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July 31, 2014

ONE-ON-ONE: Archbishop John Nienstedt

MINNESOTS
Fox 9

by Tom Lyden

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been embroiled in controversy for months, and the man at the helm, Archbishop John Nienstedt -- himself accused of impropriety, is breaking his silence.

In a one-on-one interview with Fox 9's Tom Lyden, Nienstedt made it quite clear he believes he has enough energy, information and experience to be able to lead and represent the Catholic Church in the state's largest metropolitan area. When asked if he believes he has the moral authority, Nienstedt replied, "I do."

"I read all e-mails; it's divided, but I have a lot of support, and I'm grateful for that support," he continued.

Additionally, Nienstedt also told Fox 9 News, and may truly believe, that the worst of the sex scandal is behind him. According to the archbishop, the archdiocese has reviewed the files and performed background checks on more than 3,000 priests -- and beefed up monitoring of priests who have abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Nunavut ex-priest heads back to court, this time in Alberta

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Obline

Eric Dejaeger, the disgraced and defrocked priest who is currently in custody awaiting verdicts in 68 sex-related charges stemming from incidents in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982, will face a new judge soon, in Edmonton.

The Canadian Press is reporting that Dejaeger waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week and will return to an Edmonton courthouse Sept. 12 to have a trial date set.

Dejaeger, 67, lived in Edmonton in the mid-1970s and studied at Newman Theological College before heading north to work as an Oblate missionary in what was then the Northwest Territories.

He was charged in 2011 with one count each of indecent assault and gross indecency in connection with a series of incidents involving a minor alleged to have occurred in Edmonton between 1975 and 1978.

The Belgian-born ex-priest, who now holds Canadian citizenship, has a long history with the Canadian justice system.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Minnesota Child Victims Act Year One: Overall

MINNESOTA
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant
July 31, 2014

The Minnesota Child Victims Act is now a year old and has two more years to go. The Minneapolis Tribune took time for the anniversary to look at how it is going. The story was interesting for its overview, but there are areas that are worth looking at a little closer.

The headlines of the story were interesting. In the paper the headline was: Abuse Law Unleashes Firestorm On Church and in the internet version it was: Minnesota Child Victim’s Act Generates Nearly 40 Lawsuits, Church Reforms. The law didn’t start things. The abuse that has been hidden for years is what created the firestorm. The hiding is what caused the need for the law.

The numbers are interesting. There have already been over 40 lawsuits against 30 different priests. In comparison, the story points out the other states which have had open window laws:
California witnessed more than 1,100 lawsuits during its one-year window, Hamilton said. About 170 lawsuits were filed in Delaware and about 75 in Hawaii during their two-year windows.

It may be a little early to really compare the numbers. It also should really look at the number of disclosed pedophiles who were credibly accused. Minnesota has over 100 disclosed already.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Financial reports and financial review

GUAM
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agana

Statement from the Archbishop Anthony Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D.

The Archdiocese of Agana has been working diligently to review its financial condition with the help of the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and the Archdiocesan Finance Officer, following the indication of Cardinal Filoni, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Together with the Archdiocesan Finance Council, I decided that on an annual basis the Archdiocese of Agana, Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc. and the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam will publish the financial reports and financial review.

I am pleased to tell you that through this review we have verified that the overall financial situation of the Archdiocese is healthy and that the debt of the Archdiocese in the past years has been reduced by twenty percent (20%).

However, two (2) entities of the Archdiocese, the Agana Cathedral-Basilica and Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc. have about seven million dollars of indebtedness which has been reduced only marginally and which accounts for about one quarter of the total indebtedness of the Archdiocese of Agana.

Moreover, Deloitte & Touche has determined that the accounting practices, especially of the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc., are “inappropriate”. Deloitte and Touche, listing the cases of inappropriate accounting, concluded that an audit is not possible until appropriate accounting has been reestablished in The Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc.

I informed the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors and the Archdiocesan Finance Council about this situation, and they expressed their support.
Based on these findings, I have decided that a change in administration in these two entities, the Agana Cathedral-Basilica and The Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc., is necessary and urgent to reestablish proper accounting practices and to complete the financial review, financial report and the audit.

Most Rev. Anthony S. Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Agana

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Archbishop breaks his silence

GUAM
KUAM

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The head of the island's Catholic church is breaking his silence revealing more information as to why he removed Monsignor James Benavente from his duties within the Archdiocese of Agana.

It's clearly a church divided.

"We are losing confidence and trust in his leadership," said parishioner Andy Balajadia. "I hope that by praying, he will change."

Concerned Catholics in Guam united in prayer this week concerned about a series of events that have been occurred in the Archdiocese of Agana. Most recently the sudden removal of Monsignor Benavente as the rector for the Cathedral Basilica and director of the Catholic Cemeteries his termination came just one week after the church celebrated his 20-year anniversary. Tommy Tanaka said, "What the archbishop is doing is providing division not only with the shepherd, but also the flock."

Earlier this week Archbishop Anthony Apuron through a press release said that based on the findings of a recent audit he decided that a change in administration was necessary and urgent to re-establish proper accounting practices, complete a financial review, financial report and an audit. According to His Excellency, an audit conducted by Deloitte & Touche revealed the Cathedral and Catholic Cemeteries have about $7 million in indebtedness. He added the firm determined the accounting practices, especially in the Catholic Cemeteries, are "inappropriate" and that an audit is not possible until appropriate accounting has been re-established in the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam.

Today the archbishop issued another press release detailing more information from the audit about "significant accounting deficiencies in the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, Inc.". Auditors found that the Catholic Cemeteries had incorrectly included it its assets land which was not in its own name, thus overstating its assets and using this property to secure a loan, the audit found that construction costs were duplicated incorrectly overstating its assets by $3.8 million and that the construction contracts needed to verify the exact costs were missing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Church problems detailed: Apuron defends actions, parishioners petition Vatican

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

The previous management of Guam's Catholic cemeteries overstated its assets and used land that wasn't under its name to secure a loan, Archbishop Anthony Apuron announced yesterday.

The archbishop issued a public statement to further explain his reason for firing Monsignor James Benavente, who was the director of Catholic Cemeteries of Guam Inc.

Apuron also removed Benavente as rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica -- a post he held for nearly 20 years.

Benavente this week declined to comment on the issue, but he participated in a Tuesday prayer, organized by those who do not support the archbishop's actions.

Richard Untalan, a former finance official for the island's Catholic Church, this week questioned the decision to blame Benavente, saying Apuron also played a role in the financial decisions.

Untalan, former president of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, said a $7 million debt cited by Apuron is related to money that was borrowed by the church for renovation and construction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Lay coalition nominates seven clergy to be new Twin Cities archbishop

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 31, 2014

On the same day St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt doubled down on his commitment to remain leader of his apostolic see, Catholics elsewhere in the region discussed his possible successor.

The Catholic Coalition for Church Reform announced Wednesday they had identified seven nominees believed to have the ability to lead the archdiocese into its future and likely out of the current clergy abuse scandal ensnaring the archdiocese since September.

While calls for Neinstedt to be replaced have rung louder in recent weeks, including in editorials in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The New York Times, Nienstedt on Wednesday fortified his resolve to remain archbishop "as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here," he wrote in a column in his archdiocesan newspaper.

In the past, Nienstedt cautioned local Catholics from interacting with the coalition, which includes local chapters of DignityUSA, Call to Action, and Roman Catholic Women Priests.

The group reached its seven candidates after whittling down an original list first from 55 priests, then from 23. They are Fr. J. Michael Byron, Fr. Paul Feela, Fr. Paul Jaroszeski, Fr. Phillip Rask, Fr. Timothy Wozniak, current moderator of the curia and vicar general Fr. Charles Lachowitzer, and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.

In the fall, the committee plans to hold "know the nominees" workshops. During the first half of November, an "election-like process" will produce the three names they will send to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States. Per canon law, the nuncio provides the pope three people for consideration when a bishop's see opens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Archbishop Nienstedt Denies Allegations: ‘I Am Not Bigoted’

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

[with video]

Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign and insists the Church has turned a corner with new policies to better address allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

John Nienstedt is doing a series of interviews about the abuse scandal and he also is answering questions about recently surfaced allegations that he was involved in sexually inappropriate relationships with men.

While talking with WCCO’s Esme Murphy, Nienstedt denied ever having any kind of inappropriate relationships with men. He said he expects to be cleared of the allegations eventually.

The claims surfaced after Jennifer Haselberger, former canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, revealed she had been interviewed by an outside law firm investigating the allegations.

Those allegations contrast sharply with the archbishop’s campaign in support of the 2012 constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The archbishop defended the church’s $600,000 campaign in favor of that amendment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Former Arctic priest to face sex charges in Alberta

CANADA
CTV

The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

EDMONTON - A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton.

Eric Dejaeger has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his trial date set on September 12.

The 67-year-old former Oblate missionary lost his status as a priest for his behaviour in two missions in Nunavut.

Dejaeger was stationed in Igloolik and Baker Lake between 1978 and 1989, when the Oblates asked him to leave.

He lived in Edmonton during the mid-1970s after moving from Belgium.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Archbishop Nienstedt sets himself the lowest of bars

MINNESOTA
Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Jul 31, 2014

John Nienstedt, the embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has decided to tough it out and disregard the calls for him to resign over his handling of sex abuse cases. He is now publicly campaigning to keep his job.

“In the end, it comes down to this: 18 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the apostles,” he writes in a column posted on the archdiocesan website. “I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here.”

In other words, Rome is going to have to give him the heave-ho, which is to say that he’s got to persuade the papal nuncio to the U.S., Carlo Maria Viganò, that he deserves to stay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Changing needs, changing names: Reform of Curia is Vatican tradition

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Jul. 31, 2014

VATICAN CITY
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue to study the most effective and efficient way to organize the Roman Curia, a large bureaucracy with a long history of expansions and a few, short-term, attempts at consolidation.

For centuries, popes were assisted in their ministry by the cardinals meeting in consistories; the practical matters were handled by what was called the Apostolic Chancery. But as the church grew and matters became more complicated and more time-sensitive, offices were added. The first was the Sacred Congregation for the Inquisition, a tribunal established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to judge heresy and orthodoxy.

Over the next four decades, a few other offices were added, but an organized Roman Curia came into existence only with Pope Sixtus V in 1588.

Currently the principal offices of the Roman Curia are the Secretariat of State, nine congregations headed by cardinals and 12 pontifical councils led by cardinals or archbishops. The offices share the mission of helping the pope carrying out his ministry "for the good and service of the whole church and of the particular churches," according to St. John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus ("The Good Shepherd").

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

No, you can’t have your cake and eat it too

Kol B'Isha Erva: THE VOICE OF A WOMAN IS NAKEDNESS

Oy veh! Did you hear about the female Mashpia who was accused of hanky panky at Jerusalem’s Yeshivas Rabbeinu Moshiach? This sad excuse for a tzanua engaged in regular yichud with bachorim entrusted to her by their parents who are far away in Chutz La’Aretz! Rachmuna litzlon! No you didn’t hear? That would never happen because yeshivas don’t hire women to work in direct contact with their boys? Baruch Hashem!

Of course, how could I have thought such a thing! Yeshivas would never engage in such impropriety as to hire women! My apologies to the nonexistent female Mashpia! Now remind me, what is the excuse for seminaries hiring men?

Sorry, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t indoctrinate women with the idea that men are animals who can’t control their sexual urges and then paint them as holy bastions of indifference and self control when they have the title “Rabbi” tacked in front of their names. It doesn’t work that way. What applies to one applies to all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

A Compendium of WWW Postings on Meisels Scandal

UNITED STATES
Frum Follies

On July 11, 2014 I broke the story about Rabbi Elimelech Meisels sexually exploiting female students. I reported that a rabbinical court in Chicago called him out on his conduct and issuing a ruling that students should not attend the four post-high school institutions he owned and operated because they were not safe. There has since been an explosion of coverage, leaked documents, and a defense of those seminaries by another rabbinical court. This controversy has rocked the non-Hasidic ultra orthodox world because these so-called seminaries based in Israel are now practically standard “finishing school” experiences for diaspora ultra orthodox Jews who are not Hasidic.

Below is a compendium of articles to date. I have bolded the articles I consider most important.

Posts on Frum Follies (“Yerachmiel Lopin”)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Ninth Circuit Says Diocese’s Insurance Did Not Cover Sex Abuse Claims

ARIZONA
Metropolitan News-Enterprise

By ANN ANOOSHIAN, Staff Writer

The Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals yesterday ruled that the Diocese of Phoenix of the Roman Catholic Church was not covered by its insurance policy for sex abuse claims.

The panel, in a 2-1 decision, held that an “assault and battery” exclusion in the relevant policy precluded indemnification of the diocese, as well as of the individual priests. It overturned the ruling of U.S. District Judge Neil Wake of the District of Arizona, who held that the exclusion applied only to the offending priests.

The appeals court ruled in favor of Interstate Fire & Casualty Company, Inc., the excess liability carrier for the diocese, which brought a declaratory action after the diocese sought indemnification for settlements it paid in four lawsuits.

In its complaint, the diocese said it settled two claims in California alleging sexual abuse by Father John Giandelone in 2007, for approximately $1.3 million. The complaint also stated the diocese paid $1.8 million to settle claims in Arizona, alleging abuse by Fathers Mark Lehman, Dale Fushek and Phil Baniewicz.

Interstate Fire cited the exclusion of liability to “any Assured for assault and battery committed by or at the direction of such Assured.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

GAY ISSUES DRIVE ATTACK ON NIENSTEDT

MINNESOTA
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the decision by St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt not to resign:

It’s all about homosexuality. Ever since Archbishop Nienstedt criticized the pro-gay film, “Brokeback Mountain,” he has been targeted by homosexual activists all over the nation. So it is hardly surprising to read a story on him in today’s New York Times that cites his take on the movie. Had he liked it, and had he been silent on the subject of gay marriage, no one would be calling for his resignation.

If there is one area where critics have a point it is the handling by archdiocesan officials, prior to Nienstedt’s tenure, of two disturbed priests: there were enough red flags early on to warrant a more punitive approach. What these critics fail to say, however, is that the red flags involved homosexuality. At least in one case, it appears that the priest was protected precisely because he was gay. This is indefensible.

Further proof that homosexuality is the real issue driving the foes of Nienstedt can be found in today’s Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, two newspapers in the Twin Cities. Both asked him yesterday what he does in bed and with whom. He told the former, “No, I’m not gay. And I’m not anti-gay.” When the latter asked if he had had sex with men since becoming archbishop, he said, “No. Not even before.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Lafayette Diocese defends priest accused of pedophilia

LOUISIANA
IND

In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?

In a four-part series released last week, Minnesota Public Radio — using a recently un-sealed federal lawsuit filed in 1988 by the Diocese of Lafayette against its insurance broker — has shed new light on the church’s handling of a 1980s pedophilia scandal, including the name of a priest still working in the diocese.

That priest, according to the report, is the Rev. Gilbert Dutel of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Lafayette.

According to a statement filed in 1992 by Dutel’s alleged victim, the sexual relationship with the local priest started in 1976. The victim was 9 or 10, and the alleged relationship would go on for another five or six years, eventually including two additional priests from the diocese.

“[Dutel] would just put his arms around me and he was, I guess, trying to be consoling, kind and gentle and then he just started playing with me and he unzipped my pants,” claims the victim, a former altar boy who’s name was redacted from the 1992 document recounting his first sexual encounter with Dutel in Vermilion Parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Leader at N.Y. Priest’s Nonprofit Network Faces Larceny Charge

NEW YORK
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A longtime executive with a clergyman’s upstate New York charity organization was arrested Wednesday on charges that she stole more than $1-million in taxpayer funds and approved a phony job for a former state legislator, the Times Union of Albany reports.

Prosecutors allege Jacqueline Gentile diverted state grants intended for drug-treatment and job-training programs to cover deficits and pay salaries at the Rev. Peter Young’s network of social-service agencies, with which she has worked for 28 years. She was also accused of falsifying records in connection with what authorities said was a no-show job for ex-state Assemblyman William F. Boyland at a Young charity.

Ms. Gentile was released on $25,000 bail. Her lawyer denied any wrongdoing, and she was vehemently defended by Mr. Young, whose Schenectady-based network operates more than 100 sites statewide that provide housing and other services for the homeless, substance abusers, and ex-convicts. “I’ve been with her for approximately 30 years. In 30 years she’s a person of complete integrity,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Judge rules Milwaukee archdiocese must pay $1.35 million in legal fees

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Reporter

Marie Rohde | Jul. 31, 2014

MILWAUKEE
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Wednesday ordered the Milwaukee archdiocese to use $1.35 million in surplus cash to partially pay legal and profession fees that have been accruing over the past 17 months.

The archdiocese must pay lawyers representing the creditors in the case, most of whom are survivors of sexual abuse, as well their own legal experts. So far, the archdiocese has amassed close to $14 million in legal fees since the Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed in January 2011.

While the mounting legal bills are a matter of concern to Kelley, a quick end is not in sight. Eight lawyers were in court and four others attended via a telephone hookup for a two-hour hearing Wednesday, further driving up the bills.

The $1.35 million would probably result in a payment of about 20 cents on the dollar, said lawyer James Stang, the lead lawyer for the creditors. Lawyers for the other side restated that everyone would be paid in full once a reorganization plan is approved, a notion that seems distant.

Kelley put the approval process for the archdiocesan-proposed reorganization plan on hold until the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decides other issues, including whether some $57 million in a trust fund for the perpetual care of nine cemeteries could be used for claims. That decision is not expected until October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Seminary Staff made it Possible for Meisels to Abuse Students

UNITED STATES
Frum Follies

Posted on 07/30/2014 by Yerachmiel Lopin

Until now the Chicago Beis Din (CBD) did not discuss the role of staff in enabling Elimelech Meisels to sexually abuse student in his seminaries (Pninim, Binas Bais Yaakov, Chedvas Bais Yaakov, and Keser Chaya). This morning they sent a letter elaborating their concerns. They wrote:

We stand by our July 10 statement that we do not recommend prospective students attend these seminaries, and also note, based on evidence including testimony by victims and staff and admissions by Elimelech Meisels, our conclusion that certain senior staff members failed in their responsibilities toward students.

Thus it is irrelevant whether Meisels actually sold his seminaries to Yankie Yarmush, or whether it was a sham sale with Yarmush fronting for Meisels. What matters is that staff turned a blind eye to his grooming and late night excursions and rebuffed or harangued the students who begged them to intervene. The culprits are still there and cannot be trusted to ensure student safety. Moreover, as we saw with the Kahane letter, the staff who enabled the abuse are now invested in protecting Meisels’ reputation. This makes it possible for him to return some day with a chorus of beholden employees proclaiming his righteousness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

HTC Suspends Accreditation ...

UNITED STATES
Frum Follies

HTC Suspends Accreditation of Meisels’ Seminaries Threatening Cutoff of Governmental Financial Aid

Posted on 07/17/2014 by Yerachmiel Lopin

The Meisels seminaries are accredited through the Israel Experience Program (IEP) of Hebrew Theological College (HTC) in Skokie, IL. This accreditation is essential for getting governmental financial and receiving college credit.

HTC accepts the authority of the Chicago “Special Beis Din” of Rabbis Schwartz, Feurst and Cohen. They accept its July 10th rabbinic ruling to not enroll students in these seminaries because of sexually abusive behavior by Meisels and are freezing any finalization of arrangements for 2014-2015 enrollees.

On July 14 they sent out the following message to the 62 students, accepted through them to the Meisels seminaries, to start in Fall 2014:

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Voice: 847-982-2500
Fax: 847-745-0200

7/14/2014

Dear xxxxxx,

In response to the decision of the Chicago Special Beis Din regarding Pninim, Binas Bais Yaakov, Chedvas Bais Yaakov and Keser Chaya seminaries, HTC is currently reviewing the status of these programs with our college. Meanwhile, we request that you send us the signed IEP Participation Agreement (see attached) and $1,500 Program fee by the July 31, 2014 deadline if you have not yet done so. We will not deposit any checks or run any credit card payments unless we determine that our affiliation with these seminaries will continue for the 2014-15 school year. If your program fee has already been deposited, please be assured that if the decision is ultimately made to suspend our affiliation with these seminaries, we will fully refund your payment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

A Thin Line Separates Charisma from Manipulation: A Call for Meisels Examples

UNITED STATES
Frum Follies

Posted on 07/16/2014 by Yerachmiel Lopin

The great flaw of the Israeli Beit Din dealing with the sex offending Elimelech Meisels (see here) is thinking they are dealing with isolated violations arising from spontaneous lust for which Meisels has repented. In truth they are dealing with a manipulative man who strategically and aggressively groomed his victims, often starting at the admissions and scholarship stages. He created cliques of his favorites that he showered with attention and was often publicly abusive to others, including staff. His manipulations succeeded to the point that housemothers invalidated or berated the concerns of students.

Manipulation cartoon mathThis was also the pattern for serial offenders like Rabbis (sic) Baruch Lanner, Dovid Weinberger, and Motti Elon. All of them persisted in their manipulations even after they offered (insincere) apologies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Elimelech Meisels Still Listed as Pninim Staff

UNITED STATES
Frum Follies

Posted on 07/15/2014 by Yerachmiel Lopin

According to a letter sent out this week by seminaries owned by the Meisels family (Pninim, Binas Bais Yaakov, Keser Chaya, & Chedvas Bais Yaakov):

Our Founder/Dean, Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, has chosen to resign from his position. This was done in accordance with the beit din of Rav Mendel Shafran Shlitah in Bnei Brak that was retained by Torah Umesorah. Rabbi Meisels resigned eight weeks ago and is no longer affiliated with the institutions in any capacity whatsoever…… The schools will be under new management and G-d willing, in the coming days, an announcement will be forthcoming about the addition of a new menahel who will oversee the running of all four institutions.

There are several problems with this declaration.

Pninim Staff Listing on website on 7-15-14 1 pm EST US1. They claim that “Elimelech [Eli] Meisels resigned eight weeks ago.” Nobody else in the Jewish world knew about that development. In fact the website for Pninim still listed Meisels at the top of their staff list as of 1:00 p.m. (EST) today (Tuesday, 7/15/14). (see screenshot on the side). Eight weeks would have been plenty of time to update their staff listing.

2. They say “Meisels is no longer affiliated with the institutions in any capacity whatsoever.” However it is widely known that his family continues to “own” the institution. I put own in quote marks because technically it is a not-for-profit which gives it all sorts of tax advantages. But in the eyes of a beit din they are accepted as the controlling agents and all the officers with legal control answer to them. As of yesterday the Meisels family continued to refuse to give up their control. Because the family insists on retaining control, the letter is not telling the truth when it claims “The schools will be under new management.” Perhaps that will happen but there is no reason to be certain about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Israeli Beit Din Announces Removal of Meisels ...

CHICAGO (IL)
Frum Follies

Israeli Beit Din Announces Removal of Meisels from His Seminaries and Gives Green Light for Attendance

On Friday I posted a 7/10/14 Chicago Beit Din ruling about an investigation into sexual misconduct by Elimelech Meisels which advised against sending girls to Meisels’ four Israeli post-high-school seminaries. Last night (7/13/14) an Israeli Beit Din issued a ruling reporting “the removal of the party responsible” [i.e., Elimelech Meisels] and a legally binding agreement empowering the Israeli Beit Din to make, supervise, and control changes in the ownership and management of the seminaries. Based on these interim measures, the Israeli Beit Din advises parents and principals of US and Canadian girls’ high schools to feel comfortable sending students to these seminaries.

Below is an image of the Israeli ruling and my rough translation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Rabbinical Court Accuses Seminary Operator Elimelech Meisels of “Unwanted Sexual Contact”

CHICAGO (IL)
Frum Follies

UPDATE 7/14/14: 9:00 a.m. — See new post: Israeli Beit Din Announces Removal of Meisels from His Seminaries and Gives Green Light for Attendance
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The Special Beis Din (rabbinical court) of Chicago exists to address allegations of sexual abuse which cannot be, or will not be, directed to the criminal justice system. It is led by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, the Av Beis Din (court head) for the Beth Din of America (BDA) and the emeritus Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).

Rabbi Elimelech (aka Eli) Meisels with his father, owns and operates several Israeli “seminaries” for post-high-school, year-in-Israel religious education of young women, mostly from Yeshivish ultra-orthodox backgrounds in the English speaking world. These include: Pninim, Binas Bais Yaakov, Chedvas Bais Yaakov and Keser Chaya. Meisels is associated with Ohr Somayach and is second author with Rabbi Dovid Kaplan of The Kiruv Files (2008)

In a ruling issued on Thursday July 10, 2014, the Beis Din reported that they believe “that students in these seminaries are at risk of harm and it does not recommend that students attend these seminaries at this time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM

Archbishop Nienstedt says he won't resign

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

Posted: Jul 31, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
Despite rising pressure to resign, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt says he’s not going to step down.

Nienstedt wrote a letter that will be published Thursday in the Catholic Spirit, and in it, he says he feels bound to his position because the Holy Father put him there. He also claims he never knowingly covered up any clergy abuse, but did say he could have been more involved in handling priest misconduct. He also answered questions regarding allegations of his own possible sexual misconduct, and included how he intends to help the church come together again.

His interview and announcement comes in the wake of lawsuits filed regarding the alleged abuse and cover up of crimes committed by church officials and priests. In court depositions, Nienstedt said he knew of priests accused under the church's internal monitoring program but weren’t removed from their respective parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Francis takes action against Argentine priest in divisive diocese

PARAGUAY
Buenos Aires Herald

Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a “serious threat to young people,” has been removed as the No. 2.

Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Este diocese, however, in a sign that he remains in good standing with his bishop.

Urrutigoity has denied allegations of impropriety, even though he has never been charged. His bishop, Monsignor Rogelio Livieres, has stressed that there is no accusation of sexual abuse against the priest. But Urrutigoity’s case re-emerged after Francis sent a team of Vatican investigators to the diocese this month to look into criticisms against Livieres by other Paraguayan prelates.

Livieres in 2005 allowed Urrutigoity to join his diocese, even though Urrutigoity’s then-superior in Scranton, Pennsylvania had warned the Vatican that he was a threat and unsuitable for the priesthood.
Urrutigoity had been a member of the schismatic, traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. He later joined the Scranton diocese and founded a priestly society where the old Latin Mass was celebrated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Priest abuse survivors group marks milestone

UNITED STATES
The Washington Times

By Meredith Somers-The Washington Times Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fearless advocates. Vicious enemies. The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has been called a variety of names — positive and negative — in the last quarter century.

On Friday what’s projected to be the largest conference in SNAP’s history is set to begin in Chicago, where members of the 19,000-strong advocacy group that has been the leading voice in the Catholic Church’s priest abuse scandal plan to discuss the challenges and triumphs of the past year, and usher in the next 25 years under what leaders say is a “cautiously optimistic” view.

“It does feel like we’ve come a long way,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s national director. “At the risk of sounding cliche, we’ve all seen just the tip of this devastating iceberg that doesn’t ever seem to shrink in size.”

Unlike the first year of the Survivors Network, which Mr. Clohessy said was little more than an answering machine and a post office box, the advocacy group now has numerous prosecutors, advocates and victims that are part of their ongoing fight against clergy abuse.

“The most encouraging milestones have been when secular authorities … either investigated or exposed cover-ups and reformed archaic, predator-friendly laws,” Mr. Clohessy said. “When those things happen, that’s what really encourages us more than anything.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Records: Family drained priest abuse victim’s settlement accounts

DELAWARE
The News Journal

Beth Miller, The News Journal July 30, 2014

A 43-year-old Newark man who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest was victimized again by family members who used much of his $347,901 in settlement money to buy cars, jewelry and other property, a Chancery Court judge said in a scathing opinion Tuesday.

Duane Hardy was among more than 150 abuse victims who reached settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2011. He was among those who had been sexually assaulted by the late Rev. Edward B. Carley, who died in 1998.

The money was meant to supplement his disability payments and provide for his care for a lifetime. A trust set up in his name, though, was drained by two family members, court documents say – his older sister, Sherry Hardy, and her son, Michael Hardy – to barely $3,000 in just five months’ time.

Court records show both denied cheating their relative out of his funds, saying their purchases were made with his consent and often for his benefit. Neither Sherry nor Michael Hardy could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Justice For Magdalenes critique of McAleese report could be ready in months

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Noel Baker
Senior Reporter

An extensive critique of the McAleese Report into the Magdalene laundries could be published by the year end, according to the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM).

The campaigning group, now known as JFM Research, is currently compiling its analysis of the McAleese Report which was published last year and which has been strongly criticised on a number of fronts.

“We are going to put out all the evidence that we have and to show where he went wrong,” Claire McGettrick of JFM Research, told an audience at the Mother Jones Festival in Cork’s Firkin Crane.

Ms McGettrick said there had been a number of shortcomings in the McAleese Report, including that it did not examine all records and that it had inadequately investigated deaths.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Nigeria: Police Arrest Woman, Pastor for Allegedly Killing Her Children

NIGERIA
allAfrica

Daily Independent

The Police in Delta State have arrested a 25-year-old woman, Ese Oghenevwe, and her church priest, Austin Eduviere following a report that her two sons died after consuming a liquid substance the priest gave to her.

According to a police press release issued on Wednesday evening, the Police at Abraka received information that the women had killed her two children, Prayer Clement, nine months old, and Wisdom Clement, 2, by giving them a liquid substance to drink.

"Based on the information, detectives arrested the said Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the liquid substance was given to her by Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church Abraka for healing purposes as the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it," the police release by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Accountability – For Whom?

IRELAND
Ian Elliott

Accountability – For whom?

I have been watching with interest the media coverage of the first meeting in Rome of the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Catholic Church. This body carries on its shoulders the expectations of many millions of interested observers all hoping that it will guide the Church down the right path to a position where we can all be confident that vulnerable children will be safeguarded in its care. The signs so far have been encouraging in that emphasis appears to be placed on establishing how accountability can be strengthened when the abuse of a child is suspected or discovered.

Holding people accountable is an essential requirement of a responsible organisation. However from a safeguarding perspective, it is not enough to focus only on those who have directly harmed a child when pursuing accountability. It is also necessary to look at and address the issue with regard to those in leadership who have failed to discharge their responsibilities adequately. This is not comfortable territory for many in the Irish Catholic Church, because if you examine the abusive career of most of the offenders that have been identified and brought to justice amongst the clergy, you will find a list of missed opportunities to intervene and prevent further abuse. Superiors, and sometimes peers, failed to act and as a consequence abuse continued for longer than it should.

In addressing this issue, it is necessary to reflect on why such a situation has been allowed to exist for so long in the first place. The abuse of a vulnerable child is an abhorrent act which has a profound impact on most people who come in contact with it. Why then was “a blind eye” turned to its existence so frequently when it was suspected or known about in the Church? I do not believe that there is one definitive answer to that question but there is evidence that is relevant to aiding our understanding that has emerged from within the Irish Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

The Hidden Problem of Abuse

IRELAND
Ian Elliott

Recently the media has focused on the incidence of abuse in society and also specifically within the Catholic Church. Pope Francis mentioned in an interview that he gave to a reporter that he understood the incidence of paedophilia to be approximately 2% amongst the clergy in the Catholic Church worldwide. Many would regard this figure as an underestimate of what is the likely reality but in the absence of sound evidence it is impossible to be certain. Similarly the media in the United Kingdom have given prominence to the arrest of 660 individuals for accessing images of children being abused from the internet. Only 39 of those arrested were on the sex offenders register. In their coverage much emphasis has been placed on the occupations of these individuals. Some were doctors, teachers, youth leaders, and care workers.

To anyone who has worked in the field of safeguarding there is nothing in this that would be surprising. Indeed, it has previously been reported in the media that there are a substantial number of individuals in the United Kingdom that regularly access hard core child pornography sites on the internet. This figure should be regarded as just the tip of the iceberg. The numbers involved have been quoted as being very much higher than just 660 in the past. What is surprising and worthy of comment is the fact that society, through the operation of the National Crime Agency, has at last taken action. It is acknowledged that it has not had to use new technology in doing so. The means of doing so was previously available but not applied in a focused way until recently.

The possibility of past abuse being covered up by powerful individuals at the heart of the establishment in the United Kingdom, is to be the subject of a full judicial inquiry. Allegations that senior politicians and others were involved in the abuse of young children are now to be properly investigated. All this is following in the wake of the scandal of the hidden abuse by Jimmy Saville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Keeping It Simple

IRELAND
Ian Elliott

I was struck recently by the content of an article carried by the Catholic News Service published on 24th July. The article was headed “Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says”. This is a subject that has interested me for some years and so I read the article with great interest. It reported the content of an interview given by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmeiro who is the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He was speaking to a reporter from the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatoire Romano. What was described shocked me.

The Vatican is indeed revising the canon law penalties which it has recognised are too vague and this is creating a situation where they are being applied haphazardly. The latter opinion is not only mine but is the stated view given by Bishop Ignacio Arrieta, the Council secretary. I was encouraged to hear that this was actually recognised and being acted upon but then I read on and discovered that the work of revision has been in progress since 2008! There is no anticipated date offered as to when it will be finished.

This really shocked me. On the one hand, a picture is being presented that it is understood that all that can be done to address the problem of clerical abuse within the Catholic Church, will be done but here we have a revision of canon law penalties taking six years and counting with no end in sight! With respect, I do not regard that as a credible position. Either there is a serious effort being made or there is not. I would suggest that taking six years to revise a section of the code of canon law does not indicate that the issue is being sufficiently prioritised.

I appreciate that the Catholic Church is not known for changing quickly. It tends to take its time to make decisions but there are some matters that require speedier responses. If a house is on fire, there is little to be gained in discussing fully with everyone the merits of calling the fire brigade before you actually do it. With regard to the problem of clerical abuse in the Catholic Church, the house is on fire and has been burning for quite a while and has really caught hold. It is time to get the fire brigade out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

'The Church is dragging its heels on child safety'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
Published 31/07/2014

The Catholic Church's revision of penalties and procedures for dealing with clerical sexual abusers is taking far too long, the former head of the national board for safeguarding children has warned.

Ian Elliott described himself as "shocked" that the revision of canon law's abuse penalties has been going on since 2008 and there is still no sign of it nearing completion.

In his blog, 'Keeping it Simple', the safeguarding consultant said "some matters require speedier responses".

He said that a picture is being presented by the Catholic Church that all that can be done to address the problem of clerical abuse is being done.

But he said the credibility of this was thrown into doubt by the six years the revision by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has taken so far. No date has been given for its completion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Churches, denominations bear responsibility for unethical clergy

UNITED STATES
Word & Way

By Vicki Brown
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ministers are responsible for their actions as individuals, sometimes by civil authorities and ultimately by God. But what responsibility, if any, should the local church and the denomination bear for unethical behavior of their pastors and other church ministers?

Ministers must be aware of their relationship with each church member. Role reversal can open the possibility for confusion and abuse.

That question is difficult for religious bodies that follow a congregational form of governance that emphasizes the autonomy of the believer and of the local church. That stance has become the primary basis for refusal by many groups, including many Baptist denominations, to compile lists of ministers caught in unethical or immoral behavior, particularly sexual misconduct.

Establishing an organization-wide procedure is more difficult for denominations without a hierarchical structure, Joe Trull acknowledged. “As Baptists, we want to maintain our belief in local church autonomy and are hesitant to be viewed as telling churches what to do,” noted the retired professor of Christian ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a former editor of Christian Ethics Today magazine.

Trull also was an adjunct professor at Logsdon Theological Seminary in Abilene, Texas, and at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. The author of several books co-wrote with James Carter two editions of “Ministerial Ethics.” The 1993 edition is titled “Ministerial Ethics: Being a Good Minister in a Not-So-Good World,” with the 2004 edition as “Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders.” The authors currently are updating the book, due to be released next year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Everyone pays a high price for ministerial misconduct

UNITED STATES
Word & Way

By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anyone who has ever googled any topic or product online usually will get a similar ad from amazon.com at or near the top of the returned search list. Smart marketing — but in the case of ministerial or pastoral ethics, everyone pays a high price when the church shepherd breaches trust.

God's under-shepherds must be held accountable for the care of their congregations.

“I just wanted to talk to the pastor about my uncle’s abuse,” the young woman sobbed to her friend. “Instead, he pushed me down on the couch in his office and raped me.” Though she remains active in a local church in a different town, she still has difficulty sitting through most worship services.

The teenaged girl often hung out with her best friend, a PK (pastor’s kid), after school, usually at one or the other’s home. One day at the minister’s house, the pastor grabbed his daughter’s friend while his daughter was next door. The girl managed to fight him off. A few years later she learned her mother and the pastor were having an affair.

Both these stories are true. The victims aren’t identified because neither reported the incidents and probably never will.

Sexual misconduct and abuse grab the most headlines among the ethical and moral breaches ministers make, primarily because of the clergy sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church. Uncovered first in Boston in 1992, the scandal and ongoing investigations continue to unveil abuse.

While sexual misconduct gets the most attention, other moral issues also are garnering notice. The Internet and social media have helped both to uncover unethical behavior and to contribute to it, believes Tarris Rosell, Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Pastor Opens Up About The Childhood Sexual Abuse That Contributed To His Sex Addiction

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

[with video]

Dr. Mark Laaser is a thriving ordained pastor today, but his past is much darker thanks to another man of the cloth abusing him as a child. He joined HuffPost Live to talk about his sexual assault and how that contributed to his addiction to sex.

Laaser opened up to host Nancy Redd about how his childhood abuse by a pastor fueled his 27-year battle with a sex addiction. After the assault, he said he did the "typical route" through pornography, masturbation and sexual encounters throughout his adult years until he went into treatment in 1987.

"What helped me finally was breaking that silence, being able to talk about the immoral behavior that I was doing and to get community around me to support me in making the healthy changes," Laaser said.

Overcoming the abuse wasn't Laaser's only struggle -- once he recovered, he and his wife had to redefine their sexual relationship after 15 years of marriage.

"Part of the first 15 years of our marriage, we had sexuality, we produced three children, but it wasn’t imminently connected," Laaser said. "My brain was never really in the room when we were having sex. My brain was off other places, and I think part of our journey of healing has been the integration of emotions and spirituality into sexuality."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Archbishop, Under Fire Over Abuse, Apologizes but Says He Won’t Resign

MINNESOTA
The New York Times

By MICHAEL PAULSON
JULY 30, 2014

The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, under fire for the way his diocese has dealt with sexually abusive priests, apologized Wednesday for his conduct but rejected calls for his resignation.

The archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, acknowledged errors in his diocese’s response to abuse allegations, writing in a column for the diocesan newspaper that “it is very clear that we did not handle all complaints the way we should have in the past” and that he had only recently removed from ministry several priests accused of abuse.

The American bishops agreed 12 years ago that all clergy members facing credible accusations of abuse would be permanently removed from ministry.

“I have never knowingly covered up clergy sexual abuse,” Archbishop Nienstedt wrote. “I have, however, been too trusting of our internal process and not as hands-on as I could have been in matters of priest misconduct.”

He did not directly address accusations that he himself had had inappropriate sexual relationships with adult men, other than to say that he commissioned an investigation “because I had nothing to hide and wanted to be vindicated from false allegations, as anyone would.”

“I have no doubt that my administrative and personal style, with its strong point of view, may have offended some,” he wrote. “I apologize to those I have hurt. The last year has helped me realize I need to change my administrative style, soften my words, and get out from behind the desk to spend more time with the faithful.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Diocese of Lafayette Defends Priest As Abuse Allegations Resurface

LOUISIANA
KATC

The Diocese of Lafayette is defending one of its priests after old allegations of sexual abuse resurface in a report by Minnesota Public Radio.

Father Gilbert Dutel (pictured) is the priest at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Lafayette. In a recently-released court deposition from 1992, an alleged victim claimed Fr. Dutel sexually abused him when he was a child.

When the allegations first surfaced in the 1990's, the Diocese of Lafayette, under then-Bishop Harry Flynn, investigated and found no truth to the allegations against Fr. Dutel.

The Diocese of Lafayette released the following statement Wednesday:

Many years ago, unproven allegations were made about Father Gilbert Dutel. An investigation took place back then which considered the totality of the facts available. No new information exists that warrants any action by the Diocese. In the absence of any contrary information, Father Dutel remains a priest in good standing at the Diocese of Lafayette.

The Diocese of Lafayette is committed to providing a safe environment for children. Anyone who has been a victim of abuse by church personnel or who may have information concerning a crime is encouraged to call a local law enforcement agency.

In light of the report by Minnesota Public Radio, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, SNAP, is calling for Father Dutel to be suspended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Attorneys clash over release of church documents

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Updated: July 30, 2014

Attorneys clashed in court Wednesday over how much data the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must release in two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a priest.

The hearing before Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North involved two men, John Doe 100 and John Doe 104, who allege in separate suits that the Rev. Thomas Stitts abused them in the early 1970s. Both suits allege that the church was aware of previous allegations of sexual misconduct by Stitts years before he allegedly abused Doe 100 and Doe 104 at St. Leo’s Church in St. Paul and St. George’s parish in Long Lake, respectively.

Attorneys Patrick Noaker and Craig Vernon filed a motion to compel the church to release more documents about other priests who allegedly abused children and church “communications” about sexual misconduct, among others. The documents will help show there was reason to suspect that Stitts was capable of abusing children, Noaker said.

Archdiocese attorney John Gunderson argued that Noaker’s motion was too broad and the suits’ claims were “amorphous.” The church has provided all of its documents on Stitts, about 1,000 pages of paperwork and electronic data, Gunderson said. The other data are beyond the scope of the lawsuits, he added.

Van de North asked attorneys to submit additional written arguments in August. He told Noaker to narrow the time frame and scope of his request.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Lawyers seek decades-old church records ...

MINNESOTA
Insurance News Net

Lawyers seek decades-old church records on late St. Paul priest linked to sex abuse scandals

By Marino Eccher, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

July 31--Records of what the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis knew about sexual misconduct within its ranks decades ago are critical to show a pattern of negligence, attorneys suing the church argued Wednesday.

But the archdiocese said those requests go beyond the scope of what the plaintiffs are entitled to.

The arguments before a Ramsey County district judge concerned a lawsuit about the late Rev. Thomas S. Stitts.

The lawsuit alleges abuse inflicted by Stitts occurred at St. Leo the Great Church in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul when the plaintiff, an altar boy, was about 14.

Other lawsuits claim that Stitts sexually abused boys in the 1960s and 1970s and that the church should have known about it and done more to prevent it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

July 30, 2014

Archbishop Nienstedt: I will not resign. (Updated)

MINNESOTA
dotCommonweal

Grant Gallicho July 30, 2014

In a column that will be published tomorrow, the embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign. Soon after I reported that Archbishop John Nienstedt was being investigated for a series allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests, and other adult men--part of which is now complete--an affidavit filed by Nienstedt's former top canon lawyer strongly criticized the archdiocese's sexual-abuse policies and practices. ...

Update: I asked archdiocesan spokesman Jim Accurso when the investigation of Nienstedt would conclude and whether the investigating law firm's report would be made public. In response, he sent me a statement from auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché, which read in part: "I have received [the law firm] Greene Espel’s information. However, this matter involves more than just their role. The investigation is ongoing and I will respond appropriately as the review process continues."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

The Top Ten Suggestions for the Pope as He Starts to Plan His Fall 2015 Trip to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Hamilton and Griffin on Rights

July 29, 2014

It is not terribly surprising to hear that Pope Francis has chosen to visit Philadelphia during the fall of 2015, when the city will be hosting the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

Philadelphia is a landmark for the Catholic Church in many ways. There are roughly 4 million people in Philadelphia and about 1.5 Catholics; no fewer than three major Catholic universities: St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, and La Salle University; and a blanket of parishes and parochial schools and Catholic high schools.

Philadelphia also was the home of the remarkable American saint, Sister Katharine Drexel, who was born Catherine Marie Drexel into the wealthy Drexel family, but who chose devotion to the needs of the Native American and African American communities over marriage proposals and money.

To his credit, Pope Francis has been outspoken about the evils of child sex abuse and the need to bring priest perpetrators and bishops responsible for the coverup to account. Fittingly, Philadelphia is the American city that knows the most about the Catholic bishops’ coverup. Why? Because it is the only American city where the District Attorney’s Office has pursued and published in-depth grand jury investigations into the ways in which the Archdiocese covered up and fostered child sex abuse by its priests. It is also the only Archdiocese to criminally prosecute a higher-up, Msgr. William Lynn, for his role in the perpetuation of abuse by serial pedophiles. There is much the Pope can learn here about the betrayal of some of the most loyal Catholics in the world.

Knowing that the Pope will want a people’s tour of Philadelphia and that he will also want to capitalize on this opportunity to understand how the American bishops have failed to protect so many of the Church’s own children, I make the following humble suggestions for his trip. The Philadelphia region has been my home for 30 years, and I look forward to his arrival.

Handy Reading List

1. The 2005 Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Grand Jury Report on the Sexual Abuse of Children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese

2. The 2011 Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Grand Jury Report on the Sexual Abuse of Children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese

3. Benjamin Franklin on Tolerance. Ben Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania, which was the first major American university to have no religious affiliation. He believed in God, but he declined to accord allegiance to any one religion. Ben was also relentlessly practical and down-to-earth. I believe the Pope would have liked Ben and vice versa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Twin Cities Archbishop Nienstedt vows to 'continue serving as I have been called to do'

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 30, 2014

Apologizing "for the distractions I have inadvertently caused," St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt expressed Wednesday his resolve to lead his archdiocese through its current clergy abuse scandal -- with no intention of resigning.

"A bishop's role is more like that of a father of a family than that of a CEO. I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here," he said in a column in the archdiocesan Catholic Spirit newspaper, echoing comments he made to NCR in early July.

"I have acknowledged my responsibility in the current crisis we face, and I also take responsibility for leading our archdiocese to a new and better day," Nienstedt said before quoting 2 Chronicles where the spirit of the Lord tells King Jehoshaphat and his army, "Stop being afraid, and stop being discouraged because of this vast invasion force, because the battle doesn't belong to you, but to God."

As for the calls he resign -- most recently from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial board -- the archbishop said he has heard them all and has heard similar chants since his arrival in the Twin Cities in 2007. He has read letters labeling him "a hypocrite, a domineering boss and a liar," as well as "a courageous moral leader and a true shepherd."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM

Bankruptcy judge orders Milwaukee Archdiocese to pay attorney fees

MILWAUKEE (WI}
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must come up with $1.35 million to pay lawyers involved in its ongoing bankruptcy case, at least a portion of the many more millions they're owed, a judge ordered Wednesday.

The lawyers and other professionals involved haven't been paid since the archdiocese won a suspension of payments more than a year ago, saying it barely had enough money to continue operations.

At the same hearing Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley also granted the archdiocese's request late Tuesday to return the case to mediation for a possible consensual resolution to the long, complex and fractious proceeding.

"If the parties truly are sincere and willing to work issues out, we should explore that post haste," Kelley said. "Let's 'git 'er done,' to use the vernacular."

Kelley gave the parties 28 days to submit statements for the mediator, who ideally would begin the process in early September. A prior mediation effort in 2012 failed to reach a settlement.

The bankruptcy case has been at a standstill since June when Kelley ruled that she does not have jurisdiction to approve the archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization plan while key questions in a related lawsuit over $60 million it holds in trust for the care of cemeteries are pending before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Milwaukee church bankruptcy headed to mediation

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Post-Crescent

M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press July 30, 2014

MILWAUKEE — A federal judge ordered mediation Wednesday in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy case, saying she believed it was the best bet for resolving the hard-fought case and keeping more money from going to lawyers rather than sexual abuse victims.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in January 2011, saying it would not have the money to pay if it lost lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse. More than 500 abuse victims have since filed claims in bankruptcy court.

A reorganization plan proposed by the archdiocese earlier this year would give 128 victims roughly half of an $8 million insurance settlement. Others who have filed claims would receive nothing. Meanwhile, attorneys' fees are now estimated at $13.7 million, and victims have been outraged by the idea that attorneys would receive more money than them.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley said during a morning hearing that she would likely issue a written order later in the day for mediation to take place in early September.

"The point of this is to try to negotiate a resolution quickly and stop the legal fees," she said.

A mediation attempt in 2012 failed, in part because the archdiocese maintained there were too many issues to hash out. A sticking point this time could be whether the archdiocese's former insurers participate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

St. Ann asks Vatican investigate Chaput; 'He’s gone too far'

PENNSYLVANIA
Bucks County Courier Times

Wed Jul 30, 2014.

By GEMA MARIA DUARTE Staff writer

St. Ann parishioners in Bristol have asked the Vatican to investigate the stewardship of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the recommendation of a consultant hired to appeal the closing of the parish.

