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October 31, 2014

Analysis: An inquiry doomed to fail?

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Dominic Casciani
Home affairs correspondent

Who would be the chair of a formal inquiry?

The catastrophic double-failed launch of the historical abuse inquiry raises serious questions for the Home Secretary over how she and her officials have managed this process to date - but it also demonstrates how difficult it can be to find someone capable of doing one of the toughest jobs in public life.

Right from the get-go, an inquiry chair is under massive scrutiny. They would be naive in the extreme not to realise that they run the risk of being accused of failing to get to the bottom of things or, worse, penning an official whitewash.

And that's why Fiona Woolf has quit: She realised that without the confidence of victims and survivors of abuse, the inquiry she had hoped to lead would not command the support of the very people she wanted to help.

There are a number of key criteria for selecting an inquiry chair. They need some serious intellectual and analytical skills because they may have to wade through thousands of pieces of evidence and hundreds of statements from witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Names added to list of clerics accused of abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Newsday

October 31, 2014

By The Associated Press DENISE LAVOIE (Associated Press)

BOSTON - (AP) -- A watchdog group that documents the clergy sex abuse crisis on Friday added four names to its public database of priests and other religious leaders accused of sexual abuse.

BishopAccountability.org, an online research site that has chronicled the clergy sex abuse crisis since it erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002, named clerics with the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the Dominican Order and the Salesians of Don Bosco.

One of the alleged victims, now a 48-year-old man, said in a recently settled lawsuit that he was abused by three clerics, starting when he was 12. Two of the clerics -- the Rev. Sean Rooney and Brother Alan Scheneman -- were members of the Salesians.

The man said Rooney molested him in 1980, when he was 14, while they were on a bus traveling from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, during a school trip for students from the Salesian Junior Seminary, in Goshen, N.Y., where Rooney was a teacher and the boy was a student. He said Rooney also repeatedly sexually abused him at the junior seminary, according to the lawsuit filed by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

The same alleged victim said Scheneman repeatedly sexually abused him in 1981 at the junior seminary, where Scheneman was a faculty member.

John Kelly, a Massachusetts attorney who represents the Eastern Province of the Salesian Society, confirmed there was a monetary settlement, but declined further comment. ...

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, said the group publishes the names of accused clerics "to advance transparency in the Catholic Church and to help protect children."

"We are told by many survivors that seeing their perpetrators names made public is a source of tremendous validation and healing," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM

Archdiocese: Man says Omaha-based priest sexually abused him

NEBRASKA
World-Herald

By Michael O'Connor / World-Herald staff writer

A local man alleges a religious order priest based in Omaha sexually abused him 30 years ago when he was a minor, the Archdiocese of Omaha announced Friday.

The archdiocese said the Rev. Anthony Palmese was associate pastor of Omaha's Holy Ghost Parish in 1984-1985 when the alleged abuse occurred. The priest was a member of the New Jersey-based Order of Augustinian Recollects.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Man alleges priest sexually abused him 30 years ago

NEBRASKA
KETV

[with video]

OMAHA, Neb. —An Omaha man is alleging a religious order priest sexually abused him 30 years ago when he was a minor, the Archdiocese of Omaha reported Friday.

Video: Man alleges priest sexually abused him three decades ago

The Rev. Anthony Palmese was associate pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in 1984-1985 and a member of the New Jersey-based Order of Augustinian Recollects when the alleged abuse took place. The man and his family were members of the parish at the time. Palmese died in 2012.

The Order of Augustinian Recollects founded Holy Ghost in 1918. It provided the parish with a pastor from its ranks until leaving Omaha and transferring Holy Ghost to the archdiocese in 1986.

The archdiocese learned of the allegation on Dec. 30, 2013, said Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the archdiocese. The allegation was reported to local law enforcement and the order's headquarters. McNeil said that because Palmese belonged to the Augustinian Recollects, the order is carrying out the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

NEBRASKA
WOWT

An Omaha man is alleging a religious order priest sexually abused him 30 years ago when he was a minor, according to the Omaha Archdiocese.

The Rev. Anthony Palmese was associate pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in 1984-1985 when the alleged abuse took place and a member of the New Jersey-based Order of Augustinian Recollects.

The man and his family were members of the parish at the time. Palmese died in 2012.

The Order of Augustinian Recollects founded Holy Ghost in 1918. It provided the parish with a pastor from its ranks until leaving Omaha and transferring Holy Ghost to the archdiocese in 1986.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Looking back and Pope Francis' first year: A Q&A with John Allen

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

By Lilly Fowler lfowler@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8221

Saturday, John L. Allen Jr., a prominent Vatican correspondent for the Boston Globe, will discuss Pope Francis' reign at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. The talk, which starts at 9 a.m., will cover the three pillars of Francis' vision for the church.

In this Q&A, religion reporter Lilly Fowler talks to Allen about his years covering the Roman Catholic Church, the Boston Globe's new website, Crux, and Pope Francis' leadership so far. ...

What do you see as Pope Francis' primary strengths and weaknesses so far?

The most striking thing is the way that he's completely changed the narrative about the Catholic Church. Eighteen months ago, the big Catholic stories were sex abuse scandals, crackdowns on nuns and bruising political controversies. Those stories obviously haven't gone away, but they are no longer the dominant Catholic narrative.

The dominant Catholic narrative today is more like rock star pope takes the world by storm. He has created a public perception of himself as a man of genuine simplicity, genuinely caring about ordinary people, who is trying to lead the church to be a friend to the world. That's a very attractive narrative for a lot of people, which means people are taking a more sympathetic look at the Catholic Church.

He is also a serious reformer who has, among other things, thoroughly launched an internal house cleaning operation in the Vatican itself beginning with a push for greater financial transparency and accountability. Also in terms of the personnel that he's elevating, he clearly has a preference for non-ideological, moderate, pastoral leaders. He is changing the composition of the leadership of the church. ...

There's still a lot of news about sexual abuse. Do you think there's going to be a point when that's going to become the dominant narrative again?

(Pope Francis has) said all the right things. He's created a new commission to lead the charge for reform, and he's staffed it with people who are seen as on the cutting edge of best practices in child protection. The test really will be is he serious about accountability and more precisely, are we going to see a bishop some place drop the ball on zero tolerance held accountable? He has launched an investigation of Bishop (Robert) Finn in Kansas City. If that process ends with a bishop resigning, that is, basically losing his job, then I think some people would be inclined to say that something meaningful is happening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Irish priest silenced by Vatican to speak Saturday in Independence

OHIO
Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A well-known Irish priest who was suspended and muzzled by the Vatican is visiting Cleveland this weekend on an 18-city speaking tour.

The Rev. Tony Flannery, who is marking 50 years as a member of the Redemptorist order in County Galway, was suspended from public ministry in 2012 for suggesting that "the priesthood as we currently have it in the church" did not originate with Jesus.

He began to speak publicly on the need for church reform after refusing a year later to sign a statement saying that women can never be priests and that he accepted all the stances of the church on contraception, homosexuality and refusal of the sacraments to divorced and remarried Catholics.

He will speak on "Repairing a Damaged Church" at 7 p.m. Saturday at Independence Middle School, 6111 Archwood Drive, Independence. He is being sponsored by a nationwide coalition of reform and progressive Catholic groups including Lakewood-based FutureChurch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

The Guardian view on Fiona Woolf and the child sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Editorial

The home secretary’s all-embracing inquiry into historical child sex abuse has become a humiliating shambles. To lose Fiona Woolf, the second inquiry chair forced out before it has even started, is a disaster. Theresa May must get a grip on the idea that this is an inquiry into establishment and institutional failings. It cannot be led by someone from an establishment background. She should accept the resignation of Mrs Woolf and find someone the victims can trust. Then she must reset the inquiry with a sharper focus, and she must make it sure it is, and it is seen to be, genuinely independent of the Home Office and the wider establishment.

This is the inquiry Mrs May didn’t want. It was forced on her last July in a familiar piece of Downing Street crisis management, conceded in the face of the political firestorm triggered by the charge of organised abuse by prominent Whitehall and Westminster figures and the disappearance of files containing the allegations from the Home Office in the 1980s. After Jimmy Savile and Operation Yewtree, the years of clerical abuse and repeated scandals involving children in care, the demand for an inquiry that would mark some kind of public watershed became impossible to resist.

Yet the Home Office has appeared to be unable to grasp what the inquiry is for. Either that, or it is actively seeking to control it. It would appear obvious that an inquiry into systemic institutional failure that may well include government ministers and officials should seek to recruit people as remote as possible from their home turf. Instead, the first appointee was Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the sister of Sir Michael Havers, who was the Conservative attorney general during the 1980s. And after she was forced to withdraw, their choice fell upon Mrs Woolf, who not only lacks any experience of criminal, children’s or family law, but was at the least a close acquaintance as well as a neighbour of Lord Brittan, who was home secretary at the same sensitive period.

Once that connection was in the public domain, attempts were made to airbrush out the embarrassment. There were no less than seven different attempts to draft a letter that would present the relationship with the Brittans as inoffensively as possible. When that process was exposed, and the drafts published by MPs on the home affairs committee, Mrs Woolf was left in an impossible position.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Child sex abuse inquiry: Woolf 'has done honourable thing'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

[with video]

31 October 2014

The founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Peter Saunders, has welcomed Fiona Woolf's resignation as chair of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse.

He said Mrs Woolf had "finally done the honourable thing" after calls for her to resign over social links with ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

Peter Saunders said the process to set up the inquiry was "too important to get it wrong again".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf steps down as chairwoman

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC.

She said it had been clear for some time that victims did not have confidence in her, adding that it was time to "get out of the way".

Victims' groups earlier told government officials they were "unanimous" she should quit, citing her social links with ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

Home Secretary Theresa May said she had accepted her decision "with regret".

"I believe she would have carried out her duties with integrity, impartiality and to the highest standard," she said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Fiona Woolf resigns as head of inquiry into historic child sex abuse after pressure to quit

UNITED KINGDOM
London Evening Standard

Fiona Woolf tonight announced she had resigned as the head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse after facing unprecedented pressure to quit.

Representatives of child abuse victims had urged her to stand down over after fresh revelations emerged about her links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

They also criticised her lack of expertise on the subject of child abuse.

In a statement tonight, she said: "I did not think it was going to be possible for me to chair [the inquiry] without everybody's support."

She told the BBC that it has been clear to her for some time that she did not have the confidence of the victims and it was time for her to "get out of the way".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Fiona Woolf Quits: Second Sex Abuse Inquiry Chief Resigns Over Establishment Connections

UNITED KINGDOM
International Business Times

By Lewis Dean
October 31, 2014

Fiona Woolf has resigned as head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse after mounting pressure that she was unsuitable for the role because of her links to Lord Brittan.

The ceremonial Lord Mayor of London had been heavily criticised over her links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, whose role is expected to come under scrutiny in the investigation.

Woolf had faced calls to step down from her role investigating abuse from victims' groups.

The groups questioned links between Woolf and Brittan who was home secretary in 1984, when ministers were handed a dossier listing alleged high-profile paedophiles.

Brittan was expected to be hauled in front of the inquiry after it emerged documents relating to alleged paedophilia in Westminster disappeared from his department. He denies failing to act on the dossier while in office in the '80s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Fiona Woolf quits as head of child sex abuse inquiry due to her links to former home secretary Lord Brittan

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Record

THE inquiry into historic child sex abuse and allegations of an establishment cover up at Westminster has been thrown into chaos after the chairman announced she was stepping down in the face of a barrage of criticism.

Fiona Woolf said she had no choice but to quit after accepting the victims had lost all confidence in her ability to conduct the investigation impartially.

It follows sustained pressure over her links with the former home secretary, Lord Brittan, who is facing claims that he failed to act on a dossier of paedophile allegations in the 1980s.

Her departure is a huge blow for the Government after the previous chairman, Baroness Butler-Sloss, also had to quit because her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general during the same period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Head of UK child sex abuse inquiry quits

UNITED KINGDOM
SBS

Source: AAP
1 NOV 2014

The second person appointed to lead a wide-ranging British inquiry into historic allegations of child sex abuse, including by politicians, has stepped down following criticism over her links to the establishment.

Lawyer Fiona Woolf was named to lead the government-commissioned inquiry after her predecessor, retired judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, quit in July over similar concerns.

Woolf's decision on Friday came after groups representing child abuse victims issued a united call for her to be replaced.

Acknowledging their opposition, she told the BBC: "I was determined that the inquiry got to the bottom of the issues.

"And if I don't command their confidence to run the panel fairly and impartially, then I need to get out of the way."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Theresa May accused of “appalling incompetence” over Fiona Woolf affair

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

OLIVER WRIGHT Author Biography , PAUL PEACHEY Friday 31 October 2014

Theresa May has been accused of presiding over “appalling incompetence” at the Home Office after the second head of the Government’s historical child sex abuse inquiry was forced to quit over her links with a key figure in the scandal.

Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, announced that she was stepping down after she failed to declare that she lived on the same street as Lord Brittan and had attended five dinner parties with the former Conservative cabinet minister.

Lord Brittan was Home Secretary in 1984 when ministers were handed a dossier on alleged high-profile paedophiles. The files have disappeared, leading to allegations of a political cover-up. He was expected to be called to give evidence to the inquiry

Mrs Woolf also admitted allowing the Home Office to help redraft a letter explaining her relationship with Lord Brittan seven times in a way that appeared to distance herself from him.

Ms May is to make a statement to the House of Commons on the scandal next week. She will be questioned about why a Home Office vetting team failed to uncover links between Mrs Woolf and Lord Brittan which were publicly available on the internet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Appeal court judges reserve decision in archbishop case

CANADA
CTV

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 31, 2014

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Appeal Court judges are reserving their decision on whether to allow new evidence in the case of a former archbishop found guilty of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s.

The judges are also taking time to decide whether his conviction should be overturned.
Seraphim Storheim was convicted early this year of sexually assaulting a boy who had come to visit him in Winnipeg in 1985.

Storheim's lawyer, Jeff Gindin, presented the Appeal Court judges with photos and documents today that suggest the boy was in Winnipeg in 1986 and not 1985.

Gindin also argued the judge who convicted Storheim was biased against his client.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Assignment Record – Rev. Terence O. "Fr. Mac" McAlinden

NEW JERSEY
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Terence McAlinden was ordained a priest of the Trenton diocese in 1967. He did parish work for several years in Sayerville and Trenton before becoming Director of the diocese's Catholic Youth Organization, a position he held for almost two decades.The CYO was headquartered in Keyport. In 1988 McAlinden was assigned as pastor to St. Theresa's in Tuckerton. The parish moved to a building in Little Egg Harbor in 2006.

In September 2007 McAlinden was removed from active ministry after an allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a boy in the 1980s and 1990s, beginning when the boy was age 13. In 2011 two other men alleged publicly that McAlinden sexually abused them as teenagers, one in 1969 and the other from 1980-1985. This accuser said his abuse was reported to the diocese in 1989, and that he received a settlement in 1992 and was made to sign a confidentiality agreement. Diocesan officials claimed in 2011 that there was no record of this. In October 2014 the diocese settled a lawsuit with a fourth man who claimed McAlinden sexually abused him over a three-year period in the 1980s, beginning when the man was 14 years old.

Ordained: 1967

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Anti-abuse group archives member stories

UNITED STATES
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A victims’ advocate says she believes it’s important to talk about a Southern Baptist megachurch’s mishandling of alleged child sex abuse 25 years ago so other churches don’t repeat the same mistakes today.

“This is a story that needs to be told to protect other kids,” Amy Smith, a Baptist representative of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in an August interview posted Oct 22 on her blog.

Smith, 45, shared her story in an oral history project commemorating the 25th anniversary of SNAP, a support and advocacy group formed during the Roman Catholic Church sex scandal that today boasts 12,000 members in various denominations.

Smith said her involvement with SNAP began about four years ago, when she started acting on something that had been bothering her for a long time. While she was in college her youth choir director and close friend to her family left their church abruptly in 1989 without explanation.

Rumors circulated that he was fired after confessing that he had molested several boys. “We were very upset, hearing that he had done these horrible things, yet not knowing what to do with that knowledge,” she said.

“How could this be?” she remembered feeling. “How could this person that I looked up to, that I loved as a friend, really, like a family member — and feeling very betrayed and angry — and then he’s gone. We didn’t get to say goodbye. He’s gone.”

Smith said it wasn’t addressed publicly by the church staff or from the pulpit, so she “just kind of dealt with it privately and internally.”

“I got on with my life, but it always bothered me: where he was and what he was doing,” she said. “And the fear that maybe he could be harming other kids.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Coulsdon pastor Howard Curtis appears in court charged with child cruelty and sexual assaults

UNITED KINGDOM
Croydon Advertiser

A FORMER Coulsdon Christian pastor accused of child abuse, assault by penetration on a woman and sexually assaulting 13-year-old girls appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today.

Howard Curtis, 71, of Bloxworth Close, Wallington, did not enter a plea to six charges of child abuse against boys and girls, two charges of indecent assault on a girls under 16, four charges of sexual assault on 13-year-old girls and assault by penetration on a woman.

Curtis, formerly of the Coulsdon Christian Fellowship, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The 13 charges relate to eight victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, dating from between 1969 and 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Report: Accused rabbi’s office at Towson U. contains evidence

MARYLAND
JWeekly

Tiny cameras and memory cards capable of holding hundreds of thousands of images were found in the Towson University office of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington Post reported last week.

The memory cards and flash drives, as well as a photo of naked women and a handwritten list of names, were found in the rabbi’s office on the campus near Baltimore during a police search, the Post reported Oct. 24.

Freundel, an Orthodox leader and rabbi at Washington’s Kesher Israel synagogue, was arrested Oct. 14 for allegedly installing a clock radio with a hidden camera in the shower room of the synagogue’s mikvah. He is believed to have secretly filmed women showering and undressing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Photos raise question about sex conviction: lawyer

CANADA
Bay Today

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The lawyer for a former archbishop found guilty of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s says Manitoba's highest court should consider fresh evidence and overturn the verdict.

Seraphim Storheim was convicted early this year of sexually assaulting a boy who had come to visit him in Winnipeg in 1985.

Storheim's lawyer, Jeff Gindin, presented three Appeal Court judges with photos and documents Friday that suggest the boy was in Winnipeg in 1986 and not 1985.

Storheim's handwriting on the pictures says a boy "not from here" is participating in a church ceremony in 1986.

Gindin argued that the evidence casts doubt on the credibility of the victim and the Crown's version of events.

"I never suggested this evidence taken by itself was a smoking gun," he told the judges. "It could have been used to cross-examine witnesses presented by the Crown in a different way."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Fr. Tony Flannery off to a great start on the East Coast

UNITED STATES
Call to Action

WRITTEN BY ELLEN EUCLIDE | OCTOBER 29, 2014

The Catholic Tipping Point Tour featuring conversations with Fr. Tony Flannery is off to a great start!

The Irish priest is the founder of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland. A popular retreat leader and speaker in Ireland, he was reprimanded by the Vatican but has refused to be silenced. His presentation and answers to questions during the tour have covered a wide range of issues facing our Church. Like he did in his book, Tony has shared his story, the importance of conscience and his worries about the centralized institutional Church and its lack of transparency or accountability.

The 18 city tour kicked off in DC at the National Press Club, followed by a public event with a crowd of about 150, where Maureen reported that he and his host were “grinning ear to ear”.

In NYC, organizers said the crowd so far outreached their expectations that they had to bring more chairs to the room four times! In Rhode Island, the gathering was followed by a wonderful dinner with Fr. Tony and in Boston, the event’s Q & A concluded on a high note as the audience erupted into applause after one audience member observed that “Your being silenced may have been a cause of pain for many, but it has also been a blessing for many, like us here tonight, to hear your wisdom and inspiration.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Heroes in our midst: Chris Anderson & MaleSurvivor (Part II)

UNITED STATES
Relgion News Service - Rhymes with Religion

Boz Tchividjian | Oct 31, 2014

MaleSurvivor is an organization that is doing some amazing work in serving male survivors of sexual trauma. Last week was the first of my two part interview with it’s executive director, Chris Anderson who shared about the many challenges faced by male sexual abuse survivors. In part two of his interview, Chris and I discuss the unique struggles faced by male survivors who are members of faith communities. Chris also provides us with some extremely insightful and helpful ideas on how faith communities can actually become places where male survivors find peace, comfort, and healing.

My prayer is that the faith communities are listening and ready to become that place.

Boz: What are some of the unique struggles faced by male sexual abuse survivors? What about those who are a part of a faith community?

Chris: To a large extent I think the fact that male survivors have largely been invisible and unheard has made it very difficult for us to feel safe enough to come forward with our stories. On average, male survivors delay disclosure of abuse for 20 years. That means when a survivor finally does come forward there may be little evidence to support their claims – at first. However when investigations into institutions that employed and empowered abusers are undertaken, they will come up with substantial evidence. But far too often those investigations are never undertaken, or are forestalled by restrictive statutes of limitations. And far too often survivors who do have the courage to finally break their silence are met with suspicion, disbelief, and even anger.

Also, there are a lot of mistaken presumptions about male victims out there. To take one example, many people presume men are hardwired to want sex all the time, and that – by extension – it is impossible for a male to perform sexually if they are unwilling or fearful. Both of these statements are untrue, as is the fear that a boy who is sexually abused is far more likely to become an abuser himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Kerkjurist over benoeming 'pedopastoor': "Bisschop is medeplichtig"

BELGIE
De Morgen

BJORN MAECKELBERGH
31-10-14

"Wat moet er meer zijn om een pastoor na misbruik van een minderjarige weg te houden uit een parochie?", vraagt professor kerkelijk recht Kurt Martens zich af. Hij snapt niet dat het bisdom Brugge de ontslagen pastoor Tom F. (40) een nieuwe kans geeft nadat hij bekende een minderjarige te hebben aangerand. "Leren ze het dan nooit?"

Dat Tom F. vanaf morgen officieel benoemd wordt tot pastoor van de federatie Middelkerke is eerst en vooral daar hard aangekomen. "Die man is gezien zijn verleden niet welkom in onze jeugdige en levendige gemeente", zegt burgemeester Janna Rommel-Opstaele (Open Vld). Ongeruste burgers klampen haar aan of bellen haar in paniek. "Als de pastoor wordt benoemd, dreigen sommigen hun kinderen weg te halen. Die man kan hier nooit nog gezag uitoefenen. Hij moet weg. Ik zal alles wat in mijn macht ligt, gebruiken om hem uit Middelkerke weg te houden."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Anglican bishop quits over sexual abuse cover-up

UNITED KINGDOM
The Australian

NOVEMBER 01, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

ONE of the world’s most revered Anglican bishops has quit the ministry following scathing criticism of his handling of allegations of the horrific sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain by a pedophile clergyman.

Lord David Hope of Thornes, the former Archbishop of York, yesterday announced he was resigning from the ministry after 50 years in the wake of the findings of a church-ordered inquiry into his handling of allegations against ­another senior cleric, Robert Waddington.

The shock resignation of Sir David, who was knighted by the Queen for services to the sovereign, came after the inquiry found him guilty of 18 breaches of the Church of England child-protect­ion policies that were drafted under his leadership.

“After much prayerful and considered thought, I wrote at the beginning of the week to the ­Bishop of Leeds and in the light of the Cahill inquiry report I have submitted my resignation as Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford, now West Yorkshire and the Dales, with immediate ­effect,’’ he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Judge denies request to seal depositions of Catholic priests

MINNESOTA
KTTC

By Krista Corrigan

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- On Thursday afternoon, an Olmsted County District Court judge denied a request to seal the depositions of three Catholic priests. These priests potentially had knowledge of a former Rochester Boy Scout Leader sexually abusing children.

This all relates to a lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson on behalf of two former scouts.

Anderson is seeking the depositions of three priests who served at St. Pius Church during the 1970s.

These priests supervised Richard Hokanson while he served as a Scout Leader there. Hokanson pleaded guilty in 1982 to molesting three Scouts in a troop sponsored by the church. These priests are Father Joseph Fogal, currently at Pax Christi in Rochester, Father Joseph Pete currently at St. Mary of the Lake in Lake City, and Father James McCauley, who is retired.

"If the defendants who have engaged in dangerous institutions are allowed to keep those practices secret, they are more likely to continue those practices. When those practices become known to us in depositions and we are allowed to make it known to the public, we believe the public is safer because of it," said Anderson.

The deposition of defrocked priest, Thomas Adamson, who admitted abuse across communities in southeastern Minnesota, was released by Anderson's law firm in June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Middelkerke asks diocese to think again

BELGIUM
Expatica

31st October 2014

The municipal cabinet in the West Flemish resort of Middelkerke has written to the Bishop of Bruges Jozef De Kesel asking him to revoke the appointment to the position of parish Priest of a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 16 year-old boy.

The letter was sent to Bishop De Kesel via electronic mail on Friday morning, just ahead of the weekly meeting of the curates of the Bruges Diocese.

The man in question was to have started his duties as a priest in Middlekerke on Saturday 1 November.

The Mayor of Middelkerke Janna Rommel-Opstaele expressed her shock at the appointment of the priest.

"The municipal cabinet would like to stress that it doesn’t want to put this person on trial, but the character of the new priest does not meet up to our expectations for someone that is meant to set an example”, the letter reads.

It is not clear whether the issue will be discussed at the weekly curates’ meeting. The curates will meet with representatives of the Middelkerke municipal authorities later on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

IL--Cardinal Francis George to release secret sex abuse files

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 31

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

“Cardinal Francis George will soon disclose more priest sex abuse files that have been secret for years.”

[NBC Chicago]

We urge him to do so soon, but not on a day on which the disclosures will be "buried" in other news (such as on Halloween, election day or the eve of election day or any Friday). When forced to reveal information about predator priests, Catholic officials typically do this self-serving kind of public relations maneuver. And it's wrong. It undermines their claim to care about "transparency."

We also call on George to

--release as much information as possible,
--do it in a “user-friendly” way,
--provide photos of the offenders,
--include religious order clerics (like Jesuits and Franciscans) and
--post it on parish websites (not just the archdiocesan website).

Finally, we urge him to not “over-redact,” and disingenuously exploit alleged concern for victims' privacy by hiding more information than is needed.

It goes without saying that all names and identifying information about victims should be withheld. But often, in these cases, Catholic officials go way overboard with the Magic Markers and cross out far more information than they should. Then, they claim they’re safeguarding victim’s privacy, when in fact they’re really safeguarding their own reputations.

We urge George to act with real transparency, not self-serving partial transparency.

Grand jury reports on clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Philadelphia, for example, struck a very good balance between protecting the safety of vulnerable children and the privacy of wounded adults. It kept track of the victims which made the exposure of the truth more complete.

For the well-being of children, adult victims should have some identifying information. If there’s no identifying information, not even phrases like “Jane Doe 1” or “John Doe 2,” then the truth in the documents still remains hidden. Of course, an important part of the truth is that church officials were usually warned by Doe 1 or Doe 2’s mom long before the predator began assaulting Doe 3.

Finally, we urge Chicago Catholics and citizens to take three steps.

First, read the records carefully and focus on what’s missing, especially two things. Often, the names and roles of “enablers” are withheld– current and former Catholic employees who knew of or suspected child sex crimes and ignored or hid them. These individuals should be named and punished. And often, details are withheld that show just how many years Catholic officials kept kids in harm’s way by concealing these crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

As Archdiocese Reorganizes, New York Catholics Await News About Their Parishes

NEW YORK
New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN
OCT. 30, 2014

An East Harlem church that was among the first in New York to welcome newcomers from Puerto Rico. An Upper East Side parish founded with $50 donations from working-class Italians in the 1920s. A 150-year-old Midtown church that is the only one in the city to offer a daily Latin Mass.

Each of these parishes is set to hear this weekend whether it will be eliminated as part of the largest reorganization in the 164-year history of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Church officials say more than 50 parishes will be “consolidated” next year, the culmination of a planning process that began in 2010. And while the list of churches will not be released until Sunday, it is already clear that no corner of the archdiocese will be untouched.

Protests have already begun at some endangered parishes, and more are expected across the archdiocese, whose territory includes 368 parishes in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and seven counties north of the city. In 2007, Cardinal Edward M. Egan closed 21 parishes, then the largest set of New York closings. The battles that ensued were public and wrenching, and in some cases, are still going on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

'Pedopriester' mag weer aan de slag

BELGIE
De Morgen

[Tom Flamez, 40, the West-Flemish priest who was dismissed in 2008 after being accused to assaulting a minor is again welcome in the church although he was convicted. The Bruges bishop has nominated him as a pastor at Middlekerke.]

Tom Flamez (40), de West-Vlaamse priester die ontslagen was nadat hij in 2008 een minderjarige had aangerand, is weer welkom in de kerk. De bisschop van Brugge benoemde hem tot pastoor in Middelkerke.

Zes jaar na de zedenfeiten is de gevallen pastoor door het bisdom van Brugge in ere hersteld. De man is met ingang van 1 november benoemd tot pastoor in de federatie Middelkerke, waar hij in drie kerken als pastoor aan de slag gaat en ook met minderjarigen zal werken. Opmerkelijk, omdat de man in 2008 door het gerecht nog schuldig bevonden werd nadat hij een 17-jarige jongen had aangerand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Advocaat ‘veroordeelde priester’: ‘Hij rondde zijn straf af, maar moet nu opnieuw boeten’

BELGIE
De Standaard

door Annelies Roose

Jan De Winter, advocaat van de pastoor die werd veroordeeld voor aanranding van een minderjarige maar in ere werd hersteld en in november weer zijn functie kan opnemen in Middelkerke, vindt de vele kritiek op die beslissing ongepast. ‘Met alle respect voor de slachtoffers, maar iedereen verdient een tweede kans’, zo zei hij donderdagavond in Terzake.

De 40-jarige priester, Tom Flamez, werd in 2008 ontslagen nadat hij een 17-jarige jongen had aangerand. Hij had de jongen dronken gevoerd en betast, en werd na bekentenissen door de rechter schuldig bevonden aan aanranding. In januari 2009 kreeg hij echter opschorting van straf, waardoor zijn strafblad leeg bleef. Hij moest zich wel aan enkele voorwaarden houden, zoals het vermijden van situaties waarin hij een gezagsrelatie met minderjarigen heeft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Chile's 'Children of Silence' seek truth

CHILE
CNN

[with video]

By Rafael Romo, CNN

CNN's Rafael Romo's documentary "The Children of Silence" will air on CNNi at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

Santiago, Chile (CNN) -- Nearly four decades have passed, but Cecilia Rojas cries for her son as if she had lost him yesterday.

Rojas, a 58-year-old resident of the Chilean capital of Santiago, said her baby was taken shortly after she gave birth.

He was born two months early, but doctors and nurses assured Rojas that he was healthy and would soon be sent home with her.

"The nurse put the baby on my chest while she finished the paperwork," Rojas recalled in an emotional interview with CNN. "Then she told me they were going to take him to an incubator because he was a little small."

She would never see him again. The next morning, a nurse told Rojas the infant had died. Her requests to view his body were denied, Rojas said. She was never given a death certificate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

The stolen children: Chile parents allege theft of newborns

CHILE
National Catholic Reporter

Melinda Henneberger | Oct. 31, 2014

OLIVAR, CHILE Officials in Santiago, Chile, are investigating a series of cases in which newborn babies were purportedly stolen from the poor and given to the rich over many years' time, mostly in the 1970s through the '90s.

These weren't political kidnappings, few of which happened in Chile during the bloody, 17-year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, in large measure thanks to the opposition of the Catholic church. Yet at least half a dozen Catholic sisters and one of the country's most popular priests have been implicated in these long-hidden crimes.

The following article is the first in a three-part series that looks at how this appropriation of children happened, and how it stayed secret for so long.

Maria "Rosa" Rojas and her husband, Hernán Enrique Cavieres Díaz, met as kids in this apple-, cherry- and grape-growing region south of Santiago. "We were neighbors, gracias a Dios," said Hernán, and Rosa pulled out an old snapshot of them wearing blazers and dazed expressions on their wedding day, Oct. 14, 1983, when she was 16 and he was 19.

They've been blessed in the three decades since, 51-year-old Hernán said in an interview in their tin-roofed home near the fields where he's a farm hand and she's a seasonal worker, picking fruit as it comes in.

"God gave me a beautiful wife, and God gave me this beautiful house," he said, ticking off his reasons for gratitude as he placed a plate of cookies and saltines on the table and Rosa made Nescafé.

The only thing more that he and Rosa could possibly ever want, and pray for every day, is to meet the newborn twin sons they believe were stolen from them -- with the complicity of a nun, no less -- in the Santiago maternity hospital where the boys were born on July 27, 1984.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Re-drafted letter brings new questions for abuse inquiry chief

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Letters from the new head of the child abuse inquiry show her appointment was "chaotic" and raise more questions, a senior MP has said.

A letter from Fiona Woolf to Theresa May was re-written seven times.

Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said they gave "a sense of greater detachment" between Mrs Woolf and former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.

Lord Brittan was home secretary in 1984 when ministers were handed a dossier on alleged high-profile paedophiles.

'Not close'

The inquiry, announced in July, will look at whether public bodies and other institutions did enough to protect children from sexual abuse, from 1970 to the present day.

One chairman has already stepped down amid questions about her impartiality, while Mrs Woolf has also faced questions about her links with Lord Brittan, who has faced questions about how he handled the dossier of allegations when he was home secretary in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Home Office helped rewrite child abuse probe boss's letter 7 times over links to Brittan

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By JOHN STEVENS, DAILY MAIL POLITICAL REPORTER

The head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry re-wrote a letter to the Home Secretary seven times in order to play down her links to Leon Brittan, it was claimed yesterday.

Fiona Woolf is already under pressure to resign because of her personal relationship to the Tory peer, who is at the centre of allegations of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims in the 1980s.

It has now emerged that she made several changes to a formal letter she sent to Theresa May about possible conflicts of interest.

With assistance from the Home Office, she made more than half a dozen alterations to the document to remove language that alluded to her closeness to the Conservative grandee.

The different versions of the letter emerged yesterday two days after a Labour MP used parliamentary privilege to link Lord Brittan to ‘improper conduct with children’.

Victims described the latest revelations as ‘extraordinary’ and renewed their calls on City lawyer Mrs Woolf to step down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

To name or not to name

MALTA
Malta Independent

[Another view: Editor's blog: Abuse priest: to name or not to name - Times of Malta]

Stephen Calleja

The M alta Independent has chosen to publish all details, including the name of a priest who has been accused by various women of improper sexual behaviour. Most of these women were vulnerable persons who sought refuge in someone who they thought would help them. They were looking for consolation, but all they got, they are saying, was someone who abused them at a time when they were in a fragile state of mind.

The Times chose otherwise, hiding the name of the priest from the public, giving him protection and, by so doing, inflicting a heavy cloud of suspicion on every other priest in this country.

Since their story was published, other priests called our newsroom to protest that they had all been put in the same basket. They were ashamed that one of their colleagues - Fr Charles Fenech - had once again thrown bad light on the institution they represented, and they wanted to clear the name of the Church because the faults of one individual, if any, should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of a group. Just as much as the judiciary is an institution, so is the Church.

If anything, people holding positions of authority or respect should be named more than others, simply because their position imposes that they behave themselves better than others.

It has been standard practice that names of people accused of sexual crimes are published unless they are relatives of their victims. This is done to protect the victim, not the accused.

The question that arises is: why not this time too?

We have been investigating these allegations, on and off, for several years. Three years ago, at the height of the campaign for the introduction of divorce, we had gathered some details but refrained from going public because the police were not well equipped with enough evidence to press charges. Now they are and we intend to fulfil our role as journalists.

Choosing to name the priest in question was not an easy task. We had a lengthy discussion about it and finally reached the conclusion that we would be doing a disservice to our readers - and to the rest of the priests - if we kept the name to ourselves. We know that anyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and we made it clear that what these women are saying are allegations. Those who are now lecturing the rest of the media, us in particular, on ethical standards, did not wait for the proceedings to start before splashing the story. They sought the spoils of a sensational opportunity but in doing so they cast a shadow on every priest in his fifties. Because we knew the details of the story we decided not to stand aside but stood up to be counted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Charles Fenech stopped from administering sacraments...

MALTA
Malta Independent

Charles Fenech stopped from administering sacraments, removed from Kerygma Movement director

Rachel Attard & Stephen Calleja

Fr Charles Fenech, who has been accused of sexually abusing a number of women, has been stopped from administering his duties as a priest, The Malta Independent has learnt.

Fr Frans Micallef, Dominican Provincial, in reply to questions by The Malta Independent, said that Fr Fenech has also been removed from the post of director of the Kerygma Movement.

Asked about Fr Fenech's role as director of Radju Marija, the provincial said that although the radio station forms part of the Dominican Convent, the appointment of a director does not fall under its remit.

The provincial has however directed Father Charles to hand in his resignation to the international directors of Radju Marija.

The Dominican Province has warned Father Fenech several times in the past and took several steps against him. It pointed out that there were several times when accusations were levelled against him and later withdrawn.

The province said that in this way it is not passing judgment on Father Charles, but it is considering all eventualities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Sinclair issues challenge to help heal pain of schools

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Ashley Prest
Posted: 10/30/2014

Justice Murray Sinclair, the head of a commission investigating the excesses of Indian Residential Schools, said on Thursday that a fundamental change in attitudes and recognition of the past were vital to heal the harm and alienation inflicted by more than a century of mistreatment.

Sinclair chairs the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, due to report next June on the effects of the 142 government-run schools on the more than 150,000 aboriginal children taken from their homes and uprooted from their culture starting in the 1870s. The last such institution closed in 1996.

In an address to several hundred spectators at the University of Manitoba’s Engineering and Technology Complex entitled "If You Think Truth is Hard, Reconciliation is Harder," he challenged everyone to help make the necessary change.

Sinclair said the key to moving on from the suffering and shame will hinge on recognition of what took place.

"Things are going to change and if they’re going to change, we need to set the terms of what those future changes are going to result in." he said. "Reconciliation is a hard road."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Fiona Woolf letter: how it changed over seven re-writes

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
30 Oct 2014

A sequence of seven letters were published by the Commons’ home affairs select committee after being disclosed to the MPs by Fiona Woolf.

Through the initial drafts, a picture of her contact with Lord Brittan and his wife over a number of years was slowly built up and then, in the final version, detail was cut out and relationships appeared to be​ more oblique.

By setting out that there were “no other guests who attended” the dinners at the Brittans’ home in November 2009 and February 2012, Mrs Woolf conveyed an image of an intimate soiree with friends.

It may be that Mrs Woolf simply mis-remembered the nature of those dinners.

But by saying in the final version of the letter that there were “at least four other guests”, the meals sound more formal and perhaps hint at the atmosphere of a business event.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

ChildLine refuses four times to back Fiona Woolf as head of sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Georgia Graham, Political Correspondent
31 Oct 2014

Fiona Woolf is under increased pressure to resign as the head of the inquiry into child sex abuse, as ChildLine refuses to back her leadership and representatives of victims say she has "no qualifications whatsoever" to lead the investigation.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is preparing for the first meeting of officials, Mrs Woolf and representatives of victims of child abuse to discuss the terms of the inquiry.

Peter Saunders, the chief executive of the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, who will be attending the meeting said that he was yet to meet a single survivor of child sex abuse who has "any confidence" in the leadership of Mrs Woolf.

Mrs Woolf is under pressure over her personal links to Leon Brittan, the former Home Secretary, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry over his handling of allegations of abuse during his time in office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

RCA responds to scandal

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Jewish Standard

Joanne Palmer
Published: 31 October 2014

Shmuel Goldin, the senior rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, has agreed to chair a new committee the Rabbinical Council of America is convening to review its conversion process.

Rabbi Goldin also is the RCA’s immediate past president.

The committee includes 11 members; six are RCA-member rabbis and five are women. Two of the women are converts, one is a yoetzet halacha — an advisor in Jewish law — and one is a psychotherapist.

The committee has been established in response to the arrest of one of the RCA’s members, Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, D.C. (Rabbi Freundel’s RCA membership has been suspended in response to the arrest, and he has been suspended from his job, without pay.) The shul arguably is the most prestigious Orthodox synagogue in the nation’s capital, and Rabbi Freundel’s arrest, for videoing some of his conversion candidates with a camera hidden inside a clock radio as they stripped for the mikvah, has been profoundly disturbing, both within the Kesher community and outside it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Lawyer for former archbishop making case to Manitoba Court of Appeal Friday

CANADA
CTV

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 31, 2014

WINNIPEG - A former archbishop convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s is appealing his case to Manitoba's highest court Friday.

Seraphim Storheim was convicted early this year of sexually assaulting a boy who had come to visit him in Winnipeg in 1985.

His lawyer, Jeff Gindin, is asking new evidence be heard relating to the victim's visit with Storheim and his relationship with one of the defence witnesses.

Gindin is also arguing Storheim's denial of abuse was credible and should not have been dismissed by the judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Fiona Woolf re-wrote letter playing down links to Lord Brittan

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Patrick Wintour
Friday 31 October 2014

The head of the government’s inquiry into historic child sexual abuse allegations repeatedly re-wrote a letter to Theresa May, the home secretary, to play down her links with former home secretary Lord Brittan, it has emerged.

Fiona Woolf has faced calls to resign over her close personal relationship with Brittan, who was in charge of the Home Office in the 1980s when it is alleged there was a coverup at the department of sexual abuse.

The home affairs select committee revealed that a formal letter between Woolf and May was re-written seven times, with Home Office assistance.

Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Commons committee, said the re-writes “gave a sense of greater detachment between Lord and Lady Brittan and Mrs Woolf”.

He added that it was extraordinary that the letter had needed to be rewritten seven times.

Even facts about Woolf’s contact with Lord and Lady Brittan appeared to have been amended, he said.

“Mrs Woolf’s letter to the committee raises more questions than it answers about an appointment process that has been chaotic, and a series of exchanges with the Home Office and others, where words, and sometimes even facts, have been amended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Sex Abuse Inquiry Head Under Pressure To Quit

UNITED KINGDOM
Sky News

By Anushka Asthana, Political Correspondent

A lawyer representing 50 victims of child abuse has said the Home Office must "start again" if it wants its inquiry into historical allegations to win public confidence.

Alison Millar, a partner at Leigh Day solicitors, has told Sky News she will make the argument at a meeting with officials in Westminster later this morning.

It comes after Fiona Woolf, the second chair appointed to lead the investigation, was engulfed in controversy about her social links to Lord and Lady Brittan.

Leon Brittan was Home Secretary in the 1980s and was handed evidence about sex abuse cases, which victims accuse him of failing to act upon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Child abuse victims unite to demand inquiry chair Fiona Woolf resigns ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Child abuse victims unite to demand inquiry chair Fiona Woolf resigns over links to Tory peer Lord Brittan

By TOM MCTAGUE, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE

The head of the Government's child abuse inquiry was facing mounting pressure to resign this morning after victims groups said no-one backed her appointment ahead of a crunch Home Office meeting.

Fiona Woolf was already facing mounting calls to quit because of her personal relationship to the Tory peer Leon Brittan, who is at the centre of allegations of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims in the 1980s.

But it emerged last night that she re-wrote a letter to the Home Secretary seven times in order to play down her links to Lord Brittan.

With help from the Home Office, she made more than half a dozen alterations to the document to remove language that alluded to her closeness to the Conservative grandee.

The different versions of the letter emerged yesterday two days after a Labour MP used parliamentary privilege to link Lord Brittan to 'improper conduct with children'.

Victims described the latest revelations as 'extraordinary' and renewed their calls on City lawyer Mrs Woolf to step down.

Representatives of alleged child abuse victims will meet officials from the inquiry for the first time today and are expected to call for Mrs Woolf's resignation. Mrs Woolf is not expected to attend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf faces fresh pressure to quit

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Victims' groups are meeting officials from a child sex abuse inquiry and are expected to reiterate calls for the inquiry's head to resign.

Some victims have already said Fiona Woolf should step down because of her social links to ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan, whose handling of abuse claims in the 1980s has been questioned.

A victims' representative said he had "zero confidence" in the inquiry.

The government said it still had confidence in Mrs Woolf.

The inquiry will look at whether public bodies and other institutions did enough to protect children from sexual abuse, from 1970 to the present day.

The first person appointed to lead it - Baroness Butler-Sloss - stepped down in July after concerns were raised about her family links.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Child Abuse Inquiry Controversy At-A-Glance

UNITED KINGDOM
Sky News

The appointment of Fiona Woolf to lead the investigation has been branded "chaotic" as calls for her to quit intensify.

The head of the historic child sex abuse inquiry is under mounting pressure to resign - just months after her predecessor was forced to step down amid allegations of conflicts of interest.

Here is an at-a-glance background to the controversy.

:: City lawyer Fiona Woolf was appointed in September to chair the panel inquiring into UK institutions' handling of historic child sex abuse allegations.

:: The original nominee Lady Butler-Sloss stepped down because her late brother, Lord Havers, was attorney general during much of the period in question.

:: But there has been criticism of Mrs Woolf's appointment because of her social links with former home secretary Lord Brittan and his wife.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Fiona Woolf is urged to quit child abuse inquiry as victims meet Theresa May

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Rowena Mason, political correspondent
Friday 31 October 2014

Survivors of child abuse are calling on Fiona Woolf to stand down as the second head of the government’s inquiry at a crucial meeting on Friday.

Woolf is under pressure over her personal links to Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry over a dossier allegedly detailing Westminster paedophile activity that vanished from his department in the 1980s.

It has emerged that the Home Office helped Woolf to redraft seven times a letter detailing her contact with Brittan, in a way that downplayed their meetings.

Calls for Woolf to stand down come not long after Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss resigned the role because her brother was attorney-general at the time of the scandal.

Amid fears that the inquiry is losing credibility, May will meet victims groups on Friday to hear their concerns about the appointment. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Lord Macdonald, a former director of public prosecutions, said Woolf was in a “difficult position” but pointed out that the scope of the inquiry will be difficult for someone willing to take on the role as a replacement to manage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Guatemalan Minister Convicted of Child Molestation

SOUTH CAROLINA
GWDToday

8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced this afternoon that a 42 year-old former minister has been convicted by a Newberry County jury of sexually abusing a 12 year-old girl. Mario Valerio Gonzalez Hernandez was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree on Thursday afternoon after a weeklong trial. Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith sentenced Hernandez to 16 years in state prison following the verdict.

On June 29, 2013 the Newberry Police Department responded to a report from the child’s mother after she walked into her daughter’s bedroom and found Hernandez on top of the girl on the floor beside the bed. The victim disclosed to the investigators that Hernandez had performed sex acts on her numerous times since he had moved into her family’s home. When questioned by the investigators, Hernandez denied assaulting the child but told them that he was a man and “had urges.” Hernandez threatened the child not to tell anyone of the abuse, and that no one would believe her over him. The victim and her family attended the church that Hernandez pastored at the time of the abuse.

Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel prosecuted the case for the State, with Scott calling Hernandez a real life “wolf in sheep’s clothing” in his closing argument to the jury. Judge Griffith sentenced Hernandez to 16 years incarceration, out of maximum possible sentence of 20 years. Hernandez must serve at least 85% of this sentence before he is eligible for parole, and will be deported to Guatemala immediately following his release from State custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Sex-abuse survivors lambast Bob Beauprez

COLORADO
Durango Herald

By Peter Marcus
Herald Denver Bureau

ENVER – Survivors of alleged sexual abuse by priests have come forward to criticize Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez for fighting legislation that would have made it easier for them to file civil lawsuits against churches.

The state measures, from 2006 and 2008, would have allowed a window for alleged victims to sue for older cases.

A devout Catholic, Beauprez said at the time that the bills served as an “attack on the church.”

He is competing against incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper in a tight race.

“We need to support candidates who are going to do all we can to protect kids, and this Beauprez thing just angers me,” said Jeb Barrett, the 75-year-old leader of Denver’s Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

“I’m a survivor of childhood sexual assault, and I didn’t have the courage to talk about it until I was 62, 63 years old. It’s a very, very shaming thing to ever be raped,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

After-school care assistant arrested for child porn

ARIZONA
AZFamily

by Amanda Goodman

Posted on October 29, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- An after-school care assistant was arrested Monday after deputies say several hundred images of child pornography were found on his home computer.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says Lawrence Amaral is facing 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Amaral worked as an after-school care assistant at St. Louis the King Catholic School.

The sheriff's office says it was an undercover investigation that eventually led to his arrest.

According to police paperwork, Amaral admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography for the last three years. The images depicted children ages 3 to 14. ...

The Diocese released a statement saying in part that they have no knowledge of any physical or sexual abuse of any minor at the after-school program.

They also held meetings for parents so they could address the allegations and answer what questions they could about the situation.

