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April 25, 2017

‘Dozens and dozens’ of calls to abuse hotline

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post Apr 25, 2017

"We received dozens and dozens of phone calls." – Mike Caspino, director, Hope and Healing program

The director of a recently created program to promote hope and healing for multiple victims of child sex abuse at the hands of Guam priests decades ago reported the program's hotline has received numerous calls since its inception two weeks ago.

"We received dozens and dozens of phone calls," Mike Caspino told The Guam Daily Post.

While the newly appointed director of the Hope and Healing program said he is bound by confidentiality restrictions, Caspino reported the hotline aimed at providing victims easy access to healing resources has received "well over 50" calls.

Victims' attorney expresses doubt

Though the Archdiocese of Agana's effort at providing help and a listening ear to victims of child sex abuse is still in its early stages, counsel for more than 40 of the victims so far has expressed doubt as to the sincerity of the church's efforts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

More seats filled in Hope and Healing Guam

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 25, 2017

By Krystal Paco

More familiar faces fill the open seats in the newly-formed non-profit Hope and Healing Guam. Andrew Camacho is the Vice President of the Concerned Catholics of Guam. Julie Perez-Bollinger is a retired nurse and no stranger to the weekly Sunday pickets in front of the Hagatna Cathedral.

Retired teacher Joe Santos is the man behind Silent No More - the effort which ultimately resulted in the change of Guam law to lift the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases.

They're no strangers to the controversies facing the local Catholic community. In fact, they've all been active in trying to clean up the Church, which is why they were chosen and announced on Tuesday as the Board of Incorporators for Hope and Healing Guam. The non-profit was established with the sole purpose of addressing clergy sex abuse claims. Although funded by the Archdiocese of Agana, they operate independently.

Hope and Healing Guam Executive Director Michael Caspino said, "One of the big facets of having these three folks involved is the independence element of it. They're here to make sure we're independent from the archdiocese which we are. So there's certain boundaries we don't cross," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Another Apuron accuser talking to Vatican

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com April 25, 2017

Roy Quintanilla, the first former altar boy in 2016 to come forward and publicly accuse Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of sexually abusing him, said Tuesday he will testify before a Vatican tribunal.

The tribunal, led by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, is handling Apuron’s canonical penal trial. Quintanilla said it will receive his testimony in Honolulu on May 6.

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” Quintanilla, 52, said.

Quintanilla said he is grateful he'll be able to talk directly to the Vatican about what Apuron did to him some 40 years ago.

“I’m looking forward to testifying before the Vatican tribunal. I’ve been waiting for a long time to tell them my story,” he said. “I’m truly grateful for all the support that people have shown not only for myself but all the other victims. I hope what I’m doing also helps the cause of other victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

The RTÉ campus may be a better site for the National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Has anyone considered locating the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at RTÉ? Space is now available there. It was not last November when the current controversial agreement between the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the NMH was concluded.

The location is close to the desired adult tertiary hospital at St Vincent’s, in case of a necessity for specialised emergency treatment; while, were it built at RTÉ, the State would remain sole owner of the new NMH and all legal treatments for women would be available without restriction.

Last month it was announced that 8.64 acres of RTÉ’s Donnybrook grounds are to be sold off for housing.

It also emerged then that the broadcaster was expected to offload up to 15 acres of the 32.12 acre campus it has occupied there since 1961. But it found itself able to sell a smaller land bank because of greatly improved prices for sites due to the economic recovery and an acute shortage of housing in Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Compulsory purchase route is costly and open to legal challenge

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Shane Phelan
April 25 2017

Adverse public opinion about the decision to allow the Sisters of Charity to own the proposed new National Maternity Hospital is threatening to derail the deal put in place for the publicly-funded construction of the €300m facility. But are people getting worked up about nothing when there is a deal in place guaranteeing the independence of the hospital?

An agreement document states the hospital's clinical services will be free of any religious considerations, while other safeguards include a 'golden share' being held by the State to ensure the hospital's independence.

A lien, or legal charge on the hospital, would also mean it cannot be sold. But not everyone is convinced these measures will guarantee that clinical decisions are not in some way subject to religious interference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Latest: Maternity hospital board 'not consulted' about request for Peter Boylan to resign

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Update 11.45m: A member of the National Maternity Hospital Board has said that they were not consulted about a request for Dr Peter Boylan to resign.

Dr Boylan, a former Master at Holles Street in Dublin, was asked to step down from his role on the board of the current National Maternity Hospital by deputy chairman Nicholas Kearns via text message on Sunday.

Dr Boylan had objected to plans to give ultimate ownership of a new taxpayer-funded €300m National Maternity Hospital build to the Sisters of Charity religious order.

Sinn Féin Councillor and Board member Micheál MacDonncha said that Dr Boylan should not be asked to resign for expressing an opinion, describing the decision as “regrettable”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

'I’m sorry it’s come to this but I did try to warn you' - Texts between hospital bosses as row deepens

IRELAND
The Journal

THE FORMER MASTER of the National Maternity Hospital has said that he will refuse to resign from its board despite being asked to do so.

Last week, Dr. Peter Boylan went public with his criticism of the decision to locate the new National Maternity Hospital on the site of St. Vincent’s Hospital and place it under the ownership of religious order the Sisters of Charity.

The order’s ownership of the future hospital has led to concerns that Catholic doctrine may influence medical practices.

The decision to approve the move was overwhelmingly backed by the board of the National Maternity Hospital. Boylan is a member of that board and abstained in the vote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Peter Boylan texts: ‘I’m sorry it’s come to this but I did try to warn you’

IRELAND
Irish Times

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan said he is not going to resign from the hospital’s board despite a request to stand down.

Dr Boylan last week expressed strong reservations about the agreement reached last November between St Vincent’s and the NMH under which the maternity hospital is due to move to the St Vincent’s site as part of a €300 million project under the sole ownership of the Sisters of Charity.

The hospital’s deputy chairman, former High Court president Nicholas Kearns, asked Dr Boylan to resign from the board, a NMH spokesman confirmed last night. Mr Kearns had called for Dr Boylan’s resignation following an exchange of text messages on Sunday.

Dr Boylan had initiated the exchange with a text message to both Mr Kearns and current master, Dr Rhona Mahony, who is Dr Boylan’s sister-in-law, in which he urged them to “sit down and talk”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital refuses to resign

IRELAND
Newstalk

A former master of the National Maternity Hospital has refused to resign his position on the hospital’s board.

Dr Peter Boylan was asked to step down after he criticised the plan to build the new facility at a site owned by the Sisters of Charity at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

Concerns have been raised about the potential for religious influence over the new hospital and Last week Dr Boylan spoke out about his reservations.

He said the 100 governors of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street had yet to be asked for their agreement on the arrangement and insisted he had expressed his reservations to his fellow board members on a number of occasions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Ban the Ritual That Can Kill Jewish Newborns

NEW YORK
The Daily Beast

PAUL A. OFFIT

On March 29, 2017, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, admitted defeat. “We tried a new policy,” he said. “It didn’t work, which I’m very unhappy about.” During the previous two years, six newborns in New York City had suffered severe infections with herpes simplex virus (HSV)—a situation de Blasio had been hoping to avoid.

Adults infected with HSV typically develop ulcers in their mouth or blisters in their anal and genital areas. For newborns, however, it’s a different story. In babies, HSV can enter the bloodstream and infect the liver (causing hepatitis) or the lungs (causing pneumonia) or the brain (causing encephalitis). Unlike first-time infections in adults or older children, newborn HSV infections can cause permanent brain damage or death. Typically, newborns come in contact with HSV when they pass through the birth canal of a mother who is infected. However, none of the six infants who were infected with HSV in New York City got it from their mothers. So where did they get it?

In the Bible’s Genesis 17:10-11, God made a deal with Abraham, the father of the Jewish people: “Every manchild among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a token of a covenant between me and you.” Of all the mitzvahs (or good deeds) mentioned in the Torah, circumcision—a sacred covenant between God and every Jewish male—is second only to “Be fruitful and multiply.” Unfortunately, this practice, which is at least 4,000 years old, has a darker side.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Child Abuse Awareness: Prosecuting Abusers

FLORIDA
WUWF

[with audio]

By DAVE DUNWOODY

With a spate of arrests and convictions on child abuse and child sexual assault charges in the Pensacola area the past few weeks, there are concerns about how the grownups can step in and offer more protection.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and this is part one of a three-part series entitled “Suffer the Little Children."

Perhaps the highest-profile case at this time is that of 54-year-old Charlie Hamrick, who faces 14 counts of child sexual abuse. Thirty other counts were dropped by the State Attorney’s Office. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says the attacks go back at least two decades, and maybe even further.

“Mr. Hamrick was a Sunday school teacher at Pine Forest Methodist Church, part of the youth ministries at New Dimensions, and also at Harvest Christian Center,” said Morgan. “He was also a football coach at one time at Tate High School.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Known church activists tapped to lead Hope and Healing

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The Board of Incorporators will oversee the administrative work of Hope and Healing Inc.

Guam - The new Board of Incorporators for Hope and Healing Guam was introduced today and all three members are known activists within the church community.

The new members of the Board of Incorporators for Hope and Healing Guam are President Andrew Camacho, Secretary Julie Bollinger and Treasurer Joe Santos.

"Can you think of three better people? People from [Concerned Catholics of Guam], Silent No More, protesters there that would ensure that this process is independent and transparent?" noted HHG Executive Director Atty. Michael Caspino.

Caspino says the three of them were chosen because of their background in campaigning for justice for victims of abuse as well as the successful return of the disputed Yona seminary property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Temple Baptist responds to molestation accusations

INDIANA
Kokomo Perspective

Devin Zimmerman

(Editor’s note: despite the claims of Temple Baptist Church, details in last week’s article of the Kokomo Perspective were vetted and corroborated thoroughly with multiple sources. We stand by our reporting. Read more about this story in next week’s paper.)

After declining to speak at length with the Kokomo Perspective prior to last week’s publication, Temple Baptist Church spoke out via social media last week in response to the story published concerning allegations made by former member Dawn Price.

In a statement on the church’s Facebook page, the church addressed the allegations leveled at it by various sources, including Dawn Price and her ex-fiancé, Andy Thornton. The church confirmed that an altercation occurred in 1991 just prior to Thornton and Price’s wedding. However, the church argued that no confession was made by Dawn’s father, Don Croddy, in regards to the accusation of his sexual abuse of her in front of Temple Baptist Church Pastor Mike Holloway.

“I first became aware of a potential family problem in 1990 when Dawn and her father were interviewed by Child Protective Services (CPS), though I was not informed of the topics being discussed at that time,” read the statement said to be authored by Temple Baptist Church Pastor Mike Holloway. “The authorities chose not to pursue any legal actions as a result of that investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Baltimore Archdiocese the focus of Netflix series “The Keepers”

UNITED STATES
Los Angeles Post-Examiner

BY BILL HUGHES · APRIL 24, 2017

“The Keepers” examines the unsolved murder of a popular nun and a related church sex abuse scandal and cover-up.

Beginning on May 19, 2017, Netflix viewers will be able to view all seven episodes of a series entitled, “The Keepers.” The documentary was produced by Ryan White. It deals with, among other subjects, the unsolved brutal murder on November 7, 1969, of a popular nun, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, a/k/a “Sister Cathy,” age 26.

The official trailer is below.

“The Keepers” will also examine claims of serial sexual abuse of dozens of students by Catholic priests and others, and a purported cover-up of the those charges by officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Sister Cathy’s battered body — she had been beaten over the head — was discovered off Monumental Avenue, in a Landsdowne, Baltimore County, MD, garbage dump by hunters, on January 3, 1970. She was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSNS) and had been a teacher at the Catholic, all-girls Archbishop Keough High School, in Landsdowne.

The prime suspect in Sister Cathy’s murder was a priest, the late Father A. Joseph Maskell. He had been a chaplain and counselor at Archbishop Keough while she taught there. Maskell was well connected to the local community and to the police departments, at both the county and state levels. Father Maskell was also, for a time, an assistant pastor at St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church in Landsdowne. He was never charged with Sister Cathy’s murder, but he was later defrocked. He died in 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Woodside pastor who molested 6-year-old girl sentenced to 7 years prison, DA says

NEW YORK
Sunnyside Post

April 24, Staff Report

A Woodside pastor was sentenced to seven years in prison today for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced today that 46-year-old James Love of Woodside, a pastor at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn, was sentenced to seven years in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child earlier this month.

A jury listened to all the evidence and convicted the defendant of sexually abusing an innocent, little girl. The victim’s mother dropped off the youngster at a trusted babysitter’s home,” Brown said. “She had every expectation that her daughter would be cared for and protected, but instead the husband of the sitter took advantage of the girl’s proximity and repeatedly violated her for his own sexual gratification. The defendant will be incarcerated to punish him for these acts as well as to protect others from his depraved impulses.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Pervy pastor sentenced to prison in child molestation case

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Emily Saul April 24, 2017

A ​former church ​pastor recently convicted of molesting a six-year-old girl was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday, the Queens District Attorney announced.

James Love was found guilty of sexually assaulting the young child, who was a ward at his wife’s Woodlawn day care, earlier this month.

Love, the former pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Harlem, sexually assaulted t​​he little girl numerous times over the period of a year from June 2015 to June 2016, prosecutors said.

The now-seven-year-old bravely testified against Love during the ten-day trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Paedophile turned pastor Raymond Pulman attempted suicide after abuse revealed

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A paedophile turned pastor tried to kill himself when confronted with his abuse, a judge has heard.

Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Brian Sherard heard that, after the suicide bid in August 2015, 58-year-old Raymond Pulman also confessed to his psychiatrist what he had done.

Pulman, with an address at Marler House, Barnett Close, Erith in Kent, later pleaded guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting his teenage victim on dates between January 1, 1999 and July 8, 2001.

Prosecuting lawyer Laura Levers said the offences amounted to Pulman touching the girl’s private parts over her clothing as well as her bare leg on a number of occasions when she was between 12 and 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Holds Mass for Abuse Victims

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Patch

By Mona Kazour (Patch Staff) - April 24, 2017

From the Diocese of Manchester: The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocese of Manchester will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month by offering Mass to pray for victims of abuse and their families, and by providing to the public resources and information about ways to keep children and young people safe.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Bishop Libasci will celebrate a Mass for the Healing of Those Affected by Abuse at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 180 Loudon Road, Concord at 6:30 p.m. A brief reception will follow in the church hall. The public is invited to attend this special liturgy.

“Through the suffering and mercy of Jesus, every Mass is a healing Mass, since God wants us to be healed through the gift of His Son in the Sacrament of the Eucharist,” said Bishop Libasci. “But on this occasion, we come together specifically to ask our Lord for the healing of those affected by child abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Progress on hold in sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

"Usually (a) settlement is a possibility, but in these cases I don't know. ... We're early in the game right now." – Patrick Civille, attorney

The Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council has retained Guam attorney Patrick Civille to represent them in the ongoing cases they are facing from alleged child sex abuse victims of their former Scout Master, Louis Brouillard.

After a scheduling conference held yesterday before Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan of the District Court of Guam, Civille said he had only just started to review the dozens of cases that have been filed so far.

"We haven't officially entered the case yet," Civille said.

"I know the Boy Scouts are interested in short-cutting some of the procedural problems and today I discussed with plaintiff counsel that we're not going to make them jump through any particular hoops in terms of serving the Boy Scouts - that I'll accept service and that streamlines the process. Beyond that ... I have to look at the evidence."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

EX-PRIEST CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES ON LONG ISLAND

NEW YORK
ABC 7

Eyewitness News

RIVERHEAD, Long Island (WABC) -- A defrocked priest pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexually abusing a young girl on Long Island.

Augusto Cortez, 53, pleaded not guilty to criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Spota said the crimes occurred in June 2014 and Cortez was indicted by a grand jury in October of that year.

But Cortez fled to South America in 2014 to avoid arrest, officials said. He was arrested by Southampton Town police April 22 when he was returned to the U.S.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

April 24, 2017

Former priest arrested at JFK, charged with sexual assault, cops say

NEW YORK
Newsday

By Zachary R. Dowdy zachary.dowdy@newsday.com

Southampton Town police on Saturday arrested a former priest who they said fled the country in 2014 as detectives centered on him in their investigation into the sexual assault of a young girl in Hampton Bays, officials said.

Augusto Cortez, 53, was arrested by Southampton police at Kennedy Airport after he was extradited to the United States from Guatemala, police and Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

He was being held without bail after he pleaded not guilty Monday during his arraignment on an indictment for first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child before Acting Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn, Spota and police said.

Cortez was being represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on cases.

He had been indicted in October 2014 in connection with acts that authorities said took place in June 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 24, 2017

MASSACHUSETTS
Road to Recovery

A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957

The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province, which includes Boston College High School., continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child against Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

What
A press conference announcing that the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province refuse to reasonably and fairly settle the sexual abuse claim of Ronald Edward Casey who is 72 years of age and continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, from approximately 1956 through 1957

When
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Who
Ronald Edward Casey, sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, assigned to Boston College High School during the period 1956 through 1957; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA. His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, told Ronald Edward Casey when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 years old that he (Fr. Leo Pollard) was a Boy Scout chaplain. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on a Boy Scout trip to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on at least six more Boy Scout trips from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11-13 years of age. Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, sexually abused Ronald Edward Casey on each of the Boy Scout trips. Ronald Edward Casey and his advocate will demand of the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province that they do the right thing by reasonably and fairly settling his claim of sexual abuse.

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 9:17 PM

Rev. Edmund W. Netter– Assignment History

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Edmund Netter was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained in 1951. He assisted in Haverstraw, Yonkers and Manhattan parishes through the 1950s, with the exception of two years as an Army chaplain. In 1960 he was assigned to a Bronx parish, transferring in 1963 to Garnersville. There is an unexplained gap in his career trajectory 1967-1968. Netter was named pastor in of a Nanuet parish in 1968, a role he held for eighteen years. He served during 1986-1987 on the "Parish Mission Team" in Suffern, achieving 'monsignor' status the same year. For the following eleven years Netter lead a parish in Nyack. He died in April 1998.

Netter was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a girl from approximately 1973 to 1979, when the girl was nine to sixteen years-old. The abuse was said to have taken place weekly or bi-weekly in the rectory of St. Anthony's in Nanuet, and at a house during vacations with the girl's family when all but the two of them were at the beach.

Born: November 4, 1925
Ordained: 1951
Died: April 11, 1998

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

Provolo: nuove denunce contro vecchi abusatori

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Provolo: New complaints against abusers.]

Un’ex alunna del collegio per sordi della città mendozina di Luján de Cuyo ha aggiunto tre accusati alla lista di preti, suore ed impiegati pedofili. Il “fratello” Giuseppe Spinelli nella mira?

La settimana scorsa ci sono state novità nella causa giudiziaria per la quale sono già detenute cinque persone accusate di avere commesso abusi sessuali ed altri maltrattamenti su una ventina di bambine e bambini tra i 4 ed i 17 anni nell’Istituto Antonio Provolo di Luján de Cuyo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Man Extradited Back To U.S. After Sexually Abusing Girl, 6, Fleeing Country: Police

NEW YORK
Patch

By Lisa Finn (Patch Staff) - April 24, 2017

SOUTHAMPTON, NY — A man who fled to Guatemala after sexually abusing a female juvenile was extradited and arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday, police said.

The Southampton Town Police Department's detective division arrested Augusto Cortez, 53, at JFK and charged him with first degree sexual abuse of a child, a felony, first degree criminal sexual act, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, police said.

Cortez, charged with sexually abusing a girl, 6, in Hampton Bays in 2014, fled the United States to South America after realizing he was a target of the investigation, police said.

He headed to several South American countries and was finally located in Guatemala by Interpol, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Former Priest Who Sexually Abused A Hampton Bays Girl Found In Guatemala

NEW YORK
27 East

Apr 24, 2017

By Erin McKinley

A former priest who fled the country three years ago—after being accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old Hampton Bays girl and giving her a sexually transmitted disease—was arrested on Saturday after being extradited to the United States from Guatemala, according to police.

Augusto Cortez, 53, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at John F. Kennedy Airport on April 22 after being located by Interpol officials in Guatemala and extradited to America with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s and the Suffolk County district attorney’s offices, authorities said. They noted that he fled the country shortly after the incident in June 2014, after he was questioned by Southampton Town Police once the victim’s parents filed a complaint. Authorities said he fled to South America after realizing he was the target of a police investigation, and has lived in several different countries to avoid arrest.

It was not immediately clear how authorities located Mr. Cortez.

Mr. Cortez was charged with one count each of first-degree sexual abuse of a child and first-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, according to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

"Window of opportunity" exists to save maternity hospital deal

IRELAND
Newstalk

24 Apr 2017
Stephen McNeice

The head of the Oireachtas Health Committee says he believes there is still a window of opportunity to save the new National Maternity Hospital deal

Currently, the €300 million facility is planned for a site on the St Vincent's Hospital campus in Dublin.

Under the agreed deal, the St Vincent's Healthcare Group would be 'sole owners' of the new hospital in return for the land to build the new facility.

The project is currently under review, however, amid controversy over the involvement of the religious group Sisters of Charity, who are the major shareholders of the healthcare group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

HIA victims protest at Stormont against lack of progress

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

By Stephen Walker
BBC News NI Political Correspondent

A protest march at Stormont has called on politicians to speed up help for victims of historical institutional abuse.

The group handed in a 30-page document and a letter calling for action and a start to negotiations with victims.

They said that there had been no progress since an inquiry delivered its verdict in January.

The inquiry's chair, Sir Anthony Hart, found that some children's homes were the scene of widespread abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Recommended £7,500 compensation for institutional abuse victims 'derisory'

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish News

Deborah McAleese, Press Association
24 April, 2017 1

Victims of institutional child abuse have hit out at a "derisory" recommended compensation payment of £7,500.

The victims, who were abused in children's homes run by some churches, charities and state institutions, said the payment should be higher and should reflect the length of time spent in the institutions.

In January the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) recommended that victims should receive financial redress. Chairman of the inquiry Sir Anthony Hart said the payments should range from £7,500 to £100,000.

A 30-page response by victims has criticised the level of basic payment recommended.

"The response of survivors to the HIAI recommendation of a flat £7,500 common experience payment to all was that it fell short of expectations or was derisory," the response said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Northern Ireland child abuse victims slam 'derisory' recommended compensation payment of £7,500

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Deborah McAleese
April 24 2017

Victims of institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland have hit out at a "derisory" recommended compensation payment of £7,500.

The victims, who were abused in children's homes run by some churches, charities and state institutions, said the payment should be higher and should reflect the length of time spent in the institutions.

In January the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) recommended that victims should receive financial redress. Chairman of the inquiry Sir Anthony Hart said the payments should range from £7,500 to £100,000.

A 30-page response by victims has criticised the level of basic payment recommended.

"The response of survivors to the HIAI recommendation of a flat £7,500 common experience payment to all was that it fell short of expectations or was derisory," the response said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Investigation launched after allegations a retired teacher confessed to molesting boys in ‘70s and ‘80s

AUSTRALIA
Gold Coast Bulletin

Paul Weston, Gold Coast Bulletin
April 24, 2017

POLICE have launched an investigation into allegations of child abuse at The Southport School
from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

A Gold Coast businessman said he had spoken to the elite private boys school after making public a confession by his father, a retired TSS teacher.

His father allegedly told him: “I’ve done some bad things. I raped and molested (student) while he was a boarder at the school. It wasn’t just me. There were other teachers and other students.”

TSS contacted the Brisbane Anglican diocese late last week and, as part of their protocol, police were immediately made aware of the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Church admits 'failings' in case of paedophile priest Anthony McSweeney who was transferred to a new parish after cleaner found stash of child abuse videos

UNITED KINGDOM
Echo

John Lucas, Reporter / @johnlucasNQE

CHURCH bosses failed to take action when concerns were raised about a paedophile priest who was later jailed for sexually abusing a boy at a care home, an independent review has found.

Perverted Anthony McSweeney was reported to the Diocese of Brentwood while serving as parish priest at St Peter’s Church, in Eastwood Road North, Leigh, in 1998.

A cleaner had stumbled on videotapes showing boys aged about 14 being sexually abused, but she was fobbed off when she tried to alert senior clergy.

Instead, it took until 2015 for the 70-year-old to be jailed for three years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a boy while working at the Grafton Children’s Home in Hounslow, London, between 1979 and 1981.

In the meantime, the Diocese of Brentwood transferred McSweeney to Norwich, part of the Diocese of East Anglia.

Both Diocese commissioned an independent safeguarding report into the scandal following the court case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM

Child abuse survivors march at Stormont calling for justice

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Institutional child abuse victims have marched at Stormont to demand justice from warring politicians who have failed to deliver a promised apology and financial redress.

The group handed in letters to party leaders at Stormont Castle asking for the recommendations of a four-year inquiry into state and church abuse to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

A number of party representatives, including Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill, UUP leader Robin Swann and the Alliance Party's Chris Lyttle took time out from political talks to personally accept the letters from the group.

Negotiations aimed at restoring Northern Ireland's collapsed government continued on Monday at Stormont.

The Stormont impasse has meant that the findings and recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry have still not been presented to the Northern Ireland assembly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Child sex abuse survivors fear Cuomo walking back promise to push Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017

ALBANY — Some child sex abuse survivors fear Gov. Cuomo is going back on his promise to prioritize passage this year of a bill meant to help victims seek justice as adults.

The governor in January said he would introduce his own version of the Child Victims Act, but he has yet to do so.

“Gov. Cuomo needs to embrace the Child Victims Act and carry it across the finish line or the bill is not passing,” said sex abuse survivor Gary Greenberg, who created a political action committee to push for the issue. “It’s in the governor’s hands.”

Eyebrows were raised when Cuomo recently told reporters that with the state budget passed, he has no real major priorities for the rest of the legislative session that runs through June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Maternity hospital row is badly in need of a cool and composed debate

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 24 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris has called for "cool heads" in the row over giving ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

He is right - although he himself must take some of the blame for indirectly adding to the public outcry last week.

While St Vincent's Healthcare Group is unlikely to withdraw its offer of a site for the hospital at its Dublin 4 campus when it meets on Thursday, the risk remains that the current plan could still collapse.

The reality is that this will set back the building of a new maternity hospital - currently housed in a cramped outdated building in Holles Street - by several years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Maternity hospital site offer to be reviewed after uproar

IRELAND
Herald

Eilish O'Regan – 24 April 2017

St Vincent's Hospital Healthcare Group will meet this week to review its offer of a free site for the new National Maternity Hos- pital at its Dublin 4 campus.

The board of St Vincent's, which is providing the site to build the much-needed new hospital, is angry at the adverse public reaction to the decision to allow the Sisters of Charity to own the facility.

If it pulls the plug, it will mean another delay in the bid to find a new site for the €300m hospital, which currently occupies an outdated building in Holles Street.

A leaked copy of the 25-page agreement, worked out between the boards of Holles Street and St Vincent's, appears to confirm reassurances about the autonomy of the new hospital, stating that it will be protected by its own independent company.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Catholic ethos of St Vincent’s emphasised at opening in 1970

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

On November 27th, 1970, from the opening of the new St Vincent’s hospital at Elm Park in south Dublin, this newspaper reported that the then Catholic Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid made it clear “the same sisters own and manage the new hospital” as did the old St Vincent’s hospital on St Stephen’s Green. The archbishop was referring to the Sisters of Charity.

He was unequivocal on other matters too.

“It is the unchanging character of a Catholic hospital that every member of its staff accepts with clear assent and fulfils with scrupulous exactitude the moral law that regulates their therapy, medical and surgical,” he said.

“There is one authority that proposes, explains and defends that objective moral law: the teaching authority in the church. On this solemn day when a new hospital , with the blessing of God, has been dedicated to the service of the sick, it is our duty to declare that in this institute every respect shall be shown, in theory and in practice, to the moral teaching of the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Fears that new National Maternity Hospital would be run along Catholic Church rules confirmed by top churchman

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY BLANAID MURPHY
24 APR 2017

Fears that the Catholic Church could take control of the new maternity hospital have been confirmed by a senior cleric.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said the Sisters of Charity would have to must obey doctrine if plans go ahead.

The Order was to be been handed full ownership of the €300million taxpayer-funded facility which will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in South Dublin.

Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the nuns would not have any say over medical decisions despite owning the land and facility.

But Bishop Doran said: “A healthcare organisation bearing the name Catholic, while offering care to all who need it, has a special responsibility to Catholic teachings about the value of human life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Protests set to continue over maternity hospital plan

IRELAND
Dublin People

CAMPAIGNERS against a controversial decision to hand over the new maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity religious order have vowed to continue their protest until it is reversed.

Under the current plans, the new facility will occupy a site next to the existing St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin 4, which is owned by the St Vincent's Healthcare group, of which the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder.

There was widespread shock and indignation last week when it emerged that the religious order would be involved in the new hospital.

A petition to block the Sisters of Charity from becoming the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital has grown by tens of thousands while one Southside TD told how her office had been inundated with emails and calls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

In the name of God, we cannot let this maternity deal collapse , this maternity deal can not collapse

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Dearbhail McDonald
April 24 2017

The narrative of the Religious Sisters of Charity embarking on a naked power grab to take control of the State's largest maternity hospital in a bid to control Irish women's reproductive autonomy is a potent one.

Our collective reaction to the prospect of the nuns, the owners of the St Vincent's University Hospital Group (SVHG), imposing its Catholic ethos on Irish women while refusing to pay its share of a redress scheme for institutional abuse is real and visceral. And it is entirely understandable in the wake of Church scandals such as the discovery of the remains of babies and small children in septic tanks at a former mother and babies home in Tuam.

However, I wonder if the real reason why the SVHG insisted on the National Maternity Hospital coming under its control was less to do with Catholic ethos and more to do with its toxic relationship with the HSE and its €150m debts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Jurisdiction of church cases concerns magistrate judge

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 24, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Nearly half of the over 40 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in the District Court of Guam could be booted back to the local courts. And the federal court is raising concerns over jurisdiction.

Plaintiff Leo Tudela lives in Hawaii. Former priest and named defendant Father Louis Brouillard lives in Minnesota. This could be an issue for the District Court of Guam who may not have jurisdiction over many of the cases of clergy sex abuse. In court on Monday, Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan expressed his concern over diversity jurisdiction - whether the court can entertain controversies between citizens of different states.

"The judge wants us to file our position as to why if there is jurisdiction on each of the cases. All right. So of course, we've got three weeks to do that. And we will be filing that of course. I believe that some of the cases of course I don't think we'll be able to show jurisdiction and that's all right," he said.

Attorney David Lujan represents all of the plaintiffs who've filed suit in the federal court. He suspects jurisdiction issues could affect nearly half of the over forty cases he's filed to date. "In those cases, we'll simply stay and file in Superior Court of Guam. Simple as that," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Give Hope and Healing a chance

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Editorial

We now know that Alicia Limtiaco, the recently resigned top federal prosecutor for Guam and the Northern Marianas, has accepted the position as board chairwoman of Hope and Healing, an entity established by the Archdiocese of Agana to help multiple victims of sex abuse by former Guam priests.

This is a new challenge for Limtiaco, who's still at the prime of her career but happened to be among dozens of holdover top federal prosecutors President Donald Trump wanted to replace, regardless of their performance.

When that legal door closed for Limtiaco, it turned out another opened. This one could give her a chance to have an impact on helping a community heal from the hurt of a trail of alleged abuses of children – numbering more than 50 as of last week – by Guam priests decades ago.

After Limtiaco's new role was announced yesterday, she made statements that:

* the archdiocese or anyone in the church leadership will not control the Hope and Healing board's decisions and actions to help the victims of priest abuse; and

* that Hope and Healing will let victims decide whether to pursue legal action or get help from Hope and Healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Judge questions jurisdiction in church sex abuse lawsuits

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The plaintiffs will have have three weeks to file diversity jurisdiction.

Guam - In related news, some of the church sex abuse cases will be held in abeyance as a federal court judge determines diversity jurisdiction.

The matter came up today during what was supposed to be a scheduling conference for six of the 43 cases filed in District Court so far. Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan raised issues regarding jurisdiction since the plaintiffs in these six particular cases reside off-island and the alleged perpetrator, Father Louis Brouillard also is no longer a resident of Guam.

The six cases in today’s hearing were filed by Leo Tudela, Norman Aguon, James Bascon, Bruce Diaz, Vicente Perez and Anthony Vegafria, all of whom accused Brouillard of sexually abusing them when they were minors. Brouillard, at the time, was serving both as priest of different parishes and as Scout Master for the Boy Scouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Lujan still has doubts about Limtiaco's appointment to Hope and Healing board

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Attorney David Lujan said he would let Attorney Michael Caspino know this week if he agrees with Alicia Limtiaco's nomination to the Hope and Healing Guam board.

Guam - Former US Attorney and Attorney General of Guam Alicia Limtiaco has been named the board chairperson for the Hope and Healing program, but Attorney David Lujan’s continued to express some reservation with her nomination since for most of his career, she’s always been on the opposite side.

The media was invited to a Sunday press conference at the Hilton Resort board room for the formal announcement of the chairpersonship of the Hope and Healing Program.

Limtiaco will now head the evaluation board that will be made up of seven members. She addressed any previous concerns that Hope and Healing had any ties to the Archdiocese of Agana and noted that despite being catholic herself, Limtiaco said her faith will have no influence over her role in assisting victims of abuse.

"It has been made clear to me and I have been reassured that this board will be an independent board, that we will not be controlled by the archdiocese, that we are not a board that is here to defend the church or the archdiocese or any perpetrators of clergy abuse," asserted Limtiaco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Dutch Pastor Arrested in Cambodia on Child Pornography Charges

CAMBODIA
Chiangrai Times

PHNOM PENH – A 53-year-old Dutch Old Catholic church official has been arrested in Cambodia on suspicion of producing child pornography involving young teenage boys.

Evrard Nicolas Sarot, 53, who has been seconded to provide pastoral care at Schiphol airport, is said to have paid the boys, all younger than 15, to pose for him. Police found almost 1,300 nude photographs on his camera and Ipad.

Local police chief Chhay Haklong told the Cambodia Daily: ‘He gave them some money, a couple US dollars for each person to have a naked photo. All boys, no clothes.’

The paper says anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) received a report of the alleged abuse in late December from an informant and helped police investigate and identify victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Vermont Catholics prepare for 'extraordinary council'

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

Adam Silverman , Free Press Staff Writer

Emerging from a priest-sex-abuse scandal but still confronting challenges with finances and decreasing participation, Vermont's Roman Catholic diocese is embarking on a yearlong re-examination of church structure and rules.

Bishop of Burlington Christopher Coyne plans to convene "an extraordinary council of the church" known as a synod next year — the first for Vermont's Catholics in more than half a century.

