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May 31, 2016

Ex-EWTN priest, TV host not guilty of child sexual abuse, jury says

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A Jefferson County jury today found a former EWTN priest and TV personality not guilty of child sexual abuse.

David Stone, 55, hosted a talk show for youth from 2001-2007 on EWTN. While working at EWTN he fathered a child with an EWTN employee, Christina Presnell. The child was born in 2008.

Stone had been charged with sexually abusing his son.

"I think the jury reached the correct decision," said Stone's attorney, Chip Bradford. "Hopefully he can move ahead with his life and in his relationship with his son."

Stone has not had visitation with his son for several years, Bradford said. He is now eligible for supervised visitation, based on a previous order in Jefferson County Family Court, Bradford said. His visitation rights were put on hold as a condition of his bond.

A former EWTN priest and TV personality who hosted a talk show for youth from 2001-2007 called the allegations that he sexually abused his son a "scheme" by the mother, who denied him further visitation after saying the child told her of improper touching.

Stone, formerly known as Father Francis Mary Stone when he hosted the TV show "Life on the Rock," was suspended from his religious order and placed on long-term leave of absence at EWTN after it became known he had fathered the child. Presnell was fired from EWTN.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

St. Paul archdiocese hopes for quick payments to sex abuse victims

MINNESOTA
Headlines from the Catholic World

St. Paul, Minn., May 31, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is eager to see a quick end to its reorganization plan so that victims and survivors of clerical sex abuse can see more compensation sooner, according to its bishop.

The plan of reorganization is part of the bankruptcy process, for which the archdiocese filed in January 2015.

“Victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a Plan of Reorganization is finalized and approved. The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available for victims/survivors,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda wrote in a May 26 letter to the faithful of the archdiocese.

“In other dioceses, that approval process has taken years. For example, in Milwaukee, the process took more than five years and only $21 million was available to compensate claimants. We are submitting our Plan now in the hope of compensating victims/survivors and promoting healing sooner rather than later.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

MO--Victims prod new Springfield bishop

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Tomorrow, the diocese once headed by the disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law will be headed by Bishop Edward Rice. We are disappointed by Rice’s promotion. But we hope he’ll take quick action against three predator priests.

Rice comes from the St. Louis archdiocese, which has a troubling track record on abuse. An admitted predator priest (Fr. Vincent Bryce) is still on the job in St. Louis, along with a priest who’s faced three accusers (Fr. Alex Anderson).

It’s an archdiocese that has, for years, quietly let bishops from across the US to send their predator priests here where those priests have sometimes molested again.

It’s an archdiocese that is letting a twice accused predator priest (Fr. Joseph Jiang) live with virtually no supervision near the parish where he allegedly molested a boy just a few years ago.

Throughout all of this, Rice has been conspicuously and irresponsibly silent.

So we are not confident he’ll be any more honest or proactive in Springfield than he’s been in St. Louis. In a worldwide institution, surely Francis could have found a more courageous and compassionate man for this job.

There’s a ton of work Rice must do in Springfield to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

---Last year, three priests who worked in the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic diocese were publicly identified for the first time as credibly accused child molesters. They are Fr. Thomas Meyer, Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald and Fr. Michael Charland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Catholic Priest Drafted Vatican's Anti-Gay Policies While Having Tons and Tons of Pro-Gay Sex

UNITED STATES
The Stranger

by Dan Savage

No one could've predicted:

A French priest who has written disparagingly about gay people and acted as a counselor to student and novice priests struggling with their sexuality has been accused of having sex with male clients. Monsignor Tony Anatrella — who earlier this year told new Bishops they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities — is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality by the Vatican. One of his accusers said that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with him in the Monsignor’s Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago. Daniel Lamarca claims Anatrella said he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” by performing sex acts.

I'm shocked — shocked — that someone who described homosexuality as “a profound immaturity of human sexuality" and called on the Catholic Church to ordain only “men mature in their masculine identity" would be having lots and lots and lots of gay sex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Archdiocese responds to new allegation

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Jacqueline Perry Guzman | Post News Staff

New allegations of sex abuse leveled by the mother of an alleged victim of Archbishop Anthony Apuron prompted responses from the Archdiocese of Agana and by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

In a statement, Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, said, "Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured."

In its response, the Archdiocese of Agana stated: “Another malicious and calumnious accusation against the archbishop has surfaced; this time from the mother of a man who has been deceased for 11 years. The archbishop strongly denies this accusation as he had done so before.”

On May 17, former Guam resident Roy Quintanilla alleged he had been molested by the archbishop 40 years ago when Apuron was a priest at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Agat and Quintanilla was a 12-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

MI5 ‘blackmailed pedophile politicians’ over Belfast boys’ home abuse, inquiry hears

NORTHERN IRELAND
RT

An inquiry into allegations of mistreatment – including sexual abuse – at a Belfast boys’ home has restarted amid claims MI5 agents knew about the alleged abuses but chose to use them to blackmail pedophile public figures.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry reconvened on Tuesday to examine allegations dating as far back as the 1970s. It is alleged boys at the Kincora care home in Belfast were subject to vicious abuse.

The inquiry will hear from claimants who allege a VIP pedophile ring preyed on those who lived there.

In August 2014 former intelligence officer Captain Brian Gemmell claimed that his attempts to investigate at the time were cut short by his superiors.

He told the Independent that before he was told to leave the Kincora case alone in the mid-1970s “on the grounds that the service didn’t involve itself with homosexual matters, I had a meeting at a hotel on Buckingham Palace Road.”

He said three members of MI5 had spoken to him about “a known Protestant terrorist, John McKeague of the Red Hand Commandos, being homosexual, and they asked me if I thought he could be blackmailed over his homosexuality, because they had film of him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Top-secret documents handed to historic abuse inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

Hundreds of top secret police documents about a former care home in Belfast have been declassified and handed over to a public inquiry, a lawyer has revealed.

Twenty-six boxes of material have been retrieved from PSNI archives and given to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.

The HIA inquiry is examining allegations of child prostitution, vice rings and blackmail plots at the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast.

It has long been claimed a high ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable young boys in Kincora during the 1970s.

It is further alleged the UK security services knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it, instead using the information to blackmail and extract intelligence from the influential men, including senior politicians and establishment figures, who were the perpetrators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Top secret Kincora Boys' Home documents handed over to abuse inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Hundreds of top secret police documents about the former Kincora Boys' Home have been declassified and handed over to a public inquiry, a lawyer has revealed.

Some 26 boxes of material have been retrieved from Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) archives and given to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry which is examining allegations of child prostitution, vice rings and blackmail plots at the notorious east Belfast facility.

Barrister Joseph Aiken, counsel to the HIA, said: "When the inquiry began this was all marked secret. At the request of the inquiry it has all been declassified by the PSNI and made available to the inquiry."

It has long been claimed a high ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable young boys in Kincora during the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Priest accused of having sex with young seminarians

FRANCE
The Freethinker

Monsignor Tony Anatrella, above, a consultant with the Vatican on issues of sexuality and an outspoken homophobe, has been accused of having sex with novice priests … in a bid to cure them of homosexuality.

The senior French priest, according to this report, routinely counseled novices sent to him by seminaries and monasteries across France. But at least four have claimed that he engaged in sexual acts with them during sessions in his office in Paris.

Anatrella reportedly claimed that having sex with them would cure them of:

Pseudo-homosexuality.

Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987 said he was told by Anatrella:

You’re not gay, you just think that you are.

Lamarca added:

I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Gallup diocese nears $25 million in abuse settlement

NEW MEXICO
San Antonion Express-News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — As its bankruptcy case wraps up, the Diocese of Gallup has allocated millions of dollars to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1jl8YBA) that the diocese's bankruptcy confirmation hearing is scheduled for June 21.

It is creating a fund of between $21 million and $25 million to be used for professional fees and settlements with the 57 abuse survivors who led claims in bankruptcy court. Professional fees are now listed at more than $3.6 million and some settlements for abuse claimants are expected to approach $300,000.

There are also several non-monetary provisions in the settlement, including letters of apology to be sent to abuse claimants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Thema Missbrauch auf dem Katholikentag

DEUTSCHLAND
Main Post

[Abuse as a topic in the Catholic Church.]

Christine Jeske
29. Mai 2016

Die Farbe Grün leuchtete Besuchern überall entgegen: auf Plakaten, Banderolen, Bändchen, Schals. Grün war das äußere Erkennungszeichen des am Sonntag zu Ende gegangenen 100. Katholikentags in Leipzig. Grün gilt unter anderem als die Farbe des Lebens und der Hoffnung.

Manche sind auch mit der Hoffnung nach Leipzig gekommen, dass ihr Anliegen dort Beachtung findet. Etwa der Themenkreis „Sexueller Missbrauch“, zu dem es zwölf Programmpunkte gab. Insgesamt gab es nach Angaben des Zentralkomitees der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK) über 1000 Veranstaltungen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Archdiocese plans to sue for ‘malicious lies’ again

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News June 1, 2016

For the second time in two weeks, the Archdiocese of Agana announced plans to file lawsuits against those whom it said have been perpetrating “malicious lies” about Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Catholic Church. It also plans to bring the case through the church’s own court system.

The archdiocese’s statement comes on the heels of the latest allegation against the highest Catholic leader in Guam.

Doris Y. Concepcion, of Prescott, Arizona, recently told Pacific Daily News her deceased son, when he was serving as an altar boy, was molested by Apuron when the latter was the parish priest at Mount Carmel Church in Agat in the late 1970s.

Concepcion said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago. ...

This time around, the archdiocese’s statement has named at least one specific person and his “associates.”

“Tim Rohr and his associates launched a vicious and calumnious attack on the Archbishop and the Church,” the Archdiocese of Agana said. “They demanded that the Archbishop return to the former ways of financial administration, when the archdiocese was increasing debts every year because of mismanagement. They wanted to sell the seminary in Yona to cover the substantial debt accumulated by the previous administration of these three entities. The Archbishop was adamantly opposed to the idea of selling the seminary to cover these debts. Thus began a malicious campaign to denounce and attack the Archbishop at whatever cost to get him out of the way.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

DAILY NEWS SPINS NYS ABUSE BILL

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on two articles posted yesterday by the New York Daily News on pending bills that lift the statute of limitations on offenses involving the sexual abuse of minors:

The big news, as determined by the Daily News, is that the New York State Catholic Conference hires lobbyists to push for desired legislative outcomes. Of course, it has been doing so all along.

Moreover, it hardly has a monopoly on lobbying: virtually every secular and sectarian organization in New York State that is in any way impacted by Albany lawmakers hires lobbyists. However, it is rarely headline news when they do so. There is a veiled message here: Just how kosher is it for the Catholic Church to lobby Albany?

One of the articles, “Child-Abuse Law Reform Died in 2009 Senate Power Struggle,” is startling for its grand omission: it never mentions that in 2009 the teachers’ unions spent a small fortune trying to kill a bill that included public entities; it would have made it easier for kids raped by public school employees to sue, no matter how long ago it occurred. Usually, these bills on the sexual abuse of minors never blanket the public schools, so it was interesting to see the public school establishment jack up its efforts once it was included in the legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

New York Catholic Church Spent $2M Lobbying Against Child Sex Abuse Accountability Laws

NEW YORK
International Business Times

[with video]

BY ABIGAIL ABRAMS @ABBYABRAMS ON 05/31/16

The Catholic Church in New York has spent millions of dollars in recent years to stop a law that would make it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

The state’s Catholic Conference has hired some of New York’s most influential lobbying firms, including Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications. They spent more than $2.1 million from 2007 through 2015 lobbying against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other bills, according to state records.

The Child Victims Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, would eliminate the statute of limitations that currently requires victims to file civil lawsuits by age 23. It would also give those who can no longer sue under current law a one-year window to file a civil suit.

The bill has been gaining bipartisan support in the New York Legislature, but it does not yet have enough votes and time is running out as the legislative session is set to end June 16.

The New York Catholic Conference filings show they hired lobbyists to work on issues of “statute of limitations” and “timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses,” among other topics. These reports come after Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the New York Archdiocese, has been criticized for not wanting to talk about the allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church or the Child Victims Act, the New York Daily News reported in a separate story earlier this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Other Pontifical Acts

VATICAN CITY
news.va

Vatican City, 31 May 2016 – The Holy Father has appointed: ...

- Msgr. Edward M. Deliman as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Philadelphia (area 5,652, population 4,063,958, Catholics 1,446,508, priests 779, permanent deacons 283, religious 3,050), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in 1947 in Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A., and was ordained a priest in 1973. He has served in a number of roles including pastor of several parishes in Philadelphia, and associate director of the archdiocesan office of youth pastoral ministry, defender of the bond at the Metropolitan Tribunal of Philadelphia, spiritual director of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, mentor of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Institute, coordinator of priestly vocations for the county of Chester in Pennsylvania, member of the Diocesan Priest Continuing Formation Committee, and member of the presbyteral council. He was named Prelate of Honour of His Holiness in 1991. He is currently pastor of the St. Charles Borromeo parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Pope appoints pastor as new auxiliary bishop for Philadelphia Archdiocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholic Herald (UK)

Mgr Edward Deliman's appointment was announced by the apostolic nuncio to the United States

Pope Francis has named Mgr Edward Deliman, who is a priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and is currently a pastor in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese.

The 69-year-old priest, ordained in 1973, has been pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem since 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

Politicians and media accused of trying to destroy Catholic Church

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

A Catholic bishop has accused politicians and media in Ireland of seeking the destruction of the church and its elimination from public debate.

“Ireland through its political and media establishments seems determined to eliminate the engagement of the Catholic Church in the public sphere,” said Bishop of Cloyne William Crean.

“There are many in these systems who have developed a gratuitous cynicism towards the Catholic Church and desire its destruction, believing that it stands between the people and Ireland becoming a progressive society,” he said. He advised “our response ought always to be positive”.

Bishop Crean was speaking at the ordination of nine seminarians as deacons in Maynooth. This ceremony usually takes place a year before ordination to the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Inquiry told of British state ‘collusion’ in sex abuse at Belfast boys’ home

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Gerry Moriarty

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry on Tuesday began investigating the “extraordinary allegations” that elements of the British state colluded in the abuse of children at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast.

The inquiry, among a number of matters, is trying to determine whether there is any truth to allegations that elements of the British secret services were implicated in facilitating a paedophile ring to operate at the boys’ home during the Troubles.

It is claimed that up to 30 boys were abused at the home between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.

In 1981 three senior staff — William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains – were imprisoned for abusing 11 boys. Now the inquiry is investigating allegations that organisations such as MI5 and/or MI6 may have facilitated the abuse of children for blackmail purposes during the Troubles in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Junior counsel to the inquiry, Joseph Aiken, in providing an overview of the Kincora allegations said that the inquiry would also examine allegations that the late and former head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield abused boys at Kincora.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Kincora module of historical institutional abuse inquiry begins

NORTHERN IRELAND
Guardian

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Tuesday 31 May 2016

The judge heading up a new inquiry into the Kincora boys’ home in which it is alleged that MI5 blackmailed a paedophile ring that operated there during the Troubles has stated he is satisfied all government departments have handed over files relating to the scandal.

On day one of the historical institutional abuse inquiry’s examination of Kincora, Mr Justice Anthony Hart told Banbridge courthouse that he was reassured that the hearing had full access to documents, including those related to the Official Secrets Act.

Critics of the way the inquiry into Kincora has been framed expressed fears the government would use the Official Secrets Act to prevent the Banbridge-based investigation gaining access to files from MI5 and MI6 relating to the alleged use of sex abusers as spies on fellow hardline Ulster loyalists.

At least 29 boys were sexually abused by Kincora housemaster and prominent Orange Order member William McGrath and others at the east Belfast home. One boy is said to have killed himself by jumping off a ferry into the Irish Sea in the late 1970s, following years of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Catholic Church spends $2.1 million lobbying New York politicians to block law changes for historical clerical sex abuse cases to dodge compensation claims

NEW YORK
Daily Mail (UK)

By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE

The Catholic Church in New York has spent $2.1 million lobbying New York politicians to block legislation aimed at allowing victims of historic child sex abuse to get justice.

The church is strongly opposed to efforts to remove the statute of limitations, which would allow victims of clerical sex abuse to seek compensation.

Under the current New York law, victims of child sex abuse have five years to lodge a claim once they turn 18.

According to the New York Daily News, the church in New York spent $2.1 million employing external lobbyists to press their case against changing the current legislation.

One proposal would see the current limit extended from 18 to when the victim is 23. A further proposal would introduce a one-year window where any victim would be entitled to make their claim, regardless to the length of time since the abuse happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Another allegation surfaces of molestation by archbishop

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

It's the latest of accusations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, as an Agat woman now residing in Arizona says she's been harboring her son's secret for far too long.

Doris Concepcion was blinded by her faith, telling KUAM News, "You do not question the priest. I was one of those parents you don't question the priest." as a young boy, her son Joseph Anthony Quinata, better known as "Sonny" or "Chico" was an altar boy at Mount Carmel Church in Agat. For years, she couldn't explain his rebellious behavior towards then-priest Anthony Apuron.

She continued, "Apuron called me up and told me that Sonny had kicked him in the groin and tried to attack him with a knife and even tried to burn the rectory down. And so my son comes home and I would spank him. And he does not want to go with Apuron because Apruon would say, 'I need Sonny to spend the night at the house. My house with me so he can help me do some stuff.' And so I figured, 'OK, Father.' And I would get mad at my son."

It wasn't until Sonny was on his deathbed did he tell his mother his big secret. "He said, 'I can't take this with me, Mama.' I said what? Take what? 'Father Apuron molested me when I was an altar boy in Agat and he was a priest."

Sonny was 38-years-old. Those were his final words to his mother who has kept his secret for the last eleven years. She tells KUAM News she finally understands her son's rough life - as a student his grades dropped and as an adult he struggled with drug addiction and suicidal thoughts. Although she believed Sonny was the only victim, it was Roy Quintanilla also from Agat who she credits for giving her courage to speak out. Just weeks ago, Quintanilla publicly accused Apuron of molesting him as a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

St. Peter priest issues apology amid civil suit

OHIO
WDTN

[with copy of the letter]

By Kelley King
Published: May 31, 2016

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — A Huber Heights priest has issued a letter of apology for stealing more than a million dollars from his own parishioners.

The letter was inserted in the St. Peter church bulletin over the weekend from former pastor Father Earl Simone. He pleaded guilty in March to aggravated theft after millions of dollars came up missing over a period of 20 years from St. Peter Church.

In the letter, Simone addresses the members of the parish accepting responsibility for his actions, but blatantly stating he couldn’t explain the reasons for his wrongdoing.

Father Earl Simone wrote, “What went wrong? I cannot honestly answer that question at this time. I know what I did was wrong, but I am struggling to explain it to myself, yet alone to anyone else.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Catholic Bishops Committed to Obstructing Zika Funding

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Betty Clermont

“Zika Does Not Justify Abortion or Contraception” declared the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Three powerful cardinals – from New York, Washington DC and Boston – plus five archbishops – including those of Los Angeles and Philadelphia – are among the board of directors.

“Republicans’ fears about the use of taxpayer money for abortion and possible increased use of contraception” are “lurking beneath the surface” of their opposition to legislation to fight the Zika virus.

Because the virus can cause severe birth defects in babies of infected mothers, Republicans have had concerns that taxpayer funds might somehow be used to help provide abortions.
As a precaution, Senate Republicans insisted on writing language into their measure on Zika financing that reiterated the Hyde Amendment – a provision named for the longtime Illinois congressman Henry Hyde that bans the use of government money for abortions…

There has also been debate about whether the government should stress contraception or abstinence in public education campaigns about how the Zika virus can be transmitted even more readily by sexual intercourse than by mosquitoes.

The Senate measure includes money for community health programs that might stress the effectiveness and importance of contraception.

By making contraception their bludgeon against Obamacare and the foundation of their “religious freedom” campaigns, the US bishops have boxed themselves into a corner. “Even though the Zika virus can be transmitted even more readily by sexual intercourse than by mosquitoes,” the bishops have no choice but to use their considerable political muscle to make sure no government funding provides for any program “stressing the effectiveness and importance of contraception.”

The administration and Democrats in Congress know that, at enormous taxpayer expense, as of October 2015 over 100 lawsuits had been filed in federal courts challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. The vast majority were brought by Catholic bishops and their affiliated institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Corey Feldman’s Claims Show Why Sex Crimes Should Have No Statute of Limitations

UNITED STATES
Time

Jill Filipovic @JillFilipovic May 26, 2016

Jill Filipovic is a lawyer and writer

Bill Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women. Woody Allen, now married to his adopted step-daughter, faces accusations of molestation from his biological daughter. (Both men have denied the charges.) The Hollywood Reporter recently published an interview with actor Corey Feldman in which Feldman says that he and now-deceased actor Corey Haim were routinely raped (Haim), molested (Feldman) and abused (both, among other children) by Hollywood predators. In his interview with THR, Feldman said that despite knowing “every single person” who targeted Haim—a man who died at 38 after decades of drug abuse—he couldn’t name them.

“I’m not able to name names,” Feldman said. “People are frustrated, people are angry, they want to know how is this happening and they want answers and they turn to me and they say, ‘Why don’t you be a man and stand up and name names and stop hiding and being a coward?’ I have to deal with that, which is not pleasant, especially given the fact that I would love to name names. I’d love to be the first to do it. But unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening. Because if I were to go and mention anybody’s name I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued.”

I have written that, in light of the Cosby accusations, there should be no statute of limitations for rape. With ever public allegation—every child who was assaulted and never said anything until adulthood, every woman who assumed no one would believe her until she heard so many other women accuse the same man—the case for removing statutes of limitation for rape gets stronger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Catholic Church spent $2M on major N.Y. lobbying firms to block child-sex law reform

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
Monday, May 30, 2016

ALBANY — Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany’s most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.

The Catholic Conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, has used Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to lobby against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other measures.

All told, the conference spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from 2007 through the end of 2015, state records show. That does not include the conference’s own internal lobbying team.

Filings show the lobbyists were retained, in part, to work on issues associated with “statute of limitations” and “timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses.” Other issues included parochial school funding and investment tax credits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

New York Senate’s power struggle in 2009 may have doomed child-abuse law reform

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
Monday, May 30, 2016

ALBANY — The best chance in recent years to pass legislation to help child sex abuse survivors may have fallen victim to a 2009 state Senate leadership coup that threw the chamber into chaos.

Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Westchester) was carrying a bill to make it easier for victims to bring lawsuits and wanted then-Senate Democratic Majority Conference Leader John Sampson to move the bill to the floor through the Rules Committee he controlled before the legislative session ended in late June.

But on June 8, 2009, Democratic Sens. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) and Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) — who were convicted years later on federal corruption charges — shockingly joined with Republicans to give the GOP control of the chamber. Monserrate quickly jumped back to the Dems, leaving the Senate gridlocked for a month, with both sides having 31 members.

By the time the matter was resolved and Espada rejoined the Dems, the Child Victims Act was no longer in play as lawmakers just wanted to get done and leave Albany for the year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Sex Abuse Victim Sues Former Priest Metropoulos, Church Leaders, Community

MAINE
The National Herald

By Andy Dabilis - May 26, 2016

BANGOR, Maine – Adam Metropoulos, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox Priest, who in March was convicted on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, and in April was sentenced to 12 years in prison, is now being sued by the victim, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The name of the plaintiff, now 24, is not being released publicly because he was the victim of sexual abuse, the News reported.

The lawsuit also names as co-defendants Metropoulos’ supervisors and the Greek-American community in Bangor, although it does not specifically name St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where Metropoulos served.

The victim claimed to have sustained severe and permanent physical injury, emotional distress, mental anguish and future and past medical expenses because of Metropoulos’ sexual abuse, which occurred in 2006 and 2007, and he claimed, the News reported, that the Boston Metropolis, its leader Metropolitan Methodios, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Greek Orthodox community in Bangor were negligent in their supervision of Metropoulos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Premier apologizes for residential schools

CANADA
Brantford Expositor

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
Monday, May 30, 2016

Area First Nations are applauding an official apology and statement of reconciliation issued by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on how the province will establish policies to correct wrongs that linger from the Indian residential schools period.

"The Province of Ontario is leading the way in this country with this statement of reconciliation," Six Nations elected Chief Ava Hill said Monday shortly after Wynne issued an apology in the legislature and explained the government's reconciliation policy.

"The statement has set the bar for the rest of the provinces," said Hill, noting that Ontario should be commended.

"On behalf of Six Nations elected council, I would also like to acknowledge and thank all of those residential school survivors who had the courage to tell their stories. Without them, there would not have been any Truth and Reconciliation Commission."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Ontario premier officially apologizes for ‘silence’ on residential schools

CANADA
APTN

APTN National News

Premier Kathleen Wynne apologized Monday for Ontario’s role in residential schools that forced Indigenous children into state sponsored, church-ran schools for generations.

“I apologize for the policies and practices supported by past Ontario governments and for the harm they caused. I apologize for the province’s silence in the face of abuses and deaths at residential schools,” said Wynne. “And I apologize for the fact that the residential schools are only one example of systemic, intergenerational injustices inflicted upon Indigenous communities throughout Canada.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s statement to Queen’s Park.

Wynne made the statement in Queen’s Park before Indigenous leaders, such as Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and residential school survivor Andrew Wesley.

“Canada’s residential schools are closed, but they have been closed for not even one generation,” said Wynne. “Echoes of their racist, colonial attitudes can still be heard. And the echoes of a society-wide, intergenerational effort of cultural genocide continue to reverberate loudly and painfully in the lives of Indigenous people today.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

National support network demands Vatican remove Apuron

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

Now that two alleged victims have surfaced against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is calling on the Vatican and Pope Francis to adhere to their promises of child safety. In a statement from SNAP western regional director Joelle Casteix, the organization urges that the Vatican and Pope Francis step in and publicly remove Apuron from his office until a complete and independent investigation is complete.

SNAP also offered consoling words to Doris Concepcion:

"Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere-no matter the predator-to come forward and find healing and justice."

Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron. The time for "internal investigations," bullying parishioners, and maintaining the status quo is over.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Victims speak out about alleged abuse by French priests

FRANCE
France 24

[video]

After decades of silence, the many victims of alleged sexual abuse by French priests are beginning to speak out. The decision to come forward and share their painful experiences comes amid the Catholic Church’s recent statements condemning paedophile behaviour. FRANCE 24's reporters have met with some of the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

MI5 'used sexual abuse of children at Kincora to blackmail the politician paedophiles'

NORTHERN IRELAND
Independent

Lesley-Anne McKeown

Allegations of abuse at Kincora Boys' Home will be examined when a long-running public inquiry reconvenes later.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry will hear evidence from former residents of the notorious east Belfast facility where it is claimed a high-ranking paedophile ring preyed on vulnerable boys during the 1970s.

There have also been claims the UK security services knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it, instead using the information to blackmail and extract intelligence from the influential men, including senior politicians, who were the perpetrators.

The HIA inquiry was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive in 2013 to examine harrowing allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at state and church run residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Oprah Winfrey ready to accept backlash over scandalous megachurch drama 'Greenleaf'

UNITED STATES
Christian Daily

Lorraine Caballero 31 May, 2016

Oprah Winfrey says she will accept the backlash that will come with her upcoming megachurch drama, "Greenleaf," when it airs next month.

A month ahead of the debut of "Greenleaf" on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the executive producer is already expecting negative feedback on the show's scandalous megachurch drama. The story will center on a wealthy and unfaithful family managing a corporate black megachurch in Memphis, Tennessee.

During the advance screening of "Greenleaf" for industry and media on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey was asked about her thoughts on the comparison of her series to the '80s cult soap opera. The rest of the main characters in the series also seem prepared to receive the backlash on the story, The Wrap notes.

"We'll take it," said Winfrey.

The first hour of the screening covers various scandals that hound churches of different faiths. These issues include sexual abuse, religious leaders' personal gains, church leaders' marital infidelity, and the preferential tax status of huge corporate churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

VATICAN CITY
CNS News

By the Associated Press | May 29, 2016

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday "I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Guam--Mother of second alleged victim of archbishop speaks, Victims respond

GUAM
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release, May 30, 2016

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

Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.

[Pacific Daily News]

Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere—no matter the predator—to come forward and find healing and justice.

Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron. The time for "internal investigations," bullying parishioners, and maintaining the status quo is over.

It is time for the Vatican and Pope Francis to adhere to their promises of child safety. They must immediately step in and publicly remove Apuron from his office until a complete and independent investigation is complete.

In the meantime, Apuron should and must do the right thing and voluntarily step aside. No cleric, especially an archbishop, should remain in ministry when he has two credible allegations of abuse that have not been investigated.

We implore other victims to come forward to law enforcement and civil authorities. As Roy Quintanilla and Doris Concepcion have shown Guam's victims of abuse, help and support are available.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Group calls on Vatican to 'publicly remove Apuron' until investigation is complete

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News May 31, 2016

The world’s largest support group for clergy abuse victims on Tuesday called on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to step aside, as well as for the Vatican and Pope Francis to remove him in light of the most recent allegation of molestation against the highest Catholic leader in Guam.

“The time for ‘internal investigations,’ bullying parishioners and maintaining the status quo is over,” Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement.

“Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron,” Casteix said.

Doris Y. Concepcion, of Prescott, Ariz., recently told Pacific Daily News her deceased son, when he was serving as an altar boy, was molested by Apuron when the latter was the parish priest at Mount Carmel Church in Agat in the late 1970s.

Concepcion said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

The mother said she decided to come forward after seeing the news that another former altar boy, Roy Quintanilla, on May 17, said Apuron molested him during a sleepover at Apuron’s home in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale's name scratched from St Patrick's College honour board

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A black line has been put through the name of paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale on the board of ordained collegians at St Patrick's College in Ballarat to acknowledge the victims of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.

It has also placed a plaque beneath it, which says: "The black line above stands both as a symbol of respect to the bravery of victims and survivors, and for the college's deep remorse."

Ridsdale's abuse spanned decades from the 1960s to the 1980s, as he was moved from parish to parish in western Victoria by the Catholic Church despite many in authority being aware of his actions.

He was first convicted and jailed in 1994 and again in 2006, and gave evidence at last year's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

May 30, 2016

Miami priest forced to quit after angry parishioners tar him with ‘slanderous gossip’

FLORIDA
Raw Story

ARTURO GARCIA
30 MAY 2016

A dispute between a Miami priest and his parishioners culminated in the priest resigning after churchgoers undertook an investigation into alleged improprieties on his part, the Miami Herald reported.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski announced in a letter late last week that Father Pedro Corces was asked to step down from his position at St. Rose of Lima. But Wenski also criticized the group behind the probe, accusing them of engaging in “slanderous gossip, calumny, [and] detraction — all sinful behaviors — [which] have fomented division in the parish and school communities.”

The group of parishioners, which is calling itself Christifidelis, hired a private investigator to look into Corces’ activities after the priest announced that a group of nuns from the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary would be leaving St. Rose next month.

The investigator’s findings were presented to Wenski in a 129-page report accusing Corces of replacing St. Rose’s maintenance staff with “a felon and prostitute, Santeria practitioners, promiscuous gay practitioners and people who openly mock the Catholic faith.”

The report also accused Corces of engaging in “frequent, lavish trips and dinners” with a maintenance worker.

“Much of the material which the group has chosen to circulate via emails and the media is old, long since discredited gossip,” Wenski wrote in his letter. “Some is false, such as allegations that background checks were not done or waived; or some is misleading, such as the speculation about reasons for increases in [school] tuition.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Child abuse inquiry turns to Kincora home and claims of MI5 blackmail

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Guardian

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 30 May 2016

An inquiry into child abuse across a range of institutions in Northern Ireland will focus on Tuesday on the Kincora boys home scandal including allegations that MI5 blackmailed a paedophile ring which operated there in the 1970s.

The historical institutional abuse inquiry will hear evidence from men who were abused at Kincora when they were children and their allegations that the perpetrators were protected because they were state agents spying on fellow Ulster loyalists.

A number of Kincora abuse victims have tried through the courts to force the scandal to be included in the national investigation into allegations of establishment paedophile rings operating in Westminster.

Gary Hoy tried and failed last month to force the home secretary to include Kincora in the Westminster inquiry. Hoy and others fear that the Kincora inquiry, which is based in Northern Ireland and taking hearings at the court in Banbridge, County Down, will not have access to sensitive MI5 intelligence files on the people who ran Kincora.

Amnesty International has described the Kincora scandal as one of the most disturbing to emerge from the Ulster Troubles.

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty’s director in Northern Ireland, said: “Nothing less than a full public inquiry – with all the powers of compulsion which that brings – can finally reveal what happened and the role that the security services may have played in the abuse of these vulnerable boys.”

At least 29 boys were sexually abused by Kincora housemaster and prominent Orange Order member William McGrath and others at the east Belfast home. One boy is said to have committed suicide following years of abuse by jumping off a ferry into the Irish Sea in the late 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Mother of second alleged victim of archbishop speaks, Victims respond

GUAM
The Worthy Adversary

May 30, 2016 Joelle Casteix

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org)

Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.

Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere—no matter the predator—to come forward and find healing and justice.

Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron. The time for “internal investigations,” bullying parishioners, and maintaining the status quo is over.

It is time for the Vatican and Pope Francis to adhere to their promises of child safety. They must immediately step in and publicly remove Apuron from his office until a complete and independent investigation is complete.

In the meantime, Apuron should and must do the right thing and voluntarily step aside. No cleric, especially an archbishop, should remain in ministry when he has two credible allegations of abuse that have not been investigated.

We implore other victims to come forward to law enforcement and civil authorities. As Roy Quintanilla and Doris Concepcion have shown Guam’s victims of abuse, help and support are available.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Applications for core participant status

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

27 May

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the investigations listed below are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 24 June 2016:

* The Roman Catholic Church

* Child Migration Programmes, a case study in the Protection of Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation (applications are not being sought at this stage in relation to the wider aspects of this investigation)

Preliminary hearings in relation to these investigations will be held as follows:

* The Roman Catholic Church - 10.30 on Thursday 28 July at the Royal Courts of Justice

* Child Migration Programmes, a case study in the Protection of Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation - 14.30 on Thursday 28 July at the Royal Courts of Justice

A core participant has a formal role as defined by legislation. Core participants have special rights in the Inquiry process. These include receiving disclosure of documentation, being represented and making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the Inquiry’s report. It is not necessary to be a core participant in order to provide evidence to the Inquiry.

Applicants should read the guidance for potential core participants and the Inquiry’s FAQs. In particular applicants should note that applications should be set out in writing on no more than 4 sides of A4 paper and as a minimum should include the information set out at paragraph 14 of the guidance.

It will not be necessary for victims and survivors who attend a Truth Project session to be designated as core participants, as the Inquiry will not make individual factual finding on the basis of what is said during the private Truth Project Hearings. They will however enable the Inquiry to piece together a broader picture of the scale and nature of institutional child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Mother of second alleged victim of Guam archbishop speaks

GUAM
The Worthy Adversary

May 30, 2016 Joelle Casteix

From the Pacific Daily News:

An Agat youth who served as an altar boy in the village church was molested in the late 1970s by Father Anthony Apuron, according to his mother, Doris Concepcion, who said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

My heart aches for Doris Concepcion. I can’t image the scope of the pain she has carried for so many years.

I hope that her strength only inspires other victims to stand up and demand justice.

It’s time for Apuron to step down. In fact, it’s past time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

The Hasidic School District That Was Created in Secret

NEW YORK
New York Times

By SAM ROBERTS MAY 27, 2016

Even most New Yorkers have forgotten that Congress passed the Bill of Rights in New York. According to “The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State” (Chicago Review Press, $27.99), New York State is also where the “establishment clause” of the First Amendment’s freedom of religion protections was cynically abridged exactly two centuries later.

Written by Louis Grumet with John Caher, the book recounts the political and constitutional maneuvering behind a state law passed in 1989 empowering the Satmar Hasidic enclave in Orange County to establish its own public school system.

The insular, muscularly politically incorrect Satmars in the village of Kiryas Joel wanted, as the authors write, to have their cake and eat it, too — that is, to segregate the village from secular society while wringing every public service it might be entitled to from government.

That presented a predicament: How to pay for the education of students with special needs who were ostracized because of their religious reclusiveness when they were assigned to classes in the secular school district.

The State Constitution bars direct aid to parochial schools; the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits government from passing any legislation that establishes a religion or prefers one to another.

The authors recount how Democrats in Brooklyn, where the Satmar sect is based; George E. Pataki, then a Republican assemblyman in the Hudson Valley who was wooing the Hasidim, who vote as a bloc; and Gov. Mario M. Cuomo worked to establish “the first governmental unit in American history that was created solely to serve the needs and interests of only one religious group” — certain that the courts would overturn their largess.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Mother of deceased man accuses Apuron of molesting son

GUAM/ARIZONA
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News May 31, 2016

An Agat youth who served as an altar boy in the village church was molested in the late 1970s by Father Anthony Apuron, according to his mother, Doris Concepcion, who said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

Concepcion is the latest person to accuse Apuron, who is now the island’s archbishop, of sexually assaulting a child under his care. Concepcion said she decided to come forward after another former Agat altar boy, Roy Quintanilla, on May 17 said Apuron molested him during a sleepover at Apuron’s home in the 1970s.

Apuron has denied Quintanilla’s allegation. The Archdiocese of Agana has also denied the allegation by Concepcion.

When asked about the newest accusation, the archdiocese provided the following written response.

“In the past days, malicious and calumnious accusations against the Archbishop have surfaced, even from a deceased person,” Father Adrian L.F. Cristobal, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana, said in a statement. “The Archbishop strongly denies this accusation as he had done so before.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM

FRANCIS A. [Art] AUSTIN 1948-2016

BRAINTREE (MA)
Boston Globe

[See Austin's Good Friday Speech (3/29/02); and Survivor's Lullaby (6/4/02).

AUSTIN, Francis A. Of Braintree, MA, born March 22, 1948, beloved brother and friend, died May 21, 2016 at Lahey Hospital in Burlington MA from complications of a long illness. Both his parents, Francis Austin of Braintree and Laura (Farrar) Austin of Norwell and Braintree predeceased him.

He is survived by his sisters Lorraine Austin of Braintree, Massachusetts and Mary Preckwinkle of Colorado Springs, Colorado, his brother Lawrence from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his aunt, Madeline Farrar of Norwell, as well as many dear friends, among whom, Judy Ferdella of Auburn MA, Randy Testa of Cambridge, John and Lucia Mudd of Cambridge, Charles Felsenthal of Natick and Joan Van Heerden of Boston.

Art will be cherished in the heart of those who knew and loved him for his infectious sense of humor and his probing intelligence, as well as for his talent as a poet and his love of music, gardening, and old movies.

He will also be remembered by many for the battles he fought alone and with others to obtain justice for victims of clerical abuse.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston, at 10:00 AM, June 8, 2016, followed by interment at Plain Street Cemetery in Braintree, MA. Friends and relations are invited to a celebration of Art's life June 4, 2016, from noon to 9:00 P.M. at the family home in Braintree, MA. Donations to the American Liver Foundation may be made, in lieu of flowers 188 Needham Street, Suite 240, Newton, MA 02464.

To be published in The Boston Globe on June 1, 2016.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 11:16 AM

Breaking the silence

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Melissa Cunningham
May 30, 2016

When Maureen Hatcher tied a ribbon to the gates of the old St Alipius Christian Brothers Boys School a year ago, she never could have imagined how much her simple gesture would grow.

The single red ribbon was tied in honour of her friend’s brother. He’d taken his own life following years of torment after he was sexually abused by Catholic clergy as child. Ms Hatcher said a black cloud was left hanging over Ballarat during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings as years of pain were brought to the surface.

But as the darkness emerged out of the abuse inquiry something profound unfolded. Ribbons began being tied outside institutions as an overt response to traumas long held silent and a symbol of solidarity with sexual abuse victims.

“At the crux of this whole disaster is that children weren't listened to,” Ms Hatcher said. “As a community we needed to open up conversations about child sexual abuse and get rid of the stigma and fear surrounding it.”

It became known as Loud Fence. A grass roots movement depicting Ballarat fearlessly facing up to its harrowing past. It was also catalyst for change which saw public support continue to mount for survivors leading them on a plight for truth in Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Al Sacerdote Leopoldo Nevarez se le quito el oficio de párroco

MEXICO
El Heraldo de Chiapas

[The Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez said the priest Leopoldo Nevarez Erives must answer to the public prosecutor over allegations of sexual abuse.]

Angélica Bustamante / El Mexicano

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.-El Obispo de la Diócesis de Ciudad Juárez dijo que el sacerdote Leopoldo Nevarez Erives tendrá que responder ante el Ministerio Público por las acusaciones que tiene en su contra por abuso sexual porque el Clero es respetuoso de la Ley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

St. Frances has final service; parishioners plan new church

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Scituate

By Kristi Funderburk
kfunderburk@wickedlocal.com

Posted May. 29, 2016 at 1:33 PM

SCITUATE
Parishioners, both young and old, trickled into the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church for its final service on Sunday, May 29.

Some of the service was like any other Sunday, with prayers, readings and songs, but on this Sunday, many parishioners greeted each other with tears.

After more than 11 years, a vigil they began in the wake of an Archdiocese of Boston closure plan was ending. Attempts to appeal the archdiocese’s plan, including a plea before the U.S. Supreme Court, came and went without success.

“This has been an epic journey, a historic journey,” said Jon Rogers, spokesman of the Friends of St. Frances, the group that ran the 24-7 vigil. “Eleven years ago, we started a revolution of faith. It continued to this day. That’s because of you that that happened.”

He thanked the parishioners and other supporters for helping the Friends keep the vigil going.
Someone stayed within the church walls at all times to keep the archdiocese from closing it while the Friends appealed, but the Friends group promised once its appeals ran out, they would leave.

For some, Sunday’s service was regarded as a sad end, but others considered it a new beginning, as the parishioners plan to continue meeting. The group will meet at The Satuit Lodge/Masonic Temple, 344 Country Way, for 10 a.m. Sunday services.

“We’re going to keep the people we have and we’re going to continue until we can build our own church, even if it’s a barn,” said Nancy Shilts, a parishioner and Friends member. “It’s the beginning.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Müller Out, Schönborn In. The Pope Has Changed Doctrine Teachers

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

by Sandro Magister

ROME, May 30, 2016 – The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith is still the same, German cardinal Gerhard L. Müller.

Who diligently continues to carry out his task, most recently with the monumental address he gave in Oviedo on May 4 for a correct understanding of “Amoris Laetitia,” in harmony with the previous magisterium of the Church on the family:

But it is increasingly evident that for Pope Francis, it is not Müller but another cardinal who is the teacher of doctrine authorized to shed light on the post-synodal exhortation: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Former student claims ‘monster’ abused him in Bronx high school, supports Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

MICHAEL O’KEEFFE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 30, 2016

He was the dean of discipline, and Kirk Balay remembers how he would always be lurking as students got off the train on their way to Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.

Brother John Justin O’Connor, a large, heavyset friar, was on the prowl for any behavior — shouting, cursing, horsing around — he deemed worthy of punishment.

For Balay, who seemed to run afoul of O’Connor at least once a week throughout the fall of 1985 and into 1986, discipline often consisted of being sexually and physically abused.

Sometimes O’Connor had him stand facing a classroom wall for two or three hours with two dozen other disciplined students, Balay said.

More frequently, he would bring Balay to his office, where he would beat and molest him.

“It started out with him groping my buttocks as he paddled me and it evolved into him trying to rip my clothes off as he fondled himself,” said Balay, 45, who claims he first received “jug” — “justice under God” — from O’Connor about three weeks into his freshman year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Committed To Protecting Our Children

ARKANSAS
Booneville Democrat

By Sen. John Boozman

As a father to three daughters and grandfather two granddaughters, I believe that protecting our children needs to be a priority. This includes improving laws to bring justice to children victimized by predators and strengthening punishment for offenders.

Our children deserve justice. We need to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to solve crimes committed against our children. That’s why Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Named for a six-year-old Florida boy who was kidnapped and murdered in 1981, the law established nationwide notification and registration standards for convicted sex offenders, improved information sharing capabilities between law enforcement agencies, boosted resources to help law enforcement arrest the fugitives who commit these crimes and increased public safety through awareness.

This was an important step in protecting our children and helping communities prevent future abuses by registered sex offenders.

I was proud to support the reauthorization of this law in May and take child protection measures even further by providing additional rights and safeguards for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking crimes.

This legislation extends the statute of limitations for child survivors of sexual abuse or human trafficking offenses from three to 10 years after turning 18, establishes free medical forensic examinations for survivors, and ensures the preservation of sexual assault evidence collection kits free of charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

Parishioners say farewell to Scituate church

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Astead W. Herndon GLOBE STAFF MAY 29, 2016

SCITUATE — Hundreds of solemn parishioners crowded St. Frances X. Cabrini church for a final service Sunday morning — but by nightfall, the church was strangely quiet, the dismantling begun.

By midnight Monday, St. Frances will be empty for the first time in 4,235 consecutive days, no vigilers sleeping on shabby cots in tight quarters, some using boiling water from an electric teapot to wash in the morning. Gone are the legal advisers consulting with parishioners on ways to block the Boston Archdiocese from forcing them out of the church they have defiantly occupied since 2004.

In the end, legal appeals ran out. When the Supreme Court refused to hear the parishioners’ case against the archdiocese on May 16, the nearly 12-year, round-the-clock vigil to save St. Frances from being closed down was over, as was the congregation’s relationship with the archdiocese.

At Sunday’s service, longtime churchgoers officially said a reluctant goodbye to their beloved spiritual home, with bitter words for the Catholic hierarchy. Legally, the congregation has been ordered by a court to vacate the church by 11:59 p.m. Monday.

“In war, there are casualties, and unfortunately our church will be one,” said Jon Rogers who, along with his wife, Maryellen, have spoken for the vigilers. The church gave Rogers a whooping ovation for his reflections on the group’s “revolution of faith.”

“This is not a death, but the birth of a new church and a new way of thinking,” he said. “We are the bright light our world needs, and I pray that we burn forever.”

Vigilers announced plans to form a new “Catholic community” church in Scituate. It would operate outside the Boston Archdiocese and be partly led by the Rev. Terry McDonough, a married Massachusetts priest who has long been at odds with Catholic leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 AM

Support in Assembly growing for Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KEN LOVETT

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, May 30, 2016

Here is an expanded version of the lead item of my "Albany Insider" column from Monday's editions:

Bipartisan support continues to grow in the state Assembly for a bill that would make it easier for kids who were sexually abused to seek justice as adults.

But it may not be enough if there aren’t 76 Democrats ready to vote for the measure.

A bill long sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) that would give child sex abuse victims more time to bring civil cases could bring civil cases now has 64 sponsors-just 12 shy of the 76 votes that would be needed for passage.

Of the 64 sponsors, 46 are Democrats and 18 are Republicans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Church members support convicted child molester

VERMONT
Rutland Herald

By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli

STAFF WRITER | May 30,2016

It’s been 22 years since Joseph Angelo Pasquariello was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. And in a petition to have his record expunged, the 71-year-old Rutland man said he has turned his life around.

“I am a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Castleton ... I have also completed three years of sex offender treatment,” he said in his request to have his felony record removed. “I have contributed to the community in a positive manner.”

On Tuesday in Rutland criminal court, about 30 members of Pasquariello’s church came to his hearing to support his request.

“His filing has been supported by numerous letters attesting to the defendant’s positive character and how he has turned his life around,” Judge Thomas A. Zonay said. “Defendant is now 71 years old and has not sustained any further convictions.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

MINNESOTA
Catholic Spirit

Maria Wiering | May 26, 2016

Sixteen months after entering Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a plan for Reorganization May 26. The plan identifies more than $65 million in assets the archdiocese anticipates will be available to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse, with the potential for that amount to grow.

The plan outlines specific sources for funds available for victim remuneration, including at least $8.7 million from the sale of archdiocesan properties, including three chancery buildings on Cathedral Hill, as well as more than $33 million from insurance settlements. It establishes a trust for victim remuneration funds, with a court-approved allocation protocol.

The plan also includes settlements from parish insurers of approximately $13.7 million with the potential for future settlements from archdiocesan insurers that are not currently entering into agreements with the archdiocese. The archdiocese is seeking to transfer the rights of recovery for those policies to the trustee of the trust for victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Diocese confirms number of new sexual abuse claims

MINNESOTA
St. Cloud Times

Stephanie Dickrell, sdickrell@stcloudtimes.com May 29, 2016

Bishop Donald Kettler asked for the prayers of area Catholics on Sunday as the Diocese of St. Cloud issued a statement confirming the number of sexual abuse claims made against it.