St. Ann is one of five Bucks County churches closed in June and merged into nearby churches this month.

The parishioners are appealing the closure of their church too. They hired Boston-based consultant Peter Borre and two lawyers based in Italy who are familiar with canon law to handle that appeal. Borre recommended they also ask the Congregation for the Bishops, the senior personnel department of the Vatican, to look into how Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is overseeing the diocese.

“We are asking for a formal investigation of Archbishop Chaput's stewardship of the archdiocese because we contend that the cure is becoming worse than the disease,” he said.

The request and the church closure appeal were included in 48 pages of documents sent to Rome this month.

It is unfortunate that “rapidly spreading dysfunction,” as Chaput’s critics call it, is spreading through the archdiocese as Philadelphia prepares for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015, the investigation request states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Nienstedt says he will continue as archbishop

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

MPR News Staff St. Paul, Minn. Jul 30, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt, under increasing pressure to step down amid scandal, said he will continue to serve as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

In a column posted to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' website, Nienstedt acknowledged that he has been a divisive figure among Twin Cities Catholics.

"I will continue to listen to those who express concerns about my leadership," he wrote, "but I will also continue serving as I have been called to do."

Nienstedt wrote that he has "never knowingly covered up clergy sexual abuse."

"I have always been honest with the Catholics of this local Church," he added.

Calls for Nienstedt's resignation, which began soon after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the Twin Cities last fall, have grown louder in recent weeks. The Star Tribune joined the chorus Sunday, with an editorial calling for his ouster.

"For the sake of one of this state's most valued institutions and the Minnesotans whose lives it touches, Nienstedt's service at the archdiocese should end now," the paper wrote. The New York Times last week cited the Twin Cities archdiocese in an editorial insisting the Catholic Church make its bishops accountable for covering up clergy abuse, saying the archdiocese has "made a mockery of accountability."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

Ordered to stand trial: Father James Dokos, accused of stealing from church in Wauwatosa

WISCONSIN
WITI

JULY 30, 2014, BY KATIE DELONG

MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — A former Milwaukee-area priest accused of stealing from his church will stand trial.

Father James Dokos was in court on Wednesday morning, July 30th — facing charges of felony theft.

Prosecutors say he took more than $100,000 from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa when he was a priest there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Diocese's Insurance Does Not Cover Abuse Claims

PHOENIX (AZ)
Courthouse News Service

By TIM HULL

(CN) - The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix's insurance policy does not cover sexual abuse claims, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.

After settling with four men who say they were sexually abused by priests in the 1970s and 80s, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix sought indemnification for excess liability from its insurance company, Interstate Fire & Casualty Company.

The insurer shot back with its own request for a judgment stating that the Diocese's policy excluded liability for assault and battery.

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake ruled for the Diocese in Phoenix, finding that the exclusion applied only the offending priests and did not necessarily deny coverage for sexual abuse claims.

A divided appellate panel reversed on Wednesday.

The question came down to the relative meanings of the words "any" and "such".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Bob Schwiderski releases map of accused Christian clerics in Minnesota

MINNESOTA
City Pages

By Jesse Marx
Wed., Jul. 30 2014

For decades, Bob Schwiderski has been a voice for victims of clerical abuse. He's blanketed the neighborhoods of accused priests with fliers and held press conferences to encourage others to speak out.

This week, Schwiderski kicked up his crusade. He released an updated version of a map he created showing where each of the allegations of sexual misconduct that he's recorded over the years occurred and by whom. There's 250 names total, and they include not only Catholic priests and monks, but Episcopal and Protestant pastors and their staff. You'll also find four nuns.

The map is entitled "The Hunting Grounds" because Swiderski believes that places of worship, no matter the denomination, attract sexual predators. "Some people know that if they present themselves in this godly way they'll have access to children," he tells us. "And the families are trusting of the people who work in the churches."

He would have included allegations against leaders of other religions, but he doesn't know of any. And even if he did, he'd need a second source. Every person on the map has at least two allegations against them, he says. Another list he keeps private includes 261 Christians.

His careful approach of naming people publicly, which he honed as the head of the Minnesota chapter of SNAP, has the benefit of bringing victims together. Schwiderski asks everyone who comes forward with an allegation to contact their old friends and classmates, looking for similar stories of abuse. "All of a sudden, there's two or three people and they haven't talked in 20 years," he says, "but now they have people to walk forward with."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Rome- Vatican confirms predator priest is ousted

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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 )

The Vatican confirmed today that Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, a credibly accused serial predator, has been suspended from his post as deputy bishop of a diocese in Paraguay.

[Vatican Radio]

[NBC News]

The Pope should fire Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano. Livieres deliberately promoted a credibly accused abuser who admitted sleeping with teens and allegedly molested several of them.

Livieres ignored a fellow bishop who explicitly warned that Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity is “a serious threat to young people.” How much more reckless can a church official be?

And Pope Francis should harshly and publicly explain and denounce Livieres' irresponsible actions, instead of letting him “save face” by yet-another vague and minimizing statement from a lower-level Vatican staffer.

This piecemeal, reactive approach – gently disciplining egregious wrongdoers only when they're publicly exposed – won't cut it. For years Vatican officials have taken belated, grudging and lenient action against church officials when their wrongdoing has been so bad that it prompted international criticism. So this hand-slapping of one Paraguay bishop is inadequate. It is far from ground-breaking.

Covering up abuse and endangering kids is a cancer on the church. It requires severe surgery, not an occasional band-aid only applied under duress. Francis must publicly oust a number of complicit bishops and say why in no uncertain terms if he really wants to get other bishops to stop putting innocent children in harm's way.

Fr. Urrutigoity spent time in Canada, Switzerland, Minnesota (Winona), and Pennsylvania (Scranton). He's accused of abuse in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Archbishop Nienstedt: I will not resign.

MINNESOTA
dotCommonweal

Grant Gallicho July 30, 2014

In a column that will be published tomorrow, the embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign. Soon after I reported that Archbishop John Nienstedt was being investigated for a series allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests, and other adult men, an affidavit filed by Nienstedt's former top canon lawyer strongly criticized the archdiocese's sexual-abuse policies and practicies. Calls for his resignation began to grow. Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an editorial urging the archbishop to step down. So did the New York Times. But Nienstedt won't go.

Eighteen years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the apostles. A bishop’s role is more like that of a father of a family than that of a CEO. I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here. I have acknowledged my responsibility in the current crisis we face, and I also take responsibility for leading our archdiocese to a new and better day.

“This is what the Lord says to you," Nienstedt's column continues, citing Second Chronicles: "'Stop being afraid, and stop being discouraged because of this vast invasion force, because the battle doesn’t belong to you, but to God.'"

Apologizing for the "distractions I have inadvertently caused," the archbishop emphasizes three things about his response to the months-long scandal. First, he announces that he has a new leadership team that operates with the philosophy of "Victims First." In consultation with victims, Nienstedt says he plans to hire a new victims liason--who will be a layperson. Second, he claims that he has never knowingly covered up sexual abuse. He admits that he was too trusting of the archdiocese's process, and that "we did not handle all complaints the way we should have in the past." And third, Nienstedt says that he has always been honest with his people. Over the past year, according to the archbishop, he has learned that he must change his leadership style.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Bangalore's nightmare continues as priest rapes minor at her home

INDIA
Hindustan Times

Bengaluru, July 30, 2014

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a temple priest in Bangalore on Tuesday, less than a month after a seven-year-old was raped in a city school, sparking widespread protests in the southern city.

Police say the 53-year-old priest, a friend of the victim's family, has been arrested. On Tuesday night, he forced himself upon the girl at her home when her parents were away. Hearing the victim's screams, her two sisters – also minors – ran in from another room, forcing the priest to flee. Later, the parents filed a case with the local police.

In another incident that came to light on Wednesday, a 26-year-old carpenter has reportedly confessed to police that he raped a seven-year-old girl. Results of the victim's medical tests will reveal when the incident took place, police officials said. The carpenter's mother worked as a domestic help at the girl's residence. His family, however, says police tortured him to get the confession.

Anger against sexual violence has been rising in the country since December 16, 2012, when a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped, and killed, by six men inside a private bus in south Delhi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Of three accused priests, one commits suicide, second admits molestation

LOUISIANA
The Advocate

Claire Taylor
July 30, 2014

On June 15, 1992, a 26-year-old man provided a legal statement accusing three Diocese of Lafayette priests of sexual misconduct against him in the 1970s and 1980s.

One of those priests, Ronald Lane "Jean Paul" Fontenot, pleaded guilty and was convicted in 1986 of statutory rape in Spokane, Washington, where he was transferred for counseling after he was placed on leave in Lafayette in 1983 when a civil lawsuit was filed.

A second priest, David Primeaux, admitted in a 1984 psychological evaluation that he started abusing children in 1980 at St. Benedict in Covington. The Diocese settled a lawsuit in 2000 in which Primeaux allegedly admitted molesting a boy while serving at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milton in the early 1980s.

Primeaux left the priesthood in 1985 and later got married. When some of his victims confronted the wife of the priest-turned-professor in Virginia in December 2012, he committed suicide.

The final priest accused by the young man is the Rev. Gilbert Dutel, who today serves as pastor of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Lafayette.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Fr Lombardi on the situation in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Responding to journalists’ questions, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, made a statement about the situation in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and the Apostolic Visitation of Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló.

The Visitation was announced by the Apostolic Nuncio to Paraguay on 2 July, and took place from 21-26 July.

“Concerning the situation in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay),” Father Lombardi said, “I can confirm that in the course of the visitation, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló cautioned Bishop [Rogelio Ricardo] Livieres [Plano] against proceeding with further priestly ordinations. No other provisions were announced. Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló will report the results of his visitation to the Pope.”

News reports had also suggested that the Vicar General of the Diocese, Fr Carlos Urrutigoity, had been fired. Father Urrutigoity has been the subject of accusations of sexual misconduct involving minors at a school in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The Diocese has pointed out the allegations against Father Urrutigoity were never proven.

In his statement, Father Lombardi noted that Father Urrutigoity had been relieved of his duties as Vicar General shortly prior to visitation: “With regard to Father Carlos Urrutigoity, he had been relieved of his duties as vicar general by Bishop Livieres on July 14, a few days before the visitation, on the grounds of the completion of other duties on his part.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Vatican takes action in Paraguay diocese where accused Argentine priest was removed

VATICAN CITY
TribTown

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
First Posted: July 30, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.

The Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Este diocese, however, in a sign that he remains in good standing with his bishop.

Urrutigoity has denied allegations of impropriety, has never been charged and his bishop, Monsignor Rogelio Livieres, has stressed that there is no accusation against him that he sexually abused minors. But Urrutigoity's case re-emerged after Francis sent a team of Vatican investigators to the diocese this month to look into criticisms against Livieres by other Paraguayan prelates.

Livieres in 2005 allowed Urrutigoity to join his diocese, even though Urrutigoity's then-superior in Scranton, Pennsylvania had warned Livieres and the Vatican that he was a threat and unsuitable for the priesthood.

Urrutigoity had been a member of the schismatic, traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. He later joined the Scranton diocese and founded a priestly society where the old Latin Mass was celebrated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Archbishop Nienstedt says he won't resign, vows to make changes

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Elizabeth Mohr
emohr@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 07/30/2014

Responding to calls for his resignation, Archbishop John Nienstedt said Wednesday that he will remain at the helm of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Nienstedt has come under fire in recent months for his handling of clergy sex abuse cases.

"I have acknowledged my responsibility in the current crisis we face, and I also take responsibility for leading our archdiocese to a new and better day," Nienstedt wrote in a column to be published in Thursday's Catholic Spirit newsletter.

That "crisis" is the result of accusations and lawsuits against the Archdiocese, church officials and priests regarding alleged child abuse and what some have called cover-up of crimes.

Critics say Nienstedt and his predecessors did not take action to remove credibly accused priests from the ministry.

Nienstedt said he will not resign and will, instead, "apply these hard lessons that I have learned over the past months."

The archbishop said that he is creating "a new leadership team that operates under the philosophy of 'Victims First' " and that he's appointing a victim liaison. Nienstedt said the church has reached out to victims of abuse for their input.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt Says He Will Not Resign Despite Mishandled Sex Abuse Claims

MINNESOTA
Huffington Post

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign despite criticism over the archdiocese's handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests.

Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday's archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says he's bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants.

Nienstedt says he'll continue to apply the hard lessons he's learned over the past months.

He says he's never knowingly covered up clergy sexual abuse. He says he's created a new leadership team that puts victims first. And he maintains he's always been honest with Catholics of the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Tough lessons lead to significant changes

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis - The Catholic Spirit

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt | July 30, 2014

To say that this has been a difficult year is quite an understatement.

Here in the archdiocese, Catholics have witnessed many troubling media reports, and many of us have had difficult conversations with friends and family about what it means to be Catholic and why we still profess the faith. I, myself, have been the subject of two investigations, which have brought with them more public scrutiny. I have received messages calling me a hypocrite, a domineering boss and a liar. Others have written that I am a courageous moral leader and a true shepherd. I have read them all. I am grateful for everyone who has taken the time to write, regardless of how they feel, as most believe they are acting in the best interests of the Church.

In the end, it comes down to this: 18 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the apostles. A bishop’s role is more like that of a father of a family than that of a CEO. I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here. I have acknowledged my responsibility in the current crisis we face, and I also take responsibility for leading our archdiocese to a new and better day.

In Second Chronicles 20:15, the spirit of the Lord tells King Jehoshaphat and the troops, as his enemies are approaching across the Palestinian wilderness in battle, “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘stop being afraid, and stop being discouraged because of this vast invasion force, because the battle doesn’t belong to you, but to God.’ ”

I have heard calls for my resignation since I arrived in this wonderful archdiocese seven years ago. I will continue to listen to those who express concerns about my leadership, but I will also continue serving as I have been called to do. I am devoted to serving this local Church, and I will continue to do so and to apply these hard lessons that I have learned over the past months. While it may be difficult to believe, the suffering we have endured is bearing much fruit in reform of practices and correction of decisions that were made in the past, either by me or my predecessors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Vatican confirms suspension of ordinations in troubled Paraguay diocese

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

Catholic World News - July 30, 2014

The Vatican has confirmed that all priestly ordinations have been suspended in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, after a Vatican investigation of the diocese.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, who headed the Vatican investigation, was reporting his findings to Pope Francis. The Vatican spokesman said:

I can confirm that in the course of the visitation, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló cautioned Bishop Livieres against proceeding with further priestly ordinations. No other provisions were announced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Former priest and serial child abuser Tony Walsh fails in sentence appeals

IRELAND
Irish Times

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Former priest and serial child abuser Tony Walsh has failed in appeals against separate sentences imposed on him for what the Court of Criminal Appeal has described as the “depraved” rape and sexual abuse of young boys.

Walsh, who was known as the “Singing Priest” for his role in a travelling all-priest vocal group before he was defrocked, is serving a 16-year sentence imposed on him in 2010 for the rape and abuse of three schoolboys.

In 2012 Walsh had 15 months added to this sentence for abusing two other boys.

In a written judgement delivered by presiding judge Mr Justice John Murray, the appeal court said that with regard to the first appeal the offences were of the “utmost gravity”, but even that description did not do justice to the “appalling nature” of the offences committed against young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Archbishop Nienstedt won't resign

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: July 30, 2014

John Nienstedt writes in a church newspaper column, “I am bound to continue my office.”

Archbishop John Nienstedt will announce Thursday that he is not resigning as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, despite growing pressure for him to step down.

Nienstedt will make the announcement in his column in the The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the archdiocese.

“To say that this has been a difficult year is quite an understatement,” wrote Nienstedt.

“In the end, it comes down to this: eighteen years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the Apostles … I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here.”

Nienstedt, who has led the Twin Cities archdiocese since 2008, has been under growing criticism for his handling of child clergy abuse cases in the archdiocese.

A Minneapolis law firm hired by the archdiocese to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by Nienstedt with adults has completed its work and submitted a report. Auxiliary bishop Lee Piché said Tuesday that church officials will review that along with “any other information we receive.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Vatican intervenes to remove a priest in Paraguay accused of sex abuse in US

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna | July 30, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Paraguay to remove a priest accused of sex abuse in the U.S. and to restrict the activities of the bishop who hired him.

Pope Francis is sending a papal delegation to Paraguay to investigate the activities of the Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity, a priest accused of sex abuse in Pennsylvania.

Pope Francis sent a papal delegation to Paraguay to investigate the activities of the Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity, a priest accused of sex abuse in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy P. Alvarenga, Vanguardia
Pope Francis sent a cardinal and an archbishop to investigate Carlos Urrutigoity in the diocese of Ciudad del Este. The two men visited the country July 21-26.

The removal is the latest demonstration of the pope’s “zero tolerance” of clerical abuse, and it suggests priests suspected of child abuse in one country can no longer find shelter in other countries.

In 2002, Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse of minors in a highly publicized lawsuit in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa. He and another priest, Eric Ensey, were suspended by then-Bishop James Timlin amid allegations they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory’s Academy. The diocese reportedly reached a $400,000-plus settlement in the case in 2006.

Urrutigoity, a native of Argentina, was transferred to Canada before settling in Paraguay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Church deacon who blamed Satan for sex abuse may have jail time cut from 20 years to one

IDAHO
The Raw Story

By David Edwards
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Idaho church deacon who blamed Satan after he molested a 12-year-old girl in a storage closet has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but could spend less than a year behind bars.

Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, 57, was arrested last December on charges of lewd conduct with a minor.

According to authorities, the girl said that Garcia had touched her inappropriately while they were in a storage closet at Nampa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where he was a deacon.

Garcia reportedly told investigators that “Satan was in the storage room with him and the girl.” But he insisted that he had only kissed her and hugged her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Attorney for priest charged in theft case cites 'jurisdictional issues'

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Chicago Tribune

By Alexandra Chachkevitch
Tribune reporter
12:12 p.m. CDT, July 30, 2014

A Greek Orthodox priest charged with felony theft waived his right to a preliminary hearing in a Milwaukee County courtroom this morning.

The Rev. James Dokos, who was affiliated with Saints Peter and Paul Church in Glenview, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26.

"There are significant jurisdictional issues to address in this matter," Dokos' lawyer Patrick Knight said in court Wednesday. Knight did not specify the issues.

Dokos is accused of improperly spending more than $100,000 from a trust fund intended to benefit Annunciation Church in Milwaukee, where he was a longtime pastor until transferring to Saints Peter and Paul Church in 2012.

Dokos, 62, who has been suspended from his duties at the Glenview church, made his initial court appearance two weeks ago, where bail was set at $5,000. Because it was a personal recognizance bond, he was not required to post any money for his release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Ex-Salem pastor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting child, will get prison term

NEW JERSEY
South Jersey Times

By Alex Young | South Jersey Times
on July 29, 2014

SALEM — The former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Salem pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a minor child — one of his own relatives — in the summer of 2013.

Jonathan Smith, 59, formerly of Market Street in Salem, will be sentenced to four years in New Jersey State Prison when he returns to Superior Court in September. He pleaded guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault.

In court Tuesday, Smith admitted to sexually assaulting a victim less than 13 years old. At Smith's arraignment in April, Assistant Salem County Prosecutor Lisa Rastelli revealed that the victim was a relative who spent time during the summer of 2013 at Smith's home, the Presbyterian pastor's house on Market Street.

The boy's mother reportedly became concerned when he returned home after his time in Salem and something didn't seem right. The victim told his mother about the incidents, who then alerted the authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

SA extradites Catholic priest to Germany

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – Police say the extradition of a German Catholic priest to face charges relating to sexual abuse is the culmination of a process that began last year.

The 56-year-old priest was handed over to German police officers last night having spent seven years living in South Africa.

He has been in custody since being arrested in September but the local charges have been withdrawn to pave the way for the extradition which will see him face almost 40 charges back home

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

Lafayette Diocese hit once again with allegations of abuse

LOUISIANA
IND

The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.

The investigative, four-part series by Minnesota Public Radio delves into court documents tracing as far back as the 1980s, when the first reported priest sex abuse scandal put the Lafayette Diocese under the national spotlight. New information revealed in MPR’s report, however, shows one alleged child predator, the Rev. Gilbert Dutel, has remained with the Diocese, and currently serves as the pastor of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Lafayette.

According to MPR, Dutil’s alleged sexual abuse traces back to the 1970s, during his tenure as pastor of St. Theresa Church in Abbeville, and a case involving a young boy:

In the case of Dutel, the documents show, the allegations weren’t limited to young adults. Dutel had also been accused of sexually abusing a child. In an interview with a lawyer in 1992, the alleged victim said Dutel had abused him in the 1970s, starting when he was 9 years old.

Despite the allegations, Dutil, who is now 69 years old, has remained with the church, even receiving assignments to work with several elementary and high schools over the 22 years since the claims first surfaced, including a spot on the St. Thomas More Catholic High School’s board of directors, as well as a more than 10 year stint with the St. Peter and Paul Church in Scott. The church in Scott also operates as an elementary school, and in 2010 an anonymous donor who paid for the school’s playground requested it be named “Father Gil’s Playground” in honor of Dutil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

WISCONSIN
Madison.com

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills?

That's the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday.

Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash on hand to cover at least one month's bills. Bankruptcy law requires the archdiocese to pay legal fees for itself and its creditors.

In this case, most creditors are victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Their attorneys say the archdiocese has more cash than anticipated, and they'd like to get paid. The lawyers say they are owed more than $2 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

MN- Archbishop to speak today, SNAP responds

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com )

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt may speak to some reporters today about partial results from an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct with adults. We hope he'll explain why he has so clearly violated the US bishops' abuse policy by hiding and helping proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. We doubt, however, that he will, in spite of his repeated promises to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes.

[Star Tribune]

[Commonweal]

As we've said before, we don't care about Nienstedt's private behavior, unless it involves sexually harassing seminarians or underlings or makes him unable or unwilling to discipline predators in his archdiocese.

We care deeply about Nienstedt's public behavior which inexcusably puts children in harm's way. He has been and remains, secretive, reckless and callous about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

We have little faith in so-called "investigations" that are funded or carried out by Catholic officials. Powerful prelates can always find and pay lawyers or "experts" who will tell them what they want to hear. (This is why they continue to quietly send proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics to the same church-funded "treatment" centers year after year after year, while hypocritically blasting those same centers in public for the allegedly "bad advice" they gave about putting predators back on the job.)

As my colleague, Barbara Dorris of SNAP said:

“We believe that most priests don't or can't honor their celibacy pledge. So they have sexual secrets. And if you have a sexual secret, you're less willing to report the sexual secrets of your colleagues and supervisors, especially if those secrets involve criminal behavior.

This is perhaps the most disturbing sentence we've read about this investigation: ‘he also stands accused of retaliating against those who refused his advances or otherwise questioned his conduct.’

We are highly skeptical when bishops like Nienstedt claim that allegations against them are ‘personal attacks’ due to ‘my unwavering stance on issues consistent with church teaching, such as opposition to so-called same-sex marriage.’ This is especially unlikely if there are in fact ten accusers including some who were or are Catholic clerics.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

Former Zion pastor had troubled history in Va.

PENNSYLVANIA/VIRGINIA
Philadelphia Daily News

VALERIE RUSS, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER RUSSV@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5987
POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THREE WEEKS before taking the helm of North Philadelphia's Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. A. Carl Prince met with leaders of the small Virginia church he was leaving.

On Dec. 18, 2011, he and Mount Hope Baptist Church leaders signed an "Announcement of Retirement" that took effect at the end of that year.

Prince asked that "in the interest of the Church and Christian civility, that all litigation and investigations both civil and criminal, present and future, be ceased," the statement said.

On Jan. 12, 2012, Prince officially started at Zion, at Broad and Venango streets, one of the city's most prominent churches. For 38 years, it had been the church of the late human-rights and economic-development advocate Rev. Leon Sullivan, the "Lion of Zion."

It seems that Prince, who was voted out as pastor of the Philly church this month, had left some problems behind at Mount Hope, in Prince George County, 30 miles from Richmond.

There were 400 members when Prince arrived, but just 20 when he left, former trustee John Allen said.

"He wrote new bylaws that made him both the CEO and CFO of the church," Allen said.

"He had his name put on the church bank account and he tried to sell the church out from under the last 20 members."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Welcome news from Paraguay

CANADA
Sylvia's Site

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Sylvia

Amazing and most welcome news from Paraguay:

28 July 2014: “Reports: The Vatican fires a priest in Paraguay accused of molesting US seminarians” & related articles

The articles are of interest to Catholic around the world, but of particular interest to many Canadians whose sons were exposed to Father Carlos Urrutigoity while the latter – and fellow priests from the fledgling Society of St. John – first lived at and then near at St. Gregory’s Academy just outside Scranton Pennsylvania. St Gregory’s, an all boys Catholic school, was then run by the Fraternity of St. Peter.

There have been allegations about the goings on in the Society in the Society of John for years, and often battles and friction between those who alleged that Fathers Urrutigoity and Eric Ensey were sexual predators and those who defended the pair.

Some may recall that Bishop Rogelio Livieres the Opus Dei bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay took Urroitigoityand other members of the Society of Sgt. John into his diocese. Livieres allegedly refused to believe the allegations against the priest, and refused to heed warning from the Bishop pf Scranton, NY when Urrutigoity was previously incardinated.

Urrutigoity became Vicar General of the Diocese. Dominic Carey, a Canadian who has had no problem at all with priests bedding down with young lads, is, I think, serving in the Ciudad del Este seminary and assisting – or perhaps even directing? - the formation of new priests (? – I must check this out )

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

ID- Victims blast judge over child molester's light sentence

IDAHO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 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 )

We're appalled that an admitted child molesting deacon who abused a 12 year old and blamed it on Satan may spend just a year in prison.

Prosecutes say Deacon Alexander Gonzales Garcia molested the girl by locking her in a closet during a July 2013 potluck at his church. That kind of crime strongly suggests that Garcia is out of control and not likely to respond well to treatment.

We are deeply disappointed in Judge Bradly S. Ford's decision. And we call on him to publicly explain why he gave such a lenient sentence – more appropriate for a purse snatcher than a child molester.

We beg officials in the Seventh-day Adventist Church – at the national and regional levels and the congregation in Nampa where the crime happened – to aggressively reach out to anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sex crimes and urge them to call police and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

'Singing priest' Tony Walsh loses appeal over abuse sentences

IRELAND
RTE News

Former priest and serial child abuser Tony Walsh has failed in appeals against separate sentences of 16 years and 15 months imposed on him.

The jail terms were handed down for what the Court of Criminal Appeal has described as the "depraved" rape and sexual abuse of young boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Walsh, who was known as the "Singing Priest" for his role in a travelling all-priest vocal group before he was defrocked, is serving a 16-year sentence imposed on him in 2010 for the rape and abuse of three schoolboys.

In 2012 Walsh had 15 months added to this sentence for abusing two other boys.

In a written judgment delivered today by presiding judge Mr Justice John Murray, the appeal court said that with regard to the first appeal the offences were of the "utmost gravity".

He said even that description did not do justice to the "appalling nature" of the offences committed against young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Vatican suspends priestly ordinations in scandal-hit Paraguayan diocese

PARAGUAY
The Tablet

30 July 2014 by Liz Dodd

The Vatican has suspended ordinations to the priesthood in a Paraguayan diocese in which its vicar-general has been accused of sexual abuse while serving as a priest in the US.

The Church has not given an official reason for the ban on ordinations in Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano’s diocese of Ciudad del Este.

A week-long Vatican investigation into the diocese led by Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello ended on Saturday.

The investigation followed allegations that the diocese’s vicar-general, Argentine priest Fr Carlos Urrutigoity, had abused seminarians in Minnesota and Pennsylvania more than a decade ago.

Fr Urrotigoity denies the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Forum for people with disability in Sydney

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

30 July, 2014

People with disability have been invited to attend an important information session in Sydney next month to find out more about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the forum was part of ongoing consultations with the disability community on the issue of child sexual abuse in institutions.

“The Royal Commission is aware that many people with disability have experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution,” Mr Reed said.

“We are determined that people with disability can participate in the process of the Royal Commission.

“You will not be required to discuss your personal story at the forum, it is a chance to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission and how you can share your story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Royal Commission to visit Geelong

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

People in Geelong are invited to learn more about the work of the Royal Commission at a community information forum next month.

Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan will address the forum on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the community forum is open to any members of the public who have an interest in the Royal Commission.

“We particularly encourage people affected by child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution to attend the community forum,” Mr Reed said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Portion of investigation of Archbishop Nienstedt is complete

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: TONY KENNEDY, Star Tribune
Updated: July 29, 2014

A Minneapolis law firm hired by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by Archbishop John Nienstedt has completed its work and submitted a report to church officials.

Attorney Matthew Forsgren of the firm Greene Espel declined to discuss the findings and referred questions to the archdiocese.

The archdiocese commissioned the investigation earlier this summer in an effort to address accusations received by the chancery as Nienstedt fended off mounting criticism over the church’s handling of other sexual misconduct cases.

Lee Piche, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, said in a statement late Tuesday that the Greene Espel report “does not comprise” the entire investigation.

“We need to digest the information and any other information we receive,” said Piche, who was not available to answer questions.

Piche announced July 1 that Nienstedt asked him to investigate claims about the archbishop, which he said were received by the archdiocese several months earlier. Piche said the misconduct allegations “did not involve anything criminal or with minors.”

Nienstedt said at the time that the accusations were “absolutely and entirely false.” He called the allegations “a personal attack against me due to my unwavering stance on issues consistent with church teaching, such as opposition to so-called same-sex marriage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

‘I didn’t believe it would produce any real result’ says son of abuse victim

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Adam contented himself with decorating a letter from his sister, Nicole (14) and putting a seal on it instead.

He didn’t write himself as he felt “cynical”, he said. “I did believe the gesture [of the pope meeting his mother] was sincere but I honestly didn’t believe it would produce any real result.”

Nicole Kane with her Mum Marie and the letter she received from the Pope. Photograph: Thomas NolanPope Francis thanks Irish teenager for supporting mother

However, following reports of the meetings Francis had with his mother and the five other abuse survivors, he now believes the pope is sincere about the abuse issue “more so than his predecessor. It seems that way. I’d like to think so”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Opferinitiative wirft Bistum Diffamierung von Missbrauchsopfern vor

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

[Summary: The Trier diocese has been sharply criticized for returning to service a priest who was accused to sexual abuse. Hermann Schell of Schafsbrief initiative, said on Tuesday that the move was unacceptable. He said it defames all abuse victims and shows that the diocese lacks awareness of injustice. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said the charges could not be proven. The arrest of judgment was not carried out "because of proven innocence, but due to low guilt," said the spokesman. The pastor is alleged to have given the youth money in exchange for sex but the boy ran away.]

Nach der aufgehobenen Beurlaubung eines früheren Pfarrers hat eine Missbrauchsopfer-Initiative das Bistum Trier scharf kritisiert.

Es sei nicht hinnehmbar, dass der Geistliche aus dem saarländischen Lebach wieder als Vertretung oder Aushilfe arbeiten dürfe, sagte der Sprecher der Initiative Schafsbrief, Hermann Schell, am Dienstag. Dies sei eine Diffamierung aller Missbrauchsopfer und zeige beim Bistum „fehlendes Unrechtsbewusstsein ohne Ende“. Das Verfahren gegen den früheren Lebacher Pfarrer wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs war im März dieses Jahres von der Staatsanwaltschaft Saarbrücken gegen die Zahlung von 6000 Euro eingestellt worden. Die Einstellung sei nicht „wegen erwiesener Unschuld, sondern wegen geringer Schuld“ erfolgt, sagte der Sprecher der Staatsanwaltschaft am Dienstag.

Man gehe davon aus, dass sich der Geistliche über eine Internetplattform mit einem Jungen in Saarbrücken „zu sexuellen Dienstleistungen“ verabredet habe, sagte der Sprecher. Bei dem Treffen habe der Pfarrer dem Minderjährigen auch Geld gegeben, der Junge sei aber weggelaufen und es sei nicht zu sexuellen Handlungen gekommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

An adequate response to child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Andrew Hamilton | 30 July 2014

Reckoning: the Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse, written by Chris McGillion and Damian Grace, and jointly published by Eureka Street and ATF Press, offers a useful map of the journey that has led to the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse. It recalls how the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Church came to prominence in Australia, outlines the variety of responses to it, and reflects on the explanations given for it.

The book is modest and even in its tone. It offers a broad perspective on the challenges that will arise from ensuring that children are safe in the future.

The dimensions of an adequate response to child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church are now fairly clear. First, children must be protected from abusive behaviour. This requires curtailing the opportunities for potential abusers to meet, groom and abuse children. It also requires preparing, monitoring and supervising church representatives who are in contact with children.

Second, the criminal gravity of sexual abuse must be recognised, and the response both to victims and offenders be proportionate to the seriousness of the crime. This requires responding professionally and transparently to accusations of abuse, excluding from public ministry those who have offended, and continuing to monitor any offenders who remain within religious communities.

Third, the serious harm suffered by people who were abused as children must be recognised. This is done by ensuring they receive the pastoral care and counseling they desire, and can claim compensation.

Finally, the Catholic Church must take responsibility for the sexual abuse inflicted by its representatives and for its concealment, and for ensuring that aspects of its culture that encourage abuse are remedied. For this, serious and independent study will be necessary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Satan-blaming church deacon gets rider in sex abuse case

IDAHO
KTVB

Katie Terhune, KTVB July 29, 2014

CALDWELL-- A Nampa deacon who claimed that Satan took control of his body and made him molest a 12-year-old girl in a church storage room is headed to prison.

But 57-year-old Alexander Gonzales Garcia, who was arrested in December, could spend only a year behind bars after Judge Bradly S. Ford opted Tuesday to retain jurisdiction.

Garcia was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five years before parole eligibility, but could still be released as early as 2015 if he successfully completes his term of retained jurisdiction, commonly known as a "rider."

He will also be required to register as a sex offender and pay about $8,000 in civil fines and court costs.

Garcia, a deacon with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nampa, was originally charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16. In an interview with police detectives, he admitted touching the girl inappropriately during a July potluck at the church, but insisted Satan had been in the storage room with him, and had made him molest the girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Former church deacon sentenced for lewd conduct

IDAHO
Idaho State Journal

Associated Press

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — A former southwestern Idaho church deacon who told police Satan may have taken control of his body, causing him to molest a 12-year-old girl in a church storage room, has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

However, District Judge Bradly S. Ford retained jurisdiction for a year, meaning 57-year-old Alexander Gonzalez Garcia of Middleton could get out of prison after a year if he responds well to treatment programs.

Garcia was initially charged with lewd conduct with a child, but pleaded guilty in March to sexual abuse of a minor. He must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the girl, her family or any girls under the age of 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Deacon sentenced to prison after claiming Satan made him have illegal contact with 12-year-old

IDAHO
KIVI

By On Your Side Newsroom.
CREATED Jul 29, 2014

Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, 57, of Middleton has been sentenced to five years fixed and up to 15 years in prison for felony sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years of age.

Garcia was a deacon at the Nampa Seventh-Day Adventist Church was arrested in December 2013 after the Nampa Police Department found he had sexual contact with a 12-year-old female victim on church grounds. In an investigation revealed in July of 2013, detectives found that Garcia locked the 12 year-old in a closet and began kissing, hugging and touching her inappropriately.

Garcia in an interview with police claimed that Satan was in the room with him and made him do it.

During today’s hearing, Judge Ford commended the victim for her courage in coming forward immediately and reporting the abuse. He noted that if there’s one place a child should feel safe, it’s in a church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Ex-deacon sentenced to prison for molesting girl, could get out in one year

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

Last December, Alexander Gonzalez Garcia blamed Satan for causing him to molest a 12-year-old girl in a storage room at the Nampa Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he served as a deacon.

On Tuesday, 3rd District Judge Bradly Ford sentenced the 57-year-old Middleton man to at least five and up to 15 years in prison for that felony. But the judge retained jurisdiction, which means Garcia will be evaluated in the prison system for one year, after which Ford can decide whether to release him on probation or have him complete his prison term.

“Mr. Garcia used his position of trust in the church to take advantage of the victim, and he deserves to be behind bars where he can no longer be a danger to the community,” Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said in a news release. “This case should serve as a reminder to every parent that you need to be very careful of who your kids are hanging around with.”

Ford commended the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting the abuse, which reportedly happened in July 2013. Court records show Garcia initially denied the abuse but later told police Satan was in the locked room and made him touch the girl inappropriately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Ballarat teacher Scott Williams 'charismatic' before founding abusive cult: former student

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By FIONA HENDERSON July 29, 2014

PASTOR Scott Williams was described as “charismatic” by former Ballarat East High School staff and students.

However, concerns were also raised about the ex-teacher’s daily lunchtime meetings with senior students during his Ballarat tenure to discuss religious matters.

Williams on Monday night was accused of horrific sexual and physical abuse at his religious cult Christian Assemblies International (CAI) by the ABC’s Four Corners program.

He is also accused of misusing vast amounts of money donated by CAI members and building up a worldwide multi-million dollar property portfolio.

Mr Williams taught at Ballarat East High School in the early 1970s before heading to Germany as a missionary, where he worked in Feldafing as a pool attendant at a military school for young men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

State can't ignore abuse at Kincora Boys Home under secret watch

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

29 JULY 2014

In the hit Cold War TV drama series The Americans, one of the main weapons both the KGB and the CIA-FBI deploy against each other is sex. The story of the undercover Soviet spies posing as the all-American apple pie family, Elisabeth and Phillip Jennings, swirls around issues of infidelity, bedroom betrayals, pillow talk and the ever-present threat of blackmail in the background.

The Jennings' unsuspecting nemesis and neighbour, the FBI spy catcher Stan Beeman, is himself using his sexual prowess to seduce an attractive female Russian agent who initially turns to the American because she has been sexually exploited and abused by a senior KGB operative at the USSR embassy in Washington DC.

The Americans plot line and the heavy emphasis on lust, love and treachery (of both the sexual and political kind) is laden with hammed up Holywood-style psycho-drama although to be fair its creator Joe Weisberg was a CIA case officer who served on the Cold War frontline.

Indeed, the series and its main premise is not so far-fetched perhaps when you consider the long history of how intelligence services used sexual blackmail to recruit and "turn' agents, including here in Northern Ireland.

Back in the mid-1970s there was little or no sign of the Cold War thawing and in the UK there was a real sense of national crisis and decline.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

'Date rape is bad...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse': Richard Dawkins sparks outrage during Twitter debate

By SAM MARSDEN and STEPHANIE LINNING

Controversial scientist Richard Dawkins provoked fury yesterday after referring to ‘mild date rape’ and ‘mild paedophilia’ in comments on Twitter.

Campaigners for women and child abuse victims condemned the prominent atheist’s posts as ‘offensive and damaging’.

Professor Dawkins, 73, became embroiled in the row when he made a point about logical thinking to almost a million followers on the social networking site.

The academic sparked anger by choosing the example of sexual abuse to illustrate the idea.

He began by writing: ‘X is bad. Y is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of X, go away and don’t come back until you’ve learned how to think logically.’

Then he added: ‘Mild pedophilia [sic] is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of mild pedophilia, go away and learn how to think. ...

However in a statement on his website last night, he said he ‘was only talking logic’, and had ‘no desire to make light of the seriousness of any kind of rape or [sic] pedophilia’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Alleged abusive priest serving in Lafayette

LOUISIANA
The Advocate

Claire Taylor July 29, 2014

Here in the heart of Cajun country, where the first priest sex abuse scandal rocked the Roman Catholic Church faithful in the 1980s, allegations have surfaced that a priest who sexually abused a boy in the 1970s continues to minister in Lafayette.

Two documents from the 1990s uncovered during a recent Minnesota Public Radio investigation allege the Rev. Gilbert Dutel sexually abused a boy in the 1970s while serving at a church in Abbeville. He was also was accused of coercing young men into having sex, the MPR story says.

Both Dutel, who is pastor of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Lafayette, and the Diocese of Lafayette denied the allegations Tuesday.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests issued a statement July 21, following the MPR investigation, urging Diocese of Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell to suspend Dutel immediately.

The Diocese of Lafayette, in a written response to The Advertiser's questions about the reports Tuesday, said the "unproven allegations" against Dutel were investigated years ago.

"No new information exists that warrants any action by the Diocese," the statement reads. "In the absence of any contrary information, Father Dutel remains a priest in good standing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

How many men are paedophiles?

CANADA
BBC News

By Wesley Stephenson
BBC News

The Pope was recently reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles. But how does this compare with society as a whole - is it more or less than average?

As soon as you give this question a moment's thought, you realise that it's not going to be an easy one to answer. Paedophiles are not easy to identify.

"Because paedophilia is so secretive and so few people are willing to admit it, there is no meaningful way to get a reliable estimate," says Dr James Cantor, a psychologist and sexual behaviour scientist at the University of Toronto.

"There's no meaningfully ethical way of taking 200 men, hooking them up to detectors, showing them pictures of adults and children and seeing how many respond most to children."

One person who has attempted an estimate is Dr Michael Seto, a clinical and forensic psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Healthcare group.

In 2008 he wrote a book in which he put the prevalence of paedophilia in the general population at 5%.

The figure was based on surveys conducted in Germany, Norway and Finland in which men were asked whether they had ever had sexual thoughts or fantasies about children or engaged in sexual activity with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

SA extradites German priest on sex abuse charges

SOUTH AFRICA
Sowetan

By Sapa-AFP | Jul 30, 2014

Originally from Aachen in West Germany, Kerkhoff is wanted for alleged sex crimes against children committed before he moved several years ago to South Africa, where he was arrested on similar charges.

A German Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of children in his native country and in South Africa has been extradited to Germany, police said Wednesday.

Georg Kerkhoff, who is in his 50s, was put on a plane to Germany on Tuesday night, South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP.

"We took him to the airport and handed him over to the German police. He will face trial in Germany," he said.

Originally from Aachen in West Germany, Kerkhoff is wanted for alleged sex crimes against children committed before he moved several years ago to South Africa, where he was arrested on similar charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

July 29, 2014

Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

PARAGUAY
DFW Catholic

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Jul 29, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until they have reached conclusions about their investigation.

“For the time, priestly and diaconal ordinations for the students of St. Joseph's Major Seminary are suspended and it is unknown how long this will endure – it can only be revealed by the Pope,” Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, who led the apostolic visitation, said at a July 26 press conference.

The diocese was scheduled to have priestly ordinations Aug. 15. A release from the diocese clarified that “the ordinations of Aug. 15 have been suspended until the conclusion (of the visitation), not canceled.”

While the visitation took place July 21-26, Cardinal Abril y Castello and Bishop Milton Troccoli Cebedio – who assisted the cardinal in the investigation – will return to Rome to arrange the data collected and present it to Pope Francis.

The conclusion has not yet been scheduled, but is anticipated in September. The apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este was announced by the apostolic nuncio to Paraguay July 2.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Outside group wants to open bishop selection process to laity's voice

UNITED STATES
NW Times

By Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328

GARY | A national organization advocating change within the Roman Catholic church wants local parishioners to use the group's website to tell church fathers who should be the diocese's next bishop.

"Church law encourages all Catholics to express their views on Church matters that concern them, and this includes who their new bishop may be," Nick Ingala, a spokesman for Voice of the Faithful, said Tuesday.

However, Debbie Bosak, communications director for the Gary Catholic Diocese, said she is skeptical of the the group, which first formed a dozen years ago in response to the sex abuse scandal of recent years.

"They are not an official organization of the Catholic Church but rather a dissident group of lay Catholics with an agenda," she said.

Ingala said Voice of the Faithful, headquartered in Newton, Mass., supports "survivors of clerical sexual abuse, recognizes priests of integrity and seeks to shape structural change in the Church," and wants greater participation in bishop selection.

He said the group's motto is, "Keep the Faith, Change the Church."

"That change-the-church part really does create some opposition," he said, adding his group isn't challenging the pope's authority to name bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Wall Street Journal brainwash idiot Catholics for Pope Francis’s visit - to attend his Eucharist Satanic Mass & stupidly give millions of dollars to Vatican Mammon

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

Opus Dei Beast PR Stunt of the Day: Wall Street Journal “Speculation Grows Over Potential Visit by Pope Francis to U.S.” to goad big American business donors and American idiot Catholics to give millions to Vatican Mammon Beast.

It’s very easy to detect the American journalists who are part of the Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team at the Vatican – they all speak positively and fanatically about Pope Francis -- in order to brainwash and entice American idiot Catholics to give blindly and stupidly millions of dollars to the voracious evil Vatican Mammon Beast. Take the Wall Street Journal title Speculation Grows Over Potential Visit by Pope Francis to U.S. and its first paragraph to instantly programme American idiot Catholics that there is an “’intense’ speculation” of Pope Francis’s visit (see news articles below with our comments and emphases). Its purpose is to incite a pop star hype - to attend Pope Francis's Mass - like attending a concert of porno naked singer Miley Cyrus.

Catholics criticize Apuron, sect

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

There's a bigger, deeper battle behind the recent controversies involving the local Catholic church, some observers said yesterday.

As dozens of island Catholics gathered yesterday at the steps of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica to support ousted Monsignor James Benavente, and also to pray for healing, observers said the deeper rift stems from a sect within the church whose actions depart from some of the oldest Catholic traditions.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron removed Benavente from being rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña over alleged fiscal mismanagement, the archbishop stated yesterday.

"There is a bigger issue at play here: The imposition of the Neocathecumenal Way upon the Catholic Church in Guam," said Charles White, a Guam resident who writes a blog called The Thoughtful Catholic.

"Members of the Neocathecumenal Way practice their faith in a way that largely separates them from their parishes," White wrote in an email.

"For example, they celebrate Mass away from the Church proper every Saturday night, instead of attending normal parish Masses," White stated. "While they insist that these Masses are open to others, in practice, they are not. They are not even published in the parish bulletin." ...
The Guam Catholic church's leadership, through Archbishop Anthony Apuron, hasn't responded to phone calls or emailed requests for comment on the Neocatechumenal Way.

Apuron is a member of the Neocathecumenal Way, says Tim Rohr, another outspoken critic of the archbishop who offers daily updates on local church issues on his blog Jungle Watch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

MY RESPONSE TO THE PDN STORY: "CHURCH FINANCES IN SHAMBLES"

GUAM
Jungle Watch

The story can be found here. Following is the comment I posted on the PDN website.

Here's a few facts for now. Not that they matter to Apuron.

The 7 million dollar debt was incurred in the building of the Saint Therese chapel and the addition of the museum at the Cathedral. Both projects were approved by all the required boards and councils and ultimately signed off on by Apuron, since HE is the only person who can do so.

The loan is current and is amortized over 30 years. It is also fairly recent. And as anyone with a mortgage knows, the mortgagee makes little headway knocking down the principal for the first several years. Apuron approved the projects with enthusiasm because they made him look good. There will be more facts to come, but for now:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Church finances in shambles

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Jul. 30, 2014

Archbishop Anthony Apuron yesterday said Monsignor James Benavente was removed as rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica because of poor financial management.

The Cathedral-Basilica and the Catholic cemeteries are millions of dollars in the red, according to the archbishop, and accounting practices are so "inappropriate" the cemeteries' funding cannot be properly audited.

Apuron released a statement, shortly before a huge crowd of Benavente supporters gathered at the steps of the Cathedral-Basilica, that he decided "a change in administration" at the Cathedral-Basilica and Catholic Cemeteries of Guam Inc. is necessary so accounting practices can be re-established and financial audits can be completed.

Benavente, who had been the rector at the Cathedral-Basilica for nearly 20 years, declined to comment on the allegations.

He did say a prayer before a few hundred of his supporters who gathered despite strong winds and rain outside the Cathedral-Basilica and across the street from the church in Hagåtña.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Trial set for former St. Patrick's bookkeeper accused of stealing from parish

CANADA
Advertiser

Rosie Mullaley
Published on July 29, 2014

A woman suspected of swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from St. Patrick's Parish in St. John's will go to trial this fall.

Dianne Clare Coady wasn't in provincial court Monday when her case was called. Instead, she was represented by her lawyer Amanda MacDougall.

MacDougall and Crown prosecutor Mike Murray agreed to have the trial begin Nov. 3. Murray told Judge Colin Flynn that the trial is expected to last two weeks.

Coady has pleaded not guilty to three charges - theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Women priests give $1,000 to shelter after Cincinnati archdiocese withdraws donation

OHIO
National Catholic Reporter

Nicholas Sciarappa | Jul. 21, 2014

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests donated $1,000 to a Catholic Worker house that shelters homeless women after the Cincinnati archdiocese retracted its funding because a woman priest led a prayer service at the shelter.

