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December 31, 2016

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WATCHTOWER SOCIETY HOUSES HIDDEN SEXUAL ABUSE RECORDS, SAYS JOURNALIST

UNITED STATES
Inquisitr

ZACHARY VOLKERT

Jehovah’s Witnesses are confronting allegations of a widespread child sexual abuse coverup, mostly centered around a database of abusers that critics say are managed by their Brooklyn Watchtower Bible and Tract Society headquarters, a property recently purchased by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trey Bundy, a reporter for investigative radio program Reveal, has spent the last few years following the case, and he recently sat down with WNYC to share some of his most recent findings. Bundy claims that Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is a highly secretive organization with underground tunnels that link it to at least 30 other properties in the area. Inside, he says, leadership can access a roll call of sexual abuse cases involving Jehovah’s Witness members.

“It’s the nerve-center of a multi-billion dollar corporation that has interests in publishing, in real-estate….it’s the head of a religion with eight million members, but it’s this very secretive place.”

Bundy alleges that Jehovah’s Witness leadership has been ordering its congregation to keep incidents of sexual abuse within the church for at least 25 years. He references a series of memos that Watchtower has emitted: one, from 2012, makes the statement, “Not every individual who has sexually abused a child in the past is considered a ‘predator.'” Another recent one from 2014 shows a continued push to keep such inquiries within the organization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Clayton Jennings Sex Scandal Update: Jennings Ends Renewal Process With Mentor Tony Nolan

UNITED STATES
Gospel Herald

By AUBREY BARTOLOME Dec 21, 2016

Last month, evangelist and spoken-word poet Clayton Jennings was in the middle of a sex scandal that involved him and several women who accused him of seducing them into an intimate relationship before marriage. Due to the scandal, Clayton Jennings stepped away from his from his ministry even as his license was revoked by his home church.

Clayton Jennings also posted a video, entitled "Confessions" on his social media pages where he admitted to the wrongdoings during ministry. Also in the video is an announcement by Tony Nolan, who is a mentor to the celebrity evangelist. In the video, Nolan informed the viewers that Jennings has decided to submit himself to a repentance and renewal process under the guidance of Tony Nolan.

Just weeks later, the video was taken down from Clayton Jenning's pages, and Tony Nolan announced that Clayton is no longer undergoing the renewal process with him, but has instead opted to use the services of a secular team.

Last week on his Instagram page, Tony Nolan wrote,"To update previous communication, with [a] heavy heart, I inform you Clayton Jennings has chosen to end the repentance/renewal process with me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Evangelist Clayton Jennings Steps Away From Ministry After Multiple Sex Partners Come Forward

UNITED STATES
Christian Post

BY LEONARDO BLAIR , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
Dec 1, 2016

Clayton Jennings, a youth evangelist, author and actor who rose to fame in 2011 after his self-produced film "Strayland" became a hit, has stepped away from his ministry after several women came forward alleging he engaged in extra-marital sexual relations with them.

In a series of articles in the Polemics Report, blogger JD Hall highlighted the confessions of a number of women who claim Jennings, 28, wooed them into sexual sin while plying them at times with alcohol and pushing the use of the morning-after pill to limit the possibility of a career-ending pregnancy. The Christian News Network suggested at least six women have come forward so far.

"I told him I had never been in a serious relationship and so had never been with a guy physically that way before. He would then take my hands in an effort to 'teach me what to do.' I felt like a broken record telling him that I was a virgin and wanted to save myself for marriage," one woman alleged of her experience with Jennings before he was married.

"We didn't actually have sex, but I was pressured into being sexually intimate with him in other ways. I told him that it was my belief that sexual favors (of all forms) outside of marriage is a sin against God. He would stare at me with such a confused look on his face as he assured me 'No, it's not the same' and because of his authority as a 'minister,' I believed him and gave in."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Promiscuous Preacher Caught in Sex Scandal Aims for New Year Comeback Despite Elders’ Counsel

INDIANA
Christian News Network

By Heather Clark on December 30, 2016

A self-described evangelist, author and poet who had his ministerial credentials revoked last month after confessing to sexual indiscretions with multiple women, including at least one of his followers, has decided to reject the counsel of his now former elders and found a new church—announcing a comeback.

Clayton Jennings, who stepped down from ministry just last month but changed his mind weeks later, announced this week in a YouTube video that he has “so much planned for next year.” He also advised on Monday that his publisher will soon release his new book and that he has another “huge announcement” in the works.

“For all of you asking about my book, I had the publisher back up the release date to later this year to be launched with another HUGE announcement. Stay tuned! Can’t wait for you guys to read this,” Jennings wrote. “Until then, you can get my poetry cd here…”

Jennings also released a newly-produced new spoken word/poetic video on Tuesday outlining that he has battled depression for 10 years, and advising that he had lied in the past when asked if he was on medication. The video shows clips of Jennings re-enacting holding a bottle of pills, and attempting to drown himself in the bathtub or in the lake, reaching out for a hangman’s noose or cutting his wrist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Top 10 of 2016 | No. 1: Report alleged diocese covered up sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

The Tribune-Democrat is counting down the top stories of 2016, as determined by the newsroom staff who covered them. One story appeared each day in print and e-editions through the end of the year.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown allegedly covered up the sexual abuse of children for decades.

Victims were violated by at least 50 priests and other religious leaders, while the church, led by former Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec, reportedly took steps to protect the accused from facing justice, according to a grand jury report released by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in March.

The report, culled from “secret archives” and interviews, rocked the diocese and local Catholic community.

“As wolves disguised as the shepherds themselves – these men stole the innocence of children by sexually preying upon the most innocent and vulnerable members of our society and of the Catholic faith,” the document states.

However, due to Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations laws, many of the living accused priests might never face criminal charges or civil complaints. Victims in Pennsylvania who were under the age of 18 when abuse occurred can file civil charges until age 30. Criminal charges can be brought until age 30 for individuals born before Aug. 27, 2002. The age limit extends to 50 for alleged victims born after Aug. 27, 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Former B.C. Catholic teacher sues church, alleging sexual assault by priest four decades ago

CANADA
Toronto Star

By The Canadian Press
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016

VANCOUVER—A former elementary school teacher is suing a diocese of the Roman Catholic church, alleging she was sexually assaulted by a priest while working at a church-run school four decades ago in Kamloops, B.C.

The woman alleges in a notice of civil claim that she sought psychological and spiritual advice and counselling from Rev. Erlindo Molon soon after she began teaching at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

She alleges in the lawsuit filed in British Columbia Supreme Court that Molon, who was about 20 years her senior, exploited and sexually assaulted her several times over several months.

“The sexual assaults ... were without her consent, resulting from his abuse of the power and exploitation of the trust and psychological intimacy inherent to the relationship between an older priest and a young pious parishioner,” the statement of claim says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

December 30, 2016

Florida Supreme Court won’t hear 1980s priest sex abuse case from South Florida

FLORIDA
Daily Record

Friday, December 30

By The News Service of Florida

The state Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a case involving allegations about sexual abuse by priests in the 1980s in South Florida.

The plaintiff in the case, identified by the initials W.D., filed a lawsuit in Broward County against the Archdiocese of Miami and the St. Bernadette Home & School Association Inc., alleging he was sexually abused by three priests while he was a child.

A circuit judge dismissed the complaint, at least in part finding the lawsuit was barred by a statute of limitations.

A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the circuit judge’s ruling, prompting the plaintiff to go to the Supreme Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Pope Francis gets a C+ on reforming Vatican Curia

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Thomas Reese | Dec. 29, 2016 Faith and Justice

Pope Francis has talked a lot about reforming the Vatican Curia, but in reality, he should be given only a C+ for his achievements.

True, he has done some important things.

First, he has changed the very nature of the College of Cardinals by ignoring traditional cardinalatial sees and, for the most part, appointing as cardinals bishops who reflect his own views.

In the past, there were certain archdioceses that everyone presumed would be headed by a cardinal archbishop. Even if a pope's predecessor appointed the archbishop, the new pope was expected to promote the archbishop of a cardinalatial see to a red hat.

Pope Francis has ignored this tradition and passed over cardinalatial sees like Venice, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to appoint bishops in places that rarely if ever have had a cardinal, like Indianapolis. He chooses the man rather than the place.

This is the most revolutionary thing Francis has done in terms of church governance. He is doing everything possible to make sure that his legacy is continued by insuring his successor is someone who reflects his views. If he had simply promoted the holdovers of John Paul and Benedict, it would have been much harder to protect his legacy, granted that his papacy will probably not be a long one.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Minn. Diocese Says Insurers Must Cover Sexual Abuse Cases

By Kat Sieniuc
MINNESOTA
Law 360

Law360, New York (December 5, 2016, 4:40 PM EST) -- The Diocese of Duluth asked a Minnesota bankruptcy court on Friday to find Liberty Mutual Group and a slew of other insurers liable as it defends a number of sexual abuse claims against local clergy, saying such allegations are covered under its insurance policies.

The diocese, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last December, said the insurers have so far shirked their legal obligations to cover the cost of multiple underlying suits claiming the Minnesota district is liable for damages stemming from alleged negligence related to accusations of sexual abuse within the church.

The various multiyear insurance policies the diocese has with Liberty and the other insurers — Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., Church Mutual Insurance Co. and The Continental Insurance Co. — require the companies to pay out on "all sums that the diocese becomes legally obligated to pay as a result of bodily injury, as long as any part of the injury took place during the policy period," the plaintiff said.

The insurers are also liable, under the various policies, for all defense costs and expenses, including attorneys' fees, that have built up over the course of the investigation and litigation of the underlying suits, the diocese said in its complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

15th sex abuse case filed

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

A 15th survivor of child sexual abuse has come forward and filed a lawsuit claiming that a local clergyman sexually molested him when he was an altar boy, and that high-ranking officials within the Archdiocese of Agana did nothing to stop it.

According to court documents filed by attorney David Lujan, Edward Chan became the 15th complainant to file a civil suit under provisions of Public Law 33-187. The 45-year-old Washington resident alleged that the abuse took place while he was an altar boy in the 1980s and named former Guam priest Raymond Cepeda as his abuser.

Statements attributed to Chan in the suit allege that the abuse took place in 1987 when he was 15 years old. At the time, Cepeda was a priest at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.

Introductory allegations described in court documents state that Cepeda fondled and masturbated Chan at the Pastoral Center of the cathedral where Chan had gone for a scheduled counseling session with Cepeda following morning Mass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Child protection goes global from the ground up

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Courier

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Some parts of the world see swift attention paid to victims of sexual abuse and others still experience delays or a mishandling of allegations.

This imbalance, one Jesuit expert has said, reflects how years of papal pleas and Vatican mandates have not been received or implemented consistently everywhere.

Because the church's typical top-down approach in getting the message out may not be enough, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner is spearheading a complementary course: a global alliance built and grown from the ground up by individual priests, religious and laity along with Catholic universities, religious orders and bishops' conferences.

Father Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, told Catholic News Service in late December of the center's plan to launch the new alliance in the coming months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

December 29, 2016

Mother and baby homes inquiry has cost €3.73m to date

IRELAND
Irish Times

Sarah Bardon

The commission of investigation into the Mother and Baby homes has cost €3.73 million to date.

The commission, which was established in February 2015, is tasked with investigating allegations of abuse at 14 institutions and four county homes between 1922 and 1998.

Figures released to The Irish Times show the costs of the inquiry, which is chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy, were €1,485,676 in 2015 and will reach a further €2 million this year.

The majority of the monies has been spent on pay, with salary costs reaching €1.7 million over past two years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 PM

Sex abuse victims may get vote on archdiocese compensation plans

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan Dec 29, 2016

Sex abuse victims and other creditors of the bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will apparently get to vote on competing compensation plans.

A federal judge has approved summaries of two plans, and such approval is a prerequisite for a vote.

One plan comes from the archdiocese, which says the church provides the maximum financial compensation possible for abuse victims. That would be at least $155 million and potentially more than $160 million, according to the church.

But the committee representing abuse victims backs a different plan, contending the church and its insurers could come up with much more money.

"The survivors get a voice and a vote," said attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of abuse survivors. "It gives them a chance to have a voice and fight the plan that the archdiocese is trying to cram down on them."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 PM

Fired Grand Chancellor vows to fight "for justice"

ROME
Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • December 29, 2016

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is continuing with his investigation into the internal affairs of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, in spite of the Grand Master's reminder that he has no authority or jurisdiction to do so.

At a private meeting held Thursday in Munich, Albert von Boeselager, the deposed Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta, reportedly said, "I'm demoralized by what's happened, but I want to fight for justice."

Von Boeselager was removed from his position in a December 6 meeting with Cdl. Raymond Burke, patron of the order, who had discovered von Boeselager had been involved in distributing condoms through Malteser International, the group's charitable arm. The investigation had been spearheaded by Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute, who presented his findings to Burke in early November.

Von Boeselager has since loudly complained that the termination violated the Knights' constitution, and Pope Francis established a commission December 22 to look into the matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 PM

Former teacher sues ex-priest over alleged sexual assaults

CANADA
AM 730

Estefania Duran
December 28, 2016

A former teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Kamloops during the 70s, alleges a Reverend sexually assaulted her.

She’s filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court against the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Kamloops and the retired priest.

She claims Father Erlindo Molon exploited her and repeatedly performed sexual acts – including intercourse – over a period of approximately eight months.

According to the document, Molon was about 20-years her senior.

The claim says the complainant disclosed the incidents to the Bishop of the Diocese at the time – who allegedly failed to take responsible steps to stop future incidents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

Former OLPH teacher alleges she was sexually assaulted by priest

CANADA
Kamloops This Week

By Tim Petruk - December 29, 2016

A former elementary schoolteacher is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops and a retired priest, alleging sexual abuse at his hands while she taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help four decades ago.

The woman has filed an eight-page notice of claim in B.C. Supreme Court, claiming sexual abuse at the hands of Father Lindo Molon and an apparent coverup by then-Bishop Adam Exner.

In the document, the woman claims to have been vulnerable when she began teaching at the North Shore school in 1976.

Her claim describes Molon as her superior at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Argentine abuse case: Pope Francis ‘lives outside of reality’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Freethinker

The Pope and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are keeping schtum about the arrest in Argentina of a priest arrested on suspicion of child rape.

The Independent reports that Pope Francis had been told as early as 2014 that the Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, had been reassigned to a school in Argentina despite earlier accusations of abuse in Italy.

Corradi was arrested in late November alongside four other men following allegations of abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province.

He was named in a scandal that hit the institute’s Verona school in Italy in 2009, when 67 students alleged they had been abused. The Verona diocese apologised to students there and the Vatican sanctioned four priests, though not Corradi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

FBI: Baldwin City priest remains under investigation after allegations of visiting websites ‘depicting minors’

KANSAS
Lawrence Journal-World

By Conrad Swanson
December 29, 2016

More than three months after a Catholic priest in Baldwin City was suspended due to allegations of inappropriate conduct, investigators are still looking into the matter.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Thursday morning that the investigation into the activities of the priest, Chris Rossman, is ongoing. Because the case is still active, Patton said she could not release additional information.

Rossman, 44, was suspended from his position at both Annunciation Church in Baldwin City and the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lapeer in September after the Archdiocese of Kansas City received a report that he had visited "inappropriate websites" that were "depicting minors."

The Archdiocese did not say where the report came from, nor did it elaborate on the nature of the websites.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Questions Surround Jehovah's Witness HQ and Allegations of Sex Abuse

NEW YORK
WNYC

[with audio]

Dec 29, 2016

A years-long investigation into allegations of child sex abuse in the Jehovah's Witness organization has also uncovered a culture of secrecy at its Watchtower headquarters in Brooklyn.

Last summer, Donald Trump's son-in-law, developer Jared Kushner, bought the property. The Jehovah's Witnesses, meanwhile, have been building a massive compound upstate in Warwick, New York, where they plan to relocate.

Trey Bundy, a reporter for Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, has been investigating the Watchtower for two years. Watchtower leaders refused to talk to him, but he was able to talk to a former insider about it.

"It's the nerve-center of a multi-billion dollar corporation that has interests in publishing, in real-estate....it's the head of a religion with eight million members, but it's this very secretive place," he said.

Bundy says the Jehovah's Witnesses also have a database that potentially contains the names of thousands of child sex abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Uno de los curas de Mendoza también fue denunciado por abusar de un menor en La Plata

ARGENTINA
Infobae

[One of Mendoza's priests was also reported for abusing a child in La Plata.]

Se trata del italiano Nicola Corradi, quien se desempeñó en el propio colegio Provolo de la ciudad bonaerense entre las décadas del 80 y 90. El denunciante, de 42 años, aseguró que las vejaciones sexuales se habían convertido en algo cotidiano en la entidad
29 de diciembre de 2016

Nicola Corradi, el sacerdote italiano de 82 años que recibió decenas de acusaciones por abuso sexual infantil en el Instituto Provolo para niños sordos en la provincia de Mendoza, sumó una nueva denuncia. Esta vez se trata de un supuesto delito cometido por el cura durante su paso por la ciudad de La Plata.

Un ex alumno del propio Instituto de la capital de la provincia de Buenos Aires presentó una denuncia en la fiscalía especializada en Trata de Personas y Pedofilia de la ciudad contra el llamado "padre Nicolás", quien se desempeñó en la entidad platense durante las década del 80 y del 90.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

MESSAGE TO POPE FRANCIS FROM ALL BLACK CATHOLIC CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS IN AMERICA

UNITED STATES
Office of the Supreme Grand Bishop

I am the OLD but NEW voice for the thousands of silent Blacks nationwide in America, victims of Catholic priests pedophiles. No longer shall We former Black Catholics remain silent from our pains as victims and witnesses. #ALL BLACKS SEXUALLY ABUSED CATHOLIC CHILDREN & ADULTS LIVES MATTER

The Catholic Church has paid out billions, apologized to yourselves, raped, molested, and sexually abused your very own white children, brothers to neighbors children, white women, then turned to finish off Blacks and Hispanics, like savages.

The U.S. government will never pay that forty acres and mule to Blacks as promised. But, the Catholic Church shall compensate and pay ALL Blacks victims and witnesses like me.

We stand against the Catholic Churches of the World. We demand payment for being made Black Children sex slaves, forced on our hands, knees, and backs, crying in pain. My Black mother, the St. Joseph Catholic School teacher was the first victim, because I was a child molested behind her back in the church and school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM

Where Should Sex Offenders Go?

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Press

By: Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
Published: December 28th, 2016

“Does a guy who committed a sex offense have no place to live for the rest of his life? What should he do now?”

This question, taken from an e-mail I recently received, was just one of the many challenges community leaders are grappling with nowadays as awareness about child safety is (thankfully) growing. Here are some others:

* Should registered offenders be permitted to enter synagogues? And if so, under what conditions?

* What about people who pled guilty to child abuse charges, but were not given the status of sex offenders as part of their plea deal?

* Is it ethical for people to “chase” offenders away from their neighborhood by making things very uncomfortable for them? Isn’t this just passing the problem along, often to unsuspecting communities?

These issues need to be addressed and we would be well served by having respectful discussions of these highly charged topics in our public squares.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Christian priest in Chennai gets 14-year RI for child abuse

INDIA
Siasat Daily

TIRUNELVELI: Tirunelveli court sentenced a Christian priest to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment for sexually abusing minor girl children at a home on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old accused clergyman, Fr Stephen Joseph of Nazareth in Thoothukudi district was running a home for the poor and deserted children at Mookkuperi village.

He was charged of sexually abusing the girls at the home. In 2012 the Thoothukudi district administration has closed the home and arrested the priest.

The case came up before second additional district court, Tirunelveli, for judgment after the completion of the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

A look back at Bishop Lennon's legacy

OHIO
WKYC

Andrew Horansky, WKYC December 28, 2016

CLEVELAND - When Bishop Richard Lennon first came to Cleveland 10 years ago, he seemed to be leaving one mess behind and inheriting another.

For three years he had served as the Apostolic Administrator to the Archdiocese of Boston. Cardinal Bernard Law had just resigned there at the height of the church’s sexual abuse crisis.

In Cleveland, Lennon found himself facing even more pushback from the community, after being forced to make tough decisions when it came to closing down dozens of parishes.

To the media, he often seemed distant and granted interviews only rarely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

15th clergy sex abuse suit filed against archdiocese

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Dana M Williams , Pacific Daily News December 29, 2016

A 15th accuser filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana on Thursday, saying he was sexually abused by a former priest in 1987.

Washington state resident Edward Roberto Chan, 45, is suing former priest Raymond Cepeda and the archdiocese. According to the lawsuit, Chan became an altar boy in 1983, at the age of 12. When he was 15, he was scheduled to be counseled by Cepeda, who was the priest at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. After morning Mass, Chan stayed to help Cepeda clean the church before heading to the pastoral center for counseling. While at the pastoral center, "Edward was sexually molested and abused by Cepeda," the lawsuit states.

In 2010, the archdiocese reported that Cepeda had been removed as a priest after it investigated "serious allegations" of sexual abuse allegedly committed by him, according to Pacific Daily News files. At the time, the archdiocese said he had also been reported to civil authorities.

The lawsuit contends the archdiocese "knew that Cepeda had sexually abused and molested Edward and other minor children for years, and rather than reporting the matter to law enforcement and without intervening so as to prevent Cepeda from engaging in additional instances of sexual abuse ... for years they assisted Cepeda with the specific purpose or design to keep Cepeda's misconduct hidden and secret."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

15th lawsuit filed against church naming former priest with history of sexual abuse

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Raymond Cepeda was stripped of his title and laicized in 2009 after he was accused of sexual abuse.

Guam - A 15th lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and names a former clergy member who’s been accused of sexual abuse before in the suit as well.

The lawsuit was filed by Edward Roberto Chan who’s now 45 years old against the archdiocese and former priest Raymond Cepeda.

Chan alleges that Cepeda molested him in 1987 when he was just 15 years old. Chan says that it happened at the Cathedral Basilica’s pastoral center where Cepeda was supposed to counsel Chan.

In his lawsuit, Chan says the archdiocese is liable as well because they knew that Cepeda was a sexual predator who molested several other altar boys but did nothing about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Ex-youth pastor accused of sex crimes remains jailed

GEORGIA
The Eagle

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A former youth pastor at a metro Atlanta church remains jailed without bond on child molestation, statutory rape and sexual battery charges.

Gwinnett County police said Nicholas "Nick" Kelley, 34, who worked at New Bridge Church in Lawrenceville, had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Police say Kelley began fostering a relationship with the child as a counselor in December 2015, and that led to sexual contact taking place at the church and in local parks.

Investigators say that after the girl's parents found out, Kelley on Tuesday told the pastoral staff at New Bridge Church about the relationship, and the staff contacted police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

15th person accuses clergy of sexual abuse

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Dec 29, 2016

By Krystal Paco

Just days before the new year and yet another lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana for allegations of child sex abuse. Now residing in Vancouver, Washington, 45-year-old Edward Roberto Chan was like the others. As a child, he served as an altar boy. His parish was San Vicente Ferrer-San Roke church in Barrigada.

And like the others, he was a victim of child sex abuse in the church. His alleged abuser was former priest Raymond Cepeda.

According to court documents, Cepeda was removed as a priest in 2009 or 2010. Prior to his removal, he was a priest at the Dolce Nombre De Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. According to court documents, Chan was about 15 when he was sexually molested by Cepeda. Chan had attended mass at the Agana Cathedral, which was to be followed by counseling from Cepeda.

Instead of counseling, Chan alleges he was fondled and masturbated in the pastoral center.

He marks the 15th victim to sue the Archdiocese of Agana. He joins Robert Aguon Perez, Norman Aguon, Leo Tudela, Bruce Diaz, Vicente Perez, Vicente San Nicolas, Anthony Vegafria, Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla, Sonny Quinata, Paul Joseph Borja, James Bascon, and Ramon Afaisen De Plata. As the number of victims grows, so does the number of alleged abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

December 28, 2016

Pastor suspected of abusing girl; police believe there may be more victims

CALIFORNIA
The Record

By Jason Anderson
Record Staff Writer

STOCKTON - Stockton police have arrested the pastor of a local church on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young girl, and investigators believe there are additional victims.

Oscar Rodriguez-Gutierrez, 51, was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age, authorities said. He is being held at San Joaquin County Jail with bail set at $3.85 million.

Detectives suspect Rodriguez of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. The Stockton Police Department identified Rodriguez as the pastor of a local church, but at this time investigators are not revealing the name of the church he is affiliated with, said Community Service Officer Rosie Calderon, a spokeswoman for the Stockton Police Department.

The investigation into the alleged sexual abuse is ongoing, police said. Detectives believe there are more victims. They are encouraging anyone with information regarding the investigation to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, Detective Pilar Battaglini at (209) 937-8165 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

New Orleans East pastor's retrial on molestation charge set for March

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

By Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A New Orleans East pastor accused of molesting a young male member of his congregation is set to be tried for a second time in March.

Court records show Kevin Boyd Sr., the 47-year-old "presiding bishop" of The Church At New Orleans, is to stand trial again March 27 on a charge of recurring molestation of a juvenile. The scheduled retrial would come 16 months after a six-person jury deadlocked on the same case after a weeklong trial concluded Nov. 17, 2015.

Verdicts from a six-person jury -- used when the charges under consideration don't necessarily mandate hard labor -- must be unanimous under state law. The panel in Boyd's first trial declared itself hopelessly hung after about four hours of deliberations. Boyd, described in his first trial as a "monster" by state prosecutors, has remained free on a $300,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Religious orders owe state €15m in properties

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Seán McCárthaigh
December 19 2016
The Times

Religious orders have yet to transfer properties worth about €15 million to the state under an agreement reached 14 years ago as part of the child abuse redress scheme.

The state is still waiting to take possession of 11 sites out of a total of 64 properties identified under the 2002 agreement, according to new figures from the Department of Education.

The updated data show that 50 properties, worth €48.4 million, have been transferred. It equates to just over 76 per cent of the total monetary value of properties due to be given to the state as redress for the victims of child abuse in former industrial schools run by religious orders.

Seán Ó Foghlú, the department’s secretary-general, said six sites had been transferred since September last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

CELIA VIGGO WEXLER FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN CONFRONT THEIR CHURCH

WASHINGTON (DC)
Kramerbooks and Afterwords

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Tuesday, January 10th 6:30pm

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Catholic Women Confront Their Church tells the stories of nine exceptional women who have chosen to remain Catholic despite their deep disagreements with the institutional church.

From Barbara Blaine, founder of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), to Sister Simone Campbell, whose Nuns on the Bus tour for social justice generated national attention, the book highlights women whose stories illustrate not only problems in the church but also the promise of reform. The women profiled span a diverse range of ages, ethnicities, and experiences single and married, lesbian and straight, mothers and sisters. The women profiled share one trait that faith is bigger than the institutional church. The book's Introduction provides readers with an essential overview of the history of women in the church, and the Conclusion looks at the potential for future change. Ideal for anyone who has struggled with the Catholic church's relationship with women, this moving book offers hope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. John B. Berning

OHIO
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: John B. Berning was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1934. He assisted at parishes in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Middletown and Dayton, then led parishes in Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg, Lebanon and Waynesville. He retired in 1970 and relocated to St. Petersburg FL.

In 2003 a man filed suit, claiming Berning sexually abused him as a boy from 1957 to 1965, while the priest was pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Sedamsville. Five more men subsquently sued, claiming abuse by Berning at two different parishes in the 1950s and 1960s. Berning admitted to archdiocesan officials that he had abused children during his priesthood. He died in FL at age 97 on November 19, 2004.

Born: July 26, 1907
Ordained: 1934
Retired: 1970
Died: November 19, 2004

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Archbishop Hebda on gratitude, bankruptcy and restoring trust

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

[with audio]

Tom Weber, Jo Erickson Dec 28, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis hopes to emerge from bankruptcy in 2017 while continuing to rebuild trust with Catholics dismayed by the priest sex abuse scandal.

In an interview with MPR News host Tom Weber, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said the work to gain trust will never truly end. However, he was pleased with recent statements from the judge in the case and the Ramsey County Attorney's office that the archdiocese is making progress.

Last weekend, Hebda delivered his first Christmas Mass since becoming the archbishop for the Twin Cities.

He spent a year as a temporary administrator, which many, including Hebda, assumed would last a short time. Then Pope Francis surprised everyone by assigning Hebda to the Twin Cities Archdiocese permanently.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Georgia teen suffers breakdown over fears her parents would discover youth pastor’s rape

GEORGIA
Raw Story

TRAVIS GETTYS
28 DEC 2016

A Georgia teenager was so fearful her parents would learn she was being raped by her youth pastor that she suffered a nervous breakdown.

The 14-year-old girl met Nicholas Kelley through New Bridges Church, in Lawrenceville, when the 34-year-old began counseling her in December 2015, reported WXIA-TV.

The relationship turned sexual over the summer, police said, and the girl snuck out of her home Monday to be with Kelley but was hospitalized due to her anxiety about her parents.

Her parents learned Tuesday that the youth pastor had raped their teenage daughter, and they called church leaders.

Kelley then admitted to the pastoral staff that he had engaged in sexual activity with the girl at church and in local parks, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

New Bridges Church youth pastor arrested, charged for relationship with 14-year-old

GEORGIA
Gwinnett Daily Post

By Cailin O’Brien
cailin.obrien@gwinnettdailypost.com

Gwinnett County police arrested a youth pastor at a Lawrenceville church Tuesday on charges that he carried on an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Police said Nicholas Kelley, 34, began his relationship with the girl when he counseled her at New Bridge Church in December of last year. The relationship “turned sexually inappropriate” this past summer, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington.

“The sexual contact took place at the church and at various parks in Gwinnett County,” Washington said.

New Bridge Church said in a statement the inappropriate behavior “occurred outside of scheduled church meeting and events, which allowed the accused to circumvent safety procedures established as church policy” to protect students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Ex-youth pastor accused of sex crimes involving girl, 14

GEORGIA
San Antonio Express-News

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A former youth pastor at a suburban Atlanta church is jailed on child molestation, statutory rape and sexual battery charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Nicholas "Nick" Kelley, 34, who worked at New Bridge Church in Lawrenceville, had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, Gwinnett County police said.

Kelley began fostering a relationship with the child as a counselor in December 2015, and that led to sexual contact taking place at the church and in local parks, police said in a statement.

After the girl's parents found out what was happening, Kelley on Tuesday told the pastoral staff at New Bridge Church about the relationship, and the staff contacted police, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Youth pastor admits to 'inappropriate physical interactions' with 14-year-old girl

GEORGIA
11 Alive

Jessica Noll, WXIA December 28, 2016

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Church youth pastor, Nicholas Kelley was arrested this week for sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl—admitting to church elders, he did have “inappropriate physical interactions” with her.

Kelley, 34, who was, until Dec. 27, a youth pastor at New Bridges Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., began a relationship with the teenager when he was her counselor in December 2015.

Police said this summer, that relationship turned sexual, and took place at the church and in parks in throughout Gwinnett County.

The relationship came to light when the teenaged victim snuck out of her house to be with Kelley on Dec. 26, and had a nervous breakdown, because she was fearful, police say, that her parents would find out about the relationship.

She was taken to the hospital for her breakdown and that’s when, police said, her parents uncovered the relationship that she was having with Kelley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Se investiga una nueva denuncia por abuso sexual contra el sacerdote Rosa Torino

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

[A young man who studied at the institute operated by priest Agustin Rosa yesterday formalized a complaint of sexual abuse against the priest. Rosa has already been charged with abusing other young people.]

Un joven que cursó estudios en el Instituto formado por el religioso, formalizó ayer su denuncia por abuso sexual. A partir de esto, la fiscalía podría ampliar la imputación, mientras espera la resolución del pedido de prisión preventiva.

La fiscal penal 2 de la Unidad de Delitos contra la Integridad Sexual, María Luján Sodero Calvet, informó que el día lunes se presentó ante la Oficina de Orientación y Denuncias un joven y radicó una denuncia por supuestos abusos sexuales en su contra al sacerdote Agustín Rosa Torino y a otro religioso que en ese momento vivía en el Sur del país.

La denuncia fue ratificada ayer ante la Fiscalía y en su exposición, el joven brindó detalles de hechos sucedidos en el sur del país y de lo sucedido en Salta, que involucra al imputado Rosa. Según señaló la fiscal, ya se tomaron algunos testimonios aportados por el denunciante y para mañana está previsto que preste declaración como testigo de esta causa, la ex religiosa Sarza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Una nueva denuncia recae sobre el padre Agustín Rosa

ARGENTINA
Informate Salta

[A new complaint falls on Father Agustín Rosa.]

El abogado defensor Raymundo Sosa confirmó que uno de los testigos expresó a la fiscalía su deseo de hacer una tercera denuncia. “Son todas personas que estuvieron en el convento, es la única relación,” dijo.

Si bien Raymundo Sosa, abogado defensor del padre Agustín Rosa, aclaró que la situación de su defendido sigue siendo la misma que la semana pasada, en las últimas horas se conoció una nueva denuncia en el caso.

“Recibí un llamado telefónico de fiscalía a donde me dicen que uno de los testigos quiere hacer una denuncia, pero no sería directa contra el padre sino contra otra persona que ya se nombraba y que no está en el país,” indicó el letrado a Canal 4- Cableexpress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Holy Father Pope Francis grants Bishop Richard Lennon retirement status

OHIO
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

December 28, 2016

Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas from Toledo appointed as Apostolic Administrator

Click HERE to watch press conference live at 10am on Dec. 28, 2016.

Holy Father, Pope Francis, has granted Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon early retirement status, accepting his resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese. Bishop Lennon made the request for early retirement in a letter to Pope Francis in late November citing his ongoing health challenges as the reason for his decision to retire. The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the United States is 75.

Pope Francis also appointed the Most Reverend Daniel Edward Thomas as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, effective immediately. Bishop Thomas currently serves as the bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. As Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Thomas was chosen to administer the affairs of the Diocese of Cleveland until such time that the Holy Father makes a permanent appointment. While overseeing the governance of the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Thomas will continue serving in his role as bishop of Toledo.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Lennon to the leadership position over nearly 700,000 Catholics in eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland on April 4, 2006. Bishop Lennon became the 10th Bishop of the diocese at a Mass of Installation at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on May 15, 2006.

Bishop Lennon attended Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts where he received Master of Arts degrees in church history and sacramental theology.

Bishop Lennon was ordained to the priesthood in May, 1973 and served in the Archdiocese of Boston as a parish priest, fire department chaplain, assistant for canonical affairs, and rector of St. John’s Seminary.

Ordained as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston on September 14, 2001, Bishop Lennon was called upon to serve there as Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese from December of 2002 to July of 2003.

During his tenure as Bishop of Cleveland, Bishop Lennon established a vision for the Church in the diocese focusing on evangelization with an emphasis on the Gospel. Upon taking office, Bishop Lennon immediately set out to visit all of the parishes and schools in the Diocese. In 2009, he acted on years of planning work developed prior to his arrival in Cleveland and directed a diocesan reconfiguration effort aimed at strengthening the diocese for the future by ensuring diocesan resources would be shared equitably throughout the diocese.

Other accomplishments by Bishop Lennon to improve the diocese included a major capital campaign, the institution of parish and school internal audits, and the establishment of norms on models for Catholic schools and catechetical models for children.

Bishop Thomas was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Toledo by Pope Francis on August 26, 2014. Prior to his appointment in Toledo, Bishop Thomas was an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), where he assisted the Archbishop in overseeing various curial offices as well as serving as a regional bishop, from 2006 to until his appointment in Toledo.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by John Cardinal Krol on May 18, 1985, Father Thomas served the diocese as parish parochial vicar and as pastor. Father Thomas was ordained to the episcopacy for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on July 26, 2006.

Bishop Thomas was assigned to assist the Archbishop with administrative and diocesan responsibilities including oversight of the Media Affairs Department comprised of the Office for Communications and CatholicPhilly.com; the Office for Clergy including the Department of Permanent Deacons; and the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood.

Bishop Thomas earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Dogmatic Theology, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon granted early retirement by Pope Francis

OHIO
newsnet5

CLEVELAND - Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Diocese has been granted early retirement by Pope Francis.

Lennon made the request for early retirement in a letter to Pope Francis in late November citing ongoing health conditions as the reason for his decision to retire, according to a news release posted on the Diocese's website.

It is unclear what health challenges fueled Lennon's retirement.

The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the United States is 75.

Lennon is 69.

Lennon was appointed to the leadership position over nearly 700,000 Catholics in eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland in 2006. He became the 10th Bishop of the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM

Pope names Bishop Thomas as administrator of Cleveland Diocese

OHIO
Toledo Blade

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be serving the Diocese of Cleveland in a bishop's role in addition to his being Toledo's pastoral leader.

In a Wednesday morning announcement, the Diocese of Toledo stated that Bishop Thomas was appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland after Bishop Richard G. Lennon resigned for health reasons.

Bishop Thomas will have duties in Toledo and the neighboring Diocese of Cleveland, seeing that the diocese continues its religious and administrative operations, until the Pope appoints a new permanent bishop.

When Toledo's Bishop Leonard Blair was named archbishop of Hartford, Conn., by Pope Francis in December 2013, the Rev. Charles Ritter served as diocesan administrator in Toledo until Pope Francis appointed Bishop Thomas, then a Philadelphia auxiliary bishop, who was installed Oct. 22, 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

WATCH LIVE | Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon resigns, diagnosed with vascular dementia

OHIO
WKYC

CLEVELAND -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon, granting him early retirement status.

"My health has declined to such an extent that I should resign," Bishop Lennon said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

He also announced he was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia.

"In your kindness, I pray that you pray for me," he said in his outgoing comments.

The Boston native has been the head of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for more than 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon: Pope Francis accepts embattled clergyman's resignation

VATICAN CITY/OHIO
CBS News

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cleveland’s bishop, who, in 2012, was overruled by the Vatican in his bid to close parishes.

The Vatican’s announcement Wednesday about Bishop Richard Lennon’s resignation didn’t indicate when a successor would be named.

CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO reports the Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas of Toledo will take over Lennon’s duties in the meantime.

Lennon, 69, is six years younger than the age when bishops must offer to resign. He underwent a heart procedure earlier this year.

The Vatican’s rebuff of his plans to shut 12 parishes was a rare instance when Rome reversed a U.S. bishop on such closures. Parishioners had challenged closures, holding sit-ins and even creating a breakaway congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Rinuncia del Vescovo di Cleveland (U.S.A.)

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
Bollettino

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di Cleveland (U.S.A.), presentata da S.E. Mons. Richard Gerard Lennon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Cleveland bishop resigns

OHIO
Catholic Culture

December 28, 2016

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Lennon from the governance of the Diocese of Cleveland, the Holy See Press Office announced on December 28.

No reason was given for the resignation, which took place six years before the episcopal retirement age of 75. In February, the prelate underwent emergency cardiac surgery.

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1973, Bishop Lennon was named a Boston auxiliary bishop in 2001. In the wake of the clerical abuse scandal and the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, Bishop Lennon served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston from December 2002 to July 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

March deadline for Tuam Home submissions

IRELAND
Galway Independent

Tuam Mother and Baby Home residents and former employees have until 1 March 2017 to meet the confidential committee investigating the home and others across the country.

The Tuam Mother and Baby Home was open for 36 years, from 1925 to 1961. The Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation would like to hear from anyone who was resident in or who worked in the Tuam Home or any of the other 13 Mother and Baby Homes or four County Homes which are the subject of the investigation.

“We would also like to hear from people who have personal knowledge about the homes, for example, family members of residents, regular visitors or those who supplied services to the homes,” said a Commission spokesperons.

The confidential committee have been meeting former residents in person along with employees and others with relevant information to hear first-hand their experiences of the homes. All meetings are held in private and a Commission spokesperson said that “people who are interviewed are guaranteed confidentiality.” The Commission also welcomes written submissions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Pope Francis 'told about alleged child rapist' two years before his arrest

VATICAN CITY
Independent (UK)

Prosecutors expect more people to come forward with allegations of abuse

Jon Sharman

Pope Francis was told as early as 2014 that a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Italy had been reassigned to a school in Argentina, where he has since been arrested on suspicion of child rape.

The Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, was arrested in late November alongside four other men following allegations of abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province.

He was named in the scandal that hit the institute's Verona school in 2009, when 67 students alleged they had been abused. The Verona diocese apologised to students there and the Vatican sanctioned four priests, though not Rev Corradi. In 2014 the students sent the Pope a letter - acknowledged only this year - again naming him as an abuser, living in Argentina.

When Rev Corradi was arrested police reportedly found $34,000 along with magazines featuring naked women in his room.

Two dozen students have said they were attacked by Rev Corradi, the Rev Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

La Iglesia admitió los abusos sexuales del cura Buela contra seminaristas en Mendoza

ARGENTINA
Infobae

Por primera vez desde que estalló el escándalo, la Iglesia admitió que las denuncias de abuso sexual y la imputabilidad contra el cura Carlos Miguel Buela son veraces. Se trata del fundador y líder del Instituto religioso del Verbo Encarnado (IVE), quien está acusado de violar a varios seminaristas de la congregación. En el caso, además, está involucrado también el presbítero Fernando Yañez. Ambos ya están alejados de esa orden.

Ante la presión social por la difusión del caso, el Vaticano se manifestó a través de un comunicado leído por el arzobispo de San Rafael, Eduardo María Taussig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Institute of the Incarnate Word founder guilty of sexual misconduct

ARGENTINA
Crux

Catholic News Agency December 27, 2016

SAN RAFAEL, Argentina -- Father Carlos Miguel Buela, founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, has been found guilty by the Vatican of sexual improprieties with adults, the community’s home diocese announced on Monday.

The accusations against Buela “regarded actions in sexual matters which harmed religious and seminarians of the Institute,” a spokesman of the Diocese of San Rafael announced on December 12.

“The competent Congregation of the Holy See, having ensured the exercise of the legitimate right of defense of the accused, determined, in conformity with the canonical procedures in force, the veracity of the accusations and the imputability of Father Buela of improper behavior with adults,” he stated.

The diocese made clear, however, that there are no “cases of the abuse of minors attributable to him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

December 27, 2016

Hartford Archdiocese plans to reorganize parishes, close churches as number of Roman Catholics in state drops

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Ed Stannard, New Haven Register
POSTED: 12/27/16

A number of churches will be closed as the Archdiocese of Hartford solidifies plans to reorganize its 212 parishes, but church officials believe those remaining will be full of vibrant, energized Roman Catholics, focused on the church’s mission of spreading the gospel.

Final plans won’t be announced until spring but, according to a recently issued report, the archdiocese’s initial target is 114 parishes or “pastorates.” Some will have more than one church open for worship; in others, parishes will use a single campus. In each, there will be a pastor who may be assisted by associate priests or deacons, according to the report, “Stewards for Tomorrow,” which has been mailed to 186,000 households in the archdiocese. It can be found at www.stewardsfortomorrow.org.

“In most cases, that decision will be made at a local level,” said the Rev. James Shanley, vicar for pastoral planning for the archdiocese, which encompasses New Haven, Litchfield and Hartford counties. “In some instances the archdiocese might strongly recommend that a church be closed.”

The consolidation is necessary because there are fewer priests and fewer Catholics attending Mass than there were 50 years ago, when immigrants and other Catholics filled churches, Shanley said. “We probably have the right number of priests for the people that are going to Mass at the moment,” Shanley said, but many are nearing retirement age.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Elderly Man Sentenced to Probation for Child Sex Crimes in Taylor Count

TEXAS
KTAB

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An elderly Ranger man was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to multiple child sex crimes that happened at a church in Taylor County.

James "Jimmie" Lee Wright, 83, pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecency with a Child on December 20, 2016, and was sentenced to 10 years of probation along with 240 hours of community service, according to online records from the Taylor County Jail.

Wright was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Court documents say the father of a 10-year-old girl went to pick her up from a church on the 100 block of Graham Street in January of 2014, and when he arrived and attempted to enter the recreation room, he discovered something was blocking the door.

When he finally got the door open, the father observed his daughter sitting on Wright's lap, according to the documents, which say the daughter told her father Wright was touching her inappropriately during play time while "telling her crazy things".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Texas man gets off with $1,500 fine for repeatedly molesting 10-year-old girl in church

TEXAS
Raw Story

DAVID EDWARDS
27 DEC 2016

A Texas man will not do jail time after he was convicted of sex crimes against a 10-year-old girl at a church in Taylor county, KTAB reported.

According to court documents, the girl’s father caught 83-year-old James “Jimmie” Lee Wright molesting his daughter in January 2014.

The father said that he went to pick up the girl at the church and discovered that the door to the recreation room had been blocked. When the man eventually reached his daughter, he said she was sitting on Wright’s lap.

The girl accused Wright of touching her inappropriately and “telling her crazy things.” She said that it was not the first time Wright had molested her at church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Sex Abuse Scandal: Victims Of Pedophile Priests Claim Pope Francis Was Made Aware Since 2014

ARGENTINA
Latin Times

By Tatayana Yomary | Dec 27 2016

Sexual abuse in Catholicism has been a sticky topic over the years with many priests being subjected to rumors and some proven to be guilty of crossing the line with children. While the Vatican has been made of aware of the recent allegations, more troubling news is coming to surface with many people demanding answers.

According to FOX News Latino, alleged victims of Rev. Nicola Corradi said they wrote a letter to the pontiff in 2014 warning him that the purported pedophile had been reassigned to the South American country.

The site reports that the victims' families contend that the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when he was publicly accused of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, Italy, where he then worked.

We recently reported that Argentine police arrested 82-year old Nicola Corradi, priest Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the Antonio Próvolo Institute, a school for youths with hearing disabilities in the northwest of the country for sexually abusing the children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Barry Meehan, priest facing trial for sexual assault, dies

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

By Karen Lee Ziner
Journal Staff Writer

WEST WARWICK -- Barry M. Meehan, a former Roman Catholic priest who was facing trial for sexual assault, died suddenly on December 8, according to an obituary printed Tuesday in the Providence Journal.

The Vatican laicized Meehan last year as his case moved forward in Superior Court. A pre-trial conference was set for Jan. 4, according to court records.

Meehan, 67, had lived in West Warwick. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence had no comment, according to spokesperson Carolyn E. Cronin.

Meehan resigned as pastor of St. Timothy's Parish in Warwick in 2014, when the Diocese announced a finding of "credible allegation of sexual misconduct" with minors that dated back at least 25 years. He denied "any improper activity," according to a statement from Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin at the time.

Meehan was placed on administrative leave, removed from his priestly duties, and his behavior reported to the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Former priest accused of sexual assault dies

RHODE ISLAND
NBC 10

A former priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence who was accused of sexual assault has died.

According to an online obituary posted Tuesday by the Providence Journal, 67-year-old Rev. Barry Meehan of West Warwick passed away “suddenly” Dec. 8.

The newspaper reports that Meehan was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Jan. 4.

In 2015, Meehan pleaded not guilty in Superior Court to five counts of first-degree sexual assault. Meehan was later released on bail, as well as ordered to surrender his passport and to stay away from the alleged victims.

An indictment noted that Meehan was accused of sexually assaulting a boy over 14 years old between April 1986 and January 1991 while assigned to St. Mary Parish in Cranston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Padre envia foto de sexo a meninas no Facebook

PORTUGAL
Jornal de Noticias

[A priest admitted having sent photos of his penis to girls aged 10 and 13 via Facebook, but he did not know how old they were. He made this argument when he appealed his sentence of 20 months il jail. The appeal was denied and the sentence was upheld. The priest was dismissed by the church, which suspended him shortly after his conviction in Bragança. The defendant held the position of educator, being responsible for accompanying adolescents and young candidates in the seminary.]

Um padre admitiu ter enviado, através do Facebook, fotos do próprio pénis a meninas, com 10 e 13 anos, garantindo, porém, desconhecer a idade delas.

Mas o argumento que invocou junto do Tribunal da Relação de Guimarães (TRG), onde recorreu após ter sido condenado pelo Tribunal de Bragança a 20 meses de cadeia, não colheu e o padre de Vila Real viu a sentença confirmada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Padre envia fotos de pénis a menores

PORTUGAL
CM Journal

[Priest Pedro Ribeiro, 31, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for sexual abuse of children. He send penis photos to minors.]

Pedro Luís Vilela Ribeiro, padre no Seminário Diocesano de Vila Real, foi condenado a 20 meses de pena suspensa por enviar fotos do pénis a duas menores, de 10 e 13 anos, através do Facebook. Manteve ainda várias conversas de cariz sexual com as duas vítimas, durante 2013, sugerindo que praticassem sexo oral. O sacerdote foi condenado por dois crimes de abuso sexual de crianças em fevereiro deste ano, pena que o Tribunal da Relação de Guimarães confirmou no dia 5 deste mês.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

La jueza Zunino dispuso que el cura Rosa sea alojado en la cárcel

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

Rubén Arenas

[A judge in Argentina has ordered priest Agustin Rosa to be housed in a jail. The priest, who is accused of sexual abuse, had petitioned for house arrest. He was ordered by the judge to go to the hospital at the penitentiary of Villa las Rosas to recover from his ailments.]

