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June 30, 2013

Vatican cleric arrested in bank corruption investigation - video

ROME
The Guardian via YouTube

Silent footage released by Italian police of Vatican bank cleric Monsignor Nunzio Scarano after he was arrested in a parish in Rome. Scarano, 61, is accused of being involved in an attempt to help friends bring €20m (£17m) into Italy from Switzerland by plane, in league with a secret service agent and a financial intermediary. Scarano's lawyer says the money never left Switzerland

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

MEDIA ADVISORY...

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

St. Paul News Conference Monday, July 1

Historic release of secret church documents and depositions detailing Vatican’s role in abuse cases

Cardinal Dolan’s involvement in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s activities leading up to bankruptcy revealed

Attorneys say documents kept secret in Minnesota contain similar evidence of calculated denial and delay to avoid legal accountability and scandal

What: At a news conference on Monday in St. Paul, prominent clergy abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will:

· Discuss the contents of these secret documents and detail the Vatican’s role in priest
abuse cases

· Explain Cardinal Dolan’s role in the events leading up to the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee’s bankruptcy filing

· Reveal their own experience in gaining sworn testimony in depositions of former
Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Bishop Richard Sklba, and current New
York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and revelations disclosed in their depositions;

· Call for release of all Catholic Church child sex abuser files in the U.S., including
documents and files in Minnesota dioceses related to religious order clerics,
employees, and permanent deacons;

· Demand that Bishops in Minnesota release files and names of all known offenders in
order to prevent any further chance of known offenders harming additional children.

WHEN: Monday, July 1 at 1:00PM

WHERE: Law Offices of Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101

WHO: Attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, St. Paul, Minnesota-based,
internationally known trial lawyers widely recognized as pioneers in sexual abuse
litigation. Anderson and Finnegan are representing hundreds of clergy abuse
survivors who registered claims in the bankruptcy case filed by the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee.

On Monday, July 1 go to www.andersonadvocates.com and click on the icon at the top of the page for access to all the released documents.

Press conference will be streamed live on the web and the link to the live stream can be found under the “News” section at www.andersonadvocates.com.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.227.9990 Mobile/612.817.8665
Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.227.9990 Mobile/612.205.5531

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

'Monsignor 500' and suitcases full of cash in Vatican bank scandal

ROME
Telegraph (UK)

The Catholic priest at the heart of a Vatican money scandal has claimed he did not act for personal gain when he attempted to bring 20 million euros into Italy from Switzerland illicitly.

Nick Squires in Rome 5:03PM BST 30 Jun 2013

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, will be questioned by investigators on Monday in the 17th century Rome prison in which is being held, as more details emerge of the complex scheme.

Nicknamed by fellow priests "Monsignor 500" for his habit of flashing a wallet full of 500 euro notes, he has insisted that he committed no crime when he allegedly tried to import the cash on board a private jet.

"Monsignor Scarano will answer all questions and will explain what his role was, showing that he had no personal interest in the matter," Silverio Sica, his lawyer, said.

"There was no profit in it for him and he acted purely in a spirit of friendship."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Archdiocese of Milw. to release sex abuse files Monday

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Fox 6

Posted on: 2:04 pm, June 30, 2013, by Katie DeLong

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday, July 1st is set to release thousands of records released to Archdiocese sex abuse cases.

The files are expected to shed more light on who knew about alleged misconduct of priests, and for how long.

The document release was announced again by the Milwaukee Archdiocese in June, when the Archdiocese released a statement after news broke of an audit relating to sex abuse by Capuchin priests.

In the statement, the Archdiocese said:

“We commend the Capuchin’s decision to provide more open and candid communication related to clergy sexual abuse of minors. In 2004, when the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was one of the first dioceses in the country to make public the names of diocesan priest offenders with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, we encouraged religious orders to do the same. Today, we continue to work toward reconciliation with abuse survivors. In two weeks, the archdiocese will post additional documents to our website as part of our own commitment to transparency.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Vatikan und immer wieder Buben

DEUTSCHLAND
Papageno

Ich frage mich, wohin sich die katholische Kirche entwickeln wird.

Ich habe dem Verein zwar vor bald vierzig Jahren gekündigt, verfolge aber seine Entwicklung immer wieder mit gewissem Interesse. Wie bei Politikern und CEO’s der Wirtschaftbranche können wir auch bei Priestern, Bischöfen und Kardinälen feststellen: Wasser predigen und Wein trinken. Ueber Finanzielles des Vatikans werde ich ein anderes Mal schreiben. Heute geht’s um Sex im Vatikan.

Es ist bekannt, dass sehr viele Priester während vieler Jahre Knaben missbraucht haben. Das sind Tatsachen, die nach langem vertuschen und abstreiten schlussendlich von der Kirche bestätigt werden. Papst Benedikt hat aber z.B. 1996 auf Strafe oder Strafanzeige gegen einen pädophilen Priester verzichtet. Wie im “Spiegel Online” vom Oktober 2010 zu lesen war, handelte es sich um den pädophilen amerikanischen Priester Lawrence Murphy aus der Diözese Milwaukee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Facts/Stats on Child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
UK Paedos Exposed

February 2013 – Now OVER 18,000 UK “Paedophiles/child abusers now profiled on this database – Search by offender/area or profession – Search bar and catergory drop down menu on right >>>>>
April 2012

Key child protection statistics

MORE than 400 children are sexually abused every week in Britain — one every 20 MINUTES, a shock investigation has revealed

The 43 police forces in England and Wales recorded 23,097 child sex offences in 2011. That included rape, incest, child prostitution and pornography.

The annual figure is equivalent to 444 attacks a week — or one kiddie abused every 20 minutes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Scarano am Montag vor dem Haftrichter

VATIKAN
Radio Vatikan

Der wegen Verdachts auf Korruption verhaftete Vatikanmitarbeiter Nunzio Scarano soll am Montag dem Haftprüfungsrichter vorgeführt werden. Er müsse sich gegen den Vorwurf verteidigen, an einer - letztlich gescheiterten - Überführung von 20 Millionen Euro Bargeld in einem Privatjet aus der Schweiz am Fiskus vorbei nach Italien beteiligt gewesen zu sein, melden römische Zeitungen am Sonntag. Dafür soll Scarano, ehemaliger Rechnungsprüfer bei der vatikanischen Güterverwaltung Apsa, einem ebenfalls verhafteten ehemaligen Geheimdienstmitarbeiter 400.000 Euro gezahlt haben. Es soll sich um Geld der mit Scarano befreundeten Reederfamilie D'Amico aus der gemeinsamen süditalienischen Heimat Salerno handeln.

Der Anwalt des verhafteten Vatikanmitarbeiters sagte laut italienischen Sonntagsmedien, sein Mandant habe aus der Angelegenheit keinerlei Profit gezogen. Er habe „allein aus einem Geist der Freundschaft“ gehandelt. Er werde bei der Anhörung auf die Fragen antworten und seine Rolle erklären. Der Präsident der Apsa, Kardinal Domenico Calcagno, hob unterdessen in einem Presseinterview vom Wochenende hervor, dass seine Institution „mit dieser ganzen Angelegenheit nichts zu tun hat“, dass Scarano bereits Ende Mai von seinem Dienst suspendiert worden sei, als die italienische Justiz die Ermittlungen gegen ihn eingeleitet habe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Davon haben wir gewusst

DEUTSCHLAND
Die Welt

Andreas Huckele machte den Missbrauchskandal an der Odenwaldschule öffentlich. Jetzt fragt er: Was ist seither besser geworden?

Im vergangenen Jahr wurde Andreas Huckele mit dem Geschwister-Scholl-Preis ausgezeichnet. Wenn man weiß, was ihm widerfahren ist, wünscht man sich, das wäre ihm erspart geblieben: Denn die Auszeichnung für sein "seltenes Beispiel von Mut" galt einem Buch, in dem Huckele – noch unter dem Pseudonym Jürgen Behmers – detailliert von dem sexuellen Missbrauch erzählte, der ihm und anderen an der Frankfurter Odenwaldschule angetan wurde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Un prêtre autrichien interdit de parole aux Etats-Unis

MASSACHUSETTS
Fait Religieux

Le cardinal Sean O'Malley, archevêque de Boston (États-Unis), a interdit fin juin au père Helmut Schüller, chef de l'Initiative des prêtres autrichiens favorable à la réforme de l'Église, de s'exprimer dans l'archidiocèse de Boston.

Le père Schüller devait prendre la parole dans la ville de Dedham le 17 juillet, dans le cadre d'une tournée nationale. Son organisation appelle notamment à une plus grande transparence dans l'Église, au mariage des prêtres, et à l'ordination des femmes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Monsignor E500 'spoke in code'

VATICAN CITY
The Australian

JOHN FOLLAIN, VATICAN CITY From: The Australian July 01, 2013

A SENIOR Roman Catholic cleric arrested for allegedly plotting to bring E20 million ($28.6m) into Italy from Switzerland spoke in code to his accomplices, according to leaked telephone intercepts.

Nunzio Scarano, 61, a former Vatican finance official, was detained on Friday along with an Italian former spy and a financial broker. Prosecutors say they had planned to smuggle the money in a private plane. The three deny any wrongdoing.

Monsignor Scarano, a banker who became a priest at 32, is reported to have referred to millions of euros as "books of the Treccani" a reference to the authoritative 35-volume Italian encyclopedia.

"I think that the more books you bring the better," Monsignor Scarano reportedly told Giovanni Maria Zito, the former spy, in July last year ahead of the shipment.

"If I can, I'll bring twice as much," Mr Zito replied.

"Can you manage 20-25 books?" asked Monsignor Scarano, who prosecutors said was called "Monsignor E500" because he flaunted E500 notes.

Mr Zito allegedly demanded a E400,000 commission for his part in the deal. The shipment, later aborted, allegedly involved funds from three brothers of the d'Amico shipping family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Arrested Vatican monsignor felt he could act with impunity-judge

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

Sun Jun 30, 2013

* Scarano had vast amounts of money at disposal -judicial document
* Prelate had close connections to Vatican bank
* Poses first big headache for Pope Francis
* Francis has promised transparency, set up bank inquiry

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, June 30 (Reuters) - A senior Catholic cleric arrested in a plot to smuggle tens of millions of dollars into Italy controlled vast amounts of money and felt he could act with impunity because of his connections to the Vatican bank, according to a judge's investigative document.

In the latest blow to the Vatican's image, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, was arrested on Friday along with an Italian secret service agent and a financial broker.

The three had plotted to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland for members of a family of ship-owners in southern Italy, an investigating magistrate told reporters on Friday.

The magistrate said the pivotal protagonist was Scarano, who worked until recently as a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration, and that he owned numerous pieces of property and had accounts in the Vatican bank.

A 48-page document in which Judge Barbara Callari approves magistrates' requests for the arrests, and which was obtained by Reuters, contains transcripts or summaries of wiretaps, emails, letters, cheques and other results of police investigations.

It describes the development of a plot that reads like a spy novel, involving a private plane that was to collect the cash in Switzerland, burned cell phones, a shady financier and an allegedly corrupt secret service agent who promised to slip the money past customs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:25 AM

Victims call for Pell to stand down

AUSTRALIA
The Age

July 1, 2013

Barney Zwartz

Cardinal George Pell has failed Australia's 5 million Catholics as a religious and moral leader and must be told to stand down as Sydney Archbishop, according to a petition by a clergy sexual abuse victims' group to the Pope's Australian ambassador.

''Cardinal Pell is a spiritually impotent leader, a leader who presents no empathy, no moral judgment and no felt deep concern for victims, a leader who is avoiding responsibility for the immorality and sodomy that has been breeding in his house of God,'' says the petition to papal nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

''It is time for the Roman Catholic Church in Australia to change, and the starting point is for Cardinal George Pell to stand down. He is part of the problem, not the solution.''

The request by victims' advocacy group COIN comes as another petition, launched last month by Sydney Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson calling for a global church council to tackle the scourge of clergy sexual abuse, has passed 80,000 signatures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

CENSURATO IN ITALIA "Orge gay con minorenni" Inchiesta su dossier e ricatti in Vaticano

ITALIA
Francesco Zanardi

[con il video]

CENSURATO IN ITALIA "Orge gay con minorenni" Inchiesta su dossier e ricatti in Vaticano. Questa è la prima di molte conversazioni avvenute tra il manager che lavora in Vaticano e Francesco Zanardi portavoce di Rete L'ABUSO. Dopo una serie di verifiche fatte prima da Zanardi e poi dai giornalisti del Fatto Quotidiano, Ferruccio Sansa e Marco Lillo si è potuta accertare l'attendibilità dell'informatore. Nella puntata di Servizio Pubblico http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KFzjsen4wM&hd=1 quello che è emerso dall'indagine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Pope's 'gay lobby' remarks stir up new storm of Vatican gossip

VATICAN CITY
The Observer

Tom Kington in Rome
The Observer, Sunday 30 June 2013

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis's claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See's walls.

The new pope's private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which caused a sensation when they appeared on a religious website earlier this week, prompted blushes in the Vatican, but have also unleashed feverish gossip in Rome regarding the contents of a report on Vatican infighting prepared last year for Francis's predecessor, Joseph Ratzinger.

On his retirement in February, Ratzinger handed his Argentine successor the dossier, which reportedly describes a lobby of gay, senior churchmen inside the Vatican, running a network of patronage while fighting off blackmailers.

The pope's unguarded remarks, which appeared to confirm the speculation, have fuelled a new round of accusations, beginning with a convicted paedophile priest, Father Patrizio Poggi, who last week named nine fellow prelates in Rome as part of a secret band who used a police officer to supply them with eastern European rent boys. By Friday, Poggi was under arrest, accused of defamation as investigators claimed he had invented the whole story to take revenge on fellow priests who stood by when he was found guilty of abusing children.

On Thursday, anti-paedophile campaigner Francesco Zanardi posted a taped conversation on his website in which an informant told him about alleged secret sex parties inside the Vatican involving 14-year-old male prostitutes and cardinals, as well as rented apartments in Rome where prelates kept a supply of young men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Not all rabbis are created equal

ISRAEL
Israel Hayon

Dr. Aviad Hacohen

As originally conceived, the institution of the Chief Rabbinate was supposed to be a "spiritual center," a fount of creativity and moral inspiration for the Jewish people and the world at large. If anyone needs additional proof of the depths to which this institution has sunk, look no further than the recent house arrest and suspension of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger as well as the statement issued by his spokesman, which breathlessly announced nothing short of a "revolution."

"From now on, kosher bakeries will be required to bake parve phyllo-dough bourekas in the shape of a closed triangle or spiral, while the dairy bourekas will be bagel-shaped. Parve croissants and rogalech will be straight while the dairy ones will be crescent-shaped," the statement said.

There you have it, folks. The "bourekas revolution," as brought to you by the Chief Rabbinate, will surely join the communist revolution, the French revolution, the industrial revolution and the digital revolution in import. Clearly its instigators expect it to enter the pantheon of history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

NBC Misreports, Maligning Rabbi on Sexual Abuse Stance

NEW YORK
The Jewish Press

By: Eliyahu Federman
Published: June 30th, 2013

NBC ‘Rock Center‘ did a story on Judy Braun’s book ‘Hush,’ which chronicles Judy’s journey to raise awareness on reporting and discussing sexual abuse in her deeply insular Hasidic community. The book resulted in her being threatened and shunned by her community.

Rabbi Avraham Berkowits was interviewed for the show. But when his views did not fit the story line, NBC deceptively edited his quotes adding grossly misleading voice-overs that implied he believes sex abuse crimes should be handled only by rabbis. This was all a lie.

The transcript of the unedited interview shows that Berkowitz said things like in his community “the Rabbis work together hand-in-hand with the authorities,” “deviants must be punished,” “they’ll be caught.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Settling in for a fascinating journey

VATICAN CITY
John Thavis

The first 100 days of a pope are not like the first 100 days of a president or prime minister or a CEO. A pope thinks long-term, and is under less pressure to put forward a series of short-term goals or programs. Most of the issues facing a pope transcend the pragmatic and the political. They require careful thought, prayer and consultation, not a string of policy statements.

For journalists, though, 100 days is a marker that requires evaluation and commentary. It was certainly the hot topic at the Catholic Media Conference this week in Denver, where I gave a talk this morning to several hundred Catholic communicators.

So what do we know about Pope Francis after 100 days in office? We’ve had no important documents, few significant appointments and no earth-shaking reforms of the Roman Curia.

But we do have a healthy dose of papal thinking and papal preaching – on everything ranging from clerical careerism to sweatshop employment. And we have a number of papal gestures that speak volumes to people inside and outside the church.

I don't want to recap Pope Francis’ 100-day “greatest hits” here. Instead, I’d like to identify a few core characteristics and directions that seem to be emerging:

1. Francis has relocated the papacy outside the Roman Curia.

First, choosing to live in the less formal Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal apartments has turned out to be a crucial decision, because geography counts at the Vatican. The papal apartments are surrounded by Roman Curia offices, deep inside the Apostolic Palace, and Francis would have been much more isolated there. He is a people person, after all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

PRESS RELEASE: LAWSUIT SAYS FORMER ST. ROSE PARISH PRIEST IN PROCTOR WAS CHILD SEX ABUSER

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[the lawsuit]

(Duluth & Brainerd, MN) – Attorneys for a 55-year-old Arizona man filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County today claiming that beginning in the early 1960s officials of the Diocese of Duluth knew a parish priest assigned to St. Rose Parish in Proctor, Minnesota, Father John Nicholson, was sexually abusing children but failed to report the abuse to law enforcement or take action to keep the priest from harming other children.

The lawsuit seeks to have the names of the priests accused of sexually molesting children made public. In 2004 the Diocese of Duluth admitted that it had the names of 17 priests who had been accused of sexually molesting minors in the Diocese of Duluth.

The Plaintiff, identified as John Doe 5 to protect his privacy, appeared at a press conference in Duluth today and said, “I am here today to make sure that children are safe and let survivors know that they now have a chance at justice. Children can’t be safe without the Diocese coming clean about what it knows about abuse in this Diocese. That should start with the Diocese releasing the names of the 17 priests it knows were accused of sexually molesting children.”

Also at the press conference, Mike Finnegan, an attorney for the Jeff Anderson & Associates in St. Paul, who is representing Doe 5, explained that the lawsuit claims that the Diocese’s failure to take any action, such as reporting to law enforcement or warning parish families about the priest, caused his client to be abused. “They choose to protect themselves and avoid scandal over protecting children in their care from harm. For that, this courageous survivor deserves justice and accountability.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Over city's objections, sex offender ex-priest still living near park

WISCONSIN
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Written by
Scott Cooper Williams
Press-Gazette Media

Six months after exposing a loophole in Green Bay’s sex offender ordinance, a former Catholic priest convicted of molesting a young boy continues living near a public park on the city’s east side.

Donald Buzanowski, 70, moved to an apartment building at 2258 Imperial Lane last year despite being banned from living there by the city’s Sex Offender Residence Board.

City officials later discovered that they had no jurisdiction over Buzanowski, because he was convicted under a state law not listed among the city’s reasons for restricting where sex offenders could live.

Aldermen voted to close the loophole in December, but they have since learned that the change cannot be applied retroactively to Buzanowski.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

$12 million settles Perlitz Haitian sex cases

CONNECTICUT
The Advocate

Michael P. Mayko
Published 9:59 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2013

The sordid sex scandal involving 24 Haitian street boys, Douglas Perlitz and the Project Pierre Toussaint program has come to an end.

Lawyers for the boys, who claim they were sexually abused by Perlitz, reached a $12 million settlement Friday with attorneys representing people and charities accused of promoting and raising money for Perlitz's program but failing to properly supervise him.

Perlitz was among the founders of Project Pierre Toussaint, which outlined its purpose as helping to feed, clothe and educate Haitian boys in their country. Instead, the boys' lawyers claim, it became an instrument of abuse.

"This ends the litigation pending in the District of Connecticut in connection with the Perlitz matter," said Stanley A. Twardy Jr., Fairfield University's lawyer. Twardy previously served as Connecticut's chief federal prosecutor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Has a gay pedophile prostitution ring been discovered at the Vatican? (8 things you need to know)

ROME
National Catholic Register

by Jimmy Akin Saturday, June 29, 2013

This man is Patrizio Poggi, an ex-priest and convicted pedophile. When the Vatican refused to reinstate him to the priesthood, he tried to get various Roman priests and bishops in trouble with the law. What is the truth in this situation?

A few days ago, the Catholic blogosphere began buzzing with the sensational charge that a prostitution ring involving homosexual pedophiles had been discovered at the Vatican.
Is this true?

Or is it one more case of people running amok with rumors?

Here are 8 things you need to know . . .

1. What was initially reported?
The initial claim was that there was a former priest who applied to the Holy See to be reinstated to the priesthood, though he had been convicted of pedophilia and sent to prison.

When the Holy See refused to reinstate him, he got mad and began acting as a whistleblower on the existence of a prostitution ring involving pedophiles at the Vatican.

It was claimed that 10-20 members of the clergy were involved, possibly including 4 bishops.

Further, it was claimed that the procurer for the boy prostitution ring sold consecrated hosts to Satanists.

2. Who was the priest in question?
His name is Patrizio (Patrick) Poggi.
According to The Daily Mail:

Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, who served a five-year sentence for abusing five boys aged 14 to 15, at his parish outside Rome [St. Philip Neri]. . . .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Exit Monsignor Cinquecento

ITALY
The Economist

HE WAS known in his home town as “Monsignor Cinquecento”—not an allusion to the super-economic Fiats Roman Catholic priests drive in Italian television dramas, but to the €500 notes that Monsignor Nunzio Scarano (pictured) is said to have had in abundance.

Monsignor Scarano was one of three people arrested by Italian police on June 28th in an affair that has turned an unsettling spotlight on the Holy See’s financial institutions just days after Pope Francis began a clean-up of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued “bank”, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR).

Monsignor Scarano, who denies all wrongdoing, is certainly no barefoot priest. A banker before his ordination, he was appointed to a senior post in the department that manages the Holy See’s assets (from which he has been suspended since being placed under investigation earlier this month on suspicion of money-laundering). According to an Italian press report, Monsignor Scarano owns a 90% stake in a property firm and has a circle of friends that includes one of Italy’s best-known show business personalities.

Few writers of fiction would tax their readers’ credibility with a story like the one outlined in the warrant issued for the arrest of the Monsignor and his two alleged co-conspirators, both of whom also deny wrongdoing. One, Giovanni Maria Zito, is an officer in the Carabinieri police force, who was previously attached to Italy’s domestic intelligence service, the Agenzia Informazioni e Sicurezza Interna (AISI). The other is Giovanni Carenzio, a financial broker, reportedly active in Switzerland and the Canary Islands. According to the financial daily Il Sole-24 Ore, the two men came into contact through a Catholic order of chivalry, the Ordine Constantiniano, that claims to be the oldest in Christendom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Vatican bank arrests mark new hard line

VATICAN CITY
The Independent (UK)

PETER POPHAM SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2013

The timing was neat. Just two days after Pope Francis set up a commission to investigate the Vatican bank, known in Italian by the  acronym IOR, meaning Institute for Religious Works, a high-ranking priest who worked for it, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, was arrested in Rome along with two other men and accused of corruption.

Father Scarano, ordained aged 35 after a first career as a banker and now in custody, had already been suspended on suspicion of involvement in money laundering. In the new case, it is alleged that the three men tried to smuggle €20m into Italy from Switzerland, presumably to avoid paying Italian duty on it.

The priest is known to his friends as "Monsignor 500" because of the number of €500 bills he carries around. In the earlier case, which is still under investigation, he is said to have withdrawn €560,000 from his IOR account to pay off a mortgage on his home in Salerno, south of Naples. The money, it is charged, consisted of donations by churchgoers who believed it was going towards building a home for the terminally ill. It is alleged the monsignor gave 56 friends €10,000 each in cash, asking them for cheques or money transfers in exchange, thus enabling him to pay the cheques into his personal Italian account. Father Scarano's lawyer has said that he declares himself "absolutely innocent". The home for the terminally ill, meanwhile, remains unbuilt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Scandal and skulduggery at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY
Telegraph (UK)

By David Willey
29 Jun 2013

"It’s like the end of the Berlin Wall,” said a high-ranking Vatican official last week after an invisible financial barrier marking the legal separation between the Vatican and Italy was breached for the first time.

According to officials at the Bank of Italy, the Institute for Works of Religion – the Vatican’s own offshore bank – has for years been allowing organised criminals, even terrorists, to launder money with impunity.

On Friday, Italian tax police arrested a high-ranking Italian prelate, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who until last month was working as a senior accountant inside the Vatican’s financial administration. They also arrested a financial intermediary and an agent from Italy’s secret services on charges of conspiring with Mgr Scarano to commit crimes of embezzlement and money laundering.

Mgr Scarano is alleged to have masterminded a plot that sounds like an airport novel. He attempted to bring €20million in cash belonging to a wealthy family of shipowners from a Swiss bank to Rome in a private plane, thereby evading customs and tax controls.

Italian prosecutors have had their eye on the Vatican bank for several years but, until now, have had great difficulty in obtaining any information from the Holy See, which has pleaded diplomatic immunity and exemption from normal international banking rules on the grounds that the Institute for Works of Religion “is not a bank in the normal sense of the word”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Former Wyoming church janitor...

WYOMING
The Missoulian

Former Wyoming church janitor acknowledges sex abuse of children

Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. – A 29-year-old former janitor has acknowledged leading multiple young girls to believe he was a youth group leader at a Casper church and then taking advantage of that trust.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports James David Jaure pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The charges carry up to 15 and 20 years in prison, respectively

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Priest-turned-educator surrenders state teaching license over sex abuse allegations

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
on June 30, 2013

A public school teacher in Newark has agreed to the revocation of his teaching certificates over allegations that he repeatedly groped teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s, when he was engaged in active ministry as a Roman Catholic priest.

The Rev. John Capparelli reached a settlement with the State Board of Examiners, the body that regulates teachers, ahead of a scheduled hearing before an administrative law judge earlier this month. The revocation takes effect today.

At least two of Capparelli’s alleged victims, Rich Fitter and Andrew Dundorf, were to testify at the hearing. A deputy attorney general also was expected to present evidence showing the teacher ran a fetish website featuring young men wrestling in skimpy bikini bathing suits.

"I’m happy that after all this time, he’s finally being held accountable," said Fitter, a Montclair resident who contends Capparelli, now 64, touched him inappropriately and brutalized him during "submission wrestling" matches in the 1980s. "He should not be around children. To me, he should be in jail."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

June 29, 2013

'Prepare to be shocked,' Milwaukee archbishop warns of priest sex files

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel June 29, 2013

In a major turning point in its nearly 3-year-old bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday is scheduled to make public thousands of pages of documents detailing the sexual abuse of minors by priests going back decades, and what church leaders did — and did not do — in response.

The records will contain parts of 42 priests' personnel files as well as depositions of former Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal of New York; retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland; retired Bishop Richard Sklba; and now-defrocked priest Daniel Budzynski.

Most of the information, which is being released as part of an agreement in the archdiocese's bankruptcy proceedings, has never been seen publicly.

"Needless to say, there are some terrible things described in many of the documents," Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in his weekly letter to local Catholics in advance of the release. To those deciding to read the files, Listecki advised, "prepare to be shocked."

According to interviews and court records, the documents are expected to include: details about how church officials shuttled abusive priests from one parish or school to the next without divulging their histories; correspondence between the archdiocese and the Vatican, which has the final word on defrocking priests; evidence that the archdiocese under Dolan paid some priests to accept that decision without protest; and graphic accounts of sexual assault of young people. ...

The archdiocese and attorneys for victims are expected to post the documents on their respective websites — www.archmil.org and www.andersonadvocates.com— at 1 p.m. Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Pope warns church leaders against seeking power

VATICAN CITY
Sacramento Bee

By FRANCES D'EMILIO
Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told prelates Saturday to shun the ''logic of human power," pressing his campaign to root out corruption and other wrongdoing from the Vatican's scandal-tainted power structures.

The admonition came a day after the latest embarrassment for the Vatican hierarchy - the arrest by Italian authorities of a Vatican accountant, in a probe of an alleged attempt by the prelate to secure the smuggling of 20 million euros ($26 million) in banknotes from Switzerland into Italy. The Italian monsignor, who was suspended a few weeks earlier from his job in the Vatican's finance office, is also under investigation in a separate money-laundering probe by prosecutors in southern Italy.

Francis is making reforms aimed at ensuring his papacy's priorities, which include paying more attention to the world's poor and concentrating on cultivating spiritual, not material, wealth. He delivered a kind of moral pep talk to church leaders, including Vatican cardinals, gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for an annual ceremony to welcome newly made archbishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Catholic teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Updated Fri Jun 28, 2013

Catholic school teacher, Brother Martin Harmata, who worked at Sydney's Patrician Brothers Blacktown College has pleaded guilty to eight charges of sexually abusing three children in his care in the 1980s.

Transcript

Editor's Note: The Diocese of Parramatta has informed the ABC that it did not oppose the lifting of the suppression order on the school's name; that it did not pay for Br Martin Harmata's legal representation or costs; and that it did not authorise or pay for a hire car to pick up Br Martin Harmata from the court proceedings.

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Catholic school teacher who worked at Sydney's Patrician Brothers Blacktown college has pleaded guilty to eight charges of sexually abusing three children in his care.

The District Court revoked a suppression order that previously prevented publication of Harmata's name or the name of the school.

The abuse took place in the mid and late 1980s.

Brother Martin Harmata taught science and maths at Patrician Brothers college Blacktown for 30 years. He left the school in 2012 after one of his victims confronted him in the playground.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis confronts ...

VATICAN CITY
Washington Post

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis confronts his first scandal in Vatican Bank mess

By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service,

VATICAN CITY — Just two days after creating a commission to review the activities of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank, Pope Francis is confronting the first major crisis of his papacy — starring once again an unscrupulous prelate and large amounts of cash of unclear origin.

On Friday (June 28), Italian police arrested the Rev. Nunzio Scarano, a senior prelate working in the Vatican treasury, officially known as the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Scarano stands accused of trying to smuggle some 20 million euros from Switzerland to Italy on behalf of a financier. According to prosecutors, Scarano and his associates concocted a plan that seems to come straight out of a spy movie, involving a rented plane and help from contacts within the Italian secret service.

While it is not clear whom the money belonged to, the investigation stemmed from prosecutors’ years-long probe into alleged money laundering at the Vatican Bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Down South

UNITED STATES
World

Thomas Kidd

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) held its annual meeting in Houston in June, and although the assembly did not witness any of the spectacular controversies that have marked previous SBC meetings, it nevertheless confronted some hotly debated topics.

The meeting’s most anticipated issue concerned the SBC and the Boy Scouts. Some had predicted that the SBC would endorse a full-fledged boycott of the Scouts for the group’s recent decision to admit openly gay boys as members. But the actual resolution stopped short of a boycott, expressing “opposition to and disappointment in the decision” and calling for the removal of Boy Scouts executive leaders who supported the change.

SBC representatives (called “messengers”) also passed a resolution exhorting member congregations about their “legal and moral responsibility to report any child abuse to authorities.” Its sponsor, Peter Lumpkins, crafted the statement in response to a lawsuit alleging abuse cover-ups by leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), including its founder, C.J. Mahaney. A judge dismissed the case against SGM pastors in May, citing statute of limitation requirements. Mahaney stepped down as president of SGM in April. Prominent Baptist leaders Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church expressed their individual support for Mahaney in a public statement in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Former priest denied early exit from prison

TEXAS
NECN

June 29, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Catholic priest serving a 50-year sentence for sexually abusing a boy has been denied an early medical release.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports ( ) that 72-year-old Thomas Teczar had applied for early release, seeking to serve only four years of his sentence. Texas prison officials denied the request Friday.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Teczar had recently been admitted to a medical facility in Dickinson and was listed in fair condition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Mortal Sins

CALIFORNIA
KUOW

[with audio]

By THE CONVERSATION WITH ROSS REYNOLDS

In the mid-1980s a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican’s embassy in Washington set out to investigate the problem of sexually abusive priests. He found a scandal in the making, confirmed by secret files revealing complaints that had been hidden from police and covered up by the Church hierarchy.

Meanwhile, a young lawyer listened to a new client describe an abusive sexual history with a priest that began when he was ten years old. The lawsuit he filed would touch off a legal war of historic and global proportions. Ross Reynolds talks with author Michael D’Antonio about his new book "Mortal Sins," which reveals this long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Reverend Jamie Medina-Cruz

LOUISIANA
The Town Talk

Reverend Jamie Medina-Cruz, a priest of the Diocese of Alexandria, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was born December 8, 1964. He was 48 years old. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1999 at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria. He is the son of Senor Claudio Medina and Senora Maria Cruz Medina of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.

He received a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from St. John Vianney Seminary in Miami, Florida, a Masters of Art from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL and later a Master's Degree in Theology. He went on to the Pontifical University Gregorian in Rome, Italy, where he received a Licentiate Degree in Theology.

Fr. Jamie served as parochial vicar at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church in Natchitoches, at Saint Joseph Church in Marksville and later at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and Saint Rita Church in Alexandria. He was appointed pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Ferriday in 2002. In addition he served as pastor at Saint Anthony Church, Natchitoches and Saint Mary's Assumption Church, Cottonport.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Priest defies Dominican Cardinal in gay U.S. ambassador row

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- Catholic priest Jesús María Tejada on Friday said the gay U.S. ambassador-nominee to Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster shouldn’t be discriminated against because of his preference, noting that that type of prejudice needs to be surmounted.

The prelate, who’s an advisor to the patriotic values commission, said the Catholic Church doesn’t accept homosexuals as seminarians, because in his view, can become pedophiles and sexual deviations.

He rebuked the alleged sexual violations by the Polish priest Nojache Alberto Gil in Juncalito, Jánico (north-central), a conduct he affirms the church should’ve noticed while he was a seminarian to avert his reaching the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

An Old Copper Speaks Out (Or: The More Things Change)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

It is not normally the practice, here, to give a book review. However, there has been a book just released which deserves wider attention than that afforded by the usual book review section of the popular media.

That book is “Unholy Trinity: the Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day” by Denis Ryan (pictured above) and Peter Hoysted (Allen and Unwin).

Day died in 1978, without having ever been made to face charges. Ryan was a detective in the Victorian police, based in Mildura. He tells a tale of a “Catholic Mafia” within the force, at the time, which actively protected paedophile priests like Day, with collusion from the highest levels of the Catholic Church in Victoria.

Before going into the details of Mr. Ryan’s allegations, a couple of observations need to be made, in the interests of fairness. Sometimes, people are blinded by the prevailing attitudes of their era, and often would act differently in another era. Some people once, sincerely, thought taking Aboriginal children of mixed race away from their families was a good deed. The thoughtful reader will think of many other examples of misguided motives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

More from the NSW Enquiry – Second Session (Or: Nothing To See Here)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws recently revealed that NSW police officer Beth Cullen shredded documents from liaison meetings with Catholic Church officials from the Newcastle-Maitland diocese (see previous posting). The matter has been referred to the NSW enquiry, the Royal Commission, and the NSW Police Integrity Commission.

The head of the NSW enquiry, Ms. Cunneen, has now revealed that she will not consider the matter, as she claims it falls outside her terms of reference for the enquiry. She could have applied for her terms of reference to be widened to include this matter. She did not.

The NSW Police Minister has received his reports from police and, in response, has spoken to the State Parliament in defence of the officer, Ms. Beth Cullen. “I am informed that at no stage did the NSW police representative destroy any document which could be used in any investigation or prosecution,” he said. “I am also assured by the police force that the officer’s positive contribution to the field of child protection is unmatched.”

The NSW enquiry is now completely compromised, especially since these most recent developments follow on from the earlier decisions to allow Adelaide Archbishop, Phillip Wilson, to give evidence behind closed doors, and forcing a victim to do the same (see previous posting). The aim of the enquiry can only be to undermine the credibility of Newcastle Herald journalist, Joanne McCarthy, and police whistleblower, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox (see previous postings).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Worcester ex-priest convicted of molesting boy denied medical release

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

A defrocked Worcester priest serving time in a Texas prison for sexually abusing children has been denied early medical release, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The ex-Catholic priest, Thomas H. Teczar, 72, petitioned the parole board for early release for an undisclosed illness after having served four years of a 50-year sentence.

“Kids are safer with Teczar behind bars,” David Clohessy, director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), said in a press statement.

“Just because a predator is elderly doesn't mean he's less dangerous. And just because a predator claims he's ill doesn't mean he really is.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Vatican cleric accused of laundering money for the rich

ROME
Mirror (UK)

A top Catholic cleric with connections to the Vatican Bank was under arrest last night accused of laundering tens of millions of euro.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, is suspected of plotting to help rich friends smuggle huge sums of cash into Italy from Switzerland.

The move comes two days after the Pope set up an inquiry to look into the activities of the troubled bank.

In a scandal that reads like a spy novel, it involves police wiretaps, a private plane rented to collect the cash and burned mobile phones.

An allegedly corrupt secret services agent who promised to get the money past Customs is also being quizzed by police.

The case against Msgr Scarano will come as an acute embarrassment to Pope Francis who has dispensed with many of the trappings of office stressing the importance of a simple life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Pope aide lifted in €20m con

ROME
Irish Sun

By GARY MENEELY

ONE of the Pope’s top moneymen was behind bars yesterday over an alleged bid to smuggle €20million in cash across Europe.

Cops lifted Monsignor Nunzio Scarano on suspicion of fraud and corruption along with a financial adviser and an Italian secret service agent.

It’s claimed that the Vatican accountant, 61, who spent last night in a Rome prison, had been asked by wealthy pals to spirit in suitcases of money from Switzerland.

In phone calls tapped by police last July, he apparently offered the spook €600,000 to fly the cash into Rome on a private jet, and use his spy skills to avoid customs checks. Chief investigator Nello Rossi said the plane was to have been met on the runway and the wads of notes taken under armed escort to Msgr Scarano’s home.

In the event, the operation was abandoned when the alleged conspirators — who include the money owners’ broker — got cold feet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Vatican Accountant Accused of Smuggling $26 Million in Private Jet With Ex-Italian Spy

ROME
ABC News (US)

[with video]

By NICK SCHIFRIN (@nickschifrin) and GIULIA SAUDELLI

LONDON. June 28, 2013

Is the world's holiest bank riddled with corruption?

Many are asking that question today after a senior Vatican accountant was accused of plotting to sneak $26 million in bags of cash into Italy by stashing them away on a private jet, with the help of a former Italian spy.

The accountant, the former spy and an Italian financial broker have all been arrested in a case that highlights the Vatican's continuing challenge to eliminate fraud within the famously secretive Vatican Bank.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who was the head of analytic accounts at the Holy See's property-management agency, has been accused of fraud, corruption and slander. He was the middle-man in a complex plot that involved secretly flying his friends' money from Switzerland to Italy, evading customs and driving to his house in an armored convoy in order to avoid taxes, according to prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Prison officials deny early release for abusive Texas priest

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BY MITCH MITCHELL
mitchmitchell@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH — Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release Friday for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest.

Teczar, 72, wanted to serve only four years of a 50-year sentence handed down in 2009 on three charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one charge of indecency with a child.

Teczar was recently admitted to a medical facility in Dickinson and continues to be treated there for an undisclosed condition. He was listed in fair condition Friday, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Eastland County District Attorney Russ Thomason said his office received notice Wednesday that Teczar had applied for early release. Teczar served as parish priest in Ranger, about 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth, and in other parishes in Eastland and Tarrant counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Schmutzige Geschäfte im Vatikan

VATIKAN
Kleine Zeitung

Es geht um Geldwäsche, Korruption und Betrug: Mehrere hohe Mitarbeiter der römischen Kurie sollen in Finanz- und Pädophilie-Skandale verwickelt sein. Ein Bericht des Korrespondenten Julius Müller-Meiningen.

Es ist eine dieser Geschichten, die man aus Spionagefilmen kennt: Ein Agent fliegt in geheimer Mission Millionen-Summen in einem Privatflugzeug um die Welt.

Dass der Urheber einer solchen Affäre ein Priester und wichtiger Mitarbeiter des Vatikans sein könnte, überstieg bisher die Fantasien. Im katholischen Rom hingegen scheint nichts mehr unmöglich.
Nach dem "Vatileaks"-Skandal um gestohlene Geheimdokumente des Papstes und der von Papst Franziskus erwähnten "Homosexuellen-Lobby" nun der nächste Skandal. Und wieder ist das Institut für die religiösen Werke (IOR), die Vatikanbank mit im Spiel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Papst Franziskus und das Drama der Sodomie in der Kirche

ROM
Katholisches

(Rom) Der bekannte Kirchenhistoriker und katholische Intellektuelle Roberto de Mattei befaßte sich in einem jüngsten Aufsatz mit der aufsehenerregenden Feststellung von Papst Franziskus, daß im Vatikan eine „Homo-Lobby“ existiere.

Von Roberto de Mattei

Die Feststellung von Papst Franziskus, daß es im Vatikan eine „Homo-Lobby“ gibt, ist nicht auf einen improvisierten Scherz zu reduzieren. Sie ist vielmehr zu bedenken und in ihrer tragischen Tragweite abzuschätzen. „In der Kurie gibt es heilige Personen, wirklich, aber es gibt auch eine korrupte Strömung. Man spricht von einer ‚Homo-Lobby‘ und so ist es, sie existiert. Wir müssen abwägen, was getan werden kann.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Land gibt Fürsorge-Opfern nur geschwärzte Akten zur Einsicht

OSTERREICH
Saltzburger Fenster

Die Sozialbürokratie des Landes ringt sich nur mühsam zur versprochenen Akteneinsicht für frühere Heimkinder durch. Man fürchtet Klagen.

Gut 10.000 ehemalige Heim- und Pflegekinder in Österreich wurden in den Nachkriegsjahren Opfer eines Fürsorge- und Erziehungssystems, das noch im Geiste des Nationalsozialismus stand. Die Kinder sollten mit unerbittlicher Härte, Gewalt und Arbeit gebrochen werden. Zwei Drittel der Zöglinge wurden auch sexuell missbraucht. Historiker sprechen von einem geschlossenen, repressiven System, das Behörden, Gerichte und Kirche gegenüber den schutzlosen Kindern errichtet hatte. Das Land Salzburg hat in 20 Fällen 265.000 Euro Entschädigung bezahlt – bundesweit gehen die Summen in Richtung 30 Mio. Euro. Aus Furcht vor möglichen weiteren Schmerzengeld- und Opferrentenklagen durften Betroffene in Salzburg bis jetzt lediglich Fragen zu ihrem Akt stellen. Nun soll endlich das Versprechen von Ex-Sozialreferent Walter Steidl auf echte Akteneinsicht umgesetzt werden. Daten Dritter werden jedoch geschwärzt, heißt es in der Sozialabteilung. Ob man dazu etwa auch (Halb-)Geschwister zählt, ist noch offen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Missbrauchsfälle durch Geistliche und Kirchliche Mitarbeiter

DEUTSCHLAND
Bistum Dresden-Meissen

Dresden, 28.06.2013 (KPI): Im Bistum Dresden-Meißen sind seit 2002 insgesamt 18 Anträge wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs eingegangen.

Davon wurden 13 Fälle abschließend bearbeitet und als relevant eingestuft. Diese bezogen sich auf acht Täter, von denen fünf bereits verstorben sind. Insgesamt wurden in diesen Fällen als Ausgleich für erlittenes Leid 72.000 Euro als Entschädigung gezahlt. Soweit möglich, hat das Bistum von den Tätern die Rückerstattung dieser Zahlungen eingefordert, was auch erfolgt ist.

Ein Antrag war offensichtlich unbegründet und wurde nicht weiterverfolgt. Bei zwei Anträgen konnte kein Zusammenhang mit dem kirchlichen Dienst festgestellt werden. Ein weiterer Antrag endete mit dem Freispruch des Priesters durch das zuständige kirchliche Gericht.

Ein Vorgang ist noch offen und befindet sich im Stadium des kirchlichen Voruntersuchungsverfahrens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Bistum Trier schweigt über Diözesanrichter am Bischöflichen Offizialat, dem sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen wird

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT

Seit vergangener Woche verzichtet in Lebach ein Priester auf sein Amt als Pfarrer.

Laut Angaben des Bistums Trier, wurde dieser am 22. Juni 2009 zum Diözesanrichter am Bischöflichen Offizialat Trier ernannt - "für weitere zehn Jahre".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Scandalo prostituzione minorile in Vaticano Denunciò altri prelati, in carcere per calunnia

ROMA
Corriere della Sera

ROMA - Arrestato per calunnia il sacerdote sospeso a divinis che aveva denunciato un presunto scandalo di pedofilia e prostituzione minorile nella Curia Romana. Don Patrizio Poggi, aveva denunciato ai carabinieri di Roma quella che a suo dire era «un'organizzazione criminale dedita a reclutare ragazzi, anche minorenni, per farli prostituire» con esponenti del clero romano. Le indagini dei carabinieri del Nucleo investigativo di Roma hanno tuttavia «dimostrato come Poggi abbia concepito e attuato un piano calunnioso, prospettando circostanze non veritiere o, comunque, basate su mere dicerie», «in quanto animato da risentimento per motivazioni personali nei confronti di alcuni dei prelati da lui accusati di fruire di prestazioni sessuali omosessuali a pagamento con minorenni». Da qui l'ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere emessa dal Gip di Roma Aldo Morgigni, su richiesta del Procuratore Aggiunto Maria Monteleone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Abusive Clergy's Personnel Files To Go Public In Milwaukee; Survivors Want More

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Wisconsin Public Radio

[with audio]

By CHUCK QUIRMBACH

Sexual assault victims say the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese ought to release more documents about clergy abuse cases than planned next Monday.

A deal reached in the archdiocese bankruptcy case in federal court in Milwaukee calls for the church to release personnel files of 45 priests with verified abuse claims against them. Also to be released are depositions from several church officials — including New York cardinal Tim Dolan, who used to lead the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

But Peter Isely of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says the church ought to release more files, including ones about current abusers.

Isely: “They were clergy. They committed their crimes here. Some of them have been in prison recently. Not on the list, don’t have the files. Why? That's our question.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Finding faith after disillusion

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

This week the second round of public hearings into child sexual abuse allegations across the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese began in the Newcastle Supreme Court. As such, The Maitland Mercury will resume its series of reflections of Hunter members of the Catholic Church.

Through their own words these church members have endeavoured to answer the highly complex question: How do you keep the faith?

This week East Maitland lay person Pam Tierney reveals how she left the church because of paedophilia and also explains her reasons for returning. Compiled by EMMA SWAIN

Some years back I was experiencing a growing disenchantment with the structure and hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Australia, especially in relation to women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Church worker jailed for sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Evening Post

A church worker has been jailed for sexually abusing young boys.

Stuart Helm, 29, wept in the dock as he was handed a three-year sentence by a judge sitting at Leeds Crown Court.

Jailing Helm, Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “All your victims were vulnerable, some more vulnerable than others, and the sentence must be of immediate imprisonment.”

The court was told how after his arrest police found evidence that Helm had also been in contact with underage boys in America and had tried to get them to engage in sexual activity via a webcam. Helm, of Church Mount, Horsforth, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual assault on a child under 13, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three of sexual activity with a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and three of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Ogle County pastor pleads not guilty to sex abuse of minor

ILLINOIS
Rockford Register Star

By Nick Crow
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Jun 28, 2013

OREGON — A Crossroads Community Church pastor entered a not-guilty plea Friday to the charge of aggravated sexual abuse.

Charles Babler, 64, of Mount Morris has worked at the church’s Freeport and Polo campuses but is on administrative leave,

Babler entered the Ogle County Courthouse with his wife and sat quietly in Judge Robert T. Hanson’s courtroom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Testimony: Accuser's photo, pornography among items found in priest's home

COLORADO
Gazette

By Lance Benzel Published: June 28, 2013

On a curio table in a Colorado Springs priest's rectory sat a framed picture of the boy he is now accused of molesting, smartly dressed in a crisp uniform worn for one of his extracurricular activities.

It was among images found during a police sweep of the Rev. Charles Robert "Bob" Manning's home that captured detectives' attention.

A Colorado Springs police investigator testifying Friday at the now-retired priest's ongoing sexual assault trial said a computer removed from Manning's home contained a picture of "a younger male" with his shorts and underwear pulled down and his penis exposed. According to detective Nicholas Kundert, who described the image, the shot appeared to have been taken from inside Manning's rectory.

Manning, 78, formerly the pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he used booze, pot and gifts to coerce sex from a then-15-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

'I was abused by priest': police officer tells commission

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

A senior police officer who was abused by a priest as a child said Peter Fox's suggestions that officers failed to investigated a church coverup were "abhorrent".

Superintendent John Gralton revealed to the Special Commission of Inquiry this morning that he was assaulted by a priest in front of 40 students.

"Every time I see a paedophile hit the dock...I celebrate."