The archdiocese had promised Lydia's House, which offers shelter to homeless women and their children, $1,000 toward the purchase of a new washer and dryer. A number of community organizations support the house, which can hold up to four women and six children, and the archdiocese was an irregular donor.

"We spent the money in June with the promise that it would be reimbursed at the start of the new fiscal year July 1, and we submitted the receipt on July 5," said Mary Ellen Mitchell, one of the founders of Lydia's House. "We found out Wednesday, July 16, of this week that [the archdiocese] wouldn't do the reimbursement."

The archdiocese withdrew the donation after learning that Debra Meyers would hold a July 20 prayer service at the house. Meyers is a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, but the house's monthly newsletter, which contained information about the prayer service, did not identify her as such.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Cowboy Way Church pastor arrested

TEXAS
Cleburne Times-Review

By Matt Smith/ msmith@trcle.com

Fort Worth police arrested Pastor Dan Haby of the Cowboy Way Church in Alvarado on Friday in Alvarado on two counts of indecency with a child, FWPD Sgt. Raymond Bush confirmed Tuesday morning.

Haby used to live in Fort Worth and the alleged assault occurred between 2000 and 2001 and involved a then 15-year-old male victim, police said. The victim contacted police in June and investigators subsequently obtained two arrest warrants for indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Members of the FWPD Fugitive Unit arrested Haby at his home without incident. He was transported to the Fort Worth Jail and his bonds were set at $30,000. He has since bonded out, police said.

Haby, 51, is listed as Cowboy Way Church of Alvarado’s lead elder and pastor on the church’s website and has been with the church since its inception in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Cowboy Way Church pastor accused of molesting boy in 2000

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BY DEANNA BOYD
dboyd@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH — The pastor of the Cowboy Way Church in Alvardo was charged Tuesday with indecency with a child on accusations that he molested a teen boy several years ago while he was pastor at another church.

Dan Haby Jr., 51, was arrested at his Alvarado home by Fort Worth fugitive officers Friday afternoon on two arrest warrants accusing him of indecency with a child by sexual contact. He was later released from jail after posting a $30,000 bond.

Leigh Williams, children’s pastor at Cowboy Way Church, said Tuesday afternoon that Haby would love to comment but was advised to let his attorney, Daniel Hernandez, handle questions about the case. She said she also could not comment on Haby’s current status with the church in light of his arrest.

“At the advice of the attorney, I can’t comment unfortunately,” Wiilliams said. “There’s lots that I would like to say but I’m going under what the attorney has advised us to do.”

Hernandez has not returned a phone message left at his office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Cowboy Way Church pastor accused of molesting teen

TEXAS
WFAA

Posted on July 29, 2014

FORT WORTH -- The pastor of Cowboy Way Church in Alvarado has been arrested, accused of molesting a teenager nearly 15 years ago.

According to our content partners at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dan Haby, 51, is accused of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Police believe he molested a teen boy while he was the pastor at Stockyards Community Church in 2000 and 2001. The victim, now an adult, was 15 at the time.

Two arrest warrants were issued and Haby was taken into custody at his home Friday. He was released on bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

David Peter Jaeger

WASHINGTON
The Seattle Times

1943 - 2014 | Obituary

David Peter Jaeger

July 27, 1943 ~ July 22, 2014

The family of David Jaeger sadly announces his death on July 22, 2014 from the complications of Alzheimer's disease. David was born July 27, 1943 in Seattle to Peter & Lorrayne Jaeger and was raised in the Green Lake area with his three younger sisters Marilyn Jaeger Veomett, Patti Jaeger Quinn, and Debbie Jaeger Knaub. He attended St. Benedict's school and Blanchet High School before entering St. Edward's Seminary in Kenmore as a sophomore in high school. David was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle on May 19, 1969. He served as associate pastor in Vancouver, Wa and Everett and then in several administrative positions. His final assignment was directing Archdiocesan ministries to Gays and Lesbians as well as heading the Catholic AIDS ministry. He resigned from ministry in 2005 and then worked as the manager of the Helpline Call Center at the headquarters of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul until his retirement in 2012. He has resided at Gaffney House on First Hill since September 2013 due to the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

WA- Predator ex-priest dies, SNAP responds

WASHINGTON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 priest and the former director of seminarians for the Seattle Archdiocese has died. We hope he is not given a burial of a priest in good standing.

As the head of seminarians for the Seattle Archdiocese, Fr. David Jaeger, let a known abuser, Fr. Paul Joseph Conn, perform duties as a priest. Jaeger himself is an admitted child molester, having acknowledged abusing 8-10 boys. He was voluntarily defrocked in 2005.

We hope his victims find peace from his death. We are glad that he can no longer hurt any more children And we hope Catholic officials do not callously rub salt into the wounds of victims by giving Jaeger a large and pomp-filled funeral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

SNAP’s clergy abuse victims mark 25 years and eye new targets

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

David Gibson | July 29, 2014

(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were.

But today, as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, marks its 25th anniversary at a conference in Chicago (Aug. 1-3), its members can take satisfaction in seeing that its claims have been validated, and a few (though hardly all) of its recommendations have been implemented by the church hierarchy.

And instead of facing constant verbal attacks and the occasional angry parishioner spitting on them at a protest, SNAP’s members today are far more likely to receive a handshake and a word of thanks, and maybe even a donation.

SNAP’s advocacy on the Catholic scandal also helped push the reality of sexual abuse into the public consciousness to the point that victims can regularly win in courts and get a hearing in the media, and they are much more likely to come forward to tell their stories, whether they were abused by clergy or by athletic coaches or Boy Scout leaders.

Yet that success is also presenting SNAP with a daunting new challenge as it looks to the future: how to respond to a flood of new inquiries from victims from other faiths and institutions, and how to push for changes beyond the familiar precincts of the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

He Would Tell Me

UNITED STATES
Darkness to Light

Recently I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my friend and colleague, Boz Tchividjian. I’m so thankful for the friendship he and I have developed and while talking he gave me one more reason to be thankful. He brought to my attention something I had not given enough consideration. It’s from his insight this article originated.

We were discussing the reasons behind why I didn’t say something about my abuse and why other survivors don’t tell or speak up while the abuse is occurring. During the conversation I told him something my mom had said to me. He stopped me and said it was important and to say it again.

He asked if there had been any indications to anyone that the abuse that was happening. I told him about one man in my life who had been a positive, male role-model for me. When I was about 13, he was talking with my mom about my abuser (but at this time no one knew) and said, “there’s something that’s not quite right about that guy spending all this time with those boys. I can’t put my finger on it but I know there’s something that’s just not right.” To which my mom said, “If something were going on with David, he would tell me.”

It’s those last four words that bears repeating…“he would tell me”.

My mom and I have a strong and healthy bond. Because my dad was not in the picture for the first 23 years of my life, it resulted in mom and I having lots of time together and the opportunity to forge an incredible relationship that we still have to this day. I would go so far as to say it’s an uncommonly good relationship as parent/child relationships go. I remember while growing up, most of my friends saying at some point, “I just can’t talk to my mom or dad about…”. I never had that issue with my mom. We were always close and always talked about everything. I remember telling her when I had sex for the first time. I told her about the first time I used drugs. When I got arrested for said drugs, it was my mom I called to bail me out. So it’s clear you can see I’ve felt comfortable enough in telling her about the good, the bad and the ugly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Pa. youth pastor allegedly performed sex acts with girl, 15, in church

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By John Luciew | jluciew@pennlive.com
on July 29, 2014

A western Pennsylvania congregation is being rocked by a child sex abuse scandal involving the church's youth pastor and a 15-year-old girl.

According to the Associated Press, 33-year-old Brian Keith Smith of Westmoreland County is charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and possession of child pornography, stemming from explicit cellphone pictures he received from the girl.

The youth pastor of the Journey By Grace Church stands accused of performing sex acts with the 15-year-old girl in the church building, AP reports.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Smith told Rostraver Township police he and the girl "knew it was wrong," AP wrote.

Journey By Grace Church Pastor Bill Bailey told AP that church officials contacted police when they learned of the relationship earlier this month, firing Smith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Bishop Nyondo accused of abusing nine young girls pleads not guilty

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Times

Fourty-Seven year-old Bishop Dominic Nyondo who was arrested last week for allegedly sexually abusing nine young girls from his Church has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of sexual abuse in a Kitwe magistrates court.

Bishop Nyondo of Holy Fire Christian Ministry Church in Kitwe has been charged with three counts of defilement, three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault .

This was after he allegedly sexually abused the girls aged between 14 and 20 years on the pretext that he was cleansing them of evil spirits.

Bishop Nyondo of House number 853 Ipusukilo township in Kitwe is accused of allegedly having sex with three girls below the age of sixteen between April 2010 and November 2011.

He is further accused of allegedly having sex with three women without their consent between December 2013 and June 2014 and further indecently assaulting three women during the same period.

The accused person is said to have undressed his victims while he prayed for them, ‘anointed’ them with milk and later had sex with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

CA- Child molesting Buddhist teacher dies, SNAP responds

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com )

A leading figure in the Zen Buddhist movement in the US, who had dozens of abuse allegations against him, has died.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi allegedly sexually abused hundreds of students. Some of the allegations were reported to the Rinzai-ji board, but no action was ever taken. A group of independent Buddhist leaders investigated the claims against Roshi and said” "we have reports that those who chose to speak out were silenced, exiled, ridiculed, or otherwise punished.”

We hope his passing will give some comfort to the many individuals he abused. We also hope it will liberate others he hurt so they can disclose their pain, share their burdens and begin to heal.

Roshi's backers talk of how much good he did. The same could be said about most sex offenders. Many of them work in "helping professions" and volunteer their time at non-profits and perform great service to others. That, however, doesn't negate the severe harm they cause. Nor should it cause us to ignore or minimize that harm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

GR Radio Pervert Balyo describes his crime in Federal Court

MICHIGAN
WOOD

He called his Christian Radio Program "Family Friendly" He was anything but. Appearing in Grand Rapids Federal Court today John Balyo will be required to describe in details the crimes he committed against children. Most of his testimony will probably be unfit for broadcast. He will be sentenced to 15 to 50 years in prison. At best he would be 50 years old before he is released, if he does his full sentence he'd be 85. Of course he still faces local charges in Calhoun County and a local conviction would probably keep the pervert in prison for the rest of his life.

Homeland security officials said when he was arrested, Balyo was on the verge of even more serious crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Balyo pleads guilty on federal charges

MICHIGAN
WOOD

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Former Grand Rapids Christian radio host John Balyo is headed to prison after entering a guilty plea in federal court on two charges involving child pornography and sexually assaulting a child.

Balyo, 35, was very soft spoken and to the point when he spoke in court Tuesday morning, replying “Yes, your honor,” and “No, your honor” when questioned by the judge.

When explaining his actions that led up to the charges, Balyo, who is also facing state charges in a separate case in Calhoun County, showed no emotion. At one point, he said he knew what he did was wrong.

According to his plea, Baylo met with another man and a 12-year-old boy in a Kalamazoo hotel room in April. The men sexually assaulted the boy, who was paid cash by Baylo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Ex-Christian radio host admits to raping boy

MICHIGAN
WZZM

John Hogan, WZZM July 29, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Former WCSG radio host John Richard Balyo admitted today that he and a second man handcuffed a 12-year-old boy to a motel bed, sexually abused him and took nine photos during the April encounter.

"I did take images of a child and they were sexually explicit involving bondage and nudity,'' Balyo admitted today in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. "I performed sex acts as described. I knew it was wrong.''

Balyo and Ronald Lee Moser paid the boy for his involvement in the April 19th assault. His hands and feet were handcuffed and he was tied to the bed, according to courtroom statements today.

While bound, Balyo took nine photos of the boy, first in his underwear and then naked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Ex-Radio Host Pleads In Child Porn Probe

MICHIGAN
WLNS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is pleading guilty in a child pornography investigation.

John Balyo was in Grand Rapids federal court today, just weeks after his arrest on state charges at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.

Balyo faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of fifty years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender.

The 35-year-old Balyo is charged with sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography. His signed plea deal was filed in court Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Former Christian radio host John Balyo admits sex with boy, 12: 'I knew it was wrong'

MICHIGAN
MLive

By John Agar | jagar@mlive.com
on July 29, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former Christian radio host John Balyo admitted Tuesday, July 29, that he photographed sex acts with a 12-year-old boy at a Kalamazoo County hotel.

The child was held to the bed in restraints.

“I performed a sexual act as described and I knowingly possessed the images on my camera,” Balyo, 34, of Caledonia, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody.

“I knew it was wrong.”

Balyo pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, crimes that could put him away for up to 50 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Archdiocese confirms monsignor's removal was over finances

GUAM
KUAM

By Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Following the removal of Monsignor James Benavente as rector for the Cathedral Basilica and director of director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Agana, Archbishop Anthony Apuron today finally issued a statement on the matter.

In a press release he stated that based on the findings of a recent audit he decided that a change in administration in the two entities was necessary and urgent to re-establish proper accounting practices, complete a financial review , financial report and an audit.

According to Apuron an audit conducted by Deloitte & Touche revealed the Cathedral and Catholic Cemeteries have about $7 million in indebtedness. He added the firm determined the accounting practices, especially in the Catholic Cemeteries are "inappropriate" and that an audit is not possible until appropriate accounting has been reestablished in the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam. The archbishop removed Monsignor James from his positions, exactly one week after he celebrated his 20 year anniversary. The monsignor has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

VIDEO: Hundreds Attend Prayer Service for Monsignor James

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[with video]

Guam - The controversy continues to boil at the Archdiocese of Agana as dozens of supporters, including island dignitaries, gathered in prayer for the latest crisis to hit the Catholic church, the termination of Monsignor James Benavente as rector of the Cathedral.

Monsignor James’ removal comes just days after Father John Wadeson was removed for a sex scandal dating back to the 1970s. But the Archdiocese denies any claims that the two events are in any way related.

Little is known about why Monsignor James Benavente was fired from the church as rector of the Cathedral de Basilica. Neither the Archdiocese nor Monsignor James have revealed the reasons. The news became public when Monsignor James informed his fellow brothers and sisters of his removal.

Tim Rohr is a close catholic observer who maintains a blog about the Catholic community on Guam. He tells PNC what he’s learned of Monsignor James’ removal.

"He’s accusing not just Monsignor James, but Monsignor James, Richard Untalan, Joe Rivera and Sister Steven Torres, who were the four members of the archdiocesan finance council that the archbishop terminated after they refused to permit the conveyance of the title of the old Accion hotel property to a separate corporation away from the archdiocese. And so the archbishop is accusing Monsignor James and those other three of trying to sell that property without the archbishop’s permission," explains Rohr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

TAKE THE POLL

GUAM
Jungle Watch

10:59 PM. I made this post at 2:52 PM at which time there were 761 votes. By 8:40 PM the Archbishop's A grade had risen from 11% to 48% with about 10 "A"'s added per minute. The activity continued till 9:20 PM when the A grade rose to 56% and is still continuing. All that activity began after I posted this poll. So we obviously know who reads my blog, as if we didn't know already. (I catch Adrian on here all the time, the Archbishop too.)

It's very simple, Tim Rohr posted hugely embarrassing numbers and the Neo's mobilized. But no matter. Everyone knows that you can click as much as you want on these polls so they don't mean anything. What matters is that we have a lying, lawless bishop and a chancery seething with jealously and hate. It is now on display for all to see. Why else would they release their report to the media damning Msgr. James at the very moment his prayer vigil was beginning?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Archbishop: Deep debt prompted monsignor's ouster

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

Two entities under Guam's Catholic church have about $7 million in debts that have been reduced only "marginally," and the financial woes led to a change in administration, Archbishop Anthony Apuron stated yesterday.

The archbishop recently announced the removal of Monsignor James Benavente from being rector at the Numbre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. The Cathedral-Basilica and the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam incurred the debts, the archbishop stated.

The $7 million accounts for about "one quarter" of the total indebtedness of the Archdiocese of Agana, the archbishop stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Decision over sex abuse extradition in final stage

NEW ZEALAND
Newstalk

By: Emily Murphy, Latest Crime News | Tuesday July 29 2014

A decision over whether a former Catholic brother facing hundreds of sex charges will be extradited to Australia has reached the final stage.

Bernard McGrath is wanted in Australia on 252 charges for alleged offending against boys in New South Wales.

The charges date back over 30 years.

Justice Minister Judith Collins says she'll consider submissions sent to her from McGrath before making her final decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

TX- Admitted predator priest now has 2 jobs; SNAP responds

TEXAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis ( 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Priest who pled guilty is back on the job
Dallas bishop quietly transferred him to new posts
Just three years ago, he admitted to “inappropriate touching”
But some allegations against the cleric go back almost 40 years

The Catholic bishop of Dallas has quietly put back on the job a priest who pleaded no contest three years ago to misdemeanor assault charges for inappropriately touching of a 14-year-old girl, a support group has learned.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that Fr. Robert Crisp now does prison ministry, according to the Dallas diocese webpage.

They also say that a concerned Catholic informed them that Fr. Crisp also ministers at St. Joseph Village, a retirement home, in Coppell (1201 E. Sandy Lake Road)

(To confirm the latter, SNAP urges reporters to call Fr. Crisp's private line: 972-879-8474 or the home: 972-304-0300.)

“Bishop Kevin Farrell should be ashamed of himself,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “He's apparently given not one but two job assignments to a convicted sex offender, directly contradicting the so-called 'zero tolerance' promise he and his brother bishops have bragged about for years.”

“It's ironic that in the very city where America's bishops solemnly and repeatedly pledged 'one strike and you're out', Bishop Farrell secretly puts an admitted child molester back around unsuspecting Catholics,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP's outreach director. “How many grandkids visit relatives at this facility? And is Fr. Crisp being allowed to work in parishes too?”

“For decades, bishops have done what Farrell is now doing: moving a proven predator to another job and claiming that somehow a child predator won't gain access to kids in this position or that position,” Dorris stressed. “But there's a reason civilized societies jail molesters: because unless we do, they'll find a way to win parents' trust and abuse children again, no matter what job title or position they may be given.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

MO- Minister who headed state board goes on trial; SNAP responds

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 child sex abuse and cover up trial started yesterday against a Kansas City pastor who is the former head of the State Board of Education.

The civil suit was filed in January 2013 in Jackson County Circuit Court “by a Kansas City-area woman identified as Jane Doe” and “alleges that the Rev. Stan Archie began committing repeated acts of sexual misconduct against (her) when she went to him for counseling at 15,” according to the KC Star.

“Archie is co-founder and senior pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church at 4509 Troost Ave. in Kansas City. The lawsuit is the second in a year alleging sexual misconduct against Archie,” the Star reports.

We beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Rev. Archie's crimes to come forward immediately and help this brave young woman expose a dangerous predator.

We were disturbed by Rev. Archie's initial public response to allegations that he sexually exploited a church member. He claimed that a church investigation cleared him, but gave no details.

It's disingenuous to claim that a church investigates its own pastor and that some other anonymous body allegedly did so too. Why refuse to name the organization that supposedly checked out the accusations? Because Rev. Archie's denial of sexual misconduct is so vague and is issued through his lawyer, it rings hollow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Is the Milwaukee archdiocese too broke to pay its legal bills?

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Reporter

Marie Rohde | Jul. 29, 2014

MILWAUKEE
The Milwaukee archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy, but is it too broke to pay its legal bills?

Currently, the archdiocese has paid or owes just shy of $14 million in legal and professional fees related to the bankruptcy. As the debtor, the archdiocese is required by federal law to pay the legal expenses of those who have filed claims as well as its own lawyers. Lawyers for the archdiocese filed a 63-page statement to back up a $204,451 bill for the month of June alone.

The legal bills are far greater than the $4 million the archdiocese offered survivors of sex abuse before filing for bankruptcy on Jan. 4, 2011. That prompted Peter Isely, the Midwest director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and one of the Milwaukee claimants, to question whether the archdiocese's actions are consistent with what Pope Francis has said.

"Although it is unclear what this pope is doing or not doing on the issue, one thing that is perfectly clear is that paying lawyers three to four times what they have offered victims is directly opposite to this pope's pontificate," Isely said. "He has said that victims have a right to and must be justly compensated."

James Stang, a lawyer representing the committee of creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, says professionals on his side of the case were owed more than $2.3 million as of July 1. He asserts the archdiocese has the money to pay its bills but suggested the diocese is holding back payment in an effort to force a settlement. Stang has asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley to reconsider her order that put payments to lawyers on hold nearly 18 months ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Website selling dirt from gravesite, coffin photo of Ohio priest convicted in nun's killing

OHIO
Daily Journal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: July 29, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Internet site devoted to selling memorabilia from notorious killers is selling dirt said to be from the gravesite of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in Ohio.

The lot for sale on a website also includes a photo of the Rev. Gerald Robinson in his coffin.

Robinson was serving a life prison sentence for strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980 at a hospital where they worked. He died July 4 and was buried in his Toledo hometown.

A Toledo man says he took the photo of Robinson at his funeral and then struck a deal to sell it on a website called serialkillersink.net.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

MI- Victims urge harsh sentence in radio host child porn case

MICHIGAN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 Michigan Christian radio host is set to plead guilty to making and possessing child pornography. We hope he gets the toughest sentence possible.

John Balyo was charged with taking pornographic images of a 12 year old boy and possession of child porn. We urge the judge in his case to sentence him to the maximum sentencing, which is 50 years in jail. This is a dangerous predator and he should be kept away from children for as long as possible.

We also urge parents and officials in Kalamazoo County who may have had contact with Balyo to share any suspicions they have and talk to their children. Every church or school group where Balyo spoke or spent time with should also do aggressive outreach to find others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

Finally, we urge law enforcement officials to keep digging. Very often, in crimes like this, others in leadership positions ignored or concealed the wrongdoing. They should be identified, exposed, prosecuted and punished too, so that future cover ups are deterred.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

PA- Youth minister in jail for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 Pennsylvania youth minister has been arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and has admitted abusing her for several months. We are grateful to the witnesses who came forward with their suspicions and urge anyone else with information to come forward to police.

Brian Keith Smith was the youth minster at Journey by Grace Church and led their youth program, The Joshua Project. The victim is a 15 year old girl who joined the youth group in 2013.

We urge officials at Journey by Grace to reach out to all congregants urging them to speak up if they suspect anything and to talk to their children. They should urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered abuse to report to police. It is possible that there are more victims suffering in silence and self blame.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Penn. pastor accused of child porn, raping girl at church after dodging charges in another state

PENNSYLVANIA
The Raw Story

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A 33-year-old youth pastor in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at his church.

Court documents filed by Rostraver Police accused Journey By Grace Church’s Brian Keith Smith of felony indecent assault of a minor younger than 16, felony possession of child pornography and several other misdemeanors, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The criminal complaint stated that the Smith recruited the girl to join his youth group, The Joshua Project, in September of 2013.

“At this point in time, the victim reported that the defendant began driving her home from church after youth group meetings,” the complaint said. “The victim stated in late fall of 2013 they began to frequently send text messages to each other. Victim stated that soon after the frequent text messages, the defendant would drive her home. While driving, the defendant would stroke the victim’s face which encouraged intimacy.”

Smith is accused of first kissing the victim in February of 2014. By mid-July, the assault had escalated to penetrating her with his fingers, exchanging oral sex, and other sexual contact, according to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Missbrauchsvorwurf: Bistum hebt Beurlaubung von Pfarrer auf

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbruecker Zeitung

[Summary: A Lebacher priest in July 2012 was accused to attempting to sexually abuse a 15-year-old. The prosecution closed the case in March so the Trier diocese has restored the priest to service. The 68-year-old priest is retired.]

Lebach/Trier. Das Bistum Trier hat die Beurlaubung eines ehemaligen Pfarrers von Lebach aufgehoben, der wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Minderjährigen seine Ämter hatte niederlegen müssen. Das kirchenrechtliche Verfahren sei zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass dem Priester „kein strafrechtlich relevantes Vergehen im Sinne der Leitlinien der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz für den Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch Minderjähriger“ nachgewiesen werden könne, teilte das Bistum mit. Der 68-jährige Pfarrer ist inzwischen im Ruhestand, ist aber dem Bistum zufolge bereit, „nach Kräften“ Aushilfen und Vertretungen zu übernehmen. Es sei jedoch mit Bischof Stephan Ackermann vereinbart worden, dass er sich von der Pfarreiengemeinschaft Lebach fernhalten werde. Nur so sei nach den „für alle Beteiligten belastenden“ Monaten eine „ungestörte pastorale Arbeit“ möglich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Latest suit against Kanakuk Ministries criticizes organization's oversight and action

MISSOURI
KSPR

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. -
The latest civil suit against Kanakuk Ministries is claiming that the organization allowed Peter Newman to violate its rules and regulations at their camp and did not take any disciplinary actions.

According to documents in the 46-page-long suit filed on behalf of "John Doe II", Newman was naked in front of under-aged boys who were also naked during activities at the camp.

A mother of one of the campers reported the incident to organizers of Kanakuk by the lawsuit claims Newman was never punished. It goes on to claim that Newman was promoted to a higher position after the allegations surfaced several years ago.

The following is from a KSPR report written in July of 2011:

Taney County, Mo — The family of a former camper that is suing Kanakuk Kamp is asking a judge for a restraining order against the camp, it’s CEO Joe White and former director Pete Newman. Since appearing in the case, the family says Joe White and the camp have contacted them by mail, telephone and email despite repeated requests to not contact them. The family is suing the camp because they say camp leaders failed to prevent the molestation of their son even though there were warning signs. They are suing under the names John and Jane Doe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who brought Zen Buddhism to U.S., dies at 107

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By CHRISTINE MAI-DUC

Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading figure in Zen Buddhism in America whose legacy was later complicated by allegations of sexual abuse, has died. He was 107.

Roshi died Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Gento Steve Krieger, head monk at Rinzai-ji, also known as the Cimarron Zen Center, in Jefferson Park. He died of complications of old age, Krieger said.

Roshi arrived in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago and was among a wave of Japanese teachers to tailor Zen Buddhism teachings to westerners. He once pledged to students that he would not die “until Zen is born in America.”

“He was a Zen master,” Krieger said. “I don’t know anybody else who lives that completely and that fully. When you meet somebody like that, it changes your opinion of what a human being is.”

He opened dozens of Zen centers, including one on Mt. Baldy known for its rigorous training regimen.

Decades later, allegations from dozens of former students that he had sexually abused them surfaced. The allegations included molestation and rape, and some had been reported to the Rinzai-ji board, which never took effective action, according to an investigation by an independent council of Buddhist leaders.

The council's report suggested he may have abused hundreds. "We see how, knowingly and unknowingly, the community was drawn into an open secret," the council wrote. "We have reports that those who chose to speak out were silenced, exiled, ridiculed, or otherwise punished.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Nunavut residential school survivor hopes records are not destroyed

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Online

LISA GREGOIRE

The fate of thousands of pages of testimony about physical, sexual and psychological abuse at Canada’s notorious residential schools now lies with Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, but at least one residential school survivor hopes they are not destroyed.

Piita Irniq, who attended three residential schools, including Chesterfield Inlet’s Joseph Bernier School and its notorious Turquetil Hall residence, and who publicly, and repeatedly, disclosed the extent of abuse he suffered there, said July 28 that destroying those documents would be a grave injustice.

“If that happens, then you’re destroying the words of healing, you’re destroying the experience,” Irniq said.

“Were the Jews’ statements about the Holocaust destroyed too? If you destroy them, you destroy the history of Aboriginal people. The pain and the healing would go away.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Toledo man sells items from convicted killer's funeral, burial

OHIO
NBC 24

by Angi Gonzalez

TOLEDO -- A Toledo man is behind a new online auction of items with a connection to one of the Glass City's most notorious murder cases.

Dan Clay teamed up with the owner of Serial Killers Ink, Eric Holler, to sell a small group of items he collected following the recent passing of Father Gerald Robinson.

Earlier this month, Robinson passed away while serving time for a murder conviction in the stabbing death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

"The entire lot is the picture of Father Robinson, the four ounce vile of dirt [from Robinson's grave], his funeral obit card, and copy of The Blade that details the funeral," Clay said of collection priced at $350.

The picture of Robinson, which NBC24 has decided not to include in this story, shows the Toledo priest in an open casket and wearing what appears to be clerical garments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

A Christian Brother abused this boy, police allege

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (posted 28 July 2014)

Police allege that a Christian Brother, William Edwin Marchant, sexually abused a seven-year-old child who was visiting a Catholic school in Western Australia in the 1970s. Marchant, who is no longer a member of the Christian Brothers, made a brief appearance in Broome Magistrates Court on 28 July 2014.

Marchant, now aged 77, is accused of indecently dealing with a boy at the Christian Brothers Agricultural School near Tardun in Western Australia's mid-west.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1970 and 1971 when the seven-year-old boy regularly attended social events at the school.

Police allege that, during these events, the boy was indecently assaulted by Marchant, who was a Christian Brother at the time.

Marchant is facing two counts of indecently dealing with a boy under 14 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Marist Brothers sex abuse compensation bill expected to rise

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

July 29, 2014

David Ellery
Reporter for The Canberra Times.

The Marist Brothers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damages to victims of serial paedophile and former Marist College Canberra teacher Kostka (John) Chute.

Jason Parkinson of Porters Lawyers, who has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims, said some of his past clients may have received less than they were entitled to because Marist Brothers had denied prior knowledge that Chute was an abuser.

Additional victims, who had not previously sought redress, have come forward as a result of recent publicity about Chute’s activities in the ACT and elsewhere.

Last month’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse hearing in Canberra was told the Marists had known that Chute was an abuser as early as 1960.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

The royal commission into child sexual abuse needs more time to do its job

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Claire Moore
theguardian.com, Tuesday 29 July 2014

In November 2012 Julia Gillard, Jenny Macklin and Nicola Roxon announced the establishment of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

The Labor government believed that heartbreaking allegations of child sexual abuse justified a royal commission. We also believed that the government must do everything it can to make sure what has happened in the past is never allowed to happen again.

Since it was established in January of last year, the royal commission has interviewed over 1,600 survivors of child sexual abuse, and received a similar number of written accounts of abuse. It made clear in its interim report out last month that if its reporting date is not extended by two years, then many survivors will be denied the opportunity to report their experiences, in particular those from vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups.

We are still waiting for the Abbott government to respond to that request.

In its interim report, the royal commission said this extension is essential for it to complete the public hearings to fulfilling its terms of reference. I am not surprised – the inquiry opened a floodgate. Courage begets courage. Initial public and private hearings encouraged others to come out of the silence. Around 3,000 people are on a waiting list to give evidence in closed session.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Memorabilia of Robinson funeral listed online at $350

OHIO
Toledo Blade

BY TK BARGER
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

A Toledo man who organizes tours of local crime scenes and gravesites has collected memorabilia of Gerald Robinson — including dirt from the priest’s grave and a photograph of him in his coffin — to sell online for $350.

On Monday, the Web site serialkillersink.net offered items related to Robinson’s burial as a one-time lot. Robinson was the Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in 2006 of the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl and died in prison July 4.

Dan Clay of East Toledo had taken a photo of Robinson in his casket, dressed in priestly vestments, at the funeral home and collected dirt from Robinson’s grave, where he was buried next to his parents in Calvary Cemetery.

Along with those items, Mr. Clay is offering a memorial card from Robinson’s funeral and The Blade’s July 12 front page that includes an article on the funeral. He does not have Blade permission to reprint or resell the newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Gerald Robinson items for sale on ‘murderabilia’ website

OHIO
WSPD

Posted Tuesday, July 29th 2014 @ 6am by Michael Miller

The “true crime collectables” website Serial Killers Ink is offering a set of items related to Toledo priest Gerald Robinson’s funeral. Toledo Free Press reports the one-time lot, priced at $350, includes a photograph of Robinson in his casket, soil from Robinson’s burial plot, a memorial card from Robinson’s funeral and a copy of the July 12 Blade featuring an article about the funeral. The webste is brokering the items on behalf of Toledoan Dan Clay, founder of Grave Fixations, which offers local crime scene and graveyard tours. Robinson died July 4. He was serving a sentence of 15 years to life for the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, for which he was convicted in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Who is giving the numbers to the Pope?

VATICAN CITY
Rorate Caeli

Marco Tosatti
senior religious correspondent for La Stampa

It is difficult to write about something that is vague and has indistinct contours as in an interview with seeming contradictions, but not contradictory in a general sense, such as the latest interview between Eugenio Scalfari and the Pope. But there is an aspect of the conversation that merits attention, because it poses questions of great weight. One of these questions concerns sexual abuse by clerics. At a certain point, in his reconstruction of the conversation, Scalfari writes that he asked how widespread this phenomenon is. The Pope responded, according to Scalfari, in this way:

“Many of my consultants who are in this struggle with me assure me on the basis of reliable data that they estimate that pedophilia in the Church is at the level of two percent. This should have reassured me, but I must say to you that it did not reassure me at all. I consider it on the contrary a most grave matter. The two percent of pedophiles are priests and even bishops and cardinals. And others, even more numerous, know but are silent, they punish but say nothing about the reason for the punishment. I find this state of things unsustainable, and it is my intention to confront it with the severity that it demands.

The sentence ends this way, without the closing quotations marks.

But it is the figure of two percent reported by Scalfari that creates a great deal of perplexity. And one must ask: a) if the Pope really said that; b) who gave him these figures? c) did Scalfari report this correctly? There are 410,000 priests in the world. Two percent of these comes to eight thousand. This is data that contrasts with that which has been accepted heretofore.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Data errors.

UNITED STATES
dotCommonweal

Grant Gallicho
July 28, 2014

The Italian journalist Vittorio Messori has made a career of interviewing popes. So it's no surprise that he was recently asked to comment on another one of Eugenio Scalfari's controversial "interviews" with Pope Francis. Once again, Scalfari has reconstructed a conversation he had with the pope without the benefit of a recording or notes. And once again the Vatican has had to offer a clarification of the pope's alleged remarks--because, according to Scalfari, Francis told him that 2 percent of the world's priests, including bishops and cardinals, are pedophiles.

That's a lot of pedophile priests--about one in fifty. If the pope really said that (and it's not clear that he did), where did he get that figure? The traditionalist Catholic blog Rorate Caeli recently translated a report claiming that about .08 percent of abuse cases handled by the Vatican involve pedophile priests. The piece cites a couple of Vatican insiders who note that of all the abuse cases that make it to Rome only about 10 percent involve pedophilia.

About a week later the blog translated another Italian news item--this time an interview with Messori. In that conversation, the veteran Italian journalist was asked whether relaxing the celibacy rule would address the abuse crisis. His response makes you wonder whether he's been paying much attention to the scandal:

Nearly all of the cases of sexual abuse that have been investigated as having been committed by those in consecrated life were not committed on prepubescent children but on adolescents. All of these were male.

Bishop Charles Scicluna used to serve as the Vatican's chief prosecutor of abuse cases. He has said that 30 percent of the cases forwarded to Rome--and it's important to note that not all cases of accused clerics have been adjudicated by the Vatican--involved heterosexual abuse. I haven't seen it reported that every single postpubescent victim was male. In fact, there is no data on the pubescence of victims of clerical sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Darkness in the East

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

Catholic World News reports that the Vatican has suspended all priestly ordinations in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

If this is true, it's an indication that something far more sinister has been brewing down there than just the elevation of an alleged child molesting homosexual cult leader to the position of Vicar General. This, after Bishop Martino of Scranton, PA made it clear that this man (Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity), who had been operating in his diocese, was not fit for ministry. The Diocese of Scranton states (my emphasis) ...

Bishop Martino clearly expressed his reservations concerning Father Urrutigoity, who was identified as posing a serious threat to young people. Bishop Martino also carefully and consistently expressed his grave doubts about this cleric’s suitability for priestly ministry and cautioned the Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay to not allow Father Urrutigoity to incardinate into his diocese. Despite these serious cautions, Bishop Rogelio Livieres informed the Diocese of Scranton that he was allowing Father Urrutigoity to incardinate into his Paraguay diocese.

... and not only to incardinate (to be given the permission and the faculties to function as a priest there), but also to function as Vicar General in the diocese, becoming Bishop Livieres right-hand man.

Urrutigoity was kicked out of an SSPX (schismatic) seminary because of his sexual perversions, but then ran the Society of St. John in Scranton, where he slept with boys as a form of "spiritual direction". Back in 2002 Scranton's Independent Review Board suggested that Urrutigoity

should be removed from active ministry; his faculties should be revoked; and he should be asked to live privately.

For some reason Bishop Lvieres (a member of Opus Dei) ignored this.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Greg Kelley protests draw more attention, scrutiny

TEXAS
KXAN

By Angie Beavin
Published: July 28, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Texas — For the first time, supporters of the victim in the Greg Kelley case in Williamson County are making their voices heard, adding to the growing community outrage.

The 19-year-old was sentenced earlier this month to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child. The sentence came as a punishment agreement between prosecutors and Kelley’s defense. The jury found him guilty of the crime and could have given him anywhere from 25 years to life in prison. The agreement to 25 years also meant he couldn’t appeal.

Monday, supporters of Kelley and his innocence wore orange, and they sat in silence outside of the Williamson County Jail. ...

Across the parking lot, people dressed in teal were supporting the victim in the case.

Janet Heimlich is the director of the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a group that advocates for victims of such abuse. She did not go to the demonstration Monday night, but says demonstrations like that of the Kelley’s supporters, especially when members of a church or faith community are involved, are harmful to victims.

“I think that maybe they don’t have a full appreciation of what kind of impact that can have when you have very public rallies in support of someone who has been convicted of sexually abusing a small child,” said Heimlich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

What’s wrong with the proposed mother and babies home commission

IRELAND
Irish Times

Vincent Twomey

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

According to the Government’s inter-departmental group, the proposed commission of investigation on mother and baby homes, the commission should be different from previous inquiries into child abuse and neglect: “The particular social and historical issues which the commission of investigation will be asked to explore are likely to distinguish the nature of its investigations from those of many other commissions.”

The report illustrates this by giving an impressive sketch of recent historical studies into the various issues raised by the treatment of unmarried mothers and their children in Ireland.

All this appears to stress an important difference between issues of criminality and neglect central to previous inquiries, and questions of social change and cultural change at the heart of our debate about mother and baby homes.

Former minister for health James Reilly seemed to take a similar approach. The goal of the commission, he announced in the Dáil (July 17th, 2014) was “to bring a true and clear picture of this part of our history into full public view.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Youth Pastor Charged Over Alleged Sexual Activity With Teen Girl

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Pittsburgh

[with video]

Ross Guidotti

ROSTRAVER (KDKA) – A youth pastor in Westmoreland County has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Brian Keith Smith, 33, of Belle Vernon, was arraigned on July 25.
As a youth pastor, Smith was supposed to show teens the value of faith and prayer, but police say he was a sexual predator.

“He was in a position of trust,” said Rostraver Police Chief Greg Resetar. “He should have discouraged activity like this as we know now he went to a different direction.”

Smith admitted to police that he and the girl engaged in sexual activities on multiple occasions inside the Journey By Grace church in Rostraver.

“Both of us knew it was wrong,” Smith told police.

The two also exchanged sexually explicit photos via text messages. Smith said the inappropriate contact began in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Youth minister accused of having sex with girl, 15

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 28, 2014

By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A youth minister for a Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, church is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison after his arrest Friday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in his youth group.

Brian Keith Smith, 33, has been charged with the felonies of aggravated indecent assault of a minor younger than 16 and possession of child pornography, and with the misdemeanors of indecent assault of a minor younger than 16 and corruption of minors, for sexual acts with the girl at Journey By Grace Church on Route 51, according to a Rostraver police criminal complaint.

Mr. Smith and the victim began meeting at the church after the girl, who has not been identified, joined the church's youth group, The Joshua Project, in September 2013, the complaint states.

Mr. Smith, of Belle Vernon, told police he first kissed the teen in or around February 2014, and that between February and mid-July he penetrated her sexually with his fingers on several occasions, exchange oral sex with her on several occasions, and had other sexual contact on at least three occasions in a back room of the church, according to the criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

John Balyo to plead guilty to 2 federal charges

MICHIGAN
WZZM

Gregory Ghering, WZZM July 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- US Attorney Patrick Miles has announced that John Balyo, a former host on a Christian radio station, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges related to child sexual exploitation.

The US Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed two counts against Balyo. The first one charged him with sexually-exploiting a 12-year-old boy to create child porn. The second count charged him with possessing child porn.

Under the plea deal reached Thursday, Balyo will plead guilty to both felonies and will forfeit "computers, photographic equipment, and material used to sexually abuse or exploit children," according to the US Attorney's statement, which also said the US Attorney will not seek more charges from a federal grand jury.

Balyo is scheduled to be arraigned and enter his guilty plea before US Magistrate Judge Ellen S. Carmody on July 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

John Balyo, former Christian radio host, to plead guilty to federal child porn charges

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Angie Jackson | ajackso3@mlive.com
on July 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- John Balyo, the former Christian radio host accused of creating pornographic images of a 12-year-old boy, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges.

Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, on Wednesday was charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. Balyo on Thursday, July 24, agreed to plead guilty to both counts, records show.

As part of the plea, Balyo will forfeit his computers, photographic equipment and material used to sexually abuse or exploit children. The U.S. Attorney's Office will not seek additional charges.

The former morning show host for WCSG, a Christian station based in Grand Rapids, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years. He will be arraigned and enter the guilty plea July 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Ex-radio host expected to plea in child porn probe

MICHIGAN
SF Gate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is expected to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.

Prosecutors say John Balyo is due in Grand Rapids federal court Tuesday, just weeks after his arrest on state charges at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.

The 35-year-old Balyo is charged with sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography. His signed plea deal was filed in court Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Horrors of Coffs Harbour church sex ring revealed by ABC

AUSTRALIA
Central Telegraph

A FOUR-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).

Four Corners has revealed that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.

Courageous former members broke their silence and told of their torment living inside the group, which they said is not a Christian church but a horrendous cult run by one man.

The ex-members have remained in the shadows until now out of fear and shame, ABC News reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Former Ballarat teacher Scott Williams accused of founding abusive religious cult

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By Fiona Henderson July 29, 2014

HORRIFIC claims of sexual and physical abuse by a former Ballarat teacher who founded religious cult Christian Assemblies International (CAI) have been unveiled by the ABC's Four Corners program.

Pastor Scott Williams, now 70, is also accused of misusing vast amounts of money donated by CAI members and building up a worldwide multi-million dollar property portfolio.

Mr Williams taught at Ballarat East High School in the 1970s before heading to Germany, where he worked in Feldafing as a pool attendant at a military school for young men.

In the late 70s, he began recruiting German teenagers and young adults to CAI, claiming he was The Anointed One, filled with the Holy Spirit and a gifted healer.

However, Four Corner's four year investigation showed Williams also carried out bizarre sexual rituals on males, including mass massage sessions and forcing men to perform sex acts on him, while financially, physically, verbally and spiritually abusing his members, particularly women and children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Former Members Reveal Shocking Details of Abuse Handed Out by Christian Assemblies International (CIA) Leader Scott Williams

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Indrani Bhattacharyya | July 29, 2014

At the end of an investigation which took four long years, ABC News has found out painful details of incidents that used to take place within a NSW-based registered charity and religious group named Christian Assemblies International (CAI).

Four Corners brought out the truth to show that the self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams used his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a secret homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing enormous amount of member donations for personal purpose.

Heart wrenching true stories of abuse saw day light as former members decided to open up about the years of torment they went through at the hands of their 'cult leader'.

A young woman named Emily Wassmann shared the devastating experience of being born into and growing up in a twisted religious cult.

The women were mostly treated as slaves and suffered both physical and verbal abuse in the hands of men members. They were monitored at every step of life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Morning Times

Associated Press

ROSTRAVER, Pa. (AP) — A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

According to a criminal complaint, 33-year-old Brian Keith Smith told Rostraver Township police he and the girl "knew it was wrong." Smith is charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and possession of child pornography — stemming from explicit cellphone pictures he received from the girl.

Journey By Grace Church Pastor Bill Bailey says church officials contacted police when they learned of the relationship earlier this month and fired Smith.

Smith's attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Nigeria: Sacrilege - Pastor Who Impregnates Married Women and Their Daughters, Says God Directs Him to Do So

NIGERIA
allAfrica

Vanguard

A 53-year-old man who claims to be a Pastor, has been arrested by the Police in Nsukka, Enugu State, for allegedly impregnating married women and young girls in his church.

The Pastor, identified as Timothy Ngwu, is the General Overseer of Holy Trinity Ministry popularly called Vineyard Ministry in Umudikwere Community in the University town. Ironically, police sources said the suspect claims he was directed by the Holy Spirit to sexually abuse female members of his church in the name of God.

How he was exposed Crime Guard gathered that the alleged sexual exploits of the self-acclaimed man of God was blown open by his estranged wife, Veronica Ngwu, who hails from Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State.

The wife who has three children for the pastor was reportedly not comfortable with the ugly development and she lodged a complaint at the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department, CID, Enugu.This led to the arrest of the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Vatican suspends ordinations at Paraguayan diocese

PARAGUAY
UCA News

Catholic World News/CatholicCulture.org Paraguay July 29, 2014 The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports.

Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, ordinations have been suspended until Pope Francis resolves difficulties in the diocese, reports indicate.

No public announcement has been made about the reason for the action. The Vatican ordered an investigation of the diocese following the revelation that a priest who was accused of sexual abuse while serving in the US was serving as vicar general in Ciudad del Este.

That report brought to a head tensions between the diocesan leader, Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, and other bishops in Paraguay, and complaints from lay activists about alleged irregularities in diocesan affairs.

The accused priest, Father Carlos Urrotigoity—who is identified by the Scranton, Pennsylvania diocese as a “serious threat to young people”—was reportedly removed from his post as vicar general earlier this month, at the request of the apostolic nuncio in Paraguay, Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti.

However, Bishop Livieres has defended Father Urrotigoity in the past, saying that thc charges against him are unproven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

July 28, 2014

Review: Tough questions for ‘fallen priest’

LOUISIANA
The Advocate

BY R. STEPHANIE BRUNO
SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE

In Gregory Alexander’s novel, “The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest,” Joseph Broussard is a lot like other boys growing up in New Orleans in the mid-20th century. He comes from a large Catholic family, he spends free time exploring with his cousins and he develops both rivalries and alliances with these other children that foreshadow his future.

The only obvious difference between Joe and his cousins is the “holy mark” on his scalp, or “segno sacro” as his Italian grandmother calls the red, chalice-shaped birthmark. To her, it is a sign that Joe is destined to become a priest, an ambition she has long harbored for one of her male descendants. But as the story unfolds, the reader comes to understand that the birthmark represents something chillingly sinister rather than holy and divine.

Alexander writes with pinpoint accuracy about the world that Joe (later Father Tony) inhabits, having experienced much of it himself. The author was born in New Orleans, lived here most of his life, and had an Italian great-grandmother who never learned to speak English. He attended Catholic schools and, after earning degrees in psychology and English, taught for 12 years at Cabrini and Jesuit high schools. Alexander’s life experiences have offered him a vantage point from which to observe first-hand the complex relationships that can sometimes arise in large families, as well as the political inner-workings of the Catholic Church.

More important to the theme of the novel, however, is the psychological portrait he paints of Father Tony, the “Fallen Priest” referenced in the novel’s subtitle.

Father Tony casts himself as mistreated by the Catholic hierarchy and grossly misunderstood, a priest following “in the footsteps of Jesus.” Moved from post to post because of his improprieties with teenaged boys in his care, he blames the politics of the Church, the rivalries in his family, and everyone but himself for his situation.

In his narcissistic world view, the Church and his conniving family are the ones responsible for his fate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

GRACE against sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Martin Marty

Posted: 07/28/2014

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

GRACE acronates "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment." Its story is well told in Kathryn Joyce's "By Grace Alone," an article in American Prospect (May/June; see "Sources," below). Please read it, since it offers background and details vital to the questions of "abuse."

I get asked, "Why doesn't Sightings do more with the Catholic priest abuse story?" (It's often blurted out as "Catholicpriestchildsexualabuse.") Why doesn't it? First, we don't overdo overly-familiar stories. This one dominates elsewhere annually. Also, we are not anti-Catholic, so we don't need it as an anti-Catholic pitch. In any case, the most persistent critics on this Catholic issue are themselves Catholics, wounded victims of abuse who hope to effect change.

Note, however, that the link "abuse=Catholic" obscures many realities, particularly accounts of abuse by perpetrators within other communions or movements. This week, inspired by the Joyce story, we focus on the non-Catholic world of Evangelicals and Fundamentalists.