La jueza de Garantías Ada Zunino denegó ayer el pedido de detención domiciliaria del cura Agustín Rosa Torino y ordenó que sea trasladado al hospital del penal de Villa las Rosas para que realice allí el tratamiento de recuperación por las dolencias que lo afectan.

Con esta medida, la magistrada confirmó lo que se vino sosteniendo desde un comienzo cuando el abogado defensor del sacerdote, Raymundo Sosa, firmó una caución para que su cliente retorne a su domicilio en finca la Cruz luego de que los profesionales que lo asisten le dieran el alta médica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

BARRY M. MEEHAN

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

MEEHAN, BARRY M.
67 of West Warwick died suddenly on December 8, 2016. Born in Providence, RI, he was the beloved son of the late Charles and Marie (Voccia) Meehan. He held several advanced degrees in Theology and History which he earned at the Angelicum in Rome and at Providence College. He was a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Phi Alpha Theta and Kapa Delta Pi honor societies.

Barry is survived by his dear brother, Charles Meehan and his wife Gail, of Warwick, and one nephew, Charles Meehan of Florida. He also leaves beloved cousins Robert A. Voccia and his wife, Kathleen, of Cranston, and their sons Robert, Christopher and Jonathan Voccia, all three of whom are his godsons, and June St. Peter of Warwick. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered last week. Burial was private.

Published in The Providence Journal on Dec. 27, 2016

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Northeast Philly man delivers Pizzagate tirade at Center City church

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
PhillyVoice

[with video]

BY MICHAEL TANENBAUM
PhillyVoice Staff

The Northeast Philadelphia man who gained recognition for hoisting a "Hillary 4 Prison" sign on Roosevelt Boulevard during the 2016 presidential campaign burst into The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul early Monday and delivered a screed against the Cathlolic Church, invoking the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory in the process.

Howard Caplan had already made his fringe views known in November, when he went to Washington, D.C. to protest outside Comet Ping Pong Pizza, the restaurant embroiled by false accususations of covering up a child sex operation run by Hillary Clinton and her former campaign chairman John Podesta.

At midnight mass on Monday, Caplan entered the Center City church and began shouting at the congregation about Pizzagate and its alleged connection to the otherwise well documented child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church over the last several decades. Eventually, Caplan was confronted and led out of the church while continuing to denounce its history. (Note: Video contains explicit language).

The Pizzagate conspiracy, which appears to have originated on the message board 4chan, took on a dangerous life of its own in the wake of Donald Trump's victory in November. Earlier this month, a 28-year-old man armed with an assault rifle entered Comet Ping Pong Pizza and threatened a store employee before he was apprehended by authorities, fortunately with no injuries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Two new lawsuits allege sexual abuse by priests

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque Journal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Monday, December 26th, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. — A former Archdiocese of Santa Fe priest who surfaced in Morocco this year is the focus of a lawsuit filed last week by a New Mexico man who alleges that he was sexually abused as a teenager by Arthur Perrault at the University of Albuquerque campus.

Another lawsuit filed against the archdiocese last week alleges that a former Las Vegas priest sexually abused seven San Miguel County residents when they were children in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The Perrault lawsuit alleges that the former priest sexually abused a 17-year-old boy who enrolled in a college preparatory program at the University of Albuquerque, a now-defunct Catholic university where Perrault served as a faculty member. The lawsuit was filed in 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque on behalf of a 65-year-old New Mexico man identified only as John Doe 64.

The archdiocese responded in a written statement that it does not comment on pending litigation, but it works closely with civil authorities to ensure safety of parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

December 26, 2016

Pédophilie: le cardinal Barbarin reconnaît son "réveil tardif"

FRANCE
Paris Match

L'archevêque de Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, admet que "(son) réveil a été tardif" face aux abus sexuels commis par des prêtres, notamment dans son diocèse, dans un entretien au Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France de dimanche.

L'Eglise française a été secouée par des mois de révélations d'affaires de pédophilie dans plusieurs diocèses français, dont celui de Lyon.

L'affaire du père Bernard Preynat, prêtre lyonnais soupçonné d'avoir abusé de plus de 60 jeunes scouts, a valu au cardinal Barbarin d'être visé par des plaintes pour non dénonciation, plaintes classées sans suite début août.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Pédophilie: le cardinal Barbarin reconnaît son "réveil tardif"

FRANCE
Le Parisien

L'archevêque de Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, admet que "(son) réveil a été tardif" face aux abus sexuels commis par des prêtres, notamment dans son diocèse, dans un entretien au Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France de dimanche.

L'Eglise française a été secouée par des mois de révélations d'affaires de pédophilie dans plusieurs diocèses français, dont celui de Lyon.

L'affaire du père Bernard Preynat, prêtre lyonnais soupçonné d'avoir abusé de plus de 60 jeunes scouts, a valu au cardinal Barbarin d'être visé par des plaintes pour non dénonciation, plaintes classées sans suite début août.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Muriel Robin pousse un coupe de gueule contre le Cardinal Barbarin

FRANCE
Tele-Loisirs

[In an interview with Le Parisien / Aujourd'hui Sunday, the Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, admitted that he woke up too late to the sexual abuse committed by priests, especially in his archdiocese. If he had been in direct contact with the victims earlier he would have seen the severity of the damage, he said. These remarks shocked humorist Muriel Robin who decided to answer him on Facebook.]

Dans un entretien accordé au Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France de dimanche, l'archevêque de Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, admettait que "(son) réveil a été tardif" face aux abus sexuels commis par des prêtres, notamment dans son diocèse : "Si j'avais été en relation directe plus tôt avec les victimes et que j'avais vu la gravité des dégâts, je me serais dit : il faut agir immédiatement.". Des propos qui ont choqués l'humoriste Muriel Robin qui a décidé de prendre la parole sur son Facebook pour lui répondre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Frankreichs Primas zeigt Reue nach Missbrauchsskandal

FRANKREICH
Domradio

[French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has shown remorse after the abuse scandal in his archdiocese and said he "woke up" to late to the issue.]

Der Lyoner Kardinal Philippe Barbarin hat Fehler im Umgang mit einem sexuellen Missbrauchsskandal in seiner Diözese eingeräumt. "Tatsächlich bin ich zu spät aufgewacht", sagte der Primas von Frankreich im Interview der Zeitung "Le Parisien".

Hätte er sich früher mit den Opfern getroffen, hätte er sich sagen müssen: Ich muss sofort handeln, so Barbarin. Gegen den Erzbischof von Lyon war im Frühjahr wegen Nichtanzeige sexueller Übergriffe in seinem Verantwortungsbereich ermittelt worden. Im August stellte die Staatsanwaltschaft die Verfolgung des Falles ein. Es habe keine Hinweise auf eine Straftat seinerseits gegeben, hieß es.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Neue Ermittlungen gegen Priester aus Lohne

GERMANY
NDR

[The public prosecutor's office in Oldenburg has stopped her investigation against a priest from Lohne - but now another prosecution authority is investigating the man.]

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Oldenburg hat ihr Ermittlungsverfahren gegen einen Priester aus Lohne eingestellt - nun aber ermittelt eine andere Anklagebehörde gegen den Mann. Das teilte die katholische Kirche am Donnerstag mit. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Hannover habe ein abgetrenntes Teil-Verfahren eröffnet. Dabei geht es nach Angaben des Bischöflich Münsterschen Offizialats in Vechta um den Verdacht des Besitzes jugendpornografischer Bilder. Für die Dauer dieses neuen Verfahrens ruhten die innerkirchlichen Ermittlungen, teilte das Offizialat weiter mit. Der Priester bleibe beurlaubt.

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Die Oldenburger Staatsanwaltschaft hatte wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen den Priester ermittelt. Der 73-Jährige sollte Jungen im Alter von 13 bis 14 Jahren von auswärts, die in seinem Haus übernachteten, pornografische Bilder gezeigt haben. Der Verdacht habe sich laut Staatsanwaltschaft aber nicht bestätigt, teilte das Offizialat am Mittwoch mit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Anglican Diocese of Brandon sued over allegations of sexual assault by priest

CANADA
CBC News

By Riley Laychuk

A Winnipeg man is suing a diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada after allegations of sexual assault and abuse were bought forward decades after they were said to have occurred.

In a statement of claim filed in Brandon Court of Queen's Bench, the man says he still suffers severe physical and emotional pain, alcohol and substance abuse, PTSD and other effects following incidents he says occurred both in a church in The Pas, Man. and at the priest's residence on church property in the town, approximately 500 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg

He is suing the Diocese of Brandon, which employed the priest named in the claim, for damages.

The priest is believed to now be dead, the bishop of the diocese said.

The claim states the priest performed oral-genital intercourse on the plaintiff, who was under 10 years old at the time, attempted anal intercourse and masturbated him in the priest's residence. Similar acts were performed in the church basement in another incident, the claim says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

El cura Rosa trabaja en su descargo

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

[The priest Agustin Rosa, who is accused of sexual abuse, works on his release. With a laptop he prepares his defense. He is still detained in a clinic after his arrest and has not yet received a response to his request for house arrest.]

En la habitación de la clínica privada donde permanece detenido, el sacerdote Agustín Rosa Torino utilizó el tiempo durante el fin de semana para analizar las acusaciones por ABUSO SEXUAL en su contra y avanzar, con una computadora portátil, en un boceto del descargo que presentará por la imputación.

El fundador del Instituto Religioso Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista pasó la Nochebuena acompañado de dos curas de esa misma congregación, según contó a este diario su abogado Raymundo Sosa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Magnolia pastor indicted on sexual assault charges

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

By Jay R. Jordan, jjordan@hcnonline.com

Magnolia pastor Ronald Mitchell was indicted Thursday on four felony child sexual assault charges.

Mitchell, 57, pastors Body of Christ Church near Magnolia. He was arrested Nov. 1 after SWAT team member with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office raided the church and allegedly found evidence of the sexual assault.

The pastor is facing four second-degree felony counts of sexual assault of a child – one for every time prosecutors say Mitchell had sex with a 16-year-old congregation member over a four-month period from 2015 into 2016. He is facing up to 80 years in prison for those charges, but Montgomery County Sheriff's Office detectives believe there could be more victims.

Court documents show Mitchell had the girl staying with him at his church in the 40200 block of Garwood Court near Magnolia, telling the girl's mother that she needed to be "watched" and have "more supervision."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

December 25, 2016

Denegarían el arresto domiciliario al cura Agustín Rosa Torino

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

[The lawyer representing priest Agustin Rosa, who is accused of sexual abuse, has asked for house arrest of his client]

Pablo Ferrer

En Ciudad Judicial llamó la atención que el cura no aparentaba dolencias. Lucas Alascio
El sacerdote Agustín Rosa Torino, al parecer, deberá seguir detenido en la clínica donde ahora está alojado, si su salud así lo requiere, o en la Unidad Carcelaria de Villa las Rosas. Altas fuentes judiciales aseguraron a El Tribuno que la jueza de Garantías Ada Zunino habría resuelto denegar la solicitud de arresto domiciliario que le había cursado, el jueves pasado, el abogado del imputado por abuso sexual ultrajante agravado por su condición de cura.

La magistrada debe evaluar el último informe médico sobre Rosa Torino para determinar dónde cumplirá la prisión preventiva ordenada en su contra. No se descarta que el acusado pueda ser derivado hoy al penal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Knights of Malta rebuff Vatican probe into dismissal of leader

VATICAN CITY
Catholic World Report

Vatican City, Dec 24, 2016 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days after the announcement that Pope Francis has established a group to look into the circumstances regarding the recent dismissal of the Order of Malta's former Grand Chancellor, the Knights responded – saying the decision was an internal matter.

The response follows the forced resignation of leader Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, which some attribute to controversy regarding the order's charity branch being allegedly involved in distributing condoms in Myanmar to prevent HIV.

On Dec. 22 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had formed a group of five “senior officials” tasked with “gathering any liable factors” and to “fully and quickly inform the Holy See on the matter that has recently affected the Grand Chancellor of the Order, Mr. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.”

Members of the group include Archbishop Silvestro Tomasi, Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda S.J., Belgian lawyer Mr. Jacques de Liedekerke, Mr. Marc Odendall and Mr. Marwan Sehnaoui.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Holy See publishes motivations of 'Vatileaks 2' sentence

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Saturday published the motivations of the sentence that found Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda guilty of leaking Vatican documents to the press.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. However Pope Francis this week had his jail sentence commuted and Vallejo Balda was put under “conditional freedom” because he had already served more than half of said sentence.

During the trial dubbed "Vatileaks II", Vallejo Balda was found guilty and convicted while accomplice, Francesca Chaouqui, was found guilty of conspiring in the crime, but was not charged with the actual leak of the documents given a lack of evidence. She was sentenced to 10 months in prison for her role; however, the sentence was suspended for five years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Knights of Malta rebuff Vatican: Investigation of our ‘internal’ matters is ‘unacceptable’

ROME
LifeSite News

Claire Chretien

December 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Knights of Malta have responded to the news that the Vatican will be investigating the firing of one of its top officials for overseeing the distribution of contraception by saying it's an internal matter that "falls solely within" the Order's "competence."

According to a statement from the Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, "The replacement of the former Grand Chancellor is an act of internal governmental administration of the Sovereign Order of Malta and consequently falls solely within its competence."

The Order has been in the news recently after one of top-ranking officials, Albrecht von Boeselager, violated his vow of obedience by refusing to resign after it was revealed he had overseen the distribution of contraception in developing countries through the order's charity, Malteser International. Von Boeselager's refusal to resign allowed the Order to take disciplinary action against him.

The Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception is intrinsically evil.

Then, on Thursday, Pope Francis announced he was launching an investigation into the situation. The Times of Malta reported that the investigation was rumored to be focused less on the condom scandal and more on the process that led to von Boeselager's sacking.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

The Pope’s Christmas Dream, The Curia’s Nightmare

VATICAN CITY
The Daily Beast

The most human pope in recent memory slips out of the Vatican’s golden cage for a few moments, then lambasts the cardinals of the Curia who think they run the place.
Barbie Latza Nadeau

BARBIE LATZA NADEAU

12.24.16

VATICAN CITY—Oh the woe of being Pope Francis. On one hand, he clearly longs for the simple things in life, like shoe shopping. So much so that during the mad Roman pre-Christmas shopping rush, he left the protected grounds of Vatican City to visit a local pharmacy and pick up a new version of his famously simple orthopedic shoes. He blessed a cashier’s crucifix, signed a charge slip for the shoes, and went back through the hallowed gates to what some might be call his gilded cage.

On the other hand, Francis just as clearly revels in his role as the leader (and shaper) of a revitalized Catholic Church. During his annual Christmas greeting to the cardinals and senior officials of the Roman Curia, he lambasted those who show three types of resistance to his continued reform, which he described as “open, hidden and malevolent.” The audience included the cardinals who have publically condemned him and would love to see him ousted.

In the pontiff’s wide-ranging remarks, which included a promise to increase the “role of women and of lay persons in the life of the church,” he pinpointed the 12 guiding criteria he would follow to continue reforming the institution. In 2014, he identified 15 “diseases” he implied that many of the men in front of him suffered from and last year he offered up a “catalogue of necessary virtues” they should embrace.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

How does the Pope want to reform the Curia? We still don’t really know

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
posted Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

The Pope’s end of year speech to the Roman Curia has become something of an event, thanks to two things. First of all, this is the Pope who is supposedly reforming the Curia, and that has aroused interest. Secondly, this is the Pope who made that speech back in 2014 which lambasted his audience for their fifteen spiritual ills including “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. So when the Pope gets up to speak on what had once been a rather dull routine occasion, people now tend to tune in rather than out.

Then there is a matter of the presents. In the old days each member of the Curia got a bottle of prosecco and a panettone from the Holy Father. The Pope has cut out such fripperies. On one occasion each was given a CD of the Pope’s speeches. This year it was a book, recommended by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, who, funnily enough, is one of the Four Cardinals who sent the Pope the famous dubia which remain still unanswered. The book is entitled “Measures to treat diseases of the soul” (Industriae ad curandos animae morbos), by the Italian Jesuit Fr Claudio Acquaviva. No doubt it will make cheery Christmas reading.

But to the speech. This was, to put it mildly, cryptic, at least to English ears.

“The 12 principles for reform, translated by Vatican Radio, are: individual responsibility (personal conversion), pastoral concern (pastoral conversion), missionary spirit (Christocentrism), clear organisation, improved functioning, modernisation (updating), sobriety, subsidiarity, synodality, Catholicity, professionalism, gradualism (discernment).”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Rapist pastor protected by Ohio's damage cap

OHIO
Courier-Journal

Andrew Wolfson , @adwolfson December 24, 2016

Raped by her pastor during a counseling session near Columbus, Ohio, a 15-year-old girl and her family sued him and the church for retaining him, despite two previous claims he’d committed sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

A jury awarded them $3.5 million, to compensate for her trauma. But it was reduced to only $250,000 in damages under an Ohio law that limits recoveries to that amount for pain and suffering and other so-called non-economic damages.

In a bitter, divided opinion, Ohio’s high court this month upheld the reduction, rejecting the argument that child sex abuse victims often require a lifetime of psychiatric care.

The majority refused to carve out an exception to the state’s 11-year-old law, passed by Ohio’s legislature to provide “a fair, predictable system of civil justice that preserves the rights of injured parties while curbing frivolous lawsuits, which increase the costs of doing business, threaten Ohio jobs, drive up consumer costs, and may hinder innovation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Gilbert: 'He made me rethink the faith': Bishop Blaire's impact reached many

CALIFORNIA
The Record

By Lori Gilbert
Record Staff Writer

It may take up to two years for Pope Francis to act, but I'm sad nonetheless that the tenure of Bishop Stephen Blaire, who has led the Diocese of Stockton since 1999, is coming to an end.

Knowing him has made me rethink the faith in which I was raised. It's not easy to be a Catholic woman in the 21st century, or in the 20th or any other century for that matter. It's a patriarchal faith and its position on some issues, such as an opposition to birth control, makes my blood boil.

But Bishop Blaire has made me want to be more than a Christmas and Easter Catholic. ...

Bishop Blaire's heart is big. Even as he dealt with the financial woes and loss of trust brought on by the sexual abuse scandal that his predecessors failed to stop, Blaire always appeared upbeat and unflappable. He had to make tough calls, including declaring bankruptcy in 2014. As he struggled with all that unpleasantness, he was never anything but pleasant and kind to others.

Even after he cleaned up the mess left by some predecessors who turned a blind eye to sexual abuse, Blaire was betrayed by priests on his watch. Dean McFalls left after announcing he had fathered a child. Lawrence McGovern was charged with sexual harassment after allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a gardener and firing him when his advances were rejected.

The shame is their own, but Blaire no doubt is weighed down by their sins, by their behavior that further erodes trust in the church, a church that the bishop loves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Compensation bids rejected in 3 test cases

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press

Alex Ross

THREE alleged victims of sex abuse at a Catholic children’s homes have been unsuccessful in their bid for compensation.

Only one out of four ‘test’ cases was awarded £14,000 in damages at Leeds High Court after a ruling was made by a judge presiding over compensation claims for former pupils at St William’s, in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

A total of 249 men lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle institute, which ran the home until its closure in 1992.

They claim to have suffered sexual abuse there and, in one of the largest joint compensation claims against the Catholic Church, potential payouts could run into millions of pounds if successful.

But on Wednesday Judge Mark Gosnell ruled on the first four cases and only one was successful. His ruling is expected on a further, fifth case, in January.

The former headmaster, James Carragher, and the former priest, Anthony McCallen, were convicted of sex offences against boys at the school in November 2015. Carragher, 75, was convicted previously in 1993 and 2004 of sexual offences against boys at the school which closed in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

December 24, 2016

Diocese suspende padre condenado por abuso de menores

PORTUGAL
Avoz de Trasos Montes

[The Diocese of Vila Real clarified yesterday in a statement that the priest sentenced to 20 months suspended sentence for sexual abuse of minors is suspended from the exercise of priestly ministry and expressed "deep sadness" for the case.]

A Diocese de Vila Real esclareceu ontem, em comunicado, que o padre condenado a 20 meses de pena suspensa por abuso sexual de menores se encontra suspenso do exercício do ministério sacerdotal e manifestou “profunda tristeza” pelo caso.

“Queremos tornar pública a nossa profunda tristeza pelos factos, e manifestar aos menores que foram vítimas, e às pessoas que lhes são mais chegadas, a nossa pena, a nossa proximidade e o nosso compromisso em fazer tudo o possível para que factos destes não se repitam no futuro”, pode ler-se no documento assinado pelo bispo de Vila Real, Amândio Tomás.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Scandal strikes at ancient Order of Malta over ex-chancellor

VATICAN CITY
Salina Journal

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday named a high-powered commission to investigate a reported condom scandal at the Order of Malta, the conservative Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades.

The order's grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, was forcibly ousted earlier this month after the Order of Malta said "an extremely grave and untenable situation" came to light. Italian daily Il Messaggero said the scandal concerned von Boeselager's tenure as health minister and claims that he didn't prevent the order's workers in Africa from distributing condoms.

Church teaching opposes artificial contraception. However, even some Catholic priests and nuns in Africa and elsewhere have condoned the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.

The order hasn't provided details, but said the scandal involved von Boeselager's tenure as health minister and said he had concealed the problems until an internal investigation uncovered them last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Order of Malta to Pope Francis: Stay out of our internal affairs

VATICAN CITY
Fox News

Published December 24, 2016 Associated Press

VATICAN CITY – The Order of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order, has told Pope Francis that his decision to launch an investigation into the ouster of a top official over an old condom scandal is "unacceptable."

In an extraordinary rebuke of the pontiff, the group said late Friday that the replacement of its grand chancellor was an "act of internal governmental administration of the Sovereign Order of Malta and consequently falls solely within its competence."

Francis on Thursday appointed a five-member commission to investigate the Dec. 8 ouster of Albrecht von Boeselager amid evidence that Francis' own envoy to the group, conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, helped engineer it without his blessing.

One charge used against von Boeselager concerned a program that the order's Malteser International aid group had participated in several years ago with other aid groups to help sex slaves in Myanmar, including giving them condoms to protect them from HIV infection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Ampleforth Abbey & College to be included in sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Gazette and Herald

Emily Flanagan

A TOP independent school in North Yorkshire is to be included in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSE) has published an internal review, setting out how it intends to proceed with its inquiry under its latest chair Professor Alexis Jay, who took over the role this summer.

The review states that it was reducing the number of public-inquiry style hearings into key institutions to speed up the process and refocus on preventing abuse now and in the future.

It will now hold public hearings into three of its investigations; the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation, children outside of the UK and Rochdale Council establishments.

The inquiry into the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation - which encompasses Benedictine monastic organisations across the UK, including Ampleforth Abbey and College - will be held in December 2017.

There will be further public hearings the following year into the archdiocese of Birmingham and the wider Catholic church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Postulator for Blessed Oscar Romero, two other El Salvador priests laicized for child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
LifeSite News

Jan Bentz

ROME, December 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has laicized a close collaborator of the late Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero and two other priests of the Archdiocese of San Salvador for crimes of sexual abuse, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semi-official newspaper, reported this week.

One of the three priests suspended since 2015 is Jesus Delgado, 78, who was accused of abusing a girl for years. Delgado was Romero’s former secretary and a close collaborator who went on to serve as the vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Salvador. He later became biographer and co-postulator of Romero’s case for beatification.

The press release for the laicization of Delgado can be found here. Laicization is the most severe punishment in the Catholic Church for a member of the clergy.

Also laicized were Francisco Gálvez and Antonio Molina. Gálvez was a parish priest of Nuestra Señora del Rosario church in Rosario de Mora and Molina served at Santa Cruz de Rome in Panchimalco. Both were removed for having sexually abused children more than 20 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Former priest charged with historical child sex offences - Newcastle

AUSTRALIA
New South Wales Police Force

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A former Anglican priest will appear in court next year, after being charged with alleged sexual assaults upon two boys in the Hunter region during the 1970s.

In 2013, officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command established Strike Force Arinya 2 to review allegations that between 1971 and 1975, a man assaulted two boys at various locations including Edgeworth, Minmi, West Wallsend, Gateshead and Belmont.

Following inquiries, a 79-year-old man, from Ballarat, was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice (FCAN) for 20 offences, including assault with intent to commit buggery, five counts of buggery, and 14 counts of indecent assault on male.

Four charges were also reinstated for buggery and three counts of indecent assault on male.

The man is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Former NSW priest charged with historical child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A former Anglican priest has been charged with alleged sexual assaults on two boys in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s.

The 79-year-old man from Ballarat was issued a court attendance notice for 20 offences, including assault with intent to commit buggery, five counts of buggery and 14 counts of indecent assault on a male.

Police charged the man following inquiries into the alleged assault of two boys at various locations including Edgeworth, Minmi, West Wallsend, Gateshead and Belmont between 1971 and 1975.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Identifican a 22 víctimas de abuso sexual por dos curas en Argentina

ARGENTINA
La Jornada

AP

Buenos Aires. La justicia ha identificado a por lo menos 22 víctimas de presuntos abusos sexuales cometidos por dos curas católicos y tres empleados de un instituto para sordos en la provincia argentina de Mendoza, un caso que escandaliza a los investigadores.

Las víctimas, de unos 20 años de edad en la actualidad y entre los que hay sordomudos y jóvenes con distintos problemas de audición, brindaron en los últimos días su testimonio a fiscales con la ayuda de intérpretes y psicólogos, dijo el lunes a The Associated Press Alejandro Gullé, procurador de la Corte Suprema de Mendoza, unos mil kilómetros al oeste de Buenos Aires.

"Este es un caso realmente gravísimo con consecuencias irreparables, sobre todo las psíquicas y espirituales, a un sector doblemente vulnerable no sólo por la edad sino también por la falta de comunicación", sostuvo el jefe de los fiscales mendocinos. ...

BishopAccoutability.org, un portal en internet sobre pederastia clerical, dijo días atrás que grupos italianos de víctimas de abuso le habían advertido al Vaticano en 2008 y 2014 sobre Corradi y otros acusados de abusar sexualmente de niños en una escuela para sordomudos en Verona.

"Es espantoso y doloroso que Corradi no haya sido frenado por el papa Francisco ni otras autoridades de la Iglesia. La presencia de Corradi en la escuela en Mendoza no era un secreto", afirmó Anne Barrett Doyle, codirectora de BishopAccountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 AM

IDENTIFICAN A 22 VÍCTIMAS DE PEDERASTIA EN ESCUELA PARA SORDOS

ARGENTINA
Net Noticias

[22 VICTIMS OF PEDOPHILIA IN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF.]

En un instituto para sordos se han identificado a por lo menos 22 víctimas de presuntos abusos sexuales cometidos por dos curas católicos y tres empleados, en Mendoza, Buenos Aires.

Las victimas de aproximadamente 20 años de edad en la actualidad, entre los que se encuentran sordomudos y jóvenes con problemas de audición, dieron su testimonio a fiscales, ayudados por intérpretes y psicólogos, informó el procurador de la Corte Suprema de Mendoza, Alejandro Gullé.

“Este es un caso realmente gravísimo con consecuencias irreparables, sobre todo las psíquicas y espirituales, a un sector doblemente vulnerable no sólo por la edad sino también por la falta de comunicación”, sostuvo el jefe de los fiscales.

Entre los cinco detenidos por presunto abuso sexual, se encuentra el sacerdote Nicola Corradi de 82 años, quien también fue denunciado por abuso en Italia, además el sacerdote Horacio Corbacho de 55 y tres empleados: José Luis Ojeda, Jorge Bordón y Armando Gómez, los cuales se desempeñaban en tareas administrativas y de jardinería. ...

BishopAccoutability.org, un portal en internet sobre pederastia clerical, dijo días atrás que grupos italianos de víctimas de abuso le habían advertido al Vaticano en 2008 y 2014 sobre Corradi y otros acusados de abusar sexualmente de niños en una escuela para sordomudos en Verona.

“Es espantoso y doloroso que Corradi no haya sido frenado por el papa Francisco ni otras autoridades de la Iglesia. La presencia de Corradi en la escuela en Mendoza no era un secreto", afirmó Anne Barrett Doyle, codirectora de BishopAccountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Legisladores fueron al Arzobispado y crece el escándalo del Próvolo: más denuncias de advertencia al Vaticano

ARGENTINA
Los Andes

La comisión de Educación, en conjunto con la comisión de Desarrollo Social de la Cámara de Diputados de Mendoza, se reunió con Carlos María Franzini en el Arzobispado, aunque poco fue lo que salió del encuentro: con legisladores de todos los partidos, el arzobispo aseguró que el Vaticano trabaja en el asunto y que convocó a las autoridades del Instituto Antonio Próvolo a nivel mundial.

Mientras tanto, la agencia estadounidense Associated Press aseguró que el Vaticano estaba advertido sobre la presencia de Nicolás Corradi en Argentina

La agencia dice que BishopAccountability.org, un portal en internet sobre pederastia clerical, había avisado que Corradi era culpable de abusos en Verona, Italia, y que ahora estaba en Mendoza

``Es espantoso y doloroso que Corradi no haya sido frenado por el papa Francisco ni otras autoridades de la Iglesia. La presencia de Corradi en la escuela en Mendoza no era un secreto'', afirmó Anne Barrett Doyle, codirectora de BishopAccountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Crece el escándalo por sacerdotes que violaron a niñas sordas en colegio de educación diferenciada

ARGENTINA
El Diario de Santiago

Los sacerdotes tenían una pequeña capilla en el Instituto Antonio Próvolo, provincia de Mendoza, Argentina, recinto educacional católico especializado para personas con déficit auditivo, lugar donde violaban a niños y niñas.

Como consigna Emol, “hay una capillita chiquita donde está la Virgen… con unas sillitas, donde a los niños los confesaban, les daban la comunión. Allí sucedían algunos de los hechos”, menciona el fiscal Fabrizio Sidoti, quien lleva el caso y quien ha recibido los testimonios de más de 24 jóvenes, entre estudiantes y egresados del recinto.

Las estudiantes denunciaron a dos sacerdotes, quienes habrían perpetrado las violaciones en los cuartos de baño, dormitorios y en un sótano del establecimiento. Uno de los acusados, Nicola Corradi, de 82 años había sido acusado en 2009 por delitos similares cometidos en 1950, en el mismo instituto pero en su sede en Verona, Italia, sin embargo la iglesia no hizo nada al respecto, enviándolo al país trasandino.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM

Estupor por niños supuestamente abusados por curas

ARGENTINA
El Universo

AP

En una capilla y ante una imagen de la Virgen María, dos curas católicos, supuestamente, violaron a niños sordos.

Al menos 24 alumnos y exalumnos del Instituto Antonio Próvolo para hipoacústicos de la provincia argentina de Mendoza denunciaron este y otros presuntos abusos ante la justicia. Uno de los sacerdotes ya había sido acusado de delitos similares en una escuela en Italia.

En una capilla, donde a los niños los confesaban o les daban la comunión, en cuartos de baño, dormitorios o un sótano ocurrieron las presuntas violaciones, manoseos y prácticas de sexo oral, según las denuncias contra los curas Nicola Corradi y Horacio Corbacho y tres laicos. El caso golpea a las puertas del Vaticano, que desoyó las advertencias de las víctimas italianas sobre Corradi, quien se encuentra detenido en Mendoza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 AM

Priests at Argentinian school for deaf youngsters 'would choose their victims to sexually abuse knowing other children would not hear them scream'

ARGENTINA
Daily Mail

By Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

A child sex abuse scandal is unfolding at a school in Argentina where tormentors would allegedly chose their victims knowing the other children wouldn't hear the screams as they were deaf.

Two Roman Catholic priests are accused of repeatedly raping pupils at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children in Mendoza province.

At least 24 students at the school have come forward seeking the justice against Reverend Nicola Corradi, 82, the Reverend Horacio Cobacho, 55 and four other men.

Victims and prosecutors say the rapes by the priests took place in the bathrooms, dorms, garden and a basement at the school.

The five were arrested in late November by police who raided the school and found magazines featuring naked women and about $34,000 in Corradi's room. ...

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online resource about clerical abuse, said: 'No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked 'zero tolerance' as often. No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors.

'In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the Pope's assurances seem empty indeed.'

Earlier this month, the Pontiff appeared in a video using sign language to wish deaf people worldwide a Merry Christmas — a gesture that fell particularly flat in Argentina as Catholics struggle with the enormity of the scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Prosecutor: Pastor may have tried to destroy fingerprints

NEW JERSEY
News 12

Updated December 23, 201

By The Associated Press

JERSEY CITY - A prosecutor says a church pastor who has been on the run for nearly two years after he was convicted of sexual assault charges may have tried to obliterate his own fingerprints.

The Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor said in court Friday that Gregorio Martinez's 10 fingers were bloodied and bandaged when he was detained in Honduras in August.

Martinez was once a Pentecostal preacher in Jersey City. He was found guilty last year of molesting a 13-year-old boy he knew through church. Prosecutors say Martinez then fled to Nicaragua.

NJ.com reports that he appeared in court in Jersey City Friday and was held without bail pending sentencing March 24.

Martinez also faces additional charges after three 19-year-old men also accused of him of sexual assault following his initial conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

Member of 'Cult-like' Church Sentenced.

CANADA
Bayshore Broadcasting

Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard

No jail time for man convicted of assault in connection with a Chatsworth Area Church.

Two men have now been convicted and sentenced in connection with an investigation into a "cult" like church in Chatsworth.

61 year old Judson King of Oakville plead guilty last Friday (Dec. 16th) to 3 counts of assault and was sentenced to a 12 month conditional sentence (no jail time), 3 years probation, a 10 year weapons ban and he must submit a DNA sample.

King was originally charged with 6 counts including assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.

The other charges were withdrawn by the Crown.

King, and his younger brother Fred were arrested in April of 2014 following a 16 month OPP probe into allegations of physical and sexual assault by 7 victims, involving a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ restored.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

Sexual predator back in Hudson County after months on the run

NEW JERSEY
NorthJersey.com

Katie Sobko , Staff Writer, @katesobko December 23, 2016

A fugitive who was convicted of sexual offenses against a 13-year-old boy in 2015 is now in custody at the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.

Gregorio Martinez, 49, a pastor and deacon at several churches in Hudson County, was convicted by a Hudson County jury of sexual offenses against the boy, a parishioner at his church, in February 2015, Hudson County prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

Martinez was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse. Before the jury selection process, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office had filed additional sexual assault charges against Martinez in connection with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old man who attended the church where Martinez was pastor, Suarez said.

After the verdict was reached, new sexual assault charges were filed against Martinez, accusing him of offenses committed against two additional 19-year-old men whom he had spiritually counseled. He failed to appear for a mandatory pre-sentence interview after his conviction in the initial case and he fled the country. Suarez said he was traced through Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 AM

Fugitive former pastor brought back to NJ for sentencing

NEW JERSEY
The Trentonian

By The Associated Press
POSTED: 12/23/16

JERSEY CITY >> A former New Jersey church pastor will be sentenced on sexual assault charges nearly two years after he fled the country following his conviction in February 2015.

Forty-nine-year-old Gregorio Martinez is set to be sentenced Friday in Hudson County Superior Court on charges of aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

Martinez, once a Pentecostal preacher in Jersey City, was found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old boy he got to know through a church in North Bergen.

Prosecutors say Martinez skipped a pre-sentencing interview and fled to Nicaragua. He was apprehended in Honduras last week and brought back to New Jersey on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 AM

Fugitive pastor tried to destroy his own fingerprints, prosecutor says

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

JERSEY CITY -- The last time Gregorio Martinez stepped foot in a Hudson County courtroom, a jury pronounced him guilty of molesting a 13-year-old boy.

Martinez, an evangelical preacher who held himself out as a prophet, walked out of the courtroom that day, free on $250,000 bail pending sentencing.

Within weeks, he was gone, frustrating his victim's family and law enforcement officials.

On Friday, 22 months after he vanished, the former Jersey City resident finally returned to a Hudson County courtroom, this time in handcuffs.

Superior Court Judge John A. Young Jr. ordered Martinez, 49, held without bail in connection with the February 2015 conviction on charges of aggravated criminal sexual contact, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 AM

FUGITIVE NEW JERSEY PASTOR IN CHILD SEX ASSAULT CAUGHT IN HONDURAS

NEW JERSEY
WABC

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A former New Jersey church pastor was sentenced on sexual assault charges nearly two years after he fled the country following his conviction.

Forty-nine-year-old Gregorio Martinez appeared in Hudson County Superior Court Friday. He was sentenced on charges of aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

Martinez, once a Pentecostal preacher in Jersey City, was found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old boy he got to know through a church in North Bergen in February 2015. Additionally, the Hudson County Prosecutor's office filed more sexual assault charges after three 19-year-old men also accused him of sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 AM

Mozambique: Pastor Arrested for Child Rape

MOZAMBIQUE
allAfrica

Maputo — The Mozambican police in Gondola district, in the central province of Manica, have arrested a pastor, 56 year old Nelson Simoes, for “marrying” a 13 year old girl.

Simoes is a pastor in the Johane Maranje sect, who claim to be followers of the Zimbabwean “prophet” Johane Maranje, who died in 1963.

The girl, who has not been named, was the sixth wife of Simoes, who claims to have fathered 23 children. He told reporters that he “married” the girl last year. He claimed her parents asked him to take her to his home where she would serve as a spouse.

Simoes says he was surprised when the police arrested him on charges of child rape. “The woman married with the consent of her parents”, he said. “They wanted to charge me 17,000 meticais (about 240 US dollars) in ‘lobolo' (bride price), and I paid 4,000”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 AM

FIRST TEST CASES LOST IN MULTI-MILLION POUND ABUSE CLAIM AGAINST CATHOLIC DIOCESE

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

by Megan Cornwell

A landmark abuse claim that could see the Diocese of Middlesbrough paying out millions of pounds in compensation has had three of its first test cases dismissed by a judge.

Five former students of a Yorkshire school owned by the Diocese and run by the De La Salle Brothers until its closure in 1992, are bringing a civil case against the Church at Leeds High Court.

In 2012 judges ruled that both the Diocese and the religious order were jointly liable for compensation claims that run into the millions.

Over 200 people allegedly suffered abuse while they were students at St William's residential school in Market Weighton from 1970-1991. Earlier this year the school’s former principal and former chaplain were jailed for sex offences against children at the home, which educated boys with emotional and behavioural challenges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 AM

Archdiocese to expand child protection training to parishes

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com December 24, 2016

The Archdiocese of Agana, which is now facing 14 lawsuits over allegations that some of its current and former priests sexually abused altar boys, is expanding to different parishes to strengthen its protection of minors.

The archdiocese’s Task Force for the Protection of Minors, created in September under Vatican-sent Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai’s leadership, has been conducting training of faculty and staff at Catholic schools related to the protection of youth from sexual abuses.

The three latest Catholic schools to receive the training are Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School in Sinajana, Infant of Prague Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten in Ta’i, Mangilao, and Notre Dame High School in Talofofo.

By next year, these types of training will extend to the parish level, the archdiocese said in a statement issued Wednesday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 AM

December 23, 2016

Father Paul Angelicchio Returned to Ministry, Allegation Found Not Credible

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

Friday, December 23, 2016 - Syracuse

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse, has announced that an allegation made against Father Paul Angelicchio has been deemed not credible by the Diocesan Review Board. The Board is made up of six individuals - four lay professionals, a member of the clergy and a religious - who have extensive backgrounds in areas related to child sexual abuse. Bishop Cunningham has accepted the Board’s recommendation and has returned Father Angelicchio to active ministry as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Transfiguration Church in Rome, effective December 23, 2016.

Father Paul Angelicchio was temporarily placed on administrative leave on November 21, 2016 due to the allegation of abuse of a minor. The alleged incident would have taken place 27 years ago. The allegation was first made to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office which later forwarded it to the diocese after its review. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, in a recent interview, stated that his office found no proof or evidence of wrongdoing by Fr. Angelicchio. He added that he found nothing to back up the claim- no physical evidence, no crime, and no corroborating witness. Fitzpatrick said his office determined Angelicchio "was not a clear and present danger to any minors.”

It is important to note that in keeping with the commitment made under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Diocese of Syracuse must conduct a canonical (church law) investigation into any claim of sexual abuse once it has been reviewed by the appropriate District Attorney’s office. The canonical investigation is forwarded to the Diocesan Review Board which then makes a recommendation to Bishop Cunningham as to the credibility of the claim in order to assess the accused’s fitness for ministry.

Bishop Cunningham is grateful for the assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, the expertise of the Diocesan Review Board and the full cooperation of Father Paul Angelicchio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Longtime Syracuse priest cleared of allegations, reinstated to Oneida county church

NEW YORK
Upstate NewYork

By Elizabeth Doran | edoran@syracuse.com

The Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio, a priest in the Syracuse area for years before becoming pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish in Rome, has been cleared of an abuse allegation made against him, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse said today.

Angelicchio has been reinstated today after the allegation against him was found to be 'not credible,' the diocese said.

The Diocesan Review Board - made up of four lay professionals, a clergy member and a religious member - who all have extensive backgrounds in areas related to child sexual abuse, cleared the priest, the diocese said.

Father Paul Angelicchio was placed on administrative leave Nov. 21 after an allegation involving abuse of a minor 27 years ago.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told Syracuse.com in November his office found no proof or evidence of wrongdoing, and nothing to back up the claim. Fitzpatrick also said Angelicchio "was not a clear and present danger to any minors."

The Diocese of Syracuse is required to conduct an investigation into any claim of sexual abuse once it has been reviewed by the appropriate 's DA's office, the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM

Father Angelicchio allegations ‘not credible,' diocese says

NEW YORK
WSYR

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)

Allegations of sex abuse leveled against Father Paul Angelicchio are ‘not credible,” according to a diocesan review board.

The Syracuse Diocese says the priest will return to active ministry.

The alleged incident involving a minor would have taken place 27 years ago.

Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick has already said that the claims were not substantial.

The diocese noted:

[Fitzpatrick] added that he found nothing to back up the claim- no physical evidence, no crime, and no corroborating witness. Fitzpatrick said his office determined Angelicchio "was not a clear and present danger to any minors.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Rome church's Fr. Angelicchio returns to ministry after investigation

NEW YORK
Observer-Dispatch

A Rome priest placed on administrative leave last month returned to active ministry today after recent allegations against him were found to be "not credible," according to the Rome Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

By Observer-Dispatch

A Rome priest placed on administrative leave last month returned to active ministry today after recent allegations against him were found to be "not credible," according to the Rome Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

The Rev. Paul Angelicchio will now resume all duties as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Transfiguration Church in Rome, according to a news release.

Angelicchio was placed on leave Nov. 21 after allegations arose that he "was aware of sexual abuse committed in his presence (27 years ago) and did nothing to prevent it," according to a statement from Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Diocese clears Central NY priest of misconduct allegations

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Allegations of misconduct against a Catholic priest in Rome have been deemed to be unfounded, the Syracuse Diocese announced today.

Bishop Robert Cunningham said the Diocesan Review Board found the allegations against the Rev. Paul Angelicchio from 27 years ago to be not credible.

Cunningham accepted the board's recommendation and returned Angelicchio to active ministry as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Transfiguration Church in Rome, effective today.

The review board is made up of six people -- four lay professionals, a member of the clergy and a religious, the diocese said.

The diocese placed Angelicchio on temporarily administrative leave Nov. 21 in response to allegations of abusing a minor. The accusation was first made to the Onondaga County District Attorney's office, which later forwarded it to the diocese, according to a news release from the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Rome Priest Reinstated, Cleared of Wrongdoing After Sexual Abuse Allegation

NEW YORK
TWC News

[with video]

A priest in the Syracuse Catholic Diocese accused of abuse has been cleared of wrongdoing.

He had been placed administrative leave a month ago, following alleged abuse of a minor, 27 years ago.

The allegation was deemed not credible by the Diocesan Review Board which is made up of four lay professionals, and clergy.

The allegation was first made to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office which was later forwarded to the diocese after its review.

The DA's office found no proof or evidence of wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Goot, Lamm and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry - the struggles continue

AUSTRALIA
Manny Waks

24/12/2016

I’ve been holding on to something for a week. Something that took me several days to digest. I then took another few days to try to sooth the anger, and remove as much emotion as I can out of any public response. A week later, and several therapy sessions later, the anger has not dissipated in any way – in fact, it has increased – so the emotion is still raw. I apologise in advance. But selfishly, it may assist me in moving beyond this matter. And hopefully it is of some benefit to others.

Last Friday I received an email from a journalist who is doing a story for a major Jewish/Israeli publication on my recently-published book and related matters. The journalist sought comment from Robert Goot, who stepped down from his role as President of Australia’s peak national body, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). Just a few years ago I was one of Goot’s deputies at the ECAJ. As has been documented, I have been publicly critical of the ECAJ and its leaders, especially Goot’s predecessor Danny Lamm, for their (mis)handling of the child sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Australian Jewish community. My book provides more details.

Last week Goot wrote the following email to the journalist:

Dear [REDACTED]

Further to your email below, please see the attached documents which are all part of the public record of the Royal Commission.

In addition:
* In 2012 the ECAJ wrote a detailed submission, in consultation with survivors representatives, in support of the establishment of the Commission (attached)
* The ECAJ publicly welcomed the establishment of the Commission in a Media Release
* Peter Wertheim and I, met with the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM and other officers of the Commission on 7 March 2013, shortly after the Commission was established to discuss how we could co-operate with and assist the Commission
* On 2 September 2014, I attended a ‘Private Roundtable’ of Faith-based Organisations, chaired by the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM and Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM. The broad topics for discussion focused on approaches to reforms - distinguishing past abuse and future abuse and options for civil litigation reforms. I then issued a memo to all Jewish institutions involved with working with children
* On 7 January 2015, just before the hearings began into Yeshivah in Melbourne and Sydney, Peter Wertheim met with Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission to assist with preparation of the case.
* Our Media Release condemning Yossi Feldman’s comments to the Royal Commission have resulted in him suing us for defamation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Jesse S. Linam

TEXAS
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Jesse S. Linam was ordained for the Galveston-Houston diocese in 1961. He assisted in parishes in Rosenberg, Houston and Galveston before pastoring in Channelview, Freeport and Bellview. In 1993 he was permanently removed from ministry due to unspecified allegations of child sexual abuse from years before. In 2002 he was the subject of a lawsuit, accused of having sexually abused a boy at St. Andrew's in Channelview during 1973-1974. The suit alleged that Linam had sexually abused "numerous minor boys" between 1961 and 1993. It was dismissed due to the Texas statute of limitations, which required those alleging abuse as minors to come forward by age 20.

Linam is shown in the Official Catholic Directory to have been retired 1998-2010, after which he is no longer indexed. He is last known to have been living in Anderson TX.

Ordained: 1961
Retired: 1998

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Pastor jailed: Charged with five counts of child molestation

ARIZONA
Daily Courier

Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the commenting feature has been disabled. Feel free to send letters to the editor for consideration to editorial@prescottaz.com.

PRESCOTT – On Dec.20, Rev. Thomas J. Chantry was ordered held without bond in the Camp Verde jail, Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane said.

Chantry, 46, was indicted in Yavapai County Superior Court on eight counts – five counts of child molestation and three of aggravated assault – for offenses committed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he worked at the Miller Valley Baptist Church.

Chantry left the Prescott area over 10 years ago and was arrested in Wisconsin in July. He was working as a pastor in the town of Hale’s Corners at the time; the church where he was employed has a message on its website saying that “Mr. Chantry is currently on a leave of absence from the church.”

After his arrest, on a warrant taken out by Prescott Police, he posted bond in Wisconsin, then came to court in Prescott and was allowed to return, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Alleged victims of pedophile priests say Pope Francis was made aware in 2014

ARGENTINA
Fox News

The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at an institute for hearing impaired children in Argentina is now touching Pope Francis himself, after alleged victims of Rev. Nicola Corradi said they wrote a letter to the pontiff in 2014 warning him that the purported pedophile had been reassigned to the South American country.

Corradi, 82, and another priest, 55-year-old Horacio Corbacho, were arrested last month along with three employees for the alleged abuse of at least 24 deaf children who attended the Antonio Provolo Institute, in the city of Mendoza.

Police raided the institute and found magazines featuring naked women and about $34,000 in Corradi's room.

The victims' families contend that the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when he was publicly accused of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, Italy, where he then worked.

They allege nothing was done then nor later in 2014, when they told Pope Francis in a letter that Corradi was living in his native Argentina.

All five suspects in the Mendoza case are being held in jail and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.

"From the pope down ... all of the Catholic Church hierarchy is the same. They all knew," one of the victims told The Associated Press through a sign language interpreter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Priest back in pulpit at St. John’s

NEW YORK
Rome Sentinel

Published Dec 23, 2016

BY STEVE JONES
Staff writer

A Rome clergyman is back from a leave of absence after an allegation against him was deemed not credible by the Review Board of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse, announced that the Rev. Paul Angelicchio has returned to his post as pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish.

