one of his parish priests against allegations of child molestation proven false almost ten years ago.

Henry testified in the defamation case by a Catholic priest against a lawyer from India who has been posting articles online claiming that he is a danger to children.

Father Newton Rodrigues was working in India at the time he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl.

Bishop Fred Henry was in court on Tuesday to testify in support of Catholic priest who is fighting a defamation case involving charges that were proven false ten years ago.

There was an ensuing investigation by the church and by authorities but was eventually exonerated of the charges

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Slachtoffers misbruik boos op Rooms-Katholieke kerk

NEDERLAND
RTV Oost

Misbruikte slachtoffers van een oud-pastoor in Albergen zijn boos op Kardinaal Eijk.

Hoewel de geestelijk leider van de Katholieke kerk vorig jaar september beloofde om de slachtoffers snel schadeloos te stellen, hebben zij nog steeds geen vergoeding gehad. De advocate van de slachtoffers uit Albergen heeft begrip voor de onvrede, maar volgens haar wil de kerk alle slachtoffers in héél Nederland ineens betalen en duurt het daarom zo lang.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Kirche verschleppt Missbrauchs-Aufklärung

DEUTSCHLAND
NDR

von Eva Lodde & Brid Roesner

Die ersten Kindheitserinnerungen von Mario Baltes haben nichts Unbeschwertes: Es sind Erinnerungen an Schläge, an dunkle Keller, an versalzenes Essen.

Er wächst in einem Kinderheim in Eschweiler auf. Geführt von Nonnen. Und schließlich, als er fünf Jahre alt ist, wird es noch schlimmer. Der Missbrauch fängt an: "Die Nonne hatte oben im ersten Stock ein Zimmer. An beiden Seiten Türen, die zu den Schlafsälen hingingen. (...) Die Nonne hat dann freie Auswahl gehabt. (...) Teilweise sogar zwei oder drei Jungs gleichzeitig, die dabei waren und sie alle anfassen mussten oder sie hat sie dann nach und nach geholt."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Frank Oude Geerdink verzucht: Nog steeds geen geld

NEDERLAND
RTV Oost

Hij schudt meewarig z'n hoofd: "Tsjongejonge…wat een bende." Het zonlicht dringt fel door in de woonkeuken van Albergenaar Frank Oude Geerdink. Hij neemt een slok van z'n koffie. Ondanks beloftes van de kerkleiding, nu zo'n half jaar geleden, wachten hij en vijf andere voormalige slachtoffers van een vroegere pastoor, op genoegdoening.

Oude Geerdink: "Ik hoor het Kardinaal Eijk nog zeggen in september vorig jaar tijdens een persoonlijk onderhoud in een lokale horecagelegenheid: Jullie worden snel schadeloos gesteld." Inmiddels zijn zeven maanden verstreken en is er veel correspondentie over en weer. Maar er is nog geen geld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Diocesan Review Board assists with advising bishop on sexual abuse allegations of priests, deacons

INDIANA
Today's Catholic News

By Ann Carey

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has several important committees and/or boards that assist Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in keeping the diocese running smoothly. One of the most crucial boards is one that many people don’t know much about because it conducts its business quietly in order to safeguard the privacy of the people and issues it handles.

In 2005, the U.S. Bishops approved a “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” that directed the establishment of a National Review Board as well as review boards at the diocesan level. The diocesan level review board is charged with advising the local bishop in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest or deacon of the diocese and in his determinations of suitability for ministry. It also reviews diocesan policies for dealing with sexual abuse of minors.

The Review Board for this diocese meets twice a year. Bishop Rhoades also consults board members in between regular meeting when appropriate. As the national charter directs, the diocese’s Review Board is made up mostly of lay people who have a variety of expertise (see sidebar).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Louis A. Bonacci, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province, Bonacci was accused in April 2011 of having improperly touched a minor in Maryland between 1973-1982. A second person emerged with a similar accusation during the Province's investigation of the first case.
Bonacci was permanently removed from ministry in June 2011 and was said to be living in a monitored Jesuit residence.

Ordained: 1973

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Arquivamento liberta sacerdotes de "graves acusações"

PORTUGAL
DN Portugal

O arquivamento pelo Ministério Público (MP) de denúncias sobre alegados casos de pedofilia na Igreja Católica "liberta" as instituições e os sacerdotes visados "de graves acusações", disse hoje à Lusa o porta-voz da Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa (CEP).

As declarações do padre Manuel Morujão, que secretaria a CEP, entidade que integra os bispos católicos portugueses, surgem após o anúncio do MP de arquivar acusações feitas pela ex-provedora da Casa Pia, Catalina Pestana, e que envolviam pelo menos cinco sacerdotes da Diocese de Lisboa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Hamburg: Neuer Missbrauchsfall in evangelischer Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

In der evangelischen Kirche in Hamburg ist ein neuer Fall von sexuellem Missbrauch an einem Kind bekannt geworden.

Er soll sich schon vor fast 20 Jahren in der evangelischen Thomasgemeinde in Hausbruch ereignet haben, bestätigte Remmer Koch, Sprecher des Kirchenkreises Hamburg-Ost, am Dienstag dem epd. In Verdacht steht ein ehemaliger ehrenamtlicher Leiter des Posaunenchores der Gemeinde. Er soll mindestens einen Jungen missbraucht haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Volksbegehren Kirchenprivilegien gescheitert

DEUTSCHLAND
paperblog

Das Volksbegehren gegen Kirchenprivilegien ist geschei­tert. Laut vor­läu­fi­gem Endergebnis erreichte es 56.660 Unterschriften, wie das Innenministerium in der Nacht mit­teilte. Um erfolg­reich zu sein, hätte es 100.000 gebraucht. An die­ser Hürde schei­terte auch das par­al­lel lau­fende Volksbegehren „Demokratie jetzt“.

„Wir waren am Anfang eine Gruppe von viel­leicht zehn Leuten und so gut wie kei­nem Budget. Am Ende haben wir 56.660 Menschen in die­sem Land ange­spro­chen. Das ist doch etwas. Und unsere Anliegen, näm­lich dass Staat und Kirche getrennt gehö­ren, wer­den jetzt breit dis­ku­tiert.“. Andreas Rathmanner vom Organisationsbüro bringt die Stimmung in sei­ner Ansprache bei der „Wahlparty“ des Volksbegehrens Montagnacht ver­mut­lich am bes­ten auf den Punkt. Viele Unterstützer haben sich mehr erhofft. Mehr erwar­tet hat fast nie­mand

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

My school hell: Horace Mann abuse victim speaks out

NEW YORK
New York Post

By JULIA MARSH and AMBER SUTHERLAND
Last Updated: 7:54 AM, April 23, 2013

A Manhattan man haunted by the repeated sexual abuse he says he endured as a 13-year-old student at the elite Horace Mann School spoke publicly about the violations for the first time yesterday.

“The effects of that abuse on my life have been profound,” Ron Klepper, 48, said. “School was no longer a safe place to learn, but turned into a frightening place where a predator lurked.”

Klepper joined attorney Gloria Allred and five other victims at a press conference to call on the state Legislature to pass a bill to allow them to bring civil lawsuits against the Bronx prep school.

The victims, now in their 40s and 50s, want lawmakers to approve the Child Victims Act bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens).

It would provide a one-year window in the statute of limitations that now prevents adults who were sexually abused as kids from filing claims after they turn 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Card. Pell on Christ, the Church and group of 8 cardinals

VATICAN CITY
news.va

(Vatican Radio) “It is very important to preserve the prerogatives of the Successor of St Peter, the Pope and Bishop of Rome. He decides. We are there to help and be useful if we can, but we are nothing more than that”: these are the words of Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney Australia who is also a member of the select advisory group of prelates recently created by the Holy Father.

On Monday, following a private meeting with Pope Francis, Cardinal Pell visited Vatican Radio to talk about this appointment and about his new book entitled ‘Contemplating Christ with Luke’, a series of homilies on the figure of Christ according to the Gospel of St. Luke. Emer McCarthy asked Cardinal Pell to tell us more about the group of 8 Cardinals called to advise the Pope on questions of Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia:

“I can tell you what we are not. We are not a cabinet, the Pope does not answer to us. We are not a policy making group we are not an executive group. We are there as advisors to the Holy Father. Now, how that will work I am not quite sure. It might be that he will say ‘at these meetings we will be talking about these themes, in the interim you can get yourselves organized’. Or he just my say, ‘we’ll have half a day out of the three days where you can suggest what we can talk about’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Cardinal Pell speaks on advising Pope Francis on church reform

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by Thomas C. Fox | Apr. 23, 2013

After meeting with Pope Francis yesterday, one of the eight cardinals who will be advising him on questions of church governance and reform of the Roman Curia, spoke on Vatican radio:

Australian Cardinal Francis Pell, considered by many the most conservative of the eight advisors, said, “I can tell you what we are not. We are not a cabinet, the Pope does not answer to us. We are not a policy making group we are not an executive group. We are there as advisors to the Holy Father. Now, how that will work I am not quite sure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Fr Francis Bradley is new leader of Derry Diocese

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A 43-year-old priest has been appointed as the new temporary leader of the Catholic Church in Derry.

Fr Francis Bradley will run the Derry Diocese until a new bishop is appointed by Pope Francis.

The diocese has been without a bishop since Dr Séamus Hegarty retired in November 2011 due to ill health.

Fr Bradley takes over from Monsignor Eamon Martin who was ordained coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh on Sunday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

2 priests suspended over allegations of touching minors

IOWA
Quad-City Times

Steven Martens smartens@qctimes.com

The Diocese of Davenport has temporarily removed two priests from their ministries after allegations surfaced that they inappropriately touched minors.

The Rev. Robert Harness, pastor at Holy Family Church, Davenport, and the Rev. John Stack, chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, have been removed from their positions while an investigation is conducted, according to a news release Monday from Bishop Martin Amos.

The allegations have been reported to the Scott County Attorney's Office in compliance with a memorandum of understanding between the diocese and the county attorney.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said Monday the office will review the cases, according to the terms of the agreement.

"The diocese reports any and all allegations of sexual abuse to the county attorney’s office," Walton said in a statement. This is done without screening or investigation by the diocese regarding truth of the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Hard work awaits pope and abuse survivors

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea | Apr. 23, 2013

In less than a month, we have seen Pope Francis alter a dizzying array of traditional papal accessories: his home, his shoes, what he sits on, what he wears, how he travels, and more. In addition, he has generated hope with gestures that are possible harbingers of change. His Holy Thursday visit to a prison included unprecedented acts of humility, inclusiveness and unconditional love: He washed the feet of women, a Muslim and an atheist. Vice President Joe Biden received Communion at the Vatican. It all is destabilizing in the best sense of that experience.

As Francis embarks on a papacy seemingly beautifully rooted in Gospel values, however, a dangerous cloud envelops the Vatican. Composed of the precipitates of grotesque abuse of power, and suffering that rivals that of Good Friday, the cloud of unresolved and inadequately addressed ecclesiastical cover-up of the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of innocents across the world threatens the ultimate legitimacy of even this new pope. Two truths are rumbling within that cloud.

The first truth is that Francis must once and for all embody justice and mercy for sexual abuse victims. This soul-searing crisis never has been about the priests who abuse and always has been about the ecclesiastics who protected them while lying to the people of God, including victims. Bishops and cardinals who protected abusive priests at the expense of children and then spent millions defending the indefensible and who remain still in office must be called to account in some meaningful way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Archbishop Listecki leads Mass of Atonement in Brookfield

WISCONSIN
Fox 6

[with video]

April 22, 2013, by Chip Brewster

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Archdiocese’s “Mass of Atonement” has become an annual event during which the church seeks forgiveness for clergy who have sexually abused children.

This year’s Mass, held on Monday, April 22nd, came on the heels of the most recent scandal involving a Wauwatosa priest allegedly touching children.

Earlier this month, Father Robert Marsicek was removed from his post at St. Pius X and the Wauwatosa Catholic School inside. He had been accused of inappropriately touching a young girl. However, this is not the first time such allegations against the man have arisen.

“We are imperfect human beings,” Archbishop Jerome Listecki said. ...

“We want to know who’s responsible for this priest and other priests that are being left in ministry. This has always been our concern,” Peter Isley with SNAP said.

SNAP is the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. While Isley says acknowledging the crimes committed within the church is a good first step, it is simply not enough — pointing to the Marsicek case.

A police report shows a teacher came forward after seeing Father Marsicek touch a young girl in what the teacher considered an inappropriate way. As the investigation continued, the report details other similar complaints that were never investigated by police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Golden Valley man accused of seeking sex from cop posing as a minor

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
Updated: April 22, 2013

The Golden Valley man placed ads on Craigslist. He also claims he was abused as a child by a priest.

A Golden Valley man allegedly solicited sex with minors on Craigslist, where his ad said he accompanied his high school son’s baseball team to Florida, where “some hanky-panky went on.”

Stephen J. Schulz, 55, was charged Monday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of solicitation of a child for sexual conduct via the Internet. He was arrested April 19 after exchanging e-mails with a police officer who was posing as a 15-year-old boy.

According to the complaint: An investigator with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was looking at personal ads on Craigslist that appeared to target minors. One ad by someone claiming to be a 45-year-old “discreet” man from the west metro area referred to his high school-aged son. The man talked about the Florida baseball trip, and indicated that he was looking for oral sex. ...

Schulz told police he was sexually abused by a priest as a child, and was a plaintiff in a suit brought by a local attorney against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The attorney’s office would not confirm or deny whether Schulz was a plaintiff.

Peter Isely, Milwaukee-based Midwest director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said he was unfamiliar with Schulz.

“What I want people to know is that people who are abused sexually as children, the vast, vast majority do not grow up to commit abuse themselves,” Isely said. “This is one of those myths that has made it difficult for victims to come forward.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

LA cardinal called ‘obstructionist’

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts | Apr. 23, 2013

In 2003, with the country newly focused on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church, a senior U.S. church leader attempted behind the scenes to head off the investigation of the crisis by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, disparaging the institution and its researchers as inadequate.

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, in a strongly worded letter to then-Bishop Wilton Gregory, at the time president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, complained at length about the forms that John Jay researchers produced. He described them as “designed by people who apparently have no understanding of the Roman Catholic Church, ecclesiastical culture, hierarchical structure, or the language of the Roman Catholic Church.”

The previously unpublished letters that circulated among Mahony, Gregory, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, Justice Anne Burke and others provide a behind-the-scenes view of some of the tensions in the air the year after the U.S. bishops formulated their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People during their June 2002 meeting in Dallas. Public outrage had forced the bishops to take a dramatic step to deal with the scandal of sexual abuse of children by priests and the cover-up of the abuse by scores of bishops across the United States.

The letters are part of Burke’s archives, held by DePaul University in Chicago. Burke, a member of the Illinois Supreme Court, initially served as vice chairperson of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, established under the charter. She later took over as chairperson when Keating resigned. The correspondence provides a window into the high-stakes tensions of that period, as questions swirled regarding the board’s independence and whether bishops would cooperate with or undermine investigations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Abusers may be at large, says church

AUSTRALIA
The Age

April 23, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age.

Some child sex abusers might still be among Uniting Church clergy because of poor record keeping and failure to investigate cases, the church conceded on Monday.

The Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse instructed the church to investigate previous cases.

In other evidence, church spokesmen said it had no records of victims seeking compensation before 1998 because of inadequate record-keeping and that since then it had paid $2 million to 63 victims from the 1940s to 1986 but had not reported any cases to the police.

There have been seven cases of child abuse since 1998, all of which were reported to the police, the inquiry heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Uniting Church paid $2m to sex abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

STUART RINTOUL AND PIA AKERMAN
From:The Australian
April 23, 2013

THE Uniting Church has told a Victorian child abuse inquiry that it has paid about $2 million in compensation to abuse victims arising from 63 complaints in Victoria and Tasmania dating back to the 1940s.

But the Victorian parliamentary inquiry heard that the most recent allegation involving the "criminal abuse of children" was made in September last year, among seven more recent cases.

The church's legal adviser, Philip Battye, said many of the historic abuse cases involved the Tally Ho Methodist boys home, which closed in 1986, but many of the home's records had been lost or destroyed.

Mr Battye said of the 63 cases spanning the 1940s to the late 80s, a "smaller rather than larger" number had been referred to police, only one involved clergy and two-thirds of the alleged perpetrators were not church employees but people involved with church homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Abuse inquiry to start in May

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JOANNE McCARTHY
April 22, 2013

AUSTRALIA’S first commission of inquiry into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church will be held at Newcastle Supreme Court from May 6.

The NSW inquiry, which precedes and runs separately from the broader federal royal commission into child sex abuse, expects to hear some evidence without the public or media being present, the commission confirmed during a short hearing in Sydney on Monday.

Commissioner Margaret Cunneen will rule on hearing in-camera testimony from some witnesses to avoid prejudicing any potential future criminal proceedings, the hearing was told.

The NSW commission of inquiry will consider police investigations of the late Hunter paedophile priests Denis McAlinden and Jim Fletcher from May 6 to 17, and Church handling of allegations involving the priests from June 24 to July 12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Whistle blowing priest

AUSTRALIA
7 News

April 23, 2013, 6:18 pm Kristy Wettenhall Today Tonight

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has recently began and a priest has accused the Victorian Archdiocese of a cover-up.

It's the Royal Commission thousands of child sex abuse victims have wanted for decades - a chance to finally expose the truth through investigating institutions like the Catholic Church.

But one man fears criminal clergy will carry on undetected, claiming the Victorian Archdiocese is determined to keep its sordid secrets buried.

Victor Buhagiar has recently quit his post as a Catholic priest, walking away from the faith after 12 years leading parishes across Victoria.

Buhagiar claims it has became impossible to continue after he found out the Church was deleting records relating to child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

April 22, 2013

Ex-Beauvoir teacher ...