On Wednesday, May 25, a three-year window closed that temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations on allegations of sexual abuse of minors in Minnesota.

A total of 74 claims were made against the diocese, according to the statement.

The statements name 31 members of the clergy who served in the diocese. Out of the 131 parishes in the diocese, 30 were named in the claims.

The diocese had been served with less than a dozen cases in the Child Victims Act window before Monday.

The claims are related to abuse alleged to have happened many years ago, according to the statement. In most cases, it was several decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 AM

St. Cloud Diocese: 74 Sexual Abuse Claims Made Under Child Victims Act

MINNESOTA
WJON

By Jim Maurice May 29, 2016

ST. CLOUD – The Diocese of St. Cloud says a total of 74 claims were made against the diocese under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The Act created by the State Legislature lifted for three years the civil statute of limitations for allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. The window for filing claims ended on Wednesday.

The claims name 31 members of the clergy who served in the diocese. Thirty parishes are named in the claims; the diocese has 131 parishes.

The claims are related to abuse alleged to have happened many years ago — several decades ago in most cases. The claims do not involve anyone who is currently in parish ministry.

Pastors and parishioners are being informed about the claims. It is not expected that the claims will affect the normal operations of parishes or Catholic schools in the diocese. Diocesan and parish staff are working with attorneys to identify insurance coverage that could go toward resolution of these lawsuits.

Victims and survivors are urged to contact the diocesan victim assistance coordinator at (320) 248-1563.

Allegations of abuse were made against the following clergy members in the lawsuits against the Diocese of St. Cloud during the three-year window of the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which expired May 25, 2016.

Cosmas Dahlheimer, OSB
Hubert Dahlheimer, OSB
John Eccleston
Richard Eckroth, OSB
Sylvester Gall
Raoul Gauthier
Thomas Gillespie, OSB
Philibert Harrer, OSB
Othmar Hohmann, OSB
Matthew Kiess, OSB
Val Klimek
Joseph Kremer
Henry Lutgen
Brennan Maiers, OSB
Antonio Marfori
James Mohm
Jerome Reisinger
David Rieder
Donald Rieder
David Sheldon
Paul Shurek
Robert Smith
Peter Snyers
Allan Speiser
James Thoennes
Thomas Thole, OSB
Roger Vaughn, OSC
William Wey
Joseph Wiersgalla
Mark Willenbring
Vincent Yzermans

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

High time Catholic Church came clean on role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

RWANDA
New Times

By: VINCENT GASANA
PUBLISHED: May 30, 2016

As the Month of May comes to an end, events to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi will be tapering off.

Throughout the commemorative month of April, most Rwandans will have flocked to their respective places of worship, in the hope that their faith might pour some balm on the unfathomable pain, and anguish, from the loss of individual lives, multiplied over a million times, in a mere hundred days.

Spare a thought then, for the overwhelming majority, who profess the Christian faith, particularly the three out every five Rwandans, who follow the Catholic Church.

What added trauma must these believers be forced to endure, when the institution to which they naturally turn for solace at their most bereft, is the very same institution that betrayed them, abandoning them to stand instead, with their tormentors.

There can no longer be any argument, or debate that the Catholic Church was complicit in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The only question that remains is whether, deplorably, shamelessly, the Church will continue to attempt to wash its hands of the blood of the innocents it could have saved, but chose not to, condemning them to slow, painful deaths.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 AM

After 12 Years of Defiance, a Massachusetts Congregation Goes in Peace

MASSACHUSETTS
New York Times

By JESS BIDGOOD

MAY 29, 2016

SCITUATE, Mass. — For almost 12 years, the parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini have prayed, eaten meals, watched the Super Bowl and even slept in the church, holding a round-the-clock vigil to protest the Archdiocese of Boston’s decision to close it.

They have used detailed sign-up sheets to ensure that at least one person was in the church at all times, had communion wafers secretly consecrated by sympathetic priests, and held weekly services led entirely by lay members of the congregation.

On Sunday, having exhausted their options in Vatican and American courts, the parishioners held their last service, but not without a final act of defiance. A man who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, but was later married, stood at the altar of the deconsecrated church and led services for parishioners who said they intended to break away from the archdiocesan hierarchy and form an independent Catholic church.

“In every revolution, obviously, there are collateral damage and there are casualties,” said Jon Rogers, an organizer of the vigil with his wife, Maryellen. “Our beloved church is one of those casualties.”

The parishioners plan to leave the church by 11:59 p.m. Monday and hold a service next Sunday in a Masonic lodge, a temporary stop while they try to raise money for a building of their own.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM

May 29, 2016

Archdiocese investigates priest after scandalous allegations

FLORIDA
Local 10

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. - Father Pedro M. Corces was asked to resign and was under investigation, after allegations that he sustained a sexual relationship with a man he hired as a maintenance worker surfaced. Corces has denied the allegations.

A group of families at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic church and school, in Miami Shores, hired a private investigator to follow Corces, after a group of nuns from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary left the school.

The families presented the private investigator's findings to Archbishop Thomas Wenski on May 16. There were pictures that showed Corces with a maintenance worker who is openly gay on social media and has a criminal record.

On Friday, Wenski issued a letter to the families of the students at St. Rose of Lima to report that some of the allegations were under investigation including the "hiring of friends and improper socializing with employees."

From 1996 to 2006, Corces was the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Miami. The post required screening priesthood applicants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

State ‘failed’ alleged Christian Brothers abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sunday Times

Niall Brady
May 29 2016
The Sunday Times

A High Court judge has criticised the state for threatening five men with legal bills running to “many thousands of euros” unless they dropped a legal action alleging sexual abuse at Christian Brothers schools but has ruled it is not legally possible for them to resume their lawsuit.

The men, now in their fifties and sixties, dropped their cases after the state threatened to pursue them for costs if they lost. They tried to resume the lawsuit, however, following the landmark Louise O’Keeffe case in 2014, when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that her rights had been

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Pädophilie in der Piusbruderschaft: Vertraue deinem Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel Online

[Little is known about sexual offenses in the ranks of the ultra-conservative Catholic SSPX. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with victims and their relatives - their experience of the Church's "reclamation" is staggering.]

Von Annette Langer

Wenig ist bekannt über Sexualdelikte in den Reihen der erzkonservativen katholischen Piusbruderschaft. SPIEGEL ONLINE hat mit Opfern und Angehörigen gesprochen - ihre Erfahrung der kirchlichen "Aufarbeitung" ist erschütternd.

Die Piusbruderschaft tut viel, um sich vom angeblich modernistischen katholischen Mainstream abzugrenzen. In einem aber sind sich Traditionalisten und offizielle kirchliche Würdenträger erstaunlich ähnlich: im Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch.

"Ich muss ihm verzeihen", sagt der heute 13-jährige Joey* über einen Priester, der ihn im Schlafsaal eines Brüsseler Internats unter der Bettdecke betatschte. Der "schmutzige Dinge" mit ihm tat, ihn so berührte, wie es kein Erwachsener bei einem Kind tun sollte. Der ihn vor sich knien ließ, ihn bestrafte und erniedrigte. So berichtete es der Junge seinen Eltern und Geschwistern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Local authorities favor lifting time constraints on prosecuting child abusers

ILLINOIS
The Southern

MOLLY PARKER THE SOUTHERN

Several Southern Illinois officials on the front lines of combating child sexual assault and seeking justice for victims say they agree with legislation introduced in Springfield that would lift time constraints on prosecuting alleged offenders.

“I’m for that because I think we have a seen a lot of cases where people come forward years later, in some cases even 30 years after the alleged incident,” said Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti. In situations where victims come forward with credible stories but after the clock has run out, Zanotti said justice isn’t being served. “It’s sad,” he said.

Current Illinois law says that prosecutors have the ability to file charges in cases where a person who was the victim of sexual abuse as a child comes forward with allegations within 20 years of his or her 18th birthday. In other words, the abuse must be reported to authorities before the victim turns 38.

Most crimes, as well as civil claims, have a statute of limitations -- or the amount of time that can pass from the alleged incident to when charges can be filed or a valid lawsuit brought -- with the idea that, over time, the memories’ of witnesses fade, evidence can lose value with passing years, and to establish a level of fairness for the accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Lawyers who recommended Starr's ouster at Baylor are former Philadelphia sex-crimes prosecutors

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

by Craig R. McCoy and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS

The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse.

After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players - and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.

Their investigation led the Texas university on Thursday to demote Starr, whose investigation of President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment in 1998. Baylor also fired the school football coach and suspended its athletic director.

Smith and Gomez declined comment but issued a statement saying they were hopeful that their work would spur further reform at Baylor.

"We are deeply committed to improving campus policies and practices nationally, and have devoted our careers to confronting sexual and interpersonal violence," they said.

Smith, 55, and Gomez, 45, have been working together since their days in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Smith, a graduate of Temple law school, joined that office in 1986. Gomez, a Yale law school graduate, joined in 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

A Twin Cities Catholic's open letter to the new archbishop

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Zach Czaia MAY 27, 2016

Dear Archbishop Bernard Hebda:

I am a Minnesota Catholic. I was baptized in a Twin Cities parish. I received my first communion at a Twin Cities parish. I took the oils of confirmation on my forehead at the cathedral in St. Paul. I have gratitude for the work that you do and your fellow priests do — the marrying and burying, the listening and absolving, the steady presence in the lives of those you pastor. You have a difficult job, a challenging vocation, and the present environment here has not made it any easier. So, before I say anything else, I want you to know that I value your work. At its best, I believe it is God’s own work.

I’m writing because I would like to see a radical change in the way our local church approaches victims of clergy sexual abuse. I believe our current approach is not nearly honest or generous enough to provide real healing to those who have been harmed. We need to do more. We need to give more.

At my home parish, every Sunday at the offertory, the ushers walk up the aisles and pass the baskets down the pews. I put my money in like many others. I hope you can understand that over these past two years, in light of what has been revealed through the witness of Jennifer Haselberger and the reporting of local news outlets, I have lost confidence that this money is doing much good for the community. Nevertheless, I give. I give because I was taught it was right to tithe, to give back to the church, to support it.

Sometimes your priests present “second collections” — on behalf of missions the local church in St. Paul and Minneapolis supports in other parts of the world. Sometimes they are on behalf of retired members of religious communities or food shelters or homeless shelters or any number of praiseworthy purposes. But I have never once heard a second collection taken up for the victims of sexual abuse, many of whom were victimized in the very spaces where we sit. I have never once heard a financial appeal for support of victims, whose lives have been uprooted at the hands of abusive priests. Good therapy is not cheap, but I have never once seen the collection basket passed around for good therapy so a victim of sexual abuse could heal. Never once, not in 33 years sitting in the pews.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Secrecy surrounds call for sex abuse complaints at St. Andrew’s School

FLORIDA
Palm Beach Post

By Andrew Marra - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

BOCA RATON — St. Andrew’s School, a private Episcopal school in Boca Raton, has been rocked by the abrupt departure of its headmaster and the hiring of two law firms to investigate whether any students have been sexually abused there.

Whether the two events are related is unknown, but the timing of the announcements less than a month apart has rattled parents and fueled rampant speculation in school circles.

Parents learned of both events via emails from the school’s board of trustees, whose members include Bishop Peter Eaton of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. But parents say the school has refused to provide key details or respond to questions.

The lack of information has jarred them, particularly after the school’s May 17 announcement that it had retained the prominent law firm Holland & Knight to “investigate any reports of sexual abuse of Saint Andrew’s students.”

The message from trustees did not say whether the school had any evidence of sexual abuse or whether it was investigating any allegations. A Boca Raton police spokeswoman said the department was not investigating any sex abuse complaints at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Breaking the Silence

MINNESOTA
The Journal

May 29, 2016
The Journal

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles The Journal is publishing on the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests in the New Ulm Diocese. Today's article tells the story of Leon, who doesn't wish his last name to be used, who was abused in Glencoe by Fr. Michael Skoblik.

Next Sunday: The church faces the future.

By Kevin Sweeney
Journal Editor

Leon remembers trying never to be the last altar boy out of the sacristy after mass in St. George Parish in Glencoe.

That's usually when Fr. Michael Skoblik would molest him.

"I would show up one minute before mass, and try to be out of there as soon as possible afterward so as not to be the last one," said Leon, who has asked that his last name not be used. "The other altar boys also rushed to get out of there, so I wonder if maybe they had been approached, too."

Being an altar boy was a natural for Leon, who grew up in a devout Catholic family. Born in 1951, Leon was about 12 or 13 when the molestation began. It lasted two years. Leon said he couldn't avoid Skoblik entirely, in part because of his family's devotion to the church.

Leon liked to earn money to supplement his allowance, he said. He worked odd jobs mowing lawns and shoveling show, and took a paper route to help raise some money. Skoblik was one of his customers.

Skoblik would give altar boys a nickel for serving mass on weekdays, and a dime on Sundays.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Sex abuse victim, 81, starts anew | Turkeys and Trophies

PENNSYLVANIA
Express-Times

By Express-Times opinion staff
on May 28, 2016

TROPHIES

Robert Corby Sr. is making up for lost time — and for the theft of childhood innocence many years ago. Corby, 81, of Bethlehem, is attending Northampton Community College after getting over the fear of taking classes and thinking he wouldn't be accepted. Before that, though, he took another leap — seeking therapy to deal with the memories of sexual abuse by a priest at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in West Bethlehem in 1947, when he was an altar boy. He said his life was changed by the Boston Globe's investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. One of his regrets was never going to college, something is he now fulfilling through NCC's offer of free tuition for those 65 and over; he's indulging his love of philosophy and world geography. "I have opportunities to speak up for victims of sexual abuse," he says. "If I can even help one other victim to know I can understand their pain and suffering, I consider that a success."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

National support group comes to area

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pa.

A national support group is heading to our area to help victims of the alleged sexual abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

The "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" or "SNAP" will be in Ebensburg on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The self-help group will be at the Cottage Restaurant, located at 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy.

Anyone who has been impacted by the alleged priest sex abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese is welcomed to attend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

May 28, 2016

Priest Who Wrote Vatican’s Anti-Gay Guidelines Accused of Sex With Male Seminarians

UNITED STATES
Towleroad

by Michael Fitzgerald
May 28, 2016

A French priest who has written disparagingly about gay people and acted as a counselor to student and novice priests struggling with their sexuality has been accused of having sex with male clients.

Monsignor Tony Anatrella – who earlier this year told new Bishops they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities – is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality by the Vatican.

One of his accusers said that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with him in the Monsignor’s Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago. Daniel Lamarca claims Anatrella said he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” by performing sex acts.

According to Religion News Service, Lamarca added that although he reported Anatrella to the archbishop of Paris in 2001, nothing was done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Monsignor Accused Of Having Sex With Young Priests Looking To Be “Cured” Of Homosexuality

FRANCE
NewNowNext

by Dan Avery

A French priest who worked to “cure” young seminary students of their homosexuality has been accused of having sexual relations with a number of the men in his care.

Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a consultant with the Vatican on issues of sexuality, routinely counseled novices sent to him by seminaries and monasteries across France. But at least four men claim Anatrella engaged in sexual acts with them during sessions in his office in Paris.

Anatrella reportedly claimed having sex with them would cure the men of their “pseudo-homosexuality.”

“You’re not gay, you just think that you are,” he reportedly told Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987.

“I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked,” Lamarca told the Dutch paper Nederlands Dagblad.

In 2001 he reported Anatrella to the archbishop of Paris but nothing was done. Five years later, after Lamarca went to the media and more victims surfaced, church officials expressed support for Anatrella and said the accusers were part of a “gay lobby” out to discredit the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Laicos de Osorno protagonizaron nueva manifestación en contra de obispo Juan Barros

CHILE
Bio Bio

[The laity of Osorno staged another demonstration against Bishop Juan Barros.]

El Movimiento de Laicos y Laicas de Osorno se manifestó este viernes frente a la Catedral de esa ciudad por la falta de respuesta desde el Vaticano ante el exhorto enviado por la Corte Suprema.

Lo anterior, en relación a los dichos del Papa Francisco contra los opositores del obispo Juan Barros, cuestionado por su estrecho vínculo con el sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

El pontífice realizó el año pasado una polémica defensa a Barros, criticando en duros términos a sus detractores: “La única acusación que hubo contra ese obispo fue desacreditada por una Corte Judicial. Entonces por favor, no pierdan la serenidad. Osorno sufre sí… pero por tonta. Porque no abre su corazón a lo que Dios dice y se deja llevar por las macanas que dice toda esa gente”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Amid ‘slanderous gossip,’ pastor at St. Rose in Miami Shores asked to resign

FLORIDA
Miami Herald

BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ
aveciana-suarez@MiamiHerald.com

The pastor of St. Rose of Lima has been asked to step down after a group from the parish presented a 129-page report to the Archdiocese of Miami filled with allegations of sexual impropriety against Father Pedro Corces.

“This unfortunate chain of events has fractured the spirit and unity at this long established parish and school,” wrote Archbishop Thomas Wenski in a May 26 letter emailed to parents Thursday afternoon. A printed copy of the letter was being sent home in students’ communication folder Friday.

But far from calming parents’ concerns, the letter angered the group, which calls itself Christifidelis. The Wenski letter blames the fracturing of the parish on a small group. “Slanderous gossip, calumny, detraction — all sinful behaviors — have fomented division in the parish and school communities,” he wrote.

Miami attorney Rosa Armesto, who has children at the parish school in Miami Shores, is representing Christifidelis. She met with Wenski on May 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests starts Tucson meetings

ARIZONA
Arizona Daily Star

Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, will launch Tucson support group meetings 6:30 p.m., Wednesday June 1.

Attending the confidential meeting at Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave., does not require reservations, according to press materials.

Email snaptucsonvickie@gmail.com for more information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 AM

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says church employee stole $220K in donations

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

BY AARON AUPPERLEE | Friday, May 27, 2016

A former employee of Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge who ran up a six-figure casino gambling loss admitted to stealing more than $220,000 from donations for votive candles and the collection plate, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Beaver County District Attorney's Office said Friday.

Thomas P. Ross, 62, known in the church as the Rev. Ambrose Ross, was arraigned Friday on three counts of theft and three charges of receiving stolen property. A phone call to a number listed for Ross was not returned.

Records from Rivers Casino showed Ross had gambling transactions totaling $2.7 million from 2010 to 2015, including more than $331,000 in losses, according to the district attorney's office.

He made $28,000 a year working for the parish.

Bishop David A. Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said he was “deeply grieved” that someone would take money given to the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

LOCALS RALLY AT CHURCH FOR PA. CHILD SEX ABUSE BILL

PENNSYLVANIA
6 ABC

WYNNEWOOD (WPVI) -- About a dozen people showed up in front of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood Friday night to rally in support of a bill to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse in Pennsylvania.

The legislation is opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, which fears parishes would have to defend cases where perpetrators may even be dead.

Bill 1947 would drop the 30-year statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

Scathing Report Accuses Miami Shores Priest Of Unholy Acts

FLORIDA
CBS Miami

[with video]

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A salacious scandal at a South Florida church where the parishioners hired a P.I. to tail their priest. And a scathing report accuses him of all kinds of unholy acts.

Armed with a book of evidence filled with pictures, receipts and police reports, a group of parents have proven that when it comes to their kids they don’t play.

“Parents gathered and pooled their money together to hire a private investigator,” said Rosa Armesto.

That investigator was charged with following a pastor at St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores.

Armesto is an attorney who has children at the parish school, and is working with the parents.

They claim that Father Pedro Corces fired the previous maintenance crew and replaced them with his friends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 AM

Church daycare employee facing multiple child sexual assault charges

TEXAS
Fox 7

By: Marcus Officer

A Gillespie County Grand Jury has indicted 31-year-old Seth Batterton with more than 12 counts of sexual assault involving a child. He is accused of sexually abusing as many as four young children since 2009 including a child from the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Child Development Center, the place he worked prior to his arrest.

In April, a local middle school contacted Fredericksburg Police after a young girl, the daughter of Batterton's close friend, told them she was abused. She was not the only one.

According to court paperwork, Batterton is accused of abusing at least four young girls, one of the victims was under the age of 14. People we talked to were shocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 AM

Day care employee accused of sexually assaulting children

TEXAS
KXAN

[with video]

By Calily Bien and Leslie Rangel
Published: May 27, 2016

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — A man who worked at a church day care in Fredericksburg is charged with 12 counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Fredericksburg police say they originally started investigating Seth Batterton, 31, when a child made an outcry to her school on April 19, 2016. The child says Batterton touched her inappropriately.

During the investigation, Batterton denied touching the child, but he did admit to working at the Methodist Church Day Care. It is not known what his position was with the church.

The church pastor, George Lumpkin, says as soon as he heard about the allegations, he fired Batterton and reported the incident to officials.

“We self-reported that and then in turn contacted the police and we terminated him immediately and took away his keys and banned him from any access to the campus,” Lumpkin says. “We also put in place kind of a safety plan to let the parents know what was going on.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 AM

Prelate responds to newspapers series on sexual abuse

CANADA
The B.C. Catholic

By Deborah Gyapong
OTTAWA (CCN)

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa responded to a series of clerical sexual abuse news stories in the archdiocese by acknowledging the great evil and pledging vigilance.

"This shocking moment can become a moment of purification for us in the Catholic community and serve to remind us to keep vigilant in protecting the vulnerable, especially children," said Archbishop Prendergast in a statement released to CCN as well as to the Ottawa Sun. "We will continue to commit to making sure that our protocols for safety and security are being followed and are effective."

"We Catholics may see in this reminder of our past failures a call from God to our Church to let go of all that does not come from the teaching and life of Jesus Christ, the Lord who loves, forgives, heals, and above all is merciful," he said.

Beginning May 17, the Postmedia's Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun ran several days of front page coverage tracing historical abuses back to the 1950s. Using court records and the archives amassed at Sylvia MacEachern's blog "Sylvia's Site," Postmedia documented 41 victims of 11 priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 AM

NOT WORDS OF ENEMIES, SILENCE OF FRIENDS

IOWA
Catholic Globe

This article is a reprint of a Virtus monthly bulletin written by Sharon Doty, a frequent author and contributor to the Virtus ongoing training program. Doty has a master’s degree in human relations and a diploma from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Interdisciplinary Training in Child Abuse and Neglect, and she graduated with distinction with a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Doty has 10 years experience as a litigator and approximately 20 years as a staff person and volunteer in agencies advocating for victims of abuse and neglect in court.

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our Protecting God’s Children for Adults sessions, we discuss two aspects of bystander engagement. First is the failure to speak up when an adult observer has a concern about the behavior of an adult toward a child. Second is engaging in gossip about the concern with no regard for the damage these conversations can cause.

In potentially abusive relationships, there is a range of behaviors – with elements that could be healthy and age-appropriate – and other elements that are child sexual abuse. There are many ways one could intervene. The difficulty is identifying the right circumstances to interrupt and the right action to take.

When we talk about the failure of adult observers to speak up, we recognize several factors that enter into the decision. There is a fear of retaliation, a concern that intervention will seem to be an accusation, the fear of “being wrong” about what’s happening, the fear of being sued for speaking up and not wanting to upset someone we know and/or with whom we work or volunteer. These concerns are universal.

Researchers considered what it takes for a bystander to overcome these concerns and take action. They found there are five steps to the process:

1. Notice the event along a continuum of actions
2. Consider whether the situation demands your action
3. Decide if you have a responsibility to act
4. Choose what form of assistance to use
5. Understand how to implement your actions safely

Confronting the enormity of these questions often leaves people with a decision to do nothing. The decision to “communicate your concerns” demands we be among those who chose an action(s) that creates a safe environment and protects potential victims from harm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 AM

May 27, 2016

A Mennonite pastor is suspended and a denomination is splintered

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

By Meghan Florian

(RNS) The Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended a pastor’s ministerial credentials Wednesday (May 25) because he officiated at a same-sex wedding.

The Rev. Isaac Villegas of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and my pastor, is “at variance” with the conference, which belongs to the Mennonite Church USA. The denomination, with some 100,000 members, holds that marriage is “a covenant between one man and one woman for life.”

The conference was aware of Villegas’ plan to officiate the wedding well in advance, as the congregation has been in dialogue with it for years over the matter of fully welcoming LGBT people in the congregation.

But the conference went one step beyond an immediate suspension of the minister’s credentials. It shifted the tone of the conversation, not to mention the power dynamic, from “variance” to “misconduct.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

State Senate Republicans holding up child-sex abuse victims bill slammed by Democratic opponents

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

GLENN BLAIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, May 27, 2016

ALBANY — State Senate Republicans are beginning to feel political heat for preventing a vote on legislation that would help victims of child sexual abuse obtain justice.

At least four Democratic candidates for Senate issued statements this week attacking GOP incumbents for opposing the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for cases of child sexual abuse and allow a one-year window for victims to revive old civil cases.

“It is outrageous that Carl Marcellino voted against the Child Victims Act and is defending the criminals who abused these defenseless children,” James Gaughran, who is taking on the senator from Nassau County, said in a statement.

Similar statements were issued by Democrats Sara Niccoli, who is challenging Sen. George Amedore of Schenectady County; Christopher Eachus, who’s challenging Sen. Bill Larkin of Orange County; and Ryan Cronin, who is taking on Sen. Kemp Hannon of Nassau County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Closing arguments wrap up in sexual abuse trial of former priest

ALABAMA
WVTM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Closing arguments wrapped up Friday afternoon in the trial of a former Catholic priest and EWTN television host charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12.

The judge gave the jury the option of starting deliberations Friday or waiting until Tuesday. The jury said they wanted to start on Friday, but deliberations have not yet begun.

During closing arguments, the prosecution argued this case is solely about the child under the age of 12 that David Stone is accused of sexually abusing.

Prosecutors said Stone inappropriately touched the victim on his bottom on multiple occasions.

The defense was quick to point out that the prosecution never called DHR to testify, an agency in charge of protecting children.

The defense also argued the victim may have somehow been persuaded to make the allegations against Stone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Archdiocese, creditors clash over bankruptcy assets

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | May. 27, 2016

Starkly conflicting views of total assets have placed the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and its creditors at dramatic odds, with the latter claiming that the archdiocese's just-released reorganization plan represents 1 percent of total assets they say approach $2 billion.

On Thursday, May 26, the archdiocese filed its reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota. The plan proposes $65 million to establish an independent trust through which it would settle the 440 claims made by survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The trust is to be funded by a combination of archdiocesan cash, property sales, insurance settlement proceeds, and contributions from parish insurance settlements.

The archdiocese said that the $65 million figure surpasses what has been proposed in a majority of already diocesan bankruptcies. In a statement, newly installed Archbishop Bernard Hebda urged for fast approval of the plan.

"The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys' fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available for victims/survivors," he said.

"While we believe that this Plan is fair, we also know that some well-intentioned people may raise objections," said Hebda, who before his May 13 installation served as apostolic administrator of St. Paul-Minneapolis following Archbishop John Nienstedt's resignation last June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Spanish bishop demands staff get 'anti-paedo certificate'

SPAIN
The Local

The Bishop of Lleida has requested all staff, including priests and monks, prove they are not paedophiles.

Priests working within the parish of Lleida in Catalonia must present an "anti-paedophile certificate" the parish’s bishop, Juan Piris Frígola, has announced.

Anyone in Spain can apply for the certificate - officially called the Certificate of Sexual Offences - a document which proves the holder has never committed a sexual crime.

The certificate can be obtained via a government website and must be carried by those working with children.

The request from the Bishop of Lleida will affect at least 80 priests and around 100 monks as well as at least 400 volunteers who work with children - a number which, the bishop's office admitted, could be much higher, as it wasn’t sure how many volunteers works on activities in every church, Spanish newspaper El Periódico reported.

The final number will be known in September, the deadline for people to present the relevant documents to obtain the anti-paedophile certificate but parish insiders estimate that "at least 600 people" will be required to obtain the certificate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Wealthy sex assault survivor pledges to defeat GOP lawmaker who won’t let victims sue their abusers

NEW YORK
Raw Story

TRAVIS GETTYS
27 MAY 2016

A wealthy New York businessman has made it his personal mission to defeat state lawmakers who won’t pass a bill to allow child sex abuse survivors to sue their abusers.

Gary Greenberg, a minority owner of the Vernon Downs racetrack, has pledged $100,000 of his own money to unseat state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and other lawmakers who oppose a bill that would eliminate the civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes, reported The Post-Standard.

DeFrancisco is the Senate deputy majority leader and an attorney who specializes in malpractice litigation, said he won’t bow to political pressure and back a bill that would grant victims a one-year window to sue abusers and their employer for abuse that happened decades ago.

“To go back forever, witnesses die, recollections get worse as time goes on,” DeFrancisco said. “I think it’s something that should not be done because statute of limitations have a purpose. The purpose is to make sure there is a proceeding based upon fact.”

The 57-year-old Greenberg, who is the victim of childhood sexual abuse himself, has formed the new Fighting for Children PAC seeded by his own six-figure contribution.

He said DeFrancisco’s argument against lawsuits involving decades-old claims ignore the fact that victims must still prove their claims to win their cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Former EWTN priest calls sex abuse allegations a 'scheme' by mother of his child

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A former EWTN priest and TV personality who hosted a talk show for youth from 2001-2007 called the allegations that he sexually abused his son a "scheme" by the mother, who denied him further visitation after saying the child told her of improper touching.

"I know absolutely that this was not true," David Stone testified today about claims he sexually abused his son. "It was some kind of scheme going on."

Stone, 55, said he moved to Birmingham in 1990 and lived at the Annunciation Friary in Irondale as he served as a Franciscan friar and studied to become a priest. He was ordained as a priest in 1998, he said.

Stone met the mother of his child, Christina Presnell, in 1998. She began work at EWTN in about 2002 and attended Mass at the EWTN chapel with her children. Stone said under questioning he may have invited Presnell to his ordination service; he was not sure.

The two of them gradually become close friends, he testified. "It was organic, natural," he said. "We had a good friendship."

By 2006 or 2007, that relationship had become sexual, although they had been "passionate" before that, he said.

"We would be passionate with one another, but every time we would be passionate it wasn't a conjugal act," Stone said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Ex-Playboy model daughter of famed CIA operative comes forward as victim who sparked sexual abuse investigation at elite Manhattan Catholic school

NEW YORK
Daily Mail (UK)

By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

The former Playboy model daughter of a South American dictator and CIA operative has identified herself as the victim behind a sexual abuse investigation at an exclusive Manhattan Catholic school.

Monica Perez Jimenez, 54, was a student at Loyola School in the mlate-1970s and says she was molested by popular history teacher and basketball coach Louis Tambini six times.
Jimenez says she told administrators about the abuse just before leaving the school, but that they never took action.

It wasn't until she complained about the alleged sexual assaults in a post on the school's Facebook page last year that authorities first started investigating the school for covering up the abuse.

The investigation found that Tambini molested seven girls at the school in the 1970s and 1980s, but thanks to New York state's strict laws, none of the victims can sue the school.

According to state law, child sex abuse survivors can't file criminal charges against their attackers or sue for civil damages after their 23rd birthday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 27, 2016

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN IS GIVING POOR MORAL EXAMPLE TO THE 14 MEN WHOM HE WILL ORDAIN TO THE PRIESTHOOD BY CONTINUING TO LOBBY AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE CHILDHOOD VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD THEIR ABUSERS AND ENABLERS ACCOUNTABLE

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will ordain 14 more men to the priesthood on May 28, 2016. How can the newly ordained priests expect to treat childhood victims of sexual abuse with compassion and fairness when their supervisor, Cardinal Dolan, continues by poor example to fight legislation that will give those victims their day in court?

Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York should expect better example from Cardinal Dolan by demanding that he stop fighting against legislation in New York State that will give childhood sexual abuse victims a pathway to healing and justice.

What
A public demonstration alerting Catholics, the general public, and the media about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s poor example to newly ordained priests and Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York State through his opposition to the Child Victims Act of New York State

When
Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm (during and at the end of the ordination of 14 men to the priesthood which begins at 9:30 am)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at East 50th Street, Manhattan

Who
Victim/survivors of sexual abuse, including members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, led by its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., who is a victim/survivor of multiple acts of sexual abuse in five counties of New York State

Why
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led and continues to lead the Catholic Church’s fight in New York State against the Child Victims Act which would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to have their day in court. Cardinal Dolan and his New York State bishop-colleagues have poured millions of parishioners’ dollars into an all-out effort to prevent the healing of thousands of innocent victims of sexual abuse. Recently, at a rally for farm workers’ rights, Dolan refused to even comment on New York State legislation that would change one of the worst statute of limitations laws in the country that continues to bar victims from justice and healing. Cardinal Dolan will ordain 14 men to the priesthood, and demonstrators will call on Cardinal Dolan to lead by example and do the right thing by supporting the Child Victims Act in New York State which will allow childhood sexual abuse victims to be heard and heal.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Sexual abuse in seven words

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Arthur McCaffrey

I hope the good people of southwestern Pennsylvania have enough patience left to tolerate further commentary on their recent shock and sorrow: the state grand jury report on sexual abuse by clergy in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, which justifiably labeled decades of child abuse as “soul murder.”

I know the wounds. As an outsider and a New England Catholic who suffered through the meltdown of the Boston Archdiocese in 2002, perhaps I can bring a fresh perspective to this well-worn story. I certainly could do no worse than the current Altoona-Johnstown bishop, Mark Bartchak, who wrote to his parishioners that the grand jury evidence was “filled with the darkness of sin.”

What, no acknowledgement of criminality?

I’m afraid that Bishop Bartchak wears the cope of history on his shoulders: FBI data show that, going back almost three-quarters of a century to the 1940s, he is the heir to four bishops, at least 46 abusive priests and hundreds of child victims.

The grand jury report’s 147 pages have many lessons to teach us, but its main message can be summarized in seven words: deference spawns collusion spawns cover-up spawns victims.

This reduction to essentials is not a slight to the gravity or complexity of the grand jury narrative. Rather, it is a thoughtful attempt to identify the major diagnostic markers which can help us better understand the cause-effect dynamics that drive this kind of long-running crime spree.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

Spanish bishop tells monks & priests to get ‘anti-pedophile certificate’

SPAIN
RT

A Spanish bishop in the city of Lleida has told all parish staff, including priests and monks, to get a special “anti-pedophile certificate” to prove they have never committed a sexual crime.

Bishop Juan Piris Frígola said staff working within the parish of Lleida in Catalonia must present the special certificate, which is officially called the “Certificate of Sexual Offences” as proof they are not pedophiles, according to The Local.

he certificate is widely available throughout Spain and is issued through a government website.

Though it is usually obtained by those working with children, this new step from Bishop Frígola will affect some 80 priests, 100 monks and hundreds of volunteers who work with children in churches.

A September deadline has been set for staff to obtain the anti-paedophile certificate, with an estimated 600 people expected to apply.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM

MIAMI PARISHIONERS DEMAND ABP. WENSKI REMOVE REPORTEDLY HOMOSEXUAL PRIEST

FLORIDA
Church Militant

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant.com • May 26, 2016

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Miami parishioners are joining up with a private investigator to follow their pastor and what they discovered is shocking.

The parishioners of St. Rose of Lima parish in Miami Shores are asking for the Archdiocese to remove their pastor, Fr. Pedro Corces, and investigate his financial dealings.

Miami attorney Rosa Armesto has children enrolled in the parish school and is representing the group of concerned parishioners, calling themselves Christifidelis — a Latin word meaning "Christ's faithful." Other parishioners approached her, knowing she practices law and would be able to assist them.

Armesto related to ChurchMilitant.com that she and a group of parishioners met with Abp. Wenski, an auxiliary bishop, and the diocesan attorney on May 16. They submitted a 128-page document titled "Dossier on the Improprieties of Father Pedro M. Corces And an Appeal to His Excellency Archbishop Thomas Wenski For Urgent Action."

The document is a result of several weeks of investigation by a private investigator and various members of the parish and outlines the sordid relationship between Fr. Corces and his gay prostitute "boyfriend" whom he hired as a maintenance worker at the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Tal Landsman found not guilty of cruelty in LL Camps trial

UNITED KINGDOM
The JC

Tal Landsman, the co-founder of LL Camps, has been found not guilty of cruelty.

The 26-year-old was cleared at St Albans Crown Court today.

Mr Landsman,of Crambus Court, Admiral Drive, Stevenage, had been accused of a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16 between 31 July and 7 August 2015 at LL Camps in Borehamwood after indecent images were found on the mobile phone of Ben Lewis, also a co-founder of the summer camp.

The jury took just under an hour to acquit Mr Landsman, whose family and supporters were present to see him walk free.

The prosecution had claimed that Mr Landsman had not acted after he had learned that Lewis possessed the images.

Lewis, 26, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, who was not in court, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making (downloading) indecent photographs of a child and one of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Baylor Demotes President Kenneth Starr Over Handling of Sex Assault Cases

TEXAS
New York Times

By MARC TRACY MAY 26, 2016

Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was removed as president of Baylor University on Thursday after an investigation found the university mishandled accusations of sexual assault against football players.

The university also fired the football coach, Art Briles, whose ascendant program brought in millions of dollars in revenue but was dogged by accusations of sexual assault committed by its players — an increasingly familiar combination in big-time college sports.

Mr. Starr was stripped of his title as university president but will remain Baylor’s chancellor and a professor at the law school. The chancellor position is “centered around development and religious liberty,” a regent said on a conference call Thursday afternoon, adding that Mr. Starr’s “operational responsibilities have been removed.”

Mr. Starr’s demotion delivered a twist to the biography of a man whose reputation was built on what many considered an overzealous pursuit of allegations of sexual transgressions by Mr. Clinton. Now he is being punished for leading an administration that, according to a report by an outside law firm commissioned by the university’s governing board, looked the other way when Baylor football players were accused of sex crimes, and sometimes convicted of them.

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus,” Richard Willis, chairman of Baylor’s Board of Regents, said in a statement. “This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students.”

Mr. Starr said in a statement to news organizations: “I join the Board of Regents and the Senior Administration of the University in expressing heartfelt contrition for the tragedy and sadness that has unfolded. To those victims who were not treated with the care, concern, and support they deserve, I am profoundly sorry.”

Violence against women on college campuses has risen as a national conversation in recent years, and one particular thread has been whether athletes in big-time sports like football and basketball are afforded favorable treatment by universities and communities that come together to support and protect successful teams.

Document
Baylor Findings of Fact and Recommendations

An investigation found “fundamental failure” by the university in its handling of accusations of sexual assault against football players.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

At Baylor, Charity Toward Kenneth Starr Follows Outrage

TEXAS
New York Times

By MICHAEL POWELL MAY 26, 2016

The Baylor University Regents were outraged Thursday, and saddened, too. They could not fathom how this could happen to a fine Christian university.

Faced with a report that detailed horrible cover-ups of rape and sexual harassment by players on the university’s nationally ranked football team, faced with evidence that administrators created a hostile environment for women, and that athletic leaders “posed a risk to campus safety,” the Regents stripped Kenneth W. Starr of his university presidency.

Asterisk: In a profound act of Christian charity, the Regents nonetheless allowed Starr to retain his law school professorship and to remain as chancellor for an as-yet-to-be-determined but perhaps munificent salary.

To a secular layman such as me that sounds like cashiering a general while allowing him to keep his epaulets and continue to run your war. A Baylor representative offered a more elegant shine, telling reporters Thursday that Chancellor Starr would focus on “development and religious liberty.”

Translation: Starr will raise great bags of money for the university, and he will pray.

So many grand universities have toppled headfirst into the Big Sport ditch that Baylor’s fall registers as almost unremarkable. The University of North Carolina turned its African and Afro-American Studies Department into a grade machine for athletes; Syracuse University engaged in decade-long academic misconduct; Larry Brown, the coach at Southern Methodist in Dallas, oversaw the recruiting of a top player with frankly fraudulent grades.

And to all of this, que sera sera.

Alumni protest that pinhead reporters don’t know the whole story, that these coaches and presidents and chancellors are princely men. They always know of a university worse than their own.

Baylor takes much pride in its Baptist traditions. Its website notes that brother and sister colleges in Christ have beaten “a relentless retreat from their Christian heritage.” Not Baylor, which “holds firm” to the idea that “the world needs” a great university that is “unambiguously Christian.”

Its sports programs occasionally fall into perdition. The basketball program came undone some years back after a young forward was murdered and the coach, in an un-Christlike act, falsely accused the dead man of being a drug dealer. The football program presumably is careening toward sanctions.

But no worries: Starr was known to kneel in prayer in the locker room with his football coach, Art Briles.

When Briles recruited a troubled player, Sam Ukwuachu, from Boise State, a student publication advised that the football player was known as a fine gentleman.

That fine gentleman was later convicted of a brutal sexual assault of a female soccer player.

We in the news media are not blameless. We love finding down-home pleasures such as Coach Briles, whom we described as a turnaround specialist. “Given the timbre of his magnificent voice and his knack for telling a story, a more apt comparison for the coach might be Johnny Cash,” Sports Illustrated noted a few years ago.

That same coach took no action to protect young women even when top officials were “aware of a potential pattern of sexual violence by multiple football players.” The coach and his staff “affirmatively chose not to report” – that is, to cover up – “sexual violence and dating violence” to college administrators.

The report is delicate as to what Starr knew, or not. He is, however, central to this narrative. When he walked into Waco, he proclaimed himself a new man. He didn’t like to talk much about his time as a federal judge and special prosecutor in Washington.

He did talk endlessly about football and the joy of amateur athletics.

Early last season, my colleague Marc Tracy noted, Starr fixed his hand into the shape of a bear claw and led thousands of freshmen on a raucous charge across the football field. And he raised hundreds of millions of dollars needed to build a new stadium that calls to mind the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

Long ago, I was a political writer for The Washington Post’s Style section, and I covered the Roman circus that was Starr, Monica, the libidinous Bubba and an impeachment trial.

I recall sitting there as Starr, his blue eyes owlish, his skin pink and dimpled, sat before Congress and in a sonorous I-say-this-more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone, pounced light as a cat on a scalawag president.

“The evidence suggests that the president made a series of premeditated false statements under oath. … The president, acting in a premeditated and calculated fashion, deceived the American people.”

He strove to sound morally correct, a Thomas More for the modern age taking on a reckless liege. I thought he more often called to mind a fellow who notes the lipstick on a man’s collar and files that detail away for future use.

Now I’m compelled to rethink my ungenerous appraisal. It appears that Starr notices very little.

The Baylor report found a culture of widespread and willful naïveté at Starr’s university. There was, the firm’s investigators wrote, a “belief by many administrators that sexual violence doesn’t happen here.”

Confronted with evidence to the contrary, too many administrators offered a disapproving sniff about sins such as drinking, drug use or, God forbid, extramarital sex. Administrators, the report found, engaged in “victim blaming,” focusing on a young woman’s choices rather than “robustly investigating the allegations and the alleged abuser.”

All of this Starr oversaw.

Late Thursday, the defrocked president issued a statement professing “profound contrition.” As for the Baylor University administration, it promised to “foster an even more Christ-centered culture on campus.”

And isn’t that grand?

Email: powellm@nytimes.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Kincora Boys' Home: Abuse victim fails in appeal over HIA inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A victim of abuse at Kincora Boys' Home has failed in his appeal to overturn a ruling that investigations into the home be conducted by the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.
Gary Hoy was sexually abused by two men who were subsequently convicted.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan ruled that "the HIA is entitled to proceed along the route mapped by it".

There have been allegations that a paedophile ring at Kincora was linked to the British intelligence services.

Sir Declan said: "There is a suggestion in this case that children in Kincora were abused and prostituted in order to satisfy the interests of national security.

"If that is true it must be exposed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Vatican accuses woman at heart of leaks trial of ‘calumny’

VATICAN CITY
Crux

By Ines San Martin
Vatican correspondent May 27, 2016

ROME—As the soap-opera of a Vatican trial against three former members of a papal commission and two journalists accused of leaking secret documents continues to unravel, the pope’s spokesman on Thursday said that statements made by one of the defendants during the trial may be “subject to legal action.”

On Tuesday, Francesca Chaouqui, an Italian lay PR expert who worked at the Vatican on a now-defunct papal panel studying financial reform, and who is one of the five people being prosecuted, accused a high-ranking Vatican official of “waging a war against her” during testimony.

Chaouqui, who’s almost nine months pregnant, amplified that charge on her Facebook page, where she wrote that Italian Archbishop Angelo Giovanni Becciu, the number two official at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, has staked his credibility on her going to prison, so she’ll be “condemned without evidence.”

She also wrote that she’s “not afraid of four feet of pure evil,” in reference to Becciu’s diminutive height, and that she stands by her accusations.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, released a statement Thursday responding both to her sworn testimony and her subsequent Facebook post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Miami Archbishop Asks Priest to Resign, Laments "Adults Behaving Badly"

FLORIDA
New Times

BY DEIRDRA FUNCHEON

Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, has put an end to a salacious Catholic school scandal by asking a controversial priest to resign.

Since January, there has been turmoil at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic church and school in Miami Shores. After it was announced in January that several nuns who work at the school would be leaving this June, parents upset at the change began focusing on the pastor, Father Pedro Corces, who, some believed, had orchestrated the nuns' ouster.

Several families pooled money to hire a private investigator to tail Corces, photograph and videotape his movements, and sift through garbage at the rectory. The surveillance resulted in preparation of a "dossier" on the priest. It accused him of having an intimate relationship with a maintenance man he hired, as well as two other maintenance men and a deacon. The families presented their findings to Wenski on May 16 and asked him to remove Corces from the parish.

Archbishop Wenski yesterday sent a letter to parents of children at St. Rose's K-8 school. He dismissed some of the accusations against Corces as gossip, but said that other allegations such as Facebook postings, hiring of friends, and "improper socializing with employees" were still being investigated. He asked Corces to step down.

Wenski said that St. Rose's principal, Sister Bernadette Keane, has also been relieved of her duties as and that Dr. Donald Edwards, associate superintendent of the archdiocese, would serve as principal for the remainder of the school year. St. Rose in March announced that it had hired Mrs. Brenda Cummings, currently an employee of St. Anthony School in Fort Lauderdale, as principal for the coming year. Cummings did not return a call and email for comment from New Times.

The nuns are part of an order called The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is headquartered in Pennsylvania. Wenski wrote that "their decision to leave the parish is irreversible."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Miami Archdiocese Investigating Catholic School Scandal After Group Compiles "Dossier" on Priest

FLORIDA
New Times

BY DEIRDRA FUNCHEON

Update, May 24: Some families are voicing their support for Corces. Miami attorney John DeLeon says, "This anti-Father Corces group at St. Rose has resorted to the worst type of Joe McCarthy-like tactics to further their agenda and achieve their goal of removing the Pastor even at the cost of destroying the parish. As a St. Rose graduate, I find this whole sordid witch hunt embarrassing. I am reminded to be faithful to the merciful message of both Jesus and His messenger Pope Francis. If Father Corces is proven to be human so be it. I won't, and admit, I am unable to cast the first stone. However, the way this "investigation" took place is disgraceful, shameful, and beneath Christian values."

Original story, May 23:
The Archdiocese of Miami is probing claims that a priest at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church had improper, intimate relationships with a maintenance worker whom he hired, as well as three others associated with the church's school.

A group, called Christifidelis, hired a private investigator to compile what it calls a "dossier" on Father Pedro Corces, pastor of St. Rose. The investigator, who is not named in the document, followed Corces for weeks, photographed the priest, went through trash in the church rectory, and compiled 128 pages of alleged evidence of improprieties. The group is asking that Corces be removed from his position as pastor of the church and its associated Catholic school.

"To have an intimate relationship with an employee under your supervision is unethical," says Miami attorney Rosa Armesto, who is representing Christifidelis. Armesto also has children enrolled at St. Rose, which is located in a well-to-do neighborhood.

Multiple phone calls to St. Rose were not returned Friday or this morning, and the priest did not respond to an email. New Times is choosing not to name the maintenance man, whose name does appear in the document.

Mary Ross Agosta, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Miami, says church officials received a copy of the dossier "and an investigation in accordance with canon law has been initiated."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Miami Priest Accused Of Hiring School Maintenance Worker Who Was Once Arrested For Prostitution

FLORIDA
Rise News

By Rich Robinson

UPDATED- May 26

BREAKING- Father Pedro Corces has been asked to step down as the pastor of St. Rose of Lima according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Miami.

The principal of the school Sister Bernadette Keane has also been replaced by a Archdiocese official for the reminder of the school year

The announcements came in a letter emailed to parents at St. Rose on Thursday afternoon.

In it, Archbishop Thomas Wenski announced that he has asked for Father Pedro Corces to step down as pastor of St. Rose of Lima in an effort to fix the “fractured” spirit and unity at the church and its associated school after a group of parents and a private investigator published a 129 dossier of information filled with allegations against Father Corces.

