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June 30, 2014

Why the challenge about Fr Michael Cleary is offensive

IRELAND
Irish Times

Dr Roisin O'Shea

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

On Sunday, June 15th, 2014, Fr Arthur O’Neill, parish priest of St Brigid’s Catholic parish, Cabinteely, Dublin, issued a challenge to 40 journalists including Fintan O’Toole to “prove” that Fr Michael Cleary had fathered two children with Phyllis Hamilton, including their son Ross. He issued this challenge by way of the official parish newsletter, thereby giving the impression that he was speaking on behalf of the church.

Before this public challenge I had never heard of Fr O’Neill. I never heard Michael Cleary speak of him, nor did I meet him or hear of him visiting the home where Michael, Phyllis and Ross lived on Leinster Road in Rathmines for many years.

I sent Ross a message on the day Fr O’Neill’s newsletter was published. I told him I wanted to respond in a short statement, and asked him to read it beforehand. Ross gave me the go-ahead and poignantly responded: “Thanks for standing up for me, it is heartening.”

Ludicrous and offensive

It is astonishing to me that Fr O’Neill has taken it on himself to challenge the parentage of Ross and his older brother, and he did so without contacting Ross, who is entitled after all these years to get on with his life without this kind of attempt to once again seek to deny who his father is. I will not stand quietly by and allow this man to bring more pain to Ross, who has had enough denial rained on him to last more than a lifetime. The challenge is even more ludicrous and offensive when the most cursory comparison between Ross and his father shows the startling likeness between them.

Michael Cleary was the brother of my aunt (who was married to my mother’s brother). The pure force of nature that was Michael would charge into our childhood periodically. He was wildly entertaining, irreverent, loud and opinionated, and through my child’s eyes seemed omnipotent. During my years in art college I thought at one stage I wanted to teach art, but quickly learned I didn’t have the patience for teaching during my first placement in Ballyfermot.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 PM

Des Moines Diocese places priest on leave after abuse allegation deemed credible

IOWA
TribTown

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: June 30, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — The bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has place a priest on indefinite administrative leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was credible.

The diocese says in a news release Monday that Bishop Richard Pate has placed the Rev. Howard Fitzgerald on leave while the matter is forwarded to the Vatican.

While on leave, Fitzgerald can't function publicly as a priest. Pate also has asked him to not wear clerical garb.

During the investigation, Pate had asked Fitzgerald to step aside from his responsibilities at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola, Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Marys and at Simpson College.

Pates says he's apologized to the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 PM

Archbishop rebukes priest who cast doubt on Cleary fatherhood

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fintan O'Toole

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has strongly dissociated himself from a parish priest who cast doubt on claims that Fr Michael Cleary had fathered children.

Fr Cleary, who was among the best-known priests in Ireland and a champion of orthodox church teaching on sexuality, died at the end of 1993.

In 1995 it was revealed he had a son, Ross, with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton, who subsequently revealed the couple had previously given another son up for adoption.

In his June newsletter for St Brigid’s parish in Cabinteely, Fr Arthur O’Neill described these revelations as “exasperating”, unproven and the result of “shoddy practice” by named journalists, whom he challenged to prove them. He suggested his former clerical colleague had suffered a serious injustice: “The burial of a person’s legacy deeper than their body just isn’t fair – if it’s based on a falsehood.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Abuse probe needs more time

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Volume 1
Volume 2

SHANE WRIGHT AND ANDREW PROBYN CANBERRA The West Australian
July 1, 2014

A royal commission has uncovered child sexual abuse of such a scale that it needs two more years to deliver justice for victims.

In its interim report, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse reveals allegations of abuse have been made against more than 1000 institutions, ranging from long-day childcare centres to religious orders.

It warns that without being able to report in December 2017, the stories of thousands of victims will go untold. The commission, launched by then prime minister Julia Gillard in 2012, has found that "institutions and adults have systematically failed to protect children".

Though its final recommendations may be some years away, the commission has expressed some support for a national agency to screen people who work with children as there are inconsistencies between the States.

But some jurisdictions have resisted such an agency, arguing it may not be achievable or appropriate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

UPDATE: Accusation of Inappropriate Conduct Made Against Local Pastor Surfaces More than 2 Decades Later

TEXAS
KIII

[with video]

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - We have new information on the story involving a local pastor accused of inappropriate conduct.

The church leader is currently being investigated by the Catholic Diocese.

Sunday, we have learned the alleged incident took place between 25 and 30 years ago. The accusation of inappropriate conduct was made against Monsignor Michael Heras, a well known church leader within the catholic community.

Monsignor Heras was most recently the Pastor at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Parish in Corpus Christi.

Prior to that, he was the long time Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

3 News has confirmed that Monsignor Heras is no longer in public ministry and is currently under supervision.

Information for the criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney's office according to church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

District attorney's office turns over information in accused pastor case

TEXAS
Caller-Times

Krista M. Torralva
4:26 PM, Jun 30, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Nueces County District Attorney's office has turned information related to the pastor who resigned last week to Corpus Christi Police for a possible investigation.

The office received a letter from the Diocese of Corpus Christi on Friday, District Attorney Mark Skurka said Monday.

Monsignor Michael Heras resigned as pastor of St. Peter Prince of the Apostle's Parish in Corpus Christi amid an investigation into inappropriate conduct, the Diocese said in a news release late Saturday.

When the diocese received an accusation of inappropriate conduct, Heras was immediately placed on leave, pending a complete investigation, and law enforcement was notified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Diocese of Corpus Christi Investigates Alleged Inappropriate Conduct of Local Church Leader

TEXAS
KIII

Statement from the Diocese of Corpus Christi:

The Diocese of Corpus Christi, and its Churches and Schools, continue to be committed to protecting children and young persons. Any accusation of inappropriate conduct, made against a church worker or employee of the Diocese is always taken seriously and fully investigated regardless of the age of the victim or the amount of time that has passed.

An accusation of inappropriate conduct on the part of Msgr. Michael Heras, Pastor of St. Peter Prince of the Apostle's Parish in Corpus Christi has been received by the Diocese. The alleged inappropriate conduct occurred years ago. In keeping with Diocesan policy, Msgr. Heras was immediately placed on leave, pending a complete investigation, and law enforcement was notified. Monsignor Heras has subsequently resigned as Pastor of St. Peter Prince of the Apostle's Parish.

Prayers are requested for all concerned together with an appeal for the fair treatment and protection of the good name of all parties. As this is an ongoing investigation there will be no further comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM

Local Priest Resigns Amid Inapropriate Behavior Allegations

TEXAS
KRIS

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local pastor is placed on leave, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct against a church worker or employee.

Monsignor Michael Heras has been serving in the Corpus Christi area since 1993, making him a very well-known figure throughout the community.

He was appointed as pastor at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Parish in Corpus Christi just last July.

Before, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help also in Corpus Christi. He was in Gregory before that for about 8 years, and has been ordained for nearly thirty.

We received a statement from the Diocese of Corpus Christi about the Monsignors' resignation:

"The Diocese of Corpus Christi, and its Churches and Schools, continue to be committed to protecting children and young persons. Any accusation of inappropriate conduct, made against a church worker or employee of the Diocese is always taken seriously and fully investigated regardless of the age of the victim or the amount of time that has passed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

CCPD Asked to Investigate Alleged Misconduct by Local Pastor

TEXAS
KIII

[with video]

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - The Nueces County District Attorney has asked the Corpus Christi Police Department to conduct a formal investigation against a priest in the Corpus Christi Diocese who has been accused of inappropriate conduct.

Pastor Monsignor Michael Heras of St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Parish in Corpus Christi resigned from being pastor of that church after being removed from public ministry while the Diocese continues its investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM

The results are in...

UNITED STATES
Questions from a Ewe

Remember that brief 39 essay question survey the Vatican issued a few months back? You know… the one soliciting opinions about the church’s teachings on human sexuality and marriage to act as input to this October’s Synod on the Family. Well, the Vatican has compiled and released its preliminary findings from the survey in a document called an instrumentum laboris. Literally translated from Latin as…and we know the Vatican is all about literal Latin translations… granting us, O Lord, we pray, to hear about impoverished Jesus having an oblation in a gallant chalice held by his holy and venerable hands on a regular basis… But, I digress. Literally translated, instrumentum laboris means “instrument of labor”, basically a tool.

If you don’t want me to spoil your pleasure reading the 85 page report yourself, then stop reading now. However, if you don’t want to invest numerous irretrievable hours of your life reading a report that could have been written without surveying a single person, you might prefer reading this summary instead.

When it was first issued, I wrote this about the survey in a November 2, 2013 blog article, “…do not place too much hope that the Vatican seeking your opinion means the Vatican will actually heed your advice. It might again just inspire the Vatican to write another really long document in Latin explaining why you are wrong.”

It turns out that statement was prescient other than the Vatican crowd did disappoint by writing the original report in Italian rather than Latin. Don’t despair. We can still hope that some dreadfully long academic admonition in Latin emerges from the Synod itself.

To be fair, amidst the 85 pages of “We are right so how do we get these stubborn, misguided idiots to follow us…”, there were 2 entire sentences acknowledging the hierarchy’s lack of credibility as a moral authority since its culture enables criminal sexual abuse of children (paragraph 75). And there was a half sentence which came dangerously close to acknowledging cultural sexism, “In some places characterized by a somewhat sexist cultural tradition, there exists a certain lack of respect towards women…” (paragraph 55)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Priest Who Led Legion Of Christ Through Abuse Turmoil, Father Alvaro Corcuera, Dies At 56

VATICAN CITY
Fox News Latino

VATICAN CITY – Father Alvaro Corcuera, who led the Legion of Christ religious order through the turmoil surrounding revelations that its founder was a pedophile and fraud, has died. He was 56.

The Legion said Corcuera, who stepped down as superior in 2012 because of a brain tumor, died Monday afternoon in Mexico City.

Corcuera took over as superior in 2005, a year after the Vatican opened a secret sex abuse investigation into the Legion's founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. Even though the Vatican found Maciel guilty in 2006 and Legion officials opened their own internal investigation, Corcuera and the rest of the Legion leadership continued to publicly defend him as a saint until admitting to his double life in 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

IA- Priest suspended; victims respond

IOWA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Des Moines' Catholic bishop is being far too secretive and lax about the credibly accused child molesting cleric that he has suspended.

[Des Moines Register]

For the safety of kids, Bishop Richard Pates should disclose where Fr. Howard Fitzgerald, is now. He should disclose when Catholic officials first received allegations of child sexual abuse against Fr. Fitzgerald. He should put Fr. Fitzgerald into a remote, secure treatment center so he'll be kept away from kids. And he should personally visit every parish where Fr. Fitzgerald worked, begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police, so that Fr. Fitzgerald might be criminally charged, convicted and be kept away from kids even longer.

In short, Pates is not saying or doing enough about Fr. Fitzgerald. Pates has pledged to be “open” about clergy sex abuse cases. He should honor that pledge right now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Fallece en México el P. Álvaro Corcuera, exdirector de los Legionarios de Cristo

MEXICO
aciprensa

MÉXICO DF , 30 Jun. 14 / 02:31 pm (ACI/EWTN Noticias).- El P. Álvaro Corcuera, que fuera director general del Regnum Christi y de los Legionarios de Cristo de 2005 hasta 2014, falleció este lunes 30 de junio en Ciudad de México (México) luego de una larga lucha contra el cáncer.

“El Movimiento Regnum Christi y los Legionarios de Cristo agradecemos al Señor por la vida del P. Álvaro Corcuera, religioso y sacerdote de Jesucristo, y lo confiamos a la misericordia del Señor que ha querido que donde Él esté, estén también sus servidores. Acompañamos a sus hermanos y familiares con nuestras oraciones para que la victoria de Cristo sobre la muerte les llene de consuelo. ¡Descanse en paz!”, expresó el movimiento en su sitio web.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

May He Rest in Peace

MEXICO
Legionairies of Christ

Fr. Álvaro Corcuera LC passes away in Mexico

Mexico City, June 30, 2014 -Today in Mexico City, Fr. Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C. departed for the Father’s house after a long battle with cancer. Fr. Álvaro served as General Director of Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ from 2005 until 2014.

His final resting place will be in the French Cemetery in San Joaquín, Mexico City.

The Regnum Christi Movement and the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ give thanks to the Lord for Fr. Álvaro’s life as a religious and priest of Jesus Cristo. We entrust him to the Lord’s mercy and pray that “where he is, there also may his servant be.” (John 14:23) We wish to accompany his family and relatives with our prayers. May Christ’s victory over death fill them with consolation. May he rest in peace!

The Legion of Christ has opened an online book of condolences at: http://legionariesofchrist.org/inmemoryofFrAlvaro/

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Priest Who Oversaw Legion in Wake of Father Maciel Dies of Cancer

MEXICO
Aleteia

John Burger

The Legion of Christ has announced that the priest who took over as head of the order after disgraced founder Father Marcial Maciel stepped down has died.

"Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C. departed for the Father’s house after a long battle with cancer," said a statement issued by the Legion just an hour after Father Corcuera's death.

Father Corcuera, who was 56, served as General Director of Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ from 2005 until 2014. Father Eduardo Robles-Gil, who was elected general director at the order's general chapter in Rome this year, wrote in a letter to members of Regnum Christi: "I invite everyone to offer Masses and prayers to commend his soul to God and thank God for the life of this father, brother and friend who has been our General Director during the nine most difficult years in our history.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Living in the Church vs. Living in a Cult

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

There's a strange phenomenon that's been at work within the Church for the past sixty years or so.

A number of groups have sprung up within the Catholic Church that have become more or less full-blown cults. These groups present themselves as Catholic, but they share several of the following characteristics with cults ...

* An "us vs. them" mentality
* The attempt to control every aspect of the lives of their members
* Secrecy - not being open about who they are or what their intentions are
* Recruitment of new members is done thorough "love bombing" and false friendships
* Members are isolated - cut off from their families and from society at large
* An emphasis on sex - either sexual purity or sexual license - which becomes almost obsessive
* Members are abused either psychologically, physically or sexually
* The founder is adored, and his sins or flaws are hidden or excused away
* Totalitarian techniques are used: history is rewritten, dissidents are shamed, expelled and stripped of their dignity and humanity, and brainwashing is practiced
* A spirit of sadism and masochism can begin to flourish
* Esotericism - the full truth of the aims of the cult is revealed only to a select few who have become sensitive and keen enough to appreciate the secret, after a long process of initiation; the true aims of the cult are hidden from the public and from new members
*A narrow and bizarre doctrine is taught and sick and perverse discipline is followed

Many Catholic sub-groups like this make a lot of money and cultivate a large following of powerful people.

The response by bishops and the Vatican to the formation of cults withing the Church? Typically they sit on their thumbs, or else praise the cult leaders, until, like the founder of the Legionaries, the founders are demonstrated to be wolves in sheep's clothing, or worse.

***

My question is this.

Is there a tendency within the "devout" demographic of the Church toward seeing the divinely constituted Body of Christ itself as being nothing more than a narrow, sick cult?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Cults and the Demonic

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

Last week I wrote about the difference between Living in the Church and Living in a Cult.

Here's an article at The Atlantic that describes the effects of Living in a Cult within the Church. In this case, it's within the Protestant segment of the Church, but note the similarities to the Catholic cults within the Church.

As in the Catholic Church, the International House of Prayer case shows that those (the school's counselors and administrators) who could have stepped in to intervene, or who could have been more helpful to the victims once the cult was fully exposed for what it actually was, appear to have been less than diligent. The same is true for authority figures in the Catholic Church, who for years knew about the damage being done by cult leader Marcial Maciel (founder of the Legionaries of Christ), but at best did nothing to restrain him, and at worst actively protected him.

After all, if bishops enabled (and still sometimes enable) the sexual abuse of children on their watch, they'll enable cults.

***

I think it's important to note this about cults. They are not neutral things. They are not merely means of seeking a close group of like-minded friends and somehow worshiping with them. In my last piece on cults, I focused on the unrealistic element of hyper-control that most cult members are seeking in their lives, and this is bad enough, but what's really happening in cults goes far beyond this hyper-control and the insularity that comes with it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

MO- Predatory ex-minister is “outed” in historic “first,” SNAP responds

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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

For perhaps the first time ever, a local Protestant church body is exposing an ex-minister as a credibly accused child molester, even though there are no criminal charges, no civil lawsuit and no admission by the alleged predator. SNAP is applauding the move. We also applaud the brave victim who helped us prod church officials to do this.

Today, Presbyterian officials sent out a news release (below) announcing that child sex abuse allegations against Michael Walker Jackson, who was a minister in Presbyterian churches in this area and in Georgia, are “credible.” Until today, perhaps a dozen or two dozen people knew this. Now, because Presbyterian officials are acting with compassion and courage, hopefully thousands will know to keep their kids away fromJackson. We hope that hundreds of parents – in Missouri and Georgia – will ask their kids if Jackson may have hurt them.

We applaud the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. They could and should have done this sooner. But kids are now safer. We hope their colleagues in Georgia take this simple, prudent step too. Child molesters thrive on secrecy. And their employers, past or current, owe it to parents, the public and their staffs to disclose the truth about child molesters every time they can.

We hope that other denominations follow the Presbyterians' lead. The safety of kids trumps the comfort of adults. It's ok to worry about being sued for “outing” a child molester. But responsible leaders won't let that fear prevent them from something even more troubling: being part of the secrecy that predators want, need and use to hurt more children.

We in SNAP met with a Presbyterian committee about a year ago and begged them to tell the public that the accusations against Jackson are credible. Again, we are relieved that they have done this. We believe Jackson's victim or victims will also be relieved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Des Moines Catholic Diocese Bishop suspends priest over abuse allegation

IOWA
Radio Iowa

June 30, 2014 By Dar Danielson

The Bishop of the Des Moines Catholic Diocese has placed a priest on indefinite administrative leave over an allegation of sexual abuse. The Diocese released a statement that Bishop Richard Pates has placed Father Howard Fitzgerald on leave after a review committee determined an allegation of sexual abuse against a minor from decades ago is credible.

The statement says Fitzgerald cannot function as a priest during the leave and the matter is being forwarded to the Vatican. Fitzgerald has responsibilities at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola, Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Marys and at Simpson College. The statement from Pates says the victim has asked to remain anonymous, and no other details of the alleged abuse have been released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Bishop acts on abuse allegation

DES MOINES (IA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

June 30, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Priest on indefinite leave during process

Bishop Richard Pates has placed Father Howard Fitzgerald on indefinite administrative leave following a determination by the diocesan Allegation Review Committee that an allegation of a decades-old incident of sexual abuse of a minor is credible.

While on administrative leave, Father Fitzgerald cannot function publicly as a priest. Bishop Pates has asked him to refrain from wearing the clerical garb.

The matter is being forwarded to the Vatican.

Bishop Pates has apologized to the victim, who asked for anonymity. The diocese will honor the request.

“It is a top priority that we address all credible allegations of sexual abuse in the manner outlined by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. In addition, the diocese continues to do all it can to ensure we create a safe environment for children and all vulnerable individuals in our churches and schools,” said Bishop Pates.

After learning of the allegation, the victim was provided the services of the Victim Assistance Advocate of the Diocese of Des Moines. Local law enforcement where the alleged abuse occurred and the Allegation Review Committee were informed.

The matter was studied by the Allegation Review Committee, which has among its members a judge, a licensed clinical social worker, a police detective, an attorney, a priest and a permanent deacon. During the committee’s investigation, Bishop Pates had asked Father Fitzgerald to step aside from his parish responsibilities at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola and Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Marys and at Simpson College.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Iowa priest on administrative leave after sex abuse allegation

IOWA
Des Moines Register

Sharyn Jackson, sjackson@dmreg.com
June 30, 2014

The Diocese of Des Moines has placed an Iowa priest on indefinite administrative leave after determining that a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor is "credible," according to a news release issued today from the diocese.

Father Howard Fitzgerald, the priest at Simpson College, St Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola and Immaculate Conception Church in St. Marys, can no longer function publicly as a priest and has been asked to stop wearing clerical garb, the release says.

The case has been forwarded to the Vatican.

No details were given about the sexual abuse incident. Bishop Richard Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines apologized to the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. The victim has received services from the diocesan Victim Assistance Advocate, Sherry Knox. Local law enforcement has been informed of the incident, the release says.

"It is a top priority that we address all credible allegations of sexual abuse in the manner outlined by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. In addition, the diocese continues to do all it can to ensure we create a safe environment for children and all vulnerable individuals in our churches and schools," Pates said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Child abuse commission needs more time, money

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

THE federal government is being urged to give the royal commission into child sex abuse more time and money to finish its job or risk squandering the opportunity and insulting the victims.

The commission tabled a report yesterday, saying it needs another $104million and an extra two years to do its job and reach more vulnerable groups.

Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan says the inquiry must be given the time and resources it wants.

‘‘To not finish the job properly and completely would be an insult to all the victims of abuse and one of the greatest lost opportunities of our generation,’’ he said. ...

THE scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions could be far wider than expected and the potential for it to happen still exists.

The child sex abuse royal commission also says in its interim report, released yesterday, that it will need to extend its final reporting date by two years to December 2017 to finish its job.

The time extension will allow it to hear from survivors who have never disclosed their abuse to anyone.

The interim report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse comes midway through the time originally set for the final report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Australians to investigate rabbis over abuse cover-up allegations

AUSTRALIA
Jerusalem Post

By SAM SOKOL
06/30/2014

Testimony showws that senior rabbinic figures in Chabad hassidic community knew of allegations of sexual abuse against children and did not report them.

Australian police are currently investigating several rabbis for allegedly covering up sexual abuse in community yeshivot, according to local media outlet The Age. The newspaper reported that it had obtained recordings and testimony used in prosecuting Australian-American Daniel “Gug” Hayman earlier this month that indicated that senior rabbinic figures in the Chabad hassidic community in the Sydney area knew of allegations of sexual abuse against children and did not report them to the relevant authorities.

Hayman, who lives in Los Angeles, was given a 19-month suspended sentence. He had pleaded guilty in May to indecently assaulting the 14-year-old in the woods at Camp Gan Israel, where Hayman was a volunteer.

Testimony during Hayman’s trial revealed that during the late 1980s several children had told Rabbi Boruch Lesches, then a senior figure at the Bondi Yeshiva Center, of Hayman’s actions. Lesches is currently a Rabbi in Monsey, New York.

Rabbi Pinchas Feldman, dean of the yeshiva, “just told me it shouldn’t happen and I should take steps to avoid it. It was a once-off conversation in his office,” Hayman said in tape of a telephone call with a victim obtained by The Age in which he stated that he had told both Lesches and Feldman of his actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Army bishop faces charge of historic child abuse

AUSTRALIA
New Zealand Herald

By Greg Ansley

Tuesday Jul 1, 2014

The widening web of allegations that followed the establishment of Australia's royal commission into the handling of child sex abuse has entangled the Defence Force's Catholic bishop.

Bishop Max Davis, who holds a military status equivalent to a major-general, has been charged with a child sex offence allegedly committed more than 40 years ago, when he was a teacher at a Benedictine school in Western Australia.

The most senior cleric yet to be charged with such an offence, Bishop Davis "emphatically denies" the allegation but has stepped down from his post until the case has been decided.

Although not emerging from the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuses, the claims against Bishop Davis join a huge number of allegations reported to authorities that has mushroomed since the commission was set up by the former Labor Government in December 2012.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told the commission that the Catholic Church had been hit by a "tsunami" of allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Vatican considers: How hard do bishops have to listen?

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 30, 2014

As the world's Catholic bishops prepare for an October global meeting at the Vatican on family life issues, they face one central and disputed question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?

Listen too closely to laypeople, some say, and you run the risk of turning church teaching into a sort of popularity contest.

Ignore their experiences, others say, and you flirt with alienation from the faith as known by Catholics worldwide -- particularly for bishops who prefer not to talk about sometimes controversial subjects like divorce and remarriage or use of birth control.

The church tries to solve that dilemma with the sensus fidei, a notion expressed particularly during the Second Vatican Council that Catholic believers have an innate ability to identify what the faith is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Catholic U. student recounts her struggles ...

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

Catholic U. student recounts her struggles after reporting a sex assault

BY NICK ANDERSON June 29

Erin Cavalier downed a couple of glasses of wine and a­ few shots of tequila, grabbed a water bottle filled with vodka and Sprite, and headed out from her dormitory to celebrate the end of her first semester at the Catholic University of America.

After polishing off the mixed drink, the 18-year-old from Northern California started drinking beer at a party. After midnight, in what she describes as a stupor, she asked if someone could help her walk to her room on the campus in Northeast Washington. A male student she considered an acquaintance volunteered. She says she blacked out.

Back in her room, Cavalier recalled, she regained awareness. The man was on top of her, she said, raping her. Cavalier said she was too drunk to agree to sex. “I never consented,” she said.

The man saw it differently, telling investigators that Cavalier was a willing participant in a sexual encounter after he walked her home and she signed him into her dorm. The man was never charged with a crime, and an initial D.C. police report said evidence indicated there was mutual consent. But that was not nearly the end of it.

What happened that night in December 2012 set off a chain of events that a year and a half later pushed the Vatican’s university in America into a fierce national debate over how colleges respond to allegations of sexual assault. In growing numbers, students such as Cavalier are stepping forward to force public scrutiny of an issue that has quietly affected colleges for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

THE AIF SIGNS INFORMATION SHARING AGREEMENT WITH THE USA OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 30 June 2014 (VIS) – The Autorità Informazione Finanziaria (AIF), the Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State, has signed an agreement to exchange information with the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

This Information Sharing Exchange of Letters is the first bilateral agreement of AIF in its role as Financial Supervisor and Regulator within the Holy See and Vatican City State. It represents a significant strengthening of international cooperation between the Holy See and the United States of America.

“This is a further step in Holy See’s efforts towards perfecting a system of financial regulation and part of our commitment to transparency and international cooperation,” said Rene Bruelhart, the Director of AIF. “The Holy See is part of the global family of well-regulated jurisdictions and the signing of this agreement reflects that very clearly.”

The agreement with the OCC follows the passing of the new law regarding financial activities in the Holy See, Law XVIII, in October 2013 and the enactment of AIF’s new statute in November 2013, which introduced a new supervisory function as part of AIF’s mandate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Vatican Financial Regulator Signs Information-Sharing Deal With U.S.

VATICAN CITY
Wall Street Journal

By LIAM MOLONEY
June 30, 2014

ROME—The Holy See's financial supervisor and regulator said it signed an information-sharing agreement with the U.S. regulator overseeing national banks, as the Vatican continues efforts to boost transparency and international cooperation.

The Financial Information Authority, or AIF, said the accord with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, represents a significant strengthening of cooperation between the Holy See and the U.S.

"This is a further step in the Holy See's efforts toward perfecting a system of financial regulation," said René Brülhart, the director of the AIF, said in a statement.

"The Holy See is part of a global family of well-regulated jurisdictions and the signing of this agreement reflects that very clearly," added Mr. Brülhart, a Swiss national, who has been in charge of the AIF since November 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

NY- Predator priest is sued, SNAP responds

NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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 deceased New York priest is being sued for child sexual abuse. We are grateful to this brave woman for standing up for justice and accountability.

[New York Post]

Fr. Jamie Duenas plead guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl before he died. During his guilty plea he blamed the victim for wearing “short skirts.” Blaming the victim for the egregious actions of an adult is unacceptable. The Archdiocese of New York should have immediately condemned him and reached out to victims.

We urge Cardinal Timothy Dolan to visit every parish Fr. Duenas worked and beg witnesses, whistleblowers, and victims to come forward, report to police and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Marist boss unaware of abuse complaints

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 30, 2014

Annette Blackwell

The Marist Brothers had received at least 48 complaints of abuse by a brother before he was jailed, an inquiry has been told.

Some of them dated back to the 1950s, but the man who held the order's top job in the late 1980s, and was in charge of the office dealing with abuse victims until 2012, has told the inquiry he didn't know John Chute, also known as Brother Kosta, had a history of complaints against him until 1993.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing to investigate the order's handling of allegations against two brothers, Chute and Gregory Sutton. Both have been jailed for multiple offences against children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Complaints about Marist brother Kostka Chute allege 31 years of abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JULY 01, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

A CATHOLIC brother allegedly abused at least 48 children at six ­schools over 31 years before being jailed for his crimes, a royal commission has heard.

At one of the schools, Marist College Canberra, two other members of the religious order and one lay teacher also allegedly abused children.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the Marist Brothers’ handling of child sexual assault allegedly committed by two of the order, Brother Kostka Chute and former brother Gregory Sutton.

Documents presented to the inquiry show the order received complaints from 48 children ­allegedly abused by Chute bet­ween 1959 and 1990 while Sutton allegedly abused at least 21 children over 16 years at several different schools.

The former head of the order, Brother Alexis Turton, told the commission he first heard of complaints against Chute in 1993, although other evidence suggests that the church may have been warned decades before.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

St. Louis Archdiocese Condemns Gay Marriage, Lectures Everyone But Catholic Church on Sex

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Riverfront Times

By Ray Downs Mon., Jun. 30 2014

The pillars of morality at the St. Louis Archdiocese are not pleased with all this gay-marriage stuff happening in the city.

One day after Mayor Francis Slay granted marriage licenses to four gay couples, the archdiocese released a statement expressing its disappointment over two things church leaders are not exactly famous for knowing much about: getting married and same-sex relationships that consist of consenting adults.

"It is disheartening to see our wonderful city, named after the great Catholic civil leader St. King Louis IX, so eagerly cast aside the laws of our state and disregard the laws of nature," the statement says. "The fact is, the union of two men or the union of two women is not the same as the union of a woman and a man."

That's pretty standard language from a Christian organization condemning gay rights, but the statement gets a little weirder:

"Loving a person does not mean accepting all their behaviors. The Church does not condemn individuals for having same-sex attraction. Persons who struggle with same-sex attraction must be loved with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. At the same time, the Catholic faith teaches that all people are called to responsibility regarding sexuality -- whether they are homosexual or heterosexual, priest or lay person. Part of that responsibility means understanding that sex is to be reserved for marriage, and that marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind of union from which children can come."

Maybe this reporter is reading too much into the statement, but are these words really a subtle explanation for Archbishop Robert Carlson's recent controversy over his statements about "not remembering" when he learned pedophilia was a crime when he was involved in the cover-up of a priest who admitted to molesting children in Minnesota back in the '80s?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Police seized 1,555 child porn images ...

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Police seized 1,555 child porn images at Father Stanislaus John Hogan’s St Ignatius residence, court told

A SENIOR priest at a prominent Catholic school was caught with more than a thousand perverse images of children and teenagers, some in the worst category known to authorities, a court has heard.
In March, Father Stanislaus John Hogan, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography.

In sentencing submissions today, the District Court heard police had seized a collection of videos, images and magazines of children aged between three months and 16 years in his bedroom at Saint Ignatius College at Athelstone in 2012.

However, The Advertiser has subsequently learned prosecutors mis-spoke, and that the youngest children depicted were three years of age.

The court heard about 70 per cent of the 1555 images and videos were of teenage boys but Hogan also had five images and two videos classified as category 5 — which is saved for the worst type of child exploitation material.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Catholic priest, 69, faces jail after police found 1,555 child pornography images ...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

Catholic priest, 69, faces jail after police found 1,555 child pornography images in his bedroom at college where he worked

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS and FREYA NOBLE

A Catholic priest who had over a thousand child pornography images in the bedroom at the college he worked at struggled to reconcile his sexuality with his Jesuit beliefs, an Adelaide court has heard.

In Father Stanislaus Hogan's locked room at St Ignatius College in Adelaide, police discovered 1,555 images and police also located magazines and videos bought legally in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Sophie David, for Father Stanislaus Hogan, said the 69-year-old had done a lot of good in his life but had now lost his teaching career and his good reputation had been 'indelibly stained'.

'He has also made clear his intention to apply to be released from his vows on August 14,' she said on Monday at Hogan's sentencing hearing in the Adelaide District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Royal Commission into child abuse needs more time

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

The scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions could be far wider than expected and the potential for it to happen still exists.

The child sex abuse royal commission also says in its interim report released on Monday that it will need to extend its final reporting date by two years to December 2017 to finish its job.

The two year extension will cost $104 million.

"If the royal commission is not extended we will not be able to hold a private session for any person who contacts us after September this year," the report said.

"This will mean we will not be able to meet the demand generated by our national public awareness campaign."

The extension will allow for an additional 3000 private sessions, bringing the commission's total to 7000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Inquiry finds abuse takes years to uncover

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward - and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.

In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.

It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.

'Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue,' the commission found.

'We understand that although many people have come forward to the Royal Commission, it is likely that they represent only a minority of those abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Royal commission into child sex abuse releases interim report, calls for extension and more funds

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse has handed down its interim report, but says it has not yet compiled enough information to make any recommendations.

It is calling for an additional two years and $104 million in extra funding to complete the 70 public hearings they have identified as "essential".

So far, only 13 of the hearings have been held. The commission has also conducted thousands of private sessions with individuals, but it says there are around 3,000 more on a waiting list.

The interim report says that despite legal obligations to report child abuse, it remains significantly under-reported in Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Children can help battle abuse, report says

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Children can help design institutions that are safe for them, a royal commission says.

The Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse says Children have knowledge and experience different to adults and can make a unique contribution to developing safe institutions.

As part of its interim report released on Monday, the commission says it has ordered research into the views of children about their safety from sexual abuse in institutions.

'In considering prevention, it is important that institutions do not overly rely on any one practice, including child focused programs,' the commission said.

'Rather, they need to holistically address the risk of child sexual abuse with a range of approaches.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Jimmy Savile admitted getting knighthood...

UNITED KINGDOM
The Independent

Jimmy Savile admitted getting knighthood was 'a relief because it got me off the hook'

In the light of details about sexual abuse and macabre acts that emerged from an inquiry into Jimmy Savile last week, this compelling and disquieting interview by the celebrated journalist Lynn Barber takes on new meaning. We run it in full for the first time since it was published in 1990 in The Independent on Sunday

LYNN BARBER Sunday 29 June 2014

Sir James Savile is absolutely knocked out, over the moon, tickled pink, and thrilled to bits with his knighthood, and still reeling from the excitement of it all. Ooh, but it has played merry hell with his diary. “The Queen deciding to give me this tremendous responsibility – I mean, you go to bed one minute without a care in the world and you wake up the next morning with this gi-normous responsibility come through the letterbox.

Do you want to see the gear?” he asks, burrowing under the put-u-up to find his briefcase (we are in his London flat) from which he produces a transparent plastic folder. “Read it all,” he urges. “Go on. Have a little dwell on that. That folder encapsulates it all.”

The folder encloses the letter from the Prime Minister offering him a knighthood, the envelope it came in, some bumf about keeping it secret till the proper date and then – proudest of all – telegrams from Charles and Diana, from Prince Philip, a handwritten letter from Angus Ogilvy and a very sweet homemade card with a stuck-on snapshot of Princess Bea, from the Duchess of York. He is almost bursting with pride as he shows them off.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Girls targeted from nine, boys from ten ...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

Girls targeted from nine, boys from ten and it takes 22 YEARS for survivors to come forward: Chilling statistics of child sex abuse revealed in Royal Commission report

Volume 1
Volume 2

By SARAH DEAN and AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward and many Australians who have been abused still haven’t spoken out, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.

In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said on average female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started and that it takes men longer than women to disclose their abuse.

The commission, which began its inquiry into institutional abuse on 13 January 2013, said its analysis also showed 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.

'We understand that although many people have come forward to the Royal Commission, it is likely that they represent only a minority of those abused,’ the commission said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Royal Commission has so many cases...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

Royal Commission has so many cases to hear it must sit for three years

JANET FIFE-YEOMANS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JULY 01, 2014

One in four abusers are members of the clergy or religious order
Justice McClellan asks to extend its deadline to the end of 2017

THE child sex abuse royal commission needs another two years and $104 million to do its job, Commissioner Peter McClennan has said in the first of its long-awaited reports.

There have been more than 1000 individual institutions reported to the commission, with more than one in four child abusers being members of the clergy or religious orders.

The Catholic church was the worst culprit, with 68 per cent of abuse claims out of all the religious instutitions reported.

The commission estimated a shocking one in three girls and one in seven boys in Australia will be victims of some form of child sexual abuse in their lifetime.

Max Davis, Australian Catholic Bishop, Charged With Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy In 1969

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Suman Varandani@suman09
on June 30 2014

Bishop Max Davis, a senior member of Australia’s Catholic Church, has stepped down from his position after being charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 1969.

Davis, who is believed to be Australia’s first bishop to be charged with sexually abusing a teenager, was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth, when the alleged incident took place, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia reportedly said, in a statement. According to reports, Davis faces three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 14.

"At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended," the Ordinariate, which is the Catholic Diocese of the country’s defense force, said in the statement.

The statement also reportedly said that Davis will not be allowed to continue in his role as a member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services until the court has made its ruling. Davis reportedly holds a military rank that is equivalent to a two-star officer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Corrections and clarifications

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A story in the Local section Sunday about retired Milwaukee Archbishop incorrectly stated that former priest David Hanser is deceased. In addition, the story said the Catholic Church sees gay and lesbian people as "intrinsically disordered." The Vatican has stated that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and same-sex attraction is "objectively disordered."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Anglican church has 'weak' national office

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

June 30, 2014

The outgoing head of the Anglican Church in Australia says a lack of central authority in the church has affected its efforts to deal with child sexual abuse.

Addressing the church's national parliament in Adelaide on Monday, Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse had expressed surprise and concern at the dispersed power structure within the church.

Dr Aspinall, the Anglican church primate, said the church had taken a number of steps to improve child safety and respond to allegations of abuse over the past decade but acknowledged more work was needed.

However he said the "very weak" nature of the national offices within the Anglican church represented a serious challenge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Priest hit with lawsuit after his death for fondling teenager

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Kirstan Conley

A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to molesting a Bronx teenage girl is being sued by his victim — even though the cleric has died.

Father Jaime Duenas was 87 when he was charged in 2011 with fondling the 16-year-old. He pleaded guilty to the charges and had the case sealed — but not before blaming the victim for his lewd behavior when he pointed out to investigators that “she wore short skirts.”

Now, he is named in a lawsuit seeking restitution.

“My client comes from a very religious family and she lost her faith because of what he did,” lawyer Michael Dowd said after filing the civil suit in the Bronx last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Sexual abuse victim Jennifer Herrick fights Catholic Church's use of the 'Ellis defence'

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ABC

BY THE NATIONAL REPORTING TEAM'S LORNA KNOWLES
June 30, 2014

A disabled woman who was sexually abused by her priest has spoken out against the Catholic Church for relying on the so-called "Ellis defence" to fight her legal claim.

Jennifer Herrick says the church is still using the controversial legal precedent to block victim's claims, despite Cardinal George Pell telling the child abuse royal commission that victims should be able to sue the church.

Ms Herrick was a shy 19-year-old with a severe physical disability when her local priest, Father Tom Knowles, struck up a friendship with her.

"He made me feel normal, he made me feel like my walk didn't matter," she said.

Ms Herrick says when she was 22, Father Knowles initiated sex with her. It was sudden and painful and she felt powerless to stop him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Bishop to face court on sex assault charge

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

[with video]

The Catholic bishop accused of child sex offences at a college northeast of Perth 45 years ago will face court next month.

Bishop Max Davis, the head of the Catholic Church's military diocese, was on Friday charged by West Australian police with three counts of indecent treatment of children under 14.

Police allege Bishop Davis indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy while he was a teacher at St Benedict's College in New Norcia in 1969.

Bishop Davis, 68, who lives in the ACT, is due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on July 25.

It's understood he is the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian church official charged with a child sex offence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Royal commission into child sexual abuse: John Kostka Chute remains a Catholic Brother despite abuse conviction

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Ben Worsley

A Marist Brother who was sentenced to six years' jail for abusing boys and girls is still a Brother in the Catholic order, a royal commission has heard.

John Kostka Chute was convicted in 2009 of 19 sex offences involving six children, most involving his time teaching at Marist College in Canberra.

The former head of the Marist order, Alexis Turton, is on the stand at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a third day.

Peter O'Brien, the lawyer for one of Chute's victims, asked Brother Turton about Chute's current status within the order.
Mr O'Brien: "Kostka Chute is still a Brother with the Marist order?"
Brother Turton: "Yes."
Mr O'Brien: "Having spent six years of a term of imprisonment for molesting children under his care, he's still a Brother in the Marist Brother order?"
Brother Turton: "Yes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas E. O'Rourke, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Thomas E. O'Rourke was a Jesuit of the California Province, ordained in 1943. He ministered in San Francisco and Los Angeles CA, as well as in Phoenix, AZ where he was a staff member at Brophy Prep. from 1975 until his death in 1993. O'Rourke was accused at some point of sexually abusing a minor in 1968 in Los Angeles, while he was assigned to Loyola High School.

Ordained: 1943
Died: Jan. 1, 1993

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Exposing the pain of mother-and-baby homes

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

WHEN well-known scandals, like that of the mother-and-baby homes or the Magdalene Laundries, finally hit the public consciousness — we often hear a common refrain: "Oh it was a different time."

Journalists and commentators get accused of imposing the morality and ethics of 21st century Ireland on an Ireland which bears no comparison.

As a result, we hear that the religious orders and nuns who ran these homes and institutions “did their best” operating within a very different set of moral boundaries. In short, people thought differently and the treatment of unmarried mothers and their children was an acceptable, if unfortunate, aspect of that society

However, a recent discovery made by the grandson of Dr Halliday Sutherland paints a picture of an Irish clergy deeply suspicious of anyone asking questions of how Magdalene Laundries and mother-and-baby homes operated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Perth hearing told of years of abuse

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

The two-week Perth inquiry investigated the responses of the Christian Brothers and West Australian state authorities to abuse allegations at Christian Brothers-run schools and orphanages in Bindoon, Castledare, Clontarf and Tardun.

Among the most shocking evidence presented at the hearings, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told boys were subjected to torture, rape and beatings by Christian Brothers at the four childcare institutions between 1947 and 1968.
And they were abused with impunity, the commission was told.

Survivors of abuse were hamstrung at every turn, with children as young as ten, many of whom were child migrants, being beaten by Christian Brother superiors if they told of the abuse.

The survivors told of how statute of limitation laws in WA, as well as double jeopardy laws, prevented men from coming forward to identify a Christian Brother later convicted of abusing five boys in his care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Silence condemned Qld girls to abuse

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

Thirteen young Catholic girls were raped and molested by their teacher in Queensland because five adults stayed silent to protect the church.

That was the damning case presented to the royal commission into child sex abuse when it came to Brisbane to look at how a teacher was allowed to keep working at a Toowoomba school for more than a year after abuse claims surfaced against him.

The commission was told the school's principal, assistant principal, a student protection officer, and two Catholic education officers first learned of the abuse claims against Gerry Byrnes in September 2007.
But not one of them ever told police or parents.

It wasn't until Byrnes was arrested in November 2008 that the church began investigating his 37-year teaching career at seven schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Paedophile Brother Kostka remains a Marist brother

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 30, 2014

A man jailed for six years for abusing children is still a member of the Marist Brothers, a hearing in Sydney has been told.

Brother Alexis Turton, the former head of the order in Australia and head of their professional standards office until 2012, said that John Chute, known as Brother Kostka, was still a member, at Monday's hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Peter O'Brien, the solicitor representing Damian De Marco, who was assaulted by Chute when he was a student at Marist College in Canberra, asked Brother Turton, if he was aware of any moves to "defrock [Chute] as a brother".

Brother Turton said he had no knowledge if moves were afoot to remove Chute from the brotherhood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

First abuse case uncovers NSW problems

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

How did a pedophile stay a Scout leader, evade NSW working-with-children vetting processes, become CEO of a children's home, get close to fostering a child and escape early prosecution?

The first public hearing of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse wanted answers to those questions when it sat on September 16, 2013 at Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney.

Steven Larkins, former Scout leader and general manager of Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services (HACS), was jailed in 2012 for a string of offences against children and for offences committed to avoid detection.

There had been reports about him since the early 1990s.

Five institutions - Scouts Australia NSW, HACS, the Department of Community Services (DoCs), the Commission for Children and Young People, and the NSW Police Force - were under the commission's spotlight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Abuse victims get fair go - at last

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

ANNETTE BLACKWELL AAP JUNE 30, 2014

In 18 months the child sex abuse commission has revealed just the tip of a deep iceberg.

EXPLOSIVE claims by a NSW detective that the Catholic Church covered up evidence of pedophile priests led to the creation of one of the biggest royal commissions ever in Australia.

THE pressure on government to call a national inquiry grew as public outrage gained momentum over Peter Fox's allegations of cover up by the church and police.

When then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on November 12, 2012 a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia there had already been 300 various child abuse inquiries across three decades - but nothing like this.

On January 11, 2013 Justice Peter McClellan was named head of a six-member panel and by February terms of reference were announced.

The number of commissioners and scope of the inquiry signalled the wide-ranging forensic power this commission would have - it could compel powerful institutions to open their archives and ledgers and powerful people to give evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Obispo australiano renuncia tras ser formalizado por abuso sexual

AUSTRALIA
Caracol Radio (Colombia)

Un obispo católico dimitió en Australia tras ser acusado de abuso infantil.

Max Davis, quien se convirtió en el primer obispo australiano procesado por el delito, está acusado de abusar de un adolescente en 1969, dos años antes de convertirse en sacerdote.

El sacerdote ocupaba el cargo de obispo castrense desde 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Abuse denied as Salvos protect their own

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

A man who as a child had cigarette butts put out between his toes while in the care of the Salvation Army was given just $10,000 compensation.

The 10th public inquiry by the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse looked at how the organisation dealt with abuse complaints.

It heard a matrix was used to measure what was offered to abuse victims.

EF was seven when placed in the Indooroopilly Boys Home in Queensland in 1966. He was violently punished and raped by the home's manager, Major Victor Bennett.

This second hearing into the Salvation Army was shown a report outlining EF's complaint, including that Mr Bennett put out cigarette butts between his toes.

The report had "allegations not proven" written on it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Harrowing tales at abuse royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

"The ones who suicided are the lucky ones; we are the walking dead who remain."

The 66-year-old man who had been placed in the children's home run by the Anglican Church in Lismore when he was two, sat slightly hunched in the witness box at the royal commission hearing.

His evidence, like that of many abuse survivors who told their stories during 14 public hearings into child sex abuse in institutions, was listened to in numbed silence.

In a broken voice and sometimes in tears he told how his six-year-old brother used to protect him, but then his brother was sent to another home.

Forty years later in 2006 the man giving evidence read an article by Tommy Campion, another former resident of the North Coast Children's Home.

He said he cried for days.

In the 1980s he had been diagnosed with depression and attempted suicide several times. He now had leukaemia. In broken voice he told of beatings that left him scarred; of being left at a table for ten hours because he could not eat the food. If he threw up he would be made to eat the vomit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Investigators pursue a hunch on John Balyo

MICHIGAN
WKZO

by John McNeill

BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- Authorities are looking for more potential victims of former Christian radio host John Balyo, who is accused of sexually assaulting at least one young boy.

Homeland Security agent Kenneth Duke says Balyo had contact with children through his photography business and his sponsorship of children through an aid agency.