UNITED STATES/NICARAGUA
Washington Post

Ex-Beauvoir teacher Eric Toth, wanted on child pornography charges, is found abroad

By Allison Klein
Updated: Monday, April 22

Eric Justin Toth, the former D.C. elementary school teacher and accused child pornographer who replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, has been found in Nicaragua, according to sources familiar with the case.

Toth had been on the run for almost five years. He fled after officials at Washington National Cathedral’s exclusive Beauvoir elementary school found explicit photos of a student on a camera assigned to him, authorities said.

Toth, 31, was taken into custody Saturday night in Nicaragua, but as of Monday afternoon he had not been extradited to the United States, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Toth was not yet in the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Archbishop Martin pledges to heal wounds of disillusioned

IRELAND
Irish Independent

David Young– 21 April 2013

THE cleric set to become the next head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has pledged to work to heal the wounds of those who have lost trust in the institution.

Eamon Martin delivered a call for renewal in the church as he was ordained into an interim post ahead of eventually succeeding current Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady.

The Derry-born former teacher today became Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and will act as an assistant to Cardinal Brady for at least another two years.

The 52-year-old takes up his new post after a period of unprecedented turmoil for the church in Ireland, during which its influence has been damaged by a series of clerical child abuse scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Argentine ex-bishop’s widow ...

ARGENTINA
Washington Post

Argentine ex-bishop’s widow wants Pope Francis to make priestly celibacy optional

By Associated Press,
Updated: Monday, April 22

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.

This woman, whose romance with a bishop and eventual marriage became a major scandal in the 1960s, is such a close friend with Pope Francis that he called her every Sunday when he was Argentina’s leading cardinal.

Luro’s convinced that he will eventually lead the global church to end mandatory priestly celibacy, a requirement she says “the world no longer understands.” She believes this could resolve a global shortage of priests, and persuade many Catholics who are no longer practicing to recommit themselves to the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Two priests investigated for abuse claims

IOWA
CBS 4

by Mike Colón
mcolon@cbs4qc.com

The Diocese of Davenport has announced that two of its priests have been removed from their duties while investigations into claims of abuse are conducted.

Father Robert Harness is pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, and Father John Stack is a Chaplin at Mercy Medical in Clinton.

Harness is accused of inappropriately touching a child in around 1990. Stack is accused of the same in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Two local Iowa priests removed from ministry

IOWA
WQAD

April 22, 2013, by Shellie Nelson

Priests serving in Iowa communities of Davenport and Clinton have been suspended from ministry amid allegations that they had inappropriate contact with children.

Father Robert Harness, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, is accused of inappropriately touching a minor in approximately 1990.

“The Diocese has reported this to the Scott County Attorney in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the diocese and the County Attorney,” said a statement from Deacon David Montgomery, Director of Communication for the Diocese of Davenport.

Father Harness has been “temporarily removed from ministry” while the matter is investigated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Diocese suspends 2 Iowa priests after abuse claims

IOWA
Quad-City Times

The Diocese of Davenport says it has temporarily suspended two priests in eastern Iowa while it investigates allegations that they improperly touched minors decades ago.

Spokesman David Montgomery said Monday the diocese received separate reports of abuse allegations last week against Father Robert Harness, the pastor of Holy Family Church in Davenport; and John Stack, the chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton.

The diocese said that Harness has been accused of inappropriately touching a minor in approximately 1990. At the time, he was a pastor at St. Mary's in Keota.

Stack is accused of inappropriately touching minors in the 1980s. He worked from 1988 to 1990 at Holy Family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Two Priests Temporarily Removed From Ministry

IOWA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport

From Bishop Amos:

The Diocese of Davenport has received a report which states that Father Robert Harness, Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, inappropriately touched a minor in approximately 1990. The Diocese has reported this to the Scott County Attorney in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Diocese and the County Attorney.

Father Harness has been temporarily removed from ministry while this matter is being thoroughly investigated. The Diocese will meet with the leadership of the parish to assess its immediate needs and other issues of healing that may arise.

In an unrelated report, the Diocese of Davenport has received a report which states that Father John Stack, Chaplain at Mercy Medical Clinton in Clinton, inappropriately touched minors in approximately the 1980s. The Diocese has reported this to the Scott County Attorney in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Diocese and the County Attorney.

Father Stack has been temporarily removed from ministry while this matter is being thoroughly investigated.

The list of assignments for both priests is attached.

We apologize, again, for all those who have been abused and continue to pray for them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

2 Iowa priests suspended due to molestation claims

IOWA
WSOC

By RYAN J. FOLEY
The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa —

Two Catholic priests in eastern Iowa have been temporarily removed from the ministry during an investigation into allegations that they sexually molested children decades ago, the Diocese of Davenport said Monday.

The diocese received separate reports of abuse allegations late last week against Father Robert Harness, the pastor of Holy Family Church in Davenport, and John Stack, the chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, spokesman David Montgomery said.

He said the diocese turned over the reports to the Scott County Attorney's Office, which has given church officials permission to proceed with an internal investigation into the claims.

The diocese said in a statement that Harness has been accused of inappropriately touching a minor in approximately 1990. At the time, he was a pastor at St. Mary's in Keota. Stack is accused of inappropriately touching minors in "approximately the 1980s." He worked at Holy Family from 1988 until 1990.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Mortal Sins, a MUST READ New Book, for All Conscious Human Beings

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Michealene Cristini Risley

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Michael D'Antonio deserves another one. Another Pulitzer prize, that is, for his new book, "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal." This work is a 343 page offering that with a flick of a switch floods light onto the dark side of the sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church.

As D'Antonio reveals, the 2,000-year-old church, with its culture of secrecy and unlimited resources, covered-up thousands of cases of clergy abuse for over three decades. Bishops and cardinals used their influence at the highest levels of society around the world to suppress criminal investigations and deny victims both compensation and access to the truth.

The full story of the scandal is told for the first time as D'Antonio follows three major figures in the movement for victims' rights - a lawyer named Jeffrey Anderson, a victim named Barbara Blaine, and a whistleblower priest named Rev. Thomas Doyle who sacrifices his career to the cause of children who had been raped and molested by ordained men.

In D'Antonio's telling, Anderson and Doyle emerge as complex men who fought their own demons, including alcoholism and self doubt, to prevail in a thirty year fight. Blaine is transformed from a loyal Catholic social service worker into a fierce international advocate. Near the end of the tale she leads a group of victims from around the world to the International Criminal Court at The Hague to file lodge formal charges of crimes against humanity in a case that names the worldwide church, the pope, and Vatican officials as defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Four International Experts Discuss Catholic Abuse Scandal and Pope Francis

NEW YORK
PR Web

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 22, 2013

Four leaders of the international campaign against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church will address the ongoing scandal and the first thirty days of Francis I's papacy at a public forum Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM, Bleecker Street Theater New York City.

The event, co-sponsored by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and St. Martin's Press, will be hosted by journalist writer Michael D'Antonio, author of Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal. Published last week, Mortal Sins has already been hailed by the Boston Globe and others as the definitive work on the greatest challenge facing the 1.2 billion-member church since the Reformation. (To date, 500 American priests have been imprisoned for abuse and $2 billion paid to victims).

Appearing with D'Antonio will be

Jeffrey Anderson, a St. Paul Minnesotan who pioneered the legal strategies followed in every lawsuit brought against the church.

Rev. Thomas Doyle. -- Still a priest, Doyle called attention to the looming crisis in 1985, suffered the loss of his career, but spent a lifetime working on behalf of victims

Barbara Blaine, victim of abuse, founder of SNAP, and international advocate

Patrick Wall, former priest and Catholic monk, Wall was a "fixer" for parishes struck by scandal who went over to the other side and has investigated more than a thousand claims of abuse.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7pm
Bleecker Street Theater, 45 Bleecker St, New York City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Razrešen vladika Vasilije Kačavenda!

босна-херзоговина
Glas-Javnosti

BEOGRAD - Sinod Srpske pravoslavne crkve na današnjoj sednici prihvatio je zahtev za razrešenje vladike zvorničko tuzlanskog Vasilija. Episkop banjalučki Jefrem biće administrator do izbora novog vladike na Saboru 21. maja

Portali su juče objavili skandalozne snimke na kojima se vidi vladika Vasilije Kačavenda kako se ljubi sa nepoznatim mladićem ležeći na podu.

Ovi snimci su predočeni Svetom sinodu Srpske pravoslavne crkve još u novembru prošle godine posle čega je episkop Vasilije zatražio da se „povuče zbog bolesti”, ali se predomislio i ponovo zatražio da ostane na mestu vladike dok ne završi izgradnju crkve na Pet jezera kod Bijeljine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Serb Church retires Bosnia bishop amid sex scandal

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Kansas City Star

April 22

The Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The Serb Orthodox Church has accepted the resignation of its bishop in Bosnia after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show him engaged in sexual activity with a young man.

Vasilije Kacavenda submitted his resignation for what he said were health reasons last year but was asked by the Church to keep the post until May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Serbian Orthodox Church Rocked By Sex Scandal

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

By Daisy Sindelar

April 22, 2013

BELGRADE -- The Serbian Orthodox Church has approved the resignation of a powerful cleric amid sex-scandal claims that culminated this week with the publication of a graphic video appearing to show him engaged in sexual activity with young men.

Vasilije Kacavenda, the bishop of Tuzla and Zvornik in Bosnia-Herzegovina, retreated from his clerical duties months ago as allegations mounted that he had used his position for years to stage frequent orgies and rape underage boys and girls.

But the April 22 decision by the Holy Synod to accept his resignation appears to be the first acknowledgment of the church’s growing unease with the crush of lurid accusations that seem better suited to Caligula’s court than an Orthodox diocese.

Bojan Jovanovic, a former theological student in Bijeljina, the seat of Kacavenda’s diocese, says he observed numerous orgies organized by the 74-year-old bishop and attended by fellow clerics and prominent businessmen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Delbarton lawsuit against former Mendham man’s lawyer is ‘intimidation’

NEW JERSEY
Observer-Tribune

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012

By PHIL GARBER, Managing Editor

MENDHAM – To Bill Crane, a lawsuit filed by the Delbarton School against his lawyer is one more tactic of intimidation in the ongoing battle by Crane and others to uncover victims who were sexually assaulted by priests at the school.

The former Mendham resident knows about the subject. He and his twin brother Tom, 46, filed a lawsuit in March alleging that they were sexually abused as youngsters by Rev. Luke Travers, a former Delbarton headmaster, and Rev. Justin Capato, a former Delbarton teacher.

Last month, Delbarton filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Morristown claiming Crane’s lawyer, Gregory Gianforcaro of Phillipsburg, violated a confidentiality agreement by publicly disclosing terms of a 1988 settlement of a lawsuit filed by a teenager who was a victim of sexual misconduct by a monk at the school.

Neither Anthony Cacatiello, a spokesman for Delbarton nor Michael Critchley, the Delbarton lawyer, could be reached for comment.

Ecclesial Deceit and the De-Railing of the New Evangelization

UNITED STATES
Catholic Life Ministries

by Robert Fontana

Popes John Paul II and Benedict VXI have been calling Catholic Christians to what they describe as a “New Evangelization:” the proclaiming of the Gospel to those people and nations who have a long history of Christianity, but have now rejected its doctrinal tenets and moral demands. The popes have in mind the people and nations of the so-called West—Europe, The United States, Canada, and Australia. They know the stories of the two Testaments, they know the outline of Christian doctrine, but for a variety of reasons, they simply no longer have faith in God.

I think the call for a New Evangelization is spot-on! It’s what I have been doing my entire adult life as a minister in the church, and it is the fundamental goal of Catholic Life Ministries: to awaken faith among men and women who have been raised within the church but live lives of practical agnosticism. Practical agnostics are people who might say they believe in God but do not participate in a faith community, do not pray, and are not guided by a desire to do God’s will. They have not entrusted their lives to the care and providence of a loving God, and for all practical purposes, they are agnostic. These are the people that the New Evangelization is meant to transform.

However, the New Evangelization is being de-railed, knocked off track, by what I call “Ecclesial Deceit.” These are the lies that the institutional church tells, and the people believe, in order to protect the status quo—and they totally contradict the integrity of the Catholic Christian witness. Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles is guilty of “Ecclesial Deceit” on such a grand scale that his successor has suspended him from active ministry. Mahoney ought to be in jail and kicked out of the priesthood, but instead his lies are being perpetuated by the Vatican, where at the recent conclave he was a potential, however unlikely, candidate for the papacy.

How can anyone take seriously the Church’s proclamation that the Kingdom of God and of Christ is breaking into human history through the life and ministry of the Church when not one bishop who has protected pedophiles and sexual predators has been disciplined? I could get excommunicated for advocating the ordination of women to the priesthood, but if I am a Cardinal, and I protect sexual predators who have traumatized hundreds of minors and vulnerable adults and cost the church literally billions in legal fees and payouts, I get to be a candidate for the papacy, keep my pension, and participate in the Sacraments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

The Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
Z Magazine

By Bill Berkowitz

Strategies used by the Church to cover up its worldwide sexual abuse scandal include: the Vatican’s refusal to cooperate with civil authorities; officially sanctioned priest shifting; the destruction of evidence; punishing whistleblowers and rewarding enablers; and blaming the victims.

At the end of February, the eyes of the world were on Pope Benedict XVI as he left the Vatican by helicopter to spend the final hours of what many would characterize as his scandal-dogged papacy at the papal summer retreat. According to the New York Times, “Onlookers in St. Peter’s Square cheered, church bells rang and Romans stood on rooftops to wave flags as he flew by.”

To the tens of thousands of survivors of the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sexual abuse scandals, there was little to cheer about.

A Philadelphia Grand Jury report put the long-lived scandal in unambiguous terms: by sexual abuse, “We mean rape. Boys who were raped... girls who were raped.... But even those victims whose physical abuse did not include actual rape—those who were subjected to fondling, to masturbation, to pornography—suffered psychological abuse that scarred their lives and sapped the faith in which they had been raised.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Sexueller Missbrauch: Opfervereinigung muss um Fortbestand bangen

DEUTSCHLAND
diesseits

„Ich kann nicht mehr“ – Der im April 2010 gegründete Zusammenschluss von Opfern sexueller Gewalt „netzwerkB“ steht möglicherweise vor dem Aus. Anfang Juni soll über die Fortführung der Vereinsarbeit entschieden werden. Norbert Denef, Vorstandsvorsitzender und Missbrauchsbetroffener, hält mehr finanzielle Unterstützung für unverzichtbar.

Arik Platzek
Montag, 22. April 2013

Katholische Bischöfe und Politiker wird es freuen: Die im Zuge der Enthüllungen unzähliger Fälle des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch kirchliche Funktionsträger vor drei Jahren gegründete unabhängige Vereinigung für die Rechte und Belange von Betroffenen von sexualisierter Gewalt netzwerkB stellt möglicherweise noch in diesem Jahr ihre Arbeit ein.

Denn Norbert Denef, Gründer und treibende Kraft hinter dem Betrieb von netzwerkB, ist erschöpft. Die Gründe bringt er so auf den Punkt: „Niemand kann dauerhaft rund um die Uhr arbeiten, sieben Tage in der Woche und 365 Tage im Jahr.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Kaum Interesse am Opferfonds für ehemalige „Heimkinder“ – 700 „Vereinbarungen“ in NRW

DEUTSCHLAND
Helmut Jacob

Ca. 4700 Euro pro Opfer –Kniefall vor der ehemaligen Vorsitzenden des Rundes Tisches?

Unter der Überschrift „Ein Jahr Beratung für Betroffene der Heimerziehung“ teilt der Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) in seiner Pressemitteilung vom 13.03.2013 bemerkenswertes zum Opferfonds für mißhandelte Heimkinder in den zwei Nachkriegsjahrzehnten mit:

„Seit dem 1. Januar 2012 haben sich über 850 Betroffene an die Anlaufstelle beim LWL gewandt, um Beratung und Unterstützung zu bekommen.“ Konkreter fügt der LWL an: „Über 700 Vereinbarungen hierzu seien bereits geschlossen worden, ... . So hat der Fonds über 3,3 Millionen Euro für Anträge aus Westfalen gezahlt. Die Betroffenen bekommen das Geld entweder als Ersatz für fehlende Rentenversicherungszeiten ausgezahlt, wenn sie während ihrer Heimunterbringung arbeiten mußten, oder sie bekommen Sachleistungen wie spezielle Therapien finanziert.“ (1)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Heiliger Stuhl spricht Josef Reichl frei

DEUTSCHLAND
Freie Presse

Der ehemalige Pfarrer der Pfarrei St. Marien Oelsnitz-Stollberg-Lugau wurde 2010 mit dem Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs einer Minderjährigen konfrontiert.

Stollberg (fp). Nach drei langen Jahren jetzt die Gewissheit: Der ehemalige Pfarrer der Pfarrei St. Marien Oelsnitz-Stollberg-Lugau, Josef Reichl, ist rehabilitiert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Francis should meet with the sisters

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by NCR Editorial Staff | Apr. 22, 2013

The sister’s voice cracked with emotion as she explained her disappointment. She and the sisters in her community were “sad, so sad” when they heard the news from the Vatican April 15 that Pope Francis had “reaffirmed” the conclusions of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the program of reform ordered last year by the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith.

Was this the dose of cold reality -- the other shoe falling -- that would signal that despite all the lovely symbolism of this young papacy, over the long haul the status quo would prevail? We fully understand the sadness the sister who called NCR expressed. Women religious in the United States have been ill-treated over the last four years, targets of a humiliating and, in the end, unjust takeover of their leadership organization. The Vatican has attempted to place their fate in the hands of three men, none of whom has experienced life in a religious community. Their dioceses have only benefited from the work of sisters who increasingly are the last vestige of Catholic presence in some of the most neglected corners of our cities. They stay where others -- priests and bishops among them -- have fled.