A spokesperson for the Diocese told 3TV that they do perform background checks on their employees, including fingerprinting. Amaral cleared those checks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Judge to be investigated

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Lateline

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: A high-profile prosecutor in New South Wales has stood aside while the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigates claims she and her son tried to pervert the course of justice.

The commission is investigating whether Margaret Cunneen SC counselled her son's girlfriend, Sophia Tilley, to pretend to have chest pains to thwart police officers.

It's alleged Sophia Tilley was trying to prevent police from obtaining evidence of her blood alcohol level at the scene of a car accident earlier this year.

Ms Cunneen rejects the allegations as the result of a malicious complaint.

BRAD HAZZARD, NSW ATTORNEY-GENERAL: Ms Cunneen was agreed to - with the DPP to step aside and not take part in any current prosecutions or future prosecutions and that's appropriate. And beyond that, she, like every other citizen of NSW, has the presumption of innocence until we see the resolution of those ICAC matters.

TONY JONES: Margaret Cunneen was most recently the commissioner presiding over the special commission into child sexual abuse and alleged cover-up in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese. Ms Cunneen also appeared as a witness at the Royal commission into child sexual abuse expressing regret for the distress caused by her advice that swimming coach Scott Volkers should not be recharged for indecency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Radju Marija received several anonymous letters on Fr Charles Fenech's improper beh

MALTA
Malta Independent

Rachel Attard & Stephen Calleja

Sources have told The Malta Independent that the Radju Marija board received a number of anonymous letters alleging improper behaviour by Fr Charles Fenech. Radju Marija employees had also informed the parent company in Rome about the accusations levelled against Fr Fenech.

The board is understood to have known about the allegations about Fr Fenech for a number of years, but the friar was allowed to continue leading the station and present a radio programme every day. He was still presenting such programmes until a few days ago.

Fr Charles Fenech, who has been accused of sexually abusing a number of women, has been stopped from administering his duties as a priest, The Malta Independent has learnt.

Fr Frans Micallef, Dominican Provincial, in reply to questions by The Malta Independent, said that Fr Fenech has also been removed from the post of director of the Kerygma Movement.

The decision means that Fr Fenech cannot celebrate Mass in public, give Holy Communion, cannot hear confession and give last rites.

Patriarchy must be defrocked

SOUTH AFRICA
Mail & Guardian

31 OCT 2014 MBUYISELO BOTHA

A few weeks ago, Mary Ryan became the second South African woman to be ordained as a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church does not, of course, acknowledge this ordination.

In fact, in 2007, the Vatican declared that even attempting to ordain women would lead to excommunication, the harshest punishment the church leadership can mete out.

But Ryan and her colleagues bravely persisted.

Patricia Fresen, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and the first South African woman to become a Catholic priest, oversaw Ryan’s ordination ceremony, during which she said: “In South Africa in particular we know that the only way to change an unjust law is to break it. And that is what we are doing today.”

Roman Catholic Womenpriests is a growing movement that began in Austria and Germany in 2002 and now includes more than 180 female priests in 10 countries. These efforts should be applauded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

REBUTTAL to John Allen ‘Phase 2 of Pope Francis era: The honeymoon is over’ and Archbishop Chaput blame “confusion is of the Devil”

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

John Allen’s title may sound a little bit sour “Phase 2 of the Pope Francis era: The honeymoon is over” – but actually it’s sweet-and-sour (like a popular food flavor) because he is actually defending Pope Francis and the recent Synod of Bishop – via Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput – who will be hosting the World Synod of Bishop next year in Philadelphia and Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the USA. John Allen’s articles are to prepare and brainwash idiot American Catholics to book their plane tickets and hotels to go and attend the Eucharist sorcery of Pope Francis in Philadelphia and in the east coast and donate millions of dollars to the Vatican Mammon Beast (aka Opus Dei Beast).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

October 30, 2014

Canada--New claim by convicted archbishop

CANADA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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 convicted child molesting cleric – once Canada’s top Orthodox church official – now claims he has new evidence that might have exonerated. We’re highly skeptical of this claim by Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.


[Global News]

Most child predators profess their innocence over and over, especially when, like Storheim, someone else is paying their legal bills.

[SNAP]

In this case, it’s devout Orthodox families. And that’s a shame and an injustice.

We call on Orthodox officials to stop using the generous donations of church members to fund Storheim’s desperate legal maneuvers. And we call on anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Orthodox faith – in Canada or elsewhere – to speak up, protect kids, expose wrongdoers and start healing. The best way to do this is to contact secular aurhotiries, not church figures, with any knowledge or suspicions about child sex crimes.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Leading Rabbi Steps Down Citing 'Agenda of Feminists'

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

10/30/14
Hannah Dreyfus
Staff Writer

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, former vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America and dayyan (judge) on the RCA-supervised Beth Din of America, is stepping down from his position on the Beit Din of Bergen County after the Rabbinical Council of America announced yesterday that it is convening a new conversion committee with five female members.

The new conversion committee, composed of six male rabbis and five women of differing professions (including a litigation attorney, educator, psychotherapist and Yoetzet Halacha), was created in response to the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Congregation Kesher Israel on charges of voyeurism on Oct. 14.

The committee will review the current Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) conversion process (used by the Beit Din of America) and suggest safeguards against possible future abuses.
In a statement posted on his personal blog, Pruzansky accused the RCA of bending to media pressure and promoting "the agenda of feminists."

"The committee consists of six men and five women, bolstering the trend on the Orthodox left to create quasi-rabbinical functions for women," he writes. "What role can they [women] play in 'review[ing]' the GPS conversion process?" He concludes the paragraph by calling the conversion process a "purely rabbinical role."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford resigns over child abuse row

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph and Argus

by Will Kilner

The Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford has resigned from his position after a report into allegations of child abuse by a former cathedral dean found "systemic failures" by the Church of England.

Last week's report by Judge Sally Cahill QC said Lord Hope of Thornes failed to follow policy and take advice after he was informed of complaints against Robert Waddington relating to boys in Manchester and Australia.

The judge outlined failures by the Church to respond properly to allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, who was Dean of Manchester between 1984 and 1993.

She said Lord Hope's actions meant "opportunities were missed" to start an investigation which may have led to a prosecution before Waddington's death seven years ago.

Lord Hope stepped down as Archbishop of York in 2005 when he returned to being a parish priest in the Bradford district. At that stage known as Dr David Hope, he spent several years in charge at St Margaret's Church on Queen's Road, Ilkley.

In a statement today, Lord Hope said: "After much prayerful and considered thought I wrote at the beginning of the week to the Bishop of Leeds and in the light of the Cahill Inquiry Report I have submitted my resignation as Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford, now West Yorkshire and the Dales, with immediate effect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Ex-Archbishop of York quits church role over abuse report

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former Archbishop of York has resigned from his church role after a report criticised his handling of child abuse allegations.

A report by Judge Sally Cahill QC said Lord Hope of Thornes failed to follow policy and take advice after he was informed of complaints against a cathedral dean.

Lord Hope stepped down as Archbishop of York in 2005.

He became parish priest in Ilkley and was made a honorary assistant bishop.

The report published last week outlined failures by the Church of England to respond properly to allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, who was Dean of Manchester between 1984 and 1993.

Judge Cahill said Lord Hope's actions meant "opportunities were missed" to start an investigation which might have led to a prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

FL--Victims group blasts FL Muslim school

FLORIDA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

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

It’s heartbreaking that officials at a Muslim school kept silent for months about credible child sex abuse allegations. And now, with the accused predator a fugitive from justice, it’s outrageous that school officials are apparently making little or no effort to protect other kids, help law enforcement and adequately inform parents about the alleged sex offender. We urge parents to unite and pressure school officials to do more to protect kids.

[New Times]

Here’s why this secrecy is so hurtful: it enables child molesters to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and flee elsewhere. It makes the job of police and prosecutors much more difficult. And it keeps kids in harm’s way much longer. Shame on every single employee or volunteer at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy who knew of or suspected wrongdoing by Tariq Ahmed and kept quiet about it.

We applaud attorneys for the two alleged victims who have set up websites and Facebook pages in an effort to learn more about Ahmed. But why does it fall to advocates for the wounded to do what paid school staff should be doing?

We join them in urging anyone who might have seen, suspected or suffered sex crimes or cover ups at the school to come forward, get help and protect kids and contact law enforcement officials, rather than school officials.

And we agree with those attorneys who say that Nur-Ul-Islam Academy officials should send letters to families of current and former students, explain the charges, and solicit their help in catching Ahmed.

Remember this is more than a “he said, she said” situation. There are two alleged victims. There’s a civil lawsuit (filed last Friday). There are formal criminal charges, levied by the Broward State Attorney’s office against Ahmed - six felony counts of sexually abusing and raping middle school students.

The girls’ attorneys allege that they have found proof that school officials learned about Ahmed’s wrongdoing years ago - between 2005 and 2008 - but refused to call police. We hope this isn’t true but strongly suspect that it is. And if so, we hope police and prosecutors pursue criminal cases against any teacher or administrator who opted to protect a colleague instead of protecting a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Pastor Accused of Keeping Boys as 'Sex Slaves'

FLORIDA
Courthouse News Service

By ALEX PICKETT

(CN) - A Broward County, Fla. man sued five religious and charitable organizations alleging a former youth pastor they supervised treated him and other young boys as sex slaves.

Demetrius Jones claims in his lawsuit that the organizations negligently hired and failed to supervise Jeffery London, 51, who acted as a resident adult and mentor for underprivileged boys.

For more than a decade, London regularly made Jones and other boys perform sex acts on him, Jones says.

The suit names the Bible Church of God of Boynton Beach, BJ's Foundation, New Vision Children's Foundation, Teched-Ventures Inc. and Lauderdale Lakes Academy. Also named is the estate of Elizabeth H. Buntrock, a well-known Broward County philanthropist who created or helped fund the charities. Buntrock died earlier this year.

Jones says the organizations aided London's access to dozens of young boys, and alleges that the youth minister took advantage of the situation "for the purpose of grooming, manipulating, and coercing them into becoming his sex slaves."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Priest 'was warned' over abuse claims

MALTA
Times of Malta

A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations.

In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took (unspecified) measures about him. But it also pointed out that claims against him were withdrawn several times.

The province said that through its actions it was not judging the priest but taking action against any eventuality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Former archbishop’s lawyer cites new evidence in sex assault case

CANADA
Global News

WINNIPEG – A lawyer for a former archbishop convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s says he has fresh evidence that could have exonerated his client.

Jeff Gindin, who represents Seraphim Storheim, filed a notice of motion saying the new evidence should be heard when the case appears before Manitoba’s Court of Appeal on Friday.

In court documents, Gindin says the evidence relates to the victim’s visit with Storheim and Storheim’s relationship with one of the defence witnesses.

Gindin says the evidence — had it been known — could have affected the outcome of Storheim’s trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Ex-Archbishop of York quits Church over sex abuse failings

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

by Rob Parsons
rob.parsons@ypn.co.uk
Published on the 30 October 2014

THE ex-Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, has resigned from the Church of England days after a report accused him of failing to act on information he received about alleged child sex abuse by a former cathedral dean.

Lord Hope said in a statement today that he had resigned as Honorary Assistant Bishop of Bradford, now West Yorkshire and the Dales, “after much prayerful and considered thought”.

He said: “This ends my nearly 50 years of formal ministry in the Church of England, which I have always sought to serve with dedication. I will certainly continue to pray for the important ongoing work with survivors.”

It comes after a report published last week into the handling of allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester, which found there were “systemic failures” by the Church.

The report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his (Lord Hope’s) evidence is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Archdiocese To Announce Closures, Mergers In Lower Hudson Valley

NEW YORK
CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parishioners are going to have to find new places to worship with the word of dozens of Catholic churches closing.

The New York Archdiocese on said it will soon announce which parishes in the Lower Hudson Valley will merge or close.

A decision is expected next week as part of a restructuring plan, officials told CBS2.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan told the Catholic New York Newspaper Wednesday night that 14 percent, or as many as 50 churches, could be impacted.

Dolan said this really comes down to the numbers, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported. Right now, New York State has 368 parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Leading Modern Orthodox Conversion Judge Steps Down

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

10/30/14
Hannah Dreyfus
Staff Writer

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, former vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America and dayyan (judge) on the RCA-supervised Beth Din of America, is stepping down from his position on the Beit Din after yesterday’s announcement that the RCA is convening a new conversion committee with five female members.

The new conversion committee, comprised of six male rabbis and five women of differing professions (including a litigation attorney, educator, psychotherapist and Yoetzet Halacha), was created in response to the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Congregation Kesher Israel on charges of voyeurism on Oct. 14.

The committee will review the current Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) conversion process (used by the Beit Din of America) and suggest safeguards against possible future abuses.

“With changes to GPS [Gerus Protocol and Standards] protocols contemplated, it is an appropriate time for new leadership,” Pruzansky wrote on his personal blog. He stressed that he is “not resigning because of any scandal” but because the “the GPS system that has worked so well for us is about to change.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Panel addresses psychological evaluations in seminary admissions

VIRGINIA
Catholic Sentinel

Catholic News Service

ARLINGTON, Va. -- At a panel discussion on seminary admissions, Father Shawn McKnight told a group of Catholic psychotherapists that "we have to be careful not to hold our standards so high that nobody can get in.

"It's not about finding the perfect guy. It's about who's called. If God is calling a man, we have an obligation to heed that call and to nourish that man," said the priest, who is executive director of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

Father McKnight was moderator of the Oct. 24 panel discussion, titled "The Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions: A Need for Guidance," held during the Catholic Psychotherapy Association's annual conference Oct. 23-25.

The panel addressed those involved in seminary assessment, counseling or teaching on the matter of conducting psychological evaluations for admissions purposes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City Rocked by Child Sex Abuse Claims

FLORIDA
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fisto and Lehrman

Tariq Ahmad, a veteran teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, a private school in Cooper City, Florida is now the subject of a multi-victim child sexual abuse investigation by law enforcement officials.

Ahmad, a 35 year old male, stands accused of forcing three teenage girls, ages 14 and 15 at the time, to have sexual intercourse with him while they were students at the Academy between 2006 and 2008. Tariq Ahmad started working at Nur-Ul Islam Academy in August 2006 according to his LinkedIn page. It is alleged the Nur-Ul-Islam Academy allowed Ahmad to remain a teacher even after receiving a complaint accusing Ahman of sexually abusing a child.

Tariq Ahmad previously worked in the Broward County public school district from 2001 to 2005 as a substitute teacher and teacher assistant. Ahmad's employment has been terminated by Nur-Ul Islam Academy. According to its website, Nur-Ul-Islam Academy is a K-through-12-grade college prep school with over 300 students.

Ahmad would allegedly use text messages, social media and even code on the chalk boards in the classroom to set up meetings with the girls. The criminal investigation is being led by the Pembroke Pines Police Department who became involved after a concerned parent notified them that one of the girls was on the telephone late at night with her Tariq Islam. The parent claims to have brought the information to school officials, but received no response. The case has recently been turned over to the Broward County State Attorney's office and an arrest warrant has been issued. Ahmad's current location is unknown.

According to attorney Adam Horowitz: "Parents should be able to expect that their children will be safe while entrusted to the care of school officials. A school should never employ a teacher with a history of sexual abuse. The employment of a teacher with a history of sexual abuse complaints places children in grave danger."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

WA--Spokane bishop quietly suspends accused priest

WASHINGTON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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

Weeks ago, Spokane’s top Catholic official quietly suspended a credibly accused predator priest. But Bishop Blasé Cupich notified only his flock, not the public. He refused to disclose when the allegations surfaced. He urged other victims to call church officials, not secular authorities. And he made no mention of possible criminal prosecution or of the need for Catholics and citizens to share what they know about the priest with law enforcement. This is disturbing and reckless.

[Spokane diocese]

Though Fr. Daniel Wetzler’s suspension took effect on Oct. 1, no word of it was circulated, apparently, until Oct. 16 when a notice was printed on page eight of the Spokane diocesan newspaper, the Inland Register. Nothing was said about helping police and prosecutors build a criminal case against Fr. Wetzler.

As best we can tell, Cupich did not hold a news conference or issue a news release about the accusations. He didn’t say when the victim reported the abuse, which is an important fact. (Did it take months or years for Cupich to act?)

Only yesterday did the public learn about the credible child sex accusations through a small article in the Spokesman-Review, a secular daily newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Editorial: Amendment 2 offers special help for child abuse victims

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Law enforcement authorities say they need more tools to fight child sexual abuse and help put sexual predators behind bars.

Amendment 2, which will be on Missouri election ballot Nov. 4, gives prosecutors and law enforcement officers the help they need.

The proposal would amend the state constitution to give judges the discretion to allow previous acts of sexual violence against minors to be disclosed in court. The federal government and nearly all other states allow juries to learn whether a defendant in a child sexual abuse case may have been accused of similar crimes in the past.

The only reason Missouri doesn’t is because the state Supreme Court struck down a law in 2007 that allowed evidence of past sexual crimes to be used against people facing sex-related charges involving victims younger than 14.

“Evidence of a defendant’s prior criminal acts, when admitted purely to demonstrate the defendant’s criminal propensity, violates one of the constitutional protections vital to the integrity of our criminal justice system,” the court ruled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

MO--Child sex abuse victims back Amendment 2

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 29

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 )

On Tuesday, we urge Missouri voters to pass Amendment 2 which will help protect kids by enabling law enforcement to catch and convict more child molesters at little or no cost whatsoever to taxpayers. It’s rare when a relatively small rule change can dramatically improve kids’ safety, but this is one instance in which that’s possible.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Judges should have the option to let jurors know about an accused predator’s earlier acts of sexual violence against youngsters. Those who sexually assault kids should not be able to hide their previous crimes.

Keep in mind that one in four girls and one in eight boys is sexually violated during childhood. So the legal status quo causes immeasurable, life-long harm to thousands and thousands of Missouri boys and girls every year. This must change. And the change must start with closing some of the legal loopholes that shrewd predators exploit to evade justice and keep molesting.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association and the Missouri Sheriffs Association support the amendment.

And the Post editorializes “Even if just one part of this problem was improved by allowing the admissibility of such evidence — that young children could be spared the trauma of having to relive their abuse in a courtroom — it would be reason enough to recommend supporting Amendment 2.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

Theresa May vows co-operation with Kincora inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

BY REBECCA BLACK – 30 OCTOBER 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed the Security Service will co-operate fully with an investigation into a paedophile ring at the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast.

Ms May added she will be monitoring the case and will bring it into a powerful UK-wide inquiry with additional powers if necessary.

Scores of young boys were abused during their time at the children's home in the early 1970s.

There was disappointment last week when it was announced Kincora will not be included in a UK-wide Government investigation of historical child abuse.

In a letter to First Minister Peter Robinson, Ms May said she was "determined that everything possible is done to uncover the truth about what happened and that appropriate action is taken".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

Domincan Order stops priest from exercising his duties after abuse allegations

MALTA
Times of Malta

A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations.

In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took (unspecified) actions about him. But it also pointed out that claims against him were withdrawn several times.

The province said that through its actions it was not judging the priest but taking action against any eventuality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

KY--Convicted pedophile priest wants out of prison

KENTUCKY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29

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 worried, but not surprised, that Fr. Shook, a convicted child molester, wants to be released from prison. We hope he fails in this premature effort.

[WDRB]

We hope that Kentucky officials will keep Fr. Shook behind bars for as long as possible.

Only the most reckless or foolish would believe that six months in prison would magically cure a pedophile of his compulsion to sexually assault kids.

Letting Fr. Shook out so quickly would rub salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of those he molested. It would also likely deter other victims from reporting predators to police, because they'll surely feel "What's the use? These pedophiles always get breaks and special treatment and light sentences."

This move by Fr. Shook should prod others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement right away. We can’t be complacent. It’s our civic and moral duty to share what we know or suspect about child sex crimes or cover ups with police and prosecutors. It’s possible that Fr. Shook could be charged with and convicted of more child sex crimes. And that would keep him locked up longer, which would make kids safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Former Catholic school teacher John Skehan sentenced ...

AUSTRALIA
The Age

October 30, 2014

Tammy Mills
Crime reporter for The Age

A former Catholic school teacher in country Victoria avoided jail on Thursday for a historical sex assault on a student in 1970.

John Skehan, 75, was given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years and was placed on the sex offenders register after he pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of his 13-year-old student at a boys school in Shepparton.

That student was Greg Barclay, now aged 58 and a vice-president with the Australian Education Union.

In his decision not to send John Skehan, 75, to jail for an historic sex offence, Magistrate Ian Watkins took into account Skehan's age, his ill health and that he was unlikely to reoffend. However,his victim, Greg Barclay, says he is ''gutted'' by the sentence.

Mr Barclay said outside court on Thursday that he was "gutted" with the sentence. Skehan had already been convicted and placed on a suspended sentence in 2010 for the indecent assault of a young child in Broken Hill in the 1970s.

In his sentencing on Thursday, Magistrate Ian Watkins took into account Skehan's age, his ill health and that he was unlikely to reoffend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Pretoria priest held for alleged kidnap, rape

SOUTH AFRICA
The South Africa

Posted By: Jeanine Singh
Posted date: October 30, 2014

A priest has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl in Itireleng informal settlement near Laudium, Pretoria police said.

The 25-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday around 1am after allegedly kidnapping the girl at the weekend and repeatedly raping her, Sergeant Ann Poortman said.

The teenager’s sister sent her to a tuck shop around 11.30am on Saturday. While she was there she saw the priest who told her to go to a certain shack in the area.

The girl’s family attended the man’s church and he was believed to be close friends with the girl’s father, Poortman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Retired priest permanently removed from ministry

WASHINGTON
Inland Register - Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane

(From the October 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, Daniel Wetzler (pictured, left), a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese, has been permanently removed from active ministry by Archbishop Blase Cupich.

Earlier this year, Wetzler was put on administrative leave after the diocese received an accusation by an individual who claimed he was abused as a minor. This matter was referred to the Diocesan Review Board, which scrutinizes cases of alleged sexual abuse, and to civil authorities, in accord with diocesan procedures. After an investigation, the Board unanimously recommended that Daniel Wetzler be permanently removed from active ministry and submit himself to a monitoring program. Archbishop Cupich accepted these recommendations.

Another accusation was made against Wetzler in 2002. The results of that civil investigation were inconclusive; insufficient evidence existed to verify the accusation. Wetzler denied that accusation.

Following the recommendations of the Diocesan Review Board, Archbishop Cupich ordered that parishes and institutions, especially those where Wetzler served, be notified of the sanctions against the priest. The archbishop is urging anyone abused by Wetzler to come forward for healing either directly to himself or to the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Roberta Smith (509-353-0442; email rvsmith@dioceseofspokane.org).

Wetzler was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963, and served at a variety of parishes and institutions: St. Anthony/Holy Ghost Parish, Spokane, 1963-64; Bishop White (High School) Seminary, 1963; St. Ann Parish, Spokane, 1964; Mater Cleri Seminary, 1965 and 1975-76; St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, 1966-69; Catholic Youth Organization, 1967; Marycliff High School, Spokane, 1969-75; Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa, 1976-1982; Charismatic Renewal, 1976-2013; Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, 1982-92; St. Vincent Parish, Connell, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Eltopia, 1991-1992; St. Paschal Parish, Spokane, 1992-2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

In brief: Archbishop Blase Cupich removes retired Catholic priest Dan Wetzler from ministry

WASHINGTON
The Spokesman-Review

Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a retired Spokane Catholic priest from ministry following accusations that he sexually abused a child decades ago.

It is the second time in 12 years that the Rev. Dan Wetzler has fallen under scrutiny and been removed.

The decision last month by Cupich was published by the Inland Register, the newspaper of the Spokane Catholic Diocese. Wetzler last served at St. Paschal Parish in Spokane from 1992 to 2002.

The first time allegations surfaced he declared his innocence and the church investigated. He was publicly exonerated.

Another allegation from a different person who claimed he was abused as a minor has since been made and the Diocesan Review Board found the complaint to be credible. Cupich then acted on the finding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

SA Supreme Court told ...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

SA Supreme Court told Catholic Church dismissed teen sex allegations against Father John Fleming as a priest “just being inappropriate”

CHIEF COURT REPORTER SEAN FEWSTER THE ADVERTISER OCTOBER 30, 2014

A WOMAN who claims Father John Fleming used her, as a teenager, for sex has told a court the Catholic Church dismissed her complaint as the priest “just being inappropriate”.

The woman, known as “Jane”, today told the Supreme Court she was shocked by a Catholic Church worker’s reaction when she raised a complaint against Fr Fleming in 2001-2002.

She said she told the woman that, following a 1970s ménage-a-trois, when she was a teenager, Fr Fleming had used her to service his sexual needs.

Father Fleming denies the allegations.

“After I had told her, (the worker) said ‘wasn’t he just being inappropriate?’,” Jane said.

“This person was essentially telling me essentially that what I had just told her was inappropriate — it was not inappropriate, it was wrong.”

Fr Fleming, 71, is suing over Sunday Mail articles reporting allegations he was inappropriately sexually involved Jane, another woman known as “Jenny” and a man known as “Richard”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Convicted priest making bid for prison release

KENTUCKY
Crux

By Associated Press
October 29, 2014

A priest convicted earlier this year of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1970s is making a bid to be released from prison after serving six months of his 15-year sentence.

An attorney for the Rev. James Schook notified a judge he will ask that Schook be released on shock probation because he realizes the importance of conforming to the community’s rules.

In April, a jury convicted Schook of three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent and immoral behavior with an individual.

Schook suffers from terminal cancer. Shock probation allows inmates to be released after serving one to six months of their sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Liturgical items top agenda at bishops’ general meeting in Baltimore

UNITED STATES
Catholic San Francisco

By Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON – Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.

There will be five liturgical items up for consideration. All are subject to amendments from bishops. All but one require approval of two-thirds of the bishops, followed by final approval from the Vatican.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is president of the USCCB, will deliver his first presidential address. He was elected to a three-year term last November. As is customary, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, also will address the assembly.

During the meeting, the bishops will choose a new secretary-elect for the USCCB, and vote for the chairmen-elect of five committees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Sex abuse allegations arise against former Fairfield U chaplain

CONNECTICUT
Fairfield Mirror

By Enxhi Myslymi, Managing Editor, and Shauna Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief

Former Fairfield University chaplain Rev. Paul Carrier, S.J. has been accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy at Project Pierre Toussaint in Haiti. Fairfield University has been named a defendant in the case on claims of negligent supervision, which is defined as a breach of duty to employees, children or adults.

Carrier was working at Fairfield as the director of campus ministry during the time period under investigation (1999-2005). Douglas Perlitz ‘92, the charity school’s founder, has also been cited as a perpetrator, in addition to the 2010 sentence where he pleaded guilty for one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct to Haiti.

According to the 26-year-old plaintiff’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian of Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian, “The evidence has now shown that Fr. Carrier allegedly sexually abused a child, or children, and therefore we are proceeding in the civil court.”

The lawsuit stated the plaintiff’s name, but The Mirror generally does not reveal a victim’s identity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Pekin man indicted for child porn

ILLINOIS
Pekin Daily Times

A Pekin man already facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a young child was indicted this week on child pornography charges.

Nicholas A. Lawrence, 26, 200 Matilda St., faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charge, which was handed down by a Peoria County grand jury Tuesday.

Details in the indictment were sparse except to say that in May, Lawrence caused a person younger than 13 to appear in a sexually explicit photo.

A $150,000 warrant was issued for his arrest and he is scheduled to appear in court Friday to be arraigned on the charges. ...

According to Journal Star archives, Lawrence was a youth pastor with the Pekin Church of God for about 20 months before he was dismissed from the position on June 30.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Italian diocese laments suicide of priest who admitted abuse

ITALY
DFW Catholic

Trieste, Italy, Oct 30, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Trieste has announced “with a spirit full of sorrow and dismay” that one of its priests, who had recently admitted to sexual abuse of a minor female, committed suicide on Tuesday.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi of Trieste learned Oct. 23 “of a grave matter many years ago that involved a 13 year old girl” and Fr. Maks Suard, according to an Oct. 28 statement from the diocese.

Fr. Suard, 48, was a priest of the Slovenian community of the Trieste diocese, and was parish priest of the small church of Santa Croce, in the territory of the Carso Triestino. He had served as a parish priest in several parishes of the San Dorligo area since his ordination in 1995; he was involved in the Boy Scout movement, and also worked as a teacher of religion in local schools.

On Oct. 25, Archbishop Crepaldi met with Fr. Suard, and on that occasion “the priest had admitted his responsibilities” and consented to the canonical procedure which would have to be taken.

In accord with St. John Paul II's 2001 motu proprio Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela, abuse cases – which are among the “delicta graviora”, or “more grave crimes” – must be forwarded to and investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The policy sped up and made more effective the Vatican's handling of such cases, which had been previously been handled by the Congregation for Clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

New Albany pastor on trial for sex abuse

INDIANA
The Courier-Journal

Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal October 30, 2014

A teenage boy testified Wednesday that he waited two years to tell anyone that his pastor, Isrom Johnson, had sodomized him because he was worried about damaging his family's relationship with the pastor and church community.

Three sexual encounters allegedly occurred between the now 18-year-old alleged victim and Johnson, 35, who at the time of the alleged abuse was pastor at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana.

Johnson is charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

The teen was actively involved in the church community and had a good relationship with his pastor of eight years at the time of the alleged incidents. His mom was a deaconess, a sister sang in choir and his grandma ushered at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Priest sexual abuse case: One victim offered six-figure sum to keep her mouth shut

MALTA
Malta Independent

Rachel Attard

Thursday, 30 October 2014

One of the victims of alleged sexual abuse by Fr Charles Fenech was offered a six-figure sum to remain silent by a member of the Dominican Order, to which Fr Fenech belongs, The Malta Independent has learnt.

The victim turned down the offer immediately, and instead went with this information to the police.

The case regarding sexual abuse on vulnerable women by the Dominican priest has been before the Curia Response Team for at least eight years.

The case before the church tribunal is separate to the court case instituted by the police against Fr Fenech.

The Malta Independent yesterday revealed that Fr Fenech, known for his organisation of volleyball marathons in aid of Dar Tal-Providenza, is facing charges of sexual abuse against at least five women. He was summoned to court on three occasions but did not turn up, citing illness.

The Malta Independent made a conscious and responsible decision to publish the name of the priest in full respect towards ethical standards. People who are not priests who are accused of similar crimes have always been named unless the victims were relatives and could be identified. In this case, the alleged victims are not relatives of Fr Fenech. The Malta Independent will not protect members of the clergy if they are accused of such crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

‘Sex at Rabat’ and Bishop Cremona

MALTA
Malta Independent

Simon Mercieca

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Is there a connection between this case of an alleged sexual abuse by a "priest" from Rabat, Fr Charles Fenech, and the resignation of Archbishop Cremona? I am sure that the true motives that brought and hastened Cremona's resignation were not related to politics and pressure from so-called Nationalist priests (as pontificated by a number of media pundits of the left) but are related to his kind-heartedness and the resulting inability to take action, where action was most needed, starting from his own Dominican Order.

The news about criminal proceedings for these alleged sexual harassments, which have allegedly taken place in some convent but not necessarily at Rabat, was made public after Cremona is no more at the helm of the Church. Now, it is up to the civil authorities, the court of criminal justice to decide on these accusations. I will continue to consider the accused "priest" innocent until proven guilty. It is expedient to point out that Fr Fenech is not a priest but a friar of the Dominican Order.

The Church is not a court of justice. Its measuring gauge is different to that of the Secular State. I am sure that it is here where Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna can contribute a new approach towards the Catholic Church in Malta. Definitely, Bishop Scicluna is not a person to shy off from taking action and assume responsibility. He has a strong will and determination to take action, where action is most needed.

This story should be taken as a blessing in disguise for the Catholic Church. The new bishop can start with a clean slate though the new incumbent will still inherit the burdens and mistakes of his predecessors. But only once he has cleared up the mess and brought the situation under control can he really start a new leaf. Nevertheless, as proceedings in this case are already under way, the new bishop is less likely to be haunted, as unfortunately happened to Cremona, with skeletons in the cupboard. On a different note, this story has obliterated all the chances for the new bishop of Malta to be from one of our Religious Orders. All that is left for at least one of these Orders is embarrassment. Now the Dominican Order needs to start thinking again how to express new charitable feelings to redeem itself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Parents unhappy at lack of information relating to Father Paul Morton investigation

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

Oct 30, 2014

By Douglas Dickie

An online blog has accused South Lanarkshire Council and the Catholic Church of keeping parents in the dark about the investigation surrounding Father Paul Morton.

The blog, from a parent at St Charles’ Primary - where Father Morton acts as chaplain - claims the parents have received no information from the school.

Father Morton was suspended from his post at St Bride’s earlier this month after police launched an investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse.

Parishioners at St Bride’s were not initially told the reason for his absence on Sunday, October 5, with Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Toal, telling the flock to pray for the absent priest.

But writing under the name of “daftmamma”, the St Charles’ parent says parents had a right to know what is going on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Archbishop of York apologises to York man for ‘abuse and hurt’ caused by Reverend Dennis Franks

UNITED KINGDOM
York Press

by Mike Laycock

THE Archbishop of York has apologised to a York man for ‘abuse and hurt’ caused by an Anglican priest, The Press can reveal.

Dr John Sentamu also revealed that poor management by the York diocese of abuse allegations in 1990 against the priest, the late Reverend Dennis Franks, could have left other young people at risk.

The York man, now 36, contacted The Press to tell his story after an independent investigation last week criticised the way the Church of England investigated abuse allegations against a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, Robert Waddington.

He claimed of the handling of allegations against Mr Franks: "Had the Church followed up the allegations of abuse in 1990, I would not have been abused again in the 1990s."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Italy GAYS Priests confirm hypocrisy of Synod of Bishops. Pervert priests posed nude in GAYS webs, run prostitute ring for under-aged boys

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

Paris Arrow

October 29, 2014

The gay earthquake in the Synod of Bishops was all empty talk charade because the real GAYS-PRIESTS-in-action has been happening in Italy all along in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners – no wonder Jesus wants to be set free from golden tabernacles -- JOIN the JESUS REVOLUTION – set Christ free from Eucharist Satanic Mass. Set all nations free from Vatican Concordats. End Vatican as “country”. End VA Vatican Autocracy Swiss Banks secrecy

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

October 29, 2014

Caso Ior, manca fascicolo: rinviato processo a Roma

ROMA
ASCA

Sotto accusa l'ex direttore generale Paolo Cipriani (ASCA) - Roma, 29 ott 2014 - "Registrata l'assenza del fascicolo si manda il verbale alla cancelleria per attivare la ricerca dello stesso". Cosi' il giudice monocratico del tribunale di Roma, Luca Ghedini Ferri, ha spiegato i motivi del rinvio al prossimo 2 dicembre del processo a carico dell'ex direttore generale dello Ior Paolo Cipriani e del suo ex vice Massimo Tulli. Il fascicolo del dibattimento - e' stato spiegato - risulta esser stato formato dal Tiap, il sistema di registrazione digitale dopo la scannerizzazione dei documenti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

Ior, sparisce momentaneamente il fascicolo: processo rinviato

ROMA
Il Messaggero

È stato rinviato al 2 dicembre prossimo il processo che vede imputati davanti al giudice monocratico l'ex direttore generale dello Ior Paolo Cipriani e l'ex direttore Massimo Tulli, finiti sotto processo a conclusione dell'inchiesta che nel 2010 determinò il sequestro di 23 milioni di euro depositati presso l'Istituto delle opere di religione. L'accusa per i due ex dirigenti è quella di violazione delle norme antiriciclaggio, indagine avviata dal procuratore aggiunto Nello Rossi e dai pubblici ministeri Rocco Fava e Stefano Pesci. A determinare il rinvio è stata l'impossibilità momentanea di rintracciare un fascicolo che risulta regolarmente formato ma che stamane è stato impossibile recuperare. Il fascicolo comunque, come è stato precisato, «risulta formato attraverso il sistema di registrazione digitale».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

IOR money-laundering trial adjourned over missing case file

ROME
Gazzetta del Sud

Rome, October 29 - The first hearing in the money laundering trial of two former Vatican Bank executives was adjourned Wednesday because the case file was lost. The former general manager of the bank whose official name is Institute for Religious Works (IOR), Paolo Cipriani, and his ex deputy Massimo Tulli must answer charges related to a probe that in 2010 led to the freezing of 23 million euros over two cash transfers involving the Vatican Bank that were deemed suspicious. The judge adjourned the hearing to December 2 pending a search for the missing file, while prosecutors tried to minimize the incident. "Nothing has been lost," they said. "These things happen. We already filed copies of the case file". The trial is a fresh blow to the image of the bank after a series of scandals over the years. Italian banks effectively stopped dealing with the IOR in 2010 after the Bank of Italy ordered them to enforce strict anti-money-laundering criteria to continue working with it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

N.S. to eliminate time limits for lawsuits over sex, domestic abuse

CANADA
CTV

Keith Doucette, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HALIFAX -- People in Nova Scotia who want to file lawsuits over sexual and domestic assault would no longer have to do so within prescribed time limits under legislation introduced Wednesday.

Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab said the Limitations of Actions Act would remove the one-year deadline faced by victims of sexual and domestic abuse who want to sue.

Metlege Diab said the act would better protect abuse victims while also respecting the rights of all parties involved in legal actions.

Jackie Stevens, executive director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, said the legislation would help victims who often hesitate to come forward and often don't meet the one-year deadline to launch a lawsuit.

"This demonstrates a recognition of the tremendous impact historical and systemic violence can have on a person to act in a timely way," said Stevens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Rev. James Schook asking to be released six months into 15-year prison sentence

KENTUCKY
WDRB

By Jason Riley

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- A Louisville priest convicted earlier this year of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1970s is asking to be released from prison just six months into his 15-year sentence.

An attorney for the Rev. James Schook has given notice that he will ask a judge Monday to release Schook on shock probation, saying he “now realizes the importance of obeying and conforming to the community's rules.”

In April, a jury convicted Schook of three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent and immoral behavior with an individual and recommended the 15-year sentence, which the judge upheld.

David Lambertus, Schook's attorney, wrote that he has the support of family members and friends who have offered to care for him and “make sure he abides by the rules of shock probation.”

Schook suffers from terminal cancer. Shock probation allows inmates to be released after serving one to six months of their sentence, under the belief they have been so "shocked" by their experience that they would be deterred from future crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Theology student pleads not guilty to soliciting sex from child

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Lee Filas

A theology student from Ohio training at a Serbian Orthodox school near Libertyville pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he solicited sex from someone he believed was a 14-year-old boy.

Dario Spasic, 22, with a current address in the 32300 block of Milwaukee Avenue, is facing up to five years in prison if found guilty on two counts of indecent solicitation of a child under 17, said Cynthia Vargas, spokeswoman with the Lake County State's Attorneys Office.

Spasic is free while awaiting trial after posting the required 10 percent of his $100,000 bail. Vargas said Spasic has returned to his parents' home in Ohio while the case is pending.

At the time of his arrest, Spasic was a student at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology and the Metropolitan Center of the Serbian Orthodox Church near Libertyville, authorities confirmed.

According to its website, the mission of the Serbian Orthodox School of Theology is to train candidates for priesthood in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Was St. Paul sex-sting suspect entrapped? Jury to decide

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 10/29/2014

Who was calling the shots when Stephen J. Schulz corresponded online with an undercover cop?

Was it Schulz himself, who posted the original Craigslist ad, as the prosecution argued Wednesday? Or was it was the police sergeant who posed as a 15-year-old boy looking for sex, as the defense insisted?

"The only person who had absolute control at every step of the way was this defendant," Ramsey County prosecutor Yasmin Mullings said Wednesday in her closing argument of Schulz's trial. The Golden Valley man faces one felony count of soliciting a minor online for sexual contact.

Mullings reminded the jury of the testimony of St. Paul police Sgt. Jeffrey Keller, assigned to the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Keller said that in a sting operation, once the other email correspondent backs off or stops writing, the communication is ended. That's done to avoid entrapment, he testified.

But entrapment is exactly what Keller did to Schulz, argued his attorney, Paul Engh.

"They deceived him. They lied to him," Schulz said of the police. "He would never have gone to St. Paul had they not lied to him." ...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Prete indagato per violenze sessuali E nel pomeriggio va a celebrare la messa

ITALY
Corriere del Mezzogiorno

[Searches are underway in the Church of Saint Lucia in Brindisi and at the home of Father Gampiero Peschiulli, a priest who is alleged to have abused children. Prosecutor Giuseppe De Nozza began the investigation after a television broadcast.]

BRINDISI - Sono in corso perquisizioni nella Chiesa di Santa Lucia di Brindisi e nella dimora di don Giampiero Peschiulli, il sacerdote èndagato per atti sessuali commessi su minori. Il pm Giuseppe De Nozza ha avviato le indagini dopo un blitz della trasmissione Mediaset Le iene. Lo scorso 15 settembre, infatti, una troupe della trasmissione tentó di intervistare il parroco che è da circa dieci anni nella parrocchia del centro storico mentre in precedenza era al quartiere la Rosa. Quando Giulio Golia provó ad intervistarlo, l’uomo si barricó in chiesa e chiese l’aiuto dei carabinieri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Italy: Paedophile Catholic Priest Hangs Himself in Trieste Church

ITALY
International Business Times

By Umberto Bacchi
October 29, 2014

A Catholic priest killed himself in the vicarage of his north-eastern Italian church, minutes before he was to discuss with his boss accusations of child abuse made against him, church officials said.

Maks Suard, 48, the vicar of Santa Croce in the port town of Trieste off the Slovenian border, was found to have hanged himself by the local Archbishop, Giampaolo Crepaldi.

Suard was under police investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

The diocese of Trieste said that days before committing suicide, the clergyman had admitted to the accusations during a phone confrontation with Crepaldi, and was about to be suspended from his pastoral office.

Suard asked the Archbishop for a few days before informing the Holy See, setting in motion criminal and canonical procedures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Open letter to Rhode Island victims of priest and clergy

RHODE ISLAND
Turn to 10

[I-Team: Local priest under investigation by state police]

[Note: This is a corrected version of the letter that was posted on the Turn to 10 web site. The correction was made by the author, Ms. Hagan Webb.]

The Rhode Island State Police are conducting an investigation of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy and the diocese of Providence. If you were abused by a member of the clergy in RI, regardless of how long ago, I URGE you to report the abuse to the RI State Police.

I began publicly recommending this step in April, after I told the RI State Police my own story of abuse as a child by a priest who is now deceased. Since then, many other RI survivors have reported their abuse. As a result, the police are building a database that they previously didn't have. By telling your story, however horrific and painful, you will be giving law enforcement important evidence. With your help, the State Police will learn the names of sexual predators and how they were managed by the Providence diocese.

Please go to the State Police even if you already have reported your abuse to the diocese. I am not confident that all cases of abuse reported to the diocese have been passed on to the State Police. An investigative report last November by Channel 10 (http://www.wfla.com/story/24013402/i-team-letters-detail-alleged-sex-abuse-in-diocese) had the same concern.
Every survivor I know who has gone to the RI State Police has said it was a positive experience. The police officers (both male and female) understand how difficult it is for us to discuss our abuse. I found that the hardest part was walking through the door. Once I started making my statement, the police officers were very compassionate and sensitive. It was as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
The contacts at the RI State Police are:

Detective Heather Donahue-work # 401-444-1264
Detective Marc Alboum-work # 401-444-1216
Captain Joseph Philbin - work # 401-444-1011

I would be happy to talk with you about this, and offer any support I can.

Timing is CRITICAL to our efforts in this important investigation. Victims should provide a statement to the RI State Police SOON, if you feel you can. Let there be an official record of the crimes committed against you, and help protect children who may still be at risk.

Thank you,

Ann Hagan Webb, Ed.D.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP
Narragansett, RI 617-513-8442
annhaganwebb@gmail.com

Ann Hagan Webb is a survivor of childhood abuse by a priest, a member and spokesperson of SNAP, and a psychologist whose specialty is survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Shamed cleric Kieran Conry was 'loved and admired', says Bishop of Portsmouth

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

Published 29 October 2014 | Mark Woods

Roman Catholics in Arundel and Brighton are devastated by the loss of their bishop who they "admired and loved" the Bishop of Portsmouth has said.

Writing to his diocese about Bishop Kieran Conry, who resigned as bishop of the adjacent diocese of Arundel and Brighton after admitting to sexual misconduct, Bishop Philip Egan said that chastity often involves a struggle but it is "a virtue to which every member of the Body of Christ is called".

In a message included in a weekly electronic bulletin and reported by The Catholic Herald, Bishop Egan said: "Whenever we find out, unexpectedly, that someone has fallen from grace, our first reaction should be to ask God to have mercy upon us too for our own sins. Indeed, having spoken with priests and people from Arundel and Brighton, devastated by the loss of a bishop they admired and loved, I can only suggest we pray earnestly for God's mercy and healing, and the renewal of Gospel hope."

He continued: "Chastity is a virtue to which every member of the Body of Christ is called. It often involves a struggle. This is why we need constantly to ask Jesus for his grace, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In Confession, we should be absolutely honest about our sins and candid about our weaknesses."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

NV--Child sex case vs. Fernley priest settles

NEVADA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003

Child sex abuse and cover up case against Reno priest settles
Victims prod Catholic officials to alert the public & parishioners
Group to bishop: “Reach out to others who may have seen or suffered crimes”

A child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Fernley priest has settled. Now, a support group wants Reno Catholic officials to “warn parishioners, parents, police and the public” about the cleric and insist that he live “in a remote, secure, independent treatment center.”

In recent years, Fr. Thomas J. Cronin (tomcronin@prodigy.net) worked at three Reno area churches and a local hospital. But, according to the suit, he sexually assaulted a then-devout teenaged girl in the Kansas City diocese in the late 1970s.

Leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which exposed that Calvo was keeping Fr. Cronin on the job after and despite the abuse lawsuit.

[BishopAccountability.org]

The group wants the bishop to insist that Fr. Cronin stop trying to start a shelter for homeless or abused women.

[BishopAccountability.org]

During much of the last decade, Cronin worked in four Nevada towns: Reno (St. Therese Church of the Little Flower and Washoe Medical Center), Fernley (St. Robert Bellarmine), Empire (St. Joseph the Worker) and Virginia City (St. Mary’s of the Mountain). Around 2007, Cronin supposedly retired. But in 2010, he headed St. Mary’s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

RCA Announces Committee To Review Conversion Process

UNITED STATES
Rabbinical Council of America

Committee Reflects Cross Section of Community, Including Women and Men, Converts, Mental Health Professionals, Rabbis and Other Professionals

Oct 29, 2014 -- The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) today announced the members of a committee that will review its current Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) conversion process and suggest safeguards against possible abuses. The RCA committed to forming this committee following the recent arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel, of Washington, DC, which brought to light the need for a thorough review of GPS to identify changes that will ensure a more effective and appropriate conversion process.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, President of the RCA, named the following individuals to the committee:

• Mrs. Evelyn Fruchter, a convert to Judaism and an attorney specializing in litigation;
• Rabbi Shmuel Goldin (chair), Honorary President of the RCA and Rabbi of Ahavath Torah, Englewood, NJ;
• Mrs. Abby Lerner, educator and teacher of family purity laws;
• Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, New York, NY;
• Mrs. Bethany Mandel, a convert to Judaism, former staff member at Commentary Magazine, and freelance writer who recently authored a column entitled, “A Convert’s Bill of Rights”;
• Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beit Din, Chicago Rabbinical Council; Dayan, Beth Din of America; and Chairman, GPS;
• Mrs. Bracha Rutner, Yoetzet Halacha (advisor in Jewish law) for the Riverdale, NY and Washington, DC communities;
• Mrs. Shana Yocheved Schacter, CSW, a psychotherapist in private practice;
• Rabbi Yaakov Shulman, Rabbi of Congregation Talmud Torah, Brooklyn, NY who is an experienced member of a rabbinic tribunal for conversions;
• Rabbi Adam Starr, Rabbi of Young Israel of Toco Hills, Atlanta, GA;
• Rabbi Kalman Topp, Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverley Hills, CA.

“Our hearts continue to go out to those victimized by the unconscionable actions of a Rabbi they trusted in the conversion process,” said Rabbi Matanky “The RCA recognizes the inherent sensitivities and vulnerabilities involved in the conversion process and will do all it can to ensure that such victimization will never be repeated. We believe the formation of this committee, reflecting a cross section of our community, is an important first step in this regard.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Ridgeview pastor charged with sexually abusing young boy

WEST VIRGINIA
Coal Valley News

CHARLESTON — A Ridgeview pastor has been arrest and accused of sexually abusing a young boy.

James Robert Smith, 23, also known as “J.R” is the pastor at Morning Star House of Prayer in Ridgeview.

A warrant was issued by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for Smith on Monday. He was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

The alleged abuse dates back to 2009, when the boy was 10-years-old, according to the criminal complaint.