They also found news articles in a storage facility about missing children along with a bondage kit and it made them think he may have done it more than once.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Former Radio Host Acussed Of Molesting Child Expected In Court

MICHIGAN
Fox 17

by Jessica McMaster
Reporter/Produce

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (June 29, 2014)– A former West Michigan radio host accused of molesting a child is expected in court Monday.

John Balyo faces charged of criminal sexual conduct after police say he had oral sex with an 11-year-old inside a Battle Creek hotel room.

According to a spokesperson with Homeland Security, investigators found duct tape, handcuffs, rope, zip-ties and children’s socks in a so-called “bondage kit” that was found inside a storage unit rented by Balyo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

BALYO TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

MICHIGAN
Radio Ink

Former WCSG host John Balyo is expected to be in court today to face charges of criminal sexual conduct. Police say the former Christian radio host had oral sex with an 11-year-old at a hotel. Balyo was quickly fired from his job at WCSG. Investigators say Balyo's arrest was part of a bigger sex trafficking investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Inquiry told SA disabled children abused

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

MARGARET SCHEIKOWSKI
June 30, 2014

A bus driver's repeated sexual abuse of intellectually disabled children, many of whom could not speak or communicate in any way, was the focus of the Royal Commission's Adelaide hearing.

It investigated the response, such as it was, made by the South Australian police, St Ann's Special School and the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide to claims of child sexual abuse by Brian Perkins.

From 1986 to 1991, Perkins was the school's bus driver, volunteered in woodwork classes and provided respite for parents by taking groups of boys on weekend camps and other excursions.

The then-principal didn't carry out a police check on Perkins, who had three child sex convictons.

He ended up molesting as many as 30 disabled children, but it was not until 1991 that police raided his home and seized two canisters of film later found to contain images of naked students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Child abuse commission wants two more years to allow victims to testify

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Volume 1
Volume 2

Helen Davidson
theguardian.com, Monday 30 June 2014

The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has requested an extra two years and $104m to finish its job.

The royal commission, set up by former prime minister Julia Gillard, released its interim report on Monday afternoon. It has interviewed more than 1,700 people in private sessions, identified abuses in more than 1,000 institutions and held 14 public hearings into case study incidents, which include the handling of abuse claims within the Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, NSW state-run children’s homes and Marist Brothers schools.

The commission recently announced it would hold a public hearing into Swimming Australia.

The interim report, the most comprehensive document on the royal commission released so far, covering all findings to date, comes in two parts, including 150 de-identified victims’ stories of abuse.

The report confirmed statements by chief commissioner Justice Peter McClellan in a speech at Griffith University earlier this month, including that the slated 2015 end date to the commission – which was always open to change – did not allow enough time to adequately hear all cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Senior Australian Catholic bishop quits over sex scandal

AUSTRALIA
Press TV (Iran)

One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has resigned after being charged by a court with child sex abuse.

Bishop Max Davis is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old student at Saint Benedict’s College in Western Australia, where he was a teacher back in 1969.

Davis is the first Australian Catholic bishop to be charged with child abuse as sex scandals continue to shake the Catholic Church.

“At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained,” the church said in a statement. “The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended.”

Davis served as chaplain on various ships and bases in Australia and overseas as bishop of the Australian Defense Force.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Royal commission into child sex abuse releases interim report, calls for extension and more funds

AUSTRALIA
Yahoo! News

Volume 1
Volume 2

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse has handed down its interim report, but says it has not yet compiled enough information to make any recommendations.

It is calling for another two years to complete its work, as well $104 million in extra funding.

The royal commission says it has identified several main themes from the many personal stories it has heard.

The themes include repeated abuse and multiple perpetrators, barriers to reporting the abuse and adults that have systematically failed to protect children.

However, it says it is not clear how prevalent abuse has been, or continues to be, in institutions.
The royal commission says its initial research shows 90 per cent of perpetrators were male.

It has found that it took 22 years on average for victims to report abuse, with men taking longer than women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Abuse royal commission to examine redress

AUSTRALIA
7 News

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse is yet to reach a view on a national redress scheme for survivors.

In it's interim report released on Monday, the commission said it had heard calls in public hearings, submissions and in the media for a national redress scheme.

"We have not yet reached a view on a national scheme," the commission said.

"It is likely that we will be able to identify shortcomings in the institutional redress schemes we have considered in detail.

"We might also recommend some principles of best practice."

Four Australian states have offered redress schemes for former residents of child institutions in Qld, WA, Tas and SA.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Abuse revelations drain Salvos donations

AUSTRALIA
7 News

PETER TRUTE
June 30, 2014

The Salvation Army is facing a slump in donations to its flagship fundraising drive after an inquiry's revelations of terrible sexual abuse of children in its care.

Donations to the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock in May are down an estimated 20 per cent this year.

Spokesman Major Bruce Harmer said the evidence heard at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a key factor.

The church expects to fall 20 per cent or $2 million short of its $10 million target for the doorknock held on May 24 and 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

West suburban pastor charged with molesting boy

ILLINOIS
My Fox Chicago

The former pastor of a west suburban church sexually abused a boy who was his neighbor and a parishioner, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

John Hays, 57, allegedly abused the victim from the time he was 8 until he was 13, Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy told a judge.

Hays, of the 5800 block of West Race, is listed in police records as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“Beginning when the victim was about 8 years old, the victim would go to the defendant’s house to play video games with the defendant’s sons. While the boys were playing the games, [Hays] would enter the room and place the victim on his lap” and fondle him, Novy said.

Hays played what he called “a tickle game and touch the victim all over the victim’s body,” Novy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Case Study Reports

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Report of Case Study no.1 - The response of institutions to the conduct of Steven Larkins

Report of Case Study no. 2 - YMCA NSW’s response to the conduct of Jonathan Lord

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Interim Report

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission Interim Report was released on 30 June 2014. The Interim Report is in two volumes.

Volume 1 outlines why we are here, what we have done, what we're learning and what we need to do next.

Volume 2 includes the personal stories of 150 people who shared their experience of abuse by coming to a private session or providing a written account. They have been chosen as a representative group and all names and other identifying features have been changed. This volume also includes a selection of de-identified poetry given to us by survivors.

You can download a copy of the Interim Report below.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Child abuse royal commission: what has already been said

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

What has already been said at the royal commission into child sex abuse.

"Until I began my work with the commission I did not adequately appreciate the devastation and long-lasting effect which sexual abuse, however inflicted, can have on an individual's life." - Justice Peter McClellan on opening the first public hearing.

"Unless we address this, we have no credibility." - Deputy head of Christian Brothers Oceania Julian McDonald at a Perth hearing into two residences run by the order.

"Fifty years in the church and I do not know if I can even say I am a Christian." - Pat Comben after two days of evidence on how he handled abuse survivor claims at an Anglican home in Lismore in northern NSW.

"We have historically provided a poor service for poor children. No government has ever really paid the money that it really requires to care for someone else's child." - Former Queensland senior welfare officer Janice Doyle.

"To work with kids and help them to experience life, love and friendships in an environment where there are no walls or boundaries." - Pedophile Jonathan Lord listing his ambitions in his resume for a YMCA job.

"Why in the diocese of Lismore, then across all of Australia, then the world, why not one good fearless person could have stepped out against the depravities and wrongs that existed." - What abuse survivor Jennifer Ingham wanted to ask a bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Ellis response not Christian: Pell

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

An inquiry into Catholic Church legal liability in abuse cases heard how Cardinal George Pell took a hardline with one victim to stop people suing.

Cardinal George Pell agreed that putting a sex abuse victim through a legal wringer was un-Christian when he faced a child abuse inquiry in March.

The hearing was the eighth by the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

It was revisiting the well-known John Ellis case to explore Catholic Church legal liability.

Father Aidan Duggan abused John Ellis when he was an altar boy between 1974 and 1979. The impact hit Mr Ellis as an adult and broke him mentally.

He lost his job as a partner in a law firm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Australia's top military bishop resigns over sex abuse charge

AUSTRALIA
Telegraph (UK)

Bishop Max Davis accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old boy in 1960s, becoming most senior Australian clergyman to be charged in Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

By Associated Press 30 Jun 2014

A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenage student decades ago, the church said on Monday.

Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country's defence force.

Bishop Davis - the most senior clergyman in Australia to be charged in the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal - has denied the allegations

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Abuse inquiry scrutinised Towards Healing

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ANNETTE BLACKWELL
June 30, 2014

The pastoral got shoved aside as financial payouts became the focus of the Catholic Church's system of dealing with abuse victims, the fourth royal commission public hearing discovered.

Towards Healing - a protocol put in place by Catholic bishops in 1997 to help people who were sexually abused by clergy - was the focus of this hearing.

The process was shown to be inconsistent and at times poorly run. The church agreed that once insurers took over, the pastoral got lost.

Two women abused by priests and two men sexually assaulted by Marist brothers told of their journey through Towards Healing.

Payouts varied widely depending on the diocese and who was running the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Commission told of abuse at Anglican home

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ANNETTE BLACKWELL
June 30, 2014

Men and women who survived childhood rape and beatings in a NSW Anglican home were told to go away when they asked for help, the third hearing into child sexual abuse was told.

In October, 2013, the commission sitting in Sydney examined how the Anglican Diocese of Grafton handled complaints of extreme abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore. Up to 200 children passed through the home from 1944 to 1985.

Children were malnourished and flogged with canes, pony whips and belts. Staff, pastors and other inmates raped young children.

Tommy Campion, a 67-year-old former resident, and about 40 others came forward in 2006 to seek an apology and redress. The diocese denied liability and challenged the group's assertion that it was liable for the home.

Evidence was the diocese, which was $12 million in debt because it had built a loss-making private school, took a hard line on compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

High ranking Australian Catholic Bishop arrested on sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Digital Journal

BY GRETA MCCLAIN

A senior Roman Catholic Bishop who is head of the Australian Defence Force military diocese, has been arrested by Western Australian police and charged with sexual assault.

Bishop Max Davis, 68-years-old, is charged with sexually assaulting a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia in 1969. The alleged assault occurred when Davis was a teacher and the school, and prior to Davis being ordained as a Catholic priest.

The charges and arrest were confirmed in a statement by the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia, which stated:

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Nocria. At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended."

According to The Guardian, Davis is thought to be the highest ranking Catholic clergy to be charged with a sexual offence, and is believed to be the first Australian Catholic clergy to be charged with such an offense.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Vatican defrocks senior Polish cleric guilty of paedophilia

VATICAN CITY
The Voice of Russia

A senior Polish cleric has been found guilty of child sex abuse by a disciplinary panel of the Catholic Church and has been defrocked, the Vatican announced.

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, 65, was removed in August from his post as Holy See ambassador to the Dominican Republic after allegations surfaced in the media of child sexual abuse, dpa reports.

After an investigation into the matter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's disciplinary watchdog, convicted him and deemed him no longer fit to serve as a priest, a statement said.

Wesolowski has two months to file an appeal against that decision.

Until then, "all the actions that are commensurate to the seriousness of the case" will be taken against the archbishop, the Vatican said, in remarks that were seen as hinting at the possibility of an arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

MALCOLM X: Opus Dei Beast PR will have you hating the oppressed & loving the oppressors who are the 1% wealthiest in Vatican Swiss Banks

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

Malcolm X said something that applies today to Pope Francis’s secret biggest hidden heist in mankind’s history and deceptive hypocritical papacy: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Pope Francis’ boss the Vatican Mammon Beast a.k.a. Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team - together with the 1% wealthiest of the globe - are the people doing the oppressing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

June 29, 2014

St. Ann marks final Mass, but vows to fight merger

PENNSYLVANIA
Courier Times

By Elizabeth Fisher Correspondent

The fighting faithful of St. Ann parish in Bristol packed the pews, the side aisles and the vestibules Sunday for what the Archdiocese of Philadelphia decreed would be the final Mass before the church merges with St. Mark, just blocks away.

About 250 worshiping warriors, many wearing battle “uniforms” of white T-shirts emblazoned with the traditional Trinitarian symbol, a red and blue cross usually fronting priest vestments and nun habits, attended the 10 a.m. Mass.

The Rev. Tom Morris, pastor of St. Ann, read his farewell remarks, written in what he called a “love letter” to his flock.

“I consider myself a married man, married to the church and to you, the members of St. Ann," Morris told the congregation. "My hands will miss holding, touching, washing of your feet (emulating Jesus’ washing of the feet of his apostles at the Last Supper, and emulated today at Holy Thursday services). These hands will miss baptizing, distributing the Holy Eucharist, the anointing of the sick and dying.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Mass. extends statute of limitations for civil lawsuits in abuse cases

MASSACHUSETTS
NECN

June 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A Boston lawyer who represents victims of childhood sexual abuse is calling a change in state law a step in the right direction.

Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed legislation that would extend the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits against alleged perpetrators.

Individuals who previously had only until age 21 to sue would now have until age 53.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said the law will help victims seek justice, but expressed disappointment it would not allow people older than 21 to retroactively sue those who supervised their alleged abusers or the institutions that employed them.

The new law also extends from three years to seven the period in which a lawsuit can be filed after the recovery of repressed memories of childhood abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Holy See defrocks archbishop for sex abuse

UNITED STATES
The Washington Times

By Meredith Somers-The Washington Times Sunday, June 29, 2014

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was defrocked last week by a church inquisition board and was stripped of his credentials as a priest. He has two months to appeal his conviction, and likely faces separate charges from Vatican City judicial authorities.

Mr. Wesolowski is the highest ranking official in the Catholic Church to face a conviction on sex abuse charges.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the defrocking was “encouraging,” but criticized the Holy See for not pursuing criminals charges first — or letting outside authorities take the reins.

“Changing someone’s job title is secondary,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s national director. “Keeping pedophiles away from children is crucial.”

Mr. Wesolowski, 65, is a Polish native, and was serving as a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic when he was recalled to Vatican City in August, amid charges of sex abuse on the Caribbean island.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic opened their own investigation after he had returned to Rome. Polish authorities tried unsuccessfully to extradite Mr. Wesolowski in January, but the Holy See stopped him from being transferred on the basis that he is a Vatican citizen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

New York needs longer statutes of limitations on child sex crimes

NEW YORK
Sunday Gazette

Editorial
Sunday June 29, 2014

Tim just wants justice, any way he can get it.

He called the paper the other day looking for help.

He said he'd been sexually abused by his stepfather between about the ages of 8 and 12, and he wanted his story to come out. He's about 40 now, so it's been about 30 years since the abuse occurred. But the pain is still deep.

He begged for a story. But newspapers are often very reluctant to print such accounts because they're difficult to verify and because they would be opening themselves up to a libel lawsuits should the allegations turn out to be false.

He said repeatedly that if we didn't believe him, he'd take a lie-detector test. He'd make his stepfather and his mother and his brother take lie-detector tests as well.

It wasn't a case of whether we believed him or not. A newspaper is not a law enforcement agency that can administer such tests. It would need corroboration, a criminal charge or a court decision or something from the police.

If only, he said, the statute of limitations on his case hadn't expired, he would be able to get his story to the public and perhaps get some justice for what he suffered.

If there's anything you can do, he said, anything, it would be much appreciated.

"God bless you," he said as he hung up.

It happens more often than one might think, a victim abused decades earlier coming forward in late-middle age to tell of their abuse. But by then, it's too late for legal action.

Despite numerous such cases, and despite the publicity surrounding the experiences of sex abuse victims in the Catholic Church, Penn State University and other institutions, New York still has among the shortest statutes of limitations for sex crimes in the country. Some states have eliminated or are in the process of eliminating limits on child sex crimes altogether, recognizing that it often takes many years for victims to muster the courage or strength to come forward. New York, advocates say, still lags far behind.

Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey of Queens has been fighting to get the limits changed for the past several years. This year, she sponsored the Child Victims Act of New York. The bill, which has been passed by the Democrat-controlled Assembly four times in the past eight years but never has never gotten through the Senate, would eliminate criminal and civil statute of limitations for certain sex offenses (such as incest) committed against a child younger than 18.

The bill also includes an unusual provision for those cases in which the statute of limitations has already expired. It would suspend the civil statute of limitations for one year after passage of the law in all applicable cases. That would allow older victims such as Tim to have their stories heard in civil court. California, Hawaii, Delaware and Minnesota are among the states that have adopted the window, according to a June 4 article in The Wall Street Journal.

Opponents of extended or unlimited statutes of limitations argue that as cases grow old, they become more difficult to prove, especially after decades. Perpetrators and witnesses forget things. They die. Evidence disappears, if there ever was any. And some institutions have argued that opening that door would allow people to tarnish their reputations without being able to produce irrefutable proof.

But we've all heard stories of so-called "cold cases" being solved many years after they've been committed, thanks to advances in evidence technology and the perseverance of detectives and victims.

Child victims of sex crimes at least deserve a chance to make a case.

Unfortunately, the state Legislature, as it has in the past, went home for the summer without taking action on the statute of limitations, leaving child abuse victims once again trapped between their pain and the arbitrary limits of the law.

Perhaps when they return to session, they'll reconsider and finally do something.

Among the most heinous crimes are those in which the victims are children.

Why should there be a limit on justice for them?

Why should there be a limit on justice for Tim?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Opus Dei Beast tentacle suffocating Pope Francis?

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

Updated June 27, 2014

Paris Arrow

The selected sick goes to the Vatican for photo-ops while the sick in hospital is shunned by Pope Francis

For the second time, Pope Francis has canceled again a planned visit to one of Rome's main hospitals, the Gemelli hospital where he was to celebrate a mass there Friday afternoon. But an hour before his planned arrival, the Vatican issued a statement saying he was cancelling the visit due to an "unexpected indisposition." Does anyone know what "unexpected indisposition" means? Ever hear any of Pope Francis’s colleagues those Hollywood celebrities use that word as an alibi? It’s unheard of. Pope Francis of course is the most famous celebrity on earth (as his fellow Jesuit Thomas Reese said, read here http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/whos-liar-pope-francis-or-un-vatican.html ) for he has graced the cover of every magazine on the planet that Opus Dei partner Murdoch Media Empire owns, read about Murdoch here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2014/06/australia-investigate-catholic-mafia.html

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Pope Francis jokes 'woman was from a rib' as he avoids vow to reform church

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (UK)

John Hooper in Rome
The Guardian, Sunday 29 June 2014

In his first interview with a female journalist since his election to the spiritual leadership of the world's 1.2 billion baptised Catholics, Pope Francis dodged a string of questions about whether he intended raising the status of women in his church and made a joke about women being "taken from a rib".

The pope said women were "the most beautiful thing God has made". And he added: "Theology cannot be done without this feminine touch."

He agreed not enough was said about women and promised that steps were being taken to remedy the situation.

But when his interviewer, the Vatican correspondent of the Rome daily Il Messaggero, Franca Giansoldati, asked him whether he could detect an underlying misogyny in the Catholic church, Francis replied: "The fact is that woman was taken from a rib." Giansoldati wrote that he then laughed "heartily" before saying: "I'm joking. That was a joke."

The 77-year-old pontiff went on: "The issue of women needs to be gone into in more depth, otherwise you can't understand the church itself." But did he envisage, say, appointing a woman to head a Vatican department?

"Well," replied the pope cryptically. "Priests often end up under the sway of their housekeepers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Catholic bishop on sex charge

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

LIAM CROY AND AAP The West Australian
June 30, 2014

A senior Catholic bishop has been charged with sexually abusing a child in New Norcia 45 years ago.

Max Davis, 68, is believed to be Australia's first bishop and the most senior Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.

He is currently the Bishop of the Australian Defence Force.

Bishop Davis has been charged by WA Police with sexually abusing a student while teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia in 1969 - two years before he was ordained.

He has denied the charge and will defend it.

The Catholic Church Military Ordinariate of Australia last night said that Bishop Davis would stand down while the matter was before the court.

Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he "emphatically denies" the charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

POLL: Rise child sexual abuse reporting a good thing: Karen Willis

AUSTRALIA
Daily Liberal

By STEPHANIE KONATAR June 30, 2014

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed a four-year high in sexual assault reports last year, on the back of greater awareness created by Royal Commission into child sexual assault, according to executive officer Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) Karen Willis.

Almost 20,000 sexual assaults were reported in police in 2013, this is an increase of 8 percent on the previous year.

NSW saw an increase of 11 percent since 2012- an increase is quite a positive thing Ms Willis said at the launch Sexual Assault Counselling Australia in Dubbo.

"This is great news, because what we know is that only 17 per cent of people who experience sexual assault report it to police," she said.

"We know it's really difficult for victims to come forward."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Dulcie May Holmes’s story of Salvation Army horror

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JUNE 30, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

SEVENTY years ago, when she was just a teenage girl, the Salvation Army used to keep Dulcie May Holmes locked inside a cage.

Every time she ran away, Dulcie would be subjected to forced internal examinations by staff working at the church-run Industrial School for Girls in Toowong, Brisbane.

“Until now I just kept it to myself,” the 86-year-old said. “I never told anyone. I was too ashamed in the beginning … I just couldn’t get it out.”

Earlier this year, officers from the child abuse royal commission visited Dulcie’s rural home in Glenwood, Queensland, and asked her to describe what happened. Other graphic stories of abuse at boys’ homes run by the church emerged at two public commission hearings in January and March this year. “I’m pleased somebody knows about it now. We’ve suffered enough anyway, deep down,” Dulcie said.

Today, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will deliver its first interim report, 18 months after it first came into being.

After 14 public hearings, more than 1700 private meetings with victims, and allegations of child abuse at more than 1000 institutions, the report is expected to make the case for an extension of its current 2015 deadline.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Leslie Hittner: Diocese of Winona should show us the Christian way

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

Leslie Hittner

It was nice to see the Diocese of Winona respond to my last column. Even then, the diocese was vague about the nature of the criticism.

When I asserted that the collections in December went to diocesan priests, I was wrong. Thanks to a friend of mine, I found out that those monies go to men and women in religious orders. Diocesan priests pay into a separate fund — one to which the diocese no doubt contributes as well. It was not clear about diocesan contributions in the news release — but that would be normal.

I promised my friend that I would write a column to correct my error. The defensive response of the diocese made it much easier for me to do so. I found it of continuing interest that financial issues can be counted upon to bring the diocese forth. It sounded like the bishop of Winona corresponded with each parish about the error that I had made in my recent criticism of the church’s continuing cover-up of sexual abuse.

But predictably the bishop’s response was about the money. It was not about the sexual abuse cover-up.

Since 2008, I have written a total of 10 columns that were critical of the actions of the church. I have also written a letter to the bishop of Winona that was critical of the reasons that led the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the social justice arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to decide not to fund the Land Stewardship Project after having done so for over two decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Peter P. O'Grady, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Oregon Peter P. O'Grady was a Jesuit of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1933. He served in parishes and schools in the dioceses of Seattle and Spokane WA, Great Falls and Helena MT, Boise City ID and Portland OR. He died in Spokane June 16, 1993. O'Grady was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 1991. The diocese deemed the allegations "proven or credible".

Ordained: 1933
Died: June 16, 1993

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

REV. VICTOR C. LAVOIE

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

[November 17, 2011 - Statement Of The Archdiocese Of Boston Regarding Reverend Victor C. Lavoie - Boston archdiocese]

LaVoie, Rev. Victor C. 69, of Woburn, MA went to his heavenly reward June 26, 2014. The son of Rene and Ruth (McCusker) LaVoie, he was born August 25, 1944 in Hartford, CT. His early years were spent in Manchester, CT, before moving to Watertown. He graduated from Saint Mary's School in Waltham. He attended Saint John's Seminary, and was ordained May 15, 1971. He attended Boston College and received his Master's in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. Brother of Anne Uva of Syracuse, NY, John LaVoie and his wife Mary of Duxbury, Joseph LaVoie and his wife Debbie of East Falmouth, and the late Thomas LaVoie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Alleged sex abuse victim sues Adass Israel School and former principal

AUSTRALIA
The Age

June 28, 2014

Patrick Hatch
Reporter for The Age

A former student at an ultra-orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne is suing the school and its former principal, who fled the country days after molestation claims against her surfaced.

Malka Leifer fled to Israel in 2008, days after being sacked as principal of Adass Israel Girls' School, in Elsternwick, following complaints of inappropriate conduct with students.

Parents told The Age at the time that Ms Leifer had molested students aged 15 and 16 at her home and probably at school camps and that one victim had attempted suicide.

Two former students filed civil claims in the Melbourne Supreme Court in March last year against Mrs Leifer and the school for breach of duty.

Solicitor Nick Mazzeo, of law firm Lennon Mazzeo, has acted on behalf of a number of former students at the school who claim to have been sexually abused by Mrs Leifer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Archbishop Cushley honoured by Pope Francis

SCOTLAND
Edinburgh Evening News

The head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland has been honoured by the Pope.

Archbishop Leo Cushley was today presented with the Pallium, an ancient ecclesiastical vestment in the Catholic Church, bestowed by Popes on Metropolitan Archbishops as a symbol of jurisdiction and of communion with the See of Peter, on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Archbishop Cushley replaced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who stood down in February last year after admitting sexual misconduct, as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

A Catholic Bishop is charged with a child-sex offence from 1989

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

The Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has been charged by police with a child-sex offence allegedly committed in 1969. Bishop Max Davis, 68, is believed to be the most senior Catholic clergyman (and the first bishop) to be charged by Australian police with a child-sex offence.

The alleged incident took place when Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College, a boys' school in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.

On 29 June 2014 a statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said:

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia. At that time - 45 years ago - the bishop was not ordained. The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended."

The statement said that Bishop Davis will stand aside while the matter is dealt with by the courts in Western Australia.

Research by Broken Rites

Bishop Max Leroy Davis was born in Townsville, Queensland, in 1945 and grew up in Perth, where he was educated by the Christian Brothers.

From 1962 to 1964 he served as a sailor in the Australian Navy.

After studying for the priesthood, he was ordained in 1971. He served with parishes in the Perth archdiocese and was a part-time chaplain for the Army.

From 1975 to 1993, he served as chaplain on various ships and bases in Australia and overseas.

In 1990 he became part of the Catholic Church's newly established Military Ordinariate and was appointed its vicar-general (that is, the administrator under the military bishop). He became the principal Catholic chaplain for the Navy in 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

'Legal abuse' tactic of Catholic Church decried

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JOANNE McCARTHY June 29, 2014

THE Catholic Church has warned a woman it will block her compensation claim by using a defence that was severely criticised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Victorian order, the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, has advised Central Coast woman Jennifer Herrick it will raise the High Court decision known as the Ellis defence to block her claim against its trustees when the matter returns to court in August. The trustees hold the order's assets.

The order's use of the defence has been condemned by solicitor and child sexual abuse victim John Ellis, whose unsuccessful compensation case against the Catholic Church led to the 2007 decision that has insulated the Church from claims against it ever since.

The commission's investigation in March this year of the Church's handling of Mr Ellis's case included an admission by Cardinal George Pell that Church litigation against Mr Ellis amounted to "legal abuse".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Top bishop charged with sex offence

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The head of the Catholic Church's military diocese, Bishop Max Davis, has been charged by West Australian police with a child sex offence dating back to 1969.

The alleged incident is believed to have taken place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth.

It is understood he is the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian Church official to be charged with a child sex offence.

Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he 'emphatically denies' the charge.

'An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Norcia,' the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement on Sunday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Catholic Bishop Max Davis charged with sex offence dating back to 1969

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

The Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with a sex offence dating back to 1969.

Bishop Max Davis is believed to be the most senior clergyman in the Catholic Church, and the first bishop, to be charged with a child sex offence.

The alleged incident took place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.

The Church said Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and that he "emphatically denies" the charge.

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Nocria," said a statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Catholic bishop charged with a child sex offence

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 29, 2014

Rachel Olding
Reporter

One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church has been charged with a child sex offence, the Church has confirmed.

Bishop Max Davis, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998, has stood aside from his post as bishop of the Australian Defence Force while the matter is before a Western Australian court.

He has been charged with abusing a student at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, Western Australia, in 1969 when he was a teacher at the school.

It is believed Bishop Davis, who was elected Military Ordinary Bishop of Australia in 2003, is the first bishop in Australia to be charged with child sexual assault.

"The bishop emphatically denies the allegation and the charge will be defended," a statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

The Salvos and Moving On (Or: Nothing to See Here, Folks)

AUSTRALIA
lewisblayse.net

I don’t know about you, but when someone who’s hurt me or a loved one tells me to “move on,” or “move forward,” and hasn’t made amends, I get a little tetchy. But I get a little curious too, the way one does when one is told not to look at something.

Recently, a friend sent me a link to a beautifully scripted and filmed video featuring Australian Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Head, James Condon, called “Dealing with Regret.” Jimmy’s video was a warm, intimate ramble in the style of FD Roosevelt’s fireside chats. Jimmy says he has no regrets in life. I’m sure we’re all happy for him (with the possible exception of anyone who may have been harmed by Colin Haggar, perhaps).

At the end of the video, though, Jimmy explains that he’s often had to tell people: “You need to let go of that and move on.” He admits moving on isn’t easy (he’s only human), but reassures us that God is there to help us. This riled me, because if you’re a victim of the Salvation Army, or love someone who is, you can be pretty damn sure the Salvation Army isn’t there to help you. Not properly.

Anyway, I was a little angry by the end of this video, but curious too. What’s this “moving on” business and why did Jimmy place such heavy emphasis on it?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Midland car worker's plea: Tell us what happened to 222 children who died at care home

IRELAND
Birmingham Mail

Jun 29, 2014 By Mike Lockley

A Midland car worker has won his 16-year fight to get the Irish government to investigate a former children’s home where 222 youngsters died from 1922 to 1949.

Derek Leinster, who now lives in Rugby, was a former resident of the controversial Bethany Home in Rathgar, Dublin, which has been included in the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes in Ireland.

Derek, aged 72, claims he suffered neglect at the home and as a result endured gastroenteritis, diphtheria, whooping cough and pneumonia in his formative years at the home, where his unmarried mother, Hannah, was forced to spend the last four months of her pregnancy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Catholic Bishop Max Davis charged with sex offence dating back to 1969

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The Catholic Church has confirmed that Bishop Max Davis has been charged by West Australian police with a child sex offence dating back to 1969.

Bishop Davis is believed to be the first bishop to be charged with a child sex offence in Australia and is understood to be the most senior Australian Church official to face such charges.

The alleged incident took place taken place when Bishop Davis was teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north-east of Perth.

The Church said Bishop Davis was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and that he "emphatically denies" the charge.

"An allegation has been made to the police that in 1969 Bishop Max Davis abused a student at St. Benedict's College in New Nocria," a statement from the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Report: Australian Chabad leaders Under Criminal Investigation ...

UNITED STATES
Failed Messiah

Australian police are reportedly investigating senior Chabad leaders in both Sydney and in Melbourne for failing to report child sex abuse as required by law and for covering up the abuse (and, it seems, for sanction harassment and abuse of witnesses against them).

All the rabbis mentioned in the article are senior Chabad rabbis.

Leches is now the Chabad rabbi of Monsey, New York.

Feldman is the head of Chabad in Sydney, Australia.

Hayman, while not a rabbi, is a Chabad follower who served on Chabad's board and was active in its summer camp in a supervisory role and directly with students. He was later protected while living in Los Angeles by Debbie Fox, the Orthodox social worker who ran the LA Jewish community's sex offender program and who was close to Ohel, the scandal-plagued Brooklyn-based haredi social services organization that has allegedly mishandled dozens of sex offender cases. (Ohel also worked closely with former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes to allegedly cover up cases of haredi sex abuse. Hynes is currently under federal and state criminal investigation for illegally using government funds to campaign, to pay campaign workers – and to, I've been told, give cronies no-work jobs.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Senior orthodox Jewish leaders face cover-up inquiry over child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

June 27, 2014

Richard Baker
Investigative reporter

Some of Australia’s most senior orthodox Jewish leaders are under investigation for allegedly failing to report multiple instances of child sexual abuse.

The Sunday Age has obtained witness statements and tape recordings from this month’s successful prosecution of a former Bondi Yeshiva authority figure, Daniel Hayman, that indicate senior Jewish leaders failed to act on complaints of abuse and cast doubt over their public statements on the scandal.

The documents and recordings provide an insight into strongly held views within segments of Australia’s ultra-orthodox Jewish communities that child sexual abuse should not be reported to secular authorities.

New South Wales police and the NSW Ombudsman are examining whether senior Rabbis broke the law by failing to report incidents of alleged child sexual abuse at Bondi’s Yeshiva centre to authorities.
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Similar investigations are taking place in Melbourne into the failure by leaders of St Kilda’s Yeshiva college to act on allegations of abuse by two former employees who were recently jailed for sexual abuse offences against students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Cae sacerdote pederasta en SLP

MEXICO
Tabasco Hoy

[Summary: Priest Francisco Javier Castillo Rios was arrested on a warrant by a group of agents of the state ministerial police of San Luis Potosi. He is accused of sexual abuse and rape. He served in the Ojo Caliente community of Santa Maria del Rio. It is alleged he raped a minor who wanted to be a priest and the boy was told the abuse the price he had to pay if he wanted to become a minister of the Catholic Church.]

Fue detenido el sacerdote Francisco Javier Castillo Ríos, por un grupo de agentes de la Policía Ministerial del Estado de San Luis Potosí, le dieron cumplimentó a la orden de aprehensión girada por el Juzgado Cuarto del Ramo Penal.

El sacerdote Francisco Javier Castillo Ríos, es señalado como presunto responsable de abuso sexual y violación.

Cuando se dio a conocer la denuncia presentada en su contra, el presunto se desempeñaba como titular en la parroquia de Ojo Caliente, comunidad de Santa María del Río.

Se dijo que el sacerdote habría violado a un menor que tenía aspiraciones de ser sacerdote a quien aseguraba que era el precio que tenía que pagar si quería convertirse en ministro de la Iglesia Católica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Why we must understand Savile psyche

UNITED KINGDOM
Herald Scotland

Sunday 29 June 2014

Vicky Allan

BACK in 1991 when Dr Anthony Clare interviewed Jimmy Savile for Radio 4's In The Psychiatrist's Chair, it was clear that he felt uncomfortable with much of what the TV presenter and DJ was saying.

Here was a man who never put down roots, who carried no baggage, who had never had any kind of long-term relationship, who spoke of having "no feelings", who boasted of the "clout" he had and who eulogised about his own personal freedom. "I've got a shoulder bag that's not been unpacked for nearly 30 years," he said. "I don't sleep in the same bed more than two nights running … I'm not constrained pretty well by anything. The tough thing in life is ultimate freedom."

Those words seem particularly chilling now that we know a little about the ugly way that Savile exercised his ultimate freedom and considerable clout; now we know, through a report published last week, that he used his celebrity status and access to the NHS to "exploit and abuse" vulnerable patients and staff at several hospitals; that he boasted of having sex with corpses, and that at Leeds General Infirmary where he volunteered as porter, he abused victims aged from five to 75.

Two questions inevitably arise. Firstly, how did he manage to create this protective silence around him? Savile's behaviour was indeed truly shocking - but even more shocking is that he got away with it for so long.

Another question crosses the mind of anyone following the Savile story: Why did he do it?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Jimmy Savile: pressure grows for full inquiry into historic child abuse

UNITED STATES
Telegraph

By Robert Mendick, and Eileen Fairweather 29 Jun 2014

The Government is under mounting pressure to hold a comprehensive nationwide inquiry into historic child abuse following the latest disclosures over Jimmy Savile’s prolific sex offending.

Almost 120 MPs from all parties have joined forces to call on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to set up an overarching investigation into a series of cases.

It comes as Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, warned that the culture that helped Savile to abuse hundreds of children and adults without being caught still existed. The campaign for a nationwide inquiry has been orchestrated by seven MPs, including Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative backbencher, and Tim Loughton, the former children’s minister, but has snowballed with support from more than a sixth of all MPs.

They have written to the Home Secretary to demand an investigation similar to the independent inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster. It would examine failures by police and other authorities to properly investigate a number of high-profile cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Weakland heading home, leaving complex legacy in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel June 28, 2014

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, a once-towering figure who diminished his legacy by his handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in southeastern Wisconsin and his own sex scandal, is returning in old age to the Benedictine abbey where he began his religious life more than 70 years ago.

Weakland, 87 and increasingly frail, has told friends he will be moving by Sept. 1 from his Milwaukee condo to the St. Vincent Archabbey, a community of monks in Latrobe, Pa., about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

A group of local priests is planning a farewell luncheon in July, an event that is already drawing criticism from abuse survivors.

"It's an opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation, and to say farewell and God bless you as you go to the next phase in your life," said Father David Cooper of St. Matthias Parish, the head of the local priests alliance that is organizing the send-off.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed documents showing child abuse allegations against church elder

WALES
Wales Online

Jun 29, 2014 By Ciaran Jones

Material related to claims against high-ranking member destroyed 'due to passage of time'

The Jehovah’s Witnesses destroyed allegations of child abuse and rape against a respected church elder, we can reveal today.

The church claims it disposed of evidence showing claims against paedophile Mark Sewell dating back more than 20 years.

Depraved Sewell, 53, faces a “very substantial” jail term after being found guilty on Friday of eight historic sex charges, including rape, between 1987 and 1995.

We can also today reveal how:

All but one of the fellow elders who investigated claims against the disgraced businessman, who was once an elder in the Barry congregation, declined to give evidence in his Crown Court trial;

The Jehovah’s Witnesses provided nothing to help the police and prosecutors in their investigation, despite “dis-fellowshipping” Sewell 20 years ago;

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Vatican leads war against child abuse

NEW ZEALAND
Scoop

Sunday, 29 June 2014
Press Release: Sensible Sentencing Trust

While New Zealand bestows abusers with human rights protection
Perhaps our Director of Human Rights might like to issue an open invitation to all the Priests convicted of child abuse to come to New Zealand for safe refuge and protection. McVicar

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is hailing a decision by the Vatican to defrock a top archbishop for sexual abuse of children but the Trust is lamenting the fact that in New Zealand a man with similar offences is having his name and convictions protected by the Director of Human Rights.

Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said while he is disgusted by child sexual abuse wherever it occurs he was congratulating the Vatican for taking the appropriate action, including naming the offender.

“I find it very alarming that here in New Zealand the Department supposedly responsible for defending our human rights and protecting our children decides instead to defend the rights of a man convicted of multiple offences of sexual abuse on children.”

Mr McVicar said, “Like New Zealand the Catholic Church has many Priests with a shocking history of child abuse, but unlike New Zealand the Vatican is determined to name and shame the offenders and hold them to account.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Church, Police give conflicting answers on child sex abuse

MALTA
Malta Independent

The Catholic Church in Malta and the police have given conflicting details regarding priests involved in child sex abuse cases since 2010.

The Church told this newspaper that a total of 11 complaints were received during this period and so far, two of these cases were found to be positive. When asked whether any referrals were made to the police, the Church said yes.

In contrast, when asked to reveal the number of cases investigated by police in terms of priests abusing children, and the number of prosecutions between 2010 and now, the police said; “Please note that during the period requested, the Police did not receive any reports.”

This has resulted in a rather confusing situation with both sides giving conflicting statements.

The procedure relating to Church investigations into sexual abuse is explained in the document entitled “Statement of Policy & Procedures In Cases of Sexual Abuse in Pastoral Activity”. This document is currently being updated and the new document is in its final stages, a representative from the Church said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Catholic Church officials seek to defrock Davis priest

CALIFORNIA
Woodland Daily Democrat

CREATED: 06/28/2014

Calling his behavior "a crime and a sin," Sacramento Catholic Church officials told the Sacramento Bee they will ask the Vatican to defrock a disgraced Davis priest after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a teenage parishioner.

Hector Coria Gonzalez faces face jail and probation after pleading guilty to the charge Friday in Yolo Superior Court.

"Father Coria's behavior with the minor was a crime and a sin," Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, told The Bee Friday in a prepared statement. "He will now be held to account for his behavior."

Eckery told The Bee the diocese will forward Gonzalez's case to Rome and "ask the Holy See to permanently dismiss him from the priesthood."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

June 28, 2014

On sex abuse, pope’s problems both simple and complex

VATICAN CITY
Boston Globe

By John L. Allen Jr. | GLOBE STAFF JUNE 28, 2014

As the countdown continues towards Pope Francis’ first meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse, which is expected next week, recent days have brought reminders that the challenges facing the pontiff as he attempts to lead the church out of the scandals are both stunningly simple and maddeningly complex.

Here’s the simple part: For reasons of both PR and substance, it’s critical that Francis not send any signals of retreat. Two developments last week underscored that point.

First, the Vatican announced Friday that Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski has been sentenced to laicization, meaning he’s to be stripped of his status both as a bishop and a priest.

A former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Wesolowski was recalled in August after a local TV network charged the 66-year-old with paying for sex with underage boys and being a frequent visitor to a Santo Domingo neighborhood known for prostitution with minors.

Wesolowski has two months to appeal the verdict, and in the meantime he’ll be under a sort of house arrest. It remains to be seen if Wesolowski will be extradited to face charges in the Dominican Republic or Poland, with the Vatican vowing to cooperate with any such request. He’s also subject to criminal prosecution under the laws of the Vatican City State.

Concerns that the Vatican might be sheltering Wesolowski had mounted in recent months, and featured prominently in a hearing with Vatican officials before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

2nd Priest Faces Abuse Charges in Northern Mexico

MEXICO
ABC News (US)

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Jun 28, 2014

Authorities in the northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi have arrested a Roman Catholic priest on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor, the second priest charged there in a week.

State investigative police say Friday's arrest of Guillermo Gil Torres was based on a complaint from the boy's grandmother, who said the child became noticeably sad and nervous and asked never to be sent to church.

The incidents started in November when Gil Torres, pastor of Santa Rosa de Lima church, invited the boy to look at photographs of his travels and allegedly began rubbing his legs, police said according to testimony from the family.

The Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi did not answer telephone calls or emails seeking comment on Saturday. Mexican media reported that Gil Torres had been suspended last month when the complaint was filed.

He was arrested while driving in the capital city, also called San Luis Potosi, where the church is located.

Earlier this week, a judge in the same state ordered the arrest of now-suspended Catholic priest Eduardo Cordova, who is also suspected of sexually abusing minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Sacerdote detenido por abuso sexual en SLP

MEXICO
Milenio

IMELDA TORRES
28/06/2014

San Luis Potosí
Por abuso sexual calificado fue detenido un sacerdote de la capital potosina y ahora en vez de sotana, tendrá que usar el uniforme del penal de La Pila.

Información de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado señala que la detención se llevó a cabo este viernes, por agentes de la Policía Ministerial del Estado que dieron cumplimento a una orden de aprehensión contra el cura Guillermo Gil Torres, quien era párroco de la Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima, ubicada en la calle Francisco Villa de la colonia 21 de Marzo, en la ciudad de San Luis Potosí.

Esto luego de que fue denunciado por la abuela del menor de edad, del que obviamente se omiten sus datos. Agentes de la corporación hicieron la investigación y un juez encontró los elementos suficientes para pedir su aprehensión, lográndose en la avenida de Las Artes esquina con Xicoténcatl, cuando manejaba su vehículo particular.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Detienen a sacerdote por presunto abuso sexual

MEXICO
Azteca Noticias

[Summary: The San Luis Potosi attorney general said priest Guillermo Gil Torres has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.]

San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí.- La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) informó la detención del sacerdote Guillermo Gil Torres, por el delito de abuso sexual calificado en agravio de un menor de edad.

En un comunicado, la PGJE señaló que la Policía Ministerial del estado (PME) dio cumplimiento, la víspera, a una orden de aprehensión en contra del cura en la avenida de Las Artes esquina con Xicoténcatl por Himno Nacional, derivada de la denuncia presentada por la abuela del menor de edad y de la investigación de agentes de la Policía Ministerial.

Los familiares y el afectado dieron a conocer en su denuncia, que los hechos comenzaron en noviembre del año pasado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Defrocked ex-Vatican ambassador must be jailed. Vatican must return all his loot of billions of dollars back to Dominican people. Abolish Vatican Concordats

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

We disagree with the Dominican Republic’s only cardinal and three catholic bishops who on Friday praised the Vatican’s decision to defrock its former envoy in the country Jozef Wesolowski for the sexual abuse of minors stating that “the conviction sends a message to the enemies of the Catholic Church who continue talking gibberish and that it was the best response on Justice and the best decision the Holy See could’ve made.” The cardinal got it wrong and is the other way around - The Catholic Church is the enemy of humankind because of the secret Vatican Swiss Banks that hoard the wealth of the 1% wealthest of the globe, see here graphs and articles http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/hidden-heist-in-holy-see-biggest-heist.html The cardinal’s news releases are all Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team pre-script statements. Catholics must cease being stupid and the world must stop being blinded by Octopus Beast PR stunts because the crux of the matter is - it took one year for the Vatican to defrock him because they needed to trace and settle all the billions of dollars in the former papal nuncio’s names and signatures. The truth is there are seven best responses the Vatican must make in expiation of the former papal nuncio’s crimes because the wealthy ex-ambassador’s crimes are not only his personal sex with minors

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Aanbod van financiële tegemoetkoming voor 350 slachtoffers van ernstig geweld in RK kerk

NEDERLAND
Ondrzoek

DEN HAAG, 27 juni 2014 - Een onafhankelijke commissie voor hulp, erkenning en genoegdoening bood ongeveer 350 mensen een financiële tegemoetkoming aan op basis van hun klacht over fysiek en psychisch geweld tegen hen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk (RKK). Het excessief geweld had plaats toen zij minderjarig waren. De commissie bood de ongeveer 350 slachtoffers financiële tegemoetkomingen aan voor een bedrag van in totaal bijna een miljoen euro.

Bij deze ongeveer 350 klachten gaat het om excessief fysiek en psychisch geweld door personen die werkzaam waren binnen de RKK in Nederland. De commissie, die voluit de aanduiding Hulp, Erkenning, Genoegdoening voor geweld tegen minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk heeft, ging bij de behandeling van de klachten uitsluitend af op de authenticiteit van de klacht en de melding; er was geen bewijs of ondersteuning van de aannemelijkheid nodig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Minnesota case could help shape Carlson's legacy

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

1987 memo on Fr. Kern
1992 memo on Fr. Kern
1993 memo on Fr. Kern
Sexual abuse victim letter to parish

By Lilly Fowler lfowler@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-82211

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has reigned over Roman Catholics in St. Louis for the last five years.

But it is a historic lawsuit filed hundreds of miles away in his former home of Minneapolis that now stands as the archbishop’s most significant challenge — one that may determine both his legacy and his future.

The case will attempt to show that for years church leaders such as Carlson mishandled sexual abuse claims in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and allowed known abusers back into ministry to victimize others.

Already, the Minnesota case led to the release this month of a legal deposition of Carlson that triggered outcry over his response concerning laws about child sex abuse.

But that deposition is only the first in a long series of documents that will be released in the coming months under a judge’s order. The combined release of church records and court filings will for the first time give the public an inside look at Carlson’s tenure in Minneapolis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Feds: More victims possible in child sex scandal

MICHIGAN
WOOD

By Amanda Jarrett
Published: June 28, 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Federal officials close to the investigation of Ronald Lee Moser told 24 Hour News 8 they believe he may have had other victims throughout West Michigan.

Moser was indicted on federal charges earlier this month, accused of making child pornography.

When investigators raided his house in early June they found Moser with a 11-year-old boy, along with cell phone images of the boy in sexually suggestive poses.