We also know the LCWR leadership has spent many hours and considerable resources to convey the nature of their organization and the work and lives of the women religious so that church figures better understand why the women feel they have been so unjustly treated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

At “Mass of Atonement”

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

At “Mass of Atonement” Listecki must explain leaving Wauwatosa priest with years of child sex abuse reports working with children

At “Mass of Atonement” Listecki must explain leaving Wauwatosa priest with years of child sex abuse reports working with children

Group wants Listecki to “atone” by immediately placing Marsicek on church sex offender registry

Dozens of clergy known to have raped or abused children and minors still being kept secret by church officials

WHO/WHAT
Victims of clergy sexual abuse who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org/SNAPwisconsin.com), after displaying childhood photos and candles in a makeshift memorial, will discuss before attending a “Mass of Atonement” conducted by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki, the recent and ongoing revelations concerning Fr. Robert Marsicek.

Marsicek, pastor of two Milwaukee area parishes and grade schools, Pius X and Mother of Good Council, was suspended from his job in March after it was learned that he was under a current child sex abuse police investigation in Wauwatosa. Marsicek, however, was already under a police investigation in California since last May for child sexual assaults that took place in the late 1980’s and early 1990s’. And in recent years, according to the Wauwatosa police report, complaints by parents and others about Marsicek were reported to Milwaukee church officials and known by both Archbishop Listecki and Archbishop—now Cardinal Archbishop of New York—Timothy Dolan.

Both Listecki and Dolan left Marsicek working with children and neither archbishop notified parents or parishioners of the complaints against Marsicek or his history in California. Survivors of Marsicek are also coming forward to SNAP and law enforcement who were sexually assaulted by him when working in the Green Bay Diocese in the 1970’s (see Marsicek’s assignment history).

SNAP has long insisted that Dolan, and now Listecki, must release the complete list of all known clergy child sex offenders who have worked or are working in the archdiocese. Approximately half of these clergy belong to religious orders assigned to the archdiocese, and are not on the current archdiocese published list. In a court agreement last month in Federal Bankruptcy Court the archdiocese is required to release the church file of any cleric who is on or at any time added to the registry.

WHERE
Outside of St. John Vianney Parish, 1755 N. Calhoun Rd, Brookfield

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

NSW sex abuse hearings to be closed to public in case of criminality

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JARED OWENS
From:The Australian
April 22, 2013

HEARINGS conducted by the NSW Cunneen sex abuse inquiry will be closed to the public iif the witnesses are expected to give evidence of criminality.

A directions hearing in Sydney was this morning told the inquiry's "in camera" sessions would not be limited to the evidence of sex abuse victims, but also "certain other relevant witnesses" whose evidence could relate to "future criminal proceedings".

Counsel assisting the inquiry, Julia Lonergan SC, said the public hearings would be held in private, "without access to them by the media or the general public", so as "not to prejudice by pre-trial publicity any future criminal proceedings".

Special Commissioner Margaret Cunneen is investigating the circumstances in which NSW Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was directed to cease investigating sexual abuse at the state's notorious Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese, and whether church figures obstructed or hindered his investigations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Anglican Church reports 46 cases of child abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne has revealed it has dealt with 46 cases of child abuse since 1955.

But the church has told the Victorian child abuse inquiry there may have been more because records were poorly kept.

The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Freier, says the church's approach to complaints is much better now than in the 1950s and 60s.

"Children were frankly disbelieved; disbelieved by their parents, they were disbelieved by the adults around them when they raised complaints," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

No confession for child abusers: Anglican

AUSTRALIA
9 News

People confessing to child sex crimes would not be absolved of their sins by the Anglican Church until they reported the matter to police, an inquiry has been told.

Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier said while confessions were limited in the church, there was a risk offenders may seek the sacrament to alleviate their conscience.

But the church required confessors to report their crimes to police before they could receive absolution, he told the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse.

"There is a risk, and possibly a certain pathology in some offenders, where having any means to convince them that what they've done isn't as bad as what they probably know it is, helps their offending behaviour," Dr Freier said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Forcing a religion on your children is as bad as child abuse, claims atheist professor Richard

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Rob Cooper

Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed that forcing a religion on children without questioning its merits is as bad as 'child abuse'.

In typically incendiary style, the leading atheist said he was against the 'indoctrination of religion' and teaching it as fact.

The evolutionary scientist, speaking at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival yesterday, was repeating claims he made last year which were roundly condemned by charities and politicians.

Back from Rome, priest on child-sex charges

AUSTRALIA
The Age

April 22, 2013

Dan Oakes
Justice Editor for The Age

The former principal of a notorious Catholic school in Sunbury has been charged with child-sex offences stretching back almost 40 years after police negotiated the man’s return from Rome with the Catholic Church.

Police have hailed the arrest of Father Julian Fox as ‘‘a breakthrough in co-operation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church’’.

The 67-year-old went to the police crime command headquarters at St Kilda Road and was charged with 10 offences, including buggery, indecent assault and common-law assault, allegedly committed in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully between 1976 and 1985.

Police said they had been negotiating with the Church since July over the priest’s return. He has been bailed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Australia Arrests Priest on Pedophilia Charges

AUSTRALIA
ABC News (US)

MELBOURNE, Australia April 22, 2013 (AP)

Australian police arrested a Roman Catholic priest on pedophilia charges Monday, following months of negotiations to have him returned from the Vatican.

A police statement said the 67-year-old priest, whose name has not been made public, presented himself at Victoria state police headquarters in Melbourne on Monday.

The priest was charged with 10 counts of child abuse allegedly committed in Melbourne's outskirts between 1976 and 1985. He was released on bail and will appear before a magistrate on Friday.

Police said they had been negotiating with the Catholic Church since July 2012 to have him returned to Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

No police in most Uniting complaints

AUSTRALIA
Big Pond News

Monday, April 22, 2013

Most child sex abuse complaints brought to the Uniting Church were not referred to police, an inquiry heard.

Most child sex abuse complaints brought to the Uniting Church have not been referred to police by the church, a Victorian inquiry has heard.

Legal adviser for the church's Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Philip Battye, said police had been involved in only a small number of complaints.

'It would be a smaller number rather than a larger number,' Mr Battye told the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Victims should go to police: churches

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

April 22, 2013

Genevieve Gannon and Melissa Iaria
AAP

Two of Australia's largest churches say it's up to the people who were sexually abused as children to go to the police.

The Anglican and Uniting churches in Victoria have together paid more than $2.25 million in compensation to victims over the past 10 to 15 years but have only referred a small number of allegations to authorities, a Victorian inquiry has heard.

Melbourne's Anglican Archbishop Dr Philip Freier says a culture of disbelieving children who complained of sex abuse and an unwillingness to face up to difficult and shameful things had helped the crime go undetected.

"As you look backwards you can see broadly as a culture we've not readily listened to children when they've made complaints," Dr Freier told the parliamentary inquiry on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Victims should go to police: churches

AUSTRALIA
SBS

The majority of child sex abuse claims brought before two churches have not been referred to police, an inquiry has heard.

Two of Australia's largest churches say it's up to the people who were sexually abused as children to go to the police.

The Anglican and Uniting churches in Victoria have together paid more than $2.25 million in compensation to victims over the past 10 to 15 years but have only referred a small number of allegations to authorities, a Victorian inquiry has heard.

Melbourne's Anglican Archbishop Dr Philip Freier says a culture of disbelieving children who complained of sex abuse and an unwillingness to face up to difficult and shameful things had helped the crime go undetected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

No one listened to abused children: archbishop

AUSTRALIA
The Border Mail

By Barney Zwartz
April 22, 2013, 1 p.m.

Child sexual abuse flourished in the past because Australian culture did not readily listen to children when they made complaints and because the churches did not want to face difficult and shameful things, Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said on Monday.

"We've always had high expectations but not the necessary checks and balances," he told the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse.

"Functions would be clustered unhelpfully in one person or office, and it was a small community. People knew each other.

"Children would be disbelieved by parents and the adults around them and sometimes even punished for talking about it. It was an awful thing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Adult Reception of Children’s Sexual Abuse Complaints Actually Helped Cases Prosper More – Australian Anglican Church

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | April 22, 2013

If parents and adults had paid more attention in the previous years to the complaints of children that they have been sexually abused by members of a religious church or community, the burgeoning number might have already been nipped right in the bud early on.

Philip Freier, Melbourne Anglican Archbishop, told a Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse, said it is most unfortunate children's grievances were not being heard, at worst just plainly disregarded.

"Children were frankly disbelieved; disbelieved by their parents, they were disbelieved by the adults around them when they raised complaints," Archbishop Freier said.

Since 1955, the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne said it has dealt with 46 cases of child abuse. But Mr Freier said the numbers could be more because records were poorly kept

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Archbishop Freier speaks ...

AUSTRALIA
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

Archbishop Freier speaks of his Church’s abhorrence for abuse, re-affirms goals of State Inquiry

22/04/2013

Media release

​Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, today said that he welcomed the opportunity, on behalf of all Anglicans in the Diocese of Melbourne, to appear before the Parliamentary Committee inquiring into the handling of child sex abuse by religious and other non-government organisations.

In his concluding statement to the Committee today he spoke of the Church’s abhorrence for abuse, and his own experiences in dealing with both perpetrators and victims. He reiterated his apology for the pain and misery that such abuse has caused both victims and the broader community. He also spoke of the courage of those victims appearing before the Inquiry and the value of their testimony as an opportunity for organisations such as the Melbourne Diocese to better understand and continue to evolve its processes for complaint resolution. Moreover, anything that can be done to prevent abuse in the future is to be strongly affirmed and implemented.

Dr Freier acknowledged the importance of the trust and confidence of the broader community in religious organisations and welcomed the Inquiry as a way in which that confidence might begin to be restored, accepting that both the Inquiry and the Royal Commission have impacted on the wider communities’ faith in the Church.

In presenting the Diocese of Melbourne’s testimony to the Inquiry he spoke of the importance of transparent, fair and efficient processes to deal with complaints and of the importance of an organisational culture which did not tolerate abuse in any form, particularly child sexual abuse, which is the focus of the Inquiry. Assisted by the Director of Professional Standards, an independent office established by the Diocese, Dr Freier outlined the development of protocols, procedures and legislation that had occurred since 1994 and the development of the professional standards practices of the Diocese which today govern the accountability of clergy and church workers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Anglican Church appears at Parliamentary hearing

AUSTRALIA
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

22/04/2013

by Muriel Porter

Fewer than 10 clergy in the Melbourne Diocese have either lost their licences to officiate or relinquished their holy orders because of child sexual abuse allegations, the diocese's Director of Professional Standards, Ms Claire Sargent, told the Victorian Parliament's enquiry into how institutions have handled child sexual abuse complaints on Monday (22 April). Some others had not been appointed to roles they had sought, she said.

Her office held records of 46 complaints, the “vast majority” against clergy, since 1955, Ms Sargent added. There did not seem to be any “pattern” of abuse in Melbourne diocese, as had been the case in other dioceses, and complaints seemed to relate to “opportunistic” abuse. Ms Sargent said that records before the 1990s had been “less than adequate”, but there had been increasing documentation since 2002/2003.

A total of $268,000 has been paid in financial compensation to 10 complaints since 2003, not including the costs of counselling and other support provided by the Diocese, the hearing heard. There are currently 685 authorised clergy in the Diocese.

Ms Sargent, the Archbishop, and the Diocesan Registrar and General Manager, Mr Ken Spackman, were subjected to polite but sustained scrutiny over a two-hour period into the Diocese's history of complaint handling, and its current approach, by the Parliamentary committee conducting the hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Accused priest returns from Rome to face child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

Wayne Flower
Herald Sun
April 22, 2013

A CATHOLIC priest who moved to Rome after years of allegedly committing child sex offences in Victoria has returned to face justice.

Taskforce Sano detectives arrested the priest today in relation to alleged historic child sexual abuse matters committed between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

Police had been negotiating with the Catholic Church over the man’s return since July last year.

The priest’s return to Victoria is seen as a major a breakthrough in co-operation between Victoria Police and the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old man, along with his legal representative, presented himself to police at Crime Command Headquarters at St Kilda Rd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Church negotiates priest's return to face sex charges

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ABC

A 67-year-old Catholic priest has been arrested following negotiations between Victoria Police and the Catholic Church to have him returned to Australia from Rome.

The Ascot Vale man has been charged with 10 offences relating to alleged child sexual abuse between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

He will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

The Victoria Police Taskforce Sano had been negotiating the man's return with the church since July last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Church culture helped child sex abuse go undetected, Anglican archbishop says

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Stuart Rintoul
From:The Australian
April 22, 2013

CHURCHES and community organisations had a culture that helped child sex abuse go undetected, Melbourne's Anglican archbishop has told an inquiry.

Dr Peter Freier has told Victoria's abuse inquiry it has records of 46 complaints against clergy and church workers and has paid out compensation of $268,000 in the past 10 years.

Dr Freier said historically there had been a culture that provided opportunities for people who wanted to breach the trust of children to do so and for children's complaints to be ignored.

"As you look backwards you can see broadly as a culture we've not readily listened to children when they've made complaints," Dr Freier told the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Australian Catholic Priest Faces Sex Abuse Charges on Return to Homeland

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | April 22, 2013

Believed to have sought the perks of an anonymous life in Rome, an Australian 67-year-old Catholic priest is bound to face 10 legal cases of sexual abuse related charges once he gets back home.

A spokeswoman from Australia's local Victoria police said they have been negotiating for the return of the Ascot Vale man from Rome since July 2012.

It was late in 2012 when detectives were able to establish complaints against the Australian Catholic priest, gathered from complaints generated from the Victorian inquiry into child sex abuse. The child sexual abuse cases allegedly happened between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

The priest's return to Victoria is seen as a major a breakthrough in co-operation between Victoria Police and the Catholic Church, the police spokeswoman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Melbourne Catholic priest charged over historic sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

PIA AKERMAN
From:The Australian
April 22, 2013

VICTORIAN Police have charged a Catholic priest with child sex offences after he returned to Melbourne from Rome.

Detectives from Taskforce Sano, which was established last year to deal with complaints arising from the Victorian inquiry into child sex abuse, arrested the 67-year-old man today in relation to alleged historic child sexual abuse matters committed between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

"Victoria Police have been negotiating with the Catholic Church since July 2012 to have the man returned from Rome," a police spokeswoman said.

"The return of this man to Victoria is considered a breakthrough in cooperation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Former Catholic principal Julian Fox returns from Rome to face child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

Shannon Deery
Herald Sun
April 22, 20131:21PM

FORMER Catholic principal Julian Fox has been charged with child sex crimes spanning two decades.

The former Salesian College, Rupertswood, principal was charged with 10 offences this morning.

The charges came after Fr Fox returned from Rome on Friday.

Allegations have been levelled at the Salesian Order that they knowingly let Fr Fox relocate to Rome after accusations were made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Taskforce Sano arrest

AUSTRALIA
Victoria Police

Monday, 22 April 2013

Taskforce Sano detectives arrested a catholic priest today in relation to alleged historic child sexual abuse matters committed between 1976 and 1985 in Sunbury and Ferntree Gully.

Victoria Police have been negotiating with the Catholic Church since July 2012 to have the man returned from Rome.

The return of this man to Victoria is considered a break through in co-operation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old man, along with his legal representative, presented himself to police at Crime Command Headquarters at 412 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

The Ascot Vale man has been charged with 10 offences, including buggery, indecent assault and common law assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Aussie Catholic priest faces pedophilia charges

AUSTRALIA
Hong King Standard

Australian police have arrested a Roman Catholic priest on pedophilia charges, following months of negotiations to have him returned from the Vatican.

A police statement said the 67-year-old priest presented himself at Victoria state police headquarters in Melbourne on Monday. His name has not been made public, AP reports.

The priest was charged with 10 counts of child abuse allegedly committed in Melbourne's outskirts between 1976 and 1985. He was released on bail and will appear before a magistrate on Friday.
Police said they had been negotiating with the Catholic Church since July 2012 to have him returned to Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Vic priest charged over sex abuse cases

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

AAP

April 22, 2013

A Catholic priest living in Rome has returned to Australia to be charged with sexually abusing Victorian children after months of negotiation between police and the church.

The 67-year-old man had been wanted for questioning over historical child sexual abuse allegations over the past 10 months.

But the priest and his lawyer walked into the Victoria Police crime department headquarters in Melbourne to face the allegations on Monday.

"The return of this man to Victoria is considered a breakthrough in co-operation between the Victoria Police and the Catholic Church," a police statement said.
.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

April 21, 2013

Vatican's diktats make me feel hurt, says former priest

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Louise Hogan– 22 April 2013

An Irish priest whose love affair rocked the Catholic Church has revealed that he feels new restrictions sent to him by the Vatican make him a "second-class citizen".

Sean Page (54), originally from Castlerea, Co Roscommon, last year wed his partner, Clarice Young, a mother of five.

The wedding took place in a simple Church of England ceremony near his home in Rochdale, greater Manchester.

But despite leaving the Catholic Church, he still feels it is interfering with his life.

Among the conditions delivered to him in a Vatican document were to ensure any wedding celebration was "low-key", to "absent himself" from areas where he would have been known as a priest and to undertake to not engage in teaching theology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

The Skeleton in the Papal Closet

VATICAN CITY
Huffington Post

Edward Jay Epstein

On June 5, 2012, financial police in Piacenza, Italy, searched the home of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who was the target of a money laundering investigation. Up until just a few weeks earlier, he had headed the Popes' secretive organization for dealing with the world of Mammon, called not without irony the "Institute for Works Religious," since it operates as an off-shore bank that is beyond the laws and regulations of Italy, the European Union, or any other authority. The raid uncovered a secret dossier that included 47 binders of Vatican documents, some of which exposed the Vatican Bank's loopholes for laundering money, arrangements for discrete accounts, and a note instructing that these documents be delivered to a lawyer and the media if anything foul happened to Tedeschi. As it was reported in the Italian press, he had feared for his life because the some of the secret accounts serviced individuals in the Mafia and other criminal organizations.