This is developing and this story will be updated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Files Reorganization Plan

MINNESOTA
Canonical Consultation

[with copy of the reorganization plan]

Jennifer Haselberger

05/26/2016

And, typically, they provided a Q and A of everything the Archdiocese wants you to know, as well as bulletin and pulpit announcements to be used at each of the 'separately incorporated' parishes that the Archdiocese claims it does not control. Ahem.

What the Archdiocese does not mention is that what they are seeking is called, in bankruptcy terminology, a cram down. In other words, the Archdiocese is asking the bankruptcy court to cram down the throats of the victims of sexual abuse and other unsecured creditors its reorganization plan, over the objections of those same creditors.

And Jesus wept.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Letter to Faithful from Archbishop Hebda Regarding Reorganization Plan Filing

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

For more information, please see the following FAQ about Reorganization Plan Filing.
Read the Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Source: Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On January 16, 2015, the Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy. Today, I write to tell you that we have filed a Plan of Reorganization as part of that bankruptcy process. Filing the Plan is an important and required step on our path to a fair resolution.

In preparation for filing the Plan, the Archdiocese sold available real estate assets, including our properties in Saint Paul, we will be leasing less expensive office space, and we have continued to cut our budget. For over a year, we have worked cooperatively with others. We have also participated in mediation to help determine the value of insurance coverage. Although progress has been made, the insurance companies and attorneys for those asserting claims of sexual abuse have not been able to agree on the proper value of the insurance proceeds for the claims. According to attorneys for claimants, the claims are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The insurance companies disagree and place the value much lower.

Our Plan stands on three pillars. First, the unprecedented Settlement Agreement last December with the Ramsey County Attorney, which is incorporated into the Plan to ensure that we continue to do all we can to protect children. Second, the funding of a $500,000 victim counseling fund to promote healing for those who have suffered abuse. And third, the creation of an independent Trust. The Archdiocese has proposed that the Trust will initially be funded by $65 million or more in proceeds from Archdiocesan cash and the sale of our properties, proceeds from insurance settlements, and contributions of insurance settlements from our parishes. In addition, all insurance proceeds, including those that have not yet been agreed upon between the insurance companies and those filing claims, will be put in the Trust. A court-appointed Trustee will then control the Trust and have the authority to pay claimants.

Victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a Plan of Reorganization is finalized and approved. The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available for victims/survivors. In other dioceses, that approval process has taken years. For example, in Milwaukee, the process took more than five years and only $21 million was available to compensate claimants. We are submitting our Plan now in the hope of compensating victims/survivors and promoting healing sooner rather than later.

While we believe that this Plan is fair, we also know that some well-intentioned people may raise objections. Reorganizations sometimes involve modifying an initial Plan. We are committed to working earnestly with everyone involved to find a fair, just and timely resolution.

This week, some attorneys claimed that we failed to disclose all of our assets in the bankruptcy case. Let me be clear: The Archdiocese has disclosed all of our assets and has followed all of the rules set forth by the Court and all directives from the judge. I know that for at least the last 11 months we have been working extremely hard to marshal and maximize our assets with the hope of providing the most for the most.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Father Doyle's disappearing act: how a paedophile priest hid in plain sight

AUSTRALIA
The Age

May 27, 2016

Chris Vedelago, Beau Donelly, Cameron Houston

The departure of Father Joseph Doyle from Our Lady of Lourdes church was announced without warning during one Sunday Mass in late 2005.

The congregation was told Father Joe, as he was known, would retire that day, after 37 years ministering to the Bayswater parish.

The senior administrative official in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Vicar-General Bishop Tomlinson, made a special trip out to the church to deliver it.

He told Father Doyle's flock that the priest wanted no fanfare to mark the end of what Archbishop Denis Hart had called – only a few years earlier – his "remarkable service".

"We couldn't figure out why Father Joe would do that," a parishioner recalls, "but we admired him and believed it when we were told he had retired".

Father Doyle moved from the church and grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes primary school to new accommodation a few suburbs away, pensioned off with rental assistance and private medical insurance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Assignment Record– Rev. Donald J. O'Shaughnessy, S.J.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Donald J. O'Shaughnessy was ordained for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus in 1955. Much of his career was spent in the Chicago archdiocese, where he was a Loyola Academy faculty member in WiIlmette IL. He was also assigned to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milford OH, Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA and Clarkston MI. O'Shaughnessy was removed from ministry in 2004 after credible accusations were reported that he perpetrated sexual abuse while working at Loyola Academy. One former student who came forward said O'Shaughnessy, who was his advisor, pulled him out of class daily to abuse him beginning when he was a 15-year-old sophomore,1977-1979. The Jesuits have settled with at least two fomer students with claims of abuse. O'Shaughnessy died in July 2013, at age 89.

Born: 1923
Ordained: 1955
Died: July 8, 2013

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Philly Area Demonstration Tonight 5/27/16

PENNSYLVANIA
Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse

WHAT: Multi-Organizational Demonstration to Protest Actions being taken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia top leadership to fight the passage of PA HB 1947- #SOLReform

WHEN: Friday, May 27 at 6 PM

WHERE: Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 E. Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood, PA

PARK/MEET AT THE OVERBROOK STATION (2195 N. 63rd Street at City Avenue, Phila., PA 19151.There is a larger parking area is on the other side of tracks, off Drexel Road; use the underpass to cross to the parking lot where we will be convening. As a large group, we will then cross over City Avenue to Wynnewood Ave. which has multiple lanes and heavy traffic at the light.

DRESS ATTIRE: Please wear any kind of white shirt you have.

SIGNS: Any poster that you want to bring that shows your support for #SOLReform and HB 1947. We will have a few extra signs also.

CONTACT: Marie Whitehead, FACSA Communications Coordinator, 215-439-0536 mwhitehead@abolishsexabuse.org

WHY: Archbishop Chaput, with the aid of his lawyers and a PR firm, has launched a no holds barred, multi-faceted, expensive communications campaign aimed at convincing Philadelphia Area Catholics that changing the laws pertaining to the sexual abuse of children is a wrong, unfair and will cause the archdioceses to go into bankruptcy, close many more schools and severely limit financial resources for their many ministries. Chaput wants them to call their legislators and tell them not to support HB 1947. The bill removes the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution for child sex abuse, extends the maximum age to file a civil suit to 50 and makes it possible for more child sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits against any Pennsylvania diocese which enabled and protected their predators.

The first step was to meet with all the priests in the archdiocese which he did a week or so ago. Friday night he has invited all the Catholics in the archdiocese to come out and hear about HB 1947 from their perspective and encourage them to take action to oppose it.

FACSA, with many other local and national organizations, is demonstrating to help raise awareness of what the truths in this matter are and to support the passage of HB 1947.

For more info:
Lobbying for, against change in Pa. sex crime laws pushing to 'educate the public'
House approves bill to reform child sex crimes laws; measure heads to Senate

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

State orders re-inspection of Rockland schools

NEW YORK
News 12

AIRMONT - Dozens of schools in Rockland County will be re-inspected because of possible fire and safety code violations.

News 12 has learned that the state has ordered Rockland County to re-inspect up to 49 private schools in Ramapo and Spring Valley. Sources say the state apparently does not trust the town to keep their own schools safe.

This is the largest intervention of its kind in the district.

Two weeks ago, the Ramapo Town Board demoted and gave a 60-day suspension to Fire Inspector Adam Peltz.

Peltz was accused of ignoring safety code violations, including missing sprinklers, padlocked doors and broken exit signs during his visits to at least 19 local private schools.

County officials will begin thorough inspections Friday at schools, focusing on yeshivas that haven't been inspected in years and others reviewed by Peltz.

Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said he's unaware of the county's plans to re-inspect yeshivas in his town, but that they're taking steps to ensure student safety too.

County leaders say yeshivas by law are supposed to be inspected every year and that their only concern is for student safety.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Rockland launches code inspections of 49 private schools

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Steve Lieberman, slieberm@lohud.com May 26, 2016

Rockland officials newly empowered by the state to inspect private schools for fire and safety code violations made their first stop Thursday afternoon at a local yeshiva.

When Rockland County Fire Coordinator Gordon Wren Jr. entered the Yeshiva Shaarei Arazim at 900 Route 45 in Ramapo, he told reporters, he immediately noticed the push bars on two of the doors did not work and the doors did not open, a clear violation.

He was accompanied by Spring Valley Fire Inspector Frank Youngman, who is also a Hillcrest firefighter and retired police officer.

The high school - formerly the Jewish Community Center building - had what Wren and Youngman estimated was a foot-high pile of garbage in one 25-foot-wide room, moldy food on the floor, stairwells used as storage, and doors propped open, among several dozen violations. The pair said, however, that they were impressed with the school's programming, as well as the young men and the teachers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Bishops told to repent on abuse issue

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Tim Wyatt

Posted: 27 May 2016

THE House of Bishops has backed reforms to the Church of England's safeguarding, prompted by a damning report into the case of a man who was abused by a senior priest and then ignored for years.

During the House's meeting in York last week the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, presented the list of changes to safeguarding procedures suggested by the Elliott Report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Twin Cities Archdiocese files plan to settle with abuse victims

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

[with video]

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 26, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed its financial reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Thursday, offering a strategy for regaining financial stability while compensating an expected 400 clergy abuse claims.

The plan calls for the creation of a $65 million trust fund for victims, which could increase in size if further insurance settlements are reached, as well as a $500,000 counseling fund for victims and new protocols to prevent future abuse.

“We filed our plan today — after 16 months — because victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a plan of reorganization is finalized and approved,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses, and … less money is available for them.”

Hebda acknowledged that the plan may face objections, but said that the archdiocese is committed to finding a “fair, just and timely resolution.”

Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson blasted the plan at a news conference of his own, arguing that the archdiocese is protecting more than $1 billion in assets from liability and shielding itself from future abuse claims.

The plan contains provisions that would prevent any current official of the archdiocese, parishes or other Catholic entity from being sued for clergy abuse forever.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Former Playboy model reveals she was sexually abused at Loyola School — but state law prevents lawsuit

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
MICHAEL O'KEEFFE
GINGER ADAMS OTIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, May 26, 2016

A personal trainer and former "Playboy" model whose mother was a CIA operative and father was a South American dictator has come forward as the sexual abuse victim who sparked an investigation at an elite Upper East Side Catholic school — but she can't sue because her case is too old for New York's statute of limitations.

Monica Perez Jimenez, 54, has played many roles in her colorful life — stuntwoman, self-defense teacher, fitness model — despite struggling for years with depression and substance abuse as a result of the abuse she suffered as a student at Loyola School. She said the Republican leaders blocking a vote on a bill to reform New York's statute of limitations are putting their own children and grandchildren at risk.

"Loyola is the kind of school you would send your child to — do we have to wait until it happens to one of your children to protect kids from pedophiles?" she said.

Jimenez, the love child of deposed Venezuelan strongman Marcos Perez Jimenez and Marita Lorenz, a CIA operative who also had a torrid affair with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, now lives in Costa Rica, where she is planning to open a gym to teach self-defense to women and children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Catholic school had abuse culture: court

AUSTRALIA
9 News

AAP

A Victorian judge will sentence an ex-Catholic priest who raped a Year 7 boy on his office floor on the basis "that's just the way they did it at Salesian".

Prosecutors told the Victorian County Court on Friday Salesian College Rupertswood appeared to have had a culture of drugging and raping students.

The school's borders co-ordinator in the late 1980s, Michael Scott Aulsebrook, has been found guilty of raping a boy he enticed into his office with computer games before drugging him.

The Traralgon man, 60, faced a plea hearing on Friday, when Judge Geoffrey Chettle said the victim was also raped by de-frocked predator David Erwin Rapson in a similar manner while at the school.

He said he needed to consider whether to sentence Aulsebrook on the basis he and Rapson discussed their offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Defense questions use of play therapy in sex abuse charge for ex-EWTN host

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

The defense in the trial of former EWTN TV talk show host David Stone opened today with a witness who cautioned against using 'play therapy' as the main method of determining a sexual abuse allegation.

Stone, 55, formerly known as Father Francis Mary Stone when he hosted the TV show "Life on the Rock," was suspended from his religious order and placed on long-term leave of absence at EWTN after he fathered a child with another EWTN employee, who was fired.

Stone was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor under 12. The minor he is charged with sexually abusing is his own son, now eight years old.

Licensed clinical psychologist Alan Blotcky testified for the defense on Thursday that play therapy can be unreliable in determining sexual abuse and should be just one tool among many in determining whether abuse occurred. Play therapy involves the use of toys to help a child recall and explain what happened to him.

"Play therapy is one way of getting information," Blotcky said. "It's helpful but not sufficient. There are lots of pieces of the puzzle."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Church sued for allegedly turning deaf ear to abused child

OREGON
News-Register

A 12-year-old girl and her mother are suing the Nazarene Church on the Hill in McMinnville, alleging church employees failed to act when the girl told them she was being abused by her biological father.

According to the $5.2 million lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on May 23, the girl was in kindergarten through third grade when she told teachers, aides, counselors and clergy at the church about the abuse.

The accused molester is the girl's biological father, who allegedly gave his daughter herpes as a result of his assaults, managed to flee before the allegations were brought to light, said Randall Vogt, the Portland attorney representing the plaintiffs. "No criminal charges were ever brought, and he dissappared," he said. "We have no notion of where he is."

Vogt said church employees were required under Oregon law to report what the girl told them to legal authorities and church officials. Even the girl's parents were not told, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Reliving connections with an 'Oscars' hero

CHINA
East Daily

Former China Daily journalists catch up with Boston Globe colleagues who found fame with Spotlight.

"Spotlight", the movie named after the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team that in the early 2000’s wrote an explosive series on child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church and its attendant cover-up, was a surprise winner at this year’s Academy Awards. But that was not the only surprise.

Who could imagine that a story about shoe leather journalism, about the drudgery of digging for facts and knocking on doors, about the tedium of finding and poring over thousands of documents, could be depicted with such authenticity and yet be such an immersive and moving experience?

Certainly not the members of the Spotlight Team, who, when approached by the filmmakers, wondered how a film could be made about a decidedly unglamorous process. "It would be like a film about how sausage is made", Walter "Robby" Robinson, the then head of the Spotlight Team, recalled recently.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

FBI searching for possible victims of child abuse suspect

TENNESSEE
WREG

MAY 26, 2016, BY GEORGE BROWN AND ERYN TAYLOR

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The FBI and several law enforcement agencies are searching for possible victims of child sexual abuse after the arrest of Ronald Keith Black Sr.

Authorities said he could have victims in Tennessee.

In April, Black was charged with 29 counts of of first-degree sexual offense and 12 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

It’s believed he could have sexually abused numerous juveniles as early as the 1980’s up until 2006.

Authorities said he has known connections in Lillington and White Lake, North Carolina, Florence, South Carolina and an unknown location in Tennessee.

Black previously served as a youth leader at an undisclosed Baptist Church and possibly as a baseball coach.

If you have any information concerning Black, you are urged to call the FBI at 704-672-6100 or the Raleigh Police Department at 919-384-HELP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese Plan Offers at Least $65 Million to Creditors

MINNESOTA
WDAY

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set aside at least $65 million to pay clergy abuse victims and other creditors.

The plan filed Thursday also would create a $500,000 fund to pay for counseling for survivors.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda says he believes the plan is fair but might need modifications. He says the church wants a just and timely resolution. See prepared remarks from Hebda at an afternoon news conference here.

Lawyer Jeff Anderson, whose firm has filed most of the abuse claims against the archdiocese since Minnesota gave survivors of past abuse a new chance to sue, says he's reviewing the plan but calls it "predictably deficient." He accused the archdiocese this week of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors.

The Archdiocese's Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan also includes what's called a Compensable Abuse Matrix.

The matrix breaks down a point system, which would be used to determine how much money each victim gets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

THE FEMINIST TRAILBLAZING OF SINÉAD O’CONNOR

UNITED STATES
The New Yorker

By Amanda Petrusich , MAY 26, 2016

Last week, Sinéad O’Connor took off on an early-morning bicycle trip around Wilmette, Illinois, a pleasant suburb of Chicago. The Irish pop singer—now forty-nine, and still best known for ripping up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live,” in 1992, while singing the word “evil,” a remonstrance against the Vatican’s handling of sexual-abuse allegations—had previously expressed suicidal ideations, and, in 2012, admitted to a “very serious breakdown,” which led her to cancel a world tour. Ergo, when she still hadn’t returned from her bike ride twenty-four hours later, the police helicopters began circling. Details regarding what happened next—precisely where O’Connor was found, and in what condition—have been scant, but authorities confirmed her safety by the end of the day.

I was barely ten years old when O’Connor’s second album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” was released in America. I recall tugging my lumpy beanbag chair directly up to the television set so that I could watch the video for “Nothing Compares 2 U” in terrifying proximity to the screen. O’Connor is wearing a black turtleneck, framed close, and standing in front of a black background. The filmic effect is austere, nearly ghostly. “It’s been seven hours and fifteen days since you took your love away,” O’Connor sings, her voice barely betraying a brogue. There are moments when the vocal seems to slip away from her a little, like a phonograph needle jerking out of its groove—this is the strange looseness of the freshly wounded. Like a maimed animal, the mind goes feral. ...

Following the “Saturday Night Live” appearance, her career began to disassemble. People were outraged. The next week, when the actor Joe Pesci hosted “Saturday Night Live,” he held up the same photo of the Pope, now taped back together, and said that, if it had been his show, “I would have gave her such a smack.” Frank Sinatra, performing in New Jersey shortly after the episode aired, reportedly announced (per Tom Santopietro’s book, “Sinatra in Hollywood”), “This must be one stupid broad. I’d kick her ass if she were a guy. She must beat her kids to stay in shape.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

May 26, 2016

Testimony continues in Stone sexual abuse trial

GEORGIA
WVTM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of a former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a minor.

This afternoon, a juvenile whom we are not identifying testified that David Stone inappropriately touched him on the upper thigh and near the groin.

This comes after testimony earlier this week from a boy whom we also aren't identifying said that Stone inappropriately touched him on his backside when he was 3 years old. That particular alleged incident took place back in 2011.

Stone was once the host of "Life on the Rock," which aired on Irondale-based Catholic television network EWTN. He was fired from the network for having a relationship with a woman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

DuBois priest on leave after sexual harassment suit filed

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

DUBOIS, Pa. -- A Clearfield County priest is on leave after the Diocese of Erie was sued for sexual harassment. The diocese confirms Father Dan Kresinski, pastor of both the St. Michael and St. Joseph parishes in DuBois is on paid administrative leave.

A woman who worked with Kresinski sued the diocese in federal court earlier this week. She alleges in those court documents that Kresinski would touch himself during meetings.

She said she was fired in October of 2013 for complaining to the diocese and that nothing was done. Her complaint said Bishop Lawrence Persico asked her to sign a paper that would prohibit her from going to the media. She said she refused to sign it.

The diocese spokesperson Anne-Marie Welsh said a letter from the bishop will be read to the parishioners Sunday.

The federal court documents said the woman is asking for all the wages she would have received since being terminated in October of 2013. She wants punitive damages as well as other financial compensations, the documents showed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

Former school aide accused of exploiting children facing 10 new charges

NEW YORK
CNY Central

[the indictment]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The former elementary school aide accused of exploiting children is now facing additional charges after a grand jury returned a superseding indictment that adds ten new charges.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and FBI Resident Agent in Charge Andrew Vale say a 19-count superseding indictment returned by the grand jury replaces the indictment from March and adds ten charges. Seven of those charges are for sexual exploitation of a minor, while the other three allege additional conduct involving the distribution of child pornography. The superseding indictment alleges no new victims from the previous indictment.

In March an undercover federal investigator out of the Metropolitan Police Department - Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force began communicating on the Kik app with a user later identified as Jason Kopp. A federal criminal complaint stated, in an exchange of texts Kopp shared numerous images of an infant child "which depict the lewd and lascivious exhibition of her genitals." Other images show Kopp "engaged in acts of sexual abuse of the child."

During the investigation, the criminal complaint stated agents became aware of Emily Oberst as the person who was supplying the images of the child. During an interview with investigators, Oberst admitted she has taken "a total of 45-50 sexually explicit images of the infant and sent them to 'Jason', and that all sexually explicit images she has sent to 'Jason' depict the same infant female child, who is currently 16 months old."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Former All Saints aide faces new child porn charges

NEW YORK
WSYR

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)

A former All Saints School aide is facing new charges for her alleged role in trafficking child pornography.

23-year-old Emily Oberst was arrested alongside Jason Kopp in March on sexual exploitation charges.

Oberst is now being charged under a 19-count superseding indictment that includes sexual exploitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography.

Kopp has already pleaded guilty to 22 felonies – each carrying a minimum of 20 years in prison.

If Oberst is convicted, she faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years for each count of conspiracy to sexually exploit children and sexual exploitation of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Former School Staffer in Syracuse, Accused of Sexually Exploiting Children, Faces Federal Charges

NEW YORK
TWC News

The former staffer at All Saints Elementary School in Syracuse, who has been accused of sexually exploiting children, is now facing federal charges.

Emily Oberst, 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to sexually exploit children, exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography, a total of 19 counts in all.

Court documents show that between 2014 and March of this year, Oberst allegedly took explicit photos of two young children and shared them on her phone.

Oberst worked at All Saints Elementary School at the time, but it is unclear if the victims were from the school. Both were under the age of 4 at the time.

The explicit photos in question ultimately wound up in the hands of the FBI, after a man named Jason Kopp sent them to an undercover agent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

Teacher's aide faces more charges in All Saints child porn case

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A federal grand jury today added more child pornography charges against a former teacher's aide at a Syracuse elementary school and day care center.

Emily Oberst, 23, was indicted on seven more counts of sexual exploitation of a child for the purpose of making child pornography and three more counts of distributing child pornography.

Oberst, of Syracuse, and Jason Kopp, 40, of Liverpool, were indicted two months ago on charges of sexually exploiting three children to make child pornography. The victims were a 16-month-old girl, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, according to a federal indictment.

The new indictment doesn't include allegations involving any new victims.

The indictment filed in federal court today accuses Oberst of taking sexually explicit photos of the two girls 11 times between Nov. 6, 2014, and March 16, 2016. It also accuses her of distributing those pictures seven times over that same period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Jewish security patrol pair plead guilty to reduced charges in Brooklyn beating of gay black man

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY GRAHAM RAYMAN CHRISTINA CARREGA-WOODBY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two of the men arrested in the horrific beating of a gay black man in Brooklyn pleaded guilty Wednesday to lesser charges.

Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn to unlawful imprisonment for their role in the beating of Taj Patterson, 25.

Patterson was walking down Flushing Ave. in Williamsburg in December 2013 when he was set upon by a gang of men linked to the Shomrim, a volunteer Orthodox Jewish security patrol. They shouted anti-gay slurs and beat him up, prosecutors said.

Patterson suffered savage injuries, including a broken eye socket and a torn retina that left him permanently blind in one eye.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Brooklyn, NY - 2 Dodge Prison Time In 2013 Beating Of Black Man In Williamsburg

NEW YORK
Vos Is Neias

Brooklyn, NY - Two of the men arrested in the December 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg will avoid jail time, pleading guilty yesterday to charges of unlawful imprisonment in a Brooklyn State Supreme Court.

The two men, 22 year old Pinchas Braver and 42 year old Abraham Winkler, will receive three years probation, serve 150 hours of community service and pay $1,400 in restitution as reported by the Daily News. Both are expected to be sentenced on August 9th.

Prosecutor Marc Fliedner requested that the two men not be allowed to perform their community service in Williamsburg but rather be assigned to a “culturally diverse neighborhood outside of where this unlawful imprisonment took place.”

As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/KTCTUi), Taj Patterson was badly beaten by a group of men as he walked on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg in the early morning hours on December 1st. Witnesses came to Patterson’s aid and the 22 year old aspiring fashion designer suffered a broken eye socket and a torn retina in the attack, leaving him permanently blind in one eye.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

It’s Time Orthodox Jews Speak Out Against Shomrim Patrol

NEW YORK
Forward

Michael Lesher
May 26, 2016

The Brooklyn Hasidim accused of beating a young, gay black man named Taj Patterson back in 2013 are reportedly about to get a plea deal so sweet, they won’t serve a single day in prison.

Patterson, who was beaten so badly that he was left blind in one eye, and who had homophobic slurs hurled at him throughout the ordeal, is surely having a hard time understanding the aftermath.

Why did local police quickly drop the investigation into his attack, despite available eyewitnesses, until his mother’s persistence shamed them into action? Why didn’t the membership of several of the alleged attackers in a Hasidic security patrol prompt the cops to widen their search to probe the discriminatory history of the Shomrim, as the patrol is called — instead of writing “CLOSED” over the case within 24 hours of the first report and listing the charge as a misdemeanor, not a hate crime? And why are the three alleged assailants who still await trial (two have already walked) apparently going to get off so easy, instead of facing prison terms ?

Prosecutors haven’t told reporters why Patterson’s brutal beating isn’t worth jail time. Maybe, as anonymous sources told The Daily News, witnesses who originally implicated the defendants are suddenly getting cold feet . But in that case, Patterson must be wondering why the Brooklyn district attorney can’t charge someone among the insular, “informer”-blaming Williamsburg Hasidim with intimidating those witnesses, instead of folding his cards and letting the alleged attackers walk free.

But Orthodox Jews like me — we know why, don’t we?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

GA--Victims want Catholic official fired in abuse case

GEORGIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Atlanta Catholics and Holy Spirit Preparatory families deserve more information about allegations against Fr. Thomas Aloysius Flynn of the controversial Legion of Christ religious order. And Archbishop Wilton Gregory and the school’s board should fire the headmaster who refused to call police about suspected child sexual abuse.

[CBS 46]

Headmaster Kyle Pietrantonio allegedly followed church protocol. But he didn’t call 911. No matter what one’s employer requires in such cases, every caring adult should immediately call police when child sex crimes are reported or suspected.

Gregory should send a strong signal to his staff and flock by firing Pietrantonio.

No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Statement on accusations made by Chaouqui

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has released a statement concerning some statements made by Francesco Immacolata Chaouqui against Archbishop Angelo Giovanni Becciu, the Substitute of the Secretary of State, released during the ongoing trial at the Vatican for the appropriation and illicit disclosure of confidential documents:

“On the occasion of the last hearing in the trial taking place in the Vatican for the publication of confidential documents (May 24), Dr Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui has made some statements, of which the press has taken notice, in which she made serious charges against the person of the Substitute of the Secretary of State, of having acting unfairly towards her. Such accusations, after the hearing, were repeated in an even more serious way and spread by Facebook by the accused [Chaouqui]. It has therefore become necessary—without desiring in any way to condition the action of the Court—to deny, in a most absolute way, such accusations and to state that, since they are calumnious affirmations, they are absolutely unacceptable, and subject to legal action.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

PA--Victims to hold support group in Ebensburg PA

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

for immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

For more information: Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Support group to be held for clergy abuse victims

The self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in the Ebensburg areaTuesday night.

The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 31st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cottage Restaurant (private meeting room) 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy. Ebensburg, Pa.

"Victims, family members, and supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend," said Judy Jones, SNAP's Midwest Associate Director. "The Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report has understandably stirred up lots of emotion throughout the state. We are creating a safe, private, confidential setting to help anyone who has been abused as a child or exploited as an adult."

Despite the word "priest" in its name, SNAP welcomes and tries to help "anyone who has been hurt in institutional settings by predators, Jones said.

"Whether you or your loved ones were sexually victimized in summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, or wherever, it's beneficial to talk with and get solace and comfort from those who have suffered in similar settings," she said.

Based in Chicago, SNAP was founded in 1988 and now has nearly 30,000 members across the US and increasingly across the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

NY--Victims: “Cardinal must act in twice-accused predator case”

NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan should harshly, publicly and immediately denounce his Long Island colleague who is endangering kids by keeping a twice-accused predator priest on the job.

[New York Daily News]

Dolan, as the “metropolitan” bishop over all of New York, has a duty to speak up loudly and clearly when church officials anywhere in New York jeopardize the safety of youngsters. That’s what’s happening now in the Rockville Centre diocese under Bishop William Murphy with Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn.

Despite a current police investigation and two pending child sex abuse lawsuits charging recent crimes, Murphy is keeping Fr. Gregory on the job in a parish. This is appallingly callous and careless.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Alleged victims of Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing girls 'all gave similar accounts', court hears

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

BY NICK STATHAM

Canon Mortimer Stanley, 84, who is also accused of indecently assaulting an altar boy, was parish priest at St Vincent De Paul RC Church, in Norden from 1977 to 2002

The alleged victims of a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing nine young girls over four decades all gave similar accounts of his behaviour a court has heard.

Canon Mortimer Stanley, 84, who is also accused of indecently assaulting an altar boy, was parish priest at St Vincent De Paul RC Church, in Norden from 1977 to 2002.

He denies 19 counts of indecent assault said to have been committed during that time.

Several of the female complainants - all pupils at neighbouring St Vincent’s RC Primary School during Stanley’s ministry - described how they would sit on his knee while he would ‘bounce them up and down’.

The most serious allegations include him kissing and sexually assaulting the alleged victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Child sex abuse survivor: He'll spend $100K to beat Sen. DeFrancisco, others

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By Mike McAndrew | mmcandrew@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A minority owner of the Vernon Downs racetrack says he'll spend $100,000 this year to unseat state Sen. John DeFrancisco and other senators who won't pass a bill to allow child sexual abuse survivors like himself sue their abusers.

DeFrancisco, the Senate deputy majority leader from Syracuse, is going to be the No. 1 target of the new Fighting for Children PAC that Gary Greenberg says he's in the process of forming.

Greenberg, a 57-year-old businessman from New Baltimore, said he's targeting DeFrancisco because of the senator's outspoken opposition to a pending bill that would eliminate the civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes going forward and create a one-year window for victims to sue for abuses committed decades ago.

"There are a lot of cases where these perpetrators, because of the statute of limitations, have been able to get away with it and are still out there abusing," Greenberg said. "This would out some of these people. There may be instances where they're still abusing and it could be stopped."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Victim of Church-sex-crime let go of Resentment and Turned to Mercy, Here’s Her Mentality

China Christian Daily

By Pauline Petro
on May 27, 2016

Once a reporter in the US asked President Carter if he has ever committed adultery in anyway. The question was very blunt and honest.

However, should this be the way one sees this issue of sex crimes?

I have a colleague who suffered from a personal tragedy six years ago. She’s a new graduate at that time and was quite young, innocent and served the Church with earnest. While she knew that there are a lot of crimes in society today, she still believed that the church was a holy place and all the ministers were good people. However, reality is not as black and white as she saw it and she found herself unable to comprehend the truth that she was sexually abused by a minister severely. Shamefully, as well.

When she would remember what has transpired and how she reacted, she would always get angry as she was very silent about how she was violated and who was responsible for her attack. She watched in silence as to how the minister continued to serve God “honorably” and led the church as a “powerful leader.” As the years progressed, she became even angrier when others would say they have experienced sexual abuse from ministers.

The church has often preached about forgiving and the importance of interpersonal relationships in the church. However, with my colleague’s misfortune, I wish to speak about sexual violence in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

NJ--SNAP: Archbishop must act on indicted priest

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

An admitted New Jersey predator priest has been indicted and now Newark Archbishop John Myers must act. So too must three other prelates who let this child molesting cleric in their dioceses.

[NJ.com]

A grand jury indicted Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza who has fled to his native Ecuador. Myers must do aggressive outreach to help criminal authorities extradite, prosecute and convict this criminal so that kids will be safer. Myers must also seek out and help others with information or suspicions about this child molesting cleric, using church bulletins, pulpit announcements and parish websites. This weekend, Myers should personally visit the last parish where Fr. Gallo Espinoza worked, begging others who’ve been hurt to step forward, get help and call police.

Maryland Archbishop William Lori, Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Equador Bishop Alfredo José Espinoza Mateus all let Fr. Gallo Espinoza work in their jurisdictions. They too must do serious outreach.

We applaud the bravery and persistence of Max Rojaz Ramirez, who was assaulted by this pedophile priest and is working hard to safeguard other kids from him. Max is a true hero.

No matter what law enforcement or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

NJ--Victims urge investigation into judge, DA, & NJ ministers

NEW JERSEY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We urge the New Jersey bar to investigate whether a prosecutor or a judge acted improperly in a troubling child sex abuse case involving a fugitive minister. And we urge law enforcement to investigate whether witnesses or church officials did the same.

[NJ.com]

For reasons that aren’t fully clear, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez and Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Linda Claude-Oben let a convicted child molesting cleric remain free on $250,000 bail. That criminal, Rev. Gregorio Martinez, vanished weeks later and now heads a church in Nicaragua, where kids and families are even more vulnerable to a charismatic child molester than kids and families in the US are.

If the judge or prosecutor goofed up, mistakenly enabling a dangerous predator to escape, they should be disciplined.

If lawmakers goofed up, mistakenly enabling predators to exploit some legal loophole, they should promptly fix it.

An investigation should also be held into those who testified in court on behalf of this cunning criminal, including Kelvin and Paula Martinez of Jersey City. They may have perjured themselves or broken the law in other ways.

Similarly, an investigation should be launched into Assembly of God officials including

--Verardo Acosta of Bergenfield, head of Fountain of Salvation Church in Elizabeth,

--Uriel Sanchez of the Trenton area, and

--Arturo Martinez of Elohim Christian Church of Jersey City.

They may have enabled Martinez flee by helping him get a fake passport or in other ways, hindered prosecution or obstructed justice.

No matter what law enforcement or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Assembly of God churches to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Once again: Why won’t anyone tell the truth about Bruce Wellems?

ILLINOIS
The Worthy Adversary

May 26, 2016 Joelle Casteix

Fr. Bruce Wellems: the man everyone wants to protect.

Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Archdiocese and the Claretian Fathers have barred Catholic priest Father Bruce Wellems from ministry.

To be honest, they made that decision in March, but didn’t tell anyone until May. Were they ever going to tell anyone? That’s a big question.

In fact, had Wellems’ victim not been vigilant and insisted on knowing the decision of both groups … and had he not informed the Chicago Tribune once he learned the outcome, no one would have known at all.

This is transparency? This is openness?

No! This is flagrant disregard for Cupich’s promise of openness, his assurances of public safety, any modicum of risk management, or the use of simple common sense.

It gets worse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

IL--Archbishop keeps secret about “new facts” about admitted predator

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Chicago’s top Catholic official refuses to tell police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents or the public about “new facts” he says his staff have uncovered about an admitted predator priest. That’s reckless and wrong.

[Chicago Tribune]

Archbishop Blasé Cupich is being as secretive and reckless with Fr. Bruce Wellems as Cardinal Francis George was with Fr. Daniel McCormack.

Arguably, Cupich is being worse than George because Fr. Wellems is an admitted predator, while Fr. McCormack was a credibly accused predator.

We’re glad Fr. Wellems won’t be put back to work in Chicago but Catholics need and deserve to know these “new facts.” Does this mean other victims have stepped forward? Does it mean Fr. Wellems has deceived his flock? Does this mean his direct supervisors, the Claretians, have lied to local parishioners about Fr. Wellems?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

St. Paul archdiocese bankruptcy plan: at least $65M to creditors

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set aside at least $65 million to pay clergy abuse victims and other creditors.

The plan filed Thursday also would create a $500,000 fund to pay for counseling for survivors.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda says he believes the plan is fair but might need modifications. He says the church wants a just and timely resolution.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, whose firm has filed most of the abuse claims against the archdiocese since Minnesota gave survivors of past abuse a new chance to sue, says he’s reviewing the plan but calls it “predictably deficient.” He accused the archdiocese this week of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors.

The Archbishop responded to the accusation Thursday saying: “There has been nothing sinister in our actions — the Archdiocese has not hidden any Archdiocesan assets. We have disclosed everything and collaborated with the Court.”

He added that efforts to use assets from parishes, Catholic schools and other Catholic charitable organizations to pay the claims “is simply contrary to law.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Archdiocese sets aside $65 million for Minnesota abuse victims

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that creates an initial fund of $65 million to pay victims of clergy abuse. The plan also includes a $500,000 fund to cover counseling services for survivors of abuse. Attorney Jeff Anderson, whose firm represents hundreds of abuse victims, called the plan “egregious.”

Tuesday, the victims of abuse and the creditors’ committee filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court that claims the archdiocese is hiding assets from the court and the victims. They claim the archdiocese and its parishes have more than $1.7 billion in assets -- far more than the $45 million divulged in court documents last year.

In a letter to the Catholic community, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he believes the plan is fair, but “we also know that some well-intentioned people may raise objections.”

Letter from Archbishop Hebda

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On January 16, 2015, the Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy. Today, I write to tell you that we have filed a Plan of Reorganization as part of that bankruptcy process. Filing the Plan is an important and required step on our path to a fair resolution.

In preparation for filing the Plan, the Archdiocese sold available real estate assets, including our properties in Saint Paul, we will be leasing less expensive office space, and we have continued to cut our budget. For over a year, we have worked cooperatively with others. We have also participated in mediation to help determine the value of insurance coverage. Although progress has been made, the insurance companies and attorneys for those asserting claims of sexual abuse have not been able to agree on the proper value of the insurance proceeds for the claims. According to attorneys for claimants, the claims are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The insurance companies disagree and place the value much lower.

Our Plan stands on three pillars. First, the unprecedented Settlement Agreement last December with the Ramsey County Attorney, which is incorporated into the Plan to ensure that we continue to do all we can to protect children. Second, the funding of a $500,000 victim counseling fund to promote healing for those who have suffered abuse. And third, the creation of an independent Trust. The Archdiocese has proposed that the Trust will initially be funded by $65 million or more in proceeds from Archdiocesan cash and the sale of our properties, proceeds from insurance settlements, and contributions of insurance settlements from our parishes. In addition, all insurance proceeds, including those that have not yet been agreed upon between the insurance companies and those filing claims, will be put in the Trust. A court-appointed Trustee will then control the Trust and have the authority to pay claimants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Archdiocese Plan Offers Creditors At Least $65M

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set aside at least $65 million to pay clergy abuse victims and other creditors.

The plan filed Thursday also would create a $500,000 fund to pay for counseling for survivors.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda says he believes the plan is fair but might need modifications. He says the church wants a just and timely resolution.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, whose firm has filed most of the abuse claims against the archdiocese since Minnesota gave survivors of past abuse a new chance to sue, says he’s reviewing the plan but calls it “predictably deficient.” He accused the archdiocese this week of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Media Advisory: Attorney Jeff Anderson to Respond to Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Bankruptcy Plan Filed Today

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

5/26/2016

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Files Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan Leaving Behind Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Jeff Anderson to Respond to Plan at 2:45PM Press Conference Today

In the plan filed today the Archdiocese and its parishes will contribute less than 2% of its assets; Cathedral of St. Paul valued at $0

WHAT: Today, in United States Bankruptcy Court, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis filed its reorganization plan. The plan outlines several egregious proposals, including a contribution of approximately $30 million dollars, less than two-percent of the Archdiocese and its parishes assets, to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse.

“These actions have proven the Archdiocese’s pledge to put survivors first to be hollow and their pledge to be transparent to be shallow,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson on behalf of 384 sexual abuse survivors. “After the Archdiocese pledged to care for the survivors and treat them fairly through the bankruptcy process, the plan filed today makes it glaringly clear that the Archdiocese is continuing its underhanded ways to avoid transparency and accountability.”

In the court filing today, the Archdiocese values the Cathedral of St. Paul at $0, but insurance documents from 2008 that were not publicly disclosed, lists its value at $68 million dollars. The plan also lists Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Totino-Grace, and De La Salle High Schools as having no value. Additionally, the Archdiocese releases several entities from the bankruptcy, including all parishes and other Catholic entities.

On Tuesday, the Creditors’ Committee and survivors filed a Motion for Substantive Consolidation in response to multiple legal maneuvers the Archdiocese used to hide and shield its assets from the court, survivors and the public. The evidence showed the Archdiocese and its parishes have over $1.7 billion in assets.

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:45PM

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

NOTES: We will live stream the press event from our website at www.andersonadvocates.com.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.583.7633 Cell/612.817.8665
Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.583.7633 Cell/612.205.5531

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Twin Cities archdiocese files plan to settle with abuse victims

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 26, 2016 — 2:34PM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed its financial reorganization plan in bankruptcy court Thursday, offering a strategy for regaining financial stability while compensating an expected 400 clergy abuse claims.

The plan calls for the creation of a $65 million trust fund for victims, which could increase if further insurance settlements are reached, as well as a $500,000 counseling fund for victims and new protocols to prevent future abuse.

"We filed our plan today — after 16 months — because victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a plan of reorganization is finalized and approved," said Archbishop Bernard Hebda at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

"The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys' fees and bankruptcy expenses; and … less money is available for them."

Hebda acknowledged that the plan may face objections, but the archdiocese is committed to finding a "fair, just and timely resolution."

Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson issued a statement saying, "These actions have proven the Archdiocese's pledge to put survivors first to be hollow and their pledge to be transparent to be shallow." Anderson filed a motion in bankruptcy court Tuesday claiming the archdiocese had transferred assets to shield them from clergy abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Sen. nixes sex abuse law bill

NEW YORK
Queens Chronicle

The Republican-controlled state Senate rejected the Child Victims Act, a bill aimed at reforming the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes after a vote was forced by the upper chamber’s Democratic Conference on Monday.

“This common sense legislation would have protected our children and delivered justice for the far too many victims in New York State. Monday’s vote gave all New Yorkers a chance to see where their Senator stands on this critical issue,” state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), a supporter of the legislation, said in a prepared statement.

“My colleagues and I will continue to push this issue to finally give child sex abuse victims the justice they deserve and hold the perpetrators of these heinous crimes accountable,” the senator added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

WANTED: Former Union County Priest Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By ALEXIS TARRAZI (Patch Staff) - May 26, 2016

Plainfield, NJ -- Police are offering a $10,000 reward to help them find a former Catholic priest who is charged with sexually assaulting a teenager inside a Plainfield church, Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced.

Manuel Gallo Espinoza, 52, is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

A Union County grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Espinoza for sexually assaulting the then-16- year-old victim at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on West Sixth Street in Plainfield, where he once was affiliated with, on at least one occasion in early 2003, according to the prosecutor's report/

Espinoza is believed to be living in Ecuador.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

BUSTED: Catholic diocese with history of cover-ups caught protecting priest accused of child abuse

NEW YORK
Raw Story

SARAH K. BURRIS
26 MAY 2016

Rev. Gregory Yacyshyn, the pastor of St. Jude Church on Long Island is the target of a lawsuit against the diocese, alleging he is a “public nuisance.” The suit claims there is a history of the church covering up priest sexual abuse and allowing child molesters to live openly in the community.

The Rockville Centre Diocese spokesman says these claims lack of “credible allegations” and he believes the community is safe, according to the New York Daily News.

The key decision maker in keeping Yacyshyn in the pulpit is Bishop William Murphy, who is a vocal opponent of the Child Victims Act. Murphy believes the statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims should remain where it is, while many believe there should be no time limit on when a person can bring charges for child molestation.

In 2014, Murphy authored a letter to pastors describing the law as an “annual threat” and claimed that the Catholic church has already handled sexual abuse problems internally.

Murphy suggested that supporters of the bill “should be opposed by those of us who know how effectively and permanently the church has remedied that horrific scourge.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Diocese of Duluth, Abuse Victims to Enter Mediation in July

MINNESOTA
Wall Street Journal

By TOM CORRIGAN
May 26, 2016

A bankruptcy judge ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, Minn., and lawyers for more than 100 clergy sexual abuse victims to a three-day mediation session in July.

Court papers filed this week show that Judge Gregg Zive, a Nevada bankruptcy judge, will serve as the mediator at a conference slated to begin July 19, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minneapolis.

The Diocese of Duluth, which is home to more than 55,000 parishioners, filed for bankruptcy in December after a jury awarded more than $8 million to a man who said he was sexually abused in the late 1970s by a priest working in the diocese. The diocese has said it knew nothing about the abuse and couldn’t have prevented it.

At the time it sought chapter 11 protection, the diocese faced about 18 individual abuse claims, but the number has since grown to about 110 as of Monday, according to court records. Victims’ lawyers have said they expected more claims to come in before the deadline ran out Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Effort to eliminate statute of limitations on child sex abuse to continue

NEW YORK
WBFO

By MARIAN HETHERLY

New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

"We believe any time that an individual comes up with the courage to go after their perpetrator that abused them in any way, including and especially sexually as a child, they should have the recourse and the legal ability to go after these perpetrators, these monsters," Kennedy said, "hold them accountable, put them in jail."

Kennedy, a Catholic, said he feels very strongly about the issue and vowed to continue the Child Victims Act he co-sponsored, which would allow adults to pursue criminal or civil child sex abuse charges at any age. "This is the right legislation at the right time," Kennedy said.

"This is about holding those abusers, those perpetrators of this despicable, despicable abuse accountable, giving them jail time and giving closure to these victims and allowing these victims to have some recourse at the end of the day," Kennedy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen Pfaffenhofener Pfarrer

DEUTSCHLAND
Ingolstadt Today

Von Tobias Zell

Die Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen den Pfaffenhofener Stadtpfarrer Peter Wagner wegen des Verdachts einer Sexualstraftat. Wie Generalvikar Harald Heinrich vom zuständigen Bistum Augsburg heute in einer offiziellen Erklärung mitteilte, wurde gegen Pfarrer Wagner ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern eingeleitet. Der Geistliche ist vom Dienst suspendiert worden. Die katholische Pfarrgemeinde steht unter Schock.

Wie berichtet, war gestern die für heute geplante traditionelle Fronleichnams-Prozession kurzfristig abgesagt worden. Die Hintergründe waren zunächst völlig unklar. Bekannt wurde gestern nur, dass Generalvikar Harald Heinrich von der zuständige Diözese Augsburg heute persönlich nach Pfaffenhofen kommen wird, um den Feiertags-Gottesdienst zu zelebrieren und um eine offizielle Erklärung abzugeben. Aus dieser sollte hervorgehen, warum die Prozession ausfällt und was mit Pfarrer Wagner ist. Daraus ließ sich schon erahnen, dass etwas Schwerwiegendes geschehen sein muss.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Verdacht des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern

DEUTSCHLAND
Ingolstadt Today

[Priest Peter Wagner is being investigated for abusing children.]

Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen Pfaffenhofens Stadtpfarrer Peter Wagner – Hier die heutige Erklärung des Generalvikars im Wortlaut

(ty) Es war eine erschütternde Botschaft, die Generalvikar Harald Heinrich von der Diözese Augsburg heute Vormittag beim Fronleichnams-Gottesdienst in Pfaffenhofen zu verkünden hatte. Gegen den hiesigen Stadtpfarrer Peter Wagner „wurde ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern eingeleitet“, erklärte Heinrich. Mitte März sei im bischöflichen Sekretariat ein anonymes Schreiben eingegangen, „das einen solchen Übergriff schilderte“.

Daraufhin sei von der Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Diözese die Staatsanwaltschaft informiert worden. Die hat nun ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts einer Sexualstraftat eingeleitet, wie ein Sprecher des Polizeipräsidiums Oberbayern-Nord heute auf Anfrage unserer Zeitung bestätigte. Der Generalvikar erklärte: „Nachdem wir nun vorgestern von dem Ermittlungsverfahren der Staatsanwaltschaft erfahren haben, hat Bischof Dr. Konrad Zdarsa Pfarrer Wagner bis zur Klärung der Vorwürfe mit sofortiger Wirkung von seinem Amt als Pfarrer entbunden.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Pastor gets 34 years in prison for sex with minors

MINNESOTA
WDAZ

[with video]

By Ryan Laughlin on May 25, 2016

MCINTOSH, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A pastor is being put behind bars for sexually abusing minors. However, he insists he's innocent.

In Clearwater County a community is in disbelief, but prosecutors say there was a pattern of behavior that lead a jury to convict him.

Scott Morey was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 34 years behind bars for being found guilty of 13 charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

Rick Mollin, Clearwater County attorney: “The pattern of conduct that we persuaded the jury to convict him on, was a pattern of conduct which absolutely occurred without question.”

The two victims were minors close to Morey. A jury found him guilty on 13 of 14 charges in a trial that began in April. Today, through tears, Morey read from a 4 and a half page statement proclaiming his innocence, comparing the trial to the Salem witch trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

WOMEN ARE LEAVING CHURCH, AND THE REASON SEEMS CLEAR

UNITED STATES
Religion Dispatches

A new Pew Research Center analysis of General Social Survey data confirms a long-simmering trend in U.S. religious observance: While attendance at religious services has declined for all Americans, it has declined more among women then men.

In the early 1970s, 36 percent of women and 26 percent of men reported attending church services weekly, a ten-point gap that reflected the long-standing trend of women being more religiously committed than men.