We are not dealing with evangelical or fundamentalist outliers. The head of GRACE is Boz Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham, There's no marginal evangelicalism in his family line! And note that Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, is the school at which tireless Tchividjian teaches law. Also central to the Joyce story is Bob Jones University, the "mother ship" to some schools of fundamentalism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just as Jesus commanded pastors to leave their flock to find the lost sheep, the church must set out in search of all those who have been abused by clergy and offer them help, said one abuse survivor.

Victims of abuse should be the focus of a new pastoral ministry since they are isolated, hurting, vulnerable to self-harm and suicide, and in need of Christ's true healing, said Mark Vincent Healy, one of the six abuse survivors who met Pope Francis at the Vatican July 7.

In his private meeting with the pope, Healy said, "I needed to tell His Holiness just how awful it is when there is no justice, no one listening on a humanitarian level," and how all that isolation and guilt push people to suicide or self-harm and addictions.

He also told the pope how much spiritual help both survivors and the church need. Healy spoke with Catholic News Service by telephone from Ireland July 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Reports: The Vatican fires a priest in Paraguay accused of molesting US seminarians

PARAGUAY
GlobalPost

Alex Leff
July 28, 2014

The Vatican has ordered a church in eastern Paraguay to dismiss a priest accused of sexually abusing young men in the United States, according to Paraguayan press reports.

The Ciudad del Este diocese’s reported firing of Argentine priest Carlos Urrutigoity followed a recent investigative report by GlobalPost into his rise to power in the South American city, despite a string of molestation allegations against him.

The reporting, and local media coverage that followed, unleashed a flood of controversy over the priest’s continued work in the church — which had promoted him to the No. 2 post of vicar general.

According to legal documents reviewed by GlobalPost, seminarians in Minnesota and Pennsylvania made allegations against Urrutigoity that included his touching one young man’s genitals and asking another to insert anal suppositories in front of him. Clergy members from Switzerland to Scranton have issued warnings that the Argentine is “dangerous” and “a serious threat to young people.”

Urrutigoity has denied the allegations and never been criminally charged for them. But US activists have campaigned for him to be punished. That movement has gained fierce voices in Paraguay — and it appears to have gotten an answer from the pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Naming Violation: Sexualized Violence and LGBTQ Justice

UNITED STATES
Our Stories Untold

By STEPHANIE KREHBIEL on Jul 24, 2014

This is a strange time to be writing about Mennonites and sexuality. In less than a year, I’m scheduled to defend my dissertation on sexual diversity, LGBTQ Anabaptist activism, and the effects of heterosexism in Mennonite institutions. And just following the news cycle is keeping me so busy that I have to force myself to write.

Anyone who reads this blog is probably aware of all the things that have been happening in the Mennonite Church USA lately that both challenge and reaffirm the dominant heterosexist practices of its institutions and communities. What I’d like to talk about here is how those practices intersect with the enormous and still largely unrecognized problem that Mennonites have with sexualized violence.

You might be nodding now, if you know from experience how bad that problem is. Or you might be wondering, “Is it really as bad as all that?” Or—the question I sometimes get when I tell Mennonites about my research—“Are Mennonites really any worse than anybody else?”

Here’s how I want to respond, sometimes: Are you asking because you don’t believe there’s anything interesting to say about Mennonites on this subject, or because you’d rather that people who write about Mennonites restrict themselves to topics that make Mennonites look good?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Suspenden ordenaciones sacerdotales en Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

PARAGUAY
El Nuevo Herald

EFE

ASUNCION -- El enviado del Papa en Paraguay, el cardenal Santos Abril y Castelló, anunció el sábado la suspensión de ordenaciones sacerdotales en el seminario de la Diócesis de Ciudad del Este, donde el ejercicio de un cura argentino acusado de abusos sexuales motivó un duro enfrentamiento dentro de la jerarquía local.

Durante una rueda de prensa ofrecida en la Nunciatura Apostólica de Asunción, el cardenal español declaró que la medida fue tomada por el Papa y dijo desconocer hasta cuándo será efectiva.

Abril y Castelló, que llegó hace una semana a Paraguay acompañado de Milton Luis Tróccoli Cebelio, obispo auxiliar de Montevideo, se negó a comentar los resultados de su investigación en la Diócesis, a donde fue enviado por el Papa para desempeñar una “tarea eclesial y pacificadora”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

After investigation of diocese in Paraguay, Vatican suspends ordinations

PARAGUAY
Catholic Culture

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports.

Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, ordinations have been suspended until Pope Francis resolves difficulties in the diocese, reports indicate. No public announcement has been made about the reason for the action.

The Vatican ordered an investigation of the diocese following the revelation that a priest who was accused of sexual abuse while serving in the US was serving as vicar general in Ciudad del Este. That report brought to a head tensions between the diocesan leader, Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, and other bishops in Paraguay, and complaints from lay activists about alleged irregularities in diocesan affairs.

The accused priest, Father Carlos Urrotigoity—who is identified by the Scranton, Pennsylvania diocese as a “serious threat to young people”—was reportedly removed from his post as vicar general earlier this month, at the request of the apostolic nuncio in Paraguay, Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti. However, Bishop Livieres has defended Father Urrotigoity in the past, saying that thc charges against him are unproven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

OH- Man seeks to profit from brutal murder of nun

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com )

A Toledo man is trying to profit from the brutal slaying of a nun by selling paraphernalia related to the convicted murderer, a Toledo priest who has also been accused of molesting a child.

Shame on him. Shame on anyone who bids on or buys this material.

Our hearts ache for anyone who was hurt by Fr. Gerald Robinson, especially the family of Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl, who was stabbed repeatedly and killed by Fr. Robinson. There seems to be no end to the suffering that callous individuals are willing to heap on this wounded family.

Most recently, it was Toledo Catholic officials who rubbed salt in their wounds by burying Fr. Robinson as a priest in good standing.

Before that, it was Vatican officials who refused to promptly defrock a convicted murderer.

And now, an entrepreneur seeks to make money off of this grisly crime.

Shame on everyone involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Presbyterian Church named in abuse lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Belleville News-Democrat

BY JIM SALTER
Associated Press
July 28, 2014

ST. LOUIS — A minister is taking his own denomination to task, claiming in a lawsuit that the Presbyterian Church was partly responsible for sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager.

The Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, a youth minister in Toledo, Ohio, is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit he filed against Louisville, Kentucky-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Missouri; the Missouri Union Presbytery in Jefferson City; and his alleged abuser, Jack Wayne Rogers.

Schondelmeyer, 31, a native of Sedalia, Missouri, said he was sexually abused at a youth conference in Maryland in 2000. At the time, Rogers was a lay pastor in Montgomery County, Missouri. The suit alleges Presbyterian officials allowed Rogers to work as a chaperone despite Rogers' 1992 conviction for child pornography.

An attorney for the denomination declined comment, citing the pending litigation. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Fulton. Rogers, 69, does not have a lawyer in Schondelmeyer's lawsuit.

Rogers has a long criminal history. In 2004, he pleaded guilty in Missouri for practicing medicine without a license and assault for cutting off a man's penis as part of a makeshift gender reassignment surgery at a hotel in Columbia, Missouri. That same year, he was convicted of federal child pornography and obscenity charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Priest accused of molesting St. Gregory's students removed from Paraguay post

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times-Tribune

BY DAVID FALCHEK
Published: July 28, 2014

A Roman Catholic priest, who landed a powerful position in the diocese in Paraguay after being accused of molesting students at St. Gregory’s Academy in Elmhurst in 2002, has been removed from that post by Vatican envoys.

The news came during a visit by a delegation of Vatican officials to the Diocese of the Ciudad del Este in Paraguay that Rev. Carlos Urrutigoiti was relieved of his duties as vicar general of the diocese by Apostolic Nuncio Antonio Eliseo Ariotti.

According to media reports in South America, Vatican officials declined comment on the nature of the removal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Wandering Wadeson: A banned priest is exposed

GUAM
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on July 28, 2014 i

I know it’s been a little quiet here at The Worthy Adversary. I have been pounding away at the manuscript for The Well-Armored Child (found a publisher!), and it’s summer, so there’s not a lot of quiet time around the house.

But things have not been quiet in the Archdiocese of Hagatna, Guam. And every time I think that things are winding down, something new happens.

Here’s the low-down:

Fr. John Wadeson is a twice-accused priest who was banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A former member of the Divine Word Missionaries, Wadeson bounced around (New York, Trenton, LA, San Francisco, and Portland) until he found a home on Guam.

Although his past was well-known and posted on the internet, Guam Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron allowed the priest to live and work in the diocese. Apuron even made Wadeson a part of his inner circle, taking the priest to Honolulu to celebrate Apuron’s 30th anniversary.

Then word got out. Local Catholic blogger and whistleblower Tim Rohr started posting information about Wadeson’s past. Other Guam Catholics joined him in his outrage. Why was a twice-accused priest allowed to live and work on Guam? What about zero tolerance? Why was Apuron allegedly punishing whistleblowing priests, but protecting known predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

A Snappy Statement

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

My readers complain a lot about SNAP - the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - but here's their press release on a situation in Pennsylvania and Paraguay that some of my friends and I have been following for a long time.

This press release, if anything, is restrained. The level of indignation could be much higher. I am posting it here because the final paragraph (which I have highlighted in bold) is especially accurate and sums up where things are at with the scandal.

***
For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 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 controversial Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting boys in the US and had been second-in-command of a diocese in Paraguay has now allegedly been removed from ministry. [MY NOTE: Actually, the link here indicates that Fr. Urrutigoity has been removed as Vicar General of the diocese in Paraguay; it does not appear (from what I can tell with the help of Google Translator) that he has been removed from ministry.] If this is true, we are glad that this action has been taken but it should have happened months ago and he should never have been put back on the job, much less won a promotion.

Catholic officials let Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity move from Pennsylvania to the South American country even though a therapist recommended that Fr. Urrutigoity "be removed from active ministry; his faculties should be revoked; he should be asked to live privately," because of "the credible allegation from (a victim)" and the priest's "admitted practice of sleeping with boys and young men." ...

In a global institution, the real way to protect kids is to make sweeping reform, not to take individual half-measured steps, in case after case after case, and only when forced to do so by public pressure. That suggests a self-serving pre-occupation with public relations, not a genuine commitment to children's safety.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

STAR TRIBUNE AGAINST ARCHBISHOP NIENSTEDT

MINNESOTA
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on yesterday’s editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune seeking the ouster of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt:

He has been charged with offenses and found innocent. He has broken no law. He is the subject of unsubstantiated accusations. Most of his accusers remain anonymous. He has triggered several investigations of himself seeking exoneration. Why, then, has he angered so many people? Largely because he believes in marriage between a man and a woman. Make no mistake about it: if Nienstedt were perceived to be a friend of gay marriage, the campaign against him would not be happening.

Now the Star Tribune has jumped on the bandwagon. The editors know they are fishing in foreign waters. “We’ve been hesitant to make this call until now for two reasons. We consider it presumptuous for a secular news organization to advise a church about internal matters. And just two years ago, the Star Tribune Editorial Board and Nienstedt openly quarreled about the ballot question that would have constitutionally banned same-sex marriage in this state.”

The Star Tribune is twice right: it is presumptuous of a secular newspaper to busy itself in the internal affairs of any religious institution. If it were reversed, if Archbishop Nienstedt called for an editorial board member of the Star Tribune to step down, the word “presumptuous” would not be chosen: a word such as “obscene” would roll off their lips. And as indicated, it is simply impossible to understand this attempt to steamroll Nienstedt absent his embrace of marriage, properly understood. So it is hardly suprising that this newspaper would now choose to pile on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Former vicar jailed for child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Isle of Wight County Press

Maxwell Crosby Halahan, 84, committed a series of sex offences against the boy between 1974 and 1977, while he was the parish priest at St Faith's Church, Cowes.

He was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Thursday to 21 months in prison.

Richard Powell, senior prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said after the sentencing: "Maxwell Halahan abused his position of authority as vicar in his parish. He abused the boy, who is now an adult but was only 13 years of age when the abuse started.

"Halahan had already been convicted of similar offences in 2011. There is no doubt he is a sexual predator who did not hesitate to take advantage of his position as a 'pillar of the society’ at the time to abuse young boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

TX- Church to hold rally for admitted molester

TEXAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

Supporters of a convicted child sexual predator are holding a rally today to support him. We hope they will change their minds and cancel the event. We also urge officials at a Leander church to cancel a similar event set for Aug. 10.

This month, a jury found Greg Kelley guilty of sexually abusing a four year old boy. Before sentencing, Kelley voluntarily accepted a plea deal in which he admitted guilt. Two young boys testified against him. One mom testified that her son told her Kelley had molested him.

People who want to support a convicted and admitted predator should do so privately, not publicly. To hold rallies for a convicted and admitted predator endangers kids by making it harder for those who see, suspect and suffer child sex crimes from speaking up.

Those who believe Kelley is innocent should visit him, pray for him, write to him and help his family. But they should do so in ways that do not scare other victims of other predators into staying silent.

By mounting public displays of support for a convicted and admitted predator, these misguided individuals are rubbing even more salt into the already - deep and still - fresh wounds of abuse victims and making it harder for police, prosecutors and employers to catch and oust child molesters.

Adults must learn to accept a disturbing truth: child molesters don't have forked tongues or devil’s tails or horns on their heads. They are usually not "creepy" people who give us "the willies" or seem socially inept. They are usually charming and charismatic and outgoing. That is often how they are able to gain the trust of children and adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

INTL- Priest with abuse allegations may have been suspended

PARAGUAY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 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 controversial Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting boys in the US and had been second-in-command of a diocese in Paraguay has now allegedly been removed from ministry. If this is true, we are glad that this action has been taken but it should have happened months ago and he should never have been put back on the job, much less won a promotion.

Catholic officials let Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity move from Pennsylvania to the South American country even though a therapist recommended that Fr. Urrutigoity "be removed from active ministry; his faculties should be revoked; he should be asked to live privately," because of "the credible allegation from (a victim)" and the priest's "admitted practice of sleeping with boys and young men."

SNAP has been demanding that this dangerous predator be ousted since March.

Instead, Catholic officials let a credibly accused child molesting cleric move abroad, live and work among unsuspecting families and potentially hurt more innocent kids.

Transferring predator priests to different dioceses or countries is dreadfully irresponsible. It is a dangerous and self-serving practice that two United Nations Committees have condemned. An investigation should be done to determine which Catholic officials were involved in this recklessness and they should be publicly and severely punished.

In a global institution, the real way to protect kids is to make sweeping reform, not to take individual half-measured steps, in case after case after case, and only when forced to do so by public pressure. That suggests a self-serving pre-occupation with public relations, not a genuine commitment to children's safety.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Frank J LaFerriere...

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Berlin Daily Sun

Frank J LaFerriere: Pope Francis asked priest abuse victims for forgiveness

Frank J LaFerriere
Gorham

Not so long ago, Pope Francis asked priest abuse victims for forgiveness.

Yet how do those of us, whom were raped and had our souls stolen from us, whom committed suicide because of it, can give him forgiveness, or any of us so harmed, when he refuses to clean house of all the Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops whom covered up these evil crimes and are still sitting in the positions that they are in?

How can Paul Anthony Carson, whom upon seeing the priest whom raped him walking down the street and then going home and hanging himself, being found by his parents, forgive him?

How can Emma Foster, whom was raped by Father Kevin O'Donnell, while at a primary school whom committed suicide because of it, forgive him?

How can Daniel Neill, whom committed suicide because of his rapist priest, Joseph Gallagher, forgive him?

How can the 30 boys raped at the St Alipius primary school, whom committed suicide forgive him for their rapes?

None of them can. Matter of fact, they are supposedly in hell, burning for all eternity, because the pain and suffering brought on by their rapes by Roman Catholic priests, committed suicide, which the RC teaches that if you do commit suicide, then you will burn in hell for eternity.

No Pope Francis, until you do what you have promised us you would do. Clean house, stop fighting us victims when we seek justice for the crimes committed against us, with the church lawyers getting our cases dismissed using the statues of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

War over Weakland is over

MILWAUKEE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

(An edited version of this Op Ed appeared in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Your Views”.)

War over Weakland is over

By Peter Isely

There was a weird phenomenon that persisted for decades after the surrender of imperial Japan to the allies in 1945 that became known in popular Japanese culture as “nipponhei” or “holdouts”.

Naponhei were Japanese soldiers who either adamantly refused to believe that Japan had lost the war and continued to fight, or were so cut off from communications on remote islands in the Pacific that they never received the news. The last confirmed nipponhei was one Hiroo Onodoa who lived in the jungles of the Philippines were he successfully evaded what he thought was capture for almost 30 years. When Onodoa finally marched out of the jungle and formally surrendered he was wearing an immaculately kept dress uniform. He was age 52.

As a survivor of childhood sexual assault by a priest of the Milwaukee archdiocese, it is astonishing to read Todd Robert Murphy’s strange nipponhei like revisionist history of Archbishop Rembert Weakland (“A reappraisal of Archbishop Rembert Weakland”).

No one seems to have told Murphy that for nearly 25 years Weakland planned, directed and implemented a wide spread and systematic cover up of sex crimes against children by dozens of Catholic priests and religious clerics. Weakland’s record is one of the best documented in the entire history of the now global sex abuse crisis in the church, including tens of thousands of pages of recently court ordered released pages of internal church files, hundreds of hours of depositions of top church officials (including Weakland) and serial offenders, and the direct testimony, reports or admissions of what must now be well over 1,000 victims, among them 200 deaf youngsters by the infamous Fr. Lawrence Murphy. That number is likely a fraction of the actual total, since most victims of childhood rape and sexual assault never come forward and report the crime.

A few years ago, I received a call from a survivor of one of these predator priests that Weakland shuffled and sheltered around the archdiocese. He had a brother, let’s call him Michael, who was also molested by the same priest. Michael had just gone to the local Catholic cemetery to visit his mother’s grave. Michael also took his grandfather’s shotgun with him. He took his life, on his mother’s grave. The body, I was told, could only be identified because a business card from the archdiocese was found on his person. Michael, for whatever reason, had seeking some kind of help or relief from the archdiocese. The priest who assaulted Michael was known by Weakland and his second in charge, Bishop Richard Sklba, to have been a child sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Ousted priest takes out ad in newspaper

GUAM
KUAM

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Father James Wadeson paid for an advertisement in the Archdiocese of Agana's weekly newspaper to respond to what he says are defamatory accusations that appeared in the blog Jungle Watch written by Tim Rohr. Archbishop Anthony Apuron a week ago removed Father Wadeson from active and public ministry after the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests expressed their concerns about the priest being on Guam because he was twice accused of child molestation in California. The day after his removal, Father Wadeson left Guam. In the Sunday Catholic Paper, the priest defended his reputation and also threatened to sue anyone who wishes to reiterate false accusations about him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Child porn priest taped SBS shows

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Catholic priest who possessed child pornography bought some material to understand the concept of paedophilia, an Adelaide court has been told.

Sophie David, for Father Stanislaus Hogan, also said two of the five videos seized from her client were taped from SBS educative TV programs, but were classified by authorities as being in the most serious child pornography category.

Hogan, 69, has pleaded guilty to an aggravated count of possessing child pornography and a count of using a carriage service to access child pornography at Athelstone between April 20 and June 10 2012.

The 1555 images were found in his bedroom at St Ignatius' College, where police also located magazines and videos which Ms David said were bought legally in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The ages of the children ranged between three and 16 years.

More than 70 per cent of the images were in the least serious category involving no sexual activity, but five images and two videos were in category five, the most serious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Pope Francis Suspends Priestly Ordinations in Paraguay: The Fate of Courageous Local Bishop in the Balance

PARAGUAY
The Eponymous Flower

The first step has been reached after the apostolic visit to the Paraguayan diocese. Francis will soon decide the future of Bishop Rogelio Livieres

The following is part of a report by Andres Alvarez at the Neocatholic Vatican Insider at Italy's anti-Clerical La Stampa. There's no discussion that the courageous Bishop Livieres' accusations of aberrosexuality on the part of one of his brother bishops, or his denunciations of Liberation Theology had anything to do with this as reported earlier here. Surely there are worse Diocese in Paraguay who produce no vocations, house Old Liberal Bishops and confuse the faithful endlessly with their heterodoxy? Nope, sorry, too much Catholicism it seems.

[VATICAN CITY, Vatican Insider] An immediate and forceful measure was undertaken in the Paraguayan Diocese of Ciudad del Este. In recent days two envoys of the Pope to the government conducted an audit of Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano and, before leaving the country, dropped a bomb: Francis has [stopped] all sacerdotal and diaconal ordinations in the diocese. So far no one has reported on the reasons for the freeze, but it clearly responds to a serious situation in the local seminary. [Like too much Catholicism, Latin, apostolic charity...]

The news was reported by the apostolic visitors, Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló and Milton Luis Troccoli, Auxiliary Bishop of Montevideo (Uruguay). They concluded their investigations "in loco" on Saturday July 26. Investigations conducted during intense week, in which they passed around. It included fainting and subsequent hospitalization of the cardinal.

According to the practice of the Holy See, the apostolic visits are usually reserved audits are often carried out in absolute discretion. But the case of Ciudad del Este was different. First of all because the conflict between its bishop and other members of the Paraguayan Bishops is public domain several years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

May urged to pick ‘radical’ QC Michael Mansfield for child abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Theresa May faced calls last night to appoint a self-described “radical lawyer” as chairman of the public inquiry into high-profile child abuse cases.

A group of abuse survivors, lawyers and care professionals wrote an open letter to the Home Secretary calling for Michael Mansfield, QC, to be selected to lead the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Cardenal insta a respetar y obedecer las decisiones del Papa en el Este

PARAGUAY
Ultima Hora

[Summary: Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello urged the faithful to respect and obey the decisions taken by Pope Francis for the good of the church in his final report to the Ciudad del Este diocese. The apostolic visit culminated yesterday with a short meeting of the cardinal and Auxiliary Bishop Luis Troccoli of Montevideo, Uruguay, with Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Ciudad del Este.

The bishop confirmed that Argentine priest Carlos Urrutigoity, who was accused of child abuse in the United States, was removed from his post as vicar general two weeks ago at request of Apostolic Nuncio Eliseo Ariotti. Urrutigoity spoke with Cardinal Abril y Castello for 15 minutes of Thursday. Issues were clarified but there currently is no accusation against him. The diocese yesterday published a document in which Maria Graciela Vera Colman, a district attorney, requested dismissal of the indictment aagainst Urrutigoity for lack to evidence. There are no charges against him at the Vatican.]

Por Wilson Ferreira

CIUDAD DEL ESTE

El cardenal Santos Abril y Castelló instó a la feligresía a respetar y obedecer las decisiones que adopta el papa Francisco para el bien de la Iglesia, durante su mensaje final a la diócesis de Ciudad del Este. Las palabras del cardenal se dieron al despedirse de los católicos del Este, durante la bendición final de la misa multitudinaria del jueves.

Pero la visita apostólica en la diócesis de Ciudad del Este culminó ayer con una breve reunión del cardenal Santos Abril y Castelló y el monseñor Milton Luis Tróccoli, con el obispo Rogelio Livieres Plano en la sede del Obispado.

La visita de los enviados del papa Francisco se inició el lunes con una recolección de datos y culminó ayer viernes con una última visita realizada por el obispo Tróccoli al Instituto de Formación Sacerdotal San Ireneo, que funciona en la parroquia Espíritu Santo.

Desde muy temprano se instaló allí para luego, a las 10.00, sumarse al cardenal para una última reunión con Livieres en el Obispado y luego partir rumbo a la capital del país.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

CULT OF HORRORS

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Four Corners

[with video]

By Caro Meldrum-Hanna and Janine Cohen

Monday 28th July 2014

He is a self-styled evangelist who told his followers he was The Anointed One, chosen by God to convert the world to his beliefs.

Anyone who didn't follow his word was told they would burn in hell, that he held the key to their salvation on judgement day.

In reality, Scott Williams was a cult leader who used his own brand of religion to warp biblical scripture in the pursuit of sex, money and power.

Scott Williams left Australia 38 years ago, converting hundreds of young people throughout Europe. On the outside, life appeared happy. But now, former cult members reveal to Four Corners a lifetime of secretive abuse, misplaced worship and horrifying punishments carried out under the guise of obedience to 'The Overseer', Scott Williams. Their stories are so shocking, their brainwashing so profound, it is almost unbelievable. As one former member explained:

"It's not simple to walk out. No. I wish I could. I tried. I tried a few times. It's a curious web and it was like he's the spider and he's got you there and you can't get out of the bloody spider web."

This week, reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates the rise of Scott Williams and his incredible path around the world and back to Australia, exposing how he created a hell on earth for many followers. Controlling almost everything they did, members say they were threatened, beaten, subjected to horrifying and bizarre sexual rituals - and even their children were taken away and given to others to raise for a time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Manipulated, sexually abused and hidden in plain sight...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

Manipulated, sexually abused and hidden in plain sight: Victims reveal the unspeakable horror of secret Australian cult 'The Assembly'

By EMILY CRANE

Shocking claims of abuse within a secret NSW-based religious group have come to light after former members revealed the years of torment they endured at the hands their 'cult leader'.

Self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams allegedly used his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a secret homosexual sex ring while misusing huge amounts of member donations for his own personal use.

The claims of horrific abuse alleged to have occurred within Mr Williams' NSW-based religious group, Christian Assemblies International (CAI), were uncovered during a four-year investigation by the ABC's Four Corners.

Dozens of former members said bizarre sexual rituals were carried out in secret by Mr Williams, who had been given authorisation by God to sidestep biblical commands against homosexuality and train his male member to be sexually obedient.

The abuse detailed by the men and women, who until now have remained silent out of fear and shame, ranged from spiritual, financial, verbal and physical abuse to sexual abuse of adult male members.

'I haven't come across anything like it,' Four Corners reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna told Daily Mail Australia ahead of the episode going to air on Monday night.

'Former members describe it as a cult.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Four Corners reporter uncovers a secret religious society ...

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Four Corners reporter uncovers a secret religious society accused of physical and mental abuse

TOTAL control over every aspect of life. Alleged physical and mental abuse. Bizarre and depraved sexual rituals. A man who claims he speaks directly to God.

This was the way of life for hundreds of members of a secret religious group that started in a beach town in northern New South Wales and spread across the world.

Tonight, ABC journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna’s four-year investigation will expose the Assembly and its founder, Scott Williams.

Her Four Corners report hears from those who’ve escaped the group, plots the journey of Williams over nearly four decades and uncovers the vast fortune he has siphoned from loyal followers.

“I began looking at this story back in 2010 and have been following it since, but it wasn’t until this year that two key former members told me they were ready to go public,” Meldrum-Hanna said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Fr Brian D'Arcy...

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Fr Brian D'Arcy: My battle with cancer, the Catholic Church and how my faith survived trauma of being abused as a boy of 10

Fr Brian D'Arcy is one of Ireland's best-known clerics – controversial and frank. He speaks to Adrian Rutherford about the future of the Catholic Church and how his faith survived the trauma of being abused as a boy of 10 in Omagh.

8 JULY 2014

Q. You are one of Ireland's best-known priests, but was religion always a part of your life?

A. I was born in 1945 and, growing up in the 1950s and 60s, not many families weren't religious. By modern standards, there were exceptionally religious families back then.

It was a culture. It didn't matter what religion you were, you went to church on Sunday, you had respect for your parents, the law and your community.

We weren't a family that was always in church or highly religious. We were a very normal family.

We were highly involved in GAA affairs – my father was a famous footballer – and that was almost as big a religion as Catholicism.

Did we believe in a God, did we pray, did we keep the Commandments? Yes, we did that as simply as you breathed because there was no other way of life. ...

Q. You were abused as a child – did that shake your faith?

A. I was abused when I was 10 and at school in Omagh. I didn't realise what was happening at the time, but I still knew it was wrong. It had a great effect on me. It made me very nervous and insecure, unsure of what religion was or wasn't because it was a religious brother who abused me for almost a year.

As a teenager, after I entered the priesthood, a priest tried to involve me in abuse as well.

I had more sense at that age and was able to get out of the situation much quicker.

I hadn't the wit to tell my superiors because he told me that if I ever told anyone I would never be ordained.

It was only 35 years or so afterwards that I was even able to think about it.

Abuse affects you to the day you die. It leaves you very insecure, very hurt. You never actually get over it. You have to live with it.

Q. You could never imagine it had been so widespread in the church?

A. I thought I was the only child in the country that it had happened to. I genuinely thought that, which is why I convinced myself I wouldn't be believed.

It was such a uniquely awful experience. Being abused by an adult who you trusted, especially by someone in religion, destroys your relationship with people, it destroys your relationship with others and it threatens to absolutely destroy your relationship with God.

Q. Pope Francis recently said he believes one in 50 priests is involved in child abuse – do you think that's accurate?

A. He is underestimating it. It is more than that. At the very minimum, I would say three to five per cent, and I would say nearer 5%. But that is only the reported cases – I would contend that less than 50% of cases are ever mentioned or reported. So what is the real figure? It's probably nearer 8% – about one in 12 priests. Certainly one in 15 have either abused, assaulted or had dysfunctional sexual relationships.

Q. It has been very damaging for the Catholic Church.

A. It has, but I would rather have the church now, with its less arrogant, less perfectionist attitude than a church which said there is no room for sinners.

You always have to accept that you have to live with sin, not necessarily in sin, but with sin.

Q. Do you think it will ever recover its old image?

A. I hope not, because when its image was best, its sinfulness was greatest. Its image now is far more healthy because the good will survive and the hypocritical will perish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Churches need closer monitoring

ZAMBIA
Zambia Daily Mail

THE calls by many sections of the Zambian society for the government to apply stricter controls on the proliferation of churches are justified.

It will help curb the sexual abuse of unsuspecting female members by immoral clergymen.

In the last two years the country has seen an increase in the number of pastors and ‘prophets’ involved in criminal and immoral activities.

The men of the cloak are using their influential and privileged positions to prey on desperate women and girls under the guise of the so-called deliverance.

The rate at which churches are emerging, especially in densely populated communities and rural areas, is alarming.

As members of these communities grapple with various personal and social challenges, they are seeking help from the men of God.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Christian Assemblies International: Former members detail abuse handed out by CAI leader Scott Williams

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

By Caro Meldrum-Hanna

A four-year investigation by the ABC has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to NSW-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI).

Tonight's Four Corners reveals that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run a clandestine homosexual sex ring while allegedly misusing vast amounts of member donations for personal use.

Courageous former members break their silence and tell of their torment living inside the group, which they say is not a Christian church but a horrendous cult run by one man.

The ex-members have remained in the shadows until now out of fear and shame. They detail shocking acts of abuse ranging from spiritual abuse, financial abuse, verbal and physical abuse, and the sexual abuse of adult men.

They say bizarre sexual rituals were carried out in secret by Williams, who described himself as "The Anointed One" with the Lord's authorisation to sidestep biblical commands against homosexuality and sexually train his male members into submission and obedience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Probe into St Michael’s home: Cops interview abused teenager

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Guardian

Monday, July 28, 2014

Anna Lisa Paul

Hours before he met with investigators probing the allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the St Michael's School for Boys, Diego Martin, the abused teenager who confirmed the wrongdoing by staff members said he was now "in a better place" after having gone public with his story. The teenager, 19, who lives in Port-of-Spain, made the statement as he waited to meet with police last Friday. The teenager was met at the Guardian Media Ltd office by three officers from the Western Division.

He and his boss were later taken to an undisclosed in Port-of-Spain for the interview, which lasted close to three hours. In a phone interview yesterday, the teenager confirmed that he had given police a sworn statement and was ready and willing to meet with police again any time. Asked yesterday if he was having second thoughts about revealing the abuse he suffered during his year at the school, or about meeting with police, the teenager replied, "No, I'm good."

Investigators were eager to meet with him, as he is the first person thus far to come forward and testify about the kind and level of abuse he suffered while at the school. The investigation was launched after Attorney General Anand Ramlogan revealed the findings of a committee appointed to probe the death of Brandon Hargreaves. Hargreaves, 14, of Cascade, died on April 8, after he suffered a head injury. Initial reports said he was injured while trying to drop-kick another child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

ABC News: Attorney for Archdiocese of Los Angeles Says Guam Archdiocese Was Told About Allegations Against Father Wadeson in 2011

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Click here for the story.

Guam - Los Angeles Archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan says the LA Archdiocese told Guam church officials about the sexual abuse accusations against Father John Wadeson in 2011, according to a report on the ABC News website.

The ABC report also cites a 2004 Los Angeles archdiocese report which says "Wadeson was credibly accused in two cases between 1973 and 1977." Between 1972 and 1985 Wadeson worked at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. Verbum Dei is an all-male Catholic high school school.

The "Survivors Network Against those Abused by Priests" [SNAP] has previously reported that Father Wadeson was named in Los Angeles Archdiocese records from the early 1990's, and in LA news reports, as having been accused on 2 occasions of being a predator priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has barred Father Wadeson from ministry in LA. The accusations against Father Wadeson were never brought to trial.

Father Wadeson was incardinated on Guam by Archbishop Apuron in 2000. Archbishop Apruon removed Father Wadeson from "active and public ministry" on Guam this past Tuesday, 4 days after SNAP issued a release calling attention to the decades old accusations against Father Wadeson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

I'm feeling fine, says leading priest as he battles cancer

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Adrian Rutherford
Published 28/07/2014

One of Ireland's best known priests has revealed he is fighting cancer.

Fr Brian D'Arcy said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

The 69-year-old, who is also a prominent columnist and broadcaster, said he is overcoming the illness and is feeling "fine".

"I was diagnosed earlier this year, but I don't really like saying too much about it," Fr D'Arcy told the Irish Independent.

"It's prostate cancer, which any man can get at any stage.

"I haven't said much about it because it's putting yourself in the limelight, but thankfully I'm overcoming it."

Some of the issues the Enniskillen-based priest discussed during the wide-ranging interview were:

* He disputes claims by Pope Francis that one in 50 priests are paedophiles, believing the true figure is actually closer to one in 12.
* The Pope would be wasting his time coming to Ireland.
* The priesthood must review its position on male celibacy if it is to survive for future generations.

Fr D'Arcy entered the priesthood when he was 17 and is rector of St Gabriel's Retreat in the Graan, near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

July 27, 2014

StarTribune calls for Nienstedt resignation

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Under the banner headline, “To heal church, Nienstedt must go,” the Editorial Board of the Minneapolis StarTribune Sunday called for the resignation of embattled Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt.

“Signs abound that the leadership crisis sparked by priest abuse of children in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has come to a breaking point, the editorial stated. Consider these developments just this month:

• A judge in St. Paul — a city whose history and culture are inseparable from the Roman Catholic Church — refused to set aside a lawsuit’s claim that the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona had created a public nuisance with their handling of abusive priests. District Judge John Van de North said he is seeking more information on that charge as he allowed a suit to go forward on claims of negligence.

• An affidavit by former archdiocesan canon law chancellor Jennifer Haselberger reported a “cavalier attitude about the safety of other people’s children” at the archdiocese’s top levels, leading to lax investigations and continued priestly service by suspected abusers. Haselberger resigned from her post in 2013 because, she said, she could no longer work for an organization that was not fully cooperating with an investigation of illegal activity within it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Secrets, lies and sex abuse as ex-sect leader chooses life on the inside

AUSTRALIA
The Age

July 28, 2014

Chris Johnston
Senior Writer for The Age

Guilt can be a heavy burden - and this seems to be the case with the latest chapter in the disturbing story of a senior Victorian sect leader now in jail on child sex charges.

Ten days ago Chris Chandler, 56, drove to Melbourne from his property on French Island, in Western Port. Then he went to the Melbourne Magistrates Court to hand himself in.

Chandler was a leader of the secretive Bible sect known as Friends and Workers, or the Two by Twos, who have 2000 Victorian members. He had already admitted his guilt in eight charges in a Gippsland court including unlawful indecent assaults, indecent assaults and gross indecency on three young female victims.

But Chandler baulked at his sentence of a year's jail with a non-parole period of three months, telling his lawyers that while he was guilty, he wasn't guilty to that extent.

But then something changed. He decided he wanted to go to jail. When he turned up at Melbourne's central magistrates court to surrender - not the Morwell court his hearings had been held in, and not the one closest to his home - he hadn't told the policeman who made the charges stick what he was about to do.

Sergeant Darren Eldridge of Moe police was surprised to hear Chandler had given up his fight. He had been working on the case for two years. ''We were assisted in different ways by a number of congregation members,'' he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Priest's trial date moved

WASHINGTON
Catholic Sentinel

The trial date for a priest accused of luring a 14-year-old girl toward his car in Vancouver, Wash. has been moved to Oct. 6 in Clark County Superior Court.

Proceedings had been set for July in the case of Father Michael Patrick, who was removed from his post as pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose soon after the March 10 incident came to light.

Father Patrick was released from jail in April and is under the supervision of authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

San Francisco Archdiocese Removes Priest From Service Over Allegations Of Past Sex Abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (CA0
CBS SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The San Francisco Archdiocese has removed a priest from ministering in the city after he was removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Friday.

The Rev. John Howard Wadeson was stripped of his duties in the Archdiocese of Agana on Monday after concerns in the community there about his past and he has since left the U.S. territory, the Guam Pacific Daily News reported. Wadeson, whose current whereabouts are unknown, told the paper he was innocent and was leaving to protect his archbishop.

A 2004 report on clergy abuse issued by the Los Angeles archdiocese lists Wadeson as being credibly accused of molesting two people between 1973 and 1977, while he was working as a priest with the Divine Word Missionaries religious order. Wadeson was in the Los Angeles archdiocese between 1972 and 1985 and spent many of those years at Verbum Dei High School, an all-boys Catholic school.

Wadeson’s religious order would have been responsible for dealing with the allegations at the time, said Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

San Francisco Archdiocese Bars Father Wadesen From Ministry

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - The Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced that it has withdrawn permission for Father John Wadeson to practice his ministry in San Francisco after learning that Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron had removed Father Wadeson from ministry in Guam this past week, Monday, July 21st.

The statement was issued Friday, July 25th, by the San Francisco Archdiocese Victim's Assistance Coordinator, Dr. Renee Duffey. [see the statement below]

Duffey writes that the San Francisco Archdiocese granted permission to Father Wadeson to practice his ministry "based upon assurances of good standing from his home diocese, in this case the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam."

It is not clear from the statement when the San Francisco Archdiocese first granted Father Wadeson permission to practice his minitry. Nor is it clear when the Guam Archdiocese gave the San Francisco Archdiocese those "assurances of good standing" on behalf of Father Wadeson.

The Archdiocese of Guam announced that it had removed Father Wadeson from ministry on Monday "in response to concerns raised by the community." Father Wadeseon left Guam for San Francisco the next day, on Tuesday, July 22ed. ...

READ the statement from the Archdiocese of San Francisco below:

Statement Regarding Fr. John Wadeson:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(SAN FRANCISCO, JULY 25, 2014) As with all priests who hale from other dioceses, Fr. John Wadeson was granted permission to minister within the Archdiocese of San Francisco based upon assurances of good standing from his home diocese, in this case the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam.

On July 22, 2014, the Archdiocese of San Francisco became aware that the Archbishop of Agana, Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, had removed Fr. Wadeson from ministry on July 21, 2014, “in response to concerns in the community.”

Therefore, on July 22, 2014, Archbishop Cordileone informed Archbishop Apuron that in response to this information, Fr. Wadeson would not be allowed to undertake any ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, unless and until his home Archdiocese confirms that he is suitable for ministry.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has informed Fr. Wadeson of that restriction as well, and Fr. Wadeson has willingly agreed to observe it.

We welcome and encourage anyone who may have any information concerning any possible wrongdoing by Fr. Wadeson to contact the Victim’s Assistance Office.

For more information contact:
Dr. Renee Duffey
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Victim's Assistance Coordinator
(415) 614-5506
duffeyr@sfarchdiocese.org

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Randy pastor’s church shut

ZAMBIA
Zambia Daily Mail

By NOMSA NKANA

HOLY Fire Christian Ministries Church has been deregistered following allegations of indecent assault and sexual abuse scandals that rocked the church.

Registrar of Societies Kakoma Kanganja has shut down the church based in Bulangililo, Kitwe, to stop any further abuses and disturbances to the public.

He, however, told the Sunday Mail that the presiding bishop of the church, Dominic Nyundu, last week resurfaced after going into hiding in 2010

Mr Kanganja, who was in Kitwe, said bishop Nyundu was allegedly embroiled in the sex scams between 2010 and 2013 when he was reported to be abusing women by taking them for overnight prayer meetings where he would have sex with them in the name of exorcising demons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Delaware's Child Victims Act was a success despite the odds

DELAWARE
The News Journal

Thomas S. Neuberger July 26, 2014

The passage of the Child Victims Act in July of 2007 is proof that even the often maligned "Delaware Way" can sometimes benefit the proverbial "little guys."

In 2012 about 900 sexually abused pre-adolescent victims of jailed Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley shared a Beebe Hospital fund of $123 million in Superior Court because of the CVA.

During a 2011 federal court bankruptcy reorganization, over $110 million also was distributed to 152 adult survivors who were sexually abused by Catholic priests of the Diocese of Wilmington, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, and the Capuchins. For what some call "soul murder," tens of millions of dollars also were paid in confidential settlements with dozens of other childhood rape survivors which occurred in families, other churches, nonprofit organizations or in public, private or religious schools.

Vital knowledge also was given to parents to enable them to make informed decisions and protect their children. For example, the names of living predator priests from Salesianum and Archmere were revealed, warning parents of the dangers they present to their children. At Salesianum school alone, twelve living or deceased priests were exposed, and at the Diocese more than 20. Even more co-workers and supervisors were revealed to have turned a blind eye.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

To heal church, Nienstedt must go

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune Updated: July 26, 2014

Archbishop cannot be a force for reform in Twin Cities archdiocese.

Signs abound that the leadership crisis sparked by priest abuse of children in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has come to a breaking point. Consider these developments just this month:

• A judge in St. Paul — a city whose history and culture are inseparable from the Roman Catholic Church — refused to set aside a lawsuit’s claim that the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona had created a public nuisance with their handling of abusive priests. District Judge John Van de North said he is seeking more information on that charge as he allowed a suit to go forward on claims of negligence.

• An affidavit by former archdiocesan canon law chancellor Jennifer Haselberger reported a “cavalier attitude about the safety of other people’s children” at the archdiocese’s top levels, leading to lax investigations and continued priestly service by suspected abusers. Haselberger resigned from her post in 2013 because, she said, she could no longer work for an organization that was not fully cooperating with an investigation of illegal activity within it.

• The archdiocese confirmed to the Star Tribune that Archbishop John Nienstedt is the subject of a monthslong investigation of sexual misconduct with seminarians, priests and other men.

• Minnesota Public Radio aired an hourlong documentary, “Betrayed by Silence,” detailing how three St. Paul/Minneapolis archbishops — Nienstedt and his predecessors John R. Roach and Harry Flynn — ignored or downplayed evidence and, until this year, concealed the names of priests credibly accused of molesting children.

• An editorial in the New York Times said that if Pope Francis is serious about holding bishops accountable for the abuse scandal that has rocked the church, a “good place to start” would be St. Paul and Minneapolis, with the removal of Nienstedt.

Today, with sadness, this newspaper joins that call. For the sake of one of this state’s most valued institutions and the Minnesotans whose lives it touches, Nienstedt’s service at the archdiocese should end now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

July 26, 2014

From torture to reunion: The story of the Riverview Old Boys

AUSTRALIA
Queensland Times

ROBERT Toreaux knows what it's liked to be tortured; to spend each day in fear of being attacked and humiliated without being able to escape.

He's also knows how child abuse can lead to long-term, chronic health problems for survivors.

The 66-year-old spent a good portion of his childhood living and working at the Riverview Training Farm for Boys.

The Salvation Army-run facility has proved to have a long and grim history as a place of abuse, where children were routinely physically and sexually assaulted by staff.

Mr Toreaux arrived at the training farm in 1960 when he was 10-years-old and resided there for four years.

"My mother died in 1956," he said. "She was killed in a car accident when her vehicle collided with a drunk driver.

"After that, my father took off and left my brothers and sisters to fend for ourselves.

"I was separated from my seven siblings and spent a number of years bounced around 27 orphanages."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

DA: No indication church delayed reporting abuse

ALABAMA
WAFF

By Marie Waxel

Updated: Jul 26, 2014

COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
The Colbert County District Attorney was asked Thursday if church leaders violated state law by not immediately reporting abuse allegations involving a children's pastor.

Jeff Eddie will spend the next 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges. One of the victims filed a federal lawsuit against Eddie, Highland Park Baptist Church and a non-profit organization connected to the church.

The lawsuit (PDF) claims church leaders knew about the accusations for more than a week before notifying police.

According to state law, clergy members are required to report known or suspected abuse to authorities immediately. The new lawsuit claims church leaders knew about the accusations for 10 days, and even conducted their own investigation before going to police. If proven to be true, that is a direct violation of the law.

The original arrest warrant against Eddie also noted the church's internal investigation prior to police notification.

District Attorney Bryce Graham said because he is not connected to the civil suit that has been filed, he cannot comment on its details. However, he did release a statement:

"We prosecuted the criminal case and to my knowledge, the church reported it to us when they found out," Graham said. "Nothing has been brought to me of any discrepancies of any church officials as far as delayed reporting goes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Ruben Rosario: Readers add voices to John Nienstedt fray

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Ruben Rosario
rrosario@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 07/25/2014

Last week I wrote a piece calling for Archbishop John Nienstedt to step down or be removed from his position. I will not repeat here the arguments I made. You can look up the column, which coincidentally was posted online the same day a blogger for the National Catholic Reporter also called for his resignation and a New York Times editorial urged Pope Francis to reconsider Nienstedt's fitness to serve. But essentially, the mishandling of recent clergy abuse cases in the Twin Cities archdiocese warrants his resignation.

My reasons have nothing to do with previous allegations that he inappropriately touched a minor during a confirmation ceremony.

My gut told me that was bogus, and cops later determined there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges.

There's an internal church probe now into allegations that Nienstedt had inappropriate relationships with seminarians and others dating from the time he worked in Detroit. That also has little to do with my feelings since the investigation continues. Others within the church wanted him out after his somewhat obsessive and much-politicized crusade two years ago to support a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. ...

Not surprisingly, I got quite a few responses to last week's column. Most sided with me, but there were also strenuous disagreements. The following are but a handful of emails I received:

"You are ignorant and (Jennifer) Haselberger (former chancellor for canonical affairs who revealed the mishandlings after she resigned in 2013) hates the church for some reason," wrote one reader. "There are a lot of people who want the Archbishop to 'go' because of his conservatism, particularly his support for traditional marriage. Don't be another hater."

"It is you and people like you who should resign from the Church," fumed one letter writer from Woodbury. "I feel sick every time you and one of your ilk refer to themselves as 'Catholics.' I feel sullied and fouled by associating yourselves with my most basic beliefs."

A frequent letter writer to me and the Pioneer Press snapped: "I wonder if you would also have been on the top of the list asking Peter to resign as head of the church? I am also sure that your choice to replace our Archbishop would be infinitely better than Christ's."

To be fair, I replied and thanked him for being someone I could always count on to make "asinine" remarks. I meant that in a Christian way. Maybe I'll get a few extra Hail Marys as contrition at the next confession.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Philadelphia, Trenton bishops looking to papal visit

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Burlington County Times

By Peg Quann Staff writer

Will Pope Francis come to Philadelphia in September 2015?

It looks more and more likely, as Archbishop Charles Chaput reportedly told Native Americans in North Dakota on Thursday that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming.”

The Catholic News Service reported the archbishop mentioned the pope's pending visit during his homily at the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

Chaput — whose ancestors included Native Americans — told the Fargo conference, “The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week,” according to the CNS report of the event in the Diocese of Trenton online newspaper, The Monitor, Friday morning.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia cautioned, however, on Friday it has not received an official confirmation from the Vatican that the pope will attend the World Meeting of Families in the city Sept. 22-27, 2015. The CNS updated its report to reflect that concern but the story was removed from the Monitor post on the Trenton diocesan website.

Archdiocesan spokesman Ken Gavin said he had a “very strange and hectic day” Friday as the archbishop’s comments became public.

“I was not in Fargo, so I can’t say he was misquoted. He has said things like that before. He’s said similar things, but every time, said we still were waiting for official confirmation from the Vatican … We’re extremely confident that he will be here.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Character Assassination - Catholic Style

MINNESOTA
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

Refusing to address a single one of the facts whistle blower Jennifer Haselberger has revealed in her deposition, in her interviews, and in the abundant documentary evidence that supports Haseblberger's claims about the scandal in St. Paul, Catholic Defense League's Bill Donohue instead goes after Haselberger personally.