Rev. Angelicchio was placed on temporarily administrative leave on Nov. 21, due to an allegation of abuse of a minor. The alleged incident would have taken place 27 years ago, the diocese noted. The allegation was first made to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office which later forwarded it to the diocese after its review. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, in a recent interview, stated that his office found no proof or evidence of wrongdoing by Rev. Angelicchio, the diocese noted. “He added that he found nothing to back up the claim — no physical evidence, no crime, and no corroborating witness. Fitzpatrick said his office determined Angelicchio ‘was not a clear and present danger to any minors,’” the diocese stated.

The Review Board is made up of six — four lay professionals, a member of the clergy and a religious — who have extensive backgrounds in areas related to child sexual abuse. Bishop Cunningham has accepted the Board’s recommendation and has returned Rev. Angelicchio to active ministry, effective today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Historic child sex abuse inquiry will not tackle Church of England cases until 2018

UNITED KINGDOM
Somerset Live

By Daniel Mumby | Posted: December 23, 2016

The public inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Church of England and other institutions is to be sped up and partially scaled back.

Professor Alexis Jay, who is chairing the inquiry, has said that she wants to refocus the inquiry into preventing abuse.

She told The Guardian that she remained committed to pursuing all 13 investigations into "non-recent abuse" with institutions, including the Catholic church and the Houses of Parliament.

But she added that there would only be one or two public hearings into each key area - meaning that all incidents of reported abuse within the Church of England would have to considered together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM

'Sly' Anglesey Jehovah’s Witness preacher jailed for sex with a child

WALES
Daily Post

BY DEREK BELLIS
22 DEC 2016

A Jehovah’s Witness preacher and elder has been jailed for having sexual activity with a girl of 14.

Family man Daniel Arthington, 46, of Llanddaniel, Anglesey, pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court and was sent to prison for two years and eight months.

“I’m satisfied there was an element of grooming involved in your successful attempt in snaring your young prey,” Judge Huw Rees told him.

“Your fall from grace is substantial but you have nobody to blame but yourself.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Coming to Newark Archdiocese: A Different Kind of Cardinal

INDIANA/NEW JERSEY
The New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN
DEC. 22, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — For about a year, the guys at the gym just called him Joe. He lifted weights in the early mornings wearing a skull-printed do-rag. He worked out on the elliptical, wiping it down when he was done.

Then one day Shaun Yeary, a salesman at a landscape supply company, asked him in the locker room what he did for a living. “I used to be a priest,” Joe recalled telling him. “And now,” he said, his voice growing quieter so as not to scare anyone in earshot, “I’m the archbishop of Indianapolis.”

“I was like, for real?” Mr. Yeary recalled. “This guy is benching two and a quarter!” — gymspeak for 225 pounds.

Joe, also known as Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, recently became one of the 120 men in the world who will choose the next pope. But he wants to be judged by his actions, not his lofty position in the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

'Urgent review' of child sex abuse inquiry after complaint

WALES
BBC News

By India Pollock & Jenny Johnson
BBC News

An "urgent review" has been carried out by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse into its service in Wales following a complaint by a victim.

The victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, has criticised the "poor level of support" he received from the truth project - the arm of the inquiry for victims to share their experiences.

He said he experienced delays and that his support worker broke down in tears.

An inquiry spokesman apologised to the victim.

The IICSA has since put measures in place to prevent it happening again, the spokesman added.

The victim spoke to BBC Wales less than two months since IICSA opened its Wales office in Cardiff, on 26 October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Fugitive former pastor brought back to NJ for sentencing

NEW JERSEY
Washington Times

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey church pastor will be sentenced on sexual assault charges nearly two years after he fled the country following his conviction in February 2015.

Forty-nine-year-old Gregorio Martinez is set to be sentenced Friday in Hudson County Superior Court on charges of aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

Martinez, once a Pentecostal preacher in Jersey City, was found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old boy he got to know through a church in North Bergen.

Prosecutors say Martinez skipped a pre-sentencing interview and fled to Nicaragua. He was apprehended in Honduras last week and brought back to New Jersey on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Lawmakers, advocates push changes in laws covering sex abuse by educators

NEW ENGLAND
Boston Globe

By Todd Wallack, Jenn Abelson and Jon Saltzman GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 23, 2016

State lawmakers and advocates in at least four New England states are pursuing legislation to make it easier to punish educators who sexually abuse students and make it harder for them to continue to work with children.

The moves come after Globe Spotlight Team report found more than 110 private schools in New England have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past 25 years. In more than two dozen cases, educators moved onto new schools after they were fired for misconduct, sometimes with glowing recommendations from the old school, in part because of gaps in state laws and regulations.

Massachusetts Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem) said she plans to introduce a comprehensive bill next month that will include a long list of changes, including making it illegal for high school teachers to have sex with students under 20 and eliminating the criminal statute of limitations for cases involving sexual violations of children.

“We have to take care of our kids,” said Lovely, who said she herself was the victim of sexual abuse at a young age.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Another lawsuit filed against the Catholic Church in Guam

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

23 December 2016

Another former altar boy has filed a lawsuit against Guam's Catholic Church alleging historical sexual assault.

Sixty-two-year-old Ramon Afaisen De Plata alleged that he was molested by Reverend Antonio Cruz, who is now dead, in 1964, when he was 10-years-old.

Mr De Plata's lawsuit is the 14th filed against Guam's Catholic Church since the government in September removed the statue of limitations that prevented historical cases from being prosecuted.

Mr De Plata also told the Pacific Daily News that a then-seminarian, Anthony Apuron, was present when the abuse took place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Inquiry Information Line opening times over Christmas

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

21 December

The Inquiry Information Line will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 24th and 25th of December. It will reopen on Boxing Day 26th December from 9am to 8pm and will be open again on Bank Holiday Tuesday, 27th December, from 9am to 8pm. The number is 0800 917 1000

The Information Line provides the public, in particular victims and survivors, a means to engage with the Inquiry, by accessing details and updates about our work. It also provides information for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to enable them to share their experiences with us via the Truth Project.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Report of the internal review

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Public hearings

Public hearings are central to the Inquiry’s work to examine and expose institutional failures.

During 2016 we held 11 preliminary hearings and 205 core participants have been designated across seven investigations. The Inquiry has sent legal requests to hundreds of institutions likely to have relevant information asking them to submit such evidence. We have received 86,000 documents so far.

The review has considered in detail each of the Inquiry’s existing investigations, to make sure that they remain fit for purpose and can be delivered in an appropriate timeframe. The Inquiry remains committed to pursuing each of these, as they play an important part in its task of examining institutional failure. We are refining the methodology for each investigation and will use a range of techniques to ensure they remain focused and deliverable. These include the use of statutory powers to obtain relevant evidence, reviews of official records, case studies, public hearings, primary research, issues papers and seminars, as appropriate.

We will accelerate the progress of public hearings and will hold four public hearings during 2017:

 In February, the first part of the child migration programmes case study in the Children Outside the UK investigation will be held. This will hear evidence from experts and others to provide an overview of the child migration programmes;

 In July, the second part of the child migration programmes case study will be heard. This hearing will cover evidence on behalf of key institutions based in England and Wales which were responsible for sending children overseas as part of the migration programmes;

 In October, a hearing in relation to the Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale investigation; and

 In December, a hearing in relation to the English Benedictine Congregation case study in the child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church investigation.

We are also planning public hearings in the Internet investigation and Chichester Diocese case study in the Anglican Church investigation in early 2018.

For the first time, we are providing a progress report for each investigation (Annex A). This includes proposed changes to the scope and timing of the hearing for the investigation into the institutional responses to allegations of sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC. Annex A also includes information about key milestones in the investigations and more details about the Inquiry’s working methods for investigations such as those into failures in Lambeth and Rochdale. If the Inquiry identifies matters which require investigation in order for it to fulfil its terms of reference, it is able to launch further investigations as necessary.

In addition to the public hearings, the programme of preliminary hearings will continue.

Preliminary hearings are an important mechanism for updating core participants and the public on the progress of investigations. They also allow the Chair to hear legal submissions and make the procedural decisions that are necessary to progress the investigation to a public hearing. The preliminary hearings will cover a number of subjects, including the child migration programmes case study, accountability and reparations for victims and survivors of abuse and the investigation into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC.

Hearings will be held in the Inquiry’s new hearing centre in Southwark in central London.

Initial agreement was reached with the landlord on 1 November and preparatory work is now underway. The new centre is expected to be ready at the end of May 2017. Any hearings before that date will be held in the International Dispute Resolution Centre in central London - a venue used previously by other public inquiries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Child sex abuse inquiry to include North Yorkshire independent school next year

UNITED KINGDOM
Darlington and Stockton Times

Emily Flanagan

A TOP independent school in North Yorkshire will be included next year in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSE) has published an internal review, setting out how it intends to proceed with its inquiry under its latest chair Professor Alexis Jay, who took over this summer as the fourth head of the inquiry.

The review states it will reduce the number of public-inquiry style hearings into key institutions to speed up the process and prevent future abuse. As a result it will hold public hearings into three of its investigations; the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation, children outside of the UK and Rochdale Council establishments, with scope for other public inquiries later.

The inquiry into the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation - which encompasses Benedictine monastic organisations across the UK, including Ampleforth Abbey and College - will be held in December 2017. There will be further public hearings the following year into the wider Catholic church.

The internal review stated the investigation will examine the extent of “any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales”. It will include two case studies, the first relating to the English Benedictine Congregation and the second to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

The review stated that so far more than 4,000 documents have been obtained from abbeys and associated schools at Ampleforth, Belmont, Buckfast, Douai, Downside, Ealing, St Mary’s, Stanbrook, Worth and Curzon Park.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Bond hearing postponed for pastor accused of child molestation

GEORGIA
News4Jax

By Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter
December 22, 2016

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Pastor Ken Adkins, who has been in the Glynn County Jail for nearly four months since he was accused of molesting a teenage boy, will likely remain locked up until another bond hearing, which has been postponed until Dec. 30, his attorney, Kevin Gough, said Thursday.

Adkins, 56, pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, was denied bond in September on child molestation charges, was indicted by the Glynn County grand jury last month on three counts of child molestation, five counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of influencing a witness.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a young man told investigators that Adkins molested him in 2010 when he was a member of Adkins' church as a boy under the age of 16.

Gough filed a new motion for bond and in reaction to the indictment said, "Having already demanded a speedy trial, and eager to clear his good name, Pastor Kenneth Adkins and his family look forward to his day in court.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Fugitive NJ pastor accused of sexually assaulting 4 young parishioners to be sentenced

NEW JERSEY
PIX 11

DECEMBER 23, 2016, BY TALIA TIRELLA

NEWARK, N.J. — A pastor accused of sexual offenses and child abuse against four parishioners is returning to court Friday after he fled the U.S. following his initial conviction and was found in Honduras.

Gregorio Martinez, 49, allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy and three 19-year-old men while working as a pastor at various churches and leader of prayer groups in North Bergen, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Martinez escaped from the U.S. after several charges were brought against him for the incidents, and he was detained by Honduran authorities in August.

Martinez was charged in February 2015 with one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact, one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of child abuse after it was found he had allegedly committed sexual offenses against a 13-year-old boy who was a church parishioner, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office.

Before jury members could be selected for a case based on these initial charges, Martinez was charged with additional assault charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man who was also a church attendee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

DIOCESE OF SIOUX CITY IN COMPLIANCE WITH DALLAS CHARTER

IOWA
Catholic Globe

By RENEE WEBB
rwebb@catholicglobe.org

The Diocese of Sioux City was informed on Nov. 18 it is in compliance with the data collection requirements pertaining to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Dallas Charter) for the 2015/2016 audit period.

Colleen Sulsberger According to Colleen Sulsberger, coordinator of the Office of Safe Environment for the diocese, the United States bishops selected the national auditing firm and for the last four years have used StoneBridge Business Partners.

“They are a national auditing firm that specializes in compliance auditing for large organizations,” she explained. “StoneBridge compiles the data from each diocese and reports this data to the USCCB Committee on Child and Youth Protection. They also make recommendations to us as to how our safe environment programs can be improved.”

Although auditors from StoneBridge were in the diocese two years ago, Sulsberger noted they visit every three years. This year there was no visit, just a data collection audit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Dying Anglican priest has 2001 charges reinstated

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Giselle Wakatama

A former Hunter priest who ended up having child abuse charges withdrawn has had charges reinstated and more laid, but is expected to die ahead of court proceedings.

During a recent royal commission hearing into Newcastle's Anglican Diocese, abuse survivor CKA said he was abused by a priest known as CKC.

CKA told the commission he was an altar boy between 1971 and 1975 when he was sexually abused.

He said CKC once told him: "This is our special secret — remember how good a friend father CKC is".

CKA told the commission: "At the time I didn't think I could disclose CKC's secret because no-one would believe me".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew

ARGENTINA
San Francisco Chronicle

ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, ASSOCIATED PRESS

December 22, 2016

LUJAN DE CUYO, Argentina (AP) — The children said they wailed as the two Roman Catholic priests repeatedly raped them inside the small school chapel in remote northwestern Argentina. Only their tormenters would have heard their cries since the other children at the school were deaf.

The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children in Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own. Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute's school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

And the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when the Italy victims went public with tales of shocking abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named names. In 2014, the Italian victims wrote directly to Pope Francis again naming the Rev. Nicola Corradi as a pedophile and flagged that he was living in Francis' native Argentina. Yet apparently, nothing was done.

At least 24 students of the Provolo institute in Argentina have now come forward seeking justice for the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of Corradi, 82, another priest, the Rev. Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men. The five were arrested in late November by police who raided the school and found magazines featuring naked women and about $34,000 in Corradi's room.

All the suspects are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.

"From the pope down ... all of the Catholic Church hierarchy is the same. They all knew," one of the Mendoza victims told The Associated Press through a sign language interpreter.

Another victim said the priests would rape again if released.

"This happened in Italy ... it happened again here, and it must end," the victim said, insisting on speaking anonymously. "Enough!" ...

Advocates of sex abuse victims by priests question how Francis could have been unaware of Corradi's misdeeds, given he was publicly named by the Italy victims.

"No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked 'zero tolerance' as often. No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online resource about clerical abuse. "In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the Pope's assurances seem empty indeed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 AM

December 22, 2016

Former WA priest to appear in court on child pornography charge

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Gian De Poloni

A former Western Australian priest will appear in court next month charged with child pornography offences.

Adrian Richard Vanklooster, 74, was arrested in November after police carried out a search warrant on a house in Maddington.

Police charged Vanklooster with one count of possessing child exploitation material after officers allegedly found a CD containing the material in the home.

Vanklooster is a former member of the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury and served as a priest at the Leschenault Catholic Parish in Australind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Satmar Leader Arrested For $30K Food-Stamp Fraud, Prosecutors Say

NEW YORK
DNA Info

[the complaint]

By Gwynne Hogan | December 22, 2016 5:08pm
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A fundraiser for Mayor Bill de Blasio who oversees government relations for a network of yeshivas was charged for running a $30,000 federal food-stamp scam, according to a criminal complaint.

Yitzchok Iziel (Isaac) Sofer was arrested by the FBI Thursday morning for filing false claims under the federal food subsidy, SNAP, between 2012 and 2016. He claimed poverty while at the same time taking out a life insurance policy in which he reported making $100,000 per year and having $600,000 in assets, Brooklyn federal prosecutors charged.

Sofer collected $30,516 in food stamps during that period, according to the federal complaint.

His arrest comes as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, the indictment stated, though prosecutors would not say if was related to a March raid of the Central United Talmudical Academy's offices.

At CUTA, Sofer oversees government relations for a group of yeshivas in Williamsburg, Borough Park and at schools upstate, according to the Jewish Forward, which first reported his arrest.

The yeshivas cater to the Orthodox Satmar community called Aaronis, after Grand Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

POPE FRANCIS TO OPEN FORMAL INQUIRY INTO KNIGHTS OF MALTA

VATICAN CITY
The Tablet (UK)

22 December 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

In-fighting has left Catholicism's oldest military order in disarray

Pope Francis has announced an investigation into the Knights of Malta, Catholicism’s oldest and most illustrious military order currently in the midst of an internal crisis after a senior figure was sacked.

Retired papal diplomat Archbishop Silvano Tomasi is to look at the dismissal of Albrecht von Boeselager, the Order’s number three who was dramatically sacked by the Grand Master, Matthew Festing.

Boeselager, a respected member of the Order, was twice ordered to resign by Festing in a row allegedly about the distribution of condoms.

After he refused to step down, Festing dismissed him but Boeselager’s supporters say the sacking was in breach of the Knights' rules and are accusing the Grand Master of sparking a constitutional crisis.

Festing has hit back, denying the claims and arguing that Boeselager behaved in a “disgraceful” way. He threatened to discipline any Knight questioning his decision.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is patron of the Order and its link man with the Holy See, had become involved in the saga, but by announcing the inquiry today the Pope has taken power out of the Cardinal’s hands and put it into those investigating the Knights.

Along with Archbishop Tomasi these include Fr Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a Jesuit priest and former rector of the Gregorian University; investment banker Marc Odendall who sits on a Vatican financial board; Marwan Sehnaoui, a senior knight from the Lebanon; and Belgian lawyer Jacques de Liedekerke, who is also a member of the Order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Pope probes Order of Malta ouster over old condom scandal

VATICAN CITY
Daily Journal

By NICOLE WINFIELD -
12/22/16

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis launched an investigation Thursday into the ouster of a top official at the Order of Malta, the ancient aristocratic religious order, amid evidence that Francis’ own envoy to the group engineered the removal without his blessing over a years-old condom scandal.

Albrecht von Boeselager, a high-ranking official in the order for three decades, was removed as grand chancellor Dec. 8 after he refused to resign.

One charge against him concerned a program that the order’s Malteser International aid group had worked several years ago with other aid groups to help sex slaves in Myanmar. The trafficked women had been forced to work as prostitutes and were given condoms to protect themselves from AIDS, two people familiar with the case said.

An internal investigation was conducted and von Boeselager admitted he knew about the condoms, which were distributed by other aid programs, not his. The Vatican was informed, Malteser International’s participation in the program ended and an ethics committee was launched to ensure that future projects adhered to Catholic Church teaching, the officials said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Pope orders probe over dismissal of Knights of Malta deputy head

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella | VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis on Thursday ordered an investigation into the ousting of the deputy head of the ancient order the Knights of Malta, who an Italian newspaper said was sacked for promoting the use of condoms in the developing world.

A Vatican statement said a five-member committee had been tasked with looking into the ousting of Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, whose official title was Grand Chancellor. The statement did not elaborate.

The ancient chivalric order, which today runs charities, hospitals and disaster relief in about 120 countries, said in its own statement this month that von Boeselager, a German, was dismissed by Grand Master Matthew Festing after twice refusing orders to step down.

It cited "grave problems" that had occurred under von Boeselager when he was in a previous position and said he had kept these issues hidden from the order's leaders when he was named Grand Chancellor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

14th sex abuse suit

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

A 14th victim of child sexual abuse has come forward and accused a former Guam priest as the perpetrator.

According to a verified complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam yesterday, Roman Afaisen De Plata is now the 14th victim suing the Archdiocese of Agana for damages and suffering he endured as a child under the care of church clergy.

Names Cruz as abuser

De Plata’s suit names the deceased Rev. Antonio C. Cruz, and joins the complaint filed by Paul Borja on Nov. 23 as the second to level abuse claims against the now-deceased Cruz.

De Plata, now a 62-year-old resident of Chalan Pago, alleged that he was abused when he was about 10 years old in March 1964, when he was an altar boy at the Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago where Cruz ministered at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Church council readies for litigation

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

With 14 suits now targeting the Archdiocese of Agana and even more assuredly on the way, the financial arm of the church has been hard at working preparing for what could amount to millions of dollars in settlements to survivors of child sexual abuse.

“A lot has been happening,” said Richard Untalan, president of the Archdiocesan Finance Council (AFC).

While he was unable to provide specific details for obvious legal reasons, Untalan did confirm that the recent filing of the now 14 suits against the church was a major concern for the AFC, which would be the body tasked with oversight of any settlements made as a result of litigation.

“The Archdiocese (of Agana) is hard at work in establishing an abuse victims fund,” he said. “So yes, we are preparing and repositioning the patrimony of the archdiocese to cope with what we expect to be substantial financial liabilities.”

Untalan said that since the reconstitution of the AFC by Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai in October, council members have been meeting once a week to address the various issues under their purview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Dale Anthony Guidry

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Dale Anthony Guidry was ordained for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA in 1982. He assisted at a Galiano parish for three years, after which his status was "on leave." In 1987 he resurfaced in the Honolulu HI archdiocese, assisting briefly at St. Theresa's Co-Cathedral in Honolulu then, for several years, pastoring a parish in Wahiawa. Guidry left HI in 1991 and settled into work in the Diocese of Amarillo TX. There he lead parishes in Childress, Memphis, Turkey and Dalhart. In 1999, without explanation, the bishop removed Guidry from ministry. He was "absent on leave" thereafter.

In July 2009 Guidry was arrested in Spring TX on charges of online solicitation of a minor. He pleaded guilty in July 2010 and was sentenced to five years in prison. Guidry died in Stockton TX October 20, 2013.

Born: April 6, 1954
Ordained: 1982
Died: October 20, 2013

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Payments made to ex-residents abused at Church of England children's home

UNITED KINGDOM
AOL

Payments have been made to ex-residents of a notorious Church of England children's home where girls were drugged and sexually and physically abused over nearly 20 years.

Around 24 former residents who participated in a damning review and report into life at Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent, have received ex-gratia payments.

The dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury said the payments acknowledged the "courage" of women who shared their stories, but one ex-resident described the money as an "insult".

Disclosure of the payments came after an independent review this year revealed a catalogue of sexual abuse, ill-treatment and physical abuse at the home between 1967 and 1986.

Some girls were placed in strait-jackets, and youngsters as young as 11 were routinely, and often without medical assessment, given powerful anti-depressants, sedatives and anti-psychotic drugs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Kendall House: Church payments to drugged girls an 'insult'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Payments to ex-residents of a church-run children's home where girls were routinely drugged, locked up and abused have been described as an "insult".

Hundreds of girls were sent to the Church of England Kendall House in Gravesend from the 1960s until it closed in 1986.

About 24 former residents have received payments following a review.

The Church of England has apologised. None of the perpetrators of the abuse are still alive.

A review of the abuse at the home was launched by the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, earlier this year and found it had "broken lives".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

Church of England makes £1,000 payouts to abuse victims at Kendall House in Gravesend

UNITED KINGDOM
Kent Online

22 December 2016by Tom Acrestacres@thekmgroup.co.uk

The Church of England has made a payout to more than 20 women who were drugged and sexually assaulted at a home for young girls in Gravesend.

Women were given the money after contributing to a review into Kendall House commissioned by the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, in January 2015, the results of which were first published in a 137-page report in June this year.

More than three decades of cruelty was exposed by the findings of an expert panel led by Dr Sue Proctor, who chaired the investigation into disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile, and a further report was published last week.

All of the former residents who contributed to both reports have now been paid, which a spokesman for the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury described as “an expression of our gratitude”.

They said: “Ex-gratia payments have been made to all of the former residents of Kendall House who participated in both the initial review and in the production of the addendum report, as recommended by the panel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Minneapolis pastor charged with beating boy as religious discipline

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Libor Jany Star Tribune DECEMBER 20, 2016

The pastor of a north Minneapolis church and his son were arrested last week on assault charges for beating a 12-year-old boy with a 2-by-4 and an electrical cord as religious discipline, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Dong Wook Kim, 51, of Good News Church, at 3000 W. Broadway Av., was charged with two counts of assault in the second- and third-degree, and a single county of malicious punishment of a child, all felonies, prosecutors said. His 19-year-old son, Joo Seong Kim, faces the same charges.

Police say that father and son repeatedly struck the young victim with various objects — a piece of lumber, electrical cord and a wooden closet rod — and forced him into a "push-up position and plank" for long periods, because the youngster was misbehaving in school and had rejected his faith.

The abuse allegedly occurred between Dec. 14 and 17.

After the most recent alleged beating, the victim fled the church and was found wandering the streets after dark in below-freezing temperatures, police said. A neighbor let him into her home and called police to find out whether the boy had been reported missing, the complaint said.

The boy was taken to a nearby hospital with bruising on his arms, buttocks, back and thighs, "one of which was the approximate size of a football," the complaint read.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Minn. pastor accused of hitting 12-year-old with two-by-four because child 'wanted to test God'

MINNESOTA
New York Daily News

BY
CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Minneapolis pastor and his son were arrested for disciplining a 12-year-old with a two-by-four because the child “wanted to test God.”

Dong Wook Kim and his 19-year-old son Joo Seong Kim are accused of using the wooden plank and an electrical cord to repeatedly hit the youngster in the basement of the Good News Church for more than four days of punishment.

The unnamed child was discovered in shorts and a T-shirt on Saturday after he ran outside as temperatures hovered at 3 degrees and asked a stranger for help, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Police found the 12-year-old with a black eye, lash marks on his back and a football-sized mark among the bruises on his behind and thighs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Detuvieron al cura Agustín Rosa, acusado de abuso sexual

ARGENTINA
TN

[They arrested the priest Agustín Rosa, accused of sexual abuse. An exclusive investigation of TN.com.ar revealed two criminal complaints and another 25 canonical complaints against the founder of the Religious Institute Disciples of Jesus of San Juan Bautista. He was arrested in a private clinic where he had been sent for health problems.]

Detuvieron al fundador del Instituto Religioso Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista tras la investigación de TN.com.ar que reveló denuncias de abuso sexual. Efectivos de la policia de Salta que investiga delitos contra la integridad sexual arrestaron al sacerdote Agustín Rosa, en la finca La Cruz, donde estaba alojado desde que fue separado de su cargo por la Santa Sede. Está citado a declarar mañana.

La fiscalía de Salta dipuso rápidamente que un médico evalúe la salud de Rosa. El profesional optó por dejarlo internado en la clínica privada Santa Clara de Asís, informaron fuentes judiciales a TN.com.ar.

La orden de detención fue dictada por la jueza Ada Zunino del juzgado de Garantía de Primera Nominación. Rosa y el cura Nicolás Parma fueron señalados por testimonios exclusivos de este sitio.

El exnovicio Yair Gyurkovitz los denunció por abuso sexual simple. La fiscal del caso, Luján Sodero Calvet reconoció que en su declaración "hay fuertes indicadores de experiencias traumáticas".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Sex abuse law files sent to archdiocese

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com December 22, 2016

The Archdiocese of Agana received nearly 600 pages of documents related to the development of a law that lifted the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse — which made it possible for at least 14 former altar boys to separately sue the Catholic Church over allegations that priests sexually abused them.

Sen. Frank B. Aguon Jr. released 589 pages of documents, in electronic form, related to Bill 326-33, which Aguon’s committee worked on. The Legislature passed the bill with a 13-0 vote. Gov. Eddie Calvo signed it into law on Sept. 23.

The documents include the committee’s invitation to attend the public hearings on the bill and written testimony on the bill, along with written testimony of former altar boys who publicly accused Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and former island priest Rev. Louis Brouillard of sexually abusing or raping them decades ago.

Aguon responded to church legal counsel John Terlaje’s Dec. 12 submission of a Freedom of Information Act request related to the bill. Introduced by Sen. Frank Blas Jr., the measure lifted the statute of limitations on civil cases related to child sexual abuse, allowing victims to sue abusers and institutions that supported them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Christian Brother jailed for historical assaults on boys

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Richard Noone
Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate

A FORMER Central Coast school principal was jailed last week for a minimum of three years over historical assaults against young boys.

Christian Brother Desmond Eric “Neil” Richards pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault, with a further six charges taken into account during sentencing.

The 78-year-old faced the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney on Friday, where he was sentenced to six years’ jail, with a non-parole period of three years.

The charges came after Richards was jailed in November 2014 for two years and three months for sexually abusing four Catholic schoolboys between 1972 and 1982.

The offences occurred at various postings, including Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

1969: GONZAGA, SPOKANE POLICE GIVE PEDOPHILE PRIEST A FREE PASS

WASHINGTON
Inlander

By Mike Bookey

In 1961, John P. Leary, a Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) became president of Gonzaga University. Seen as a visionary leader in the realm of educational theory, Leary was beloved at the university and oversaw the school during a period of growth.

But in 1969, Leary left Spokane abruptly. A regional Jesuit leader told the community that Leary had resigned for health reasons, and the priest was reassigned to other posts in the western United States. The university released a similar statement.

Thirty-seven years later, the real reason for Leary's departure became public — the priest was a pedophile who'd molested several young boys and at least one Gonzaga student, the order later admitted. Back in 1969, Spokane police, fully aware of Leary's monstrous behavior, didn't arrest the priest. Instead, they gave him the opportunity to leave Spokane within 24 hours.

Leary went on to continue working in education, eventually founding the New College of California, a progressive university in San Francisco that was unaffiliated with the church, which eventually folded in 2008. He also launched innovative educational endeavors throughout California and was widely regarded as a pedagogical guru. Leary died in 1993 here in Spokane, which didn't say much for the police's already reprehensible choice to allow him to leave town instead of facing charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

El sacerdote Agustín Rosa fue detenido en Salta, tras ser acusado de abuso sexual contra menores

ARGENTINA
La Nacion

[The priest Agustín Rosa was arrested in Salta after being accused of sexual abuse against minors.]

El sacerdote Agustín Rosa, que fundó el instituto religioso Discípulos de San Juan Bautista y fue denunciado por abuso sexual, fue detenido esta tarde en su residencia de Finca La Cruz, y luego trasladado a una clínica privada, donde quedó internado con custodia policial por padecer diabetes, hipertensión y problemas cardíacos.

Fuentes del Ministerio Público Fiscal de Salta confirmaron a Télam que la detención fue un pedido de la fiscal penal Luján Sodero a la jueza de Garantías 1, Ada Zunino, tras una serie de diligencias que se concretaron hoy, en el marco de la causa por abuso sexual iniciada en contra del sacerdote.

La jueza hizo lugar a la solicitud de la fiscal, que integra la Unidad de Delitos contra la Integridad Sexual, por lo que efectivos policiales procedieron a la detención del cura, denunciado ante la justicia por dos miembros de la comunidad religiosa que él mismo fundó en 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

La detención del Padre Rosa y cuatro títulos más que tenés que saber a esta hora

ARGENTINA
La Gaceta Salta

[Agustin Rosa, the priest accused of alleged sexual abuse, was arrested yesterday on the Finca la Cruz property where he was being held. The doctor reported that he was not in good health and could not be accommodated in the police station. He was transferred to a private sanatorium in the capital of Salta where he remains with police custody. He will then be transferred to the Criminal Prosecutor's Office.]

1. Rosa fue detenido por abuso sexual y permanece internado

El sacerdote acusado de presuntos abusos sexuales fue detenido ayer a las 19 en la propiedad de Finca la Cruz donde permanecía recluido. El médico informó que no se encontraba en buen estado de salud y no podía ser alojado en la alcaidía policial. Fue trasladado a un sanatorio privado de la capital salteña donde permanece con custodia policial. Luego será trasladado a la Fiscalía Penal que lleva el caso para la correspondiente declaración. Se esperan novedades sobre el estado de salud del cura de la parroquia de la Santa Cruz.

2. Ganancias hoy será ley

Luego de un extenso debate sobre las reformas al proyecto del impuesto a las Ganancias, el Senado lo aprobó ayer por ámplia mayoría al proyecto acordado por el Gobierno, provincias y la CGT, que eleva el mínimo no imponible y actualiza las escalas. El texto fue girado a Diputados para su tratamiento en comisión y, de no mediar ningún conflicto, la Cámara baja lo sancionará hoy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

A story of a priest accused of abuse, friendship and a long search for justice

CANADA
Metro

By: Bob Weber The Canadian Press Published on Thu Dec 22 2016

Piita Irniq, one of a generation of Inuit leaders who took his people from igloos to iPhones, has seen and accomplished much, but one loose end haunts him.

It's the lonely search for justice for his friend, who died young after a lifetime of pain from the child sexual abuse he told Irniq was inflicted by a missionary Arctic priest.

Why, Irniq asks, does the man his friend named as his abuser remain safely overseas? And why has Canada, bent on reconciliation with indigenous people, failed to get the priest back despite an active 18-year-old arrest warrant for him?

"Maybe I want to see a wrong righted," says Irniq, his lively smile suddenly shadowed.

"Maybe I'm a little bit angry."

Irniq, 69, was born in Repulse Bay, N.W.T., now Naujaat, Nunavut. So, a few years later, was Marius Tungilik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Lawsuit: Priest sexually abused boy in New Mexico

NEW MEXICO
The Daily Progress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another man has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former New Mexico priest who until recently was on the lam.

The claim was filed in court in Albuquerque on Wednesday on behalf of 65-year-old man and former University of Albuquerque student.

The man says The Rev. Art Perrault sexually abused him.

The lawsuit was filed against The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Servants of the Paraclete, which were the target of dozens of lawsuits in the 1980s and 1990s alleging that priests were molesting children. Many cases alleged that pedophile priests came to New Mexico for treatment by the Servants of the Paraclete and were then sent to churches around the state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Francis denounces resistance to Vatican reform in Christmas speech to curia

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Dec. 22, 2016

ROME

Pope Francis on Thursday lashed out against high-level Catholic prelates who have been opposing his efforts to reform the Vatican's central bureaucracy, using an annual pre-Christmas meeting to say that while some cardinals and archbishops offer questions in a spirit of goodwill others practice a "malevolent resistance."

Such sinister opposition, the pontiff said, "sprouts from twisted minds and presents itself when the devil inspires bad intentions."

The pope also said it "finds refuge in tradition, in appearances, in formality, in the known, or in the desire to make everything personal without distinguishing between act, actor, and action."

Francis was speaking Thursday in an annual meeting that under previous pontiffs had simply been a polite encounter to exchange greetings before the holidays.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Salta: detuvieron al cura Agustín Rosa, acusado de abuso sexual

ARGENTINA
Contexto

[Civil authorities have arrested the priest Agustin Rosa, founder of a religious congregation in Salta, following a newspaper report by TN that documented allegations of sexual abuse. He was arrested in La Cruz where he has been staying since since he was removed from office by the Vatican.]

Detuvieron al sacerdote Agustín Rosa, fundador de una congregación religiosa en Salta, tras un informe periodístico que realizó TN donde lo acusan de abuso sexual.

Efectivos de la policia de Salta arrestaron al cura en la finca La Cruz, donde estaba alojado desde que fue separado de su cargo por la Santa Sede. Está citado a declarar mañana.

La orden de detención fue dictada por la jueza Ada Zunino del juzgado de Garantía de Primera Nominación, informa TN.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

El Arzobispado de Salta, dolido por el caso del sacerdote Rosa

ARGENTINA
Religion Digital

[The Salta archbishop has expressed unity with the alleged victims of priest Agustin Rosa and said he will cooperate with civil authorities.]

Después de que se conocieran las denuncias por abuso sexual contra el padre Agustín Rosa, el Arzobispado de Salta emitió un comunicado por el caso. A continuación reproducimos el documento.

Comunicado del Arzobispado de Salta

Ante los acontecimientos que son de dominio público y que afectan a los Institutos de los Servidores de Jesús de San Juan Bautista y de las Servidoras de Jesús de San Juan Bautista, ambos de derecho diocesano de esta Iglesia particular, el Arzobispo de Salta, después de haber consultado con el presbiterio y luego del comunicado emitido el día de ayer por el Señor Comisario Pontificio de dichos institutos, Mons. Luis Stockler, informa a la opinión pública:

El arzobispado, cuando recibió las denuncias en abril de 2015, procedió de acuerdo a lo establecido por las leyes eclesiásticas y envió la documentación correspondiente a la Santa Sede. Una vez que la misma decidió la intervención nombrando un Comisario Pontificio, el proceso correspondiente está en manos de la Santa Sede, según lo ha informado Mons. Luis Stockler.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Former Uniting Church minister, 83, walks free after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy - because the judge believed he had lived an 'exemplary life'

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Australian Associated Press

A former Queensland Uniting Church minister who sexually abused a 12-year-old boy five decades ago will walk free after a judge noted he lived an 'exemplary life'.

Barry Dangerfield, 83, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court today to five counts of indecently treating a child under 14 and six counts of indecent practices between males.

In sentencing, Dangerfield's defence lawyer Julian Noud accepted the seriousness of the offence, but argued for a wholly suspended sentence given the delay of 55 years since the abuse occurred.

He said there was 'ample material' to prove rehabilitation and Dangerfield deserved credit for good character as a popular community leader and devoted husband.

'He's lived a completely blameless life, this man,' Mr Noud said.

Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien said it was 'a most unusual case' because Dangerfield's conduct over the past 50 years demonstrated significant rehabilitation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Archdiocese comments on latest sex abuse allegation

GUAM
KUAM

By Krystal Paco

The Archdiocese of Agana has issued a statement on the latest allegation of child sex abuse in the catholic church. Last week, 60-year-old James Bascon of Inarajan alleges he was around 12 or 13 years old when Father Louis Brouillard molested him, both as an altar boy and as a Boy Scout. Bascon is the thirteenth individual to file a civil suit, which was made possible with the passage of Bill 326 into law.

A release from the church issued Wednesday states, "We extend our prayers to Mr. Bascon and his family. The archdiocese is committed to ensuring that all people, most especially minors ,are served in a safe, loving and caring environment, fully protected from sexual abuse and harm of any kind." The release adds that a task force for the protection of minors continues to conduct trainings at the island's catholic schools and will continue through the New Year.

The church also has two 24-hour hotline numbers for reporting incidents of sexual abuse in the church. The numbers to call are 685-7305 or 727-7373.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

14th lawsuit filed against Archdiocese of Agana

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com December 22, 2016

Another former altar boy filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana over allegations of sex abuse by a now-deceased priest, Rev. Antonio C. Cruz.

Ramon Afaisen De Plata, now 62, alleged that when he was about a 10-year-old altar boy at the Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago, in or about March 1964, “Cruz attempted to sexually molest and/or rape” him “by enticing and luring him to engage in acts of sexual conduct, which occurred on multiple occasions.”

The complaint cites as an example a night after Mass during Lenten week, when Cruz sought and obtained permission from the parents and guardians of several altar boys, including De Plata, for the boys spend the night at the Chalan Pago Parish rectory, where Cruz resided.

“During the night at the rectory, Ramon witnessed Cruz sexually molest and abuse an altar boy, together with a seminarian named Anthony Sablan Apuron, who would later become an ordained priest on Guam and ultimately serve as the archbishop of the Agana archdiocese,” the complaint states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Pedophilia: When the Church compensates victims

SWITZERLAND
La Croix International

Malo Tresca

On December 5, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference finalized the establishment of a compensation fund for persons sexually abused by religious where victims are barred from legal action because of the expiry of the statute of limitations period.

The decision was announced yesterday before a handful of victims who gathered under the imposing arches of the Valère basilica in Sion for a “penitential prayer” service.“We wanted a tangible sign of recognition – going beyond pardon and prayer – of the moral responsibility of the Church, expressed in the form of financial compensation,” states Jacques Nuoffer, president of the Support Group for Persons Abused in a Relationship with Religious Authority (SAPEC).

The fund will compensate victims who address themselves to “contact points,” namely the ecclesial commissions in each diocese. These victims include those who have already submitted a request to the Commission for Listening, Conciliation, Arbitration and Reparation (CECAR), a body specially created in French-speaking Switzerland to offer them recognition and reparation.

“We want a neutral commission that is independent of Catholic Church authorities so that the latter do not remain on a ‘pedestal’ with respect to victims,” explains Nuoffer, who has worked since 2010 for the establishment of the commission. Its implementation follows an agreement that was reached at the end of 201 between the SAPEC group, Bishop Charles Morerod of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg and other parties, with the support of parliamentarians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Victim speaks out as judge rejects compensation claims for abuse at Yorkshire Catholic children’s home

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

Lawyers have vowed to fight on with a long-running, multimillion-pound compensation claim over alleged sex abuse in a Catholic children’s home in East Yorkshire, despite losing three out of four first “test” cases.

A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute which ran the St William’s children’s home in Market Weighton.

They claim to have suffered sexual abuse there and, in one of the largest joint compensation claims against the Catholic Church, potential payouts could run into millions of pounds if successful.

Five men gave evidence during the recent civil claim hearing involving St William’s and were cross-examined by lawyers acting for the defendants.

But today a judge at the High Court in Leeds ruled on the first four cases and only one was successful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

LAWYERS TO FIGHT ON FOR PAYOUTS AFTER LOSS OF SEX ABUSE 'TEST' CASES

UNITED KINGDOM
Care Appointments

Written by The Press Association

Lawyers have vowed to fight on with a long-running, multimillion-pound compensation claim over alleged sex abuse in a Catholic children's home despite losing three out of four first "test" cases.

A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute which ran the St William's children's home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

They claim to have suffered sexual abuse there and, in one of the largest joint compensation claims against the Catholic Church, potential payouts could run into millions of pounds if successful.

Five men gave evidence during the recent civil claim hearing involving St William's and were cross-examined by lawyers acting for the defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Catholic children's home lawsuit 'will go on' after judge dismisses cases

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
@harrietsherwood
Wednesday 21 December 2016

A lawyer for 249 men seeking compensation for alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic children’s home has vowed to continue with one of the largest compensation claims against the church despite a judge dismissing three of the first test cases.

The high court in Leeds awarded one of the claimants £14,000 in compensation and ruled against three other men. Judgment in a fifth case will be given next month.

The men’s lawyer, David Greenwood of Switalskis, said outside court: “This is a skirmish; we will win the ultimate war.”

The claims were made against the diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute, which ran the St William’s children’s home in Market Weighton, east Yorkshire.

The civil case followed the imprisonment earlier this year of the home’s former principal and chaplain for sexual offences against 11 boys between 1970 and 1991.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

FORMER ROMERO AIDE REMOVED FROM PRIESTHOOD

EL SALVADOR
The Tablet (UK)

21 December 2016 | by James Roberts

Mgr Jesus Delgado relieved totally and definitively of all priestly functions, along with two other priests

A former private secretary and biographer of assassinated archbishop Oscar Romero has been removed from the priesthood following allegations that he sexually abused a girl in the 1980s.

Mgr Jesus Delgado, 77, a former top official in the San Salvador diocese where Romero was murdered in 1980, was relieved “totally and definitively” of all priestly functions, along with two other priests, Fr Francisco Galvez and Fr Antonio Molina, La Prensa reported from El Salvador.

Announcing the laicisations yesterday, the Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar said: “From now on, [the three] cannot exercise any office or priestly function according to canon 292 of the Code of Canon Law. These resolutions of the Holy See have already been communicated respectively to each of the aforementioned priests.

“We have also communicated it to the victims, to each one of the cases respectively, and today we make it known to all.”

Delgado was the country's first priest to be suspended for child sex abuse when he was removed last year from his position as San Salvador vicar general.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

December 21, 2016

Charges: Pastor, son beat 12-year-old in church basement

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A Minneapolis pastor and his son are facing charges for allegedly beating a 12-year-old boy in the basement of their church.

Last Saturday, witnesses found the boy outside with only shorts and a t-shirt on in subzero temperatures and called 911. He had extensive bruising and was limping.

The victim told police he had been assaulted by his pastor, identified as Dong Wook Kim, 51, and the pastor’s son, Joo Seong Kim, 19, in the basement of the Good News Church on Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis and that he had run away when the two were distracted. He showed officers the large lash marks on his back, which reportedly came from being struck by the pastor with an electrical cord.

The victim said he had sustained multiple beatings over the last several days. He said his parents were aware the abuse was taking place.

The abuse reportedly started on Dec. 14 and continued until Dec. 17. During this time, the victim said he was forced to get into a push-up position and repeatedly kicked in the head and face, punched or whipped with a wooden stick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 PM

Pastor Charged With Beating Child With Rod, Electrical Cord

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The pastor of a north Minneapolis church and his son have been arrested for beating a 12-year-old boy with a wooden rod and an electrical cord.

Dong Wook Kim, 51, was charged with two counts of assault and a count of malicious punishment of a child.

A neighbor called police Saturday after finding the boy walking in the extreme cold, wearing only shorts and a T-shirt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 PM

Hadleigh rector Martin Thrower appears in court over alleged voyeurism at the Buttermarket Centre, Ipswich

UNITED KINGDOM
East Anglian Daily Times

19 December 2016 Colin Adwent

A crown court date has been set for a senior Suffolk clergyman accused of filming males in public toilets.

The Very Rev Martin Thrower, 55, of Church Street, Hadleigh, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court today accused of eight voyeurism offences.

He did not enter a plea and the case was sent up to crown court.

Thrower was arrested at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich on August 4 on suspicion of voyeurism. He was interviewed and bailed to return to police while officers continued their investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Suffolk priest faces voyeurism charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Tim Wyatt

Posted: 22 Dec 2016

THE Rector of St Mary’s, Hadleigh, and Dean of Bocking, the Very Revd Martin Thrower, has ap­­peared in court charged with filming young men in public lavatories.

Dean Thrower did not enter a plea to eight charges of voyeurism when he appeared at Ipswich Magis­trates’ Court on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM

Interview with Australian Member of Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors.

ROME
Pontifical Gregorian University

Please click on the image to read the interview with Kathleen McCormack.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Der Pfarrer von Belair ...

LUXEMBURG
Tagebatt

KOMMENTAR

Als in den Jahren 2010 und 2011 eine Serie von Missbrauchsfällen seitens katholischer Geistlicher bekannt wurde (oft an Schutzbefohlenen) und die unappetitlichen Details die Runde machten, sahen sich selbst die CSV und deren Justizminister genötigt, zu handeln. Die allermeisten der Täter konnten sich beruhigt zurücklehnen, da die sexuellen Übergriffe gesetzlich verjährt waren und die göttliche Justiz ohnehin vom Bodenpersonal nicht so ernst genommen wird, wie die Taten an sich zeigen.

rschneider@tageblatt.lu rschneider@tageblatt.lu
Die Opfer allerdings leiden auch noch Jahrzehnte nach dem Missbrauch, befinden sich teils in psychiatrischer Behandlung, um irgendwie mit dem Eingriff in ihre damals junge Persönlichkeit fertig zu werden. Die Folgen des unbekümmerten Missbrauchs, der kirchenintern lange geduldet bzw. verdrängt wurde, sind auch heute noch schrecklich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Gericht spricht Ex-Pfarrer vom Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs frei

LUXEMBURG
Journal

[Court clears ex-priest from accusation of sexual abuse.]

Der ehemalige Pfarrer, dem sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen wurde, ist am Dienstag von der Kriminalkammer im Bezirksgericht Luxemburg freigesprochen worden. Dem heute 60-jährigen, mittlerweile in den Laienstand zurückversetzten Ordensmann wurde vorgeworfen, im November 2008 einen 14-jährigen Ministranten im französischen Taizé sexuell missbraucht zu haben. Trotz der schockierenden Erlebnisse hatten mehrere Zeugen ihren Pfarrer in dem Prozess in Schutz genommen.

Beim Plädoyer hatte die Vorsitzende Richterin sowie die Anklagevertreterin dem Angeklagten vorgeworfen, er sei nur „vermeintlich geständig“. Die Anklagevertreterin vermisste ebenfalls Reue bei dem ehemaligen Ordensmann und verlangte eine strenge Bestrafung von sieben Jahren, nicht zuletzt aus generalpräventiven Gründen. Beim Angeklagten gebe es ein Mangel an subjektiver Einsicht. Der 60-Jährige hatte angegeben, er habe sich damit verantwortet, dass er den Versuchungen in Taizé nicht widerstehen habe können. Nebenkläger Albert Rodesch an das Gericht: Der Pfarrer habe sein Opfer für sein Leben lang gebrandmarkt und sein Leben verpfuscht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Romero-Sekretär wegen Missbrauchs zwangslaisiert

EL SALVADOR
religion@orf

Wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs hat der Vatikan einem ehemaligen engen Mitarbeiter des salvadorianischen Erzbischofs Oscar Romero (1917-1980) das Priesteramt entzogen.

Die gleiche Sanktion wie den 78-jährigen Jesus Delgado traf zwei weitere Priester der Erzdiözese San Salvador, wie die Vatikanzeitung „Osservatore Romano“ (Mittwoch-Ausgabe) meldet. Delgado, zeitweise Generalvikar der Erzdiözese San Salvador und Medienchef der salvadorianischen katholischen Kirche, war Sekretär Romeros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Three alleged victims of abuse at former East Yorkshire school fail in compensation bid

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

One man has been awarded £14,000 in the civil case against the former St William's school in Market Weighton. The case of another man will be heard next month.