WCHS-TV in Charleston broke the story, reporting the boy, now 15-years-old, came reported the alleged crimes in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Fr Charles Fenech alleged sexual abuse case before Church Response Team for 8 years

MALTA
Malta Independent

Rachel Attard & Stephen Calleja

A case regarding sexual abuse on vulnerable women by Dominican priest Fr Charles Fenech has been before the Curia Response Team for at least eight years, The Malta Independent has learnt.

The case before the church tribunal is over and above the court case instituted by the police against Fr Fenech.

The Malta Independent this morning revealed that Fr Fenech, known for his organisation of volleyball marathons in aid of Dar Tal-Providenza, is facing charges of sexual abuse against at least five women. He was summoned to court on three occasions but did not turn up, citing illness.

The Malta Independent made a conscious and responsible decision to publish the name of the priest in full respect towards ethical standards. People who are not priests who are accused of similar crimes have always been named unless the victims were relatives and could be identified. In this case, the alleged victims are not relatives of Fr Fenech. The Malta Independent will not protect members of the clergy if they are accused of such crimes.

The case was brought before the Church Response team at the time that Mgr Joseph Mercieca was Archbishop of Malta. The Malta Independent has also learnt that when Mgr Paul Cremona was ordained Archbishop, some of the alleged victims approached him with their accusations against Fr Fenech.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Updated | Kerygma director accused of sexual abuse, Church Response Team investigating

MALTA
Malta Today

Five alleged victims of sexual abuse will be testifying against the director of the Kerygma Movement, Fr Charles Fenech, a prominent cleric well known as the organiser of an annual charity volleyball marathon.
TVM.com.mt featured a censored photo of the 54-year-old on Tuesday, as Fenech is being accused of holding a woman against her will.

He is due to appear in court on 17 December after several sittings were cancelled, when the defendant’s lawyer claimed he was unavailable for the hearing due to a medical condition.

The Church's Response Team is investigating the sexual abuse claims, a spokesman for the Curia has told The Times.

A victim who spoke to MaltaToday said the defendant’s delaying tactics were frustrating her need to seek justice in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

Francis: When Christians become a source of scandal, people choose atheism

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Today’s General Audience was dedicated to the Church as a “visible reality”: We are all sinners and it is right that this should provoke displeasure in us, especially when we set a bad example. But the Church can represent Jesus. The Pope also sent out an appeal against the Ebola virus

IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
VATICAN CITY

We are all sinners and “we experience our fragility and our limitations, which rightly provoke profound displeasure, especially when we give bad example and become a source of scandal.” Francis concluded today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square appealing to the international community to increase efforts to combat the Ebola virus and talked about the visible dimension of the Church, which is different from its “spiritual reality”. If Christians become a source of scandal, some may say: ‘If this is a Christian, I prefer to be an atheist! Because people go by our witness.”

“When we refer to the Church, however, our thoughts turn immediately to our communities, our parishes, our diocese, to the structures in which we usually gather together and, of course, of the component and institutional figures which guide and govern it,” Francis pointed out. “This is the visible reality of the Church. We must ask, then: Are they two different things or the One Church? And, if it is the One Church, how can we understand the relationship between its visible and spiritual reality?” the Pope began today’s reflection by acking.

First, when we speak of the visible reality of the Church we said there are two - the visible reality which we see and the spiritual one - we must not think only of the Pope, Bishops, priests and consecrated persons. The visible reality of the Church is made ​​up of the many baptized brothers and sisters around the world who believe, hope and love. [Moving from the prepared text] “Often, we hear people say: the Church doesn’t do this …the Church doesn’t do that!’ ‘Tell me who is the Church? – ‘Well the Church is the priests, the bishops, the Pope …’ We are all the Church! All of us all of us Baptized! We are the Church, the Church of Jesus’.” “Of all those who follow the Lord Jesus and, in His name, are close to the poor and the suffering, trying to offer some relief, comfort and peace.” Francis then set his prepared text aside and spoke off the cuff: “All of those who do these things, which the Lord sent us to do are the Church”. Thus we understand that the visible reality of the Church cannot be measured, it cannot be known in all its fullness: how can one know of all the good that is done?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Editor's blog: Abuse priest: to name or not to name

MALTA
Times of Malta

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 16:01 by Steve Mallia

Three days ago The Sunday Times of Malta broke a story on its front page about a priest who is facing sexual abuse allegations. Today, the Malta Independent chose to run the same story as its own.

However, the point of this blog is more fundamental: we knew the identity of the priest and opted not to publish it. They found out his identity after we ran the story and decided to splash it with his photo on the front page of their newspaper. Aside from the obvious gap in timeliness, the burning question is: who got it right?

For anyone who sits in an editor’s chair, this is an immensely difficult call to make. Do you go with your natural journalistic instinct to publish all the facts because you want to come out with the full story before anyone else, or do you observe the principles that ought to guide your decision making? Sometimes the call is black and white, but more often than not it tends to be invaded by those very annoying shades of grey.

As we wrestled with a potentially hot and shocking story the day before publication last Saturday, the issue of whether to name or not to name was pinged back and forth. We decided against naming him. But to avoid a situation where suspicion could be cast on every priest in Malta, we opted to release certain details. We said he is 54, that he is based in Rabat and listed the charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Mullah jailed for rape of 10-year-old girl

AFGHANISTAN
The Freethinker (UK)

Lawyers defending Mohammad Amin, who raped the girl in a mosque in Afganistan, argued that this was a case of ‘adultery’, and that, under sharia law, he should only be lashed, then freed.

But according to this report, judge Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli contemptuously dismissed this defence, saying that the victim:

Cannot commit adultery; she is a child. This is rape.

The judge then sentenced Amin to 20 years in prison.

The attack took place inside a mosque in a remote Afghan village back in May of this year. Amin had asked three young girls to clean for him, then began behaving inappropriately. The girls made a run for it. One tripped and fell in a stream. Amin dragged her back inside the mosque, where she was raped and left with serious injuries.

According to sharia Law, which the mullah tried to rely on in court, rape is considered a form of adultery for which both parties are responsible. Amin’s defence lawyers argued that he should be sentenced to 100 lashes and then released – but that would have meant the girl also receiving the same punishment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Police search for teacher suspected of sexual abuse

FLORIDA
Sun Sentinel

By Erika Pesantes,
Sun Sentinel

Police are searching for a teacher suspected of sexually abusing students who attended a private Cooper City school.

The investigation centers on accusations against Tariq Ahmad, 35, in Pembroke Pines, said Sgt. Carlos Corretjer on Friday.

"There is an investigation, it's still an open case," Corretjer said. "We're still trying to locate him."

Ahmad was a former teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City, school officials said.

Ahmad faces several sex-crime related charges, Corretjer said, but would not elaborate further. He said the case has been turned over to the Broward State Attorney's Office, which would not comment on the case Friday.

The alleged sex acts did not occur on school grounds, said Yasir Billoo, an attorney representing Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 Islamic school of more than 335 students.

School officials suspended Ahmad when police started investigating earlier this year, Billoo said, and terminated him in early October after an arrest warrant was issued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Islamic School Teacher Accused of ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuse ...

FLORIDA
The Blaze

Islamic School Teacher Accused of ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuse Against Teen Girls — and School’s Alleged Response Has Sparked a Lawsuit

Oct. 28, 2014 9:20pm Jason Howerton

Police are currently searching for a Muslim man suspected of sexually abusing teen girls while working as a teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City, Florida. The victims, now adults, have filed a civil lawsuit against the school over its alleged response to the reports of sexual abuse.

Sgt. Carlos Corretjer, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, told the Sun Sentinel that an investigation is ongoing into the disturbing allegations against Tariq Ahmad, 35. So far, officers have been unable to locate him.

Ahmad is accused of forcing two teen girls, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, into sexual relationships.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Police hunt former head teacher of Florida Islamic school...

FLORIDA
Daily Mail (UK)

Police hunt former head teacher of Florida Islamic school accused of raping students and leaving one needing 'surgical repair'

By JENNY AWFORD FOR MAILONLINE

Police are hunting the former head teacher of a private Islamic school accused of the sexual abuse and rape of two middle school female students.

Tariq Ahmad, 35, who worked at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, Florida, has been charged with five first degree counts after the alleged abuse which left one student needing 'substantial surgical repair'.
The girls were aged 14 and 15 when Ahmad allegedly forced them into sexual relationships, according to a lawsuit.

Their attorneys said Ahmed would use text messages, social media and even code on the chalk boards in the classroom to set up meetings with the girls.

They also claim the Academy officials knew of Ahmed's illegal conduct for years and did nothing until now.

Pembroke Pines police said the alleged incidents occurred between 2006 and 2008, but the pupils only came forward after years of therapy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Florida Islamic School Teacher Allegedly Abused Two Female Students...

FLORIDA
Opposing Views

[with video]

Florida Islamic School Teacher Allegedly Abused Two Female Students; One Girl Needed 'Substantial Surgical Repair' (Video)

By Khier Casino, Tue, October 28, 2014

The search is on for a former teacher wanted in connection with the sexual abuse and rape of two female students at a private Islamic school in Florida.

Tariq Ahmad, 35, who worked at Nur-UI-Islam Academy in Davie, Fla., since August 2006, has been charged with five first degree counts after the alleged abuse which left one student needing “substantial surgical repair,” according to the Daily Mail.

“There was significant sexual abuse, intercourse and other inappropriate behavior such that one of the students had to have substantial surgical repair of that (private) area. It's horrific,” attorney Scott Mager said.

The Daily Mail notes that Ahmad’s LinkedIn profile says he recently served as the “head of high school” at the academy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Tariq Ahmad, Teacher Accused of Raping Students at Islamic Private School, Previously Worked

FLORIDA
New Times

By Kyle Swenson Wed., Oct. 29 2014

New details are shaking out over the alleged off-limits activities of one Broward private school teacher and his students. Last week, Pembroke Pines Police announced they were looking for Tariq Ahmad, a teacher and head of school at the Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City. The 35-year-old is facing sex-crimes-related charges stemming from alleged abusive relationships with students in the late 2000s.

Reports of the police search were followed by news of a lawsuit claiming a cover-up at the school.
Right now, a manhunt is on for Ahmad. But what hasn't been reported until now is that before the teacher's tenure at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, Ahmad worked for the Broward County Public School District.

Nur-Ul-Islam Academy is a kindergarten-through-12-grade college prep school with around 335 students. The facility boasts a "complete education that emphasizes excellence in academics and Islamic morals and values," according to its website.

On his own LinkedIn page, Ahmad (some news reports and court documents have spelled the name "Ahmed," although it's spelled "Ahmad" on the site) claims he's worked at the school since August 2006. He lists his current job title as "head of school." Before that, Ahmad says he worked for the Broward County Public Schools.

Italian Priest Commits Suicide after Pedophilia Accusation: Reports

ITALY
RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) - A Roman Catholic priest from the northern Italian province of Trieste committed suicide after being accused of child abuse, local media reported Wednesday.

Maks Suard, a 48-year-old priest, reportedly hanged himself after being accused of carrying out sexual abuse against a 13-year-old girl some 17 years ago.

According to the Messaggero Veneto newspaper, the priest had admitted his guilt and asked the Bishop of Trieste Giampaolo Crepaldi for two days to prepare a letter asking for forgiveness from God, the Church and the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Church investigating sex abuse claims against priest

MALTA
Times of Malta

The church is investigating sexual abuse claims made by a woman against a priest who is due to appear in court to face criminal proceedings over the allegations.

A spokesman for the church said the matter was being investigated by the Church's Response Team, which was set up to deal with such allegations.

The spokesman said the Curia was not going to comment further on the case so as not to interfere or in any way influence the proceedings, both before the Response Team and those in court.

Times of Malta, which broke the story last Sunday, decided not to name the priest involved – in line with what it believes is an accepted norm in ethical journalism, save for truly exceptional circumstances – because he has not yet been charged with the offences in court. This media organisation will not deviate from this position even though it has been aware of the priest’s identity all along.

The 54-year-old priest from Rabat is due in court to face charges of violent sexual abuse against a mentally unstable patient.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Texas pastor arrested for soliciting prostitute: Christ’s love allowed me to get caught

TEXAS
San Antonio Express-News

BY JOSHUA FECHTER : OCTOBER 27, 2014

A pastor at an Amarillo church could face up to six months in prison after getting caught with a prostitute in a Motel 6.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers arrested Cameron Tate Reeves, a 34-year-old pastor at Hillside Christian Church's Hillside Canyon campus since 2009, on Thursday at the hotel at 2032 Paramount Blvd. in Amarillo, Myhighplains.com reported.

Reeves resigned from his post after the arrest, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.

The pastor penned a letter to be read to the church's congregation on Sunday, according to the Globe-News. In it, Reeves admitted to knowingly booking an appointment for an "inappropriate sexual encounter."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

More US Christians are becoming 'churchless'

UNITED STATES
Crux

By Cathy Lynn Grossman
Religion News Service October 28, 2014

If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself.

How does 38 percent sound?

That’s what religion researcher David Kinnaman calculates when he adds “the unchurched, the never-churched, and the skeptics” to the nones.

He calls his new category “churchless,” the same title Kinnaman has given his new book. By his count, roughly four in 10 people living in the continental United States are actually “post-Christian” and “essentially secular in belief and practice.”

If asked, the “churchless” would likely check the “Christian” box on a survey, even though they may not have darkened the door of a church in years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Schweiz in Strassburg verurteilt

SCHWEIZ
Luzerner Zeitung

[The human rights court at Strasbourg has ruled that the rights of a Catholic priest who was accused of sexual abuse were violated and Switzerland must pay 14,400 francs in damages.]

MENSCHENRECHTSGERICHTSHOF ⋅ Die Schweiz hat im Falle eines katholischen Priesters, der des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Abhängigen verdächtigt war, das Recht auf ein faires Verfahren nach Europäischer Menschenrechtskonvention verletzt. Sie muss dem Priester 14'400 Franken Schmerzensgeld zahlen.

Zudem muss die Schweiz einen Teil der Verfahrenskosten in Höhe von 18'000 Franken übernehmen. Dies hat der Menschenrechtsgerichtshof in Strassburg entschieden.

Der Priester war Anfang 2008 vom damaligen Offizial des Bistums Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg wegen Verdachts auf Pädophilie bei der Genfer Justiz angezeigt worden. Dabei ging es um Hinweise, wonach zwei Personen von einem Angehörigen der Kirche sexuell missbraucht worden waren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Schweiz muss Pädo-Priester 14'400 Fr zahlen

SCHWEIZ
Blick

Die Schweiz hat im Falle eines katholischen Priesters, der des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Abhängigen verdächtigt war, das Recht auf ein faires Verfahren nach Europäischer Menschenrechtskonvention verletzt. Sie muss dem Priester 14'400 Franken Schmerzensgeld zahlen.

Zudem muss die Schweiz einen Teil der Verfahrenskosten in Höhe von 18'000 Franken übernehmen. Dies hat der Menschenrechtsgerichtshof in Strassburg entschieden.

Der Priester war Anfang 2008 vom damaligen Offizial des Bistums Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg wegen Verdachts auf Pädophilie bei der Genfer Justiz angezeigt worden. Dabei ging es um Hinweise, wonach zwei Personen von einem Angehörigen der Kirche sexuell missbraucht worden waren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

**TheMediaReport.com SPECIAL REPORT** Star Witness In Church Abuse Trial SLAMS Kansas City Star:...

KANSAS CITY (MO)
TheMediaReport

David Pierre

The Kansas City Star may not have been officially listed as a party in the recent high-profile clergy abuse trial in Kansas City, but the credibility of the Star was certainly on trial. And by all accounts, it lost.

A splashy, three-part series in 2011, entitled, "The altar boys' secret," by the Star's Judy L. Thomas, relayed the shocking charges of a man named Jon David Couzens, who claimed that an abusive priest, Msgr. Thomas O'Brien (who died in 2013), had forced Couzens and three other altar boys thirty years earlier to perform sex acts upon each other and upon him only minutes before Mass was to begin at the Catholic school where the boys attended.

And according to the Star, Couzens claims that this episode happened not just once, not twice, but on three separate occasions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Vatican defrocks 3 Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests accused of harming children

OHIO
TheIndyChannel

[with video]

Maxim Alter

The Vatican permanently removed three priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Tuesday due to allegations of improper behavior involving minors.

The three priests – Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper – have each been on administrative leave for more than a decade. They were dismissed Tuesday from the clerical state by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) at the Vatican.

Kuhn, Feldhaus and Cooper were permanently removed from both the rights and the obligations of the priesthood after a canonical process. A panel of three judges made the decision, which was affirmed by the CDF.

The decision constitutes the Catholic Church’s “ultimate penalty” and is commonly referred to as being “defrocked,” Archbishop of Cincinnati Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr said.

Barbara Dorris, outreach director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said she is thankful the three priests were "ousted," but wishes more could be done.

She said the ultimate punishment is "excommunication," not defrocking. She said defrocking is less about safeguarding children and more about “damage control.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in sacristy

ITALY
The Sun Daily

Posted on 29 October 2014

ROME: An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl hanged himself in the sacristy -- the cleric's changing room in his church -- the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy said Wednesday.

The priest, 48, who belonged to the Slovenian community in Trieste, had been accused of committing "grave acts" years earlier with a then 13-year-old girl.

He confessed to his bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi that the reports were true and asked for two days to prepare a letter asking for the forgiveness of God, the Church and the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

When Judges Screw Up And Prosecutors Cheat

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

When Assistant District Attorney Peter Carr stood to begin oral arguments today in Superior Court, Presiding Judge Anne E. Lazarus let him know before he said a word that he was facing an uphill climb.

"You've got your work cut out for you," she warned Carr.

During the hearing, allegations of judicial errors and prosecutorial misconduct were piling up as defense lawyers for Father Charles Engelhardt and former Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero argued that their clients deserved a new trial.

Carr attempted to blow off most of the accusations as a "harmless error" here, a "not consequential" error there, and, best of all, "certainly not a "reversible error."

But Judge Lazarus cut him off and said she agreed that when weighed individually the errors might indeed be minor. But her concern was that the "quantitative effect" of the errors might have fundamentally compromised the defendants' rights to a fair trial.

It was the most powerful moment of the hearing. A half-dozen blocks away, at the district attorney's office, you could almost hear Seth Williams screaming.

In the D.A.'s self-described "historic" prosecution of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Superior Court has already reversed the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn. In court today, defense lawyers were seeking reversals for two more defendants in that historic prosecution -- Father Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero. Would hitting the trifecta on reversals make appellate history?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Local Rabbis Sweep The Mikvah For Bugs

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

10/28/14
Hannah Dreyfus
Staff Writer

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, spiritual leader of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, received an urgent phone call this week from a young woman in his community.

“She told me her mikvah day had arrived, but she couldn’t go because she was ‘nauseous,’” said Rabbi Schonfeld, who spent significant time calming her fears. Her response was provoked by what happened in Washington D.C, he said.

Rabbi Schonfeld was referring to the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Congregation Kesher Israel on Oct. 14. He is facing six charges of voyeurism after allegedly planting recording devices in the local mikvah.

“Now, some of my congregants are terrified to go to mikvah,” said Rabbi Schonfeld. “They’re taking this scandal personally.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

RCA forms committee to review conversion process in wake of Freundel scandal

UNITED STATES
JTA

(JTA) – The Rabbinical Council of America has formed a committee to review its conversion process in the wake of the arrest on voyeurism charges of one of its leading conversion rabbis.

The RCA announced Wednesday the men and women appointed to a committee to review its current Geirus Protocol and Standards conversion process and suggest safeguards against possible abuses.

The RCA committed to forming the committee following the arrest two weeks ago of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Washington’s prominent Kesher Israel congregation. Freundel, who was arrested at his Washington home and charged with voyeurism after a witness allegedly saw him installing a clock radio with a hidden camera in the women’s showers of the congregation’s mikvah, not guilty to voyeurism District of Columbia Superior Court.

Freundel, who was suspended from his position at the synagogue, also was suspended by the RCA, which extended the ban to his activities with the Beth-Din of America, suspending his functions as one of the leading conversion rabbis in the United States.

“The RCA recognizes the inherent sensitivities and vulnerabilities involved in the conversion process and will do all it can to ensure that such victimization will never be repeated. We believe the formation of this committee, reflecting a cross section of our community, is an important first step in this regard,” RCA President Rabbi Leonard Matanky said in a statement announcing the committee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Parroco suicida in canonica, trovato dal vescovo: «Aveva ammesso atti di pedofilia su una tredicenne»

ITALIA
Il Gazzettino

[A priest who was well-known throughout the Trieste province and in neighboring Slovenia, committed suicide today in Trieste. The priest, 48, hanged himself in the rectory of Holy Cross church. The diocese said the priest had admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old.]

di Elisabetta Batic

TRIESTE - Tragedia con clamorosi risvolti sul Carso triestino: un parroco molto noto in tutta la provincia e nella vicina Slovenia si è suicidato oggi a Trieste. Il sacerdote, che aveva 48 anni, si è impiccato in canonica di Santa Croce. Sulla vicenda indagini sono in corso da parte della questura di Trieste. La diocesi ha chiarito in serata che il parroco aveva fatto ammissioni su gravi fatti di pedofilia ai danni di una tredicenne. Stava per essere rimosso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Minnesota man charged with luring boy ...

MINNESOTA
New York Daily News

Minnesota man charged with luring boy for sex through Craigslist, wanted to be his ‘mentor’: defense attorney

BY RACHELLE BLIDNER

A Minnesota man who is accused of trying to lure a minor for sex through Craigslist was trying to protect the boy from the same kind of abuse he suffered as a child, his attorney said Monday.

Stephen Joseph Schulz, 56, is on trial in Ramsey County District Court after allegedly arranging to meet up with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy, but who was really an undercover St. Paul police officer.

Schulz was charged with sexual soliciting a child via the Internet in April 2013.

Defense attorney Paul Engh said Schulz "wanted to meet the child, mentor him and prevent another tragedy" after being molested by a priest as a child, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Engh said Schulz was sexually abused when he was about 13 or 14 by a Roman Catholic priest from his family's church in Milwaukee. The priest allegedly molested Schulz and a friend on a trip to Geneva, Wisc., and tried to have anal sex with Schulz at a later date.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Victim's advocate glad to see 3 Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican

OHIO
WLWT

[with video]

CINCINNATI —Three Cincinnati priests were defrocked Tuesday and WLWT News 5 spoke with the man who took on the Catholic Church to protect a teenage boy.

The Vatican has permanently removed three Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests from the priesthood.

It was an unpopular choice for Mike Knellinger. It was one that came with a lot of criticism and backlash, but 12 years later, finally some justice.

A phone call from Knellinger’s son in 2002 sparked the investigation that brought down Father Thomas Kuhn, who was a former principal at Elder High School.

“The thought that was on my mind was that could have been my son,” said Knellinger.

One of Kuhn's victims confided in Knelliger’s son, which led to some of the public indecency charges that he was convicted of two years later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Threatened with excommunication, Tony Flannery holds firm to his beliefs

UNITED STATES
Crux

Margery Eagan
On Spirituality columnist
@MargeryEagan

October 29, 2014

Tony Flannery has done what few of us could. He sacrificed his career and his passion for his principles. It’s been anything but easy.

All four of the Galway Flannerys joined religious orders. The three priests and one nun were the children of an ambitious Irish mother who well understood that an affordable religious education was her best hope of saving them from poverty.

“So I was third on the conveyor belt,” says Flannery, now 67, who grew up to love his Catholic faith, his Church, and his work as a Redemptorist preacher traveling from Irish parish to Irish parish holding revivals to renew that faith. He would have celebrated 50 years in religious life this year, save for this: For years now, he has very publicly spoken out against the Church’s stands on the origins of the priesthood, ordaining women to it, contraception, and gays – some of the same issues cardinals debated and commented on publicly at the synod in Rome.

But Francis was not yet pope when Flannery’s Vatican superiors began their investigation.

When they insisted he sign a paper renouncing those views, he refused. When they told him to keep silent, he refused again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

‘Peeping Rabbi’: What To Do — And Not Do — Next

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Jewish Week

10/28/14
Hannah Dreyfus
Staff Writer

This past Shabbat, members of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., filled the synagogue’s social hall for a synagogue-sponsored dinner.

The meal, according to longtime congregant Elliot Lowenstein, was an ad-hoc attempt to pull together a community rocked by the arrest of their spiritual leader, Rabbi Barry Freundel, less than two weeks ago.

Police led Freundel, 62, out of his Georgetown home in handcuffs on Oct. 14. He was charged with six counts of voyeurism after secret video cameras were found in the community mikvah disguised as clock radios.

Lowenstein described the Kesher community’s reaction to the allegations as “rallying around the flag.”
“It’s brought our community closer,” he said. “I feel like a part of something bigger.”

Amidst the media hubbub and growing list of accusations against Rabbi Freundel, the shul has sought to keep congregants informed and united. Over the holiday of Simchat Torah, just days after the arrest, informal discussion groups were held for women and specifically for female converts, giving potential victims a first chance to process their shock and dismay, congregants said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Updated: Prominent priest who worked for years with young people ...

MALTA
Malta Independent

Updated: Prominent priest who worked for years with young people facing charges of sex abuse

Kerygma Movement director Father Charles Fenech, famous for his organisation of volleyball marathons in aid of the needy some years back and a prominent figure within the church as an active agent amongst youths, is the priest accused of sex abuse, The Malta Independent is informed.

Father Fenech, who is also accused of holding one of the women against her will, is next due to appear in court on 17 December.

At least five victims alleging sexual abuse are expected to be testifying in court during the proceedings, which are being held behind closed doors. Fr Fenech is reportedly denying the accusations.

So far, Fr Fenech has failed to make an appearance in the courtroom for the three times the case was due to be heard, citing illness. He was first charged on 22 May last year.

The priest was allegedly also a long-time partner of one of the victims, however things took a bad turn and the relationship stopped. At least one of the victims is known to have accompanied Fr Fenech in a visit to Lourdes. This newsroom is informed that a number of those testifying in court possess several affectionate phone messages allegedly sent by Fr. Fenech.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

October 28, 2014

St. Paul sex-sting suspect says memory of priest's abuse caused him to contact 'boy'

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 10/28/2014

A Golden Valley man charged with soliciting someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy for sex broke down on the witness stand Tuesday as he described molestation he said he suffered at the hands of a priest.

Stephen Joseph Schulz, 56, testified at his trial that he drove to meet the boy -- who turned out to be an undercover St. Paul police sergeant -- to warn him away from the fate he had suffered.

He has been charged with felony online solicitation of a minor for sex. Testimony in the Ramsey County District Court trial began Monday.

Schulz was 13 when the Rev. Franklyn Becker became pastor at Holy Family Church in Whitefish Bay, Wis., where Schulz lived with his mother and two younger siblings.

His father "walked out" on the family when he was 7, Schulz testified. He mother, a devout Catholic, felt the new priest was the kind of father figure her children needed, he said.

So when Becker proposed an overnight trip to Lake Geneva, Wis., in the summer of 1972 for Schulz and another teenage boy, Schulz's mother readily consented.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

New trial sought in sex abuse case at Catholic parish

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

MARIA PANARITIS, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Citing newly discovered evidence and errors made at trial, lawyers for a Catholic priest and an ex-parochial school teacher jailed for sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy made their case to an appellate panel Tuesday for overturning the men's convictions.

Attorneys Burton A. Rose, representing former St. Jerome teacher Bernard Shero, and Michael McGovern, representing the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, alleged prosecutorial misconduct and "abuse of discretion on the part of the trial judge" who sentenced the men to prison terms in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s.

The lawyers said the prosecutor repeatedly made a factual error during closing arguments, and that despite defense objections, Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler refused to correct the record before sending the case to the jury.

In another instance, prosecutors questioned a pediatrician as though he were an expert on child sexual abuse, but without presenting him to the jury as such or allowing defense lawyers to question his credentials, Engelhardt's and Shero's attorneys said.

That doctor testified of a link between testicular pain, which the victim complained of after the assaults, and sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Pa. priest, ex-teacher appeal abuse verdicts

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Seattle PI

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Lawyers for a priest and former Catholic school teacher have argued to a Pennsylvania appeals court that their clients were wrongly convicted of child sexual assault.

The Philadelphia case is linked to that of Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever prosecuted over his handling of abuse complaints. Lynn has been granted bail while he appeals his child-endangerment conviction.

Now two of his co-defendants are appealing their convictions last year. They involve the same accuser.

Lawyer for the Rev. Charles Engelhard and former teacher Bernard Shero say they have new evidence about the accuser and a key witness who corroborated some of his story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Alleged victim of Alto Pass pastor sex assault speaks out

ILLINOIS
KFVS

Allison Twaits

Last week, a former southern Illinois pastor accused of sexually abusing foster children will likely spend the rest of his life locked in mental hospital.

76-year-old Bill Vandergraph was indicted on several sex crimes back in 2010

He was later found mentally unfit to stand trial.

A woman, who claims she was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her foster father and former pastor, is speaking out.

She says she doesn't feel the punishment is harsh enough.

“I went through a lot more than what he is going through,” says she doesn't want her identity revealed.

Now 18, this woman claims she was sexually abused by Bill Vandergraph from the age three to 13.

“A lot of kids will talk about their childhood and my childhood is not a good childhood. My childhood is getting raped,” she says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Diocese: Fairbanks Priest Held on Federal Child-pornography Charges was Screened

ALASKA
KUAC

[with copy of the indictment]

A Fairbanks Catholic priest accused of trying to produce child pornography underwent a two-stage screening process as part of his hiring and ordination.

57-year-old Clint Michael Landry was arrested Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him earlier last week on one count of attempted production of child pornography and one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to participate in the production of the porn.

According to the indictment, the latter charge stems from Landry’s alleged attempt to get a youth to, quote, “engage in sexually explicit conduct” on May 18th and 19th. The indictment states that Landry planned to transmit a live depiction of that conduct.

Ronnie Rosenberg is director of human resources for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, and she’s also its legal coordinator. Rosenberg says officials with the diocese responded immediately when they learned about the alleged incidents.

“As soon as we thought that there may be a problem with computer usage, the computers were secured and we called the Alaska State Troopers. They in turn turned it over to the FBI,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Church failed victims of child sex abuse, says outspken priest Father Kevin Dillon

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By NICK PAYNE Oct. 29, 2014

OUTSPOKEN Catholic priest Father Kevin Dillon believes the church has dismally failed victims of child sex abuse.

During a visit to Ballarat on Tuesday, Father Dillon, of Geelong, spoke with members of the Moving Towards Justice group.

Father Dillon believes that the church actively avoided bringing victims together to support each another.

"There's nothing organised by the church why not?," he said.

More than 150 members and supporters turned up at the Ballarat Specialist School hall for a fund-raising morning tea.

Moving Towards Justice was formed in 2013 as a support group for victims of church sexual abuse.

Father Dillon praised the group for its efforts and called for the Catholic church to take greater responsibility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Vatican defrocks 3 priests over sexual misconduct

OHIO
Cincinnati Enquirer

Dan Horn, dhorn@enquirer.com 3:46 p.m. EDT October 28, 2014

The Vatican defrocked three Greater Cincinnati priests Tuesday because of sexual misconduct with children that occurred more than a decade ago.

The decision permanently removes the men from the priesthood and is the final step in the Roman Catholic Church's slow, methodical process of evaluating abuse cases and handing out discipline.

All three priests -- Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper -- had been on administrative leave for years and had been barred from saying Mass and performing any priestly acts. The Vatican's move to dismiss them "from the clerical state" means they can never again present themselves as priests.

"I hope that this resolution will bring some measure of closure and healing to anyone harmed by these priests," said Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

Schnurr said the decision Tuesday resolves the last of the clergy abuse cases from Greater Cincinnati pending before the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The cases came to light a decade ago after the clergy abuse scandal exploded nationwide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Investigators Set Up Hotline For Potential Voyeurism Victims of Georgetown Rabbi

WASHINGTON (DC)
DCist

Authorities investigating Barry Freundel, the Rabbi at Georgetown's Kesher Israel synagogue, accused of voyeurism, have set up a hotline number and email for any potential victims to come forward.

The Post reports that Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said today that "the investigation is expected to take a long time as forensic experts comb through computer storage devices seized in the case." Freundel was arrested on October 14 after it was discovered that he had set up hidden cameras in a room where people change and shower in preparation for a mikveh. The number that the U.S. Attorney's Office has set up is 202-252-7585, and an email address has also been set up.

Police found images of at least six members of Freundel's congregation and has been charged on six counts of voyeurism. Since then, the Rabbinical Council of America released reports of past allegations against Freundel, including conversion candidates who felt "coerced to perform clerical work for him in his home office (there is no office at the synagogue) and to contribute financially," as well as a trip Freundel took to Chicago in a sleeper train with a woman who was not his wife.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Two former local priests defrocked

OHIO
WDTN

By Jill Drury
Published: October 28, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two former local priests are among three in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to be permanently removed of their clerical duties by the Vatican.

Thomas Kuhn was put on leave in 2002 after police seized his computer from St. Henry Parish where he was pastor.

He was convicted two years later of misdemeanor charges of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors. He served a 30 day jail sentence after violating his probation.

He also served Incarnation Church in Dayton from 1989 until 2001 before his tenure at St. Henry.

Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper were also defrocked. Both men were accused of inappropriately touching children. Cooper served as associate pastor at St. Albert the Great in Dayton from 1989-1990. Feldhaus mostly served in the Cincinnati area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Three local priests defrocked

OHIO
WVXU

By BILL RINEHART

The Vatican has removed three priests in the Cincinnati Archdiocese over allegations of improper conduct involving minors.

Before Tuesday’s announcement, Thomas Kuhn had been on administrative leave since 2002. He was convicted of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors while serving as pastor of St. Henry’s Parish in Dayton. Kuhn served as the principal of Elder High School in the 80's.

Thomas Feldhaus was suspended in 2003 after he was accused twice of touching a child. At the time, he was serving as an associate pastor in Mount Airy.

Ronald Cooper had been on administrative leave since 2004, after a man said he had been molested by Cooper in Bridgetown between 1983 and 1984.

“I hope that this resolution will bring some measure of closure and healing to anyone harmed by these priests,” said Dennis Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “As Archbishop, I deeply regret that any representative of the local Church has ever harmed a child under our care.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Vatican defrocks three Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests

OHIO
Fox 19

(FOX19) -
The Vatican permanently removed three priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Tuesday due to allegations of improper behavior involving minors.

Three priests- Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus, and Ronald Cooper have been permanently removed from both the rights and the obligations of the priesthood after a canonical process. The decisions were made by a panel of three judges in another diocese and affirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) at the Vatican.

The canonical process is described on the Archdiocese's website.

“I hope that this resolution will bring some measure of closure and healing to anyone harmed by these priests,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, in a news release. “With this decision, all of the cases presented to the CDF have been dealt with and we have no more priests of the Archdiocese on administrative leave.

According to a release, Kuhn was put on administrative in 2002 after law enforcement officers seized the office computers at St. Henry Parish in Dayton, where he was pastor. In 2004, he was convicted of 11 misdemeanor charges of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors. He violated terms of his probation on those charges and served 30 days in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Vatican defrocks 3 Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests accused of harming children

OHIO
WCPO

CINCINNATI – The Vatican permanently removed three priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Tuesday due to allegations of improper behavior involving minors.

The three priests – Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper – have each been on administrative leave for more than a decade. They were dismissed Tuesday from the clerical state by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) at the Vatican.

Kuhn, Feldhaus and Cooper have been permanently removed from both the rights and the obligations of the priesthood after a canonical process . A panel of three judges made the decision, which was affirmed by the CDF.

The decision constitutes the Catholic Church’s “ultimate penalty” and is commonly referred to as being “defrocked,” Archbishop of Cincinnati Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

OH--Three predator priests are defrocked

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 28

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 )

Decades too late, three Cincy area predator priests have been defrocked. This is a tiny, long-overdue step that is more about protecting church officials than innocent kids.

[WCPO]

Thomas A. Kuhn, Thomas F. Feldhaus and Ronald C. Cooper were suspended more than a decade ago (in 2002, 2003 and 2004, respectively). How can Catholic officials justify such irresponsible delays?

We suspect that two of these decisions were made months ago – perhaps even years ago – but were kept quiet by Cincy church officials so that all three could be announced at the same time. If so, that’s a cynical, irresponsible and self-serving public relations maneuver.

When church officials defrock predator priests it's less about safeguarding kids. It's more about church damage control. Still, we are grateful these priests are now, finally, ousted from the priesthood. Without that Roman collar and the respect that accompanies it, they will find it a bit harder to win the trust of parents, gain access to kids, and sexually assault them.

It's crucial to remember that basically no Catholic supervisors have been punished, worldwide, for enabling and hiding horrific clergy sex crimes. The Pope must start defrocking clerics who cover up sex crimes, not just clerics who commit them. Until that happens, little will change.

So why the alleged increase in defrocked pedophile priests in recent years? It's likely because more victims across the globe are gaining the strength and courage to come forward and are reporting to (and pressuring) church officials because archaic, predator-friendly secular laws prevent most victims from seeking justice in court. And it's likely because more bishops are convincing Vatican officials that defrocking predators is a smart public relations and legal defense strategy. Cutting all ties with the most egregious serial sex offender clerics helps convince Catholics that progress is being made.

Catholic officials pretend that once a child molesting cleric is defrocked, their duty is over. It's not. Bishops' duty to protect others from these dangerous men does not end when they are defrocked.

It's irresponsible for Catholic officials to recruit, educate, ordain, train, transfer and protect predator priests, then defrock them when they're caught (and the heat gets too intense) and stop there. Catholic officials should help make sure child molesting clerics are criminally prosecuted. If that can't happen, then Catholic officials should house them in remote, secure treatment centers. And Catholic officials should lobby for, not against, reforming outdated, secular laws that enable many who commit and conceal child sex crimes to escape punishment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Levenslang door seksueel misbruik (2 en slot)

CURACAO
Caraibisch Uitzicht

door Mineke de Vries
Na de ervaringsverhalen van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk op Curaçao (deel 1, zie hieronder) roept journalist Robert Chesal – die het misbruik grootschalig aan het licht bracht in 2010 – op tot de erkenning van de slachtoffers. Zelf slachtoffer van misbruik weet hij dat erover praten de enige mogelijkheid is tot herstel.

Kinderen die martelingen ondergingen terwijl een broeder naast ze een boek zat te lezen. Of kinderen die wekenlang in eenzame opsluiting in de kelders van een internaat doorbrachten. De intense eenzaamheid maakte dat ze bijna blij waren met het gezelschap van een geestelijke die ze ‘s nachts bezocht en liefkoosde, zo verlangend naar menselijke nabijheid in hun eenzame opsluiting. De onvoorstelbare verwarring, het schuldgevoel en het emotionele drama waaraan een kind wordt blootgesteld, betekent een levenslange lijdensweg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Seksueel misbruik massaal door de vingers gezien (1)

CURACAO
Caraibisch Uitzicht

[When journalist Robert Chesal unveiled many reports of people who had been abused in the Catholic Church of the Netherlands, reports of abuse started coming in from Curacao.]

door Mineke de Vries
Toen journalist Robert Chesal het seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk op grote schaal onthulde in 2010, kwamen vele meldingen binnen van mensen die waren misbruikt in Nederland, maar per direct waren er ook meldingen uit Curaçao. Een golf van publiciteit was het gevolg. In Nederland welteverstaan, niét op Curaçao. In zijn recent verschenen boek Een verzwegen leven doet Chesal verslag van de gruwelijkheden, ook op Curaçao. Maar wie denkt dat het misbruik is gestopt, heeft het mis: met financiële vergoedingen en in die zin afhankelijkheid van de kerk worden momenteel veelal arme gezinnen het zwijgen opgelegd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Schweiz muss Pädo-Priester 27'000 Franken zahlen

SCHWEIZ
Blick

[A Swiss priest accused to sexual abuse.]

Die Schweiz hat im Falle eines katholischen Priesters, der des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Abhängigen verdächtigt war, das Recht auf ein faires Verfahren nach Europäischer Menschenrechtskonvention verletzt. Sie muss dem Priester 14'400 Franken Schmerzensgeld zahlen.

Zudem muss die Schweiz einen Teil der Verfahrenskosten in Höhe von 18'000 Franken übernehmen. Dies hat der Menschenrechtsgerichtshof in Strassburg entschieden.
Der Priester war Anfang 2008 vom damaligen Offizial des Bistums Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg wegen Verdachts auf Pädophilie bei der Genfer Justiz angezeigt worden. Dabei ging es um Hinweise, wonach zwei Personen von einem Angehörigen der Kirche sexuell missbraucht worden waren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

Jewish group calls for safeguards against child abuse at ritual baths

AUSTRALIA
The Jerusalem Post

Stricter oversight is required at ritual baths, known in Hebrew as tmikvaot, in order to prevent child molestation, according to one Australian Jewish organization. Tzedek, which advocates for members of the Jewish community who have been sexually abused, issued a set of recommended guidelines on Tuesday which it hopes will find widespread acceptance and which would overhaul the manner in which such religious facilities are managed.

Tzedek and its founder Manny Waks, himself a former victim, have been embroiled in a number of high profile disputes with orthodox educational institutions accused of covering up past abuses and protecting the guilty parties.

In a PDF document available in both English and Hebrew, Tzedek recommended that youths attending the mikve should be accompanied by their fathers or a designated supervisor, that “alleged or convicted perpetrators” not be allowed within the facility while children are present and defining procedures for the admittance of children so that “their whereabouts are always known.”

At least two adult monitors should be present and within line of sight of children during their visit, there should be no “unrestricted hours” of operation and no “opportunity for concealment,” the document further recommended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Authorities set up hotline...

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

Authorities set up hotline number for potential victims of rabbi in voyeurism case

By Peter Hermann October 28

Authorities investigating a Georgetown rabbi accused of secretly recording women in a ritual bath in Northwest Washington have set up a hotline number for people who think they might have been victimized.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, in her first public comments on the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel, said Tuesday that the investigation is expected to take a long time as forensic experts comb through computer storage devices seized in the case.

“It’s really a tragic case and it is going to take some time for all the details to unfold,” Lanier told Bruce DePuyt on her monthly appearance on NewsChannel 8. “I think this case will be rolling out for some time.” She added, “For people who are potential victims, that is agonizing.”

The number at the U.S. attorney’s office is 202-252-7585. There is also an e-mail address — usadc.bernardfreundelcase@usdoj.gov and a web site with updated information: http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/programs/vw/bernard_freundel.html.

Lanier said it is important that potential victims “who are part of this larger family can follow what is going on.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Activists Warn Of Abuse Allegations Against Ex-Priest Who Lives In Yonkers

NEW YORK
Yonkers Daily Voice

by Dina Grace Zoe Sciortino

YONKERS, N.Y.-- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is demanding the Archdiocese of New York warn its parishioners about child molestation claims against Roger Vaughn, one of its former priests.

“We call on New York Catholic officials to tell parents, parishioners warn the public about him and beg anyone who may have been hurt by him to come forward and get help,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s national director.

Vaughn, 66, is believed to have worked at a Westchester grammar school and college, as well as various assignments in New York for more than a decade. Vaughn lives in Yonkers, according to the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis.

SNAP, a self-help group with chapters across the country for those who’ve been sexually assaulted by clergy, wants church officials to use parish bulletins, press releases, websites and other announcements to advise the public of Vaughn’s past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

DANIEL O’CONNELL TRIAL POSTPONED

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

October 28, 2014 9:18 am | Author: berger

Judge Phil Heagney has postponed the case against ex-SLU prez Daniel O’Connell set for trial next week. The Jesuit priest reportedly sexually violated a 20 year-old female student.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Prete frustava fedeli, legali vittime: "La Curia si costituisca parte civile"

ITALIA
TGCOM24

14:31 - I legali delle vittime si augurano che la Curia si costituisca parte civile nel processo contro il prete di Lanciano (Chieti) che frustava i fedeli con il rosario. Don André Luiz Facchini, 39 anni, finirà sul banco degli imputati il 19 maggio 2015 con le accuse di violenza privata, lesioni aggravate, ingiurie, minacce, violazioni di domicilio contro alcuni ex adepti dell'associazione religiosa da lui fondata.

Il rinvio a giudizio dell'ex parroco della chiesa di Sant'Agostino è stato deciso dal gup Marina Valente, su richiesta del pm Rosaria Vecchi. Don Andrea aveva avuto questi comportamenti nei confronti degli adepti della Legio Sacrorum Cordium, associazione religiosa: li picchiava e li frustava sulla schiena nuda con grandi corone del rosario.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Lanciano, “frustava col rosario e faceva leccare il pavimento”: prete a processo

ITALIA
Il Fatto Quotidiano

di Maurizio Di Fazio | 27 ottobre 2014

Rinviato a giudizio l’ex parroco della chiesa di Sant’Agostino di Lanciano don André Luiz Facchini. Il processo partirà il 19 maggio del 2015. Il sacerdote 39enne, di origine brasiliana, è accusato di violenza privata aggravata, lesioni, molestie, ingiurie e minacce ai danni di una decina di giovani facenti parte della Legio Sacrorum Cordium, un’associazione da lui stesso fondata in seno alla parrocchia lancianese. Alcuni ragazzi del gruppo hanno infatti raccontato, prima sul web, poi alla Procura, fatti tutt’altro che cristiani: secondo il loro racconto don Facchini li avrebbe, tra le altre cose, frustati col rosario, costretti a leccare i pavimenti della chiesa con la lingua, obbligati a estenuanti e morbosi sondaggi sulla loro vita sessuale. “Punizioni” servite a mo’ di penitenza “per liberare le anime dal purgatorio”. Ma parecchi ex adepti non si sono più ripresi da queste “cure spirituali” non prescritte in nessun Vangelo e son finiti sotto cura psichiatrica.

Le indagini, condotte dal pm Rosaria Vecchi con il coordinamento della polizia giudiziaria, hanno preso le mosse da un’inchiesta per violenza sessuale che il prete avrebbe commesso su un parrocchiano di 27 anni: l’indagine per questa accusa deve essere ancora chiusa. La presunta pressione di don André nei confronti del giovane sarebbe stato scoperta dai genitori del ragazzo, proprio fuori dalla loro abitazione; eppure, per niente contrito, li avrebbe anche minacciati: “Vi distruggo”. In precedenza c’erano state 26 telefonate rapide e mute al cellulare del ragazzo e al telefono fisso della sua famiglia. La violenza carnale si sarebbe invece consumata durante un viaggio all’estero. Il giovane, anche lui iscritto alla Legio Sacrorum Cordium, a quel punto si era allontanato dalla parrocchia ma don André avrebbe continuato l’assedio: per questo, al momento, dovrà rispondere al momento almeno di molestie telefoniche, ingiurie e minacce.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Italy: Catholic Priest Who 'Abused and Flogged Parishioners During Purification Rituals' Faces Trial

ITALY
International Business Times

By Umberto Bacchi
October 28, 2014

A town priest in central Italy flogged parishioners with a rosary and forced some to lick the floor of his mediaeval church during abusive purification rituals, local prosecutors have alleged.

Father André Luiz Facchini is facing trial in Lanciano, Abruzzo on a series of charges including private violence, bodily harm, harassment, slander and making threats, dating from 2013.

The 39-year-old clergyman was reported to police by a group of local youths who claimed he "punished" them as a penance "to free their souls from purgatory", Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper reported.

The alleged victims were members of a Roman Catholic sect named Legio Sacrorum Cordium, which was founded by Facchini.

A former member of the group told local television channel Abruzzolive that the purification sessions were, usually, held around midnight in the 13th-century Chiesa di Sant'Agostino church in Lanciano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

4 priests charged with child pornography

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

Catholic World News - October 28, 2014

In recent weeks, four US priests have been arrested or indicted on separate child pornography charges. Father Mark Haynes, a 59-year-old priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography. According to the local district attorney, he posted the images online using his Instagram account. Father Joseph Maurizio, a priest of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (PA), was indicted on sex tourism charges after he allegedly traveled to Honduras each year for a decade and money or candy to boys at an orphanage in exchange for sexual activity. The 69-year-old priest was also charged with child pornography on a computer hard drive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

An Alleged Victim Speaks

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

Tue, 10/28/2014
Stephanie Doucette
Special To The Jewish Week

Many in the Jewish community seem to be transfixed at the moment with the ongoing voyeurism scandal concerning Rabbi Barry Freundel. A flood of articles has been published throughout the United States and Israel focusing on the details of the police investigation or debating mikveh politics and Orthodox Judaism. These are important issues, but they're a bit abstract. They can't answer the question of what it feels like to be a potential victim of Rabbi Freundel. What was it like to go through a conversion with him?