And why not? This is a tactic demagogues of all shapes and sizes have used throughout history. Avoid the evidence, don't engage on the issues, instead use personal attacks to discredit your opponents. It may not be the most Catholic or Christian thing to do - but hey, it's us vs. them, so anything goes, right?

Now if Donohue wanted to come after me or pretty much any other Catholic I know, and if he did his digging, he could find a ton of embarrassing and incriminating details that would make it hard for any of us to show our faces in public again. I have yet to meet a perfect Catholic, and I am far from one myself. Should my insignificant blog posts pop up on Bill Donohue's radar, he could find enough dirt to destroy me in spades if he put his mind to it.

But what's the best he can come up with to smear the character of this woman, a woman who so loved the Church and was so upset at the cavalier disregard for children and other innocent victims in St. Paul that she sacrificed her own career to speak up about it? What's the best he can come up with?

The best he can come up with is this.

* As a young woman she quit going to church, but then when she got older she started going again.
* One of her instructors at a very liberal feminist Catholic college in St. Paul happened to be, herself, a liberal feminist.
* A fringe church group has used one of Haselberger's quotes (from a paper she wrote) in their promotional material.

That's it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

ARCHBISHOP KREBS: INCLUDE IN YOUR REPORT TO ROME.

GUAM
Jungle Watch

We know now, as per the Associated Press story today, that Archbishop Apuron was contacted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese about Fr. Wadeson in 2011:

In 2011, Wadeson asked the Los Angeles archdiocese for authorization to minister once more in Los Angeles because he was traveling in California. The archdiocese refused and contacted archdiocese officials in Guam after learning he was working there, said archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan.

Unless the Los Angeles attorney is lying or the AP is making it up, we now have solid evidence that Archbishop Apuron was aware of Wadeson's issues at least by 2011 (even though he should have been made aware of them by Wadeson himself when he requested incardination in 2000 and certainly in 2004 when the Los Angeles report was published.)

Amazingly, while Archbishop Apuron did nothing in 2011 about Fr. Wadeson, even vouching for him so that he could serve in another diocese, in the same year, 2011, Archbishop Apuron ordered Fr. Paul to fire an employee from Santa Barbara who Apuron said was a "danger to children."

Let's restate that:

* Archbishop Apuron is contacted in 2011 by the Los Angeles Archdiocese about one of his priests.
* The priest had been accused of molesting children and was listed on an official Los Angeles Archdiocesan report.
* Archbishop Apuron not only does nothing about this priest, he vouches for the alleged child molester to function as a priest in another bishop's diocese.
* At the same time, he demands that Fr. Paul Gofigan fire an employee from his parish who Archbishop Apuron says is a "danger to children" even though the man's crime was more than 30 years ago and had nothing to do with children.
* Two years later, the priest accused of molesting children is still functioning in both dioceses unhindered and unreported, and Fr. Paul is fired for showing kindness to the man whose employment he had terminated two years earlier at the Archbishop's order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Watchtower Victims Memorial Day – July 26th

UNITED STATES
JWVictims

Tens of thousands of former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost their lives or have sacrificed their family, their health, and their emotional well-being due to the harmful policies of this religion. Some have refused lifesaving medical treatment including blood transfusions and organ transplants, while others are completely shunned by their family for simply leaving the religion, including young ones.

Still others must endure horrific violence on a daily basis, as women are encouraged to stay with abusive men in the hopes of converting them, and child sex assault victims must produce a second witness to their attack before their accusations are heard. Rape victims may face severe shunning for “fornication,” and child abuse in the form of extreme discipline is often encouraged.

July 26, 2014, marks the inaugural Watchtower Victims Memorial Day. On this day, people from around the world are invited to leave a flower and card or another small memorial at a local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is encouraged to take a picture or make a video of the memorial to post on the official Facebook page, and to be sure the card or memorial includes the Facebook page address so that others may learn its meaning.

For those who must remain anonymous or who do not wish to visit a Kingdom Hall, a memorial might be left in a public park. Participation should be in any way that is comfortable for each individual.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

The First Holy Communion dress did not fit everyone

IRELAND
Galway Advertiser

Ronnie O'Gorman

If there isn’t some dramatic change, and matters as they stand are allowed to drift, it is easy to see that the impact of the child abuse scandals within the Catholic church have had a very negative impact on the present and future generations in Ireland. Despite being one of the most generous generations ever when it comes to helping others, young people today are quite indifferent to the church. In fact many are openly hostile.

As for the institutional Church itself, Brenda O’Brien, The Irish Times journalist and a teacher of religion, writes that as an institution, it is bordering on clinical depression. Her son, 20 years old, has never known a time when it was held in high regard. She has taken her students to a mosque, where they met devout Muslims, and learned how they pray often, and try to remain in constant awareness of God. The Irish students were taken aback. They had not ever experienced that in their own everyday life. ‘We are still waiting for a model of Church where lay people are central,’ she says.*

Whatever structure is hammered out, and hopefully sooner rather than later, I cannot entirely blame the Catholic church for its present crisis. There was something in our psyche 50 or 60 years ago that allowed the horrors of the Magdalene laundry to continue all those years. It seems incredible now that some intelligent and influential citizens, who were aware of the Magdalene culture, or were at least conscious that unmarried mothers were cruelly marginalised by society, did not march in to the laundries, and demand that the ‘double-locked doors,’ be opened.

A kind of horror

Abbot Patrick Hederman OSB, in John Quinn’s honest and challenging book, puts the dilemma in an historical context. ‘ People,’ he writes, ‘ regard darkness as dangerous or different, but it represents half of our life. Problems arise when we try and pretend it’s all bright. One of the symbols of the newly independent Ireland was An Claidheamh Soluis, the Sword of Light, when Ireland was meant to be the brightest place on the planet.

‘That’s not enough. There are two sides to every story. Whereas other cultures like Russia over-emphasised the dark and the underside of the human condition, the whole project of de Valera and John Charles McQuade’s Ireland was to create a First Holy Communion dress for all of us, which would make us the envy of the planet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Baltimore Catholic School Teacher Admits To Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

BALTIMORE (MD)
CBS Baltimore

Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former school teacher admits to inappropriate relations with three students decades ago. Now the Catholic community is in shock.

Rick Ritter has the latest on the investigation and the next steps now that the church, school and police know what happened.

The alleged victim says she had sexual encounters with Murtha when she attended the high school. The Archdiocese says Murtha admitted to those allegations and then confessed to similar behavior with two other students.

Not one, not two, but at least three students. That’s how many the Archdiocese says 58-year-old Helene Murtha sexually abused in the 1980s.

“We have absolutely no place in our church for anyone who would harm a child,” said Sean Caine, Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The alleged abuse occurred while Murtha was a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School — an all-girls school in Baltimore that later became Seton Keough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Seton Keough teacher admits to allegations of sexual abuse of three former students in 1980s

BALTIMORE (MD)
Catholic Review - Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore

July 25, 2014

Official Statement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has learned of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Helene Murtha, 58, a teacher at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore. The alleged abuse occurred in the 1980s while Murtha was a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls high school in Baltimore that merged with Seton High School in 1987 to become Seton Keough. Murtha taught at Archbishop Keough from 1977 to 1992.

The alleged victim informed the Archdiocese that she had a series of sexual encounters with Murtha during the years she attended the high school. The Archdiocese immediately reported the allegation to the appropriate civil authorities and will continue to cooperate fully with any investigation(s).

Murtha was informed of the allegations and admitted to them. She also advised the Archdiocese that she had previously engaged in similar behavior in the 1980s with two other students of Archbishop Keough High School. The Archdiocese immediately reported the additional information to the appropriate civil authorities.

The incidents reportedly occurred at Murtha’s home, at the high school, and at the Monsignor

O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, where Murtha helped to supervise retreats and other activities for youths and young adults.

Murtha’s employment has been terminated and the investigation is ongoing. Counseling assistance has been and will be offered to those affected.

Following her employment at Archbishop Keough, Murtha served as Associate Dean of Student Life at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University) from 1992 to 2010. She began her employment at Seton Keough as a substitute teacher in 2010 and became a full-time religion teacher and a member of the school’s Campus Ministry Team in 2011. Murtha has periodically worked with the Archdiocese’s Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for over 30 years, serving in various roles related to youth retreats and other programs.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We urge anyone who has any knowledge of any child sexual abuse to come forward, and to report it immediately to civil authorities. If clergy or other Church personnel are suspected of committing the abuse, we ask that you also call the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection Hotline at 1-866- 417-7469.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Archdiocese: Teacher Admits To Sex Abuse

BALTIMORE (MD)
WBAL

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is investigating allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against a teacher at Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

The alleged abuse took place in the 1980's.

The Archdiocese identifies the teacher as Helene Murtha, who has been informed of allegations and has admitted to them.

The alleged abuse took place while Murtha taught at what was then known as Archbishop Keough High School.

That school merged with Seton High School to become Seton Keough High School in 1987.

Murtha taught at the school from 1977-1992.

In a news release, the Archdiocese says the alleged victim said she had a series of sexual encounters at the high school, at Murtha's home, and at the Monsignor O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, where Murtha helped supervise retreats.

The statement goes on to say that Murtha also admitted to having sexual encounters with two other students while she taught at Archbishop Keough in the 1980's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Seton Keough teacher accused of sexual abuse

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Baltimore Sun

[with video]

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun
July 25, 2014

A religion teacher at Seton Keough High School has been fired after a former student alleged that she had been sexually abused by the teacher in the mid-1980s, the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Friday.

The archdiocese identified her as Helene Murtha, 58.

Attempts to reach Murtha were unsuccessful. She has not been charged in the incidents, according to online court records.

The allegations were forwarded to the Baltimore city and county police departments, archdiocesan spokesman Sean Caine said.

"We investigated it, and the suspect was not charged, based on the victim's wishes," said a Baltimore County police spokesman, Lt. Robert McCullough.

City police did not return calls for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Rev. Robert H. Purcell

NEW YORK
Post-Star

July 18, 2014

ROXBURY — The Rev. Robert H. Purcell, a former pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville, New York, who was responsible for fostering an interfaith initiative throughout the Catskill community, died Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Because of his ecumenical efforts, our region was blessed with good will and mutual respect among various religious factions. Friends enjoyed by the father were not exclusively Catholic parishioners, and his annual Passover celebrations were enormously popular.

He was 80 years old and resided in Villa Shalom in Roxbury, New York, where he had created an adoration chapel in honor of the blessed mother, to whom he held a special devotion his entire life.

Father Bob’s path to the priesthood was a circuitous one, unique from the typical calling heard by most young men.

Born April 13, 1934, to Francis J. Purcell and Aldea “Mim” Heroux, who were married July 30, 1933, in St. Joseph’s Church in Cohoes, New York, he attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Cohoes, Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, St. Thomas Prep School in Bloomfield, Connecticut, St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Maryland, Siena College in Loudonville, New York, Our Lady of Angels in Glenmont, New York, and St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Albany Diocese condemns obituary and mass for accused former priest

NEW YORK
Watershed Post

By Julia Reischel
7/24/14

In an unusual move, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany condemned an obituary and mass for a former priest who died last week as "highly insensitive" to the people he is accused of sexually abusing while he was a minister.

Former priest Robert H. Purcell, who died in the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Thursday, July 17, was permanently removed from the ministry in 2011 after an investigation by the Albany Diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board into charges that he had sexually abused minors.

In its investigation, the Diocese "found reasonable grounds to believe" that Purcell sexually abused minors, including a victim in Margaretville from 1995 to 2001, according to Ken Goldfarb, the director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, in a statement emailed to the Watershed Post today.

Purcell was removed from ministry in 2011, after the investigation. At the time, the Diocese said that it was because of an abuse allegation dating back to 1957, 17 years before he was ordained, according to the Albany Times-Union and the Oneonta Daily Star.

However, in a recent correspondence with the Watershed Post, Goldfarb confirmed that there was also a more recent charge of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Members of Theology Faculty of St. Thomas University, St. Paul...

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Members of Theology Faculty of St. Thomas University, St. Paul: We Need "New Leadership at the Archdiocesan Level, Leadership That Includes Individuals Who Are Neither Perpetrators Nor Enablers of Abuse"

Brian Roewe reports today that five members of the theology faculty of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota — Cara Anthony, Corrine Carvalho, Sherry Jordon, Sue Myers and Kimberly Vrudny — have issued a call for "new leadership at the archdiocesan level, leadership that includes individuals who are neither perpetrators nor enablers of abuse." The letter does not name specific persons in its call for new leadership, but obviously addresses the crisis of leadership in the archdiocese under its current archbishop, John Nienstedt.

Two points in the letter (as summarized by Roewe) that speak strongly to me:

We teach a tradition that proclaims a God of love who cares for the downtrodden, and we find it difficult when that biblical message is met with skepticism and resistance in our classrooms because of the behavior of clerics who abuse their positions in the church.

And:

We recognize the hypocrisy of the clergy when they judgmentally rebuke congregants for sexual behavior they deem deviant when some of them are pedophiles, and when some of them have abused their positions of power to protect child molesters.

What the five theologians tell the officials of the archdiocese in this letter brings to mind a letter I wrote to Bishop William Curlin of Charlotte on 22 October 1998. This was five years following the destruction of my career as a Catholic theologian by Belmont Abbey College, in the diocese of Charlotte. It was also following the college's hounding of Steve out of a position, and then a purge that the monastic abbot mounted when he seized the reins of the presidency of the college, and fired a slew of gay and lesbian faculty and staff, providing specious reasons for the mass firing.

I wrote Bishop Curlin to say the following:

Many among us are appalled at the anomalies in our church today, its willingness to use insinuations about sexual orientation to destroy the careers of lay ministers while sheltering priests who molest little boys and while collecting millions of dollars from the laity to pay hush money to those who bring forth such charges. Many among us are appalled that bishops can appoint to their staff priests who are widely known to be gay, who will then willingly participate in the ugly political games their bishops play with the lives of gay persons, to advance their own ecclesiastical careers.
Such stories sicken the best among us, and cause them to withdraw from the church in anger and sadness.

This was, of course, a number of years before the story of the abuse crisis exploded in the media with the revelations that came out of the archdiocese of Boston in 2002, when legal actions opened some of the archdiocesan files about the abuse cover-up. But by the latter half of the 1990s, I had already begun to feel in my bones that something of great importance was coming down the pike vis-a-vis the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors by the Catholic hierarchy, though, as an outsider to the clerical club, I only had intimations that such abuse was occurring and was being covered-up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

July 25, 2014

Priest Twice-Accused Of Child Molestation Was Permitted To Minister In SF, Archdiocese Claims It Didn't Know

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
SFist

The Archdiocese of San Francisco issued a statement today using some cryptic language about a priest named John Wadeson no longer being allowed to "undertake any ministry," due to "concerns in the community." After a quick Google search and call to the local head of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SFist learned that Wadeson is a twice-accused child molester who was kicked out of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2003.

It turns out, after two "credible" allegations of child abuse in L.A., Wadeson took off to the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, where he worked until recently. The Guam archdiocese suspended Wadeson from ministry on July 21, 2014, at which time he was already in San Francisco.

In the statement, the Archdiocese of San Francisco claims Wadeson arrived with "assurances of good standing from his home diocese" in Guam. But according to SNAP's Tim Lennon, Wadeson served as a guest priest under the auspices of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (see documentation here), and returned to the Bay Area to minister at least twice: In 2011, at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish (3250 18th Street), where he "danced with kids and teenagers"; and in 2008, in the city of San Carlos. Lennon says Wadeson has a home in the Excelsior District.

"Both Archdiocese in San Francisco and Guam knew he was kicked out of L.A., but they allowed him to minister," Lennon says, adding: "The San Francisco Archdiocese has accepted at least eight other priests that have credible allegations of abuse over the last five years. That practice has to stop."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Pain of abuse stays forever

IRELAND
Sunday World

FR. BRIAN D’ARCY

I’VE lost count of the number of people who were shocked when Pope Francis said that one in fifty priests were child abusers.

I’ve done nothing to alleviate their shock by telling them that it’s much more than 2%.

Studies across the world repeatedly show that paedophiles in the priesthood make up between 3% and 5% of all priests. If you ask me, it’s even higher because not all abuse is reported.

When you add it all up I wouldn’t be surprised if the real number of paedophiles within the priesthood is nearer 8%.

Priest abusers are only part of the story.

The vast majority of abuse takes place within families or by neighbours. What I want to concentrate on today is the devastating and lasting effects sexual abuse has on a child.

Unless you’ve been abused yourself it is impossible to understand the devastation that happens in your life. Personally I am convinced that it’s almost impossible to live a normal life after you’ve been sexually abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Priest in Guam removed over California allegations

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Houston Chronicle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Church officials said Friday that the Rev. John Howard Wadeson left his post in the Archdiocese of Agana on Monday after parishioners there raised concerns about his past.

A 2004 Los Angeles archdiocese report says Wadeson was credibly accused in two cases between 1973 and 1977. Wadeson was in Los Angeles between 1972 and 1985 and taught at Verbum Dei High School, an all-male Catholic school.

Wadeson has told the Guam Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1xdcWAe ) that he is innocent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

St. Thomas faculty join refrain for Twin Cities leadership change

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 25, 2014 NCR Today

Five female professors at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., say it’s time for new leadership in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, the latest to repeat a refrain already echoed by priests, donors, news publications and Catholics in the pews.

“For genuine healing to occur, we believe it is necessary to have new leadership at the archdiocesan level, leadership that includes individuals who are neither perpetrators nor enablers of abuse,” they said in a letter shared with several media outlets, including NCR.

The tenured theology professors -- Cara Anthony, Corrine Carvalho, Sherry Jordon, Sue Myers and Kimberly Vrudny -- did not name specific persons, such as Archbishop John Nienstedt, in the letter, but said they see a need to restore trust in the archdiocese following the near year-long abuse scandal that has hovered over the region.

“Because we believe in a God of justice and of mercy, restoration of community requires that abusers acknowledge wrongdoing and undergo the long, hard, arduous task of reconciliation. This entails sincere contrition, public truth telling, and adequate restitution,” they said.

The group, speaking their own views, said they could not keep quiet after learning more of the abuse scandal from a recent Minnesota Public Radio documentary and from the affidavit of Jennifer Haselberger, the former chancellor for canonical affairs who has disclosed much of the documents that has fueled near-constant reports since September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM

To the Anonymous Commenter

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

An anonymous commenter responded to my post here, with at least one question that I answered here. And yet he or she claims I'm dodging the points he or she has made.

So let me address them below:

1. Anonymous claimed that the sexual scandal in the Church is over. This was the point I responded to in my follow up post: It most emphatically is not. Bishops are still enabling sex abuse, and getting indignant when the press or the courts point this out.

2. Anonymous takes issue with the number of pedophile priests that are or have been active in the Church (reports range from 4 to 10%). But the number of abusers is not the point. The point is how the bishops continue to enable such abuse. Even if the number is half what Pope Francis suggests - i.e., only 1% - the point is not that number. The point is what should be done once a crime against a child is committed. This is what can easily be fixed, and this is what the bishops in their "knavish imbecility" continue to avoid fixing.

3. Anonymous is playing around with numbers from the John Jay Report. He or she seems to think that the only relevant number is the number of priests convicted of abuse in the court system. No one in the Church, not even the most untrustworthy bishop, would ever suggest that the number of priests who are criminally charged, much less convicted, is anything but the tiniest fraction of the number of priests who have actually abused children.

4. Anonymous seems to think I am claiming that the problem is more prevalent now than it was in the 1970's. It's certainly not as bad as it was then, and I don't know how he or she got the idea I was claiming that it is.

5. Anonymous argues that SNAP is not a reliable source for information about the abuse crisis. SNAP certainly has a vested interest in this issue, but if Anonymous thinks they're lying or fudging when it comes to the evidence, such as the documentary evidence released by dioceses, law firms and courts all over the country and readily available on the internet, he or she should compare the original source documents with what SNAP claims. Don't believe SNAP? Don't believe the New York Times or bishopaccountability.org? Fine. Check out the Graves Report in Kansas City, the source documents in St. Paul, the documents regarding the St. Louis cases, etc. Do a little Googling and you'll find them. You don't need a filter any more; you don't need a middle man. This is the internet. Go straight to the source and find the truth. I have, and it's very disturbing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

Speculation Grows Over Potential Visit by Pope Francis to U.S.

UNITED STATES
Wall Street Journal

By LIAM MOLONEY and DEBORAH BALL CONNECT
July 25, 2014

ROME—Will he or won't he?

The intense speculation over whether Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year inched toward an answer Friday, after Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the pontiff will come to the city for the World Meeting of Families slated for September 2015.

"Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," said the archbishop at a mass in North Dakota on Thursday. In March, Archbishop Chaput met with the pope at the Vatican, along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

The cleric's comments, first reported by the Catholic News Service, ricocheted instantly Friday, underlining the fervor surrounding a possible visit by Pope Francis to the U.S.

The Vatican, which typically confirms papal visits about six months before they are due to take place, tried to contain the enthusiasm Friday. It issued a statement confirming that the pope has "indicated his willingness to participate" at the family meeting, but said that nothing had been formalized yet.

During his 16-month papacy, Pope Francis has seen no shortage of invitations to the U.S., which would be his first visit as pope. President Barack Obama invited the pope to the White House during their meeting at the Vatican in March. The pope replied, in Spanish, "certainly"—a response that instantly set the U.S. Catholic media abuzz

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), who is a Catholic, invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress, while United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May invited the pontiff during a Vatican meeting. New York City Bill de Blasio extended yet another invite when he met with Vatican officials during his vacation in Italy this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit?

PHILADLEPHIA (PA)
U.S. Catholic

By David Gibson
Religion News Service

(RNS) It’s been the worst-kept secret in Christendom, but this week Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gave the strongest indication yet that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia next year.

“Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Chaput said Thursday (July 25) before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.

Chaput, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, was in Fargo for a conference on Native Americans and invited his fellow Native Americans to the Eighth World Meeting of Families, set to take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 22-27, 2015.

“The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week,” Chaput said, according to Catholic News Service. That would be Sept. 25-27.

Only the Vatican can officially confirm a papal visit, and such an announcement is not expected until six months or so before the visit. ...

Also, in 2012, the Knights of Columbus, a leading Catholic charitable organization, donated $1 million to the archdiocese as a down payment on the enormous costs of the visit.

The money is key: Philadelphia has been hit hard by legal fees and settlements from the clergy sex abuse scandal, and declines in churchgoing and contributions have forced Chaput to make painful cutbacks to programs and to close parishes. It was unrealistic to expect the cash-strapped archdiocese to foot the bill for the trip.

The real question now may be where else the pontiff will visit: New York? Washington? Maybe even the border with Mexico to make a statement on immigration?

All three venues are possible, even likely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Pope coming to Philly next year, archbishop says — unofficially

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

EMILY BABAY, PHILLY.COM
LAST UPDATED: Friday, July 25, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput told a North Dakota audience Thursday that Pope Francis had assured him he will visit Philadelphia for three days next year, and the Vatican seemed to confirm it, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insisted Friday that Chaput’s remarks were off-the-cuff and unofficial.

“There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia,” communications director Kennet Gavin said in a statement Friday Morning.

However, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi on Friday said Francis had expressed "his willingness to participate” in the triennial World Meeting, which is scheduled for September 22-27 of next year.

The international gathering is expected to draw about 300,000 visitors a day for its conferences promoting traditional family values and Catholic teachings. But but a visit by the pope to say Mass — traditionally scheduled for the final day — would likely draw more than a million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Muscle Shoals children's minister convicted of sex abuse had little oversight from church, lawsuit says

ALABAMA
AL.com

[the lawsuit]

By Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com
on July 25, 2014

COLBERT COUNTY, Alabama – A man who says he was a victim of Jeffrey Dale Eddie, a pastor convicted of sex abuse in March, is suing the Colbert County Church that employed Eddie as a children's minister.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, the unnamed victim named as defendants Eddie, Highland Park Baptist Church and Loving the Shoals United Appeal Fund, Inc., a non-profit group affiliated with the church. The suit claims church administrators waited 10 days after learning of the allegations of abuse before reporting them to authorities. The suit also claims the church is still paying salary and benefits to Eddie. No one was available at the church to answer questions this morning.

Eddie, 41, pleaded guilty in Colbert County Circuit Court to 36 counts of sex abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Multiple victims came forward, authorities said.

The victim who filed the lawsuit, who is not named, says he was 11 years old when his abuse by Eddie began in 2001. The alleged victim says Eddie repeatedly touched him inappropriately until 2013. The incidents occurred at church events.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Introducing Jennifer Haselberger

UNITED STATES
Christian News Wire

Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

NEW YORK, July 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on Jennifer Haselberger, the prime source of accusations against St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt:

The most viciously anti-Catholic group in the nation is the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). On August 1, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference. Jennifer Haselberger will be one of its featured speakers. This gives her a chance to reunite with David Clohessy, the anti-Catholic head of SNAP; they were both speakers at a 2003 conference sponsored by Rent-A-Priest (priests who left to marry).

She grew up Catholic, but quickly turned against the Church. According to her father, "after Jennifer was confirmed...she declared that she'd had enough and was never going to church again." But she did. Indeed, she went to St. Catherine University. That's where she met her mentor, Anne Maloney, known as "an outspoken Catholic feminist." That influence was evident in Haselberger's 2002 article in The American Feminist where she bemoaned the income disparity between men and women. More recently, she claimed that the Archdiocese wasn't paying her enough, even though she was paid more than all the male canon lawyers in the organization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Church’s hierarchy shows its colours

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Ryle Dwyer

An arrogant Church hierarchy has a long history of scapegoating and trying to cover up serious scandals, says Ryle Dwyer

RECENT revelations about the mother-and-baby home at Tuam — where 796 children died between 1925 and 1961 — shocked people, but few seemed surprised, because there had already been so many shocking revelations about abuse in Church-run institutions. Indeed, comparisons are being made with Nazi Germany.

During the Second World War John Betjeman, the British press attaché in Dublin, depicted the Catholic hierarchy as the real power in Ireland. “We should bother less about relations, good or bad, with the Government and more with relations with the Catholic Church,” he wrote in March 1943.

The same month Roland Blenner-Hassett, one of three undercover agents stationed to Ireland by the Office of Strategic Services —the wartime forerunner of the American Central Intelligence Agency — depicted the hierarchy as essentially fascist in outlook. He thought this posed a threat because Irish censorship had been so rigid that Irish people had little understanding of the true nature of fascism.

“I am convinced that what the Irish Church hopes to see as the outcome of this war is the military defeat of the Axis, followed by peace between the Allies and semi-authoritarian regimes in Italy and Germany,” Blenner-Hassett wrote. He went on to suggest that the Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera, could cause trouble over partition unless Irish neutrality was essentially discredited in the US.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Abuse victim sues MO church that hired sex offender later convicted in botched sex change

MISSOURI
The Raw Story

By Travis Gettys
Friday, July 25, 2014

A sex abuse victim has sued a Missouri church that hired a convicted sex offender and allowed him to supervise children.

The suit claims officials with First Presbyterian Church of Fulton knew that Jack Wayne Rogers had been previously convicted on child pornography charges when they hired him as a lay minister but still placed him “in direct authority over minor children.”

Kristopher Schondelmeyer, who is now 30, said Rogers sexually abused him in 2000 during a Connection 2000 Youth Conference in Maryland, while the former Boy Scout leader accompanied him and several other teens from Presbyterian churches.

The suit claims Schondelmeyer and his family were taught by the church to trust and obey Rogers in his role as lay minister and chaperone, reported the Fulton Sun.

The lawsuit also names as defendants several national and regional Presbyterian groups, as well as Rogers and Bruce Berry, who appointed the sex offender as lay minister at the Presbyterian Church of Bellflower, California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

DECLARACIÓN PÚBLICA

CHILE
Diocesis de Copiapo'

El Obispado de Copiapó siente el deber de comunicar a la comunidad eclesial y a la opinión pública que la Congregación para el Clero de la Santa Sede, después de estudiar atentamente todos los antecedentes respectivos a la situación del sacerdote Casiano Rojas Viera, ha determinado –según las facultades especiales recibidas del Santo Padre el Papa – imponer de manera definitiva e inapelable la pena de dimisión del ministerio sacerdotal de dicho presbítero.

Las investigaciones seguidas al ahora ex sacerdote, se iniciaron a comienzos de 2012 bajo las indicaciones de la Santa Sede, para verificar diversas denuncias realizadas de forma responsable ante la autoridad eclesiástica. Cabe señalar que en el transcurso de este proceso el inculpado optó por no colaborar con las investigaciones; y, luego, en septiembre de 2012, se le impuso la prohibición de ejercer el ministerio como medida cautelar. Además hay que dejar constancia de que el ex sacerdote Rojas Viera se negó a solicitar formalmente la dispensa pontificia.

En reciente respuesta, la Congregación para el Clero ha comunicado al Obispo de Copiapó la resolución emanada de ese Dicasterio, en el que establece la comprobación de conductas abusivas con mayores y con un menor de edad, además de otros delitos graves, cometidos por el P. Casiano en el ejercicio de su ministerio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Vaticano expulsa a dos sacerdotes chilenos por abuso sexual

CHILE
Terra

[Summary: Two Chilean priest have been expelled from the Catholic Church after being accused of sexual abuse of adults and a child, according to the Copiapo diocese. Casiano Rojas Viera and Daniel Aurelio Pauvif Rojas were expelled by the Vatican according to two separate announcements published Thursday night on the diocese web site.]

Dos sacerdotes chilenos fueron expulsados de la Iglesia acusados de perpetuar abusos sexuales contra mayores y un menor de edad, informó el obispado de la ciudad chilena de Copiapó (800 kilómetros norte de Santiago).

La institución anunció la decisión de expulsar a los sacerdotes Casiano Rojas Viera y Daniel Aurelio Pauvif Rojas en sendos comunicados publicados por separado en su página web el jueves por la noche.

Las investigaciones contra los sacerdotes se iniciaron en 2012 y a ambos se les impuso la prohibición de ejercer su oficio de manera cautelar.

En el caso de Daniel Pauvif Rojas, las actas de la investigación preliminar y las del procedimiento canónico posterior consideraron "suficientemente probados los cargos presentados" contra él, calificados como "gravemente contrarios a la santidad sacerdotal, cometidos con mayores de edad y que han lesionado gravemente a la comunión eclesial".

Como consecuencia, "la Congregación para el Clero ha determinado, de manera definitiva e inapelable imponer al Pbro. Daniel Pauvif la pena de expulsión del estado clerical", lo que implica que no puede ejercer ministerio sacerdotal y "pierde todo oficio eclesiástico".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Ex-basketball coach and youth pastor admits to sexual abuse of 13-year-old boy

PENNSYLVANIA
Lancaster Online

By BRETT HAMBRIGHT | Staff Writer

A former local pastor and junior-high basketball coach has admitted to repeated sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy.

Jonathan Masteller, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday to numerous felonies regarding the abuse which happened in 2012 and 2013 at his home in Kinzers.

He faces a mandatory 10-year prison term at sentencing, but the judge has the option of running up to 11 other charges consecutive to that term.

Masteller, in prison on $250,000 bail, will be sentenced after a background check is completed in about two months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Bishop: Pope 'expected' in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Courier-Post

Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill July 25, 2014

Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia during a Catholic gathering next year, the Diocese of Trenton said in a statement today.

The Pope's will come to the South Jersey-Philadelphia area for the World Meeting of Families from Sept. 22-27, 2015, the diocese said in a statement.

Bishop David O'Connell, leader of the Trenton diocese, said he was "delighted to learn that Pope Francis has expressed his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families."

O'Connell initially issued a statement saying the Pope had confirmed plans for a Philadelphia visit. He later clarified his language to say Francis "is expected to be present."

The Philadelphia Archdiocese, while expressing "sincere hope" for a papal visit, said Friday it has not yet received "official confirmation" from the Vatican.

"We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event," the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

STATEMENT REGARDING THE ATTENDANCE OF POPE FRANCIS AT THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES-PHILADELPHIA 2015

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadlephia

July 25, 2014

There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event.

Archbishop Chaput has frequently shared his confidence in Pope Francis' attendance at the World Meeting and his personal conversations with the Holy Father are the foundation for that confidence. We are further heartened and excited by the comments of the Vatican Press Office regarding Pope Francis' "willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families." While Archbishop Chaput's comments do not serve as official confirmation, they do serve to bolster our sincere hope that Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis next September.

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Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NPR

by SCOTT NEUMAN
July 25, 2014

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in Sept. 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. as pontiff.

Catholic News Service quotes Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi as saying that the Pope has expressed "his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families" in Philadelphia and that he's also received invitations to visit New York, the United Nations and Washington, D.C., which he's considering.

Time magazine notes: "The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family sponsors the World Meeting of Families every three years in a different city. The upcoming gathering is still more than a year away, and Pope Francis is likely to push for more activity on the issues of family and marriage before then — at least if his workrate continues at its current pace."

In March, a CBS News poll showed that Francis, who at that point had been pope for just a year, was more popular among U.S. Catholics than either of his predecessors, Benedict XVI or John Paul II, at the same point in their papacies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Report: Pope Francis To Attend World Meeting Of Families In Philly In 2015

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — According to a report, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015.
A Catholic News Services article says that Pope Francis has accepted Archbishop Chaput’s invitation to attend the event to be held in Philadelphia in September 2015.

Despite the Catholic News Services article, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released the following statement:

“There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis’ attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event.

Archbishop Chaput has frequently shared his confidence in Pope Francis’ attendance at the World Meeting and his personal conversations with the Holy Father are the foundation for that confidence. We are further heartened and excited by the comments of the Vatican Press Office regarding Pope Francis’ “willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families.” While Archbishop Chaput’s comments do not serve as official confirmation, they do serve to bolster our sincere hope that Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis next September.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

PA- Victims want US Catholics to "grill" Pope in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, July 25, 2014

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

It's now confirmed: Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia - and maybe other North American cities - next year.

He's done little or nothing substantial to protect kids and expose cover ups. So we hope that when he comes here, U.S. Catholics and citizens will grill him about the on-going, horrific child sex abuse and cover up crisis. We hope they will insist that he stop making apologies and start taking action, that he stop asking forgiveness and start firing enablers, that he stop shifting blame and start "outing" predators, that he stop making excuses and start making change.

In few countries on earth have so many wounded victims been stepping forward and have so many upset Catholics been pressing for reform for so long. If there's anywhere on earth that Francis should face tough questions about his refusal to take tangible steps to prevent clergy sex crimes, it's here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Minnesota Public Radio report on church convulsions links to Louisiana, Rome

UNITED STATES
GlobalPost

Jason Berry

The complex story unveiled by MPR this week offers a clear look of Catholic clergy coverup of sex abuse

As Pope Francis’s confessional apology to clergy abuse survivors in Rome made global headlines in early July, Minnesota Public Radio was reporting on a scandal surrounding St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt.

The pope’s remark, “All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable,” soon receded from the 24/7 news cycle.

But Nienstedt’s reported behavior, and that of his predecessor, Harry Flynn, beg the lingering question of how Francis will hold bishops accountable.

Many dioceses have instituted safe-touch training for teachers and students. Bishops have removed scores of perpetrators who were never prosecuted. But the “zero tolerance” plank in the US bishops’ 2002 youth protection charter rests on voluntary compliance.

That flaw fueled the MPR investigation under lead reporter Madeleine Baran and producer Sasha Aslanian. The radio series explores how past mistakes become time bombs. Various reports were edited into in a one-hour documentary.

A lengthy web narrative, “Betrayed by Silence: A Story in Four Chapters,” based on the radio series, details the scope of coverage:

For decades, the archbishops who led the Catholic archdiocese in the Twin Cities maintained that they were doing everything they could to protect children from priests who wanted to rape them.

Reporters picked up those assurances and repeated them without question. Police and prosecutors took the assurances at face value. Parents believed the assurances and trusted priests with their children.

But the assurances were a lie, and the archbishops knew it. Three of them — John Roach, Harry Flynn and John Nienstedt — participated in a cover-up that pitted the finances and power of the church against the victims who dared to come forward and tell their stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Ministers urged to name child abuse inquiry head

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The government must find someone to lead its probe into historical child abuse allegations immediately, a children's charity has said.

Barnardo's urged ministers to act after fresh claims of an abuse "cover-up".

Baroness Butler-Sloss stood down as head of an overarching inquiry nearly a fortnight ago amid concerns about her family links with the establishment.

Home Secretary Theresa May then said a new chairman and inquiry panel would be announced "as soon as possible".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

AL- Victim files lawsuit against church where predator worked

ALABAMA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, July 25, 2014

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 )

A victim of a former children’s minister from Alabama, who pleaded guilty to child sex crimes, is now suing his perpetrator and the church. We applaud this man’s bravery for working to hold not just the perpetrator, but also those who should have been supervising, responsible.

Jeffery Dale Eddie was the children’s minister at Highland Park Baptist Church, where he admitted to sexually abusing a child there. Church officials at Highland Park Baptist church hired Eddie and allowed him to work with children and presumably did nothing to protect children. They should be held accountable and we are grateful to the brave victim for doing so.

We are also grateful to the brave whistleblower that altered authorities. It is through the brave actions of whistleblowers and victims that keeps dangerous predators away from children. We hope this lawsuit will give courage to anyone who may have seen, suspects, or suffered sexual abuse to call authorities and will motivate other officials to be vigilant about child sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

CA- Will SF let twice-accused LA/Guam priest work?

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, sflennon@gmail.com)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese evidently believes that Fr. John Wadeson is a credibly accused child molester. A decade ago, they listed him as an “accused” priest. We see no evidence that they've changed their minds or are even reconsidering.

And the Guam archdiocese suspended Fr. Wadeson this week. The Archdiocese of Agana announced Tuesday that Apuron has removed Wadeson from "active and public ministry" in response to "concerns in the community." "The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters seriously," the local archdiocese stated.

But Provincial Fr. Tom Ascheman says that "the allegation was never substantiated, no formal accusation was ever made, and no settlement was offered, or made."

So we fear that Fr. Wadeson may soon be back on the job here in San Francisco among unsuspecting colleagues, neighbors and families.

The archdioceses of Los Angeles and Guam are acting responsibly. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is acting irresponsibly. Fr. Wadeson should not be allowed to work as a priest here. If he's already doing so, we urge Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone to suspend him.

Reluctantly and belatedly, under tremendous pressure, Los Angles Catholic officials have publicly released the names of hundreds of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests. As best we can tell, they've never gone backwards and said “We were wrong about this guy. We should have never listed him as 'accused.'”

In fact, we don't know of a single Catholic official on the planet who has disclosed child sex abuse allegations against a priest who has later said "Oops, I made a mistake. I shouldn't have done that."

At least four church officials must step up here, tell the truth and warn others about Fr. Wadeson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

Nancy Wiechec Catholic News Service | Jul. 25, 2014

FARGO, N.D. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

Chaput made the announcement Thursday before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

"Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," said the archbishop as he invited his fellow Native Americans to the 2015 celebration being held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27.

"The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week," he said.

Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said Friday that Pope Francis has expressed "his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families" in Philadelphia, and has received invitations to visit other cities as well, which he is considering. Those invitations include New York, the United Nations and Washington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Stück für Stück fällt der katholische Mantel des Schweigens

AUSTRALIEN
Deutsche Welle

Die Vergehen, die Max Davis zur Last gelegt werden, liegen 45 Jahre zurück: Vor seiner Priesterweihe soll er als Lehrer ein Kind unter 14 Jahren mehrfach sexuell missbraucht haben. Der 68-Jährige weist die Anschuldigungen zurück. Im Zuge der Ermittlungen legte er aber sein Amt als Militärbischof nieder, zumindest solange der Fall vor Gericht anhängig ist.

Lange hüllte die katholische Kirche einen Deckmantel des Schweigens über sexuellen Missbrauch durch Geistliche. Erst Mitte der 1990er Jahre löste der Fall eines irischen Priesters, der 40 Jahre lang Kinder misshandelt und sexuell missbraucht hatte, eine weltweite Enthüllungswelle aus: In den USA brachte das Buch "A Gospel of Shame" zahlreiche Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche ans Tageslicht. In Deutschland erregte vor allem der milde Umgang der Amtskirche mit verurteilten Priestern die Gemüter: Mehrere Geistliche waren nach ihrer Haftstrafe in andere Pfarreien versetzt worden. Im Jahr 1995 leitete die Staatsanwaltschaft Kassel Ermittlungsverfahren gegen zwei Bischöfe ein, die solche Versetzungen jahrelang unterschrieben hatten - die Verfahren wurden jedoch wegen geringer Schuld wieder eingestellt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

CA- Ousted predator priest to work in San Fran?

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Sex abuse victims seek help from archbishop
“Don't let pedophile priest work here,” they plead
Years ago, twice-accused cleric was ousted from LA
This week, group caught him working on Pacific island
SNAP: “Now, he's reportedly returning to the Bay Area"
Group discloses 8 other predators who have been sent here

WHAT
Holding signs and photos of themselves at the age they were abused, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will urge the Bay Area’s Catholic archbishop to:

-- Forbid an abusive priest who has been ousted from two dioceses from working here,
-- Reach out to all parishes where the priest worked to seek survivors, and
-- Put the cleric in a secure treatment facility, where he can have no access to children.

The group will also make public a list of eight other proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting clerics who have been sent to the San Francisco area from other states or regions.

WHERE
Outside of Archdiocese of San Francisco headautarters (“chancery”), One Peter Yorke Way in San Francisco

WHEN
Thursday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m.

WHO
Three-four men and women who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation's largest and oldest support group for men and women abused in religious and institutional settings.

WHY
On Tuesday, Guam's archbishop removed Fr. John H. Wadeson from ministry when SNAP publicly exposed that he has been accused of abusing kids twice and has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He reportedly molested two kids there in the 1970s.

According to news accounts from Guam, Fr. Wadeson is allegedly on his way to the Bay area, where he has worked in the past at the Neocatechumenal Center in San Francisco.

It is rumored that he may have “faculties,” which would enable him to keep working as a priest. A youtube video shows him in active ministry in 2011 with teens and children at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (713 South Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, 415-824-1700). (he is in the video at 2:50)

After Fr. Wadeson was suspended from his position in Guam, he publicly said that the allegations against him “false” and “viciousness.’ Victims worry that Fr. Wadeson's comments show that he has no understanding of his past and is an even greater risk to children.

SNAP wants Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to ensure that a twice accused predator priest is not allowed to present himself as a priest when he arrives in the archdiocese. They fear that people in San Francisco are unaware of the cleric's past and that he may be a threat to local children. They want to ensure that Fr. Wadeson is not allowed to act as a priest in ANY diocese and that he has no access to kids.

The San Francisco Archdiocese's provincial superior, Fr. Thomas Ascheman, has written that "the allegation was never substantiated, no formal accusation was ever made, and no settlement was offered, or made.” SNAP counters by noting that the LA archdiocese kicked Fr. Wadeson out a decade ago and posted his name as an “accused” priest on its website (where it remains today). Neither step is taken lightly by Catholic officials, SNAP maintains. Ignoring credibly child sex abuse reports and letting predator priests go elsewhere and work among unsuspecting parishes violates the US bishops' national abuse policy, SNAP contends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Calls for Cardinal Brady’s resignation...

IRELAND
The Tablet

Calls for Cardinal Brady’s resignation after victim's book reveals role in cover-up of priest's abuse

25 July 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

Survivors of sexual abuse have called for the resignation of the Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady after a new book revealed details of his role in the cover-up concerning a priest who inflicted horrific abuse on an altar server.

The evidence appears in a memoir, Sworn to Secrecy, published this week by Brendan Boland, who was abused by Fr Brendan Smyth for three years in the 1970s. The book reproduces for the first time the oath of secrecy which the 14-year-old was made to sign and which the then Fr John Brady countersigned. Fr Brady – who went on to become the Archbishop of Armagh and Ireland’s Primate – acted as notary for a secret canonical inquiry into Smith’s abuse of Brendan Boland.

Mr Boland acquired the transcripts through legal discovery procedures when he took a High Court action against the Archdiocese of Armagh and Cardinal Brady. They reveal the invasive questions the 14-year-old was asked during the inquiry, including whether he had participated in similar sexual activities with other boys or men.

Mr Boland told The Tablet that he would like Cardinal Brady to read his book. “He might go away and reflect on it and consider whether, in the light of his role in the events described, he should retire in the normal fashion, or resign,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

A Catholic bishop faces court on child-abuse charges from 1989

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 25 July 2014)

The Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force appeared in court on 25 July 2014, charged by police with a child-sex offence dating back to 1969. Bishop Max Davis, now 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.

In the Perth District Court, West Australian Police alleged that Max Leroy Davis indecently dealt with a 13-year-old boy while teaching at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, north of Perth, W.A., in 1969.

Davis is charged with three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child aged under 14.

At the time of the alleged abuse, in 1969, Davis was preparing for the priesthood but had not yet reached the stage of being formally ordained.

In court, Davis's lawyer indicated that his client will plead not guilty to the three charges. The lawyer indicated that the charges would ultimately need to be dealt with by a judge in a higher court, the West Australian District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Why Louis Lentin’s Dear Daughter was so important for Ireland

IRELAND
The Journal

THE NEWS OF director Louis Lentin’s passing today was met with sadness in the arts world.

An important figure in television, film and theatre, the former Head of RTÉ Drama, is also remembered for the role he played in unveiling the cloak of secrecy around Ireland’s dark past.

His work opened a conversation on the residential institution abuse and broke the silence in which its victims suffered and had suffocated in for decades.

With his February 1996 documentary about the life of Christine Buckley, he revealed the extent of the atrocities that occurred at just one industrial school – Goldenbridge – but it moved the earth, creating an avalanche of information, testimonials and confessions.

Dear Daughter was the first television exposure of the horrific abuse of hundreds of children in Ireland’s industrial schools and it was Buckley’s courage to tell, retell and tell again her story that eventually pushed the truth onto the front pages and into television bulletins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

UN calls for independent probe of abuse in Ireland

GENEVA
Expatica

Ireland must launch a wide-ranging, independent probe into the past abuse of women and children in state and Catholic Church-run institutions, a UN rights watchdog said Thursday.

"Very important steps have been taken by the Irish government," said Cees Flinterman, deputy chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee.

"But what is lacking is an independent, thorough investigation which would lead to bringing those who perpetrated those acts to justice," he told reporters.

Ireland has been rocked by scandals over abuse in children's homes and institutions for unmarried mothers that were mainly run by the Roman Catholic Church for the state.

Several inquiries have been undertaken or are in the pipeline, but the UN committee said it was time for an overarching effort to deal with past ills.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Damning report set for ’heart of the Oireachtas’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Evelyn Ring
Irish Examiner Reporter

Minister of State for Justice and Equality Aodhán Ríordán is to bring a damning United Nations’ report on Ireland’s human rights record to the "heart of the Oireachtas".

He admitted that, while he agreed with many of the recommendations, he could not pretend to agree with all of them.

“This conversation belongs in the heart of the Oireachtas,” he said at a press conference in Dublin yesterday organised by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).

“We have to start talking on a deeper and more profound level on the type of country we want to live in so there isn’t people who look and sound just like me who are always at the microphone and always making decisions,” he said.

The ICCL welcomed the call by the UN’s top human rights experts for constitutional reform on abortion, as well as prompt, independent and thorough investigations into the abuses perpetrated on survivors of the Magdalene laundries and of the barbaric surgical practice of symphysiotomy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

‘Half of Magdalene laundry women in 1950s and 1960s never left again’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

Half of the women at one Magdalene laundry in the 1950s and 1960s never left the institution again but died years later behind the convent walls, according to research which strongly contradicts the Martin McAleese report.

A founding member of Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) and the Adoptions Rights Alliance, Claire McGettrick, is due to speak at the Mother Jones Festival in Cork next week where she will discuss her concerns about the narrative adopted in the McAleese study into state involvement in the laundries.

“JFM research has found that 50% of the women who were resident at the Donnybrook laundry between 1954 and 1964 remained there until their death, never seeing freedom,” said Ms McGettrick.

“Similar research at Hyde Park laundry has revealed that 30% of the women resident at the laundry between 1954 and 1964 also remained under the care of the nuns until they died.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Max Davis...

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

AAP

Max Davis, first Australian bishop charged with child sex offence, in court over charge dating back to 1969 in New Norcia

THE head of the Catholic Church’s military diocese has briefly appeared in court charged with child sex offences dating back to 1969.

West Australian Police allege Bishop Max Davis, 68, indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy while he 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.

He has been charged with three counts of indecently dealing with children aged under 14. Davis, who now lives in the ACT, was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he emphatically denies the charge.