The goal: Find new ways to engage and keep Catholics active in the faith. That's a recognition the church no longer can keep doing what it always has, Coyne said: maintaining numerous parishes, celebrating regular Masses and hoping people will attend.

The decisions that emerge from the synod will be significant for each of Vermont's 118,000 residents who identify as Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Sex offender’s fate in limbo: Judge receives report to determine classification for transgender, former youth pastor facing prison

WEST VIRGINIA
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

By GREG JORDAN Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A diagnostic evaluation was completed recently for a former youth pastor and admitted transgender sex offender who is facing a prison term after pleading guilty last year to sexual abuse first degree.

James Lilly, 25, of Bluefield pleaded guilty in August 2016 in Mercer County Circuit Court to three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. Raleigh County Judge John A. Hutchinson, who was assigned to the case after Mercer County Judge Derek Swope recused himself, delayed Lilly’s sentencing on Dec. 21, 2016 and remanded him to the state Department of Corrections so a diagnostic study could be completed with regard to how he would be classified as an inmate.

Lilly was arrested Jan. 12, 2016 and indicted in February that same year on 28 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree as well as charges of sexual assault third degree and incest.

After the arrest, Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said that Lilly, by his own admission, was transgender and in the process of becoming a woman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Catholic Church Knew Of Alleged Child Abuser

CAMBODIA
The Cambodia Daily

BY HANNAH HAWKINS | APRIL 24, 2017 | អានជាភាសាខ្មែរ

A Dutch priest who was arrested in Siem Reap City last week after allegedly taking more than 1,000 photographs of naked boys had told a bishop in his home country about his “sexual preference for underage boys,” church representatives said on Sunday.

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, was charged with possessing and producing child pornography by the Siem Reap Provincial Court on Thursday and is accused of paying 19 boys, all under the age of 15, a few dollars each to pose nude for photos.

Chhay Haklong, deputy chief of the provincial police’s anti-human trafficking unit, said last week that 19 victims—who appeared in some of the roughly 1,300 photos on a camera found on Mr. Sarot at the time of his arrest—had been interviewed by police. Unidentified victims also appeared in nearly 4,000 images later found on the suspect’s laptop, he said.

It has now emerged that Mr. Sarot had confessed to his sexual interest in young boys to a senior member of the Catholic church while he was training to be a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Editorial: Justice for abuse victims

NEW YORK
Times Union

THE ISSUE:
A new report documents decades of abuse at a prominent girls school.

THE STAKES:
It's yet another reason why the state needs to revisit the statute of limitations.
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About the last thing parents expect when they send their children off to school is that they'll be sexually abused by a teacher. Yet as a new report from Emma Willard School shows, that happened all too often, over the course of at least seven decades.

It's to the Troy private school's credit that it commissioned an outside review, and made public the 96-page "Report of Historical Allegations of Sexual Abuse & Misconduct." The account of faculty-student sexual relations from the 1950s to the current decade involves the sort of scandalous activity institutions normally try to cover up.

The issuance of the report, however, should not be the end of the matter for those outside the Emma Willard community. The revelations underscore the need for state lawmakers to revisit long-stalled legislation to extend the statute of limitations for criminal and civil action in cases of sexual abuse.

The Emma Willard report depicts decades of exploitation from the supposedly prim 1950s through the free-wheeling years of the late 60s and 70s and more recent decades, when there has been less tolerance and more awareness of the damaging effects of child sex abuse. Some administrators who looked into the rumors met a wall of silence, others looked the other way.

Emma Willard's report follows the disclosure earlier this month by Choate Rosemary Hall, a Connecticut boarding school, of instances of sexual abuse of students as far back as the 1960s. It would be naive to think there won't be more such revelations at more schools, just as scattered reports of sexual abuse by Catholic priests mushroomed into a global scandal.

Which brings us to an issue New York state has struggled with for years: how to afford victims of sex abuse justice years after the incidents occurred.

After at least a decade of failed efforts, this year again brings legislation in the Assembly and Senate that would afford victims of child sexual abuse extra time to come forward. Where the statute now covers two to five years after the offense is reported or the child turns 18, whichever is earlier, there are bills to extend that to between ages 28 and 33. One would set the statute of limitations at 15 years after the act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Hurting in the Church: An honest look at human realities

UNITED STATES
Crux

Kathryn Jean Lopez April 24, 2017
CRUX CONTRIBUTOR

In his new book ‘Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,’ Father Thomas Berg says he wants priests to listen to the experiences of hurting Catholics. He says the book is an invitation to a kind of Church-wide self-examination: Where have we failed in charity? Why is our day-to-day, interpersonal living of that Christ-like gift of self, agape-love, so languid at times, so passive, so anemic?

“If the Church has ever succeeded in her mission, it was every time she was able - in the lives of faithful and committed Christians - to embody the self-sacrificing love exemplified by her Divine Spouse,” Father Thomas Berg writes in his new book Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics.

What many know of the Church today, however, “are the times her members have failed in that great task, the times we have failed to correspond to the mandate of our Savior” to love one another “as I have loved you.”

He writes as a former member of the Legionaries of Christ, who, among other things, asks “forgiveness for the ways in which, in my ignorance, I myself contributed to propagating the cult of personality surrounding [Marcial] Maciel [founder of the order], and to perpetuating the web of deceptions in which we were all trapped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Two more child sexual abuse claims filed against Brouillard

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

C.P. and S.A.F. have filed child sexual abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America.

Guam - Two new victims represented by Atty. David Lujan have filed child sexual abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America.

Both victims, using the initials C.P. and S.A.F. have named former priest Fr. Louis Brouillard. Both men claim they were assaulted in the 1970s when they were altar boys and part of the Boy Scouts.

C.P. was between the ages of 7 and 10 when he claims he was first abused by Brouillard. In his complaint, he states that for about four years, Brouillard would require C.P. to spend the night at the Malojloj parish rectory, using the excuse that he did not want him to be late for early morning mass the following day. It was during these sleepovers, court documents say, that Brouillard would sexually molest C.P. Documents add that, in the convent showers, Brouillard would get into the shower with C.P. and other boys so he could grope them, and later instruct them to go into his bedroom where he would molest them. As a member of the Boy Scouts, C.P. says in the complaint that Brouillard would take some of the boys swimming, instructing them to swim naked so he could grope them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

7-year-old is youngest alleged clergy sex abuse victim

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 24, 2017

Former island priest Louis Brouillard was sued again Monday in federal court, including by a man who says he was about seven years old when Brouillard sexually abused him — the youngest age alleged so far in the dozens of lawsuits filed against the priest.

The two latest lawsuits, filed by former altar boys, identify the accusers by the initials C.P. and S.A.F., bringing to 56 the number of clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far against the Archdiocese of Agana and 10 different priests. The two men also are suing the Boy Scouts of America.

C.P.'s complaint states he was only about seven when Brouillard started sexually abusing him as an altar boy, around 1970, and he continued to be abused when he joined the Boy Scouts of America, where Brouillard was a scoutmaster.

C.P., now 54, and S.A.F., now 52, both live on Guam and are represented by attorneys David Lujan and Gloria Lujan Rudolph. They demand a minimum $10 million each in damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

April 23, 2017

Details of how independence of hospital will be protected

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Maeve Sheehan
April 23 2017

The 25-page unpublished "Terms of Agreement" between the two hospitals spells out how the independence of the maternity hospital will be protected through a new Designated Activity Company providing maternity services.

It says:
• The new company's memorandum and articles to provide for "reserved powers" and a "golden share" - effectively a ministerial veto - to protect the autonomy of the board.

• The "agreed reserve powers" are "to be exercised in an undiluted manner by all of the directors" and include specific reference to the hospital's "clinical and operational independence" in providing maternity services "without religious, ethnic or other distinction".

• The "reserve powers" also refer to budgetary control, the retention of the master role and "the retention and utilisation" of any donations, gifts or bequests to the maternity hospital".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM

Maternity hospital delay frustrating

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Editorial

The heated debate over the proposed move of the National Maternity Hospital to a site owned by a religious order at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin has led to a situation where the entire project has been placed in doubt pending the outcome of a meeting of the hospital board, which has been announced to review the agreed plan. The threat to the development is to be greatly regretted, but is not entirely surprising. When it comes to such projects, this country seems to be unsurpassed in terms of obfuscation and delay, particularly when various vested and competing interests are at play. Now is a time for calm heads and measured public comment with one outcome in mind, which is that the development of a much-needed new maternity hospital can proceed without undue delay.

The belated doubts thrown over the development of the maternity hospital come at a time when renewed concerns have been expressed about the funding and running costs which are delaying a final government decision to go ahead with the proposed new €1bn National Children's Hospital in Dublin. This is also a much-needed facility, but it has been repeatedly delayed due to location and planning issues and is now at renewed risk of being set back further because of associated spiralling costs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 PM

'Any attempt' to change maternity hospital deal will scupper it

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fiach Kelly, Paul Cullen

The National Maternity Hospital’s planned move to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital will be scuppered by any effort to alter the agreement, the man who negotiated the deal has warned.

Kieran Mulvey, the former chairman of the Workplace Relations Commission, acted as a mediator between the hospitals, whose deal with the Department of Health will lead to the new maternity hospital being owned by the Sisters of Charity.

“Any attempt to change the agreement in any essential form will put us back to the starting blocks, and if we go back to the starting blocks this will never take off,” he said.

Dr Rhona Mahony, the hospital master, has said the existing facility is no longer fit for purpose.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 PM

Howlin says new site may be needed for maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Kitty Holland, Michael O'Regan

An alternative site for a national maternity hospital (NMH) must be found if a deal that would see the State have full control of the facility cannot be brokered with the Sisters of Charity, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said.

Mr Howlin was speaking at the end of his party’s conference in Wexford on Sunday in response to assertions by the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, who said the congregation which owns the site of the planned hospital in Dublin would have to apply Roman Catholic teaching in the new facility.

Bishop Doran told the Sunday Times: “A healthcare organisation bearing the name Catholic while offering care to all who need it has a special responsibility...to Catholic teachings about the value of human life and dignity, and the ultimate destiny of the human person.”

When asked in August 2013 by The Irish Times if St Vincent’s University Hospital would carry out abortions to save a woman’s life, a spokesman said the hospital would “as always be following the law of the land”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Hospital deal hanging in the balance as row rages about Church and State

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Maeve Sheehan
April 23 2017

Every time the health watchdog dispatches its inspectors to the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street in Dublin, the conditions get worse. Inspectors have repeatedly warned of the dangers of packing ever increasing numbers of expectant mothers and infants into the dilapidated 19th century structure.

Most recently, they found the intensive care unit filled with 46 babies when it was designed to care for 36 and "poor hygiene" on the delivery ward. The building is no longer fit for purpose and the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, has pleaded with inspectors to "acknowledge the context of our challenges".

The National Maternity Hospital has been fighting for a new home for two decades. So it was smiles all around at a press conference hosted by Health Minister Simon Harris last November to announce that a new National Maternity Hospital would be built on St Vincent's Healthcare Group's Elm Park campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

National Maternity Hospital: Bishop says canon law 'obliges a hospital on Catholic land to operate by Catholic rules'

IRELAND
The Irish Mirror

BY BLANAID MURPHY
23 APR 2017

Fears that the Catholic Church could take control of the new maternity hospital have been confirmed by a senior cleric.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said the Sisters of Charity would have to obey doctrine if plans go ahead.

The Order was to be been handed full ownership of the €300million taxpayer-funded facility which will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in South Dublin.

Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the nuns would not have any say over medical decisions despite owning the land and facility.

But Bishop Doran said: “A healthcare organisation bearing the name Catholic, while offering care to all who need it, has a special responsibility to Catholic teachings about the value of human life.

“Public funding, while it brings with it other legal and moral obligations, does not change that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

'It's like NAMA for religious people': Economist David McWilliams attacks Sisters Of Charity in National Maternity Hospital row

IRELAND
The Irish Mirror

BY BLANAID MURPHY

Economist David McWilliams today attacked the religious order at the centre of the controversy over the new National Maternity Hospital as landlords with rosary beads.

On the Marian Finucane show on RTE Radio 1 he questioned what the Sisters Of Charity were doing running a property company and why they wouldn’t gift the land to the State. He said: “This is like landlordism with rosary beads. It’s like Nama for religious people. It’s nonsense.

“I can’t understand what do nuns do for money? They extract rent, they’re property developers in this case.

“We have a ridiculous situation where religious orders have developed a property portfolio by levying taxes on the ordinary Joe at church collections,” he said.

The main controversy surrounding the plans to build the new National Maternity Hospital on the grounds currently owned by the religious order centres around ownership. Under the deal - which has not been made public by the Minister for Health Simon Harris - the state would spend in the region of €300m to build the hospital but the SoC would retain ownership of the land.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Limtiaco leads board to help victims of priest abuses

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Guam's previous top federal prosecutor has been named chairwoman of the board of Hope and Healing, the organization created by the archdiocese to address multiple accusations of sexual abuse by former Guam priests, decades ago.

Chairwoman Alicia Limtiaco's role was announced during a press conference yesterday at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa.

Limtiaco is the previous U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Marianas. She resigned recently after the Trump administration asked holdover U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration to resign. She was a Bush-era appointee and a former elected attorney general of Guam.

Limtiaco said she's committed to a board that will be victim-sensitive. The board will understand the dynamics of abuse and exploitation; and will be compassionate, fair and understand the effects and the impacts of trauma on the victims and in their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Howlin: Maternity Hospital Must Be Moved If State Doesn't Have Ownership

IRELAND
Today FM

BY: TOM SWIFT

The Labour leader Brendan Howlin says he is not surprised at comments by a Catholic bishop insisting the Sisters of Charity would have to obey the rules of the church if they become owners of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The Bishop of Elphin has told the Sunday Times that public funding does not change the responsibility of a Catholic organisation to adhere to church teaching.

Speaking at the end of his party's national conference in Wexford, Brendan Howlin said the Government needs to ensure State ownership of the new hospital on the proposed St. Vincent's site, or move it to another location:

The controversy centres on the decision to allow the Sisters of Charity to retain ownership of the hospital, because the land is being donated by the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church

IRELAND
The Journal

THE BISHOP OF Elphin has said the Sisters of Charity will have to obey the rules of the Catholic Church if they become the owners of the new national maternity hospital.

There has been growing controversy about the issue in recent days, with many people expressing concern about what impact the religious order owning the hospital could have on how it is run.

In a statement to the Sunday Times, Bishop Kevin Doran said: “Any healthcare organisation bearing the name Catholic, while offering care to all who need it, has a special responsibility … to Catholic teachings about the value of human life and the dignity and the ultimate destiny of the human person.”

Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run despite being under the ownership of the order, which owns the land at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4 where the new hospital is set to be built.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

NMH must be free of religious ethos, says Martin

IRELAND
RTE News

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said the new National Maternity Hospital would have to have clinical independence and should not be compromised.

He was responding to reported comments in The Sunday Times by the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran, that the Sisters of Charity will have to obey Catholic Church rules if they become owners of the new National Maternity Hospital.

He said the new hospital had to be free of any religious ethos.

Mr Martin called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to be fully transparent about the process and the deal that has been made.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Religious Sisters of Charity was to be given ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded hospital because it owns the land on which it is to be built.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Varadkar calls for calm and insists new hospital must be built

IRELAND
Breaking News

Update: 11.35am: The Minister for Social Protection has called for calm heads to prevail amidst controversy over the new national maternity Hospital.

Leo Varadkar insists the facility - which is to be built on land owned by the Sisters of Charity - will have clinical independence.

He has given his backing to Simon Harris saying the Ministry is the only position in cabinet that has a lot of responsibility but lacks in authority.

Minister Varadkar who formerly worked at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street says the new facility urgently needs to go ahead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Bishop says new hospital must obey the church

IRELAND
The Sunday Times (UK)

Justine McCarthy
April 23 2017
The Sunday Times

The Religious Sisters of Charity will have to obey the rules of the Roman Catholic church if they become owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in south Dublin, according to the bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran.

“A healthcare organisation bearing the name Catholic, while offering care to all who need it, has a special responsibility . . . to Catholic teachings about the value of human life and the dignity and the ultimate destiny of the human person,” said Doran, who chairs the hierarchy’s committee on bio-ethics.

“Public funding, while it brings with it other legal and moral obligations, does not change that responsibility.”

His statement to The Sunday Times appears to confirm warnings by Peter Boylan, the chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, that the €300m maternity hospital may not provide services such as sterilisation, infertility treatment, gender reassignment surgery and abortion.

Doran’s statement also echoes a warning by Tom Lynch, chairman of the Ireland East Hospital Group, which includes St Vincent’s, that locating the maternity hospital on its campus would raise issues of medical ethics. Lynch told Jim Breslin, secretary-general of the Department of Health, that canon law obliged a hospital on Catholic land to operate by Catholic rules.

Doran referred to three tenets of canon law which decree that land held by religious institutions is “ecclesiastical property” over which the Pope has “primacy of governance”. He said he was speaking “in general terms” as the NMH is not in his diocese and he was unfamiliar with the legal relationship between the Sisters of Charity and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

'THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE' New national maternity hospital must obey the Church, claims Bishop

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By David Kearns
23rd April 2017

The National Maternity Hospital must obey Church doctrine if plans to hand over the site to the Sisters of Charity go ahead, claims Bishop Kevin Doran.

The bishop of Elphin believes any healthcare organisation “bearing the name Catholic… has a special responsibility to Catholic teachings… [including] the value of human life and the dignity and the ultimate destiny of the human person.”

“Public funding, while it brings with it other legal and moral obligations, does not change that responsibility,” he told the Sunday Times.
Mr Doran believes that canon law “obliges a hospital on Catholic land to operate by Catholic rules”.

In his statement to the Sunday Times, he refers to canon law which decrees that land held by religious institutions is “ecclesiastical property” over which the Pope has “primacy of governance”.

His comments this weekend seem to confirm warnings by many groups opposed to the Sisters of Charity’s ownership of the new national maternity hospital.

Already over 87,000 people have signed a petition calling on Minister for Health Simon Harris to prevent the religious order from taking ownership of the facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

'It’s not acceptable that women have to fight for healthcare' - Dr Ciara Kelly slams proposed maternity hospital move

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Hayley Halpin
April 23 2017

Dr. Ciara Kelly has lashed out against move to make the Sisters of Charity the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital

Dr. Kelly criticised the religious order in showing a "significant failure of atonement" in failing to pay off their outstanding debt to the redress scheme, adding that there was a "huge anger" among the public.

"The big thing is about the ethos. There is a long history of conflict between the church and providing women’s health in this country. The church does not approve of contraception, sterilisation, IVF, egg freezing," Dr. Kelly said.

"It’s not acceptable that women have to fight for healthcare in this country."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Zijn getuigenis over misbruik veroorzaakte een lawine in Katholieke Kerk

BELGIE
NRC

Mark Vangheluwe's testimony about abuse caused an avalanche in Catholic Church. He was abused by Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, his uncle and later the bishop of Bruges. He wrote a book, Letter to the Pope.].

Mark Eeckhaut
21 april 2017

‘We dragen het verslag in het bijzonder op aan de moed van het slachtoffer waarmee alles begon, op 23 april. Een man van veertig die durfde te getuigen over seksueel misbruik, tegen alle hiërarchie in. Het dwong respect af, het gaf een onbekende massa plots een stem.”

Het citaat van kinderpsychiater Peter Adriaenssens staat in het voorwoord van het eindrapport van september 2010 van de commissie-Adriaenssens, de kerkelijke commissie tegen seksueel misbruik in een pastorale relatie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Alicia Limtiaco named chairwoman of Hope for Healing Guam

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 23, 2017
By Krystal Paco

Former US Attorney for Guam and the CNMI Alicia Limtiaco has been named as the chairwoman of the board of evaluators for Hope for Healing Guam. The non-profit organization is separate from the Archdiocese of Agana and was established earlier this month to address clergy sexual abuse claims.

Several rescusals have previously been declared from other officials due to conflicts with their faith. Limtiaco said that she is Catholic, but it will not impede her ability to lead the board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Alicia Limtiaco chairs board to aid clergy abuse victims

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 23, 2017

Former U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Alicia Limtiaco has been tapped as volunteer chairwoman of an independent board helping out dozens of Guam clergy sex abuse victims.

Limtiaco is now chairwoman of the board of Hope and Healing Guam, a program offering professional counseling, treatment, spiritual healing, compensation and justice to clergy sex abuse victims.

Although initiated and funded by the Archdiocese of Agana using a seed money of $1 million, Hope and Healing acts as an independent body. Other board members will be announced later. Counseling has started for those who have called the program's hotline, 1-888-649-5288.

The board will review each victim's claim, but Limtiaco said the program is not a substitute for any litigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Canon lawyer: Evidence likely sufficient for Vatican to decide on Apuron

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 23, 2017

Minnesota-based canon lawyer and former priest Patrick J. Wall said there appears to be more than sufficient evidence for a Vatican tribunal to come to a decision on Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s canonical penal trial, after two accusers provided testimony in March.

“In short, the Roman Pontiff can step in and make a decision since he is the supervisor of Apuron,” said Wall, who since 2002 has advocated for hundreds of clergy abuse survivors.

Pope Francis suspended Apuron in June 2016, weeks after former altar boys came forward and publicly accused the archbishop of raping and sexually abusing them as children in Agat in the 1970s.

“If Rome is going to act, they generally do so prior to July 31, when most Romans go on summer vacanza, until mid-September,” said Wall, co-author of “Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes,” a leading book on the 2,000-year history of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Director hopes for resolution of abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Gaynor D. Daleno | The Guam Daily Post

"We've learned that when you slug it out in court and go back and forth and eventually settle the cases, it doesn't do anybody much good." – Mike Caspino, director, Hope and Healing program

The director of a recently created program to promote hope and healing for multiple victims of child sex abuse at the hands of Guam priests decades ago said he's aiming for an out-of-court resolution of all the Guam cases.

And not only is Mike Caspino aiming to resolve all cases, which have topped 50 accusers in recent weeks, he's optimistic he can get all the parties to agree to a resolution by this summer.

Caspino was recently named by the Archdiocese of Agana as the director of the Hope and Healing program as part of archdiocesan efforts to reach out to victims of clergy sexual abuse by establishing a victims settlement fund.

He said the goal for a resolution by this summer is possible "through a lot of hard work and prayers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Former US Attorney Alicia Limtiaco named Hope and Healing chairwoman

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Alicia Limtiaco is the former US Attorney for Guam and was also a former Guam Attorney General.

Guam - Hope and Healing Guam has announced that former US Attorney Alicia Limtiaco will be the program's new chairperson of their Board of Evaluators.

Hope and Healing Guam is a non-profit agency created to offer counseling services and compensation to victims of clergy sexual abuse. The executive director, Attorney Michael Caspino, was hired by the Archdiocese of Agana which is also funding the program. Caspino says initial seed money for the project is $1 million.

Caspino said that in their search for a chairperson, Limtiaco's name continued to pop up. Although Limtiaco has an extensive legal background, having served as Guam Attorney General and US Attorney, Caspino notes that Limtiaco was chosen not necessarily for her legal background but for her character and integrity.

In addition, Caspino said he spoke with Attorneys David Lujan and Kevin Fowler whose clients are suing the Archdiocese of Agana for civil claims of sexual abuse, and he says both seemed receptive of Limtiaco's designation. Caspino also intends to speak with Attorney Anthony Perez who has also filed lawsuits against the church on behalf of his clients.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Review of Sexual Offences Act resumes Tuesday

JAMAICA
Jamaica Observer

With Balford Henry

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Joint Select Committee (JSC), which has been completing the review of the Sexual Offences Acts, will resume meeting on Tuesday morning at Gordon House.

The new JSC was established in December 2016 by the Government, with current chairman being Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck, replacing his predecessor Senator Mark Golding.

It has met twice, including in February when Police Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), landed a shocker when she informed the committee that clergymen and policemen were the most consistent “high-profile” people being arrested for having sex with girls under the age of 16.

Superintendent Ross-Stewart’s declaration, coming on the heels of the media exposure of two leaders of the Moravian Church community, former President Dr Paul Gardner and his former deputy, Jermaine Gibson, being arrested on charges of carnal abuse and indecent assault in January, was a major news issue then.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Why respect for pastors is very low today – Part 1

NIGERIA
The Guardian

By Francis Akin-John
23 April 2017

“Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God…” II Corinthians 6:3, 4. It is no gainsaying, but a true fact that respect for pastors by church members and the society is at very low ebb today. Pastors have become the butt of jokes everywhere. Wealthy people don’t respect pastors because they believe that every pastor has a price and can be bought with money. The society at large sees most pastors as ‘money monger’ and that church is a commercial venture. At every turn, aspersions are cast at the church and the name of our Lord is dragged in the mud, due to the misdemeanors of big time, popular and famous pastors. People plot, plan and work against pastors through wrong accusations and the press and social media is daily awash with fake, cooked up stories of pastoral sins and evil deeds. It was not like this 35 years ago, when I got saved. Then, there was high respect and honour for pastors.

We looked at pastors as junior Jesus, because of their Christlike lifestyles and honoured them for the great and sacrificial work they were doing. What happened and why this evil trend today? Well, our research has uncovered the following reasons:

• Becoming a pastor is no longer by God’s calling, but promotion and appointment by the church. It started in the middle 80s, when churches that wanted to expand by all means began to appoint, ordain every Ade, Ada and Adamu into pastoral positions. There were no more considerations for God’s calling into the ministry. By so doing, many who had no business or grace to shepherd GOD’S people found themselves in this stressful work and they messed up big time, and are still messing up. If God did not call you into this work, His power will never back you up. You are simply on your own, and you will cut corners to meet up with people’s expectation of you.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Trafficking charges present sharp contrast for local pastors

OHIO
Toledo Blade

By RYAN DUNN and ALLISON REAMER | BLADE STAFF WRITERS Published on April 23, 2017

On Easter Sunday, 2014, the Rev. Cordell Jenkins preached from his church’s stage with a passion that emboldened the congregation.

Voice rising into the microphone, the pastor at Toledo’s Abundant Life Ministries praised God’s grace. This sermon detailed how minor setbacks precede major comebacks.

“And sometimes God allows setbacks in your life, to help you re-evaluate what’s still most important. Because if things always went your way, you would not need God as much as you say you need God,” Mr. Jenkins said.

Mr. Jenkins spent this past Easter incarcerated at the Lucas County jail.

Federal authorities said he and a second Toledo pastor sex-trafficked a teenage girl.

Prosecutors this month filed charges against Mr. Jenkins, 46, of 2423 Barrington Dr. and his co-defendant, the Rev. Anthony Haynes, Sr., 38, of 4926 Ventura Dr. in South Toledo. Both men are accused of repeatedly paying the juvenile for sexual acts.

Officials said in court documents Mr. Haynes’ relationship with the girl stretched from about January, 2014, to last month. Mr. Haynes eventually introduced her to other men, including Pastor Jenkins in September, records stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Why don’t abuse victims matter to us?

SOUTH AFRICA
News 24

Dumisane Lubisi

Friday. The scene: Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court.

Inside, televangelist Timothy Omotoso is appearing on charges of human trafficking after a number of women made allegations that the pastor had sexually abused them.

But the real scene to watch is outside, where two groups are gathered.

One is demanding that Omotoso should not get bail because of the alleged crimes he committed.

The other, made up mainly of women and members of his church, has come to defend the pastor.

The posters they hoist say it all: “Let them talk daddy, they know nothing”; “Tim Omotoso my father”; “Omotoso Nation Aisijiki”.

This jarring show of support for the oppressor by the oppressed has played itself out before.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Archbishop defends library name change after abuse handling

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

JENNINE KHALIK, AMANDA GEARINGThe Australian
April 22, 2017

The controversial opening of the $23 million library at Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School last night has been described­ as an attempt to “rewrite­ history” after a former headmaster’s name was dumped.

The school, known as Churchie, last year reversed its decision to name the new building after the late headmaster Harry Roberts, following heavy criticism of how he handled students’ sexual abuse allegations against staff while principal from 1947 to 1969.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey opened the building, the Centenary Library, last night. Mr De Jersey — a former student and the state’s long-serving chief justice — officiated at a ceremony in November 2015 when construction began and announced then that the library would be named the Roberts Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Victims of abuse at the school demanded a name change following the removal of the name of the Brisbane Grammar School’s former­ headmaster Max Howell from a building on its campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

'This is not a proper person we should have entertaining here' - How Jayne Mansfield inflamed the Kerry church

IRELAND
Irish Independent

T Ryle Dwyer
April 23 2017

During the eight years that I spent at university in the United States, I only heard of my home town of Tralee mentioned on the American news on one single occasion. And that was on this day 50 years ago - when Dr Denis Moynihan, the Bishop of Kerry, asked the people of Kerry to boycott the public appearance that night of movie star Jayne Mansfield at the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee.

Seamus McConville, the editor of The Kerryman, had informed the bishop of the appearance of the busty starlet, who boasted of her vital statistics - 40-21-35. He actually played down the controversy in the subsequent issue of The Kerryman.

Possibly the newspaperman just called the bishop for a comment. The Bishop may have actually been spurred into action by a letter from Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

This story played out against the backdrop of a complaint of the sexual and physical abuse of children in the Industrial school in Tralee. In his book, Holy Terrors, about the sexual and physical abuse that he experienced at St Joseph's Industrial School, Michael Clemenger related that shortly after his release from the school in March 1967, he went to Monsignor John Lane, the Dean of Kerry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Ex-prosecutor leads board to help victims of priest abuses

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Guam’s previous top federal prosecutor has been named chairwoman of the board of Hope and Healing, the organization created by the archdiocese to address multiple accusations of sexual abuse by former Guam priests, decades ago.

Chairwoman Alicia Limtiaco’s role was announced today during a press conference at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa.

Limtiaco is the previous U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Marianas. She resigned recently after the Trump administration asked holdover U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration to resign. She was a Bush-era appointee and a former elected attorney general of Guam.

Limtiaco said she’s committed to a board that will be victim-sensitive. The board will understand the dynamics of abuse and exploitation; and will be compassionate, fair and understand the effects and the impacts of trauma on the victims and in their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Light shines out of darkness: Years later, victims of Catholic Church sex abuse scandal encourage healing

ILLINOIS
The Southern

MOLLY PARKER The Southern

OZARK — Paul Wesselmann remembers well the day he made the decision to reach out for help for the sexual abuse he endured as a young teen. It was 1994 — the year "Forrest Gump" was buzzing as the must-see movie of the summer. Wesselmann, then a young man in his 20s, went to see it alone. On the way to the grocery store after leaving the theater, he had to pull over because he was sobbing so hard.

It was that famous scene where Forrest came looking for Jenny because she didn’t get on the bus for school that morning that rattled him to the core. As Jenny’s father stumbles drunk outside with a flask in his hand and yelling for his daughter, Jenny tells Forrest to run. They head out into the cornfield behind her Alabama shack as her father chases after her, and she hits her knees and says, “Pray with me, Forrest,” and then begins to chant, “Dear God, make me a bird, so I can fly far, far, far away from here.”

The implication made in the movie — expressed through Forrest Gump’s naiveté; he described Jenny’s father as “a very loving man” — was that young Jenny wanted to get away because her father was sexually molesting her and her sisters. Wesselmann was struck by how much he related to the character’s desire to be transported from that horrid abuse — as it happened in real time, and the many times after that it played like a broken record in his head.

Shortly afterward, Wesselmann said he picked up the phone and scheduled an appointment to see a counselor. He realized that he could no longer shove into the dark reaches of his soul the tragedy he endured as a young teenager at Camp Ondessonk in the early- to mid-1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Anthony McSweeney case: Abuse priest failings found

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Concerns raised about a Catholic priest later jailed for sexual assault were not acted upon or taken seriously by the Church, a review has found.

Anthony McSweeney, 70, was jailed for three years in 2015 for abusing a boy at a west London care home.

In the wake of the case an independent review was commissioned by the Dioceses of Brentwood and East Anglia.

The review said McSweeney was found with videos of adolescent boys in 1998 but this was not reported to police.

The review revealed how McSweeney was moved in 1999 from the Diocese of Brentwood, where he served at Saint Luke's in Harlow and at Saint Peter's in Eastwood, to St George's Parish, Norwich, which is part of the Diocese of East Anglia, after the tapes were discovered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

April 22, 2017

Large turnout for UHG protest over national maternity hospital plans

IRELAND
Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a large turnout at UHG this afternoon for a protest against plans to hand ownership of the new national maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

The demonstration was hosted by the ‘Parents for Choice’ group and coincided with protests taking place at hospitals across the country.

The group is calling on the Government to reverse it’s decision to vest ownership of the 300 million euro facility to the religious order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Dutch Alleged Child Abuser Was Clergyman

CAMBODIA
APLE

A Dutchman arrested this week in Siem Reap province in possession of nearly 1,300 photographs of naked boys was charged with child pornography on Thursday—and identified as a former member of the Catholic clergy in his country, a court official and sources in the Netherlands said.

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, is alleged to have paid about 20 boys, all of whom were under the age of 15, a few dollars each to pose for nude photos, police said.

On Thursday, he was charged by the Siem Reap Provincial Court under the anti-human trafficking law after his arrest on Tuesday outside a Siem Reap City hotel, said Ream Chanmony, a spokesman for the provincial court.

Mr. Sarot is being provisionally detained at the provincial prison, Mr. Chanmony said.

Police found a laptop computer inside Mr. Sarot’s hotel room on Wednesday that held more photos of naked Cambodian boys, different from the images found on Tuesday on his Nikon camera, said Chhay Haklong, deputy chief of the provincial police’s anti-human trafficking unit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

No ‘plan B’ to maternity hospital at St Vincent’s, Harris admits

IRELAND
Irish Times

There is no “plan B” if the proposed move of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to St Vincent’s Hospital does not go ahead, Minister for Health Simon Harris has admitted.

Mr Harris said there was no other hospital in the geographical area that could be used to accommodate the NMH and deliver co-location with adult services.

Speaking to reporters in Galway, the Minister said he did not believe changes were needed to the agreement reached between the two hospitals last November about relocating the maternity hospital.

While he had not changed his mind about the agreement reached between two voluntary hospitals, this did not take away from his legal and contractual responsibility to protect the rights of the State and the taxpayer.

“Just because they have a robust agreement doesn’t negate my responsibility to ensure the clinical independence of the hospital is underpinned in contracts and our financial investment is protected.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Health Minister Simon Harris must 'do the right thing' in National Maternity Hospital row, group says

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY AENGUS O'HANLON
22 APR 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris needs to “do the right thing” in the ongoing row over the new national maternity hospital, a campaign group said.

Uplift believes the public is “deeply confused, hurt and angry” by the plan to transfer ownership of the proposed €300million site to the Sisters of Charity, which was linked to the abuse of women in the Magdalene Laundries.