Up to 249 men are suing the Catholic Church saying they were abused at the approved school in the 1970s and 80s.

Two staff members were jailed earlier this year. The former principal James Carragher, now 75, was jailed for nine years.

Anthony McCallen, 69, and the former chaplain was jailed for 15 years. The judge told them their crimes had blighted the lives of their victims.

Solicitors for the men who have lose their cases say an appeal is being considered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

St William's school abuse victim wins £14,000 payout

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A man who claims he was sexually abused at a Catholic school has been awarded thousands of pounds in compensation.

More than 200 men are suing the Catholic Church over alleged historical abuse at St William's residential school in Market Weighton.

On Wednesday a judge ruled in favour of the man's claim, ordering the church to pay £14,000 in damages, but rejected a further three test cases.

The men's lawyers vowed to fight on and say they may appeal against the ruling.

A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute, which ran the home.

If successful, potential payouts could run into millions of pounds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Lawyers vow to continue fight for compensation for Roman Catholic school abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
Gazette Live

BYIAN MCNEAL
21 DEC 2016

Lawyers have vowed to fight on with a long-running, multimillion-pound compensation claim over alleged sex abuse in a Catholic children’s home despite losing three out of four first “test” cases.

A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute which ran the St William’s children’s home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

They claim to have suffered sexual abuse there and, in one of the largest joint compensation claims against the Catholic Church, potential payouts could run into millions of pounds if successful.

Five men gave evidence during the recent civil claim hearing involving St William’s and were cross-examined by lawyers acting for the defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Archdiocese complies with abuse settlement, work still to do

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

AP

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis remains in compliance with its agreement with prosecutors to take a series of affirmative steps to protect children from sexual abuse, officials said.

Church officials and prosecutors reached a settlement last December calling for substantial cultural changes within the church after the archdiocese was accused of mishandling an abuse case involving former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Church officials provided an update on their progress Tuesday to Ramsey County Chief Judge Teresa Warner, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Two church officials who deal with child protection told Warner that nearly 90,000 adults have undergone background checks and training on how to ensure that children are safe in church-related settings. The 187 parishes, 92 schools and two seminaries that belong to the archdiocese are required to comply with the settlement.

"So we have 90,000 sets of eyes and ears out there watching to make sure kids are safe," said Timothy O'Malley, the archdiocese's director of ministerial standards and safe environment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Ampleforth Abbey & College to be included in sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press

Emily Flanagan

A TOP independent school in North Yorkshire is to be included in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSE) has published an internal review, setting out how it intends to proceed with its inquiry under its latest chair Professor Alexis Jay, who took over the role this summer.

The review states that it was reducing the number of public-inquiry style hearings into key institutions to speed up the process and refocus on preventing abuse now and in the future.

It will now hold public hearings into three of its investigations; the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation, children outside of the UK and Rochdale Council establishments.

The inquiry into the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation - which encompasses Benedictine monastic organisations across the UK, including Ampleforth Abbey and College - will be held in December 2017.

There will be further public hearings the following year into the archdiocese of Birmingham and the wider Catholic church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Discriminación, autoritarismo y maltrato, características del Instituto del padre Agustín Rosa

ARGENTINA
La Gaceta Salta

[Discrimination, authoritarianism and mistreatment, characteristics of the institute of Father Agustín Rosa.]

Continúan los cimbronazos para la iglesia salteña. En un nuevo informe de TN se da a conocer los maltratos sistemáticos dentro del Instituto Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista creado en Salta por el padre Agustín Rosa. Ayer se conoció que Rosa no había sido apartado de su puesto por una malversación de fondos, sino por 25 denuncias por abuso sexual. Tal como hicieron en Octubre de 2015, los feligreses ayer respaldaron al sacerdote y dijeron a LA GACETA descreer de las acusaciones.

El nuevo artículo de la periodista Miriam Lewin toma el testimonio de Valeria y Gracia quienes tenían una fuerte vocación religiosa y en carne propia abusos sexuales. Y fueron, además, testigos de cómo “en los enunciados y las homilías, el sacerdote inculcaba lo opuesto a lo que practicaba en su vida cotidiana. “Los votos de pobreza funcionaban solamente para los que debían obedecer, no para el padre Agustín y sus elegidos”, señalan los damnificados.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Sits Down with Archbishop Bernard Hebda

MINNESOTA
KSTP

[with video[

December 20, 2016

This week marks one year since the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis signed a settlement with Ramsey County prosecutors over a criminal and civil case.

Investigators found the church failed to protect children from the sexual abuse of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Tuesday in court, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said it believes the Archdiocese is making progress with the terms of that settlement.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda sat down with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS after the hearing for a wide-ranging interview on recovering from a bruising past. Archbishop Hebda says he's committed to rebuilding trust in the church and promoting healing for victims.

"To those who have been harmed by the church is to say we're certainly committed to their healing and we're doing everything possible to make sure that this doesn't happen again,"Archbishop Hebda said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

NSPCC encourages children to speak out about abuse with visit to Cowley school

UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford Mail

Michael Race, Crime reporter also covering Barton, Wood Farm and Risinghurst. Call me on (01865) 425483 / @OxMailMichaelR

CHILDREN were encouraged to talk about their problems and worries in a workshop designed to teach them about the signs and dangers of abuse.

The NSPCC visited St Francis Church of England Primary School in Cowley to talk to year five and year six pupils about types of abuse and what to do if they spotted it, or became a victim.

The visit was part of the charity’s Speak Out, Stay Safe scheme.

Imogen McCabe, who runs the scheme in Oxfordshire, said NSPCC staff and volunteers had visited 170 schools across the county but were still aiming to reach about 100 more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Scores of sex abuse victims apply to Cardinal Dolan's program for compensation from New York Archdiocese

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

More than 60 victims have applied to a program founded by Timothy Cardinal Dolan to compensate people sexually abused as children by clergy in the New York Archdiocese.

With still more time to apply, 65 people have provided accounts of abuse by priests when they were minors.

Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, has thus far offered settlement amounts to 15 victims.

Three of them have accepted compensation from the archdiocese while 12 have yet to respond to the offers. The remaining cases are still under review, Feinberg said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Abuse victims' Rome trip tops fundraisers

AUSTRALIA
SBS

A bid to send Ballarat child abuse survivors to Rome to hear Cardinal George Pell give evidence on clergy sex abuse was the top Australian fundraiser on crowdfunding site GoFundMe in 2016.

The campaign, set up by KIIS FM radio host Meshel Laurie, initially aimed to raise $55,000 to send a group to Rome in February to see Cardinal Pell give evidence to Australia's royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

It ended up raising more than $203,065 over 10 months with the rest of the money going towards a healing centre for survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Spanish priest who claimed he leaked Vatican secrets after being 'blackmailed' by Italian lover freed early from prison by the Pope

VATICAN CITY
Daily Mail

By Associated Press and Dave Burke For Mailonline

A senior Vatican official has been granted forgiveness by the Pope and freed from jail after he was convicted of leaking secrets to journalists.

Spanish Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda was given 'conditional freedom' by Pope Francis, having served half of an 18-month sentence handed out by a Vatican court.

He was convicted of passing confidential documents to journalists, and has been sacked from his job as a high-ranking finance official.

In July, a Vatican court convicted Vallejo of conspiring to pass documents on to two journalists, Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, although it cleared him and a co-defendant of forming a criminal organisation to do so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Victim advocate hopes for statue of limitations reform in '17

PENNSYLVANIA
WITF

Written by Rachel McDevitt/Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 21, 2016

(Harrisburg) -- Statute of limitations reform for victims of child sexual abuse nearly made it over the finish line in the state legislature in 2016.

But, it was hampered by complaints that a certain provision went against the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Now, the state's Victim Advocate says she will be among those pushing for the measure to become law in the new year.

The bill would have abolished the statute of limitations on future criminal cases of child sex abuse and given past victims of abuse more time to file a civil suit.

Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm says the testimony of then-Solicitor General Bruce Castor that the retroactive measure of the bill was unconstitutional cut the measure off at the knees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

El cura Jorge Crespo salió a respaldar al padre denunciado por abuso sexual

ARGENTINA
La Gaceta Salta

[The priest Jorge Crespo has supported Father Agustin Rosa who has been denounced for sexual abuse. He said the accused priest has a true vocation and he said rape is hard to prove and is one person's word against another's word.]

Un inesperado respaldo obtuvo ayer el sacerdote Agustín Rosa, acusado de abuso sexual. El ex candidato a diputado provincial por el Frente Salteño, el cura Jorge Crespo, expresó su parecer sobre la situación que atraviesa quien estuvo a cargo del Instituto Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista.

“No vi el informe, solo escuché los comentarios”, dijo Jorge Crespo a Fm Noticias. Y añadió: “A ver, los temas sexuales son muy difíciles de comprobar. Le pasó al padre Grassi, pasó un tiempo hasta que se llegó a una condena. El tema de la violación es palabra contra palabra”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Declara una exmiembro de la orden del padre Rosa que denunció abusos

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

[An ex-member of Father Rosa's religious order, Disciples of Jesus of San Juan Bautista, today is expected to expand his testimony before the criminal prosecutor. Another priest is said to be involved. The complainant said there could be more sexual abuse victims.]

Hoy, en el transcurso de la mañana, una exintegrante del Instituto Religioso Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista, creado por el sacerdote Rubén Agustín Rosa Torino, se presentará a ampliar su testimonio ante la fiscal penal 2 de la Unidad de Delitos contra la Integridad Sexual, María Luján Sodero, luego de denunciar que sufrió abusos en la organización. La exreligiosa sostuvo que otros miembros de la comunidad también habrían sido víctimas de abusos sexuales.

La fiscal lleva adelante diligencias penales en torno de las acusaciones realizadas en contra de dos sacerdotes que cumplían servicios en la iglesia de la Santa Cruz. Además del cura Rosa, está siendo investigado Nicolás Parma. Ambos oficiaban en la casa parroquial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Hoy ampliará su declaración la ex religiosa que denunció a Rosa por abusos sexuales

ARGENTINA
La Gaceta Salta

[It is not ruled out that the accused priest - Agustin Rosa - should appear before the court to give his version of the facts.]

Durante el transcurso de la mañana se espera que amplíe su declaración una ex religiosa que denunció al padre Agustín Rosa –de la parroquia de la Santa Cruz- por presuntos abusos sexuales. El sacerdote también podría presentarse a declarar.

Se trata de una ex miembro del Instituto Religioso Discípulos de San Juan Bautista –creado por el sacerdote- que aseguró ante la fiscal de la Unidad de Delitos contra la Integridad Sexual, María Luján Sodero, haber sido víctima del religioso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Estremecedores relatos de sus víctimas | Indignación por el nuevo caso de un cura abusador protegido por el Vaticano

ARGENTINA
Hora 22

[Shocking Stories of Their Victims | Indignation for the new case of an abuser priest protected by the Vatican. Priest Agustin Rosa had been removed by the Vatican from the management of the Santa Cruz Church in Salta for lack of funds, abuse and drug use. They did not prosecute him and hid the case.]

20-12-2016

Había sido apartado por el Vaticano del manejo de la Iglesia Santa Cruz en Salta, por desmanejo de fondos, abusos y el uso de drogas. No lo denunciaron penalmente y escondieron el caso.

Un nuevo y gravísimo escándalo golpea a la Iglesia Católica y sus seguidores por denuncias de abuso sexual contra el cura Agustín Rosa en la provincia de Salta.

Son dos denuncias que se hicieron públicas por un informe emitido anoche por el canal Todo Noticias y por las cuales derivaron en el apartamiento de sus responsabilidades en la Iglesia de la Santa Cruz en octubre del año pasado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Child sex abuse inquiry to include North Yorkshire independent school next year

UNITED KINGDOM
The Northern Echo

A TOP independent school in North Yorkshire will be included next year in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSE) has published an internal review, setting out how it intends to proceed with its inquiry under its latest chair Professor Alexis Jay, who took over this summer as the fourth head of the inquiry.

The review states it will reduce the number of public-inquiry style hearings into key institutions to speed up the process and prevent future abuse. As a result it will hold public hearings into three of its investigations; the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation, children outside of the UK and Rochdale Council establishments, with scope for other public inquiries later.

The inquiry into the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation - which encompasses Benedictine monastic organisations across the UK, including Ampleforth Abbey and College - will be held in December 2017. There will be further public hearings the following year into the wider Catholic church.

The internal review stated the investigation will examine the extent of “any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales”. It will include two case studies, the first relating to the English Benedictine Congregation and the second to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Former school head accused of child sexual abuse

LOUISIANA/ILLINOIS
The News Star

Bonnie Bolden , bbolden@thenewsstar.com December 20, 2016

Editor's note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

David H. "Dave" DeRousse, 69, of West Monroe, recently was arrested in St. Clair County, Illinois.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat: State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said DeRousse was charged with seven felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.

According to a news release, DeRousse “knowingly committed an act of sexual conduct” with the minors. Court records allege that the abuse happened between August 2014 and August 2016. The Mascoutah Police Department investigated the case.

Bail for DeRousse was set at $75,000. Mascoutah police said the man turned himself in Dec. 13 and posted bond.

Court records indicated that the case has pending grand jury actions.

DeRousse served as president of St. Frederick Catholic High School in Monroe from 1996 to 1999. DeRousse coached locally, including a stint as the assistant varsity basketball coach at then-Northeast Louisiana University in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Archdiocese compliant with settlement, pledges ongoing collaboration

MINNESOTA
Catholic Spirit

Maria Wiering | December 20, 2016

A Ramsey County court judge commended the collaboration between the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office at a Dec. 20 hearing on the archdiocese’s efforts to fulfill a year-old settlement agreement to enhance policies to protect children from abuse.

The hearing was the second time the archdiocese appeared in court to report on its progress after entering into the agreement with the county last December.

“I hope the next six of the reviews go as well as the first two, because then we know that there’s been that change” said Judge Teresa Warner, speaking about the archdiocese’s efforts and the positive working relationship it has with the county attorney.

Joseph Dixon, an attorney of Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis who represents the archdiocese, presented the judge with the archdiocese’s 28-page report demonstrating substantial compliance with the settlement agreement. Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Thomas Ring concurred that the archdiocese was substantially compliant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

December 20, 2016

Thank you for your support in 2016

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

21 December, 2016

The Royal Commission would like to thank the community for its continuing support and important contribution to our work in 2016.

In 2016 we conducted 14 public hearings, completed our 6,000th private session, held an inaugural research symposium on children’s views of safety, and published nine case study reports. So far this year 8,713 people called our call centre, 5,552 sent emails and letters, and we have served 786 notices to produce.

The Royal Commission’s call centre will remain open during the holiday season this year, with the exception of public holidays. The call centre can be contacted on 1800 099 340 Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm AEDT.

Public holiday dates
Monday 26 December 2016
Tuesday 27 December 2016
Monday 2 January 2017

The Royal Commission appreciates that this time of year can be a challenging time. There are a number of organisations available to provide support during the holiday season.

1800 Respect
Website: www.1800respect.org.au
24/7 x 365 telephone and online crisis support, information and immediate referral to specialist counselling for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, or domestic or family violence.

Phone: 1800 737 732
Online Counselling: www.1800respect.org.au

MensLine Australia
Website: www.mensline.org.au
24/7 x 365 national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.

Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Online Counselling: www.mensline.org.au

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia (SACA)
Provides telephone counselling for people affected by the Royal Commission, including a free telephone interpreting service. Face-to-face counselling is available in parts of NSW.

Phone: 1800 211 028 (Mon-Fri 8am-11pm AEST/AEDT)
Online Counselling: www.sexualassaultcounselling.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service
Website: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
24/7 x 365 counselling for people 18 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or people bereaved by suicide.

Phone: 1300 659 467

Lifeline
Website: www.lifeline.org.au
24/7 x 365 national crisis support and suicide prevention.

Phone: 131 114

A full list of the support services available in your state or territory can be found here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Pope Francis Grants Conditional Pardon to Convicted Vatileaks Priest

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Edward Pentin

Just a few days before Christmas, Pope Francis has granted a "conditional pardon" to Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, sentenced in August to 18 months in jail for stealing and passing on documents to two Italian journalists.

In a brief statement released this evening, the Vatican said: “Considering that the Rev. Vallejo Balda has already served more than half of the sentence, the Holy Father Francis has given him the benefit of conditional release.”

It added: “It is a measure of clemency which allows him to regain freedom. The penalty is not settled, but he has the benefit of parole.”

The statement continued: “As of this evening the priest leaves the prison and all ties of employment with the Holy See ceases; he falls within the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Astorga (Spain), his home diocese.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Pope Francis orders release of Vatileaks priest from custody

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian

AFP

A Spanish priest jailed by the Vatican for leaking secret files to journalists was released from custody early on Tuesday on the orders of Pope Francis.

Spanish monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda was sentenced to 18 months in July after the controversial “Vatileaks II” trial of himself, his assistant, two investigative Italian journalists and a PR consultant.

The case centred on the documents used by the journalists for books exposing waste and financial mismanagement at the top of the church.

The journalists and assistant were acquitted, but PR expert Francesca Chaouqui, who was accused of orchestrating the leaks from a financial reform commission, was given a suspended sentence.

“Given that the Rev Vallejo Balda has already served more than half of his sentence (including pre-trial custody), the holy father Francis has granted him the benefit of a conditional release,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Pope frees jailed Spanish priest in Vatileaks case

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

By Josephine McKenna

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has granted early release to a Spanish priest who was sentenced to 18 months in jail by a Vatican court for leaking confidential information to journalists.

Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda was sentenced in August for stealing and passing Vatican documents to two Italian journalists in the so-called Vatileaks 2 case.

In a brief statement released late Tuesday (Dec. 20), the Vatican said:

“Considering that the Rev. Vallejo Balda has already served more than half of the sentence, the Holy Father Francis has given him the benefit of conditional release. … It is a measure of clemency which allows him to regain freedom. The penalty is not resolved, but he can enjoy the benefit of parole.”

Vallejo Balda was to be released from prison Tuesday and have no further employment in the Holy See. He will return to his home diocese in Spain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

Pope orders Spanish priest in 'Vatileaks' case freed from jail

VATICAN CITY
Today

DECEMBER 21, 2016

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has commuted the jail sentence of a Spanish priest who was convicted of leaking Vatican documents and ordered that he be released from jail, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Monsigor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda was sentenced to 18 months in a Vatican jail last July at the end of a trial dubbed "Vatileaks II".

A statement said the pontiff took the step because Vallejo Balda, 55, had already served more than half of his sentence. He would leave the employ of the Vatican and be put under the jurisdiction of the diocese of Astorga in his native Spain.

It said he would be under "provisional liberty" for the rest of his sentence, without elaborating. It gave no further details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Kenneth J. Cabral

CALIFORNIA
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Kenneth Cabral was ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1950. He became a priest of the Diocese of Oakland when it was established in 1962. Cabral served in parishes in Tracy, San Jose, Oakland, Martinez, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Lafayette and San Leandro. He appears to have been active until 1986, after which the Official Catholic Directory shows a year where he does not appear at all, followed by sick leave status and then retirement. He is reported to have died in March 1996.

Cabral was publicly named a child sex offender in the diocese's October 2004 apology service for abuse perpetrated at St. Catherine of Siena in Martinez during 1964-1965.

Ordained: 1950
Retired: 1991
Died: 1996

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Judge sees progress in St. Paul Archdiocese’s child protection

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By TORY COONEY | vcooney@pioneerpress.com
PUBLISHED: December 20, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was found to be on track with carrying out a settlement plan designed to protect children during a Tuesday review hearing in Ramsey County District Court.

Archdiocese and Ramsey County officials reached a settlement in December calling for an “aggressive” timeline to implement “substantial” changes — including a new child-protection plan and protocols, Ramsey County Chief Judge Teresa Warner said.

“There’s no doubt the reason for this settlement is to protect our children,” Warner said. “For the next several years, it’s going to be our North Star, the guiding principle. It’s a good agreement and it’s there for the right reasons.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Concerns over delay to extradition of Roman Catholic monk accused of abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Mark Daly
BBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent

The Crown Office has been criticised over its handling of the extradition of a former Catholic monk at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal.

Father Denis "Chrysostom" Alexander was one of several monks accused of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the Highlands.

BBC Scotland confronted the former monk in Australia during a 2013 documentary.

In December last year, the Crown Office announced plans to bring him back from his native Australia to face trial.

But on Monday, 80-year-old Father Alexander, who denies the abuse claims, said he was not aware of any extradition plans, fuelling fears the process was stalling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Crecen los escándalos de abusos en la Iglesia: ahora investigan a dos sacerdotes en Salta

ARGENTINA
Los Andes

[Church abuse scandals grow: two priests are now being investigated in Salta. Law enforcement officials in Salta, Argentina, are investigating two priests at the church in Santa Cruz, the provincial capital, for acts of sexual abuse that occurred between 2009 and 2013.]

La justicia de Salta investiga a dos sacerdotes de la iglesia de la Santa Cruz, de la capital provincial, por hechos de abuso sexual ocurridos entre 2009 y 2013 a raíz de la denuncia de dos integrantes del instituto religioso Discípulo de San Juan Bautista.

Fuentes del Ministerio Público de Salta informaron hoy que se trata de los curas justicia de Salta investiga a dos sacerdotes de la iglesia de la Santa Cruz, de la capital provincial, por hechos de abuso sexual ocurridos entre 2009 y 2013 a raíz de la denuncia de dos integrantes del instituto religioso Discípulo de San Juan Bautista.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Donald Stavinoha, O.M.I.

TEXAS
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Donald Stavinoha was ordained for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1970. He served mostly in parishes in the dioceses of Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Galveston-Houston TX. In the late 1970s-early 1980s he was assigned to San Pedro Huamelula in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the Tehuantepec diocese.

In May 1986, Stavinoha was caught by a police officer in Galveston performing oral sex on a young boy in a church van. The boy said similar incidents had happened before. After he was arrested, Stavinoha was suspended from ministry and sent to treatment in San Antonio and New Mexico. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in January 1988 to to nine years and nine months in prison and fined $10,000. The boy's mother sued and received a settlement before trial. After serving just one year and two months in prison, Stavinoha was returned under supervision to his order in San Antonio. In 2002 he was known to be living at a Missouri treatment center. He died in Houston March 27, 2007.

Born: January 10, 1943
Ordained: 1970
Died: March 27, 2007

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Editorial: Tort reform law needs a fix

Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling reducing damages a jury awarded to a child raped by her church pastor is a sickening miscarriage of justice: But the fault lies not with the justices, whose job is to determine whether laws are constitutional, not second-guess laws. Instead, this is a case of the Ohio legislature using too broad a brush.

It’s hard to believe that the General Assembly and Gov. Bob Taft intended to protect a predator when they enacted tort reform in 2005. The law aimed to curb frivolous lawsuits and runaway jury awards over things such as defective medications, unsafe cars and slip-and-fall accidents — massive civil damages that Republican lawmakers and the insurance industry said were chasing businesses out of Ohio, hurting the economy.

At the time, minority Democratic House members introduced a bill to exempt sexual-abuse victims from the damages cap, but that never passed.

Now is a good time to revisit this amendment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Ohio 'tort reform' helps protect rapists

OHIO
Cincinnati.com

Marc Pera December 20, 2016

Marc G. Pera is a Cincinnati attorney and Anderson Township resident.

More than a decade ago, the state of Ohio ushered in “tort reform.” Since then, countless Ohioans have been victimized by its needless caps on damages. Because these caps only apply to non-economic damages, those individuals who are hurt the most by “tort reform” tend to be children, the elderly, stay-at-home moms (and dads), the disabled, and the unemployed. In other words, those who have been hurt the worst by negligence tend to be hurt the most by “tort reform.”

A case decided Dec. 14 by the Ohio Supreme Court demonstrates this fact. According to the ruling in Simpkins v. Grace Brethren, an entity that knowingly hires sexual predators is protected by a $350,000 cap on damages, irrespective of the harm a minor child may suffer as a result of multiple sexual assaults. Simply put, “tort reform” protects rapists.

In Simpkins, a pastor repeatedly raped a minor at the minor’s church. The church knew of previous complaints against the pastor, but still hired and continued to employ him. Given these facts, Simpkins and her father sued the church. After hearing the facts, an impartial Ohio jury held the church responsible for $3.6 million in damages. The church appealed, citing Ohio’s “tort reform” laws. The Ohio Supreme Court, after analyzing and applying Ohio’s hurtful “tort reform,” reduced the verdict from $3.6 million to $350,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

La fiscal reveló detalles de la investigación contra el Padre Rosa

ARGENTINA
La Gaceta Salta

[The prosecutor revealed details of the investigation against Father Rosa.]

El escándalo por los supuestos abusos sexuales en los que estaría involucrado el padre Agustín Rosa, de la parroquia de la Santa Cruz, junto a sacerdote Nicolás Parma tendría novedades en los próximos días a partir de la declaración de nuevos testigos.

La fiscal a cargo de la causa, María Luján Sodero, busca establecer los hechos denunciados y entre las medidas judiciales que dispuso fue la ubicación y declaración de testigos mencionados por las supuestas víctimas de los abusos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Salen a la luz denuncias por abuso sexual contra el sacerdote Agustín Rosa, que había sido apartado de la Santa Cruz

ARGENTINA
El Tribuno

Hace poco más de un año, una comitiva del Vaticano había llegado a Salta para investigar a Rosa. Se lo apartó de la Iglesia Santa Cruz, por supuesto desmanejo de fondos y drogas. Hoy se conocieron dos denuncias de abuso sexual.

Escándalo en la Iglesia Católica por denuncias de abuso sexual en Salta. Se trata de dos denuncias que salieron a la luz en un informe de Todo Noticias en contra del sacerdote Agustín Rosa, quien había sido apartado de la Iglesia de la Santa Cruz en octubre del año pasado. En aquella oportunidad una comitiva del Vaticano, encabezada por el obispo emérito de Quilmes, Luis Stöckler, había llegado a nuestra ciudad para investigar el caso. La situación se había manejado con mucho hermetismo, incluso medios nacionales habían asegurado que se lo apartaba por causas vinculadas al desmanejo de fondos y a las drogas, pero en su momento Stöckler lo había desmentido.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Malos hábitos: dos historias de abuso que desatan un nuevo escándalo en la Iglesia

ARGENTINA
TN

[Bad habits: two stories of abuse that unleash a new scandal in the church. [The Vatican has intervened in investigation of about 25 complaints against the founder of a religious congregation that started in Salta, Argentina, and expanded into Chile, Mexico and Spain.]

Por Miriam Lewin y Nicolás Tillard. Unas 25 denuncias canónicas y 2 penales detrás del fundador y otros sacerdotes de una congregación que nació en Salta, se expandió por Chile, México y España; y fue intervenida por la Santa Sede. Los relatos de Yair, abusado por dos curas; y de Valeria, una exmonja, que se atrevió a hablar de todo.

Publicada: 19/12/2016

"Te voy a partir en 8”, “te voy a comer la boquita”. Yair tenía miedo cuando el padre Felipe se acercaba. “Tenés que perdonarlo”, le dijo el fundador de la orden, el padre Rosa, cuando el chico le contó del abuso. A él nadie lo contradecía. Algunos lo consideraban un santo. Por miedo, hacían lo que él quería. Yair confió en el hombre que luego sería su segundo abusador.

Valeria fue la mano derecha del padre Rosa, confió en él y hasta llegó a contarle que sabía que había “muchos abusos dentro de la comunidad”. Él no la escuchó: “Es un chusmerío”. Cinco años más tarde, ella sufrió en carne propia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Malos hábitos: el cura acusado de abuso sexual juró por Dios ser inocente

ARGENTINA
TN

[Bad habits: the priest accused of sexual abuse swore by God to be innocent. TN.com.ar traveled to Salta, the Finca La Cruz , 32 kilometers from the provincial capital, where the priest - Agustin Rosa - lives since the Holy See intervened in investigation of the Disciples of Jesus of San Juan Bautista Religious Institute. Rosa was founder and director. He and other priests of the congregation have two criminal complaints and 25 canonical complaints against them, including sexual abuse of minors, economic corruption and enrichment, psychological violence and reducing other to servitude.]

Por Miriam Lewin y Nicolás Tillard. Agustín Rosa negó conocer las acusaciones en su contra. Aseguró que la Justicia nunca lo llamó ni tampoco lo citaron por las denuncias canónicas.

Publicada: 19/12/2016

TN.com.ar viajó a Salta, a la Finca La Cruz, a 32 kilómetros de la capital provincial, donde vive el Padre Agustín Rosa desde que la Santa Sede intervino el Instituto Religioso Discípulos de Jesús de San Juan Bautista que fundó y dirigió. Él y otros sacerdotes de la congregación tienen dos denuncias penales y 25 canónicas que incluyen abuso sexual de menores, corrupción económica y enriquecimiento, violencia psicológica y reducción a la servidumbre.

Ante la pregunta, Agustín Rosa negó conocer alguna acusación de abuso sexual de menores."No se quién pudo haber dicho eso porque nunca fui acusado". Admitió saber quién es Yair, uno de los denunciantes, pero dijo ignorar los cargos: "la Justicia nunca me preguntó nada". De los cargos formulados por la exmonja Valeria, dijo lo mismo: "Pregúntele a ella", se atajó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Child abuse: Documenting Australia's shame

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

In Australia, a boy of 10 is raped by an Anglican clergyman, who cuts his victim with a small knife and smears blood over his back in a twisted ritual to symbolise the suffering of Christ.

This happened in the 1960s in Cessnock, a former mining town in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but only now has this and other decades-old stories of sexual violence and degradation been heard, catalogued and, crucially for many victims, believed.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is an unprecedented investigation into an epidemic of depravity across Australia.

The far-reaching inquiry began in 2013 and has heard from thousands of survivors of paedophiles who worked, or volunteered, in sporting clubs, schools, churches, charities, childcare centres and the military.

It has the power to look at any private, public or non-government body that is, or was, involved with children. The Commission's task is to make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to protect the young.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Dallas Morning News offers well-rounded look at Bishop Burns, arriving from Juneau

TEXAS
GetReligion

Julia Duin

Every so often, you run across an article that sings. The Dallas Morning News’ front-page piece on the area's incoming Catholic bishop was one of them. And we're talking smack-in-the-middle, above-the-fold placement.

Having recently lived in Alaska, I cannot imagine having to move 3,422 miles from lovely, isolated Juneau, where bald eagles are everywhere and king crab gets sold from the city dock (at least when my family lived there) to flat, hot Dallas.

Yet, this is the fate of Dallas’ new bishop. And the writer gets to the story through an amusing anecdote that could have only happened via good reporting and interviewing. ...

There’s a few small things to suggest in improving the piece. First, the scathing letter by the sexual abuse victims group SNAP –- albeit mentioned by the Dallas paper -– should have gotten a bit more ink, as the group criticizes Burns for doing “nothing more than the bare minimum” in helping victims in the church. For instance: Why Burns didn’t post the predators’ names for the Juneau diocese, as 30 other bishops have done?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

December 19, 2016

Assignment Record– Rev. Walter Dayton Salisbury, S.S.J.

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Josephite priest ordained in 1959, Salisbury was a college chaplain, teacher, and Alderian psychologist in Houston for many years. He served on the Galveston-Houston diocese's Priests Senate and chaired continuing education for priests. He was transferred in 1979 to Washington D.C., where he was a counselor at St. Joseph's Seminary, and in 1983 he was moved to a parish in the Mobile AL diocese. After two years he was back in D.C., where he was in residence at two parishes, consecutively.

Along the way, Rev. Salisbury was twice convicted of child sexual abuse and accused at least one other time. In 1978 he was charged with indecency with a child; convicted in June 1979 after pleading 'no contest,' he was given three-years' probation. Per news reports, Salisbury was also accused of child molestation in Alabama. It wasn't until he molested a boy in his Washington D.C. rectory in 1993 that Salisbury was removed from ministry. In that case, he pleaded guilty and was given a one year prison sentence, suspended, and a year of probation. The Josephites sent him to treatment and prohibited him from presenting himself as a priest.

In approximately the mid-1990s, Salisbury relocated to his native Bar Harbor ME. He served for many years on the town's housing authority board, but resigned under duress in 2010 after his criminal convictions came to light. He had been listed as "Father" W. Dayton Salisbury on the housing authority's web page.

Ordained: June 6, 1959

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Rabbi charged with rape, sexual assault, sodomy against a minor

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

By JEREMY SHARON \ 12/18/2016

According to the indictment, Harrison, now 58, initiated direct contact with the complainant after he was her substitute teacher at Beit Shulamit in December 2009.

In an indictment sheet of horrifying allegations, Rabbi David Harrison, who taught at the Beit Shulamit religious girls high school in Jerusalem, was charged with dozens of counts of rape, sodomy, sexual assault, assault and intimidation through threats against a former pupil, who was a minor at the time.

The complainant, a woman now aged 21, filed a charge of rape and other allegations against the rabbi at the beginning of the month claiming that they took place over a period of several months when she was 14.

Harrison has spent his career as a teacher and educator, and has also worked extensively performing wedding ceremonies for couples without a personal connection to a rabbi. Harrison began work at Beit Shulamit, in the Ramot neighborhood, as a part-time teacher in September 2007 but was fired in June 2010.

According to the indictment, Harrison, now 58, initiated direct contact with the complainant in December 2009, after he was her substitute teacher at Beit Shulamit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Federal documents reveal more about priest-teen weapons case

CONNECTICUT
Journal Inquirer

By Alex Wood
Journal Inquirer

After law enforcement officers found silencers, material for making pipe bombs, and other contraband on the East Windsor property where teenager Kyle Bass lived in 2013, Bass told them that his priest, the Rev. Paul A. Gotta, had paid for several of the items, including a gun.

He said the gun and thousands of rounds of ammunition were hidden in a bin beneath the stairs of the rectory of St. Phillip Church on South Main Street, one of two Roman Catholic parishes in East Windsor that Gotta served as administrator.

Agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and East Windsor police subsequently visited the rectory and received consent to search it. Gotta denied ever receiving a gun from Bass, and the agents found nothing beneath the basement stairs, although they saw scrape marks on the floor, indicating that something heavy had been dragged across it.

A few days later, ATF received a call from Gotta’s lawyer, who said he wanted to give them something. They returned to the rectory and were given a bin identical to the one Bass had described, weighing several hundred pounds.

Gotta said nothing about the contents of the bin and didn’t even give the agents a key to it. When the agents broke the lock, they found a .357-caliber handgun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and a survival guide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Pope target of unprecedented smear attack by cardinals

ROME
The Times (UK)

Philip Willan, Rome
December 19 2016
The Times

The Pope is facing an unprecedented smear campaign designed to undermine his three-year pontificate. It has been orchestrated by cardinals angry about his sympathy for homosexuals and divorcees.

The campaign, spearheaded by conservative forces within the Vatican, amounts to “a subterranean civil war” within the church, Marco Politi, an expert on the Holy See, said. He added that the smear campaign included books, articles and letters contesting, in particular, the Pope’s teaching that divorced and remarried Catholics can “in certain cases” be allowed to take communion.

Mr Politi said that the criticisms of the Pope from within the Vatican constituted a direct and personal attack that was unprecedented in modern times. He cited the pontiff’s progressive reforms, including his advocacy of a more merciful approach to marital breakdown.

In an article published by Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper to mark the Pope’s 80th birthday on Saturday, Mr Politi said: “It’s a systematic campaign of delegitimisation, which questions the very authority of the pontiff and the rightness of his guidance.”

Mr Politi, a veteran observer of Vatican affairs and author of the book Pope Francis among the Wolves, said that the ideological battle resembled the one fought over the modernising reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

While Vatican factions have traditionally fought among themselves, they still accepted the role of the Pope as referee, he said. “It’s absolutely new that the attacks should be levelled directly at the Pope now.”

Last month four cardinals, including the conservative American Raymond Burke, wrote to the Pope asking him to clarify his guidance on this point, which was published in a footnote to Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), a teaching document issued last April.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Malta’s knights ‘at war’ over Chancellor’s sacking

ROME
Malta Today

Matthew Vella 18 December 2016

Civil war has broken out among the Knights of Malta, after Grand Master Fra Matthew Festing threatened disciplinary action against any member criticising his expulsion of senior Knight Albrecht Boeselager, the Grand Chancellor.

The international Catholic weekly The Tablet said the move has sparked “open warfare” inside the Church’s oldest and most illustrious military order, founded in the 11th century during the crusades and which ruled over Malta between 1530 until their expulsion by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798.

Boeselager, who as Grand Chancellor was the number three in the Order, told friends he had been accused of not following the Church’s teaching on the distribution of condoms in Africa. Festing denies this claim, saying Boeselager tried to conceal problems concerning his stewardship of the Order’s charitable work.

The Order’s patron and Vatican liaison, the arch-conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke – a critic of Pope Francis – was present when Festing asked Boeselager to resign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Ongar resident Teresa Cooper reacts to report into abuse at Church of England run Kendall House

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Local London

A GRANDMOTHER who was drugged and sexually abused in a children’s home has welcomed a church report on the scandal – but is still waiting for a formal apology.

Teresa Cooper, who now lives in Ongar, says the harrowing report about the Church of England-run Kendall House won’t ever erase the scars she will carry around for the rest of her life.

Now 49, she was just 14 when she was sent to the home, where she was locked in isolation and physically, emotionally and sexually abused in the institution that “normalised” cruelty.

Below, Teresa Cooper aged 14 while in Kendall House. She says the effects of the drugs made her look like an 'old woman'

After spending the best part of 30 years tirelessly fighting for justice, she is single-handedly responsible for bringing what happened to light and the release of the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Priester soll elf Kinder sexuell missbraucht haben

DANEMARK
Spiegel

[A pastor at the Free Church in Denmark has been accused to sexually abusing several children.]

Gegen den früheren Priester einer Freikirche in Dänemark ermittelt die Polizei wegen des sexuellen Missbrauchs mehrerer Kinder und Jugendlicher. Den Ermittlern in Mittel- und Westjütland sei der Geistliche aus dem Städtchen Silkeborg bereits seit Längerem verdächtig gewesen, teilte eine Polizeisprecherin mit.

Der Beschuldigte mit dänischem und amerikanischem Pass halte sich zurzeit in den USA auf, wo er laut der dänischen Polizei in einer anderen Sache angeklagt ist. Worum es dabei genau geht, ist unklar. Die Anklage in den USA wollen die Ermittler zunächst abwarten, bevor sie womöglich einen Antrag auf Auslieferung stellen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Vatikan bestätigt Missbrauchsvorwürfe

DEUTCHLAND
BR

[Vatican confirmed allegations of abuse. Heinrich M. (80), retired from Würzburg, can no longer serve as a priest and he is also forbidden to stay in the parishes of of Bad Kissingen where he was most recently employed.]

Das hat die Pressestelle des Ordinariats Würzburg mitgeteilt. Die vatikanische Glaubenskongregation hat die Vorwürfe wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs geprüft und in letzter Instanz bestätigt. Der Priester hat demnach vor mehr als 40 Jahren während seines Wirkens in Polen eine Minderjährige über mehrere Jahre hinweg sexuell missbraucht.

Bistum hatte schon reagiert

Würzburgs Bischof Friedhelm Hofmann hatte dem Ruhestandspfarrer im Landkreis Bad Kissingen bereits im Mai verboten, als Priester zu wirken. Außerdem muss der Geistliche aus dem Pfarrhaus ausziehen. Bischof Hofmann hat den Geistlichen aufgefordert, das Dekanat Bad Kissingen zu verlassen. Gegen den Ruhestandspfarrer läuft seit November 2015 eine kirchenrechtliche Voruntersuchung.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Wegen Missbrauchs: Dekret gegen Pfarrer bestätigt

DEUTSCHLAND
inFranken

[Because of abuse: decree against German pastor is confirmed.]

Die römische Glaubenskongregation hat das Ergebnis der kirchenrechtlichen Voruntersuchung jetzt offiziell bestätigt.Damit sind die von Bischof Friedhelm Hofmann im Dekret vom 25. Mai 2016 verhängten Maßnahmen gegenüber dem Ruhestandspfarrer im vollem Umfang wirksam, teilte das Bischöfliche Ordinariat Würzburg am Montag mit. M. ist damit jedes öffentliche Wirken als Priester in Seelsorge und Liturgie verboten. Weiter ist ihm der Aufenthalt in den Pfarreien des Dekanats Bad Kissingen untersagt. Dort hatte er zuletzt gewirkt.

Die kirchenrechtliche Voruntersuchung wurde am 11. November 2015 eingeleitet und schließlich im Bischöflichen Offizialat Würzburg durchgeführt. Ergebnis war, dass M. vor mehr als 40 Jahren während seines Wirkens in Polen eine Minderjährige über mehrere Jahre hinweg sexuell missbraucht hatte

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Vatican trial finds three El Salvadoran priests guilty of sex abuse

EL SALVADOR
RTE News (Ireland)

A Vatican court has found three El Salvadoran priests - including a prominent monsignor - guilty of sexually abusing minors and has suspended them from their priestly duties, the country's senior archbishop has announced.

Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar said Monsignor Jesus Delgado, the biographer and former secretary to the martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero, was among those convicted by the church court.

Last year Monsignor Delgado was among the three church representatives who announced in the Vatican that Pope Francis was promoting the late Archbishop closer to sainthood by giving him the title "Blessed".

The late Archbishop's assassination in 1980 by a state-sponsored death squad has been officially acknowledged by the civil authorities and led to last year's beatification ceremony in San Salvador which was attended by a quarter of a million people.

The promotion was a highpoint in Pope Francis' pontificate as he had personally "unblocked" the process of investigating Romero's "cause" after conservatives in the Vatican had suggested it would be imprudent to promote a man who was closely associated with radical movements in the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

IN--Abuse victims challenge newly-elected bishop

INDIANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Indiana bishop wins bid for national office

Victims challenge him to “do more to protect kids”

Last month, a top Indiana Catholic official won his bid to head a national church sex abuse panel. Now, a victims group that supported him is urging him to “do more to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth about clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes.”

[SNAP]

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, backed Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette over Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima for the chairmanship of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. Doherty won that election.

“Doherty is taking over a committee that’s done very little for a very long time. We hope he’ll take immediate, concrete steps to safeguard kids,” said David Clohessy of SNAP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Oscar Romero's Aide Guilty Of Child Sex Abuse, Vatican Inquiry Concludes

EL SALVADOR
Christian Today

Ruth Gledhill CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 19 December 2016

Two Catholic priests and a bishop from San Salvador have been removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of sexual abuse.

The Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar, confirmed that the well-known Bishop Jesús Delgado and priests Francisco Gálvez and Antonio Molina have been deposed from clerical orders, "totally and definitively" losing all priestly functions, La Prensa reports.

"From now on, they can not exercise any office or priestly function according to canon 292 of the Code of Canon Law. These resolutions of the Holy See have already been communicated respectively to each of the aforementioned priests.

"We have also communicated it to the victims, to each one of the cases respectively, and today we make it known to all," said Archbishop Escobar.

Bishop Jesús Delgado was removed last year from his post as third in command of the Catholic Church of El Salvador.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Rabbi disbarred for alleged sex offences is still practicing — report

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

A rabbi who was disbarred by the Chief Rabbinate after accusations of sexual assault still presents himself as a rabbi and counselor, according to a Channel 2 investigative report aired Sunday.

Rabbi Shimon Garelick had his rabbinic license revoked in August at the recommendation of the rabbinic disciplinary committee after accusations that he committed a spate of sexual crimes over many years.

Garelick served as a neighborhood rabbi in the northern city of Nahariya, as a kashrut supervisor, and as a chaplain at the city’s hospital.

Accusations against Garelick have come from girls, boys, women and men, according to Channel 2. Some date back many years, while some are recent.

Police have closed all cases against him because the complainants were minors and there was not sufficient corroborating evidence to prosecute him.

Channel 2 found that he still serves as the head of a synagogue in his neighborhood. A reporter also went to the rabbi for counseling and secretly filmed him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Young People Feel Unsafe in Residential Care

AUSTRALIA
Pro Bono Australia

Monday, 19th December 2016

Wendy Williams, Journalist

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released the findings of a study on Monday exploring the experiences of children and young people in residential care.

The report, the first of its kind in Australia to explore the issue from the perspective of young people, found most young people in residential care felt they were at risk of physical violence, sexual threats from their peers and from outsiders, and of ongoing bullying and harassment.

The study also found that children’s experiences of harm were often under-reported, and that children and young people could provide unique observations on the experience of abuse in residential care as well as how best to support children and young people in care.

Lead researcher Dr Tim Moore from the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) said the study highlighted that adult’s views about children’s safety, did not always “match up” with what children and young people felt they needed to be safe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Catholic Knights of Malta remove top official amid questions over fidelity to Church teaching

ROME
LifeSite News

ROME, December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an organization of professed Catholic knights overseen by the Vatican, have removed a top official amid an alleged flap over the distribution of condoms in the developing world, and allegations of infidelity to Church teaching.

As the controversy reaches the public, the Order says it is now between them and the Vatican, which means it will involve Cardinal Raymond Burke, whom Pope Francis appointed as patron of the Order in 2014.

The Prince and Grand Master of the Order on Wednesday appointed Fra’ John Critien as Grand Chancellor ad interim to replace Albrecht von Boeselager after he was removed from his post last week on the grounds that he violated his promise of obedience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Fra’ John Edward Critien appointed Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta

ROME
Order of Malta

The Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, with the deliberative vote of the Sovereign Council, has appointed Fra’ John Edward Critien to the office of Grand Chancellor ad interim

The Sovereign Council met on December 14 at the Grand Magistry in Rome.

Fra’ John E. Critien, after taking the oath, has officially entered today into the fullness of his powers. Within the Government’s structure of the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Grand Chancellor is both the Foreign Minister and the Minister of the Interior. He is the head of the chancery and its related offices, and is responsible for relations with the national Associations of the Order. He is also the Order’s representative in dealings with third parties, and the implementing of policy and of internal administration of the Order. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he is in charge of all diplomatic missions of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the world.

John E. Critien, born in Sliema, Malta, on 29 September 1949, is the younger son of the late Major Frank Edward Critien, and the late May Grech.

After graduating Bachelor of Arts at the Royal University of Malta, John E. Critien continued his studies in Italy at the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the State University of Pisa. John E. Critien then settled in Pisa for 22 years where he taught English Language and Literature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

The current situation between the Order of Malta and Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager

ROME
Order of Malta

Because, unfortunately, some details of the events of last week are being circulated and discussed in an unbalanced manner, the Grand Master of the Order, HMEH Fra’ Matthew Festing, would like to communicate the following. On Tuesday, December 6, an extremely grave and untenable situation became apparent concerning Albrecht von Boeselager’s position as Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, and the Grand Master called Boeselager for a meeting in presence of the Grand Commander, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke as the Holy Father’s representative to the Order of Malta.

In the meeting the Grand Master said that the situation called for Albrecht von Boeselager to resign as Grand Chancellor, which is especially regretful because of his service to the Order for so many years. After Boeselager refused this, eventually the Grand Master had no choice but to order him, under the Promise of Obedience, in presence of the Grand Commander and the Cardinal Patronus, to resign. Boeselager refused again. Thus, the Grand Commander, with the backing of the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council and most members of the Order around the world, initiated a disciplinary procedure after which a member can be suspended from membership in the Order, and thus all Offices within the Order.

The reason for his removal as Grand Chancellor was due to severe problems which occurred during Boeselager’s tenure as Grand Hospitaller of the Order of Malta, and his subsequent concealment of these problems from the Grand Magistry, as proved in a report commissioned by the Grand Master last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Grand Chancellor of Knights of Malta removed

ROME
Herald Malaysia

By Robert Mickens

The Knights of Malta made the surprise announcement last week: that the mandate of their Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager (pic), has come to an abrupt end only halfway through the German nobleman’s five-year term.

No reason was given in the short news item that was posted December 8 on the Sovereign
Military Hospitaller Order’s website.

The Order’s Prince and Grand Master, Matthew Festing, was just as vague in a letter (which La Croix International has seen) that was sent to the Knights’ national priors and other leading officials.

While Festing expressed “regret” that Boeselager “no longer holds the position of Grand Chancellor”, he added that the former official also would not have “any other position in and on behalf of the Order”.

Some saw that as a clear sign that the 67-year-old German, a Knight of Malta since 1976 and one of its top international officers since 1989, had been pushed out.

Festing said this was “with immediate effect” and added that members would “be informed as soon as possible” of the man who would temporarily fill the extremely important post of Grand Chancellor, basically the Order’s head of foreign affairs and the interior.

Sources close to the Knights of Malta, but who wished not to be identified, said it was suspected that Cardinal Raymond Burke played a role in sacking Boeselager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Across region, outdated sex abuse laws have loopholes

NEW ENGLAND
Boston Globe

By Todd Wallack, Jonathan Saltzman and Jenn Abelson GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 19, 2016

Laura and Antonio Siracusa were horrified when then discovered their teenage daughter was in a sexual relationship with her Spanish teacher from Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton seven years ago. The daughter and teacher denied they were a couple, the Siracusas said. But the parents eventually found evidence they couldn’t ignore, including a hotel receipt and graphic photos of the teacher taken with their daughter’s phone.