The federal investigation into Moser led officials to the arrest of longtime Christian radio host John Balyo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Pope Francis sends proof of the denunciation that might have cost Bishop Angelelli's life

ARGENTINA
Iglesia Descalza

By Religión Digital (English translation by Rebel Girl)
June 27, 2014

Pope Francis handed over a letter and evidence that had been sent to the Vatican by Monseñor Enrique Angelelli that show the human rights violations committed by Argentina during the military dictatorship. On Friday, July 4th, the sentence against the soldiers accused of being the intellectual authors [of Angelelli's murder] will be pronounced.

The letter was submitted as evidence in the trial for the alleged murder of Angelelli in La Rioja. The written testimony of military persecution is a blow to members of the Vatican who for years denied that the letter and the evidence has come to the Holy See.

"We are constantly hampered in fulfilling the mission of the Church. We priests and religious have been personally humiliated, seized, and raided by the police on orders of the army," Angelelli wrote in his letter. Days later, he would be killed on Route 38 in the vicinity of Punta de los Llanos.

The letter and evidence were sent in July 1976 to the Vatican nuncio who in those days was Pio Laghi. That cardinal, who died in 2009 and was investigated for complicity with the Argentinian dictatorship, always denied having received them.

Francis, fulfilling his promise that he would open the Vatican archives, sent two documents to Monseñor Marcelo Colombo, Bishop of La Rioja: a letter from Angelelli and a report titled "A chronicle of the facts related to the assassination of Fathers Longueville Gabriel and Murias Carlos", the priests in the Riojan city of Chamical who were assassinated on July 18, 1976. The account of the assassinations had been presented the same month they were committed, and Angelelli took the trouble to send multiple copies to the Holy See as he didn't trust the nuncio.

The federal criminal court in La Rioja will resume hearings today on the pleadings of the parties in the trial for the murder of Monseñor Enrique Angelelli, perpetrated during the military dictatorship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Archdiocese confirms decades old rape allegation of woman at S.A. church

TEXAS
KENS 5

[with video]

by Sharon Ko / KENS 5

Posted on June 28, 2014

SAN ANTONIO -- A priest who was already convicted of attempted rape and the sexual assault of a girl has now been tied to an alleged case of abuse in San Antonio.

Recently, a woman came forward claiming the late reverend Bruce MacArthur raped her when she was a girl in the late 1970's at Saint James Catholic Church.

The San Antonio director of 'Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,' Barbara Boehland said the victim did not receive any help from the church and instead, reached out to SNAP.

"It takes awhile for people to come forward. It's a shameful thing. It's embarrassing. You feel filthy. It takes a lot of courage to come forward and we're really proud of this person," said Boehland.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio confirmed it believes the woman's claim and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller responded in a statement saying the church hopes "that any members of our community affected by sexual abuse will be encouraged to seek all needed pastoral support or counseling as part of their healing process.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Jimmy Savile reports uncover shocking details ...

Jimmy Savile reports uncover shocking details about the late TV presenter and DJ who has been linked to a Catholic boys' home in Shefford

UNITED KINGDOM
Bedfordshire on Sunday

Written by JULIA SUTTON

JIMMY Savile abused corpses as well as sexually assaulted patients aged from five to 75 in NHS hospitals after decades of unrestricted access, investigators claim.

The reports into the former BBC DJ, who also presented Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops, cover 28 hospitals including Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted the shocking revelations 'will shake our country to the core'.

Savile died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children came to light.

The Advertiser has been following the case as the TV personality has also been connected to a former Catholic boys' home in Shefford.

St Francis House closed in 1973 and we revealed that Savile used to visit the home, as there was a Catholic Church on the site, which is still open.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Gobierno dominicano, satisfecho por condena a exnuncio por pederastia

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
El Nacional

[Summary: The Dominican government said Thursday it is satisified after the Vatican condemned and expelled from the priesthood the former apostolic nuncio Josef Wesolowski. He was accused to sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic. The archbishop has been expelled, which is the maximum penalty of the church, according to President Danilo Medina. He said Pope Francis told him this would happen.]

CARACAS, 27 Jun 2014 (AFP) – El gobierno dominicano expresó este jueves su satisfacción luego de que El Vaticano condenara y expulsara del sacerdocio al exnuncio apostólico (embajador) polaco Jozef Wesolwski por pederastia, caso por el que será objeto de un juicio penal.

“Lo han expulsado, esa es la pena máxima de la Iglesia y el sacerdocio, y él, su santidad (el papa Francisco), me prometió que eso iba a ocurrir y que no iba a estar tranquilo hasta que eso ocurriera”, dijo en una declaración pública el presidente Danilo Medina. El mandatario dominicano sostuvo el pasado 13 de junio una audiencia con el pontífice en el que abordó el caso.

Wesolowski, de 65 años de edad y que fue nuncio en República Dominicana desde enero de 2008 hasta agosto de 2013, fue condenado a la dimisión del clero, informó este viernes El Vaticano. A través de un comunicado, La Procuraduría General de la República (fiscalía) expresó su confianza de que este paso abra las vías para una condena penal al sacerdote polaco, de 65 años. “Esa decisión da apertura al proceso para una sentencia penal, que deberá ser condenatoria, en razón de los graves hechos cometidos”, señala el comunicado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Pope's survey shows sex scandals damaged church credibility

VATICAN CITY
Daily Journal

Bloomberg News

ROME — Pope Francis's global survey of parishes conducted last year revealed sex scandals and negative experiences involving members of the clergy damaged the Roman Catholic Church's image among its faithful.

"Sex scandals significantly weaken the Church's moral credibility, above all in North America and northern Europe," the Vatican said in its Instrumentum Laboris, a text summing up the results of a worldwide survey among Catholic parishes.

Last year, the Vatican asked parishioners around the world to give input on issues such as birth control, gay marriage and divorce. The results, which include parishoners' perceptions of the church, were made public Thursday in a text that will serve as a starting point for discussions when bishops from around the world meet at the Vatican in October to debate family issues.

The survey confirmed that more than a decade of sexual scandals have seriously hurt the church's image, affecting its own faithful. In April, Francis asked for forgiveness on behalf of priests who had sexually abused children and said more had to be done to rectify damage done and punish offenders.

The document also said that "some clergy are uncompromising and insensitive in their behavior" in daily interaction with parishoners, contributing to the image of the Church as not being supportive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Favorability Poll on Archbishop Carlson Received More Votes in 24 Hours Than Typical in a Week

UNITED STATES
Urban Review STL

The weekly poll here isn’t scientific, the participants self select. Still, the number of participants is pretty consistent week to week. But when last week’s poll, Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Archbishop Robert Carlson?, had more votes in the first 24 hours than most get after 7 days I knew an effort was on to distort the outcome of the results.

Clearly obedient Catholics in St. Louis have a very favorable opinion of Carlson, however, the early results showed twice as many readers had a very unfavorable opinion as those with a very favorable.

The priest, realistically considered, is the most immoral of men, for he is always willing to sacrifice every other sort of good to the one good of his arcanum — the vague body of mysteries that he calls the truth.
— H L Mencken, Treatise on the Gods (1949)

The very first comment said I “hate the Catholic Church and its teachings.” I view all religions pretty much equally, man-made constructs to control the masses. To me it doesn’t matter is someone is a Baptist, Jehovahs Witness, Muslim, Jewish, Scientologist, Mennonite, Presbyterian or Catholic — all are the same to me.

Another comment said St. Louis is a “Catholic city”. Yes, I had my alderman (Dorothy Kirner) once ask me what parish I lived in. Huh? I wasn’t here long before I realized you’re assumed catholic unless stated otherwise.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Everything you need to know about Ireland's disaffected Catholics

IRELAND
The Week Magazine

How Catholic was Ireland?

It used to be easily the most Catholic country in the world. The church's connection to the island nation dates to St. Patrick's conversion in the 5th century, and the modern Irish state is explicitly bound up with the church. The constitution opens with the words, "In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority..." and continues with reference to "obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial." In Ireland, the church, not the state, runs almost the entire education system. Until recently, social life, too, revolved around the local church. In 1984, nearly 90 percent of Irish Catholics went to Mass every week. But by 2011, only 18 percent did. It's a massive cultural shift.

What changed?

Mass attendance began dropping rapidly during the 1990s, as Ireland began its "Celtic Tiger" economic boom. The country was modernizing, urbanizing, and taking on a more global perspective, and the local church was no longer the only nexus of community life. For the first time, the country had a vigorous debate about abortion and began teaching sex education in schools. At the same time, several long-hidden scandals began to emerge. In 1992, the Irish learned that a powerful and beloved bishop, Eamon Casey, had a fathered a son, and that the Rev. Michael Cleary, the "Singing Priest" with best-selling records and his own radio show, had a secret family with his housekeeper. But the biggest seismic jolt came over the last decade, when the priestly sex-abuse scandal horrified the entire country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Council of Cardinals to continue Curia review in upcoming meeting

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 28, 2014

The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the governance of the Catholic church is set to meet with him for the fifth time, presumably to more seriously consider an overall blueprint for a new structure of the Vatican's central bureaucracy.

While the cardinals have not indicated exactly what the group will be focusing on during its July 1-4 meetings, the Vatican signaled in an April statement that the prelates have already finished a review of the Vatican's nine main governmental bodies, known as congregations, and are now proceeding to review its 12 auxiliary bodies, known as councils.

Likewise, unsubstantiated reports in June were speculating that Francis was considering creating several new secretariats to combine similar Vatican departments into one structure for the sake of expediency and effectiveness.

Francis established the advisory group, known formally as the Council of Cardinals, last year to "study a project of revision" of the Vatican's bureaucracy, known as the Roman Curia. The group met together for the first time in October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Pope Francis to meet Irish clerical abuse victims at the Vatican next week

IRELAND
Irish Central

Patrick Counihan @irishcentral June 28,2014

Pope Francis is to meet Irish victims of clerical sexual abuse at the Vatican next week in a significant move.

Campaigner Marie Collins, the first known abuse victim to meet the pontiff, has welcome the news.

She met with the Pope briefly in Rome last month when she attended the first meeting of the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors.

One of four women on the commission which meets again next month, Collins has welcomed the Pope’s announcement that he will meet victims from Ireland, America, Britain and Poland.

Collins told the Irish Times that she is ‘hopeful’ and ‘quite positive’ about the commission.

Acknowledging matters are at an early stage, she told the paper: “From what I’ve seen, I think it’s going in the right direction. I do think the people involved are sincere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Davis priest pleads guilty to statutory rape of teen parishioner

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

Calling his behavior “a crime and a sin,” local Catholic Church officials will ask the Vatican to defrock a disgraced Davis priest after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a teenage parishioner.

Davis priest Hector Coria Gonzalez will face jail and probation after pleading guilty to the charge Friday in Yolo Superior Court.

“Father Coria’s behavior with the minor was a crime and a sin,” Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, said in a statement Friday. “He will now be held to account for his behavior.”

Eckery said the diocese will forward Gonzalez’s case to Rome and “ask the Holy See to permanently dismiss him from the priesthood.”

Gonzalez, 46, will serve 90 days in jail for sexual acts with the 16-year-old girl in the rectory of St. James’ Parish in Davis, where he had been a priest since July 2012. Gonzalez will also be placed on formal probation for three years and barred by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson from having contact with the girl until she turns 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Vatican conviction shuts 'gibberish' against church: Cardinal

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santiago.- Dominican Republic’s only cardinal and three catholic bishops on Friday called the Vatican’s decision to convict its former envoy in the country Jozef Wesolowski for the sexual abuse of minors, the best response on Justice.

Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Santiago archbishop Ramón Benito de la Rosa Carpio; San Francisco emeritus bishop Jesús María Moya and La Altagracia Archdiocese bishop Nicanor Peña said it was the best decision the Holy See could’ve made.

López Rodríguez said the conviction sends a message "to the enemies of the Catholic Church who continue talking gibberish,” adding that it was the best response possible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Jimmy Savile Abuse: Did Disgraced DJ Kill A Child? Police Launch Fresh Probe

UNITED KINGDOM
Huffington Post

Jimmy Savile may have been involved in the death of a child during his horrifying 50 year campaign of abuse, a shocking new report has said.

The allegation was detailed in a report published today following an independent investigation into Savile by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

According to the Daily Mail, a male witness, who claims he was also sexually abused by the late DJ, said he saw Savile and a friend "drag away" a little girl who was found dead in Leicestershire the next day.

The vulnerable child, called either "April or Elizabeth" was being cared for at the Roecliffe Manor children's convalescent home in Woodhouse Eaves in the 1960s, the informant said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Taxpayers’ bill to compensate Savile victims could hit £30million...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Taxpayers’ bill to compensate Savile victims could hit £30million: Lawyers have racked up six-figure costs as they squabble over payment scheme

By CHRIS GREENWOOD

Taxpayers face a growing bill for Jimmy Savile’s crimes because of a bitter and expensive dispute over his estate.

Lawyers have already racked up six-figure costs as they squabble over the compensation scheme for victims of the sick sexual predator who died in 2011.

The expensive litigation, which has already dragged on for 20 months, threatens to engulf his entire £3.3million legacy.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the public purse will underwrite any claims not met by Savile’s estate, for which NatWest is the executor.

This could be extremely costly as compensation could run into tens of millions of pounds.

Law firms have already taken on almost 200 victims but there are believed to be around 500 in total who could each claim up to £60,000 compensation – giving a maximum bill, in theory, of £30million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Kilwinning priest in plea to victims of abuse

SCOTLAND
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald

Published: 28 Jun 2014

He helps man who claims he was gang raped

A KILWINNING priest has urged any victims of abuse at a Catholic retreat in Ayrshire to come forward after a man alleged he was raped by clergy there.

The man who claims he was brutally gang raped by priests at Coodham House when he was only nine or 10 was due to make a statement to police this week. Father Gerard Magee, who has supported the man, has been demanding answers from the Passionist Order who ran Coodham in Symington, South Ayrshire, in 1960 – the year of the alleged crime.

Father Magee, of St Winning’s Church, said: “People have been reluctant to come forward – they thought no one would believe them. Sadly, that was the case – children who came forward were likely to get the belt. But that is not the case anymore.

“It is a crime to abuse children. People from all over the central belt in Scotland visited Coodham.”

Father Magee said the 65-year-old Motherwell man approached him for help after he watched a BBC documentary about Catholic abuse last year. The alleged victim said he visited Coodham – then known as Fatima House – with his father and friend when priests asked if he could help with a party.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Phuket: Thai court jails ex-monk for raping teenager

THAILAND
The Phuket News

BANGKOK: A Thai court has jailed a former Buddhist monk for five-and-half years for raping a teenage girl at his Bangkok temple, in the latest scandal to tarnish the image of the nation's clergy.

Sanan Kamsridaeng, 65, confessed to raping the girl - who was aged under 15 at the time - last year and detaining her against her will when he was still a monk, a Bangkok criminal court official told AFP.

"He was sentenced on Thursday (June 26) to six years in jail for the first count... and five years for the second count. But because he confessed the judge cut his sentence to five years and six months," the official said.

He was disrobed after his arrest last year.

In recent weeks Thailand's national religion has faced damaging accusations linked to monks' behaviour, with high-profile scandals ranging from reports of monks taking drugs and drinking, to a case in May of five defrocked abbots charged with sexually abusing boys.

The National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has launched a hotline to report monks behaving badly, after the leader of Thailand's military junta expressed concern over the image of Buddhism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Secret settlements vs. your safety

UNITED STATES
The Advertiser

What people don’t know can hurt them — as proven repeatedly by a system of secret justice that has grown up inside the courts.

General Motors’ handling of its Chevy Cobalts with faulty ignition switches is the latest example. GM has settled several claims by victims or their loved ones — on the condition that the terms remain secret.

Public settlements might have warned everyone of the danger or even forced the company to replace the switches sooner. None of that happened. The cars weren’t recalled until February, nine years after one of the earliest settlements.

Keeping the terms of settlements secret (or sealing documents) has become routine, and not just among automakers. Corporations have used the strategy to hide the side effects of dangerous drugs, tires that shred on the road and small planes with defective parts. The Catholic Church kept settlements secret to protect abusive priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Francis’ Honeymoon is Over – Another Liberal Bites Back

UNITED STATES
Standing on My Head

June 27, 2014 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Last week Salon ran a hatchet piece on Pope Francis by Anna March. In one of the most ludicrous article I’ve ever read it was suggested that Pope Francis’ nice guy image is nothing more than a PR stunt run by a sinister conservative member of Opus Dei… I commented on March’s piece here.
Today Patricia Miller–a pro-abortion Catholic lets rip about Pope Francis.

At the Huffington Post she declares that Pope Francis has let women down in three ways. Her article is here.

You can predict what three ways the Pope has let women down: First he has not allowed women’s ordination:

Francis said early on that he wouldn’t challenge the teaching of Pope John Paul II that women can never be priests. “The church has spoken and says no… That door is closed,” he said. But many Catholic scholars disagree with John Paul II’s assessment that the church can’t ordain women. It’s more a matter of church tradition, which is itself shaky because there were women priests in the early years of the church, than doctrine. They also disagree with the move by Pope Benedict, when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to declare Pope John Paul’s pronouncement essentially infallible.

I love those bald, unsubstantiated statements: “Many Catholic scholars disagree with John Paul II’s assessment…” No names, no reference, no quotes, but Pat says so so it must be true. Of course it could be true that many scholars disagree. Many scholars disagree with lots of stuff. Let’s move on.
Then the most amazingly bald lie of all: “There were women priests in the early years of the church.” Whaaat?! Where’s the evidence? Where did such a flat lie come from?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Vatican laicizes former nuncio to Dominican Republic

VATICAN CITY
Headlines from the Catholic World

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following abuse accusations last fall involving the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, the Vatican has concluded the first part of his canonical trial with a guilty verdict and laicization.

Accusations of sexual misconduct were reported last year regarding the former nuncio Josef Wesolowski, which led to his Aug. 21 resignation.

Following the publication of the initial accusations, a 13-year-old boy from the country said in a television interview that the Polish former archbishop had solicited him for sexual favors in exchange for money. He was then taken into protective custody by Dominican Republic officials.

In September the Vatican expressed their willingness to hand the former nuncio over to civil authorities, even though they are not required to do so since there is no extradition treaty between the Vatican and the Dominican Republic, and since they possess the legal right to invoke diplomatic immunity in protection of the nuncio. ...

Members of the Church in the Dominican Republic are also recovering from the recent accusations of sexual abuse against Father Juan Manuel Mota de Jesus.

A “root problem” of clergy abuse, Cardinal López said, is “an undetermined number” of candidates preparing for the priesthood who “do not have an authentic vocation” and who “during formation are able to feign something that they are not, and if formation directors are not careful, they sneak into the clergy, and later the bishops pay the consequences for their excesses and turmoil.”

He then asked as president of the Dominican bishops for “forgiveness of the victims of the heartless men who have abused them and their families” as well as forgiveness “of the community of the Catholic Church, which is humiliated by this unspeakable abuse, and also of the entire Dominican nation which is witnessing this unfortunate spectacle.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Prosecutors: Minister admitted to sexual abuse ...

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Prosecutors: Minister admitted to sexual abuse after confronted by victim's parents

By Michelle Manchir and Jeremy Gorner
Tribune reporters
6:07 p.m. CDT, June 27, 2014

A minister was charged with sexual abuse this week after his alleged victim, now 19, remembered while training to become a camp counselor that he had been attacked years ago, authorities said Friday.

“During the training, the victim learned about how to respond if he were to learn of the sexual abuse of a child,” prosecutors said in court documents. “This triggered the victim's memory and he immediately (told) his parents.”

The parents confronted John Hays, 57, who admitted he had molested the teen, according to prosecutors. The teen was sexually abused from the time he was 8 until he was 13 years old, prosecutors said. Hays was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

When the abuse began in February 2003, Hays was the victim's neighbor, father of his friends and a pastor, prosecutors said. The victim would come to Hays' house to play video games with Hays' sons, they said.

Hays would “enter the room and place the victim on his lap” and fondle the boy, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

RIVER FOREST MINISTER ACCUSED OF MOLESTING BOY OVER SEVERAL YEARS

ILLINOIS
WLS

By Tanja Babich and Diane Pathieu
Friday, June 27, 2014

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLS) -- A minister on staff at a River Forest church accused of molesting a boy over several years appeared in court Friday.

Chicago police arrested Reverend John Hays, 57, on Thursday. He has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The alleged abuse took place in his home in the Austin neighborhood from 2003 to 2009. Police said it began when the boy was 8 years old. The victim, who is now 19, reported the alleged abuse to police last month.

Church board member Kevin Murphy says Hays notified the River Forest church that he was being investigated for the crime last month and was promptly terminated from his role as director of congregational life. He was not involved with either the children's or youth ministries, still members of the congregation were notified about the investigation within days of Hays' departure from the church, Murphy said.

"Any allegation or incident of child abuse is very upsetting to all concerned. And this is a very serious situation that's very upsetting to me personally. It's very upsetting to our entire congregation," said Murphy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Archdiocese reaches out to sexual abuse victims of late reverend

TEXAS
KSAT

[with video]

Author: Robert Taylor, Web Editor
Published On: Jun 27 2014

SAN ANTONIO -
The Archdiocese of San Antonio is making an effort to reach out to victims who may have been sexually abused by the late Rev. Bruce MacArthur.

The archdiocese said Friday it has placed announcements in the bulletins at St. James and St. Dominic Catholic churches, the archdiocese website and the Catholic Newspaper in an effort to reach those affected.

MacArthur served at St. James and St. Dominic Catholic churches between 1979 and 1984.

In a statement, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he would continue working to make every Catholic church, school and institution a safe harbor for all children.

The news was not settling for the members of the Survivors Network of those abused by priests.

The group's director, David Clohessy, issued a statement, saying parents and parishioners deserve better.

"We can't help but wonder how many other serial child molesting clerics are in or have been in the archdiocese, but whose crimes and whereabouts continue to be hidden by archdiocesan staffers, past and present," said Clohessy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Catholic inquiry asks to hear allegations of sexual abuse

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

ALLEGATIONS of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Scotland can now be submitted to a commission carrying out an external review into the scandal.

The inquiry chaired by the former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan, CBE, said the help of victims would allow him to build up a "full and clear picture" of current and past safeguards and procedures.

He added: "To do this, we have to listen to survivors of abuse and harm and we urge people to get in touch with us in confidence.

"Our task is primarily to help to protect children and vulnerable adults and we want to help the Catholic Church ensure its policies and practices with regard to abuse are following best practice.

"The only credible policy for a church is no abuse, no cover-up."

Commissioners are meeting with interested parties and listening to expert opinion on best practice in safeguarding children and vulnerable people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Church elder found guilty of rape and sexual assaults

UNITED KINGDOM
Barry and District News

A "RESPECTED and trusted" Jehovah's Witness church elder from Barry has been found guilty of rape and eight charges of indecent assault by a jury after a three week trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for more than 10 hours to find Mark Sewell, 53, of Porthkerry Road, Barry, unanimously guilty of five charges and not guilty of one charge of indecent assault.

They then took a further two hours to reach a 10 to two majority verdict of guilty to a single charge of rape and a charge of indecent assault and an 11 to one majority verdict of guilty to another charge of indecent assault.

The three week trial had heard how Sewell, described as a "predator" and a "bully", indecently assaulted girls under the age of 16 and 14 and raped a fellow church member during a 10 year campaign of sexual abuse throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

In the late 1980s Sewell abused one young girl from the ages of 12 to 14, kissing her on the mouth using his tongue, touching her inappropriately and would often manoeuvre himself into situations where he would rub her on top of him in a sexual manner, sometimes while wearing just his underwear.

Sewell also raped a female friend and fellow church goer at his home following a campaign of inappropriate and suggestive sexual behaviour towards her. Following the attack the woman became pregnant, but miscarried a short time later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Ex-suburban pastor charged with molesting boy

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter June 27, 2014

A former pastor of a west suburban church sexually abused a boy who was his neighbor and a parishioner, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

John Hays, 57, allegedly abused the victim from the time he was 8-years-old until he was 13, Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy told a judge.

Hays, of the 5800 block of West Race, was listed in police records as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

“Beginning when the victim was about 8 years old, the victim would go to the defendant’s house to play video games with the defendant’s sons. While the boys were playing the games, [Hays] would enter the room and place the victim on his lap” and fondle him, Novy said.

Hays played what he called “a tickle game and touch the victim all over the victim’s body,” Novy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Ex-pastor charged with child sex abuse

ILLINOIS
Belleville News-Democrat

The Associated Press
June 27, 2014

CHICAGO — A 57-year-old Chicago man has been charged with abusing a boy for six years.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that (http://bit.ly/1rI2dfY ) John Hays was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A judge on Friday set bond at $250,000.

Hays is accused of fondling the Chicago boy repeatedly from 2003 through 2009, beginning when the alleged victim was 8 years old. The victim is now 19, and reported the alleged abuse in May.

Prosecutors say Hays was a pastor and neighbor of the victim's family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Jehovah's Witness leader guilty of rape and seven other indecent assaults

WALES
Wales Online

Jun 27, 2014 By Ciaran Jones

Barry congregation elder and 'sexual predator' Mark Sewell, 53, has been convicted of rape and seven counts of indecent assault

A respected Jehovah's Witnesses church leader was today convicted of a string of sex abuse allegations.

Former Barry congregation elder and "sexual predator" Mark Sewell, 53, denied nine historic sex charges against girls and women in a period spanning more than eight years.

The businessman and former Butlins holiday camp driver faces "a very substantial prison sentence" after a jury at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court convicted him of eight counts, including rape.

The jury first returned unanimous guilty verdicts on five counts of indecent assault against two young girls following more than nine hours of deliberation.

He was also unanimously found not guilty of one count of indecent assault against one of the girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

UK- Jehovah Witness predator convicted; SNAP responds

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

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 former Jehovah's Witness elder has been found guilty of child sex crimes. We are very grateful to his courageous victims. And we are glad that Mark Sewell will be kept away from children, at least for a while.

[Wales Online]

Sewell will be sentenced next month. So it's not too late for others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward and help make sure he's locked up for a long time.

The internal church “process” followed here was awful. Victims were sworn to silence and had to be in the room with this predator when they reported their pain, both of which are cruel demands to make on brave but deeply-suffering crime victims.

Given the mean-spirited treatment by JW officials, it's a miracle that Sewell's victims are willing to cooperate with the secular justice system. We applaud them for doing so. We hope they take some comfort from the jury's wise decision today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Jehovah's Witness church leader facing jail after being convicted of rape

WALES
Mirror

Jun 28, 2014 By Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Mark Sewell's victims were forced to face their attacker in 'judicial' hearings organised by church elders

A Jehovah's Witness church leader has been convicted of a string of historic sex charges.

Mark Sewell, 53, of Barry, near Cardiff, was convicted of seven indecent assaults and one rape, between 1987 and 1995.

He faces a "substantial" jail term when sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil crown court on Wednesday.

During his trial, the court heard how Sewell, a former Butlins holiday camp driver, of Porthkerry Road in Barry, used his “position of power” as an elder in the congregation to “exploit and abuse” women and children, according to Wales Online.

Prosecutor Sarah Waters said he had used his influence "to perpetrate such sexual abuse over a number of years for his own sexual gratification".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Catholic bishop's home to be sold, with some of the proceeds to benefit sexual abuse victims

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: June 27, 2014

ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania says it plans to sell the bishop's residence, and some of the proceeds will benefit sexual abuse victims.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown says Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will move into the rectory of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Spokesman Tony DeGol tells The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1jVWI8s ) that Bartchak's schedule keeps him away from home frequently. DeGol says the bishop is a "simple man" who "doesn't need to live in a house that large."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Catholic archbishop defrocked by Vatican for sexually abusing teenage boys

VATICAN CITY
Deutche Welle

A Catholic archbishop and papal nuncio has been defrocked after his conviction for sexually abusing teenage boys. He is the most senior Vatican figure to be punished for such a crime.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's eccleseastical diplomat for the Dominican Republic and former Holy See ambassador, has been defrocked after being convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys.

The Vatican said on Friday that the Polish-born cleric was found guilty of sex abuse by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the modern-day successor to the Inquisition.

The sentence is the harshest penalty the tribunal can rule against a cleric under canon law. It strips him of his duties and status as a priest. Wesolowski could now face criminal charges by the Vatican tribunal with a jail sentence if found guilty.

The Vatican issued a brief statement but gave no information about the crimes themselves or when they were committed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Davis priest pleads guilty to sex with minor

CALIFORNIA
Daily Democrat

By Democrat Staff
news@dailydemocrat.com @woodlandnews on Twitter

CREATED: 06/27/2014

A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl he met while working at a Davis church.

Rev. Hector Coria Gonzales, 45, entered his plea at a conditional hearing Friday morning, where he admitted to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

The girl made her first appearance in the courtroom on Friday, stating that "all of the conduct between the two was consensual and there was no abuse or manipulation," according to the Davis Enterprise.

The girl, identified as "M.L." in court documents, expressed that she did not want to see the matter prosecuted, and added that she would record her comments in a letter to be read at Gonzales' sentencing, the Enterprise reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
The Local

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was recalled to Rome last year amid claims that he sexually abused a number of children in the slums of Santo Domingo, was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican said on Friday.

It is the first time that a Vatican ambassador has been defrocked for sexual abuse. Wesolowski, who has two months to appeal, was slapped with the severest punishment possible for a cleric and told he can no longer perform priestly duties.

Once his canonical conviction is definitive he will have to face the Vatican City's criminal tribunal, which could sentence him to prison in what would be the first such trial for sex abuse within the tiny city state.

The conviction came six months after the UN's child rights watchdog highlighted Wesolowski's case as an example of the Vatican's failure to take concrete actions to prove its commitment to stamp out the abuse of minors by priests.

The sight of the Polish cleric wandering around Rome and lunching in restaurants had sparked fury on social media sites this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

June 27, 2014

Davis Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex with Teen Girl

CALIFORNIA
KFBK

A Davis priest accused of having sex with a teenage girl has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old.

Hector Coria Gonzales reached a plea agreement with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and will be sentenced to 90 days in jail, three years probation and sexual offender counseling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Victims Becomes Law

MASSACHUSETTS
WGGB

[with video]

REGION (WGGB) — A new bill has been signed into law by Governor Deval patrick that extends the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their abusers.

A local woman, Kathy Picard, has been fighting for the change for over a decade.

For Picard, this pen used by Governor Patrick, signifies 12 years of hard nosed work.

“It’s been emotionally up and down, but now it’s awesome. It’s just truly amazing,” Picard explains.

The new statute of limitations law was signed after it unanimously passed the House and Senate. It allows any sex abuse victim up to the age of 53 to file civil charges against their alleged abuser.

“There are people that say that a survivor is not going to get day in court, let perpetrator prove that they did not do what they did.”

A victim herself from ages 7 to 17, Picard filed suit against her stepfather Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM

MN-Predatory priest case to be heard by MN Supreme Court

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

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

We are thrilled that Minnesota's highest court will take another look at the criminal abuse case against Fr. Christopher Wenthe of the St. Paul Archdiocese.

[Minnesota Lawyer]

It's worth noting that the issue here is a legal technicality. There's little or no doubt that he abused his power and broke the law by sexually exploiting a parishioner. (Whether the constitutionality of that law is ultimately is upheld is the unresolved question.)

It's also worth noting that there's still time for others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Wenthe's crimes to step forward. By doing so, they can help prosecutors, themselves, and others.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Vatican Defrocks Dominican Envoy Accused of Abuse

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
JUNE 27, 2014

The Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, an archbishop from Poland who was accused of sexually abusing boys while he served as the pope’s representative in the Caribbean nation.

The former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, 65, is the first papal nuncio known to be removed from the priesthood because of accusations of child sexual abuse. The Vatican announced on Friday that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles abuse cases, had recently completed his canonical trial. He has two months to appeal the decision.

He still faces a criminal trial by the Vatican because, as a diplomat, he is a citizen of the Vatican city-state. It would be the first such trial held under new rules for criminal procedures implemented by the Vatican last year and a test of Pope Francis’ resolve to turn a page on the long-running sexual abuse scandal.

Francis will reportedly meet next week in Rome with abuse survivors from Ireland and other countries — the first time as pope that he will personally hear the testimony of those who have suffered abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Abuse survivors and their parents in Buenos Aires, where Francis served as archbishop, said in interviews that they had requested meetings with him to share their stories and were consistently turned down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Sex abuse suit against Camden diocese settled

NEW JERSEY
Courier-Post

Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill 4:02 p.m. EDT June 27, 2014

A North Carolina woman has settled a lawsuit against the Diocese of Camden that alleged she was molested by a serial-offender priest in the 1980s.

In fighting the suit, the diocese contended Lisa Syvertson Shanahan waited too long to sue over alleged attacks during her childhood by Thomas Harkins, then a parish priest at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton.

The settlement came after a federal judge in March affirmed his ruling that Shanahan could pursue her suit under the state’s Child Sex Abuse Act, which can delay for decades the normal two-year statute of limitations.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

State Supreme Court to reconsider clergy sexual abuse case

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Lawyer

By: Elizabeth Ahlin June 27, 2014

The Minnesota Supreme Court is going to take another look at State v. Christopher Thomas Wenthe, a case that has been reviewed by the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals again.

The case involves Wenthe, a Catholic priest, who was engaged in a sexual relationship with a female parishioner from 2003 to 2005. The alleged abuse was reported to police in 2010. The ensuing criminal case has subjected the state clergy sexual abuse statute to court scrutiny.

In Wenthe’s first appeal from his conviction for third-degree sexual misconduct, the Court of Appeals found the clergy misconduct statute, as applied, to be unconstitutional in violation of the Establishment Clause. The Supreme Court reversed, finding it did not violate the First Amendment, and sent it back to the Court of Appeals to consider the other issues raised on appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

4 lessons we can learn from a church that hired a sex offender

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

Boz Tchividjian | Jun 27, 2014

“We’re firm believers in the Bible, so if God’s forgiven you, then we’re in no position to treat you otherwise.”

These are the words of the interim pastor at New Gospel Outreach Church, shortly after learning that the senior pastor was arrested for sexually abusing a fourteen-year-old boy. What is so incredibly dreadful is that the senior pastor was a convicted sex offender when he was hired three years ago. What is so incredibly appalling is that the church knew that when they hired him! Yes, the folks at New Gospel Outreach Church knowingly hired a convicted sex offender as their pastor! This church just doesn’t get it.

At first glance, many who read this news story may dismiss it as an extreme situation and being thankful that their church would never do anything so horrific. Sure, most churches are not knowingly hiring convicted sex offenders to be pastors. That is good! However, churches and faith communities are increasingly faced with decisions related to sex offenders and disclosures of sexual abuse. My hope is that we can all learn from this church that just doesn’t get it. Here are just four lessons:

“The allegations were false”: At the time he was hired, the pastor informed the church of his past conviction and claimed the allegations were false. Despite the fact that a court of law found sufficient evidence to convict this man of a sexual offense against a child, the church preferred to believe his words. I have seldom encountered child sexual abusers who did not claim that the allegations made against them were false. I even prosecuted cases where the defendant gave a full confession to law enforcement as he maintained his innocence to friends and family. Anytime we are dealing with someone who has been prosecuted for sexually abusing a child, we don’t have the luxury to accept his or her words of denial. Here are some basic steps anyone can take to guard against being deceived:

* Review the court file. If a person has been prosecuted, the courthouse will have a file of their case that is available for review. Oftentimes, these court files contain critical information about the offender that he or she would prefer you never read.

* Speak with the investigator. Every child sexual abuse case is assigned a lead investigator who knows more about the case than anyone else. Though they may be limited in what they can share with you (though I have found that most are happy to tell you what they know), they will certainly be able to confirm or deny what the offender has told you about the allegations.

* Meet with the probation officer. If the offender is or has ever been on probation for the offense, a probation officer will have supervised them. This person will not only be very familiar with the facts of the criminal case, but they will be in the best position to give you a current assessment of the offender’s character and behavior.

It is time for our faith communities to stop placing greater value on the words of sex offenders than the bodies and souls of our children. This church just doesn’t get it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Holy See: “It’s only natural the Pope should suffer fatigue given the life he leads”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The Vatican explains why the Pope missed today’s scheduled visit to Rome’s “Agostino Gemelli” hospital: “It was his own decision to postpone his visit to the Gemelli”

GIACOMO GALEAZZI
VATICAN CITY

“His fatigue is down to the intense and busy life he leads. This is not the first time a visit has been called off.” This was the explanation the Vatican gave for the Pope’s no-show at Rome’s “Agostino Gemelli” hospital where a large crowd of faithful excitedly awaited his arrival this afternoon. In doing so, the Vatican slashed speculations regarding the Pope’s health, straight away.

“Even before his visit to the Holy Land the Pope decided by himself not to complete his scheduled visit the Sanctuary of Divine Love.” “And again now, the Holy Father decided of his own accord not to go.”

Francis’ decision not to visit the University of the Sacred Heart’s Rome campus is down to an “unexpected indisposition”, at the end of a very trying week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Vatican Laicizes Archbishop Josef Wesolowski for Sex Abuse of Minors

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

by EDWARD PENTIN 06/27/2014

VATICAN CITY — A former papal diplomat has been convicted of sexually abusing minors and has been laicized, the Vatican announced today.

The news comes ahead of an expected meeting between Pope Francis and victims of clerical sex abuse at the Vatican next week.

In a statement, the Vatican said the first stage in the canonical trial against Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, “has been concluded with the laicization of the prelate” and that he has “two months in which to make an eventual appeal.”

It added that the penal trial before the Vatican judicial authorities, following today’s ruling by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “will continue as soon as the canonical sentence has been made definitive.”

This further trial is necessary since, as a papal diplomat, he is a citizen of Vatican City.

Wesolowski, 66, is the most senior Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse. Until now, the Vatican has refrained from commenting on the charges against him and the exact nature of his offenses is not yet known.

Responding to media reports, the Vatican stressed that Wesolowski has until now been granted “relative freedom of movement, as he awaits the verification by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith of the basis of these accusations made against him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

INTL- Who's watching defrocked predator archbishop now? SNAP asks

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 949.322.7434, jcasteix@gmail.com )

The Vatican is now disciplining another type of child molesting cleric - a diplomat (Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski). That's a new twist on an old pattern - Catholic officials dealing with those who commit child sex crimes while ignoring those who conceal child sex crimes.

[Telegraph]

We suspect that one reason Vatican officials are taking action in this case is because, according to the International Business Times, “a 13-year-old boy has said that the archbishop paid him to masturbate in his presence and filmed the act on his mobile phone.” We suspect there's a real fear that, if true, footage like this could surface publicly.

[International Business Times]

If the cops bust a street corner drug dealer - whether tall or short, young or old, left-handed or right-handed - but refuse to even try to bust the enablers, the big suppliers, the kingpins, little real progress will happen.

But this is precisely what church officials do – refuse to go after the source: the bishops who keep helping predators and endanger kids.

And with each iteration, each new “type” of child molesting cleric who is disciplined, many get unduly excited.

"This is big! This predator is high profile."

"This is big! This predator heads a religious order."

"This is big! This predator is close to the Pope."

"This is big! This predator is X or Y or Z."

And very little changes, because this crisis is more about the “big fish” than the “small fry.”

Finally, we desperately hope that we are proven wrong, but we worry that Wesolowski may flee. Dozens of child molesting clerics have evaded justice by simply jumping on a plane. Some are found years later, often in positions (paid or volunteer, inside or outside of the church) where they're around kids. We hope Vatican officials have jailed or will soon jail Wesolowski so this can't happen. Having a priest or a nun allegedly “monitor” him is a recipe for disaster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

St. Ignatius: Settlement talks ordered ...

MONTANA
Missoulian

St. Ignatius: Settlement talks ordered in Catholic school, parish sex-abuse case

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press

HELENA — The Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province have found a lender willing to put up money to allow the order to begin settlement negotiations with hundreds of people who claim they were abused by priests and nuns in Montana, an attorney said Thursday.

The disclosure by Ursulines attorney Thomas Johnson comes less than three weeks before the first in a series of trials against the order was to get underway.

District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock pushed the July 14 trial date to Dec. 1 to allow the attorneys for the Ursulines and the plaintiffs in the two lawsuits to hold talks. If significant progress has not been made after 45 days, the judge may order the sides to meet with a mediator, he said in a court hearing Thursday.

The Ursulines and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena are defendants in the lawsuits filed by 362 people who say they were abused between the 1940s and 1970s.

The case against the diocese was put on hold after it filed for bankruptcy as part of a proposed $15 million settlement. The Ursulines are not a part of the settlement and the claims against them are going forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

TX- Archdiocese move is “too little, too late”

TEXAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

The San Antonio Archdiocese has notified some of its flock about an admitted pedophile priest.

(see today's Express News).

Thirty five years ago, Fr. Bruce MacArthur was sentenced to state prison for trying to rape a disabled woman in a nursing home.

Twenty two years ago, Fr. Bruce MacArthur admitting to Catholic officials that he raped girls.

Only now, however, does San Antonio's bishop take even the tiniest of steps to share that information.

Parents and parishioners deserve better.

MacArthur was moved across 20 assignments in seven dioceses, four states and two countries. Four bishops in Texas alone transferred him. His sordid history has been on a widely-known and trusted website called BishopAccountability.org for at least a decade.

But San Antonio Catholic officials only act now, when a victim forces their hand. We can't help but wonder how many other serial child molesting clerics are in or have been in the archdiocese but whose crimes and whereabouts continue to be hidden by archdiocesan staffers, past and present.

Finally, the grudging, belated and small archdiocesan notice about MacArthur urged people to call church officials. That's a continuation of a decades-old pattern in which Catholic figures want to handle clergy sex crimes internally. It's secular officials, not church officials, who should be contacted with information about crimes. It's police and prosecutors, not priests and bishops, who should be told about crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Catholic archbishop defrocked by Vatican for sexually abusing teenage boys

VATICAN CITY
Telegraph (UK)

By Nick Squires, Rome 27 Jun 2014

A Catholic archbishop and former Holy See ambassador has been defrocked after being convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys, making him the most senior Vatican figure to be punished for such a crime.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was the Vatican’s nuncio or ambassador to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, was found guilty of sex abuse by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the modern-day successor to the Inquisition.

The tribunal handed down the harshest penalty possible against a cleric under canon law, stripping him of his duties and status as a priest.

In a brief statement, the Vatican gave no information about what crimes Wesolowski had been convicted of, where and when the offences took place or how many boys were involved.

The punishment was immediately questioned by groups representing past victims of clerical paedophilia, who said the archbishop should face a criminal trial by civil authorities rather than a behind-closed-doors Vatican judicial process. ...

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the world’s biggest group representing clerical sex abuse victims, said: “It’s encouraging when child-molesting clerics are disciplined, but we are troubled by the Vatican’s continued insistence on handling child sex crimes internally.

“Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski should face a criminal trial, not a church proceeding. And he should be in a secular jail. And he might have been in one for months, had Vatican officials cooperated with law enforcement.” The campaign group said Wesolowski should be extradited to the Dominican Republic or Poland, both of which are investigating the accusations against him, but said it suspected he would be protected by the Vatican.

“If this Vatican move leads to Wesolowski being locked up, we’ll be encouraged. However, we fear that it won’t.” The former archbishop is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be found guilty of sex abuse.

In a 75-page document released by the Vatican on Thursday, which will prepare the way for a conference in October on issues such as contraception and divorce, the Catholic Church hierarchy admitted that it had been gravely damaged by the scandal of paedophile priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Vatican diplomat Jozef Wesolowski convicted of sexual abuse, defrocked from the priesthood

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna | Jun 27, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, has been defrocked and is likely to face criminal prosecution at the Vatican after a church inquiry convicted him of child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, is pictured during a 2011 ceremony in Santo Domingo. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found the archbishop guilty of sexual abuse of minors and has ordered that he be laicized.

Wesolowski, who is originally from Poland, was removed from his post in the Dominican Republic and recalled to the Vatican in August amid claims that he had abused boys in Santo Domingo.

The 65-year-old envoy is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for sex abuse. He was found guilty after an inquiry conducted by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has jurisdiction over all sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church.

In a brief statement released Friday (June 27), the Vatican said the verdict was issued “in the past few days” and the former diplomat was facing arrest due to the “gravity of the case.”

“Measures will be taken so he is in a precise restricted location, without any freedom of movement, since he has been found guilty of a serious crime and is awaiting further legal action,” said the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

A bishop from the Dominican Republic was recently reported to say that he was shocked to see Wesolowski walking freely on the streets of central Rome. Prosecutors there have said they have convincing evidence that the prelate molested young men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Vatican laicizes former nuncio in connection to abuse allegations

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican investigation has led to the expulsion of a former Vatican ambassador from the priesthood in response to allegations of sexually abusing minors.

Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, was sentenced with laicization after a canonical process conducted by the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith, the Vatican said in a written statement June 27.

The 65-year-old archbishop has two months to appeal the decision.

The Vatican City criminal court's own trial of the archbishop will begin once the canonical process concludes, the statement said.

Given the fact that the archbishop has been "dismissed from the clerical state," the Vatican said, "all measures appropriate to the gravity of the case" would be taken while he is awaiting his criminal trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Vatican Defrocks Ex-Ambassador for Abuse of Minors

VATICAN CITY
Wall Street Journal

By LIAM MOLONEY
June 27, 2014

ROME—The Vatican has ordered the defrocking—the maximum penalty for a member of the clergy—of its highest-level official in recent times for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, as the Catholic Church is determined to show its no-tolerance policy toward clerical abusers.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, ordered in recent days that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Holy See's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, be laicized following a canonical trial, said the Holy See in a statement.

The ruling means that he is forbidden from exercising his priesthood activities.

"He has been found guilty of being a pedophile," said Rev. Ciro Benedettini, deputy head of the Holy See press office.

Archbishop Wesolowski, 65 years old, has two months to appeal the guilty finding, said the Vatican. Should the appeal confirm the defrocking, he can ultimately turn to Pope Francis to seek a reversal of the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Cesan por estupro a otro sacerdote potosino

MEXICO
Revista Punt de Vist

[Summary: The Potosina archdiocese has suspended two priests who are accused of sexual abuse. Benjamin Moreno Aguirre, who heads the Commission for Justice and Care of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse, revealed yesterday, that one priest is Noe Trujillo, who was at Our Lady of Solitude parish in the municipality of Soledad de Graciano Sanchez. He is accused of raping a minor. The second is Francisco Javier Castillo Rios, who was suspended a month-and-a-half ago. He was pastor in the Ojocaliente community.]

MEXICO.- La Arquidiócesis Potosina suspendió a dos sacerdotes por acusaciones de abuso sexual a menores.

Benjamín Moreno Aguirre, encargado de la Comisión de Justicia y Atención a Víctimas de Pederastia, reveló ayer que uno es Noé Trujillo, quien estaba en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, en el Municipio de Soledad de Graciano Sánchez.

Trujillo está acusado del delito de estupro en contra de un menor, a quien según la versión de la madre de la víctima, el sacerdote contactó por Facebook para después abusar de él.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Former Nuncio Wesolowski reduced to lay state following paedophilia accusations

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The first phase of the Jozef Wesolowski’s canonical trial is over. Now the Polish archbishop risks arrest. The Pope had recalled him from his post in the Dominican Republic as a result of the accusations

DOMENICO AGASSO JR
TURIN

The former Apostolic Nuncio of the Dominican Republic, Mgr. Josef Wesolowski has been reduced to the pay state in the first stage of his canonical trial. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is verifying his case. The Holy See press office issued a statement today informing that the sentence had been passed. The 66-year-old Polish archbishop had been Nuncio in Santo Domingo since 2008 and had begun his diplomatic career during John Paul II’s pontificate. Pope Francis relieved him of his duties about a year ago, after the archbishop was accused of acts of paedophilia in the Dominican Republic.