I can answer that question. My name is Stephanie. I am a 22-year-old graduate student in the Washington, D.C., area and I began converting with Rabbi Freundel over a year and a half ago. I was one of the conversion students who did 'practice dunks.' Now I'm waiting to find out if he videotaped me in the mikveh.

I grew up celebrating my maternal Jewish heritage; then, as an undergraduate, when I found myself becoming more traditional in my observances, I decided to do an Orthodox conversion. I thought I was fortunate to be living in the same city as Rabbi Freundel, who was well known for his conversions.

At first my experiences with him were positive, and I was delighted with my decision. However, as time progressed I began having more difficulties. I started to see him as being very judgmental. He wouldl disaparage surrounding communities as not being truly Orthodox or comment on an individual congregation member’s observance level. I chose to keep my personal life to myself for fear of what he may say about me to others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Church of England to examine 1950s records in child abuse investigation

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Michael White and Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014

The Church of England is examining the personnel files of thousands of clergymen and women dating back to the 1950s as part of a wide-ranging investigation into historical allegations of child abuse, the archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, said that the move is part of a renewed effort to ensure that there are no allegations of abuse which have been ignored, overlooked or covered up.

Following recent disclosures of evidence of child abuse within the church, Welby conceded that the investigations would show that “there is more that has not been revealed”.

He also spoke for the first time about plans by the church to launch a study which will examine the confidentiality of the confessional – a move which could overturn 1,800 years of tradition.

Last week, the archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said he was deeply ashamed of the church’s failure to protect vulnerable children after an independent inquiry found “systematic failures” in its attempts to stop the Very Rev Robert Waddington, the former dean of Manchester, who died seven years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Phase 2 of the Pope Francis era: The honeymoon is over

UNITED STATES
Crux

By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor October 28, 2014

A kerfuffle broke out last week over a lecture given by Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput and sponsored by First Things magazine, generally considered the smartest journal of conservative Catholic opinion in America.

In itself it may not loom especially large, but it’s illustrative of something broader. We are entering Phase Two of Francis’ papacy, in which a period of good feelings has given way to an era of edge.

Before moving on, a caveat: This analysis largely applies to the West. People in, say, Ukraine or Nigeria or the Philippines – all with large Catholic populations – aren’t necessarily having the same conversation.

Though Chaput’s speech was not on the 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome, he took a question about it from the audience. Stressing that he hadn’t been there and wanted to talk to bishops who had before reaching conclusions, Chaput nevertheless said that the “public image” of the event had created confusion, and that “confusion is of the Devil.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Ex-Fairbanks priest pleads not guilty in porn case

ALASKA
Juneau Empire

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FAIRBANKS — A former Fairbanks priest has pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to produce child pornography and attempting to coerce and entice a minor.

Clint Landry, 57, entered the plea on Friday The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported.

Landry, dressed in a navy shirt and brown slacks, was subdued and spoke softly when he appeared in a courtroom in Fairbanks and spoke by video conference with a judge and prosecutor in a courtroom at the federal building in Anchorage.

A grand jury indicted Landry on Wednesday. Charging documents don’t specify the age of the victim or the specific actions that Landry is accused of committing on May 18 and 19. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks placed him on leave that week.

Ronnie Rosenberg, director of human resources and legal coordinator for the diocese, said the juvenile identified only by initials in the indictment is not part of the Fairbanks church and is not a Fairbanks resident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Bishop Egan: Faithful ‘devastated’ by Bishop Conry’s resignation

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

By DAVID V BARRETT on Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The people of Arundel and Brighton are devastated by the loss of their bishop who they “admired and loved” the Bishop of Portsmouth has said.

In a message to the members of his diocese concerning Bishop Kieran Conry, who resigned as bishop of next door diocese Arundel and Brighton after admitting to being “unfaithful to (his) promises as a Catholic priest”, Bishop Philip Egan said that chastity often involves a struggle but it is “a virtue to which every member of the Body of Christ is called”.

In a message included in the diocesan weekly ‘e-news bulletin’, Bishop Egan said: “Whenever we find out, unexpectedly, that someone has fallen from grace, our first reaction should be to ask God to have mercy upon us too for our own sins. Indeed, having spoken with priests and people from Arundel and Brighton, devastated by the loss of a bishop they admired and loved, I can only suggest we pray earnestly for God’s mercy and healing, and the renewal of Gospel hope.”

He continued: “Chastity is a virtue to which every member of the Body of Christ is called. It often involves a struggle. This is why we need constantly to ask Jesus for his grace, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In Confession, we should be absolutely honest about our sins and candid about our weaknesses.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Orthodox yeshiva argues for greater privacy in conversions

UNITED STATES
JTA

(JTA) — In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis needn’t be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is preparing a teshuva, or Jewish legal opinion, arguing that Jewish law does not require a male rabbi to be present in the room of the ritual bath, or even for the door to be ajar, to witness the immersion of a female convert. Fox expects to publish the teshuva within the next week through Yeshivat Maharat, which focuses on training and ordaining women as Orthodox clergy.

The issue of privacy for female converts has taken on new urgency in the wake of allegations that Rabbi Barry Freundel, a high-profile Washington D.C., rabbi, used hidden cameras to watch female conversion candidates as they immersed themselves in the mikvah.

Fox said that he and others at Yeshivat Maharat would also push to give highly trained women a greater role in preparing and shepherding women through the conversion process, rather than leaving such preparation as the sole province of male rabbis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Mother of youth pastor’s victim breaks silence

TEXAS
Click2Houston

[with video]

By Jace Larson, Investigative Reporter, jlarson@click2houston.com
Published On: Oct 27 2014

HOUSTON -
The mother of a girl who was targeted by her youth pastor says the pastor exposed himself online via Skype during secret video-chat sessions. For the first time, the girl’s mother spoke publicly and only to Local 2 Investigates.

“It began with texting several times a day and then it went into Skyping,” the girl’s mother said.

She said she had no idea her daughter was being preyed upon.

“He would expose himself,” the mom told investigative reporter Jace Larson.

The woman, who asked that she and her daughter not be identified, has filed a lawsuit against two churches where former pastor Chad Foster worked. She is suing Second Baptist and Community of Faith churches. The mother says the churches are partially responsible.

Foster is currently in prison after being found guilty of online solicitation of a minor and sex assault involving another girl.

“After that, my daughter no longer believed in God,” the mother said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Warrant says accused priest used smartphone app to communicate with boys

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Liz Zemba
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Updated 8 hours ago

A Somerset County priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy used a translation app on a smartphone to ask Spanish-speaking boys whether they were sexually active or wanted to come to the United States with him, according to a search warrant application.

A federal grand jury indicted the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, former pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Central City, on charges of traveling to Honduras to have sex with an orphaned teen boy and possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Defense attorney Steven Passarello has repeatedly said that the suspended priest is innocent.

A federal magistrate will hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Johnstown to determine whether Maurizio will be detained while awaiting trial. He has been held in the Cambria County Jail since his arrest Sept. 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury: My mission to root out child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

by Robert Merrick, Parliamentary Correspondent

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed his mission to root out historic child abuse in the Church of England, by trawling every clergy personnel record dating back more than 60 years.

More than 800 “blue files” are being examined in Durham diocese alone, in an exhaustive nationwide inquiry being overseen by the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler.

The Archbishop – who said he broke down in tears at harrowing accounts of abuse – vowed there would be no hiding place for any clergy “however distinguished or well-known”.

And he suggested he was braced for further scandals to emerge, saying: “There’s more that’s not been revealed.”

On the impact of abuse, he said: “It is beyond description - terrible. When you abuse a child or a vulnerable adult, you mark them for the rest of their lives.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Child abuse still rife in the community

AUSTRALIA
Australian Women's Weekly

By Michael Sheather
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Australians have never needed to be more aware of child abuse and it traumatic effects than now, says Dr Cathy Kezelman, president of national support group, Australian Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA).

"Childhood trauma directly affects an estimated five million adult Australians", says Dr Kezelman. "It also affects their family, including their children and their communities. It’s like the ripples on the surface of a pond that reverberate out to the edge after someone throws in a pebble. It affects every one of us in one way or another.

"The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2013, and the recent extension for an additional two years of investigation, shows Australia’s commitment not just to survivors of child sexual abuse but to survivors of all forms of childhood trauma and abuse, be it physical, psychological or emotional."

ASCA has just launched its national campaign for awareness about childhood abuse, known as Blue Knot Day. But it is not just a single day. The campaign continues until November 2 with a variety of activates – everything from morning teas to speeches at parliament House and even a photography competition - aimed at focussing on how individuals can recover from abuse that may have dogged them all their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Church child safety board needs to be independent, says ex-CEO

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
PUBLISHED
28/10/2014

The independence of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church's review process has been called into question by its former CEO.

Safeguarding consultant, Ian Elliott, who headed up the NBSCCCI for six years, has called on the catholic bishops and the other bodies sponsoring the National Board to create a means through which safeguarding practice in the church "can be independently examined".

Mr Elliott told the Irish Independent that the issue of the National Board's independence was "a critical one".

Writing in his blog 'The Basis for Trust', Ian Elliott also questioned the current requirement for the NBSCCCI to get consent from the diocese or congregation it is investigating.

"It cannot be forced on them," he explains as the National Board has no right of entry or power to inspect if it is not invited to do so by the subject.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Justin Welby: I broke down in tears at horror of Church child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Georgia Graham, and John Bingham
27 Oct 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told how he broke down in tears at learning of the horror of child abuse within the Church of England.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said the details of sexual abuse dating back decades are “beyond description – terrible” and that he had been profoundly moved by the “shredding effect” of survivors’ experiences.

He also said the full scale of the abuse has not been revealed and that the failure of the Church was greater than other institutions such as children’s homes and the media because it purports to hold itself to a “far, far higher standard”.

Speaking to members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Westminster, he said the Church of England had “failed terribly”.

But he insisted that the Church is now taking the issue as seriously as possible, including trawling through 60 years of clergy personnel files searching for evidence of abuse which had gone unnoticed.

Last week the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said he was "deeply ashamed" of the Church's failure to protect vulnerable children after an independent inquiry found "systematic failures" in its attempts to stop the Very Rev Robert Waddington, the former Dean of Manchester, who died seven years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury reveals how he broke down in tears ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Archbishop of Canterbury reveals how he broke down in tears after hearing 'horror' of child abuse in Church of England

By Tom McTague, Deputy Political Editor for MailOnline

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told how he broke down in tears after hearing first hand the 'horror' of child abuse in the Church of England.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said the sexual abuse in the Church was 'beyond description – terrible' and that he had been profoundly moved by his meetings with survivors.

He revealed that all Church of England clergy will be audited for signs they are abusers.

The Archbishop conceded that investigations into clergy going back more than 60 years would show that 'there is more that has not been revealed'.

He said the harrowing accounts he heard at one face-to-face meeting with a victim still haunted him later in the day when he was asked about the issue at a talk at a theological college.

Speaking at a Westminster lunch this afternoon he said: 'To my intense surprise, because I don't normally do this kind of thing, I broke down completely.

'It was the shredding effect of hearing what we did, what we did, to those people and the sense of total failure and betrayal.

'So we are taking it, and I am passionate about this, as seriously as we are able to do.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Report a victory, says abuse victim

AUSTRALIA
Daily Examiner

Chris Calcino | 28th Oct 2014

VINDICATION comes in many forms and does not always wipe the slate clean.

For a victim who led the campaign to expose sexual abuse forced upon kids at North Coast Children's Home, it came in the shape of a damning 92-page report.

Richard "Tommy" Campion says he will never recover from the years of cruelty he endured as a child.

But the Royal Commission's condemnation of the Anglican Church's response to the depravity he suffered has justified his eight-year fight to unveil the truth.

"They lied and they knew they lied. They were just avoiding the situation to not pay compensation," he said.

"They denied people their complete rights and disturbed a lot of people's lives.

"The Church, in all their glory, decided to make it worse for them, not knowing that it was going to a Royal Commission."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Cleric 'broke down' at abuse toll

UNITED KINGDOM
Belfast Telegraph

27 OCTOBER 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of how hearing directly from the victims of the Church of England's "total failure and betrayal" over historic sexual abuse caused him to break down in public.

In a frank assessment of the scale of the scandal, the Most Rev Justin Welby conceded that investigations into clergy going back more than 60 years would show that "there is more that has not been revealed".

The Archbishop said he was "passionate" about exposing past failings after telling the mother of three boys sexually abused by the head of a CofE school that there was undoubtedly a "very significant legacy of unacknowledged cases".

Abuse had been "rampant" across many institutions and the church was taking "all necessary steps", he said in the letter seen by the Exaro News investigative website, adding that the historic "failure to face the misdeeds of those in its service is inexcusable".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Six claim they were molested as kids by Jehovah's Witness elders

TEXAS
Fox DFW

[with video]

By: Dionne Anglin

Six people have filed a civil lawsuit, saying that when they were children, they were sexually abused by church elders within some North Texas Jehovah's Witness kingdom halls.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, who are now adults, say the lawsuit involves a major cover up that spans decades.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday. It speaks of years' worth of abuse to five girls and one boy, and their Dallas attorney thinks there are more cases.

The lawsuit alleges that the children were fondled, groped, molested and exposed to sexual acts during the 1990s while spending time with the elders.

A kingdom hall in Dallas is named as a defendant in the suit, along with one in Plano and another in Greenville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Abuse ‘shame’ will remain with Church

AUSTRALIA
Daily Examiner

Chris Calcino | 28th Oct 2014

THE Anglican Diocese of Grafton has accepted a Royal Commission's damning conclusions about its failure to properly respond to decades of child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children's Home.

A spokesman said the disgraces of the past would stay with the Church but that all efforts would be made to put things right.

"Whatever shortcomings and failures there may have been dealing with these issues in the past, our Diocese has made major changes in attitude, protocol and response," he said.

"The Diocese is totally committed to facing its responsibilities and responding appropriately to any reports of abuse experienced by persons for whom we have a duty of care.

"The weight and the shame of past failures will remain with us for a long time and regrettably we cannot undo what has been done."

The Royal Commission found the Diocese had disregarded its own policies in its handling of abuse claims and failed to take action against pedophile priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Survivors of historic child abuse slam ministers for failing to commit to full-scale public inquiry into scandal

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

Oct 28, 2014 00:01 By Dan Warburton

SURVIVORS of historic child abuse yesterday blasted ministers for failing to commit to a full-scale public inquiry into their treatment.

Education Minister Michael Russell said the Scottish Government would help develop a support fund for those who were abused in care.

Victims of sexual assaults dating back decades criticised “repeated refusals” to stage a national review of the scandal.

Academic Alan Draper, who advised the Catholic Church on child protection, said: “We keep hearing this word ‘commitment’ but these are just words.

“Organisations are afraid because it will expose past bad practice and individuals may be prosecuted.”

More than 70 representatives from the Scottish Government, local authorities, churches and care providers staged talks with survivor groups yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Fmr. Henderson youth pastor expected to go on trial Tuesday

KENTUCKY
14 News

Posted by Kenny Douglass, Digital Content Producer

HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE) -
45-year-old John Brothers, Jr. is facing two counts of sexual abuse in Henderson Co. after an incident that happened in 2011 while working at Hyland Baptist Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Church hostile to Lismore abuse victims: report

AUSTRALIA
Echo Netdaily

While the Anglican Church is still digesting a damning report on its handling of abuse allegations, an abuse survivor says it still needs to admit it lied and schemed to protect itself.

In the report handed to the federal government on Monday, the sex abuse royal commission found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton caused even more distress to survivors of extreme abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.

In 28 findings the commission noted the diocese failed to follow its own policies in dealing with abuse complaints and instead was hostile and insensitive to victims.

At first it denied liability for the home and then lied about the state of its finances to survivors who came forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Once-Secret Documents Released on Convicted Minn. Catholic Priest

MINNESOTA
KSTP

By: Megan Stewart

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the once-secret file of a priest convicted of sexual abuse in the 1980s.

The revealing was part of a settlement of a case that accused Catholic Church leaders in Minnesota of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.

Rev. Gilbert Gustafson pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1983. He was placed on probation for 10 years.

Following the conviction, Gustafson was allowed to remain working in the archdiocese, collecting disability payments.

Archbishop John Nienstedt's testimony about when he knew about Gustafson contradicts information in letters he exchanged with a parishioner six years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

St. Paul: On trial in underage sex sting, man argues he was really trying to prevent abuse

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Anne Millerbernd
amillerbernd@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 10/27/2014

A 56-year-old Golden Valley man went online last year and lured someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy to meet him for sex, a Ramsey County prosecutor told a jury Monday.

Stephen Joseph Schulz posted more than 10 personal ads on Craigslist, posing as males of different ages, but only one got a response, said defense attorney Paul Engh. The reply was from a St. Paul police officer who was posing as a minor.

But Engh argued that Schulz actually was trying to spare another child from the type of abuse and pain he experienced at a young age, when he says he was molested by a priest.

Schulz, who is being tried in Ramsey County District Court on charges of sexual solicitation of a child via the Internet, was arrested in April 2013 after the undercover officer arranged a meeting in St. Paul. ...

But Engh said the past abuse Schulz suffered affected his decision to try to arrange the meeting. He said Schulz was the victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by the Rev. Franklyn Becker and was hoping to protect the "boy" from experiencing similar abuse.

Engh told the jury that after Schulz's father left his family when he was a child, his mother became active in the Roman Catholic Church. Becker, a priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, became close to the family. When Schulz was 13 or 14 years old, Becker took Schulz and a friend on a trip to Geneva, Wis., where he shared a bed with the two boys and molested them, Engh said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

October 27, 2014

Documents cast new doubt on Nienstedt testimony over abusive priest

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Oct 27, 2014

Hundreds of pages of legal documents released Monday provide more evidence that Archbishop John Nienstedt gave false testimony about a Twin Cities priest who pleaded guilty in 1983 to sexually assaulting a child.

Nienstedt in April had claimed under oath that he first learned of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson's criminal conviction within the previous six months. The latest documents show the archbishop received yearly monitoring reports on Gustafson that mentioned the priest's criminal conviction from 2009 to 2013.

The archdiocese's attorney also told Nienstedt about the conviction in a 2008 memo. That year, the archdiocese allowed Gustafson to travel to Orlando, where the priest would be "in an area where there are often many children," one archdiocesan official wrote, adding, "He prepares every time he is around kids but feels that the fascination is waning."

Monday's 812-page document release by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson offers the closest look yet at how Nienstedt handled the Gustafson case. Most of the documents from Nienstedt's predecessors had already been made public through past lawsuits or news reports.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis turned over the documents to Anderson as part of a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s. The lawsuit, which was settled earlier this month, accused the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona of creating a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret.

The claim forced the archdiocese to turn over the files of dozens of priests accused of sexually assaulting children. Anderson released several files earlier this year and said he plans to release others in the next few weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

Boone Pastor Accused Of Sex Crimes Against Young Boy

WEST VIRGINIA
WCHS

[with video]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A Boone County pastor is arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy.

James Robert Smith, 23, also known as "J.R" is the pastor at Morning Star House of Prayer in Ridgeview.

On Monday, he was charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian on a warrant out of Fayette County issued by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

He is also under investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office for the same crimes because deputies have reason to believe the alleged sexual abuse happened not only in Fayetteville, but also Clendenin.

The allegations go back to 2009, when the alleged victim was 10-years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Diocese 'hostile' in handling child abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
News Mail

VICTIMS of child sex abuse were met with hostility and denied compensation by a church that failed to discipline predator priests or report their actions to the police, a royal commission has found.

Almost a year after decades of abuse at Lismore's North Coast Children's home was uncovered at a series of hearings in Sydney, the commission has condemned the Anglican Diocese of Grafton for its handling of the claims which were dealt with "contrary to the spirit" of pastoral care guidelines.

The commission found the physical, psychological and sexual abuse suffered by children at the home had "profound, long-lasting impacts on their lives and mental health".

Last year's public hearings examined the response of senior Grafton clergy members to a group claim between 2005 and 2013.

Giving evidence before the commission, former Grafton registrar Pat Comben insisted that for much of that period, the diocese was asset rich but "cash poor".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Philadelphia priest arrested on child pornography charges, put on leave

PENNSYLVANIA
National Catholic Reporter

Matthew Gambino
Catholic News Service
Oct. 27, 2014

PHILADELPHIA

Fr. Mark J. Haynes, 55, a Philadelphia archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at a West Chester parish, was placed on administrative leave immediately after he was charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Chester County police arrested Haynes, who had been at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester since 2013, on Oct. 22.

The Philadelphia archdiocese called the charges "serious and disturbing" in a statement Friday. Besides being placed on leave, Haynes no longer lives at the parish rectory.

The statement said no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against the priest, and there were no prior indications he was involved with child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Man with Forest Lake ties on new accused priest list

MINNESOTA
Hometown Source

A former priest who worked in the Forest Lake area and reportedly still lives in town is on a new list of Roman Catholic priests that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says have had allegations of sexual abuse of a minor filed against them.

John Owens, 85, provided what the archdiocese called “temporary weekend assistance” in and around Forest Lake from 1999 to 2004. He spent most of his priestly career (1960-1999) in the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota, where the allegations of abuse originate from.

According to the list of 17 names released by the Twin Cities-based archdiocese on Oct. 23, there have been no substantiated claims of child abuse against Owens stemming from his time in Forest Lake.

The archdiocese also reported that Owens still lives in Forest Lake, but the Forest Lake Times could not obtain contact information for him before this story was published.

As part of legal action and increased investigations into its past treatment of the victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, local church officials have released a number of names over the last several months of priests who have served in the archdiocese who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

St. Mary’s school in Tokyo to investigate child sex abuse after teacher’s rape confession

JAPAN
Japan Times

BY SIMON SCOTT

St. Mary’s International School is setting up a panel to conduct an internal investigation into reported cases of child sexual abuse — including one confirmed case of rape — at the school in Tokyo, according to a letter issued to alumni earlier this month.

In the letter, dated Oct. 4, Headmaster Saburo Kagei says he has recently heard from “several alumni who shared stories of abuse.” He continues: “It is very distressing to hear these accounts. . . . I want to make sure something like this never happens again.”

The letter says the school is focusing on making sure there are policies, procedures and training in place to ensure the safety of its students.

The letter was the third issued by the school addressing allegations of past child sexual abuse at St. Mary’s. In the second, issued on Sept. 11, Kagei writes, “In the spirit of transparency, I want to tell you what we know and ask for your help in uncovering the truth about what occurred.”

This letter primarily addresses what the school refers to as “allegations” made by a former student against a Catholic Brother and former principal and teacher at the school, Lawrence Lambert. It also mentions another former teacher, Brother Benoit Lessard, now deceased, who has also been accused of sexually abusing students while working at St. Mary’s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Former St. Mary’s teachers faced child sex abuse charges in U.S.

JAPAN
Japan Times

BY SIMON SCOTT
OCT 27, 2014

Catholic Brother and St. Mary’s International School teacher Benoit Lessard, who has been accused of molesting boys on annual school trips to Yamanashi Prefecture, died of cancer in 1980 aged 64.

The summer tradition of sixth-grade students from St. Mary’s in Tokyo spending a few days at the Seisen-Ryo complex, aka the KEEP Camp, in the Yamanashi resort area of Kiyosato died with him.

Lessard’s replacement as sixth-grade homeroom teacher was a man named Don Andrews.

Andrews, a layman rather than a Catholic Brother like Lessard, had worked under Lessard as a student teacher until the latter’s death, after which Andrews was instated as a full-time teacher.

Although there have been no allegations of sexual abuse made against Andrews by former St. Mary’s students, his record after leaving the school is far from pristine.

Between 1991 and 1992 Andrews was hired as principal of St. Patrick Catholic School in Spokane, Washington. He also taught English literature to seventh- and eighth-grade students.

In 1995 an allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a 13-year-old male student at the school. He was fired from his position and charged with second-degree child molestation, but his case initially ended in a mistrial in 1996, local media reports and official state documents show. To avoid a retrial on the same charges, Andrews pled guilty to the lesser charge of third-degree assault against a minor in March 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

MN--New records show "dangerous situation"

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 27

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP’s Twin Cities director

Newly released Twin Cities Catholic church records show that, as of 2012, a convicted predator priest

--lives alone,
--has discontinued therapy,
--admits he’s still attracted to boys,
--works as a consultant for Catholic religious orders,
--is no longer required, by Catholic officials, to attend therapy,
--can travel anywhere without asking permission from his church supervisors or letting them know &
--knows of two or three of his victims who apparently have not yet come forward.

All of this comes “straight from the horse’s mouth” – from the last ten pages of “Gilbert Gustafson Key Documents” on the website of Jeff Anderson’s law firm: AndersonAdvocates.com. And let us stress again: Fr. Gustafson is a convicted child molester. And he is still a priest. He has not been defrocked.

Fr. Gustafson belongs in jail. Archbishop John Nienstedt and his colleagues, we believe, could likely help law enforcement put him there, by aggressively seeking out those who may have seen, suspected or suffered more recent crimes by Fr. Gustafson.

And until Fr. Gustafson is prosecuted and convicted, Nienstedt should insist that he live in a remote, secure, independent treatment facility, not live alone in West St. Paul. (Other employers could not force employees to do this. Catholic officials do, however, have this power.)

Just a few pages back from the most recent ten or twelve of these just-disclosed records and there are other stunning revelations:

--An undated memo says that Fr. Gustafson can be the “conscience” of Fr. Kevin McDonough, a high ranking archdiocesan official who long dealt with clergy sex cases.

--As recently as May 2008, Nienstedt admits he knows Fr. Gustafson appears to be presenting himself as clergy. But he takes no steps to warn the public about him.

--As recently as July 2008, church officials were aware that Fr. Gustafson was acting as a priest.

--As recently as 2011, church officials admit he continues to receive compensation from the archdiocese (and we believe this is still the case today).

--As recently as 2012, the files contain a handwritten note saying “Gil is very smart and is, I am sure, capable of fooling others and himself.” It seems the note is by Fr. Kevin McDonough.

As best we can tell, the only time church officials even talk of potentially changing anything about Fr. Gustafson’s situation is when they fear more civil lawsuits might be coming.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

A Three-Ring Circus Starring Billy Doe

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

How many courtrooms does it take to unravel a lie?

In the case of "Billy Doe," the answer these days is three.

Billy Doe is a grand jury's pseudonym for the former altar boy turned heroin addict who told an incredible and constantly-changing story about supposedly being raped by two priests and a school teacher.

It's a story that defies all logic and common sense, a story that was thoroughly disproved by evidence gathered by the district attorney's own detectives. The Billy Doe case also contradicts established patterns of abuse over 40 years as exposed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's formerly confidential secret archive files.

But in a triumph of absurdity, the three-ring legal circus starring a clown named Billy plays on.

Tomorrow, defense lawyers for Father Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero will be in state Superior Court, arguing that their clients, convicted of sexually abusing Billy, deserve a new trial

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Archbishop reinstates deacon after review finds kids not at risk

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Matt Sepic St. Paul, Minn. Oct 27, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt has reinstated a deacon after a clergy review board determined there was no risk to children.

In June, Nienstedt temporarily removed Joseph Damiani from his deacon's post after Damiani's younger brothers alleged he sexually abused them in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The review board looked at a variety of legal documents, and because of "distinct differences in the recollections of witnesses," the board was unable to determine if the allegations were valid, Nienstedt said in a statement released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

No one has accused Damiani of misconduct in the five years he's been a deacon, Nienstedt added.

Last year, Damiani sued his brothers and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests for defamation, arguing that his brothers falsely accused him of abuse because they were unhappy with his management of a family trust fund.

His brothers filed counterclaims, and a judge dismissed all the claims last year after SNAP agreed to remove all references to Damiani from its website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

NEWS RELEASE: GILBERT GUSTAFSON PRIEST FILE RELEASED TODAY

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

OCT 27 2014

As part of the recent settlement of the Doe 1 vs. Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona civil lawsuit, the once-secret priest file of Gilbert Gustafson was publicly released on October 27, 2014, which included many documents that have never been public.

In 1983, Gustafson was criminally convicted of sexually abusing a minor boy and was placed on probation for ten years. Following the conviction, Gustafson was allowed to remain working in the Archdiocese, collecting disability payments. One of Gustafson’s major projects was the revision and reissuance of the Archdiocese’s policy on sexual misconduct in 2000. Gustafson was monitored by the Archdiocese because of his conviction and prior history of sexually abusing minors and every year Gustafson’s monitoring report was signed by the Archbishop.

“There is a sad, painful, and sorrowful story told inside these documents,” stated Attorney Jeff Anderson. “Releasing this information today sheds light on the past so children and our communities can be better protected in the future.”

The entire priest file of Gilbert Gustafson and key documents are available below.

Gilbert Gustafson Key Documents
Gilbert Gustafson Priest File for Release

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Call for Catholic priests to deny absolution to abusers ...

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

Call for Catholic priests to deny absolution to abusers as Church of England explores theological basis for breaking seal

27 October 2014 15:11 by Liz Dodd

Priests should refuse absolution to people who confess to abusing children, a Catholic academic has said, days after the Church of England announced it would be examining whether abuse admitted in the confessional should remain confidential.

John Cornwell, who has written a book on confession and is a contributor to The Tablet, warned that withholding absolution would dissuade abusers from seeking the sacrament at all.

But he said that withholding absolution instead could bring to an end cycles of abuse and absolution.
The Cambridge academic, who was sexually propositioned by a priest during confession as a child, told The Times: “Catholic priest abusers appeared to use confession routinely to square their pastoral and offending lives. In one court case in Australia a priest admitted to confessing his abuse 1,400 times.”

Last week a report revealed that an independent inquiry into abuse by a former Anglican dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington, found that the Church of England failed to act adequately to stop the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

SWEETIE – BROŃ W WALCE Z PEDOFILIĄ/ SWEETIE — A WEAPON AGAINST PEDOPHILIA

POLSKA/POLAND
Ocaleni

10-letnia Filipinka o imieniu Sweetie została wygenerowana komputerowo by wabić pedofilów w internecie. Przez 10 tygodni Sweetie przyciągnęła ok. 20 tysięcy pedofilów z 71 krajów. Twórcom awatara udało się namierzyć 1000 przestępców internetowych i przekazać ich dane Interpolowi (na liście znajdują się też polskie nazwiska). Terre des Hommes, organizacja dzięki której Sweetie zaistniała w cyberprzestrzeni, przestrzega przed wzrastającą skalą problemu “dziecięcej seksturystyki przez kamerę internetową” — mieszkańcy wysoko rozwiniętych krajów płacą dzieciom żyjącym w ubóstwie, aby te wykonywały czynności seksualne przed kamerą. Zjawisko dotyczy już nawet 6 latków. Do tej pory za sprawą Sweetie skazano jednego pedofila z Australii –to 37-letni Scott Robert Hansen z Brisbane. Gratulujemy pomysłu i życzymy dalszych sukcesów w walcje z pedofilią, Terre des Hommes! Czy wiesz, co robi Twoje dziecko, gdy zostawiasz je przed komputerem? Pamiętaj o ustawieniach kontroli rodzicielskiej. Regularnie sprawdzaj historię przeglądarki. Rozmawiaj z dzieckiem o niebezpieczeństwach czyhających na nie w Internecie.

Więcej o Sweetie przeczytasz na stronie TVN24

Have you heard of Sweetie? She was created to track down pedophiles all around the world:

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

OD OFIARY DO OCALONEGO ...

POLSKA/POLAND
Ocaleni

OD OFIARY DO OCALONEGO – HISTORIA NASZEGO LIDERA, STANISŁAWA / FROM VICTIM TO SURVIVOR — THE STORY OF STANISŁAW, OUR LEADER

Nazywam się Stanisław Rychowiecki i pragnę podzielić się z wami moją historią przechodzenia z ze stanu ofiary molestowania do pozycji OCALONEGO.

Abyście zrozumieli przez co musiałem przejść muszę zacząć od początku.

Urodziłem się w Warszawie w roku 1979. Moje dzieciństwo w niczym nie odbiegało od normy normalnych dzieciaków. Rodzina normalna, chodząca do kościoła. Po Pierwszej Komunii Świętej postanowiłem zostać ministrantem w swojej parafii. Tam poznałem największy swój autorytet ówczesnego proboszcza ks. Tadeusza. W ciągu 26 lat naszej znajomości był dla mnie kimś więcej niż dziadek czy nawet ojciec. Zawsze mogłem na niego liczyć. Skromny, mądry, wymagający od innych ale przede wszystkim od siebie. Bardzo lubiłem słuchać, kiedy opowiadał o swoim życiu, o swoim powołaniu. Wrócę jeszcze do momentu Pierwszej Komunii. Po kazaniu proboszcza już wtedy (mając 9 lat) postanowiłem zostać księdzem. I z tą myślą zgłosiłem się do parafii zapisując się do grona ministrantów. Moje postanowienie dojrzewało wraz ze mną. Ogromną rolę odegrał także Ojciec Święty Jan Paweł II. Jego nauczanie, życie wywarło na mnie ogromne wrażenie. Dla mnie osobiście te dwie osoby był filarami mojego powołania. Na początku lat 90 do parafii jako wikariusz został skierowany ks. Mateusz.

Proboszcz przydzielił mu funkcję opieki nad ministrantami. Już na pierwszej zbiórce można było odczuć że jest znawcą historii liturgii. Wiele można było się od niego nauczyć. Niestety, w roku 1993 doszło do pewnego wydarzenia, które dało o sobie znać ponad 20 lat później. Bardzo często bywałem na plebanii. Jako zaufany ministrant, księża prosili mnie żebym szedł opłacać rachunki na poczcie czy ewentualnie robić jakieś zakupy. Kiedy po mszy wieczornej Ks. Mateusz zaprosił mnie do siebie, myślałem, że będzie trzeba iść do sklepu. Niestety, cel wizyty był inny. Ks. Mateusz chciał mi pokazać jak radzić sobie z popędem seksualnym. Nie chcę wdawać się w szczegóły — chodzi o masturbację. ...


My name is Stanisław Rychowiecki and I would like to share my story of transformation from a victim of clergy sexual abuse to a survivor.

To help you realize what I have been through, I need you to learn this story from its very beginning.

I was born in 1979 in Warsaw. My childhood was no different from other kids’ who lived in ‘normal’ families. By normal family I mean a family that goes to church. After the First Communion, I decided that I wanted to become an altar server. This is where I met my greatest authority of that time – father Tadeusz. During 26 years of our acquaintanceship he was more than a grandfather or a father to me. I could count on him. Modest, wise, demanding from others, but most of all, from himself. I would love to listen to him speaking about his life and his calling. Coming back to my First Communion. After hearing the sermon of our rector, even though I was only 9 years old, I decided that one day I would become a priest. This is why I joined the group of altar boys. My decision was growing with me. Another decisive factor was the figure of John Paul II. I was greatly influenced by his words and the testimony of his life. These two figures were two pillars of my own calling. Back in the 90s, a new vicar joined our parish; his name was father Mateusz.

Our rector assigned him to take care over altar boys. At the very first meeting you could sense that he is specialized in the history of liturgy. You could have learned a lot from him. Unfortunately, back in 1993 he allowed an event which returned to me 20 years later. I used to come to a manse very often. As a trusted altar boy, I was asked by priests to help them with daily issues e.g. paying their bills at the post office or helping with groceries. When after the evening mass I was invited over by father Mateusz, I thought he needed my help with shopping. Unfortunately, the aim of this visit was different. Father Mateusz wanted to show me how to deal with sex drive. I don’t want to get into details. It was all about masturbation.

I was shocked when I was walking back home. The only thing I knew was that it shouldn’t have happened, but I wasn’t even able to call what “it” was. I decided to keep it quiet and try to forget it. And so I did. I graduated from a primary school, high school and I was bothered by flashbacks from time to time, but I managed to silence them. When I joined the seminary, I made a decision that I would not let that past event abuse my life and my decision. I tried very hard not to dwell on that subject, but my thoughts became more and more persistent. The only way was to stifle them. I would go to the seaside on my motorbike to watch the sunset or I would go to the mountains to buy some cheese. Physical exhaustion and nature admiration would calm me down. I didn’t even notice when such an attitude became my own way of dealing with problems.

My problems were not connected with my thoughts, but with my painful disillusionment with the Church. The institutuon which I perceived as ideal when I was a child turned out to be suffused in hipocrisy. I would repeat to myself over and over again that I became a priest to serve other people. But then, more and more clergy sexual abuse scandals were revealed. When victims in America won their battles and received compensations from parished it all appeared distant. I told myself: it is way too far away and it does not concern you. Denial was a way to cope. More victims have become survivors, but I was protecting myself from coming back to this subject. My happiness was a delusion.

In fall 2013 Tarachomin case was revealed. (Tarachomin is a district of Warsaw, and a part of my diocese of Warszawa-Praga). It was overwhelming. I felt was being ripped on the inside. My wound started to bleed, my eyes could not stop crying. My escaping was over. I remember my thougts at that time: If you cannot be a priest anymore, you should end this miserable life. What else can you live for? I cried like a child on that night. In the morning, I would wake up and try to pick myself up. It took days, but finally I began to think: Stachu, you were hurt, but this is not the end of the world. You need to be stronger than your pain. I began my research on how to cope with trauma. This is when I heard about a therapy for the first time. At the beginning of 2014, I decided that I need to start my healing. I have reached this point of mandess when I associated a cassock not with God, but with a pedophile. How ironic is that taking into consideration that I was wearing a cassock myself? I needed to take it off and put it on a “hanger of time”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Commission: Bishop Herft knew of indecent child assaults by former priest Allan Kitchingman

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By SAM RIGNEY Oct. 27, 2014

THE Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has found former Newcastle Anglican Bishop Roger Herft knew about a priest’s convictions but did nothing to discipline him.

The damning third case study by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was tabled Monday in Federal Parliament, with findings including that both Grafton and Newcastle dioceses could have taken action against convicted child abuser and former clergyman Allan Kitchingman.

The report found Archbishop Herft, then Bishop of Newcastle, became aware that Kitchingman had been convicted of five counts of indecent assault of a child at an Anglican home in the Diocese of Grafton. But between August 2002 and February 2004, Herft did not start disciplinary proceedings against the reverend.

Between those years the dioceses of Newcastle and Grafton had only an informal agreement about who would take responsibility for action, the report found, and Archbishop Herft said he did not take action to discipline Kitchingman because he believed he did not have the power to and that Grafton would do it.

The royal commission also found Philip Gerber, of the professional standards unit for both Newcastle and Grafton dioceses, was also aware of the child abuse convictions and did nothing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

OPINION: We can overcome trauma

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By CATHY KEZELMAN Oct. 27, 2014

WITH the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse well under way, the issue of child sexual abuse now turns its attention towards the Anglican Church in Newcastle.

The recent announcement of a police investigation, Strike Force Arinya-2, will address allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the Newcastle Diocese of the Anglican Church during the 1970s.

This will build upon the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese of the Catholic Church earlier this year.

The issue of child sexual abuse is at the forefront of Newcastle’s agenda as the institutions that were, and arguably still are, complicit in the repeated abuse, neglect and cruelty towards children in their care are being brought to justice.

We are finally beginning to see a unified response for the estimated 5million adult survivors of childhood trauma nationwide.

The recent announcement by the Abbott government to extend the royal commission by the recommended two years gives everyone hope for real and sustained change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Mikveh of Cards: How in the world did Rabbi Freundel get away with it?

WASHINGTON (DC)
Harretz

By Allison Kaplan Sommer | Oct. 27, 2014

Barry Freundel was a rabbi with a big problem. If police reports cited in the press are to be believed, he was a compulsive voyeur who exploited his position as a senior rabbi and university professor. His utter control over his synagogue and adjacent mikveh allowed him to feed a need to surreptitiously and criminally watch women undress. Allegedly, of course.

Yes, it is true that his particular - alleged - fetish had the advantage of utter secrecy and total distance from his victims. That’s the difference between the Freundel affair and other sex abuse scandals: Freundel is charged with crimes, in which the victims were, until now, oblivious.

But as the scandal widened in the time since his arrest, with the revelation that Freundel had been under investigation in 2012 by the Rabbinical Council of America, the umbrella organization for Orthodox rabbis for whom he served as national chairman of the group’s conversion system for, as described in the RCA statement on Freundel, “allegations of impropriety” regarding his treatment of converts which include coercing them into doing secretarial work for him and soliciting donations from them both before and after their conversions.

How in the world did this man stay at the helm of the prestigious and savvy Orthodox congregation that included senators, congressmen and cabinet members, and, most famously, the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate, in the heart of nation’s capital for 25 years? When I began talking to current and former Kesher congregants looking for answers to that question, I expected to find people who were shocked and devastated that their longtime beloved senior rabbi was capable of treating anyone badly.

But I was surprised. The way Freundel treated converts, it seems, was not terribly different from the way he treated members of his own congregation and many rabbinical colleagues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Support group urges victims of abuse by priests to seek help from independent sources

MINNESOTA
Grand Forks Herald

By Pamela Knudson on Oct 26, 2014

A small support group representing the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) handed out leaflets at a Catholic church in Crookston on Sunday urging anyone who has been a victim to seek out help from independent sources.

Holding signs that read “transparency” and “healing” at the entrance to The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parking lot, SNAP members offered leaflets to parishioners as they drove in to attend a morning mass.

The group is calling for the bishop of the Diocese of Crookston, the Rev. Michael Hoeppner, to “permanently post the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests on church and parish websites,” the leaflet stated.

SNAP members “want victims to come forward … especially because a legal ‘window’ will close in 2016, barring many child sex abuse victims from seeking justice and exposing wrongdoers in court,” according to the leaflet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

Keeping the faith in Scituate

MASSACHUSETTS
Patriot Ledger

By Jessica Trufant
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct. 27, 2014

SCITUATE - When the Friends of St. Frances started their around-the-clock vigil at the closed church on Oct. 26, 2004, Saddam Hussein was still alive, Apple had yet to release the iPhone and the Red Sox were still one win away from their first World Series title in 86 years.

“I was 70 then, and I just turned 80,” parishioner Barbara Nappa said from the church foyer as she reflected on the last decade. “My granddaughter Natalie was 4 years old. I remember her coming here to help clean, and she would always notice the fingerprints on the glass doors. Now she’s a freshman in high school.”

Parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church gathered Sunday to celebrate 10 full years of holding a continuous vigil. While the archdiocese has considered the church a deconsecrated building since October 2004, parishioners have kept its doors open for 3,652 days. Several longtime members take turns holding a service each Sunday. They use host that has been consecrated by a sympathetic priest whose identity is kept a secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Censured priest finds support in W. Warwick

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

BY RICHARD SALIT
Journal Staff Writer
rsalit@providencejournal.com

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — An Irish priest censured by the Vatican for supporting the ordination of women and challenging church teachings on homosexuality received a warm welcome when speaking at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon.

About 75 people turned out to hear Father Tony Flannery, who is on an 18-city, three-week tour of the United States after being suspended from priestly ministry in 2012.

Thin, short and graying, the 67-year-old priest, while mild-mannered and prone to making occasional jokes, recounted the life-changing episode that began when the Vatican came after him. While he had expressed views critical of the church in articles for Reality magazine, he said he figured that since he was just a Redemptorist preacher from Galway, Ireland, “the Vatican couldn’t care less about me.”
“I never considered myself a radical,” he said.

But when he refused to sign and publish a statement agreeing that women will never be ordained and embracing church orthodoxy on such matters as contraception and homosexuality, Flannery found himself on the outside of the Catholic Church looking in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

'He destroyed my life': Fourth alleged victim of priest settles sex abuse case with Trenton Diocese

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 27, 2014

The Diocese of Trenton has settled a fourth sex abuse claim against a former director of the diocese’s youth group, paying $180,000 to a Florida man who says the priest molested him for three years in the 1980s.

John Tominus, who grew up in Keyport and who now lives in Seminole, Fla., reached agreement with the diocese in September, one month after another alleged victim of the priest, the Rev. Terence McAlinden, settled a lawsuit for $610,000.

Tominus, 48, said McAlinden sexually assaulted him more than 50 times, beginning when he was 14 and continuing until his family moved out of state when he was 17.

“He introduced me to my first drink -- made me drink Scotch,” said Tominus, who has struggled with alcoholism for decades. “He sodomized me. He threatened me. He destroyed my life. My life could have been perfect. He took it away from me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Abuse commissioner to urge financial redress for victims

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 27, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

THE chair of the child abuse royal commission will today say that thousands of people who have been sexually abused as children should receive financial compensation, potentially awarded by an independent national redress scheme funded by governments and other institutions.

In a speech at Parliament House in Canberra today, Peter McClellan will say the commission is due to formally report on the issue next year but “everyone accepts there should be an effective response available to all survivors”.

This response should include an opportunity to “engage with the institution where they were abused”, the provision of counselling or psychiatric care and “a lump-sum payment which marks the abuse.”

“One of the difficulties faced in providing effective redress is that some of the institutions in which children were abused have ceased to exist. Others have no money,” Justice McClellan will say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

L’HANNO SUICIDATA? HA DENUNCIATO AL PAPA I PRETI PEDOFILI, IERI L’HANNO TROVATA MORTA IN CASA. LA PROCURA HA PERTO UN INCHIESTA

ITALIA
Grande Cocomero

[con video]

Savona – Un buco di un’ora in un suicidio “sospetto”. Un vuoto da mezzanotte, quando è terminata la lunga telefonata con l’amica Ketty che le dava una mano in casa -«era serena, stava bene, non ha detto nulla di strano» ha riferito ai poliziotti- sino all’una della scorsa notte. L’ora in cui il medico Luisa Bonello, 53 anni, che da anni era diventata la grande accusatrice dei preti pedofili nella chiesa savonese, ha mandato un sms all’ex marito (“Mauro perdonami”) e si è ammazzata sparandosi un colpo di pistola in bocca. Su questo non ci sono dubbi dopo una mattinata di indagini e sopralluoghi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

„Schweigen wie bei der Mafia“...

ITALIEN
Netzfrauen

[mit Video]

„Schweigen wie bei der Mafia“ – der tragische Tod der Luisa Bonello

[The tragic suicide of Dr. Luisa Bonello and attempts by the Catholic Church to cover-up abuse cases has caused outrage. Six days before her death, Dr. Bonello, a general medicine specialist in the northern Italian town of Savona, was in an urban bookstore where she told listeners she had been a practicising Catholic. She was a catechist and Eucharistic minister who was responsible for bringing communion to the sick. Everything changed six years ago. Two patients told her they had been sexually abused by clergy of the Savona diocese and suffered from consequences of the assaults. Everything changed drastically as soon as the church realized she was preparing to convert from a faithful follower to a" penitent" who would not rest until the truth was known. She was relieved of her church duties and was targeted with threats.]

Der tragische Selbstmord von Dr. Luisa Bonello und die Versuche der Katholischen Kirche, Missbrauchsfälle zu vertuschen, empört.

Sechs Tage vor ihrem Tod sprach Dr. Luisa Bonello, Fachärztin für Allgemeinmedizin in der norditalienischen Kleinstadt Savona, in einer städtischen Buchhandlung zu einigen ZuhörerInnen über das, was ihr Leben zerstört hatte. „Ich bin praktizierende Katholikin, schon immer“ sagte sie zu Anfang.

Mit Hingabe hatte sie sich in ihrer Freizeit für die Menschen ihrer Gemeinde eingesetzt, als Katechistin und Ministerin der Eucharistie war sie für die Kommunion der Kranken zuständig. Ganz besonders wichtig war ihr der gemeinsame Weg des Glaubens mit ihrem Beichtvater Don Nino Majo, in dem sie tiefe Erfüllung fand. Ihr ganzes Leben lang hatte der katholische Glaube eine zentrale Rolle in ihrem Leben gespielt. Bis sich vor etwa sechs Jahren alles änderte.

Sexuell missbraucht

Alles begann damit, dass sich Dr. Bonello in ihrer Funktion als Hausärztin zwei Patienten anvertrauten und über ihre traumatischen Erlebnisse sprachen. Sie waren von Geistlichen, die in der Diözese Savona, ihrer eigenen Diözese, Dienst taten, sexuell missbraucht worden. Und litten seitdem an den schwerwiegenden Folgen der Übergriffe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Erzbischof entschuldigt sich für sexuellen Missbrauch in der Kirche

GROSSBRITANNIEN
Evangelisch

Das geistliche Oberhaupt der anglikanischen Kirche wandte sich in einem privaten Brief an die Frau, der in der "Sunday Times" veröffentlicht wurde. Der sexuelle Missbrauch von Kindern in britischen Institutionen sei "weit verbreitet", beklagte Welby.