The Catholic school fired the teacher after administrators saw the photos, according to the Siracusas and their attorney. But the teacher refused to stop seeing the Siracusas’ daughter.

Yet, when the parents contacted a lawyer and police to intervene, they got an ugly surprise: There was nothing authorities could do. In Massachusetts and some other states, it turns out, it’s legal for a teacher to have sex with a high school student, as long as the student is at least 16 and consents.

“It was unfathomable to us,” recalled Laura Siracusa, who told her story to state legislators last year in an unsuccessful effort to persuade them to change the law. “We couldn’t get our arms around the fact that we had no legal options.”

Attorneys, police, and child welfare advocates say the age of consent law in Massachusetts is just one example of how outdated statutes and regulations sometimes enable educators in both public and private schools to exploit students with impunity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Archbishop Byrnes heads back to Detroit, will return to Guam in January

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Dec 18, 2016 1

By Krystal Paco

Guam's new coadjutor archbishop has returned home for the holidays. Archbishop Michael Byrnes left early Friday morning for Detroit. He's scheduled to make the permanent move to Guam late-January.

Archbishop Byrnes was appointed by the Vatican on October 31 and given full authority over the Archdiocese of Agana.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Anthony Apuron faces a canonical trial in Rome for accusations of child molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Lawsuit: Archdiocese still pays Brouillard

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com December 19, 2016

A lawsuit alleges that the Archdiocese of Agana still sends regular retirement payments to former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, who is accused in seven of the 13 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far against the archdiocese and current and former Catholic priests on Guam.

Brouillard has publicly admitted to sexually abusing at least 20 boys while he was on Guam, from the late 1940s to 1981. Brouillard was ordained as a priest at the Archdiocese of Agana in 1948.

“Despite the prolonged and egregious sexual abuse, spanning a period of several decades, neither the Agana Archdiocese nor the Roman Catholic Church ever formally disciplined Brouillard, and in fact have paid and continued to pay up through present time, sums of money to Brouillard on a regular basis, ostensibly under the guise of a retirement stipend,” states the Dec. 16 lawsuit filed against Brouillard, the Archdiocese of Agana and up to 50 other unnamed people who may have helped, abetted, concealed or covered up Brouillard’s sex abuse of minors.

Rape allegation against another priest

The latest clergy sex abuse lawsuit alleges that Brouillard repeatedly sexually molested and abused James A. Bascon in or about 1968 or 1969 , when Bascon was an altar boy at the San Isidro Catholic Church of Malojloj and a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

December 18, 2016

El Salvador church fires 3 priests for sex abuse

EL SALVADOR
Fox News

December 18, 2016 Associated Press

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church has separated three men from the priesthood after they were found guilty by church officials of sexually abusing children.

One is Rev. Jesus Delgado, one of the country's best-known priests and a former top official in the San Salvador archdiocese.

Delgado served as a private secretary to assassinated Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero and wrote his biography.

Romero was killed in 1980 by a gunman linked to the military government of the time.

The archbishop of San Salvador identified the other two as Rev. Francisco Galvez and Rev. Antonio Molina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Research finds that children in residential care feel unsafe

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

19 December, 2016

The Royal Commission has released a new research report exploring children and young people’s views about their safety in residential care. Most of the children and young people who participated in the research described feeling unsafe in residential care due to bullying, harassment and the threat of sexual assault.

In Australia, residential care is considered to be a placement of last resort for children and young people requiring out-of-home care and is used in circumstances where other types of out-of-home care are unsuccessful or unavailable. In 2015 there were 2394 children in residential care in Australia.

The Royal Commission contracted researchers from the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University to examine what safety means to children and young people in residential care and how children can be best protected and supported if safety issues arise.

The research was informed by a literature review and interviews with 27 young people who were living in, or had experience of living in, residential care. Children and young people also reported that younger and more vulnerable children should ideally be kept out of residential care altogether, or alternatively placed in units with others of a similar age and background.

Other key findings of the report include:

* Children felt safest in residential care when it felt like home, for example when they were in a clean and welcoming environment, where they were able to celebrate events, and were well supervised by adults;

* To be safe, participants needed their residential care to offer stability and predictability. Many of the young people interviewed described their time in residential care as chaotic, found it difficult to feel settled and spoke of the high turnover of staff;

* Children were provided with a sense of safety when their residential care provided routine, fair rules and the ability to be heard during decision-making;

* Residential care felt most safe when adults and institutions took children and young people’s safety seriously and had proactive strategies in place to protect children from harm.

Young people also reported that in order to feel safe in residential care, they needed workers to realise that it was their home and that it was the workers who were visiting their space, not vice-versa.

Royal Commission CEO, Philip Reed, said the research makes an important contribution to what is known about children and young people’s experiences of safety in contemporary residential care.

“The research adds to the growing consensus that children and young people need an opportunity to participate in decisions about their own safety, and to be taken seriously,” he said.

“It also highlights the need for stable placements so that children and young people can develop trusting relationships.”

Mr Reed said the research will directly contribute to the Royal Commission’s final report and may inform any recommendations that may be made in relation to residential care or out-of-home care.

Read the full report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Iglesia destituye a tres sacerdotes salvadoreños por abuso sexual de menores

EL SALVADOR
El Espectador

La Iglesia católica destituyó a tres sacerdotes salvadoreños tras ser encontrados culpables de abuso sexual de menores, aseguró este domingo el arzobispo de San Salvador, José Luis Escobar.

"Hemos concluido los procesos penales eclesiásticos en contra de los sacerdotes acusados de abuso sexual de menores. Los tres sacerdotes procesados fueron encontrados culpables en sus respectivos juicios, por lo que en los tres casos se impuso la pena de dimisión del estado clerical", señaló Escobar en una rueda de prensa tras la misa dominical en la catedral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Vatican trial finds three El Salvadoran priests guilty of sex abuse

EL SALVADOR
Reuters

Three El Salvadoran priests have been found guilty of sexual abuse against minors at a Vatican ecclesiastical trial and suspended from their priestly duties, San Salvador's Catholic Church announced Sunday.

Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar of San Salvador said Francisco Galvez, Antonio Molina and Jesus Delgado, the biographer and former secretary of murdered Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, were expelled after a criminal trial held at the Vatican found them responsible for sex crimes committed between 1980 and 2000.

No criminal charges have been brought against the three men by the Salvadoran government.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Dennis L. Peterson

TEXAS
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Dennis L. Peterson was a priest of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, ordained in 1973. He served in a number of Houston parishes as an assistant and, for a time, was pastor of one. A master's level social worker, Peterson founded the Houston Community Youth Center prior to ordination, in 1969. He was long-time director of Diocesan Youth Services and chaplain of of the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center. He also served on the diocesan Priests Personnel Committee.

In 1999 Peterson was placed on leave after he was accused of having sexually abused four children. One accuser claimed his abuse began in 1987 when he was age 14, and that it continued over a 10-year period. His parents had taken the boy to Peterson for counseling related to previous abuse by a Catholic Boy Scout leader. The other three were siblings - three boys and a girl - who said Peterson was a family friend in the 1970s and that he would wrestle with them in their living room and give them "wedgies." They said they were afraid because Peterson was a deputy constable and had a large collection of guns. All of Peterson's accusers said he plied them with alcohol and drugs.

Peterson's accusers sued, but were unsuccessful because the statute of limitations required those claiming abuse as minors to file suit before age 20. Peterson died in July 2007.

Ordained: May 5, 1973
Died: July 12, 2007

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Editorial | Unsealed abuse case shows court's role in scandal

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

The attorney general’s investigation of child sexual abuse across the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese unveils two terrible truths.

Priests and others within the church had been assaulting countless children for decades.

And church leaders and law enforcement professionals were not prosecuting the offenders, instead choosing to seal up cases and move priests from parish to parish, allowing for more children to become victims.

The Tribune-Democrat has vowed to help break down both cultures, and last Sunday – with help from both the Cambria courts and the diocese – we took a big step forward with a report on how the case of Monsignor Francis McCaa was mishandled by those trusted with protecting our communities and pursuing justice.

Thirty years ago – on Dec. 11, 1986 – the McCaa abuse case was sealed in Cambria County court by now-retired Judge Gerard Long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Archdiocese of Agaña enters a new, troubling era

GUAM
Sunday Post

By Neil Pang | For the Sunday Post

With Apuron's canonical trial underway and a slew of civil lawsuits filed in Guam, the Catholic Church confronts new crises here and at the Vatican

With the Archdiocese of Agaña facing 13 lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse – and the real potential for additional suits to follow – the Catholic Church is preparing for what could be a drawn out and highly publicized exposure of alleged abuses and cover ups, as well as court ordered payouts possibly adding up to millions of dollars.

At the center of the current tumult are two interrelated events: the allegations of child sexual abuse leveled against local archdiocesan clergymen and the passage of Bill 326-33 into Public Law 33-187 that eliminated the statute of limitations in cases involving child sexual abuse.

Years of controversy

Contention and controversy were not new to the Archdiocese of Agaña prior to the May 17 statement made by Roy Quintanilla that alleged child sexual abuse against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

For at least six years prior to Quintanilla’s accusation, Apuron often found himself the subject of news stories that intimately connected him to instances of alleged cover-ups of priests accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

December 17, 2016

Paedophiles views to be taken into account in child sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Express

By JON ROGERS
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

The troubled £100 million inquiry, currently chaired by Professor Alexis Jay has unveiled her delayed review after a series of crises have hampered the government investigation.

However the review has already been met with outrage from various victims’ support groups as it was revealed that the public inquiry would talk to convicted paedophiles.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) states: “In addition we will carry out qualitative research with convicted sexual offenders to understand how child sexual exploitation networks are formed and sustained.”

Andi Lavery, who runs White Flowers Alba, a group of victims abused in the Catholic Church, said: “Interviewing paedophiles is wrong. It is demeaning. It is turning this into an experiment and it makes us survivors feel like laboratory rats. I am not being treated like a human being by Jay. They are using us as research.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Syracuse woman accused of sending child porn to All Saints defendant

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Syracuse woman on charges of producing child pornography of a 10-year-old girl then texting it to another child pornographer.

Kerry Smith, 41, was indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distributing child pornography.

She was accused in April of sending multiple photos of a naked 10-year-old girl to Jason Kopp, including pictures of her genitalia, according to the indictment.

After Kopp was arrested in March, he told investigators he'd received sexually explicit images of a child from a woman he knew only as "Kerry B," according to an affidavit of FBI Special Agent Alix Skelton.

Investigators determined the woman was Smith by examining Kopp's phone, the affidavit said. They confronted her and she admitted she'd produced the photos and texted them to Kopp, Skelton wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Government child sex abuse inquiry to interview paedophiles as victims hit out at 'insulting' decision

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Robert Mendick, chief reporter
16 DECEMBER 2016

Child sex abuse victims have condemned as "insulting" the decision to consult paedophiles as part of the Government’s £100 million national inquiry.

Professor Alexis Jay, the inquiry’s chairman, yesterday unveiled her long-awaited review following a series of crises that have dogged the abuse investigation, admitting its progress had been “too slow”.

But campaigners have accused Prof Jay of watering down victims’ public evidence sessions while adding an extra research project that will conduct interviews with convicted paedophiles.

The review states: “In addition we will carry out qualitative research with convicted sexual offenders to understand how child sexual exploitation networks are formed and sustained.”

But victims’s groups said it was outrageous that paedophiles would be ‘consulted’ by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and said it was evidence that Prof Jay, an eminent social worker, was attempting to ‘theorise’ crimes committed over decades by predatory abusers.

Raymond Stevenson, founder of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, who was the victim of abuse in a children’s home in south London, said: “This is pathetic. You will not learn anything from speaking to paedophiles. They just lie anyway. It is a waste of public money.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

“It will never end for me’

CANADA
The Telegram

Barb Sweet/The Telegram

The last days of the Mount Cashel civil trial weren’t the only ones when the sordid details of abuse were rehashed and the effects on lives debated, but they have been powerful torment for the one John Doe who has most frequently attended court.

“I thought a couple times of leaving the courtroom. I was getting aggravated,” Doe said Friday outside court of the previous day’s developments — the beginning of the church’s closing arguments on why it should not be held liable.

The case involves four test case John Does who say the Roman Catholic Church should be held liable for abuse the boys suffered at the hands of certain Irish Christian Brothers at the orphanage from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

The church’s arguments ended Friday, with Doe sitting forward on a wooden bench and listening to what he remarked later were “half-truths.”

None of the four test case John Does in the trial can be named, but this Doe, a retired teacher, has also had to wear the fact people who know him have seen him coming and going from the courthouse.

“It will be good to not be stuck out in public. I find that hard to take, too. There’s a shame comes with this you can’t shake,” he said, acknowledging he is looking forward to the end of the court proceedings for him and his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Pastor accused of child molestation still held without bond

GEORGIA
News4Jax

By Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter
December 16, 2016

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Pastor Ken Adkins, has been in the Glynn County Jail for nearly four months since he was accused molesting a teenage boy, will remain locked up after another bond hearing Friday.

Adkins, 56, pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, was denied bond in September on child molestation charges, was indicted by the Glynn County grand jury last month on three counts of child molestation, five counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of influencing a witness.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a young man told investigators that Adkins molested him in 2010 when he was a member of Adkins' church as a boy under the age of 16.

Adkins' lawyer, Kevin Gough, filed a new motion for bond and in reaction to the indictment said, "Having already demanded a speedy trial, and eager to clear his good name, Pastor Kenneth Adkins and his family look forward to his day in court.”

During Friday's hearing on the motion, Gough called three people to the stand: a Waycross pastor, the GBI special agent on the case and a longtime friend of Adkins from Waycross. The pastor and friend said that Adkins does not pose any flight risk or risk to the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Brevard County youth director accused of having sex with teen

FLORIDA
WESH

[with video]

Dan Billow
Reporter

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —
A Cocoa church youth director has been charged with the sexual molestation of a girl he met through the ministry. His alleged illegal relationship with her resulted in charges of 14 instances of lewd or lascivious battery.

Jon Schils, 27, was arrested shortly after investigators recorded a phone call between him and the 14-year-old alleged victim, in which a police report said Schils told the girl not to talk to her mother about having sex. Detectives said they found evidence of sex at or near the Canaveral Groves ballfield where the two allegedly met. At first, the report said, the meetings were innocent. But before long, the alleged victim told detectives, the two had sexual intercourse 14 times.

"We charge everything the law will permit us to charge. Certainly, there’s also, before we make any charging decision, we’re also in consultation with the victim," prosecutor Gary Beatty said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Ex-Parishioner Sues Over Harassment, Excommunication

ILLINOIS
Courthouse News Service

JEFF D. GORMAN

(CN) – An Illinois woman says in a defamation and assault lawsuit that she was branded a “witch” and cast out of her church for refusing sexual advances from her former pastor.

Araceli Guevera made the allegations against Manfred Malagon, International Christian Fellowship and United Pentecostal Church International in a Cook County Circuit Court complaint filed Thursday. She also sued Malagon’s wife Sarai.

Malagon was pastor of the organizations’ church in Elgin, Ill., which Guevera says she attended from 2008 to May 17, 2016.

Guevera claims Malagon send her texts in March of this year showing, “(1) a monkey with its hands and feet spread, exposing its penis; (2) a dog with its legs spread to show its genitalia; and (3) a woman with her breasts and buttocks exposed.”

In the ensuing weeks, Malagon allegedly asked Guevera to send him photos and videos of her nude.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

December 16, 2016

Lawyers for Msgr. Lynn seek dismissal of retrial for prosecutorial misconduct

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

DECEMBER 16, 2016

by Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn - the archdiocesan official who served 33 months in prison before winning a new trial for his role in the Catholic church sex abuse scandal - have asked a Philadelphia judge to dismiss the case because of prosecutorial misconduct.

In a motion this week, defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom contended prosecutors withheld evidence that might have cleared Lynn in his first trial in 2012.

Lynn was not accused of sexually molesting children. Instead, the child endangerment charge involved his supervisory role as Philadelphia's secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. In that role, he was responsible for investigating allegations against priests and recommending action to the archbishop.

The defense motion also challenged Lynn's retrial as selective prosecution, noting that the county grand jury that recommended charges against Lynn also was "highly critical" of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and his successor, Cardinal Justin Rigali but they were not charged by Williams.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Retired priest guilty on 5 charges stemming from restroom incidents with boys

IOWA
Omaha World-Herald

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Rev. Paul Monahan has been found guilty by a judge of all five counts of invasion of privacy.

In a ruling released Friday afternoon, Associate Judge Gary Anderson said that he found the testimony of five male high school students who said the retired priest looked at their genitals in a public restroom “entirely credible” and that his actions violated their “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

“The activities of the defendant, Paul Andrew Monahan, were clear cut and lead to the inescapable conclusion that the defendant on that afternoon intentionally violated these boys’ reasonable expectations of privacy for the purpose of satisfying his sexual desires while the boys were in a state of partial nudity,” Anderson wrote in his decision.

In Iowa, invasion of privacy is an aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence and/or a fine between $625 and $6,250.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Brentwood church rape suit shows challenges in cases with young kids

TENNESEE
The Tennessean

Holly Meyer and Dave Boucher , The Tennessean December 16, 2016

Allegations of sexual misconduct, including the rape of a 3-year-old boy, at a Brentwood church have been “resolved,” says an attorney for the church.

“The only comment that I have is that statement that the parties have resolved their differences in both cases,” said Minton Mayer, an attorney for Fellowship Bible Church.

A lawsuit filed in December 2015 accused a teenager who was working in a Sunday school class of raping a 3-year-old child in August 2014. Although the lawsuit says the teen pleaded guilty to criminal charges, records of the case are not publicly available because he is a juvenile. Williamson County prosecutors declined to speak about any specific proceedings.

$37.5M sexual assault suit filed against Fellowship Bible Church

The circumstances highlight issues surrounding child care and safety within churches across the country, and the challenges law enforcement face in trying to investigate and pursue actions against possible perpetrators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Mount Cashel civil trial nearing the end of arguments

CANADA
The Telegram

Barb Sweet/The Telegram

By the end of today, the Mount Cashel civil trial could be done with arguments and in the hands of Justice Alphonsus Faour to decide.

Weather has hampered closing arguments this week but lawyers were back in court Friday. It's possible they could finish up today or may have to sit for part of Saturday. The Catholic Church is represented by Toronto lawyers.

Faour's decision will not come until sometime in 2017.

The case involves four test case John Does who say the Catholic Church should be held liable for abuse the boys suffered at the hands of certain Christian Brothers at the infamous orphanage during the era late 1940s to early 1960s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Hazel Green children's minister arrested for child sex abuse

ALABAMA
WSFA

HAZEL GREEN, AL (WAFF) -
A Madison County children's minister is charged with the sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old.

39-year-old James Vernon McNeal was arrested on Thursday.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office confirms NcNeal was the children's pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church Hazel Green.

The church confirms McNeal was employed for six years and has since been fired.

A prayer service is scheduled for 6:00pm Saturday.

Investigators report there is one victim at this time. The exact age of the child has not been released.

It's not clear where the alleged crime took place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Priest’s sentencing delayed as judge balks at hearing on sex charges

CONNECTICUT
Journal Inquirer

By Alex Wood
Journal Inquirer

The priest who formerly served East Windsor’s two Roman Catholic parishes was to be sentenced Thursday for providing gunpowder to a juvenile parishioner, and federal prosecutors wanted to use the occasion essentially to put him on trial on accusations that he had sexually assaulted the boy as well.

But Judge Robert N. Chatigny torpedoed the plan, causing more delay in the sentencing of the priest, Paul A. Gotta, in U.S. District Court in Hartford.

In July 2013 Gotta was placed on leave from his post as administrator

of St. Philip Church on South Main Street and St. Catherine Church on Windsorville Road as a result of sexual abuse allegations by the boy, Kyle Bass, who had been arrested on firearms charges.

The issue the judge faced Thursday is a result of federal sentencing procedures in which a judge who is sentencing a defendant for a crime can also consider other misconduct by the defendant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Judge finds retired priest guilty on all five counts of invasion of privacy

IOWA
Daily Nonpareil

By John Schreier
jschreier@nonpareilonline.com

The Rev. Paul Monahan has been found guilty by a judge of all five counts of invasion of privacy.
In a ruling released Friday afternoon, Associate Judge Gary Anderson said he found the testimony of five male high school students who said the retired priest looked at their genitals in a public restroom “entirely credible” and that his actions violated their “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

“The activities of the Defendant, Paul Andrew Monahan, were clear cut and lead to the inescapable conclusion that the Defendant on that afternoon intentionally violated these boys’ reasonable expectations of privacy for the purpose of satisfying his sexual desires while the boys were in a state of partial nudity,” Anderson wrote in his decision.

In Iowa, invasion of privacy is an aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence and/or a fine between $625 and $6,250.

Monahan, 83, a former principal at St. Albert High School and veteran priest in southwest Iowa, did not take the stand during his three-day bench trial, which ran from Nov. 28-30.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Alabama minister accused of sexually abusing child

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Ashley Remkus | aremkus@al.com

An Alabama children's minister has been arrested on an accusation he inappropriately touched a child.

James Vernon McNeal, 39, is charged with sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, a Class B felony. If convicted, McNeal faces two to 20 years in prison. He was released from the Madison County Jail after posting $30,000 bail on Thursday.

McNeal, a children's minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hazel Green, is accused of abusing a child from the church, said Madison County sheriff's Lt. Brian Chaffin.

"We're still investigating," Chaffin said. "But, we don't expect there are any other victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Children’s minister in Madison County arrested, charged with sexual abuse of a child

ALABAMA
WHNT

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A children’s minister from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hazel Green has been arrested on two charges of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. The church has confirmed to WHNT News 19 James “Javie” McNeal was arrested yesterday.

Lon Ostrzycki, lead pastor of the church, says “McNeal has been terminated and isn’t allowed on the property.”

Church leaders are working with the families involved.

Ostrzycki called the situation a bad mistake and says McNeal will suffer the consequences. He also says the church will continue to preach Jesus and they will pull together as a church family and pray.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Kardinal: Missbrauch bei Regensburger Domspatzen aufgeklärt

DEUTSCHLAND
T-Online

Der ehemalige Regensburger Bischof und jetzige Kurienkardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller hat den Vorwurf zurückgewiesen, die Aufklärung des Missbrauchskandals bei den Regensburger Domspatzen verschleppt zu haben. Der "Passauer Neuen Presse" (Freitag) sagte er: "Der Versuch, einen früheren Bischof von Regensburg gegen den jetzigen auszuspielen, scheitert angesichts der Tatsachen." Nach Bekanntwerden des Skandals habe er ab Frühjahr 2010 "den Aufklärungsprozess initiiert und strukturiert". Er sei froh und dankbar, dass sein Nachfolger Rudolf Voderholzer dies fortsetze.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Kardinal Müller hält Fälle für aufgeklärt

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

Der ehemalige Regensburger Bischof und jetzige Kurienkardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller hat den Vorwurf zurückgewiesen, die Aufklärung des Missbrauchsskandals bei den Regensburger Domspatzen verschleppt zu haben. Er habe "den Aufklärungsprozess initiiert".

Der "Passauer Neuen Presse" sagte Müller: "Der Versuch, einen früheren Bischof von Regensburg gegen den jetzigen auszuspielen, scheitert angesichts der Tatsachen." Nach Bekanntwerden des Skandals habe er ab Frühjahr 2010 "den Aufklärungsprozess initiiert und strukturiert". Er sei froh und dankbar, dass sein Nachfolger Rudolf Voderholzer dies fortsetze.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Kardinal Müller offenbar zu Gesprächen mit Opfern bereit

DEUTSCHLAND
Passauer Neue Presse

[Cardinal Müller apparently is ready for talks with victims.]

Der Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation, Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, ist offenbar zu Gesprächen mit Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs bei den Regensburger Domspatzen bereit. Das deutete er im PNP-Interview an. Eine entsprechende Frage beantwortete er mit dem Hinweis, persönliche seelsorgerliche Gespräche blieben "ihrer Natur nach vertraulich". Solche Gespräche waren von Opfervertretern gefordert worden. Müller nahm in dem Interview auch Stellung zum Umgang mit wiederverheirateten Geschiedenen und zur Forderung des Papstes nach einer synodalen Kirche.

Herr Kardinal, im Rahmen der Reihe "MENSCHEN in EUROPA" in Passau werden Sie im November 2017 auf den EKD-Ratsvorsitzenden Heinrich Bedford-Strohm treffen. Das Reformationsjubiläum wird dann schon Geschichte sein. Sehen Sie das Lutherjahr als Anlass zu ökumenischer Freude oder eher als ein Ereignis, bei dem die Spaltung zwischen den Konfessionen besonders deutlich wird?

Kardinal Müller: Die Spaltung der Christenheit widerspricht dem Willen Jesu Christi und schmerzt uns bis ins familiäre Leben hinein. Das protestantische Reformationsfest wird 2017 nicht mehr wie in den vorhergehenden Zentenarien in konfessionalistischer Selbstabgrenzung begangen. Hoffentlich gibt es so wenig wie möglich politische Vereinnahmungen des Christentums als eine Art Zivilreligion, die man jenseits des Wahrheitsanspruchs der Kirche nur als gesellschaftlichen Kitt braucht. Angesichts des sich ausbreitenden Säkularismus, d.h. des Lebens und Denkens "als ob es Gott nicht gebe", wollen wir als katholische, evangelische und orthodoxe Christen gemeinsam Zeugnis geben von all dem, was Gott für uns getan hat in Jesus Christus, seinem WORT, das unser Fleisch angenommen hat (Johannes 1,14). In diesem Geist der Gemeinsamkeit können wir dann auch über die Unterschiede und die noch vorhandenen Lehrgegensätze z.B. im Verständnis der Mission und des Wesens der Kirche und der Sakramente sprechen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Domspatzen-Missbrauch: Müller will Aufarbeitung unterstützen

VATIKAN
Radio Vatikan

[The Prefect of the Congregation for the Congregation of the Congregation, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, wants to support the processing of the abuse cases at the Regensburg Cathedral in Germany.]

Der Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation, Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, will die Aufarbeitung der Misshandlungs- und Missbrauchsfälle bei den Regensburger Domspatzen unterstützen. Bei dem weltberühmten Regensburger Knabenchor war es zwischen 1953 und 1992 in Hunderten Fällen zu körperlicher und sexueller Gewalt gekommen. Er wolle mit Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber zusammenarbeiten, der im Auftrag des Bistums Regensburg die Missbrauchsfälle untersucht, sagte der frühere Regensburger Bischof der „Passauer Neuen Presse“ am Freitag. Der Kurienkardinal erklärte, was er zur Aufklärung der Straftaten beitragen könne, das werde er Weber mitteilen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Kardinal Müller nennt Vorwürfe mangelnder Missbrauchs-Aufklärung bei Domspatzen ,postfaktisch'

DEUTSCHLAND
Wochenblatt

[The former Regensburg bishop Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Mueller has rejected allegations that the he could have acted on the abuse scandal at the Regensburger Domspatzen.]

Der frühere Regensburger Bischof Gerhard Ludwig Kardinal Müller hat Vorwürfe zurückgewiesen, die Aufklärung des Missbrauchsskandals bei den Regensburger Domspatzen verhindert zu haben.

In einem Interview mit der Passauer Neuen Presse (Druckausgabe vom 16. Dezember) wies Müller die Vorwürfe, die auch von Insidern der Regensburger Domspatzen gegenüber dem Wochenblatt getätigt wurden, zurück, er habe die Aufklärung des Missbrauchsskandal bei den Domspatzen verhindert oder verzögert. Wörtlich sagte Müller der PNP: „Die gezielt verbreiteten postfaktischen Behauptungen, ich hätte die Aufklärung sogar noch drei Jahre über das Ende meiner Amtszeit am 1. Juli 2012 hinaus verzögert und sogar verhindert, sind schlichtweg falsch, weil sie den Tatsachen widersprechen. Man muss die Zuständigkeiten und die entsprechenden Amtszeiten klar voneinander trennen.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Erzbischof zieht sich nach Pädophilie-Skandal zurück

AUSTRALIEN
news.de

[Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft has resigned because of his failure to properly handle sexual abuse allegations by clergy.]

Im Zuge eines Skandals um Kindesmissbrauch in Australien hat der anglikanische Erzbischof von Perth angekündigt, vorzeitig in den Ruhestand zu gehen. Roger Herft werde sich im Juli 2017 und damit ein Jahr früher als geplant zurückziehen, teilte die anglikanische Diözese der westaustralischen Großstadt mit. Bis dahin werde der 68-Jährige seinen angesammelten Urlaub in Anspruch nehmen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Childhood Trauma Effects Often Persist Into 50s and Beyond

UNITED STATES
Next Avenue

By Emily Gurnon
Health & Caregiving Editorchildhood trauma

The responses to an open-ended online survey question were heart-wrenching.

“Those five years ruined everything. My self-identity is sad, melancholic, shy, retiring and angry… never content or at peace.”

“It has hampered me all my working life.”

“Problems with relationships with the opposite sex my whole life made me think something was wrong with me.”

“I will never know the person I could have become….”

Lasting Scars of Childhood Sexual Abuse

All of those comments were made by adult men who had experienced sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, particularly priests, when they were children. Collected as part of a 2010 survey, they illustrate the insidious harm that can follow individuals throughout their lives when they are badly hurt — physically or emotionally — as children.

A study of more than 21,000 child abuse survivors age 60 and older in Australia found they reported a greater rate of failed marriages and relationships.
(See below for a video of one such man.)

Childhood sexual abuse is just one type of early trauma that can affect one’s life for decades — even into middle age and beyond. Research has shown that childhood trauma, ranging from parents’ divorce to alcoholism in the home, increases the odds of heart disease, stroke, depression, suicide, diabetes, lung diseases, alcoholism and liver disease later in life. It also increases risky health behaviors like smoking and having a large number of sexual partners. And it contributes to “low life potential,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

One more thing: those traumatized as children die earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

MS--New bishop named; Victims are skeptical

MISSISSIPPI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

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

A new bishop is coming to the Biloxi Catholic diocese. Though we know little about him, we’re skeptical that Louis Kihneman will make Mississippi’s kids any safer.

[Catholic News Agency]

We’re troubled by his involvement in a Corpus Christi child sex abuse and cover up case. He’s accused of essentially ignoring or white-washing a so-called church “investigation” into allegedly improper sexual advances on a child by a deacon who became a priest named Fr. John Feminelli. Kihneman also reportedly swore the alleged victim and his mother to secrecy.

[BishopAccountability.org]

He also comes from Texas, a state with particularly predator-friendly laws that make it very hard for victims to file lawsuits to expose those who commit or conceal child sex crimes. So we know far less about the church’s abuse and cover up scandal in Texas than in many states.

When new bishops take office, many Catholics bend over backwards to give them the benefit of every doubt. We hope that doesn’t happen here. Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance protects the vulnerable. So we hope Mississippians will make Kihneman earn their trust. We hope they’ll be just as cautious with their kids around clergy as they were under Bishop Roger Morin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Sex abuse victim questions Seattle archdiocese transparency

WSHINGTON
National Catholic Reporter

Dan Morris-Young | Dec. 16, 2016

A woman who won a $950,000 judgment against the Seattle archdiocese last month for negligence related to her 1983 rape by a janitor at a Seattle Catholic grade school, has issued a public rebuke of how the settlement was portrayed to parishioners.

Referred to as "A.W." to protect her identity, the woman was a 10-year-old fifth grader at the time of the attack at St. John the Evangelist School.

In a Dec. 14 statement released through her attorneys, the victim charges that a message to St. John parishioners and school families was misleading and "makes it sound like my claim had no merit."

A Nov. 17 "message to the parish and the school" signed by Fr. Crispin Okoth, pastor, and Bernadette O'Leary, principal, expressed regret for the incident, hope for the victim's healing, and assurance that the school is committed to "a safe environment for all children in our care."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

National child sex abuse inquiry will not be scaled back

UNITED KINGDOM
East Lothian Courier

The national child sexual abuse inquiry will retain all of its investigations after an internal review concluded it should not be scaled back.

Chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay rejected suggestions that the remit of the probe is too broad to succeed - describing its scope as a "virtue".

She said she plans to make recommendations in an interim report in 2018 and spoke of her determination to make "substantial progress" by 2020.

However, no final completion date has been given for what is the largest public inquiry ever established in the UK.

There have been suggestions that it could last for up to a decade.

On Friday, Professor Jay published a review of the troubled inquiry, which she announced in August after being named as its fourth head since it was launched in 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Former Oxted priest now facing 24 indecent assault charges as trial date set

UNITED KINGDOM
Surrey Mirror

Two more people have come forward with sex abuse allegations against a retired priest who is already facing a string of indecent assault charges, Guildford Crown Court was told on Friday (December 16).

It brings the number of complainants prepared to testify against the former Rector of Oxted, Guy Bennett, from 10 to 12, it was revealed.

Bennett, 83, of Lewes Road, East Grinstead, appeared to face a new indictment containing a total of 25 counts – 24 of indecent assault against complainants who were under the age of 16 at the time, and one of outraging public decency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Alexis Jay: I can't put a date on when inquiry will be complete

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

16 DECEMBER 2016

The national child sexual abuse inquiry will retain all of its investigations after an internal review concluded it should not be scaled back.

Chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay rejected suggestions that the remit of the probe is too broad to succeed - describing its scope as a "virtue".

She said she plans to make recommendations in an interim report in 2018 and spoke of her determination to make "substantial progress" by 2020.

However, no final date has been given for what is the largest public inquiry ever established in the UK.

There have been suggestions that it could last for up to a decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Independent Inquiry publishes Internal Review into its work

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

16 December

The Review refocuses the Inquiry and lays out a detailed schedule of work for 2017. It recognises that the Inquiry has two equally important tasks: unravelling institutional failures of the past and making meaningful recommendations to keep children safe today and in the future. It concludes that the Inquiry’s work needed rebalancing to make sure sufficient attention was paid to making recommendations for the future.

The Truth Project, research and analysis and public hearings remain central to the Inquiry’s work and its terms of reference also remain the same. All 13 of the existing investigations will continue.

The Inquiry is also proposing changes to the scope and timing of the public hearing for the investigation into the institutional responses to allegations of sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone.

The nature and breadth of the Inquiry’s terms of reference require it to make recommendations across an unprecedented range of institutions. The Inquiry’s research and analysis programme is essential to help it understand today’s child protection challenges. The review therefore announces an expanded programme of research and analysis for 2017/18.

To support this, a series of seminars will be held in 2017/18 to gather information and views about significant issues relevant to child sexual abuse. This will help the Inquiry identify areas for further investigation and scrutiny. They will hear from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, institutions, practitioners in the field of child protection and leading researchers. In 2018, the Inquiry will publish a preliminary report containing recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse 'will not be scaled back'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has rejected calls for it to be scrapped or scaled back, saying its scope is "a virtue".

Prof Alexis Jay said the broad nature of the inquiry would allow it to recommend "fundamental changes".

None of its 13 separate investigations will be dropped, a report said, but it may stop short of examining whether the late peer Lord Janner abused children.

The inquiry has announced it will only hold four public hearings next year.

The announcements were made in a report following an internal review, ordered by Prof Jay after her appointment in August.

The report also set the troubled inquiry's timetable for 2017.

The child sexual abuse inquiry so far
Visible progress needed in inquiry
Who is Prof Alexis Jay?

Prof Jay said she planned to make recommendations in an interim report in 2018 and vowed to make "substantial progress" by 2020.

However, IICSA officials refused to say when the inquiry would end.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Child abuse inquiry to cut number of public hearings

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Sandra Laville
Friday 16 December 2016

Public inquiry style hearings into key institutions in the national child abuse investigation are being reduced to speed up the process and refocus on preventing abuse now and in the future.

In an internal review published on Friday, the inquiry chair, Prof Alexis Jay, says she is committed to pursuing all 13 investigations into non-recent abuse within institutions. But in some cases, the review reveals, there will only be one public hearing into a key area or institution, although the single hearings are likely to last days or weeks.

The apparent move away from a public inquiry in the mould of the Leveson and Bloody Sunday inquiries may anger some participants and their lawyers, who pressed the then home secretary, Theresa May, for a statutory public inquiry in which witnesses would be forced to answer questions under oath.

In 2017 four public inquiry-style hearings will be held: two on child migrants, one on abuse within the English Benedictine congregation of the Roman Catholic church, and one on Knowl View school in Rochdale, which was linked to abuse by the late MP Cyril Smith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Rev. Msgr. Louis F. Kihneman, III named Fourth Bishop of Biloxi

MISSISSIPPI
Gulf Pine Catholic

DECEMBER 16, 2016

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Louis Kihneman, a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, to serve as the fourth Bishop of Biloxi. The appointment was announced today, December 16 in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

Bishop-elect Kihneman, the new chief shepherd of the 58,000 Catholics in South Mississippi, succeeds Bishop Roger Morin, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on March 7, 2016. Bishop-elect Kihneman will be introduced and speak to the media at a news conference today, Friday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Biloxi, located at 1790 Popps Ferry Rd. The event will be live streamed on the diocesan website: http://www.biloxidiocese.org

Bishop Morin called the appointment of Bishop-elect Kihneman “a wonderful early Christmas gift from Pope Francis” for the people of the Diocese of Biloxi.

Bishop-elect Kihneman, no stranger to the Gulf Coast region, said he is both honored and humbled by the Holy Father’s appointment.

“It is with great joy and deep humility and faith that I accept the appointment by our Holy Father to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi. I have been deeply touched by the welcome and hospitality that I have already received, especially from Bishop Morin and my brother priests,” he said. “As a son of a family of the Gulf Coast I have fond memories of summers and summer camp as a boy in the area and thus I feel as if the Lord has lead me full circle in some ways back home. I look forward to getting to know you and growing with you in the love of Jesus Christ and together sharing that love with all our brother and sisters. We have a deep call to share the Word of God, the Good News with all and to bring them to Christ. I look forward to building on all the good work that has already been done. May our loving God bless us as we build up his kingdom together.”

Bishop-elect Kihneman was ordained to the priesthood on November 18, 1977 at the Corpus Christi Cathedral by Bishop Thomas J. Drury. Presently, Bishop-elect Kihneman serves the Diocese of Corpus Christi as Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia while also serving St. Philip the Apostle Parish as Pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Other Pontifical Acts, 16.12.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has appointed:

Msgr. Louis F. Kihneman as bishop of Biloxi (area 24,992, population 815,494, Catholics 59,745, priests 84, permanent deacons 38, religious 66), United States of America. The bishop-elect was born in 1952 in Lafayette, Louisiana, United States of America, and was ordained a priest in 1977. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies in the St. Mary Seminary, Houston, obtaining a Master’s degree in religious pedagogy and in theology from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He has served in a number of roles, including: vicar of the parish of St. Isidro Labrador, mission of the diocese of Corpus Christi in Arteaga in Mexico; diocesan director of religious education and parish vicar in Robstown and in Corpus Christi; parish priest in Alice; member of the Priest Personal Board; director of priestly vocations and director of the St. John Maria Vianney house of studies; adjunct vicar for the clergy (1988-1995); parish priest in Rockport; diocesan chancellor; and member of the presbyteral council. In 1990 he was named Chaplain of His Holiness. He is currently vicar general and pastor of the St. Philip Parish in Corpus Christi. He succeeds Bishop Roger P. Morin, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese was accepted by the Holy Father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

New Biloxi bishop humbled, joyed by his appointment

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

by Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, and appointed Louisiana native Msgr. Louis Kihneman as his successor.

A priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi for 39 years, Msgr. Kihneman, 64, said in a Dec. 16 press release announcing his appointment that he accepts the Holy Father’s nomination with “great joy and deep humility and faith.”

“I have been deeply touched by the welcome and hospitality that I have already received, especially from Bishop Morin and my brother priests,” he said.

Born in Lafayette, La. Feb. 17, 1952, Msgr. Kihneman grew up in various places along the Gulf Coast, including Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was ordained a priest Nov. 18, 1977.

As a son of a family from the Gulf Coast area, Kihneman said he has “fond memories of summers and summer camp as a boy in the area,” and feels that in some ways “the Lord has lead me full circle…back home.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Suit: Elgin pastor accused of sexual assault, battery

ILLINOIS
Chicago Sun-Times

Sara Freund

A northwest suburban pastor is being sued by a church member who claims that for months she was sexually harassed, defamed and then excommunicated from the congregation by him.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday against pastor Manfred Malagon, his wife, the United Pentecostal Church International and the International Christian Fellowship in Cook County Circuit Court. The International Christian Fellowship church holds services at 240 Standish Street in Elgin and is operated by the United Pentecostal Church International.

In March, Malagon began sending the woman lewd text messages, which included photos of monkey and dog genitalia and a naked woman, the lawsuit stated. He offered to send nude photos of himself and requested nude photos and videos of the woman.

A few months later, the suit alleges, the woman was sexually assaulted when Malagon kissed, hugged and fondled the woman under a set of stairs in the church. When the woman would come for services on Thursdays and Sundays, the pastor would repeat this unwanted sexual behavior many times. On another occasion, he forced her into a room in the church, sexually touched her and pressed his hips against her body, according to the lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

13th lawsuit filed against Archdiocese for sexual abuse claims

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

James Bascon is the seventh victim to come forward with allegations that Father Louis Brouillard sexually assaulted him.

Guam - Another sexual abuse victim has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against the Archdiocese of Agana in a lawsuit that was filed Friday.

This latest lawsuit comes from James Bascon who accused former Guam priest Father Louis Brouillard of sexually assaulting him in the 1960s when Bascon was between 12 to 13 years old.

Bascon is the seventh former altar server to file a civil suit against Brouillard and the church. The other six are Anthony Vegafria, Vicente San Nicolas, Norman J.D. Aguon, Leo Tudela, Bruce Diaz and Vicente Guerrero Perez.

Four others have filed lawsuits against Archbishop Anthony Apuron who's currently facing a canonical trial in Rome on the similar allegations. They are Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton and the Estate of Joseph "Sonny" Quinata who revealed his decades-long secret to his mother on his deathbed 11 years earlier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

St Patrick’s College in Maynooth seeks new president

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Catholic bishop trustees of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, have advertised for a new president. The trustees are the four Catholic Archbishops in Ireland and 13 diocesan bishops.

The new president will assume office next summer for a five-year term,“which may be renewed or extended for one further term”.

He will succeed Msgr Hugh Connolly, a priest of Dromore diocese, one of only two Catholic dioceses that are wholly within Northern Ireland. Msgr Connolly became president at Maynooth in 2007.
His period as president has not been without incident.

Following publication of the Ryan and Murphy reports in 2009 the Vatican initiated apostolic visitations (investigations) of the Irish church. In 2011, a visitation team, led by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, inquired into Ireland’s seminaries. The Cardinal was said to be concerned about what he felt was laxity in theological formation at Maynooth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Australian Lawyers Alliance challenges sex abuse royal commission on proposed bills

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

Innocent people could be wrongfully jailed under reforms put forward by the child sex abuse royal commission, with the Australian Lawyers Alliance describing the proposal as "dangerous".

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released draft bills which would allow more details about an accused person's past, known as tendency and co-incidence evidence, to be put before a jury.

In releasing the draft bills, royal commission chief executive Philip Reed said tendency and co-incidence evidence as well as joint trials, involving a number of alleged victims of the same defendant, could be significant in child sex abuse cases.

"Where the only evidence of child sexual abuse offences is the complainant's evidence, it is likely to be more difficult for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the offences occurred because the jury is effectively considering the account of one person against the account of another," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Members Revealed for National Redress Scheme

AUSTRALIA
Pro Bono Australia

Friday, 16th December 2016

Wendy Williams, Journalist

A broad group of specialists from across Australia have been appointed to advise the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, creating “a unique opportunity to show survivors that they have been listened to and heard”.

The 15 member Independent Advisory Council on Redress, named on Friday, includes survivors of institutional abuse, representatives from support organisations, legal and psychological experts, Indigenous and disability experts, institutional interest groups and those with a background in government.

Former solicitor and Western Australian Attorney General Hon Cheryl Edwardes AM, who has had a long career in victim advocacy and support, will chair the council.

President of Blue Knot Foundation Dr Cathy Kezelman AM said the broad representation of the council was “critical” to the creation of a fair and equitable scheme.

“The establishment of a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse creates a unique opportunity to show survivors that they have been listened to and heard – that what happened to them mattered,” Kezelman said.

“The harm done to them has been acknowledged and they will receive support and some compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Clergy abuse victims will also vote on bankruptcy payment plans

MINNESOTA
Bemidji Pioneer

By Richard Chin / St. Paul Pioneer Press on Dec 15, 2016

ST. PAUL—Competing bankruptcy payment plans drawn up by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and victims of clerical sexual abuse will go to the victims as well as parishes, vendors and other creditors for a vote.

Judge Robert Kressel, presiding over the archdiocese's case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, ordered lawyers on both sides Thursday to start preparing documents and ballots that will be sent to creditors in the case, including hundreds of survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The vote is expected early next year.

The archdiocese plan calls for a proposed trust fund for claimants of about $150 million, the bulk of which will come from settlements with insurance carrier groups. The archdiocese would also contribute about $14 million in direct cash and other assets from the church to the trust fund, and $500,000 for a counseling fund for victims of sexual abuse.

The competing plan developed by the survivors' committee calls for the archdiocese to pay about $80 million of its own money or money it would raise through borrowing. The plan developed by lawyers for about 450 victims also would allow the victims to pursue claims against the insurance companies which survivors' lawyers believe will exceed the amount being offered in the archdiocese plan. The victims' plan also would allow the survivors to continue to seek claims in lawsuits against individual parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ELGIN MINISTER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

ILLINOIS
ABC 7

By John Garcia
Thursday, December 15, 2016

ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- A lawsuit has been filed against a minister in Elgin, Ill., who is accused of sexually abusing a woman.

The alleged victim, a former member of his church, said the pastor sexually abused her on numerous occasions, harassed her with text messages and then called her names in front of the congregation during his sermons.

One church in Elgin is home to a small congregation of members of the International Christian Fellowship, which rents space for worship led by their pastor Manfred Malagon.

The lawsuit states where the victim claims that Malagon sexually abused her.

"In the church building, he grabbed her and put her into a closet and abused her, put her under the stairs and abused her," Richard Gordon, the alleged victim's attorney said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

13th victim to accused clergy of sex abuse comes forward

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Dec 16, 2016

By Krystal Paco

60-year-old James Bascon is the 13th victim to surface and sue Guam's Catholic church. The Inarajan man alleges he was around 12 or 13 years old when he fell victim to Father Louis Brouillard. According to court filings, Bascon was an altar boy at San Isidro Catholic Church and a Boy Scout when the priest repeatedly sexually molested him.

Court papers also describe swimming trips with Father Brouillard, who would swim completely naked and instruct the boys to do the same before he molested them.

Father Broiullard, who now lives in Minnesota, has been accused of being a pedophile priest by former altar boys Norman J.D. Aguon, Leo Tudela, Bruce Diaz, Vicente Perez, Vicente San Nicolas and Anthony Vegafria.

Former altar boys that have accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of sexual molestation are Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla, and the Estate of Joseph "Sonny" Quinata. And former altar boy Paul Joseph Borja alleges he was abused by now-deceased priest of the Chalan Pago church Father Antonio Cruz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Child sex abuse inquiry head to reveal schedule for 2017

UNITED KINGDOM
Sky News

The head of the troubled child abuse inquiry will attempt to get the process back on track later when she outlines its schedule for the coming year.

Professor Alexis Jay, who is the inquiry's fourth chairwoman in only two years, will try to draw a line under a year that has seen a victims' group withdraw and several lawyers leave.

A leading barrister told Sky News the inquiry has been "so badly managed from the beginning".

Michael Mansfield QC said: "It is a rather dismal exercise and I am not surprised that groups of survivors have had enough because they've been waiting in some cases 20-25 years to see justice in their cases."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Bankruptcy judge may allow vote on two Archdiocese settlement plans

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has indicated he may allow all parties to vote on two competing clergy abuse settlement plans against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

In a packed courtroom filled with clergy abuse victims and attorneys, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel heard arguments on the disclosure statement in the case.

Attorney Richard Anderson representing the Archdiocese told Judge Kressel that they have now settled with all of the Archdiocese’s insurance carriers on dollar amounts. He did not disclose the new amount, but on Nov. 15 the Archdiocese announced they had reached an agreement with 11 of 13 insurance underwriters to increase their settlement fund to $133 million.