Thirty years earlier, the body of Roberto Calvi, known as "God's Banker" because of his work for the Vatican bank, was found hanging under Blackfriars bridge in London, a well-organized murder which was never solved. Also missing was a half-billion dollars siphoned through the Vatican bank to anonymous corporations owned by unknown parties. And no one found at that time certain documents from Calvi's attache case, which more than a half decade later were used to attempt to blackmail the Pope for $40 million. (Only $2 million was paid to the blackmailers by the Vatican Bank before the police moved in.)

The secret at the heart of these crimes, as it is brilliantly adumbrated in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III, was and remains that the Vatican is desperately short of money, and had been for more than a century. It was so impoverished after the First World War that it borrowed $100,000 from a bank to pay for the funeral of Pope Benedict XV. It had priceless art and church properties, but it could not sell them, nor did Dioceses abroad provide funds. All it had was the meager revenue from the sale of postage stamps and the annual Peter's Pence collection boxes in churches. In light of its dire financial situation, it had no choice but to allegedly accept a settlement in 1929 with the government of Benito Mussolini, which provided it with $91.4 million in cash and bonds. That sum at prevailing interest rates did not yield enough income to pay the Vatican's expenses, so, to get a high return, the Popes used the Vatican's sovereign status to set up a no-hold-barred offshore bank under the guise of an "Institute For Religious Work." As its President Archbishop Paul Marcinkus told me, after he moved to full-fledged money laundering in the Bahamas, "You can't run the church on Hail Marys alone." Unfortunately, in the banking scandal following the death of God's Banker, the Vatican bank lost a large part of it capital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

BERNARDINO DIOCESE: Prayers for sexual abuse victims

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino next month will begin including an intention for victims of sexual abuse in a monthly Mass at the diocesan pastoral center in San Bernardino.

An intention refers to when participants in a Mass are asked to say special prayers for someone and keep that person in their thoughts throughout a service. Usually, it is for someone who has passed away, diocesan spokesman John Andrews told me.

On the first Tuesday of every month, the intention of the Mass at the pastoral center will be for all victims of sexual abuse, including those abused by priests, he said.

“It’s not the end-all,” Andrews said. “It’s one more thing we can do to try to walk with them on their journey.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Joseph A. Balfe, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Balfe was a Jesuit priest ordained in 1927 whose career took him to Indian missions in Alaska, Washington state and Montana. He was also assigned to several parishes and hospitals. Balfe was accused in a lawsuit settled in 2011 of having sexually abused children residing at the St. Ignatius Mission boarding school in Montana. He died in 1969.

Ordained: 1927
Died: 1969

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Charles Arnold Bartles, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Bartles was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1965. He went on to work in Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, New Orleans, Jamaica and Brazil. He died in 1993. An accusation against Bartles was revealed in the Fairbanks diocese's bankruptcy reorganization documents in 2010.

Ordained: 1965
Died: July 28, 1993

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas J. Hidding, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Rev. Thomas J. Hidding, s.j. was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused a Florida high school student between 1980-1982, when he was a Jesuit seminarian and teacher. He was ordained in 1986, and spent his career in Louisiana and Florida. Hidding was removed from active ministry after the accusation surfaced in May 2002. He died Oct. 12, 2005.

Ordained: 1986

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Martin McKeon, o.f.m.

CALIFORNIA
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: McKeon was ordained a Franciscan priest of the Santa Barbara, CA Province in 1952. The first 11 years of his ministry were spent at the Franciscan minor seminary in Santa Barbara, where he taught and was for a time Prefect of Discipline. He went on to serve as Promoter of Vocations for the province and, for almost 20 years, pastor of Mission San Luis Rey. He also served as an auxiliary Navy chaplain. McKeon was accused in lawsuits in the 2000s of having sexually abused at least three boys during his time at the minor seminary. He died in 1986.

Ordained: June 8, 1952
Died: Feb. 26, 1986

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Abused Missionary Kids Begin Journey to Healing

CHICAGO (IL)
CBN

An historic conference for survivors of abuse and trauma on the mission field is being held in Chicago this weekend.

The event is sponsored by MK Safety Net, a group started in 1999 by alumni from a Christian and Missionary Alliance boarding school in West Africa.

"Abuse sent many MKs (missionary kids) and their families on an 'Unexpected Journey.' This conference will address actions and steps to help us move toward reclaiming our lives and breaking the silence," the group said on its website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

‘Mortal Sins’ by Michael D’Antonio

UNITED STATES
Boston Globe

By David M. Shribman

April 20, 2013

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis last month, nearly every Vatican insider, observer, and commentator remarked that he had inherited leadership of a church that was troubled and in upheaval. For nearly three decades, the Catholic hierarchy had struggled with the challenges of a catastrophic sexual abuse scandal, a profound crisis of faith, and a lingering public-relations disaster.

Michael D’Antonio’s “Mortal Sins,’’ perhaps the most comprehensive history of the wrongdoing to date, will only fuel those dilemmas. This is a devastating chronicle not only of sexual abuse but also of abuse of power — or, rather, of the inclination of those in power to avert their eyes from abuse.

Every page ripples with lurid tales of dysfunction, corruption, exploitation — and, ultimately, of heartbreak, both inside and outside the church. The calamity is that this scandal, spanning cases coast to coast and spilling across the globe, seems so repetitive — so utterly familiar — with revelations prompting revelations until the reader, like the church, can barely tolerate the next episode.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

A look at books - the Magdalene Laundries...

IRELAND
Irish Central

A look at books - the Magdalene Laundries, Reverend Ian Paisley and the Irish Diaspora

Tip Sheet by Cahir O'Doherty

It Doesn’t Ring a Bell
By Racer Lynch

It hasn’t been two decades since the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland closed in 1996. That’s well within the living memory of young adults. The question is, what to do with all that suffering now that its come to light?

Even now most would prefer to look the other way, exactly the way they used to when these unpaid gulags were in operation. The Irish government had to be browbeaten for years by a group of committed former inmates and their offspring before finally offering a full apology. That apology was offered in February 2013, by the way, just two months ago.

So the Irish reluctance to face up to the legacy of widespread physical and sexual abuse has been one of the most remarkable aspects of the now three decade long crisis in the Catholic Church. Instead of principled stock taking, denial, defensiveness and even blaming the victims have been the standard responses.

So what happens to the nation that fails to confront its own traumas? Does it hand them and their legacy on to the next generation without comment?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Another Vatican voice backs civil unions for same-sex couples

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

by John L. Allen Jr. | Apr. 21, 2013

Another veteran Vatican figure has signaled openness to civil recognition of same-sex unions, in the wake of similar comments in early February from the Vatican’s top official on the family. It’s a position also once reportedly seen with favor by the future pope while he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The latest expression of support for civil recognition as an alternative to gay marriage comes from Archbishop Piero Marini, who served for 18 years as Pope John Paul II’s liturgical Master of Ceremonies.

“There are many couples that suffer because their civil rights aren’t recognized,” Marini said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Don't Worry, Jews May Be Bad But Goyyim Are Worse, Ohr Somayach Rabbi Says

UNITED STATES
Failed Messiah

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz also says you should ask a rabbi before reporting suspected child sexual abuse to police or your city's child protection services and invokes the No True Scotsman Fallacy – any Orthodox Jew who commits heinous crimes like child sexual abuse is not really an Orthodox Jew, Breitowitz claims, insisting that God and Judaism are not at fault for what its most visible adherent s may do wrong.

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz says no matter how bad the behavior of haredi Jews may seem, we're better than the non-Jews, and the haredi community is the place to go to live a fulfilled, moral life.

He also says that you should ask a rabbi before reporting suspected child sexual abuse to police or your city's child protection services and invokes the No True Scotsman Fallacy – any Orthodox Jew who commits heinous crimes like child sexual abuse is not really an Orthodox Jew, Breitowitz claims, insisting that God and Judaism are not at fault for what its most visible adherents may do wrong.

On top of that, he says students at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem don't really have many questions related to this because Jerusalem's Jews are holier than the Jews elsewhere, and he implies the problems of child sexual abuse, theft and corruption don't really exist there – which is false.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Vatikan kritisiert UN-Bericht

VATIKAN
Katholisch

Der Vatikan hat einen Bericht des UN-Sicherheitsrats über sexuelle Gewalt in bewaffneten Konflikten kritisiert. Es sei "enttäuschend", dass die Studie religiös motivierte Übergriffe dieser Art nicht berücksichtige, heißt es in einer Stellungnahme des Vatikan-Vertreters bei den Vereinten Nationen, Erzbischof Francis Assisi Chullikatt, vor dem Sicherheitsrat.

In der von Radio Vatikan am Samstag veröffentlichten Stellungnahme betonte der Erzbischof, religiös motivierte sexuelle Gewalt gebe es immer noch in "fast jeder Region der Welt". Zugleich rief er zu einem entschiedeneren Vorgehen gegen sexuelle Gewalt weltweit auf. Dieses dürfe nicht Opfer politischer Interessen werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

April 20, 2013

Trial set for former Tulia priest in child sex case

TEXAS
My Plain View

[John Salazar - Archdiocese of Los Angeles]

By SHANNA SISSOM | Herald Managing Editor

TULIA — A trial date has been set for the former Tulia priest accused of child molestation while he served at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

The Rev. John Anthony Salazar was sent to Tulia in 1991 as a convicted child molester who had completed a treatment program for pedophile priests and been banned for life from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He would spend over a decade in Tulia, and eventually face more allegations of child sexual abuse until his departure in May 2002 when he was removed from ministry. That was a month before the Roman Catholic bishops in America adopted a charter aimed at protecting children from pedophile priests.

Salazar, 57, is scheduled to stand trial on a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Swisher County’s 64th Judicial District Court, presided over by Judge Robert Kinkaid Jr., on Aug. 29, 2013, according to court records. The victim in this case was 12 years old when the alleged abuse began in 1997, according to information in the clerk’s office file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

Pedofilia, a Savona un volantinaggio contro la Diocesi promosso dalla Rete L’Abuso

ITALIA
IVG

Savona. Si è conclusa verso le 12,30 la prima parte del volantinaggio “Basta Bugie. Fanno male ai bambini” promosso dagli attivisti della Rete L’Abuso che si è tenuto questa mattina in corso Italia a Savona. “Durante la sola mattinata sono state distribuite quasi 5000 copie del volantino che avevamo preventivato di distribuire nell’arco di tutta la giornata, un numero enorme in una città di 36000 abitanti” spiega Francesco Zanardi, uno dei promotori dell’iniziativa.

“Non sono mancati i commenti durissimi nei confronti della Diocesi savonese, protagonista di un trentennale e ormai indiscutibile degrado morale e civile finalmente visibile a tutti sopratutto dopo la denuncia de Le Iene che ha raccontato oltre ai sotterfugi anche particolari raccapriccianti su quelle che sono state le omissioni a danni di bambini indifesi affidati alle cure del clero savonese. Molte le critiche anche nei confronti dell’attuale Vescovo di Savona, vittima della sua politica all’insegna della disonestà e delle proprie dichiarazioni che lo hanno visto in almeno tre occasioni promettere pubblicamente provvedimenti mai concretizzati” prosegue Zanardi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Pope’s strongman blasts old guard aside

VATICAN CITY
The Sunday Times (UK)

John Follain Published: 21 April 2013

POPE FRANCIS plans to appoint lay women to top jobs in the Vatican and to dilute the power of Italian cardinals in a radical shake-up of the Catholic Church’s government following a series of scandals.

In a move branded as “revolutionary” by Vatican watchers, the Pope last weekend appointed eight cardinals to advise him on the governance and reform of the Curia, the church’s bureaucracy which has been tainted by controversies over child sex abuse by priests, leaks of papal files and allegations of corruption.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, whom Francis named to head the panel and who is now seen as a “power behind the papal throne”, predicted a difficult fight ahead for the Argentine pontiff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Präventionsprojekt gegen sexuellen Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Radio Dresden

Die katholische Kirche startet ein Präventionsprojekt gegen sexuellen Missbrauch. Beim sogenannten Starkmachtag kommen dazu heute 40 Kinder in der Dresdner Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde zusammen. Die 5 bis 13-jährigen werden dabei durch zwei Clowns sensibel an das Thema herangeführt. Der Kinder sollen auf spielerische Art und Weise lernen, wie sie sexuelle Grenzüberschreitungen erkennen und dagegen vorgehen können. Der Starkmachtag in Dresden ist die Pilotveranstaltung für das Kinderschutzprogramm im gesamten Bistum Dresden-Meißen. Weitere Projekttage sind im Raum Leipzig und Chemnitz/Vogtland geplant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Kirche verschweigt das wahre Ausmaß ihrer Besitztümer und Subventionen

OSTERREICH
Kirchen Privilegien

Kardinal Schönborn zählt zu den 100 reichsten Österreichern

(Wien, 19.4.2013, PUR) In einer Kolumne im Gratisblatt “Heute“ wirft Kardinal Christoph Schönborn den Initiatoren des Volksbegehrens vor, Neid zu schüren und “Unseriöses zu verbreiten“. So streitet er beispielsweise ab, dass die Kirche “steinreich“ sei und verweist einzig auf Kirchen und Klöster als „steinernen Besitz“. Dass Schönborn persönlich über feudale Besitztümer verfügt verschweigt er jedoch. Mensalgüter stehen Bischöfen zu ihrer privaten Verfügung und sollen ein “fürstliches“ Leben ermöglichen, in der Öffentlichkeit gibt es über diese Konstruktionen kaum Informationen: nur die Bischöfe und einige Verwalter wissen darüber Bescheid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

„Dorothee Sölle-Preis 2013“ beim Hamburger Kirchentag

DEUTSCHLAND
IKVU

Jutta Lehnert wird für ihr jugendpolitisches Engagement und für ihren engagierten Einsatz gegen sexualisierte Gewalt in der Kirche ausgezeichnet.

18.04.2013 Oscar Romero-Haus/Bonn

Am 3. Mai 2013 verleiht die IKvu in Hamburg den „Dorothee Sölle-Preis für aufrechten Gang“ an JUTTA LEHNERT, Geistliche Leiterin der Katholischen Studierenden Jugend (KSJ) im Bistum Trier und Pastoralreferentin im Dekanat Koblenz.

Die Preisverleihung ist Teil des Programms des 34. Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentags in Hamburg und findet am Freitag, den 3. Mai 2013, während des Liturgischen Tags zu Dorothee Sölle statt: Veranstaltung „Dorothee Sölle wahrnehmen und weiterdenken“
15 - 18 Uhr, Halle A2 (Messegelände).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Missbrauchsbeauftragter der Bundesregierung fordert unabhängige Kommission

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

von Sidney Gennies
Drei Jahre sind die Missbrauchskandale am Canisiuskolleg und der Odenwaldschule her. Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung fordert nun eine unabhängige Kommission - es kann also noch dauern, bis sich etwas tut.

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, hat sich für eine unabhängige Kommission zur Aufarbeitung von sexuellem Missbrauch an Kindern ausgesprochen. Ähnlich wie die irische „Ryan-Kommission“ solle sie zur weiteren Aufarbeitung des Kindesmissbrauchs beitragen, sagte Rörig am Freitag in Berlin. Die Kommission solle dem Bundestag und der Regierung regelmäßig Bericht erstatten, Daten zu sexuellem Missbrauch erheben und wissenschaftlich auswerten. Vor der nächsten Bundestagswahl wird es aber kaum dazu kommen. „Wir sollten zunächst die Arbeitsergebnisse des unabhängigen Beauftragten abwarten“, sagte die familienpolitische Sprecherin der CDU/CSU-Fraktion, Dorothee Bär, dem Tagesspiegel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Pope failed to protect tortured priest, says his sister

ARGENTINA
Irish Independent

Michael Warren Buenos Aires– 20 April 2013

Pope Francis has been accused in an Argentine courtroom of failing to help protect a fellow Jesuit priest from the country's military dictatorship and right-wing death squads.

Graciela Yorio accused the then Jorge Mario Bergoglio of turning his back on her brother, the late Orlando Virgilio Yorio, before and after he and another priest were taken by the junta's agents and tortured in 1976.

Fr Bergoglio has said he did what he could as a young Jesuit leader with no real power to protect Fr Yorio and other slum priests from being kidnapped.

He testified in 2010 that he worked behind the scenes to win the freedom of Fr Yorio and the other priest, Francisco Jalics. But Ms Yorio disagreed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Former Orangevale priest targeted in sexual-abuse investigation

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

By Robert D. Dávila
rdavila@sacbee.com

Published: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013

A former pastor at Divine Savior Catholic Church in Orangevale is under investigation following allegations that he sexually abused two children who were parishioners in the 1980s and 1990s.

Officials at Divine Savior read a statement at Sunday Masses informing parishioners about the allegations against the Rev. Robert "Bob" Marsicek, who was pastor from 1987 to 2001. The statement said Marsicek is under investigation for a similar complaint in Wisconsin, where he is a pastor in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

The statement read by the Rev. Roman Mueller, current pastor at Divine Savior, said the allegations against Marsicek involve two children who belonged to the church in the 1980s and 1990s.

Kevin Eckery, a Sacramento Diocese spokesman, said diocese officials learned about the complaint "several months ago" and turned the case over to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Priest sex abuse victim finally gets more of $900,000 settlement from his Portland lawyers

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Aimee Green, The Oregonian

Ten years after a man secured a $900,000 settlement for abuse as a child by one of Oregon's most notorious pedophile priests, an ugly battle over how much his attorneys got to keep is finally over.

The man's case came to light two years ago after he filed a lawsuit saying that his attorneys claimed $877,000 of his settlement, leaving him with just $23,000. The news stirred public outrage -- and deeply embarrassed the legal community, which constantly fights the stereotype of greedy, money-grabbing lawyers.

But since then, the man known only as G.B. has managed to recover $225,000. And though he's better off than he was before, that's far short of the $600,000 he should have gotten if his attorneys had taken only the standard fee of 33 percent.