A petition on the group’s website had more than 85,000 signatures today – making it the largest of its kind since the body started in December 2014.

Spokeswoman Siobhan O’Donoghue said: “People are deeply, deeply confused, hurt and angry by the plan to transfer ownership of this badly needed maternity hospital to a religious order linked to the abuse and mistreatment of women taken into the Magdalene Laundries.

“This just goes to show there is real outrage about the planned ownership of National Maternity Hospital by the Sisters of Charity amongst the Irish public. People are willing to take action and show leadership. Uplift members have done much more than just sign the petition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

SNAP criticizes motive of church program

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily

"The true goal of Hope and Healing is to get victims to sign away their hard-won legal rights and trade 'spiritual counseling' for transparency and accountability from church officials. That’s disgusting." – Joelle Casteix, western region director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

An organization that helps thousands of child sex abuse victims nationwide says a new program designed to help victims on Guam heal from past abuse is "disgusting."

Joelle Casteix, western region director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told The Guam Daily Post she was "horrified" at the initial press conference that announced the Hope and Healing program and the selection of Mike Caspino as the director.

Caspino, a California-based attorney, was hired by the Archdiocese of Agana to lead the program and urged sex abuse victims to come forward to heal.

"The true goal of Hope and Healing is to get victims to sign away their hard-won legal rights and trade 'spiritual counseling' for transparency and accountability from church officials. That’s disgusting," said Castei

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

State laws regarding investigation, prosecution of child abuse under scrutiny following Choate report

CONNECTICUT
Record-Journal

April 22, 2017

By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Following the release of a report that revealed several incidents of alleged sexual abuse at Choate Rosemary Hall since the 1960s, state officials and legal experts say state laws regarding the reporting of child abuse need to be clarified to allow claims to be investigated after the victim turns 18 years old.

State law currently allows the state Department of Children and Families to investigate reports of child abuse until the victim turns 18 and is considered an adult. Once an individual reaches adulthood, DCF historically hasn’t “accepted reports relating to potential victims if that person is no longer a minor,” said Julie Fay, a lawyer who specializes in school law at Hartford-based law firm Shipman & Goodwin.

Fay said existing state laws do not provide guidance for how DCF should investigate claims from an adult who alleges abuse as a child, “creating question as to how to handle information relating to suspicions that involve children who are now adults.”

“We need to make sure that we’re crystal clear about how we respond to child abuse in Connecticut,” said Mickey Kramer, an associate child advocate with the state Office of the Child Advocate. “If the law isn’t clear, then how can we expect DCF to respond consistently and reliably?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Accused of being 'hapless, helpless and hopeless', Harris wants 'cool heads' on maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Journal

MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has come out again to strongly defend the government’s decision to allow the new National Maternity Hospital to be built on land owned by religious group the Sisters of Charity.

Addressing the annual general meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation, Harris said that, in this country, “doctors and healthcare professionals make clinical decisions – nobody else”.

However, at the Labour Party national conference today, Joan Burton accused Harris of being “hapless, helpless and hopeless” on the issue.

The question of a religious order owning a maternity hospital providing a range of services for women and children has been subject to severe scrutiny this week.

To date, over 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on a block to be placed on the Sisters of Charity owning the new National Maternity Hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Government fears St Vincent’s set to ditch maternity hospital move

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen, Pat Leahy 
 
The proposed move of the National Maternity Hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s Hospital is in jeopardy after the board of St Vincent’s announced it plans to review the status of the project.

The board said the decision was prompted by “controversy and misinformation that has arisen in recent times” and the views expressed by Minister for Health Simon Harris and other TDs.

The Irish Times understands St Vincent’s was extremely reluctant to agree to the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital to its campus in the first place, and was subjected to considerable pressure from Government and the HSE to accept the plan.

When St Vincent’s agreed to accept the move from Holles Street, it sought to integrate the new hospital into its structures, but compromised to accept a separate legal entity and to preserve the mastership system of the National Maternity Hospital, which sees the hospital led by a doctor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Simon Harris calls for 'cool heads' as he wades into maternity hospital row

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 22 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris today called for "cool heads" as he waded into the row which threatens the future of a new national maternity hospital.

The minister was attempting to quell the controversy which has led to St Vincent's Healthcare Group to review its offer of a site at its Dublin campus for the new hospital.

Asked if he intends to meet the group, he said will allow its board to meet to discuss the issue next week.

The row erupted over the decision to give ownership of the new maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity, the religious order who own the campus where the St Vincent's public and private hospitals are located.

The plan is to re-locate the maternity hospital to a new €300m building to be constructed at St Vincent's campus in Elm Park, two miles away.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

Victims’ agency strongly criticised by TDs

IRELAND
The Irish World

The Irish agency in charge of a €110 million fund for victims of abuse must be reformed as it is “completely out of its depth”, according to a member of Dail Eireann’s Public Accounts Committee, Independent TD Catherine Connolly. Caranua, which runs a redress fund for victims of institutional abuse, admitted it was overwhelmed by applications, managed its finances poorly and provided a poor service.

Last week TDs were told the agency is nevertheless about to spend €240,000 of the fund’s money in annual rent for a new office in Dublin city centre.

Survivors

Caranua was set up to distribute funds provided by religious orders to survivors of abuse at industrial schools, who can apply for help based on their health, housing or educational needs. The agency started in 2013 but didn’t have a financial manager until last summer. Its administrative costs are paid out of the fund itself and there is now €48 million of the initial €110 million left. Two per cent of applicants have been awarded one fifth of the total fund so far.

Two people received €100,000 or more, three people were given €90,000 or more and another three were granted between €80,000 and €85,000, The Times reported in an investigation published in its Irish edition last week. Last June Caranua put a €15,000 cap on pay outs, the year before it increased its chief executive Mary Higgins’ annual pay by €10,000 bringing it to more than €87,000. Ms Higgins has been criticised for saying that whatever the agency did or paid out some of the victims would never be happy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Comment: My instinct is to trust Rhona Mahony on the new Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Catherine O'Mahony
April 22 2017

Feelings are running high - that's for sure. Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition to block the state from granting sole ownership of the proposed National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity, the order that owns the St Vincent's Hospital site in Dublin's Ballsbridge where the new hospital is set to land.

So vehement is the opposition that the board of St Vincent's Healthcare Group yesterday said it was reviewing the status of the whole project.

Calls are being made for a clear divide between church and state on matters regarding health. Questions are being asked as to why any religious order should take ownership of the state-funded hospital, much less a maternity hospital where procedures sometimes need to take place that run counter to Catholic teachings.

Survivors of abuse at Magdalene Laundries are justifiably outraged because the Sisters of Charity have so far paid out only €2m of the €5m they are due to pay in redress.
There can be no excuse for this order not to pay its due. If the state can exert influence in this regard, it must.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Sisters of Charity-run facilities heavily criticised in Hiqa reports

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Health Service Executive is seeking a new service provider to run a centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Cork following two highly critical Hiqa reports into the facility when it was operated by the Sisters of Charity.

A spokeswoman told The Irish Times “the process is well under way”.

This is the second Sisters of Charity health service against which the HSE has moved following recent severely critical Hiqa reports.

The religious order is at the centre of controversy over plans for it to become the sole owner of the new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s hospital campus in Dublin.

The HSE confirmed that in June 2015 the District Court in Kilkenny granted an order to Hiqa to cancel the registration of Our Lady’s Unit at the St Patrick’s Centre there, run by the Sisters of Charity, due to concerns over fire safety. The court appointed the HSE as registered provider.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Hospital plan now in doubt as row over ownership deepens

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 22 2017

The future of the new national maternity hospital has been thrown into doubt as the row over its ownership deepened last night.

The board of St Vincent's Healthcare Group - controlled by the Sisters of Charity - announced it is to review its decision to allow the hospital to be built on its campus.

It follows days of controversy over the decision to allow the religious order to own the new €300m national maternity hospital which will be built on its land surrounding St Vincent's Hospital. In a statement yesterday, the chairman of St Vincent's Group, James Menton, said: "In view of the controversy and misinformation that has arisen in recent times regarding the project, and the views expressed by the Health Minister and other members of the Oireachtas, the board of St Vincent's Healthcare Group will review the status of the project in light of the current situation."

Critics, including some of the past residents of the Magdalene Laundries, said the religious order should not be allowed to own the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

The State needs to protect its assets as well as religious orders do

IRELAND
Irish Times

Pat Leahy

"How do I get to Killarney?” the American tourist asked. “If I were you I wouldn’t start from here at all,” came the reply. An awful lot of policy debates in Irish politics trundle around similar territory. The controversy of the week has been whether the State should give the Sisters of Charity ownership of the National Maternity Hospital when it moves from Holles Street to a new €300 million building on the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been lambasted for agreeing to the arrangement. He promises that the nuns will have no influence on the medical care. The current master pleads for the new hospital to be built, whoever owns it. Conditions at Holles Street are becoming intolerable for patients, she says. A forthcoming inquest into the death of one of those patients is likely to underscore the urgency, I’m told.

The concerns that the nuns were going to be sitting in the corner of the delivery room, directing the obstetricians – “Watch it there, doctor! Have you said the rosary?” – were slightly hyperventilated but not entirely misplaced. As my colleague Una Mullally fairly asked in an online column, why do the nuns want to own a maternity hospital anyway?

The answer, I think, is more about money and the protection of assets than about medical practice. The religious orders are not stupid. They can see as well as the rest of us that pretty soon barely any nuns will be left, just as the massed ranks of priests and brothers who taught generations of boys in Ireland’s schools are now a thing of the past. Many regret the passing of the orders; others remember only the crimes that some of them seemed to specialise in. Either way, they are going, going.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Protest In Dublin Today Over National Maternity Hospital Ownership

IRELAND
98 FM

22 Apr 2017
Sharron Lynskey

A protest is taking place in the city this afternoon over the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital at the St Vincents site.

Campaigners say ownership should not handed over to the Sisters of Charity.

The new facility is now in doubt, after the board of St Vincent's said it's now reviewing the project because of the 'controversy' surrounding it.

Nobody denies but that Holles Street needs a new premises as a matter of urgency and you know, funding has been allocated for that", says Social Democrat leader Roisin Shorthall.

"But the important thing is that we get assurances and we find out the full detail in relation to what the agreement entails, in relation to ownership and in relation to governance of the hospital".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

LABOUR CALLS FOR HEALTH MINISTER TO PUBLISH NMH DEAL WITH SISTERS OF CHARITY

IRELAND
The Nationalist

Health Minister Simon Harris has been urged to “publish all the deals and all the side deals” with a religious order involved in the mother and baby homes scandal over the building of the new national maternity hospital, writes political correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

Labour TD and former tánaiste Joan Burton called for the immediate move as she lashed out at Mr Harris being “hapless, helpless and hopeless” over his response to what happened and for failing the women of Ireland.

In a hard-hitting speech during an emergency debate on three motions in response to last night’s revelations the Sisters of Charity are considering scrapping the national maternity hospital plan, Ms Burton said “secret deals” with the church have no role to play in modern Ireland.

Warning public trust has been shattered by what has emerged this week, she said no one has been re-assured by the Government’s response and that what happens now will be central to a deal “that will last the next 100 years”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Cork TD Billy Kelleher calls for FULL publication of National Maternity Hospital ‘deal’

IRELAND
The Cork

22 April 2017
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has called on Minister Simon Harris to publish the deal reached between the National Maternity Hospital and the Sisters of Charity regarding the provision of the new maternity hospital.

Deputy Kelleher said, “The ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital has been subject to intense discussion and debate in recent days. There have been many reports and counter-reports regarding the proposed governance structure for the hospital which is due to be constructed on the site of the current St. Vincent’s Hospital.

“While I have requested the Master of Holles Street – Dr Rhona Mahony – to attend the Oireachtas Health Committee, alongside Kieran Mulvey, I am also requesting that all details of the various reports, reviews and deals on the hospital be fully published so that people can ascertain the facts. We need clarity on what is actually contained in the deal reached to provide a new National Maternity Hospital.

“I am also extending the invitation to Minister Harris to attend the Health Committee so that he can outline exactly what he agreed to and at what stages he was consulted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

New National Maternity Hospital project has been 'badly handled' - IMO

IRELAND
RTE News

The Irish Medical Organisation has said the project for the new national maternity hospital seems to have been very badly handled.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Religious Sisters of Charity was to be given ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded hospital because it owns the land on which it is to be built.

The new hospital is to be built on the campus of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

Dr Ann Hogan, the IMO's new president, said it was very distressing and could mean a delay in the new facility that is so badly needed for women and babies.

Speaking at the union's annual general meeting in Galway, she said both Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Master of Holles Street Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony had given assurances that they had the range of medical services and independence of the facility copper fastened and now there was uncertainty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Prostituzione minorile, il parroco don Felice La Rosa a processo

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Don Felice La Rosa, 42, a former pastor of Zungri, was suspended by Bishop Luigi Renzo after he and two other suspects were charged with child prostitution.]

L'indagine risale allo scorso novembre. Il sacerdote avrebbe pagato una somma di denaro per le prestazioni sessuali di un 15enne

Salta il filtro dell’udienza preliminare e va all’immediato don Felice La Rosa, 42 anni, ex parroco di Zungri, sospeso dal vescovo Luigi Renzo, dopo che questi, insieme ad altri due indagati, è stato accusato di prostituzione minorile. L’indagine della Squadra mobile, coordinata dalla Procura di Catanzaro, che ha consentito di svelare un giro di prostituzione minorile, risale a novembre 2016. Don La Rosa è stato arrestato dalla polizia assieme ad altre due persone, un cittadino bulgaro, M.I., e un pensionato, F.A, di Briatico. Secondo gli inquirenti, il bulgaro avrebbe offerto per denaro al pensionato e al sacerdote le prestazioni sessuali di un 15enne, anch’egli straniero.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Verfahren gegen Priester eingestellt

DEUTSCHLAND
Nordwest Zeitung

[The investigations of a priest from Lohne (Kreis Vechta) on suspicion of possession of child pornographic writings has been suspended. The priest had previously been investigated by the Oldenburg Public Prosecutor's Office for sexual abuse.]

LOHNE/MÜNSTER Die Ermittlungen gegen einen Priester aus Lohne (Kreis Vechta) wegen des Verdachts auf den Besitz jugendpornografischer Schriften sind eingestellt worden. Es habe sich „kein hinreichender Tatverdacht“ ergeben, bestätigte die Erste Staatsanwältin der Staatsanwaltschaft Hannover, Kathrin Söfker, am Freitag.

Die Dateien auf dem beschlagnahmten Computer des zunächst Verdächtigen seien gelöscht gewesen, dann aber wiederhergestellt worden, so die Staatsanwältin. Einige wenige Bilder darin hätten möglicherweise als jugendpornografisch gelten können. Allerdings sei das Alter der abgebildeten Menschen nicht einzuschätzen gewesen. Es könne sich auch um Volljährige handeln, so dass die Bilder „legal“ gewesen seien, hieß es.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Three years later, is Canada keeping its Truth and Reconciliation Commission promises?

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

TRACY BEAR AND CHRIS ANDERSEN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Tracy Bear is director of the Indigenous Women’s Resilience Project in the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. Chris Andersen is interim dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

The year 2017 is especially symbolic for Canada. In addition to marking the 150th year of its confederation, it also is the third anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s completion. Two years ago, the TRC released its final report and 94 calls to action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Amid celebrations, a vigorous debate has erupted over the gap between the Canadian federal government’s promises to Indigenous peoples and what might charitably be termed the muted delivery on those promises.

At possibly no other time in our history has so much discussion taken place, country wide, about issues relating to reconciliation and the calls for a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. In the midst of these ostensibly celebratory conversations, however, some examples have emerged that demonstrate just how far we have to go. Nationally, Senator Lynn Beyak recently commented on what she regarded as the TRC’s excessively negative depiction of Canada’s Indian residential schools. Her remarks are as profoundly tone deaf as they are historically inaccurate and they led to her removal from the Senate committee on aboriginal peoples. Here in Alberta, the local council in Strathcona County (directly east of Edmonton) recently voted against beginning its meetings with an acknowledgment of their presence on Treaty 6 territory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?

UNITED STATES
Christianity Today

ED STETZER

The explosive controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly has captured the attention of global news networks, and his sudden departure has sparked conversation about harassment, bullying, and organizational response. Wednesday night, I watched Fox News briefly mention O’Reilly at the beginning of his former time slot, and then quickly move to other topics. This was in sharp contrast to almost every other major news network, which ran the story as a main focus of conversation on TV and online outlets.

The attempt to subdue the conversation actually just displayed a palpable disconnect.

There are many lessons Fox News needs to learn from this situation, and certainly O’Reilly has a lot to learn as well.

But I'm wondering something different.

I want to know, what can the Church learn from this debacle?

Here are some thoughts.

First, the way we respond to an accusation teaches people how we value others.

Many leaders have publicly dismissed these accusations against Bill O’Reilly as a smear campaign without knowing the facts. Dismissal like this has almost become a default in some organizations, especially in the case of sexual misconduct.

Yes, I know (and am glad) we live in a society where legally people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But when leaders respond to allegations of sexual harassment and bullying with automatic defensiveness, doubt, and dismissal, that teaches people who have been hurt how much you value them. To put it bluntly, it teaches them they won’t be believed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Is The Church Still A Sanctuary?

JAMAICA
The Gleaner

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it - Proverbs 22:6

Growing up, it has always been the norm for parents to advocate that children be 'raised' in the Church. Be it Sabbath or Sunday School, the principle was that if they even turned away to focus on 'things of the world', then the innate training would manifest itself once more.

But with the many reports coming out of Christendom regarding the abuse by leaders of the flock on their young charges, reports on pastors swindling poor souls out of their hard earned monies, doubts have arisen on how much of a sanctuary the Church really is.

Dr Edina Bayne, associate pastor and member of the American Associations of Christian Counsellors, who is currently in Jamaica reached out to Family and Religion on what she termed 'a burning issue'.

"The Church, which one would love to think would be the final frontier, a place that is built on family, and where families should feel safe - especially safe from sexual abuse, manipulation and control - is everything but safe. Now we find that in all too many instances in the churches, charismatic pastors and leaders are preying on the Church instead of praying for them," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Malawi’s Children Animators told to safeguard minors

MALAWI
Vatican Radio

A Child Protection activist in Malawi, Sister Agnes Jonas of the Teresian Sisters, has challenged Children Animators in the Church to safeguard and protect children from all forms of abuses including physical and emotional ill-treatment; sexual abuse; neglect or negligent treatment of children. She said the Church could also advocate against commercial interests that harm children.

Sr. Jonas spoke about the importance of protecting children during a presentation on Child Protection to 96 Animators under the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).

“This includes exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust and power,” said Sr. Jonas.

According to Sr. Jonas, the Church is crucial in ensuring that it assists victims of abuse. This support to victims encompasses cooperating with civil authorities and offering Counselling to victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Special mass to be held at Catholic church this weekend

NEW YORK
InformNY

By: Christopher Bucher
Posted: Apr 21, 2017

There will be a special mass held this weekend in St. Lawrence County designed to try and bring peace to victims of sexual abuse.

According to 7 News, Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg plans to hold a "Healing Mass" at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

The hope is to try and alleviate pain suffered by the thousands of people who were sexually abused by the overall Catholic clergy over several decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Pinwheel garden planted for Child Abuse Prevention Month

ARIZONA
The Catholic Sun

The Diocese of Phoenix Office of Child and Youth Protection planted a pinwheel garden outside of the Diocesan Pastoral Center April 18 to mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The pinwheel “is an uplifting symbol of childhood. It represents all our efforts to ensure a healthy and safe environment of children in our community,” said Anne Vargas-Leveriza, director of the Child and Youth Protection Office.

The program began with a Rosary led by students from St. Agnes School, followed by a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Bishop LaValley to apologize to victims at special Sunday service

NEW YORK
Watertown Daily Times

By LARRY ROBINSON
LROBINSON@OGD.COM
PUBLISHED: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

OGDENSBURG — Bishop Terry R. La­Valley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, will apologize for past sexual abuse and other harmful acts by clergy and church officials during a special service at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

The so-called Mass of Healing is being held on what Catholics celebrate as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday following Easter.

Bishop LaValley said Friday that the liturgy will acknowledge the pain caused by some pastoral leaders and other members of the church, whether it involved the sexual abuse of minors or other inappropriate actions.

“It’s an opportunity to come together and seek the Lord’s forgiveness,” Bishop LaValley said. “To express our sorrow, our regret, our shame, and to come together as the members of one family of faith to pray for each other and support each other.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Everything you need to know about Netflix's The Keepers, aka the new Making a Murderer

UNITED STATES
Telegraph (UK)

Rebecca Hawkes
20 APRIL 2017

In Baltimore, Maryland, in 1969, a 26-year-old Catholic nun was murdered and her suspected killers, alleged abusers and paedophiles, left free to their continue their crimes.

Years later, a new seven-part Netflix series, the forthcoming The Keepers, has thrust the case into the public eye – and, judging by its gripping trailer, may have uncovered new evidence about a decades-old cover-up.

But the release of The Keepers is just the latest chapter in a long, ongoing story, which encompasses not just a murder, but a probable paedophilia ring, and deep-set corruption on the part of police force and church officials in Baltimore.

In 2015 The Huffington Post published an in-depth piece on the case, focusing on the stories of the former Catholic schoolgirls who came forwards, years later, to share their stories of the sexual abuse they endured at Archbishop Kenough High School, and their memories of the charismatic young teacher, Sister Catherine "Cathy" Cesnik, who promised to help them – and later ended up dead.

The key events from the case

November 1969: Sister Cathy Cesnik disappears

Cesnik, a popular teacher at the all-girls Archbishop Kenough High School, disappeared after leaving the flat she shared with another nun, Sister Helen Russell Phillips, on November 7 1969. When she hadn't returned by 11pm, Phillips became concerned and called two priests, Father Gerald J. Koob and Father Peter McKeon, who later contacted the police. Cesnik's car was discovered nearby, parked illegally (and away from her usual spot).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

The next Making a Murderer: Netflix releases trailer for true crime docu-series about Baltimore nun's unsolved 1969 killing and how the church 'covered it up'

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (UK)

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for its next addictive true crime docu-series.

The Keepers examines the 1969 murder of Baltimore nun Cathy Cesnik, a grisly crime that has haunted the city for years.

It promises to expose a web of corruption, sexual abuse and lies within the Baltimore's entrenched Catholic community.

The film was created by Tripod Media and Film 45. It will be launched on Netflix on May 19.

Cathy Cesnik was murdered in November 1969. She was 26 and taught English teacher at Archbishop Keough High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Will the mystery of who killed Sister Cathy become the next ‘Making a Murderer’?

UNITED STATES
news.com.au

ONE evening in November, 1969, Sister Catherine “Cathy” Cesnik, left the home she shared with a fellow nun to buy some dinner rolls, shop for an engagement gift and cash a cheque.

When the 26-year-old hadn’t returned by 11pm, her concerned flatmate called two friends who were priests. They eventually contacted local Baltimore police and reported their friend missing.

Her car was discovered unlocked, parked illegally, and away from her usual spot. There was no sign of Cathy.

In early 1970 Sister Cathy’s badly decomposed body was discovered at a rubbish dump. A forensic examination revealed that the popular schoolteacher had been choked, then killed by a blow from a blunt object — possibly a hammer or a brick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

IOWA
Quad-City Times

Thumbs up to Bishop Martin Amos and welcome to his soon-to-be successor at the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Monsignor Thomas Zinkula.

Amos came to a diocese in crisis in 2006, at the height of allegations of past sexual abuse. He helped steer the diocese through the bankruptcy and financial hardships that followed, while doing the important work of reaching out to survivors of abuse. Through it all, Amos remained steady.

The Diocese of Davenport is in a much better place because of his decade at its helm.

In will walk Zinkula on June 22, a lawyer, religious scholar and rector of St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque. Zinkula immediately addressed issues such as priest shortages and burnout in his introductory comments. And did so with a certain sense of humor, particularly about how people tend to butcher his name. Zinkula looks to be up to the challenge of representing a religious community amid a changing political landscape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Newcastle Anglican Diocese will hold a professional standards hearing about a former priest

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
22 Apr 2017

NEWCASTLE Anglican Diocese will hold a two day professional standards board hearing into the fitness for ministry of Reverend Drew Hanlon.

In a short statement the diocese did not reveal any details about the reason for the hearing on April 27 and 28, but confirmed it is open to the public. Venue is level 1, 19 Darby Street, Newcastle.

Reverend Hanlon became an Anglican priest in December, 1993 and started work with Newcastle diocese in January, 2011. Reverend Hanlon concluded ministry at Samaritans in April, 2013 and has recently been living in South Australia.

The board hearing will be presided over by former NSW local court magistrate Colin Elliott after he accepted reappointment as president of the professional standards board in October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

April 21, 2017

Parents group to protest at UHG over national maternity hospital plans

IRELAND
Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom – A campaign group will protest at UHG this weekend over government plans to hand ownership of the new national maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

The demonstration is being hosted by the ‘Parents for Choice’ group.

The group is calling on the government to reverse its decision to vest ownership of the 300 million euro facility to the religious order.

The protest will take place outside UHG at 3pm on Saturday to coincide with similar protests at maternity units across Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Mater Hospital patients refused contraceptive pill

IRELAND
Newstalk

One of Ireland’s largest hospitals does not provide women with the contraceptive pill – based on its operational ethos as a Catholic institution.

In-patients at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin are not provided with access to the pill, regardless of whether they need it due to illness or are suffering without it.

While doctors are free to prescribe the medication, the hospital does not stock the pill at its on-site pharmacy and expects women to source their own from outside. ...

The Department of Health has refused to comment on the revelations – insisting that the Mater is a private institution free to operate under its own ethos and guidelines.

Dr Murphy said that while the hospital is a private institution, it is funded by the government. ...

The situation will do little to calm fears however, that the planned delivery of sole ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to another religious order, the Sisters of Charity, will compromise its clinical and operational independence.

A department spokesman said the new facility will be operating “very much under a different situation” with a "triple-lock" system in place to guarantee its autonomy and clinical independence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to review plans for National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
The Journal

THE BOARD OF the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group plans to review the status of the new National Maternity Hospital project, in light of recent developments.

In a statement, the group said it would review plans to build the new maternity hospital at the St Vincent’s Hospital site, in light of the controversy surrounding the development.

“In view of the controversy and misinformation that has arisen in recent times regarding the project, and the views expressed by the Minister for Health and other members of the Oireachtas, the board of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group will review the status of the project in light of the current situation,” said Jimmy Menton, Chairperson of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

“Pending this review, the Board does not intend to make any further comment.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Future of new national maternity hospital in doubt after 'review' launched over controversy

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 21 2017

The future of the new national maternity hospital which is due to be built on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin is in doubt.

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group announced today it is to review its decision to allow the hospital be built on its campus.

It follows days of controversy over the decision to allow the Sisters of Charity, who own St Vincents and the surrounding land, to own the new €300m maternity hospital.

In a statement today the chairman of St Vincents James Menton said: "In view of the controversy and misinformation that has arisen in recent times regarding the project, and the views expressed by the Minister for Health and other members of the Oireachtas, the board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group will review the status of the project in light of the current situation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Irish Health Minister demands nuns allow abortion in hospital on their land

IRELAND
Lifesite

April 21, 2017 (SPUC) -- The Irish Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree on contracts allowing abortion and contraception in the new National Maternity Hospital being built on their land.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has intervened in a row about ownership and control of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital in south Dublin where the new 300 million euro facility is planned next to St Vincent's Hospital.

The decision by the government to "hand over" control of the new hospital to a religious order has caused a furore in the Irish press, and thousands have signed a petition opposing it. The outrage is centred around historic allegations of child abuse by the order, as well as fears that the nuns would prevent abortion and other practices contrary to Catholic teaching taking place on the premises.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

Ex-Madonna House resident says hospital handover a ‘slap in the face’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Ronan McGreevy

A former resident of a mother and baby home run by the Sisters of Charity has described proposals to hand over ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the order as “disgusting and a disgrace”.

Francis Timmons (46), an independent councillor on South Dublin County Council, spent the first three years of his life in Madonna House in Blackrock run by the Sisters of Charity. He was born in 1971 to a single mother before being fostered out.

Cllr Timmons said the news the Sisters of Charity will own the new hospital left him in despair.

“Someone please tell me this is just a nightmare and that I have woken up in 2017 in a modern Republic of Ireland where the grip of the church is a thing of the past,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

National Maternity Hospital needs to be run by State and not Sisters Of Charity, minister claims

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY BLANAID MURPHY
APR 2017

A Government minister has claimed that the new National Maternity Hospital needs to be run by the State and not an order of nuns.

Strains within the Cabinet are showing over the decision to hand over full ownership of the new e300million taxpayer-funded facility to the nuns who ran the religious order behind the notorious Magdaline laundries.

But the controversial move has been slammed by Independent TDs and could rock the stability of the coalition.

The Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath insisted there needs to be a separation of church and Government.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

State should take land from orders owing redress money - Minister

IRELAND
Irish Times

Vivienne Clarke, Paul Cullen

The Government should introduce legislation to allow it to take over lands belonging to religious orders who still owe the State money under the redress scheme, maintains Independent TD and Minister of State John Halligan.

“No religious order should have anything to do with a hospital,” he told RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show.

He was speaking after it emerged that the Department of Health will to give the order sole ownership of the €300 million National Maternity Hospital when it moves from Holles Street to the Elm Park campus, next to St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Mr Halligan said that there had not been any discussion by the Independent Alliance on the issue of the location of the National Maternity Hospital to the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in advance of the agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

HOSPITAL REVIEW Future of National Maternity Hospital plans in question after St Vincent’s group announce review

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By Ryan McBride
21st April 2017

PLANS for the National Maternity Hospital are in doubt after it was revealed tonight that the Board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group will be reviewing the status of the project.

The Sisters of Charity own the area at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the new maternity hospital is set to be built.

They are yet to pay €3million owed to the State as part of the redress scheme following an inquiry into child abuse by the Catholic Church.

The chairperson of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, Jimmy Menton, broke news of the review in a statement, which read: “On November 21, 2016, following six months of intensive discussions chaired by Mr. Kieran Mulvey (former CEO of the Workplace Relations Commission), St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) signed a comprehensive agreement providing for the corporate and clinical governance arrangements for the future operation of a new maternity hospital, called ‘The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC’.

“That agreement was publicly endorsed and welcomed by both the Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, and the Taoiseach, Deputy Enda Kenny, at a press briefing that evening in Government Buildings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Uncertainty surrounds plans for new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
RTE News

Uncertainty surrounds plans for the new National Maternity Hospital following controversy over the involvement of the Sisters of Charity.

The Board of St Vincent's Healthcare Group said this evening it will review the status of the new National Maternity Hospital project in light of the current situation.

The new hospital is to be built on the campus of St Vincent's University Hospital in south Dublin.

There has been growing opposition after it emerged that the Religious Sisters of Charity will be given ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded hospital because it owns the land on which it is to be built.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

Minister Insists On 'Clinical, Operational And Financial Independence Of New Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Today FM

Board of St Vincent's Hospital to review the status of the project because of growing controversy

The Minister for Health says he remains 'fully committed' to the delivery of the new National Maternity Hospital.

It follows an annoucement that the board of St Vincent's Healthcare group is to meet to review the status of the project, in light of the controversy surrounding the project and the the views expressed by Minister Simon Harris.

The new maternity hospital is due to be built on a site at St Vincent’s Hospital - on lands owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Minister Harris has issued a statement tonight insisting that the 'clinical, operational and financial independence' of the new hospital will be copperfastened in the legal arrangements, which he will formally sanction himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

Religious group threatens maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Ellen Coyne
April 22 2017
The Times

The Catholic healthcare group that is set to own the new National Maternity Hospital has responded to a growing public backlash by suggesting it would pull out of the project.

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is owned by the Sisters of Charity, who also own the proposed site for the hospital. St Vincent’s said last night that it was going to re-examine the project at its next board meeting, blaming “controversy and misinformation” and citing comments by Simon Harris, the health minister, and other TDs.

Opposition politicians condemned the group, saying they were threatening the future of the hospital. The minister did not respond directly to the group’s remarks last night but said in a statement that he was still “fully committed” to the new maternity hospital and defended public-private hospital ownership.

Last month, The Times revealed that the Sisters of Charity, which still owes €3 million in child abuse redress, was to be given the new National Maternity Hospital after it is built with €300 million of taxpayers’ money.

The new hospital is to be built on the Elm Park site at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, a site which is owned by the Sisters of Charity. The Department of Health said that the option of the state buying the land from the religious order “never arose”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

State Senate bills address civil statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases, lead testing in schools

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times

By J.D. Prose jprose@calkins.com

Victims of sexual abuse would have an additional 10 years to pursue civil legal action under a bill introduced in the state Senate while another one would require schools be tested for lead every year.

Senate Bill 643, sponsored by state Sen. John Rafferty Jr., R-Montgomery County, would increase the statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims who were under 18 when they were assaulted. Currently, these victims have 12 years after they turn 18 to file civil suits, but Rafferty’s bill would increase that window to 22 years.

“This legislation would allow the victim to file for damages regardless of whether the individual files a criminal complaint regarding the childhood sexual abuse,” Rafferty told colleagues in a February memo.

Southwest Pennsylvania co-sponsors on the legislation include state Sens. Guy Reschenthaler, R-37, Jefferson Hills, Allegheny County, and Pat Stefano, R-Fayette County.

Rafferty previously introduced his bill in April 2016, but it did not receive a floor vote. Senate Bill 643 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Rafferty serves as vice chairman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Pat Flanagan: Obscene Maternity hospital deed is insult to Magdalene laundry survivors

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY PAT FLANAGAN
21 APR 2017

Our Government spending €300million of our money to open a Magdalene maternity hospital says all you need to know about Ireland’s attitude towards woman and children.

After the decades of persecution and abuse inflicted on innocent children you’d imagine the last people you would let near women and kids would be the order of nuns which ran the Magdalene Laundries.

Such is the disbelief at the plan to give Sisters of Charity complete ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital that people must be pinching themselves to check it’s not all a bad dream.

It’s not that it’s bad, it’s not that it’s mad – it is one of the most obscene acts ever committed by an Irish government and a total insult to the Magdalene survivors.

It is not surprising a petition calling for this dirty deed to be undone had been signed by almost 70,000 outraged citizens on Thursday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Rev. Henry Mills – Assignment History

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Henry Mills was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York in 1988. He was an assistant priest at Christ the King parish in the Bronx for eight years, followed by one year in the same role at St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem.