The gap reached its widest point in 1982, when it hit 13 percent, but then it began to shrink. By 2012, 22 percent of men reported attending church weekly, as did 28 percent of women, reflecting a “worship gap” of only six percent, an historic low.

Pew’s David McClendon gives several possible reasons for women’s declining levels of religiosity as measured by church attendance. One is the increase in the number of women in the workforce, which could theoretically decrease their leisure time and force them to cut back on activities like church. But as McClendon himself notes, “the fastest increase in women’s full-time employment” actually “occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s, during which time the gender gap on religious service attendance actually widened somewhat.”

If women aren’t too busy with work to go to church, maybe it’s because they’re becoming too well educated. Higher rates of educational attainment are correlated to less church going, except McClendon notes that both more educated and less educated women are going to church less.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Missbrauchsverdacht: Seit wann wusste das Bistum Trier Bescheid?

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

[Suspected abuse: When did the Diocese of Trier know?]

(Trier) Nach den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen einen Priester des Bistums Trier wird nun Kritik an Bischof Stephan Ackermann laut. Zudem sind weitere Einzelheiten des Falls bekannt geworden.

Katja Bernardy

Trier. Die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen einen Priester (62) des Bistums Trier schlagen hohe Wellen. Denn Betroffene kritisieren nun auch Bischof Stephan Ackermann, den Missbrauchsbeauftragten der katholischen Kirche. "Das Bistum Trier hat schon lange von den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gewusst", behaupten Betroffene.
Frage nach Ehrlichkeit

Thomas Schnitzler von der Opferinitiative Missbit und Gutachter einer Clearingstelle des Bundesfamilienministeriums (siehe Extra) sagt: "Der aktuelle Fall, wie ein halbes Dutzend vorheriger Fälle, zeigt wieder, dass die bestehenden Rechts- und Dienstaufsichtsstrukturen keinen effektiven Schutz für Kinder gewährleisten. Im Gegenteil, es werden weitere Opfer in den Familien und Pfarreien produziert."
Pastoralreferentin Jutta Lehnert meint: "Nach vielen ähnlichen Vorgängen in der Kirche frage ich: Wann wagt die Kirche endlich einen ehrlichen Blick in ihre Abgründe?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Kettler can lead healing from abuse crisis

MINNESOTA
St. Cloud Times

Ben Ament, Times Writers Group
May 26, 2016

Thankfully, Bishop Donald Kettler seems ready to put an end to the suffering on all sides this sordid situation, at least in Central Minnesota. It is time. It is past time to do the right thing.

He apologized for church and took responsibility for something over which he had no control
Abuse allegations have hung heavy over the Catholic church over the past decade and a half, and St. Cloud Diocese has not been spared. Other churches and institutions have been harmed by these perpetrators of personal violence, but the Catholic Church has received the lion’s share of the press.

As a practicing Catholic nearly my entire life, I am personally hurt by this. Worse, I know people who have suffered by both the abuse of the priests involved and the system that protected those priests. I am often conflicted, though. It is difficult to keep the system separate from the faith. Help!

Thankfully, Bishop Donald Kettler seems ready to put an end to the suffering on all sides this sordid situation, at least in Central Minnesota. It is time. It is past time to do the right thing. His recent statements to the media give me hope that the healing is beginning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Vatican says Italian arrest shows reform is real

VATICAN CITY
Crux

By Ines San Martin
Vatican correspondent May 25, 2016

ROME—Under Pope Francis, the Vatican has been pursuing financial reform, with the goal, as one senior prelate put it, of making money management “boringly successful.” The recent house arrest of a Roman construction magnate is being touted as proof that the new systems adopted under Francis are working.

Angelo Proietti, the owner and manager of an Italian construction company called “Edil Ars,” was placed under house arrest last Thursday on aggravated fraudulent bankruptcy charges, with the police seizing several accounts he held in the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly referred as the “Vatican bank.”

Proietti was detained for allegedly siphoning off 8 million Euro from his building and art renovation contractor company. In addition, he’s accused of looting more of the company’s assets after it merged with another firm called Emiroma Srl.

Both companies declared bankruptcy in 2014.

On Wednesday the Vatican released a statement saying that the Holy See had initiated the investigation back in 2013, “taking action on the basis of Suspicious Transaction Reports relating to Mr. Proietti, seizing all the relevant financial resources.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Paedophile Catholic priest Peter Grasby dies

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Nino Bucci
Crime reporter for The Age

A paedophile priest who fled to Malaysia on paid leave to seek the company of "younger Asian men" has died.

Father Peter Grasby left Australia in January, despite a travel ban issued by the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne as a condition of his administrative leave.

The church was not aware Father Grasby had left the country until contacted by Fairfax Media, which reported in February about his case and the concerns it raised about the monitoring of sex offenders within the clergy.

An independent commissioner for the archdiocese ordered Father Grasby to return to Melbourne and moved to cancel his entitlements because he had defied the conditions of his leave.

The 66-year-old died suddenly earlier this month. A spokesman for the archdiocese would not say if Father Grasby had returned to Melbourne before his death.

The spokesman would also not confirm whether any complaints regarding the priest remained outstanding. The archdiocese previously said Father Grasby's conduct since he was placed on administrative leave would be reviewed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Paedophile priest who fled to Kuching dies

AUSTRALIA
Free Malaysia Today

MELBOURNE: A paedophile priest who fled to Malaysia on paid leave to seek the company of young Asian men has died, The Age reported.

It said Father Peter Grasby had, in January, posted on his profile that he would move to Kuching and that he happened “to like younger Asian men”.

The priest was suspected of predatory behaviour at parishes across Melbourne over almost 40 years, the report said.

The report, however, did not give details of how, where and when exactly he died.

It said: “It is believed the 66-year-old died suddenly earlier this month, but it could not immediately be confirmed that he had returned to Melbourne before his death. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed the death but did not immediately have other details available.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Catholic school priest fired, but no charges filed after alleged abuse

GEORGIA
CBS 46

By Jonathan Andrews, Digital Manager

ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Parents of students at an Atlanta Catholic school are outraged after they say the school's headmaster failed to notify police of alleged abuse of a young girl.

Witnesses reported "inappropriate touching" of a fourth-grade girl by Father Thomas Aloysius Flynn, to police in April. But according to parents, the school didn’t.

Now, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, an exclusive Catholic prep school to nearly 600 students in northwest Atlanta, is doing damage control, as shocked parents respond to the alleged incident.

Alleged incident caught on cell phone video

Police Capt. Mike Lindstrom said, "We made the initial report to make sure we were documenting what's been reported to us and then our detectives followed up and interviewed any available witnesses, including the potential victim in the case."

That victim was watching a school play on April 27 at Holy Spirit Catholic School with alongside Father Flynn, 36.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Ex-priest indicted on charges he sexually assaulted teen

NEW JERSEY
Clay Center Dispatch

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey priest who fled to Ecuador more than a decade ago after a teen boy accused him of sexual assault has been indicted.

Union County prosecutors say a grand jury indicted 52-year-old Manuel Espinoza on sexual assault and criminal sexual contact charges.

The boy told another priest and a nun in 2003 that Espinoza sexually assaulted him in the rectory of St. Mary's Church in Plainfield.

A church review board later deemed the allegation was credible.

NJ.com says Espinoza previously admitted to sexually assaulting the teen, calling it a mistake and saying the boy enticed him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Ex-pastor Minnesota gets 33 years for sexually abusing children

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

BAGLEY, Minn. — A former pastor in northwestern Minnesota was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years and 10 months in prison for having sexual contact with children.

The Rev. Scott Morey of Shevlin, Minn., was charged in 2014 with eight first-degree, three second-degree and three fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

A jury found the 43-year-old guilty April 20 on 13 of the 14 counts, and he was acquitted on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

At Morey’s sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater County District Court, the prosecution asked for 44½ years in prison, and the defense countered with 15 years in prison. ...

Morey had been a pastor in three Minnesota churches: Calvary Lutheran Church in Winger, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bejou and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh. He resigned as pastor at the churches on Dec. 12, 2014, according to the Rev. Lawrence Wohlrabe, bishop with the Northwestern Minnesota Synod ELCA in Moorhead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Attorney Criticizes Senate GOP For Rejecting Law To Help Sex Abuse Victims

NEW YORK
TWC News

By Ryan Whalen
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- HoganWillig Attorneys at Law represents two people who claim to have been child victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

"Often times, that becomes a life-altering event that affects people for the rest of their lives, such that they need counseling, they need therapy and they need closure," attorney Steven Cohen said.

Both clients are older than 23, the age when the statute of limitations expires in New York, but rather than turn them away, the firm said it would look at other options to try and get them justice.

"We were instrumental in having the Pope address this issue and the Pope said all the right things but His Holiness did not follow through either," he said.

Cohen's faith in the Vatican to make amends was wavering, so he and his firm turned their attention to the New York State legislature. Downstate Senator Brad Hoylman is sponsoring legislation that would eliminate the deadlines for child sexual abuse victims to bring their cases to court and give victims whose statute of limitations had already passed a one-year period to sue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Richard 'Tommy' Campion vows to continue helping other abuse victims seek justice

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Samantha Turnbull

He was brutally abused at the Church of England North Coast Children's Home for 14 years, fought for justice for a decade, and now Richard 'Tommy' Campion finally feels as though his personal battle has ended.

"Probably about now, I'm the happiest I've been since I started this battle," he said.

"The church doesn't stuff around with me anymore.

"But you never forget these things."

Despite ending his own quest for justice, Mr Campion is continuing to act as an advisor for other abuse victims.

"Unfortunately some of the other children — now adults — I still think about them and wonder how they are," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Failure to protect kids from abuse is shameful (editorial)

PENNSYLVANIA
York Daily Record

We should be ashamed of ourselves for failing to protect innocent children from physical and sexual abuse.

In both the Catholic Church priest pedophilia scandal and in the Jerry Sandusky case, people knew about the abuse and failed to act.

In the wake of the Sandusky atrocities, Pennsylvania lawmakers finally bestirred themselves to change the laws. Child abuse was redefined to better protect children. The number of mandated reporters was increased – as was training.

The results were easily predictable: A dramatic increase in child abuse reports. But our leaders failed to provide adequate resources to field those calls and investigate suspected abuse.

A recent YDR story noted that our county Children Youth and Families agency struggles with the caseload and with chronic staffing shortages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Ottawa archbishop shaken by ‘enormity of evil’ in sex cases

CANADA
Catholic Register

BY DEBORAH GYAPONG, CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
May 25, 2016

OTTAWA – In response to news stories that chronicled several past cases of sexual abuse in the Ottawa archdiocese, archbishop Terrence Prendergast has acknowledged “the enormity of the evil” and pledged greater vigilance in the future.

“This shocking moment can become a moment of purification for us in the Catholic community and serve to remind us to keep vigilant in protecting the vulnerable, especially children,” Prendergast said in a statement. “We will continue to commit to making sure that our protocols for safety and security are being followed and are effective.”

Prendergast was responding to a series of front-page articles published in Ottawa’s two daily newspapers that recounted historical cases of abuse dating back to the 1950s. Using court records and online research, the Postmedia newspapers documented cases involving 11 abuser priests and 41 victims. With one exception, the cases pre-dated Prendergast’s arrival as Ottawa archbishop in 2007.

The articles said the archdiocese has paid nearly $600,000 in settlements to abuse victims in seven lawsuits since 2011. Five more lawsuits remain, with claimants seeking a total of $7.4 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

EDITORIAL: Legislature fails to get justice for sexual assault victims

NEW YORK
Post-Star

Editorial

Brad M. Hoylman is a New York State senator representing the 27th District in Manhattan. The 50-year-old, who graduated from West Virginia University and Harvard Law School, has been in office for just four years, so he may be naive enough to still think he can make a difference in the sewer system we call a state capital.

Here is how bad things are in Albany.

For some time, Hoylman — who is in the minority as a Democrat in the Senate — has been trying to introduce a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes.

It’s a good bill and long overdue.

We know from scandals within the Catholic Church that prosecuting these types of predators is almost impossible, because the victims rarely come forward until they are adults and the statute of limitations is past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Filing period ends for claims of abuse against New Ulm Catholic diocese

MINNESOTA
West Central Tribune

NEW ULM — Wednesday was the final day for victims of past sexual abuse by Catholic priests to file civil claims.

As of Tuesday, the Diocese of New Ulm and parishes within the diocese had received claims from 98 victims and survivors under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations for historic claims of sexual abuse of a minor.

Of the dioceses’ 75 parishes, 28 are named in claims, according to a news release from the New Ulm diocese office of communications.

“I apologize on behalf of the church to victims and survivors of sexual abuse by priests,” said Bishop John LeVoir, who called on all Catholics to pray for those harmed through abuse by priests or others in ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

May 25, 2016

Long Island priest faces two lawsuits and police probe into alleged child sex abuse, but diocese won’t boot him

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

EDGAR SANDOVAL
MICHAEL O’KEEFFE
LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Long Island priest remains on the job despite twin lawsuits accusing him of being a sexual predator of children — and a police probe of his alleged sick behavior.

The Rev. Gregory Yacyshyn’s position as pastor of St. Jude Church in Mastic Beach is safe due to a lack of “credible allegations” in the case, said a Rockville Centre Diocese spokesman.

Yacyshyn, in a brief conversation Wednesday with a Daily News reporter, offered a handshake and a “no comment” in the lobby of the church rectory.

“I can’t say anything because of the pending litigation,” he said, referring questions to his attorney.

Lawyer Elizabeth Kase said the priest is an innocent man and the target of a smear campaign. ...

The Long Island diocese also has ties to state Senate Majority leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County), whose GOP colleagues blocked a Monday attempt by Democrats to force a vote on the bill.

Flanagan’s former law firm represents the diocese, although his spokesman said the senator was unaware of the connection.

David Clohessy, national director for the watchdog group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Murphy’s reputation for dragging his feet in such cases was well known.

“He’s awful,” said Clohessy. “He was one of (Bernard) Cardinal Law’s top deputies in Boston” — home to the infamous church sex abuse coverup depicted in the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.”

The two pending lawsuits charge the diocese is a “public nuisance,” alleging there’s a history of covering up sexual abuse by priests and allowing child molesters to live freely in the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 PM

Chicago Archdiocese bars Back of the Yards priest from active ministry

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Archdiocese has declined to reinstate to active ministry a well-known Back of the Yards priest who has admitted to sexually abusing a minor when he was a teen.

At the request of Archbishop Blase Cupich, the archdiocese's independent review board evaluated the case of the Rev. Bruce Wellems, who had acknowledged that he abused a 7-year-old boy when he was 15. That review in March uncovered "additional facts that weren't previously available," a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said, leading Cupich to bar Wellems from active ministry.

The spokeswoman declined to specify whether those new facts involved new allegations and referred all further questions to Wellems' religious order, the Claretian Missionaries. In a statement Wednesday, the Rev. Rosendo Urrabazo, provincial superior of the Claretians, said Wellems had been removed from public ministry as a priest. It's unclear if Wellems could continue to serve in the church in other ways.

"He is in communication with the superiors of his religious congregation about his future," Urrabazo said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 PM

Bernstein: Is Baylor Really Going To Get Away With This?

TEXAS
CBS Chicago

By Dan Bernstein

(CBS) Remove the school president and replace him with an indistinguishable man in the same suit — one who was as involved or even more involved in the wrongdoing in the first place. Then slide the ousted president to a cozy spot elsewhere to collect the same paycheck.

And the football program continues unchanged, unpunished and undisturbed.

That appears to be the plan for now at Baylor, the Baptist university that enabled multiple sexual assaults of female students by football players over a period of years, a growing story of endemic corruption exposed by “Outside the Lines” that involves active obfuscation by school officials, coaches and even the Waco, Texas police department.

And this is the same school that had to recover from scandal in its basketball program in 2003, when a player was murdered by a former teammate and coaches tried to cover it up and frame the victim posthumously. Lovely place, right?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM

Zeitung: Pfarrer soll Haus angezündet haben

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

Ein katholischer Geistlicher in Oberbayern soll nach einem Bericht der "Passauer Neuen Presse" (Dienstag) einer Mesnerin nachgestellt und ihre Wohnung angezündet haben. Ein Sprecher der Staatsanwaltschaft Traunstein bestätigte auf Anfrage lediglich, dass es gegen einen Pfarrer ein Ermittlungsverfahren gebe. Zu dessen Inhalten wollte er sich nicht äußern.

Das Erzbistum München und Freising stellte den Pfarrer vom 1. Mai an für zunächst zwei Jahre von seiner Tätigkeit frei. Darüber wurde die betroffene Gemeinde am Wochenende in einem Brief informiert. Darin heißt es, der Pfarrer sei erkrankt. Sein Gesundheitszustand habe sich nun soweit verschlechtert, dass er in den zeitlichen Ruhestand versetzt worden sei. Er solle sich in dieser Zeit "auf seine Gesundheit konzentrieren können".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM

STEEPLE-CHASING LAWYER SLAPS CHURCH

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on lawyer Michael Dowd’s latest slap at the Catholic Church:

In its ongoing series promoting changes in New York’s statute of limitations laws regarding sexual abuse of minors, the New York Daily News today ran a news story and an editorial on the Senate Majority Leader’s past connection to a law firm that represents a Catholic diocese.

The editorial recognizes the complexity of balancing victims’ rights with those of the accused in changing statutes of limitations. It thus calls for vigorous, open debate of various proposals. And it urges the Senate Majority Leader not to let his past law firm ties stop him from facilitating such open debate.

The news story, however, contains this quote from steeple-chasing lawyer Michael Dowd: “There is nothing more fundamental to the diocese than keeping money in their pocket.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

William Campbell-Taylor, Peter Ball and the Silencing of Gay Clergy Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Virtueonline

By Alan Jacobs
Special to VIRTUEONLINE
www.virtueonline.org
May 25, 2016

In the galling history of homosexual sexual abuse and establishment cover up of that abuse in the Church of England, have been two important cases in recent months, those of Bishop Peter Ball and Rev. William Campbell-Taylor. Both call into question the Christian vocation of the Anglican establishment and its willingness to engage truthfully with the gay abuse issue among its clergy.

The first case represented a staggering catalogue of multiple concerns of sex abuse against boys and vulnerable young men by Bishop Peter Ball which were raised over years but quietly shelved by the Church as the abuse continued. In the second equally shocking case, William Campbell-Taylor, a vicar in Hackney in the Diocese of London and Councilor in the City of London, attempted unsuccessfully to use an obscure legal provision to prosecute his vulnerable male victim for allegedly causing him "distress and alarm" by the embarrassment of the survivor publicly revealing in Parliament that the priest had asked him for oral sex. Astonishingly, instead of engaging these serious concerns, the Diocese of London admits it employed a private scandal management company, Luther Pendragon Limited, to intervene in relation to the survivors' meeting in the House of Commons.

Both cases illustrate astonishing betrayals by the Church of England establishment of the most vulnerable, where well-connected clergymen were able to call on both the hierarchy, the police and the Church's aggressive PR firms, not just to dismiss the abuse allegations but even to actively persecute their victims who had blown the whistle. Phil Johnson, one of Ball's teenage victims blasted the Church of England in the media for its collusion and silencing of complainants (one of whom committed suicide). There has been similar disbelief and outrage across the international abuse survivor community that Campbell-Taylor who, unable to sue his victim for making true allegations of abuse, nevertheless was able to leverage his position as a chaplain with Hackney Police in London to threaten and attempt to convict his victim for speaking out truthfully, due to the public revelations about his asking for fellatio having allegedly caused "distress" to the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

'VatiLeaks': Investigator says consultant admitted leaking documents

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service | May. 25, 2016

VATICAN CITY A former consultant to a pontifical commission who denied to a Vatican court that she leaked documents about the Vatican's financial reform had admitted to sending the documents when she was first interrogated, a Vatican policeman said.

Stefano DeSantis, an officer investigating the leaking of the documents, testified May 24 that Francesca Chaouqui told Vatican police officials she sent documents regarding the Vatican Asset Management (VAM) to Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of "Merchants in the Temple."

"We never assumed that she gave the documents, she admitted to it," DeSantis told the court.

Chaouqui is on trial along with Msgr. Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Nicola Maio, the monsignor's former assistant, for "several illegal acts" of leaking Vatican documents.

Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of "Avarice" are accused of "soliciting and exercising pressure, especially on [Msgr.] Vallejo Balda," to obtain the documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 PM

MN--Victims respond to charges of archdiocesan financial deceit

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

One simple question cuts through the allegations that St. Paul Catholic officials are hiding substantial church assets: If they’ll deceive people about predator priests, why wouldn’t they deceive people about their massive wealth?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

Lawyer says Ottawa misled committee overseeing residential schools claims

CANADA
Sudbury.com

OTTAWA — A lawyer is accusing the federal government of withholding important documents from people seeking redress for alleged abuse in Indian residential schools.

He also says the government misled the committee charged with supervising the compensation process.

And that oversight committee, the lawyer argues, is unwilling to do anything about it.

The case is an example of how residential school survivors are dependent on the federal government to provide records that support their demands for justice, leaving them feeling like the decks are stacked against them.

"There seems to be no way to make Canada actually hand over the documents that it itself believes are relevant to the arguments it makes why people can't claim anything under this process. And there is no one who wants to hold them to account," said Montreal-based lawyer David Schulze.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

Pastor charged for kissing student

JAMAICA
The Star

A pastor is among four male teachers who have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and child molestation in Clarendon.

THE STAR confirmed that he is a teacher at a traditional high school in the parish and was arrested and charged recently.

Allegations are that the teacher, who conducts mentoring session at the school, was in a session with a female student when he kissed her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 PM

Abuse Victims Say MN Church Is Hiding Assets

MINNESOTA
Courthouse News Service

By LORRAINE BAILEY

(CN) — Attorneys representing more than 400 victims of clergy sexual abuse say the Minnesota Catholic archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization plan undervalues its assets by about $1 billion.

In 2013, Minnesota passed the Minnesota Child Victims Act, creating a temporary window in the civil statute of limitations to allow child sex abuse victims to come forward with their claims, even if the abuse happened a long time ago.

That window closed Wednesday. More than 850 child sex abuse claims have been filed in the past three years, including about 500 against Minnesota Catholic clergy, according to a Star Tribune report.

The huge number of claims has led the Minnesota archdiocese to declare bankruptcy.

But victims are concerned that the archdiocese wants to shield its money through reorganization, by transferring money to trusts and corporation that it claims no control over.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

2 women who claim Elgin Islamic leader groped them can testify against him

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

George Houde
Chicago Tribune

Two women who say they, too, were groped by an Elgin Islamic leader when they were minors will be allowed to testify at his upcoming trial on charges that he sexually abused two other females, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, a prominent imam who founded the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in two cases, one involving a minor who was a former student and the other involving an adult who worked for him.

Cook County Judge James Karahalios ruled Wednesday that two other women, whose claims date to the 1980s, can testify against Saleem if he goes to trial. That's uncertain, because plea deal talks could get underway between prosecutors the defense attorneys prior to the trial, which is currently scheduled for Sept. 12.

Saleem is not charged in connection with the two women, but the judge said their claims are similar to those of the other two alleged victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Women's testimony allowed in sexual abuse case against Elgin imam

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Barbara Vitello

Two women who claim a prominent imam sexually molested them during the early 1980s will be allowed to testify if the current case against him goes to trial, Cook County Judge James Karahalios ruled Wednesday.

Saleem, 77, was charged in February 2015 with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery of another woman, a then-22-year old female office manager at the Institute of Islamic Education, an Elgin school for children in sixth through 12th grades which Saleem founded and led.

That woman claimed Saleem repeatedly hugged her, touched her and massaged her against her will between October 2013 and April 2014.

In December 2015, Cook County prosecutors filed additional charges against Saleem, who they say sexually abused a 14-year-old student at the Elgin school between 2001 and 2003. That accuser came forward in December 2014 after learning Saleem had been charged with abusing the office manager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

No, we didn’t hide money, Minnesota archdiocese says of abuse settlement

MINNESOTA
Catholic News Agency

St. Paul, Minn., May 25, 2016 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says his archdiocese has followed the law in its bankruptcy process, responding to claims by abuse victims that some assets were not made public.

“The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has been fully cooperating with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court since filing in January of 2015,” Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis stated on Tuesday.

“Let me be clear: The Archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets and has followed all the rules set forth by the Court and all directives from the judge,” he continued.

An “unsecured creditors committee” and attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of alleged Minnesota abuse victims, filed a motion on Monday claiming the archdiocese actually should have reported $1.7 billion in assets rather than the $49 million it reported in bankruptcy filings, according to the Associated Press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

Diocese of New Ulm faces 98 sex abuse claims

MINNESOTA
Mankato Free Press

By Leah Buletti lbuletti@mankatofreepress.com

NEW ULM — The Diocese of New Ulm has received 98 claims from victims of sexual abuse in the three years since the passage of a state law that temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations for such claims.

Of the diocese's 75 parishes, 28 are named in lawsuits brought under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The suits involve 15 priests.

In March, the Diocese of New Ulm became the last in the state to release the list of names of 16 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The law has highlighted what Msgr. Douglas L. Grams described Wednesday as a "tragedy in this period of history for the church."

"We've had time to reflect and see it as a family experiencing a tragedy," Grams said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

Statute Of Limitation Extension For Priest Abuse Claims Ends

MINNESOTA
KEYC

By Shawn Loging, Reporter

NEW ULM, Minn. -
May 25 is the end of Minnesota's temporary statute of limitation extension for filing civil claims of sexual abuse.?

The Diocese of New Ulm has received 98 claims alleging abuse by priests filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act.

The claims name 28 of the Diocese's 75 parishes.

The Diocese is marking May 25 with a day of prayer for healing and reconciliation as they work to resolve the claims.

Diocese of New Ulm Vicar General Monsignor Douglas Gram said, "Closely working collaboratively with Jeff Anderson and Associates that we would make sure that we do have policies and procedures in place and that these claims could fairly resolved."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

Ex-priest indicted in sexual assault of 15-year-old boy

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A former Union County priest who admitted to NJ Advance Media last year he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday in connection with the attack.

Manuel Gallo Espinoza, 52, fled to his native Ecuador in 2003 after his victim told another priest and a nun that the clergyman raped him in the rectory of a Plainfield church that year.

A criminal investigation at the time quickly went dormant. The investigation was reopened after NJ Advance Media highlighted the victim's case in a lengthy report in July 2015.

Weeks later, Gallo Espinoza admitted in a telephone interview and in email exchanges with a reporter that he carried out the attack, calling it a "mistake" and blaming his victim for enticing him.

"One thing that I am conscious (of) is he was at that time a teenager, and it is a big mistake for me. But I didn't force him to do anything he didn't want," Gallo Espinoza wrote. "He was older (sic) enough to walk away, but I think that I was attracted to him, that is the only explanation that I can think right now."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

'Dad hurts me': therapist says priest's son said they played 'The Butt Game'

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

The child therapist who initiated an investigation of child abuse against a Birmingham Catholic priest testified today in Jefferson County Court that the priest's son told her that his father made him play what he called "The Butt Game."

A trial began Monday for David Lawrence Stone, a Catholic priest and former EWTN TV host who was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor under 12. The minor he is charged with sexually abusing is his own son, now eight years old. Stone has been embroiled in a custody battle.

Stone, 55, formerly known as Father Francis Mary Stone, was host of the TV program "Life on the Rock" on Eternal Word Television Network.

Leah Waller, a therapist at Wellspring Christian Clinic, said the child was brought to her for counseling because he had anxiety about going to visitation with his father in 2012.

"The anxiety was very high about going to visit Dad," Waller said. "He said, 'Dad hurts me.'"

Through game-play using toy dinosaurs representing the boy and his parents and Legos representing the child's father's home and his mother's home, Waller asked the boy to explain what happened when he went to visit his father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Bill to change statute of limitations on sexual assault

ILLINOIS
Illinois Homepage

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com
Published 05/25 2016

ILLINOIS -- Currently, if a child is sexually assaulted, he or she has until the age of 38 to come forward and seek justice. Victims say, sometimes it takes longer than that to speak out. One survivor want to change the law.

"To let my family in the schools know that a gentleman has sexually assaulted me."

Doug Goff told a story to a roomful of lawmakers he has never openly shared before.

"17- or 18-years old, this happened at Danville High School. This happened during school hours and it happened on the school grounds."

The year 1988 forever changed the life of a teenaged Doug Goff.

"I was embarrassed. When a male has done that to me, I was just not in the position to come forward. I don't want to be bullied anymore in high school."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Lobbying for, against change in Pa. sex crime laws pushing to 'educate the public'

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Ivey DeJesus | idejesus@pennlive.com

Lobbying to raise awareness for or against efforts to reform Pennsylvania's child sex crime laws is turning decidedly public: The side against reform is looking for extras for a commercial. The side calling for reform is looking for participants for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Both sides are keeping their eyes on the Pennsylvania Senate, which is poised to next month take up legislation that would reform the state's statute of limitations.

On Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with other supporting groups, will hold an informational event at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood on the "potential risks associated" with House Bill 1947, which garnered the overwhelming majority of the House last month.

The events features a pubic briefing on the issue, a prayer session and the production of a commercial intended, according to a press release out of the archdiocese's Office for the New Evangelization, to "educate the public on the severity of this issue and the need to act."

The press release calls out for anyone interested in being an extra in the commercial to participate. "We need your help to film a short group scene representing the Catholic Church alive in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia," it reads.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

State Senate GOP receives 27,000-name petition to end statute of limitations on child sex abuse

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

GLENN BLAIN
DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ALBANY — State Senate Republicans now have more than 27,000 new reasons to stop blocking legislation that would help child sex abuse victims obtain justice.

Advocates on Wednesday presented Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s office with a petition containing 27,276 names of people calling for the elimination of the statute of limitations for cases of child sex abuse.

“New York State needs to do a better job protecting children and not their rapists,” said Andrew Willis, chief executive officer of the The Stop Abuse Campaign, which organized the electronic petition drive.

“We'd like you to have this so that you know the people of New York and wider don't believe that you should be standing in the way of this bill because children are continuing to be molested and raped,” Willis said as he handed over a large looseleaf binder containing the names to a member of Flanagan’s staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Dixon man pleads not guilty to abusing two children

ILLINOIS
SaukValley

BY ANGEL SIERRA asierra@saukvalley.com 815-625-3600, ext. 5695 @_angelsierra

DIXON – A former Catholic school custodian pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child younger than 13, in one of two such cases in which he is charged.

A grand jury indicted Christopher J. Huisheere, 43, of Dixon, on Friday, bringing to five the total number of sex-related charges in the two cases, both of which involve children younger than 13, investigators said.

One of the children was a girl, court records show. Officials would not reveal the sex of the other child.

Huisheere is in Lee County Jail on $50,000 and $75,000 bond, which means he must post $12,500 to be released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

Archdiocese of Philadelphia goes on the offensive against statute of limitations legislation

PENNSYLVANIA
Lancaster Online

EARLE CORNELIUS | Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking direct aim at statute of limitations legislation now before the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In April the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved House Bill 1947 which would extend the age at which victims of sexual abuse could sue from 30 to 50.

The reform measures would also retroactively raise the age at which victims of past child sexual abuse can bring civil action against their abusers. Under current law, a victim who was sexually abused under the age of 18 has until age 30 to file a lawsuit. The House-approved legislation would raise that age to 50 .

The Philadelphia archdiocese, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, insurers and other organizations oppose the legislation.

This Friday, the archdiocese is holding an information session at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood to discuss what it calls the “potential risks” associated with House Bill 1947.

The archdiocese also is filming a commercial intended to educate the public about those risks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Suit: Church didn’t report abuse girl told them about

OREGON
KOIN

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A woman is suing a northwestern Oregon church over claims that its leaders kept quiet about reports from her daughter that she was being sexually abused by her father.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the $5 million suit filed Monday says the girl confided in several leaders at Church on the Hill, also known as McMinnville Church of the Nazarene, but they failed to report the alleged abuse to authorities as required under state law.

The girl, now 12, allegedly reported the abuse between 2010 and 2012.

The suit claims the girl ended up contracting herpes from her father and seeks $200,000 for medical expenses and counseling costs. The $5 million is being requested for the girl’s pain and suffering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Two Vatican Bank Board Members Resign

VATICAN CITY
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press
May 25, 2016

VATICAN CITY—Two board members of the scandal-marred Vatican bank have resigned over disagreements about the management and mission of the institution.

Under Pope Francis, the Institute for the Works of Religion has sought to be less a profit-at-all-cost investment vehicle for the church and more a service-oriented foundation that helps religious orders, in particular, and Vatican officials manage their money.

The Vatican said Wednesday that the resignation of Clemens Börsig and Carlo Salvatori “can be seen in light of legitimate reflections and opinions” about the management of such an unusual institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Holy See Press Office communiqué regarding the bankruptcy of the Italian company Edil Ars, 25.05.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bollettino

Vatican City, 25 May 2016 – With regard to reports that have appeared in the Italian press in recent days on the bankruptcy of the company “Edil Ars” and the proceedings against the entrepreneur Mr. Angelo Proietti, it is to be noted that:

1) The competent Authorities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State initiated the investigation established by the Vatican legislation in 2013, taking action on the basis of Suspicious Transaction Reports relating to Mr. Proietti, seizing all the relevant financial resources.

2) Since the start of the investigation the competent Authorities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State requested the cooperation and exchanged information with the competent Italian Authorities, as required by the respective legislations and the Memoranda of Understanding in force.

3) A criminal investigation is currently going on in the Vatican City State and the competent Authorities are assessing the existence of potential offences against entities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Holy See Press Office communiqué on the IOR, 25.05.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bollettino

Vatican City, 25 May 2016 – The Holy See Press Office today issued a communiqué to announce that with the recent approval and publication of the Annual Report of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) having been completed in a positive manner, two members of the Board of Superintendence, Clemens Börsig and Carlo Salvatori, in accordance with current rules, recently presented their resignations to the President of the Cardinals' Commission of the IOR. The communiqué states that "the decision can be seen in the light of legitimate reflections and opinions concerning the management of an Institute whose nature and purpose are as particular as those of the IOR."

The two board members made a competent and qualified contribution in this important phase for the stability and integrity of the Institute, and its conformity not only to internal Vatican regulations, but also obligations taken by the Holy See at European level.

The President of the Cardinals' Commission thanked the two members of the board, and accepted the resignations. A phase now begins, fully respecting the procedures in place, to find and evaluate new candidates suitable to fill the positions on the Board of Superintendence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

Two board members of Vatican bank quit after management dispute

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

Two board members of the Vatican bank have quit following a disagreement over how the institute should be run, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Wednesday.

Italian Carlo Salvatori and German Clemens Boersig resigned from the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) in "recent days", the Vatican said.

"This reflects a divergence of opinion over the management of the institute, but that is normal. It is a particular place," said Lombardi, without giving further details.

Salvatori and Boersig were not immediately available for comment.

They were two of six lay board members who were appointed in 2014, the year after Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to make the scandal-plagued Vatican administration transparent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Timothy Cardinal Dolan ripped for delaying talk on child sex abuse

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

MICHAEL O’KEEFFE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The time may not be right for Timothy Cardinal Dolan to talk about child sex abuse, but advocates say it’s long overdue.

Victim-turned-advocate Kathryn Robb says Dolan is putting a new generation of kids in danger by opposing legislation that would allow adult victims of child sex abuse to seek justice in claims that would likely affect predator priests.

Robb ripped Dolan after the leader of New York’s 2.6 million Catholics told the Daily News on Saturday at rally for farm worker rights that he was ready to discuss efforts to reform the law — but not just yet.

Time, however, is running out to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex abuse since the state Legislature’s session ends June 16.

“It may not be time for you Cardinal Dolan, but it is time for survivors of sexual abuse and the children of the state of New York,” said Robb, who said she was molested by her eldest brother George Robb while growing up on Long Island. “We as responsible citizens who care about the safety of children and justice are not waiting for his call.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 AM

Final Day For Formerly Abused To Press Charges

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Wednesday is the last day for older adults who were sexually abused when they were children to file suit against their abusers.

The Minnesota Child Victims Act was passed in 2013, temporarily lifting the civil statute of limitations for these old cases

Before this act was passed three years ago, child sex abuse survivors had until age 24 to file suit. This law then allowed them to file civil lawsuits no matter how long ago the abuse happened.

Earlier this month, Jared Scheirel filed suit against Danny Heinrich. Heinrich is a person of interest in the Jacob Wetterling case.

Scheirel said when he was 12-years-old Heinrich kidnapped and sexually assaulted him in Cold Spring, just months before Wetterling disappeared from St. Joseph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Protesters’ problem with new Whole Foods concept: An ex-rabbi

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

[with video]

By Justin Wm. Moyer May 25

What Whole Foods is calling “365 by Whole Foods Market” is supposed to bring environmentally friendly products to the masses. With its stock price not far above 52-week lows, the company nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” is aiming for a less hoity-toity audience. Tagline: “Make healthy living easy every day. For everybody.”

“It’s time for a whole new grocery shopping experience,” the store’s website says. “One that strives to be good for your body, your budget, your lifestyle and the planet.”

As the ribbon is cut at the first 365 store in Los Angeles on Wednesday, however, protesters at that location and at a Whole Foods in Manhattan will focus on an issue unrelated to $6 asparagus water and systemic overcharging. The protesters are targeting Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s links to Marc Gafni, a former rabbi who allegedly had sex with a number of his followers, including two teenage girls, as the New York Times reported last year.

“There’s a culture of silence around [child sexual abuse]. I believe Whole Foods has an opportunity to really shape that conversation,” said activist Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, in a telephone interview with The Washington Post.

Former Geelong College staff member under investigation after ex-students report alleged sexual assaults

AUSTRALIA
Geelong Advertiser

May 24, 2016

BETHANY TYLER
Geelong Advertiser

A CONVICTED pedophile sacked from a prominent Geelong school after failing to stop massaging male students is the subject of a new local police ­investigation.

Reports have emerged alleg­ing former Geelong College staff member David Whitcroft sexually assaulted a number of boarders in the early 1990s.

Earlier this month, Whitcroft plead guilty to child sex offences at a previous workplace in 1982.

They claimed Whitcroft was accused of groping a male student in a dormitory bed in 1993 and invited boys to his apartment for massages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Launch of Jury Reasoning in Joint and Separate Trials of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: An Empirical Study

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Sydney, New South Wales
Wednesday 25 May, 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM
Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which we meet today, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their Elders both past and present.

Early in our work we identified Criminal Justice as a key issue for consideration by the Royal Commission. To assist in the Criminal Justice Project we convened a Criminal Justice Working Group, which has members drawn from academics and practitioners. We have particularly sought their advice with respect to the research we should undertake of relevant criminal justice issues.

Our Criminal Justice Project will draw together our research, relevant material from public hearings, and the views of survivors expressed in private sessions. It includes extensive consultation and policy development. We will publish our report on criminal justice issues, including any recommendations for reform, next year.
Child sexual abuse offences are generally committed in private, with no eyewitnesses. In many cases there will be no medical or scientific evidence capable of confirming the abuse. Unless the perpetrator has retained recorded images of the abuse (and some do), or admits the abuse, it is likely that the only direct evidence will come from the complainant.

Where the only evidence of the abuse is the complainant’s evidence, it can be difficult for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged offence occurred. There may be evidence that confirms some of the surrounding circumstances, or evidence of first complaint, but the jury is effectively considering the account of one person against the account of another.

We have heard of many cases where a single offender has offended against multiple victims. This is not surprising. Particularly in institutional contexts, a perpetrator may have access to a number of vulnerable children. In these cases there may be evidence available from other complainants or witnesses who allege that the accused also sexually abused them. The question is whether that “other evidence” can be admitted in the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Download: Jury reasoning in joint trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study

Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Professor Annie Cossins and Natalie Martschuk

May 2016

ISBN 978-1-925289-62-6
Summary

This report forms part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s research program in relation to the criminal justice system’s response to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Child sex offenders are not a homogenous group and their offending behaviours vary widely. Offenders may offend against one victim or many victims, and they may engage in one incident of sexual abuse or multiple repeated incidents. The diversity and complexity of offending behaviours has a number of implications for the prosecution of child sex offenders.

The scope of this report

This study investigated the extent to which joint trials with cross-admissible tendency evidence infringed defendants’ rights, and the extent to which joint trials posed a risk of unfair prejudice to the defendant. In particular, we investigated the reasoning processes of juries in a simulated joint trial of sex offences involving three complainants versus a separate trial involving a single complainant.

Our jury deliberation and reasoning study investigated these issues by presenting 10 different versions of a videotaped trial involving the same core evidence to a total of 1,029 jury-eligible mock jurors. The study tested the impact of evidence strength, the number of charges and the presence of specific judicial directions on jury decision-making in joint versus separate trials.

The five key aims of the project were to:

Document juries’ interpretation of cross-admissible evidence in a joint child sexual abuse trial, to determine the extent to which juries engage in impermissible reasoning regarding such evidence

Compare the above decision-making processes with those of juries in a separate trial involving the same defendant

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Jury prejudice fear 'unfounded'

AUSTRALIA
SBS

Source: AAP
25 MAY 2016

Judges in child sex abuse trials could be making wrong assumptions about how prejudiced juries are, a new report has found.

Results from the largest ever study of how juries behave in abuse trials were launched on Wednesday in Sydney.

The findings reveal jurors don't always engage in prejudicial reasoning in child sex abuse trials where there are multiple complainants, or where there's evidence of a defendant's "bad character".

Current laws are based on judges' assumptions that special care needs to be taken in child sex abuse cases to ensure a defendant gets a fair trial.

This means joint trials - where an alleged pedophile has to defend against a number of complainants - or evidence of a defendant's bad character are sometimes not allowed.

At the launch of the study - Jury Reasoning in Joint and Separate Trials of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: An Empirical Study - abuse royal commission chair Peter McClellan said such judicial assumptions have been largely untested.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Justice Peter McClellan says study raises questions about rules on child sex trials

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY
May 25, 2016

AN Australian study of people in 90 mock child sex trials has raised questions about rules allowing serial child sex offenders to successfully argue for separated trials against individual victims.

The world’s largest study of jury behaviour in child sex trials, involving more than 1000 people, has directly challenged untested assumptions about juries, including that they can be prejudiced against an accused by multiple charges and witnesses, or can reach emotional or illogical verdicts in some circumstances.

The study, commissioned and launched on Wednesday by Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse chairman Justice Peter McClellan, “will undoubtedly assist all of us to reflect on whether the current rules are appropriate”, he said.

Because child sexual abuse occurs in private, juries can be left weighing an alleged victim’s account against an alleged offender. Under those circumstances “it can be difficult for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged offence occurred”, Justice McClellan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Royal Commission releases world’s largest study of jury behaviour

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

25 May, 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will today launch the report of a major empirical study into how juries reason when deliberating on multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

Using mock juries and a trial involving charges of child sexual abuse in an institutional context, Jury Reasoning in Joint and Separate Trials of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: An Empirical Study investigates whether conducting joint trials and admitting tendency evidence infringe on a defendant’s right to a fair trial.

Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan AM, said that child sexual abuse offences are generally committed in private, with no eyewitnesses, and in some cases there will be no medical or scientific evidence capable of confirming the abuse.

“Where the only evidence of the abuse is the complainant’s evidence, it can be difficult for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged offence occurred,” Justice McClellan said.

“There may be evidence that confirms some of the surrounding circumstances, or evidence of first complaint, but the jury is effectively considering the account of one person against the account of another.

“The assumptions underlying the common law and legislative rules governing the admissibility of tendency and coincidence evidence and the availability of joint trials have been largely untested.

“The research that we are releasing today provides evidence about how people who are likely to comprise juries reason on these issues.

“The results are interesting. For some they will be counterintuitive and possibly surprising. They will undoubtedly assist all of us to reflect on whether the current rules are appropriate,” he said.

This is the largest study of jury behaviour in regards to child sexual abuse charges, and involves 90 mock jury deliberations with more than 1,000 people who were eligible to be jurors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Royal commission: Jury behaviour study raises possibilities of major reform

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

The world's largest study into jury behaviour has raised the possibility of major reform in the way sexual abuse cases are presented before the courts.

The Australian research challenges the long-held assumption that juries hold unfair prejudice towards defendants in sexual abuse cases that may influence their decision-making.

Released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday, the study found juries were not unfairly swayed by hearing evidence from multiple complainants against the same defendant.

It also revealed that evidence of the accused's "bad character" did not unduly influence a jury's verdict.

Conducted by Charles Sturt University and the University of NSW, the study involved more than 1000 people who took part in 90 mock trials involving child sexual abuse.

The research revealed that when presented with a joint trial involving multiple victims and one defendant, juries were not overwhelmed by the number of witnesses or complainants, were able to distinguish charges against an accused and could base their verdicts on evidence related to each count.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Baylor responds to reports President Ken Starr fired amid football scandal

TEXAS
Fox News

Baylor University responded Tuesday to reports that the school’s board of regents voted to fire school President Ken Starr amid mounting pressure over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players, saying no decision has yet been made.

The Texas university said its governing board was still considering the results of an internal investigation into the matter.

When asked about reports that the board of regents had voted to fire Starr, university spokeswoman Lori Fogleman told the Associated Press in an email, "Ken Starr is president and chancellor of Baylor University."

In a separate statement issued by the university obtained by Fox Sports, Baylor said its board has not finished reviewing the report by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton.

"The Baylor Board of Regents continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the Board completes its deliberations," spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said in a statement obtained by Fox Sports. "We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Timeline: Baylor sexual assault controversy

TEXAS
WacoTrib

[with video]

September 2003: Ian McCaw was hired as Baylor University’s new athletic director — replacing Tom Stanton, who resigned a month before — to help Baylor recover from an unprecedented scandal that included the charge of murder against a former player for shooting a teammate, but also the tape-recorded plot of Baylor’s ex-head basketball coach, Dave Bliss, trying to cover-up major NCAA infractions with a story that the murdered player had been a drug dealer.
Nov. 28, 2007: Art Briles was named new Baylor football coach.

2009: Tevin Elliott came to Baylor from Mount Pleasant. The former Baylor football player was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine in January 2014 for sexually assaulting a former Baylor student in 2012.

Feb. 15, 2010: Ken Starr was formally named Baylor’s 14th president.

June 1, 2010: Ken Starr took the reins as Baylor’s president, taking over for interim president David Garland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

The Ken Starr-Baylor story shows how religious schools struggle to deal with sex assault

TEXAS
Washington Post

By Michelle Boorstein May 25

Reports that Baylor University’s board of regents had voted to fire former Bill Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr due to his handling of a sex assault scandal rocketed around political circles Tuesday, but the allegations were equally big for a different reason: Baylor is the world’s largest Baptist university.

The reports about Starr were explosive among many evangelicals — Baptists in particular — because they tap into a couple of the most basic contemporary debates at religious schools. What is the impact in 2016 of the honor codes many religious schools have around sexual behavior? Secondly, is there a conflict between being a religious school and trying to be a major athletic powerhouse?

Baylor University spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said in an email, “Ken Starr is president and chancellor of Baylor University,” the Associated Press reported, which also noted a separate statement by the university that said Baylor’s governing board is reviewing a report on how the school handled reports of rape and assault by football players.

The school maintains a status as one of the nation’s most visible, ambitious Christian universities. Some say Baylor is for evangelicals what the University of Notre Dame is for Catholics and Brigham Young is for Mormons; that is, their flagship.

Former Clinton investigator Ken Starr fired as Baylor Univ. president: reports

TEXAS
Raw Story

Baylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world’s largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school.

In the past several months, Baylor has been under fire on charges of doing too little to investigate reports of rapes by its male athletes of female students at the university in central Texas.

Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close the Board of Regents.

“We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3,” the school said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Confirmed: The Vatican Trial is Rigged

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Betty Clermont

The three witnesses called by the defense who are all top officials appointed by, and close to, Pope Francis will not be testifying. In what is known as the “Vatileaks 2” trial, the judges stated last week that Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló, head of the commission which supervises the Vatican Bank, and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, head of papal charity, were excused. Each is connected to an aspect of Vatican finance which, if given more publicity by their appearance and/or testimony, would be damaging to the pontiff.

The trial of five persons based on a law enacted by Pope Francis criminalizing leaks of Vatican information began on Nov. 24, 2015. Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui, a PR specialist, and Nicola Maio, Balda’s assistant, were charged with disclosing confidential financial information while they were members of COSEA (Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See), established by the pope in 2013 and subsequently dissolved in 2014 with the completion of its mandate to recommend changes in the administration of Vatican finances.