"It's just a travesty," said Richard A. Weill, a volunteer trial attorney for the Oregon State Bar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Child abuse: Church conference needs a Rezolution of its own

SOUTH AFRICA
Mail & Guardian

A church leader accused in the US of complicity in covering up child abuse shouldn't be allowed to speak at a local Rezolution Christian conference.

Whilst it is impossible to know with certainty the rate of child sexual abuse that occurs in South Africa because of the general under-reporting of these specific cases, it is estimated that one in three girls and one in five boys suffer sexual abuse before the age of 18 years.

The high incidence of child sexual abuse is by no means unique to South Africa; it is a global problem that knows no cultural, racial, economic or societal bounds.

In an era where access to information has become an easy reality, society now more than ever has little excuse to turn a blind eye when confronted with cases of social injustice. ...

One of the speakers attending the Rezolution conference, currently being held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban this April, is implicated in a class action lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (an organisation of mainly US-based churches). As the former president of SGM, CJ Mahaney is listed as one of several defendants in the lawsuit which alleges the covering up of a number of cases of sexual abuse within the organisation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Clergy Sexual Abuse is “Inexcusable”: An Interview with Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Aleteia

The clergy sex abuse scandal, the challenges that Pope Francis puts before the Church, requests for transparency, the topic of religious liberty and a staunch condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Boston: “Evil exists, and some people choose it.”

Aleteia features this exclusive interview with His Excellency, Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Chaput, Philadelphia has been rocked by the sex abuse scandal. How badly has it shaken the faithful, and what do you see as the way out?

That expression – “rocked by scandal” – should be retired along with a lot of other media clichés. People get addicted to lurid headlines and the drug of anger. Then they stop thinking clearly about how these tragedies happen and the best way to prevent them in the future. The abuse scandal in the Church is inexcusable. Innocent children and families were terribly hurt. As a Church, we – and by “we,” I mean first of all we bishops – owe victims our sorrow for what they endured, our prayers and our material support in helping them heal. Philadelphia Catholics have spent the last decade frustrated by the sins and mistakes that happened here. It would be a miracle if their morale weren’t low. The way out of this kind of problem is for bishops and other Catholic leaders to act with honesty, humility and justice in dealing with victims and renewing the Church. Over time, that kind of witness is the only thing that heals.

How do you think Pope Francis should proceed in this area? What would you suggest to him?

The Pope seems to know very well what to do. He doesn't need my advice. His manner is simple, direct and honest. People are starving for that kind of leadership, both within the Church and everywhere else. We live in a modern cocoon of public relations, marketing and message control. Any leader who simply tells the truth, and tells it simply, is like rain in the desert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Former Mormon missionary pleads to sex abuse of child

UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

By Jessica MIller
| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Apr 19 2013

A former LDS Church missionary accused of having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14 has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Brandon Scott Cordero, 20, of Kaysville, was charged with two counts of first-degree felony of a rape child on Feb. 14 in 2nd District Court.

This week, Cordero pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree felony sexual abuse of child.

According to a probable cause statement, Cordero attempted to have sex with the girl multiple times between Nov. 23, 2010 and May 31, 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Former church volunteer jailed for child sexual abuse

CANADA
Calgary Herald

By Daryl Slade, Calgary Herald April 19, 2013

A former Baptist church volunteer in Calgary has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for sexual abuse of four boys, dating back more than 30 years, as well as possession of child pornography,

Provincial court Judge Anne Brown said the man has been categorized as a pedophile and has a sexual deviancy toward young boys. She gave him 32 months for the abuse charges and six months consecutive for the nearly 700 images of child pornography.

Russell Louis Rodman, 59, will be registered as a sex offender for life. He must provide a DNA sample and not attend any park, playground or other public place where children would normally attend for the next 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

April 19, 2013

Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct with a Child

CALIFORNIA
Irvine Police Department

Contact : Julia Engen, Lieutenant 949-724-7112
jengen@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (February 10, 2013): On Saturday, February 09, 2013, Irvine Police Detectives arrested Zachary Reeder (1-28-83) of Orange for lewd conduct with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography, and child annoyance.

Detectives believe Reeder posed as a female on Facebook and befriended under-aged males. After establishing increasingly inappropriate relationships with the victims online, Reeder would convince them to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to him. The false profile set up by Reeder utilized a photograph of a young white female with light blond hair.

Several victims have been identified including one that is fourteen years of age. At this time, there is no indication that Reeder had any physical contact with victims. The crimes discovered have occurred over the past two years. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Reeder targeted victims to befriend through his employment at Servite High School in Anaheim where he has worked as a history teacher since Fall, 2008. Reeder also has prior employment history at Beckman High School where he worked as a walk-on assistant baseball coach for 4 seasons through last year. The Irvine Police Department is working closely with personnel from the high schools to ensure Reeder does not have access to any students and to notify parents.

Detectives believe there may be more victims that have not yet been identified and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Frough Jahid at 949-724-7184 or fjahid@cityofirvine.org .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Anaheim Teacher Charged With 60 Felony Counts Of Child Pornography

CALIFORNIA
Latinos Post

In recent years the act of "catfishing," or lying to someone online in order to develop a relationship with them, has become increasingly popular. The most notable case of catfishing came earlier this year when it was revealed that star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o had been the victim of one such prankster. Well now, a Los Angeles-area teacher is accused of acting similarly towards upwards of 100 boys.

The 30-year-old teacher, Zachary Joshua Reeder, worked at Servite High School, a Catholic school in Anaheim. He had previously been a teacher and a coach in Irvine.

Reeder, a married social sciences teacher with a young daughter, is alleged to have begin luring boys into online relationships sometime roughly two years ago using a fake female online profile. The boys were generally believed to be between the ages of 14 and 17.

"After establishing increasingly inappropriate relationships with the victims online, Reeder would convince them to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to him," police from the City of Irvine said in a press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Adams County priest sentenced for stealing from parish

PENNSYLVANIA
WITF

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 19, 2013

(Gettysburg) -- A Roman Catholic priest in central Pennsylvania will serve 11-1 /2 to 23 months behind bars for stealing more than $380,000 from his parish.

52-year-old former pastor Caesar Belchez transferred more than $190,000 from various accounts at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Bonneauville to an online stock account and more than $120,000 to a personal account.

Adams County Judge Michael George also has ordered Belchez to make full restitution and serve 12 years of probation. He is eligible for work release while serving his sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Details Emerge in Case of Teacher Accused of Luring Boys Via Facebook

CALIFORNIA
Patch

A former Servite and Capistrano Valley Christian Schools teacher will be arraigned Friday for allegedly encouraging sex acts and soliciting and possessing nude photos and videos of more than 105 underage boys by posing as a teenage girl on Facebook.

Orange resident Zachary Joshua Reeder, 30, faces charges of 22 felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, 15 felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, 13 felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, six felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography and one felony count of distribution of child pornography.

If convicted on all counts, Reeder faces 44 years in state prison. He is out of custody on $1 million bail.

A Servite High School teacher at the time of his arrest last month, Reeder posed as a female on Facebook and befriended underage males, police said. Scores of boys from Orange County have come forward as alleged victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Teacher who allegedly posed as girl on Facebook to be arraigned

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By Steve Marble
April 19, 2013

A high school teacher is set to be arraigned Friday in Newport Beach on charges he used a fake girl's Facebook profile to lure teenage boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves.

Zachary Joshua Reeder, 30, of Orange, is to be charged with about 60 felonies. He could face up to 44 years in prison if convicted. He taught at Servite High School and previously worked as a teacher and coach in Irvine.

He allegedly established online relationships with at least 106 boys, some of them students he knew through teaching and coaching, prosecutors said.

While teaching at the all-male private school in Anaheim, authorities said, Reeder created a Facebook page designed to win over teenage boys and coax them into posting sexually provocative photos and videos of themselves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

High School Teacher May Have Victimized 106 Boys While Posing as Woman on Facebook

CALIFORNIA
LAist

Authorities in Orange County say a 30-year-old high school history teacher and baseball coach victimized 106 boys aged 13 to 17 when he posed as a woman on Facebook and lured the minors into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.

Zachary Joshua Reeder was arrested in February, and is due in court today for arraignment.

Reeder is charged with 22 felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, 15 felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, 13 felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, six felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and one felony count of distribution of child pornography, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The suspect allegedly used a phony Facebook account set up as a woman between 2010 and early 2013. He made contact with students at Servite, Beckman, Northwood and Canyon high schools in Orange County. Reeder would often see the same boys he asked for lewd photos and videos the following day in the classroom or in his capacity as an assistant baseball coach.

Reeder has been a history teacher at Anaheim's Servite High School since 2008, and spent four years coaching baseball at Irvine's Beckman High School up until the last school year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Anaheim teacher victimized more than 100 boys, say OC prosecutors

CALIFORNIA
Press-Telegram

By City News Service
dailybreeze.com
Posted: 04/19/2013

NEWPORT BEACH - Orange County prosecutors Thursday announced more than 100 boys were victimized by a 30-year-old history teacher and baseball coach previously charged with using a fake woman's Facebook profile to lure underage teenage boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves.

Zachary Joshua Reeder of Orange, who was arrested in February on charges of victimizing at least 35 boys, was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday and was being held on $1 million bail. Prosecutors now say 106 boys ages 13 to 17 from Servite, Beckman, Northwood and Canyon high schools fell victim to the alleged scheme.

Reeder taught history at Servite High School in Anaheim, where worked since 2008, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. He has also worked at Beckman High School in Irvine, where he was an assistant baseball coach for four seasons -- through the last school year, she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Former church deacon gets prison for child sex assaults

CANADA
CBC News

A former baptist church deacon in Calgary has been sentenced to 38 months in jail for molesting boys at his church during the 1980s and 90s.

Russell Rodman, 59, was a volunteer at the church when the assaults happened.

He pleaded guilty last November.

His three victims were between the ages of 11 and 14 and the attacks happened between 1981 and 1995.

Rodman later moved to High River, Alta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Cardinal Dolan knew of reports ...

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Cardinal Dolan knew of reports against suspended Milwaukee priest but left him working with children

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT 414.429.7259 or Mary Caplan, SNAP New York City Director,
917.439.4187

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, when Archbishop of Milwaukee, knew of concerns by parents and teachers about Fr. Robert Marsicek

, pastor of Pius X parish in Wauwatosa, but left him in ministry with children, according to a police report released today.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel religion reporter Annysa Johnson, “Two Milwaukee archbishops had been made aware of complaints over the years, Archbishop Jerome Listecki in June 2012 and then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan – now a cardinal and archbishop of New York – in 2005. Yet there appears to have been no attempt to remove Marsicek from the two Catholic schools he served until Wauwatosa Police banned him from the schools while they investigated the latest complaint.” (More details can be found at the Wauwatosa Patch story

Dolan ran the Milwaukee diocese from 2001 to 2009.

Victim/survivors have long maintained that Dolan, who refused to name known religious order clerics in the Milwaukee Archdiocese who had assaulted children, was leaving sex offenders like Marsicek in ministry.

Over half of all priests staffing schools and parishes of the Milwaukee archdiocese are religious order clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Gerald Allen Funcheon, o.s.c.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ordained a Crosier priest in 1965, Funcheon was moved many times during his career with assignments in Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, California, and on military bases in the United States and Germany. He left the Crosiers in the 1980s and continued to work as a priest for the Indiana diocese of Lafayette. Funcheon has admitted to sexually abusing numerous children, and accusations span the length of his decades of active ministry. Documents show that Funcheon's superiors had concerns about his interest in young boys as far back as his time as a seminarian. In 2003 the pastor of a parish where Funcheon served in the early 1970s stated, "The picture I now have is of a predator who has potentially hundreds of direct and indirect victims here at St. Odilia alone." In 1994 Funcheon was said by Lafayette bishop Higi to be "unassignable". Funcheon was sent to treatment at the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri and given retirement status. He spent the late 1990s in Washington state with his ailing mother, was in Florida in the early 2000s, and sometime after 2002 he returned to the Vianney Center, where he was known to be living in March 2013.

Ordained: 1965
Retired: 1995

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Michael O'Connor Barry, s.j.

MISSOURI
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A member of the Societ of Jesus, Barry was a teacher and, at some point, a hospital chaplain in St. Louis. He was accused in a 2004 lawsuit, along with three other priests, of having sexually abused a student at a St. Louis Jesuit high school from 1982-1985. Barry's accuser said the priests plied him with alcohol and "played mind games" to silence him. Barry died in 1987.

Ordained: 1979
Died: Feb. 19, 1987

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Vatican: 'Francis cancels salaries of cardinals overseeing bank'

VATICAN CITY
adnkronos

Vatican City, 19 April (AKI) - In a further sign of his wish for a 'poor church' Pope Francis has cancelled the annual stipend of 25,000 euros paid to each of five cardinals who oversee the Vatican Bank, the 'Vatican Insider' website reported on Friday.

Last year European regulators said the Vatican bank was not doing enough to combat money laundering, and in September, the Holy See hired a Swiss anti-money-laundering lawyer in its bid to enter a 'white list' of states judged to respect international standards on fighting money laundering and terrorism financing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Ior: Cuts to the cardinals’ ”earnings”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

After hitting Vatican employees, pope Francis’ "spending review" strikes the five commissioners who oversee the Vatican bank and whose work costs 25 thousand euro per year

GIACOMO GALEAZZI
Vatican City

No more bonuses for the Cardinals who watch over the Vatican bank. Each Cardinal already has a "salary" of five thousand euro per month. This money used to be called "piatto cardinalizio” now the name has been modernized to " Cardinals’ cheque." All the cardinals of the Curia receive the same amount. The other cardinals take their pay from the dioceses of which they are bishops. But there is an exception. The five IOR commissioners have so far benefited of an additional allowance of up to 2100€ per month.

The "spending review" of Pope Bergoglio extends also to the College of Cardinals. After cutting the 4,000 Vatican employees’ allowances for the papal election, Francis’ decision to "break with tradition" in the field economic resources’ management has once again been made in the name of austerity. The Pope has decided to cancel the fee that is usually paid to the five cardinals who make up the Board of Supervisors of the IOR. The decision was made to coincide with the meeting of the Committee to approve the 2012 budget. The "cuts" amount to 25,000 euro per annum, per cardinal. Because of the economic crisis, The Holy See is implementing a strategy of "spending reviews" and thrifty resources’ management, in order to prevent the precipitation of budgets further into the red. Speaking of the 2012 accounts, the president of APSA, Calcagno, admitted: "Last year we survived, it could have been much worse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Wauwatosa priest subject of multiple complaints

WISCONSIN
The Journal Times

Wauwatosa police say a Catholic priest who was suspended after a teacher reported what she considered inappropriate contact with a child is the subject of numerous complaints.

Rev. Robert Marsicek has been on leave since March 28 after a Wauwatosa Catholic School teacher reported what she thought was inappropriate contact with a child.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/14zzxOQ) Marsicek also is under investigation in California, where a woman accused him of molesting her sons in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

Editorial: Vatican, LCWR approaching critical crossroads

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by NCR Editorial Staff | Apr. 19, 2013

Editorial
“A church that does not go out of itself, sooner or later, sickens from the stale air of closed rooms,” Pope Francis has written in a letter released Thursday to his fellow Argentine bishops. This is a similar message to the one he delivered to his fellow cardinals before the conclave, impressing them enough to elect him bishop of Rome

In his new note he went on to say in the process of “going out” the church always risks running into “accidents,” adding, “I prefer a thousand times over a church of accidents than a sick church.”

A church of accidents … a church willing to take risks on the edges … a church dedicated to service of the most needy … a church working on behalf of mercy, peace and justice…

This sounds a lot like the church U.S. Catholic sisters have been building in recent decades. Not only U.S. women religious, but also women religious around the world have been at this work. It is the women who have lived closest to the marginalized; it is the women who have worked on the “peripheries;” it is the women who have gone precisely where Francis is encouraging others to go.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

California man, girlfriend plead guilty to supplying meth to Conn. priest's drug operation

CONNECTICUT
New York Post

From ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD, Conn. — A California man and his girlfriend have pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for supplying four pounds of methamphetamine to a Roman Catholic priest's Connecticut drug operation.

Forty-three-year-old Chad McCluskey of San Clemente and 47-year-old Kristen Laschober of Laguna Niguel pleaded guilty Thursday in US District Court in Hartford. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8 and both could face up to 10 years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports a judge ordered McCluskey and Laschober released to an inpatient drug treatment center.

They admitted supplying meth to suspended priest Kevin Wallin of Waterbury. Wallin pleaded guilty to drug charges earlier this month and faces 11 to 14 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Institutional change is a good thing

UNITED STATES
Daily World

Monsignor Keith DeRouen

When Pope Francis set up an advisory council made up of eight Cardinals from around the world, I suspect he upset the apple cart. The advice the Holy Father is seeking centers around Curia reform. The Curia is the administrative end of the Vatican, which includes the ever-in-the-news Vatican Bank. This is exactly one month after his election that he makes yet another unprecedented move. In the Church, there is an unofficial caveat given to pastors and new administrators, “Do nothing for a year!” This Pope obviously does not believe that, nor do I.

The recent scandals that have surfaced about the administration of the Vatican are examples of what can happen when there is no transparency, and when the same people have been doing the same jobs for years and left to their own direction. Pope John Paul II wrote a document on Curia reform but nothing of substance changed. Pope Benedict XVI apparently did nothing in the area of Curia reform either except to resign, which opened up speculation about how bad things had really become in the handling of very delicate issues like money, appointments to important positions, etc., and in a lot of cases revealing a kind of nepotism in place. Not a previous Vatican insider when he was elected, this visionary Pope is not afraid to think outside the box and get other visionary people together to once again open the window to allow the fresh air of transparency, honesty and true collaboration in.