Wesolowski now has two months to present an appeal if he wishes to; Vatican criminal proceedings will begin once the canonical sentence is definitive.

The Vatican pointed out that “until now Msgr. Wesolowski has been granted relative freedom of movement, as he awaits the verification by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith of the basis of these accusations made against him” and that “considering the sentence passed by the aforementioned dicastery, all the necessary procedures will be adopted in relation to the former nuncio, in conformity with the gravity of the case.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Retired priest found guilty of assaulting boy

IRELAND
RTE News

A 70-year-old retired priest has been found guilty of an indecent assault on a young boy at a boarding school in Cork in 1979.

Fr Tadhg Ó Dalaigh, with an address in Woodview, Mount Merrion Blackrock Co Dublin was found guilty by a unanimous decision.

The jury of ten men and two women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of the sexual assault of the then 16-year-boy old while he was a teacher at Coláiste Chroí Naofa in Carrignavar, County Cork.

The court had been told Fr Ó Dalaigh assaulted the boy while he was in the sick bay at the boarding school between March and April 1979.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

El exnuncio de R. Dominicana acusado de pederastia, expulsado del sacerdocio

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
ABC (Espana)

27-06-2014 / 15:11 h EFE

El que fuera nuncio en la República Dominicana entre enero de 2008 y agosto de 2013, el polaco Jozef Wesolowski, acusado de pederastia durante su estancia en ese país, fue expulsado del sacerdocio tras un proceso canónico, informó hoy el Vaticano.

El proceso celebrado ante la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe (el ex Santo Oficio) concluyó en los pasados días y ahora el sacerdote tendrá dos meses para recurrir la sentencia, agregó la Santa Sede.

El proceso penal ante los órganos judiciales vaticanos, al ser Wesolowski un diplomático de la Santa Sede, comenzará sólo cuando la sentencia del Santo Oficio sea definitiva, añade la nota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

El Vaticano expulsa a un ex arzobispo abusador

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Clarin

El arzobispo polaco Josef Wesolowski -destituido por el papa Francisco de su cargo embajador vaticano en República Dominicana a raíz de las graves acusaciones por abusos sexuales a menores- fue expulsado del sacerdocio tras un proceso canónico, informó hoy el Vaticano.

"La Congregación por la doctrina de la fe ha condenado a la dimisión de su función clerical al ex nuncio apostólico en República Dominicana, Josef Wesolowski", indicó un comunicado de la Santa Sede. Y agregó: "El acusado tiene dos meses para apelar". El proceso penal ante los órganos judiciales vaticanos, al ser Wesolowski un diplomático de la Santa Sede, comenzará sólo cuando la sentencia del Santo Oficio sea definitiva.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Arcybiskup Wesołowski wyrzucony z kapłaństwa. Przed nim proces karny

WATYKAN
Gazeta Wyborcza

Taką informację podało biuro prasowe Watykanu. Wesołowski został uznany za winnego i przeniesiony do stanu świeckiego wyrokiem trybunału działającego przy watykańskiej Kongregacji Nauki Wiary. Może się od tej decyzji odwołać do drugiej instancji.

W oficjalnym komunikacie Watykanu czytamy, że arcybiskup może odwołać się od tej decyzji w ciągu dwóch miesięcy. Stolica Apostolska zapewnia również, że proces karny, który toczy się w Watykanie, rozpocznie się tak szybko, jak to możliwe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

"To krok, który pomoże Kościołowi wydobyć się z grzechu pedofilii"

WATYKAN
TVN 24 (Polska)

- Ta decyzja musiała być uzasadniona poważnymi oskarżeniami o pedofilię - ocenił b. sekretarz KEP bp Tadeusz Pieronek, mówiąc o wydaleniu ze stanu duchownego b. nuncjusza apostolskiego na Dominikanie abp. Józefa Wesołowskiego.

Bp Tadeusz Pieronek mówił, że jeżeli Kościół opowiada się zasadą "zero tolerancji dla pedofilii, to w każdym przypadku". - Sądzę, że jest to krok, który pomoże Kościołowi wydobyć się z tego grzechu - zaznaczył.

- Jeżeli taka decyzja została podjęta przez Stolicę Apostolską w sprawie wydalenia abp. Wesołowskiego ze stanu duchownego, to musiała być ona uzasadniona poważnymi oskarżeniami o pedofilię popełnionymi przez niego - podkreślił biskup Pieronek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Ex-Vatican envoy convicted of child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Press TV (Iran)

The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been defrocked and convicted of child sex abuse by a church tribunal.

The Holy See said Friday that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and could no longer perform priestly duties.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wesolowski would also be stripped of his freedom of movement.

The ruling makes Wesolowski the first top papal representative to be convicted of child sex abuse.

The former envoy has two months to appeal. As a papal diplomat and citizen of the Vatican City State, he also faces criminal charges by the tribunal of Vatican City, which could put him behind bars.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Pope Francis, 77, cancels visit to Rome hospital; 2nd time in as many weeks he scales back

VATICAN CITY
Daily Reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: June 27, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has canceled a planned visit to one of Rome's main hospitals — the latest in a string of ailments that have raised questions about the 77-year-old pontiff's health.

Francis had been due to visit the Gemelli hospital and celebrate a Mass there Friday afternoon. But nearly an hour after he was due to arrive, the Vatican issued a statement saying he was cancelling the trip due to an "unexpected indisposition."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Vatican tribunal convicts former envoy of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
BBC News

A tribunal in the Vatican has convicted the former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic of sex abuse and stripped him of the priesthood.

Jozef Wesolowski, who is originally from Poland, was recalled by the Church last year amid claims that he had abused boys in Santo Domingo.

Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to have been investigated for sex abuse.

Pope Francis has urged the Church to root out and punish abuse by priests.

Wesolowski had served as envoy to the Dominican Republic for five years. He was ordained as a priest and bishop by his compatriot, Pope John Paul II.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Rappler

AFP

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was recalled to Rome last year amid claims that he sexually abused a number of children in the slums of Santo Domingo, was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican said on Friday.

It is the first time that a Vatican ambassador has been defrocked for sexual abuse. Wesolowski, who has two months to appeal, was slapped with the severest punishment possible for a cleric and told he can no longer perform priestly duties.

Once his canonical conviction is definitive he will have to face the Vatican City's criminal tribunal, which could sentence him to prison in what would be the first such trial for sex abuse within the tiny city state.

The conviction came 6 months after the UN's child rights watchdog highlighted Wesolowski's case as an example of the Vatican's failure to take concrete actions to prove its commitment to stamp out the abuse of minors by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

‘Yah’-worshipping Christians locked teen in basement for months for stealing DVD player

GEORGIA
The Raw Story

By Travis Gettys
Friday, June 27, 2014

A former college football star and his wife have been charged with keeping the eldest of their 10 children locked alone in a basement room for nearly two years as punishment for stealing.

Recardo Wimbush Sr., 33, and Therian Cornelia Wimbush, 37, told authorities they confined the 13-year-old to the basement because he’d taken the family DVD player and then lied about it.

“The victim had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room in January 2013,” said Cpl. Jake Smith, a spokesman for Gwinnett police. “The victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his siblings.”

The investigation began after an anonymous phone call was made to child protective services, reporting the boy was held in a small room with a large jar to use as a makeshift toilet. ...

A family website – “You’ve Been Wimbushed!” — indicates the parents are devout Christians who use the Hebrew names for God – “Yah” – and other biblical figures and advocate continual prayer.

Their next-door neighbor said the couple were strict disciplinarians who did not celebrate Christmas, handed out Bibles at Halloween, and displayed religious messages on their front door.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

INTL- Vatican move on Polish archbishop raises questions

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

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

It's encouraging when child molesting clerics are disciplined, but we are troubled by the Vatican's continued insistence on handling child sex crimes internally. Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski should face a criminal trial, not a church proceeding. And he should be in a secular jail. And he might have been in one for months, had Vatican officials cooperated with law enforcement.

[ABC News]

Children are safest when predators are imprisoned. But just a few days ago a bishop reported seeing Wesolowski walking unsupervised in the Vatican. For all we know, Wesolowski could have molested a child last night.

Vatican officials claim they're “taking adequate measures” with Wesolowski now. We can't help but be skeptical, however. For decades, hundreds of Catholic officials have repeatedly claimed they were keeping predators away from children but later those claims were proven false and more children were assaulted.

Ask yourself: would you prefer that your child's rapist lose his job title or lose his freedom? Kids need us to focus on outcomes, not processes. If this Vatican move leads to Wesolowski being locked up, we'll be encouraged. However, we fear that it won't.

We fear that when Wesolowski is finally and formally defrocked, Vatican officials will say they can't order or extradite him to Poland or the Dominican Republic to face charges. It will be tragic if that happens.

Six months ago, the Associated Press said that this case “has raised questions about whether the Vatican, by removing him from Dominican jurisdiction, was protecting him and placing its own investigations ahead of that of authorities in the Caribbean nation.” (Polish secular authorities are also investigating Wesolowski.)

Those questions remain unanswered.

Some will speak enthusiastically about how “unprecedented” this move is. But there's nothing new about Catholic officials defrocking a child molesting cleric. (This is, we believe, only the second time that's happened with a bishop.) When the Vatican defrocks enabling church supervisors for ignoring and hiding child sex crimes that will be real progress.

And again, there's nothing new about Catholic officials rebuffing police and prosecutors – as they appear to be doing with Wesolowski - and refusing to let the secular justice system safeguard children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Priest who found refuge in S.A. had record of molesting girls

TEXAS
San Antonio Express News

By Abe Levy

June 26, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — The Archdiocese of San Antonio has deemed credible a woman's recent claim that a priest sexually abused her in the late 1970s when she was a girl, according to notices it circulated this month in its newspaper, its website and at two parishes.

In the course of reviewing the allegation, the archdiocese said, it discovered that a now-deceased priest who had worked at that time in two local parishes had been convicted of molesting and raping a child in Wisconsin and of attempted rape of an adult.

The wording of the notice implies that archdiocese officials believe the late Father Bruce MacArthur was the woman's abuser, but it does not explicitly say so.

An archdiocese spokesman would not elaborate on the notice, which says MacArthur was assigned to the parish where she was abused — St. James the Apostle on the South Side.

The notice was circulated at both St. James and St. Dominic parishes, where the archdiocese says MacArthur worked from 1979 to 1984.

“I pledge my commitment to continue working to make every Catholic Church, school and institution a safe harbor for all our children,” the notice quotes Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller saying. He also asks that any victim of MacArthur contact the archdiocese.

It was the first time the archdiocese made MacArthur's name public as a child sex offender.

However, his supervising bishops, including now-retired San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores, knew he had a record of child sex offenses dating to the 1960s, documents from lawsuits against him in 2004 and 2007 show.

He underwent multiple stints at treatment centers between assignments in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas, say the court documents, which describe him admitting to molesting or raping at least 15 girls.

He called himself a “rotten priest” and asked his bishop to ban him from public ministry in 1992, the documents state.

The documents show MacArthur was sentenced to state prison in 1979 for attempted rape of a disabled woman in a nursing home in El Paso. Flores met him when he was El Paso's bishop in 1978, the records say, a year before he became San Antonio's archbishop.

He pleaded guilty in 2008 to three counts of molesting girls in Wisconsin and was sentenced to six months in jail. MacArthur died two years ago at age 89 in Clint, a Texas border town just south of El Paso.

Tahira Khan Merritt, a Fort Worth attorney who has sued dioceses in Texas on behalf of child sex abuse clients, described MacArthur's case an example of how the church's sex abuse scandal has been ongoing.

Catholic leaders allowed MacArthur to stay under the radar as a child sex offender for decades without reporting him to law enforcement, she said.

“There are these 'benevolent bishops' they talk about in these documents who take in these sexual predators,” Merritt said. “It is putting more children in harm's way and not advising parishioners of the danger of these men. In 2014, why is this not publicized more widely?”

MacArthur was raised in a Catholic family in Selby, South Dakota in 1922. In 1953, he was ordained to the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

A decade later, he was pastor of St. Peter the Apostle parish in Platte, South Dakota, where he sexually abused three girls, sisters, at their home. The oldest he took to a hotel for one episode, a 2004 lawsuit deposition states. He molested the other two in his rectory, he admitted.

His supervisor then, Sioux Falls Bishop Lambert Hoch, sent him for two weeks' treatment at Via Coeli in New Mexico, a common destination for pedophile priests.

He resurfaced at St. William's parish in Ramona, South Dakota, where two girls, 10 and 11, claimed he touched them inappropriately.

“Keep it as quiet as possible,” wrote a priest to the bishop in relaying the wishes of the girls' parents for MacArthur to be transferred.

By 1965, he was on a retreat in an abbey for his problem. His bishop sent him to the Milwaukee archdiocese and treatment there.

By his third ministry assignment in Wisconsin, at a hospital in Beaver Dam, he had abused 11 girls, by his own count. He regularly had sex with one girl in Wisconsin for about five years, starting in fifth grade and ending in high school, he admitted.

Back in South Dakota, MacArthur sexually abused three more girls, according to his deposition.

In 1973, he said, his bishop “indirectly” assigned him to El Paso because of pedophilia. There, he ministered in hospitals but also worked at St. Patrick Cathedral — where he molested another girl, court documents state.

Arrested in January 1978, he was convicted a year later of attempted rape of a female nursing home patient. The woman was 51, mute and unable to walk. MacArthur was on probation while in San Antonio and the record is not clear when he went to prison. He testified he was released March 26, 1981.

While in San Antonio, he was in therapy. Flores agreed to have him serve here, encouraged by the Sioux Falls bishop, who indicated MacArthur's past was too well known in his diocese for him to return.

At one point, Flores considered MacArthur's request to officially transfer to the San Antonio archdiocese.

“If he is willing to work with us and if it works out, I am definitely willing to work with him,” Flores wrote.

According to the San Antonio archdiocese, MacArthur worked at St. James from 1979 to 1980 and from 1982 to 1984, and at St. Dominic from 1980 to 1982.

He went on to join the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, traveling to Africa and ministering at a parish in Brownsville and near Saltillo, Mexico. He then found a supporter in now retired San Angelo Bishop Michael Pfeiffer, also an Oblate, who gave him temporary work.

Bishop Paul Dudley of Sioux Falls wrote Pfeiffer in 1990 that MacArthur “had extensive counseling in dealing with the sexual issues that has afflicted him in the past. ... You know his background far better than even I do.”

But two years later, Dudley warned Pfeiffer to keep a close watch on MacArthur, citing the rise of lawsuits and news coverage of pedophile priests. And, he wrote, “Just a few days ago, a woman called me expressing such fear and worry that Father Bruce might abuse some child as she was abused.”

MacArthur formally asked for retirement and removal from public ministry, which was granted Aug. 21, 1992.

Two years later, he mailed a letter from Clint to his former bishop, Dudley. He said he had been living in a small trailer and working at a soup kitchen for Navajos, volunteering alongside nuns from Mother Theresa's order.

“It is here I have learned to pray always as they do,” he wrote. “I would say that this mild yet constant retreat was at times uplifting and at other times extremely depressing, for I was forced to look at my terrible history. I was ashamed at my many, many acts of abuse and the many devastating and painful repercussions on yourself and the priests of the diocese.”

In 2004, he was living at RECON in Robertsville, Missouri, another common treatment destination for pedophile priests. He had been there for 15 months, he said in his deposition that year, and had been living in Gallup, New Mexico.

At one point in the deposition, he tried to differentiate himself from more violent pedophiles.

“They'd kill 'em, they'd maim and they'd rape, and they'd — that's the reason I — I couldn't take what I did as wrong,” he said. “I just continued. I was immersed in — what I did. And I knew I was doing wrong, but I had no way of stopping, none whatsoever.”

alevy@express-news.net

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Vatican defrocks archbishop accused of sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 27, 2014

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors.

Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday.

The former nuncio, who the Vatican did not refer to as an archbishop in the statement, was removed from his post in August with little explanation. News accounts days afterward detailed allegations of paying for sex with minors and being connected to a Polish priest accused of sexually assaulting at least 14 underage boys.

Yet Friday's statement does not declare Wesołowski guilty of any specific crime. It states that the Vatican's doctrinal congregation has finished the first part of a canonical process against him and sentenced him to dismissal from the clerical state.

Criminal proceedings against the former nuncio, the statement continues, will continue after the conclusion of the appeal process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Ex Vatican envoy to Dominican Republic convicted of sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY
Dominican Today

Vatican City.- Bishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic was convicted by church court of sexually abusing boys in the Caribbean nation, and defrocked, AP reports.

The conviction comes just 48 hours after Santo Domingo Archdiocese Auxiliary bishop Victor Masalles complained that he had seen Wesolowski roaming the streets of Rome.

The Vatican said Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in recent days, and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric under canon law: laicization, meaning he can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.

AP reports that Wesolowski has two months to appeal. As a papal diplomat and citizen of the Vatican City State, he also faces criminal charges by the tribunal of Vatican City, which can carry a prison term. The Vatican said it would take "adequate measures" to ensure he doesn't flee pending the outcome of that investigation.

The Polish-born Wesolowski was recalled on Aug. 21, and relieved him of his job after Santo Domingo archbishop and Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez told Pope Francis about rumors that Wesolowski had sexually abused teenage boys in the Dominican capital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Priest convicted of sexual abuse at Cork boarding school

IRELAND
Irish Times

Barry Roche

Fri, Jun 27, 2014

A retired priest has been remanded on bail for sentence after he was today convicted of sexually assaulting a pupil while teaching at a boarding school in Co Cork in the 1970s.

Fr Tadhg O’Dalaigh had denied a single charge of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy while teaching at Colaiste Chroi Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork on an unknown date in 1979.

The state alleged O’Dalaigh (70) indecently assaulted the boy by masturbating him while he was in sick bay in the boarding school on a date between March 1st and April 30th 1979.

Today, a jury of ten men and two women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, unanimously found O Dalaigh guilty of the sole charge after just two hours of deliberation.

Judge Donagh McDonagh remanded O’Dalaigh, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, on bail for sentence for the offence on October 31st.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Vatican: Ex-envoy guilty of child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
KSPR

By Hada Messia and Laura Smith-Spark CNN
POSTED: 08:54 AM CDT Jun 27, 2014

ROME (CNN) -
A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been found guilty of sexual abuse of minors by a Vatican tribunal, the Vatican said in a statement Friday.

Jozef Wesolowski was accused of sexual abuse of minors while serving in the Caribbean nation, the statement said.

The tribunal sentenced him to "dismissal from the clerical order," it said. He has the right to appeal within two months.

Once the canonical process has been concluded, he will then be tried by the Vatican's penal courts, according to the statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

'Child Abuse' Archbishop Josef Wesolowski Defrocked in Vatican Trial Sentencing

VATICAN CITY
International Business Times

By Umberto Bacchi
June 27, 2014

The former Holy See envoy to the Dominican Republic has been convicted and defrocked over child abuse in an unprecedented trial at the Vatican.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office tasked with overseeing the Church's integrity, also known as the Holy Office, found Polish archbishop Josef Wesolowski guilty of sex abuse during his tenure as papal nuncio in Santo Domingo.

The canonical trial's verdict conferred a sentence of laicization - the banishment of a priest from the clergy. It is the harshest penalty possible the Holy Office can hand to a cleric.

The 66-year-old is also facing the prospect of imprisonment in the Vatican's tiny jail, as, when all appeals are exhausted, he will be tried by a criminal tribunal of the city state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 June 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Steven John Raica as bishop of Gaylord (area 28,932, population 546,000, Catholics 75,100, priests 80, permanent deacons 22, religious 33), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Munising, U.S.A. in 1952, and was ordained a priest in 1978. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Detroit, and a licentiate and doctorate from the Gregorian Pontifical University of Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the “Holy Family Parish”, Ovid; co-rector of the St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing; priest of the “St. Mary Parish”, Charlotte; judge of the diocesan tribunal; diocesan consultor; member of the presbyteral council, priest of the “St. Ann Parish”, Bellevue; chaplain of the Olivet College, Olivet; and superior of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Rome. He is currently chancellor of the diocese of Lansing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

CANONICAL TRIAL OF EX NUNCIO JOZEF WESOLOWSKI

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 27 June 2014 (VIS) – The first stage in the canonical trial against the former apostolic nuncio in the Dominican Republic, Josef Wesolowski, has been concluded with the laicisation of the prelate.

From this moment, the accused has two months in which to make an eventual appeal. The penal trial before the Vatican judicial authorities will continue as soon as the canonical sentence has been made definitive.

Finally, with reference to recent media reports, it is necessary to specify that until now Msgr. Wesolowski has been granted relative freedom of movement, as he awaits the verification by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith of the basis of these accusations made against him.

Considering the sentence passed by the aforementioned dicastery, all the necessary procedures will be adopted in relation to the former nuncio, in conformity with the gravity of the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Schadevergoeding voor zware mishandelingen in Rooms-Katholieke kerk

NEDERLAND
Omroepwest

[Summary: More than 350 people have received compensation for physical and/or psychological violence done within the Roman Catholic Church. The abuse occured between 1945-2010. Each received the maximum amount of 5,000 euros.]

DEN HAAG - Ruim 350 mensen krijgen een schadevergoeding voor fysiek en/of psychisch geweld dat hen is aangedaan binnen de Rooms-Katholieke kerk. Het gaat om gebeurtenissen in de periode 1945-2010. Het totale bedrag van de schadevergoeding bedraagt één miljoen euro, slachtoffers krijgen maximaal een bedrag van 5.000 euro per persoon.

Getroffenen hebben te maken gehad met zware tot lichte mishandelingen. Zo is er onder meer melding gemaakt van overgieten met hete soep, kots oplikken van de grond, ijzeren liniaal tussen benen stoppen, heet water anaal en vaginaal inbrengen, broek over het hoofd na bedplassen en contact met ouders verbieden. Het rapport met meer voorbeelden is hier te vinden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Vatican ex-ambassador convicted of sex abuse, defrocked, first time for a top papal envoy

AUSTRALIA
TribTown

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
First Posted: June 27, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

The Vatican said Friday that Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in recent days, and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicization, meaning he can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.

Wesolowski has two months to appeal. He also faces other charges by the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, since as a papal diplomat he is a citizen of the tiny city state.

The Holy See recalled the Polish-born Wesolowski on Aug. 21, 2013, and relieved him of his job after the archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, told Pope Francis about rumors that Wesolowski had sexually abused teenage boys in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican authorities subsequently opened an investigation, but haven't charged him. Poland, too, opened an investigation into Wesolowski and a friend and fellow Polish priest.

Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse, and his case raised questions about whether the Vatican, by removing him from Dominican jurisdiction, was protecting him and placing its own investigations ahead of that of authorities in the Caribbean nation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

JOANNE McCARTHY: Last line of defence

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By Joanne McCarthy June 27, 2014

AT a meeting where I spoke this week I was asked a question.

At any time over the past few years, while reporting on child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and other institutions and campaigning for a royal commission, had I felt unsafe?

I'm asked that question a lot. It's worth exploring this week after an Australian journalist, Peter Greste, and his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were given lengthy jail sentences in Egypt. Their "crime" was to have somehow come up against the "national interest" in a country whose people have been oppressed by government for too long.

I, like other Australians, felt a sickening and disbelieving jolt when news of the sentence came through. Only a few hours earlier I'd listened to a radio interview with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. She was careful, but it seemed clear she expected the three journalists would be released.

It's almost offensive to equate what those three journalists are going through with anything happening to a journalist back here in Australia, but there are some serious issues here about the role of the media in democracies that are worth considering.

For the record, I have never, ever experienced a second of feeling unsafe. For that matter, the only times I even think about whether I feel safe or unsafe are when people ask the question.

As much as I might have felt outraged, sickened, appalled or numbed by the way powerful institutions like the Catholic Church treated people who were sexually abused as children, and again when they turned to the Church for help as adults, and as much as I might have challenged the Church, there's never been any sense of things getting out of hand.

The men in frocks just go silent when challenged. They don't return my calls. They hang up if I reach them on their mobile phones. They ask me to leave their properties. They refuse to be interviewed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

New hires, staffing changes at NCR

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Dennis Coday | Jun. 27, 2014 NCR Today

Effective July 1, Joshua J. McElwee is NCR's Vatican correspondent. You've been reading McElwee's reporting and feature writing in NCR's print issues and online for about five years now. He has developed a well-earned reputation for careful and serious investigations on topics as diverse as the continuing development of the nation's nuclear weapons complex to transparency at the U.S. bishops' conference in their investigations of theologians. His work has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and one for news writing last year from the Religion Newswriters Association. Over the last year, he has been splitting his time between Washington and Rome, as preparation for his moving to Rome full time. I am happy to announce that move will take place in August.

Also on July 1, Vinnie Rotondaro will join NCR as national correspondent. Rotondaro is a master storyteller and he wants to use those skills to write about how public policy affects the lives of ordinary folks and the Catholic church's role in shaping public policy. He'll also keep his eye on national trends in the American Catholic church, whether that's stories about ministry to migrants or Mass translations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Massachusetts bishops endorse statute of limitations extension

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Reporter

Nicholas Sciarappa | Jun. 27, 2014

Massachusetts' Catholic bishops have endorsed a bill that would extend by 32 years the statute of limitations for filing civil suits against alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse of minors.

The bill, approved by the state's House of Representatives June 18 and passed by the Senate with unanimous support June 19, would give child victims of sexual abuse until age 53 to sue their alleged abusers.

The bill would also allow lawsuits against abuser's supervisors and the institution that they worked or volunteered for from the point the bill is signed and forward, but not retroactively. Churches, schools, youth centers and sports organizations would be among the institutions that could be sued under this new law.

The bill still has a few procedural votes to pass, but lawmakers expect it to be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for signing soon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Vatican orders archbishop accused of sex abuse to be defrocked

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

(Reuters) - Roman Catholic Church authorities have ordered a Polish archbishop accused of sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic to be defrocked as a priest pending further criminal proceedings, the Vatican said on Friday.

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered Josef Wesolowski, a former Vatican nuncio or ambassador to the Caribbean nation to be stripped of the priesthood.

He will have two months to appeal the ruling.

The Vatican said his movements had not been restricted while the case was being considered but that following the decision to expel him from the priesthood "all measures appropriate to the seriousness of the case will be adopted".

As an independent city state, the Vatican has judicial authority over its territory and can detain or limit the movements of those subject to its jurisdiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Former papal nuncio Wesolowski defrocked - update 2

VATICAN CITY
Gazzetta del Sud

Vatican City, June 27 - The Vatican's former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Poland's ex-Msgr Jozef Wesolowski, was defrocked this week for sexually abusing minors and risks arrest the Vatican said Friday. The ex-nuncio, the first Vatican ambassador to be found guilty of abusing minors, has two months to appeal the verdict. "All measures suited to the gravity of the case will be taken," the Vatican said, referring to custodial action, after "the relative liberty he enjoyed" while the probe ran its course. Wesolowski, who will be 66 next month, was called back to Vatican City in late August after the archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez, informed Pope Francis of the allegations against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Pedofilia, nunzio Wesolowski condannato a stato laicale

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
La Repubblica

CITTA' DEL VATICANO - Il primo grado di processo canonico contro l'ex nunzio nella Repubblica Dominicana, monsignor Jozef Wesolowski, per abusi sessuali su minori, si è concluso in questi giorni presso l'ex Sant'Uffizio con una condanna alla dimissione dallo stato clericale. Ora l'arcivescovo ha due mesi per proporre appello.

Sarà sottoposto a limitazioni della libertà personale, perché non si sottragga agli ulteriori processi penali, a cominciare da quello del Tribunale Vaticano. Lo ha precisato il portavoce della Santa Sede, padre Federico Lombardi, senza precisare quali saranno le misure adottate.

Finora Wiesolowski, ha spiegato il gesuita, "ha usufruito di una relativa libertà di movimento in attesa che la Congregazione per la dottrina della fede procedesse a verificare il fondamento delle accuse mosse a suo carico". Ed ora "tenuto conto della sentenza ora pronunciata dal Dicastero, saranno adottati nei confronti dell'ex nunzio tutti i provvedimenti adeguati alla gravità del caso".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

El Vaticano expulsa del sacerdocio al polaco Jozef Wesolowski...

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
La Razon

El Vaticano expulsa del sacerdocio al polaco Jozef Wesolowski, acusado de pederastia

Efe. Ciudad del Vaticano.

El que fuera nuncio en la República Dominicana entre enero de 2008 y agosto de 2013, el polaco Jozef Wesolowski, acusado de pederastia durante su estancia en ese país, fue expulsado del sacerdocio tras un proceso canónico, informó hoy el Vaticano.

El proceso celebrado ante la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe (el ex Santo Oficio) concluyó en los pasados días y ahora el sacerdote tendrá dos meses para recurrir la sentencia, agregó la Santa Sede.

El proceso penal ante los órganos judiciales vaticanos, ya que Wesolowski es un diplomático de la Santa Sede, comenzará sólo cuando la sentencia del Santo Oficio sea definitiva, añade la nota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Vatican Ex-Ambassador Convicted of Sex Abuse

VATICAN CITY
ABC News

VATICAN CITY — Jun 27, 2014

Associated Press

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

The Vatican said Friday that Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicization, meaning he can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.

Wesolowski can appeal. He also faces other charges by the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, since as a papal diplomat he is considered a citizen of the tiny city state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Argentine Victims and the Pope's Meeting: An Opportunity

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Pope Francis has announced he will meet soon with clergy sexual abuse victims, and the Irish Catholic reported on June 26 that the meeting will be held “next week” in Rome, and will include survivors from Ireland, Britain, the United States, and Poland. Reporter Michael Kelly leaves open the possibility that survivors from other countries will also attend.

It is urgent that survivors from Argentina be included in the meeting, for two reasons. First, in the global Catholic Church so powerfully expressed by the papacy of Pope Francis, the sexual abuse of children is a global problem not restricted to the developed world. Second, Argentine survivors asked to meet with Pope Francis when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and president of the Argentine bishops’ conference. Unfortunately, Cardinal Bergoglio consistently ignored those requests.

He will no doubt handle his first meeting with survivors in an apparently open and engaging way, but the seriousness of his engagement is in question. In his 21 years as bishop and archbishop, the Wall Street Journal reports, including the years when he headed the Argentine bishops’ conference, he "declined to meet with victims of sexual abuse, according to the victims and a spokesman for the Buenos Aires archdiocese."

The upcoming meeting will be more effective if the pope includes in it Argentine survivors whose communications he ignored. By inviting these particular survivors, Pope Francis would signal his intention that the Vatican meeting be hard-hitting, and he would immediately improve the grim situation of victims in his home country. Just last year in Argentina, a church attorney defended a cardinal's deliberate concealment of a prolific abuser, saying the children's parents should have called the police; and anotherbishop argued in court that a mother who had allowed her son to stay overnight at a priest's home was partly responsible for the boy's abuse.

On this page, we profile the Argentine survivors whose inclusion in the Vatican meeting would be beneficial. Each of them sought Pope Francis’s help, and none received a reply. All of them tried to contact the cardinal archbishop in 2002 or later – years when many bishops in the US and Europe disclosed numbers and names of abusive clergy, and when Pope Benedict issued repeated apologies [1, 2, 3, and 4] and met with victims five times, in the US, Australia, Malta, the United Kingdom, and Benedict’s home country, Germany.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Was Jimmy Savile The Other Yorkshire Ripper?

UNITED KINGDOM
Bock the Robber

In a previous post, I pointed out that Jimmy Savile and Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, were close friends, but how close has yet to be established.

Certainly, they had much in common: both were psychopaths with a tendency to violence and a hatred of women. Not only that, but both of them were questioned by the police during the Ripper investigation and indeed, one of the murder victims was found very close to Savile’s flat.

Here’s what Sutcliffe said in his defence.

Oh that’s a load of rubbish. It’s a load of crap. People were always there. He was never alone with anybody. He never did anything at Broadmoor. They’re just getting carried away. They’re going right over the top with it. They’re all jumping on the bandwagon. He’d always come and chat and I’d introduce him to my visitors. Several times he left £500 for charities I was supporting. He wrote cheques out on the spot. A very generous man he was. I can’t fault him for what he was like from my experiences anyway. I don’t care what these people who who are coming out of the woodwork are saying, you know? It takes a couples of rumours then it goes like wildfire, don’t it? I don’t believe he raped anybody. I think he’s kissed quite a few young women, but that’s as far as he’s gone. No, it’s just kind of crazy, you know? They’re just [interested in] savaging people who are dead, you know? People who can’t hit back or prisoners who can’t reply, you know?

Savile had living quarters in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, and also at Stoke Mandeville. He had the run of these institutions, with unlimited access to every part of them, including the morgues, where, among other things, he took indecent photos of dead people.

Besides that, he was able to abuse nurses with impunity, in the certain knowledge that senior doctors would dismiss their complaints, which is what happened. His victims, we now know, ranged in age from 5 to 75, with his last crimes committed at the age of 82.

Not only was a Jimmy Savile an abuser, but a necrophiliac as well. He was a close friend of Peter Sutcliffe, and we know that the police regarded him as sufficiently important to interview about the Ripper murders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Monsignor Steven J. Raica named fifth Bishop of Gaylord

MICHIGAN
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Steven J Raica, chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, as the Fifth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. The Holy Father’s appointment was announced on Friday, June 27 at 6:00am EDT at the Vatican. The date of Bishop-elect Raica’s consecration and installation will be Thursday, August 28 at St Mary Cathedral, Gaylord.

“As I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” said Bishop-elect Raica in a statement. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and great responsibility. The priests, religious, colleagues in ministry and the faithful with whom I have been privileged to journey in faith here in the Diocese of Lansing have been true companions reminding me of the Lord’s love and mercy. I beg for their prayers that I may serve the Lord totally and faithfully in this new ministerial chapter of my life.” click here for full statement from Bishop-elect Raica

Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing in a statement said “Bishop-elect Raica is a good priest, a good friend, and a man of good counsel. Our loss is Gaylord’s gain! He is gentle, considerate, and solid in his pastoral abilities. He has demonstrated his ability to be a keen collaborator. The office of bishop is not one to be sought, and he did not seek it. Many trials and crosses present themselves to the holder of this office, but his ability to engage others and work with them will stand him in good stead. This new bishop will be an intelligent, cultured, pastoral, gentle, and faith-filled leader of the Church in the northern Lower Peninsula as their chief shepherd, the presence of the apostles and of Jesus Christ the High Priest. The entire Diocese of Lansing offers him our heartiest congratulations and prayers!” click here for full statement from Bishop Earl Boyea

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Nomina del Vescovo di Gaylord (U.S.A.)

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Bolletino

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha nominato Vescovo di Gaylord (U.S.A.) Mons. Steven John Raica, del clero della diocesi di Lansing, finora Cancelliere della medesima sede.

Mons. Steven John Raica

Mons. Steven John Raica è nato l’8 novembre 1952 a Munising, nella diocesi di Marquette (Michigan). Dopo aver frequentato la "Sacred Heart Elementary School" e la "William G. Mather High School", ha ottenuto il Baccalaureato in Matematica presso la "Michigan State University" ad East Lansing (1973). Ha svolto gli studi teologici presso il "Saint John Provincial Seminary" a Plymouth (1973-1977). Successivamente ha ottenuto il "Master of Arts" in "Religious Studies" presso l’"University of Detroit" (1978) e, poi, la Licenza (1990) e il Dottorato (1996) in Diritto Canonico presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana a Roma.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

All Balyo’s contact with kids investigated

MICHIGAN
WOOD

By Susan Samples
Published: June 26, 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Federal investigators say they have heard from several people who are concerned a longtime Christian radio host accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old may have also targeted their children.

John Balyo, 35, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct. He allegedly admitted to investigators that he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek in May. He also allegedly pointed them to his storage unit, which contained what federal investigators called a “bondage kit.”

Homeland Security Investigations, Michigan State Police and the Battle Creek Police Department continue their investigation into the former WCSG morning show host.

One week after his arrest, authorities said they have received “several” calls from people who worry Balyo may have acted inappropriately with their children.

Kenneth Duke, resident agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, says authorities will investigate every single call — and that’s just the beginning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Irish government finalizes terms of inquiry into mother-baby homes

IRELAND
Georgia Bulletin

By MICHAEL KELLY, Catholic News Service | Published June 26, 2014

DUBLIN (CNS)—The Irish government is finalizing the parameters of a judicial inquiry into church-run state-funded mother and baby homes.

The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary’s Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.

In May, local historian Catherine Corless revealed her research, which found that between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died in the home for unmarried mothers and their children. She had found no evidence that they were buried in local cemeteries and instead believed that the children may have been buried in a common grave on the site.

However, several media outlets began reporting that the children had been “dumped” in a disused septic tank on the site. Within days, the international media was gripped by the story—much of which turned out to be factually inaccurate.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed support for a judicial inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

The trouble with calling the Tuam scandal a hoax

IRELAND
Irish Central

Cahir O'Doherty @irishcentral June 27,2014

This week Catholic League president Bill Donohue, in a carefully crafted 16 page denunciation, blasted what he called the “hoax” and “mass hysteria” surrounding some reports about the Tuam, County Galway mothers and babies home scandal.

But with 796 infant deaths already a matter of public record, Donohue was left to object to the way some outlets had reported the news, but not the facts. It was a classic case of semantics versus substance, and about as illuminating.

Free-associating like a 1950’s beat poet, Donohue then rounded up the usual suspects for another round of scalding invective.

“Fresh off the heels of horror stories about the Magdalene Laundries, and the torment of Philomena Lee (as recorded in the film, "Philomena") the public is reeling from the latest report of abuse at the hands of cruel nuns,” he wrote. But none of the claims made about Tuam are true,” he added.

“There is no mass grave. Women were not abused by nuns in the Magdalene Laundries. And Philomena's son was never taken from her and then sold to the highest bidder.”

Nothing to see here except anti-Catholic bias. Forget the recent UN The Committee Against Torture recommendations. You can all go home now, folks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Priest had a record when he arrived in S.A.

TEXAS
San Antonio Express-News

BY ABE LEVY : JUNE 26, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — The Archdiocese of San Antonio has deemed credible a woman's recent claim that a priest sexually abused her in the late 1970s when she was a girl, according to notices it circulated this month in its newspaper, its website and at two parishes.

The archdiocese said it discovered that a now-deceased priest who had worked here at that time had a record — convicted of child rape and of an attempted rape of an adult.

But Father Bruce MacArthur's record, according to lawsuit depositions, was far more extensive than that. And his supervising bishops, including, for a time, San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores, knew quite a lot about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

State opposes Robinson’s early release

OHIO
Toledo Blade

JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Thursday filed its opposition to Gerald Robinson’s request that he be released from prison because he is dying.

Hilda Rosenberg, an assistant state attorney general, said Robinson has no legal claim to be allowed to return home to Toledo, and urged a U.S. District judge to deny his request for a compassionate release.

Robinson, 76, was convicted of murder in 2006 by a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury for the 1980 slaying of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in the sacristy of the former Mercy Hospital chapel. He was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 15 years.

Last week, his attorney, Rick Kerger, asked a federal judge to release Robinson to the Little Sisters of the Poor or to Robinson’s brother and sister-in-law in Toledo, although Mr. Kerger subsequently amended his petition to say that the Little Sisters of the Poor had not agreed to care for Robinson. The former priest is in a hospice unit at Franklin Medical Center, a Columbus hospital run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Robinson, Ms. Rosenberg wrote in her response to the petition for release, “committed a particularly gruesome crime — murder — which the Ohio legislature has determined precludes consideration of compassionate release. [Robinson] does not assert that his care in the prison hospice facility is lacking in any way. He does not argue that his medical needs are not being met or that he is being treated inhumanely.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

How BBC star Jimmy Savile got away ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Washington Post

How BBC star Jimmy Savile got away with allegedly abusing 500 children and sex with dead bodies

BY TERRENCE MCCOY June 27

Jimmy Savile was never a handsome man. His face, even in his early days at the BBC, was all sharp edges — the hook of his nose, the jagged-tooth grin, the boggle-eyed look of eccentricity, humor and derangement. At times, he seemed almost make believe. He had platinum hair. A fat cigar perpetually hung out of his mouth. He seemed to communicate exclusively in catchphrases: “now then, now then,” “howzabout that then,” “as it ‘appens.” The kids just loved his gags.

There was always something off about Savile, who hosted the BBC’s “Jim’ll Fix it,” palled around with the royal family, reportedly spent Christmases with the Thatchers, and was knighted not only by Queen Elizabeth but by Pope John Paul II. But most forgave his idiosyncratic nature. He was, after all, a great man. He raised $5.2 million for a hospital in Leeds, one of the United Kingdom’s largest. He volunteered countless hours as a hospital aide, busing patients to and fro. He helped scores of young doctors get their starts.

Sure, there were rumors. Whispers that he wasn’t everything he seemed. Murmurs he was really a sexual predator and had abused dozens of children. But they never stuck. Not Jimmy Savile, people told themselves — not “fix-it Jim.”

On October 29, 2011, Savile died at his home in Leeds. “Most of all, I remember him as just a totally flamboyant, over-the-top, larger-than-life character,” radio presenter David Hamilton told the Guardian, praising his “tireless” philanthropy. “And as he was on the air, he was just the same off.”

But he wasn’t. And just how wrong that that assessment was emerged this month.

Savile, according to a U.K. National Health Service investigation released Thursday, was a prolific pedophile. The health service investigation only confirmed behavior described in several earlier probes since his death. In all, Savile is believed to have abused at least 500 girls and boys, some as young as two, most between 13 and 15, as well as countless adults ranging up to 75 years old. With unfettered access to Leeds General Infirmary, the health service report said, he raped and fondled boys, girls, men and women in offices and corridors. He also allegedly committed sexual acts on dead bodies, and even told several hospital workers that he made jewelry out of one man’s glass eyeball.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Jimmy Savile ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Bedfordshire on Sunday

Jimmy Savile reports uncover shocking details about the late TV presenter and DJ who has been linked to a Catholic boys' home in Shefford, Bedfordshire

Written by JULIA SUTTON

JIMMY Savile abused corpses as well as sexually assaulted patients aged from five to 75 in NHS hospitals after decades of unrestricted access, investigators claim.

The reports into the former BBC DJ, who also presented Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops, cover 28 hospitals including Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted the shocking revelations 'will shake our country to the core'.
Savile, died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children came to light. ...

Bedfordshire on Sunday has been following the case as the TV personality has also been connected to a former Catholic boys' home in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

St Francis House closed in 1973 and this newspaper has revealed that Savile used to visit the home, as there was a Catholic Church on the site, which is still open.

Savile was a devout Catholic and visited when staying at nearby Henlow Grange.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Protestant Church Faces New Sex-Abuse Scandal ...

UNITED STATES
Democracy Now

Protestant Church Faces New Sex-Abuse Scandal as Victims Defy Threats, Censorship to Speak Out

Is the Protestant world is teetering on the edge of a sex-abuse scandal similar to the one that rocked the Catholic Church? We are joined by reporter Kathryn Joyce, whose cover story in The American Prospect profiles Boz Tchividjian, a law professor at Liberty University — a school founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell — and former prosecutor who worked on many sexual abuse cases. Tchividjian used his experience to found GRACE — Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment. GRACE made headlines in February when the famous evangelical school, Bob Jones University, hired it to interview faculty and students about their experiences with sexual assault, then fired it before the it had a chance to report the results — only to hire it back after a public outcry. Tchividjian is the grandson of the famous evangelist, Rev. Billy Graham.

TRANSCRIPT

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to a new exposé that asks if the Protestant world is teetering on the edge of a sex-abuse scandal similar to the one that has rocked the Catholic Church. The person trying to address the problem may surprise you. As sex-abuse allegations multiply, it is Reverend Billy Graham’s grandson who is on a mission to persuade Protestant churches to come clean. Kathryn Joyce’s cover story in The American Prospect profiles Boz Tchividjian, a law professor at Liberty University, a school founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell, and former prosecutor who has worked on many sex-abuse cases. He used his experience to found an organization called GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment.

AMY GOODMAN: GRACE made headlines in February when the famous evangelical school, Bob Jones University, hired it to interview faculty and students about their experiences with sexual assault, then fired it before it had a chance to report the results, only to hire it back after a public outcry. Well, reporter Kathryn Joyce joins us now to discuss this major exposé, "By Grace Alone: As Sex-Abuse Allegations Multiply, Billy Graham’s Grandson is on a Mission to Persuade Protestant Churches to Come Clean." Kathryn Joyce is also the author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption and Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

John Furlong, Rugby Canada bid to host international event in Vancouver

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

SUNNY DHILLON
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 25 2014

Rugby Canada has submitted a bid to hold a major international competition in Vancouver – a process that was co-chaired by 2010 Winter Olympics head John Furlong.

Mr. Furlong – who has made few public appearances since he was accused of assaulting students when he was a physical-education teacher in a small B.C. community four decades ago – called it an honour to work on the bid and again help elevate Vancouver and Canada onto the world sporting stage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

REBUTTAL TO “In his ministry, Pope Francis' achievements are substantial, not merely empty symbolism”...

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

June 26, 2014

Paris Arrow

The monsignor pastor emeritus should know like any child and everybody would know that symbolism is NOT substance. All those giant statues of John Paul II in all Catholic churches are symbols of the invisible pope and are not his substance. The huge and probably biggest statue of Christ on top of a hill in Rio de Janeiro (where the FIFA soccer is now happening) is not the person or substance of Jesus but a symbol of Christ. The biggest Catholic gesture of popes and priests of course is the Eucharist where Canon Law claims that “at their consecration become the body and blood of Christ while keeping only the appearances of bread and wine”. All those popes in the Vatican billions of dollars temple and those Opus Dei priests and Jesuit priests and all millionaire priests who stand to inherit the Vatican Billions can NEVER instantly re-produce the passion and death of Christ in Jerusalem (with a few Catholic words of manmade transubstantiation) because Christ was whipped with hundreds or thousands of lashes and he bore those wounds as he carried his cross to Calvary and died a painful death hanging on the cross - while the fat well-fed golden cow Pope Francis and all priests sit in the lap of theological luxury! The biggest Catholic symbol of course is the white host in the Eucharist – which is a symbol and NOT the substance of Christ‘s flesh-and-blood because popes and priests cannot clone an ant or a dog or a star and therefore they cannot clone Jesus Christ the Son of the Creator of the Universe! The Eucharist is the apex of Satanic Mass and the most preposterous sorcery and magic that’s less entertaining as Harry Potter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Cops: West suburban pastor abused boy for 6 years

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Jeremy Gorner
Tribune reporter
9:18 p.m. CDT, June 26, 2014

A pastor of a suburban church is accused of molesting a boy for years while he attended the congregation – starting when the child was about 8 years old, authorities allege.

The Rev. John Hays, the director of congregation life for the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, was arrested today by Chicago police and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Hays is alleged to have fondled the victim from February 2003 through February 2009, according to Chicago police Officer Ana Pacheco, a police spokeswoman.

Investigators began looking into Hays, 57, in late May after the victim, now 19, reported the abuse to authorities, authorities said.