Mills was removed from St. Joseph's in 1997 after he was accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old male parishioner. The abuse was said to have begun in 1992 at Christ the King, when the youth went to Mills for counseling, and to have continued over several years. Mills' accuser claimed that the priest plied him with alcohol, threatened to say that the boy tried to seduce him if he told, and said that "nobody would ever believe" him. The lawsuit also accused the archdiocese of a cover-up and of breaking a promise to provide psychological help. The archdiocese denied the allegations and said "if anything occurred, it was consensual sex." Mills countersued his accuser in 1998.

After his removal Mills was sent to a treatment facility in upstate New York, after which he was sent reside at St. Elizabeth parish rectory in Washington Heights. In 2002, despite his "Absent on Leave" status, Mills was discovered by a news reporter to have been actively ministering at the parish and its school. At the time, neither of the lawsuits had been resolved.

Mills' whereabouts and status in April 2017 are unclear.

Ordained: 1988

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

BTS and GRACE offer historic seminary course on child sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

“A primary reason why abuse victims are afraid of the church is because of the level of immaturity and ignorance they have experienced in how they are treated or handled by the community and leadership of a church.” – child sexual abuse survivor

Sexual abuse of children within faith communities is an extremely complex topic, and failing to comprehend and address it can have devastating and lifelong consequences. Yet, research shows that only about three percent of seminaries provide any preparation in child abuse prevention and response (according to the National Child Protection Training Center). Church leaders must be educated before-the-job, not on-the-job. Education about child sex abuse must be in tandem with education on studying scripture, preaching, counseling, and administration.

Biblical Theological Seminary (BTS) has teamed up with Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) to offer a first of its kind, 3-credit-hour seminary course that will educate, train, and equip future pastors and church staff members on protecting children from offenders and serving adult survivors of child sexual abuse. GRACE worked with the National Child Protection Training Center and a team of Christian theologians, pastors, counselors, and child protection professionals to craft this historic course.

In describing the need for this course, GRACE’s executive director, Boz Tchividjian, stated, “The on-the-job training of pastors and other faith leaders in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse isn’t working – it is dangerous and all too often has devastating consequences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM

Nigerian Christian Association condemns arrested pastor

SOUTH AFRICA
East Coast Radio

By Jacaranda FM news

The Christian Association of Nigeria has condemned a pastor who stands accused of sexually exploiting at least 30 girls.

The Nigerian pastor, who lives in Port Elizabeth, was arrested by the Hawks on charges of human trafficking.

The association's Archbishop Benson Uwha said they are aware that not all of their countrymen necessarily have good intentions, but pointed out that some South African pastors are also accused of exploiting their congregants.

"We do not shy away from the fact that there are a few Nigerians who come into this land in the name of pastors and otherwise and drive undue excesses and despicable acts.

""We condemn the practices and also appeal to South Africans to let the law take its course.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Controversial pastor accused of abusing women to remain in custody

SOUTH AFRICA
News 24

Port Elizabeth - The controversial pastor sought in relation to sexual offences in Port Elizabeth will remain in police custody for another 12 days, the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court said on Friday.

The pastor made a brief appearance on Friday and his matter was postponed to May 3.

The 58-year-old was arrested by the Hawks on Thursday and taken to their offices in chains, escorted by police vehicles with howling sirens, Netwerk24 reported at the time.

Wearing sunglasses and a colourful jacket, the pastor was accompanied by police officials from the tactical response team (TRT).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Worshippers fill up PE court in support of pastor accused of sexual assault

SOUTH AFRICA
City Press

Nosipiwo Manona
2017-04-21

Hundreds of worshippers from Jesus Domination International church, where Timothy Omotoso is the head pastor and prophet, filled the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

They came in support of Omotoso, who was nabbed dramatically by the Hawks with a heavy contingent of the Tactical Response Team (TRT unit), shortly after he landed at the local airport with his three escorts on Thursday afternoon.

He has been accused of sexually abusing women who worked at the churches he managed in South Africa.

He was investigated after a woman from Port Elizabeth made accusations of sexual abuse against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Rabbi Yosef Blau (YU) Speaks Up For Child Sex Abuse Survivors

UNITED STATES
YouTube

Published on Apr 5, 2017

Rabbi Yosef Blau addresses the issues of child sexual abuse in the orthodox community, cover ups, reporting abuse to the police, and supporting survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

David McCann Seeks Apology from Pope Francis on Behalf of Canadians Who Suffered Abuse as Children at Catholic Institutions

CANADA
Yahoo!

VANCOUVER, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - David McCann will be travelling to Rome the week of May 14 to 21, 2017 to seek a meeting with Pope Francis and his staff to ask him to apologize to Canadians for the abuse suffered by children and others at the hands of Catholic religious orders and clergy.

To date he has received replies from the Archbishops of Ottawa and Vancouver, and the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto.

He is awaiting confirmation of the meeting from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State.

Mr. McCann will discuss further details of his trip, and the reasons for going, at a press conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00 am. Location: Studios 2 and 3, Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4.

In November of 1989, Mr. McCann was the first student from St. Joseph's Training School For Boys in Alfred, Ontario to come forward with allegations of physical, psychological and sexual child abuse against the De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools and other staff at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Sitten: Fünf Priester wegen sexuellem Missbrauch identifiziert

SCHWEIZ
RRO

[The Swiss bishops' conference launched a call four and a half months ago for victims of clery abuse to come forward. As a result, seven people have been registered in the diocese of Sitten. The cases reported date back to the years 1950 to 1970. Four of the accused priests were active in the Unterwallis, one in the Oberwallis.]

Sieben Opfer haben sich beim Bistum Sitten aufgrund sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Pfarrer gemeldet. Von den fünf Beschuldigten lebt heute jedoch nur noch einer.

21.04.2017, 07:15

Vor viereinhalb Monaten hat die schweizerische Bischofskonferenz einen Aufruf lanciert. Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch durch Priester sollten sich mitteilen. Daraufhin haben sich im Bistum Sitten bis heute sieben Personen gemeldet. Die angegebenen Fälle gehen auf die Jahre 1950 bis 1970 zurück. Vier der bezichtigten Priester waren im Unterwallis tätig, einer im Oberwallis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Church admits mistakes in priest sex abuse case

UNITED KINGDOM
Network Norwich

The Catholic Church has admitted it should have taken “more robust action” against a former Norwich priest jailed for sexually abusing a vulnerable teenage boy at a children’s home almost 40 years ago.

Anthony McSweeney was jailed for three years in 2015, after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting the youngster while working at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981.

Concerns were raised in 1998, when his cleaner discovered pornographic videos at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

But instead of being reported to the police, he was quietly moved to a new parish, St George’s, in Norwich, where he led the Sprowston Road church’s congregation.

Now, the safeguarding commissions of the dioceses of East Anglia and Brentwood have accepted the recommendations made in an independent review following McSweeney’s conviction, and that “there were failings in the way in which the Church managed the situation at the time”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Priest’s victim is praised after giving evidence

UNITED KINGDOM
Wigan Today

CHARLES GRAHAM
Friday 21 April 2017

The victim who came forward to give evidence against a disgraced local priest has been praised for his bravery.

Following the guilty verdict of Father Michael Higginbottom, and his sentencing to 17 years in prison for sexual offences committed against a teenage boy in the 1970s, when the former priest taught at St Joseph’s College, the Crown Prosecution Service has sought to reassure other victims of similar assaults.

Claire Hilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “The victim in this case showed great courage in coming forward to report the offences committed and giving evidence at his trial.

His courage has enabled the CPS to bring him to justice for his crimes. “Higginbottom abused the significant position of trust he held as a teacher and guardian of the pupils in his care as well as a priest and representative of the Catholic Church.

“His actions have had a devastating impact on the victim from his school days and into his adult life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Archbishop in India to face trial for allegedly trying to poison priest

INDIA
Crux

Nirmala Carvalho April 21, 2017
CRUX CONTRIBUTOR

MUMBAI, India - An Archbishop in India and two of his priests may soon appear in court, accused of attempting to poison to another cleric.

The case dates back to February 2013, when Father Anand Muttungal, a priest of the Archdiocese of Bhopal, filed a complaint alleging that the Archbishop of Bhopal, Leo Cornelio, the vicar general Father Mathew VC, and diocesan spokesperson Father Johny PJ were retaliating after Muttungal questioned an alleged misappropriation of funds from the diocesan society. Muttungal had also approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court about the misappropriation case.

The allegations in the complaint were substantiated by Father Philip KP, another priest of the diocese, who submitted an affidavit in the court alleging the archbishop and vicar general had pressured him to administer some poisonous substances to Muttungal in order to make him go crazy, and they had even approached a psychiatrist for help in executing the plot.

Cornelio, however, claimed that the allegations against him were baseless.

“Whatever happened was done in good faith, to help the person,” the archbishop told Crux.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Former employee at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City charged with embezzlement

OKLAHOMA
NewsOK

by Carla Hinton, & Kyle Schwab Published: April 21, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - The former director of immigration and legal services of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City has been accused of stealing money meant for clients' immigration fees.

Margarita I. Solis, 46, of Norman, was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of embezzlement.

Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Solis, while employed as an attorney by Catholic Charities, was in charge of assisting clients in obtaining permanent residency status and citizenship in the United States.

After receiving money orders from clients to pay immigration fees, Solis would make the orders payable to her and cash them, according to prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Peter Boylan: New maternity hospital should not be given to Sisters of Charity

IRELAND
Irish Times

Dr Peter Boylan

A new national maternity hospital is badly needed to serve the interests of the women and infants of Ireland. There is no argument about this.

Despite clinical outcomes that compare with the best in the world, there are obvious infrastructural deficiencies in the existing building, on Holles Street in Dublin.

The design of the hospital planned for the Elm Park campus, next to St Vincent’s University Hospital, is superb.

Huge credit is due to those who have invested so much time and effort in the project. It is to be hoped that planning permission will soon be granted. ...

Modern maternity and gynaecological care encompasses contraception, sterilisation, IVF, gender reassignment surgery and abortion, as well as the usual day-to-day activities of a busy maternity hospital.

Are we seriously expected to believe that if the hospital goes ahead according to the proposed arrangement it will be the only maternity hospital in the world owned by the Catholic Church, and run by a company owned by the Catholic Church, that will allow these procedures? This stretches credibility to breaking point. Indeed it would seem to be naive.

The board of any hospital oversees, in a corporate sense, the clinical work of the hospital.

The proposed structure means that the four directors nominated by St Vincent’s Healthcare Group will have fundamental religious objections to a significant part of the clinical work of the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Harris promises protections for National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised key protections against possible “religious interference” will be put in place before the move of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to St Vincent’s hospital goes ahead.

Mr Harris rejected claims the Sisters of Charity, who will own the new facility through their ownership of St Vincent’s, have been “gifted” the hospital or that they would be running it.

While acknowledging “legitimate questions and opinions” had been voiced since it emerged the order would own the new €300 million hospital, Mr Harris said he was committed to “absolutely protecting” public health policy, taxpayers’ money and the State.

After a day when Opposition politicians mocked the Minister for “hiding behind tweets” on the issue and 200 people protested outside his department’s Hawkins House offices, he issued a statement saying he would seek new safeguards before the project went ahead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Chair of Oireachtas Health Committee dismisses argument over NMH ownership

IRELAND
Breaking News

Update: 10;50am The Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee says it is not important who owns the new National Maternity Hospital.

Doctor Micheál Harty says what matters is what happens inside.

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition to block the Sisters of Charity from owning the Dublin hospital when it opens in four years time.

The Health Minister has promised the nuns won't have any say over medical decisions despite their ability to appoint members of the board.

While Doctor Harty claims the ownership row is unimportant: “For the women who need a termination in the case of a risk to her life, what happens within that hospital, is far more important than who owns it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Simon Harris accused of 'hypocrisy' for backing Sisters given previous stance

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Philip Ryan
April 21 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris has been accused of "practising hypocrisy" over his stance on the Sisters of Charity's controversial ownership of the long-awaited National Maternity Hospital.

The charge came as Mr Harris insisted the religious order would not gain financially or have any say over medical procedures or treatment at the new hospital. In an official statement, the minister said it was "not true" to say that the "nuns will be running the hospital".

However, fresh questions have been raised over the minister's position on the religious order after it emerged that he previously attacked financial arrangements linked to the charity.

Three years ago, Mr Harris lambasted the St Vincent's Care Group, which is owned by the under-fire religious order, for using a public hospital as collateral for bank loans to build a private car park and health facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Neef schrijft boek over misbruik bisschop Vangheluwe: "Schaamte en walging gaan nooit meer weg"

BELGIE
De Redactie

[Mark Vangheluwe, cousin, and for years a victim of former bishop Roger Vangheluwe, has in the book "Letter to the Pope" written down his story about the abuse. The "king of unpunished secret", he calls his uncle.]

Mark Vangheluwe, neef en jarenlang slachtoffer van gewezen bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, heeft in het boek “Brief aan de paus” voor het eerst zijn verhaal over het misbruik neergeschreven. De “ongestrafte koning van het verborgene”, noemt hij zijn nonkel. "Door te schrijven probeert hij terug meester te worden over zijn lijf", getuigt jeugdpsychiater Peter Adriaenssens.

22 april 2010. Bijna dag op dag zeven jaar geleden ontploft de Vangheluwebom in de kerk. Op een persconferentie leest de woordvoerder van Vangheluwe een brief voor waarin de bisschop bekent dat hij jarenlang “een jongen uit een bevriende omgeving” seksueel misbruikt heeft. Die jongen, dat is Mark Vangheluwe, zijn neef. Amper vijf was hij toen hij voor de eerste keer misbruikt werd door zijn nonkel en dat misbruik zou bijna 15 jaar aanhouden. Zijn getuigenis in 2010 deed Roger Vangheluwe de das om. Meer nog: wat volgde was een stroom aan getuigenissen over seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Pennsylvania Franciscan Friars Ask for Dismissal of Criminal Charges

PENNSYLVANIA
NBC 10

Three Franciscan friars have asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges that they didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school.

Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva has set an April 27 hearing on the defense motions filed by attorneys for Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli, the Altoona Mirror reported Thursday.

D'Aversa, 70, Cristcitelli, 62, and Schinelli, 73, were ordered to stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges following a preliminary hearing last April.

State prosecutors contend the friars either assigned or supervised Brother Stephen Baker when he served at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown in the 1990s.

Baker fatally stabbed himself in the heart at the Franciscan's St. Bernardine monastery near Hollidaysburg, which the defendants led from 1986 to 2010. Baker killed himself days after the Youngstown, Ohio, diocese announced in early 2013 that 11 students had settled claims they were molested by Baker while he worked at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, in the late 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Jehovah Witness charged with historic child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

A member of the Jehovah Witness congregation will appear in court next month after he was charged with historic child sex offences.

Child Abuse squad detectives charged the 72-year-old over alleged offences against a girl between 1979 and 1982.

It will be alleged the man sexually assaulted the girl, who was 11 at the time of the first offence, in the towns of Narrogin, Windy Harbour and Katanning.

“During this time, the man was an active member of the Katanning Jehovah Witness congregation,” a police spokesperson said.

The man has been charged with a string of child sex offences including indecent dealing, unlawful carnal knowledge of girls under 16 and deprivation of liberty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Man accused of inappropriately touching teen at MLK’s church

GEORGIA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Raisa Habersham
Thursday, April 20, 2017

A man is accused of “abusive sexual contact” after authorities say he inappropriately touched a girl who was visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church with her school.

Herbert Boone Jr. was indicted Tuesday on accusations he “intentionally touched a 13-year-old’s inner thigh and buttocks,” according to a federal indictment.

The teenager was on a field trip with her middle school April 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site when Boone approached some of the students at the church entrance, according to an affidavit.

“Within a few seconds of the students sitting down (in the church sanctuary), the educator heard the victim yell,” National Park Service officer Timothy A. Lopez wrote in the affidavit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Victim plans complaint vs. judge in case calling rapist 'an extraordinarily good man'

UTAH
KUTV

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman says she plans to file an official complaint against a Utah judge who called a man convicted of sexually assaulting her a "an extraordinarily good man" during sentencing.

Julia Kirby said Thursday that she wants the state Judicial Conduct Commission to know the remarks were "emotionally damaging."

The panel can recommend the Utah Supreme Court reprimand or remove Judge Thomas Low. She expects to file the complaint Friday.

Low said last week that "great men sometimes do bad things" as he sentenced former Mormon bishop Keith Robert Vallejo to five years to life in prison for forcible sexual abuse and object rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

GROUP COMPLAINS JUDGE WHO CALLED RAPIST 'GOOD MAN' IS BIASED

UTAH
Associated Press

BY HALLIE GOLDEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group.

Mark Lawrence of Restore our Humanity said the group sent the complaint to the state Judicial Conduct Commission, which can recommend the Utah Supreme Court reprimand or remove Judge Thomas Low.

Low sentenced Keith Robert Vallejo last week to five years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.

"The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said at the hearing. "But great men sometimes do bad things."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Married Baptist Pastor Indicted on 11 Counts of Child Molestation 'Groomed' Teen Member of Congregation

GEORGIA
Gospel Herald

By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT Apr 20, 2017

A married Baptist pastor and father of ten who was found guilty of molesting two teenage members of his church congregation has said he is "angry with God" over the verdict.

"As a pastor, as a bishop, I am mad with life and I am angry with God," Bishop Kenneth Adkins, pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, told reporters. "I did not molest any children. I did not touch anybody, I didn't have oral sex with anybody. I didn't allow anybody to have oral sex with me. I did not do those things," he said.

In a unanimous decision by a Georgia jury, the 57-year-old Brunswick native was found guilty of eight charges of abuse against a teenage boy and girl, the Mail Online reports. Adkins, who will be sentenced April 25, faces a lifetime behind bars if convicted of the five counts of aggravated child molestation; three counts of simple child molestation; two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and a single charge of influencing a witness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Archbishop seeks reporting of child abuse, sexual assault

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 21, 2017

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes has asked Catholics to join the rest of Guam in observing child abuse prevention month, to help bring hope and healing to victims, including those who are sexual assault survivors.

“Please do not cast a blind eye or a deaf ear to something that you see or hear,” Byrnes said in an April 16 pastoral letter. “Take advantage of the social and legal remedies available to us. And if you know someone who is suffering silently with the shame of having been abused as a minor by a member of the clergy, please give them the number to the Hope and Healing hotline: 1-888-649-5288.”

Byrnes, in his Easter Sunday message, said he is mindful of the many victims of sexual assault and child abuse on island, particularly the victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Catholic clergy.

The Archdiocese of Agana faces 54 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in local and federal courts as of April 19, including allegations against Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, who is also undergoing a Vatican canonical penal trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

First ‘Annual Day Of Prayer’ For Abuse Survivors, April 26

MISSOURI
The Catholic Key

In his homily at the Service of Lament last year, Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. made five commitments to support the healing of child abuse victims and to advance education and prevention efforts in making safer environments for our children. One of those commitments was to establish an Annual Day of Prayer beginning on April 26, 2017, during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Day of Prayer is an opportunity for all in the Diocese to share in praying for the victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those who have been abused by someone in the Catholic Church, and for their families, friends and our entire community. It also is to pray for ongoing efforts in the healing and reconciliation of those who have suffered this abuse, and prevention efforts in making safer environments for our children and educating adults to support awareness.

As part of the Day, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph invites the faithful to pray at these public events:

Eucharistic Adoration: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Our Lady of Ephesus at the Catholic Center (20 W. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO)
Day of Prayer Mass with Bishop Johnston: 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (416 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO); parking is limited, so arrive early to find a spot. A map of downtown parking is available at www.visitkc.com.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Spiritual triage

NEW YORK
Press Republican

By ROBIN CAUDELL Press-Republican

OGDENSBURG — Anyone hurt by the Catholic Church can get spiritual relief at a special Mass of Healing Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

The Most Rev. Bishop Terry R. LaValley will preside at this Eucharistic celebration, on Divine Mercy Sunday, which acknowledges the pain and grief of victims and their families and apologizes for the misconduct by pastoral leaders or laity.

This is the first time a Mass of Healing has been offered diocesan-wide.

“Last year, the Holy Father declared it to be a Jubilee Year of Mercy,” LaValley said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Friars asking for dismissal

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

[with video]

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. - Three Friars accused of covering up child sexual abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are asking the Blair County Court to dismiss the charges filed against them.

The Altoona Mirror is reporting that attorneys for the Friars say there is a lack of evidence to support the child endangerment charges brought against the men last year.

Anthony Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli are accused of protecting Brother Stephen Baker who was accused of molesting children. The paper also reports that the men are asking for separate jury trials, and out of town juries because of prior publicity.

The next court hearing for the Friars is set for next Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Violent history plagues Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center where Aaron Hernandez killed himself

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By Kristin LaFratta | kristin.lafratta@masslive.com

The super maximum security prison where Aaron Hernandez took his life in the quiet of night is a rough place -- even for a prison.

The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center holds the worst of the worst. And it has a history of violence since it opened 19 years ago, named after two corrections officers who were killed by inmates. And while most prisons are far from immune to fighting between inmates, the high-tech facility at the border of Lancaster and Shirley and just north of Route 2 seems particularly troubled by the irrepressible felons it collects.

Perhaps the prison's name forebode the violence that was to come. In July of 1972, James Souza, 29 and Alfred Baranowski, 54, were shot by an inmate whose wife had smuggled in handguns into what was then the Norfolk Prison Colony. Forty-five years later, the state prison named in their honor has seen attacks on its staff, suicides, fighting between inmates and an anarchic riot that could only be stopped by an emergency back-up unit.

The prison on Harvard Road has housed some notable figures, including Aaron Hernandez, Red Sox commentator Jerry Remy's son and convicted murderer Jared Remy and a defrocked Catholic priest.

John Geoghan, a sexual abuser and former Catholic priest, was murdered in the prison in 2002. Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death by Joseph Druce, who was reportedly in prison for murdering a man who had made sexual advances toward him.

Geoghan had been sentenced to Souza-Baranowski in 2002 on charges of sexual abuse, after it was uncovered that he had molested many young boys in parishes around Boston. Some questioned why, considering their sentences, Geoghan and Druce were placed in the same protective-custody unit at the high-security facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Mondays with Joe

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen GLOBE STAFF APRIL 20, 2017

Two years ago, as the release of the movie “Spotlight” approached, Monica Crowley worried about the film’s impact on her brother Joe.

Joe Crowley’s character is a featured role in the film about the Boston Globe’s investigation of the coverup of the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests.

A criminal in a Roman collar named Paul Shanley raped a 15-year-old Joe Crowley and passed Joe around to others like a cigarette.

As the movie recounting that horrific abuse was about to hit the cinemas, Joe Crowley was recuperating in a nursing home, his health ruined by the tobacco and booze he had used to numb the memories. A priest, Rev. Brian Clary, had been visiting Crowley’s mother in another nursing home for years. Monica Crowley told Father Brian that Joe had been abused by a priest, and asked him to visit Joe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

Upon this street, a church is built

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness GLOBE STAFF APRIL 21, 2017

The Archdiocese of Boston has been closing churches in the city for muchof the past 13 years, especially in old ethnic enclaves in South Boston, East Boston, and the South End. On Sunday, it will open a brand new Roman Catholic church in the city for the first time in more than 60 years.

Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine stands on Seaport Street just over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge from downtown at the gateway of the Seaport District, a neighborhood that best represents the city’s high-tech future.

“We have the best location you can imagine,” said the Rev. James Flavin, episcopal vicar of the archdiocese’s central region. “When you come over the bridge, we’re the first building you see.”

The angular brick structure — which incorporates nautical flourishes as testament to its seaside location — stands as a kind of triumph for the Catholic Church, its profile diminished significantly in recent years because of the priest sexual abuse crisis and an increasingly secular culture. Though dwarfed by the sleek glass and steel buildings nearby, Our Lady of Good Voyage is nevertheless highly visible; the 14-foot thin gold cross on its bell tower seems almost suspended in the air.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Former Horsham Catholic parish priest and Ballarat Diocese Vicar General Father Frank Madden dies aged 90

AUSTRALIA
Ararat Advertiser

Rex Martinich
@RexMartinich

21 Apr 2017

FORMER Horsham Catholic parish priest Father Frank Madden has died age 90.

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Vicar General Justin Driscoll said Fr Madden passed away on Thursday night in Koroit, where he had been living in retirement.

“Fr Madden turned 90 in November last year,” Fr Driscoll said. ...

Fr Madden was the priest in charge of Horsham parish when notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale was sent to the Wimmera between July 1986 and June 1988.

Ridsdale has been convicted of dozens of historical child sexual abuse charges against 53 victims in Ballarat and the wider diocese, which covers western Victoria.

Fr Madden appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

Fr Madden accepted that he must take some responsibility for reshuffling of Ridsdale between locations and the devastation caused to people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

April 20, 2017

Bishop Hopes 'Healing Mass' Will Help Cure Wounds Of Past Abuse

NEW YORK
WWNY

[with video]

They're trying to clean and dress the wounds they caused.

Thousands of cases of sexual abuses by members of Catholic clergy have come to light over the past few decades.

To help heal those wounds, Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg says he's taking cues from Pope Francis, who calls for the Catholic Church to be a field hospital for those who are hurting.

"How can this local field hospital, really, tend to the wounds that the church itself has inflicted upon our own?"

One way: Bishop LaValley is presiding over a special "Healing Mass."

"It's the Mass, but the Mass with the focus of Divine mercy, and our own sinfulness, and our own failings," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

IRON FISTS AND VELVET GLOVES

IRELAND
The Tablet (UK)

20 April 2017 | by Sarah Mac Donald

Survivor Marie Collins, who resigned from the Vatican’s abuse commission over its slow progress, backs the new appointments at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pope Francis’ appointment of Irish priest, Monsignor John Kennedy, as head of the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been welcomed by clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins.

The section Kennedy now leads has a number of responsibilities, one of which deals with priests accused of child sexual abuse. “It is an important position within the Congregation,” Collins told The Tablet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Pastor’s legal team approach court to determine his whereabouts

SOUTH AFRICA
Herald Live

Lee-Anne Butler

The Port Elizabeth legal team representing Durban-based televangelist Timothy Omotoso have brought an urgent application at the Port Elizabeth high court in order to determine the whereabouts of their client.

This comes after Omotoso was arrested by the Hawks Human Trafficking unit in Port Elizabeth this afternoon [20/04/17] on a charge of alleged human trafficking‚ the elite police unit confirmed.

Omotoso is being represented by Port Elizabeth attorney Alwyn Griebenow and Advocate Terry Price SC.

Price said they were drafting papers in order to bring an urgent application before the Port Elizabeth High Court to have Omotoso brought before the courts to discover his whereabouts.

“We want to have him brought before court because they are not telling us where he is. I am his lawyer but I do not even know where he is,” Price said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Drama as Nigerian pastor is arrested for human trafficking

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

Raahil Sain

Port Elizabeth - A Nigerian pastor who allegedly sexually exploited more than 30 girls played hide-and-seek with police as he arrived at the Port Elizabeth Airport on Thursday where he was to be arrested by the Hawks.

Amidst high drama, the pastor from the Jesus Dominian International Church based in Durban was arrested at the Port Elizabeth Airport on Thursday afternoon on charges of human trafficking.

The controversial pastor also runs churches in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and in the United Kingdom.

According to an eyewitness, who did not want to be named, police initially ran through arrivals doors looking for the suspect but could not find him. The source told African News Agency (ANA) police then searched the toilets and found him.

The suspect was handcuffed out of the bathroom by police officers. The pastor is being represented by well-known Port Elizabeth attorney Alwyn Griebenow, who was also at the airport.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Hawks arrest pastor for alleged sex crimes

SOUTH AFRICA
Times Live

Michael Kimberley And Lee-Anne Butler | 2017-04-20

A controversial Durban-based Nigerian pastor‚ wanted in connection with allegations of sexual assault‚ was arrested at the Port Elizabeth airport on Thursday afternoon.

Hawks spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the pastor had been arrested shortly after arriving at the Port Elizabeth international airport by the Hawks and members of the South African Police Service’s Tactical Response Team (TRT).

“The 58-year-old pastor allegedly trafficked young women and girls from various branches of his church to a house in uMhlanga‚ Kwazulu-Natal‚ where he allegedly exploited them sexually‚” Netshiunda said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

3 Friars Want Judge to Nix Case in Supervision of Predator

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Three Franciscan friars have asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges that they didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school.

Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva has set an April 27 hearing on the defense motions filed by attorneys for Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli, the Altoona Mirror reported Thursday.

D'Aversa, 70, Cristcitelli, 62, and Schinelli, 73, were ordered to stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges following a preliminary hearing last April.

State prosecutors contend the friars either assigned or supervised Brother Stephen Baker when he served at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

'GET REAL ABOUT THIS' Obstetrician says nuns won’t be able to stop lawful abortion or contraceptive treatment at new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Sun

By Ed Carty
20th April 2017

ONE of the country’s most respected consultant obstetricians has said nuns will not be able to stop lawful abortion or contraceptive treatment in the new National Maternity Hospital.

A deal with the Sisters of Charity proposes the new €300million facility will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in south Dublin, which the religious order owns.

Amid furore over nuns potentially determining clinical care at the hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street, said medical care at the new hospital will be entirely independent.

“Can we get real about this,” the leading consultant said.

Ms Mahony said contraceptive treatment or abortions when a woman’s life is at risk will be carried out at the new campus when it opens in about four or five years time.

“At the moment in Holles Street we provide services to women. This includes contraception. We have about five terminations a year, otherwise women would die. This will continue in the new hospital

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Maternity hospital will ‘respect rights of the mother’, nun says

IRELAND
Irish Times

Jack Power, Sarah Burns, Mary Minihan

A member of the Sisters of Charity has said the new €300 million national maternity hospital on the St Vincent’s campus in Dublin will “always respect the rights of the mother and the baby”.

Sr Agnes Reynolds, a member of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group board, said the new maternity hospital would “reach out to all creeds and backgrounds . . . and give a good service to people”.

The Department of Health’s decision to give sole ownership of the State-funded hospital to the Sisters of Charity has provoked controversy, mainly because of the congregation’s failure to meet its financial commitment to a redress scheme for victims of institutional child abuse.

It has paid €2 million of the €5 million it promised to contribute in 2009.

The congregation owns the St Vincent’s campus, which includes one of the country’s largest public hospitals and a private hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:50 PM

Nuns urged by minister to agree deals allowing lawful abortion at new hospital

IRELAND
Befast Telegraph

The Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree contracts allowing lawful abortion or contraceptive treatment in the new National Maternity Hospital.

Simon Harris issued the demand to the Sisters of Charity, which owns the land in south Dublin where the new 300 million euro facility is planned next to St Vincent's Hospital.

Amid furore over nuns potentially determining clinical care at the hospital and concerns being raised by a respected consultant obstetrician, it is one of three criteria the minister has asked health chiefs to get formal assurances on.

Questions over whether the Sisters of Charity would have ultimate ownership of the public hospital and could profit from it also provoked anger as the congregation has yet to pay three million euro of redress for victims of institutional child abuse.

Mr Harris said: "I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Push for maternity hospital to be free of religious influence

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Government must show clearly how the new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s in Dublin will not in any way be under the control of its owners the Sisters of Charity or subject to their ethos, Amnesty International Ireland has said.

The organisation’s executive director, Colm O’Gorman, said the State has a clear obligation under international law to ensure it provides access to healthcare “in a manner which fully protects, respects and fulfils the human rights of people living within the State”.

It must ensure that “access to a full range of health services is not denied to people on the basis of the ideological or religious ethos of any healthcare provider that it chooses to partner with”.

It was not enough “to assure the public that this is the case. Instead it must transparently and fully provide evidence that it is, by disclosing the full detail of the agreement it has entered into with the Sisters of Charity and subjecting it to full and open scrutiny,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Sisters of Charity will see no financial gain from Maternity Hospital - Harris

IRELAND
Newstalk

Updated 21:05

Health Minister Simon Harris says the Sisters of Charity will receive no financial gain from the new National Maternity Hospital.

There have been protests and objections to putting the new facility into the ownership of the religious order.

The Sisters of Charity were party to a €128m redress scheme with the State in 2002 for child abuse, which took place at its industrial schools.

A report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) in December 2016 shows that the Sisters of Charity offered €5m towards the redress scheme - but have only paid €2m.

An online petition against the ownership has received more than 65,000 signatures.

There are also calls for a Dáil debate on the issue.

On Newstalk Drive this afternoon Minister Harris said the government will not proceed with the project unless the Department of Health is satisfied that the hospital will be free of religious interference and that the state's investment will be 100% protected:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Q&A: Why will the Sisters of Charity own the new maternity hospital?

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

I’ve read the State is going to hand ownership of the new €300-million National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the Sisters of Charity when it is moved from Holles Street to St Vincent’s. What is going on?

The Holles Street building is dilapidated and the maternity hospital urgently needs new premises. So it is moving to St Vincent’s, where it will be run by an independent company. However, this company will be owned by the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, whose sole shareholders are the Sisters of Charity. So the nuns, who own the land, will also own the new building.

Why is this being done?

It was part of a deal finalised last November to settle a row between the NMH and St Vincent’s over control of the new hospital. While the company set up to run it will be owned by St Vincent’s, the hospital will enjoy clinical and operational independence, both sides agreed at the time.

The existing role of master of the NMH is being retained under the new set-up. The autonomy of the maternity hospital will be underpinned by “reserved powers” that only the Minister for Health can amend, and the Minister will hold a “golden share”. The nominees of the NMH or St Vincent’s will also be able to consult the Minister on any operational matter about which they feel “aggrieved”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Health Minister: 'I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true'

IRELAND
The Journal

Updated 5:51pm

AS POLITICAL PARTIES began to step up the pressure on the government over the controversy surrounding the new National Maternity Hospital, a protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health.

Organised by the Workers’ Party, protesters called on the government to reverse the decision that would see religious order the Sisters of Charity owning the new National Maternity Hospital.

Today, Fianna Fáil, Labour and other parties demanded the government to provide answers surrounding the ownership of the new hospital, which will cost the State €300 million but will be owned by the Sisters of Charity.

In a statement this evening, Health Minister Simon Harris has sought to clarify the government’s position, saying that there was no question of “religious interference” in the new National Maternity Hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Harris pledges no ‘religious interference’ in new maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised key protections against possible “religious interference” will be put in place before the move of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s goes ahead.

Mr Harris rejected claims that the Sisters of Charity, who will own the new facility through their ownership of St Vincent’s, have been “gifted” the hospital or that they will be running it.

The Sisters of Charity will lose out by making “very valuable” land available to the State for free, he pointed out. “In doing so, they have foregone the opportunity to put this land to alternative use.”

While acknowledging “legitimate questions and opinions” have been voiced since it emerged that the Sisters of Charity would own the new €300 million hospital, Mr Harris said he was committed to protecting to “absolutely protecting” public health policy, taxpayers’ money and the State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Fury over decision to allow nuns to hold rights to new maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY JOHN PATRICK KIERANS
20 APR 2017

Magdalene Laundry survivors have called for a protest against sole ownership the National Maternity Hospital being given to the Sisters of Charity.