Institutions can easily become afraid of such people. Institutions can easily become resistant to change, innovation and vision. And when an institution has been around for nearly 2,000 years, the chances of those fears surfacing and patterns of turf wars and nepotism developing are very high.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Margate priest John Taylor cleared of rape

UNITED KINGDOM
Isle of Thanet Gazette

By Laura Archer laura.archer@KRNmedia.co.uk

A MARGATE priest who had a rape charge against him dramatically dropped is planning to write a book about his 14-month ordeal.

Father John Taylor, 48, of Canterbury Road, walked free from Canterbury Crown Court on Monday after the prosecution offered no evidence against the Old Roman Catholic priest.

Father Taylor was arrested in February last year after a 28-year-old woman accused him of raping her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Patch: Wauwatosa priest ...

WISCONSIN
WISN

[with video]

Patch: Wauwatosa priest had prior allegations of inappropriate touching

WAUWATOSA, Wis. —Our news partners at the Wauwatosa Patch report that a former Wauwatosa priest who was relieved of his duties in March after a complaint had prior complaints filed against him.

Fr. Robert Marsicek, 71, was a priest at Pius X parish before becoming the subject of an investigation last month. A Wauwatosa Catholic Schools teacher reported seeing Marsicek touching a student while holding her in his lap.

Marsicek denied the allegations, saying he "had never intentionally touched a child in a sexual manner."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Ermittlungen im Namen des Herrn

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Wegen möglichen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger ist in den vergangenen drei Jahren gegen 21 Trierer Bistumspriester eine kirchenrechtliche Untersuchung eingeleitet worden. Die Hälfte aller Fälle ist nach Angaben eines Sprechers inzwischen abgeschlossen.

Liegt es an der harten Hand des katholischen Missbrauchsbeauftragten Stephan Ackermann oder der seines obersten Richters Georg Holkenbrink? Oder ist die Zahl der Missbrauchspriester im Bistum Trier höher als in anderen Diözesen? Seit Februar 2010 wurden im Bistum Trier gegen 21 der insgesamt 700 Priester sogenannte kirchenrechtliche Voruntersuchungen eingeleitet, sagte jetzt Bischofssprecher André Uzulis auf Anfrage unserer Zeitung. Dabei geht es um eine mögliche Bestrafung der Geistlichen durch die katholische Kirche. Nach Angaben von Uzulis sind elf Verfahren „seitens des Bistums abgeschlossen“. Über eine Bestrafung wurde nur in einem Fall etwas bekannt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Missbrauchsopfer klagt Stift Admont

OSTERREICH
Steiermark

Nachdem sie von zwei Patres des Stifts Admont sexuell missbraucht worden sein sollen, sind zwei ehemalige Zöglinge im Jänner von der Klasnic-Kommission entschädigt worden. Eines der beiden Opfer klagt jetzt aber auch auf zivilrechtlichem Weg.

Der frühere Zögling soll von den beiden Patres vor 45 Jahren unter anderem bis zur Bewusstlosigkeit geschlagen und auch mehrmals vergewaltigt worden sein. Dafür erhielt der heute 58-Jährige im Jänner von der Klasnic-Kommission 25.000 Euro und 100 Stunden Therapie als Entschädigung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Kapellari: 'Unwahre Behauptungen' in der Missbrauch-Causa Admont

OSTERREICH
kath.net

Graz (kath.net/KAP) In der Missbrauchs-Causa im Stift Admont hat der Grazer Bischof Egon Kapellari Aussagen eines Proponenten des "Volksbegehrens gegen Kirchenprivilegien" zurückgewiesen, er habe "unermüdlich behauptet, von den Vorkommnissen nie erfahren zu haben". Wie die Pressestelle der Diözese Graz-Seckau am Donnerstag gegenüber "Kathpress" mitteilte, habe sich Kapellari dazu "in einem Briefwechsel mit einem der Kläger klar geäußert", was auch dokumentiert sei. Werde die "unwahre Behauptung" aufrecht erhalten, wolle man dieser mit rechtlichen Schritten entgegentreten, hieß es.

Hintergrund der Klarstellung sind im Raum stehende Vorwürfe gegen zwei hochbetagte Priester des Stiftes Admont, sie hätten vor über 40 Jahren körperliche Gewalt gegen Jugendliche angewendet. Während anfangs von sexuellem Missbrauch nicht die Rede war, sei dies erst später behauptet worden, so die Mitteilung der Diözese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Klacht wegens kindermisbruik tegen Gijsen kan niet bewezen worden

NEDERLAND
NRC

by Joep Dohmen

Een klacht wegens kindermisbruik tegen oud-bisschop Jo Gijsen is ongegrond verklaard wegens gebrek aan steunbewijs. De klachtencommissie voor seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk vindt wel dat daarmee "bepaald niet gezegd wil zijn dat de door de klager gestelde feiten niet waar zouden zijn".

Dat schrijft de klachtencommissie in haar advies dat dateert van januari vorig jaar. De uitspraak bleef tot nu toe binnenskamers in afwachting van een oordeel van het Vaticaan.

Gijsen (80) is de hoogste Nederlandse kerkbestuurder die is aangeklaagd wegens kindermisbruik. Volgens de klacht heeft de oud-bisschop van Roermond, toen hij in 1958 kapelaan was in Valkenburg aan de Geul, verregaande seksuele handelingen verricht met de 10-jarige zoon van een parochiaan. De nu 64-jarige man diende zijn klacht hierover in 2009 in, vóór het misbruikschandaal in Nederland geopenbaard werd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Former Christ Church Grammar School music teacher jailed for 12 years

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Emily Moulton
From:PerthNow
April 19, 2013

A FORMER Christ Church Grammar School teacher who sexually abused a student nearly three decades ago was today jailed for 12 years.

Lindsay William Hutchinson, 63, who was the director of music at the exclusive Claremont boys' school from 1981 to 1985, was charged with a range of sexual offences, including the rape of his young victim, who was just 13 when the abuse began.

He was jailed for 12 years for the sexual assault and rape of the boy. Hutchinson will be eligible for parole after 10 years.

In handing down his sentence, District Court Judge Patrick O'Neal described Hutchinson as a "narcissistic" man who not only brutalised his victim over an 18-month to two year period but went to extraordinary lengths to create opportunities to satisfy his sexual desires, even admitting on the stand to choosing boys schools for that very reason.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Legislature nears vote on removing time limits for abuse victims to sue

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio
April 19, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota.

Some victim advocates are pursuing legislation to remove statutes of limitations in abuse cases, a step they see as a final frontier in the reckoning they seek with the church.

The Child Victims Act before the Senate would drop Minnesota's statute of limitations for civil suits involving child sexual abuse. The House version would create a three-year window for victims to bring old cases.

In Minnesota, victims of childhood sexual abuse must file civil suits before they turn 24 - a stricter threshold than many states. Four states have eliminated statutes of limitations for these kinds of cases, and three others have opened windows for victims to file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

April 18, 2013

Sister of Jesuit priest kidnapped during Argentine junta criticizes Pope Francis in court

ARGENTINA
Fox News

Published April 18, 2013

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Pope Francis is being harshly criticized in an Argentine courtroom.

Graciela Yorio accused Jorge Mario Bergoglio of turning his back on her brother, the late Jesuit priest Orlando Virgilio Yorio, before and after he was kidnapped by the military dictatorship in 1976.

Bergoglio has said he did what he could as a young Jesuit leader to protect Yorio and other slum priests from being kidnapped by the right-wing junta. He also testified in 2010 that he worked behind the scenes to win their freedom.

But Graciela Yorio testified Thursday that her "brother was practically abandoned" by Bergoglio and the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Author, St. Paul attorney promote book on priest sex abuse scandal

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
Posted: 04/18/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
April 18, 2013

The author of a new book about the priest sexual-abuse scandal is scheduled to appear in the Twin Cities on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, along with St.Paul attorney Jeff Anderson.

Anderson is one of two men whose paths converge in Michael D'Antonio's "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal."

Anderson, 65, is the church outsider in the book -- a Stillwater resident who has made his living suing the Catholic Church on behalf of people who allege assaults by clergy.

In his early days as a lawyer, D'Antonio writes, Anderson was infamous for parties "that would put a rock band to shame." Anderson's drug- and alcohol-fueled antics included, on one occasion, jumping onto a windowsill, howling with laughter and then "pissing on the sidewalk below."

But Anderson emerges as a fierce crusader for the victims he represents. A lawsuit he filed in 1984 on behalf of the parents of a young boy "touched off a legal war of historic and global proportions," according to the book.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

It’s the bishops, stupid!

UNITED STATES
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Apr 18, 2013

Michael D’Antonio came to Trinity this week to talk about his new book Mortal Sins, the best account yet of the abuse scandal in the American Catholic Church. D’Antonio, who was part of the team at Newsday that won a Pulitzer in 1984 for coverage of the Baby Jane Doe case on Long Island, is a prolific author who likes taking the side of those who take on the system.

In this case, the system is the Catholic hierarchy; those who took it on, an improbable assortment of lawyers, priests, and abuse survivors. D’Antonio shows the latter struggling through their own personal problems to achieve some measure of justice for the victims. At center stage is Jeffrey Anderson, the Minneapolis lawyer whose out-of-control lifestyle was exceeded only by his determination to hold Catholic bishops’ feet to the fire. His personal redemption helps frame the story.

Apologists for the hierarchy’s response to the scandal like to claim three things: that bishops handled accusations no differently than the heads of other organizations; that priests have, if anything, been less guilty of the sexual abuse of children than others entrusted with their care; and that the Church is now doing a better job of protecting children than any other institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Frugal pope nixes bonus for Vatican employees

VATICAN CITY
USA Today

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The global economic crisis is hitting Vatican employees in their cassock pockets.

The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, had decided Vatican employees won't be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope.

In the past, the Vatican's 4,500-plus workers — both religious and lay — would get an extra little something upon the death of one pope and another upon the election of his successor: In 2005, the total reportedly came to 1,500 euros (nearly $2,000) apiece.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Priest Abuse Case Inches Through Discovery

NEW JERSEY
Courthouse News Service

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN

(CN) - A man who claims that he was sexually molested in the first grade by a priest cannot challenge the scope of discovery in his claims against the Diocese of Camden, N.J., a federal judge ruled.

Mark Bryson, 52, alleges that he suffered traumatic amnesia and repressed memories until Feb. 10, 2010, when he saw a man who triggered memories of his alleged abuser, the Rev. Joseph Shannon.

Bryson then filed a federal complaint against the Diocese of Camden, alleging negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

The diocese moved to dismiss, arguing that the statute of limitations bars Bryson's claims because the abuse occurred over 40 years ago. Citing the 1972 decision Lopez v. Swyer, Bryson countered that New Jersey's discovery rule tolls the statute of limitations until a plaintiff knows of the wrong suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Police release report on Wauwatosa priest

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

April 18, 2013

The Wauwatosa priest suspended after a teacher reported what she considered sexually inappropriate contact with a child has been the subject of numerous complaints by parents and others over the years, according to a Wauwatosa Police report.

Father Robert Marsicek had been repeatedly counseled by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior, about "boundary" issues and was told to stop hugging and touching children.

In one case, a mother reported that Marsicek touched her daughter's genitalia through her clothes, but the case was not turned over to police, and there appears to be no record of it at the archdiocese or the religious order.

Two Milwaukee archbishops had been made aware of complaints over the years, Archbishop Jerome Listecki in June 2012 and then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan - now a cardinal and archbishop of New York - in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Pope Francis redirects employee bonuses to charity

VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service,

Updated: Thursday, April 18

VATICAN CITY — Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday (April 18), under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity instead.

“On account of the difficult situation of the general economy, it seemed neither possible nor opportune to burden Vatican institutions with a considerable unforeseen extraordinary expense,” the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in an emailed statement..

In place of the employees’ bonus, Pope Francis ordered Vatican officials to make a donation to some “charitable organizations.”

The money will be drawn from the pontiff’s personal charity budget “as a sign of the church’s attention for the many people who are suffering” from the global economic slowdown, Lombardi said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Complicit

PENNSYLVANIA
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

For a Church whose very name – Catholic – means broad, big and universal, it has become head shakingly predictable that when caught and called out in media exposure regarding sexual abuse it ducks head first in to the internal, the interior, the parochial.

The most recent case in point: the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in Pennsylvania.

This diocese is one of a number in which the estimated dozens of victims of Franciscan friar Stephen Baker, who committed suicide on 1/26/13, have come forward.

Besides Altoona-Johnstown, Baker victims have come forward in the Diocese of Youngstown, OH as well as Orchard Lake, MI. He also was assigned in Iver Lake, MN.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Rockland principal pleads not guilty in student-slap case

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Written by
Steve Lieberman

SPRING VALLEY — A religious school principal pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of slapping a young male student hard enough to leave swelling and bruises to his eye, ear and face.

Rabbi Meilech Spitzer, once the principal at United Talmudical Academy in the village, stood for arraignment before Justice Alan Simon on misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He entered the plea through his lawyer, Robert Conklin.

While Spitzer made his first appearance since being arrested by Spring Valley police in February, the future of the prosecution remains cloudy.

The Rockland District Attorney's Office needs a signed complaint by the 10-year-old boy to prosecute the rabbi. Without the signed affidavit, the case amounts to hearsay based upon the police investigation and prosecutor Eric Holzer cannot move forward, District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

POPE FRANCIS SHARES SORROW OF PLAZA DE MAYO MOTHERS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 18 April 2013 (VIS) - “The Holy Father shares your sorrow, and that of the many mothers and families who have and are suffering the tragic loss of their loved ones at this moment in Argentina's history.” These are the words that the Pope addressed to Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, in a letter dated 10 April and signed by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States.

The Bishop of Rome thus responded to the letter that Hebe de Bonafini sent to him this past 21 March, gladdened by Cardinal Bergoglio's commitment in the “slums” of Buenos Aires and asking him to join with “all those in this unjust world who are fighting for an end to poverty.”

The Pope, writes Msgr. Camilleri, expresses his gratitude for the letter and responds to “your kindness, asking God for the strength for the fight, in the ministry that he has just accepted, for the eradication of poverty in the world, so that the suffering of so many who are in need might cease. His Holiness appreciates and highly esteems those who are close to the most disadvantaged and who make the effort to assist them, understand them, and meet their aspirations. In his prayers, he also asks that those responsible for the common good be enlightened so that they might fight the scourge of poverty with effective, equable, and caring means.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Francis speaks out on 'Dirty War' for first time as pope

VATICAN CITY
Gazzetta del Sud

Buenos Aires, April 18 - Pope Francis has spoken out for the first time in his pontificate about the forced disappearances during the Dirty War of Argentina, his home country. Speaking on behalf of the pope, Antoine Camilleri, Vatican undersecretary for relations with states, said the pope "shares the pain of many mothers in that moment of Argentine history". The response came just over a month after the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was named pope and received a letter days later from the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an association of mothers whose children "disappeared" during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Join Catholics4Change Team to Honor Victims

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholics4Change

April 18, 2013 by Susan Matthews

Justice4PAKids will hold a 5K Walk or Run and 1 Mile Fun on Saturday, May 4, 2013, starting at 8 a.m. on the Chester Valley Trail, at 140 Church Farm Lane, Exton PA.

The event will honor victims of child sexual abuse and several Chester County elected officials will be coming out to lend their support. In attendance will be: Chester County DA, Tom Hogan; Assistant DA and Candidate for Chester County Judge, Pat Carmody; State Rep. Duane Milne, and Philadelphia City Councilman, Denny O’Brien, staff members from State Senator Andy Dinniman’s office and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

The timed race will include prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with T-shirts for all participants. FREE pizza from Season’s Pizza and free snacks from Herr’s. Every child will receive a goodie bag filled such prizes as free bounce time at Bounce U, a free bowling game at The Bowling Palace, Coupons for Rita’s and Dairy Queen and more. A raffle includes Wagsworth Manor doggie day care, Dairy Queen cake, 6 tickets for a behind the scenes tour for QVC, golf passes for Broad Run Golf Course and so much more!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Markey Believes Sex Abuse Bill Could Finally Get Traction

NEW YORK
City & State

Written by Aaron Short on April 18, 2013

For the past eight years Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has introduced legislation to expand the statute of limitations for victims of sex abuse.

The bill, which would allow child sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their abusers, has failed to gain traction previously, but Markey believes a number of high-profile abuse cases in the Catholic Church and the Hasidic community, and an increased lobbying effort, will sway her colleagues and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I really think the governor is open to it,” she said. “If we get it past the Senate he’ll be open to signing it. You can’t pick up a newspaper these days without reading about an incident happening in a school or a religious institution.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Pius X Priest Had Been Warned Repeatedly About Inapropriate Contact

WISCONSIN
Patch

By Jim Price

Father Robert Marsicek was the subject of a number of complaints about overt physical contact with children over nearly a decade and had repeatedly promised to reduce his contact with students before incidents on March 22 and 26 that led to a police investigation, according to Wauwatosa police reports.

Detectives investigating the recent allegations from a teacher at Wauwatosa Catholic School learned that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee had records dating to 2005 of parental concerns that Marsicek's physical contact with children went beyond comfortable boundaries.

Marsicek, 71, responded to the police inquiry that his physicality with children is an outgrowth of his own demonstative nature and the children's warm spirits and has never been for sexual gratification.

But the child in question told officers that on at least one of the occasions, Marsicek had touched and squeezed her breasts, the reports say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Laundry women to meet judge to discuss help they may receive from State

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

As many as 75 members of the Magdalene Survivors Together group will meet Judge John Quirke, president of the Law Reform Commission, in Dublin this afternoon to discuss proposed compensation packages for them.

Last February the Government asked Judge Quirke to undertake a three-month review and to recommend criteria to be applied in assessing the help it can provide to the women “in the areas of payments and other supports, including medical cards, psychological and counselling services and other welfare needs”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Magdalene Laundries survivors to discuss compensation packages with Judge John Quirke

IRELAND
RTE News

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries are to meet Judge John Quirke today to discuss proposed compensation packages.

The Government last February asked the Law Reform Commission president to carry out a review to devise recommendations on payments and support.