"Es ist nun klar, dass wir es mit nachhaltigen Folgen von einer nicht abschätzbaren Zahl von Fällen in der Kirche von England zu tun haben", fügte er hinzu. Welby versicherte, man werde alle notwendigen Schritte unternehmen, um diese Fälle aufzuarbeiten. Die Täter hätten Christus verraten. Das Versagen der Kirche, den Verbrechen ihrer Amtsträger entgegenzutreten, sei nicht zu entschuldigen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Suicidio Bonello, il mistero del fascicolo manomesso

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Documentation relating to Luisa Bonello's request to obtain a firearm has disappeared or at least wasn't found in her file. This is a cornerstone on which prosecution is proceeding into the investigation into the death by suicide Bonello. Bonello is among people who brought attention to the brewing scandal in the to the Italian diocese of Albenga-Imperia]

Francesco Zanardi October 26, 2014

Parte di documentazione sparita, o quanto meno non ritrovata, nel fascicolo di Luisa Bonello tenuto in questura per l’ottenimento del porto d’armi.

È uno degli aspetti cardini su cui sta procedendo l’inchiesta della procura sulla morte per suicidio della dottoressa savonese e nella quale è indagato – l’unico al momento – l’ispettore della polizia postale Alberto Bonvicini.

Il sostituto procuratore della Repubblica Giovanni Battista Ferro da settimane è al lavoro per fare luce sulla vita della Bonello e sulle possibili ragioni che l’avrebbero portata a spararsi un colpo di pistola alla testa e questo aspetto, apparentemente secondario, non l’avrebbe convinto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Vic child abuse time limits set to go

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP
October 27, 2014

Time limits could be removed for Victorian child abuse victims seeking compensation if the state government is re-elected.

The coalition government has released draft legislation to remove all limitation periods for civil claims relating to criminal child abuse.

Public comment is being sought on the legislation which Attorney-General Robert Clark said would proceed after the November state election if the coalition was re-elected.

"These reforms will mean that perpetrators, and those who have allowed abuse to occur, can no longer hide behind limitation periods to escape liability for the harm they have caused," Mr Clark said on Monday.

Victim rights group Broken Rites, in welcoming the draft legislation, said "clearly it's a good thing".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Royal Commission releases findings on the North Coast Children’s Home

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

27 October, 2014

A report published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton denied responsibility for sexual abuse that took place at a children’s home established by its local rector on church land.

Other findings include that the Diocese denied financial compensation for some victims abused at the home, failed to comply with its own policies and procedures, and dealt with victims insensitively.

The report of Case Study no.3, examining the Anglican Diocese of Grafton’s response to child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home, was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament today.

The report explores how the Diocese responded when former residents revealed their experience of child sexual abuse after 2005 and considers how the Church’s structure, policies and financial arrangements affected the way it managed abuse claims. The report also examines how the Diocese dealt with the clergy who were accused.

The Royal Commission’s public hearing on the matter heard evidence of frequent sexual, psychological and physical abuse perpetrated against nine former child residents at the Home between 1940 and 1985 and the profound, long lasting impacts on their lives and mental health.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Monday 27 October 2014

I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Kezelman and ASCA for the work they do every day to help survivors of sexual and other abuse. In particular can I thank Dr Kezelman for her support of the Royal Commission. Dr Kezelman has been working with us, together with many other people, to develop our recommendations for redress – more of that in a moment.

Blue Knot Day is a reminder that there are many Australians who are survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. The strength, courage and resilience of those who have come forward to the Royal Commission to tell us their story shows us that recovery is possible. That possibility is enhanced by the work of Dr Kezelman and ASCA and the other people and organisations who assist survivors.

The Royal Commission held its first public sitting in Melbourne in April last year. On that occasion I remarked on the number of public inquiries which have considered the abuse, including sexual abuse, of children. I said that over time the community has come to acknowledge that fundamental wrongs have been committed in the past which have caused great trauma and lasting damage to many people. Although a painful process, if a community is to move forward, it must come to understand where wrongs have occurred. The Royal Commission has been tasked by its Letters Patent to develop an understanding of where we have gone wrong in the protection of children and bring forward recommendations which, so far as may be possible, will right those wrongs and make it safer for children in the future.

The Royal Commission has now heard from about 2,500 people in private sessions. Many others have provided us with a written account of their abuse. We have also conducted 19 public hearings.

The people who we talk to in private sessions cover a broad spectrum of Australian society. Each of their individual experiences has left a mark on their lives. For some that mark is evident in a profound sadness because of their betrayal by a trusted adult. Others carry greater scars. For others the life consequences have been catastrophic. Each person’s story is unique with impacts of greater or lesser significance in their life journey and with differing impacts upon their psychological and physical well-being.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Royal Commission Chair delivers speech to mark Blue Knot Day

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, today addressed an event to mark Blue Knot Day at Parliament House in Canberra.

The speech is available on the Royal Commission website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Report slams Anglican abuse response

AUSTRALIA
SBS

While the Anglican Church is still digesting a damning report on its handling of abuse allegations, an abuse survivor says it still needs to admit it lied and schemed to protect itself.

In the report handed to the federal government on Monday, the sex abuse royal commission found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton caused even more distress to survivors of extreme abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.

In 28 findings the commission noted the diocese failed to follow its own policies in dealing with abuse complaints and instead was hostile and insensitive to victims.

At first it denied liability for the home and then lied about the state of its finances to survivors who came forward.

The findings follow a 2013 commission hearing into how the Grafton diocese handled complaints by men and women who were raped and beaten at the home between 1944 and 1985.

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

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Abuse payout fundamental: McClellan

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Annette Blackwell
October 27, 2014

Institutions and the government need to chip in to provide money to compensate thousands abused as children in orphanages, schools and child care organisations, the chairman of a national inquiry says.

Peter McClellan, who chairs the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, said on Monday that some institutions where children were abused had no money or no longer existed.

Justice McClellan says the community has to look to government and institutions to come together so all abuse survivors would have access to effective redress.

Speaking at the launch of Blue Knot day to raise awareness of abuse survivors, he said the commission would publish a paper in January 2015 with proposals on compensation.

It will publish final proposals in mid-2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Grafton diocese denied responsibility for sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
Daily Examiner

A REPORT published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton denied responsibility for sexual abuse that took place at a children's home established by its local rector on church land.

Other findings include that the Diocese denied financial compensation for some victims abused at the home, failed to comply with its own policies and procedures, and dealt with victims insensitively.

The report of Case Study no.3, examining the Anglican Diocese of Grafton's response to child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children's Home, was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament today.

The report explores how the Diocese responded when former residents revealed their experience of child sexual abuse after 2005 and considers how the Church's structure, policies and financial arrangements affected the way it managed abuse claims.

The report also examines how the Diocese dealt with the clergy who were accused.

The Royal Commission's public hearing on the matter heard evidence of frequent sexual, psychological and physical abuse perpetrated against nine former child residents at the Home between 1940 and 1985 and the profound, long lasting impacts on their lives and mental health.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Royal Commission finds Anglican Diocese of Grafton was 'hostile' and 'insensitive' to child abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Bruce Mackenzie

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton treated victims insensitively and conducted settlement negotiations in a hostile manner.

The commission's public hearing was told about frequent sexual, psychological and physical abuse of nine former residents of the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore between 1940 and 1985.

Handing down its findings, the commission found the diocese denied responsibility for the sexual abuse, denied some victims financial compensation and conducted some settlement negotiations in a hostile manner.

It also found the diocese was not following its own policies in handling the matter and that denying legal liability on the grounds it did not control the home had a detrimental effect on abused former residents.

The Right Reverend Keith Slater resigned as bishop of the diocese in May last year admitting that legal liability played a role in his decision not to pass on all complaints to the church's professional standards director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Report slams Anglican abuse response

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Annette Blackwell
October 27, 2014

While the Anglican Church is still digesting a damning report on its handling of abuse allegations, an abuse survivor says it still needs to admit it lied and schemed to protect itself.

In the report handed to the federal government on Monday, the sex abuse royal commission found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton caused even more distress to survivors of extreme abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.

In 28 findings the commission noted the diocese failed to follow its own policies in dealing with abuse complaints and instead was hostile and insensitive to victims.

At first it denied liability for the home and then lied about the state of its finances to survivors who came forward.

The findings follow a 2013 commission hearing into how the Grafton diocese handled complaints by men and women who were raped and beaten at the home between 1944 and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Royal Commission report slams Diocese over Children's Home

AUSTRALIA
Northern Star

NORTH Coast Children's Home has been subjected to its most damning report yet with the findings the local Anglican Diocese tried to evade responsibility, was insensitive and failed to follow its own policies.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has this morning released 28 findings and two recommendations on the North Coast Children's Home at Lismore and the Grafton Anglican Diocese's handling of complaints of child abuse there.

>> Read the full report

Among its findings, the report says:

* The Anglican Diocese of Grafton denied responsibility for sexual abuse that took place at the North Coast Children's Home.
* The Diocese denied financial compensation for some victims abused at the home.
* The Diocese failed to comply with its own policies and procedures as set out in the Professional * * * Standards Ordinance and Protocol for Dealing with Complaints of Sexual Abuse and in its Pastoral Care and Assistance Scheme.
* The Diocese dealt with victims insensitively
* Despite its knowledge of the potential claims by 2005, the Diocese of Grafton did not make provision for settling child abuse claims in its annual budgets for 2006 and 2008 and 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Royal ...

AUSTRALIA
The Daily Telegraph

Royal commission into child sex: former bishop Keith Slater ignored advice to report abuse allegations against North Coast Children’s Home to police

JANET FIFE-YEOMANS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH OCTOBER 27, 2014

THE former Anglican Bishop of Grafton, Keith Slater, has come under fire from the child abuse royal commission for the way he mishandled a litany of claims against the church.

When more than 40 former residents of the notorious North Coast Children’s Home at Lismore came forward seeking help and compensation after being abused by at least 12 priests and members of staff, the Anglican Church denied any liability, despite running the home since 1919.

Bishop Slater had been “advised” by his boss, the head of the Anglican Church Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, to tell the police about any criminal allegations from the children’s home and to seek out other people who had been abused there.
He did not do either, the report into the Anglican Diocese of Grafton response to child sexual abuse at the home, said today.

The report, tabled in Federal parliament, said that the diocese denied responsibility for sexual abuse that took place at the home, which had been established by its local rector on church land.

The commission also found that the diocese did not handle the claims with any sympathy.

Bishop Slater resigned last year as The Daily Telegraph was preparing to run stories with one of the victims, Tommy Campion, after a ‘horrified” church official uncovered the full extent of the diocese’s treatment of the former residents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Church adds former Iowan to accused sex abuser list

IOWA
Des Moines Register

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 17 additional priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors, including one man who worked in Iowa during the 1970s.

Allegations were found to be substantiated in all cases.

Jerry Foley, 82, was executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference in Des Moines from 1976 to 1978, according to information on the archdiocese’s website.

Almost all of his other assignments after being ordained in 1961 were in Minnesota. He was part of the Diocese of Crookston, Minn., and was removed as a priest in 2006.

Foley abused a minor outside the St. Paul archdiocese, officials wrote, without specifying where or when. He now lives in Minneapolis.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests issued a statement Friday saying that church leaders in Iowa should “honor their pledges to be ‘open’ about clergy sex cases” and inform parishioners and the public about Foley and encourage victims to seek assistance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

October 26, 2014

Arrest warrant rebels given sex crime alert

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Francis Elliott Political Editor

The cases of a paedophile priest brought back to face trial from Tenerife and a rapist extradited from Greece are being used to persuade Tory MPs to adopt EU-wide crime powers.

David Cameron has been warned that he faces a crushing Commons rebellion when he asks MPs to vote for Britain to sign up to 35 shared powers, including the European arrest warrant (EAW).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

Afterthought: Who Rules ? Pope Francis Faces ‘Old Power/New Sex’ Crises

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

Two significant recent UK developments have just come to my attention that bears considerably on “who rules”. Please note that no less than Pope Francis’ main UK competitor, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, whom the Vatican does not “rule”, has just been reported as having had the courage to call, in effect, as evil, the priest child abuse cover-up, etc., instead of trying so far mainly to just bury it in a “go slow” captive advisory abuse commission, as Pope Francis appears to have done, no?

Canterbury also has, so far, an 84 year “jump” on Rome on approving of contraception. Same New Testament, but different “reads”, apparently. No big deal for celibate Catholic bishops, unlike Archbishop Welby, who is married and has fathered six children. He understands the precious value of each child. See:

[Sunday Mail]

And please also note that an influential Oxford University journalism professor, John Lloyd, has captured the “Synod moment” well at Reuters recently. Lloyd is Director of Journalism at Oxford’s prestigious Reuters Institute, where coincidentally Pope Francis’s new media adviser, Lord Patten, is on the Advisory Board.

Lloyd stated so perceptively and succinctly, in pertinent part, as follows: “This month, Pope Francis had to come clean. Time’s Man of the Year for 2013 {‘s}… honeymoon as the Amiable Argentinian is over.”

Lloyd added: “… the largest problem for the Church is twofold: first, as it recognizes, many Catholics in the West simply ignore the more severe teachings, or where they are applied, prefer to leave the church than submit.”

“Second, and more seriously, the modern eye, and the eye of most media see in the synod a gathering of ageing men with no experience of active sexuality (presumably) or marriage, attempting to enforce prohibitions on those who have, and who have developed ways of integrating these troublesome matters into their lives. At the same time, these ageing men did — and still do — have a serious sex scandal within their ranks – one which they have, in the main, dealt with badly. …” See:

[Reuters]

And yet the sexual and democratic revolutions, that swept the UK a long time ago, are still steadily advancing over the Vatican’s barricades. In response, Pope Francis, so far in a reactionary mode, has created a “holy mess” with his two-step, top down and coercive Synod strategy. It appears evident, after the first Synod step recently, that (1) there are at present no attainable satisfactory solutions, even in sight, to the sexual and structural challenges under review, and (2) a couple of hundred celibate “sons of the Church” in medieval costumes, as the only voting participants, cannot possibly find and agree on real solutions merely by means of a media “staged” Synod.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

Deacon Reinstated, Accusations of Abuse with Minor Unfounded

MINNESITA
KSTP

By: Cassie Hart

A Deacon removed from ministry back in June during an investigation into sexual abuse allegations of a minor has now been reinstated.

Deacon Joseph Damiani has denied the accusation, which alleges he abused a minor more than 40 years ago, decades before he was ordained. The accusation was brought to local law enforcement, and no criminal charges were filed.

According to a statement released by Archbishop John Neinstedt, the Clergy Review Board did an “extensive, diligent and professional view of the allegations” and “was unable to determine conclusively the validity of the underlying allegations.”

The board found no reason to believe Deacon Damiani poses a risk to the health or safety of others, and found him fit for public ministry and recommended he be reinstated.

Deacon Damiani has served as the deacon at Annunciation Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and on staff at Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church in Minneapolis in the Office of Indian Affairs since 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Towards the Next Synod: Jerry Slevin on What Pope Francis Needs to Do If He's Really Serious About Reform

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

At a discussion thread here earlier today, some of you may have seen that I asked Jerry Slevin if he could perhaps summarize an argument he has just made at greater length in a posting at his Christian Catholicism site. In this posting, Jerry argues that, if Pope Francis is to be effective as a reformer, he must aim for the following at the final synod on the family for which the one that has just occurred set the initial stage:

Can and will Pope Francis now providentially save the Catholic Church spiritually, politically and even legally, (1) by effectively sharing power with the silent Catholic 99.9% majority of the People of God, as the earliest popes did for centuries, and (2) by admitting “infallibly”, as he must, that popes are not infallible and that many “moral certainties” are uncertain?

Jerry has responded to my request for a précis of his argument in the Christian Catholicism essay, and, with his permission, I'm going to lift his response into a posting here. I'm posting this synopsis in the hope that it will point readers to the essay itself. Here's Jerry's response:

If Francis is really serious about reform, three key actions, procedurally and substantively, must be addressed now:

(1) Add A Committee Upfront:

Francis must between now and the Oct. 2015 Final Synod have a small independent, expert and representative committee (including preferably as US representatives Dick Sipe, Tom Doyle, Anne Burke, and persons informed on LGBT issues, perhaps you and Jamie Manson, as openers) that thrashes out the key issues honestly and thoroughly and makes specific public recommendations for action to the Synod prior to September 1, 2015;

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM

Statement Regarding Reinstatement of Deacon Joseph Damiani

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Source: Anne Steffens, Interim Director of Communications

From Archbishop John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

At the request of the Clergy Review Board back in June, I temporarily removed Deacon Joseph Damiani from ministry while an investigation was reopened regarding a previous allegation of a sexual abuse of a minor. Deacon Damiani has consistently denied the accusation, which alleges abuse to have occurred more than 40 years ago, decades before he was ordained. The accusation was brought to local law enforcement, and no criminal charges were filed.

The Clergy Review Board engaged in an extensive, diligent and professional review of the allegations. The Board reviewed the multiple transcribed interviews of all available witnesses, Deacon Damiani’s 300-page deposition in the civil case, police reports, court filings, correspondence, psychological evaluations, and all other available materials. Due to the passage of time, the distinct differences in the recollections of witnesses and the lack of extrinsic evidence, the Board was unable to determine conclusively the validity of the underlying allegations.

Based on the thorough review described above, along with the fact that these allegations are over 40 years old and there has been no accusations of any misconduct while he has served as a deacon, the Board found no reason to believe that Deacon Damiani poses a risk to the health or safety of others. The Board concluded that Deacon Damiani is fit for public ministry and recommended that he be reinstated. I am in complete accord with the Board’s Recommendations. Deacon Damiani’s leave of absence is now ended and his faculties are reinstated. He is a Deacon in good standing.

Deacon Damiani has served as the deacon at Annunciation Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and on staff at Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church in Minneapolis in the Office of Indian Affairs since 2009. The staffs of both Annunciation Catholic Church and Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church have been notified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Deacon reinstated after inquiry into brothers' sex-abuse claims

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

POSTED: 10/26/2014

A Minneapolis deacon has been reinstated to ministry after a clergy review board determined he poses no risk to others, after child sexual-abuse allegations leveled by younger relatives.

The allegations against Deacon Joseph Damiani came from his younger brothers, who said Damiani sexually abused them when they were children. Damiani has served at Annunciation Catholic Church and Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church, both in Minneapolis, since 2009.

Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a statement Sunday that a clergy review board advising the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis determined Damiani posed no risk to others' safety.

"Based on the thorough review ... along with the fact that these allegations are over 40 years old and there has been no accusations of any misconduct while he has served as a deacon, the Board found no reason to believe that Deacon Damiani poses a risk to the health or safety of others," Nienstedt said in his statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Robert Waddington abuse: Bishop of Manchester praises 'courageous' victims

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The Bishop of Manchester has praised the sexual abuse victims of a former cathedral dean for coming forward and "making it just a little easier for the next person to speak".

Right Reverend David Walker was responding to a report into how abuse allegations against the Very Rev Robert Waddington were handled.

At least two men made claims of abuse in 1999 and at some time in 2003-04.

Bishop Walker said he wanted to thank them for their "courage".

Last week the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu apologised to those who suffered at the hands of the late Dean Waddington, who died in 2007.

His predecessor was criticised for not acting on allegations in the report, by Judge Sally Cahill, which found "systemic failures" within the Church of England.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Child abuse 'rampant' in British institutions...

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday Mail

Child abuse 'rampant' in British institutions, says Archbishop of Canterbury as he apologises for 'significant legacy of unacknowledged cases' in the Church of England

By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE
26 October 2014

Child abuse has been 'rampant' in the Church of England and other British institutions, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Justin Welby also said there is a 'significant legacy' of cases of child abuse within the church which have been ignored and that its failure to hold abusers to account is 'inexcusable'.

Archbishop Welby made the admissions in a private letter to a mother of three boys who were abused at a Church of England school, reports Exaro, the investigative website.

Writing to a Hertfordshire mother whose sons were groomed and sexually abused by their headmaster, Welby apologised for the church's failure to root out peadophiles.

'I read your story with the same deep sense of sadness and dismay that I have felt on far too many other, similar accounts.

'The betrayal of Christ in such behaviour is complete; the church's failure to face the misdeeds of those in its service is inexcusable.

'I can only apologise for what happened then, and for what has happened now, most sincerely and with deep sorrow.

'It is now clear that in a huge number of institutions and localities, the abuse of children and vulnerable adults has been rampant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Tulsa church says accused child predator was never a youth pastor

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa world

By COREY JONES World Staff Writer

The senior pastor of Eastland Assembly of God on Saturday distanced the Tulsa church from a man accused Friday of preying on vulnerable boys in the past several years.

Randy Dyer, a senior pastor at Eastland Assembly of God, said Timothy Shawn Cato of Tulsa was never a youth pastor, nor was he ever on staff or in a classroom at the church. An affidavit filed Friday in Tulsa County District Court indicates witnesses stated Cato, 50, was a youth pastor at the church.
An affidavit is a sworn statement that in this instance is the basis for an arrest warrant.

Cato is charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse of five boys ages 7 to 17. Four of the charges are alleged to have happened between Oct. 1 and Tuesday, while the other four are alleged between Oct. 1, 2009, and Tuesday.

Dyer also said Cato was never a member of the church but occasionally attended services and sporadically volunteered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Veteran journo is used to sackings

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 27/10/2014
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Controversial Aussie broadcaster Derryn Hinch was sacked from the Taranaki Herald the day after a big rugby match was on in New Plymouth.

At the weekend he was back for a reunion marking 25 years since the paper closed.

In 1965 the big game was a Ranfurly Shield match that Taranaki lost, and now veteran Taranaki journalist, Jim Tucker, then 17, had to take the match report over the phone, because all of the senior staff had gone to the pub with Hinch.

Hinch started the night doing the police calls and on the way back to the office, he called in to the Royal Hotel for a drink with a journalist friend who had come up from Wellington, he said.

Several hours later a reporter came looking for him and never went back to work.

A while later another colleague came looking and he also stayed. Then the assistant editor arrived at the pub and, like the others, never left.

"The next day I got a call from the editor Rash Avery - I think you are a bad influence, so don't come back tomorrow. I said I have never been sacked by a nicer person." ...

He first time in jail was in 1987 for naming a paedophile priest, he said.

"I wasn't being a cowboy. Before I named him I went to the police. I went to the police minister. I went to the premier. I went to the church. They said he was going to be facing court - leave it."

But the man was running a camp for children, so he felt he didn't have a choice, Hinch said.

"If I stopped one parent sending their kids . . . I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do it. Since then I've become a bit of a lightning rod for it I guess."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Church launches code of ethics for volunteers

MALTA
Times of Malta

The church today launched a code of ethics for volunteers aimed at giving voluntary work to take a holistic approach encompassing both the volunteer as well as the beneficiaries of the various voluntary organisations within the Archdiocese of Malta.

This code, which can be read in the pdf link below, was drawn up by the Diocesan Office for Voluntary Work. It is intended to help both the volunteer and the voluntary organisation.

However, there could be instances where certain organisations might need to amend certain parts of it.
Any such amendments could only be made with the prior written authorisation of the director of the Diocesan Office for Voluntary Work or his designate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Chester County priest facing child porn charges served parishes in Bucks

PENNSYLVANIA
Bucks Local News

By Patti Mengers
21st Century Media

Chester County detectives have arrested a 55-year-old priest who formerly served at two Bucks County parishes, for possessing and electronically distributing child pornography via email and Instagram, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Friday.

The Rev. Mark Haynes, who was parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township from Sept. 3, 2013, until his arrest Thursday, served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown, from 1989 to 1991, and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton, from 1994 to 2000.

Haynes also served as chaplain at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster from 1990 to 1991.

He was immediately placed on administrative leave Thursday and no longer resides at SS. Simon and Jude Parish, said Kenneth Gavin, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Without transparency and accountability...

MALTA
Malta Independent

Without transparency and accountability, codes of ethics are useless, Mgr Scicluna says

Duncan Barry

Auxiliary Bishop Charles J. Scicluna said today that the guidelines to ethics for volunteers and voluntary organisations of the Maltese Diocese give a taste of responsibility, highlighting that it is vital transparency and accountability are brought into the picture since if not, ethics are useless.

Speaking during the presentation of the code of ethics for volunteers and voluntary organisations which operate within the Malta Archdiocese, Mgr Scicluna said that "it does not mean that giving a service voluntarily does not bring about obligations".

The presentation was held at the Archbishop's seminary at Tal-Virtu, Rabat in the presence of around 100 individuals involved in the voluntary sector.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Boeke sentenced for church thefts

OHIO
Daily Standard

MINSTER - The former director of religious education at two area Catholic churches was sentenced to 360 days in jail, five years of community control sanctions and ordered to repay $209,556 on two theft charges.

Judge Frederick Pepple also ordered Jane M. Boeke, 57, of Minster to amend her tax returns within a year to reflect the added income at Boeke's sentencing Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.

Boeke, surrounded by family and friends, had a hard time keeping her emotions intact as tears flowed down her face.

She told Pepple that her "primary goal in life" is to repay all the money. Boeke apologized to Pepple, the church, her family and the community, saying she was sorry she had brought shame upon herself.

"This is not the person I was brought up to be," Boeke said. "Nothing justifies what I did. I tried to pay it back and I want to pay it back."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Ex-Fairbanks priest indicted for child pornography

ALASKA
KTUU

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported a federal grand jury indicted Clint Landry on one count of attempted production of child pornography and one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

Landry pleaded not guilty to both counts on Friday.

The 57-year-old former Sacred Heart Cathedral priest allegedly attempted the acts on May 18 and 19. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks placed him on leave that week.

Charging documents don't specify the age of the victim or the specific actions Landry is accused of committing.

Diocese Human Resources Director Ronnie Rosenberg says staff called Alaska State Troopers after receiving a report of misconduct by Landry. The troopers passed the case to the FBI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Colman McCarthy Publishes a Paean to NCR ...

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Colman McCarthy Publishes a Paean to NCR As Vehicle of Free Speech, and I Think of Jerry Slevin's Censorship: "The Upstart NCR Was Itself An Effort at Free Speech"

Today, National Catholic Reporter has published a powerful statement by Colman McCarthy noting that, in its very inception some 50 years ago,

At its core, the upstart NCR was itself an effort at free speech -- against the controlled speech found in the pages of diocesan newspapers overseen by local prelates and assorted ecclesiastics who had little understanding, much less regard, for independent journalism.

McCarthy says that the free speech he has most cherished in NCR's pages has been the letters to the editor, which "create a forum for diversity that can't fail to energize readers to take their antiphonal turn," and which allow those contributing to this forum to see themselves "as valued members of a team where if we don't always see eye to eye we can always speak heart to heart."

As I read Colman McCarthy's paean to NCR's dedication to free speech, how can I possibly avoid thinking (as Alexandra does as well in a comment she has just left in response to the article) of NCR's choice some weeks ago to ban Jerry Slevin from commenting (and here, here, here, here, and here) in its discussion forum? As Alexandra's comment notes, while Jerry Slevin reports that he found himself inexplicably shut out from leaving any comments at all at the NCR site — with no explanation on the part of NCR until he and others made a fuss about this — NCR has continued to permit some posters whose comments are repeatedly flagged by others as abusive attacks to keep on commenting at the NCR site.

The disparity between the treatment some people posting at NCR receive, and the treatment handed out to Jerry Slevin and others, is deeply troubling. As I've repeatedly noted, the system of censorship at the NCR site is simply not transparent, and there is very little accountability about it to the NCR constituency. How censorship appears to be taking place in the NCR comboxes undercuts NCR's claim to make a valuable contribution to American Catholic discourse by offering an alternative to the "controlled speech fround in the pages of diocsean newspapers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

RCA's Lack Of Transparency...

UNITED STATES
Failed Messiah

RCA's Lack Of Transparency With Regard To Abuse Complaints Against Its Rabbis Needs To Change, JOFA Says

In the recent arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel on voyeurisms charges related to a hidden camera placed in the women's mikva (ritual bath) adjoining his Washington, DC synagogue, the Washington Post has an article on the Rabbinical Council of America's lack of transparency with regard to allegations of sex abuse and similar misbehavior by its more than 1,000 member Orthodox rabbis, including Freundel.

Here are two key excerpts:

• “The system of oversight is unknown, and that’s what needs to change,” said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. “Rabbinic institutions need to figure out how to relay complaints and concerns about rabbinic authority, abuse, problems with synagogues.”

The alliance, which works to expand opportunities for women within Orthodoxy, said in a statement Friday that the Freundel case should be used “as a catalyst to address those imbalances that have grown in our community.”

• [T]here is an inherent limit to the reach of the RCA. Modern Orthodoxy is an ideology, not a denomination, such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Southern Baptist Convention, with a hierarchy. Its followers, who make up the more flexible part of Orthodox Judaism, are much more likely to look to their local rabbis and other Jewish community leaders than to the RCA. There are also strong cultural norms against disrespecting or challenging one’s rabbi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Handling ...

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

Handling of misconduct complaints against rabbi raises calls for more transparency

By Michelle Boorstein October 25

The case of a prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of voyeurism has offered a rare glimpse into the secretive way in which the liberal wing of Orthodox Judaism often handles rabbi misconduct, triggering calls by critics for more transparency and accountability.

A few days after Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Oct. 14 arrest on ­charges alleging that he put a secret camera in a ritual bathhouse, the 1,000-member Rabbinical Council of America said it had investigated two prior unrelated complaints of misconduct against Freundel — one in 2012, the other in 2013 — but never informed his synagogue.

The 2012 case accused Freundel of abusing his power over female conversion candidates, coercing them to do clerical work and donate to his projects. In 2013, he was accused of traveling in a sleeper train with a woman who wasn’t his wife. To some, the secrecy surrounding the complaints echoed that in previous cases­ handled by Modern Orthodox leaders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Victim Claims Church Failed To Act On Abuse Claim

CONNECTICUT
Hartford Courant

By Edmund H. Mahony

A woman who says she was sexually abused as a minor by her church pastor's son asserts in a new lawsuit that, by failing to act on her complaint, the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and its employees permitted the abuse of additional children.

The unidentified accuser, in a suit filed in Superior Court in Fairfield County, claims she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Jesse Osmun while she was participating under Osmun's supervision in a youth program at St. Peter's Church in Milford.

Also named in the suit, brought by attorney Douglas Mahoney of Bridgeport, are Andrew Osmun, Jesse Osmun's father and Rector of St. Peter's Church; St. Peter's Church, and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

The victim claims in the suit that she was abused at the church by Jesse Osmun when she was 13 years old in 2007. In 2010, Jesse Osmun began work for the Peace Corp in South Africa, where he was accused of sexually assaulting three girls, ages 3-6.

Jesse Osmun admitted abusing the children in Africa and, in 2012, was sentenced to 15 years in a U.S. prison under a federal law prohibiting U.S. citizens from traveling abroad to engage in illegal sexual activity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Catholic ombudsman alarmed by reports of students sexually abusing other students

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

BY MARK MORRIS
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
10/25/2014

When the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph child abuse ombudsman took the job three years ago, she was prepared to occasionally be surprised by what crossed her desk.

But Jenifer Valenti, a former Jackson County prosecutor, now sees something that goes beyond surprise. Valenti wrote in a recent report to the diocese that she was “alarmed” by increasing reports of students in local Catholic schools sexually abusing other students.

The youngest case involved a 3-year-old preschooler acting out sexually with classmates, she said.

“It is shocking to get a minor-abusing-a-minor call,” Valenti said.

But if Valenti wanted to compare her figures with those of the surrounding public school districts, she’d find it challenging because of a blind spot in federal law.

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Education launched an effort to have public primary and secondary schools deal more aggressively with student-on-student sexual abuse. But those officials did not require schools to report what they found.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Priest is accused of violent sex abuse

MALTA
Times of Malta

Sunday, October 26, 2014

by Matthew Xuereb

A 54-year-old priest from Rabat is due in court to face charges of violent sexual abuse against a mentally unstable patient.

He is also being accused of holding the woman against her will and committing indecent acts in public.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place at various locations over a period of years. The woman, in her 40s, was receiving treatment following a suicide attempt at the time the sexual assaults allegedly took place.

The police are also investigating claims of sexual abuse against the priest made by other women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Liverpool man breaks silence over Catholic school sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Liverpool Echo

Oct 26, 2014

By Helen Davies

A former Catholic school pupil from Merseyside who says he was sexually abused by a priest has broken his silence after more than 20 years.

It follows a compensation payout to a group of 11 men who were past pupils at Mirfield junior seminary in Yorkshire.

We can today reveal Liverpool’s links to the shocking sexual abuse claims.

Both a priest at the centre of the scandal and a former student – one of those who made the allegations – come from Merseyside.

The group of 11 have now settled out of court with the Verona Fathers, the Catholic order which ran the college, for payments totalling £120,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

October 25, 2014

Who Rules ? Pope Francis Faces ‘Old Power/New Sex’ Crises and a Solution

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

The sexual and democratic revolutions are steadily advancing over the Vatican’s barricades. In response, Pope Francis so far has created a “holy mess” with his two-step, top down and coercive Synod strategy. It appears evident, after the first Synod step recently, that (1) there are at present no attainable satisfactory solutions, even in sight, to the sexual and structural challenges under review, and (2) a couple of hundred celibate “sons of the Church” in medieval costumes, as the only voting participants, cannot possibly find and agree on real solutions merely by means of a media “staged” Synod.

Many Catholics worldwide are now very confused by this “mess”. Who now decides for Catholics what is “sinful” and how “sinners” are to be treated in this life by the Catholic Church? The Pope? The Ex-Pope? A Synod of Bishops? The “People of God” (all Catholics collectively)? The conscience of of each purported “sinner”? What if some of them disagree? Why have a Synod then? Who is now the final word? Are any of them really “infallible”? Will it really matter much to over a billion Catholics? Pope Francis must step up now, no?

Pope Francis showed, as a younger Jesuit leader at risk, in his dealings with a murderous military in Argentina, that he can act decisively under pressure. He has enough power now, but must apply it to a papal management process that has a real chance of succeeding. Another Synod, without more, cannot possibly succeed, as I endeavor to explain below.

If Francis does not adjust his management process now, I can only then infer he is merely going through some public relations motions in all likelihood. I outline below how he can efficaciously and readily adjust his process, if he is serious about needed reforms and a solution. If he is not serious, outside governments will likely continue to press to reform the Vatican’s sexual morality and organizational structural flaws soon enough, as they already have begun to do in the financial corruption area.

Several competing factions among the Catholic hierarchy appear to be already pressing now ever harder for adoption, at the second Synod step next October, of even more inconsistent and inadequate positions on Church “sexual morality doctrines” and on Church structural reforms.

Pope Francis’ almost desperate attempt at the initial Synod: (1) to “cherrypick” the agenda issues and the bishop participants, (2) to try to control the Synod managers and Synod report draftsmen, and (3) to spin the media with arcane “graduality” and similar discussions and “natural family planning” cheerleaders, has failed completely.

Meanwhile, the unrelenting tsunami of sexual and financial scandals and government investigations and prosecutions is steadily swamping the Vatican in digital filth. Also, Francis’ political and biological clocks are seemingly running out, as the Vatican almost blindly seeks to avoid escalating outside government pressure on Pope Francis, (1) to share power, as the earliest popes did for centuries, with the other 99.9% of the Catholic “People of God” not participating at the Synods, and (2) to make the hierarchy transparently accountable to these Catholics generally, and to the rule of law honestly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Fairbanks priest indicted on child exploitation charges

ALASKA
KTVA

By KTVA CBS 11 News

FAIRBANKS – Placed on leave earlier this year while under investigation by the FBI, a Fairbanks priest has now been indicted for child exploitation.

Friday, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced 57-year-old Clint Michael Landry was formally charged with attempted production of child pornography and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. According to court documents, Landry tried to entice a minor to “engage in sexually explicit conduct” in order to produce “a visual depiction of that conduct.”

The indictment, dated Oct. 22, states the alleged crimes took place between May 18-19.

Landry became a priest for the Diocese of Fairbanks in 2011, according to its website. If convicted, Landry faces up to $250,000 in fines for each of the two counts and a maximum life sentence, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Fairbanks priest faces child pornography charges

ALASKA
News Miner

Sam Friedman sfriedman@newsminer.com

FAIRBANKS - A former Fairbanks priest was arrested Friday on charges that he allegedly attempted to produce child pornography.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 57-year-old Clint Landry on one count of attempted production of child pornography and one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Landry, who until May was the priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral, allegedly "coerced a minor into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct" on May 18 and May 19. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks placed him on leave that week.

Charging documents don't specify the age of the victim or the specific actions Landry is accused of committing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon didn't immediately return a phone call Friday requesting additional information about the charges against Landry.

Ronnie Rosenberg, director of human resources and legal coordinator for the diocese, said the juvenile identified by initials in the indictment is not part of the Fairbanks church and is not a Fairbanks resident. Rosenberg said in May that diocese staff called Alaska State Troopers after receiving a report about misconduct by Landry. Troopers passed on the case to the FBI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Ex-Fairbanks priest indicted for child pornography

ALASKA
Express News

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A former Fairbanks priest has been indicted for allegedly attempting to produce child pornography.

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner (http://bit.ly/ZRIEJz ) reported a federal grand jury indicted Clint Landry on one count of attempted production of child pornography and one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

Landry pleaded not guilty to both counts on Friday.

The 57-year-old former Sacred Heart Cathedral priest allegedly attempted the acts on May 18 and 19. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks placed him on leave that week.

Charging documents don't specify the age of the victim or the specific actions Landry is accused of committing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Justin Welby admits: child abuse has been "rampant" CoE

UNITED KINGDOM
Exaro News

By Tim Wood

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby admits in a private letter that child abuse has been "rampant" in the Church of England and other UK institutions.

Writing to the mother of three boys who were groomed and sexually abused by the headmaster of a school run by the Church of England (CoE), Welby says: The betrayal of Christ in such behaviour is complete."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

Child abuse rampant, says Archbishop of Canterbury

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sunday Times

Tim Wood and Jon Ungoed-Thomas Published: 26 October 2014

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted child abuse has been “rampant” in British institutions and that the church’s failure to “face the misdeeds of those in its service” has been “inexcusable”.

In his most frank comments yet on historic child abuse, Justin Welby admits there is a “very significant legacy of unacknowledged cases” in the Church of England.

His comments are in a private letter to Marilyn Hawes, whose three sons were allegedly groomed and abused by a Church of England headmaster.

She wrote to the archbishop after receiving what she regarded as a cursory two-paragraph reply from an official to a letter in which she said the experience had resulted in her losing faith in the church community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Cardinal Burke's "demoted" to Malta...

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

Paris Arrow

Updated October 24, 2014

Cardinal Burke campaigned and won majority of votes in the Synod of Bishops to forbid gays and divorcees to partake in the Sacrament of the Eucharist – because these are people are “unforgiveable sinners” that even the Sacrament of Confession will refuse to forgive. These are the people forbidden in the most elite and wealthiest Catholic group on earth, the secret society of the Sovereign Military of the Order of Malta - and he must not water down the (hypocritical Vatican doctrine) of the group.

Read our related article -- REBUTTAL to Synod, Cardinal Burke’s Relatio, John Thavis’s proposal. Vatican oligarchy, popes, bishops have bad track record on natural law & divine law http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2014/10/rebuttal-to-synod-cardinal-burkes.html

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

The playboy priests of Albenga on the Italian Riviera

ITALY
Telegraph

By Fiona Govan, Albenga Oct 2014

Priests who moonlight as bar tenders, post naked photos of themselves on gay websites and run off with the church coffers: welcome to the diocese of Albenga-Imperia on the Italian Riviera.

When the bishop in charge decided that the hand of forgiveness, and a second chance, should be offered to "black sheep" priests from across Italy, it must have seemed the charitable thing to do.

The consequences, though, suggest that recidivism is as much a feature of clerical as prison life.

Pope Francis last week ordered an investigation into a diocese run for 24 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, who has earned a reputation of welcoming in aspiring priests, even those expelled from seminaries for misconduct.

There is the case of Gabriel Viorel Irla, who presides over Mass at the church in Poggia de Imperia.

He caused a scandal several years ago when the local paper published the naked photos that he had posted of himself on his Facebook page. Down the coast in Pairolo, Fr Alfonso Maria Parente ran off with the church alms during the religious festival of San Remo.

In neighbouring Loano, Fr Silvano de Matteis earned himself a formal police complaint when he became overly flirtatious with the wife of the local port captain, while another priest was kicked off a cruise ship for molesting its passengers.

Don Juan Pablo Esquivel outraged his parishioners when it emerged that he was living with a gay friend and spent more time body building than he did preparing for his sermons. ...

Among the worst offenders is Fr Luciano Massaferro, who was sentenced to seven years and eight months for sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar girl. After serving his time, however, he was welcomed back into the Church and is still a priest charged with working with the needy in the parish of Imperia.

Another priest was implicated in running a child prostitution ring. The accusation was not investigated by the Church authorities. Instead, when parishioners' complaints became too vociferous, he was moved to another church within the diocese.

"That priest, who I personally know was involved in paedophilia and made money from it, is now the priest at a church next to a primary school," said one insider. "It is one thing to offer forgiveness to those who repent, but to actively cover up such a scandal and continue to put the vulnerable at risk is another matter."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

St Francis Boys' Home sex abuse inquiry: Man tells of 'rape'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Nic Rigby
BBC News

A 72-year-old man has described being raped in a boys' home 65 years ago by a priest who told him if he did not obey him he would "not go to heaven".

Eddie Murphy is the third man to tell the BBC about abuse carried out by Fr Wilfred Johnson at the St Francis Boys' Home in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

He attended the home, which closed in 1974, in the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Fr Johnson, who ran the home from 1945 to 1954, died in 1994. Police are investigating abuse allegations.

Mr Murphy has waived his right to automatic anonymity in order to speak out about the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Three more women tortured in Assam for allegedly practicing witchcraft

INDIA
Indian Express

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Posted: October 25, 2014

Ten days after a woman athlete was dubbed as a witch and subjected to physical torture in Karbi Anglong district, central Assam, three more women have been targeted under similar charges in Tinsukia district in upper Assam.

The three women, Mala Bhumij, Ratani Kond and Gangi Orang, were beaten up and physically tortured by several men and women until police reached the spot and rescued them. The incident happened in Koomsong, a 720-hectare tea estate owned by McLeod Russel, whose website says it is the largest tea producer in the world.

While the incident took place yesterday, the police have not been able to arrest the main culprit, a local “bez” (faith-healer) called Santosh, with SP Akhilesh Kumar Singh saying he was absconding.

“A local bez on failing to cure a sick 14-year old boy put the blame on witchcraft and pointed at three women living close by following which the neighbours turned violent and severely beat up the three women. Luckily we intervened on time and saved the women from being lynched,” SP Singh told The Indian Express on Saturday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

Hillside Christian Canyon pastor arrested on prostitution charge

TEXAS
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

By AMANDA CASTRO-CRIST AND JC CORTEZ

A local church leader was arrested on a charge related to prostitution about 3:15 p.m. Thursday at an Amarillo motel, according to Potter County Sheriff’s Office records.

Cameron Tate Reeves, 34, was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers at Motel 6, 2032 Paramount Blvd.

Reeves is a pastor for Hillside Christian Church’s Canyon campus, where he has served since 2009, according to the church’s website.

Amarillo Globe-News files show Reeves previously worked for Family Support Services as a counselor for foster children who have aged out of the system. He has not worked for the agency for at least 10 years, said Joette Campbell, director of human resources for Family Support Services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Local pastor arrested on prostitution charge

TEXAS
Connect Amarillo

[with video]

by Grayson Edds

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- A Canyon church campus pastor was arrested on Thursday on prostitution charges.

Cameron Reeves, 34, was arrested at the Motel 6 at 2032 Paramount Blvd. in Amarillo. Kristina Gayle Moon, 31, was also arrested for prostitution at that address, according to Potter County Jail records. She has a record for criminal trespass, theft, bad checks.

Reeves is a campus pastor for Hillside Christian Church at their Canyon campus.

He was booked into the Potter County jail on the misdemeanor charge, and was released on a $1,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Canyon pastor arrested on prostitution charge

TEXAS
News Channel 10

Amarillo, TX - A campus pastor in Canyon has been arrested on a prostitution charge.

Cameron Reeves, 34, was arrested Thursday night at a Motel 6 at 2032 Paramount Blvd. in Amarillo.

Reeves was the pastor for Hillside Christian Church at their Canyon campus.

Hillside Christian Church Canyon released this statement:

"On Oct. 23, Cameron Reeves resigned as the campus pastor at Hillside Christian Church Canyon, effective immediately. We are saddened by this situation. We ask the community to pray for Cameron, his family, and all who are affected during this difficult time."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Second member of Fiona Woolf inquiry admits controversial links with Lord Brittan

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

Fiona Woolf, the controversial head of the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry, is under renewed pressure after it emerged another member of her inquiry panel has links with Lord Brittan.

The Telegraph can disclose that Dame Moira Gibb – who was appointed to sit on the panel on Tuesday along with a number of other experts – has admitted a close personal friend worked with Lord Brittan during part of the period which will be closely scrutinised by the inquiry.

Lord Brittan, who as Leon Brittan who was in charge of the Home Office in the 1980s, issued a statement through his solicitors in July after being questioned by the police over an alleged sexual offence.

Earlier this year he was questioned under caution over an allegation of rape dating back to 1967, which he said was "wholly without foundation".

It has also been claimed that while at the Home Office Lord Brittan was handed a file - now missing - in late 1983 which allegedly detailed child abuse at the highest levels of Westminster.

In a letter to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, on October 17 Dame Moira said she had no “direct interest in the matters to which the inquiry relates”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Torino, quelle opere sparite dal duomo di Chieri. E Bertone restituì due candelabri

ITALIA
Il Fatto Quotidiano

di Andrea Giambartolomei | 28 settembre 2014

Nei suoi anni al duomo di Chieri monsignor Giovanni Carrù, attuale segretario della Pontificia commissione di archeologia sacra del Vaticano, non si è accorto che dalla sua chiesa e dai suoi locali sono spariti molti beni, mentre in altri casi è stato proprio lui a cederli come regali ad amici. Durante i suoi venti anni da parroco in questa città alle porte di Torino molte tele, statue, mobili e altri oggetti sono andati persi e poi ritrovati nelle case di privati. Due candelabri, invece, sono finiti tra gli averi del cardinale Tarcisio Bertone, ex segretario dello Stato vaticano.

Dopo le segnalazioni di alcuni fedeli i carabinieri del nucleo “Tutela del patrimonio culturale” di Torino, condotti dal capitano Guido Barbieri, e il sostituto procuratore Gabriella Viglione hanno avviato un’indagine complessa che non si è fermata di fronte al tempo e all’omertà degli ambienti curiali. Così quest’estate sono riusciti nel loro intento: recuperare e restituire alla parrocchia alcuni degli oggetti scomparsi e finiti chissà come nelle mani di alcuni privati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Vatican monsignor pressured to return church valuables that went missing on his watch

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Jason Berry
Oct. 25, 2014

A Vatican monsignor, considered an unindicted co-conspirator by the FBI for his role in a 2008 criminal scheme to sell American church property, has been forced by Italian authorities to return valuable objects to churches in his home diocese of Turin, according to a Sep. 28 report in Il Fatto Quotidiano, a daily in Rome.

Msgr. Giovanni Carrù, an undersecretary at the Congregation for the Clergy from 2003 to 2009, is secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, a job that oversees the catacombs.

"During his 20 years as pastor in a town on the outskirts of Turin, many paintings, statues, furniture and other objects have been lost and then found in private homes," Andrea Giambartolomei reported in Il Fatto. "Two candelabra ended up among the possessions of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former secretary of the Vatican State."

Bertone, whose million-dollar renovation of his apartment in the Vatican has drawn bad press, returned the questioned candelabra, according to the report in Il Fatto Quotidiano, an independently owned newspaper that, unlike many larger ones, promotes itself as receiving no government subsidy.

A special division of the Italian police charged with the protection of cultural heritage had two investigators focused on Carrù and missing religious property, Giambartolomei reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

How Music Healed Me and Inspired Me To Fight Clergy Abuse

UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Virginia Pickles Jones

As I was preparing to sleep last night, I discovered that my cat vomited on my bed.

Was I annoyed? Honestly, I don't remember feeling even slightly annoyed.

While I cleaned up the mess I was singing and swaying to the music of Guantanamera from a new music DVD/CD set from Playing For Change.

Music helped make an unpleasant moment fun and uplifting.

Honestly, you don't want to hear me sing. My voice is meant for showers and lonely mountain tops where only the ants can hear me. I am lousy at making music. I took piano lessons for two years as a child. I liked playing but gave up because my brother complained constantly about how lousy I was and insisted that I practice only when he was not around to hear me. When is became difficult to practice, I felt discouraged and gave up on piano lessons.

It was easier to play when the mood moved me.

Music and one's mood have much to do with each other. While music can uplift and inspire you, sad songs can make you sadder.

Sadness accentuated by music isn't necessarily bad. It can promote catharsis.