On Friday in the Perth Magistrates Court, Davis’ lawyer requested that his client not be required to turn up in person at his next appearance on October 17 and any other date that his presence was not essential because he resided in Canberra.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Australian Defence Force bishop to deny child sexual offences, court told

AUSTRALIA
7 News

ABC

BY REBECCA TRIGGER
July 25, 2014

The Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force is to plead not guilty to child sexual offences dating back 45 years, a Perth court has been told.

Bishop Max Leroy Davis is accused of abusing a student at St Benedict's College at New Norcia, north-east of Perth, in 1969.

He was a teacher there at the time, and the offences allegedly occurred two years before he was ordained.

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

He held the senior post of Bishop for the Australian Catholic Defence Diocese, but has since stood aside from the role.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Bishop to plead not guilty to child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

AMANDA BANKS LEGAL AFFAIRS EDITOR The West Australian
July 25, 2014

A Catholic bishop will plead not guilty to charges alleging he sexually abused a child in New Norcia more than four decades ago.

Max Leroy Davis appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning facing three counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a child aged under 14.

Defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty told the court that Bishop Davis would be entering pleas of not guilty and the charges would need to be dealt with in the District Court.

Magistrate Paul Heaney granted Mr Rafferty's request for Bishop Davis to report to a police station in Canberra, where he lives, at his next court date and be excused from attending in person.

The 68-year-old, who is Bishop of the Australian Defence Force, is believed to be the most senior church official to be charged with a sex offence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Maine Catholics sell property as attendance falls

MAINE
The Washington Times

[with video]

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s Catholic churches are selling off properties as the Diocese of Portland grapples with declining church attendance and a surplus of under-utilized buildings.

Parishes in the diocese have more than 20 churches, convents, rectories and schools on the market. Church leaders said a dozen properties in the diocese have sold for a total of more than $2.4 million since the beginning of 2013.

The sales come at a time when Catholic church attendance in the state is falling. The diocese counts 193,392 Catholics in Maine, a decline of nearly 30 percent from 30 years ago, but still the largest religious denomination in the state.

Some of the sold churches are nearly as old as the diocese itself, which began in 1853. Father James Lafontaine, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland, said the need to sell churches is hard for parishioners, who associate the buildings with generations of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Man files lawsuit against former children’s minister in Shoals, church

ALABAMA
WHNT

[with video]

JULY 24, 2014, BY JOHNY FERNANDEZ

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Colbert County church that employed Jeffrey Dale Eddie is facing a lawsuit. The defendants in the suit are Jeffrey Dale Eddie, Highland Park Baptist Church, and Loving the Shoals United Appeal Fund, Inc., a non-for profit organization connected to the church.

Eddie used to be the children’s pastor. He pleaded guilty to sex abuse and sodomy charges earlier this year.

The 13-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday afternoon in federal court. The lawsuit against Eddie and the church is from a person who says Eddie began sexually abusing him in 2001.

At the time, the plaintiff was 11 years old. The suit states the abuse continued through November 2013. It also states the church provided little oversight, monitoring or supervision to Eddie as children’s pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Francis and the Nuns

UNITED STATES
Harper's

Is the new Vatican all talk?

By Mary Gordon

A year ago this month, Pope Francis gave a long interview to Antonio Spadaro, the editor in chief of an Italian Jesuit journal called La Civiltà Cattolica. Francis was just a few months into his papacy at the time, and the interview — published simultaneously by more than a dozen Jesuit outlets — was for many people around the world their introduction to the first Latin-American pontiff. The interview is long and complex, but a few words were quoted everywhere. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” Francis told Spadaro. “When we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the Church . . . is clear and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

This may not sound like much — it was, after all, a shift in emphasis, not in doctrine — but coupled with subsequent statements about the evil of inequality, the pope’s words suggested the possibility of a new era for the Church, one in which economic justice would take precedence over divisive social issues. Perhaps the most important change was tonal: the punitive, absolutist cadences of John Paul II and Benedict XVI had been replaced by gentle, openhearted language. Progressives both in the Church and outside it celebrated the development. Suddenly, the world had a new apostolic heartthrob: Francis was Time magazine’s Person of the Year and the cover boy for Rolling Stone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Mary Gordon on "Francis and the Nuns" in Harper's

UNITED STATES
Commonweal

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly July 24, 2014

In my column last month, I asked, "Why hasn’t Pope Francis stepped in to get the Vatican off the nuns’ backs" and revoke the CDF's mandate to reform the LCWR? "If Francis really wants a less authoritarian, more mission-focused church," I wrote, "shouldn’t he have called this whole thing off already?"

Mary Gordon asks a similar question in the August issue of Harper's, in an essay titled "Francis and the Nuns." It's a strong piece of writing and a very good summary of the tensions between U.S. sisters and the Vatican. Harper's readers will be well caught up on where things stand and how they got that way. And the piece ends with an interview with Simone Campbell, SSS, that gives a personal dimension to the way she and her fellow sisters from LCWR congregations have responded to the scrutiny and censure directed their way from Rome.

But when it comes to the Francis angle, Gordon's analysis is less solid. That's because there simply isn't much to go on. "Is the new Vatican all talk?" the essay's subhed asks. But on this subject Francis has hardly talked at all, so that anyone who wants to build a case for or against him has to resort to reading tea leaves. And silence has many interpretations, after all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

RELIGION | Court ruling could open the confessional booth

LOUISIANA
World Magazine

By DAVE SWAVELY
Issue: "Border gridlock," Aug. 9, 2014
Posted July 25, 2014

In the New Testament, Jesus and Paul repeatedly warn that adding to the Scriptures would create more problems than it solves (e.g., Mark 7:6-13; 1 Corinthians 4:3-6). An unprecedented recent ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court illustrates this danger.

The ruling revives a lawsuit that contends a priest should have reported allegations of sexual abuse disclosed to him during private confessions, and opens the door for a judge to call the priest to testify about what he was told. The lawsuit was filed by parents of a teen who says she told the priest about being kissed and fondled by an adult church parishioner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

July 24, 2014

Dr. Mohler, Churches DID Know

UNITED STATES
Spiritual Sounding Board

Sometimes things simmer just under my surface for a while until they erupt and I can’t ignore them anymore. I grew up in the Baptist church (SBC) even though I left that church about two decades ago. My parents are still Baptist, as are many of my friends. I still care about issues within the Baptist church, so when I hear a highly-respected leader within the SBC make a statement that is absolutely false and hurts victims who are still healing from past abuse within churches, my heart breaks, and then I realize that I’m very, very angry.

Dr. Albert Mohler is president of the flagship Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, Dr. Mohler participated in a panel discussion at the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. He has been criticized for supporting the embattled former head of Sovereign Grace Ministries, C.J. Mahaney, under whose leadership at least one pastor admittedly failed to report sexual abuse committed by a fellow pastor. In the panel discussion, Dr. Mohler told pastors to call 911 at the first knowledge of any sexual abuse. Good advice, but he should have stopped while he was ahead.

You can watch Mohler’s comments on a video at this link. The comments on sexual abuse start at 55.50. Even though I find it inconceivable that anyone needs to instruct clergy to call 911 upon learning about child abuse of any kind, I was happy to hear Dr. Mohler make the point so strongly. But then, he kept talking, and I began to wonder what his real motivation was for making that strong statement:

“This [the requirement to call 911] is something that churches have had to learn,” Mohler continued. “You go back 30 years, 20 years, churches didn’t know what to do in this kind of situation. We’re in a different situation now. There’s no excuse right now for not knowing what you’re going to do before you have to do it. It is a gospel ministry stewardship imperative. Be ready to dial 911, and do so before you leave the room.” (Bold and italics are mine.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM

Criticism against Guam archbishop continues

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jul 24, 2014

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) continues its criticism of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, particularly his hiring of Father John Wadeson several years ago. Wadeson was twice accused of child molestation in California and was banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. After SNAP exposed the information, the archbishop via a press release announced he removed Father Wadeson from ministry in Guam. He did not say where or how long Wadeson was practicing locally. SNAP today in a press release states it believes Apuron's behavior is dangerous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Playing A Different Song And Dance

GUAM
Neocatechemunal Way - An Insider's View

Tim Rohr is playing a different song and dance now that Father John is being followed by SNAP. Under my July 17th post "Follow What The Vatican Delegate Says," I copied and pasted the following from Junglewatch on July 19, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. into my blog, which can be found here:

"And YOU Wadeson! And to think that just recently on this blog I stood up for you. To think that I have been filtering out comments on this blog for nearly a year about the mysterious circumstances surrounding your sudden incardination and about your name being on a certain list. And you are going to call us, and ME in particular, SATAN?"

As you can see, Tim Rohr knew about Father John's circumstances for nearly a year. Now below is the weblink showing the database of Father John, which is now completed by SNAP. Junglewatch is on that database:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Accused Priest Denies Allegations, Departs Guam

GUAM
Pacific Islands Report

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 24, 2014) – A day after he was stripped of authority as a Guam priest over child molestation allegations in Los Angeles, Father John Howard Wadeson has left the island.

Wadeson stated he's been falsely accused, but decided to leave because he didn't want the accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

"I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our archbishop, whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words," Wadeson stated, in response to the Pacific Daily News' request for comment.

"For the good of the church, I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our archbishop or the Church of Guam," he stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Apuron ‘removes’ priest

GUAM
Marianas Variety

BY JASMINE STOLE | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

Accusations of molestation aired

GROWING public concern over Rev. John Wadeson’s past prompted Archbishop Anthony Apuron to remove Wadeson from active and public ministry.

Apuron announced Wadeson’s removal in a short, two-sentence statement released yesterday.

“In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time. The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously,” the statement said.

Wadeson was accused of molesting two children in California between the years 1973 and 1977. The allegations were deemed credible by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Wadeson was prohibited from ministering in the Los Angeles area.

Since 2000, however, Wadeson has been working in some capacity under the Archdiocese of Agana. A 2013 Archdiocese of Agana directory lists Wadeson as one of four “incardinated priests” away from the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Priest's criminal case is postponed

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

Clifton Park
The case of a Roman Catholic priest charged with endangering the welfare of a minor has been adjourned until next month, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said.

He said the postponement, the second one in as many months in Clifton Park Town Court, was requested by the Rev. James Michael Taylor's attorney, Daniel Stewart of Queensbury.

He is accused of engaging in physical contact and shared phone calls, text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old girl.

Taylor, an associate pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Niskayuna whom parishioners call "Father Michael," is on administrative leave. He allegedly met the teen when he served as a deacon and youth minister at Corpus Christi Church in Clifton Park.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Why should Nienstedt go -- or stay? Readers add voices to fray

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Ruben Rosario
rrosario@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 07/24/2014

Last week I wrote a piece calling for Archbishop John Nienstedt to step down or be removed from his position. I will not repeat here the arguments I made. You can look up the column, which coincidentally was posted online the same day a blogger for the National Catholic Reporter also called for his resignation and a New York Times editorial urged Pope Francis to reconsider Nienstedt's fitness to serve. But essentially, the mishandling of recent clergy abuse cases in the Twin Cities archdiocese warrants his resignation.

My reasons have nothing to do with previous allegations that he inappropriately touched a minor during a confirmation ceremony. My gut told me that was bogus, and cops later determined there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges.

There's an internal church probe now into allegations that Nienstedt had inappropriate relationships with seminarians and others dating from the time he worked in Detroit. That also has little to do with my feelings since the investigation continues. Others within the church wanted him out after his somewhat obsessive and much-politicized crusade two years ago to support a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Using donated money, he signed off on an expensive campaign in 2010 to mail a DVD explaining his and the church's views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The DVD was sent to 400,000 Catholic households in the state. I got one. I saw it. I don't know where that DVD is now, but I think I tossed it. I thought Nienstedt and others of like mind in the church crossed the separation-of-church-and-state line into politicking from the pulpit.

But that wasn't it either, though I predicted the crusade would backfire, as it did. The main reason is that the mishandlings put children and adults at risk, violated a 2002 churchwide policy on reporting abuse to authorities, and eventually led to the molestations of two St. Paul boys, reportedly one of whom went on to abuse a sister, by a parish priest already known for his sexual proclivities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON’S PAL A SEX ADDICT

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

July 23, 2014 3:15 pm | Author: berger
Just released Catholic church files show that years ago, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted he was a sex addict. Carlson admits becoming the twice-accused child molesting cleric’s “close friend” and spiritual advisor too. The documents show that Carlson’s involvement in clergy sex cases go back to 1997. The records are available at AndersonAdvocates.com.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Conversations With My Molester, A Journey We All Should See

NEW YORK
Times Square Chronicles

Michael Mack had a Catholic boy dream in the 1960s to become a priest when he grew up. As a young boy full of light and worship, there was nobody Mack admired more than the church pastor. But all of that changed when the man he had looked up to and trusted sexually abused him when he was 11 years old. What followed were countless years of haunting and devastating pain, until Mack finally resolved to track down his former pastor for a conversation. That is when his story takes a shocking new turn. Now, decades later, Michael Mack shares his experiences and journey on stage in his one-man act:Conversation with My Molester: A Journey of Faith.

Traveling through this play will send you on an emotional journey that stretched over the course Mack’s lifetime. You will feel the wonder and passion for faith that he felt as a boy. You will experience his fear and anxiety that consumes his later years. You will be taken through anger, resentment, and shock… but also compassion, forgiveness and resolve. The intimate space of the Jewel Box Theatre allows Mack to connect with every member of the audience in a truly extraordinary way.

There is one word that accurately describes this play: profound. Mack recounts his memories as if he were giving a sermon, his delivery soulful yet captivating. He has the audience traveling with him through his past and reliving his memories with him. I could feel the fear and anxiety pulse through my veins as Mack recounted how his pastor invited him up to the rectory of the church, shutting the door with a jolt behind him. My stomach churned as Mack revealed how the single word “suck,” haunted him in the years following. And I sat at the edge of my seat stunned as the revelations Mack made in the later decades of his life brought the play to its striking climax.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Questions raised about mother-and-baby homes 75 years ago

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

While some people may warn against judging the past with the knowledge of the present, the Government’s initial probe into mother-and-baby homes shows stark questions were being asked about death rates at the homes 75 years ago.

Concerns were raised in and outside of the State in 1939 — with the quality of care even being raised by senior officials at the Department of Local Government and Public Health. Children born to unmarried mothers between 1923 and 1950 were four times more likely to die than those born to a married couple, according to studies of the Registrar General annual reports.

The interdepartmental report published earlier this week shows that in 1939, the inspector for boarded out children in the Department of Local Government and Public Health, Alice Litster asked why illegitimate children living in impoverishment seemed to be faring better than those in the care of religious orders.

“The chance of survival of an illegitimate infant born in the slums and placed with a foster-mother in the slums a few days after birth is greater than that of an infant born in one of our special homes for unmarried mothers... except the Manor House, Castlepollard, in which the infantile death rate is comparatively low,” Ms Litster said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City

CHICAGO (IL)
The Tablet

24 July 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

One of the most important sees in the United States, Chicago, has to be filled, after Cardinal Francis George declared his wish to resign on the grounds of age and ill-health
Chicago’s cardinaL Francis George announced this spring that the process to select his successor has begun. He submitted his resignation two years ago, when he turned 75, as required by canon law. As well, George announced in May that his cancer had returned and he is re-entering treatment.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of Chicago will likely be the most important appointment that Pope Francis makes in the American Church. George is the sixth archbishop of the Windy City to be made a cardinal, and his successor is likely to be the only cardinal in America’s Midwest region as St Louis and Detroit have declined in significance. This will also be the first major diocese filled since Pope Francis shuffled the membership of the Congregation for Bishops and stated, on several occasions and in different ways, that he wants shepherds who “have the smell of the sheep” upon them, men as interested in loving their flock as teaching it, let alone hectoring it.

The appointment also comes at a time when divisions within the American episcopate have become more evident. Two years ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops could not pass a statement on poverty, a sign of how divided they are: poverty is not usually a neuralgic issue for clergy who have read Matthew 25. Last year, the bishops reportedly had a heated discussion about how to respond to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate during their executive session. Many bishops feel that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) staff have not shown much evidence of getting on board the Pope Francis bandwagon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Child abuse reports increase but less than half investigated: report

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

July 25, 2014

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

The number of child abuse reports increased by 15 per cent over the past two years, but more than half of all reports were never investigated by authorities, according to new figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Almost 273,000 reports were made about children at risk nationally in 2012-13, up from a low of 237,000 in 2010-11.

Child welfare experts attributed the increase to greater pressures on families and a heightened awareness of abuse.

The 272,980 abuse notifications involved 184,216 children, the majority living in NSW and Victoria.

Only 45 per cent of reports were investigated nationally, leading to 53,666 proven cases of abuse involving 40,571 children which marks a 29 per cent increase on 2010-11.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Ex-pastor sentenced in bathroom camera case

INDIANA
TheIndyChannel

[with video]

TheIndyChannel.com Staff
6:39 AM, Jul 19, 2014

NDIANAPOLIS - A former pastor who admitted to hiding cameras inside a women's restroom at his Lafayette church has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Robert Lyzenga, 57, pleaded guilty in May to recording five women and five girls at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Indiana pastor sentenced for secretly filming female parishioners in church bathroom

INDIANA
The Raw Story

By Tom Boggioni
Saturday, July 19, 2014

A former pastor from Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by three years of probation for secretly videotaping female parishioners in the women’s restroom of his church, reports the IndyStar.

Robert Lyzenga, 58, pleaded guilty to secretly filming five women and five girls over the course of several months in 2011 and 2012 at the Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.

Lyzenga’s youngest victim was five years old.

According to authorities, Lyzenga hid two cameras disguised as air fresheners in the restroom which were discovered by one of the church’s parishioners. Investigators recovered video footage on the devices, located files on Lyzenga’s computers, and still images taken from the footage.

According to Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington, Lyzenga had edited some of the videos including video of a 16-year-old girl in “slow-motion replays showing her exposed pubic area.”

Authorities also noted that the cameras had been repositioned multiple times to film at different angles, with one mounted in the ceiling pointing down into a bathroom stall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Pastor Camouflages Hidden Cameras as Air Fresheners In Women’s Restroom

INDIANA
All Christian News

BY MARIA IN CHRISTIAN NEWS · MAY 18, 2014

A 57-year-old Indiana pastor thought he could get away with viewing women going to the restroom by installing secret video cameras that captured footage he’d download later.

Robert Lyzenga (pictured) was eventually caught after getting away with his disgusting vοyeuristic habit for over two years. When it was revealed that the troubled pastor had been viewing young girls using the restroom, all he had to say for himself is that he didn’t intend to record children.

The pastor must’ve thought that it would have been perfectly okay for a trusted servant of God to abuse the position he had been given, if he had only recorded older women members of his congregation in their time of relief.

Judge Randy Williams apparently didn’t think much of his excuse and set a hearing for his sentencing on July 18, after the pastor had admitted to all 10 counts against him.

Lyzenga will now face a concurrent prison sentence ranging from 2-10 years for the five counts of Class C felonies for child explοitation and five counts Class D felony vοyeurism leveled against him for recording 10 juvenile victims.

Possibly one of the reasons that the judge did not have much sympathy for the pastor of Sunrise Christian Reformed Church in Lafayette, IN is because he had kept recording video of young girls age 5-16, even after he had realized that his cameras were capturing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Vicar described as 'a sexual predator'

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Echo

A FORMER vicar described by police as a “sexual predator” has been jailed after abusing a 13-year-old boy.

Maxwell Hallahan was sentenced to 21 months in prison for a string of offences against the youngster in the 1970s.

They took place while he was vicar at St Faith's Church in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and followed a previous conviction for a similar offence in 2011.

The retired priest will also be subject to a ten-year notification on the Sex Offender Register and a Safeguarding Order.

Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO), Richard Powell, said: “Maxwell Hallahan abused his position of authority as vicar in his parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Eamonn McCann

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

The former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace told Radio Ulster last weekend that any inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home will not be able to get to the truth if it doesn’t have access to evidence about the role of MI5. If that’s so, the chances of the truth coming out are near to nil. Wallace has been trying for 40 years to expose child sex abuse at the east Belfast home. He has been ridiculed, ignored, lied to and lied about, and, as Paul Foot demonstrated in “Who Framed Colin Wallace?” in 1989, fitted up for manslaughter. Peter Robinson has suggested the Belfast home be added to the remit of the UK Child Abuse Inquiry. Others want a dedicated Northern Ireland inquiry. It matters little. MI5’s interests will take precedence over the rights of raped children. In the early 1970s, Wallace was based in Lisburn, a member of an undercover “psychological warfare” unit which worked closely with MI5. He was involved in “Operation Clockwork Orange”, a MI5 plot to smear Labour prime minister Harold Wilson and “wets” in the Tory opposition.

Clockwork Orange

In October 1974, Wallace told his superiors that he wanted out of Clockwork Orange. He then wrote a memo explaining in detail that destitute boys were being systematically sodomised by members of Kincora staff and were being supplied for abuse to prominent figures in unionist politics. The abusers – among them MPs, councillors, leading Orangemen and other influential individuals – became potentially important intelligence assets.

MI5 had come across Kincora through its interest in paedophile “housemaster” William McGrath, also leader of an eccentric loyalist organisation, Tara. The agency didn’t report the scandal, but allowed it to continue while monitoring the abusers. It wasn’t until an Irish Independent expose in 1980 that official notice was taken. An RUC investigation led to the imprisonment of McGrath and two other Kincora staff. Two inquiries were then established in succession by secretary of state James Prior.

The first, under complaints commissioner Stephen McGonagle, collapsed on its first day when three of five panel members resigned upon being told they couldn’t delve into any matter which might be the subject of police investigation. The collapse of an inquiry after one half-day session may be a unique occurrence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Oklahoma teen engaged in sex acts with orphans while volunteering in Kenya: FBI

OKLAHOMA
New York Daily News

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BY NINA GOLGOWSK

A 19-year-old Oklahoma missionary has been charged with traveling to Kenya to engage in sex acts with disadvantaged children as young as 4 years old.

Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, faces life behind bars after allegedly admitting to the sickening abuse while volunteering at Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi this spring.

It was during Durham's fourth visit to the home between April and June that he sexually abused both boys and girls between ages 4 and 10. One of the kids is HIV positive, according to a FBI criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

The teen was confronted by the home's founder after a caretaker grew suspicious of Durham’s behavior around the children, the Edmond Sun reported.

When the children were pulled aside, they allegedly described him as inappropriately touching them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

MO- Notorious predator priest's sentence upheld, SNAP responds

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com )

We are glad that a former Catholic priest has lost his bid to have his sentence overturned.

For the sake of his victims, we hope that Shawn Ratigan refrains from more far-fetched legal maneuvers. We also hope that Kansas City Catholic officials are not paying for his lawyers.

Now, it's clearer than ever that Ratigan will remain locked up for a long, long time. We hope this assurance helps enable others who saw, suspected or suffered his heinous crimes to come forward and get help. Struggling in silence is unhealthy. Sharing one's burden is the first step towards recovery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

"We want to make this delicate material more accessible, more understandable and easier for bishops to apply," Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, council president, told the Vatican newspaper.

In the interview published July 24 in L'Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said his office has been working since 2008 to revise "Book VI: Sanctions in the Church," a section of the Code of Canon Law.

The penalties and punishments offered by church law should be applied, he said.

"In the face of a negative action, which harms the good of a person and therefore the good of the church, penal law expects a reaction, that is the pastor inflicting a canonical penalty," the cardinal said.

If a bishop does not react by imposing a punishment on a priest guilty of the crime of sexual abuse, he said, "in some way that would be, or would seem to be, consenting to the evil committed. A negative act necessarily must be condemned; it requires a reaction."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Former priest Shawn Ratigan’s 50-year sentence for child pornography upheld

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the 50-year prison sentence of Catholic priest and convicted child pornographer Shawn Ratigan.

Ratigan, who was sentenced last September after pleading guilty to federal charges of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, argued on appeal that the sentence was unreasonable.

But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner did not commit procedural error or abuse his discretion in imposing the sentence requested by prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

ARCHBISHOP NIENSTEDT’S NEW CRITICS

MINNESOTA
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on an editorial in today’s St. Cloud Times urging Catholics in Minnesota to press for the ouster of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt:

This editorial is based heavily on the uncontested testimony of a “church lawyer.” Because Jennifer Haselberger’s testimony was never challenged by a lawyer for the archdiocese, we have no way of knowing whether her version of events is correct. We do know, having gone through her affidavit, that even she admits to at least 17 occasions when her version was not shared by others with whom she worked.

The editorial accuses the archdiocese of a pattern of “deception, intimidation and silence.” This is similar to Haselberger’s position, stated at the beginning of her testimony, that she endured “months of harassment, threats, and intimidation—examples of which I will provide later in this affidavit.” Except she doesn’t: She provides not a single example of being threatened by anyone. Did the editorial board members even bother to read her account?

What about being harassed? Here’s an example of what she means. On p. 53, she says a priest “constantly harassed us to conclude the investigation [into alleged wrongdoing].” Did her co-workers also feel harassed? Is it harassment when an employee is told to “get moving”? Apparently, Haselberger does have a problem with getting things done on time. After all, she was suspended precisely because of her inability to complete an assignment. It gets better.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

Wisdom and Prudence in Action

MINNESOTA
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

One of the things revealed in the documents that have been released concerning the Fr. Kolar case in St. Paul is that after Kolar was sent away for treatment and it became obvious that he was both initiating sexual contact with adult women he was counseling, and also abusing a minors - and after

the psychiatrists who evaluated him indicated the he had a serious personality disorder, the archbishop and his cronies decided that their options were either ...

1. Make Fr. Kolar DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE at the seminary (where he could guide and form young men who were becoming priests)

2. Put him to work AT A PARISH (where he would be free to counsel more young women. Note that the archdiocese made a point of not informing any laity of Fr. Kolar's abusive behavior, so women approaching Fr. Kolar for counseling at a parish would not know the risk they were taking.)

And in neither case would any of the bishops around the country be informed of Kolar's previous work in NET Ministries nationwide, where he had access to plenty of teenage girls over the years. This despite the bishop of St. Cloud, who had caught wind of this, suggesting that they do so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

MO- Victims want Presbyterians to do "outreach"

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 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 heart-breaking new lawsuit, a Presbyterian minister is suing the Presbyterian church because of child sex crimes by another Presbyterian minister and cover ups by Presbyterian officials.

While all child molesters must be considered dangerous, this one is especially dangerous. He admitted in a Boone County court that he severed a man's genitals in an illegal gender reassignment surgery. He also admitted possessing child porn. And now he is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy from Sedalia.

He is the now-imprisoned Jack Wayne Rogers, formerly of Fulton, Missouri. Rogers has also been publicly named as a suspect in the disappearance of a northwest Missouri boy who went missing months after Rogers allegedly assaulted Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer.

Rev. Schondelmeyer has filed a civil lawsuit charging that Rogers sexually violated him at a nationally sponsored youth conference in Maryland in 2000. At the time, Rogers was a Presbyterian lay pastor for the Jefferson City-based Missouri Union Presbytery serving at Bellflower Presbyterian Church.

This is heartbreaking on so many levels. First, Schondelmeyer's pain is heartbreaking, especially because it could have been prevented. Second, the other crimes by Rogers are heartbreaking. Third, it's heartbreaking that Schondelmeyer feels compelled to file a lawsuit because Presbyterian officials refuse to reach out to others Rogers may have hurt. And fourth, it's heartbreaking to think about others who were likely assaulted by Rogers and who are still struggling today, mired in shame, confusion, and self-blame.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Petition to reinstate fired KC pantry director met by security guards

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 24, 2014 NCR Today

KANSAS CITY, MO. A group seeking to deliver a petition to Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn on behalf of a fired gay foot pantry coordinator met resistance Wednesday afternoon as they attempted to enter the downtown chancery offices.

A group of about 30 people carried a copy of an online petition with more than 32,000 signatures asking that Finn apologize to Colleen Simon -- a woman dismissed from her parish position after her same-sex marriage was inadvertently made public by a local newspaper -- and to give her job back.

The group made their way into the first set of doors at the chancery before two security guards for the building blocked them from entering farther.

According to Georgia Walker, organizer of the Faithful America petition, the group prayed and sang in the lobby as they waited for a representative from the diocese to receive the petition. After calling several offices, she said a summer intern came to collect the petition. Walker said in an email to NCR that as she left police arrived, reportedly at the diocese’s request, to break up an “unauthorized protest.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Ousted priest leaves Guam: Wadeson defends, praises Archbishop Apuron

GUAM
Jungle Watch

[Pacific Daily News]

PDN: "Wadeson stated he's been falsely accused, but decided to leave because he didn't want the accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron."

JW: So how does running away save Apuron? In fact it "tarnishes" him even more, doesn't it. If you were falsely accused, then simply say so and challenge the accusations.

PDN: "I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our archbishop, whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words," Wadeson stated...

JW: What "viciousness and lies" would those be, Wadeson? All that was reported was your record as published by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. If that report is a "lie" then your issue is with Cardinal Mahoney, who published your record, NOT the people of Guam. Don't you think? And of course, have you no remorse for the "shock" you caused the people of this archdiocese? No. Only you are shocked. Apparently we have no right to be.

PDN: "For the good of the church, I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our archbishop or the Church of Guam," he stated.

JW; Hmmm. "Leave the country". Never heard it put that way before. Usually when people are leaving Guam, they say the are leaving "Guam", not "the country". Good chance Wadeson is either hightailing it to his native Australia or to a Kiko-refuge in Europe or Israel. In fact, look for him to have a new job at the Domus Galilee. By the way, who paid for your airfare? Us?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Guest Blog: SNAP, Little-noticed award to victims may have big ramifications

UNITED STATES
Hamilton and Griffin on Rights

“What’s the latest in the Catholic abuse crisis?”

If you ask people who follow the news closely they’d likely cite two high visibility happenings: The meeting between Pope Francis and six clergy sex abuse victims and the latest stunning revelations of cover ups in a Minnesota archdiocese.

But a month ago, another development – virtually unprecedented - took place with little public fanfare. Most people, we suspect, took a glance at the headlines about it and quickly moved on, assuming it was yet another settlement in a civil abuse lawsuit involving multiple victims.

That, however, is not the case.

In fact, it wasn’t a child sex abuse case at all. It was a “breach of contract” suit. We believe it’s one of just two in the US and the only successful one so far. We predict – and hope – there will be more like it.

An arbitrator has ordered Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn to pay $1.1 million to 42 victims of clergy sex crimes because he broke his pledges to improve how he deals with abuse cases.

As best we can tell, there’s never been a case like this in which victims have successfully held a bishop responsible in court for breaking the promises he made during a settlement. And the amount of this award is significant because it may well deter more Catholic officials from breaking the promises they make to victims.

Here, in a nutshell, is what transpired:

1. In 2008, 47 victims settled child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against Finn and his diocese. As part of that deal, they insisted that Finn commit to 19 non-economic child safety measures.
2 . In 2011, 44 of those victims formally charged that Finn broke many of those child safety measures, in part by keeping two credibly accused predator priests in ministry (Fr. James Tierney and Fr. Shawn Ratigan) and by hiding suspicions and knowledge of child sex crimes from law enforcement.
3. In March 2014, an arbitrator – harshly criticizing Finn and his KC church colleagues – awarded $1.1 million to the victims. (Finn is trying to have the award nullified.)

The attorney for these brave and persistent victims, Rebecca Randles, has described the award as “ground-breaking.” She’s right.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

MO- Finn wants out of his contract with abuse victims

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

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com )

Embattled Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn wants out of a contract he signed six years ago with more than 40 local clergy sex abuse victims. Shame on him.

In a KC courtroom today, one of Finn's lawyers (David Frye) asked “But are we going to be in endless litigation on these non-monetary commitments forever?”

Frye and Finn should know that when they signed a contract with no expiration date, and then broke it, they would be held responsible. That's what contracts are for: to ensure that people act the way they should.

There's a simple way for Finn to prevent “endless litigation.” He should honor his word. He should do what he promised to do in the contract: call police quickly when abuse is suspected and train all his employees on abuse prevention. It's as simple as that.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

UK- Second victim of jailed Jehovah's Witness elder speaks up, SNAP responds

UNITED KINGDOM
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

A second victim of a Jehovah’s Witness elder, who earlier this month was found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls and raping another woman, has spoken up. We are grateful to this brave victim for having the courage to speak up.

Mark Sewell was convicted of having “groomed” at least one of his victims, and using his position of power within the Jehovah’s Witness to prey on these girls. We are glad that another victim has found the courage to speak up.

Because of the brave victims who worked courageously to get Sewell behind bars, other children will be safer. We hope this gives courage to other victims of Sewell and others to speak up and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

PA- Lawyer claims “exploiting a minor” charge was with an adult

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 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 )

An attorney for a once-convicted preacher accused of sexual misconduct with a congregant is claiming that the victim was over 18 and consenting. Regardless of the age of the victim, there can never be true consent between a congregant and a religious authority figure.

Duane Youngblood works at Higher Call World Outreach Church in Homestead. His attorney referred to the abuse as a consensual relationship with an adult, but that is a dangerous and manipulative claim that obscures the true nature of what happened. There can be no true consent when the power difference between the individuals is so great. That's why it's illegal in all states for therapists to sexually exploit clients and doctors to sexually exploit patients. In 17 states, it's illegal for ministers to sexually exploit congregants. Age doesn't matter.

Youngblood also has a previous sexual assault conviction involving a minor.

We hope that church officials will aggressively reach out to anyone else who may have been hurt by Youngblood. And we hope anyone who saw, suspects or suffered sexual abuse by Youngblood or any other church official will find the courage to speak up and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Second victim of jailed church elder speaks out

WALES
Barry and District News

A SECOND victim of jailed Jehovah's Witness elder Mark Sewell has stepped forward to tell of her ordeal at the hands of the convicted rapist.

Tina Guy, a former employee of Sewell, has told of her horror at recalling an incident where she was driven onto wasteland against her will and locked in a car by him - only to narrowly escape from the man who had already committed rape.

When Sewell drove Mrs Guy onto barren land at Barry docks in the mid 90s, she had no idea that the boss who had targeted her with a campaign of suggestive behaviour and an eventual indecent assault had already committed a rape just a few years prior.

Sewell, 53, of Porthkerry Road, Barry, was jailed for 14 years at Merthyr Crown Court earlier this month after being found guilty of raping a fellow churchgoer, indecently assaulting two young girls - including his niece Karen Morgan - and also indecently assaulting Mrs Guy in their workplace.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

More than 50 priests defrocked over abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

The Catholic Church has defrocked 52 priests in England and Wales since new rules were put in place to combat clerical sex abuse over a decade ago.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) statistics were revealed as the commission said there were 81 child protection allegations made last year - a leap from 59 in 2012.

The number of parishes without a safeguarding representative grew between 2012 and 2013 from 88 to 126, the commission said, possibly due to concern over increased paperwork associated with the role.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Ten years of progress but the Church can never apologise enough for abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

24 July 2014 by Danny Sullivan

It is ten years since the Church began reporting annually on allegations of abuse received by the Catholic Church in England and Wales and on standards of safeguarding. This year’s report was published this week and shows how far we have moved. The first year, 2004, was two years after Lord Nolan's report that laid out recommendations and a pathway for the Church to follow to become more robust and consistent in dealing with allegations implementing safeguarding protocols. The Cumberlege Review of 2007 reviewed the progress since the Nolan Report and made further recommendations to the bishops of England and Wales, which were accepted in their entirety. This included the setting up of an independent commission which would always be chaired by a layperson. Hence the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) , of which I am chairman.

Ten years on, we have a national structure – the NCSC's responsibility for strategy and auditing the quality of safeguarding in dioceses through its procedures and guidelines – and agreed procedures for all dioceses and religious congregations to observe. This includes having clear criteria for the appointment of diocesan safeguarding co-ordinators and chairmen or women of diocesan commissions.

While we have rightly learned from the secular world about best practice, it is important to recognise that there is a theological heart to safeguarding and that it is integral to ministry. St John XXIII likened the Church to family, friends and neighbours gathered around a village fountain in Italy; all were welcome and there was a care and concern for each individual.

This vision was shattered by the abuse scandal, affecting not only victims and survivors but others who had their idealised perception of the Church and the priesthood demolished by such criminal behaviour. The Church has apologised for getting things so wrong in the past but in one sense it can never apologise enough, given the damage to the lives of individual victims and survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Church puts abuse survivors at heart of safeguarding as report discloses 10 years of data

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

24 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Catholic Church is to attempt to rebuild relations with sex abuse survivors, who pulled out of talks with the Church when the Church contested an abuse case from the Portsmouth diocese as far as the Court of Appeal. In an attempt to heal divisions, the Church in England and Wales will next year launch a new national advisory board involving victims a well as psychologists and other professionals.

In 2011 survivors groups including the National Association for People Abused in Childhood and the Survivors Trust abandoned their dialogue with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC). They acted in protest at Portsmouth Diocese’s decision to appeal a High Court judgment that made the diocese vicariously liable for abuse by its priests.

The case concerned alleged abuse by Fr Wilfred Baldwin in the 1970s at a care home then run by nuns of Our Lady of Charity. The diocese denied the abuse took place and took the case right up to the Court of Appeal, which ruled in 2012 that it was liable to pay compensation for both this case and alleged beatings inflicted by a nun.

The new advisory group, disclosed in CSAS’s annual report published last Thursday, represents its first significant attempt to make a fresh start. The report also reveals the administrative difficulties caused by the Coalition Government’s decision in 2012 to merge the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority to form the Disclosure and Barring Service. Because of the extra time it now takes to complete checks on parish safeguarding representatives, there has been a rise in the number of parishes without them: up from 88 in 2012 to 126 in 2013, an increase of 1 per cent in terms of all parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

52 Catholic Priests 'Defrocked' as Child Sex Allegations Surge

UNITED KINGDOM
International Business Times

By Tabatha Kinder
July 24, 2014

More than 50 Catholic priests in England and Wales have been "defrocked" since 2001 to protect children and vulnerable adults from clerical sex abuse, it has been revealed.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said 52 priests had their ordained powers revoked by the church following the implementation of new rules to combat the well-publicised litany of abuses.

The statistics are revealed as the commission said there were 81 child abuse allegations made last year alone in England and Wales – a leap from 59 in 2012.

The NCSC attribute the rise in allegations last year to the Jimmy Saville scandal that resulted in a surge in calls to child abuse survivor support groups.

New procedures to tackle prolific sex abuse scandals of paedophile priests in the Catholic Church were implemented after late Lord Nolan made 83 recommendations to improve child protection in 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Church reports progress on child protection in England and Wales

UNITED KINGDOM
Vatican Radio

[with audio]

(Vatican Radio) The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission in England and Wales issued its latest report on Thursday highlighting significant progress, including a “much more consistent and sensitive approach” to survivors of sexual abuse. The annual report also underlines the importance of religious congregations aligning themselves with dioceses through a ‘One Church’ approach to better coordinate responses to those coming forward with allegations of abuse.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission is an independent body working within the framework of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Over the past 3 years it has overseen audits across all of the 22 Dioceses with the aim of providing better child protection in churches and religious institutions throughout the country.

Danny Sullivan is chair of the Commission and earlier this month accompanied two survivors of sexual abuse for a meeting with Pope Francis at his Santa Marta residence. He told us more about the positive developments highlighted in this annual report….

Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report:

Danny says the new report reflects the ongoing work on training and supporting from the Safeguarding Advisory Service, with diocesan coordinators working with parish coordinators to ensure that procedures and guidelines are robustly adhered to, “so that you’re making the Church the safe place it should be for children and vulnerable adults….”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Pope 'updated' on church in Ireland

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
Published 24/07/2014

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, has met Pope Francis in the Vatican to update him on the church in Ireland.

It is believed the pontiff was briefed on the ongoing process of renewal in the Irish church – which Pope Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, instigated with the apostolic visitation which concluded in 2012.

The American archbishop is now two years into his first diplomatic role. He has overseen eight new appointments to the Irish hierarchy in that time, the most recent being the new bishop of Elphin, Dr Kevin Doran, who was ordained earlier this month.

Abuse

The Vatican briefing follows closely on the meeting between the Pope and two Irish survivors of clerical abuse, which was widely regarded as a success.

However, Dr Brown will also undoubtedly have raised the ongoing thorny issue of the Irish church's dissident priests, five of whom have been censured to varying degrees by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Some of the priests are members of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) and Dr Brown has yet to meet any representative of the group, despite the fact that it has over 1,000 Irish priest members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Fifty-two Catholic priests defrocked in England and Wales since 2001

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Press Association
theguardian.com, Thursday 24 July 2014

More than 50 Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked since new rules were put in place over a decade ago to combat clerical sex abuse, it has been revealed.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said 52 priests had been laicised – or defrocked – since 2001 following the implementation of new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The statistics were revealed as the commission said there were 81 child protection allegations made last year – a leap from 59 in 2012.

The number of parishes without a safeguarding representative grew between 2012 and 2013 from 88 to 126, the commission said, possibly due to concern over increased paperwork associated with the role.

There were 384 "covenants of care" in place by the end of 2013 in England and Wales where either a priest or a lay person is placed under restrictions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

SNAP: Wadeson not only priest accused of sexual misconduct

GUAM
Marianas Variety

THURSDAY, 24 JUL 2014

ARCHBISHOP Anthony Apuron owes Guam Catholics an apology, said Joelle Casteix, a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Apuron should apologize to Catholics, quit trying to silence his critics and reach out to the abused, she said. “He must name all credibly accused clerics who have worked in the archdiocese and post those names in parish bulletins and on his website,” Castiex said. “He must act immediately.”

Castiex also said it was troubling that a statement from SNAP was what prompted Apuron to remove John Wadeson. “Why weren’t the voices of Guam’s Catholics enough? Why isn’t zero tolerance enough?” she asked.

Wadeson was recently removed from active and public ministry by Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron due to growing public concern over Wadeson’s past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Prosecutors continue investigating missionary

OKLAHOMA
Fox 25

[with video]

By: Keaton Fox, Primetime Reporter/Weekend Anchor

19-year-old Matthew Durham is charged with 4 counts of leaving the country to engage in "illicit sexual conduct."

In a federal court filing, agents say Durham volunteered with the Upendo Children's Home in Kenya.

It reads that "in early June 2014, the live-in caretaker at Upendo began to notice odd behavior... and found Durham late at night lying beside some of the children..."

When the live-in caretaker asked Durham about it, the "children stated Durham often touched them in a sexual manner" and goes on to describe acts with several children.

Durham's attorney says the claims are preposterous.

"It's too wild, even for Hollywood," said attorney Stephen Jones.

Jones says Durham was held for days and never actually spoke with law enforcement or the embassy. All the claims come from the caretaker.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Victims’ advocates decry delays in Baker case

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

BY DAVID HURST
DHURST@TRIBDEM.COM

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stalled negotiations in a case involving 88 former Pennsylvania teens alleging abuse by a former Bishop McCort educator prompted a New Jersey nonprofit to take protest signs to the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese’s administrative front door Wednesday.

And an attorney representing 33 of the people alleging abuse by the late Brother Stephen Baker said he’ll press on with litigation if the diocese and Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular don’t return to the mediation table soon.

“Mediation has been stalled.

“We’re getting nowhere with it ... and there’s no timetable for it to continue,” said Massachusetts attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

“If something doesn’t happen, I don’t think we’ll have a choice but to proceed.”

The matter has been in on and off negotiations for more than a year since dozens of alleged victims began filing suits against the diocese regarding Baker’s actions during his nearly nine years at McCort, which started in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Our View: Catholics must demand archdiocese changes

MINNESOTA
St Cloud Times

Times Editorial Board

What will Catholics, pope do now that they know Minneapolis archdiocese let clergy abuse continue for decades?

What would you do if you just discovered the highest-ranking leaders of an organization you thoroughly believe in have for almost 30 years misled everyone to cover up crimes of their front-line leaders?

Catholics across Minnesota — along with the Vatican and even Pope Francis — need to be asking themselves that question about the the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the wake of astounding news reports this month from Minnesota Public Radio.

Yes, astounding.

“Betrayed by Silence” uses online reports and a radio documentary to detail how three archbishops — John Roach, Harry Flynn and now John Nienstedt — consistently told the public they were resolving clergy sex abuse while essentially doing the opposite.

As a five-part report posted Monday (http://bit.ly/1k8fiA6) shows, all three leaders routinely found ways to cover up, discredit and ignore an ever-growing number of cases against priests they supervised.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Priest jailed for abusing young girls

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

TIM CLARKE The West Australian
July 24, 2014

A former Catholic priest who molested two girls while serving at two separate Perth churches in the late 1960s and early 1980s has been jailed for three years.

Father Patrick Holmes, 79, admitted the charges of indecent assault at his first appearance at Perth Magistrate's Court earlier this year.

And at Perth's District Court today, Judge Henry Wisbey told Holmes he had abused his position in order to abuse the girls - the youngest being just seven years old - at two separate parishes

The court was told the first allegation stemmed from his time as a priest at the Catholic Holy Name Church in Carlisle in 1969.

The abuse occurred in the presbytery on at least three occasions, when Holmes touched the girl on her vagina and rubbed his crotch against hers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Presbyterian minister seeks justice, other victims

MISSOURI
News-Tribune

By Katherine Cummins
Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Fulton church has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit that also includes Jack Wayne Rogers, accusing him of sexually assaulting the plaintiff when he was a child 14 years ago.

Kristopher D. Schondelmeyer, formerly of Fulton, names First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Missouri Union Presbytery, Synod of Mid-America, Presbyterian Church Inc. (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Bruce W. Berry and Jack Wayne Rogers as defendents. The suit was filed April 14 in the Callaway County circuit court.

According to the petition, Schondelmeyer wants to hold the defendants responsible for abuse he allegedly suffered from Rogers in 2000.

The petition alleges the defendants knew Rogers had previously been convicted on child pornography charges, and had knowingly put youth at risk “by placing Rogers in direct authority over minor children” and failing to provide supervision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Rod Dreher on Nienstedt Story ...

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Rod Dreher on Nienstedt Story and Jennifer Haselberger Affidavit: "In the Present and Future War on Religious Liberty . . . the US Catholic Hierarchy All Too Often Behaves Like a Fifth Column"

Conservative columnist Rod Dreher, who left the Catholic church due to the disclosures about the abuse situation when the crisis broke wide open in 2002 and afterwards, weighs in on the Nienstedt story and Jennifer Haselberger's affidavit. Dreher stands with the bishops in their attacks on gay folks and women, and he agrees with them in their claim that religious freedom is under attack in the U.S. today. He reads the presidential executive order defending gay folks from discrimination in federal programs as an attack on religious liberty, as the U.S. Catholic bishops do, too.

But his argument about the Nienstedt story and Haselberger's affidavit: the bishops are seriously damaging their religious liberty crusade (and that of folks like Dreher) — they're "fifth columnists" undermining the efforts of right-leaning political and religious groups to protect religious liberty. His conclusion:

If Haselberger is telling the truth, it staggers the mind to think that Pope Francis — who has the right to remove Nienstedt — tolerates this man remaining in charge a single day longer. Then again, Bishop Finn still rules in Kansas City, and according to a comprehensive report done by BishopAccountability.org, the pope had a poor record on responding to abuse as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

As a non-Catholic, I read this story, and think about how religious liberty in this country is now under assault, especially how right here in Louisiana, the seal of the confessional is severely threatened by ongoing litigation. And I think about how the archbishops of Minneapolis-St. Paul have behaved, saying one thing to reassure the public, but in fact behaving in exactly the opposite way, doing whatever they could to protect the clericalist mafia, and to marginalize Catholics like Jennifer Haselberger, who only wanted the Church to be the Church. I think about how the archdiocese appointed a priest who — if Haselberger is telling the truth (and as chancellor, had access to his personnel file) — had used the confessional as a way to facilitate an adulterous relationship.

I think of this, and it is not hard for me to understand why people have so little sympathy for religious liberty claims. They believe religious liberty is an excuse to let cretins like Archbishop Nienstedt and his minions get away with serving themselves, their careers, and their perverse sexual appetites. Just yesterday, I was speaking to a Protestant friend about the seal of the confessional controversy, and he said something to the effect of, "In this environment, there’s no way people are going to be predisposed to support the Church on this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Royal Commission Announces Public Hearing into Melbourne Response

AUSTRALIA
Pro Bono

The way in which the Archdiocese of Melbourne has responded to victims of child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next public hearing involving the Catholic Church.

The hearing will commence on Monday, August 18 and is scheduled to run for two weeks.

The public hearing will look into the principles, practices and procedures of the victim’s reparation scheme, the Melbourne Response, which was adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in October 1996.