Superintendent Gralton was the Commander of Central Hunter at the time of Strike Force Lantle - an investigation into alleged concealment of sexual abuse by Hunter priests.

During cross examination, NSW police barrister barrister Pat Sadie, asked the superintendent if police were reluctant to investigate matters that would upset the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Archdiocese of Milwaukee sex-abuse victims push for more open records

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel June 28, 2013

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which faces more than a dozen civil fraud lawsuits over its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. As the case proceeds, we'll have updates, analysis, documents and more.

Monica Barrett has waited for years to learn what the Archdiocese of Milwaukee knew about Father William Effinger, who raped her, she says, when she was a child at a Lake Geneva parish.

Her wait is scheduled to end Monday when the archdiocese releases thousands of pages of documents detailing its handling of clergy sex-abuse cases going back decades, as part of its bankruptcy.

Barrett stood Friday with other abuse survivors outside Milwaukee's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist to herald the release as a historic moment that would vindicate victims. But it is not enough, they said.

The survivors and their supporters called on the archdiocese to release all of its files — not just those concerning the 42 current and former diocesan priests covered in Monday's release, but those of every known abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Second sex abuse victim talks of 'evil' Shefford priest John Ryan

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Nic Rigby
BBC News

A second man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a priest at an orphanage in Bedfordshire has said he hopes legal action will bring justice for former residents.

The man, now in his 60s, attended St Francis Boys Home in Shefford, near Bedford, in the 1950s and 60s.

He says he was repeatedly abused by priest Father John Ryan.

Fr Ryan was arrested in 2003 following other allegations, but released without charge. He died in 2008.

'Evil man'

The former resident of the home, who now lives in Woolwich, south London, spoke out about the abuse after a group of former victims pledged to take legal action against the Catholic church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Senior police officer was victim of abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Newcastle's most senior police officer, Superintendent John Gralton, has told the inquiry into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church that he and some friends were abused by a priest as schoolboys.

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Newcastle's most senior police officer has told a special commission of inquiry he and his friends were abused by a priest as schoolboys.

The evidence came as the chief investigator into alleged child sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy in the Newcastle region shone a light of the volume of cases.

Philippa McDonald reports.

PHILIPPA MCDONALD, REPORTER: For the man who runs one of the busiest police commands in the state, this inquiry is personal.

"I was assaulted by a priest in front of 40 students."

Superintendent John Gralton has told the special commission into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region that he wasn't alone in his humiliation, which he reported to police.

"I gave details of probably five or six friends of mine who were indecently assaulted to investigators."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

June 28, 2013

Milwaukee Archdiocese to release documents of priest abuse

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Fox 6

June 28, 2013, by Bret Lemoine

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Archdiocese is set to release over 6,000 pages of secret documents on Monday, July 1st, detailing substantiated allegations of abuse by priests.

Victims have been working for almost two years to have the documents unsealed.

“As a survivor, we’ve lived with the truth of these documents for a long time. The release of these documents will validate the claims we have been making for a long, long time,” said Monica Barrett.

45 priests are expected to be named in the documents, however there is concern that dozens of clergy-offender names are being withheld.

Critics believe there are two dozen deacons, Catholic school teachers and others who are not being named.

“There are priests, three ordained deacons that they said abused children in 2005. Where are they? Where are these three ordained deacons who assulted children?” asked Midwest Director of SNAP, Peter Isely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Over two dozen clergy, others who committed child sex crimes or abuse, names and files will be missing from Archdiocese of Milwaukee court supervised document release Monday

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

June 28, 2013
Over two dozen clergy, others who committed child sex crimes or abuse names and files will be missing from Archdiocese of Milwaukee court supervised document release Monday

CONTACT:
Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (414.429.7259)
John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director (414.336.8575)
Mike Sneesby, SNAP Milwaukee Director (414.915.4374)

On Monday, July 1st the Archdiocese, through a court supervised agreement, is scheduled to release the files of 45 priests who committed what church officials characterize as “substantiated” acts of criminal child sexual assault.

The list and files were not compiled by law enforcement, the court, or independent review but by the Archdiocese.

That is why the actual number of known and alleged offenders is considerably greater than 45, when a true list is compiled of all clergy and others known or alleged form court and other published records and accounts.

The purpose of any list, such as those found published by occupational or licensing boards, is to alert the public that a teacher, or psychologist or social worker, for example, has had his or her license revoked for misconduct, such as sexual assault of a patient or student, through the process of a formal ruling by the occupational or state licensing board.

Who is served by keeping the identities, files and information of known clergy abusers from a diocese secret? Not the public, or families, or parents. Only the offender and the bishop who covered up the act or the report.

What, then, is the true number of abusive clergy and others who have sexually assaulted children working or living in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, under the authority of the Milwaukee Archbishop? Below is a partial list (will be updated).

a. The number Fr. of abusive clergy from the archdiocese is at least 66. Bishop-Accountability.org, the world’s oldest and largest independent online Boston archive of church abuse documents and reports from around the United States, lists the number of clergy who have sexually assaulted children in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as 66. (Go the BA “database of accused priests” page and scroll down to Milwaukee Archdiocese and click for name and details.)

b. Parish priests recently removed from ministry with current cases or reports of assaulting children whose files are not being released. Fr. Robert Marsicek, a Wauwatosa priest under current and former police investigation for recent allegations of child sex crimes with who has been removed from ministry, according to his religious order. Fr. Michael Nowak pleaded guilty Fr. Lauren Wenig, pastor of St. Mary’s Elm Grove, removed from ministry three years ago with five victims coming forward. There is also a retired priest removed three years ago for a child sex assault report whose name and file has not been released.

c. 3 deacons have been confirmed by archdiocese to have assaulted children. In a published report to Wisconsin State legislators in 2003 by the Catholic’s Conference of Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee revealed that at least 3 permanent deacons ordained in Milwaukee and assigned to parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee sexually assaulted children. The Archdiocese will not disclose their names, files or assignment history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Vatican monsignor arrested in 20M euro plot

VATICAN CITY
Houston Chronicle

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press | June 28, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The plot involved an armed police escort, a wealthy shipping family and a plan to secretly transport $26 million (20 million euros) from a Swiss bank account into Italy aboard a private jet. At the heart of the story of greed: a silver-haired Vatican monsignor.

The latest corruption scandal to hit the Holy See unraveled in public on Friday as Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a Vatican accountant, was arrested in the customs-dodging Swiss bank case. He is also under investigation in a separate case of alleged money-laundering involving his Vatican bank account.

The developments came two days after Pope Francis created a commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued it for decades and contributed to its reputation as an unregulated, offshore tax haven.

Francis has made it clear that he has no tolerance for corruption or for Vatican officials who use their jobs for personal ambition or gain. He has said he wants a "poor" church that ministers to those most in need. He has also noted, tongue in cheek, that "St. Peter didn't have a bank account."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, top Vatican official, busted in shady money smuggling deal

ITALY
New York Daily News

BY CORKY SIEMASZKO / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Thou shalt not smuggle a fortune into Italy.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a top Vatican bean counter, was busted Friday for trying to do just that along with an Italian military police honcho and a shady financier.

Scarano was the middleman in a scheme to avoid paying customs and taxes by sneaking $26 million from a Swiss bank to Rome by private jet, an Italian prosecutor said.

But Scarano, who was already under investigation for using money meant for a hospice to buy himself a Sicilian hideaway, was undone when the wiretaps on his phone caught him plotting, prosecutor Nello Rossi said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Stephen Budd case: Police interrogation of former Rosarian Academy teacher released

FLORIDA
WPTV

[with video]

By: Alex Sanz
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In a recorded interrogation with the West Palm Beach Police Department, Stephen Budd, the former Rosarian Academy teacher accused of engaging in sexual activity with at least two of his fourth grade students, questioned why the now-teenage girls would have made the allegations against him.

Earlier this year, two former students came forward and told the police department that in 2006, when they were in the fourth grade, Budd had engaged in sexual activity with them.

Excerpts:
Investigator: "Why do you think this is going on now?"
Budd: "I don't know. I don't know."
Investigator: "And, you don't have anything that you think that you should be forthcoming about right now?"
Budd: "No."
Investigator: "Were there any times where you were at the school and you did masturbate and then the girls did walk in or something?"
Budd: "No."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Hunter church abuse inquiry moves to next phase

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The police whistleblower who sparked an inquiry into an alleged cover-up of abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church says he is glad the first half of the probe is over.

It examined Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims police tried to cover-up allegations of abuse by two priests.

Newcastle Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton rejected the claims, yesterday revealing he was particularly keen to see clergy investigated because he was abused by his school priest.

Stage two gets underway on Monday and will investigate claims the church protected paedophile clergy.

Peter Fox says it has been a tough three weeks of public hearings.

"Nothing comes as a surprise," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Church faces special inquiry blowtorch

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 28, 2013

IF anyone wondered what was at stake in this Special Commission of Inquiry, they needed to look no further than the rafts of tables stacked with barristers between Commissioner Margaret Cunneen and the public gallery.

Most days, more than 18. Highly skilled, highly paid and highly charged.

Some, such as Julia Lonergan, SC, and Warwick Hunt, were there to assist the commissioner and lead witnesses through the mountainous volumes of evidence submitted to the inquiry. The remainder represented individual interests - the police, the top brass, the church, the top clergy, the Newcastle Herald.

This was round one. At stake was the public credibility of a police force faced with damning allegations that a "Catholic mafia" existed within its ranks and that a key detective was shut out of investigations by forces wanting to protect the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Polo pastor expected in court today over sexual abuse charges

ILLINOIS
Journal Standard

By Nick Crow
JOURNALSTANDARD.COM
Posted Jun 28, 2013

OREGON -- Charles Babler, the 64-year-old Mount Morris man who had worked as a pastor with Crossroads Community Church in Polo for the past decade, will appear before a circuit court judge at 1 p.m. to face charges of criminal sexual abuse of a minor.

Babler was arrested by sheriff's deputies last Friday in the wake of an investigation of a 2011 incident in which police say he had contact with a person younger than 13.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison. Probation is possible, and guilty offenders must register for mandatory lifetime classification as sexual predators.

Ogle County State's Attorney Mike Rock said that the charges facing Babler could be amended during the hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

D.A. Finally Has To Explain Flip-Flop Over Child Endangerment Law

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

It's one of the enduring mysteries of the current district attorney's self-described "historic" prosecution of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

How could one former district attorney, Lynne Abraham, and one grand jury look at the state law for endangering the welfare of a child [EWOC], in 2005 and decide that the law didn't apply to Msgr. William J. Lynn, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, or any other high-ranking official at the archdiocese?

And how could the current district attorney, Seth Williams, and another grand jury look at that same exact EWOC law in 2011 and decide that the law did apply, not only to Msgr. Lynn, but also to Father James J. Brennan, Father Edward V. Avery, Father Charles Engelhardt, and Bernard Shero?

In the appeals battle over the conviction of Msgr. Lynn, District Attorney Seth Williams finally had to answer the question that he had previously been stonewalling on. The D.A.'s official explanation for the legal flip-flop was contained in a 63-page brief filed June 25th in Superior Court.

In the brief, written by Hugh L. Burns, chief of the D.A.'s Appeals Unit, the author conceded that one Philadelphia district attorney got it right and one Philadelphia district attorney got it wrong, but that it would be up to the Superior Court to make the final call.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

Scandalo pedofilia in Vaticano, l'ex prete Poggi arrestato per calunnia

ROMA
AGI

(AGI) - Roma, 28 giu. - Le accuse mosse dall'ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi sarebbero scaturite dal risentimento nutrito nei confronti di altri sacerdoti e monsignori che, dopo la sua condanna definitiva per abusi sessuali nei confronti dei minori, lo avevano scaricato e, anzi, lo avevano ostacolato nel suo progetto di essere reintegrato nell'ordine sacerdotale.

Questo quanto ipotizzato dal procuratore aggiunto di Roma, Maria Monteleone, che ha chiesto e ottenuto l'arresto per calunnia dell'ex sacerdote fermato dai carabinieri in un residence sulla via Camilluccia a Roma dove occupava un appartamento.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Calunnia, arrestato l'ex sacerdote Poggi Il procuratore: «Si è inventato tutto Voleva vendicarsi e ricattare il Papa»

ROME
il Messaggero

ROMA - I carabinieri del Nucleo Investigativo di Roma hanno arrestato l’ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi, in esecuzione di un’ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere emessa dal gip Aldo Morgigni, su richiesta del procuratore aggiunto della Procura della Repubblica di Roma, Maria Monteleone.

Poggi è indagato del reato di calunnia aggravata e continuata per avere denunciato, a marzo 2013, circostanze non veritiere in ordine alla presunta esistenza di un’organizzazione criminale gestita da tre personaggi romani, attiva nel procacciare ragazzi italiani e stranieri, anche minorenni, per avviarli alla prostituzione maschile in favore di vari esponenti del clero romano, di cui Poggi aveva indicato i nominativi in sede di denuncia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Roma: carabinieri arrestano ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi

ROMA
ASCA

(ASCA) - Roma, 28 giu - I Carabinieri del Nucleo Investigativo di Roma, nel corso della mattinata, hanno arrestato l'ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi, in esecuzione di un'ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere emessa dal Gip presso il Tribunale di Roma Aldo Morgigni, su richiesta del Procuratore Aggiunto della Procura della Repubblica di Roma, Maria Monteleone. Poggi e' indagato del reato di calunnia aggravata e continuata per avere denunciato, a marzo 2013, circostanze non veritiere in ordine alla presunta esistenza di un'organizzazione criminale gestita da tre personaggi romani, attiva nel procacciare ragazzi italiani e stranieri, anche minorenni, per avviarli alla prostituzione maschile in favore di vari esponenti del clero romano, di cui Poggi aveva indicato i nominativi in sede di denuncia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Priest held for ‘slander’

ROME
The Times (UK)

James Bone Rome

The convicted paedophile priest who told police that other Catholic clergy used underage rent-boys was arrested for slander yesterday after prosecutors concluded he had made up the allegations.

Prosecutors said the claims by Patrizio Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for child abuse while a priest on the outskirts of Rome, were “untrue or based on mere hearsay” and motivated by personal animosity against some of the clerics named. They accused him of attempting to coach possible victims to back up his allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Imams in 500 mosques to denounce grooming and abuse of children

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Vikram Dodd
The Guardian, Thursday 27 June 2013

Imams in 500 mosques across Britain will on Friday give the same sermon denouncing the grooming and sexual abuse of children.

The co-ordinated effort follows the convictions of Muslim men in British courts for a series of horrific cases. Organisers say it is the first time that so many imams will deliver the same sermon before hundreds of congregations.

The sermons will urge people to report those suspected of involvement in sexual abuse offences, and opens with a quotation from the Qur'an which forbids Muslims from "sexual indecency, wickedness and oppression of others".

The courts have dealt with a cluster of horrific cases including those in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford, where on Thursday five men were sentenced to life imprisonment and two others to long sentences for the abuse of girls.

It is organised by a group called Together Against Grooming, and backed by bodies including the Muslim Council of Britain, the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, and the Islamic Society of Britain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Vatican prelate arrested as part of IOR inquiry

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Nunzio Serrano, who served in the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, has been arrested after he apparently helped friends bring 20 million Euros into Italy. Vatican spokesman Lombardi says the Vatican is prepared to cooperate with the judiciary

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

Less than forty eight hours after it was announced that Francis had ordered the setting up of a commission to inquire into the activities of the IOR, the Vatican bank has come under the media spotlight again, following the arrest of Italian monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who had been working for APSA (the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See). Two others were arrested as well: Italian policeman Giovanni Maria Zito, who was dismissed from the Italian secret services three months ago and broker Giovanni Carenzio. They are accused of corruption, slander and fraud. The arrest was made as part of the inquiry that is being carried out by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome, into the activities of the IOR. Public Prosecutors Nello Rossi and Stefano Fava have been leading the three year investigation into the violation of anti-money laundering regulations by the IOR’s director general Paolo Cipriani and deputy director Massimo Tulli.

Mgr. Scarano, a former banker who became a priest 27 years ago, apparently agreed to pay 400 thousand Euros to have 20 million Euros in cash brought into Italy on a private jet. According to Scarano’s lawyer, the money was in fact transported on a State-authorised flight and the prelate only acted as a go-between. The money belonged to one of his friend’s families. But the monsignor was also placed under investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of his home city, Salerno, last 13 June, on charges of money-laundering. The investigation is being led by Public Prosecutor Elena Guarino and looking into the illegal transaction of money via cheques worth 10 thousand Euros each. Although accounting records show these as donations to help settle debts accumulated by a property in Salerno, it is suspected the transactions were part of a money laundering operation. In 2009, Mgr. Scarano withdrew 560 thousand Euros in cash from his IOR bank account, claiming it went towards paying off a mortgage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Strike force did 'extremely good work', inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

STRIKE Force Georgiana had resulted in 11 people being charged with 440 offences involving 110 victims and the numbers were growing almost daily, strike force investigator Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber has told the special commission of inquiry in Newcastle.

In a session just before lunch on Friday Detective Sergeant Faber said the strike force had done extremely good work.

She said 13 detectives over five years had worked on Georgiana matters. Investigating child sexual abuse was physically hard, and mentally extremely hard.

Detective Sergeant Faber said no one in Georgiana was ever discouraged from investigating matters involving the church and she had never had ‘‘any resistance whatsoever’’ from her superior officers to such investigations.

Sergeant Faber was questioned about her account of a conversation with Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy, which took place on May 30, 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Child abuse investigator told 'life in danger'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian June 29, 2013

A DETECTIVE working with a police strike force that has charged 11 priests with hundreds of child abuse offences was warned by a colleague that her life was in danger from the "Catholic mafia", an inquiry has heard.

A DETECTIVE was warned by a colleague that her life was in danger from the "Catholic mafia", an inquiry has heard.

Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber told the NSW special commission of inquiry into church child abuse that another detective, Peter Fox, made the claim during a telephone conversation last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Fox told Ms Faber that her investigation into historic abuse committed by local priests meant she "would not be liked" and her "life was in danger from the Catholic mafia", she said.

In his own sworn evidence to the inquiry, Mr Fox has previously denied the conversation took place, although he has repeatedly used the phrase to describe serving officers who allegedly attempted to discourage investigations into the clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Appellate Court absolves diocese, SW church of liability for sex abuse

CONNECTICUT
Journal Inquirer

By Alex Wood Journal Inquirer

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut aren’t liable to a man who says the priest at St. Peter’s sexually molested him in 1977 when he was in sixth grade and serving as an acolyte, the state Appellate Court ruled this week.

The court concluded that the harm inflicted by the former priest, Bruce Jacques, on the plaintiff in the case, Robert Gough, “was not foreseeable.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Philly archbishop: Church finances are improving

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

The Associated Press POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says recent improvements to its financial health won't be reflected in data being released next week. Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) says results of the 2012 audit "are serious - and that's an understatement."

The information will be released online Wednesday morning. Chaput said Friday that most of the problems stem from bad spending habits, not fraud or the priest sex-abuse scandal. The church had a $6 million deficit in August 2012. The archdiocese got a new chief financial officer in April 2012. The previous CFO is behind bars for embezzling $900,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Government ‘expects’ orders to pay into Magdalene fund

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Government has thrown down the gauntlet to the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries, saying it expects them to contribute money towards the redress scheme — as two groups said they would not pay.

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Dáil the Government, survivors of the laundries and the wider public “expect” those who ran the institutions to pay to compensate the women who suffered in their care. Mr Shatter’s challenge comes as two of the orders have told the Government they will not be contributing any money towards the Quirke redress scheme, expected to cost between €34m and €58m.

The Irish Examiner understands from sources that both the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge told the Government in advance of the Quirke Report being published on Wednesday, they would not be contributing money to the compensation fund.

The report recommended the women be paid compensation ranging from €11,500 to a maximum of €100,000 depending on the duration spent in a Magdalene Laundry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Patrizio Poggi: arrestato l’ex prete che accusa i sacerdoti pedofili

ITALIA
Giornalettismo

E’ stato arrestato per calunnia aggravata e continuata l’ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi, che aveva denunciato l’esistenza di un’organizzazione criminale dedita a reclutare ragazzi, anche minorenni, per farli prostituire con esponenti del clero romano.

DON POGGI, PIANO CALUNNIOSO – Le indagini dei carabinieri del Nucleo investigativo di Roma – riferisce una nota – ”hanno dimostrato come Poggi abbia concepito e attuato un piano calunnioso, prospettando circostanze non veritiere”, ”in quanto animato da risentimento per motivazioni personali”.

COSA AVEVA DETTO DON PATRIZIO POGGI – Nei giorni scorsi giornali e quotidiani avevano riportato i verbali di Don Poggi. Don Poggi, del quartiere romano di Primavalle, fu condannato nel 1999 a otto anni di reclusione (poi ridotti a cinque, ndr) per aver abusato di cinque ragazzi fra i 14 e 15 anni. Minori che erano stati a lui affidati negli anni ’90 e poi vittime delle sue violenze. Come aveva svelato il Fatto quotidiano, scontato il suo debito con la giustizia, aveva chiesto di essere riammesso a celebrare la messa. Di fronte al rifiuto delle gerarchie ecclesiastiche, aveva però deciso di raccontare altre “verità”, accusando anche un importante monsignore “con la passione per i ragazzini”. Lo stesso quotidiano di Padellaro e Travaglio ha pubblicato il testo della denuncia dello scorso 8 marzo, quando Poggi si presentò ai carabinieri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM

Denunciato per calunnia don Poggi «svelò» presunti casi di pedofilia in Curia

ROMA
Corriere della Sera

ROMA - Arrestato per calunnia il sacerdote sospeso a divinis che aveva denunciato un presunto scandalo pedofilia nella Curia Romana. Don Patrizio Poggi, aveva denunciato ai carabinieri di Roma quella che a suo dire era «un'organizzazione criminale dedita a reclutare ragazzi, anche minorenni, per farli prostituire» con esponenti del clero romano. Le indagini dei carabinieri del Nucleo investigativo di Roma hanno tuttavia «dimostrato come Poggi abbia concepito e attuato un piano calunnioso, prospettando circostanze non veritiere o, comunque, basate su mere dicerie», «in quanto animato da risentimento per motivazioni personali nei confronti di alcuni dei prelati da lui accusati di fruire di prestazioni sessuali omosessuali a pagamento con minorenni». Da qui l'ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere emessa dal Gip di Roma Aldo Morgigni, su richiesta del Procuratore Aggiunto Maria Monteleone.

LA CONDANNA PER ABUSI - Il risentimento di Poggi sarebbe legato alle sue personali vicende giudiziarie e alla sua sospensione dal sacerdozio in seguito a casi di pedofilia - questi sì provati - in cui era stato coinvolto negli Anni Novanta. Ai carabinieri del Noe (Nucleo per la tutela dell'ambiente) aveva egli stesso premesso di essere stato condannato a 5 anni di reclusione (ma la condanna in primo grado, nel 1999, era stata più pesante: 8 anni) per violenza sessuale nei confronti di minori, l'ex parroco del San Filippo Neri di Roma assicura di aver sentito «il dovere di tutelare la Santa Chiesa e la comunità cristiana».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

PEDOFILIA IN VATICANO, ARRESTATO PER CALUNNIA L’EX SACERDOTE PATRIZIO POGGI: DENUNCIO’ CASI FALSI

ITALIA
Lazio News

Denunciò falsi casi di pedofilia all’interno del Vaticano: con questa accusa è stato arrestato oggi l’ex sacerdote Patrizio Poggi.

Don Poggi aveva denunciato ai carabinieri di Roma “un’organizzazione criminale dedita a reclutare ragazzi, anche minorenni, per farli prostituire” con esponenti del clero romano. Le indagini dei carabinieri del Nucleo investigativo hanno però “dimostrato come Poggi abbia concepito e attuato un piano calunnioso, prospettando circostanze non veritiere o, comunque, basate su mere dicerie, in quanto animato da risentimento per motivazioni personali nei confronti di alcuni dei prelati da lui accusati di fruire di prestazioni sessuali omosessuali a pagamento con minorenni”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Vatican Bank Official Arrested In Corruption Probe

ITALY
The Atlantic Wire

DASHIELL BENNETT

A high-ranking official at the troubled Vatican bank (who was already under investigation for a possible money laundering scheme) was arrested on Friday for trying to bring 20 million euros in to the country illegally. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was detained along with two others for the failed plot that involved bringing the cash from Switzerland to Italy on an Italian government plane, presumably so they could avoid customs checks, and therefore, taxes.

Scarano's lawyer denies all the charges and says his client "can explain," though he did not elaborate on how. The new charges follow a separate investigation of Scarano that stemmed from a series of shady transactions he made back in 2009, transferring money between his personal accounts in The Vatican and in Italy.

On a personal scale, Scarano's crimes are not that disastrous, but they come at a very difficult time for the Church and the new pope. Just two days ago, Pope Francis created an inquiry commission to investigate corruption and mismanagement at the Vatican bank. The bank, which operates under different laws than the rest of the European Union, has been accused of failing to meet the more rigorous standards of the world financial community and an excess of secrecy. Scarano's alleged crimes appear to be exactly the kind of behavior the Pope is trying to put a stop to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Vatican: Holy See to cooperate with Italy in bank probe

VATICAN CITY
adnkronos

Vatican City, 28 June (AKI) - The Holy See on Friday said it would "cooperate fully" with Italian investigators after the arrest of senior cleric on suspicion of fraud and graft amid a wider probe into the Vatican Bank.

"The Holy See has not received any request by Italian authorities in this case, but it confirms it is willing to cooperate fully," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

Lombardi said the body which oversees the Vatican's financial institutions was also across the case of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a Vatican accountant arrested on Friday for suspected fraud, corruption and slander.

"The Financial Information Authority (Ais) is following this problem and will take any necessary action within its remit," Lombardi stated.

He noted that Scarano was suspended last month from his post with the Vatican's Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (Apsa), which manages the Vatican's portfolio of assets including its real estate.

As a Vatican employee, Scarano was eligible to hold an account at the Vatican Bank, which Pope Francis on Wednesday put under investigation amid several money-laundering scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Vatican to cooperate in investigation of monsignor arrested for fraud

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Jun. 28, 2013

VATICAN CITY An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested Friday on charges of fraud, corruption and slander in a separate case.

Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a priest of the archdiocese of Salerno-Campagna-Acero, was head of the analytical accounting service at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, the Vatican office that oversees Vatican property and investments.

Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said Scarano was suspended in May, "as soon as his superiors were informed that he was under investigation." Vatican rules call for the suspension of any employee who is the subject of a criminal investigation, he said Friday.

The spokesman also said, "The Holy See has not yet received any request on this matter from the proper Italian authorities, but confirms it is ready to collaborate fully."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

Vatican official arrested on suspicion of corruption, Rome prosecutor says

ROME
CNN

By Hada Messia and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
June 28, 2013

Rome (CNN) -- A Vatican official, a financial broker and a former secret service police officer were arrested Friday on suspicion of corruption over an alleged attempt to smuggle a huge sum of cash into Italy, Rome's prosecutor said.

The official, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, works as a financial analyst in the Vatican office that administers Vatican-owned property.

The archdiocese of Salerno, in southern Italy, issued a statement saying media reports identifying him as a bishop there were incorrect.

Prosecutor Nello Rossi told reporters the three suspects could face corruption charges, with Scarano also facing a possible count of defamation.

He stressed that the investigation is ongoing and that money laundering is not among the possible charges based on what investigators have uncovered so far.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Former Worcester priest serving a 50-year sentence in Texas for rape and sexual abuse could be released from prison

WORCESTER (MA)
The Republican

By Kevin Koczwara, MassLive.com
on June 28, 2013

WORCESTER - A defrocked Worcester priest serving a 50-year sentence in Texas for molesting an 11-year-old boy more than 20 years ago could be released from prison because of medical problems, reports The Worcester Telegram & Gazette*.

Thomas H. Teczar, 72, was convicted of rape and sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy in 2009 and he was accused of abusing at least 14 boys over a 50 year span, reports the Telegram & Gazette. He is not supposed to be considered for parole until Oct. 23, 2019. He was formally removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2011.

According to BishopAccountability.org, Teczar is accused of complaints of sexually abusing teams as far back as the mid-1960s and had issues in parishes in Leicester, Worcester, Uxbridge as well as California and Texas, where he was eventually convicted of the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy in Ranger, TX in the 1990s.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released a statement urging Teczar not be released.

"We oppose parole for Fr. Thomas H. Teczar, who in 2009 was convicted of rape and sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. In addition to this conviction, there are documented accusations of Teczar sexually assaulting children for nearly 50 years," read a statement posted by David Clohessy on SNAP's website.

"Despite this, he wants to serve only four years of a 50-year-sentence. Having a long history of committing crimes without consequence, he cannot be allowed to walk free from the only punishment he has ever received, punishment which keeps him away from children," the statement continues. "We urge Texas officials will recognize that Teczar’s entire history of sexual violence against children exceedingly overshadows his case for parole based on alleged medical conditions."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Ferment in Nigeria; Syria; the Vatican bank; and sex scandals

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. | Jun. 28, 2013 All Things Catholic

Perhaps it's the curmudgeon in me, but I'm always drawn to news stories that seem to upend conventional wisdom, and I award bonus points if the story challenges both liberal and conservative biases at the same time. ...

Everyone knows that the cardinals who propelled a Latin American outsider to the papacy in just five ballots in March were acutely frustrated with what they saw as breakdowns in Vatican management. To date, Francis hasn't done much to break with business as usual, but signals continue to accumulate that when he gets started, we may be in for an earthquake rather than a mere tremor.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Francis has created a new commission to investigate the Vatican bank, technically known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). Here is my piece on the commission.

Early reaction among seasoned Vatican-watchers is that this is a big deal. Writing in Corriere della Sera on Thursday, Massimo Franco said that it augurs "a radical project of renewal" in the Vatican. Noting that two of the five members appointed to the commission are Americans, Msgr. Peter Wells of the Secretariat of State and former Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon, Franco also said the pope's move reflects a healthy dose of "Anglo-Saxon pragmatism."

An accompanying piece in Corriere quoted Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, the coordinator of the pope's new kitchen cabinet formed of eight cardinals from around the world. In the article, Maradiaga expressed a degree of skepticism about the bank's current modus operandi: "They've said that the IOR is not a bank but a foundation," Maradiaga said. "Then why in the world has it acted like a bank?"

The ferment over the bank is unfolding against the backdrop of yet another scandal. An official of another Vatican financial office, the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See, was recently suspended after prosecutors in Salerno opened an investigation because he apparently withdrew $730,000 in cash from a Vatican bank account and then used it to pay off personal debts, allegedly convincing more than 50 friends to convert 10,000 Euro each into cashier's checks in order to evade reporting requirements.

In Thursday's La Repubblica, Vatican writer Paolo Rodari said the creation of the commission presages "a revolution not just in structures but in personnel," a point seemingly confirmed by an accompanying interview with Cardinal George Pell of Australia, another member of the pope's "Gang of Eight."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

PRESS RELEASE ON ARREST OF CURIA PRELATE

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 28 June 2013 (VIS) – This morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, issued the following communique regarding the arrest, in Italy, of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, director of accounting analysis service of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), in the context of an investigation on corruption and fraud.

“As has been made known in the past few days, Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was suspended from his position at the APSA over a month ago, as soon as his superiors were informed that he was under investigation. This is in compliance of the Regulations of the Roman Curia, which require the precautionary suspension of persons against whom prosecution has been initiated.”

“The Holy See has still not received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but has confirmed its willingness to cooperate fully.”

“The competent Vatican authority, the AIF (the Vatican Financial Information Authority), is following the issue in order to take, if necessary, appropriate measures within its competence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Teen's mother testifies that priest gave her son gifts, was 'part of our family'

COLORADO
Gazette

By Lance Benzel Published: June 27, 2013

A former Colorado Springs priest being tried on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage altar boy was considered "part of our family," the boy's mother told a jury Thursday while choking back tears.

Testifying on the third day of the prosecution's case against the Rev. Charles Robert "Bob" Manning, the woman said the then-pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church was a frequent guest at the family home.

"Holidays. Dinners. Everything," the woman said. "I included him as part of our family."

According to earlier testimony, the accuser was 14 when he sent an email to St. Gabriel's, 8755 Scarborough Drive, saying that he wanted to explore Catholicism.

Manning, 78, has pleaded not guilty to all counts, with his attorneys portraying him the victim of false allegations by the boy, who became an altar server during the course of one-on-one tutelage by Manning in his church office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Call for cover-up inquiry

AUSTRALIA
ABC Mildura-Swan Hill

By Deb Banks (ABC Mildura-Swan Hill)

A former police detective living in Mildura wants a government inquiry into what happened to him 40 years ago, after he uncovered hundreds of cases of sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic church priest and found himself confronted with a conspiracy to prevent investigation, damaging his career and leading ultimately to his resignation from the force.

Denis Ryan says his investigation into Catholic priest - Monsignor John Day - uncovered hundreds of cases of child sex abuse, but was smothered by Victoria Police and the church.

Mr Ryan has documented his quest for justice in a book released this week, and is telling his story for the first time.

Mr Ryan first came in contact with Father Day on the streets of St Kilda, in 1956, while on divisional van duties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Madras HC upholds arrest of priest charged with abusing girl in US

INDIA
IBN Live

Press Trust of India | Updated Jun 28, 2013

The Madras High Court has upheld the arrest of a Catholic priest from Tamil Nadu, charged with abusing a minor girl in the US, facilitating his extradition to face justice in that country.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Dhanapalan and C T Selvam dismissed the petition filed by the priest's sister Pushpavathi, seeking to quash his arrest on the ground that there was a delay in producing him in Delhi and his continued incarceration amounted to illegal detention.

The bench rejected her plea and facilitated the priest's extradition contending that the crime is a "first degree criminal sexual conduct." Additional Solicitor General G Masilamani had pointed out that there was a valid extradition treaty with the US since 1999 and that the US has furnished all relevant documents validating its extradition request.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Felony charge against priest dropped

CALIFORNIA
Appeal-Democrat

June 28, 2013

By Rob Parsons/A-D Reporter

A Catholic priest "nibbled" a Yuba City teenager's nose, put his head against her chest, pulled her down onto a bed and kissed her face repeatedly, the 16-year-old testified on Thursday.

"Then he put his tongue inside my mouth," the girl said in Sutter County Superior Court. The Appeal-Democrat is not naming the girl because she is a minor and an alleged victim.

During a recorded phone call between the girl and the Rev. Julio Cesar Guarin-Sosa, the Colombian priest apologized for the alleged March 8 incident in the Yuba City girl's bedroom and asked her to keep it secret, Yuba City police Officer Isabel Kodani testified.

"Because he said it would destroy his life," Kodani said. "He told her it would never happen again."

Superior Court Judge Christopher R. Chandler ordered Guarin-Sosa, 43, to stand trial on misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and child molestation following Thursday's preliminary hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Hollywood Awards Accused Child Abuser and Elmo Actor With Three Emmys; Media Sees No Problem

CALIFORNIA
TheMediaReport

How do the cultural elites in Hollywood deal with a successful actor after he has been accused by at least four different men of child sex abuse? Not screaming headlines, of course. Instead, it rewards him with three Emmy Awards.

Kevin Clash struck it big in Hollywood by developing the personality and voice of the popular Sesame Street character Elmo. Yet after a number of men came forward late last November to accuse him of abusing them as boys, he resigned from the hit children's show, thus joining a growing list of Hollywood celebrities accused of sex abuse with scant media disapprobation.

Roman Polanski: 'It wasn't rape-rape'

Clash is not the first Hollywood star to be celebrated by media elites even after being accused of child sex crimes.

In March of 1977, Los Angeles law enforcement arrested famed director Roman Polanski for the savage rape of a 13-year-old girl that happened at the home of his famous friend, Jack Nicholson. Court records indicate that after Polanski plied the underage girl with alcohol and drugs, he then forcibly performed oral sex, intercourse, and sodomy. ...

Contrast the treatment by the Los Angeles Times to the death of Jackson with the death of a popular L.A. cleric, Bishop Juan Arzube, who passed away less than a year before Jackson. Arzube was the target of a single accusation during 2003, the year that California lifted the statute of limitations in order for accusers to file money-seeking lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

Arzube vehemently denied the decades-old allegation, but that did not stop the Times from devoting nearly 30 percent of his obituary to the stale accusation against him and stamping the word "ACCUSED" below the photograph accompanying it. (See for yourself and read about this episode.)

Meanwhile, unlike Bishop Arzube, charges of abuse against Jackson continue to this day, even after his death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. Charles Jeffries Burton, s.j. aka Charles J. Burton, s.j. aka C. Jeffries Burton, s.j. aka Rev. Jeff Burton, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Burton was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus, Maryland Province, in 1967. His ministry took him from Maryland to Chile, North Carolina and New Jersey. He taught, served in hispanic ministry, established and co-directed a youth ministry program, and worked as a campus minister. In 1994 the Jesuits received a report that in 1982 Burton had engaged in "inappropriate touching" with a minor in North Carolina. Burton underwent a brief period of therapy, but remained in ministry. In June 2007 the Jesuits claimed that they discovered the earlier accusation in reviewing Burton's personnel file. Burton acknowledged the sexual misconduct and was removed from active ministry. He died in August 2011.

Ordained: 1967
Died: Aug. 20, 2011

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

MN- Predator priest to be extradited to US; SNAP responds

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, June 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A dangerous predator priest is one step closer to being sent back to the US for trial. We are grateful for Indian court officials for their ruling today in the case of Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who molested girls in the Crookston MN diocese.

We’ve long worried about the safety of girls in India near Jeyapaul, especially since his bishop put him in charge of overseeing schools, knowing full well that he was considered a fugitive from US criminal authorities.

Jeyapaul is one of an increasing number of accused predator priests who are allowed to flee to other countries despite credible child sex abuse allegations or sometimes arrest warrants.

According to BishopAccountability.org, Minnesota Catholic officials “knew of rumors about inappropriate behavior by (Jeyapaul) in 8/04” but Jeyapaul “suddenly returned to India in 9/05.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

TX/MA- predator priest seeks parole

TEXAS/MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

POSTED BY DAVID CLOHESSY ON JUNE 27, 2013

We oppose parole for Fr. Thomas H. Teczar, who in 2009 was convicted of rape and sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. In addition to this conviction, there are documented accusations of Teczar sexually assaulting children for nearly 50 years.

Despite this, he wants to serve only four years of a 50-year-sentence. Having a long history of committing crimes without consequence, he cannot be allowed walk free from the only punishment he has ever received, punishment which keeps him away from children. We urge Texas officials will recognize that Teczar’s entire history of sexual violence against children exceedingly overshadows his case for parole based on alleged medical conditions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

WI- Victims blast Milwaukee archbishop

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, June 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In a predictable move, Milwaukee’s archbishop posted a blog today in which he again tries to obscure the truth and deceive parishioners and the public about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

A centerpiece of Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s public relations effort is his claim that Catholic officials did “their best with what they knew at the time.” He suggests that it was largely ignorance that led Milwaukee church supervisors to ignore, minimize, hide and enable horrific crimes against children.

He’s wrong.

The documents will prove that they did no better. Archdiocesan officials consistently refused to call police or notify parishioners about known and suspected clergy child sex crimes. Church officials are smart, well-educated men guided by expensive lawyers. They have known, for decades, that child sex abuse was illegal. They have known, for decades, that parishioners deserved to know if their pastor, priest or teacher was a child molester.

Yet they insisted on protecting themselves, their reputations and their clerical careers by intimidating victims, threatening whistleblowers, discrediting witnesses, ignoring police, stonewalling prosecutors, lobbying to defeat child abuse protection laws, and deceiving parishioners while paying secret settlements and quietly transferring predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Release of Documents

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Click here to read this blog in Spanish.

On April 3rd, I informed you of my decision to authorize the release of documents related to diocesan priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. These documents are scheduled to be posted to the archdiocesan website next week and I’m sure they will generate many stories in the news.

We have worked with the attorneys for abuse survivors who identified almost 6,000 pages of documents they believe should be made public and that best demonstrate how the archdiocese handled allegations of sexual abuse, responded to reports, and dealt with offending priests. Those are the documents that will be posted.

My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward. We can never tell abuse survivors enough how sorry we are for what they endured. My apology goes out to all who have been harmed and I continue to offer to meet with any individual abuse survivors who would find it helpful.

What we do today in responding to reports of abuse is different than in decades past but that fact does not erase the past. The documents present one part of the history of what happened and demonstrate how people tried to do their best with what they knew at the time. We may never have the complete picture because the records are not always clear and there is no way to delve more deeply because many of the people involved are dead or have had memories fade as 20, 30 or 40 years or more have passed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Myers Mum After Chat...

NEW JERSEY
NJ Today

[with video]

Myers Mum After Chat With Catholic Publication; Critics Renew Call for Resignation

By David Cruz
NJ Today

Newark Archbishop John Myers’ slow emergence from media silence is doing little to shed light on the church’s role in the Father Michael Fugee case. That’s what critics of Myers are saying today as they repeat their calls for his resignation.

“It’s typical Archbishop John Myers,” said Bob Hoatson of Road to Recovery, a victims’ advocacy group. “Once again he deflects all criticism from himself; he deflects all criticism from the Archdiocese of Newark, from the priest who molested the child, and he talks about things like review boards and protocols and things that are tangential to the essential issue here.”

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Myers admitted that the church dropped the ball on properly monitoring Fugee, who was arrested in May for allegedly violating a 2003 Memorandum of Understating with the Bergen County Prosecutor to stay away from children. Myers said that in the future, “We would not enter into a memorandum of understanding that places a burden on the Church. The state has more resources.”

Jay Fahey, a former Bergen County Prosecutor now in private practice told us today that the church did indeed violate the agreement but that, barring a smoking gun, he didn’t expect the church as a corporation, or Archbishop Myers as its head, to face any charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Texas may parole former Worcester priest imprisoned for molestation

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Bronislaus B. Kush, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
bkush@telegram.com

WORCESTER — Thomas H. Teczar, the defrocked Worcester priest serving a 50-year sentence in Texas for molesting an 11-year-old boy more than 20 years ago, may be released from prison because of medical problems.

Mr. Teczar, who was also publicly accused of sexually assaulting at least two Central Massachusetts boys, was formally removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2011.

Texas prosecutors and victims of Mr. Teczar were informed this week that the Parole Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is considering an early parole for the former priest and asked them to provide comments on any such action.

Ordinarily, Mr. Teczar would not be considered for parole until Oct. 23, 2019. ...

Spokesman Raymond L. Delisle said the Diocese of Worcester had no comment.

"The decision of whether or not to parole him is up to Texas officials," he said.

David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said there are documented accusations of Mr. Teczar sexually assaulting children for nearly 50 years.

"Despite this, he wants to serve only four years of a 50-year sentence," Mr. Clohessy said. "Having a long history of committing crimes without consequence, he cannot be allowed to walk free from the only punishment he has ever received, punishment which keeps him away from children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

TRANSCRIPTS: Special Commission of Inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Transcript Day 11
Monday, June 24, 2013

Transcript Day 12
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Transcript Day 13
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Doubts cast on Fox interviews: inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 27, 2013

PETER Fox might have exaggerated the number of church sex abuse victims and clergy he said he had interviewed in order to promote himself to the investigating team, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Giving evidence to the Special Commission of Inquiry into how police handled the investigation into the alleged cover-up of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Detective Inspector Graeme Parker told the inquiry that he had "never been sure" that police received all the information that Mr Fox had collected during his own investigations, alleging that he may have secretly held on to some material.

Later, when cross-examined by Mr Fox's barrister Mark Cohen, Mr Parker said Mr Fox had spoken in public on numerous occasions and indicated that he had interviewed a number of alleged victims and members of the clergy.

But Mr Parker said reports of such things were never produced by Mr Fox in those numbers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Police superintendent assaulted by priest: inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By IAN KIRKWOOD June 28, 2013

IN an explosive burst of evidence superintendent John Gralton has told the special inquiry in Newcastle that he was assaulted in the class by a priest in front of 40 students.

Superintendent Gralton also said he knew of five or six friends who had been indecently assaulted by priests.

He gave information about this to investigators.

Asked about the idea of a cover-up by police of church crimes he said nothing could be farther from the truth and that he the found the idea fanciful and offensive.

He said the idea that the Lantle investigation would be anything other than complete was far from the truth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

I WAS ABUSED BY PRIEST, COP TELLS CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Dan Cox, ABC
Updated June 28, 2013

A senior policeman has told a New South Wales inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church he was abused by a priest.

Former Central Hunter Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton told the special commission of inquiry at Newcastle Supreme Court he was assaulted in front of 40 other students by a priest at his Catholic school.

He said he gave a statement to an investigator, as well as the details of five or six other students who were indecently assaulted at school.

Superintendent Gralton told the inquiry any suggestion there were efforts to stop investigations was "abhorrent", "offensive at the highest level" and "could not be further from the truth".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

National abuse policy is a pile of rubbish, says critic

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 28 Jun 2013

A REFORM of the Church of England's safeguarding procedures, to be discussed by the General Synod next weekend, has been dismissed by a spokeswoman for a survivors group.

Anne Lawrence, a barrister, from Minister and Clergy SexualAbuse Survivors, said that those addressing safeguarding in the Church of England were "seeking to fix a problem before they know what the problem is. The survivors are the symptoms, the debris, the bits broken by a system that breaks things. If they want tostop ...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Bishop Scarano arrested for corruption linked to Vatican Bank

ITALY
Deutsche Welle

The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported on its website that the arrested cleric was Nunzio Scarano, the bishop of Salerno in southern Italy. He had been put under investigation for money laundering.

The former intelligence officer Giovanni Mario Zito and the finance broker Giovanni Carinzo were also arrested on the charges of corruption, fraud and slander, according to the German news agency dpa, quoting Italian authorities.

Earlier this week the AP news agency had reported that Scarano had withdrawn more than half a million euros in charitable donations without any flags being raised, walked out of Vatican City with the cash, and then used it to pay off a personal mortgage.

On Friday, dpa quoted Italian prosecutors as saying Bishop Scarano had paid Zito 400,000 euros ($520,000) to transport 20 million euros in cash from Switzerland to Italy onboard a private jet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Vatican Bank Probe Leads to Three Arrests

ITALY
Wall Street Journal

By Gilles Castonguay

MILAN—Italian financial police Friday arrested a senior prelate, a financial broker and a member of Italy’s secret service in an investigation into a failed attempt to bring about €20 million ($26.1 million) in cash into Italy from Switzerland by plane, a spokesman for the financial police said.

According to the spokesman, the investigation was opened by the public prosecutor’s office in Rome while it was pursuing a separate probe into the Vatican’s bank, the Institute of Religious Works, which is under pressure from international regulators to improve its transparency.

The investigation didn’t concern the bank, known by its Italian abbreviation, IOR, the spokesman said.

“It is an offshoot,” he said.

The suspects, including Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, are being investigated for crimes such as fraud and corruption, he added.

Msgr. Scarano’s lawyer, Silverio Sica, confirmed the arrest.

Msgr. Scarano had already suspended himself from his duties with the church after coming under investigation in a separate money-laundering case, Mr. Sica added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Three arrested in Vatican bank scandal

ITALY
euronews

Three people have been arrested as part of an Italian investigation into the Vatican bank.

A member of Italy’s secret services, a financial broker and a cleric were all detained on Friday.

The cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, worked as an accountant in the Vatican’s financial administration. He was suspended from duties several weeks ago after being placed under investigation by magistrates.

Scarano is accused of taking 600,000 euros out of a Vatican Bank account. He is said to have taken out small amounts at a time and given them to friends who in turn wrote him cheques. The money was apparently used to pay off a mortgage.

The Monsignor’s lawyer Silverio Sica said he was additionally accused of being involved in an attempt to help friends bring 20 million euros into Italy from Switzerland by plane in league with the secret service agent and the financial intermediary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

UPDATE 2-Senior Vatican cleric arrested in corruption investigation

ITALY
Reuters

* Trio accused of trying to bring 20 million euros from Switzerland
* Vatican prelate was already involved in another investigation
* Arrests come after Pope sets up commission to look into bank (Adds details from lawyer, latest charges, Vatican response)

By Philip Pullella

ROME, June 28 (Reuters) - A senior Vatican cleric suspected of trying to help rich friends bring millions of euros into Italy illegally was arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into the Vatican bank, police sources and his lawyer said.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration and is already involved in another investigation by magistrates in southern Italy.

He was arrested in a parish in the outskirts of Rome and taken to the city's Queen of Heaven jail, his lawyer Silverio Sica told Reuters. Also arrested in the investigation were a member of Italy's secret services and a financial broker.

Sica said Scarano was accused of being involved in an attempt to help friends bring 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland by plane in league with the secret service agent and the financial intermediary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Vatican monsignor arrested over alleged fraud, corruption and slander, lawyer says

ITALY
NBC News

By Claudio Lavanga and Ian Johnston, NBC News

A monsignor suspended from his job as an accountant at the Vatican has been arrested, a papal spokesman said Friday.

Greg Burke, the senior Vatican communication adviser, confirmed Monsignor Nunzio Scarano had been detained.

Scarano normally works as an accountant for APSA, the body that manages the Vatican's real estate, but was suspended over alleged financial offenses.

The cleric’s lawyer Silverio Sica told The Associated Press that his client was arrested on Wednesday over separate allegations and was now accused of fraud, corruption and slander.

Sica laid out what the prosecutors claimed had happened in the interview with the AP:

He said Scarano was a middleman in the operation: Friends had asked him to intervene with a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to return 20 million euros ($26 million) they had given him to invest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Spy, monsignor and banker arrested in Vatican bank fraud 'plot'

ITALY
Telegraph (UK)

An Italian spy, a Vatican official and banker have been arrested on suspicion of corruption and fraud involving an alleged plot to bring 20 million euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland aboard a government plane.

By Nick Squires, Rome11:57AM BST 28 Jun 2013

The arrests come just two days after Pope Francis appointed a special commission to oversee the Vatican's scandal-plagued bank, which is known officially as the Institute for Religious Works.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested after allegedly trying to bring the sum of money into Italy from Switzerland in an Italian government plane.

He had recently been suspended as an accountant in a Vatican department which manages the assets of the Holy See.

He is accused of fraud, corruption and slander.

His lawyer, Silverio Sica, told The Associated Press that the prelate was a middleman in the operation – friends had asked him to intervene with a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to return 20 million euros (£17m) they had given him to invest.

Mr Sica said Msgr Scarano had persuaded Mr Carenzio to return the money, and an Italian secret service agent, Giovanni Maria Zito, went to Switzerland to bring the cash back aboard an Italian government aircraft.

The operation failed because Mr Carenzio, the broker, reneged on the deal, the lawyer said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Geistlicher wegen des Verdachts auf Korruption festgenommen

ITALIEN
Sueddeutsche

Wegen vermuteter Geldwäsche steht die Vatikanbank bereits seit Jahren im Fokus der italienischen Justiz. Medienberichten zufolge wurde nun im Rahmen der Ermittlungen ein hochrangiger Vatikan-Geistlicher verhaftet. Auch ein ehemaliger Geheimdienstler soll festgenommen worden sein.

Im Zuge von Ermittlungen bei der Vatikanbank ist ein Geistlicher aus dem süditalienischen Salerno Medienberichten zufolge festgenommen worden. Gegen den Monsignore Nunzio Scarano werde wegen Korruption, Betrug und Verleumdung ermittelt, berichtete La Repubblica. Nach Angaben der Zeitung wurden zudem ein Polizeibeamter, der ehemalige Mitarbeiter des italienischen Geheimdiensts Giovanni Maria Zito, und der Börsenhändler Giovanni Carenzio festgenommen.

Im Zentrum der Affäre steht angeblich eine Vereinbarung zwischen Scarano und Zito, die zum Ziel hatte, Bargeld in Höhe von 20 Millionen aus der Schweiz an Bord eines Privatjets zurückzuführen, das Freunden des Geistlichen gehört. Dem Bericht zufolge war Scarano zwei Wochen zuvor zum Verdacht auf Geldwäsche in Höhe von 560.000 Euro befragt worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Cleric and 2 Others Arrested in Vatican Bank Investigation

ITALY
The New York Times

By RACHEL DONADIO
Published: June 28, 2013

ROME — Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate, a financial broker and an agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges as part of a complex plot in which the priest — who is already under investigation for money-laundering involving the Vatican Bank — allegedly tried to repatriate millions of euros from Switzerland to Italy in a private plane.

The priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, had been suspended this spring from a position at one of the Vatican’s main financial departments. Those arrested were charged with fraud, corruption and slander as part of a broad investigation tied to the famously secretive Vatican Bank.

Prosecutors allege that the broker and the secret service agent helped the monsignor bring 20 million euros, or $26 million, into Italy from Switzerland in a private jet, the ANSA news agency reported. It said that the 20 million euros belonged to “some friends of the monsignor.”

The Vatican did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Vatican official said that Monsignor Scarano had been suspended from his position as an accountant at APSA, a department that oversees the Vatican’s real estate holdings, after prosecutors in Salerno opened a separate investigation into money-laundering. The official indicated that the suspension was a sign that the Vatican was stepping up its internal vigilance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

PRIEST 'ARRESTED IN VATICAN BANK PROBE'

ITALY
7 News

ROME (AFP) - A priest has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in connection with the sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, Italian media reported Friday.

Nunzio Scarano, a priest from Salerno, was arrested after an investigation into the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as the bank is known, unearthed a suspected international fraud scheme, reports said.

Initial reports that had suggested Scarano was a bishop were incorrect, Vatican senior media advisor Greg Burke said.

The priest was suspended from his position as a member of the administration that manages the Vatican's assets (the APSA) "about a month ago, after his superiors learnt about an investigation into his activities," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

Scarano was arrested along with a former member of the Italian secret services and a financier for allegedly plotting to illegally move 20 million euros ($26 million) from Switzerland to Italy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Vatican bishop arrested on not-so-pure fraud charge

ITALY
MSN

If Dan Brown's casting around for a plot twist for his next blockbuster tale, hopefully he's watching the news. Senior Vatican bishop, Monsignore Nunzio Scarano, has reportedly been arrested in an alleged plot to illegally bring $26 million into Italy on a government plane. It comes straight on the heels of Pope Francis ordering an unprecedented internal investigation into the uber-secretive Vatican Bank. (And we thought he was just busy with heart-warming stuff like offering kids rides on the popemobile and washing inmates' feet.) Scarano's been under police investigation, and his arrest, along with a secret service agent and a financial broker, could be a major step in Pope Francis' plan to purify the ailing reputation of the bank and its $7.1 billion in assets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Vatican official arrested in financial fraud case

ITALY
The Hindu

A high-ranking Vatican official and two others have been arrested on suspicion of financial fraud at the Institute of Religious Works (IOR), the Holy See’s scandal-tainted bank, Italian authorities said on Friday.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano — who had wrongly been identified as a bishop in earlier media reports — is accused of corruption, fraud and slander along with Giovanni Maria Zito, a former intelligence officer, and Giovanni Carinzo, a financial broker. They are all Italian.

According to Rome prosecutors, Mr. Scarano paid Mr. Zito 400,000 euros (523,000 dollars) to transport 20 million euros in cash from Switzerland to Italy on board a jet. The money belonged to a family friend.

The prelate’s lawyer, Silverio Sica, told the SkyTG24 news channel that Mr. Scarano had “tried to help friends that were important to him, who had suffered a loss,” and ruled out that he had made any personal gains.

The monsignor had been placed under investigation earlier this month for alleged money laundering in his home town of Salerno, southern Italy, and was suspended from his accounting role at Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) — the Holy See’s central bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Vatican accountant arrested in $26M plot

ITALY
The Washington Times

By Cheryl K. Chumley-The Washington Times Friday, June 28, 2013

A Vatican accountant has been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption related to a money-laundering scheme to bring $26 million from Switzerland into Italy aboard an Italian government plane, authorities said.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested before the plane ever left the ground, The Associated Press reported. His attorney, Silverio Sica, said he’s accused of being a middleman for the scheme, which also allegedly involved his friends.

Monsignor Scarano was reportedly asked to convince a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to give back $26 million he was going to invest on his friends’ behalf. An Italian secret service agent — Mario Zito — was supposed to fly to Switzerland, recoup the money and return it to Monsignor Scarano’s friends. But the broker changed his mind and the plot fell through, AP reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Vatican chief accountant arrested over plot to smuggle 20 million Euros into Italy aboard government plane

ROME
Daily Mail (UK)

By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME

One of the Vatican’s most senior money-men has been arrested in an alleged plot to smuggle 20 million Euros into Italy on a government plane.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, the bishop of Salerno, and the chief accountant for the Vatican’s vast property portfolio, has been taken into custody along with an Italian secret agent Mario Zito and broker Giovanni Carenzio.

Scarano, 61, who worked at Deutsche bank before taking ecclesiastical vows, is accused of fraud, corruption, and other charges, as part of a wider investigation into the IOR Vatican Bank.

His nickname in Vatican circles was reportedly ‘Don 500 Euros’ thanks to his habit of showing people that he had only the largest bank note in his wallet.

The high profile arrests come just 48 hours after Pope Francis announced the line up for his commission into the Vatican Bank.

The so-called ‘Bank of God ‘ has been tarnished by scandal and suspicion for 30 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Arrestan a funcionario vaticano por corrupción

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
El Universal

NICOLE WINFIELD - AP | CIUDAD DEL VATICANO | Publicado el 28 de junio de 2013

Un funcionario del Vaticano que ya estaba bajo investigación por un presunto ardid para lavar dinero, fue arrestado el viernes por una operación distinta: los fiscales dicen que trató de trasladar 20 millones de euros en efectivo de Suiza a Italia a bordo de un avión del gobierno italiano.

Monseñor Nunzio Scarano, recientemente suspendido como contador de uno de los principales departamentos financieros del Vaticano, está acusado de fraude, corrupción y otros cargos relacionados con el plan, el cual nunca se llevó a cabo, dijo su abogado Silverio Sica a The Associated Press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Ior, la rivoluzione di Francesco Bertello verso la Segreteria di Stato

ITALIA
la Repubblica

La nomina di ieri di monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca come prelato dello Ior non è che il primo atto di una rivoluzione che in autunno porterà la curia romana a cambiare completamente pelle. Il 29 giugno, in particolare, festa dei santi Pietro e Paolo, è data ritenuta importante. In questo giorno, infatti, potrebbero essere annunciati gli spostamenti di alcuni capi dicastero, "promozioni" utili a ridisegnare la governance vaticana. Insieme, spostamenti che permetteranno al Papa di convogliare nei posti che contano energie nuove e soprattutto persone di sua stretta fiducia. Sul nome del nuovo Segretario di Stato, invece, vige il massimo riserbo. Così anche sulla data dell'annuncio.

A oggi in pole position c'è l'attuale presidente del governatorato della Città del Vaticano, Giuseppe Bertello, che in scia a quanto auspicava la "Pastor Bonus" di Paolo VI (la costituzione apostolica dedicata proprio alla curia romana), se nominato manterrebbe entrambi gli incarichi. In alternativa, un altro nome molto considerato da Bergoglio è quello dell'attuale nunzio in Venezuela Pietro Parolin, già numero tre della stessa segreteria di stato. Certo, il "nodo Bertone" non è ancora del tutto risolto: il quasi ottantenne segretario di stato, infatti, sembra puntare a una clamorosa, quanto improbabile, prorogatio di un anno.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Vatican : Mgr Nunzio Scarano, évêque de Salerne, arrêté par la police

ITALIE
Atlantico (France)

Le pape François avait dit lors d'une audience privée, il y a quelques semaines, que le Vatican était "gangrené par la corruption". Il semble que le souverain pontife ait eu raison. En tout cas, l'arrestation de Mgr Nunzio Scarano, évêque de Salerne, jette le trouble. Le prélat est en effet soupçonné de fraude et de corruption. Un membre des services secrets italiens et un intermédiaire financier ont été eux aussi arrêtés vendredi matin dans le cadre d'une enquête de la justice italienne sur l'Institut des oeuvres de religion (IOR), la banque du Vatican. Des dizaines de millions d'euros avaient été bloqués dans le cadre d'une enquête qui avait conduit, entre autre, au limogeage de la direction du IOR. Au fil des ans, des scandales retentissants ont entaché la réputation de l'IOR, des milieux criminels ayant profité de l'anonymat ou de prête-noms pour y blanchir leurs fonds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Ior: arrestato anche Nunzio Scarano

ITALIA
Corriere del Ticino

ROMA - Tre persone sono state arrestate oggi nell'ambito di un filone di indagine sullo Ior in corso alla procura della Repubblica di Roma.

Tra i fermati c'è monsignor Nunzio Scarano, responsabile del servizio di contabilità analitica dell'Amministrazione del patrimonio della Sede Apostolica (Apsa), l'organismo che gestisce i beni della Santa Sede.

Scarano, tra l'altro, è coinvolto a Salerno in un'altra indagine per ricettazione.
Le altre due persone arrestate sono l'agente dell'Aisi Maria Zito e il broker Giovanni Carenzio. Le ordinanze di custodia cautelare sono state firmate del giudice per le indagini preliminari (gip) Barbara Callari su richiesta del procuratore aggiunto Nello Rossi e dei sostituti Stefano Rocco Fava e Stefano Pesci.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

PROFILO - Mons. Scarano, ex funzionario di banca inquisito a Salerno

ITALIA
ANSA

Sacerdote dal 1987, mons. Nunzio Scarano prima di prendere i voti e' stato funzionario di banca. Nei primi giorni di giugno e' stato iscritto nel registro degli indagati della Procura della Repubblica di Salerno con l'accusa di riciclaggio in un'inchiesta su presunte donazioni, ritenute fittizie dall'accusa. Secondo l'ipotesi investigativa, in realta' queste donazioni sarebbero servite a mascherare un maxi riciclaggio di denaro, che ruotava proprio intorno alla figura di Scarano. Il prelato - sempre secondo l'ipotesi investigativa - avrebbe contattato alcune decine di persone (56 gli indagati tra Salerno e provincia) e avrebbe chiesto a ognuno di loro la compilazione di un assegno circolare da 10mila euro, spiegando di dover ripianare i debiti di una societa' immobiliare titolare di alcune case nel centro di Salerno.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Il monsignore indagato, guerra tra cugini per il mutuo

ITALIA
il Mattino

Guerra tra cugini. Scarano contro Scarano. È da una diatriba familiare che nasce l’inchiesta . Il prelato che velatamente accusa il cugino e il socio di questi di furto e un avvocato, Cecchino Cacciatore, che nel presentare le proprie indagini difensive consegna nelle mani degli inquirenti delle carte che «scottano».

A far partire le indagini, dunque, una denuncia presentata proprio da monsignor Nunzio Scarano ai carabinieri. Il prelato aveva subito, secondo quanto denunciato, un furto nella sua abitazione di Salerno di tele, monili in oro, argenteria, quadri d’autore di De Chirico, Labella e Guttuso, di un crocifisso dell’altare di San Pietro del Bernini, e infine di una pergamena in olio che rappresenta un vaso dello Scatizzi. Il tutto per un danno di circa cinque-sei milioni di euro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano held in Vatican bank inquiry

ITALY
BBC News

A senior Italian cleric has been arrested in connection with an inquiry into the Vatican bank scandal over allegations of corruption and fraud.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano works in the Vatican's financial administration. A secret service agent and a financial broker have also been arrested.

They are suspected of trying to move 20m euros illegally into Italy.

Pope Francis ordered an unprecedented internal investigation into the bank's affairs in the wake of recent scandals.

Monsignor Scarano has been under investigation by Italian police for a series of suspicious transactions involving the recycling of a series of cheques described as church donations through the Vatican Bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Salerno, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano indagato per riciclaggio

ITALIA
il Mattino

SALERNO. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, prelato salernitano, è indagato dalla Procura della Repubblica di Salerno, insieme ad altre 56 persone, per il reato di riciclaggio. Monsignor Scarano è addetto tecnico di prima categoria dell'Apsa in Vaticano, l'Amministrazione Patrimonio Sede Apostolica che gestisce i beni della Santa Sede in Italia. L'iscrizione di mons. Scarano nel registro degli indagati - anticipata dal quotidiano salernitano La Città - è stata confermata da fonti della Procura di Salerno.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Ior, arrestati un alto prelato, un broker e un funzionario dei Servizi segreti

ITALIA
Corriere della Sera

ROMA - A neppure 48 ore dalla svolta di Papa Francesco che mercoledì 26 ha nominato una commissione di cardinali per raccogliere informazioni sulle reali attività dell'Istituto per le Opere Religiose, arriva una clamorosa svolta nei rapporti tra Stato italiano e Vaticano: un alto prelato, un funzionario dei Servizi segreti ed un broker finanziario sono stati arrestati nell' ambito di un filone di indagine sullo Ior in corso alla Procura della Repubblica di Roma. Sono accusati di corruzione, calunnia e truffa: i reati riguardano la vicenda del rientro di una grossa somma in contanti dalla Svizzera. Le autorità vaticane si sono dette «pronte a collaborare» anche se al momento non avrebbero «ancora alcuna richiesta», ha spiegato il portavoce padre Federico Lombardi.

INDAGINI DELLA GUARDIA DI FINANZA - Gli arresti, dopo le indagini svolte dal nucleo valutario della Gdf, sono stati chiesti dalla Procura e confermati dal gip della Capitale, Barbara Callari. Il provvedimento cautelare ha colpito: monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61 anni, fino a 24 ore prima capo contabile all'Apsa (Amministrazione del patrimonio della Sede Apostolica) - e da due settimane già indagato dalla Procura di Salerno per il crack del Pastificio Amato -; un ex funzionario del Servizio segreto interno, Giovanni Maria Zito, sottufficiale dei carabinieri, espulso dall'Aisi tre mesi fa; il broker finanziario Giovanni Carenzio, un italiano che lavora soprattutto all'estero.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Hochrangiger Geistlicher festgenommen

ITALIEN
N24

Die italienische Polizei hat den hochrangigen Vatikan-Geistlichen Nunzio Scarano festgenommen. Er soll in einen Geldwäsche-Skandal verwickelt sein. Ermittelt wird auch gegen einen Geheimdienstler.

Die italienische Polizei hat den vatikanischen Geistlichen Monsignor Nunzio Scarano wegen seiner mutmaßlichen Beteiligung an einem millionenschweren geplanten Geldtransfer festgenommen. Dem kürzlich suspendierten Funktionär der durch Geldwäscheskandale angeschlagenen Vatikanbank wird vorgeworfen, den heimlichen Transfer von 20 Millionen Euro in einem Regierungsflugzeug aus der Schweiz nach Italien geplant zu haben, wie Scaranos Anwalt Silverio Sica am Freitag mitteilte. Der Plan wurde letztlich nie in die Tat umgesetzt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Church abuse inquiry reaching midway point

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

One of the Hunter Valley's top female detectives is today expected to give evidence at a New South Wales inquiry into child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church.

The first stage of the Special Commission is expected to wrap up this morning.

It is looking into claims by policeman Peter Fox that he was told by senior colleagues to stop investigating two Catholic priests.

Senior police officers, including Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, have given evidence over three weeks of public hearings in Newcastle.

It is expected the inquiry will this morning hear from Newcastle's Local Area Commander, Superintendent John Gralton, and Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Former Casper church janitor pleads guilty to abusing young girls

WYOMING
Billings Gazette

By MEGAN CASSIDY Casper Star-Tribune

CASPER, Wyo. — A former church janitor could spend nearly 20 years in jail after his second sex crime conviction in a decade.

James David Jaure is accused of multiple acts of molestation on young girls — some under 13 — while he was employed at Highland Park Church in Casper. Police allege Jaure allowed church members to believe he was a youth leader, which gained him access to the girls.

Jaure, 29, is listed under Wyoming’s Sex Offender Registry, but it is unclear by the police affidavit whether church employers were aware of this upon hiring him. According to the website, he was convicted on April 2, 2004 in Cheyenne for third-degree sexual assault.

Officials at the church were unavailable for comment late Thursday afternoon, and a witness listed in the affidavit declined to speak about the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

New Minnesota law gives child sex abuse victims more time to sue

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune Updated: June 27, 2013

New state law gives victims of child sex abuse more time to file suits.

Hundreds of lawsuits with potential big payouts for victims of child sex abuse are expected after a new state law allows more time to sue accused perpetrators and the institutions where they worked.

The Catholic Church and other religious groups stand to be hit hardest under the Child Victims Act, according to victims rights advocates, who call the measure the nation’s most expansive such law.

So far, at least eight suits have been filed against Catholic entities since the law was enacted in May, and hundreds more could be on the horizon based on the number filed in other states where similar laws were enacted, advocates say. Two Catholic dioceses sought bankruptcy protection in two of those states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Vatican official arrested in corruption plot

VATICAN CITY
Boston.com

By NICOLE WINFIELD / Associated Press / June 28, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official was arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane, his lawyer said.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank, is accused of fraud, corruption and slander stemming from the plot, which never got off the ground, attorney Silverio Sica told The Associated Press.

It was the latest financial scandal to hit the Vatican and came just two days after Pope Francis created a commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued it for decades and contributed to damaging the Vatican’s reputation.

Sica said Scarano was a middleman in the Swiss operation. Friends had asked him to intervene with a broker, Giovanni Carenzio, to return 20 million euros they had given him to invest. Sica said Scarano persuaded Carenzio to return the money, and an Italian secret service agent, Giovanni Maria Zito, went to Switzerland to bring the cash back aboard an Italian government aircraft. Such a move would presumably prevent any reporting of the money coming into Italy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

June 27, 2013

Pope confirms cardinal-delegate's task in reform of Legionaries

ROME
Catholic Culture

Pope Francis has confirmed the role of Cardinal Velasio De Paolis as a special papal delegate to oversee reforms in the Legion of Christ.

In a letter to Cardinal De Paolis, made public by the Vatican on June 27, the Pope said that the Italian prelate’s role would continue until an extraordinary chapter of the Legionaries, to be held in 2014, at which the religious order will elect new leaders and approve a new constitution. The results of that meeting, the Pope wrote, should be “fundamental steps in the path towards the authentic and profound renewal of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and, indirectly, as well for the activity of the whole Regnum Christi Movement.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM

High Court upholds arrest of parish priest in molestation case

INDIA
The Hindu

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a habeas corpus petition seeking the release of a parish priest, who had allegedly sexually-abused a 14-year-old girl in the US, and who is now lodged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

A Division Bench comprising Justices V. Dhanapalan and C.T. Selvam passed the order on a petition by one P. Pushpavathy, challenging an order of the Ministry of External Affairs, of March 8, 2011, requesting the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi, to inquire into the request for extradition of the petitioner’s brother, Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, to the US.

To facilitate the inquiry, an arrest warrant against Jeyapaul, who was wanted by the US authorities for alleged “criminal sexual conduct in the first degree”, under that country’s laws, was necessitated. The warrant was necessary as he was not available for the inquiry.

The petitioner said Jeyapaul was incardinated to the Catholic Diocese of Ootacamund and was ordained a priest in May 1982. He served as Assistant Parish Priest in St. John De Britto Church, Sathyamangalam, Erode district, from 1982 to 1983 and became a parish priest in 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 PM

Texas may parole former Worcester priest imprisoned for molestation

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Bronislaus B. Kush, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

WORCESTER — Thomas H. Teczar, the defrocked Worcester priest who is serving a 50-year sentence in Texas for molesting an 11-year-old boy more than 20 years ago, may be released from prison because of medical problems afflicting the ex-clergyman.

Mr. Teczar, who was also publicly accused of sexually assaulting at least two Central Massachusetts boys, was formally removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2011.

Texas prosecutors and victims of Mr. Teczar were informed this week that the Parole Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is considering an early parole for the former priest and asked them to provide comments on any such action.

Ordinarily, Mr. Teczar would not be considered for parole until Oct. 23, 2019.

"I don't know how they can possibly consider doing this," said Dallas lawyer Tahira Khan Merritt, who represented eight of Mr. Teczar's victims in civil litigation and who was later appointed a special prosecutor in Eastland County, Texas, for Mr. Teczar's criminal case.

She said the recidivism rate for pedophiles is high and wondered how authorities would monitor Mr. Teczar, were he to be released.

Ms. Merritt said Mr. Teczar has been accused of abusing at least 14 boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

MN- Predator priest to be extradited to US; SNAP responds

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, June 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A dangerous predator priest is one step closer to being sent back to the US for trial. We are grateful for Indian court officials for their ruling today in the case of Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who molested girls in the Crookston MN diocese.

We’ve long worried about the safety of girls in India near Jeyapaul, especially since his bishop put him in charge of overseeing schools, knowing full well that he was considered a fugitive from US criminal authorities.

Jeyapaul is one of an increasing number of accused predator priests who are allowed to flee to other countries despite credible child sex abuse allegations or sometimes arrest warrants.

According to BishopAccountability.org, Minnesota Catholic officials “knew of rumors about inappropriate behavior by (Jeyapaul) in 8/04” but Jeyapaul “suddenly returned to India in 9/05.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Local priest called to replace priest in abuse scandal

INDIANA
WNDU

PLYMOUTH A Plymouth pastor has been called to take over a Fort Wayne parish after a priest was caught in a child abuse scandal.

The Plymouth Pilot reports that Father William Kummer will replace Reverend Cornelius Ryan, who was removed from his position at Saint Joseph Catholic Church earlier this month.

Ryan admitted to allegations of child abuse, after being confronted. The allegations reportedly involve an incident in Africa about 20 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

MENIFEE: Bail unchanged for bishop accused of sexual assault

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

BY BRIAN ROKOS STAFF WRITER June 27, 2013

Bail remained at $65,000 Thursday, June 27, for Todd Michael Edwards, the man accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls who were members of a Mormon church in Menifee where Edwards was bishop.

Edwards' defense attorneys had been seeking a bail reduction. But during a hearing Thursday morning in Riverside, Superior Court Judge Becky L. Dugan said the amount of bail was appropriate for the charges: sexual penetration with a foreign object while using bodily force, sexual battery and dissuading a witness.

Edwards, who turns 49 on June 29, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A date of July 24 was set Thursday for a felony settlement conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Who ordered search of Fox’s office?

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

The Hunter’s most senior police are at odds over who ordered the search of whistleblower Peter Fox’s locked office in 2010.

Contradictory evidence has emerged before the Special Commission of Inquiry during the final week of examination into how Newcastle police dealt with allegations the church tried to cover up sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher – both now dead.

On Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey told the special commission that the then Commander Carlene York’s staff officer, Inspector Fay Dunn, requested the search of Chief Inspector Fox’s office.

Chief Inspector Humphrey said he had received a “panicked” call from Inspector Dunn, who had been asked “hard questions” by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

URGENT PRESS RELEASE REGARDING EX-PRIEST THOMAS TECZAR

DALLAS (TX)
Tahira Khan Merritt, Attorney at Law

Today, Attorney Tahira Khan Merritt of Dallas has learned that ex-priest Thomas Teczar, currently serving a 50 year prison sentence in Texas for aggravated sexual assault of a child, is being considered for “medical parole.”

Teczar, formerly a priest with the Diocese of Fort Worth and the Diocese of Worcester, MA, has been accused of molesting at least fourteen boys over his career as a priest. To allow Teczar to be released on parole would create a dangerous public precedence for offending clergy currently incarcerated for child abuse charges throughout the country. Teczar has been and is still a danger to children and to the public regardless of where he lives. He should not be paroled.

Please take the time TODAY to fax your concerns regarding Teczar’s possible release to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice–Parole Division at (512) 406-5294.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Arrest of Indian priest wanted for sex offence in US valid, rules high court

INDIA
Times of India

CHENNAI: Clearing the decks for the extradition of an Ooty-based fugitive priest - Fr Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - to the US where he must stand trial for "first degree criminal sexual conduct", the Madras high court has upheld his arrest and refused to quash it as illegal detention.

According to U.S. authorities Jeyapaul had sexually abused a 14 year old girl in 2004 while he was parish priest of a local church in Minnesota. He met the girl at a youth conference in 2004 and sexually abused her till 2005. Jeyapaul returned to India on August 31, 2005, to be at the bedside of his critically ill mother.

In 2011, the U.S. embassy sent a diplomatic note, requesting the union ministry of external affairs (MEA) to extradite Jeyapal to stand trial for the first degree sexual offence case, which it said, carries a maximum punishment of 30 years of jail term. The MEA, in turn, issued an order on March 8, 2011 requesting the additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Patiala House Court in New Delhi, to determine whether the extradition request was in order and whether a prima facie exists against Jeyapaul.

On April 19, 2011, the MEA filed an application for warrant for the arrest of the 'fugitive criminal'. He was arrested on March 16, 2012 at Chimitahalli near Sathyamangalam in Erode district in Tamil Nadu and produced before the Delhi court on March 19, 2012. He has since been housed at the Tihar jail in Delhi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Caso don Poggi, la rete rilancia la petizione per chiedere misure anti pedofilia

ITALIA
il Referendum

di Vincenzo Lentini

Lo scandalo dei preti pedofili in Vaticano scuote la Chiesa di Papa Francesco, di nuovo. Con questo ultimo caso la rete riporta alla luce una petizione che si può firmare online e che chiede a Papa Francesco misure concrete anti pedofilia. L’idea è della Rete “L’abuso” a tutela dei bambini, curata da Francesco Zanardi. Qui si può firmare la petizione che ha fino ad ora ottenuto 6768 sostenitori.

La denuncia di Don Poggi

Rapporti sessuali con minori (e non) spesso di nazionalità rumena avvenivano anche all’interno degli edifici sacri. L’accusa, diretta a ben 9 preti, stavolta è diversa perché arriva dall’interno e, per questo, fa ancora più male: a parlare, infatti, è don Patrizio Poggi, ex parroco di San Filippo Neri di Roma, sospeso “a divinis” e condannato nel ’99 a otto anni di reclusione, poi ridotti a cinque, per aver abusato sessualmente di cinque ragazzini tra i 14 e i 15 che frequentavano la sua parrocchia. Dopo il rifiuto delle alte sfere ecclesiastiche alla richiesta dell’ex parroco di poter tornare a dire messa, una volta scontata la sua pena, don Poggi lo scorso 8 Marzo presentò ai carabinieri una denuncia scottante contenente i nomi dei prelati coinvolti; ma non solo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Scandalo preti pedofili, coinvolta un'agenzia di moda marsicana

ROMA
Aburzzo24ore

L’ennesimo scandalo dei preti pedofili esce allo scoperto grazie alla denuncia di don Patrizio Poggi, prete condannato a cinque anni per violenza sessuale nei confronti di minori, ex parroco del San Filippo Neri di Roma dice di sentire "il dovere di tutelare la Santa Chiesa e la comunità cristiana".

Il prete dopo aver scontato la condanna voleva ritornare a fare il sacerdote, al rifiuto del Vaticano al suo reintegro ha riferito ai carabinieri i fatti di cui era a conoscenza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Don Patrizio Poggi perdonato da Papa Ratzinger? “Segreti in Vaticano…” (foto)

ROMA
Blitz Quotidiano

ROMA – Don Patrizio Poggi perdonato da Papa Ratzinger? Il sito Affari Italiani racconta nuovi particolari sulla vicenda dell’ex parroco del San Filippo Neri di Roma, condannato a cinque anni di reclusione per violenza sessuale su minori, è al centro di uno scandalo sulla pedofilia nella curia romana dopo la sua denuncia ai carabinieri, nomi e cognomi (fonte Il Corriere della Sera) di prelati e un circuito di prostituzione giovanile/minorile a beneficio di monsignori e parroci romani.

Nuovi inquietanti particolari continuano ad emergere dopo la denuncia di Don Patrizio Poggi. Secondo Affari Italiani

…dalle pagine della denuncia emerge che il sacerdote, sospeso “a divinis” nel 2010, era stato “perdonato” da Benedetto XVI. Il Papa emerito, cioè – stando a quanto detto da Poggi – nel 2011 aveva accolto il ricorso presentato dal prete contro il provvedimento che lo sospendeva e Joseph Ratzinger gli aveva accordato la “Restitutio ad integrum”, cioè la possibilità di tornare a esercitare il ministero sacerdotale. La questione è ancora pendente presso la Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, alla quale Ratzinger aveva rinviato don Poggi per l’esecuzione della decisione papale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Ex-cop procured boys in Rome

ROME
The Australian

JAMES BONE, ROME From: The Times June 28, 2013

A FORMER police officer pulled up outside a bar known as Twink - slang for a gay youth - next to Rome's central station. He drove a Fiat Panda marked "Emergency Blood" so that he could park easily. Then he picked up Romanian "rent boys", some under-age, for encounters with Catholic priests.

The explosive claim has been made by a convicted pedophile priest to Italian police in a case that threatens to rock the Vatican.

Don Patrizio Poggi, who served five years for abusing five boys aged 14 and 15 while a parish priest in Rome, named clerics who were alleged clients of the boys. They include four priests, two ex-priests and a military chaplain.

The boys were paid from E150 to E500 and sometimes more, Poggi said, and some encounters took place on church premises.

"I decided to file this complaint and co-operate with the law after long reflection and after a painful history of abuse and misuse of power that I have overcome thanks to the faith that guides me," the defrocked priest told police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Senator Nick Xenophon who named priest escapes sanction

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MICHAEL OWEN AND VERITY EDWARDS From: The Australian June 28, 2013

SENATE President John Hogg says he will take no action against independent senator Nick Xenophon for wrongly naming in parliament an Adelaide priest as a perpetrator of clerical sexual abuse.

In a letter to Monsignor Ian Dempsey obtained by The Australian, Senator Hogg said it was not his role "to make judgments about the speeches made by senators".

He said that he had already reminded senators "to use their great power of freedom of speech responsibly" after Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused the former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, John Hepworth, in a Catholic seminary in the 1960s.

Senator Hogg also noted in the letter that the Senate had agreed to publish a response from Monsignor Dempsey in September, becoming the first house of parliament anywhere in the world to allow unelected people to respond on the parliamentary record.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

IL- Chicago predator priest released from prison; SNAP responds

ILLINOIS/WISCONSIN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Norbert Maday, an ex-Chicago predator priest who was convicted in Wisconsin for molesting boys, will be released from prison in the next few weeks. We suspect he’ll move back to the Chicago area, and we call on Chicago Catholic officials to use their vast resources to warn families about him.

Maday was convicted in 1994 on three counts of sexual assault and one count of intimidating a victim and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He was ordained in 1964 and graduated from St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein (in the same class with two other Chicago predator priests: Fr. Robert Mayer and Fr. Ralph Strand. Maday worked at St. John of God in Chicago (1964-66), St. Leo's in Chicago (1966-1969), St. Louis de Montfort in Oak Lawn IL (1969-77), St. Bede the Venerable in Chicago (1977-83), Our Lady of the Ridge in Chicago Ridge Il (1983-89), and St. Jude the Apostle in South Holland IL (1989-1992). He was also the associate director of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

NJ- Newark archbishop withholds records; SNAP responds

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A prosecutor has disclosed that embattled Newark Archbishop John Myers is withholding documents about an admitted child molesting cleric, Fr. Michael Fugee.

Today’s The Record newspaper reports that “investigators still need to . . .secure more documents from the Newark Archdiocese that have not been turned over.” It quotes prosecutor John Molinelli.

We see this pattern often. In public, Catholic officials claim they’re cooperating with prosecutors. In private, they’re actually stonewalling prosecutors.

Moving promptly in the Fr. Fugee case is critical because Myers is still letting an admitted child molester live in an undisclosed Newark area Catholic parish. Myers refuses to put Fr. Fugee in a secure treatment center. And Myers refuses to disclose Fr. Fugee’s whereabouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

"It Finally Feels Good To Make My Family Proud Of Me"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Here is the victim impact statement submitted to Judge Ellen Ceisler by Billy Doe, as read in court by Assistant District Attorney Evangelia Manos:

Dear Your Honor,

My name is [Billy Doe]. I'm the victim of these horrendous men. My life and childhood have been destroyed by these men and the things they did to me. I went through something no child or anyone should go through. They have taken from me, and I will never get back, a lot of those things. For the past 14 years, I have tried to numb the pain and forget what they did to me.

Constant depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and reminder of the hell that I was dragged through. I quickly found myself spiraling out of control and getting into trouble, desperately trying to stop the pain. I tried to commit suicide numerous times, and had years of suicidal ideation. I spent years going to sleep, hoping I did not wake up. And in the mornings, I would dread living through another day. By 11, I was smoking marijuana, trying to stop my suffering, but it never seemed to go away.

I fell quickly into a life of addiction, and, as I got older, it got worse. It led me to a life of heroin addiction, jail, and many institutions. I tore my family apart and disappointed them for many years. Only after I got clean and brought this to light, we started to rebuilt our relationship, and it finally feels good to make my family proud of me. Even though I am a victim, I am now a survivor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Judge Denies Appeal Of "Excessive and Unreasonable" Sentences

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

On June 20, defense lawyers for Father Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero filed motions to appeal Judge Ellen Ceisler's "excessive and unreasonable" sentences.

On June 21, Judge Ceisler denied both motions. The defense can now appeal the judge's decisions to Superior Court.

The court documents, however, lay out for the first time the details on how brutally the judge clobbered the defendants.

Let's start with Engelhardt.

The jury convicted Engelhardt on three charges: endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault, and corrupting the morals of a minor. The jury convicted the priest of a fourth charge, conspiracy, but the judge said the jury made a mistake on that one, and she tossed the conspiracy charge as unproven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Author of Archdiocese Grand Jury Reports Departs D.A.'s Office

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

Mariana Sorensen, author of two high-profile grand jury reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has resigned from the district attorney's office. Her last day of work was Friday, June 21.

Sorensen, an assistant district attorney in the special investigations unit, declined to be interviewed. A polarizing figure, she was regarded by victims advocates as a champion crusader, and by church critics as a Catholic-hating zealot.

The 2005 grand jury report on the archdiocese was a ground-breaking document nationally that exposed sexual abuse of minors by the local clergy. This reporter hailed it as a "literary masterpiece." To the local archdiocese's lawyers, however, it was "a vile, mean-spirited diatribe" that sought to convict the Catholic Church in the court of public opinion, based upon "an unfair and inaccurate portrayal of facts."

Archdiocese lawyers may have argued over how the facts were portrayed, but they couldn't argue with the weight of the evidence. The 2005 grand jury report was based upon 45,000 documents subpoenaed from the archdiocese's own secret archive files. Those files, kept in a locked safe at archdiocese headquarters, catalogued the sins of priests over four decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

More on the New South Wales Enquiry Proceedings (Or: Silence is Platinum)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop, Philip Wilson (pictured above) was director of Religious Education for the Newcastle-Maitland diocese and a teacher at the St. Pius X High School in Newcastle at the time of serious abuses there (see previous posting).

Peter Gogarty was a victim from this time and has expressed disbelief that Wilson knew nothing of the abuses at the school. Both Wilson and Mr. Gogarty are due to give evidence to the New South Wales government inquiry into clerical abuses in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese in the next couple of weeks.

In an earlier posting, the fact that Wilson will be permitted to give his evidence in private was criticized. This criticism remains valid. It was also noted that Mr. Gogarty was to give in-camera evidence, and this was considered “fair enough,” at the time.

However, that was on the assumption that it was Mr. Gogarty’s choice. It now transpires that it was the decision of the Special Commissioner, Ms. Cunneen, and not Mr. Gogarty’s wish at all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

McCarthy’s Evidence (Or: When Silence is Abhorrent)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

The case of Cardinal Bernard Law, in the U.S., came to light through investigative journalism. Similarly, the Newcastle-Maitland problems saw the light of day ultimately through the investigative efforts of Fairfax journalist, Joanne McCarthy, of the Newcastle Herald. For this she was awarded the title of Australian Journalist of the Year.

This week she gave evidence to the New South Wales enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse. There, she said that “It was about having the victims and their families looked after…I didn’t want to go the police…I wanted the police to investigate… It was my only aim.”

It is almost impossible for an investigative journalist not to become part of the story. It is much easier to cover the local school fete and similar low-involvement stories. Ms. McCarthy is not a hack. By the time she had heard a few victim stories, she could not avoid seeing the story through to its natural conclusion.

Those who have heard victims tell their stories (for the first time for many of these victims), the effect can be profound. Those who might be inclined to be critical of her should bear this in mind. They should ask themselves – What would I have done?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Ex-teacher sentenced in Sprague sexting case

CONNECTICUT
Norwich Bulletin

By JOHN BARRY
The Bulletin
Posted Jun 25, 2013

New London, Conn. —
A former teacher at a Sprague school accused of sending inappropriate texts to an underage student has been sentenced to probation.

According to the terms of a plea bargain agreed to in April, Robert Pfeiffer, 31, of Hebron, received a five-year suspended sentence and five years’ probation.

Pfeiffer will not be able to teach or coach during the five years of his probation. In addition, he is expected to have to submit to sexual offender status, in which he will be banned from unsupervised contact with minors. The terms of the deal don’t require him to register as a sex offender.

The plea bargain was made on the eve of Pfeiffer’s trial in New London Superior Court in order to spare the girl to whom he sent the messages the ordeal of testifying, said attorney Bernard Steadman, who represents her interests in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Hebron teacher receives probation in texting case

CONNECTICUT
Turn to 10

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A 31-year-old former teacher at a parochial school in Sprague has been sentenced to five years of probation for sending inappropriate texts to a female student.

Robert Pfeiffer of Hebron had pleaded no contest in April to a charge of risk of injury to a minor.

Prosecutors say Pfeiffer sent messages seeking a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student at the Academy for the Holy Family in 2010.

They say he resigned after telling the principal at the school he was texting hypothetical scenarios to ensure the girl would be able to say 'no' to boys in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Former private school teacher gets suspended sentence for sexting student

CONNECTICUT
The Day

By Karen Florin
Publication: theday.com

Published 06/25/2013 12:00

A lawyer representing a former Academy of the Holy Family student described disgraced history teacher Robert Pfeiffer as a "groomer" and a "predator" as Pfeiffer was sentenced Tuesday in New London Superior Court for sending sexually explicit text messages to the student in 2010.

Pfeiffer, 31, of Hebron had pleaded no contest to risk of injury to a minor in April as attorneys were selecting a jury for a trial in New London Superior Court. Prosecutor Theresa Anne Ferryman offered him a five-year prison sentence, fully suspended, and five years of probation in exchange for the felony conviction and his inability to teach for the next five years.

The victim, who has since graduated at the top of her class and moved out of state, did not want to testify against Pfeiffer at his trial. Attorney Bernard Steadman, who served as a guardian ad litem for the teen, said she is thriving despite the incident with Pfeiffer and other trauma in her life. Steadman did not buy Pfeiffer's defense that he had "sexted" with the girl to see if she would be able to "say no" to boys in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Civil lawsuit claiming abuse by priest filed against Diocese of Duluth

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

DULUTH, Minn. — A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Duluth by a 55-year-old man who says he was abused by a priest as a young boy.

The lawsuit is the first in St. Louis County under Minnesota's new law creating a three-year window for past victims of childhood abuse to file a civil suit against their abuser or the institution that may have allowed the abuse.

Michael DeRoche's lawsuit asks for more than $50,000. It also wants the diocese to release the names of priests who have been "credibly accused" of molesting children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Former Wyckoff priest's lawyer seeks hearing on prosecutor's charges

NEW JERSEY
The Record

THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2013
BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

The lawyer representing the Rev. Michael Fugee in his contempt of court case requested a hearing scheduled for next month to get an early look at evidence that prosecutors have amassed in recent weeks.

The July 25 probable cause hearing, said Michael D'Alessio, the lawyer, is meant to compel the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to present some evidence that Fugee allegedly failed to follow a legal ban on ministering to children. The priest signed the agreement with prosecutors and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in 2007 as part of a deal to dismiss a decades-old case that he allegedly groped a 13-year-old Wyckoff boy.

Prosecutors are continuing their apparently far-reaching investigation in the Fugee case. So far, they have seized two computers from the priest's residence, conducted interviews and obtained thousands of pages of documents from the archdiocese, where Fugee worked in two office jobs until he resigned from the ministry last month, according to D'Alessio and prosecutors.

Fugee's lawyer said he requested the public hearing before Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi to "find out the basis of the complaint." D'Alessio would not present his own evidence but would be able to cross-examine any witnesses who testified for the prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Archbishop Myers fibs

NEW JERSEY
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Jun 27, 2013

After maintaining radio silence for a month, Archbishop Myers of Newark made another effort at self-exoneration this week in a Q. and A. with the National Catholic Register. To say that his A’s strain credulity would be an understatement.

Asked whether by returning Rev. Michael Fugee to ministry he had violated the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children’s “zero tolerance” policy for all priests with credible accusations of clergy abuse, Myers said, “The memorandum of understanding worked out with the prosecutor’s office said he could function as a priest, but not with minors in an unsupervised capacity.”

That’s not the case. The memorandum makes clear that Fugee was not to minister to minors, period.

Myers continued: “The assignments I gave him were intended to increase supervision. He was in the chancery eight hours a day, and he was working with another priest to identify places where priests could participate in retreats. In that role, he had no contact with children.”

That’s far from the whole truth. Myers fails to mention that he also assigned Fugee to serve as a chaplain at St. Michael’s Medical Center without informing hospital administrators of the legal restrictions on him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Vatican Rentboy and Satanism Claims Revealed by Paedophile Priest Don Patrizio Poggi

ROME
International Business Times

By UMBERTO BACCHI: June 27, 2013

Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches.

Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen.

Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys while he was a parish priest at the San Filippo Neri church in Rome, said he made the allegations to "protect the Holy Church and the Christian community."

The boys were chosen because they were starving and desperate, he claimed, according to Il Messaggero newspaper.

The former policeman used to recruit the boys, mostly eastern European immigrants, outside a gay bar named Twink near Rome's Termini train station. He reportedly sat in his Fiat Panda - marked "Emergency Blood" to avoid parking fines - to make his selection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Fr Bob shocked by accusations against fellow priest

AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

SHANNON DEERY
HERALD SUN JUNE 27, 2013

HIGH-profile priest Fatherr Bob Maguire has been drawn into the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis after it was alleged an altar boy from one of his former parishes was the victim of abuse.

The 11-year-old was an altar boy where Fr Maguire was stationed in the early 1970s and says he was abused by another priest after doing odd jobs at his home for pocket money.

The alleged abuse did not happen at the parish church or home where Fr Maguire lived. There have been no allegations levelled at Fr Maguire.

A retired priest in his 80s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on Wednesday was committed to stand trial in the County Court over the allegations.

Fr Maguire last night told the Herald Sun he was rocked by the allegations levelled at a man he had known since the 1960s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Julia Gillard’s legacy lives on in historic Royal Commission

AUSTRALIA
Voiceless Victim

[Rudd returns as Aussie PM after ousting Gillard]

Many victims of child sexual abuse are mourning Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s overnight defeat at the hands of the smirking, conniving, grey haired boys club. I suspect she knew all along her time at the top would be short and that she had a limited opportunity to achieve real change before she would be taken down for the crime of being a successful, assertive woman.

Unlike many of our underachieving politicians, Julia did not waste her time in power. She made a genuine, positive difference to so many people’s lives and to our nation’s progress towards being a humane society.

The people she aided were not the ones who would help fund a privileged retirement from politics. Rejecting self interest for social justice, Julia Gillard stood up for the rights of the abused, the neglected, and the deserving. And she did it with grace, with conviction and with calm determination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Missbrauch: Wien ist anders

OSTERREICH
der Standard

Der kirchliche Missbrauchsskandal wird hierzulande, anders als in Irland, nie aufgearbeitet werden
Promt nach der Veröffentlichung des Endberichts der Kommission Wilhelminenberg ("Helige-Kommission") reagierte, wie erwartet, die Wiener Opposition: ÖVP-Landesparteiobmann Manfred Juraczka zeigte sich "erschüttert" über das Ausmaß der Vorfälle, und FPÖ-Chef Strache empörte sich über nun angeblich nachgewiesene Vertuschung "von oben".

Das Dokument selbst zeugt von einem aufrichtigen Versuch, aufzuklären. Der Leser dieses 344 Seiten starken Berichts kann sich zweifelsohne von dem, was sich zwischen 1948 und 1977 im Wiener Kinderheim abspielte, ein lebendiges Bild machen, und zwar aus sachlichem, geschichtlichem, juristischem sowie medizinischem Blickwinkel. Insbesondere das einleitende Kapitel "Das Leben im Kinderheim" liefert einen Einblick in einen Alltag, den niemand heutzutage gutheißen würde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Papst-Berater erteilt Schüller Auftrittsverbot

MASSACHUSETTS
Die Presse

Zieht Rom (auch) unter Franziskus die Daumenschrauben gegen Kirchenkritiker an? Ein Vertrauensmann des neuen Papstes, Kardinal O'Malley, hat dem Sprecher der Pfarrerinitiative Schüller Auftritte in seiner Diözese Boston verboten.

Ist Helmut Schüller, der Sprecher der Parrerinitiave persona non grata im Vatikan? Wie verfährt die Kurie unter dem neuen Pontifikat mit Kritikern? Setzen sich hinter den Kulissen Bewahrer gegen Reformer durch? Verbirgt sich hinter dem freundlichen Lächeln von Franziskus ein konservativer Hardliner? Diese Fragen stellen sich angesichts der jüngsten Entwicklungen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Priester wegen Kindesmissbrauch von Vatikan gefeuert

SPANIEN
Mallorca

Zum ersten Mal wurde jetzt ein katholischer Priester in Spanien von einem Kirchengericht wegen Kindesmissbrauch seines Amtes enthoben.

Das Urteil aus dem März dieses Jahres wurde jetzt rechtskräftig, nachdem auch der Vatikan in Rom offiziell einer Entlassung des Geistlichen zugestimmt hat. Nach Angaben der mallorquinischen Diözese ist dies der erste Fall dieser Art in ganz Spanien.

Unterdessen wird gegen den Priester auch seitens der Justiz ermittelt. Bereits im März 2011 waren gegen den pädophilen katholischen Priester der Gemeinde Can Picafort Vorwürfe wegen sexuellem Kindesmissbrauchs erhoben worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Nach Studie: Stadt Innsbruck erkennt Ehrenzeichen ab

OSTERREICH
tirol@orf

Beim Aufarbeiten von Missbrauchsfällen in Tiroler Heimen will die Stadt Innsbruck ein Zeichen setzen und zwei Sozialehrenzeichen aberkennen. Das beschloss am Mittwoch der Stadtsenat, nachdem Historiker ein Gutachten präsentiert hatten.

Im Vorjahr wurde das Institut für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Innsbruck beauftragt, eine Studie über die Vorwürfe hinsichtlich Gewalt und Missbrauch durch mittlerweile verstorbene Sozialehrenzeichenträger der Stadt Innsbruck zu erstellen - mehr dazu in Träger von Ehrenzeichen am Prüfstand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Sex-Ring in Rom könnte Bürde für den Papst werden

ROM
Die Welt

In Rom werden angeblich minderjährige Einwanderer zum Sex mit Priestern gezwungen. Stimmten die Vorwürfe, wäre dies ein schwerer Rückschlag für den Papst. Er kämpft gegen Missbrauch. Von Tobias Bayer

Der ehemalige Carabiniere stellt wie immer das Auto in der Via Giolitti in der Nähe des Römer Hauptbahnhofs Termini ab. Er bleibt sitzen und wählt die Jungen aus. Meist sind es Roma, die ihren Körper für 150 bis 500 Euro auf dem Schwulenstrich feilbieten. Sie haben kein Geld, die Familie hilft ihnen nicht. Sie müssen sich verkaufen, um irgendwie über die Runden zu kommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Fox exclusion from sex abuse strike force down to 'timing'

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 27, 2013

Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer

It is a common enough scenario: members of a group talking behind someone's back about leaving them out of things. But this is not the reality television show Survivor - it is senior members of NSW Police, and the subject is the whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.

Chief Inspector Fox was so upset about his exclusion from the group that took over investigating allegations of Catholic paedophile priests in the Hunter region that he went on television and wrote an open letter to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell claiming a cover-up.

The special commission of inquiry's first term of reference is to look at why Chief Inspector Fox was asked to stop his investigations and if that was appropriate.

The inquiry has been told that in September 2010 the crime manager at Newcastle local area command, Detective Chief Inspector Brad Tayler, and the officer soon to take over from him, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey, were told the brief that became known as Strike Force Lantle would be coming to them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Investigations not deterred by church's might, inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 27, 2013

A SENIOR police officer put in charge of Strike Force Lantle has told the Special Commission of Inquiry that he was ‘‘happy to take on the Catholic church’’ and his investigations weren’t deterred by the church’s might.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey has spent all morning on Thursday giving evidence to the inquiry, mostly under cross examination by counsel for Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, Mark Cohen.

Mr Cohen asked Mr Humphrey if there was an unwillingness within the Newcastle police command to take on senior members of the Catholic church after they had received a report from journalist Joanne McCarthy which alleged impropriety by senior church members.

‘‘There was certainly no reluctance on my part,’’ Mr Humphrey said. ‘‘I was happy to take on the Catholic Church.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Religious orders rejects Government plea for contribution to €58m Magdalene redress scheme

IRELAND
Irish Times

Joe Humphreys

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

A number of religious congregations have told Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they will be making no contribution to the Magdalene laundries redress scheme which is expected to cost up to €58 million.

The Irish Times understands at least two orders spoke to the Minister this week to say they were not in a position to make any financial contribution, although they would continue to look after former residents in their care.

At a press conference announcing the redress scheme yesterday, Mr Shatter said “there will be great disappointment in Cabinet if they don’t make a contribution”. Survivors and taxpayers would expect such a gesture, he added.

Under the redress scheme, recommended by a commission headed by Mr Justice John Quirke, survivors will receive payments of up to €100,000 and enhanced State pension entitlements in recognition of their time in Magdalene laundries. *

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Offer ‘fair’ says one survivors’ group but another deems it ‘a joke’

IRISH TIMES
Joe Humphreys

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

The two main survivors’ groups gave contrasting reactions to the Quirke report, with some former residents warning they may bypass the redress scheme and go to the courts if the compensation package is not improved.

Members of Magdalene Survivors Together said that while the scheme acknowledged loss of earnings, it did not properly address the psychological, physical and emotional abuse experienced in the laundries.

Its director Steven O’Riordan said it believed about €75,000 was a “fair figure” for someone who had spent a year in a laundry, and more than three times the current offer.

The recommendation of €20,500 might compensate for loss of earnings in a year but each person should be entitled to at least double that for psychological and emotional damage, he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

State to finally compensate women it ignored for decades

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, June 27, 2013

After decades of being ignored, survivors of the Magdalene Laundries have finally been offered a compensation scheme by the State for their years of slave labour.

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Along with a raft of medical and pension entitlements, the scheme prepared by president of the Law Reform Commission Justice John Quirke recommends survivors receive a sliding scale of payments depending on how long they spent in the institution.

The payments will range from €11,500 for women who spent three months or less in a laundry, to a maximum of €100,000 for those who were in a laundry for 10 years or more.

Justice For Magdalenes Research and the Irish Women Survivors Network based in Britain broadly welcomed the proposals, as did Bernadette Fahy who works with and provides support and assistance to a number of Magdalene survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Magdalene victims to get €100,000 payout

IRELAND
Irish Independent

DEARBHAIL MCDONALD LEGAL EDITOR – 27 JUNE 2013

WOMEN incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries will receive up to €100,000 as part of a redress scheme that could cost the State up to €58m.

Survivors who lived and worked for 10 years or more in the laundries will be entitled to a general payment of €40,000 plus an additional €60,000 for their forced labour.

Women who spent a year in a laundry will be paid €20,500, increasing to €68,500 for those incarcerated for five years. The maximum payment under the planned scheme is €100,000 for women who were in a Magdalene laundry for 10 years or more.

But the scheme has angered some survivors as lump-sum payments for longer term residents will be capped at €50,000, with the remainder released to survivors in tax-free weekly payments until they die.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

Ireland agrees compensation for Magdalene Laundries survivors

IRELAND
Reuters

By Conor Humphries JUNE 27, 2013

The Irish government has agreed to pay up 58 million euros (48.93 million pounds) to hundreds of women forced to work at the Catholic Church’s notorious Magdalene Laundries after a report found that a quarter of them were sent there by the Irish state.

The laundries, depicted in the award-winning film “The Magdalene Sisters“, put 10,000 women and girls as young as nine through uncompromising hardship from the foundation of the Irish state in 1922 until 1996.

Run by Catholic nuns, the laundries have been accused of treating inmates like slaves, imposing a regime of fear and prayer on girls sometimes put in their care for becoming pregnant outside marriage. One in 10 inmates died, the youngest at 15.

Under the compensation scheme, several hundred surviving inmates will receive up to 100,000 euros each, depending on how long they spent in the laundries, with a total cost to the state of between 34.5 million and 58 million euros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Church process detrimental: former sex cop

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Daniel Fogarty
AAP

The Catholic Church's processes for clergy abuse victims were detrimental to police investigations and failed to protect communities from offenders, the former head of Victoria's Sex Crimes squad says.

The church processes actively and systematically dissuaded victims from reporting crimes to police and failed to make offenders accountable, Glenn Davies, a former Victoria Police detective inspector, said.

The Archdiocese of Melbourne was "inherently protectionist, elitist" and was dismissive of suggestions for change, Mr Davies said in a submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into clergy sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Senior cop denies reluctance to investigate clergy

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

By ELLE WATSON June 27, 2013

There was never any reluctance by Newcastle investigators to confront senior members of the church hierarchy over child sexual abuse concealment, a senior police officer has told a Special Commission of Inquiry this morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey denied suggestions from whistleblower Peter Fox's barrister Mark Cohen that detectives were discouraged from investigating the clergy.

Detective Chief Inspector Humphrey oversaw Strike Force Lantle - the Hunter investigation into sexual abuse concealment - after some of its officers left on sick leave.

Under heavy cross examination on his third day in the stand, the detective chief inspector denied claims the strike force had been abysmally managed by those officers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Officer questions whether child sex abuse whistleblower Peter Fox has handed over all documents

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Dan Cox

A senior policeman has told a NSW inquiry he has never been sure whistleblower policeman Peter Fox handed over all documents relating to child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley Catholic Church.

Detective Chief Inspector Fox says he was told by superiors to stop investigating two priests, and claims the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese did not cooperate with police.

In testimony to the special commission of inquiry at Newcastle Supreme Court, Detective Inspector Graham Parker said police were given an official direction at a meeting in December 2010 not to speak to media.

That contradicts earlier evidence from other police that it was an informal order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM

Utah Man Files Sex Abuse Case Against Portland Archdiocese

OREGON
OPB

A Utah man filed suit against the Archdiocese of Portland Tuesday, saying he was sexually abused by a Seaside priest during the 1980's.

43-year-old Scott Little alleges that when he was between the age of 10 and 12, he was sodomized on numerous occasions by Father Maurice Grammond.

Kelly Clark, Little's lawyer, says "We plan to prove that the Archdiocese of Portland had enough experience with child abuse by the time this man was abused, that for them to put a priest like Father Grammond in ministry, unrestricted with no warnings, essentially amounts to misrepresentation, and if you will fraud."

The lawsuit seeks more than $12 million in damages. Grammond is now dead, but he had denied any abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 AM

Man Files Lawsuit Against Diocese of Duluth

MINNESOTA
Northland's News Center

June 26, 2013

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A man, who claims as a child, he was sexually abused by a priest, has filed suit against the Catholic Diocese of Duluth, under Minnesota's new Child Victims Act.

Michael DeRoche says he was abused by Father John Nicholson, who has since died.
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He was abused when he attended St. Rose in Proctor between the ages of 9 and 10.
The lawsuit claims the Diocese knew, or should have known, that Nicholson was a danger to children and should have stepped in to protect his victims.

In a written statement the Diocese said, "It deeply regrets any long-lasting and devastating effects of sexual misconduct on the part of the clergy and is committed to assisting victims and preventing future abuse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 AM

Capuchins protected sex abusers, self-audit reveals

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel June 26, 2013

It's been 44 years since Father Mel Hermanns sexually abused a boy at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary in Fond du Lac County.

It's been 23 years since a separate case of suspicious conduct "involving physical activities with minor males" was reported.

And 20 years since the Capuchin priest's order paid for the seminary victim's counseling, and sent Hermanns to a treatment center known for its programs for sex offenders.

But Hermanns was not removed from ministry until just last fall, and even then there was little public notification.

Hermanns' name appears on a list of 23 current and former Capuchin friars removed for sexually abusing minors. It was released last week as part of an unprecedented audit commissioned by the Detroit-based Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, which operates parishes and other ministries in Milwaukee, to assess its sexual abuse policies and come to terms with its history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 AM

Man sues Duluth Diocese under new Child Victim's Act

MINNESOTA
Duluth News Tribune

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

Fifty-five-year-old Michael DeRoche stood on the steps of the St. Louis County Courthouse holding a photograph of a 9- or 10-year old boy standing obediently straight with his hands tucked to his sides and his heels together.

DeRoche said he was that “little guy” and at the time of the photo he was being sexually abused by a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Duluth.

DeRoche said he wanted to put an adult face on that photo and keep any other children from being victimized by priests by bringing the first civil lawsuit filed in St. Louis County by a person alleging abuse under the Minnesota Child Victim’s Act. A new Minnesota law signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last month eliminates the civil statute of limitations for children who were sexually abused and allows a three-year window for past victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their perpetrator and the institution that may have allowed the abuse.

“I was this little guy that was hurt for over a year by a priest,” DeRoche said of his boyhood photograph before going on to explain why he brought the civil lawsuit. “It’s not to seek a vendetta or vengeance or hurt, but it is to find healing and hope for not only myself and closure, but for all the other kids out there.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

June 26, 2013

Ex-policeman ‘found rent boys for Rome priests’

ROME
The Times (UK)

James Bone Rome

The former Carabinieri police officer pulled up outside a bar known as Twink — slang for a gay youth — next to Rome’s central station. He was driving a Fiat Panda marked “Emergency Blood” so he could easily park.There, he picked up Romanian immigrant “rent-boys”, some underage, for gay encounters with Catholic priests around Rome.

That is the explosive account, according to new details made public yesterday, that a convicted paedophile priest gave to Italian police in a case that threatens to rock the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Quirke report recommendations

IRELAND
Irish Times

Joe Humphreys

Recommendations of Quirke report, all of which the Government says it accepts and will implement:
Survivors of the Magdalene laundries are to receive ex gratia lump-sum payments where qualification is “not dependent on proof of any hardship, injury or abuse”.

A woman who spent three months or less in the laundries will receive a lump sum of €11,500. For one year spent in the laundries it will be €20,500, and for five years €68,500. The maximum payment is €100,000 for women who were in a laundry for 10 years or more.

Women who are entitled to more than €50,000 through the scheme will receive a €50,000 lump sum, plus an annual payment calculated from the remaining sum, which would be paid weekly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Justice for Magdalene's research group welcomes report

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

The Justice for Magdalene's Research group said that it broadly welcomes the publication of the Magdalene Commission Report by Mr Justice John Quirke today.

The survivor advocacy group said that the report satisfies many of their questions however, the organisation said they have a number of concerns.

Justice for Magdalenes Research -said today is another important day in the campaign to bring justice to all the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Fulfilling a Delicate Task

ROME
Legionaries of Christ

Here is a translation of the letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis:
***
To my Venerable Brother Cardinal Velasio De Paolis

In an audience on May 27th, you explained the progress of the ministry of Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ which my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, entrusted to you on June 16, 2010.

I would like to thank you for having brought me up to speed on what you have done in fulfilling this delicate task. As well, I would like to assure you that I have carefully considered what you presented to me in the report you sent with your letter on May 10th, as well as the content of the prior reports and the material regarding the Apostolic Visitation which took place in 2009 and 2010.

I confirm that your mandate will last until the celebration of the extraordinary Chapter of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, which you will preside, and which will be held at the beginning of the beginning of 2014. The Chapter’s main tasks will be the election of a new Government for the Institute and the approval of the new Constitutions, which you will then take care to send me in order to examine them according to standard procedure. These will be fundamental steps in the path towards the authentic and profound renewal of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and, indirectly, as well for the activity of the whole Regnum Christi Movement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Pedophilia: Vicariate of Rome, bewilderment and indignation service TgLa7

ROMA
ASCA

(ASCA) - Roma, 26 giu - Il Vicariato di Roma esprime ''sconcerto e indignazione'' per la diffusione di parte del verbale di denuncia contenente i nomi di sacerdoti accusati dall'ex prete Patrizio Poggi in un servizio del Tg di La7 delle ore 20 di martedi' 25 giugno. Il Cardinale Vicario, Agostino Vallini - si legge in una nota - esprimendo profonda amarezza per la diffusione di simili notizie calunniose che sparano nel mucchio in maniera generalizzata, manifesta piena fiducia nella magistratura e si dice pienamente convinto che sara' smantellato il piano calunnioso, dimostrando non veritiere le affermazioni del Poggi, mosso forse da spirito di rivalsa o da risentimento personale. Il Dottor Pignatone, Procuratore capo della Repubblica di Roma - ricostruisce il comunicato - nel telegiornale ha smentito categoricamente che sacerdoti della diocesi di Roma siano indagati per pedofilia sulla base della denunzia dell'ex-prete Patrizio Poggi, dimesso nel 2007 dallo stato clericale per reati di natura sessuale su minori e che ha scontato la condanna nel carcere di Rebibbia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

Vallini, da Poggi piano calunnioso

ROMA
ANSA

(ANSA) - ROMA, 26 GIU - Il cardinale vicario Agostino Vallini manifesta ''piena fiducia nella magistratura'' e si dice ''pienamente convinto che sarà smantellato il piano calunnioso, dimostrando non veritiere le affermazioni'' dell'ex prete Patrizio Poggi, che ha accusato nove sacerdoti di parrocchie romane di incontri sessuali con minori. In una nota del Vicariato di Roma si sottolinea che ''i sacerdoti calunniati si riservano ogni azione legale a tutela della loro personale onorabilità''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Rent boy scandal rocks the Vatican

ROME
The Australian

JAMES BONE, ROME From: The Times June 27, 2013

THE Vatican is bracing itself for a rent boy scandal after a convicted pedophile priest apparently sought vengeance by informing on other child abusers in the Roman clergy.

Don Patrizio Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing five 14 and 15-year-old boys at his parish on the outskirts of the Italian capital, has reportedly handed names to police. So far, four people have formally been placed under investigation by Rome magistrates.

The suspects are said to include a monsignor who is currently the secretary of an important bishop. Also being investigated is a former Carabinieri police officer suspected of recruiting under-age boys for the alleged prostitution ring.

The brewing scandal comes just weeks after Pope Francis confirmed the existence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican to a visiting Latin American church group.

The apparent network inside the supposedly celibate and staunchly anti-homosexual Church is one reason why Pope Francis is working on a thorough house-cleaning of the Roman curia. Vatican watchers believe a far-reaching reshuffle of top posts is imminent. Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, current head of the governorate that runs the Vatican city-state, is tipped to take over from the powerful but divisive Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Italy: 'Four Catholic prelates probed over paedophilia claims'

ROME
Adnkronos

Rome, 25 June (AKI) - Prosecutors are probing four high ranking Catholic churchmen over allegations they sexually abused young boys, several Italian media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The probe by Rome prosecutors comes after a former priest, Patrizio Poggi reported to police around 20 allegedly paedophile priests, among them five prelates including an unnamed Monsignor and the private secretary to a bishop.

Poggi also presented to police a young male witness and gave the names of the alleged sexual abuse victims.

The probe spearheaded by prosecutor Maria Monteleone is also investigating a suspected prostitution racket that arranged gay encounters for priests.

After a tip-off from Poggi, police tailed a former soldier and alleged 'recruiter' and observed him accompanying a teenage boy inside a Rome church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Italian prosecutors investigating reports of clerical pedophile ring in Rome

ROME
Catholic Culture

A former Catholic priest who was convicted on sex-abuse charges has reportedly given Italian authorities the names of 20 other priests who were involved in child prostitution.

Patrizio Poggi, who spent 5 years in prison, told police that several prominent clerics, including the secretary to an Italian bishop, were involved in a pedophile ring, Italian news agencies report. Prosecutors in Rome are actively pursuing the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Controversial Catholic priest to speak at Unitarian church

DEDHAM (MA)
The Patriot Ledger

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jun 26, 2013

DEDHAM —
A controversial, reformist Austrian priest will speak in Dedham as planned July 17. But it won’t be at a Roman Catholic church.

The Rev. Helmut Schuller was originally scheduled to be at 7 p.m. that day at St. Susannah Parish, but Cardinal Sean O’Malley has banned him from speaking on church property, because the Rev. Schuller supports married priests and the ordination of women.

Cardinal O’Malley said Boston Archdiocese property can’t be used for a talk that’s contrary to Vatican doctrine.

That action prompted a swift invitation from the Unitarian Universalist First Church in Dedham, a four-minute drive from St. Susannah.

The lay Catholic group Voice Of The Faithful said Wednesday the Rev. Schuller will speak there as the same time and day, July 17 at 7 p.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Pope Francis appears set to sign off on Legion of Christ reform

VATICAN CITY
Fox News

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is signaling he will sign off on the reform process of the Legion of Christ religious order, which was disgraced by revelations its founder was a pedophile.

In a letter made public Wednesday, Francis confirmed the order would convene a general assembly in early 2014 to elect new leadership and approve a revised set of constitutions.

He said these would be "fundamental steps in the path towards authentic and profound renewal."

Then-Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined its founder led a double life: The late Rev. Marcial Maciel sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Preti pedofili, l'ira di Vallini. Guai a chi infanga i sacerdoti

ROMA
Affar Italiani

Il cardinale vicario di Roma reagisce tuonando al servizio televisivo che ha reso noto il verbale Poggi: “Sconcerto e indignazione in Vicariato... notizie calunniose che sparano nel mucchio”. E poi rinnova vicinanza, stima e affetto ai sacerdoti. Infine, avverte: “È questo il modo di fare informazione? È un modo per screditare la Chiesa e i suoi ministri? Ognuno darà conto a Dio del suo operato”. I prelati pronti alle querele

Mercoledì, 26 giugno 2013 - 15:19:00

Sconcerto e indignazione. Sulla spy story dei preti pedofili e sull'ipotesi che in città ci sia una cupola che gestisce presunti vizi dei prelati, cade come un macigno la reazione del Vicariato.
E' Agostino Vallini che tuona. E per rispondere a quanto pubblicato dal telegiornale de La 7, si affida ad un comunicato tagliente e chiaro che suona come una scomunica. Scrive il delegato del Papa Francesco: “In merito alla diffusione di parte del verbale di denuncia contenente i nomi di sacerdoti accusati dall’ex prete Patrizio Poggi in un servizio del Tg di La7 delle ore 20 di martedì 25 giugno il Cardinale Vicario Agostino Vallini, esprimendo profonda amarezza per la diffusione di simili notizie calunniose che sparano nel mucchio in maniera generalizzata, manifesta piena fiducia nella magistratura e si dice pienamente convinto che sarà smantellato il piano calunnioso, dimostrando non veritiere le affermazioni del Poggi, mosso forse da spirito di rivalsa o da risentimento personale”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Preti pedofili a Roma, denuncia choc: «Così offrivamo minori ai monsignori»

ROMA
Il Messaggero

Primi tre indagati dopo le rivelazioni di don Patrizio Poggi

ROMA - Ha descritto ai carabinieri la torbida vita sessuale dei religiosi: minorenni ”offerti” a monsignori e sacerdoti. Perchè, ha spiegato don Patrizio Poggi, «sentivo il dovere di tutelare la Santa chiesa». Eccola la denuncia choc che ha portato la procura di Roma alle porte del Vaticano. Nove nomi di religiosi sui quali il procuratore aggiunto Maria Monteleone sta cercando di fare chiarezza. A garantire «la serietà di Poggi», davanti ai militari, lo scorso 8 marzo, c’era monsignor Luca Lo Russo, consigliere della Santa Sede e, soprattutto, avvocato canonico dell’ex sacerdote nel procedimento per la riabilitazione, dopo la sospensione ”a divinis” per una precedente condanna per violenza su minori. Sono già tre i nomi degli indagati per sfruttamento della prostituzione minorile. E l’altro filone, relativo alla violenza sessuale, è ancora in fase preliminare.

RECLUTATORI
Il primo degli indagati è Giuseppe Buonviso, ex carabiniere, già coinvolto in un giro di prostituzione minorile. Dopo la denuncia di Poggi, i carabinieri lo hanno pedinato: accompagnava un ragazzo in una chiesa. Poi ci sono Giancarlo Aleandri, amministratore ”in nero” della Parrocchia di San Filippo Neri, e Marcello Righettini, direttore di un’agenzia per modelli. Racconta Poggi: «Buonviso frequenta e dimora presso la cappella di San Lauro alla Pisana. E’ un promotore e organizzatore di incontri e attività legate alla prostituzione maschile minorile, attraverso la quale reperisce ragazzi che introduce in Italia e mette a disposizione dei clienti». Poi l’elenco di sacerdoti e degli alti prelati: nove in tutto. «Buonviso - continua Poggi - con Aleandri e Righettini presenta ai clienti i ragazzi. L’ingaggio avviene utilizzando la disperazione e l’assenza di mezzi di sostentamento che caratterizzano la loro condizione sociale».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Laundry compensation deal slammed

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

26 JUNE 2013

Survivors of Catholic-run workhouses have threatened to take the Government to the United Nations watchdog on torture over plans to pay some of them as little as 11,500 euro for their detention.

Women detained in Magdalene laundries slammed an offer and criticised the religious orders for not doubling the multimillion compensation package being put forward by the State.

Magdalene Survivors Together warned the Government to go back to the drawing board and take account of the emotional, psychological and physical damage they suffered, as well as loss of earnings for slave labour.

Maureen Sullivan, the youngest known survivor admitted to one of the laundries, claimed the figures "were totted up all wrong". "They need to go back to the drawing board," said Ms Sullivan, who ended up sleeping on the streets in England after she left the laundry in New Ross.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Government announces compensation scheme for Magdalene survivors

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

Galway Bay fm newsroom - The Government has unveiled a compensation scheme worth up to 58 million euro for the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries. 

The Sisters of Mercy ran the Magdalene laundry at Forster street in the city until it closed in 1984, and in April the religous order announced it was giving the property behind the former Anglo Irish building to Cope Galway on a 99 year lease.

The redress package - which is based on the recommendations of High Court judge Mr Justice John Quirke - provides for counselling services and medical cards for each of the women.

It will be available to around 700 women who were kept in the laundries - with payments ranging from between 11-and-a-half thousand and 100-thousand euro depending on the length of their incarceration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Magdalene Laundries survivors fury at Government deal

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

Disgusted survivors of the Magdalene Laundries have branded the compensation package unveiled by the Government as appalling.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday detailed a list of payments for the women ranging from e11,500 to e100,000 depending on how long they spent in the hated institutions.

They will also be granted an “enhanced” medical card and will also be given a form of the State contributory pension.

Survivor Maria Gambole broke down in tears as she revealed her “disappointment” at the package.

She said: “This report is disgusting. I’m very disappointed. I am 78 and I can’t go on much longer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Ireland to pay living ex-residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least $45 million

IRELAND
Times Colonist (Canada)

SHAWN POGATCHNIK / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JUNE 26, 2013

DUBLIN - Ireland will pay several hundred former residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least 34.5 million euros ($45 million) to compensate them for their years of unpaid labour and public shame, the government announced Wednesday following a decade-long campaign by former residents of the workhouses.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologized to the women — an estimated 770 survivors out of more than 10,000 who lived in the dozen facilities from 1922 to 1996 — that it had taken so long for them to receive compensation. The move marked the latest step in a two-decade effort by Ireland to investigate and redress human rights abuses in its Catholic institutions.

Shatter's decision came four months after a government-commissioned probe found that women consigned to the laundries were broadly branded "fallen" women, a euphemism for prostitutes. The investigation found that few actually were, while most instead were victims of poverty, homelessness and dysfunctional families in a state lacking the facilities to care for them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Diözese Rom wehrt sich

ROM
Oberpfalznetz

Rom. (KNA) Die Staatsanwaltschaft in Rom ermittelt laut italienischen
Medienberichten gegen einen mutmaßlichen Prostitutionsring, der katholischen Priestern Minderjährige zugeführt haben soll. Der Kardinalvikar des Bistums Rom, Agostino Vallini, wies entsprechende Anschuldigungen eines vom Dienst suspendierten Priesters umgehend zurück. Hier würden Informationen verbreitet, die jeder Grundlage entbehrten, heißt es in einer am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Erklärung.

Der italienische Privatsender La7 hatte am Dienstagabend berichtet, ein wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger verurteilter ehemaliger Pfarrer habe der Polizei die Namen von neun Geistlichen genannt, die sich in der Rom regelmäßig mit minderjährigen männlichen Prostituierten getroffen haben sollen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Ermittlungen gegen Priester wegen Prostitutionsrings

ROM
Kleine Zeitung

[Summary: The Rome prosecutor has started investigations against nine priests for an alleged prostitution ring. The investigations are based on statements made by a convicted former Roman priest and allege the ring involved sexual abuse of minors.]

Tue prosecutor in Rome has started investigations against nine priests, for an alleged prostitution ring. The investigations are based on statements of sexual abuse of minors convicted former Roman priest.

Di Staatsanwaltschaft in Rom hat Ermittlungen gegen neun Priester wegen eines mutmaßlichen Prostitutionsrings aufgenommen. Die Ermittlungen basieren auf Aussagen eines wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen verurteilten ehemaligen römischen Pfarrers.

Der römische Pfarrer hatte der Polizei die Namen der in den Ring verwickelten Geistlichen genannt. Diese sollen sich in der italienischen Hauptstadt regelmäßig mit minderjährigen männlichen Prostituierten getroffen haben, berichtete die römische Tageszeitung "Il Messaggero" am Mittwoch. Die Zusammenkünfte sollen nach Aussagen des suspendierten Priesters von einem ehemaligen Polizisten organisiert worden sein.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Verdacht auf Prostitutionsring für Priester

ROM
Sueddeutsche

Ein ehemaliger Priester hat die Staatsanwaltschaft in Rom auf den Plan gerufen: Er beschuldigt neun katholische Geistliche, einen Prostituierten-Ring mit der Vermittlung Minderjähriger beauftragt zu haben. Die Glaubwürdigkeit des Ex-Pfarrers leidet jedoch unter der Tatsache, dass er selbst in Haft saß - wegen Pädophilie.

Erneut erschüttert ein Pädophilen-Skandal den Vatikan: Nach Berichten verschiedener italienischen Medien soll ein mutmaßlicher Prostitutionsring Jugendliche an katholische Priester vermittelt haben. Erhoben hat die Vorwürfe ein ehemaliger Priester, Patrizio Poggi, der sich im März in einer Polizeiwache in Rom eingefunden und den überraschten Beamten die Namen von neun Geistlichen genannt hatte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Mortal Sins Author Comes to S.B.

CALIFORNIA
Santa Barbara Independent

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

After wallowing three years in the horrific minutia of the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, writer and reporter Michael D’Antonio has emerged the unlikeliest of all things—a hardened optimist. D’Antonio’s latest book, Mortal Sins, reads like a courtroom thriller, but chronicles the real life tales of a handful of sex abuse victims who decided to take on the most enduring religious and political institution the planet has ever seen, the Catholic Church. “It took great courage for these people to come forward,” D’Antonio said. “In the face of enormous odds, they accomplished the impossible. I think the service they provided is profound.” Speaking of his own religious affiliation, D’Antonio commented, “I’m not a practicing anything, but I’m a big believer in the human spirit.”

D’Antonio will be in Santa Barbara talking about his book next Friday, June 28, at the Faulkner Gallery of the downtown public library. Ray Higgins, a major player in Santa Barbara’s survivor community noticed that D’Antonio was coming to Southern California on a promotional tour and managed to snag him for the occasion. Higgins—whose son was molested by a Franciscan monk while attending St. Anthony’s—will be part of a panel of experts that will include Jeff Anderson, attorney from St. Paul Minnesota who has represented hundreds of victims who have sued the church; Patrick Wall, victims advocate and former Benedictine monk; Tim Hale, S.B. attorney who has represented many victims of clergy sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

MORTAL SINS West Coast book tour kicks off tonight in San Diego

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on June 26, 2013

Tell your friends! Events like this don’t come along often.
If you join us: twenty years from now, you’ll look back on meeting a group of people who set out to change the world for the better … and DID!

TODAY
SAN DIEGO, CA Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7 pm Alliant University, Green Hall, Co-sponsored by IVAT, the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma at Alliant University, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego

TOMORROW
FULLERTON, CA Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7 pm Fullerton Public Library – Presented as a part of Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series — 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton

FRIDAY
SANTA BARBARA, CA Friday, June 28 at 7 pm Falkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara Co-sponsored by Therapy Trust and SB Voice of the Faithful

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Whistleblower Clohessy: "Nothing Can Erase the Horror"

AUSTRIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

US Star Whistle-Blower Clohessy on Sexual Abuse and the Difficulty of Coming to Terms

(This is the English translation of an article that appeared Sunday in the Kurier in Vienna)

He sat on the couch with US talkshow star Oprah Winfrey, he was a guest on Good Morning America, and even the The New York Times Magazine dedicated an extensive reportage to him. This man who has received so much media attention in the United States in recent years is David Clohessy, the spokesman of the NGO SNAP (see Info), which has taken up the cause of victims of sexual abuses in the church. He is the star among the investigators of sexual abuse in the USA.

Yet, a star without airs. Clohessy, 56, has been fighting for years against the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. As a young boy, he himself was sexually abused by a priest. His brother, as well, was one pastor who allegedly came too close to children. „Clohessy's calm manner makes him one of the most credible spokesmen for the victims of sexual abuse," wrote the Drury University Magazine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Sesso in Chiesa con i ragazzini: le rivelazioni di Don Poggi

ITALIA
Apocalisse Laica

di Alberto Sofia - 26/06/2013 -
Il Fatto Quotidiano pubblica in anteprima il verbale della denuncia: "incontri" nelle chiese di Roma Nord con ragazzini dell' Est "reclutati" da un ex carabiniere tra discoteche e centri benessere

Le rivelazioni dell’ ex parroco Patrizio Poggi sui preti pedofili stanno facendo tremare la Santa Sede e la Curia romana.

Dopo che il Messaggero aveva parlato dell’ iscrizione nel registro degli indagati dei quatto sacerdoti con l’ accusa di violenza sessuale aggravata, il Fatto Quotidiano ha pubblicato il verbale della denuncia dello scorso otto marzo, quando Poggi si presentò di fronte agli uffici del Noe per denunciare l’ organizzazione che – secondo quanto ha dichiarato – “recluterebbe minorenni per metterli a disposizione di prelati e parroci romani”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Prete pedofilo 'pentito' accusa 9 alti prelati; Vaticano indignato, calunnie

ITALIA
Apocalisse Laica

(AGI) - CdV, 26 giu. - "Il dottor Pignatone, procuratore capo della Repubblica di Roma ha smentito categoricamente che sacerdoti della diocesi di Roma siano indagati per pedofilia sulla base della denunzia dell'ex-prete Patrizio Poggi, dimesso nel 2007 dallo stato clericale per reati di natura sessuale su minori e che ha scontato la condanna nel carcere di Rebibbia". Lo afferma una nota del Vicariato di Roma, che esprime "sconcerto e indignazione". "Il cardinale vicario Agostino Vallini - si legge - esprime profonda amarezza per la diffusione di simili notizie calunniose che sparano nel mucchio in maniera generalizzata senza distinguere tra chi ha sbagliato, che deve pagare, e chi e' calunniato. Egli rinnova ai sacerdoti vicinanza, stima e affetto per il loro generoso ministero. Condanna vivamente il fatto che organi di informazione si facciano megafono di notizie delittuose prive di riscontri oggettivi, violando le piu' elementari norme della deontologia giornalistica e del rispetto della privacy".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Francis takes on Vatican bank: 'trust reluctantly, verify deeply'

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. | Jun. 26, 2013 NCR Today

In a move that observers describe as a clear signal of a desire for greater transparency and accountability, Pope Francis on Wednesday set up a new commission to investigate the activities of the Vatican bank and to report its findings directly to him.

Among other things, observers say the move indicates that Francis intends to take a personal interest in the bank as opposed to relying on others to make decisions in his name.

The commission is not empowered to govern the bank or to implement any reform measures, but to gather information and relay it to the pope in what's described as a "timely" fashion.

On background, a source with knowledge of the commission was asked Wednesday if it reflected a stance of "trust but verify" vis-à-vis assurances from the bank's present leadership about its commitment to reform.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Ex-priest returned for trial on historic child abuse charges

IRELAND
Irish Times

Tom Tuite

First published:
Wed, Jun 26, 2013

A former priest was served with a book of evidence yesterday and has been returned for trial on historic child sex abuse charges.

William Carney, aged 63, who is currently of no fixed abode, is to stand trial on 34 counts of indecent assault of eight boys and two girls, at locations in Dublin and north east Leinster from 1969 until 1989.
The DPP had directed that he must face trial on indictment.

Yesterday at Cloverhill District Court, the State served him with a book of evidence and Judge Grainne Malone then made an order sending Mr Carney forward for trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Bishop of Winchester apologises to Jersey 'abuse victim'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The Bishop of Winchester has apologised to the woman at the heart of an abuse complaint inquiry involving the Anglican Church in Jersey.

The Right Reverend Tim Dakin said he had given a "personal and direct apology" to the woman known as "HG".

The Dean of Jersey, the Very Rev Bob Key, was temporarily removed from office for allegedly mishandling her complaint about a church warden.

The Church has ordered an inquiry into the handling of the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Former priest charged with sex abuse of children in Sicily

ITALY
Gazzetta del Sud

Sciacca, June 26 - A former priest was charged Wednesday with committing sexual acts with minors and is expected to appear in court next month. Davide Mordino, 42, the former pastor of the Basilica of Saint Calogero in Sciacca, a town on the southwest coast of Sicily, is under house arrest until his court appearance July 17. Police say the former priest performed sexual acts with four boys, while two others say he tried to assault them as well. Mordino, who left the basilica just before Christmas in 2009, is accused of having induced minors to pose naked for photos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Wie das Bistum Regensburg...

DEUTSCHLAND
Kritisches-Netzwerk

Wie das Bistum Regensburg mit Menschen in Wirklichkeit umgeht, die Anschuldigungen sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen kirchliche Mitarbeiter erheben

Unter der fast wortgleichen Überschrift verbreitet das Bistum Regensburg auf seiner Homepage seit Januar 2013 falsche Darstellungen und versucht durch Halbwahrheiten und unwahre Behauptungen ausgesuchte Betroffene des sexuellen Missbrauchs bei den Regensburger Domspatzen in der Öffentlichkeit unglaubwürdig zu machen (für Interessierte hier der Link: Bistum Regensburg – Stellungnahme zu den Äußerungen Herrn Alexander Probst).

Zu Beginn des Textes heißt es:

„Jede Beschuldigung gibt das Bistum Regensburg weiter an die Staatsanwaltschaft. Stellt die das Verfahren wegen Verjährung ein, strengen wir kirchenrechtliche Aufarbeitung an. Für den Fall, dass dies nicht möglich ist, weil der Schuldige verstorben ist, hat die Kirche als einzige Institution in Deutschland ein Anerkennungsverfahren eingeführt…“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Blick in eine dustere Zeit

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelische Hochschule

Alarmiert vom Bekanntwerden von Misshandlungs- und Missbrauchsfällen in den 50er und 60er Jahren, hat der Vorstand der Johannes-Diakonie Mosbach eine Aufarbeitung der Vorkommnisse an den beiden Komplexstandorten Mosbach und Schwarzach beauftragt. Das Sozialwissenschaftliche FrauenForschungsInstitut (Soffi) an der EH Freiburg hat das Vorkommen physischer und sexueller Gewalt und den Umgang damit untersucht. Dabei wurden auch die strukturellen Rahmenbedingungen in den Johannes-Anstalten und der Alltag der Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner sowie der Mitarbeitenden rekonstruiert. Der Abschlussbericht dieser historischen Aufarbeitung liegt nun vor.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich, Michael Kramer und Beate Massell führten dazu 32 Interviews mit (ehemaligen) Heimbewohnerinnen und Heimbewohnern und weitere zwölf Interviews mit (ehemaligen) Mitarbeitenden. Dabei entstand ein klares Bild der damaligen Verhältnisse, auch wenn nur wenige schriftliche Dokumente zu dieser Aufarbeitung herangezogen werden konnten. Die Interviews zeigen, dass es in den Johannes-Anstalten wie in anderen Einrichtungen ähnlicher Art Gewalt gab.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

COMMUNIQUE FROM SECRETARIAT OF STATE ON ESTABLISHMENT OF PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR IOR

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vatican City, 26 June 2013 (VIS) – This morning the Secretariat of State issued the following communique:

The Holy Father has appointed a Pontifical Referring Commission to the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) with his Chirograph of 24 June, the day before yesterday.

As can be seen from the text of the Chirograph published today, the opportunity to establish a Referring Committee has arisen from the Holy Father's desire to learn more about the Institute's juridical standing and activities in order to allow its better harmonization with the mission of the universal Church and the Apostolic See in the more general context of the reforms that should be carried out by the Institutions that give aid to the Apostolic See.

The Commission's purpose is to gather information on the Institution's operations and present the results to the Holy Father.

As specified in the Chirograph, during the course of the Commission's work, the Institute will continue to operate according to the Chirograph of 1990 that established it, unless otherwise authorized by the Holy Father.

The Commission's purposes and powers are described in more detail in the Chirograph itself.

The members of the Commission are:
Cardinal Raffaele Farina, S.D.B., president
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, member
Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, coordinator
Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells, secretary
Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, member

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Pope Francis sets up commission to review Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

A commission of inquiry has been set up by Pope Francis to review the activities of the Vatican bank, following recent scandals.

Earlier this month, he named a trusted cleric to oversee the management of the bank, which is known officially as the Institute for Religious Works.

The institution, one of the world's most secretive banks, has been beset by allegations of money-laundering.

It has 114 employees and $7.1bn (£4.6bn; 5.4bn euros) of assets.

The new commission is tasked with ensuring the bank operates in "harmony" with the mission of the Church.

It is made up of Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor, and four senior clerics: Italian cardinal Raffaele Farina, French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, Spanish bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru and US cleric Monsignor Peter Bryan Wells.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Pope to set up Vatican bank inquiry

VATICAN CITY
Irish Examiner

The Pope has set up an inquiry to look into the activities of the troubled Vatican bank amid a new money-laundering investigation and continued questions about the secretive institution.

It was the second time in as many weeks that Francis has intervened to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued the Institute for Religious Works for decades.

On June 15, he filled a key vacancy in the bank’s governing structure, tapping a trusted friend to be his eyes inside the bank with access to documentation, board meetings and management. ...

The Vatican confirmed that Monsignor Nunzio Scarano had been suspended temporarily from his position in one of the Vatican’s key finance offices, the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

In bold move, Pope names commission to review Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY | Wed Jun 26, 2013

(Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday set up a special commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank, his boldest move yet to get to grips with an institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

The high-powered, five-member panel, which includes four prelates and a woman Harvard law professor, will report directly to him, bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy that itself has sometimes been tainted by allegations of scandal and corruption.

The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as the bank is formally known, has long been tarnished by accusations that it has failed to meet international transparency standards intended to combat money laundering and tax evasion.

The Vatican said the commission, which Francis set up with a personal decree known as a "chirografo," would enable him "to know better the juridical position and the activities of the Institute to allow an improved harmonisation with the mission of the universal Church".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Pope names commission of inquiry into Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY
Daily Herald

Associated Press

Pope Francis on Wednesday named a commission of inquiry to look into the activities of the troubled Vatican bank amid a new money-laundering investigation and continued questions about the secretive institution.

It was the second time in as many weeks that Francis has intervened to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued the Institute for Religious Works for decades. On June 15, he filled a key vacancy in the bank's governing structure, tapping a trusted friend to be his eyes inside the bank with access to documentation, board meetings and management.

On Wednesday, he named a commission to investigate the bank's legal structure and activities "to allow for a better harmonization with the universal mission of the Apostolic See," according to the legal document that created it.

He named five people to the commission, including two Americans: Monsignor Peter Wells, a top official in the Vatican secretariat of state, and Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and current president of a pontifical academy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

High Crimes by Men of the Cloth

AUSTRIA
Our Man in Vienna

Herbert Kuhner

The great crimes on this earth are murder and rape. A murderer takes the life of a human being. A rapist violates a human being.

Pedophilia is rape of an infant, a child or a minor. Pedophilia can be effected by either violent means or by seduction. Committing the crime of pedophilia is tantamount to the murder of an infant, a child or a minor.

Pedophilia is rape of an infant, a child or a minor. Pedophilia can be effected by either seduction, intimidation or violent means

The suffering of a murdered victim ceases after he has been killed. A victim of rape is
spiritually killed but continues to live.

Pope John Paul II in his 2005 book Memory and Identity compared the Holocaust to abortion, as did many other men of the cloth. He wrote that both abortion and the murder of six million Jews were the result of humans under the guise of democracy usurping the “law of God.”
- Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, No. 68, May 1, 2008 ...

Both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI oversaw the hush-up and the shuffling around of pedophile priests. Ratzinger, who was Wojtyla’s ideologue, now lays the blame for the cover-up on Wojtyla. Yes, Ratzinger is as innocent as the driven snow!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

NYT: “GO EASY ON CHILD ABUSERS”

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the New York Times’ reaction to a TV ad calling out the New York City public schools for coddling accused sexual predators:

In today’s New York Times, there is an analysis of former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s new group, Parents’ Transparency Project, that was established to root out public school employees guilty of sexual misconduct. This is what it says about the ad: “Her case is helped by stark statistics and will appeal to parents who would not want anyone who had been accused of misconduct, no matter how minor, around children. But by blaming unions, and ignoring concerns that the city might impose unnecessarily harsh punishmentson employees, she risks inflaming organized labor, and in turn, the Democratic candidates for mayor.” (My emphasis.)

When it comes to the Catholic Church, the New York Times insists on “zero tolerance,” but not when it comes to the public schools. It wants to go light on “minor” offenses, and is strictly opposed to “unnecessarily harsh punishments.” Furthermore, it is important for officials to bow before the unions, and it is equally critical that nothing be done to undermine the prospects of a Democratic candidate for mayor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Priest who assaulted boys released on supervision

WISCONSIN
Post-Crescent

A former Catholic priest who sexually assaulted two boys in the 1980s will be released from a state mental health hospital after a judge approved a conditional release plan.

Norbert Maday, 75, was committed to a secure treatment facility in 2012 after he was classified as a sexually violent person. He recently was re-evaluated and Winnebago County Judge Daniel Bissett approved a conditional release plan Tuesday.

Details of the supervised released plan were sealed by the court under an agreement by the attorneys to keep the plan confidential, but it calls for Maday to be released on or before Aug. 2.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Paedophile priest dodges deportation

NEW ZEALAND
Queanbeyan Age

By Joelle Dally, in Christchurch June 26, 2013

Convicted paedophile and former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath has avoided deportation, for now, by appealing against his extradition to Australia to face hundreds of sex-abuse charges.

McGrath, 65, had until Wednesday to either lodge an appeal or voluntarily go back to Australia, where 252 charges have been laid alleging that he raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at church-run institutions over several years.

The charges relate to 35 complainants between 1977 and 1986.

The Australian government's application for extradition was granted by Judge Jane Farish in the Christchurch District Court on June 11.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Priest and head quit school as finance probe launched

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

A priest and a headteacher have both quit their posts after investigators were brought in to probe a primary school’s finances.

Chair of governors Father Tom Connolly and headteacher Paul Jackson have both retired from their positions at St Kentigern’s RC Primary in Fallowfield.

Their resignations came after auditors were asked to review the accounts of the school – which is part-funded by nearby St Kentigern’s Church.

It is understood independent accountants were brought in after concerns were raised over a series of payments made over the last academic year amounting to several hundred pounds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Lewdness charges dropped against priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Citizens Voice

- JEFF HORVATH
Published: June 26, 2013

Open lewdness charges against a Catholic priest from Tunkhannock and one of his parishioners who were found in a stage of undress last month in a Wyalusing public park were dropped Tuesday afternoon.

The Rev. Daniel Joseph Doherty, 49, and Joanne Mirabelli, 47, both of Tunkhannock, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton in Wysox and were only found guilty of trespassing in a park after the sunset curfew.

Assistant District Attorney Francis Rineer Jr. announced the state would be dropping the charges of open lewdness, being under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, and performing an obscene or indecent act.

The state would, however, be charging the Rev. Doherty and Mirabelli with being in the Wyalusing park after dark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Catholic priest charged with child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

STUART RINTOUL From: The Australian June 26, 2013

AN elderly Catholic priest has been committed for trial charged with "the abominable crime of buggery" and indecent assault of a 12-year-old boy in the early 1970s.

The priest, who cannot be named, appeared in the Melbourne magistrates court this morning, accompanied by supporters.

The court heard that the alleged victim had not spoken about the abuse until he learnt that the priest would officiate at his aunt's funeral, when he told his wife and sister.

But he had been angry about the church for many years, and would swear when he saw references to church abuse saying "I can't believe people get away with that".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Vic priest to stand trial for 1970s abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 26, 2013

Genevieve Gannon
AAP

A man remained silent for almost 40 years until a Victorian priest he says sexually abused him was asked to conduct his aunt's funeral.

When the victim's sister told him she had tracked down the priest to officiate at their aunt's funeral in 2010, he said he couldn't go, according to documents tendered in a Melbourne court.

"If he's going to the funeral, then I can't go," the victim told his sister.

He had done odd jobs at the priest's house as a teenager in the 1970s to earn pocket money, according to a statement he made to police.

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The now-retired Catholic priest, who cannot be named, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery of a person under 14 in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Priest, 87, to stand trial on child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
The Age

June 26, 2013

Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age

A Catholic priest who has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a boy in a Melbourne parish house more than 40 years ago has been committed to stand trial.

The priest, 87, who cannot be named, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, where magistrate Ann Collins told him there was sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.

The priest, who struggled to stand up from his seat before he entered a plea, was bailed to appear at the County Court in June next year for a five-day trial.

He has been charged with two counts of buggery on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Preti pedofili, Francesco Zanardi chiede udienza al Papa: “Noi, vittime di abusi, andiamo controcorrente”

ITALIA
IVG

Savona. Francesco Zanardi, portavoce della rete nazionale “L’Abuso” e vittima in passato di un prete pedofilo, scrive a Papa Francesco chiedendo udienza per discutere di una piaga che colpisce la Chiesa.

“Seguo con grande attenzione e speranza la Sua intenzione, emersa in pubbliche dichiarazioni come neoeletto Vescovo di Roma, di voler risolvere quello che è il dramma della pedofilia nel mondo cattolico – scrive Zanardi – Comprendo anche le difficoltà nell’affrontare questa problematica, ma al tempo stesso ritengo esistano delle soluzioni concrete e attuabili. Il problema della pedofilia nella Chiesa è un vicenda grave e dolorosa perché, come Lei sa, sono milioni i minori che quotidianamente vengono affidati alle cure del clero. La pedofilia fa del male principalmente ai bambini, ma anche ai credenti e più in generale alla Chiesa di cui oggi Lei è il massimo rappresentante, minando e incrinando l’essenza stessa dei valori sui quali dichiara di fondarsi”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Cleaning Up the Vatican Bank

VATICAN CITY
The Globalist

By Massimo Franco | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Among the many reforms that lie ahead for the Vatican, explains Massimo Franco, a key one is to change its financial diplomacy in a globalized environment. That is a tough task and yet critical for Pope Francis to accomplish.

The Roman Catholic Church sees itself as destined to judge and to take confession from the world.

In the past, its moral leadership was undisputed, at least in theory.

But in the last ten years or so, its image has been shattered by scandals — both sexual and financial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Cardinal O’Malley bans dissident priest from speaking at Dedham Catholic parish

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Catholic Insider

We are very pleased to report that Cardinal O’Malley is banning a dissident Austrian priest from speaking at St. Susanna in Dedham. Here is an excerpt from one of two pieces that appeared in the Boston Globe:

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is banning a dissident Austrian priest from speaking at a parish in Dedham, prompting a coalition of reform-minded Catholics who invited the priest to move their event to a nearby Unitarian Universalist church. ...

BCI commends Cardinal O’Malley for the decision to ban this talk. We also commend the Boston Archdiocese for publicly issuing this policy statement. We have been hoping and praying for a policy like this for many years, and we view it as a very encouraging sign that the Boston Archdiocese is now going to enforce a policy that will not permit any individuals who promote positions contrary to Catholic teachings to speak in Catholic parishes or at church events.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Massachusetts: Cardinal Bars a Priest’s Speech

MASSACHUSETTS
The New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: June 25, 2013

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has barred a prominent Austrian priest from speaking in a Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Boston because the priest advocates the ordination of women and married men as one solution to the priest shortage. The appearance by the priest, the Rev. Helmut Schüller in Boston on July 17 is part of a cross-country speaking tour sponsored by 10 liberal Catholic groups that are pressing the church for change. The Archdiocese of Boston said that its policy, like the practice in other dioceses, is to prohibit individuals who promote “positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings” from speaking in Catholic parishes and at church events.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Boston cardinal nixes priest's talk at parish

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Associated Press

BOSTON — Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has banned an Austrian priest from speaking at a Dedham parish because the priest advocates ordaining woman and making celibacy for priests optional.

A church spokesman tells The Boston Globe that archdiocesan policy doesn't allow speakers on church property who advocate positions contrary to church doctrine.

The Rev. Helmut Schuller was scheduled to speak at St. Susanna Parish on July 17. His talk has been moved to a nearby Unitarian Universalist church.

Schuller is founder of the Austrian Priests' Initiative, which advocates allowing women and married people to become priests as a way to address a global priest shortage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Magdalene laundries support scheme to be unveiled

IRELAND
BBC News

The Irish government is to unveil a compensation package for survivors of Magdalene laundries later.

It will be based on recommendations by Mr Justice John Quirke, who was asked by the cabinet to devise eligibility criteria.

The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses where thousands of women and girls had to do unpaid, manual labour.

Mr Justice Quirke was asked for proposals to set up a scheme to compensate women and bring "healing".

As well as financial compensation, the supports are expected to include help-in-kind for former residents who need it, such as medical cards and other public health supports like mental health and counselling services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Magdalene laundries' controversy - Joe Little reports

IRELAND
RTE News

The Government will this afternoon unveil a package of financial and other supports for survivors of Magdalene laundries.

It will be based on recommendations of Mr Justice John Quirke who was asked by the cabinet to devise eligibility criteria and other aspects of a non-adversarial scheme.

It’s 20 years since the State’s Magdalene laundries became a source of public controversy. In 1993 the exhumation, transfer and cremation of the remains of 155 former residents of a Magdalene laundry in Dublin by an order of nuns clearing its land for sale sparked public outrage.

Eighty of the women had not been identified because death certificates were missing or never existed in the first place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Magdalene Laundry survivors to find out extent of redress scheme

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

The details of the compensation scheme for the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries will be published today.

It follows a three-month review by former High Court judge, Mr Justice John Quirke, and it is understood the redress fund could be up to €50m.

The redress scheme comes after a report by former Senator Martin McAleese found that the State had a hand in around a quarter of admissions to the laundries, which were workhouses run by four religious orders between 1922 and 1996.

Last February, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered an emotional apology to the women involved and promised to compensate them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Leaks to Herald led to formal police complaint: inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By STEPHEN RYAN June 26, 2013

SENIOR police were at the ‘‘end of our tether’’ following a series of leaks to the Newcastle Herald that led Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey to lodge a formal complaint against Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, an inquiry heard on Wednesday morning.

Detective Humphrey said the leaks were interfering with an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse cover-ups within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese and were putting pressure on investigators.

Detective Humphrey said Detective Fox wanted to run the investigation and ‘‘it got to the stage where he couldn’t be told ‘no’’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Peter Fox was 'obsessed', says senior cop

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

By ELLE WATSON June 26, 2013

A senior police officer overseeing a Hunter strike force into sexual abuse concealment has told a Commission of Inquiry, Peter Fox was a zealot who was obsessed with taking part in the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey told the Commission of Inquiry the detective was "beyond driven" in his attempt to be involved in the investigation into concealment of sexual abuse by Hunter priests.

"It just got to the stage where he couldn't be told no...he continually tried to take control of Lantle," Detective Chief Inspector Humphrey said this morning.

He said he lodged a formal complaint against Detective Chief Inspector Fox following a series of articles in the Newcastle Herald by journalist Joanne McCarthy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Junction City Minister To Take Plea Deal In Child Molestation Scandal

KANSAS
WIBW

By: Lindsey Rogers
Updated: Tue 12:18 PM, Jun 25, 2013

GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A minister accused of sexually abusing young boys in his church's congregation is expected to enter into a plea agreement with the state, opting not to let his cases be heard by a jury.

Jordan Young, 25, appeared in Geary County District Court Tuesday for a status hearing.

Young is facing child molestation charges in six cases involving separate underage victims.

He has been behind bars since August when the Junction City Police Department launched an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church where he’d been serving as the music minister. He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Catholic Church still 'impeding' sex inquiries

AUSTRALIA
Border Mail

By Barney Zwartz June 26, 2013

The Catholic Church is still impeding police pursuit and conviction of clergy sex offenders, according to a former head of Victoria Police's sexual crimes squad.

Former detective inspector Glenn Davies, who now works with victims of clergy sex abuse, says his experience of working with the church is that it is ''protectionist, elitist and dismissive of suggestions for change''.

Mr Davies, who resigned from Victoria Police last year after he admitted briefing journalists about then current investigations, made a submission to the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled clergy sexual abuse. This was posted on the inquiry website late on Tuesday.

Ten submissions were posted, including a defence of Towards Healing by one of its investigators, former police superintendent Paul Murnane, plus a second ''right of reply'' by Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Journalist hopes inquiries will restore faith in church

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The journalist who helped trigger a New South Wales inquiry into sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church hopes it will expose how badly the victims have been treated.

Late yesterday, Fairfax journalist Joanne McCarthy finished giving evidence at the special commission which is underway in Newcastle.

The inquiry is looking at Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that the police force and the church tried to cover-up abuse by two priests.

Ms McCarthy's reporting on clergy abuse in the region has won her a national journalism award and helped trigger the state probe as well as the national Royal Commission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Chief Commissioner stands by abuse inquiry submission following of criticism from Archbishop

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, says he stands by the force's submission the state's child sex abuse inquiry.

Victoria Police claimed the Catholic Church had protected child sex offenders and interfered in police investigations.

In a new submission to the inquiry, the state's most senior Catholic, Archbishop Denis Hart has refuted those allegations.

He says a Victoria Police allegation that the church has not engaged with investigators is misinformed, misleading and factually inaccurate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

'A journalist's caring ear': inquiry into whistleblower relationship

AUSTRALIA
Milton Ulladulla Times

By Catherine Armitage June 26, 2013

The late-night email set out how to wipe email trails and mask mobile calls to keep them secret. But the contact between Peter Fox and Joanne McCarthy was nevertheless exposed.

As relationships go, this one has caused a lot of trouble – for the police, the Catholic Church, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and even the Prime Minister. Now it's all being laid bare in the Newcastle Supreme Court.

Fairfax Media journalist McCarthy is being grilled in the witness box at the special inquiry into how police and Catholic Church priests and officials handled allegations of sexual abuse in NSW's Hunter Region.

The inquiry was set up by the NSW Premier after a whistleblower policeman, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, went on ABC's Lateline last November, alleging a cover-up. The Prime Minister called a separate royal commission on child sexual abuse days later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Police whistleblower accused of making outrageous claims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A senior policeman giving evidence at the Special Commission of Inquiry into institutional sexual abuse in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has accused Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of making outrageous claims.

The Special Commission is looking into Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that he was ordered to stop investigating two Maitland-Newcastle priests, Father Denis McAlinden and Father James Fletcher.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey was the manager of Strike Force Lantle and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's supervisor.

He has told the inquiry that allegations made by Peter Fox that he was locked out of the investigation into a cover up of child sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church are outrageous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Tulsa Pastor Arrested in Child Sex Abuse Case, Victim Pregnant

OKLAHOMA
KTUL

[with video]

Tulsa, Oklahoma -
A Tulsa pastor has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after a teenager accused him of having sex with her numerous times over the past year.

According to a police report, the 15-year-old female victim told officers on Thursday that Gregory Hawkins, 54, had been having sex with her and that she was now five months pregnant with his child.

The teen told police she had sex with Hawkins numerous times, including at his home, at a Tulsa hotel, the Zion Plaza Church and at other locations, the report stated.

The victim reported the sexual intercourse began in April of 2012 and continued until January 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Tulsa Pastor Arrested For Having Sex With Underage Girl

OKLAHOMA
News 9

[with video]

TULSA, Oklahoma - The pastor of a Tulsa church is free on bond following his arrest Monday afternoon on a complaint of sexual assault of a minor child.

Police arrested Gregory Hawkins, 54, after a 15-year-old girl told officers she was about five months pregnant with his child.

Police have been investigating Gregory Hawkins since February. He is the pastor of the Zion Plaza Church and also is the owner of a daycare called the Zion Plaza Child Learning Center.

The girl says he began having sex with her last year when she was 14, and it happened at his daycare, his home, hotel rooms, and even in a parking lot at River Parks.

The girl told police she lived with him at his home for a time, beginning when she was 14, and that's when the abuse started.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Ogle County pastor accused of felony sexual abuse

ILLINOIS
Journal Standard

By Nick Crow
JOURNALSTANDARD.COM

MOUNT MORRIS — A 64-year-old Mount Morris man who has worked as a pastor with Crossroads Community Church for the past decade will be in an Ogle County court Friday for alleged criminal sexual abuse of a minor.

Charles Babler was arrested by deputies Friday in the wake of an investigation of a 2011 incident in which police say he had contact with a person younger than 13.

Babler posted bail and was released from jail Monday.

Most recently, Babler was as an executive/administrative pastor, with most of his responsibilities pertaining to financial and personnel matters, said Glen Williamson, pastor with the Crossroads campus in Freeport. The church has seven campuses in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

“It is our understanding and belief that the charges made against Mister Babler allege misconduct away from church premises and (are) totally unrelated to Crossroads or to Mister Babler’s employment with Crossroads,” he said in a statement Tuesday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Tulsa pastor's arrest on sex charge sparks DHS probe of child-care center

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa World

By AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer on Jun 26, 2013

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is investigating a church-affiliated child-care center after the church's pastor was arrested on a sex-abuse complaint Monday. DHS has visited the center 13 times since July 2012.

Gregory Ivan Hawkins, 54, was jailed on a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor after detectives located him near the 3600 block of the L.L. Tisdale Parkway. He posted a $50,000 bond and was released at 11:17 p.m. Monday.

Hawkins is accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a teen between the ages of 14 and 15 since April 2012, his arrest report shows. The girl became pregnant in January, allegedly with Hawkins' child.

Hawkins is the pastor of Zion Fellowship Ministries and owner of Zion Child Care & Learning Center, both of which are located in the Zion Plaza shopping center at 612 E. 46th St. North, his arrest report shows. The report lists the name of the church as Zion Plaza Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Utah Man Files Sex Abuse Case Against Portland Archdiocese

OREGON
Daily Astorian

A Utah man filed suit against the Archdiocese of Portland Tuesday, saying he was sexually abused by a Seaside priest during the 1980's.

43-year-old Scott Little alleges that when he was between the age of 10 and 12, he was sodomized on numerous occasions by Father Maurice Grammond.

Kelly Clark, Little's lawyer, says "We plan to prove that the Archdiocese of Portland had enough experience with child abuse by the time this man was abused, that for them to put a priest like Father Grammond in ministry, unrestricted with no warnings, essentially amounts to misrepresentation, and if you will fraud."

The lawsuit seeks more than $12 million in damages. Grammond is now dead, but he had denied any abuse.

In 2007, the Archdiocese of Portland settled with 23 men who claimed sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Vic priest to stand trial for 1970s abuse

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

A Victorian priest will stand trial over an historical abuse claim that surfaced when he was asked to officiate at the victim's aunt's funeral.

A man remained silent for almost 40 years until a Victorian priest he says sexually abused him was asked to conduct his aunt's funeral.

When the victim's sister told him she had tracked down the priest to officiate at their aunt's funeral in 2010, he said he couldn't go, according to documents tendered in a Melbourne court.

"If he's going to the funeral, then I can't go," the victim told his sister.

He had done odd jobs at the priest's house as a teenager in the 1970s to earn pocket money, according to a statement he made to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Suits allege sex abuse by Ariz. priests

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

By Michael Clancy
The Republic | azcentral.com
Tue Jun 25, 2013

A dozen victims have filed lawsuits in Coconino County Superior Court alleging they were sexually abused by six Arizona priests who worked in the Catholic Diocese of Gallup, N.M., between 1942 and 1977.

The lawsuits, all filed since Jan. 1, claim the abuse took place in parishes in Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook and the Verde Valley.

The package of cases is believed to be the largest single group of priest-abuse lawsuits currently active in the United States, according to Terence McKiernan, president of bishopaccountability.org, a website that has documented abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States since 2003.

In addition to the cases filed this year, another active case was filed in 2012, and as many as a dozen other allegations were settled out of court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

WHISTLEBLOWER COP A ZEALOT: NSW INQUIRY

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

June 26, 2013

The police whistleblower whose allegations helped trigger an inquiry into alleged child sex abuse by NSW priests has been described as a lying zealot.

Newcastle police crime manager Wayne Humphrey told the inquiry on Wednesday he lodged a formal complaint against Detective Chief inspector Peter Fox in 2011 because he suspected him of leaking confidential information to the media, and he was obliged to complain under police operating guidelines.

Detective Chief Inspector Humphrey said he and another senior officer searched Det Insp Fox's office when he was away on leave in 2011 because he had been directed by another senior officer to locate a document related to allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

The special commission is examining the way police and Maitland/Newcastle diocese leaders handled child sexual abuse allegations, particularly involving priests Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Marcos Breton: Former 'rock star' priest facing trial as a solitary figure

CALIFORNIA
Merced Sun-Star

By Marcos Breton — mbreton@sacbee.com

The crowds have left the side of Uriel Ojeda, the former "rock star" priest facing criminal charges that he sexually molested a young girl.

Roughly 18 months ago, more than 200 of his followers had jammed a Sacramento courtroom when seven criminal counts were filed against the Rev. Ojeda for allegedly abusing the 14-year-old daughter of a former parishioner.

Tall, young, handsome, Ojeda had been the focal point of many stories in The Bee before his arrest in November 2011. I had written about him as well because in September 2008, Ojeda had prayed over my father the night before he died.

This was personal. This was the man who was supposed to be the face of a new church moving beyond a national crisis of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Paedophiles crimes were concealed

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Lateline

[with video]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 25/06/2013
Reporter: Susie Smith

The Newcastle inquiry into a coverup of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has heard evidence that a senior figure within the Church covered up the crimes of a paedophile priest.

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The New South Wales Premier's Department has tonight ordered an investigation into the shredding of police and Catholic Church documents by a member of the sex crime squad.

Last week Lateline revealed details of a senior police officer shredding records of meetings she'd had with Catholic Church officials who had been assessing child sex abuse cases. The meetings took place over five years.

Meanwhile the New South Wales inquiry into sexual abuse by the clergy in the Hunter Valley has heard today that a former bishop of Newcastle Maitland released key internal Church documents to a victim triggering one of the biggest police investigations into clergy cover up in Australia.

The special commission of inquiry is investigating allegations by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of cover ups by police and the Church of child sexual abuse. Susie Smith reports from Newcastle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

In scandal's wake, Newark archbishop says church needs help monitoring problem priests

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
on June 26, 2013

In his first interview on the scandal that spawned calls for his resignation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said he will no longer sign off on agreements that require the church to monitor priests placed on restricted ministry over sexual abuse allegations.

Myers, in a lengthy exchange with the National Catholic Register, responded to the controversy involving the Rev. Michael Fugee, who was criminally charged last month with violating a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

The ban was outlined in a 2007 agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Both Fugee and the archdiocese were parties to the agreement.

"We would not enter into a memorandum of understanding that places a burden on the church," Myers said. "The state has more resources. Our advice would be to tell the priest, ‘Go back for a second trial and clear your name.’"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

June 25, 2013

A Co. Springs priest accused of sex assualt on trial

COLORADO
KRDO

[with video]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Emotional testimony in the case of a 78-year-old Colorado Springs priest accused of sexually assaulting a child. Father Charles Manning's former assistant broke down in tears when asked if she still considered Manning, a friend.

Manning was a pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. His trial started yesterday.

He used a wheelchair to get into the courtroom and was on an oxygen tank. Manning is accused of sexually assaulting a child who was interested in joining the Catholic Church in 2011.

His former executive assistant said Manning gave the victim private classes, but said she never noticed anything inappropriate about the relationship. During her testimony, she said she still considers Manning her friend, and hugged him as she left the courtroom.

Also Tuesday, a Catholic Victim's Assistance coordinator said the victim reported Manning forced him to dance and perform sex acts on him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

€25m redress fund for former Magdalene residents

IRELAND
Irish Times

Harry McGee

Wed, Jun 26, 2013

The Government has made a provision of at least €25 million to compensate former residents of Magdalene Laundries. It is also understood there is no proposal for a reconciliation forum involving the four religious congregations who ran the 10 laundries concerned and the women who had been resident in them, as was mooted recently

Details of the fund that will be available to an estimated 700 women, many of them elderly, will be disclosed by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter this afternoon after he has briefed groups representing the women.

Sources with knowledge of the process have said that payments will range from €10,000 to about €100,000, related to length of stay of women in the laundries. It is also believed that ongoing health and other such supports for the women will be provided by the State. A report by former High Court judge Mr Justice John Quirke examining the various forms of redress and support to be made available to the women will also be published today. No details have emerged as to the nature of the payments, whether they will be once-off lump sums or paid in stages, which was the initial preferred option of Government.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM

ST. LOUIS PRIEST ON TRIAL

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

June 25, 2013 1:22 pm | Author: Jerry Berger
A St. Louis priest is on trial this week for allegedly molesting a Colorado child. He is Fr. Robert Charles Manning, who reportedly abused the child, gave him booze, pot cigarettes and expensive gifts (including jewelry, watches and a $3,000 car), took him to get his nipples pierced and made him a beneficiary in the cleric’s will. Manning now lives in St. Louis. He worked in the St. Louis Archdiocese, at parishes in Bridgeton, Glencoe and Imperial. Manning went to Colorado Springs a few years ago after St. Louis Bishop Michael Sheridan took over there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

The Days of Impunity for Vatican Officials Are Numbered

UNITED STATES
Truthout

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:20
By Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights | Op-Ed

Last week, for the first time ever, an international body asked questions about the Vatican’s handling of widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence. Last Wednesday, survivors of rape and sexual violence by Catholic priests met with members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Geneva, calling the Vatican to account for its ongoing failure to abide by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a U.N. treaty that the Vatican long ago signed but, like the children it is designed to protect, has systematically neglected.

Wednesday’s historic meeting is the latest sign that a growing global movement is closing in on that day when Vatican officials will be held accountable for their systemic enabling of rape and sexual abuse. In March, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), submitted a report to the UN Committee outlining the myriad ways the Vatican is in perpetual violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Now the CRC has called on the Vatican to report on its implementation, or lack thereof, of its human rights obligations.

The global expansion of this movement is a product of survivors’ efforts to internationalize the search for justice in response to a problem they came to understand as international in scope. As SNAP founder Barbara Blaine observed, “It’s a worldwide problem. We’re a worldwide movement.”

The first big step in the quest for worldwide accountability was the September 2011 complaint that SNAP and CCR submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor setting out the ways in which the magnitude, scale and gravity of the offenses against children amount to crimes against humanity. In April 2012, we submitted additional evidence that had come to light since the first filing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

Pope’s eight cardinal advisors say the Curia is not the only thing they’ll be reforming

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The cardinals Francis nominated as advisors in April are also looking into some unresolved issues in the Church

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

Although their official meeting will be in October, they are already moving full steam ahead with their work and will use the summer months to prepare thoroughly for their first meeting. The eight cardinals Francis chose as his advisors last 13 April, exactly one month after his election, are currently mulling over ideas and proposals. And they will not just be dealing with Curia reform.

When the Vatican Secretariat of State announced Francis’ decision to set up the advisory group, it specified that it was established “to advise him [the Pope] in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus'.” Advising the Pope on the running of the universal Church is certainly no less important than the council’s task of reforming the Curia, but the latter will be the council’s main focus.

Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga is responsible for coordinating the group of eight cardinals he himself is a member of (Giuseppe Bertello, Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Oswald Gracias, Reinhard Marx, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Sean Patrick O’Malley, George Pell, Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga). The council’s secretary is the Bishops of Albano (Italy), Marcello Semeraro. A representative of the Middle Eastern Churches could also join the group at some point in the future. They are all cardinals and therefore work closely with the Pope. At the same time, they also work or worked within the bodies that represent Episcopal Conferences: the need to improve the relationship between the central Church in Rome and the local Churches was a subject which came up prior to the Conclave that elected Francis. During the summer, the council is expected to draw up a document defining the nature and identity of the council.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Judge approves Norbert Maday release plan

WISCONSIN
Fox 11

OSHKOSH - A former priest convicted of sexual assault in Winnebago County - and later deemed to be a sexual predator - will be released from a state treatment facility before Aug. 2.

Norbert Maday spent 13 years in prison on a 1994 sexual assault conviction. Maday served as a priest in the Chicago area, but was convicted of sexual assaulting boys while at a retreat in Winnebago County. Later, the state had him committed as sexual predator.

Judge Daniel Bissett approved the release plan Tuesday, according to online court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Former Priest Convicted of Sexual Assault to be Released

WISCONSIN
WBAY

By Emily Matesic

Oshkosh -
A former Catholic priest from Chicago, convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys in Oshkosh back in the 1990's, will be released into the Winnebago County area by the end of the summer.

Norbert Maday served more than a dozen years in prison and several more in a secure facility for sexually violent offenders. Tuesday, a judge approved a release plan for Maday.

Norbert Maday appeared for the hearing via video conference from the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin, near The Dells, where he's been housed since being released from prison and classified as a sexually violent person.

Both his attorney, who was in the courtroom, and the special prosecutor, who appeared for the hearing on the phone, agreed to a conditional release supervision plan for the former priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Archbishop Myers on Fugee: 'Our decision was appropriate at the time'

NEW JERSEY
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jun. 25, 2013 NCR Today

The decision to return Fr. Michael Fugee to active but restricted ministry in the Newark, N.J., archdiocese "was appropriate at the time," says Archbishop John Myers, though he added he would seek to avoid future court agreements appointing the archdiocese into a supervisory role.

"We would not enter into a memorandum of understanding that places a burden on the Church. The state has more resources. Our advice would be to tell the priest, 'Go back for a second trial and clear your name,' " Myers said.

The response came in the Newark archbishop's first interview since his archdiocese became embroiled in the U.S. Catholic church's latest clergy sex abuse scandal, which centered on Fugee, who was arrested May 20 for violating a memorandum of understanding restricting him from ministry to children. The order came in lieu of a retrial on charges of sexual assault against a 14-year-old boy dating back to 1999, of which a jury found him guilty in 2003 but an appeals court overturned in 2006 on the basis of judicial error.

Myers spoke Thursday with the National Catholic Register, which published the interview Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Father James Porter's 1973 letter to pope seeking laicization

FALL RIVER (MA)
The Herald

By Brian Fraga

* Below is the full text of a letter that the late James Porter wrote to Pope Paul VI in 1973 requesting to be laicized. The 19-page letter was provided by attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing a Minnesota woman in a new lawsuit against the Diocese of Fall River and two other co-defendants. Porter, a notorious predator-priest, allegedly molested the woman several times when she was a 9-year-old girl in the late 1960s.

In the letter, Porter admits to his sexually abusing minors but tells the pope toward the end of the letter that his life was turning around after he started working at a bank. Porter - who was removed from the priesthood in the early 1970s and later married - was convicted in 1993 of molesting 28 kids and he was sentenced to 20 years in state prison. He died of cancer in 2005.

May 17, 1973

Most Holy Father,

I, James Robert Porter, would like to humbly petition Your Eminence for a dispensation to and release from the responsibilities of the priesthood including in this the release from the obligation of celibacy. I am presently living at 1751 Gulden Place, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55109. I have lived at this address since September 1, 1972. Immediately preceding this I had lived at 970 Reaney Ave. St. Paul, Minn, from December, 1971 until Sept. 1, 1972. Previous to this after leaving the priestly life in Nov., 1970 I lived with the Schmitz family in Hastings Minn. just a few miles outside St. Paul. The address of Florence and Leo Schmitz is, 9550 Manning Ave. So., Hastings, Minn. I came to live there at their request. They knew of my situation that I was suspended of my priestly duties by Bishop James L. Connolly of the Fall River Diocese, Mass. and for what reasons. However being the good friends they are of mine and both being wonderful Christians, they in Christian charity request that I live with them until I could find my way clear and assist me back to normal living. I accepted their charitable offer only on the condition that I would remain with them only so long as necessary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

NJ archbishop wary...

NEW JERSEY
Washington Post

NJ archbishop wary of entering any new pact with prosecutors to oversee restricted priests

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, June 25

NEWARK, N.J. — The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Newark is unlikely to enter into any new agreements with civil authorities that require church leaders to supervise priests on restricted duty, the archbishop said.

Rather than oversee a priest who had a case in the legal system, the archdiocese would tell him to “go back for a second trial and clear your name,” Archbishop John J. Myers told the National Catholic Register in an interview released Tuesday.

“The state has more resources,” he added.

Myers has been under fire for how the archdiocese handled the case of the Rev. Michael Fugee, a priest who violated an agreement between the church and the Bergen County prosecutor’s office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Archdiocese of Portland sued by Utah man alleging sex abuse

OREGON
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 25, 2013

PORTLAND, Oregon — A Utah man has filed a $12.25 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland, alleging he was sexually abused three decades ago by the Rev. Maurice Grammond, Oregon's most notorious pedophile priest.

Grammond, who died in 2002, molested dozens boys between the 1950s and 1980s, and lawsuits stemming from his behavior cost the archdiocese more than $30 million in settlements by 2007 — the year its bankruptcy proceeding was finalized.

Tuesday's lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 43-year-old man who was an altar boy at Our Lady of Victory parish in Seaside, Oregon, in the early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

TRANSCRIPTS: Special Commission of Inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Transcript Day 11

Monday, June 24, 2013

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

COMMENT: Ian Kirkwood describes inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By IAN KIRKWOOD June 25, 2013

ALL day I have searched for an image with which to describe the courtroom feel of the Special Commission of Inquiry sitting in Newcastle.

And the best I can come up with is this: imagine a giant ball of wool that you know is there, but which you cannot see.

Imagine, now, that the court participants - the barristers, the witnesses, the special commissioner Margaret Cunneen - can pull skeins of that ball of wool out into the open and examine them, at length, in minute detail.

That's what it's like.

The participants have the full script. The affidavits lodged as evidence in chief. Volume after volume of them, all marked with coloured tabs for ease of finding a particular quote or passage.

The media can apply for material, but approval is not always automatic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

VIDEO: Statement by Joanne McCarthy

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

[with video]

This is a transcript of a statement by Joanne McCarthy outside the commission yesterday afternoon.

"I am pleased to have assisted this special commission in its inquiry into the NSW police force's handling of the alleged failure of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese to disclose the offending of paedophile priest Denis McAlinden. This became known as Strike Force Lantle.

I have the highest confidence in the commission's staff, and thank them for their support.

I am looking forward with interest to the next stage of this inquiry, scheduled to start next week, which is an historic, timely and necessary investigation into how the Catholic Church handled allegations of child sex abuse by clergy in the Hunter Region.

As difficult as inquiries into these kinds of issues can be, they are important issues. It is worth noting that some of the most significant media investigations, and police prosecutions involving Catholic clergy in Australia, have occurred in the Hunter Region.

I am very pleased [that] we have a federal royal commission and we have this inquiry looking into specific issues in the Hunter Region . . . on the back of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry which has really exposed to the Australian public the very real differences between what the Catholic Church has said in the past about how it deals with these matters, and what it actually has done behind the scenes with the victims and their families who have had to deal with the Church on their own.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Inquiry hears Catholic Church 'covered tracks' of predator priest

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 25, 2013

SENIOR Catholic clergy have known about, and covered up, the actions of a paedophile priest in the Hunter for at least 16 years, an internal Church report allegedly reveals.

In a jaw-dropping day of evidence before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday, it was also revealed that Newcastle police allegedly knew about and held on to the report for almost 12 months before their inaction was raised with the Police Integrity Commission by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.

The report, compiled by the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese in 1995, included a confession from disgraced priest Denis McAlinden that he had abused young victims in the preceding years. It also included a letter from Bishop Leo Clarke urging McAlinden to accept his defrocking, move overseas "for the good of the Church" while his "good name" was protected.

The police also had a 26-page statement from a McAlinden victim who referred to Father Brian Lucas's alleged knowledge of the criminal nature of McAlinden's offending in 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Oregon's most notorious pedophile priest - Maurice Grammond - spurs $12 million lawsuit, even after death

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Aimee Green, The Oregonian
on June 25, 2013

A 43-year-old man who says he was sexually abused by Oregon's most notorious pedophile priest in the early 1980s filed a $12.25 million lawsuit Tuesday against the Archdiocese of Portland.

The man alleges he was abused by former priest Maurice Grammond from 1980 to 1982 at Our Lady of Victory in Seaside -- at least 23 years after church officials began hearing reports that Grammond was molesting children. That included a 1957 report of making boys swim naked with him and "messing" with them.

The man was an altar boy, and 10 to 12 years old when he says Grammond abused him.

"(Grammond) devastated the lives and the souls of dozens of youngsters who loved their church and trusted their priest, and this case is no different," said Portland attorney Kelly Clark, in a news release.

Clark and the man's other attorney, Erin Olson, say that the man supressed the abuse until 2012, when he came to terms with it and the detrimental effects it has had on his life. Oregon law allows victims to sue for childhood abuse up until they reach age 40, or until five years after they realize the abuse has damaged them -- whichever is later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Inquiry: Church had knowledge of abusers

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 25, 2013

SENIOR Catholic clergy in the Hunter knew since 1995 that disgraced priest Denis McAlinden had sexually abused hundreds of victims in the Hunter, but failed to report him to police, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Newcastle police also had evidence of the cover-up for almost 12 months, and took little or no action against the Church.

The sensational evidence was dropped like a bomb before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.

Ms McCarthy revealed she had been given a copy of an internal Church report into Father McAlinden's offending by a victim of the notorious priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Sacto 911: Church official says he wasn't Ojeda's 'confessor'

CALIFORNIA
Merced Sun-Star

By Andy Furillo — afurillo@sacbee.com

A priest who also is a high-ranking official in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento testified today that he was not acting in the capacity of a "confessor" or "spiritual director" when he and a private investigator told the Rev. Uriel Ojeda two years ago that he was the subject of a sexual abuse investigation.

The priest, Timothy Nondorf, said none of the rituals even remotely suggesting the Catholic sacrament of confession were at play when he and the investigator visited Ojeda on Nov. 30, 2011, at Ojeda's parish in Redding. The subject of the visit, Nondorf said, was to deliver a letter to Ojeda informing him that "a credible accusation" had been lodged against him and that he was going to be removed from the ministry.

Nondorf said that when he delivered the letter to Ojeda with the purpose of bringing him back to Sacramento to face charges, he was acting only in his role as an official representative of Bishop Jaime Soto in the investigation into allegations that Ojeda had engaged in sexual misconduct with a girl who was then 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Boy: Sex with priest spurred by cash, pity

COLORADO
Gazette

Published: June 25, 2013, 12:46 pm, by Lance Benzel

A Colorado Springs teenager who says he was paid to have sex with a priest he called “grandfather” in 2011 told a friend he agreed to the deal partly out of pity for the elderly clergyman.

“I kind of feel sorry for him,” the then-15-year-old altar boy said of the Rev. Charles Robert “Bob” Manning, 78, according to a phone conversation that was secretly taped by a friend in 2011 and turned over to Colorado Springs police.

“He’s on the verge of dying. He’s real close,” the boy says later. “That’s why I don’t want him to get in trouble.”

In a 20-minute recording played for jurors on Tuesday, the boy sounds reluctant to discuss the allegations but opens up after assurances by Evan Hess, a fellow teen who is friends with the accuser’s sister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Cardinal O’Malley bans dissident priest from speaking in Dedham

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness | GLOBE STAFF JUNE 25, 2013

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is banning a dissident Austrian priest from speaking at a parish in Dedham, prompting a coalition of reform-minded Catholics who invited the priest to move their event to a nearby Unitarian Universalist church.

The Rev. Helmut Schuller was invited to speak at St. Susanna Parish on July 17 as part of a 15-city tour of the United States called “The Catholic Tipping Point,” sponsored by a coalition of progressive Catholic organizations, including the Needham-based Voice of the Faithful.

Schuller is the founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, which advocates for women’s ordination, optional celibacy for priests, and greater lay participation as ways of addressing a priest shortage in Western Europe. About 1 in 10 Austrian priests now belong to the group, the Austrian Independent newspaper reported this month. Similar groups have sprung up elsewhere, including the United States.

Terrence C. Donilon, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, said in a statement released to the Globe: “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at church events when those individuals promote positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Child abuse allegations mar...

UNITED KINGDOM
Washington Post

Child abuse allegations mar anniversary of celebrated Anglican bishop

By Trevor Grundy| Religion News Service, Updated: Tuesday, June 25

CANTERBURY, England — Anglicans around the world are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of their church’s greatest 20th-century heroes, a man who fought poverty and white racism in South Africa and mentored some of that continent’s best-known politicians and church leaders. ...

But an explosive story in the magazine “Private Eye” sheds light on a recently released Scotland Yard file on Huddleston alleging the late apartheid icon was a child molester. The file from the 1970s was kept out of the public eye but today might have ended his illustrious career. ...

There was speculation he might one day be appointed archbishop of Canterbury, head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

But then Huddleston was accused by a local mother in the run-down East End of London of sexually harassing her two sons.

Although Huddleston denied the accusations, he told a senior police officer: “It’s all perfectly true. I have sat them on my lap and I have touched their bottoms and pinched them but there is nothing indecent. It was purely a mark of affection.”

In his report, the officer wrote: “He (Huddleston) has been outrageously indiscreet.”

In a book called “Trevor Huddleston: Turbulent Priest,” author Piers McGrandle said that after the accusation, Huddleston withdrew from public life for several months after suffering a mental breakdown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Cover up of paedophiles by church

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

The Newcastle Herald journalist at the centre of a Hunter child sex abuse inquiry said police did not act immediately on documents that revealed the church had warned paedophile priest Denis McAlinden about interfering with children.

Joanne McCarthy said she gave internal church documents that warned McAlinden – one of two priests being investigated by the Special Commission of Inquiry into an alleged child abuse cover-up by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese – to police.

During cross-examination from her counsel, Winston Terracini SC, Ms McCarthy said the material included a confession from priest Brian Lucas who said he was aware McAlinden had sexually abused children.

“Was there any attempt by the police at this point to interview Lucas?” Mr Terracini asked.

Ms McCarthy replied: “No”.

Ms McCarthy agreed with Mr Terracini’s suggestion the material “tends to indicate the systemic protection of paedophiles”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

In first interview since scandal, Newark archbishop Myers reflects on missteps in Fugee case

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Staff
on June 25, 2013

NEWARK — Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers said the church will no longer enter into an agreement with a civil authority that places the archdiocese in a supervisory role, according to a report on NCRegister.com.

Myers made the revelation in an interview with the National Catholic Register after admitting the church mishandled the supervision of a priest who violated a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

The agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office required the Newark Archdiocese to supervise Michael Fugee, who was convicted of groping a boy in 2003. The verdict was later overturned because of judicial error. To avoid retrial, Fugee entered a state rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and, by means of the agreement with prosecutors, promised to stay away from children.

Fugee resigned from the ministry in May though he is back in the rectory in a different role. In the interview published on the National Catholic Register's website today, Myers defended the decision to allow Fugee to return to restricted ministry after he won an appeal of his conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Admitted predator priest still lives in a rectory, SNAP responds

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25

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

Even now, an admitted and convicted Newark predator priest is living in an undisclosed rectory, Archbishop John Myers admitted in a newly published interview.

That’s outrageously reckless. Myers should immediately move Fr. Michael Fugee to a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center, far away from those he has hurt.

Fr. Fugee has admitted – and been found guilty – of hurting a Catholic child. Myers is in charge of protecting Catholic children. So why is Myers letting Fr. Fugee live near Catholic children in a Catholic building in a Catholic parish?

And for the sake of public safety, Myers should disclose where he’s been letting Fr. Fugee live for the past few weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Banned in Boston: Cardinal O’Malley orders parishes not to let priest speak

MASSACHUSETTS
GlobalPost

"Banned in Boston" used to refer to plays or films that an Irish Catholic establishment, led by the cardinal-archbishop, deemed immoral and thus blocked from local venues.

In today’s ironic counter-meaning, it is Father Helmut Schüller, a reform-minded priest from Austria who has been banned from speaking at Catholic parishes in Boston by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, as Catholic activists arranging his July speaking tour have learned.

"We have found it necessary to move Father Schüller's talk," Larry Bloom, a volunteer in the Boston suburb of Dedham said in an email to members of several reform groups. Schüller had been scheduled to speak at St. Susanna Parish in Dedham on July 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

New South Wales: Retired Catholic Bishop Malone to take the stand for sex abuse allegations across the diocese

AUSTRALIA
Vatican Crimes

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

Former bishop of the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Michael Malone and the mother of a boy abused at the hands of a Catholic priest in Maitland will take the stand during the next round of public hearings into child ­sexual abuse allegations across the diocese.

The hearings will continue today in Newcastle Supreme Court, starting with police officers, including former Maitland detective, Wayne Humphrey.

From July 1 hearings are expected to include evidence from diocesan head Bishop Bill Wright and police whistleblower Peter Fox.

Patricia Feenan – the mother of Daniel Feenan who was abused by Father James Patrick Fletcher – is expected to take part in the public hearings from July 8.

The hearings are part of the ­special commission of inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child ­sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland – Newcastle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 PM

Bishop's revelations put cops on to clerics

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian June 26, 2013

A CATHOLIC bishop ordered the release of internal church documents that ultimately led police to investigate some of the church's most senior clerics over the alleged cover-up of child abuse committed by priests.

During 2009, a NSW state government inquiry into the alleged cover-up has heard, the then Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Michael Malone, ordered the documents be provided to a victim of this abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Boston's Cardinal O'Malley bars talk by dissident Austrian cleric

MASSACHUSETTS
Catholic Culture

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has forbidden a speaking appearance by a dissident Austrian priest at a local parish.

Father Helmut Schüller, the leader of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, was scheduled to speak in July at St. Susanna’s parish church in Dedham, a Boston suburb. Father Schüller is making a tour of the US, speaking in several cities about the Austrian group, which brought together several hundred Austrian priests in a “Call to Disobedience,” a vow to ignore Church teachings on several controversial issues.

Last year, on Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI lamented that “a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience,” saying that such an action damaged the unity of the Church and the cause of true reform. Although he did not name the group, Pope Benedict clearly had the Austrian Priests’ Initiative in mind. Later, in November, the Vatican announced that Schüller—a former vicar general of the Vienna archdiocese—had been stripped of his title of “Monsignor” because of his leadership role in the dissident group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Archbishop Myers makes public comments about Fugee case

NEW JERSEY
The Record

TUESDAY JUNE 25, 2013

BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

In his first interview about a scandal involving a Catholic priest arrested last month for allegedly violating an agreement with prosecutors, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers defended his actions and provided new details about church’s decision making during the crisis.

Myers, in an interview published online Tuesday by the National Catholic Register, explained a confidential review board ruling in the decade-old sex-abuse case against the Rev. Michael Fugee and addressed new charges that Fugee violated an agreement with prosecutors by working with children throughout New Jersey.

Fugee was convicted of groping a 13-year-old boy in 2003 when he was an assistant pastor at the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Wyckoff. The conviction was overturned in 2006 due to a judicial error, but to avoid a retrial, he entered into a special rehabilitation program for first-time offenders.

Fugee also signed an agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the archdiocese that strictly prohibits ministering to children for as long as he remains a priest. Last month he was charged with seven counts of violating the agreement for allegedly hearing confessions of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Sex (abuse), lies, and (unfortunately) no videotape

NEDERLAND
Een Verzwegen Leven

Robert Chesal

Een misbruikslachtoffer heeft een merkwaardig document onder mijn aandacht gebracht. Alweer beweert een rooms-katholieke congregatie dat het allemaal wel meevalt met dat misbruik in de kerk.

Het document is een recente uitgave van de Mill Hill Missionarissen, een rooms-katholieke congregatie die al jaren onder vuur ligt wegens beschuldigingen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen. Een van de beschuldigde Mill-Hill priesters is de Nederlander Cornelius Schilder, vanaf 2003 bisschop van Ngong in Kenia.

In 2009 werd Schilder door het Vaticaan naar huis gestuurd omdat hij een 14-jarige jongen zou hebben misbruikt. Het besluit van het Vaticaan was gebaseerd op onderzoek door Fons Eppink, destijds regionaal-overste van de Mill-Hill Missionarissen in Kenia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Bankruptcy court blocks alleged abuse survivors from pursuing $35 million archdiocese transfers in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Archdiocese Chapter 11

FROM LEXOLOGY.COM

In 2005, as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (the “Archdiocese” or “Debtor”) faced numerous lawsuits by alleged abuse survivors, it transferred in excess of $35 million from its “Parish Deposit Fund” to its parishes and a newly created Southeastern Wisconsin Catholic Parishes Invest ment Management Trust (the “Trust”).

After the Archdiocese filed for bank - ruptcy protection on January 4, 2011 following its failure to settle more than twenty-three abuse lawsuits, the official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the “Committee”) of the Archdiocese, which five-member com mit tee was comprised of four personal injury plaintiffs and alleged abuse survivors, investigated those transfers and alleged that they were recoverable as fraudulent conveyances.

Notwithstanding, on December 10, 2012, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (the “Court”) held that the Committee did not have the derivative standing necessary to commence litigation seeking the avoidance and recovery of the $35 million. See In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 483 B.r. 855 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2012).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

MO- Priest abuse trial starts

COLORADO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Priest abuse trial starts
St. Louis cleric is accused in Colorado
He allegedly repeatedly molested boy
And he reportedly took child to get nipplies pierced
Prosecutors say priest gave booze, pot and cigarettes too

A criminal trial has begun against a St. Louis priest who allegedly molested a Colorado boy.

The accused is Fr. Robert Charles Manning, who reportedly sexually assaulted the child and named the victim “as a beneficiary of his bank account - and began providing him with expensive gifts, including jewelry, watches and a $3,000 used car,” according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Manning now lives in St. Louis. He worked in St. Louis archdiocese, at parishes in Bridgeton, Glencoe and Imperial.

Manning apparently was sent to Colorado, an unusual move for an archdiocesan priest, around 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

The NSW Government Inquiry Resumes (Or: But Wait – There’s Even More!)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

They’re at it again. The people who like to add information after the event. The “but wait – there’s more” people.

Police gave their evidence to the New South Wales government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse last month. This month, the clergy were due to appear. However, more police have been rounded up in an attempt to discredit Peter Fox, who triggered the enquiry in the first place.

Detective Sergeant Jeffery Little (pictured above) accused Detective Fox of producing a report with “significant” inaccuracies and that Fox’s statements were “a manipulation of the truth.” His lawyers, who may have liked the use of horse-racing analogies by virtue of owning horses, probably came up with the widely-reported sound bite that Fox had “ridden on a saddle of lies.”

Unfortunately, the good Detective Little may have been a bit hard of hearing, or nervous about appearing at the enquiry. Most media articles reported him as saying it was “WRITTEN on a saddle of lies.” Presumably, the PR machine did not get to these sources in time.

Mark Cohen, SC, representing Chief Inspector Fox, asked Detective Sergeant Little why it took him 15 months after he was appointed to Strike Force Lantle to contact Chief Inspector Fox. He said he had not seen the need because he relied on an investigator’s report that Chief Inspector Fox had already handed over all relevant information from his investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Good Shepherd Sisters denying history

AUSTRALIA
Care Leavers Australia Network

The recent claims, by lawyer and lobbyist Bryan Keon-Cohen, that the Catholic Church is a law unto itself in its resistance of governmental responses to child abuse, could be applied to Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

On the 22nd of this month, Good Shepherd, an organisation established by the Good Shepherd Sisters has scheduled a Festival at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne in order to celebrate 150 years since the Good Shepherd Sisters arrived in Australia. The problem is that the summary, by Trish Carroll, Good Shepherd Mission Leader, of the history of the organisation, conveniently excludes the work of the Sisters in the twentieth century. So allow me to fill in the resounding gap.

There are no precise figures for the number of girls who slaved in the eight Magdalene laundries, run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, in twentieth century Australia because Good Shepherd has not released their records. We do know, as a result of the Federal Senate reportForgotten Australians (2004) that the Good Shepherd laundries in Australia acted as prisons for the girls who were forced to labour in workhouses laundering linen for local hospitals or commercial premises. The report alsodescribed the conditions as characterised by inedible food, unhygienic living conditions and little or no education. In 2008, in Federal Parliament, Senator Andrew Murray likened the Convent of the Good Shepherd 'The Pines', Adelaide to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Schuller banned by Boston Bishop

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Reporter

Kate Simmons | Jun. 24, 2013 NCR Today

The first American speaking tour of a reform-minded Austrian priest has hit its first snag.

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley says Fr. Helmut Schuller can’t speak on archdiocesan property, forcing a rescheduling of the Boston leg of his 15-city tour, which begins July 15.

Last week, Boston Auxiliary Bishop Walter Edyvean called St. Susanna Parish — Schuller’s scheduled speaking stop — to inform them that O’Malley had ruled that “Father Schuller could not speak at any Catholic parish because he espouses beliefs that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” according to parish Deacon Larry Bloom.

Schuller’s talk will be moved to the First Church of Dedham, a Unitarian-Universalist congregation down the street, Bloom told NCR in a email June 24.

St. Susanna tends to attract parishioners with a lot of questions so “we often have speakers who represent various, sometimes controversial, points of view,” wrote Bloom, who serves as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Archbishop Myers: The Facts of the Father Fugee Case Aren’t Fully Known

NEW JERSEY
National Catholic Register

Newark’s archbishop discusses the disturbing violation of a court agreement by an archdiocesan priest who is barred from ministering to minors.

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 06/25/2013

Over the past three months, the Archdiocese of Newark has been at the center of the latest clergy abuse scandal, after local media reported that a troubled diocesan priest, Father Michael Fugee, participated in numerous youth retreats in direct violation of a court agreement that allowed him to return to ministry under restricted conditions that barred him ministering to minors. In 2003, Father Fugee was convicted of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy, but that decision was overturned on appeal in 2006 because of a judicial error.

The subsequent court agreement, a “Memorandum of Understanding,” required the Newark Archdiocese to oversee the priest’s compliance with the directive.

Archbishop John Myers of Newark acknowledged that Church administrators learned of the priest’s activities after they were reported in the New Jersey Star Ledger in April, and in the wake of the revelations, Msgr. John Doran, the vicar general of the Newark Archdiocese resigned. So did a pastor and youth minister in a Trenton, N.J., parish where Father Fugee had been invited to minister during youth retreats, without formally requesting permission from the Diocese of Trenton. Archbishop Myers has acknowledged in a variety of public forums, including a video on the archdiocese’s website, that an independent investigation by a law firm hired by the diocese had concluded that “the strong protocols presently in place were not always observed.”

During a June 20 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Archbishop Myers explained the context for his decision to allow Father Fugee to remain in restricted ministry, outlined the changes he had made to tighten oversight of the 16-17 priests currently supervised by the diocese because of sexual abuse, and raised questions about whether individual dioceses always could effectively supervise priests who were placed in restricted ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Pastor arrested after 15-year-old reports he is the father of her child

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa World

By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer on Jun 24, 2013

A Tulsa pastor was arrested Monday on complaints of sexual abuse of a minor after a 15-year-old girl reported to police that she was pregnant with his child.

Gregory Ivan Hawkins is being held on $50,000 bond at the Tulsa County Jail after being arrested at about 3:30 p.m. at 3600 L.L. Tisdale Parkway.

Hawkins, 54, allegedly began the sexual relationship with the girl in April 2012 when the girl was 14, according to his arrest report.

The report states that Hawkins is pastor at Zion Plaza Church, and owner of Zion Child Care & Learning Center, both at 612 E. 46th St. North.

The report states the girl told police she had sex with Hawkins in multiple locations from April 2012 to January 2013, at which time she became pregnant with Hawkins' child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Police say Sumter pastor had sex with minors, calling it "private prayer"

SOUTH CAROLINA
MidlandsConnect

by Ivory Hecker
Posted: 06.21.2013

SUMTER, SC (WACH) -- A Sumter minister was arrested Friday after Sumter Police say he sexually assaulted three female members of his church.

Sumter Deputy Chief of Police Alvin Holston said Larry Durant, 58, of Four Bridges Road, is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor, second degree (between the age of 11-14 years old), and four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, third degree.

Holston said Durant talked the girls into sex by using his position as a pastor and telling them the sex was part of a "healing process" and "private prayer."

Police say the victims told police the incidents took place at Word International Ministry facilities on Manning Avenue and North Guignard Drive. The victims also said some of the acts took place at the Durant's home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Police: Pastor arrested for sex acts with children

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Item

By Rob Cottingham rcottingham@theitem.com

Officers of Sumter Police Department have arrested the pastor of WORD International Ministries on Guignard Drive and charged him with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct involving multiple children.

Larry DuRant, 58, of 2080 Four Bridges Road, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14 and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the department, detectives had been investigating reports from both victims and their families who told police DuRant allegedly forced the children to participate in various sexual acts. He used his position in the church, according to reports, claiming the occurrences were part of a “healing process” and “private prayer.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Police: Minister Said He Would 'Heal' Victims

SOUTH CAROLINA
WLTX

[with video]

Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Court documents are revealing addtional information about the claims being made against a Sumter preacher accused of sex assaults.

Police say 58-year-old Larry Durant, a pastor at Word International Ministries in Sumter, used his influence as a minister to get close to the victims.

"We want to make sure there's no more victims out there," Deputy Chief Alvin Holston with Sumter Police said.

"The manner in which he lured them in, we feel that at some level there's a strong potential that there may be other victims we're talking about a span of, right now, over two year," Holston said. "It appeared that he may have had a routine on gaining the trust and the private company of some of the juveniles."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Girl's statement initiated DuRant investigation

SOUTH CAROLINA
The item

BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com

A young girl having the courage to come forward with her family in mid-May and tell police what happened to her prompted the month-long investigation ultimately leading to the arrest of a local minister on criminal sexual conduct charges, officials with the Sumter Police Department said Monday.

On Friday, Sumter law enforcement charged 58-year-old Larry DuRant, pastor of Word International Ministries on North Guignard Drive, with a total of eight various criminal sexual conduct charges, including two charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14. DuRant was released from the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Saturday afternoon after meeting a $120,000 bond set earlier in the day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

SC pastor sexually assaulted 3 female churchgoers during 'private prayer,' police say

SOUTH CAROLINA
WBTW

By Associated Press
By WLTX-TV News

SUMTER, SC -
A Sumter pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting three female members of his church.

Police said that 58-year-old Larry Durant had been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He also faces four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Police say family members told them Durant coerced the victims into having sex with him starting in 2011. Police say the Word International Ministry pastor told the victims the activity was part of the "healing process" and "private prayer."

"The manner in which he lured them in, we feel that at some level there's a strong potential that there may be other victims we're talking about a span of, right now, over two year," Sumter's Deputy Chief Alvin Holston told WLTX on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Bishop Bell headteacher should resign after Forrest jailing says abuse charity

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

Calls for Bishop Bell head Terry Boatwright to resign have been made by the founder of an abuse charity following the jailing of child abductor Jeremy Forrest.

Marilyn Hawes, a mum-of-four, teacher and the founder of Enough Abuse, has said that management at the school should ‘grow a spine’ and apologise for getting it wrong.

This comes after maths teacher Forrest started a sexual relationship with his 15-year-old pupil before taking her to France on September 20 last year.

On Friday (June 21) the 30-year-old from Ringmer was jailed for five counts of sexual activity with a child and child abduction.

Forrest is the latest child sex offender associated with Bishop Bell School, after governor Canon Gordon Rideout was jailed for historic sex offences last month and another teacher, Robert Healy, was sent to prison for having sexual relationships with pupils back in 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Fox eager to investigate allegations: reporter

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

By ELLE WATSON June 25, 2013

The Newcastle Herald ­journalist awarded for her role in bringing about a royal commission into child sexual abuse has told a special inquiry Peter Fox was more eager to investigate ­allegations of clergy concealment than other police.

Winner of the Graham Perkin Award, Joanne McCarthy, gave evidence at the Special Commission of Inquiry yesterday for the final week of hearings into the police investigations of alleged sexual abuse cover-ups by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.

Ms McCarthy said when she spoke to Detective Inspector David Waddell about a potential concealment he was “not wholeheartedly” convinced the matters should be investigated.

“I’m not saying that negatively ... not saying you’re against doing something,” Ms McCarthy told the special inquiry.

Comparatively, she said Detective Chief Inspector Fox jumped hurdles some officers were unable to overcome because they were matters involving the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Peter Fox TV discussion of abuse case distressed victim, inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian June 25, 2013

A VICTIM of child abuse by a Catholic priest was upset that a NSW detective publicly discussed her case on television without her consent, an inquiry has heard.

In an interview on the ABC's Lateline program last year, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation of pedophile priest Denis McAlinden.

During the TV interview, he described taking a witness statement from one of the priest's un-named victims, who had come forward and whose evidence he described as "explosive".

Giving evidence today to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, established to investigate Detective Fox's claims, the Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy said she had subsequently spoken to the victim, who was upset about the interview.

"Initially she wasn't upset at all ... the distress she relayed didn't occur until February or March this year," Ms McCarthy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Child sex abuse commission of inquiry told police reluctant to prosecute church

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

NEIL KEENE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 25, 2013

POLICE whistleblower Peter Fox pushed to be included in investigations into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church as a “last hurrah” before retiring from the force, a special commission of inquiry has heard this morning.

Newcastle journalist Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry that Inspector Fox gave her his wife’s private phone number and instructed her how to obliterate email trails in order to keep their correspondence secret from other police.

Ms McCarthy said it was “obvious there was some kind of internal police bad blood”.

The commission is investigating why Insp Fox was taken off the case and whether police acted appropriately in doing so.

Ms McCarthy said Insp Fox appeared to be feeling “alone and isolated”, which is why he approached her as his “sounding board”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

McCarthy denies colluding with Fox: inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 25, 2013

THE journalist at the centre of an inquiry into how police handled child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic church has denied colluding with whistleblower detective Peter Fox to withhold information from other police.

Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy has spent the morning under heavy cross examination from Wayne Roser SC, who is representing several senior police officers.

Mr Roser suggested that Ms McCarthy had refused to identify two witnesses at a meeting she had with former chief inspector Brad Tayler, but Ms McCarthy strongly denied the suggestion.

The meeting with Mr Tayler had been organised by then-Newcastle police commander Max Mitchell. In evidence provided on Monday, and again on Tuesday morning, Mr Tayler had asked Ms McCarthy for the names and numbers of other victims who she had spoken to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

What the Melbourne Jewish community is not being told about child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
J-Wire

June 25, 2013 by Vivien Resofsky

About a month ago I sat in the Rabbi’s office, hopeful despite the negative responses over the last 7 years. The question took me by surprise. ” How many people support you?”…writes Viven Resofsky.

I first saw a Rabbi about child sexual abuse in 2004 while I was working at Jewish Care. A terrible example of child sexual abuse was the catalyst. The abuse had gone on for years and finally the girl had the courage to ask for help. She went to a teacher she trusted at Beth Rivkah Ladies College but the teacher did not help her. Instead she told her student that she was not a pure diamond because her parents were not born into Ultra Orthodox families and had become Ultra Orthodox by choice. (Baal Teshuvah).

Despite the fact that the teacher was mandated to report disclosures of abuse she did nothing and consequently nothing in the girl’s life changed. So the girl did something she could do by herself and began to hurt herself physically. Luckily, she came across a doctor who not only knew how to respond but had the confidence and conviction to respond responsibly.

There were other referrals about child sexual abuse and in my opinion, many people who were working with children weren’t sufficiently educated and confident to deal with child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Victims were my focus: Journalist tells inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

By Elle Watson June 25, 2013

“Bad blood" and internal politics were ongoing in the NSW Police Force at the time a Strike Force was established to investigate concealment of alleged sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, a Special Commission of Inquiry has heard this morning.

Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told her about internal issues in 2010, before the establishment of Strike Force Lantle.

"It was obvious that there were internal political issues, I didn't want to buy into them," Ms McCarthy said.

"My obligation to the victims was to make sure they were looked after by police ... How police handled the investigation was up to police."

She said Det Chief Insp Fox indicated in emails sent in 2010 he was "desperately keen" to investigate matters of concealment by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

'A journalist's caring ear': inquiry into whistleblower relationship

AUSTRALIA
Wollondilly Advertiser

The late-night email set out how to wipe email trails and mask mobile calls to keep them secret. But the contact between Peter Fox and Joanne McCarthy was nevertheless exposed.

As relationships go, this one has caused a lot of trouble – for the police, the Catholic Church, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and even the Prime Minister. Now it's all being laid bare in the Newcastle Supreme Court.

Fairfax Media journalist McCarthy is being grilled in the witness box at the special inquiry into how police and Catholic Church priests and officials handled allegations of sexual abuse in NSW's Hunter Region.

The inquiry was set up by the NSW Premier after a whistleblower policeman, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, went on ABC's Lateline last November, alleging a cover-up. The Prime Minister called a separate royal commission on child sexual abuse days later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Boy Scouts, Mormon Church sued in Idaho pedophile case

IDAHO
Reuters

By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho | Tue Jun 25, 2013

(Reuters) - Four men sued the Boy Scouts of America and its largest sponsor, the Mormon Church, on Monday accusing both organizations of failing to protect them from sexual abuse by adult volunteers when they were children at scouting activities in Idaho.

Three of the men said they were abused as members of Boy Scout troops affiliated with the Utah-based church, two of them by a scout leader previously identified as a molester in a complaint brought by a parent.

The fourth plaintiff belonged to a troop sponsored by a chapter of the Elk Club, which was not named as a defendant in the suit.

All the cases of abuse alleged in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boise, the state capital, occurred in the early 1980s and 1970s, when the plaintiffs ranged in age from 12 to 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Senior police officer apologises to whistleblower Peter Fox for unfair comments

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Dan Cox

A senior New South Wales policeman has apologised to whistleblower Peter Fox for comments he made in his statement to the Special Commission investigating child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley's Catholic Church.

The Special Commission is looking into Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims that he was ordered to stop investigating two Maitland-Newcastle priests, Father Denis McAlinden and Father James Fletcher.

Peter Fox's superior, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey, began giving evidence this afternoon at the public hearings in Newcastle.

In court today he made changes to his statement before it was tendered to the Commission, saying there were "unfair comments" regarding Peter Fox, and he apologised.

He also told the court there was no intention to shut Peter Fox out of the investigation but "it needed fresh eyes".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Boy Scouts, church face suit: Defendants accused of  failing to inform parents of pedophiles

IDAHO
Idaho State Journal

By Dave Goins / For the Journal

BOISE — A federal court case filed here Monday against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints names a Driggs man as one of three alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse crimes against now-former Boy Scouts.

Plaintiffs in the case accuse the defendants — the LDS Church, (that has promoted Scouting programs), and the Boy Scouts — of failing to inform parents of the scouts that documents — recently opened by courts — show it was known that pedophiles were working within the ranks of the Boy Scouts.

“The lawsuit is based on the defendants’ failure to inform the parents of the threat of pedophiles preying on unsuspecting boys,” said Boise attorney Andrew M. Chasan, a legal representative for the four unnamed plaintiffs.

A church spokesman in Salt Lake City, Utah, responded with a news release to the legal action filed in U.S. District Court Monday in Boise, stating that, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind, and works diligently to prevent abuse and provide support and assistance to victims of abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Church still hindering abuse cases

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

By Barney Zwartz June 25, 2013

The Catholic Church is still impeding police pursuit and conviction of clergy sex offenders, according to a former head of Victoria Police's sexual crimes squad.

Former Detective Inspector Glenn Davies, who now works with victims of clergy sex abuse, says his experience of working with the church is that it is "protectionist, elitist and dismissive of suggestions for change".

Mr Davies, who resigned from Victoria Police last year after he admitted briefing journalists about then-current investigations, made a submission to the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled clergy sexual abuse. This was posted on the inquiry website late on Tuesday.

Ten submissions were posted on the website, including a defence of Towards Healing by one of its investigators, former police superintendent Paul Murnane, plus a second "right of reply" by Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Priest knew of abuse but did nothing

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 25, 2013

Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer

One of the Australian Catholic Church's most senior figures, Father Brian Lucas, confessed in an internal church document that he knew the disgraced paedophile priest Father Denis McAlinden had been "interfering with children" but he had done nothing about it.

Fairfax Media reporter Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry into church and police handling of sexual abuse in the Hunter region that documents handed to her by a victim, known as AL, indicated the systematic protection of paedophiles within the church.

Father Lucas' confession was contained in documents that then bishop of Maitland-Newcastle diocese Michael Malone had authorised be released.

In 1993 Father Lucas had known of McAlinden's abuse of a girl aged under 10. Two years later McAlinden was defrocked in secret.

On Tuesday afternoon the inquiry heard that McCarthy gave the documents to a NSW detective, Shaun McCleod, in April 2010.

"The material that the police had obviously shows on the face of it an intention to alert McAlinden ... if that isn't trying to protect a paedophile, I don't know what is," McCarthy's barrister, Winston Terracini, SC, suggested to her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Zambia: Sex Scandals Rock Church

ZAMBIA
allAfrica

BY MARTIN NYIRENDA, 25 JUNE 2013

THE Church has come into the spotlight not for all the good reasons, it has been marred by sex scandals with reports of brothers duping sisters all in the name of prophecy and defilement cases occurring right in the grounds of worship.

Thus this has cast some doubts on some people as to whether the Church still remains that holy sanctuary which is expected to be the custodian of the moral values where every troubled soul can run to seek solace.

Not too long ago a Kabwe housewife recounted in a magistrate's court how a prophet allegedly raped her in the process of being prayed for.

The woman recounted before Kabwe resident magistrate Jennifer Bwalya that on the fateful day she travelled to Kasavasa area to meet the prophet, who was in the company of another person for prayers.

In this case, Anthony Musoka was slapped with a charge of rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

12 suits accuse Gallup diocese of covering up sexual abuse

NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA
The New Mexican

By Tom Sharpe
The New Mexican

Twelve lawsuits filed recently in Arizona charge that the Roman Catholic bishop of Gallup protected alleged pedophile priests by assigning them to pastoral duties in small parishes for more than two decades.

Robert E. Pastor of the Phoenix law firm of Manly Steward Finaldi said the lawsuits were filed in Coconimo County on behalf of 10 men and two women, who were minors when they were allegedly molested in Arizona by priests from the Diocese of Gallup. About two years ago, he said he filed a similar lawsuit, on behalf of a man, which is set to go to trial in February.

“That first case came to me and, like a lot of people, you think, ‘Well, that’s just one bad priest. There can’t possibly be any more’ — even though we know about Boston, we know about L.A., we know about Milwaukee, and, lo and behold, what do we find out?” Pastor said. “That there were many priests in the diocese of Gallup and we know why — because the bishop of Gallup was picking his priests from the sex-offender treatment center there at Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and that’s got to be one of the poorest decisions anyone’s ever made.”

The Rev. James Wall, Gallup’s bishop for the last four years, did not respond to a message seeking comment, but issued a pre-prepared written statement though the diocese’s media liaison, the Rev. Tim Farrell of Farmington. The statement says that while the diocese can’t comment on pending litigation, Wall prays for the victims of abuse and urges anyone who has experienced misconduct by any official of the church to contact law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Diocese of Fall River says...

FALL RIVER (MA)
Herald News

Diocese of Fall River says lawsuit filed by woman in Rev. Porter sex abuse case continues 'painful episode'

[Porter documents]

[Porter timeline]

[Porter laicization letter to the pope]

[Original laicization to the pope]

By Brian Fraga
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Jun 24, 2013


More than 20 years later, the scandal of the Rev. James Porter continues to be a “painful episode” for the Diocese of Fall River.

On Monday, the diocese said it had not seen the latest lawsuit filed in a Minnesota state court on behalf of a woman there whom Porter abused several times from 1969-70.

The victim was 9 years old at the time. She said Porter molested her whenever he visited her family’s home and in the parish school in Bemidji, Minn., where he served as an assistant to the pastor.

The woman, now her in 50s, continues to suffer emotional distress, humiliation, loss of self-esteem and embarrassment, said Jeff Anderson, a civil attorney representing the plaintiff who has represented dozens of other sex abuse victims in lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

The lawsuit in Minnesota — where the statute of limitations does not apply in sex abuse cases — accuses the Diocese of Fall River and its co-defendants of negligence and seeks $50,000 in damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Fall River predator-priest Father James Porter: A timeline

MINNESOTA/MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Somerset

By Brian Fraga

Below is a timeline of Father James Porter provided by Jeff Anderson, an attorney representing a Minnesota woman who says Porter abused her from 1969-70.

The plaintiff has filed a lawsuit against in a state court in Minnesota against the Diocese of Fall River, the Diocese of Crookston, Minn., and the Servants of the Paraclete, seeking $50,000 damages and a court order that the defendants release the names and files of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

Timeline
1952 - graduates from Boston College High School
1956 - completes Mathematics degree from Boston College
April 2, 1960 - ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, MA, graduates from Baltimore seminary and assigned to St. Mary’s Church in North Attleborough.
1963 - Parents at St. Mary’s make complaints against Porter and he’s transferred to Sacred Heart Parish in Fall River, MA

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Secret info exchange over priest sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

BY PAUL MAGUIRE AAP JUNE 25, 2013

A JOURNALIST began a secret information exchange with a senior NSW police officer because she believed he was ready to investigate the concealment of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Hunter Valley.

Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy told a special NSW commission of inquiry on Tuesday that was the reason behind her extensive contact with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox from 2010.

Under cross examination by barrister Wayne Roser on behalf of several other senior police officers, Ms McCarthy denied her arrangement with Det Insp Fox had anything to do with difficulties he may have been encountering within the force.

When explaining a series of emails during 2010 and 2011 between herself and the officer, Ms McCarthy said: "He was ready to investigate concealment.

"Possibly he was feeling isolated and alone.

"I think I was a bit of a sounding board, I guess he was feeling pretty much on the outer and I was trying (she broke off and resumed) ... possibly we were both feeling the same way."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

No bad feelings for whistleblower: NSW cop

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Paul Maquire
AAP

A NSW crime manager has told an inquiry he holds no animosity towards the whistleblower who alleges police and clergy covered up abuse allegations involving Catholic priests.

Newcastle crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey says he believes Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a good detective.

"Despite what anyone may think, I have no animosity to (Detective Chief Inspector) Peter Fox," he told the inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by Hunter Valley Catholic priests on Tuesday.

"He's a good detective, a very senior police officer and I have no problem with his work at all."

Det Insp Fox secretly provided information to several journalists since 2010 for numerous newspaper, radio and televisions reports about child sexual abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Trial under way in Colorado Springs for priest charged with sex assault on a child

COLORADO
The Gazette

Published: June 24, 2013

By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -

During private encounters away from church, a Colorado Springs priest allegedly lavished attention on a 15-year-old altar boy – showering him with gifts and supplying him with booze, pot and cigarettes.

But according to the Rev. Charles Robert Manning’s one-time assistant, all that attention came with a price.

“He told me there were three things he wanted to do before he died: To kiss me, to see me naked and to have sex with me,” the former altar boy, now 18, told a jury Monday in recounting an alcohol-fueled day in the fall of 2011 in which he said Manning, 78, crossed all three wishes from his list.

Formerly a pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive in Colorado Springs, Manning has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and several related counts, some alleging he supplied the boy with drugs and alcohol.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

June 24, 2013

Former priest speaks of shame of being among ‘the most despised’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Barry Roche

A former priest who pleaded guilty to abusing two altar boys over 20 years ago yesterday spoke of the shame of being among the most despised people in Irish society as he apologised to his victims for what he had done to them.

Patrick Crowley (62), a former priest of the diocese of Cork and Ross who was laicised in 2002, said it pained him to listen to the effect of his abuse on his victims.

Crowley took the stand at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday to apologise after pleading guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting one boy and six counts of sexually assaulting the other boy on various dates between September 1st, 1989, and May 31st, 1990.

“As a convicted paedophile I live with the reality that every day of my life I am among probably the most despised people in society. It is very hard to forget what I have done. I cannot pretend I did not know what I was doing was wrong,” said Crowley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Attorneys say Crookston Diocese were aware former priest was threat

MINNESOTA
WDAZ

[Porter documents]

[Porter timeline]

[Porter laicization letter to the pope]

[Original laicization to the pope]

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Attorneys for a woman suing the catholic diocese of crookston released internal church documents today that warned leaders one of their priests was a threat.

The documents date from 1967 to 1970. They are communications among the bishops of Fall River, Massachusetts, Crookston, Minnesota and other church officials. The documents are letters about Revered James Porter, who was removed from the priesthood in 1974 and in 1993 was convicted of molesting 28 children. He was a priest at St. Phillip Parish in Bemidji in 1969 when the victim, who is known as Doe 4, was allegedly sexually abused by Porter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 PM

Priest Child Abuse Investigative Journalist, Joanne McCarthy, Receives 'Bizarre' Police Requests

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Athena Yenko | June 25, 2013

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald reporter, admitted in the Newcastle Supreme Court that NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell had summoned her for a "bizarre" request that "threw" her off and made her wish she was not there.

Ms. McCarthy said that the Commissioner requested for some tips on how to handle allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church's Maitland-Newcastle diocese. She said that during the meeting, the Commissioner probed for names and numbers of all the abused victims.

Ms. McCarthy thinks that the "bizarre" request was provoked by a prior incident when she encouraged a sexual abuse victim to give a statement to the Commissioner. During the incident, she called for the victim to "get angry with him" referring to how the inquiring police handled the victim.

Ms. McCarthy also admitted flinching over accusations that she was "in league" with priest child abuse whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Fox or that her "alliance" made her took his side exclusively. She strongly denied allegations that she supported Inspector Fox's "agenda against certain police." She made it clear that her primary objective was "get the victims looked after."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

Child sex abuse commission of inquiry told police reluctant to prosecute church

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

NEIL KEENE From: The Daily Telegraph June 25, 2013

A SENIOR police officer investigating child sex abuse in the Catholic Church said prosecutions "weren't the way to go" when it came to historical offences, a special commission of inquiry has heard.

Newcastle journalist Joanne McCarthy told the inquiry, which resumed yesterday, that a senior police officer involved in investigations called her in 2010 to tell her a "truth and reconciliation" process might be more appropriate.

"I thought in my head: 'As if'," she said.

The first part of the commission of inquiry is looking into why police whistleblower Peter Fox was taken off the investigation and whether it was appropriate to remove him from the case.

Evidence expected to begin next week aims to shed light on whether the Catholic Church covered up instances of pedophilia, and if so to what extent.

Ms McCarthy, whose work prompted calls for a Royal Commission, said she had encountered various police hesitant to pursue the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 PM

Bisschop Gijsen (80) overleden

NEDERLAND
Dagblad De Limburger

Bisschop Gijsen (80) is maandag in Sittard overleden. Dat heeft het bisdom Roermond laten weten. Hij was van 1972 tot 1993 bisschop van Roermond. Hij stond bekend als een eigenzinnige en zeer behoudende bisschop.

Sittard
Van onze verslaggever
Joannes Matthijs Gijsen werd geboren te Oeffelt (Noord-Brabant) op 7 oktober 1932. Op 6 april 1957 werd hij priester gewijd. Op 20 januari 1972 werd mgr. Gijsen, toen rector van het zusterklooster Sint-Elisabethdal in Nunhem, benoemd tot 22ste bisschop van Roermond.

Zijn bisschopswijding vond plaats in de Sint-Pietersbasiliek te Rome door paus Paulus VI op 13 februari van dat jaar. Op 4 maart vond de inbezitneming van de zetel in de Roermondse kathedraal plaats. Mgr. Gijsen bleef bisschop van Roermond tot 23 januari 1993. Hij werd rector van een klooster in Walpersdorf (Oostenrijk) tot hij op 12 oktober 1995 werd benoemd tot eerst apostolisch administrator en vanaf 25 mei 1996 tot bisschop van Reykjavik (IJsland). Dit bleef hij tot hij op 30 oktober 2007 met emeritaat ging. In 2007 kwam hij terug naar Nederland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Association of U.S. Catholic Priests' assembly embraces Vatican II

SEATTLE (WA)
Wall Street Journal

SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Priests from across the U.S. gather in Seattle this week for The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests' (AUSCP) second national assembly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. (www.uscatholicpriests.org)

Almost a thousand priests across the U.S. are members of AUSCP. They will consider 15 resolutions representing their broad concerns and determine together what action will be taken on resolutions that pass.

There are resolutions that address the processes by which church authority is exercised; others address how bishops are selected; and some on the expansion of ordination. Particular initiatives include evangelization, general absolution, and the use of the 1974 Sacramentary.

Fr. David Cooper, AUSCP board chair, says, "AUSCP is committed to open and transparent discussion and to the careful consideration of the important proposals put forward by our members. We are encouraged that the array of these resolutions reflects the broad concerns of our membership. It should be an exciting assembly."

Assembly speakers on Vatican II will be: Fr. Patrick Brennan, author of The Mission Driven Parish; Catherine Clifford, professor of theology at Saint Paul University, Ontario, Canada; Fr. James A. Coriden, canon law professor at Washington Theological Union; Robert Blair Kaiser, author and journalist for Time Magazine, and an award winning reporter on the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965); and Robert Mickens, current Vatican correspondent for The Tablet, an international Catholic weekly magazine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Scandalo Vaticano: "Filmini delle orge sono in Ticino"

ITALIA
Wall Street Italia

ROMA (WSI) - "I filmati hard di festini in Vaticano sono conservati nella cassaforte di un notaio di Lugano. Me lo ha raccontato un imprenditore che lavora con la Santa Sede e io ho portato tutte le carte ai giudici".

Parla Francesco Zanardi, presidente della "Rete abuso", un'associazione italiana che ha raccolto negli anni decine e decine di denunce di giovani vittime di sacerdoti e che le ha puntualmente girate alla polizia.

Due anni fa da Zanardi si è presentato un imprenditore. E gli ha raccontato una storia di festini e adescamenti di ragazzi. Di fatti scabrosi accaduti dentro le mura della Santa Sede. "Ho preso il suo racconto con le pinze, inizialmente con molta diffidenza - racconta Zanardi -. Perché venire da me e perché dirmi quelle cose orribili? Mi ha risposto d'essere rimasto disgustato da quel mondo e che voleva uscire da un giro in cui era stato introdotto da un noto manager vicino alla Santa Sede. Erano i giorni in cui si parlava del Corvo in Vaticano. Ho capito, però, che qualcosa di vero c'era".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

New Showtime series addresses Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on June 24, 2013

I have not seen the series premiere yet, but Showtime is streaming the whole first episode of their new series RAY DONOVAN on YouTube.

According to the Facebook page: “Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The one-hour drama series stars Liev Schreiber as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s elite disappear”

Why do I care (besides the fact that I really need a new show to watch now that I have seen all of the episodes of Walking Dead and Downton Abbey)? Well, it’s personal. Last year, the show’s production supervisor reached out to me because one of the show’s stars hoped to talk to victims of priest sexual abuse. Actor Dash Mihok wanted to create an accurate representation of his character Bunchy Donovan, Ray’s brother, who is a victim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. Since I personally could not help (I’m not male and not a victim of a priest), I put them in contact with my good friend Ken (an actor, as well as a survivor), who helped him wrap his arms around a complex and difficult subject.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Bemidji woman files suit against the Diocese of Crookston, alleges abuse by Rev. James Porter

MINNESOTA
Bemidji Pioneer

[Porter documents]

[Porter timeline]

[Porter laicization letter to the pope]

[Original laicization to the pope]

JUSTIN GLAWE
BEMIDJI PIONEER

BEMIDJI — As Jim Grimm stood on the sidewalk in front of St. Philip’s Catholic School Monday, two silent and unmoving faces stared back in photo form.

One, a young girl with a gap-toothed grin, neatly cut brunette hair and a red and white polka dot dress, and the second, an elderly man with glasses and a tan sweater.

The man was Rev. James Porter, a priest who molested Grimm and at least 20 other boys — then students at the school — in 1969-70. The girl, now a woman in her 50s living in the Bemidji area, is “Jane Doe 4,” who filed a lawsuit against Porter’s former employer, the Diocese of Crookston, Monday.

Jeff Anderson, an attorney who represented Grimm in the first round of lawsuits against the diocese 21 years ago, has been filing lawsuits on behalf of victims thanks to the Child Victims Act, signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in May.

Anderson represents Jane Doe 4.

“They have a legal and moral obligation” to release internal files on priests suspected of abuse, Anderson said of the Diocese of Crookston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Civil lawsuit filed in Crookston priest sex abuse

MINNESOTA
KARE

[with video]

[Porter documents]

[Porter timeline]

[Porter laicization letter to the pope]

[Original laicization to the pope]

Allen Costantini

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A lawsuit filed by Saint Paul attorney Jeff Anderson in Crookston Monday morning charges The Diocese of Crookston, the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and the Servants of the Paraclete group with a dozen counts of nuisance and negligence in their handling of former Priest James Porter.

Porter admitted or was linked to the abuse of more than 100 young boys and girls, dating back to the 1950's. This lawsuit involves the case of a unnamed Minnesota woman, now in her 50's, who alleges that Porter, who died in 2005, molested her while he was a priest at St. Phillips parish in Bemidgi in 1969 and 1970.

"And where she and her family had come to trust this very cunning, but very dangerous wolf in shepherd's clothing, Father James Porter," said Jeff Anderson.

Bemidgi is in the Crookson diocese. Porter became a priest and committed sex abuse while in the Fall River diocese. He was treated for his abusive practices by the Servants of the Paraclete group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Fox eager to investigate allegations: reporter

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

By ELLE WATSON June 25, 2013

The Newcastle Herald ­journalist awarded for her role in bringing about a royal commission into child sexual abuse has told a special inquiry Peter Fox was more eager to investigate ­allegations of clergy concealment than other police.

Winner of the Graham Perkin Award, Joanne McCarthy, gave evidence at the Special Commission of Inquiry yesterday for the final week of hearings into the police investigations of alleged sexual abuse cover-ups by the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.

Ms McCarthy said when she spoke to Detective Inspector David Waddell about a potential concealment he was “not wholeheartedly” convinced the matters should be investigated.

“I’m not saying that negatively ... not saying you’re against doing something,” Ms McCarthy told the special inquiry.

Comparatively, she said Detective Chief Inspector Fox jumped hurdles some officers were unable to overcome because they were matters involving the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 PM

Crowd gathers as star witnesses take their turn

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By IAN KIRKWOOD June 24, 2013

FOR all its cast of characters, this Special Commission of Inquiry into the police handling of "certain child sexual abuse allegations" in the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has a few star witnesses.

In an earlier bank of sittings, it was Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, whose allegations of collusion between church figures and senior police led to the inquiry in the first place.

Yesterday afternoon, though, it was the turn of Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy, whose six years of reporting on child sexual abuse has "shone the light" on a previously hidden shame.

As the committee heard, Ms McCarthy won the 2012 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award in March this year for her body of work on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Police chief asked to meet reporter

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 24, 2013

AFTER a year of waiting for police to act on their investigations into alleged child abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church, journalist Joanne McCarthy took her concerns to the Police Integrity Commission.

Making her much-anticipated appearance before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday, the Newcastle Herald journalist said her motivation stemmed from her desire to support abuse victims, one of whom had complained about how police had treated her.

She also told the inquiry that she had a heated conversation with then-Newcastle police commander and now Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell.

"I rang him to get angry with him and to let him know that I wasn't happy [about the way that an abuse victim had been treated by police]," Ms McCarthy told the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Police sought tips on church sexual abuse claims, inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

June 25, 2013

Catherine Armitage
Senior Writer

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell invited journalist Joanne McCarthy to a meeting with police so she could ''give them some tips'' on handling allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church's Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

McCarthy, a Fairfax Media reporter, told a commission of inquiry in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday she thought the suggestion was ''bizarre''. She said it ''threw me'' to have been asked at the meeting by police for names and numbers of abuse victims, and she ''didn't want to be there''.

She had earlier called Mr Mitchell to ''get angry with him'' over police treatment of a victim who had offered a statement, with McCarthy's encouragement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Sex abuse inquiry unable to widen terms of reference

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A New South Wales inquiry into sex abuse by Hunter region Catholic priests says calls for it to be expanded to investigate claims about the shredding of police documents are outside its terms of reference.

The ABC's Lateline program last week revealed that internal police documents relating to a key Catholic church body set up to deal with abuse cases, were shredded.

Later reports suggested the documents were only copies but the police whistleblower who prompted the Newcastle-based inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, yesterday called for its terms of reference to be expanded to look into the claims which he said "sent shivers down his spine".

But in a statement last night, the Special Commission of Inquiry said the request had been considered, but it was decided it was outside its terms of reference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Another Gay Sexual Harassment Allegation Against Chief Rabbi Surfaces

ISRAEL
Failed Messiah

A 45-year-old gay personal trainer and tour guide has come forward to claim that haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger sexually harassed him five years ago.

Another Gay Sexual Harassment Allegation Against Chief Rabbi Surfaces
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

A 45-year-old gay personal trainer and tour guide has come forward to claim that haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger sexually harassed him five years ago.

Ynet reported that the man says he came forward now because Metzger was questioned under caution by the police last week week in a fraud, breach of public trust, money laundering and embezzlement allegations investigation which has also resulted in the arrests of three of Metzger’s associates, a police raid on Metzger’s home and on his office, and Metzger being put on house arrest for 15 days beginning last Thursday.

There are multiple sexual harassment allegations against Metzger that have previously been made public. Some of those allegations stretch back as far as the late 1980s. The most recent incident made public before this allegedly took place a few months ago.

The personal trainer-tour guide says the incident took place when he accompanied a group of priests to a meeting with Metzger in the chief rabbinate in Jerusalem.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Metzger's former aid detained; other suspects released

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

By YONAH JEREMY BOB
6/24/2013

The detention of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger's former driver and personal assistant, Haim Nissan Eisenshtat, was extended on Monday by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court until at least June 30 in the bribery and fraud case which has nearly brought down the chief rabbi and three others on bribery, money-laundering and fraud allegations.

Two other suspects, Simcha Karkovsky – manager of the Beit Hatavshil charity in Bnei Brak, and Nissan Ben-Zion Zioni – manager of a beit midrash study hall and rabbinical school in Tel Aviv, were both released to house arrest under various conditions.

The decision comes following a successful appeal by the three on Sunday before the Lod District Court in which it overruled the Rishon Lezion court's earlier decision extending the suspects detention for longer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Metzger arrest latest in long string of chief rabbi scandals

ISRAEL
JTA

By Ben SalesJune 24, 2013

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Rabbi Shmuel Pappenheim of the haredi Orthodox organization Eda Haharedit shares little common ground with Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, a religious pluralism activist.

But when news broke last week that Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, Pappenheim and Regev had the same reaction: Who cares?

For Pappenheim, the chief rabbi is a political figure who has scant influence as a religious leader.

And to Regev, he represents a coercive religious authority whose actions have little meaning for Israel’s secular majority.

Both regard the chief rabbi’s legal troubles as both unsurprising and largely irrelevant.

“Whom does the chief rabbi serve?” asked Regev, who heads Hiddush, a religious pluralism nonprofit. “The secular sector has no connection to the rabbinate. It doesn’t have any expectations of the chief rabbinate.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Victims Advocacy Group Blasts Senior Chabad Rabbi

AUSTRALIA
Failed Messiah

"Regardless of whether mandatory reporting laws were in place, any right-thinking person would have realised that the sodomy of children was a serious crime which merited police investigation, no matter who the alleged perpetrator was. It is offensive and irresponsible to suggest that an 11-year-old child could have consented to sexual activity with someone 10 years his senior – in fact Australian law has always deemed such behaviour to be statutory rape."

For immediate release
Monday 24 June 2013

[The Australian victims advocacy group] Tzedek strongly condemns and is appalled by the callous views and behaviour of Rabbi Boruch Lesches as reported in The Age.

We expect the police to thoroughly investigate all claims relating to the rape and sexual abuse of children at Yeshivah, irrespective of when this is alleged to have occurred, and to vigorously pursue any perpetrators and their enablers to the full extent of the law, including considering extradition of anyone now living overseas who is credibly accused of committing a serious criminal offence.

If Rabbi Lesches was indeed aware of the allegations that children under Yeshiva’s care had been assaulted and raped by a person known to him, his behaviour is both immoral and unfathomable. Regardless of whether mandatory reporting laws were in place, any right-thinking person would have realised that the sodomy of children was a serious crime which merited police investigation, no matter who the alleged perpetrator was. It is offensive and irresponsible to suggest that an 11-year-old child could have consented to sexual activity with someone 10 years his senior – in fact Australian law has always deemed such behaviour to be statutory rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Senior Chabad Rabbi Lied In His Apology, Evidence Reportedly Shows

AUSTRALIA
Failed Messiah

Rabbi Boruch Lesches issued a partial apology last night for saying that young victims of child sexual abuse may have wanted the sex and consented to it. But Lesches – who did not apologize for claiming that "goyyim" as young as five willingly have sex with dogs and with their own siblings because they are bored and don't have much to do (unlike Jews, who have lots of Torah to study) – apparently lied several times in that apology.

Rabbi Boruch Lesches – Chabad's former rosh yeshiva in Sydney, Australia and its current mora d'asra (chief rabbi) in Monsey, New York – issued a partial apology for saying that young victims of child sexual abuse may have wanted the sex and consented to it, largely by claiming that his remarks were taken out of context and that the Australian newspapers that had the tape of his comments did not try to contact him before accusing him publicly.

But Lesches – who did not apologize for claiming that "goyyim" as young as five willingly have sex with dogs and with their own siblings because they are bored and don't have much to do (unlike Jews, who have lots of Torah to study) – apparently on those and accounts, as The Age reported today:

…Despite Rabbi Lesches clearly recalling in the telephone conversation the alleged abuse of one Sydney boy, he said in his statement [i.e., the partial apology] that he was "never informed of any allegations regarding minors prior to this call".

"In retrospect I am shocked to hear of these allegations, because I often entrusted my own young children to the care of the alleged perpetrator, without hesitation. I would never have done so had I known of the allegations," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

The Pope's 100-Day Report Card

UNITED STATES
Washington Times

Michael Mickler

New York, June 24, 2013 — Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) was elected 266th pope of the Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. As the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, he has completed his first 100 days in office. Unlike American presidents, there’s no expectation of this period being a benchmark of his early success. Nor did Francis come into the pontificate with a ready-made plan of action. In fact, he admitted to being “disorganized.”

Still, he inherited a church at a crossroads, if not in crisis. Exposure of “backbiting, corruption and cronyism” inside the Vatican, the so-called “Vatileaks,” hastened the previous pontiff’s departure. Following Francis’ election, Erin McClam of NBC News wrote that he had “a to-do list as long as his cassock.” She suggested he faced seven major challenges: cleaning house at the Vatican; leading the church out of the sex abuse scandal; getting along with other faiths; winning the West; should women be priests and priests marry; modernization; and persecution. ...

Leading the church out of the sex abuse scandal

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) noted Francis was not on its list of “the worst choices for pope.” There was no evidence of his complicity or cover-up of abuses. Still, he was among many of the world’s Catholic bishops — fully 25% — who failed to meet a deadline for establishing policies to deal with complaints and priests who were accused, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Three weeks into his pontificate, Francis I told the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the church’s chief enforcement agency, to “act decisively with regard to cases of sexual abuse.” SNAP officials dismissed this as “empty rhetoric,” once again, “a top Catholic official asking another top Catholic official to take action about pedophile priests and complicit bishops … Big deal.”

It is clear that Francis I will need to do much more (discipline offenders, reveal histories) to establish his credentials as a leader capable of combating the scourge of predatory priests.

Grade: C

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Lawsuits Accuse Gallup's Catholic Bishop Of Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

ARIZONA/NEW MEXICO
Sacramento Bee

By Montoya, Jimenez & Pastor, P.A.

Published: Monday, Jun. 24, 2013

PHOENIX, June 24, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- A Catholic bishop allegedly engaged in an active and on-going attempt to cover-up clergy sexual abuse, according to civil lawsuits filed by two women and ten men against the Diocese of Gallup and its priests. This brings the total number of lawsuits pending against the Diocese of Gallup to 13. The Diocese of Gallup includes northern Arizona. All of the lawsuits were filed by Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor in Coconino County Superior Court. The law firm of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi are co-counsel.

The lawsuits allege that the Bishop of Gallup protected pedophile priests by assigning them to poor rural towns along historic Route 66. The priests were routinely assigned to small parishes made up of mostly Hispanic families.

These 6 priests of the Diocese of Gallup are accused of misconduct: The Revs. William Allison, John T. Sullivan, Clement Hageman, Raul Sanchez, Brother Mark Schomack, and Monsignor James Lindenmeyer. The lawsuits include the following facts and allegations:

Rev. William Allison:

*Originally from the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana;
*Patient at the sexual abuse treatment center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico run by the Servants of the Paraclete;
*Bishop of Gallup assigned him to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff, Ariz;
*Bishop of Gallup asked Fr. James Lindenmeyer to keep a close eye on him.
*Lindenmeyer wrote the Bishop "that three boys came to me and have told me of incidents involving *Father Allison and I have no reason whatsoever to doubt their word."
*Neither the Bishop nor Lindenmeyer reported the sexual abuse to police. Instead, the lawsuit alleges *Lindenmeyer "requested that all this be kept in the strictest of confidence, just as the seal of the confessional."

Rev. John T. Sullivan:

*Sullivan allegedly sexually abused Catholic children in New Hampshire before arriving in Arizona.
*The Bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan wrote to other Catholic bishops stating that he "honestly believe[d] Father Sullivan is a psychopath [and] while nothing of an immoral nature came out in the open while he was with us, there were indications of his conduct with children."
*Sullivan became a patient at the sex offender treatment facility Via Coeli located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
*The superior general of the treatment center, Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald, stated he was "very much disturbed by this errant padre. He has been in very serious difficulties in every parish in which he has served. Priests who have known him are of the opinion that he should have been laicized years ago. *The scandals in which he has been involved have been most serious and it is amazing that he has escaped civil prosecution."
*Gallup assigned Sullivan to Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow, Ariz.
*The Bishop of Gallup reported to other bishops that Sullivan "was doing a fine job and was very much liked by the poor Mexican people among whom he was working."
*The lawsuit alleges that the Diocese of Gallup knew or should have known Sullivan would continue to sexually abuse the children of the families at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Rev. Raul Sanchez:

*The Catholic Church helped Sanchez emigrate from Mexico to the United States where he become an United States Citizen.
*The Bishop of Gallup sent him to a prestigious university in Rome where he obtained his degree in Cannon Law.
*He was made Chancellor of the then Diocese of Gallup.
*Sanchez was suddenly reassigned to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. military.
*In the lawsuits, Pastor alleges that the Diocese of Gallup received "complaints of sexual misconduct by Father Sanchez toward boys and or girls."
*Lawsuits allege the decision to assign Sanchez to positions outside the Diocese of Gallup is part of a pattern and practice designed to "avoid scandal and news of [Fr. Sanchez'] sexual misconduct."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Il presidente di 'Rete abuso': "Filmini hard in Vaticano nella cassaforte di un notaio ticinese"

ITALIA
Libera

Il presidente dell'associazione, Francesco Zanardi, riporta alla magistratura il racconto di un imprenditore italiano che sostiene di aver preso parte a incontri sessuali

LUGANO - Filmati hard di festini in Vaticano sarebbero conservati nella cassaforte di un notaio di Lugano. È la dichiarazione shock che riporta questa mattina il Caffè, che ha raccolto la testimonianza di Francesco Zanardi, presidente di “Rete abuso”, un’associazione italiana che raccoglie da anni denunce di giovani vittime di sacerdoti, girandole in seguito alla polizia.

Zanardi ha così messo in luce i fatti dei quali è venuto a conoscenza due anni fa, quando un imprenditore che lavora con la Santa Sede gli si è presentato raccontandogli storie di festini e adescamenti di ragazzi avvenuti dietro le mura del Vaticano.

"Ho preso il suo racconto con le pinze, inizialmente con molta diffidenza - racconta Zanardi al Caffè -. Perché venire da me e perché dirmi quelle cose orribili? Mi ha risposto d'essere rimasto disgustato da quel mondo e che voleva uscire da un giro in cui era stato introdotto da un noto manager vicino alla Santa Sede. Erano i giorni in cui si parlava del Corvo in Vaticano. Ho capito, però, che qualcosa di vero c'era".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Orge con minori in Vaticano, Zanardi rivela: "Ecco dove sono i filmati.."

ITALIA
Libero Quotidiano

Parla il presidente di Rete Abuso. Un imprenditore tedesco consegna le prove in duplice copia. Ma la Procura ha molti dubbi su questa storia

Video pornografici che immortalano alte cariche del Vaticano mentre abusano di giovani minori durante alcuni, segretissimi, festini sarebbero stati depositati presso un prestigioso notaio di Lugano. Questa l'ultima rivelazione choc di Francesco Zanardi, presidente di Rete Abuso impegnato nella tutela dei diritti minorili, primo a denunciare il presunto scandalo che coinvolgerebbe una fitta rete di prelati del Vaticano. L'inchiesta, partita dalle pagine del Fatto Quotidiano, ha posto l'accento sulla probabile esistenza di prove che documenterebbero i fatti, orribili, accaduti tra le mura vaticane. Festini hard, abusi, giovani minorenni: questo ciò che sarebbe stato documentato in alcuni filmati realizzati direttamente dai giovani coinvolti e custoditi presso uno studio notarile nel centro della cittadina svizzera.

Gola profonda - A rendere nota l'indiscrezione Francesco Zanardi, paladino della crociata contro la pedofilia (e anche lui vittima di abusi da piccolo). Se l'indiscrezione dovesse essere confermata porterebbe importanti novità sul caso delle orge con minori in vaticano. La denuncia sarebbe partita da una fonte top secret, un imprenditore tedesco con rilevanti agganci in Santa Sede, che avrebbe depositato regolare denuncia presso i magistrati italiani che, a loro volta, avrebbero aperto un fascicolo di indagine. Zanardi ha raccontato a Il Caffè di essere entrato in contatto con l'imprenditore circa due anni fa quando, all'epoca, il presidente di Rete Abuso era riuscito a smascherare un prete pedofilo, don Italo Casiraghi, che nonostante la condanna per abusi continuava a svolgere le sue funzioni parrocchiali presso Pietra Ligure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

"In Ticino i video hard del Vaticano"

ITALIA
il Caffe

MAURO SPIGNESI

"I filmati hard di festini in Vaticano sono conservati nella cassaforte di un notaio di Lugano. Me lo ha raccontato un imprenditore che lavora con la Santa Sede e io ho portato tutte le carte ai giudici". Parla Francesco Zanardi, presidente della "Rete abuso", un'associazione italiana che ha raccolto negli anni decine e decine di denunce di giovani vittime di sacerdoti e che le ha puntualmente girate alla polizia.

Due anni fa da Zanardi si è presentato un imprenditore. E gli ha raccontato una storia di festini e adescamenti di ragazzi. Di fatti scabrosi accaduti dentro le mura della Santa Sede. "Ho preso il suo racconto con le pinze, inizialmente con molta diffidenza - racconta Zanardi -. Perché venire da me e perché dirmi quelle cose orribili? Mi ha risposto d'essere rimasto disgustato da quel mondo e che voleva uscire da un giro in cui era stato introdotto da un noto manager vicino alla Santa Sede. Erano i giorni in cui si parlava del Corvo in Vaticano. Ho capito, però, che qualcosa di vero c'era".

Zanardi, molestato da bambino, è una specie di "cacciatore di pedofili". Viaggia in lungo e in largo per l'Europa, ha un database ricco di dati, nomi e fatti. Cerca di capire dove sono finiti i preti condannati, se sono ancora in attività e se hanno ancora a che fare con i ragazzi. Raccoglie le notizie, le verifica, e se ritiene che abbiano un fondo di verità e un profilo penale le passa alla magistratura. È lui che ha scovato nell'esilio di Pietra Ligure don Italo Casiraghi, l'ex parroco di Gordola condannato nel 2005 per atti sessuali con fanciulli. "L'ho anche filmato, e il video l'ho messo su internet, mentre celebrava la messa - racconta -. E pensare che il parroco del paese mi aveva detto che non era più in attività".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

“Ecco dove sono i video delle orge con minori in Vaticano”

ITALIA
Giornalesttismo

di Dario Ferri - 24/06/2013 - Il presidente di "Rete Abuso" aggiunge un altro elemento al caso dei festini hard rivelato dal "Fatto Quotidiano"

I video hard che ritraggono alti prelati del Vaticano mentre abusano di giovani minori in festini top secreti sarebbero custoditi da un notaio di Lugano. E’ la denuncia shock di Francesco Zanardi, presidente di “Rete Abuso” e rivelatore dell’ancora presunto scandalo che coinvolgerebbe il Vaticano.

NASCOSTI A LUGANO - Una decina di giorni fa il “Fatto Quotidiano” aveva rivelato l’esistenza di prove che documenterebbero lo svolgimento di festini hard nei quali alti prelati del Vaticano molesterebbero giovani minorenni. I video che proverebbero questi abusi, filmati dagli stessi ragazzi coinvolti in questa vicenda, sarebbero custoditi presso un prestigioso studio notarile della più importante città della Svizzera italiana, Lugano. La rivelazione shock è stata fornita da Francesco Zanardi, noto attivista che lotta contro la pedofilia, anch’egli vittima di molestie sessuali da piccolo, e presidente di “Rete Abuso”. Zanardi ha confessato questa importante, se sarà confermata, novità sul caso delle orge con minori in Vaticano al settimanale ticinese “Il Caffè” , che ne ha fatto storia di copertina della sua ultima edizione. La rivelazione sarebbe stata a fatta al presidente di “Rete Abuso” da un imprenditore tedesco con importanti agganci all’interno della Santa Sede, e come ha dichiarato lo stesso Zanardi, la denuncia è già stata presentata presso i magistrati italiani, che hanno aperto un fascicolo di indagine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Sri Lankan Haven: (Or: A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Tea Bush)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

St. John of God Brother, Kevin McGrath is to be extradited from New Zealand to Australia to face 252 charges of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle- Maitland area. His case, strangely, has not come up at the New South Wales government enquiry.

This is particularly so, because of the errors by the NSW police in the extradition process.

McGrath had been a teacher and dormitory master at the St. John of God boarding school for boys with learning and behavioural difficulties, “Marylands” in New Zealand. He also worked with the Hebron Trust, which was a learning centre for street kids.

In 1993, he was sentenced to three years prison for offences against these boys. If they had already been having difficulties, they would have had severe ones after McGrath had finished with them.

In 2006, he was convicted on a further 22 charges in New Zealand, and released on bail in 2008. By this time, one would assume that authorities would be fairly well convinced that he would be found guilty of the 252 charges raised from his time at the notorious KendalGrangeCollege in Morisset, in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

The Ridsdale Saga (Or: SSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!!)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

Australia’s Catholic Cardinal, George Pell (pictured above, entering court with former housemate Fr. Gerald Ridsdale) has been spared a problem.

Ridsdale, Australia’s worst paedophile priest, was eligible for parole this month. However, his application for parole was rejected by the Victorian Adult Parole Board after more people spoke out on allegations of abuse, causing a new investigation. Despite considering Ridsdale’s bid for freedom, the Adult Parole Board ruled to defer any decision until receiving the outcome of Victoria Police’s probe.

The Victorian Adult Parole Board, newly headed by Elizabeth Curtain, has been under fire over recent parole decisions, notably a case where a serial, violent sex offender was released, then assaulted and murdered ABC radio staffer, Jill Meagher, from Ireland.

Ridsdale was being urged to reveal how the church helped cover up his illegal activities. His victims say he should give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. “If he started to talk about what he knew, the Catholic Church house of cards would come tumbling down,” one of Ridsdale’s victims said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Trial for former priest accused of sex abuse is delayed

KENTUCKY
WDRB

[with video]

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The trial for a former Louisville priest accused of sex abuse has been delayed. James Schook was supposed to go on trial Monday, but both sides agreed that he can be evaluated by a state psychiatric facility.

Schook is accused of abusing two boys in the 1970s, but was just charged in 2011.

Last week, his attorneys said Schook was too sick to go on trial due to his having terminal skin cancer. The case has been delayed before because doctors said Schook might not live until the end of the year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Milwaukee clergy files to be released by July 1

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Leader-Telegram

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee plans to make dozens of priests' personnel files public in the next week, along with hundreds of pages of other documents that sex abuse victims hope will hold Roman Catholic leaders accountable for transferring abusive priests to other parishes and concealing their crimes for decades.

The documents are being released as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud.

The archdiocese has said the records will include personnel files for 42 priests with verified claims of abuse against them, along with depositions from top church officials, including New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who previously led the Milwaukee archdiocese. The documents are to be posted on the archdiocese's website by July 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Nick Xenophon says ...

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Nick Xenophon says senate must consider principles of parliamentary privilege over priest naming

MICHAEL OWEN From: The Australian June 25, 2013

INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon says Senate President John Hogg must consider important principles of parliamentary privilege if he probes the incorrect naming of an Adelaide priest as a perpetrator of clerical sexual abuse.

Senator Xenophon yesterday stopped short of agreeing to accept any sanction from the Senate over his actions.

"I am not going to pre-empt anything the Senate does - but there are also important principles of privilege at stake and the reasons for it,'' he said.

"I am confident the President of the Senate will deal with the complaint fairly and promptly, unlike the way the Adelaide Archdiocese of the Catholic Church dealt with John Hepworth's complaints.''

Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Ian Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion John Hepworth in a Catholic seminary the 1960s.

The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions recommended earlier this month that no abuse charges be laid against Monsignor Dempsey, after a 19-month investigation found there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

Former priest jailed over sex abuse

IRELAND
RTE News

A former Catholic priest, who confessed to sexually assaulting two altar boys in the sacristy of a Co Cork church over 20 years ago, has been imprisoned for 12 months.

Patrick Crowley, 62, with an address at Cuan Mhuire, Athy, Co Kildare, admitted sexually assaulting one boy on six occasions and the second boy on three occasions on dates between September 1989 and June 1990.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told the abuse took place after morning mass.

One victim described what happened to him as his "dirty secret."

He said it changed him from a happy go-lucky, carefree boy, to a cagey, secretive one.

He recalled his gut wrenching fear and anxiety and said he felt he was being preyed upon and actively hunted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Über uns

DEUTSCHLAND
intern-at.de

Angestoßen durch die Presseveröffentlichungen und die Fernsehauftritte von Alexander Probst und Franz Wittenbrink haben sich einige Ehemalige der Regensburger Domspatzen zusammengesetzt um an einer möglichst vollständigen Darstellung der früheren Zustände an den Schulen und Internaten in Regensburg und Etterzhausen/Pielenhofen sowie einer möglichst umfassenden Aufklärung der sexuellen Übergriffe mitzuwirken.

Anlass hierfür sind vor allem die bagatellisierenden Darstellungen durch handelnde Personen (wie beispielsweise Georg Ratzinger und Sturmius Wagner) in der Öffentlichkeit, und auch die verharmlosenden Stellungnahmen auf der Homepage der Regensburger Domspatzen und der oberflächlichen Berichterstattung auf den Internetseiten des Bistums Regensburg.

Dies ist umso erstaunlicher, wenn man bedenkt, dass auch heute sowohl in der Chorleitung wie auch in der Schulleitung Personen tätig sind, die diese Zeiten selbst miterlebt haben. Es drängt sich hier leider wieder der Eindruck auf, dass nur maximal soviel in der Öffentlichkeit zugegeben werden soll, wie sich aufgrund der Darstellung in den Medien nicht mehr verheimlichen lässt. Selbst uns bekannte Opfer die sich heute noch in Diensten bzw. scheinbaren Abhängigkeiten zur kath. Kirche befinden, umgeben sich bei telefonischer Nachfrage weiterhin mit der Mauer des Schweigens, die die jahrzehntelangen Missstände erst ermöglicht haben.

Uns allen ist klar, dass sich auch in der Zukunft Übergriffe und Missbrauch nicht vollständig verhindern lassen. Aber nur mit einer umfassenden Aufklärung und Aufarbeitung der Vergangenheit, wird sich ein Bewusstsein schaffen lassen, das die Anzahl solcher Vorfälle vermindert. Und ein einziger Fall, der durch eine solche Aufarbeitung in der Zukunft verhindert wird, rechtfertigt diese für manchen auch schmerzliche Aufklärung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Wie das Bistum Regensburg mit Menschen in Wirklichkeit umgeht, die Anschuldigungen sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen kirchliche Mitarbeiter erheben

DEUTSCHLAND
intern-at.de

Unter der fast wortgleichen Überschrift verbreitet das Bistum Regensburg auf seiner Homepage seit Januar 2013 falsche Darstellungen und versucht durch Halbwahrheiten und unwahre Behauptungen ausgesuchte Betroffene des sexuellen Missbrauchs bei den Regensburger Domspatzen in der Öffentlichkeit unglaubwürdig zu machen (für Interessierte hier der Link: Bistum Regensburg – Stellungnahme zu den Äußerungen Herrn Alexander Probst).

Zu Beginn des Textes heißt es:
„Jede Beschuldigung gibt das Bistum Regensburg weiter an die Staatsanwaltschaft. Stellt die das Verfahren wegen Verjährung ein, strengen wir kirchenrechtliche Aufarbeitung an. Für den Fall, dass dies nicht möglich ist, weil der Schuldige verstorben ist, hat die Kirche als einzige Institution in Deutschland ein Anerkennungsverfahren eingeführt…“

Dies ist eine eindeutige Fälschung der „Leistungen in Anerkennung des Leids, das Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs zugefügt wurde“, wie sie im März 2011 von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz veröffentlicht wurde. Dort heißt es nämlich „Das vorliegende Papier behandelt ausschließlich Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger, bei denen eine Schmerzensgeld- oder Schadensersatzleistung aufgrund von eingetretener Verjährung rechtlich nicht mehr durchsetzbar ist.“ Davon, dass der Schuldige verstorben sein muss, steht da nichts geschrieben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Aufarbeitung von Missbrauch und Gewalt in der Kirche - 23.06.2013

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

[audio]

Vor mehr als drei Jahren wurde der sogenannte Missbrauchsskandal in der katholischen Kirche bekannt. Bistümer und Orden versprachen nach dem Bekanntwerden der Taten, die Opfer zu entschädigen, die Vergehen aufzuarbeiten und dafür zu sorgen, dass sich so etwas in der Zukunft nicht wiederhole. Was ist aus alledem inzwischen geworden? Irene Esmann hat nachgefragt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Aufarbeitung von Missbrauch und Gewalt

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

Gut drei Jahre ist es her, dass die katholische Kirche in Deutschland vom Missbrauchsskandal überrollt wurde. Es gab viele Entschuldigungen der Amtskirche sowie das Versprechen, die Fälle aufzuarbeiten. Was ist daraus geworden?

Von: Irene Esmann
Stand: 20.06.2013

Die Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche erfolgt in "unterschiedlichen Geschwindigkeiten", so drückt es Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig aus, der von der Bundesregierung eingesetzte unabhängige Beauftragte für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs. Die deutschen Bistümer richteten einen Entschädigungsfonds ein, die Benediktinermönche in Ettal machten erst kürzlich mit einer wissenschaftlichen Studie auf sich aufmerksam, die auch von Seiten der Betroffenen als großer Schritt in die richtige Richtung gewürdigt wird. Dem gegenüber stehen der Ausstieg der Diözesen aus einem wissenschaftlichen Projekt mit dem kriminologischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen und die Beschwerden von Betroffenen, ihre Anträge auf Entschädigung seien nicht weitergeleitet und mit Serienbriefen abgeschmettert worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

Rebellengeschwätz der „Pfarrer-Initiative“ in Wien: „Kirche bisher Sakraldiktatur“

OSTERREICH
Katholisches

(Wien) Die Priesterrebellen der österreichischen „Pfarrer-Initiative“ um den ehemaligen Wiener Generalvikar Helmut Schüller, den Linzer Priester Peter Paul Kasper und den Pfarrer Gerald Gump gaben heute, Mittwoch, eine Pressekonferenz in Wien. Sie erklärten in Papst Franziskus einen „Hoffnungsträger“ zu sehen. Verstanden wissen wollen sie das jedoch nicht als Gehorsamserklärung gegenüber dem Papst, sondern im Sinne, daß der Papst die Forderungen der „Pfarrer-Initiative“ erfüllen solle. Wörtlich als „Hoffnungsträger“ bezeichnete auch Wiens Erzbischof Kardinal Schönborn Papst Franziskus erst vor wenigen Tagen, was wohl anders gemeint war, als es sich die Rebellen denken.
Die Rebellen fordern „Anerkennung von Grundrechten für alle Getauften“. Konkret meinen die zum Teil im offenen Konkubinat lebenden Priester „freien Zugang“ zu den Sakramenten und zwar zu allen, auch zu den Weiheämtern „egal ob Frauen oder Männer und ob verheiratet oder unverheiratet“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:59 AM

Abuse cop 'wanted bosses pursued'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian June 25, 2013

A FAIRFAX reporter who spent years working with the detective at the centre of a NSW government inquiry into Catholic church child abuse said yesterday the policeman might have been motivated by a personal agenda against his colleagues.

The reporter, Joanne McCarthy of The Newcastle Herald, moved to distance herself from the detective, Peter Fox, telling the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry that "my job, as he sees it, is to criticise the NSW Police".

The inquiry was established after Detective Chief Inspector Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation into an alleged cover-up relating to a pedophile priest, Denis McAlinden.

"He believed that he should have been involved in the investigation," McCarthy told the inquiry. "That's his position."

In a 2010 email sent to McCarthy, two years before he went public with his claims, Chief Inspector Fox said he hoped to withhold witness statements he had taken from police investigating the alleged conspiracy. This email went on to state that two of his superior officers were "practising Catholics", although McCarthy told the inquiry she "didn't buy into" the policeman's argument.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Praise and criticism for police whistleblower

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Lateline

[with video]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 24/06/2013
Reporter: Emma Alberici

The NSW special commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church resumed in Newcastle and heard both praise and criticism for the police officer who sparked the inquiry Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church resumed today in Newcastle with praise and criticism for detective chief inspector Peter Fox, the police officer who sparked the inquiry.

The journalist who Peter Fox has described as his informant, Joanne McCarthy from the Newcastle Herald, took the stand today.

She described Peter Fox as having a different approach to his investigations, saying he was pretty keen compared to other police.

Ms McCarthy also told the inquiry she was phoned by another senior police officer in the Hunter who said the internal Church documents she'd supplied to investigators would not lead to a prosecution.

JOANNE MCCARTHY, NEWCASTLE HERALD (female voiceover): "On 13th August, 2010, I received a call from police officer Stephen Ray. He told me that in regards to the Catholic Church, prosecutions weren't the way to go. He said a Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be the better way to go."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Gloves off for Metzger

ISRAEL
Israel Hayom

Mordechai Gilat

In a normal country, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger, who is embroiled in a criminal scandal, would have spent the past few days in a jail cell, all by himself with nothing but the famous odor of Lysol to keep him company. He would have been behind bars, like any other suspect. He would have been questioned under caution and exposed to some of the evidence against him in the interrogation room.

After all, he is the prime suspect in a serious fraud case and there is no reason to show him any courtesy. The needs of the investigation mandated that all he and the other three suspects -- who also enjoyed the same courtesy by default -- be remanded in police custody, with or without undercover agents in their cells to get them to incriminate themselves, to thwart any possibility that they would coordinate their testimonies or obstruct the investigation.

But this is not a normal country and here Metzger was remanded to house arrest, with the help of his longtime attorney David Libai, who has successfully seen him through previous scandals and who knows his client very well.

Libai, a former justice minister, is usually recruited to defend the creme de la creme of white-collar and corruption suspects; those who are in dire, or seemingly dire, legal straits, and those whose case seems to be a lost cause. They call on him to bail them out of jail and see them through a serious indictment or lengthy sentence. He is reputable and well-connected and his rates are very high.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Case against Rabbi Metzger could weaken ultra-Orthodox bid for Chief Rabbinate

ISRAEL
Harretz

By Yair Ettinger | Jun.24, 2013

How will the investigation of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger affect the elections set to take place a month from now, which will determine who the chief rabbis will be for the next ten years? Although it’s very hard to predict how the 150-member electoral committee will behave, the investigation of Metzger is undermining the confidence of the Haredi candidates from Shas and Degel Hatorah who were thought of as favorites since legislation that would have strengthened the religious-Zionist candidates was shelved last week. This is how the election campaign, with all its instability, appears at the moment — and there could be further upheavals in store over the next month.

Of the 150 members of the electoral committee, 123 are known for their positions as chief rabbis of cities and local authorities, rabbinic judges, mayors and heads of religious councils. Twenty others are representatives of the public, appointed by the chief rabbis and by the minister of religious services. Among the remaining seven are two ministers — Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, who were appointed on Sunday, and another five members of Knesset.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein must now decide what will happen to Rabbi Metzger’s representatives on the committee. By law, each of the two chief rabbis appoints five representatives of the public. Metzger and his Sephardi colleague, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, handed in their lists last Thursday, shortly before Metzger’s investigation began. Metzger’s list contains one prominent name, that of Rabbi Ben-Tzion Tzioni, the same man who was arrested last Thursday and was allegedly one of the people who gave bribe money to the chief rabbi. His name allegedly links the two, a matter that the police will be probing, while the four other representatives will come under scrutiny for other reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

The idolatrous politicization of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Dr. Samuel Lebens / Jewish World blogger | Jun.24, 2013

Apparently, Rabbi Joseph Soloveithchik, the great Modern Orthodox leader and scholar, was practically offered the position of Chief Rabbi of Israel. Legend has it that he was assured that if he wanted the position, David Ben-Gurion would personally see to it that he would be selected. As the story has it, Soloveitchik declined the offer partly because it was the case that Ben-Gurion, a secular prime minister of a secular government actually had the sort of power to appoint whoever he saw fit to preside over the Rabbinate of Israel (for a more historically accurate account of Soloveitchik’s potential candidacy, see Rabbi Jeffery Sack’s article on the issue). Certainly, Prof. Isaiah Leibowitz refused to support Soloveitchik’s candidacy for the following reason:

“I view the very institution of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel – religious leadership established by an atheistic government for reasons of political gain, religious leadership functioning with the authority of such government and entwined in its bureaucracy – as a prostitution of religion, destruction of the Torah, and desecration of God … I wish to further point out that I’ve heard from friends in the United States that R. Soloveitchik himself has privately expressed his complete agreement with what I have written … regarding separation of religion and state.”

Indeed, without going quite so far, Soloveitchik did later say himself that, “the Chief Rabbinate is ensnared in the political net ... It proves that this holy institution is nothing more than a ball for the political parties to play with.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Personal trainer: Chief Rabbi Metzger sexually harassed me

ISRAEL
YNet

Reuven Weiss, Akiva Novick
Published: 06.24.13

A 45-year-old trainer has accused Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger of sexually harassing him some five years ago, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

The personal fitness trainer, who is a homosexual, said he decided to talk after the rabbi was questioned under caution by the police this week on suspicion of bribery, fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust and money laundering.

The trainer, who also worked as a tour guide, said on Sunday that the alleged incident took place as he was accompanying a group of priests who had met with Metzger at the chief rabbi's office in Jerusalem during their visit to Israel.

"During the meeting I sensed that Rabbi Metzger did not stop looking at me," the man recalled. "After the meeting he approached me and said he could help me get work as a tour guide for groups visiting Israel. He asked for my phone number, and then asked if I would accompany him to his office. When we entered he closed the door, and from here things got really weird. He asked if I worked as a trainer and said he was looking for one. He told me he also wanted to get massages. I was shocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 24 June 2013 (VIS) –.Today, the Holy Father appointed Fr. Mario Leon Dorado, O.M.I., as apostolic prefect of Western Sahara. Fr. Leon Dorado is currently administrator of the same Apostolic Prefecture.

On Saturday, 22 June, the Holy Father: ...

- accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, USA, presented by Bishop John Charles Dunne, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Bishop Rhoades: Priest admits truth of child abuse allegation

INDIANA
News-Sentinel

News-Sentinel staff reports
Monday, June 24, 2013

The priest removed from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hessen Cassel admitted to allegations of child abuse after being confronted, according to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Rhoades has named the Rev. William Kummer as the church's new administrator. Its previous administrator, the Rev. Cornelius Ryan, was removed June 10 because of the allegation of past sexual abuse of a minor.

Kummer, whose appointment is effective July 16, is no stranger to Fort Wayne, previously serving at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave. The diocesan website, www.diocesefwsb.org, lists him as the current pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Rhoades made the announcement after he finished celebrating the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday at St. Joseph, according to a copy of his remarks made available by the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Oud-bisschop Gijsen (80) overleden

NEDERLAND
NRC

[Summary: The bishop, 80, has died. Gijsen was the highest Dutch Church leader who was charged with child abuse. According to a complaint lodged against him, Gijsen - when chaplain in Valkenburg - in 1958 committed extensive sexual acts with the 10-year-old son of a parishioner in 1958. The now 64-year-old man filed his complaint in this regard in 2009, before the abuse scandal in the Netherlands was revealed.]

Jo Gijsen, de bisschop van Roermond van 1972 tot 1993, is overleden. Dat heeft het bisdom vanmiddag bekendgemaakt. Gijsen werd 80 jaar oud. Hij was al langere tijd ernstig ziek.

Tijdens zijn ambtsperiode in Roermond was Gijsen omstreden wegens zijn conservatieve opvattingen. Zo deed hij geruchtmakende uitspraken over homoseksualiteit. Dat was volgens hem tegennatuurlijk en onder alle omstandigheden af te wijzen.

Gijsen was de hoogste Nederlandse kerkbestuurder die werd aangeklaagd wegens kindermisbruik. Volgens een klacht die tegen hem werd ingediend heeft Gijsen, 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 8:54 AM

Former Romanian Catholic priest pleads guilty to theft from church

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By Peter Krouse, The Plain Dealer
on June 24, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A longtime priest at St. Helena Church on Cleveland's West Side has pleaded guilty to stealing $176,000 from the Romanian Catholic institution, a prosecutor said.

The Rev. Andre Matthews, 54, used some of the money to pay credit card bills, buy cars and pay tuition for a family member to attend Cleveland State University, according to Assistant County Prosecutor James Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said some of the money Matthews stole was raised through church-sponsored bingo.

The West 65th Street church is one of several Romanian Catholic churches in Northeast Ohio and has 80 to100 families as members, said the Rev. Ovidiu Marginean, chancellor at the Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton. Services are primarily conducted in Romanian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Medien: Vatikan prüft Vorwürfe gegen Kardinal O’Brien

SCOTLAND/VATIKAN
religion@ORF

Der Vatikan will laut einem Medienbericht die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen den schottischen Kardinal Keith O’Brien überprüfen. O’Brien war zu Beginn des Jahres nach Vorwürfen sexueller Belästigung zurückgetreten.

Der Vatikan will die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen den schottischen Kardinal Keith O’Brien (75) untersuchen. Das habe der päpstliche Nuntius in Großbritannien, Erzbischof Antonio Mennini, einem angeblichen Missbrauchsopfer persönlich mitgeteilt, berichtet die deutsche katholische Nachrichtenagentur KNA unter Berufung auf die Zeitung „The Observer“ (Sonntag).

Der „Lenny“ genannte frühere Priester hatte O’Brien zu Jahresbeginn beschuldigt, ihn in seiner Zeit als Seminarist sexuell belästigt zu haben. Der Kardinal trat kurz darauf als Erzbischof von St. Andrews und Edinburgh zurück und verzichtete auch auf seine Teilnahme an der Papstwahl in Rom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Bischof Ackermann nimmt Amtsverzicht eines Diözesanspriesters an

DEUTSCHLAND
kath.net

Gegen den Pfarrer laufen staatsanwaltschaftliche Ermittlungen, ihm wird vorgeworfen, einem Jugendlichen zur Vornahme sexueller Handlungen Geld angeboten zu haben. Der Pfarrer bestreitet dies. Annahme des Amtsverzichts ist keine Vorverurteilung

Trier (kath.net/pm) Der Pfarrer der Pfarreiengemeinschaft Lebach im Saarland hat gegenüber dem Trierer Bischof Dr. Stephan Ackermann seinen Amtsverzicht zum 30. Juni 2013 erklärt. Bischof Dr. Ackermann hat diesen Verzicht in der vergangenen Woche angenommen. Gegen den Pfarrer laufen staatsanwaltschaftliche Ermittlungen. Ihm wird vorgeworfen, einem Jugendlichen zur Vornahme sexueller Handlungen Geld angeboten zu haben. Der Pfarrer bestreitet diese Vorwürfe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Lebacher Priester verzichtet auf Amt: Ermittlungen laufen

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Ein Priester der saarländischen Pfarreien-Gemeinschaft Lebach verzichtet wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen auf sein Amt. Damit sei keine Vorverurteilung des Geistlichen verbunden, teilte das Bistum Trier am Montag mit.

Der Mann war vor knapp einem Jahr von Bischof Stephan Ackermann beurlaubt worden, weil er einem Jugendlichen Geld für sexuelle Handlungen angeboten haben soll. Der Pfarrer, der Mitte 60 Jahre alt ist, bestreitet die Vorwürfe. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Saarbrücken ermittelt.

Der Trierer Bischof hatte den Priester gebeten, auf sein Amt als Pfarrer zu verzichten. Der Grund: Ackermann will dessen Stelle neu besetzen, um «eine geordnete Seelsorge gewährleisten zu können», hieß es. In der Zwischenzeit hatte der Dechant des Dekanates Dillingen für eine grundlegende Seelsorge als Pfarrverwalter gesorgt. Der Pfarrer erklärte nun seinen Amtsverzicht zum Ende diesen Monats.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Wenig Geld für Heimkinder in Kärnten

OSTERREICH
OE1@ORF

Ehemalige Heimkinder, die Opfer schwerer körperlicher oder sexueller Gewalt wurden, bekommen von der Stadt Wien oft 30.000 Euro oder mehr als Anerkennungszahlung. In Kärnten bekommen ehemalige Heimkinder 5.000 Euro oder gar nichts. Nicht einmal der bis vor kurzem zuständige FPK-Landesrat Christian Ragger findet das gerecht. Und jetzt, wo Ö1 zu recherchieren begonnen hat, wollen Ragger und die neue SPÖ-Soziallandesrätin Beate Prettner alles ändern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Missbrauchsprozess gegen Ex-Mönch des Stiftes Kremsmünster

OSTERREICH
Tiroler Tageszeitung

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Steyr legt dem heute 79-Jährigen sexuellen Missbrauch, andere Sexual- und Gewaltdelikte sowie den Besitz einer nicht registrierten Pumpgun zur Last. Dem Mann drohen bis zu 15 Jahre Haft.

Steyr, Kremsmünster – Im kirchlichen Missbrauchsskandal muss sich am kommenden Montag erstmals ein höherrangiger Geistlicher, der ehemalige Konviktsdirektor des oberösterreichischen Stiftes Kremsmünster, vor einem weltlichen Strafgericht verantworten. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Steyr legt dem heute 79-Jährigen sexuellen Missbrauch, andere Sexual- und Gewaltdelikte sowie den Besitz einer nicht registrierten Pumpgun zur Last. Dem Mann drohen bis zu 15 Jahre Haft.

Vom Bekanntwerden der Kremsmünsterer Missbrauchsaffäre in den Medien bis zur Anklage sind mehr als drei Jahre vergangen. Ursprünglich wurde in 39 Fällen ermittelt. Einige Verfahren wurden eingestellt, weil die Vorfälle verjährt oder die Beweise zu dünn waren. Übrig blieben 24 Opfer und ein mutmaßlicher Täter. Der ehemalige Geistliche soll von September 1973 bis Juni 1993 an 15 Zöglingen „sexuelle Handlungen unterschiedlicher Intensität“ vorgenommen haben. Hinzu kommen weitere neun, die laut Staatsanwaltschaft Opfer gewalttätiger Übergriffe waren - dazu zählen gemäß Anklage u.a. Ohrfeigen, Tritte, „Stereowatschen“, Schläge mit einer Ochsenpeitsche oder das „Vogelfrei“-Erklären einzelner Zöglinge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Irish have ‘become pagan’, some Catholic bishops believe

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Irish people “have, to all intents and purposes, become pagan” in the opinion of “a substantial number” of Ireland’s Catholic bishops and some priests, a new report from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has said.

It said “there seems to be a substantial number of bishops, and some priests, who believe that the problems we are facing are not due to any difficulties in the Church or with the priesthood, but are caused by a lack of faith in the people.

“The people, they told us, have bought into the evils of materialism and consumerism, and don’t have time or interest in faith any more. They have, to all intents and purposes, become pagan. And they believe that ‘evangelisation’ is the answer.” But “there didn’t seem to us to be any practical ideas, or indeed energy, around how this evangelisation could be progressed,” it said.

The association’s leadership team has so far met priests’ councils in the Catholic dioceses of Dublin, Waterford, Kerry, Killaloe, Clonfert, Tuam, Elphin, Achonry, Killala, Clogher, Kilmore, Armagh and Ossory and Raphoe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

POLL: Do you attend mass?

IRELAND
Newstalk

Stephen McNeice
10:35 Monday 24 June 2013

A report released by the Association of Catholic Priests shows deep division among Church officials

The report claims “there seems to be a substantial number of bishops, and some priests, who believe that the problems we are facing are not due to any difficulties in the Church or with the priesthood, but are caused by a lack of faith in the people.”

Although acknowledging that many priests and bishops strongly disagree with the conclusion, others maintain that abuse allegations and the Church's policies themselves are no longer fundamental problems. Instead, the major issue facing Catholicism in Ireland is that the Irish people have “to all intents and purposes, become pagan... The people, they told us, have bought into the evils of materialism and consumerism, and don’t have time or interest in faith any more”

However, the short report - available on the ACP website - also states “apart from stating their understanding of the problem, there didn’t seem to us to be any practical ideas, or indeed energy, around how this evangelisation could be progressed… If there are such radically different understandings of the current situation, it is hard to see how we can make headway in working towards a solution”.

The group met with priests and bishops through regional priest councils to gauge their opinion of current clerical issues. They have also reported on responses to issues such as The New Missal, allegations against priests and the Year of the Faith. Although some topics divided opinion, there was consensus that the New Missal was largely unsatisfactory and the Year of the Faith was a “non-event”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Bishops: Ireland is now a nation of pagans

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

[Report on ACP meetings with Priests Councils]

Monday, June 24, 2013
Most Irish bishops believe we have become a “nation of pagans” who bought in to the “evils of materialism and consumerism” of the Celtic Tiger era.

By Eoin English
Irish Examiner Reporter

A report from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) also claims there is a strong view among ecclesiastical authorities that falling vocations and Mass attendance figures are a result of people “not having time or interest in faith”, rather than as a result of any of the clerical sex abuse scandals to rock the Church.

It also found the vast majority of priests believe the controversial New Missal is “very unsatisfactory”.

The ACP report, published yesterday after its first series of nationwide meetings with priest councils, said the bishops believe that evangelisation and re-education is needed — but it warned against relying on ageing priests to renew the Church.

“The age, lack of energy, tiredness of priests was very obvious. Expecting these men to bring about any real change was clearly not living in the real world. Keeping the show on the road for another few years is the most that can be expected from most of them.”

ACP founder Fr Tony Flannery has warned that without urgent action, Ireland could be without priests within 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

The Rabbi Says “Sorry”

AUSTRALIA
J-Wire

June 24, 2013 by J-Wire Staff

Rabbi Baruch Dov Lesches has apologised for remarks reported by Fairfax Media intimating that young sexual assault victims may have been consenting.

In a prepared statement Rabbis Lesches says: ”

I would like to apologize for statements made in a private telephone conversation that caused pain to the greater public. I deeply regret the incident.

I would like to make my position absolutely clear: Without any reservation, I endorse the rabbinical rulings encouraging victims of abuse to report to the police.

I was saddened to see an edited audio clip released by the Australian media regarding a personal phone conversation I had with an alleged victim of child abuse. I am troubled by the unprofessional conduct of the reporter who did not call me to verify the facts. Had he called me, I’m sure the information I would have provided would have produced a dramatically different article.

As I clearly told the caller in a subsequent phone conversation: I had no knowledge of the alleged charges claimed to have occurred some twenty-five years ago and discussed in the news report. In the conversation, I was discussing a separate incident where I was under the impression that both alleged parties were similar in age, twenty-one years old, a fact noted by Fairfax at the end of the audio clip. I was never informed of any allegations regarding minors prior to this call.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Aussie Rabbi: Paedophile Victims Might Have Consented to Abuse

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Anne Lu | June 24, 2013

Rabbi Baruch Dov Lesches is sorry after saying that some of an alleged paedophile's victims from a Sydney Jewish school might have consented to the affair. The former senior rabbi was recorded in a phone conversation, saying that it's best not to report the sexual abuses to the authorities.

Lesches was a senior leader at a Yeshiva centre in Sydney in the 1980s when a man has allegedly sexually abused at least four boys. He was apparently told of the crime, but he opted not to report it to the authorities, even claiming that some victims might have given their consent.

Fairfax Media has obtained a legally recorded telephone conversation between the rabbi and a person familiar with the series of alleged child rapes and molestations. Lesches has been heard in the phone call to counselling the alleged paedophile after learning that he had sexually abused a boy ten years younger than him.

He said in the conversation that he had told the man that he and the boy would be forced out of the Yeshiva community if he could not control his urges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Rabbi apologises for sex abuse comments

AUSTRALIA
Macleay Argus

By Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie June 24, 2013

A prominent Australian rabbi has apologised for extraordinary comments he made about child sexual abuse and reporting paedophiles to police.

Former senior Sydney rabbi Boruch Dov Lesches, who is now one of New York's leading ultra-Orthodox figures, made his remarks in a recent conversation with a person familiar with a series of alleged child rapes and molestation carried out by one man associated with Sydney's Yeshiva community in the 1980s.

In a legally recorded telephone conversation obtained by Fairfax Media and provided to NSW police investigating the Yeshiva cases, Rabbi Lesches revealed he knew about the alleged abuse of one boy but did not go to police, instead warning the alleged perpetrator that if he did not stop both he and the boy would be sent away from the community.

Rabbi Lesches also suggested the boy may have consented to sexual relations.

"We are speaking about very young boys … everybody says about the other one that 'he agreed to this'," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Australian rabbi apologizes for saying sex abuse victims may have consented

AUSTRALIA
Jerusalem Post

[with video]

Rabbinical Council of Victoria says comments by former Sydney Chabad leader were appalling.

A former senior Chabad leader in Sydney in Monsey, N.Y, has issued an apology for making comments suggesting that some of the Jewish victims of alleged child sex abuse in Australia may have consented, Australian media reported Monday.

In a legally recorded telephone conversation obtained by Fairfax media and posted on YouTube, Rabbi Boruch Lesches - who now heads the Lubavitch community in Monsey, NY - admitted to knowing about the alleged abuse of a boy but not going to the police with the information. Instead, according to Fairfax Media, the rabbi told the alleged perpetrator that if the abuse did not stop, both he and the boy would be dismissed from the community.

The phone conversations were provided to NSW police investigating child sex allegations against a man associated with Sydney’s Chabad community in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

UPDATE: Herald journalist takes stand at inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JASON GORDON June 24, 2013

NEWCASTLE Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy has taken the stand at the Special Commission of Inquiry into how police and senior clergy handled allegations of child sex abuse within the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese.

Ms McCarthy told the inquiry that she was handed information concerning disgraced priest Denis McAlinden by a victim of abuse in late 2009.

Some time later, Ms McCarthy forwarded the information to police, with the consent of the victim known only as AL.

Ms McCarthy said the significance of the information only dawned on her later when she was investigating how the church had handled its own investigation into McAlinden.

She also said she had had no contact with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox aside from a brief phone call in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Detective Peter Fox 'misleading' over child sex abuse probe

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

A DETECTIVE at the centre of a state government inquiry into child abuse within the Catholic church "has ridden to glory on a saddle of lies", according to one of his colleagues.

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, which resumed this morning, was set up after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox publicly claimed he was "ordered to stand down" from the investigation of a pedophile priest, Denis McAlinden.

The officer in charge of that investigation, Jeff Little, told the hearing that many of Detective Fox's claims, including that the police Strike Force was "set up to fail" were untrue.

"I was absolutely mortified by those comments,'' Detective Sergeant Little said.

''The mere fact that he's ridden to glory on a saddle of lies at this point is a concern for me."

Detective Little, whose investigation into the alleged cover-up of McAlinden's crimes by senior clergy ultimately ran to almost 3000 pages of evidence, said other of Detective Fox's claims were misleading.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Priest abuse report 'manipulated truth'

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A police whistleblower's report that sparked an inquiry into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the NSW Hunter region was 'written on a saddle of lies', the inquiry has heard.

Detective Sergeant Jeffery Little was giving evidence on Monday in the Newcastle Supreme Court at the special commission of inquiry into child abuse allegations in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.

Since December 2010 Sgt Little has been in charge of Strike Force Lantle, which was established to look into complaints four alleged victims made about Father Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher, who are both now dead.

Sgt Little said the report by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, which suggested the police operation was a sham, included 'significant' inaccuracies.

Comments made by Det Insp Fox that the police operation was a sham were 'a manipulation of the truth', Sgt Little told Commissioner Margaret Cunneen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Catholic Church must look at its culture: Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO says

AUSTRALIA
Christianity Today

Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has delivered his first wide ranging public speech on the issues and approach the Catholic Church’s independent advisory group will take in the lead up to and throughout the Royal Commission into child abuse.

Mr Sullivan said the 13-member Council, made up of 10 lay people including four who have been victims of clerical sexual abuse or have family members who have been abused, would provide independent advice on reforms to the Church across a range of issues.

Mr Sullivan, speaking to the St Thomas More Forum in Canberra last night, spoke extensively about how the victims of clerical abuse had been treated by the Church in the past and currently.

“We need to put in place better systems, processes, redress and contrition that says, in one way or another – you are damaged, we believe you, we are sorry, we want to help you heal and we are working to try to make sure that what you went through never happens again.

“We have to examine a culture which has allowed secrecy and silence, intimidation, legalism and obfuscation to let sexual abuse happen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Child sex abuse inquiry continues

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

[witness list]

The Special Commission of Inquiry into an alleged child sexual abuse cover up by the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese has resumed in Newcastle this morning.

The special commission is examining allegations made by Detective Chief Inspector Fox that he was ordered by senior police to stop investigating paedophilia within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.

Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Little was the first to take the stand this morning.

The detective sergeant, who lead a 2010 investigation into child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, said Detective Chief Inspector Fox was nominated as the possible leak of information to the media.

The special commission, which ran overtime during the May sittings, will hear from the remainder of senior members of the NSW Police Force this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

Police whistleblower accused of relying on lies

AUSTRALIA
Camden-Narellon Advertiser

June 24, 2013.

NSW police whistleblower Peter Fox had “ridden on a saddle of lies” in his investigation into alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, a commission of inquiry in Newcastle has been told.

Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Little, appointed in late 2010 to head Strike Force Lantle to investigate the cover-up allegations, said there were “significant inaccuracies” in material Detective Chief Inspector Fox had passed on from his own investigation.

Detective Sergeant Little roundly rejected Detective Chief Inspector Fox’s earlier evidence to the inquiry, which resumed at Newcastle Supreme Court today after a five-week recess, that Strike Force Lantle was a “sham” and had been “set up to fail”. He said he had been “absolutely mortified by those comments”.

“If it was set up to be a sham, why would I have had the two things Fox didn’t have, that is, the support of my superiors, and a plan”.

The inquiry has heard evidence that Chief Inspector Fox held back evidence from Strike Force Lantle because he did not trust the police. Detective Sergeant Little said that in contrast to Chief Inspector Fox, “I was not operating in secret, I recorded things, I didn’t operate on speculation or manipulation of the truth”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Priests 'need legal support to fight false sex claims'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

SARAH MACDONALD – 24 JUNE 2013

THE Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland has hit out at the lack of financial and legal support for priests falsely accused of child sexual abuse.

A spokesman for the association, which represents more than 1,000 Irish priests, told the Irish Independent that the ACP was aware of at least a dozen priests against whom false allegations had been made in the past few years.

Fr Tony Flannery said there were now sufficient numbers of false allegations to "cause concern" and that the ACP had been directly involved in three recent cases where priests were cleared of wrongdoing.

These relate to Kerry priest Fr Liam O'Brien, Louth priest Fr Oliver Brennan and missionary priest Fr Kevin Reynolds (pictured), who was falsely accused by RTE's 'Prime Time Investigates' in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Priest abuse report 'manipulated truth'

AUSTRALIA
Big Pond News

Monday, June 24, 2013

A police whistleblower's report that sparked an inquiry into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the NSW Hunter region was 'written on a saddle of lies', the inquiry has heard.

Detective Sergeant Jeffery Little was giving evidence on Monday in the Newcastle Supreme Court at the special commission of inquiry into child abuse allegations in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.

Since December 2010 Sgt Little has been in charge of Strike Force Lantle, which was established to look into complaints four alleged victims made about Father Denis McAlinden and James Fletcher, who are both now dead.

Sgt Little said the report by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, which suggested the police operation was a sham, included 'significant' inaccuracies.

Comments made by Det Insp Fox that the police operation was a sham were 'a manipulation of the truth', Sgt Little told Commissioner Margaret Cunneen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 AM

Journalist dubbed 'the genesis' of child sexual abuse strike force gives evidence

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Dan Cox, staff

The Fairfax journalist at the centre of a child sexual abuse strike force in the Hunter Valley has told the New South Wales Special Commission a policeman asked her to write an article in a bid to bring more victims forward.

Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy has received a national award for her work regarding child sexual abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese.

The special commission of inquiry into clergy child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley is investigating Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox's claims he was told to stop investigating two priests, James Fletcher and Denis McAlinden.

The court has heard Ms McCarthy was considered "the genesis" of strike force Lantle, which was set-up to investigate allegations of a cover-up by the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 AM

Journo wanted to help priest abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 24, 2013

Paul Maguire

A journalist has told an inquiry that she wrote a series of newspaper articles about child sexual abuse by priests because she wanted to help the victims.

Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy's articles, over two years from 2010, led to the establishment of the special commission of inquiry into child abuse allegations in the Hunter region and won her a top national award for investigative journalism.

"It was my only objective," Ms McCarthy told Commissioner Margaret Cunneen in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday.

"It was about having the victims and their families looked after.

"I didn't want to go the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

June 23, 2013

Vatican inquiry ‘may be led by Cardinal O’Brien’s successor’

SCOTLAND
The Times

The Vatican is to carry out an inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien after his admission of sexual advances towards young priests.

After weeks of speculation, it was reported that an apostolic visitation will take place. During the process, a “visitator” will have direct authority from the Pope to investigate a complaint to the Vatican last October by a Scottish priest, and further allegations from four former seminarians of inappropriate sexual advances and “drunken fumblings”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Va. ROC Megachurch Searching for New Pastors After Sex Scandal Allegations

VIRGINIA
Christian Post

By Jessica Martinez , CP Contributor
June 23, 2013

The Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) is searching for a permanent senior and executive pastor to fill the vacant positions after four of its five pastors resigned earlier this month over allegations of a sex scandal and cover-up.

A church spokesperson, who did not want to be identified, told CP the new senior pastor will have spiritual and administrative oversight of the organization, while the executive pastor will handle the majority of administrative responsibilities. CP has also learned that ROC has enlisted the help of Pastor Jonathan Falwell and other consultants from Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., to conduct their nationwide search, which the board of directors anticipates will take six months to a year.

ROC's board of directors said they will also conduct a search for an interim preacher to lead Six O'clock ROC, their Saturday night services, until the senior pastor position is filled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Child sexual abuse inquiry resumes in Newcastle

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[witness list]

A New South Wales inquiry into child sexual abuse by Hunter Valley Catholic priests resumes in Newcastle this morning.

The first part of the inquiry began last month, looking into claims by policeman Peter Fox that he was told by senior colleagues to stop investigating two Catholic priests.

The Special Commission will this week hear from several senior police officers, as well as local Fairfax journalist Joanne McCarthy.

She has been described by Detective Chief Inspector Fox as his "informant".

The second part of the inquiry is expected to start next week, and will look at how the church handled the complaints and allegations that church officials did not co-operate with police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Details of Magdalen laundries compensation scheme expected this week

IRELAND
Irish Times

Marie O'Halloran

Mon, Jun 24, 2013

A report advising the Government on a redress scheme to compensate women incarcerated in Magdalen laundries, is expected to go to Cabinet tomorrow and be published on Wednesday.
The report by former High Court judge Mr Justice John Quirke was submitted to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the end of last month. Apparent details of the document were leaked to the media in the past two weeks but in the Dáil subsequently, Mr Shatter dismissed the reports.

Reconciliation

These included suggestions the retired judge had recommended a reconciliation forum between former residents and nuns from the four religious orders who ran the institutions. The proposals were dismissed as “utterly pointless” by representatives of the group Magdalene Survivors Together.
Asked about the publication date of the report a Department of Justice spokeswoman said yesterday, “we don’t have any details on this” but it is understood that after the Cabinet considers the report tomorrow, survivors and their representatives will receive the report at a briefing on Wednesday in advance of its publication later that day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Bishop says priest admits child abuse allegation

FORT WAYNE (IN)
Seattle PI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana bishop says a priest has admitted sexually abusing a child in Africa about 20 years ago.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1899hvB ) Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese told members of a Fort Wayne parish that the Rev. Cornelius Ryan "immediately and freely admitted the allegations" when confronted by church officials on June 10.

Rhoades appointed Ryan the administrator of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel in December 2011 after its previous pastor was removed over a sexual abuse allegation.

Rhoades went to the parish to celebrate Mass Saturday. He told parishioners that he has not faced a more painful situation as a bishop than what they're experiencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Analysis: Events surrounding chief rabbi cast dark shadow

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

By JEREMY SHARON
06/23/2013

As the political battles over control of established religion in Israel become ever sharper and more vicious, it may become ever harder to prevent the ongoing decline in legitimacy of the chief rabbinate.

As if the Chief Rabbinate was not under enough scrutiny with the unseemly shenanigans surrounding the upcoming election of new chief rabbis, the dramatic events surrounding the investigation of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger for financial improprieties have served to cast an even darker shadow over the once-respected institution.

The current investigation into Metzger, which is not his first as chief rabbi and not even his second as an ordained rabbi, is just one of several recent indicators of the grave crisis of legitimacy facing Israel’s rabbinate.

Indeed, Metzger’s appointment in 2003 was seen by many as a haredi ploy to weaken the institution of the Chief Rabbinate, given his lack of credentials, especially compared to the other prominent candidates at the time: the much respected national-religious leader Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, chief rabbi of Ramat Gan; and the equally wellconsidered rabbi and rabbinical judge Shlomo Daichovsky, who is currently the director of the state rabbinical courts system.

But the leading haredi rabbi of the time, the late Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, decided to back Metzger, despite his slight credentials, which secured Metzger the election due to the strength of the haredi parties in the electoral committee for the Chief Rabbinate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Weehawken woman says Archbishop Meyers didn't act on sexual abuse allegations

NEW JERSEY
The Jersey Journal

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on June 23, 2013

A Weehawken woman who says her twin sons were sexually abused by a member of a religious order in two New Jersey counties is calling for the resignation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers and the Newark Archdiocese’s new vicar general, who the woman says knew about the alleged abuse and did not act on it.

The 61-year-old woman, who asked not to be named so her sons won’t be identified, said she spoke to Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, the archdiocese’s new vicar general, in 2009 about allegations that her sons had been abused by two members of the Vocationist Fathers religious order.

Da Cunha did nothing, the woman said in a Jersey City conference room recently.

"It fell on deaf ears," said the woman.

Da Cunha was promoted earlier this month to replace Monsignor John E. Doran as vicar general, second in command to the archbishop. Doran was demoted due to his supervision of the Rev. Michael Fugee, who worked with minors in violation of a lifetime ban on ministry to children. Da Cunha is a member of the Vocationist Fathers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Retired bishop to take the stand

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

Former bishop of the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Michael Malone and the mother of a boy abused at the hands of a Catholic priest in Maitland will take the stand during the next round of public hearings into child ­sexual abuse allegations across the diocese.

The hearings will continue today in Newcastle Supreme Court, starting with police ­officers, including former Maitland detective, Wayne Humphrey.

From July 1 hearings are expected to include evidence from diocesan head Bishop Bill Wright and police whistleblower Peter Fox.

Patricia Feenan – the mother of Daniel Feenan who was abused by Father James Patrick Fletcher – is expected to take part in the public hearings from July 8.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Prelate refutes book’s assertions on Pampanga clergy

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By Tonette Orejas
Inquirer Central Luzon
5:20 am | Monday, June 24th

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said he had not tolerated erring priests in Pampanga, particularly those who had violated their vows of celibacy and poverty or committed indiscretions.

Aniceto, 76, issued the denial in reaction to a chapter in the book, “Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church,” by Aries Rufo, which put the spotlight on Catholic priests and parishioners in Pampanga.

“Was the Kapampangans’ forgiving attitude the reason behind Aniceto’s lax attitude as well? Regardless, critics said he perpetuated a problem by abusing the reverence that Pampanga Catholics reserved for their priests,” Rufo wrote in the chapter, “Leading double lives,” subtitled “Viral disease.”

The author quoted an unnamed Church official as describing the parishioners to have become “desensitized to the real situation.”

Sought for reaction, Aniceto, who oversees the archdiocese with 120 priests, said “every decision is contextual.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Authorities took 'no action' against abuse of 'vulnerable young girls' - judge

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

BY CANDACE SUTTON From: news.com.au June 22, 2013

Teacher Michael Drew, now 57, was sacked from St Agnes' Catholic Primary School in Matraville in 1982, but his crimes against girls dated back to as early as 1979. Source: Supplied
THE victims of a serial child molester, a Catholic school teacher, say the church and school authorities knew of the abuse - and did nothing to stop it.

A Sydney lawyer has called for charges to be laid against the Catholic Church and some of the former principals of a Catholic primary school after one of its teachers was this week sentenced for molesting girls as young as eight.

Documents obtained by news.com.au show the school's principal at the time of the offences knew the details of the sexual assaults and actively decided to cover them up rather than go to police.

Jason Parkinson, the solicitor representing the victims, says charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice may be able to be laid against school authorities at the time of the offences and against church officials who knew of the cases.

Mr Parkinson's call comes after the sentencing judge criticised the school and church authorities for allowing girls at the school to be sexually assaulted by the teacher who "took away their lives".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Melbourne Orthodox Rabbis Attack Statements Made By Chabad Former Rosh Yeshiva

AUSTRALIA
Failed Messiah

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) is appalled by, and unequivocally distances itself from, comments attributed to Rabbi Boruch Lesches [the former Chabad rosh yeshiva in Sydney] as reported in The Age (23 June 2013). As stated on numerous occasions,the RCV encourages the reporting of all incidents of child sexual abuse to the police.

Among other things, Leches said that poor "goyyim" as young as five have sex with dogs as a matter of course because they're bored and don't have much else to do.

He also said that young Jewish boys who were raped by a Chabad pedophile may have wanted the sex and consented.

Leches is now the mora d'asra (senior rabbi and community leader) of Chabad's main synagogue in Monsey, New York, and is often called on to act as a posek (decisor of halakha, Jewish law) for Chabad followers worldwide.

So far, no official Chabad group has publicly condemned Leches' remarks or distanced Chabad from them (although many Chabad rabbis do sit on the RCV).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

5 Things to Know about Milwaukee clergy abuse

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Houston Chronicle

By The Associated Press, | June 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) — HOW MANY PRIESTS WERE INVOLVED?

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has verified claims of sexual abuse by 45 priests, including 23 who are still alive. None is allowed to work as a priest, and 15 have been officially defrocked. Most of them are accused of abuse that took place before 1990.

HOW MANY VICTIMS ARE THERE?

It's hard to say because some victims may not have come forward. But one former priest, Lawrence Murphy, has been accused of sexually abusing some 200 boys at a school for the deaf from 1950 to 1974. Other priests have been accused by only one person thus far. There are more than 570 sexual abuse claims pending in bankruptcy court, but some of those involve lay people or priests assigned to religious orders, not the archdiocese. Attorneys have not said specifically how many of the 570 claims relate to the 45 priests on the archdiocese's restricted list.

HOW DID CLERGY ABUSE CASES END UP IN BANKRUPTCY COURT?

Abuse victims had long sought to hold the archdiocese accountable, but most didn't come forward until well into adulthood, when it was too late under Wisconsin law to sue the church for negligence in supervising its priests. A 2007 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision gave them a window, saying the six-year limit in fraud cases didn't start until the deception was uncovered. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, once it became clear that it could face a slew of lawsuits. It said it wouldn't have the money to pay if those cases went against it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

Victims await Milwaukee clergy sex abuse files

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Beaumont Enterprise

By M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press
Updated 10:34 am, Sunday, June 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee plans to make dozens of priests' personnel files public in the next week, along with hundreds of pages of other documents that sex abuse victims hope will hold church leaders accountable for transferring abusive priests to other parishes and concealing their crimes for decades.

The documents are being released as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud. The archdiocese has said the records will include personnel files for 42 priests with verified claims of abuse against them, along with depositions from top church officials, including New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who previously led the Milwaukee archdiocese. The documents are to be posted on the archdiocese's website by July 1.

Similar files made public by other Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders have detailed how leaders tried to protect the church by shielding priests and not reporting child sex abuse to authorities. The cover-up extended to the top of the Catholic hierarchy. Correspondence obtained by The Associated Press in 2010 showed the future Pope Benedict XVI had resisted pleas in the 1980s to defrock a California priest with a record of molesting children. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger led the Vatican office responsible for disciplining abusive priests before his election as pope.

Archdiocese officials in Milwaukee have long acknowledged that abusive priests were transferred to new churches with no warning to parishioners. Former Archbishop Rembert Weakland publicly apologized to a Sheboygan church for this in 1992, and in a 2008 deposition previously made public, he spoke of multiple cases in which church leaders were aware of priests' histories but members were not. Still, victims have pushed aggressively for the priests' files to be released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

Priest wants Xenophon to apologise

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

VERITY EDWARDS From: The Australian June 24, 2013

AN Adelaide priest who says he was wrongly named by Nick Xenophon in federal parliament as a perpetrator of sexual abuse wants Senate President John Hogg to discipline his fellow senator and is calling for parliamentary privilege to be reviewed.

Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Ian Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, John Hepworth, in a Catholic seminary in the 1960s.

The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions recommended earlier this month that no abuse charges be laid against Monsignor Dempsey, after a 19-month investigation found there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of convicting.

Monsignor Dempsey has written a letter to Senator Hogg, expected to arrive today, asking him to address the use of parliamentary privilege to name a person without accountability.

"As well as reasonably expecting a public apology from Senator Xenophon, it may be time for the Senate to address the unique privilege of naming any Australian citizen without any accountability -- and, as in my case, getting it terribly wrong," Monsignor Dempsey wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

Church must face past to build a strong future

AUSTRALIA
Canberra Times

Francis Sullivan

Not long after starting with the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which has been set up to provide the Catholic Church's response to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, I spent a day in Melbourne meeting a group of victims of clerical sexual abuse.

For more than four hours I sat and listened to their stories, the horror they endured, and the betrayal they felt.

It was harrowing and confronting and it brought home to me how removed I was from their experiences.
After the final person had finished their story I was asked what I had to say.

I look at the group and said I didn't know what to say - that I had no answers.

All I could eventually say was that I would do my best.

After a long pause, a 50-year-old man looked at me and said: "Don't you dare let us down again."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

BLOG: Vatican must act on 'horrendous' abuse

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By BISHOP GEOFFREY ROBINSON June 23, 2013

Sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has been nothing short of an epidemic of catastrophic proportions. The devastation of victims, the ruination of priests and religious, the damage to a major world religion and its faithful are horrendous and incalculable.

I have sat and listened to many stories of horrific sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, stories that made me ashamed to be a priest and a Catholic.

I have listened to people whose lives have been ruined and I have felt a sadness and horror I cannot put into words. I have spent time with people close to suicide and I have watched the moving struggle of others trying to put their lives together again.

As a young teenager I was abused myself and I hope this makes me more sensitive. What’s happened within our Church has been nothing short of a catastrophe. Only the annihilation of the causes of this abuse will do, so that this can never happen again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Vatican to launch Cardinal Keith O’Brien probe

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

By VICTORIA RAIMES
Published on 23/06/2013

THE VATICAN has finally agreed to demands to launch a formal inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien following allegations of sexual misconduct, it has been reported.

The church is set to undergo a high level inspection - known as an apostolic visitation - in response to the claims made against Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric, who resigned from the diocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews in February.

Archbishop Antonio Mennini is understood to have revealed the inspection when he met with a former priest, known only as Lenny, who accused the cardinal of making sexual advances towards him when he was a seminarian.

The alleged victim said: “The archbishop told me the holy see had decided there would be an investigation into all the allegations. Anyone affected would be able to give evidence. If it is judged that there is sufficient evidence, then it would go to another, deeper process in Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Shreddergate 2: (Or Will You Be Wanting That Shredded?)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

Proceedings at the New South Wales Government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse should be rather lively when it resumes public hearings next week. Local Greens upper-house politician, David Shoebridge MLC, has obtained documents under the Freedom of Information laws, which indicate that NSW police were in the habit of routinely shredding documents provided by a Catholic Church committee on clerical abuses. This happened 60 times over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003.

At the risk of posting an overly-long article, full details of this important development are given below.

The top-level group, established by the Catholic Church’s bishops, was known as the Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG). It comes under the auspices of Cardinal George Pell (see previous postings). It was created in 1997 in response to the Wood Royal Commission into the police and paedophilia, and its key function was to advise the church on specific cases involving clergy and others. The police liaison officer who shredded the documents was Sergeant Beth Cullen, of the Sex Crimes Unit. Shortly after her stint with the Catholic Church committee, she became Inspector Beth Cullen, an extraordinarily rapid rise through the ranks. Inspector Cullen now heads the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Report on ACP meetings with Priests Councils

IRELAND
Association of Catholic Priests

Report on ACP meetings with Priests Councils

We met with Dublin, Waterford, Kerry, Killaloe, Clonfert, Tuam, Elphin, Achonry, Killala, Clogher, Kilmore, Armagh and Ossory.

In Raphoe Bishop Boyce arranged a meeting and invited any priest who wished to come. The bishop and seven priests attended.

Arranging meetings with Ferns, Galway, Ardagh & Clonmacnoise.
Any diocese that didn’t have a bishop had no council. (Kildare & Leighlin, Cloyne, Limerick, Derry, Dromore.)

We got no reply from Meath, Cashel, Down & Connor.

Cork was only willing to meet with local members of the ACP, and we did not accept that.
These meetings came about when the Conference of Bishops refused to meet us, but instead suggested that we meet with Priests Councils in each diocese.

Overall we regarded this as a valuable exercise. There was great variety in the meeting, but we were welcomed wherever we went, and mostly the discussions were amiable and worthwhile. In all cases, except one, the bishop attended. (In that one case it was simply a matter of timing that meant the bishop could not attend.)

The agenda for the meetings, decided by us, was:
1. Vocations
2. Handling of allegations against priests.
3. The New Missal
4. Appointment of bishops
5. Preaching about the economic situation.
6. The Year of Faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Zeitung: Vatikan will Rolle O'Briens untersuchen

SCOTLAND
Katholisch

Der Vatikan will die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen den schottischen Kardinal Keith O'Brien (75) untersuchen. Das habe der päpstliche Nuntius in Großbritannien, Erzbischof Antonio Mennini, einem angeblichen Missbrauchsopfer persönlich mitgeteilt, berichtet die Zeitung "The Observer" (Sonntag).

Der "Lenny" genannte frühere Priester hatte O'Brien zu Jahresbeginn beschuldigt, ihn in seiner Zeit als Seminarist sexuell belästigt zu haben. Der Kardinal trat kurz darauf als Erzbischof von St. Andrews und Edinburgh zurück und verzichtete auch auf seine Teilnahme an der Papstwahl in Rom.

"Lenny" berichtete der Zeitung, der Nuntius habe volle Aufklärung und eine Anhörung aller Aussagewilligen zugesagt. Sollte es genügend tragfähige Belege für Fehlverhalten geben, solle es einen "weitergehenden Prozess" in Rom geben.

Enttäuscht zeigte sich der frühere Priester darüber, dass die Untersuchung durch O'Briens noch zu ernennenden Nachfolger durchgeführt werden solle. In diesem Punkt sei der Nuntius nicht zum Nachgeben bereit gewesen. Die Ernennung des neuen Erzbischofs wird laut der Zeitung für die kommende Woche erwartet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Wir in Österreich sollten auch Botschafter haben…

OSTERREICH
Gegen Sexuelle Gewalt

„Nichts kann den Horror auslöschen,“ sagte im Interview US –Star-Aufdecker David Clohessy über sexuellen Missbrauch und dem steinigen Weg der Aufarbeitung von Sexverbrechen von Priestern- Kirchen Sex-Skandalen in den USA!

In Wien trafen sich am Sa. 22.6.2013 Kirchenopfer- Wilhelminenberg Opfer und Anita Ossinger ein Opfer eines Lehrers, also Staatsangestellten und somit ein zweites Mal Opfer des damaligen Präsidenten des Staates Österreichs und der kath. Kirche.

In den Medien fand ich nur einen Bericht im Kurier (Journalist Hönigsberger).

Hier wurde der Opfersprecher der USA hofiert und ihm der Großteil des Berichts gewidmet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Aufdecker Clohessy: "Nichts kann den Horror auslöschen"

OSTERREICH
Kurier

Er saß bei US-Talkstar Oprah Winfrey auf der Couch, war bei Good Morning America zu Gast und auch The New York Times Magazine widmete ihm eine ausführliche Reportage. Der Mann, dem in den vergangenen Jahren in den Vereinigten Staaten so viel mediale Aufmerksamkeit zu Teil wurde, heißt David Clohessy, Sprecher der NGO SNAP (siehe Info), die sich den Kampf für Betroffene sexueller Gewalt in der Kirche auf ihre Fahnen geheftet hat. Er ist der Star unter den Aufdeckern sexuellen Missbrauchs in den USA.

Ein Star ohne Allüren allerdings. Clohessy, 56, kämpft seit Jahren gegen Missbrauch von Kindern durch katholische Geistliche an. Er selbst wurde als Jugendlicher von einem Priester sexuell missbraucht. Sein Bruder soll als Pfarrer ebenfalls Kindern zu nahe gekommen sein. „Clohessys ruhige Art macht ihn zu einem der glaubwürdigsten Sprecher für Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch“, urteilte das Drury University Magazine über ihn.

Freitagnacht war Clohessy in der KURIER-Redaktion zu Gast. Er sprach über seinen Leidensweg, seine Versuche, das Vertuschungs- und Verdrängungssystem zu durchbrechen – und über die Situation in Österreich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Priest remains in jail

MINNESOTA
Faribault County Register

June 23, 2013
by Paula Gibbins - Register Staff Writer (pgibbins@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register

The Blue Earth Law Enforcement Center courtroom was filled on Monday, June 17. People wanted to see what would happen to Father Leo Koppala, 47, who was recently charged with criminal sexual conduct.

What happened was not what the defending attorney, Philip Elbert, was hoping for. He requested that the bail be set at a lower amount so it's more feasible for Koppala to pay it. But, Judge Douglas Richards did not feel he could make a decision on that until he could make a more informed decision relating to other aspects of the case.

The bail was previously set at $75,000 and Elbert's request was for $20,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Shamed Cardinal Keith O'Brien could be forced to give evidence in court over allegations that priest raped young boy

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

SHAMED cardinal Keith O’Brien may be called to give evidence in court over allegations that a priest raped a young boy.

The potentially explosive case will force the former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland back into the public eye despite efforts by the Vatican to secure him a low profile.

Christopher Williams, now 33, claims he was raped and abused by a priest, who has since died, in the 1990s.

Papers detailing his £100,000 civil personal injury case have been lodged in the Court of Session and the case is likely to be heard early next year.

Christopher’s legal team say they cited O’Brien, 75, because he had been told about the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Due to fraud probe, Chief Rabbi Metzger suspends himself from major duties

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

By YONAH JEREMY BOB
06/23/2013 10:17

Metzger, under house arrest for suspicions of bribery, money laundering, says he is stepping away from role as judge at Rabbinical High Court, but maintains innocence; Justice Minister Livni: It is the right thing to do.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger on Sunday voluntarily suspended himself from a number of major duties, including participating on the Rabbinical High Court, the Chief Rabbinical Council and the Appointments Committee for Rabbinical Judges.

Metzger's lawyers announced the self-initiated suspensions in a letter to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Metzger's announcement also indicated that he continues to maintain his innocence regarding recent allegations regarding money-laundering, bribery and fraud, but that until the investigation is concluded, suspending himself from some of his duties was the right thing to do for the State.

As matters currently stand, Metzger is already under house arrest and prohibited from going to his office or interacting with his aids pending completion of the police investigation into the allegations against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Chief Rabbi Metzger announces he will suspend himself

ISRAEL
JTA

June 23, 2013
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, has suspended himself from some of his duties following his arrest on corruption charges.

Metzger said he will suspend himself from his position as president of the Chief Rabbinate Council and will not attend its meetings, and from, his position as a Rabbinical High Court judge.

Metzger made the announcement that he would suspend himself from his duties for the duration of the investigation on Sunday morning in a message from his lawyers to Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett.

“The rabbi understands that suspending himself is the right thing to do from a public perspective,” his attorneys said, while also emphasizing that Metzger maintains his innocence.

Investigators from the National Fraud Squad raided Metzger’s home and offices last week as part of a bribery, fraud, money-laundering and breach-of-trust case. Police suspect Metzger pocketed donations, which Metzger denies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Israeli Chief Rabbi Suspends Self Amid Fraud Probe

ISRAEL
ABC News

JERUSALEM June 23, 2013 (AP)

One of Israel's two chief rabbis has suspended himself amid a police probe into an alleged money laundering scheme.

Yona Metzger's lawyers said Sunday he decided to refrain from carrying out any official roles while a police investigation continues. Metzger was questioned last week over fraud and bribery allegations. Police raided his home and office following a months-long undercover investigation into his financial dealings. He denies the allegations.

Metzger is mere weeks away from ending his 10-year term as the country's chief rabbi for Ashkenazi, or European-descended, Jews. Along with a second chief rabbi from the Sephardic, or Middle Eastern lineage, Metzger has led the country's supreme body for overseeing Jewish services.

In 2005, Metzger was also questioned over fraud allegations. No charges were filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi suspends himself amid fraud investigation

ISRAEL
Haaretz

Rabbi Yona Metzger temporarily removes himself from Rabbinical Court, will also sit out meetings of the Rabbinical Council and the Judicial Appointments Committee pending conclusion of investigation.

By Yair Ettinger

Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger on Sunday temporarily suspended himself from some of his duties, three days after he was questioned under caution by the police on suspicion of bribery, fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust and money laundering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Bishop "abuse" probe: Claims were made against ex-Bishop of Stepney the late Trevor Huddleston

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

Secret police file reveals that parents of four boys made complaints in 1974. He told cops “I touched their ­bottoms... but there is nothing indecent”

The anti-apartheid ­campaigner, who died in 1998 aged 84, met newly free Nelson Mandela on his visit to London in 1990.

Police files shows ­parents of four boys in East London complained in 1974.

Huddleston told ­officers: “I sat them on my lap, touched their ­bottoms and pinched them but there is nothing indecent.”

The Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Norman Skelhorn did not ­prosecute “for the public good”.

Last week Deputy Bishop of London the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent told the Sunday People: “We want to listen to survivors of abuse if they want to come forward.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Vatican agrees to inquiry into Cardinal O'Brien's sexual conduct

SCOTLAND
The Observer

Catherine Deveney
The Observer, Saturday 22 June 2013

The Vatican has finally acceded to demands for a formal inquiry into Britain's most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February following allegations of sexual misconduct.

An apostolic visitation, a high-level inspection in which the "visitator" is given authority directly by the pope, will take place in the diocese, which has been accused of having had a "gay mafia" during the cardinal's tenure.

News of the apostolic visitation came via the papal nuncio, Antonio Mennini, in a meeting with one of the complainants, a former priest known as "Lenny" who accused the cardinal of making sexual advances to him when he was a seminarian. "The archbishop told me the holy see had decided there would be an investigation into all of the allegations. Anyone affected would be able to give evidence. If it is judged that there is sufficient evidence, then it would go to another, deeper process in Rome," said Lenny.

Lenny expressed relief that the facts would finally be examined.

"I am glad the Catholic church has faced up to the need for a process to determine the truth," he said. "If this story had not gone public in the Observer in February, if there had not been consistent calls for action, we would not have got to this point. But it's now important to scrutinise the scope and remit of the visitation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Bishop Rhoades Addresses Parishoners

FORT WAYNE (IN)
INCnow

[with video]

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

[assignment record - BishopAccountability.org]

June 22, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Saint Joseph Catholic Church Hessen Cassel continues to try and heal after Father Cornelius Ryan was removed from ministry after being accused of sexual abuse.
Saturday night, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, led mass at the church telling the congregation they're not alone, and he's been praying for them every day.

The Bishop was notified on June 10 of a "credible allegation" that Father Ryan had sexually abused a minor 20 years ago while serving in Africa.

When officials with the Congregation of Holy Cross, who is conducting the investigation, confronted Father Ryan with the allegations he immediately and freely admitted the allegations made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Healing comes for some Louisville victims, church 10 years after settling priest abuse cases

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

[with video]

Written by
Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal

Ten years ago this month, Shannon Age and 242 other plaintiffs settled their lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville over sexual abuse by priests and other church workers for what was then a near-record amount of $25.7 million.

Even before the settlement, Age had begun a reconciliation with the Catholic Church, despite years of battles with church bureaucracy and traumatic memories over the abusive priest who had exploited her parents’ trust.

But when her husband, Steve, told her he felt a divine call to become a deacon, Age “was very much against it,” she said. “I didn’t want my husband being a member of the clergy.”

Now she regularly joins him at the training program with about 20 other deacon candidates and their wives.

“Healing is possible,” Age, 53, said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Mass aims to soothe troubled church

FORT WAYNE (IN)
The Journal Gazette

[assignment record - BishopAccountability.org]

Archie Ingersoll | The Journal Gazette

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said he found himself in a dark place after learning that for the second time in two years, a priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel had been accused of sexually abusing a minor.

“I thought: How can this happen again? How can the church do its mission when confronted by these internal problems?” Rhoades told parishioners during a Saturday evening Mass at the church on the south end of Fort Wayne.

Rhoades, bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, came to perform the Mass and show support for the church which has been caught in the swirl of two sexual abuse scandals.

The most recent one involves the Rev. Cornelius Ryan, 76. He was removed as the parish administrator June 10 after an allegation surfaced that he abused a young male 20 years ago in Uganda, where he served as a priest, church officials said. The victim’s age has not been released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

The story behind the church sex-abuse scandal

UNITED STATES
Philadelphia Inquirer

POSTED: Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mortal Sins
Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal
By Michael D'Antonio
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. 400 pp. $26.99

A year and a day have passed since a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Msgr. William J. Lynn guilty of child endangerment in the priest sex-abuse trial involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Lynn, 62, for 12 years the archdiocesan official in charge of investigating complaints against priests and recommending action to the archbishop, is serving three to six years in prison.

The prosecution and conviction of Lynn was a landmark for Philadelphia Catholics and Lynn's church: he was the first church official convicted and sent to prison for the sexual abuse of children by priests he oversaw.

Of course, the Catholic church sex-abuse scandal predated the Philadelphia prosecution by almost 30 years. For those who want to understand what happened and why, Michael D'Antonio's Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal is a comprehensive examination of the scandal and the role of church culture.

It's also, finally, a very sad story of opportunities not just missed but cast away by a bureaucracy that refused to admit - or deal with - the depravity it nurtured.

It's sad because, in the beginning, those warning of the danger and urging action were true believers: ordained priests who saw a mortal threat to the world's oldest Christian church. They were rebuffed, and in some cases punished, for their warnings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Bishop talks to church amid sex scandal

FORT WAY (IN)
WISH

[assignment record - BishopAccountability.org]

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Bishop Kevin Rhoades was in Fort Wayne Saturday night. He led a 5:00 p.m. mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel to discuss the sexual abuse allegations of Father Cornelius Ryan.

Father Ryan was removed from the ministry on June 10 after an allegation of abusing a young man 20 years ago in Africa, our sister station WANE reports.

Ryan was appointed administer of the church by Rhoades in 2011 after its previous priest, Thomas Lombardi, was also removed for sexual abuse allegations.

"This is a time for the congregation to gather as a family, to listen to Bishop Rhoades and to get some facts revolving around this incident. So, that's why we're asking for discretion and to make this a parish family meeting, surrounded by the mass," said Sean McBride, the communications director of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

June 22, 2013

As church infrastructure shrinks, rebellious Austrian priest to tour US

UNITED STATES
GlobalPost

Jason Berry

The shortage of Catholic priests is an economic drama playing out across major countries to a yawn by the news media.

In the United States, 20 percent of parishes have no priests. Since 1995, bishops have sold more than 1,700 churches – on average, that’s a church shuttered once a week for 18 years — down-sizing a religious infrastructure that had grown steadily between the end of the Civil War and the 1969 voyage that put Americans on the moon.

The pastor is the fundraiser at every parish. Healthy parishes offer a range of services, from food pantries to therapeutic counseling, in addition to Mass, baptisms, weddings and funerals. Most of the non-sacramental work is done by lay people because of a growing personnel crisis.

The budget that lay staff uses to run offices and social outreach depends on the pastor’s appeal to the flock. Without a pastor, parishes struggle to pay for themselves.

For every 100 priests who retire, only 30 men are ordained, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Vejalpur priest arrested for molesting 5-year-old

INDIA
Times of India

AHMEDABAD: A 50-year-old man has been accused of molesting a five-year-old girl living in the same colony in Vejalpur. The colony members have handed him over to police for further investigation after a complaint by her father.

According to police, Asha (name changed), resident of a society in Jivraj Park, had started behaving strangely for some time that had alerted her mother. She took her into confidence and asked her to narrate what had happened when she told her that she was taken to a room by Anil, priest of a temple in the society, where she was molested.

"Aghast, she told her husband about the incident after which he along with others beat Anil up and took him to the police station. Anil lives with his brother and mother in the same society for the past 15 years. He had separated from wife for that many years and taken up the job of a priest at a local temple for the past five years," said a Vejalpur police official.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Cornelius J. Ryan, c.s.c.

INDIANA
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Holy Cross priest of the Indiana Province ordained in 1966, Ryan lived and worked in Africa until 1999, when he returned to Indiana. In June 2013 Ryan was serving as administrator of a Fort Wayne parish when he was removed due to what his superior deemed a "credible" allegation of the sexual abuse of a boy twenty years earlier in Africa. Ryan had been sent to the Ft. Wayne parish in December 2011, after the parish's previous pastor was removed due to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1966

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Roger Vangheluwe haalt slag thuis in procedure Operatie Kelk

NEDERLAND
KW

[Click here for the story]

woensdag 19 juni 2013

Brugge - De voormalige Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe is erin geslaagd om de procedure in de Operatie Kelk te rekken.

Een anders samengestelde kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling moet zich buigen over de vraag of de kopieën van zoekgeraakte pv's in de zaak-Kelk al of niet geldig zijn. De KI moet nu wel de mening van de voormalige bisschop vragen omdat hij door de burgerlijke partijen in die zaak als dader betrokken is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Kruispunt

NEDERLAND
Bert Smeets

RKK Nederland wil voor het einde van het jaar alle klachten vereffend hebben, het tempo wordt opgevoerd daar de nieuwe paus orde op zaken wil stellen. Paus Francisco jezuïet, wil absolute gehoorzaamheid en dit navrante conflict van seksueel geweld, de wereld uit. De doofpot is nooit echt open gegaan, archieven zijn vernietigd, de kerk heeft met haar eigen onderzoek de regels bepaald en het geweld wordt niet meegenomen zoals in nieuwe voorstellen van Deetman zou worden uitgewerkt.

We krijgen meer en meer berichten dat de RKK zich niet aan zijn woord houdt, ze plegen hiermee obstructie, parkeren van geweldklachten is niet aan de orde zoals laatst bleek tijdens hoorzitting. De uitspraak van kardinaal Eijk 'we zijn verder dan jullie denken', en de toevoeging van dhr. Bakker 'we staan voor een kruispunt' moge duidelijk zijn dat ze daar nog steeds staan...voor het kruispunt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

"In meinen Augen ein Fehlurteil"

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankenpost

Regionalbischöfin Dorothea Greiner kündigt an, weiter konsequent gegen Missbrauch zu kämpfen. Für die Kirche könne es eine Verjährung in diesen Fällen nicht geben.

Interview: mit Dr. Dorothea Greiner Regionalbischöfin der evangelischen Landeskirche in Bayreuth

"Wie gehe ich mit Macht, mit Bedürfnissen, mit unerfüllten Sehnsüchten um?" Diese Fragen sind grundlegend für Pfarrer, findet die Regionalbischöfin.
zurückvergrößernweiter

Frau Dr. Greiner, innerhalb kürzester Zeit verhandeln die Kirchengerichte wegen Missbrauchs gegen zwei bekannte und einstmals angesehene Pfarrer aus Hof. Wie kommt es zu dieser Häufung?

Es entsteht ein völlig falsches Bild, wenn im Blick auf unsere evangelische Kirche von einer "Häufung" gesprochen wird. Nur der eine Fall, bei dem der Vorwurf distanzlosen Verhaltens im Raum steht, bezieht sich auf einen Pfarrer im aktiven Dienstverhältnis; der andere, ungleich schwerer gelagerte Fall, betrifft Vorkommnisse, die größtenteils fast 50 Jahre zurück liegen. Damit befasst sich kein staatliches Gericht mehr. Doch unsere Landeskirche geht dem trotzdem nach, weil sexueller Missbrauch in unserem kirchlichen Disziplinarrecht nicht verjährt. Missbräuchliche Handlungen an Menschen sind in keiner Weise mit dem Amt eines Pfarrers vereinbar, egal ob sie 50 Jahre zurückliegen oder fünf. Dass die Vorkommnisse verfolgt werden, sind wir der Glaubwürdigkeit des kirchlichen Auftrags und nicht zuletzt den Opfern schuldig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Metzger Arrested

ISRAEL
MWC News

By Gilad Atzmon

Rabbi Metzger is probed for bribery and money laundering.

Israeli National Fraud Squad raided the home and offices of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger yesterday and questioned him under caution for ten hours, as part of a bribery, fraud, money-laundering and breach-of-trust case.

Metzger was later released. The chief Rabbi is now under house arrest.

Chief Rabbi Metzger is forbidden to enter his offices, leave the country or make contact with any of the other suspects in the case.

Metzger and three other Jewish orthodox men are suspected of being involved in the pilfering of hundreds of thousands of shekels from a number of charities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Victims may have consented: Rabbi

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

[with video]

June 23, 2013

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie

A senior Australian rabbi who failed to stop an alleged paedophile from sexually abusing boys at a Sydney Jewish school said some of the victims may have consented to sexual relations and has warned that involving police now would ''open a can of worms''.

Former senior Sydney Rabbi Boruch Dov Lesches made the extraordinary remarks in a recent conversation with a person familiar with a series of alleged child rapes and molestation by a man associated with Sydney's Yeshiva community in the 1980s.

We are speaking about very young boys.

Rabbi Lesches' comments are likely to increase public scrutiny of Australia's senior rabbinical leaders' handling of child sexual abuse cases, amid allegations of cover-ups, victim intimidation and the hiding of perpetrators overseas.

In a legally recorded telephone conversation heard by Fairfax Media and provided to NSW detectives investigating the Sydney Yeshiva cases, Rabbi Lesches admitted to counselling the alleged abuser upon learning he had sexually abused a boy a decade his junior.

Rabbi Lesches is now one of New York's leading ultra-Orthodox figures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

The Melbourne Response Responds After the Enquiry is Finished – Again (Or: Buyer Beware)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

Peter O’Callaghan, the “independent” advisor to the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response program on clerical child sexual abuse (he is employed by them) has made statements lately. These have come after the Victorian Parliamentary enquiry has finished public hearings.

This tactic of “but wait, there’s more” follows on from a similar revelation by Victorian Catholic Church bishops revising upwards the number of abuses cases, and admissions of the number of priests and others who have been convicted of child sexual abuse (see previous posting).

It was an effective way to minimize scrutiny in the popular press. O’Callaghan’s version was to avoid the problem of lying to the enquiry. As a spokesperson for the enquiry noted, after the O’Callaghan statements, “serious penalties awaited anyone who gave false or misleading evidence.” His statements, however, were not given to the enquiry when he gave evidence. As a leading lawyer, he knows the difference.

So, now, the Catholic Church’s “independent” legal advisor says that Victorian police lied to the enquiry, without the need to provide any evidence. Specifically, he accuses the police of purveying “blatant untruths”. With regard to the evidence of police, including the most senior police, he says that a great deal was “misconceived, misleading and damagingly wrong”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (Or: Ireland Calling)

NORTHERN IRELAND
lewisblayse.net

Lewis Blayse

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in Northern Ireland is the latest of five child abuse enquiries there. It is particularly relevant to Australia in that it will include Irish children sent here as “child migrants” (see previous posting). It has been estimated that over 100 of them could still be living in West Australia alone.

Many of these Irish children were sent to the notorious Bindoon facility operated by the Christian Brothers (see previous posting). The HIA inquiry will cover the travel expenses of those who need to give evidence in person, although if enough witnesses are found in Australia the inquiry may travel here to hear their testimony. Witnesses can also give evidence privately. The inquiry is scheduled to be completed by 2015 and to submit its report to the Northern Ireland Executive by January 2016.

The HIA inquiry head said: “We have to consider whether they might have been physically abused, whether they might have been sexually abused, but in addition we take a broad view of what is abuse, we include emotional abuse, such as humiliation of children. It may also include simple neglect, not feeding people properly, not clothing them properly,”

There have been concerns expressed from several sources, including the United Nations Committee Against Torture and Amnesty International, that the HIA inquiry will not cover clerical child abuse outside institutions, and would not cover institutions such as the terrible “Magdalene Laundry” (see previous posting). Where it goes further that the Australian Royal Commission, however, is that it covers all forms of child abuse. The Queensland Government’s 1998 Forde Inquiry has been taken as a model for the Irish HIA inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

State ends ex-priest’s appeal

OHIO
Toledo Blade

BY JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

With the last of his state appeals exhausted, Toledo priest Gerald Robinson intends to turn to U.S. District Court to try to get his murder conviction overturned.

The Ohio Supreme Court this week declined to review the case of Robinson, who was convicted in Lucas County Common Pleas Court in 2006 of the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at the former Mercy Hospital.

The high court, with Justices Paul Pfeifer and William O’Neill dissenting, said it would not hear the case.

Rick Kerger, attorney for Robinson, said he now will file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in U.S. District Court.

“I never expected to win” at the state level, he said Friday. “I’ve always felt that if we’re going to win I knew it was going to be in federal court in a habeas proceeding.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Anglicans want truth on abuses: archbishop

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

AAP

CHURCH groups should be ready to cop heavy criticism in the wake of the royal commission into child sex abuse, Brisbane's Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall says.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse featured strongly in the archbishop's address at the Brisbane diocese's synod on Saturday.

He told hundreds of Anglicans the challenge for them is not that the "truth will come out".

"It will. And we want it to even though there will be times when we will feel ashamed and sickened at that truth," he said.

He says the Anglican Church called for a royal inquiry into child sex abuse in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Lake Worth teacher's aide accused of sexually assaulting, threatening girl, 15

FLORIDA
Sun Sentinel

June 21, 2013|By Brittany Shammas, Sun Sentinel

Over a six-month period, a teacher's aide at a Palm Beach County charter school repeatedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl he met at church, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

He threatened to tell her parents and church leaders about her behavior — and send them nude pictures of her — if she refused him, the report states. ...

The victim, now 16, called police on Monday after telling her mother that Murray had grabbed and harassed her, according to the report. She met the man, who according to the arrest report is a Jehovah's Witness, at a church event when he was 27.

After taking the report, deputies told Murray not to contact the girl. He continued trying, the arrest report states. Monday night, he sent her an email telling her to "call ASAP or it will be released to your parents. Everything will come out."

As investigators listened on the line, he repeated that threat to her during a phone call and said he'd post the nude pictures of her online. Murray told the girl police involvement didn't concern him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Diocese of Crookston named as defendant in new lawsuit alleging abuse by St. Philip’s priest

MINNESOTA
Bemidji Pioneer

[the lawsuit]

BEMIDJI — Two press conferences will be held Monday to address the lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Crookston.

Jeff Anderson, who filed suit against the diocese in 1992 on behalf of 15 victims who were abused by James Porter, a priest at St. Philip’s for one year, will detail the lawsuit at 11 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse in Crookston, and the second at 1 p.m. outside St. Philip’s School in Bemidji.

The lawsuit alleges that Porter sexually abused a Bemidji woman now in her 50s, according to a press release from Anderson’s office.

In all, 21 Bemidji men sued Porter for abuse carried out here. In addition to those cases, Porter pleaded guilty in 1993 to molesting 28 boys in Massachusetts, and admitted to abusing more than 100 children during his 13-year career.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Lawsuit filed today under Child Victims Act

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson and Associates

[the lawsuit]

[timeline]

June 20, 2013

(St. Paul, MN) - A Minnesota man will get a chance at justice due to the Child Victims Act, recently passed by the legislature allowing survivors of child sexual abuse to hold their abuser and any institution that allowed the abuse to happen, accountable in court. “The Child Victims Act passed into law now gives this survivor a chance for hope, healing, and an opportunity to help protect others” said attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents Plaintiff John Doe 150. Since filing the first civil lawsuit involving Fr. Stitts in the early 1990s, Anderson has represented numerous survivors of sexual abuse by Stitts.

A former St. Leo’s student and altar boy, the Plaintiff was sexually abused by Father Thomas Stitts at the St. Paul school and parish when he was 14 years-old. The Archdiocese fought the original lawsuit on the statute of limitations, using it to prevent John Doe 150 from getting his day in court. The new lawsuit brought under the Child Victims Act, names the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis as the defendant and claims the Archdiocese was negligent in placing Stitts at St. Leo’s, knowing Stitts had a history of child sexual abuse. “Stitts was a serial offender who could not control himself,” said Anderson, “and the only one who could control him were his superiors in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and they chose not to and protected themselves instead of the children.”

Both the school’s principal and parish priest were notified of the sexual abuse by Stitts yet failed to act and remove Stitts from ministry. The sexual abuse was not reported to civil authorities and Stitts was allowed to continue to work with children and prey on the vulnerable. Stitts worked in several Minnesota communities including St. Paul, Edina, Hastings, Long Lake and New Brighton. Stitts is believed to have abused at least a dozen children during his various assignments. Ordained in 1962, Fr. Thomas Stitts died October 13, 1985 at the age of 50 while assigned to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Bemidji -Crookston Press Conferences Monday

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[the lawsuit]

What: At a news conference on Monday in front of the Polk County courthouse in Crookston, followed by a press conference outside St. Philip’s School in Bemidji, clergy abuse attorneys Steve Anderson of Roseau and Jeff Anderson of St. Paul will:

• Announce the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of a Bemidji woman now in her 50s, naming the Diocese of Crookston, the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and the Servants of the Paraclete, as defendants.
• Release internal church documents on credibly accused perpetrator Father James R. Porter who is suspected of abusing over 100 children in multiple states including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas, and New Mexico.
• Request the release of credibly accused and admitted child molesters from both the Diocese of Crookston and the Diocese of Fall River, along with the list of names of priests who have admitted child sexual abuse to the Servants of the Paraclete.

WHEN: Monday June 24 at 11:00 AM (CDT) in Crookston and 1:00 P.M. in Bemidji

WHERE: Outside the Polk County Courthouse (11:00 A.M.)
612 N. Broadway
Crookston, MN 56716

Outside St. Philips School (1:00 P.M.)
702 Beltrami Ave. NW Bemidji, MN 56601

WHO:
Attorney Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based, internationally known trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Attorney Steve Anderson a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and has been committed to helping clients in personal injury cases for over 25 years. Steve has prior experience in sexual abuse cases and has teamed up with Jeff Anderson to help survivors of sexual abuse in Minnesota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Minn. woman's lawsuit over priest who abused her will name Diocese of Fall River

MASSACHUSETTS/MINNESOTA
Fall River Herald News

[the lawsuit]

By Brian Fraga
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Jun 21, 2013

A high-profile attorney who has represented hundreds of sexual abuse victims in litigation involving the Catholic Church will file a lawsuit on Monday that names the Diocese of Fall River as a defendant for the actions of the late Rev. James Porter, a notorious predator-priest.

The lawsuit will be filed in a courthouse in Crookston, Minn., on behalf of a Minnesota woman, now in her 50s, who was abused by Porter, said Jeff Anderson, a civil attorney.

“This is designed to both help the survivor that was so deeply wounded by (Porter) but also to encourage disclosure and full exposure of the history that in some ways is not fully known,” Anderson said.

At the press conference Monday, Anderson will call for the release of internal church documents on all credible abuse accusations against Porter, who authorities have said abused more than 100 children in multiple states, including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas and New Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Rabbi's shocking comments on sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

[video]

Rabbi Boruch Lesches, a former senior leader at Sydney's Yeshiva centre, talking about sexual abuse in the Jewish community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

U of M, truth commission sign deal for research centre

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Mary Agnes Welch

CANADA'S Truth and Reconciliation Commission has three million documents dealing with the disastrous legacy of Indian residential schools, and five million more are on the way.

What the commission doesn't have is money to build a promised national residential schools research archive.

In a long ceremony packed with politicians and aboriginal dignitaries Friday, the commission and the University of Manitoba signed an agreement to set up the national research centre, which will see the university take on the massive job of reviewing, organizing and digitizing millions of residential school records. That includes government and church documents, 6,000 oral histories taken from residential school survivors and their families, artifacts and photos.

Most of the records are still held by Library and Archives Canada. Only now, after a court battle, are they being prepared to be given to the commission and the university.

So far, there is no secure source of funding for a startup research centre, expected to be housed in existing space on campus. The U of M has committed space and funding for three positions, but additional funding is needed. Organizers hope it can come from the parties to the residential schools court settlement, including the federal government and Canada's largest churches. They hope funding can be secured by the time the commission winds up in a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Ex-pastor convicted of sex crimes

PENNSYLVANIA
The Herald

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

MERCER — A former local pastor was convicted by a jury of molesting a boy over four years.

Lee A. Moore, 47, of Erie, was found guilty Wednesday of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, corruption of a minor and indecent assault, said Assistant Mercer County District Attorney Dan Davis, who prosecuted the case.

“Obviously, the family, especially the victim, are very happy with the verdict, and so are we,” Davis said. “I believe justice was done in this case.”

When Moore is sentenced Sept. 4 by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson, he will face a mandatory minimum prison term of 5 years on the charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony, Davis said.

The trial ran Tuesday and Wednesday morning with the verdict coming at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Prison for ex-pastor ...

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Prison for ex-pastor whose sex abuse of three girls covered up for 30 years by Baptists

BY PAUL HIGGINS AND CHRIS KILPATRICK – 22 JUNE 2013

A former Baptist pastor and gospel singer has been jailed three decades after his abuse against three young girls was covered up by the Church.

Paul Gardiner was sentenced to 11 months and banned from working with children.

Jailing the 52-year-old at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Gordon Kerr QC told him his "historical sexual abuse" offences were aggravated by the fact there were three victims and that he had breached the trust placed in him when he had been a guest in their respective homes.

Judge Kerr also ordered the pervert to spend 10 years on the police sex offenders' register.

Prosecuting lawyer Rosemary Walsh had told an earlier court how the abuse happened on each occasion when Gardiner, who was in his late teens at the time, was staying overnight at the victims' houses, whom he knew through associations with Monkstown Baptist Church in Newtownabbey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Key pretrial hearing scheduled for priest accused of molestation

CALIFORNIA
Modesto Bee

By Andy Furillo — afurillo@sacbee.com

Attorneys have scheduled a crucial pretrial hearing for next week on whether statements the Rev. Uriel Ojeda made to church officials before his arrest on child molestation charges can be used against him at trial.

Ojeda has claimed a "penitent's privilege" for the statements he made to two employees of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after they drove up to the Redding parish where he worked to question him about the sexual abuse allegations made by the family of a 14-year-old girl.

Sources said Friday that Sacramento prosecutors have offered Ojeda an eight-year deal if he enters a plea in the case, and Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon's ruling on the issue of the privilege could go a long way toward affecting the priest's decision whether to accept an agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Missionary child abuse, long unspoken of, emerges from the shadows

CHICAGO (IL)
The Bulletin

By Manya A. Brachear / Chicago Tribune (MCT)
Published: June 22. 2013

CHICAGO — They followed their parents to remote regions of the world to preach the Gospel. But in recent years, dozens of adults, known in evangelical Christian circles as “MKs,” or missionary kids, have come forward to report decades-old abuse at the hands of other missionary families or boarding school staff.

These children suffered, advocates say, either in silence out of respect for their parents' work or because their cries for help were ignored. But years later, as adults, they have coalesced into a national movement that is calling on the more than 200 evangelical mission agencies to address past physical and sexual abuse and help keep the next generation of missionary kids out of harm's way.

“I don't know of one case where the person bringing a case was welcomed and listened to and dealt with appropriately,” said the Rev. Rich Darr, a Methodist pastor in Park Ridge, Ill., and founder of the victim-advocacy group MK Safety Net. “All we want is for the church to be church. I see progress, but it is maddeningly slow.”

Evangelical mission agencies have only recently taken action, prompted by victims who started speaking up in greater numbers after Roman Catholic Church leaders began addressing their scandal more than a decade ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

June 21, 2013

Serbia: Priest Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Murder

SERBIA
in Serbia

SABAC – Branislav Peranovic (55), was found guilty for the First Degree murder of Nebojsa Zarubac (39). Peranovic was sentenced to 20 years in prison, reported Kurir.

The investigating judge Slobodan Velisavljevic stated that Peranovic was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering Nebojsa Zarubac, who was at the center for drug rehabilitation ”Sretenje” at Jadranska Lesnica, which was managed by Peranovic since 2010.

Peranovic was accused of a cruel murder by inflicting serious injuries to Zarubac with a stick, and also by kicking him with legs and fists.

According to Ilija Radulovic, Peranovic’s lawyer, Zarubac was on rehabilitation, but he tried to leave the center. Peranovic also suspected that he was drugged, and tried to ”stop” him by beating him. Lawyer considers this murder as a result of Zarubac’s attempt to escape the camp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Abuser's death doesn't heal assault victims

MINNESOTA
Grand Forks Herald

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The news that James Porter had died wasn't a surprise and didn't mean much to Dan Dow and Jim Grimm, even though the man marked their lives.

When they were sixth-grade altar boys in St. Philip's Catholic parish here in 1969 and 1970, Porter was a priest who sexually assaulted them and 20 other youths dozens of times.

Porter, 70, died of cancer Friday in Massachusetts, still behind bars. He had admitted to sexually abusing 100 or more children in several parishes in several states, including Minnesota, before leaving the priesthood in 1973.

Grimm, 46, prayed Sunday in St. Philip's.

"I prayed for all the victims. I prayed it wouldn't happen again any more. I prayed all the victims could handle it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Author puts Benedict on trial

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

By Tom Sandborn, Special to the Sun June 21, 2013

Will Joseph Ratzinger, (Pope Benedict XVI) who made history earlier this year by becoming the first Roman Catholic pope to resign in nearly six centuries, go on to become the central figure in yet another historic event, a trial of a former pope on charges of aiding and abetting child sexual abuse?

He will if the activists of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have their way. Together with the Centre for Constitutional Rights, SNAP filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the then pope and other key Vatican figures on Sept. 13, 2011.

Some observers, including Gianluigi Nuzzi, in his book Your