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi were indicted for “soliciting and exercising pressure” to obtain this information from the COSEA members and using the material in their books. “Fraud worth millions, the machinations of the Vatican Bank, the true extent of the pope’s treasury,” “offerings of the faithful withheld from charity, theft and trade scams” in this pontificate were disclosed in Fittipaldi’s Avarice: Papers that Reveal Wealth, Scandals and Secrets in the Church of Francis.and Nuzzi’s Merchants in the Temple, both released last Nov. 5.
Parolin

Under Cardinal Parolin, “the Secretariat of State has step by step regained importance.”

The international auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) was hired Dec. 5 by the Secretariat for the Economy to audit the Vatican’s 120 financial departments’ books and check if they had been filed according to international accountability standards. The auditing was suspended April 12 [2016] by the Secretariat of State, with two letters by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state, and by his deputy, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu. The letters reportedly claimed that proper procedures had not been correctly applied.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Suit against New Haven rabbi accused of sexually abusing boy expanded to real estate corporations

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register
POSTED: 05/24/16

BRIDGEPORT >> The lawsuit against Rabbi Daniel Greer and the school at which he served as principal now names three additional defendants that reportedly owned property at which the alleged sexual abuse of a minor took place.

Earlier this month, Eliyahu Mirlis, 28, filed a federal lawsuit against Greer, his former principal at Yeshiva of New Haven and the Gan School in New Haven, alleging the rabbi had sexually abused him for three years while he was a student.

The alleged abuse included partaking in sexual acts, watching pornography, and being forced to drink alcohol, according to the federal civil complaint filed in Bridgeport on May 3.

The updated complaint filed Tuesday adds F.O.H. Inc., Edgewood Village Inc. and Edgewood Elm Village Inc. as defendants in the lawsuit. Greer has served as president or director of all three organizations. According to Mirlis, some of the alleged abuse occurred on properties that these three corporate defendants owned.

Because Greer was serving as president or director of these organizations, if he had been sexually abusing Mirlis more than 10 years ago, the companies are liable for the abuse, according to Antonio Ponvert III, the attorney representing Mirlis in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

'VatiLeaks': Investigator says consultant admitted leaking documents

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A former consultant to a pontifical commission who denied to a Vatican court that she leaked documents about the Vatican's financial reform to an Italian journalist had admitted to sending the documents when she was first interrogated, a Vatican policeman said.

Stefano DeSantis, an officer investigating the leaking of the documents, testified May 24 that Francesca Chaouqui told Vatican police officials that she sent documents regarding the Vatican Asset Management (VAM) to Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of "Merchants in the Temple."

"We never assumed that she gave the documents, she admitted to it," DeSantis told the court.

Chaouqui is on trial, along with Msgr. Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Nicola Maio, the monsignor's former assistant, for "committing several illegal acts of divulging news and documents concerning fundamental interests of the Holy See and (Vatican City) State."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Archdiocese vastly undervalued its assets, creditors claim

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 24, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is shielding $1.7 billion in assets from bankruptcy court in order to keep them out of reach of clergy abuse victim claims, according to a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the abuse survivors committee.

The motion, filed Monday, argues that the archdiocese has not acknowledged its financial stake in its parishes, cemeteries, the Catholic Community Foundation, the Catholic Finance Corporation and more. It asks the court to consolidate the archdiocese assets as it moves toward a victims’ settlement.

“It’s a serious and sinister scheme to hide and conceal their true net worth,” St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said at a news conference Tuesday.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda said that “the archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets” and that it has cooperated fully with the bankruptcy court.

Hebda said that the archdiocese has been working “to marshal and maximize our assets” and that it has followed all of the rules set forth by the court. This week it will file its reorganization plan, which will include proposed compensation for victims.

The archdiocese filed bankruptcy in January 2015 as it faced a barrage of abuse claims following the passage of a new law that gave older abuse claims their day in court. The archdiocese reported a net worth of $45 million, which the motion claims is a fraction of its true worth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Top Republican says Senate unlikely to vote on bill to help child abuse victims this year

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
GLENN BLAIN

ALBANY — A top Republican leader in the state Senate said Tuesday that it was unlikely lawmakers would take action this year to help victims of child sex abuse obtain justice.

“I don’t believe it’s going to come to the floor, I really don’t,” said Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) about legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases.

DeFrancisco, during an appearance on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” cautioned, however, that he might be wrong, noting that he felt the same way about proposals earlier this year to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour that were approved.

DeFrancisco has been among the most vocal opponents of the Child Victims Act and other bills that would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a child and give victims a one-year window to revive old civil cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Minnesota Archdiocese Accused of Hiding Money Owed to Abuse Survivors

MINNESOTA
Gazette Review

On Tuesday, lawyers accused the Minnesota Archdiocese of hiding about $1.7 billion dollars in assets, money that is owed to survivors of abuse from Catholic priests after several lawsuits revealed such abuse. This realization comes after recent publicity from the film Spotlight, a documentary drama film about the Boston Globe reporting team that revealed much of the sexual abuse scandal involving male priests and young boys in the church.

This lawsuit says that the Minnesota Archdiocese is only reporting $49 million dollars in assets, nowhere close to the $1.7 billion dollars they actually have, which comes from physical assets such as the St. Paul Cathedral, and from other methods such as hiding money away in other companies so as to avoid reporting it to creditors. This is an especially ignominious claim since the release of the Panama Papers, which revealed a number of companies and wealthy individuals around the world who were using a Panamanian law firm to filter money into shell companies so it was not in their own name and was instead tucked away in tax havens.

One of the attorneys for several hundred of the victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic priests has said that the Minnesota Archdiocese deliberately conspired to hide the money they actually possessed so as to avoid paying out the money in claims owed to the victims. This recent discovery is actually part of the bankruptcy claim the Minnesota Archdiocese filed in January of 2015 after being inundated by new abuse claims which all required payouts. Minnesota state government had previously forbidden claims based on the statute of limitations but had just opened a three-year window for such claims, which closes Wednesday.

In addition to the $1.4 billion the Minnesota Archdiocese has alone, other Catholic groups associated with the Archdiocese such as three Catholic secondary schools in the Twin Cities area, the Catholic Cemeteries, and the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, hold at least $300 million dollars in their own assets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Girl got herpes after church didn't report alleged abuse, suit says

OREGON
Oregonian

By Aimee Green | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A woman who says her daughter told leaders of a McMinnville church that her father was sexually abusing her has filed a $5.2 million lawsuit, faulting church leaders for keeping quiet.

The girl, starting at age 6 or 7, confided in various church leaders over the course of nearly two years, but they didn't report the alleged abuse to police or child protection workers as required under Oregon's mandatory reporting law, according to the suit.

The leaders -- including teachers and clergy -- also didn't say anything to the girl's mother for nearly two years -- and the girl ultimately ended up contracting herpes from her biological father, the lawsuit claims.

Leaders of the Church on the Hill -- also known as McMinnville Church of the Nazarene -- mistakenly thought at first that the girl was accusing her stepfather and didn't believe her, Portland attorney Randall Vogt said in a statement of facts he wrote about the case. The stepfather worked for the church and was well-liked, said Vogt, who represents the girl's mother.

"They essentially said, 'He's a good guy. He wouldn't do something like that,'" Vogt said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

A preacher's flight from justice

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Mark Mueller and Brian Donohue

Additional reporting by Enrique Lavin and Vinessa Erminio

Estelí, Nicaragua — More than 200 guests sang "Feliz Cumpleaños" — Happy Birthday — to the man they'd come to celebrate in this city's most elegant banquet hall in November. Mariachis strolled the room, serenading the Dominican-born preacher and his friends.

Gregorio Martinez, a self-proclaimed prophet and missionary with ties to the Assemblies of God, the world's largest Pentecostal denomination, had but one request of those gathered for his 48th birthday, according to three people who attended.

No pictures.

None.

Martinez had reason for caution. He needed to remain a ghost.

For more than a year now, Martinez has been a fugitive from New Jersey, where a jury took just 30 minutes to convict him of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy he knew from his Hudson County church.

Permitted to remain free on $250,000 bail despite additional sexual assault counts pending against him, Martinez disappeared within weeks of the verdict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s old firm represents diocese that wants to keep limits on abuse lawsuits

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KENNETH LOVETT

ALBANY — Maybe that’s why state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is more concerned about the rights of the predators than justice for victims.

Flanagan, a key roadblock to a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice, has ties to a law firm that represents a Long Island Catholic diocese that vehemently opposes statute of limitations reform, the Daily News has learned.

Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) until last year served as “of counsel” at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana in Uniondale.

The firm on its website lists as one of its clients the Diocese of Rockville Centre. A grand jury in 2003 accused the diocese, which has parishes in Nassau and Suffolk counties, of protecting pedophile priests.

The law firm also represents several of the diocese’s affiliates, including Catholic Health Services, St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.

And firm partner Anthony Curto has served on the board of directors for Telecare, the diocese’s Long Island-based television and production facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

John Flanagan’s unholy conflict: The Senate majority leader's former law firm worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Editorial

While aggressively urging reforms to New York’s statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors, the Daily News recognizes that the issue raises concerns worthy of vigorous debate.

There is tension, for example, between the goal of enabling prosecutors and victims to file criminal or civil charges and the need to ensure that the passage of time does not prevent the accused from mounting defenses.

One legislator could believe that justice would be best served by permitting alleged childhood victims to file suits until they reach 35 years of age, while another’s gut instinct could say that extending the statute from its present age of 23 should go no further than 28.

Those are judgments that members of the Legislature are elected to make honestly — without the taint or appearance of self-interest.

Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett reports today that Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s former law firm is deeply enmeshed with representing various interests of the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, which covers Long Island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Duterte’s unfair tactics and lies against Roman Catholic bishops

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

—MANUEL J. LASERNA JR., former professor of law, Far Eastern University, partner, Laserna Cueva-Mercader Law Offices, Las Piñas City

These are presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s false charges and unfair tactics against the bishops of the Catholic Church whenever they humbly assert their moral duty and their magisterium, as apostles of God, like when they opposed his plan to reimpose the death penalty (this time, by hanging, at that):

Ad hominem. Attack the honor, character and integrity of the Catholic Church and its bishops.

He alleges he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest 50 years ago when he was 10. (His father, former governor of Davao, apparently ignored it or did not believe it because until recently, Duterte did not talk about the actions taken by his prominent family in response—if what he claims is true).

Some bishops received vehicles and financial support from former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (They returned the vehicles to the government during a Senate inquiry, as an act of spiritual detachment to material things, despite their great need for mobility and accessibility, considering their multifarious field pastoral work to serve millions of Catholics in far-flung areas).

By virtue of the constitutional doctrine of “separation of Church and state,” the Church is “absolutely” prohibited from collaborating with and receiving assistance from government for its social action programs that benefit the poor and the oppressed. (According to many Supreme Court decisions, the Constitution allows “collaboration” between Church and state to promote the general welfare, and the matter of the Church receiving reasonable support from the state does not violate the separation doctrine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Another case filed against Adamson, Diocese of Winona as deadline nears

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

Jerome Christenson
Daily News

The Diocese of Winona and the cathedral of the Sacred Heart face yet another allegation of sexual abuse of a young boy by former priest Thomas Adamson.

The latest allegation, filed in Winona County District Court late Monday, alleges that Adamson abused the boy, identified in the suit as John Doe 129, at the cathedral beginning in 1969 when the boy was in fourth grade. The abuse continued until 1972, according to court documents.

Adamson was not assigned to the cathedral as rector or associate, but was present at the cathedral for diocesan liturgies and other functions, the suit alleges. Doe 129 was an altar boy at the cathedral and, as such, was put in contact with Adamson, whose pedophilic predilections were know to the bishop and other church officials.

The suit accuses the diocese of negligence, negligent supervision, and negligent retention in the case, and accuses the cathedral of negligence. Doe 129 is claiming $50,000 in damages plus court costs and attorney’s fees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Sex abuse victims say Minn. law brought hope, chance for justice

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Todd Melby
May 25, 2016

As a kid, Jon Landstrom spent hours in the pool churning out lap after lap. His dedication paid off when he won a spot on the Roseville Stingrays, an elite regional swim team.

But an encounter with an assistant swim coach would change how he felt about going to the pool.

"He wanted to have his hands on me," Landstrom recalled. "Even if it was in front of people, he wanted to pet me or have his hands on me."

The inappropriate behavior escalated until one day the coach sexually molested him, he said. "He called me tiger, which to this day gives me the creeps. It was sick."

This was the 1970s and Landstrom was only 12 years old. He said he was scared and didn't know who to tell about what was going on. So he kept quiet. Eventually, he went to therapy and began talking about it with his family. In 2012, he called a lawyer, but the attorney said he couldn't help — the statute of limitations had expired and there was no legal remedy.

It was true. For years, victims of childhood sexual abuse from long ago had little standing in Minnesota courts. In 1989, Minnesota passed a "delayed discovery" law that gave victims six years from the time of adult awareness of past abuse to file suit. In 1996, the Minnesota Supreme Court interpreted that to mean six years after becoming an adult, that is age 24.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

May 24, 2016

Parishioners in Sallynoggin angry over child abuse priest

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Parishioners in south county Dublin have expressed anger at how the Salvatorian congregation handled a church report which severely criticised how it dealt with an abuser priest.

The religious congregation’s response has been described as an insult to Sallynoggin parishioners.

A report by the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, earlier this month looked at the case of former Sallynoggin parish priest Fr Paddy McDonagh. It found he was allowed contact with children for at least two years after allegations of child abuse were first made against him in 2002. His superiors moved him to Rome and no one was told.

Fr McDonagh had been in Sallynoggin parish since 1989 where the Salvatorians had ministered from 1982. The Salvatorians, who are based in Harrow in England, have since left Sallynoggin, their only parish in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Statement Regarding Motion for Consolidation

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has been fully cooperating with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court since filing in January of 2015. Let me be clear: The Archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets and has followed all the rules set forth by the Court and all directives from the judge. I know that for at least the last 11 months we have been working extremely hard to marshal and maximize our assets with the hope of providing the most for the most.

Today, a motion was filed by the Unsecured Creditors Committee that questions our calculation to include the assets of parishes, schools and charities in the bankruptcy proceedings. We are carefully reviewing that motion and will count on the Court to properly evaluate it. It sadly tells us that there is still much that needs to be done to restore trust in our affirmations that we are serious about redressing wrongs.

The bankruptcy process is complex and difficult; it can be – at times -- adversarial. I would suspect that the lawyers representing the parishes and the other institutions mentioned in the filing today will have a very different perspective than what is presented in the motion.

Despite the motion filed today, we will file our Plan for Reorganization with the Court this week and we welcome the scrutiny of the Court and all others involved. We believe it will show our commitment to a fair, just and timely resolution of all the claims made against us – especially for those who have been hurt by people in the Church.

Please continue to pray for all of those who have been sexually abused and for their families and for a quick resolution to these proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

The Latest: Archbishop says archdiocese disclosed all assets

MINNESOTA
Clay Center Dispatch

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on attorneys accusing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of hiding assets (all times local):

6: 20 p.m.

The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says his archdiocese has cooperated fully in bankruptcy proceedings and has disclosed all its assets.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda responded Tuesday to accusations from attorneys who say the church is sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors as part of the church's bankruptcy case. The attorneys say the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has some $1.7 billion in assets — far more than the $49 million it lists in a filing this week.

Hebda said in a statement that the archdiocese will be filing its reorganization plan this week.

And he says it will show the church's commitment to a just and timely resolution of all claims.
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12:40 p.m.

Creditors and an attorney for victims of clergy abuse are accusing a Minnesota archdiocese of vastly understating its assets in bankruptcy.

They say the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has some $1.7 billion in assets — far more than the $49 million it lists in a filing this week. In court papers, they accuse the archdiocese of undervaluing assets and tucking money away in corporations to shield it from creditors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Los Banos priest avoids prison in child pornography case

CALIFORNIA
Merced Sun-Star

BY ROB PARSONS
rparsons@mercedsunstar.com

A former Los Banos parish priest who was caught with child pornography was given four years of probation and the chance to avoid jail time during his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

The Rev. Robert E. Gamel, former lead priest of St. Joseph Church, also will be required to register as a sex offender for life, Merced County Judge Harry L. Jacobs ruled.

Gamel, 66, is expected to ask the Merced County Sheriff’s Office to convert an 11-month jail sentence to an alternative program, which would allow him to serve his sentence without spending any time behind bars. He was ordered to report to the Merced County jail on June 27.

Gamel, widely known in the community as “Father Bob,” led the St. Joseph parish for about five years before his removal in December 2014.

He pleaded guilty in March to a single felony count of possession of child pornography.
According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Sun-Star, Gamel searched the Internet and found a nude photograph of a teenage boy from his parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Petition to Oust Foul-Mouthed Priest as Principal Gets 1,800 Signatures

NEW YORK
DNAinfo

By Nicholas Rizzi | May 24, 2016

STATEN ISLAND — A priest accused of aiming vulgar, racist, sexist and homophobic rants at his staff is the target of a petition demanding his ouster that's been signed by 1,800 people in just a week.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School alum Anthony Galli started the online petition demanding the Archdiocese of New York fire Father Michael Reilly as the school's head.

"Indeed, it has been common knowledge for at least a decade among students, parents, teachers and alumni of Sea that Fr. Reilly has used vulgar, discriminatory and unchristian language in scandalizing members of the faculty, staff and community on school property, during school hours and in front of students," Galli, who was valedictorian in 2009, wrote on the petition's page.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Editorial: The Archdiocese of Ottawa offers only platitudes on child sex abuse

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

Editorial

On the weekend, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast addressed the Citizen’s multi-part exposé on local Catholic priests connected to the abuse of young people starting in the 1960s. His words were vague, bromidic and, frankly, unsatisfying.

The scope of the scandal – 41 known victims (there likely are more), 11 priests connected to sexual abuse through criminal or civil actions – had not been clear until the Citizen’s Andrew Duffy, poring over court documents, began tallying the human damage. In the process, he also uncovered three previously unreported cases.

After reviewing these records, Duffy contacted the Archdiocese of Ottawa for comment, and also sent it 11 specific questions in writing. That was on May 13.

Four days later, the archdiocese issued a general press release decrying the fact that people were abused, and pointing to its 2015 Code of Pastoral Conduct, which priests are supposed to sign. Nine days after receiving the Citizen’s questions, Archbishop Prendergast finally wrote about the matter in the Ottawa Sun.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

New Prague parish faces priest abuse lawsuit

MINNESOTA
Mankato Free Press

NEW PRAGUE — A New Prague parish is being sued by a victim who alleges he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.

Minneapolis attorney Patrick Noaker filed a civil complaint on behalf of the victim on Monday in Le Sueur County District Court. It alleges the victim was sexually abused when he was 12 by the Rev. Louis Heitzer in 1965 at St. Scholastica Parish in Heidelberg.

When the victim was 12, he lost his father in a car wreck and Heitzer accompanied police to his home with the news, Noaker said.

"Heitzer used that connection with the family to isolate this kid and ultimately sexually abuse him," Noaker said. "It shows at what level the trust in their parish priest was violated."

Heitzer, who is now deceased, was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1942 and was employed by the parish from 1958 to 1965.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Abuse victims' attorneys say Twin Cities archdiocese is sitting on $1.7 billion

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan
Minneapolis · May 24, 2016

Updated: 5:30 p.m. | Posted: 12:41 p.m.

Attorneys for victims of clergy sex abuse say the bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis could have $1.7 billion in net assets to compensate abuse survivors — over $1 billion more than what it has claimed.

The attorneys argue in a recently filed motion that the archdiocese is trying to conceal and understate its assets, but the church says that isn't so.

Abuse victims' attorney Jeff Anderson said the church has indicated it would have less than $50 million to make payments to some 430 abuse victims.

"What has been happening in this bankruptcy is a serious and sinister scheme to hide, to conceal their true net worth. And not have to account to the survivors," he said.

The archdiocese has used a variety of tactics to under-report its true worth, Anderson said. He and the committee for unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy contend the archdiocese controls parishes, schools, charities, foundations and other entities with hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, which they say should be available to abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Study into how juries judge sex offenders

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Annette Blackwell - AAP on May 25, 2016

The findings of a major study into how juries reason in child sexual abuse cases will be launched in Sydney on Wednesday.

The research involved 90 mock trials with more than 1000 potential jurors and was carried out at the behest of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as part of a major criminal justice project.

The commission is exploring why child sexual offences have a significantly lower rate of conviction than criminal offences generally.

As well as reasons such as delayed reporting and the unlikelihood of corroborating witnesses, there is the possibility that an assumption by courts about juries is a factor.

The assumption is that juries will be so disgusted by child sex abuse they will wrongfully convict based on prejudice rather than evidence if joint trials - where there is more than one complainant against a defendant - or the admission of tendency evidence is allowed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Catholic Priest Sentenced In Child Porn Case

CALIFORNIA
Your Central Valley

A Catholic priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been sentenced, following a "No Contest" plea for child pornography possession charges.

The Diocese released a statement Tuesday afternoon, announcing the news involving Robert E. Gamel. Gamel, according to the statement released by the Diocese, Gamel pled "No Contest" to felony charges of possessing child pornography, on March 11.

According to officials with the Merced County District Attorney's Office, Gamel was sentenced to four years probation, and 11 months in jail, to be served at the discretion of the Sheriff's Department.

In addition, Gamel will be required to register as a sex offender, for the rest of his life, according to officials.

According to the statement, the Diocese is preparing to start a canonical investigation that will review all aspects of the case, as it relates to Church Law. The Diocese, according to the statement, will be required to maintain confidentiality until a final determination is made, in regards to Game;'s clerical status.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Diocese of Fresno comments on priest's sentencing on obscene matter charge

CALIFORNIA
Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Diocese of Fresno released a comment Tuesday following the sentencing of a priest who pleaded no contest to a count of possession of obscene matter.

Father Robert Gamel was arrested in 2014 while serving at St. Joseph's parish in Los Banos. Gamel previously served in six parishes in Kern County.

Merced County Superior Court records show Gamel was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in jail and four years of probation.

The Diocese of Fresno said it will begin a canonical investigation, which will examine the case as it relates to church law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Creditors: Minnesota archdiocese sitting on $1.7 billion

MINNESOTA
Daily Mail (UK)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys on Tuesday accused a Minnesota archdiocese of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors as part of the church's bankruptcy case.

They say the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has some $1.7 billion in assets — far more than the $49 million it lists in a filing this week. In court papers, they accuse the archdiocese of vastly undervaluing assets such as the St. Paul Cathedral and tucking money away in other corporations to shield it from creditors.

Jeff Anderson, an attorney for hundreds of people claiming sexual abuse by priests, said the church had schemed to defraud creditors and deny fair resolution of claims.

"They are underrepresenting their ability to pay by about 99 percent," Anderson said. "It has been a scheme and a scam that has served them in the past."

The archdiocese said it was preparing a statement.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in January 2015 as it faced an onslaught of new abuse claims after Minnesota lawmakers opened a three-year window for claims that had previously been barred by the statute of limitations. That opening closes Wednesday. The archdiocese is scheduled to file its reorganization plan with the court by the end of the month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Creditors: Minnesota Archdiocese Sitting on $1.7 Billion

MINNESOTA
ABC News

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MINNEAPOLIS — May 24, 2016

Creditors and an attorney for victims of clergy abuse are accusing a Minnesota archdiocese of vastly understating its assets in bankruptcy.

They say the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has some $1.7 billion in assets — far more than the $49 million it lists in a filing this week. In court papers, they accuse the archdiocese of undervaluing assets and tucking money away in corporations to shield it from creditors.

Jeff Anderson, an attorney for hundreds of people claiming sexual abuse by priests, calls it a "massive scheme" to defraud creditors and deny fair resolution of claims.

An archdiocese spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

FORDHAM PREP SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT DEMONSTRATION

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 24, 2016

Neal E. Gumpel is a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Jesuit priest who taught at Fordham Prep in the Bronx, New York, and Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

At Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, Fr. Roy Alan Drake presented himself as a Jesuit priest while teaching science courses there. He sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, a Port Chester, New York, a minor child, who was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy at that time

The Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) which supervises Jesuit priests at Fordham Prep School and Maine Maritime Academy where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was teaching at the time that he sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, has acknowledged that Neal E. Gumpel was sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, in Maine but, refuse to bear responsibility for Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s actions, will not settle and validate Neal Gumpel’s claim, and help Neal Gumpel heal

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the Fordham Prep community, the general public, and the media that the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Fordham Prep School refuse to assist a clergy sexual abuse victim of one its priests, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham Prep School teacher

When
Wednesday afternoon, May 25, 2016 from 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM, at the commencement exercises of Fordham Prep School at the Rose Hill Gymnasium on the Fordham University campus

Where
On the public median outside the main gates of Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, NY, near 400 Southern Boulevard (across from the New York Botanical Garden entrance)

Who
Advocates and supporters of Neal E. Gumpel, including Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
Neal E. Gumpel is a childhood sexual abuse victim of deceased Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was teaching and presenting himself as a priest at all times. Fordham Prep School and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), who have found Neal E. Gumpel’s story of childhood sexual abuse credible, refuse to validate and settle his claim and help him heal. Demonstrators will distribute copies of a Portland Press Herald article about the sexual abuse allegations of Neal E. Gumpel and demand that Fordham Prep School and the Society of Jesus help Neal E. Gumpel heal by settling his claim responsibly, fairly, and justly.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

With deadline nearing, Diocese facing lawsuits

MINNESOTA
KFGO

St. Cloud, MN (Learfield) - The Diocese of St. Cloud is facing 75 lawsuits claiming sexual abuse against children by former monks and priests.

The complaints were submitted Monday, just days before Wednesday's deadline to file under the Child Victim's Act. Attorney Michael Bryant says the suits cover sexually abusive conduct that took place back 30 years or more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Beiser sponsors measures to eliminate statute of limitations on sex crimes

ILLINOIS
RiverBender

ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is co-sponsoring a package of legislative proposals backed by the Illinois Attorney General to eliminate various statues of limitation on sex crimes.

“Sex crimes, especially those against minors, are some of the most heinous offenses imaginable,” said Beiser. “These bills will help to support victims of sex crimes by removing the current statute of limitations so that offenders can be punished, even if they are convicted years after their offense occurred.”

Beiser is co-sponsoring House Bill 1127 which eradicates the current three year statute of limitations on various sex crimes such as criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. He is also co-sponsoring House Bills 1128 and 1129, which will lead to more protection for victims under the age of 18 and harsher penalties for child pornography and human trafficking crimes.

“Under current law, sexual predators that have not been convicted within three years of committing certain sex crimes cannot be prosecuted,” said Beiser. “I believe that is unacceptable, and I encourage other legislators to join me in support of these bills. Due to many factors, convicting an offender of a sex crime can take longer than the current statute of limitations, and I feel that it is our duty as legislators to protect the public and help ensure that justice will be served.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Minnesota abuse victims claim Archdiocese hid financial assets

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Attorneys representing hundreds of clergy sexual abuse victims are claiming the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has a net worth of about $1.7 billion – far more than the $45 million divulged in court documents last year. The legal team of attorney Jeff Anderson says the archdiocese has taken “multiple, deceptive actions” to “divert and shelter funds from sexual abuse survivors” since the Minnesota Child Victims Act was passed in May 2013.

Anderson has called a 1 p.m. news conference at his St. Paul, Minn. office to outline a legal motion filed late Monday in the archdiocese’s federal bankruptcy case. More than 400 people have filed lawsuits against the archdiocese ahead of the May 25 deadline for claims covered by the Minnesota Child Victim's Act, which lifts the statute of limitations for people who say they were sexually abused. A judge ordered the parties into mediation in February 2015, but no settlement has been reached.

Attorneys expect the archdiocese to propose a Chapter 11 repayment plan that would significantly short-change the victims. According to a court document:

“Within the next few days, the Debtor will file a plan of reorganization that (i) seeks to prohibit more than four hundred survivors of clergy sexual abuse from reaching any of the assets that the Debtor alienated as a matter of civil law, but (ii) simultaneously provides more than 200 entities holding such assets with a complete and final release of liability for sexual abuse claims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Davao archdiocese respects Duterte statement vs Catholic church

PHILIPPINES
Sun.Star

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE Archdiocese of Davao said Tuesday that it respects the statements of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte in which he criticized the Catholic Church over its alleged "hypocrisy".

"The Archdiocese of Davao respects and listens with humility to the views and statements of our incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte about the Church, including those that may be difficult to accept and things that may be contrary to our teachings," said Monsignor Paul Cuison, spokesperson of the archdiocese.

He noted that the archdiocese has a peaceful relationship with the elected leader of the country.
"Even during the pre-election period, we have always maintained a peaceful relationship with him and our doors are always open to him," the Catholic priest said.

Cuison added that they also acknowledged the good things the Davao City mayor has done to the people and for taking good care of the city.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Priest escapes jail time after pleading guilty to trying to lure 14-year-old into car

WASHINGTON
KOMO

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car while she was walking home in Vancouver has avoided additional jail time in the case.

Michael Patrick was sentenced Monday to one year in jail but was given credit for 23 days already served and 244 days were suspended. Patrick is allowed to serve the remaining time in a work release program.

The former pastor of an Oregon church pleaded guilty to attempted luring in connection with the March 2014 incident. However, he told the judge Monday he didn't do the crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Filmmaker hopes his short film on clergy sex abuse will persuade lawmakers to reform law

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Ivey DeJesus | idejesus@pennlive.com

A New York filmmaker hopes his short film on the lifelong emotional ravages inflicted on victims of clergy sex abuse will persuade lawmakers to support legislation to reform Pennsylvania's child sex crime laws.

Joe Capozzi, writer and producer of "Confession," last week sent all the members of the state Senate a link to his 15-minute film, which depicts the story of his own abuse at the hands of a priest.

"It's a tough film to watch but there's a purpose for it," said Capozzi, who worked on the film with wife Angelique Letizia. "Obviously it's not about entertainment. We wanted to give the perspective from a survivor and what goes on in their head...especially for people who don't understand. If someone can watch this film and still wonder whether statutues of limitations on child sex abuse should be reformed...if they still can say that, I would question their state of humanity."

The state House in April approved and sent to the Senate House Bill 1947, which would amend the child sex crime laws by giving victims of abuse a longer time window during which they could bring charges on their predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

The silence of Ken Starr

TEXAS
The Dallas Morning News

By Sue Ambrose and David Tarrant | Staff Writers

Published May 5, 2016

Praying, singing and carrying candles, hundreds of students gathered in front of the president’s house at Baylor University on a chilly night in February. Their goals: to vent anger over the Baptist school’s handling of a string of sexual assaults and to demand the attention of its leader, Ken Starr.

But Starr wasn’t there to hear them.

He did not attend the vigil. He has said little in public about the problem.

And as the sex-assault scandal has grown to encompass at least eight alleged attacks involving football players, two of whom have been convicted in criminal court here, his oddly timed written statements have grown more legalistic.

Even at this conservative and sports-mad college, students say they are frustrated by the muted response of the Baylor administration, which the 69-year-old Starr has led for the past six years.

“They should be stepping up more,” said Audrey Hamlin, 20, a sophomore from outside Austin who recently joined a student group on campus sexual violence. “They should completely back up the victims, and that should be evident in their actions.”

If Starr wanted to set an example of the Christian values the school professes to follow, she said, “he’d be saying a lot more than he is.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Child abuse victims make emotional appeal to Foster over right to compensation

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Suzanne Breen
PUBLISHED
24/05/2016

Victims of historical child abuse plan to hold a dramatic picket at Stormont if the new Executive doesn't move imminently to pay them compensation.

They are making an emotional appeal directly to First Minister Arlene Foster "as a woman and a mother" to take action to end their trauma.

The DUP is refusing to address the compensation issue until the inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) sends its report to the Executive next year.

The victims have bought baby and young children's clothes and plan to stand outside Parliament Buildings holding up the items.

Margaret McGuckin of Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) said they were "sick of hearing empty, well-meaning words" from politicians and wanted compensation for what they had suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Trial starts for Catholic priest, ex-EWTN host accused of abusing his son

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A trial began Monday for David Lawrence Stone, a Catholic priest and former EWTN TV host who was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor under 12.

"I'm innocent," Stone told AL.com after jury selection began for his trial in Jefferson County Circuit Court. "I'm going to fight this thing all the way."

The minor he is charged with sexually abusing is his own son, now seven years old. Stone has been embroiled in a custody battle. "I'm going for my son," he said.

Stone, 55, formerly known as Father Frances Mary Stone, was host of the TV program "Life on the Rock" on Eternal Word Television Network.

In court filings, Stone's attorneys have argued that the allegation of child abuse is false. Stone has been in a lengthy custody battle with Christina Presnell, the mother of his child, according to Jefferson County Court records.

Scott Morro, an attorney for Presnell, said the relationship between Stone and Presnell started when she was working for EWTN. Presnell worked as a human resource coordinator for EWTN, according to court documents. She met Stone in 1998, went to confession with him as her priest and considered him her spiritual adviser, then began a sexual relationship with him in 2001. They kept the relationship secret, but were discovered when she became pregnant. EWTN fired Presnell in 2008 and Stone was put on a long-term leave of absence, court records show.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus

MINNESOTA
Canonical Consultation

Jennifer Haselberger

05/23/2016

Yesterday, I signed an affidavit in support of substantive consolidation in the bankruptcy case involving the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Substantive consolidation is an equitable remedy available to bankruptcy courts whereby the assets of entities closely related to the debtor, in this case the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, are combined into the bankruptcy estate.

At the heart of a motion for substantive consolidation is the question of equity and fairness. American law does not allow a corporation like the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to misuse the benefits of the separate corporate forms of, say, parishes or foundations, to unfairly deprive creditors like the victims of sexual abuse by clergy. In other words, the test for whether substantive consolidation is appropriate in a given case is determined by the degree of interrelatedness between the entities to be consolidated and the parent organization.

I was hired as an expert witness in this case, to offer my opinion as to whether the legal standards and factual predicates for substantive consolidation exist. The payment I have received is a $2000 retainer, which is the standard retainer I require for my services.

I support the motion for substantive consolidation in this case for four primary reasons.

1) The request to consolidate does not include Catholic Charities or Commonbond Communities. This means that those organizations are not impacted by this motion, and they will continue to provide the charitable and compassionate care upon which their much-deserved reputations are based.

2) The request seeks to make more assets available to compensate the victims of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Two years ago I proposed a means of promoting reconciliation and reparation for victims, and at that time I noted that organizations like the Catholic Community Foundation were established as a way to insulate funds belonging or donated to the Archdiocese from potential legal judgments and settlements. At that time the website of the Catholic Community Foundation stated that it was founded to support the ‘spiritual, educational and social needs of our Catholic community.’ I asked then, as I ask now, if making reparation towards those who have been harmed in such unspeakable ways by our clergy is not also a spiritual and social need of this Catholic community. I believe we cannot turn a blind eye to the harm and suffering experienced by those individuals, most of whom are or were members of our Catholic community, to preserve advantages for others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Peruvian priest pleads guilty to groping woman on US flight

CALIFORNIA
Free Malaysia Today

LOS ANGELES: A Peruvian pastor pleaded guilty in a US court on Monday to groping a sleeping woman’s buttocks while on a flight from Denver to Los Angeles.

Juan Carlos Del Carmen Leyva, 41, admitted before a Los Angeles federal court judge that he fondled a clothed fellow passenger for about three minutes on board a Southwest Airlines flight on April 18.

He said he touched the woman “with the intent to arouse and gratify his sexual desire.”

As part of his plea deal, he faces no more than a year in prison at his sentencing on June 6.

According to an affidavit by the FBI, which investigated the incident, Leyva tried to engage the woman in conversation during the flight but she rebuffed him because “he had horrible breath.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Keep Hope Alive: Boston Globe Misleads Readers About Annual Abuse Audit To Keep Old Story Line On Life Support

MASSACHUSETTS
The Media Report

David Pierre

The Boston Globe simply will not give up.

The newly released annual audit report by United States bishops about abuse in the Catholic Church amplifies the rampancy of false accusations, unprovable allegations against dead priests, dubious decades-old claims, and the determination of Church-suing tort lawyers and their allies to drain the Church's coffers.

Yet in an article by staffer Matt Rocheleau, the Boston Globe continues to try to convince the public that abuse is somehow still a current problem in the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Media Advisory: Archdiocese Deceives Bankruptcy Court, the Public; Creditors' Committee, Survivors File Motion to Consolidate

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

5/23/2016

Documents Demonstrate Complicated Legal Maneuvers by the Archdiocese to Hide and Shield Assets

Creditor’s Committee and Survivors File Motion to Consolidate in Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case

Motion for Substantive Consolidation 5 23 16
Memo
Affidavit of Jennifer Haselberger
Affidavit of Thomas P Doyle
Affidavit of James Fitzpatrick
Affidavit of Edwin Caldie
Affidavit of Aong Moua

WHAT: At a press conference Tuesday in St. Paul, Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will:

• Discuss a legal motion filed today by the creditor’s committee and survivors in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis bankruptcy case, to consolidate several entities into the bankruptcy estate;
• Outline the multiple, deceptive actions taken by the Archdiocese after the Minnesota Child Victims Act was passed in May 2013 to divert and shelter funds from sexual abuse survivors;
• Demand transparency and accountability from the Archdiocese as it continues its familiar pattern and behavior of deceit and cover-up to avoid accountability.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, at 1:00PM CDT

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

NOTES: The press conference will be live streamed from our website www.andersonadvocates.com. Please note there is limited parking on Jackson St. due to construction.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.927.7872 Cell/612.817.8665
Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.927.7872 Cell/612.205.5531
Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100 • St. Paul, MN 55101 • CONTACT: 651.927.7872

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Episcopal priest pleads guilty, avoids jail for video incident with woman

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Paul Nelson Published Monday, May 23, 2016

COLONIE — An Episcopal priest from Bethlehem will be sentenced to probation for three years after pleading guilty Monday to attempted unlawful surveillance for trying to film a woman getting dressed in a Salvation Army Thrift store last year.

The plea deal on the misdemeanor that the Rev. Adam Egan agreed to in Colonie Town Court with his attorney, Steve Coffey, by his side also includes a stay away-order of protection for the victim. After his arrest, Egan was placed on administrative leave as pastor at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Delmar.

Outside court, Coffey said he doesn't believe Egan is still affiliated with the church in Delmar and is receiving professional help.

"It's terrible and was a thoughtless and impulsive act," said Coffey, adding his client never planned to physically harm or attack the woman.

Still, Coffey, stressed that he understands why she might have been scared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Priest Pleads Guilty to Recording Changing Room Video

NEW YORK
TWC News

A local priest is now identified as a sex offender, after he pled guilty to unlawful surveillance after recording video in a changing room of a Salvation Army store.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says 35-year-old Adam Egan of Bethlehem tried to record a video of a person in a changing room in the Colonie store this past December. Police say Egan left and tried to delete the video after the person he was recording saw the camera.

Colonie police arrested him after that 911 call.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Accused peeping priest takes plea deal

NEW YORK
WNYT

We had a lot of questions for Adam Egan but got no answers from the shamed Episcopal Priest as he walked out of Colonie Town Court Monday night.

Fellow priests like Nixon McMillan were willing to speak on behalf of the man they call a friend.
"I'm here to be supportive," McMillan said. When I asked whether he's disappointed in him, he answered, "It's not my job to judge."

The now suspended priest from Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Delmar was accused of videotaping a woman in a Salvation Army dressing room at Christmastime. The 35 year old pastor was originally charged with a felony. But under the plea deal, it's attempted unlawful surveillance - a misdemeanor.

Attorney Steve Coffey says Egan is horrified by what he did and calls the priest's illegal peering completely out of character.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Suspended priest pleads guilty to Attempted Unlawful Surveillance

NEW YORK
News 10

By Rachel Yonkunas
Published: May 23, 2016

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An inactive Episcopalian priest pleaded guilty to charges that accused him of attempting to video record a woman in a store changing room.

Around 3:40 p.m. on December 23, 2015, Adam Egan attempted to take a video recording of a woman in the changing room of a Salvation Army in Latham. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree.

Fellow priests were in court to show their support.

“They stood by him,” Egan’s attorney Steve Coffey said. “They understood e was wrong; understood he needed help. They are working with him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Former Wollongong priest Peter Comensoli pleads guilty to historic child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

SHANNON TONKIN
May 24, 2016

Peter Lewis Comensoli had kept his hideous secret for more than 50 years.

On Tuesday, it finally came out.

The former Catholic priest got to his feet in Wollongong District Court and, in a loud, clear voice that belied his frail body, admitted molesting three teenage boys in the 1960s.

His victims, each of them practising Catholics, had looked to Comensoli for spiritual and personal guidance, only for their faith in him to be exploited in the worst possible way.

He molested one boy, aged just 11, while visiting the child’s family at their Ingleburn home sometime between 1966 and 1968.

The boy, now a man approaching 60, recalled Comensoli squeezing his genitals while they were playing a wrestling game together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Paedophile priest pleads guilty again

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nick McLaren

A former Wollongong Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to three historic child sex offences.

Peter Lewis Comensoli, aged 77, wore a hearing aid and appeared hunched as he stood in Wollongong District Court today.

The court heard the charges stem from sexual assaults that occurred on teenage boys between 1966 and 1968 at Shellharbour in the Illawarra, and Ingleburn in Sydney.

The crimes involved three separate boys, who can't be named.

It's not the first time the paedophile priest has pleaded guilty to such crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Former teacher accused of sexually assaulting boy, 11, after school in 1975

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

May 24, 2016
Anna Hitchings
Liverpool Leader

A RETIRED primary school teacher charged with historical sex offences is accused of forcing a male student into an empty classroom after school and sexually assaulting him.

Peter Higgins, 77, was charged in January for the assault, which is alleged to have occurred in 1975 at Patrician Brothers Catholic School, now All Saints, in Liverpool.

According to documents tendered in court last week, the Patrician brother allegedly forced the boy, then aged 11, to hide in the closet of an adjoining classroom while securing the room before assaulting him.

The alleged victim, now in his 50s, claims he was indecently assaulted on three separate occasions before he was raped by Mr Higgins against the teacher’s desk.

The documents allege that during the rape, school principal Basil Downey walked in and began yelling at Mr Higgins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Minnesota Abuse Victims Claim Church Shielded $1.7 Billion in Assets

MINNESOTA
Wall Street Journal

By TOM CORRIGAN
May 23, 2016

Hundreds of clergy sexual abuse victims raised the stakes in their clash with the Catholic Church on Monday, with victims’ lawyers claiming that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has worked for decades to keep some $1.7 billion in assets beyond their reach.

The Twin Cities archdiocese, home to more than 180 parishes and 825,000 parishioners, has been in bankruptcy for more than a year, facing liabilities stemming from about 450 people who say they were sexually abused by clergy members, often decades ago. A judge ordered victims, the archdiocese and its insurance carriers to mediation more than a year ago, but talks failed to produce a settlement.

Now victims are looking to force the archdiocese to dip into assets—like parishes and charitable foundations stocked with cash—they say the archdiocese has shielded using a legal playbook more often associated with large, for-profit corporations.

In court papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minneapolis late Monday, the victims, who are seeking compensation from the archdiocese, said its overall net worth, including property that is legally distinct but alleged to be controlled by the archdiocese, is about $1.7 billion. In bankruptcy court papers filed last year, the archdiocese pegged its total assets at about $45 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Former Capuchin friar charged

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Leader

May 24, 2016

POLICE have appealed to any victims of child abuse to come forward following a court appearance of a former Capuchin friar named at the child abuse royal commission.

Former priest Anthony Francis “Damian” Colbourne, an ex-member of the Capuchin Friars, faced Wynnum Magistrates Court on May 23 — across the road from the Guardian Angels Primary School – over the alleged abuse of an eight-year-old girl multiple times in the mid-1970s.
Colbourne is facing 13 child sex charges.

Arresting officer, Detective Sergeant Michael Froggatt, urged anyone with relevant information to contact their nearest police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“These might be 40-year-old (alleged) offences but these charges demonstrate that police will be tenacious in our pursuit of alleged child sex offenders,’’ he said.

The commission has so far referred 1050 people, including clergy, to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

May 23, 2016

Duluth diocese abuse claims mount ahead of Wednesday deadline

MINNESOTA
Duluth News Tribune

By Tom Olsen

Claims are pouring in ahead of a Wednesday deadline for child sexual abuse victims to seek damages from the Diocese of Duluth.

As of Monday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court was reporting that 112 confidential claims had been turned over to attorneys representing the diocese and the group of trustees advocating for its creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings.

As expected, that number was a significant jump from the 46 claims reported just a month ago, with many people apparently making the last-minute decision to file or lose their legal rights to seek damages in decades-old abuse cases.

"It'll be right up until the end," said Mike Finnegan, an attorney representing dozens of the claimants through St. Paul-based Jeff Anderson and Associates. "I think there's a lot of people out there that are trying to decide right now what to do and are struggling with it."

The Wednesday deadline was set by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel and matches the date imposed by the state Legislature in the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The legislation opened a three-year window for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits that would otherwise be barred by statutes of limitation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Diocese served with dozens of lawsuits

MINNESOTA
St. Cloud Times

David Unze, dunze@stcloudtimes.com May 23, 2016

The Diocese of St. Cloud on Monday was served with several dozen civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse against children by former monks and priests who were assigned positions within the diocese.

The filings came just ahead of Wednesday's deadline to file lawsuits under the Child Victims Act, which provided a three-year window in which victims could sue for decades-old sexual abuse. Those claims previously would have been dismissed because of statute of limitations violations.

The lawsuits served Monday on the diocese involve priests and monks from multiple religious orders and cover conduct that happened 30 years or more ago, said Michael Bryant, the St. Cloud attorney who prepared the lawsuits. Bryant said he served 75 complaints on the diocese Monday.

The diocese said it has received 73 such complaints in the three years that the Child Victims Act window has been in effect.

Those filings mean almost 900 lawsuits have been initiated in Minnesota by Bryant and Jeff Andersonsince the Child Victims Act has been law. Many have been filed against clergy, but other defendants statewide have included ​schools, Lutheran churches, a children's theater company and the Boy Scouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

NY Senate rejects effort to allow child sexual abuse victims to sue years later

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By Mike McAndrew | mmcandrew@syracuse.com

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Senate rejected Monday an attempt to force a vote on legislation that would give people sexually abused as children a one-year window to sue over decades-old incidents.

The Senate voted 30-29 against allowing Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, to add controversial provisions eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse to an unrelated bill that requires hospital emergency rooms and other sites to hang posters about a human trafficking resource center hotline.

The Senate then unanimously passed the human trafficking hotline bill without the amendment that Hoylman was trying to add.

In New York, people who were sexually abused as children must initiate criminal charges or a civil suit by the time they reach 23 or they are barred from doing either.

Victims of sexual abuse have been pressuring state lawmakers to pass bills sponsored by Hoylman and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that would give victims a one-year window to file lawsuits over past sexual abuse no matter how long ago the incident allegedly occurred. Going forward, the bills would eliminate the time restrictions for bringing a civil suit or criminal charges for sexually abusing a child. The bill would allow lawsuits to be filed against individuals, their employers and institutions, both public and private.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Move to force vote on sex abuse bill fails in NY Senate

NEW YORK
Newsday

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- An effort to force a vote in the New York Senate on a bill extending the statute of limitations on suing child sex abusers has failed.

During consideration of another bill Monday, Democrats in the Senate tried to use a procedural maneuver to put the sex abuse legislation to a vote. But Senate Republicans blocked the move, saying the measure wasn't relevant to the underlying bill, which concerned human trafficking.

The proposal would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for several child sexual abuse crimes and create a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

Victims now have until they turn 23 to file lawsuits, but supporters say it can take years before victims step forward.

The proposal has faced opposition from the Catholic Church and other institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Senate Republicans block Democrats from forcing vote on Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY GLENN BLAIN KENNETH LOVETT

ALBANY — Senate Republicans on Monday chose to block a push to help victims of child sex abuse.

Frustrated at the lack of action by the Republican majority, Senate Democrats sought to attach a bill making it easier for adults who were sexually abused as children to bring lawsuits to another bill in hopes of forcing a vote on the issue.

Instead of accepting the amendment and allowing for a vote, the Senate Republicans blocked it.

“It’s a shame today that the Senate chose not to side with the survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and instead continued to aid and abet predators by refusing to fix New York’s broken statute of limitations for these abominable crimes,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who sponsored the Child Victims Act.

Dems will try to force N.Y. Senate to vote on Child Victims Act
Because the Republicans control the agenda and what bills come to the floor for a vote, the Senate Democrats have precious few options to try and move legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

Mon, 05/23/2016

Rabbi Ari Hart

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

This year, the Jewish community in the State of New York has an opportunity to act on this responsibility on behalf of one of the most violated groups in all society: victims of child sexual abuse.