I experienced catharsis listening to sad love songs. I always struggled with the ends of relationships, going into depressive funks that lasted two years or more. It was only later, when I started to read about the symptoms of child sex abuse, I found that difficulty with the ends of relationships is a common problem for survivors. Often a child sex abuse victim is groomed by their abuser, who then abandons them once they age out of the age of child their abuser is attracted to and then end up being dumped by the formerly attentive pedophile. That wasn't my problem. I think I felt abandoned by my parents who were struggling so much with their own problems that they didn't notice the child sex abuse I endured and disregarded it when I finally talked about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Tiny cameras found in backpack in Freundel’s office

TOWSON (MD)
The Towerlight

24 OCTOBER 2014 BY CODY BOTELER, NEWS EDITOR

Police searching the Towson University office of professor Barry Freundel found a backpack that was filled with tiny cameras that were hidden in common objects, including a box of tissues and a clock, according to The Washington Post.

Additionally, police, who filed for a search warrant in Maryland, found flash drives and memory cards, as well as a hand-written list of names and a naked picture of a woman.

Freundel is accused of placing a hidden camera in a ritual bath at his Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. His office was located in the College of Liberal Arts.

Since his arrest, Freundel has been suspended from Towson as well as his synagogue.

Director of University Communications Ray Feldmann said there is “absolutely” no evidence at this time that suggests a crime was committed on Towson’s campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Towson University Says No Students Were Videotaped By Rabbi

MARYLAND
WBAL

Towson University now says a rabbi, accused of secretly recording women changing at a ritual bath, did not record any of his students.

The university had suspended Rabbi Barry Freundel after he was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism in Washington.

He's accused of setting up a hidden camera in the changing rooms of the bath.

Earlier this week, a former student told the student newspaper, she was among a group of students who Freundel led on a tour of the bath and his synagogue, last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Micro Cameras Found in Search of Rabbi's Towson U. Office

TOWSON (MD)
NBC Washington

[with video]

A D.C. rabbi accused of secretly recording women shower at a Georgetown synagogue also had a collection of secret recording devices in his office at a Maryland college, according to court documents.

Search warrants reveal police found micro cameras inside regular objects including a tissue box and a clock at Barry Freundel’s Towson University office. Police also found hard drives, memory cards and a handwritten list of names.

Freundel has pleaded not guilty to voyeurism. He is accused of recording at least six women at Kesher Israel in Georgetown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Stearns County judge to rule on church abuse lawsuit

MINNESOTA
St Cloud Times

David Unze, dunze@stcloudtimes.com October 24, 2014

A Stearns County judge will decide whether a clergy sex abuse victim can continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud, including a claim that the diocese is a public nuisance for allegedly not telling the public what it knows about its abusive priests.

A hearing Friday in Stearns County included arguments about the public nuisance allegations used by clergy abuse survivors in the Twin Cities to eventually gain access to thousands of pages of documents on numerous priests.

The lawsuit in Stearns County was filed on behalf of Bob Ethan, who also sued the diocese in 1993 and settled in 1995.

Ethan sued the diocese again after the Legislature passed the Child Victims Act, opening a three-year window for victims to sue in cases that are so old they wouldn't normally have been allowed to proceed in court.

Ethan was abused by Rev. James Thoennes, a diocesan priest who has been removed from priestly duties by the diocese.

The nuisance claim includes allegations that the public hasn't been told enough about Thoennes, including that he lives in St. Cloud and the extent of restrictions on where he can go within Minnesota, said Ethan's attorney, Jeff Anderson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Guilty plea likely in priest's child porn case

MICHIGAN
Argus-Press

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic priest charged with secretly recording high school hockey players in the locker room is moving toward a guilty plea in Detroit federal court.

A criminal "information" was filed this week by the U.S. attorney's office. It typically means a defendant is waiving indictment and has negotiated a plea deal.

The Rev. Richard Kurtz is charged with producing, possessing and transporting child pornography. He was a teacher years ago at University of Detroit Jesuit High School. The government says he went into the hockey locker room and secretly recorded video of players as they changed clothes in the late 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Cops: Priest posed as teen girl, posted child porn online

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Daily News

STEPHANIE FARR, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER FARRS@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-4225

A CHESTER COUNTY priest who has been charged with posting child pornography to Instagram admitted during questioning that he'd once posed as a teenage girl online to engage in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents.

When Chester County detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding two photos of a naked, underage girl that were posted to Instagram in April, they tracked the IP address to Ss. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester.

Believing a student at the parish may have posted the photos, detectives interviewed the pastor who informed investigators that the email address associated with the Instagram account in question, "irishwit2@gmail.com," actually belonged to the Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, a priest who lived at the rectory, prosecutors said.

When questioned by police on Thursday, Haynes admitted that he had received about 100 images of child porn on Instagram and had sent about 50 pornographic images of children to others, according to court documents.

Haynes referred to the images as " 'lascivious pictures or videos of minors,' " police said.

He then allegedly admitted to detectives that in 2010, he joined a dating site pretending to be a 16-year-old girl and began communicating with a 14-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Priest faces porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

A priest at a Chester County parish is facing charges in the alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.

The county District Attorney's Office said the Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, a priest at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, was accused of posting sexually explicit images of a teenage girl on Instagram.

The investigation began last month, when law enforcement officials received information from the social media site about images of naked young girls.

Detectives traced the e-mail address associated with the account to SS. Simon and Jude, and eventually to Haynes, prosecutors said.

Investigators also found that Haynes received and posted other images, and exchanged lewd e-mails with an unidentified 14-year-old girl posing as a 16-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Solihull Priest Cleared Of Historic Sex Assault

UNITED KINGDOM
Heart

A retired priest has been cleared of indecently assaulting a young girl after what his barrister described as a "grotesque'' inquiry into the allegation.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took around two hours to acquit Father Edward Simpson of indecently touching the girl during the mid-1980s.

The 85-year-old clergyman, of Olton Friary, Solihull, told his trial he could not understand why the historic allegation was made against him last year.

His alleged victim, now in her 40s, told the court she had been groped while in the same room as her parents. But two further witnesses, who had not been interviewed by police before the proceedings were brought, claimed the alleged assault could not have happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Hasidic Jewish man who took photos of abuse victim in court to have case dismissed

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Josh Saul

October 24, 2014

A Hasidic Jewish man accused of taking photos of a sex-abuse victim as she testified in a blockbuster 2012 trial will have the case against him dismissed Friday, the Post has learned.

Yona Weissman, 24, was charged with contempt when court officers caught him with a photo on his phone of the pretty 17-year-old girl on the stand in the trial of her Hasidic counselor, Nechemya Weberman, who was later convicted of brutally abusing her. The photo had also been posted to Twitter.

But the case against Weissman took a hit when Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Michael Gerstein – citing a recent US Supreme Court decision – ruled the photos inadmissible as evidence because court officers failed to obey search-and-seizure laws.

“There’s no evidence anymore, so that’s it. You need the evidence to convict and without evidence there’s no case,” said Weissman defense attorney Izzy Fried, who said the prosecutor on the case called him Thursday to say the case would be dismissed in court Friday.

“He maintains his innocence. He didn’t do anything wrong. The fact that he had the image on his phone that they illegally searched doesn’t mean he snapped the picture.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Final defendant in case where sex abuse victim’s picture was taken while testifying has charges tossed

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY OREN YANIV

Nearly two years after a sex abuse victim had her picture taken while testifying in a high-profile trial, charges were tossed Friday against the last defendant standing.

The dismissal of a contempt rap against Yona Weissman, 24, was expected since two months ago, when a judge suppressed all evidence found on his cell phone based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such searches require a warrant.

“In light of that, we can’t proceed with the case,” prosecutor Joseph DiBenedetto said in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

“The primary evidence against this defendant is what was found in his phone.”

After the brief hearing, Weissman said he wasn’t the one who snapped the illicit image during the closely-watched trial of Nechemya Weberman, who was convicted in 2012 for abusing an Orthodox Jewish girl whom he had spiritually mentored for three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Assignment Record – Rev. Patrick J. Conway, s.j.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Patrick J. Conway was a priest of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, ordained in 1934. He was assigned to parishes in Missoula MT and Lewiston ID, high schools in Tacoma and Spokane WA, and to a mission on the EdCrow Indian reservation in MT. His whereabouts after 1951 are unknown. Conway's name was included on the Province's 2011 list of "perpetrators of sexual abuse"; the Jesuits agreed to post the list on its website as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Ordained: 1934

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Alto Pass pastor committed for 51 years

ILLINOIS
The Southern

By Dustin Duncan

A former Alto Pass pastor was committed to 51 years in the Department of Human Services Friday in Union County Circuit Court.

Bill Vandergraph, 76, during a discharge hearing in September 2013, a judge heard evidence sufficient enough to determine that the defendant would've been convicted had the matter gone to trial. The charges were predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Vandergraph, former pastor of Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Alto Pass and former Union County school bus driver, was arrested in July 2010. He is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a 4-year-old child between January and April of 2010.

Union County States Attorney Tyler Edmonds said this is essentially a life sentence for Vandergraph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Children's shelter volunteer, teaching assistant charged with child sex abuse

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa World

By COREY JONES World Staff Writer

A volunteer with a children’s shelter in Tulsa — who also is a teaching assistant at a private school for students with learning differences and attention disorders — is accused of sexually abusing multiple children and teenagers who had been under his care for several years, according to court documents filed Friday.

Timothy Shawn Cato, 50, is charged in Tulsa County District Court with eight counts of child sexual abuse. An affidavit and court records say the victims are boys ages 17, 16, 15, 7 and 7.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Tulsa Police Say Youth Volunteer Sexually Abused Kids In His Care

OKLAHOMA
News on 6

[with video]

TULSA, Oklahoma - A man who had custody of five children and says he is a volunteer at an Oklahoma Department of Human Services children's shelter has been arrested on eight sexual abuse complaints.

According to court documents, Timothy Shawn Cato, 50, has cared for the children for several years. He reportedly admitted to bathing the children – ages 7 to 17 – and touching their bodies while they are in the bathtub. Child crisis detectives also said Cato regularly shares sleeping space with the kids in a room away from his wife and own child, an affidavit says.

Police said he used his status in the community with various youth organizations as a way to get children to trust him and, ultimately, abuse them.

A coach, mentor, educator and father figure are the roles Tulsa police said 50-year-old Cato took on to get close to young boys.

"Some of the victims indicated that they had met him through a program at a church where he was a, what they referred to as a commander of their group, that would do scouting-like activities for boys of a younger age," said Tulsa Police Detective, Sergeant Mike Brown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Tulsa youth pastor, social worker accused of shocking crimes

OKLAHOMA
KJRH

[with video]

Nathan Edwards

A Tulsa youth pastor accused of shocking crimes against children.

50-year-old Timothy Cato has worked with kids for 20 years. He’s been a coach, youth pastor and teacher.

Police say Cato admitted to sexually abusing five kids at his home, all between the ages of seven and 17.

He also admitted to taking advantage of kids from the DHS children's shelter in Tulsa.

The disturbing report says he would volunteer to help out two kids each week, but would take them to his home to bath them and lay with them in the same bed.

DHS will not comment on the claims, but are conducting their own investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Judge rejects 3 claims in exorcism sex abuse lawsuit

VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Daily

By Joe Beck

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp has dismissed three of four claims of legal wrongdoing against a Front Royal-based international Catholic organization in a lawsuit involving accusations of sexual molestation by a priest while performing exorcisms.

Hupp's opinion issued Sept. 30 states that the plaintiff, an anonymous victim identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, failed to show that the priest, Thomas J. Euteneuer, was acting within his role as an employee of the organization during the moments of alleged sexual misconduct.

Euteneuer worked as president of Human Life International Endowment, Inc. and as president of Human Life International, Inc., which are listed as co-defendants in the suit.

The plaintiff's accusations - formally called causes of action -- against Human Life include assault, battery, intentional affliction of emotional distress and negligent retention of Euteneuer for weeks or months after Jane Doe accused him of sexual abuse.

Hupp's ruling scrapped the claims of assault, battery and emotional distress but left intact the accusation of negligent retention against Human Life International, Inc. Hupp agreed to dismiss the claim of negligent retention against Human Life International Endowment, Inc.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

October 24, 2014

Priest accused of posting child pornography on Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

A Chester County priest is facing charges for possessing and distributing child pornography. Mark Haynes, 55, is a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, Chester County was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Police allege Haynes posed as a 16-year-old girl and posted nude photos of a 14-year-old girl on Instagram.

When questioned, police said Haynes admitted to receiving and posting other images of child pornography. The girl in the photos has not yet been identified.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims. Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail," said District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM

I-Team: Local priest under investigation by state police

RHODE ISLAND
Turn to 10

[with video]

By Katie Davis, NBC 10 I-Team Reporter

The NBC 10 I-Team has confirmed a local Roman Catholic priest is under investigation by Rhode Island State Police for sexual abuse. The priest is no longer serving in a church, but is still living.

The new development follows an I-Team investigation that's now stretched more than a year.

"We're trying to determine whether it rises to the level of criminality, and fits into the statute," said state police Capt. Christopher Dicomitis.

He said state police are not releasing the priest's name because he has not been charged with a crime and that the investigation is ongoing. But he said criminal charges are possible.

The I-Team also learned that about 15 people have come forward to report sexual abuse by priests to state police since the NBC 10 first aired stories about the I-Team's investigation in November.

State police said the people who filed reports in 2014 had not reported the abuse to law enforcement in the past, although some had reported their experience to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. ...

NBC 10 asked the Diocese of Providence for an interview with Bishop Thomas Tobin on Friday, but received a written statement instead.

The statement said in part, "The Diocese of Providence is not aware of any new allegations of sexual abuse; the issues being investigated are old allegations and have already been widely reported."

The statement did not address the state police investigation involving the living priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Man with FL ties on new accused priest list

MINNESOTA
Forest Lake Times

By Ryan Howard
October 24, 2014

A former priest who worked in the Forest Lake area and reportedly still lives in town is on a new list of Roman Catholic priests that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says have had allegations of sexual abuse of a minor filed against them.

John Owens, 85, provided what the archdiocese called “temporary weekend assistance” in and around Forest Lake from 1999 to 2004. He spent most of his priestly career (1960-1999) in the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota, where the allegations of abuse originate from. According to the list of 17 names released by the Twin Cities-based archdiocese on Oct. 23, there have been no substantiated claims of child abuse against Owens stemming from his time in Forest Lake. The archdiocese also reported that Owens still lives in Forest Lake, but the Forest Lake Times could not obtain contact information for him before this story was published.

As part of legal action and increased investigations into its past treatment of the victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, local church officials have released a number of names over the last several months of priests who have served in the archdiocese who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The Oct. 23 list was released as part of a legal settlement with Jeff Anderson and Associates, a St. Paul-based firm that has brought legal action regarding sexual abuse against the archdiocese a number of times over the years.

While in Bismarck, Owens served as the communications director for the diocese and ran a radio advice show for area adolescents called “Padre’s Platters.” The diocese alerted the North Dakota Department of Human Services in 2002 that a report of sexual misconduct against a minor had been reported regarding Owens. According to the diocese, Owens was instructed to “lead a life of prayer and penance,” and the diocese ordered that he be monitored so as to not pose a risk to minors. In 2005, three years after the Diocese of Bismarck alerted the NDHS, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis removed Owens from ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Priest cleared of girl sex assault

UNITED KINGDOM
Daventry Express

A retired priest from Solihull has been cleared of indecently assaulting a young girl after what his barrister described as a "grotesque" inquiry into the allegation.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took around two hours to acquit Father Edward Simpson of indecently touching the girl during the mid-1980s.

The 85-year-old clergyman, of Olton Friary, Solihull, told his trial he could not understand why the historic allegation was made against him last year.

His alleged victim, now in her 40s, told the court she had been groped while in the same room as her parents. But two further witnesses, who had not been interviewed by police before the proceedings were brought, claimed the alleged assault could not have happened.

After Fr Simpson was acquitted, Judge Sybil Thomas thanked jurors for their careful consideration of the case and expressed concern at the police decision not to interview a number of potential witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Foggy Bottom Deli Distances Itself From Rabbi Accused of Voyeurism

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washingtonian

By Benjamin Freed

In the wake of Kesher Israel Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest last week on charges that he illicitly filmed women in the changing room attached to his Georgetown synagogue’s ritual bath, several organizations have distanced themselves from the modern Orthodox Jewish leader. Along with the temple’s board of directors, Freundel has also been suspended by Towson University, where he was an associate professor; the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington, which supervises the application of Jewish dietary laws; and the Rabbinical Council of America, a major Orthodox governing body with which Freundel once led a group overseeing conversions.

But it’s not just big, institutional entities distancing themselves from Freundel. Washington Jewish Week reports that Char Bar & Eli’s Market, a month-old Kosher steakhouse and deli in Foggy Bottom, scrubbed its menu last week of “the Freundel,” a grilled pastrami and smoked turkey sandwich with chipotle dressing served on thick slabs of toast. Naming dishes after influential Jews is standard practice at kosher delis, but one named after an alleged mikveh peeper probably doesn’t move a lot of sandwiches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Police find ‘micro cameras’ ...

MARYLAND
Washington Post

Police find ‘micro cameras’ in search of rabbi’s Towson University office

By Peter Hermann October 24

Police searching the Towson University office of a prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of secretly recording women in a ritual bath found a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects, including ones embedded in a computer charger, a clock and a tissue box, according to a search warrant filed in a Maryland court.

Authorities said they also seized an empty box for a “micro camera” hidden in a key chain, along with flash drives and memory cards — some in freezer bags — capable of holding more than 200,000 images and 25,000 hours of video. In addition, police found a picture of a nude woman and “hand written lists of names.”

The items listed in the search warrant obtained by The Washington Post indicate that devices that could have been used to spy were kept not only in the home of Rabbi Barry Freundel and the bath adjacent to the Northwest Washington synagogue he led but also on the campus where he taught . Police said Freundel used a camera hidden in a clock-radio to record at least six women in the bath, called a mikvah.

The latest discovery raised further questions about the rabbi’s interactions with his pupils at Towson, a public university in Baltimore County with more than 22,000 students. The rabbi has been an associate professor there since 2009 and has tenure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

DA: PA. PRIEST POSED AS GIRL, SHARED CHILD PORN ON INSTAGRAM

PENNSYLVANIA
ABC 7

[with video]

WESTTOWN, Pa. -- A priest from Chester County is behind bars, charged with posing as a young girl on Instagram to send and receive child pornography.

55-year-old Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, is with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child porn.

An undercover investigation revealed Haynes set up an Instagram account and posed as an underage girl named Katie to share multiple pornographic images of children.

Prosecutors say Haynes also posed as a 16-year-old girl to exchange lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl.

Investigators have seized all of Haynes electronic devices and are reviewing them.

Haynes has served at eight different parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 1985. The parishes are located in Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Haynes is now behind bars after failing to post $200,000 bail.

The Chester County District Attorney says the Saints Simon and Jude Parish immediately excluded him from the parish property after the crimes were discovered, and that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the parish have been cooperating fully with law enforcement.

The Archodiocese released the following statement Friday afternoon:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has learned that Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police. He was charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.

These charges are serious and disturbing. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care. Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.

There were no prior indications that Father Haynes was involved in activity of this nature. Additionally, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Priest accused of disseminating child porn

PENNSYLVANIA
Chadds Ford Live

Posted by Kathleen Brady Shea on October 24th, 2014
*** STORY UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. ***

A Catholic priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township was charged on Thursday, Oct. 23, with multiple felony counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the prosecution of Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, in an Oct. 24 press release. Hogan said Haynes, who was ordained in 1985, has served as Parochial Vicar at Saints Simon and Jude since Sept. 3, 2013.

The investigation began when Chester County Detective Joe Walton, the lead investigator in the case, received. information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Walton learned that an Instagram account, a social media site that allows users to publish and share photographs, was disseminating images that included child pornography, the release said.

Walton traced the user name on the account — Katie — to an email account registered to the church. Initially suspecting that the account might belong to a student at the parish school, Walton interviewed the pastor at Saints Simon and Jude, who identified the user as Haynes, who resides at the parish rectory.

During a follow-up portion of the investigation, Walton also discovered that Haynes had received and posted a multitude of other images of child pornography and that he had been exchanging lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl. Haynes had been posing as a 16-year-old girl in those exchanges, the release said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Chesco DA: Ss. Simon and Jude priest arrested on child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Main Line

By Michael N. Price
mprice@21st-centurymedia.com

Westtown >> A Ss. Simon and Jude Parish priest was arrested on Friday amid allegations that he disseminated child pornography on a popular social media site, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Haynes, 55, was charged with sexual abuse of children and related charges after investigators traced images of child pornography that were posted with an Instagram account that was registered to a Simon and Jude email account, officials said. Haynes has served as the parish’s Parochial Vicar since last September. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has assigned Haynes to parishes in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. He was ordained in 1985.

Law enforcement officials announced the arrest and said the possession of child pornography would not be tolerated.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims. Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Since his ordainment in 1985, Haynes has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, in Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, in Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, in Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel, in Southampton; St. Pius X, in Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., in Havertown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Priest charged with posting child porn on Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times of Chester County

WESTTOWN — A parish priest was charged Friday with possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Mark Haynes, 55, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in the township, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. Haynes was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims,” Hogan said in a statement. “Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail.”

Haynes lived at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory and served as Parochial Vicar for more than a year. He was ordained in Philadelphia on May 18, 1985. The defendant had been assigned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to serve in parishes located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Since 1985, the defendant has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton; St. Pius X, Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown.

The investigation began, authorities said, when Chester County Detective Joe Walton received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) that an Instagram account linked to the immediate area was disseminating photographs including child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Police: Chester County Priest Shared Child Porn On Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A priest in Chester County is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography through a popular photo-sharing network.

Rev. Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

According to authorities, the investigation began when a Chester County detective received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Instagram account was disseminating photographs, including child pornography.

Investigators said that two photographs of a female under 14-years-old were posted to the account. Police said one photograph was of the child posing nude. The other photograph was a close-up of the child’s vaginal area.

The e-mail account that was linked to the Instagram was eventually traced to the Saints Simon & Jude Parish rectory building, police said.

Investigators said a detective spoke to the church’s pastor, who identified Haynes as the user of the email address.

After a further investigation, authorities allege Haynes received and posted a multitude of other images of child pornography and had been exchanging lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl. Investigators said Haynes had been posing as a 16-year-old girl in the exchanges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Chesco priest who once served in Delco faces child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By Michael N. Price, mprice@dailylocal.com, @MikePriceWrites on Twitter
POSTED: 10/24/14

Westtown >> A Catholic priest from SS. Simon and Jude Parish was arrested on Friday amid allegations that he disseminated child pornography on a popular social media site, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Haynes, 55, was charged with sexual abuse of children and related charges after investigators traced images of child pornography that were posted with an Instagram account that was registered to a Simon and Jude email account, officials said. Haynes has served as the parish’s Parochial Vicar since last September. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has assigned Haynes to parishes in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. He was ordained in 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Priest who posed as teenage girl arrested on child porn charges -- after he posted the lewd pics to Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Daily News

BY MARC WEINREICH

A Philadelphia-area priest who pretended to be a teenage girl in an email with a minor in order to get lewd photos of her has been arrested on child porn charges after he allegedly posted the pics to an Instagram account -- and the District Attorney handling the case is reportedly concerned there may be other victims.

Rev. Mark Haynes, a 55-year-old priest at the Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, Pennsylvania, was arrested by Chester County law enforcement officials after a local detective was notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Instagram account was posting child pornography, authorities announced in a CBS Philadelphia report Friday.

Haynes posted several photos of a nude 14-year-old girl that he allegedly obtained via graphic email exchanges with her in which he posed as 16-year-old female.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Pope sends special envoy to investigation 'black sheep' diocese

ITALY
Independent (UK)

ROSE TROUP BUCHANAN Friday 24 October 2014

A scandal-ridden Italian diocese where priests posted naked photographs of themselves on gay websites, sexually harassed parishioners and raided the church’s coffer will be investigated by Pope Francis’s special envoy.

Albenga-Imperia, in the north of Italy, will receive an “apostolic administrator” to assess the allegations laid against “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy” according to local news reports.

The Pope will reportedly send the administrator to determine the truth of charges - including hosting a string of ‘playboy priests’ moonlighting as barmen, stealing the church’s funds and getting tattooed, under the watchful eye of Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, who has run the diocese for the last 25 years.

Although the bishop, a fervent traditionalists who once held a three-hour mass in Latin, is not accused of any wrongdoing, local newspaper Il Secolo XIX has reported the aging Bishop is expected to be replaced in the near future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Pennsylvania priest arrested on child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Courier Express

Associated Press

WESTTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area priest has been arrested on charges of posting and exchanging child porn images on a photo-sharing site.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Friday the Rev. Mark Haynes was taken into custody on charges of child pornography, disseminating images of child sex acts and criminal use of a communications facility.

Police say images of naked underage girls were found on an Instagram account with the user name "Katie" but belonging to 55-year-old Haynes, who has been vicar of Saints Simon & Jude parish in Westtown Township since September 2013.

Detective Joseph Walton said in a criminal complaint that Haynes acknowledged receiving about 100 images and sending about 50 to others. Police said he told them that he posed as a 16-year-old girl on a dating site around four years ago and received lewd videos from someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

True Peace is the Result of Action, Not Public Relations

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

by Barbara Dorris & David Clohessy

A humble salute to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for awarding the prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for promoting human rights for all children.

The committee’s decision to not give the award to odds-on favorite Pope Francis was the right and logical move. Both of this year's laureates' strong and decisive actions have led to dangerous physical attacks, yet each remains a voice for our most vulnerable populations. Their words are commensurate with their actions.

On the other hand, Pope Francis has yet to take any real action to protect children. Vatican committees and meetings don't protect children from abuse. Rebuffing United Nations panels does not safeguard the vulnerable or heal the wounded. Letting abusers and the clerics who cover up for them remain in positions of power tells Catholics that their children are not a top priority. And so we wait.

Kailash and Malala didn’t wait to carefully negotiate the political complexities and personalities within the child labor factories or within the Taliban. They took real action.

Kailash and Malala have faced real threats, physical violence, and Malala was almost murdered. But neither of them have stopped their work. Pope Francis is a man of immeasurable power, and yet he will barely lift a finger to stop child sex crimes within his own organization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

A memoir of healing from abuse and leading a loving life

UNITED STATES
Mary Dispenza

When a long buried memory surfaced after nearly half a century, it sent Mary Dispenza on a quest to understand how the unforgivable happens and what a person can do to survive.

SPLIT, her courageous memoir, reveals the shocking story of her rape by the parish priest at seven years of age, an experience too horrible for the little girl to face.

Leaving the abused part of her self behind, Mary tried to live a normal life, while carrying her terrible, forgotten secret. SPLIT tells of her lifelong struggle for the intimacy, healing and love that always seemed to lay beyond her reach and the events that finally brought her to wholeness.

SPLIT is a story that leaves the reader engaged in current events, encouraged about healing and hopeful of a better future for the faithful and the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Adds Names of 17 Priests to "Credibly Accused" List

MINNESOTA
City Pages

By Jesse Marx
Fri., Oct. 24 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has added 17 names to its list of credibly accused priests as part of a settlement agreement with Jeff Anderson's law firm. Nine priests allegedly abused minors within the archdiocese and eight allegedly abused minors outside the archdiocese, but held assignments here.

The list has also been updated to include three men whose alleged crimes had previously been considered unsubstantiated. It's not immediately clear why the status of these claims was elevated, but give it time. Some, if not all, of the files are expected to be made public in the coming weeks and months.

Seven of the 17 are still alive, according to the archdiocese, though we couldn't reach any of them for comment. Most remain in Minnesota, but two reside on the coasts.

For Bob Schwiderski, the addition of Father William Marks to this list is 52 years in the making. He says he was abused a hundred times as an altar boy in Hector, and church officials responded by transferring Marks to another parish in Green Valley.

Schwiderski is working on his own list of credibly accused clerics -- which includes several Christian denominations -- and says Thursday's disclosure, plus another one made by Winona two weeks ago, has added 94 previously unknown locations of suspected abuse to his list. Knowing where these clerics have traveled could open the door to more stories of abuse. It's possible there are still people out there who haven't come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Religionslehrer streitet Vorwürfe ab

DEUTSCHLAND
RGA

[The trial of a priest and religion teacher has been reopened in Wuppertal.]

Von Sabine Naber

LANDGERICHT Prozess wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs wird in Wuppertal neu aufgerollt. Sexueller Missbrauch von Schutzbefohlenen hatte das Remscheider Amtsgericht einem Pfarrer und Religionslehrer aus Remscheid vorgeworfen. Und ihn im vergangenen Jahr zu elf Monaten auf Bewährung verurteilt.

Weil der 47-Jährige das nicht auf sich sitzenlassen wollte, wird der Fall jetzt im Wuppertaler Landgericht neu aufgerollt. Vorgeworfen wird ihm, er habe im Schuljahr 2010/2011 drei Fünftklässlerinnen in der Klasse und während eines Besuchs im Allee-Center an den Po gefasst und zudem seine Aufsichtspflicht verletzt. Außerdem habe er im Unterricht oft einen rüden Ton angeschlagen, und einen Schüler so grob angefasst, dass der blaue Flecken bekam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Italienische Pfarrer auf Abwegen: Bunga-Bunga in Albenga

ITALIEN
Spiegel

Von Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, Rom

Albenga ist eine kleine Stadt an der Küste Liguriens im Nordwesten Italiens. Rund 23.000 Menschen leben dort, es gibt eine Kathedrale mit Grundmauern aus dem 11. Jahrhundert und einen Bischof, der seit einem Vierteljahrhundert die Messen liest - gerne in lateinischer Sprache. Bischof Mario Oliveri heißt der Geistliche, und derzeit hat er andere Sorgen als seine Messe und außerdem ungewohnte Gesprächspartner: Staatsanwälte und aufgeschreckte Emissäre aus Rom.

Skurrile Geschichten aus dem Innenleben des kleinen von Oliveri geleiteten Kirchenreichs beschäftigen die Öffentlichkeit schon seit Längerem. Zu seinem Bistum gehören die Nachbarstadt Imperia und etliche Kommunen im Umland. In einer davon geht es zum Beispiel um einen Pfarrer, der versetzt wurde, weil er eine Geliebte gehabt haben soll. Nicht gerade gut-katholisch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

DRUGI POLSKI KSIĄDZ OD “AFERY DOMINIKAŃSKIEJ” OSKARŻONY O 8 PRZESTĘPSTW SEKSUALNYCH NA DZIECIACH ...

POLAND
Ocaleni

DRUGI POLSKI KSIĄDZ OD “AFERY DOMINIKAŃSKIEJ” OSKARŻONY O 8 PRZESTĘPSTW SEKSUALNYCH NA DZIECIACH / 8 CHARGES PRESSED AGAINST THE SECOND PRIEST IN “DOMINICANA CASE”

W dniu 22 października 2014 r. Prokuratura Okręgowa w Warszawie skierowała do Sądu Rejonowego w Wołominie akt oskarżenia w sprawie o sygn. V Ds 281/13 przeciwko Wojciechowi G.

/ The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw handed up an indictment against Wojciech G. to District Court in Wołomin (case no. V Ds 281/13) on October 22nd, 2014.

W akcie oskarżenia zarzucono podejrzanemu popełnienie łącznie 10 przestępstw. Osiem zarzutów dotyczy czynów z art. 200 § 1 kk polegających na obcowaniu płciowym z małoletnim poniżej lat 15 lub dopuszczeniu się wobec takiej osoby innej czynności seksualnej lub doprowadzeniu jej do poddania się takim czynnościom. Powyższe czyny popełnione zostały na szkodę 8 różnych pokrzywdzonych, w tym 2 obywateli polskich i 6 obywateli dominikańskich. Dwa czyny popełnione zostały w latach 2000-2001 w Polce, pozostałe czyny w różnych okresach na przestrzeni lat 2009-2013 na terenie Republiki Dominikańskiej.

Więcej na stronie Prokuratury Okręgowej w Warszawie.
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The indictment accuses the suspect of 10 crimes in total. 8 charges concern the acts under Article 200 § 1 of Penal Code – subjecting a minor under 15 years of age to sexual intercourse or making him/her submit to another sexual act or to perform such an act. These crimes were commited on 8 minors — 2 citizens of Poland and 6 citizens of the Dominican Republic. 2 of the acts were commited in Poland in 2000-2001, ant the rest of them in 2009-2013 in the Dominican Republic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Concorso in calunnia Interrogati tre preti

ROME
Il Tempo

[Several prelates were heard yesterday by Rome prosecutors. Monsignor Luca Lorusso, Don Marco Valentini and Don Orazio Caputo, priests suspected of complicity in slander, spent the day answering questions from the deputy public prosecutor. The priest were close to Patrizio Poggi, the former parish priest who after several priests accused him of pedophilia was arrested and subsequently forced to stand trial. The priest, after being convicted and defrocked, threatened to reveal the names of nine other religious Romans who, he claimed, were stained with the crime of child prostitution. In 2013, Poggi was then arrested for slander.]

Andrea Ossino Tra i corridoi della procura di Roma sembrava di assistere ad una processione. Ieri infatti, diversi prelati sono stati ascoltati dai pubblici ministeri romani. Monsignor Luca Lorusso,...

Tra i corridoi della procura di Roma sembrava di assistere ad una processione. Ieri infatti, diversi prelati sono stati ascoltati dai pubblici ministeri romani. Monsignor Luca Lorusso, don Marco Valentini e don Orazio Caputo, i sacerdoti indagati di concorso in calunnia, hanno trascorso la giornata rispondendo alle domande del sostituto procuratore Eugenio Albamonte e dell'aggiunto Maria Monteleone. I preti, secondo gli inquirenti, erano vicini a Patrizio Poggi, l'ex parroco che dopo aver accusato di pedofilia diversi sacerdoti è stato arrestato e costretto successivamente ad affrontare un processo. Il prelato, dopo essere stato condannato e ridotto allo stato laicale, minacciò di rivelare i nomi di altri nove religiosi romani che, a suo dire, si erano macchiati del reato di prostituzione minorile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Chesco priest faces child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

LAST UPDATED: Friday, October 24, 2014

A priest at a Chester County parish is facing charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Chester County District Attorney's Office said the Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, a priest at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory in Westtown Township, is accused of posting sexually explicit images of a teenage girl on Instagram.

"No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame and jail," District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement.

The investigation began last month, when law enforcement officials received information from the social media site about naked images of young girls.

Detectives traced the email address associated with the account to Saints Simon and Jude, and eventually to Haynes, prosecutors said.

Investigators also found that Haynes received and posted other images and exchanged lewd emails with an unidentified 14-year-old girl, posing as a 16-year-old girl in the exchanges, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Police Arrest Chester County Priest Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

PENNSYLVANIA
Fox Philly

Westtown Township - Police in Chester County have arrested Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown, Chester County, PA. He was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Haynes, 55 resides at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory, 8 Cavanaugh Court where served as Parochial Vicar at Saints Simon & Jude since September 3, 2013. He was ordained in Philadelphia on May 18, 1985.

Since 1985, Haynes has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel,

Southampton; St. Pius X, Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown.

Chester County Detective Joe Walton received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ("NCMEC") that an Instagram account was disseminating photographs including child pornography. Instagram is a social media site that allows users to publish and share photographs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

DA: CHESTER CO. PRIEST POSED AS GIRL, SHARED CHILD PORN ON INSTAGRAM

PENNSYLVANIA
6 ABC

WESTTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- A priest from Chester County is behind bars, charged with posing as a young girl on Instagram to send and receive child pornography.

55-year-old Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, is with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child porn.

An undercover investigation revealed Haynes set up an Instagram account and posed as an underage girl named Katie to share multiple pornographic images of children.

Prosecutors say Haynes also posed as a 16-year-old girl to exchange lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl.

Investigators have seized all of Haynes electronic devices and are reviewing them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

STATEMENT REGARDING REVEREND MARK J. HAYNES

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

October 24, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has learned that Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police. He was charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.

These charges are serious and disturbing. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care. Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.

There were no prior indications that Father Haynes was involved in activity of this nature. Additionally, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against him.

Father Haynes was immediately placed on administrative leave following his arrest and is no longer residing at Saints Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, where he was assigned. Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, or present themselves publicly as priests.

Biographical Information on Reverend Mark J. Haynes

Father Haynes is 55 years old. He was ordained in 1985. He served at the following parishes, schools and offices: Saint Ann, Phoenixville (1985-1989); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown (1989-1991); Chaplain, Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (1990-1991); Office for Youth and Young Adults (1990-1992); Saint John of the Cross, Roslyn (1991-1994); Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal (1992-2001); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton (1994-2000); personal leave (2000-2001); Saint Pius X, Broomall (2001-2005); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton (2005-2009); Annunciation, B.V.M., Havertown (2009-2013); personal leave (2013); Saints Simon and Jude, West Chester (2013-2014); arrested and placed on administrative leave (2014).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
CatholicPhilly

Father Mark J. Haynes, 55, an archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, was arrested late Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, by Chester County police and charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia called the charges “serious and disturbing” in a statement Oct. 24. It said Father Haynes has been placed on administrative leave immediately and he no longer resides at SS. Simon and Jude rectory.

The statement said no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against the priest, and there were no prior indications he was involved with child pornography.

“The archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care,” the statement read. “Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.”

While on administrative leave, Father Haynes is not permitted to exercise public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, or present himself publicly as a priest.

He has had the following assignments since his ordination in 1985: St. Ann, Phoenixville (1985-1989); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown (1989-1991); chaplain, Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (1990-1991); Office for Youth and Young Adults (1990-1992); St. John of the Cross, Roslyn (1991-1994); Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal (1992-2001); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton (1994-2000); personal leave (2000-2001); St. Pius X, Broomall (2001-2005); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton (2005-2009); Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown (2009-2013); personal leave (2013); and SS. Simon and Jude, West Chester (2013-2014).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Milwaukee archdiocese wants some sex-abuse cases dismissed from bankruptcy proceedings

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WTAQ

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) A judge is letting the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese proceed with its effort to throw out eleven damage claims from sex abuse victims as part of the church's bankruptcy case. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has rejected the victims' request to keep delaying the matter. Creditors' attorney Jeffrey Anderson says it's wrong for the church to "pick off" some of the 575 priest sex abuse victims who've filed damage claims, saying it creates an emotional toll.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley said she was sensitive to the victims -- but she also has to make sure the law is followed. Two of the eleven cases in question involve victims who had previous lawsuits dropped -- and were not allowed to re-file their allegations. Two other victims said they were molested by employees of related Catholic organizations not directly affiliated with the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Former West Monroe Priest Accused of Child Molestation

LOUISIANA
MyArkLaMiss

West Monroe -- A former West Monroe priest is accused child molestation.

According to the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Pastor Charles Potocki is one of several priest with "substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests."

Potocki served as pastor at St. Paschal’s Catholic Church in West Monroe.

According to the release, Potocki also reportedly worked in Minnesota and Nebraska.

Potocki died in 1992.

The group SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also released a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Archdiocese to visit Divine Mercy

FARIBAULT (MN)
Faribault Daily News

October 23, 2014

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is hosting a Mass of healing, reconciliation, and hope at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Following mass, there will be an opportunity for private prayer with both priests and trained lay pastoral leaders. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available throughout the evening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Bishop Bill Ray calls for fresh look at abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 25, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

ANGLICAN Bishop Bill Ray has called on Australia’s royal commission into child abuse to hold public hearings and use its special powers to investigate the cover-up of the rape and beatings of young boys at a north Queensland boarding school in the 1960s.

The north Queensland Bishop yesterday said he feared the ­extent of the sexual abuse by former principal Robert Waddington and other clergy at St Barnabas boarding school in Ravenshoe, southwest or Cairns, would remain secret unless the commission investigated.

School files are missing, believed to be have been thrown down a disused mineshaft in 1990.

Bishop Ray’s call comes two days after a church-ordered inquiry found a systematic cover-up by church officials, including the former Archbishop of York, now Lord David Hope, of 1999 and 2003 complaints of Waddington’s abuse in Queensland and Britain. Waddington was principal at Ravenshoe for almost a decade before returning in 1970 to ­England where he rose to become the head of education for the church in Britain and later dean of Manchester.

A joint investigation by The Australian and The Times prompted the British inquiry after revealing the mishandling of the complaints and that at least six boys and a young clergyman were sexually abused and beaten by Waddington.

Bishop Ray said he had referred the case to the royal commission after last year’s newspaper investigation but now believed it should go to a hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Priests' sex abuse case: Court orders continuation of compensation claim

MALTA
Times of Malta

A court has ordered the continuation of a civil claim for compensation filed by 10 clerical abuse victims after it turned down the former priests' request for them to contest the case.

The priests had failed to reply to the civil case within the stipulated timeframe so technically, they were prohibited from contesting the case.

In August 2011, Godwin Scerri, 78, and Charles Pulis, 69, were respectively sentenced to five and six years’ imprisonment for sexually abusing boys in their care at St Joseph Home, in Santa Venera more than two decades ago.

Mr Pulis was defrocked during the proceedings while Mr Scerri’s defrocking followed the court judgment, which was confirmed on appeal a month later.

Lawrence Grech, Joseph Magro, Leonard Camilleri, David Cassar, Noel Dimech, Angelo Spiteri, Raymond Azzopardi, Charles Falzon, Phillip Cauchi and Joseph Mangion filed a civil case in the First Hall of the Civil Court, calling on the court to liquidate the damages they suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Heroes in our midst: Chris Anderson and MaleSurvivor

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service - Rhymes with Religion

Boz Tchividjian | Oct 23, 2014

Since beginning this blog almost ten months ago, I have posted a couple interviews with individuals I believe are heroes for their commitment and service to shining light into the dark places as they serve children and survivors of sexual abuse. I am amazed and immeasurably blessed at these quiet champions and think it is critical that they be introduced to the wider world. In an effort to facilitate this introduction, I have decided to start a monthly interview feature entitled, ‘Heroes in our Midst’. – Boz

Two years ago, I was privileged to meet a man who is giving his life to serving a large population of sexual abuse survivors who have been kept in silence for generations. Chris Anderson is the executive director of MaleSurvivor, an organization that serves male survivors of sexual trauma and their loved ones. This first of a two part interview with Chris will address the challenges faced by male sexual abuse survivors and the work of MaleSurvivor. Part two of the interview, which will be posted next week, will focus on the unique struggles that male survivors of sexual abuse face within faith communities and how those communities can actually be a resource for authentic hope and healing.

Boz: Tell us a little bit about MaleSurvivor? What is it and when did it start?

Chris: MaleSurvivor was founded in 1994 by a group of social workers, clinicians, and other interested professionals who recognized the lack of any formal organizations working to raise awareness and address the unique needs of male victims of sexual abuse. Nationwide, approximately 25% of men – 1 in 4 will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.

In our 20 years we have grown into a unique non-profit that brings together professionals across disciplines and survivors to build “communities of hope, healing, and support.” From the very beginning MaleSurvivor has worked to tear down barriers that keep male victims silent and ashamed. We helped establish one of the first, and currently the largest, online discussion board for male survivors and their loved ones. In 2001, MaleSurvivor held it’s first “Weekend of Recovery” – a unique experiential retreat that brings together a small group of male survivors with a trained, compassionate, and experienced group of mental health professionals for a powerful healing experience. Since that time MaleSurvivor has run over 60 retreats in locations all over North America and we have had over 1000 men attend a Weekend. Lastly, we continue to work to build relationships with professionals around the world to train others in how to better engage with and support male survivors of any form of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

UPDATE: Former local priest accused of child molestation

LOUISIANA
The News Star

Barbara Leader, The News-Star October 24, 2014

A former pastor at St. Paschal's Catholic Church in West Monroe has been identified by as a credibly accused child molester.

According to a news release by SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Father Charles Potocki was named Thursday by the St Paul's Archdiocese and a legal firm as being one of our priests having "substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor."

Potocki also reportedly worked in Minnesota and Nebraska.

According to a news release issued Friday, Catholic officials claim they don't know when Potocki was at St. Paschal's.

SNAP is calling on anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Father Potocki, or any cleric, "to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protectors others and start healing."

Potocki was a religious order priest from the Order of Friar Minor and assigned to the Shreveport diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

TOWSON (MD)
Jewish Times

October 23, 2014
BY MARC SHAPIRO

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue.

“I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student in the “Judeo-Christian Perspectives in Medical Ethics” class, said Thursday afternoon outside the classroom.

Freundel was arrested on Oct. 14 for allegedly setting up a hidden camera disguised as a clock radio in the National Capital Mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath next door to his Washington, D.C., synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation, in Georgetown. He is charged with six counts of voyeurism, to which he has pleaded not guilty. He is suspended without pay from his synagogue and suspended from all faculty responsibilities at Towson.

On Wednesday, the university began its own investigation into whether or not Freundel violated Title IX guidelines that pertain to sexual misconduct, university spokesman Ray Feldmann said. His office in the university’s liberal arts building was searched by police the previous day

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

How a Stunned Synagogue Faces Up to Sins of Rabbi Barry Freundel

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Jewish Daily Forward

By Nathan Guttman
Published October 24, 2014

There is no playbook guiding Modern Orthodox congregations on what to do when their rabbi is accused of abusing congregants and of violating their privacy at the most holy and intimate of moments.

But when the venerable Washington congregation Kesher Israel got the news on October 14 that its spiritual leader of more than 26 years had been arrested on just such charges, its members didn’t hesitate: First, the board voted unanimously to suspend Rabbi Barry Freundel. Then, the very next night, its members gathered to dance in the street, as Jewish tradition demands, to celebrate their completion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah.

“We will celebrate, dance, sing,” said Kesher’s president, Elanit Jakabovics, as she urged congregants to fulfill the calling to be joyous on Simchat Torah.

None of this was meant to mask or paper over the sense of utter shock that swept across the pews at the small but prominent synagogue in the upscale Washington neighborhood of Georgetown during the long holiday weekend of which Simchat Torah was a part. Freundel, according to the charges connected to his arrest, had used a hidden camera in the synagogue’s mikveh, or ritual bath, to record videos of female congregants and other women as they disrobed to submerge themselves in its waters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Vatican probes Italy's 'playboy priests'

ITALY
The Local

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a diocese in north-west Italy following a series of scandals by “playboy priests”, including one being convicted for sexual abuse and another posting naked photos of himself on Facebook.

Pope Francis has ordered a Catholic Church representative to help bishop Mario Oliveri bring his priests into line, Il Messaggero reported.

During his 25-year-old reign over the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, Oliveri has allegedly turned a blind eye to the actions of priests under his direction.

They include Luciano Massaferro, who was sentenced to seven years and eight months for sexual abuse, and Gabriel Viorel Irla, a priest who allegedly posed naked on Facebook. Another priest - Alfonso Maria Parente - reportedly stole money from a Catholic church.

Other priests have raised eyebrows for working in bars at night and having tattoos, Il Messaggero said.

The Vatican’s decision to intervene follows a visit to the diocese by envoy Adriano Bernardini, after a local woman, Luisia Bonello, sent a dossier to the Pope detailing the scandals. Bonello committed suicide last month and an investigation is currently underway into her death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Ex-priest from Moree/Armidale NSW admits some offences, denies others

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 24 October 2014)

In late 2014, a New South Wales magistrate is conducting the next steps in the court case of a former Catholic priest (from Moree and Armidale in northern NSW). The priest, whose name (for legal reasons) cannot be published at this stage, has already pleaded "Guilty" to 45 child-sex charges. Now, in the Armidale Local Court, the magistrate has begun preliminary proceedings (a "committal hearing") to determine how the court system will handle 31 other charges, to which the ex-priest is pleading "Not Guilty". There are multiple steps in this complex process, and the final steps may not be completed until 2015.

The ex-priest (who turned 61 years of age in mid-2014) allegedly committed the offences in the 1970s and 1980s while he was living in Armidale and Moree.

So far, each step in the process has been conducted by a magistrate in the Armidale Local Court but eventually all the charges will be passed on to a judge in a higher court, the New South Wales District Court.

The 45 charges to which the ex-priest has pleaded "Guilty" involved offences committed against five boys and three girls. For these charges, the District Court will merely need to conduct a sentencing.