The Magdalene Survivors together group has blasted the Government over the decision and want Health Minister Simon Harris, who is refusing to answer questions on the issue, to overturn it.

The call comes as former Holles Street boss Peter Boylan described the choice as “completely inappropriate”.

Steven O’Riordan, chairman of the survivor’s group, said: “This is not just about the Magdalene women, or the children of the past.

“This is about women and children of tomorrow also.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

The Sisters of Charity presided over abuse. They must not run a maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Guardian (UK)

Emer O'Toole

In 2009 the Ryan report into child sexual abuse in state-funded, church-run institutions was published, costing the Irish taxpayer €82m. It uncovered decades of abuse endured by children in the ostensible care of Catholic organisations including the Sisters of Charity. This is the order of nuns that will be given ownership of the €300m state-of-the-art new National Maternity Hospital by the Irish government, They will be the “sole owners” of the taxpayer-funded facility.

The Sisters of Charity were once involved in the operation of five residential schools. I will tell you some of what happened at just one of them.

At St Joseph’s Industrial school in Kilkenny, little girls as young as eight who complained of molestation by male lay staff were ignored, disbelieved or blamed for their abuse. Children were told their mothers were prostitutes. Children were fostered out to paedophiles. On three occasions the nuns hired paedophile lay workers, then failed to act when informed by children and sometimes by concerned adults about what was happening. Children were subject to severe corporal punishment right up until the 1990s.

The Sisters of Charity never issued a general public apology for the abuse suffered by children in their care. They did, however, promise to contribute €5m to the government’s €1.25bn redress scheme for victims of child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Thousand furious as Irish nuns given control of new maternity hospital

IRELAND
IrishCentral

A decision by Ireland’s Department of Health to give the Sisters of Mercy the “sole ownership” of the new National Maternity Hospital has left thousands furious.

At the time of writing a petition asking the Government to reconsider the move has been signed by 40,000 and rising.

The Sisters of Charity were previously lambasted in the 2009 Ryan Report into child abuse as one of Ireland’s most culpable institutions; in part they were responsible for the management of the Magdalene Laundries which infamously imprisoned women who gave birth to children out of wedlock.

The petitions says the institution owes €3 million to survivors but is refusing to hand over the cash.

The petition demands, “Show the state we will not allow the abuse of our babies, children, and women to be swept under the rug… Deny them 'sole' ownership. Demand they formally apologise and pay redress.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Vatileaks Scandals Being Developed Into TV Series by Leone Film Group (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME
Variety

Nick Vivarelli
International Correspondent
@NickVivarelli

ROME – Italy’s Leone Film Group has acquired rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi to develop an English-language TV series based on the so-called Vatileaks scandals that recently exposed rampant corruption and mismanagement at the Vatican.

The books by Nuzzi include “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI,” based on documents leaked by Pope Benedict’s butler that some say helped precipitate Benedict’s historic resignation, and “Merchants in the Temple,” also based on confidential documents, which describes more recent episodes of cronyism, greed, and moral malaise and the internal attempts to sabotage Pope Francis’ crackdown.

Nuzzi’s reporting has led to the arrests of several of his sources by Vatican authorities. He was put on trial by a Vatican court in the highly publicized “Vatileaks 2” trial, but was acquitted.

“The TV series will take its cue from the events that led to the Vatileaks scandals,” said Raffaella Leone, managing director of Leone Film Group. “The idea is to start with ‘Merchants in the Temple,’ which is about a pool of experts hired by the Vatican to conduct internal investigations and audits for the pope.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Priest accused of abusing boys 'unfit to stand trial'

SCOTLAND
STV

A retired priest who was accused of abusing boys over three decades is unfit to stand trial.

One of the alleged victims, Pat McEwan, has spoken of his frustration at what he feels is a lack of justice.

The 89-year-old priest has been diagnosed with dementia, meaning the accusations will not be tested in court.

The clergyman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was reported to the Crown Office in relation to alleged child abuse in Scotland from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Mr McEwan told STV News he was frustrated at the outcome, which he said has left him without justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

David Lujan says forthcoming accusation will "shock the island"

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 20, 2017

By Krystal Paco

While he's optimistic about settling through the Hope and Healing Guam program, attorney David Lujan says that's not going to stop his clients from filing lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana. To date, over 50 plaintiffs have filed suit, majority of whom are represented by Lujan.

"I expect to get more," said Lujan. I can tell you I've got three St. Anthony School [sic]. I can tell you I have three new priests - one of those names is going to shock the island, because its someone super high up there."

To date, ten priests stand accused of clergy sex abuse: Archbishop Anthony Apuron, Antonio Cruz, David Anderson, Raymond Cepeda, Thomas Camacho, Andy Mannetta, Sigmund Hafemann, Joe R. San Agustin, Juan Camacho, and Louis Brouillard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Caspino: Program moving forward to help Lujan’s clergy abuse clients

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published April 20, 2017

The attorney in charge of a new program to resolve dozens of clergy sex abuse cases said he met Thursday with the lawyer representing most of the survivors to discuss victim counseling, treatment and settlement amounts, among other things.

Attorney Michael W. Caspino, executive director of the nonprofit organization Hope and Healing Guam, said his meeting with attorney David Lujan was positive.

“We are moving forward,” Caspino said. “We are both committed to getting his clients healed.”

Without touching on the specifics, Caspino said they talked about the Hope and Healing Guam board membership, which could be announced next week, timing elements, and the funding for both the treatment and settlement, or compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

"Dozens and dozens" have called Hope and Healing hotline since launch

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Executive Director Michael Caspino emphasizes that he has no decision-making role in the program which is a concern raised by Attorney David Lujan.

Guam - While Attorney David Lujan calls the Hope and Healing effort a scam because of the way it is currently set up, its executive director Attorney Michael Caspino seems to paint a different picture of his meetings with Lujan so far.

"The article did come up and I told him that it must mean he really likes me," Caspino quipped.

"And he got a good laugh out of that."

It appears as though the two attorneys have gotten over their differences. In an interview with Lujan yesterday, the attorney representing a majority of the clergy sex abuse victims slammed the Hope and Healing program, calling it a scam. Specifically, Lujan did not agree that Caspino, who was hired by the Archdiocese of Agana for this effort, should also serve as the program’s executive director. But Caspino said the matter was never brought up at his meeting with Lujan this morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Sex abuse victims' attorney warns Vatican could be next

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[lawsuit]

[lawsuit]

Written by Janela Carrera

Two new lawsuits were filed Wednesday but Attorney David Lujan says he plans to file two more by Monday.

Guam - Attorney David Lujan says more lawsuits will be filed in the coming days including two new ones next week that will name new priests.

He just filed two Wednesday in District Court, marking the 52nd and 53rd lawsuits to be filed in a matter of months. Both lawsuits filed name former Guam priest and Boy Scout master Father Louis Brouillard as the alleged perpetrator.

One is filed on behalf of a man with the initials M.W. who is now 54 years old. His lawsuit says that Brouillard sexually assaulted him over a one year period when he was 10 to 11 years old. M.W.’s lawsuit further accuses the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of plotting together, saying they “developed and maintained a relationship …. by which pedophilic priests exploited the opportunity to serve as scout masters for the specific purpose of having access to young boys.” ...

Meanwhile, Lujan says while the Vatican is named in most of the lawsuits he’s filed, they have not yet been named as defendants.

"There’s been various lawsuits throughout the various archdioceses in the United States and they’ve never done there like what they’re doing in Guam. They’ve never removed archbishops. So our position is Rome does in fact control Guam," Lujan pointed out. "If we don’t come to settlement I believe that eventually we’ll be amending our complaint to sue the Vatican also, bring them in."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Remembering Clergy Abuse Survivor Joe Crowley

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

[with audio]

April 18, 2017
By Jamie Bologna and Tonya Mosley

"I was still like a kid with all this resentment and anger and rage and self pity, and it just owned me. And through a series of things, hard work, and people who were there for me in so many areas, so many ways, I learned how to be a survivor."

That was Joe Crowley, speaking to The Boston Globe, after the release of the movie "Spotlight," about the paper's investigation in the Catholic Church's cover-up of sex abuse by clergy.

Crowley, who passed away on Sunday at 58, was one of the first survivors of clergy sexual abuse to come forward, paving the way for so many more victims of abuse to speak out.

As Sacha Pfeiffer writes in the Globe today about her first meeting with Joe, "He was smart, funny, and articulate, but also nervous, insecure, and still trying to recover emotionally from what had happened to him decades earlier."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Irish church fast running out of priests as vocation crisis worsens

IRELAND
Irish Central

Niall O'Dowd @niallodowd April 19, 2017

WANTED: Clean-living young men for a long career. Women need not apply. Responsibilities: spiritual guidance, visiting the sick, public relations, marriages (own marriage not permitted).

Hours: on call 24/7.

Salary: basic stipend only.

Such was the way Time magazine a few years back illustrated how the Catholic Church in Ireland needed to regenerate itself. The ads went pretty much unanswered.

At the time Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said, “If more young priests aren't found quickly, Ireland's parishes may not have enough clergy to survive.” ...

But even if there were more priests, Mass attendance in Ireland is down sharply, due in part to the string of sex scandals that humiliated the Church. More than one in five people say they are no longer Catholic, a worrying figure for a church that once had close to 95 percent of the population.

We are watching a slow march to oblivion for the Church unless something dramatic changes. It may well be that married priests is the only way to stem the tide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Master of National Maternity Hospital happy with deal to move

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Update 1.15pm: Dr Rhona Mahony, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said she is happy to move her hospital to the grounds of St Vincent's Hospital under the stipulations of the current deal.

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke, Dr Mahony said there was a triple lock in place to guarantee the NMH's autonomy and clinical independence remains intact.

"There is a triple lock in place to guarantee absolute autonomy and independence of the clinical services we deliver. If this does not go ahead, and if we're going to mix this really important critical development for women with redress scheme, are we going to punish women further in this country by actually interfering and getting in the way of building a hospital that is so urgently needed for women."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Mass. Appeals Court likely to vacate Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

MASSACHUSETTS
KHOU

A.J. Perez , USA TODAY Sports , KHOU

Aaron Hernandez very likely won't be known as a convicted murderer for much longer.

The death of the former New England Patriots tight end Wednesday will almost certainly lead to the expungement of his 2015 first-degree murder conviction for the slaying of Odin Lloyd since the case was still under appeal in Massachusetts.

"The key here is when a defendant is no longer able to assist with his appeal, the law says the conviction should be vacated,” Massachusetts School of Law Dean and President Michael Coyne told USA TODAY Sports. “In a sense, it goes back to the point where he was only charged.”

The Massachusetts Appeals Court will probably vacate Hernandez's conviction in the coming months. ...

Hernandez, Coyne points out, is hardly the first high-profile case in Massachusetts where a conviction was vacated in this manner.

Defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, who was found guilty of child molestation in 1991, was killed in prison in 2003. That led the state's appeals court to vacate his conviction later that year.

Like Hernandez, Geoghan had appealed the conviction. More than 150 people accused Geoghan of sexual abuse, although the statute of limitation laws at the time hampered prosecutors’ efforts to pursue more charges.

"It's as though the reporting of father John J. Geoghan's sexual abuse, his trial, and the jury decision never existed," attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented many of the Geoghan's alleged victims, told the Associated Press in 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Protest over ownership of new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
RTE News

A protest has been held outside the Department of Health in Dublin over the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be built on the campus of St Vincent's Hospital.

It has emerged that the Religious Sisters of Charity is to be given ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded hospital because it owns the land on which it is to be built.

It comes as Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony has said she is happy with the deal reached to move the hospital to the grounds of St Vincent's.

She said: "There is a triple-lock in place to guarantee absolute autonomy and independence of the clinical services we deliver."

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Dr Mahony said this includes the retention of the mastership system, an entirely independent board dedicated to the provision of maternity, gynaecological and neonatal services, and an independent company to run the facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Former Holles Street master says nuns' role in new maternity hospital 'completely inappropriate'

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY STEPHEN MCDERMOTT
20 APR 2017

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street has criticised the decision to hand ownership of its new site at St Vincent's to a religious group as "completely inappropriate".

Peter Boylan says he believes giving ownership of the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity will lead to implications in the provision of healthcare and other medical procedures down the line.

Last month it was reported that the group, which owns the St Vincent's site where the new National Maternity Hospital will be built, will be given "sole ownership" of the €300m facility.

The move has been widely criticised this week, with a petition against the move attracting over 50,000 signatures so far and a series of protests planned across the week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Una Mullally: Why do the Sisters of Charity want to own a maternity hospital?

IRELAND
Irish Times

Una Mullally

For a while now, stories about the ownership and governance of the proposed National Maternity Hospital have been bubbling. For a moment, we’ll leave aside the fact that the State is gifting the sole ownership of the €300 million maternity hospital planned for Elm Park near St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin to a religious order who have contributed just €2 million of their promised €5 million redress compensation after the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009. The mind boggles that it will be this order - which ran institutions where the abuse of mothers, babies and children occurred - will own our National Maternity Hospital. Talk about GUBU.

It appears that in some ways, the governance issues have been squared off, with all parties involved seemingly satisfied. Rhona Mahony said the hospital will “be clinically and operationally entirely independent in line with national maternity policy”. Minister for Health Simon Harris has echoed this sentiment. Yet the new maternity hospital will have a nine-person board of which four members will be proposed by the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

Dr Peter Boylan, the former master of the National Maternity Hospital, has repeatedly queried this arrangement between nuns, hospital, and State. On Thursday on RTE’s Morning Ireland he asked, “The question is why do the Sisters of Charity want to own a maternity hospital?” It’s a valid query. Boylan said that were IVF, sterilisation, abortion and gender reassignment to be carried out at the National Maternity Hospital, it would be the only hospital owned and run by a Catholic order in the world that allowed those procedures. I doubt Ireland is going to blaze a trail of this nature anytime soon

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Opposition to religious ownership of new maternity hospital mounts

IRELAND
Newstalk

20 Apr 2017
Stephen McNeice

Protesters opposed to nuns owning the new national maternity hospital have been gathering outside the Department of Health today.

The demonstrations comes as almost 60,000 people have signed a petition in an attempt to block the Sisters of Charity from taking charge of the new facility.

The €300m hospital will be located on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus in Dublin, and will cater for up to 10,000 births per year.

The Sisters of Charity are the major shareholder in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group. The Department of Health confirmed earlier this week that that group will be the sole owner of the new hospital.

Campaigners argue that the religious organisation's failure to compensate abuse victims should prevent their involvement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

National maternity hospital explainer: The nuns, the €300m in taxpayer's money, and the suddenly-quiet health minister

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Amy Molloy

April 20 2017

THE Government, and specifically health minister Simon Harris, has been heavily criticised since it emerged that ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital - which will be funded to the tune of €300m by the taxpayer - will be handed over to the Sisters of Charity.

A demonstration will take place outside the Department of Health in Dublin at 1pm today and over 50,000 people have signed a petition in a bid to prevent the religious order from becoming owners of the new hospital.

Here is what you need to know about the controversy:

Who are the Sisters of Charity?

The Sisters of Charity are a congregation of religious women founded in Dublin. They are involved in healthcare, education and also carry out work with asylum seekers and homeless people.

However, they were also one of the organisations included in the Ryan Report, which unveiled a vast amount of systematic institutional abuse going back decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Ex-hospital master to Simon Harris: 'Ask nuns about their plans for €300m hospital'

IRELAND
The Journal

THE FORMER MASTER of the National Maternity Hospital has said that it is “just not on” that the Sisters of Charity are to be the owners of the new facility.

The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin is moving to a new €300 million facility on the grounds of the current St Vincent’s Hospital.

The site is owned by religious order the Sisters of Charity and the proposed deal will see the order owning the facility as it provides the lands at no cost.

A petition opposing plan has now topped 50,000 signatures with many pointing out that the order owes money to a redress scheme set up for the survivors of religious abuse.

Speaking today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, former Holles St. master Dr. Peter Boylan said his concerns were based on whether the religious beliefs of the Sisters of Charity would affect medical care at the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

28 ultra-Orthodox journalists arrested on suspicion of extortion

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

[with video]

Police arrested 28 employees of an ultra-Orthodox newspaper on Tuesday morning on suspicion of extortion and harassment.

In a nationwide sting, police arrested senior staff and editors of the ultra-Orthodox daily newspaper Hapeles, following a six-month investigation.

Police also searched the newspaper’s offices and collected files, following dozens of complaints that over the past year the newspaper allegedly extorted major corporations, including government-owned companies, in order to force them to purchase advertising in the paper.

Some 250 police officers, investigators and other security personnel took part in the raid, arresting suspects in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit, Ashdod, and other parts of the country.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews rioted in Bnei Brak as the arrests were taking place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Nigerian pastor accused of sexual assault hires top PE lawyer

SOUTH AFRICA
Herald Live

April 20, 2017 Bongani Mthethwa

Controversial Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso has hired prominent Port Elizabeth defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow to represent him in the face of allegations that he sexually molested young girls at his home in Umhlanga‚ Durban.

Griebenow confirmed that he was Omotoso’s attorney and that he and defence advocate Terry Price will be meeting with the Hawks on Thursday afternoon in Port Elizabeth. The Hawks are investigating the allegations against Omotoso.

Omotoso‚ of the Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban‚ is accused of molesting more than 30 young girls on the pretext of rescuing them from drugs.

The Nigerian evangelist came under scrutiny after his church featured on current affairs programme Special Assignment on Sunday. The programme spoke to women who claimed that they were lured into performing sexual favours for the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

AUSSIE POLICE PROBE CLAIM THAT RABBI GAVE FALSE EVIDENCE IN SCANDAL

AUSTRALIA
Jerusalem Post

BY TAMARA ZIEVE APRIL 20, 2017

The Australian Federal Police said Tuesday that it is assessing a request by victims of sexual abuse at a Chabadrun institution in Melbourne to investigate allegations that one of its senior officials provided false evidence to the Royal Commission last month regarding the school’s handling of the allegations.

Rabbi Chaim Tsvi Groner had been called to appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s 53rd case study last month, following an investigation into the Yeshiva Center in East St.

The commission heard from two victims and their relatives that Rabbi Zvi Telsner, as the former head rabbi of Yeshiva Center, had delivered sermons attacking child sexual abuse victims and their families, encouraging other members of the community to ostracize them and discouraging victims from reporting their abuse to the police or media.

During the hearing last month, Groner – a member of the Yeshiva Board as well as Telsner’s brother-in-law – was questioned over Telsner’s current role at the Yeshiva.

Telsner stepped down as head of the Yeshiva in September 2015, stating that his “conduct toward victims and their families did not demonstrate the values or behavior...necessary of a rabbi in my position.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

MAGDALENE SURVIVORS ‘SHOCKED AND ANGERED’ AFTER GOVERNMENT GRANTS NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL TO RELIGIOUS ORDER

IRELAND
Kildare Nationalist

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

The Government is being accused of showing a total disconnect with Irish women in handing ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

A demonstration will take place outside the Department of Health in Dublin this lunchtime.

An ‘Uplift’ petition has already attracted tens of thousands of signatures in a bid to block the move.

Organisers say they have a clear message for the Minister for Health, that Ireland wants well-funded, State-run public services, that are not owned by the church, big corporations, or anyone else.

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries say they are “shocked and angered” at the decision to hand over ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the religious order as part of a deal for the land at the site.

Millions of euro are still owed by the church in compensation to victims of institutional abuse.

Opposition parties have claimed there could be a conflict between medical decisions, the possibility of new abortion legislation, and the new owners’ Catholic values.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Police probe rabbi’s commission testimony

AUSTRALIA
Australian Jewish News

THE Australian Federal Police (AFP) is assessing an allegation that Yeshivah board member Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner knowingly gave false or misleading testimony at February’s hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The AJN can exclusively reveal that the AFP spoke to a representative from the Royal Commission this week and then stated in a letter on Tuesday that “as a result of these discussions”, the allegation “has been sent to the relevant area for assessment”.

Rabbi Groner told the Royal Commission that Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner, who resigned as the head rabbi of the Yeshivah Centre in 2015 but is still being paid, does not still occupy a position of leadership within the Yeshivah Centre.

However, a victim of child sexual abuse told the AFP that Rabbi Telsner maintains an office within the synagogue, delivers sermons from the pulpit during weekly services and is waited on by other congregants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

WATCH: THE DEEPLY UNSETTLING TRAILER FOR NETFLIX’S ‘THE KEEPERS’ IS HERE

MARYLAND
Pedestrian TV

[with video]

If religious paraphernalia creeps you out - think white ceramic Virgin Marys and crucifixes - then the first trailer for 'The Keepers', a Netflix original docuseries that's already being tipped as the next 'Making A Murderer', will send a big 'ol tingle down your spine.

A seven-part series, it'll delve into the mysterious death of 26-year-old Baltimore nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, who went missing during a Friday night shopping trip in November 1969 and whose body was discovered months later, her life snuffed out by blunt force trauma that police believe was caused by either a brick or hammer.

Information from friends, relatives, former colleagues, journalists, sexual abuse survivors, government officials and other crime experts help build on several key theories about her murder (a long-held one is that she was killed to cover-up sexual abuse within the Catholic church) in the Ryan White-doco which, frankly, looks equal parts fascinating and creepy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Former Jehovah’s Witness raises child safeguarding issue

UNITED KINGDOM
Hartlepool Mail

MARK PAYNE
20 April 2017

A former Jehovah’s Witness says church leaders have failed to act on concerns over child safeguarding despite being highlighted by an international report.

Steve Rose, of Rift House, Hartlepool, was a member of the church until 2010 since when he has campaigned for change to policies he and other critics say make it difficult for allegations of child and other sex abuse to be uncovered or acted upon.

The Australian Royal Commission is looking into institutional child abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Commission has found children are not adequately protected from the risk of child sexual abuse in church and showed a serious lack of understanding of the issue.

It also said the organisation relies on “outdated policies and practices” including the 2,000 year-old two-witness rule, which says any sin must be witnessed by at least two people before action is taken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Child rapist who lured girl into sex with sweets and presents groomed her in church

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

BY GARETH LIGHTFOOT
20 APR 2017

A child sex offender who raped a young girl after meeting her at church and grooming her with sweets has been jailed for 17 years.

Jason McSorley, 46, is now serving his second prison sentence for sexually abusing the same girl several years ago.

His new 17-year term dwarfs the earlier punishment he received for sexual assaults.

The court heard he befriended families at a Teesside church so he could groom the schoolgirl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Pastor calls for national action against fake ministers of the gospel

GHANA
My Joy Online

The President of the Northern Ghana Union of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church has called for a national discourse on the exploitation of the vulnerable in the name of religion.

Pastor Kwame Kwanin Boakye advocates severe punishment for people whose activities breach the laws of the state to serve as a deterrent.

He says the growing tendency for some pastors to hide behind the cassock to amass wealth and perpetrate sexual and other forms of abuse against the citizenry must stop.

According to Pastor Kwanin, the modern self-seeking minister of the gospel has instituted a system which lures and preys on church members into accepting deceit for prophecy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Manhunt for Durban pastor accused of sexual assault

SOUTH AFRICA
East Coast Radio

By Puseletso Petersen

The Hawks have launched an intense search for a Durban pastor - accused of molesting congregants, some as young as 14.

Officers have confirmed they're investigating allegations of human trafficking against the televangelist - who leads a church in Durban.

SABC's Special Assignment carried an expose on the pastor recently in which several victims spoke of the alleged sexual abuse.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says investigations into the matter are ongoing.

"We are investigating cases of human trafficking with the possibility of more charges against a pastor who allegedly abused some of his congregants as young as 14-years-old. We'll be making a breakthrough very soon. We will formally lay charges when we formally arrest him,"he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Amos took on daunting challenge

IOWA
Quad-City Times

Deirdre Cox Baker dbaker@qctimes.com Apr 19, 2017

It was a chilly November day in 2006 when Martin Amos got the call from Rome to serve the Catholic Diocese of Davenport.

Two days before his appointment was announced, the diocese declared bankruptcy because of lawsuits filed in the priest sexual abuse scandal. Not only was Amos, 64, taking on a daunting challenge, but he was leaving the area of Cleveland, Ohio, where he had lived his entire life.

He pulled no punches when asked about his upcoming work in Davenport.

"I know I can't wreck it; that's a positive," he said at the time, laughing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Controversial reforms of Pope Francis may destroy him

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

TESS LIVINGSTONE
The Australian
April 20, 2017

Hundreds of posters were plastered around Rome over Easter, in praise of Pope Francis. That wouldn’t be surprising on its own if it wasn’t for the unusual source sponsoring the bills.

The Global Tolerance Initiative, a group started six months ago by Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, where floggings and stonings prevail under sharia law, named Francis as its “Global Champion of Tolerance Easter 2017”.

At least the posters were positive. In early February, Romans woke up to find hundreds of very different posters adorning the city’s walls, featuring a photograph of a stern-looking Pope and asking: “Where’s your mercy?” The posters referred to Francis’ intervention in the Knights of Malta and other actions he has taken against groups and individuals perceived as religiously conservative.

The bitter Knights of Malta row continues, with tolerance in short supply. This week, Francis, the champion of open borders, has “forbidden’’ the former Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Matthew Festing, whom he sacked in January, to travel to Rome (from England) for the election of his successor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

April 19, 2017

Rev. Richard J. McCormick, S.D.B. – Assignment History

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Richard J. McCormick was a ordained for the Eastern Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco (Province of St. Philip the Apostle) in 1970. Referred to sometimes as "Fr. Dick" or "Fr. Mac," McCormick served as teacher and director of Salesian high schools, taught at junior seminaries and was rector of one, held leadership positions at Salesian retreat houses and boys' camps, served briefly as an assistant parish priest and was a Marian Shrine director. During 1985-1991 he was provincial of the Salesian's Eastern Province. McCormick's work took him from Boston and Ipswich MA to Cedar Lake IN, Goshen, West Haverstraw, New Rochelle and Stony Point NY, Harvey LA and St. Petersburg FL.

In 2002 McCormick was removed from his position at St. Petersburg Catholic High School after a female student complained that he kissed her when she encountered him in a hallway. Other students defended the priest, saying "Fr. Mac" often greeted them with a kiss on the cheek.

There is a gap of several years in McCormick's assignments after 2002; there is another, 1975-1976. In August 2009 he was suspended from the Marian Shrine in Stony Point NY, where he had been since at least 2005, after the Salesians agreed to settle with three men who had accused McCormick of sexually abusing them as Junior Seminary students in Goshen NY in the 1970s.

At some point in the 2000s the Salesians settled with a man who said McCormick sexually abused him on a trip to Rome in 1975 when the man was a 14-year-old Salesian Prep student in Cedar Lake IN.

In August 2012 McCormick was arrested for the rape of a boy, ages 9 and 10, at the Salesian camp in Ipswich MA in 1981 and 1982. He was convicted in November 2014 and sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years' probation. McCormick had been arrested a second time in April 2013 on charges of raping a 6- to 8-year-old boy at the same camp during 1981-1983. He was convicted in that case in August 2015 and given another 8- to 10-year prison sentence, to run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving.

At least 16 people are known to have claimed they were sexually abused as children by McCormick, some as early as 1963.

Ordained: 1970

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 PM

Melbourne Yeshivah Centre rabbi may have misled royal commission, abuse victims say

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Stephanie Corsetti

Victims of child sexual abuse have raised concerns with the Australian Federal Police and the royal commission into child sexual abuse about evidence presented by a senior Melbourne rabbi last month, alleging it may be misleading.

Yeshivah Centre Rabbi Chaim Groner went before the commission last month and was quizzed about the resignation of his colleague, Rabbi Zvi Telsner.

Rabbi Telsner stepped down from his head role in 2015 after he appeared at the inquiry and was asked to explain comments he made in sermons about abuse victims.

Rabbi Groner told the commission Rabbi Telsner no longer had a leadership role at the centre.

Phillip Weinberg, a spokesman for Yeshivah Centre victims, has claimed Rabbi Telsner is still being introduced at public events as the head rabbi of the Yeshivah Centre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Reverend Bruce Shaw pleads guilty to abuse of boy, 12, five decades ago

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
20 Apr 2017

A NEWCASTLE Anglican priest was given a three month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1967.

Reverend Bruce Shaw, 72, was working at a spiritual retreat at Stroud in 2016 when he was charged with the offence which occurred when he was sole teacher and principal at a Victorian primary school.

Wangaratta Magistrates Court was told Shaw was 23 when he invited two young family friends to his rural property for the weekend, and insisted the 12-year-old sleep in his bed.

Six years later Shaw completed his training and became an ordained priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

All Saints teacher's aide promised 60 years for child porn filmed at home, school

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By Douglass Dowty | ddowty@syracuse.com

Syracuse, NY -- A teacher's aide at All Saints Elementary School in Syracuse quietly admitted today that she exploited two young girls -- one less than a year old -- for child pornography at her home and at the school.

Emily Oberst, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and child porn charges in federal court today in exchange for a promised sentence of 60 years in prison. There is no parole in federal prison, so she will not be released early.

Oberst's voice ranged from quiet to quivering during her half-hour plea proceeding.

Oberst is the second to plead guilty in the child porn case. Her boyfriend, Jason Kopp, 41, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 235 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Thousands vow to stop religious group Sisters of Charity from owning new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish MIrror

BY STEPHEN MCDERMOTT
19 APR 2017

More than 18,000 people have signed a petition to block the Sisters of Charity from becoming the owners of the new National Maternity Hospital.

There has been public outrage at the Government’s decision to hand the €300million facility to the order which ran the depraved Magdalene laundries.

The Woman’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) became the latest body to hit out at the plan despite the nuns still owing €3million towards the redress fund for abuse survivors.

NWCI spokeswoman Niamh Allen said: “NWCI is still very concerned that no solution was found for the new National Maternity Hospital that would not involve the ownership and close co-operation of a religious order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

House seeks wider window for child sex abuse lawsuits

NORTH CAROLINA
WRAL

By Laura Leslie

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House will likely vote this week on a bill to lengthen the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits by victims of childhood sexual abuse.

House Bill 585 had its first hearing Wednesday morning, passing the House Judiciary IV Committee by a unanimous vote.

According to sponsor Rep. Dennis Riddell, R-Alamance, although there is no statute of limitations on criminal charges for child sexual abuse, state law allows only a three-year window on civil suits. Child victims can bring suit only if they're 21 or younger.

The measure would raise the cutoff age for civil suits by victims of childhood sexual abuse to 40 years old. Victims who are 40 years old today would have a one-year window.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Hasidic Parents Won’t Rat Out Mohels Who Gave Their Kids Herpes

NEW YORK
Forward

April 19, 2017 By Daniel J. Solomon

Parents of four Hasidic Jewish children infected with herpes by ritual circumcision will not tell the New York City Department of Health the names of the mohels who did the procedures, according to the agency.

“Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant to sharing the name of the mohels,” Christopher Miller told DNAInfo. “This is a very insular community. This is a very religious ritual.”

Herpes was passed to the infants via a rare form of circumcision in which the mohel applies his mouth to the circumcision wound to suction out the blood.

The Health Department banned two mohels whom families identified as responsible for their children’s herpes infection. But others herpes-infected mohels remain unknown to the city.

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, a Hasidic rabbi who has spoken up against sexual abuse within the community, attributed the family’s silence to pressure from religious authorities. “The only [reason] why they’re not coming forward is because they’re being threatened, ostracized,” he told DNAInfo.

Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward/369388/hasidic-parents-wont-rat-out-mohels-who-gave-their-kids-herpes/

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Appointment of auxiliary bishop of San Diego, United States of America

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary bishop of San Diego, United States of America, the Rev. John P. Dolan, of the clergy of the same diocese, currently vicar for the clergy and parish priest of the Saint John parish in San Diego, assigning him the titular see of Uchi Maggiore.

Rev. John P. Dolan

The Reverend John P. DOLAN was born on 8 June 1962 in San Diego, California, in the diocese of the same name. He studied philosophy at the Saint Francis seminary and at the University of San Diego (1981-1985) and theology at the Saint Patrick seminary in Menlo Park (1985-1989).

He was ordained a priest for the diocese of San Diego on 1 July 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Resignation of bishop of Davenport, United States of America, and appointment of successor

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Davenport, United States of America, presented by His Excellency Msgr. Martin J. Amos.

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Davenport, United States of America, Msgr. Thomas R. Zinkula, of the clergy of the archdiocese of Dubuque, currently rector of the St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque.

Msgr. Thomas Robert Zinkula

Msgr. Thomas Robert Zinkula was born on 19 April 1957 in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in the archdiocese of Dubuque. After attending the Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics and business from Cornell College, Mount Vernon (1979). He graduated in law from the University of Iowa in Iowa City (1983) and for several years worked as a civil lawyer. He subsequently entered the seminary where he carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the Theological College and the Catholic University of America in Washington. He later obtained a licentiate in canon law at the Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada (1998).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Pope appoints bishop for Iowa diocese, names San Diego auxiliary

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin J. Amos of Davenport, Iowa, and named as his successor Msgr. Thomas R. Zinkula, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, who is currently rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College in Dubuque.

The pope also named Father John P. Dolan as an auxiliary bishop of San Diego. He is episcopal vicar for clergy in the diocese and a parish pastor.

The appointments were announced April 19 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Amos is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. He has headed the Davenport Diocese since 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Here's a first look at 'The Keepers,' Netflix docuseries on murder of Baltimore nun

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

David Zurawik

Netflix released its first trailer today for "The Keepers," a docuseries on the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun who went missing in 1969. '

The seven-part series will launch on May 19 on the streaming service.

Netflix has already made its mark in the true-crime genre with "Making a Murderer," a highly successful production about a Wisconsin man tried, convicted, freed and then convicted again for murder.

"The Keepers" looks to have all of that and more with some news reports on the Cesnik case suggesting a cover-up of what police investigators found when they looked into her death.

Some believe that cover-up involved a Catholic priest, who was a suspect in her death, and a ring of sexual abuse exploiting working-class Catholic children at the high school where Cesnik taught.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

French cardinal accused of abuse cover-up defends himself

FRANCE
Le Croix

Loup Besmond de Senneville

In addition to celebrating mass on Holy Wednesday in Lyon on 12 April, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin spoke at length on the situation of Father David Gréa, the emblematic priest of the Saint Blandine parish in central Lyon who had announced a few weeks ago that he wished to get married.

Archbishop Barbarin also addressed matters related to pedophilia.Both issues were discussed for the first time in a letter addressed to all the priests in the diocese.Regarding the situation of Fr Gréa, Cardinal Barbarin said he regretted that Gréa “did not take the time to think things over as [he] had asked him to do”.