Authorities said the victim and his parents attended the church, but the victim was also a good friend of Hays’ family and spent time with them outside of church. All of the abuse took place in Hays’ home in Chicago’s Austin community, down the block from where the victim lived, authorities said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Priest: I abused 10 boys but not the complainant

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Liam Heylin

The priest on trial for a sex assault on a teenage boy in the sick bay of a boarding school in 1979 told the jury he had admitted sexually assaulting 10 other boys, but that he did not touch the complainant.

Prosecution barrister Pearse Sreenan asked the former dean of discipline at the school in Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork, Tadhg O’Dalaigh, 70, of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, how he could remember all of the boys given that there were so many.

“Did you keep a diary?” Mr Sreenan asked.

“No I did not keep a diary,” O’Dalaigh replied. “I would prefer to plead guilty [if it had happened] and move on, get the thing over and done with, but I did not, I did not touch him... I don’t know if he was abused or not, but I certainly did not abuse him.”

Mr Sreenan said, by O’Dalaigh’s own admission, he abused 10 boys, the last in 1984, and by 1995 he was able to identify every one of them. The barrister asked how he could remember.

“You would feel very, very guilty about it,” the accused said. “You would be conscious of being kind to them. It would not be the event and finished with it, it would be making efforts not to antagonise them in any way so they won’t make any complaint.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Alleged sex assault in school sick bay

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Liam Heylin

A boarding school student in 1979 described in court yesterday how he was indecently assaulted in the sick bay by a priest who was also dean of discipline.

This was the allegation made against the accused man, Tadhg O’Dalaigh, aged 70, of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, who denied yesterday he indecently assaulted the boy on a date in March or April 1979.

The charge stated that, on that occasion, the defendant masturbated the student until he ejaculated at the sick bay of Colaiste An Chroí Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork. O’Dalaigh pleaded not guilty. He was put on trial yesterday before Judge Donagh McDonagh and a jury of 10 men and two women.

Defence senior counsel Tom Creed asked the complainant why he did not leave the school and go to another school if he was in such fear, trepidation, and stress after the alleged indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Vatican's shroud of secrecy on sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 27 June 2014

A senior Australian Catholic lawyer has outlined how the Vatican has used a culture of silence to prevent the world discovering the sordid details of its investigations into pedophile priests.

Canon law expert Sister Moya Hanlen, chancellor of Wollongong diocese in NSW, took to the witness stand at Sydney's royal commission into child sex abuse on Friday.

The inquiry is looking specifically at the conduct of John Gerard Nestor who was defrocked in 2008 after becoming mired in sex abuse allegations.

Sister Hanlen revealed how in 2001, when the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) took the lead in managing abuse investigations, rules were put in place preventing their details and those of punishments being published for at least 10 years.

"Does that mean effectively that the church throughout the world is not learning, as it happens, about decisions that are being made?" chair of the royal commission Justice Peter McClellan asked Sister Hanlen.

"It does seem to be that way," she replied, adding that she expected some of the investigations from 2001 to start being made public soon.

Sister Hanlen also outlined how so-called 'pontifical secrets' - part of an omerta or silent culture among the church's most senior identities - had been used to hush-up key details of abuse investigations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Footnote to Footnote to Footnote...

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

Footnote to Footnote to Footnote: The Story of the Home for Unwed Mothers in Tuam, Ireland Again — More on Baptismal Status of Children Buried There

William D. Lindsey

A footnote to a footnote to a footnote: some days back, I noted that in the initial thread here discussing the story of the unmarked graves of children and babies at a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland, readers had suggested that the children buried in unmarked graves had been denied baptism. As I also noted in that posting several days ago, I responded to this claim by noting that I hadn't ever heard of a practice of denying baptism to illegitimate children, and I doubted that this claim was true.


But then I noted that I had come across several articles that appeared to be reporting that some of the children buried at this home for unwed mothers had, indeed, been denied baptism due to the circumstances of their birth. I cited those articles, so that readers might be able to compare the conflicting claims re: the Tuam story being made in this or that article.

I subsequently added another footnote noting that Salon author Mary Elizabeth Williams was deploring what she called the "pathetic scramble" to spin the Tuam story in a way that denied the ill-treatment dished out to both mothers and children in these homes in Ireland over the course of many years.

And now I want to direct readers' attention to another article that specifically focuses on the claim that children were denied baptism at the Tuam home, and which seeks to refute that claim: this is Kevin Clarke's recent "Galway Horror" article at America. I encourage readers of the previous threads to read this latest addition to the discussion of the baptismal status of the children buried in the unmarked graves behind the Tuam facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Suburban Pastor Accused of Molesting Boy

ILLINOIS
CSNChicago

A pastor is accused of molesting a boy from his congregation over a period of several years.

The Rev. John Hays, 57, of the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the alleged abuse involved an 8-year-old boy from the church and continued for six years. The alleged victim is now 19.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Italy: Opus Dei Beast PR Stunt of the Day: Mafia members excommunication’s purpose is to diffuse attention away from bestial JP2 Army & Nazis Nuns

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

June 24, 2014

Paris Arrow

The Opus Dei Beast PR Stunt of the Day is the Italian Mafia members excommunication which is a Hollywood strategy copycat attempt to divert Catholics' attention away from the truth especially on 6 issues that won't go away, see below.

Our initial reaction was, here goes another “Argo and John Paul II make believe legends” again except this time it is Pope Francis in the starring role of the greatest Pretender and Impostor of Jesus - taking on the Italian Mafia like in an action packed movie concocted by Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team. Read our article, Argo &“saint” John Paul II are make-believe legends of Hollywood and the Vatican, the twin cities that “lie for a living” http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/07/argo-john-paul-ii-are-make-believe_11.html

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that the underling purpose of this Mafia Pope Francis connection of course is to divert the world’s attention away from the bestial JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army that can’t seem to go away even after the canonization of John Paul II. And now another Catholic scandal has erupted in Ireland on the bestial priests’ female counterparts - the Irish Catholic nuns akin to Nazis that has recently caught the world by storm. Opus Dei Beast’s puppet the (AP) Associated Press tries to paint a more “sober” image of the nuns and try to put a lid on the story, but it’s too late, the genie has escaped the bottle. Then the Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team tries to wipe out the Catholic scandals by saying that everybody is doing it anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Abuse and corruption the Australian way

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

John Warhurst | 29 June 2014

Rotten apples with the caption 'Australian owned and grown'We should open our eyes and take in what multiple government inquiries are telling us about Australian society at the moment. It is not enough to focus on just one; we should consider the revelations cumulatively. It is little exaggeration to say that almost no major institution in our society, public or private, has been left untouched. We should join the dots and cry.

There are many inquiries underway. The four most significant are being conducted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, the New South Wales Independent Commission against Corruption, and the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Each of them is broad and the preliminary findings and the content of public hearings, on top of what we already know from previous investigations and trials, point towards damning conclusions.

A significant focus of the Child Sexual Abuse commission has been dioceses and orders of the Catholic Church. But hearings have also focused on the terrible shortcomings of government-run institutions, other churches and secular non-government organisations, including the Salvation Army, the Scouts and the YMCA. The police and the legal profession have also been implicated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Pope Francis to meet British victims of clergy sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Nick Squires, Rome

Pope Francis will for the first time meet victims of clerical sex abuse, including British victims, at the Vatican next week.

Sources confirmed to The Telegraph that the encounter, which will also include Irish, Polish and American victims, will take place at his private residence, Casa Santa Martha, a Vatican guesthouse in the shadow of St Peter’s Basilica.

It will be the first such meeting of Francis’s pontificate, after he was elected in March last year as the successor to Benedict XVI, who also met groups of victims.

It will be a private meeting and the Vatican is keen to keep the exact date and time under wraps.

Such encounters could help the process of healing for people left traumatised by their childhood experiences, one former victim of sex abuse said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

On Religion: Clergy, temptation, minors and the law

UNITED STATES
Star Democrat

Surely one of our world’s most endangered species — up there with the mountain gorilla or the Sumatran tiger — is the church “ministerius youthii.”

That was the conviction of the late Louis McBurney, a Mayo Clinic-trained psychiatrist who spent decades at his Colorado retreat center helping ministers crushed by the demands and temptations of their jobs. Youth ministers, for example, face stunning parental expectations, low pay, the loss of privacy and a nagging sense of powerlessness.

Plus, it’s hard to work with adolescents in a sex-soaked culture. Many older teens think they are more mature than they really are, noted McBurney in his 1986 volume, “Counseling Christian Workers.” Consider the case of “Joe,” a newly married seminary graduate who was energetic, talented and driven. Then, there was this one girl.

“She was a beautiful 17-year-old who was more mature than her peers,” wrote the psychiatrist. “They began to play tennis together, and she was frequently the last to leave group activities. Joe couldn’t remember who made the first move to sexual intimacy, but once that happened, it snowballed.”

Many were hurt in the train wreck that followed — an all-too-common scenario that, in the past, often played out behind closed doors with parents and church leaders hiding the damage. Times have changed, to some degree, after years of public debate about the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, teachers, coaches and other trusted adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Kentucky Church Hires Registered Sex Offender ...

KENTUCKY
Christian Post

Kentucky Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor; Man Now Faces Charges of Alleged Rape, Sodomy of 14-Y-O Boy at Church

BY MORGAN LEE , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
June 24, 2014

A Kentucky church that hired a pastor with full knowledge that he's a registered sex offender, is now the scene of an another alleged crime in which the minister is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who attended the church.

Roy Neal Yoakem, who leads the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy at the church and police believe that another incident occurred in a nearby town, reported WSMV.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown selling bishop's home

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014

By: Marc Stempka

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will be moving from his residence, with the diocese selling the bishop's home to help pay, in part, for claims made regarding sexual misconduct cases, according to a diocesan spokesperson.

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown spokesman Tony DeGol said in a release Thursday Bishop Mark Bartchak will move from his home in Frankstown Township, outside of Hollidaysburg, to the rectory at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Altoona.

DeGol said the Diocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors approved the sale of the home, with proceeds from the sale being used for diocesan pastoral needs, which includes care for victims in sexual misconduct cases.

"Bishop Bartchak's decision to sell the residence and move to the cathedral rectory has been under consideration for some time," the release said. "In all of his previous assignments, the bishop has resided with other priests, and he is looking forward to that arrangement once again."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Wollongong bishop Peter Ingham speaks at royal commission on sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By KATE McILWAIN June 27, 2014

Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham has told a public inquiry of his repeated attempts to stop an accused child molester from working as a priest while the Vatican stalled.

In the witness box at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Bishop Ingham said he was frustrated and disappointed at the length of time it took the church to stand down former priest John Nestor.

Mr Nestor was suspended from the ministry in 1997 after he was convicted, but later acquitted on appeal, over aggravated indecent assault charges of a 15-year-old altar boy.

When more complaints emerged about his behaviour towards boys at summer holiday camps, the diocese continued to pursue his dismissal.

Bishop Ingham began his tenure in Wollongong in 2001, amid an appeal to the church’s highest judicial authority, the Apostolic Signatura. This was launched by the Wollongong diocese after another church body – the powerful Congregation for the Clergy – had ruled Mr Nestor should be allowed to work as a priest despite the child abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Nigeria: Enugu Pastor Impregnates 20 Female Members

NIGERIA
allAfrica

Daily Trust

BY TONY ADIBE, 26 JUNE 2014

Enugu — The arrest and subsequent prosecution of one pastor Timothy Ngwu for alleged sexual harassment, and indiscriminate impregnating of both married and single women in his church, has again raised the issue of clerics whose stock in trade is to sleep with female members of their church.

Timothy Ngwu, said to be a self-acclaimed Pastor, who also doubles as the Leader and General Overseer of Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity, Ihe-Owerre, Nsukka Loocal Government Area of Enugu State is currently remanded in Enugu prison for impregnating over 20 female members of his church.

The bubble burst when Mrs. Veronica Ngwu, wife of the pastor, could no longer bear the randy life style of her husband, and blew the whistle for his arrest by the police.

At the time of filing in this report, Pastor Ngwu has put over 20 female members of his church in the family way, insisting that he was obeying God's injunctions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Former St. Henry’s pastor, music director Harry Walsh ...

MINNESOTA
Monticello Times

Former St. Henry’s pastor, music director Harry Walsh answers questions about allegations, tries to clear reputation

By Tim Hennagir
June 26, 2014

When Harry Walsh heard a knock at his door last Dec. 17, two Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reporters standing in bone-chilling temperatures greeted him.

The former St. Henry’s Catholic Church pastor and music director said he wasn’t about to let two unknown souls freeze to death, so he invited them inside his home.

“They were out on the doorstep, and they identified themselves as being from MPR, and they asked me if I was Harry Walsh,” he said.

“They were standing out in the sub-zero cold, and I said, ‘Come in out of the cold.’ I didn’t have the heart to leave them standing there,” Walsh said. “They came uninvited and unannounced.”

Two days later, MPR broke a lengthy investigative story online entitled, “Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed.”

Walsh said one of the reporters asked him about sexual abuse allegations involving a person in Detroit. The reporter asked Walsh if the allegations were true, and questions about his position on celibacy involving priests in the Catholic Church and his employment with Wright County Human Services, which ended a week later during a scheduled board meeting.

“I’m trying to adjust to the fact that I’m not needed in the community, county, church and school,” Walsh said in an interview with the Monticello Times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Canberra priest defends Catholic sexual abuse investigations

AUSTRALIA
The Age

June 25, 2014

Tom McIlroy
Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

A Canberra priest has defended his role in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church, amid criticism of his decision not to keep records.

Last week, former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell accused Father Brian Lucas, the secretary of the Australian National Catholic Bishops Conference, and another priest of being responsible for "criminal inaction".

Mr O'Farrell called for the leaders of the church in Australia to remove Father Lucas.

The Canberra-based priest, who is also a trained lawyer, has answered questions in two inquiries about his involvement in handling of abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s.

This month Father Lucas told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sitting in Canberra he kept no notes of a 1993 meeting with serial paedophile Brother Kostka Chute.

Giving evidence to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry in the Hunter region, Father Lucas said he conducted as many as 35 interviews with accused priests, and sought to convince them to resign from public ministry or work with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Editorial: Savile horrors remind us of need for vigilance

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Independent

Posing for photographs with corpses. Making jewellery out of glass eyes taken from dead bodies and sexually abusing vulnerable patients aged five to 75. Such revelations about the late British DJ Jimmy Savile, shockingly exposed as a prolific abuser never called to account for his crimes, are beyond comprehension.

Yesterday a report into 28 UK hospitals, including Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital, unveiled a sickening catalogue of sexual abuse by a single individual not seen in Britain or Ireland since the controversy over the late paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Just as Ireland was convulsed by the prevalence of abuse by clerics – and the subsequent handling of complaints by the Catholic hierarchy when that crisis emerged – our neighbours across the water are experiencing their own historic child protection nightmare whose reach has extended beyond Savile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Royal Commission: Disgraced priest threatened to sue following papal dismissal

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 27, 2014

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

When a Catholic priest was formally dismissed by the Pope in the wake of sexual misconduct claims, he made a “veiled threat” to sue the Bishop who delivered the news.

Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that John Nestor refused to accept that he was to be dismissed by papal decree after a lengthy battle to oust him from the ministry which went all the way to the Vatican.

Bishop Ingham told Mr Nestor he was not going to make the Pope’s decision in 2008 widely known.

“I told him the situation and I said I’d be letting the clergy know but I wasn’t planning to make it public,” he told the commission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

June 26, 2014

Irish abuse survivors to meet Pope Francis next week

IRELAND/VATICAN CITY
Irish Times

Paddy Agnew, Patsy McGarry

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Sources in Rome have confirmed that Pope Francis will meet clerical sex abuse victims, including Irish victims, in the Vatican sometime next week. On the papal flight back to Rome following his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Francis told reporters that he would be meeting a group of victims, probably sometime in early July.

Vatican practice where such meetings are concerned usually entails no advance warning, with news of the encounter relayed to the media only after the victims have met the pontiff. In theory, this is to avoid any form of media concentration on what for many victims is a difficult and tortured “spiritual” moment.

However, given that Francis himself released the news on the papal flight, the only blanks to be filled in concern the names and origins of the victims. Vatican sources suggest they will come from Ireland, the US, Britain and Poland.

It is expected that the meeting will take place in the Domus Santa Marta, the Vatican bed and breakfast that Pope Francis uses as his residence in preference to the Apostolic Palace.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Bishop of Durham calls for inquiry into Savile abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Northern Echo

THE Bishop of Durham has called for a public inquiry into abuse as peers expressed anger and disgust over the scale of Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse in hospitals across the country.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler said cases like Savile and Rochdale highlighted that "we have a long history of abuse within institutions" including schools, care homes and churches.

"If we don't face up to the past failures we will never really improve the future," he told the Lords.

"Powerful people have engaged in serious abuse and worked with each other to create opportunities and share their vices and victims."

He said an independent inquiry should examine institutionally based abuse going back up to the past 50 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

INTL- Lessons & omissions from papal victim choices

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

A Catholic newspaper says that next weekend, the pope will reportedly meet with clergy sex abuse victims from four countries: the U.S., Britain, Poland and Ireland.

[The Irish Catholic]

In each of those four countries, hundreds or even thousands of victims are bravely speaking up and protecting children by exposing clerics who commit and conceal heinous clergy sex crimes.

There's a lesson here for victims across the world: despite deep pain and long odds, by overcoming your fears and uniting with other victims, you can attract attention and sometimes prod Catholic officials to do something. More importantly, by stepping forward, you can reduce your shame, get some help and begin - no matter what the church hierarchy does or doesn't do - to really protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Apparently, the pope is not meeting with any victims from the developing world, which is sad, because the plight of clergy sex abuse victims there is even more desperate than the plight of victims in developed nations. It would be encouraging if Francis would include Argentinean victims in this meeting, especially Julieta Añazco (who was abused by Fr. Ricardo Gimenez who is still a priest in Buenos Aires), Sebastian Cuattromo (who was abused by Fr. Fernando Enrique Picchiochi) and Beatriz Varela (whose son was abused by Fr. Ruben Pardo).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Services get together to help victims

AUSTRALIA
Daily LIberal

By STEPHANIE KONATAR June 27, 2014

A NEW counselling support service, Sexual Assault Counselling Australia, was launched yesterday in Dubbo by Gemini Bakos, Duty Officer, Orana Local Area Command.

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), formerly NSW Rape and Crisis Centre, established the service to assist those impacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The purpose of yesterday's seminar was to raise awareness of the services Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia provide among people within the industry.

"The impact of sexual assault is trauma, which can reek all sorts of havoc on a person and it can be difficult to assess and treat," Karen Willis, Executive Officer of RDVSA, said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Judges: Pastor can testify in child sex trial

MICHIGAN
Record-Eagle

BY MATT TROUTMAN
mtroutman@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — An Honor man's admission to a pastor about a sexual assault on a young boy at church can be used as evidence in a criminal trial, state appellate judges ruled.

Steven William Richard, 29, faces accusations he molested a boy, then 6, in the bathroom of Immanuel Baptist Church in Grand Traverse County's Garfield Township during a January 2013 church service. He'd been scheduled to stand trial last year in 13th Circuit Court on a sex crime charge, but an appeal put that on hold.

Michigan Court of Appeals judges this week ruled Richard's statements to a church pastor after the incident don't fall under the state's clergy-penitent privilege. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said that puts the case back into 13th Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers' courtroom for trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Vatican blocked bishops’ actions against abusive priests before 2000, Australian bishop says

AUSTRALIA
Follow 1 in 3's Blog

An Australian bishop has testified that until 2000, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy discouraged bishops from taking action against priests accused of sexual abuse.

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide told a government commission that when bishops sought to discipline abusive priests, “the Congregation for the Clergy consistently made things difficult for them in trying to do that.” He said that the Vatican dicastery regularly supported accused priests who wanted to remain in active ministry.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, who was prefect of the Congregation for Clergy from 1996 to 2006, acknowledged in a 2010 interview that he encouraged bishops to protect priests from prosecution for sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Documents Detail DJ’s Sex Act with Child

MICHIGAN
Fox 17

by Paul Cicchini
Reporter

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (June 25, 2014) – District Court documents from Calhoun County are revealing the details of a sexual encounter a former radio host is accused of having with a child.

According to the bench warrant for John Balyo, the former WCSG host took an 11-year-old boy to a hotel in Battle Creek where the child performed oral sex on Balyo.

Ofc. Eric Andrews told the court the victim was also fondled during the encounter.

The document also shows Balyo confessed to the sex act during an interview with police, after he was advised of his Miranda rights.

Balyo is being held without bail on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, one charge in the first-degree and one in the second-degree.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Court docs reveal new information in former DJ's sex crime case

MICHIGAN
Newschannel 3

[with video]

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 has uncovered new information in the case of a former Christian radio host charged with having sexual contact with a child.

John Balyo, a former on-air personality at Christian radio station WCSG was charged with two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct on Monday.

Police say his victim is a 12-year-old boy.

Federal officials confirmed that Balyo had been renting a storage unit in Plainfield with some disturbing things in it.

When searching the unit, police found kids clothing, duct tape, handcuffs, and chains.

They also found children's obituaries, and body parts from a mannequin.

Wednesday, Newschannel 3 obtained court documents that give more detail on what Balyo is accused of doing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Feds: Balyo’s storage locker had “bondage” kit

MICHIGAN
WOOD

[with video]

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Target 8 investigators have learned that a Christian radio host charged with raping an 11-year-old boy had a rented storage unit full of disturbing items.

According to federal agents, John Balyo, 35, told investigators about the storage unit when he was interviewed on June 20. He gave the agents consent to search the unit, which is located at West River Storage Suites on Samrick Avenue NE in Plainfield Township.

Among the items in the unit was a suitcase that held children’s socks and costumes, duct tape, four pairs of handcuffs, zip ties, rubber gloves, chains and a padlock, authorities said.

In addition, investigators found file folders full of magazine and newspaper articles about missing children, as well as copies of children’s obituaries, authorities said.

A federal source told Target 8 that agents found a bag containing various dismembered body parts from a medical mannequin in the storage unit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Ex-Christian radio host who 'admitted raping an 11-year-old boy' ...

MICHIGAN
Daily Mail (UK)

By LOUISE BOYLE

Ex-Christian radio host who 'admitted raping an 11-year-old boy' had duct tape, handcuffs and chains in his storage unit

A former Christian radio host, who admitted to raping an 11-year-old boy, had a rented storage unit where he kept a 'bondage kit' of handcuffs, chains and duct tape, the FBI confirmed to MailOnline today.

John Balyo, 35, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct after he confessed last week to having sex with a child.

It is claimed that Balyo, from Battle Creek, Michigan, paid a man to arrange a sex session with a minor for him.

He was arrested last Friday while at the Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord, Michigan. He was a morning show host on Christian station WCSG.

The handcuffs and other items were found in a suitcase after police searched a storage unit in Plainfield Township last Friday.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman told MailOnline on Thursday that while being interviewed, Balyo indicated that he had a storage unit and gave officers permission to search the space.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Feds: WCSG radio host had handcuffs, duct tape and chains in 'bondage' kit found in storage unit

MICHIGAN
MLive

By John Tunison | jtunison@mlive.com
on June 25, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Federal authorities are confirming that a storage unit rented to former WCSG radio host John Balyo had a "bondage" kit that contained items including handcuffs, chains and duct tape.

Balyo is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an 11-year-old boy. Police allege he paid a Battle Creek man to arrange for him to have sex with minors.

The "bondage" type items were discovered in a suitcase after a Friday, June 20, search of a Plainfield Township storage unit. Investigators also found a padlock, rubber gloves and children's socks, authorities said.

A Homeland Security Investigations source said Balyo gave police consent to search the unit after he was arrested at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Balyo update: Federal investigation turns up bondage items in storage unit

MICHIGAN
Gaylord Herald-Times

GAYLORD — A former downstate Christian radio station host who was arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges June 20 at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord has been denied bond.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, was arraigned in Calhoun County’s 10th District Court Monday on one count each of first degree criminal sexual conduct and second degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges are punishable by up to life in prison and up to 15 years in prison, respectively.

Federal investigators confirmed that on June 20, items which could be used for bondage, including handcuffs, duct tape, rope, zip ties and socks, were found in a Plainfield Township storage unit, rented out by Balyo. Plainfield Township is located approximately 10 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

John Balyo: Fund drive underway for Christian radio host's wife after his child-sex arrest

MICHIGAN
MLive

By John Agar | jagar@mlive.com
on June 26, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After the arrest of Christian radio host John Baylo on child-sex allegations, supporters of his wife, Bethany, and her son are raising funds on her behalf.

Organizers set a $50,000 goal for the online fund drive.

“I hope many small donations turn into a river of blessing for you,” a donor wrote. “May God's love show through these tokens of support for you and your son.”

The website said: “On June 20, 2014, Bethany and her son's world was turned upside down by unforeseen circumstances. A new bride of just seven weeks, this now single mom is now experiencing something that no person should have to endure. Bethany has always been the first one to reach out and help others, now it's our turn to help her and her son.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Pope Francis will meet Irish survivors of clerical abuse in the Vatican next week

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

Jun 26, 2014 By Pat Flanagan

It will be the first time since his election that the Pontiff has met with victims to hear of their experiences

Pope Francis will meet Irish survivors of clerical abuse in the Vatican next week, it emerged today.

It will be the first time since his election that the Pontiff has met with victims to hear of their experiences.

It will also be the first time a Pope has met Irish survivors.

Pope Francis has promised to continue a “zero tolerance” approach to abuse.

The Irish Catholic newspaper reported several survivors will travel from Ireland for the meeting, expected to take place at the Vatican guest house where the Pontiff has made his home.

It is understood they’ll be accompanied by clerical abuse victims from other parts of the world, including Britain, the US and Poland. One abuse survivor, Amnesty International Ireland chief Colm O’Gorman, said last night that the Pope must not merely listen, but respond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Vatican says believers are shunning Catholic lifestyle after scandals

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (UK)

Lizzy Davies in Rome
The Guardian, Thursday 26 June 2014

The Vatican has blamed a pernicious mixture of insensitive priests, "conspicuously lavish" clerical lifestyles, the sex abuse scandal and a morally-lax modern culture dominated by the mass media for large numbers of Catholics no longer living their private lives according to church teachings.

In a document seen as the working paper for a hotly-anticipated meeting later this year, the Vatican said responses to a questionnaire it sent out globally last year showed that many ordinary believers were either ignorant of teachings on topics such as marriage and divorce or regarded them as overly intrusive.

The document found that insufficiently clear explanations, bad homilies and ill-prepared priests sometimes appeared to be to blame for the gulf between theory and practice. But it added: "On the other hand, many respondents confirmed that, even when the Church's teachings about marriage and the family is known, many Christians have difficulty accepting it in its entirety."

Pope Francis announced last year that the theme of October's extraordinary session of the bishops' synod would be devoted to the family, and the challenges the church faces when trying to connect with its flock on issues such as abortion, gay rights and artificial contraception.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Nuns seek new mediation of sex abuse claims

MONTANA
Greenwich Time

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press
Updated 12:02 pm, Thursday, June 26, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for an order of nuns plan to ask a judge Thursday for a new round of negotiations to settle claims of child sex abuse by priests and nuns in Montana, a request that comes less than three weeks before the first trial.

The first three plaintiffs who say they were abused as children in western Montana are scheduled to go to trial July 14. Additional trials with similarly small groups of plaintiffs are planned but not yet scheduled against the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province.

The order of nuns and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena are defendants in two lawsuits filed in 2011 on behalf of 362 plaintiffs who say they were sexually abused in schools, churches and orphanages across western Montana between the 1940s and the 1970s.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy reorganization in federal court earlier this year as part of a $15 million proposed settlement with the plaintiffs. The Ursulines are not participating in the settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Accused Catholic priest said mass while Vatican dithered

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JUNE 27, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

A CATHOLIC priest barred from working publicly over allegations of child abuse continued to say mass and celebrate weddings in Australia and overseas while the Vatican spent years ­debating what action to take against him, the royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the church’s handling of John Gerard Nestor, who was defrocked in 2008, nearly 20 years after the church became aware of complaints against him.

Despite being suspended while the Vatican decided his fate, Mr Nestor wrote to his Australian bishop in about 2003, saying he was working at a US university where “50 people have returned to the sacraments as a result”.

“I have even recently cele­brated marriages of university students ... with no objection from the bishop,” Mr Nestor wrote in a separate letter sent to the bishop of Wollongong in 2004.

Mr Nestor was barred from working publicly as a priest in 1997, following his conviction and subsequent acquittal on appeal for indecent assault, while the church investigated other abuse allegations against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

Q&A: A Conversation With Sue Lauber-Fleming & Patrick Fleming

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Magazine

By Jeannette Cooperman June 20, 2014

They set up a counseling practice together, fell in love, married. Both had treated victims of sexual abuse. Then Patrick Fleming, a former priest himself, began treating priests who’d been perpetrators, and he asked his wife, Sue Lauber-Fleming, to help him run a therapy group at the residential facility just outside St. Louis where these men now live. Sue shook the day that she told them her own story, of being abused by her pastor, a monsignor, when she was 4 years old. But since then, the Flemings have met hundreds of times, in groups and individually, with dozens of priests convicted of sexual abuse. In one of their books, Broken Trust, they note that in the media, “each priest appears as a sad news photo of a man in black and in trouble.” There’s no clue as to why they did what they did or whether they realize the damage. After counseling these priests for 12 years, the Flemings have some insight.

PF: We have worked with victims of all kinds of abuse, and we know how horrible the acts are and what damaging effects they have. So none of what I’m going to say about perpetrators is to excuse what they have done. But what we have seen is that this is clearly a sickness. These men have been scorned, vilified, raked through the coals, and really judged to be evil in some way. But pretty often, they have been sexually abused themselves—[about two-thirds] of the time—and nearly all of them experienced some other kind of trauma when they were growing up. As they start to recover, they start—in most cases, not all—to have deep remorse about what they have done and deep shame. Their level of pain is often as intense as, or greater than, their victims’. SL: As intense. I would not say greater.

How long can their denial last? SL: One priest, in group, kept saying, “But I didn’t abuse them. I just was loving them.” He’d spent time in prison already. This went on and on. PF: We challenged him regularly. We can tell these stories really directly: “This is what your victim experienced. This is the pain; this is the emotional damage; this is the sexual damage; this is the spiritual damage. Does that sound like love to you?” SL: Three years later, it finally clicked: “Oh! I was needing love, and I used them to fulfill my need for love.”

It took three years? SL: Yeah. And insurance says see somebody for six months.

So what worked? PF: I think it was the honesty of other people in the group, and gradually working his denial down—by this time, Sue had shared her own story. Rarely, actually, is it time and distance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Abuse allegations a 'charade': church man

AUSTRALIA
7 News

KARLIS SALNA
June 26, 2014

The former canonical advocate for a priest accused of molesting boys once called a church investigation into the alleged abuse a "witch hunt" and a "charade", but now says he was later shocked by the evidence.

Father John Nestor was charged and convicted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old altar boy in Wollongong in 1996 but was later acquitted on appeal.

Further allegations later surfaced, prompting attempts to have Father Nestor removed from the ministry and setting in train a church investigation under canon law.

The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, at a hearing in Sydney on Thursday, heard that even before the criminal charges and church investigation, other members of Wollongong's Catholic Diocese had become aware of Father Nestor's activities.

Father Mark O'Keefe told the commission that, when he was an assistant priest at Nowra in November 1988, he had become aware of Father Nestor running summer camps for boys.

He heard that boys on one of the camps, which included lessons on "manliness", had to run naked from a bus to a water hole and back, and that there were group shower sessions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Child sex abuse royal commission: priest didn't report rumours of 'boys running naked' at camps despite his concerns

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Brad Ryan

A priest who heard rumours of "boys running naked" at camps run by another priest says he refused to help promote the so-called "summer safaris", but did not report his concerns to authorities.

Father Mark O'Keefe has been giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is examining the case of former Wollongong priest John Nestor.

Mr Nestor was defrocked in 2008 after an investigation commissioned by the local diocese found he engaged in sexual misconduct at the camps between 1989 and 1993.

Father O'Keefe, now a parish priest in Wollongong, told the commission he became aware of the camps while working as an assistant priest in Nowra in 1988.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Priest, 88, faces court on 1970s child-abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites Australia researcher (article posted 26 June 2014)

A priest of the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese, Father James Henry Scannell, aged 88, is currently undergoing a jury trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old altar boy more than 40 years ago. The alleged victim (now in his fifties) finally contacted the police after learning that his aunt's funeral in 2010 was to be conducted by this priest, the court was told.

In the early 1970s, according to court documents, Father Scannell was stationed at St Anne's parish in East Kew, Melbourne, where the 12-year-old served as an altar boy and attended with his aunt.

Father Scannell (date of birth 17 April 1926) is accused of sexually assaulting the boy at the priest's parish house between August 1970 and July 1972 when the boy was aged between 11 and 13. Father Scannell has pleaded not guilty to one charge of buggery.

Father Scannell is alleged to have led the boy into his bedroom and then sexually assaulted him one day when the boy was at the priest's house working for pocket money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Pope Francis will meet with Irish abuse survivors for the first time

IRELAND
Journal

POPE FRANCIS IS to meet with Irish survivors of clerical abuse next weekend.

It will be the first time since his election that the Pontiff has met with those who have been abused to hear of their experiences.

It will also be the first time that Irish survivors of abuse have met with a Pope.

The Irish Catholic reports that a number of Irish survivors will travel to the Vatican for the meeting which is expected to take place at the Vatican guesthouse – where the Pope lives.

They will be accompanied by survivors of clerical abuse from other parts of the world including Britain, the United States and Poland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

BBC star Jimmy Savile 'committed sex acts on dead bodies' while volunteering at hospital

UNITED KINGDOM
ABC News (Australia)

Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, say health investigators.

In 2012, police said Savile, one of the Britain's best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly young people, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

A series of reports covering 28 hospitals where he had worked showed Savile had used his fame and charitable work to get unsupervised access to patients, raping and sexually abusing boys, girls, men and women aged between five and 75 in wards, corridors and offices. ...

Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and honoured by the Pope for his voluntary work at hospitals, which he exploited to gain unprecedented access to patients.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Unanderra priest's support for Nestor queried

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By KATE McILWAIN June 26, 2014

Unanderra priest Father Mark O'Keefe was questioned about his support for an accused child molester - in defiance of his bishop's orders - at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday.

Wollongong priest John Gerard Nestor was convicted of aggravated sexual assault towards a teenage boy in 1996 but was later acquitted.

After other complaints about Mr Nestor's behaviour at summer altar boy camps and a long campaign by the Wollongong Catholic Diocese, he was defrocked by decree of the Pope in 2008.

In 1998, however, Fr O'Keefe allowed Mr Nestor to conduct Mass at his Unanderra church despite instructions from then Wollongong Bishop Philip Wilson that he not do so, the commission heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Vatican to appoint adviser for Legionaries of Christ

VATICAN CITY
Headlines from the Catholic World

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released by Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., the Vatican spokesman revealed that the Holy See is to appoint an adviser to assist the Legionaries in the revision of their newly-drafted constitutions.

Having received numerous questions from journalists regarding the state of the Legionaries in light of the set revisions, Fr. Lombardi published the answers he received from spoken with Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who are currently overseeing the process.

Cardinal Braz de Aviz serves as prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and Archbishop Carballo as the congregation’s secretary.

In the statement published June 25, Archbishop Carballo explained that the identity of the Vatican-appointed adviser has not yet been released, but that as “a gesture of fraternal closeness” he and Cardinal Braz de Aviz will meet with the Legionaries general director, Fr. Robles Gil, July 3 to discuss the needed changes to their constitutions and to reveal who the adviser will be.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Pope Francis to meet Irish abuse survivors in Vatican

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

by Michael Kelly
June 26, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

Irish survivors of clerical abuse will travel to Rome next week for a key meeting with Pope Francis The Irish Catholic has learned.

It will be the first time since his election that the Pontiff has met with those who have been abused by priests and religious to hear of their experiences. Francis has promised to continue a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to abuse.

The Irish Catholic understands that a number of Irish survivors will travel for the encounter which is expected to take place next weekend at the Vatican guesthouse where the Pope has made his home.

It is understood that they will be accompanied by survivors of clerical abuse from other parts of the world including Britain, the United States and Poland.

The encounter with the Pope, which Vatican sources say will afford survivors the opportunity to recount their suffering first-hand to Francis, will be private. Survivors will then be able to decide whether or not they want to speak to the media about the papal meeting with many expected to remain anonymous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Report: Pope to meet abuse victims at Vatican next week

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 26, 2014 NCR Today

Pope Francis is to meet with survivors of clergy sexual abuse for the first time as pontiff next week, according to a report Thursday by the independent Irish newspaper The Irish Catholic.

Survivors of abuse, the newspaper reports, will be meeting Francis at the Vatican guesthouse where the pontiff lives. Among those met by Francis will reportedly be survivors from Ireland, Britain, the U.S., and Poland.

The encounter would follow remarks made by Francis during a press conference after the pontiff's trip to the Holy Land in May, when he said he would be hosting such a meeting. Timing of the event would also place it during the same week as the July 1-4 meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the eight-cardinal group that is advising the pontiff on reforming the governance of the church.

Among members of that group is Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who is serving on a new papal commission on clergy sexual abuse and had been asked by Francis to set up a meeting with survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Royal commission into child sexual abuse sparks rise in sex assault claims

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MICHAEL WALSH THE AUSTRALIAN JUNE 26, 2014

SEXUAL assault reports hit a four-year high last year, with victim support groups attributing the rise to awareness created by the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today reveals almost 20,000 sexual assaults were reported to police in 2013, an increase of 8 per cent on the previous year.

While all states and territories recorded an increase, the largest change was seen in Tasmania where the number of reports rose by 48 per cent. This was followed by New South Wales with an 11 per cent increase.

NSW Rape Crisis Centre executive officer Karen Willis said it was encouraging that more victims were coming forward.

“This is great news, because what we know is that only 17 per cent of people who experience sexual assault report it to police. We know it’s really difficult for victims to come forward,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Vic priest accused of 1970s abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

An alleged victim was compelled to come forward after 40 years of silence by the prospect of his aunt's funeral being conducted by the priest he says sexually abused him as a boy.

James Henry Scannell, 88, is accused of luring an altar boy to the bedroom of his Melbourne home in the early 1970s and sexually assaulting him.

When Scannell agreed to conduct the funeral of the boy's aunt in 2010, the alleged victim told his family to find another priest, prosecutor Kristie Churchill said.

The former altar boy, now aged in his 50s, approached police just months later, Ms Churchill told Scannell's Victorian County Court trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Abuse allegations a 'charade': church man

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

The former canonical advocate for a priest accused of molesting boys once wrote to the accused and told him he had "suffered enough".

The former canonical advocate for a priest accused of molesting boys once called a church investigation into the alleged abuse a "witch hunt" and a "charade", but now says he was later shocked by the evidence.

Father John Nestor was charged and convicted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old altar boy in Wollongong in 1996 but was later acquitted on appeal.

Further allegations later surfaced, prompting attempts to have Father Nestor removed from the ministry and setting in train a church investigation under canon law.

The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, at a hearing in Sydney on Thursday, heard that even before the criminal charges and church investigation, other members of Wollongong's Catholic Diocese had become aware of Father Nestor's activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

8 POWERS the VATICAN uses to CONTROL CATHOLICS and COUNTRIES: TRADITIONAL, CHARISMATIC, COERCIVE, SOCIAL, LEGAL, REMUNERATIVE, EXPERT, ECOLOGICAL

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

There are Eight kinds of power the Vatican exercises to control Catholics, other people and countries. They are traditional, charismatic, coercive, social, legal, remunerative, expert and ecological powers. All Americans must decipher which of these power(s) control them – so they can set America free from the Vatican Mammon Beast a.k.a. Opus Dei Beast and all their deceptions and tentacles on the American dollar -- for America is the main donor of the Vatican. Two other articles affirm this. “Why America needs to confront the Vatican”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

In his ministry, Pope Francis' achievements are substantial, not merely empty symbolism

UNITED STATES
Intermountain Catholic

Friday, Jun. 27, 2014

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion
Pastor emeritus of St. Vincent de Paul Parish

More than one commentator has suggested recently that Pope Francis is all symbolism and little substance. I disagree. (For one thing, I think symbolism is substance.)

Here are six areas in which Pope Francis has made real differences that are unlikely to be overturned by a future pope.

1. The end of the imperial papacy. “Conservative” theologians never tire of saying that the Church is not a democracy. That’s true. But neither is it a monarchy, never mind an empire. It is, as Cardinal Avery Dulles said, “a community of disciples.”

Pope Francis is no imperial figure. He does not live in the Apostolic Palace, but in a guesthouse. He has avoided much of the traditional papal regalia. He dislikes the idea of a papal court, with its myriad of ceremonial attendants. He travels in a modest car, even on occasion on a bus (with cardinals).

2. More effective communication. Traditionally, popes have spoken with extreme caution and avoided spontaneous comments. Now, Francis gives daily homilies off the cuff. He speaks freely to crowds – and never over their heads. His engaging and open style of communication has mesmerized the media, and it is often said of Pope Francis that “The world is listening.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Archbishop hopes settlement brings victims closure, chance to heal

WASHINGTON
National Catholic Reporter

Catholic News Service | Jun. 25, 2014

SEATTLE
Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said Tuesday that he hopes the settlement of 30 claims of sexual abuse will bring victims "closure and allow them to continue the process of healing."

The Seattle archdiocese settled cases involving abuse that the victims said was carried out by members of the Christian Brothers at two institutions managed by the order in western Washington.

The most recent cases in question were nearly 30 years old and some dated back almost 60 years, according to an archdiocesan press release announcing the settlement, which totaled $12.1 million.

A teaching order, the Christian Brothers operated the Briscoe School, a boarding and day school for boys in the Kent Valley, beginning in 1914. The order also staffed and managed Bishop O'Dea High School, an archdiocesan school, from its opening in 1923.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Vatican document for synod on family balances mercy and cultural blame

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 26, 2014
Synod on the Family

Struggles faced by faithful around the world in following Catholic teachings stem mainly from ineffective education in those teachings and the pervasive effect of a relativistic culture, states the guiding document for an upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.

The document, anticipated by many Catholics as a barometer for what to expect from the synod, also strongly reinforces church teachings regarding the indissolubility of marriage, the restriction of marriage to heterosexual couples, and that partners must be open to having children.

At the same time, the document states, the church must respond with mercy to the struggles of families to adhere to sometimes controversial teachings -- like those prohibiting divorce and remarriage, contraception, cohabitation, and same-sex marriage -- and "support her children on the path of reconciliation."

Released by the Vatican on Thursday, the document was prepared for an extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in October. Called by Pope Francis last year, the 2014 synod is the first of two back-to-back yearly meetings of the world's Catholic bishops at the Vatican on the theme of "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Child abuse ...

NEW YORK
The Riversale Press

Child abuse victims stung by Albany inaction

By Shant Shahrigian
Posted 6/25/14

Horace Mann School graduate Joseph Cumming says it took him 34 years to fully realize his treatment at the hands of his music teacher Johannes Somary was sexual abuse. But by then, even if he had wanted to, it was far too late for him to take legal action. New York’s criminal and civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors is five years after the victim turns 18.

After revelations of decades of abuse involving more than 30 victims at Horace Mann emerged in June 2012, the Bronx District Attorney’s office said the limitations prevented it from prosecuting any of the perpetrators.

The state legislature’s recent failure to take up the Child Victims Act — which would eliminate the criminal and civil statues of limitations for child sexual abuse and create a one-year window for past victims to seek justice — infuriated Mr. Cumming and other survivors.

They placed the blame on state Sen. Co-Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the leader of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), who decides which bills come to the floor of the senate in consultation with Republican Co-Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Patrick to sign minimum wage, child sex abuse statute bills

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By State House News Service
on June 25, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday will sign bills raising the minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 and extending the statute of limitations in civil child sex abuse cases.

The minimum wage bill (S 2195), which Patrick will sign at 11 a.m. in the Statehouse’s Nurses Hall, increases the wage from $8 per hour in three annual steps and gives Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country.

The bill also includes unemployment insurance reforms and increases wages for tipped workers to $3.75 from $2.63.

At 2 p.m., Patrick is scheduled to sign in Room 157 a bill extending the statute of limitations in civil child sex abuse cases (H 4126).

The bill extends the statute to 35 years after a victim turns 18, up from three years, meaning individuals can file lawsuits until they turn 53 years old. The bill also allows individuals who discover late in life they’ve suffered emotional and psychological harm to file a claim seven years after the discovery, up from the current three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Sleeping with boys was 'common practice': royal commission on sex abuse in Wollongong, day 3

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

June 26, 2014

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

A disgraced clergyman claimed it was ''common practice'' for priests to sleep with boys when he was under investigation by Catholic Church assessors as part of the Towards Healing process.

The Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that defrocked Wollongong priest John Nestor denied that sharing a bed with teenage boys was inappropriate.

Mr Nestor was convicted of sexually molesting a 15-year-old altar boy in 1996 but later acquitted on appeal. He is not expected to appear at the hearing, which is examining how the Catholic Church deals with cases in which convictions have not been made against priests accused of wrongdoing.
In a 1998 letter read out to the royal commission on Wednesday, Mr Nestor told Catholic Church investigators he had done nothing wrong by sharing a bed with the boys.

''I deny inappropriate behaviour, in the circumstances,'' he wrote.

''This allegation must be considered in the context of common practice of other priests at the time.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a "widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis" of the family.

The 75-page "instrumentum laboris," published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to "provide an initial reference point" for discussion at the synod, whose theme will be the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization."

The document is based principally on comments solicited in a questionnaire last November from national bishops' conferences around the world. But it also reflects comments sent directly to the Vatican by individuals and groups responding to the questionnaire, which was widely published on the Internet.

Topics in the working document include some of the most contested and controversial areas of Catholic moral teaching on the family, including contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization.

Bishops' conferences responding to the questionnaire attributed an increasing disregard of such teachings to a variety influences, including "hedonistic culture; relativism; materialism; individualism; (and) the growing secularism."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Former pastor pleads guilty in child sex abuse case

VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Daily

By Joe Beck

LURAY -- A former pastor in Luray and Shenandoah County has pleaded guilty to six counts in a child molestation case in Page County Circuit Court.

The plea agreement of James Richard Daley, 71, a pastor at the Lebanon Lutheran Church in Lebanon Church for several years in the 1980s, did not specify any sentencing recommendations but Daley could spend the rest of his life in prison. Page County Commonwealth's Attorney Kenneth Alger II said the five felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of aggravated sexual battery to a child less than 13 years old carry a prison term of up to 45 years.

Daley's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Alger said in an interview Wednesday that he consulted with the victims and their families about the plea agreement, and all of them supported it.

Daley was initially charged with 12 counts of aggravated sexual battery to a child less than 13. Alger said the investigation involved several victims but the grand jury indictments pertained to only one.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Child sex abuse royal commission: Adviser to allegedly abusive priest admits evidence is 'shocking'

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ABC

BY BRAD RYAN
June 26, 2014

A Catholic priest who criticised an investigation into allegedly abusive priest John Nestor says he did not know about the evidence in the case and it "shocked" him when he later saw it.

Canon law expert and priest of 50 years, Rev Dr Kevin Matthews, says he now believes his criticisms were "over the top" and Mr Nestor "violated many boundaries".

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the case involving Mr Nestor, a former Wollongong priest who was the subject of numerous complaints about his conduct towards young boys.

After Mr Nestor was convicted of abusing an altar boy in 1996, local bishop Philip Wilson tried to remove Mr Nestor from the ministry, even though the conviction was overturned a year later.

The commission has heard Bishop Wilson's efforts to defrock Mr Nestor were resisted by the Vatican for years, until Mr Nestor was dismissed by Pope Benedict in 2008.

Rev Matthews acted as Mr Nestor's 'canonical advocate' - an adviser in canon law and "companion on the journey".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

St. John's abbot reacts to abuse response criticism

MINNESOTA
St. Cloud Times

David Unze, dunze@stcloudtimes.com

COLLEGEVILLE – St. John's Abbey Abbot John Klassen this week defended his response to clergy sex abuse allegations, issuing a statement that says the abbey strives for transparency and the truth, even when allegations against a monk are unfounded.

A 1,051-word statement from Klassen this week to the St. John's Prep School community included his "personal reflections" on whether the abbey's responses to abuse allegations have "fallen short of what is expected."

Klassen cited a letter he said he recently received that asked where the "public voice" of St. John's is when abuse allegations are made.

"I know we are bound to disappoint some of our friends who believe we respond too timidly and others who see our responses as incomplete and even disingenuous," Klassen wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Wollongong bishop threatened to take Nestor case to Pope: commission

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By KATE McILWAIN June 25, 2014

A former Wollongong bishop felt so strongly that a priest accused of child molestation should not be allowed to practise he was willing to "take the matter all the way to the Pope" and resign if necessary, the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Wednesday.

Philip Wilson, now the Archbishop of Adelaide, also criticised the Congregation for the Clergy (CFC) - one of the Vatican's most powerful bodies - for always taking the side of priests accused of abuse.

Archbishop Wilson was being questioned about events in 1997 on day two of the hearing into the Wollongong Catholic Diocese's response to child sexual abuse complaints against then Father John Nestor.

At that time, Mr Nestor had successfully appealed a conviction of aggravated indecent assault against a 15-year-old altar boy.

However, due to other complaints - including that Mr Nestor had watched boys showering, made boys bathe naked, conducted bodily "soap inspections" and touched a boy "on the penis and the bum" - Archbishop Wilson was seeking to bar him from working in the ministry until further assessments had been done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Wollongong bishop would resign as matter of conscience over accused priest

AUSTRALIA
ABC - PM

MARK COLVIN: The Catholic bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham has appeared before the child abuse royal commission and expressed his frustration with the Vatican at the spent years trying to stop a priest from working in the community, especially with children.

Bishop Ingham said despite Father John Nestor's eventual acquittal on charges of indecent assault, his past behaviour represented an unacceptable risk and he should not be allowed to work in public ministry.

He also echoed the views of his predecessor who said he would have to resign if John Nestor was allowed to continue to work as a priest.

Emily Bourke has the story.

EMILY BOURKE: The royal commission is continuing to shine a light on internal processes of the Catholic Church, and in particular it's forced the door open on how the Church investigates and establishes the facts around child sexual abuse allegations brought against priests or religious.

Today, a leading canon lawyer, Kevin Matthews, revealed some serious shortcomings.

Under questioning by Justice Peter McClellan and counsel assisting Angus Stewart, Dr Matthews admitted that cases against priests are frequently tossed out because they can't be proved through the canon law process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

June 25, 2014

Irish government finalizes terms of inquiry into mother-baby homes

IRELAND
Catholic News Service

By Michael Kelly
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN (CNS) -- The Irish government is finalizing the parameters of a judicial inquiry into church-run state-funded mother and baby homes.

The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.

In May, local historian Catherine Corless revealed her research, which found that between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died in the home for unmarried mothers and their children. She had found no evidence that they were buried in local cemeteries and instead believed that the children may have been buried in a common grave on the site.

However, several media outlets began reporting that the children had been "dumped" in a disused septic tank on the site. Within days, the international media was gripped by the story -- much of which turned out to be factually inaccurate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

AIF signs agreement with Argentina to fight money laundering

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Financial Intelligence Unit (AIF) of the Holy See and Vatican City State signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with Argentina on Tuesday, in an effort to expand the international network “to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism”.

Read the official statement below:

L’Autorità Informazione Finanziaria (AIF), the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Holy See and Vatican City State, has formalized its bilateral cooperation with Argentina, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Vatican on Tuesday.

The MOU was signed in the Palazzo San Carlo by the Director of AIF, Rene Bruelhart, and the President of the Unidad de Información Financiera (UIF) of Argentina, José Sbattella.

“We’re very pleased to have signed this MOU with Argentina today,” Bruelhart said. “This is an important step to further expand the network to support global efforts to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism. We’re looking forward to fruitful cooperation with Argentina, which will be beneficial to both parties.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Cómo perdió la inocencia Juan Carlos Cruz a manos de Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

Llegué tarde a la lectura de “El fin de la inocencia” del periodista y ex seminarista Juan Carlos Cruz, luego de haber abordado muy tempranamente las dos contundentes investigaciones periodísticas que existen sobre el siniestro caso del cura Karadima: “Los secretos del imperio Karadima”, del equipo de Ciper Chile, liderado por Mónica González, y “Karadima, el señor de los infiernos”, de María Olivia Monckeberg, que se publicaron el año pasado. (Leer reseñas: http://noticias.terra.cl/ximena-torres-cautivo/blog/tag/los-secretos-del-imperio-de-karadima/ y http://noticias.terra.cl/ximena-torres-cautivo/blog/2011/04/28/karadima-el-senor-de-los-infiernos-habla-su-autora/)

Por estos días, la gente que lee y compra libros le ha dado la preferencia al testimonio en primera persona de Juan Carlos Cruz, donde relata de una manera transparente y casi ingenua la tragedia de su vida: el abuso sexual y sicológico que padeció en la otrora tan respetable Parroquia El Bosque, donde tenía su imperio Fernando Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Priests voice support for bishop selection reform, married priests

ST. LOUIS (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Thomas C. Fox | Jun. 25, 2014 NCR Today

SAINT LOUIS, MO -- Since its inaugural gathering in June 2012, a meeting that drew some 240 priests to St. Leo University northeast of Tampa, Fla, the Association of U.S. Priests, which claims more than 1.000 members, has said it wants to give priests a voice.

Using a numbering system to indicate degrees of support, the association passed eight resolutions dealing with priest support of the new Roman Missal translation, for the late Cardinal Bernardin’s Common Ground initiative, immigration support, married clergy, workers’ pensions, input into the selection of bishops, broadening the association’s membership base and fostering greater dialogue with the bishops.

This is how they fared: With 3 being the highest scored and representing “very strong favor” and -3 being the lowest and representing “very strong disfavor,”

* a resolution to form a task force to keep track up difficulties priests are experiencing with the new translations received a 2.8.
* a resolution calling for more transparency and involvement in the selection of bishops also received a 2.8.
* a resolution calling for the establishment of an immigration working group in support of comprehensive immigration reform received a 2.72
* a resolution calling upon the U.S. bishops to support a married priesthood received a 2.5 score
* a resolution calling for support for worker’s pensions received a 2.1
* and a resolution calling for support of inter-church dialogued based on Cardinal Bernardin’s “Common Ground” initiative received 2.0.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Giran orden de aprehensión contra cura pederasta de SLP

MEXICO
La Tarde

* La Procuraduría señaló que en caso de ser necesario recurrirán a la Interpol para la ubicación y detención del cura Eduardo Córdova

La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de San Luis Potosí (PGJE) dio a conocer que se obtuvo por parte de un juez, la orden de aprehensión contra el sacerdote Eduardo Córdova Bautista, acusado de pederastia.

La Procuraduría señaló que en caso de ser necesario recurrirán a la Interpol para la ubicación y detención de Eduardo Córdova, acusado de abuso sexual de menores cuando se desempañaba como sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de San Luis Potosí.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

MÉXICO: Giran orden de aprehensión contra cura pederasta

MEXICO
Entorno Inteligente

Vanguardia / Un Juzgado Penal otorgó a la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) una orden de aprehensión en contra del sacerdote Eduardo Córdova Bautista, acusado de los delitos de abuso sexual calificado, corrupción de menores y privación ilegal de la libertad en agravio de 19 menores.

El procurador estatal, Miguel Ángel García Covarrubias, informó que solicitará el apoyo a todas las Procuraduría de Justicia del país para la localización y captura del religioso.

Dijo que de ser necesario recurrirá a la Interpol mediante la emisión de la "ficha roja", para su búsqueda internacional.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Mexico judge orders priest's arrest in abuse case

MEXICO
Quincy Herald-Whig

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say a judge has ordered the arrest of a now-suspended priest accused of sexually abusing minors in the northern state of San Luis Potosi.

The state attorney general's office said Wednesday that Eduardo Cordova is considered a fugitive.

Earlier this month, 19 people filed a criminal complaint alleging that they were sexually abused by Cordova and that his archdiocese covered up the allegations for years.

The complaint was filed in San Luis Potosi, where Cordova had recently served as the archdiocese's legal representative.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Statement on Franciscan Friars, Legionaries

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) In a statement released on Wednesday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office spoke about the situation of two religious orders, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and the Legionaries of Christ, based on information received from the Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The statement said that Father Fidenzio Volpi, who has been appointed as Commissioner to supervise the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, along with all the seminarians of the Order, were received by Pope Francis in an audience at Casa Santa Marta on June 10. The audience was described as “a gesture that demonstrates the interest with which Pope Francis is following the situation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and his closeness to the work that the Commissioner is undertaking in the name of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.” The statement said the Holy Father was being kept informed of all that was being taken in regard to the situation. Currently, a residence is being sought in Rome where the student brothers of the Institute who are attending Pontifical Universities in Rome can live in order to continue their studies.

Wednesday’s statement also addressed the situation of the Legionaries of Christ. Following the celebration of a General Chapter, the Legionaries have returned to the competence of the Congregation for Consecrated life. The Legion had been under an Apostolic Delegate, whose work concluded with the General Chapter. As a “gesture of fraternal closeness,” the statement said, the Prefect and the Secretary of the Congregation will visit the headquarters of the Legionaries on 3 July to discuss personally the corrections that should be made to the Constitutions presented to Dicastery, and to announce the name of the Pontifical Assistant.

The statement noted that the corrections to the Constitutions are very few.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

St. Paul archdiocese vicar ordered to answer more questions

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Richard Chin
rchin@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 06/25/2014

A former top official in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will have to undergo further questioning in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the church, according to a decision Wednesday by a Ramsey County judge.

The Rev. Kevin McDonough, former vicar general for the archdiocese, had been required to give depositions in a lawsuit about the church's handling of child-abusing priests.

District Judge John Van de North ruled in a hearing on the lawsuit of a plaintiff known at Doe 1. Doe 1 is suing the archdiocese, alleging former priest Thomas Adamson molested him in 1976 or 1977 when Adamson served at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park.

Van de North also said Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt won't be questioned again by attorneys suing the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

MN- Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again, SNAP responds

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

We're glad a high ranking Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again and hope his archbishop will also insist that he be questioned by police too.

[Star Tribune]

Fr. Kevin McDonough very likely knows more about clergy sex crimes and cover ups than any church employee in Minnesota. For years he was the "go to guy" in pedophile priest cases in the Twin Cities area. We believe that dozens of kids were assaulted because Fr. McDonough misled parishioners and protected predators. And we believe that Fr. McDonough should be defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Vatican denies Boston parishioners’ final appeal to keep churches open

MASSACHUSETTS
Catholic Review

June 24, 2014

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON - Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston Archdiocese.

Jon Rogers, a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Scituate, said petitioning the pope was a last resort measure. Despite the step, he said he was not sure it would succeed.

“We promised 10 years ago when we started this we would exhaust every avenue of appeal,” Rogers told Catholic News Service June 24.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini parishioners have kept an around-the-clock presence in the church since October 2004 in the hope that various appeals based on canon law would be successful. The parish was one of 70 that closed beginning in 2004 in a downsizing plan carried out under Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Psychology, Ecclesiology and Yoder’s Violence

UNITED STATES
Mennonite Life

Peter Dula
ISSUE 2014, VOL. 68

In 1970, Geoffrey Hartman, a young professor of literature, brought his friend Paul de Man to join him in the English department at Yale. In the ensuing years, the two of them became close colleagues in the American reception of Jacques Derrida for whom, in 1975, they arranged a recurring visiting appointment. The three became close friends and together changed the way American professors and students thought about literature. But they couldn’t have come from more different backgrounds. At the age of nine, Hartman had been in Kindertransport, the program that evacuated Jewish children from Germany to England in 1939. He didn’t see his mother again for 6 years. Derrida had to leave his school in Algiers when the quota for Jewish students was reduced and Algerian Jews lost their citizenship. De Man, it turns out, was a crassly opportunistic Nazi collaborator who wrote a series of anti-Semitic articles in the Belgian press in the ‘40s1. What does it mean that these three, with such different histories, could agree on so much about literature and philosophy?

Reading the reviews of Evelyn Barish’s new book on de Man2, I couldn’t help but think of John Howard Yoder. As de Man’s students and colleagues have struggled to come to grips with his Nazi past, so Mennonite theologians and others are now, finally, trying to learn how to think about Yoder’s violence against women. We all owe Barb Graber and Ruth Krall a great deal for refusing to let us (by which I mean myself and other Mennonite theologians who write about and teach Yoder) continue to ignore the facts of Yoder’s violence. Graber asked us to do something specific: Welcome, encourage and make efforts to include analysis of the astoundingly ironic disconnect between Yoder’s orthodoxy and his severe lack of orthopraxy.3 In what follows, thanks to Mennonite Life, I take up that invitation. I begin with de Man’s case not to imply that such a task is impossible, but to acknowledge how complex it can be. All ideas are products of a social location. But, as the de Man story shows, how they are so, is an incredibly complex question. There is no straight line of determination between life and work; there are countless crooked and tangled threads. In what follows I try to identify and follow one thread in Yoder.

While I am a theologian, deeply indebted to the work of Yoder, my teaching responsibilities tend to be for EMU’s Religious Studies curriculum. So aside from an essay in our introductory Christian ethics course and an essay in an anthropology of religion course, I have only taught Yoder at length in one class, a topics seminar on political theology in the Fall of 2011. That seminar spent one class period (out of four on Yoder) talking about Yoder’s sexual violence and if and how we should relate that to his work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

AN UPDATE FROM THE DISCERNMENT GROUP ON SEXUAL ABUSE

UNITED STATES
Menno Snapshots

Published: June 19th, 2014, Posted by: Annette Brill Bergstresser

The Discernment Group, convened by Mennonite Church USA to address issues related to sexual abuse, has been working hard on multiple fronts.

The group met on June 3 in Elkhart, Ind. Carolyn Holderread Heggen, who serves as an advisor to the group, was able to join us for the entire meeting. We also conferred with Rachel Waltner Goossen, the historian who is researching Mennonite institutional responses to reports of John Howard Yoder’s sexual violations in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Here are several emerging initiatives the group has been tending to:

1. Documenting the scope of Yoder’s abuse and the church’s response to it. An issue of Mennonite Quarterly Review focusing on sexual abuse in Mennonite contexts is planned for early 2015. It will include an article by Goossen on Mennonite church institutional responses to Yoder’s sexual abuse of women. In the meantime, we want to report several findings as we have revisited the legacy of Yoder’s sexual violations. We are discovering from previously unexamined institutional and personal files, which include memos by Yoder himself, additional evidence of sexual violation perpetrated by Yoder on many women, including students, missionaries, church workers and others. We are also learning how long it took church leaders to intervene effectively. There are documented reports of sexual violation by Yoder, including fondling and sexual intercourse. In some instances, women who engaged in sexual encounters were persuaded, at least initially, by Yoder that such behavior was permissible between Christian “brothers” and “sisters.” Many others resisted his unwanted advances, and were perplexed and distressed by his pursuit.

While a four-year church accountability process for Yoder began in 1992, doubt lingers about its outcome since very little about this process was communicated to the general public. In 1996, when the process concluded, recommendations were made for “the continuing use of an accountability plan” and that “the church use his [Yoder’s] gifts of writing and teaching.” Additionally, very little has been communicated about the prolonged and devastating impact that Yoder’s sexual abuse has had on many women. There is much for the church to lament about the harm inflicted on these individuals, as well as the grief experienced by family members of all involved, and by colleagues and administrators who tried to call Yoder to account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

AP’s “MASS GRAVE” RETRACTIONS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the second retraction by the Associated Press (AP) over Ireland’s “mass grave” story:

AP issued its first retraction on June 20 regarding its stories of June 3 and June 8 on Ireland’s “mass grave” story. On June 23, AP reporter Shawn Pogatchnik issued a second, more complete, retraction; his article was titled, “Media Exaggerated Horror Tale at Irish Orphanage.” Here is an excerpt of what he said:

“The reports of unmarked graves shouldn’t have come as a surprise to the Irish public, who for decades have known that some of the 10 defunct ‘mother and baby homes,’ which chiefly housed the children of unwed mothers, held grave sites with forgotten dead. The religious orders’ use of unmarked graves reflected the crippling poverty of the time, the infancy of most of the victims, and the lack of plots in cemeteries corresponding to the children’s fractured families.”

“Contrary to the allegation of widespread starvation highlighted in some reports, only 18 children were recorded as suffering from severe malnutrition. While publicly available records are incomplete, sporadic inspection reports indicate that the orphanage’s population exceeded 250 throughout the worst years of child mortality, when overcrowding would have encouraged the spread of infection.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

US priests association takes on Müller

UNITES STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Robert McClory | Jun. 24, 2014 NCR Today

The strong public scolding Cardinal Gerhard Müller delivered in April to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious really disturbed many Catholics. It was so obviously out of sync with Pope Francis’ call for dialogue, discernment and especially respect when discussing matters of faith.

Yet, Müller’s blunt, confrontational accusations stirred little immediate reaction. It was as if people were stunned into silence by the contrast between the pope’s approach and that of the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Some wondered if the pope and Müller might be playing a good-cop-bad-cop routine for reasons that were not clear. The LCWR leadership refused to respond to Müller’s specifics and said they somehow had a fruitful dialogue with the cardinal and affirmed their determination to stay at the table despite the cardinal’s opening rant. And several coalitions of reform groups urged the pope to apologize for an outburst so contrary to his own approach.

For more than a month then, there was mostly silence and a turn to other topics. I was not aware of any bishops or priests speaking out until a brisk retort to Müller was issued by the little known Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) at their meeting in Seattle on June 2. The association, formed three years ago, had been docile and relatively invisible until now. In a letter addressed to Francis, however, they expressed “sadness and dismay” at Müller’s “abuse of the process” with the sisters. Here are a few samples from their candid statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Diocese of Winona Press Conference

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona

[summary page]

[with press packet]

Abuse Summary Release
Monday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of Sacred Heart, St. Thomas Room
360 Main St, Winona, MN (SE parking lot entrance)

WINONA, MN – June 23, 2014 – In an unprecedented effort for transparency and healing, today the Diocese of Winona voluntarily released an abuse summary of details and facts surrounding 13 priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse while serving in the Diocese of Winona decades ago. Nine of the thirteen priests on the list are deceased, two have been laicized, and two are pending laicization. No priests of the Diocese of Winona who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse are still in active ministry. The Diocese concern is for the rights of everyone involved and the abuse summary complies with legal restrictions about privacy of medical and mental health information and protects the victims and the innocent. There is full disclosure of the identity of abusers.

“We are committed first and foremost for the compassionate healing for the victims and their families. We remain steadfast to finding and telling the truth and are vigilantly committed to ensuring these unspeakable crimes against children never happen again,” said Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona.

Nearly all of the sexual abuse committed in the information made public today happened in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Many of the priests who had sexually abused children were sent for treatment and diagnosis when the accusations of abuse were made known to the Diocese. In many of the cases, priests were assessed, diagnosed and treated by medical professionals and were recommended they could return to active ministry.

“Today, we know much more about the diagnosis and treatment of pedophilia than we did twenty years ago. The compulsion to abuse is present in 4 percent of the general male population, about the same percentage you see in the priest population,” said Nelle Moriarty, Chair of the Diocesan Review Board and member to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Review Board. “The USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Youth and Young Persons recognizes that second chances cannot be given when the safety of our children and young persons are at risk,” said Moriarty.

This knowledge and awareness has empowered the Church to take extensive measures to ensure that our children are safer than ever before. The Diocese of Winona is in full compliance with the Charter, adopted by the U.S. Bishops in 2002 and requires that no priest with even one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor can serve in public ministry. The Diocese of Winona has a zero tolerance policy for child sexual abuse and has adopted a policy that goes above and beyond the legislature’s mandatory reporting requirement, by reporting all accusations of child sexual abuse to law enforcement, not just those within three years of the report, as required by statute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Diocese releases abuse details

MINNESOTA
Winona Post

By Chris Rogers

For the first time ever — as best as church officials could tell — an American diocese voluntarily released the details of reports of child sexual abuse by its priests and a Winona bishop publicly stated that he believes that the allegations are true.

Following a court order, the Diocese of Winona (DOW) released the names of 14 priests "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse last December. On Monday, the diocese released additional information about reports of abuse the diocese received over decades, including, in many cases, when the reports were made and what was done.

"We have learned that we need to be transparent and honest in order for people to understand that what we're doing [now] is different and children are being protected," said Bishop John Quinn, explaining the decision to release the summaries. DOW Director of Communications Joel Hennessy and public relations consultant Laurie Archbold noted the criticism of the diocese in recent news reports, and described the release as an opportunity for the diocese to be honest about the past and demonstrate how it has changed.

Most of the reported abuses took place during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Nine of the alleged abusers are deceased, two have already been laicized, and another two are facing laicization. In most of the cases, reports of abuse were apparently not relayed to law enforcement officials. The Minnesota mandatory reporting law, which requires people who work with children to convey reports of child abuse to law enforcement agencies, was enacted in 1975.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Italian priest charged ...

ITALY
Washington Post

Italian priest charged with soliciting sexual favors from desperate refugees

BY JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | RELIGION NEWS SERVICE June 25

ROME — The Catholic Church in Italy is facing an embarrassing scandal after the arrest of a priest accused of demanding sexual favors from immigrants seeking political asylum in Sicily.

The Rev. Sergio Librizzi, who was also the director of the Catholic charity Caritas in the Sicilian city of Trapani, was arrested at his parish on Tuesday (June 24) as he was preparing for Mass.

Prosecutors charge that Librizzi sought sexual favors from newly arrived migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in exchange for help with residency visas, as well as from the poor who sought help from the charity.

The priest’s arrest is particularly embarrassing for the church given Pope Francis’ strong stand in support of the immigrants flooding the area. Soon after his election last year, Francis’ first pastoral visit outside Rome was to the island of Lampedusa, near Sicily, where he called for greater solidarity and an end to the “global indifference” over refugees.

There has been a surge in refugees fleeing conflict and poverty in Syria, Iraq and other countries. Last month, the Italian government said the number of refugees and other migrants reaching its shores had risen to more than 39,000 in the first half of 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Judge to rule later on whether archdiocese must turn over electronic data on abuse allegations

MINNESOTA
Daily Reporter

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to turn over electronic files about accused priests so they can verify who had information about these priests, and when they had it.

In a hearing Wednesday, Ramsey County Judge John Van de North asked both sides to submit more information before he decides whether the archdiocese has to turn over emails, texts and other computer data.

The documents are being sought in a lawsuit that alleges church officials created a public nuisance by keeping the names of accused priests secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Judge Wants More Info Before Ruling on Priests' Electronic Data

MINNESOTA
KAAL

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to turn over electronic files about accused priests so they can verify who had information about these priests, and when they had it.

In a hearing Wednesday, Ramsey County Judge John Van de North asked both sides to submit more information before he decides whether the archdiocese has to turn over the emails, texts and other computer data.

The documents are being sought in a lawsuit that alleges church officials created a public nuisance by keeping the names of accused priests secret.

The archdiocese says it has already provided the information, but the plaintiffs say it's not in a format that allows them to see when the documents were created or modified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Judge orders ex-vicar general to answer more questions

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: June 25, 2014

Judge rules that the Rev. Kevin McDonough must testify again, but not Archbishop John Nienstedt.

A Ramsey County District judge Wednesday ordered that the former vicar general of the Twin Cities Archdiocese, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, submit to another round of questioning on the church’s handling of clergy sex abuse.

However, Judge John Van de North rejected a move to require Archbishop John Nienstedt to return for further questioning.

The order came during a hearing in which attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis asked the judge to halt further demands for information from attorney Jeff Anderson. Anderson’s St. Paul firm represents a man whose lawsuit prompted the first round of depositions this spring.

Tom Weiser, attorney for the archdiocese, said the church welcomes the opportunity for McDonough to return to testify, “while it wasn’t our first choice.”

Anderson said the ruling will allow him to continue to unearth information on how the archdiocese has handled abusive priests.

“We’re comforted to know that more information that needs to be revealed is going to be,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

MN- Catholic officials misinterpret 1st Amendment, SNAP says

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

It's sad to see Catholic officials exploiting and misrepresenting the First Amendment. It protects belief, not actions.

[Star Tribune]

Minnesota church officials say they should get to continue keeping secrets about clergy sex crimes and cover ups because the First Amendment protects them. But we find it very hard to imagine that the Founding Fathers envisioned that provision would be used to shield powerful officials who repeatedly put kids in harms' way.

This isn't complicated. People can think anything they want. They can't, however, do anything they want. That's simple common sense. It's the basis of civilized society.

We hope the judge will reject Minnesota Catholic officials' argument that their callous actions and incriminating records about helping predators and endangering kids should be kept hidden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Man files suit against archdiocese

OREGON
Catholic Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Portland is being sued for $8.1 million by a man who claims to have been sexually abused by a deceased Portland priest.

The man claims that between 1969 and 1972 – when he was between the ages of six and nine – Archdiocese of Portland priest Father Maurice Grammond abused him between 10 and 20 times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Large crowds expected at London vigil to remember Tuam babies

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Post

By Niall O Sullivan on June 25, 2014

OUTRAGED crowds are due to gather outside London’s Irish Embassy next week at a vigil for hundreds of babies who died in Ireland’s homes for unmarried mothers.

Organisers said they are expecting a large turnout as the city’s 180,000-strong Irish population gets its first chance to react to the discovery of 800 dead babies at a home in Tuam, Co. Galway.

“Our sense is that people here are very upset about the allegations that have emerged surrounding infant mortality rates in different homes,” said London-based Avril Egan, whose mother was in one of the institutions.

She added that people were particularly “disturbed” by allegations from former residents that nuns refused to give women painkillers during childbirth because they were “sinners”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

WA- Abuse victims settle but more must be done, SNAP says

WASHINGTON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

Thirty brave child sex victims have settled their abuse and cover up suits against Seattle Catholic officials. We applaud these courageous and determined individuals and suspect that there are dozens more victims in the Seattle area – from these two parochial schools and other schools – who remain trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.

We hope this settlement will encourage them to step forward, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

It's tough for any abuse victim to speak up. But it's especially tough when the perpetrator is a powerful religious figure. And it's especially tough to report abuse in Catholic schools. The classes tend to be closely knit, so many victims fear that if they speak up, others will find out who they are and what happened to them. And many who graduate from Catholic high schools carry a mass of confusing feelings. On one hand, they are convinced they got a good education and they're grateful for it. On the other hand, they know they should never have been assaulted. But deep loyalty to their alma mater is one added factor that keeps many Catholic school victims quiet.

We are grateful these 30 individuals have worked so hard and long to hold complicit church officials accountable for their reckless actions. It's a shame that Catholic officials drag these cases out for years, but we appreciate the persistence of these victims who have suffered so much for so long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

Seattle Archdiocese to pay $12 million to settle child sex abuse claims: lawyer

WASHINGTON
MSN

By Eric M. Johnson of Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay about $12.125 million to 30 men who alleged they were sexually abused as children and teens at two Seattle-area schools from the 1950s until 1984, their attorney said.

The men alleged in lawsuits filed in King County Superior Court that the Catholic district failed to shield them from known abusers at Seattle's O'Dea High School and at Briscoe Memorial School, in nearby Kent, plaintiffs' attorney Michael Pfau said in an interview.

The schools were operated jointly by the Christian Brothers of Ireland religious order and the Archdiocese of Seattle, which owned both schools, he said. The settlement agreement, which had been negotiated over the past year, was announced on Tuesday.

The agreement comes weeks after Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church had to take a stronger stand on a sexual abuse crisis that has disgraced it for more than two decades.

Media in the U.S began reporting in the early 2000s how cases of abuse were systematically covered up and abusive priests were shuttled from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and handed over to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Vatican comments...

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

Vatican comments on recent reports on Franciscans of the Immaculate, Legion of Christ

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has issued a statement in response to questions related to recent media reports on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and the Legionaries of Christ.

Andrea Tornielli has reported that Pope Francis met on June 10 with members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Father Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis met on that day with Father Fidenzio Volpi, the community’s commissioner, and all of the community’s seminarians, and stated that the community is searching for a house in Rome so that the seminarians could study at a pontifical university.

In response to reports on the Legionaries of Christ, Father Lombardi said that with the drafting of a new constitution for the community, the work of the pontifical delegate (Cardinal Velasio de Paolis) has concluded and the Legionaries again fall under the purview of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Local Catholics respond to news on former priest’s sex abuse

MINNESOTA
Austin Daily Herald

By Trey Mewes and Jenae Peterson

Area Catholics and Pacelli Catholic Schools families are left with more questions than answers after the Diocese of Winona revealed Monday that a former priest may have sexually abused a teenager during his time in Austin. Yet local leaders say the news only shows the need for more transparency when it comes to sexual abuse in schools.

“What happened today in Austin has happened in the Twin Cities repeatedly, and every time it is with more feelings of disappointment, a sense of betrayal, a lack of trust,” said Pacelli President Jim Hamburge. “All of those things come to mind because they shouldn’t have happened in the first place and once it happened, [the accused] never should have been in a position to harm anyone else.”

The diocese released more details about 14 priests accused of sexually abusing children earlier this week. The list of priests includes Jack Krough, who served in Austin from 1976 to 1980 and from 1996 to 1998.

Krough taught at Pacelli High School during his tenure in the 1970s. In 1993, he admitted a photo of a nude 16-year-old male found in his home was taken by him in 1978. Krough also admitted he sexually abused a minor between 1979 and 1981 when he was confronted with accusations in 1997, during his second stint in Austin.

He was sent to St. Luke’s Institute after both admissions for treatment and assessment, and went back into ministry each time. He resigned from the ministry in 2002, after he was confronted in another incident involving inappropriate touching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Attorneys seek emails, texts on accused Minn. priests

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

posted by Mike Durkin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
Attorneys for the victims of alleged sexual abuse by Minnesota priests are asking a judge to order the release of church emails and text messages related to abuse allegations.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said they need to verify which individuals, at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, knew about allegations of abuse and when they knew it.

The electronic records are being sought in a lawsuit that alleges church officials created “private and public nuisances by failing to disclose information about certain priests accused of sexually abusing minors.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Attorneys argue over access to church leaders, clergy abuse documents

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: June 25, 2014

Plaintiff’s attorneys want to question archbishop and get more documents. Church lawyers say some records are protected by First Amendment.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis went to court Wednesday to try to halt further demands for information about how the church handled priest sex abusers.

Attorneys for an alleged victim of clergy abuse asked a Ramsey District Court judge to approve a second round of depositions from Archbishop John Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.

They’ve also asked that records from the archdiocese’ priest personnel board be included in the documents the archdiocese has been required to submit to them. The archdiocese has said the records are protected by the First Amendment.

The hearing before Ramsey District Court Judge John Van de North is part of a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of a man who claimed he had been abused decades earlier by the Rev. Thomas Adamson, who later left the priesthood.

It contends that church officials here and in the Winona Diocese put children and others at risk by failing to disclose information about priests who had been accused of abuse.

The lawsuit has led to unprecedented disclosure of church filesand the release of names of more than 100 priests accused of child sex abuse in every diocese of the state except New Ulm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

MI- Pastor misled congregants, SNAP responds

MICHIGAN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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 Michigan pastor deceived his flock, claiming that his associate pastor went on leave for “personal reasons” when in fact the associate faces child abuse charges. It is extremely disingenuous and dangerous for church officials to be so misleading in child abuse cases.

[Grand Haven Tribune]

Last Sunday, Rev. Tom Cook of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven gave a vague reason to his members for associate pastor Scott Robertson leave.

Church officials have an obligation to tell the truth to their community. Alerting parents about potential predators allows them to properly protect their children. It also encourages victims who are suffering in silence and self-blame to speak up. Rev. Cook should be ashamed of himself and should be disciplined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Vatican ‘barred action on sex abuse’

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JUNE 26, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

THE Vatican actively prevented bishops taking action against sexually abusive priests as recently as 2000, the royal commission has heard, with the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide saying that he considered resigning his position over one such case.

Giving evidence yesterday to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Archbishop Philip Wilson said the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Clergy “always came down on the side of the priests” accused of child-sex abuse.

“There was a phenomenon going on where bishops, particularly in the US, were trying to deal with these cases involving abuse and the Congregation for the Clergy consistently made things difficult for them in trying to do that,” Archbishop Wilson said.

“The Congregation for the Clergy always came down on the side of the priests and the instructions they gave to the bishops were (that) what they had done had to be put aside and the priest allowed back into ministry.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 AM

Local pastor faces child abuse charge

MICHIGAN
Grand Haven Tribune

BECKY VARGO
GRAND HAVEN
JUN 25, 2014

The Rev. Tom Cook of First Presbyterian Church announced to his congregation on Sunday that Scott Robertson, the Grand Haven church’s associate pastor of Family Life, was on leave dealing with a personal situation.

Members of the congregation said Cook didn’t share any more information, and Cook is on vacation this week and not available to answer questions from the Tribune. Office staff declined to comment.

Robertson, 32, could be arraigned today on a fourth-degree child abuse charge, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The Grand Haven man is being charged with causing injury to his then 3-month-old son.

The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail.

Bennett said the county prosecutor’s office likely authorized the lesser charge because the child is almost fully recovered. In addition, the father has no criminal history and is no longer living at home.

Robertson pleaded no contest in May to a Michigan Department of Human Services petition seeking to take the child out of his care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

OR- Pedophile priest lawsuit filed; SNAP responds

OREGON
KOIN

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

Another clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against the Portland Catholic archdiocese stemming from crimes by a notorious serial predator, Fr. Maurice Grammond.

[KOIN]

We applaud this brave man for exposing incredibly irresponsible actions by several top Catholic officials who repeatedly refused to tell police, parents or parishioners about a clearly dangerous child molesting cleric.

It's very tough for child sex abuse victims to disclose their suffering. It's even harder for them to seek justice and expose wrongdoing in court. But it's crucial if kids are to be safer and crimes are to be prevented.

We hope that families will learn of this lawsuit and discuss 'safe touch' with their kids. We hope that employers will learn of it and work harder to screen potential employees and respond quicker and better when abuse reports are made or abuse suspicions are raised.

Most of all, we hope that this courageous man's lawsuit will prod others who have been betrayed by child molesting clerics and irresponsible church supervisors to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoers, deter wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Diocese racks up more than $600,000 in legal fees

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, NM, June 23, 2014

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

ALBUQUERQUE – In less than six month’s time, the Diocese of Gallup has racked up more than $600,000 in legal and accounting fees and expenses since it filed its Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Those “first interim” professional fees, totaling nearly $612,000, were detailed in several hundred pages of court documents.

Quick payment, however, may not be forthcoming.

According to the court file, the Gallup Diocese is not currently able to pay its own bankruptcy attorneys and accountants. Like clergy sex abuse survivors who have to submit their claims to the court by the Aug. 11 deadline, the diocesan attorneys and accountants may have to wait for payment until the diocese sells off property, taps into insurance policies and possibly draws from the financial assets of other Catholic dioceses and religious orders who allowed their sexually abusive clergy to serve in the Diocese of Gallup.

The diocese filed its Chapter 11 petition on Nov. 12, 2013, in response to what Bishop James S. Wall said were mounting clergy sex abuse legal claims and lawsuits.

The diocese had been named as a defendant in 13 such lawsuits in Arizona’s Coconino County Superior Court, and the first case was slated for a jury trial in February of this year. By filing for bankruptcy, Wall halted all those civil cases, spared his church officials from court depositions and testimony, and kept the Gallup Diocese’s child sex abuse history from a jury.

First interim fees

The Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case, however, is proving to be costly in other ways. The diocese’s three currently active law firms and one accounting firm recently submitted their first interim fees and expenses to the court for a total cost of $611,916.63.

*Quarles & Brady of Tucson, the diocese’s lead law firm in the bankruptcy, submitted an application for payment for the period of Nov. 12, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Quarles & Brady requested payment of $450,601.03, which included $426,550 for fees and $24,051.03 for expenses.

*The Albuquerque law firm of Walker & Associates is providing a supporting legal role in the bankruptcy case. Attorney Thomas D. Walker submitted an application for payment of $18,062.40, which includes legal fees, expenses and gross receipts taxes. Walker’s billing period extends through April 30, 2014.

*The Albuquerque law firm of Stelzner, Winter, Warburton, Flores, Sanchez & Dawes, which is listed as special counsel for the diocese, submitted an application for $4,820.69 for legal fees, expenses and gross receipts taxes for a billing period through March 31, 2014. According to the law firm, most of its work for the diocese was related to “routine employment law-related services” rather than to the Chapter 11 reorganization. Prior to the bankruptcy, attorney Robert P. Warburton of the Stelzner firm represented the Diocese of Gallup in many of its clergy abuse lawsuits and legal negotiations.

*Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, an accounting and financial consulting firm from Tucson, submitted its application for payment for $138,432.51, which includes professional fees and expenses. The firm’s interim billing period goes through March 31, 2013.

The Diocese of Gallup is also responsible for paying the legal fees and expenses of the legal counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which advocates for the interests of clergy sex abuse claimants in the case.

Tasks and challenges

According to statements made by Quarles & Brady, the Stelzner law firm, and the Keegan accounting firm, the three companies did not charge the Gallup Diocese their full professional rates. All claimed they offered the diocese various financial discounts, and Quarles & Brady stated the firm had written off over $60,000 of its time.

Last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma issued orders approving the interim compensation fees and expenses submitted by those three firms. Thuma authorized “such compensation and expenses as and when sufficient funds become available to do so.”

Thuma has yet to rule on Walker & Associates’ application for payment.

In the Quarles & Brady application, the law firm included an itemized list of legal fees by category that is nearly 120 pages in length. Some of the more critical legal tasks include dealing with bank accounts improperly opened by parishes and missions using the diocese’s tax identification number, determining what real estate property the diocese owns because the diocese did not maintain such a list, trying to ascertain market values of property, researching information about insurance coverage, sorting out oil and gas leases, negotiating with various creditors such as utility companies and banks, and reviewing diocesan files to identify potential claims against the diocese.

According to the Keegan accounting firm, it faced a number of challenges because the diocese’s chief financial officer, Deacon James Hoy, resigned two months before Wall made his Chapter 11 announcement.

“The Debtors are currently without a Chief Financial Officer …, and did not have one for several months pre-petition,” the firm stated in its application for payment. “The Debtors also did not have accounting software or systems that were appropriate for their operations.”

The accounting firm stated it “had to perform both high-level analysis and ground-level operational and training functions” as it worked with Hoy’s staff.

Identifying assets

So how will the Diocese of Gallup eventually pay the ongoing fees for all these attorneys and accountants and settlement money to clergy sex abuse claimants?

According to court documents, attorneys for the diocese and the Unsecured Creditors Committee have been working to identify potential diocesan financial assets.

The Gallup Diocese owns considerable property in Arizona and New Mexico, some of which will be sold. Quarles & Brady stated it has been identifying “property that is not critical to the continued mission and ministry” of the diocese that could be sold to fund a plan of reorganization.

Thuma also approved the diocese’s hiring of the Insurance Archaeology Group, a New York company that specializes in the forensic review of insurance assets.

In his diocese’s application to the court to hire the company, the Gallup bishop stated Insurance Archaeology Group “has a team with the required expertise, experience, and resources to locate and recover documentation of missing liability coverage and other historic insurance issues.”

According to Wall, the company “will be able to review the earliest available insurance records, research top priority internal records, investigate related internal record sources, and identify potential outside sources.”

Some of those potential outside sources most probably include other Catholic dioceses and religious orders that allowed their sexually abusive clergy to serve in the Gallup Diocese.

Currently, the Unsecured Creditors Committee has a motion before the court requesting the Diocese of Corpus Christi in Texas be compelled to produce a number of documents concerning the Rev. Clement A. Hageman, a sexually abusive priest who left Corpus Christi and served in the Gallup Diocese for more than three decades. The Corpus Christi Diocese is objecting to the motion, and Thuma has scheduled a final hearing on the matter Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Arzobispo de Tijuana supo de acoso sexual de curas y no hizo nada

MEXICO
e-Consulta

[Summary: Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz knew for two years accusations, allegations and complaints against priests for sexual harassment of children and allowed them to continue in the church. Three investigations by various agencies provided enough for the Vatican to order temporary suspension of seven priests. Five were removed from parishes while two continue in the parishes. The archdiocese confirmed suspension of Jeffrey David Newell, pastor of Our Lady of the Incarnation in Camino Verdo; Enrique Tenorio Perez of St. Martin Caballero in Colonia Las Villas; and Aurelio Castillo Aguilar, priest of St. James Church. The archbishop explained that priest Danilo Pietro Zanini continues in his parish because he has not received instructions from the Vatican. The archbishop also denied that pastor Carlos Vastillo was involved in the investigations. These two names appeared as suspected pedophile in the "Dossier Tijuana Saint and Sinner blog.]

Tijuana, Baja California (SinEmbargo/Zeta).– Durante dos años, el Arzobispo de Tijuana, Rafael Romo Muñoz, tuvo conocimiento de señalamientos, acusaciones y denuncias en contra de sus sacerdotes por acoso sexual a menores y les permitió continuar dentro de la Iglesia, mientras víctimas, testigos y clérigos dieron cuenta de las acciones de los párrocos inculpados. Tres investigaciones realizadas por diferentes instancias brindaron evidencia suficiente para que El Vaticano ordenara la suspensión temporal de siete sacerdotes. Cinco fueron removidos de las parroquias que dirigían y alojados en propiedades pertenecientes a la Iglesia, dos más continúan al frente de sus iglesias.

La Arquidiócesis de Tijuana confirmó la suspensión de los padres Jeffrey David Newell, párroco de la iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación en Camino Verde; Enrique Tenorio Pérez, padre de la iglesia San Martín Caballero en la colonia Las Villas y Aurelio Castillo Aguilar, presbítero de iglesia Santiago Apóstol, en la colonia Reforma. El Arzobispo Rafael Romo Muñoz explicó que del sacerdote Danilo Pietro Zanini aún no recibe instrucciones del Vaticano para suspenderlo, por lo que continúa en la parroquia San José de la colonia Durango. Además negó que el párroco Carlos Castillo esté implicado en las investigaciones. Estos dos nombres aparecieron como presuntos pederastas en el blog “Dossier Tijuana: Santa y Pecadora” del laico Teodoro Uckerman, quien denunció el caso públicamente, denuncia que fue retomada por la prensa local.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Revealed: How Bodies of infants used for university research

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
Health Correspondent

THE remains of 474 infants – who died in mother-and-baby homes and hospitals – were used for research and doctors' training in Irish universities for a quarter of a century, the Irish Independent has learned.

New figures reveal the full extent of the practice of doctors using "unclaimed bodies" for anatomical study up until the mid-1960s with no evidence of consent being obtained.

There were 474 unclaimed infant remains transferred to the medical schools at four universities from 1940-1965 for the "study of the anatomy and the structure of the human body".

The latest revelations come in the wake of renewed controversy over standards of care in the mother-and-baby homes across the country following the discovery of mass infant deaths at St Mary's in Tuam, Co Galway.

The baby remains were transferred to UCD, Trinity College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin, and NUI Galway until a campaign by the college professors got under way to encourage voluntary donation.

The infant remains transferred to the medical school in NUI Galway came from two Galway hospitals as opposed to directly from mother-and-baby homes, according to records. It is unclear what the circumstances of the deceased babies' parents were. The Central Hospital in Galway had a TB ward and was replaced by the Regional Hospital Galway in the early 1950s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Seattle Archdiocese agrees to pay $12 million to sex abuse survivors

WASHINGTON
Seattle Times

Posted by Paige Cornwell

The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay $12.125 million to 30 men who say they were sexually abused as children decades ago at Seattle’s O’Dea High School and Briscoe Memorial School in Kent.

In lawsuits filed in King County Superior Court, the men allege the Seattle Archdiocese failed to protect them from known abusers, including two former O’Dea teachers who were members of the Christian Brothers Catholic order, which filed for bankruptcy in April 2011. The Christian Brothers operated O’Dea and Briscoe, a former orphanage and boarding school for boys, but both schools were owned by the Archdiocese.

“I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said this afternoon in a statement. “Our hope is that this settlement will bring them closure and allow them to continue the process of healing.”

Seattle attorney Mike Pfau, who represented the 30 men, said today the settlement puts an “end to the ugly chapter for the Archdiocese.” He said his clients, who range in age from 42 to 68, feel relieved after the decade of litigation in the wake of the abuse, from the early 1950s until 1984.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Lawsuits allege sex assaults

CANADA
The StarPhoenix

A Catholic archdiocese in northern Alberta has been linked to a series of alleged sexual assaults dating back to the 1950s by four victims who filed lawsuits this month.

Though the three men and one woman all filed statements of claim against the Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, the allegations span three decades and several members of the archdiocese. All four attended St. Bernard Mission School at the time of the alleged abuse. The four lawsuits total $890,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Priest accused of sexual assault ...

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Priest accused of sexual assault asked to preside at funeral of alleged victim's aunt, court told

June 25, 2014
Adam Cooper
Court reporter for The Age

A man who claims he was sexually assaulted by a priest as a boy reacted with disbelief when told about 40 years later that the same man would conduct his aunt's funeral, a jury has been told.

Former priest James Henry Scannell is accused of sexually assaulting a boy at the priest's then home in Kew between August 1970 and July 1972 when the boy was aged between 11 and 13. Mr Scannell, now 88, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of buggery.

Mr Scannell is alleged to have led the youngster into his bedroom and then sexually assaulted him one day when the boy was at the priest's house working for pocket money.

Prosecutor Kristie Churchill, in her closing submission in the County Court on Wednesday, told the jury the boy was "frozen in fear" and experienced pain and discomfort while being assaulted.

Afterwards, the boy was told to have a shower and give confession before he walked home crying, the jury heard. He never returned to the priest's home.

But defence counsel Max Perry told the jury it was difficult to prove one person's allegation against another when so much time had elapsed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors

IRELAND
Journal

THE MINISTER FOR Justice has announced approval for legislation that will support survivors of Magdalene laundries.

Frances Fitzgerald announced that the Government has, this morning, agreed to her proposal for publication of the scheme of a new bill.

Commenting in the Dáil during Parliamentary Questions, the Minister further announced that, to date, lump sum payments totalling €12.8m have been made under the Magdalene Redress Scheme to 357 former residents of Magdalene Laundries, with further offers still being made.

* The bill will give survivors:
* Access to health services;

An exemption from means test criteria for certain State services and schemes (including the Nursing Home Support Scheme)

Fitzgerald added that legal provision is being made for relatives to act on behalf of any of the women who do not have the capacity to act of their own behalf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Francis’s Holy War

ROME
Matter

If you intend to be a proper Catholic priest, you would be wise to follow the little formalities of the church. When in Rome, for example, you are required to wear your cassock or at least a clergy shirt, and bishops and cardinals are expected to wear their flowing robes. But Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was cardinal of Buenos Aires before he became known to the world as Pope Francis, hated pomp and ceremony and was not very proper at all. He kept his scarlet robes in a convent founded by an Argentine nun, so he wouldn’t have to carry the damn things back and forth to Vatican City. Before heading for a priests’ residence in central Rome he would stop by the convent, chat for a bit, and pick up the garments, which had been reverently pressed and folded for him by the nuns.

Bergoglio stopped at the convent one last time, last year in March, on his way to the historic conclave of 115 cardinals that would elect him the first Latin American pope and the first from the order of the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits. He must have had a very good idea of his chances. Little known beyond Argentina, he had nevertheless finished second in the vote that elected Benedict XVI in 2005. It was understood that he was an outlier, ascetic, unconventional to a fault, but he seemed to be the right kind of pope to clean up the world’s oldest and largest institution, hemorrhaging followers and riddled as it is with ancient vices, and bring it into the XXIst century.

What may not have been so clear to the cardinals who chose him above all others at that conclave is that Francis would enter the Vatican like Jesus into the Temple or a bull into a china shop, knocking over conventions and rules with abandon. And what stunned everyone was that, from the moment he stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s for the first time on that drizzly evening, he would channel a ravening hunger for change among millions of people all over the world. He certainly didn’t look like a world-changer. A mild-mannered, slightly stooped, grandfatherly old man dressed in simplest white—no lace and scarlet finery for him—he stood quietly contemplating the crowd for a very long minute before uttering a hearty buona sera! with a pronounced Argentine accent. The effort of bending forward to receive the people’s blessing made Francis’s back tremble slightly, and watching on a screen I, a non-Catholic, was moved, too.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Christian radio host paid sicko to rape 12-year-old Michigan boy, authorities say

MICHIGAN
New York Daily News

BY NINA GOLGOWSKI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Christian radio host in Michigan has allegedly admitted to raping a 12-year-old boy.

John Balyo, 35, formerly of radio station WCSG, was arrested at last Friday's Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord, Mich. after authorities say he paid to have sex with the boy on May 17.

His accused rape-date organizer, Battle Creek resident Ronald Lee Moser, 42, was later arrested on June 5 after authorities stormed his home and found him with a 12-year-old boy, MLIVE.com reported.

Moser was also found with a cell phone containing photos of the boy wearing a thong in sexually suggestive poses and several online photo albums containing child pornography that authorities believe he traded online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Seattle Archdiocese announces $12.1 million sex abuse settlement

WASHINGTON
Q13 Fox

SEATTLE — The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle announced Tuesday that it reached a $12.1 million settlement involving 30 claims of sexual abuse by members of the Christian Brothers order, which operated The Briscoe School in the Kent Valley and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea High School.

The most recent cases in the settlement are nearly 30 years old, with some dating back nearly 60 years, the archdiocese said.

The settlement was funded by archdiocese insurance programs.

A teaching order, the Christian Brothers operated The Briscoe School, a boarding and day school for boys in the Kent Valley, beginning in 1914.

The order also staffed and managed Bishop O’Dea, an archdiocese high school, from its opening in 1923.

“I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said in a news release. “Our hope is that this settlement will bring them closure and allow them to continue the process of healing.”

In lawsuits filed in King County Superior Court, the plaintiffs alleged both the Christian Brothers and the Seattle Archdiocese failed to protect them from known abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

The Last Confession – An Anatomy of Ego and Power

CALIFORNIA
The Lookout

By Zina Markevicius
For The Lookout

June 25, 2014 -- Egotism and lust for power are not limited to Wall Street. Roger Crane’s thought-provoking play, The Last Confession, demonstrates how politics and personal ambition pervade the Vatican as well.

Based on historical events, the play running at the Ahmenson Theater through July 6, centers on the Catholic church’s most influential leaders, as they navigate the election, sudden death and the replacement of Pope John Paul I in 1978.

Photo. Program Cover. The Last Confession - An Anatomy of Ego and Power LA Ahmenson Theater
Manipulative and power-hungry, these cardinals and other top officials play politics to push their own agendas and careers. They make an unsympathetic bunch.

Among the key players is Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, portrayed by Briton David Suchet, best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Unlike the lovable detective, the scheming cardinal seems ruthless in his pursuit of power, until the death of his friend, John Paul I, after just 33 days as pope.

“I made him pope, and I abandoned him,” confesses Benelli, who pushed his fellow cardinals into selecting the fellow Italian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Teacher warning 'not acted upon'

AUSTRALIA
Advertiser

By Katherine Fenech June 24, 2014

A FORMER Marist brother has told a royal commission hearing he had warned church officials a fellow brother was a possible child molester but was ignored.

The commission held a fortnight of public hearings in Canberra, looking at whether the church ignored repeated reports of abuse by two Marist Brothers, moving them to other schools.

One of the brothers, Gregory Sutton, taught at Campbelltown's St Thomas More primary school in 1984, where he allegedly sexually assaulted two girls and a boy in his year 5 class.

Denis Doherty was principal of a North Queensland primary school in the 1970s, where Sutton also taught.

Mr Doherty said he had raised concerns about Sutton having "pet" students whom he favoured with the provincial of the order, Charles Howard, during an annual visit in 1976. But Mr Doherty said when he asked what would be done about Sutton he was told "none of your business".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Former Sunday school teacher pleads guilty to child porn raps

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By Alex Rose, Delaware County Daily Times
POSTED: 06/24/14

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Parskide Sunday school teacher and youth basketball coach pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies of the third degree.

Steven Daniel Almond, a deacon at the Middletown Presbyterian Church, turned himself over to authorities in June 2013 on two counts of disseminating photos or films of child sex acts, 25 counts of sexual abuse of children for possession of child pornography and 27 counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

Almond, 55, of the first block of West Forestview Road, posted 10 percent of $250,000 bail in July.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Delaware County Detective Joseph Walsh, a member of the county’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, identified a computer sharing suspected child pornography on a peer-to-peer file network on June 6, 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Seattle Archdiocese pays $12M to settle sex abuse claims

WASHINGTON
KOMO

SEATTLE -- The Archdiocese of Seattle announced Tuesday it has paid $12.1 million to settle 30 claims of sexual abuse by members of two church-run schools in western Washington.

The abuse claims were made by students at schools run by the Christian Brothers, which is a teaching order that operated the Briscoe School in the Kent Valley and Seattle's Bishop O'Dea High school, according to the Archdiocese.

"I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims," Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said in a news release. "Our hope is that this settlement will bring them closure and allow them to continue the process of healing."

The archdiocese continues to operate O'Dea but the Christian Brothers are no longer involved. Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni says the Briscoe School closed in the late 1960s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Abuse Claims: Seattle Archdiocese To Pay $12 Million

WASHINGTON
CBS Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Seattle said Tuesday it has agreed to pay $12.1 million to settle 30 sexual abuse claims filed by men who say they were abused decades ago at two archdiocesan schools operated by the Christian Brothers religious order.

The claims involved O’Dea High School in Seattle and the Briscoe School, a boarding and day school for boys in suburban Kent. The archdiocese continues to operate O’Dea, but the Christian Brothers are no longer involved. The Briscoe School closed in the late 1960s, archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni said.

“I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said in a statement.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael Pfau said the archdiocese, under Sartain, “did the right thing and acknowledged the tremendous amount of pain and suffering that our clients, their families and our community have endured.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Ex-church intern charged with child pornography

GEORGIA
Dawson News

By Michele Hester Staff Writer
mhester@dawsonnews.com
UPDATED: June 25, 2014

A former youth ministry intern from Dawsonville faces nearly three dozen child pornography charges in connection with an investigation that originated earlier this year in neighboring Forsyth County.

According to Dawson County jail records, more than 30 warrants were issued Friday for Sean E. Paul, 28. He was arrested on Monday.

Paul has been charged with 32 counts of sexual exploitation of children and a single count of child pornography, all felonies.

He also faces charges of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor in Forsyth County.

It was his March arrest in Cumming that led investigators to his Richmond Drive home, where Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said "a significant amount of child pornography" was found on electronic and computer equipment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Archbishop: confession needs 'discussion'

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Catholic archbishop of Adelaide says the church needs to discuss the responsibilities of priests to whom a crime is confessed.

Philip Wilson was asked at a royal commission hearing into child sexual abuse what happened if someone confessed to a crime against a child.

The archbishop explained that a firm commitment of amendment would be required before the penitent could be given absolution.

That meant the person had to commit to something that showed the behaviour would stop.

"If you heard that in confession, you have the ability to say to them, 'as a consequence of this you must fulfil the obligation of the law'," he said.

The bargaining for absolution was something a priest had to do in the confessional, he told Justice Peter McClellan, who pointed out it left the priest with the knowledge that the person was at least a potential danger to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Attorneys ask judge to order archdiocese to turn over electronic data on abuse allegations

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: Associated Press Updated: June 25, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking the church to turn over electronic files about accused priests — so they can verify who had information about these priests, and when they had it.

During a hearing Wednesday in St. Paul, victims' attorneys will ask a judge to order the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to turn over emails, texts and other computer data about abuse allegations.

The documents are being sought in a lawsuit that alleges church officials created a public nuisance by keeping the names of accused priests secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Billboard delivers message to victims

CANADA
Timmins Press

By Len Gillis
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TIMMINS - The new billboard sign that went up in Timmins Tuesday is believed to be the only one of its kind in Ontario. But the fellows who put the sign up are saying one in six men in Ontario should see it.

That's because the issue of sexual abuse against young males is rampant, they said, and it is something that needs to be exposed and talked about more.

Ray Auclair and Ray Lariviere, both of Timmins, are men who are survivors of sexual abuse from their adolescent years.

Auclair grew up in Timmins. Lariviere grew up in Chelmsford. As young teenagers, even though they were hundreds of miles apart, both were victimized in remarkably similar circumstances by older men; men who gained their trust and confidence and then sexually assaulted them.

One was molested by a businessman, the other by a priest.

The priest went to jail. The businessman committed suicide.

Auclair and Lariviere are now friends who met in a support group. They are also committed to encouraging more men to come forward, to tell their stories of abuse and to expose the abusers. Both men spoke at a special dinner held in Timmins back in February to raise funds for the Timmins billboard project.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Wijeysingha accuses priest of attempted molest

SINGAPORE
The Online Citizen

“When I was fifteen, I came into unfortunate contact with a priest who would engage me in play wrestling and attempt to touch my crotch in the process,” activist and former member of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), Dr Vincent Wijeyshingha, said in a Facebook post on Monday.

“He once brought me to his bedroom and took a stack of pornographic magazines from his wardrobe to show me,” he added, without naming the priest.

Dr Wijeysingha’s online note was in response to a statement by the Catholic Archbishop, William Goh, over the weekend, in which he described the “lifestyle” of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people as “detrimental to society”.

The Archbishop also said such a “lifestyle” was “not helpful to integral human development and contrary to Christian values.” (See here.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

INTERVIEW: Analysis of Former Priest Never Disciplined for Abuse of Children

MINNESOTA
KSTP

[with video]

By: Cassie Hart

In a deposition released Tuesday, a former priest says he was never disciplined for allegations of abusing children in his decades-long career with the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Father Jerome Kern worked at St. Mark's in St. Paul after being ordained in 1966.

During the April 15 deposition, he was asked when the last time was that he engaged a child in some form of sexual contact; Kern replied it had been 35 years. At the time, he didn't think his contact with some young boys was sexually abusive.

University of St. Thomas Law Professor, Charles Reid, who is an expert on canon law, religion and the Catholic Church, stopped by KSTP to offer analysis on the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Tennessee Supreme Court refuses to hear former priest's appeal

TENNESSEE
Times-News

June 24th, 2014 10:45 pm by STAFF REPORT

KINGSPORT — A former Kingsport Catholic priest accused of molesting a young boy more than three decades ago had his conviction upheld Monday after the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear his case.

William Casey, previously of Greeneville, is currently serving a 35-year sentence as a result of his 2011 conviction in Sullivan County Criminal Court on charges of first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape.

The charges stemmed from the repeated sexual abuse of an altar boy that occurred while Casey was a priest at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in the 1970s.

The Supreme Court denied Casey's appeal without hearing the case. The action upholds the ruling previously issued by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Vatican infighting over NSW priest

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

BY ANNETTE BLACKWELL
June 25, 2014

The decision by an Australian bishop to stand aside a NSW priest because of complaints he molested children led to Vatican infighting which pitched powerful bodies against one another.

It also led to a decision that has ramifications across the globe as to how Catholic bishops can deal with priests who are suspected child sexual abusers.

The royal commission into child sexual abuse at a Sydney hearing is looking at how the Catholic Church under its own law - canon law - deals with priests or religious against whom allegations have been made.

In particular, it is looking at the case of John Gerard Nestor, who was a priest in the Wollongong diocese in NSW when he was charged with the indecent assault of a teenage altar boy in 1996. He was acquitted.

The Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, who was the bishop of Wollongong in the late 90s, stood Nestor aside when he refused to go to a clinic for assessment as recommended by the church's internal procedure, Towards Healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Vatican always sided with priests ...

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Vatican always sided with priests in abuse cases, archbishop says

JUNE 25, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

THE Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide has said the Vatican actively prevented bishops taking action against abusive priests during the late 1990s, and he considered appealing to the Pope or resigning his position over one such case.

Giving evidence this morning to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Philip Wilson said the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Clergy “always came down on the side of the priests” accused of child sex abuse.

“There was a phenomenon going on where bishops particularly in the US were trying to deal with these cases involving abuse and the Congregation for the Clergy consistently made things difficult for them in trying to do that,” Archbishop Wilson said.

“The Congregation for the Clergy always came down on the side of the priests and the instructions they gave to the bishops were (that) what they had done had to be put aside and the priest allowed back into ministry,” he said.

The commission is investigating the case of one allegedly abusive priest, John Gerard Nestor, who Archbishop Wilson barred from working publicly during his previous appointment as bishop of the Wollongong Diocese in NSW.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Royal Commission: the battle to oust Father Nestor

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

June 25, 2014

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

Archbishop Philip Wilson was newly appointed to the Diocese of Wollongong when he received some disturbing reports about a local priest, the then Father John Gerard Nestor.

It was 1996 and Mr Nestor was already facing charges of sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy. He would later be convicted and then acquitted on appeal in 1997.

In the meantime, Archbishop Wilson was hearing complaints from other families about Father Nestor’s behaviour on the summer camps he ran in the early 1990s.

Complainants alleged Mr Nestor swam naked with boys, watched them showering and held competitions to “find the ‘hairiest arse’ and the ‘biggest dick’.”

Appearing before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Archbishop Wilson, now the Archbishop of Adelaide, shed light on the inner workings of the Catholic Church and its handling of priests accused of misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

How Church ‘revictimised’ Edmund Rice student

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By EMMA SPILLETT June 25, 2014

Wollongong lawyer Mark Johnston still remembers the day Frank* wandered into his office, seeking advice about his dealings with the Catholic Church.

The initial meeting triggered a chain of events, which culminated in a year-long legal battle that allegedly exposed the failings of the Church’s ‘‘Towards Healing’’ program.

Fast forward nearly a decade and the Church’s internal settlement regime is now under intense scrutiny by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.

Some abuse victims have come forward to blast the Church’s ‘‘healing process’’ and its alleged attempt to steer people away from legal action, in exchange for a financial settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Wollongong bishop threatened to take Nestor case to Pope: commission

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By KATE McILWAIN June 25, 2014

A former Wollongong bishop threatened to take the matter of a priest accused of child molestation all the way to the Pope, a hearing into institutional child abuse heard.

On the second day of a public hearing into how the Wollongong Catholic Diocese responded to complaints of child sexual abuse against then Father John Nestor in the 1990s, the now Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was the first witness.

Following on from his appearance the previous day, Archbishop Wilson was questioned about events in 1997.

At that time, Mr Nestor had successfully appealed a conviction of aggravated indecent assault against a 15-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Towards Healing did not have Vatican approval, child abuse inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Australian Associated Press
theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 June 2014

Towards Healing, the process the Australian Catholic church used to deal with allegations of child sexual abuse, did not have Vatican approval, a royal commission has heard.

Archbishop Philip Wilson told the commission on Wednesday how a formal decree he made when he was bishop of Wollongong to stop a priest about whom there had been complaints, was nullified by a powerful Vatican body.

The archbishop is in the box for the second day explaining how he dealt with John Nestor, a priest who was defrocked by Pope Benedict in 2008.

Complaints about Nestor dated back to 1991.

In 1996 he was found guilty of indecent assault of a teenage altar boy but was acquitted on appeal in 1997.

The archbishop said he used the Towards Healing protocol – the internal process set up by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – to have Nestor assessed after he was acquitted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

June 24, 2014

'RAPE & BUGGER' HYPOCRISY...

SINGAPORE
Malaysia Chronicle

'RAPE & BUGGER' HYPOCRISY: Catholic priest molested me when I was 15 - activist

SINGAPORE - Social activist Vincent Wijeysingha has accused a Catholic priest of trying to molest him when he was a teenager, in a strongly-worded Facebook post on Monday night that attacked the Catholic Church and its stand on homosexuality.

Here is the statement he published on Facebook on June 23:

I see no grounds in Archbishop William Goh's pronouncement on homosexuality for anything but contempt. Throughout its existence in Singapore, the church has raised its voice in support of little that Christianity has to offer the moral universe. Yet when it does, when one would expect it to affirm its teachings at Matthew 26:27 and in the first Letter to the Corinthians at Verse 13:13, it chooses one within a domain where it has no rights, given its own hideous record.

The universal church is guilty of the systematic rape and abuse of children committed to the care of a clergy ostensibly vowed to celibacy. The response of the magisterium to the thousands of adults now asking it to repair the untold damage done to them in their childhood was first to threaten and coerce into silence and, when that failed, spend billions - yes, billions - of dollars in out of court settlements. Meanwhile, it shielded paedophile clerics from the intervention of the law. In some cases involving senior prelates, it appointed them to sinecures in the Vatican, putting them outside the ambit of local police authorities.

Contrary to what has been put about that this is an isolated phenomenon limited to the United States and Ireland, this is a global phenomenon. While not as extensive as other dioceses, the local church in Singapore is not exempt. Some years ago, it was embroiled in a scandal involving a historical allegation of sexual abuse by a priest. The accused was transferred to another church where his access to children was unimpeded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 PM

Late pedophile priest Maurice Grammond spurs yet another lawsuit, this time for $8.1 million

OREGON
Oregonian

By Aimee Green | agreen@oregonian.com
on June 24, 2014

A man in his mid-50s who says he was abused as a boy by Oregon’s most prolific pedophile priest -- Maurice Grammond -- filed an $8.1 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland in federal court Tuesday.

The man, who now lives in California, says that when he was age 6 to 9 he was raped at his home and at the rectory at Our Lady of Victory by Grammond. He estimates he was sexually assaulted 10 to 20 times from 1969 to 1972.

Grammond grew close to the boy and his three brothers after their mother died, said Portland attorney Kristian Roggendorf, who filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Roggendorf said this latest victim to come forward brings the number of Grammond’s victims to about three dozen.

Roggendorf’s client is identified in the suit under the pseudonym Martin Voe. Roggendorf said that as early as the mid-1950s, the archdiocese had received a credible report about Grammond molesting a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 PM

Catholic priest accused of attempted molest 30 years ago

SINGAPORE
The Star

SINGAPORE: A Social activist has accused a Catholic priest of trying to molest him when he was a teenager, in a strongly-worded Facebook post on Monday night that attacked the Catholic Church and its stand on homosexuality.

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha’s post was in response to Arcbishop William Goh’s recent statement that restated the Catholic Church’s view of the family unit and that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relations is “not in accordance with the plan of God”.

It comes amid support by various groups of a Wear White campaign organised by a Muslim religious teacher to protest against homosexuality during this Saturday’s Pink Dot event.

Dr Wijeysingha, 44, a former Singapore Democratic Party member, was Singapore’s first openly gay politician. He quit the party last August to focus on LGBT rights and other civil liberties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Judge dismisses Father Kelleher case in Charlotte

NORTH CAROLINA
Stanly News and Press

By Tiffany Thompson for the SNAP
CNHI

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — A civil lawsuit that was pending against Father Michael Joseph Kelleher in Mecklenburg County Superior Court has been dismissed after a trial judge ruled that the case exceeded the statute of limitations. Two unnamed men, who reported that Kelleher sexually abused them while they were in their teens, filed the lawsuit Sept. 28, 2011.

The lawsuit stated that “since at least the mid-1970s, [the Charlotte Diocese] has known or should have known that Father Joseph Kelleher was abusing minors and also that he was spending long periods of time alone with them in the rectory, at other locations and on overnight trips both within and outside the territory of the defendant diocese.”

According to the court’s recent ruling, however, the two men waited too long to report their claims of sexual abuse and therefore exceeded the statute of limitations.

Seth Langson, a Charlotte attorney who represented the two men, confirmed that he has 30 days in which to file an appeal to the judge’s decision.

“It is critical to remember that this ruling did not have anything to do with whether the Diocese had covered up and concealed sexual abuse by priests or whether Father Kelleher and/or Father Richard Farwell had abused our clients,” Langson said in his “A Voice for Victims of Sexual Abuse” blog.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Predator priest on the run in Southern California

CALIFORNIA
Fox 5

by Salvador Rivera
Reporter

SAN DIEGO — Priest Jeffrey Newell has been suspended by the Catholic Church for sexually abusing children in Tijuana. This is the second time Newell has been sanctioned for his actions.

Years ago, Newell was involved in the Los Angeles sexual abuse scandal. His victims were promised he’d never be allowed near children ever again. It turns out he had been working in a Tijuana church since 2010.

After a number of allegations, a team of Vatican investigators arrived in Tijuana to look into complaints against Newell and 17 other priests. Seven of them, including Newell, were relieved of their duties.

With disciplinary action pending, Newell fled Tijuana and is reportedly back in California, possibly San Diego.

Richard Sipe, who has researched priest abuse for decades, says the Catholic Church continues to shuffle predator priests, only now, exporting the problem to Latin American countries such as Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Court Dismissed Sex Abuse Cases Against Charlotte Docese Because of the Statute of Limitations

NORTH CAROLINA
Seth H. Langston

Posted on June 23, 2014

Diocese Sex Abuse Cases

Today the trial judge ruled that our clients had waited too long to bring their claims for sex abuse against the Diocese. It is critical to remember that this ruling did not have anything to do with whether the Diocese had covered up and concealed sexual abuse by priests or whether Father Kelleher and/or Father Richard Farwell had abused our clients.

We were looking forward to presenting our case to the jury and introducing all of the evidence about how the Charlotte Diocese has acted no differently than many other dioceses across the country in dealing with such allegations.

Despite the Judge’s ruling, I encourage anyone who was sexually abused by a priest of the Charlotte Diocese to come forward.

This case also should motivate people to demand that our legislatures extend or abolish the civil statute of limitations for sex abuse.

Please pray for the brave survivors who came forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

Sexual abuse victim sues Archdiocese of Portland for $8.1 M

OREGON
KOIN

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A man who says he was repeatedly raped as a child by a priest in Seaside, Ore. is suing the Archdiocese of Portland for $8.1 million.

The man, identified in the complaint under the pseudonym “Martin Voe,” said between 1969 and 1972 – when he was between the ages of six and nine – Archdiocese of Portland priest Father Maurice Grammond abused him between ten and 20 times.

This, while the Archdiocese knew of previous abuse cases committed by Grammond in the 1950s, said Voe’s lawyer, Kristian Roggendorf.

“The Archdiocese knew that Fr. Grammond had been credibly accused of abusing boys as early as the mid-1950s, and the Archbishop had even been contacted by a judge of the Clatsop County Court the year before my client’s abuse started,” said Roggendorf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Sexual Assault Victim Not “Privileged Status” at Bob Jones University

SOUTH CAROLINA
Nonprofit Quarterly

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN CREATED ON TUESDAY, 24 JUNE 2014

Amid the national controversy around columnist George Will’s view that women who have been sexually assaulted on college campuses occupy “a coveted status that confers privileges,” there is a specific story of one university with an apparently reprehensible policy regarding the treatment of victims of rape.

Bob Jones University in South Carolina lost its nonprofit tax status in a 1983 Supreme Court decision in which the Court decided that the university’s virulent racist policies were incompatible with compelling government public policy and could override the school’s belief that the First Amendment protected its racism. Would the IRS have acted similarly had it known of BJU’s treatment of women at the school who report themselves as victims of rape?

Al Jazeera’s impressive America Tonight program has aired a two-part show on BJU’s approach to the issue of sexual assault on campus. It tells of a woman who, after being raped by her supervisor at a summer job, reported the incident to the dean of students. As the young woman recounts the story, here is what the dean said:

“He goes, ‘Well, there’s always a sin under other sin. There’s a root sin,’” she recalled. “And he said, ‘We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.’”

The Al Jazeera story covers the allegations of that young woman and others who described at BJU a “culture that heaped on shamed and pushed them to silence…[in which] they were told that their sins had brought on their rapes, that their trauma meant they were fighting God and that healing came from forgiving their rapists.” The details in the story address not only the incidents of sexual abuse, but the trauma (not privilege, Mr. Will!) endured by the victims and the religious counseling offered by the school’s staff, focusing on getting the victims to forgive the rapists and to convince them to remove from their thinking the thoughts that made them unhappy, depressed, in cases, suicidal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Archbishop accused of abuse is reportedly at liberty in Rome

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

A bishop from the Dominican Republic has reported that he was shocked to see a former papal nuncio, who is under investigation on sex-abuse charges, walking freely around the center of Rome.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who had been the Vatican's representative in the Dominican Republic, was recalled to Rome last year. Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have said that they have convincing evidence that the prelate molested young men there; he has also been accused of abuse in his native Poland.

The Vatican has promised to cooperate with Dominican and Polish prosecutors, and pointed out that as a citizen of the Vatican city-state, Archbishop Wesolowski is also subject to criminal prosecution there. The Vatican has made no further public statement about his case. But when Pope Francis told reporters that three bishops are under investigation, most reporters assumed that Archbishop Wesolowski was included in that number.

However, Bishop Victor Masalles, an auxiliary of the Santo Domingo archdiocese, reported that he saw the Polish bishop during a trip to Rome. "For me it was a surprise to see Wesolowski walking along the Via della Scrofa," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

Polish church leaders call for more action to prevent abuse by priests

POLAND
Catholic News Service

By Jonathan Luxmoore
Catholic News Service

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Poland's Catholic Church has held a penitential service for victims of sexual abuse by priests, after calls for more action to curb molestation in the country.

"It was said this was America's problem, and then a problem of Anglo-Saxon countries, and then a problem for the West -- the frontiers were pushed ever further so we could insist it didn't affect us," said Bishop Piotr Libera of Plock, a former bishops' conference secretary-general.

"As bishops, we must admit that, instead of putting the good of children in first place, we too often allowed ourselves to be deceived by the fraud, duplicity and denial mechanisms of perpetrators of the crime of pedophilia."

"Ashamed and repentant, we ask for forgiveness," he said in a June 20 Mass in Krakow's Jesuit basilica. "We ask God and we ask people who were hurt by the priests."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

NCR earns 'General Excellence' honor for 13th time in 14 year

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

National Catholic Reporter was named first in "General Excellence" among national Catholic newspapers for the 13th time in 14 years by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at the 2014 Catholic Media Conference that ran June 18-20 in Charlotte, N.C.

The judges said NCR provides "simply excellent coverage of the Catholic world in the U.S. and abroad. Challenging in some articles but solid in sourcing across articles. American journalistic standards with a strong sense of the newsworthy."

NCR also garnered 21 other CPA honors, including four first-place awards for news writing and commentary:

Best online blog: "Distinctly Catholic" by Michael Sean Winters
Best news writing on a national event: "Lack of funding ends lay-run forum" by Megan O'Neil
Best news writing on an international event: Mary Jo McConahay's coverage of the Guatemala genocide trial
Best investigative reporting: "Contradictions cast doubt on Philadelphia verdicts" by Ralph Cipriano

NCR also took the second- and third-place honors for investigative news writing. Second place went to NCR staff writer Brian Roewe for "Excommunicated: A tangled tale leads to Australian priest's dismissal." Third place was awarded jointly to Jason Berry, Joshua J. McElwee and Tom Gallagher for "Anatomy of a cover-up," "The widow: Deposition shows dedication to order," and "The banker: insulator and facilitator."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Sexual abuse survivor, attorneys will request release...

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Sexual abuse survivor, attorneys will request release of electronically stored information from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Ramsey County Hearing Moved to 9:00 AM Wednesday, June 25, 2014

(St. Paul, MN) – On Wednesday June 25, 2014, at 9:00 AM in Ramsey County District Court, Judge John Van de North may decide whether the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona will be required to turn over electronically stored information in the Doe 1 civil lawsuit filed in May 2013.

Doe 1, along with his attorneys are also seeking additional deposition time with Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Father Kevin McDonough and records from the Priest Personnel Board.

Please note the time change made by the Court. The hearing will begin at 9:00AM CDT tomorrow in Ramsey County District Court.

• The original Doe 1 complaint and additional information can be found on our website at www.andersonadvocates.com.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.927.7872 Cell/612.817.8665
Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.927.7872 Cell/612.205.5531

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Priest allowed to be around kids after complaints

MINNESOTA
WXOW

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A priest accused of molesting boys says leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis allowed him to remain around kids for decades - even though parents complained about his conduct.

Attorneys for a man who claims he was abused by the Rev. Jerome Kern released documents in the case Tuesday, including a sworn deposition in which Kern says he wrestled with kids and horsed around, but didn't think his actions were inappropriate.

He says no one in church leadership told him he should stop the behavior and he wasn't restricted from being around kids. Attorneys for victims say church leaders first got a report about Kern in 1969. He was removed from ministry in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Legionaries of Christ to receive Vatican-appointed adviser

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service | Jun. 24, 2014

VATICAN CITY
The Vatican will name a special "assistant" to advise the leadership of the troubled Legionaries of Christ, whose revised constitutions Pope Francis has still not approved four months after they were submitted to him.

Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, general director of the Legionaries, made the announcement in a video message sent to the congregation's members Sunday and now accessible on YouTube.

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, informed Robles Gil of the plan for an adviser at a recent meeting, the general director said.

"We asked if this assistant would have a role in government, but we were told that no, our government was autonomous," Robles Gil said in the video.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Cabinet approves support package for Magdalene women

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mary Minihan

Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports following Cabinet approval for draft legislation today.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald also confirmed payments which have been made by the State to the women will be exempt from means test criteria for services such as nursing home support.

“Following the apology issued in the Dáil by an Taoiseach to former residents of the Magdalene laundries, the Government committed to implementing all of the recommendations made by Mr Justice [John]Quirke in his report,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

What the excommunication of Italian mafia members could mean for Francis, his Catholics

ITALY
National Catholic Reporter

Nicholas Collura | Jun. 24, 2014 NCR Today

It is hard to imagine a more perfect contemporary personification of human evil than the Italian mafia Camorra scattering carcinogenic trash throughout Naples or the 'Ndrangheta, whose high-placed and diversified criminal activities did not put it above assassinating a 3-year-old in January.

This weekend, Pope Francis found a gesture to rival these mafia organizations' power, declaring them excommunicated. His prophetic action set off a range of speculations.

Some fear the pope has placed himself in danger. Similar worries began circulating last year, when Calabrian state prosecutor Nicola Gratteri warned that "if the godfathers can find a way to stop" the pope from condemning corruption and reforming Vatican finances, "they will seriously consider it." At that time, mafia expert John Dickie was more skeptical: "Even a rudimentary projection of the likely consequences of a hit on the head of the Catholic Church," he said, "would show it to be catastrophic" to the mafia itself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Little Sisters of Poor have not agreed to take in Gerald Robinson

OHIO
Toledo Blade

The Little Sisters of the Poor apparently have not agreed to accept convicted murderer Gerald Robinson as a patient at their Sacred Heart Home in Oregon.

In a court filing today, Rick Kerger, attorney for the dying Catholic priest, amended his petition seeking to have Robinson released from a prison hospital to return to Toledo. He informed the court that the Little Sisters “were not asked to care for, and have not made any commitment to care for” Robinson.

Mr. Kerger wrote that the error in his original petition for equitable relief filed on Friday was his own. He declined to comment Tuesday.

Last week, Mr. Kerger asked a federal court judge to release Robinson to the Little Sisters of the Poor or to Robinson's brother and sister-in-law in Toledo. Robinson, 76, is in a hospice unit at Franklin Medical Center, a Columbus hospital run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, after suffering “a massive coronary.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Alberta Catholic archdiocese hit with four sex assault lawsuits

CANADA
Sun News

TONY BLAIS | QMI AGENCY

EDMONTON - A northern Alberta Catholic archdiocese has been slapped with four separate lawsuits totalling $890,000 relating to alleged historical sexual assaults.

According to the four statements of claim, which were filed June 11, the assaults happened at or near the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Grouard, Alta., in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Two of the lawsuits allege sexual assaults by a priest identified as Father Lambert.

One male plaintiff claims Father Lambert sexually assaulted him in the basement of the St. Bernard Mission School on unknown dates between 1952 and 1961.

The alleged victim says he suffered irreparable psychological harm, recurring flashbacks, betrayal and an aversion towards church settings as a result of the alleged forced masturbation, groping and attempted sodomy.

A second male plaintiff claims Father Lambert put his hands down his pants and fondled his penis on an unknown date in 1952 at the Grouard town hall, which was owned and operated by the St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Attorney: Nuns Not Asked to Care for Dying Priest

OHIO
ABC News

TOLEDO, Ohio — Jun 24, 2014
By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press

A nursing home run by nuns has not been asked or agreed to take care of a dying Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun at a hospital chapel in 1980, his attorney said Tuesday.

The attorney for the Rev. Gerald Robinson wrote in a court filing that his statement last week that the Little Sisters of the Poor were willing to care for the priest was in error.

"The Little Sisters of the Poor were not asked to care for, and have not made any commitment to care for Father Robinson," attorney Richard Kerger said.

Robinson has been in a prison hospice unit in Columbus since the end of May after suffering a heart attack and wants to die in his hometown of Toledo, Kerger said in a motion filed Friday in federal court.

The motion said that the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run a home for the elderly and dying just outside Toledo, indicated a willingness to care for Robinson during his final days. It also said the priest's brother and sister-in-law were willing to take him in, Kerger said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

STOP GIVING THEM MONEY !!!

UNITED STATES
Deliverance

I have observed that many people I know are unsympathetic to the never-ending sex scandals within the Catholic Church. “It's only Catholics doing bad things to Catholics,” I have been told. “Any people dumb enough to subject themselves to such a gross cult-like authoritarian structure deserve anything that happens to them!”

With the case of Father Timothy Backous, however, the Catholic Diocese of Duluth, the St. Scholastica Monastery, and the corporation of ESSENTIA HEALTH have gone outside the confines of the Church. They have involved the public at large, with potential consequences for Protestants, Jews, Eastern Orthodox, Swedenborgians, Buddhists, Atheists, Pagans, whoever.

ESSENTIA HEALTH, corporation-wide, is a public medical entity. They actively solicit and encourage ALL of the public to obtain their services. They engage in a continuous process of advertising and publicity. As a public combination of hospitals and medical centers, and receiving at least partial funding from public monies, ESSENTIA HEALTH is obliged to follow state and federal rules and regulations on a number of issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

MN- Archdiocese took no action against predator priest, SNAP responds

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

In a recently released deposition, a predator priest admits the Twin Cities archdiocese took no action against him after abuse allegations were reported. We are not surprised, but we're deeply disappointed that Catholic officials were and are so reckless with the safety of children.

[Star Tribune]

Fr. Jerome Kern is one of 30 priests the archdiocese recently admitted has credible abuse allegations against them.

We hope, as more and more of these revelations come to light, that parishioners and parents will be able to better protect their children and demand that church officials act legally, responsibly, and in line with their own codes of conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

The Real Scandal Behind the Tuam Home for Unwed Mothers

IRELAND
Catholic World Report

June 24, 2014

While the media rushed to exaggeration, misinformation, and fabrication, the real societal ills behind the deaths of 800 Irish children were largely overlooked.

Michael Kelly

For a month now, sections of the Irish and international media have been convulsed by reports of shockingly high mortality rates at a state-funded, Church-run mother and baby home in the west of Ireland. It has been difficult to separate fact from fiction and too few commentators have sought to get to the bottom of the story, with many instead choosing to focus on salacious exaggerations, misinformation, and untruths.

Yes, there was a shockingly high infant mortality rate in the Tuam mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns. Between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died. Many of the children, it appears, were buried at an unmarked grave, which was lovingly tended by local Catholic families for decades. Now, the tragic deaths of so many youngsters should be devastating enough in itself to warrant further investigation. But some media commentators and seasoned campaigners immediately sought to exaggerate the story in the most appalling fashion. The children were soon forgotten in the dash to hang their deaths as a crime around the neck of Catholic Ireland.

In media reports, the common grave soon became a “mass grave” and then a “septic tank.” The nuns were accused of “dumping” the children in the grave, and there have been suggestions that police should open up a criminal investigation into the deaths despite absolutely no evidence that any of the tragic deaths were in untoward circumstances. The government has promised a Commission of Inquiry to look at the issue. However, some are wary that the terms of reference may be set so narrowly as to include only Catholic-run institutions, leaving out so-called “county homes” where many unmarried mothers lived with their newborn babies. Former residents of a Protestant-run home in Dublin have also complained that their plight has been ignored.

The world’s media soon arrived, inevitably adding more heat than light. A Washington Times headline screamed, “Catholic Church Tossed 800 Irish Orphans into Septic Tank”; Salon’s stated: “An Irish Catholic Orphanage Hid the Bodies of 800 Children.” More fuel was added to the fire by Father Brian D’arcy, a liberal priest and darling of the Irish media, who likened the nuns’ behavior to that of the Nazis during the Holocaust.

So quick has been the rush to judgment that an eminent media outlet has been forced to roll back on earlier versions of the story. The Associated Press has issued a correction to earlier stories which included claims that were demonstrably untrue. In a response issued at the weekend, the AP admitted that

in stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children had not received Roman Catholic baptisms; documents show that many children at the orphanage were baptized. The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not Church teaching. In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any. The June 3 story also contained an incorrect reference to the year that the orphanage opened; it was 1925, not 1926.

Despite the misreporting, it’s important to be clear: the Tuam mother and baby home was a terrible place with awful conditions that reflected a society build on petty snobbery; “illegitimate” children and unmarried mothers were treated in a very unchristian fashion by a country that professed to be a bastion of Catholic virtue. It is unlikely that other, similar homes—whether run by the Church, state, or another religious denomination—were any less harsh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. John G. O'Flaherty, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: John G. O'Flaherty was a Jesuit of the Missouri Province ordained in 1942. He served in parishes in St. Louis and Kansas City, and as a hospital chaplain in Monett, MO. He was also assigned at various times to Pueblo and Denver, CO. He died in 1987. O'Flaherty was accused of abuse in a 2011 civil complaint filed in Pueblo, CO.

Ordained: 1942
Died: June 19, 1987

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Happy Valley pastor facing sex-crime charges

OREGON
Oregonian

By Rick Bella | rbella@oregonian.com
on June 23, 2014

The senior pastor of a Happy Valley church is facing sex-crime charges in Multnomah County.

Michael George "Mike" Sperou, 64, of Happy Valley, co-founder of the North Clackamas Bible Community, was arrested by Portland police Thursday. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of three counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.

Under Oregon law, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration is a Class A felony that falls under Measure 11 and is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years, four months in prison.

After he was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Sperou posted a $35,000 security deposit against bail of $350,000 and was released Saturday.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland police spokesman, said reports on Sperou's arrest are not yet available and that hadn't heard any details in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Clackamas pastor charged with 3 sex felonies

OREGON
KOIN

[with video]

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The pastor of a Clackamas County church is charged with three counts of sex crimes.

Michael Sperou faces three felonies for unlawful sexual penetration. He is listed on the website of BcResources.net as a senior pastor and founding member of the North Clackamas Bible Community.

Michal Mitchell, Sperou’s niece and a member of the church, told KOIN 6 there is no physical church. Instead, members move from home to home. She also said her uncle is innocent.

“I’m convinced. I know him very well. I know that he’s innocent,” said Mitchell. “He’s the most wonderful person that I know, and it’s not just me. A lot of people would say he’s their best friend, and the most wonderful and influential person in their lives.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Clackamas County pastor faces sex abuse charges

OREGON
KPTV

By FOX 12 Staff

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -
The pastor of a Clackamas County church pleaded not guilty to several sex abuse charges.

Michael Sperou was arrested June 19 on three charges related to sex abuse. Police did not release any details of those charges.

The website for North Clackamas Bible Community lists Sperou as a senior pastor and founding member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Report: Ex-Austin priest admitted to abuse

MINNESOTA
Austin Daily Herald

By Trey Mewes

An Austin priest admitted taking a nude photo of a teenage boy when he served in Austin around 1978 and also admitted to sexually abusing a minor male a few years later, according to information released by the Diocese of Winona.

The diocese released details Monday about 14 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, calling their decision an effort to be transparent and promote healing.

One of the 14 was Jack Krough, 64, who was ordained in 1975 and began serving at Austin’s St. Augustine Catholic Church and Pacelli Catholic Schools the next year. Krough transferred to Winona in 1980, but not before he allegedly sexually abused a minor male.

In 1993, Krough admitted he took a photo found in his home of a nude 16-year-old back in 1978 when he served in Austin. He was sent to St. Luke’s Institute for an assessment but was returned to the ministry in New Richland and Waldorf, Minn.

Krough admitted to sexually abusing a minor between 1979 and 1981, after someone reported the crime to the diocese in 1997. Krough was removed from ministry at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Austin and Our Lady of Loretto in Brownsdale and taken to St. Luke’s for treatment. He resigned from the ministry in 2002, after he was confronted in another incident involving inappropriate touching.

As of December, Krough lived in Barron, Wis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Mexico archdiocese suspends seven priests for abuse

MEXICO
National Catholic Reporter

David Agren Catholic News Service | Jun. 24, 2014

MEXICO CITY The archdiocese of Tijuana has suspended seven priests -- including one sued for abuse in Los Angeles -- over allegations of sexual abuse.

The priests are not allowed to practice their ministries, Mexican media reported.

An archdiocesan spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press the American priest was Fr. Jeffrey Newell, who worked previously in the Los Angeles archdiocese.

No other names were released by the archdiocese.

In a June 17 statement, the archdiocese said: "As a church we make a call to those that have been victims of abuse to minors or witnesses to it to file complaints with the competent civil authorities."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Recent Depositions

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Updated June 9, 2014

On April 2, 2014, Archbishop John Nienstedt gave his deposition in the case of Doe #1, which is a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and Thomas Adamson.

We offer the deposition in its entirety, as part of our renewed commitment to transparency. As you will notice, the Archbishop answered every question asked. The court pre-determined the length of the four hour deposition, and the Archbishop continued to answer questions past the time allotted. There was not a single question asked about Thomas Adamson and the allegations of abuse of Doe #1 in 1976-1977.

You will see a searchable PDF of the deposition below.

You will also see links to the entire video of the deposition (in three chapters) posted below, allowing you to see the questions and answers in context.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Deposition of Andrew Eisenzimmer

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

On May 8, 2014, Andrew Eisenzimmer, who served the archdiocese as Chancellor for Civil Affairs between 2005 and 2012, was deposed in the Doe 1 case in St. Paul. The case is a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and Thomas Adamson for allegations of abuse between 1976 and 1977. We offer the deposition as part of our renewed commitment to transparency and disclosure. However, selected portions were redacted—and others that were ordered sealed have been removed—to protect victims.

PDF:
Deposition of Andrew Eisenzimmer

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Priest said church took no action against him for abuse accusations

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: June 24, 2014

Priest is among those identified as credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis took no action against the Rev. Jerome Kern when parents complained that he had sexually abused their sons, Kern said in a court deposition released Tuesday morning.

Kern is among more than 30 priests the archdiocese identified last December as being credibly accused of abusing minors. He has been sued several times, including last November as the scandal over the archdiocese’s handling of abuse claims was escalating.

The plaintiff, a man in his 50s who claims Kern abused him in the 1970s, is represented by the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates, which has sued the archdiocese multiple times since a change in state law allowed the filing of suits claiming decades-old abuse.

The St. Paul-based firm released the deposition Tuesday as part of a series of public releases of sworn statements in clergy abuse cases, including testimony by Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Archbishop Harry Flynn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Videotape deposìtion of FATHER JEROME KERN

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[Fr. Jerome Kern file]
[Timeline]
[key documents]
[deposition]
[video]

DOE 26
Plaintiff,
Defendants

Videotape deposìtion of FATHER JEROME KERN, taken putsuant to Notice of Taking Deposition, and taken before Gary W. Hermes, a Notary PubIic in and for the county of Ramsey, State of Minnesota, on the 15th day of Àpril, 20I4, at 445 Minnesota street, St. Paul, Minnesota, commencing at approximately 9:31 o'clock a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Twin Cities priest didn't see sex with teen as abuse, he testifies

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Richard Chin
rchin@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 06/24/2014

[with video]

Jerome Kern, a Twin Cities priest accused in a 2013 lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1970s, said he didn't feel he was doing anything wrong when he had physical contact with children in the past, according to a deposition transcript released Tuesday.

"I never saw anything myself in terms of sexual abuse," testified Kern, who worked in St. Paul and Forest Lake parishes and is accused by a man indentified as Doe 26 who says Kern "engaged in unpermitted sexual contact" with him in the 1970s when Kern was serving as a priest at Our Lady of Grace in Edina.

Over the decades, at least 20 individuals have alleged that Kern abused them when they were children, according to St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing Doe 26 in the lawsuit against Kern and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Anderson's office released a transcript Tuesday of a deposition Kern gave on April 15.

In his deposition, Kern, a priest since 1966, said his conduct with children was never reported to police as far as he knows, nobody from the archdiocese told him what he was doing was a crime or warned him he could go to jail for touching children, and he was never concerned that he would be arrested for his behavior with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Human Trafficking A ‘Hidden Crisis’ In West Michigan

MICHIGAN
Fox 17

[with video]

by Nicole DiDonato
Reporter

WEST MICHIGAN (June 23, 2014) — It’s a hidden crisis in West Michigan. Experts who work with victims of sexual crimes say thousands of minors are sold into human trafficking right in our own communities.

If you think human trafficking only happens in third world countries, think again.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 300,000 minors are at risk of being sold every year in the U.S. And it’s happening even closer to home.

“Unfortunately the state department estimates in West Michigan alone, there are 2,400 minors for sale at any given time, mostly on the internet. And this is in the land of the free, ” said Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women At Risk International. ...

WAR gets up to 20 tips a month and turns them over to law enforcement.

Just recently, police arrested WCSG radio personality, John Balyo, and charged him with first degree criminal sexual conduct. McDonald believes this is a wake-up call.