To pursue justice, a victim must turn to the legal system for criminal or civil proceedings. Currently, New York offers legal adults a mere five-year window to report abuse they suffered as children. Once a victim turns 23, the statute of limitations takes effect and victims are no longer able to bring charges against their abusers. This policy prevents many victims from getting the justice they deserve. As mental health experts can attest, it often takes decades for a victim of child sexual abuse to overcome the fear, shame and trauma involved in coming forward to report these reprehensible crimes.

New York’s criminal justice system ranks among the very worst offenders, alongside Mississippi, Alabama and Michigan, when it comes to the treatment of survivors of child sex abuse.

Now is the time to change that — our community can and should play an integral role in this fight. It is no secret that faith leaders have long been on the wrong side of history when it comes to exposing and prosecuting perpetrators of child sex abuse. In New York, members of the faith community have stalled and blocked passage of crucial reform efforts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Catholic Church sex abuse complaints up 35 percent, report finds

UNITED STATES
News & Observer

BY TERESA WELSH
twelsh@mcclatchy.com

Complaints of sexual abuse by Catholic Church clergy were up 35 percent in 2015, according to an audit of claims and related settlements released Friday.

Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, 838 people filed complaints saying they had been abused by church personnel while they were children. This is up from 620 complaints filed the year before.

Twenty-six reports were from minors alleging recent abuse, but the majority were claims dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The rise in claims dating back decades is partially attributed to bankruptcy proceedings in dioceses around the country that can lead people to file complaints when they otherwise may have kept silent, due to the possibility the diocese would no longer have money to pay out a settlement if the claims were found to be substantiated.

The report was produced by an independent auditor, StoneBridge Business Partners, commissioned to evaluate church compliance with the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This is the 13th year the church has produced the report, which was mandated in 2002 following major revelations of the widespread nature of sexual abuse throughout the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Priest abuse victim sentenced for child porn

KENTUCKY
Courier-Journal

Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson May 23, 2016

More than 30 years after he was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest in Louisville, a man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using two boys to manufacture child pornography.

Michael Mudd’s lawyer pleaded for leniency, noting that “abuse begets abuse begets abuse.”

The attorney, Chief Federal Public Defender Scott Wendelsdorf, said in a pre-sentencing memo that while there is never an excuse for criminal sexual conduct, “occasionally there is an explanation and that explanation justifies a degree of mercy not otherwise warranted."

“This is such a case,” Wendelsdorf said, asking that Mudd get 15 years, the mandatory minimum.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo Lawless noted that plenty of children who are sexually abused don’t go on to abuse others. And Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell said that while Mudd’s own abuse was unfortunate, the public still has to be protected and he still needed to be punished.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Otro cura argentino acusado de abuso trabajaba en Paraguay

ARGENTINA/PARAGUAY
Dia a Dia

[Another Argentine priest accused of abuse worked in Paraguay. He is Raul Mendoza del Castillo, who allegedly abused a child. This is another case like Carlos Ibañez.]

Por Ary Garbovetzky

Cómo se hizo la investigación del cura que abusó en Córdoba y huyó a Paraguay
Como el acusado en Córdoba Carlos Richard Ibañez, otro cura argentino denunciado por abusos sexuales terminó refugiado y trabajando para la Iglesia de Paraguay, según reveló la investigación del diario La Nación de ese país.

En su última publicación, el equipo de La Nación Investiga reveló que un cura mendocino, acusado de abuso sexual en Argentina cuando dirigía un colegio católicoa, llego a ser el líder de un programa de la Iglesia.

Se trata de Raúl del Castillo, cuya protección generó ya una causa judicial contra la Congregación Salesiana por haber ocultado información a la supuesta víctima del cura del Castillo, un hombre que denunció que cuando tenía 14 años, en el año 1998, el cura en calidad de director del colegio salesiano Don Bosco, lo sedujo y tuvo con él relaciones sexuales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Child sex offenders groom adults as well as children

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
May 23, 2016

I WAS in the foyer of Sydney’s Downing Centre Court after a day of evidence in one of the child sex trials against Catholic priest David O’Hearn.

There have been so many trials, re-trials and hearings since he was first stood down in May 2008 that I can’t remember exactly which one it was.

I didn’t pay much attention to a group across the foyer until their conversation became animated.

Suddenly a woman walked quickly towards me. She was upset. I asked if she was okay. She asked if I would walk with her out of the court because the people she had been talking to would still be outside. She didn’t want to face them again on her own.

They were supporters of O’Hearn. She had been friendly with the priest, but was shocked after hearing evidence of his crimes. There were heated words after she said she believed the victims.

I walked her out. There was a group outside the court but no one said a word. They just glared.

The case of David O’Hearn has highlighted why we needed a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He is in jail awaiting sentence after separate juries found him guilty of 44 child sex offences against six victims, but the cost to the community including victims, their families, O’Hearn’s supporters and the justice system has been extraordinary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Priest accused of ‘asking for rape’

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

By: Saafia February

Cape Town - The reverend who is at loggerheads with ministers of the Anglican Church says she has become a victim of cyber-bullying.

A woman has posted photos of Reverend June Dolley-Major on Facebook, accusing her of dressing like a “cheapy” and lying about being a sex attack victim.

June hit the spotlight two weeks ago when she went on a hunger strike outside the offices of the Anglican Church in Woodstock to protest against alleged unfair practices against her.

The cleric accused her former employer, Bishop Garth Counsell, of badmouthing her to a potential new employer in Australia.

She also claimed that she was nearly raped by a reverend, whose name she publicly revealed at a press conference last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Sacerdotes argentinos con casos de abuso y crímenes ocultos en Paraguay

PARAGUAY/ARGENTINA
La Nacion

Clérigos denunciados siguen impunes

[Argentine priests with abuse and crimes hidden in Paraguay. At least five Argentine priests accused of sexual abuse and crimes against humanity were hidden in Paraguayan territory covered by the local Church and with a striking attitude of the judiciary, while some of them were wanted by Argentina Justice. Until recently, one of the priests continued to exercise and another continues normally in charge of a formation community of the Salesians as in the case of Carlos and Raul Ibanez del Castillo. Priests Carlos Urrutigoity and Luis Eduardo Sierra are no longer in our country. The first was taken from the Diocese of Ciudad del Este in June 2015, returning to his hometown of Mendoza, Argentina. His bishop in Ciudad del Estee, Rogelio Livieres Plano was dismissed by Prope Francis. The second was convicted of abuse in Claypole, Argentina but never set foot in jail because he was granted house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet.]

Al menos cinco sacerdotes argentinos denunciados por abuso sexual y crímenes de lesa humanidad estuvieron escondidos en territorio paraguayo, amparados por la Iglesia local y con una llamativa actitud del Poder Judicial, mientras algunos de ellos eran buscados por la Justicia argentina.

Hasta hace poco, uno de los curas seguía ejerciendo y otro continúa normalmente a cargo de una comunidad formadora de los salesianos, como son los casos de Carlos Ibáñez y Raúl del Castillo, respectivamente.

Los sacerdotes Carlos Urrutigoity y Luis Eduardo Sierra ya no están en nuestro país. El primero fue sacado de la diócesis de Ciudad del Este en junio del 2015, retornando a su ciudad natal Mendoza, Argentina. Su caso le habría costado el cargo al entonces obispo Rogelio Livieres Plano, quien fue destituido por el papa Francisco; el segundo, si bien fue condenado por abusos cometidos en Claypole, Argentina, no pisó la cárcel, ya que fue beneficiado con arresto domiciliario con tobillera electrónica en su casa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

A Survivor’s Take On Pending Legislation

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholics 4 Change

Written by OWLFAN

This past week has been a whirlwind for survivors such as myself with the news that House Bill 1947, which passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in April, would be going to the Senate for hearings in June. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has begun circling the wagons in anticipation of this bill passing. Last Tuesday, Archbishop Chaput and other archdiocesan officials and “consultants” (aka attorneys), gathered for two meetings at St. Helena parish in Blue Bell – ironically, my registered parish!

According to an article by Matthew Gambino on CatholicPhilly.com, “speakers at the meetings described the dire financial impact upon Catholic parishes, schools and institutions that would likely result from an expected flood of civil lawsuits should the bill be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor.”

In coming weeks, parishioners will receive “information about how the legislation might affect them, as well as the parishes, schools, and charitable works they love and support based on what has happened in other states” according to Ken Gavin, spokesman for the archdiocese.

As a survivor, I wanted to give my take on these meetings, the archdiocese response, and the feelings that it has stirred up in me.

First, it is true that the archdiocese and Victims’ Assistance has helped me obtain therapy, doctors and medications. They pay for all of these visits. A rough calculation, if I should continue this course of action, until the age of 75, they will spend over $250,000 on my case alone. Not one person is disputing the facts that the Archdiocese is helping victims in this way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

.01% OF CLERGY ARE ABUSERS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the 2015 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse that was released last week by the National Review Board of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, there were seven substantiated allegations against clergy for the sexual abuse of minors that were made by current minors. Given that the data covered priests (35,987) and deacons (16,251), this means that .01 percent of the 52,238 members of the clergy had a substantiated allegation made against him; conversely, 99.99 percent did not.

Why is this not being widely reported by the media—including the Catholic media?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry

ROME
National Catholic Register

BY EDWARD PENTIN 05/23/2016

In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of a group who fought against Benedict’s election in 2005, but stressed that "Vatileaks" or other issues had "little or nothing" to do with his resignation in 2013.

Speaking at the presentation of a new book on Benedict’s pontificate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome May 20, Archbishop Gänswein also said that Pope Francis and Benedict are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative.”

Archbishop Gänswein, who doubles as the personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus and prefect of the Pontifical Household, said Benedict did not abandon the papacy like Pope Celestine V in the 13th century but rather sought to continue his Petrine Office in a more appropriate way given his frailty.

“Therefore, from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before,” he said. “It is and remains the foundation of the Catholic Church; and yet it is a foundation that Benedict XVI has profoundly and lastingly transformed by his exceptional pontificate.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Retired priest pleads not guilty to flashing charges

WISCONSIN
WBAY

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A retired priest with the Green Bay Catholic Diocese has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges of Exposing Genitals to a Child.

Richard Thomas, 78, appeared in a Brown County court room Monday for an arraignment hearing.

Thomas was arrested in April. According to a criminal complaint, Thomas exposed himself to a 16-year-old boy on March 14, 15, 16 and 17.

The teen told investigators it happened while he walked to school past Grellinger Hall in Allouez. The boy said he saw a naked man standing in one of the windows. Grellinger Hall is an independent living facility for retired priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

More than 800 sex abuse claims filed under Minnesota law

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 23, 2016

More than 850 child sex abuse claims, including about 500 against Minnesota Catholic clergy, have been made in the past three years under a landmark Minnesota law sunsetting this week that allowed victims of older abuse cases to have their day in court.

The Minnesota Child Victims Act, which rocked the Catholic Church to its core, set a May 25, 2016 deadline for filing older claims. Victims’ lawyers are rushing to the finish line, expecting a last-minute surge in claims.

And the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is on alert, as its victim compensation plan heads to bankruptcy court soon after the count is in.

In the three years since the law’s passage, the local church has witnessed an archbishop’s resignation, two bankruptcies and the public naming of more than 100 priests credibly accused of child sex abuse.

But its most profound impact was felt by the abuse victims themselves.

“It’s been a sea change,” said Bob Schwiderski, a decades-long victims’ advocate who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy. “We’re no longer considered ignorant money-grabbers … I’ve gone from being spit on to being applauded.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Duterte nennt katholische Bischöfe Hurensöhne

PHILIPPINEN
Zeit

Der künftige philippinische Präsident Rodrigo Duterte hat die katholische Kirche als "scheinheiligste Institution des Landes" bezeichnet und die Bischöfe seines Landes als "Hurensöhne" beschimpft. Bei einer Pressekonferenz am Sonntag sagte Duterte, die Bischöfe hätten ihn und andere Politiker um unlautere Gefälligkeiten gebeten. Zudem hielten sich mehrere Kirchenmänner nicht an das Zölibat. Duterte hatte die Präsidentschaftswahlen auf den Philippinen am 9. Mai mit großem Vorsprung gewonnen, obwohl sich einflussreiche Bischöfe in dem überwiegend katholischen Land gegen ihn ausgesprochen hatten.

Duterte, bislang amtierender Bürgermeister der Großstadt Davao im Süden der Philippinen, hatte bereits im Dezember für Aufsehen gesorgt, nachdem er den Papst als "Hurensohn" beschimpft hatte. Duterte inszeniert sich als Politiker der harten Hand und ist berüchtigt für seine ausschweifenden Reden, obszöne Sprache und sexistischen Witze. Als Präsident werde er die Todesstrafe wieder einführen und Zehntausende Kriminelle gezielt töten lassen, hatte Duterte schon im Wahlkampf angekündigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Kirche sucht Missbrauchsopfer – 320 Personen angeschrieben

DEUTSCHLAND
Neue OZ

[Rinteln. A former Protestant Superintendent is suspected of having abused. Although the alleged crimes date back decades, the church in Weserbergland is investigating and has sent letters to potential victims.]

Rinteln. Ein früherer evangelischer Superintendent steht im Verdacht, Konfirmanden missbraucht zu haben. Obwohl die mutmaßlichen Verbrechen Jahrzehnte zurückliegen, sucht die Kirche im Weserbergland jetzt per Post nach möglichen Opfern.

Der evangelische Geistliche inszenierte ein Treffen im Pfarramt St. Nikolai in Rinteln. Er verschloss die Tür von innen. Dann verging er sich an dem Konfirmanden. So schildert es das Opfer. Der Junge wagte es nicht, seinen Eltern von dem Verbrechen zu erzählen. Er traute sich nicht zu, im Rinteln der 1960er Jahre den zu erwartenden Skandal durchzustehen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Bistum Trier ermittelt gegen Priester

DEUTSCHLAND
SWR

[Diocese of Trier is investigating priest who is accused of sexual abuse.]

Das Bistum Trier hat gegen einen Pfarrer einer saarländischen Pfarrei ein kircheninternes Ermittlungsverfahren eingeleitet. Es geht um den Vorwurf eines sexuellen Missbrauchs.

Die Vorwürfe richten sich gegen einen 63-jährigen Pfarrer im Ruhestand, der rund 30 Jahre lang in einer Pfarrei im Saarland tätig war. Es geht um einen Vorfall Ende der 1990er Jahre. Dreimal hatte die Staatsanwaltschaft Saarbrücken in den vergangenen zehn Jahren gegen den Mann wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt. Ein Verfahren aus dem Jahr 2006 wurde wegen Verjährung eingestellt, in den beiden anderen Fällen aus den Jahren 2013 und 2016 ließen sich die Taten nicht nachweisen. Das teilte ein Sprecher der Saarbrücker Staatsanwaltschaft dem SWR mit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Accountability At Center Of Catholic Church's Sex Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
NPR

April 9, 2016

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

As the church works through its sex-abuse crisis, the Vatican is struggling to figure out how to hold cardinals and bishops accountable, investigative journalist Jason Berry tells NPR's Scott Simon.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Yesterday, Pope Francis released his Amoris Laetitia proclamation on family life. He calls on priests to support their parishioners, including those who are divorced, gay or pregnant out of wedlock, and to love rather than judge them. But the pope stopped short of actually endorsing same-sex marriage. The document lands on a Catholic church that is still working through its abuse crisis.

Earlier this month, another cover-up in western Pennsylvania's Altoona Johnstown Diocese received attention. Jason Berry is an investigative journalist who has covered the church crisis. He joins us now. Mr. Berry, thanks so much for being with us.

JASON BERRY, BYLINE: My pleasure.

SIMON: And help us understand, please, what happened in Altoona.

BERRY: Well, it was a grand jury report. And what it found was the long reach of a cover-up going back many decades. You know, the rooted problem of this crisis is structural mendacity, institutionalized deception and lying. And bishops, in depositions over the years, have often said that they were doing this to protect the church, for the good of the church. But in fact, it leaves the victims, the children, on the short end of a moral calibration. And to this day, the Vatican is still struggling to figure out a way to hold bishops accountable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:59 AM

Danish church shut down after allegations of sexual abuse

DENMARK
CPH Post

A free church in Jutland has been closed after several children and young people said at a meeting that they had been abused by a priest.

The attacks are alleged to have taken place from 2006 to 2011.

“We are in shock,” the church leader told Metroxpress. “It is difficult to understand that so much has been going on that we were not aware of.”

Investigation continuing

After the allegations were revealed, the leader of the church said that he decided to close the church on April 27.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Catholics continue demand for archbishop to step down

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

While thousands flocked to Hagatna for the Festival of Pacific Arts opening ceremonies, the island's faithful had another mission. A peaceful demonstration was held just outside Sunday morning mass at the Hagatna Cathedral, where concerned Catholic Marilu Martinez says they continue efforts to get Archbishop Anthony Apuron to step down.

"We're gathered here today because we have a unified message, and one voice that we want to send to our archbishop, and that is archbishop, you have only one option and that option is for you to resign. Any other choice is not acceptable - we'd like for you to resign now!" Martinez said.

Earlier this month, former Agat resident Roy Quintanilla accused Apuron of molesting him as a child. While the archdiocese has stated it would convene their archdiocesan review board to look into the allegations, their current policy states the archbishop overseas the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Retired priest to return to court on flashing charge

WISCONSIN
Fox 11

BY ANDREW LACOMBE, FOX 11 NEWS MONDAY, MAY 23RD 2016

GREEN BAY (WLUK) - A retired priest is scheduled to be back in court Monday morning on allegations he exposed himself to a minor.

Rev. Richard Thomas will enter a plea at his arraignment on four counts of exposing genital area to a child. He waived a preliminary hearing earlier this month in Brown County Circuit Court.

After the report of misconduct, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay restricted Thomas from performing any public ministry.

Thomas was living in Grellinger Hall, a home for retired priests in Allouez. He allegedly exposed himself four times in March to a 16-year-old boy when the boy was walking to school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Bill Would Require Private School Officials To Report Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
CBS New York

[with video]

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Private schools in New York would be required to report sexual abuse under a bill moving through the State Assembly.

The bill would legally require private school officials to report accusations of sex abuse to law enforcement, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reports. Right now, only public schools have to do that.

Dr. Mary Pulido with the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said that is outrageous.

“It’s a double-standard and it leaves half a million children at risk for sex abuse and it simply doesn’t make sense,” she said.

Pulido said the need for legislation has been heightened in recent years by sex abuse scandals at Horace Mann, Poly Prep and Yeshiva University High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

WA man denies raping 7yo girl at Roelands Christian Mission

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Gian De Poloni

A man charged with raping a seven-year-old girl at a Christian mission in Western Australia's South West more than 40 years ago has pleaded not guilty to six child abuse charges.

Philip Howard Street, 74, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl multiple times while he was employed at the Roelands Christian Mission near Collie in 1974 and 1975.

The mission was once home to hundreds of Stolen Generations' children, with about 500 Aboriginal children housed there from the 1940s to the 1970s.

In February, Street was charged by a specialist police taskforce acting on allegations that came to light during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Guam senator introduces bill that would allow molested kids to sue perpetrators any time

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, gdumat-ol@guampdn.com May 23, 2016

Legislation introduced Monday morning would lift any time limit on filing lawsuits against alleged child molesters.

Sen. Frank F. Blas Jr.’s Bill 326 states: “victims of child sexual abuse that occurred on Guam who have been barred from filing suit against their abusers by virtue of the expiration of the civil statute of limitations shall be permitted to file those claims in the Guam Superior Court.”

Guam lawmakers in the past temporarily gave victims of child sexual abuse a two-year limit to file a lawsuit, and that window has closed.

This bill would not restrict the filing of a lawsuit against a child sex abuser or child molester who committed the act before this bill would become law, according to Blas.

"There is no restriction on retroactive cases," he said.

Blas’ legislation states statute of limitations — or legal time limits — “have been a particularly pressing problem in light of the delicate nature of child sex crimes; victims often need many years to overcome the pain of their abuse and time to obtain the courage needed to speak out about the abuse that they have suffered.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Frank Blas wants child sex abuse statue of limitations abolished

GUAM
KUAM

By Ken Quintanilla

One senator is looking to abolish the two-year statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. Senator Frank Blas, Jr. introduced Bill 326 today to give victims more time to seek justice against their perpetrators.

The legislation follows the silent no more movement and other allegations that have surfaced where victims are now adults, but report being molested as young children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Cruz to Duterte: Expose sins of the church, so they can be corrected

PHILIPPINES
Manila Bulletin

by Leslie Ann Aquino
May 23, 2016

Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz sees no need for the bishops to debate with incoming president Rodrigo Duterte. Instead, Cruz suggested that Duterte should just expose what he knows about the so called sins of the Catholic Church.

“Debates do not resolve matters. So, if he wants to expose what he knows about the mistakes or sins of churchmen, please do so. There is no problem. So, they can be corrected,” he said in an interview.

“If he says that he knows of some bishops and priests with children, I think he should reveal this and give the proper evidence so that the Church can do something about it,” added Cruz.

The prelate said the church never said that there are no bad bishops and priests.

“Of course there are!” said Cruz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Philippines' Duterte vows to 'defy Church'

PHILIPPINES
Newshub (New Zealand)

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy.

It puts him on a new collision course with the bishops a day after he called them "sons of whores".

The southern mayor has yet to be declared the May 9 poll winner, but an unofficial vote count by an election commission-accredited watchdog showed him ahead over his four rivals, three of whom conceded defeat. Duterte assumes office on June 30.

Duterte's often outrageous comments have won him huge support and his tirades about killing criminals and a joke about a murdered rape victim do not appear to have dented his popularity in the largely Catholic country. ...

On Saturday, he criticised the Church as the "most hypocritical institution", meddling in government policies and said some bishops were enriching themselves at the expense of the poor.

"You sons of whores, aren't you ashamed? You ask so many favours, even from me," Duterte said in an interview broadcast by TV station GMA.

Monsignor Oliver Mendoza, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Lingayen, whose head is the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Church respected Duterte's opinion but that it would continue to speak against government policies that are contrary to Church teaching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Philippine president-elect attacks Catholic Church and bishops

PHILIPPINES
Catholic Herald (UK)

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused some bishops of violating their vow of celibacy

The presumptive Philippine president-elect has launched a verbal attack on the country’s dominant Church as “the most hypocritical institution” and accused some of its bishops of corruption for allegedly asking favours from politicians, including him.

In a late-night news conference that dragged on to the early hours of Sunday in southern Davao city, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte questioned the relevance of Catholic bishops, citing his overwhelming victory in the May 9 presidential election based on an unofficial count despite efforts by them to persuade Filipinos not to vote for him.

Such harsh public condemnation of the influential Church and its bishops by a top politician is rare in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism.

It presages a potentially thorny relationship between the Church and the incoming president, who shocked bishops in November when he criticised Pope Francis for sparking a huge traffic jam that trapped him for hours during a visit to Manila. Duterte apologised after bishops denounced his action. During the campaign, Duterte said he warned Catholics they may go to hell if they voted for him because bishops have criticised him as immoral partly for advocating the killing of criminals. Millions of Filipinos, however, still voted for him in the election, which he said served like a referendum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

I’m not having sex with my female church members – Pastor Sunday Adelaja denies allegations

NIGERIA/UKRAINE
Daily Post

The Nigerian founder and general overseer of the Embassy of Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations Church in Kiev, Ukraine, pastor Sunday Adelaja, has denied claims that he had extramarital affairs with no fewer than 20 women in his church.

The pastor had reportedly been asked to step down as the spiritual head of the church after the adultery scandal made the rounds.

The allegations against him as divulged in a statement on its website, the Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith, Adelaja, at a meeting of pastors and board of elders of the church, confessed to having committed adultery with his female parishioners and that he had repented.

According to a letter posted on the website of the Spiritual Council Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals), written by one Apostle Toff Ulissis, a clergyman said to be providing spiritual care to the Nigerian pastor, Adelaja was urged to, “seek psychiatric help in Kiev and the United States.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Inquirer editorial: Delayed justice for abuse victims need not be denied

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

Two grand juries have exposed systematic child sexual abuse covered up by the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, convicted serial predator Jerry Sandusky's crimes have drawn international attention to Penn State, and, most recently, state prosecutors have leveled charges of widespread pedophilia and official silence in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Now the Pennsylvania legislature may finally be ready to show mercy to victims.

Legislation to extend the time limits for criminal charges and civil complaints in abuse cases would be late in coming but nonetheless welcome. For too long, the legislature has bowed to church and insurance industry lobbying, seemingly unable to grasp the impact of the crimes on victims.

The very shame and fear that abuse inflicts prevents many survivors from reporting the crimes for years, if at all. They deserve a chance to heal and obtain justice.

One of the most dedicated opponents of legislation to give more victims that chance has changed his mind. State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D., Berks) had his epiphany after Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced a pair of disturbing grand jury findings of serial clergy abuse in western and central Pennsylvania. One grand jury reported that abuse was so rampant in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese that a bishop kept a chart of payouts to victims, even as local law enforcement participated in the cover-up. Another charged three former regional leaders of the Franciscan order with allowing a friar to abuse more than 80 children at a high school in Johnstown.

It's been 11 years since legislation extending the statute of limitations was suggested by then-Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham based on a grand jury's charges of widespread abuse and secrecy. The recommendation was reaffirmed by subsequent grand juries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Vermont Man Suing Man Who Assaulted Him

MAINE
WABI

MAY 22, 2016

A Vermont man is suing a former Greek Orthodox priest from Bangor, already convicted of sexually assaulting him, this according to a report in the Bangor Daily News.

He’s suing 53-year-old Adam Metropoulos.

Metropoulos was found guilty last year of sexual abuse of a minor last year and pleaded guilty to having sexually explicit images and invasion of privacy.

The man was an altar boy at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Legionaries could be role models on fighting sex abuse

Crux

By Austen Ivereigh
Crux Contributor May 23, 2016

Both in the Catholic Church as well as in individual lives, sometimes the area where one becomes truly great is the same place where once you failed badly and got burned.

Theologically speaking, grace redeems what was once the place of darkness. Conversion isn’t just about overcoming vices, but making space for God’s grace to turn them into virtues.

To take a classic example, back in the 1990s Opus Dei had the most disastrously defensive communications operation in the Catholic Church. But in the interlude between the 1992 beatification and the 2002 canonization of their founder, St. Josemaría de Escrivá, they turned that around, forging an approach based on transparency and accountability that paid off big-time when the “Da Vinci Code” movie appeared.

These days, Opus Dei’s communications office in Rome is the go-to source for huge numbers of journalists seeking their way around Church stories, while its Holy Cross University runs the Church’s must-attend conference for Church communicators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

There is hope for survivors to heal

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea | May. 23, 2016

ANALYSIS Editor's note: This is Part 2 of "Hell, hope and healing," an NCR four-part series on sexual abuse. You can read the series introduction and Part 1, which are also available at the feature series page Hell, hope and healing. Parts 3 and 4 will be published first in our print edition first and then posted to our website.

In the first article of this series I discussed the commonality and damage of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including clergy sexual abuse. Here, I focus on the hope that most trauma survivors can heal because of inherent or learned resilience and/or through access to healing resources.

Resilience

Since the 1980s, when child abuse and domestic violence emerged from society's skeleton closet, researchers and clinicians have rightly prioritized the tremendous wounds caused by adverse childhood experiences. Recently, however, researchers also have concluded that while about two-thirds of trauma survivors will experience at least some negative outcomes after trauma, almost another third will emerge into adults who seem not to have been deeply affected by earlier traumas.

Even more exciting are indications that resilience can be learned or expanded to moderate the long-term impact of traumatic stress on the body, mind and spirit.

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat." Resilience researchers like Dennis Charney and Steven Southwick have investigated the genetic, biological, social and spiritual factors contributing to resilience. They and others have identified a number of factors that appear to endow an individual with resilience:

* Above average intelligence.
* An internal locus of control. A sense that the individual can determine his/her own fate, even when trauma occurs.
* An optimistic cognitive style. Resilient individuals tend to be able to find the silver lining in even the darkest, most thunderous clouds. They are able to imagine a time when life will be better.
* A close, safe relationship with at least one adult not involved in the trauma. This is an area in which abusive priests were often the most despicable and damaging. Children known by predator priests to be in difficult home situations, or kids who came to the priests for advice or comfort about other traumas, were often selected as victims. Instead of responding to an already hurting young person with kindness and mercy, abusing clergy too often became another trauma for the child or teen.
* A consistent faith and/or cultural traditions that provided hope and a steady belief system. Once again, we see the travesty of priests whose sexual violations robbed victims of a faith-based building block of resilience to life's challenges.
* A good sense of humor, even when life is tough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

May 22, 2016

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte blasts Catholic Church, labels it country's 'most hypocritical institution'

PHILIPPINES
ABC News (Australia)

The Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as the country's "most hypocritical institution" and says he is ready to take on senior Filipino bishops in a debate about their wrongdoings before he takes office next month.

The tough-talking 71-year-old has yet to be proclaimed the May 9 poll winner, but an unofficial vote count by an election commission-accredited watchdog showed a huge lead over his rivals, three of whom conceded defeat. He is due to take office on June 30.

Mr Duterte's often outrageous comments and no-nonsense approach have won him huge support and his tirades about killing criminals and even a joke about a murdered rape victim, appear not to have dented his popularity.

"I will lecture until June 29 the sins of the Catholic Church and whether or not you are still relevant," Mr Duterte told reporters in Davao City, where he is the incumbent mayor.

"The most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 PM

Mother and Baby Commission might limit its inquiry

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, May 23, 2016

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission has yet to decide whether to ask for an extension of its remit to examine other institutions.

It comes as adoption groups have reiterated calls for a number of adoption agencies as well as a range of State and private maternity homes to be included in the investigation.

Under its terms of reference, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission will investigate how unmarried mothers and their babies were treated between 1922 and 1998 at 14 State-linked religious institutions.

The three-year inquiry — which has a €23.5m budget — will examine mother and baby homes, county homes, vaccine trials on children, and illegal adoptions where babies were sent abroad.

In a statement to the Irish Examiner, the Commission said it “not yet made any decision about recommending any extension of its terms of reference”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 PM

Ramapo asks court to shut Eckerson Lane yeshiva

NEW YORK
Journal News

Steve Lieberman, slieberm@lohud.com May 22, 2016

Mosdos Sanz Klausenberg has not responded in state court to Ramapo request that a judge order the Eckerson Lane yeshiva closed after three years of lacking final town approvals

Ramapo has asked a state court to shut down an Eckerson Lane yeshiva for overstaying temporary permits that allowed it to use a house and classroom trailers for students while building a more permanent school.

The yeshiva was opened three years ago by a congregation without approvals. But the congregation later received town permission to use a single-family house for classrooms and add modular trailers for additional students.

Ramapo is arguing in court papers that Mosdos Sans Klausenberg of Monsey is violating zoning regulations after failing to build a school on the property within two years. Town law gives developers one year - with the potential of a 12-month extension - to run a school with temporary modular classrooms while constructing a more lasting structure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:25 PM

Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last week’s meeting between Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) colleagues and bishops.

“Experience leads me to have little hope or expectation from the meeting,” Fr Tony Flannery said.
He is among six Irish priests censured by the Vatican in recent years for their more liberal views on issues such as contraception, priesthood, women priests and homosexuality.

Others include Fr Brian D’Arcy, Fr Gerard Moloney, Fr Owen O’Sullivan, Fr Iggy O’Donovan and Fr Seán Fagan.

A member of the ACP delegation, Fr Seán McDonagh, told the bishops at the Maynooth meeting that the six priests’ treatment by the church was seen as a source “of great scandal by many Catholics in Ireland”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

Pope Francis excommunicates Australian priest

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Herald

Australian priest had continued to act publicly as a priest after having priestly facilities removed

An Australian priest who supports the ordination of women has been excommunicated by Pope Francis.

In the first such excommunication since the new pontiff took office Fr Greg Reynolds was dismissed in a letter from the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, which stated that “the decision by Pope Francis to dismiss Fr Reynolds from the clerical state and to declare his automatic excommunication has been made because of his public teaching on the ordination of women contrary to the teaching of the Church and his public celebration of the Eucharist when he did not hold faculties to act publicly as a priest.”

Archbishop Hart also told other priests in the archdiocese by letter that Fr Reynolds’s excommunication was “because of his public teaching on the ordination of women”, which are grounds for automatic excommunication.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

PA Lawmakers Expect Battle With Church Over Child Sex Abuse Bill

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

[with video]

by Joe Holden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new fight is brewing between the Catholic Church and Harrisburg.

A full-scale battle over Pennslvania’s statute of limitations is expected to break out.

“Just looking at it from a moral compass standpoint? They are so wrong,” said Pennsylvania lawmaker Mark Rozzi.

He and others predict a coordinated challenge from the Catholic Church. But for Rozzi of Berks County, the battle is personal.

He says he was sexually abused by a priest in grade school.

“If I could’ve spoke up when I was 13 years-old, I might have been able to save hundreds of others boys that came after me,” said Rozzi.

CBS 3 was outside a meeting of virtually every Philadelphia priest with Archbishop Chaput this week. There, sources say that talking points were provided to the clergy on House Bill 1947.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

Resignations in Guam over sex abuse allegations

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

Two senior members of Guam's Catholic Church have resigned from the archdiocese review board amid sexual abuse allegations against an Archbishop.

The Pacific Daily News reported the members resigned citing a conflict of interest as the board is likely to be called upon to review allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

52-year-old Roy Quintanilla alleges he was abused by Bishop Apuron when he was an altar boy more than 40 years ago, and says he knows of other victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Man sexually abused by former priest sues Greek Orthodox diocese

MAINE
Bangor Daily News

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 22, 2016

BANGOR, Maine — A Vermont man, who as a teenager was an altar server at a Bangor church, has sued in Penobscot County Superior Court the former Greek Orthodox priest convicted of sexually assaulting him, his supervisors and the church community he served.

Adam Metropoulos, 53, was convicted in March 2015 on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor following a jury-waived trial. The charges stemmed from the former priest’s sexual assault on a 15-year-old altar server, who is the plaintiff in the lawsuit, at the church in 2006 and 2007.

The man, now 24 years old, is not being named because he was the victim of sexual abuse.

The victim claimed to have sustained severe and permanent physical injury, emotional distress, mental anguish and future and past medical expenses because of Metropoulos’ sexual abuse. He claimed the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, its leader Metropolitan Methodios, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, based in New York City, and the Greek Orthodox community in Bangor were negligent in their supervision of Metropoulos.

The lawsuit did not name St. George Greek Orthodox Church by name.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Law limits sexual abuse charges

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Shawn Raymundo, sraymundo@guampdn.com
May 23, 2016

Whether Roy Quintanilla does decide to take legal action against Archbishop Anthony Apuron for allegedly molesting the 52-year-old man 40 years ago, Guam’s laws on sexual abuse crimes could thwart any attempts to bring the matter to court.

According to Guam law, a person who was sexually abused as a minor has until three years from the time they reach 18 years old to bring the issue to the attorney general’s office to file criminal charges against the assailant. The statute of limitations kicks in after the victim has turned 21 years old.

Speaking to the media in front of the Archdiocese of Agana Chancery Office last Tuesday, Quintanilla spoke about the reported encounter with Apuron. Quintanilla said the alleged abuse happened when he was a 12-year-old altar server for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Agat while Apuron was the parish priest.

Apuron also faced sexual abuse claims back in late 2014, when John C. Toves accused the archbishop of molesting his cousin. The cousin, however, never came forward to confirm the allegations, news files state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Father David O'Hearn revealed as child sex offender eight years after he was stood down

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY
May 22, 2016, 10 p.m.

CATHOLIC priest David O’Hearn was the master manipulator who charmed and groomed people to get his way and told child victims to “look up at Jesus” pictures as he sexually abused them in church buildings.

He was the priest who stood in the dock during trials, waved to supporters and implored them to “keep the faith” in him as an innocent man and victim of injustice, despite juries finding him guilty of child sex crimes.

After four years of trials, appeals, re-trials and hearings where his name could not be reported in the media, O’Hearn on Friday could finally be revealed for what he is – a serial child sex offender who is sexually attracted to young boys and preyed on the most vulnerable.

“He was a predator. I faced him in court because we no longer have to carry the shame of what was done to us. That shame has now shifted. He should be the one who’s ashamed,” said a victim of O’Hearn’s who was 12 in the mid 1980s when he was sexually abused.

O’Hearn was convicted of 44 crimes against six boys. He gained sexual gratification from wrestling with boys. He was found guilty of multiple indecent assault charges in church buildings, parks, cars and on camps and forcing oral sex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Assemblyman David McDonough pushes bill mandating private school officials to report sexual abuse

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY MICHAEL O'KEEFFE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, May 22, 2016

Private school administrators in New York are not required to report sexual abuse allegations to law-enforcement officials — even after horrifying scandals roiled three prominent city prep schools.

Assemblyman David McDonough (R-Merrick) says it's time to close a loophole that contributed to sex abuse scandals at Horace Mann, Poly Prep and Yeshiva University High School.

"The sad fact is so many students have been abused in schools and it is not reported," McDonough said. "You can't continue to sweep this stuff under the rug. Parents are surprised to learn that their kids are not protected under the laws of New York."

Public school administrators are already required by state education law to report sexual abuse allegations to police or prosecutors. McDonough introduced legislation last month in the Assembly that would amend the law to include private school officials as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

LA ROMANA: Prisión a pastor evangélico por acoso sexual

DOMINIKANISCHE REPUBLIK
Montecristi Horas

LA ROMANA.- El Ministerio Público de esta demarcación logró que fueran impuestos tres meses de prisión preventiva, como medida de coerción, contra un pastor evangélico que abusó sexualmente de una menor de 12 años de edad de un centro educativo de la comunidad de Villa Hermosa.

El Juzgado de Atención Permanente de La Romana dictó la medida cautelar en contra del pastor Maximiliano Mota, por supuestamente haber incurrido en los delitos de seducción, acoso y abuso sexual en perjuicio de la niña, cuyo nombre se omite por razones legales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Dominikanische Republik: Evangelischer Pastor wegen sexueller Belästigung inhaftiert

DOMINIKANISCHE REPUBLIK
DomRep Total

[A Protestant pastor is accused of sexual harassment in the Dominican Republic.]

21. MAI 2016

La Romana.- Drei Monate Untersuchungshaft erreichte das Öffentliche Ministerium gegen den evangelischen Pfarrer Maximiliano Mota aus La Romana. Sexuelle Belästigung und Missbrauch gegenüber einem 12 jährigen Mädchen werden dem Kirchenmann vorgeworfen.

Das Mädchen kommt aus Villa Hermosa und der Name wird aus Gründen des Jugendschutzes nicht veröffentlicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Der Hype ist vorbei, die Opfer wieder vergessen

DEUTSCHLAND
Lotoskraft

[The hype is over, forget the victims again.]

Als 2010 die katholische Kirche in den Fokus geriet, weil sie über Jahrzehnte den sexuellen Missbrauch an überwiegend Jungen durch Geistliche bemäntelte und die Täter vor Strafverfolgung schonte, wurden für eine kurze Weile auch die Opfer der Schandtaten sichtbar und durch die Talkshows gereicht. Die kommerzielle Instrumentalisierung der Opfer war gewaltig. Schließlich muss man es so sehen, wenn Markus Lanz ein Opfer sexualisierter Gewalt vorführt, erhält das Opfer neben Reisespesen noch rund 150 € extra zugereicht. Der Profit des Moderators und seiner Produktionsfirma aber ist ein vielfacher davon.

Nachdem im Zuge des Skandals in der katholischen Kirche immer mehr Fälle in renommierten Institutionen wie der Odenwaldschule oder bei den Grünen aufgedeckt wurden, blieb das Thema virulent. Nach der Bundestagswahl 2013 hatten die Opfer ihre Schuldigkeit getan. Die Grünen hatten ihren Dämpfer bekommen und die Talkmaster ihre Sendeminuten gut verkauft. Das Interesse brach ab, die Welle war geritten und verebbt. Auch der veröffentlichte Bericht zu den Missbrauchsfällen der Berliner Grünen interessierte nur noch wenige. Nach einer Woche war das Thema aus den Medien, obwohl gerade dieser Bericht eine schreckliche Seite aufdeckte, nämlich dass die Grünen damals die Täter schützten und ihnen die Opfer – einmal mehr fast ausschließlich Buben ‑ auslieferten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Pastor shocked by children’s pastor’s arrest in sex trafficking operation

TENNESSEE
WISH

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The pastor of Grace Baptist Church said he is shocked after a children’s pastor at the church was charged for patronizing prostitution and trafficking.

Ron Stewart, the Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church said he found out about child youth pastor Jason Kennedy’s arrest when he got a phone call from a friend that knew about the situation that was taking place. Court records say Kennedy negotiated a $100 fee for a half hour of sex with a 15 and 18-year-old girl.

“I was devastated, I was totally shocked. It is something you can not anticipate, in fact I speak about it constantly,” said Stewart. “I have nine other pastors and I speak to them constantly, ‘we are held to a higher standard and what someone else may do and be accepted is not accepted and anything you do will be magnified and we understand much is given, much is required.’ It goes with being a pastor.”

During TBI’s operation to combat human trafficking in Knoxville, 32 people were arrested. However, the only two people charged with trafficking were pastors: Pastor Kennedy and volunteer creative pastor Zubin Parakh at Lifehouse Church in Oak Ridge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Report of abuse didn’t stop priest from abusing again

MINNESOTA
The Journal

Breaking the Silence

May 22, 2016

By Kevin Sweeney - Journal Editor , The Journal

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles The Journal is publishing on the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests in the New Ulm Diocese. Today's article tells the story of Kim Schmit, who was abused as a child in Willmar by Fr. David Roney.

Next Sunday: Leon's story.

Kim Schmit is different from many other victims of clerical sex abuse of children. She told someone what happened, when it happened.

Her parents told officials at St. Mary's Church in Willmar what Father David Roney had done to her, and were assured Roney would be dealt with. But Roney remained pastor at St. Mary's and has been the subject of several lawsuits accusing him of sexually abusing more children in the years after Schmit's accusation. To Schmit, it was an example of the way the Catholic Church as an organization has harbored and protected predatory priests.

Schmit's family had moved to Willmar when she was 2. Her father, a self-taught musician, was the music teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom.

"She didn't even have a drivers license. She would send a taxi cab to pick us up from after school functions," Schmit recalls.

As a child, Schmit's mother would send her and her younger sister to St. Mary's for religious education classes on weekdays and Saturday mornings. She and her sister would wait at St. Mary's school for the cab to pick them up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Public weighs in on abuse allegations against Archbishop Apuron

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Maria Hernandez, mohernande@guampdn.com May 22, 2016

In the midst of recent allegations of sexual abuse made by former Guam resident Roy Taitague Quintanilla against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, residents and a church official have shared their opinions on the developments.

Quintanilla, 52, spoke publicly at a press conference on Tuesday about abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of Apuron 40 years ago when he was an altar boy. Quintanilla said he was a 12-year-old altar server for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, in Agat, when the alleged abuse took place.

Apuron was the pastor of the parish at the time, Quintanilla said. He said the archbishop touched his private areas through his pants.

“I was trying my best to push your hand away; it was painful,” he said as he read aloud a letter addressed to Apuron at the press conference.

Deacon Elias “Itoy” Ruda of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in Toto, said he doesn’t really know how to feel about the allegations.

“I’m just surprised. I’m just praying,” he said.

The news, he said, whether true or false, will possibly bring a divide in the church.

“My opinion is maybe the archdiocese is going to be divided into groups of people, but it’s better to stay strong in faith,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Archbishop: Church must do better, help to heal

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

MEGAN GILLIS, POSTMEDIA

The city’s archbishop vows that “we will do better” in tackling sexual abuse in the church.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast makes the comment in a column in the Ottawa Sun, in the wake of a Postmedia series about historic abuse by local Catholic clergy published last week.

Prendergast calls the articles “shocking” despite containing “not many surprises,” the impact coming from “seeing all the details displayed in one place.”

“They laid out the enormity of the evil committed and the need for ongoing healing,” Prendergast wrote, later adding that “the situation in which we find ourselves humbles us all, making us feel raw in our exposure to public vilification and scorn.

“Still, the ties of communion among us Catholics will help us in this moment of testing. God is inviting us to come to grips with our sinfulness so that we can strive together towards a better future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Bishop’s statement on sexual abuse in the Church

MINNESOTA
The Journal

May 22, 2016

By Bishop John M. LeVoir - Diocese of New Ulm , The Journal

The New Ulm Journal is publishing several powerful articles sharing the stories of victims and survivors of sexual abuse by priests. On behalf of the Diocese of New Ulm, I want to express my gratitude to those victims and survivors it takes great courage to come forward and tell this horrible story. It is essential that their experiences be shared and for the Church to publicly acknowledge what happened.

I have been humbled when personally meeting with and hearing the stories of victims and survivors. It is heartbreaking. Many times, the only response possible is one of sincere apology and a solemn vow to never forget the lessons of this tragic chapter in the Church's history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Bishop Kicanas to submit letter of retirement in August

ARIZONA
Arizona Daily Star

By Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star

After 15 years serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas must submit a letter of retirement to Rome by mid-August.

He has no choice. The church’s canon law requires all bishops to submit a letter by the time they turn 75. Kicanas hits that benchmark Aug. 18.

From there, it’s up to Pope Francis to accept or reject the resignation. Usually, the pope accepts.

But that doesn’t mean August heralds the last days for the current Tucson bishop. Retiring bishops usually serve until the pope appoints a replacement. That can take six to eight months — sometimes longer.

Even after a successor is established, Kicanas, a Chicago native, has no plans to live elsewhere. ...

Before Kicanas’ arrival, the diocese had paid $155,000 to settle claims from eight people who reported being sexually abused by diocesan personnel, Star archives show.

The following years would bring a $14 million settlement with 10 men who described abuse by four local clergy members from the 1960s to the 1980s, the sentencing of three priests to prison for sexually abusing children, and 22 lawsuits that drove the diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004.

“We were faced with abuse allegations, and we had no idea where the end was,” Kicanas said. “The concern was: How do we treat people equally and fairly so that the resources were available to help anybody who would come forward? And that’s when we went into bankruptcy.”

The Tucson diocese followed the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon in the unprecedented move. At the time, plaintiffs expressed concern that the move was a copout.

The reorganization process took a year and involved the sale of diocese properties and creation of a $22.2 million settlement pool for victims both known and unknown, Star archives show.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Discovery of former priest and accused pedophile conjures memories of 'the talk'

CONNECTICUT
Republican-American

In 1965, a priest in Naugatuck, now accused of sexual abuse, made boys fear

BY MICHAEL DOOLING REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

A new assistant pastor, Rev. Arthur J. Perrault, arrived at St. Francis Parish in Naugatuck in September 1965.

Two weeks ago, Perrault, an accused pedophile, was found living in Morocco. He had fled his New Mexico parish in 1992 after lawsuits alleging sexual abuse were filed against him and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Sexual abuse sector stretched in Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

EMILY SPINK

Sexual abuse support agencies in Christchurch have waiting lists up to six months long for victims needing help.

Demand for counselling and education services in the city has surged as well. One agency said it had more than doubled in the last five years as people become more willing to accept support and aware of how to get it.

Services have felt the strain with resource increases not "anywhere near" matching the rising demand. They welcomed a $46 million funding boost for the sexual assault services sector announced by the Government on Wednesday.

A survey of 24 support organisations, conducted by the Green Party and released the same day, found some victims were waiting up to three months for support.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

Jerome Christenson Daily News

On May 31, 1958, Thomas Paul Adamson was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona.

More than a half-century later, the Diocese of Winona has received 36 accusations of child sexual abuse by Adamson, one of 17 men who served as priests in the diocese who have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor.

The names of those 17 men, among the 320 Minnesota religious of all denominations — including priests, ministers, clerics, nuns and staff — credibly accused of sexual abuse as compiled by SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), are known largely because of a piece of state law that expires this week.

The law has led to hundreds of civil lawsuits against dioceses across the state, as well as the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, with the resulting claims raising significant questions about whether those dioceses will declare bankruptcy. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in January 2015, and has been reorganizing since.

Whether the Diocese of Winona will follow the same route isn’t clear, but also not out of the question, according to previous diocese statements and a reading of both internal and public documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

May 21, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle says he has doubts about eliminating child-sex victims’ statute of limitations

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KENNETH LOVETT

ALBANY — When it comes to dealing with child sex abuse victims, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle says public and private institutions should be held to the same standard even while he opposes the idea of making it easier for some survivors to sue.

Morelle, a Rochester Democrat and the second most powerful lawmaker in the chamber, expressed serious concerns about doing away with laws limiting the window that adult child sex abuse victims have to bring civil or criminal cases.