Bankruptcy judge may allow vote on two Archdiocese settlement plans
Victims’ attorney Robert Kugler argued that the Archdiocese settlement is not reasonable. Kugler told the judge that he believes more money is available from the insurance companies and that survivors could not evaluate the settlement disclosure without the full knowledge how much could be paid out. Additionally, Kugler suggested that the Archdiocese could borrow $38 million, hold a fundraiser, and assess parishes for settlement fund money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

December 15, 2016

Submissions for public hearing into disability service providers published

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

16 December, 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published the written submissions for the public hearing into disability service providers on its website.

The public hearing was held in Sydney in July 2016. It inquired into the responses of the following disability service providers to allegations of child sexual abuse:

1. Mater Dei School located in Camden, New South Wales;
2. Gold Coast Family Support Group (now FSG Australia);
3. The Disability Trust and Interchange Shoalhaven.

The public hearing also examined the current systems, policies, procedures and practices for preventing, receiving, investigating and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse within institutions providing services to children with disability.

The submissions can be found on the Case Study 41 page of the Royal Commission’s website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Perth Archbishop Roger Herft resigns in royal commission fallout

AUSTRALIA
PerthNow

Nick Butterly, PerthNow
December 15, 2016

THE Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, has resigned after admitting to a royal commission earlier this year he let down survivors of child sexual abuse.

The resignation makes Archbishop Herft the highest-ranking casualty of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

In a statement last night, the Church revealed that Arch-bishop Herft, who had stood aside in October, would not return.

Victims’ advocacy groups had demanded his resignation after he gave evidence to the royal commission in August showing how he had failed to act on warnings of priests abusing children in Newcastle when he led the Church there between 1993 and 2005.

“The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Roger Herft, informed the Diocesan Council today of his decision to retire a year ahead of schedule, namely 7 July 2017,” the Church statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

OH--Abuse victims blast OH court ruling & appeal to lawmakers

OHIO
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec 15, 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)

We’re very disappointed that Ohio’s Supreme Court arbitrarily insists that damage caps apply even in horrific cases of child sexual abuse by clergy. Had the court sided with innocent kids and wounded victims, instead of with powerful employers, Ohio kids would be safer today. Instead, those kids are more vulnerable because those who ignore or hide child sex crimes have essentially gotten a reprieve from the state’s highest court.

[Sandusky Register]

Severe wrongdoing stops when wrongdoers are severely punished. But this ruling does just the opposite – it enshrines a clear, low ‘cap’ that will do little to prod wrongdoers to stop doing wrong.

So tomorrow, an Ohio cult could hire a convicted, serial child molester after his release from prison. No matter how egregiously they all act and no matter who’s hurt how much, the cult and its insurers would never have to pay more than $350,000. That’s shameful.

Ohio’s predator-friendly statute of limitations helps wrongdoers by giving them clarity – “all we have to do is hide these child sex crimes until the deadline for lawsuits elapse.” Now, this predator-friendly ruling also helps wrongdoers by giving them more clarity - “even if we’re caught, the most we’ll ever have to pay is $350,000.”

We hope Ohio lawmakers remedy both of these injustices, no matter how hard powerful institutions and lobbyists fight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Perth Archbishop Roger Herft resigns after admitting to let down sex abuse survivors

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

One of the country's most senior church figures, the Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft, has resigned after admitting he let down survivors of sexual abuse.

Reverend Herft had been Archbishop of Perth since 2005, but stood aside in October this year to "focus my attention on the royal commission's ongoing inquiry into the Diocese of Newcastle".

He gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in August, and finished his testimony with an apology to the people of Newcastle, where he served as bishop between 1993 and 2005.

"I let them down badly.

"[I have] let down the survivors in a way that remorse itself is a very poor emotion to express."

Archbishop Herft thanked the royal commission for holding him "personally accountable" during the hearing, which stretched over two weeks in the New South Wales city.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Robert C. Ramon

TEXAS
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Ordained for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1983, Robert C. Ramon assisted in parishes in Houston, Port Houston and Dickinson, and was briefly lead priest at parishes in Houston and New Caney. He spent two years early on as a student at Catholic University in Washington D.C.

In 1991 Ramon was accused of sexually abusing a minor female. The diocese investigated and determined there was no evidence. Per the request of the girl's family, the diocese provided counseling. The sessions ended after a few months, and the family threatened to sue. They filed a civil lawsuit in 1993.

Ramon is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory beyond 2002. He died in August 2014.

Ordained: 1983
Died: August 13, 2014

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Judge rejects claim that stalled diocese bankruptcy case

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque Journal

By Associated Press
Thursday, December 15th, 2016

GALLUP, N.M. — A New Mexico diocese is a step closer to resolving its bankruptcy case after a federal judge rejected a claim that had stalled the proceedings.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2hpni2F ) that the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament filed a claim against the Diocese of Gallup as it was concluding its Chapter 11 reorganization case.

Attorneys for the diocese say the claim wasn’t filed in a timely matter. The Sisters’ attorney says the organization did not know of the diocese’s bankruptcy case until December 2015, more than two years after its Chapter 11 petition was filed, but the attorneys for the diocese say the Sisters were sent legal notices at the time the claim was filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Statement of Clarification Regarding Confidentiality Agreements with Alleged Victims of Sexual Abuse

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

As part of the July 19, 2016, Amendment to the Settlement Agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis agreed to not “enter into confidentiality agreements regarding allegations of sexual abuse of minors unless requested by the victim and noted in the text of the agreement”. In addition, the Archdiocese agreed to release “any victim of alleged sexual abuse from any confidentiality obligation that may exist in any settlement agreement [previously] entered into with the Archdiocese”.

My hope is that, in some way, these provisions will reflect our ongoing commitment to transparency concerning our failings and our desire to be helpful to those who may have been harmed and sensitive to their needs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Judge Allows Two Proposed Reorganization Plans in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Bankruptcy Case to Proceed

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

For the first time in a Diocesan or Religious Order bankruptcy case, two competing plans will go to vote

(Minneapolis, MN) – In a hearing today in United States Bankruptcy Court in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Bankruptcy case, the Honorable Robert J. Kressel ruled that two proposed reorganization plans will move forward. One plan was submitted by the Archdiocese and the other plan was submitted by the Creditors’ Committee.

“We are pleased that the court is going to allow the survivors’ voices to be heard,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson. Both plans are drastically different and this is the first time that two competing plans will go to vote in a Diocesan or Religious Order bankruptcy case.

The plan submitted by the Archdiocese proposes that the Archdiocese contribute $20 million of its own funds, that all insurance issues are settled for unreasonable amounts, and that all parishes will be released from the case without contributing a penny. The plan submitted by the Creditors’ Committee proposes that the Archdiocese contribute $80 million of its own funds, and that all survivors retain their rights to pursue the insurance companies and any claims they may have against the parishes.

A status conference is scheduled for January 12, 2017, to finalize the disclosure statements and determine a procedure for the forms and ballots to be sent to sexual abuse survivors and other creditors in the bankruptcy proceeding.

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.817.8665
Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.205.5531

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Crisis comes to the megachurch in Steppenwolf’s The Christians

ILLINOIS
Chicago Reader

By Albert Williams

Lucas Hnath's intriguing 2014 drama The Christians, now receiving its Chicago premiere in a finely acted production at Steppenwolf Theatre, is unlike any play I've ever seen about religion. There's no nun boldly overstepping her authority to expose a suspected pedophile priest; no charismatic hypocritical preacher bilking the gullible faithful; no philandering phonies or self-hating homos, preaching traditional family values while pursuing their own illicit lusts. Instead, The Christians concerns a basic question that might seem better suited to a scholarly lecture: Is God's love for humanity so great that it encompasses everyone, not just Christians?

This is the question that the play's protagonist, Pastor Paul, proposes to his flock on the particular Sunday morning on which Hnath's 80-minute one-act takes place. Paul is the leader of a modern American megachurch, which he has built over two decades from a small storefront into a sprawling complex thanks to the prayers—and donations—of his thousands of followers. Now, having paid off the debt incurred erecting this magnificent edifice, Paul preaches a sermon of "radical change."

Speaking softly and humbly into his handheld microphone, Paul explains that after having a heart-to-heart talk with the heavenly father, he now sees that Christians must break down barriers separating them from the rest of a world torn by violence. He recounts the story of a non-Christian boy in an unnamed foreign country who gave his own life to save his sister from a terrorist attack. Should that boy not receive salvation just because he hasn't been baptized as a Christian? Should belief in the divinity of Jesus determine whether one goes to heaven or to hell? And then Paul drops the other shoe: there is no hell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Prayer day for abuse victims set

NEW ZEALAND
NZ Catholic

By Rowena Orejana - December 16, 2016

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have designated the first Friday of Lent next year as a day of prayer and penance for victims of abuse and violence in New Zealand.

In 2017, this day will fall on March 3, the Friday after Ash Wednesday.

The president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Patrick Dunn, said New Zealand has an alarmingly high incidence of domestic violence. This day would acknowledge the impact of such abuse and violence, both by members of the Church family, but also everywhere it occurs throughout New Zealand.

NZ Catholic understands it is likely the first Friday of Lent will become a permanent day of prayer on this topic.

Bishop Dunn said Catholics often undertake devotions like the Stations of the Cross during Fridays in Lent, so the bishops’ conference thought that a Friday in Lent would be suitable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Archdiocese counsel issues FOIA request

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

Sen. Frank Blas Aguon Jr. released a statement Tuesday where he raised questions concerning a Freedom of Information Act request by Archdiocese of Agana legal counsel John C. Terlaje for any and all opinions of the legislative counsel regarding Bill 326-33.

According to Aguon, Bill 326 was a highly publicized piece of legislation that garnered wide media coverage and comprised three scheduled public hearings where numerous community members attended and offered oral and written testimony in support of the legislation that was eventually passed by a unanimous vote and signed into law by Gov. Eddie Calvo on Sept. 23.

Aguon pointed out, "At no point during this legislative process did the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana, a Corporation Sole, voice any concern or objection to the legislative process or the bill."

Aguon stated that he had no qualms with the inquiry made at the behest of Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes, but added, "I have to wonder where these concerns were during the legislative process."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

John Does seeking nearly $8 million in Mount Cashel abuse suit

CANADA
The Telegram

Lawyers for four John Does have asked the Supreme Court of Newfoundland for damages of nearly $8 million for abuse suffered at the hands of certain Christian Brothers at Mount Cashel.

The four test-case John Does say the church, through the Episcopal Corp., should be held liable for physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of certain members of the lay order of Irish Christian Brothers. The Does — all orphanage residents several decades ago — represent about 60 clients who were at the orphanage during the late 1940s to early 1960s.

The amounts for the other 60 claimants who could be affected by the outcome of this trial will be determined in the future based on whether the four John Does win their cases.

The church insists the lay order Irish Christian Brothers ran the orphanage and were independent of the archdiocese.

The trial, during many of its 31 non-consecutive days this year, contained disturbing testimony concerning the experiences of the four John Does at the orphanage several decades ago, as well as personal details of their lives since then and various expert opinions on child sex abuse and its impacts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Ohio Supreme Court Says No Exception For Child Sex Crime Victims In Caps On Jury Awards

OHIO
Statehouse News Bureau

[with audio]

By KAREN KASLER

The Ohio Supreme Court says a state law capping damages in certain cases is constitutional. That means a 15-year-old Delaware County girl raped by her pastor in 2008 will get a quarter of a million dollars – not the $3.5 million the jury awarded her family.

The girl’s lawyer had argued the $250,000 cap is unconstitutional, especially when it comes to underage victims of sex crimes. But a majority of the court agreed those caps on non-injury cases passed by state lawmakers in 2005 are constitutional. In her majority opinion, Justice Judith French wrote evidence showed the girl played sports, had good grades and hasn’t sought mental health treatment. So she wrote in this case the non-injury cap applies. In their pointed dissents, Justice Paul Pfeifer wrote that tort reform has ensured child rapists will not have to pay the full measure of damages, and Bill O’Neill wrote – quoting here – “Shame on the General Assembly”. The pastor, 54-year-old Brian Williams, just finished serving an eight year sentence for sexual battery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

Lessons From Australia

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Press

By: Dr. Michael J. Salamon
Published: December 15th, 2016

A plague of childhood sexual abuse of students by teachers over many years at yeshivot in Australia, and the prodding of Manny Waks, a victim who as an adult became an advocate, led to the appointment several years ago of a Royal Commission to study the situation. Although preliminary findings were issued two years ago, the final commission reports were just released.

Cover-ups on the part of school administrations, rabbis, and the community as a whole were placed under the scrutiny of an objective outside panel of experts who interviewed a wide range of people – rabbis, teachers, victims, professionals, advocates, etc.

The results are scathing.

One of the reports made it clear that children were, in fact, regularly abused. When attempts were made to stop the abuse, the schools failed to act, abusers were protected – and when families attempted to confront the abusers and their protectors, they were victimized all over again.

Additionally, the commission found that the organizational culture at the yeshivot perpetuated a climate that was “conducive to the perpetration of child sexual abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

New members appointed to IOR Board of Superintendence

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Thursday announced the Cardinals Commission of Vigilance of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, has appointed Mr. Scott C. Malpass, Javier Marín Romano and Georg Freiherr von Boeselager as members of the IOR Board of Superintendence, bringing the total number of members to seven.

Mr. Malpass, from the United States, has held various prestigious positions and has served for over 25 years as Chief Investment Officer for Notre Dame University in the United States, where he works in the field of investment in conformity with the social doctrine of the Church, and teaches courses in the field of investment research at the same University.

Mr. Marín, from Spain, enjoys a wealth of experience in banking and in particular has held various positions for Banco Santander, including Chief Executive Officer and as Head of the Private Banking, Asset Management and Insurance Division.

Mr. von Boeselager, of German nationality, has worked for many years in the private banking field and presently holds the position of Head of the Supervisory Board of Merck Finck & Privatbankiers AG, in Munich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

News Release: Hearing Tomorrow in Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Bankruptcy Case

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

St. Paul, MN) – A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 1:00PM before Hon. Robert J. Kressel in United States Bankruptcy Court in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis bankruptcy case. Several issues will be addressed at the hearing and Judge Kressel may decide whether the proposed bankruptcy plans filed by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis and the Creditors’ Committee, will move forward.

Honorable Robert J. Kressel
Courtroom 8 West
United States Courthouse
300 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office: 651.318.2650 Cell: 612.817.8665

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Yeshiva, Chabad boards urged to take action

AUSTRALIA
Australian Jewish News

THE new boards of Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Schools Ltd (YBRSL) and Chabad Institutions Victoria Ltd (CIVL) were urged this week to “act decisively and expeditiously to address those issues emanating from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse … so that the community can truly move forward from this stain”.

The elections of the boards – the first ever held, after a new constitution was adopted this year – are seen as a move towards transparency in the wake of the scathing findings of the Royal Commission, which slammed the way key Yeshivah leadership figures handled the crisis.

Welcoming the conclusion of the election process, child sexual abuse victims’ advocate Manny Waks called for the new boards to “take immediate and decisive action to end their association” with three individuals in particular, who he claimed had failed the victims: Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner, who resigned as the Yeshivah Centre’s senior rabbi last year after admitting that his conduct towards victims and their families had not been in line with the values of Yeshivah, but who still performs religious leadership functions; Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner, the only member of the former board who did not resign and who holds a seat on both of the new boards; and Nechama Bendet, the former Yeshivah general manager and board member who remains in a senior management role.

Responding to Waks’s call, Bendet yesterday told The AJN, “I vehemently deny that I breached any legal or moral obligation to victims of child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Media Release: Victims respond angrily to comments by former Yeshivah leader Nechama Bendet

AUSTRALIA
Manny Waks
​15 December 2016

​​Victims of child sexual abuse at Yeshivah Centre Melbourne are outraged and appalled at comments by former Yeshivah General Manager and Trustee Mrs Nechama Bendet to the Australian Jewish News (16 December 2016 – see below from print version, may not be viewable from mobile devices).

Responding to calls for her to be stood down from Yeshivah's senior management in the wake of the recent findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Bendet was quoted in the newspaper as follows: "I vehemently deny that I breached any legal or moral obligation to victims of child sex abuse. The Royal Commission made no such findings about me”. Bendet went on to say that she had “personally apologised and reached out to victims of child sexual abuse”.

Following the Commission's public hearing into Yeshivah in February 2015, Bendet stated that she would resign as a Trustee of Yeshivah, which she eventually did, but has remained a member of its senior management.

The findings of the Commission, handed down in October 2016, included:

* 'that there was a marked absence of supportive leadership for survivors of child sexual abuse and their families within Yeshivah Melbourne. Halachic principles were stridently – even if incorrectly applied. Criticism of those that spoke out was forceful';
* 'The leadership did not create an environment conducive to the communication of information about child sexual abuse. If anything, the mixed messages were likely to have produced inaction'; and
* 'If the Yeshivah Melbourne...had shown leadership, survivors of sexual abuse and their families and supporters might have received a very different response from the members of the Yeshivah Melbourne community'.

The Commission heard evidence that Bendet had personally labelled two victims of abuse as mosers, a derogatory term for a Jew who informs on other Jews to secular authorities. Bendet gave evidence that she could not recall using that term.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Child rape victim upset over Seattle Archdiocese's statement

WASHINGTON
LMT

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who weeks ago settled her child sex abuse claim against Seattle Archdiocese for $950,000 is now issuing a statement about the deal — because she's upset about how the agreement was portrayed to parishioners.

The woman, identified as A.W., was raped in 1983, when she was 10, by Charles Siddons, a janitor at St. John Parish and School. Siddons pleaded guilty a month later. He died in 1997.

The woman sued the Archdiocese in 2015 after she learned previous incidents of assault and inappropriate conduct involving Siddons had been reported to school officials.

Last month, the archdiocese sent a message to parishioners about the settlement, noting that there was nothing to indicate Siddons was a threat when he was hired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

A HOLY SHAME Galway-born priest charged with embezzling more than €47,000 from an elderly parishioner in Florida

IRELAND/FLORIDA
Irish Sun

BY ANGELA MULLIN 15th December 2016

A Galway-born priest who had three residences – including a beach condo – has been charged with embezzling more than €47,000 ($50,000) from an elderly parishioner in Florida.

Fr Nicholas King is charged with using a 79-year-old woman’s money to fund a lifestyle ‘beyond his means’, according to cops at Brevard County near Orlando, Florida.

The Irish Examiner reports that the 73-year-old priest officially stood down as pastor of the parish he lead for more than 20 years a few days before being cuffed in September.

Donna Seyferth, spokeswoman for the Rockledge Police Department, said the priest had three residences, including a beach condominium, and lived far above his annual $28,000 salary.

He spent hundreds of dollars on restaurant meals, made a $9,000 down payment on a car, gave $6,000 to his sister, and spent $900 at a gourmet chocolate shop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Priest charged with embezzling $50k from pensioner

Thursday, December 15, 2016

IRELAND/FLORIDA
Irish Examiner

John Breslin

A Galway-born priest charged with embezzling over $50,000 (€47,000) from an elderly parishioner in Florida was a vocal supporter of one of two jailed Irish clerics accused of defrauding their parish of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fr Nicholas King, aged 73, is charged with using money belonging to the elderly woman to fund a lifestyle “beyond his means”, according to police in Brevard County near Orlando.

The priest, who officially stood down as pastor of the parish he led for over 20 years just days before his September arrest, was a public supporter of Francis Guinan, one of the two Irish clerics propelled to nationwide and international infamy over their plundering of church coffers to fund gambling trips, rare coin collections, and homes.

Guinan, from Offaly, spent over three years in jail after being found guilty by a jury of stealing some $100,000.

The other, Kilkenny-born John Skehan, aged 81 when sentenced in 2009, served just under a year of a 14-month sentence after pleading guilty to stealing close to $400,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Diocese bankruptcy hits a snag

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., Dec. 14, 2016

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma spent nearly an hour listening to and sorting through the legal arguments of two Arizona attorneys — opposing lawyers in a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit — in an effort to resolve a legal dispute that has stalled the Diocese of Gallup’s exit from bankruptcy court during a hearing Monday.

The dispute centers on a lawsuit Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor filed in 2015 in Arizona’s Coconino County Superior Court. Pastor represents a Navajo woman who said she was sexually molested as a child by Brother Mark Schornack, a Franciscan brother who allegedly abused her during his employment as a school bus driver and maintenance man at St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, Arizona. Schornack, a former resident of Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, died in 2012.

St. Michael Indian School and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the founders of the school, are named as defendants in the lawsuit. The Diocese of Gallup and the Franciscans were also previously named as defendants, but because they were participating parties that contributed funding toward the Gallup Diocese’s Chapter 11 settlement agreement with sex abuse claimants, they were removed as defendants and are now protected parties with no legal liability in the case.

St. Michael Indian School and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were not participating parties and did not contribute any funding toward the settlement; therefore, they are not protected parties under the plan of reorganization.

The lawsuit became a matter of concern in U.S. Bankruptcy Court because the Sisters filed a claim against the Diocese of Gallup while the diocese was concluding its Chapter 11 reorganization case. Attorneys for the diocese have objected to the Sisters’ claim because it was not filed in a timely manner and because, they assert, it is disallowed under the Bankruptcy Code.

Scott B. Cohen, the Sisters’ Phoenix attorney, has said the Sisters did not know of the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case until Dec. 4, 2015, more than two years after the diocese filed its Chapter 11 petition Nov. 12, 2013.

In contrast, diocesan attorneys have stated the Sisters were sent legal notices regarding the bankruptcy since November 2013. In addition, throughout the case, the Sisters’ lack of participation in the mediation and settlement process has been noted in bankruptcy court documents.

Liability arguments

During Monday’s hearing, Susan Boswell, the lead bankruptcy attorney for the Diocese of Gallup, expressed frustration that the Sisters’ claim is “the only thing that’s keeping this case open.” Boswell, who told the judge the matter was costing the diocese money for U.S. Trustee fees, as well as for professional fees, requested Thuma enter an order and disallow the Sisters’ claim so the case could be closed.

“If somebody wants to keep this case open because they think that they need the assistance of this court for interpretation of the plan,” Boswell added, “I’d be happy to do that provided they also paid the costs of keeping this case open.”

Much of the hearing was devoted to Pastor’s and Cohen’s opposing interpretations of the language in Pastor’s lawsuit regarding various legal definitions of liability. Noting the Diocese of Gallup and the Franciscans have been dropped as defendants, Cohen argued, “But despite the dismissal of these two protected parties … the plaintiff still attempts to hold the Sisters liable for the alleged wrongdoing of others, including these protected parties.”

In particular, Cohen said Pastor and his client were trying to hold the Sisters liable for the actions of Schornack’s religious order at the time of the alleged abuse, the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist, one of the protected parties in the plan of reorganization.

Pastor disputed that assertion. “It’s only an attempt to hold the Sisters and the school liable for the bad acts of its employee, Brother Mark Schornack,” he said.

In a document filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Nov. 28, Pastor said Schornack had been a patient at Via Coeli, the notorious clergy treatment center once operated in Jemez Springs by the Servants of the Paraclete. In their comments to the court Monday, both Cohen and Pastor indicated it was likely the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist withheld information regarding Schornack’s history from the Sisters.

Through questioning both attorneys, Thuma managed to sift through their arguments and finally solicit some common agreement around the legal concept of comparative fault, where the Sisters would only be held liable for what a jury decided was their fault.

“Isn’t that a way to do this that is consistent with the confirmation order and consistent with what Mr. Pastor’s client’s rights still are?” Thuma asked.

The judge requested Cohen and Pastor submit proposed language within 10 days that he could enter into an order that would be helpful to the Arizona state court judge assigned to Pastor’s lawsuit against the Sisters.

Thuma concluded the hearing by approving two requests from Boswell, the attorney for the Diocese of Gallup. Boswell asked for an order disallowing the claim by the Sisters, and she asked to be allowed to file a motion for a final decree, which will move the diocese a step closer to having its bankruptcy case closed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

St. Anne’s residential school survivors must wait longer for justice

CANADA
Toronto Star

By TANYA TALAGA
Global Economics Reporter
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

Survivors of the St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany, Ont., will have to wait until March to find out if the courts will even proceed with their abuse compensation case.

Edmund Metatawabin and a woman known only as K-10106 attended the notorious St. Anne’s, a church-run, federally funded school when they were young children. They say they were victims of horrific abuse, including being shocked by an electrified chair and having to eat their own vomit.

Metatawabin and the female survivor have led a court challenge, arguing they should receive proper compensation for the abuse they suffered.

The two survivors want the Superior Court to order a full-scale inquiry into why records of a criminal investigation and prosecutions that took place as a result of abuse allegations were only disclosed under court orders in 2014. This secrecy and delay meant other survivors missed out on compensation granted under settlement of a class action related to the residential school system, they say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Abuse inquiry barrister cleared over assault claim

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill, Andrew Norfolk
December 15 2016
The Times

The former lead counsel to the independent inquiry into child abuse has been cleared of an allegation of sexual assault after an investigation ordered by his chambers.

Ben Emmerson, QC, a founder member of Matrix Chambers, had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a lift at the offices of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in London earlier this year.

After the claim was reported in the media and repeated in parliament, Matrix asked Sir David Calvert-Smith, a former High Court judge, to investigate. Sir David, who is also a former director of public prosecutions, interviewed Mr Emmerson and the alleged complainant before preparing a report for the Matrix management committee.

The chambers said in a statement: “Sir David concluded ‘without hesitation’ that Mr Emmerson had not committed any act of sexual assault or sexual harassment. The management committee has accepted Sir David’s findings and is satisfied that they demonstrate no case of professional misconduct to report to the Bar Standards Board.”

Matrix, whose lawyers are known for fighting human rights actions and often represent the media in open justice cases against government secrecy, said the full report was “confidential and its contents will not be made public”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Judge: Archdiocese not responsible for appeal fees in bankruptcy

MINNESOTA
The Catholic Spirit

December 13, 2016

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel ruled Dec. 8 that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis wouldn’t be responsible for paying approximately $355,000 in legal fees incurred by the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in seeking to consolidate parish, school and foundation assets into the archdiocese’s bankruptcy.

Judge Kressel’s July 28 ruling that institutions “such as churches, schools and charitable organizations and foundations cannot be forced into bankruptcy” was upheld Dec. 6 by the Federal District Court after the Unsecured Creditors Committee, which represents more than 400 sexual abuse claimants, filed the appeal.

The judge also ruled Dec. 8 that professional fees of about half a million dollars incurred by attorneys, accountants, appraisers and others could be paid immediately from the archdiocese’s regular operating account. The remaining $2 million for attorneys’ and professional fees for the archdiocese, the Unsecured Creditors Committee and the Parish Committee will be paid once the court confirms a plan of Reorganization. Going forward, all payments for professional fees will be paid once a plan is approved, the judge said.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments on disclosure statements associated with Reorganization plans on Dec. 15. The archdiocese announced Dec. 8 its intention to amend its plan to provide more than $155 million to sexual abuse claimants after settling with all 13 of its insurance carriers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Minnesota judge: archdiocese not responsible for legal fees in abuse victims’ appeal of court ruling

MINNESOTA
Catholic Culture

December 14, 2016

A federal bankruptcy-court judge in Minnesota has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis is not responsible for the $355,000 in legal fees incurred by sex-abuse victims who had sought to include the resources of Catholic parishes and schools in the accounting of archdiocesan assets available to creditors.

Under the terms of a proposed bankruptcy agreement, the archdiocese is responsible for legal fees associated with the case. But the archdiocese is not responsible for the fees incurred during the unsuccessful appeal, Judge Robert Kessel ruled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Endgame may be near in Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy case

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan St. Paul · Dec 15, 2016

The bankruptcy reorganization of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is about to enter its third year. But there is a chance that the church could reach a settlement with hundreds of sex abuse victims and emerge from bankruptcy by summer.

A court hearing scheduled for Thursday will focus on how well the archdiocese and creditors can explain their separate plans to the people who would vote on them, including some 450 sexual abuse victims seeking compensation. There will also be a discussion about voting procedures and counting the results.

The archdiocese envisions a vote by spring and a conclusion of the bankruptcy by mid-year, said Charles Rogers, an archdiocese attorney.

"We have $155 million, potentially more than $160 million, set aside at this time for a victim fund," Rogers said. "We have the parameters of a plan that we believe is eminently workable. It is now for the court to determine what plan is voted on and how we proceed."

The plan also seeks a court order protecting parishes and their insurers from future lawsuits by victims who've filed claims in the archdiocese bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Tullian Tchividijan’s Brother, Uncle Part of Ministry Statement Urging Reforms to Protect Against ‘Wolves’

UNITED STATES
Christian News Network

By Heather Clark on December 14, 2016

The board of the organization GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), which includes the brother and uncle of Tullian Tchividijan, as well as the son of Ronald Reagan, has released a statement of grief over Tchividijan’s sexual misconduct and is urging churches to implement reformation to protect against “wolves” in their midst.

“The GRACE board is deeply disturbed about the revelations of sexual misconduct by Tullian Tchividjian. As an organization that deals with the abuse of God’s lambs and the damage silence causes, we feel compelled to speak,” the statement reads.

As previously reported, Tchividijan, the grandson of Billy Graham, resigned from his role as pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, formerly led by the late D. James Kennedy, in June of last year after admitting to having an affair with a church member.

However, Tchividijan stated that he had fallen into an inappropriate relationship in confiding with the woman about his wife’s infidelity. After being hired as the Director of Ministry Development at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, he soon admitted that he actually had already been in another affair before his wife was unfaithful, and then had a second sexual relationship. He was consequently fired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Zimbabwe: AFM Pastor's Rape Case Crumbles

ZIMBABWE
allAfrica

The Herald

Fungai Lupande — AN Apostolic Faith Mission Ruwa pastor, Oliver Makomo, who is accused of raping a congregant, was yesterday removed from remand after the State failed to give him a trial date.Makomo's lawyer, Mr Nickel Mushangwe, said he was advised that the docket was sent to the Prosecutor-General's Office because of insufficient evidence.

"I am surprised that there is no communication from the PG's Office on the position of the docket," said Mr Mushangwe.

"The accused appeared in court on August 25 this year and State made numerous promises to provide a trial date."

Prosecutor Ms Audrey Chogumaira argued that defence council was not being truthful about the PG's Office being mum about the docket.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

In Depth Look: Delayed Disclosure of Sexual Assault

OREGON
KDRV

[with video]

By Kasey Kershner Dec. 15, 2016

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Kenneth Baker is behind bars tonight in the Jackson County Jail facing six counts of sexual abuse.

Reports say Baker met the victim through his church where he was a youth pastor.

It also stated that when the abuse started the victim was younger than 14, and it happened between 2006 and 2011.

However, there wasn't an investigation until five years later, which law enforcement investigators say they see frequently in these cases.

“Delay disclosure is not uncommon for these types of cases and actually it's probably more common than an immediate disclosure. So there's obviously some obstacles with the lack of physical evidence with years past when the abuse took place. However, like any other investigation we talk to any potential witnesses and anyone who might have information for us,” said Detective David Seese with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Court upholds cap on damages for Ohio woman raped as teen

OHIO
Sandusky Register

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request from a woman raped by a pastor when she was 15 to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked.

Attorneys for the woman and her father argued a state law that limits noneconomic damages to $350,000 violates the constitutional rights of underage sexual assault victims.

They argue that sexual abuse is typically more emotionally damaging than physical injury and sexually abused minors often spend years dealing with the trauma.

Attorneys for the church argued that distinguishing between sexual abuse and physical injury isn’t arbitrary or unreasonable. They also said the woman didn’t suffer the types of catastrophic injuries needed to override the cap.

As evidence, they said the woman finished high school, attended college, has a full-time job and hasn’t participated in mental health counseling or treatment since 2008, the year the assault occurred.

The court agreed, ruling 3-2 to uphold the caps with two additional justices saying the court shouldn’t have taken the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

New Dallas bishop voices support for immigrants, ‘Amoris’

TEXAS
Crux

Mark Zimmermann
December 14, 2016
NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Taking over one of America’s front-line dioceses in terms of both the political and pastoral challenges of immigration, Bishop Edward Burns, named December 13 as the new shepherd of Dallas, Texas, has pledged to emphasize solidarity with immigrants.

Asked by Crux what he would tell immigrants who are fearful of the immigration policies in the upcoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump - who as a candidate had said that all illegal immigrants may be subject to deportation - Dallas’s new bishop underscored the importance of service.

“As the shepherd of the Diocese of Dallas, I want to assure them that we will do everything we can to help them and assist them. Regardless of the circumstances of how they entered this country, we will seek to serve their needs,” he said, adding, “…We need to be present to them. For us, it is the very essence of being a universal church.”
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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Dallas Gets a New Bishop, And He's From Alaska

TEXAS
Dallas Observer

BY STEPHEN YOUNG

Almost four months after the Vatican poached Bishop Kevin Farrell, Dallas' 1.3 million Catholics have a new leader.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis appointed Edward J. Burns, currently the bishop of Juneau, Alaska, to Farrell's vacated post. Burns, 59, will start his new gig on Feb. 7.

"I am profoundly grateful for my experience in Juneau and I pray for God’s grace as I take on my new duties as chief shepherd of this ever-growing Diocese of Dallas,” Burns said. "I look forward to listening and learning all that I can about this beautifully diverse Catholic community and I want to assure all in the Diocese of Dallas that I will be a shepherd for all people." ...

During his time in Juneau, Burns also served as the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, which has sought to ensure that Catholic churches are safe environments "designed to ensure necessary safety and security for all children as they participate in church and religious activities" in the wake of the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church over the last 25 years.

Last year, in an op-ed for the National Catholic Reporter, Burns cited numbers indicating that the church was getting better at stopping sexual abuse, but acknowledged that there was still work to do.

"Nevertheless, this is certainly not a sign that we have somehow put this scandal behind us, nor is it an occasion for self-congratulation. We must remain vigilant. We must not grow complacent. We should not regard the clerical sexual abuse scandal as a distraction from the church's mission, as if, once we have somehow 'rectified the problem,' we can continue on as before.

Rather, our shepherds, myself included, need to face and repent of the betrayal of trust. Authentic and heartfelt repentance by the shepherds of our church is not a distraction from our mission: It is the mission at this moment in the life of the church and her leaders," he wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Sexual abuse 'always known to be evil,' lawyer tells Mount Cashel lawsuit judge

CANADA
Sudbury.com

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The Mount Cashel lawsuit is not about money — it's to finally see local church officials held responsible for horrific abuse at the orphanage, a plaintiff said Wednesday as the case neared an end.

"I would really like to see that the church will be proven derelict in their duty to looking after youngsters," said the man, now in his 70s, who can't be identified under a court order.

"How can you hurt a child?" he asked. "I'll stay until I see that they have been brought to task."

He spoke outside provincial Supreme Court after closing arguments started Wednesday in the civil action led by former residents who claim church officials ignored repeated reports of sexual and physical attacks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Closing arguments begin in Mount Cashel civil trial

CANADA
The Telegram

Barb Sweet bsweet@thetelegram.com
Published on December 14, 2016

On the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador steps, a John Doe former Mount Cashel resident now in his 70s held out hope for atonement from the Roman Catholic Church that he is convinced could have helped boys abused long ago at the infamous orphanage.

“How could you hurt a child?” asked the man, who detailed at the Mount Cashel civil trial earlier this year the horrific childhood physical and sexual abuse he said he suffered at the hands of Irish Christian Brothers in the 1950s.

Church officials and priests are not implicated in any of the abuse allegations connected to the case, but he is convinced the church had a role in the operations of the Christian Brothers’ orphanage and could have intervened.

In his mind, the answer is one of clear responsibility.

But the question of liability before Justice Alphonsus Faour is infinitely more complex and tied up in a long and winding history of the archdiocese — involved in the case through the Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s — and the lay order Christian Brothers, as well as legal precedent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

December 14, 2016

Camp Ramah Faces Decades-Old Accusation of Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
Forward

Daniel J. Solomon
December 14, 2016

For four decades, a Jewish man says he did not tell anyone that a counselor at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires forced him to perform a sex act in the woods one summer as a boy. But now that his alleged abuser has been convicted in the sexual abuse of several children in Canada, the unnamed victim is filing a lawsuit against the Jewish sleepaway camp and its parent organization, the Jewish Theological Seminary.

“I was trying to punish myself for putting myself in this position and not doing anything about it,” the anonymous man told the Daily News, who said that the episode drove him to depression, trust issues, alcoholism and numerous suicide attempts. “The fact is: This went on for years and nobody stopped it.”

The lawsuit, filed several weeks ago in Manhattan federal court, alleges that the New York-based camp engaged in a cover-up of the counselor’s sexual abuse. It names JTS and the National Ramah Commission, both of which oversee Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as well as more than a dozen other camps that form the Ramah network.

Neither JTS nor Ramah returned calls for comment from the Forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

WA--Seattle Catholic abuse secrecy continues, SNAP says

WASHINGTON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

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

We applaud the brave woman who just settled her child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the Seattle Catholic archdiocese. But we deplore the continuing secrecy of church officials with predators.

[KING]

Archbishop Peter Sartain could have publicly disclosed the first time someone reported janitor Chuck Siddon’s alleged abuse. He could have done so the first time an abuse report against Siddon was deemed “credible.” He could have done so the first time the archdiocese was sued because of Siddon’s alleged crimes. He could have done so when the archdiocese first paid off one of Siddon’s alleged victims.

Instead, at every juncture, Sartain opts for secrecy over openness, until the bitter end. And even then, instead of providing the full truth, he provides self-serving “spin.”

Sartain should publicly apologize for hiding Siddon’s alleged crimes. He should publicly disclose the names, whereabouts and work histories of every single proven, admitted and credibly accused sex offender who has worked in Seattle area church jobs, whether living or deceased, clerical or lay, high-ranking or entry-level. And for the safety of kids and the healing of victims, he should list all of this, permanently, on archdiocesan and parish websites.

Church officials like to use words like “mistakes” and “failures” to describe their incredibly hurtful moves. We respectfully disagree. Deliberate decisions to help keep criminals concealed aren’t “goofs” or “oversights.” These are careful choices made by smart men to protect their own reputations, careers, comfort and “brand.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Chicago-Area Priest Removed From Ministry for 'Inappropriate Relationship' Returns to Mexico

ILLINOIS
NBC Chicago

By Mary Ann Ahern

A Chicago-area priest who was removed from the ministry for an "inappropriate relationship" was hoping to start over in San Antonio, Texas, but has instead relocated to Mexico.

The San Antonio Archdiocese told NBC 5 that Fr. Marco Mercado "never had a formal assignment" and has returned to live with his family in Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

IL--Chicago’s Cardinal lets another wrongdoing just move elsewhere

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the second time in five months, top Chicago Catholic officials are letting a priest who engaged in sexual misconduct move down the road to even more vulnerable and unsuspecting families where he’s apt to hurt others. It’s a continuation of the callous and irresponsible pattern of moving predators that Catholic staffers have engaged in for centuries.

[NBC Chicago]

In August, Cardinal Blasé Cupich sent Fr. Marco Mercado to Texas to work, even though the priest had, in church officials’ own words “an inappropriate adult relationship." (Notice this is no “allegation.” Cupich is admitting the Fr. Mercado misused his power and prestige as a priest to sexually exploit another person.)

[SNAP]

Now, Cupich is sending Fr. Mercado to Mexico, or at least letting Fr. Mercado move there. According to NBC 5, “Cupich played a role in the latest decision that sent Mercado back to Mexico. The Chicago Archdiocese refused comment."

So just last year, Cupich deemed Fr. Mercado too dangerous to work in a Chicago parish. But he apparently has no problem if Fr. Mercado works in Texas or Mexican parishes. Shame on him and on every Catholic staffer who is choosing to protect himself, his comfort and his career by staying silent while the higher-ups deliberately and repeatedly act recklessly.

Several factors make Mexican families even more vulnerable to offending priests like Fr. Mercado. First, the gaps between a priest and his parishioners - in terms of education, prestige, sophistication and money – are even greater in Mexico, giving the priest considerably more power over his flock. Second, there’s an even longer and deeper culture of unquestioning respect for priests in Mexico than here. Third, the US enjoys a stronger investigative media climate and justice systems, making it more apt that Fr. Mercado might be exposed, prosecuted or sued in the US than in Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

NEARLY 50 SEX ABUSE CLAIMS FILED IN NY ARCHDIOCESE

NEW YORK
Church Militant

by Stefan Farrar • ChurchMilitant.com • December 9, 2016

NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Forty-six people have registered claims of sex abuse in the archdiocese of New York through a newly developed victims' compensation program.

The compensation program was established by Cdl. Timothy Dolan in early October, who said, "I wish I would have done this quite a while ago. I just finally thought: Darn it, let's do it. I'm tired of putting it off."

According to the official protocol, "This Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (the 'IRCP') follows in the wake of initiatives already implemented by the Archdiocese of New York ... to address the problem of sexual abuse of minors alleged against clergy of the Archdiocese."

The program has come under fire from advocates for sex abuse victims. Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, wrote, "While the fund certainly will help some victims, its biggest beneficiary will be Dolan and his management team. This is a legal strategy in pastoral garb, a tactic by the powerful archbishop to control victims and protect the church's assets and its secrets."

Barrett Doyle's criticisms are based on two elements of the program: (1) claimants are required to sign a confidentiality agreement, and (2) victims aren't given information on what happened to their abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Ex-child abuse inquiry lawyer cleared of groping colleague

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Standard

MARTIN BENTHAM

The former chief lawyer at the independent inquiry into child sex abuse was today cleared of allegations of sexual misconduct after a probe conducted by a former High Court judge.

Sir David Calvert-Smith, who also served as Director of Public Prosecutions before moving onto the Bench, said he had concluded “without hestitation” that there was no truth in allegations that Ben Emmerson QC had committed sexual assault or harassment while working for the inquiry.

His finding follows allegations reported on the BBC’s Newsnight programme that Mr Emmerson – who resigned from the inquiry earlier this year after being suspended over concerns about his conduct - had groped a female colleague in a lift.

Mr Emmerson strongly denied the allegations, but his chambers, Matrix, ordered an investigation to establish whether further action, including a referral to the Bar Standards Board, was needed.

Today, however, it announced that the investigation, carried out by Sir David, had cleared Mr Emmerson.

“Sir David concluded without hesitation that Mr Emmerson had not committed any act of sexual assault or sexual harassment,” Matrix said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Matrix Chambers clears Ben Emmerson QC after investigation into sexual assault allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
Legal Business

by Matthew Field

Matrix Chambers has concluded an investigation into top silk Ben Emmerson QC following allegations of sexual assault during his work on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and found he did not commit any act of sexual assault or harassment.

Emmerson (pictured) was the subject of allegations on BBC Newsnight in October that said a female member of staff had been assaulted by the lawyer, who was lead counsel on the inquiry at the time.

Matrix Chambers launched an internal investigation into the claims and the management committee instructed former Director of Public Prosecutions and retired High Court Judge Sir David Calvert-Smith to investigate the allegations.

In a statement, Matrix Chambers said: 'After examining the evidence, Sir David submitted his final report to the management committee earlier this week. In his report Sir David concluded "without hesitation" that Mr Emmerson had not committed any act of sexual assault or sexual harassment.'

The statement added there was no case of professional misconduct to report to the Bar Standards Board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

RCNSW urged to drop Pinchus Feldman

AUSTRALIA
Australian Jewish News

THE future of Rabbi Pinchus Feldman as a member of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (RCNSW) hangs in the balance after a formal complaint was lodged against him this week by child sexual abuse victims’ advocate Manny Waks.

The complaint, which was made to RCNSW president Rabbi Eli Cohen, has seen four out of five RCNSW executive members – Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, Rabbi Eli Feldman and Rabbi Chaim Ingram – step aside in relation to the matter, with the rabbis citing a conflict of interest. As a result, executive member Rabbi Paul Lewin will appoint a committee to address the complaint “in due course”.

In an email to Rabbi Cohen, Waks said that Rabbi Pinchus Feldman “did not fulfil his moral, religious and legal responsibility to protect children, and was a party to conduct that denigrated victims”.

The complaint comes after the Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ), Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and RCNSW publicly stated that those who did not fulfil their legal responsibility to protect children should “stand down from their public positions”, and that “those who denigrated or undermined the victims have lost their moral right to serve”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Former top lawyer on the beleaguered child abuse inquiry is CLEARED of sex assault claims that prompted him to resign

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Tim Sculthorpe, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor

The former top lawyer at the struggling child abuse inquiry has been cleared of allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Ben Emmerson, a senior QC, was suspended from his job on the inquiry because of concerns over his leadership. He subsequently quit his post as senior counsel before the claims emerged about the alleged incident, which happened weeks before he left.

His chambers, Matrix, set up an independent inquiry to look at the claims reported on BBC Newsnight about an alleged sexual assault in a lift.

A formal complaint was not made by the woman involved.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) has not commented on Mr Emmerson's departure beyond an initial statement raising concerns about 'aspects of Mr Emmerson's leadership'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Child abuse inquiry counsel Ben Emmerson cleared

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The former senior counsel to the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales has been cleared of allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

An inquiry worker claimed he groped her in a lift in September.

But a former director of public prosecutions has now exonerated Ben Emmerson QC "without hesitation".

Mr Emmerson, who quit the inquiry in September, said he was "very pleased" with the investigation's outcome.

He said: "This has been a difficult period and I am naturally very pleased that an independent senior judge has now confirmed that the allegations against me were always unfounded."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Former child abuse inquiry counsel cleared of wrongdoing

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Sandra Laville and Owen Bowcott
Wednesday 14 December 2016

The former senior counsel on the national child abuse inquiry has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent investigation by his chambers. Ben Emmerson QC, who quit the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) in September, was named in a BBC Newsnight programme after an inquiry worker revealed details of an alleged sexual assault in a lift.

The abuse inquiry, under the chairmanship of Prof Alexis Jay, has repeatedly refused to release any further information about Emmerson’s departure. His law chambers, Matrix, set up an independent inquiry into the allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. It was led by the former director of public prosecutions, Sir David Calvert-Smith.

Matrix said on Wednesday: “After examining the evidence, Sir David submitted his final report to the management committee earlier this week. In his report, Sir David concluded ‘without hesitation’ that Mr Emmerson had not committed any act of sexual assault or sexual harassment.”

Welcoming the inquiry’s findings, Emmerson said: “This has been a difficult period and I am naturally very pleased that an independent senior judge has now confirmed that the allegations against me were always unfounded. I hope that the inquiry can now be left to get on with its important work, free from unnecessary distractions.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Sexual abuse 'always known to be evil,' lawyer tells Mount Cashel lawsuit judge

CANADA
CTV News

Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Closing arguments began Wednesday in a civil lawsuit led by former Mount Cashel residents who claim church officials ignored reports of horrific abuse at the orphanage in Newfoundland.

Lawyers for about 60 claimants are in provincial Supreme Court, and say the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John's is liable for incidents dating back to the 1940s.

He took aim at defence arguments, including that attitudes toward physical punishment of children have changed over time.

"Some things are eternally regarded," he told Judge Alphonsus Faour.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Press Office: C-9 meeting focuses on mission, synodality

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Council of 9 Cardinals met this week in the Vatican, from Monday, December 12th, to Wednesday, December 14th. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke, held a briefing on Wednesday to inform journalists of the work done during the sessions.

Two key issues emerged as guidelines for the reform of the Curial dicasteries: missionary thrust and synodality.

The Cardinals have concluded their study of other departments (Doctrine of the Faith, Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Causes of Saints and Promotion of Christian Unity) and delivered their final proposal to the Holy Father.

Considerable time was devoted to the projects of the two new dicasteries.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell spoke of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, of which he is Prefect. The discussion focused on the role of the laity, with an invitation to all to re-read the letter of Pope Francis to Card. Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Cardinal Peter Turkson presented the work plan for the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, which combines four offices: Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Health Care, and Migrants and Itinerant People.

Card. Turkson was accompanied by Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, who explained the new department as an implementation of the conciliar Constitution Gaudium et Spes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Announces Preliminary Hearing

SCOTLAND
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has today (14 December) announced that its preliminary hearing will take place on 31 January 2017 at Parliament House in Edinburgh.

At the preliminary hearing, Inquiry Chair Lady Smith will explain the Inquiry’s approach to its work and will provide an update on the Inquiry’s current investigations. She will set out the Inquiry’s key procedures including how people and interested parties may participate in the Inquiry and the different ways in which the Inquiry is gathering evidence. Information will also be shared about the proactive communications campaign to drive public awareness of and engagement with the Inquiry.

As this hearing will deal with procedural matters only, no witnesses will appear and no evidence will be heard.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the preliminary hearing. However, seating capacity is limited for health and safety reasons and as a result access will be granted on a first come, first served, basis.

Anyone wishing to attend the preliminary hearing should come to the main reception at Parliament House where they will be directed to the hearing room. The preliminary hearing will begin at 11am and is expected to run for approximately one and a half hours.

For those not able to attend the preliminary hearing, a recording of the full event will be available on the website, www.childabuseinquiry.scot.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Child abuse inquiry to hold first hearing in new year

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The Scottish inquiry into allegations of abuse of children in care is to hold its first hearing in the new year.