The hearing will focus on the application of the Melbourne Response in responding to survivors of child sexual abuse as well as allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

It will also look at the experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, is coordinating the Catholic Church’s engagement with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Ban on male child carers considered after 'horrific' abuse case

AUSTRALIA
New Zealand Herald

The South Australian government is prepared to consider radical laws, including banning men from working as child carers, after a carer was accused of horrific child sex abuse.

A 32-year-old Adelaide man employed by Families SA has been charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with young children under his watch at a residential care facility.

Premier Jay Weatherill has flagged a royal commission into the sexual abuse of children, and foreshadowed "radical changes" to child protection protocols.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Defense Attorney Claims Victim Sexually Abused By Preacher Was Over 18

PITTSBURGH (PA)
CBS Pittsburgh

Harold Hayes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A preacher accused of inappropriately touching a teenage male congregation member was in court Wednesday, but his attorney says whatever happened was between consenting adults.

Following the hearing, the defense attorney and a website reporter, who says he’s been tracking the case, got into a verbal exchange outside of the magistrate’s office in Munhall over whether the reporter had a relationship with the preacher.

Duane Youngblood was treated as a Bishop at the “Higher Call World Outreach Church” in Homestead and was charged with corrupting a minor earlier this month. He has a previous sex assault conviction.

Defense attorney Milton Raiford postponed Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for Youngblood. Raiford told reporters that church politics were behind the accusations and that the most recent sexual acts occurred when the alleged victim was over 18, contrary to the victim’s claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Detective in old case says he lacked evidence on teacher arrested for child porn

FLORIDA
News-Journal

By Frank Fernandez
frank.fernandez@news-jrnl.com
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A retired Edgewater detective said he had a gut feeling but no evidence a decade ago when someone reported seeing Matthew Graziotti engaging in suspicious activity with a child at his home.

So, former Edgewater Detective Dan Blazi said Tuesday he was not surprised when he learned that Graziotti, a teacher at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona, was arrested July 14 on federal charges of production, distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

“All of my instincts told me that I was dealing with a person that had a high potential of committing that, but the problem is you have to prove it,” Blazi said.

Graziotti, 43, has been suspended without pay from Warner Christian, where he was a teacher and director of the summer camp program. Graziotti is being held without bail at the Seminole County Jail and has a hearing set for 10 a.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith at the federal courthouse in Orlando.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Church member stands by Shreveport pastor convicted of sex crimes

LOUISIANA
ArkLATex Homepage

[with video]

Kimberly Rusley

Church members are standing by their pastor. Reverend Andre Lewis was sentenced to 6.5 years on Tuesday, July 22, in federal court for taking girls across state lines to have sex with them.

Tonette Fox has been a member of Act on Faith Ministries since 2006.

Even though her pastor, Reverend Andrea Lewis, has been convicted and sentenced, she still stands by him.

“I would like to say he is a good man, he's a man of god, and I have a five year-old and she loves him to death,” says Fox. “I wouldn't take him away from her for the world."

Prosecutors say between 1994 and 2000, Lewis would use choir trips and other church related travel to cover up the sexual abuse.

"I feel like the sentencing wasn't lengthy enough,” says Jane Doe III. “I mean, because I've endured 10 years plus, building the rest of my life. I'll always be affected by this, and 6.5 years will never equal up to the pain that I've endured, because of this situation."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Iowans warned of hidden cameras in restrooms, bathing areas

IOWA
Press-Citizen

Daniel P. Finney, For the Press-Citizen July 23, 2014

Next time you use a public restroom, take a look around. Scan any vents, towel dispensers or other fixtures, including electric outlets and light switches.

Why? You just might be on camera.

In the past 13 months, hidden cameras have been found in restrooms and other facilities in at least three Iowa communities, including Iowa City, mirroring a nationwide problem.

In May, a church pastor in Indiana was convicted of hiding cameras in a women’s restroom. Chicago police are investigating a hidden camera in the restroom of a funeral home. And this week in Cleveland, a TV station told employees that a hidden video camera was discovered in a women’s restroom.

Prosecuting suspects for hidden cameras is a tricky matter under Iowa law. When cameras capture photographs or recordings of adults, prosecutors must prove the person intended to get nude images, said Kevin Cmelik, of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Fulton’s First Presbyterian named in lawsuit

MISSOURI
Fulton Sun

By Katherine Cummins
Thursday, July 24, 2014

A local church has been named one of the defendants in a lawsuit that also includes Jack Wayne Rogers, accusing Rogers of sexually assaulting the plaintiff when he was a child in 2000.

In a suit filed in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Callaway County on April 14, Kristopher D. Schondelmeyer, formerly of Fulton, names First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Missouri Union Presbytery, Synod of Mid-America, Presbyterian Church Inc. (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Bruce W. Berry and Jack Wayne Rogers as defendants.

According to Schondelmeyer’s petition, the current lawsuit is being brought “in order to hold the Defendants responsible” for the abuse he allegedly suffered by Rogers in 2000.

The petition alleges the defendants knew Rogers had previously been convicted on child pornography charges, and had knowingly put youth at risk “by placing Rogers in direct authority over minor children” and failing to provide supervision.

The suit specifically names First Presbyterian Church and Berry as having appointed Rogers to be a lay minister for the Presbyterian Church of Bellflower in Montgomery County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Ex-Milwaukee archbishop told he can't spend final days at St. Vincent Archabbey

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Richard Gazarik
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who fell from grace in the Roman Catholic Church amid a sex and financial scandal, had hoped to return to St. Vincent Archabbey on Sept. 1 to live out his final days.

But the archabbey has withdrawn its invitation to the elderly cleric, he said.

Weakland, 87, said Archabbot Douglas Nowicki broke the news during a phone call last month, despite his ties to the Benedictine monastery for more than seven decades.

“He asked me to postpone indefinitely my coming,” Weakland told the Tribune-Review in a phone interview. “You don't want to interfere in the house, so I'm going to stay here. I did want to spend my final days there.”

Kim Metzgar, director of public relations at the archabbey in Westmoreland County, declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Documents Detail Case of Former Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Girls

MINNESOTA
KSTP

[with video]

By: Cassie Hart

New details have been released Wednesday surrounding the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sex abuse investigation.

Documents detail the case of a priest who worked in the archdiocese, even after he was accused of sexually abusing girls.

Michael Kolar was ordained in 1969. He was permanently removed from ministry in 1991, and the Holy See removed him from clerical state in 1993. In that time, he allegedly impregnated one girl, who later miscarried. He was receiving treatment while he was still a priest.

Three girls publicly said he had sexually abused them.

In a deposition, Kolar admitted his actions constituted abuse.

According to a news release from Jeff Anderson and Associates, Kolar later alleged he was sexually abused by former head of Catholic Charities Msgr. Jerome Boxleitner and Kolar attempted to work for the Catholic Church again in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Perth Catholic priest Father Patrick Holmes ...

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

AAP

Perth Catholic priest Father Patrick Holmes sentenced to three years jail for child sex offences

A CATHOLIC priest has been sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to indecently assaulting two young girls in the Perth parishes where he worked.

The District Court of Western Australia heard on Thursday that the six offences committed by Father Patrick Holmes occurred in Carlisle in 1969 when his victim was aged seven and in 1980-1982 in Subiaco when his victim was aged 10-11.

Holmes was aged 34 and 45-46 respectively at the time.

The court heard the first complainant was a student at the primary school next to his church.

She would regularly visit him after school and was given treats and cash in return for her co-operation and silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

More than 50 catholic priests in England and Wales defrocked over abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
Western Daily Press

More than 50 Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked since new rules were put in place over a decade ago to combat clerical sex abuse, it has been revealed.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said 52 priests had been laicised – or defrocked – since 2001 following the implementation of new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The statistics were revealed as the commission said there were 81 child protection allegations made last year – a leap from 59 in 2012.

The number of parishes without a safeguarding representative grew between 2012 and 2013 from 88 to 126, the commission said, possibly due to concern over increased paperwork associated with the role.

There were 384 “covenants of care” in place by the end of 2013 in England and Wales where either a priest or a lay person is placed under restrictions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Catholic priest jailed for historic sexual offences against young girls

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Joanna Menagh

A 79-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing two young girls in Perth decades ago.

Patrick Holmes pleaded guilty to six child sex charges, which were laid against him earlier this year.

The first three offences were committed in 1969 and involved a girl aged about six or seven.

Holmes was the parish priest at Holy Name Church in Carlisle and the offences were committed to a victim in the presbytery.

The last three offences happened in the early 1980s, in the presbytery of the Saint Aloysius Church in Shenton Park where Holmes was again the parish priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Philippines idiot Catholics. Opus Dei Beast PR Stunt of the Day “Pope Francis: No to clergy sex abuse” is a pack of pathological lies

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

The Vatican circus for idiot Catholics stretches far and wide as if the Octopus Dei Beast Tentacles has engulfed the four corners of the globe. Across the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand (to placate the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army earthquake being unraveled by the Royal Commission in Australia) to the Philippines, the Octopus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team is brainwashing millions of idiot Catholics keeping them ignorant about truth of Vatican Evils and making them feel-good Francis-Maniacs about their podgy ass fattest-clown-in-white Pope Francis. Last month, it was in New Zealand. Opus Dei Beast PR Stunt of the Day: “Vatican leas war against child abuse” sounds like “Nazis leads war against terrorism”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Number of Catholic priests who have been defrocked for sex abuse revealed

UNITED KINGDOM
Wales Online

Jul 24, 2014 10:32 By Chiara Rinaldi

The number of Catholic priests in Wales and England who have been defrocked for sex abuse totals more than 50, a report has revealed.

Fifty-two priests have been defrocked since 2001 when new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults were put in place by the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC), who revealed the statistics, said there were 81 child protection allegations made last year – a leap from 59 in 2012.

The number of parishes without a safeguarding representative grew between 2012 and 2013 from 88 to 126, the commission said, possibly due to concern over increased paperwork associated with the role.

There were 384 “covenants of care” in place by the end of 2013 in England and Wales where either a priest or a lay person is placed under restrictions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

SPENCER (MA)
Bangor Daily News

By Scott Malone, Reuters
Posted July 24, 2014

SPENCER, Massachusetts — Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.

The 60 monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey still rise at 3 a.m. for prayers and pass most of their days in silence. But when it is time for work, a handful head down to the monastery’s new brewery, the first outside Europe to produce certified Trappist Ale.

The venture has proven to be less labor-intensive than the monks’ other businesses, making religious vestments and fruit preserves. More importantly, they believe it can generate enough money to sustain a community of men with an average age of 70, who spend about a third of their budget on health care.

“We’re trying to reinvent our economy,” said Father Isaac Keeley on a recent tour of the abbey’s low-slung stone buildings and starkly modern 30,000-square-foot brewery, nestled in a wooded property some 60 miles west of Boston. ...

Supporting an aging clergy is a challenge faced across the Catholic church in the United States. While monasteries and similar religious orders operate outside the structure of local parishes and dioceses, many of which have paid heavy costs to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests, their members also are aging.

The Retirement Fund for the Religious, a Catholic group that acts as a last-gasp source of funding for retired monks, nuns and other members of religious orders, supports 34,243 religious people over the age of 70. It forecast that by 2023, there would be four times as many retired members of such orders as those who are still working.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

July 23, 2014

Minnesota Archdiocese wanted to label marriage equality-supporting priest 'disabled'

MINNESOTA
Twin Cities Daily Planet

By Andy Birkey, The Colu.mn
July 22, 2014

The investigation of alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has brought a flurry of court documents which reveal some details of Archbishop John Nienstedt’s war on gay marriage. In one case, the Archdiocese allegedly considered having a priest labelled disabled to silence his support of marriage equality.

Father Michael Tegeder of St. Francis Cabrini and Gichitwaa Kateri has been an outspoken critic of Nienstedt’s assault on LGBT rights. He was sharply critical of the anti-gay marriage amendment that was on the ballot in 2012.

He was so outspoken, Nienstedt threatened to remove him from ministry.

“If you choose not to offer your resignation, but continue to act openly or speak publicly about your opposition to Church teaching, I will suspend your faculties to exercise ministry and remove you from your ministerial assignments,” Nienstedt wrote to Tegeder in a letter in November 2011.

But behind the scenes, Nienstedt was considering other measures to silence Tegeder. According to an affidavit by whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger, Nienstedt has the authority to label a church employee as disabled:

However, both the Archbishop and Mr. Haws would be aware (as would others) that the determination of who is considered disabled under the terms of the Priests Pension Plan is the exclusive prerogative of the Archbishop. It is a matter for his prudential judgment. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the Archbishop’s designation- no medical diagnosis is necessary, and it need not correspond to, for instance, a similar designation by the Social Security Administration. In other words, not only is the Archbishop qualified to evaluate who can be classified as disabled, he ís the only person who can make that evaluation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

New book includes evidence of Cardinal's role in Brendan Smyth inquiry

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

A number of new documents including Catholic Primate Cardinal Seán Brady’s handwritten account of answers provided at a secret 1975 inquiry into allegations of abuse by the notorious Fr Brendan Smyth, are contained in a book published this week.

Sworn to Silence, by Brendan Boland, also contains the handwritten record of the oath sworn by the then 14-year-old Mr Boland – who was abused by Smyth – to keep the inquiry secret.

A Garda investigation into the activities of the child sexual abuser began following the broadcast in 1994 on UTV of the programme Suffer Little Children which addressed Smyth’s abuse of children.

After the programme Frank Boland reported the abuse of his son Brendan by Smyth to gardaí in Dundalk and the fact that there has been a secret church inquiry into the allegations some two decades earlier.

On February 15th, 1995, as part the Garda investigation into Smyth’s activities in the State, Msgr Francis Donnelly, a priest of the Armagh archdiocese, was interviewed at his parochial house in Dundalk. He spoke of the inquiry in which he took part almost 20 years previously involving Brendan Boland. However, Msgr Donnelly refused to make a formal statement on the matter to gardaí.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 PM

Officials kept St. Paul priest in ministry after sex abuse revelations, documents indicate

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 07/23/2014

Michael G. Kolar, a former priest who directed the Catholic Youth Center in St. Paul, was kept in ministry even after officials learned he had sexually abused underage girls beginning in the 1970s, according to documents released Wednesday as part of a lawsuit.

The documents also reveal Kolar told officials that Monsignor J. Jerome Boxleitner, the former head of Catholic Charities, tried to rape him at his lake cabin when Kolar was in seminary. Boxleitner died in 2013.

Kolar, 70, asked to be removed from the priesthood in 1992. He later married and currently lives in St. Paul.

One woman alleged in a 1991 lawsuit that she was abused by Kolar beginning in 1972 when she went on a retreat to the Catholic Youth Center as a 10th-grader. That suit was dismissed after a judge determined the statute of limitations had run out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Former Christian radio host John Balyo faces federal child porn charge

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Angie Jackson | ajackso3@mlive.com
on July 23, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Former Christian radio host John Balyo now faces federal child porn and exploitation charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 12-year-old boy.

The former radio host for WCSG, a Christian radio station based in Grand Rapids, was charged Wednesday, July 23, with a count each of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Authorities allege Balyo on April 19 took sexually explicit photos of a 12-year-old boy in Kalamazoo County using an iPhone, a computer and digital camera. Balyo in June allegedly possessed at least nine images of child pornography, some involving prepubescent minors.

Balyo, of Caledonia, in June was charged in Calhoun County with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek in May. He allegedly admitted to some of the conduct and is jailed without bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Best Clinical Practices for Male Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: “Do No Harm”

UNITED STATES
The Permanente Journal

Les Gallo-Silver, MSW, LCSW-R; Christopher M Anderson; Jaime Romo, EdD
Perm J 2014 Summer; 18(3):82-87
http://dx.doi.org/10.7812/TPP/14-009

Abstract
The health care literature describes treatment challenges and recommended alterations in practice procedures for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, a subtype of adverse childhood experiences. Currently, there are no concomitant recommendations for best clinical practices for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse or other adverse clinical experiences. Anecdotal information suggests ways physicians can address the needs of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse by changes in communication, locus of control, and consent/permission before and during physical examinations and procedures. The intent of this article is to act as a catalyst for improved patient care and more research focused on the identification and optimal responses to the needs of men with adverse childhood experiences in the health care setting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

Diocese case: Remembering the children

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

BY MARY SANCHEZ
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
07/23/2014

A gray-haired woman tilted her head, a hand held cupped to her ear, listening intently as the judge grilled attorneys representing the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million award will stand.

It’s for the children. To ensure that the diocese will continue to do whatever is within its power to protect children from sexual abuse.

From 1956 to 1995 Marie Mentrup taught at St. Gabriel Archangel School. Among her former eighth-grade students was a boy who later accused a priest of molesting him as a child. She said she knew other victims too. But that student, who died nearly two years ago, was among the plaintiffs in the diocese’s 2008 $10 million settlement to resolve such civil suits.

“It hasn’t stopped,” Mentrup said, alluding to how this wound up back in the courts.

The largest indicator that the diocese failed to live up to its obligations from the settlement is the 2011 conviction of former priest Shawn Ratigan for child pornography. And the deplorable ways the diocese failed to follow up on what turned out to be credible questions about Ratigan’s behavior around children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Mom of Alleged Victim Speaks Out

PENNSYLVANIA
WeAreCentralPA

Jim Madalinsky

ALTOONA - Close to 90 people have come forward saying they were sexually abused by Franciscan Brother Stephen Baker.

Baker committed suicide in January of 2013.
In early May the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was set to take part in settlement negotiations when they were called off pending the attorney general's investigation. On Wednesday, the mother of one of Baker's alleged victims was in Altoona.

"Brother Steve was put in place and I handed my son to him and that didn't have to happen," Barbara Aponte says.

Brother Steve is Brother Stephen Baker. He's accused of sexually assaulting close to 90 boys across three states for years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Judge To Rule In Breach Of Contract Suit Against Diocese

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCUR

By DAN MARGOLIES

A Jackson County judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph should pay a $1.1 million arbitration award for breach of contract in its ongoing litigation over clergy sex abuse.

The diocese contends the arbitrator, Kansas City lawyer Hollis Hanover, exceeded his authority when he made the award after finding the diocese had violated the terms of a $10 million settlement it reached with 47 sex abuse victims in 2008.

Under the terms of the settlement, the diocese pledged to adopt a variety of child safety measures.

Forty-four of the victims claimed the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn had breached those measures by failing to promptly inform authorities after it found child pornography on the laptop computer of a diocesan priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan.

Last September, a federal judge sentenced Ratigan to 50 years in prison.

Earlier this month, Hanover found that the diocese had breached five of the safety measures spelled out in the 2008 agreement. He awarded the plaintiffs $1.1 million atop the $10 million they were awarded in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

SNAP ...

GUAM
Pacific News Center

SNAP Accuses Archbishop Apuron of "Dangerous" Behavior; Calls Father Wadeson's Parting Remarks "Self-Aggrandizing"

Guam - SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has issued another statement accusing Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of harboring a twice accused predator priest on island until SNAP revealed the accusations against Father John Wadeson in a release last weekend.
Father Wadeson is named in Los Angeles Archdiocese records, and in LA news reports, as having been accused on 2 occasions of being a predator priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has barred Father Wadeson from ministry in LA.

The accusations date back to the early 90's, they were never brought to trial.

Father Wadeson was incardinated on Guam by the Archbishop Apuron in 2000. Archbishop Apruon removed Father Wadeson from "active and public ministry" on Guam this past Tuesday, 4 days after SNAP issued a release calling attention to the decades old accusations against Father Wadeson.

However, local catholic observer, Tim Rohr, was the first to bring the issue to light on his blog last Wednesday. And last Friday, Father Adrian Cristobal told PNC News that the Archdiocese was aware of the accusations against Father Wadeson in California. But the allegations were just that: allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM

With child abuse, we need to talk about original sin

AUSTRALIA
The Conversation

James Boyce
University Associate at University of Tasmania

The statistics attached to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have confirmed what many people suspected – that while child abuse has been widespread in Christian and secular institutions, the Catholic Church is dramatically over-represented.

Of the 1,033 faith-based institutions reported to the Commission, 68% were Catholic. Even when state-run and private sites are included, the figure is 41%.

The Commissioners report that they want to “find out why there have been a significant number of perpetrators in certain institutions". Given the extent to which our Government has handed over responsibility for publicly-funded education, health and social welfare services to the Catholic Church, so should we all.

This is not a matter of Catholic bashing but of civic responsibility. There is no question that Catholic schools and welfare institutions are now essentially shaped by professional and secular values, but this is still not uniformly the case. Grappling with the Church’s self-evident problem cannot be an in-house chat.

What is distinctive about the Catholic Church that might have fostered child abuse? The grim stories coming out of Ireland and other countries have meant this question has been part of the Western conversation for more than a decade. Compulsory celibacy, the priestly pedestal, and a cloistered culture have all been widely discussed, but what has received much less attention to date is the Church’s core ideology of childhood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Update: Victims group calls for end to 'delays' ...

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

Update: Victims group calls for end to 'delays' involving Altoona-Johnstown diocese, other agencies in Baker sexual abuse cases

BY DAVID HURST
DHURST@TRIBDEM.COM

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The founder of a New Jersey nonprofit formed to help child sex abuse victims stood outside the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Wednesday calling for an end to delays in the Brother Stephen Baker sex abuse case, which has been tied up in litigation.

“Let’s settle this case morally, justly and quickly,” Road to Recovery Founder Robert Hoatson said.

Attorneys for the local diocese and other agencies, and those representing Baker’s alleged victims, have been negotiating off and on for more than a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Police charge another religious Brother with offences against a child

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted on 23 July 2014)

New South Wales Police announced on 23 July 2014 that they have charged a 66-year-old religious Brother regarding indecent assaults of a child, committed 40 years ago. Broken Rites understands that the alleged victim was a pupil at a Marist Brothers boys' school which then existed at Maitland, north of Sydney in the Newcastle region.

The police announcement said that, in March 2013, detectives from Strike Force Georgiana received information about an alleged indecent-assault matter involving a child and they then commenced an investigation. (Strike Force Georgiana is a special unit of investigators located at Charlestown.)

On 22 July 2014, detectives from Central Hunter Local Command and Lake Macquarie Local Command attended Surry Hills Police Station in Sydney and spoke with a 66-year-old man about the alleged offences against a boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Idiot Catholics, ‘Don't believe what you read from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe’...

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils

Idiot Catholics, ‘Don't believe what you read from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe’. Small newspaper detects deceit reporting from Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team

Paris Arrow

A small newspaper writer Joseph Tevington of the Bucks County Courier Times in Pennsylvania has detected the subtle snaky deceits coming out of giant journalists from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe and he is not afraid to special mention them. Tevington wrote in his article entitled boldly, Don't believe what you read: Church teaching isn't changing. Whoa, don’t believe what you read, idiot Catholics!

Tevington began his article, “Like many local newspapers, the Courier Times relies on large news organizations for national and international news. In the area of religious news, those organizations have a small pool of writers who may or who may not be well-equipped for their specialized work”. Then he gave specific examples.

Further on he wrote, “Whether one agrees with what the Catholic Church teaches, it strikes me that anyone seeking information would want, and be entitled to, accurate reporting. Whether it is intentional or not, the reports from the AP, Reuters and Boston Globe seem misleading”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

KC diocese disputes $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
07/23/2014

The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese told a judge Wednesday that it shouldn’t have to pay the $1.1 million ordered by an arbitrator last spring for violating the terms of a 2008 settlement with priest sexual abuse victims.

The main reason, diocesan lawyers argued, was because the arbitrator overstepped his authority in issuing the award.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Bryan Round heard arguments from both sides during a 90-minute hearing attended by more than a dozen victims or their family members. The plaintiffs asked the judge to confirm the arbitrator’s order, while the diocese argued that the order be vacated or modified.

“This is obviously a difficult matter for a variety of reasons,” Round said as the hearing concluded. “It’s going to take me a little bit of time to go through everything.”

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of the 2008 settlement, putting children in danger. The lawsuit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by 44 of the 47 plaintiffs from the previous case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Sex abuse victim sues Alabama Baptist church

ALABAMA
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A victim of a former children’s minister sentenced to 30 years in prison has sued both his perpetrator and the church that hired him.

The victim, identified by initials J.G., filed a lawsuit July 22 in U.S. District Court alleging injury by Jeffery Dale Eddie, longtime associate pastor for children and church administration at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

The civil suit claims Eddie, who pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes in March, molested the man now living in Louisiana over the course of 12 years beginning when he was 11.

The lawsuit accuses Highland Park Baptist Church, a congregation associated with the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association, the Alabama State Board of Missions and the Southern Baptist Convention, of failure to properly supervise Eddie, an employee from 1998 until he was caught storing child pornography on his church computer in 2014.

The lawsuit claims church leaders waited 10 days before reporting the incident to police, after an internal investigation, violating a state law that requires clergy to report suspected abuse immediately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Sex abuse victim files lawsuit against children's pastor, Baptist church

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com
on July 23, 2014

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – A victim of former Highland Park Baptist Church Children's Pastor Jeff Eddie, charged this year with 36 counts of child sexual abuse, has filed a lawsuit against Eddie and the church.

The lawsuit was filed in Birmingham July 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division. The plaintiff identified as "J.G.," now living in Louisiana, seeks unspecified damages for the sexual abuse that he said began in 2001 when he was 11. The lawsuit states that Eddie pleaded guilty on March 7 to 16 counts of sodomy for oral sex, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and one count of possession of child pornography. Eddie, 41, was arrested Feb. 4.

Eddie was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Colbert County District Attorney Bryce Graham said the number of Eddie's victims was in the double-digits.

Eddie was administrative and children's pastor at Highland Park, a Southern Baptist Church in Colbert County, from 1998 through 2014. The lawsuit said that sexual abuse took place at Highland Park

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

MO- Newly released records show archbishop's cover-ups

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted to being a sex addict. And Carlson, in turn, became his “close friend” and spiritual advisor too, according to hundreds of pages of long-secret Catholic Church abuse files have just been released.

The documents show that Carlson has had direct, first-hand knowledge and experience covering up sexual abuse for almost 40 years.

They involve a serial predator priest, Fr. Michael G. Kolar. He and Carlson, the archbishop admits, were or are “close friends.” In fact, Carlson wrote “Because of my past and continuing friendship with Fr. Kolar, it would be inappropriate for me to be involved (in his abuse case).” (ARCH 018348)

Still, Carlson meddled in Fr. Kolar's case, refusing to follow up on leads, corresponding with some victims, and telling others that their allegations had no merit. In fact, Kolar was promoted to head of the Archdiocese Youth Conference after Carlson knew that the priest was molesting vulnerable girls.

Carlson also admits that Fr. Kolar “was my spiritual director.” And Carlson became the priest's spiritual advisor. (“Fr. Kolar asked me if I would be his spiritual counselor and I agreed to do that.” p. 25- 26)

Fr. Kolar is accused of molesting innocent girls and exploiting devout women. He admitted that he “was simply using (women and girls) because of my sexual needs.” (ARCH 018513)

Despite multiple credible allegations against him over a span of years, Fr. Kolar was quietly moved from parish to parish and even sent to work in Venezuela among unsuspecting families. (The files contain a 1990 letter urging St. Paul's archbishop to bring Kolar back from South America before he hurt more girls. (ARCH 019734): “Please do not allow any opportunity for more abuse and pain to be inflicted in the future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

The Catholic Church must continue to aggressively address, prevent sexual abuse

FLORIDA
Florida Times-Union

When Pope Francis recently met with six victims of clerical sexual abuse, he made an important statement that the Roman Catholic Church is committed to change.

He compared priests who abuse minors to “a sacrilegious cult.”

He begged for forgiveness.

He vowed to take action on priests abusing their vows.

And Pope Francis referred to the “sins of omission” by those who covered up or failed to report incidents of child sexual abuse.

The pope has also appointed a commission to confront the sexual abuse issue.

History suggests that’s a wise and proactive step.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.

UNITED STATES
Slacktivist

July 23, 2014 By Fred Clark

Amy @ Watch Keep highlights a rare story of a local church responding appropriately to finding an abuser on its payroll.

John Sluder was an associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn, Alabama:
His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years. Lee County Sheriff’s detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990′s.

… [Attorney Ben] Hand represents Believers Church where his father is the pastor. Hand says the church was stunned, then angry, when Sluder was arrested by Lee County, after two adult victims revealed Sluder had molested them on several occasions in the early 1990′s when they were 8 and 9 years old.

“Every child, including my own daughter that has had contact with him has been questioned to make sure there are no other potential victims out there,” said Hand.

… ”He was told if he came on church property, he would be arrested from trespassing and was forbidden from every returning to Believers Church. His bond was lowered from $100,000 to $25,000 and that is a nominal bond, and we have recommended that nobody make that bond. He needs to be there,” said Hand.

… ”The full extent of the law needs to be handed down. And we have to do everything we can to protect these kids ant they need to know they are safe and that society will come to their defense,” said Hand.

Amy contrasts this response by Believers Church with the image-control, stonewalling and circling of the wagons she more often encounters in her work with SNAP (the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests):

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Ex-Tampa Day School Principal Criminally Charged with Molestation of Child

FLORIDA
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos and Lehrman

by Adam Horowitz James Larkin sexual Tampa Day School abuse lawyer

James Larkin is a long-time educator, having worked as Prinicpal in Tampa Day School and Headmaster at St. John's Greek Orthodox School. According to a docket entry on Hillsbrough County Clerk's office dated July 21, 2014, James Larkin now faces felony sex charges in Hillsborough County for the molestation of a minor, who was his former student at Tampa Day School. (Hillbrough County Case No. 14-CF-005573-A)

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, when the boy's mother was out of town for the weekend in March 2014, Larkin and his wife watched the alleged victim and his sister. Larkin came into the boy's room at night, laid down next to him and put his hands down the boy's pants and fondled the boy's genitals. Larkin admitted his actions were "inappropriate" in a phone call between the student and principal that was recorded by the sheriff's office. Larkin was 63 years old at the time of the alleged incident. In April, Larkin was terminated after his arrest by Tampa Day School, where he had served for five years. Prior to serving as principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin resigned at headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox School where he worked for over 30 years.

According to its website, Tampa Day School is a "specialized school for students in grades K-8 with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD." Larkin founded and led a "dad's club" at Tampa Day School to develop social bonds between fathers and their sons enrolled in the school. Larkin was also involved in the Boy Scouts and numerous youth groups during his time as an educator. Larkin befriended the alleged victim and his mother over a period of months after the victim's father passed away. Over time, Larkin became a surrogate dad for the child and routinely took the alleged victim to "Dad Club" meetings and other recreational activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Families SA insider says ...

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

[with poll]

Families SA insider says new child-protection policies will fail without extra resources to help overstretched social workers

LAUREN NOVAK SAM KELTON THE ADVERTISER JULY 23, 2014

A FAMILIES SA insider says a radical rewriting of child-protection policies will be useless without extra resources to help social workers already stretched to breaking point.

In the wake of revelations a man working for Families SA was last month charged with child sex offences against seven preschool-aged children in his care, the State Government has promised an urgent review of policies and processes to shield vulnerable children from predators who use the care system to gain access to them.

But a Families SA worker who contacted The Advertiser said there was no point making major changes without providing extra staff to support them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Ousted priest leaves Guam: Wadeson defends, praises Archbishop Apuron

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

A day after he was stripped of authority as a Guam priest over child molestation allegations in Los Angeles, Father John Howard Wadeson has left the island.

Wadeson stated he's been falsely accused, but decided to leave because he didn't want the accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

"I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our archbishop, whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words," Wadeson stated, in response to the Pacific Daily News' request for comment.

"For the good of the church, I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our archbishop or the Church of Guam," he stated.

"I will continue to pray for our church, our archbishop as well as for those who attack him," Wadeson stated.

Wadeson left yesterday morning, said Father Pablo Ponce, rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. where Wadeson had been staying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Victim criticises judge over abuse hearings

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

JULY 24, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

A CHILD sex abuse victim has criticised the royal commission over an alleged “opportunistic personal attack” on a senior prosecutor during a recent public hearing.

Peter Gogarty, who was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest, wrote privately to commission chairman Peter McClellan about the treatment of Margaret Cunneen SC, a barrister who led a separate commission of inquiry into child sex abuse.

Earlier this month, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse spent days dissecting confidential advice provided by Ms Cunneen in 2004 about the prosecution of Olympic coach Scott Volkers for allegedly abusing teenage swimmers.

“In all of the circumstances, I am forced to the conclusion that Ms Cunneen during her evidence … was the subject of an opportunistic personal attack unrelated to the question at hand,” said Mr Gogarty’s letter said. “Given my public and strident support of ... (the) commission, I am very disappointed that the media has been offered the spectacle of an apparent ‘in-house’ spat.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Guam- Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

GUAM
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop
Twice-accused cleric lived in Guam for years
SNAP: Archbishop knew about abuse but did nothing
Now exposed, child molesting cleric heads to Bay Area

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting a twice-accused Catholic predator priest for "hurtful, self-aggrandizing comments" he made as he left Guam for California.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are criticizing Fr. John H. Wadeson for calling accusations about his alleged abuse “viciousness and lies ... about me and our (Archbishop Anthony Apuron).”

Fr. Wadeson worked in Hagatna in Guam until a few days ago, when SNAP publicly exposed that he has been accused of abuse twice and has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Apuron then suspended Fr. Wadeson. The comments were made after Wadeson was removed.

The information about Fr. Wadeson was on the internet and posted in Los Angeles Archdiocese documents dating back to 2004. Guam Catholics have also publicly called on the Archbishop to take action.

SNAP believes that Apuron's behavior is dangerous.

“Apuron knew that Fr. Wadeson was a predator and had been banned from Los Angeles, but he simply didn't care,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director. “That behavior is unacceptable, reckless, and against common morality.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

KC Diocese's $1.1M sex abuse judgment challenged

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCTV

By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
By Erika Tallan, Reporter

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Earlier this month a judge ordered the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph to pay $1.1 million to 42 victims of clergy sex crimes.

A Jackson County judge is hearing arguments Wednesday about whether the award should stand or be overturned.

The diocese is facing the penalty for not doing more to stop now-defrocked priest Shawn Ratigan from taking pornographic pictures of young parishioners after the diocese had pledged more than five years ago to prevent future abuse cases.

The diocese and Bishop Robert Finn, who has previously admitted in a criminal court that he failed to report child abuse by Ratigan to state authorities, are seeking to have the arbitrator's order nullified.

The diocese is appealing the judge's decision to pay up.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a prominent victim's group, hopes it is upheld and that it will push employers to be more responsible in child sex cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

FATHER MICHAEL KOLAR PRIEST FILE

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

The priest file of former Archdiocesan priest Father Michael Kolar was made public due to a civil lawsuit filed in Ramsey County in 2013 by a survivor of Father Thomas Adamson. Doe 1 and his attorneys successfully sought and obtained the release of a list of credibly accused priests and their secret files from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona.

Father Michael Kolar worked in the Archdiocese for decades and with the help of top Church officials, including now-Archbishop Robert Carlson and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough, Kolar was allowed to remain in positions where he sexually abused numerous girls and evaded civil authorities. Warnings from abuse survivors, parents, another priest and Kolar’s therapist were ignored by the Archdiocese and Kolar was sent to St. Luke Institute. To avoid scandal, Kolar was then sent to South America and finally Archbishop Roach pushed Kolar into laicization telling the Holy See, because of the legal and media climate, he was unable to assign Kolar.

Kolar later alleged he was sexually abused by former head of Catholic Charities Msgr. Jerome Boxleitner and Kolar attempted to work for the Catholic Church again in 1995. He is still living and resides in St. Paul.

In 1991 ABC and XYZ sued the Archdiocese of Saint Paul Minneapolis, Reverend Michael Kolar and Mr. Jim Kolar for childhood sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Father Kolar. At the time, Father Kolar was director of the Catholic Youth Center and NET. It is now known that the Court did not have the full record of Kolar that is produced below. The Court with the Appellate Court affirming, dismissed ABC and XYZ saying as a matter of law that ABC and XYZ brought their action too late and that the statute of limitations barred a lawsuit. In 2013 the Child Victims Act was enacted eliminating the Statute of Limitations in Minnesota.

[ABC v. Archdiocese of St. Paul]

Father Michael Kolar Summary
Father Michael Kolar Timeline
Michael Kolar Hot Docs Part 1
Michael Kolar Hot Docs Part 2
Michael Kolar File, part 1
Michael Kolar File, part 2
Michael Kolar File, part 3
Michael Kolar File, part 4

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Thomas A. Delaney, OC's Newest Judge, was Favored Lawyer of Pedophile-Protecting Groups

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano Wed., Jul. 23 2014

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced two new Orange County Superior Court judges: Thomas A. Delaney, and Nancy E. Zeltzer. No idea on who Zeltzer is, but Delaney's inclusion raised alarms in the part of my brain that tracks pedophile priests and their secular pedophile pals.
Simply put, our new Hizzoner made mucho money defending pedophile-protecting groups in the past couple of years, especially as the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal spilled over into other organizations that had long protected perverts in plain sight.

Roll call!

* The Boy Scouts: Delaney represented the Scouts, arguing against them turning over secret personnel files that showed how the Scouts knew about the perverts within their midst over the decades. He lost that argument

*Catholic Church: Delaney represented different parts of the Catholic Church, including the Salesians against brothers who said they were molested by a Salesian. Delaney won that one, arguing statute of limitations invalidated their claims--ain't it nice!

* Los Angeles Unified School District: Delaney was the lead lawyer for the LAUSD in its current fight against dozens of pervert teachers over the decades. In that case, a judge sanctioned Delaney's firm for withholding evidence. Delaney, for his part, was charging LAUSD $500 an hour for his firm's services--because there's nothing like bilking cash-strapped schools, eh?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Father Michael court date postponed

NEW YORK
WNYT

By: WNYT Staff

A court date for a local priest charged with endangering the welfare of a child has been postponed.

Father James Michael Taylor was an associate pastor at the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady. He's accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Taylor was due in court on Wednesday but the court date has been postponed until mid-August.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

Kay Goodnow of Kansas City MO passes

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

David Clohessy

I'm sad to share the news that a dear friend and colleague, Kay Goodnow of Kansas City, has passed away at the age of 77.

Kay was a long time member of SNAP and, years ago, of Link Up. She had an acerbic wit and a huge heart. Kay was also a firm believer in using “letters to the editor” and “comment” sections to criticize the corrupt and empathize with the wounded.

While she was healthy, Kay often attended SNAP events, especially in Kansas City. She never hesitated to speak her mind and each time she did, her words rang with truth and compassion.

Often, she spoke highly of her friends in this movement, including Nancy Meyer of Canada, Rick Springer of Chicago, Mike Hunter of Kansas City and Joe McGee of Colorado.

Just two or three weeks ago, right after a news conference outside Bishop Robert Finn's headquarters, long time SNAP member Abott Durocher drove me to the suburban retirement home where Kay was living. The three of us had a wonderful time catching up and reminiscing.

Kay was visibly glad to see us. And she recounted tales of discussing clergy sex crimes and cover ups with other residents and staff (noting with some glee, that the topic made some of her neighbors feel a little uncomfortable).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

IL- Clergy sex abuse group marks 25th anniversary

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy ( 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Clergy sex abuse victims hold 25th anniversary conference in Chicago
Group celebrates 25 years of “growth, healing, justice and prevention”
Speakers include Pulitzer prize winner and noted St. Paul whistleblower

The world's largest and oldest support group for men and women sexually abused as children will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference August 1.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), was founded in Chicago in 1988 by clergy abuse survivor Barbara Blaine. What started as an informal group of survivors is now a global network, with support group meetings in 65 US cities and members in 79 countries.

SNAP has become the leading voice in the fight against sexual abuse in religious and institutional settings, with leaders continually quoted as experts by the global media on the topics of abuse, cover-up and healing. The group's advocacy on behalf of survivors has exposed abuse and cover-up around the world, including the Vatican.

The SNAP Annual Conference will bring together experts in the area of clergy sex crimes, law enforcement, psychology, health, healing, advocacy, and research. This event attracts hundreds of survivors and supporters from the US, Canada, South America, Africa and Europe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

NY- Priest case adjourned until August, SNAP responds

NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 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)

A Round Lake priest, who was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor, will go to court August 13. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that his case has been adjourned for another three weeks. In this time it is possible that he might abuse more children.

We hope, although it is unlikely, that his inappropriate conduct with a minor was an isolated incident. Predators rarely attack only once. Fr. James Michael Taylor was a deacon and youth minister for the Corpus Christi Church during the alleged abuse and is now an ordained priest at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady.

Church officials should aggressively seek out any other people who may have been hurt. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger should personally go to each parish where Fr. Taylor worked and beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to speak up and call police.

We hope that anyone who saw suspected or suffered abuse will contact law enforcement. It is not too late to speak up and help protect innocent children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

KATHARINE A. (LONDON) GOODNOW

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

KATHARINE A. (LONDON) GOODNOW

1936 - 2014 | Obituary

KATHARINE A. (LONDON) GOODNOW Katharine (Kay) Goodnow, 77, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, surrounded by the love of her family, her friends and Crossroads Hospice. Kay was born on July 20, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late William J. and Emily London. She attended Notre Dame de Sion High School, Baker University and the University of Missouri. Kay's seemingly endless energy and phenomenal communication skills served her brilliantly in her insurance, publishing, retail and real estate careers. She gave tirelessly of her time and talent to the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, Johnson County Young Matrons, Shrine Ladies, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women. She was also an accomplished classically-trained pianist and published author. For the last several years, she was actively engaged in the Lakeview Village community; volunteering in the "What Not Shop" and the Lakeview Pantry, contributing writings to the Lakeview Journal and assisting with the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Kay was preceded in death by her brother, William J. London, Jr., who gave his life to his country in 1970 while in the service of the United States Air Force. She is survived by her loyal husband of 51 years, Weston E. Goodnow of Lakeview Village, Lenexa; her devoted sister, Allison "Peachy" Smith and partner Bob Williams of West Plains, Mo.; her daughters, Allison (Goodnow) Verman and husband Brian of Independence, Mo., and Betsy (Goodnow) Masters and husband John of Merriam, Kan., her son, Bill Goodnow, nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Kay's life will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Lakeview Village, 9100 Park St. Lenexa. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggested to the Child Protection Center; 3101 Broadway, Suite 750, Kansas City, MO 64111, or to Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson Ave., Lenexa, KS 66219.

Ever a crusader in life, our mother has waged her final battle. We mourn her passing, yet rejoice that she finally can be at peace.

Published in Kansas City Star on July 23, 2014

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Ousted priest leaves Guam

GUAM
KUAM

by Jolene Toves

Guam - Father John Wadeson is no longer on Guam. It was on Tuesday Archbishop Anthony Apuron took action against Father Wadeson who was twice accused of child molestation in California.

Father Wadeson became a part of the Archdiocese of Guam in 2000.

Four years later his name appeared in a list of accused priests and he was banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Although he was not convicted these allegations were brought to light by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests who wrote to Apuron expressing their fear for our islands children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Priest accused of inappropriate contact with teen in court today

NEW YORK
CBS 6

[with video]

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014

CLIFTON PARK-- A court appearance is set for Wednesday afternoon by a local priest accused of having inappropriate contact with a Saratoga County teen.

Prosecutors say James Michael Taylor exchanged phone calls, text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old girl between October 2013 and April 2014. T

aylor met the victim while serving as Deacon and Youth Minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake. He most recently served as a priest in Schenectady and is on administrative leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Magnanimous memoir of a 'dead canary' bishop

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Andrew Hamilton | 23 July 2014

'Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three' by Bill Morris

Many of Pope Francis' metaphors have to do with smell. He has urged priests and bishops to go out of the churchy world, saying that it is better to be accident prone than to grow sick through living in fetid air. He has said the clergy must smell like the sheep. And he has remarked on the stuffy air of the Vatican administration.

In mines, where bad air could be lethal, miners used to bring canaries with them. If they fell ill and died, the miners had warning to get out. The recent book by Bishop Bill Morris, replete with documentary evidence, tells the story of a canary caught in the shafts of Vatican culture. His early expiry date pointed to something amiss in the governance of the church, heralding the larger disclosures in the Royal Commission on sexual abuse.

Morris' story needs no retelling. He was Bishop of Toowoomba, sought to empower the laity and local communities, engaged in serious pastoral planning, was informal in his manner and, earlier than most, understood sexual abuse from the perspective of the victim rather than of the institution.

A small minority of Catholics hostile to him complained regularly to Roman officials and were given credence. Pope Benedict decided on the evidence of his officials that Morris' grasp of theology was inadequate and that he had to go, and after the many representations and meetings described in this book, he eventually retired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Irish baby homes investigation reveals use for cadavers, vaccine testing

IRELAND
Washington Post

By Terrence McCoy July 23

More than 60 years ago, a fair-skinned Irish politician named Sally Mulready was born into a home for unwed mothers called St. Patrick’s. It sat on a road named Navan in Dublin, and Mulready was one of four siblings born there. Her brother John never made it out of St. Pat’s. Like hundreds of other babies born into an Irish homes for “fallen women,” John died in 1947. He was two months old.

“Inanition,” his death record read, according to RTE News. “Failure to thrive.”

But RTE News said the record carried a mystery. John for some reason wasn’t buried until 1950 — three years after his death. The oddity was first discarded as a clerical error.

But it wasn’t. John’s records had the designation “AS,” or “anatomical study.” His infant remains had in fact been given to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who used them for medical research — though it’s unclear whether his mother had given consent for this.

Mulready eventually tracked down his burial plot, she explained to the Irish Times, but found it marked by a “stick with a number on it. … I cannot imagine that happening to children or young babies who died in … well-to-do-families, families with influence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Hunter priest charged with historical child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A Hunter Valley priest has been charged with indecently assaulting a boy in the early 1970's.

Police were alerted about the religious brother in March last year and investigators from Strike Force Georgiana were called in.

Yesterday a 66-year-old man was charged with three offences of alleged offences of indecent assault against a boy.

Officers allege the offences happened at Maitland between 1971 and 1972.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Child sex abuse allegations: Vigilance the key say protection advocates

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Advocates on child protection say it is clear people remain able to circumvent efforts by authorities to keep children safe.

A royal commission is likely to be held in South Australia into another case of alleged child sexual abuse.

A man, 32, from Adelaide's southern suburbs is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse involving seven preschool-aged wards of the state over 18 months to late 2012, as well as pornography offences.

Authorities say the man had cleared police, child protection and psychological checks before he was hired to care for children in a government-run residential facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

22 July, 2014

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18 August 2014.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the CatholicArchdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:

a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and

b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Any other related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 4 August 2014.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website entitled ‘Application for Leave to Appear at the Royal Commission’ and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Melb Church to face abuse royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

Melburnians who survived child sex abuse within the Catholic Church will have a chance to have their stories heard by the royal commission next month.

Over two weeks of public hearings to be held in Victoria, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will investigate allegations of abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the church's response.

The church says its formal course of action in Melbourne, adopted in 1996 and known as The Melbourne Response, is the first institutional response in Australia.

The archdiocese will have to explain to the royal commission why it has the Melbourne Response and what it was supposed to achieve.

"This will be a warts-and-all examination of what is arguably the first institutional redress scheme developed in Australia, perhaps the world, to address clerical child sexual abuse," the CEO of the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Why did the Salvation Army fail to act on my claims of sexual abuse?

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

SA Mathieson and Saba Salman
The Guardian, Tuesday 22 July 2014

The Salvation Army failed to investigate allegations of historical child abuse, according to a woman who told the charity 16 years ago that four of its members had sexually assaulted her in the 1970s.

In 1998, Lucy Taylor (not her real name) told the Salvation Army that four men at her local branch of the charity in the north of England had abused her. Her story suggests she was groomed from the age of 10, assaulted from 12 years old and the abuse continued for eight years until she left the organisation.

Taylor says her complaints were not handled seriously either at the local branch, known as a "citadel", which was at the centre of her allegations, or at the national headquarters in London. When she later approached police, an investigation resulted in two of the four men being arrested on suspicion of indecent assault. They were later released without charge. For legal reasons the Guardian cannot name the alleged victim, now in her 50s, or the men.

Taylor says: "I want somebody to take me seriously – listen to my problem and help me sort this out". She adds of her alleged abusers: "I just want them to realise what they've done to me [but] part of me doesn't, part of me doesn't want them to know how it's upset me and ruined my life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Residential school activist passes

CANADA
Alberni Valley Times

Eric Plummer / Alberni Valley Times
July 23, 2014

One of the most vocal opponents of the Alberni Indian Resident School has died, leaving behind a host of unanswered questions in what many believe is a black mark on the Alberni Valley's history.