Under current law, victims have up until their 23rd birthday to bring civil cases.

Morelle says he can support extending the timeframe for civil cases, but not eliminating it entirely, a position similar to one revealed by Gov. Cuomo this week. But Morelle opposes the idea of doing away with the time limits for bringing criminal charges on child sex abuse cases, a change the governor’s office says Cuomo would like to see.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Rintelner Geistlicher missbrauchte Jungen / Weitere Opfer vermutet

DEUTSCHLAND
Schaumburger Zeitung

[Rintelner priest abused boys and other victims are possible.]

RINTELN. Vor 50 Jahren soll der damalige Superintendent des Kirchenkreises Grafschaft Schaumburg, Kurt Eckels, einen Jungen sexuell missbraucht haben. Erst jetzt wandte sich das damals 14 Jahre alte Opfer mit seinem Fall an die Kirche. Der Kirchenkreis geht davon aus, dass der mittlerweile verstorbene Geistliche auch andere Schutzbefohlene missbraucht oder zu missbrauchen versucht hat. Deswegen wurden vorgestern bereits mehr als 300 ehemalige Konfirmanden der Jahrgänge 1965 bis 1976 – der Dienstzeit von Eckels – postalisch kontaktiert.

In dem Brief, welcher der Schaumburger Zeitung vorliegt, räumt der aktuelle Superintendent Andreas Kühne-Glaser eine Mitschuld der evangelischen Kirche ein, „dass so viele zu Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs wurden und sich viele Betroffene nie gemeldet haben“. Weiter schreibt er in dem zweiseitigen Brief: „Wir haben viele Jahrzehnte oft nicht richtig hingesehen und nicht reagiert.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Länder bleiben hart: Kein Geld für Fonds sexueller Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

[Counties remain firm: No money for fund sexual abuse.]

BERLIN –
Trotz drohender Finanzierungsprobleme im Hilfsfonds für die Opfer sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs in Familien lehnen viele Bundesländer eine finanzielle Beteiligung weiter hartnäckig ab. Bisher stellte der Bund rund 50 Millionen Euro für Therapien und Lebenshilfe bereit.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und Bayern zahlten zusammen rund acht Millionen ein. Alle anderen Bundesländer verweigern jedoch Zahlungen - oft mit Hinweis auf die Verantwortung des Bundes. Die meisten wollen, wenn überhaupt, für Missbrauchsopfer an staatlichen Schulen, Kindergärten und anderen Institutionen des Landes zahlen, ergab eine Umfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Bistum Trier: Vorgehensweise von Bischof Ackermann stößt auf Unverständnis und harsche Kritik

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBIT

[Diocese of Trier: Bishop Ackermann encounters harsh criticism.]

Man habe die Sitzung in Freisen kurzfristig einberufen, um die zuständigen Gremien darüber zu informieren, dass gegen den ehemaligen Freisener Kooperator ein „Kirchliches Voruntersuchungsverfahren“ aufgrund Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs eingeleitet worden sei.

Mit diesen Worten leitet Ulrich Stinner als Verantwortlicher der Rätearbeit im Bistum Trier die Versammlung in Freisen ein.

Stinner weist daraufhin, dass die aktuelle Entwicklung im Fall von Pfarrer M. absolut nicht in Verbindung mit den seit Wochen laufenden Recherchen zu bringen sei. Dies sei reiner Zufall. Man könne dies glauben – oder auch nicht. Dies betont er mehrmals an diesem Abend. Er selbst sei davon überrascht worden, dass der „Volksfreund“ zufällig wenige Minuten vor Beginn der Veranstaltung den Artikel über Pfarrer M. online veröffentlichte. - Den ausgedruckten Artikel hatte er da bereits schon vor sich liegen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Bistum reagiert auf schwere Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegenüber Priester (Update)

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

[(Trier) After a Trierer Volksfreund on the diocese of Trier, a pastor has been provisionally suspended and church legal proceedings are to be initiated. The priest in a Saarland parish is accused to sexually abusing children and is said to have stockpiled weapons in the closet in the sacristy.]

(Trier) Nach TV-Informationen hat das Bistum Trier den beschuldigten Pfarrer offenbar vorläufig suspendiert. Ein kirchengerichtliches Verfahren soll eingeleitet worden sein. Dem katholischen Priester einer saarländischen Pfarrei wird vorgeworfen, Kinder sexuell missbraucht und Waffen im Schrank der Sakristei gehortet haben.

Das behaupten Pfarrangehörige. Mindestens drei Mal hat die Staatsanwaltschaft gegen den Geistlichen ermittelt – 2006, 2013 und 2016. Der Priester hatte weiter Messen gehalten. Das Bistum Trier hat die Suspendierung noch nicht bestätigt.

Der katholische Priester einer saarländischen Pfarrei soll Kinder sexuell missbraucht und Waffen im Schrank der Sakristei gehortet haben. Das behaupten Pfarrangehörige. Mindestens drei Mal hat die Staatsanwaltschaft gegen den Geistlichen ermittelt – 2006, 2013 und 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Affaire Preynat : le cardinal Barbarin a "fait son examen de conscience"

FRANCE
France Bleu

[Case Preynat: Cardinal Barbarin has had an "examination of conscience".]

Par Émeline Rochedy, France Bleu Saint-Étienne Loire et France Bleu
Samedi 21 mai 2016

Le cardinal de Lyon reconnait qu'il ne s'est pas donné les moyens de prendre la mesure de l'affaire de pédophilie.

"J'ai fait mon examen de conscience", estime Philippe Barbarin, au micro de Maurice Fusier. Le cardinal est visé par deux enquêtes préliminaires pour "non dénonciation" d'agressions sexuelles commises sur de jeunes scouts entre 1986 et 1991 par Bernard Preynat, qui a fini sa carrière dans le Roannais l'été dernier. "J'aurais dû aller au-devant, écouter les gens, essayer de me renseigner de manière beaucoup plus précise, et après, en constatant la gravité des faits dont je n'avais pas idée à ce moment-là, reconnait-il. J'aurais dû dire stop. (...) Ce n'est pas possible que quelqu'un qui a fait des choses comme ça continue d'exercer son ministère sacerdotal, de célébrer la messe ou des baptêmes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Number of Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Children As Reported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with Numbers of Persons Alleging Abuse

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Compiled by BishopAccountability.org
From reports commissioned by the USCCB
May 20, 2016

As of May 20, 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has counted 6,528 clerics "not implausibly" and "credibly" accused in the period 1950 through June 31, 2015 of sexually abusing minors. These USCCB counts effectively omit from the running totals any allegations made in 2003 and any allegations made in January-June 2014.

The USCCB has counted 17,651 victims who have alleged that they were abused as minors by priests. The USCCB counts effectively omit from the running totals any persons who made allegations in 2003, and any persons who made allegations in January-June 2014.

In the table below, we provide a year-by-year summary of the USCCB's data and also calculate running totals, which are lacking in the USCCB reports. The numbers in the table are color-coded for easier reference – red for credibly accused priests and purple for victims. We also provide links to all the USCCB source documents from which the numbers are derived.

The USCCB hired the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to evaluate data submitted by member bishops regarding the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, bishops, deacons, and seminarians. In its 2004 report, the John Jay College found, according to survey forms completed by the bishops, that the bishops had received in 1950-2002 "not implausible" allegations of sexual abuse of minors committed by 4,392 priests, including 12 bishops.

In 2004, the USCCB commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to begin collecting annual data on allegations and settlements, and starting in Spring 2005, CARA has published a report each year. (See Bendyna's 2/15/05 letter to Skylstad describing the commission, in the 2005 Report, PDF p. 12.) Among other data, that report counts the number of diocesan and religious order priests "credibly" accused of abuse during the previous calendar year, and states how many of those had been accused in prior years or are being accused for the first time. These data were obtained using a survey that was available to the bishops and superiors of religious orders online. See, for example, the 2009 diocesan and religious order surveys (populated by CARA with aggregate U.S. numbers), and see below for the Manchester diocese's summaries of its responses to the surveys.

The latest CARA report – the CARA report on 2014-2015 allegations – was released on May 20, 2016 along with an audit of the implementation of the Charter. We have cached a copy of the report for safekeeping.

The previous report – the CARA report on 2013-2014 allegations – was the first report to implement a change in the reporting period for the reports, an unfortunate change that has been continued in the latest report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Annual report shows continued toll of clergy sex abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau GLOBE STAFF MAY 20, 2016

The Catholic church paid $153 million in the United States last year to settle lawsuits, and fielded hundreds of new accusations, as fallout continued from the clergy sex abuse scandal exposed in the early 2000s, a new report from church leaders says.

The annual report from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which covers July 2014 to June 2015, said 384 victims came forward with allegations the church deemed credible.

The figure, while somewhat higher than the 330 allegations deemed credible in the prior year, generally fit into a trend in which the number of such allegations has declined in recent years.

“One instance of abuse is one too many,” Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the conference’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, wrote in the report.

“May our Lord continue to heal all who have been victimized by this crime and may our efforts toward healing, reconciliation, and peace be blessed,” he added. ...

David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was sharply critical of the bishops’ annual reports, calling them “flawed” and “deceptive.”

“Bishops’ policies, procedures, protocols, and panels sound good. But they are meaningless because there’s no independent monitoring or enforcement,” Clohessy wrote in an e-mail. “It’s as if bishops design the game, hire the umpires, and declare themselves winners.” ...

Mary Gautier, a senior research associate there who worked on this year’s report, said the number of abuse allegations has generally declined each year as spending has increased on programs designed to protect youth in the church.

“It shows the proactive attitude of the dioceses, that they’re taking this seriously,” she said.

But Terence McKiernan founder of Bishop Accountability, an organization that tracks the abuse crisis, said holes still remain in the church’s annual reports, including one introduced when the report last year began using a different reporting period for some data.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Why sex abuse charges against a Toronto Jewish teacher took 20 years to reach court

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

SELENA ROSS
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May 20, 2016

The Service Ontario office on Lawrence Avenue West is the most public of places: public in its stream of passersby and public in the sense that it’s a conduit, bland and efficient, to the government.

That is where Joe Schacter sat down at a computer terminal in December and began looking at child pornography, police say.

Mr. Schacter reportedly appeared surprised when people were alarmed enough by the photos, allegedly of little boys in bathing suits, that they called police. The 55-year-old, a retired teacher at two private Orthodox Jewish schools, was arrested and charged.

That news, reported in local media, ended a 20-year internal battle for Adam, a North York man. He picked up his phone and asked to speak to a police detective. Joe Schacter, he said, had coached him into performing sex acts for three years of his childhood.

Adam was in his 40s and he says in every year of his adult life he had talked himself out of making that call. “‘I should go to the cops,’” he would say to himself. “‘I should go to the cops. I should go to the cops.’”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Moving forward: Justice for Ginger

OKLAHOMA
KTUL

BY KRISTIN DICKERSON
FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2016

It began as a short speech in a small room of the state Capitol. "This is the first time that I've gone public with my story," said Ginger Lewis.

But the response from Lewis's testimony, that she was a victim of sexual abuse by her father, has grown larger than she ever imagined.

"I've heard from hundreds and hundreds of survivors from all around the world," Lewis said.

She was testifying in support of House Bill 2292, seeking to extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims, giving them more time to seek justice. It passed unanimously in the House, but then, "it died in the Senate," Lewis said.

An indication she says, of the amount of education needed by lawmakers who often fear a tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits if the statute is changed.

"The facts and the research just don't back that up," said Lewis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Teacher posed as teenager online to sexually abuse young boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Metro

Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk
Saturday 21 May 2016

A formerly respected school teacher pretended to be a teenager online to trick young boys into sexual activity.

Richard Lythall, 35, has now been jailed after police discovered a trove of child abuse images on his computer in March last year.

Officers also found that he had been posing as a 15-year-old boy in order to chat to boys of the same age, and exchange explicit images with them, over a four year period.

As a result of the allegations Lythall, who also worked as a church organist, immediately lost his job at Sir Thomas Boughey High School in Halmerend, Staffs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites 'room for improvement'

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service
5.20.2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was "plenty of room for improvement" in implementing two of the charter's articles.

In remarks prefacing the report, Francesco C. Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, the all-lay group that tracks for the bishops how dioceses address clergy sexual abuse, said this year's audit results "continue to demonstrate the progress that has been made in ensuring safe environments for children in the church."

"The bishops need to be acknowledged for keeping the protection of children and young people in the forefront of their leadership by continually enhancing their efforts to comply with the charter," Cesareo said.

However, he also warned that the U.S. church's progress can "foster a false sense of security" that can "lead to complacency."

"Such complacency can lead to a minimalist approach to the charter, which can be seen simply as a series of requirements that need to be checked off, as opposed to an implementation that renders the charter fully operative," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

May 20, 2016

Assembly Majority Leader Morelle stands in the way of protecting children from sexually abusive predators

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KEVIN T. MULHEARN

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle has expressed his reservations about supporting legislation that would reform the New York statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors.

While I appreciate Mr. Morelle's candor in addressing this hot-button issue, as an attorney on the front lines of this issue for more than a decade, I can state with confidence that his opposition is based on misconceptions, half-truths, and false suppositions.

Mr. Morelle raises the holy grail legal issue of due process. But he wrongly assumes that individuals accused of molesting children and institutions accused of facilitating their employees' sexual assaults of children will be denied due process if the statute of limitations law is reformed. In fact, right now in New York State there are scores of men and women whose childhood innocence was stolen from them who, without a doubt, have already been denied due process, a fair procedure to give them their days in court on claims against those who grievously hurt them, by the existing law as it is written (by the legislators) and interpreted (by the judges).

The best example of this is the Yeshiva University case, where two venerable federal courts took the law into their own hands and — in direct opposition to the arguments made and investigation conducted by Yeshiva University itself — manufactured from thin air a preposterous judicial finding that 34 plaintiffs who sued Yeshiva University in 2013 after learning that the school's top administrators had engaged in a multi-decade cover-up of sexual abuse at Yeshiva University High School in Manhattan, would have discovered Yeshiva's own misconduct had they reported their abuse to school administrators before they turned 21.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Deadline Looms, Pressure Mounts for Sex Abuse Survivors Thinking of Filing Claims

MINNESOTA
KSTP

Joe Augustine
Updated: 05/20/2016

Survivors of child sex abuse in Minnesota have only five days left to file a claim under a state law that opened a window for civil lawsuits outside the statute of limitations. A state lawmaker says it is doubtful survivors will have another opportunity to take legal action, and advocates say it’s putting pressure on victims who may not feel ready to come forward.

The deadline to file civil claims under Minnesota’s Child Victim’s Act expires May 25.

Cordelia Anderson, a nationally recognized expert on child sex abuse prevention who has counseled adult survivors for forty years, says the deadline has created a “ticking time bomb.”

“What I’ve been hearing is just some painful pressure,” Anderson said Friday.

She believes the state should extend the deadline, re-open the window in the future or, in a perfect world, throw out statute of limitations in old sex abuse cases.
She says many survivors did not know about the state law or thought it only applied to victims of clergy abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Bishops' conference releases 2015 abuse audit report

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Dennis Coday | May. 20, 2016

The U.S. bishops' conference released this morning its 13th Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The report, which covers the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, is really two reports in one:

An auditor -- this year as in the last couple years, the Rochester, N.Y.-based StoneBridge Business Partners -- reports on the compliance of bishops and diocese with the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted in 2002 at the bishops' meeting in Dallas.

Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, or CARA, reports on its Annual Survey of Allegations and Costs of the abuse crisis, a report it has prepared since 2004.

"The Charter," the report explains, "lays the foundation for child protection in our dioceses, parishes, and schools as it outlines a multi-faceted approach to how the Church responds to child sex­ual abuse." The audit, then can be seen as a measure of the success of implementing the charter.

The audit reports that five ecclesial jurisdictions/ecclesiastical units are not in compliance with the Dallas Charter. For the 13th consecutive year the Lincoln, Neb., diocese and the eparchies (the Orthodox churches' equivalent of a Latin rite diocese) of St. Peter the Apostle, Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark for Syrians, Our Lady of Nareg for Armenians and Stamford for Ukrainians did not participate in the audit.

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the diocese-like structure created by the Vatican in 2012 for former Anglican communities and clergy seeking to become Catholic, also did not participate in the audit. ...

Cesareo notes, as has he and his predecessors have noted in past reports, that progress the bishops have made in addressing this issue can "foster a false sense of security and lead to complacency." He cites several explains of complacency:

* Some diocesan review boards rarely meet or have not met in several years.
* Some dioceses do background checks on personnel and volunteers, but no follow-up rescreening after several years have passed.
* Some diocese policies have not been updated to reflect revisions that have been made to the Charter.

"These are examples of how easy it is to become complacent, which opens the possibility for problems to occur that could have been prevented," Cesareo writes.

As evidence of the danger of complacency, Cesareo notes that while most allegations of sexual abuse come from adults reporting abuse from years past, in this reporting cycle are 26 allegations of sexual abuse of current minors by clergy. Seven of those allegations were substantiated and nine were under investigation. Nine were unsubstantiated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

US bishops find widespread compliance in abuse prevention audit

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Agency

Washington D.C., May 20, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards.

“When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a promise to protect. These promises remain essential priorities for our Church,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the bishops’ conference.

“We remain ever vigilant in the protection of children and the outreach to those most harmed by sexual abuse. The Church cannot become complacent with what has been accomplished. We look for new ways of addressing the issue and showing others a model of protection.”

In 2002, in response to the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy dating back decades, the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter made voluntary recommendations to bishops, including an audit to ensure compliance.

The report, carried out by the bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board, found that 189 dioceses and eparchies were compliant with the Charter and one diocese was partially compliant specifically with Articles 12 and 13, which require proof that training programs are in place and that background checks are conducted on employees, clergy and volunteers.

The one diocese not fully compliant is the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., though according to the report, the diocese plans to fully participate in the audit next year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

At meeting, clergy hear of push to lift statutes of limitation on sex abuse cases

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholic Philly

By Matthew Gambino • Posted May 20, 2016

About 350 priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attended two sessions this week designed to inform the clergy about pending state legislation to lift the statutes of limitation on cases involving sexual abuse of minors.

The afternoon and evening meetings on Tuesday, May 17 at St. Helena Parish’s hall in Blue Bell were led by Archbishop Charles Chaput, archdiocesan officials and consultants, and were intended to equip the clergy to discuss the legislation immediately with parish pastoral and finance council members plus other parish leaders.

The speakers described House Bill 1947, which passed in the state House of Representatives in April by a 180-15 margin, and its potentially devastating effects to the Catholic Church and all other private institutions across Pennsylvania.

Parishioners throughout the archdiocese will be strongly encouraged in early June to contact their state senators and express opposition to the bill. It is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings beginning June 14 to study the constitutionality of the bill.

Speakers at the meetings described the dire financial impact upon Catholic parishes, schools and institutions that would likely result from an expected flood of civil lawsuits should the bill be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

USCCB’s Office Of Child And Youth Protection Issues 2015 Annual Report

UNITED STATES
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

May 20, 2016

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board released its 2015 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People May 20.

Protection and prevention efforts continue being a priority. Over 4.3 million children and 2.4 million adults have been trained to identify the warning signs of abuse and how to report them. Over 99 percent of priests (35,987), deacons (16,251), educators (162,803), and 98 percent volunteers (1,930,262) and candidates for ordination (6,473), and 97 percent (260,356) of other employees received training.

Over 2.4 million background checks were performed on adults at parishes and schools. These include, background checks performed on 99 percent of priests (35,720), deacons (16,257), 98 percent of volunteers (1,935,310) and other employees (263,690), and 96 percent of educators (158,556).

189 dioceses and eparchies were compliant with the Charter and one diocese was partially compliant specifically with Articles 12 and 13, which require proof that training programs are in place and that background checks are conducted on employees, clergy and volunteers. Ongoing efforts continue toward full participation of the one diocese and five eparchies that did not participate in the last cycle. Next year all dioceses and a majority of the eparchies will be involved in data collection or an on-site audit for the 2016 evaluation.

Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, a total of 26 allegations against clergy received were from current minors, of those, seven were substantiated. All allegations were reported to local civil authorities.

"When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a promise to protect. These promises remain essential priorities for our Church," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the USCCB. "We remain ever vigilant in the protection of children and the outreach to those most harmed by sexual abuse. The Church cannot become complacent with what has been accomplished. We look for new ways of addressing the issue and showing others a model of protection."

Out of the 838 people who reported to have suffered past abuse as minors, 46 percent or 386 accepted diocesan outreach and healing. Continued support has been provided to 1,646 victims/survivors. All dioceses and eparchies have offices and personnel whose primary role is to assist victim/survivors, treating them with respect and offering them pastoral care.

The information in the report was gathered between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The report on the response of the Catholic Church in the United States to clergy sexual abuse includes an annual survey conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and an annual audit to numerous dioceses and eparchies.

The full report is available at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/upload/15-118-CYP-Annual-Report.pdf.
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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Audit of U.S. Catholic church shows sharp spike in sex abuse reports

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (UK)

By Scott Malone

BOSTON, May 20 (Reuters) - An annual audit of reports of sexual abuse by members of the U.S. Roman Catholic clergy released on Friday showed sharp increases in the number of new claims and in the value of settlements to victims.

The audit showed that 838 people came forward from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, to say they had been sexually abused by priests, deacons or members of religions orders while they were children, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.

That is up 35 percent from 620 new reports of abuse a year earlier, an increase that the bishops said largely reflected a large number of claims in six dioceses that had either filed for bankruptcy or were located in states that opened windows allowing victims to sue over old cases of sexual assault.

While the bulk of the reports related to cases of abuse date back to the 1960s, '70s and '80s, there were 26 reports made by minors of more recent abuse.

The report also found that Catholic parishes and other orders spent $153.6 million on settlements, legal fees and other expenses related to claims of sex assault over the audit period, up 29 percent from $119.1 million a year earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Jason Kopp pleads guilty to sexually exploiting children, all under age 5

NEW YORK
CNY Central

BY TYLER HEAD FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jason Kopp, the Liverpool man accused of multiple counts of child sexual exploitation, stood in an orange jumpsuit and was emotional as a federal judge accepted his guilty plea in federal court Friday morning.

Kopp, 40, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 counts; one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children, nine counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

11 of those counts call for a maximum of 30 years of imprisonment and a minimum of 15 years per count. Nine of the counts call for a maximum of 20 years and a minimum of 5 years per counts, and two of the counts call for a maximum sentence of 20 years per count. In all, Kopp faces a maximum of 550 years of imprisonment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

USA--Bishops promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, May 20, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Year after year, bishops issue the same flawed, deceptive self-survey trying to promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance.

Under intense public pressure 14 years ago, US bishops adopted a weak, vague abuse policy. Bishops ‘comply’ with these self-serving steps of course because their insurers, defense lawyers and public relations experts insist that they do.

And even then, they often give only the appearance of compliance.

For example, at least ten admitted, proven or credibly accused pedophile priests remain on the job in the US today.

[SNAP]

One of them, Fr. Eric Swearingen of Fresno, was actually found guilty of child sex crimes by a jury yet has since been promoted.

[SNAP]

So for all the pledges of reform, in reality, bishops are still safeguarding their comfort and careers instead of safeguarding innocent kids and vulnerable adults.

Bishops continue to ignore several massive ‘elephants in the room’ that aren’t changing. The biggest of them is the rigid, secretive, all-male monarchy in which prelates are never defrocked, demoted, disciplined or even denounced no matter how irresponsibly they act regarding kids’ safety. And it’s worth noting that this monarchy remains every bit as intact now as it was 14 years ago.

Bishops’ policies, procedures, protocols and panels sound good. But they are meaningless because there’s no independent monitoring or enforcement. It’s as if bishops design the game, hire the umpires and declare themselves winners.

It’s disingenuous for bishops to pretend their “review board” is in any way independent. They claim it’s a watchdog when in fact it’s a lap dog.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM

Former priest to stand trial

AUSTRALIA
Coffs Coast Advocate

David Barwell | 21st May 2016

A FORMER Catholic priest charged with a string of historic child sex abuse offences will stand trial in Lismore next month.

John Patrick Casey has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to alleged sexual offences committed against two brothers, aged nine and 11, in 1985.

The 68-year-old was based at the Mary Help of Christians Primary School in Sawtell until the day before his arrest on July 9 last year.

Casey also worked as a part-time police chaplain, with his duties including conducting funerals and other religious services for police officers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Two local ministers, 30 others snared in prostitution, human trafficking sting

TENNESSEE
Knowville News Sentinel

By Hayes Hickman of the Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE — Two local ministers face felony charges for seeking sex with underage girls during an undercover sting targeting human trafficking and prostitution this week, authorities said Friday.

Jason Evan Kennedy, 46, head of the children's ministry at Grace Baptist Church of Knoxville, was one of two men charged with felony human trafficking and patronizing prostitution after they answered online advertisements specifically offering sex with an underage girl, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced during a news conference.

Also charged with felony trafficking is Zubin Percy Parakh, 32, of Oak Ridge, who serves as creative pastor with Lifehouse Church in Oak Ridge, according to the church's website.

In reality, the ads were placed by law enforcement as part of a four-day sting operation at a North Knoxville motel, deemed "Operation Someone Like Me," conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Knoxville Police Department.

Another 25 men who responded to the ads were cited for patronizing prostitution. They include a local engineer and a volunteer firefighter, whom authorities did not identify Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

Two ministers among 32 arrested in human trafficking operation

TENNESSEE
WBIR

[with video]

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday authorities arrested 32 people in a Knoxville human trafficking operation.

The TBI said in a release two of the men, including a children’s minister, arrested in “Operation Someone Like Me” responded to ads for what they thought were girls under the age of 18.

TBI identified Knoxville's Jason Kennedy, 46, as the children's minister arrested for patronizing prostitution and human trafficking. Kennedy was a minister at Grace Baptist Church in Karns. He was fired after the charges were revealed.

Grace Baptist Church released the following statement to the media about Kennedy's arrest:

The children’s pastor of Grace Baptist Church has been terminated as as result of an arrest in a police sting related to prostitution and human trafficking.

The actions of the children’s pastor for which he has been arrested were part of his life outside the church, and we have received no questions or concerns related to his conduct within the church or its ministries.

The children’s pastor was hired two-and-a-half years ago. The church’s background check turned up no issues that indicate any previous problem. In fact, the children’s pastor in his application affirmed that he had no issues in his background of a criminal or other nature.

We are praying for his family and will continue to provide the services of our ministry to them.

According to a TBI release, the only other person charged with trafficking was Zubin Parakh, 32, from Oak Ridge.

Parakh is connected to Lifehouse Church in Oak Ridge. A church spokesperson said Parakh serves as a volunteer as a "creative pastor."

Although Parakh is not officially a pastor at LIfehouse Church, he was working toward becoming one. The church said Parakh has never worked with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Grace Baptist pastor of children's ministry fired after arrest in sex trafficking sting

TENNESSEE
Local 8

[with video]

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After a three-day investigation, nearly two dozen men were arrested on charges related to human trafficking, including Jason Evan Kennedy, a pastor of children's ministry at Grace Baptist in Karns.

Grace Baptist responds

Those with the church say Kennedy lost his job as a result of the arrest.

The release stated:

"The actions of the children’s pastor for which he has been arrested were part of his life outside the church, and we have received no questions or concerns related to his conduct within the church or its ministries."

It said Kennedy was hired two-and-a-half years ago. Church administrators got a background check on Kennedy and it turned up no issues at the time. It did not indicate any previous problems. Church leaders believed Kennedy was a good fit because he listed a children's pastor as a reference on his application. That pastor affirmed Kennedy had no issues in his background.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Children's minister nabbed in prostitution sting

TENNESSEE
KGW

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The children's minister at a 4,000-member Baptist church was among 32 people arrested on prostitution and human trafficking charges, state investigators announced Friday.

Two men, including the children's minister, answered ads for what they thought they were girls under the age of 18, said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Jason Kennedy, 46, of Knoxville was charged Thursday with patronizing prostitution and trafficking. He was a children's minister at Grace Baptist Church in the Knoxville suburb of Karns, Tenn., until his arrest; his name had been scrubbed as of Friday from the church's website, Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Church officials have no comment, a church secretary said Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

32 arrested, included children’s minister, in human trafficking case

TENNESSEE
WKRN

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thirty-two men and women, including a children’s minister, were arrested on prostitution and human trafficking-related charges in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation made the arrests during a three-day operation called Operation Someone Like Me.

It was fifth operation of its kind in the state between the TBI and other law enforcement agencies to help identify, investigate, and prosecute trafficking suspects as well as rescue victims.

Undercover agents posted ads on Backpage.com. Authorities say those ads received over 300 responses within three days.

In one ad, authorities posed as a juvenile girl. That ad received more than 24 responses, according to the TBI. ...

WATE identifies the minister as Jason Kennedy for Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville. The church’s website says Kennedy, 46, is a pastor for children from birth through fifth grade.

Court records say he allegedly responded to an ad on May 19 via a text message and was made aware another girl would be present who was underage. A $100 fee for a half hour of sex with both females was reportedly negotiated, according to court records, and Kennedy arranged to meet them at a Best Western.

The children’s minister is further accused of finding out the underage girl was only 15 upon arriving and saying he wanted to have sex with both. WATE reports court documents say he placed $100 on the counter and removed his pants before law enforcement took him into custody.

Kennedy faces charges of patronizing prostitution and trafficking. He was fired from his position as a minister following his arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Liverpool child pornographer faces 5 centuries in prison in All Saints case

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com
on May 20, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Liverpool man faces more than 500 years in prison for his admission today that he sexually exploited three children to make child pornography.

Jason Kopp, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby to taking sexually explicit photos of three children with help from an aide at All Saints Elementary School. At least one of the images was taken at the school, a source said. Kopp also possessed hundreds of lewd images and videos of other children.

Last week Kopp pleaded guilty to the charges, but Suddaby refused to accept his plea because he would not admit to a detailed account of his crimes.

Today, prosecutor Lisa Fletcher read the litany of Kopp's crimes, including detailed and graphic descriptions of how he took photos of children in lewd positions and photos of himself making sexual contact with an infant. He transmitted those photos through text messages, messaging applications and email.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Secretive intelligence agencies agree to take part in Kincora probe

NORTHERN IRELAND
News Letter

MI5 and MI6 have agreed to be central participants at an imminent inquiry into a paedophile ring at a notorious Belfast care home, the Court of Appeal heard today.

Counsel for the probe into the Kincora scandal also insisted it has been given unrestricted access to information and documents from government departments and agencies.

The disclosure came during continuing legal action by one victim over claims of state collision and the cover-up of sexual abuse throughout the 1970s in order to protect an intelligence-gathering operation.

Gary Hoy, 54, is seeking to overturn a ruling that the examination should remain within the current remit of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) sitting in Banbridge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Priest in 1976 Sex Scandal Resigns from Pregnancy Center

By BETH DALBEY (Patch Staff) - May 20, 2016
MICHIGAN
Patch

EASTPOINTE, MI – The Rev. Kenneth Kaucheck, the banished priest who was removed from parishes in Royal Oak and Ferndale seven years ago over decades-old allegations he had sex with a teenage girl he was counseling, has resigned from a Catholic center that takes in pregnant teens and women.

The Archdiocese of Detroit said in a statement that Kaucheck’s job as development director for Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Center violated the restrictions placed on his ministry when he was removed from St. Mary Parish in Royal Oak and St. James Parish in Ferndale in 2009.

Kaucheck was in his mid-20s and was assigned to Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson in 1976 when he was accused of having a sexual relationship, which reportedly included a trip to Florida, with a 16-year-old pregnant teen he was counseling. Church officials became aware of the relationship and reassigned Kaucheck to a parish in Dearborn. The allegations resurfaced in 2009, and the Diocese banished Kaucheck from public ministry.

In a statement Thursday, the Archdiocese of Detroit said the church doesn’t own Gianna House, which operates out of a former convent adjacent to St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Bistum Trier: Bischof Ackermann in Erklärungsnot - Bistum beruft aufgrund aktueller Recherchen kurzfristig Sitzung in betroffener Pfarrei ein - Vertreter des Bistums soll heute abend über aktuellen Fall informieren

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBiT - Sexueller Missbrauch durch Angehörige der katholischen Kirche im Bistum Trier

Ein erneuter Schlag ins Gesicht:
Sowohl für die Betroffenen als als auch für ihre Angehörige.

Bischof Ackermann, der nur wenige Wochen zuvor noch in einem Interview sagte, "Glaubwürdig zu sein, ist eine Frage des Handelns" gerät erneut in Erklärungsnot. Dass dieser neue gravierende Fall ausgerechnet von dem Missbrauchsbeauftragten der DBK, Bischof Ackermann, selbst vertuscht wurde, zeigt erneut und zugleich auch umso deutlicher, wie es um den versprochenen "ernsthaften Aufklärungswillen" der Kirche tatsächlich steht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Let’s face it: Americans just aren’t this pope’s favorites

VATICAN CITY
Crux

By John L. Allen Jr.
Editor May 20, 2016

This week, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register published a major sit-down interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, the headline from which was Fellay’s diagnosis that a deal for reunion with Rome is close, coupled with his insistence the society won’t betray its principles to get it.

There was a delicious throw-away line on a different topic, however, which shouldn’t get lost.

At one stage, Pentin asked Fellay about the pope’s repeated denunciations of “doctors of the law” and “fundamentalists,” wondering if Fellay takes those jibes as directed at his society or traditionalists generally. In response, Fellay said he’s asked around Rome what the pope means by that language.

“The answer I got most was ‘conservative Americans!’” Fellay, who’s Swiss, laughingly told Pentin. “So really, frankly, I don’t know.”

One might suspect Fellay was deflecting, except for this: He’s absolutely, one hundred percent right about what one typically hears in Rome on the subject of who leaves this pope cold.

By now, it’s clear that one defining feature both of Francis’ personality and his approach to governance – which shouldn’t be at all surprising, when you think about it – is a distinct ambivalence about the United States and about Americans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Sex abuse royal commission fails test of fairness

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MAY 21, 2016

Gerard Henderson
Columnist

I have had two encounters of the personal kind with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, neither of which was satisfactory.

The first occurred on May 6, 2014, when I was walking to my Sydney office on Phillip Street. It was early in the morning and I was surprised to see former ABC Radio National presenter, producer and journalist Stephen Crittenden on the corner of Phillip and Bent streets.

Crittenden was dressed in a fine suit, well-pressed shirt and tasteful tie. I asked him how it came to pass that a one-time left-wing ABC journalist looked so CBDish so early in the morning. Crittenden replied that he had been appointed to a senior bureaucratic position at the royal commission based in nearby Governor Macquarie Tower.

At the time, it was known that the royal commission appeared to be taking a special interest in ­George Pell relating to his time as a priest in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat in the 1970s and early 80s, as auxiliary bishop in Melbourne in the late 80s and early 90s, as archbishop of Melbourne from 1996 to 2001 and archbishop of Sydney before his appointment to the Vatican in February 2014.

There had been several pedophile priests active in both areas of Victoria — particularly Gerald Ridsdale in western Victoria and Peter Searson in Melbourne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Unter Kinderschändern

DEUTSCHLAND
Schwaebische

[In the 1960s and 1970s children were abused in the homes of the Brethren in Korntal and Wilhelmsdorf. The work-up process, however, has stalled.]

Wilhelmsdorf sz In den 1960er- und 1970er-Jahren wurden Kinder in den Heimen der Brüdergemeinde in Korntal und Wilhelmsdorf missbraucht, der Aufarbeitungsprozess ist allerdings ins Stocken geraten.

Es war vor fünf Jahren, als Detlev Zander nachts aufwachte, weil er im Schlaf eingenässt hatte. 50 Jahre alt war er zu diesem Zeitpunkt. Erholsamen und ruhigen Schlaf hatte er nicht mehr. Seine Alpträume katapultierten ihn zurück in seine Kindheit – zurück in die 1960er-Jahre, die er im Kinderheim der Evangelischen Brüdergemeinde in Korntal bei Stuttgart verbracht hatte. Alles kam wieder hoch: Misshandlungen und Vergewaltigung. Plötzlich bekamen die schwarz-weißen Bilder, die Detlev Zander in seinem Gedächtnis tief vergraben hatte, wieder Farbe. Bilder, wie er damals vom Hausmeister im Heizungskeller missbraucht wurde, wie er von einer Erzieherin windelweich geschlagen wurde, so sehr, dass sein rechter Wangenknochen brach. „Das wurde nie ärztlich behandelt. Quasi ein Andenken an früher“, sagt er ruhig und deutet auf sein schielendes Auge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Den Betroffenen zuhören

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutschlandfunk

[Sexual abuse of children and adolescents and again creating headlines. Many victims find it difficult to trust relatives or counseling centers - the sense of shame is often too large. An independent commission of experts will now work up the cases in homes, schools and families.]

Sexueller Missbrauch an Kindern und Jugendlichen sorgt immer wieder für Schlagzeilen. Vielen Opfern fällt es schwer, sich Angehörigen oder Beratungsstellen anzuvertrauen - das Gefühl der Scham ist oft zu groß. Eine unabhängige Expertenkommission will die Fälle in Heimen, Schulen und Familien jetzt aufarbeiten.

Von Dörte Hinrichs

Am Anfang steht eine Zahl. Eine unfassbare Zahl. Sie bestätigt die enorme gesellschaftliche Dimension von sexuellem Missbrauch an Kindern und Jugendlichen:

"Die Zahlen sind ja auch lange bekannt, sind jetzt kürzlich auch wieder belegt worden, durch eine Studie, die im Auftrag des Missbrauchsbeauftragten publiziert wurde: Also etwa für Deutschland jenseits dieser 12-13 000 Fälle, die jedes Jahr aktenkundig und juristisch verfolgt werden, eine Zahl von 1 Million betroffenen Kindern und Jugendlicher."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Sexueller Missbrauch von Kindern: "Bund und Länder spielen Poker zu Lasten der Opfer"

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel Online

[Three years ago, the federal government of Germany established a fund for victims of child sexual abuse - now it is out of money. SPIEGEL ONLINE has requested from the abuse officer: What's going on?]

Von Annette Langer

Vor drei Jahren richtete die Bundesregierung einen Fonds für Opfer sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs ein - nun geht ihm das Geld aus. SPIEGEL ONLINE hat beim Missbrauchsbeauftragten nachgefragt: Was ist da los?

Der Fonds wurde im Mai 2013 auf Empfehlung des Runden Tischs Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch eingerichtet. Das Ziel: Betroffene, die keine Hilfen nach dem Opferentschädigungsgesetz erhalten oder keinen Anspruch auf Kostenübernahme für Therapien durch die Krankenkassen haben, sollten unterstützt werden. Bis zu 10.000 Euro können seitdem jedem Einzelnen für Therapien und Hilfen im Alltag zur Verfügung gestellt werden.
Eine gute Sache, doch jetzt schlägt der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung Alarm: Der Fonds sei bereits fast leer und eine Anschlussfinanzierung nicht in Sicht, sagt Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig.

Zwar stellte der Bund 50 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung. Die Länder sollten zügig noch einmal dieselbe Summe zuschießen. Doch es blieb bei einzelnen Absichtserklärungen: Bis heute haben lediglich Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und Bayern eingezahlt - knapp über eine Million Euro kam aus dem Norden, 7,6 Millionen Euro aus dem Süden. Der Rest der Republik scheint die Sache aussitzen zu wollen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Alleged abuse victim rejects apology from Bishop of Winchester

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

The woman at the centre of an alleged abuse investigation, involving the Anglican Church in Jersey, has rejected a formal apology.

The Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin, has told ITV News he wrote to her to say sorry that 'investigating her case had caused her further distress.'

But today she has hit back, describing it as a "pretence of apology."

The allegation of abuse, involving a church warden, was investigated in 2013, and led to the temporary suspension of Jersey's Dean, Bob Key, over his handling of the case.

He has received his own apology from the Archbishop of Canterbury for the "stress, hurt and uncertainty" of the past three years.

An investigation into the specific alleged abuse incident, and a wider study of safeguarding in Jersey's church, are yet to be published.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Diocese to accept liability, apologize?

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., May 14, 2016

Reorganization plan includes amends for sex abuse victims

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

GALLUP – Once the Diocese of Gallup emerges from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, Bishop James S. Wall will have an extensive list of non-monetary commitments to fulfill as part of the diocese’s plan of reorganization.

The list of non-monetary commitments includes 17 provisions that were drawn up in negotiations between attorneys for the Gallup Diocese and attorneys and representatives for clergy sex abuse claimants in the case. The document (Doc 567-18) was filed May 3 with U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Some of the provisions call for the continuation of policies the Diocese of Gallup already has in place, while other provisions will require new policies and programs to be instituted.

Bishop’s participation

Two provisions require the active participation of the Gallup bishop. One provision requires Wall to send letters of apology to all abuse claimants in the bankruptcy case and/or, if requested, to immediate family members of the claimants unless claimants request in writing that they do not wish to receive a letter from the bishop.

“Letters of apology shall state that the survivor was not at fault for the abuse and the Diocese take responsibility for the abuse,” the document states. “The Bishop shall personally sign the letters of apology.”

A second provision requires Wall to personally visit each operating Catholic parish or school in which “abuse is alleged to have occurred or where identified abusers served” with the bishop’s schedule to be well publicized at least 30 days in advance of the visit. All known survivors of abuse in that area will be invited to attend, and Wall will be available to address questions and comments.

According to the list of credibly accused abusers posted on the Diocese of Gallup’s website, Wall may be making visits to nearly 40 currently operating Catholic parishes and schools in the diocese. Arizona communities in the diocese that have had abusers include Chinle, Cibecue, Fort Defiance, Holbrook, Lukachukai, McNary, Overgaard, Page, Pinetop, San Rafael/Concho, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, St. Johns, St. Michaels, Tuba City and Winslow. New Mexico communities include Aragon, Blanco, Bloomfield, Bluewater, Cebolleta/Seboyeta, Chichiltah, Crownpoint, Cuba, Cubero, Farmington, Flora Vista, Gallup, Grants, Lumberton, Pinehaven, San Fidel, Shiprock and Thoreau.

Communities like Gallup and Winslow have had credibly accused abusers in more than one parish, and Gallup has had abusers who volunteered at Catholic nonprofits, served in hospitals and worked in the chancery. Winslow’s two Catholic parishes had 15 known, credibly accused abusers serve as priests between 1955 and 1989. Winslow’s Madre de Dios parish, which served mostly low-income Hispanic families, had at least one credibly accused abuser as a priest for 15 straight years, from 1961 to 1976.

Other assignments

Abusers were also assigned to parishes that have been closed or parishes that were transferred to the Diocese of Phoenix. Closed parishes include the Tolani Lake Indian Mission near Leupp, Arizona, and New Mexico parishes such as St. Philip Parish in Churchrock, Mission Center for Navajo Indians in Smith Lake and St. Jerome Parish in Gallup.

The Diocese of Phoenix took over a number of Gallup parishes that also had abusers assigned to them. Those include churches in Ash Fork, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Humboldt, Kingman, Mayer, Prescott, Seligman and Yarnell.

In addition, the credibly accused list posted on the Diocese of Gallup’s website does not include several priests who worked in the Gallup Diocese and have been identified as credibly accused abusers by other dioceses or religious orders. It also does not include some clergy identified as perpetrators by abuse claimants in the bankruptcy case.

If those additional names are added to the Gallup Diocese’s list, Wall’s visiting schedule to Catholic parishes and schools could grow longer.

.As part of that provision requiring parish and school visits by the bishop, the non-monetary commitment list requires that Wall “shall be available upon reasonable notice to have a private conference” with any person who informs the diocese he or she was sexually abused in the Gallup Diocese.

Editor’s Note: Other new policies and programs required in the plan of reorganization will be the subject of a future article.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Prominent French priest and Vatican adviser accused in sex scandal

FRANCE
Religion News Service

By David Gibson and Tom Heneghan

(RNS) For years, seminaries and monasteries around France sent students and novices to Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a prominent French priest and therapist who has written disparagingly of gays, if their superiors decided the young men were struggling with homosexuality.

Now Anatrella, who argues that gay men cannot be ordained as priests, is facing mounting allegations that he himself had sex with male clients under his care, a scandal that could have repercussions all the way to the Vatican, where the priest is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality.

The reports about Anatrella that have emerged in recent weeks also landed just as the Catholic Church in France has been embroiled in a crisis over charges that senior churchmen shielded priests even after they received reports that the clerics had molested children.

Anatrella stoked that furor earlier this year when it was revealed that he told new bishops at a Vatican-sponsored course that they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities even in countries where the law requires such reporting.

The Vatican quickly said that Anatrella’s remarks did not change in church policy on reporting, and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of Pope Francis’ new Commission for the Protection of Minors, issued a statement saying that beyond the requirements of civil law, all members of the church “have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Another archdiocese review board member resigns

GUAM
Pacific Daily News
May 20, 2016

The archdiocese review board may have to do without two more members who decided to remove themselves, following recent sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Mariles Benavente, one of the review board members, said she will recuse herself from the review board if they are called to review the specific sexual misconduct complaint against the archbishop.

Juan Rapadas said he resigned from the board on Wednesday. This comes after Vincent Pereda, another board review member, resigned Wednesday, which means the five-member board may need to appoint more members.

The archdiocese said the review board would convene after Roy Taitague Quintanilla, 52, on Tuesday publicly accused Apuron of molesting him 40 years ago when he was an altar boy. Quintanilla is the first alleged victim to openly accuse Apuron of sexual abuse. Quintanilla said there are other victims.

Neocatechumenal Way

For Benavente, a conflict of interest was also the reason behind her decision to recuse herself. She said she will recuse herself because she is walking in the Neocatechumenal Way, a group within the Catholic Church whose members meet in small community settings to worship.

Apuron is also part of the Way. Other Catholics have taken issue with how the group appears to separate itself. Apuron’s ties to the Way have angered a number of Guam Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Communiqué, 20.05.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bollettino

Vatican City, 20 May 2016 – With regard to recent information published by the press in relation to the facts pertaining to the management of the Institute for the Support of the Clergy of the diocese of Savona, Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, awaits notification of the formal acts of the trial initiated by the Public Prosecutor at the court of Savona.

With regard to the merits of the case, Cardinal Calcagno confirms his serenity in relation to the work carried out, considering that it relates to issues that arose primarily in a period of time subsequent to 7 July 2007, when he left the office of bishop of Savona-Noli.

In any case the investigation in no way relates to Vatican-owned assets or to the office currently held by the Cardinal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Cardinale Domenico Calcagno indagato per malversazione. Milioni di debiti nella gestione dell'istituto diocesano di sostentamento del clero

ITALY
L'Huffington Post

[Cardinal Domenico Calcagno is under investigation for embezzlement. Cardinal Calcagno, former bishop of Savona, and now president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, is being investigated by the Savona prosecution for complicity in embezzlement in the management of the Institute for the Support of the Clergy.]

Il cardinale Domenico Calcagno, ex vescovo di Savona ed ora presidente dell'Amministrazione del patrimonio della Sede Apostolica, è indagato dalla procura di Savona per concorso in malversazione nella gestione dell' Istituto di sostentamento del clero della diocesi ligure. Per la procura, Calcagno avrebbe avallato la strategia dell'allora presidente dell'Istituto, don Pietro Tartarotti (fino al 2014) e dal vice, Gianmichele Baldi (fino a ottobre 2013), indagati per malversazione. Lo scrivono Il Secolo XIX e La Stampa.

Nel mirino della Procura ci sono investimenti in operazioni immobiliari che avrebbero provocato un indebitamento di alcuni milioni. Tra le operazioni sotto osservazione quella delle 'Colonie bergamasche', una grande struttura a ridosso della costa a Celle Ligure che avrebbe dovuto essere trasformata in un complesso residenziale con tanto di albergo di lusso.

Nel 2004 il vescovo Vittorio Lupi, successore di Calcagno, commissariò l'ente dopo che Tartarotti e Baldi si erano dimessi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Audiences, 20.05.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bollettino

Vatican City, 20 May 2016 – The Holy Father received in audience:

- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, France;

- Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, archbishop of Valencia, Spain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY
Today

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis came under fire on Friday (May 20) after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France.

“There was a meeting, nothing out of the ordinary,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, adding that he expected the two men had discussed the crisis in the French church, as well as regular business.

A support group for the alleged victims in the French scandal voiced regret that Francis had met with Barbarin while magistrates are still mulling whether the cardinal should face criminal charges.

“We would have liked to have been received instead of the cardinal, we note that once again it’s the victims who are sidelined,” Mr Bertrand Virieux, a co-founder of Lyon-based group La Parole Liberee, told AFP.

Mr Virieux said he had written to the pope in March seeking an audience.