The preliminary hearing will take place at Parliament House in Edinburgh on 31 January.

It will include an update on current investigations and set out how evidence will be taken. No witnesses will be called.

Chaired by Lady Smith, the inquiry will take four years and identify the extent of abuse and any systemic failures.

During the hearing, Lady Smith is expected to explain the inquiry's approach to its work and set out how people can participate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Woman shares dark secret after 32 years of silence

WASHINGTON
KING

[with video]

Susannah Frame, KING December 13, 2016

Two years ago at the age of 42, a woman who KING is identifying by the initials of A.W., took the step of sharing a secret she’d kept since the age of 10.

She decided it was time to tell her parents the truth about what really happened on the last day of third grade at St. John Catholic School in Seattle, and the trauma the event and aftermath had caused for so many years. In 1983, in the school janitor’s office, the long-time school employee didn’t just touch the little 10-year-old inappropriately. A.W. admitted that the janitor, Chuck Siddons, had raped her.

“As a child, after this I struggled. I began drinking and smoking. I struggled in high school. I had problems in high school, and my whole life I’ve carried a dark secret feeling guilty. You feel ashamed, you feel dirty,” said A.W.

After the assault, Siddons told the third grader to keep her mouth shut, but she didn’t. A.W. told her parents the man had put his hands on her private parts. They immediately called the police department. The janitor was arrested, fired from his job, pled guilty to indecent liberties and went to prison. According to A.W., the school appeared to move on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Former R.I. Episcopal priest charged with assaulting teenager in the 1970s

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Laura Crimaldi GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 13, 2016

A former associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Rhode Island who has been accused of sexual abuse in three other states and stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he molested a teenager during two trips to Boston in 1973.

The criminal charges against Howard White Jr., 75, grew out of a Rhode Island State Police investigation into allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by former faculty and students at the elite prep school in Middletown, R.I., going back to 1970, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

The DA’s office and a civil attorney for three alleged victims said the criminal proceedings are the first they know of to be initiated against White, who lives in Bedford, Pa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Indigenous leaders, Saskatchewan bishops invite Pope to Canada

CANADA
Catholic Register

BY DEBORAH GYAPONG, CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
December 13, 2016

OTTAWA – Pope Francis has said no to visiting Canada in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped Saskatchewan’s bishops and Indigenous leaders from planning a papal visit.

The bishops, Indigenous leaders and civic authorities have invited Pope Francis to visit the province in 2018 or ’19 to offer an official apology for the Catholic Church’s role in operating residential schools. A papal apology on Canadian soil was called for in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 2015 report.

“The principal purpose of the visit would be to meet with, listen to and address our Indigenous people,” said a draft statement issued by the Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan.

“While this remains only an invitation at this point, we are hopeful that a pastoral visit by Pope Francis to Canada may indeed come about, and that an apology given in Saskatchewan to indigenous leaders and residential schools will be part of it,” said Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Indian residential school hearing resuming with fight over costs immunity

CANADA
CBC News

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 13, 2016

Two survivors of a notorious Indian residential school want the courts to ensure they aren't forced to foot the government's legal bills if they lose a complex case involving hidden police documents and a dispute over compensation for the abuse they say they suffered.

The government, however, was set to argue at a hearing on Wednesday that the request for a no-costs guarantee should be rejected out of hand.

The claimants in the case, Edmund Metatawabin and a woman known as K-10106, attended the church-run St. Anne's residential school in Fort Albany, Ont., which was equipped with an electric chair used to shock students.

Metatawabin, who also speaks for the Peetabeck Keyway Keykaywin Association or PKKA — a group of St. Anne's survivors — and the woman both say they were victims of horrific abuse that included being forced to eat vomit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Pope names Pittsburgh native Bishop Burns to lead Dallas diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

He was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Ellwood City, got his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and sensed a call to the Catholic priesthood here.

“I always envisioned I would be a pastor in a parish in Western Pennsylvania,” Bishop Edward Burns said Tuesday.

And he was — for a while. Then he went on to direct the recruitment and training of new priests in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., before heading to Alaska in 2009 to lead the smallest U.S. diocese.

Now he’ll be leading one of the largest.

Pope Francis on Tuesday named Bishop Burns, 59, to lead the Diocese of Dallas. It is the nation’s 11th largest, has 1.3 million Catholics and is growing fast, largely due to a Hispanic influx. In contrast, Bishop Burns’ current flock of 10,000 in the sprawling Diocese of Juneau could fit into a single Dallas parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Former St. George's School priest charged with sexually assaulting boy in Boston

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

By Karen Lee Ziner
Journal Staff Writer

BOSTON - Former Episcopal priest Howard "Howdy" White Jr., one of six named perpetrators in the sex-abuse scandal that has embroiled St. George's School in Middletown since last year, has been charged with sexually assaulting a former student during two trips to Boston in 1973.

White was associate chaplain at St. George's at the time.

White pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, 75, was indicted last month for assaulting the boy, who was between 15 and 16 years old. White, of Bedford, Pa., was freed on personal recognizance, said court spokesman Jake Wark.

The court ordered that White have no contact with the victim, have no unsupervised contact with any children under 18, and surrender his passport. Trial is scheduled for June 26.

White, 75, remains under criminal investigation in Waynesville, N.C., based on two allegations brought early this year. He was removed from his Pennsylvania church ministry in January and removed from the priesthood in October after an ecclesiastical investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Ex-boarding school priest charged with abusing boy in 1973

MASSACHUSETTS
Caledonian Record

BOSTON (AP) — A former Episcopal priest who worked at several elite boarding schools pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 1973 in Boston.

Howard "Howdy" White appeared in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, 75, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance.

He was ordered not to contact the victim, to have no unsupervised contact with children and to surrender his passport.

The district attorney's office said the statute of limitations does not bar White's prosecution because he never was a resident of Massachusetts.

White and his lawyer, David Duncan, did not comment outside court.

Prosecutors said White assaulted the boy when he was 15 or 16 during two overnight trips to Boston when White worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island, and the boy was a student there. The boy reported the abuse to a teacher in 1974, and White allegedly admitted he had sexually assaulted the boy, the district attorney's office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

St. George's School Scandal Continues: Former Associate Chaplain Arraigned in Boston

RHODE ISLAND
Patch

By Margo Sullivan (Patch Staff) - December 13, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, RI — The statute of limitations will not prevent Massachusetts from arraigning a priest who allegedly assaulted a St. George's School student more than 40 years ago.

Howard “Howdy” White Jr., 75, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was arraigned today for allegedly assaulting a student in his care during two trips to Boston more than 40 years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

He is charged with five counts of assault and battery. The indictments, which were returned Nov. 21, charge White with sexually assaulting the boy during two trips to Boston in 1973 when the victim was between 15 and 16 years old.

White appeared voluntarily at arraignment and prosecutors did not request bail. He was ordered to surrender his passport, not to have contact with the victim, and not to have any unsupervised contact with any children under 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Former Bedford priest pleads not guilty to assault

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror
DEC 14, 2016

RYAN BROWN
Staff Writer
rbrown@altoonamirror.com

A former Bedford Episcopal priest and New England school chaplain pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Boston in the 1970s.

Howard “Howdy” White, 75, was arraigned on five counts of assault and battery, Suffolk County, Mass., District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jake Wark said in a news release. White, a Bedford resident, had worked for years as a part-time replacement priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford before church officials suspended him in January.

Audrey Scanlan, Episcopal bishop for central Pennsylvania, formally removed White from the priesthood in October, citing months of media reports claiming White had abused boys at a Rhode Island boarding school.

On Tuesday, White was released without bail in preparation for a possible trial next year. Prosecutors said he was an associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., in the 1970s when he took a male student on several overnight trips, including two to Boston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Troopers: Man tied to religious organization accused of child sex abuse

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Emily Masters, Times Union Tuesday, December 13, 2016

JEFFERSON -- A 51-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys who he had contact with through a Schoharie County religious organization, State Police said.

Jonathan M. Luce of Jefferson is charged with felony criminal sex act, misdemeanor sexual misconduct, misdemeanor sex abuse and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
The abuse took place inside Luce's home over the past five years, State Police said.

"Luce would create opportunities to be alone with the victims and then engage them in various sexual activity," State Police said in a news release.

The law enforcement agency did not immediately release the name of the Schoharie County religious organization that gave Luce access to the teens. The victims ranged from 12 to 17 years old, troopers said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Schoharie County man accused of abusing boys he met at church

NEW YORK
WNYT

A Schoharie County man is accused of sexually abusing boys he met at his church.

State police arrested 51-year-old Jonathan Luce of the town of Jefferson. They say he engaged in sex acts with three different boys at his home over the last five years.

Troopers say he met the boys through a religious group and would create opportunities to be alone with them. The victims ranged in age from 12 to 17 years old.

Luce is charged with second-degree criminal sex act, which is a felony. He's also charged with second-degree sexual misconduct, second-degree sex abuse, and endangering the welfare of child – all misdemeanors.

Luce lives at 152 Deer Path. We wanted to talk to him, but the home is tucked behind a load of no trespassing signs down a long driveway in the woods.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Police: Jefferson man abused three teenage boys

NEW YORK
Daily Star

A Schoharie County man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing several teenage boys, according to a media release from state police.

Jonathan M. Luce, 51, of Jefferson, engaged in sexual acts with three teenage boys at his residence over the past five years, according to troopers. They believe Luce had contact with the victims from his participation as a parishioner at a Schoharie County religious organization, which was not disclosed.

Troopers said Luce created opportunities to be alone with the victims and then engaged them in sexual activity. The alleged victims ranged in age from 12 to 17 years old, according to the release.

Luce has been charged with second-degree criminal sex act, a felony; sexual misconduct; second-degree sexual abuse; and endangering the welfare of a child, the release said. He is scheduled to appear in Jefferson Town Court on Jan. 2.

Lynn Hait, Jefferson's town justice, said he expects to receive court papers regarding Luce's case within the next week or so. He didn't have any information on the case Tuesday, he said.

A source close to the investigation speaking on anonymity said Luce has a wife and children. According to his LinkedIn professional networking account, he is a loan officer at Community Bank and previously worked at The National Bank of Delaware County. He apparently attended SUNY Cobleskill, according to the site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Police: Jefferson man used church to abuse teenage boys

NEW YORK
Watershed Post

By New York State Police, Tue, 12/13/2016
December 13, 2016 - SP Cobleskill

State Police arrested Jonathan M. Luce, 51, from the Town of Jefferson for charges related to the sexual abuse of teenage boys. He was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sex Act 2nd (felony), 1 count of Sexual Misconduct (misdemeanor), 1 count of Sex Abuse 2nd (misdemeanor) and 1 count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (misdemeanor).

State Police allege that he engaged in sexual acts with three different teenage boys at his residence over the past five years. State Police allege that Luce had contact with the victims from his participation as a parishioner in a Schoharie County religious organization. Luce would create opportunities to be alone with the victims and then engage them in various sexual activity. The victims ranged in age from 12 to 17 years old.

Luce was charged in the Town of Jefferson and is scheduled to reappear there on January 2, 2017.

Officials ask that anyone who feels they may have information regarding Mr. Luce, additional victims, or who may have been a victim to call State Police at 518-630-1712.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Catholic church seeks files related to sex abuse law

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Shawn Raymundo , sraymundo@guampdn.com December 14, 2016

The Archdiocese of Agana, which faces 13 lawsuits in connection with alleged child sexual abuse, has asked the Legislature for background information about the recent law that lifted the statute of limitations and made it possible to sue the church.

Among other things, church legal counsel John Terlaje on Dec. 12 asked Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. for all documents analyzing the constitutionality or legality of Bill 326-33, as well as all opinions of the Legislature's attorney, regarding the bill. Terlaje submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Aguon, who on Tuesday raised concerns about the request.

Aguon's Judiciary Committee worked on the bill, which was introduced by Sen. Frank Blas, Jr. It lifted the statute of limitations on civil cases related to child sexual abuse, allowing victims to sue their abusers and the institutions that supported them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Vaticano: Fundador del Instituto del Verbo Encarnado es culpable de inconductas sexuales

ARGENTINA
ACI Prensa

SAN RAFAEL, 13 Dic. 16 / 01:30 pm (ACI).- En un comunicado leído en conferencia de prensa el 12 de diciembre, el Obispado de San Rafael (Argentina), informó que el Vaticano ha encontrado culpable al P. Carlos Miguel Buela, fundador del Instituto del Verbo Encarnado (IVE), de “comportamientos impropios con mayores de edad”.

En el mensaje, leído por el P. José Antonio Álvarez, la diócesis argentina señaló que surgieron denuncias contra el P. Buela “sobre acciones en materia sexual que afectaron a religiosos y a seminaristas del Instituto”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Institute of the Incarnate Word founder guilty of sexual misconduct

ARGENTINA
Catholic News Agency

San Rafael, Argentina, Dec 13, 2016 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Carlos Miguel Buela, founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, has been found guilty by the Vatican of sexual improprieties with adults, the community's home diocese announced on Monday.

The accusations against Fr. Buela “regarded actions in sexual matters which harmed religious and seminarians of the Institute,” a spokesman of the Diocese of San Rafael announced Dec. 12.

“The competent Congregation of the Holy See, having ensured the exercise of the legitimate right of defense of the accused, determined, in conformity with the canonical procedures in force, the veracity of the accusations and the imputability of Father Buela of improper behavior with adults,” he stated.

The diocese made clear, however, that there are no “cases of the abuse of minors attributable to him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

DA: Teen victim of Episcopal priest

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Brian Dowling Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A 75-year-old former Episcopal priest in Rhode Island was arrested and charged yesterday with assaulting a 15-year-old prep school student he took on trips to Boston more than 40 years ago, Suffolk prosecutors said.

Howard “Howdy” White was an associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., in 1973 when prosecutors say he took one of his academic advisees on two overnight trips to Boston and assaulted him. He faces five counts of assault and battery from the two trips.

“Whether as a child or as an adult, disclosing sexual abuse can be the most daunting experience in a person’s life,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. “Survivors everywhere should know that they can feel safe and supported coming to us, and that we place their well-being above all else as we investigate and prosecute the harm committed against them.”

As the student’s academic advisor, White helped him with his studies, took him out to dinner and invited him on the trips to Boston, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

December 13, 2016

DA: No evidence of abuse against Rome priest

NEW YORK
Observer-Dispatch

While the Rome Catholic Diocese of Syracuse declines to elaborate on nearly 30-year-old abuse allegations levied against a local priest, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Tuesday the conduct reported to his office never alleged any physical contact.

By Micaela Parker

While the Rome Catholic Diocese of Syracuse declines to elaborate on nearly 30-year-old abuse allegations levied against a local priest, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Tuesday the conduct reported to his office never alleged any physical contact.

The Rev. Paul Angelicchio, pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish in Rome, was placed on administrative leave following a 27-year-old allegation of abuse of a minor, according to information previously released by the diocese. Angelicchio told his parish he would be taking leave during the Nov. 19-20 weekend Masses. The diocese noted that while the allegation has not been substantiated, Angelicchio is not permitted to "publicly function" as a priest until the matter is resolved, in keeping with the policy and practice of the diocese.

"It was never alleged that Father Angelicchio had any physical contact with anyone, despite the impression given by the original article," Fitzpatrick wrote in an email. "It was alleged that he was aware of sexual abuse committed in his presence and did nothing to prevent it, conduct which if true would constitute a misdemeanor."

Additionally, Fitzpatrick wrote that his office's investigation revealed the following information:

* The conduct attributed to Angelicchio "had never been mentioned before despite a number of interviews by the complainant," whom the office declined to identify.

* There were "no corroborating witnesses, no admissions, a denial by Father Angelicchio, no crime scene and no physical evidence."

* Angelicchio "posed no danger to minors in his presence."

As a result, the office closed its investigation and referred the matter to the diocese, Fitzpatrick wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Episcopal priest living in Bedford County arraigned in Boston on charges dating to 1973

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

An Episcopal priest, who currently resides in Bedford County, was arraigned in a Boston court Tuesday on five counts of assault and battery, stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in 1973.

Rev. Howard J. “Howdy” White Jr., formerly the associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, is accused of sexually assaulting a boy during two trips to Massachusetts when the juvenile was 15 or 16 years old.

The alleged victim reported the incident to school faculty and White reportedly admitted the assault to the headmaster, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. White was fired in 1974.

St. George’s, however, never notified child-protection authorities, according to an article in the Providence Journal. White then received other assignments, including at St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

Abuse claimants head back to court as Mount Cashel orphanage lawsuit winds down

CANADA
Metro

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Men who claim church officials ignored reports of horrific abuse at the Mount Cashel orphanage in Newfoundland are expected back in court Wednesday.

Their civil lawsuit will return to provincial Supreme Court as they argue the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John's should compensate them for incidents dating back to the 1940s.

Their lawyers will make closing arguments that church officials knew or ought to have known what was happening.

Representative plaintiffs for about 60 claimants can't be named under a court order, but they have alleged sexual and physical abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Watchdog opens inquiry into Ampleforth sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Andrew Norfolk, Chief Investigative Reporter
December 13 2016
The Times

Britain’s leading Roman Catholic school is to be investigated by the charities watchdog over its handling of sex-abuse allegations, it was announced yesterday.

The Charity Commission’s inquiry into Ampleforth Abbey and its educational trust, which runs Ampleforth College, was launched after The Times revealed the school’s past cover-up of a potential scandal when 11 boys alleged inappropriate conduct by a teacher.

Pupils told Ampleforth’s headmaster in 1989 of having been stroked, touched and kissed by Paul Sheppard. The Canadian was asked to leave but police were not informed and he was given job references praising the quality of his “exceptional dedication” and “care for the children”.

Dr Sheppard, now aged 53, subsequently taught at schools in seven countries across four continents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Now Ampleforth faces charity probe linked to sex abuse claim

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

DAVID BEHRENS, DIGITAL EDITOR
Tuesday 13 December 2016

A YORKSHIRE religious community was today at the centre of a raft of new investigations linked to allegations of sexual abuse against students.

The Charity Commission announced it was looking into Ampleforth Abbey’s handling of abuse claims at its two church schools near Malton.

At the same time, it emerged that North Yorkshire Police was investigating three new claims of abuse at the Benedictine monk-run institution.

The new claimants are understood to have come forward following the announcement three months ago that the chairman of governors at Ampleforth College had stepped aside while police looked into other allegations of abuse.

The Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, who was also abbot at Ampleforth, has denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Charity abuse inquiry for Ampleforth Abbey and Ampleforth College

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

An inquiry is to be held into how a leading Roman Catholic school deals with allegations of sexual abuse and safeguarding issues.

The Charity Commission said the inquiry will investigate charities which administer Ampleforth Abbey and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

The regulator said it followed "recent media reports" of alleged sexual abuse linked to the college.
The Abbey and school said they were co-operating fully.

The Charity Commission said the inquiry would not investigate allegations of abuse or actual incidents of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Ampleforth College: charity watchdog to investigate handling of abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Sally Weale Education correspondent

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into safeguarding and the handling of sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious independent Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire.

Police have been investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse at Ampleforth College, which has educated cultural luminaries such as the Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, the sculptor Antony Gormley and the actor Rupert Everett.

Announcing its inquiry on Tuesday, the commission – which is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales – stressed that its role was not to investigate allegations or actual incidents of abuse, whether historical or recent.

Its remit is solely to look into the trustees’ approach to safeguarding and their handling of allegations of sexual abuse.

Ampleforth Abbey, a registered charity, is the home of a Catholic religious community which is based on the same site. The St Laurence Education Trust is the registered charity which runs Ampleforth College and a second independent school, St Martin’s Ampleforth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Charity Commision investigates Ampleforth College's handling of child abuse claims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Northern Echo

THE Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into how a leading Roman Catholic independent school has handled allegations of child sexual abuse.

The probe follows a North Yorkshire Police investigation into the Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, chairman of governors at Ampleforth College and Ampleforth Abbey's abbot, roles which placed him at the head of the largest Benedictine community in the country.

The force announced last month that the historical child sex inquiry had concluded Father Cuthbert, 61, who was ordained as a priest in 1990 and has been at Ampleforth for 30 years, would not face any charges.

A police spokesman said: "An investigation has been carried out, and based on the evidence available, no further action will be taken."

Ampleforth Abbey, near Thirsk, said Abbot Cuthbert Madden had always denied any wrongdoing and cooperated while the allegations were investigated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Leading independent school faces inquiry into handling of child sex abuse allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
i News

Dean Kirby

An inquiry has been launched into the handling of child sex abuse allegations at one of the country’s most prestigious independent Roman Catholic boarding schools.

The Charity Commission said the inquiry will look at charities that administer Ampleforth Abbey and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

The college is already the subject of a police investigation into historical allegations of abuse.

In September, the Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, Ampleforth College’s chairman of governors and Ampleforth Abbey’s abbot, stepped aside as he denied any wrongdoing after North Yorkshire Police confirmed it was investigating non-recent allegations of indecent assault against four pupils.

The Charity Commission announced it had opened an inquiry into Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust, which runs both Ampleforth College and St Martin’s Ampleforth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Priest in book row quits his parish role

SCOTLAND
Motherwell Times

A priest from Motherwell who’s at the centre of a row over a book alleging sexual misconduct has quit his parish role.

Fr Matthew Despard was accused by Bishop Joseph Toal of “causing considerable scandal” with his publication and offending many parishioners who could no longer attend mass because of him.

However, a support group set up for the priest branded the bishop’s comments “disgraceful” and claimed attendance at St John Ogilvie in Blantyre has fallen because of the way the Bishop of Motherwell has treated him.

Fr Despard had been suspended from his duties for three years after publishing Priesthood in Crisis. Last year the diocese won a court battle to have him evicted from the parish house and last month it emerged his elderly parents could lose their Motherwell home, which is in Fr Despard’s name, in legal action aimed at recovering costs from him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Arrests after historic child sex abuse allegations at Lincolnshire churches

UNITED KINGDOM
Lincolnshire Live

By Paul Whitelam | Posted: December 13, 2016

Arrests have been made following a number of allegations of historic sexual abuse of children at a group of Lincolnshire churches.

Lincolnshire Police has confirmed a number of people have been bailed pending further enquiries as part of an investigation called Operation Redstone.

This was launched following "a number of concerns" being referred to the force in 2015 after a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln dating back to 1958.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS AS THE NEW BISHOP OF DALLAS, TEXAS

ALASKA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau

PRESS RELEASE
December 13, 2016

Diocese of Juneau
For Immediate Release
907-586-2227 x 32

JUNEAU, AK - His Holiness Pope Francis has named Bishop Edward J. Burns, 59, as the new Bishop of Dallas, Texas. Until today, Bishop Burns has served as the fifth Bishop of Juneau, Alaska. Bishop Burns succeeds Cardinal Kevin Farrell who left Dallas for Rome after being appointed by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The announcement of Bishop Burns’ appointment was made today by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, in Washington, DC.

“I am humbled and grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for this appointment as the next bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. At the same time, this announcement fills my heart with gratitude for the privilege and honor of serving the priests, deacons, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Juneau,” Bishop Burns said. “I am profoundly grateful for my experience in Southeast Alaska and I pray for God’s grace as I take on my new duties as Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Dallas.”

The son of Geraldine Little Burns and the late Donald P. Burns, Bishop Burns was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area. He graduated from Lincoln High School (1975) in Ellwood City, PA and then attended St. Paul Seminary/Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. With his BA degree (Philosophy and Sociology) he attended Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD where he graduated in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree and a Master in Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 25, 1983.

After ordination, Bishop Burns served in parish ministry, diocesan administration, and in vocation and seminary work. He was the Director of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Pittsburgh when Bishop Donald Wuerl at the time, now Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC, released him to serve at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop in Washington, DC.

He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau by Pope Benedict XVI on January 19, 2009; ordained a bishop on March 3, 2009 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA; and installed as Bishop of Juneau on April 2, 2009.

Bishop Burns is currently serving the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, a member of the Committee on Home Missions and a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services.

His installation as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Photos of Bishop Edward J. Burns

Curriculum Vitae

[For more information, please contact Mr. Dominique Johnson, Director of Communications, at 907-586-2227 x32 or communication@dioceseofjuneau.org]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Cardinals and Bishops react to Bishop Burns Announcement

TEXAS
Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Many cardinals, bishops and priests have reached out to express their congratulations to the new chief shepherd of the Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Edward J. Burns.

"I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Edward Burns on his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. I have known Bishop Burns and worked with him at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for many years. His warm, outgoing and collaborative personality as well as his extensive experience in vocations, safe environment and parish ministry make him an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Dallas. I know he will be warmly welcomed in the diocese that I love so well. May God bless Bishop Burns and the Diocese of Dallas."

- Cardinal Kevin Farrell

“It is indeed a joy to hear that our Holy Father Pope Francis has entrusted the Church of Dallas to Juneau Bishop Edward Burns. From his time in Pittsburgh as a priest, as rector of Saint Paul’s Seminary, and then also in his service at the U.S. Conference of Bishops where he worked on vocations and priestly formation, I have seen the great pastoral care and spiritual leadership with which Bishop Burns has faithfully served the Church.. The Diocese of Dallas is blessed to be gaining an extraordinary shepherd, and he brings with him our prayers for his pastoral ministry.”

- Cardinal Donald Wuerl

“I appreciate Bishop Burns’ great energy and enthusiasm about his new assignment here and we are very grateful that our Holy Father has sent us a Chief Shepherd so quickly. I enjoyed working closely with Cardinal Kevin Farrell and I now look forward to doing all that I can to assist Bishop Burns in continuing to build up the Catholic Church in the Dallas area.”

- Bishop Greg Kelly

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

TEXAS
Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Edward J. Burns to serve as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. The much anticipated appointment was announced today, December 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. Bishop Burns, the new Chief Shepherd of the 1.3 million Catholics in the Dallas diocese, succeeds Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who left Dallas for Rome on October 1 after the Pope appointed him the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Bishop Burns will be introduced and speak to the media at a news conference on Tuesday, December 13th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Dallas. View live stream coverage at www.cathdal.org/video.

Since 2009, Bishop Burns has served as the Bishop of Juneau, Alaska. Prior to that, the 59-year-old bishop served the Catholic Church on the national level as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. from 1999 -2008. In 2008 he was named the Rector of St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. In January 2009, he was named the Bishop of Juneau. Prior to 1999, Bishop Burns served in parish ministry, diocesan administration and did extensive work in vocations.

The new Bishop of Dallas says he is looking forward to his appointment, “I am extremely happy and humbled that Pope Francis has chosen me to lead such an important diocese and I look forward to serving the local Church of the Diocese of Dallas. I am profoundly grateful for my experience in Juneau and I pray for God’s grace as I take on my new duties as Chief Shepherd of this ever-growing Diocese of Dallas.” The new Bishop-designate also stressed that “I look forward to listening and learning all that I can about this beautifully diverse Catholic community and I want to assure all in the Diocese of Dallas that I will be a shepherd for all people.”

Bishop Greg Kelly, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dallas, said “I appreciate Bishop Burns’ great energy and enthusiasm about his new assignment here and we are very grateful that our Holy Father has sent us a Chief Shepherd so quickly. I enjoyed working closely with Cardinal Kevin Farrell and I now look forward to doing all that I can to assist Bishop Burns in continuing to build up the Catholic Church in the Dallas area.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Other Pontifical Acts, 13.12.2016

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bullettin

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, United States of America, as bishop of Dallas (area 19,475, population 3,975,996, Catholics 1,258,656, priests 228, permanent deacons 179, religious 188), United States of America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

TX--New Dallas Catholic bishop slammed by victims

TEXAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

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

Bishop Edward Burns is a poor choice to head the Dallas diocese. Pope Francis continues to promote clerics who share his personal leadership style and sadly, his lack of action on children’s safety.

[SNAP]

[U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops]

Until last month, Juneau Bishop Edward Burns headed the US bishops sex abuse committee. For years, he had tangible power to protect kids. As best we can tell, he did little or nothing in that post. For years, he has an enormous bully pulpit. He could have used it to exhort church staff to act responsibly. As best we can tell, he never did.

Instead, he postured. He claimed, in an interview, he was “shocked” by an Altoona PA grand jury report that showed the same horrific cover ups that virtually every other US grand jury reported in every diocese that was investigated.

Never mind Burns’ national failure. He controls his own diocese. Here again, however, he’s done nothing more than the bare minimum that’s required of him regarding abuse.

About 30 US bishops have posted predators’ names on their website. Burns refuses to do so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

RI--National group blasts officials over school shrink

RHODE ISLAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 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)

We share the outrage of those hurt at St. George School over delays in acting against an allegedly callous therapist who reportedly refused to call police about suspected child sex crimes. The officials in charge simply must do better.

[Providence Journal]

The state Health Department and state Board of Psychology must move more quickly to at least suspend Peter Kosseff. It doesn’t take a year to investigate the charges that he hurt kids by refusing to call 911.

In the years since his alleged wrongdoing at St. George, one wonders how many other possible cases of sexual violence has he kept silent about. How many other known or suspected child sex crimes is he hiding right now?

If wrongdoing is ignored, wrongdoing is repeated.

Many blame victims of sexual violence for not reporting promptly. But few express outrage when authorities don’t respond to such reports promptly. This is an unjust and unhealthy “double standard.”

Those who commit child sex crimes are sick and compulsive. They can’t be deterred. But those who conceal child sex crimes CAN be deterred. As a society, we must simply expose, ostracize and “throw the book” at them. When therapists, doctors, teachers and lawyers lose their license for endangering kids by keeping quiet, this kind of irresponsible inaction will end.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

MA--Predator priest in court in Boston; Victims respond

MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 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)

We applaud the brave victims and law enforcement officials who are prosecuting a child molesting Episcopalian priest and who are reminding all of us of an important lesson – even older child sex crimes and cover ups must be reported to police and prosecutors. And we beg church officials in four states to do aggressive outreach to find and help others who were assaulted by this cleric.

All too often, we all assume “it’s just too late” to pursue those who commit or conceal sexual violence. Increasingly, that’s just not true. Even in decades-old cases, more lawyers, cops and prosecutors are being increasingly creative and aggressive about going after these predators and enablers, a long-overdue move we deeply appreciate.

Rev. Howard J. “Howdy” White Jr., formerly of St. George’s School in Rhode Island, is in court today in Boston. Our hearts ache for those he molested. We hope they take some comfort in the fact that he’s been publicly exposed and faces potential jail time.

We urge all Episcopalian officials in all four states: North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia and Pennsylvania, to use church websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Rev. White’s crimes and beg them to call police. This is the very least that church officials should do.

All too often, when clergy sex crimes emerge, church staff pretend to be powerless. They are not. They have both the resources and the duty to spread the word and actively help police and prosecutors build a strong case against predatory preachers.

Rev. Howard W. White Jr. worked at two places in North Carolina. In the 1980s, Rev. White Jr. was headmaster of what was then the Asheville Country Day School in Asheville, North Carolina and was rector of Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Former R.I. Episcopal priest charged with assaulting teenager in the 1970s

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 13, 2016

A former Rhode Island Episcopal priest is due in a Boston courtroom Tuesday to face sexual assault charges dating back to the 1970s when he allegedly assaulted a teenager during trips to the Boston area.

Howard White was indicted on five counts of assault and battery for assaulting the victim, who was 16 years old at the time, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. Prosecutors said White’s nickname was “Howdy.’’

White, 75, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

While White is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager, Conley’s office said in a statement that the crime of indecent assault and battery did not exist in the 1970s.

White is also facing charges some four decades after the alleged crimes because he never lived in Massachusetts, meaning the statute of limitations never started to run, Conley’s office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Korntal: Aufklärer soll Missbrauchsfälle untersuchen

DEUTSCHLAND
Hohenzolleranische Zeitung

[Investigation will continue into alleged abuse at a Protestant brothers home in Kotntal.]

Nach monatelangem Streit um die Aufarbeitung von Missbrauchsfällen in Heimen der evangelischen Brüdergemeinde Korntal (Kreis Ludwigsburg) wagen Betroffene und Gemeinde einen Neuanfang. Eine Gruppe aus ehemaligen Heimkindern, ihren Unterstützern, der Brüdergemeinde und zwei Mediatoren haben sich am Montag darauf geeinigt, einen unabhängigen Aufklärer zu suchen. Das teilte die Brüdergemeinde am Dienstag mit.

Obwohl der Betroffene Detlev Zander, der den Missbrauch im Sommer 2014 öffentlich gemacht hatte, schon lange einen solchen Aufklärer fordert, hat er die Auftraggebergruppe verlassen. „Wir werden uns im Aufklärungsprozess nicht wieder in die Obhut der Brüdergemeinde geben“, sagte Zander im Namen des Netzwerks Betroffenenforum der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. In der derzeit achtköpfigen Auftraggebergruppe sitzen zwei Vertreter der Brüdergemeinde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Pastor gesteht teilweise neue Beschuldigungen

DANMARK
SH-ugeavisen

[Pastor partly confesses new accusations.]

By Günter Schwarz | Regional, Schleswig-Holstein | 12 Dezember 2016

(Tømmerup / Sjælland) – Der in Haft befindliche Pastor wird in insgesamt 11 Fällen wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern beschuldigt. Der 46-jährige Pastor, der sich seit Juni in Haft befindet, gesteht teilweise die gegen ihn erhobenen Anschuldigungen. Das sagt der Verteidiger des 46-Jährigen, Thomas Philipp, zu Danmarks Radio-Avis (Nachrichten).

Nach Angaben der Polizei aus Pressemitteilungen werden Beschuldigungen des Verkehrs, Verkehrsversuchen und andere sexuelle Handlungen wie Geschlechtsverkehr und Exhibitionismus gegen ihn erhoben. Die Anklage bezieht sich auf Taten gegen vier Jungen und ein Mädchen – alle im Alter von 12 bis 17 Jahren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Ex-priest accused of sexually assaulting teen boy

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

BOSTON —
A former Rhode Island priest will be in court Tuesday in connection with allegations he sexually
assaulted a teenage boy in the 1970s.

Howard White, 75, faces five counts of assault and battery for allegedly sexually assaulting a then-16-year-old boy, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

White is charged with assault and battery because, at the time of the offenses, the charge of indecent assault and battery had not yet been enacted, according to the district attorney's office.

The statute of limitations does not bar White's prosecution of because he was never a resident of Massachusetts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Church responds to latest sex abuse lawsuit

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Steve Limtiaco , slimtiaco@guampdn.com December 13, 2016

The Archdiocese of Agana on Monday issued a statement, responding to the latest child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Guam clergy and the church.

Robert Aguon Perez, 45, on Dec. 7 sued the Rev. David Anderson and the archdiocese, alleging that Anderson started molesting him when he was an 11-year-old altar boy and then started raping him when he was 12 or 13 years old. The lawsuit states Anderson was a priest in Sinajana and a theology teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School.

The archdiocese confirmed that Anderson was a priest who served on Guam in the 1970s and 1980s, under the order of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars.

Anderson was assigned to the St. Jude Thaddeus Church, in Sinajana, from 1978 to 1983, according to the archdiocese, and taught at Father Duenas Memorial School from 1978 to the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Court Hearing This Week On Compensating Priest Sex Abuse Victims

MINNESOTA
Voice of Alexandria

Minnesota News Network

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Another hearing is set this week in federal court on two proposals for compensating those who've been abused by Catholic priests.

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis would set aside 155 million dollars or more for a victims' fund, and attorney Charles Rogers says the church negotiated the best deal it could with its insurers. Victims' attorney Mike Finnegan says the archdiocese is only putting in 16 million dollars of its own money, and the rest comes from its insurance policies. Finnegan says the church has one-point-three billion dollars in assets it can tap, plus one billion dollars in insurance funds that could potentially be available. Survivors and other creditors will vote on the plans, and then a judge will make the final decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

St. George's abuse victims frustrated by R.I. inaction on complaint

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

By Michelle Smith
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Nearly a year after receiving a complaint that a former boarding school psychologist did not do enough to address sexual abuse reports, Rhode Island licensing officials have not resolved it, leaving victims of abuse at the school frustrated at the slow pace.

Two women who were among at least 31 girls abused by a now-deceased athletic trainer at St. George's School in Middletown asked that psychologist Peter Kosseff's license be revoked. They tell The Associated Press they are bothered their complaints still are pending and Kosseff is still practicing.

Kosseff and the state health department would not comment. Both cited the pending case before the state Board of Psychology.

"It's really frustrating," said Katie Wales Lovkay, who told Kosseff about her abuse at the hands of athletic trainer Al Gibbs. As far as she knows, Kosseff never reported it to authorities.

Another of Gibbs' victims filed the first complaint against Kosseff on Dec. 26, 2015.

"To me it's pretty clear cut. Children were being raped and molested. He knew about it he didn't report it. Is that the kind of person you want to license?" the victim said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

How to handle convicted molesters in our communities?

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

This question has been floating around social media lately, as well filling much of my time as Director of Magen, an agency that comprehensively tackles the problem of child sexual abuse in Israel.

When a perpetrator admits to his crimes and expresses a desire to stop offending, Magen believes in providing him with support along with monitoring. Enter the familiar chill in the room… the uncomfortable silence. How can I, as a victim advocate, promote support for “those monsters”? In short, Magen’s goal is to keep children safe from sexual abuse. If a sex offender wants to “stay clean” and stay out of trouble, his success is our success. The ultimate act on behalf of victims is to prevent known abusers from abusing.

How is this done? Magen advocates an approximation of the COSA Model, or Circle of Support and Accountability. A COSA consists of a “core member” or sex offender attempting to reintegrate into a community (usually after prison time), and 4-6 volunteers who form a Circle around the Core Member, as well as a professional who guides and supports the volunteers. (Note: a COSA is in no way a substitute for legal action or following reporting requirements. Magen urges people to report any suspicion of child abuse to the Police and/or other legal authorities). The volunteers in the Circle have a few jobs.

The first job is setting boundaries as to what the Core Member cannot do, based on his risk assessment. This includes his avoiding triggers and access to potential victims. Warning community members may be necessary as a safety measure.

(I’ve heard this described as, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” In truth, monitoring requires a lot of contact with the perpetrator, and not letting him sink beneath the radar, and this requires a rapport. This is the opposite of the time honored approach of “run him out of town.” Running someone out of town may be gratifying in the short term, but translates to driving him to some other community where he will hurt someone else’s children. Even public shaming/warning demands a next step — okay, everyone knows — what should people do with that information? How can we best lower the risk this individual poses? How does the community interact with his wife and children? In short: now what?)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Victim sues Lewis County church for sexual abuse

KENTUCKY
Portsmouth Daily Times

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com

A Lewis County, Kentucky church has been sued by a male teen for child sexual assault. According to attorney Bruce MacDonald of the McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland, law firm, their client, known for the record as “John Doe,” is suing Vanceburg Christian Church where a former pastor, Duncan D. Akers, Jr., 65, pleaded guilty and was convicted of criminal charges for sexually abusing the plaintiff, “John Doe.”

Akers pleaded guilty to five counts of first degree sexual abuse as part of a plea agreement. Several other charges were dropped as a part of the plea deal.

“John Doe is having a lot of problems,” MacDonald told the Daily Times. “He is not able to function well in society, and hence, is unemployed and he needs counseling and he needs medical help, and we hope to be able to obtain those things for him, and allow him to finish his education, perhaps go to vocational school and hopefully become a production citizen and right now he’s not. He’s having a lot of problems. Therefore, we want to get him some financial assistance so he can get a vehicle and get stabilized in life.”

The lawsuit explains that the plaintiff met Akers when the Plaintiff was a young “latch-key” child who lived near the church and was invited by Pastor Aker to come to the Church. The Plaintiff then began going to the church regularly after school and on the weekends, according to the complaint. The complaint goes on to say Aker used those opportunities to “groom” the plaintiff and make him susceptible to the sexual abuse. According to the lawsuit, “between late 2007 and early 2010 . . when the plaintiff was 9-12 years old and Akers was 56-59 years old, Akers brutally and repeatedly sexually molested and raped the plaintiff at the Church as well as at locations off the site where Akers would take plaintiff.” The lawsuit says that Akers threatened the plaintiff not to tell anyone and used his position in the church to intimidate the plaintiff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Church named in lawsuit filed in Lewis

KENTUCKY
Ledger Independent

MARY ANN KEARNS

A lawsuit has been filed in Lewis County, on behalf of a "John Doe," who, as a child, was sexually abused by a former pastor of the church.

The complaint is in relation to former VCC minister Duncan Akers and involves acts which took place between 2007 and 2010. Aker pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree sexual abuse on March 4.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by attorneys Konrad Kircher, Bruce W. MacDonald, Stephen F. Crew and Peter B. Janci, claims the Vanceburg Christian Church had a duty to protect the plaintiff from harm and to closely supervise leaders and was negligent in doing so.

As a result of Akers' abuse, the plaintiff has suffered permanent and lasting damages, the complaint alleges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

More harrowing accounts of historic abuse at Church of England children's home in Gravesend

UNITED KINGDOM
Kent Online

by Tom Acrestacres@thekmgroup.co.uk

Harrowing accounts of historical child abuse have been revealed by a further review into a Church of England home for young girls.

More than three decades of cruelty at Kendall House in Gravesend was first exposed by the findings of an expert panel in June, with residents found to have been drugged, sexually assaulted, locked in an isolation room and kept in straitjackets.

The 137-page report, compiled by Dr Sue Proctor, part-time judge Samantha Cohen and former police detective superintendent Ray Galloway, described Kendall House as “a frightening, violent and unpredictable place to live”.

Dr Proctor, who chaired the investigation into disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile, said the abuse at Kendall House was the most troubling thing she had worked on.

So many other former residents came forward after its publication that the Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, agreed to an extended review, which has resulted in testimonies from one woman who was just nine when she was sent to Kendall House.

She had never been in a children’s home previously and it remains unclear why she was sent there, with other girls sent there by the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury ranging from 11 to 16-years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

December 12, 2016

Anglican priest from Secret Harbour church charged with child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Graeme Powell

An Anglican priest from Preston Beach south of Perth has been charged with child sex offences after allegedly abusing a young girl during a 16-month period.

The priest, 64, has been accused of sexually assaulting the girl between August 2010 and November 2011 while working at a church in Secret Harbour, north of Mandurah.

The child was 10 when the abuse allegedly began.

The man has been charged with three counts of indecent dealing with a child under 13 and one count of persistent sexual contact with a child under 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

Former Anglican Priest charged with sexually assaulting a young girl

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Brendan Foster

A former Anglican priest has been charged with alleged sexual offences against a 10-year-old girl from more than 15 years ago.

Police allege the 64-year-old man from Preston Beach sexually assaulted the young girl from August 2010 to November 2011 when he was an Anglican Priest at a church in Secret Harbour.

He has been charged with three counts of indecent dealing of a child under 13 years, and one count of persistent sexual conduct with a child under 16 years and will appear in Rockingham Magistrates court on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Stopping Predators

CALIFORNIA
OC Family

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
November 28 - 2016

I am many things. I am a wife and a mother. I am a writer and an advocate. But there is one thing that shaped the adult I have become more than anything else:

I am a survivor of child sexual abuse.

A teacher at my well-known Orange County Catholic high school sexually molested me for two years when I was a young teen. He left me pregnant and with a sexually transmitted disease.

The crime was pernicious, but it was only the beginning. School administrators knew about the abuse and did nothing, even though they knew he had molested other girls.

What wounded me the most, however, wasn’t the actual abuse. It was the cover-up by school officials. It was the fact that my parents and many of my peers blamed me for what happened. The adults who were supposed to protect me instead threw me to the wolves. They protected a school instead of a child.

I left my teen years isolated, depressed, ashamed, self-destructive and hurt. Very, very hurt. I spent years wanting to die. I trusted no one, because to me, friendship meant betrayal. I didn’t know how to have a healthy romantic relationship within my peer group, because my predator had isolated me and flung me into a manipulative and abusive world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

At The D.A.'s Office, The Shit Is About To Hit The Fan

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Seth Williams should bring an umbrella to work.

Why? Because our corrupt district attorney, already under investigation by the FBI, the IRS and a grand jury, is about to see his proudest achievement as a prosecutor get splattered with excrement.

What does Seth Williams consider to be his proudest achievement? Why his self-described "historic" prosecution of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic cleric in the country to be sent to jail, not for touching a child, but for failing to control sexually abusive priests. It's an achievement that has caused church haters and so-called victims advocates to swoon over Seth. At the height of this adulation, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd proclaimed Seth, raised Catholic, to be the "avenging altar boy."

But there's long been a problem with the Lynn case, namely that the alleged victim -- former altar boy Danny Gallagher AKA "Billy Doe" -- is a transparent fraud, as revealed in his copious medical records, legal depositions, and in two interviews with a couple of psychiatrists.

Today, Lynn's lawyer, Thomas A. Bergstrom, filed a motion in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court that seeks to take the pre-trial testimony of retired Detective Joseph Walsh. Here's why alarm bells are about to go off at the D.A.'s office as soon as they read Bergstrom's motion -- Walsh was the lead investigator in the Billy Doe case. And, according to Bergstrom's motion, Walsh has talked to defense lawyers and "provided exculpatory evidence" never revealed to defense lawyers during two previous archdiocese sex abuse trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

PA--Altoona bishop must un-do harm caused by predecessor, SNAP says

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

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

Altoona’s Catholic bishop must take strong steps now to “un-do” the harm caused when his predecessor deceitfully and quietly sent a serial predator priest across state lines. We suggest that he use newspaper and radio ads to aggressively seek out and help other victims of the child molesting cleric.

Long secret, just-released church records show that then-Bishop James Hogan gave a “glowing recommendation” as he sent a Msgr. Francis McCaa - who authorities call a “monster” who may have “molested hundreds” – to West Virginia where he worked for years among especially vulnerable families.

[Tribune-Democrat]

No rational person thinks a three hour road trip cures pedophilia. Msgr. McCaa no doubt assaulted West Virginia kids too. So current Altoona Bishop Mark Bartchak must do all he can to try to find and console and compensate Msgr. McCaa’s victims in West Virginia. That’s the bare minimum moral obligation he faces.

If Bartchak’s predecessor burned down a church, Bartchak would rebuild it. If Bartchack’s predecessor made terrible investments, Bartchak would re-invest. So since Bartchak’s predecessor enabled a predator to hurt kids, Bartchak must try to find and help them.

Why wouldn’t Bartchack do this? Because he values his personal comfort more than the pain of abuse victims? Because he values his diocese’s wealth more than the still-deep suffering of boys and girls who were assaulted by an Altoona priest?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Media Release: Victims welcome conclusion of Yeshivah election process and call for action

AUSTRALIA
Manny Waks

​12 December 2016

​On behalf of some of Yeshivah Melbourne's victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, I welcome the conclusion of the formal election process at the Yeshivah Centre Melbourne.

We believe it is imperative that the new boards of Chabad Institutions of Victoria Limited and Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Schools Limited act decisively and expeditiously to address those issues emanating from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Report into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi, so that the community can truly move forward from this stain.

In particular we note the findings of the Royal Commission in respect of Yeshivah Melbourne that:

a. “The leadership did not create an environment conducive to the communication of information about child sexual abuse. If anything, the mixed messages are likely to have produced inaction.”

b. “There was a marked absence of supportive leadership for survivors of child sexual abuse and their families within Yeshivah Melbourne. Halachic principles were stridently – even if incorrectly applied. Criticism of those that spoke out was forceful.”

c. “If the Yeshivah Melbourne, the Committee of Management and Rabbi Telsner had shown leadership, survivors of child sexual abuse and their families and supporters might have received a very different response from the members of the Yeshivah Melbourne community.”

As the Community is already aware, following the release of the findings of the Royal Commission, the Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand, Rabbinical Council of Victoria and Rabbinical Council of New South Wales, released a public statement, calling on:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Church responds to latest allegations

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

The Archdiocese of Agana released a statement yesterday in response to the latest allegations of child sexual abuse, apologizing for allegations of abuse made against clergy who served on Guam over the past several decades.

The latest suit, filed Dec. 7, came from Robert Aguon Perez, a 45-year-old Los Angeles resident, and named former Guam priest Rev. David Anderson. The suit alleges that Anderson sexually abused Perez when he was a child serving as an altar boy at the St. Jude parish in Sinajana and a student of Father Duenas Memorial School between the years 1982 and 1986. According to Post files, Perez would have been between the ages of 11 and 15 when the alleged abuse took place.

Yesterday's statement released by the archdiocese confirmed that Anderson was a priest who served on Guam during the period of time indicated by Perez's suit.