The 75 members of the Magdalene Survivors Together group will meet him today.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that when Judge Quirke has reported, the Government will establish a fund to assist the women, based on his recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

"Mein Mut ist dahin"

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Monika Preis ist Vertrauensperson in der "Initiative gegen Gewalt und sexuellen Missbrauch an Kindern" - und fühlt sich bei ihrer Arbeit von der Kirche eingeschüchtert.

Interview: D. Stawski

Monika Preis lebt im Bistum Regensburg. Die 50-Jährige ist Lehrerin. Vor sieben Jahren trug sie dazu bei, dass ein Geistlicher wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs verurteilt wurde. Preis engagiert sich in der "Initiative gegen Gewalt und sexuellen Missbrauch an Kindern" und ist Vertrauensperson für Betroffene. Ihr sind noch weitere Vorwürfe bekannt. Die Informationen hält sie aber zurück, weil sie sich von der Kirche eingeschüchtert fühlt. Die Geistlichen, die ihr verdächtig sind, arbeiten ihr zufolge weiterhin in ihren Ämtern. Das Bistum Regensburg teilte auf Anfrage der Süddeutschen Zeitung mit, dass Daten von Hinweisgebern absolut vertraulich behandelt würden. Dem Ordinariat seien in jüngster Zeit keine Fälle von Unterlassungserklärungen gegen Personen bekannt, die sich ans Bistum wandten.

SZ: Welche Missbrauchsvorwürfe sind Ihnen bekannt?

Monika Preis: Ein Fall wurde mir gleich nach der damaligen Verurteilung des Geistlichen zugetragen. Eine Haushälterin erhob Vorwürfe gegen ihren Pfarrer. Er soll mit ihrem Auto nach Tschechien auf den Straßenstrich gefahren sein und dort Buben aufgesucht haben, außerdem soll er eine Art Ziehsohn gehabt haben, einen 16-jährigen Schüler, der bei ihm Tag und Nacht ein- und ausging. Auch im Schlafzimmer des Pfarrers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Missbrauch: Erzieher sitzt im Gefängnis

DEUTSCHLAND
Die Welt

Von Henrik Jacobs

Eine Anzeige aus Norderstedt, elf Anzeigen aus Schnelsen und mehrere Verdachtsfälle aus Winsen: In den vergangenen Wochen häuften sich die Vorwürfe gegen den Erzieher Stefan H. beinahe täglich. Jetzt sitzt der 29-Jährige in Untersuchungshaft. Das bestätigte die Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg. H. soll mehrere Kinder sexuell missbraucht haben. Am Montag wurde Haftbefehl gegen den 29-Jährigen beantragt, am Mittwoch folgte der Haftbefehl. "Es besteht Wiederholungsgefahr", begründete Carsten Rinio, Sprecher der Hamburger Staatsanwaltschaft, den Haftbefehl.

Stefan H. gilt in vier Fällen als dringend tatverdächtig. Ein Fall soll sich in Norderstedt ereignet haben, drei Fälle in Schnelsen. Die Vernehmungen der betroffenen Kinder dauerten bis zur vergangenen Woche an. Dabei hatte sich der Tatverdacht verdichtet. Ob H. möglicherweise noch wegen weiterer Taten angeklagt wird, ist noch unklar. "Die Ermittlungen gehen noch weiter", sagte Rinio. Die Hamburger Staatsanwaltschaft hatte die Ermittlungen federführend auch für den Fall in Schleswig-Holstein übernommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

MO - “Damning” police report will be released

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 18, 2013

■“Damning” police report will be released
■It shows priest admits “sexual attraction” to boy
■Cleric was sued and temporarily suspended in 2009
■But Vatican has just “cleared him,” his relative says
■So archbishop may put him back to work, SNAP fears
■Church hid the fact that a 2nd victim also sued & settled
■A victim’s friend & relative will speak publicly for first time

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, three people who have never spoken publicly before will disclose, for the first time,
--parts of an incriminating police report on a local predator priest who was suspended in 2009, and
--the existence of a second lawsuit against and secret settlement involving the same predator priest.

Along with SNAP members, they will call on St. Louis’ Catholic archbishop to
--keep the suspended priest out of ministry,
--reveal where he now lives and how many settlements involving him have been paid,
--put him in a remote, secure treatment center, and
--reach out to anyone he may have hurt, especially in Belize (where he worked a few years ago).

WHEN
TODAY, Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

WHERE
Outside archdiocesan chancery office, 4440 Lindell (near Sarah) in the CWE

WHO
Three St. Louisans who have never spoken publicly before and are all connected to the same predator priest. One is Christopher Bertke, whose friend was molested by the priest. Another is John Doe, a victim who sued that priest. The third is a relative of a victim of that same priest. (The latter two will talk in silhouette without revealing their names.) With them will be two leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY
In 2009, Fr. Kevin F. Hederman – a St. Louis priest - was suspended from his ministry in Belize when he was sued for allegedly abusing a St. Louis teenager who he met at Christian Brothers high school (CBC) in Clayton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 18 April 2013 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father appointed: ...

- Fr. David J. Walkowiak as bishop of Grand Rapids (area 17,592, population 1,318,000, Catholics 179,500, priests 141, permanent deacons 40, religious 67), Michigan, USA. Fr. Walkowiak, of the clergy of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, was born in Cleveland in 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. Holding a doctorate in Canon Law, he serves as an associate judge of the appellate tribunal for the Province of Cincinnati as well as the pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA. The bishop-elect succeeds Bishop Walter Allison Hurley, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

USA: "Rebel" nuns and the Vatican, the tug-of-war continues

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The nuns' case is the first challenge to Pope Francis' pontificate

Marco Tosatti
Rome

The "honeymoon" of American "progressive" Catholics with Pope Francis could be over: this is the comment by USA Today (and by other media) after the prefect of the Congregation of the Faith, Gerhard Müller, has confirmed the desire of the Pope to continue with the reform of the US sisters.

It is the first "substantial" action of government about an open problem, and it is significant that the Pope is following and confirming what was arranged by the previous management. At the same time, on the National Catholic Reporter (the outlet of Catholic progressives), the voices of influential nuns criticizing the Vatican's decision have already been raised.

The facts: last Monday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a press release. Müller, the Congregation's Prefect, had met with the leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that brings together about 70% of US nuns. Other religious orders have left the LCWR and have formed another group. Müller praised the work done by sisters. But at the same time he reported the Pope's thought. That is, he reported that Pope Francis has re-affirmed the need for a reform of the group; that he has approved the critical "evaluation" written after an apostolic visit (an inspection, in lay terms) to the LCWR and that the nuns must cooperate both with individual bishops and with the US Episcopal Conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

POL - Abuse group organized in Poland, SNAP applauds the effort

POLAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Blaine on April 17, 2013

An organization to advocate for and help the survivors of clergy sex abuse in Poland is now being created.

We stand in solidarity with these victims as they unite to address the on-going, horrific child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church. It's encouraging any time that survivors of abuse can come together to promote healing and prevention. We wish these brave survivors all the success possible as they being their work to help kids and sex abuse victims in Poland.

We urge all survivors of abuse to contact this group and learn just how useful a support and advocacy group can be. We welcome cooperation with this group and applaud their efforts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

New Grand Rapids bishop: David John Walkowiak, 59

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Matt Vande Bunte | mvandebu@mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – David John Walkowiak will be the 12th bishop of Grand Rapids. The successor to Bishop Walter A. Hurley is a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland, according to an announcement from the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Walkowiak (pronounced wall-COE-vee-ack) is set to be introduced to the public at a 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, press conference at Cathedral Square, 360 S. Division Ave. He is scheduled to be ordained as a bishop and installed in Grand Rapids on June 18, which is when Hurley will retire.

You can watch live video of this morning's press conference here. The June 18 ordination Mass and installation will be a ticketed event, with details announced later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Pope Francis names new bishop for Diocese of Grand Rapids

MICHIGAN
Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids

Release date: April 18, 2013

Click to watch live coverage of the 10 a.m. press conference introducing Bishop-elect Walkowiak.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop-elect David John Walkowiak (wall-COE-vee-ack), a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio to be the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids which serves 82 parishes and 182,000 Catholics in West Michigan.

The announcement was made by the Vatican this morning. Bishop-elect Walkowiak succeeds Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley who submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 at age 75 as required by canon law. Bishop Hurley will retire June 18th, the same day Bishop-elect Walkowiak will be ordained to the episcopacy and installed as bishop of Grand Rapids during a Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

“I am grateful to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this apostolic office as bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids,” said Bishop-elect Walkowiak. “In accepting this appointment I renew my trust in the Lord who asks me to set out again on a new mission. I thank God for providing me with the opportunity to serve this local church, which I pray will be a blessing to its people.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Ohio priest to be next bishop for West Michigan

MICHIGAN
Cadillac News

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed a priest from the Diocese of Cleveland as the next bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in western Michigan.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids announced Thursday that 59-year-old David John Walkowiak (wahl-COH'-vee-ak) will be its 12th bishop. Walkowiak will succeed Bishop Walter A. Hurley, who submitted his resignation in 2012 at the age required by the church of 75.

Hurley will retire June 18, the same day Walkowiak will be installed as bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Former area Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse

CALIFORNIA
KCRA

ORANGEVALE, Calif. (KCRA) —A former pastor of the Divine Savior Catholic Church now faces accusations of sexual abuse and has been temporarily removed from public ministry in the Milwaukee area.

Father Robert Marsicek, 71, who helped build the Orangevale church and served as pastor there from 1987 until 2001, is now under investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for possible child abuse, according to Kevin Eckery, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Catholic Diocese.

Marsicek has been temporarily relieved of his duties at two parishes in the Milwaukee area, as the church investigates a possible incident of child molestation before Easter of this year.

Eckery said the Sacramento Catholic Diocese learned that there could be two victims -- two boys from one family -- who experienced child abuse in the late 80s and 90s, months before the Milwaukee allegations surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Pair bailed in historic rape probe

UNITED KINGDOM
Lancashire Evening Post

Police investigating a historic rape allegation have granted two men bail after they were questioned by detectives.

The inquiry involves allegations that a girl- now a woman- was raped and sexually molested by fellow members of a Jehovah’s Witnesses group .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Falmouth pagan paedo pair's victims honoured for 'real courage and inner strength'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Packet

An officer honoured for his part in uncovering a pagan paedophile ring has paid tribute to the “real courage and inner strength” of the perverts' victims.

Falmouth Detective Constable Rick Milburn was praised alongside colleagues DC Sarah Brown and PC Rich McSweeney, both based out of Camborne, at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly police commander's awards.

The trio helped bring to justice Peter Petrauske, aged 73, and Jack Kemp, aged 69, who were jailed for a combined total of 32 years at Truro Crown Court in December.

The paedo pair were found guilty of “ritualistic, sickening abuse” in the Falmouth area, where victims as young as three were violated during the 1970s and 1980s, the court heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

LCWR president asks Pope Francis to promote women

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Joshua J. McElwee | Apr. 17, 2013

The president of the primary group of U.S. Catholic sisters has asked Pope Francis to consider appointing women to "major leadership posts" in the church and to be open to dialog with women religious.

Franciscan Sr. Florence Deacon, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), makes those encouragements in the May issue of U.S. Catholic, the magazine published by the Claretians.

"Recent popes have ex-pressed gratitude for Catholic sisters’ deep love of the church and generous service to God’s people," Deacon, whose organization represents some 80 percent of the country's 57,000 sisters, writes.

"However, there were two investigations of Catholic sisters undertaken during Pope Benedict’s era. We hope that Pope Francis, a member of a religious order himself, will be open to a dialogue with women religious and will work with us to support our mission."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Taunton priest David Roberts banned following sexual abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Somerset County Gazette

PAEDOPHILE priest the Rev David Roberts has been sacked and banned for life from officiating by the Church of England.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been informed of the decision announced last week by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Roberts, 68, was suspended as priest-in-charge at St John’s Church, in Park Street, Taunton, after his victim reported the historic offences to the police.

Roberts, of Henley Road, Taunton, was later jailed for 12 years at Taunton Crown Court in December after he pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual assault in the early 1980s against a boy aged 13 to 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

April 17, 2013

Mahony’s back to his favorite pastime

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on April 17, 2013

Just when you thought he was going away quietly …

Sources say that disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony is embarking on a “mandatory attendence” PR campaign to convince local priests that he’s the good guy in cases of dozens of clerics who sexually abused hundreds of children during his tenure as Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Although this information has not been confirmed with the Archdiocese (they really don’t like to return my phone calls), we are hearing that Mahony has (allegedly) scheduled meetings in each of the pastoral regions in Los Angeles. All priests in the region will be required to attend the meetings, where Mahony is slated to discuss the recent conclave and his role in the management of sex offending priests.

Considering that Mahony’s blog and Twitter feed discuss how he’s being scape-goated, and how he is big enough to pray for all of those nasty folks who dare protest him, I sincerely doubt he will be answering the “tough questions.” Or any questions at all, for that matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Fort Worth diocese settles another priest abuse claim

TEXAS
Forth Worth Star-Telegram

By Elizabeth Campbell
liz@star-telegram.com

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has reached a settlement this week with one of the victims reportedly abused by former priest James Reilly.

The settlement was reached through mediation, and the victim asked to remain anonymous, according to a news release from the diocese. The terms of the settlement were also confidential.

Diocese spokesman Pat Svacina said he didn't have additional details as to whether the settlement was based on a lawsuit or just a mediated settlement.

In a statement shared with the victim, Msgr. Stephen Berg, diocesan administrator, said he is deeply sorry for any sexual abuse and suffering the victim may have suffered and endured by Reilly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Police: Catholic prep school employee found dead was target of investigation

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Jonathan BullingtonTribune reporter
2:49 p.m. CDT, April 17, 2013

The Notre Dame College Prep faculty member who was found dead on the Niles campus this week of an apparent suicide was the subject of a police investigation in whether he had engaged in “inappropriate communications” with “current or former Notre Dame students,” Niles police said today.

Police would not elaborate on the investigation of Richard Balentine, 38, the high school’s director of campus ministry, other than to say it was in the “preliminary stages prior to his death.” Balentine was found dead by staff members in his on-campus residence near the Catholic school’s sanctuary at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

“It had not yet been determined if these communications were criminal in nature or a violation of school policy,” Niles police said in a release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Notre Dame Teacher Found Dead Under Investigation For Misconduct

ILLINOIS
Journal & Topics

By TOM ROBB Journal & Topics Reporter

Updated: A Notre Dame College Prep teacher who a Cook County Medical Examiner's spokesman said hung himself Monday was being investigated for inappropriate communications with current or former students, Niles police said today (Wednesday) in a written statement.

Notre Dame Director of Campus Ministry and chair of the Religious Studies Dept. Richard Balentine, 38, was found dead in his residential room just off the sanctuary at Notre Dame in Niles Monday. Police said he appeared to have taken his own life.

Niles police spokesman Sgt. Robert Tornabene said his department’s investigation into inappropriate communications between Balentine and students was in the very preliminary stages. Tornabene said he could not discuss specifics of the investigation at this time.

Balentine was to receive the "Teacher of the Year" award from at the Niles Chamber of Commerce at the annual Niles Night of Roses awards banquet later this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Police Investigating ND Teacher Before He Died

ILLINOIS
Patch

By Pam DeFiglio

The Niles Police Department said Wednesday that it was investigating Richard Balentine, a department head at Notre Dame College Prep, before he was found dead on Tuesday.

The department released a statement saying the investigation centered on whether inappropriate communications took place between Balentine and current or former Notre Dame students.

Police interviewed Balentine Monday morning, April 15, and said the investigation was in its preliminary stages, and nothing had been determined as to whether the communications were criminal in nature or violated school policy.

Police released Balentine after the Monday interview, and he was found dead Tuesday. Police said the investigation remains open.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Tragedy as Illinois high school teacher hangs himself ...

ILLINOIS
Daily Mail (UK)

Tragedy as Illinois high school teacher hangs himself in campus residence just days before receiving 'Teacher of the Year' award

By Helen Pow

Suicide: Richard Balentine, pictured, director of campus ministry at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, was found hanged at around 9 a.m. yesterday in his home, which is on the school's property

An Illinois high school teacher has been found dead of an apparent suicide on his school's campus, just days before he was slated to receive a prestigious 'Teacher of the Year' award.

Richard Balentine, director of campus ministry at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, was found hanged at around 9 a.m. yesterday in his home, which is on the school's property.

The popular 38-year-old teacher had last been seen at around 6 p.m. on Monday night, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Notre Dame College Prep teacher who committed suicide suspected of ‘inappropriate communications’

ILLINOIS
Niles Herald-Spectator

By JENNIFER JOHNSON | jjohnson@pioneerlocal.com April 16, 2013

Updated: April 17, 2013

A Notre Dame College Prep teacher who committed suicide this week had been under investigation by Niles Police prior to his death, authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

The Niles Police Department said in a statement that the investigation of Richard Balentine, 38, involved “inappropriate communications between Mr. Balentine and current or former Notre Dame students.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

IT'S NOT ABOUT CATHOLIC PRIESTS

UNITED STATES
TheMediaReport

FACT: Catholic priests abuse at a rate far lower than that of other males in the general population.
Read more

Notwithstanding the media hysteria over sex abuse in the Catholic Church, priests abuse at a rate far lower than that of other males. While even one case of abuse is too many, approximately only 4% of all active priests between 1950 and 2002 were even accused of abuse – a rate far lower than that of other males in the general population.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Some Magdalenes still in care ‘not allowed fill out compensation form’

IRELAND
Journal

A COMPENSATION PACKAGE for the survivors of the Magdalene Laundry system will be discussed at a historic meeting between 75 women and former judge John Quirke tomorrow afternoon.

Advocacy organisation Magdalene Survivors Together said it has been inundated with requests from women for a meeting with the man tasked by government to examine what form redress should take.