The priest has, in fact, announced his intention to get married in a civil ceremony on Saturday the 15th of April, on the same day that the church will be celebrating Holy Saturday. ...

The Cardinal defends himself

In addition to the Gréa case, Cardinal Barbarin also spoke on the importance of fighting pedophilia in the diocese.

Three weeks previously the TV station France 2 aired an episode of Cash Investigation in which it was reported that many bishops, including Cardinal Barbarin, had shielded priests accused of pedophilia.

Among other things, the France 2 journalists had gone to meet a priest convicted by a court but still serving in a parish in Lyon.

In the book Church, the mechanics of silence the reporters from Mediapart wrote extensively on many cases covered for years by the Catholic hierarchy in Lyon.

“Today, no priest identified as the perpetrator of a single abuse of a minor would exercise any ministry in the parish,” said the Cardinal. “All the facts reported by the press are known to the law. The families must be able to have faith in the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Latest victim alleges priest kept book of names

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

Two new lawsuits have been filed against former Guam priest Louis Brouillard alleging repeated sexual abuse, and one victim has come forward alleging the former clergy member and Scout Master kept a book with the names of all of the boys he abused and their nude photos.

Thomas A. Cepeda Sr. filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam on Wednesday alleging he was sexually abused for three years when Brouillard served as a parish priest at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.

Cepeda, now 71 and residing in Washington, alleges he was repeatedly abused by Brouillard beginning at the age of 13 when he served as an altar boy at the Mangilao parish and was a Boy Scout.

The lawsuit accuses Brouillard of having "one-on-one meetings" with the boys about the development of the body. During one meeting, the priest allegedly instructed Cepeda to remove his pants so the priest could conduct a physical examination that included measuring, groping and examining his private parts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

I was pastor’s victim – PE woman

SOUTH AFRICA
Herald Live

April 19, 2017

Hendrick Mphande, Shenaaz Jamal, Johnnie Isaac and Sibongile Mashaba

Congregant’s allegations of abuse and ‘blessing’ add to sex-crime claims

A young Port Elizabeth woman has claimed she is among a group of victims allegedly molested by a popular Durban pastor who is being investigated by the Hawks for suspected sex crimes.

Social media has been abuzz with the claims against the widely celebrated pastor in the wake of a TV feature in which the allegations were made by a number of women who have had contact with him during his ministerial work.

The 25-year-old Port Elizabeth woman alleges she was molested at the age of 14 during an incident in Durban. She alleges she was summoned into an office where the pastor rubbed himself against her.

While police are not looking for the 58-year-old pastor as yet, the Hawks say they have been investigating a number of alleged sexual violence cases against him for months now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

52 victims of child sex abuse; federal judge wants identities revealed

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

There are 52 victims who have filed sex abuse lawsuits against the church.

Guam - The latest victim, using the initials M.S., claims he was sexually assaulted by former priest and Boy Scout Master, Father Louis Brouillard, in the early 1970s.

M.S., through his attorney Kevin Fowler, states in his complaint that Brouillard started abusing him when he was 14 years old. M.S. was a member of Boy Scout Troop 24 of San Isidro Parish in Malojloj, where Brouillard was assigned. He claims Brouillard would sexually abuse him on Boy Scout camping trips. M.S. also claims that the Archdiocese knew about Brouillard’s actions but did nothing to protect the boys.

Meanwhile, a Federal Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan has ordered those who filed complaints at the district court using only initials to reveal their identities, which will be filed under seal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Passenger abuse resembles child abuse | McCaffrey

UNITED STATES
Courier-Journal

Arthur McCaffrey, Guest Contributor April 18, 2017

I have just completed an extensive, comparative review of international cases of child abuse, revealing common trends and historical patterns shared across countries. These similarities also extend to the recent case of abusive mistreatment of a passenger by United Airlines, which demonstrates many of the typical features usually associated with clergy abuse of children.

For instance, a common feature of abusive environments is an asymmetry of power, often involving institutional authority figures-- priests, teachers, gymnastics coach, football coach, airline cabin crew, airport security-- who wield their authority to overwhelm the victim. The different means used differ only stylistically: while a priest may woo and groom his target, in the United case airport police took a more brutal, direct approach. The end result is the same: an unconscionable attack on the dignity of the human person.

Next, you have the availability of hapless, powerless, vulnerable victims who are preyed upon--an innocent 10-year-old altar boy, or a foreign-looking passenger who may not know enough English to protest.

Then comes the abuse, either sexual in the case of Catholic children, or physical in the case of the United passenger. In either case, the powerful rape the powerless, often with an almost reckless sense of invincibility, confident that it would be too risky and costly for their umbrella institution (Church or corporation) to blow their cover. One might label this the Sandusky Syndrome, after the notorious case of pedophilia at Penn State University involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

Abuse redress bill ‘did not arise’ in hospital transfer talks

IRELAND
Irish Times

Vivienne Clarke

The Sisters of Charity’s failure to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims is a separate issue from the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital, the man charged with negotiating the move has said.

Kieran Mulvey, who brokered the deal between the Sisters of Charity and Holles Street hospital for the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital, said the order would have no day-to-day involvement in the running of the hospital.

The Sisters of Charity were the shareholders of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group which the Department of Health said would be the “sole owner of the new hospital” which is to be built on a site at Elm Park in south Dublin.

On RTÉ radio Mr Mulvey said the redress question was a matter of historic concern that “should be addressed elsewhere in an appropriate forum”.

He said it was an imperative that Holles Street moved as early as possible to the St Vincent’s campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Block Sisters of Charity as 'sole owners' of National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
My Uplift

Campaign created by
Denise Kiernan

Sign and share this petition to prevent the Sisters of Charity becoming 'sole owners' of the hospital. Show the state we will not allow the abuse of our babies, children, and women to be swept under the rug. Demand a formal apology from Sisters of Charity and demand they pay their share of the redress scheme.

Why is this important?

The Sisters of Charity is one of 18 residential institutions that is highlighted by the Ryan report 2009 to have been responsible for child abuse. They still owe €3 million to the redress scheme for its survivors. The Sisters of Charity, along with three other religious congregations, were responsible for the management of Magdalene Laundries. In 2013 they stated they would not be making ANY contributions to the State redress scheme to the women who had been subject abuse in the Magdalene Laundries. The Department of Health now want to give 'sole' ownership of the new €300 million State-funded National Maternity Hospital.

Deny them 'sole' ownership. Demand they formally apologise and pay redress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Over 20,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Journal

[the petition]

MORE THAN 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Sisters of Charity to be prevented from becoming the owner of the national maternity hospital.

Yesterday, TDs and councillors were among those to criticise the fact a religious group which has failed to deliver its full share to the redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors is to be the owner of the new hospital.

The Sisters of Charity own the land at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4 where the new hospital is being built.

A petition seeking to prevent the group becoming the sole owner of the hospital has, at the time of publication, been signed over 20,000 times.

Emily Duffy of Uplift, the group behind the petition, said: “This is an issue that people in Ireland are clearly outraged about.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Over 18,000 people sign petition to block Sister of Charity ownership of maternity hospital

IRELAND
Breaking News

An online petition to block The Sisters of Charity from owning the new national maternity hospital has got thousands of signatures overnight.

18,000 people have added their names to the protest, set up after the religious order was revealed as the new owner of the facility due to be built in Dublin.

Emily Duffy, spokesperson for Uplift who are behind the petition, said it was rare for such a petition to get so much attention so quickly.

“ This is an issue that people in Ireland are clearly outraged about - it’s rare we see a petition go viral so rapidly, and it shows that people are deeply troubled by the State’s utter disregard for the many victims of abuse which took place in institutions run by orders such as the Sisters of Charity.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Strafverfahren gegen Pfarrer eingestellt

DEUTSCHLAND
SR

[The prosecutor's office has closed her fourth investigation against former Freisen pastor M. The pastor was investigated for possible child abuse.]

Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat ihr viertes Ermittlungsverfahren gegen den ehemaligen Freisener Pfarrer M. eingestellt. Sie hatte zuletzt den Verdacht auf Missbrauch eines Kindes geprüft.

Der Fall um den Freisener Pfarrer M. soll über 20 Jahre zurückliegen und wäre somit verjährt. Zuvor hatte die Staatsanwaltschaft bereits in drei weiteren Missbrauchs-Verdachtsfällen gegen den Priester ermittelt und die Verfahren ebenfalls eingestellt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

NCVC "Spotlight" Plenary 0916, Pt 1 - Boston Catholic Clergy Abuse Issue

MASSACHUSETTS
YouTube

Published on Apr 18, 2017

Panel discussion about the Boston Globe's Spotlight Investigation into Catholic clergy child sex abuse, and the subsequent Academy Award winning film "Spotlight." Panelists are Boston clergy abuse survivors Phil Saviano and Joseph Crowley, Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer, and attorney Eric MacLeish. Moderators are Philadelphia plaintiff attorneys Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella. The "Spotlight" Plenary took place on September 20, 2016 at the National Center for Victims of Crime's annual National Training Institute, held that year in Philadelphia, PA. This is PART 1 of a two-part videotape. Look for Part 2 of the program hosted on this same Phil Saviano Channel here on YouTube.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

NCVC "Spotlight" Plenary 0916, Pt 2 - Boston Catholic Clergy Abuse Issue

MASSACHUSETTS
YouTube

Published on Apr 18, 2017

This is PART II of a panel discussion about the Boston Globe's Spotlight Investigation into Catholic clergy child sex abuse, and the subsequent Academy Award winning film "Spotlight." Panelists are Boston clergy abuse survivors Phil Saviano and Joseph Crowley, Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer, and attorney Eric MacLeish. Moderators are Philadelphia plaintiff attorneys Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella. The "Spotlight" Plenary took place on September 20, 2016 at the National Center for Victims of Crime's annual National Training Institute, held that year in Philadelphia, PA. This is PART 1 of a two-part videotape. Look for Part I of the program hosted on this same Phil Saviano Channel here on YouTube.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Lujan: Program for church sex-abuse victims 'a scam'

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For the Guam Daily Post

The archdiocese’s recent announcement of the establishment of a Hope and Healing program has come under criticism by attorney David Lujan, who represents several dozen victims of clergy sexual abuse.

"It’s a scam. The institution that knows about scams, there’s no greater institution than the Catholic Church. They’ve mastered the art of deception and deceit," Lujan told The Guam Daily Post.

Two weeks ago, the Archdiocese of Agana announced the formation of the Hope and Healing program as part of its efforts to reach out to victims of clergy sexual abuse by establishing a victim’s settlement fund. The fund would develop as the archdiocese raises money through a liquidation of assets and resources. California-based attorney Mike Caspino was named the director of the independent group that will administer the settlement fund for victims and said, during a media conference, that the program aims to help ease the pain caused by the abuse.

"It already shows that they’re not operating in good faith. We will never agree to anyone that is related to the church," Lujan said.

Lujan confirmed he met with Caspino two weeks ago and there was never mention of the California lawyer being the director of the program. The Guam attorney accuses Caspino of having an ulterior motive. "It’s not a fair mediation. He charges the church by the hour. Of course, his loyalty is to the church, not to (victims)," Lujan said. "He’s here to pick our pockets."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Lawsuit: Brouillard abused boy while others looked at nude photos

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com April 19, 2017

Three new lawsuits filed Wednesday detailed former priest Louis Brouillard's alleged sex abuse of children in the 1950s and 1970s on church premises and during Boy Scouts of America activities.

A man identified in court document as M.S. filed his suit in the Superior Court of Guam, while Thomas A. Cepeda Sr. and a man identified as M.W. filed theirs in the U.S. District Court of Guam. The federal cases each ask for $10 million in damages. Their lawsuits bring to 54 the total number of Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far in local and federal courts.

Brouillard is being sued in 31 of the cases, and is accused, but isn't being sued, in three others. The latest lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana, Brouillard and the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council Chamorro District as defendants.

M.S. accused Brouillard of sexually abusing him many times when he was about 14 around 1972, in a church rectory, in a tent during Boy Scouts camping trips and during rides in Brouillard's vehicle. M.S. is now 59 and lives on Guam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Attorney Lujan slams Hope and Healing Program

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

"Jesus Christ, he represents the church. We might as well deal with Archbishop Byrnes." -- Attorney David Lujan

Guam - Attorney David Lujan is slamming the Hope and Healing fund saying they are misleading the public into thinking that they are here to help victims of sex abuse. Lujan represents a majority of the 52 alleged victims who have sued the archdiocese so far while the Hope and Healing fund is being run by an attorney hired by the church.

"I think it’s a scam, really. It’s all one-sided," Lujan argued.

Last week, at a press conference, the church announced that stateside Attorney Michael Caspino would be the executive director of the Hope and Healing Guam program. But according to Lujan, at a meeting with Caspino two weeks earlier, that was never revealed to him.

"That’s new to me and I would never agree to him being a part of the program. Jesus Christ, he represents the church. We might as well deal with Archbishop Byrnes," Lujan lamented. "Let me deal with the real McCoy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

‘Have we forgotten already?’ Thousands protest over Sisters of Charity taking over Irish maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Post

THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition to halt the Sisters of Charity, who once ran one of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, from running an Irish maternity hospital.

The Sisters of Charity is one of 18 religious congregations who managed residential institutions for children investigated by the Ryan Commission and was party to the 2002, €128million indemnity agreement with the State.

After the Ryan Report in 2009, the Sisters of Charity offered to contribute a further €5million towards the €1.5billion redress costs incurred by the State involving former residents of the institutions.

But according to the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report last month the Order have contributed just €2million of their 2009 offer.

The Department of Health said late last year the National Maternity Hospital, at Holles Street in Dublin and St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group – of which, the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder – agreed a new governance structure, creating a new company to be established called The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Dublin politicians slam 'nightmare scenario' National Maternity Hospital ownership plans

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY BARRY ARNOLD
19 APR 2017

Two Dublin politicians have slammed the decision to grant The Religious Sisters of Charity group "sole ownership" of the new National Maternity Hospital.

North Inner City councillor Eilis Ryan believes the decision presents a "nightmare scenario" for women who will depend on the €300 million hospital.

The Worker's Party councillor has called into question whether, if the 8th amendment repealed, the new legislation would be "implemented fully in a hospital wholly owned by the Catholic Church".

Councillor Ryan said: “The decision to grant ownership of the National Maternity Hospital makes a mockery of the supposed neutrality of the Citizens’ Assembly.

"Do any of us really believe that, if and when the 8th amendment of our constitution is repealed, any new legislation for abortion will be implemented fully in a hospital wholly owned by the Catholic Church?

"Every week another story emerges of the extraordinary harm done to women by the church, with state complicity, in this country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

‘No religious interference’ in national maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By Catherine Shanahan
Health Correspondent

The State’s investment in the proposed €300m national maternity hospital will be protected and it will be free of religious interference, according to Health Minister Simon Harris.

The Master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), Rhona O’Mahony, said the hospital will “be clinically and operationally entirely independent in line with national maternity policy”.

Mr Harris and Dr O’Mahony’s comments follow reports that the Sisters of Charity will be sole owners of the hospital when it transfers from its current site at Holles St to St Vincent’s University Hospital campus at Elm Park.

The notion of the Sisters of Charity having sole ownership of a State-funded hospital sparked outrage among those angered that the order has not fulfilled commitments to survivors of institutional abuse.

The order had pledged an additional €5m after the 2009 publication of the Ryan Report which inquired into child abuse in religious-run institutions — but €3m remains outstanding.

However, the State has not “gifted” sole ownership to the nuns; the land on which the new hospital will be built is owned by St Vincent’s Healthcare Group of which the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder. This does not mean the nuns could dispose of the hospital on a whim because the minister, who holds a “golden share” in the company set up to run it, can withhold his approval.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

'Religion has no place in Irish hospitals' - survivors appalled nuns will own site of new maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Allison Bray
April 19 2017

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries are appalled that the controversial Sisters of Charity order that ran the notorious workhouses will still own the new National Maternity Hospital - even if it is independently run.

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, issued a statement last night insisting that the new €300m hospital at Elm Park in south Dublin, will be "operated by a new company with an independent board and will be clinically and operationally entirely independent in line with national maternity policy".

But Steven O'Riordan, chair of Magdalene Survivors Together, said rather than the State paying the order for the land, the nuns should be required to hand the proceeds back to the State and have nothing to do with the hospital.

Survivors are infuriated that the order still hasn't lived up to its legal and moral responsibilities to pay millions of euro in compensation to victims of institutional abuse - despite agreeing to do so more than 15 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Nuns have ‘moral duty’ to pay redress money, says committee chair

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mary Minihan

An Independent TD who frequently supports the Government has said the religious congregation that will own the new national maternity hospital has a “moral duty” to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims.

Michael Harty, who is a Clare GP and chairman of the Oireachtas health committee, was referring to the Sisters of Charity, the shareholders of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG).

“The Sisters of Charity have a moral duty to honour their commitment to pay the balance of the €3 million due given the value of their share [IN THE]St Vincent’s site especially given their status as a religious order,” he told The Irish Times.

The religious congregation is to be the owner of the new €300 million State-funded national maternity hospital, which is to be built on a site at Elm Park in south Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Mulvey says redress did not feature in maternity hospital negotiations

IRELAND
RTE News

The former chairman of the Workplace Relations Commission has said monies owed by the Sisters of Charity order to a redress scheme did not feature during negotiations to move the National Maternity Hospital to the St Vincent's campus.

The land on which the new hospital will be built is owned by the St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder in the group, which will own the new hospital.

Kieran Mulvey acted as a mediator between Holles Street and St Vincent's hospitals during the negotiation process.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Mr Mulvey said he empathised with victims but the issue was separate to the one he had been dealing with.

He said his terms of reference were to deal with the relocation of Holles Street and to put in appropriate arrangements for all concerned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Yet another accuser of sex abuse by church brings total to 52

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 19, 2017

By Krystal Paco

The 52nd plaintiff files suit for clergy sex abuse. "M.S." filed his complaint in the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday naming the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council as defendants.

His alleged abuser is Father Louis Brouillard. According to the plaintiff, he was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Inarajan. Because the parish didn't have its own Boy Scouts troop, he joined the Malojojo troop led by Father Brouillard.

The complaint states that the priest would get naked and fondle the plaintiff while other boy scouts were forced to looked at photographs of naked boys. On other occasions, M.S. was on camping trips when the priest would come into his tent and sexually abuse him.

His local attorney is Kevin Fowler who believes others are likely to come forward with allegations against the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

54 accusations now, as two more people claim sex abuse by clergy

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 19, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Filed in the District Court of Guam were two more cases of clergy sex abuse. Thomas A. Cepeda Sr. and M.W. both allege they were sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard.

Cepeda, who is 71 years old today, lives in Washington, but grew up in Mangilao. He says he was abused by the priest in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. Brouillard allegedly instructed him to remove his pants so he could conduct a physical examination but the priest measured his penis and groped him before telling the boy to bend over so he could rub his privates.

M.W. says he was molested by the priest in Malojojo. The priest allegedly had the boys stay after mass to clean, but would give them leftover wine to drink before sexually molesting them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Safety concerns raised after judge’s controversial statement

UTAH
Deseret News

By McKenzie Romero
@McKenzieRomero
Published: April 17, 2017

PROVO — A flood of criticism is flowing in about a Provo judge's handling of a sexual assault case.

Constant calls have police evaluating how to keep the judge safe. The defendant's attorney is arguing statements from the bench are being taken out of context. And a victim in the case is calling the judge's comments a painful obstacle for others who have been sexually assaulted.

Fourth District Judge Thomas Low has made international headlines for his apparent praise of a former LDS bishop as he sentenced the man to prison last week for sexually abusing two women while they stayed at his home.

As he ordered Keith Vallejo, 43, to spend at least five years and potentially life in prison, the judge called Vallejo "an extraordinarily good man."

As Low's comments spread online — with news organizations including the New York Daily News, Washington Post, Associate Press, Huffington Post and others picking up the story — Utah State Courts spokesman Geoff Fattah said a steady string of calls have come in from people voicing criticism or disappointment about the judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Multiple victims allege child molestation

INDIANA
Kokomo Perspective

Devin Zimmerman Apr 18, 2017

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories concerning Temple Baptist Church Kokomo. In the coming weeks, multiple victims will tell their stories of alleged abuse – physical, mental, and spiritual – while attending the church and the church’s school, Temple Baptist Academy.)

It all began when Dawn Price posted a video to YouTube on Feb. 27, 2017.

Through a heartfelt reading of a letter she wrote to her parents at the behest of a counselor, Price detailed her painful childhood while choking back tears. In just under 15 minutes, she described the alleged sexual abuse she claims to have endured at the hands of her father, Donald Croddy, who sources say served in various capacities around children at Temple Baptist Church.

Adopted at the age of 5, and now 45, Price claims her father began grooming her shortly after she and her brother were brought into the Croddy home in Kokomo.

“You made naptime and playing house with daddy normal,” said Price in her video. “You took away my innocence. No child should know about sex or orgasms. You have no idea how you screwed up my sexual development.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Council votes to name Nashville overpass after Bishop Joseph Walker

TENNESSEE
The Tennessean

Joey Garrison , USA Today Network - Tennessee Published April 18, 2017

Nashville will name a one-block overpass bridge on Jefferson Street after Bishop Joseph Walker III, one of city's most prominent pastors, following action from the Metro Council on Tuesday.

The council voted 30-0, with an unusually high eight abstentions, to honor Walker, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with the distinction. The overpass crosses the interstate between 11th and 12th avenues on Jefferson Street near one of Mt. Zion's three churches.

The honorary name, pushed by At-large Councilman Erica Gilmore, has caused a hubbub in the council. Some have questioned whether it's appropriate to name civic structures after people who are living. Council members Sharon Hurt and Tanaka Vercher have said other pastors besides Walker are also worthy of being honored.

Councilman Scott Davis told colleagues Tuesday that the real "elephant in the room" is previous allegations made against Walker. He was referring to 2012 lawsuits led by a woman parishioner that accused Walker of sexual abuse. A judge dismissed the complaints because of the statute of limitations.

Davis said he would let his own daughter attend programs at Mt. Zion and said the allegations against Walker aren't true.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Police close in on Durban pastor accused of sexual abuse

SOUTH AFRICA
ENCA

Wednesday 19 April 2017

JOHANNESBURG – A manhunt for a pastor accused of sexually molesting his congregants is likely to be over soon.

Police said in a statement they had made contact with pastor Tim Omotoso and his arrest was being arranged.

Omotoso, a Nigerian national, is the leader of the Jesus Dominion International in Durban.

Girls have accused him of luring them into his house to molest them.

Most of the church's members are young people, who say he has betrayed their trust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

'Boston Globe' Reporter Pays Tribute To Sexual Abuse Survivor Depicted In 'Spotlight'

UNITED STATES
WSIU

[with audio]

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

In the early 2000s, investigative reporters at The Boston Globe helped uncover cases of child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church in Boston, a story that was recently told in the movie "Spotlight." Since then, the church has implemented some changes to make children safer. That might not have happened without Joe Crowley. He was one of the first men to talk about his abuse to reporter Sacha Pfeiffer.

Joe Crowley died this past Sunday at age 58, and this morning in The Boston Globe, Pfeiffer wrote a tribute to Crowley. She's with us now. Sacha Pfeiffer, welcome.

SACHA PFEIFFER: Thanks for having me.

MCEVERS: How did you first meet Joe Crowley?

PFEIFFER: I was introduced to him through a network of lawyers and advocates. And we met at a cafe, and I remember thinking that he was so smart and funny and articulate. But he was also really insecure and very nervous. And he clearly was still recovering from what had happened decades earlier just emotionally and psychologically. And we stayed in touch ever since.

MCEVERS: What happened to him?

PFEIFFER: When Joe was growing up, he lived in an extremely unstable family. His mom had schizophrenia. His dad was mostly out of the picture. There were five siblings total. They actually spent a few years in a children's home, sort of the equivalent of an orphanage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

April 18, 2017

Joseph Anthony Crowley

MASSACHUSETTS
Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home

Crowley --- Joseph Anthony of Brookline, April 16, 2017. Beloved son of Annamae (Grealish) Crowley and the late Edward F. Crowley. Devoted brother of Monica Crowley of Jamaica Plain, Regina and Bill Evans of Boston, Anne Marie Crowley of Cambridge and Edward Crowley of Boston. Also survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins, his fellow survivors and friends from the AA community.

Visiting hours in the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, on Saturday, April 22, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Followed by a Vigil Service at 5:30pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe’s memory to SNAP, www.snapnetwork.org or to P.O. Box 56539 Saint Louis, MO 63156 or to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay 75 Federal St., 8th Fl.,
Boston, MA 02110
www.lawlerfuneralhome.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

Appellate court affirms dismissal of former KC-area altar boy’s defamation lawsuit

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
jthomas@kcstar.com

A lower court was correct in dismissing defamation and other claims against a national Catholic organization by a former altar boy whose sexual abuse case was part of a $10 million settlement with the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, a federal appellate court has ruled.

In an opinion issued Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Jon David Couzens waited too long to file the lawsuit.

The case, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in 2013, named as defendants the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; its president and CEO, William Donohue; the KC Catholic League; and two Kansas City men who were officers of the now-dissolved local organization.

Couzens said that Donohue published false statements about him in news releases, on the Catholic League’s website and in documents distributed to churches. Couzens also accused the defendants of invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress.

The New York-based Catholic League successfully got the lawsuit moved to U.S. District Court. That court dismissed the case in 2015 after agreeing with the Catholic League that the material was first published in New York and because of that, the statute of limitations had expired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 PM

Local Catholic bishop who managed sex abuse complaints now accused of sex abuse

CANADA
Ottawa Sun

BY ANDREW DUFFY, POSTMEDIA NETWORK
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

An Ottawa man says he was sexually abused in August 1979 by Bishop John Beahan, who was then one of the most powerful figures in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

The man, now 52, has launched a $2-million lawsuit against the Catholic archdiocese. It represents the first time that Beahan, once the second-highest-ranking member of the Ottawa clergy, has been named in a sex abuse lawsuit.

The allegations also raise a potential motive for Beahan to dismiss sex abuse claims made against fellow clergy members in the 1970s and 80s.

Appointed auxiliary bishop in May 1977, Beahan also served for 12 years as vicar general — essentially, the archdiocese’s chief administrative officer — until he suffered a fatal stroke in March 1988. In his role as vicar general, Beahan would have been responsible for managing complaints lodged against abusive priests

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Criticism as Sisters of Charity to be sole owners of Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Newstalk

18 Apr 2017
Jack Quann

A Government minister says he is "sure" Health Minister Simon Harris will clarify ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

There has been widespread criticism of plans to award ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

The group are to be the sole owner of the new hospital, as a major shareholder in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: "The new company will have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence.

"This independence will be assured by the reserved powers which are set out in the agreement and which will be copperfastened by the golden share which will be held by the Minister for Health."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Cork TD opposes Sisters of Charity being sole owners of National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
The Cork

18 April 2017
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning voiced strong opposition to plans to make the Sisters of Charity the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Deputy Barry is a member of the Dail’s Committee on the Future of Healthcare which is due to issue its report next month.

He said that the Sisters of Charity were in “serious breach of commitments given to the State regarding payments for redress for survivors of institutional abuse and should not be rewarded by being made sole owners of the new 300 million euro National Maternity Hospital.”

Mick Barry said “the Sisters of Charity have a 3 million euro debt outstanding on a 5 million euro payment pledged after the publication in 2009 of the Ryan report and have yet to transfer ownership of the Sacred Heart Centre in Waterford to the State as agreed in 2002 as part of the indemnity deal. The Sisters of Charity refused to make any contribution to redress for survivors of those Magdalene Laundries it was responsible for.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

NUN TAKEOVER Sisters of Charity nuns to be given ‘sole ownership’ of new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Sun

By Megan Roantree
18th April 2017

THE Religious Sisters of Charity Ireland are set to be given “sole ownership” of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The €300million facility will be located at St Vincent’s Hospital grounds at Elm Park in south Dublin.

Proceeds from the sale of Holles Street maternity hospital will go towards funding the new one which is due to start being built in 2021.

The Religious Sisters of Charity organisation still owes €3million to the State redress scheme for victims of institutional abuse, agreed to in 2002 after the Ryan commission investigation.

In 2009, the organisation agreed to pay €5million to former residents of religious institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

'No religious influence': Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of criticism

IRELAND
The Journal

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has said that the new National Maternity Hospital will have “clinical and operational independence”, without “religious, ethnic or other influence”.

Severe criticism was levelled at the involvement of the Sisters of Charity in the new hospital, which has failed to deliver its full share to the redress for institutional abuse survivors.

The Department of Health confirmed that St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, of which the Sisters of Charity is a major shareholder, owned the land that the site of the hospital would occupy, but Simon Harris has sought to play down the religious group’s involvement.

In a statement, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, also sought to reassure of the independent nature of the new hospital facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Government under fire over nuns’ ownership of new hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mary Minihan

Minister for Health Simon Harris has insisted his “golden share” in the new €300 million State-funded national maternity hospital means the public interest will be protected and the facility will operate independently.

Opposition politicians have been critical of the fact that a religious congregation is to be the owner of the hospital, which is to be built on a site at Elm Park in south Dublin.

The Sisters of Charity, a congregation which has failed to date to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims, are the shareholders of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG).

Mr Harris tweeted on Tuesday: “New maternity hospital will have full clinical, operational, financial & budgetary independence, free of any religious or ethnic influence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Abuse survivors angry at order getting ownership of hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Survivors of child abuse in residential institutions have expressed shock at the fact that the sole owner of the new National Maternity Hospital in south Dublin will be the the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, of which the Sisters of Charity are the shareholders.

The Sisters of Charity have yet to fulfil their commitments under the 2002 indemnity agreement, under which they and 17 other congregations that ran residential institutions for children agreed to pay the State €128 million towards redress costs.

They have also to meet commitments they made in 2009 to pay a further €5 million towards redress,€3 million of which remains outstanding.

The congregation is one of four that managed the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, all of which explicitly refused in 2013 to contribute anything to the State redress scheme for women who had been in the laundries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Sask. Roman Catholic priest on trial for sexual assault

CANADA
CBC News

The Roman Catholic priest for three rural parishes in northwestern Saskatchewan is on trial this week for sexual assault.

Father Javier de los Angeles Cortazar, 48, was charged after an incident at a cabin near Goodsoil, Sask., more than two years ago.

Shortly afterward, a fellow priest went to police, alleging Cortazar had sexually assaulted him. The victim's name is subject to a publication ban.

The trial is set to run all week at Court of Queen's Bench in Meadow Lake, Sask.

After he was charged, Cortazar continued to preside over weekly services and sacraments for parishioners in Goodsoil, Loon Lake and Pierceland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Mzbel Vrs Rev. Josh Laryea...

GHANA
Peacefmonline

Rev. Josh Laryea of ICGC has become the most talked about Ghanaian man of God in the last few days–for having been suspended for an alleged sexual affair with a woman who is not his wife.

Following his suspension, Ghanaian musician-Mzbel came out to say the suspension vindicates her and that when the same Josh Laryea “molested” her and she complained later, the church covered it up.

Interesting, Mzbel and Josh Laryea have been friends for long.

In fact, Josh Laryea was the pastor who officiated the naming ceremony of Mzbel’s son, Aaron at ICGC.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Hawks confirm pastor under investigation for alleged sexual molestation‚ but deny report he is on the run

SOUTH AFRICA
Times Live

Shenaaz Jamal‚ Sibongile Mashaba And Julia Madibogo | 18 April, 2017

The Hawks say they are investigating allegations that a popular televangelist molested several girls‚ but say the preacher is not on the run.

SABC’s Special Assignment carried an expose on the pastor in which several victims spoke of the alleged abuse. The programme claimed the pastor who leads a church in Durban‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ was on the run from authorities. Hawks spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda said they were already investigating the allegations months prior to the Special Assignment feature.

“Even before the matter was reported we were already investigating it and speaking to victims‚” said Netshiunda.

He said the SABC had “exaggerated the matter” when it claimed the Hawks were searching for the man‚ saying he was not on the run.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Case alleges priest abused boy with disability

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A new civil complaint filed in the District Court of Guam alleges a former priest sexually abused a boy – who had a mental illness – while the boy was an altar boy and a Boy Scout.

The lawsuit, filed by Public Guardian Marcelene C. Santos, on behalf of an individual using the initials "G.B.," alleges when the boy was 12, he was sexually molested and abused by Louis Brouillard, who was the parish priest at the time at the Nuestra Señora de las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong.

The complaint accuses Brouillard of sexually abusing G.B. when the victim was an altar boy at the Mongmong parish in 1973 and later when he was a Boy Scout. The alleged sexual abuse occurred during swimming outings. G.B. alleges he was sexually molested and saw other boys being groped and fondled by Brouillard.

The lawsuit also alleges that Brouillard "misappropriated" limosna, or church offerings, from parishioners for his "evil campaign" to abuse young boys and reward them with food from restaurants. G.B.'s parents were unaware the church exposed their son to a priest who was molesting their son, court documents state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Survivor who led fight against priest abuse dead at 58

UNITED STATES
Minnesota Public Radio

Bob Collins April 18, 2017

If not for people like Joe Crowley, the Catholic Church’s chronic problem of sexual abuse might never have found its believers.

Crowley was [edit] among the the first victims to come forward publicly when the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team resisted all the pressure the Boston Archdiocese could muster to stop the investigation.

“Joe took an incredible risk coming forward,” said Barbara Dorris, national managing director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “And when one survivor does it, it’s like giving the rest of the survivors permission to tell. We’ll never know how many people came forward because Joe did, and how many people had hope because Joe did it.”

Dorris, who noted that some clergy sexual abuse victims have committed suicide, added of Mr. Crowley: “He’s probably saved lives.”

He suffered from alcoholism, depression, anger, and unemployment, a familiar trajectory for the victims of priests, the Globe says.

He was a Boston College High School student when a priest raped him, then passed him on to other priests.

Ultimately, people began to believe what Crowley, played by Michael Cyril Creighton in Spotlight, courageously tried to tell them through the Globe’s team of reporters.

He died on Sunday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Former student files complaint against Goshen College

INDIANA
The Mennonite

Erin Bergen, a former student at Goshen (Indiana) College, has filed a complaint through Goshen’s federally mandated Title IX process. Last fall, she filed a report with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), claiming discrimination on the basis of sex. In December 2016, the OCR contacted Bergen to inform her that they would investigate her complaint against Goshen College.

In an April 12 post on the website Into Account, Bergen, who was sexually assaulted while a student, describes her experience in filing the complaint after seeing patterns during her two years as a Goshen student. Bergen writes that “a survivor’s story and experience are minimized” and that “when a survivor does come forward they are met with skepticism.”

According to the Clery Act, colleges must report statistics of crime on their campuses. Nationally, 23.1 percent of all female undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation according to RAINN, a national anti-sexual violence organization. Goshen, however, reported zeros on its Clery Act statistics from 2013-2015.

Bergen writes: “This does not reflect the actual number of sexual assaults that have occurred on campus. Students have brought forward concerns to the administration for years with little to no change taken by the powers that be.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

51st person alleges church sexual abuse

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 18, 2017

By Sabrina Salas Matanane

The island's Public Guardian, Marcelene Santos, files the latest complaint of childhood clergy sexual abuse on behalf of an individual identified as "G.B." Santos was appointed the legal guardian of G.B. in 2009.

According to the complaint filed in federal court, GB was an altar boy at the Catholic Church in Mongmong. When he was around 12 years old Father Louis Brouillard sexually abused him while he was altar boy and while he was a boy scout.

The Public Guardian and GB are suing the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America. They are represented by attorneys David Lujan and Gloria Rudolph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Interdict on the Former Grand Master. The Pope Forbids Him To Set Foot in Rome

ROME
Settimo Cielo

Sandro Magister

For April 29, a meeting has been scheduled in Rome of the Council Complete of State among the Professed Knights, the organ that according to statute will proceed with the election of the new Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

As is known, the previous Grand Master, Fra' Matthew Festing of England, delivered his resignation on January 24 into the hands of Pope Francis, in obedience to his command.

Since then, the supreme authority of the Order has been represented, in the capacity of interim lieutenant, by Grand Commander Fra' Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein.

On February 4, however, Pope Francis also placed over the Order his own Special Delegate and “exclusive spokesman,” de facto endowed with full powers, in the person of Archbishop Angelo Becciu, substitute secretary of state.

The following letter is glaring proof of the exercise of these full powers.

In the name of the pope, Becciu prohibits the former Grand Master from taking part in the election of his successor. Not only that. He even forbids him to go to Rome on the occasion of the conclave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Netflix Spotlights a Young Nun’s Mysterious Cold-Case Killing in New True Crime Docuseries

MARYLAND
People

BY ADAM CARLSON•@ADAM_A_CARLSON

POSTED ON APRIL 17, 2017

Sister Catherine “Cathy” Cesnik, a 26-year-old nun and teacher in Baltimore, vanished in 1969. Her body was found about two months later, but her death has never been solved.

How did she die? And why?

Cesnik’s story is now getting the Netflix true crime treatment, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

Following Making a Murderer and a documentary on the Amanda Knox case, the streaming service is releasing The Keepers, a Netflix original seven-part docuseries examining Cesnik’s life, the lives of the many people she touched and the broader web of hidden stories and lies in Baltimore that may be connected to her death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

New maternity hospital will have 'full independence' - Harris

IRELAND
RTE News

The new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the St Vincent's Hospital campus in Dublin, will have full clinical, operational, financial and budgetary independence, the Minister for Health has said.

The land on which the new hospital will be built is owned by the St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the Sisters of Charity are a major shareholder in the group, which will own the new hospital.

Simon Harris said it would be free from any religious or ethnic influence and the independence of the hospital will be copperfastened by reserved powers and a golden share held by the Minister for Health of the day, as part of an agreement reached last November, brokered by Kieran Mulvey who acted as a mediator, between Holles St and St Vincent's hospitals.

Proceeds from the sale of the current Holles Street Hospital will go toward the cost of the new facility, which was originally put at €150 million but is expected to cost significantly more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

Religious order that owes millions to abuse survivors given ownership of new maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Journal

TDS AND COUNCILLORS have criticised the news that a religious group which has failed to deliver its full share to the redress for institutional abuse survivors is to be the owner of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The Department of Health confirmed that the Sisters of Charity would own the land that the new hospital is being built on.

The National Maternity Hospital is being moved from Holles Street to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4, with a large development taking place there at an estimated cost of €150 million.

The move to St Vincent’s was agreed last November, when issues arose between officials from St Vincent’s and Holles Street over who would govern the hospital.

Now, the Department of Health has confirmed that the new unit will be solely under the ownership of the Sisters of Charity, who are the major shareholders of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Latest: Church will not influence governance of national maternity hospital - Harris

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UPDATE 2.35pm: The Health Minister, Simon Harris, has said there won’t be any religious influence on the governance of the new national maternity hospital.

The land on which the hospital will be built is owned by The Sisters of Charity.

However Minister Simon Harris says the hospital will have full clinical, operational, financial and budgetary independence.

His comments come after after opposition parties claimed there could be a conflict of interest between medical decisions and Catholic principles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

Sisters of Charity to be given new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

A religious congregation which has failed to date to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims, is to be given ownership of the new €300 million State-funded National Maternity Hospital.

The Sisters of Charity are the shareholders of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group which the Department of Health said will be the “sole owner of the new hospital” which is to be built on a site at Elm Park in south Dublin.

The relocation of the hospital from Holles Street to the St Vincent’s hospital campus involves the largest single investment ever made in maternity services in the State. Proceeds from the sale of Holles Street will go towards funding the new maternity hospital.

A department spokesman said the “autonomy of the national maternity hospital board will be underpinned by reserved powers to ensure clinical and operational independence, and the Minister for Health will hold the power to protect those reserved powers”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

It was an honor to know you, Joe Crowley

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Sacha Pfeiffer GLOBE STAFF APRIL 18, 2017

No one taught me more about the incalculable damage of sexual abuse, and the surprising resiliency of the human spirit, than Joe Crowley.

I met Joe in the fall of 2001, when my Spotlight Team colleagues and I were searching for people who had been molested by Catholic priests. Through a network of lawyers and advocates, I contacted Joe, then 42. He was smart, funny, and articulate, but also nervous, insecure, and still trying to recover emotionally from what had happened to him decades earlier.

Joe grew up in Dorchester in the 1960s and ’70s in an extremely unstable family: his mother struggled with mental illness, his father was mostly out of the picture, and he and his four siblings spent years living in a children’s home.

As a teenager, Joe suspected he was gay, which is why he wound up being “counseled” by Father Paul Shanley, a long-haired, denim-clad Boston priest who created a “ministry to alienated youth’’ for runaways, drug abusers, and adolescents confused about their sexual identity.

Of all the abusive priests I covered, Shanley was the most insidious, because he deliberately surrounded himself with vulnerable, troubled teenage boys. For 15-year-old Joe and many others, the “counseling” they received culminated in coerced sex, often in Shanley’s private apartment in the Back Bay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Concerned Catholics backs archdiocese healing program

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 18, 2017

A group of Catholics seeking Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s removal and defrocking said it's supporting a program that offers professional counseling, treatment, spiritual healing, compensation and justice to Guam clergy sex abuse victims.

“The quicker we can bring healing and justice to the victims of clergy sex abuse, the better,” David Sablan, Concerned Catholics of Guam president said Monday, referring to Hope and Healing Guam.

Sablan said Concerned Catholics believes the program is an alternative to trying the clergy abuse cases in court, which he said have limitations in helping abuse victims heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

“The archdiocese is moving in the right direction in initiating the program and having an independent body administer it,” Sablan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Netflix TV Guide: True crime docuseries 'The Keepers' features Baltimore nun murder

MARYLAND
International Business Times

By Jane Clayton @jane_tvhunter on April 18 2017

While viewers are waiting for “Making a Murderer” season 2, Netflix is bringing in "The Keepers," another murder series. The upcoming show will feature the 1969 real story of a murdered nun.

Baltimore nun Sister Catherine “Cathy” Cesnik will be the center of the forthcoming Netflix seven-part docuseries titled “The Keepers.” The 26-year-old nun and teacher in Baltimore went missing nearly five decades ago.

Cesnik's body was found about two months later by hunters in a dump outside of town. Her body showed signs of violence. The investigators concluded she was murdered but no one was ever charged, and her death remains unsolved.

Sister Cathy Cesnik taught English and drama at Archbishop Keough High School. She was one of the most popular teachers in the school. Apparently, Cesnik’s students compared her to Maria von Trapp from “ The Sound of Music.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Assembly backs legislation to extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims

NEVADA
Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Ben Botkin Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 17, 2017

CARSON CITY — The Assembly backed legislation that extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their perpetrators.

Assembly members voted 38-0 on the bill on Monday, with four lawmakers absent.

Assembly Bill 145 extends the statute of limitations from 10 years to 20 years. The clock on the statute of limitations would start after a victim turns 18 or discovers an injury was caused by the abuse, whichever comes later.

The vote will support victims and give them the courage to come forward, said a bill sponsor, Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner, R-Reno.

“For far too long, these victims have hid in the shadows because of shame or fear,” Krasner told lawmakers before the vote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Has Netflix Found Its Next Making a Murderer?

MARYLAND
Vanity Fair

by HILLARY BUSIS
APRIL 17, 2017

Once upon a time, Making a Murderer’s intense focus on a fishy-seeming murder case—one that invited viewers to serve as both judge and jury—led scores of people to compare the show to Serial, the hit podcast generally credited with spurring the recent true-crime revival. Now, though, the Netflix series’s own success—and the long gap between its first season and its second, which still hasn’t premiered—has left fans and commentators hungry for another show to compare to Making a Murderer itself. Was Netflix’s Amanda Knox documentary the next Making a Murderer? (No, it was a one-off movie.) What about Discovery Channel’s Killing Fields? (Nah, reviews were mixed, and it never really captured the zeitgeist.) Will an upcoming adaptation of The Von Bulow Affair do the trick? (Maybe, though if it’s airing on Investigation Discovery, probably not.)

It’s possible, of course, that there is no “next” Making a Murderer. Perhaps, though, we’ve just been waiting all this time for The Keepers, an upcoming seven-part (ding) series on Netflix (ding) that investigates the “unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death” (ding ding ding).

We don’t yet know much else about The Keepers, beyond its premiere date (May 19) and the fact that it’s directed by Ryan White—whose bona fides include marriage equality doc The Case Against 8 and 2016’s Serena, a portrait of one of history’s greatest tennis players. (Not to be confused with 2014’s Serena, that Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence movie you forgot existed until just now.) We do know, though, that according to Netflix, the series “will have everyone asking the question ‘who killed Sister Cathy?’ “ That tagline indicates the series will investigate the curious case of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a Baltimore nun whose decades-old unsolved murder could be connected to a church sexual-abuse scandal. In other words: sign us up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Second Baptist state convention sued for alleged child abuse at agency

TEXAS
Baptist News

BOB ALLEN | APRIL 17, 2017

A second Southern Baptist state convention in a month has been slapped with an ascending liability lawsuit over alleged child sex abuse involving an affiliated ministry.

A lawsuit filed April 5 in Tarrant County, Texas, seeks to hold the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention liable for alleged physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect of seven children placed by the state in foster care at Texas Baptist Home for Children.

Meanwhile, First Baptist Church in Terrell, Texas, filed a legal response April 11 to a lawsuit filed March 8 in Oklahoma holding the congregation, another Baptist church and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma responsible for the reported rape of a 13-year-old girl last summer at the BGCO-owned Falls Creek Conference Center.

The girl was part of a youth group from Terrell invited to share a cabin with Country Estates Baptist Church of Midwest City, Okla., for a weeklong church camp last June. While there, she met 35-year-old Benjamin Petty, an adult volunteer brought along as a cook by Country Estates Baptist Church. During the week, according to the lawsuit, Petty forcibly raped the teenager after days of grooming and manipulation either unnoticed or ignored by camp counselors.

Based in Waxahachie, Texas, Texas Baptist Home for Children was founded in 1908 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas, a group formed after a split within the Baptist General Convention of Texas in the 1890s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

POLICE NEWS | Man allegedly abused girl he met at church

AUSTRALIA
Liverpool City Champion

18 Apr 2017

A man, 66, has been charged after allegedly sexually assaulting a girl under 10 he met at a south-western Sydney church. Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad started an investigation following reports the young girl had been assaulted in the church facilities.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested the alleged perpetrator at a home at Ashcroft last Wednesday, April 12. He was taken to Cabramatta police station and charged with having sexual intercourse with a child under 10.

Police allege he sexually assaulted the girl at a gathering after church on Sunday, April 9. He was refused bail to appear in Liverpool court last Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

REPERCUSSIONS UNCLEAR FOR JUDGE AFTER COMMENTS ON RAPE CASE

UTAH
Associated Press

BY HALLIE GOLDEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Complaints keep pouring in about a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during his sentencing hearing. But the chances of the judge being punished appear slim because his remarks don't seem to fit within any of the five forms of judicial misconduct that would trigger reprimands, one expert said.

At least four of these categories of misconduct don't apply to Judge Thomas Low's remarks, Paul Cassell, a professor of criminal law at the University of Utah, said Monday. The fifth category would only apply if officials determined that his comments were damaging to the administration of justice, which is difficult to prove, Cassell said.

Last week, Low sentenced Keith Robert Vallejo, a former Mormon bishop, to up to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.

The judge is now facing a deluge of complaints after saying during the hearing, "The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man .... But great men sometimes do bad things."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Lawsuit: Brouillard misused church money to reward boys

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 18, 2017

Former priest Louis Brouillard allegedly used church monetary offerings, or limosna, to reward boys he would later sexually abused, according to the 51st Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Brouillard allegedly sexually abused a man identified in court documents as G.B., when G.B. was around 12 and an altar boy and member of the Boy Scouts of America in 1973, the complaint says. Brouillard was a scoutmaster at the time.

“During the period in which he was a Boy Scout, G.B. was sexually molested and abused by Brouillard,” the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam says. G.B. also served as an altar boy at the Nuestra Señora de las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong.

The lawsuit states G.B.’s parents attended Mass at the Mongmong parish regularly and faithfully gave limosna as a demonstration of their trust and support for the Catholic Church, unaware the church exposed their son to a priest who was molesting their son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Netflix's Next True Crime Series 'The Keepers' Is About The Unsolved Murder Of A Nun

MARYLAND
Huffington Post

Mat Whitehead
Entertainment Reporter

Netflix has announced their latest addition to its true crime docuseries offerings with a seven-part documentary "The Keepers".

After the success of "Making a Murderer" and "Amanda Knox", the streaming platform will take a look at the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. Murdered in 1969, the Baltimore nun's killer was never found, however several women who were close to Cesnik believed she was killed to cover-up an alleged underage prostitution and molestation ring occurring in the Catholic school where she was a teacher.

While her body was discovered in November 1969, Cesnik's case returned to the public eye in the 90s when a woman who was only identified as "Jane Doe" came forward to share her experience of sexual abuse at the hands of the school's chaplain.

In a The Huffington Post investigation from 2015, "Jane Doe" was identified as Jean Wehner, who told the harrowing tale of being driven to a garbage dump near the outskirts of the city by the chaplain. It was there she reportedly saw the body of the missing nun, where the priest whispered in her ear, "You see what happens when you say bad things about people?"

At the helm of the series is Ryan White, who directed other documentaries such as "The Case Against 8", "Serena" and "Good Ol' Freda". White said: "We never set out in making this to solve a murder, but what has happened through making it is it has drawn people out in a way that wouldn't have happened if there wasn't going to be such a scrutiny or risk of exposure."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Joseph Crowley, Sexual Abuse Victim and Advocate Depicted in ‘Spotlight,’ Dies at 58

MASSACHUSETTS
The Wrap

Ross A. Lincoln | April 17, 2017

Joseph Crowley, a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic Priest who went public about his experiences as part of the Boston Globe investigation that served as the basis for the film “Spotlight,” died on Easter Sunday, the Boston Globe is reporting. He was 58, and had long suffered from heart and respiratory ailments.

Actor Michael Cyril Creighton, who portrayed Crowley in the Oscar-winning film, paid tribute to him in a post on Facebook. Crowley, said Creighton, was “a strong man, a resilient man,” who “bravely spoke about his abuse in order to help others, and never spent a moment feeling sorry for himself.”

This is long and rambling, but I am heartbroken and processing. Yesterday we lost a wonderful man who impacted my life…
Posted by Michael Cyril Creighton on Monday, April 17, 2017

Crowley was a high school student when he was raped by Paul Shanley, priest and educator at Boston College High School, where Crowley was a student. Shanley would later be defrocked by the church for an unrelated instance of sexual abuse, but was not reported to the authorities.

Crowley kept the experience a secret for most of his life, but came forward during the Boston Globe’s investigation into systemic sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and efforts by Church hierarchy to cover it up. He would later become one of the first victims of clergy sexual abuse to make his name public. After Shanley was convicted in 2005 for indecent assaults and the rape of a male minor, Crowley became an advocate for other victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Latest sex abuse lawsuit claims child suffered mental health problems

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The man is now under the care of the Public Guardian Marcelene Santos.

Guam - Another lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana today naming former Guam priest Father Louis Brouillard, but this time, the alleged victim is an individual with a mental disability.

The lawsuit was filed by Guam Public Guardian Marcelene Santos on behalf of a man with the initials G.B. who is now in his 50s. The lawsuit says Brouillard sexually molested G.B. when he was about 12 years old in 1973 during outings with the Boy Scouts. Brouillard at the time was the scout master and while on swimming trips with other boy scout members, he allegedly groped and fondled several of the boys under water.

It’s not clear if G.B.’s mental disability is the result of the sexual abuse, but the lawsuit does seem to suggest it, saying “G.B. has suffered harm to a child’s physical health or welfare … because G.B. was the victim of a sexual offense.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

April 17, 2017

Man allegedly sexually assaulted by priest continues to seek justice

MAINE
WLBZ

[with video]

Samantha York, WLBZ April 17, 2017

CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Neal Gumpel was allegedly sexually assaulted by a priest at Maine Maritime Academy is 1974 -- it took him decades to open up about the incident, but now he is seeking justice and an advocacy group from New Jersey is helping.

”We're looking for more victims of a professor of Maine Maritime who abused children” Robert Hoatson said as he passed fliers out to everyone that walked and drove by him in downtown Castine. Hoatson is the president of Road to Recovery -- an organization dedicated to helping sexual assault victims seek justice and find peace. Now he is doing his part to help Neal Gumpel -- who says he was molested at Maine Maritime Academy 44 years ago. Those allegations are against Father Roy Drake.

"We're appealing to Maine Maritime and the Jesuits, especially of New England, to do something right for a change" Hoatson said.

Hoatson believes spreading the word -- even all these years later -- can motivate other victims to come forward. Gumpel was afraid to talk about his alleged assault for decades -- he stated it is the root of his depression and substance abuse problems. Now he protests in front of the Jesuit headquarters in New York and even hired a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, a couple of years ago and met with Jesuit officials. Gumpel claims they refused to publicly apologize or settle with him. They have settled with another of Drake's victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 PM

Sex Abuse Alleged Again Against New Haven Rabbi

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Rich Scinto (Patch Staff) - April 17, 2017

NEW HAVEN, CT — A prominent rabbi in New Haven was accused by a second man of longstanding sexual abuse starting when he was a child.

Aviad Hack said during a deposition that sexual encounters with Rabbi Daniel Greer started in the early 90's and continued through 2004 at a number of different properties, according to the New Haven Independent. Greer has denied the allegations.

Hack said he was afraid to tell anyone because Greer and Hack's family had worked together to revitalize a neighborhood and create a religious community and school. Hack is now an administrator

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 PM

Joe Crowley, who went public about clergy sexual abuse and was portrayed in ‘Spotlight, dies at 58

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Bryan Marquard GLOBE STAFF APRIL 17, 2017

Day after day in 2005, Joe Crowley sat in a courtroom while a jury heard testimony and evidence about Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest who had sexually abused him when he was a teenager.

“I was sitting 10 feet away from the man who’d raped me, pimped me, and stole my innocence,” Mr. Crowley recalled in a 2012 interview with the Globe. “Watching Shanley answer to criminal charges was the real beginning of my recovery.”

In the years after Shanley was convicted, Mr. Crowley publicly revealed details of what had happened to him and he became a prominent voice for victims of clergy sexual abuse. He even was portrayed by name in the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight,” which recounted the Globe’s investigation of the scandal.

His health fragile for years, partly due to the drinking and smoking that had helped him subdue memories, Mr. Crowley died in his sleep and was found in his bed Easter Sunday in his Brookline residence, his family said. He was 58 and had suffered from respiratory and heart ailments.

“Every time somebody speaks up about this, every time one of us speaks up and talks about this, it’s going to be more difficult for someone to rape a child, to rape any person,” Mr. Crowley told the Globe last year, after “Spotlight” won the Oscar for best picture. Mr. Crowley watched the broadcast from a Brookline rehabilitation hospital because of ill health.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: N.Y. lawmaker pushes for hearing on child sex assault victims bill in state senate

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, April 17, 201

ALBANY — The sponsor of a bill to make it easier for child sexual assault victims to seek justice as adults is pushing for a state Senate hearing on the issue.

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and the seven other Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the panel’s chairman, John Bonacic (R-Orange County) petitioning for the hearing.

The letter could put the Senate GOP, which has blocked passage of the Child Victims Act for years, in the position of either agreeing to hold the hearing or publicly voting to reject it.

According to Senate rules, a hearing must be held if one-third of the members of a committee petition for it — “unless a majority of the members of the committee reject such a petition.”

“We trust this will not be the case, and the Committee will schedule a hearing ... as soon as practicable,” the letter says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Netflix to revisit murder of Baltimore nun Cathy Cesnik in docuseries 'The Keepers'

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

David Zurawik

The unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun who disappeared in 1969, will be the subject of a seven-part Netflix docuseries launching May 19, the streaming service announced Monday.

Titled "The Keepers," the series will also explore "the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death" in the Baltimore area, according to Netflix.

The series is produced by Tripod Productions and Film 45. It is directed by Ryan White, who made "The Case Against 8," a powerful documentary about the effort to overturn a California ban on same-sex marriage.

Cesnik taught English and drama at Archbishop Keough High School, and was one of the school's most popular faculty members.

A priest, who was also on staff at the school, has been considered a suspect by police and some who were students at the time of Cesnik's disappearance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Woman alleges abuse by priest when she was 14

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

"I can't imagine I was the only one who Father Camacho abused. I was a little girl and he didn't stop until I started crying." – "T.G."

A woman has come forward alleging she was sexually abused by Father Juan Camacho in the early 1970s when she served as a receptionist at the Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo.

The lawsuit, which identified the accuser as "T.G." to protect her identity and privacy, alleges that while working at the church when she was 14, Camacho took her into his office, locked the door and sexually abused her until she resisted and began to cry.

The 59-year-old woman said she filed the complaint in hopes to help other abuse survivors come forward.

"I can't imagine I was the only one who Father Camacho abused. I was a little girl and he didn't stop until I started crying," "T.G." stated. "The only way to hold the church accountable is for all of us to come forward so that everyone understands what happened and how it happened."

Camacho is the brother of Monsignor Zoilo Camacho who was mentioned in a separate civil suit filed several weeks ago by Anthony Flores. In that case, Flores alleged that Monsignor Camacho ignored him when he complained that he and other boys were being abused by Father Louis Brouillard and said he was told to "be quiet and get out of my office."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Vatican ‘reaching out’ to Apuron accusers

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A tribunal from the Vatican has conducted the Guam part of its multi-jurisdiction investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, but officials are "reaching out" to two of the former Guam Catholic leader's accusers from the island.

"There’s still a potential for the others to testify at the canonical trial," attorney David Lujan told The Guam Daily Post.

In February, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, the judge of the tribunal, and other participants of the Vatican justice system came to Guam to investigate allegations of sex abuse filed against the suspended archbishop.

The tribunal’s visit was part of the canonical trial for Apuron, who faces penal charges in connection with allegations that he sexually abused altar boys decades ago when he was a priest.

During the visit, Lujan objected to his clients’ participation in the depositions as he was not allowed to be present and he wasn't clear on the canonical trial procedures and rules and whether his clients' interests would be protected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Justice delayed, not denied: Getting it right on child sex abuse

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Editorial

New York and Connecticut are neighboring states. Yet in the way they allow people victimized as children to pursue their abusers, they are far apart.

An exhaustive report by an elite Connecticut boarding school helps explain why.

The examination by an investigator working for the board of trustees at Choate Rosemary Hall detailed decades of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff.

Going back more than five decades, it names a dozen former educators who engaged in a broad range of sexual misconduct, including rape.

Nothing was reported to police. In some cases, school administrators let perps slide by with glowing recommendations — enabling them to find soft landings at other schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Group to file complaint against judge who praised rapist during sentencing

UTAH
10 News

Chris Jones, KUTV , WTSP April 16, 2017

(KUTV) The fallout over comments made by a Utah County judge who praised a convicted sex offender continues.

The group, Restore Our Humanity, is working to file a complaint against Judge Thomas Low of Utah's 4th District.

Low, moments before sentencing a former LDS bishop Keith Vallejo for sexually assaulting two relatives, gave glowing praise to the convicted sex predator.

"The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said. "But great men, sometimes do bad things."

"It was appalling," said Mark Lawrence, head of the civil rights organization, Restore Our Humanity. He said the judge's remarks were insensitive, and re-victimize the victims.

"This judge was clearly showing he was not independent here, is clearly showing favoritism towards the perpetrator," Lawrence said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

No, your honor. A convicted Utah rapist isn't a great man. He's a criminal

UTAH
Standard-Examiner

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

After a Utah jury found a former Mormon bishop guilty of rape and 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse, the judge called him a good man.

An “extraordinarily good man.”

A “great” man.

No, your honor. He isn’t.

He’s a rapist. A sexual predator. A criminal.

He abused two women.

And you just held him up as a model of moral conduct.

No wonder Utah finds it so difficult to address the horror of sexual violence.

Julia Kirby lived at Keith Robert Vallejo’s house when she attended Brigham Young University in 2013. She’s related to the former LDS bishop.

Kirby, now 23, said Vallejo repeatedly groped her. Another woman also said she was abused at Vallejos’ home in 2014, when she was 17. After a Provo jury convicted Vallejos in late March, Judge Thomas Low allowed him to remain free on bail until his April 12 sentencing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

10 priests accused in 50 Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuits

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published April 17, 2017

The number of priests accused of sexually abusing children on Guam decades ago, reached 10 on Monday after a woman sued, saying she was sexually abused by the now-deceased Father Juan Camacho when she was 14, around 1972.

The Guam resident, named as T.G. in court documents, said the priest asked her to serve as a receptionist at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo. At one point, she alleged, Camacho took her into his office, locked the door behind her, asked her about her school work and whether she had any boyfriends, and then sexually abused her.

T.G., 59, alleges Camacho continued to force himself on her after she resisted, and only stopped when she began to cry.

At the time, the priest assured T.G. and her parents that she would be able to do her homework while working as a receptionist, the complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Lancashire Police refuse to answer questions relating to potential paedophile ring involving Darlington priest Michael Higginbottom

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

Joanna Morris, Reporter (Darlington) / jomorrisecho

LANCASHIRE police have refused to answer a series of questions relating to reported abuse by priests at St Joseph’s Catholic seminary.

In 2006, the force was told of allegations suggesting Father Michael Higginbottom and other priests had abused a pupil at the college in West Lancashire.

Despite Higginbottom being based in Darlington at the time the initial reports were made, Durham Constabulary could find no record of having been informed of the allegations facing him and of having a suspected sex offender living on their patch.

The initial police investigation was eventually dropped, with the Catholic Church paying the alleged victim £35,000 in an out of court settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Questions raised on cover up within the Church as 50th victim files suit

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 17, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Priests may have been covering up for one another. This according to the latest victim to file suit against the Church.

Father Juan Camacho is accused of making sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl in the early 1970s. Father Camacho was a priest at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo and also brother to Monsignor Ziolo Camacho. The plaintiff, only identified as 59-year-old T.G., alleges the priest asked her to serve as a receptionist for the Church, but behind closed doors, he fondled her breasts and ran his hands up her thighs. The abuse only stopped when the girl cried.

In a press release from her attorney, Kevin Fowler, he states, "We have heard from a number of plaintiffs who allege they told priests that they were being abused and were ignored. T.G. initially came forward because she believes Father Juan Camacho likely abused other girls given how aggressive he was with her. But her story raises serious questions about whether Monsignor Camacho ignored complaints about Father Louis Brouillard abusing children because he knew his own brother was abusing children." T.G. marks the 50th plaintiff to file suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

One of Apuron's accusers meets with canonical trial group

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 17, 2017

By Krystal Paco

He's a named plaintiff in four civil suits in the District Court of Guam for clergy sex abuse. But what's the status with Archbishop Anthony Apuron's canonical trial in Rome?

One Apuron accuser met with the group charged with the investigation and they report the end could be near.

Rewind to last summer, where Walter Denton announced publicly, "I was raped by Anthony Sablan Apuron, who at that time was a priest in Agat. I shouted out to father Anthony to stop. I kept shouting and I tried to move but all I could feel was him on top of me. It seemed like forever father Anthony stayed on top of me. I was crying out to him asking him to please stop."

And fast forward to today, Archbishop Apuron's accusers could see closure as early as this summer. "They're hoping the canonical trial will be over early summer, probably around July timeframe," said Denton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Church requests consolidation for 37 lawsuits filed by Attorney Lujan

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 17, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Defense counsel for the Archdiocese of Agana is asking the Court to consolidate 37 lawsuits against the Church. All 37 lawsuits were filed by Attorney David Lujan. The motion was made to streamline the process, seeing as each of the cases has identical legal issues and similar facts.

As reported, the Church is challenging the constitutionality of Guam law that was changed to lift the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. The Church also intends to challenge the individual causes of action pleaded by each complaint as being legally defective on various grounds. The motion to consolidate further states "all of these issues should be decided through one law and motion proceeding, and not by briefing and arguing the same issues through repetitive and identical motions in each case."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Apuron accusers provide testimony to Vatican tribunal for Apuron trial

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Walter Denton met with Cardinal Raymond Burke and two others to provide his testimony.
Guam - Some of the alleged victims who accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of sexual abuse have already provided their testimony to a tribunal leading the canonical trial of the suspended archbishop. We spoke Walter Denton who was among the first to share his emotional story of surviving sexual assault.

Denton, along with three other people, came out to share their story of sexual abuse at the hands of none other than the shepherd of Guam’s archdiocese, Archbishop Anthony Apuron. The details were disturbing but each of them wanted to share their story to expose the leader of Guam’s church. It was their very public statements that paved the way for what is now the canonical trial of Apuron.

Denton tells PNC that he provided testimony to a Vatican tribunal exactly a month ago. He met with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer who’s leading the investigation into sex abuse allegations against Apuron, and other members of the tribunal at the Archdiocese in San Francisco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Another woman files abuse suit against Archdiocese

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

Latest victim names former Santa Barbara parish priest, Father Juan Camacho.

Guam - More victims are accusing the church of child sexual abuse. The 50th lawsuit to be filed was the second by a female victim and the first to name Dededo priest, Father Juan Camacho.

The latest victim accusing the Archdiocese of child sexual abuse, who is now 59 years old, claims that Father Juan Camacho, who is the brother of Monsignor Zoilo Camacho, sexually abused her when she was 14 years old in 1972 under the pretense of having her work as a receptionist at Santa Barbara Church in Dededo. In court documents, the victim, using only the initials T.G., alleges that Father Camacho would take her into his office, lock the door, and force himself on her, and only stopped when she began to cry.

This is the only incident documented in the complaint, but T.G.’s counsel, Atty. Kevin Fowler, said “T.G. initially came forward because she believes Father Juan Camacho likely abused other girls given how aggressive he was with her. But her story raises serious questions about whether Monsignor Camacho ignored complaints about Father [Louis] Brouillard abusing children because he knew his own brother was abusing children.” In a complaint filed over a month ago, abuse victim Anthony Flores claimed that Monsignor Zoilo Camacho ignored his complaints about altar boys being victimized by Brouillard, telling Flores to “be quiet and get out of my office.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Catholic church expresses 'profound sorrow' over paedophile priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Visiter

BY NEIL DOCKING
17 APR 2017

The Catholic church has expressed its “profound sorrow” to a man who, as a boy, was repeatedly sexually abused by a paedophile priest.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, was last week jailed over the sickening abuse, which he carried out while working at St Joseph’s College, in Up Holland, near Ormskirk.

The sexual assaults took place in the 1970s.

A statement released by the church said: “The diocese expresses profound sorrow for the terrible crimes of child abuse committed by Father Michael Higginbottom and offers a heartfelt apology to the victim who should have been afforded and expected utmost care from someone in such a position of trust. There can be no excuses.

“Our thoughts are with the victim and his family at this time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

April 16, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 16, 2017

MAINE
Road to Recovery

JESUIT PRIEST; COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER; AND, SERIAL CHILD ABUSER, FR. ROY DRAKE HAD ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DURING HIS SEVERAL YEARS LIVING AND WORKING IN NORTHERN MAINE TOWNS AND CITIES – ORONO, CASTINE, AND BUCKSPORT (APPROXIMATELY 1971-1977)

FR. ROY DRAKE RECEIVED A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, ORONO, AND LIVED IN ORONO, MAINE, FOR AT LEAST PART OF THE 1971-1977 PERIOD OF TIME WHEN HE ALSO CONDUCTED A STUDY OF LEARNING STYLES OF STUDENTS

FR. ROY DRAKE WAS EMPLOYED AS A PROFESSOR AND PROJECT DIRECTOR AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN CASTINE, MAINE, FROM APPROXIMATELY 1974-1977, WHERE HE SEXUALLY ABUSED INNOCENT CHILD NEAL E. GUMPEL WHO WAS VISITING MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN APPROXIMATELY 1976

FROM 1974-1976, FR. ROY DRAKE, WHILE EMPLOYED AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY, WAS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF A GRANT PROGRAM AT A BUCKSPORT, MAINE, PAPER MILL, THAT ESTABLISHED A FAMILY LEARNING CENTER AT THE PAPER MILL FOR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES

What
A leafleting of two towns, Castine, Maine, and Bucksport, Maine, whose children were or may have been victims of serial pedophile and Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Drake, who was a professor at Maine Maritime Academy and directed a project in Bucksport, Maine, during the period of approximately 1974-1977

When
Monday, April 17, 2017

Where
Bucksport, Maine – from 9:00 am until 11:00 am
Castine, Maine – from Noon until 2:00 pm

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a 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
Fr. Roy Drake is a deceased Jesuit priest and serial pedophile. He was involved in towns and cities of northern Maine for approximately six years (1971-1977). Fr. Roy Drake lived and/or worked in Orono, Castine, and Bucksport, Maine, during that approximate six-year period and sexually abused at least two innocent children during that time. The leafleting of the towns of Castine and Bucksport will alert residents, businesses and the general public of the sexual abuse of children by Fr. Roy Drake and urge those who may have been sexually abused by Drake of anyone else to come forward and begin to heal.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Mother and baby homes, and Redress

IRELAND
Newstalk

[audio]

15 Apr 2017
Aidan McKelvey

This week the government published the second interim report from Judge Yvonne Murphy’s Commission of Investigation in Mother and Baby Homes. Murphy recommended that the redress scheme for institutional child abuse be extended to some of those who lived in the Mother and Baby Homes. But the government has said no, because they estimate that the cost could run to 1 billion euros.