The 31 other charges, which the ex-priest is contesting with his "Not Guilty" plea, are a more complex process and these contested charges are a reason why the court has placed a non-publication order on the priest's name at this stage. After the magistrate finishes the committal hearing, these 31 contested charges would proceed to the NSW District Court, where the ex-priest would have the opportunity to confirm (or otherwise) his "Not Guilty" plea. If a jury is needed, the judge will preside over the jury hearings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Archbishop Seraphim’s salary from the Archdiocese of Canada

RUSSIA
Voices from Russia

Dear Metropolitan Tikhon,

We are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

It recently came to our attention that the Archdiocese of Canada has continued to pay Archbishop Seraphim Storheim a salary, despite the fact that his retirement was announced by the synod of bishops on 3 April 2014.

http://archdiocese.ca/content/2014-may-23-24-ottawa-minutes-and-reports

(Page 6)

The material linked above clearly indicates that the archbishop is no longer an employee of the archdiocese. It seems apparent to us that these monies are simply a clandestine way to use Church resources to help pay for Archbishop Seraphim’s attorneys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Judge orders continuation of compensation claim in priest sex abuse case

MALTA
Malta Today

Daniel Mizzi 24 October 2014

The First Hall Civil Court has ordered the continuation of a compensation claim filed by 10 sexual abuse victims after it rejected the request of two defrocked priest for them to contest the case.

The case goes back to August 2011, when two priests of the St Paul's Missionary Society, Godwin Scerri, 78, and Carmelo Pulis, 69, were defrocked and jailed for five and six years respectively after they had been convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys in their care at St Joseph’s Home in Santa Venera in the 1980s.

Following the priest’s imprisonment, the ten victims, led by Lawrence Grech – the man who broke the silence on this case – called for financial compensation, but did not specify the amount.

The compensation claim was filed by Lawrence Grech, Joseph Magro, Leonard Camilleri, David Cassar, Noel Dimech, Angelo Spiteri, Raymond Azzopardi, Charles Falzon, Phillip Cauchi and Joseph Mangion against the Curia, the government, the Attorney General, Carmel Pulis, Godwin Scerri, the Archbishop and the St Paul's Missionary Society.

Contesting the compensation claim, the priests argued that they did not respond within the stipulated 20-day timeframe due to several reasons since the assistant superior general of the Society left them with the impression that “everything would be handled.” Consequently, it argued that it should nevertheless be given the opportunity to contest the claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Raped at a mikvah, then abandoned

NEW YORK
Times of Israel

Manny Waks

It is heartbreaking that yet another victim of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community has suffered a tragic premature death. Last weekend, 34-year old Joey Diangello (formerly Yoel Deutsch) from New York died of a drug overdose. It is somewhat irrelevant if the overdose was intentional or not, as some have been debating on blogs and social media. We will probably never know definitively. What we do know is that Joey was sexually abused within his former Hasidic community. “I think when that person raped me, he murdered my Jewish soul,” Joey told PIX11 Investigates in early 2009, when he courageously went public with his story, describing how he was raped in a Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath-house) as a child. Joey became a victim advocate and featured in numerous media articles.

It is reasonable to connect Joey’s untimely death with his abuse as a child. Statistics show that drug use among victims of child sexual abuse is higher than in the general population. Moreover, suicide was apparently on Joey’s mind, as noted in his recent Jewish New Year message to Rabbi Eisenman.

So here we have what may be described as akin to the murder of an innocent man – whose Jewish soul had already been murdered – yet the Jewish world maintains its relative silence. At the time of writing, not a single mainstream Jewish media outlet has covered this story. Moreover, I have not seen a single prominent Jewish community leader – rabbinic or otherwise – speaking out about this tragedy. The only ones who have spoken out are victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, victim advocates and those who were connected to Joey in some way. Of course some individual community members have also spoken out.

A disturbing story that has been the focus of the Jewish world and media this past week has been the allegations regarding Rabbi Barry Freundel. It is most appropriate to compare the lack of reactions to Joey’s death, as noted above, to the reactions regarding Rabbi Freundel. In the latter case, so many rabbis, community leaders and members have shared their opinion and generally expressed their disgust. And the media – both Jewish and mainstream – has provided this case significant coverage. The vast majority of those that have spoken out have very little, if anything, to do with the actual case. The most common point of connection is that Rabbi Freundel is a prominent Orthodox rabbi who is alleged to have been filming women using his Synagogue’s ritual bath. Of course those victimised by his alleged actions deserve our full support and compassion. Moreover, it is appropriate for rabbis, community leaders and members globally to condemn Rabbi Freundel’s alleged abuse, as is currently happening. Indeed, I applaud the ground-breaking changes that have ensued – impressively, within a week of these allegations surfacing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Fr. Tony Flannery preaches church reform with a brogue

WASHINGTON (DC)
National Catholic Reporter

Maureen Fiedler
Oct. 23, 2014

It was a cool, rainy night Wednesday at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. But the drizzly weather did not keep more than 150 people from coming out to hear Fr. Tony Flannery, a priest from Ireland who has been ordered by the Vatican to sign a statement of orthodoxy and to remain silent. But Flannery -- unlike many theologians before him -- did not sign and won't keep quiet. In fact, this was the first stop in an 18-city speaking tour of the United States, sponsored by a coalition of U.S. church reform groups.

The evening began when the Rev. John Kidd, the Lutheran pastor, welcomed this congregation of "modern Catholic reformers" to his church and offered quotations from Martin Luther on the significance of conscience. Both he and Flannery were grinning from ear to ear.

I interviewed Flannery the day before for "Interfaith Voices" and found him an absolutely delightful human being who has been deeply hurt by his treatment at the hand of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. He explained that they condemned him and his views without even a conversation with him. They communicated only with the leadership of his Redemptorist order. He had no opportunity to dialogue or answer the charges against him.

"Any institution which acts against human rights and human dignity has lost its legitimacy," he said.

His reforming views include many that are held by majorities of Catholics today: welcoming LGBT people into church life and treating them with dignity, choice in the use of contraception, and the ordination of women. (Although he sounds like many feminist theologians I know who don't think women should become part of the current "system.") He believes that the role of women is the "elephant in the church," the obvious issue that cries out for change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Victims' anger as Clegg backs boss of abuse inquiry...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Victims' anger as Clegg backs boss of abuse inquiry: Deputy PM says he has 'not heard anything' to suggest she is wrong choice for the role

By Sam Greenhill and Jack Doyle for the Daily Mail

Nick Clegg was condemned by sex assault victims yesterday for giving his support to the under-fire chairman of the Government’s child abuse inquiry.

The deputy prime minister offered his backing to Fiona Woolf, who faces mounting pressure to quit over her friendship with Lord Brittan, a possible key witness at the inquiry.

Mr Clegg said he had ‘not heard anything’ suggesting she was the wrong choice for the role.

But survivors of abuse, including one of his old schoolfriends, accused him of being on ‘a different planet’. Ian McFadyen, who was subjected to violent sexual assaults by two male teachers at Caldicott School in the 1970s, when he was in the same year group as the future Liberal Democrat leader, is spearheading the drive to have Mrs Woolf removed as inquiry chairman.

After the deputy prime minister backed Mrs Woolf, Mr McFadyen wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m sorry Mr Clegg, do we live on a different planet?’ Mr McFadyen is behind a High Court challenge demanding a judicial review of Mrs Woolf’s appointment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Towson University investigates compliance with sex discrimination laws after DC rabbi's arrest

MARYLAND
Daily Journal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Towson University has launched an internal investigation into whether it complied with federal sex discrimination laws after learning a rabbi who teaches there invited students to take ritual baths at his District of Columbia synagogue.

The school also began more aggressive efforts to find current and former students of 62-year-old Barry Freundel, who has been charged with six counts of voyeurism after police found a clock radio with a hidden camera in the shower area of a ritual bath at the Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown. Police say at least six women were taped changing clothes, and that Freundel was captured on tape setting up the recording device.

Police have not said whether any of the recordings show Towson students, and school spokesman Ray Feldmann said the university will not publicly reveal if any had come forward.

Freundel's attorney, Jeffrey Harris, declined to comment on specifics of the allegations Thursday.

"He's pleaded not guilty and we stand by that plea," Harris told The Associated Press. "That says it all."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Catholic Church to Investigate Italian Priests ...

ITALY
Nigerian Bulletin

Catholic Church to Investigate Italian Priests For Posting Nude Pictures Online,Stealing Offering

The Catholic Church is set to investigate priests in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in Italy for allegedly posting nude pictures online, stealing church money and sexually harassing worshipers.

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis. The Pope reportedly intends to send an “apostolic administrator” to assess allegations that the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Described by one Italian newspaper as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy”, it has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70. He is expected to be replaced in the near future by an auxiliary bishop, according to Il Secolo XIX, the region’s main newspaper. Pope Francis has already sent Adriano Bernardini, an apostolic nuncio, or ambassador, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the scandals thay have allegedly unfolded under Bishop Oliveri’s watch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Pervert priests who posed nude for gay websites...

ITALY
Daily Mail (UK)

Pervert priests who posed nude for gay websites, sexually harassed parishioners and stealing Communion cash in Italy are set to be investigated by the Pope

Pope Francis has ordered a secret sex inquiry into an Italian bishop who has presided over a diocese of 'playboy priests', it has been reported.

An independent investigator has been called in to the Albenga-Imperia diocese in northern Italy, which has been rocked by scandal after scandal.

Priests have variously been caught naked pictures of themselves on Facebook, having affairs with parishioners and moonlighting as barmen.

Others, more seriously, have been investigated or convicted for child abuse.

Pope Francis has sent an apostolic visitor to assess the capability of Bishop Mario Oliveri, who has been in charge for 25 years.

The decision follows a primary investigation by a papal Nuncio sent in after Francis was warned about the wayward diocese, La Repubblica reported.

The bishop is accused of having welcomed aspiring priests into the seminary without discernment, including former models, reality stars, priests with tattoos, bodybuilders and trainees who had been expelled from the seminary, generated a body of 'weak' priests, the newspaper reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Pope Francis launches probe into ‘priests who posed naked online and got tattoos’

ITALY
Irish Independent

Pope Francis has launched an investigation into a Catholic diocese in Italy where priests have posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, stolen money from church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners, according to Italian media.

The Pope has despatched a special envoy to the Albenga-Imperia diocese, in northern Italy, which has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Led by Bishop Mario Oliveri (70), Albenga-Imperia has been described as “most gossiped about diocese in Italy”. While the bishop is not accused of any wrong-doing himself, the recruitment standards have been strongly criticised - with priests with very chequered pasts appearing in the diocese.

Some of the scandals which have enveloped the diocese include a priest who was found guilty of running an under-age prostitution ring and others who posted nude photos of themselves on Facebook and gay websites.

Other priests associated with the diocese have been accused of openly having gay relationships, stealing Communion money and sexually harassing mass-goers.

The scandals hit the headlines in Italy last month after Luisa Bonello, a doctor who lives in the diocese, committed suicide. She had written to the Pope last February to express her horror at what was going on in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Anglican Church acknowledges access to choir for pederast cleric

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 24, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

THE head of Australia’s Anglican Church has acknowledged the “cover-up’’ of child sexual abuse in Queensland and Britain as it emerged a pedophile clergyman was still allowed access to choirboys after the first complaints were made to church officials.

Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier yesterday said he was profoundly disappointed with handling of allegations of horrific sexual abuse of boys by former Queensland headmaster, and later Dean of Manchester Robert Waddington over several decades.

A church-ordered inquiry in Britain this week found a “systemic failure” of church officials, led by the former Archbishop of York, now Lord David Hope of Thornes, in handling allegations against Waddington, made in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

The 164-page report by British judge Sally Cahill, following a year-long inquiry prompted by a joint investigation by The Australian and The Times, has sparked a proposed overhaul of child protection measures within the Church of England.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Safeguards only work if used, say vulnerable adults

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 24 Oct 2014

IN JULY 2008, a 26-year-old woman complained to the Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Robert Key, that she had been subject to abusive behaviour by a churchwarden. Five years later, an investigation into his handling of her complaint resulted in his suspension by the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin. This led to claims of "constitutional crisis" in Jersey, and, eventually, transfer of episcopal oversight for the island to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The facts of the case have been subject to extensive scrutiny and dispute. Both the Dean, reinstated in April last year, and the woman have criticised that first investigation, carried out by a psychotherapist, Jan Korris. In 2013, Bishop Dakin commissioned two more reviews of the situation. The results of neither have been published after concerns about confidentiality and legality.

What is agreed is that, three months after the 26-year-old arrived at a church in Jersey, a churchwarden and his wife invited her to stay in their home.

"We took risks in our relationship with [the woman] but thought we were doing so under God's calling," he later told the Dean.

According to the Korris report, within a few months, the woman had moved out and reported "unwelcome and potentially abusive behaviour" to the Dean. Over the course of the next three years, she also made complaints against the Dean, the safeguarding officer, and others, and was eventually arrested for breaking a harassment order and deported from the island for three years. She has since written a number of blog posts expressing her rage and hurt about what she says was violation at the hands of the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Archdiocese may proceed in effort to toss 11 sex abuse claims

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee can proceed with its efforts to throw out 11 sex abuse claims filed in its ongoing bankruptcy, a judge ruled this week.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Wednesday refused to stay motions filed by the archdiocese arguing for the dismissal of those claims, over the objections of victims' attorneys.

Jeffrey Anderson, whose firm represents most of the 575 who have filed sex abuse claims in the case, pleaded with Kelley to stay the motions, saying the archdiocese's efforts to "pick off" survivors exacts an emotional toll. Kelley rejected that, saying she is sympathetic to the pain of victims but also is required to apply the law in the bankruptcy case.

"I am sensitive — and you know that I am, attorney Anderson — to the plight of the survivors.... But at this point, I have to apply the law," she said.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2011 to address its mounting sex abuse claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Orders still failing to contact victims of clerical abuse

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Caroline O’Doherty

Religious orders are still failing to respond adequately to victims of clerical child sex abuse, the latest tranche of monitoring reports reveals.

While practices have improved in terms of acting quickly on allegations of abuse and alerting the gardaí and health authorities, orders are subsequently running scared of complainants and cutting themselves off from contact with them.

“They miss that human bit,” said Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) which yesterday published reviews of safeguarding practice in 18 orders and congregations.

“After they have notified the civil authorities, they should be writing and inviting those people to come and meet with them. Survivors can get angry and can get upset, but that’s what they have to put up with.”

The latest tranche of reports shows that many orders are still having to actively manage members against whom allegations have been made but where there has either been no criminal investigation — because the complaint relates to a time when the member was working overseas — or no conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Religious orders told they must improve when dealing with abuse

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
PUBLISHED
24/10/2014

The way religious congregations respond to survivors of clerical sexual abuse needs to improve and become more compassionate and meaningful.

That was one of the key findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) in its sixth tranche of safeguarding audits, which were published yesterday.

The reviews cover five male religious congregations and 13 female religious congregations and document 121 allegations against 54 priests and religious brothers or sisters which resulted in just two criminal convictions.

The audits also found that time frames for reporting abuse allegations to the civil authorities up to 2009 was "variable", but has "improved considerably since the introduction of the Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Pope to investigate scandal-ridden Italy diocese

ITALY
Press TV (Iran)

[with video]

The Catholic Church has been hit with another sex scandal as a special envoy to Pope Francis is to investigate an Italian diocese for alleged sexual harassment of parishioners and involvement in pornography.

Pope Francis is set to send the envoy to the northern city of Albenga in the region of Liguria to assess the allegations that the diocese has hosted a group of “playboy priests.”

The priests in the diocese are accused of sexually harassing parishioners, posting naked photos of themselves online and raiding church coffers as well as moonlighting as barmen and stealing parish funds.

In addition, a priest working for the diocese has been found guilty of organizing an underage prostitution ring.

The Albenga diocese has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, aged 70, and has been described by Italian media as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy.” According to local media, Oliveri is expected to be replaced by an auxiliary bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Priest Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

MISSOURI
Webster Kirkwood Times

October 24, 2014
Rev. John J. Ghio, who most recently served at Annunciation Catholic Parish in Webster Groves, has been suspended by the Archdiocese of St. Louis following allegations of sexual abuse.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced Ghio's suspension this week in a letter to archdiocesan parishes. The abuse was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.

Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment, according to the archdiocese. He joined Annunciation Parish as priest in residence in June 2011, and had previously spent time at other St. Louis area parishes.

"I have suspended Father Ghio's priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded," Carlson said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Pope Appoints Special Administrator To Investigate Scandal-Hit Italian Parish Of Albenga-Imperia

ITALY
International Business Times

By Mark Hanrahan @markdhanrahanm.hanrahan@ibtimes.com on October 24 2014

Pope Francis is to send a special administrator to take charge of an Italian diocese where priests have been accused of a spate of crimes including theft and sexual abuse. The diocese has been seen as hosting a number of so-called “playboy priests,” who often broke the law.

The appointment of an "apostolic administrator" follows a report on the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in northern Italy by papal envoy Monsignor Adriano Bernardini, according to a report in The Times of London. The paper reports that one priest in the diocese was jailed for four years for running a prostitution ring, while another posted naked photographs of himself on a gay website.

The scandals took place during the tenure of Bishop Mario Oliveri who, while not accused of any wrongdoing personally, is regarded as having recruited a number of priests with checkered personal histories, according to a report from The Telegraph.

When asked by the paper about the scandals, the bishop reportedly said: “I don't want to talk about it – it's not the right time.” The Vatican also reportedly said that it would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

October 23, 2014

Legionaries Sue New Castle Over Loss Of Tax Exemption

NEW YORK
Chappaqua Daily Voice

by Tom Auchterlonie

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- The Legionaries of Christ is suing the Town of New Castle to overturn the loss of its property tax exemption.

In the lawsuit, dated Oct. 14 and filed with the state Supreme Court in White Plains, the Roman Catholic religious organization argues that the use of the property, which is about 97 acres, has not changed.

“To date, Petitioner continues to use the Property for its religious purposes,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit is called a tax certiorari, a type of litigation used for challenging property assessments.

The non-profit organization’s corporate name, which is Legion of Christ, Incorporated, is listed as the plaintiff. The suit claims that the exemption had been granted every year since the organization bought the property in 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Research reveals a dark history of children’s institutions in Australia​

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this week released three research reports that shed light on the history of child protection legislation in Australia, out-of-home care residential institutions and past inquiries that have reviewed these institutions.

Royal Commission CEO Phillip Reed said these historical reports, prepared by Professor Shurlee Swain of the Australian Catholic University, provide a much-needed context for the work of the Royal Commission.

“The Royal Commission was set up to investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and to make recommendations on how to improve them,” Mr Reed said. “This research helps the Royal Commissioners better understand the broader socio-political and legislative contexts within which the cases we are considering have taken place.”

Mr Reed said that as a community we have largely moved away from the institutionalisation of children who cannot live at home and have come to rely more on evidence and best practice to guide our policies in this area.

The reports form part of the comprehensive research program supporting the work of the Royal Commission and to inform its findings and recommendations.

The Royal Commission has commissioned a significant number of research projects across a range of themes including the causes, prevention and responses to institutional child sexual abuse and support for victims and survivors.

You can read the reports via this link: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/policy-and-research/published-research

About the reports

History of child protection legislation documents the history of child protection legislation in Australia from its establishment in 1860 to today. It reveals the way different jurisdictions structured their child welfare system initially around concerns of vagrancy to establishing systems of inspection and regulation of punishment. It also includes ways in which parents were treated under legislation, from the desire to prevent them from ‘foisting their children on the system’ to keeping families together. It then documents legislation dealing with special groups such as Aboriginal children, child migrants and children with disabilities.

History of Institutions providing out of home residential care for children examines the history of the many different types of institutions providing out-of-home care for children from 1788 to the de-institutional movement of the 1980s. It sheds light on the complex mix of government, church, charitable and community organisations that provided care.

History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children summarises the history of Australian inquiries that have reviewed institutions providing care for children from 1852 to 2013. The inquiries fall into three main categories: those that examined the establishment and refinement of the child welfare system from 1852 to postwar, those that examined child abuse scandals of 1860s to the 1990s, and those that hear survivor testimony from 1990s to now.

For specific stakeholder enquiries please contact stakeholders@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into the Hutchins School, Hobart

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing at the Hobart Federal Court from 19 November 2014 at 10:00am AEST.

The public hearing will inquire into the responses by the Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the School.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

1. The Hutchins School’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Ralph Lawrence and Lyndon Alfred Hickman.
2. The role of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania in respect of the Hutchins School’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Ralph Lawrence and Lyndon Alfred Hickman.
3. Any 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 29 October 2014. See the application for leave to appear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

Archdiocese releases four new names of priests accused of abuse

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Oct 23, 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of 17 additional priests accused of sexual abuse, as part of a settlement of a clergy abuse lawsuit.

Four of the names were previously unknown to the public. They include the Revs. Robert Clark, Donald Dummer, Harry Majerus and John Owens.

In a statement, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he released the names as part of a legal settlement reached last week with attorney Jeff Anderson. Nienstedt said the 17 men "have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests."

However, the archbishop did not explain why the archdiocese had kept the allegations secret. Nor did he provide information on the alleged sex crimes or when the archdiocese learned of them.

The disclosure also raises questions about the archdiocese's previous statements that it had already released every name. Nienstedt's statement does not explain how the archdiocese determined that more priests had "substantiated claims" against them. Nienstedt did not respond to an interview request.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

'Jail archbishop who covered up my abuse': Victims say nothing was done to stop paedophile priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By RICHARD MARSDEN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

A former archbishop who failed to act on alleged crimes of a paedophile priest should be jailed, the abuser’s victims have said.

Lord Hope, the former Archbishop of York, did not act on 19 occasions when allegations of abuse or inappropriate conduct by the priest were raised with him, a scathing report revealed yesterday.

But despite that, Lord Hope remains as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford.

Eli Ward and Bim Atkinson, who were among seven victims of the Very Reverend Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, said it is ‘incredible’ that the man who did nothing to stop the priest has been allowed to keep his post.

The report by Judge Sally Cahill QC said Lord Hope failed to act because his ‘concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount’.

Waddington, who kept an official position in the church until 2005 and died in 2007, targeted young choirboys over several decades. One of the seven victims committed suicide in 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Nienstedt testimony contradicts 6-year-old letters

MINNESOTA
San Francisco Chronicle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt made a false statement when he testified earlier this year about his knowledge of an abusive priest's past, according to a report Thursday by Minnesota Public Radio News.

The station reported (http://bit.ly/1wv8TSJ ) that during his April 2 sworn deposition, Nienstedt said he had learned about the prior conviction of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson "during the last six months."

But letters obtained by MPR show that one parishioner wrote to Nienstedt about Gustafson in 2008. The parishioner said Gustafson had a criminal conviction and was working as a consultant for Twin Cities parishes.

Nienstedt responded with a letter of his own two weeks later, MPR reported. In it, he told the parishioner he had no control over Gustafson because he was no longer an archdiocesan priest. Nienstedt also referred in the letter to Gustafson as a former priest — which was not true.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has come under fire in the last year for the way it handled allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, prompting some to call for Nienstedt to resign. His statements on Gustafson mark the second time his April testimony has been called into question.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

17 more priest offenders are identified by St. Paul Minneapolis Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: October 23, 2014

The latest list brings to 55 the number of priests credibly accused of abuse while serving the archdiocese.

The names of 17 more priests identified as child sex abusers were released Thursday, a sign of the new transparency created by the historic clergy abuse settlement announced last week between the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and victims’ advocates.

The priests served in 84 parishes in Minnesota, including 56 in the archdiocese. Nine priests were accused of misconduct while working in the Twin Cities archdiocese, bringing to 55 now its list of “credibly accused” offenders.

For church officials and victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson, the joint release of information illustrates the impact of the settlement, which has both parties working together to release priest names and files.

“This is the first significant disclosure of information that arose from the settlement,” said Anderson. “It’s a very hopeful sign.”

Archbishop John Nienstedt, in a written statement, said he was “profoundly saddened” by the harm the abuse caused the victims and their families.

“Ten of these 17 men are deceased,” he wrote, “but the pain they caused is very much alive.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM

Former Bismarck priest, DJ named in sex abuse claim

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismark Tribune

By Andrew Sheeler

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Bismarck on Thurday named longtime Bismarck priest and disc jockey Father John Owens as one of 17 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

The announcement comes as part of a settlement agreement with the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, which represented alleged victims in the case.

The 85-year-old Owens now resides in Forest Lake, Minn., where he lives a life of atonement, according to a prepared statement released by the office of the Bismarck Diocese.

For nearly 40 years, Owens lived and worked in Bismarck, where he served as director of communications for the local diocese and also ran a weekly radio show on KFYR, “Padre’s Platters,” that reached out to area youths and discussed drugs, alcohol, acne, obesity, sex, teenage pregnancy and other problems, according to a Tribune article from June 2, 1982.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Rome--Pope to “investigate” scandal-ridden Italian diocese

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

Again, Pope Francis says he’s sending an “investigator” into a scandal-ridden diocese. This is not an effective approach.

[Telegraph]

Despite making nice promises on abuse, Francis has yet to defrock, demote, discipline or even clearly denounce a single Catholic employee anywhere for refusing to call police or prosecutors about known or suspected child sex crimes. Not one.

Until he does, he can respond when scandals reach a fever pitch by announcing another small, belated and ineffective internal church “investigation” into one of hundreds of dioceses where priests are accused of committing sexual misdeeds or crimes. But little or nothing will change.

Let’s be honest: this is a late, tepid and almost silly response to a global crisis of sexual crimes and misdeeds by thousands of clerics who are helped by thousands of complicit church colleagues and supervisors. This is like battling Ebola with band-aids. The Pope knows better.

We applaud every single person who has reported wrongdoing in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia. Staying silent helps no one. We hope their courage will inspire others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by any cleric will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

The best way to do this, however, is to call secular authorities, not church officials and to keep reporting until someone listens and acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Ireland's shocking record on women's rights

IRELAND
Aljazeera

Laurence Lee

In recent months there has been a welter of reports about the horror of FGM, or female genital mutilation. The health service in the UK, for instance, is having to deal with thousands of cases, but because FGM is ‘cultural’ politicians don’t appear to be able to do much to wipe it out.

While FGM has become a real cause of concern in the UK – the former foreign secretary William Hague was particularly personally interested in it – nobody ever said a thing about a practice carried out for many, many years in Ireland which is only now being regarded as a similar human rights violation.

It’s called symphysiotomy, or the separation of the pelvis. Put simply, it involves sawing through a woman’s pelvic bone and cartilage during a difficult childbirth to open up the pelvis and enable birth.

It was banned in most places before the 20th century, but in Ireland hundreds and hundreds of women had it done to them, apparently because doctors preferred it to caesarian section. Why? Because c-section limits the number of children a woman can have, and once a woman has been effectively spatchcocked through symphysiotomy the doctors hoped she could have more and more. After all, this is in line with Catholic thinking on family size.

You can see in the attached video what the effects of all this were: women felt butchered, their physical lives and emotional wellbeing wrecked completely by a medical hierarchy which seemed, to campaigners, to insert religious dogma into medical practice. As a violation of a person’s rights, often without their consent, it’s easy to see the comparison with FGM.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Washington Post

Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases

By Trevor Grundy | Religion News Service October 23

CANTERBURY, England — Anglican priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England’s No. 2 official said.

Speaking at the end of an internal inquiry on whether senior church officials ignored abuse allegations involving children, Archbishop of York John Sentamu said that “what happened was shameful, terrible, bad, bad, bad.”

He said that the Church of England must break the confidentiality of confession in cases where people disclosed the abuse of children. “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem to me a cloak for hiding that business. How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Armidale's court drama in the case of a defrocked priest ...

AUSTRALIA
Armidale Express

Armidale's court drama in the case of a defrocked priest facing historic child sexual abuse charges

By SAMANTHA-JO HARRIS Oct. 24, 2014

THE committal of a defrocked priest has heard one alleged victim of historic child sexual abuse told his mother “he raped me too”.

On Wednesday Armidale Local Court heard how the man, who was in court to be cross-examined, discovered the allegations against the former priest after he heard about it on the radio.

In a statement made to police in early 2013 the man claimed the “mongrel from Moree” had assaulted him when he was an altar boy in the early 1980s.

The complainant, his mother and partner were in court to be cross-examined about their evidence to see if they would give evidence at the trial.

Magistrate Karen Stafford allowed the cross-examination to start, saying there were “inconsistencies in the statements” and the fact the allegations were from a recovered memory.

But the hearing was delayed after the Crown prosecutor Peter Woods was rushed to hospital with chest pain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Preti playboy nudi su Fb e barman notturni: il Papa commissaria la diocesi di Albenga

ITALIA
Il Mattino

ALBENGA - ​ La diocesi di Albenga è stata commissariata da Papa Francesco: era retta da 25 anni da monsignor Mario Oliveri, 70 anni.

La decisione sarebbe stata presa dopo che il Nunzio apostolico Adriano Bernardini ha compiuto una indagine sulla chiesa locale. Era stato inviato lì dal papa dopo che in Vaticano erano arrivate varie segnalazioni su un clero ''disinvolto''.

La notizia non è stata commentata dal vescovo. E la curia ha scelto il silenzio. A monsignor Oliveri viene rimproverato di aver accolto in seminario aspiranti sacerdoti senza aver esaminato con attenzione la reale vocazione dei giovani e questo avrebbe generato preti ''deboli''.

Così la sua diocesi ha dovuto subire vari scandali: sacerdoti condannati o indagati per pedofilia, altri che posano nudi su Facebook, parroci con tatuaggi, sacerdoti che lasciano le parrocchie portando via la ''cassa'', preti che fanno i barman in locali notturni, altri che corteggiano le fedeli.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

LA DIOCESI DI ALBENGA “COMMISSARIATA” DA PAPA FRANCESCO

ITALIA
Liguria Notizie

GENOVA. 23 OTT. La diocesi di Albenga, retta da 25 anni da monsignor Mario Oliveri, 70 anni, sarebbe stata commissariata da Papa Francesco.

La decisione sarebbe stata presa dopo che il Nunzio apostolico Adriano Bernardini ha compiuto un’ indagine sulla chiesa locale.

Era stato inviato lì dal Papa dopo che in Vaticano erano arrivate varie segnalazioni su un clero “disinvolto”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Albenga, il Papa commissaria la diocesi degli scandali

ITALIA
Repubblica

dal nostro inviato MASSIMO CALANDRI

ALBENGA - "Liberaci dal male", mormora monsignor Mario Oliveri dall'altare della cattedrale di San Michele Arcangelo. E sulla fronte gli s'allunga una ruga profonda: dolore, inquietudine. Amen, signor vescovo: ma è proprio vero che con tutti questi preti peccatori, Papa Francesco ha deciso di "commissariare" la sua diocesi? "Non voglio parlarne. Non è il momento", taglia corto.

Dopo un quarto di secolo da indisturbato padrone di casa, Oliveri tra pochi giorni dovrà condividere il palazzo vescovile di Albenga con un altro prelato. Un "amministratore apostolico" scelto da Bergoglio per aiutarlo a reggere il peso dei troppi scandali delle sue parrocchie: sacerdoti condannati o indagati per pedofilia, altri che in processione corteggiano le fedeli più carine, parroci che posano nudi su Facebook o per siti gay, che svuotano le cassette delle elemosine e se la danno a gambe, che palpeggiano turiste adolescenti sul lungomare.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' ...

ITALY
Telegraph (UK)

Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese

By Nick Squires, Rome 23 Oct 2014

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis.

The Pope reportedly intends to send an “apostolic administrator” to assess allegations that the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Described by one Italian newspaper as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy”, it has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70.

He is expected to be replaced in the near future by an auxiliary bishop, according to Il Secolo XIX, the region’s main newspaper.

Pope Francis has already sent Adriano Bernardini, an apostolic nuncio, or ambassador, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the scandals thay have allegedly unfolded under Bishop Oliveri’s watch

The bishop himself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but is reported to have been overly-charitable in recruiting “black sheep” priests with distinctly chequered pasts, including trainee priests expelled from seminaries for misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

MN--New disclosures aren’t enough

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23

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

We are glad the names of four newly "outed" predator priests are surfacing today, especially because three of them are likely living among unsuspecting neighbors in Massachusetts, and Arizona and Forest Lake, MN. (Fr. Donald Drummer, Fr. Robert P. Clark and Fr. John Owens, respectively). But police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public need and deserve to know where and when these priests assaulted children. Archbishop Neinstedt must be more forthcoming if kids are to be better protected and victims are to be better supported.

Catholic officials are NOT disclosing when abuse reports were made against these priests. We suspect that in virtually every case, St. Paul church employees sat on this information for years or decades.

Let’s look specifically at the four newly-named priests. With each of them, Twin Cities Catholic officials kept secret about the child sex abuse allegations against them for years. This secrecy continued unabated over the past decade, despite an allegedly binding national US bishops’ abuse policy that supposedly mandates “openness and transparency.”

They hid accusations against Fr. Clark for at least 14 years, against Fr. Owens for at least nine years, and against Fr. Drummer for at least eight years. Among just those three clerics, that’s 31 years of secrecy, recklessness and callousness.

(Fr. Clark was “removed from active ministry on March 26, 2002.” Fr. Owens was quietly ousted in 2005. Ditto with Fr. Drummer in 2006. And we suspect that allegations against Fr. Majerus were first made in 1971, but he stayed on the job until 1987.)

This new information confirms again just how much St. Paul Catholic officials have endangered and continue to endanger kids. In each case, Twin Cities church officials chose to endanger kids and protect predators by making these moves behind the scenes instead of disclosing them in public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Review of orders’ practices on child protection published

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Support for people making allegations of clerical child sexual abuse continues to be inconsistent in some Catholic Church religious congregations, a review published today has found.

“Contact in many instances was not made directlyby the congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed,” it said .

The observation was made by Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the Church’s child protection watchdog, its National Board for Safeguarding Children.

Today it has published 18 reviews of child safeguarding practices involving five five male and 13 female religious congregations. Eight are standard reviews of safeguarding practices against the seven established standards that the Catholic Church in Ireland has agreed to meet.

The congregations fully reviewed included the Vincentian Fathers, the Redemptorists, Sisters of St Louis, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Pallottines, St Joseph’s Missionary Society (Mill Hill), The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), the Presentation Sisters.

However, because 10 of the congregations are so small and have very limited contact with children, also due to the advanced age of their members and the fact that they face no allegations of sexual abuse in Ireland, these were assessed against a revised framework. “The 10 Congregations demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to working positively with the National Board, in spite of their limited ministries”, Ms Devlin said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

CHURCH SETTLEMENT WITH VICTIMS OF ABUSE

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

October 23, 2014 Author: berger

As part of a settlement agreement, Twin Cities Catholic officials released names of 17 priests with “substantiated claims of abuse” against them. Among them: Fr. Edward Beutner who worked at SLU in the 1970s and Fr. James Porter who was at a church treatment center here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Congregations response to victims 'inconsistent'

IRELAND
RTE News

The Catholic Church child protection watchdog has found that eight religious congregations often failed to contact directly people making child sexual abuse allegations against priests, brothers and nuns and their support for complainants continues to be inconsistent.

In audits of the congregations, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church also found the time frame for reporting allegations against congregation members to the civil authorities was variable up until 2009.

However, it has improved considerably since the introduction of new church standards.

This latest tranche of audits by the NBSCCC examines the responses of eight religious congregations to allegations of abuse against their members.

The congregations are the Presentation Sisters, the Vincentian Fathers, The Redemptorists, the Sisters of St Louis, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, The Pallottines, The Mill Hill Fathers and the Missionaries of Africa, also known as the White Fathers.

It said allegations were made against a number of priests ministering abroad by children both in Ireland and in missionary countries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Documents contradict Nienstedt testimony on priest's sexual assault

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

[with copy of Archbishop Nienstedt's testimony]

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Oct 23, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt gave a false statement under oath about his knowledge of a priest's criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a child, letters obtained by MPR News show.

Nienstedt testified on April 2 that he first learned of the criminal conviction of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson, an archdiocesan priest, "during the last six months." He also claimed little knowledge of Gustafson. "I believe that he is retired," Nienstedt testified. "He's in our monitoring program, and he's living on his own."

That statement surprised Catholic parishioner LaLonne Murphy, who had written to Nienstedt more than six years ago to inform him of Gustafson's criminal conviction and his ongoing work as a consultant for Twin Cities parishes.

Murphy, who retired last year as director of liturgy and music at St. Edward's parish in Bloomington, provided MPR News copies of the letters she sent to Nienstedt, as well as the archbishop's

Nienstedt's false statement casts doubt on his credibility as he struggles to respond to a clergy sex abuse scandal that has led to calls for his resignation as the leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

This latest revelation marks the second time that Nienstedt's testimony in that April deposition has been called into question. MPR News reported in August that Nienstedt gave false testimony about his knowledge of a different priest accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

17 more Twin Cities priests ID'd as probable pedophiles

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 10/23/2014

The Twin Cities archdiocese and the law offices of Jeff Anderson issued a joint statement Thursday disclosing the names of 17 priests with "substantiated" claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor.

The names bring to 55 the priests deemed to have substantiated claims of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Ten of the 17 priests have died, "but the pain they caused is very much alive," Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a written statement. "I am profoundly saddened and sorry for the harm clergy sexual abuse has caused victims and survivors, their families and the community."

The joint statement comes 10 days after archdiocese officials and Anderson's office, which represents victims of clergy sex abuse, held a joint news conference at the Landmark Center. They announced settlement of a lawsuit that had disgorged more than 50,000 pages of priest personnel documents going back decades and a new child protection plan.

The disclosures Thursday were part of the Oct. 13 settlement, Anderson said.

Four of the names have never been released to the public before, he said. Those are Robert P. Clark, Donald Dummer, Harry Majerus and John Owens. Dummer and Owens are still alive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Archdiocese of St. Paul Releases More Names of Credibly Accused Priests

MINNESOTA
KAAL

(AP) - The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of another 17 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The release of the names is part of last week’s settlement between the archdiocese and a victim of alleged abuse.

Nine of the priests had claims against them inside the archdiocese; the other eight priests had claims against them elsewhere, but some may have traveled to the archdiocese, had temporary assignments in the archdiocese or lived there as a lay person.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

MA--Credibly accused predator priest in Tewksbury is “outed”

MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest who lives in Tewksbury has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Massachusetts Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him.

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr. Donald Drummer is one of three priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against (him) of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).

We applaud Doe for insisting that more names of predator priests are disclosed as a result of his courageous litigation.

[St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese]

Let there be no mistake about this new information: it’s being released because victims have filed lawsuits and insist on real safety measures, not just pay offs. It’s not a sign of reform by Catholic officials. It’s a sign that when victims are brave enough to step forward and smart enough to file lawsuits, more truth can be exposed and more kids can be protected.

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Drummer – or any cleric – will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

The Names of 17 Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse ...

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

The Names of 17 Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse Added to Archdiocese’s List of Abusers

Disclosures part of Doe 1 settlement and child protection action plan

Documents and priest files on all 17 priests soon to follow

(St. Paul, MN) – Today, the names of 17 additional priests who are the subject of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors were added to Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis’ disclosure lists posted on its website. In addition, three men whose names were previously identified as having unsubstantiated claims are now added to the substantiated claim disclosure list. This disclosure of names was agreed upon as part of the settlement of the Doe 1 civil lawsuit and is an early step in the child protection action plan announced last week.

At least four of the names* announced today have never been released to the public before. The list of names includes the following priests:
Edward Beutner Ambrose Filbin *Harry Majerus James Porter
*Robert Clark Jerry Foley William Marks Charles Potocki
Eugene Salvatore Corica Ralph Goniea Wendell Mohs Roger Vaughn
*Donald Dummer Reginald Krakovsky Jim Nickel James Vedro
Thomas Erickson Robert Loftus *John Owens Adalbert Woski

“This is a big step forward in an action plan begun and reached as part of an agreement with the Archdiocese,” said attorney Jeff Anderson. “The more that is known about these offenders and their histories, the safer our community becomes. This is just the beginning of a plan for full disclosure.”

Attached is a fact sheet compiled by Jeff Anderson & Associates based on files received in the Doe 1 case, the official Catholic Directories, and independent investigations. Documents and priest files on all 17 priests will be released in the upcoming weeks and will be available at www.andersonadvocates.com.

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NEVER BEFORE KNOWN

Robert Clark (deceased)
Donald Dummer, OMI (alive- Tewksbury, MA)
Harry Majerus (deceased)
John Owens (alive- Forest Lake, MN)

NEWLY RELEASED BY THE ARCHDICOESE - ALIVE

Thomas Ericksen, Minneapolis, MN
Jerry Foley, Minneapolis, MN
Wendal Mohs, OSC, Sartel, MN
Roger Vaughn, OSC, New York, NY (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
James Vedro, OSC, Murrieta, CA

NEWLY RELEASED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE – DECEASED

Edward Beutner
Eugene Salvatore Corica (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
Ambrose Filbin
Ralph Goniea, OMI
Reginald Krakovsky, TOR
Robert Loftus (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
William Marks
Jim Nickel
James Porter
Charles Potocki, OFM
James Vedro
Adalbert Wolski, TOR

This information was compiled by Jeff Anderson & Associates based on files received in the Doe 1 case, the official Catholic Directories, and independent investigations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Names

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Source: Rita Beatty, Communications Manager

From Archbishop John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Today, we join law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates in jointly disclosing the names and assignment histories of 17 men who have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests. As part of a legal settlement with Jeff Anderson and Associates announced last week, a process was established for the disclosure of additional names of priests who are the subject of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor.

Of these 17 men whose names are disclosed today, nine are the subjects of substantiated claims of abuse of a minor within this archdiocese.

The remaining eight individuals are or were priests of other dioceses or religious orders who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor outside of this archdiocese. The archdiocese is not aware of any substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor asserted against these individuals relating to any conduct that occurred in this archdiocese. Some of these eight individuals held temporary assignments in this archdiocese. In other cases, they may have traveled to the archdiocese, or resided here without ministry faculties or lived here as a lay person.

Most of the reported incidents of abuse related to these 17 men occurred between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s. All of these men have been permanently removed from ministry in this archdiocese; most of them have been out of ministry here for a decade or more. Ten of these 17 men are deceased, but the pain they caused is very much alive. I am profoundly saddened and sorry for the harm clergy sexual abuse has caused victims and survivors, their families and the community.

In addition, the status has changed for three men whose names were previously disclosed. Both Eugene Corica and Robert Loftus are now moved to the list of men who are subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor within this archdiocese, bringing the total number of names on that list to 55. Roger Vaughn is added to the new list of men who are the subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor outside of this archdiocese. There are a total of nine names on that list. ...

DISCLOSED NAMES

Edward Beutner
Robert P. Clark
Donald Dummer
Thomas Ericksen
Ambrose Filbin
Jerry Foley
Ralph Goniea
Reginald Krakovsky
Harry Majerus
William Marks
Wendell Mohs
James Nickel
John Owens
James Porter
Charles Potocki
James Vedro
Adalbert Wolski

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

ND--Credibly accused predator priest from Bismarck is “outed”

NORTH DAKOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest from Bismarck has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on North Dakota Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him and to beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately.

[Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis]

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr. John Owen is one of three priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against (him) of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).

More about Fr. Owen is here:

[Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis]

We applaud Doe for insisting that more names of predator priests are disclosed as a result of his courageous litigation. And we denounce Bismarck Catholic officials who apparently have kept silent about the accusations against Fr. Owens for almost a decade. (Twin Cities church officials say they "removed his faculties" in 2005. We strongly suspect that even before then they alerted their North Dakota colleagues about these allegations against Fr. Owens.)

We urge Bismarck's bishop to "come clean," explain why he and his colleagues have hidden these allegations, and to fire or at least demote every single Catholic employee who endangered kids by keeping quiet about them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

One Lesson From The Voyeur Rabbi Scandal: Women Must Be Part of Every Board Room

UNITED STATES
Second City Torah

October 23, 2014 by Rabbi Ben Greenberg

It has now been more than a week since the revelations occurred in the media of the alleged voyeuristic spying committed by one of the most influential and powerful Modern Orthodox rabbis in America, Rabbi Barry Freundel. If it was not horrible enough that women, most of them in the process of converting to Judaism, were violated in one of the most special and intimate ritual places in Judaism, it is now clear that the problems go back for years. Abuses of a sexual nature are often more about exerting power over someone as much as they are about sexual gratification. Secretly filming women nude at their most vulnerable in a time of their lives during a conversion process when they are particularly vulnerable is about unequivocally declaring, “I have absolute power over you: your soul, who you will marry and when you will marry them and, yes, even your very body.” The violations of rabbinic propriety that surfaced beginning in 2012 (and perhaps earlier) were also abuses of power.

These abuses of power are not unique to Rabbi Freundel or to the Orthodox rabbinate as Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder pointed out in a blog post on MyJewishLearning.com. They do send a very powerful message though: The time has long come to open up the door for learned women working in clergy roles in the Orthodox community to join all of the Modern Orthodox rabbinic associations. The time has long come to make sure every mikvah has women serving on its board of directors.

Opening up the power structures to women is not because all men have failed, it is because men in conversation only with themselves fail. Men and women together can make better decisions, hold each other accountable and make sure that the needs, concerns and voices of both women and men are respected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Archbishop calls for new relationship with media

IRELAND
RTE News

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin is to call this afternoon for the development of a new relationship between his church and the media characterised by mutual respect and trust.

In an address to the Radharc television awards ceremony in Dublin, he praised what he calls the "vitally important role" the Irish and global media have played in exposing child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church.

According to his speaking notes, he also criticised some unidentified commentators, particularly on social media, for failing to objectively question stories, and for publishing instead "their consensus caricature of the Church".

Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled 35 years of output on RTÉ by what he called the "radical" Catholic television documentary unit of the same name on a wide spectrum of contemporary issues from ethics at home to liberation theology abroad.

He called for the development of a new relationship between his church and the media characterised by mutual respect and trust and not based on fawning or deferential attitudes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Catholic orders are “improving” in reporting abuse allegations

IRELAND
The Journal

CATHOLIC ORDERS ARE getting better at reporting child abuse allegations.

That is according to the latest child welfare reports from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

The reports cover five male and 18 female female religious congregations.

The reports show that between variable times in the 70s and 2009, there were 121 allegations of abuse against 54 members of the orders. Of these, two brothers from the Missionaries of Africa were convicted. The complaints came from children in Ireland and abroad.

However, despite the improvement, the board’s CEO Teresa Devlin says the responses to complaints are “inconsistent”.

“However, support for complainants continues to be inconsistent. Contact in many instances was not made directly by the congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed. This however is an improving picture and the reviewers highlighted instances of compassionate meaningful responses to survivors.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Rabbis, cowards and cynics: Why religious freedom has few champions in Israel

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Oct. 23, 2014

Wherever you look right now in the Jewish press, you find distressing stories about conversion to Judaism - and about the ugly politics of the conversion process.

Conversion should be moving and sublime, demanding but profoundly meaningful, and reflective of Judaism’s broadly inclusive values. Sadly, what we see in the media in the last few weeks is how human weakness and political opportunism have caused pain and suffering to candidates for conversion in America and turned conversion in Israel into a political football. Whatever else happens, this much is certain: Sacred values have been trampled.

The “voyeur case,” as it’s been called in the press, involves Rabbi Barry Freundel, a Washington, D.C. rabbi accused of videotaping women candidates for conversion while they were naked in the mikveh (ritual bath). The Jewish world has responded to these accusations with outrage and revulsion. But since Rabbi Freundel denies the charges and nothing as yet has been proven, full consideration of the matter will have to wait.

For now, it can simply be noted that in some ways the case is not about conversion at all; it is about rabbinic misconduct and exploitation of religious authority, of the sort that can happen in a variety of settings and by clergy of all movements and all faiths. At the same time, it does raise questions about the problems of conversion in the American Orthodox world, which in recent years has adapted its procedures, usually not for the better, to accommodate the demands of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. At a later point, these matters will need to be discussed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Students of disgraced rabbi head back in class

TOWSON (MD)
WTOP

By Nick Iannelli

TOWSON, Md. -- Students of a disgraced rabbi are back in class, stunned and saddened to hear about allegations against their former teacher.

Barry Freundel was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism.

According to police, Freundel used a hidden camera to film women as they undressed, preparing for a ritual bath at Freundel's synagogue in Georgetown.

"It's just very surreal," explains Jonathan Munshaw, one of Freundel's students.

Freundel was a respected, longtime teacher at Towson University.

The school has now replaced him with a new teacher who asked students to share their feelings when they went back to the classroom for the first time Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

What the Catholic synod that discussed divorced, LGBT believers did – and didn’t – do

ROME
Reuters

By James Martin October 23, 2014

If you told me a few years ago that a synod of bishops would make the front page of almost every newspaper, be featured prominently on almost every news website, and be the topic of heated conversation among Catholics worldwide, I would have said that you were — to use a theological term — crazy.

The interest generated by the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the two-week meeting of bishops, priests and lay people that concluded last weekend at the Vatican, surprised even veteran Vaticanologists. In recent years, synods did not garner much enthusiasm, to put it mildly. One reason for the renewed interest this year was Pope Francis’s urging participants to be as open as possible. And they were. Not only to one another, but also in the daily media briefings, which brought their candor before the general public.