"Regarding the latest allegation of sexual abuse by clergy and lawsuit filed by Mr. Robert Aguon Perez, the Archdiocese confirms that David Anderson was a priest who served on Guam in the 1970s and ‘80s under the order of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars," the statement read. "He was assigned at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Sinajana from 1978-83. He also taught at Father Duenas Memorial School from 1978 to the 1980s."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Danish priest charged with new cases of child sex abuse

DENMARK
CPH Post

December 12th, 2016 by Lucie Rychla

A 46-year-old priest from Tømmerup near Kalundborg in west Zealand, who has been in custody since June facing charges that he sexually abused an underage girl, has now been accused of doing the same to four boys.

According to the West Zealand Police, the priest is currently being investigated on 11 charges of sexual abuse relating to four boys and one girl aged 12-17.

The charges include sexual intercourse, attempted sexual intercourse and indecent exposure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

£300m... what it could cost to compensate ex-residents of Northern Ireland residential homes

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Michael McHugh
PUBLISHED
01/11/2016

Compensating everybody who spent time in a residential home in Northern Ireland run by or on behalf of the state could cost £300m, a lawyer who specialises in abuse cases has suggested.

Sir Anthony Hart is drawing up his report for ministers following two-and-a-half years of Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry hearings involving abuse victims and institutions.

He has already said that there should be an award of compensation to those children who suffered abuse in children's homes and other institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.

A group of survivors is calling for a common experience payment of £10,000 per resident and an additional payment of £3,000 for each year spent in an institution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Probes of Kiryas Joel principal video still open

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jonathan Bandler , jbandler@lohud.com December 11, 2016

Through early January, reporters will be looking back at and following up on stories and topics that were the most popular with our readers in 2016, according to metrics on lohud.com. This story is part of that series.

A Kiryas Joel principal seen on a pair of videos in close physical contact with young boys had no choice but to leave the school because of the firestorm of publicity, a longtime community activist said this week.

But Joseph Waldman, whose own children and grandchildren had gone to the school, insisted that his inquiries into the videos and the principal’s behavior revealed what he had suspected: that the longtime, respected educator was no molester, but used a loving form of discipline to straighten out misbehaving students.

“He showed a very, very fine fatherly type of love to the kids,” Waldman said. “Instead of expelling the kid, throwing him out of school, bringing anguish to his parents … he is expressing love, expressing feeling, so the kid knows they’re not a throwaway kid.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

December 11, 2016

Media Release – December 10, 2016

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

Jamaican girl sexually abused by New York-based Franciscan priest, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle Walsh, has asked the Franciscan Friars for help so she can heal. The Franciscan Friars have told her to “take a hike”

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based in Manhattan with parishes and ministries throughout the NY City/northern New Jersey metropolitan area, refuse to help a Jamaican woman even with the costs of counseling so she can begin to heal. She was sexually abused by a Franciscan missionary when she was approximately 10 years old in Kingston, Jamaica

What
Demonstration and leafleting in Northern NJ alerting the media, parishioners, and ordinary citizens of the refusal of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based on West 31st Street, Manhattan, to help a Jamaican childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul A. Walsh, heal

When

Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 6:00 am until 9:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk and alongside a procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 65 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, NJ, as the procession makes its way through the Town of Butler, and on to St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, NJ, where a 9:00 am Mass will be held

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a New Jersey-based non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based in Manhattan, refuse to assist in the recovery of a childhood sexual abuse victim of one of their priests, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM. This Kingston, Jamaica, woman was a little girl of approximately ten years old at Our Lady of Angels Parish and School in Kingston, Jamaica, when Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, also known as Fr. La Salle Walsh, sexually abused her. This innocent victim wants to heal, but the Franciscan Friars have told her to “take a hike,” refusing, even, to help her with the costs of counseling. Demonstrators will call upon parishioners of Franciscan parishes in Butler and Pompton Lakes, NJ, and ordinary citizens to demand of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province that they do the right thing and help this Jamaican woman heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Senators: Number of clergy sex abuse accusers shocking, unfortunate

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com December 10, 2016

The author of the bill that has paved the way for 12 former altar boys, so far, to sue for alleged rape or sexual abuse they went through in the hands of priests decades ago, said the sheer numbers come as a shock but not necessarily a surprise.

Sen. Frank Blas Jr., R-Barrigada, said Thursday that providing a venue for individuals to seek justice and closure and preventing others from laying a hand on children today is worth the criticism he got in introducing Bill 326-33, to allow victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers and the institutions with which they are associated, at any time. Gov. Eddie Calvo signed the bill into law on Sept. 23.

“If I have to relive my life, I would have introduced the bill much earlier," Blas said. "Any person should not live his life in fear, in shame and with guilt for something that happened to him when he was a child. And if this bill stops an individual today from sexually assaulting a young child, then it’s well worth any criticism.”

As of Wednesday, 12 child sex abuse lawsuits had been filed against Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Agana and up to 50 other unnamed persons who may have helped, abetted, concealed or covered up the abuses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Vatican investigated priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Wayne Independent

By Kevin Kearney
kkearney@wayneindependent.com

A Roman Catholic priest recently charged in a child pornography case in Wayne County had been vetted by the Vatican 13 years ago on accusations he molested a 16-year-old boy in New Jersey, the Archdiocese of Newark confirmed Tuesday.

The Rev. Kevin Gugliotta, 54, currently in the Wayne County prison on $1 million bail on 40 counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography at his Lehigh Township vacation home, was suspended from ministry in New Jersey in 2003 after the accusations were made he had molested the boy.

Gugliotta was ordained in 1996 and the alleged molestation happened prior to that, in the 1980s, said Jim Goodness, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark.

Since Gugliotta was not in ministry at the time of the alleged molestations, the archdiocese referred the case to the Vatican for guidance, Goodness said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Quebec ex-cop charged with rape was residential school survivor

CANADA
Toronto Star

By ALLAN WOODS
Quebec Bureau
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016

MONTREAL—A former police officer charged with rape after a massive investigation into abuse of indigenous women by law enforcement officials in Quebec is a residential-school survivor who says he was sexually assaulted by a priest, the Star has learned.

Jean-Luc Vollant, a 65-year-old Innu man, is a former officer with a native police force who was charged last month after a probe of nearly 40 allegations from indigenous people who say they had been mistreated by police.

Vollant was among more than 30 current and former officers in Quebec who were the subject of the allegations. He was one of just two people to be charged with a criminal offence.

He faces three charges of rape, indecent assault on a female and sexual assault ― stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred between 1980 and 1986 in Schefferville, Que., a remote town near the border with Labrador that is home to a small, predominately Innu population.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Three decades later, Altoona–Johnstown diocese doesn’t object to the release of information in abuse cases

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

After the passage of three decades – and the release of a scathing report by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General that provided details about an alleged cover-up of rampant child sexual abuse within its ranks – the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown changed positions as to whether information in a civil litigation against Msgr. Francis McCaa should be made public.

In 1986, counsel for the monsignor, diocese, former Bishop James Hogan, and Holy Name Catholic Church in Ebensburg argued that pretrial documents – in a case brought by four plaintiffs – should be sealed in order to “prevent serious and irreparable harm to the defendants through the disclosure of information which may not be relevant or admissible at the trial of the case,” as described in the papers.

But, when The Tribune-Democrat sought to have the documents unsealed this year, the diocese did not resist, so long as the accusers’ names were redacted.

“Their policy now is to be as transparent as possible without hurting someone else,” Eric Anderson, an attorney for the diocese, said.

Michael Sahlaney, a lawyer who handled the action for the newspaper, complimented the diocese for not fighting the legal action.

“The diocese, I want to give them credit,” he said. “They were very open. They had no objection to the file being open at this time. It is what it is.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Buried secrets no more: Court unseals pretrial records in abuse case against Altoona-Johnstown diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Thirty years ago today – on Dec. 11, 1986 – an order was issued to seal the pretrial records in a case filed by petitioners against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, former Bishop James Hogan, Holy Name Catholic Church and Msgr. Francis McCaa.

The decision prohibited parties and attorneys from publicly disseminating any information obtained from pleadings or documents.

The seal was to remain in place “until the time of trial,” according to the decision issued by then Cambria County Judge Gerard Long – who attended Holy Name parish, where McCaa served, and who years later decided to not recuse himself in the case, in which a newspaper attempted to have the records unsealed.

McCaa had been accused of sexually abusing an unknown number of children, but never went to trial. A financial settlement was reached in 1987.

And the records remained locked away for decades, until current Cambria County President Judge Norman Krumenacker III released the information at the request of The Tribune-Democrat in the aftermath of a grand jury report that accused the diocese of carrying out a decades-long cover-up to protect religious leaders accused of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

The unmasking of a monster: Report exposes how church abuse case was handled by Cambria County legal system

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Msgr. Francis McCaa was allegedly one of the most egregious sexual abusers of children in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown.

A grand jury report issued earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, which detailed an alleged decades-long coverup of abuse in the diocese, succinctly called him a “monster” with a “sickening hunger for innocence.”

The report alleges, based on testimony from interviewed victims, that McCaa may have abused hundreds of children when he served at Holy Name Catholic Church in Ebensburg from 1961 to 1985.

A civil case was brought against McCaa in 1986.

Pretrial records were sealed by a Cambria County judge on Dec. 11, 1986, leaving them unseen until they were opened this year following an appeal by The Tribune-Democrat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

December 10, 2016

DA: CNY priest on leave does not pose any danger to minors

NEW YORK
CNY Central

ROME, N.Y. -- Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said that after investigating the allegations made against a Catholic priest in Central New York they found no proof, evidence, or witnesses to back up the allegations.

Rev. Paul Angelicchio, pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish in Rome, is currently on a leave of absence after allegations surfaced of abuse of a minor from nearly three decades ago.

The investigation is currently being conducted by the Diocese of Syracuse who have confirmed that Angelicchio has been accused of abusing a minor 27 years ago.

DA Fitzpatrick says that the "allegation is of passive conduct on the priest's part while faced with knowledge of sexual abuse." He goes on to also say that, "The complainant only revealed this last year although he has been interviewed many times in the past and never disclosed this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Meet the people hunting for paedophiles

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

[video]

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy investigates the work of self-styled paedophile hunter groups in the UK.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Secrets of the Watchtower

UNITED STATES
Reveal: The Center for Investigative Journalism

How Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders hide child abuse secrets at all costs

For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide child sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy. The religion’s leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view.

On this episode of Reveal, we track down people who know the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ secrets and expose stories behind a religion with 8 million followers across the globe.

We begin in San Diego, where Trey meets an attorney trying to get access to a Jehovah’s Witnesses database containing the names and whereabouts of likely thousands of accused child abusers within the organization – living freely in communities across the U.S.

Later in the hour, we hear from a victim who tells us how the threat of being banished from their communities keeps members from reporting abuse.

Trey’s investigation also takes him to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, the Watchtower, where the culture of secrecy goes far beyond child abuse – it’s a core part of life. Watchtower leaders have refused to talk to Trey, but a former insider told him some of their secrets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

‘Everything about this relationship was risky’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ann O’Loughlin

A woman, who claims she was sexually abused by a chaplain when she was a secondary school student, yesterday alleged in the High Court the priest performed oral sex on her in the school oratory.

The 28-year-old woman said that, after the sexual activity, the two of them got ready for a sixth-year graduation Mass. She said she was in fifth year at the school in the South-East at the time and was wearing her school uniform.

Referring to the alleged encounter, Miriam Reilly, counsel for the former Catholic priest, asked was it not very risky. The woman said “everything about this relationship was risky”. Replying to Ms Reilly, who put it to her this did not happen, the woman said she knew it happened and the priest had performed oral sex on her.

The woman has sued alleging that, between 2004 and 2007, she was repeatedly and wrongfully physically and sexually assaulted, falsely imprisoned, sexually abused, and subjected to sexualised behaviour by the Catholic chaplain and teacher. She has sued the now former priest, as well as the school and the local bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Investigation into Sanibel priest dropped

FLORIDA
ABC 7

SANIBEL -
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is dropping their investigation into Father Christoper Senk after the State Attorney's Office announced they would not be pursuing charges.

The two-year long investigation was halted when the sheriff's office attempted to get an arrest warrant for Senk to charge him with exploiting parishioner Marion McIntyre.

The SAO determined that there was not enough evidence of intimidation or deception on Senk's part.

ABC7 spoke with McIntyre's niece, who said Senk crossed the line and accepted lavish gifts from her aunt.

In the lengthy report by LCSO, they explain how the investigation began after a $30,000 gold and diamond ring belonging to McIntyre went missing from her hospital room. McIntyre's family said the last person to be in the room with her was Senk. The ring would turn up later in a drawer as McIntyre was being moved, but it forced family to look into the relationship between Senk and Marion. They discovered in that time that Senk had been on the receiving end of thousands of dollars from McIntyre. Family members said McIntyre mysteriously withdrew $5,000 on one occasion and $3,500 on another occasion as gifts to the church. Other times McIntyre would write checks for the church, but would write the checks to Senk.

Before McIntyre's husband died, friends said she took a trip through Europe with Senk and his family. McIntyre reportedly fronted the bill and paid for everyone's trip.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Woman's family pushes for more investigation into Sanibel priest

FLORIDA
NBC 2

By Levi Ismail, Reporter

SANIBEL -
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is dropping their investigation into Father Christoper Senk after the State Attorney's Office announced they would not be pursuing charges.

The two-year long investigation was halted when the sheriff's office attempted to get an arrest warrant for Senk to charge him with exploiting parishioner Marion McIntyre.

The SAO determined that there was not enough evidence of intimidation or deception on Senk's part.

NBC2 spoke with McIntyre's niece, who said Senk crossed the line and accepted lavish gifts from her aunt.

In the lengthy report by LCSO, they explain how the investigation began after a $30,000 gold and diamond ring belonging to McIntyre went missing from her hospital room. McIntyre's family said the last person to be in the room with her was Senk. The ring would turn up later in a drawer as McIntyre was being moved, but it forced family to look into the relationship between Senk and Marion. They discovered in that time that Senk had been on the receiving end of thousands of dollars from McIntyre. Family members said McIntyre mysteriously withdrew $5,000 on one occasion and $3,500 on another occasion as gifts to the church. Other times McIntyre would write checks for the church, but would write the checks to Senk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

DA: No proof of abuse in case of suspended Rome priest

NEW YORK
WSYR

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV)

The Pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration Church in Rome, Oneida County has been placed on leave by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

However, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says there has not been any evidence to substantiate the claims of abuse against Reverend Paul Angelicchio.

The Diocese was looking into an allegation of abuse of a minor 27 years ago.

Cummings says “the allegation has not been substantiated…but under diocese policy and in conformity with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Father Angelicchio is not permitted to publicly function as a priest until the matter is resolved.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Proposals for Compensating Survivors of Priest Sex Abuse

MINNESOTA
WNAX

Two proposals for compensating survivors of priest sex abuse remain in play after a hearing in federal court. Attorney Charles Rogers says the plan submitted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis earmarks 155 million dollars or more for a victims’ fund.

Finnegan says the archdiocese has 1.3 billion dollars in assets and well over a billion dollars of insurance money that’s potentially available to compensate victims of priest sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Q&A with Alixe Callen

RHODE ISLAND
St. George's School

Meet the 12th Head of St. George’s School

What drew you to St. George’s?

St. George’s holds a special place for my family. My maternal grandfather (James B. Congdon, ’41), great grandfather (Johns H. Congdon, ’03 – I think), great uncle (Charles B. Congdon, ’40), and uncle (James B. Congdon, Jr. ’66) all graduated from St. George’s. That history is obviously very important to me. I am proud to continue their legacy. That said, as a professional, I am drawn to the St. George’s of today and its commitment to help all students develop into compassionate and contributing community members. Not only are St. George’s kids acquiring the skills necessary to compete in the mid-21st century economy, they are becoming forces for good. My entire career has been spent helping teenagers to be kind, to watch out for each other, and to be contributing community members. To now do that work in a school that has such deep roots for my family makes me humble and proud.

What are the greatest challenges a school leader faces in today’s world? And what are the greatest opportunities?

Oh goodness. There is so much to say. We are living in a time of such change and evolution. In fact, in many ways the only constant for our kids is change. In their short lifetimes, smart phones, social media and Wi-Fi have gone from practically non-existent to ubiquitous. There is no doubt that rate of change will continue. As a result, our students need to be well situated to embrace change, learn new skills, and assimilate knowledge. And it is no exaggeration to say that they will need to do this daily. There is an oft-cited statistic that something like 50 percent of the jobs our students will inhabit haven’t even been invented yet. It is our job as educators to prepare students for that world. In addition to teaching kids a body of knowledge, we need to teach them how to approach new situations, how to adapt to change, how to access information – in short, how to think. To do this well, teachers need to put their students at the center of the classroom. No longer is it important for students to spit back facts and figures. Instead, they need to know how to approach a problem, how to manipulate data, how to construct an argument, and how to collaborate.

As someone who has spent her professional life in the presence of adolescents, I also feel a deep commitment to helping them develop into good people. I am excited to join the St. George’s community because I think a boarding school provides a unique opportunity to help students learn to be contributing citizens. We can be an incubator of sorts, a place where amazing faculty model what it means to be a good community member, and then inspire (and occasionally compel) similar behavior in their students.

What do you want parents to know about you? … What do you want alumni to know about you?

I want parents to know that I approach the work of educating and caring for adolescents with the expertise of a professional educator and the spirit of a mom. In each of those capacities, I have come to understand that no two teenagers are alike. What it takes to inspire one kiddo isn’t always what it takes to inspire the next. It is our job as educators to figure out how to inspire each one – and then to do it!

As for alumni, I want them to know that I am working hard to understand the school’s history – both the parts that make people proud, and the difficulties that a number of students experienced. My commitment is to create a school of which they will all be proud, and at which they all feel welcome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Alexandra Callen named St. George's head of school

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

Callen holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University and a master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University. She has been head of the upper school at Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., since 2013.

By Karen Lee Ziner
Journal Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Alexandra "Alixe" Callen will become the first female to lead the 120-year-old St. George's School when she begins her tenure on July 1, 2017. The school's Board of Trustees announced Callen's appointment Friday at the 12th head of school.

Callen holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University and a master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University. She has been head of the upper school at Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., since 2013.

The elite Episcopal boarding school - embroiled in a sex-abuse scandal this year - launched a search after current Headmaster Eric F. Peterson announced in June that he would not seek to extend his contract after it ends in June 2017. Peterson had served as headmaster for 12 years.

Watch an interview with Callen.

Controversy had embroiled the school since allegations of systemic sexual abuse at the school in the 1970s and '80s became public a year ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

R.I. school embroiled in sex abuse scandal names a new headmaster

RHODE ISLAND
Boston Globe

By Laura Krantz and Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 09, 2016

The Rhode Island prep school embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal for the past year has named the former principal of Acton-Boxborough High School as its new headmaster, the school announced Friday.

St. George’s School has hired Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as its 12th headmaster and the first female to lead the 120-year-old institution. She is currently the head of upper school at Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., and was principal in Acton from 2008 to 2013.

A New England native with multiple degrees from Brown University and Harvard, Callen will face the challenge of steadying the elite prep school in Middletown, R.I., whose reputation has been badly damaged.

“We are confident that she will steer the course boldly for St. George’s, continuing to build on our long-standing strengths while at the same time moving St. George’s confidently into the future,” wrote Leslie Heaney, chair of the board of trustees, in a letter to the school co-authored by Tad Van Norden, an alumnus and chair of the search committee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

After wild sex abuse scandal St. George's School names new leader

RHODE ISLAND
ABC 6

By: News Staff
news@abc6.com

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - A Rhode Island boarding school rocked by widespread sexual abuse says it has hired a new head of school to succeed its departing leader.

St. George's School in Middletown said on Friday that Alexandra Callen will become the first woman to lead the 120-year-old school when she takes over in July.

Callen has held leadership positions in public and private schools in Seattle and Massachusetts.

Dozens of alumni have said they were abused at St. George's from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

St. George’s names woman as new head of school

RHODE ISLAND
Turn to 10

The St. George's School Board of Trustees announced Friday that they appointed a new head of school.

According to a press release, Alexandra Callen will become the twelfth head of the school when she begins her tenure in July 2017.

Callen, who has a bachelor's and master's degree from Brown University, as well as a master's and doctorate from Harvard University, will also become the first woman in the school's history to hold the position.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as St. George's next head of school,” Callen said in the release. “The chance to lead this highly professional faculty is a tremendous opportunity. To do so with the endorsement of a dedicated and supportive board is icing on the cake.”

The 120-year-old boarding school, which is located in Middletown, has made headlines in recent years, as authorities launched an investigation into widespread sexual abuse reported by former faculty members and students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Video: Man accused of child sex abuse at Timonium church

MARYLAND
WBAL

Barry Simms
I-Team Reporter

TIMONIUM, Md. —
A 26-year-old Timonium man is charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl during a recent Sunday morning Mass at a church, Baltimore County police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Church nursery volunteer charged with sex abuse

MARYLAND
The Intelligencer

TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say a church nursery volunteer has been charged with sexual abuse.

Cpl. John Wachter said in an email Friday that officers called to the Church of the Nativity in Timonium on Nov. 27 learned that a 4-year-old girl told her mother that a man volunteering in the nursery during mass sexually abused her.

Twenty-six-year-old Terrence Smalls of Cockeysville was charged with sex abuse of a minor and other offenses Thursday.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore says it alerted parishioners after police notified them of an investigation. The county school system says Smalls, hired as temporary elementary school employee in 2013 and who was a classroom assistant, hasn't worked for the system since Nov. 28.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Ex-con trusted with church finances embezzles again, gets 3 years' prison

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Aimee Green | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A 63-year-old woman who embezzled more than $73,000 from her Northeast Portland church was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.

It won't be Christine Marie Culver's first stint in prison. This is at least the third time Culver has been convicted of charges related to fraud or embezzlement, stretching back nearly 40 years.

In this latest case, she was entrusted as the bookkeeper at Metropolitan Community Church, at Northeast 24th Avenue and Broadway. She stole $73,208 over the course of about 21/2 years -- 2013 to 2015.

The church learned of Culver's theft after the Oregon Department of Revenue contacted the church because its payroll taxes weren't being paid, said prosecutor Ryan Lufkin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

How Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders hide child abuse secrets at all costs

UNITED STATES
Reveal: The Center for Investigative Reporting

Secrets of the Watchtower

By Trey Bundy / December 10, 2016

The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States.

Since 2014, courts have slapped the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ parent corporation – the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York – with multimillion-dollar judgments and sanctions for violating orders to hand over secret documents.

The documents could serve as a road map to what are likely thousands of alleged child abusers living freely in communities across the country, who still could be abusing kids. The files include the names of known and suspected perpetrators, the locations of their congregations and descriptions of their alleged crimes.

“I’ve been practicing law for 37 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said attorney Irwin Zalkin, who represents victims of sexual abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses. “They do everything to protect the reputation of the organization over the safety of children.”

Zalkin said he believes that state and federal law enforcement agencies have a moral obligation to investigate the Watchtower’s child abuse policies and seize its files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Former Lake Forest Youth Pastor Sentenced for Sexual Battery

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Ashley Ludwig (Patch Staff) - December 9, 2016

LAKE FOREST, CA — A former Lake Forest youth pastor was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexual battery of four female church members.

Sean Patrick Aday, a 39-year-old Lake Forest resident, pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, to two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder.

"At the time of the crime, Aday was working as a youth pastor at Grace Community Church in Lake Forest," she said. "The defendant sexually assaulted four adult female church members on church property or during church trips overseas."

According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, between Jan. 1, 2008, and Nov. 6, 2015, Aday sexually touched four women against their will for the purpose of the defendant’s sexual arousal, gratification and abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Church pastor sentenced to prison in sex assault of 4 women

CALIFORNIA
Clay Center Dispatch

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former pastor in Southern California has been sentenced to two years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery against four female church members.

Authorities say 39-year-old Sean Patrick Aday was working as a youth pastor at Grace Community Church in Lake Forest when he committed the crimes.

According to prosecutors, Aday sexually assaulted the women on church property and during church trips overseas between 2008 and 2015.

During a pre-trial hearing in November, one of the victims said Aday abused his authority and "tried to use God to manipulate me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Lawsuit to be filed against Vanceburg Christian Church

KENTUCKY
Lewis County Herald

Attorneys for a sexual abuse victim have said they will file a lawsuit Monday at the Lewis County Justice Center against Vanceburg Christian Church.

An advisory from Kircher Law Office in Mason, Ohio, states the lawsuit “will allege that the Vanceburg Christian Church is liable to the victim for the sexual abuse inflicted upon him by the church’s pastor and the victim’s resulting injuries.”

The advisory states the victim (Plaintiff “John Doe”) is a teenager who suffered severe and repeated sexual abuse at the hands of former Vanceburg Christian Church pastor Duncan Aker Jr.

Aker pleaded guilty in March to five counts of first degree sexual abuse as part of a plea agreement in which charges of four counts of first degree sodomy were dropped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

'Whistleblower' launches bullying claim against Newcastle Anglican diocese

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

The business manager of the Newcastle Anglican Diocese has launched legal action against the church with the employment watchdog, alleging he has been ostracised and bullied because of his stand for victims of child sexual abuse.

John Cleary says he has filed a case with the Fair Work Commission against the church claiming he was marginalised because of his advocacy for victims of child sexual abuse inside the church.

Cleary has been an outspoken supporter for victims of abuse in the church, and has spoken out in favour of reforms.

The Newcastle Herald reported that his statement said he had been marginalised and bullied: “I have been punished by the church for being a ‘whistleblower’, and for my actions in trying to get the best outcome for survivors.”

They reported Cleary’s claim is an “adverse action” application for bullying and harassment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

December 9, 2016

Onondaga County DA: No proof or evidence of wrongdoing in case of suspended priest

NEW YORK
NewYorkUpstate

By Elizabeth Doran | edoran@syracuse.com
on December 09, 2016

SYRACUSE, NY - Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today his office investigated an allegation against Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio and found no proof, evidence or corroborating witness to back up the allegation.

Angelicchio, a priest for decades in the Syracuse area and more recently in Rome in Oneida County, has been placed on leave by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse while it investigates a claim of abuse that is alleged to have happened 27 years ago, a diocese spokeswoman confirmed this week. Angelicchio is pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish in Rome.

Fitzpatrick said when the allegation against Angelicchio surfaced, his office investigated and found nothing to back up the claim - no physical evidence, no crime and no corroborating witness. In addition, the alleged crime was decades old, thus the statute of limitations had run out, he said.

In addition, Angelicchio vehemently denied the allegation, Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said his office determined Angelicchio "was not a clear and present danger to any minors,'' and turned the allegation over to the Syracuse diocese, the DA's normal practice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

NC--Savvy mom & cops nail youth pastor for nude photos

NORTH CAROLINA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release, December 9, 2016

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

Nude photos of a man found on a boy's cellphone have been traced to a Raliegh North Carolina youth pastor. We are grateful to the boy’s mom and to law enforcement for quick action. Now, it’s time for church officials to step up aggressively, by reaching out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s alleged crimes.

[ABC 11]

Tyler Simkus Smither of Raleigh, who’s with Harbor United Methodist Church in Masonboro, apparently sent the Florida child the inappropriate pictures. He’s now behind bars.

We’re grateful that Rev. Russ Nanney called police when he learned of the offense. Too many ministers put their comfort and careers, and those of colleagues, ahead of kids’ safety. They try to avoid “scandal” and “embarrassment” (and litigation) by keeping abuse reports secret. Hopefully, more in leadership posts are beginning to understand that this is self-defeating and immoral. We hope other clergy will follow Rev. Nanney’s excellent example and immediately involve the independent, unbiased and experienced professionals in law enforcement in cases like this, rather than try to talk of “forgiveness” and sweep them under the rug.

We call on Rev. Nanney and every other person who works at or attends Harbor United to work hard to find and help others who may have been hurt by Smither. That’s their moral and civic duty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

MD--Catholic volunteer is arrested on child sex charges

MARYLAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 9, 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)

A Catholic church volunteer has been arrested on child sexual abuse. Now Baltimore Archbishop William Lori must act. If he doesn’t other church staff and members should.

[ABC 2]

Terrence Shondry Smalls is charged this week with sex abuse of a minor, second degree assault, child abuse, second-degree custodian and second-degree sex offense, crimes he allegedly committed at Church of the Nativity in Lutherville. He also worked or volunteered at a Girl Scout troop, Epworth church and at Pot Spring Elementary School.

Lori should personally visit Nativity this weekend. He should beg anyone with information or suspicions about Smalls to call police. He should use church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements across the archdiocese to do the same.

Why? Because that’s what a caring shepherd would do. Because that’s what will help police and prosecutors resolve this case. Because that’s what will help keep Smalls behind bars longer if he’s convicted. Because that might help avoid Smalls exploiting technicalities and going free. And because that’s how Catholic officials will start to break the centuries-long culture of secrecy in the church about sexual crimes, misdeeds and cover-ups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

A day that will live in irony...

UNITED STATES
Questions from A Ewe

75 years ago yesterday, Franklin Roosevelt said it was a “date which will live in infamy.” However, yesterday in Catholic hierarchy land was a day which will live in irony. Here are a few highlights:

* The Vatican began its first organization for female workers in the Vatican.
* Pope Francis begged media outlets to be responsible and not spread disinformation.
* The Vatican updated its guidelines for priestly formation.

Since it first emerged in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Vatican never had an organization for female employees – a group currently numbering around 750 or 20% of the Vatican population. I’ve not found many details on the new organization’s activities but I suspect they do not include grooming women for executive positions in the Vatican. In general, women are not groomed for anything in the church other than obedience and servitude.

However, boys and men willing to consider the priesthood merit volumes of guidelines, programs and efforts to support their development. The latest in the lot was published yesterday.

Reading the updated priest formation guidelines kind of reinforces my sneaking suspicion about the Vatican’s women’s organization lacking executive leadership development. The document is a masterpiece of self-admiration for clergy calling themselves “diamonds” and emphasizing how grateful we all should be that priests are better than other humans. It is a truly bizarre document feigning humility whilst reeking of hierarchical arrogance. It scorns clericalism but is so very clerical itself. It says priests should be shepherds that smell like sheep but then extols priests hanging out with other priests. It says priests should learn how to interact with women but then suggests myriads of clerical figures to help, etc....

Meanwhile, Pope Francis, who leads an organization which sometimes makes stuff up and declares it “truth,” appeals to media outlets not to spread misinformation or disinformation. He thinks the media shouldn’t just make things up and pass them off as factual news.

Though I agree that spreading disinformation is reprehensible, I found the pope’s plea rather ironic. I can provide a litany of examples where hierarchy members spread disinformation…from various hierarchy members’ lies covering up for abusive priests, to rejecting scientific understandings about human physiology and psychology, to pretending women were never ordained as deacons though they were for centuries, to made-up “facts” about women and their roles, to a September, 2015 US bishops’ smear campaign which propagated false news that a US social service organization sold aborted baby parts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Three alleged predators go to San Diego

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

By David Clohessy

It’s 23 degrees in St. Louis, the coldest day of winter so far. At times like this, my mind wanders to the hundreds of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests who’ve quietly been sent or moved to warmer clients.

Today, I think of two who are in San Diego and one who was arrested there:

--Fr. Denis Heames of Saginaw now works for San Diego lawyer Richard McEntyre (619-221-0279). He claims, on his Linked In page, that he moved to California for "family" reasons. But Fr. Heames makes no mention of the pending lawsuit against him which says he sexually exploited a 22 year old student who worked under him. Nor does he mention the findings by officials at Central Michigan University that he sexually harassed that brave young woman,

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/01_02/2016_02_15_Sydney_Life_Internal_sexually.htm

https://www.linkedin.com/in/denis-heames-9a9736122

--Fr. Paul E. Hosler of Kansas City Kansas works (as best we can tell) for Catholic Charities of San Diego. https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-hosler-15237ba9

He’s accused of breaking his vow of celibacy and sexually exploiting at least one married adult parishioner back in Kansas. Larry Davis of Lenexa saw his 11 year marriage “wrecked” when his wife was sexually manipulated by Fr. Hosler.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ks_man_appeals_to_vatican

--Joel A. Wright of Vermont and Ohio (Steubenville and Columbus) is now in prison. In January, he was arrested in San Diego. Why? Because he was trying to buy babies and toddlers to abuse them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Editorial: Victims need more time to come forward

NEW YORK
Daily Gazette

If state legislators don't want to extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes, then let them volunteer to put their child or grandchild in a room with Louis VanWie.

VanWie will be getting out of prison at the end of the month after serving 20 years for sexually abusing three children.

He actually admitted to abusing more than 300 children from the 1960s until his conviction in 1996. But because of short statutes of limitations on sex crimes in New York, only three of his victims were allowed to press charges.

Had the law allowed prosecutors to charge him with sodomizing and sexually abusing more children, he'd likely have not been able to abuse as many children as he did. And he'd likely be in prison the rest of his miserable life, unable to take advantage of the state's early-release laws and unable to prey on more children.

Instead, just four days after Christmas, he'll be out walking around our streets again. Maybe he'll be working in a fast-food restaurant or as a volunteer somewhere. More likely, the 74-year-old — who was denied parole fi ve times — will just be lying around all day, waiting for the next wave of urges to overcome him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Washington, DC--Catholic officials beat back abuse reform

WASHINGTON (DC)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For Immediate Release, December 9, 2016

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

We’re very disappointed that DC Catholic officials have again apparently blocked reforms that would protect kids, expose predators and deter cover ups of heinous child sex crimes.

[NBC Washington]

Police and prosecutors are underpaid and overworked. Most sex crimes aren’t reported or pursued. So thousands are assaulted by repeat offenders. Most prisons are overcrowded.

So it’s crucial, if rape and abuse are to be stopped, that victims are given a chance to warn parents and protect kids through the civil justice system. And it’s crucial that those who ignore or conceal sex crimes are also exposed – and punished – in civil courts, so other employers and employees stop enabling heinous wrongdoing by their actions and inaction.

But Catholic officials and their high-priced, quiet lobbyists fight reforming the statute of limitations time and time again. Why? Because they know that if victims can file lawsuits, complicit bishops will be undergo uncomfortable depositions and face tough questions and be discredited and disgraced when their corruption becomes unmasked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Former Grafton priest jailed for Newcastle child sex

AUSTRALIA
South Burnett Times

Chris Calcino | 9th Dec 2016

A FORMER Anglican priest who sexually preyed on two young boys before moving to the Diocese of Grafton has been jailed for at least one year and 10 months.

Lindsay Thomas McLoughlin, 65, pleaded guilty to performing oral sex, fondling and attempting to have anal intercourse with a young teen, and exposing himself while approaching another child in the 1980s.

McLoughlin was linked to former senior priest Peter Rushton, whom a royal commission has heard ran a child sex ring from the Hunter region of New South Wales.

Rushton died in 2007 without ever being charged.

McLoughlin carried out the sexual attacks while employed in the Diocese of Newcastle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:50 PM

Baltimore County church volunteer charged with child sex abuse

MARYLAND
ABC 2

TIMONIUM, Md. - A volunteer at the Church of the Nativity in Lutherville has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl, Baltimore County Police said.

Terrence Shondry Smalls, 26, of Lutherville was charged this week with sex abuse of a minor, second degree assault, child abuse, second-degree custodian and second-degree sex offense. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police said the girl told her mother last month she had been sexually abused by a man volunteering in the church nursery during a Sunday morning mass.

Police said Smalls has been employed or has volunteered at a number of locations that put him in contact with children, including:

* Babysitting services for children under six advertised on www.Sitter.com
* An assistant at Pot Spring Elementary School
* Volunteer with the Girl Scout troop that met at Pot Spring Elementary School and Epworth Church from 2011 to 2015
* Before and After Care program at Pot Spring Elementary School from 2011 to 2014
* Church of the Nativity
* Little Gym in Hunt Valley from July to October of 2016

There are no known victims at locations other than the Church of the Nativity, Baltimore County Police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Sharing stories of sexual abuse 'helps to heal the hurt'

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Paul F. Morrissey | Dec. 9, 2016

VIEWPOINT

"Having the horror heard helps to heal the hurt." My stepmother, Dot, shared her wonderfully alliterative mantra with me years ago as we pondered the benefits of a person going to a counselor when stuck in pain. In her wise and eye-twinkling way, Dot -- whose husband had been struck by a car and killed many years before, leaving her with 12 children to raise -- was telling me how she had survived.

After my mother died suddenly from brain cancer at 64, my father, Tom, was traumatized with grief and seemed to be on his way "out of the picture," as he used to say of others who had died. One of my nine sisters, Kate, challenged him to get up and start living again. "Because at least you had a life before Mama, but we never did," she reminded him. My father not only started to live again, five years later he married Dot. Between the two of them -- Dot with her 12 kids, and Tom with his 14 -- they had 26 mostly grown children. Talk about having the horror heard!

Dot's mantra shows how she understands people getting over the pains of life. They need to be heard. If someone is willing to listen to the horrors that befall us, it feels like we are not alone. We can bear it and even find meaning in it. As St. Paul wrote to the Galatians, "Bear one another's burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ."

I believe this is one of the keys to understanding and healing the sexual abuse wounds in the church. It isn't that people are just looking to bash the church, or that they want to wallow in victimhood. They desperately need to be heard so that the hurt can be healed in God's way.

When I experienced this phenomenon recently, Dot's almost hokey way of describing our primal human need came back to me.

At first I had resisted the invitation. The "Circle of Healing" would be dealing with the clergy sexual abuse crisis and cover-up in the Catholic church. Even though this gathering would take place in a beautiful, sunny, comfortable living room of someone's Victorian home in Philadelphia, I wondered what the real agenda was. I knew the facilitator who had invited me, a former member of my religious order's novitiate class over 50 years ago, and I trusted him. But as one of perhaps only a few priests participating, would I be a target for the anger of any survivors of abuse there? Could I really listen to all of their grief on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Lancaster Co. clergy abuse victim: My report wasn't passed on

PENNSYLVANIA
York Daily Record

Brandie Kessler, bkessler@ydr.com December 9, 2016

For 25 years, Sharon Tell didn't know why she got no response after reporting she had been sexually abused by a priest.

As an adult, she told a priest at a Lancaster County church that a priest in the Allentown diocese had abused her for two decades, beginning when she was 12. Although Tell eventually notified the Allentown diocese herself, she said she never heard from anyone in the Harrisburg diocese, which oversees churches in Lancaster County.

A York Daily Record investigation published in August offered a clue about what might have happened, said Tell's son, Patrick Conlin.

The article detailed accusations of sexual abuse against 15 priests with ties to the Harrisburg diocese. Among them was William Geiger, who was at Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Ephrata when Tell disclosed her abuse.

A light bulb went off. Tell said Geiger, whose name she had forgotten over time, was the priest she told of her abuse. Conlin said the family now believes that Geiger didn't pass along Tell's report because he was allegedly an abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Group speaks out on alleged church sex abuse case

ARIZONA
Daily Courier

By Scott Orr
Originally Published: December 9, 2016

A national advocacy group, pushing to find more alleged victims of abuse at the hands of Rev. Thomas Chantry, called out the current leader of the suspect’s Prescott church for “distancing himself” from the issue.

However, Pastor Chris J. Marley, Miller Valley Baptist Church, says his church strives to minister to the alleged victims and has a stringent background check now in place.

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, issued a news release Wednesday, Dec. 7. “These churches (in Arizona and Wisconsin) gave Chantry access to kids. So their civic and moral duty doesn’t end with his arrest. They must help put him behind bars and help ameliorate the severe harm he’s caused.”

Clohessy said that “one minister essentially distanced himself, basically saying, ‘Hey, I wasn’t around when he was here,’” referring to Marley.

In an email to the Daily Courier, Marley wrote, “I can tell you that everyone at our church who was here that far back is well aware of the situation and that we have been striving to minister to those who have come to us as victims. We also have a background check policy for all who are involved in children’s ministry that exceeds standard legal requirements.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Pope Francis appoints new bishop to Diocese of Rockville Centre

NEW YORK
News 12

December 9, 2016

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - Pope Francis has announced his appointment of a new bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Rev. John Barres, 56, bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Penn., will succeed Bishop William Murphy. Murphy, 76, lead the Rockville Centre Diocese since 2001.

Bishop Murphy released a statement regarding the appointment saying, "It is my deep conviction that he will be a bishop for all of us without exception. He has shared with me his love of youth and his care for the elderly."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Vatikan erließ neue Richtlinien für Priesterausbildung

VATIKANSTADT
der Standard (Osterreich)

[Vatican issued new guidelines for priestly education.]

8. Dezember 2016

Missbrauchsprävention und soziale Netzwerke werden berücksichtigt – Schwule, die ihre Sexualität ausleben, sind ausdrücklich ausgeschlossen

Vatikanstadt – Der Schutz von Minderjährigen vor sexuellem Missbrauch soll künftig weltweit fester Bestandteil der Ausbildung römisch-katholischer Priester sein. Diesem Thema müsse "größte Aufmerksamkeit" gewidmet werden, heißt es in aktualisierten vatikanischen Richtlinien zur Priesterausbildung, die die Zeitung "Osservatore Romano" laut Kathpress am Donnerstag veröffentlichte.

Es sei darauf zu achten, das Kandidaten für das Priesteramt "in diesem Bereich nicht in ein Verbrechen oder problematisches Verhalten verwickelt gewesen sind", heißt es in dem Dokument weiter. Der Vatikan ermahnt die Bischöfe in diesem Zusammenhang dazu, "sehr vorsichtig" zu sein, wenn aus Priesterseminaren anderer Diözesen entlassene Kandidaten um Aufnahme in ihrem Seminar ersuchten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Bishop Murphy of Rockville Centre retires; Bishop Barres named successor

PENNSYLVANIA/NEW YORK
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) –- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, and appointed as his successor Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Bishop Barres, 56, has headed the Diocese of Allentown since 2009. Bishop Murphy, who has been Rockville Centre's bishop since 2001, is 76. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope when they turn 75.

The changes were announced Dec. 9 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Allentown Bishop John Barres leaving for suburban New York diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

Dan Sheehan
Of The Morning Call

Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres transferring to diocese on Long Island
Allentown Bishop John O. Barres, who has served the diocese since 2009, has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.

Barres, 56, will be installed Jan. 31 to lead the Long Island diocese, which serves 1.5 million Catholics in Nassau and Suffolk counties and is the sixth-largest by population in the United States.

"I must thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown," Barres said in a statement. "You will always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of holiness and mission together."

Barres will be introduced to his new diocese today when he concelebrates Mass with retiring Bishop William Murphy at the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre. The Mass will be streamed on telecaretv.org at 8:30 a.m.

At 10:30, Barres and Murphy will appear on the website's "Everyday Faith Live" program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Pope Francis announces transfer of Diocese of Allentown

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

Pope Francis has appointed Diocese of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres as the next bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., which consists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, church officials announced this morning.

The Allentown diocese consists of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.
Barres, 56, is the first Bishop in the Allentown diocese's 55 year history to be transferred to another diocese.

The Rockville Centre Diocese, established in 1957, is the sixth largest diocese by Catholic population in the United States. It serves 1.5 million people with 291 active priests in 133 parishes.

Barres has led the Allentown diocese since July 2009. In a statement on his new appointment, he said: “I must…thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years. You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of ‘holiness and mission' together.”

Bishop Barres will take his new post on Jan. 31. Until then he will serve as administrator for the Diocese of Allentown. Upon his installation, the Diocese of Allentown's College of Consultors, a group of 10 senior priests, will elect an administrator who will serve until a new bishop is installed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Bishop Barres leaving Allentown Diocese for Long Island

PENNSYLVANIA
Lehigh Valley Live

By Jim Deegan | For lehighvalleylive.com

Bishop John Barres is leaving the Diocese of Allentown.

Barres, the leader of Catholics in a five-county region that includes the Lehigh Valley, has been appointed by Pope Francis as bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y. The diocese consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and its 1.5 million Catholics make it the sixth-largest diocese by population in the nation.

Barres, 56, becomes the first Allentown bishop transferred to another diocese in the diocese's 55-year history. He has headed Allentown for more than seven years.

Barres became bishop here in July 2009.

"I must...thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years," he said in a statement.

"You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of 'holiness and mission' together."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Pope Francis names new bishop to lead Rockville Centre Diocese

NEW YORK
Newsday

Updated December 9, 2016
By Bart Jones bart.jones@newsday.com

Pope Francis on Friday named Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, Pennsylvania, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, one of the largest Catholic dioceses in the country.

Barres, 56, will succeed Bishop William Murphy, who has led the diocese — home to 1.5 million Catholics — since Sept. 5, 2001. Barres will be the fifth bishop of the diocese, created in 1957 when it was carved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Bishop John Barres to be transferred

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Pope Francis has announced that Bishop John Barres is being transferred out of the Diocese of Allentown.

Bishop Barres has been appointed the next bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, consisting of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

Barres is 56 years old and is now the first Bishop in the diocese's 55 year history to be transferred.

He's been with the diocese since 2009 and will join his new diocese on January 31st.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Pope Appoints Bishop Barres Next Bishop Of Rockville Centre

PENNSYLVANIA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown

December 9, 2016

Pope Francis has appointed Diocese of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, which consists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. The announcement was publicized this morning by the Papal Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

Bishop Barres, 56, is the first Bishop of Allentown in the diocese’s 55 year history to be transferred to another diocese. The Rockville Centre Diocese, established in 1957, is the sixth largest diocese by Catholic population in the United States. It serves 1.5 million Catholics with 291 active priests (diocesan and extern) in 133 parishes.

Bishop Barres will succeed Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Rockville Centre Diocese since 2001. Bishop Murphy turned 75 in May 2015 and submitted his letter of resignation at that time as required by church law. The Pope accepted Bishop Murphy’s resignation today.

Bishop Barres will be introduced to his new diocese when he concelebrates morning Mass with Bishop Murphy at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre. The Mass will be streamed on telecaretv.org at 8:30 AM. At 10:30 AM, Bishops Murphy and Barres will appear jointly on Telecare’s news program “Everyday Faith Live,” also live streamed at telecaretv.org

Bishop Barres has been shepherd of the Diocese of Allentown since July 2009. In a statement on his new appointment, Bishop Barres said, “I must…thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years. You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of ‘holiness and mission’ together.”

Bishop Barres will be installed as the new Bishop of Rockville Centre at the cathedral there on January 31. Until that date, he will serve as the Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Allentown. Upon his installation, the Diocese of Allentown’s College of Consultors, a group of ten senior priests, will elect an Administrator who will serve until a new bishop is installed.

Contact: Matt Kerr
610-871-5200, Extension 263

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Pope Francis Names Bishop John Barres as Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 9, 2016 – Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., 56, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. Until today, he was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, PA. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.

The appointment was made public in Washington, December 9, 2016 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate Barres will assume leadership of the Diocese during a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes on January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Until that time, Bishop Murphy will serve as Apostolic Administrator.

“It is my deep conviction that he will be a Bishop for all of us without exception,” said Bishop William Murphy in a statement today. “He has shared with me his love of youth and his care for the elderly. He has a keen sense of parish life and has a special expertise in education. He has a deep love for the poor and will support Catholic Charities, parish outreach as well as Catholic Hospitals on Long Island. He will be a good neighbor to our brothers and sisters of the Christian Churches, our Jewish and Muslim friends and the many civic and political leaders with whom he will work in building up Long Island for future generations. Above all he is a man of prayer, both the prayer of the Church through Eucharist and the sacraments as well as the many devotions of our Catholic tradition, especially the Blessed Virgin and St. Agnes,” said Bishop Murphy.

Bishop Barres will be introduced to his new diocese when he concelebrates the 7:30 AM Mass with Bishop Murphy at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre. The Mass will air on TelecareTV and stream on telecaretv.org at 8:30 AM. At 10:30 AM, Bishops Murphy and Barres will appear jointly on Telecare’s news program “Everyday Faith Live,” which will be live streamed at telecaretv.org.

PRESS AVAILABILITY
A press event will be held today with Bishop-designate Barres and Bishop Murphy:
When: Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:30 PM
Where: Monsignor Kelly Parish Center (adjacent to St. Agnes Cathedral)
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Bishop Barres has been shepherd of the Diocese of Allentown since July 2009. In a statement on his new appointment, Bishop Barres said, “I must thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years. You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of ‘holiness and mission’ together.”

Bishop John Barres

Bishop Barres was ordained a Bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of Allentown on
July 30, 2009. He was the first priest ordained a bishop within the Diocese of Allentown.
Recognizing that vibrant parishes make a vibrant diocese, Bishop Barres has initiated a pastoral planning process for parishes across the Diocese of Allentown and has called on every parish to establish a Parish Pastoral Council. As shepherd of the Diocese, Bishop Barres has supported efforts of pastors, teachers and parents to strengthen our Catholic schools.

Bishop Barres has guided the Diocese of Allentown in its ongoing pastoral and strategic planning which has resulted in cutting edge efforts to enhance evangelization and pastoral ministries and helped to strengthen the financial condition of the Diocese. The Bishop sees the value of social media in spreading the Gospel message and the New Evangelization. Nationally, Bishop serves on the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and is the USCCB’s Episcopal Liaison to the Pontifical Mission S