“This is a unique opportunity for the women to express directly what their needs are,” said group director Seven O’Riordan.

Meanwhile, there have been claims made that many of the women who are still under the care of the religious orders and the HSE are not allowed to fill out the form about claiming compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Appeals court bars lawsuit in 1970s Miami church child-abuse case

FLORIDA
Miami Herald

By DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A former West Miami-Dade altar boy cannot sue the Archdiocese of Miami for alleged abuse at the hands of a priest because the statute of limitations long ago ran out, an appeal courts ruled Wednesday.

The Rev. Francisco Carrera’s alleged abuse of Jorge Rubio ended in 1976, but the man did not file his lawsuit against the church until May 2011.

Miami’s Third District Court of Appeal said Rubio’s lawsuit should have been filed within four years of the abuse, the time period set by law.

“We certainly do not intend to discredit the courage of these survivors who break the silence that shielded their abusers,” Judge Thomas Logue wrote. “We hold only that Rubio’s lawsuit for money damages cannot be filed so long after the alleged injury was inflicted.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Court rules Fla. priest abuse suit filed too late

FLORIDA
WPEC

April 17, 2013

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida appeals court has ruled that a former altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest filed his lawsuit decades too late.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of the Archdiocese of Miami. The archdiocese was sued by Jorge Rubio, who accused them of negligence for not protecting him from the priest's abuse when he was 10 years old.

Rubio filed his lawsuit in May 2011, about 35 years after the alleged abuse took place. The judges said the lawsuit was barred by a four-year statute of limitations in such negligence cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Fairfield University, Perlitz lawsuit can proceed

CONNECTICUT
Minutesman News Center

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

By Meg Learson Grosso
mgrosso@fairfieldminuteman.com
Twitter: @mlearsongrosso

A judge has ruled that twenty-three Haitians may go forward with their lawsuit against Fairfield University, Father Paul E. Carrier, S. J., the Society of Jesus of New England (Jesuits), Hope Carter, and the Knights of Malta--the people and institutions that the lawsuit says should have protected the homeless boys from the sexual abuse they suffered in a school founded for street children by 1992 Fairfield University graduate Douglas Perlitz.

United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny denied the motions of Fairfield University, Carrier, the Jesuits, Carter, and the Knights of Malta, to dismiss the lawsuit on some grounds and granted them on others. The judge said they could be sued for negligent supervision of Perlitz, for negligent supervision of Father Carrier and for a breach of fiduciary duty to the young boys. On the other hand, the judge wrote, in his March 31, decision, that the defendants could not be sued for vicarious liability, or for secondary liability. Nor said the judge, could they be sued on the grounds that either Father Carrier or Hope Carter gave assistance to Perlitz, with the purpose of aiding Perlitz in his wrongdoing.

Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney who won a large settlement against the Archdiocese of Boston in a Catholic clergy sex-abuse scandal, is arguing the case for the twenty-three boys, some of whom are now young men. The lawsuit asks damages of $20 million each for the sexual abuse they suffered from Perlitz between 1999 and 2007 when they were students at Project Pierre Toussaint, the residential school founded in Cap Haitien, Haiti by Perlitz, who, in 2002, was the speaker at Fairfield University’s commencement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

The Wheeler chronicles; Rutgers and Bishop Finn; and the Missouri Gas Energy debacle, cont’d.

KANSAS CITY (MO)
JimmyCSays

“One does not become a university president without cultivating a close relationship with deniability.”

I had already been thinking how closely the Barchi-Pernetti situation mirrored the scandal surrounding Bishop Robert Finn last year. After it surfaced that the Rev. Shawn Ratigan had surreptitiously taken pornographic photos of elementary school girls at the parish where he was pastor in Kansas City, North, Finn attempted to shift the blame to Vicar General Robert Murphy, saying that he himself never saw the photos and that he relied on Murphy’s assessment that the photos were not pornographic.

In other words, Finn gave himself deniability.

That didn’t fly with a Jackson County Circuit Court judge, of course, who found Finn guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to report child abuse. Now, Finn, who is on probation for two years, stands as the most senior Catholic official convicted in the church’s long-running child sex-abuse scandal.

Nevertheless, Finn has refused to resign, even after ruining the reputation of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. Like Barchi, he’d rather carry on tattooed with shame than bow out gracefully and allow his organization to start afresh with new leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

New Bishop of Limerick acknowleges ‘darkness’ of Church but seeks forgiveness

IRELAND
Limerick Leader

By Alan Owens
Published on 17/04/2013

LIMERICK’S new Bishop has acknowledged the “darkness” and “the faults” of the Catholic Church and the pain of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy, and has promised to “give the time, the resources, we want to be there” for people who seek the solace of the Church.

Speaking to media shortly after being ordained at St John’s Cathedral last Sunday, Bishop Brendan Leahy said to those struggling with faith or feeling marginalised “we are a community, we are close, we want to be there for each other, there should be nobody feeling alone”.

“We want to say, look, we recognise the faults, the wounds, they don’t heal easily,” he said.

“We want to give the time, the resources, we want to be there. And we recognise that it is very difficult to hear from us, because we are part of the problem, but we want to do our part.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Ex-choirboy tells of abuse 'horror'

UNITED KINGDOM
Hayling Today

Published on 17/04/2013

A former choirboy who suffered years of abuse on the Isle of Wight by a "vile" Church of England priest has spoken of his relief at being awarded compensation of £200,000.

The victim, now aged in his 40s, says the abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Maxwell Halahan at St Faith's Church in Cowes in the 1970s "ruined his life" causing him lifelong psychological damage.

The payout, agreed by the Bishop of Portsmouth, is to cover the cost of psychological treatment and loss of earnings.

Halahan, then aged 81, was jailed for three years in September 2011 at Portsmouth Crown Court after being found guilty of four counts of indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Unterlassungsklage gegen Waltraud Klasnic und Herwig Hösele eingebracht.

OSTERREICH
Betroffen

Der Wiener Rechtsanwalt Wolfgang Renzl hat Klage gegen die “Unabhängige Opferschutzkommission” eingebracht, an die sich Opfer kirchlicher Missbrauchsfälle wenden können. Der Anwalt verlangt in seiner Klage gegen deren Vorsitzende Waltraud Klasnic und deren Sprecher Herwig Hösele, die Verwendung des Namens zu unterlassen. Gegenüber der Austria Presseagentur begründete er die Klage damit, dass die Kommission einerseits nicht unabhängig sei und sich andererseits “wie eine Behörde” bezeichne und als solche aufzutreten versuche.

Der Anwalt erklärte, die Klage aus eigenem Antrieb eingebracht zu haben. Unterstützt wird er unter anderem von der Plattform “Betroffener kirchlicher Gewalt”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Salzburger Heimkinder-Studie: Abschiebung gegen den Willen der Eltern

OSTERREICH
Salzburg 24

Schläge, Essensentzug, sexuelle Übergriffe, tagelange “Haft” im “Besinnungskammerl”: Fast drei Jahre lang haben sich drei Historiker der Universität Salzburg im Auftrag des Landes mit dem Thema Demütigung, Gewalt und Missbrauch in der Heimerziehung der Salzburger Jugendwohlfahrt auseinandergesetzt und am Mittwoch das Ergebnis in Buchform präsentiert.

Die Studie – mehr als 470 Seiten stark – durchleuchtet dabei die Situation fremduntergebrachter Kinder und Jugendlicher in Salzburg in der Zeit nach 1945. Bis in die 1970er Jahre hinein waren im Bundesland ständig von 1.200 bis 1.500 Personen von einer der im Jugendwohlfahrtsgesetz vorgesehenen Maßnahmen betroffen. Dabei gab es in Salzburg kein einziges öffentliches Erziehungsheim: Kinder wurden in Heime in andere Bundesländer, nach Bayern oder in kirchliche Einrichtungen geschickt. “Kilometertherapie”, nannte man das laut dem Salzburger Universitätsprofessor und Studienautor Robert Hoffmann damals. “Je weiter weg, desto besser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Stiftung „Fürchtet Euch nicht“ für Sexualopfer von Priestern gegründet

POLEN
Tiroler Tageszeitung

Warschau - Die Opfer von Kindesmissbrauch durch Priester in Polen haben sich zusammengeschlossen. Eine neue Stiftung startet mit 15 Mitgliedern, erfuhr das Radio TOK FM. Sie sprechen zwar mit den Medien, geben ihre Nachnamen aus Angst vor Stigmatisierung nicht preis. Der Arbeitsname der Stiftung heißt „Fürchtet Euch nicht“. Das ist eine Anknüpfung an berühmte Worte von Papst Johannes Paul II. während seiner ersten Polenreise im Jahr 1979.

Die wichtigste Forderung der Stiftung ist, die Kirche solle einen Dialog mit den Sexualopfern von Priestern beginnen. „Wir wollen für die Kirche Partner sein. Heute betrachtet sie uns oft als Erpresser. Zu Gesprächen in den Kurien werden wir nicht eingeladen, sondern wie zum Verhör beinbestellt. Wir hoffen, dass das sich dank der Stiftung ändern wird“, erklärte einer der Mitgründer der Stiftung Marek, der angeblich im Alter von 14 Jahren von einem Priester in einem Kleinort der Plock-Diözese sexual belästigt wurde, gegenüber der Tageszeitung „Gazeta Wyborcza“. Danach wurde er süchtig und hatte psychische Probleme. Erst nach 30 Jahren entschloss er sich, die Sache an die Kurie zu melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

PA - Victims blast Pittsburgh bishop over recent announcement

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on April 17, 2013

A support group is blasting Pittsburgh's Catholic bishop over a short announcement to one parish about a credibly accused child-molesting cleric.

In a letter to Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), charge that Zubik minimizes the impact of abuse by Fr. John Wellinger and that he may even be hindering police investigations into sex abuse and cover-up in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The letter raises four major concerns:

-- Zubik does not urge victims to call police,
-- Many parishes where Wellinger worked have NOT been warned,
-- Parishes where 33 other accused clerics have worked have not been told about potential child sex crimes, and
-- Zubik does not encourage witnesses and whistleblowers to report what they know to law enforcement.

"You [Bishop Zubik] may believe that since Wellinger is deceased, there is no need to contact the police," the letter says. "But the cover-up of his crimes may still be a criminal offense. Victims, witnesses and whistleblowers may have important and valuable information that can still protect kids and put wrongdoers behind bars."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Compensation for priest's abuse victim

UNITED KINGDOM
Isle of Wight County Press

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Former parish priest Maxwell Halahan, who was jailed in 2011 for sexually abusing a child.

THE victim of a former Isle of Wight priest’s sex abuse has been awarded a £200,000 settlement from the Church of England to help him rebuild his shattered life.

The former choirboy received compensation from the church after suffering abuse in the 1970s at the hands of Father Maxwell Halahan at St Faith’s Church in Cowes.

It was not until 2011 that Halahan, then aged 81, was jailed for three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Pope Francis' LCWR reaffirmation leads sisters to hard questions

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Joshua J. McElwee | Apr. 17, 2013

Within hours of the Vatican's announcement Monday that Pope Francis had reaffirmed a controversial takeover of the primary group of U.S. Catholic sisters, reactions from prominent American sisters ranged from "wait and see" to the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

It may be too early to tell what the news means for the country's 57,000 Catholic sisters, said several former leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Others said it could signal it is time to reconsider their energy in trying to tamp down potential tensions with bishops.

"LCWR has spent an enormous amount of energy in conversations and in preparation materials and in actual meetings" with Vatican prelates, Mercy Sr. Helen Marie Burns, a former LCWR president, said. "The question becomes, How fruitful is the continued use of that energy for the church as well as for the LCWR organization?"

"It's a question of limited energy and what's the best use of that energy in the present moment," said Burns, who served in LCWR's presidency from 1988 to 1990.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Church must compensate clerical abuse victims

MALTA
Malta Independent

Wednesday, 17 April 2013, 13:10, by Martin Scicluna

In August 2011, two defrocked priests were sentenced to jail for sexually abusing eleven boys placed in their care at St Joseph's Home in Santa Venera. The former Father Charles Pulis and Father Godwin Scerri, both members of the Missionary Society of St Paul, had sexually molested the victims, in ways too disgusting to describe here, over a long period until 2003, when the abuse allegations at the St Joseph Home were first brought to public attention.

When Charles Pulis was reported by a social worker, who had caught him at the Home lying on the bed in his vest and boxer shorts with a full erection with a young boy on top of him, the Missionary Society of St Paul chose to believe the priest, who denied the accusation, and not the care worker. The report was dismissed when the victim, not unexpectedly given his vulnerable position as someone who had nowhere else to call home, failed to support the accusation.

When Godwin Scerri escaped from Canada in 1993 to evade police arrest on charges that he had abused a twelve year-old boy for four years, he was welcomed back to the local Missionary Society of St Paul without demur. The Society totally disregarded the Canadian arrest warrant and the serious charges against him. Instead, he was given a job at St Joseph's Home, including unlimited and unsupervised access to young boys like the one he was accused of abusing in Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

“The decision to form a group of cardinals is a ‘daughter’ of the Second Vatican Council”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Archbishop Marchetto comments on the creation of a mini-synod of eight cardinals appointed to advise the pope and help reform the Curia

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

It is fair to say that Pope Francis’s decision to set up a permanent group of cardinals hailing from the five continents to help him govern the Church and reform the Roman Curia is a ‘daughter’ of the Second Vatican Council. This is what archbishop Agostino Marchetto – a diplomat for the Holy See and former Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, as well as a scholar specialising in the history of the Second Vatican Council – maintains in this interview with Vatican Insider.

What does the pope’s decision to appoint a group of eight cardinals to advise him in governing the Church and reforming the Curia mean? Is it a novelty from an historic point of view?

“The pope’s decision expresses the wish to proceed collatis consiliis along a process of ecclesiastical renewal, with loyalty, that takes into account the episcopal collegiality expressed by a representative council qualified to govern the church and in view of the approaching reform of the Curia. It is an instrument designed to exercise papal primacy in an authentic and proper collegial context. I wouldn’t say that it’s an unprecedented move, given the historical variety in relations between the episcopacy and papal primacy, which are both very complex and in constant evolution, even though a certain level of continental representation, which seems to have been deliberate, gives it its own particular character.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Pope Francis passes a curious milestone

VATICAN CITY
John Thavis

Pope Francis is passing a strange milestone today, one that is more on some people’s minds than I would have guessed: his 34th day in office.

In 1978, Pope John Paul I died 34 days after his election, one of the briefest reigns in church history. His death shocked the world and launched conspiracy theories that the “smiling pope” was murdered by enemies inside the Vatican.

I was in Rome at the time, and based on what I have learned over the years I remain unconvinced of any supposed plot to remove the reform-minded John Paul I. He had serious health problems, and there’s no good reason to doubt that he died of a massive heart attack.

But in the popular imagination, the modern Vatican has never completely shed its Borgia-era image. The idea that powerful prelates will stop at nothing to advance their hidden agendas is still very much alive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Ungehorsame Schwestern – Vatikan bekräftigt kommissarische Verwaltung der LCWR

VATIKAN
Katholisches

(Washington) Gestern empfing Kurienerzbischof Gerhard Ludwig Müller in Rom den Vorstand der rebellischen Ordensschwestern der US-amerikanischen Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Der Vatikan versucht noch einmal einen Dialog mit jenen ungehorsamen Schwestern, die den katholischen Glauben in Frage stellen, schwerwiegende Verfehlungen gegen die kirchliche Ordnung begangen und häretische Positionen eingenommen haben. Der Konflikt zwischen Rom und den in der LCWR zusammengeschlossenen Ordensfrauen spitzte sich 2012 zu und erreichte im Sommer einen Höhepunkt.

Die Delegiertenversammlung der LCWR, in der fast 80 Prozent der amerikanischen Frauenkonvente zusammengeschlossen sind, mußte im August 2012 entscheiden, ob sie mit den drei vom Vatikan ernannten Bischöfen zusammenarbeiten oder ein offenes Schisma vollziehen wollte. Papst Benedikt XVI. hatte den LCWR-Vorstand entmachtet und unter kommissarische Verwaltung gestellt. Schließlich fand sich eine Mehrheit, die den Eingriff akzeptierte und an der Einheit mit der katholischen Kirche festhielt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Internat St. Joseph: Schwere Prügel und Missbrauch als gängige Praxis

DEUTSCHLAND
Augsburger Allgemeine

Im Augsburger Internat St. Joseph waren körperlicher Züchtigung und sexueller Missbrauch offenbar gängige Praxis. Weitere Betroffene bekräftigen die jüngsten Vorwürfe. Von Rüdiger Heinze

Nach den schweren Vorwürfen , die der Komponist Wilfried Hiller vor kurzem in unserer Redaktion gegen zwei mittlerweile verstorbene Benediktiner-Patres des Augsburger Internats St. Joseph erhoben hatte, haben ihn und unsere Redaktion mehrere Reaktionen erreicht. Der in München lebende Hiller hatte von persönlich erfahrenem mehrfachen sexuellen Missbrauch sowie von persönlich erlittener schwerer körperlicher Züchtigung während seiner Schulzeit in den 50er-Jahren berichtet.

Vorwürfe belasten ehemaligen Seminardirektor

Dies bestätigen hinsichtlich der schweren körperlichen Züchtigung die uns erreichten Zuschriften und Telefonanrufe auch für die 60er- und 70er-Jahre in St. Joseph. Und sie spitzen sich, ohne dass unsere Redaktion die Namen der von Wilfried Hiller Beschuldigten genannt hat, auf den damals amtierenden Seminardirektor zu. Der jetzige Abt des Klosters St. Stephan, Theodor Hausmann, hatte nach Hillers Vorwürfen auch umgehend eingeräumt, dass er selbst zuvor schon zwei Beschuldigungen dieses ehemaligen Seminardirektors erhielt. Eine davon habe laut Richtlinien der Bischofskonferenz die freiwillige Entschädigungssumme von 5000 Euro nach sich gezogen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM