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August 31, 2013

Philomena: Steve Coogan and Judi Dench hit front in Golden Lion race

IRELAND
The Guardian

Andrew Pulver
theguardian.com, Saturday 31 August 2013

After delighting British cinema audiences with the big-screen debut of Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan could be in line for international recognition at the Venice Film festival. Philomena Philomena has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival as it had its successful world premiere on the Lido. Critics gave it a rousing ovation as it finished and one observer said it was "the best reaction … since The Kings Speech".

The film is the story of an Irish working-class woman called Philomena Lee as she searches for the son who was forcibly removed from her by the nuns running the convent where she had been placed after becoming pregnant. Lee worked in an abbey laundry in Roscrea, County Tipperary, in a not dissimilar situation to the girls in Peter Mullan's film The Magdalene Sisters. Lee's quest, crucially, was taken up by former BBC correspondent and former Downing Street spin doctor Martin Sixsmith, on whose book the film is based. Steve Coogan, whose company Baby Cow produced Philomena, stars as Sixsmith, while Judi Dench plays the title role. The film is directed by Stephen Frears, who last came to Venice with The Queen.

Philomena is the latest in a string of films attacking the Roman Catholic church, but Coogan was quick to deny Philomena was a "polemic". "Although it criticises the way the church as an institution behaves, it dignifies people of faith, in the shape of Philomena. An attack would have been too simplistic, and in these modern times quite an easy thing to do."

"In all the things that have happened inside the church, it's the people of simple faith who have been often forgotten."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:50 PM

Pope should watch my tragi-comic Catholic film: Frears

ITALY
AFP

By Ella Ide (AFP)

VENICE, Veneto — British director Stephen Frears said on Saturday Pope Francis should watch "Philomena", his tragi-comic film which puts the spotlight on one of the Catholic Church's dark secrets in Ireland.

The film, which has taken the Venice film festival by storm, tells the true tale of a mother's search for her son in the context of Church-run institutions which stripped young unwed mothers of their children.

"I hope the pope will see it. He seems a rather good bloke the pope, very open," Frears, director of the award-winning "The Queen", said in the floating city.

The film, starring Judi Dench as mother Philomena Lee and comic actor Steve Coogan as the ex-BBC journalist who helps her, drew laughs, tears and rounds of spontaneous applause at its screening in Venice.

Based on the story in Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee", the film tells the tale of a teenage girl who falls pregnant in Ireland in 1952 and is packed off to a convent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Judi Dench as Irish woman searching for son grips Venice

ITALY
Reuters

By Isla Binnie
VENICE | Sat Aug 31, 2013

(Reuters) - Judi Dench brought pathos and laughter to Venice on Saturday with her performance in the title role of "Philomena", the true story of an Irish woman who searches for the son who was taken from her and sold by nuns.

Pope Francis, who has taken over a Catholic Church beset by scandal, should watch the film, director Stephen Frears said.

"I'm very keen that the Pope should see it," he said.

"Philomena" debuted at the Venice film festival alongside James Franco's "Child of God", the chilling tale of a cave-dwelling necrophiliac, and "Night Moves" about three eco-warriors who plot to blow up a dam.

Asked why he had made a film about such a taboo subject, Franco said it had provided a way "for me to examine something that's pushed out of civilized society".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

The Judi Dench-led 'Philomena' wows audiences at Venice

IRELAND
Los Angeles Times

By Nicole Sperling
August 31, 2013

"Philomena" is hard-to-resist Oscar bait. And according to the early reviews out of the Venice Film Festival, where the BBC Films production starring Oscar winner Judi Dench and Steve Coogan debuted, the audience bit in a big way. (Watch the trailer. Note: adult language.)

Directed by "The Queen" helmer Stephen Frears from a script Coogan wrote with Jeff Pope, "Philomena" tells the story of a down-on-his-luck journalist who teams up with an older woman (Dench) who years ago saw her son taken away after she became pregnant as a teenager and was forced into a convent.

The Telegraph's Robbie Collin called the brisk 94-minute movie a "crowd-delighter," wooing audience members who were sobbing and clapping at the film's conclusion.

The movie is based on a true story of Irish woman Philomena Lee's 50-year struggle to find her son, who was sold for adoption in America, as told by Martin Sixsmith in his 2009 book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty-Year Search."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Frears eager for pope to see his latest film

IRELAND
Imperial Valley Press

Associated Press

Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, `'Philomena," the true story of a shamed Irish woman forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s. He wants it so much, he said so three times during a news conference on Saturday.

`'I am very, very keen that the pope should see it, if you have any influence in those quarters," Frears told reporters ahead of the film's world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Asked to explain, he said: `'He seems like a rather good bloke, the pope."

`'Philomena" stars Judi Dench in the title role as a woman who sought to locate her son, and Steve Coogan, as Martin Sixsmith, the journalist who accompanied her on her journey and wrote a 2009 book, which itself has been a catalyst for thousands of `'shamed" Irish mothers who similarly lost their children to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Bigelow defrocked as UCC minister

MAINE
Fenceviewer

Written by Dick Broom Friday, August 30, 2013

MOUNT DESERT — William “Mac” Bigelow, the long-time pastor of the United Church of Christ (UCC) of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor who in 2010 was suspended from the ministry for three years, has now been terminated.

“The termination of ministerial standing means that Rev. Bigelow no longer has the credentials necessary to serve in any ministerial position at any church that is affiliated with the United Church of Christ,” wrote Reverend Tim Hall, chairman pro tem of the Church and Ministry Committee of the Waldo-Hancock Association of the UCC in a July 29 letter to church members.

Bigelow said Wednesday that people are not getting the full story.

Bigelow was suspended in July 2010 after a church review panel found that he had sexually abused a teenage boy over an extended period about three decades ago and had continued to harass the victim. Following an investigation, the Church and Ministry Committee determined at the time that Bigelow “did sexually abuse a minor while serving…as an ordained minister.”

Bigelow did not deny that charge.

The committee further concluded that Bigelow “actively sought continued sexual contact with the original victim and other forms of unwanted contact with the victim and the victim’s family over the ensuing years.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Bischof versucht sich in Krisenbewältigung

DEUTSCHLAND
Rhein-Zeitung

Limburg - Der Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist offensichtlich intensiv um Schadensbegrenzung bemüht.

Nach seinem Kurztrip nach Rom am Mittwoch hat sich der Bischof am Freitag mit dem Präsidium der Diözesanversammlung des Bistums Limburg im Diözesanen Zentrum St. Nikolaus auf dem Limburger Domberg getroffen, um gemeinsam über die aktuelle Situation im Bistum zu beraten. Dabei hat Tebartz-van Elst Dialogbereitschaft signalisiert. In einem Interview mit dem Kölner Domradio kündigte der Limburger Oberhirte zudem an, die Kosten für den Bau des Bischofssitzes am Domberg offenzulegen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Bischof Tebartz-van Elst: Mehr Kommunikation wäre wichtig gewesen

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

LIMBURG/KÖLN –
Der wegen seiner Amtsführung umstrittene Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst hat Fehler eingeräumt. «Ich glaube schon, dass es noch wichtiger gewesen wäre, viel mehr zu kommunizieren. Wir haben es versucht», sagte er am Freitag dem Domradio, einem Sender des Erzbistums Köln.

Seit rund einer Woche ist ein offener Brief mit Kritik an Tebartz-van Elst im Umlauf. Bislang haben ihn mehrere Hundert Menschen unterzeichnet. Die Unterschriftenaktion war in Frankfurt gestartet worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ... droht eine Verurteilung

DEUTSCHLAND
RP

VON LOTHAR SCHRÖDER - zuletzt aktualisiert: 31.08.2013

Weil ein Bischof kein Politiker und ein Weiheamt etwas grundlegend anderes ist als ein Job, ist auch das Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den Limburger Bischof Tebartz-van Elst etwas Besonderes. Ganz gleich, ob sich der Hirte nun einer Falschaussage über einen Flug nach Indien schuldig gemacht hat – Business-Class oder Erster Klasse –, so ist allein der Vorgang eine Art Urteil: über die Glaubwürdigkeit eines Bischofs und sein Amtsverständnis. Zumal der Gegenstand richterlicher Ermittlungen kein Ausrutscher ist in der Amtszeit des im niederrheinischen Wallfahrtsort Kevelaer geborenen Bischofs.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist gerade erst 53 Jahre alt, ein Hoffnungsträger im deutschen Episkopat. Doch der Mann mit seinem fast jugendlichen Aussehen scheint sich in seiner Amtsführung an alten Zeiten zu orientieren. Selbstverliebt wird er genannt, höfische Elemente soll er zur Schau stellen. Und all das lässt sich auch an Zahlen belegen. Im Mittelpunkt steht der nicht zurückhaltende Neubau seines Bischofshauses. 5,5 Millionen Euro soll es kosten, hieß es; etwa die Hälfte kommt aus Kirchensteuer-Mitteln.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SHAMEFUL KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL CONTINUES!!!

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Tony's Kansas City

Like it or not, Kansas City's struggle to forget sex abuse charges and convictions against local Catholic priests has proven futile as the controversy continues.

To wit . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS TELL US OF MORE KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC SEX SCANDAL ON THE HORIZON!!!

Check it:

"Word is that on 9/12, Fr. Shawn Ratigan will be sentenced for more child sex crimes."

While the Church does move slowly, even the most devout Catholic apologists might find it strange that the priest has yet to be excommunicated given the circumstances and the fact that his misdeeds led to the first conviction of a Catholic Bishop in U.S. History on the misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspected child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Reports: For Stato, Peter Taps Pietro

VATICAN CITY
Whispers in the Loggia

Given this month's traditional quiet on the beat, lest anyone forgot, August has meant these pages' traditional hiatus... with a Pope rearing in the gate, however, indications are we're off to an early launch for what's looking to be a wild fall cycle.

According to multiple Italian reports this Friday, Pope Francis is tipped to name Archbishop Pietro Parolin – the 58 year-old nuncio to Venezuela, who served as the Vatican's "deputy foreign minister" from 2002-09 – as his Secretary of State, the formal announcement expected in some quarters "as soon as tomorrow."

Should the buzz pan out, Parolin would succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB – the formidable "Vice-Pope" of Benedict XVI – whose ascent to the post in 2006 without any experience in Vatican diplomacy caused apoplectic fits among the natives and created an enduring set of institutional grudges that arguably sabotaged Joseph Ratzinger's pontificate.

While no shortage of speculation on the nod has made the rounds over these last several months – with Parolin in pole position throughout – an even more crucial question has largely gone ignored: namely, what the function of the Secretariat of State will be in a Roman Curia reshaped by a widely expected Franciscan shake-up, a project likely to be launched in earnest come early October following the Pope's first formal summit with his "Super 8" group of cardinal-assistants hand-picked from around the globe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

A new Vatican secretary of state

VATICAN CITY
John Thavis

As expected, Pope Francis today named Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new secretary of state. The move is important primarily because it brings diplomacy front and center to a position that for the last eight years was held by a non-diplomat.

Archbishop Parolin, 58, is known around the Vatican as super-skilled in foreign affairs, having served in Vatican embassies (called nunciatures) in Mexico, Nigeria and, most recently, in Venezuela as apostolic nuncio. He is a graduate of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican’s diplomatic school, where students are hand-picked.

From 2002 to 2009, Parolin worked at the Secretariat of State’s headquarters at the Vatican, serving as the undersecretary for relations with states, a kind of deputy foreign minister. Although not a high-profile job, it was one of the most important at the Vatican; among other things, he was assigned to help untie diplomatic knots in China, Vietnam and Israel.

When U.S. Embassy personnel needed to discuss important diplomatic affairs with the Vatican, more often than not they went to see Parolin. That included some less-than-agreeable meetings when the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, a move sharply criticized by the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Pope Francis starts key reshuffle in top Church ranks

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

By David Willey
BBC News, Rome

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a 58-year-old Vatican diplomat, is to take over the key post of top foreign policy adviser and deputy to Pope Francis in October. He replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who has been a controversial and divisive figure in the Vatican corridors of power.

Archbishop Parolin's appointment as Vatican Secretary of State marks the beginning of a major reshuffle among the men who run the Roman Curia.

When a Pope dies or steps down, as happened in the case of former Pope Benedict last February, all Vatican senior clerics automatically lose their jobs.

Pope Francis temporarily reinstated all former department heads, including Cardinal Bertone, while he was planning a radical restructuring of the central government of the Catholic Church.

Now, after nearly six months in office, Pope Francis has set in motion a timetable for Vatican administrative reform.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Parolin's last interview before taking top Vatican job

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. | Aug. 31, 2013 NCR Today

The Italian web site Terre d’America, devoted to news from Latin America, today posted the transcript of an interview with Archbishop Pietro Parolin conducted by a Venezuelan journalist in late June, and published on August 4. In effect, it’s the last public interview given by Parolin, who at the time was still serving as the papal ambassador to Venezuela, before his Aug. 31 appointment by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s new Secretary of State.

The following is an NCR translation of the interview posted Aug. 31 by Terre d’America. It was originally published in the Venzuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias, generally considered close to the governments of Hugo Chávez and now Nicolás Maduro.

For American readers, Parolin’s definition of church reform to include the fight against “pedophilia,” or child sexual abuse, may be significant, as well as his comments on social justice, “savage capitalism” and interreligious dialogue.

* * *
What’s happening in the church since March 13, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new pope?

Parolin: I don’t believe anything new is happening in the church, in the sense that the new is also ordinary.

[The church] is always well-disposed to renewal?

Exactly so, always, because the principal protagonist in the church is the Holy Spirit

How do you interpret the ‘Francis phenomenon’?

What’s struck me, and I consider it a miracle of the election of Pope Francis, is the sudden change of climate that was felt immediately. Before, there was pessimism – unjustly, I would add, because Pope Benedict XVI did everything possible to reform the church, if we look, for instance, at his enormous commitment with regard to pedophilia.

Could it be said that the tension of facing pedophilia and corruption exhausted him?

Yes, I suppose so. We were focused on these problems, and it seemed that maybe the church didn’t have the capacity for renewal. All of a sudden, after the election and the first pronouncements of the pope, the situation changed completely and a new climate of hope took hold, of renewal, of a future that beforehand seemed irreparably blocked. I truly consider this a great miracle. The courage and the humility of Benedict XVI to take a step back moves in the same direction as the courage and humility of Francis to accept the papacy, and the new air that he’s brought.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

“This call is yet another and the latest of God’s surprises in my life,” says Parolin

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Pope Francis has officially appointed Pietro Parolin as Tarcisio Bertone’s successor and all the Secretariat of State’s top officials have been confirmed. Parolin, who will take up the post on 15 October, thanked Francis “for the unmerited trust he is showing me”

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

The Vatican’s new Secretary of State was officially appointed at midday today. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s resignation and nominated the current Nuncio to Venezuela, 58-year old Archbishop Pietro Parolin, as his replacement. Parolin will formally take up his new post on 15 October so until then Bertone will continue “with all the faculties inherent to that role.” The Holy See issued a statement saying that “on that occasion, His Holiness shall receive in audience Superiors and Officials of the Secretariat of State in order publically to thank Cardinal Bertone for his faithful and generous service to the Holy See, and to introduce them to the new Secretary of State.”

Pope Francis has also confirmed that the Vatican Secretariat of State’s other top officials will keep their posts: the substitute, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu; the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti; the Prefect of the Papal Household, Georg Gänswein; the assessor, Peter Wells and the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Antoine Camilleri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Pope Francis names fellow ascetic as Vatican secretary of state

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Reuters
theguardian.com, Saturday 31 August 2013

Pope Francis has attempted to set a new tone for a Vatican beset by scandals by naming a veteran diplomat as secretary of state, a role often called the "deputy pope".

Archbishop Pietro Parolin's appointment ends the era of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent the ethical and financial scandals that marked the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict, who resigned in February.

Parolin, a 58-year-old Italian who like Francis is known for his frugal lifestyle, is currently the Vatican's nuncio in Venezuela.

The naming of a new secretary of state, who acts as the pope's prime minister and chief aide, is the most significant appointment by Francis since his election in March.

Although he has no power to rule on doctrinal issues, he stands in when the pope is ill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Francis reboots Vatican system with new Secretary of State

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. | Aug. 31, 2013 NCR Today

In a small world such as the Vatican, personnel is always policy. Nothing says more about where a pope wants to go than the people he chooses to help get him there, and pride of place in that mix generally goes to the Secretary of State, by tradition a pope’s “Prime Minister.”

Today Francis filled that key slot, appointing 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin to succeed 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who held the position under Pope Benedict XVI.

A veteran Vatican diplomat, Parolin has served for the past four years as the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Venezuela, and has been on the front lines of shaping the Vatican’s response to virtually every geopolitical challenge of the past two decades. By naming a consummate insider, Francis appears to want to "reboot" the Vatican's operating system back to a point when it was perceived to operate efficiently, rather than scrapping it entirely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Pope names new secretary of state, the 'deputy pope'

VATICAN CITY
GlobalPost

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday made the most significant appointment of his pontificate so far, naming a veteran diplomat as his secretary of state, Vatican prime minister and chief aide - a role often called the "deputy pope".

Archbishop Pietro Parolin's appointment ends the era of Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent ethical and financial scandals that marked the eight-year reign of former Pope Benedict, who resigned in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

New Secretary of State named

VATICAN CITY
The Tablet (United Kingdom)

Robert Mickens in Rome - 31 August 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela for the last four years, as his new Secretary of State.

The 58-year-old northern Italian will officially begin his new duties on 15 October. He replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB, a controversial figure who had held the Vatican's second-highest post since September 2006.

The appointment of Archbishop Parolin returns a career papal diplomat from the so-called "Casaroli School" to the helm of the Secretariat of State, the Holy See's principal administrative bureau dealing with both internal Church affairs and international diplomacy. Cardinal Bertone, a Salesian canon lawyer, had no diplomatic or international experience and limited foreign language skills. A long-time aide of Benedict XVI, stemming from their days at the helm of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the now 78-year-old cardinal was depicted as the scapegoat in the VatiLeaks affair for his inefficiency in running the Roman Curia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Pope taps veteran diplomat as Vatican’s new ‘prime minister’

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

Alessandro Speciale | Aug 31, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Making the first major appointment of his pontificate, Pope Francis on Saturday (Aug. 30) named Archbishop Pietro Parolin as the Vatican’s new Secretary of State, a role that is often described as the Vatican’s “prime minister.”

He will replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a trusted aide of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI whose lack of diplomatic training had been blamed for the mismanagement and scandals that plagued the Vatican in recent years.

Parolin, a 58-year old Italian, is a veteran of the Vatican’s diplomatic corps and will take office on October 15.

He is currently the Holy See’s ambassador to Venezuela and served in the past as the Undersecretary for Relations with States, a role similar to deputy foreign minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Pope Francis names Pietro Parolin as secretary of state

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

Pope Francis has named a new secretary of state, in what is seen as his most significant appointment since he became leader of the Catholic Church in March.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a 58-year-old Vatican diplomat, replaced Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 79, who is retiring.

Cardinal Bertone, appointed by Francis' predecessor Pope Benedict, had been widely criticised over last year's so-called "Vatileaks" scandals.

Leaked documents revealed corruption and infighting at the Vatican.

The secretary of state heads the Roman Curia, the central administration of the Catholic Church, and is the Pope's chief adviser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Priest charged with 27 offences of sexual assault

UNITED KINGDOM
Derby Telegraph

A FORMER Derby priest has been charged with 27 offences of sexual assualt against children.

Francis Paul Cullen appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court this morning and was charged with 16 counts of indecent assualt on a boy under the age of 16.

The 85-year-old was also charged with 10 counts of gross indecency involving a boy under the age of 14 and one further sexual offence.

Cullen, who spent 18 years working at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mackworth estate, was extradited from Tenerife, where he had been living.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Healing through understanding

CANADA
Victoria News

By Kyle Wells - Goldstream News Gazette
Published: August 30, 2013

Laurie McDonald is First Nations residential school survivor, having attended the Ermineskin residential school in Alberta as a child.

He witnessed abuse in the form of neglect, physical and sexual abuse of children and emotional abuse.

“All those things were part of it,” said McDonald, an instructor at the Caring for First Nations Children Society in Langford. “It’s not ancient history. And we’re certainly feeling the affects of it.”

Today the healing from this dark chapter in Canadian history continues with the Truth and Reconciliation process, which strives to help all Canadians to move forward through understanding and acceptance.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 brings a Truth and Reconciliation community event to the Caring for First Nations Children Society (664 Granderson Rd.). The society will host an open house and two elders from the Tsawout First Nation will speak on their experiences and the importance of the reconciliation process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Only 200 Words About Abuse at Y.U.

NEW YORK
Jewish Daily Forward

Editorial

Here are the numbers you need to know regarding the Yeshiva University sex scandal. Nearly two dozen students first told the Forward that they were physicially and sexually abused by staff members at Y.U.’s high school for boys. Eventually, 34 of those students sued the school. The university spent a reported $2.5 million on an eight-month investigation by the respected law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, in which about 145 people were interviewed and 70,000 pertinent emails reviewed.

But in the end, the actual hard findings in the report released August 26, acknowledging abuse and cover-up in only vague terms, were contained in precisely 200 words.

Two hundred words are no match for the years of pain suffered by students at the hands of their rabbis. Two hundred words are no answer to the haunting question of why multiple people in authority at America’s flagship Orthodox educational institution repeatedly ignored pleas by the students they were entrusted to keep safe. Two hundred words hardly explains how these abusers were allowed to quietly leave the school and take jobs with other Jewish institutions in the United States and Israel without ever being held accountable.

The justification that Y.U. offers for its brief, public explanation of what went wrong for decades at various branches of the school is “pending litigation.” That is, the $380 million lawsuit brought by 34 former students who allege that university officials knowingly covered up the abuse, a suit that is now slowly winding its way through U.S. District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Middle Ages Vatican condemns New Age American Nuns: The Celestine Prophecy come true! Sisters in Crisis book mocks LCWR Sisters in Christ

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Below we cite an excerpt from the book The Celestine Prophecy that describes what is going on before our eyes in the USA today - between the Medieval Vatican and its obsolete doctrines and irrelevant dogmas - and the New Age American nuns who have evolved with the American people. The Machiavellian strategy of all male despots and male autocrats including and specially the Vatican is to suppress, kill, mock, banish or silence their members who disobey or disagree with their totalitarian obsolete decrees because these members consequently and effectively expose their monarchical deceits and crimes. With its Dark Ages doctrines, the Middles Ages Vatican is fearful of the New Age American nuns who are more in numbers than the dying breed of Catholic priests because these nuns have first-hand influence on the populace while the Vatican and its princes of Bishops and Cardinals are far-flung in Rome or are living in the lap of luxury in their Episcopalian palaces out-of-touch with reality away from its people. So the way they control these nuns is by final condemnations, destructions of their reputations and excommunication or banishments - exactly as the Celestine Prophecy describes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Inician búsqueda de un sacerdote acusado de violar 3 menores

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
Noticias Sin

CONSTANZA, República Dominicana.- Las recientes publicaciones en diversos medios del país, que acusan y señalan al sacerdote Juan Manuel Mota de Jesús, alias Johnny, de abuso sexual a tres menores, han causado gran controversia en el municipio de Constanza.

Personas devotas de la iglesia católica y allegados al cura repudian las informaciones que circulan en los medios.

Otros destacan su labor social y descartan cualquier acusación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

A disposición de la Justicia sacerdote acusado de abuso sexual en Constanza

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
Noticias Sin

[con video]

POR WELLINGTON CARPIO
30/08/20130

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana.- El sacerdote católico, Juan Manuel Mota de Jesús, acusado de violar sexualmente a tres menores en Constanza, se quejó este viernes de que la sociedad lo haya condenado sin investigar las imputaciones en su contra.

Mientras que el Ministerio Público de La Vega inició las indagatorias sobre el caso. Al hablar por la vía telefónica para Noticias SIN, el procurador general de la Corte de la Vega, Víctor González, confirmó que fue apoderado del caso y desde ya trabaja en el.

De su lado el cura, mejor conocido como el padre Johnny, dijo que no está escondido ni huyendo y pidió a su feligresía y gente de bien de la Iglesia que oren por él y dijo estar sorprendido de las acusaciones en su contra publicadas en medios de comunicación locales

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

'Ghost' life of priest facing extradition on 16 sex charges

UNITED KINGDOM/TENERIFE
Derby Telegraph

Saturday, August 31, 2013

By Zena Hawley

A FORMER Derby priest being extradited from Tenerife to face allegations of sexual abuse involving altar boys over three decades appears to have "lived like a ghost" on the Spanish island.

Francis Paul Cullen, 85, who spent 18 years working at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mackworth estate, has been detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Britain.

He travelled to the National Court in Madrid to face extradition proceedings but his neighbours back in Arona said they hardly knew him.

Miguel Gutierrez said: "We knew nothing of the priest until we saw the police activity. If this man has lived here for as long as they say then it is amazing – we have never noticed him here."

German Beate Weber, 47, who also lives and works in Arona, said: "I spoke with the police because we had heard about an arrest. They said he had been keeping himself quiet – as if he was living like a ghost.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Cobb pastor, 76, accused of child molestation

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Cobb County pastor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting a 6-year-old girl at church.

John Aubrey Pinkston, 76, of Dallas, was charged with child molestation and sexual battery for allegedly touching the child between July and August, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Pinkston is the founder and pastor of Congregation of God Seventh Day church on South Main Street in Kennesaw, according to the church’s website. An ordained minister for more than 30 years, Pinkston is also an author and the voice of “Watch America” radio and television programs, according to his online biography.

According to investigators, Pinkston allegedly reached inside a 6-year-old’s clothes and touched her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Iowa man files abuse lawsuit against Diocese of Winona

MINNESOTA
KTTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Diocese of Winona is facing a lawsuit after a former altar boy has come forward accusing a priest of abuse.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson is filing the lawsuit on behalf of 61-year-old Bill Beardmore.

Beardmore now lives in Iowa, but attended church at St. John's Parish in Caledonia, and was 12-years-old when Father Thomas Adamson allegedly raped him.

The lawsuit is seeking the disclosure of 13 priests from the Diocese of Winona who have credible complaints of sexual abuse made against them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

RINUNCIA DEL SEGRETARIO DI STATO E NOMINA DEL NUOVO SEGRETARIO DI STATO

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Bolletino - Vatican Information Service

[Summary: The Holy Father Francis has accepted, according to Can. 354 of the Code of Canon Law, the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, asking him, however, to remain in office until 15 October 2013, with all the faculties belonging to that office.

At the same time, the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, as the new Secretary of State. He will take possession of his office Oct. 15, 2013.]

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha accettato, secondo il Can. 354 del Codice di Diritto Canonico, le dimissioni di Sua Eminenza il Card. Tarcisio Bertone, Segretario di Stato, chiedendogli, però, di rimanere in carica fino al 15 ottobre 2013, con tutte le facoltà inerenti a tale ufficio.

Nel medesimo tempo il Santo Padre ha nominato S.E. Mons. Pietro Parolin, Nunzio Apostolico in Venezuela, come nuovo Segretario di Stato. Egli prenderà possesso del suo ufficio il 15 ottobre 2013.

In quell'occasione, Sua Santità riceverà in Udienza Superiori ed Officiali della Segreteria di Stato, per ringraziare pubblicamente il Card. Tarcisio Bertone per il suo fedele e generoso servizio alla Santa Sede e per presentare loro il nuovo Segretario di Stato.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Priest Francis Paul Cullen in court over sex abuse cases

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

An 85-year-old Catholic priest has appeared before magistrates in Derby charged with sexually abusing boys in the East Midlands.

Francis Paul Cullen was extradited from Tenerife, where police said he had lived "for some time".

He faces 27 charges relating to sexual offences against boys under the ages of 15, dating back nearly 50 years.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Derby Crown Court in September.

Derby Magistrates heard Mr Cullen was originally charged in 2000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

August 30, 2013

Father William Vatterott sentenced on federal porn charges

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KTVI

August 30, 2013, by Vera Culley

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis priest will spend the next three years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Father William Vatterott, 37, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 37 months in jail by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber.

The allegations stemmed from an investigation by the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in which Vatterott was said to have possessed child porn between June 2010 and June 2011.

The St. Louis Archdiocese placed Vatterott on administrative leave from St. Cecilia after being informed about an incident involving underaged drinking. The Archdiocese says at that time, there was no mention of child pornography, but did cooperate with the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 PM

St. Louis priest sentenced for child porn

ST. LOUIS (MO)
ConnectMidMissouri

ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) -- A St. Louis Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography.

The Rev. William F. Vatterott was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

Vatterott was indicted in April after authorities alleged he possessed at least two images of an unidentified nude boy on his computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Damien Memorial Fudges Grant Application, Swindles $1.5 Million from State

HAWAII
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 30, 2013

What do you do when your umbrella organization files for bankruptcy (to avoid costly sex abuse civil trials); ten of your former teachers are exposed as perpetrators; and at least 15 former students come forward to say they were sexually abused by your teachers and brothers?

Swindle the state of Hawaii out of $1.5 million, of course.

Damien Memorial School, Honolulu’s hotbed of alleged child sex crimes, has just been granted $1.5 million in state (read: taxpayer) money for capital improvements. The problem? Damien fudged on the application, dramatically and untruthfully understating the legal mess they are facing because of child sex abuse and cover-up.

From page 11 of the application, dated January 2013:

Litigation
The applicant shall disclose any pending litigation to which they are a party, including the disclosure of any outstanding judgment. If applicable, please explain.

Three lawsuits are pending against Damien and the Roman Catholic Church in Hawaii for which Damien has denied all allegations and is represented by counsel for the Diocese. No judgments have been entered.

There is no mention of the 15 legal claims that were pending against the school at the time. (the $16.5 million settlement was not announced until May 2013). Nor is there any mention of the fact that victims still have the right sue the school and a civil window granting them the right to do so.

The school could be on the hook for millions in compensation for the kids who were sexually abused by priests and brothers while they were Damien students. But the Christian Brothers of Hawaii have no problem raiding public coffers – money much better used for the public schools in the state.

Damien officials KNEW that were knee-deep in legal trouble when they filled out the grant application. But did they disclose? No.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Fresh arrests made in Paris Chabad molestation probe

FRANCE
JTA

August 30, 2013
(JTA) — French police have arrested two Jewish men from Paris on suspicion they pressured parents of allegedly molested minors not to press charges.

The two men, identified as Andre T. and Rabbi A., were arrested July 31, according to the RTL news network. The two men deny the allegations, the report said.

The actions attributed to the men are connected to sexual abuse allegations at the Chabad-Lubavitch Beth Hannah elementary school for boys. A supervisor at the school was indicted for sexual abuse of minors last year, the French news agency AFP reported, and a principal, Rabbi Benjamin M., was indicted in February for “non-reporting of sexual abuse of minors under 15 years” of age.

The men are both senior members of the Chabad movement in the Paris region, RTL reported.

In a perceived reaction to the Beth Hannah affair, the Rabbinical Centre of Europe — an organization where senior Chabad rabbis hold key positions — issued a strongly worded statement in April urging “educational institutions to stop covering up abuse of children and in general.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Child Victims of Abuse: Statute of Limitations (SB 131, California legislation)

CALIFORNIA
Restorative Justice International

Since we have been vocal regarding sexual abuse of children and the need for restorative justice we believe that this legislation should be cited here at RJI. SB 131 authored by California Senator Jim Beall, and co-authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, gives a voice to victims of abuse that is needed. The legislation is currently in the California Assembly. A vote will be taken soon on the Assembly floor.

We continue to be believe that each offender should be held accountable for the crimes he has committed. This is one way to provide relief for victims of abuse when it seems the justice system closes the door on such relief. Should there be a statute of limitations in cases of child victims of abuse? We are not so sure.

RJI believes victims-driven restorative justice should be made available to every victim of crime, including cases of sexual abuse in the U.S. and globally. Restitution is not the only response to these crimes against children that is necessary, but in many cases it seems to be the only response. Ask victims of abuse what they would want and through our experience at RJI, and through our research, we have found that victims want far more than monetary compensation from their abusers, and those who have enabled the abuse. But this is an important step through this legislation in California. California is not alone in considering legislative change similar to SB 131. These battles are happening around the U.S. with strong opposition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

California State Senate and Assembly representatives, please vote YES to SB 131...

CALIFORNIA
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Updated August 30, 2013

Children should not be treated as “less sacred, worth less or less important” than Popes, Bishops and priests and their “holy robes, sacred vessels and exclusive male-club basilicas and churches”. Children who are the most vulnerable and voiceless class in our American society should have first place in our State Senate legislature and Assembly and in every heart of all senators and representatives. It is the moral duty of the California State Senate and Assembly representatives to vote for SB 131 in order to expose ALL pedophiles (priests) - especially in court - with SB 131 and render the only justice which many of our suffering American children will ever know in their lifetime .

California State Senate and Assembly representatives, you must render the final and only justice to victims of pedophiles (priests) in California - History has revealed to us as the largest numbers of victims from the systemic cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church. There are more victims out there, and therefore, you must release them from their prisons - secretly coerced and established by pedophiles (priests and their complicit Bishops).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Hierarchy's Mary is vastly different from ours

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Joan Chittister | Aug. 30, 2013 From Where I Stand

One of the major scientific discoveries of the 20th century revolves around the role played by communication in stressful situations -- the notion that a person's communication style can soften or harden conflict depending on how it is used; the idea that simply the amount of information supplied in crucial situations affect the tone, the efficacy and the outcome of negotiations. As a result of those findings, whole corporations have changed their processes of decision-making and dissemination of information.

So with that in mind, people waited for information about the progress of the Vatican visitation of the LCWR from this year's gathering in Orlando, Fla. Given the fact that none was forthcoming, people drew their own conclusions.

I, on the other hand, went for the one piece of data the assembly managed to produce on the subject, the homily Sartain gave to the membership. And a clear piece of communication it was.

In this homily, Mary is "quiet," "docile," submits herself over and has no "desire or a need to figure things out ... or resolve them to her own personal satisfaction." There was, we're told here, no "no" or "mine" in her. The Mary of this homily is a passive receptacle of what she understands to be the Word of God.

Well, maybe. But it might be good to think about all that a bit in the light of the other things we also know about Mary. ...

For instance, Mary answers the angel's declaration to her by questioning it. An angel! Someone of much higher rank, it would seem, than even apostolic delegates, and only then with a "Be-it-done-unto-me" response to a situation to which, apparently, "no" was a viable answer. Otherwise, why bother to have the conversation?

Even more important, perhaps, is the awareness that despite the seriousness -- even the danger -- of her situation, Mary did not go to any man -- to the high priests of the temple, the local rabbi, her father or even Joseph -- for directions about what to do next. She went to another woman for the wisdom she needed and followed that instead. No visitations here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

MO - Victims challenge archbishop on child porn priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, August 30, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Archbishop Robert Carlson, through his public relations team, says today that his employees "pray for the safety and dignity of all children in our archdiocese and around the world." That's not enough.

More than two years ago, Carlson should have personally gone to Fr. Vatterott's parish, urging victims and witnesses to call police. He should do that this weekend. Tangible action like this is what will better safeguard kids.

It's disingenuous and self-serving for Fr. Vatterott to try to blame alcohol for his heinous child sex crimes.

Everyone knows that the vast majority of alcoholics never even ponder, much less commit, child sex crimes.

Fr. Vatterott is young. (He's in his mid-30s.) He'll be out of prison soon. And there's little reason to think he'll be "cured."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Fr. Vérgez is the Governorate’s new Secretary

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

A Legionary of Christ, he worked with the Argentinean cardinal Eduardo Pironio for many years and has been head of Vatican City telecommunications until now

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

Following Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca’s transferral to the Apostolic Signatura, the Governorate has a new Secretary General: Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ who has up until today been head of Vatican City telecommunications.

Fr. Vérgez was born in Salamanca, Spain, in March 1945 and twenty years later he made his perpetual profession to the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. He was ordained priest in 1969.

In 1972, after obtaining a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a diploma from the School of the Vatican Secret Archives, he began serving the Holy See through the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Three years later, Argentinean archbishop Eduardo Pironio (created cardinal by Paul VI in 1976) took over the dicastery’s leadership. Fr. Vérgez started working with him as Secretary. In April 1984, Cardinal Pironio left the Congregation for Religious to take over as President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and Fr. Vérgez followed him, as his Secretary, until the cardinal left the post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

SNAP comments on two papal appointments

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 30

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 )

Pope Francis has made one new appointment and reportedly will soon make another. We’re disappointed with both.

The pontiff has promoted a Legion of Christ priest, Fr. Fernando Vergez Alzaga, to secretary-general of the office governing Vatican City.

The Legion is perhaps the most secretive and scandal-ridden religious order in the church. While we don’t know much about Fr. Vergez, his long tenure in the Legion is troublesome.

The pontiff is expected to soon name Archbishop Piero Parolin as his secretary of state.

Noted Vatican observer John Allen calls Parolin “the consummate insider.” To some, that might seem like a compliment. To us, it’s a distressing sign.

[National Catholic Reporter]

An outsider, not an insider, is what’s needed. If concealing child sex crimes in the church will ever stop, it will only happen when complicit church officials are replaced by independent-minded men who have shown, through their actions, real courage in challenging a corrupt clerical culture. We see no evidence that Parolin is such a person.

Allen reports that by selecting an Italian, “Francis does not intend to completely upend the Vatican's traditional culture.” That’s a serious understatement. Francis has, in our view, done precious little to “upend” the most damaging aspect of Vatican culture – the on-going recklessness, callousness and secrecy surrounding those who commit and conceal heinous crimes against kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Exit Bertone, enter Parolin

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Pope Francis could appoint the Nuncio of Venezuela as the new Vatican Secretary of State tomorrow

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

Tomorrow Pope Francis could accept the resignation presented not so long ago by the current Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Rumour has it he has decided to replace him with the Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, Archbishop Pietro Parolin.

The new Vatican “prime minister” is 58 years old and hails from Schiavon, a town in the northern Italian province of Vicenza. A priest since 1980, he entered the Vatican diplomatic corps in 1986 and in 2002 was appointed under-secretary of the Secretariat of State’s section for Relations with States (the Vatican equivalent of a deputy foreign affairs minister). In the Secretariat of State, he worked first with Cardinal Sodano and then with Bertone. In September 2009, Benedict XVI, who had nominated Parolin Nuncio to Venezuela about a week earlier, co-ordained him bishop with Bertone and others.

The outgoing Secretary of State leaves his position just before his 79th birthday, as his predecessor Cardinal Angelo Sodano, currently Dean of the College of Cardinals, did. Tarcisio Bertone, a Salesian, had been Archbishop of Geneva up until then and was chosen by Benedict XVI as Secretary of State in 2006, a year after Ratzinger was elected Pope. Strangely, Bertone’s nomination was announced in June but he took up his post in September: the Vatican’s new “prime minister” found himself having to deal with a crisis sparked by the interpretation of Benedict XVI’s controversial speech in Regensburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Constanza shocked by abuse allegations

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- Community members in Constanza are expressing shock and disbelief at the sexual abuse allegations against Father Juan Manuel Mota de Jesús (Johnny). The priest is being accused of seducing and raping 11 underage girls as well as women, after some of the victims filed accusations at the Santiago Prosecutor’s Office.

The the latest in a series of scandals affecting the religious authorities following a large number of pedophilia cases that have come to light in recent months.

A press conference was held at the offices of the Ministry for Women’s Affairs yesterday afternoon, where interim office coordinator Juana María Castillo confirmed that they had received three specific reports of rape of minors by the Catholic priest and chaplain who is originally from Cotuí and has served as the parish priest for the last 11 years.

The official said that they had spent seven months investigating these accusations and that the case had entered a new phase since the public disclosure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Pope preparing key Vatican reshuffle: reports

VATICAN CITY
New Straits Times

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is preparing to replace the Vatican’s powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone in a key reshuffle for his papacy, Italian media reported on Friday, citing anonymous Vatican sources.

Bertone has held the post, considered a deputy to the pope, since 2006 and has proved a divisive figure in the Roman Catholic Church’s central administration.

A series of leaks carried out by former pope Benedict XVI’s butler last year revealed infighting between factions supporting and opposing the now 78-year-old Bertone.

He has been criticised for alleged mistakes, poor choices in appointments and favouritism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Vertrauenskrise im Bistum: Auch die katholische Jugend begehrt auf

DEUTSCHLAND
Rhein-Zeitung

Limburg/Rhein-Lahn - Nach dem Stadtverband der Frankfurter Katholiken hat sich nun auch der Bund der katholischen Jugend (BDKJ) im Bistum Limburg mit einem offenen Brief an Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst gewandt. Von einer Vertrauenskrise ist darin die Rede. Der BDKJ schließt sich mit dem Schreiben den Forderungen aus Frankfurt an.

Derweil hat die Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg die Ermittlungen gegen den Bischof abgeschlossen. Zurzeit werde den Beteiligten Akteneinsicht gewährt, das Ergebnis vermutlich Ende September vorliegen. Das hat die Pressesprecherin der Behörde, Nana Frombach, mitgeteilt.

Drei Privatleute hatten Anzeigen gegen den Limburger Oberhirten wegen von ihm abgegebener eidesstattlicher Erklärungen erstattet. Sie werfen Tebartz-van Elst (53) vor, gegenüber dem Nachrichtenmagazin "Der Spiegel" eine falsche Aussage über ein Upgrade in die erste Klasse bei einem Flug nach Indien gemacht zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Tebartz-van Elst ist abgeschlossen

DEUTSCHLAND
Rhein-Zeitung

Limburg - Die Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg hat die Ermittlungen gegen den Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst abgeschlossen.

Derzeit werde den Beteiligten Akteneinsicht gewährt, das Ergebnis vermutlich Ende September vorliegen. Das hat die zuständige Pressesprecherin der Behörde, Oberstaatsanwältin Nana Frombach, am Donnerstag auf Anfrage mitgeteilt.

Drei Privatleute hatten Anzeigen gegen den Limburger Oberhirten wegen von ihm abgegebenen eidesstattlichen Erklärungen erstattet. Sie werfen Tebartz-van Elst (53) vor, gegenüber dem Nachrichtenmagazin „Der Spiegel" eine falsche Aussage über ein Upgrade in die erste Klasse bei einem Flug nach Indien gemacht zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

St. Louis-area priest sentenced to 3 years for child pornography

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Post-Dispatch

By Tim Townsend ttownsend@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82211

A Roman Catholic priest of the St. Louis Archdiocese admitted Friday that he had child pornography on his computer and cellphone, and sent explicit photos of male genitalia to a male minor. He was immediately sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Livergood said in court that in 2010 Ballwin police confiscated a computer and cellphone belonging to the Rev. William Vatterott, 37, that had been used to store and send explicit photos of a male minor. Investigators found 20 images of child pornography and emails of male genitalia.

Vatterott, dressed in a dark suit and white shirt - not in a priest's collar - did not dispute any of the facts Livergood's narrative.

Vatterott was ordained in 2003. He was associate pastor at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin, then became pastor of St. Cecilia Parish, at 5418 Louisiana Avenue, in 2008. He was placed on administrative leave June 29, 2011, after a complaint was filed with the Ballwin police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

For Families and Friends of Victims (Or: I’m Not Ready Yet for That)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Anyone is entitled to present a submission to the Royal Commission. There is one aspect which has become apparent which needs some thought. That is, what if someone who is a victim does not want to talk about it, report it, or has not yet received help in dealing with the effects of the abuse, but friends and relatives want something done about the offending organisation?

It is both a sad and difficult question.

Whatever the motivations, no victim needs to talk before he or she is ready. This is taken for granted and needs no further discussion. Yet, something must be done to avoid the production of further victims. This is actually possible, fortunately. There is no requirement to give a victim’s name or the abuser’s name, and a person can still present a submission drawing attention to the offending organisation, even if it merely says that “organisation x should be investigated.”

There is a point to this in that the Royal Commission will tend to only investigate organisations which have been the subject of a significant number of complaints. Usually, there will be attention on organisations which have also had several of their members convicted in the courts. However, while it is almost impossible to get away with murder, it is fairly easy to get away with child sexual abuse for a host of reasons. So, the conviction rate may not reflect, accurately, the offending rate, for a particular organisation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Cura acusado de abuso fue escrachado en el Hospital San Juan de Dios

ARGENTINA
La Plata YA

Organizaciones sociales, feministas, de derechos humanos se reunieron esta misma tarde en la zona de 25 y 70 para con el único fin escrachar y hacer público la situación de un cura párroco de 80 años acusado de más de 30 casos de abuso sexual contra menores de edad cometidos en un campo de Bavio entre los años 1980 y 1987 y condenado a 8 años de prisión por violación de un menor de 5 años en la localidad de Magdalena durante el año 1995.

Dos de las más de 30 victimas que fueron abusadas por el cura Gimenez, quienes más de 32 años después lograron poder recomponerse del daño que el clérigo les realizo decidieron llevar adelante un escrache con “justicia social” donde pudieran de algún modo descargar toda la bronca y angustia que tanto Julieta Añazco, como Carla Rosbech acumularon con años y años de injusticia.

El sacerdote que actualmente con 80 años y que vive en una casa particular de un barrio de Los Hornos ubicada en 68 n 2859, tiene una larga trayectoria en casos de abuso sexual y corrupción de menores. Su historia comienza allá por los años 1979 cuando el cura comenzó (según las propias victimas) a llevar adelante estas prácticas contra menores de 5, 7, 8 y 9 años que concurrían a diversos campamentos organizados por el mismo párroco en un campo alejado en la localidad platense de Bavio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Escracharon a un cura en La Plata acusado de abuso sexual

ARGENTINA
Agencia Nova

“Ésta es la primera vez que lo vuelvo a ver después de lo que pasó. Pensé que estaba muerto que alguna justicia divina, si es que existe, había actuado. Nunca pensé que estaba vivo, menos ejerciendo como cura”, aseguró Carla Rosbech, en diálogo con NOVA. Ella, junto a Julieta Añazco denuncia haber sido abusada por el cura Ricardo Giménez cuando era menor de edad.

Este jueves organizaciones sociales, feministas y de Derechos Humanos realizaron un escrache y movilización en el Hospital San Juan de Dios donde se desempeña como sacerdote Giménez. Los manifestantes lograron ingresar a la capilla donde pudieron encontrarse cara a cara con el párroco, quien desmintió las acusaciones: “A mí me absolvió un juez, lo que dicen es una calumnia. Yo me arrepiento de todos mis pecados de mi vida pasada”.

Giménez estuvo detenido en 1997 acusado de abuso a ocho menores. En ese entonces el juez Caputo Tártara desestimó la solicitud de excarcelación y pasó a manos de juez César Melazo, quien hizo lugar a la presentación. De esta forma, el expediente llegó a la Cámara Penal de Apelaciones platense y con la firma de los doctores Raúl Delbés y Horacio Piombo se concedió el pedido bajo caución juratoria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Revealed: Sexual predator Jimmy Savile was regular visitor to Catholic school at centre of abuse scandal

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

PREDATOR Jimmy Savile was a frequent guest of monks at the Catholic boarding school at the centre of a sex abuse scandal.

The serial sex attacker regularly drove to Fort Augustus Abbey at a time when ex-pupils claim they were being terrorised by some of the monks.

A BBC TV investigation, Sins of the Fathers, this week alleged that nine monks at the Benedictine Order school repeatedly beat, sexually assaulted and, in one case, raped boys in their care over several decades.

Victims of the abuse complained but their testimony was ignored and covered up. Police are now investigating.

Savile, who is known to have attacked scores of young girls and boys during decades of abuse, would park his Rolls-Royce, registered JS 247, at the school gates before swanning around the grounds.

The former BBC presenter, known to have abused children at schools on other occasions, was invited to Fort Augustus on several occasions, according to pupils there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Pope names Legionary priest to No. 2 spot at Vatican governing office

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Legionary priest who led a major overhaul of the Vatican's telecommunications infrastructure and set up public email addresses for two popes has been named the new secretary-general of the office governing Vatican City.

Spanish-born Legionaries of Christ Father Fernando Vergez, 68, fills a vacancy recently left by Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, whom the pope named Aug. 24 to the Vatican's supreme tribunal as adjunct secretary under U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.

Father Vergez, who is director of the Vatican's telecommunications department, will continue to hold his old post while serving in his new capacity at the governor's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Scots bishops to order abuse review

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

30 August 2013

The Bishops of Scotland are expected to commission an outside body to examine their child abuse files when they meet next week.

It is understood that they will ask an independent academic expert to assess cases of clerical abuse in dioceses going back decades.

Last week, in a letter to The Tablet, the Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow, Mario Conti, claimed that Cardinal Keith O'Brien had blocked a planned investigation into the files dating back 60 years when he was President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.

According to a spokesman Archbishop Conti was referring to a meeting of the bishops' conference in September 2012.

This week the Bishop Emeritus of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, said he believed that Cardinal O'Brien had blocked the review of his St Andrews and Edinburgh diocese's files because it might have uncovered something that "could prove very damning" for the Church, given that the review went back many years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

The talents of the priest and diplomat Fr. Pietro Parolin

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Pietro Parolin is tipped to become the new Vatican Secretary of State. His potential appointment should be indicative of the path Bergoglio’s pontificate is going to take

GIANNI VALENTE
ROME

Fifty eight year old Pietro Parolin left Rome four years ago, was ordained Archbishop by Benedict XVI and appointed Nuncio of Venezuela after spending seven years as the Vatican’s “deputy foreign affairs minister”. Rumours have just emerged that Pope Francis may have chosen him as the Vatican's Secretary of State, making him Francis’ first appointed collaborator. Parolin would be the youngest figure “enrolled” to the position since Eugenio Pacelli.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Reports: Pope Francis to name new Secretary of State

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. | Aug. 30, 2013

ANALYSIS
Multiple reports suggest Pope Francis intends to name 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin to the key position of Secretary of State, traditionally the most important figure in the Vatican after the pope himself.

Although the pope is the head of state, the Secretary of State generally functions as the Vatican's head of government, both for internal church affairs and for diplomatic relations, making him, effectively, the prime minister.

Currently the papal nuncio, or ambassador, in Venezuela, Parolin is a career Vatican diplomat who's been involved in shaping Rome's response to virtually every key geopolitical challenge during the last two decades.

Parolin is also widely seen as a talented and efficient administrator who served from 2002 to 2009 as the undersecretary for relations with states, the No. 3 position in the Secretariat of State. In that role, he often functioned informally as the Vatican's primary interlocutor with the outside world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

MO - St. Louis priest in court today on child porn; SNAP responds

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, August 30, 2013

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 young St. Louis priest appears in court today on child porn charges. We beg others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call prosecutors as soon as possible.

[KSDK]

Sadly, in this case, like so many others, Catholic officials deceive the public and the parishioners. When Fr. William Vatterott was suspended, Archbishop Robert Carlson said he was accused of “inappropriate electronic communication.” In fact, he has been criminally charged with child pornography.

He is, in fact, the ninth local priest to face child pornography allegations.

[SNAP]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Orange Diocese Bishop Kevin Vann Doing His Damndest to Stop CA Bill that Would Help Child-Abuse Victims

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano Fri., Aug. 30 2013

It's been almost a year now since Kevin Vann became bishop of the Diocese of Orange, and what has he accomplished? There was a profile in one of the Orange County Register's magazines that read like a press release. He approved the removal of memorial stones at the former Crystal Cathedral, memorial stones that the sheep of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller spent thousands to install under the idea they'd be up there for centuries. And now he's joining his fellow bishops in trying to defeat a California State Senate bill that seeks justice for child-abuse victims.

SB 131 would open a one-year window lifting statutes of limitation so that victims of pedo-priests can file civil lawsuits against the Catholic Church regardless of when their abuse happened. A similar window occurred in 2002, exposing the Church as a pedophile factory. And that's why Vann doesn't want it to happen again.

Under his direction, the Orange County Catholic, the "newspaper" of the Diocese of Orange, has published five articles opposing SB 131 since June, including a commentary from retired OC Superior Court Judge Francisco Firmat calling it "bad legislation," a column by Vann, and a whole other bunch of gobbledygook. The rag is pushing its stories on Twitter, and also retweets stories that support its view. This past week, Vann directed parish priests to send out emails to their congregation urging them to contact their state assemblymen to vote against SB 131.

Vann's position? SB 131 discriminates against Catholics and does nothing to protect children. And why should you believe him? "Dioceses throughout California have worked to atone for past mistakes," Vann writes, "and have implemented robust procedures to ensure children and young people are as safe as we can make them."

In other words: yeah, we let pedo-priests rape children, then covered it up. But NOW you should really, really trust us!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Priest accused of child porn possession to appear in court Friday

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KSDK

[with video]

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis priest is due in court Friday on federal child pornography charges.

Investigators say Fr. William Vatterott was in possession of child porn between June 2010 and June 2011. He was pastor of St. Cecelia Parish in St. Louis when the allegations surfaced. Before that, he was an associate pastor at Holy Infant in Ballwin.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis cooperated with the investigation and placed Vatterott on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

MN SNAP Director realizes one, long-fought goal with passing of the Minnesota Child Victims Act

MINNESOTA
Minnesota SNAP

News-Mirror

Outreach to those seeking civil justice and healing process still a long, hard journey

Back in the early seventies a young man from Buffalo Lake had finished high school -- sort of -- and set out to see the world on his thumb.

He saw and learned much more about this Country, its citizens and their history than any book could ever describe.

Entering his second decade the young man left his home and his family to live a life of solidarity.

He hadn’t gone farther than a few miles from his workplace. A farmer, which owned a vacant farm house that did not want it “squatted” by vagabonds, rented the house on a quarter mile driveway in the middle of a section of the farmer’s land.

It was a perfectly quiet setting. Remote enough to the kind of gardening “Hippies” did in the ‘60s. Yet, close enough, to the necessities -- food, bread, and beer--to get you through a night and ready for the next day.

This “Child of the ‘60s” soon became host to several other “Children” - some for a weekend, others for months - for little more than the four seasons of a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Alleged abuse victim wants answers from Youngstown Diocese

OHIO
WFMJ

[with video]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Allegations of child sex abuse, is prompting a group that protects victims, to push for answers from the Youngstown Catholic Diocese.

A Youngstown man says he was repeatedly sexually molested as a child, by an "unnamed" Catholic school teacher at St. Christine's, back in 1976.

The Diocese denies his claims. On Thursday, two activists stood outside Saint Edward Church holding signs and photos of victims.

The group sent another letter, demanding Bishop George Murry to make a statement, and make the name of the alleged predator public. ""Why hasn't he explained to his parishoners why he doesn't work there anymore. He's not doing that. That's not open and transparency.", said Judy Jones, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. John A. Coughlin, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ordained in 1934, Coughlin was a Jesuit whose formation was in the California Province, and who went on to work in the Oregon Province dioceses of Spokane and Tacoma WA, the archdiocese of Seattle, and the Helena MT diocese. Coughlin was included on a list released by the Spokane diocese in 2007 of admitted, proven or credibly accused perpetrators of sexual abuse. He died in 1965.

Ordained: 1934
Died: September 27, 1965

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Catholic father, child advocate wants to be sheriff

ILLINOIS
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

There could be a new sheriff in town – in an Illinois county, to be specific.

Former Catholic activist and current child advocate Stephen Brady has announced that he will be pursuing the Republican nomination for the office of Menard County Sheriff in the upcoming 2014 March general primary.

Brady, who was born in Decatur, Ill., attended Purdue and Indiana universities for a short time before being drafted into the Army, where he was trained as a military police officer. While in the Army, he received a "secret security" clearance from the FBI. He was then sent to northwestern Illinois on special assignment for just over a year.

After moving to Petersburg, Brady married Jo Ann Lyons. He and his wife have seven children and ten grandchildren. His family has owned a construction company, a flower shop and, at present, a pizza restaurant.

Brady spent 13 years as lead investigator for the not-for-profit organization Roman Catholic Faithful, which investigated child exploitation and other abuses of authority.

After receiving death threats and being interviewed by investigators regarding the March 1998 still-unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, a priest of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., who had been assisting Brady with his investigations into clergy corruption, Brady has kept much of his work life private in order to protect his family.

He has given lectures across the U.S. regarding his investigations and has helped with certain cases outside the U.S., including South Africa, Australia and England.

In the late 1990s, Brady was instrumental in exposing the corruption in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., which led to the resignation of Bishop Daniel Ryan in 1999. At the time, Brady was largely ignored and even treated with contempt by the powers that be, until he was ultimately vindicated in 2002 when the clergy abuse scandal made national headlines in the mainstream media. (It should be noted that he's supportive of the current bishop of Springfield, Thomas Paprocki.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

John O’Reilly, historia y redes del cura favorito de la elite chilena

CHILE
Politico

Sacerdote irlandés que llegó al país en 1984. Durante años ha sido el rostro de la Congregación Legionarios de Cristo en Chile y responsable que su movimiento haya entrado en la elite empresarial y política criolla. Hombre influyente, O’Reilly fue acusado en julio de 2012 de presunto abuso sexual en contra de dos niñas del Colegio Cumbres de las Condes donde se desempeñó hasta 2012 como asesor espiritual. Éstas tenían, al momento de los supuestos hechos en 2007, seis y diez años de edad. El 27 de agosto de 2013 fue formalizado por uno de estos delitos, pero fue dejado el libertad, pues la jueza Alejandra Muñoz, estimó que las pruebas presentadas no eran suficientes para acreditar la existencia del delito. La magistrada rechazó la petición de la fiscalía, que solicitaba prisión preventiva, estableciendo que el sacerdote quedaba sólo con arraigo nacional.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Y.U. Report's Three Paragraphs Fails To Do Justice to Abuse — or Jewish Ethics

NEW YORK
Jewish Daily Forward

By Irwin Kula
Published August 29, 2013, issue of September 06, 2013.

On August 26, the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, hired by Yeshiva University to look into allegations of past abuse at the university’s High School for Boys, finally concluded its eight-month investigation and released a report detailing its findings. As one of the high school students abused in the early 1970s and as one of the more than 145 people interviewed in the investigation — though not party to the impending multi-party lawsuit against Y.U., now $380 million — I am disappointed, though not surprised, by the report. Eight months, 6,300 hours of investigation, more than 145 interviews and the best that Y.U.’s administration and board could come up with was three paragraphs that said many people were abused at many Y.U. institutions but they could not give any details because of “pending litigation.” Of course some people are happy with this and some people are angry.

Kevin Mulhearn, a lawyer for the group of students that filed the lawsuit, called the report, as one would expect, “a gross disappointment,” while those abused students, willing to be quoted, were justifiably “shocked.” As someone who spent more than two hours being interviewed and rehashing what was so locked away that I never even mentioned it to my wife of 30 years, nor to my brother, who also attended the Y.U. high school and unbeknown to me was similarly abused — I can attest that it is shocking to have your traumatic experience summarized in a few legally cool paragraphs. Y.U. President Richard Joel expressed in an equally expected way the school’s “deepest and heartfelt remorse,” and his hope that this “recognition” brings “comfort and closure.” This was an appropriately lawyerly response, with a concluding flourish referring to Yom Kippur, the High Holy Days season and forgiveness — as if this process has been anything like Maimonides’s wrenching prescription for genuine teshuvah, repentance.

There we have it — a report that offers nothing we don’t already know. (Though I want to make clear that the lawyer who interviewed me was thorough, extremely professional, compassionate and honest.) The report confirms that a part of Y.U.’s high school (and university) culture was predatory and that until 2001, the school’s administration simply did not do what any decent and morally evolved authorities are supposed to do: protect and ensure the safety of its students. No surprises here, and actually quite sad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Vatican Diary / Even the Foundations Are Being Put Through the Wringer

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

Among the organizations with offices inside the Leonine Walls, only the Foundations escaped the controls of the Financial Information Authority and the Vatican magistracy. Not any more. Moneyval has requested it, and the Holy See has obeyed. Here they are, one by one

VATICAN CITY, August 30, 2013 – If from announcements one moves on to accomplishments, it must be said that the first steps taken by Pope Francis are firmly set in the path opened by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

The motu proprio of last August 8 for the prevention of and fight against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in fact, does nothing other than comply with what was established by Benedict XVI on December 30, 2010, with a previous motu proprio that instituted, for the first time in the Vatican, a Financial Information Authority, AIF, a decisive step toward harmonizing the activities of the Holy See with the international norms against illegal activities in the financial and monetary field.

Among the normative developments of the new pontifical document there is one of particular interest, which very few have noted.

The motu proprio of Benedict XVI established that the new Vatican legislation for fighting money laundering and the financing of terrorism were binding not only for Vatican City-State, but also for the dicasteries of the Roman curia and for all the organisms and institutions belonging to the Holy See, including the controversial Institute for Works of Religion, IOR.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Former priest David Rapson convicted of sex abuse of eight boys

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 30, 2013

Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age

Former Catholic priest David Rapson has been found guilty of sexually abusing eight boys at Salesian College between the mid 1970s and 1990.

After a nine-day trial in the County Court, the jury of 12 on Friday morning found Rapson guilty of eight counts of indecent assault and five counts of rape.

He raped one of his victims on four separate occasions in 1990.

Rapson showed no emotion as the foreman said the former priest was guilty of all the charges against him after more than two days of deliberations.

Rapson had been in teaching positions at Salesian College's Rupertswood and Lysterfield campuses, where the offences took place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Defence is 'fanciful': prosecutor

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 27, 2013

Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age

A jury has been urged to overlook attempts to discredit the evidence of eight men who allege they were sexually abused as boys by a Catholic priest while at a boarding school.

Prosecutor David Cordy, in his closing address in the trial of former Salesian priest David Edwin Rapson, told the County Court he wanted to ''debunk'' some of the theories the accused's barrister put forward during the trial.

Mr Cordy said it was the inference of defence counsel Shaun Ginsbourg that the complainants could not be reliable in their evidence because were teenage boys at the time of the alleged offences, nor could some of them be trusted on account of their own legal problems as adults.

Mr Rapson, 60, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape related to alleged incidents involving eight boys between the mid-1970s and 1990.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Ex-priest David Edwin Rapson jailed again over student rapes

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

SHANNON DEERY
Herald Sun
August 30, 2013

A DISGRACED former priest who plied young boys with cigarettes and alcohol before assaulting and raping them has been jailed for a second time.

David Edwin Rapson's crimes were so evil he was kicked out of the church by Pope John Paul II in 2004 after years of lobbying by his Melbourne superiors.

Rapson rose to become vice-principal of Sunbury's notorious Salesian College Rupertswood despite a string of allegations being levelled at him in the 1980s.

It was there he committed many of his crimes during the 1970s and 1980s, telling a fellow priest that "God made us this way".

The 60-year-old former priest was today remanded in custody after a County Court jury found him guilty on all charges, eight counts of indecent assault and five counts of rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

New archbishop to open abuse files

SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

The new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh is expected to open all the archdiocese’s files on allegations of clerical abuse to a national independent enquiry.

Mgr Leo Cushley, who will be installed as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh next month, is expected to fully endorse plans by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland dating back to 2011 to examine all Church records for instances of clerical abuse.

Helpline

Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti of Glasgow said last week that the Scottish Bishops’ plan for an independent inquiry into these records was postponed when one member—reported to be Cardinal Keith O’Brien, before he retired—indicated that his diocese needed more time to be sufficiently prepared to participate.

“It was the intention of the conference to publish these audits but was delayed in doing so by the objection of a member of the conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty,” Archbishop Conti said. “I understand that in the light of the criticisms, which the Church has been, in my opinion unjustly, facing, these audits will now be published. I think they will go some distance not only in confirming what Bishop [Emeritus] Devine [of Motherwell] said by way of the number of cases which we have had to address, but in demonstrating the seriousness and competence with which the Church in Scotland has been dealing with safeguarding in all its implications.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Woman sues Los Lunas Jehovah’s Witnesses, claims sex abuse

NEW MEXICO
ABQ Journal

By Clara Garcia/Valencia County News-Bulletin

LOS LUNAS – A former member of the Los Lunas Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is suing the church, claiming she was molested by a former elder.

Monica Lynn Jaramillo, 35, through her attorneys, Terrence Revo and Irwin Zalkin, filed a complaint for damages Aug. 12 in the 13th Judicial District Court. Also named as defendants in the case is Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, which oversees the church, and a former elder, who has not been charged with a crime.

Attempts to reach the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Los Lunas for comment were unsuccessful before the News-Bulletin deadline.

According to the civil lawsuit, Jaramillo allegedly was sexually abused as a child by the elder, who had served as a ministerial servant and an elder, which are leadership positions in the congregation. Jaramillo said the abuse occurred in 1987 when she was 8 years old at his home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

SOUTH AMERICA
Adventist News Network

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets as activists against abuse in scores of cities throughout South America last Saturday.

The church’s campaign “Breaking the Silence” brought marches and motorcades along avenues, hosted dramatic performances in plazas, and partnered with school districts and public safety agencies to offer educational talks about preventing domestic violence, sexual abuse and cyber bullying.

The initiative was part of the Adventist world church’s Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day, which is typically held the fourth Saturday of every August. The campaign was established by the denomination’s Executive Committee in 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Lawton pastor charged with child sexual abuse

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa World

By RANDY ELLIS NewsOK.com on Aug 27, 2013

LAWTON — A Lawton church pastor has been charged with child sexual abuse following an investigation that prompted DHS officials to close a local juvenile group home.

Bobby Glen Burrell, pastor of One More Soul Outreach Ministry, is accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of a 16-year-old boy after taking the boy from the group home to the church.

Burrell is only charged with one felony count of child sexual abuse. But Lawton police reported Burrell took several group home children on unauthorized trips and that “six possible juvenile victims were interviewed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Lawton minister charged with sex abuse of minors

OKLAHOMA
KFOR

[with video]

August 29, 2013, by Sara Celi

LAWTON, OK – 28-year-old Pastor Bobby Burrell faces several charges of sexual abuse of a child.

He’s pastor of the One More Soul Church in Lawton, and police say he used his position to gain the trust of kids at a group home called Sequoyah House. A whole new agency took it over in April, after DHS revoked Sequoyah House’s contract.

Police say the crimes started when Burrell built a relationship with the kids, and then used that to put them in compromising positions. Burrell had a second job at Sequoyah House as a staffer.

“We’ve got this person taking these kids to places they are not supposed to go, at times they are not supposed to go there, and so they have these kids trusting this person, and it’s a repertoire that builds up with the kids,” said Lawton Police Captain Craig Akard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Church, abuse group spar for second day

OHIO
Tribune Chronicle

August 30, 2013

By VIRGINIA SHANK Tribune Chronicle (news@tribtoday.com)

YOUNGSTOWN - The advocacy group that challenged the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown this week to disclose information about a former parochial school teacher accused of abusing a student has now demanded that local church officials reveal information about a former local priest as well.

For the second day in a row, members of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) protested in Youngstown.

The group is asking Bishop George Murry to provide information about where former priest John Warner, 69, is living and if he is still undergoing treatment.

In a written response, the diocese stated that in 2011, local church officials received an allegation against Warner of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Alleged sex abuse victim speaks out

MINNESOTA
KIMT

[with video]

By Jeron Rennie

ROCHESTER, Minn. — An area man is coming forward with a lawsuit that claims abuse he says took place half a century ago.

Bill Beardmore and his lawyer made an announcement in Rochester Thursday that they are filing a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse.

“I would like to make it known that I was raped by a priest and that it happened on a number of occasions,” Beardmore said.

He now calls Boone, Iowa home, but he grew up in Caledonia, Minnesota where he says his childhood was spent as an altar boy at St. John’s Parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Altar boy named in priest suit

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

[Statement from the diocese - via KAAL]
[the lawsuit]
[Adamson timeline]
[Minnesota map of Adamson's assignments]
[Adamson photo]
[10-26-02 letter Hoeppner to Beardmore]
[11-6-02 letter Beardmore to Hoeppner]
[1-30-03 letter Hoeppner to Beardmore]
[Photo of client as a 7th grader]

By Nathan Hansen | nathan.hansen@winonadailynews.com

A former altar boy who attended Caledonia’s St. John’s Parish in the 1960s publicly spoke out for the first time Thursday about abuse he said he suffered at the hands of former Diocese of Winona priest Thomas Adamson.

Bill Beardmore’s decision to speak out comes as attorney Jeff Anderson filed a new lawsuit on his behalf against the Diocese this week in Winona County District Court. The suit seeks $50,000 in damages, and, like similar suits Anderson has filed elsewhere, requests that a judge order the public release of a list that contains the names and personal information of “credibly accused child molesting priests.”

Beardmore, a 61-year-old Iowa man, grew up in Caledonia and encountered Adamson as an altar boy at St. John’s during 1963-64. Beardmore, originally listed as John Doe 16 in his lawsuit against the Diocese, spoke Thursday about being sexually abused by Adamson as a young child.

According to Beardmore and court documents, Adamson repeatedly cornered him in private areas of the church and subjected him to oral and anal sex over a two-year period. Beardmore first came forward in 2002, but his claims were dismissed by the Diocese for a lack of corroborating evidence, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Former Vic priest guilty of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

August 30, 2013

Patrick Caruana
AAP

For more than a decade, Catholic priest, teacher and vice principal David Edwin Rapson raped and sexually abused a number of Victorian schoolchildren.

Decades after committing the abuse, 60-year-old Rapson has been found guilty of indecently assaulting eight boys.

Rapson, who was defrocked by Pope John Paul II after his first sexual abuse conviction, abused the boys during his time at Salesian College's Lysterfield and Rupertswood campuses between the 1970s and 1990.

He denied the allegations but a jury on Friday found him guilty of all five charges of rape and eight counts of indecent assault.

During his nine-day trial in the Victorian County Court, prosecutor David Cordy said Rapson had abused the boys, sometimes with witnesses around, and thought he could not be held accountable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Former Catholic priest found guilty of child sexual abuse dating back 30 years

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By court reporter Sarah Farnsworth

A jury has convicted former Salesian College vice-principal David Rapson over the rape and abuse of eight students.

Rapson, 60, was member of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, which operated the Salesian College "Rupertswood", a boarding school in Sunbury, north-west of Melbourne.

He pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape relating to the abuse of eight students, who were between 12 and 17 years of age, between the mid-1970s and 1990.

The court heard he would use computer games, soft drinks, alcohol and cigarettes to lure the young boys into his office, where he would sexually abuse them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

August 29, 2013

Diocese of Winona Named as Defendant in Sex Abuse Lawsuit

MINNESOTA
KAAL

[Statement from the diocese]

[the lawsuit]

[Adamson timeline]

[Minnesota map of Adamson's assignments]

[Adamson photo]

[10-26-02 letter Hoeppner to Beardmore]

[11-6-02 letter Beardmore to Hoeppner]

[1-30-03 letter Hoeppner to Beardmore]

[Photo of client as a 7th grader]

(ABC 6 News) - The Diocese of Winona has been named as a defendant in a sex abuse lawsuit involving a former alter boy from Caledonia. The former alter boy, Bill Beardmore, joined his attorney outside the Olmsted County Government Center Thursday afternoon to announce the lawsuit.

They say the Diocese of Winona is named as a defendant because it continued to allow Father Thomas Adamson to have access to children despite reports of inappropriate sexual behavior with young boys. The suit claims Beardmore, who is now 61 and lives in Iowa, attended church at St. John's Parish in Caledonia. He says he was 12 years old when Father Adamson raped him in the early 1960s.

His attorney, Jeff Anderson, also wants the Diocese to release a list of 13 priests he says were accused of sexually molesting minors. He says the Diocese has yet to release those names to the public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Lawsuit seeks names of 13 priests accused of abuse

MINNESOTA
Post-Bulletin

Kay Fate, kfate@postbulletin.com

Tears came to Bill Beardmore's eyes as he described a 2002 meeting with officials from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona.

"It made me feel like I was interrogated," he said Thursday. "I'd like to make it known that I was raped by a priest on a number of occasions, but I went away from that day feeling really terrible. I felt like I was the bad guy. But I was a little kid. I was an altar boy; I didn't bring this on."

Beardmore is one of a number of men to sue the diocese, accusing its top officials of allowing priests continued access to children, despite reports of inappropriate sexual behavior with young boys.

The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday in Winona County District Court by Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul lawyer, on behalf of Beardmore, now 61 and living in Boone, Iowa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Equal justice for sex abuse victims

CALIFORNIA
Capitol Weekly

By Victor Garza, Rose Amador | 08/28/13

Child sex abuse is a terrible crime and one that each and every one of us has a moral, legal and ethical responsibility to expose and prevent. There are many ways that the law can and should deal with the problem, but as local leaders of the La Raza Roundtable de California, we don’t believe SB 131, a bill by state Sen. Jim Beall (D-Campbell) is one of them.

On the surface, SB 131 looks like serious legislation to deal with the rights of victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abuser by reviving claims that have died because the statute of limitations has expired. But scratch the surface, and people should have serious concerns about how it addresses the problem.

Why?

Because SB 131 isn’t about victims. It’s about lawsuits. If it were about victims, it would focus on the perpetrators of abuse and give new rights to all victims of sexual abuse, but it doesn’t.

Instead, SB 131 discriminates against the poor and less well off by reviving legal claims for child sex abuse only against private and non-profit organizations like private schools or groups like Little League or youth soccer, but not against public schools, public agencies or government workers of any kind.

So if someone is abused at Stanford or Santa Clara or some other private school or college, they could sue. But if they were abused by someone associated with a public school, or a city-run day care or a community college like DeAnza, they’re out of luck. The bill makes sure public schools and local governments have complete immunity—i.e. they cannot be sued—for any incidents of child sex abuse that took place before 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Thu. 4:37pm: Group, church continue to hurl allegations

OHIO
Tribune Chronicle

August 29, 2013
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

YOUNGSTOWN - The advocacy group that challenged the Diocese of Youngstown this week to disclose information about a former parochial school teacher accused of abusing a student has now demanded that local church officials reveal information about a former local priest as well.

For the second day in a row members of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) protested in Youngstown.

The group is asking Bishop George Murry to provide information about where former priest John Warner, 69, is living and if he is still undergoing treatment.

In a written response, the Diocese stated that in 2011 local church officials received an allegation against Warner of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years ago.

The allegation was reported to civil authorities and Murry placed Warner on leave of absence, the statement reads.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

Pope Francis Personally Called A Rape Victim To Comfort Her

VATICAN CITY/ARGENTINA
Think Progress

BY TARA CULP-RESSLER ON AUGUST 29, 2013

When Alejandra Pereyra wrote a letter to Pope Francis earlier this month, she wanted to convey the pain that resulted from her rape and abuse at the hands of Argentinian law enforcement. After her family was repeatedly harassed by the police, an officer raped her at gunpoint. “With all the pain I carry in my heart dear Holy Father, I ask you for your help,” Pereyra wrote.

She didn’t expect the kind of response that she received.

On Sunday, Pereya’s phone rang — and Pope Francis was on the other end of the line. “I started crying… He told me to be calm and that he was calling because he had read my letter and my story struck him,” Pereya recounted later on Argentinian television. “He restored faith and peace in me and gave me strength to carry on fighting.”

Pereya emailed her letter to the Vatican in mid-August. The pope receives hundreds of letters each day, but hers struck a chord with him and he decided to reach out. The crimes committed against Pereyra continue to go unpunished, because the judge who is in charge of the case is worried he’ll face personal repercussions for going after law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

SNAP demands more info from Diocese

OHIO
WKBN

Members of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests held another protest in the area Thursday, this one outside Saint Edward’s Parish on the city’s North Side.

The group is asking Bishop George Murry to explain where former priest John Warner, 69, is now living and if he is still undergoing treatment.

Warner was removed from his duties in the diocese two years ago after being accused of abusing a victim more than 30 years ago.

“He could be living amongst kids and abusing children right now,” said SNAP coordinator Judy Jones. “Child predators need to be kept away from children forever. That is a well-known fact, and the Bishop is still the one who is responsible for him”

In 2011 the Diocese of Youngstown received an allegation of sexual misconduct with Warner and a “minor child” over 30 years ago, according to a news release. Their investigation revealed the allegation was credible and Warner was placed in a facility for treatment. “He is now living in another state in a restricted community and is engaged in ongoing treatment,” the release stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Unterschriftensammlung in den Gemeinden

DEUTSCHLAND
Kreisblatt

Frankfurter Westen.
Der Offene Brief an Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst zieht weiter Kreise: Nachdem zum Patronatsfest von St. Bartholomäus am Sonntag bereits mehr als 800 Menschen das Schreiben unterzeichneten (wir berichteten), werden nun auch in einigen Gemeinden des Frankfurter Westens Unterschriften von Gläubigen gesammelt, die sich mit dem Frankfurter Stadtdekan Johannes zu Eltz solidarisieren und Kritik am Führungsstil des Limburger Bischofs äußern. In seiner Sitzung am Dienstagabend hat der Pastoralausschuss des Pastoralen Raums Nied-Griesheim über den Brief beraten. „Der Pastoralausschuss hat in Anwesenheit seines Priesterlichen Leiters, Pfarrer Rolf Glaser, ohne Gegenstimme und bei nur einer Enthaltung beschlossen, diesen Offenen Brief vollinhaltlich zu unterstützen sowie ihn in allen Kirchen des Pastoralen Raums bis zum kommenden Wochenende auszulegen und auf die Möglichkeit hinzuweisen, sein Anliegen durch Unterschrift zu unterstützen“, sagt Armin Nagel, der Vorsitzende des Pastoralausschusses. Das Gremium vertritt in Nied und Griesheim rund 15 000 Katholiken sowie die in diesen Gemeinden beheimateten Katholiken anderer Muttersprache aus Frankreich, Italien und Eritrea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Des Bischofs Unterstützer formieren sich

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

LIMBURG –
Nach der massiven Kritik am Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst haben sich nun seine Unterstützer zu Wort gemeldet. Das streng konservative „Forum Deutscher Katholiken“ ruft zur Solidarität mit dem Oberhirten auf. Die Unterschriftenaktion der Kritiker gegen die Amtsführung des Limburgers richte sich im Grunde nicht gegen angeblich begangene Fehler, sondern gegen dessen „kirchentreue theologische Einstellung“, heißt es in dem Aufruf. Auch das Forum will Unterschriften sammeln, unter anderem im Internet. Seit Mittwochabend seien etwa 150 zusammengekommen, sagte der Vorsitzende Hubert Gindert am Donnerstag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Prete prescritto ma condanna per diocesi e parrocchia a risarcire vittima abusi

ITALIA
Il Fatto Quotidiano

Il caso di don Giorgio Carli, sacerdote bolzanino che nel 2009 si è visto riconoscere la prescrizione in Cassazione (dopo una condanna in secondo grado), potrebbe essere uno dei primi in Italia in cui è l'istituzione Chiesa a pagare. Alla vittima di violenza sessuale 500mila euro e 100mila euro per ogni genitore

Prescrizione nel processo penale, ma maxi risarcimento nella causa civile. Il caso di don Giorgio Carli, sacerdote bolzanino che nel 2009 si è visto riconoscere la prescrizione in Cassazione (dopo una pesante condanna in secondo grado) dell’accusa di abusi sessuali su una parrocchiana minorenne, potrebbe essere uno dei primi in Italia in cui è l’istituzione Chiesa a pagare. La prima sezione civile del tribunale di Bolzano ha ora condannato, in solido fra loro, la diocesi di Bolzano e Bressanone e la parrocchia San Pio X di Bolzano al risarcimento di complessivamente 700.000 euro, oltre agli interessi legali.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Pedofilia: caso don Carli, diocesi dovra' risarcire 700 mila euro

ITALIA
AGI

(AGI) - Bolzano, 27 ago. - La diocesi di Bolzano-Bressanone e la parrocchia San Pio X di Bolzano dovranno risarcire complessivamente 700 mila euro, piu' gli interessi, per il caso legato a don Giorgio Carli. La condanna al risarcimento dei danni e' giunta a seguito della sentenza della prima sezione civile del Tribunale del capoluogo altoatesino. Il sacerdote, prosciolto nel 2009 in Cassazione dopo essere stato condannato in secondo grado a sette anni e sei mesi di reclusione, era stato accusato di abusi sessuali nei confronti di una ragazza minorenne che frequentava la parrocchia di San Pio X.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Priest must pay €700,000 over alleged child abuse

ITALY
The Local

An Italian court has ordered a priest and his parish to pay €700,000 compensation after he allegedly spent years sexually abusing a girl. The ruling has been hailed as a first of its kind in Italy by the family’s lawyer.

Despite being let off the criminal charges in 2009, a civil court in the northern city of Bolzano has ordered Giorgio Carli to pay out for the alleged abuse.

The civil court was able to make the ruling as it operates separately to the criminal court system.

The Bolzano court relied heavily on the victim’s testimony of abuse, which occured from the age of nine to 14, Il Messaggero said.

Carli has always professed his innocence, but he and the diocese have now been ordered to pay €500,000 to his victim and €100,000 to each of her parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Protest held in Ohio before sentencing of Saanich priest

CANADA
Victoria News

By Kyle Slavin - Victoria News
Published: August 29, 2013

Phil Jacobs, the former Saanich priest found guilty earlier this year of touching a young person for a sexual purpose, is expected to be sentenced next week in B.C. Supreme Court.

Jacobs worked as priest at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Saanich from 1997 to 2002. He left his post in Greater Victoria after allegations surfaced of inappropriate behaviour involving boys during his time working in Columbus, Ohio in the 1970s.

He was charged by Saanich police in 2010 for incidents that were alleged to have occurred while he worked in Saanich.

On Wednesday, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests protested in downtown Columbus, attempting to urge B.C. Supreme Court Justice J. Miriam Gropper to hand down a harsh sentence, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

OH - Victims want action by bishop

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

They want to know where two accused predators are
And they urge him to write to his colleagues in two states
An accused Youngstown pedophile priest worked in MD & MI
Another was sent away in 2011 but his whereabouts aren’t clear
SNAP to Murry: "Tell your flock when, why, and who is ousted deacon"

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, advocates for clergy sex abuse victims will prod Youngstown’s Catholic bishop to disclose

-- disclose why and when he suspended a Cardinal Mooney teacher who faces two allegations of child sex abuse,
-- disclose the whereabouts of this accused predator and another one who was sent away in 2011, and
-- write to Catholic bishops in Maryland and Michigan about a third accused predator who worked there.

They will also
-- prod current and former Catholic employees to speak up about the accused clerics, and
-- urge Youngstown’s bishop to make public all allegations of sexual abuse that he has received, those that have been removed, and all accused clerics that have been reported to law enforcement.

WHEN
TODAY, Thursday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE
On the sidewalk outside St. Edward’s parish (where one accused priest worked) 240 Tod Lane, in Youngstown OH

WHO
Two St. Louis activists including, Judy Jones, who is the associate Midwest director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHY
In 2002, US Catholic bishops adopted a supposedly binding national child sex abuse charter mandating “openness and transparency” in child sex abuse cases. SNAP, however, believes that Youngstown Bishop George Murry is violating that policy in two recent cases by his “on-going secrecy.”

[Vindicator]

First, in response to a SNAP news conference, Murry disclosed yesterday that a teacher and deacon no longer works for the diocese “in any capacity” but refused to say why. SNAP suspects it is because that teacher/cleric faces child sex abuse allegations. In fact, SNAP disclosed yesterday that the group has heard from one local man, Jerry Arnal, that he had been molested as a child by a Youngstown Catholic teacher/cleric. Weeks ago, SNAP also received an anonymous letter that said the teacher/cleric was ousted recently from his post at Cardinal Mooney High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 PM

Letter to Bishop Murry - Three credibly accused child molesting clerics

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

August 29, 2013

Dear Bishop Murry:

We are writing about three credibly accused child molesting clerics.

We want you to disclose their whereabouts, to reach out to their victims, to warn citizens and Catholic parishioners about them and reveal to citizens and Catholics in your own diocese the identity of the other credibly accused child molesting clerics.

In 2002, US Catholic bishops adopted a supposedly binding national child sex abuse charter mandating “openness and transparency” in child sex abuse cases. SNAP, however, believes that you as the Youngstown Bishop are violating that policy in two recent cases by your “on-going secrecy.”

[Vindicator]

1) You disclosed yesterday that a teacher and deacon no longer works for the diocese “in any capacity” but refused to say why. We suspect it is because that teacher/cleric faces child sex abuse allegations. In fact, we disclosed yesterday that the group has heard from one local man, Jerry Arnal, that he has been molested as a child by a Youngstown Catholic teacher/cleric. Months ago, we also received an anonymous letter that said the teacher/cleric was ousted recently from his post at Cardinal Mooney High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Why Teens Can Not "Consent"

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

About a year ago, Fr. Groeschel made his ill-advised comments that amounted to, "A victim of sexual abuse is not always a victim."

When I pointed out how wrong he was, the furor that erupted on this blog surprised and distressed me. As I explained to a friend on Facebook ...

A very large percentage of "conservative" Catholics are adamant that the age of consent is based on positive law only and not on natural law to some degree. I kept claiming that the age of consent, like all legal boundaries, must be somewhat arbitrary, but that it was based on a simple fact: the capacity to consent to sex is not present until fairly late in adolescence. No one wanted to hear that. One of the guys who was most critical of this and who most pushed the agenda of "a 15-year old wants it" had a profile that linked to anime sites. It was really distressing to me.

And let me add the usual caveats. Yes, teenaged girls can be very provocative - and I know personally how easy it is for a "grown ass married dude" (as Matt Walsh calls us) to be tempted in this way.

But read this article - The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man. Be advised that some graphic language is used and at one point a sexual encounter is described in detail. But the article speaks the truth - the truth many of my readers don't want to hear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Constanza priest accused of sexual abuse

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- Community organizations held a press conference in Constanza yesterday to denounce sexual abuse allegedly committed by a local parish priest, Father Juan Manuel de Jesús Mota.

The groups made the complaint via the Cibao Women’s Coordination Group and called on the La Vega prosecution office to open an investigation into the case: despite being informed of the allegations two weeks ago the authorities have not yet taken any action.

A priest identified as Juan Manuel de Mota (Padre Johnny) who has served the church in Constanza for 15 years, is accused of sexually abusing several young girls, some of them members of the parish choir.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

End-of-Week Hodgepodge: On Defining Others, Bayard Rustin, Hate and Religion, Witches, and President-Elect of Conference of Catholic Superiors of Men

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

5. At its annual assembly a few weeks ago, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which serves the leadership of more than 17,000 Catholic priests and brothers who belong to religious orders in the U.S., chose Fr. James J. Greenfield of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales as its president-elect. On behalf of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), David Clohessy responds:

A Delaware priest, who claims there’s a "war on the Roman Catholic priesthood" has just been elected head of America's Catholic religious orders. He also insists that two convicted child molesters are innocent and that prosecutors are "overzealous." We think he’s an extremist.

David Clohessy notes that Greenfield made his "incendiary remarks" about a purported "war" on priests as abuse cases are investigated and tried in court to Ralph Cipriano of the Big Trial blog in Philadelphia. Clohessy adds,

Fr. Greenfield’s election sends a depressing and chilling message to thousands of clergy sex abuse victims. Decades into the church’s horrific and on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, Catholic officials are still elevating colleagues who deny and mischaracterize the scandal.

And I agree with David that this decision of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men deserves critical attention. If the goal of the Catholic hierarchy and of religious communities is to get to the bottom of abuse and to be transparent in account for it, electing people who speak about the investigation of the abuse crisis as a "war" on priests is hardly likely to help us achieve that goal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Rabbis trained to handle sexual abuse issues

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

JOHN MASANAUSKAS HERALD SUN AUGUST 29, 2013

VICTORIAN Jewish religious leaders are being trained in how to deal with disclosures of sexual abuse and family violence.

A US expert recently visited Melbourne to advise rabbis on the subject.

There have been perceptions in the Jewish community that some religious figures were advising against reporting abuse cases to police.

Last month, rabbi David Kramer was jailed for sexually assaulting four students while teaching at Melbourne's Yeshivah College between 1989 and 1991.

Rabbinical Council of Victoria president Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant said the training for rabbis was not directly linked to the sex abuse cases, but was influenced by them.

"There was a misconception that rabbis were saying to people that they mustn't report to the police," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Forschungsprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch“ wird interdisziplinär ausgeschrieben

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

Das von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz beschlossene Forschungsprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz“ wird nun als „Interdisziplinäres Forschungsverbundprojekt“ neu ausgeschrieben. Diesen Beschluss hat der Ständige Rat der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung gefasst.

Nachdem das Forschungsprojekt durch die Kündigung der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kriminologischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen e. V. zu Jahresanfang vorläufig beendet wurde, weil keine gemeinsame Basis gefunden werden konnte, beschlossen die deutschen Bischöfe noch im Januar 2013 einstimmig, an der Realisierung des Forschungsprojektes festzuhalten. Dazu wurde ein Beraterkreis von den deutschen Bischöfen eingesetzt, der bei der Überprüfung des Projektkonzepts und der Auswahl eines neuen Projektpartners Hilfe leistet. Wesentliche Ziele des Forschungsprojektes sind nach wie vor die Erhebung von verlässlichem Zahlenmaterial sowie die Untersuchung von Täterstrategien, Opfererleben und institutionellen Aspekten. Die Erkenntnisse werden in die diözesane Präventionsarbeit einfließen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Pfarrer klagt nach Sexvorhalt

OSTERREICH
Kurier

Er wollte, dass ich ihn immer zwischen den Oberschenkeln streichle. Ab und zu habe ich auch sein ,Teil’ berühren müssen – das hat ihm getaugt“, beschuldigte Ex-Ministrant Harald F. im Mai 2012 Pfarrer T. in einem TV-Bericht des Senders Puls4.

Der Geistliche soll ihn zwischen 1982 und 1984 vielfach sexuell missbraucht haben. Die Übergriffe sollen in einer kleinen Gemeinde im Bezirk Steyr-Land,OÖ, passiert sein. Doch T., der inzwischen eine Innviertler Pfarre leitet, bestreitet das vehement: „Das stimmt nicht.“

Der Fall landete bei der Unabhängigen Opferschutzanwaltschaft („Klasnic-Kommision“), die F. einem zehnstündigen Clearing-Verfahren unterziehen ließ. Nach eingehender psychologischer Prüfung wurde der 41-Jährige schließlich als Opfer eingestuft und bekam 5000 Euro plus 30 Therapiestunden zugesprochen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Gescheiterte Aufarbeitung: Kirche schreibt Studie zu Missbrauchsfällen neu aus

DEUTSCHLAND
Jesus.de

[Summary: The German Catholic Bishops' Conference has re-advertised the research project regarding sexual abuse of minors.]

Die katholische Deutsche Bischofskonferenz hat das Forschungsprojekt zum sexuellen Missbrauch Minderjähriger neu ausgeschrieben. Das habe der Ständige Rat auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung beschlossen, teilte die Bischofskonferenz am Mittwoch in Bonn mit.

Für das Projekt können sich Wissenschaftler verschiedener Fachrichtungen bewerben. Ziel der Studie sei weiterhin, sexuelle Übergriffe von Priestern und anderen Geistlichen von 1945 bis heute zu erheben und zu analysieren.

Die neue Ausschreibung sieht eine Laufzeit von 2014 bis 2017 vor. Ziel sei es, verlässliches Zahlenmaterial zu erheben und Täterstrategien, Opfererleben und institutionelle Aspekte zu untersuchen. Die Erkenntnisse sollen in die Präventionsarbeit einfließen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Bischöfe schreiben Forschungsprojekt zu Missbrauchsskandal neu aus

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Die katholische Bischofskonferenz hat einen neuen Anlauf für das Anfang des Jahres vorerst gescheiterte Forschungsprojekt zur Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals gestartet. Das Projekt werde interdisziplinär neu ausgeschrieben, teilte die Bischofskonferenz am Mittwoch in Bonn mit. Wesentliche Ziele seien weiterhin die Erhebung "verlässlichen Zahlenmaterials" sowie die Untersuchung von "Täterstrategien, Opfererleben und institutionellen Aspekten". Die Projektlaufzeit sei von 2014 bis 2017 vorgesehen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

DBK-Forschungsprojekt 'Sexueller Missbrauch' wird neu ausgeschrieben

DEUTSCHLAND
kath.net

Ziele des Forschungsprojektes sind nach wie vor die Erhebung von verlässlichem Zahlenmaterial sowie die Untersuchung von Täterstrategien, Opfererleben und institutionellen Aspekten. Erkenntnisse werden in die diözesane Präventionsarbeit einfließen

Bonn (kath.net/dbk) Das von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz beschlossene Forschungsprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz“ wird nun als „Interdisziplinäres Forschungsverbundprojekt“ neu ausgeschrieben. Diesen Beschluss hat der Ständige Rat der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung gefasst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

John White, convicted of killing Rebekah Gay, commits suicide in prison

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Jessica Fleischman | jfleisc2@mlive.com
on August 28, 2013

SAGINAW, MI — John Douglas White, convicted of murdering Rebekah Jane Gay last year, has killed himself in prison, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

White was found dead during the morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 28, having hanged himself in his prison cell.

White, 56, was housed in the Michigan Reformatory correctional facility in Ionia at the time of his death, stated written correspondence from MDOC spokesman Russell Marlan.

After accepting a plea deal for second-degree murder as a habitual offender in the death of the 24-year-old Isabella County woman, White was sentenced to 56 years and three months in prison during his April 2013 sentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Minister convicted in slaying found hanged in cell in Ionia

MICHIGAN
Oakland Press

IONIA (AP) — A minister convicted of murder for killing his fiancee’s 24-year-old daughter to fulfill a fantasy to have sex with a dead body has died after being found hanged in his prison cell.

MLive reports that officials at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia found 56-year-old John D. White about 4 a.m. Wednesday suffering from self-inflicted asphyxiation.

White had been a minister of the small Christ Community Fellowship church in Isabella County’s Deerfield Township, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Cover-up inquiry to reopen

AUSTRALIA
Maitland Mercury

Aug. 29, 2013

An inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse committed by Maitland and Newcastle Catholic priests will reopen to hear evidence from two of the church’s most senior officials.

The special commission of inquiry will reconvene in Sydney on September 9 when the general-secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Father Brian Lucas, and the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Monsignor John Usher, will give evidence.

Father Lucas gave evidence to the inquiry during its eight weeks of public hearings that wrapped up in Newcastle earlier this month.

He said between 1990 and 1995 he heard of 35 complaints against priests while working on a team established to persuade ­paedophile priests to resign.

Father Lucas was also part of a committee that designed protocol for bishops in dealing with allegations of criminal behaviour in the 1980s and 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Church child sex abuse inquiry Sydney hearings

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By IAN KIRKWOOD Aug. 28, 2013

THE Special Commission of Inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese of the Catholic Church has announced further public hearings in Sydney.

The hearings, with Monsignor John Usher and Father Brian Lucas, are scheduled to start at 10am on September 9.

The commission finished its scheduled public hearings in Newcastle on August 1, but commissioner Margaret Cunneen has held a series of in-camera hearings during the intervening weeks.

Father Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, gave evidence in the public Newcastle hearings and was listed as one of at least 15 witnesses giving evidence behind closed doors.

Monsignor Usher, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, had not appeared previously on witness lists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Man claims abuse by Catholic school teacher 37 years ago

OHIO
WFMJ

[with video]

By Michelle Nicks, Reporter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - New allegations of child sex abuse emerge related to the Catholic church.

A Youngstown man claims he was molested at age 13 by a teacher at St. Christine's School in the city.

Jerry Arnal, now 51 years-old, stood outside the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown telling 21 News he felt compelled to publicly reveal his painful past in hopes that he could prevent the crimes from happening to any other young children.

Arnal says he was repeatedly molested by a deacon and Catholic school teacher at St. Christine's back in 1976.

The Youngstown man also claims the alleged abuser still works in the diocese, a claim the Youngstown Diocese vehemently denies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Querellante en caso O'Reilly: Hay presiones inaceptables

CHILE
Cooperativa

El abogado querellante en la denuncia de abusos sexuales contra el sacerdote John O'Reilly, Juan Ignacio Escobar, afirmó en Una Nueva Mañana en Cooperativa que se han producido presiones inaceptables para proteger al ex capellán del Colegio Cumbres en el juicio.

O'Reilly enfrentó este martes la audiencia de formalización por abusos contra ds hermanas de ese establecimiento cuando ellas tenían seis y nueve años, en la que la Fiscalía pidió la prisión preventiva en su contra, lo que fue rechazado por la jueza a cargo del caso, Andrea Díaz-Muñoz.

Este trámite se produjo dos días después de que fuera publicada una carta en los diarios La Tercera y El Mercurio con más de mil firmas en apoyo del sacerdote acusado, lo que el abogado calificó de "presión indebida".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Sacerdote O'Reilly: "Rezo mucho por las familias y, particularmente, por las niñita

CHILE
Cooperativa

Luego que el Cuarto Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago lo dejara en libertad y sin medidas cautelares, el sacerdote John O'Reilly envió un mensaje de apoyo a las familias de las presuntas víctimas de abusos que se le imputaban, afirmando que reza por ellas.

El religioso había sido formalizado este martes acusado de abusos sexuales en contra de dos niñas del colegio Cumbres cuando éstas tenían seis y 10 años, a partir de 2007.

O'Reilly llegó hasta el Centro de Justicia acompañado por apoderados, alumnos y ex estudiantes del colegio Cumbres y salió de la misma forma. Antes de retirarse del lugar declaró que "creo que se han mencionado aquí todos las personas que sufren, evidentemente, tienen una oportunidad para el futuro".

Op-Ed: The troubling legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

BY BERNIE M. FARBER, OTTAWA CITIZEN AUGUST 28, 2013

He was considered one of Canada’s preeminent poets, a writer whose verses sang of Canada’s natural beauty, whose poems painted pictures of Canadian wilderness that brought pride to a nation. He was also a heartless civil servant, the first superintendent of Canadian residential schools and a deputy minister of Indian Affairs in the early part of the 20th century whose policies targeting First Nations, many believe, meet today’s definition of the UN genocide convention.

Duncan Campbell Scott was born in Ottawa in 1862. His desire was to go into medicine, a profession that his family could ill afford. His father, however, Rev. William Scott, did have connections in the nation’s capital and managed to get his son a job within the Indian Affairs sector, then part of the Department of the Interior. Scott spent the rest of his professional career in Indian Affairs, eventually rising to deputy superintendent in 1923. And it is here that he callously enforced laws and regulations that were determined to assimilate Canada’s indigenous population into Canadian society.

Scott believed wholeheartedly in the residential-school plan for young aboriginal children, a policy Canada had adopted even before Confederation. He approached his job with the fervour of a zealot. Scott embraced the idea that removing aboriginal children from the reserve, forcibly if need be, and placing them in residential schools often many hundreds of miles from their homes was the only way, as he ominously stated, to “kill the Indian in the child.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Dubuque Archdiocese Settles 26 Clergy Sex Abuse Cases

IOWA
KCRG

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Archdiocese of Dubuque has agreed to pay $5.2 million to 26 people claiming clergy sex abuse.

The settlement was announced Wednesday.

The Dubuque Archdiocese also settled with 18 victims in 2008 for $4.7 million. The Archdiocese paid nine victims $2.6 million in 2007. 20 victims were part of a $5 million settlement in 2006. The church also settled with 10 victims individually.

As director of The Iowa "Survivor's network of those Abused by Priests", Steve Theisen says no amount of money can fix the damage abusers cause their victims. "A lot of the folks haven't been able to reach their potential because of the abuse," said Theisen.

As a sexual abuse survivor himself, Theisen says what really helps victims recover is therapy. "The nightmares went away. The wrong thinking, some of that is still there. But a lot of the anxiety and depression went away. "

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Archdiocese of Dubuque resolves sexual abuse cases with $5.2 million settlement

IOWA
The Gazette

More than 20 sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Dubuque were resolved earlier this month in the form of a settlement.

According to a press release from Waterloo lawyer Chad Swanson, of Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, P.L.C., 26 sexual abuse claims were resolved with a $5.2 million settlement with the Archdiocese. The money was collectively paid to 22 males and four females survivors.

“The settlement is a significant and the amount of money included in the settlement may appear substantial, but on a per person basis, it will never be sufficient to compensate these claimants for all of the years of living with shame, embarrassment and stigma of the abuse,” Swanson said in the release.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, released Wednesday, said the Archdiocese will continue to publish notices in its newspaper inviting people who were sexually abused as minors to come forward with information on how to do so. It will also offer to pay for counseling and therapy for victims for up to 12 sessions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Archdiocese of Dubuque – Table of Accused Priests

IOWA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque

August 2013

Table of priests against whom public accusations of sexual abuse of minors have been made and/or
lawsuits have been filed. They are listed chronologically according to the earliest time the sexual abuse
occurred, according to the accusations. The name of the priest is included, as well as dates of birth, ordination, and death. In the “Comments” section, the time that the accusation became public is Indicated. At the end of the table, there is provided an alphabetical list of the priests, with each priest’s
dates and places of assignments. The current status of the priest is also listed in that summary. Being included in this table does not necessarily mean that the accusation has been proven in a court of law or shown to have occurred through an outside investigation or admitted to by the person accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

SEX ABUSE: Archdiocese Of Dubuque Pays $5.2m

IOWA
WHO

The Archdiocese of Dubuque is paying millions of dollars to victims of sex abuse by its clergy members.
26 victims of sexual abuse will split a $5.2-million settlement. Of the 26, four are female and 22 are male.

The abuse to the then minors happened between the 1940′s and 1970′s.

The Archdiocese of Dubuque keeps a list on its website of priests publicly accused of abuse. Nine of the 10 priests accused of abuse in this particular settlement were already on that list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Archdiocese settles more clergy sex abuse cases

IOWA
The Globe Gazette

By PAT KINNEY, For The Globe Gazette

WATERLOO — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque has paid $5.2 million to 26 victims of clergy sex abuse — the fourth such settlement in nine years and the first since 2008.

The out-of-court settlement was announced Wednesday by Waterloo attorney Chad Swanson of the Dutton law firm and confirmed by the archdiocese.

It involves 10 priests in incidents alleged to have occurred from the late 1940s through the 1970s, including three who served in North Iowa.

None of the accused clergy currently work as priests, and most are dead. Archdiocesan officials have said the number of new claims has tapered off significantly in recent years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Dubuque Archdiocese settles clergy sex abuse cases

IOWA
Houston Chronicle

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque will pay $5.2 million to 26 people who have claimed clergy sex abuse, according to a settlement announced Wednesday.

Archbishop Michael Jackels and Archbishop Emeritus Jerome Hanus apologized in a statement to the victims and their families, and expressed hope that the settlement will be supportive of them.

"They assure all the victims of their prayers for them and their families," said a statement from Sister Carol Hoverman, the communications director for the archdiocese.

The statement said priests who abused are a "disgrace to the vocation and a scandal to the faithful."

"The vast majority of priests are good and holy servants of God and God's people," said the statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

SNAP demonstrates at cathedral

OHIO
Vindicator

By joe gorman
jgorman@vindy.com
youngstown

A man saying he was abused by a deacon and former Diocese of Youngstown employee in 1976 said he came forward to help other people who may have been abused by the same person.

The diocese in 2011, however, told Jerry Arnal, 51, of Youngstown, who is making the claim, that it investigated and found the claims to be unsubstantiated. The diocese also said the employee, who also used to be at Cardinal Mooney High School, has not been employed by the diocese since last year and that he no longer is a deacon.

Judy Jones, Midwest regional director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, and Arnal had a news conference outside St. Columba Cathedral on Wednesday. Jones urged Bishop George Murry, head of the diocese, to release the man’s name so that others can report abuse and seek help. Jones and Arnal refused to identify the person they are accusing, saying that is up to the diocese.

“We believe children are still at risk in this diocese,” Jones said. “We won’t release the name because Bishop Murry knows who it is, and it his responsibility.”

When asked if the name of someone who has not been formally charged should be released, Jones said the diocese has done it before with the case of former priest Thomas Crum. Crum was banished from the priesthood in 2010 after allegations surfaced in 2009 that he abused a student, also at Cardinal Mooney, in 1976. Crum was asked to resign by the diocese in June 2009 after the accuser’s May 2009 claim was investigated and found to be credible, and police departments in several other locations were contacted. Crum ultimately was not charged criminally because the statute of limitations, the time limit for filing charges in a criminal case, had run out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Man claims deacon abused him

OHIO
Tribune Chronicle

August 29, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN - A city man who said he was abused close to 30 years ago by a teacher / deacon while he was a student at St. Christine's school joined an advocacy group that confronted Youngstown Diocese officials about the matter on Wednesday.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced plans to hand-deliver a letter to Bishop George Murry asking him to suspend the deacon, who SNAP claimed is still part of the diocese.

SNAP official Judy Jones said Jerry Arnal was abused by a teacher repeatedly during the mid-to-late 1970s. According to SNAP, Arnal reported the alleged abuse to Sister Jane Marie Kudlacsz, the principal, in 1987.

SNAP claims Murry told Arnal in 2011 that he hired a private investigator, who found no evidence of molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

‘I Believe You’

UNITED STATES
Morung Express

Catherine Woodiwiss Sojourners

The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church

Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian, she quickly signed up to join the campus ministry. What she found in the group surprised her.

“It was so misogynistic,” Paparella recalled. “My leaders perpetuated this hyper-masculinized idea of God as physically a man.”

Over the years, Paparella wrestled to reconcile this image of God with her own faith, often to the discomfort of her peers. But an incident of sexual abuse within the ministry proved the breaking point. When it was discovered that a young man had been abusing his female partner, also in the group, the campus minister and student leaders responded by encouraging the young woman to stand by her man and to pray with the other students for his healing.

Paparella was horrified. “I realized, they don’t want me to think. After that, I just didn’t see how faith and women’s empowerment could be reconciled.” From that point on, she said, “the women’s movement really became my new church.”

Several months ago, a young woman in Steubenville, Ohio, suffered a series of horrific, and horrifically public, violations. After being raped by two classmates, her abuse continued as photos of the incident were spread throughout social networks and ultimately to the national media. Not only did she suffer violations of her body, of her dignity, and of her privacy, she later suffered skepticism and blame from victim-shamers both online and in her community, and had her identity broadcast on cable news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Victim Advocates Speak Out On DBQ Archdiocese

IOWA
CBS 2

[with video]

Updated: Wednesday, August 28 2013

DUBUQUE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Tonight, it’s the church asking for forgiveness.

“I will repeat it as long as I have life's breath...I am sorry,” said Archbishop Michael Jackels.

With the Archdiocese of Dubuque settling with 26 more victims of sexual abuse for a total of $5.2 million dollars, the total is now up to 83 settlements over the past seven years. Jackels says they don't want to stop at a cash payment.

“If there's anything that we can do or say to help with the process of healing and wholeness, we're ready to do that,” Jackels said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Local deacon resigns after molestation charges

ARIZONA
Glendale Star

By DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

A deacon at St. Thomas More Church has resigned from the church and Diocese of Phoenix Diocese after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

Ron Gonzalez, 62, assisted at St. Thomas More Parish since 2003 and was officially assigned to the parish in January 2011. He was named parish manager in May 2013.

Gonzalez resigned from the church Aug. 14 and the Diocese of Phoenix stated that, “Gonzalez’s faculties to function in the ministry within the Diocese of Phoenix have been revoked and he is no longer employed by the parish.”

The alleged incidents stem from events in Texas and Pennsylvania, 15 to 20 years ago, prior to Gonzalez moving to Arizona.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Diocese Aims To Sink Travelers Sex Abuse Suit In 9th Circ.

MONTANA
Law360

By Bibeka Shrestha

Law360, New York (August 28, 2013, 4:00 PM ET) -- A Catholic diocese urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a federal lawsuit in which Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. fought coverage of lawsuits brought by hundreds of alleged victims of sexual abuse, arguing the insurance issues should be decided in a parallel state court action instead.

The Roman Catholic Church of Helena asked the appeals court to uphold a Montana federal judge's decision to toss a coverage suit brought by Travelers and its affiliates — United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. and St....

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

UPDATE: Archbishop on abuse cases: 'So sorry' priests victimized

IOWA
Telegraph-Herald

BY MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER MNPEDERSON@WCINET.COM

UPDATED
Another 26 claims of clergy sexual abuse against priests with the Archdiocese of Dubuque have been settled for cases from the late 1940s through the 1970s.

The archdiocese paid a total of $5.2 million to the abuse survivors: 22 men and four women, according to attorney Chad A. Swanson of the Waterloo, Iowa, firm Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman. The firm has resolved 83 clergy sexual abuse claims against the archdiocese since 2006.

The priests named in the latest group of claims served in schools, hospitals, colleges, convents and parishes big and small. A group representing clergy sex abuse victims said there are likely many more victims who have not reported their abuse.

“This is, we suspect, fewer than half of all such victims,” said Steve Theisen, director of the Iowa chapter ofSurvivors Network of those Abused by Priests, in a press release. “We urge Iowa’s bishops to ‘come clean’ and disclose all the settlements — those in which victims were represented by lawyers and those in which victims were not represented.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Abuse charges brought against Chilean priest

CHILE
Santiago Times

John O’Reilly is accused of sexually abusing two young girls while he served as the chaplain and spiritual advisor at their school.

A Santiago court formalized Tuesday the charges against an Irish-born Catholic priest accused of molesting two young girls.

John O’Reilly now faces two charges of sexual assault for his alleged abuse of two girls who at the time were 6 and 10 years old, respectively. O’Reilly’s accusers say the abuse took place in 2007, while the priest was still serving as the chaplain and spiritual director of Colegio Cumbres — a private school in the affluent Santiago borough of Las Condes.

During the hearing, prosecutors presented a psychiatric evaluation performed on O’Reilly that said he suffered from a "social adaptation deficit" and recommended that, regardless of the case's outcome, he not be allowed to continue to work with children.

Though prosecutors managed to formalize charges against O’Reilly, they failed in their bid to have him taken into custody leading up to the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

August 28, 2013

Abuse alleged at St. Christine

OHIO
WKBN

[with video]

A Boardman man said Wednesday he was abused in 1976 by a teacher and deacon while he was an 8th-grade student at St. Christine School in Youngstown.

Jerry Arnal, 51, said he reported the abuse in 1987 and 2008 to school and diocese officials and to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office, but no action has been taken.

Arnal, who was with the advocate group the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said prosecutors told him the statute of limitations has run out so they are unable to file charges.

Arnal and SNAP officials refused to name the deacon they claim abused Arnal. SNAP also claimed they received an anonymous letter claiming the same deacon had sex with a girl student at Cardinal Mooney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Mother: Priest sexually abused my son 30 years ago

TEXAS
KHOU

by KHOU.com staff
khou.com
Posted on August 9, 2013

HOUSTON -- A mother has come forward saying a man sexually abused her son 30 years ago.

The woman reported it to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Officials there said they've relieved the priest of his duties while police investigate.

The priest also worked as a chaplain in a local hospital.

We did not release his name because charges were not filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Dubuque Archdiocese announces settlement with sexual abuse victims

IOWA
Radio Iowa

August 28, 2013 By Dar Danielson

Details were released Wednesday of a settlement with the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 26 sexual abuse claims against Catholic priests. The settlement says the abuse happened between the late 1940s and the 1970s and 22 males and four females will be paid $5.2-million.

Archbishop Michael Jackels took over three months ago when Jerome Hanus retired. “I am sorry, so sorry that this has ever happened, and also how it has affected their trust that somebody in the church, or the leadership in the church could be trusted to help,” Jackels told Radio Iowa.

“Second, that we offer what is within our means to contribute to the whole process of healing and wholeness.” Jackels says the Catholic church as a whole, and the Dubuque Diocese in particular are intent ending any abuse by priests.

“I suppose somebody could dispute on this matter, but I am, we are, committed to do all that is humanly possible to make sure that this doesn’t happen in the future,” Jackels says. He says the effort to educate priests and others within the church now is much more rigorous than when he applied to be a priest in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Wed. 3:17pm: Man accuses former teacher of abuse; church refutes claim

OHIO
Tribune Chronicle

August 28, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN - A city man who said he was abused close to 30 years ago by a teacher and deacon while he was a student at St. Christine's school joined an advocacy group that confronted Youngstown Diocese officials about the matter on Wednesday.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced plans to hand deliver a letter to Bishop George Murry asking him to suspend the deacon, who SNAP claimed is still part of the diocese.

SNAP official Judy Jones said Jerry Arnal was abused by a teacher at Cardinal Mooney repeatedly during the mid-to-late 1970s. According to SNAP, Arnal reported the alleged abuse to Sister Jane Marie Kudlacsz, the Mooney principal, in 1987.

SNAP claims Murry told Arnal in 2011 that he hired a private investigator, who found no evidence of molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Letter to Bishop Campbell

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dear Bishop Campbell:

We are members of a support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. We are begging you to do this as well, by giving information to Canadian authorities about a proven predator priest who worked in your diocese.

On September 4, Fr. Phil J. Jacobs will be sentenced for sexually abusing a Canadian child. Last year, he admitted abuse incidents involving boys in Ohio, claiming he wanted “to teach (them) to masturbate.” (At least ten children have said he molested them.)

As you no doubt know, Fr. Jacobs spent time at four central Ohio Catholic facilities. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Fr. Jacobs worked “at St. Joseph the Worker School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In central Ohio, he was at St. Anthony Parish on the North Side from 1975 to 1979, St. Philip the Apostle Parish on the East Side from 1979 to 1981, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Westerville from 1986 to 1989. He also taught philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side from 1986 to 1993.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

George Goes to Rio (Or: It’s GOOD to be the Cardinal!!)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Previous posts have covered Australia Cardinal George Pell’s penchant for the finer things of life, such as his palatial $30 million Roman holiday home, “Domus Australia”. This appears to be in conflict with the new guy in the Vatican who promotes a more humble existence. Now, we have the explanation from the horse’s mouth.

Pell told Gerard O’Connell of the “Vatican Insider” earlier in the year that “The Holy Father is an old style Jesuit, he’s taken a vow of poverty and he takes it seriously. Most of the rest of us haven’t taken a vow of poverty.” When things got a bit boring at “Domus Australia”, George took some time off to fly half-way around the world to accompany about 40 “pilgrims” (no, we’re not tourists!) to Rio. On the way, he stopped off in Lima to catch up with an old mate, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (pictured below).

George may feel hardly done by in being accused back in Australia of being complicit in a cover-up of priestly child sexual abuse, but poor old Capriani has even more problems. He was accused of having been complicit in a massacre of schoolteachers that took place during an anti-terrorism operation.

Since Pell has not taken a vow of poverty, he chose to stay at the Retreat House run by the Sisters of San Jose of Cluny (pictured below), which was not quite up to “Domus Australia” standard, but what can you expect in a country as poor as Peru?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Padre anuncia na missa que largará batina para se casar

BRASIL
em

A última das três missas do domingo celebradas pelo padre Gerônimo Moreira, de 32 anos, na Igreja Matriz de Gavião (BA), cidade 245 quilômetros a noroeste de Salvador, surpreendeu os fiéis. Ao fim da cerimônia, Moreira começou a ler uma carta na qual se despedia da igreja para "assumir a paternidade e a vida familiar". Pouco depois, o padre publicou a carta em sua página no Facebook.

A decisão veio depois de a namorada do padre, funcionária pública no município de Conceição do Coité, vizinho de Gavião, Emília Carneiro, de 23 anos, contar ao religioso que estava grávida. A descoberta foi feita em maio e, segundo o padre, desde lá os dois entraram em crise. "Assumi (a paternidade), mas tinha muito medo da reação das pessoas da comunidade e da família dela", conta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Brazil priest breaks news of fatherhood during mass

BRAZIL
AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO — A priest in northeastern Brazil stunned his parishioners by announcing during mass that he would soon become the father of a little girl and leave the priesthood.

Father Geronimo Moreira, from the small town of Gaviao in Bahia state, said he fell in love with a local girl and got her pregnant.

"With time we noticed that our friendship had something more: love, but we always sought to leave it at the level of friendship," the 32-year-old priest said in a letter he read to the faithful during mass last Sunday.

"I said that if I could not keep my vow of celibacy, I would first leave the priesthood so as not to create a scandal in the community," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Archdiocese of Dubuque pays $5.2 million to priests’ victims

IOWA
Dyersville Commercial

By Will Cushman
Staff Writer • will.cushman@wcinet.com

A law firm representing sexual abuse victims of priests in the Archdiocese of Dubuque revealed today that the Archdiocese paid $5.2 million to 26 victims in a recent settlement.

Chad Swanson, of Dutton, Braun, Staack and Hellman law firm in Waterloo, said in a press release that the claims came from 22 men and four women who were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of 10 Archdiocese priests from the 1940-70s. In addition to the monetary payments, Swanson said the Archdiocese agreed to pay for up to 12 counseling sessions for each of the victims.

“The settlement is significant and the amount of money included in the settlement may appear substantial, but on a per person basis, it will never be sufficient to compensate these claimants for all of the years of living with the shame, embarrassment and stigma of the abuse,” Swanson said in a press release. “The injuries to this group of survivors cannot be overstated. The settlement does offer the opportunity for each survivor to continue or start their personal healing process.”

Steve Theisen, Iowa director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), applauded the survivors in a statement Wednesday.

“Like all who have suffered clergy sex crimes and cover-ups, they endured and continue to endure the life-long consequences from trusting someone in a collar or a habit,” Theisen said. “They have found the strength to come forward, expose predators and seek justice.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Irish-Born Priest Released Amid Sexual Abuse Charges in Chile

CHILE
New Tang Dynasty

An Irish-born priest was released by a judge in Chile on Tuesday after a hearing into alleged sexual abuse charges.

Prosecutors allege that John Joseph O'Reilly, 66, abused two children at Colegio Cumbres, a school in Santiago where he worked as the spiritual advisor.

An investigation into abuse allegations began last July, and the priest and his defence team have maintained his innocence.

After a nearly eight-hour hearing in a Santiago court room, Judge Andrea Diaz-Munoz refused to imprison the priest while the investigation continues, citing insufficient evidence.

O'Reilly is a member of the Legionaries of Christ, a once influential religious order that has been at the centre of several sexual abuse controversies in recent years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Letter to Bishop Murry

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

To Bishop Murry,

As victims of child sex abuse, and advocates for those victims, we urge you to act responsibly regarding the credible accusations against a deacon and teacher at a Youngstown Catholic school.

You claim that an investigation was conducted - in secrecy - and there was no evidence found. Yet another person has come forward to us - anonymously - reporting misdeeds about this individual who remains around children.

The accused cleric should have been suspended and his name publicly released. Additionally, the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics who have worked or lived in the diocese should be publicly disclosed and posted on your diocesan website. (Some 30 of your colleagues have done this. Why won't you?)

We urge that you reflect on your actions carefully. We urge you to keep the words of Pope Benedict in mind, when he encouraged all bishops to "do everything possible" to help victims and prevent crimes.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, snapjudy@gmail.com
David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director, Snapclohessy@aol.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Hilarious: ‘Rally’ to Oust Newark Archbishop Myers Draws 3 People (Plus a NJ Star-Ledger Reporter and a Cameraman) [w/ PHOTOS]

NEW JERSEY
TheMediaReport

Recent reporting from the New Jersey Star-Ledger about Newark Archbishop John J. Myers and his handling of a now-deceased priest in the Diocese of Peoria back in the 1990s would have you believe that area Catholics are rabidly up in arms to the point that they are fervently seeking Myers' removal.

However, the meager gathering for an August 20, 2013, "rally" outside Newark's archdiocesan headquarters, apparently organized by local gadfly/ex-priest/"Catholic Whistleblower" Robert Hoatson, suggests that anger against Archbishop Myers has barely extended beyond the editorial room of the Star-Ledger and the basements of the usual Church cranks, such as Hoatson.

A whopping three people showed up for the rally last week seeking the prelate's resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Abuse alleged at St. Christine

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
WKBN

[with video]

A Youngstown man said Wednesday he was abused in 1976 by a teacher and deacon while he was a student at St. Christine’s school.

Jerry Arnal said he reported the abuse in 1987 and 2008 to school and diocese officials and to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office but no action has been taken.

Arnal, who was with the advocate group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said prosecutors told him the statute of limitations has run out so they are unable to file charges.

Arnal and SNAP officials refused to name the deacon they claim abused Arnal. SNAP also claimed they received an anonymous letter claiming the same deacon had sex with a girl student at Cardinal Mooney.

They asked for the people who sent the letter to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Advocate wants long sentence for abusive priest

COLUMBUS (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

[with video]

By JoAnne Viviano
The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday August 28, 2013

An advocacy group is asking the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus to urge a Canadian judge to hand a harsh sentence to a former central Ohio priest who has been convicted of sexually touching a teen in British Columbia.

The Rev. Philip Jacobs was found guilty in February of sexually touching a person between the ages of 14 and 18. He could be sent to prison for five years when he is sentenced next Wednesday.

Carol Zamonski of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests was Downtown today outside St. Joseph Cathedral, the seat of the Columbus diocese. She delivered a letter to the adjacent offices of Bishop Frederick Campbell asking him to use his pulpit and parish bulletins to encourage victims of Jacobs to speak out.

“We urge victims to come forward quickly, report this to the Canadian judge who will be sentencing Father Jacobs next week,” Zamonski said. “It seems that the maximum sentence might be merely five months, with no accountability that we can see for his future access to people that he might prey on.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

DBQ Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Claims

IOWA
CBS 2

[with video]

Updated: Wednesday, August 28 2013

DUBUQUE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Leaders of the Archdiocese of Dubuque say they have reached a settlement agreement with more than two dozen people claiming sexual abuse by priests more than 35 years ago. 26 people claim they were abused by priests in the 1950's and 1960's in Dubuque.

Those accused of sexually abusing minors are Rev. John T. Reed (died in 1996), Joseph Patnode (died in 1977), Patrick McElliott (died in 1987), William Schwartz (removed from priesthood in 2005), Louis Wunder (died in 1990), Louis Wendling (died in 1969), Peter Graff (died in 1976), Robert Reiss (removed from priesthood in 1997 & died in 2005), Allen Schmitt (removed from ministry in 2002), and Robert Swift (died in 1980).

The Archdiocese has agreed to pay $5.2 million dollars to the law firm representing the plaintiffs. In a statement Wednesday Morning, the Archdiocese outlined a number of measures it's taking to identify victims of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Derzeit größter Schadensfall der katholischen Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Von Matthias Drobinski
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst sieht aus wie ein großer Junge, mit dem schmalen Gesicht, den großen Augen, der schlaksigen Gestalt. Und wenn der Bischof von Limburg, der immerhin 53 Jahre alt ist, die Mitra aufsetzt, seinen Bischofshut, fragt man sich unwillkürlich: Darf der das schon?

Man kann mit ihm kontrovers, aber nicht unfreundlich über Ehe und Familie diskutieren, in der deutschen Bischofskonferenz ist er für das Thema zuständig. Dann verteidigt er zum Beispiel das Betreuungsgeld oder kritisiert, dass schwule und lesbische Lebenspartnerschaften rechtlich immer mehr der Ehe angeglichen würden. Man kann das alles anders sehen, doch das wäre kein Anlass, in Tebartz-van Elst den derzeit größten Schadensfall innerhalb des katholischen Deutschlands zu sehen, wie das nun viele Katholiken inner- und außerhalb des Bistums Limburg tun.

Am Sonntag erst haben mehr als 500 Kirchgänger nach dem Hochamt im Frankfurter Dom einen offenen Brief an den Bischof unterschrieben: Die Zukunft des Bistums sei "in hohem Maß gefährdet", heißt es da; die Leitung müsse "umgehend einen anderen Weg einschlagen", wenn sie die katholische Kirche "glaubhaft und glaubwürdig vertreten" wolle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Deutschland: Herde gegen „Luxusbischof“

DEUTSCHLAND
Die Presse

Berlin. Schwaden von Weihrauch und salbungsvollen Worten, Messdiener in weißen Handschuhen und Feuerzauber mit Chrisamöl: Der Bischof von Limburg liebt liturgischen Pomp. Einmal schlugen bei der Einweihung einer Krankenhauskapelle die Flammen am Altar so hoch, dass die Besucher in die Notaufnahme nebenan flüchten mussten. Wenn es nur das wäre: Die Herde würde über ihren exzentrischen Hirten wohl mit christlicher Nachsicht lächeln.

Aber nein: Es brennt lichterloh in dem mitteldeutschen Bistum. Die Katholiken begehren offen auf gegen Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, dessen private Verschwendungssucht sie nicht länger hinnehmen. Eskaliert ist der seit Jahren schwelende Konflikt am vorigen Sonntag. Eine Revolte wie zu Zeiten der Reformation: Pfarrer predigten gegen ihren Vorgesetzten und ernteten begeisterten Applaus. Nach einer Messe in Frankfurt standen über 500 Gläubige Schlange, um einen Protestbrief zu unterschreiben. Und das Beispiel macht Schule, auch am Land.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Limburger Bischof sucht Gespräch mit dem Vatikan

DEUTSCHLAND
Berliner Zeitung

Der Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst ist am Mittwoch nach Rom gereist. Dort traf er mit dem Präfekten der Bischofskongregation, Kardinal Marc Ouellet, zusammen. Tebartz-van Elst hatte nach Angaben des Bistums von sich aus kurzfristig um einen Termin bei Ouellet gebeten. Der Bischof habe bei dem Gespräch „größte Unterstützung und Solidarität in der aktuellen Situation erfahren“, hieß es. Der Limburger Bischof steht seit längerem wegen seines Führungsstils in der öffentlichen Kritik. Für Diskussionen sorgte auch der aufwendig restaurierte neue Wohn- und Amtssitz des Bischofs. (KNA)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Catholics rise up against bishop's leadership

DEUTSCHLAND
The Local

German Catholics have rebelled against a bishop, attacking his leadership style and reading out a letter in a cathedral calling for change.

In a letter delivered on Sunday to church authorities, the Frankfurt Catholic Association questioned Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the leadership of the diocese.

The letter said: “The diocese must immediately change tack.” The protesters said that they were “greatly concerned” about the growing crisis of confidence in the diocese, newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine reported.

The letter was read out in Frankfurt Cathedral after a service on Sunday and has also been sent to other towns in the diocese.

According to a report on the website of the Frankfurt Catholic Church, 500 people have signed the letter which is seen as a show of support for Frankfurt’s deacon, Johannes zu Eltz, who is a critic of the bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Archdiocese settles $5 million clergy sex abuse lawsuits

IOWA
WCF Courier

WATERLOO. Iowa --- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque has paid $5.2 million to 26 victims of clergy sex abuse --- the fourth such settlement in nine years and the first since 2008.

The out-of-court settlement was announced today by Waterloo attorney Chad Swanson of the Dutton law firm and confirmed by the archdiocese. It involves 10 priests in incidents alleged to have occurred from the late 1940s through the 1970s

None of the accused clergy currently work as priests, and most are dead. Archdiocesan officials have said the number of new claims has tapered off significantly in recent years.

Swanson worked through the archdiocese over several years to settle the claims without having to file lawsuits for 22 males and four females --- unlike previous settlements which did involve litigation.

"We've been working on this project for nearly 10 years, and we've been able to foster a lot of healing for a lot of folks," Swanson said. "I think it's been a long time coming, particularly with this latest group."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Ensley man pleads guilty to assault of Catholic priest who had 'improper relationship' with wife

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Kelsey Stein | kstein@al.com
on August 28, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Calvin Payne, the Ensley man charged in a 2011 attack on a Catholic priest who was involved with Payne's wife, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in Jefferson County circuit court this morning.

Payne, 57, was charged with attempted murder in an Aug. 17, 2011, attack on the Rev. Emmanuel Isi, who at the time was associate pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Payne's trial had been scheduled for Sept. 9 but he instead entered a plea agreement with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office during an appearance this morning before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Alfred Bahakel.

Payne pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree assault. According to his plea agreement, Payne will serve 15 years in prison, but a probation hearing is set for Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Archdiocese of Dubuque announces settlement with alleged priest abuse victims

IOWA
KWWL

Posted: Aug 28, 2013

Written by Becca Habegger, Multimedia Journalist

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
In a release Wednesday morning, the Archdiocese of Dubuque announced it is paying a total of $5.2 million to a group of 26 people who claim they were abused as minors by priests in the archdiocese.

The alleged abuses took place more than 35 years ago, most of which occurred in the 1950s and 60s.

Victims named a combined total of 10 priests.

The Archdiocese of Dubuque keeps a list on its website of priests publicly accused of abuse. Nine of the 10 priests accused of abuse in this particular settlement were already on that list, which can be found here.

According to the archdiocese, "priests accused of sexual abuse of minors and named in this mediation are the following: the Reverends John T. Reed (deceased 1996), Joseph Patnode (deceased 1977), Patrick McElliott (deceased 1987), William Schwartz (removed from the priesthood in 2005), Louis Wunder (deceased 1990), Louis Wendling (deceased 1969), Peter Graff (deceased 1976), Robert Reiss (removed from the priesthood in 1997, deceased 2005), Allen Schmitt (removed from ministry 2002), and Robert Swift (deceased 1980). More than one victim made claims against McElliott, Patnode, Schwartz, Reed, Reiss, Wunder, and Wendling."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

OH - Child sex victim speaks

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

He says he was abused by teacher
Alleged perpetrator is still on the job
Man reported abuse to prosecutor & bishop
Bishop says he investigated but did so secretly
But Catholic prelate claims “No evidence” was found
SNAP: “A second person also reported misdeeds” against deacon to us
Group wants alleged wrongdoer suspended from his teaching post

WHAT:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Youngstown man will disclose that he

-- was allegedly molested as a child by a Cardinal Mooney teacher who is now a deacon and who is still working in the diocese,
-- has repeatedly reported the offenses to Youngstown’s bishop, and
-- has also tried to contact law enforcement about the cleric/teacher

Two SNAP leaders will

-- read aloud and provide copies of an anonymous letter from another person reporting similar crimes by the teacher/deacon, and
-- prod current and former Catholic employees to speak up about the accused cleric

Both individuals will urge Youngstown Catholic bishop to make public all allegations of sexual abuse that he has received, those that have been removed, and all accused clerics that have been reported to law enforcement.

Afterwards, the three will

-- hand out fliers to Catholics arriving for the 12:10 mass at the Cathedral, and
-- hand deliver a letter to the bishop urging him to suspend the cleric/teacher and aggressively seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
On the sidewalk outside St. Columba Cathedral and chancery office 144 West Wood St. (corner of Elm St ) in Youngstown (330.744.5233)

WHO:
The Youngstown victim, Jerry Arnal, and a St. Louis woman, Judy Jones, who is the associate Midwest director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY:
In the mid-to-late 1970s, when he was roughly 13 years old, Jerry Arnal says he was repeatedly molested by a teacher at Cardinal Mooney high school.

In 1987, Arnal reported the alleged abuse to Sister Jane Marie Kudlacz who was principal of Mooney at that time.

Now, Arnal is speaking out, in detail, for the first time, about not only the purported crimes but also about what he says is the “secretive and hurtful way” Youngstown Catholic officials are responding to him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

26 Iowa clergy sex abuse cases settle, SNAP responds

IOWA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: August 28, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 319 2311663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com )

Twenty six clergy sex abuse victims have settled child sex abuse and cover up cases against the Dubuque Catholic archdiocese.

I applaud each of these brave survivors. Like all who have suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups, they endure and continue to endure the life-long consequences from trusting someone in a collar or a habit.

Like a small minority of those who have suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups, they have found the strength to come forward, expose predators and seek justice. All Iowa citizens and Catholics owe them a debt of gratitude.

At least 83 clergy sex abuse victims, represented by one law firm, have settled cases against the Dubuque Archdiocese, just one of four dioceses in Iowa. This is, we suspect, fewer than half of all such victims. We urge Iowa’s bishops to “come clean” and disclose ALL the settlements, those in which victims were represented by lawyers and those in which victims were not represented.

Before this settlement, there were 88 proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting Iowa Catholic clerics. Now, there are 90. Three of the newest settlements were against predators who the Archdiocese has seem to have slid under the radar and onto their Table of Accused (Fr. Graff, Fr. Wunder, and Fr. Wendling) or at least the Archdiocese did not well-publicize these cases.

Catholic officials will claim that they have put measures in place to prevent this from happening again. We in SNAP remain very skeptical of this claim. At best, it’s too early to tell whether any of the policies bishops hastily adopted a few short years ago area having any impact. Frankly, we doubt that they are. The crux of this crisis has always been that bishops have nearly unlimited power. And their power remains intact. So they continue to ignore and conceal child sex crimes for the same reason they always have: because they can.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Archdiocese of Dubuque pays $5.2 million to sexual abuse victims

IOWA
Telegraph Herald

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
BY MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER MNPEDERSON@WCINET.COM

Another 26 claims of clergy sexual abuse against priests with the Archdiocese of Dubuque have been settled for cases from the late 1940s through the 1970s.

The Archdiocese paid a total of $5.2 million to the abuse survivors: 22 men and four women, according to attorney Chad A. Swanson of the Waterloo, Iowa, firm Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman. The firm has resolved 83 clergy sexual abuse claims against the archdiocese since 2006.

The priests named in the latest group of claims are John Reed, Joseph Patnode, Patrick McElliot, Robert Swift, William Schwartz, Robert Reiss, Allen Schmitt, Louis Wunder, Louis Wendlin and Peter Graff. All the priests are dead except for Schwartz, who was dismissed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict in 2005, and Schmitt. Schmitt has had his priestly duties curtailed, but he is still a priest and works at the archdiocesan administration center in Dubuque under supervision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Secret files detail alleged priest abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian August 29, 2013

CONFIDENTIAL files held by the Archdiocese of Sydney detail dozens of meetings in which two of the country's most senior serving Catholic clerics convinced pedophile priests to quietly resign, an inquiry has heard.

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry will reopen its public hearings next month to hear evidence from Brian Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and John Usher, the chancellor of the archdiocese.

Father Lucas has previously told the inquiry the two men met about 35 alleged pedophile priests, convincing them to resign in a "secret and discreet" process.

In accordance with the alleged victims' wishes, Father Lucas said, the two senior clerics did not report any of these priests to police, despite 10 of the men privately admitting they had committed child abuse.

At least one of these priests is before the courts, charged with child abuse. The resignation of another priest failed to prevent that priest continuing to work for the church, and having access to children, the inquiry heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Causa Ilarraz: la prescripción en manos del Superior Tribunal de Justicia

ARGENTINA
lt10Digital

La sala penal del máximo tribunal entrerriano deberá determinar si sigue o no adelante la causa contra el sacerdote ahora radicado en Tucumán. Para la Cámara del Crimen los delitos que se le imputan al religioso ya están prescriptos.

Autor: lt10digital.com.ar

La Sala Primera de la Cámara del Crimen concedió el recurso de casación presentado por el fiscal Rafael Martín Cotorruelo en la causa que investiga abusos de menores ocurridos en el Seminario de Paraná, y que tiene como principal acusado al cura Justo José Ilarraz, hoy radicado en Tucumán. El 4 de agosto, la Cámara dio vuelta un fallo de primera instancia del juez de Instrucción Alejandro Grippo, y dijo que los delitos que se le imputan a Ilarraz están prescriptos, y por lo tanto no hay posibilidades de continuar con la investigación, tal como lo había pedido la defensa del cura, representada por los abogados Jorge Muñoz y Juan Ángel Fornerón.

Ahora, el caso llegará a la Sala Penal del Superior Tribunal de Justicia (STJ), que integran los vocales Claudia Mizawak, Carlos Chiara Díaz y Daniel Carubia, ya que la Cámara sólo concedió el recurso, pero no lo resuelve. En esa instancia superior, habrá una audiencia pública donde se debatirá la apelación, y de la que ya anunció que tomará parte el procurador general de la provincia, Jorge Amílcar García. La denominada causa Ilarraz involucra el testimonio de siete víctimas, que contaron en la Justicia de qué modo, siendo adolescentes, fueron abusados por Ilarraz mientras permanecían como pupilos en el Seminario, cursando la escuela secundaria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Concedieron el recurso de casación en la causa Ilarraz

ARGENTINA
La Voz

Fecha: 28/08/2013

- Resta ahora que el máximo tribunal fije la fecha de la audiencia en la que cada parte exponga sus argumentos; El expediente, que se abrió en septiembre de 2012, incluye el testimonio de siete víctimas; El cura está suspendido y, por ahora, radicado en Tucumán, luego de que en 1996 fuera enviado al exilio por el entonces arzobispo Estanislao Karlic; Aunque la Justicia le reprochó a la Iglesia su actitud por cuanto a pesar de conocer “estos aberrantes hechos”, echó “un manto de silencio”

La Sala Primera de la Cámara del Crimen concedió el recurso de casación presentado por el fiscal Rafael Martín Cotorruelo en la causa que investiga abusos de menores ocurridos en el Seminario de Paraná, y que tiene como principal acusado al cura Justo José Ilarraz, hoy radicado en Tucumán.

El 4 del actual, la Cámara dio vuelta un fallo de primera instancia del juez de Instrucción Alejandro Grippo, y dijo que los delitos que se le imputan a Ilarraz están prescriptos, y por lo tanto no hay posibilidades de continuar con la investigación, tal como lo había pedido la defensa del cura, representada por los abogados Jorge Muñoz y Juan Ángel Fornerón.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Victims make ‘last ditch’ plea

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Priest will be sentenced next week
He was found guilty on child sex charges
Cleric faces only five years behind bars
He worked at six places in Columbus area
SNAP to bishop: “Help keep predator locked up”
Group wants Catholic officials & public to write to judge & prosecutor

What:
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will disclose that a Columbus priest will be sentenced soon for child sex crimes. They will urge Columbus Catholic officials to

--give his personnel file to the prosecutor in the case,
-- contact the judge, begging her to lock up the predator for “as long as possible,” and
--use their vast resources to urge their flock to do likewise.

The victims will also ask anyone “who many have seen, suspected or suffered” the cleric’s crimes or church cover ups - to call law enforcement officials immediately, so he might face new charges and be jailed longer.

When:
Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.

Where:
On the sidewalk outside St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 East Broad Street (corner of N 5th St.) in downtown Columbus

Who:
Two-three members of a support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), including a Columbus woman who is the organization’s local director

Why:
On Sept. 4, Fr. Phil J. Jacobs will be sentenced for sexually abusing a Canadian child. Last year, he admitted abuse incidents involving boys in Ohio, claiming he wanted “to teach the boys to masturbate.” (At least ten children have said he molested them.)

Fr. Jacobs spent time at four central Ohio Catholic facilities. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Fr. Jacobs worked “at St. Joseph the Worker School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In central Ohio, he was at St. Anthony Parish on the North Side from 1975 to 1979, St. Philip the Apostle Parish on the East Side from 1979 to 1981, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Westerville from 1986 to 1989. He also taught philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side from 1986 to 1993.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Y.U. Report on Sex Abuse Draws Mixed Reaction From Modern Orthodox

NEW YORK
Jewish Daily Forward

By Paul Berger
Published August 28, 2013, issue of September 06, 2013.

The Modern Orthodox community has broadly welcomed a long-awaited report into allegations that Yeshiva University staff physically and sexually abused numerous students over several decades. But the report, which withheld most of the findings uncovered by investigators, was not enough to mollify some current and former Y.U. students and victims of abuse.

“More will need to be said” in the future, said Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, honorary president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the main clergy association for Modern Orthodox rabbis. But Goldin hailed the report, released August 26, as a “critical milestone” in Y.U.’s handling of the abuse allegations.

Y.U. cited a pending lawsuit as its reason for not releasing the specific findings by the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which conducted the investigation. The 21-page report instead offered a three-paragraph summary of the investigation, stating that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place” between the mid-1970s through the 1990’s at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, “in certain instances, after members of the administration had been made aware of such conduct.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Warum Kinder ihre Peiniger schützen

DEUTCHLAND
Focus

Opfer sexueller Gewalt outen sich oft erst Jahrzehnte nach der Tat. Kinder und Jugendliche können die Schweigemauer aus Scham und Loyalität zum Täter kaum überwinden. Sie halten sich ohnehin für die eigentlich Schuldigen.

Und wieder war es ein katholischer Priester: Der frühere Pfarrer der bayerischen Gemeinde Reichertshofen wurde verhaftet, weil der dringende Verdacht besteht, dass er ein Kind sexuell missbraucht hat. Mindestens siebenmal soll er sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der damals noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Das Opfer hat all die Jahre geschwiegen, und erst als Erwachsener den Mut gefunden, seinen Peiniger preiszugeben. Ähnlich sieht es in einer Reihe von Missbrauchsfällen aus, die derzeit quer durch die Republik vor Gericht verhandelt werden: Zwischen der Tat und ihrer Entdeckung liegen Jahre oder Jahrzehnte des Schweigens. Warum ist das heute immer noch so wie vor 30, 40 Jahren? Damals hatten Kinder keine Stimme gegenüber Erwachsenen, Autoritätspersonen gar, wie dem fürsorglichen Lehrer oder dem gütigen Pfarrer. Aber heute, im 21. Jahrhundert?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Church told compensate child sex abuse victim

ITALY
Two Circles

By IANS

Rome: A court in Italy has ordered the Catholic Church to pay 700,000 euros to the family of a woman who was reportedly sexually abused by a priest when she was a child.

Parish priest Giorgio Carli was arrested in 2003, accused of raping the woman when she was nine until she was 14.

He was convicted of the abuse but in 2009 was acquitted by Italy's supreme court under the statute of limitations. Carli, 48, has always professed his innocence.

The court in Bolzano said the dioceses of Bolzano and Brixen and a local parish must pay 500,000 euros to the woman and 100,000 euros each to her parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will be meeting today

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

By joe gorman
jgorman@vindy.com
youngstown

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — or SNAP — will have a private, local meeting today.

Judy Jones, Midwest associate director for SNAP, and Barb Dorris, SNAP outreach coordinator, both said the location and time of the meeting is being kept from the media. The session is to be a closed counseling session for those who have been abused by clergy, regardless of denomination.

Anyone who was a victim of abuse who wants to attend the meeting can call Dorris at 314-862-7688.

Jones said the biggest problem when dealing with abuse cases in the Catholic church is that the bishops in the individual dioceses do not all follow the zero-tolerance policy set down by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when dealing with sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. Robert F. Corrigal, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ordained a Jesuit in 1959, Corrigal spent the bulk of his career as a member of the Oregon Province, working in the diocese of Fairbanks, AK. It was revealed in the diocese's bankruptcy reorganization documents in 2010 that there was an accusation of abuse against Corrigal. He died in May 1988.

Ordained: 1959

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. Robert B. Cullen, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest ordained in 1958, Cullen's ministry took him to the dioceses of Albany, Dallas, Pittsburgh, New York, Baltimore, Wheeling-Charleston, Charlotte, and Allentown. He was a high school guidance counselor and teacher of religion, English, and psychology. In testimony before the Maryland legislature in 2007, a woman stated that Cullen sexually abused her for years in the 1960s, when she was in elementary school. She said her mother reported the abuse to the Jesuits repeatedly, beginning in the late 1960s, but that no action was taken. The woman testified, too, that she was "not the only one" abused by Cullen. Cullen died in February 2005.

Ordained: 1958
Died: Feb. 5, 2005

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Orthodox Groups Under Fire From Within For Inaction On Defender Of Pedophile

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

08/27/13
Gary Rosenblatt
Editor and Publisher

Two prominent Orthodox rabbis — one a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) — spoke out forcefully this past week on the need for transparency and justice on sexual abuse in the community, and criticized the Orthodox Union (OU) and the RCA for not taking a stronger stand against a well-known rabbinic authority on kashrut who defended a confessed pedophile.

Rabbi Heshie Billet, spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Woodmere and a former president of the RCA, wrote an Opinion column on The Jewish Week website. The piece, “Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse,” described the role Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, a major kashrut expert and halachic consultant to the OU, played in publicly defending a confessed sexual abuser, Rabbi Yosef Kolko, who taught youngsters at a Lakewood, N.J., yeshiva.

Further, Rabbi Belsky accused the parents of the victim of going to the police, and wrote that one who does so is guilty of being a moser, the rabbinic term for a Jew who informs on another Jew, and, wrote Rabbi Belsky, “has no share in the world to come.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Priest cleared of abuse challenges Minister for Education’s decision to withdraw salary

IRELAND
Irish Times

A “penniless” schoolteacher priest, who was cleared by his school board of allegations of sexually abusing a student, has been granted leave by the High Court to challenge a decision by the Minister for Education not to pay him his salary.

Fr Tommy Conroy, of Clonamona, Craanford, Gorey, Co Wexford, is also challenging a decision of Gorey Community School not to re-engage him following administrative leave with pay pending school board inquiries into the allegations made against him.

Virtually penniless

Barrister Oliver Costello told the High Court yesterday Fr Conroy had not been paid since the end of May last and was now virtually penniless. Mr Justice Daniel Herbert granted him leave to judicially review both decisions.

Fr Conroy stated in an affidavit that, following a full investigation by the school’s board in October 2012, the board decided he had not engaged in sexual impropriety with the student and no disciplinary action was taken or proposed against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

El día que la cota mil salió a marchar por el padre John

CHILE
El Mostrador

Fue una jornada extensa. Más de siete horas duró la formalización del sacerdote, quien es miembro de la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo. Hasta el Centro de Justicia llegó un grupo de simpatizantes para dar su apoyo al religioso, cuyas redes se extienden entre algunos de los empresarios más influyentes del país. Buena parte de estos ya había firmado una carta de defensa del sacerdote, que se publicó en la prensa dominical y que se ha entendido como un intento de presión sobre los jueces.

por BASTIÁN FERNÁNDEZENVIAR RECTIFICAR IMPRIMIR

-¿Y te vas a tomar un phsycosour a la noche gaia?
-No, hoy no. Hoy voy a estar con los niños.

El diálogo entre dos mujeres no se ajustaba al contexto y parecía forzado, buscando evadir el nerviosismo que había en la mayoría de los asistentes, en las afueras de la sala 903 del Centro de Justicia en pleno barrio Rondizzoni.

El grupo de más de cincuenta simpatizantes del sacerdote, esperaba el comienzo de la formalización por el delito de abuso sexual a menores, del padre John O’Reilly, emblema de los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Sacerdote O'Reilly estará en libertad y ...

CHILE
La Tercera

Sacerdote O'Reilly estará en libertad y sin cautelares mientras se investigan denuncias de abuso sexual

por Karen Soto - 27/08/2013

Luego de una extendida jornada de formalización- casi ocho horas- la jueza del Cuarto Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago, Andrea Díaz-Muñoz, rechazó la petición de la Fiscalía Oriente de prisión preventiva contra el padre John O'Reilly por presuntos abusos sexuales contra menores de edad, quedando sin medidas cautelares.

Según argumentó la jueza Díaz-Muñoz, no se justifica existencia de delitos investigados, ya que "el relato de una de las menores no ha sido espontáneo", y no manifiesta resentimiento por el imputado.

Esto en contradicción a lo expresado por la fiscal Lorena Parra, quien pidió la máxima de las cautelares por considerar que O'Reilly representa un peligro para seguridad de la sociedad y de las víctimas, por peligro de reiteración del delito y por "inminente peligro de fuga" considerando, según la fiscal, que por la reiteración del delito -de ser condenado- la pena deberá ser cumplida de manera efectiva.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

La Justicia chilena procesa a un legionario de Cristo pero decreta su libertad

CHILE
Que!

La justicia chilena procesó hoy al sacerdote de los Legionarios de Cristo John O'Reilly por el presunto abuso sexual reiterado a dos niñas del colegio Cumbre de Las Condes pero decretó su libertad mientras se investigan las denuncias.

Según fuentes judiciales y tras una jornada de casi ocho horas, la jueza del Cuarto juzgado de garantía de Santiago, Andrea Díaz Muñoz, rechazó la petición de la Fiscalía Oriente que pedía la prisión preventiva contra O'Reilly, aunque dictó una medida cautelar de arraigo nacional, lo que significa que no puede abandonar el país.

Díaz estimó que las pruebas presentadas por el Ministerio Público y la parte querellante no fueron suficientes para acreditar la responsabilidad del sacerdote en los delitos imputados por la Fiscalía Oriente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Jueza critica a la fiscalía y niega prisión preventiva para sacerdote O´Reilly

CHILE
Puranoticia

SANTIAGO, Chile, ago. 27 (UPI) -- El Cuarto Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago rechazó dejar en prisión preventiva al sacerdote John O'Reilly, quien fue formalizado este martes por abuso sexual en carácter de reiterado a dos presuntas víctimas menores de edad, hermanas y ex alumnas del Colegio Cumbres.

La jueza Andrea Díaz-Muñoz consideró que las pruebas presentadas por la Fiscalía Metropolitana Oriente y la parte querellante no fueron suficientes para acreditar el supuesto delito y la responsabilidad del sacerdote, y además cuestionó la objetividad del Ministerio Público al omitir piezas de los informes periciales sobre las menores de edad.

Para la magistrada a su vez tampoco se acreditaron los relatos de las presuntas víctimas por considerar que estos no fueron espontáneos e incluso no se evidencia temor ante el imputado, sino más bien la existencia de cierta estimación por parte la presunta víctima hacia el supuesto victimario.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Sacerdote John O’Reilly se declara inocente en formalización por presuntos abusos sexuales

CHILE
Radio UChile

El líder de los Legionarios de Cristo recalcó en su “absoluta inocencia” al ser formalizado, en el Centro de Justicia de Santiago, por las denuncias de abusos sexuales realizadas por menores del Colegio Cumbres. Fiscalía pidió prisión preventiva para el sacerdote.

“Creo absolutamente en mi inocencia”, y “que sea lo que Dios quiera, lo que Dios quiera”, fueron algunas de las escuetas declaraciones del sacerdote John O’Reilly, líder de los Legionarios de Cristo, al ingresar hoy al Centro de Justicia de Santiago, donde fue formalizado por las denuncias de presunto abuso sexual contra dos menores de ocho y once años.

En julio, la fiscal de la zona oriente, Lorena Parra, solicitó esta formalización, luego de recibir la denuncia de dos menores, mujeres, que serían presuntamente abusadas por el sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Acusan de abuso sexual a decano y padre de escuela secundaria

FLORIDA
El Nuevo Herald

JAY WEAVER
JWEAVER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Ahora entre los 20 y los 30 años, los tres hombres de Miami-Dade tienen un lazo en común: los tres se criaron en la fe católica, practicaron deportes competitivos y se graduaron de la secundaria Monsignor Edward Pace High.

Y fue en el recinto de Miami Gardens, según ellos, que el decano estudiantil, el hermano marista Ken Ward, los asaltó sexualmente una y otra vez.

Uno de ellos afirma además que el director de supervisión de la escuela, el padre Gustavo Miyares, había abusado sexualmente de él a finales de la década de 1990 cuando él estaba matriculado en la Escuela Católica Immaculate Conception.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Abuse inquiry to reopen for church officials

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

DAN BOX From: The Australian August 28, 2013

A NSW inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child abuse within the Catholic church will reopen its public hearings to consider evidence from two of the most senior Catholics officials in the country.

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, which held the last of its eight weeks of public hearings earlier this month, will reconvene for an additional hearing in Sydney in September.

The two witnesses who have been called to give evidence are Brian Lucas, the general-secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and John Usher, the chancellor of the archdiocese of Sydney.

Father Lucas has previously given evidence before the inquiry, saying he and Monsignor Usher personally met about 35 alleged pedophile priests during the early 1990s, most of whom were subsequently convinced to resign.

This "secret and discreet"' process meant potential scandal could be contained within the church, Father Lucas told the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Estimated 40 million Americans are victims of child sexual abuse

FLORIDA
TCPalm

Posted August 27, 2013

STUART — Learn how to help prevent child sexual abuse (CSA) and understand the impact it has on our society by registering today for an upcoming “Stewards of Children” workshop.

There are two opportunities coming up for you to learn more. Workshops are scheduled Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9-11:30 a.m. Both classes are generously hosted by Covenant Fellowship Church in Stuart. The workshop was created by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse, is being facilitated by Sheila Hoadley and Helena Beers.

The training is open to the public and is a grass roots push at the community level with specific interest among parents, youth sports organizations / coaches / camp counselors, teachers / school personnel and faith centers. The two-and-a-half hour workshop is designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. The cost of the workshop is $20 for each participant, which includes DVD presentation, interactive workbook and most importantly discussion. Please register online at httip://www.letstalkaboutcsa.com or call 772-359-7707 for details.

Charlestown, S.C., resident Ann Lee, a child sexual abuse survivor, founded Darkness to Light in 2000 and serves as the organization’s president and CEO. She says public education is an essential tool to provide real impact to prevent sexual abuse of children. She points to leading research that shows educating 5 percent of a community’s adult population can create a “tipping point” toward societal behavior change. This tipping point carries momentum throughout the community to further spread awareness and make preventing sexual abuse the norm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

'Independent' church body for abuse inquiry controlled by bishops

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Stephen Crittenden
theguardian.com, Tuesday 27 August 2013

A body set up by the Catholic church in Australia to oversee its dealings with the royal commission into child sexual abuse is not the predominantly lay-run organisation it has been represented as, according to documents obtained by Guardian Australia.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council was established last January by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia to prepare documents and legal submissions for the royal commission and review the church’s existing abuse protocols. It is chaired by retired NSW supreme court judge Barry O’Keefe, with former general secretary of the Australian Medical Association Francis Sullivan as its chief executive and media face.

Although two of its 13 members are bishops – Mark Coleridge, the archbishop of Brisbane; and William Wright, the bishop of Maitland-Newcastle – the TJH Council has been promoted from the outset as a lay-dominated organisation operating at arm’s length from the hierarchy, and its own press releases describe it as an “independent advisory group”.

In fact, the council is tightly controlled by a separate 11-member “supervisory group” made up of bishops and heads of religious orders. The existence of this second body is referred to in the TJH Council’s terms of reference, but its size and membership have never been made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

No trial date set for former Tulia priest accused of indecency

TEXAS
Amarillo Globe-News

By RUSSELL ANGLIN
russell.anglin@amarillo.com

A jury trial for a former Tulia priest accused of indecency with a child has been postponed, Swisher County Clerk Brenda Hudson said Tuesday.

John Anthony Salazar’s trial originally was scheduled for Tuesday when a judge set ground rules for the case, the Associated Press reported in June.

Rod Hobson, Salazar’s attorney, requested a change of venue for the trial, saying in court documents that Salazar, who was 57 when the charge was filed, cannot obtain a fair trial in Tulia due to extensive local and national publicity, AGN Media files show. The alleged abuse involved a 12-year-old boy and began in 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

'Penniless' priest fights for school pay

IRELAND
Irish Independent

RAY MANAGH AND AODHAN O FAOLAIN – 28 AUGUST 2013

A "PENNILESS" schoolteacher priest, who was cleared by his school board of allegations of sexually abusing a student, has been granted leave by the High Court to challenge a decision of the Minister for Education not to pay him his salary.

Fr Tommy Conroy, of Clonamona, Dranford, Gorey, Co Wexford, is also challenging a decision of Gorey Community School not to re-engage him following administrative leave with pay pending school board inquiries into allegations of sexual abuse made against him by a student.

Barrister Oliver Costello told the High Court yesterday that Fr Conroy had not been paid since the end of May and was now virtually penniless.

Mr Justice Daniel Herbert granted him leave to judicially review both decisions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Irish priest faces sex abuse charges in Chilean court

CHILE
Irish Independent

JAY BALAGNA – 28 AUGUST 2013

AN IRISH-BORN Catholic priest appeared in a Chilean court on charges in a sexual abuse case involving two young children.

Fr John O'Reilly faced the Fourth Southern Metropolitan Court in Santiago, Chile, as prosecutors presented a psychological report that said the priest suffered from an "immature and infantile sexuality", "narcissistic conduct" and "insecurity and fragile self-esteem".

The case covers the suspected abuse of two young girls, aged six and 10, in 2007.

They were in Fr O'Reilly's care at the time.

The girls were students at the Colegio Cumbres, a private school in an affluent Santiago suburb.

Fr O'Reilly spoke briefly to journalists upon his arrival at the court yesterday, maintaining his innocence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

City years of priest at centre of extradition bid from Tenerife

UNITED KINGDOM
Derby Telegraph

A PRIEST being extradited from Spain by Derbyshire police to face 16 alleged offences of sexual abuse involving altar boys spent 18 years working on a Derby estate.

Francis Paul Cullen has been detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Britain and is due to appear in the National Court, Madrid, for extradition proceedings.

The alleged offences involving boys aged seven, eight and 12, are claimed to have happened over a 36-year-period, with the oldest one taking place 58 years ago and the most recent in 1991.

Father Cullen, now 85, came to Derby as the first priest of the newly-formed Catholic parish of Christ the King, Mackworth estate, and was then known as Father Paul Francis Cullen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

August 27, 2013

Sisters in Crisis: The Definitive Guide

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Dr. Jeff Mirus August 27, 2013

Among the more important books released by Ignatius Press recently is an updated edition of Ann Carey’s Sisters in Crisis. Originally published in 1997, the initial study closed before the more dramatic efforts of the Vatican to reform women religious in the United States. The new 2013 edition, Sisters in Crisis Revisited: From Unraveling to Reform and Renewal, brings the chronicle up to date, including the Apostolic Visitation of Women Religious and the response to it, and the investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Carey’s work is no mere overview. It does not simply summarize the conclusions reached long ago by knowledgeable Catholic insiders. The author has done both comprehensive and meticulous research into the patterns of religious life in the United States between about 1950 and the present, enumerating the stresses and strains caused both by explosive growth in the mid-20th century and by the revolutionary secularization of religious culture as the century wore on. The reader gains a clear idea of why the Vatican was talking about the renewal of religious life even before the Second Vatican Council, why that renewal was very slow to be undertaken, and how a spirit of rebellion and dissolution overtook many religious communities after the Council, during the last third of the century.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

John Salazar Trial Postponed

TEXAS
My High Plains

Martin Barbosa

TULIA -- The trial for a former priest accused of Indecency With a Child has been postponed.

John Salazar's trial was supposed to start today in Swisher County, but for some reason was postponed.

Officials haven't given a reason why.

You'll remember, Salazar pleaded guilty to the charge back in 2001. Salazar was a priest from the Amarillo Catholic Diocese working in Tulia until 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM

Three former Pace students sue ex-dean and Miami priest, alleging sexual abuse

FLORIDA
Miami Florida

BY JAY WEAVER
JWEAVER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Now in their mid-20s, the three Miami-Dade men shared a common bond: They were raised in the Catholic Church, played competitive sports and graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace High School.

And it was on the Miami Gardens campus, they say, that the dean of students, Marist brother Ken Ward, sexually assaulted them again and again.

One of the men also claims that the school’s supervisory principal, the Rev. Gustavo Miyares, had sexually abused him in the late 1990s when he was enrolled at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

On Monday the men, identified only as “John Doe M, A and B,” sued the Archdiocese of Miami and both schools, as well as Ward and Miyares, for monetary damages, accusing the archdiocese of negligence and a cover-up. What sets the men’s claims apart from dozens of other clergy sex-abuse cases filed against the archdiocese over the past decade is the lengthy period of the alleged battery and its relatively recent history.

According to the men’s suit, Ward was in charge of discipline at Pace and repeatedly brought the minor boys into his office, “locking the door, snapping the blinds closed, and forcing them to take their clothes off and participate in sexual conduct, while Ward masturbated both himself and the young boys.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Sister claims Church of England covered up brother’s abuse ordeal

UNITED KINGDOM
Driffield Times & Post

Published on 27/08/2013

The sister of a child sex abuse victim claims her choirboy brother’s ordeal at the hands of an Anglican priest was covered up by the Church of England after his abuser faced no prosecution and was allowed to keep his title.

Canon Norman was cautioned by police and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years but was not prosecuted even though he admitted the abuse.

The woman claims the only penalty he received from the Church was to be barred from administering the sacraments and he was allowed to remain a Canon Emeritus at York Minster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

"Community Round Table" with New Director Bev Alquist

MINNESOTA
K-Music Radio, KDJS-AM 1590

[audio]

Minnesota SNAP Director Bob Schwiderski talks about the Minnesota Child Victims Act and child predator priests Fr. William J Marks and Fr. David A Roney of the Diocese of New Ulm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

John O'Reilly insiste en su inocencia antes de formalización por abusos sexuales a menores

CHILE
La Tercera

por Karen Soto - 27/08/2013 - 11:37

A su llegada al Centro de Justicia para enfrentar la audiencia de formalizción por abusos sexuales contra menores, el padre John O'Reilly insistió en su inocencia y agradeció el apoyo de la comunidad.

"Creo absolutamente en mi inocencia", dijo el religioso, quien además agradeció el apoyo del padre Raúl Hasbún. "Estoy tranquilo", añadió.

Por otro lado, Hasbún aseguró que "lo conozco hace 25 años, es un gran aporte a la sociedad chilena, y convencido como estoy de su inocencia, vengo a manifestarle mi apoyo como sacerdote y amigo".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Sacerdote O’Reilly insiste en su inocencia ante acusaciones de abuso sexual de menores

CHILE
El Dinamo

27 de agosto de 2013

Hace ya más de un año que comenzó la investigación contra O’Reilly, por presuntos abusos sexuales a dos menores, luego de que O’Reilly se autodenunciara.

Convencido de su inocencia se manifestó el sacerdote John O’Reilly, quien esta mañana llegó hasta el Centro de Justicia para ser formalizado por el delito de abusos sexuales contra menores.

“Creo absolutamente en mi inocencia. Estoy tranquilo“, manifestó O’Reilly, quien agradeció el apoyo de la comunidad así como el del presbítero Raúl Hasbún, consigna La Tercera.

Éste afirmó que “lo conozco hace 25 años, es un gran aporte a la sociedad chilena, y convencido como estoy de su inocencia, vengo a manifestarle mi apoyo como sacerdote y amigo“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Magdalene protest to take place at Sisters of Mercy office

IRELAND
The Journal

A PROTEST IS to take place outside the Sisters of Mercy provincial office in Cork this weekend over the Magdalene Laundries.

The event is supported by Cork Feminista, which said it was organised in response to the Sisters of Mercy’s “refusal to acknowledge, or pay for, the many wrongs done to inmates of Magdalene Laundries”.

Over the past weeks the survivors and their supporters have collected over 1,000 signatures calling for the four religious orders that operated the Magdalene Laundries to pay into the government compensation fund for the remaining survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Sisters in Crisis

UNITED STATES
Standing on My Head

August 27, 2013 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker

A new edition of Ann Carey’s book gives an update on the crisis in women’s religious orders in the USA. This professionally researched and meticulous book will remain a historical resource for all those who wish to understand how in the space of forty years an army of faithful Catholic sisters ended up as new age, politically correct drones of the left.

Carey explores the problems in the religious orders before the Second Vatican Council and takes the readers step by step through the half baked, ill thought out “renewal” in the religious life that took place after the council. She chronicles the biased propaganda disguised as ‘surveys’, charts the disastrous results of group therapy sessions and the open rebellion of the sisters against first their own rules of life, then the authority of the church and then against the Christian faith itself so that some of them are now not only in favor of same sex marriage, abortion and champions of a range of left wing projects, but they moved “beyond Christ.”

So at the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) Conference in 2007 Sister Laurie Brink observed that many of the religious orders are “no longer ecclesiastical”– having “grown beyond the bounds of institutional religion” these congregations have become “post Christian”. Not worried about this development, she goes on to say, “who’s to say the movement beyond Christ is not, in reality, a movement to the very heart of God?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

John O'Reilly será formalizado por presuntos abusos sexuales

CHILE
24 Horas

Por presuntos abusos sexuales en contra de dos menores será formalizado este martes el asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres, el sacerdote John O'Reilly.

De esta forma, el religioso conocerá por qué motivos se les está investigando y sabrá si quedará con alguna medida cautelar mientras se realiza la investigación, que deberá concretarse en un plazo fijado por el tribunal.

Para ello, la Fiscalía Oriente ha reunido antecedentes por más de un año, periodo en que se ordenó un informe de credibilidad al Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Atentados Sexuales (Cavas).

En el documento, que cuenta con 23 páginas, se señala un relato de una de las presuntas víctimas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

Sacerdote John O'Reilly enfrenta su formalización

CHILE
Cooperativa

Este martes al mediodía será formalizado el sacerdote John O'Reilly por las acusaciones de abusos sexuales a los que supuestamente sometió a alumnas del colegio Cumbres, en el que se desempeñó como capellán.

El caso salió a la luz pública en julio de 2012, cuando la familia de una alumna de dicho establecimiento educacional presentó una denuncia contra el en ese entonces asesor espiritual y capellán del colegio, quien ha sostenido su inocencia. Meses después se sumó otra acusación, referida a la hermana de la primera niña.

Durante la presente jornada la Fiscalía dará a conocer exámenes de credibilidad realizados a la presunta víctima, una menor de 6 años alumna del Cumbres, mientras que el abogado querellante, José Ignacio Escobar, mostrará los informes de credibilidad de las dos niñas, emanados del Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Atentados Sexuales (Cavas), son "concluyentes" y desfavorables para el sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Formalizan hoy a sacerdote John O'Reilly por presuntos abusos sexuales a dos menores

CHILE
La Tercera

por Sebastián Labrín - 27/08/2013

A más de un año de iniciada la investigación en contra del sacerdote John Joseph O’Reilly (66), la Fiscalía Oriente formalizará hoy al religioso, por presuntos abusos sexuales a dos menores. La indagatoria contra el asesor espiritual del Colegio Cumbres comenzó en julio de 2012, luego de que O’Reilly se autodenunciara. Para formular cargos en su contra, el Ministerio Público ordenó un informe de credibilidad al Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Atentados Sexuales (Cavas) de la PDI. Entre las conclusiones del documento, de 23 páginas, se asegura que el relato aportado por una de las menores “presenta una estructura comprensible y coherente, a la vez que se presenta consistente interna y externamente”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Who to Contact First? (Or: Choose Wisely)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

Most people who report or seek help with the effects of, child sexual abuse take many years to reach that point. It is a very painful, difficult process and the outcomes can depend a lot on just who is first contacted.

Many will not want to approach police first, largely due to authority figure concerns, or a lack of trust in officialdom. Despite the fact that people involved in hearing concerns have, in recent times, become more aware of the difficulties associated with reporting abuse, many will still not like this way of approaching justice and help. This is fair enough, so alternatives need to be available.

This posting is not so much about whom to approach, as much as whom NOT to approach. There are enough people who have had a very bad experience from contacting bodies set up by their abuser’s organisation for others to be particularly wary of contacting these bodies first, if at all.

Many of these bodies, such as the infamous “Melbourne Response,” have been more concerned with controlling victims, rather than in helping them in any way. Ditto goes for the “counseling services” they operate and recommend. Indeed, the author heard of a case where a victim went to a counseling centre, and there saw his abuser hanging around it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning

UNITED STATES
The Nation

Greg Mitchell on August 23, 2013

The debate in the media, and in political circles over Edward Snowden—Right or Wrong—often doubles back on references to Pfc. Manning, who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison on Wednesday. Too often (that is, most of the time), the value and import of the Manning/WikiLeaks disclosures are ignored or dismissed, just as Snowden’s NSA scoops are often derided as “nothing new.”

So for those who either suffer from memory loss or ignorance on this particular score, here is a partial accounting of some of the important revelations in the Manning leak, drawn from my book—with Kevin Gosztola—on the Manning case, Truth and Consequences (the e-book just now updated to include the trial, the verdict, this week’s sentencing and reactions). ...

• Details on Vatican hiding big sex abuse cases in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Priester soll Kind sieben Mal missbraucht haben

DEUTCHLAND
BR

In dem mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsfall von Reichertshofen (Lkr. Neumarkt) ermittelt die Staatsanwaltschaft laut dem Donaukurier in insgesamt sieben Fällen des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern durch einen katholischen Priester.

Stand: 27.08.2013

Die Fälle des schweren sexuellen Missbrauchs sollen sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 ereignet haben. Mutmaßliches Opfer war ein Junge, der damals jünger als 14 Jahre alt war. Der beschuldigte Pfarrer wechselte im Jahr 2004 in die Pfarrei Heideck im Landkreis Roth.

Priester in Untersuchungshaft
Derzeit würden Beweismittel untersucht und gesichtet, sagte die Sprecherin der Staatsanwaltschaft Nürnberg-Fürth, Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke, dem Bayerischen Rundfunk. Seit vergangenem Dienstag (20.08.13) sitzt der Pfarrer in Untersuchungshaft in Nürnberg. An diesem Tag wurden auch die Pfarrämter in Heideck und Reichertshofen durchsucht. Die Ermittler gehen bislang offenbar von einem einzigen Opfer des Pfarrers aus. Sollten sich die Vorwürfe gegen ihn bestätigen, drohen ihm bis zu 15 Jahre Haft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Former Richmond priest spared jail over indecent images

UNITED KINGDOM
Your Local Guardian

By Clare Buchanan

A homosexual priest who looked at child pornography sent to him via gay chat rooms has been spared jail.

Father Edmund Higgins, who appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on August 16, admitted possessing 174 indecent images of children on his laptop.

The court heard Higgins, who had practised as a priest since he was 18, had struggled to make his sexuality public and visited gay chat rooms, where he was sent mostly adult pornographic images.

It emerged that 39-year-old Higgins, who was a priest at St Elizabeth’s Church in Richmond, was sent indecent images of children which he looked at then deleted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Accused molester priest David Edwin Rapson...

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

Accused molester priest David Edwin Rapson pleads not guilty to indecent assault charges

A PRIEST accused of molesting eight boys at two Victorian schools admits giving children alcohol and cigarettes but denies he ever abused them.

Salesian priest David Edwin Rapson has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape at Lysterfield College and Rupertswood College between the 1970s and 1990.

Rapson's barrister Shaun Ginsbourg told a Victorian County Court jury that Rapson had given some children cigarettes and alcohol but denied all of the abuse allegations.

"It is true that he's crossed the line in terms of socialising with children but that doesn't make him a sex abuser," Mr Ginsbourg told the court on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

EMPRESARIO NICOLÁS IBÁÑEZ DEFIENDE A CURA O'REILLY: “ES UNA PERSONA SANA”

CHILE
La Nacion

Controlador de Walmart Chile fue una de las 1.084 personas que este domingo, a través de un inserto pagado en La Tercera y El Mercurio, defendieron al sacerdote, quien este marte será formalizado por abuso sexual a un menor de 6 años.

Lunes 26 de agosto de 2013 | por Nación.cl

El empresario Nicolás Ibáñez afirmó que el sacerdote John O'Reilly, que este martes será formalizado por la Justicia por abuso sexual contra un menor de 6 años, "es un hombre esencialmente sano, no es un tipo raro ni beato, es una persona sana que se ha dedicado a trabajar por el bien de Chile".
El miembro del directorio de la cadena de supermercados Walmart es una de las 1.084 personas que este domingo entregaron su apoyo por escrito al sacerdote, a través de un inserto pagado en los diarios La Tercera y El Mercurio, donde defienden la labor hecha por O'Reilly, rechazando las acusaciones formuladas en su contra.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Questions over section of McAleese Report

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Saturday, August 24, 2013

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Questions surround a section of the McAleese Report which states it asked the Ryan Commission to contact seven women mentioned in the Ryan Report who were in Magdalene Laundries.

Chapter 19 of the McAleese Report outlines how it asked the Ryan Commission to write to the women it spoke to and inform them of the McAleese committee and its work.

This was done as it was not possible for the Ryan Commission (CICA) to clarify to the McAleese committee what sections of the chapter referred to Magdalene Laundries, rather than other institutions because of legal issues.

“As a second step, the Committee requested the CICA Secretariat to write to any women who had complained to it regarding a Magdalen Laundry informing them of the existence of the Committee and providing contact details should they wish to make contact,” states the McAleese Report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Allegations too old to find priest guilty of sexual abuse, court told

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 27, 2013

Adam Cooper
Reporter for The Age

A jury has been told the "lapse of time" from offences allegedly committed by a former Catholic priest will make it hard for him to be found guilty of sexually abusing eight teenage boys.

Defence counsel Shaun Ginsbourg, in his closing address to the County Court in the trial of former Salesian College priest David Edwin Rapson, told the jury the allegations dated back too far for a jury to find them true.

Mr Rapson, 60, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape related to alleged incidents between the mid 1970s and 1990 while he was a priest at the boarding school in Rupertswood.

One of the complainants alleges he was raped on four separate occasions in 1990.

The jury will begin deliberations on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

August 26, 2013

Greeks restore priests’ pay but ask for relief

UTAH
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Mike Gorrell | The Salt Lake Tribune

It was far from a consensus, but the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox community decided Sunday to restore full pay to its three priests.

Now it remains to be seen whether Metropolitan Isaiah — who oversees Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral and Holladay’s Prophet Elias Church from the faith’s regional headquarters in Denver — will accept the community’s concurrent request: to remove one priest as soon as possible.

Isaiah did not respond Monday to a request for comment. And the president of the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox Parish Council, Dimitrios Tsagaris, isn’t speculating.

"I can’t speak for the Metropolitan," he said. "The Metropolitan is the only one who has the authority to grant the request or to decide which priest might be moved."

Restoring priestly pay while cutting the clergy count was central to a motion approved 220-215 by a special parish assembly called to defuse a dispute that had resulted in the Greek Orthodox churches’ Sunday services being canceled for three weeks after the council cut the priests’ pay by 40 percent in late July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Multiple People Arrested in Connection with Sexual Abuse of a Child Charge in Lawton

OKLAHOMA
Texomas Homepage

An investigation that began in October of 2012 is leading to the arrest of at least four people in Lawton.

Last year, officers with the Lawton Police Department were dispatched to the Sequoyah House, a juvenile group home for children in custody of the Department of Human Services.

Officers spoke with a worker there who said some of the residents had reported a staff member had been exposing himself and performing lewd acts in front of the juveniles.

That lead to the arrest of 28-year-old Bobby Glen Burrell. He is charged with sexual abuse of a child. Arrest warrants were issued for three people police say knew what Burrell was doing to the children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Police Arrest Lawton Pastor Accused Of Sex Crimes Against Children

OKLAHOMA
News 9

Posted: Aug 26, 2013

By News9.com

LAWTON, Oklahoma - Lawton police arrest a pastor in Lawton who is accused of sex crimes against children.

According to investigators, six children in DHS custody told them 28-year-old Bobby Burrell exposed himself and performed lewd acts in front of them. The children lived at the Sequoyah House in Lawton at the time of the allegations. The Sequoyah House is a home for children in the custody of DHS and Burrell was in charge of the home. Burrell is also a pastor.

Police verified that the suspect had taken kids from the home to his church and other undocumented locations and some of the employees at the home knew it was happening.

The allegations against Burrell include unauthorized trips from the Sequoyah House between the alleged suspect and residents, the suspect showing pornographic pictures and videos to the juvenile residents and the suspect performing lewd and sexual acts in front of the juvenile residents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Local Pastor in Jail for Sexual Abuse

OKLAHOMA
KSWO

[with video]

LAWTON Okla_ A Lawton minister is being accused of doing the unthinkable: sexually abusing children. To make matters worse, he's accused of doing it in the house of God.

Police arrested 28-year-old Bobby Burrell Monday morning. He ministered at One More Soul Outreach Ministries. Police started investigating him last October when a worker at Lawton group home Sequoyah House called them, saying Burrell had exposed himself and performed lewd acts in front of several juveniles who were staying there. The worker said Burrell didn't do it at the group home, but at the church.

It's been a long and tough road for investigators. Several juveniles were questioned over the past several months, and in that time, the Lawton Sequoyah House has since closed operation in light of the allegations. Court Documents said Burrell went to the home and was allowed to take the boys to his church. Sometimes he would take them to places to eat or to his private home, which was never authorized. The home's staff is facing charges, because investigators say they knew several of their rules were being broken but did nothing to stop it.

His name is still on the sign outside of his church. It's plastered along side the church's van. Under his name on his facebook page in parentheses reads "Pastor Bobby Burrell".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

Trouble with celibacy in the church in Africa

AFRICA
National Catholic Reporter

Pat Perriello | Aug. 26, 2013 NCR Today

I have to admit I was surprised to see this Religion News Service article about schismatic priests in Africa.

I don't know much about the church in Africa, but considering a few months ago we were talking seriously about the possibility of an African pope, it is worth exploring. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana was one African candidate mentioned at the time as a possible replacement for Pope Benedict. We were also led to believe that the African church was a thriving, fast-growing community that bode well for the future of the universal church.

Now we learn of an extensive resistance to celibacy within the African church. We read about an African bishop who left the church to marry and subsequently provided leadership for many other priests who chose to marry. Many of us may remember Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo getting married several years ago in a Unification Church ceremony. Yet the entire incident generally seemed to be a somewhat strange aberration.

Milingo left the church and became a leader of others wishing to serve God as married priests. We now learn that large numbers of priests feel celibacy is simply incompatible with African culture. Finally, we read that there are as many as 300,000 African Catholics following these schismatic married priests and their archbishop. Such a large group cannot be ignored as somehow inconsequential. To carry it one step further, there are those who are saying that if the truth were known, the actual situation of the African church would be even more startling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

YU President Expresses `Shame' Over Past Findings, Pride In Current Policies

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

08/26/13
Gary Rosenblatt
Editor & Publisher

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel has expressed “profound shame and sadness” over the findings of an independent report commissioned by the University to investigate allegations of abuse at its boys high school, and other affiliated schools.

Issued today, it found that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at the boys school” and other YU schools during the last decades of the 20th century.

The report said the situation has “significantly improved” since 2001, and issued a series of recommended policies and practices to further protect students. Joel stressed, in an interview with The Jewish Week, that while the past cannot be changed, he was proud of current University procedures and pledged to adopt all of the report’s recommendations.

He said YU had moved “away from a culture of apathy regarding issues of abuse toward one of action, change and growth.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

Victims’ Attorney: Yeshiva University Report On Sex Abuse ‘A Whitewash’

NEW YORK
CBS New York

[the report]

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A top Manhattan private school has admitted it failed to protect students from physical and sexual abuse.

But a lawyer for three-dozen alleged victims says Yeshiva University High School is still hiding the extent of wrongdoing, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday.

Yeshiva University promised to “meet or exceed” the openness of Penn State and other institutions that have hired outsiders to investigate abuse claims, but a lawyer suing the school says an investigative report released Monday falls far short of that promise.

Attorney Kevin Mulhearn slammed the report released by Yeshiva University.

“I think this is a whitewash. They’re trying to establish with the community the fact they’re being open and candid and this report indicates the opposite,” Mulhearn said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

Y.U.'s Richard Joel 'Regrets' Findings of Report Into Sex Abuse Claims

NEW YORK
Jewish Daily Forward

[the report]

By Anne Cohen
Published August 26, 2013.

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel said the school feels deep regret and shame at the findings of an investigation into allegation of sex abuse — but a lawyer for alleged victims dismissed the report as a “gross disappointment.”

The investigation commissioned by the university following reports by the Forward of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys in the 1970s and ‘80s confirmed that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place” at the school.

It also said the abuse extended beyond the high school for boys, to other divisions of the university, but gave no details.

The probe, carried out by New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, also found that individuals in positions of authority perpetrated the incidents, which continued even after administration members had been made aware of the problem.

“I express my deepest and most heartfelt remorse, and truly hope that our recognition of these issues provides some level of comfort and closure to the victims,” Joel wrote. “Although we cannot change the past, we remain committed to making confidential counseling services available to those individual victims in the hope they can achieve a more peaceful future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Houston pastor accused of sex with his foster daughter

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

By Robert Stanton | August 26, 2013

A Houston pastor is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting one of his foster children, Harris County prosecutors said.

Darryl Earl Houston, 47, faces three felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 17 years of age, court records show. He was charged Aug. 22.

A judge denied bail for the suspect, who was being held Monday at the Harris County Jail.

The girl told Harris County sheriff's investigators that she had sex with Houston six times at a residence on Bicentennial Court in northwest Harris County, from April 7-24, 2013, according to an arrest warrant filed in the case.

The girl was 14 when the alleged assaults occurred.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Houston pastor accused of repeated sexual abuse of 14-year-old foster daughter

TEXAS
KHOU

by KHOU.com staff
khou.com
Posted on August 26, 2013

HOUSTON – A Houston pastor is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing his teen foster daughter at the family’s home, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Darryl Earl Houston, 47, was charged with sexual assault of a child.

The 14-year-old victim said the first time she had sex with Houston was at his home on April 7. She said while she was doing her chores, Houston called her into the TV room and began kissing her neck. The two of them began to “make out” and then had sex, according to court documents.

The two allegedly had sexual contact at least six times, even when others were in the home, up until April 24. Two days later, she told her therapist at the Children’s Assessment Center. The teen said she enjoyed being with Houston and that he allegedly told her the two of them would be together in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Pastor accused of having sex with foster daughter

TEXAS
KTRK

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Houston pastor is facing felony charges after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of his foster children.

Darryl Earl Houston, 47, is charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child under 17 years of age. According to court documents, a 14-year-old girl told authorities with Child Protective Services that Houston, her pastor and foster father, had sex with her on multiple occasions and promised her they had a future together.

Houston denied the allegations when interviewed by a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, and accused the girl of being "promiscuous." But Houston reportedly showed signs of "deception" when taking a voluntary polygraph test, court documents state.

CPS removed all the foster children from the home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

OH - Catholic coach arrested; SNAP responds

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, August 26, 2013

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 Catholic coach has been arrested on child sex charges. We hope this news prompts others who have seen, suspected or suffered by Catholic employees’ child sex crimes to step forward.

When men like Thomas Hansman are charged, often others stay silent. “It’s all being taken care of now,” they assume. But that’s wrong.

Child predators often get good lawyers. They often exploit legal technicalities. They often get light sentences or go unpunished because of some loophole. And their victims struggle while others with helpful information do nothing.

So we beg anyone with suspicions or knowledge of Hansman’s crimes to call police officials, not church officials. We beg them to not let one victim carry the burden of prosecuting Hansman alone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Statutes of limitation lifted in Illinois

ILLINOIS
Stop Baptist Predator

The great State of Illinois has lifted the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging child sex abuse!

This is a huge step forward and will help to protect countless thousands of kids into the future.

"Kids are safest when predators are jailed. But that can't always happen. So the next best option is to expose predators," said SNAP in its public statement. Civil lawsuits are a powerful tool toward that end.

Civil lawsuits are also a tool that can often bring to light the extensive cover-ups that we see so frequently in religious institutions.

When allegations are made as part of a civil lawsuit filed at a public courthouse, the media can readily report on them. When the media reports on them, people learn about them. When people learn about them, other victims often come forward, other people may be prompted to tell what they know, and others who colluded in concealing the crimes can be exposed. Most importantly, with the exposure that civil lawsuits bring, people can at least have the opportunity to be warned about credibly-accused predators, and parents can then make their own decisions about who they're willing to trust their kids with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Fr. William Marks, PEDOPHILE

MINNESOTA
SNAP Minnesota via YouTube

[video]

Serial child molesting priest, Fr. William Marks, worked at churches in Tyler, Green Valley, & Hector, Minnesota. Survivors visited these parish assignments to reach out to others he’s hurt while urging anyone who saw, suspected or suffered from his abuse to get help.

Previous survivor legal efforts accused the priest's supervisors of knowing about Mark’s crimes, yet warning no one and putting children in harm's way at parishes and church events.

Establishment of the Minnesota Child Victims Act gives those denied civil justice an opportunity to prove there is no evidence that Catholic officials warned anyone when Marks was transferred from parish to parish to parish.

Minnesota SNAP videotaped the outreach efforts and provides it here Fr. William Marks, PEDOPHILE as a continuation of the search for truth. (http://youtu.be/-pK1OGlA0YY) Bob Schwiderski

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

NKY volunteer coach faces sex abuse charges

KENTUCKY
Cincinnati.com

Written by
Brenna R. Kelly

A Northern Kentucky football coach has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child.

Covington Police arrested Thomas Hansman, 27, a volunteer football coach at Holy Cross School on Wednesday. Hansman was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and using electronic communications to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity, both felonies.

Hansman volunteered with the middle school football team at Holy Cross School, said Tim Fitzgerald, Covington Diocese spokesman.

The charges involved a minor girl, Fitzgerald said. After the allegations arose, Hansman was immediately removed from his position, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Former middle-school coach charged with sexual abuse

KENTUCKY
Fox 19

Posted: Aug 26, 2013

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
A volunteer middle-school football coach from Holy Cross School has been charged with sexual abuse.

Thomas Hansman, 27, was arrested on August 21 following charges of sexual abuse and using electronic communications to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity. Police say Hansman sexually abused a young girl.

The Diocese of Covington has released a statement saying that Hansman was immediately removed from the volunteer position following the incident.

Diocesan policy is that all employees and volunteers must be trained in a safe environment program. Hansman completed the program, according to diocesan officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

He's a good priest and a holy priest...

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Deep Thoughts

He's a good priest and a holy priest who happens to have be arrested and charged with child molestation and victim tampering. We support Rev. Joseph Liang… or so suggests congregants from Catherdral Basilica of St. Louis as they tried to organize an official event showing their support for the alleged pedophile Catholic priest. SNAP put an end to it.

Earlier this week, local victims' rights advocates were outraged when they saw an invitation to a meet-up at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to pray for the "defense and exoneration" of Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, a priest accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage girl. Representatives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis said they were not aware of the event until Daily RFT reached out. They ultimately canceled it and had the meetup.com listing removed.

Source: Chruchgoers Defend St. Louis Priest Accused of Sex Abuse, Pray in Private Meetup Group by Sam Levin

Oh you foolish people! Why would you support this man? Is it because he is a man of God? I think by now we all understand that priest are men who have the same weaknesses as other men, but much more access to power and children, which makes them more susceptible to abuse. Jiang will go to prison over these allegations. In fact, I predict a 30 year sentence. The evidence is damning. And now, Archbishop Robert Carlson has been Subpoenaed in the case. I smell a cover up!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Yeshiva University alleged to have kept insurer AIG in the dark about sex abuse claims

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013

Yeshiva University may have kept its insurance company in the dark about allegations of sex abuse at its all-boys prep school, a letter obtained by the Daily News reveals.

And Yeshiva has continued to withhold information from the insurer in the wake of a $380 million lawsuit brought by former students, the letter suggests.

More than 30 men are claiming they were molested by faculty members at the Yeshiva University Hig h School for Boys between 1969 and 1989.

Yeshiva declined to comment because the lawsuit is pending.

But the Aug. 13 letter from AIG to a Yeshiva lawyer sheds at least a small ray of light on the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM

YU "Independent" Investigation Into Child Sex Abuse Allegations Released, Finds Abuse Took Place

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

"The Investigative Team has concluded that multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at YUHSB during the relevant time period. This conduct was carried out by a number of individuals in positions of authority at the High Schools at various times throughout the period covered by the Investigation, including, in certain instances, after members of the administration had been made aware of such conduct. In addition, the Investigative Team found that, during the relevant time period, sexual and physical abuse took place at other schools comprising the University as well."

…Findings

While it was the intention of the Board of Trustees to have made public a report which would have set forth the specific details of the extensive interviews conducted and documents reviewed by the Investigative Team, as a result of the Pending Litigation, the Investigative Team has been directed by the Special Committee to describe its findings with respect to sexual and physical abuse in summary fashion.

The Investigative Team has concluded that multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at YUHSB during the relevant time period. This conduct was carried out by a number of individuals in positions of authority at the High Schools at various times throughout the period covered by the Investigation, including, in certain instances, after members of the administration had been made aware of such conduct. In addition, the Investigative Team found that, during the relevant time period, sexual and physical abuse took place at other schools comprising the University as well.

As part of the Investigation, the Investigative Team reviewed each individual report of sexual and physical abuse, and the response of the University to any such report. The Investigative Team found that, up until 2001, there were multiple instances in which the University either failed to appropriately act to protect the safety of its students or did not respond to the allegations at all. Based on what the Investigative Team learned from its interviews with victims, this lack of an appropriate response by the University caused victims to believe that their complaints fell on deaf ears or were simply not believed by the University’s administration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Report: At YU Schools 'Multiple Incidents' Of Abuse, Improvement Since 2001

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

[the report]

08/26/13
Gary Rosenblatt
Editor & Publisher

An independent report commissioned by Yeshiva University to investigate allegations of abuse at its boys high school, and other affiliated schools, has found that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at the boys school” during the last decades of the 20th century.
It said the situation has “significantly improved” since 2001.

The much-anticipated 53-page report, based on interviews with more than 145 individuals and a review of 96,000 electronic documents and 2.6 million e-mails, was released this morning by Sullivan and Cromwell, the law firm commissioned by YU.

The research was conducted independent and was not shared with YU officials prior to being posted on the firm’s website on Monday.

The main findings appear to corroborate the substance of the allegations by a number of former YU high school students from the 1970s and `80s who have filed a lawsuit seeking up to $680 million in damages, primarily against Rabbi George Finkelstein, a former principal of the high school, and Rabbi Macy Gordon, who taught Talmud there from 1956 to 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Yeshiva University failed to act on allegations of sexual abuse by its staff before 2001, new report say

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

[the report]

BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013,

Yeshiva University failed to act on multiple allegations of sexual abuse made by students until 2001, a report by a law firm hired by the institution said Monday.

But the report is skimpy on details because Yeshiva honchos directed the firm to publicize its findings only in summary form.

The 21-page document is the result of a months-long investigation by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP into claims by former students that they were molested by adults affiliated with Yeshiva.

"The investigative team found that, up until 2001, there were multiple instances in which the university either failed to appropriately act to protect the safety of its students or did not respond to the allegations at all," says the report obtained by the Daily News.

"Based on what the investigative team learned from its interviews with victims, this lack of an appropriate response by the university caused victims to believe that their complaints fell on deaf ears or were simply not heard."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

REPORT OF SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AT YESHIVA UNIVERSITY AND ITS AFFILIATED SCHOOLS

NEW YORK
Y.U. Investigation Report

Background

On December 13, 2012, The Jewish Daily Forward (“The Forward”) published an article by Paul Berger entitled “Student Claims of Abuse Not Reported by Yeshiva U.” The article was the result of an investigation by Mr. Berger “into allegations that two staff members at Yeshiva University High School for Boys’ Manhattan campus sexually abused students during the late 1970s and early ’80s.” The two YUHSB staff members who were the subject of these allegations were Rabbi George Finkelstein, who worked in various administrative capacities at YUHSB from 1963 to 1995—including as principal from 1991 to 1995—and Rabbi Macy Gordon, who, among other affiliations, worked as a Talmud instructor at YUHSB from 1956 to 1983.

Following the publication of the article, the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University and the Board of Directors of YUHSB engaged Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (“S&C”) to conduct an independent investigation (the “Investigation”). The Investigation was led by Karen Patton Seymour, who is Co-Managing Partner of S&C’s Litigation Group and who, both as a partner at S&C and as the former chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has extensive experience conducting investigations.

1
As used in this report (the “Report”), “University” refers, as appropriate, to any or all of Yeshiva University, Yeshiva University High School for Boys (“YUHSB”), the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (the “Girls High School” and, together with YUHSB, the “High Schools”) and Yeshiva University’s other affiliated schools. August 26, 2013

While the primary focus of S&C’s Investigation was the allegations of sexual abuse at YUHSB, S&C’s mandate was broad and was not limited to the allegations described in The Forward article. S&C was directed to: (1) perform a full and complete independent investigation into these reports and any other reports of sexual or physical abuse of University students by University faculty or employees, and the University’s response to any such reports; and (2) review current policies and procedures, and make recommendations as to how those policies may be improved to prevent and respond to reports of abuse in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Investigation: Y.U. sex abuse extended beyond high school for boys

NEW YORK
JTA

[REPORT OF SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AT YESHIVA UNIVERSITY AND ITS AFFILIATED SCHOOLS]

August 26, 2013

NEW YORK (JTA) — Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found.

An outside investigation commissioned by the university following reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys in the 1970s and ‘80s confirmed that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place” at the school.

Individuals in positions of authority perpetrated the incidents, which continued even after administration members had been made aware of the problem, according to the investigation.

The probe also found sexual abuse at other divisions of the university but did not describe them in any detail or specify where they took place.

Carried out by the New York-based law firm Sullivan and Cromwell and released Monday, the investigation was prompted by a Dec. 13, 2012 article in the Forward newspaper titled “Student Claims of Abuse not Reported by Yeshiva U.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Is it fair for sex offenders to stay listed on a registry for life?

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin McDermott kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com 314-340-826842

ST. LOUIS • On one side of the latest debate over Missouri’s sex-offender registry are people such as Daniel Ray Winfrey. In 1991, when Winfrey was 15, he and three others raped and murdered sisters Julie and Robin Kerry at the Chain of Rocks Bridge near St. Louis.

Winfrey testified against his co-defendants in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence. Though back in prison, he has been paroled twice since his conviction. At those times, he was free but still listed on the state’s sex-offender registry website. That website, Gov. Jay Nixon argues, is the only way for most neighbors and others to know of the potential danger while such offenders are among them.

“You wouldn’t want to know if one of these guys moved in next door?” Nixon asked last week.

He was defending his veto of a bill that would remove from the website all offenders who, like Winfrey, were under 18 when they committed their crimes.

On the other side are people such as Ali Nemec’s fiancé. He was 17 when he was arrested for having child pornography on his computer. Now 24 and still listed on the registry website, he’s had difficulty at work, has been been turned away from housing and lives with his parents.

“We can’t go to a park, we can’t go to a mall. If there’s an event with our friends near a school, we can’t go,” said Nemec, 23, of St. Peters. “He made a mistake ... (but) he is not the boy that he was. There’s no reason to ruin him for the rest of his life.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

MO - Victims oppose changing MO sex offender registry

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: August 26, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Missouri lawmakers want to suddenly remove hundreds of names of convicted criminals from the state sex offender registry. We oppose this move.

[Post-Dispatch]

When pondering changes to the sex offender registry, there should be only one criterion: will the proposed change protect more children? And in this case, it’s just too early to tell. So we in SNAP favor keeping the registry unchanged until independent scientific research clearly shows a need to change it.

Remember: Studies suggest that between 8% and 12% of kids will be sexually assaulted. (According to Darkness to Light, “there will be 400,000 babies born in the US this year that will be sexually abused before they turn 18 if we do not prevent it.”) We must put the well-being of thousands of children ahead of the inconvenience of dozens of offenders.

Decision-makers are adults. Most of them were never molested. So they naturally and instinctively sympathize with other adults. That sympathy leads some lawmakers to give some who have hurt kids a break.

But sympathies alone don’t make good public policy. We must examine both our feelings and the facts. And the facts tell us we should err on the side of safeguarding children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

Carlson to Post-Dispatch & His Flock: Buzz Off

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

POSTED BY DAVID CLOHESSY ON AUGUST 26, 2013

A month ago, writing about the recent and troubling criminal and civil cases against a St. Louis priest, the Post-Dispatch urged Archbishop Robert Carlson to “live up to his promise to be open and transparent.”

[Post-Dispatch]

This week, Carlson basically thumbed his nose at the Post’s advice, proving, again, that his pledges to be “open” in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases are phony.

[Riverfront Times]

A civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit charges Carlson with six offenses, including attempted tampering with evidence, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional failure to supervise clergy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In his legal response, filed this week, Carlson denies only one of those accusations: the evidence tampering allegation.

He ignores all five other charges, except to say “Legally, no one can even touch me, whether I did these awful things or not, because the law doesn’t apply to bishops like me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Financial struggles impact local Greek Orthodox worship

HOLLADAY (UT)
Deseret News

By Joe Walker
For the Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25 2013

HOLLADAY — More than 400 members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake packed a special parish assembly Sunday afternoon to consider the church’s financial struggles.

“This is a family matter,” said parish council president Dimitrios Tsagaris, explaining why the discussion at the Diamond Z. Miles Multi-Purpose Center at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church was closed to the media. “We need to be able to speak openly and plainly with other members of our church family.”

Tsagaris confirmed that by a narrow 220-215 vote, parishioners voted to:

* Reinstate their three priests, who have not been performing the sacraments of the church since late July over a financial dispute between the local parish council and church administrators in Denver

* Provide back pay to the three priests

* Urge leadership in Denver to reassign one priest and allow the Salt Lake parish to continue with two priests, one to oversee the Holy Trinity cathedral in downtown Salt Lake and one to oversee the Prophet Elias church in Holladay

"It was a very orderly assembly," Tsagaris said. "From my perspective it was a success on several levels: We talked as a family; I think we gave our members a better understanding of our financial situation; and we voted and made a decision that I think will benefit everybody."

The dispute began late last month when the parish council sent notification to parish members that “our community is out of money and unable to meet payroll.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

OH - Youngstown clergy abuse victims meet this week

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

A self help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in Youngstown this week.

The organization is SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”. The meeting will be Wednesday, Aug 28.

“Victims, family members, and supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said Judy Jones of St. Louis, SNAP’s associate Midwest regional director. “Getting together in a private setting can help to start the healing of anyone who has been abused as a child or exploited as an adult.”

Sometimes, SNAP is perceived as an “activist” group, Jones said. “But the bulk of what we do is to just listen and offer consolation – quietly and privately - to people who are in pain.”
For location and time, please contact Barb Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-862-7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

"Situation für alle erschütternd"

DEUTSCHLAND
Donaukurier

Heideck (HK) Der Eichstätter Bischofsvikar Georg Härteis hat den inhaftierten Heidecker Stadtpfarrer am Freitag in der Untersuchungshaft besucht. Ihm gehe es den „Umständen entsprechend gut“, sagt Härteis gestern im Sonntagsgottesdienst. Der Stadtpfarrer steht unter dem

Bischofsvikar Georg Härteis, der den Gottesdienst an der Stelle des inhaftierten Stadtpfarrers hielt, geht erst am Schluss der Messe auf die Vorfälle ein. Bei seinem Besuch im Gefängnis habe der Stadtpfarrer einen „beherrschten Eindruck“ gemacht. Der Stadtpfarrer wolle „die Situation in solider Weise bestehen“, sagt Härteis. Dabei wisse dieser, dass dies nicht nur eine persönliche Prüfung für ihn selbst sei, sondern auch für die Menschen in seinen Pfarreien. Denen danke er für die Solidarität und lasse sie grüßen.

Der Geistliche war am Dienstag verhaftet worden. Der Missbrauch an einem minderjährigen Jungen soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 an der früheren Wirkungsstätte des Pfarrers in der Oberpfalz abgespielt haben. Die Ermittlungen der Staatsanwaltschaft erstrecken sich laut Härteis aber nicht nur auf die Oberpfalz, sondern auch auf Heideck, Laibstadt und Liebenstadt, wo der Geistliche 2004 seinen Dienst angetreten hat. Härteis zitiert hier aus einer Erklärung von Isidor Vollnhals, dem Generalvikar des Bistums Eichstätt, der die Gläubigen seitens der Diözese informieren will.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Eichstätt: Pfarrer-Verhaftung schockiert Gläubige

DEUTSCHLAND
Nordbayern

EICHSTÄTT - Wie die Ermittlungen gegen den beschuldigten Pfarrer nach so langer Zeit ins Rollen gekommen waren, wollte die Staatsanwaltschaft nicht sagen – "auch zum Schutz des mutmaßlichen Geschädigten", so Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke.

In den betroffenen Pfarrgemeinden machte sich nach dem Bekanntwerden der Nachricht ungläubiges Entsetzen breit.

Der Grund erscheint einleuchtend. Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem Bistum Eichstätt war am vergangenen Dienstag festgenommen worden, weil er in früheren Jahren einen minderjährigen Buben missbraucht haben soll. Inzwischen ist gegen den Seelsorger ein Ermittlungsverfahren eingeleitet worden. „Der Priester sitzt seit dem 20. August in Untersuchungshaft,“ bestätigte ein Bistumssprecher. Als Grund für die Inhaftierung des Priesters nannte die Staatsanwaltschaft Fluchtgefahr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Ex-Pfarrer von Reichertshofen in U-Haft

DEUTSCHLAND
Mittelbayerische

Die Gläubigen in Reichertshofen sind schockiert: Ihr ehemaliger Pfarrer sitzt in Haft – er soll einen Jungen missbraucht haben. Kripo und Staatsanwaltschaft durchsuchten das Pfarramt. Bestätigen sich die Vorwürfe, droht eine empfindliche Strafe.

VON BETTINA DENNERLOHR UND BETTINA MEHLTRETTER, MZ

REICHERTSHOFEN. Auf dem ehemaligen Pfarrer von Reichertshofen (Gemeinde Sengenthal) lastet ein schwerer Vorwurf: Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich während seiner Zeit in der Pfarrei St. Nikolaus, zwischen 1998 und 2001, mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangenen haben, der damals noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Seit 20. August sitzt Priester nun in Untersuchungshaft in Nürnberg – er schweigt aber zu den Vorwürfen. „Der Haftgrund ist Fluchtgefahr“, sagte Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke. Die Vorwürfe der sexuellen Übergriffe gegen den Pfarrer seien erst jetzt bekannt geworden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Bistum bestätigt Missbrauchsvorwürfe

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

Das Bistum Eichstätt hat bestätigt, dass der Pfarrer von Heideck (Lkr. Roth) in Untersuchungshaft sitzt. Ihm wird schwerer sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Er soll sich mehrfach an einem Jungen vergangen haben.

Stand: 26.08.2013

Vertreter des Bistums verlasen am Sonntagvormittag (25.08.13) sowohl in der Pfarrkirche St. Johannes der Täufer (Foto) in Heideck als auch in St. Nikolaus in Reichertshofen eine schriftliche Erklärung des Generalvikars Isidor Vollnhals. Darin heißt es, dass der 48-jährige Geistliche seit dem 20. August in Untersuchungshaft sitze. Und: Die Ermittlungen der Staatsanwaltschaft beziehen sich auf alle bisherigen Einsatzorte des Geistlichen. Bislang war lediglich der Verdacht auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch eines damals unter 14-Jährigen im Sengenthaler Ortsteil Reichertshofen bekannt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Pfarrer sitzt in U-Haft

DEUTSCHLAND
Nordbayern

HEIDECK - Die Staatsanwaltschaft Nürnberg-Fürth ermittelt gegen den Heidecker Stadtpfarrer wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch eines Jungen. Der 48-jährige katholische Geistliche sitzt seit Dienstag in Untersuchungshaft.

Der Pfarrer soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 an seiner damaligen Wirkungsstätte, der Pfarrei Reichertshofen-Sengenthal in der Oberpfalz, mehrfach an einem Buben vergangen haben, der unter 14 Jahren gewesen sei, meldeten BR und dpa. Als Haftgrund nannte die Staatsanwatschaft Fluchtgefahr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Analysts: Monsignor Coyle likely won't be fired for arrest

LOWELL (MA)
Lowell Sun

By Grant Welker, gwelker@lowellsun.com
UPDATED: 08/26/2013

LOWELL -- When officers watched as a black Chevrolet Equinox passed through known prostitution spots in the city more than a dozen times since late November, it wasn't just another john they were seeing.

It was allegedly someone among the highest-ranking officials in the Archdiocese of Boston, the fourth-largest in the Roman Catholic Church in America.

Monsignor Arthur Coyle, a priest for 36 years, was honored in December with the title of "prelate of honor" by the head of the archdiocese, Cardinal Sean O'Malley and then-Pope Benedict XVI. Coyle has served as a trustee for two Boston area Catholic high schools, including Lowell Catholic, as well as a high-school chaplain and a college director of campus ministry.

Coyle, 62, has been held in high regard by the church, but his future with the archdiocese of 1.8 million Catholics is now in doubt after he was arrested Aug. 4, and charged with offering a prostitute money for oral sex while parked in his car in a cemetery off Boston Road in Lowell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Myers under fire for Peoria record

ILLINOIS/NEW JERSEY
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Aug. 26, 2013

Newark, N.J., Archbishop John J. Myers, already under fire for the lax supervision of a priest who was under court order not to minister to youth, faces new questions concerning his handling of clergy sex abuse allegations while he was bishop in Peoria, Ill., more than a decade ago.

Attorneys for abuse victim Andrew Ward announced Aug. 13 that they had reached an agreement with the Peoria diocese over a lawsuit accusing Msgr. Thomas Maloney of molesting Ward when he was a boy in the mid-1990s. The diocese settled the suit for $1.35 million. Maloney died in 2009 at age 73.

Records released as part of the agreement show the Peoria diocese received complaints about Maloney's inappropriate conduct with children in 1995 and 1999, but that in 2000 Myers wrote to a family that the diocese had no record of complaints against Maloney.

That same year, Myers nominated Maloney for the honorific "monsignor."

In a 2010 deposition, also unsealed as part of the settlement, Myers said he never had any suspicions of sexual abuse on Maloney's part, but acknowledged "there may have been things that got by me" and describes the administration of diocesan records in his time in Peoria as a "loose system."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

What is the Appropriate Penalty for a Cover-Up Or: Accessory During the Act)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

The Royal Commission is likely to consider, if not recommend, tightening up the laws for misprision of a felony (covering up for a crime). What it not as likely to be considered will be just what penalties should apply.

One of the problems in sentencing of historical sexual abuse cases is that it is based on the norms for the time of the offence, not of the time of conviction. This leads many people to be disappointed at the punishment meted out to their abusers.

Penalties for cover-ups must reflect current standards, not those at the time of the cover-up, otherwise even more people will be left with the burden of disappointment and disillusionment. If an actual cover-up occurred for an event in 1980, but was not revealed until 2010, then it must be the standards of 2010 which apply, not those of 1980. Clearly, a range of penalties will apply depending on the extent, and consequences, of a particular cover-up.

Lawyers for the offenders will surely try it on with regards to the differential sentencing for cover-ups, as they do in all criminal cases. Be sure to see leniency pleas based on factors such as not being aware of the effects on victims of child abuse, or appeals to “standards and processes of the time”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Priest held over altar boy claims

SPAIN
Irish Independent

26 AUGUST 2013

A DUBLIN-BORN priest has been arrested over the alleged abuse of three young altar boys.

Francis Paul Cullen, a British national, is alleged to have sexually abused three young boys in Britain over a 36-year period from 1955 to 1991.

The 85-year-old Catholic priest was arrested in Arona, Tenerife, last Saturday evening after a European Arrest Warrant for him was issued.

Fr Cullen is expected to go before a judge and be extradited back to Britain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Presidente del CNTV firma carta pública ...

CHILE
El Mostrador

Presidente del CNTV firma carta pública de apoyo a cura John O’Reilly en antesala de su formalización por abusos sexuales a menor de edad

La publicación de respaldo al ex capellán de los Legionarios de Cristo y que acumula más de mil firmas expone que “no podemos callar frente al dolor infinito de un hombre inocente imputado por el más vil de los delitos”.

por EL MOSTRADOR

El presidente del Consejo Nacional de Televisión, Herman Chadwick Piñera, suscribió una carta pública de apoyo al cura John O’Reilly en lo que es la antesala de su formalización por abuso sexual a menor de edad, a la cual también se adhiere una buena parte de lo que se denomina “cota mil”.

La publicación aparecida en los diarios El Mercurio y La Tercera, explica que “con motivo de la formalización del padre John O’Reilly, los abajo firmantes hemos querido compartir con la opinión pública el contexto en el cual hemos conocido a la persona y la obra de este sacerdote”.

Uno de los firmantes que aparece apoyando al sacerdote es el actual presidente del CNTV, hermano del ministro del Interior, Andrés Chadwick, y primo hermano del Presidente Sebastián Piñera.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Ricca and Chaouqui, Two Enemies in the House

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

He the prelate of the IOR, she a commissioner for the reorganization of the Vatican administration. Two appointments desired and decided by Pope Francis. Which however are the living negation of his program of housecleaning and reform

by Sandro Magister

ROME, August 26, 2013 – More than two months have passed since the unhappy appointment of Monsignor Battista Ricca as “prelate” of the Institute for Works of Religion and more than a month since that, no less unhappy, of Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui (see photo) as a member of the commission for the reorganization of the financial-administrative Vatican offices.

Both of these appointments were made by Pope Francis, the first through his own highly personal decision.

And for both of them, immediately afterward, there came to light grave counter-indications about which the pope was initially in the dark.

And yet, in late August, no correction of course appears to be in sight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

I was very badly used by RTE, says man behind abuse claim

IRELAND
Irish Independent

CAROLINE CRAWFORD – 26 AUGUST 2013

A SOUTH AFRICAN man who claimed on the 'Mission to Prey' programme he had been sexually abused by an Irish Christian Brother has hit out at RTE saying he has been "very badly used".

Tyrone Selmon claimed, on the infamous programme in 2011, that he had been abused by a now deceased cleric. While he did not name the man in question on air, in the broadcast the abuse was attributed to Brother Gerard Dillon.

In emails seen by the Irish Independent, Mr Selmon criticises RTE for its handling of the programme, and has now refused to take part in an inquiry into the matter.

Br Dillon, who was originally from Clarecastle in Co Clare, had been a teacher at the Christian Brother College in Pretoria when the alleged abuse took place. He died in South Africa in December 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Vic priest abused eight boys, court told

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

PATRICK CARUANA AAP AUGUST 26, 2013

A VICTORIAN priest abused eight different boys and assumed he would get away with it, a court has been told.

Salesian priest David Edwin Rapson has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape at Lysterfield College and Rupertswood College between the 1970s and 1990.

Prosecutor David Cordy told the Victorian County Court that the crown's case against Rapson relied heavily on the testimony of the eight alleged victims.

Mr Cordy said Rapson had abused the boys, sometimes with witnesses around, and assumed he would get away with it.

"You can imagine just the relative power ... between the parties," Mr Cordy told the jury on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Global network against finance crime accepts Vatican agency

VATICAN CITY
The Valley Catholic

Posting Date: 08-27-2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican’s financial oversight agency has joined the Egmont Group, an international network of financial information authorities, who cooperate to fight financial crime.

The Egmont Group “has admitted the Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See-Vatican City State as a full member” during a plenary meeting in South Africa, the Vatican said in a written press release July 3.

The Vatican had been in the process of entering the Egmont Group earlier this year as part of its efforts to create adequate measures for vigilance, prevention and fighting money laundering and financing terrorism.

The Egmont global network brings together more than 130 national Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) that collect and analyze information on suspicious or unusual financial activity, which may then be passed on to law enforcement officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

“We Are Going to Speak...

NIGERIA
Bella Naija

“We Are Going to Speak But We Are Consulting to Come Up with a Robust Reply” – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Addresses his Flock on the Allegations by Ese Walter

In the past few days, social media has been abuzz with the ensuing discussion from the blog post written by Nigerian lawyer, and radio personality Ese Walter. {If you missed it, click here}

BellaNaija tried to contact Ese and her reply was that she would not speak to BN until Pastor Biodun responds publicly to her allegations.

For those who have not been following the responses on her blog, Ese responded on Saturday morning

esewalter
August 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

First off, good morning fellow Nigerians, Christians and who ever else is dissing or supporting on this blog. I want to state first and foremost that I never used the term “sexual abuse” in this post. I have never been sexually abused my entire life. However, I have been on about researching abuse generally because I started to realize the reason I had been how I was was because I didn’t have confidence in myself as a human being and I struggled with self esteem for as long as I can remember. Abuse is not only sexual and what I refer to here is not sexual abuse but psychological (mental and emotional), manipulation and control. These are forms of abuse and this is what I was referring to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

SEX IN THE CHURCH: Ms. Ese Walter vs Pastor Biodun Fatonyinbo as a test case

NIGERIA
Osun Defender

On Friday, a colleague submitted to me the case of Ms. Ese Walter and Pastor Biodun Fatonyinbo and asked what I could make of it, and whether there was an angle for my group to intervene in this controversy.

Before I go any further on this, I would present the conclusion of my position first thus:

CONCLUSION:

You must realise that there could be many more women that slept with this Pastor in that church, including married women and possibly underage women. Some of them could have been raped. He might have had unprotected sex with them, thereby exposing them randomly to health risks. Those women are watching to see how you treat Ms. Walter’s case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Nigeria: COZA Abuja Senior Pastor in Sex Scandal

NIGERIA
allAfrica

Premium Times

BY NICHOLAS IBEKWE, 25 AUGUST 2013

The Commonwealth of God Assembly, COZA, pastor is yet to officially react to the allegation.

Traffic around luxury Thisday Dome where Commonwealth of God Assembly, (COZA) holds services was unusually light Sunday morning.

The long fleet of expensive cars parked by congregants had been replaced by few cars and a handful of loitering congregants. It looked as if life had been scrapped from the hitherto bustling church.

This was not unexpected.

In the last few days, the church's Senior Pastor has been entangled in an allegation of infidelity with a former member of the church that has snowballed into a huge sexual scandal that many say might destabilise the church.

Barely 48 hours after a former female congregant and worker of the COZA, Ese Walter, confessed to having had an affair with the church's Senior Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, another former female member has come out with claims of her alleged encounter with the pastor in a hotel in Lagos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Coach Arrested For Sexual Abuse

KENTUCKY
Lex18

A middle school football coach in Northern Kentucky has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.

Thomas Hansman is accused of sexually abusing a young girl. Hansman was arrested on Wednesday.

Hansman is a volunteer football coach at Holy Cross Junior High, but a spokesperson for the Diocese of Covington says he is no longer with the program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Victorian priest abused eight boys, court told

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 26, 2013

Adam Cooper

A jury has been urged to overlook attempts to discredit the evidence of eight men who allege they were sexually abused as boys by a Catholic priest while at a boarding school.

Prosecutor David Cordy, in his closing address in the trial of former Salesian priest David Edwin Rapson, told the County Court he wanted to "debunk" some of the theories put forward by the accused man's barrister during the trial.

Mr Cordy said it was the inference of defence counsel Shaun Ginsbourg that the complainants could not be reliable in their evidence because were teenage boys at the time of the alleged offences, nor could some of them be trusted because of their own legal problems as adults.

Mr Rapson, 60, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and five counts of rape related to alleged incidents involving eight boys between the mid 1970s and 1990.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

August 25, 2013

Pfarrer wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen in Haft

DEUTSCHLAND
Kolnischer Rundschau

Eichstätt.

Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem fränkischen Landkreis Roth sitzt wegen des Verdachts auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch in Untersuchungshaft. „Der Haftgrund ist Fluchtgefahr“, sagte Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke dem „Donaukurier“ (Samstag). „Im Falle der Erweislichkeit droht schließlich eine ganz empfindliche Strafe.“

Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 in einer Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der noch keine 14 Jahre alt war.

Dem Zeitungsbericht zufolge wechselte er 2004 in den Landkreis Roth. Der Priester schweige bislang zu den Vorwürfen. Wie die Ermittlungen nach so langer Zeit ins Rollen gekommen sind, wollte die Staatsanwaltschaft Nürnberg-Fürth nicht sagen - „auch zum Schutz des mutmaßlichen Geschädigten“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Priester gefasst: Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs

SPANIEN
Tiroler Tageszeitung

Madrid - Ein 85-jähriger katholischer Priester ist in Spanien unter dem Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs gefasst worden. Der gebürtige Ire soll sich zwischen den Jahren 1955 und 1991 in Großbritannien an drei Messdienern vergangen haben, wie die spanische Polizei am Samstag mitteilte. Er wurde mit europäischem Haftbefehl gesucht und am Freitag in der Nähe seiner Wohnung in Arona auf der Kanaren-Insel Teneriffa festgenommen.

Der Nationale Gerichtshof in Madrid habe den Beschuldigten vernommen und grünes Licht für die Auslieferung an Großbritannien gegeben, hieß es. Da der Mann keine Berufung dagegen einlegen wolle, solle diese schon in den nächsten Tagen erfolgen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Clergy Sexual Abuse Recovery

UNITED STATES
Clergy Sexual Abuse Recovery

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Other Victims of Clergy Abuse: Faithful Priests

The tragedy of clergy sexual abuse leaves in its wake a trail of lifelong pain. However, those who have been abused are not the only ones who suffer as a result of their perpetrator's sin. Every man in the priesthood and diaconate suffers.

First of all, as they sit with victims and listen to their stories, their hearts are wrenched with the pain they sense from the empathy they have. They see before them an innocent little lamb that had entrusted itself to the care of a gentle shepherd. As it had followed with docility, its shepherd turned and savagely injured the little lamb. Just as the Lamb of God was led to his slaughter, this one was as well.

Priests know better than anyone the magnitude of their sacred office. They know such a violation on the spiritual level is akin to rape by God. Although some victims cannot put that into words, they feel it. That is one reason clergy abuse is so devastating. This man who stands in persona Christi, "Father", perpetrated a most egregious harm to the most intimate aspect of our being, reserved for our spouse alone.

Having empathy for a victim, broken and angry, who comes to him for help, brings the priest into the circle of pain.

However, where the priest himself is a real victim is the automatic scrutiny under which he comes simply because he wears a collar. The world tends to paint priests with one broad brush. Because there are abusive priests, they must all be abusers. It's an absurd assumption. Some people simply hate priests because of what others have done. They are yelled at, cursed at, have children protectively pulled away from them on sidewalks, are spit at in airports and much more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Standing up to Newark Archbishop John Myers: Opinion

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
on August 25, 2013

By Robert M. Hoatson

It was sometime in the late 1980s and I was working on my doctoral dissertation in my fifth-floor bedroom in a Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, walk-up occupied by the Irish Christian Brothers. I picked up a copy of the National Catholic Reporter and read a piece about a bishop from Peoria, Ill., John J. Myers, who was making a name for himself by stressing orthodoxy and recruiting large numbers of vocations to the priesthood for the Peoria diocese.

What struck me most glaringly, however, was how mean Myers was toward people who may not have lived up to his standard of Catholic teaching. It was clear from the article that Myers was on the fast track among the church hierarchy, but the faithful — some of whom were excoriated by Myers for this or that offense against supposed church teachings — did not quite know how to judge the new bishop of Peoria and found his methods less than pastoral.

It was while I was reading that article that I had a premonition that has stayed with me to this day. It was a voice — the Holy Spirit, no doubt — who communicated to me a message: “Someday, you will have to confront and stand up to this man.”

Fast-forward a decade. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Newark had been named the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the Newark Archdiocese was without a leader. A priest who had just been to a meeting at Newark Archdiocesan headquarters entered my office at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in the inner-city of Newark, where I was the director of schools, and told me that there was a strong rumor that Myers was going to be named archbishop of Newark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Group that advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse is critical of Michigan court decision

MICHIGAN
Michigan Radio

By STEVE CARMODY

A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week is being criticized by a national group that campaigns against sexual abuse by priests. The court ruled that a west Michigan minister could not be charged for failing to report suspected child abuse.

In 2009, a woman asked the minister’s advice because she suspected her husband of abusing her daughters. But it wasn’t until another incident in 2011 that the minister convinced her to report the suspected abuse. The pastor's attorney says no initial report was made because the allegations were sketchy.

Prosecutors said the minister should have reported the suspected abuse at the outset.

But the Appeals court ruled the minister is protected by a law that ensures the confidentiality of confessions and counseling by clergy. The decision upheld rulings by lower courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Modern Orthodox Leader Calls For OU, Bnei Akiva To Crack Down On Abuse

UNITED STATES
Failed Messiah

The fact that communal leaders in these two cases are protecting and enabling abusers, or condemning legitimate accusers, underscores that our community still has a long way to go. And given the high stakes of life and death and mental health of our children, we can’t afford to wait. Things will only change if our community loudly and articulately demands it.

Rabbi Heshie Billet, a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America, has a good piece on child sexual abuse in the Jewish Week.

Billet points out that one of the effects of child sexual abuse is suicide by victims and that allegations of child sexual abuse must be treated as a life and death issue akin to murder becauase of that. He castigates Bnei Akiva for allowing Rabbi Haim Druckman – a known enabler and defender of pedophiles – to rehire convicted child sexual abuser Rabbi Mordechai Elon only days after Elon was convicted of using force to sexually abuse a minor student, and does the same to the OU for allowing Rabbi Yisrael Belsky – another well-known enabler of pedophiles and abuser of theiri victims – to remain on staff:

Unfortunately, the very simple, just and halakhic actions Billet calls for will almost certainly not be taken by
…[Yeshivot Bnei Akiva] must insist that Rabbi Druckman retract the Rav Elon appointment. If he refuses, the organization must override his decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

California State Senate and Assembly representatives, please vote YES to SB 131...

CALIFORNIA
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

California State Senate and Assembly representatives, please vote YES to SB 131...Contact/ Write to your State Senate and Assembly representatives - let them know you support the bill!

The final vote in the Assembly floor is coming up in a few days. We beg the Assembly members to read and meditate on our letter to Los Angeles Judge Elias who made the historic decision on the side of victims of pedophile priests against the millions dollars lawyers of Cardinal Mahony.

Dear (Judge Emilie H. Elias) California State Senate and Assembly representatives,

You are our final hope for the whole truth and nothing but the truth...and May the Almighty God help you and give you the courage to do the right thing.

The crimes against American children systemically covered-up by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must not be hidden in the dust of history nor must it be given the chance to be shredded and forgotten forever into oblivion ….

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

August 24, 2013

Isaiah Covers up Priests’ Suspicious Dealings

SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
The National Herald

August 22, 2013

By Theodore Kalmoukos

Salt Lake City, UT – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver in a letter to the Parish Council dated August 8, 2013 provides "cover" to his two priests Gilbert and Kouremetis of the Salt Lake City community in Utah for what appears to be dubious dealings of the benevolent accounts which they controlled, as TNH revealed in its last week's edition.

Isaiah finds nothing wrong that the priests were using the benevolent accounts to write checks one of them for his sons and the other for his secretary. Isaiah calls the audit "witch-hunt" and is asking is the audit committee members "have any sense of morals."

Isaiah has kept both churches, the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Prophet Elias, closed for three consecutive Sundays. TNH has learned that Archbishop Demetrios of America is extremely upset with Isaiah and also with Gilbert and Kouremetis. Members of the Archdiocese's legal team are in close contact with the officials of the Salt Lake City parish trying to prevent intervention by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Opinion among high ranking officials at the Archdiocese as well as at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople is widespread that Isaiah should submit his resignation on his own.

TNH has also learned that Kouremetis is looking for a way out of Salt Lake City. He contacted Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey requesting relocation, but Evangelos is hesitant to bring him there. but he is hesitant to take him in the New Jersey Metropolis. Isaiah stated in his letter among other things that "from the photocopies which you sent to me, I realize that the audit committee has overstepped its bounds in two areas; 1. It included the funds of the benevolent fund which is never a part of the annual budget of a parish, due to the fact that it is considered a confidential fund to help those in need, and 2. It included cancelled checks and payment information for the years 2009,2010, and 2011.

"On the basis of this information, I would say that this is nothing more than a witch-hunt to embarrass your priests. Does the current audit committee not have any sense of morals. What is its purpose regarding this procedure? And if these funds are confidential, since they have only one signatory on the checks, are not the Zions Bank and the Chase Bank of Salt Lake City liable for divulging confidential information? Can this happen to other people who do business with these banks?"

He also wrote that "I diligently inquired of both priests holding the benevolent funds about the items listed. With the benevolent fund of Prophet Elias Church I received concise information from the priest of the drastic situation the recipient was in due to serious problems which had arisen. Having reflected on the information I had received, I can say most definitely that the assistance given to this individual was truly of a benevolent nature."

Isaiah sounds upset with the fact that the parish acquired information on the two benevolent accounts: "I still cannot understand how the audit committee, which is responsible for the 2012 budget of the parish has information from the Zions Bank for the years 2009, and 2010. If this is not a witch-hunt, what is it?

"Secondly, in regard to the information I have of the benevolent fund of Holy Trinity Cathedral, I spoke extensively with the priest since the expenditures include members of his family. I saw that six expenditures are related to a professor of our Holy Cross School of Theology and seminarians studying for the holy priesthood. I know for a fact that all seminarians at our school of theology, as well as students at all colleges have unexpected needs that require financial assistance. As to the other five expenditures, they had to do with worship services involving visiting clergy and chanting.

"Again, I recognize such expenditures as normal, as in all of our parishes in the Archdiocese."

He completely ignores the fact that Gilbert was writing cheeks to his sons "for car repairs" but he once more wrote "finally, I really cannot understand your logic in this investigation of your two priests, regarding confidential benevolent assistance, a period covering three years and pertaining to about
twenty-five thousand dollars, when your parish did not give its annual commitment to the Archdiocese for 2011 in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars which the other parishes of this Metropolis paid. Your payment for 2012 is delinquent as well as this year's."

Isaiah blames the Parish Council saying that "it appears that for the past fifteen months [it] has done little or nothing to bring unity and increased income to the parish. You are one of the wealthiest parishes in the Archdiocese with two million dollars in separate accounts and you are crying poverty." He threatens the council that he will request the Archbishop to remove them. He wrote that "it appears that the time is coming to the point when the Archbishop can declare canonical disorder with the removal of the current council and assuming the administration of the parish until it conforms to the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Archdiocese (Article 16).

"I am hopeful that you will not allow this to occur. As members of Christ's Church you have accepted a sacred obligation to serve the Lord and His people. It is not too late to do this."

TNH revealed last week that Gilbert and Kouremetis had open benevolent funds accounts supposedly to assist discreetly and confidently people in need, but instead Gilbert wrote checks to his sons and Kouremetis paid his secretary's house rent. He had also authorized her as a cosigner on the account.

According the documents acquired by TNH and had been sent to Demetrios and Isaiah, 11 checks were paid to Gilbert's sons over 9 months totaling $4,637.18 for car repairs, assisting with church services, schoolbooks, and undetailed reasons. Also a check of $75.13 was issued payable to Gilbert for a lunch with another cleric named Maximos.

Gilbert opened the benevolent account in February 2006 and he closed in May 2013 after the parish council had started auditing the finances of the parish and requested to examine all the accounts that use the Church's tax ID number.

From Kouremetis' benevolent account 14 payments were made for household rent for the Church secretary's benefit totaling $12,835.00 ($600 of this was a cash payment – says for rent).

Also, the records show that 4 cash payments to the Church secretary totaling $1,337 plus $ 215.49 in other miscellaneous payments.

The documents show that $13,787.49 expenditures from the benevolent account went to the Church secretary.

According to the records sent to Demetrios and Isaiah, another $7,212.70 or another 25% of the total contributions made to the benevolent account were unidentified, including a $2,000 payment to law firm Scally&Reeding.

Parishioners, donors, and also the parish were contributing to the benevolent accounts of the two priests trusting that their contributions would be used for philanthropic purposes assisting people in need. Gilbert, Kouremetis, Demetrios, and Isaiah all failed to respond to TNH's request for comment.

On July 24, Parish Council President Dimitrios Tsagaris informed Isaiah in writing, attaching a number of revealing documents of Gilbert's and Kouremetis' benevolent accounts, including copies of checks. Isaiah not only did nothing but he closed the churches as TNH has reported because the Parish Council was forced to reduce the salaries of the priests by 40% due to lack of funds at the parish.

Isaiah in a letter dated February 4 sent to Gilbert, who had complained to him that the Parish Council was requesting to audit his benevolent account instructed him no to give any information the audit committee. He also instructed Gilbert not to keep records: "If this is the case, and it is, you must not keep lasting records of the good deeds which are being done with the funds you receive for this purpose."

The Parish Council wrote to the archbishop that "rest assured that our community's concern is not that of divulging the sources that funded the Benevolent Fund accounts; the concern is appropriateness of the expenditures of the funds, and the Parish's liability under the IRS laws.

"Items for your consideration that merit further investigation should include but not limited to the following:

• Why does the "Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church Benevolent Fund" Zions Bank Account No.: 0041-45001, contain the name of Elizabeth Michaelsen as an owner and signatory party to the account, in addition to Michael A. Kouremetis?

• In view of the fact that Elizabeth Michaelsen has been a long time employee of and acted as the secretary to Fr. Kouremetis, she became the primary dollar amount beneficiary of the Benevolent Fund. Please note the payment of rents, attorney's fees, etc .

• Who authorized her to write checks for her own benefit, and to sign the name of Fr. Michael Kouremetis?

• Who informed/authorized the payee bank to accept and pay the checks signed by someone other than Michael Kouremetis, as it is evident by some of the signatures on the sample checks?

• What are the IRS implications of paying an employee additional funds without issuing an IRS 1099 Form? We have been advised that this affects both Ms. Michaelsen and the underage family members of an employee. There are additional serious IRS concerns raised by the auditors as set forth therein."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

What has Archbishop Martin done to foster dialogue in Dublin diocese?

IRELAND
Association of Catholic Priests

Sean O’Conaill laments the collapse in leadership and faith of the Irish magisterium. He asks Archbishop Martin of Dublin to stop making faith and structural reform seem as opposites — and to foster open dialogue in his own diocese.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin observes:

“Clericalism will only be eliminated by fostering a deeper sense of the meaning of the Church and that understanding of the nature of the Church will come not from media strategies or simply by structural reforms, but by genuine renewal in what faith in Jesus Christ is about. If we focus only on structures and power there is a risk that clericalism might be replaced by neo-clericalism….

“I am not saying that reform of structures is not necessary within the Church. Anything but! What I am saying is that such reform without ongoing radical renewal in the faith will end up with the wrong structures and indeed might end up just answering yesterday’s unanswered questions tomorrow. Clericalism will to some extent vanish when a new culture of co-responsibility and collaboration develops.”

(From ‘Catholic Ireland: Past Present and Future’ – the speaking notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Fordham Centre of Religion and Culture, New York, April 24th 2013)

[Dublin archdiocese - Fordham speech]

These almost oppositional observations on faith and structures have become standard for the archbishop. It seems that for him a ‘radical renewal in the faith’ must precede contemplation of structural change. Has he properly considered the power of the church’s current structural slum to perpetuate clericalism and undermine faith – and even to persuade us that God has called ‘time’ on the structures we have and must be sought elsewhere?

What does it say about the faith of the magisterium that fear of open assembly dominates our relationships – that the magisterium is still structurally ‘wired for transmission only’? Elsewhere in his Fordham address the Archbishop laments the absence of a respectful and intelligent dialogue in Ireland between secular and Catholic intellectuals. What has he done to permit regular, frequent intelligent dialogue within the church itself, between bishop and clergy, and clergy and laity, in Ireland’s premier diocese? What has he done to forward an adult conversation in the church on the implications of Catholic social teaching? What has he done to ensure that the church makes use of structural options already available – for example the diocesan synod? What has he done to question the radical faith-repelling injustice of current structures for securing the deposit of faith – including the encouragement by the CDF of covert delation by poisonous cowards and the denial of opportunity for the self-defence of those accused?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Claim O’Brien blocked report ‘contrary to church law’

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

by EDDIE BARNES
Published on the 25 August 2013

A CLAIM by a leading Catholic bishop that disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked a report on sex abuse runs contrary to church law, insiders have claimed.

Archbishop Mario Conti, the former archbishop of Glasgow, said last week the former head of the church in Scotland delayed plans to commission an independent examination of clerical sex offences going back decades. Without his backing, the other bishops also decided to delay, he said, claiming such an exercise “would have been faulty” without O’Brien.

But amid anger among Catholic laity over the handling of the scandals, insiders said the church’s own law showed bishops can press ahead in their own dioceses, and cannot be stopped by colleagues.

The church said yesterday that, once O’Brien’s successor Monsignor Leo Cushley is in place this autumn, an audit will be released showing complaints against clergy, church workers and volunteers.

But critics said that only an independent audit of historic abuse was required, and said the failure of individual bishops to publish details was an example of “delaying tactics”.

One insider said: “Why did seven bishops apparently bow to the sensitivities of one bishop and not give precedence to the sensitivities of the people abused by church employees? “If they cared so much, why not publish their own diocesan records and leave the public to take a view on O’Brien’s refusal to do so?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Goliath Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Bishop Myers’ tactics to suppress freedom of speech in the USA

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Goliath-bully Bill Donohue operates like in the Dark Ages when Kings and their stupid whims were the law of the land and anyone criticizing the King was punished, beheaded, tortured, imprisoned or banished from the kingdom which is why The Borgias, Pope Crimes and Vatican Evils always got away scot-free for centuries. Imagine if today, Americans criticizing President Obama would be jailed or banished from the US, where would these critics go to live? We wouldn’t have our late night talk shows such as Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, David Letterman, etc. Yet, today, any American criticizing the Pope or the Vatican is punished, ridiculed, berated, and tortured like Opus Dei Bishop Myers of New Jersey condemning freedom of speech of the media as “evil” because they published his questionable chain of erroneous actions and fallible judgements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

TAKE ACTION NOW!

CALIFORNIA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Call, e-mail or write your representative immediately. Write them instantly
with our easy to use Online Form.

When contacting them, use this simple text:

"Dear Assembly Member: As a constituent and a Catholic, I am asking that
you please Vote No on SB-131. The bill does not protect children; it unfairly
targets Catholic and private schools; and it will put the educational and
social work of the Church at risk."
(see writing tips or personalize and mail the template letter)

Be sure to include your name and address.

Sign-up for Archbishop Gomez’s E-Mail list and follow him on Facebook; join the Catholic Legislative Network.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

As SB131 heads to Assembly floor, LA Archdiocese spins and presses

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 24, 2013

SB 131 – The California Child Victims’ Act – is scheduled for a floor vote in the Assembly soon. And the Archdiocese of LA is pulling out all of the stops.

The Archdiocese, in its attempt to defeat the bill, has created a website that allows ordinary folks to send mass emails to legislators. They hope that low-information Catholics – those who aren’t following the issue and don’t understand the legislation – will just march lock-step with Archbishop Gomez.

I would include the link, but I don’t want to send them traffic. Once you fill out the form, the website automatically generates emails to your particular legislators.

Here is the text of the emails that the website generates (with my notes):

I am your constituent and I respectfully urge you to vote “No” on SB-131.

This legislation does not protect all victims of child sexual abuse. In fact, it offers no protection to the 92 percent of children who attend public schools or for children in foster care or in other public settings.

The only way to be able to protect students in public schools would be to eliminate sovereign immunity, an entirely different issue. In addition, SB 131 is a “first step” bill. We will never be able to fight abuse in the hugely powerful public arena until we build public awareness. To defeat the powers that be who control public entities, we need to prove that the problem is huge. SB131 is the only way to do that. And to imply that public school victims are “jealous” is infantile. Exposing ANY perpetrator is a huge step towards exposing ALL perpetrators. ...

What can you do? Follow this link to write your legislators NOW and tell them you support SB131.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Irish priest arrested in Tenerife over claims he abused boys in Britain over a 36-year period

UNITED KINGDOM/SPAIN
Daily Mail

By ANTHONY BOND
PUBLISHED: 12:25 EST, 24 August 2013

An 85-year-old Irish Roman Catholic priest suspected of sexually abusing three altar boys in Britain over a 36-year period has been arrested in Tenerife.

Francis Paul Cullen, originally from Dublin but with British nationality, was arrested in the town of Arona on the popular Canary Island.

He was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Britain and will be taken to the National Court in Madrid.

As reported by thinkspain.com, is wanted in the UK for indecent assaults in a parish in southern Derbyshire between 1955 and 1991.

It is claimed the abuses took place in religious centres and churches.

The first alleged incident of abuse took place 58 years ago when Cullen was 27. It is alleged a seven-year-old was abused on 10 or 12 occasions until the age of 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Report of NSW Enquiry Delayed (Or: Forgeddaboud It)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

The NSW Government enquiry has extended the deadline for Commissioner Margaret Cunneen to present her report. It was originally due by the end of September, but has now been delayed to sometime next year, possibly 28th February if all goes well. This is pathetic, and an insult to victims.

The delay is supposedly because there is so much information to process, from what was a very limited enquiry. Apparently, staff are bogged down trying to separate the chaff from the wheat.

The NSW Government is not providing more staff to help the enquiry meet the original deadline. It does seem strange that an enquiry running for a few weeks takes a few months to review and report. Apparently, getting the report out earlier is not worth the expense.

Only the cynical, surely, would conclude that the enquiry officials or others hope that the delay will mean that the issue fades from the media cycle before the report is released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

Irish priest arrested in Canaries over abuse

SPAIN
Irish Times

Associated Press

Spanish police have arrested an 85-year-old Irish Roman Catholic priest suspected of sexually abusing three altar boys in Britain over many years.

A National Police spokeswoman said that Francis Paul Cullen, a native of Dublin, was arrested in the town of Arona on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

He was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Britain and will be taken to the National Court in Madrid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Another alleged victim of sex abuse by El Paso priest files lawsuit

TEXAS
El Paso Times

By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Posted: 08/24/2013

Another alleged sexual abuse victim linked to a former El Paso priest has filed suit, said Lori Watson, a lawyer in Dallas.

"Another victim came forward who was also sexually abused by (the Rev.) Alfonso Madrid," Watson said in a statement. "This plaintiff was 8 years old when he was sexually abused by Madrid at Sacred Heart Church in the El Paso (Catholic) Diocese in 1974-1975."

The plaintiff, identified as John Doe 115, who is represented by the Merritt & Watson law firm, filed a suit this week in El Paso.

The lawsuit alleges that in 1974, Madrid chose the plaintiff and his brother to be altar boys under his tutelage, and that in 1974-1975, "Madrid sexually molested Doe 115 on multiple occasions. Madrid repeatedly sexually molested Doe 115 before and/or after mass, weddings, and other church functions. Madrid also befriended Doe 115's mother and often dropped by their home, where he also sexually molested Doe 115."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Pfarrer aus Mittelfranken in Untersuchungshaft

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem Landkreis Roth sitzt wegen des Verdachts auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch in Untersuchungshaft. Die Taten sollen sich in einer früheren Wirkungsstätte des Mannes in der Oberpfalz ereignet haben.

Stand: 24.08.2013

Haftgrund sei Fluchtgefahr, sagte die Nürnberger Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke dem "Donaukurier". "Im Falle der Erweislichkeit droht schließlich eine ganz empfindliche Strafe", so die Juristin in der Samstagsausgabe der in Ingolstadt erscheinenden Zeitung.

Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der zum Tatzeitpunkt noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Dies soll sich in seiner damaligen Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz zugetragen haben. Nach Recherchen des Bayerischen Rundfunks handelt es sich dabei offenbar um ein Dorf in der Gemeinde Sengenthal im Landkreis Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Pfarrer wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen in Haft

DEUTCHLAND
Nordbayern

EICHSTÄTT - Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem mittelfränkischen Landkreis Roth sitzt wegen des Verdachts auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch in Untersuchungshaft.

Dies teilte die Nachrichtenagentur dpa mit und bezog sich dabei auf einen Bericht des Donaukuriers. Haftgrund sei Fluchtgefahr, hatte die Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke dem Blatt mitgeteilt. Der Pfarrer selbst schweige bislang zu den Vorwürfen. Recherchen der Hilpoltsteiner Zeitung zufolge handelt es sich um einen Heidecker Pfarrer.

Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 in einer Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Nach Recherchen des Bayerischen Rundfunks handelt es sich dabei offenbar um ein Dorf in der Gemeinde Sengenthal im Landkreis Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz.<

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Priester wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen in Haft

DEUTSCHLAND
Sueddeutsche

Schwerer Vorwurf gegen einen Priester im Bistum Eichstätt: Er soll vor Jahren mehrmals einen Jungen missbraucht haben. Gegen den Geistlichen wurde Haftbefehl erlassen. Die Taten sollen sich in einer Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz ereignet haben.

Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem mittelfränkischen Landkreis Roth sitzt wegen des Verdachts auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch in Untersuchungshaft. Haftgrund sei Fluchtgefahr, sagte die Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke dem Donaukurier (Samstag). "Im Falle der Erweislichkeit droht schließlich eine ganz empfindliche Strafe."

Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 in einer Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Dem Bericht zufolge wechselte der Geistliche 2004 in den Landkreis Roth. Er schweige bislang zu den Vorwürfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Pfarrer wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen in Haft

DEUTCHLAND
Abendzeitung

Ein schwerer Vorwurf lastet auf einem Priester des Bistums Eichstätt: Er soll vor Jahren mehrmals einen Jungen missbraucht haben. Gegen den Geistlichen wurde Haftbefehl erlassen.

Eichstätt – Ein katholischer Pfarrer aus dem mittelfränkischen Landkreis Roth sitzt wegen des Verdachts auf schweren sexuellen Missbrauch in Untersuchungshaft. Haftgrund sei Fluchtgefahr, sagte die Oberstaatsanwältin Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke dem „Donaukurier“ (Samstag). „Im Falle der Erweislichkeit droht schließlich eine ganz empfindliche Strafe.“ Der heute 48-Jährige soll sich zwischen 1998 und 2001 in einer Pfarrei in der Oberpfalz mehrmals an einem Jungen vergangen haben, der noch keine 14 Jahre alt war. Dem Bericht zufolge wechselte der Geistliche 2004 in den Landkreis Roth. Er schweige bislang zu den Vorwürfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

NCR receives major grant to pursue global coverage of women religious

UNITED STATES
The Catholic Sun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNS) — The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co. has received a $2.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to be given over a three-year period, which will allow NCR to pursue “a groundbreaking project to give greater voice to countless of Catholic sisters around the globe,” the company said in an Aug. 22 announcement.

“We’ve been standing with sisters from the beginning, and I consider the grant encouragement to go on telling their stories,” said Annette E. Lomont, chair of NCR’s board of directors.

NCR said it will use the Hilton Foundation grant to build a network of editors and reporters to not only write about women religious, but also help them develop their own communication skills by working with them as columnists who report their own missions and challenges.

“The work of these women religious is one of the least-told stories in the church,” NCR Publisher Tom Fox said Aug. 22. “It’s really an exciting challenge to bring these stories and voices to greater awareness. It also recognizes the changing nature of our global church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Dissident anti-Catholic National Catholic Reporter gets $2.3 million to cover LCWR controversy

UNITED STATES
LifeSite News

BY HILARY WHITE, ROME CORRESPONDENT
Fri Aug 23, 2013

KANSAS CITY, August 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Kansas-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR), the U.S.’s most notorious dissenting Catholic newspapers, has been granted $2.3 million to cover religious sisters, including the ongoing conflict between the Vatican and the far-left Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The money comes from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Catholic News Agency reports today, in a grant intended to create “a global sisters’ net.”

In a policy paper dated February this year, Brad Myers, senior program officer, wrote that sisters are a central interest to the Foundation, having taught Conrad Hilton in his childhood.

“The idea is a website devoted to the coverage of Catholic sisters globally,” Myers told CNA. “Initially our focus is going to be on issues facing Catholic sisters in the United States and Africa. Ultimately we do have global ambitions. We have stronger networks between these two countries, so that’s where we’ll start.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Former Rosarian Academy Teacher Faces 59 Child Porn Charges

FLORIDA
CBS 12

Posted by Miranda Grossman / CBS 12 News

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A former Palm Beach County teacher is accused of disturbing crimes.

Stephen Budd, 51, a former teacher at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, has been charged with 59 additional charges after his daughter told police her dad videotaped her childhood friends while telling them to dance and do inappropriate things.

Police got a search warrant and found 41 pictures, and 19 videos of boys and girls under the age of 12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Former West Palm Beach teacher arraigned on 59 child porn charges

FLORIDA
Sun Sentinel

By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel
6:26 p.m. EDT, August 23, 2013

Prosecutors have added 59 new child pornography charges against Stephen Jerome Budd, a former West Palm Beach private school teacher accused in April of sexually assaulting two 9-year-old students during the 2006-07 school year.

During an arraignment hearing Friday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, an attorney for Budd, 51, entered pleas of not guilty on the latest charges filed by prosecutors Aug. 14. Budd was not at the hearing and is in Palm Beach County Jail being held with no bail.

The former Rosarian Academy fourth-grade teacher also faces two counts of sexual battery on a person less than 12 years old, one count of lewd or lascivious molestation, and two counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition.

An April 3 arrest report said Budd rewarded the student victims "Budd Bucks" or candy in exchange for sexual acts. The crimes happened numerous times in a classroom at the Catholic school, West Palm Beach police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Ex-Rosarian teacher pleads not guilty to 59 child pornography charges

FLORIDA
Palm Beach Post

[with video]

By Daphne Duret
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH — Jailed former Palm Beach County teacher Stephen Budd was arraigned on 59 child pornography charges Friday morning, even as he faces earlier charges that he molested two of his former students.

Budd, who taught at the Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach at the time of the alleged lewd acts with two fourth-grade students, was not present for Friday morning’s hearing before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Karen Miller.

Budd’s attorney, Jason Weiss, entered a plea of not guilty to the latest charges on his behalf.
Both defense attorneys and prosecutors in the case are expected to appear in court again in November.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Stephen Budd: Former Rosarian Academy teacher pleads not guilty ...

FLORIDA
WPTV

Stephen Budd: Former Rosarian Academy teacher pleads not guilty to 59 counts of child pornography

[with video]

Posted: 08/23/2013

By: Alex Sanz

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- An attorney for Stephen Budd, the former Rosarian Academy teacher charged with molesting two fourth grade students, told a Palm Beach County judge that Budd would plead not guilty to 59 counts of child pornography filed by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

Jason Weiss, Budd's attorney, made the announcement during a hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse on Friday.

Earlier this month , investigators said they had discovered 19 videos and 40 images of boys and girls under the age of 12 and girls under the age of 18 having sex with adult men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

Fri, 08/23/2013

Rabbi Heshie Billet

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

In recent years, both in Israel and in America, our community has learned many painful lessons on this topic, and institutions that have owned up to mistakes made in the past and seek ways to create policies that would avoid repeating these mistakes have made some progress. But we have not done enough. The progress made has been insufficient.

The most severe consequence of sexual abuse of children (and of enabling abuse by protecting offenders) is suicide. Tragically this has occurred in the Orthodox Jewish community. That makes it a form of murder. It is time that parents learn to overcome the taboo of reporting abusers to the authorities. Therapists tell me that it is in the best mental health interest of their children to do so. Parents who don’t report abuse often say they are trying to protect their children by allowing the incident to quietly blow over, lest their children become publicly shamed or stigmatized. But in fact the opposite is true. Children are harmed much more when incidents are not reported and dealt with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

O’Brien is banished to retreat

SCOTLAND
Scottish Sun

EXCLUSIVE By DOUGLAS WALKER

SHAMED former cardinal Keith O ’ Brien is hiding out in an English monastery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Minn. judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against Boy Scouts over ex-scoutmaster's sex abuse

MINNESOTA
TribTown

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: August 23, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A Ramsey County judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit over a former scoutmaster's sexual abuse of one of his Boy Scouts.

Judge Elena Ostby on Friday denied requests to dismiss the lawsuit by the Boy Scouts of America, the local Northern Star Council and the church that sponsored the troop.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson filed the lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims of former scoutmaster Peter Stibal (STY'-buhl) II.

Stibal was sentenced in June 2011 to more than 21 years in prison for molesting four scouts in his troop at River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Church leader jailed for child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunderland Echo

A JEHOVAH’S Witness whose sex crimes against a child were hushed up by the church has been jailed for 13 years.

Gordon Leighton admitted sexually abusing a child when he was confronted with allegations before church elders at Lambton Kingdom Hall in Washington.

The elders knew about the 53-year-old’s admissions for three years but refused to co-operate with the criminal investigation, saying that what they had heard was confidential.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Penny Moreland said Leighton had subjected his victim to “untold damage”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Cardinal's successor to open files on abuse within Catholic Church

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Saturday 24 August 2013

Gerry Braiden
Senior reporter

THE Catholic cleric announced as the successor to Keith O'Brien is expected to open files on abuse within the church dating back 60 years, overturning a decision by the shamed cardinal to block the move.

Monsignor Leo Cushley, who will be installed as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh next month, will "fully endorse" plans by the rest of Scotland's bishops to trawl church records for decades of clerical abuse

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Washington Jehovah's Witness jailed for 13 years for vile child sex attacks

UNITED KINGDOM
Chronicle

A Jehovah's Witness is today beginning 13 years behind bars for horrific child sex crimes which church elders tried to cover up.

Gordon Leighton, a ministerial servant, at the Lambton Kingdom Hall in Washington, was convicted of a series of sexual assaults against one child and violent attacks on another, following a trial.

It emerged that the 53-year-old had confessed his sex crimes to church elders more than three years earlier, but the men refused to co-operate with the police investigation and only gave evidence at court after a judge brought a lengthy legal battle.

Now Leighton will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Jailing him yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Penny Moreland told Leighton he had stolen his victims’ childhood years, saying: “You abused them, ruined their childhood, and caused untold damage.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Shamed Keith O’Brien blocked Catholic Church inquiry into sex abuse

SCOTLAND
Express

DISGRACED Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked a sex abuse inquiry a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct, the Catholic Church has admitted.

By: Rod Mills
Published: Fri, August 23, 2013

The astonishing admission was revealed in a letter from the retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti.

The cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

Now, it can be revealed that the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but that it was halted the following year when Cardinal O’Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

His opposition to an inquiry into Church-related abuse allegations was revealed in Catholic Church news weekly The Tablet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Priest sentenced for abusing altar boy

PENNSYLVANIA
The Sunday Dispatch

August 24. 2013

By Steve Mocarsky - smocarsky@civitasmedia.com

WELLSBORO — A priest who previously served in Wilkes-Barre has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing an altar boy, the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

The sentencing of the Rev. Thomas Shoback, 61, in Tioga County Court of Common Pleas followed the cleric’s May 2013 conviction on seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal attempt to have involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He was sentenced Monday.

Shoback had been removed from the ministry in November 2011 immediately after the Diocese of Scranton was contacted about the accusation and reported the matter to law enforcement, according to a written statement released by the diocese.

“With the criminal proceedings concluded and in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults, Father Shoback is permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry and his case has been referred to the Holy See,” the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Irish Cardinal blocked clerical sex abuse investigation in Scotland

SCOTLAND
Irish Independent

LUCY CHRISTIE – 23 AUGUST 2013

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct, the Catholic Church has said.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O'Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

The cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

He issued an apology, saying "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me".

His opposition to an inquiry into Church-related abuse allegations was revealed by the retired archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, in a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

August 23, 2013

Adelantan para este sábado ...

CHILE
Bio Bio

El Tribunal Oral en lo Penal de Temuco dictó una resolución anticipando para este sábado la audiencia donde se dará lectura a la sentencia en contra del sacerdote Orlando Rogel Pinuer, declarado culpable de cuatro casos de abuso sexual.

Los hechos ocurrieron entre 2006 y 2011 cuando se desempeñaba como párroco en Cunco y tenía a su cargo un hogar de internos dependiente de la Iglesia Católica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Abbot speaks at Fort Augustus on abuse allegations

SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

Fr Richard Yeo, Abbot President of the English order at the centre of recent abuse allegations, spoke at Fort Augustus parish church on Sunday of abuse as ‘a great evil’ and a terrible ‘shame.’

“You know why I am here,” the abbot said in his Sunday homily.

“I am the Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, and I am as sad and shocked as you to hear about allegations against monks of Fort Augustus.

The abbot went on to say that ‘abuse is a great evil, and its effects on those who are abused are profound and long-lasting’ but sometimes we all ‘forget that the evil affects many people, and its reverberations are widespread.’

“Abuse also affects a victim’s family. It affects the community in which he lives,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

Lord Carlile calls for Fort Augustus abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
BBC News

An independent inquiry into allegations of abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey School should be held, a senior Liberal Democrat peer has said.

A BBC programme uncovered evidence of decades of physical and sexual abuse by some monks at the school.

Earlier this week police said there were more than 20 possible victims.

Lord Carlile also called for prosecutions to be considered and said those who were abused should get compensation from the church.

The peer carried out a review into similar abuse at a Catholic school in London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM

Church ‘made Cardinal Keith O’Brien scapegoat on sex abuse’

SCOTLAND
The Times

Michael Glackin
Published at 12:01AM, August 24 2013

Its former adviser on sexual abuse has accused the Roman Catholic Church of making Cardinal Keith O’Brien a scapegoat to divert attention from its failure to properly address the issue.

The accusation follows claims made by Mario Conti, the retired Archbishop of Glasgow, that Cardinal O’Brien had refused to co-operate with plans put forward by bishops to invite an independent researcher to compile a report on each of Scotland’s eight dioceses handling of sex abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

Revealed: Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked inquiry into cases of historic sex abuse in Catholic Church

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

DISGRACED Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct, the Catholic Church has said.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O'Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

The cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

He issued an apology, saying "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

Gordon Leighton: Jehovah's Witness whose child abuse was covered up by church elders is jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

He broke down and admitted the abuse to three church elders but they refused to co-operate with a police probe, a court heard

A Jehovah's Witness whose church covered up his sex abuse of a child was jailed for 13 years yesterday.

Gordon Leighton, 53, broke down and admitted the abuse to three church elders when confronted with allegations.

He confessed to Simon Preyser, Harry Logan and David Scott in 2010 but they refused to co-operate with a police probe, Newcastle crown court heard.

Their barrister Richard Daniels claimed they had a "duty to God" not to breach confidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Michigan Court of Appeals rules in favor of minister who didn't report suspected child abuse

MICHIGAN
Michigan Radio

By RICK PLUTA

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a minister cannot be charged with failing to report child abuse based on conversations with a parishioner.

The court ruled those were privileged conversations.

This particular question had never been litigated before. And it is how far do privacy protections for clergy extend when it comes to reporting child abuse?

In this case, a woman went to her pastor, John Prominski, for advice when she suspected her husband was abusing her daughters. Their first talk was in 2009.

Two years later, in 2011, Prominski convinced the woman to turn in her husband after it appeared the abuse had continued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Michigan appeals court: Pastors don't have to report child abuse

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

Associated Press

A western Michigan pastor who was told about suspected child abuse can't be prosecuted for failing to report it, the state appeals court said today, citing a law that gives clergy protection in cases dealing with confidential information.

The court, in a 3-0 decision, agreed with similar decisions by judges in Ionia County, east of Grand Rapids.

In 2009, a woman told John Prominski, pastor of Resurrection Life Church in Ionia, that her husband likely was abusing her daughters. She wanted advice from him but authorities weren't alerted.

After another incident in 2011, Prominski told the woman that she must contact police or he would, according to a summary of the case. That's when police learned he had failed to report suspected abuse two years earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Michigan Court of Appeals: Members of clergy not required to report child abuse

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

By Kevin Grasha
Gannett Michigan

LANSING — The state appeals court has ruled that a member of the clergy is not required to report child abuse when a church member seeks confidential guidance.

The published opinion by a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel was released Thursday.

The case originated in Ionia County, involving a woman who in 2009 suspected her husband had her daughters touch their own genitalia in front of him. The woman went to her pastor, John Prominski of Resurrection Life Church in Ionia, seeking “family and spiritual guidance and spiritual advice,” according to court documents.

Prominski told the woman it was something he could handle through counseling, according to court testimony, and told her she didn’t need to report it to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Ionia pastor's conversation with parishioner privileged, confidential, appeals court says

MICHIGAN
MLive

By John Agar | jagar@mlive.com
on August 23, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The state Court of Appeals said that a conversation between a pastor and parishioner – in which a woman shared concerns her husband abused her girls – was confidential and privileged.

The opinion upholds lower court findings that the Rev. John Prominski, senior pastor at Resurrection Life Church of Ionia, did not violate mandatory reporting rules for child abuse.

The woman sought advice from Prominski after her husband had the girls touch themselves. Prominski counseled the husband for three months. The husband denied any improprieties.

The family eventually left the area and the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Secular foundation grants $2.3 million to National Catholic Reporter to provide publicity for women religious

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

The Conrad Hilton Foundation has awarded a $2.3 million grant to the National Catholic Reporter to establish as “global sisters’ net,” providing “greater voice to countless Catholic sisters around the globe.”

The grant to the National Catholic Reporter-- a newspaper with a long history of dissent from Catholic teaching—comes at a time when women religious in the United States are under Vatican scrutiny. Annette Lomont, the chairman of the board for the Reporter, said: “We’ve been standing with sisters from the beginning, and I consider the grant encouragement to go on telling their stories.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

British priest ordered home to face sex charges against choirboys

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A British priest has been ordered home from the Canary Islands to face charges of sexually assaulting choirboys in Derbyshire, police have said.

The priest, 85, who has not been named, faces 16 charges - 10 of them serious - against boys in the Derby area in the 1960s.

The man was arrested on Tenerife, where police said he had lived "for some time".

No date has yet been set for his extradition.

'More than 40 years ago'

Derbyshire Police said they had worked closely with the Spanish police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) to track the man down.

He was arrested using a European Arrest Warrant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Schiave del sesso in una setta a Cortona, indagato ex prete

ITALIA
Tiscali

Dieci persone, nove donne più un uomo, adepte di una comunità a Montecchio di Cortona (Arezzo), ridotte in stato di sudditanza psicologica e sottoposte a violenza sessuale: lo riportano stamani alcuni quotidiani riferendo di un'inchiesta della Dda di Firenze che ha indagato il guru della 'setta', un ex sacerdote della diocesi di Firenze, Mauro Cioni, 68 anni di Empoli (Firenze), più altre tre persone. L'ex prete è accusato di riduzione in schiavitù e violenza sessuale. Stesse accuse per un ex adepto, Carlo Carli, 34, di Siena, che si staccò dalla setta di Cioni per fondare un'altra comunità, con caratteristiche uguali.

Le accuse - Accusati di ricettazione di denaro due adepti rimasti con Cioni, Franco Bigazzi, 56 di Certaldo, e Giorgio Bigozzi, 62 di Foiano. Il pm Angela Pietroiusti ha fatto notificare la chiusura delle indagini, portate avanti dalla squadra mobile di Firenze. Secondo pm e investigatori, Cioni, sospeso 'a divinis' nel 1985 e tornato allo stato laicale a fine anni '80, nel tempo ha convinto un numeroso gruppo di persone a seguirlo per ''vivere un altro Cristianesimo'' con cui le avrebbe liberate ''dal maligno'' purchè interrompessero qualsiasi relazione familiare, sociale e anche di lavoro, soggiacessero ai suoi desideri sessuali ed elargissero denaro: altrimenti avrebbero ''sofferto per tutta la vita'' e rimanendo ''dannati per l'eternità''. La vicenda emerse già nel 2000 su denuncia di alcuni genitori, ma non vi fu seguito. Cioni peraltro nel 2001 fu anche indagato per la morte di un ragazzo di 19 anni di Vinci ma finì prosciolto dal reato di istigazione al suicidio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Former priest probed in sex slavery cult

ITALY
Gazzetta del Sud

Florence, August 23 - Four people, including a 68-year-old former priest, were placed under investigation Friday for sex slavery in Tuscany. The probe examined alleged mistreatment of nine women and a man in a cult based in Montecchio di Cortona, in the province of Arezzo, as well as misappropriation of funds, according to newspaper reports. The group was allegedly forced to submit to sexual and psychological violence, according to Florence investigators. The cult leader is a former priest called Mauro Cioni, who left the Catholic clergy in 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Former priest among four probed in Italian sex slavery cult

ITALY
UPI

Published: Aug. 23, 2013

FLORENCE, Italy, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Four people, including a former priest, were under investigation Friday for a cult involving sex slavery in Tuscany, Italian police said.

Authorities were looking into allegations of mistreatment of nine men and a woman in a religious cult based in Montecchio di Cortona, as well as misappropriation of funds, the newspaper Gazetta del Sud reported Friday.

Florence investigators said cult members were subjected to sexual and psychological violence, and identified the cult leader as Mauro Cioni, 68, a former priest who left the Catholic clergy in 1985.

In the late 1980s Cioni found adherents to what he termed living "another form of Christianity," forcing them to cut ties to family and work, hand over their financial holdings and submit themselves to his sex-related orders, investigators said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Final score: Business 2, Jesus 0

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 23, 2013

I have always thought that the Diocese of Orange’s purchase of the former Crystal Cathedral was a good business decision, but a horrible pastoral one.

And the bad pastoral decisions keep coming.

But first, a little background: No one except former Bishop Tod Brown wanted a new cathedral. There was no parishioner outcry for a new ediface, and construction on the “Christ our Savior Cathedral” land in Santa Ana was stalled for years due to lack of funding and interest by Orange County Catholics.

But the bargain price of the Crystal Cathedral in 2012 was too tempting for Tod Brown to pass up—even though poor parishes just a few miles from the Crystal Cathedral were forced to hold bake sales to pay for basics like air conditioning. Previous score for the Diocese of Orange: Business 1, Jesus 0.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

High profile cardinal hopeful for Irish Church

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

Irish Catholics should be hopeful for the future of the Church in Ireland, which is already beginning to show signs of renewal and growth, a high profile Irish-American Cardinal has said.

Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, told this newspaper the Irish Church “is doing great”. “You can already see the signs of renewal and growth,” he said.

Referring to recent scandals that have rocked the Church in Ireland, Cardinal Dolan said Irish Catholics “need to have courage”.

“You have been through worse before, you’ll get through it. Be not afraid, have hope,” he said.

Cardinal Dolan said one sign of hope for the future of the Church in Ireland was the recent consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Knock with 15,000 people in attendance. He also said the depth of prayer here in Ireland was “phenomenal”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Archbishop Martin may be set for top Rome post

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

Michael Kelly and Cathal Barry

Speculation is mounting among senior Dublin clergy that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin may be set for a swift move to Rome for a senior position in the Vatican.

The combination of some surprise recent appointments in Dublin, and the positioning of close friends of the archbishop’s in Pope Francis’ inner circle is fuelling speculation that a move to a prestigious Rome-based job may be on the cards.

A number of senior sources within the Dublin archdiocese, including in Archbishop’s House, have told The Irish Catholic that there is a growing sense that Dr Martin will be called to Rome to run a Vatican department, possibly within weeks.

The appointment of Bishop Eamonn Walsh as Vicar for Clergy, as revealed in this newspaper last week, is being seen as an indication that Archbishop Martin is keen to leave a safe pair of hands in Dublin despite previous tension between the two men.

The Irish Catholic can also reveal that the archbishop has asked a key aide to stay on, despite previously having announced that he would take up a parish appointment. Msgr Lorcan O’Brien, Moderator of the Curia and a close confidant of Archbishop Martin, had announced that he would move on from Archbishop’s House this autumn. However, that decision was reversed at the last minute and Msgr O’Brien will now stay on in his key administrative role for at least another year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Parents Sue SJ Church, Man Facing 30 Child Sex Abuse Charges

CALIFORNIA
NBC Bay Area

The parents of an alleged victim of child sexual abuse at a San Jose church camp in 2007 are suing the church and a man facing 30 criminal charges of lewd acts with children at a daycare center.

The unnamed parents filed suit Tuesday in San Jose against the Baptist Church of San Jose, now known as the Church on the Hill, its business manager Elliot Sands and Keith Woodhouse, according to their attorney Robert Allard.

Woodhouse, 27, currently faces 30 counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts on children under 14 in a separate case involving kids he once supervised at the Trace Child Development Center, a daycare facility in San Jose, according to Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos.

His trial on the charges starts on Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court's Hall of Justice in San Jose, Ramos said.

San Jose police arrested Woodhouse on Jan. 26, 2011, after he allegedly abused nine children aged 5 to 7 while employed at the Trace daycare facility from late summer 2010 to January 2011, Ramos said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Men are from Mars

UNITED STATES
The Economist

Aug 23rd 2013

PROGRESSIVE and socially-engaged nuns, and bishops with a mandate to bring them into line, have promised to avoid name-calling and try harder to understand one another, but it will be a long hard road. That is about the only clear message to emerge from this month's gathering in Florida of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents about 80% of America's Catholic sisters.

It was an unusual sort of meeting. For much of the four-day assembly, around 800 sisters were joined by a tiny handful of men, including Archbishop Peter Sartain who has been put in charge of a Vatican initiative to reform the organization, guide it back into doctrinal orthodoxy and induce it to change the tone of its publications and public statements. His mandate follows a "doctrinal assessment" by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2011 which spoke of "certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith" which had allegedly entered the discourse of the American sisters.

But it was the sisters, not the hierarch, who delivered to the world a report on the outcome of the two sides' deliberations. They said they they had enjoyed a "profound and honest sharing of views" and that "although we remain uncertain as to how our work with the bishop delegates will proceed, we maintain hope that continued conversations of this depth will lead to a resolution of this situation that maintains the integrity of the LCWR and is healthy for the whole church."

Behind these careful and subtle words lies a disconnect in the ways that the estranged parties—the Vatican and the American sisters—see the situation. The Vatican's pronouncements have been couched in the language of a top-down, old-world hierarchy which expects its words to be enforced and obeyed. The LCWR derives its sense of legitimacy from the fact that its members were elected to leadership positions in 330 religious communities, many of them working at the coal-face of social problems like poverty, addiction or clandestine migration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

A Fit and Proper Organisation? (Or: Who’s Really Responsible?)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse will focus on institutional responses. This means, effectively, that there will be much consideration given to background checks, and monitoring, of people associated with organisations working with children. This is an obviously important area of concern.

However, there is an equally important consideration which the Royal Commission may well miss. It will consider what makes for a “fit and proper” person to work with children, but is likely to give minimal, if any, consideration to what makes for a “fit and proper” organisation.

The term “fit and proper” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “fit” and the Norman-French word “proper”. Both words mean the same thing, that is, acceptable to the authorities. Most countries around the world have a highly-developed set of laws concerning fit and proper persons. Some people are not permitted to be company directors, for example.

There have been far fewer laws concerning fit and proper organisations. As one academic has noted, “A further difficulty is to know how much bad behaviour can be tolerated inside an organisation before the whole enterprise is deemed unfit.” This factor has been receiving much attention in the U.K., particularly in relation to whether Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB group is a fit and proper organisation to hold a broadcasting license.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Editorial: Misguided LCWR mandate lumbers onward

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

NCR Editorial Staff | Aug. 23, 2013

Four and half years ago, in February 2009, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith first announced it was beginning a "doctrinal assessment" of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

It has been a long and arduous process, one that has tarnished LCWR's reputation, sapped its energy, and made it a target of adversaries on the right.

The women leaders, among the most faithful and theologically educated in the church, have all been elected to leadership positions from within their congregations. They have continued to meet with Vatican officials, largely maintaining a Vatican-imposed silence, except for periodic short statements. ...

One inescapable truth is that a group of men, meeting in secret, assessed, judged and found guilty a women's organization. The LCWR tale is anchored in a culture of male clericalism, out of step with contemporary mores. The second-class role of women in the church and an exclusively male authority structure are fundamental starting points for understanding the dynamics of the Vatican/LCWR story.

By almost any contemporary standard founded in human dignity, the process has been unjust, with virtually no allowances for a reasonable defense. Indeed, the process reveals more about the state of our church than anything its findings have revealed about the women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien prevented inquiry into sexual abuse

SCOTLAND
The Independent

PAUL PEACHEY CRIME CORRESPONDENT FRIDAY 23 AUGUST 2013

Britain’s former most senior Catholic blocked an independent inquiry into cases of clerical sexual abuse covering 60 years before he resigned after making homosexual advances to other priests, officials said today.

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in 2011 commissioned a report into allegations of abuse but it was halted the following year when its then head, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, withdrew his support. A spokesman for the Catholic Church said that a “national audit” was not possible without the support of the Cardinal and the analysis was stopped.

The Cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after current and former priests made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

The intervention of Cardinal O’Brien was revealed in a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet by the retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Dr Mario Conti. He said the intention of the Bishops was to publish the results of the audit, but its scope was not clear. A police investigation is under way into allegations of historic sexual abuse at two Catholic boarding schools in the Scottish Highlands. More than 20 people have come forward to say they were victims of physical and sexual abuse by a number of Benedictine monks who ran the Fort Augustus Abbey school and Carlekemp, its feeder school in East Lothian, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Both schools are now closed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

SNAP honors 25 years with art, fashion show

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

By Joe Holleman jholleman@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82540

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is honoring its 25th anniversary with a reception and showing of the work of STL artist Karen Jones.

The event is at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Cielo Bar of the downtown Four Seasons Hotel. There is complimentary valet parking and no cover charge. Jones will raffle off a painting to benefit the advocacy group, of which her mother, Judy Jones, is an associate director.

Jones is known for her oil-on-steel paintings of pets. Her work will be shown on the terrace near the pool, as will a new swimwear collection from Ola Hawatmeh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Denunciantes rechazan "simulación de perdón" de discípulos de Karadima

CHILE
Cooperativa

El periodista Juan Carlos Cruz, el médico James Hamilton y el filósofo José Andrés Murillo, denunciantes del llamado "caso Karadima", manifestaron su rechazo a un reciente pedido de "perdón", que hicieron los obispos Horacio Valenzuela y Tomislav Koljatic, discípulos del ex párroco de El Bosque condenado por abusos sexuales a menores de edad.

En la misiva -publicada en la sección de cartas al director del diario El Mercurio y titulada "El perdón de los obispos"- los profesionales refieren que el pasado 15 de agosto los mencionados obispos "pidieron perdón" a través del mismo medio "a la Masonería por haberla involucrado en cartas de defensa al sacerdote católico Karadima".

"En esas cartas de defensa del sacerdote -quien fuera su mentor y guía espiritual- aludían a una suerte de complot contra él debido a su santidad. Parte del complot era de la Masonería y del Poder Judicial, pero también de la izquierda, los Cristianos por el Socialismo, la Teología de la Liberación, los medios de comunicación, los liberales, entre otros, y todos ellos liderados por nosotros. Nosotros que, según las cartas de los obispos mencionados y otros sacerdotes fieles a Karadima, habríamos estado motivados por una serie de problemas familiares, personales, vocacionales, sed de venganza y otras múltiples dolencias", escriben Cruz, Hamilton y Murillo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Cardenal escocés bloqueó investigación sobre abuso sexual en la iglesia

ESCOSIA
BBC Mundo

Viernes, 23 de agosto de 2013

La Iglesia Católica Romana en Escocia admitió que su antiguo líder, el cardenal Keith O'Brien, bloqueó una investigación sobre acusaciones de abuso dentro de la iglesia.

O'Brien, quien dimitió tras reconocer conductas sexuales inapropiadas con sacerdotes, se negó a participar en un informe sobre acusaciones de abuso en la iglesia.

Esto hizo que la investigación no pudiera llevarse a cabo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked independent inquiry into historic sex abuse

SCOTLAND
Telegraph

Cardinal blocked independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse that had support of every other bishop in Scotland.

By News agencies 23 Aug 2013

The retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, revealed that the Catholic Church in Scotland had planned to invite an independent academic to compile a report on each diocese's "secret archives" and each bishop's handling of allegations, which would then be made public.

However, Cardinal O'Brien, then the president of the Bishops' Conference, refused to co-operate and the planned inquiry was shelved, Archbishop Conti wrote in a letter to be published in the Catholic newspaper the Tablet today.

Cardinal O'Brien was forced to resign in March after admitting "inappropriate behaviour" with priests and a seminarian, and is currently in an unknown monastery for a period of "prayer and penance" ordered by Pope Francis.

In a letter defending the Catholic Church in Scotland's handling of allegations of sexual abuse, Archbishop Conti wrote: "It was the intention of all but one member of the Bishops' Conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results, but this was delayed by the objection of the then president of the conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Extradition ordered for British priest over sex abuse

SPAIN
Straits Times

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish judge ordered on Friday that a British priest be extradited back to England to face charges of sexually assaulting choirboys, a judicial source said.

The 85-year-old is wanted by British authorities on 16 charges of sexual assault, 10 of them "serious" and one involving attempted sodomy, against choirboys, the source told reporters.

The source did not name the suspect but said the alleged crimes were against choirboys in Derbyshire, central England.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Married priests in Peru sue Pope for S/ 20 million

PERU
Peru This Week

by Diego M. Ortiz

According to the “Married Priests”, they were victims of persecution by the Catholic Church.

An Association of married priests from Chiclayo, Peru decided to sue Pope Francis for S/. 20 million, as well as to the authorities of the Catholic Church for alleged damages, local news outlets reported.

The “World Association of Married Priests of the Church Reborn in Firm and Happy Union”, which was cited in 2004 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chiclayo, is behind the Pontiff lawsuit.

As indicated by El Popular.pe, back in 2004 charges of generic falsehood, fraud and illicit association to commit a crime in tort of the society, the State and the Catholic Church of Peru, were filed against this group of priests. As a result, they were asked to cease performing Church Liturgical acts.

But after 8 years of legal fighting, the Civil Court of Chiclayo dismissed the complaint. Now, the organization under the command of the priest Roberto Villanueva Rodríguez, is suing the highest authorities of the clergy, including Pope Francisco, for S/ 20 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

MI - Clergy not required to report abuse; SNAP responds

MICHIGAN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, August 23, 2013

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 )

We’re disappointed that a Michigan judge is letting a minister off the hook for refusing to report suspected child sex abuse. Decades of excessive deference to religious figures in child sex cases has led to tens of thousands of devastated lives. Our society – especially our judges and lawmakers – must make it abundantly clear that every single adult has a duty to call police when he or she fears a child is being hurt.

We can protect kids and respect belief at the same time. But we can’t let an adult’s belief trump a child’s safety.

We hope that Michigan’s highest court will reverse this tragic ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

UK - Victims group blasts Scotland's Catholic bishops

SCOTLAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday August 23, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Shame on the bishops of Scotland, who reportedly let one corrupt colleague block a so-called church "investigation" into child sex crimes and cover ups.

If O'Brien opposed this move, Scotland's bishops should have proceeded without him. Or they should have publicly exposed O'Brien as an obstructionist.

To make this disclosure now is nothing more than posturing by Scotland's bishops.

Let's be clear: no institution that has shielded predators and hurt children should investigate itself. Independent, professional secular agencies should be investigating - and prosecuting - the complicity Catholic hierarchy.

But even a poor, internal "investigation" is sometimes better than none at all. And if any one church official stands in the way of shedding even a little light on this crisis, his peers and supervisors should immediately, harshly, and publicly denounce him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

NCR receives Hilton Foundation grant for coverage of sisters

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

NCR Staff | Aug. 22, 2013

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.3 million over three years that will allow the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co. to embark on a groundbreaking project to give greater voice to countless Catholic sisters around the globe. With the use of the Hilton Foundation grant, NCR plans to build a network of editors and reporters not only to write about women religious, but to help them develop their own communication skills by working with them as columnists who report their own missions and challenges.

"We've been standing with sisters from the beginning, and I consider the grant encouragement to go on telling their stories," said NCR Board Chair Annette E. Lomont.

"The work of these women religious is one of the least-told stories in the church," NCR Publisher Tom Fox said Thursday. "It's really an exciting challenge to bring these stories and voices to greater awareness. It also recognizes the changing nature of our global church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

IL - Child sex abuse reform bill becomes law

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 23

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

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

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

Kids are safest when predators are jailed. But that can’t always happen. So the next best option is to expose predators. Now, thankfully, Illinois lawmakers are letting more crime victims do this.

Recently, Governor Pat Quinn has also signed HB 1063 which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations on child sex crimes. This too is a huge step forward for the safety of kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

San Jose: Lawsuit alleges Trace molest suspect was fired three times by former employer

CALIFORNIA
Mercury News

By Mark Gomez
mgomez@mercurynews.com

POSTED: 08/23/2013

SAN JOSE -- Officials at a San Jose church fired a camp counselor on three separate occasions after reports he inappropriately touched young girls, then gave him a positive 2010 recommendation for a job at a Trace Elementary School child care program, where he is suspected of molesting nine girls, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The latest lawsuit in the case of Keith Woodhouse, 28, was filed by the parents of a girl who claims she was molested by Woodhouse while attending a Church on the Hill summer program in 2007. Woodhouse, who is facing criminal charges in the Trace case, worked at the church in its summer camp program at the time.

"Several executives within this church repeatedly had an opportunity to identify obvious signs of a pedophile in their midst, and each time they not only failed to contact the authorities, as the law required, but they unconscionably allowed him to continue having unsupervised access to minors," said Robert Allard, an attorney representing the girl and her family.

Allard is also representing the families of three girls claiming to be molested by Woodhouse at Trace in a separate negligence lawsuit against the child care center and the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Cardinal blocked abuse investigation, says Archbishop of Glasgow

SCOTLAND
Catholic Herald

The former Archbishop of Glasgow has said that Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked an investigation into the Scottish Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse in 2012.

In a letter to the Tablet, Archbishop Mario Conti wrote: “It was the intention of all but one member of the bishops’ conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results.”

He continued: “But this was delayed by the objection of the then-President of the Conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty.”

A statement from the Catholic Church in Scotland said: “Archbishop Conti’s letter refers to a decision taken in 2011 by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to commission an independent academic analysis of statistics relating to abuse and allegations of abuse over a 60 year period from 1952 to 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Audio: Yiddish Anti-Hynes Rant

NEW YORK
Jewish Press

[with audio]

The rant attacks Hynes for prosecuting sex offender Nechemya Weberman. By: Jacob Kornbluh

Published: August 23rd, 2013

The following is an audio recording of an attack ad against Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes which is being spread around in smartphone whatspp groups. The rant, pushing votes for Ken Thompson, attacks Mr. Hynes for prosecuting prominent members within the Orthodox Jewish community, including Nechemya Weberman. The narrator likens community leaders supporting the reelection of Mr. Hynes to Rabbi Neiderman’s call in 2009 to vote for Mike Bloomberg “because he’s anyway going to win.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Cardinal 'blocked' abuse enquiry

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti
23 August 2013

The Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, responds to an editorial in The Tablet of 10 August that criticised safeguarding in the Catholic Church of Scotland and compared it unfavourably with England and Wales.

The Tablet’s editorial, “Curse of Complacency”, made some damning judgments of the Catholic Church in Scotland with respect to safeguarding, suggesting that it “has a long way to go” and that “the Catholic Church in England and Wales [is] streets ahead of Scotland” in respect of caring for survivors. The editorial illustrates this with reference to the recent revelations about alleged abuse of boys at Fort Augustus School by monks of the Abbey.

Firstly with regard to Fort Augustus, the school and monastery was within the ecclesiastical area of Scotland but not under the jurisdiction of the Church in Scotland other than in respect of its parish responsibilities. The internal life of the abbey and the management of its school was outside these. It was autonomous as a Benedictine community and in terms of its affiliation was a member of the English Benedictine Congregation. If any of these allegations had been made to me while I was Bishop of Aberdeen from 1977 to 2002, I would have alerted the proper authorities to them.

A statement was made recently on behalf of the Church in Scotland with which I fully concur: “We deplore acts of abuse at any time, in any place, committed by anyone representing the Church, or working in, with or for the Church. Although legal and criminal responsibility for any abusive behaviour may lie elsewhere, Scotland’s Catholic Dioceses are prepared to accept pastoral responsibility for those who have been harmed to help them heal.” Each diocese has someone in place to hear complaints and to advise complainants how to proceed in having them addressed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Cardinal O'Brien stopped probe of Scottish abuse files, says Conti

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

[letter from Archbishop Emeritus Conti]

Christopher Lamb - 23 August 2013

Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent examination of clerical sex abuse files held by Scottish dioceses, a senior bishop has claimed.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has said all but one member of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland had agreed in recent years for diocesan case files to be reviewed but this did not go ahead due to the cardinal's objection.

"It was the intention of all but one member of the bishops' conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results but this was delayed by the objection of the then-president of the conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty," the archbishop writes in a letter to The Tablet's editor.

Cardinal O'Brien was President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland from 2002 until 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Newark needs a spiritual father, not another crime boss

NEW JERSEY
Renew America

By Daniel Cassidy

The disgraced and discredited Archbishop of Newark, John J. Myers, has lashed out like a cornered rat at his critics, the media, politicians, members of the clergy and even the families of victims whose safety he utterly disregarded. In response, today's Star-Ledger rightly states that "it boggles the mind that in 2013 an archbishop would dare speak of families like this."

It boggles the mind, indeed, that any Christian leader would be allowed to wreak the destruction this man has caused in the Archdiocese of Newark. His haughty contempt and refusal to meet with anyone disagreeing with him is well known, but the irreparable damage he has caused to peoples lives, to the salvation of souls driven out of the Church, to the Church's institutions like the approximately 70 schools closed by Myers, and the scores of once vibrant parishes now boarded up are testament to a pompous ass who seeks not to serve, but to be served.

His only apparent defender appears to be Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. Since it is well known that Donohue speaks for the Catholic hierarchy and certainly for his own Archbishop, Cardinal Dolan, who also presides over the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, one must ask, how much damage will this unstable narcissist be allowed to wreak before any bishop here or abroad speaks out? What price will they pay? Bishops like Myers have already cost the Church more than $2 billion. Have they no moral responsibility beyond loyalty to a brother bishop? They may wish to ponder the words of Saint Ambrose: "Not only for every idle word,but for every idle silence must man render an account."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

El ex-cura Santurio recuperó la libertad por orden de la Justicia provincial

ARGENTINA
Misiones Cuatro

[con video]

11:51 | Lo ratificó el abogado defensor José Luis Rey, quien enfatizó que no se han producido pruebas que ameriten la detención del ex-sacerdote católico Miguel Ángel Santurio, acusado de abusar sexualmente de al menos cuatro mujeres jóvenes en 2008. El abogado destacó que los testimonios ofrecidos por las denunciantes fortalecen la posición del acusado, quien fuera detenido tras haberse producido amenazas contra las denunciantes, por parte de allegados a Santurio

(Posadas) El excura Miguel Ángel Santurio, quien fuera acusado de abuso sexual múltiple contra mujeres jóvenes de un grupo formado por él, recuperó la libertad y viajó a San Luis, donde se encuentra radicado. La información la confirmó su abogado, el Dr. José Luis Rey, quien enfatizó que no se han producido pruebas que ameriten que su defendido permanezca detenido. El exjuez aseguró que los testigos aportados por las denunciantes fortalecieron la posición de la defensa, por lo que el juez interviniente, Dr. Marcelo Cardozo, decidió la excarcelación.

“No hay aporte de ningún elemento de prueba que permita sostener lo que dice la imputación (que se basa en) una mera manifestación verbal”, comentó Rey en diálogo con TVA Misiones Cuatro, respecto del resonante caso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Las víctimas de Miguel Santurio denuncian amenazas

ARGENTINA
Primera Edicion

Las jóvenes presuntamente abusadas por el "cura sanador" siguen aportando testimonios desgarradores.

No es para nada sencillo revivir la pesadilla para Verónica (22) y Alejandra (24), quienes en varias ocasiones rompieron en llantos y como pudieron, relataron a PRIMERA EDICIÓN los terribles tormentos y abusos que padecieron mientras eran novicias.

Las jóvenes coincidieron en que durante siete meses, bajo la tutela del ex "cura sanador" Miguel Ángel Santurio (actualmente preso bajo sospecha de reiterados abusos), y cuando aún eran menores vivieron una verdadero infierno.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Catholic sex abuse inquiry delays verdict

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

THE Special Commission of Inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Hunter won't hand down its findings until next year.

The inquiry opened in February and was due to report to the government by September 30.

But Premier Barry O'Farrell told question time yesterday that Commissioner Margaret Cunneen had sought an extension and would report on February 28 next year.

"We should all agree that it is obviously more important that the relevant matters are properly and thoroughly investigated," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Progressive rabbis declare abhorrence of child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/ASIA
J-Wire

August 23, 2013 by J-Wire Staff

During last Shabbat, pluralistic Rabbis across Australia, New Zealand and Asia read out the Statement below as part of the Sabbath service.

It should be noted that the idea came about after a similar initiative was undertaken in the United Kingdom, where the Imams of all the mosques issued an identical sermon on this issue. It is unfortunate that the entire Australian Rabbinate could not unite for this important initiative.
Well done to the pluralistic leadership for responding in such a positive way and we hope that the Orthodox Rabbinate will follow suit.

RABBIS’ STATEMENT ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

The recent launch of the National Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides the opportunity for Rabbis across all denominations to declare our abhorrence of child sexual abuse and to state our commitment to assist in the work of preventing its occurrence in our communal institutions and organisations.

In Judaism human life is essential and so Pikuach Nefesh, the obligation to save a life in jeopardy, is considered a major value to uphold. The responsibility to act extends to the bystander, i.e., one who happens to find themselves in the presence of a person in peril or in danger of being victimized by a crime. The obligation to act is summarized by Maimonides (1135-1204) in his Code as follows: “If one person is able to save another and does not do so, they transgress the commandment “Neither shall thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor” (Leviticus 19:16).

We must not stand by and allow this evil to flourish because to do so would be Chillul HaShem, for “one honors The Eternal One and the Jewish people when one honors others; one dishonors the Eternal and desecrates the people of the Almighty when one abuses a human being created in the divine image.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Indian Horse should be required reading for all Canadians

CANADA
Daily Herald Tribune

By Alexis Kienlen, Off the Shelf
Thursday, August 22, 2013

This past week, I finally got around to reading Richard Wagamese’s book Indian Horse. I’ve been a long-time fan of Wagamese and have read some of his previous novels and non-fiction work.

Wagamese is an Ojibway writer who currently lives in British Columbia. His book Indian Horse should be required reading for all Canadians. The book was a 2012 Globe and Mail notable book, and a 2013 Canada Reads contender.

Many people have heard about the horrors of residential school, but Indian Horse does its best to take the reader into the school and gives those horrors an emotional impact. Saul Indian Horse is an older Ojibway who is looking back at his life. To help himself heal, he has decided to write a diary to tell the story of his life and what happened to him.

Saul’s parents were damaged by the residential school system, and they have already lost one of their children to the system. They move through the bush of northern Ontario like nomads, trying to flee the people who will take their children from them. At one point, Saul becomes separated from the other members of his family, and is left alone with only his grandma.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

A Vehement Quasi-Denial

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

In seeking to dismiss a civil lawsuit against the archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert Carlson has vehemently denied one of the allegations against him ... sort of.

The suit was filed regarding the alleged behavior of Fr. Joseph Jiang, who is charged with the crime of molesting a 15-year-old girl. Archbishop Carlson has been subpoenaed to give a deposition in that case, but has so far manged to avoid doing so. The trial has been delayed several times.

Meanwhile, the girl's parents have filed a civil suit against the archdiocese for negligence in not properly supervising the priest, who was a personal favorite of Archbishop Carlson's, perhaps living with him in the archbishop's mansion (there are conflicting reports of this), and at least having been taken by Carlson under his wing in a kind of mentor relationship.

Carlson's denials in the civil suit avoid the merits of the case, seeking dismissal on technicalities - which is well within his rights, though perhaps not the most Christian thing to do. However, at one point, in a footnote, the archbishop

vehemently denies the baseless allegations set forth by Plaintiffs in Count VI (Attempted Tampering with Evidence)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Magdalene’s lawyer wins family law award

IRELAND
Irish Times

Christopher McKinley

Thu, Aug 22, 2013

The only legal representative for the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ has been announced as the Family Law Awards 2013 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

While still a student Maeve O’Rourke represented victims of the church-run Magdalene Laundries at the Irish Human Rights Commission, the UN Committee against Torture and the UN Human Rights Council.

Since the Irish Government apologised to the thousands of Magdalene victims, who were forced into unpaid labour between 1922 and 1996, she has also written a follow up report to the UN Committee against Torture, drafted parliamentary questions and corresponded with the President of the Law Reform Commission regarding the reparations process.

Jordan Publishing, who specialise in legal materials, launched the awards in 2010 to recognise the work of family lawyers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Lawyer wins new award for Magdalene campaign

IRELAND
Irish Independent

FIONNAN SHEAHAN – 23 AUGUST 2013

THE young lawyer who took on the cause of the Magdalene Laundries victims has won a prestigious award for her human rights work.

London-based trainee barrister Maeve O'Rourke has been selected as the Family Law 2013 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

The 26-year-old is the eldest daughter of RTE broadcaster Sean O'Rourke and Caroline Murphy.

It's the second accolade she has received for her work, after receiving an award from the Ireland Fund last year.

But Ms O'Rourke says the awards are a testimony to the work carried out by many on behalf of the Magdalene Laundries women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Cardinal O’Brien ‘blocked inquiry into sex abuse’

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

by STEPHEN MCGINTY
Published on the 23 August 2013

DISGRACED Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse that had the support of every other bishop in Scotland, the retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has revealed.

The Catholic Church in Scotland had planned to invite an independent academic to compile a report on each diocese’s “secret archives” and each bishop’s handling of allegations, which would then be made public.

However, Cardinal O’Brien, then the president of the Bishops’ Conference, refused to co-operate and the planned inquiry was shelved, Archbishop Conti wrote in a letter to be published in the Catholic newspaper the Tablet today.

Cardinal O’Brien was forced to resign in March after admitting “inappropriate behaviour” with priests and a seminarian, and is currently in an unknown monastery for a period of “prayer and penance” ordered by Pope Francis.

In a letter defending the Catholic Church in Scotland’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse, Archbishop Conti wrote: “It was the intention of all but one member of the Bishops’ Conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results, but this was delayed by the objection of the then president of the conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked probe into sex abuse with Catholic Church in Scotland

SCOTLAND
Daily Mail

Shamed Cardinal Keith O’Brien personally blocked an inquiry into sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Scotland less than a year ago.

The probe had been agreed by the most senior members of the Church hierarchy.

It would have examined all abuse cases on file on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

The hierarchy planned to publish the results of the investigation, but the then president of the Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal O’Brien, who resigned earlier this year after admitting sexual misconduct, objected.

He refused to allow his archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh to participate, forcing the project to be scrapped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Archbishop Mario Conti: Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked independent inquiry into sex abuse

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct, the Catholic Church has said.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O'Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

The cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Cardinal O’Brien blocked church sex abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Edinburgh Evening News

DISGRAced church leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked an inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse in the Catholic Church – just months before he resigned in a gay sex scandal.

The former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh used his role as president of the Scottish Catholic Bishops Conference to stop the probe.

Retired Glasgow archbishop Mario Conti revealed the move in a letter to Catholic newspaper The Tablet. He said “all but one” of the bishops had wanted to commission an independent inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Cardinal Keith O'Brien Halted Sex Abuse Probe

SCOTLAND
Eagle Radio

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O'Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

He stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

He issued an apology, saying "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

CORSIGLIA, MCMAHON & ALLARD LAW FIRM FILES SEXUAL MOLESTATION LAWSUIT AGAINST SJ CHURCH ON THE HILL

CALIFORNIA
Ein News

Lawsuit claims that the alleged negligence of the Church allowed a sexual predator to sexually abuse a then seven-year-old girl.

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, August 21, 2013 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Sex abuse victim advocate/attorney Robert Allard of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has filed a sexual molestation lawsuit (Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case #113CV251524) against Church on the Hill, also known as The First Baptist Church, of San Jose, alleging the Church enabled an alleged sexual predator named Keith Woodhouse to molest a then seven-year-old girl. The minor is now 14-years-old and is named as Jane Doe due to her age and serious medical and psychological problems resulting from the sexual molestation.

The lawsuit alleges that Woodhouse was observed by Church lifeguards during a summer camp called “Camp on the Hill” in July of 2007 holding the seven-year-old as she was sitting in his lap in the Church’s swimming pool. At that point in time, Woodhouse was observed kissing the minor’s shoulder and/or neck. Soon afterwards, another female lifeguard heard the young girl scream out that something was “poking” her in the butt. The lifeguard claims she saw Woodhouse exit the pool with a full erection. A third lifeguard then followed Woodhouse into a nearby bathroom where, the complaint alleges, he overheard Woodhouse masturbating. Woodhouse returned back to the pool where he immediately resumed holding Jane Doe, at which point the lifeguards intervened and ordered him to release the girl.

Despite all three lifeguards providing reports of the incident to Church management, including two comprehensive typewritten statements from two of them, Church Pastor Elliot Sands failed to notify law enforcement and the parents of the child. Instead, he simply fired Woodhouse and ordered him not to return to the Church property for the time being.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Glendale deacon accused of sexual abuse in Texas, Pa.

ARIZONA
Fox 10

By FOX 10 News - Staff Report

GLENDALE, Ariz. -
The Phoenix Catholic Diocese has responded to an allegation of sexual abuse against one of it's deacons.

62-years-old Ron Gonzalez worked at St. Thomas More parish in Glendale until just a few days ago.

He was been at the church since 2003, but the allegations stem from incidents in Texas and Pennsylvania 15 to 20 years before he was transferred to Arizona.

The Diocese of Phoenix released this statement, in part:

"Gonzalez's faculties to function in ministry within the Diocese of Phoenix have been revoked and he is no longer employed by the parish. The Diocese of Phoenix has also contacted the authorities regarding the allegations. The Diocese of Phoenix takes these matters very seriously and urges anyone who may know of any other such misconduct, or who may have any relevant information regarding Gonzalez, to contact local law enforcement and the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (602) 354-2396."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Second victim comes forward in alleged sexual assault case against priest

TEXAS
KFOX

Updated: Thursday, August 22 2013

By: Jesse Martinez

EL PASO, Texas – Another victim has come forward saying he was sexually abused by a now-deceased local priest in the 1970s.

According to the law offices of Merritt & Watson, the victim claims to have been sexually abused by Alfonso Madrid during 1974 and 1975 when he was eight years old at Sacred Heart Church.

The victim filed a suit against the El Paso Diocese.

As KFOX14 previously reported, a settlement was reached on July 11 with the New Orleans Province of the Jesuit Order and the El Paso Diocese when a former student and parishioner came forward stating that he was abused by Madrid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Glendale deacon resigns after claim of child sex abuse

ARIZONA
The Republic

By Michael Clancy
The Republic | azcentral.com
Thu Aug 22, 2013

A Catholic deacon who worked at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Glendale for 10 years has resigned after he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

The allegation against Ron Gonzalez came to the diocese on Aug. 13. It referenced incidents that took place in Gonzalez’s previous postings in Texas and Pennsylvania 15 to 20 years ago. The name of the accuser and the nature of the incidents were not disclosed.

Gonzalez was removed from ministry immediately, a diocese spokesman said, and resigned from his job the next day. The pastor of St. Thomas More, the Rev. Jim Turner, informed parishioners during weekend masses, and the diocese posted a community notice on Monday.

Gonzalez, 62, assisted at St. Thomas More parish in Glendale since 2003 and was officially assigned to the parish in January 2011, after he retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he had been working as a supervisory chaplain in Phoenix.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Cardinal Keith O'Brien 'blocked church sex abuse report', says archbishop

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The former archbishop of Glasgow has said Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked a report into sex abuse in the church.

Writing to the Tablet, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti said Cardinal O'Brien, who has admitted sexual misconduct with other priests, prevented the investigation.

Other Scottish bishops had agreed the inquiry should go ahead.

Archbishop Conti told the Catholic paper he was confident the percentage of priests involved in abuse was small.

The Catholic Church has said it will engage in any process which allows "lessons to be learned".

Commenting on the continuing investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse at Fort Augustus School, Archbishop Conti said he would have alerted the proper authorities if the allegations had been made to him while he was Bishop of Aberdeen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

UK cardinal accused of blocking sex abuse probe

SCOTLAND
Press TV (Iran)

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has been accused of blocking a report into sex abuse in the church before resigning over sexual misconduct during his career.

In a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet, former Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti revealed that O'Brien prevented an independent investigation into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before stepping down from his post as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh over his inappropriate sexual conduct.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned an inquiry into church-related abuse allegations in 2011, but it was halted when O'Brien withdrew his support as the then-president of the conference.

"It was the intention of all but one member of the bishops' conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results but this was delayed by the objection of the then-President of the Conference," Archbishop Conti wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Cardinal Keith O’Brien ‘blocked’ independent sex abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Metro

By Mark Molloy Friday 23 Aug 2013

An independent inquiry into historic allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was ‘blocked’ by disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien before he resigned, it has emerged.

The report was commissioned by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in 2011 but was delayed after Cardinal O’Brien objected, the former archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti has said.

It was to analyse statistics relating to abuse and allegations of abuse over a 60-year period from 1952 to 2012.

Cardinal O’Brien resigned from his position in February after admitting inappropriate sexual conduct with other priests.

His opposition to an inquiry into Church-related abuse allegations was revealed by Mr Conti in a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Cardinal Keith O'Brien Halted Sex Abuse Probe

SCOTLAND
Sky News

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O'Brien, then president of the conference, withdrew his support.

He stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

He issued an apology, saying "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me".

Cardinal O'Brien's opposition to an inquiry into Church-related abuse allegations was revealed by the retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, in a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Tablet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Priest Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Boy

PENNSYLVANIA
WNEP

BLOSSBURG — A judge in Tioga County sentenced Father Thomas Shoback to serve five to ten years of prison time on Monday.

Investigators say Shoback abused an altar boy between 1991 and 1997 while serving at St. Mary’s parish in Blossburg.

Shoback also served as a priest at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary in Jermyn, Lackawanna County.
In his 34 years as a priest, Shoback also served as a pastor at St. Joseph, Hudson and Sacred Heart, Plains; Holy Redeemer, Falls-Harding; Our Lady of Lourdes, Montoursville; St. Mary and St. Andrew, Blossburg; as an Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph’s, Hazleton; Nativity BVM, Plymouth; and St. Matthew’s, East Stroudsburg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Priest sentenced to jail for abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times-Tribune

A former Wilkes-Barre priest convicted of molesting an altar boy was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison this week.

Thomas P. Shoback, 66, was found guilty in May in Tioga County Court of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related counts.

Mr. Shoback, born in Pittston, was a faculty member at Bishop Hoban High School and had served as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Plains Twp., St. Joseph’s Church in Plains Twp. and Holy Redeemer Church in Exeter Twp., as well as assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Hazleton and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plymouth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

August 22, 2013

NewsBusters' Pierre Still Dishonestly Shielding Catholic Church From Priest Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
ConWebBlog

Dave Pierre is NewsBusters' resident apologist for the sexual abuse conducted by Catholic Church priests, even going so far as to claim that one bishop's paying off abusive priests rather than subjecting them to the criminal justice system was "fast and economical."

Pierre is at it again in an Aug. 12 NewsBusters post proclaiming that former Milwaukee Archbishop (and current cardinal and head of the New York City diocese) was vindicated over a judge's ruling that the creation of a cemetery trust fund that effectively shielded more than $50 million from exposure to lawsuits from victims of abusive priests was permitted. Pierre insists that "Dolan created the trust for the explicit purpose of protecting donors' donations and having them used as they were intended – for the care of over 100 Catholic cemeteries in the archdiocese."

Pierre didn't mention that Dolan specifically stated that he created the trust fund because "I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability," which would seem to belie any vindication Pierre is claiming. Just because Dolan's creation of the fund is legally permitted doesn't mean that shielding the funds from abuse lawsuits wasn't a motivation for creating it.

Pierre then turns his venom on David Clohessy, head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, calling him "nasty" and a "bigot."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Waiting on Y.U.

NEW YORK
Jewish Daily Forward

Editorial

It is now eight months since the Forward reported allegations that two rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan had sexually and physically abused students during the 1970s and 1980s, and that the Y.U. administration allowed the rabbis to go to other jobs rather than face prosecution. Eight months since the school hired a law firm to conduct what it promised would be an independent investigation of the charges. According to reliable sources, the investigation, which reportedly cost $2.5 million, should be complete by now.

And yet America’s flagship Modern Orthodox educational institution maintains its silence.
All the university will say is this, from spokesman Mike Scagnoli: “Nothing has changed since last we spoke. That’s all I have for you at this time.”

But things do change. Another cycle of students will soon enter a high school that has not openly come to terms with the claims of many of its former students for whom the pain of past abuse remains quite present. As yet another example of how widespread knowledge of that abuse was at Y.U., and how ridiculous it is for administrators to plead ignorance, a handful of former students are publicly apologizing for their own “utter silence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Consensual, Reorganizational Bankruptcy Plan in Irish Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse Case Filed Today

UNITED STATES
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Proposed Consensual Plan of the Irish Christian Brothers Bankruptcy
Schedules and Exhibits of Proposed Consensual Plan

August 22, 2013

Offenders operated schools in 17 U.S. States and Canada including schools in CA, HI, IL, MI, NY, NJ and WA

(White Plains, NY) – The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc. have approved the terms and conditions of a consensual reorganization plan filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York in the Chapter 11 cases of The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc.

The religious order filed for bankruptcy on April 28, 2011 and a plan has now been submitted for reorganization that includes compensation to victims of abuse and powerful non-monetary sanctions providing for additional safety within the organization.

As part of the reorganization plan, the Irish Christian Brothers have agreed to independent reviews of files and protocols. The provincial leadership team also agrees to meet with sexual abuse survivors and release the names of multiple alleged abusers. Some of the schools affected by the Irish Christian Brothers bankruptcy include Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu, Hawaii; Palma High School in Salinas, CA; Brother Rice High School in Chicago, IL; Leo High School in Chicago, IL; St. Laurence High School in Burbank, IL; Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ and Essex High School (Bishop Francis) in East Orange, NJ.

“We’ve had a chance to work with many courageous survivors and hopefully this will bring some relief to each of those who have participated,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based law office of Jeff Anderson & Associates who represents 92 survivors in the bankruptcy case. He continued, “Most importantly, it has brought to this organization a level of transparency and accountability that it has never known. We are inspired and grateful to those who have bravely stepped forward during this process and because of their actions others in the future are better protected.”

Over 400 survivors of sexual abuse are included in the group of unsecured creditors that will share in a financial settlement in excess of $16.5 million dollars, an amount that will be paid by the province and some insurance carriers.

A copy of the proposed Plan of Reorganization along with a complete list of schools and clerics associated with the Irish Christian Brothers can be found at www.christianbrotherabuse.com.

Jeff Anderson is an internationally known St. Paul, Minnesota-based trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of civil rights for children and the under-privileged. One of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate suits against religious organizations and hold them responsible by utilizing the American civil justice system, Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651-227-9990 Mobile/612-817-8665
Contact J. Michael Reck: Office/631-458-1099 Mobile/714-742-6593

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Soliciting Sex With Children Will Now Be a Federal Offense

UNITED STATES
Care 2

by Kristina Chew
August 20, 2013

Last month, the FBI announced that it had rescued more than 100 sexually exploited children in Operation Cross Country, a nationwide sweep of sex traffickers. Some 150 people, most “pimps” who profit from sexually exploiting children, were arrested. A bill introduced last week in Congress, the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013, goes a step further, calling for those “patrons” who seek sex with children to also be federally prosecuted.

It goes without saying that the new bill makes an important step in protecting children by recognizing that those who “obtain, patronize, or solicit” prostituted children are guilty of the crime of human trafficking. Beyond prosecuting both those who seek sex with children and those who profit from it, we also need to make provisions to better identify children who are being exploited and to help those who have survived such an experience.

“Soliciting or obtaining sex with minors, paying to have sex with a child, is a crime — period, end of story. This is a monumentally important bill that will do more to curb this terrible crime of [sexual] slavery in the 21st Century,” said Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a sponsor of the bill.

The new bill amends the existing Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Under the TVPA,”the guy that brings those girls throughout the United States” is the one who is prosecuted, as Republican Congressman Ted Poe (a former state district judge from Humble, Texas) said during a news conference at the Capitol but “the consumer, the buyer, is not prosecuted on the federal level.” The new bill will mean that “patrons” will also face federal prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Mother rejects ex-vicar's apology for abuse

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

JAMES GREENLAND

The mother of a girl who was sexually abused by retired Nelson clergyman Alec Charles Brown has refused to accept his apology and his request for forgiveness.

In the Nelson District Court yesterday, the girl's mother said the most devastating thing was that she couldn't erase the irreparable damage Brown caused her daughter.

Brown, 79, who was a vicar at the Anglican Church's Richmond parish until 1976 and more recently had volunteered as chaplain at Nelson Hospital, was sentenced to six months' home detention for an indecent act on a girl younger than 12, after an incident in Nelson in January.

Brown admitted putting his hand down the front of a girl's pants and touching her genital area after he was caught in the act by his wife. They have since separated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Playing Hardball Against Women’s Rights: The Holy See At The UN

Church and State

By Joanne Omang
Catholics for Choice

During the Vatican conclave in March, while pundits in Rome spotlighted Pope Francis’s new-era penchant for buses and informal speech making, the old-era Vatican was hard at work at the United Nations, trying once again to take women’s rights out of the global dialogue. It failed, but was this a last attempt? Pope Francis, with his genial manner and his preference for the poor, has raised flutters of optimism among many Catholics hoping for a less arrogant and more modern church. That can’t happen too soon at the UN, where the Holy See has played serious hardball against women’s human rights for nearly 50 years.

The New York Times called the latest example of the Holy See’s interference at the 53rd meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women an “unholy alliance.” Working with Iran, Russia and others, Holy See representatives tried to delete document language asserting that religion, custom and tradition are no excuse for allowing violence against women. The commission ultimately rejected this effort and the final document stands as a precedent against invoking any of these reasons to justify human rights abuse.

The Holy See’s modus operandi has been to impose its conservative social ideology at the UN via relentless pressure—evident ever since it gained semi-official standing there in 1964. Pope Paul VI spelled out his privileged position at the UN the following year: his dual status as head of a church and head of state for the Holy See, he said, left him “independent of every worldly sovereignty” and made him the “bearer of a message for all mankind.” Nearly half a century later, the Roman Catholic church has global influence via the UN that is unique among the world’s religions. Only the Holy See and Palestine (since November 2012) hold Non-member State Permanent Observer status at the UN and most of its agencies. They have the right to speak, reply and circulate documents in the General Assembly, as well as take part in international conferences with “all the privileges of a state,” including the right to vote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Phoenix Diocese: Deacon accused of sexual abuse

ARIZONA
KTAR

By Martha Maurer
Originally published: Aug 21, 2013

PHOENIX -- A deacon working in Phoenix has been accused of sexual abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix said in a statement.

Deacon Ron Gonzalez, 62, allegedly sexually abused a minor in Texas and Pennsylvania between 15 and 20 years ago.

Gonzalez, a deacon in the Diocese of Dallas, has been serving Arizona since 1999. No allegations were brought against him in Arizona.

As a result of the charges, Gonzalez was removed from his position of parish manager at the St. Thomas More Parish in Glendale, where he had been assigned since 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

A Review of the Marist Brothers (Or: I Teach Therefore I Abuse)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

The Marist Brothers is a world-wide Catholic Church order, noted for its role in teaching at primary and secondary school levels. Many of its “teachers” entered the order as teenagers, and gained their first teaching appointment while still teenagers. They are “trained” internally, and their qualifications would be rejected by Education Departments in all states of Australia.

There is consistent evidence that Marist offenders were sheltered by the church, over many decades in some cases. It has been well established that a cover-up technique adopted for abusive parish priests was to transfer them to new, unsuspecting, parishes. The same thing happened with Marist teachers, who were shifted to other schools when things got too hot for comfort.

Many of the Marist brothers, who were convicted of offences, remained members of the order, in good standing, until their deaths.

The schools receive many millions of dollars annually from the taxpayer, with virtually no accountability for educational outcomes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Concepción: Comienza audiencia de preparación de juicio contra sacerdote imputado de abuso sexual

CHILE
Bio Bio

Publicado por Carolina Reyes | La Información es de Fabián Polanco

En la Quinta Sala del Juzgado de Garantía de Concepción comenzó este jueves la audiencia de preparación del juicio oral contra Audín Araya, el sacerdote salesiano imputado de abuso sexual por el Ministerio Público.

Recordemos que la audiencia se había rechazado en dos oportunidades, sin embargo, y aunque estaba planificada en un inicio para este viernes 23 de agosto, se adelantó un día.

Esta cita es previa al juicio oral al que será llevado por la Fiscalía contra este sacerdote, imputado por abusar de jóvenes cuando era director del Colegio Salesiano de Concepción en 2008.

El abogado representante de dos de las presuntas víctimas, Renato Fuentealba, indicó que en la ocasión se anularon algunas pruebas tanto de su parte como de la defensa, situación normal en este tipo de juicios.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

20 possible child abuse victims uncovered in police probe into Fort Augustus Abbey school

SCOTLAND
Highland News

Written by Nick Humphreys

MORE than 20 possible victims of sexual and physical at two Catholic schools, one in the Highlands, have been identified.

The victims were identified as part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey and its feeder school Carlekemp Priory in East Lothian, which began in March following a complaint from a former pupil.

The allegations were also the subject of a high-profile BBC Scotland documentary.

Specialist officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and thereafter will report their findings to the procurator fiscal for the North of Scotland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Right-wing complainers about Pope Francis need to understand who's healthy

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Eugene Cullen Kennedy | Aug. 22, 2013

The keen observer of all things ecclesiastical, David Gibson, tells us that Pope Francis has unsettled and divided those who designate themselves as traditional or right-wing Catholics.

Just when Pope Benedict XVI had reassured traditionalist Catholics that his reform of the reform would overturn the Second Vatican Council and make it safe for them to stay out of the sanctuary and yield it to the clerical culture cardholders who, backs turned to the faithful, could make the Mass mysterious again by mumbling it in Latin, along comes Pope Francis who, to traditionalists' horror and discomfort, is recalling the church to Vatican II and emphasizing its themes.

Philadelphia's arch-conservative archbishop, Charles Caput, is uncomfortable with the idea that Pope Francis' election has rendered Pope Benedict XVI's return to Vatican I kaput. He sounds, according to Gibson, surprised and somewhat hurt that the new pope did not, like the resigned one, sign on to Blessed Pope John Paul II's efforts to restore the faith to the stiffness that marked the vestments and customs of pre-Vatican II Catholicism.

Catholics on "the right wing of the church," Chaput said as Pope Francis prepared to leave for World Youth Day in Brazil, "have not been really happy about (Francis') election," and sounding, as Charles J. Reid Jr. observes, like the prodigal son's brother who despite his goodness didn't get a good seat at the party, insists Francis "will have to take care for them, too, so it will be interesting to see how all that turns out in the long run."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Pope Francis Versus the Vatican

UNITED STATES
New Republic

BY DAMON LINKER

It is natural to judge a man by the car he drives, or is driven in, especially when the man happens to be the Pope. On the evening of March 13, 2013, a short time after the College of Cardinals elected him the two hundred sixty-fifth successor to St. Peter and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Jorge Mario Bergoglio surprised Church authorities and the international press corps by eschewing the papal limousine provided for his use and instead riding back to his hotel by bus. Since then, he has swapped out the armored Mercedes SUV that ferried his predecessor to events in favor of a far less fancy make and model. Pope Francis’s Pope-mobile is sometimes a Ford Focus.

The gestures have continued. The Pope who took his papal name from Saint Francis of Assisi, an apostle to the downtrodden, has urged admirers from his native Argentina to donate money to the poor instead of spending it on a trip to pay their tributes in Rome. He has chosen to reside in the Vatican’s modest guesthouse rather than the comparatively lavish Apostolic Palace and makes it clear that he prefers to carry his own bags. On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed the feet of two women in juvenile detention, one of whom was a Muslim, breaking from the tradition that restricts the ritual to men and mostly to priests in the Vatican entourage.

Such expressions of modesty and humility have come as a shock to many observers. From October 1978, when Karol Józef Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II, until this past February, when his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, renounced the throne, the world became accustomed to a very different style of Vatican leadership. The last two Popes appeared to rejoice in elevating themselves above the laity with theatrical displays of pontifical pomp. Both permitted clericalism to flourish, sometimes (as in the case of child sexual abuse by priests and its cover-up by higher-ranking officials) with horrifying consequences. Both appeared to delight in upbraiding the Western world for its (mostly sexual) sins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

2nd lawsuit alleges sex abuse by Lakeport priest

CALIFORNIA
The Press Democrat

By GLENDA ANDERSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

August 22, 2013

A second civil lawsuit has been filed accusing a Lakeport Catholic priest, now deceased, of sexual molestation.

The lawsuit accuses the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa and St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Lake County of failing to protect a boy, then 16, from a known sexual predator.

"The Diocese of Santa Rosa possessed knowledge of numerous incidents of inappropriate sexual contact and conduct by Father Ted Oswald with minors" before the plaintiff was molested, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court.

In addition, the youth "essentially was being abused at the same time other people were mounting lawsuits" against Oswald, said Skye Daley, the plaintiff's attorney. Daley is part of an Irvine-based law firm that specializes in sexual abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

CALIFORNIA SEX ABUSE BILL ADVANCES

CALIFORNIA
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the California bill that would allow those who claim they were molested in a private institution more time to file lawsuits:

On August 14, SB 131 lost in the Assembly Appropriations Committee by a 6-4 vote; there were seven abstentions. Yesterday, it passed 12-4. The bill now heads to the Assembly; it could be voted on as early as Monday.

It was the Democrats who made the difference between last week and this week. Last week, they were indecisive; this week they decided to cast their vote in favor of a bill that discriminates against the Catholic Church.

We need a lawmaker who will introduce a bill that discriminates against the public sector. The bill should suspend the statute of limitations in cases involving the sexual abuse of minors who were victimized in a public school or any other public entity. All private institutions, including Catholic schools, would be given a pass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Ilarraz pedirá a la Justicia poder contar su versión

ARGENTINA
La Voz

Fecha: 22/08/2013

- La declaración del acusado será en el hipotético escenario en el cual quede firme la resolución sobre la prescripción, que ahora está en proceso de apelación; Tanto la Fiscalía como los querellantes han acudido con un recurso de casación; El cura tendría documentación que desacreditaría todos los cargos en su contra

El sacerdote Justo José Ilarraz, dice su abogado tucumano, Jorge Muñoz, nunca pensó que fuera conveniente apelar al recurso de prescripción para evitar sentarse en el banquillo de los acusados en la causa por abuso de menores en el Seminario Arquidiocesano de Paraná, que se abrió en su contra en la Justicia entrerriana en septiembre de 2012.

En ese expediente, caratulado “Ilaraz Justo José s/Promoción a la corrupción de menores agravada”, siete víctimas contaron de qué modo fueron abusados por el cura, cuando éste ocupó el cargo de prefecto de disciplina en el Seminario Menor, una escuela secundaria orientada al sacerdocio con internado, entre 1985 y 1993. Ilarraz era, a la vez, director espiritual y confesor de muchos de ellos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Ex-Priest Gets Prison For Sexually Assaulting Altar Boy

PENNSYLVANIA
NBC 10

A former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual assault of an altar boy in northern Pennsylvania in the 1990s has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

The (Williamsport) Sun-Gazette says 66-year-old Thomas Shoback of Wilkes-Barre was sentenced Monday in Tioga County Court.

He was convicted in May of seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors alleged that the assaults occurred at St. Mary's Parish in Blossburg from 1991 to 1997, at the parish rectory and a private cabin in Farmington Township.

The victim testified that he felt "controlled" by Shoback if he didn't spend time with him and do the things the priest wanted him to, and that Shoback would become angry, but that he never threatened him, according to the paper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Orthodox Jewish sex abuse victim calls for rabbis to confront abuse in communities

UNITED KINGDOM
Ham & High

by Tim Lamden
Thursday, August 22, 2013

As a young girl, Yehudis Goldsobel felt powerless to stop the sex abuse she suffered at the hands of a family friend.

In June this year, almost 15 years after the abuse first began, the 27-year-old saw some of her power restored as her abuser Menachem Levy, 41, a Golders Green father-of-six, was jailed for three years for his crimes.

Waiving her right to lifelong anonymity, Ms Goldsobel has now taken the decision to speak out about her experience in order to tackle the challenges facing victims of abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities.

She said: “We don’t have sex education and we are not taught about abuse. Rabbis don’t want to know the word abuse, they don’t want to think it exists. Ignorance is bliss.

“They don’t want to admit that Jews could do this because Jews are supposed to live a life of goodness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

Defrocked priest is sent to state prison

PENNSYLVANIA
Sun Gazette

August 22, 2013
By CHERYL R. CLARKE (cclarke@sungazette.com) , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

WELLSBORO - The former Blossburg and Montoursville priest convicted in May of sexually assaulting an altar boy was sentenced in Tioga County Court Monday to 5 to 10 years in state prison.

The Diocese of Scranton suspended Shoback in November 2011 when the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

According to court documents, Thomas P. Shoback, 66, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced for seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal attempt to have involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, as well as six months to two years for endangering the welfare of a child, concurrent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Teen sues Diocese of Santa Rosa ...

CALIFORNIA
Lake County News

Teen sues Diocese of Santa Rosa over sexual abuse allegations involving former Lakeport priest

THURSDAY, 22 AUGUST 2013

ELIZABETH LARSON

LAKEPORT, Calif. – A teenager who previously served as a St. Mary Immaculate Parish altar boy has sued the Diocese of Santa Rosa, alleging he was sexually abused by a former priest.

The law firm of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 16-year-old plaintiff, identified as “John JC Doe,” on Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court, according to attorney Skye Daley.

This suit alleges that the late Father Ted Oswald sexually abused John JC Doe while he was serving as an altar boy and participating in the parish youth group under Oswald’s supervision.

Dan Galvin, the diocese's attorney, said Wednesday that he hadn't yet seen the complaint and therefore couldn't offer any comment.

Oswald, who died in July 2010 at age 65, was put on leave and later retired after a 2008 lawsuit was filed against him and the diocese in Sonoma County Superior Court by Tracy resident Christopher Griego, as Lake County News has reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

What Catholic women want

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Elizabeth Tenety, Published: August 21

When Pope Francis convened his now-famous press conference aboard the papal plane during his trip home from World Youth Day, international attention was seized on his comments on homosexuality, specifically his words, “Who am I to judge?” (Only the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.)

But many in the church are raising their eyebrows–and their hopes–over the first Jesuit pope’s call for a “deeper theology of women” and his note on “a lack of a theological development” when it comes to the female half of the world’s population.

Sure, Francis dismissed the possibility of women’s ordination to the priesthood, calling it a “closed door,” but he also said that “the role of the woman in the church mustn’t only end as mom and worker.” He said women are ”more important than the bishops and priests” and referenced debates over women in the church, implying that the controversy over whether women can be altar servers, lectors and heads of major organizations is over. They can. They are. And Catholic women are eager for more.

There is no one “Catholic woman.” They are single and married, nuns and lawyers (sometimes both), liberal and conservative, gay, straight and bisexual. Some are even religion reporters. (Full disclosure: I am Catholic and a woman.) But in an age of the “nuns on the bus,” the “mommy wars” and the “war on women,” Catholic women leaders see in Francis’s call to action tremendous potential for new conversations about gender in the church and society, with possible consequences as vast as finding feminine ways to describe the divine to church support for paid maternity leave. ...

Some say that one place greater female leadership might have made a difference is the sexual abuse scandal. Alvaré, who has worked extensively with the Vatican on issues of women and the law, headed the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She says that during the decades of church inaction on the issue, many of the involved leaders–from those doing the intake on the complaints to the lawyers working on the cases –were men who “didn’t actually grasp the horror of the sexual violation of a child or a young adult.” Alvaré adds that “the lack of appropriate horror is not a mistake a woman would have made.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Collins Lauds Law To Aid Sex Crimes’ Victims

ILLINOIS
Southwest News Herald

• Friday, August 23, 2013

State Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) applauded the signing last Friday of a law that removes the statute of limitations on filing charges of sexual assault or abuse when the victim was younger than 18 and when there is either corroborating physical evidence or evidence that a mandated reporter knew about the crime but failed to notify authorities.

“This law gives the gift of time to victims of horrific crimes,” Collins said. “Letting them take all the time they need to come forward may offer these victims peace and closure, could prevent a child molester from victimizing others and — most importantly — gives justice a chance.”

According to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, most child victims are not ready to report sexual abuse until after the current 20-year statute of limitations has expired.

This means perpetrators may remain free to exploit and abuse other children throughout their lives.

There are numerous reasons child victims may not be willing to come forward and press charges, even after they are adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Revived Sex Abuse Bill Headed to Assembly Floor

CALIFORNIA
Capital Public Radio

A previously-stalled California bill that would expand the ability of victims of sexual abuse to file lawsuits is on its way to the Assembly floor after getting a second chance in committee today.

(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By Harry Gibbons

The measure extends the statute of limitations by a year for anyone older than 26 seeking damages for sexual abuse.

Ellen Yin-Wycoff is with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She said the bill is necessary to give those who come to terms with their abuse later in life the ability to pursue legal recourse.

“What it allows for is accountability in terms of every institution that may have had some contributing factor or may have been involved in protecting a perpetrator or offender of sexual violence," said Yin-Wycoff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Courts rule that First Amendment does not bar clerical abuse suits

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

In separate decisions, a federal district judge and a Connecticut court have rejected dioceses’ arguments that the First Amendment bars lawsuits against clerical sexual abuse, according to the Religion Clause blog.

Rejecting a motion by the Diocese of Yakima, the federal judge ruled that “the Free Exercise Clause does not bar a negligence claim against Defendants for hiring [Deacon Aaron] Ramirez and placing him in a position of trust and authority from which he was able to sexually abuse Plaintiff.”

According to the BishopAccountability.org database, the deacon fled to Mexico after being accused of raping a teenage male parishioner in 1999. Blessed John Paul II subsequently laicized him, and he became an Episcopal priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Deadline for child sexual abuse inquiry extended again

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The State Government has again extended the reporting date for the special commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter.

Margaret Cunneen was originally due to report back in April but as the witness list lengthened that was pushed back until the end of next month.

The Premier Barry O'Farrell has told parliament he has now given Ms Cunneen until the end of February next year.

"While we all want the commission to report as soon as possible on these matters so that hopefully we can learn the lessons we should all agree that's it's obviously more important that the relevant matters are properly and thoroughly investigated," he said.

"No one wants any shortcuts when it comes to inquiries involving matters as serious as these."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Delays for findings into NSW child abuse

AUSTRALIA
9 News

An inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the NSW Hunter Valley won't hand down it findings until next year.

The special commission of inquiry opened in Sydney in February and was due to report to the NSW government by September 30.

But Premier Barry O'Farrell told question time on Thursday that Commissioner Margaret Cunneen had sought an extension and will now report her findings on February 28 next year.

"We should all agree that it is obviously more important that the relevant matters are properly and thoroughly investigated," he said.

"No-one wants any shortcuts when it comes into matters as serious as these."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

‘Over 20 victims’ in Catholic sex abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

by FRANK URQUHART
Published on the 21 August 2013

DETECTIVES investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse at two Catholic boarding schools in Scotland have identified more than 20 potential victims, it was revealed today.

• Police have identified over 20 potential victims of sexual abuse in an investigation into two Catholic boarding schools in Scotland

• Investigation into Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands and Carlekemp in East Lothian began in March following a complaint from a former pupil

The investigation centres on allegations of abuse at the Benedictine-run Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands and its prep school Carlekemp in East Lothian.

The investigations began in March following a complaint by a former pupil. A BBC Scotland investigation, broadcast last month featured five men who claimed they had been raped or sexually assaulted by two Australian monks Father Aidan Duggan and Father Chrysostom Alexander. Father Fabian Duggan, Father Aidan Duggan’s brother has also been accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Investigation continues into Highland abbey school abuse claims

SCOTLAND
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Police Scotland are continuing their investigations in relation to allegations of historic physical and sexual abuse carried out at Fort Augustus Abbey and Carlekemp School.

The investigation under the direction of Crown Office began in March 2013 following a report from a previous pupil.

A police spokesperson said: "The investigation has so far identified more than 20 possible victims and extends to liaison with a number of law enforcement agencies across and outwith the UK.

"Specialist officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and thereafter will report their findings to the specialist prosecutors of the Crown Office National Sexual Crimes Unit which leads the prosecution of the most serious sexual offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Paedophile pensioner abused Edinburgh church home children

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A paedophile pensioner who preyed on vulnerable children in care at a church-run home faces a lengthy jail sentence.

Ian Samson, 72, serially abused young people and raped one girl at the premises where he lived in while his wife worked there as the matron.

Even after he severed links with the home, Samson continued to abuse children.

He wore a cross round his neck at his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A string of victims relived their ordeals from the witness box and one woman, now aged 48, told the court: "I just thought it happened because I was in a children's home."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Paedophile pensioner rapist Ian Samson jailed for 14 years

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A sex offender who abused children across Edinburgh and the Lothians over three decades has been jailed for 14 years.

Ian Samson, 72, was found guilty of 22 charges of serious sexual offences at an Edinburgh care home in the 70s and other addresses in the 80s and 90s.

Samson also raped one girl at the home where he and his wife worked.

Detectives uncovered the offences after Samson was convicted of similar crimes in 2010 and made further inquiries.

He was employed at the care home as a janitor and his wife as a matron. ...

A Church of Scotland spokeswoman said: "There are no adequate words to convey how horrified we are by the abuse these children suffered. Ian Samson's crimes are truly sickening.

"What has emerged in court is deeply shocking.

"We take note of the issues raised by the judge and are launching an urgent critical review of this period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 AM

Paedophile Ian Samson, 72, jailed for 14 years

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

Ian Samson, 72, organised his whole life around gaining access to youngsters and carrying out his “wicked campaign” of abuse, taking jobs in places such as a boys’ hostel and a children’s home.

He was convicted after trial of 22 offences involving the sexual abuse and rape of 12 children.

Many of the offences were committed against children at an Edinburgh care home in the 1970s while others took place at locations in the capital and the Lothians throughout the 1980s and 1990s, police said.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Scott said Samson had been assessed as posing a very high risk of serious harm to others.

She told him: “The overwhelming evidence in this case demonstrated that you are a prolific predatory and violent sexual offender who poses a serious danger to all children and vulnerable youngsters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Man who raped children at church denied parole

OHIO
Mansfield News Journal

Written by
Mark Caudill
News Journal

MANSFIELD — Scott Butner will serve his complete prison term.

Butner has been denied parole. Members of the Ohio Parole Board interviewed him last Friday at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

In 1992, Butner, then 17, pleaded guilty to five counts of rape and five counts of gross sexual imposition in a child molestation case. He received a concurrent sentence of eight to 25 years in prison for the rape counts and a suspended 10-year sentence for the gross sexual imposition convictions.

Butner was a volunteer baby sitter at First Presbyterian Church, 399 S. Trimble Road, in 1990 and 1991 when the abuse happened. Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer Jr. said there were 18 victims between the ages of 4 and 10. He said seven of the victims contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

The abuse occurred from the summer of 1990 to February 1991. Butner and co-defendant Lawrence Rohde were convicted of sexually abusing the children in church bathrooms, classrooms and in nearby woods while the children’s parents attended church services and other church activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Church probe as ex-care home janitor jailed for child sex abuse

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Thursday 22 August 2013

The Church Of Scotland has launched an investigation after a predatory and violent paedophile was able to get a job at a care home solely to prey on children in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Ian Samson, 72, is starting a 14-year jail sentence for a catalogue of abuse that included a number of attacks on youngsters at the Lord and Lady Polwarth Children's Home in Polwarth, Edinburgh. The home closed in 1982.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

Vineyard Community Church in Chattanooga limits pastor's son's participation after sex assault arrest

TENNESSEE
Times Free Press

by Beth Burger

A 21-year-old pastor's son won't be allowed to work with children or hold a leadership position at the Vineyard Community Church in Chattanooga after being charged with simple battery, two counts of third-degree cruelty to children and sexual assault in connection with an incident at a church camp.

The church, which holds services at Tyner Middle Academy, 6837 Tyner Road, hosted a church camp in Temple, Ga., last month and Zachary Anderle served as a camp counselor.

Affidavits in Carroll County, Ga., allege that Anderle climbed on top of a 13-year-old camper and placed his penis on top of the boy's crotch while other boys were watching. Anderle also slapped the child's face, the report states.

The Times Free Press does not name victims of sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 AM

Glendale deacon accused of sexual abuse of minor

ARIZONA
AZFamily

[with video]

by Tami Hoey
azfamily.com
Posted on August 21, 2013

GLENDALE, Ariz.-- A deacon at a Valley Catholic church is facing accusations of sexual abuse of a minor.

Ron Gonzales, 62, served at St. Thomas More Church in Glendale. He stands accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The accusations stem from incidents in Texas and Pennsylvania, 15 to 20 years ago.

The Diocese of Phoenix has relieved Gonzales of his duties at St. Thomas More parish. Gonzales has been at that church since 2003. There have been no accusations against him at that parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM

ALLEGED PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM: “I’m not ashamed anymore”

CALIFORNIA
Press-Enterprise

AUGUST 21, 2013 BY DAVID OLSON

As my colleague Jim Miller from the Press-Enterprise Sacramento bureau reported, the Assembly appropriations committee today approved a bill temporarily lifting the statute of limitations for some older cases of alleged sexual abuse.

The 11-3 vote came a week after the bill failed to muster enough votes in the same panel. Several legislators – including Assemblyman Eric Linder, a Corona Republican – who had abstained Aug. 14 voted in favor the measure today.

The California Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s dioceses, is lobbying against the bill, as are the YMCA and private athletic, school and university associations. They say the bill unfairly excludes public institutions – and victims abused by public-school teachers and other public employees – from its coverage.

Bishop Gerald Barnes, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, is continuing to contact Inland legislators to urge them to vote against the bill, diocesan spokesman John Andrews said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

August 21, 2013

SB 131 passes committee: Moves to Assembly floor

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

[Assembly members]

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 21, 2013

The news broke this morning, but I was swamped buying school supplies, picking up kids, and trying to find new size 1 soccer cleats.

SB 131, The California Child Victims Act, has passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now is now heading to the Assembly floor.

The vote is a huge win for all victims of abuse, who see this bill as a tremendous opportunity to expose abusers and hold wrongdoers accountable. It is also an important first step in the long-term goal holding of ALL institutions accountable for abuse.

What can you do?

Write your Assembly Member NOW and tell him or her that you support SB 131. Tell them that ALL victims support exposing as many predators as possible and keeping kids safer NOW. Be sure to also say that we will NEVER be able to hold public institutions accountable unless we take this important first step.

You can also throw in the crimes that have been exposed in your area ONLY because of the 2003 window.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 PM

Declaran a exsacerdote culpable de abuso sexual a cuatro niños

CHILE
Univision

Los abusos ocurrieron cerca del altar de la parroquia

Omar Rogel Pinuer, un exsacerdote chileno fue declarado culpable de abusar sexualmente de cuatro niños de al menos 14 años de edad.

De acuerdo con declaraciones del un fiscal chileno, Pinuer, de 53 años, cometió los abusos entre 2006 y 2011, cuando se desempeñaba como administrador del internado en San Francisco de Cunco, al sur de Chile.

Los menores, cuya edad oscilaba entre los 14 y 16 años habrían recibido alcohol y dinero a cambio mantener relaciones sexuales con el sacerdote, según refieren los informes difundidos por el tribunal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM

LAWSUITS: Committee passes sex-abuse bill on second try

CALIFORNIA
Press-Enterprise

AUGUST 21, 2013 BY JIM MILLER

The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would extend the statute of limitations for some alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse, reversing course from a week ago.

Senate Bill 131, sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime, would create a one-year window for people to sue groups who otherwise would be immune from litigation because of the amount of time elapsed since the alleged abuse.

Supporters say the measure would override a recent California Supreme Court ruling that prevents some childhood sex abuse victims from having their day in court.

The California Catholic Conference, private schools and nonprofit groups such as the YMCA and USA Swimming strongly oppose the proposal. They say it would be unfair to extend the statute of limitations on previously expired claims.

The measure passed the Senate and another Assembly committee. Last Wednesday, though, it fell three votes short of the nine necessary to pass the appropriations panel after several lawmakers abstained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Capitol Alert: From failed to approved, Assembly committee revives sex abuse bill

CALIFORNIA
Fresno Bee

By Melody Gutierrez — mgutierrez@sacbee.com

The Assembly Appropriations Committee resurrected a bill extending the statute of limitations for some sex abuse victims after it failed last week amid fierce lobbying.

Senate Bill 131 by Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would open a one-year window for victims who were excluded from a 2003 law that extended the time during which sexual abuse victims can file a civil lawsuit.

Opponents have argued that the bill unfairly excludes public agencies, such as school districts, and instead only revives abuse claims against private institutions, such as the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts.

An umbrella organization of groups like the California Catholic Conference and California Association of Private School Organizations spent $250,000 in the fist six months of this year to fight the bill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Assembly panel passes bill on sex-abuse lawsuits

CALIFORNIA
Houston Chronicle

LAURA OLSON, Associated Press | August 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some victims of childhood sexual abuse would have more time to file civil lawsuits against private or nonprofit organizations that protected their alleged abusers under a bill that passed a key legislative committee Wednesday.

The bill has already passed the Senate and is similar — although narrower in scope — to a 2002 bill that passed during the height of the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal.

SB131 by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, heads to the full Assembly after passing the Assembly Appropriations Committee on a 12-4 vote. Wednesday's action came after the bill fell three votes shy of advancing from the same committee last week.

It would lift the statute of limitations for one year for a group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed the previous window to file lawsuits in 2003. Beall said he introduced the legislation after hearing from people who said they had been victims of sexual abuse as children and had been unable to seek restitution. ...

The National Center for Victims of Crime, which sponsored the bill, and other supporters say victims need the extra time to file lawsuits because it might take years for them to acknowledge that they were molested.

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, issued a statement after the vote praising the committee's action and calling on the Legislature to give final approval to the bill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Santa Rosa Diocese sued over alleged abuse

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

Ellen Huet
Published 2:55 pm, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

LAKEPORT, LAKE COUNTY -- A Lake County family is suing a Roman Catholic parish and the Diocese of Santa Rosa, claiming they knew a priest had a history of sexual abuse and didn't protect an altar boy from being molested.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court, claims that the late Rev. Ted Oswald of St. Mary Immaculate in Lakeport had already been accused several times of abusing young parishioners, but was still promoted to pastor and allowed unsupervised access to young boys at and outside the church.

The suit claims that unfettered access allowed Oswald to abuse an altar boy, now 16 years old, whose mother is also a plaintiff in the suit.

Oswald targeted the boy when he was about 10 years old, said the plaintiffs' lawyer, Skye Daley. The priest invited the boy to wash his recreational vehicle at his house, which is where the alleged abuse began, Daley said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Community Notification Statements

PHOENIX (AZ)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

Re: Deacon Ron Gonzalez
Aug. 19, 2013

On Aug. 13, 2013, the Diocese of Phoenix received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Ron Gonzalez, a deacon of the Diocese of Dallas who has been serving in Arizona since 1999. The allegations relate to incidents reported to have occurred in Texas and Pennsylvania 15 to 20 years ago, prior to his arrival in Arizona.

Gonzalez, 62, assisted at St. Thomas More Parish in Glendale since 2003 and was officially assigned to the parish in January 2011. He had been the parish manager since May 1, 2013. There have been no reported allegations or incidents of any wrongdoing at St. Thomas More or elsewhere within the Diocese of Phoenix.

According to Diocese records, Gonzalez was a chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., from 1983 to 1999, and a supervisory chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Diocese of Phoenix from 1999 to 2010.

Gonzalez’s faculties to function in ministry within the Diocese of Phoenix have been revoked and he is no longer employed by the parish. The Diocese of Phoenix has also contacted the authorities regarding the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

AZ- Catholic cleric accused of abuse

ARIZONA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

for immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 21

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 )

Phoenix Catholic officials admit having gotten a child sex abuse report on 8/13. They admit suspending the accused cleric on 8/19. And they apparently posted a small notice on their website, rather than warning Phoenix parents and parishioners by holding a news conference or sending out a news release.

The alleged offender is Deacon Ron Gonzalez. Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstead doesn’t disclose why a deacon from Dallas was sent to work in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and then to Phoenix. Nor does Bishop Olmstead doesn’t disclose where Gonzalez is now. We call on Bishop Olmstead to reveal these facts.

These delays and this secrecy is troubling because every day the identity of a credibly accused child molester remains hidden, there are more opportunities for the offender and his supervisors to intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, destroy evidence, fabricate alibis and even flee the country. And every day the whereabouts of a credibly accused child molester are unknown is a day when kids are needlessly at risk.

And we call on Bishop Olmstead to personally visit any and all Phoenix parishes where Gonzalez worked, even briefly, begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to contact law enforcement officials, not Catholic church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

California Assembly Appropriations Committee,voted YES to SB 131...

CALIFORNIA
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

California Assembly Appropriations Committee,voteD YES to SB 131... Contact/ Write to members of the House Appropriations Committee - let them know you support the bill!

Updated August 21, 2013

Muchas Gracias! Thank you, California State Assembly Appropriations Committee - for voting YES to SB 131 - you did the right thing and may God bless you all.

Now victims - especially of JP2 Army - the Los Angeles branch of John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army - can proceed and claim the ONLY JUSTICE they have left - from the living hell 27 years of Opus Dei papacy could not let them taste. Cardinal Mahony have some unfinished business left - which Opus Dei Archbishop Gomez must now finish to pay out to victims, read our related article, Los Angeles files. Mahony must be jailed as Nazis caught in their old age and retirement http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/los-angeles-files-mahony-must-be-jailed.html. .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Satmar Man Who Tried To Force...

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

Satmar Man Who Tried To Force Child Sex Abuse Victim To Drop Charges Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal

Yesterday, I reported that Abe Rubin – who is charged with bribery, witness tampering and coercion for trying to force Nechemya Weberman's victim to leave the country and not testify against Weberman – would get a sweetheart plea deal and will not receive any prison time. In exchange for that, Brooklyn's challenged DA Charles J. Hynes would get the Satmar bloc vote.

Today as part of a sweetheart plea deal, Rubin admitted he offered the victim's then-boyfriend $500,000 to get her out of the country so she could not testify against Weberman. For that crime, Rubin could serve at most 6 months in jail – but he likely won't serve any time at all.

The DA 'asked' for prison time. But the DA had also allowed Rubin to plead guilty to a an E felony. People convicted of E felonies with no prior criminal history rarely get prison sentences, and the judge therefore said he will sentence Rubin, in late October at the earliest, likely to no prison time – another coodinated travesty of justice in corrupt Brooklyn.

Satmar got what it wanted and Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes will now get what he wants – the Satmar bloc vote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Man pleads guilty to bribe bid after offering sex abuse victim $500K against Hasidic counselor

NEW YORK
New York Post

By JOSH SAUL
Last Updated: 2:43 PM, August 21, 2013

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who tried to bribe a pretty young Brooklyn teen in a slimy attempt to get her to drop her sex abuse case against a once-prominent Hasidic counselor pleaded guilty today to bribing a witness in a deal that could let him off with no jail time.

Abraham Rubin, 49, admitted in Brooklyn Supreme Court that he spoke directly to the teen’s then-boyfriend – now husband – when he offered the bribe.

Brooklyn prosecutors charged that Rubin offered the couple $500,000 to leave the country so the case against Nechemya Weberman would be dropped.

Weberman was convicted last year on the strength of his victim’s multi-day testimony about the abuse and was sentenced to 103 years behind bars.
The victim’s husband said he accepts the deal but wishes Rubin would get some jail time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Man pleads guilty to offering $500K bribe to silence Weberman sex abuse victim

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY OREN YANIV / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013

A Brooklyn Hasid admitted Wednesday to offering $500,000 to buy the silence of victim in a sensational sex abuse case - but the cash-flush offender may still skirt jail time.

Abraham Rubin, 49, acknowledged offering the hefty sum to the husband of a teenage girl who testified against Satmar counselor Nechemya Weberman, pleading guilty in Brooklyn Supreme Court to a felony of bribing a witness.

The couple declined the bribe and the 18-year-old took the stand for four days last winter, sealing Weberman's conviction on 59 counts in a high-profile trial that highlighted abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and intimidation of those who report it. Weberman is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence.

While prosecutors offered Rubin a deal of six months in jail plus five-year probation, Justice Danny Chun agreed to the defense's request and will consider giving a lesser or no jail time at the Oct. 29 sentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Hasidic Jewish Counselor Nechemya Weberman's Sexual Abuse Of A Young Girl Detailed In New Book (VIDEO)

NEW YORK
Huffington Post

Nechemya Weberman, an esteemed religious counselor in New York's Hasidic Jewish community, was sentenced in January to 103 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl who came to him for guidance about her faith. Now the story of Weberman's transgressions is being told in a new book called "The Devil of Williamsburg."

Author Allison Yarrow joined HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks to discuss what she learned about the man who was convicted of 59 counts of sexually abusing a minor.

Weberman's trial sparked a wave of controversy among a religion known for its carefully composed way of life.

"These are the Satmars. They are a sect of ultra-religious Jews that have very strict rules," Yarrow said. "They have strict rules of dress. They have strict codas of marriage and children and family. When something goes wrong of this magnitude, it's really not discussed."

The situation was complicated by the support Weberman received from the Satmar community despite the egregious charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Assembly panel passes bill on sex-abuse lawsuits

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

LAURA OLSON Associated Press
POSTED: 08/21/2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A bill that would give some victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits is heading to the Assembly floor after it previously failed to clear a key committee.

The legislation from Democratic Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose would lift the statute of limitations for one year for a group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed a similar window to file lawsuits in 2003.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed the bill Wednesday, 12-4.

The Catholic Church is a main opponent of SB131. Representatives of the church and other institutions say it unfairly applies only to private or nonprofit groups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

CA - Legislative panel passes child safety bill; SNAP responds

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

A California legislative panel today passed a bill that will enable more child sex abuse victims to warn parents about molesters through the civil justice system.

[Los Angeles Times]

California kids are the winners today. Lawmakers can make it easier or harder for crime victims to expose predators.

These lawmakers are making it easier.

Those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes in California can't breathe easier now. Those who want to prevent and expose such crimes still have a tough road. We hope the rest of the California legislature will fully pass this measure so that California kids will be safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

A Contemporary Example of Catholic Hierarchical Scapegoating: Archbishop Myers and His "Evil" Critics

NEW JERSEY
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

For a contemporary example of Catholic hierarchical scapegoating that doesn't seem to get the church very far down the road to credibility as it proclaims the gospel in the public square:

1. Read Grant Gallicho at Commonweal on the problems poor Opus Dei Archbishop Myers of Newark, New Jersey, appears to have with memory--understandable, perhaps, with all his trips to the race track to distract him from remembrance, all the silver and gold gewgaws given him by priests who serve under him to take his attention away from the dreary task of remembering.

2. Read poor Archbishop Myers's response to his critics, which Brian Roewe discusses yesterday at National Catholic Reporter. A précis: said critics are "evil," and in cahoots with a secular media and politicians out to attack the Catholic church and its truths.

3. Then read the response of the New Jersey Record to poor Archbishop Myers's attempt to engage in a bit of nasty (and entirely unconvincing) scapegoating, as he attacks his critics, the media, politicians--faithful Catholics asking for transparency and accountability from him and other bishops:

The archbishop apparently believes criticism is an act of evil. Not all men of the church have felt that way. The Gospel of Matthew says: "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
Myers should start sawing.

The Record is clearly correct. The days in which Catholic prelates could count on wild allegations about the evil of their critics and the anti-Catholicism of the media and politicians to carry the day, when said prelates are asked to account for their indefensible actions, are long since over and done with. That kind of shoddy scapegoating to avoid responsibility for indefensible episcopal actions no longer plays even in Peoria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Bill to give sex-abuse victims more time to sue advances on second try

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By Melanie Mason
August 21, 2013, 12:09 p.m.

SACRAMENTO -- After failing to muster enough support last week, a bill that would give some sex-abuse victims more time to file lawsuits advanced in an Assembly committee Wednesday.

SB 131, sponsored by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would lift the statute of limitations for one year to enable some victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue private or nonprofit employers that failed to protect them from known molesters.

The Catholic Church has fiercely lobbied against the measure, saying a flood of new suits could cripple the church economically, forcing parochial schools to close.

At an emotional hearing of the Assembly Appropriations committee last week, victims told stories of grappling with their abuse for decades after it occurred. Supporters of the measure say that because some victims can take years to acknowledge they were molested, they need more time to file lawsuits.

The church and other opponents, including private-school consortiums and organizations such as the YMCA, argued that the bill unfairly targets private and nonprofit employers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Santa Rosa And St. Mary Immaculate Parish

CALIFORNIA
Digital Journal

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys representing the victim of child sexual abuse, allegedly committed by a former priest and pastor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Lakeport, filed a civil lawsuit late yesterday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa and St. Mary Immaculate Parish. The case was filed in Superior Court in Sonoma County.

The lawsuit accuses the Diocese and the Parish of failing to protect plaintiff, and all children, from a known sexual predator. Father Ted Oswald, the alleged perpetrator had been previously accused of sexual misconduct with minors dating back to the 1980's. In 2009, the Diocese of Santa Rosa paid $1.3 million to settle another sexual abuse lawsuit against Father Oswald.

This suit alleges that Father Ted Oswald sexually abused the victim, while the victim was serving as an altar boy and participating in the parish youth group under Father Ted Oswald's supervision.

Plaintiff's attorney Skye Daley said, "Knowing the alleged perpetrator had a history of child sexual abuse, the Diocese of Santa Rosa and St. Mary Immaculate Parish had a responsibility to keep its parish members and their children safe from child sexual abusers. Instead, the Diocese allowed Father Ted Oswald to continue with his duties of hearing confessions from minors, overseeing altar servers, running youth programs, counseling programs and church-sponsored trips and events. The parish members were led to believe their children were safe. They were not."
eling to the victim's home under the guise of providing spiritual guidance and support to his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

NH - Supreme Court rules against predator; SNAP responds

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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 )

We are grateful to New Hampshire’s highest court for recognizing that kids’ actual safety trumps adults’ professed beliefs. We hope this ruling will deter other ministers from trying to exploit legal loopholes and evade responsibility for child sex crimes and cover ups.

Not every sentence uttered between clergy is protected or privileged, especially when it relates to endangering or protecting children.

We still hope that Rev. Phelps’ church demotes or disciplines him. It’s dreadfully wrong for anyone, especially a minister, to mistreat an abuse victim like he mistreated this girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

More than 20 tell police they were abused at Fort Augustus school

SCOTLAND
STV

More than 20 potential victims of alleged abuse by monks at two Catholic boarding schools have been identified by police.

Former pupils at the Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands and its East Lothian feeder school, Carlekemp, have claimed that they were molested and beaten by the monks who taught them decades ago. Both schools are now closed.

Police said they have been investigating since March following a report from a former pupil and more allegations came to light in a recent BBC documentary.

Charity Children 1st has set up a dedicated support line for anyone affected to contact them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Fresh police appeal over sex abuse probe at former Highland school

SCOTLAND
Ross-Shire Journal

MORE than 20 possible victims of sex and physical abuse at a former Highland school have been identified following a police probe.

Police confirmed today that a joint investigation into reports of historic physical and sexual abuse carried out at Fort Augustus Abbey and Carlekemp School are continuing.

In a joint statement, Police Scotland and the Crown Office

said the probe - started in March 2013 following a report from a previous pupil "has so far identified more than 20 possible victims and extends to liaison with a number of law enforcement agencies across and outwith the UK2.

Specialist Officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and then report their findings to the Procurator Fiscal for the North of Scotland.

Police have appealed to anyone with information about this case to come forward and report it using the 101 number or by emailing fortaugustusabbeyenq@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Fort Augustus investigation uncovers more than 20 potential victims

SCOTLAND
Inverness Courier

Written byJamie Durent

MORE than 20 possible victims of the Fort Augustus Abbey and Carlekemp School sexual abuse scandals have been identified by police.

In a joint investigation with the crown office, the police are continuing their enquiries into the historic physical and sexual abuse at the schools, which dates back to the 1970s.

The investigation was launched in March after a former pupil came forward with the allegations against staff at the school.

Specialist Officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and thereafter will report their findings to the Procurator Fiscal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Vatican and LCWR dialogue is put to the test

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

A Holy See representative is to meet with members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

ALESSANDRO SPECIALE
ROME
The new climate of dialogue and trust which has settled in the Vatican since Francis arrival seems to have spread to the U.S., to the point of healing the split between the LCWR’s nuns and U.S. bishops, which had been worsening in recent years.

The Vatican appointed a commissioner to oversee the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in April 2012, when Benedict XVI was still Pope, after the nuns were accused “radical feminism” and of failing to obey church teaching on matters such as the possible ordination of women priests and contraception. Rome’s decision was met with indignation by a majority of faithful but was also supported by the more conservative sectors of U.S. Catholicism which have always accused the nuns of not contributing enough to the cultural battles against abortion and same-sex marriage. These issues have been top priorities for U.S. bishops in terms of public commitments.

During their annual assembly held in Orlando, Florida between 13 and 16 August, the LCWR extended an olive branch to the Archbishop of Seattle, J. Peter Sartain - the Vatican-appointed commissioner who was given the task of overseeing the group’s reform -, inviting him to speak at their meeting. The prelate promptly accepted the invitation and attended three closed-door meetings, the content of which was closely examined during the group’s plenary assembly. He also participated in a three-day meeting with the heads of the LCWR.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

Supreme Court upholds rape conviction, rejects religious privilege argument

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions against Ernest Willis who is serving a 15-to-30 year prison sentence for forcibly raping his teenage babysitter twice, whom he knew through Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, in 1997.

The court issued its ruling this morning.

The girl, who became pregnant, was later made to stand before their congregation to apologize by then-pastor Chuck Phelps. A Merrimack County jury convicted Ellis of three counts of rape and one count of felonious sexual assault in 2011.

Willis’s attorneys appealed the conviction on several grounds, including the admission of testimony from Phelps, who told jurors Willis had confessed to twice having sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl and described himself as the “aggressor.”

In their appeal, attorneys for Willis asked the Supreme Court justices to decide whether the trial court erred in deciding that conversations between Willis and his Phelps weren’t protected by religious privilege.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

NH Court Rejects New Trial in Church Rape Case

NEW HAMPSHIRE
ABC News

By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press

New Hampshire's highest court on Wednesday rejected a new trial for a man convicted of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old member of his church, a case that gained national attention because the church's pastor made the teen apologize to the congregation.

Ernest Willis was convicted in May 2011 of raping the girl in 1997. His lawyer argued that statements he made to the pastor of the fundamentalist Trinity Baptist Church should not have been used against him. But prosecutors countered that Willis' statements were not protected by religious privilege because they involved the sexual abuse of a child.

Willis' lawyer, chief appellate public defender Christopher Johnson, said he had no comment on the unanimous ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Jurors at Willis' trial heard testimony by former Trinity Baptist Church pastor Charles Phelps that Willis told him that he was "the aggressor" and that there were two instances of sexual assault — one during driving lessons he was giving the girl, Tina Anderson — and again at her apartment a month later. The Associated Press does not typically identify victims of sexual assault, but Anderson wanted her name publicized to highlight church abuse and has discussed her case on nationally televised shows.

The justices noted that all 50 states have laws protecting the confidence of clergy-parishioner communications, but New Hampshire is one of six states that revokes that privilege in its child abuse reporting statutes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

PRIESTLY ABUSE: PLAYING AROUND WITH RESPONSIBILITY ISSUES

MALTA
Malta Independent

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

We had expressed our opinion on this subject once, but of course, the powers that be in the Maltese Church took no notice of us.

The Curia’s legal representatives recently made their submissions in court in reference to the abuse of boys at the St Joseph’s Home. Just as Bishop Scicluna had claimed right from the start of his appointment, the Church’s legal team said its client is not legally responsible for the (pedophile) crimes committed by ordained and practicing Churchmen. It said that while it sympathized with the victims, the Church does not intend to pay any compensation. This is an ugly scene, a very ugly one.

We can think of no other country in the world where Church leaders tried this argument and got away with it. The defendants would have been laughed right out of court with such an argument, which is why no other diocese used this sort of argument and why many have bankrupted themselves in paying out compensation, rather than try it. Can we say that it is only in Malta that Church finances outweigh all other considerations?

Around the world, faced with charges and accusations from victims who told of infinite pain they suffered, the Church suffered a huge loss of face. Popes, such as Pope Benedict and even Pope Francis have been scathing in their condemnation of the crimes committed by priests and have apologized to the victims, in some cases, as happened in Malta, the Pope personally to the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Blast from Archbishop Myers's past. (UPDATED)

UNITED STATES
dotCommonweal

Grant Gallicho August 19, 2013

The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that Archbishop John J. Myers--who served there as bishop from 1990 to 2001--failed to remove a priest from ministry despite having evidence that he had abused a minor. (Myers, you'll recall, has come in for some criticism regarding his handling of accused priests in his current diocese, Newark.)

The plaintiff, Andrew Ward, now twenty-five, accused the late Rev. Thomas Maloney of molesting him in 1995 and '96, when Ward was eight. About a year earlier, a woman informed the diocese that Maloney had abused her sister when she was ten years old. Myers denies knowing anything about it. Indeed, if anything comes through in the 2010 deposition of Myers, just unsealed as part of the settlement, it's that the archbishop's memory is less than ideal.

For example, Myers doesn't remember much about the generous gifts Maloney gave him over the years (starting in the late 1980s, apparently). Does he recall receiving Maloney's own "precious" camera? No. What about gold coins? Sort of. The silver object so large "it could be tied around one's neck like the proverbial millstone," as Myers desrcibed it to Maloney in a thank-you note? Hard to say.

Now, it's not unusual for priests to give gifts to their bishop following confirmations. Such offerings usually amount to $1 per child, rarely totaling more than $500. But many bishops set up trusts to receive such funds for later disbursemet to charity. Myers apparently used them to cover personal expenses--including his mother's health care, his vacations, and his trips to the track.) (SEE UPDATE BELOW.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

The Pope and the Curia’s spoil system

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The U.S. has criticised Pope Francis for not having replaced the Vatican Secretary of State yet

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

“We also wanted someone with good managerial skills and leadership skills, and so far that hasn't been as obvious.” This is what the Archbishop of New York and American papal candidate, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, had to say about Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio a few weeks ago. The cardinal voiced this rather frank criticism during an interview with Vatican correspondent John Allen, published on the National Catholic Register website last 24 July.

Basically, one of the most media-friendly protagonists of the last Conclave that elected Bergoglio to the Throne of Peter just four months ago has said that Francis, the Argentinean Pope “from the other side of the world” has not been enough of a “manager”. In his comment, Dolan was particularly referring to the fact that the Vatican Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, has not been replaced yet. Bertone, who was Benedict XVI’s right hand man, was widely criticised during the pre-Conclave discussions. “I would expect that after the summer lull, we'll see some more signs of management changes,” Cardinal Dolan added, after stating that he had expected the replacement to happen before the summer, as many had wrongly predicted.

Dolan’s comment is completely separate from other statements made by top figures in the U.S. Catholic Church, such as the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, who admitted he was quite disappointed Francis was elected Pope by “members of the right wing of the Catholic Church” in an interview with the National Catholic Register. Many websites and blogs had the same reaction. Unlike certain conservative and traditionalist circles, the Archbishop of New York does not complain about such things as the little changes made to the liturgy, about the current Pope’s simple style or about the fact he has not repeatedly stressed the Church’s well-known position with regard to abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality. But Dolan has not hidden his dissatisfaction regarding Francis’ failure so far to act as a real “manager” - a typically American concern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Polish priest accused of having sex with minors declared a fugitive

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santiago, Dominican Republic.- The Santiago Office of the Prosecutor on Tuesday declared Polish priest Wojciech Gil (Alberto) a fugitive, on charges that he sexually abused three children in the Janico community of Juncalito.

Santiago prosecutor Luisa Liranzo said the Justice Ministry awaits the 4th Instruction Court to evaluate the charges, to then seek the priest’s extradition from Poland.

She said the court was petitioned after the Catholic priest allegedly fled to Poland and the ensuing difficulties to expedite the return.

Although the scandal broke in late May, the case had faded from public attention, despite attempts to get the Catholic Church to secure the return of the prelate who worked in the community for eight years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Archbishops letter offers abundant falsehoods, no apologies: Editorial

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
on August 21, 2013

Last weekend’s letter from Newark Archbishop John J. Myers regarding his handling of sexual abuse cases is so crowded with falsehoods and insults that it’s difficult to know where to begin.

What’s most revealing is what is missing: There’s not a single word of sympathy for the victims and their families. Myers instead insults them by suggesting they are blaming the church for problems in their own families. “One can understand when family difficulties lead parents, even by conjecture, to blame someone outside the family,” he wrote. “But conjecture is no reason to undermine the Ministry of individual Priests (or Bishops for that matter.)”

It boggles the mind that in 2013 an archbishop would dare speak of families like this. But it is vintage Myers. While many bishops are working hard to rehabilitate the church, he offers only haughty disdain for those who question his judgment.

This time, he calls his critics “evil, wrong, and immoral” and suggests that they may burn in hell: “God will surely address them in due time.”

The latest damning information comes from a lawsuit the church recently settled for $1.35 million. It accuses Myers of ignoring a credible accusation against a priest on his watch. The lawsuit claimed that the Rev. Thomas Maloney went on to repeatedly abuse an 8-year-old boy.

In his deposition, Myers says he never saw written warnings that went to the diocese, perhaps because of his “slipshod” filing system. If that were true, if it was an innocent mistake, you would expect Myers to offer a heartfelt apology to the victim and his family for his failure to red-flag these cases. Instead, he has refused for years to meet with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

The Record: Archbishop John J. Myers blames his critics

NEW JERSEY
The Record

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013

NEWARK ARCHBISHOP John J. Myers does not like criticism. In an Aug. 15 letter to priests of his archdiocese, Myers declared that those who question his or the Catholic Church's role in protecting children are "simply evil, wrong, immoral, and seemingly focused on their own self-aggrandizement."

Myers has the advantage of being in a job not affected by popular opinion or newspaper editorials. Only Pope Francis can remove him from his position in Newark.

The archbishop is miffed that the media, politicians and, yes, the children victimized by clergy, most of them now adults, and their families continue to demand answers and accountability from him. The sexual abuse of minors by clergy is not a myth or the brainchild of anti-Catholic publicity seekers. The U.S. bishops have acknowledged that too many predator priests were allowed to emotionally scar the children they were ordained to protect because too many bishops put the image of the institutional church ahead of the image of the man upon whom that church was founded.

Myers, before coming to Newark, was the bishop of Peoria, Ill. That diocese reached a $1.35 million settlement, announced last week, with a man who claimed he had been molested by a priest in 1996, a month after the diocese received a complaint from a woman claiming to have been abused as a child by the same priest. Myers denies any knowledge of that woman's complaint and said the diocese may have lost it because of a "slipshod filing system."

His explanation is slipshod as well. In New Jersey, the Newark Archdiocese entered into an agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office that barred a priest who had been convicted of groping a minor from having future contact with minors. The conviction had been overturned because of a judicial error; the agreement with county law enforcement was supposed to keep the priest, Michael Fugee, away from children. That did not occur. Myers did not take responsibility for that either. But the archdiocese's second-in-command, Monsignor John E. Doran, resigned in the wake of the scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Pope's glamorous aide Francesca Chaouqui ruffling Vatican feathers

VATICAN CITY
The Australian

JOHN FOLLAIN, IN ROME From: The Sunday Times August 19, 2013

WITH her film-star looks, flowing hair and leather jacket provocatively unzipped, Francesca Chaouqui cuts an unusual figure alongside the elderly men who run the Catholic church.

But when the 27-year-old public relations consultant was appointed to a key Vatican commission last month, the step was hailed as a symbol of Pope Francis's determination to bring in fresh blood.

Last week, however, the unconventional choice turned into an embarrassment for the Argentine Pontiff as attention focused on a series of tweets sent from Ms Chaouqui's account in the months before her nomination - including one in which Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, was labelled as "corrupt".

The row has exposed a Vatican power-struggle appearing to pit the Pope, whose vision is of "a poor church, for the poor", against the Roman Curia, the bureaucracy that has been tainted by scandals over corruption, pedophilia and cronyism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

USA: Erzbischof bezeichnet Kritik als „böse, falsch und unmoralisch“

NEW JERSEY
Radio Vatikan

Der Erzbischof von Newark, John Joseph Myers, hat sich in einem Brief zu der Kritik an seinem Umgang mit den Vorwürfen des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Priester in seiner früheren Diözese Illinois geäußert. In dem Brief an Geistliche verteidigt sich der Erzbischof im Falle eines Mannes, der das Bistum Peoria, in dem Myers von 1990-2001 als Bischof tätig war, verklagt hat. Die Aussage, in der der Mann einen Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs beschuldigt, war in der vergangenen Woche veröffentlicht worden. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur AP am Dienstag mitteilte, bestreitet Erzbischof Myers, von den Vorwürfen gegen den Priester gewusst zu haben. In dem Brief schreibt er, dass Kinder niemals einem Risiko ausgesetzt sein sollten. Er bezeichnete die Vorwürfe seiner Kritiker und der Medien, die verbreiten würden, dass er Kinder nicht schützen würde, als „böse, falsch und unmoralisch“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

During the course of a private meeting Benedict XVI said that a mystical experience led him to resign

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

“God told me to.” This was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s reason for stepping down from the pontificate. An anonymous individual who visited Ratzinger about a week ago gave a statement recounting what was said during the private meeting, Catholic news agency Zenit reports.

Ratzinger’s decision to stay out of the limelight still raises many questions, six months after the shock announcement of his resignation, Zenit says. One person was lucky enough to hear the reasons for this decision from Ratzinger’s very lips. Although the Pope Emeritus lives a cloistered life, he does very occasionally accept highly private visits in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican which is his current residence.

During these meetings, the former Pope does not comment, reveal secrets or make any statements that may weigh on the new pontificate as “the words that were said by the other Pope.” He is as discreet as he has always been. At most, all he does is observe the wonders that the Holy Spirit is doing through his successor, or he talks about himself and about how his decision to resign was the result of divine inspiration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Archbishop Robert Carlson Seeks to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit, Argues Archdiocese Isn't Liable

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Riverfront Times

By Sam Levin
Wed., Aug. 21 2013

Last month, a Lincoln county family filed a lawsuit against St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson alleging that he tried to cover up a sex abuse case involving a local priest and even attempted to tamper with incriminating evidence. The priest in question is Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang who reportedly has very close ties to Carlson -- and who is accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage girl.

Now, Carlson has filed a formal response to the suit, asking the courts to dismiss it, arguing that neither he nor the Archdiocese of St. Louis is liable.

Victims' rights advocates say this move is not surprising but still troubling. "It's like no matter what the facts are or what the allegations are, his response is stunningly uniform: 'You can't hold me responsible,'" David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, tells Daily RFT.

SNAP, along with the attorneys representing the accuser, say the case against Jiang and the Archdiocese is unique for several reasons. Notably, the accusations refer to very recent incidents; Jiang, according to the suit, molested the girl several times last year and admitted his actions to the victims' parents in June of 2012. The suit also says notes clear evidence of the abuse -- including text messages from Jiang who allegedly tried to pay off the family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Archdiocese marketing Saint Mary Manor for potential sale

PENNSYLVANIA
The Reporter

Archbishop Chaput has decided to market six nursing homes and one assisted living facility — Lansdale’s Saint Mary Manor is among them — operated by Catholic Health Care Services for potential sale. He has also decided to pursue a possible outsourced management and leasing agreement for the 11 active Archdiocesan cemeteries and two sites designated for future cemetery development.

This July, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The financial statements disclosed a $39.2 million operating deficit for that period as well as several very significant and ongoing balance sheet issues that measure in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Since his arrival in Philadelphia nearly two years ago, Archbishop Chaput has repeatedly expressed his commitment to financial transparency and prudent stewardship of the resources of the Archdiocese. Beginning last summer, a series of steps were taken to begin to remedy Archdiocesan fiscal challenges. The Archbishop’s residence along with a property in Ventnor, New Jersey, were both sold to provide necessary immediate cash flow. Many other actions followed including a reduction of 25 percent of the workforce at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in order to stem the operating deficit. Additionally, an evaluation of various Archdiocesan real estate assets and operating entities was undertaken. This evaluation focused on assets that could potentially be used to remedy the balance sheet issues. None of those measures were taken lightly, but all were essential to maintaining the presence of the Catholic Church in the Philadelphia region and the good works accomplished through its various ministries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Archdiocese to sell St. Francis Country House

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By PATTI MENGERS
pmengers@delcotimes.com

Officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are marketing St. Francis Country House in Darby for potential sale along with five other nursing homes and one assisted-living facility operated by Catholic Health Care Services in an effort to defray a multimillion-dollar operating deficit.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Tuesday he may also hire private contractors to manage and operate Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in Upper Chichester, St. Michael’s Cemetery in Chester, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple, eight other archdiocesan cemeteries and two sites targeted for future cemeteries in Bucks and Chester counties to try and save money.

“Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones. I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundation so that we can continue our collective good works,” said Chaput in a prepared statement.

Audited financial statements published by the archdiocese in July revealed a $39.2 million operating deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, “as well as several very significant and ongoing balance sheet issues that measure in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to a press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

ARCHDIOCESE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MARKET NURSING HOMES FOR POTENTIAL SALE AND SEEK OUTSOURCED MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT FOR CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

These potential actions follow the recent release of the Archdiocesan financial report and seek to rebuild a solid financial foundation for the Church of Philadelphia

Contextual Background

This July, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The financial statements disclosed a $39.2 million operating deficit for that period as well as several very significant and ongoing balance sheet issues that measure in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Since his arrival in Philadelphia nearly two years ago, Archbishop Chaput has repeatedly expressed his commitment to financial transparency and prudent stewardship of the resources of the Archdiocese. Beginning last summer, a series of steps were taken to begin to remedy Archdiocesan fiscal challenges. The Archbishop's residence along with a property in Ventnor, New Jersey, were both sold to provide necessary immediate cash flow. Many other actions followed including a reduction of 25% of the workforce at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in order to stem the operating deficit. Additionally, an evaluation of various Archdiocesan real estate assets and operating entities was undertaken. This evaluation focused on assets that could potentially be used to remedy the balance sheet issues. None of those measures were taken lightly, but all were essential to maintaining the presence of the Catholic Church in the Philadelphia region and the good works accomplished through its various ministries.

Background Regarding Today's Announcement

Among the operating entities evaluated were Catholic Health Care Services and the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, which have both been well managed for many years. As a result, Archbishop Chaput has decided to market the six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by Catholic Health Care Services for potential sale. He has also decided to pursue a possible outsourced management and leasing agreement for the 11 active Archdiocesan cemeteries and two sites designated for future cemetery development.

In making this announcement, Archbishop Chaput said, "Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones. I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundation so that we can continue our collective good works.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Phila. Archdiocese seeks to sell nursing homes

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In an aggressive move to help remedy its deep financial woes, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday that it had put its six nursing homes up for sale.

The archdiocese also said it would attempt to lease out 11 cemeteries and two parcels that could be used as cemeteries.

In addition, the archdiocese said it would try to outsource the management of the cemeteries, a move that could cut costs and increase revenue.

"Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a news release.

"I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundation so that we can continue our collective good works."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Archdiocese announces plans to market nursing homes for sale and seek outsourced management for cemeteries

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Main Line

By PATTI MENGERS
pmengers@21st-centurymedia.com

Officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are marketing St. Francis Country House in Darby for potential sale along with five other nursing homes and one assisted-living facility operated by Catholic Health Care Services in an effort to defray a multimillion-dollar operating deficit.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Tuesday he may also hire private contractors to manage and operate Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in Upper Chichester, St. Michael’s Cemetery in Chester, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple, eight other archdiocesan cemeteries and two sites targeted for future cemeteries in Bucks and Chester counties to try and save money.

“Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones. I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundation so that we can continue our collective good works,” said Chaput in a prepared statement.

Audited financial statements published by the archdiocese in July revealed a $39.2 million operating deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, “as well as several very significant and ongoing balance sheet issues that measure in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to a press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Priest charged with sexual assault

NORWAY
News in English

August 21, 2013

A Catholic priest employed by the diocese in Oslo has been defrocked and charged with assault after admitting to having had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Bergen. Oslo Bishop Bernt Eidsvig went public with the case on Tuesday, despite objections from police in Bergen.

“We’ve been criticized by the police for reporting this, but it was already known in Bergen,” Eidsvig said. He said he wanted to avoid speculation or accusations that the Catholic Church in Norway was withholding information on the case. The police, however, would have preferred to launch their own investigation before the case became known.

Eidsvig told reporters that the relation between the priest and the teenager went on for around a week this past summer. The girl, who is not Catholic, later reported it to another priest who immediately contacted Eidsvig. He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he flew to Bergen the next day, where the priest now charged with assault confessed.

It’s the latest in a string of cases involving assault within the Catholic Church worldwide, but Eidsvig said it’s the first he’s aware of in Oslo. Three years ago, a former bishop in Trondheim admitted sexual assault against an alter boy years earlier, though, and the church has an archive of other cases deemed “sensitive.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

LCWR Assembly: Little Evidence of Willingness to Comply with Reforms

UNITED STATES
Christian Newswire

Catholic Religious Women continue claim to the right to 'faithful dissent' and their own understandings of faith, ecclesial authority and religious obedience, says expert.

Contact: Lisa Wheeler, Carmel Communications, 770-591-0045, Media@CarmelCommunications.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious took place August 13-16 in Orlando, Fla. The main topic of the meeting was how to respond to a mandate of reform of the organization issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on April 17, 2012. That mandate directed Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to accomplish in five years: a revision of the LCWR's statutes; review and reform of LCWR plans and programs; creation of LCWR programs to help member congregations deeper formation in Church doctrine; review and application of liturgical norms and texts; and review of LCWR links with the affiliated organizations Network and Resource Center for Religious Institutes.

Archbishop Sartain met in closed session with the entire membership to discuss the CDF assessment and to answer questions. An LCWR press release issued at the end of that three-day meeting said: "Although we remain uncertain as to how our work with the bishop delegates will proceed, we maintain hope that continued conversations of this depth will lead to a resolution of this situation that maintains the integrity of the LCWR and is healthy for the whole church."

Ann Carey, considered by many to be the foremost expert on women religious, and whose book, SISTERS IN CRISIS REVISITED, spends an entire chapter reporting on the CDF doctrinal assessment of the LCWR, and includes for readers the actual Vatican document as an Appendix, had this reaction:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Melchior blasts Druckman for inviting Elon to his yeshiva

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

Former cabinet minister Michael Melchior attacked former MK Haim Druckman on Tuesday for defending Rabbi Mordechai Elon, a recently convicted sex offender, and inviting him to his yeshiva.

Writing on his Facebook page, Melchior, like Druckman a rabbi, recalled that he refused to join a long list of prominent people who congratulated Druckman when he won the Israel Prize. Melchior said that when he was told he was the only one who had refused, he responded that he could not back anyone who covered for or protected someone who harmed youth.

“I was not at all surprised to read that Rabbi Druckman continues to invite Rabbi Elon to teach young men in his yeshiva in Or Etzion, even after his conviction in court,” Melchior wrote in both English and Hebrew.

Melchior praised the Takana Forum of prominent religious Zionist figures, which fights sexual abuse in the National Religious sector, for the way it handled the allegations against Elon. He said he wished the ruling of the forum and the court was respected by Druckman and others who continue to back Elon.

“I wonder, what more needs to happen before Religious Zionism, Bnei Akiva yeshivas and yeshivot hesder will no longer consider this person [Druckman] suitable to lead them,” Melchior wrote. “Is it possible to enter the month of mercy and forgiveness, and the Days of Awe and claim to The Almighty that we have done all that we must do in order to set an example for, and to protect our children? Is it not said that in a place where God’s name is being desecrated, we do not give respect to Rabbis? In this instance, when a Rabbi is an icon, I ask what could be a bigger desecration of God’s name than to pay tribute to a man that has turned a blind-eye to harm done to innocent children?” Elon was convicted on two counts of indecent assault by force against a minor by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court two weeks ago. He could serve up to seven years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Liberal Modern Orthodox Rabbi...

ISRAEL
Failed Messiah

Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Writing on his Facebook page, former MK and cabinet minister Rabbi Michael Melchior ripped into Rabbi Haim Druckman, a former member of Knesset who heads Israel’s state conversion authority and the Bnei Akiva system of yeshivas, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Druckman is both an enabler of and an apologist for Rabbi Mordechai Elon, who was convicted almost two weeks ago of sexually abusing a minor who was his student.

Druckman previously viciously attacked Elon’s victims and publicly endorsed Elon. Despite that behavior, Druckman was awarded the Israel Prize. Melchior was the lone Zionist Orthodox/Modern Orthodox rabbi of note who publicly refused to congratulate him.

Then after Elon was convicted almost two weeks ago, Druckman invited Elon to continue to teach a weekly class at Druckman’s yeshiva despite that conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Chilean Priest Convicted For Sexually Abusing Boys

CHILE
Channels

A former Chilean priest was convicted in four sexual abuse cases on Tuesday and could face up to 15 years in prison.

The former priest was the administrator for the Hogar de Menores (Young Persons Home) San Juan Bosco and priest at the Immaculate Conception Parish of Cunco in Temuco, Chile about 650 kilometres (400 miles) south of Santiago from 2004 to 2011.

The crimes were carried out between the years 2006 and 2011, though the public prosecutor of Temuco, Omar Merida, said there was evidence the 53-year-old priest had been abusing youngsters for years before.

“The evidence we presented showed that these same acts had been occurring for at least the last 20 years,” Merida said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

'Bescherm kind overal tegen sekstoerisme'

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Nederland moet het pedoseksuelen moeilijker maken om in het buitenland slachtoffers te maken. Daarom moeten veroordeelde pedoseksuelen met een hoog recidive-risico aan het Register Paspoortsignaleringen worden toegevoegd, zegt Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, nationaal rapporteur mensenhandel en seksueel geweld tegen kinderen. Zij presenteerde gisteren haar rapport 'Barrières tegen kindersekstoerisme'.

Waarom moet er iets gebeuren met de reizende pedoseksuelen?
"Deze mensen mogen binnen Nederland niet op een school werken, of vrijwilliger zijn bij de padvinderij, maar we vinden het wel best dat ze naar het buitenland gaan om daar kinderen te misbruiken. Ik bestrijd de gedachte van 'opgeruimd staat netjes'. Nee, we zijn als land, als samenleving ook verantwoordelijk voor de bescherming van buitenlandse kinderen tegen deze pedoseksuelen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

THE BAREFOOT POPE AND SEX ABUSE CLAIMS IN MALTA

MALTA
Malta Independent

Wednesday, 21 August 2013
by Martin Scicluna

The jury is still out on Francis I, who surprised the world only five months ago when he stepped out onto the balcony above St Peter's Square in Rome as the 266th Pope. Since his election this Argentinian cardinal has won plaudits for his humility, common touch and way with words as he has said repeatedly he wants to lead “a poor church, for the poor”.

On his recent debut abroad in Brazil, the first Latin American pope injected a spring in the church's step in the largest Roman Catholic country. In a long, informal press conference on the flight home, he also underlined the new style that his papacy has brought, heralding a softer tone on sexual issues and a tougher line on Vatican cliques – the latter having been the undoing of his cerebral but lacklustre predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Humble and plain-speaking, Francis' energy and urgency on this trip were in marked contrast with the sense of drift that has afflicted the Church in the last decade. At a meeting of bishops, he called for a new “missionary spirit” and decried “obsolete structures”, strictures which should strike a distinct chord with the hierarchy of the Maltese Church. ...

Pope Francis is clearly determined to clean out the Augean Stables at the Vatican. By contrast, the Maltese Church, against the trend of virtually every Catholic Diocese in the world which has been involved in child-abuse scandals and has agreed to pay financial compensation for priestly misdeeds, is resisting in the Maltese Courts any settlement with the ten victims concerned. It argues that the Maltese Archdiocese was never accused or convicted of having committed the criminal acts in question and it could not know in advance that some consecrated person or member was likely to commit a crime.

The Maltese Church would be more honest if it said plainly that its reason for resisting compensation to the victims is that it fears the financial consequences. But that should surely be beside the point, demonstrating too much earthly acquisitiveness and being utterly bereft of moral responsibility. Other Archdioceses around the world have gone bankrupt, and it may be that this must be the price to pay for restoring the Maltese Church's integrity.

The central issue should be the well-being of those who have suffered as a consequence of the Church's lack of care. To argue, as some have, that the victims are only in it for the money is cynical and a diversion. The victims are entitled to whatever the law will allow for the grotesque crimes perpetrated on them as children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

RIVERSIDE: Man still haunted by alleged priest abuse

CALIFORNIA
Press-Enterprise

AUGUST 20, 2013 BY DAVID OLSON

I wrote today on the debate over a bill in the California legislature that would allow some alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse a chance to sue even if their cases are decades old.

On Monday, I sat down for four hours with David Nickell in his Riverside backyard as he told me the wrenching story of how, he said, a priest in San Bernardino repeatedly abused him when he was 11 and 12 years old.

Nickell’s hands were shaking during much of the interview. Other times, they were clasped together tightly.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” he told me.

I was struck how even at age 45, Nickell still partially blames himself.

“I just don’t know what I did to make him do this,” he told me.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

LEGISLATURE: Bill would exempt statue of limitations on some sexual abuse suits

CALIFORNIA
Press-Enterprise

BY DAVID OLSON August 20, 2013

David Nickell said the repeated sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a Catholic priest in 1980 still haunts him today.

Nickell, 45, of Riverside, looks back at years of “self-medicating” and drifting from job to job and relationship to relationship and believes at least some of the instability in his life is the result of what he said was sexual abuse he suffered when he was 11 and 12 years old.

“I’ve lost a lot of years,” Nickell said.

Current law does not allow Nickell to pursue legal action against the Diocese of San Bernardino, because the alleged abuse happened so long ago. But a bill now being debated in the state legislature would give Nickell and some other alleged victims one year to file suit, exempting them from the statute of limitations for sexual abuse.

A 2002 law granted a similar one-year window but supporters of the new bill say many victims don’t realize the effects of their abuse until later in life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Chile priest Rogel Pinuer faces jail in Temuco sex case

CHILE
BBC News

A Chilean priest has been convicted of sexually abusing four children who were under his care at a young people's home in the city of Temuco.

The court heard how Orlando Rogel Pinuer, 53, gave teenagers alcohol and money in exchange for sexual acts.

Prosecutor Omar Merida said there was evidence Rogel had abused other youths for years. He accused the Catholic Church of failing to co-operate.

The priest faces 15 years in prison, and will be sentenced on Sunday.

He carried out the abuse while acting as administrator of the San Juan Bosco young people's home in Temuco between 2006 and 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Inquiry into cover-up claim over sex abuse priest John Norman

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press

Exclusive By Mike Laycock, Chief reporter

THE Archbishop of York’s Office is investigating claims of a Church cover-up after a retired York vicar admitted sexually assaulting boys.

York Minster Canon Emeritus John Norman, who died in 2005, was cautioned and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2004 – but not prosecuted – after he confessed to offences against three youngsters, The Press can reveal.

The sister of one of his victims claims the only penalty from the Church was to be barred from administering the sacraments and he was allowed to remain a Canon Emeritus at the Minster. She said he died the following year on his 90th birthday with his high reputation intact, and he was praised with glowing obituaries in publications such as The Church Times.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also claimed the Church had never apologised to her brother for the abuse, which happened on boys-only camping trips organised by Canon Norman as well as in the village rectory, when her brother was a chorister at Dunnington church and Canon Norman was rector.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Chilean Priest Convicted for Sexually Abusing Boys

CHILE
Nigerian Times

Orlando Rogel Pinuer, a former Chilean priest has been convicted on four counts of sexual abuse cases and faces up to 15 years in prison. The former priest was the administrator for the Hogar de Menores (Young Person’s Home), San Juan Bosco, and a priest at the Immaculate Conception Parish of Cunco in Temuco, Chile.

His crimes were carried out between 2006 – 2011, although the prosecutor said that there was evidence that the 53 year old priest had been abusing young boys for at least 20 years, even though previous charges do not exist.

The priest would use his religious control over his young victims, and would even give them alcohol and spending money in order for them to continue to perform sexual acts on him. All his victims were in boarding school, aged between 14 – 16 years old age.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

August 20, 2013

Archdiocese Wants to Shed Costs of Nursing Homes, Cemeteries

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Patch

Posted by Eric Campbell (Editor) , August 20, 2013

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday it will seek to sell some nursing homes it operates and outsource management of some of its cemeteries.

The move comes after last month's report that the archdiocese ran a $39.2 million deficit in the 2012 fiscal year.

The health-care facilities that may be affected include the following, according to Kenneth A. Gavin, the archdiocese's director of communications:

Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia
Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown (Chester County)
Saint Francis Country House, Darby (Delaware County)
Saint John Neumann Home, Philadelphia
Saint Martha Manor, Downingtown (Chester County)
Saint Mary Manor, Lansdale (Montgomery County)
Saint Monica Manor, Philadelphia
The following existing cemeteries and planned cemetery sites also could be affected:
All Souls Cemetery, Coatesville (Chester County)
Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken (Montgomery County)
Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia
New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia
Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon (Delaware County)
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia
Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Linwood (Delaware County)
Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Saint John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont (Bucks County)
Saint Michael Cemetery, Chester (Delaware County)
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield (Delaware County)
All Saints Cemetery, Newtown (Bucks County)
Holy Savior Cemetery, Penn Township (Bucks County)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 PM

Retired priest charged after raid

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A retired priest from the NSW Central Coast has been charged with possessing child abuse material.

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit raided a home on the Central Coast on Tuesday.

They arrested a 72-year-old man and seized computer equipment, a DVD and other items for forensic examination.

The man was taken to Wyong police station and charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

Declaran culpable ...

CHILE
Bio-Bio

Declaran culpable a sacerdote de Cunco por cuatro casos de abuso sexual

Culpable de cuatro de los seis hechos de abuso sexual por los que fue acusado fue declarado este martes un sacerdote de Cunco, tras desarrollarse el respectivo juicio oral en Temuco.

Los jueces integrantes de la Primera Sala del Tribunal Oral de Temuco resolvieron declarar culpable por unanimidad del delito de abuso sexual reiterado al sacerdote Orlando Rogel Pinuer, absolviéndolo de dos de las imputaciones, tal como lo confirmó el fiscal de la Unidad de Delitos Sexuales Omar Mérida.

El persecutor no descartó, en caso de establecer que existe algún delito, iniciar una nueva causa respecto de la negativa de la Iglesia Católica y particularmente del obispo de la Diócesis de Villarrica, Francisco Javier Stegmeier, de apoyar la investigación, además de negar acceso a una supuesta investigación canónica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

Priest charged with child porn

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By DAN PROUDMAN Aug. 21, 2013

A RETIRED Catholic priest has been charged with child pornography offences after detectives raided

Detectives from the sex crime squad’s child exploitation internet unit seized computer equipment and a DVD for forensic examination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 PM

A retired priest from the NSW Central Coast has been charged with possessing child abuse material.

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit raided a home on the Central Coast on Tuesday.

They arrested a 72-year-old man and seized computer equipment, a DVD and other items for forensic examination.

The man was taken to Wyong police station and charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 PM

Retired priest charged with two counts of possession of child abuse material - Sex Crimes Squad

AUSTRALIA
NSW Police Force

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) have charged a retired Catholic priest with offences relating to child pornography.

As part of their ongoing investigations into the possession, production and dissemination of online child-abuse material, detectives executed a search warrant on a home at the Central Coast about 8.30am yesterday (Tuesday 20 August 2013).

A 72-year-old man was arrested at the premises and police seized a number of items, including computer equipment and a DVD for forensic examination.

The man was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with two counts of possess child-abuse material.

He was given strict conditional bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Wednesday 4 September 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

California Assembly Appropriations Committee,vote YES to SB 131... Contact/ Write to members of the House Appropriations Committee...

CALIFORNIA
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Updated August 20, 2013

We beg all members of the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee - - the California legislative panel to vote “YES” on SB 131 this Wednesday (8/21) - and make it easier for California child sex abuse victims to expose their child molesters in court. We invite all Committee members to read our letter to Los Angeles Judge Emilie H. Elias who made - the historic decision and judgement - to release all pedophile priests’ files of the Los Angeles Archdiocese - against the million dollars lawyers of Cardinal Mahony who wanted them all to be shredded and hidden and denied to the public.

Our letter - New Year’s plea to the judge of Los Angeles: Reveal the whole truth, the entire truth now – today apply as well to the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee when they’ll make their historic vote on SB 131.

Dear (Judge Emilie H. Elias) California State Assembly Appropriations Committee,

You are our final hope for the whole truth and nothing but the truth...and May the Almighty God help you and give you the courage to do the right thing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

California statute of limitations hearing tomorrow

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

POSTED BY DAVID CLOHESSY ON AUGUST 20, 2013

Tomorrow, a California legislative panel will vote on SB 131, a measure that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to expose child molesters in court.

Leading the charge against the measure: California’s Catholic bishops.

The highest ranking prelate in the state, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, claims that the bill

--“fails to protect all victims of childhood sexual abuse” (So if a bill doesn’t protect EVERYONE or fix EVERYTHING, it should be defeated?)
--“discriminates against Catholic schools” (Really? The bill doesn’t mention Catholic schools.)
--“discriminates against other private employers” (No, the bill focuses on private employers because that’s where history and common sense tell us abuse is more apt to be covered up. That’s not “discrimination,” that’s smart public policy.)
--“puts the Church’s social services and educational mission at risk” (Really? That’s what virtually every bishop says every time anyone proposes reforming the archaic, arbitrary, predator-friendly statute of limitations.)

Gomez isn’t the only Catholic official who’s wrong about this. The bishops’ lead public relations guy, Kevin Eckery, claims “Nobody who may have been abused in a public daycare will have any rights under this law whatsoever.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Newark Archbishop Myers – Kill the Messenger – Does He Need to Step Down? [POLL]

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

By Ray Rossi August 20, 2013

I take my salvation in my hands, according to Archbishop Myers of Newark, for suggesting that perhaps the sexual abuse that’s taken place by priests on his watch is a reflection of his ministry.

The tip of the iceberg goes back to the scandal of Rev. Michael Fugee, where the Archbishop took heat for his handling of the affair, or lack thereof.

Since then, his stewardship has been called into question again, this time over revelations that a priest in the Diocese of Peoria where the Archbishop served and with whom he was friendly, says warning signs of sexual abuse by said priest ‘got by me’!

According to this:

In late 1994 or early 1995, a woman told church officials Maloney had molested her when she was a child, documents show. Later in 1995, the woman’s sister wrote to the diocese on her behalf, again insisting action be taken against the priest.

Four years later, a couple wrote to the vicar general, second-in-command of the diocese, complaining Maloney had an explicit sexual conversation with their 13-year-old son during confession, the documents show.

But Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, then bishop of Peoria, says he missed it all.
In a deposition unsealed as part of a $1.35 million settlement with one of Maloney’s alleged victims, Myers said he had no inkling Maloney — a friend who vacationed with him and lavished him with gifts of jewelry, gold coins and cash — was a potential molester.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

ACTION ALERT: Committee votes on SB131 tomorrow!

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on August 20, 2013

**********************ACTION ALERT******************************

Want to take action TODAY to help victims and protect kids? Here’s how:

Tomorrow, Wednesday (8/21), the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee will consider a measure that makes it easier for child sex abuse victims to expose predators in court, keep kids safe right now and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Please take just a few minutes and contact the lawmakers below, urging them to vote YES on SB 131.

The San Jose Mercury News—as well as other papers across the state—have urged a yes vote. You can also read my previous posts about the bill here and here.

You CAN HELP! Please send an email TODAY. And please circulate this request to others you know understand the importance of shining the light of truth on child sexual abuse.

Here is the list of important legislators to contact. You can find their email address and phone numbers here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Fighting Back: Newark Abp. Myers Blasts False and Malicious Reporting In NJ Media About Old Abuse Case, We Uncover the Facts

NEW JERSEY
TheMediaReport

In an open letter last week to all of the priests of his archdiocese, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers responded to "false" and "deceitful" reporting that has characterized the recent frenzied media coverage of a case involving Myers' supervision of a now-dead priest decades ago in the 1990s in the Diocese of Peoria (Illinois) when he was a bishop there.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper – which has relentlessly attacked Archbishop Myers this year – has claimed that Myers did nothing after he received first-hand knowledge that a priest under his watch in Peoria was accused of abuse.

In truth, after a thorough examination of the matter by TheMediaReport.com, the facts are clear: Myers, while he was Bishop of Peoria, had absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of any sex abuse committed by the particular priest in question, and the Star-Ledger has uncritically trumpeted the unfounded claims of Jeff Anderson, the high-profile contingency lawyer who has an extensive history of disseminating misinformation and malice against the Church, and who has been at the center of a money-seeking lawsuit in this case.

Posted by Kat