The surprise meeting with Cardinal Barbarin came three days after the pope was quoted as saying it would be “nonsensical and imprudent” to seek the archbishop’s resignation at this stage, arguing that would be to imply he was guilty of potential criminal charges against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Deacon defends archbishop accused of molestation

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Jasmine Stole, Pacific Daily News May 20, 2016

A longtime Guam deacon is supporting Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was accused this week of molesting an altar boy when Apuron was a priest in Agat about 40 years ago.

In a video-recorded message released Thursday night, Deacon Francisco Tenorio, 79, was shown seated and appeared to be reading from a prepared statement not shown in the camera frame.

In the video, Tenorio referred to a recorded statement Apuron released Tuesday in which the archbishop stated that the allegations against him were false.

“When (Apuron) spoke very directly denying any involvement in this alleged offense, I accept that this is the truth,” Tenorio said. “I know this to be the truth since I too was assigned to the Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Agat between (1973) and (1977).”

The alleged incident happened between these years. Apuron was a priest at Mt. Carmel during this time.

Roy Quintanilla, 52, on Tuesday publicly accused Apuron of molesting him one time when he was a 12-year-old altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Long time parishioner reacts to priest's suspension

KENTUCKY
WAVE

[with video]

By Jessica Gavin, Reporter

UNION CO., KY (WFIE) -
14 News is hearing from a long-time parishioner of a church that an accused Western Kentucky priest in a sexual misconduct investigation, led for almost a decade.

Father Gerald Baker has been suspended from his duties as a priest at St. Mary of the Woods in Whitesville, after being accused of sexual misconduct with a child.

Baker had been a priest in Owensboro for the past few years, before that he served at St. Ann Catholic Church in Morganfield.

Father Gerald Baker was the priest at St. Ann for 9 years, from June 2003 to June 2012. Bishop William Medley tells us, the diocese opened its own investigation a few weeks ago, and is cooperating with Kentucky State Police.

Parishioners at Saint Mary of the Woods were told of the allegations against Baker, at mass this past weekend. 14 NEWS talked with Paul Monsour, he's been a parishioner of St. Ann Catholic Church in Morganfield, for 35 years.

He told us he believes Father Baker positively influenced not only fellow church attendees, but many people throughout Union County, for years.

"He had a big impact not only on our church but on our community, he was very active, I know he joined the Lions Club," said Paul Monsour, St. Ann Catholic Church parishioner. "He was very positive about a lot of things, he had a lot of friends and did a lot of good works. He had a little conservative bend on a few religious issues, I think that turned a lot of people off, but we were all stunned when we heard about this." >

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

‘Is this the closest I’ll get to Pope Francis?’

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Andrew Quinn
Twitter: @AndrewEQuinn
Friday 20 May 2016

Derry abuse victim, Brian Doherty, believes having his picture taken beside a waxwork model of Pope Francis is the closest he will ever get to meeting the pontiff.

Brian travelled to New York recently where he had a picture taken beside a waxwork model of Pope Francis at Madame Tussauds.

“It’s been almost three years since I sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to meet with me,” Brian said.

“I’ve yet to receive a reply from Pope Francis and the more time passes the more I am starting to think the closest I am ever going to get to talking to him is by standing beside a waxwork model,” he added.

Brian was born in Derry in 1947 and when he was three weeks old he was placed into the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in the St. Joseph’s Home in Termonbacca. Brian remained there until he was 14 years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Kincora sex abuse cover-up a case of systemic failure, court hears

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Alan Erwin
PUBLISHED
20/05/2016

Alleged state collusion and cover-up of a paedophile ring at a notorious Belfast care home amounts to a systemic failure, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Counsel for one abuse victim argued that the scale of the Kincora scandal, which includes claims of British security service involvement, warrants an investigation that will "vindicate" his human rights.

Gary Hoy (54), is seeking to overturn a verdict that the probe into the home should remain within the remit of a Stormont-commissioned body.

He believes the ongoing Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry sitting in Banbridge lacks the power to properly scrutinise what went on at the home in east Belfast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Residential school survivor calls for review of settlement agreement

CANADA
CBC News

As Canada's Residential Schools Settlement Agreement draws to a close, some survivors are calling for a review.

A review is needed in order to identify any mistakes that have been made throughout the process and make them right, said Garnet Angeconeb, a residential school survivor who lives in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.

"It's not to renegotiate or reopen the agreement," said Angeconeb. "It's to look at what worked, what didn't work and what needs to be worked on some more."

The settlement agreement is the largest class action settlement in Canadian history, and it involves the distribution of billions of dollars in compensation to former students of Indian residential schools.

But in some cases, the alleged misconduct of legal advisors have left survivors feeling revictimized, and unsure of how their complaints will be resolved, said Angeconeb.

"So these things really need to be addressed and the questions that survivors have need to be thoroughly examined before the agreement expires," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Jerusalem Yeshiva Mashgiach Indicted for Molesting Nieces

ISRAEL
Frum Follies

The Israeli news site, Arutz Sheva, reports:

Jerusalem prosecutors filed an indictment against a rabbi who served as a mashgiach [spiritual advisor] at a yeshiva in the city, for a series of rapes carried against a number of female relatives over the course of several years.

The accused began his horrific campaign of abuse when his first victim was just six years old, and continued abusing her and other female relatives by various means of coercion and manipulation……

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Le cardinal Barbarin reçu à Rome par le pape François

VATICAN
Le Figaro

Le cardinal est mis en cause pour ne pas avoir dénoncé des affaires de pédophilie et d'agressions sexuelles dans son diocèse de Lyon.

Le pape François, qui a apporté son soutien au cardinal Barbarin dans une interview publiée par le quotidien La Croix mardi 17 mai, confirme son appui en le recevant en audience au Vatican, vendredi en fin de matinée.

Le cardinal Barbarin, visé par une enquête préliminaire à propos de sa gestion d'affaires de pédophilie et d'agressions sexuelles dans son diocèse de Lyon, confiera en exclusivité dans Le Figaro du samedi 21 mai sa rencontre avec le pape et s'expliquera, pour la première fois, sur l'ensemble de ces affaires.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Pope meets French archbishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY
Digital Journal

AFP

Pope Francis met Friday with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France.

"There was a meeting, nothing out of the ordinary," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP, without revealing the purpose or content of the talks.

The surprise meeting came three days after the pope was quoted as saying it would be "nonsensical and imprudent" to seek Barbarin's resignation at this stage, arguing that would be to imply he was guilty of potential criminal charges against him.

French examining magistrates are currently carrying out a preliminary investigation to decide whether to pursue charges against the archbishop for his handling of the allegations against Bernard Preynat, a priest in his diocese who has been charged with sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Priest jailed for sex attacks on schoolgirl which took place 40 years ago

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

A priest has been jailed for three years for sex attacks on a teenage schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.

John Farmer, now 84, abused the girl between the ages of 12 and 14 while her family were part of his congregation.

A court heard heard the Roman Catholic priest referred to his lap as "the soft seat" - and then abused her as she sat on him.

The girl "idolised" the family priest and the court heard she was "immature and blameless" during the assaults.

Farmer was a priest at St Mary's Church in Newport, Gwent, and a governor at St Joseph's RC High School in Duffryn, Newport.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Cuomo stands for justice for child sexual assault victims

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Editorial

For a full two hours, Gov. Cuomo on Thursday engaged with men and women who suffered sex abuse as minors and are pressing Albany to reform statutes of limitations that deny justice to countless victims.

Kudos to Cuomo for affording the citizen activists the attention they deserve — and continue to be denied by leaders of the state Legislature.

While Cuomo explored the difficult legal and moral questions surrounding rewriting civil and criminal statutes of limitations, legislative leaders arrogantly maintained their anti-democratic practice of conducting the people’s business behind closed doors.

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie refused to answer even the most basic questions about their positions.

Daily News readers will know that this newspaper has campaigned since March for reforms to criminal and civil statutes of limitations for sex crimes against minors. The case of an alleged serial predator who could not be prosecuted on some accusations cried out for rewriting the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Bishops Seeking Plea Bargains

PENNSYLVANIA
National Catholic Reporter

Ken Briggs | May. 19, 2016 NCR Today

The letter was like one of those from the bank, reminding you how special you are to them, reviewing everything they've done to upgrade your life, then offering you a chance to return the love by taking out a home equity loan.

Except this one was from Bishop John Barres, dated on Easter Sunday, that circled around to another kind of pitch. As read to Cathoics attending mass in his Allentown, PA, diocese, it began by acknowledging the "prevalence of the sin and crime of child abuse," noting that the diocese was "not untouched" by this scandal but hastening to add that it was "Just as important" that the church was enforcing "zero tolerance" through a wide variety of strategies. The bishop wanted Catholics to know that the church was doing its utmost to protect their children. While admitting no culpability in fostering the menace, which was inferred to be much bigger than the church, parishioners could be sure the diocese was on the prevention side.

That billboard was the prelude to the punch lines at the end of the letter. Bishop Barres hoped that good will spawned by the diocese's initiatives would impel parishioners to urge their state legislators to kill a bill that would end limits on the right to file lawsuits against dioceses by victims of church-related sex abuse. The bill's leading backe was a committed Catholic, Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Bethlehem) who claimed he was raped by an Allentown priest during his teens.

Bishop Barres warned that passage of the law (two weeks later it won House approval handily, 180-15) could trigger dire results including "crippling damage awards" and the "very existence of some ministries." Understandable disaster from an institutional standpoint. Similar letters were being dispatched from lecturnes in parishes across the state at the behest of the PA conference of bishops.

Two cradle-Catholic friends who trundle to their respective churches every weekend told me separately that they were outraged by the letter and came close to walking out of church. They were appalled by by the suggestion that they join the bishops' fight against an opening of lawsuits on behalf of victims Each said he'd never before even thought of storming out of church in protest. But there they were.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Fr Kevin Dillon: Geelong’s loud fence ribbons come down, but victims’ suffering is far from over

AUSTRALIA
Geelong Advertiser

May 19, 2016

Fr Kevin Dillon
Geelong Advertiser

THE fence surrounding St Mary’s Basilica in Yarra St will look less colourful by Monday morning.

Since January, the almost 300 metres of “Loud Fence” surrounding one of Geelong’s most iconic buildings have been bedecked with innumerable multicoloured ribbons. They have all been tied by individuals wishing to recognise the suffering of the far-too-many victims/survivors of church-related sexual abuse.

During a public ceremony at 3pm this Sunday, the ribbons will be removed then taken into the Basilica where they are to be placed near the altar as a sign of “repentance, reparation and respect” for those who have suffered so much and for so long.

Just this week, I received an email from Brian, whose son Adam was abused at just seven years of age by a notorious priest offender who was eventually imprisoned for multiple assaults on many children.

Adam was irrevocably damaged by the assaults, which occurred 30 years ago. He has never had regular employment. He has had girlfriends but the relationships never last long. He still relies on his parents as his chief means of personal support.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Maitland Newcastle Catholic priest David O'Hearn after being found guilty of child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY
May 20, 2016.

CATHOLIC priest David O’Hearn is in custody awaiting sentence after being found guilty of more than 40 child sex offences against six victims after a fight that has gone all the way to the High Court.

A jury on Friday found him not guilty of three offences against one boy, after separate juries in 2015 and earlier this year found him guilty of 44 offences against six other boys, including sexual intercourse, indecent assault and inciting a minor to commit an indecent act.

The offences occurred in the Hunter while O’Hearn worked as a trainee priest and priest in parishes including Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Windale in the 1980s and 1990s. Victims ranged from nine to 13.

In a statement released late today Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright expressed “great shame that another member of the clergy has been guilty of crimes of this kind”.

Judge Richard Cogswell lifted an order on Friday preventing O’Hearn from being named as trials ran in Sydney over a number of years. In 2011 O’Hearn sought leave to appeal to the High Court to have trials involving six victims heard separately. He was first stood down in May, 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Irish priest 'knocked out boy, nine, with chloroform' before abusing him in church, trial hears

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Mirror

BY KATIE STOREY

An Irish Catholic priest sedated a schoolboy before sexually assaulting him at a church, a court has heard.

Canon Mortimer Stanley, 84, is accused of 19 counts of indecent assault over four decades while he was working at St Vincent de Paul Church in Norden, Greater Manchester.

A jury at Minshull Street Crown Court heard on Thursday how one of the alleged victims, who was nine at the time, claimed Stanley, who was born in Limerick, came up behind him while he was getting changed.

He allegedly covered his mouth and nose with a handkerchief soaked in a ‘chloroform-type’ substance, Manchester Evening News reports.

Chloroform is a volatile liquid once used as an anesthetic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 AM

Royal Commission releases research on information sharing

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

20 May, 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released two research reports, with the first examining information-sharing frameworks and the second examining best practice in implementation.

A study into the legislative—and related key policy and operational—frameworks for sharing information relating to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts, considered the legislative frameworks for sharing information relating to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts, between institutions and across jurisdictions in Australia.

The second report, Implementation best practice: A rapid evidence review, examined the effectiveness of planned strategies to change or introduce new practices, programs or policies.

Royal Commission Chief Executive Officer Philip Reed said that along with private sessions and public hearings, the Royal Commission’s research agenda was vital in helping inform the Commissioners ahead of their final report.

“The research examining information sharing arrangements looked at a range of sectors, including out-of-home care, schools and juvenile detention, and consolidated the Australian information-sharing landscape in relation to legislative, key policy and operational frameworks, both within and across Australian jurisdictions,” Mr Reed said.

“The report found laws and common objectives across institutions can help ensure that children’s safety is the primary consideration when sharing information, while laws and policies for information sharing need to be clear and well understood to be effective.

“The second report demonstrates the importance of implementation as a factor in the success or failure of policy change. This report identified and critiqued existing evidence of implementation and identifies elements of best practice approaches, including behavioural change, planning and increasing the competencies and skills of individuals and organisations,” Mr Reed said.

A study into the legislative—and related key policy and operational—frameworks for sharing information relating to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts was conducted by Macquarie University’s Carolyn Adams and Krista Lee-Jones.

Implementation best practice: A rapid evidence review was conducted by the Parenting Research Centre.

The research reports can be found here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 AM

British police 'will be probing 200,000 child sex cases by 2020': Huge extent of UK abuse problem is revealed by senior officer who say 100 new allegations come in every month

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By KATIE STRICK FOR THE DAILY MAIL

One hundred allegations of child sex abuse are being passed to police every month as part of an inquiry launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, a senior officer has revealed.

Simon Bailey, head of the police unit co-ordinating claims of historic child sex abuse in England and Wales, said he expected to be handed a total of 30,000 new reports by the Goddard inquiry.

The Norfolk Chief Constable also estimated that officers would be looking into about 200,000 claims of child sex abuse by 2020, given the current trajectory.

Mr Bailey told the Guardian: 'It is fair to say I am surprised by the extent of abuse being exposed, it is shocking. In trying to get a message across to the public about the scale of this, it is important to remember that behind each of these figures there is a victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 AM

Residential schools settlement agreement under fire

CANADA
APTN

By Paul Barnsley and Kathleen Martens
APTN Investigates

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont.– For the second time this month a call has come to review the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

In early May, Chief Bill Erasmus, the Assembly of First Nations executive member who is responsible for the residential schools portfolio, called for a review of the $4 billion out-of-court settlement that allowed the federal government and several churches to escape having to defend themselves against a handful of class-action lawsuits related to human rights violations and criminal acts committed against children who were students at the schools.

Erasmus said there is widespread criticism amongst the survivors about the way some of the defendants in the original class actions – the federal government and the Catholic Church – have conducted themselves as the settlement agreement has been administered.

Then, on May 17, Garnet Angeconeb, a respected long-time advocate for survivors of residential schools, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, and several opposition politicians. APTN Investigates obtained a copy of that letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 AM

LDS church releases statement on BYU sexual assault issue

UTAH
Daily Herald

Katie England
Daily Herald

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Thursday evening in support of Brigham Young University's announcement that it has formed an advisory council and seeks public feedback on sexual assault response and Title IX compliance at the university.

BYU has been under widespread media scrutiny after several women approached multiple outlets, reporting that the religious school's Honor Code Office would hold women accountable for Honor Code violations after they reported sexual assaults to the Title IX Office.

The church's statement said that the victims' stories are "painful to read."

"But we do not believe (these stories) represent the ideals BYU or Church leaders follow when responding to victims," the statement said.

The statement stressed that there is no place for any kind of abuse or assault on the campus or in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 AM

Church must speak louder

CANADA
Ottawa Sun

Editorial

Several days after being approached by reporter Andrew Duffy about the abuse of children by Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Ottawa issued a statement of regret. It wants us all to know it is horrified by the long history of priests abusing young people; Duffy’s reporting found at least 41 acknowledged cases in the Ottawa area since the 1980s.

The church wasn’t horrified enough to confirm the exact number, mind you; our reporter had to sift through court files as the church sues its own insurers to get back some of the money it paid in compensation to victims. Nor was the church horrified enough to actually answer any of the detailed written questions put to it about the scandal.

But in its statement, the archdiocese said that, several years back, it began “a process to create safe environments in our faith communities, notably parishes, for the protection of minors and other vulnerable persons.” This includes a code of conduct, and a detailed protocol regarding potential sexual abuse of minors. The documents make it clear – on paper at least – that priests and others have a responsibility not only to behave properly, but to report possible abuse to highers-up in the church.

That responsibility is interesting in light of what one lawyer for victims has found. He said he has rarely encountered a priest who spoke out. “Very rarely have I encountered a whistleblower priest,” said the lawyer. “Nobody steps forward. Nobody squeals on their brother priest.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 AM

May 19, 2016

Former Newport priest jailed for sexually assaulting girl 40 years ago

UNITED KINGDOM
South Wales Argus

Hayley Mills

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A PRIEST who spent nearly a decade working in Newport was sentenced to three years in prison for indecently assaulting a girl 40 years ago.

John Farmer, who is also known as Barry, worked at St Mary’s Church in Newport from the 1960s to 70s before moving to a Cardiff parish.

The 84-year-old, now of Cranleigh Road, Guildford, was also a governor of St Joseph’s RC High School in Duffryn.

Farmer was initially charged with 27 counts of indecent assault against one girl, who was between 12 and 14 when the abuse took place, but was found guilty of nine charges after a trial at Newport Crown Court.

The victim was abused as a schoolgirl and as one of Farmer’s parishioners between 1974 and 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

Alleged victim tells priest sex abuse trial he was 'knocked out with chloroform-like substance before being abused'

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

BY KATIE STOREY

A Catholic priest allegedly sedated a primary school boy before sexually assaulting him at a Norden church, a court has heard.

Canon Mortimer Stanley, 84, is accused of 19 counts of indecent assault over four decades while he was working at St Vincent de Paul RC Church.

A jury at Minshull Street Crown heard one of the victims, who was nine at the time of the alleged offence, claim Stanley came up behind him while he was getting changed and covered his mouth and nose with a handkerchief soaked in a ‘chloroform-type’ substance.

The alleged victim says he then passed out slumped over a shelf.

He told the court when he woke up he was partially dressed and Stanley - still partially wearing his church robes - sexually assaulting him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

Catholic priest resigns from pregnancy center in Eastpointe for teens

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press May 19, 2016

A Catholic priest who was removed in 2009 from churches after allegations he abused a teenage girl has resigned from a center for pregnant teens in Eastpointe that he co-founded, Catholic officials said this week.

Fr. Kenneth Kaucheck, 69, was the co-founder, development director and a board member of Gianna House, a new Catholic center to help teenage girls who are pregnant. But after a Free Press report last week on his position there, officials with the center and the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit are now saying he has resigned and no longer works there.

Kaucheck's name has been scrubbed from Gianna House's website, which used to say that Kaucheck co-founded the center along with Sister Mary Diane Masson, executive director at the House, and that he selected the board along with Masson.

Now the website says Masson alone had selected the board and is a co-founder.

The center has also selected a new board, with Dr. Robert Welch, formerly the board's chairman, no longer on the board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Abuse victim speaks for first time, demands to know why priest not defrocked

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

ANDREW DUFFY, OTTAWA CITIZEN

A victim of Rev. Barry McGrory’s sexual abuse is demanding to know why the Catholic priest has never been defrocked.

Colleen Passard sent a written statement to the Citizen after the newspaper published a story this week about McGrory, a Catholic priest who admitted in an interview that he sexually abused three adolescents at Ottawa’s Holy Cross Parish in the 1970s and 80s.

McGrory was convicted of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old native youth in 1993 — six years after he was moved to Toronto from Ottawa.

Passard, who asked that her name be published alongside her statement, said diocesan officials assured her in 1997 that he had been removed from the priesthood.

“However, despite assurances from church officials that Barry McGrory had been defrocked since his sexual abuse conviction in 1993, he has continued to be a priest, to hold a sacred trust in the community, under the auspices of the archdiocese,” she wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

OH, IL – Predatory seminarian is sentenced; Sex abuse victims respond

OHIO/ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, May 20, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Orthodox Christian Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Former seminarian Dario Spasic pleaded guilty this week to one count of indecent solicitation of a child. He was sentenced to probation, and will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

[News-Sun]

We had hoped for jail time, since that is the only proven way to stop a predator from hurting children. The former seminarian is a relatively young man. We firmly believe that he will try to harm more kids.

We now beg anyone who suffered, witnessed, or suspected abuse by this predator to call police. Another conviction will mean another chance to take Spasic off the streets.

Spasic was in his final year at Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, when he was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child on September 19, 2014. The seminarian contacted what he thought was a 14 year old boy to engage in sexual activity. When he showed up at the arranged meeting he was arrested by sheriff’s detectives. While Spasic was convicted in Illinois, the judge in the case agreed that Spasic can serve his probation under the supervision of the state of Ohio, where he is now living.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Police expect 30,000 new child abuse reports from Goddard inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Exclusive: Extent of child sexual abuse in England and Wales begins to become clear as inquiry passes on 100 cases a month

Sandra Laville
Thursday 19 May 2016

The scale of child sexual abuse in England and Wales is being exposed by evidence from thousands of victims, with cases being passed to police at a rate of 100 a month by the public inquiry set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Simon Bailey, Norfolk’s chief constable and head of the national coordinating unit Operation Hydrant, said his team was expecting to be given 30,000 reports of new child sexual offences by the Goddard inquiry, and predicted the rate of referrals of allegations of abuse would increase.

The chief constable said that given the trajectory of the number of reports, police would be investigating about 200,000 cases of child sexual abuse by 2020, giving an insight into the extent of child sexual abuse in Britain over many decades.

Bailey added: “It is fair to say I am surprised by the extent of abuse being exposed, it is shocking. In trying to get a message across to the public about the scale of this, it is important to remember that behind each of these figures there is a victim.

“We are seeing a significant rise in the number of referrals each month from the Goddard inquiry, and these allegations relate to abuse in a range of institutions from the church, to schools, the scouts and hospitals.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Archbishop of Canterbury apologises to Jersey's Dean for abuse probe

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

The Archbishop of Canterbury has formally apologised to the Dean of Jersey for years of "hurt" following an investigation into allegations of abuse in the church in the island.

The Dean's handling of a complaint from a parishioner about abuse she claimed she suffered at the hands of a senior figure in the church was the subject of a formal investigation, and led to the breakdown of relations between the Jersey church and the Winchester Diocese to which it officially belongs.

Jersey is currently being 'managed', instead, by the Bishop of Dover.

Today, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby has written to Jersey's Bailiff, in which he acknowledges the "enormous personal stress hurt and uncertainty" suffered by Bob Key and his wife Daphne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Senator calls for investigation into St. Mark's Cathedral School after lawsuit filed

LOUISIANA
KSLA

[with video]

By Nick Lawton, Reporter

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Back in April, a Shreveport mother spoke out to us anonymously about her lawsuit against St. Mark's Cathedral School for her son, identified as M.R.

We've now obtained documents showing a Louisiana Senator asking for a full state investigation into the school.

The mother's lawsuit alleges her then 12-year-old son was expelled for his behavior with his cabin mates on a 2014 school field trip to Pine Cove.

The school claims the boy inappropriately touched the other boys, behavior his mother claims did not happen.

"He agreed that he and several other boys were playing these same type of games, just boy dormitory-type behavior, but he was the one that was told on," his mother said during an April 7 interview.

The lawsuit alleges that even though the camp counselors denied M.R.'s inappropriate behavior and a local psychologist reported M.R. showed no signs of sexual deviant behavior, St. Mark's still expelled him for "inappropriate touching of other students when not in the presence of adults."

The mother is suing the school, asking if this sexual abuse did happen, why didn't Head of School Dr. Chris Carter follow LA R.S. 14:403, the Mandatory Reporter Law?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

New charges against North Aurora pastor accused of sex assault

ILLINOIS
Aurora Beacon-News

Dan Campana
Aurora Beacon-News

Kane County prosecutors have added two new charges against North Aurora pastor Ralphael Robinson, who sits in jail accused of sexually assaulting and abusing a girl last month.

Robinson, 39, most recently of Aurora, has now also been charged with violating the state's sex offender registration rules and not properly reporting his job status when registering with Aurora police in April, court documents show. Prosecutors allege Robinson "knowingly furnished false information" and "failed to furnish current employment information" to authorities, according to charges.

Robinson - who is still described as the "senior leader of Kingdom Church" on his website - is listed as a sexual predator on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry stemming from a 2004 sex abuse conviction in Cook County. He was arrested and charged with criminal sex assault and sex abuse in April on allegations he fondled a girl while at the church on South Lincolnway Street. Robinson is in Kane County Jail on $107,500 bail with a May 26 hearing date scheduled on all his charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Andrew Cuomo Backs New York Child Sex Abuse Reform Bill

NEW YORK
Forward

Sam Kestenbaum
May 19, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday backed a bill that would make it easier for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice from their abusers as adults.

By bowing to repeated calls by victims and advocates, Cuomo removes a significant roadblock to the reform measure, although it remains to be seen if lawmakers will pass it.

“This is an incredibly important issue and we are serious about addressing it this [legislative] session,” said Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi, according to the Daily News . “We have been discussing options with the Legislature, have met with advocates and survivors, and are meeting with them again (Thursday).”

Cuomo had previously dodged questions from both the press and activists as to whether he would support current legislation, known as the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate New York’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse, one of the shortest in the nation. Currently, survivors have until their 23rd birthday to bring forward legal claims about their abuse.

Over 100 Jewish leaders, including rabbis from all major denominations , are lobbying in support of the legislation. A significant contingent of Jewish backers claim to have been abused by rabbis or teachers in religious schools as children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Cuomo’s Rapidly Changing Stance on SOL Reform

NEW YORK
Frum Follies

This morning’s (5/19/16) New York Daily News ran a headline, “Gov. Cuomo will push law allowing child-abuse victims to seek justice as adults.” The URL tells a different story about his position when they first created the article: “http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-cuomo-pushes-liquor-law-reform-ignores-child-sex-abuse-vics-article-1.2641982.” Its seems the spirits have moved the governor to a new public stance.

The good news is that New York State’s governor is feeling the heat from anti-abuse activists. The bad news is that he is still committed to protecting the interests of the Catholic church and Agudath Israel of America. Both of them know, that for all their denials, there was a massive coverup of abuse. Opening a window for suing about past abuse will both cost them a lot and will further expose their moral indifference to the epidemic of abuse inflicted by the employees of their institutions.

Cuomo will probably maneuver the legislature to extend the SOL in the future while not opening a window for suing about past abuse by older victims/survivors who are now barred from suing after their 23rd birthday. Politically, such legislation will probably take the wind out of future efforts to open a window for suing about past abuse. This will only be half a loaf. It would have the beneficial effect of scaring the bejeebus out of Haredi schools that continue to protect molesters in their employ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Member of church's sexual misconduct board resigns

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Jasmine Stole, Pacific Daily News May 20, 2016

A member of a board within Guam’s Catholic Church that reviews sexual misconduct complaints wrote an email to the church’s sexual abuse response coordinator Wednesday stating he believes accusations that the archbishop sexually assaulted a minor.

Vincent Pereda, the board member who wrote the email, also stated he would resign from the board immediately.

Pereda’s email addressed an accusation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who oversees the island’s Catholic Church.

Raymond Taitague Quintanilla, 52, on Tuesday came forward publicly accusing Apuron of molesting him as a 12-year-old altar boy about 40 years ago. Quintanilla delivered a letter for Apuron to the Chancery Office on Tuesday, detailing the abuse.

Hours after the letter was delivered, the Archdiocese of Agana issued a three-sentence statement that said it affirms its commitment to its sexual misconduct and harassment policy. In light of Quintanilla’s allegations, the archdiocese statement said the Sexual Abuse Response coordinator Deacon Larry Claros had been informed and was coordinating a response. Part of that response includes convening the Archdiocese Review Board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Texas man who ran orphanage in Malawi admits to sexually abusing children at facility, then sending victims hush money

TEXAS/MALAWI
New York Daily News

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MIDLAND, Texas — A Texas man who managed an orphanage in Malawi has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing orphans at the East African facility.

Gerald Campbell pleaded guilty before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday in Midland, Texas, to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

The 66-year-old Odessa man could get 10 years to life in prison. Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Campbell admitted to sexually abusing eight orphans at the Victory Christian Children’s Home in Malawi between 1997 and 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

US pastor raped Malawian boys

MALAWI
Malawi 24

An American pastor has told a court in his native country that he raped orphaned boys in Malawi and knew he would get away with it.

The shameless pervert, Gerald Campbell, 66, raped eight orphans, including one who infected with HIV, at the Victory Christian Children’s Home in Malawi between 1997 and 2009.

According to Reuters, the rapist faces up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

The monster used his position as general manager of the orphan to lure his victims; he offered them access to better rooms within the orphanage and allowed them to use hot water at his house. He also lived with some of the victims for months in his house.

Campbell said he gave money and valuable things to two of his victims so that they should not disclose the sexual abuse. He told the court that he knew that no one will believe the children if they reported the sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Pressure to scrap time limits preventing historical child sex abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

Christopher Knaus

The government is under pressure to move swiftly to scrap time-limits making it harder for historical child abuse victims to sue for damages.

NSW, Victoria and the federal government have all moved in recent months to remove the statute of limitations which prevented survivors from suing after too many years had passed.

The states were acting in response to the child abuse royal commission, which recommended last year that limitations be scrapped, that it be done retrospectively, and that a consistent approach be taken across jurisdictions.

It also recommended the establishment of a national redress scheme that would begin hearing applications for compensation by survivors in July 2017.

The ACT is yet to make a move on scrapping its time-limit, which is generally six years from the cause of the civil action or from the time the child turns 18.

A spokesman for the ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the government was pushing for the establishment of the national redress scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

Piura: arzobispo sorprendido por estar en denuncia contra Sodalicio

PERU
RPP

[The Archdiocese of Piura said in a statement that Archbishop José Eguren Anselmi is surprised to have been included in the complaint against members of the Sodality of Christian Life by five alleged victims of abuse by the founder of this Catholic group, Luis Fernando Figari. The religious group expelled him months ago. The archbishop said the complaint in question does not refer to sexual abuse.]

El Arzobispado de Piura, mediante un comunicado, indicó que el arzobispo monseñor José Eguren Anselmi está sorprendido de haber sido incluido en la denuncia contra integrantes del Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, por parte de cinco presuntas víctimas de abusos por parte del fundador de este grupo católico Luis Fernando Figari, a quien la congregación religiosa expulsó meses atrás.

En el comunicado del Arzobispado indican que la denuncia en cuestión no se refiere a abusos sexuales.

La denuncia penal ampliatoria presentada al Ministerio Público pide se añada a los cargos por los que se abrió una investigación de oficio, el pasado 22 de octubre de 2015, los delitos de secuestro, lesiones graves y asociación ilícita para delinquir.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Cura acusado de pedofilia ofició misa un año en Carapeguá pese a denuncia

PARAGUAY
Ultima Hora

[Priest Estanisiao Arevaleos is alleged to have groped altar boys and tried to kiss them on the mouth. The information reached the ears of his superior who did not take it as a complaint and sent the priest to Paraguari to reopen a mission.]

jvargas@uhora.com.py

El presbítero Vicente Soria, superior de los misioneros redentoristas del Paraguay, tomó conocimiento del supuesto hecho de pedofilia contra dos monaguillos, ocurrido en la vicaría Divino Espíritu, a instancias de una catequista. Esto lo confirmó el religioso a ÚH. Igual, envió al párroco Estanislao Arévalos a Paraguarí con la misión de reasumir la casa provincial redentorista en Carapeguá, decisión que ya la habían tomado "a inicios de ese año 2013".

Recién en diciembre del 2014, Soria le suspende de su ministerio sacerdotal a Arévalos, a raíz de la denuncia presentada por los padres de los menores ante el Ministerio Público sobre el caso que un año antes recibió "como una cuestión de confidencialidad".

"Para mí la información llegó en diciembre del 2014, antes no tomé conocimiento del caso; así como denuncia, no (...) Desde que el curso de la denuncia tuvo la formalidad, estamos siguiendo lo que dice el protocolo (de la Iglesia) y la justicia paraguaya", argumentó sobre la cita para declarar en el marco de la causa por supuesto abuso sexual contra un sacerdote de su congregación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Piden al Papa investigar al rector de Universidad Católica

PARAGUAY
ABC

[con video]

[Ask the Pope to investigate the rector of Catholic University. The rector of the Catholic University (UC) Our Lady of the Assumption, Father Narciso Velazquez, was allegedly one of the "abettors" of the Argentine priest Carlos Ibanez, who came to Paraguay from Argentina, where he had been accused of sexual abuse minors.]

El rector de la Universidad Católica (UC) Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, padre Narciso Velázquez, había sido supuestamente uno de los “encubridores” del sacerdote argentino Carlos Ibáñez, quien vino al Paraguay desde Argentina, donde había sido acusado de cometer abuso sexual contra menores, denunciaron funcionarios de la institución durante una manifestación, que se realizó ayer en horas de la tarde.

Por su parte, el rector Velázquez aseguró que no conoce a ningún sacerdote pedófilo y que está a disposición de la Comisión de Investigación para que se esclarezca el caso.

El secretario general del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la UC, Julio López, manifestó que solicitan al papa Francisco que intervenga y se interiorice de la situación de los sacerdotes en el Paraguay.

El gremialista solicita a las autoridades de la Iglesia que se investigue a fondo, no solo al sacerdote Ibáñez, sino también las posibles responsabilidades de otras personas que permitieron que por tantos años se engañe a la feligresía en el país.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Bishops must repent for inaction on child abuse, says survivor

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Tim Wyatt

Posted: 19 May 2016

A MAN who was abused by two senior Church of England clergyman has demanded that senior bishops make public statements of “repentance” because of what he says is their failure to act quickly on safeguarding reform.

The survivor, known only as “Joe”, was sexually assaulted by the Revd Garth Moore, a former Chancellor of the dioceses of Southwark, Durham, and Gloucester, who died in 1990 (News, 4 December); and later exploited by Michael Fisher, who was then a brother in the Society of St Francis, and later became Bishop of St Germans.

An independent report on failings in his case called for sweeping changes to the Church’s safeguarding procedures, condemning them as “fundamentally flawed” (News, 18 March). But in an open letter, published last week, Joe said that there had been total silence from bishops since the report came out in March.

“I call on the House of Bishops to repent at your meeting in York at the end of this week,” he wrote. “Others in the survivor community are saying the same. Repentance implies action and not just word — it is about turning around 180 degrees and starting again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Calls for Guam's Archbishop to stand down

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

[with audio]

Transcript

There are calls for Guam's Archbishop to stand down after an accusation of historical sexual abuse was made against him.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron is denying the allegation he molested an altar boy 40 years ago.
Jo O'Brien reports.

The allegation was made during an emotional media conference posted on the Pacific Daily News website. 52 year old Roy Quintanilla read out a letter addressed to the Archbishop, the most senior person in the Catholic Church in Guam.

ROY QUINTANILLA: "Dear Archbishop Apuron, when I was 12 years old and an altar boy you molested me when you were the pastor of Agat."

Mr Quintanilla went on to describe how Archbishop Apuron had abused him after asking him to stay the night at his house. He says the abuse left him so confused he later considered suicide.

ROY QUINTANILLA: "I cried then and I've never stopped crying. I felt a lot of emotions. I was scared, angry, sad, alone, embarassed and humiliated. I did not know what to do."

Mr Quintanilla says he wants the Archbishop to step down and apologise for what he did to him. But in a video statement on the website of the Catholic Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, Archbishop Apuron gave this response.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Next mission for Twin Cities archdiocese: Life after bankruptcy

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan St. Paul · May 19, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is about to move a step closer to emerging from bankruptcy.

By the end of the month, the archdiocese will file a bankruptcy reorganization plan detailing how it expects to remain a financially viable organization while providing compensation for victims of clergy sex abuse.

The proposal will likely be controversial.

The archdiocese has been in bankruptcy for about 16 months and insurers, parishes, abuse victims and other parties have been in mediation during most of that time. The parties involved were told to keep talks confidential. But there are indications that critical matters, especially insurance coverage, remain unresolved.

At a late March court hearing, archdiocese attorney Richard Anderson told a federal judge that a plan would include financial contributions from the archdiocese and insurers. But he didn't offer details and said the church could file a plan without first securing the support of sex abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Reform priests on impossible task of change in the Catholic Church

IRELAND
Irish Central

Nick Bramhill @irishcentral May 19,2016

A leading advocate for reform in the Irish Catholic Church has conceded that trying to bring about meaningful change is "like beating one's head against a stone wall.”

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), which represents over 1,000 priests across the country, and a four-man delegation of Irish bishops are due to hold their first face-to-face talks in three years on Thursday.

But Father Tony Flannery, a founding member of the group, has admitted he fears the meeting is little more than a token gesture from church leaders and will not pave the way for significant reform.

Speaking ahead of the talks, which take place at Columba Center in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, the veteran Redemptorist said, "Experience leads me to have little hope or expectation from the meeting. I suspect the motivation of the Bishops Conference is to quieten us, and stop us from saying that they won't meet us."

Flannery, one of several clerics who have been “silenced” by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith for his liberal views, also called for ongoing dialogue between the clergy and church authorities to tackle the ever-worsening vocations crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 AM

Probation for ex-monastery student in child-solicitation case

ILLINOIS
Lake County News-Sun

Jim NewtonContact Reporter
News-Sun

A former Libertyville Serbian Monastery monk trainee, who was charged in 2014 with indecent solicitation of a minor, accepted a negotiated plea deal Monday and will serve a year of probation in Ohio.

Dario Spasic, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for the probationary sentence. If convicted at trial, he could have potentially faced a sentence of two to five years in prison.

The sentence, approved by Judge Patricia Fix, specifies that Spasic will serve his year of probation in Ohio, where he now lives, under the supervision of a sex-offender probation program in that state.

He must also register as a sex offender for the next 10 years, have no unsupervised contact with children and pay $2,000 in court costs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Siege Mentality Grows in Hasidic Kiryas Joel as Corruption and Sex Probes Loom

NEW YORK
Forward

Uriel Heilman
May 19, 2016

(JTA) — Even before FBI investigators descended last week on the Satmar Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, there was a growing sense in this insular community that it and its unique way of life were under attack.

Two months earlier, the FBI had been in the village investigating alleged fraud of a government program, and community leaders also have been facing a mounting campaign by dissidents to increase state oversight of yeshiva curricula.

“We need to know what kind of danger we’re in,” the Satmar rebbe in Kiryas Joel, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, said in a widely publicized May 4 speech about the threat of closer state supervision of yeshiva curricula. “These are bad times for us Jews, terrible. We need to pray to God that they should not interfere with the upbringing of our children.”

In last week’s FBI raid, investigators confiscated computer equipment and boxes of documents from the village’s Department of Public Safety and its main yeshiva, United Talmudical Academy. An unnamed law enforcement source interviewed by a local newspaper, the Journal News, said the raid was related to the publication on social media two weeks ago of a leaked hidden-camera video that appeared to show a principal of the yeshiva kissing and grasping young boys in his office. Some 6,000 students are enrolled in the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Dame Lowell Goddard in Manchester to launch Child Sexual Abuse 'Truth Project'

UNITED KINGDOM
Rochdale Online

The Chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Honourable Dame Lowell Goddard is visiting Manchester to launch the Inquiry's 'Truth Project' in the region.

Dame Lowell Goddard is meeting organisations that support victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Manchester today to announce the start of the Inquiry’s Truth Project in the north west of England.

The Truth Project gives the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse that occurred in an institution, or where there was an institutional failure to protect a child, an opportunity to share their experience during an informal discussion called a private session.

The information shared will help to provide a better understanding of the scale of child sexual child sexual abuse and will assist in identifying patterns and themes about its nature and impact. In due course, the Inquiry may publish anonymised accounts of the experiences shared, to provide a better understanding of the consequences of child sexual abuse on the lives of victims and survivors and their families.

The Inquiry is guided by three principles which underpin all of its work. It is, and must seen to be, comprehensive, inclusive and thorough. Bearing witness to the personal experiences of victims and survivors is central to the Inquiry’s terms of reference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

Clay County pastor turns self in on child sex warrant

TEXAS
Times Record News

By John Ingle of the Times Record News

The pastor of Henrietta Church of Christ in Clay County is in the Archer County Jail Wednesday morning after he turned him self in on a warrant from Clay County.

Archer County Sheriff Staci Beesinger said 50-year-old Robert Todd Davis turned himself in at 4:45 a.m. on a charge of sex abuse of a child/continuous victim under 14.

The recommended bond placed on the warrant was set at $250,000 and Davis bonded out Wednesday morning.

Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons said his office investigated an incident after an “outcry” by the victim.

He said they completed their investigation in February and handed over their finding to the District Attorney’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

Owensboro Pastor Suspended Due to Allegations

KENTUCKY
Tristate Homepage

[with video]

On May 3, an allegation was made that an Owensboro pastor had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The Diocese of Owensboro says they immediately reported the allegation against Father Gerald Baker to the Kentucky child abuse hotline.

The diocese says a 13 member review board suspended Father Baker from public ministry until the matter is resolved.

According to the diocese, Father Baker and the diocese are cooperating with investigation by law enforcement.

Bishop Medley states, “Any allegation of the abuse of a minor is unsettling. The Diocese of Owensboro has offered support to the alleged victim in this case and to his family. In a sad moment such as this, it is always incumbent upon us to address any who may have ever suffered abuse within the embrace of the Catholic Church and invite them to come to us that we might offer support and assure that no one else is ever harmed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

Advocates push for justice for child sex abuse victims

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Liam Migdail-Smith

HARRISBURG - It took a lawsuit for Phil Saviano to learn the truth that set him on the path of an activist fighting childhood sexual abuse. He had spent years trying to put his own abuse behind him. The Catholic priest who had molested him when he was an 11-year-old growing up near Worcester, Mass. was impulsive and reckless. Saviano figured he must have been caught and wouldn't have access to other kids.

He was in his 40s when he saw news reports that the priest had been arrested for abusing children in New Mexico. And when church officials contended the allegations were news to them, Saviano turned to the courts.

That's how he got his hands on the church documents that showed the priest had been kicked around to parishes all over the country before he was eventually arrested.

"What a lawsuit does for you is it gets you access to the personnel files," Saviano said during a panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Capitol Wednesday. "It gets you to the truth."

It was that discovery that he took to the Boston Globe reporters who, in 2002, revealed a systematic cover-up of abuse by church officials that allowed child predators to continue to operate. Saviano is a key character in "Spotlight," last year's Academy Award-winning film about the Globe investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

Gov. Cuomo will push law allowing child-abuse victims to seek justice as adults

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KENNETH LOVETT

ALBANY — After being called out by victims, Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday said he wanted to pass a bill in the next few weeks that would make it easier for adults who were sexually abused as kids to seek justice.

“This is an incredibly important issue and we are serious about addressing it this session,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said. “We have been discussing options with the Legislature, have met with advocates and survivors, and are meeting with them again (Thursday).”

The governor, Azzopardi said, will push to extend the legal time frame for an adult abused as a child to bring a civil lawsuit. Currently, adults victimized as children have until their 23rd birthday to bring a case.

Cuomo would seek to do away entirely with the statute of limitation as it pertains to bringing child sex abuse criminal cases.

And he would look to change a law that requires victims who were abused in a public institution like a school to file a notice of intent to sue within just 90 days of the date when the incident occurred.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 AM

New Jersey’s victim-friendly statute of limitations law helps child sex abuse victim sue the teacher that scarred his life, decades later

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY LARRY MCSHANE

If New York's child sex abuse victims lived across the Hudson River, facing their attackers in court would be a legal right instead of an unending battle.

A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit this month alleging his Spanish teacher at Hightstown High School initiated a sexual relationship when he was 16, during the 1985-86 school year.

“He thought he was in a loving relationship with this woman,” said the alleged victim’s attorney, Robert Fuggi. “He didn’t realize all those years were not love, but sexual assault and rape.”

The man, identified in court papers only as J.D., is now 46. But unlike New York, where victims must file legal action by age 23, New Jersey suspends the statute of limitations if the victim fails to realize both what happened and its continued negative impact on the victim’s life.

Those targeted by adult predators often turn to drugs and alcohol, bury their memories or suffer from ailments like panic attacks, experts say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 AM

Boston church sold to pay abuse victims despite parishioners' 12-year battle

MASSACHUSETTS
The Guardian (UK)

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
@harrietsherwood
Thursday 19 May 2016

For the past 12 years, the church of St Frances Xavier Cabrini in Scituate, near Boston, has not been empty for a single moment.

Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, a group of parishioners has maintained a vigil inside the building to prevent its sale by the archdiocese of Boston, to help pay the Catholic church’s enormous bills relating to its long and sordid history of child sexual abuse.

Children have slept in the sacristy, meals have been eaten beneath the stained glass windows, planning meetings have been held in the pews, prayers said and candles lit.

But not for much longer. After the supreme court this week declined to hear an appeal against an earlier court ruling, the parishioners must now vacate the premises, and will hold a final farewell service on 29 May.

Their long battle against the archdiocese of Boston is over. But, far from being exhausted and defeated, the core group of about 100 parishioners who have occupied the church since 2004 are gearing up to start afresh.

“We’re going to stay together, reach out and re-energise thousands of disenfranchised Catholics who no longer trust the church,” Jon Rogers, the group’s spokesman, told the Guardian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 AM

Henrietta Pastor Charged With Sex Abuse

TEXAS
Texomas Homepage

HENRIETTA

The pastor of a Henrietta church and a long time coach and teacher has been charged with the continuous sexual assault of a child and has bonded out of the Archer County Jail.

Archer County Sheriff Staci Beesinger said 50-year-old Robert Todd Davis turned himself in to her office early this morning.

Davis was charged in a Clay County warrant and his bond was set at $250,000.

According to District Attorney Paige Williams, the alleged assaults occurred from May 2009 to May 2013 and were continuous -- meaning 2 or more criminal acts in a period of more than 30 days.

Williams said the specific offenses are sexual assault through penetration and indecency with a child through contact.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 AM

It takes a village to abuse a child

NORTH CAROLINA
Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 19, 2016

When we hear stories about children being violated by someone trusted in their lives — a teacher, coach, pastor, or family member — we are horrified and angry. Often in these situations, people likely knew something was wrong, but did not act out of fear or lack of knowledge. This is why the line in the Academy Award-winning movie, Spotlight, resonates with us at Prevent Child Abuse NC: “It takes a village to abuse a child.”

Our reactions cannot stop with horror and anger. We all have a role to play. We can prevent child sexual abuse when we shine a light on protective factors and stay involved in our community and work together to make sure our schools, faith communities and neighborhoods are safe, nurturing environments for children of all ages.

Preventing child sexual abuse is not the responsibility of children; it’s the responsibility of the adults who live in the neighborhoods and communities where children live. Sexual abuse has been identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as a significant public health issue.

Child sexual abuse is preventable. There are ways school leaders, PTAs, coaches, faith leaders, communities and parents can prevent abuse from occurring. When we speak up, we transform the lives of children, the adults they will become and the schools, faith communities and neighborhoods they call home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 AM

Woman challenges man running sex abuse press conference outside Haverhill church

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle-Tribune

By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

HAVERHILL — The Rev. Arnold Kelley is accused of sexually abusing a boy at a Boston area church in the 1970s — but not at All Saints Parish in Haverhill, where he mostly recently lived before retiring and going into a nursing home.

This made All Saints parishioner Kathleen Parker question why a recent civil sex abuse lawsuit against Kelley was being discussed with the media late Wednesday morning on a public sidewalk outside her church at 120 Bellevue Ave.

"I find it quite offensive," said Parker, who asked Robert Hoatson, the leader of a sexual abuse recovery organization, why he felt it necessary "to defame our happy home."

Parker said her family has also been touched by the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, but for "the better part of 20 years we have foun