“Law enforcement is there to be the judgement,” says McDonald.

“Our job is to be compassionate and to reach out to the victims of this man who have years of recovery and to even his family members who are victims in this situation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Radio Host Charged with Sex Crime Booted from Traffic Squad

MICHIGAN
Fox 17

by Paul Cicchini
Reporter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 24, 2014) – A former radio host who is now facing criminal sex charges has been removed as a volunteer with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

John Balyo had helped the traffic squad since 2004.

The group, which is a 501(c)(3), assisted with community parades and other events.

Balyo was arrested Friday in Gaylord at the Big Ticket Festival.

Monday, he was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a child.

According to a police report, Balyo had sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Prosecutor: Balyo admitted to sexually assaulting boy

MICHIGAN
WOOD TV

By Steve Kelso and 24 Hour News 8 web staff

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A longtime Christian radio host allegedly admitting to sexual assaulting at least one 12-year-old boy.

John Balyo was arraigned Monday in a Battle Creek courtroom on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. It’s a felony charge that could land him in jail for the rest of his life.

Balyo shook his head as the charge against him was read.

He was arrested as the result of a federal investigation into Ronald Moser of Battle Creek. Police say Balyo paid Moser to arrange sexual liaisons with young boys for sex and that one of the encounters — involving a 12-year-old — happened in Battle Creek in May.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert told Magistrate David Heiss Monday that Balyo confessed to police.

“It is my understanding based on the police report that the defendant did make admissions to count one,” Gilbert said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Prosecutor: Christian radio host admitted to raping boy

MICHIGAN
WZZM

[with video]

Christa E Graban, WZZM June 23, 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Battle Creek Enquirer) -- A former Grand Rapids-area Christian radio host admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old boy, the Calhoun County prosecutor said Monday.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, was ordered Monday to be held without bond after Prosecutor David Gilbert said Balyo made incriminating statements to investigators.

"The defendant did make admissions to count one of the complaint," Gilbert told Calhoun County District Court Magistrate David Heiss during Balyo's arraignment.

Balyo is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct -- a penetration offense -- and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct -- a touching offense. Battle Creek police have alleged he had a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old boy in Battle Creek on May 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

John Balyo fired from sheriff's reserve after sex charges

MICHIGAN
MLive

By John Agar | jagar@mlive.com
on June 23, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - John Balyo, the former Christian radio host accused of sexual assault, was fired as a Kent County sheriff’s reserve on Friday, June 20, when the allegations came to light.

Balyo served in the Enforcement Unit of Kent County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Squad.

The all-volunteer group provides assistance to Kent County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies in the county at special events.

Undersheriff Jon Hess said the director of the Traffic Squad terminated Balyo on Friday. Balyo had volunteered as a reserve since 2004.

Hess reported no problems with Balyo’s work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Rome- Bishop criticizes Vatican over accused abusive archbishop

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

In a rare "split in the ranks," a bishop says that Vatican officials have "injured the people of God" by their "silence" over former Vatican envoy Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, who is accused of sexually abusing boys in Dominican Republic.

[Dominican Today]

Santo Domingo Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Víctor Masalles admitted yesterday that he saw Wesolowski walking free in Rome. Vatican staff are refusing to extradite Wesolowski to Poland where law enforcement authorities want to question him for his alleged child sex crimes.

In our view, it's incredibly irresponsible for Catholic officials to thwart a police investigation. But it's also incredibly irresponsible for them to let a credibly accused child molesting cleric live in the figurative and literal center of Catholicism evidently with no supervision.

Consider these three simple facts. It takes seconds to molest a child. Millions of tourists and their families visit Rome annually. Most of them respect and trust clerics. Only a tiny handful of them know who Wesolowski is. He likely still dresses as an archbishop.

That combination is a child molesting cleric's dream. Knowing that he faces potential criminal prosecution and imprisonment, this looks like a recipe for re-offense.

If not for self-serving Vatican intervention, Wesolowski would likely be behind bars now. The least Vatican officials can do is to put him in a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center where he'll be kept away from kids. Anything less dramatically increases the chances that Wesolowski will assault another innocent child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Cleric convinced abusers to resign

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JUNE 25, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

ONE of Australia’s most powerful Catholic officials has defended his practice of holding private, ­unrecorded conversations with priests accused of child-sex abuse in which he quietly convinced them to resign.

Giving evidence yesterday to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Brian Lucas said the interviews, during which he kept no note of what was said, were “about the protection of children”.

It is the second public ­inquiry to interrogate Father Lucas, general secretary of the Australian National Catholic Bishops Conference, over the interviews.

In September, the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry heard he conducted interviews with about 35 allegedly abusive priests during the 1990s, convincing those who confessed their crimes to quietly resign their posts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Father Brian Lucas protected accused paedophiles, sex abuse royal commission hears

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

BEN PIKE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 25, 2014

ONE of the Catholic Church’s most senior priests did not take notes after confronting accused pedophiles in the clergy because he did not want to “betray” them.

Father Brian Lucas has already come under fire from former premier Barry O’Farrell who, in parliament, called for him to be sacked because he did not report pedophile priests to the police.

Yesterday he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that taking notes during meetings with accused priests would have prevented them from speaking “frankly and openly”.

“I don't think that's fair to a person. If you've said to him ‘we're having a frank conversation, this is confidential’, I'm not going to take a note of it,’’ the trained lawyer said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Arrestato il capo della Caritas "Sesso in cambio dello status"

ITALIA
Live Sicilia

TRAPANI - Il presidente della Caritas di Trapani, don Sergio Librizzi è stato arrestato dalla sezione pg della forestale presso la procura con l'accusa di concussione e reati sessuali.

Secondo l'accusa, don Librizzi avrebbe chiesto prestazioni sessuali a migranti maschi che chiedevano lo status di rifugiati politici. Il sacerdote era componente - "molto influente", ha sottolineato il pm Paolo Di Sciuva in una conferenza stampa a Trapani - della commissione territoriale presso la Prefettura, deputata al rilascio dello status. "Costringeva i giovani a prestazioni sessuali - ha detto il procuratore capo Marcello Viola - mediante pressioni, facendo leva sul suo ruolo apicale, sulla sua posizione di dominio".

L'indagine, non ancora conclusa, per ora coinvolge soltanto don Librizzi. Fondamentali sono state le intercettazioni ambientali. Tra le vittime, almeno otto, non ci sono soltanto migranti, ma anche disagiati che si erano rivolti alla Caritas. Le accuse riguardano episodi che vanno dal 2009 ai giorni scorsi. In particolare gli episodi riscontrati sarebbero concentrati negli ultimi sei mesi. Le prestazioni sessuali sarebbero avvenute nell'auto del sacerdote, sulla quale gli investigatori avevano collocato le "cimici". Il sacerdote è stato portato in carcere. "Abbiamo chiesto ed ottenuto la custodia cautelare in carcere - ha detto il procuratore Viola - perché c'è il rischio di inquinamento delle prove, ma anche della reiterazione del reato".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Don Sergio Librizzi arrestato. Il presidente della Caritas di Trapani è accusato di concussione e reati sessuali

ITALIA
L'Huffington Post

Il presidente della Caritas di Trapani, don Sergio Librizzi, è stato arrestato dalla sezione della forestale presso la procura con l'accusa di concussione e reati sessuali. Il prete è stato fermato nella canonica della chiesa di San Pietro, di cui è parroco. Non si conoscono ancora dettagli sulla vicenda in cui secondo l'accusa è coinvolto.

Don Librizzi avrebbe approfittato del suo ruolo di componente della commissione territoriale di Trapani per il riconoscimento della protezione internazionale, per costringere richiedenti asilo a prestazioni sessuali in cambio del rilascio dello status di rifugiati. Concussione e violenza sessuale pluriaggravata sono le imputazioni formulate nell'ordinanza di custodia cautelare emessa dal gip di Trapani su richiesta della Procura.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Priest arrested over immigrant sexual abuse

ITALY
The Local

Updated: 24 Jun 2014

An Italian priest, who is also a director of the charity, Caritas, has been arrested in Sicily for allegedly sexually abusing immigrants.

Sergio Librizzi, Caritas director in Trapani, was arrested at the vicarage as he was preparing for mass, Adnkronos reported.

He is accused of at least ten episodes of sexual violence against immigrants in Sicily, in addition to facing charges of embezzlement.

“The sexual crimes relate to a number of subjects, both underage and adults, all non-EU citizens with whom the priest was in contact due to his position within Caritas,” Marcello Viola, the public prosecutor of Trapani, told Adnkronos.

Librizzi allegedly demanded sexual favours from immigrants in return for issuing documents.

Sicily is a frequent landing post for both economic migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Italy by boat, after crossing the Mediterranean sea from North Africa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Rome- Pope appoints Legion of Christ adviser, SNAP responds

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

The pope continues to distance himself from the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ. And he's appointing a new adviser to the troubled order. We applaud this course of action.

[ABC News]

It's smart public relations for Francis to stay away from the Legion. We share his apparent view that much reform is still needed in the Legion.

In any institution, reform must be preceded by exposing and sacking those who committed or concealed child sex crimes. The Legion hasn't done this.

When it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups, the Legion continues to be perhaps the single most secretive Catholic group in the world. When they post on their websites the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every current and former Legion who hurt kids - directly by assault or indirectly by complicity - then they may have the right to claim they've begun to attack their corruption.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Dominican leader coy on pedophilia ‘talk’ with Pope

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Jun 17

Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina said Sunday that he "spoke about everything" with Pope Francis, who received him in a private meeting at the Vatican.

"We spoke about many things. We spoke about everything," he said when asked if he discussed with the Pontiff the pedophilia cases linked to catholic prelates in the country, specifically former Vatican envoy, bishop Jozef Wesolowski.

Medina’s statement again reveals his now habitual stance of shying away from controversial topics and cases of government corruption.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Obispo ve a exnuncio en Roma

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
El Dia

Santo Domingo.-El obispo auxiliar de la arquidiócesis de Santo Domingo, monseñor Víctor Masalles, reveló ayer que se sorprendió al ver en Roma al exnuncio apostólico Józef Wesolowski, acusado de abusar sexualmente contra menores en República Dominicana.

El Vaticano ha anunciado que el exnuncio Wesolowski será juzgado no sólo canónicamente por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, sino también penalmente por el Tribunal Vaticano.

“Para mí fue una sorpresa ver a Wesolowski pasearse por la Via della Scrofa en Roma(una calle de Roma). El silencio de la Iglesia ha herido al pueblo de Dios”, indica Masalles en su cuenta de Twitter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Dominican Republic bishop questions the Vatican on sexual abuse

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- Santo Domingo Archdiocese auxiliary bishop Víctor Masalles on Monday affirmed he was surprised to see in Rome former Vatican envoy Józef Wesolowski, accused of sexually abusing boys in Dominican Republic.

The Holy See has announced that Wesolowski will be tried not only under canon law but also criminally by the Vatican Court.

"For me it was a surprise to see Wesolowski walking along Via della Scrofa in Roma (Rome street). The silence of the Church has injured the people of God," tweeted Masalles.

Outlet eldia.com.do reports that it tried to contact Masalles for further details, but a source at his parish said the Auxiliary Bishop was in Rome last April for the canonization of late popes John PauI II and John XXIII.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Bid to destroy papers unwise

CANADA
The StarPhoenix

Saskatoon lawyer Dan Shapiro is well-intentioned in applying to a court to have the private records and testimony of nearly 38,000 residential school abuse survivors destroyed, but the drastic measure should not go ahead.

Not only would it destroy unique information that provides great insight into the horrific history of Canada's residential schools, but it would also be a disservice to the long-term interests of the descendants of the survivors who came forward with heart-wrenching stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that led to generations of family dysfunction and other problems that today marginalize too many First Nations people.

As chief adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) that assesses complaints of abuse and decides on compensation for survivors, Mr. Shapiro notes that the claims process was meant to be confidential and safe.

While it's true that the documents include medical records and income tax information as well as graphic personal stories, his assessment is wrong that destroying all documentation is the only way to ensure the privacy of individuals and confidentiality of the files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Vatican to Name New Adviser to Oversee Legion

VATICAN CITY
ABC News (US)

VATICAN CITY — Jun 24, 2014

The superior of the Legion of Christ religious order says the Vatican next week will name a new adviser to help oversee it.

It's the latest sign that Pope Francis doubts the Vatican's three-year reform experiment has resolved all the order's problems.

Francis has kept the Legion at arms' length since he inherited the reform project launched after the Legion admitted its founder sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children.

Francis has yet to meet with the new superior and didn't send a message to the congregation when it met in January to chart its new course. The Vatican insisted on naming two members of the new government and during his recent trip to Jerusalem, Francis skipped a luncheon planned by the Legion and ate instead with the Franciscans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Tuam babies: How a small field in Ireland held big secret

IRELAND
BBC News

[video]

23 June 2014

When an inquiry into the Tuam home was announced, the Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny said babies of unmarried parents had been treated as "an inferior sub-species" for decades.

It is believed nearly 800 children died at what was once a mother and baby home run by nuns in Tuam, County Galway.

BBC News NI Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison visited the Bon Secours home in County Galway and spoke to one man who has written two books about his forced separation from his mother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

MEDIA EXAGGERATED HORROR TALE AT IRISH ORPHANAGE

IRELAND
The Associated Press

BY SHAWN POGATCHNIK
ASSOCIATED PRESS

DUBLIN (AP) -- Revelations this month that nuns had buried nearly 800 infants and young children in unmarked graves at an Irish orphanage during the last century caused stark headlines and stirred strong emotions and calls for investigation. Since then, however, a more sober picture has emerged that exposes how many of those headlines were wrong.

The case of the Tuam "mother and baby home" offers a study in how exaggeration can multiply in the news media, embellishing occurrences that should have been gripping enough on their own.

The key fact is that a researcher, Catherine Corless, spent years seeking records of all the children who died in the orphanage in County Galway during its years of operation from 1925 to 1961. She found 797 death records - and only one record that one of the youngsters had been buried alongside relatives in a Catholic cemetery.

The rest, Corless surmised, were likely interred in unmarked graves on the orphanage grounds, including in a disused septic tank. She and other Tuam residents called for a state-funded investigation to identify remains and give the children a proper memorial.

The reports of unmarked graves shouldn't have come as a surprise to the Irish public, who for decades have known that some of the 10 defunct "mother and baby homes," which chiefly housed the children of unwed mothers, held grave sites filled with forgotten dead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

AP: Parts Of Irish 'Mass Graves' Story Exaggerated By Media

UNITED STATES
WGBH News

By SCOTT NEUMAN
Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014

The Associated Press today offers "a more sober picture" than it and other news organizations (including NPR) did earlier this month regarding reports of nearly 800 bodies of infants and young children at a former Catholic home for unwed mothers in Ireland.

The case of the "mother and baby home," located in the town of Tuam near Galway city, "offers a study in how exaggeration can multiply in the news media, embellishing occurrences that should have been gripping enough on their own," the AP writes.

The reports were based on research by Catherine Corless, who spent years seeking records of the deaths of children at the orphanage during the years it was open, from 1925 to 1961.

Specifically, the AP points to an investigation by The Irish Times in Dublin that revealed discrepancies in maps used by Corless to determine where the bodies might have ended up. It also said reports that many of the children had never been baptized were rebutted by records. Other evidence called into question whether the decommissioned septic tank could have been used as a burial site, the AP said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Kansas City, Kan., archdiocese restricts retired priest accused of inappropriate conduct

KANSAS
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
06/23/2014

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has restricted the duties of a retired priest after receiving what it says are two credible allegations of inappropriate conduct.

The allegations did not involve minors, the archdiocese said in a brief article published in the June 20 issue of The Leaven, the archdiocesan newspaper.

Duties of the Rev. George Seuferling, who retired in 2001, are now limited to performing weddings and funerals for family members, according to the article.

“The archdiocese asks anyone who has knowledge of inappropriate conduct by any priest, deacon, employee or volunteer to please contact the confidential report line at (913) 647-3051 or civil authorities,” the article said.

A victims advocacy group criticized the archdiocese for not notifying a wider audience about the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

That Story About Irish Babies Buried in a Septic Tank Was Shocking. It Also Wasn't Entirely True.

IRELAND
The New Republic

By Jason Walsh

The headlines out of Ireland reverberated around the world, and how could they not? As reports had it, over several decades nearly 800 dead babies had been secretly dumped in a septic tank at a Roman Catholic maternity home for unwed mothers and their children in Tuam, County Galway. Ireland’s dark past was under the microscope again, and everyone wanted a peek.

London’s Independent called the discovery at St. Mary’s Mother and Baby Home “the Irish Holocaust,” a term usually reserved for the 1845–52 famine. The Guardian demanded, “Tell us the truth about the children dumped in Galway’s mass graves.” The Washington Post headlined its report, “Bodies of 800 children, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers,” which was promptly picked up by The Sydney Morning Herald. The spetic-tank claims were reported to readers of publications as diverse as The New York Daily News, Salon and Al-Jazeera. Weeks later and the scandal rumbled on, dominating the news in Ireland, a searing indictment of a country already home to too many scandals involving the historical nexus of Church and state.

The only problem was that in the gleeful rush to report and judge, the truth got lost.

The Associated Press last week issued a lengthy correction admitting that the septic tank might not contain any human remains at all; the wire service had also incorrectly reported that the children hadn’t been baptized because they were born out of wedlock. Other media outlets have been slower to dial down the hyperbole. Britain’s Guardian newspaper amended a headline on an opinion piece, removing the “dumped” claim, but most outlets have left their fact-free speculation to stand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 16-20

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Hamilton

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN (H 4126) House 147-0, approved a bill increasing the statute of limitations during which a person can file a civil suit for child sexual abuse. Current law allows victims to file a suit up until the age of 21 while the bill would increase the age to 53. The extension is retroactive for claims against actual perpetrators of abuse and prospective for others with indirect liability like supervisors.

Supporters said that many children who are victims of sexual abuse are not emotionally ready to confront the situation until many years later. They noted the bill also would help hold institutions accountable for negligent behavior in supervising perpetrators of these crimes.

The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote without a roll call. Final approval is needed in both branches before the measure goes to Gov. Patrick.

A "Yes" vote is for the bill.

Rep. Paul Brodeur Yes
Rep. Leah Cole Yes
Rep. Michael Costello Yes
Rep. Diana DiZoglio Yes
Rep. Paul Donato Yes
Rep. James Dwyer Yes
Rep. Lori Ehrlich Yes
Rep. Christopher Fallon Yes
Rep. Robert Fennell Yes
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante Yes
Rep. Bradford Hill Yes
Rep. Bradley Jones Yes
Rep. John Keenan Didn't Vote
Rep. James Lyons Yes
Rep. Wayne Matewsky Yes
Rep. Leonard Mirra Yes
Rep. Jerald Parisella Yes
Rep. Carl Sciortino has resigned
Rep. Theodore Speliotis Yes
Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes
Rep. Steven Walsh has resigned
Rep. Donald Wong Yes

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

OPINION: Father Brian Lucas must stand down

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By Peter Gogarty June 23, 2014

IN the NSW Parliament recently, Barry O'Farrell, the man who established the Special Commission of Inquiry into certain matters regarding two paedophile priests in the Hunter Valley, rose to his feet and gave the Catholic Church, its bishops and Father Brian Lucas a spanking regarding their lame response to Commissioner Margaret Cuneen's report and findings.

Pushed by a number of journalists, and by the Newcastle Herald in particular, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference subsequently made a brief statement on June 18.

It said: "Father Lucas has the support of the bishops because the report did not make adverse findings as to credit, nor did it recommend any action be taken with respect of Father Lucas."

Around about the same time as this was unfolding, Father Lucas was giving evidence before the national royal commission, and for those of us who saw his evidence at the Special Commission of Inquiry, there was a sense of déjà vu.

It was almost as if Father Lucas was reading from his own transcript - he didn't keep notes so that the "interviewee" would not be put off from making admissions, conceded that a consequence of his actions was that there was no "paper trail" that might be used in later police prosecutions, didn't remember a particular offender but conceded he probably interviewed him, didn't go to the police because victims would not have wanted him to, and so on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Child sex abuse statute change heads to Governor’s desk

MASSACHUSETTS
WWLP

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Legislators on Monday sent to the governor’s desk a bill extending the statute of limitations in civil child sex abuse cases.

House and Senate lawmakers voted last week on the bill (H 4126), which would extend the statute to 35 years after a victim turns 18, up from three years.

Under the bill, an individual could file a lawsuit until he or she turns 53 years old. The bill is also retroactive, allowing individuals who realize later in life that they’ve suffered emotional and psychological harm to file a claim seven years after the realization, up from three years.

Lawmakers also enacted a bill aimed at enhancing access to mental health treatment services (H 3704).

The bill requires health insurers to make utilization review criteria for mental health services publicly available by August 2014, instead of Oct. 2015, the date currently in Chapter 224, the health care cost containment law passed in 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Sunday School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

PENNSYLVANIA
CSNPhilly

June 23, 2014

A Delaware County Sunday school teacher pleaded guilty on Monday to child pornography charges.

Steven Almond, a former Deacon at Middletown Presbyterian church where he taught Sunday School and coached basketball, was arrested last year after detectives found dozens of child porn videos on his home computer.

In June, 2013, police searched Almond's home on W. Forestview Road in Parkside and pulled out four computers, a hard drive, flash drives, multiple cell phones and nearly two dozen CD/ DVDs.

Detectives say they found more than 50 videos believed to be child pornography, some of which showed children who appeared to be under the age of 5.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Former priest back in court

AUSTRALIA
South Coast Register

June 24, 2014

A FORMER Catholic priest, who worked in the Shoalhaven in the 1970s, facing five charges of indecently assaulting children, appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Monday.

Robert Flaherty, 70, who now lives at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, appeared before Magistrate McGlynn, facing five charges of indecent assault against children.

Magistrate McGlynn adjourned the matters until August 1 for possible committal for sentence.

The offences were alleged to have taken place in the Shoalhaven and Sydney up to 40 years ago, with the alleged victims aged between 11 and 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Cardinal Bertone's move into spacious new Vatican apartment delayed by remodeling woes

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has been unable to move into a new apartment at the Vatican, because the firm remodeling the space has declared bankruptcy.

The former Vatican Secretary of State had been scheduled to take up residence this week in a large apartment in the San Carlo palace, inside the Vatican grounds. But the Italian daily Il Messaggero reports that the move has been delayed because of the collapse of the firm that had been contracted to combine two existing apartments into one spacious unit with a gracious rooftop terrace.

Reports that Cardinal Bertone was moving into a luxurious apartment had stirred complaints in Rome, because the cardinal is a Salesian priest who has taken a vow of poverty and because Pope Francis has advocated a modest style of living for Vatican clerics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Cardinal Levada advances to announcer's post

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Sentinel

Cardinal William Levada, former archbishop of Portland, has become the man who will announce the name of the new pope, should there be a papal election in the next two years.

That’s because of the domino effect after a set of seniority based honorific promotions at the Vatican.

At the weekend’s ordinary consistory — a gathering of cardinals — Pope Francis announced the promotion of six of the men from cardinal deacon to cardinal priest.

The promotions are mainly ceremonial, but there is one main practical change. One of those promoted was French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who had been the most senior cardinal deacon. In the post, it was his responsibility to announce the election and name of a new pope, which he did in March of last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Are Church leaders listening to the wake-up calls?

INDIA
UCA News

Fr Myron Pereria, Mumbai India June 24, 2014

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State and right hand of Pope Benedict XVI, has been implicated in a multi-million dollar fraud and embezzlement case. He is also in hot water for his new apartment, infinitewly more luxurious than the pope's own lodgings.

This somehow typifies and also casts a depressing shadow on the way the Church government has been run over the past few decades.

The degree of ‘moral turpitude’ at the highest levels astounds the imagination. Are cardinals and bishops no better than crude politicians after all?

For a long time, for centuries in fact, the Catholic Church was one of the few institutions where a young man, with no family connections and little money, could rise to eminence on the basis of intelligence, shrewdness and ambition alone.

If in addition, he was servile enough to authority and avoided scandals, especially sexual ones, he could go far.

As a tried and tested formula, it worked for centuries, and still does. As proof, just look at the popes, the bishops and the senior clergy who have "made it”. All of them belong to an institution called the Church to which they have given their lives, from which they draw certain benefits, and whose stability and public image they are sworn to uphold.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Wife defends Jehovah's Witness elder Mark Sewell accused of sexual assaults

WALES
Wales Online

Mary Sewell told Merthyr Crown Court that she didn't believe her husband Mark Sewell was guilty

The wife of a former Jehovah’s Witness elder accused of sex assaults told a jury that she was unconcerned at seeing a semi-naked teen lying on their bed.

Mary Elizabeth Sewell, speaking at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court yesterday, said the girl was lying face down, clothed from her bottom down but with her top half covered with a towel, for her husband Mark Sewell to massage her.

“It did not cause me any concern,” Mrs Sewell, a beautician, told the jury.

“I am quite aware that it happened. She was often massaged. She had shoulder and top of the neck problems and she used to ask him if he would massage her.”

She denied seeing her husband straddling the girl and said that her husband had an interest in massage and that her and her husband had performed massages on each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Salvos sorry for abuse ‘greatest failure’

AUSTRALIA
Echo Netdaily

The Salvation Army says it is profoundly sorry for the abuse suffered by children in its care, and events revealed by the royal commission into child sexual abuse represent the greatest failure in its history.

However, the organisation maintains sexual abuse was not widespread after the commission heard evidence of more than 100 cases of children suffering horrendous abuse in homes run by the Salvation Army in Queensland and NSW in the 1960s and 1970s.

As the royal commission moved to finalise its investigation into the church on Monday, counsel for the Salvation Army, Kate Eastman, challenged a statement from counsel assisting the commission that sexual abuse was ‘widespread’ at boys’ homes it ran.

In an apology to survivors, Ms Eastman read a statement from the Salvation Army saying the organisation was ‘profoundly sorry for failing to care for you as you deserved, for the neglect, hurt, abuse and deprivation of human rights that all children are entitled to’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Royal Commission: Vatican's handling of sexual abuse claims against Wollongong priest John Nestor in spotlight

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Antonette Collins

It took nearly 20 years for the Vatican to dismiss a Wollongong parish priest after allegations against him first emerged, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

Father John Nestor was charged and convicted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old altar boy in Wollongong in 1996. A year later he was acquitted on appeal.

When further allegations surfaced about him engaging in inappropriate behaviour with boys at holiday camps, the local diocese tried to have him removed from the ministry.

Counsel assisting the commission Angus Stewart told the hearing the Vatican upheld an appeal by Mr Nestor in 2001.

"The congregation ruled that the Towards Healing Assessment process had not complied with the procedural requirements for an preliminary investigation under canon law," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Why Bishop Morris was sacked

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Frank Brennan | 23 June 2014

Frank Brennan launches Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three by Bishop William Morris.

I am delighted to be asked to participate in the launch of Bishop William Morris' book. Bill was bishop of Toowoomba for 18 years. This book is the story of his forced retirement at the insistence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and at the instigation of three Roman curial cardinals all of whom have now left the Vatican, having passed retirement age. Naturally, we were not expecting any of those four to be with us this evening. Sadly Bill could not be with us either, being laid up in a hospital bed in wintry Queensland.

In the 1960s, I lived for five years in the Toowoomba diocese while attending Downlands College, a boarding school for boys conducted by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. At that time, I had regularly to deny any relationship to the then Bishop of Toowoomba William Brennan who gave very long sermons on hot and cold days much to the displeasure of the Downlands students. I used to emerge from chapel rightly claiming to be from another branch of the family back there in the bog.

Some of the key priests who appear in Bill Morris' book also were educated at Downlands. The MSCs had a no nonsense style to them, enjoying their independence from the local bishop while being very dedicated to the pastoral care of people in the far flung country diocese and always attentive to the pastoral requests of the parish priests, a disproportionate number of whom went to Downlands.

I remember one MSC arriving unexpectedly at the school mid-year to teach French. It was just after Humanae Vitae and he had expressed some reservations while ministering south of the Tweed River.

One of the ex-Downlanders to appear in the book is Bill Morris' Vicar-General Peter Dorfield who, true to form as one of the world's most punctilious note takers, provided a detailed account to Bill about his unfortunate meeting with the papal visitator Archbishop Charles Chaput who came to the diocese for four days (including Anzac Day) in 2007 to report on the state of the diocese. Chaput told Dorfield that Morris was:

a good, humane and prayerful bishop but innocent and naïve and open to manipulation because of (his) great desire to see good in everyone, and that people had taken advantage of (his) goodness and trust. (He) had been captured, manipulated and misled by a so-called progressive group of priests in the diocese who were in fact 'running the diocese'; as a result of the actions of these priests, (he) had been led astray and now needed to recant, and in effect throw (himself) on the mercy of the Vatican authorities, promising a more orthodox and obedient future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Wolllongong Catholic leaders to give evidence in royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By KATE McILWAIN June 23, 2014

Some of Australia's most senior Catholic leaders - as well as key Wollongong church figures - will appear before the royal commission into child sexual abuse's investigation into Wollongong's Catholic Diocese over the next two weeks.

The public hearing, which begins in Sydney on Tuesday, is the first time the actions of the Catholic Church in Wollongong have come under the microscope of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It will focus on how the diocese and the Vatican responded to allegations of sexual assault against then Father John Gerard Nestor in the 1990s.

The witness list includes Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson, who was Wollongong's bishop from 1996 to 2000, and the general secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference Father Brian Lucas.

Last week, former premier Barry O'Farrell called for Fr Lucas to be sacked, after Commissioner Margaret Cunneen's report found he had failed to act since 1993 when he knew about child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Maitland Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Royal commission into sex abuse: 20 years to fire Wollongong priest

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

By Annette Blackwell June 24, 2014

A Wollongong priest wasn’t fired until 20 years after complaints about him molesting young boys became known, and the Pope was the only one with the power to dismiss him from the priesthood, an inquiry has been told.

At a hearing in Sydney the royal commission into child sexual abuse is looking at how the Catholic Church under its own law - canon law - deals with priests and others against whom allegations have been made but no convictions obtained.

In particular, it is looking at the case of John Gerard Nestor, 50, who was a priest in the Wollongong diocese when he was charged in 1997 with the indecent assault of a teenage altar boy.

The priest admitted in his 1997 court case that he had slept on mattresses on a floor with the boy and his younger brother in July 1991, but he denied assaulting the boy.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, then a federal parliamentary secretary to the employment minister, told the court at the time ‘‘he (Nestor) was ... a beacon of humanity at the seminary’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Defrocked priest pleads not guilty to new sex abuse charges

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

Convicted child molester and defrocked Catholic priest Daniel McCormack pleaded not guilty Monday to new sexual abuse charges stemming from a 2005 incident.

McCormack pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse before Judge Angela Munari Petrone, court records show.

At a bond hearing in May, prosecutors said the alleged victim was 10 and a parishioner at St. Agatha in the 3100 block of West Douglas, where McCormack worked as a priest.

The boy was participating in an after-school program at the church and the alleged abuse happened between September 2005 and December 2005. The alleged victim disclosed the abuse in 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Vatican overturned bishop's ban on priest

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

Senior church official Brian Lucas has been asked to explain why he didn't take notes when interviewing abusive priests.

Brian Lucas, the senior churchman who former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell wants sacked, has been asked at a royal commission to explain his practice of not taking notes while interviewing abusive priests.

Fr Lucas, the general-secretary of the church's national body the Conference of Bishops, was making his second royal commission appearance in two weeks on Tuesday.

Justice Peter McClellan questioned Fr Lucas's practice at a Sydney hearing in which the commission is looking at how the Catholic Church, under its own canon law, deals with priests and others against whom allegations have been made.

As a member of the church's special issues committee in 1993, Fr Lucas interviewed John Gerard Nestor, a priest in the NSW Wollongong diocese, who was defrocked by the Vatican in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

'Still a lot we have to do': Winona Diocese releases new info on abusive priests

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

[press packet]

Jerome Christenson Daily News

The Bishop believes.

Bishop John Quinn, at a Monday-morning news conference the Diocese of Winona held to release new information on sexual abuse alleged against 13 former priests of the Winona diocese, said he believes the abuse actually did take place.

"They don't make these things up," he said of those who have come forward to report sexual abuse.

Quinn spoke candidly and at length about the cases, acknowledging the "deep wounds" inflicted by abusive clergy and offering his apologies to "anyone who has been harmed."

"Words cannot express my deep sorrow," he said.

Prior to the bishop's statement, the Diocese distributed a summary of the accusations made against each priest, including a photo, brief biography and a list of their pastoral assignments, as well as the number of accusations made against each and when they were made.

The information, which did not go into detail about any of the accusations, built upon the list of names the diocese released in December 2013 in response to an ongoing lawsuit against both the diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

June 23, 2014

Boys’ home abuse our greatest failure, says Salvation Army

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JUNE 24, 2014

NSW Police are investigating claims of child-sex abuse at a ­Salvation Army boys’ home the church has described as the “greatest failure” in its history.

The investigation focuses on allegations of abuse at the Gill Memorial Boys’ Home in Goulburn in country NSW, and in particular against one officer, who cannot be named.

The case is among more than 160 referred to various police ­forces across the country by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is due to publish its first interim report next week.

Evidence before the commission shows nine children allege they were abused by the officer, who in August 1974 pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting one boy at the Gill home.

A separate 1996 prosecution was abandoned due to the officer’s apparent ill health, Salvation Army barrister Kate Eastman SC told the commission, but “these matters appear now they may have been revisited’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Former Milwaukee priest removed from Chicago area church

CHICAGO (IL)
WISN

MILWAUKEE —A former Milwaukee priest was suddenly removed from his position at a suburban Chicago church over the weekend.

Father James Dokos was a trusted leader and pastor for years at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church until 2012, when he transferred to Glenview, Ill. Then questions began surfacing about some lavish spending of church money.

The famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Milwaukee's northwest side has been gaining new attention because of allegations of fraud against a former pastor.

WISN 12 News began investigating last fall, after Milwaukee County prosecutors served multiple search warrants stating they were seeking information on Dokos' use of more than $100,000 in a trust fund.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Former Wauwatosa priest to be charged in handling of $100,000

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The former priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa who is accused of misappropriating more than $100,000 from a trust he managed there is in the process of being charged with theft, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office said Monday.

Father James Dokos has been named in a charging document that has been provided to his attorney and the church's parish council, Assistant District Attorney David Fleiss said. He could not say when the charge would be filed.

Dokos, who was transferred to SS Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Glenview, Ill., in 2012, has been suspended from his duties there, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. Efforts to reach the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on Monday were not successful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Salvation Army sack accused sex abusers John McIver and Colin Haggar

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

JANET FIFE-YEOMANS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 24, 2014

THE Salvation Army has sacked an officer accused of being a notorious child abuser — six months after giving him a silver star award.

Major John McIver was dismissed last week and allegations against him, including raping a boy, have been referred to the police, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told yesterday.

The Salvation Army has also sacked a second officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Haggar, 25 years after he admitted sexually assaulting a girl aged eight. Mr Haggar was sacked after the incident but reinstated in 1993 with former Salvos chief of personnel Major Peter Farthing stating in the commission as late as April this year that sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl did not make Mr Haggar a paedophile. There have been 19 Salvation Army officers named as perpetrators of abuse, counsel Kate Eastman told the commission in final submissions.

Mr McIver, who has denied all claims, was not suspended until January when the commission began hearing evidence he had sexually and physically abused boys from 1974 at the Akira Salvation Army home for boys at Indooroopilly in Brisbane.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

Diocese of Winona releases sex abuse details

MINNESOTA
News 8000

Author: Leah Linscheid, llinscheid@wkbt.com
Published On: Jun 23 2014

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) -
In a move some are calling 'unprecedented,' the Catholic Diocese of Winona is releasing details of years of sexual abuse by priests in its churches.

Back in December, courts ordered the diocese to release the names of 14 priests accused of sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s. More than six months later, the diocese is now voluntarily sharing the details behind those accusations.

"We are establishing and taking back, we hope, our credibility," said Bishop John Quinn.

The reports show most accusations stemmed from the 1970s and 80s. In one case, the report shows a Winona priest was accused 36 different times of sexually abusing a child. In a handful of cases, priests were repeatedly placed in treatment after accusations surfaced - but they returned to the diocese just months later under a different position or parish.

"In nearly all the cases, the priests who were returned to ministry after treatment were placed back into parishes based on the widespread belief that they could be rehabilated," said Nelle Moriarty, chairperson of the Diocese of Winona Review Board. "Today as a society, we now know that rehabilitation as a sxual offender is most likely not possible."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

Kingsport priest denied appeal

TENNESSEE
WCYB

By Kristen Quon, kquon@wcyb.com

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -
The State Supreme Court has upheld the conviction against a former Kingsport priest, Warren Sullivan county district attorney, Barry Staubus told News 5 that he received word today, Monday June 23rd, that the 2011 conviction of William Casey's appeal was denied.

A judge sentenced Casey to more than 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexual misconduct and rape of Warren Tucker.

Tucker says, Casey abused him for five years beginning in 1975 when he was an altar boy at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

Irish priests are not smiling because of women: Irish ex-president mocks Pope Francis! Irish nuns akin to Nazis

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

June 21, 2014

Paris Arrow

With compilation of Tuam nuns news

Pope Francis has called-in sick for the summer and has cancelled even his well-oiled money machine Wednesday Angelus where he shows all his teeth nonstop to the screeching adulation of Francis-Maniacs who sound more like Catholic zombies in Brad Pitt’s World War Z movie and are probably making him more sick and there’s no antidote to it, read our article, Pope Francis is sick with lies, lies, lies & burdened yoke from Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team weighs heavy on Jesuit puppet pope. But aside from the sick (only one-year old) pope, Irish priests these days too are depressed and not smiling because of three women specifically who are giving them – and to Pope Francis – messages unparalleled to Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. Martin Luther pointed out the 95 corruptions in the Vatican especially its rampant sale of indulgences - to build the mammoth St. Peter’s Basilica - that condemned to hell even the poor if they did not buy them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Scottsville pastor suspected of sexually assaulting teen in church

KENTUCKY
WSMV

Reported by Nancy Amons

SCOTTSVILLE, KY (WSMV) -
A southern Kentucky pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in his church, and police are worried there may be more victims.

Roy Neal Yoakem is the pastor at the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, KY.

Authorities say they believe at least one alleged incident happened at the church, and they're investigating another alleged incident they believe occurred in Gallatin.

Gallatin police are expected to serve more warrants, including a charge of rape by an authority figure.

Yoakem's name was covered up on the sign outside the church on Friday, the day after the church's board appointed Stephen Bratcher as interim pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

EX-PRIEST PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO LATEST SEX ABUSE CHARGES

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

Monday, June 23, 2014

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack appeared in court Monday to face new child sex abuse charges.

McCormack pleaded not guilty. The defrocked priest has pleaded guilty in several previous cases.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests say there may be more victims yet to come forward.

"I think it's really important that we work hard to create an environment where victims feel safe to report, and I'm not sure that Cardinal George has created that kind of an environment in this church," said SNAP's Barbara Blaine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Winona diocese releases more details about priest abuse

MINNESOTA
WXOW

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Diocese of Winona voluntarily released more details Monday about 13 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The diocese said it's releasing the information in an effort to be transparent and promote healing.

The names of the accused priests were revealed in December as part of a court order. But details about the accusations against them weren't released.

The diocese held a news conference Monday morning at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart. The diocese said nine of the 13 priests on the list are dead and two have been laicized, or removed from the priesthood. Two more priests have laicization pending. The diocese said none of the priests credibly accused of sexual abuse are still in active ministry.

Nearly all of the sexual abuse committed happened in the 1970s and early 1980s, according to the diocese. The diocese said nearly all of the priests who had sexually abused children were sent for treatment and diagnosis when the diocese learned about the accusations.

The list of priests includes:

Thomas P. Adamson Permanently removed from ministry in 1984; laicized 2009
Sylvester F. Brown Deceased 2010
Joseph C. Cashman Permanently removed from ministry in 1992; laicization pending in Rome
Louis G. Cook Deceased 2004
William D. Curtis Deceased 2001
John R. Feiten Deceased 2001
Richard E. Hatch Deceased 2005
Ferdinand L. Kaiser Deceased 1973
Jack L. Krough Permanently removed from ministry in 2002; laicization pending in Rome
Michael J. Kuisle Deceased 1971
James W. Lennon Deceased 2000
Leland J. Smith Permanently removed from ministry in 1994; laicized April 2014
Robert H. Taylor Deceased 2012

Priests accused of abuse after 2004

Leo Charles Koppala Permanently removed from ministry 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Diocese Releases More Information on Accused Priests

MINNESOTA
KEYC

By Dan Ruiter, News Director

WINONA, Minn. - The Diocese of Winona Monday released much more information on 14 priests accused of abuse in the last 50+ years - and some of the abuse occurred while they were serving parishes in our region. The Diocese did so because of what it calls "an unprecedented effort for transparency and healing."

Nine of the 14 priests on the list are deceased, two have been laicized, and two are pending laicization. Officials with the Winona Diocese say no priests of the Diocese of Winona who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse are still in active ministry.

At least 5 of those 14 accused priests served area churches at the time the allegations were made.

Louis Cook was accused of child abuse that reportedly took place between 1966 and 1969 during the time he was serving parishes in Delevan and Easton. However, it should be noted that four days after the complaint was filed with the Diocese, the alleged victim withdrew her complaint. Father Cook had no other accusations.

William Curtis had a pair of child sexual abuse accusations. One of those complaints was filed during his time in Good Thunder.

Richard Hatch was removed from his duties in 1963; but faced accusations of child sexual abuse and additional accusations while he was serving the Church in Saint James.

Ferdinand Kaiser pleaded guilty to Sodomy charges in 1968 in Waseca County. He was serving a church in Iosco, which is between Janesville and Waseca. He resigned from the ministry in 1968.

Leo Charles Koppala is the only priest in the Winona Diocese facing allegations of abuse that occurred after 2004. Koppala was convicted of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in March 2014. He's been deported to his native India and his home Diocese in India has been notified of his conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Diocese of Winona releases new info on abusive priests

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

The Bishop believes.

Bishop John Quinn told a Monday morning news conference that he bleieves the sexual abuse alleged against 13 former priests of the Winona diocese actually did take place.

"They don't make these things up," he said of those who have come forward to report sexual abuse.

Prior to the bishop's statement, the Diocese distributed a summary of the accusations made against each priest, a photo, brief biography and a list of their pastoral assignments. The information will be made available on the diocesan website.

The information released Monday expands upon the information that accompanied the initial release of the names of the 13 "credibly accused" priests on Dec. 16. Quinn said the information was compiled with the concern to protect the identity of victims and the innocent and to comply "with privacy laws related to medical and mental-health information.

“We are committed first and foremost for the compassionate healing for the victims and their families," said Bishop John Quinn in a statement. "We remain steadfast to finding and telling the truth and are vigilantly committed to ensuring these unspeakable crimes against children never happen again."

The abuse occurred primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine of the 13 priests on the list are deceased, two have been laicized, and two are pending laicization. None are in active ministry.

The highest-profile priest on the list, Thomas Adamson, has admitted to having sexual contact with at least a dozen boys over two decades of ministry, stopping only when one of his victims came forward publicly in 1984. He continues to draw a monthly pension check from the diocese, as required by law, the diocese has said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

While church volunteer was molesting girl, TN pastor was diverting cops, lawsuit claims

TENNESSEE
The Raw Story

By Travis Gettys
Monday, June 23, 2014

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims has asked prosecutors in Tennessee to investigate whether a Baptist minister altered his account of sex abuse by a church volunteer to protect himself from civil liability.

The family of a girl who was molested by a member of First Baptist Church of Bemis sued the church last month for negligence after the church allowed Chad Lutrell to volunteer at Vacation Bible School five years ago, when the abuse took place.

The suit, which seeks $2 million in damages, claimed then-pastor Mark McSwain allowed Lutrell to work with children even though he knew of previous allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to the suit, Lutrell had been seen at church kissing girls between the ages of 6 and 10 on the mouth, and three adult women said he had stalked, threatened, and harassed them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

KS- Abuse allegations made against KC priest, SNAP responds

KANSAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 2014

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

Two credible abuse allegations have been made against a retired Kansas City priest. We are saddened that KC Catholic officials are apparently trying to keep this quiet by putting it only in a church publication. They should be alerting all the parishioners and the public very aggressively, begging others with information or suspicions about this priest to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and start healing.

We are grateful to the brave victims who spoke up and hope they will continue to seek help.

[The Leaven]

Fr. George Seuferling, who retired in 2001, is accused of inappropriate behavior with non-minors. Officials with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS say the allegations are credible. Fr. Seuferling’s work is supposedly being limited to doing wedding and funerals of relatives. We believe a stricter limitation should be imposed. At a minimum, for the safety of the public, he should be sent to a remote, secure, independent treatment center for evaluation.

We hope anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sexual abuse by Fr. Seuferling will immediately call secular law enforcement. It is never too late to report what you know and doing so will help keep other people safe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

The Best Revolutions Begin With One Small Action

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on June 23, 2014

This blog has long rallied against the problem of the cover-up of sexual abuse in public schools. Unfortunately, the victims in these cases—when they are ready and able to come forward and get accountability— usually don’t have criminal and civil rights to expose the abuse. As a result, victims and the public are seldom, if ever, able to learn the full story. ...

But a little law in Hawaii may be starting a revolution. On Friday, Hawaii’s civil window for victims of child sex abuse was extended for two more years. But it was also expanded. The new law added the state and counties as potential defendants. That means that if kids were sexually abused in public schools and institutions, they have the next two years to come forward and expose the crime. And if the crime was covered up by a government official, school administration, or bureaucracy, we will find that out, too.

My hope? Other states will look to Hawaii as an example. And a revolution will begin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

MN- Victims want whereabouts of predator priests

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 2014

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

Information on abuse is good. Action on abuse is better.

And current information beats old information. So we beg Winona Bishop John Quinn to disclose the whereabouts of Fr. Joseph C. Cashman, Fr. Jack L. Krough, and Fr. Leland J. Smith – all of whom are living and are defrocked or being defrocked. Any of these men could now be living next to a day care center (as a suspended Youngtown predator priest did for years) or school or playground. They could be babysitting neighbors' kids in an apartment building filled with single immigrant mothers.

We also call on Quinn;

– to disclose whether proven, admitted or credibly accused Winona predator priests are getting any kind of supervision whatsoever,

– to write Vatican officials urging them to suspendFr. Carlos Urrutigoity, a credibly accused abusive priest who worked in several places, (Minnesota and Pennsylvania, Argentina and Switzerland), was the subject of a $454,000 settlement, and is now second in command of a diocese in Paraguay. (Scranton's bishop has pledged to do this.)

[Times-Tribune]

[SNAP]

– to write South American church officials urging them to warn their flocks about Fr. Urrutigoity, and

– to write to bishops in India urging them to warn their flocks about Fr. Leo Charles Koppala who pleaded guilty in March to child sex crimes in Minnesota and has been deported to his native country.

Finally, we beg Bishop Quinn to aggressively reach out to his flock - using his bully pulpit, parish newsletters, diocesan website, and personal parish visits - and beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered child sex crimes to come forward, report to police and start healing. A news conference is good, but in-person parish visits would be an effective follow-up.

Posted by Kat