At the age of 10 Alvin Dixon was taken from his family in Bella Bella to attend the school in 1947, part of a mandatory federal program designed to assimilate First Nations children into mainstream society. He would spend the next eight years at the Alberni school, eventually studying at the University of British Columbia and leading careers in teaching, councilling and social activism. Dixon passed on Sunday at the age of 77 in Vancouver.

He was one of several former students at the local school to accuse the institution of experimenting the effects of malnutrition on students. A study released last summer by University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby backed up Dixon's claims, determining that students were deficient in vitamins A, B, C, iodine and riboflavin due to a lack of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheese. To measure the effects of an enhanced dairy intake, the amount of milk in students' diets was tripled.

"There's no question that there's more to be discovered and there's no question that the health issues are reverberating today. It's disgusting," said Dixon in an interview with the Victoria Times Colonist last year. "This government is no different from the government 40 or 50 years ago. Racism is still rampant."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Michael Mack's CONVERSATIONS WITH MY MOLESTER: A JOURNEY OF FAITH to Play NYMITF thru 8/2

NEW YORK
Broadway World

This month, as a part of the 15th Anniversary Season of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Michael Mack will perform the NY premiere of his acclaimed solo show Conversations with My Molester: A Journey of Faith, which will run thru Saturday, August 2 at the Jewel Box Theater (312 West 36th St, 4th Floor). Spanning four decades after his childhood experience of clergy sexual abuse, Mack's award-winning solo play is his spiritual autobiography charting the crime, the wreckage, and his astonishing, redemptive return to the Catholic Church.

Written by and starring Michael Mack, and featuring direction from Boston stage veteran Daniel Gidron, the production premiered in Boston in 2012 at the 10-year anniversary of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. It won an Artist Grant for Dramatic Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state's most competitive and prestigious individual arts fellowship. Mack's autobiographical work goes where few have ventured on this topic - depicting one clergy survivor's odyssey full-circle from life-changing trauma to genuine reconciliation.

As a boy from a devout Roman Catholic family, Boston-based playwright Michael Mack wanted to be a priest. That dream ended at age 11 when his pastor first invited him to the rectory to help with "a project." Mack soon left the Church, haunted for decades by disturbing questions about spirituality and sexuality, but forty years later he landed on his former pastor's doorstep for the conversations of a lifetime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

NBC 6 Exclusive: Victims react to local pastor being sentenced for sex crimes

LOUISIANA
ArkLaTex Homepage

[with video]

Nikki Henderson
Kimberly Rusley

A former Shreveport pastor will spend 6.5 years behind bars for sex crimes.

Today, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Andrea Lewis for taking young girls across state lines for sex.

Two of his victims say the sentence was too light.

“I don't like the length,” says Jane Doe, one of Lewis’ victims. “If it had been done in the early 2000's or later, he would have had a harsher sentence, but because it was done in 1998/1999, his sentence wasn't as strong."

"I feel like the sentencing wasn’t lengthy enough,” says Jane Doe III, another victim of Lewis’. “I mean, because I've endured 10 years plus, building the rest of my life. I'll always be affected by this and six and a half years will never equal up to the pain that I've endured, because of this situation."

Lewis is the former pastor of Act on Faith Ministries off of Hollywood Avenue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Ousted priest leaves Guam

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

Father John Howard Wadeson, who has been removed from the Archdiocese of Agana over a cloud of sexual abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has left Guam.

As he left, Wadeson responded to the Pacific Daily News. Here are excerpts:

“…I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our (Archbishop Anthony Apuron), whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words.

For the good of the Church I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our Archbishop or the church of Guam. Years of evidence shows that our Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron has been in the forefront against gambling and the corruption that it would bring; he has consistently defended marriage and the family; he is encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life to help in the evangelization of the Pacific. He has truly been a pastor and those who are attacking him know not what they do!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Santa Fe archbishop talks about his experience

NEW MEXICO
KOB

[with video]

By: Tom Joles, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is looking for a new archbishop and not because it wants to.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan just turned 75 and that means he has to retire.

In a very candid conversation KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Tom Joles talked about him, the church, and that rumored half million dollar house.

“Have you ever questioned whether there's really a God?” asked KOB’s Tom Joles.

“No. It's beyond my pay grade,” joked Sheehan. ...

“If you could change one thing about the church, what would it be?” questioned Joles.

"Holier priests. There wouldn't be any of this sexual abuse garbage. And stuff like that and meanness and whatever. Holier priests. That's the thing I would like to see happen,” answered Sheehan.

Sheehan understands flawed humans, which compelled Joles to ask him if Sheehan has stumbled in the job at all or had anything to regret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Shreveport pastor sentenced to prison for engaging in sexual acts with minors

LOUISIANA
KATC

A 54-year old Shreveport pastor has been sentenced to over 7 years of imprisonment for engaging in sexual activities with minors.

Andrea Lewis, a Shreveport pastor was found guilty for engaging in sexual acts with girls under 18-years old. They were among members of the choir he formed, and of his congregation.

Lewis used his status as a pastor to coerce the girls. He then used choir trips and church related travel to cover up the sexual abuse, and threatened the girls not to tell anyone.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Lewis was found guilty for three counts of transporting minors across state lines to have sex. Evidence collected had proved that Lewis transported at least three minors to and from Texas to have sex with him.

"Unfortunately, this defendant took advantage of his position to abuse young girls in his care and left them with emotional and physical scars that may never heal," Finley stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

July 22, 2014

Decision on defrocked priest’s appeal due in 2015

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

A decision is likely early next year on an appeal by a Cork priest into a secret Church court’s decision to defrock him for the serial sexual abuse of minors and teenagers.

As part of the appeal, the priest, Dan Duane, aged 76, was invited to Rome by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to outline his objections to the diocese’s decision. He is not obliged to attend.

He was the subject of 11 complaints of abuse and three years ago, Cork Circuit Criminal Court directed that he be found not guilty of indecently assaulting a teenager.

The judge made the direction on the grounds of the 30-year delay in making the complaint.

A month later, Duane was found not guilty of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl 31 years earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 PM

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania continue their foot-dragging in clergy sexual abuse cases

PENNSYLVANIA
Road to Recovery

MEDIA RELEASE - JULY 22, 2014

Mother of sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., of the Franciscan Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA, to speak of harm done to victims and their families by continuing delays

What: A press conference announcing the disappointment and frustration of dozens of
sexual abuse victims, their family members, and their advocates toward the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, the Franciscan Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA, and the Diocese of Youngstown, OH because of their foot-dragging regarding the settlement of cases of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R.

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Where: On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Altoona-
Johnstown, PA, 927 S. Logan Boulevard, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 – 814-695-5579.

Who: Barbara Aponte, mother of Luke Bradesku, an alleged Ohio victim of Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., who took his life after suffering from the effects of allegedly having been sexually abused as a high school student at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Warren, OH; and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why: Religious leaders, including the Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Mark L. Bartchak,
and attorneys representing the Franciscan Third Order Regular Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA; the Diocese of Youngstown, OH; and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA have expressed hollow sentiments that they wish to settle in a timely fashion dozens of cases of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, the greater Altoona-Johnstown area, and the Youngstown, OH area. The victim/survivors have waited long enough. It is now time for settlements to occur. One mediation session in May, 2014, was cancelled as a result of foot-dragging, and Bishop Mark Bartchak has promised that cases would be settled in a timely fashion. Another summer has come and nearly gone, and victim/survivors continue to suffer. Barbara Aponte, mother of an alleged Br. Baker victim from Ohio, will speak about the devastating effects not only of the sexual abuse on families but of foot-dragging by church authorities. Because of these delays, victim/survivors are unable to reach closure and heal from the sexual abuse.

Contacts: Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Old abuse accusations resurface with recent arrest

ALABAMA
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

Leaders of a Baptist association in Alabama investigated questions raised in recent media reports about a director of mission’s handling of alleged child sex abuse decades ago in 2009 and found no evidence of cover-up, according to a news story dated July 17 in the Alabama Baptist.

Recent news stories about the May 20 arrest of a former youth minister at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., included comments by one of the alleged victims claiming the pastor at the time, Mike McLemore, knew about the abuse but kept it quiet to protect the congregation’s image.

Mack Allen Davis, 73, minister of youth and recreation at Lakeside Baptist Church from 1977 until his retirement in 1999, faces 15 charges from three counties stemming from allegations by two men who stepped forward to claim that Davis molested them 30 years ago.

One of the men, Davis' nephew, Andrew Guffey, 44, told the Birmingham News that McLemore, now director of missions for Birmingham Baptist Association, knew about the abuse by the late 1990s but did not report it to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 PM

Youth pastor gets 3 years for child porn

TENNESSEE
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A former Tennessee Baptist youth minister avoided a maximum 20-year sentence for child pornography found on his cell phone during an investigation of his previous arrest on charges of statutory rape and sexual battery.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice sentenced 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill to three years and four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography July 21.

Neill, former youth director at North Fork Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Tenn., pleaded guilty Feb. 23 in a plea bargain that included up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the judge said in reviewing Neill’s record that the incident seemed to be isolated. Neill will receive credit for the five months he has already been in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Montana judge censured over rape comments

MONTANA
Sun Herald

The Associated Press
July 22, 2014

HELENA, MONT. — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, appeared before the court in Helena, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read the prepared censure statement. A censure is a rarely used public declaration by the high court that a judge is guilty of misconduct.

"We have determined that, through your inappropriate comments, you have eroded public confidence in the judiciary and created an appearance of impropriety in violation of the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct," McGrath said. The Supreme Court also suspended him for 31 days, effective in December.

Baugh stood at the podium to receive the reprimand, but he did not speak. McGrath did not read a sentence in the transcript of the censure that asked if Baugh had anything he wanted to say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

MT- Victims urge reprimanded MT judge to volunteer

MONTANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

We are glad that Helena Judge Todd Baugh will be suspended in December for his inappropriate rape comments.

We encourage him to spend that month doing community service at a rape crisis center or similar agency so he will learn to be sensitive about horrific sex crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Rock Legend Tom Petty Slams Catholic Church And Conservative ‘Christians’ For Un-Christian Behavior

UNITED STATES
Addicting Info

AUTHOR: STEPHEN D FOSTER JR JULY 22, 2014

Could Tom Petty be the counterbalance to Ted Nugent that many Americans have been looking for? It certainly seems that way considering the Heartbreaker blasted the Catholic Church and so-called “Christians” who aren’t acting very Christ-like in a recent interview with Billboard magazine.
The legendary rocker talked a great deal about religion during the interview, pondering why those of the Catholic faith still give money to the Church knowing that it’s being used to shield pedophile priests or cover up their crimes. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,” Petty told the publication.

Petty then went on to criticize alleged Christians who thirst for war and defend killing people like conservative “Christians” do today.

Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars. I’ve nothing against defending yourself, but I don’t think, spiritually speaking, that there’s any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.

The Catholic Church has been rocked for decades by the massive pedophile priest scandal that has resulted in thousands of molested and abused children around the globe. The image of the Church has taken a major hit over the years because of it, but they still rake in the cash from Catholics who seem not to care that their money is helping the Church prevent victims from getting justice.

Meanwhile, Conservative “Christians” here in America are bloodthirsty. They support perpetual war, guns everywhere, and senseless violence. The current border crisis involving refugee children has revealed conservative “Christians” for what they really are as they hurl racial epithets and threaten violence against them in the most un-Christ-like manner. In addition, conservative “Christians” want to punish poor people severely by taking food stamps and health care away from them, which is something else that Jesus wouldn’t do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

US missionary accused of sex abuse in Kenya blames ‘pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo’

OKLAHOMA
The Raw Story

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A 19-year-old Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children while volunteering in Kenya is blaming his actions on “pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo.”

Matthew Durham was charged Friday in federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct, reported The Oklahoman.

The Edmond man was accused of sexually abusing up to 10 children of both sexes, between the ages of 4 and 9 years old, while volunteering this spring at Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi.

At least one of the victims is HIV-positive, authorities said.

Durham had previously volunteered three times at the children’s home, which was founded by a couple from Edmonds and provides neglected kids with housing, clothing, education and religious instruction.

He was accused of committing the sex acts on his fourth trip, from April 30 to June 17, when he asked to stay overnight at the children’s home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

A comparison of responses to allegations of child sex abuse- Prestonwood Baptist Church and Morrison Heights Baptist ...

UNITED STATES
Watch Keep

A comparison of responses to allegations of child sex abuse- Prestonwood Baptist Church and Morrison Heights Baptist vs. Believers Church: image over child protection

AUBURN, AL (WTVM)
A longtime associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years. Lee County Sheriff's detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990's.

Every Sunday, for nearly 30 years at Believers Church on Moore's Mill Road, 53-year-old John Sluder, an associate pastor, would play guitar during services.

"People have shed tears because of what he appeared to be, a gentle old man. So yes, we were very shocked," said attorney Ben Hand. ...

Tears for the victims. Anger at the perpetrator. This is a refreshing response from a church who gets it. It's not about them. It's about the kids harmed by one of their own. But they don't protect their own image and shun and silence these kids, now adults, who though it took a long time, bravely came forward to report the harm done to them. Kids will be safer now, and other possible victims of Sluder will know they are not alone and perhaps have the courage to come forward as well, begin to heal and protect others.

Prestonwood Baptist Church, where are the tears for the victims? Where is the anger at one of your own former ministers, John Langworthy, who confessed publicly to sexually abusing kids at your church? The only public anger we have seen from Prestonwood staff is at those who have dared to ask simple questions of the executive staff like why Langworthy wasn't reported to police in 1989?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

TN- Church should reach out to possible victims SNAP says

TENNESSEE
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 Tennessee youth pastor has been sentenced to 3 years in jail on child pornography charges. We are glad he is going to jail but believe his sentence should have been much stricter.

Joseph Todd Neill was the youth pastor at North Fork Baptist Church prior to him being investigated on a statutory rape charge. Investigators later found violent and graphic child pornography at his home.

We urge North Fork Baptist church officials to immediately reach out to congregants and beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered crimes by Neill to call police immediately.

We hope any victims suffering in silence and self blame will find the courage to speak up. Children are kept safe when those who know about or suffered crimes call police and share what they know.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

OK- Church must "seek out" victims of just arrested-man, SNAP says

OKLAHOMA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 teenaged missionary from Oklahoma is accused of sexually abusing several young children from an African orphanage. Our hearts ache for the vulnerable children who, instead of receiving much needed aid, were sexually assaulted. We hope the children will now, more than ever, receive the care they need.

Matthew Durham has traveled several times to Kenya to work at a children’s home with an organization called Upendo. The allegations of abuse stem from his most recent trip, but we are concerned there are more victims who have been suffering in silence and self blame from previous trips. We urge Upendo to publically explain how one of their volunteer missionaries was able to sexual assault the children they were meant to help.

We suspect Durham was or is affiliated with a church in Oklahoma. Officials at that church must aggressively seek out others in their congregation who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him.

Children sexually abused in developing countries face added hardships of limited access to recourse and rehabilitative services. Upendo should immediately provide the children with access to rehabilitative services and reach out to anyone else who might be suffering in silence and self blame.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Public Statement Regarding the Manipulation of the Negotiations by CardinalEzzati and Bishops in Civil Lawsuit with Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Chile

CHILE
Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, James Hamilton Sánchez and José Andrés Murillo Urrutia

Santiago, July 22, 2014 -- As part of the civil lawsuit we filed against the Archdiocese of Santiago for its complicity, negligence and willful ignorance in the case of abuse by Fr. Fernando Karadima, we would like to report that the conversations initiated in March have stopped; thus, ending the conciliation stage.

On the one hand, we recognize and appreciate the efforts and willingness of lawyers hired by the Archdiocese and the priest chosen by both parties as a mediator, to find common ground, smooth roughness and reach a common story based on the facts established by Chilean criminal justice and the Vatican itself.

However, we were unable to reach the main three key points in our lawsuit: 1) the Archbishop and current head of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, would recognize their negligent liability in the abuse cases that happened to us and several others for more than 30 years; 2) for this reason, the Archbishop would publicly apologize; and, 3) that this damage would be compensated materially according to its severity.

Our effort and openness have continuously sought to establish these three points that are essential not only for our particular case, but for all cases of abuse involving the Catholic Church worldwide. We also believe that the Catholic Church, as a universal institution, has taken a significant step when Pope Francis apologized for the complicity, concealment and omissions of the hierarchy of the CatholicChurch, embodied by Bishops and Cardinals, in cases of sexual abuse.

His words, unlike the words of the Chilean hierarchy, are unambiguous: "I humbly apologize for the leaders of the Church who have not responded adequately to allegations of abuse by relatives and those who were victims of abuse. This brings still further suffering to those who have been abused and endangered other children who were at risk" (Vatican City, July 7, 2014) That recognition and apology should be translated, in the words of Francis himself, in the best abuse prevention policies and material reparation for victims.

However, in Chile these words did not find the expected repercussion. Apparently Cardinal Ezzati, along with his predecessor, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz – who sits in the Pope’s Council of 8 “reformer” Cardinals -- and most of their fellow bishops, interpretedthis step to a possible agreement as an opportunity to rewrite history and clean, instead of their conscience, their image.

We will not take part of this whitewash. We believe that victims of sexual abuse and abuse of conscience deserve justice. We also believe that many members of the Catholic Church at all levels, that are honest and committed men and women that pursue truth and justice, don’t deserve a hierarchy that does not represent them.

We continue to look for a respectful dialogue but in justice and truth. We will not accept a dialogue that benefits these Cardinals’ and Bishops’ self-image by trying to distort history and manipulate the conscience of survivors and the people of Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew
James Hamilton Sánchez
José Andrés Murillo Urrutia

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Víctimas de Karadima ...

CHILE
Bio Bio

Víctimas de Karadima rechazan acuerdo con Iglesia y acusan intento de lavado de imagen

Las víctimas de abusos sexuales del sacerdote Fernando Karadima rechazaron el acuerdo propuesto por el arzobispado de Santiago para poner fin a la demanda por 450 millones de pesos que interpusieron contra la iglesia.

El periodista Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, el médico James Hamilton y el filósofo José Andrés Murillo, a través de un comunicado, anunciaron el cese del proceso de conciliación que se inició en marzo de este año.

“Aparentemente el Cardenal Ricardo Ezzati, junto con su antecesor, el Cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, y otros colaboradores eclesiásticos interpretaron esta etapa de posible acuerdo como una oportunidad para reescribir la historia y limpiar, en lugar de su conciencia, su imagen. No estamos disponibles para ello” dice la declaración. ...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

Pastor avoids maximum sentence in child porn case

TENNESSEE
Greenville Sun

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time youth pastor from Shelbyville has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice could have leveled a 20-year sentence on 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill on Monday for downloading "violent" and "sadistic" prepubescent child pornography on his home computer.

Shelbyville police were investigating Neill on charges of statutory rape and searched his home computer, finding 72 images of minors, 32 of whom were children. Images contained depictions of bondage and child rape and molestation of children ages 5 to 9 years old. Neill worked at North Fork Baptist Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

NC pastor kills self in front of deputies as they try to arrest him on child sex charges

NORTH CAROLINA
The Raw Story

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A North Carolina pastor shot himself to death over the weekend as deputies were trying to arrest him on child sex charges.

According to WCOC-TV, Michael Mullis, the former pastor of Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord, knew that he was being investigated for indecent liberties with a child before Rowan County deputies showed up on Saturday to serve warrants on him.

The sheriff’s office said that when deputies arrived to arrest him, he went to the bathroom to put on his shoes, and shot himself with a pistol.

“I’m sure he knew because our investigators had talked to him about this incident,” Concord Police spokesperson Maj. Gary Hatley told WSOC. “Or attempted to talk to him anyway — he knows we were investigating.”

A timeline provided by the victim indicated that Mullis was still serving as pastor at Near Calvary Baptist during the years of sexual abuse. The abuse allegedly ended in 2004, and Mullis resigned from the church in 2011 after 20 years as pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Bishop Palmer, pope's Pentecostal friend, dies in motorcycle accident

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Jul. 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY
The Pentecostal bishop who used his iPhone to film a video of Pope Francis addressing other Pentecostals died Sunday after a motorcycle accident.

Bishop Tony Palmer, whom Pope Francis referred to as his friend, was riding the motorcycle when he crashed head-on with a car traveling in the wrong lane, according to Ian Findlay, principal of Embassy Bible College in Bath, England.

Palmer, a member of the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, "was airlifted to [the] hospital and was in [the operating] theater for 10 hours, but the doctors could not save him," Findlay told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview Monday.

The bishop served as the dean of the Bible college and was "a very dear friend," Findlay said. "I'm praying the fruits of his ministry," particularly his promotion of ecumenical cooperation, will continue.

Findlay said the bishop was in his early 50s and leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. As of Monday, funeral arrangements were pending.

Palmer, who was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in South Africa, was co-founder of The Ark Community, which describes itself as "an internet-based, interdenominational" Christian community. Previously he served as the director of the South Africa office of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a U.S.-based Pentecostal group offering mega-prayer meetings around the world.

Pope Francis' iPhone video message, which Palmer filmed in January, was addressed to participants in a conference sponsored by Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Edmond man confesses to crimes in Kenya

OKLAHOMA
The Edmond Sun

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A federal grand jury alleges a 19-year-old Edmond man staying at a children’s’ home in Kenya engaged in illicit sexual conduct with residents ages 4-9.

An Edmond couple originally from Kenya established Upendo Children’s Home, located in the Juja area of Nairobi, so impoverished children and orphans could have a place to go to school for free. U.S. churches send financial support and volunteers to the home.

Monday morning, the office of U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats announced that on Friday a criminal complaint was unsealed charging Matthew Lane Durham, 19, of Edmond, with traveling to Kenya to engage in illicit sexual conduct with underage children, both male and female, ages 4-9 from April to June.

Durham is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Defense counsel information was not available Monday.

An effort to gain comment from the founding couple was under way; they are not named in the complaint.

Federal law makes it a crime for any U.S. citizen to travel in foreign commerce and engage in any illicit sexual conduct with another person under the age of 18. Durham traveled to and from Kenya out of Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, according to court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Oklahoma Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Kids in Kenya

OKLAHOMA
KSWO

EDMOND, Okla_An Oklahoma man faces several charges after allegedly sexually abusing young children on a mission trip to Kenya.

According to court records, 19-year old Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond volunteered at a children's shelter in Kenya from April to June of 2014. While there, prosecutors say he sexually abused both male and female children ages four to ten years old. According to investigators the children first came forward with the claims, Durham later confessed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Edmond man faces charges of sex acts with Kenyan children

OKLAHOMA
NewsOK

by Matt Dinger Published: July 22, 2014

A 19-year-old Edmond man is accused of engaging in sex acts with children while volunteering in Kenya this spring.

Matthew Lane Durham was charged late Friday in Oklahoma City federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Lane is accused of committing the acts with four to 10 children of both sexes, according to the probable cause affidavit. The children range in age from 4 to 9 years old.

At least one of the children is HIV positive, records show.

Durham volunteered at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi. The home, which is funded through sponsorships and donations, provides neglected Kenyan children with food, housing, clothing, education and religious instruction. Durham has previously volunteered three times: June 2012, June 2013, and in December. He stayed with sponsor families during prior visits.

The sex acts are alleged to have been committed on the fourth trip, from April 30 to June 17, when Durham requested to stay overnight at the children’s home, the complaint states.

Durham’s attorney, Steven Jones, said, “The affidavit is shot through with inaccuracies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage

OKLAHOMA/KENYA
KTLA

JULY 21, 2014, BY CNN WIRE

An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip.

The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children.

According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch.

“This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a true tragedy all the way around.”

The 19-year-old suspect traveled overseas with a group called Upendo.

Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

MO- Crucial hearing tomorrow for unprecedented $1 mill award

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Crucial court hearing is tomorrow
It involves embattled Catholic bishop
Judge may OK “ground-breaking” award
Arbitrator says 42 abuse victims to get $1.1 million
SNAP: “Top Catholic official broke his prevention contract”
Group encourages parishioners to attend court session on Wednesday

A Kansas City judge will hear arguments tomorrow about whether an unprecedented $1.1 million award to 42 clergy sex abuse victims should stand or be overturned.

Judge Bryan Round will hear lawyers for embattled KC Bishop Robert Finn claim that the sum should be tossed out because an arbitrator exceeded his authority during binding arbitration.

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging local parishioners to attend the 10 a.m. hearing Wednesday in Division 8 of the Jackson County court.

The group applauds the arbitrator's award and agrees with the finding that Finn is guilty of "breach of contract."

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have called the award “ground-breaking.”

“As best we can tell, there's never been a case like this – anywhere in the U.S. - in which victims have successfully held a bishop responsible in court for breaking the promises he made during a settlement,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s director. “And the amount of this award is significant because it may will deter more Catholic officials from breaking the promises they make to victims.”

In 2008, 47 victims settled child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against Finn and his diocese. As part of that deal, they insisted that Finn commit to 19 non-economic child safety measures.

In October 2011, 44 of those victims formally charged that Finn broke many of those child safety measures, in part by keeping two credibly accused predator priests in ministry (Fr. James Tierney and Fr. Shawn Ratigan) and by not reporting suspicions and knowledge of child sex crimes promptly to law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Ramsey County judge rules clergy sex abuse case may go to trial

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Jul 22, 2014

A Ramsey County judge decided Monday to allow a clergy abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to go forward on claims of negligence.

However, Judge John Van de North said he needed more information before he decided whether a claim that the church created a public nuisance should also go forward to a jury.

Archdiocese attorney Tom Wieser said he's hopeful that the judge will dismiss the public nuisance claim.

"The majority of courts that have ruled on that have ruled that there's no legal basis for that claim to move forward," Wieser said.

Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson says he's pleased with the ruling, since it means the case is headed for a trial in September.

"And it's very clear that the judge gets it," Anderson said. "And it's very clear that we're going to get another opportunity every day for the rest of these days forward to get more information out there to protect kids."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

New Minnesota NPR Report ..."

MINNESOTA
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

New Minnesota NPR Report on Cover-up in St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese: "Nienstedt Chose Not to Reveal the Cover-Up. Instead, He Contributed to It"

Not to be missed: Madeleine Baran's stellar four-part series "Betrayed by Silence" published today at the website of Minnesota NPR. Baran does an outstanding job of showing how deep-seated the cover-up of clerical crimes against children is in the Catholic archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, despite repeated assertions of one archbishop after another that the archdiocese was exemplary in its handling of cases of molestation of minors by priests. Here's an excerpt from the final chapter of the four-part series, speaking of the arrival of John Nienstedt in 2007 as archbishop:

The new archbishop exuded self-control. At age 61, 6 feet tall, trim, with perfect posture, Nienstedt kept his black clerical outfit spotless and his short gray hair neatly trimmed. When he walked into a room, he expected everyone to stand.

Nienstedt told a reporter that he would work to establish trust with priests, restructure the chancery and reduce the archdiocese's debt.

But the archbishop would soon encounter a situation more troubling than financial debt. He had walked into an archdiocese that was nearly three decades into a cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.
Nienstedt would later claim that he was "blindsided" in the fall of 2013 by an MPR News investigation that showed top church leaders had covered up abuse for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Parents, specialists gather in Volusia to discuss child sex abuse prevention

FLORIDA
News 13

By Joel Schipper, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH DAYTONA --
About 200 members of the Volusia County community, including parents, teachers and social workers, met Monday night to discuss how the community can grow together while moving forward after an elementary teacher was arrested and accused of making and distributing child porn.

Matthew Graziotti, 42, of Edgewater, was arrested July 14, after the FBI raided his home. They said they found thousands of porn images on his computer. They also found a folder labeled "personally known." In one of the subfolders, the FBI said they found a picture of Graziotti abusing one of the victims.

Graziotti is a teacher at Warner Christian Academy and summer day camp counselor at White Chapel Church of God. He is currently on unpaid administrative leave.

But on Monday night, people focused on how they can move forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Rules won't restore the Church

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Chris McGillion and Damian Grace | 22 July 2014

'Reckoning' by Chris McGillionIt is widely assumed that rules are the solution to transgressions such as those being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rules without doubt are useful. They can be framed to aid compliance and deter wrongdoing. It is no argument against them to say that people will still offend, but if rules are more legal requirements than the expression of genuine morality, they will have limited effectiveness.

The most desirable form of social control is self-restraint — the work of morality. For a minority of people, morals do not have this effect, but pathologising normal conduct because we are fearful that deviants are impervious to morality and law is no way for free people to live. Indeed, moral counsel and tighter regulation are wasted because they do not work on the very people at whom they are directed. Instead, barriers are raised to protect children that distort normal responses and have their own abusive aspect.

When teachers in New South Wales, for instance, were forbidden to touch children, even to comfort them, because a few teachers had abused their office, it was the children who bore the consequences. The lesson teachers took from this regulation was that they were not sufficiently trusted to comfort distressed children. Because of an aberrant few, all teachers were regarded as suspect, and distressed children lost the comfort of a responsible adult.

This response was disproportionate and eventually came to be seen as such by the authorities.

Trust was nonetheless eroded not only by the actions of abusers but also by those seeking to protect children from abuse. Representing formal accountability as more reliable than personal trust actually destroys trust, first by making it very much a second best option when a system of checkable procedures is available, and then, as a consequence, suggesting trust is less safe than documented dealings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

30 YEARS OF ABUSE

TRINITDAD AND TOBAGO
Newsday

By SEAN DOUGLAS Tuesday, July 22 2014

RAMPANT abuse, including of a sexual nature, at the St Michael’s Home for Boys in Diego Martin is not a recent phenomena and has been going on, at the very least, for the past 30 years, a former inmate told Newsday yesterday.

The ex-inmate, now a happily married, gainfully employed father in his mid-40s, who owns his own home and car, spoke on the basis of strict anonymity with Newsday yesterday. He said the so-called “startling” revelations coming to light about wanton abuse at the Home, are nothing new.

The ex-inmate said that when he was incarcerated at the Home in the early 1980s, an attractive woman who was among the staff at that time, would habitually choose specific inmates with whom she would have sexual relations — sometimes at the institution and sometimes elsewhere.

“Back when I was at that facility, everyone knew what was going on,” the man recalled. The woman would sometimes intimately touch and fondle her “boyfriends” while they were showering, he related.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Sexual allegations at St Michael’s: Teen ready to talk with cops about abuse

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Guardian

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
ANNA-LISA PAUL

The teenager who came forward to report allegations of sexual and physical abuse and negligence at the St Michael’s School for Boys, Diego Martin, says he is willing to give the police a statement on the matter which is currently under investigation. The 19-year-old victim said he had remained silent before because he thought no one would believe him. But after a probe into the death at the school of Brandon Hargreaves, the teenager said he was ready to speak out. Referring to the teenager’s T&T Guardian interview, during which he confirmed the allegations in the report, chairman of the Child Protection Task Force Diana Mahabir-Wyatt said: “It sounds entirely believable. It is consistent with the findings of the investigative committee.”Commenting on that report, she said: “The report is accurate. We have known for years that things were wrong at the home. It's horrible.” Asked to comment on the statement she made just after Hargreaves’ death that there was no need for further investigation, Mahabir-Wyatt said: “No outside investigation at that time was warranted because there was already an internal investigation going on. “The ministry had set up an investigative committee and it was not appropriate to appoint another investigative committee when that was going on.” There are now reports that Hargreaves was beaten to death by another boy at the home in a fight which was ignored by supervisors sitting nearby. But at the time Mahabir-Wyatt was also reported as saying: “Think back over Brandon and his mom. Accidents do happen and boys do battle each other and from the report Brandon was trying to kickbox somebody and fell backwards. “Well, I have seen my own son try to do that.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

The Lies, The Endless Lies

UNITED STATES
The Amrican Conservative

By ROD DREHER • July 21, 2014

Minnesota Public Radio’s Madeleine Baran is doing an incredible job of reporting on the roots of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s current clerical sex abuse scandal. I was stunned to discover from her reporting that the present-day scandals there have their roots in the Diocese of Lafayette, La.

She got her hands on some unsealed court records and went down to south Louisiana to talk to people who knew former Minneapolis bishop Harry Flynn when he was made a bishop and sent to Lafayette to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor, who allowed the convicted child molester Fr. Gilbert Gauthe stay in ministry, despite knowing that he was raping boys. Bishop Flynn came to town with an agenda to heal the Church. When he left town years later, his reputation as a caring bishop who went the extra mile to rebuild the diocese and to help the families of the abused boys carried him to Minneapolis. Later, after Boston broke big, he became the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ point man on dealing with the sex abuse scandal. Who better than Harry Flynn, right?

Except, reports Baran, everything people thought they knew about Archbishop Flynn was a lie. Excerpts:

Another Catholic attorney who had represented victims, Anthony Fontana, was frustrated in his efforts to get the bishop’s attention. “There’s another problem you need to know about,” he told Flynn. A Lafayette priest named Gilbert Dutel had been accused of coercing young adult men into having sex.

Flynn offered a calm reply. He explained that Dutel was cured and that, regardless, he needed to keep him in ministry because of the priest shortage.

Fontana said that in a sworn affidavit that was part of the 1990s lawsuit. More:

The files do not support the claim that Flynn healed the diocese. They also contain no suggestion that Flynn called police about priests accused of sexually assaulting children. Hundreds of documents reveal that Flynn’s diocese used many of the same aggressive legal tactics that he would later employ in the Twin Cities.

Attorneys hired by the diocese argued that victims waited too long to come forward and that the public didn’t need to know the names of accused priests. The diocese fought efforts by victims to seek compensation from the church and focused on keeping the scandal as private as possible, which meant that fewer victims came forward to sue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Judge rejects archdiocese plea to drop clergy abuse case

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: July 22, 2014

Charges of church negligence in the handling of sexually abusive priests will be heard by a jury this fall.

The clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Twin Cities archdiocese will move to a jury trial, a Ramsey County district judge ruled Monday.

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona had asked the court for a summary judgment that would dismiss the case.

But Judge John Van de North said a jury trial would proceed, now set for Sept. 22.

“This case needs to be tried,” said Van de North. The alleged victim “deserves a day in court, at least on the negligence claims.”

The judge said he would take under advisement a separate claim that the church’s handling of sex abusers posed a public nuisance.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of a man who claimed he was abused in the mid-1970s by the former Rev. Thomas Adamson. It contends that church officials here and in Winona put children and others at risk of abuse by failing to disclose information about Adamson and other abusive priests — and that the practice has continued to the present day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Shattering an unholy vow of silence

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Dan Buckley

'Sworn to Silence' a recollectuion of the clerical abuse of a boy, reflects on blame and shame in 1970s Ireland, says Dan Buckley

BLESS me, Father, for I have sinned.

Those are the words that the Catholic Church authorities in Ireland expected of a 14-year-old boy as his response to years of abuse by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

“I knew that the quizzing about confession was all about me and my fault,” says Brendan Boland, now 53, in Sworn To Silence, his memoir published today.

It was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest. An inquiry was quickly called in which Brendan was subjected to a barrage of questions from three priests, among them Fr John Brady — later to become primate Cardinal Seán Brady.

Sworn To Silence details the highly intrusive and inappropriate questioning that the young lad was subjected to during the meeting.

“Then I was just terrified and scared. Today I am angry, furious,” Boland writes. “Even as I am recounting this, I want to smash my fist against the bloody wall beside me.”

Smyth was later uncovered as the most notorious child abuser in the Irish Catholic Church, carrying out more than 130 sexual assaults against 40 youngsters over 20 years. He later died in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Ramsey County judge advances part of priest abuse lawsuit, studies other issue

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 07/21/2014

A Ramsey County judge ruled Monday that at least part of a sweeping priest sexual abuse lawsuit should go forward.

"Doe 1 deserves his day in court on this important case," Judge John Van de North told attorneys for the plaintiff, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.

Doe 1 is the pseudonym for a Twin Cities man who alleges he was sexually abused by then-priest Thomas Adamson between 1976 and 1977 while Adamson worked at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park.

Van de North ruled that the plaintiff's claims of negligence by the diocese and archdiocese should be decided by the jury. Attorneys for the defendants had argued that the judge should dismiss those claims.

A larger question for the judge is whether the plaintiff can allege that church officials created a "public nuisance" by allowing offending priests to remain active and concealing information about their misconduct from the public.

Van de North said he would rule on that issue after the defendants present more electronically stored information the plaintiff has requested. That is expected to happen within two weeks.

"It's very clear that the judge 'gets it,' and it's very clear that the jury's going to 'get it,' " Anderson said of the judge's decision Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Archbishop Apuron removes priest from public ministry

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

Archdiocese of Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron announced just minutes ago he has removed Father John Wadeson from public ministry over community concerns that the priest faces sex abuse allegations in Los Angeles.

"In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time," a statement from the archdiocese states.

"The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously," according to the statement.

Wadeson was accepted as a priest under the Archdiocese of Agana after the archdiocese in Los Angeles barred him from priestly duties there over two sex abuse allegations, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced over the weekend.

The network had urged Apuron "to immediately remove Father Wadeson from ministry and make public announcements about Father Wadeson at every parish where he has worked or celebrated Mass."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Archdiocese removes priest accused of child molestation

GUAM
KUAM

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana has issued the following statement regarding Father John Wadeson.

“In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time. The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.”

The announcement follows the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) calling on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to have him removed.

According to a press release from SNAP, Father Wadeson was accused twice of child molestation and had been banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The allegations however had not as of yet resulted in any convictions. “Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from ministry is just cause for Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam's children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock,” the SNAP press release stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Statement from the Archdiocese of Agana Regarding Fr. John Wadeson

GUAM
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agana

In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time.

The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.

The Archdiocese of Agana, 562-0000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

VIDEO: Archdiocese Admits ...

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[with statement from the archdiocese]

VIDEO: Archdiocese Admits They Were Aware of Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against Father Wadeson

Written by Janela Buhain Carrera
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Guam - After allegations surfaced last week that a priest with a record of sexual abuse was being protected by Archbishop Anthony Apuron, the Archdiocese of Agana today announced that they are removing Father John Howard Wadeson from active ministry.

But not before the Archdiocese confirmed that it knew about Father Wadeson’s tainted past.

Father John Howard Wadeson was incardinated on Guam by the archbishop in 2000. But the allegations of sexual abuse date back to the early 1990s, according to Archdiocese of Agana Chancellor, Father Adrian Cristobal. Local catholic observer Tim Rohr was the first to bring the issue to light on his blog. Last Wednesday, Rohr spoke to PNC about why he wanted to expose Father Wadeson’s past.

"He sent out a very hostile email and essentially fingered me for reporting on my blog what I had heard about the meeting," said Rohr, who was talking about a blog post he wrote on the controversial closed door meeting religious leaders had with the Papal Nuncio last week.

"I truly believe he’s innocent until proven guilty, however, in the year 2000, Archbishop Apuron incardinated him, which means made him an official priest of this diocese, and according to my sources, without any background checks, without his advice from the presbyterial council," he argued.

PNC contacted Father Adrian last Friday, who confirmed that Father Wadeson had a record in California. But he denied claims that Father Wadeson was being protected by the Archbishop. Father Adrian said the Archdiocese is aware of Father Wadeson’s past, but the allegations were just that: allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Judge: Jury should decide priest abuse lawsuit

MINNESOTA
southernminn.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976 deserves his day in court, a judge decided Monday in a case that has forced top local church officials including Archbishop John Nienstedt to give sworn testimony and disclose lists of priests accused of sexual misconduct.

The plaintiff, identified only as Doe 1, says he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park when Thomas Adamson molested him.

Lawyers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona asked Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North to dismiss the lawsuit. They agreed that Adamson abused the plaintiff but argued that there weren’t sufficient legal grounds to present to a jury. But the judge said from the bench that he’ll let Doe 1 proceed with his negligence claims and decide later whether to allow him to assert a novel claim that the archdiocese created a “public nuisance” by failing to disclose its lists of accused priests.

“Generally speaking, this case needs to be tried,” Van de North said. “Doe 1 deserves his day in court, at least on the negligence claims, and I’m going to take a closer look at nuisance.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Can Archdiocese be considered 'public nuisance'?

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

[with video]

Posted: Jul 22, 2014

video report by Tom Lyden

Pressure is building on Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign as the latest sexual abuse lawsuit brought against a priest makes its way through the legal system -- and it's raising an interesting question.

What's unusual about the case against Father Thomas Adamson is that the victim's attorneys are arguing that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is a public nuisance because it failed to protect children. That contention has given them pretty wide latitude in the discovery process -- but a judge is still considering that rationale even as he allows the case to move forward to trial.

"Nuisance is the anchor that we have to expose the painful truth," Jeff Anderson said.

Adamson chillingly has admitted to molesting more than 20 boys. On Monday, a Ramsey County judge decided that one victim, identified only as John Doe, deserves his day in court.

In 1975, Adamson came to St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minn., from the Winona Diocese. By then, he had already molested boys and was in therapy, but the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis claims it was unaware of any of that until 1980.

"There are no documents to show that the archdiocese knew Adamson was a bad guy, to put it very bluntly," Thomas Wieser, attorney for the archdiocese, told Fox 9 News.

Except maybe for Exhibit 23 -- a 1984 letter from Bishop Watters of Winona to then-Archbishop Roach. In it, Watters writes, "I am very sorry Father Adamson's many talents continue to be compromised because of his involvement with juvenile males."

MORE: Exhibit 23 on Scribd

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Pope Francis: No to clergy sex abuse

PHILIPPINES
Sun.Star

By Ver F. Pacete
As I See It
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I LOVE Pope Francis. He is firm in his stand not to tolerate clergy sex abuse. His words were crisp when he said that this is “the shame of the Church” (the church founded by Jesus Christ).

We should be aware that the Vatican has made a compromise on two international agreements prohibiting sexual abuse of children. These two treaties are “The Convention on the Rights of the Child” (ratified by the Vatican in September 1980) and the “Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography” (OP-CRS, ratified on October 2001).

Based on these, we can view the stand of the Church on pedophiles and on the victims (thousands of them) of sexual abuse. Was there concealment on the part of Vatican? Did Vatican acknowledge, rectify, or make amends on what happened? Was there a confirmation that there were children who were victims of Vatican’s agents and priests?

Why is Pope Francis seeking forgiveness? My idol Pope is asking forgiveness because Church leaders did not respond adequately to their reports. We do not generalize Church leaders. We have good cardinals, bishops and priests. Many of them are our personal friends and we salute them. They are the best breed of leaders in our Church. They are exempted in this storytelling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

July 21, 2014

NY Times: Pope's housecleaning should start with Twin Cities archbishop

MINNESOTA
KMSP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
If Pope Francis is serious about holding bishops accountable for sexual abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church, the New York Times editorial board says his first stop should be the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“When Pope Francis met earlier this month with victims of rape and sexual abuse by priests, he vowed to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal instead of confronting it,” the board wrote in a July 17 opinion. “A good place to start is with the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, where calls are mounting for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt, a warrior against same-sex marriage who, it turns out, is facing accusations that he indulged in improper sexual conduct in the past with priests, seminarians and other men.”

In a 107-page deposition released last week, former canon lawyer Jennifer Haselberger detailed several cases of the archdiocese allowing priests accused of sex offenses to remain in the ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

A quarter of babies sent to US from Sean Ross Abbey

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

Nearly a quarter of the babies born to Irish mothers and exported to the US for adoption were born at the Sean Ross Abbey, Co Tipperary, the convent at the centre of the film Philomena.

Adoption rights groups have suggested that the high rates could be for “geographic reasons”, as it was so close to Shannon airport.

Department of Foreign Affairs records show that, of the 1,962 babies sent abroad for adoption between 1950 and 1974, 1,911 went to the US and approximately 438 of these children came from Sean Ross Abbey.

The highest rate of US adoptions was from St Patrick’s Guild in Dublin, from where 515 were sent, while Sean Ross’ figures for the same period stand at 438.

It is believed that American parents paid religious orders from €1,000 to €10,000 for their babies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Rowan deputies: Rockwell man fatally shoots self during arrest

NORTH CAROLINA
Independent Tribune

Staff reports
ROCKWELL, N.C. -- A Rockwell man allegedly shot himself Saturday while Rowan deputies were serving arrest warrants related to sex offenses in Concord.

Michael Reese Mullis, 63, of 145 James Drive, Rockwell, died at his home after he allegedly shot himself in the head in the bathroom with a .357 magnum pistol, according to information provided by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they went to Mullis' home on Saturday to serve two arrest warrants issued by the Concord Police Department.

The warrants were for taking indecent liberties with a minor, Concord police said. The crimes were reported on July 10, 2012 but occurred years earlier when the victim was less than 16 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Police: Former pastor accused of child sex crimes kills self

NORTH CAROLINA
WSOC

By Paige Hansen

CONCORD, N.C. —

A former concord pastor took his own life days after authorities took out warrants to arrest him on child sex charges.

Channel 9 learned Monday the former pastor shot himself in front of deputies this weekend.

Police said the former pastor appeared to have one victim and the two knew each other.

She came forward about the alleged abuse two years ago.

Now, investigators cannot do anything more with the case they’ve worked on for two years.

“The case is over,” said Maj. Gary Hatley with the Concord Police Department. “As far as for us, we’ll never get to serve the warrants.”

Those warrants were taken out last week and Rowan County deputies tried to serve them Saturday to arrest Michael Mullis on two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Channel 9 learned Mullis’ death was a suicide. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said when deputies arrived, Mullis asked to put on shoes, then made his way to the bathroom where a deputy saw Mullis with a pistol in hand when he shot and killed himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Funds secured for HIA inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
UTV

First Minister Peter Robinson had said on Friday that the inquiry's work could be suspended if the Executive failed to agree on budget adjustments.

He said the June Monitoring Round is yet to be signed off due to ongoing disagreement over welfare reform.

Prior to the funding being secured, victims expressed their anger at Stormont on Monday in response to the First Minister's comments.

Margaret McGuckin, from Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA), said that while they were given some reassurance that the inquiry would be funded, the initial comments were "inhuman and abusive".

"We let them know that we're very very angry, it's living through this nightmare. It was very unkind, it was untimely, it was uncalled for," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

New Tom Petty album rocks Catholic church on abuse

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 21, 2014 NCR Today

Step aside, Mary Jane.

Tom Petty is dancing with the Catholic church in his next album “Hypnotic Eye.”

In new song titled “Playing Dumb,” famed rocker Petty and his band the Heartbreakers -- who together have produced classics such as “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Free Fallin’” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” -- address their outrage with the church’s decade-long abuse scandal.

“For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils,” Petty sings at one point.

“Playing Dumb” does not appear among the album’s 11 main tracks, but is included as a bonus song on Blu-Ray and vinyl editions.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said he did not intend to attack Catholics or religion in general. But the abuse scandal, however, has left him seeing it difficult for people to maintain their faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Tom Petty Criticizes Catholic Church For Sex Abuses In New Song 'Playing Dumb'

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

By Antonia Blumberg
Posted: 07/21/2014

Rocker Tom Petty has taken on a weighty and controversial topic in the bonus track to his new album, "Hypnotic Eye," and it's not bound to win him any friends at the Vatican.

The song -- "Playing Dumb" -- addresses the victims of the Catholic Church's sex abuses over the last several decades and will appear as a bonus track on the new album's vinyl release.

In an interview with Billboard preceding the album's release, Petty said:

"I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have… [But] if I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn't give them any more money."

Billboard quoted several lines from the song that illustrate a sense of distrust toward the church: “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.”

Although "Playing Dumb" may be one of the first songs explicitly written about the Catholic Church's sex abuses, Petty isn't the first mainstream artist to publicly condemn the church its response to the allegations. In 1992 singer Sinéad O'Connor unexpectedly ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on the set of Saturday Night Live to protest sex abuse in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Women priests give $1,000 to shelter after Cincinnati archdiocese withdraws donation

OHIO
National Catholic Reporter

Nicholas Sciarappa | Jul. 21, 2014

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests donated $1,000 to a Catholic Worker house that shelters homeless women after the Cincinnati archdiocese retracted its funding because a woman priest led a prayer service at the shelter.

The archdiocese had promised Lydia's House, which offers shelter to homeless women and their children, $1,000 toward the purchase of a new washer and dryer. A number of community organizations support the house, which can hold up to four women and six children, and the archdiocese was an irregular donor.

"We spent the money in June with the promise that it would be reimbursed at the start of the new fiscal year July 1, and we submitted the receipt on July 5," said Mary Ellen Mitchell, one of the founders of Lydia's House. "We found out Wednesday, July 16, of this week that [the archdiocese] wouldn't do the reimbursement."

The archdiocese withdrew the donation after learning that Debra Meyers would hold a July 20 prayer service at the house. Meyers is a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, but the house's monthly newsletter, which contained information about the prayer service, did not identify her as such.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at