The document that received the most attention was the relatio, or report, issued midway through the two-week session. (The Synod of Bishops on the Family, incidentally, is a two-year event. This session was the first. In other words, that first relatio was midway through midway.) The first relatio was characterized by a warm pastoral outreach to divorce and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples, as well as to gays and lesbians, the last of which were included under the subject line “Welcoming Homosexual Persons.”

The synod’s final relatio, however, proved a less controversial publication, reflecting the variety of viewpoints that exist among the Catholic bishops. Nevertheless, there was still a great deal of confusion over the final document, particularly regarding what it did or did not do. So let’s address those two questions.

WHAT DID THE SYNOD DO?

1. Fostered openness

The synod seems to have ushered in an era of openness in the Vatican. In the past, the results of synods were sometimes seen to be foregone conclusions. Why? Some bishops, for a variety of reasons, may not have felt as comfortable discussing controversial topics, or may have concluded that a pope might not want certain topics raised. That was not the case this month. Bishops were vocal, disagreeing with one another politely but vigorously, a consequence of the pope’s encouragement to be open. “Speak clearly,” he said at the synod’s opening. “Don’t tell anyone, ‘You can’t say that.’”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Police investigate 'questionable locker room behavior' at McNicholas HS

OHIO
WLWT

CINCINNATI —Four freshman football players are gone from their team after questionable locker room behavior and a police investigation.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco told WLWT News 5 Wednesday night that Cincinnati police were investigating after receiving reports of alleged inappropriate behavior at McNicholas High School.

Andriacco would not say specifically what happened in the locker room, but that the four teens were suspended from school for five days and kicked off the freshmen football team.

He also said that the school had notified Cincinnati police, who have started their own investigation into the incident.

So far, no charges have been filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Archdiocese investigating four McNicholas High freshman

OHIO
Local 12

[with video]

Updated: Thursday, October 23 2014

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says they are investigating an incident involving four teens at McNicholas High School for "inappropriate behavior."

The four freshman football players were suspended from the school for five days and are no longer with the team.

The teens are scheduled to return to school Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Men who claimed they were sexually abused as boys by Verona Fathers in Mirfield settle out of court for £120,000

UNITED KINGDOM
Examiner

Oct 23, 2014 11:18 By Martin Shaw

A group of men who claimed they were sexually abused as boys in a Catholic college in Mirfield in the 1960s and 1970s have settled out of court.

The 11 men were training to be priests at the Mirfield Junior Seminary run by the Verona Fathers, an Italian missionary order.

The boys claim they were subjected to a catalogue of abuse by several priests running the boarding school.

Now it has been revealed, all 11 men have accepted payments totalling £120,000. The settlements paid by the order, now known as the Comboni Missionaries, have been made without any admission of liability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Abuse victim Peter Gogarty launches book

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By Sam Rigney Oct. 23, 2014

HUNTER activist and abuse victim Peter Gogarty said he hopes his new book will provide understanding and hope for victims of child sexual abuse.

Mr Gogarty - a victim of Hunter paedophile priest Jim Fletcher - launched his book ‘‘Judas Church - Memoir of a Shy Young Fellow’’ at Maitland Gaol on Thursday night.

‘‘I was nine years old when I met newly ordained Catholic Priest Father James Patrick Fletcher,’’ Gogarty says.

‘‘Before I turned 18 I told him I would kill him if he ever touched me again.

‘‘Twenty-five years later, driving home from work, I heard that he had been arrested on multiple child abuse charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

UNITED KINGDOM
The Spectator

Damian Thompson

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, he of the two (or is it three?) girlfriends, who resigned as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton when he had a crisis of conscience caused by the tabloids knocking on his door.

Displaying their celebrated transparency, the bishops have decided to keep the name of the ‘chair’ of the inquiry secret. The committee will focus on whether Conry breached guidelines on ‘vulnerable adults’. I very much doubt whether it will ask why Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor persuaded Rome to make his protégé a bishop when his relationship with a woman was already common knowledge. Conry was ‘one of us’, you see: a member of the Magic Circle of ambitious liberals (life president, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor; honorary press officer, Doctor A. Ivereigh) who had various nuncios wrapped round their little fingers.

Meanwhile, what about Catholics who are not ‘one of us’? You can’t get further from the Magic Circle than the parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Blackfen, Kent. The previous parish priest, Fr Tim Finigan, is a traditionalist who celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass on Sundays – but also the New Mass, in strict conformity with rules laid down by Pope Benedict XVI. No sooner had he left earlier this year than the new PP, Fr Steven Fisher, cancelled the traditional services. Fr Fisher has the backing of his boss, Archbishop Peter Smith, but it’s a decision that has caused terrible distress to traditional Catholics for whom the old Mass at Blackfen was the centre of their spiritual lives. Now, you could argue that an incoming pastor is entitled to change – gently – the way things are done in his parish; but in this case the new man, having apparently concluded that the traddies were ‘divisive’, has effected change in a brutal fashion that has left his flock truly divided. More of a Cromwell than a Fisher, you might say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Did D.C. rabbi charged with voyeurism film Towson University students?

TOWSON (MD)
WJLA

[with video]

By Brad Bell October 23, 2014

TOWSON, Md. (WJLA) – A search is under way to find out if a prominent D.C. rabbi, accused of spying on women as they undressed, may have also recorded video of students he taught at Towson University.

Rabbi Bernard “Barry” Freundel is already charged with voyeurism, after police say he hid a camera inside a ritual bath at Kesher Israel Synagogue.

At Towson, Freundel’s students wonder how many more victims there may be.

“I don’t think we should have to worry about that when we’re interacting with our teachers,” said Grace Peterson.

“I think it’s really inappropriate and … kinda disgusting,” Alex Halperin added.

Freundel was arrested last week in D.C. on charges he secretly spied on several women at the Georgetown synagogue he led as rabbi. It is alleged he used a camera hidden in a clock radio to record video of women in a sacred mikvah cleansing bath.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On

NEW YORK
The Jewish Daily Forward

By Hody Nemes

As a teenager, Joey Diangello, a self-described survivor of child sex abuse, left the insular Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where he’d grown up and plunged into the world of heavy metal music.

There, Diangello, who wore mascara and heavy metal T-shirts and sported long, black hair, found some measure of comfort in the music of such bands as Metallica.

But in death, Diangello, a co-founder of the group Survivors for Justice, which seeks to expose child sexual abuse in the Orthodox community — where it is often repressed — returned to the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Monsey, New York. On Ocotber 19, he was buried in a cemetery there under the birth name he abandoned long ago: Yoel Deutsch.

Diangello, who was 34, died of a drug overdose, according to PIX11, a local New York television news outlet. But friends remained uncertain of whether the death was a suicide.

“As of late he had been clean. He was running a marathon, he was really getting his life together, which is why it’s especially frustrating,” said Mark Weiss, a fellow member of Survivors for Justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Paedophile ex-police officer Don Mackintosh found hanged after court appearance over fresh sex abuse allegation

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

Oct 23, 2014 06:00 By Neal Keeling

A paedophile former police officer has been found hanged just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse.

Prolific abuser Don Mackintosh, a ex-sergeant in Greater Manchester Police, and church Boys’ Brigade leader was convicted in 1994 of a string of sex offences against young boys and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Mackintosh, 71, was found hanged at his home on Calico Crescent, Stalybridge, by officers who broke in when neighbours reported he had not been seen for several days.

Last week he appeared at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s. ...

Mackintosh, who also worked as an education welfare officer for Manchester council in the 70s, was also a lieutenant in the 59th Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade, based at Platt Lane Methodist Church, Fallowfield, where he abused his trust to pursue youngsters.

He got away with his crimes for 25 years until one victim had the courage to come forward. This triggered a police investigation and other victims were traced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Ex-cop paedophile found dead in his home just days after answering child sex allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Mirror

A paedophile former police officer has been found dead just days after answering fresh child sex allegations.

Serial abuser and ex-Greater Manchester Police sergeant Don Mackintosh was found hanged at his home by officers who smashed down his door.

The twisted sex beast, who was once a church Boys' Brigade leader, was convicted of a string of offences against young boys in 1994 and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Mackintosh, 71, was found hanged by the neck after appearing at Manchester Crown Court last week accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Victim speaks about rape ordeal

WALES
Barry and District News

by Dominic Jones

A WOMAN who was raped by a Jehovah's Witness elder in Barry has spoken out about her ordeal and her hopes for bringing legal action against the church.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pursuing legal action against the Jehovah's Witness church alongside fellow victim and campaigner Karen Morgan in regards to their treatment in the aftermath of being abused by Mark Sewell, 53, who was jailed for 14 years in July for one count of rape and seven counts of sexual assault.

The pair are being represented by Kathleen Hallisey, the lawyer who represented American Candice Conti in a legal action against the Witnesses following years of childhood sexual abuse in California.

The woman, now in her 50s, was raped by Sewell at his home in the early 1990s having become friends with him and his family through the church.

Following the attack, she became pregnant but subsequently miscarried.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Groping teacher jailed for historic abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Oldham Evening Chronicle

A FORMER deputy headmaster has been jailed for four years after admitting sexually molesting nine youngsters over 35 years ago.

Grandfather Anthony Kerr (71) and in frail physical and mental health, preyed on the vulnerable boys when he was a teacher at an Oldham school.

Kerr, who later went on to devote his life to the church and became a Church of England priest, carried out the offences over four years from the late 1970s.

Manchester Crown Court heard the circumstances were virtually identical in each case: he called the boys - some as young as seven - to his desk to hear them read for him. then he sat them on his knee and fondled them under their short trousers. If they made a mistake wile reading he would pinch them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

New concerns over hospice chaplain accused of sexual misconduct

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

By Lilly Fowler lfowler@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82210

An alleged victim of sexual exploitation has fresh concerns over a pastor and former licensed psychologist who is now working as a hospice chaplain.

The Rev. Bill Little is currently employed by Unity Hospice in St. Louis’ Dogtown neighborhood. Rhonda Pitt, who together with her husband first sued Little in 2011, accusing him of sexual misconduct, is concerned the pastor could hurt someone else.

“We just need people to know. They need to be warned,” Darrell Pitt, Rhonda’s husband, said at a news conference sponsored by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “I just hope we can prevent him from hurting anyone else.”

The couple sued Little, and the now defunct Christ Memorial Baptist Church in Cool Valley, claiming that in the 1980s he used his position as pastor, and his role as their personal therapist, to engage in an affair with Rhonda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Boston atty. plans to pursue sex abuse settlements for 28 more Warren JFK victims

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

Wed, October 22, 2014
YOUNGSTOWN

The $8 million settlement reached in Pennsylvania between 88 sex-abuse victims of Brother Stephen Baker did not involve any Ohio victims, but there are still 28 alleged Ohio victims with claims.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said he plans to begin asking the Diocese of Youngstown for settlement negotiations “forthwith” regarding the 28 who claim also to have been victims of the Franciscan friar while he taught at Warren John F. Kennedy High School from 1986 to 1992.

Garabedian said a representative for the Diocese of Youngstown participated in the negotiations that resulted in the $8 million Pennsylvania settlement, but it was not because any victims were from within the Youngstown diocese.

The settlement was for 88 alleged sex-abuse victims of Brother Baker while he taught at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa., from 1992 to 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Youngstown Diocese had no victims in most recent Brother Baker settlement

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

Thu, October 23, 2014 .
By Ed Runyan
runyan@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The $8 million settlement reached in Pennsylvania between 88 sex-abuse victims of Brother Stephen Baker did not involve any Ohio victims, but there are still 28 alleged Ohio victims with claims.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said he plans to begin asking the Diocese of Youngstown for settlement negotiations “forthwith” regarding the 28 who claim also to have been victims of the Franciscan friar while he taught at Warren John F. Kennedy High School from 1986 to 1992.

Garabedian said a representative for the Diocese of Youngstown participated in the negotiations that resulted in the $8 million Pennsylvania settlement, but it was not because any victims were from within the Youngstown diocese.

The settlement was for 88 alleged sex-abuse victims of Brother Baker while he taught at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa., from 1992 to 2001.

Garabedian said the 28 in Ohio are separate from the 11 men who received a settlement from the Youngstown diocese, Warren JFK High School, and Brother Baker’s religious order, the Third Order Regular Franciscans, in 2012 because of alleged sexual misconduct by Brother Baker while at JFK.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Senior Anglicans apologise for failing to deal with abuse allegations in Australia

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Helen Davidson
theguardian.com, Wednesday 22 October 2014

Senior members of the Church of England have issued formal apologies after an inquiry found a high level Anglican clergyman made serious failures in addressing allegations of the sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain.

The year-long independent inquiry in Britain examined an alleged cover-up by the Anglican church in response to allegations made in 1999 and 2003 against a former Queensland school principal, Robert Waddington, and revealed by the Times of London and the Australian.

Waddington, who died in 2007, was a principal of North Queensland’s now closed St Barnabas boarding school from the early 1960s to 1970. He was unexpectedly sent to Queensland in 1954, one year after he joined the church, very soon after abuse allegations were raised, and in circumstances one former victim suggested were suspicious. After he left St Barnabas, Waddington returned to England where he held senior roles in children’s education and became the dean of Manchester.

At least six boys and one clergyman were allegedly abused by Waddington, the Australian reported, as far back as the early 1950s and as recently as 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Press Release- Review Reports of safeguarding practice published today

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Support For Complainants Inconsistent But Practice Overall Continues To Improve

(23rd October 2014 )

18 reviews of safeguarding practice across 5 male religious congregations and 13 female religious congregations have been published today. 8 of these are standard reviews measuring safeguarding practice against the 7 established standards that the Catholic Church has agreed to meet. However, because 10 of the orders in question are very small, have very limited contact with children, the advanced age of their members and no allegations of sexual abuse in Ireland, were assessed against a revised framework. This framework has been devised to address the actuality of their current existence.

“The findings for the 8 full reviews show that the timeframes for reporting to the civil authorities in relation to allegations against priests/brothers/sisters up until 2009 is variable but has improved considerably since the introduction of the “Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance,” said Teresa Devlin, CEO, NBSCCCI. “However, support for complainants continues to be inconsistent. Contact in many instances was not made directly by the Congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed. This however is an improving picture and the reviewers highlighted instances of compassionate meaningful responses to survivors.”

The reports also showed that a number of the priests were in ministry abroad and allegations were made from both children in Ireland and in the missionary countries. Practice in terms of managing those situations varied, but increasingly is now dealt with by returning the accused priest to Ireland and being placed under restrictions in houses in Ireland. Where allegations have been made abroad it is rare for the complainant to pursue any action in relation to criminal or civil investigations. In these instances the Church inquiries are critical in establishing if there is a semblance of truth to the allegation and in the management of risk.

“We have also found that management plans relating to accused Priests and Brothers and sisters have improved significantly over time, though there is still room for improvement, in terms of clarity of roles, review of restrictions, and sharing of information,” said Devlin. “Adherence to other aspects of the 7 standards was less well developed in many Congregations. Many have limited ministry with children in Ireland today therefore the applicability of all criteria was limited. Recommendations for improvement where relevant have been made.”

For those 10 Congregations undergoing the revised audit process it was found that where there is ministry with children, the policy and procedures of the Diocese/Service provider was followed. The 10 Congregations demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to working positively with the National Board, in spite of their limited ministries.

“The publication of these Safeguarding reviews may evoke memories, it is important that complainants come forward if there are still unreported allegations of abuse,” said Devlin. “So, please do come forward and report them to the civil authorities and to the Diocese or Religious Order.”
ENDS

For further information please contact: Ger Kenny 087 2488393

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

18 Review Reports on Safeguarding Practice published today

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Overview Report – 6th Tranch Reviews & 1st Tranche small Female Congregations

6th Tranche Review Reports

St. Joseph’s Society for Foreign Missions ( Mill Hill)

Sisters of St Louis

Missionaries of Africa ( White Fathers)

Pallottine Fathers & Brothers

Redemptorists

Union of Sisters of the Presetnation of Blessed Virgin Mary

Vincentians

Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

Female - Small Congregations

Notre Dame des Missions

Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Daughters of the Heart of Mary

Medical Missionaries of Mary

Missionary Sisters of St. Columban

Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary

Sisters of Marie Reparatrice

Ursulines of Jesus

Sisters of Adoration and Reparation

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Congregations 'improve' in reporting abuse allegations

IRELAND
RTE News

The Catholic Church child protection watchdog has fully reviewed the responses of eight religious congregations to allegations of sexual abuse of children in their care.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church said the timeframe for reporting allegations against congregation members to the civil authorities was "variable up until 2009".

However, it said it has improved considerably since the introduction of new church standards that year.

Commenting on the audits, the board's chief executive, Teresa Devlin, said the religious congregations' support for complainants continues to be inconsistent.

The audit reports relate to: the Presentation Sisters, the Vincentian Fathers, the Redemptorists, the Sisters of St Louis, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, The Pallottines, The Mill Hill Fathers and the Missionaries of Africa also known as the White Fathers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

York Inquiry finds 'systematic failure' over abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 23 Oct 2014

IN 1999, after receiving allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in his province, Lord Hope, then Archbishop of York, wrote a letter of apology, aware that "this whole business will have caused you deep disquiet and distress and a considerable degree of sadness and pain."

The letter was sent not to the survivor, but to the abusive priest. On Wednesday, it was published as part of a strongly critical report on the Church's response to allegations of abuse against the priest, the former Dean of Manchester, the late Robert Waddington. It details how the failure to implement policies meant that victims were denied an opportunity to see their abuser brought to justice.

The report is the result of an inquiry commissioned last year by the present Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu (News, 17 May 2013), after a joint investigation by The Times in London and The Australian newspaper in Sydney had revealed allegations against Waddington dating back decades.

The inquiry, led by Sally Cahill QC, concludes: "Irrespective of the policies in force, there was a systemic failure: appropriate referrals would not have taken place . . . because the decision-making was in the hands of those not qualified or sufficiently experienced in child protection to make those decisions."

On Wednesday, Dr Sentamu, who has visited all the victims living in the UK, said he was "deeply ashamed that the Church was not vigilant enough". There was a need for "deep repentance".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

October 22, 2014

Former Notre Dame Academy teacher arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting student

CALIFORNIA
My News LA

POSTED BY JOHN SCHREIBER ON OCTOBER 22, 2014

A former teacher at the private Catholic girls school, Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles, was freed on $400,000 bail Wednesday after her arrest on suspicion of sexually molesting a student several years ago.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony child sexual assault and was bailed out about 2 p.m. today, according to the sheriff’s website.

Culver City police made the arrest because the alleged crime or crimes occurred in that city between 2005 and 2007. “Mrs. Brewer was a teacher at the Notre Dame Academy in the city of Los Angeles during the same period, and it is alleged that the victim was one of her students,” Culver City police stated.

The elementary school is at 2911 Overland Ave., and the high school at 2851 Overland Ave.

So far, Brewer has not been charged, but police said detectives presented their case to the District Attorney’s office.

Anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime, or who has more information about the case, was urged to call Detective Tobias Raya, (310) 253- 6318; or the watch commander, (310) 253-6202.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Culver City teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By TRE'VELL ANDERSON

A former teacher at a Los Angeles all-girls school was arrested Wednesday and accused of sexually assaulting one of her students between 2005 and 2007.

Elizabeth “Beth” Brewer, 39, has been charged with several felony charges by the Los Angeles District Attorney, according to a Culver City Police Department press release.

Brewer was a teacher at the private, Catholic high school Notre Dame Academy. The alleged victim is believed to have been one of Brewer’s students while she taught there.

The teacher left in 2006 after six years of service for unknown reasons, according to a source with knwoledge of the case who did not want to be identified.

After working at the high school, Brewer got a job as a course instructor and research analyst at UCLA before joining the Loyola Marymount University School of Education as adjunct faculty in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 PM

Woman Arrested In Alleged Sex Assault Of Former Student

CALIFORNIA
CBS Los Angeles

CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — A woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of the sexual assault of a former student at an all-girls Catholic high school.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, faces several felony charges of sexual assault of a minor.

The alleged acts occurred in Culver City between 2005 and 2007, police said.

“Mrs. Brewer was a teacher at the Notre Dame Academy in the City of Los Angeles during the same time period and it is alleged that the victim was one of her students,” said Det. Raya.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

Ex-Teacher at Catholic Girls High School in L.A. Arrested on Suspicion Child Sex Assault of Student

CALIFORNIA
KTLA

OCTOBER 22, 2014, BY MELISSA PAMER

A former teacher at a Catholic girls’ high school on the Westside of Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault in connection with incidents that occurred between 2005 and 2007.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning after a “lengthy investigation” into an alleged incidents that involved one of her underage students at Notre Dame Academy in Rancho Park, according to the Culver City Police Department.

The school’s president informed parents of the arrest in a letter Tuesday. President Nancy Coomis said she first learned of the allegations several years ago after the student had graduated and Brewer was no longer at the school.

The allegations were reported to police immediately, Coomis said.

“We have cooperated with the police investigation and will continue to do so,” Coomis wrote. “School personnel are screened on their ability to work safely with minors, are provided information to help recognize and deal with issues of child sexual abuse, and are given guidance and instruction on appropriate professional conduct with students. Every student has the right to be respected and treated with the dignity befitting a child of God.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Pope Francis’ Old Breeding Policy Fails Kids, Women & Gay Folks

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

WARNING — Eternal damnation awaits those who pursue sexual intimacy without pregnancy prospects, except maybe for clerics. This is the “wonderful warning” that recently Pope Francis and his Synod of Bishops, in effect, confirmed again — both for “opposite sex couples” and for “same sex couples”. This also confirmed the clear Vatican strategic link between the contraception and homosexuality issues. As the prominent Catholic observer, Peter Steinfels, noted a decade ago: “Homosexuality becomes the obvious battleground for addressing questions about nonprocreative heterosexuality.”

Papal power, of course, is derived from (1) claims that the pope is the only infallible transmitter of Jesus’ hopeful “message of love”, and (2) continued belief in these claims by over a billion docile Catholics who contribute and vote. Unending scandals of priests’ child abuse and bishops’ financial corruption, as well as chaotic clerical confrontations over “doctrines” and “turf”, like those at the recent Synod, are sending a very “unloving and fallible” message to a billion plus Catholics.

See, in the picture and report here, as a likely indication of related political and financial considerations, Pope Francis’ welcoming at the end of the Synod, Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, hardly the most “prophetic” supporter of Pope Francis’ breeding strategy:

[StarAfrica]

As usual, the voices of women, as Francis’ “Adam’s Rib”, were barely heard at the Synod, as strongly noted in “‘Baad” News Around the World” here:

[National Catholic Reporter]

The man-made “Rabbitt Rule” (Breed & Breed More!) of Popes Pius XI (1930) and Paul VI (1968) appears still to be the cornerstone of the Vatican’s key moral “doctrine of procreative sex, ONLY”. Corollaries this Rule include:

1. Catholic “opposite sex couples” must “shoot” for pregnancy in each intimate encounter; and

2. Catholic “same sex couples”, who cannot “shoot” for pregnancy, cannot be intimate ever; otherwise heterosexual couples will also demand “unfruitful non-procreative sex”.

These continuing Vatican scandal setbacks make it strategically paramount for the Vatican to generate more Catholic babies, at least to replace millions of younger, and even older, Catholics, who increasingly find the Vatican’s Church to be neither loving nor infallible. Meanwhile, the Vatican’s main worldwide religious competitor, Muslims, keep producing more babies, at a higher rate than Catholics now do, putting more pressure on the Vatican’s escalating “Baby Crusade”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

'Compel witnesses' to give evidence

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

22 OCTOBER 2014

Witnesses in historic child abuse cases should be forced to give evidence as victims deserve more than promises of co-operation from Government agencies, MPs have heard.

Scandals including Rotherham, Rochdale and the brutal paedophile ring who abused boys from the Kincora home in Belfast are linked by allegations of an MI5 cover-up, Alliance Party MP Naomi Long said.

And it would be "utterly naive" to expect former security and intelligence service officials to voluntarily give evidence if they could face prosecution, Ms Long said.

She reiterated demands for the Official Secrets Act to be temporarily suspended to ensure full evidence emerged in connection to the Kincora investigation.

Ms Long added the Government-commissioned UK-wide probe into historic abuse - chaired by Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - should also have statutory powers to compel witnesses to give evidence, as she warned state institutions had previously failed the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Diocese asked to provide therapy as part of sex abuse settlement

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

Updated: Wednesday, October 22 2014

By: Maria Miller

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- It's only been a day since the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown announced an $8 million settlement with 88 alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Brother Stephen Baker and already 6 News has learned at least one more alleged victim has come forward.

It was announced Wednesday by Road to Recovery, an organization that helps victims of sexual abuse.

The group was in Hollidaysburg with a parent of an alleged victim asking the diocese to do more.

"Your mind is spinning, you can't believe it happened. You don't want to tell anyone about this, you don't even want it to be a reality for yourself," said Barbara Aponte.

"I know this because as a child I was a victim of sexual abuse, not by a clergyman but by a family member."

Aponte not only knows what it's like to be a victim, she knows what it's like to lose a child because of the stigmas attached to sexual abuse.

Her son, Luke Bradesku, took his own life at 29, but it took nearly 11 years until his family found out why. They say he was a victim of Baker. "Had my son gotten help, he might still be here," Aponte said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Child abuse investigation...

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

Child abuse investigation: PM confident inquiry chair Fiona Woolf will act 'with integrity' despite connection to former minister under scrutiny

Paul Peachey

The head of the Government’s sprawling historical child abuse inquiry is facing demands to step down after she admitted hosting dinner parties with the former minister under scrutiny over his role in an alleged Establishment cover-up.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Fiona Woolf, a lawyer, said that she had hosted three dinner events for Lord and Lady Brittan and dined twice at their home since 2008.

Despite other connections with the couple, including living in the same street, she said this did not amount to a “close association” with the former minister.

But concern at her relationship with the couple is mounting, particularly as Ms Woolf was only appointed after the original choice to head the inquiry – Lady Butler-Sloss – was herself forced to step aside over Establishment and family links to Lord Brittan.

The peer faces questions about what actions he took, while serving as Home Secretary in the 1980s, after being handed a now-missing dossier by the late MP Geoffrey Dickens that included claims of the involvement of VIPs in a child sex ring. In her first public grilling since she was appointed head of the inquiry, Ms Woolf – the Lord Mayor of London, former Law Society president, and member of the RAC club – repeatedly denied that she was a member of the Establishment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Former school counselor, priest gets reduced in sex offender status

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By Bob Gardinier
Published 4:54 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TROY — A former School 14 guidance counselor and one-time Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in 2002 for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy and possessing a library of child pornography had his Sexual Offender Registration level 3 status — the rank assigned to the most the top level, reduced to 2 after a hearing Wednesday.

William J. Heim, now 72, appeared before Judge Andrew Ceresia asking for the reduction. Ceresia heard testimony on how the man had not re-offended since he was released from prison 10 years ago and had complied with and attended all of the sexual offender courses required by parole and probation.

Assistant District Attorney Roman Griffith, however, argued that Heim has only been off probation for a couple of years.

"He has not had that fear of going back to jail hanging over his head for only a couple of years," Griffith said. "We argued he has not been truly tested and should stay at a level 3, which requires the person to report every 90 days whether he has moved or not."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

Priest denies charges of child sexual abuse

CANADA
North Renfrew Times

by Terry Myers

Father Michael Daniel Miller, 70, a Catholic priest who served in Deep River in the 1970s, will return to Pembroke court December 3 to face the verdict on charges of child sexual abuse.

Miller appeared in Pembroke court last week before Superior Court Justice Martin James on charges of gross indecency and indecent assault on a male.

Miller was previously convicted and sentenced to nine months in prison last year on five counts of indecent assault on a male.

Three of those charges involved victims who had served as altar boys at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and whose families had welcomed him into their Deep River homes.

The current charges were laid following last year's court proceedings, after another Deep River man came forward to claim that he also was a victim of sexual abuse at Miller's hands in the early 70's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Poland indicts priest linked to abuse of boys in Dominican town

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Warsaw. – The Warsaw Office of the Prosecutor on Tuesday announced that a Polish priest has been charged in his country of sexually abusing minors in Poland and the Dominican Republic, AP reports.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Warsaw, Przemyslaw Nowak, said the priest, identified only as Wojciech G., has been charged on 10 counts acts of abuse, eight of them with teen boys under 15.

Nowak said Wednesday that the alleged abuses occurred in Poland in 2000 and 2001 and in Dominican Republic from 2009 to 2013.

The priest, identified as Wojciech Gil in an interview for the TVN network , was also indicted on possession of pornography and possession of an unlicensed weapon and ammo. He was arrested near Krakow in February and has been in police custody since.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

ARCHBISHOP BLASE J. CUPICH TO RESIDE AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL RECTORY

CHICAGO (IL)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

Archbishop's Residence Committee to be Established to Determine Best Uses for North State Parkway Residence

Chicago, IL (October 22, 2014) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has informed the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago of his decision regarding his choice of residence and will live in the former quarters of the late Bishop Lyne at Holy Name Cathedral. Archbishop Cupich made this decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan Mayall, Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, and several Chicago priests.

Among the considerations that Archbishop Cupich took into account when making this decision was the historical significance of the North State Parkway Residence with its symbolic meaning for the people in the Archdiocese. As the home of all the Archbishops of Chicago since it was built in 1885 by Most Rev. Patrick A. Feehan, the Residence has hosted St. John Paul II and two of his predecessors before they were elected Pope, Cardinals Pacelli (Pius XII) and Montini (Paul VI). President Franklin D. Roosevelt was also an overnight guest. The important legacy of the Residence is that it was made possible through the sacrifice and financial commitment of Archdiocesan Catholics.

Another consideration for Archbishop Cupich in making this decision was his expressed desire to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago. When his schedule permits, the Archbishop intends to say daily Mass at the Cathedral. The location also provides easy access to his office at Archbishop Quigley Center, as well as everything Chicago has to offer in everyday life in the City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

New Chicago Archbishop Won't Live In $14.3 Million Cardinal's Mansion

CHICAGO (IL)
Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

Chicago’s incoming Archbishop Blase Cupich is foregoing the archdiocese’s lavish $14.3 million Cardinal’s Mansion for humbler digs.

The Chicago Archdiocese confirmed in a press release Wednesday that Cupich is breaking from the tradition set by his predecessors and has made up his mind to move instead to the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral.

The decision was made, in part, because Cupich expressed a “desire to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

The Archbishop also has plans to say daily mass at Holy Name Cathedral, which is the seat of the Chicago archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Kids can't consent! Get it right, reporters!

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Two clergy sex abuse stories yesterday by television stations – one in Texas, the other in Indiana – made me want to crawl back into bed and stay there.

First, KHOU TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, reported that a girl, “when she was 13. . . .began a sexual relationship” with her 37-year-old youth pastor, Derek Hutter. The station reported that she “had sex with Hutter over a dozen times” and “had been involved with the youth minister since she was 13-years-old.”

[KHOU]

Then, WBIW, the Fox affiliate in Vincennes, reported that 34-year-old youth pastor Derrick "Duke" Hampsch is accused of “engaging sexual acts with a minor” and that “the probable cause listed three incidents in which the victim described taking part in sexual acts with Hampsch.”

[WBIW]

(emphasis added)

Look at those underlined words and phrases. Each implies consent. Each suggests that the victim, despite being a child, is a willing participant. (And one phrase - “when she began a sexual relationship” - actually says that the child was the instigator.)

Each phrase is dreadfully hurtful. Reporters simply MUST be more accurate and sensitive in their language surrounding sex crimes, especially child sex crimes.

Ever wonder why so many rape and abuse victims stay silent? In part, it’s because of callous, stupid and inappropriate reporting like this.

If I put a gun in a teller’s face and demand the bank’s money, no one writes that she “took part in a financial transaction” with me. So no one should say or suggest that somehow, when adults sexually violate kids or teenagers, there’s no coercion involved.

Child molesters are usually more subtle and less overtly violent. But they still force their victims into what may seem like compliance. But it’s not. And we shouldn’t use careless or callous language that implies an equality and a willingness between child and adult that is just not possible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

My StoryCorps recording in Chicago

UNITED STATES
Watch Keep

Amy Smith

In August 2014 SNAP entered a community partnership with StoryCorps. Since 2003 StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. With the storyteller's permission, each conversation is recorded on a CD to share and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition and on their Listen pages. To help commemorate the 25th Anniversary of SNAP at the 2014 National Conference, StoryCorps reserved two full recording days for SNAP members to share their stories. Since then, others have been able to record at the StoryCorps booths in San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Police: Clearwater wrestling coach accused of hitting students had a history of similar claims

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

Laura C. Morel, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A wrestling coach arrested Tuesday on charges that he recently hit two students was accused of stripping a Pinellas Park High student naked in 1998 after he caught the boy smoking a cigarette, according to records.

Teachers grew concerned when the student began missing classes around Thanksgiving. When confronted, the student said he felt uncomfortable seeing Scott Stern, a wrestling team volunteer, at school.

According to police records, the boy said that after Stern caught him smoking a cigarette in a car, Stern asked him to come into the wrestling room.

"Coach Stern said he could handle the smoking situation in three ways," an officer wrote in a report. "One was to call his mother, two was the hard way, and the third was the mental way."

The boy chose the mental way. Stern forced him to strip naked and balance a ruler on his head, records show.

When confronted by school officials and police, Stern admitted to making the student balance the ruler, but denied making him take off his clothes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Müller: It is not true I avoided greeting the Pope because of an argument

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The cardinal has denied last Sunday’s alleged “incident”. At the post-Synod round table the President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Mgr. Melina, argued that the open approaches proposed during the Synod were simply “ways to attract people. It is like introducing end of season sales, Church style”

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

“It is not true that I deliberately avoided going to greet Pope Francis at the end of last Sunday’s mass because of an argument ... these allegations are false,” Cardinal Ludwig Müller said at the end of a round table on the theme “The hope of the family. The Synod and beyond” held at the European University of Rome. He denied that he avoided greeting the Pope after the celebration of October 19th because of an argument a number of individuals claimed he had had with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Is Fiona Woolf’s child abuse inquiry falling apart before it has begun?

UNITED KINGDOM
The Conversation

Bernard Gallagher
Reader in Social Work and Applied Social Sciences at University of Huddersfield

Bernard Gallagher has, in the past, received funding from the Department of Health, the Home Office, the Economic and Social Research Council, the NSPCC, and The Nuffield Foundation. He is a trustee of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Conversation is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alfred P Sloan Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our global publishing platform is funded by Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Fiona Woolf’s first appearance before the Home Affairs Committee as Chair of the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse provided some useful, albeit minimal, information on what work she and her panel will be undertaking.

Ms Woolf replaced Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who was originally appointed to lead the inquiry by the home secretary, Theresa May, to investigate the handling of abuse allegations by “a variety of public bodies and other important institutions”.

There have been serious misgivings about this inquiry – particularly around its remit – from the outset, and Ms Woolf’s appointment and eventual select committee appearance have done little to address them. Indeed, the problems have only multiplied.

Softly softly

Those overseeing the inquiry seem to be in no rush to commence proceedings. The home secretary set it up on July 7 2014; Butler-Sloss was appointed on July 8, and resigned on July 14 after her establishment links and record on other child abuse investigations was pillorited in the media. Her replacement by Woolf was revealed on September 5.

Woolf did not appear before the committee until October 21, more than six weeks after she was selected and 15 weeks after May initiated the inquiry – and still the panel has not begun its substantive work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Retired Priest Suspended After Sexual Abuse Allegation

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A retired priest with the St. Louis Archdiocese has been suspended due to a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson announced the suspension of retired priest Father John Ghio.
Carlson says the suspension is due to a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse which was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.

Click here to read a statement from the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Former student on accused coach: 'Thank God he got caught'

FLORIDA
Fox 13

[with video]

By: Josh Cascio, FOX 13 News

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Even 15 years can't erase the awful memories.

"Degrading, like I was powerless over it," recalled Jon.

Jon, who wanted his identity hidden, says he was 16 when he was caught smelling like cigarettes by his wrestling coach, Scott Stern at Pinellas Park High.

Stern allegedly offered not to tell Jon's mother -- if he followed his rules.

"He asked me to take off my underwear and hold a ruler over my head until arms wouldn't hold it anymore," Jon said. "I think it was for his own sexual fantasy, maybe for little boys."

Jon would eventually be forced to transfer schools, and a case he filed against Stern would later be dropped. He says the encounter still haunts him.

"It is definitely still there. The first reaction I saw was, 'Oh my God,'" he said.

That reaction came after learning of two new cases against Stern, now a wrestling coach at Clearwater Central Catholic.

In one from February, Stern is accused of making a 17-year-old strip naked, then grabbing him by the throat and groin while yelling at him. The other involves forcing another student to strip and slapping him on the rear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

3rd claim surfaces against former Clearwater coach accused of battering naked students

FLORIDA
WFLA

By WFLA.com web staff

PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) -
A third allegation against a former Clearwater wrestling coach surfaced on Wednesday, one day after the coach's arrest on battery charges.

Documents released by Pinellas Park Police on Wednesday detail a 1999 abuse allegation against Scott Stern, 45, a former Pinellas Park High School wrestling coach who was arrested Tuesday on charges he battered two students at Clearwater Catholic School.

Deputies say he struck a two male students at Clearwater Catholic School, where he was a coach. Stern resigned from his coaching position at Clearwater Catholic about two weeks ago.

Investigators say Stern made one victim strip naked, he then grabbed the teen in his throat and groin area while yelling at him. The second victim was battered on several occasions between August 2013 and May 2014. Investigators say the victim was forced to take off all of his clothes and was struck with a ruler and Stern's hand on the buttocks.

On Wednesday, Pinellas Park Police released details from an alleged 1998 incident report involving Stern and another teen. The incident described a similar scenario involving a ruler and a student who was told to strip naked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Sentamu: My shame over cathedral child sex scandal

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

[with video]

THE Archbishop of York has said he is “deeply ashamed” that the Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former cathedral dean.

Dr John Sentamu was responding to a report published today into the handling of allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester, which found there were “systemic failures” by the Church.

Dr Sentamu’s predecessor as Archbishop, Lord Hope of Thornes, has been accused of failing to act on information he received.

Today’s report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his (Lord Hope’s) evidence is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Lord Hope has said he is “disappointed” that the report has raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a cover-up.

Responding to the report, Dr Sentamu said: “I have already been in contact with those who gave evidence to the inquiry regarding their alleged abuse by Robert Waddington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Church of England failed to stop former Dean of Manchester abusing children, says report

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

Oct 22, 2014 By Wayne Ankers

The Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former dean of Manchester, a report has found.

Claims of sex abuse by the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester, were first made in 1999 but the report says there were ‘systematic failures’ in the handling of the allegations.

And a former Archbishop of York Lord Hope of Thornes has been accused of failing to act on information he was given.

The report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his (Lord Hope’s) evidence is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Lord Hope has said he is 'disappointed' that the report raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a cover-up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Polonia acusa padre Gil violación menores

POLONIA
Al Momento

VARSOVIA, Polonia.- El párroco polaco Wojciech Waldemar Gil (padre Alberto Gil) fue acusado formalmente aquí de abusar sexualmente de menores en su país y en República Dominicana, dijo la fiscalía.

Przemyslaw Nowak, vocero de la fiscalía de Varsovia, dijo este miércoles que el sacerdote fue acusado de diez actos de abuso, ocho de ellos en perjuicio de niños varones menores de 15 años.
Explicó que los hechos habrían ocurrido en 2000-2001 en Polonia y en 2009-2013 en República Dominicana.

El padre Alberto Gil, quien negó los cargos de abuso sexual, también fue acusado de posesión de material pornográfico y posesión de un arma de fuego y municiones sin permiso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Polish priests is charged in sexual abuse of boys below age 15

POLAND
Star Tribune

Article by: Associated Press Updated: October 22, 2014

WARSAW, Poland — Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland.

A spokesman for prosecutors in Warsaw, Przemyslaw Nowak, said the priest, whom he identified as Wojciech G., has been accused of 10 offenses, eight being the sexual abuse of boys under age 15.

Nowak said Wednesday the alleged acts took place from 2000-2001 in Poland and from 2009-2013 in the Dominican Republic.

The priest, who used his own name, Wojciech Gil, when speaking to TVN television, is also charged with possessing pornographic materials and possessing a firearm and ammunition without having a permit. He was arrested near Krakow in February and remains in police custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

A Catholic Brother is charged in Victoria and is investigated in NSW

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 20 October 2014)

Many years ago, Broken Rites began researching "Brother Gabriel Mount", who had worked in Catholic children's homes conduced by the St John of God Brothers in New South Wales and Victoria. We discovered that he eventually became a priest ("Father Roger Mount"), working in Papua New Guinea. In October 2014 he was brought back to Australia, where police charged him with multiple child-sex offences in Melbourne, involving seven Victorian victims, He is scheduled to appear in court in Melbourne again in early 2015. New South Wales police, also, are investigating Father Mount concerning incidents that are alleged to have occurred in NSW.

Broken Rites research ascertained that, early in his church career (in the 1960s and 1970s), Roger Mount was listed in the annual editions of the Australian Catholic Directory as Brother "Gabriel" Mount, a member of a Catholic religious order called the St John of God Brothers. (When men joined this religious order, they normally adopted an ancient "saintly" name - hence Brother "Gabriel".)

Later, Brother "Gabriel" Mount transferred to Papua New Guinea, where he left the St John of God order and became a diocesan priest. He reverted to his birth name, becoming Father Roger Mount, and was attached to the Diocese of Port Moresby. He reached a senior rank in this diocese. His most recent parish, Sogeri, is on the southern end of PNG's famous Kokoda Track.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Priest in court in western Sydney re an altar boy

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 22 October 2014)

A retired senior Catholic priest from western Sydney, Father Richard Cattell, has been undergoing preliminary court procedures (charged with child-sex offences) and now he is about to appear before Judge H. Syme in Sydney's Penrith District Court for the final steps in the justice process. On the District Court schedule, Father Cattell is listed as case number 201400062169.

Father Cattell retired from parish work in the mid-1990s. He later lived privately at Port Macquarie on the New South Wales mid-north coast and, recently, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. On 28 February 2014, New South Wales detectives travelled to Tweed Heads, on the New South Wales side of the Queensland border, and interviewed Richard Cattell at Tweed Heads police station about one former altar boy who has alleged that he was sexually abused while Cattell was based at parishes in western Sydney in the 1980s.

Cattell was taken on 24 March 2014 to Tweed Heads Local Court, to enable the matter to be officially filed in New South Wales.

Richard St John Cattell, aged 73, was charged with indecent acts against this boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Report finds C of E failed over abuse allegations against former dean

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

22 October 2014 14:38 by Christopher Lamb

The Archbishop of York has said he is “deeply ashamed” that the Church of England failed to stop abuse by a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, Robert Waddington.

An independent inquiry by Judge Sally Cahill found that the allegations made against Waddington, who died in 2007, had not been adequately responded to by the Church and puts forward a series of recommendations for improvement.

Complaints were made against Waddington between 1999 and 2004 relating to incidents that took place in Australia in the 1960s and when he was Dean of Manchester in the 1980s.

Archbishop John Sentamu, who commissioned Judge Cahill’s report, said the inquiry had shown “systemic failures” by the Church.

Archbishop Sentamu’s predecessor Lord Hope was among those singled out for criticism for how he responded when he heard of allegations against Waddington.

These included not taking advice from his child protection officer, failing to take action that might have led to a prosecution, not establishing the risk to children and the fact that he interviewed Waddington about the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 AM

Archbishop of York ‘deeply ashamed’ by church’s handling of abuse allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Press Association
The Guardian, Wednesday 22 October

The Archbishop of York has said he is deeply ashamed that the Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former cathedral dean.

John Sentamu was responding to a report published on Wednesday into the handling of allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, formerly dean of Manchester, which found there were systemic failures by the church.

Sentamu’s predecessor as archbishop, Lord Hope of Thornes, has been accused of failing to act on information he received.

The report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his [Lord Hope’s] evidence, is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Hope has said he is disappointed that the report raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a coverup.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Archbishop of York 'wholehearted' apology to abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Caroline Wyatt
Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has apologised to victims of sexual abuse by a former cathedral dean.

Dr Sentamu was responding to a report into how abuse allegations against the Very Rev Robert Waddington, formerly dean of Manchester, were handled.

His predecessor was criticised for not acting on allegations in the report, which found "systemic failures" within the Church of England.

At least two men made claims of abuse in 1999 and at sometime in 2003-04.

The then Archbishop of York Lord Hope of Thorne and others were criticised in the report by Judge Sally Cahill for not acting at the time the allegations were made - and therefore putting other children at risk.

Several other boys the inquiry spoke to said they too had been subject to sexual abuse by the late Dean Waddington, who died in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Abusive priest 'avoided prosecution because of failure to act on allegations'

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

Ruth Gledhill

A senior Church of England priest who was deeply sexually and emotionally abusive to young boys escaped prosecution when he was alive, possibly because of a failure to act against him when the first complaints were made, according to a report today.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said it was a matter of "shame" and "deep repentance" that the abuse had occurred. The inquiry by Judge Sally Cahill QC found that the former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, did not act on information he was given about abuse by Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, who is now dead.

The 125-page report makes chilling reading and illustrates how a respected churchman could at the same time groom the young boys he had access to while cultivating an illusion of goodness in front of almost everyone else.

Throughout his long career as a paedophile, during which senior clergy praised him as someone with "a special gift with boys", children were abused in Australia, where Waddington also worked, and in England. He would treat his chosen boys like young adults and give them the pet name of "mon petit". There were also reports of boys being taken away by him on holiday, and of "boys frolicking with little clothing on."

Judge Cahill concludes that it is a "possibility" that Waddington might have faced prosecution had any investigation been made into allegations against him in 1999, 2003 or 2004. The last victim identified was in the 1990s but as late as 1999, when the first complaint was made to Lord Hope, Waddington had access to the choirboys' cloakroom at York Minster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Clearwater wrestling coach bonds out of jail

FLORIDA
WFLA

[with video]

By Melissa Beckman

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -
A former high school wrestling coach, accused for making students strip naked and battering them and arrested, has bonded out of jail.

Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives say they know of two victims and believe there may be others out there.

The Sheriff's Office arrested Scott Stern, 45, Tuesday. He resigned from his coaching position at Central Catholic High School two weeks ago.

Detectives say Stern made the first victim take off all of his clothes, and then grabbed him by the throat and groin area while yelling at him. The second victim claims he was battered on several occasions between August 2013 and May 2014. The teen claims Stern forced him to take off all his clothes and struck him with a ruler.

Stern's attorney tells 8 On Your Side his client is innocent of the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Clearwater wrestling coach accused of assaulting students

FLORIDA
TBO

A former Clearwater high school wrestling coach assaulted two students after he made them take off their clothes, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Scott Stern, 45, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of simple battery, deputies said.

He was the wrestling coach at Clearwater Central Catholic High from 2003 until recently.

According to investigators, in February, Stern made an 18-year-old male strip, and then grabbed him by the throat and groin area while yelling at him as a form of discipline.

A sheriff’s office report said another student, a 17-year-old boy, was battered by Stern on several occasions between August 2013 and May. The teen was forced to strip, then Stern struck him with a ruler and slapped him on the buttocks, the report said.

On another occasion, the boy was forced to take off his clothes while Stern conducted a strip search, the report said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

School teacher arrested after 'forcing students to strip naked and beating them'

FLORIDA
Daily Star (UK)

By Cyrus Engineer / Published 22nd October 2014

Scott Stern, 45, was taken into custody by police in Florida after resigning two weeks ago.

An 18-year-old claimed Stern – who taught wrestling and history at Clearwater Central Catholic High School – ordered him to remove his clothing and grabbed him by the groin and throat while shouting at him.

WFLA-TV has said the coach considered it a form of discipline.

The second victim, a 17-year-old, alleges Stern told him to strip before using a ruler to spank him.

There are fears other teens may also have fallen victim to Stern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Police: Clearwater wrestling coach accused of hitting students had a history of similar claims

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

Laura C. Morel, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A wrestling coach arrested Tuesday on charges that he recently hit two students was accused of stripping a Pinellas Park High student naked in 1998 after he caught the boy smoking a cigarette, according to records.

Teachers grew concerned when the student began missing classes around Thanksgiving. When confronted, the student said he felt uncomfortable seeing Scott Stern, a wrestling team volunteer, at school.

According to police records, the boy said that after Stern caught him smoking a cigarette in a car, Stern asked him to come into the wrestling room, where he forced him to strip naked while balancing a ruler on his head.

The Pinellas Park Police Department forwarded their investigation to the State Attorney's Office in 1999, but prosecutors declined to file a child abuse charge against Stern.

Stern, who worked at Clearwater Central Catholic High School for 12 years, currently faces two counts of battery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Florida Catholic high school wrestling coach accused of beating naked students