Would financial compensation at this point make any difference to the damage done? And if not money, then what can be done to undo the harm?

To discuss this week's Talking Point Sarah was joined by:

Gerry O’Regan - Columnist with The Irish Independent
Patsy McGarry - Religious Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times
Susan Lohan - Co-founder Adoptions Rights Alliance

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Don’t lie

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

April 15, 2017 Joelle Casteix

That’s today’s lesson for Claretian priest Fr. Tony Diaz.

He’s the organizer of San Gabriel Mission’s May 25 Build the Dreams Scholarship Fundraising Dinner. His fatal error was deciding to honor admitted child molester Bruce Wellems along with actor Edward James Olmos. Wellems is a priest of questionable standing who has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and told he may not act as a priest by his own order, the Claretians.

In fact, he couldn’t even answer a reporter’s question as to whether he is still a priest at all.

Why? Wellems admitted to molesting a seven-year-old before he became a priest, is being sued for abuse, and has allegedly admitted to other misconduct.

When a reporter from the Pasadena Star News asked Fr. Tony Diaz about the May 25 event, Diaz stated that he had full permission of the Archdiocese of LA to honor Wellems.

What did the Archdiocese say?

[A] spokesman for the Archdiocese, said no such permission was given.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Christine Flowers: Ending the horror of child abuse is crucial

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

Christine Flowers, Delaware County Daily Times

Last weekend on my radio show, I had the distinct honor of interviewing Angela Liddle, the president of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, a heroic organization based in Harrisburg that lobbies on behalf of children who are in danger of being abused, or who have already suffered abuse. During our hour-long conversation, this native of York, Pa., did what so many of us have failed to do, blinded by our politics and our passions: Find real solutions to protect the most vulnerable among us.

People who have read my column in the past know full well that I have very strong opinions on child abuse, whether physical or emotional, and whether the abuser is part of a church, a secular institution or the nuclear family. I’ve railed against what I’ve viewed as disparate treatment in the courts and the legislatures, and I’ve been very outspoken about what I see as an unfair focus on the Catholic archdioceses, both nationally and in our own neck of the woods. As recently as last week, I wrote about proposals in Harrisburg which would level the playing field between public and private institutions, legislation that has created a great deal of controversy between those who care more about their pocketbooks than about due process.

Angela, and her organization, are above the partisan bickering. The PFSA doesn’t care about who can sue, and who can be liable for past harm. Well, perhaps it does at some level, but the focus of this organization is not to avenge but, rather, to protect. While a lot of the focus on child abuse has been on who can get their pound of flesh or their righteous reward (depending upon your particular, partisan point of view,) the PFSA is concerned with one thing only: Making sure that children are raised in a safe and nurturing environment. For this exceptional group of people, success is not measured in how many lawsuits can be filed and how many people can be prosecuted. It is determined by how many children grow up without ever knowing what the word “abuse” means. Prevention, not punishment, is the central focus of PFSA. Or, as the vision statement carried on its website proclaims, “Every child deserves to grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Apuron accusers meet with Vatican tribunal

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 16, 2017

A former Agat altar boy and the mother of a now deceased altar boy testified before a Vatican tribunal for the canonical penal trial of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, who is accused of raping and sexually abusing four altar boys in the 1970s.

Walter G. Denton, who accused Apuron of raping him during a sleepover at a church rectory when he was 13 in 1977, said he gave his testimony to the Vatican tribunal led by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke on March 17 at the Archbishop’s Residence in San Francisco, California.

“I have waited a long time to tell people my story. Telling my story to the tribunal was like telling my story to the Pope. I feel that these Vatican officials are representing the Pope himself. I wanted everyone to hear my testimony. I just wanted to tell someone who would listen to what happen to me,” Denton told Pacific Daily News.

Denton said the tribunal is hoping that Apuron’s canonical trial would be completed sometime early summer, based on information he got from the Rev. Justin M. Wachs. Wachs serves as the Vatican court reporter for the Apuron trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Was Darlington priest at the centre of a paedophile ring? Catholic Church's apology to victim scorned as they refuse to answer questions over perverted priest Michael Higginbottom

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

Joanna Morris, Reporter (Darlington) / jomorrisecho

DISGRACED Catholic priest Michael Higginbottom was at the centre of a wider paedophile ring involving other clergymen, it has been alleged.

As former Darlington parish priest Higginbottom is jailed for 17 years over the abuse of a teenager, allegations have been uncovered suggesting that boys at St Joseph’s seminary were preyed upon by perverted priests.

At least four Catholic priests have been accused of abusing children at the facility in West Lancashire, with several pupils having reported horrifying mistreatment at the hands of clergymen.

Lancashire Police and the Catholic Church have issued apologies via the media to Higginbottom’s victim but maintained their lengthy silence in relation to allegations of wider abuse at St Joseph’s.

The authorities refused to address claims that a number of priests were involved in the abuse of youngsters at the seminary, including Father Ernest Sands, who killed himself last year as he was due to face charges of indecently assaulting five boys while a music teacher at the college.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

April 15, 2017

On Good Friday, a Letter I Wrote a Bishop Twenty Years Ago: The Abuse Crisis and "A Picture of Christian Pastors Colluding with the Powerful of the World, to Protect Assets"

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Twenty years now, and in those twenty years, the story that perhaps more than any other characterizes the Roman Catholic church and has come to brand it in the eyes of the public is the crisis caused by clerical sexual abuse of minors and the cover-up of such abuse by church pastors. In continuation of the theme I began on Palm Sunday, I'm sharing with you now a letter I sent Bishop William Curlin of Charlotte on 10 September 1997 — some twenty years ago — speaking about the abuse crisis before it had even broken out in American Catholicism via media reports (with the exception of Jason Berry's ground-breaking coverage), and about what I could foresee it would mean, when news of it did really reach the world. This letter builds on the 1 September letter I posted here on Holy Thursday. It refers to Mother Teresa because Bishop Curlin has regarded himself as a close personal friend of Mother Teresa and brought her to Charlotte.

Here's my letter from 10 September 1997:

Dear Bishop Curlin:

Soon after I wrote you on September 1, I received the September 5 issue of the National Catholic Reporter. That issue has news about the pedophilia trial in Dallas, on which my September 1 letter commented.

Since this news is deeply disturbing to me, and has bearing on my story in the Charlotte diocese, I am writing again to comment on the latest revelations from the Dallas case.

As you may know, the NCR article indicates that the bishop of Dallas has met secretly with "a group of powerful laymen" to plan "an aggressive legal and public relations campaign designed to discredit … the … verdict in the Rudolph Kos sex abuse case." Notes from the meeting contain evidence of possibly unethical communication between the judiciary slated to hear a motion in the case, and an attorney present at the meeting.

The meeting notes also show that the diocese plans a public relations campaign designed to assure Catholics of the diocese's "compassion," while suggesting that the trial was unfair. According to these notes, at least one of the "powerful men" present at the meeting observed, "We can control the media." The notes identify "protection of assets" as a key diocesan objective.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Diocese apologises as priest is jailed for abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Sat 15 Apr 2017
By Aaron James

A diocese has apologised after one of its priests was jailed for 17 years for repeatedly abusing a boy.

Fr Michael Higginbottom, 74, was convicted of four counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault, committed during his time at St Joseph's College in Upholland, Lancashire, in the 1970s.

The college, now shut, was for boys exploring becoming priests. Higginbottom's victim attended St Joseph's for six months when he was 13 and 14.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the victim also claimed two other priests at St Joseph's abused him, however both have now died.

The lawyer defending Higginbottom said since he'd committed the offences he'd led a "positive" life ministering as a parish priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Ultrakatholiek broederschap Sint-Pius X zou misbruik verzwijgen

NEDERLAND
Trouw

[The ultra-Catholic Fraternity of St. Pius X is accused of having covered up sexual abuse by some clergy.]

De ultrakatholieke Priesterbroederschap Sint-Pius X wordt ervan beschuldigd seksueel misbruik van enkele geestelijken te hebben toegedekt. Dat beweert het tv-programma Uppdrag Granskning van de Zweedse publieke omroep SVT.

Drie priesters en een vrijwilliger zouden zich in verschillende landen in totaal aan twaalf kinderen hebben vergrepen. Aanwijzingen voor het misbruik zouden niet aan de burgerlijke autoriteiten zijn doorgegeven. De vrijwilliger, werkzaam bij de broederschap in de Amerikaanse staat Idaho, is inmiddels tot levenslang veroordeeld voor het misbruik van zeven jonge kinderen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Abus sexuels dans l’Eglise: 507 victimes indemnisées

BELGIGUE
CathoBel

[The Arbitration Center is competent to deal with cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Belgium. From 2012 to 2016, the Center granted 507 requests for victims of priests or religious, for a total amount of 3 million euros.]

Le Centre d’arbitrage est compétent pour traiter des dossiers d’abus sexuels dans l’Eglise, en Belgique. De 2012 à 2016, le Centre a fait droit à 507 demandes de victimes de prêtres ou religieux, pour un montant global de 3 millions d’euros. C’est ce qui ressort du rapport du Centre publié ce jeudi 13 avril par le Parlement fédéral.

Après la découverte, en 2010, des abus sexuels présumés commis par Roger Vangheluwe, l’Eglise en Belgique a vraiment pris conscience de l’ampleur de ces abus, commis pour 80 % des cas il y a plus de 30 ans. Cette année-là, le parlement fédéral a mis en place une Commission spéciale, présidée par Karine Lalieux (PS). Cette commission mènera des auditions et recommandera la création d’un Centre d’arbitrage pour indemniser les victimes de faits prescrits depuis longtemps.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Missbrauchter Zögling schickt Brief an den Papst

OSTERREICH
Nachrichten

["There is nothing to see from the elucidation of mass abuses in the Catholic Church, dear Holy Father, for enlightenment would mean, among other things, to bring victims and perpetrators to a table," writes the Steyrer.]

STEYR. Das, was Karl-Heinz Lindlgruber vor mehr als 30 Jahren als Kind im Erziehungsheim Steyr/Gleink erleben musste, verfolgt ihn immer noch.

Schläge, Misshandlungen und sexueller Missbrauch durch seine Mitzöglinge habe er ertragen müssen, berichtet der heute 46-Jährige. 15.000 Euro Entschädigung wurden ihm mehr als drei Jahrzehnte nach diesen Vorfällen von der Klasnic-Kommission zugesprochen.

Nun wandte sich Lindlgruber in einem Offenen Brief an Papst Franziskus und findet klare Worte: "Von Aufklärung der massenhaften Missbräuche in der katholischen Kirche ist weit und breit nichts zu sehen, lieber Heiliger Vater, denn Aufklärung würde unter anderem auch heißen, Opfer und Täter an einen Tisch zu bringen", schreibt der Steyrer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Weiterer Missbrauchsvorwurf in kirchlichem Gymnasium

OSTERREICH
religion@orf

[After the allegations of violent and sexual assaults in a Salesian's upper Austrian boarding school in the 1970s, another man has reported he was ill-treated in the '80s. However, the Order of Salesians now considers a counter-accusation against the first man because the accusation is "not tenable."]

Nach den Vorwürfen der gewalttätigen und sexuellen Übergriffe in einem von Salesianern geführten oberösterreichischen Internat in den 1970er Jahren, hat sich ein weiterer Mann gemeldet. Er gab Misshandlungen in den 80er Jahren an.

Ein ehemaliger Schüler gab vor einigen Tagen körperliche Züchtigung und erzwungenen Oralverkehr von Seiten zweier Padres an. Er erkrankte im Alter von 22 Jahren an Kehlkopfkrebs und hat Klage auf Schadensersatz eingereicht. Am Freitag meldete sich laut einer Aussendung der Plattform Betroffener kirchlicher Gewalt ein weiteres Opfer: Der heute 50jährige gibt an, in den 80er Jahren massiver körperlicher Gewalt von Seiten zweier Padres ausgesetzt gewesen zu sein.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

‘Can’t walk away from it’: Historic child abuse crimes haunt retired Sask. pastor

CANADA
CTV

Henry Clarke’s past is coming back to haunt him.

The retired Meadow Lake pastor, who’s still living in the Saskatchewan community, was recently hand-delivered a letter from a BBC reporter stating he was publicly named in a Northern Ireland government inquiry into historical institutional abuse.

The inquiry reports Clarke sexually abused three boys while working for Bawnmore and Firmount children’s homes in the 1970s and at his parents’ home in 1968, according to the letter. The BBC was hoping to speak with Clarke about the report.

“You can’t walk away from it. It’s always part of you. There’s something always there reminding you of what you’ve done,” Clarke told CTV Saskatoon. “What I did, I did. I’m very ashamed of that.”
He did speak with BBC, and last week the broadcaster published several stories on Clarke and the abuse cases. CTV sat down with him Wednesday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Rape Survivor Listens As Judge Praises Former Mormon Bishop Who Abused Her

UTAH
Huffington Post

By Hayley Miller

A sexual assault survivor was forced to hear a judge call her convicted rapist “an extraordinarily good man” before sentencing him to prison this week.

Utah Judge Thomas Low allegedly held back tears as he sang the praises of Keith Vallejo, a former bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found guilty of sexually abusing two women in separate incidents dating back to at least 2013, reports local news channel KUTV.

“The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man,” Low told the courtroom Wednesday moments before sentencing Vallejo. “But great men, sometimes do bad things.”

Julia Kirby, who was 19 years old when her brother-in-law assaulted her, said she was appalled by Low’s decision to offer a glowing character assessment of Vallejo.

“That judge shouldn’t have done that,” Kirby told KUTV. “For him to say that in a court room in front the victim who was abused and raped by this man, that he is a great person, to me was unacceptable and unprofessional.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

On Good Friday, Pope speaks of shame for Church and humanity

ROME
Reuters

By Philip Pullella | ROME

Pope Francis, presiding at a Good Friday service, asked God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church and for the "shame" of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants.

Francis presided at a traditional candlelight Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) service at Rome's Colosseum attended by some 20,000 people and protected by heavy security following recent attacks in European cities.

Francis sat while a large wooden cross was carried in procession, stopping 14 times to mark events in the last hours of Jesus' life from being sentenced to death to his burial.

Similar services, known as the Stations of the Cross, were taking place in cities around the world as Christians gathered to commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Backlash after Provo judge refers to convicted rapist as a 'good man'

UTAH
KSL

By Hallie Golden - Associated Press | Posted Apr 14th, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — A Provo judge is facing a deluge of complaints after calling a former LDS bishop convicted of rape an "extraordinary, good man" who did something wrong, a judicial oversight organization said Friday.

The criticism of Judge Thomas Low began when he let Keith Robert Vallejo out of custody after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, said Jennifer Yim, executive director of the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

Then at sentencing earlier this week, Low said: "The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinary, good man. But great men sometimes do bad things."

Yim said 75 complaints made by a combination of emails, voicemails and Facebook messages arrived Thursday and Friday.

The volume is "pretty rare," Yim said. Many wrote they were survivors of sexual assault who felt re-victimized by the judge's comments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

POPE SPEAKS OF HUMANITY'S "SHAME" IN GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION

ROME
Associated Press

BY FRANCES D'EMILIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME (AP) -- Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, endured exceptionally tight anti-terrorism checks to pray at the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, where Pope Francis expressed shame over humanity's failings.

Francis, wearing a plain white coat, presided over the traditional, evening Way of the Cross procession from a rise overlooking the popular tourist monument as faithful took turns carrying a tall cross and meditations were recited to encourage reflection on Jesus' suffering and crucifixion.

After the 90-minute-long procession ended, Francis, in a quiet voice, read a prayer he composed that alternated expressing shame for humanity's failings and hope that "hardened hearts" will become capable of forgiving and loving.

With Easter two days away, Francis said faithful look to Christ "with eyes lowered in shame and with hearts full of hope."

Such shame, he said, derives from "all those images of devastation, destruction, shipwrecks, that have become routine in our lives." Hundreds of thousands of migrants have endured hardships at the hands of human traffickers to try to reach Europe, which has increasingly been rejecting them, and thousands of them have perished at sea during the last few years.

Evoking wars and conflicts, as well as attacks on Christian minorities, Francis also voiced shame for "the innocent blood spilled daily by women, children, immigrants, and persons persecuted because of the color of their skin, or for the ethnic or social group they belong to, and for their faith" in Jesus.

The pontiff also made a reference to clergy's handling of sex abuse of minors, saying: "shame for all those times that we bishops, priests and other clergy scandalized" the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

UTAH JUDGE AT RAPE SENTENCING: EX-MORMON BISHOP A 'GOOD MAN'

UTAH
Associated Press

BY HALLIE GOLDEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A woman says she is shocked by a Utah judge's comments in which he called a former Mormon bishop convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during his sentencing hearing.

Julia Kirby said Friday that Judge Thomas Low appeared to care more for her attacker than he did about her.

"He only cared about the person he was convicting, and I think that is really kind of despicable," said the 23-year-old Kirby, who has given The Associated Press permission to publish her name

Low sentenced Keith Robert Vallejo to up to life in prison this week after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Pope Francis voices shame over sex abuse claims against Church in Good Friday speech in Rome

ROME
International Business Times

By Ananya Roy
Updated April 15, 2017

Expressing shame over the failures of the Church and humanity in protecting the dignity and lives of innocent people, Pope Francis called for the almighty's forgiveness during his Good Friday speech at Rome's Colosseum.

Wearing a plain white coat, he presided over the traditional evening Way of the Cross procession and later addressed the 20,000 people gathered at the place amid extremely tight security.

The pontiff said that their eyes were "lowered in shame" and hearts were "full of hope" because of "all those images of devastation, destruction, shipwrecks, that have become routine in our lives". He specifically mentioned the sexual abuse allegations against several Catholic Church clergymen and said that the shame was also "for all those times that we bishops, priests and other clergy scandalised" the church.

Referring to the migrant crisis in Europe, he said that hundreds of thousands of displaced people have endured hardships at the hands of human traffickers in attempts to reach European countries, but these nations have increasingly been rejecting their asylum pleas. He expressed grief over the loss of hundreds of lives lost while sailing to Europe through risky sea routes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Diocesean program offers compensation, alternative to courtroom battles

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com

A new program that the Archdiocese of Agana initiated seeks to resolve dozens of Guam clergy sex abuse cases by summer’s end, offering an alternative to years of court litigation, according to the attorney in charge of the program.

Attorney Michael W. Caspino, executive director of the non-profit organization Hope and Healing Guam, said the independent program seeks to offer professional counseling, treatment, spiritual healing, compensation and justice to clergy abuse victims.

The program is two-pronged:

* Professional counseling has started for those who have already called the Hope and Healing Guam hotline, 1-888-649-5288. This will be followed by rehabilitation and long-term treatment as needed, and guidance from a spiritual director.

* Individual review of each claim for compensation, along with referral for investigation, once an independent board is formed, as early as next week.

Caspino, of California, said similar programs in other states could be administered by the diocese. But in Guam’s case, Hope and Healing is acting independent of the Archdiocese of Agana, whose only role is fund the program in the millions of dollars.

That’s partly because the suspended Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, who is among those facing clergy sex abuse cases in court and is undergoing a Vatican canonical penal trial, is still technically an archbishop, Caspino said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

The Wrong Way to Keep Kids Safe From Predators

UNITED STATES
New York Times

By MICHELLE STEVENS
APRIL 14, 2017

My heart is racing as he kisses my cheek. “Bye, Mom,” he says. Then he grabs his backpack and walks away. I want to snatch him back. I’ll settle for puking instead.

It’s the summer of 2015, and my baby is going off to camp. It’s 3,000 miles away. It’s his first time flying on a plane by himself. When he gets to the other side, a stranger will pick him up and drive him to the Poconos. To a cabin I’ve never seen. To sleep in some foreign, far-off bed.

Although he’s only 9, my boy fears none of this. On the contrary, he’s excited about the adventure. My son is unusually independent, which doesn’t surprise me.

I raised him to be like that.

It hasn’t been easy taking this approach to parenting. When I was 8, a sadistic pedophile decided to make me his victim. He terrorized me for the next six years and left me a nervous wreck for the rest of my life.

He was a teacher who molested dozens of his students over the course of two decades. Like the teachers at Choate Rosemary Hall who, we found out this week, sexually abused students for years without consequence, he was very skilled at choosing his prey. He wanted kids who were lacking in self-confidence, because kids like that don’t know they can say no. They’re also too afraid to tell anyone that they’re being molested.

Pedophiles are very good at conning parents. My abuser convinced my mother — and many other mothers — that he was a nice, trustworthy guy. Believing this, my broke, single mom eagerly accepted his offer to provide free child care. She thought it was safer to have me stay with him than for me to walk home from school alone.

Now that I have a kid, I’ve noticed that most parents think like this. They believe children are safe only when they are in the care of adults, in part because kids have to be protected from would-be pedophiles and abductors. But as a psychologist with an expertise in child abuse, I can tell you this theory is hogwash. It’s exceedingly rare for a child to be taken by a stranger, and in around 90 percent of sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator is someone the kid already knows.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Utah judge PRAISES Mormon bishop and calls him an 'extraordinarily good man' as he sentences him for rape of his 19-year-old sister-in-law while she sits and listens in court

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (UK)

By Anna Hopkins For Dailymail.com

A Utah judge reportedly held back tears as he condemned a rapist he characterized as an 'extraordinarily good man' to prison this week.

Julia Kirby, the victim and sister-in-law of Keith Vallejo, was in the courtroom as the judge tasked with delivering her justice praised her attacker.

Vallejo, a former Mormon priest, was convicted of first-degree felony of object rape and 10 second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse in the cases of Kirby and another one of her female relatives.

'The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man,' Fourth District Court Judge Thomas Low told the courtroom on Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Group demands San Gabriel Mission Church rescind award to former priest with past molestation claim

CALIFORNIA
Pasadena Star-News

By Christopher Yee, Pasadena Star-News
POSTED: 04/14/17

SAN GABRIEL >> Representatives from a group advocating for justice for victims of sexual abuse by church leaders are calling for the San Gabriel Mission Church to retract an award intended to be given to an embattled former parish pastor.

According to a weekly bulletin, San Gabriel Mission Church intends to honor Bruce Wellems at its May 25 “Build the Dreams” scholarship fundraising dinner. Actor Edward James Olmos is also set to be honored at the dinner.

Wellems, a Roman Catholic priest originally from Chicago who was a member of the Claretian Missionaries, served as parish pastor in San Gabriel from 2012 to 2014 until he abruptly resigned.

Following his resignation, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) published documents indicating Wellems admitted to sexually abusing another boy when he was 15 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

April 14, 2017

Genova, prete pedofilo ospite nella diocesi di Bagnasco

ITALIA
Affaritaliani

[A priest from Argentina - Rev. Carolos Buela - who has been accused of sexual abuse is said to be living in the Genoa diocese which is headed by Cardinal Angela Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops conference. He was already condemned by the Vatican court for sexually abusing seminarians.]

CHIESA: PRETE PEDOFILO OSPITE NELLA DIOCESI DI GENOVA

"E' grave che proprio la diocesi di Genova, quella del cardinale Angelo Bagnasco presidente della Cei, ospiti da circa tre anni un sacerdote come don Carlos Buela, argentino, accusato di pedofilia e già condannato dal Tribunale del Vaticano per abusi sessuali a seminaristi". E' quanto sostiene all'AdnKronos Francesco Zanardi, fondatore della rete L'Abuso. "Per la Chiesa, la sanzione è stata il trasferimento in Italia, per trascorrere un periodo di isolamento - riferisce Zanardi - Ma per noi non basta: è di fatto un modo per allontanarlo e sottrarlo alla giustizia in Argentina".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Did former Darlington rapist priest Michael Higginbottom act alone?

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

“CRUEL and sadistic” Catholic priest Michael Higginbottom was jailed for 17 years on Thursday.

Former Darlington parish priest Higginbottom repeatedly raped a boy almost 40 years ago and, following decades of silence, was finally brought to justice this week.

A judge told the 74-year-old he had made a young boy’s life a “living hell” for six months in the late 1970s, while he was a priest and teacher at St Joseph’s seminary in Upholland, West Lancashire.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Andrew Menary, QC described Higginbottom as “someone who undoubtedly had a mean and cruel streak, saying: “The evidence makes plain that when you were teaching you employed methods that today - if not then - would be recognised for what they were cruel sadistic bullying.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Abuse victims criticise €110m state agency

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Ellen Coyne
March 27 2017
The Times

An agency set up to help survivors of institutional child abuse has been accused of wasting redress funds on expensive administrative costs amid criticism of delays in paying out to victims.

Mary Higgins, chief executive of Caranua, received a €10,000 raise in 2015, taking her salary to more than €87,000. Her wages are paid out of a fund from religious congregations established to compensate victims of institutional abuse.

Caranua was set up in 2012 to manage the €110 million fund and make payments to survivors who have health, housing or educational needs. There is €48 million left in the fund.

The Times has spoken to ten survivors who have had negative experiences dealing with the agency. Some said they had waited up to 18 months for cheques to be paid. Others complained of calls not being answered and emails not being replied to in a timely manner.

They also accused staff of making hurtful remarks and said they were afraid to report incidents they were unhappy with in case it led to their payments being denied. Some said they were confused about their entitlements and that the application process was not explained to them fully.

Many of the victims, some of whom were raped while in institutional schools, said they believed that they were losing out and accused Caranua of being too generous with the fund when it was first set up in 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Bruton aware of ‘concerns’ about agency dealing with abuse survivors

IRELAND
Irish Times

Michael O'Regan

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he was aware of “concerns’’ raised about the statutory body Caranua.

The body was set up in 2012 to manage the €110 million pledged by religious congregations to enhance the lives of the survivors of childhood institutional abuse.

“It is vital that in all our dealings with victims of abuse they are dealt with in a sensitive, fair and compassionate manner,’’ Mr Bruton said.

The Minister was replying in the Dáil on Wednesday to Independent TD Catherine Connolly who asked if he could stand over reported comments by the body’s chief executive Mary Higgins.

Ms Connolly said the chief executive, who earns an annual salary of €87,000, had said “some applicants will never be happy and grievances suit a narrative’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

€210m provided so far by religious congregations for abuse compensation

IRELAND
RTE News

To date €210m has been provided by religious congregations towards the cost of compensating victims of institutional abuse, the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has been told.

The Comptroller and Auditor General has said that the final overall cost of investigating and responding to victims of institutional abuse is estimated to be €1.5bn, with the vast majority of costs relating to the Redress Scheme.

The committee heard evidence on a special report by Seamus McCarthy on the cost of the Abuse Inquiry and Redress schemes, which he published last December.

A senior official from the Department of Education said that when the contributions from the religious congregations provided for in the 2002 Indemnity Agreement are combined with the subsequent voluntary offers, the maximum total contribution is expected to be €321m, of which €210m has been received.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Caranua boss: Many victims not treated properly

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Friday, April 14, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

The head of the State body overseeing compensation payments to religious abuse victims has admitted its initial approach to victims was “appalling”, despite his own CEO defending claims some people are “so damaged” they will never be happy with the help that is given.

Caranua chair David O’Callaghan made the admission as the group faced fresh criticism over a new €15,000 cap on repayments and has admitted counselling services it obtained from a Catholic organisation have already cost more than €90,000.

Speaking during an at times heated Dáil public accounts committee on how the 2002 redress scheme is working, Mr O’Callaghan said the reality is a large number of victims have “not been treated properly” by Caranua.

He said lengthy delays in having their compensation claims assessed were commonplace when the group was set up in 2014, but insisted increased staffing levels mean the “appalling” situation has now been resolved.

However, during the same meeting his CEO Mary Higgins appeared to contradict the claims, saying while she “regrets” recent media interviews in which she described victims as “damaged” any criticism was because some people want to “suit a certain narrative”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Caranua chief withdraws comments which offended abuse victims

IRELAND
Irish Times

Kitty Holland

The chief executive of Caranua has withdrawn “unreservedly” comments in which she described survivors of institutional abuse as “these people” who were “damaged” and some of whom would “never be happy”.

Mary Higgins faced robust questioning at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Thursday about survivors’ experience of Caranua and her comments about survivors in this newspaper and on radio last month.

Caranua is an independent statutory body, established under legislation in 2012, to manage €110 million pledged by religious congregations to enhance abuse survivors’ lives. Survivors can apply for grants for services under headings such as health and wellbeing, housing support, and education, learning and development.

Survivors however described last month being “re-traumatised” by their dealings with Caranua. They complained of long delays in getting a response from the organisation, being told without warning they could no longer apply for services, and being spoken to without respect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Priest’s Cold-Case Murder Trial Delayed

TEXAS
Courthouse News Service

ERIK DE LA GARZA
April 14, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas (CN) — A state judge has delayed the April trial of the former Catholic priest charged with the 1960 murder of a South Texas beauty queen, and will hear arguments next month that a “media frenzy” has poisoned the jury pool.

O. Rene Flores and Ricardo Flores, representing 84-year-old John Feit, filed a 34-page memorandum last week asking to move Feit’s case out of Hidalgo County. They argued that the “inflammatory nature of the media coverage” in the past 57 years has made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

On Wednesday, Hidalgo County Judge Luis Singleterry agreed that the ex-priest is entitled to a hearing and set a May 17 court date. He also scrubbed the original April 24 trial date.

“The media’s reporting of this case has created an irreversible fog of pretrial publicity,” Feit’s attorneys said in the motion to change venue. “The extent and nature of the publicity surrounding Feit’s case make it nearly impossible for Feit to receive a fair and impartial trial in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Catholic bishop accused of denying the past and minimising abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Tammy Mills

A survivor of sex abuse has slammed a bishop in Victoria's north-east for statements he says deny the past and minimise the consequences of institutional abuse.

Australian Education Union vice-president Greg Barclay, who was abused by Catholic Marist brother John Skehan as a schoolboy, accused Bishop Leslie Tomlinson of manipulating statistics from the Royal Commission to minimise the impact of abuse.

The commission released statistics in February that put the Sandhurst Diocese, which includes Bendigo, as having the second-highest proportion of priests subject to abuse allegations in Australia.

Bishop Tomlinson, who presides over the diocese, recognised the massive failure of the church to protect children, but went on to say the figures needed to be read in the "correct context".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL REVISITED

UNITED STATES
Let's Think This Out

Bruce R. Nelson
Posted on April 13, 2017

A few days ago in this space I kicked off Holy Week with an expression of dismay over the Catholic Church’s incorrigible ineptitude in dealing with its never-ending child sex abuse scandal. I wrote about being stunned over the Church’s legislative campaign to make it more difficult for people to sue their rapists and molesters.

The subject was out of my wheelhouse. I am neither Catholic nor a theologian. Yet, the concept of the country’s largest Christian denomination serving, in effect, as a pedophile lobby seemed preposterously creepy. The post triggered more reaction than anything I’ve written since the inception of this site. It was read by hundreds throughout the United States and 12 other countries. Thanks to the comments, email and private messages it produced, I know more about this ecclesiastical quagmire than I did a week ago.

Here’s a smattering of what I learned:

• Holy Week is treacherous for many sexual abuse survivors. It ignites memories of torture that defy comprehension. For some, it means reliving a boyhood Good Friday ritual in which they were tied, naked, to large wooden crosses by their parish priests, and then molested. For other survivors, a term that carries more positive energy than “victims,” the week brings back images of when, at 11 or 12, priests sodomized them in a confessional.

• A 48-year-old man, after multiple suicide attempts and several breakdowns, finally came to grips with the reality that, at age 11, his priest repeatedly raped him, always assuring the boy that this was part of God’s plan. The statute of limitations in his state barred him from filing suit.

• A man in his 20s filed a complaint with Church officials detailing the sexual abuse he encountered years earlier by a priest who ran a boys prep school. After a lengthy internal investigation, the Church exonerated the priest. The man killed himself years before other victims came forward and the state lifted the deadline for filing suit.

• The statute of limitations issue is not just about money. For the survivors, it is about truth telling, pulling back the Church’s veil of secrecy that has draped this scandal, to one extent or another, since the beginning.

With apologies for burying the lede, that last bullet point is the most important one. I always believed plaintiff attorneys had their fingers crossed when they told jurors that, “This is not about the money.” These survivors have nothing crossed. The salve for their unimaginable wounds is not a seven-figure damage award. It is total and complete transparency. They want to open up every dark nook and cranny of this scandal and let the light of day shine in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Ex-manager stole $353K, archdiocese alleges

OHIO
WHIO

By: Tom Beyerlein - Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Monday sued a former business manager, Thomas “Shaun” Martin of Mason, alleging he stole more than $353,000 from three Hamilton County parishes over a period of years.

Spokesman Dan Andriacco said the archdiocese has been “working closely” with county prosecutors, but Martin has not been criminally charged. “We felt it was time to move on with our part of it, the civil part,” Andriacco said of the lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

Martin, who is no longer employed by the archdiocese, is accused of embezzling the money while he worked for Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist and St. John the Baptist parishes in separate stints over a number of years. He worked consecutively at five Hamilton County parishes since 2000. Andriacco said the investigation “came about because of irregularities that turned up in one parish that caused us to look at others.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Teacher's aide expected to admit guilt in All Saints child porn case

NEW YORK
Syracuse.com

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A former teacher's aide at a Syracuse elementary school is expected to plead guilty next week in connection with a child pornography case.

Emily Oberst, 24, is scheduled for a "change of plea" hearing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to court records. The records don't say what charge she's expected to plead guilty to.

Oberst was indicted last year along with Jason Kopp of sexually exploiting children for the purpose of making child pornography and distributing child porn.

Her lawyer, Kim Zimmer, would not comment on the expected guilty plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher also wouldn't comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Pope should not get warm welcome until he deals with legacy of child abuse

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Cormac Lucey

Francis has done much to address inequality and homophobia but his efforts on this vile part of the church’s history need more work

Next year Pope Francis is scheduled to come to Ireland in what will be the second papal visit since John Paul II popped by in 1979.

The charismatic Argentinian’s visit is likely to be a big success. The pontiff’s appeal to old-style leftists such as President Michael D Higgins will ensure that. Calling inequality the root of social evil, the Pope regularly pressures governments to help the poor and there is much to admire in his simple lifestyle and refusal to move into the papal palace. He is also rumoured to sneak out of the Vatican to talk to the homeless and give them money.

In one of his most celebrated comments, the Pope said: “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” It represented a huge shift from the position of Pope Benedict, his predecessor, who described homosexuality as an intrinsic moral evil.

Compared to his stuffy and conservative predecessors, Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air, but the Irish state should be circumspect in our welcome for him next year. He does preside, after all, over an organisation that still refuses to deal in a moral way with its legacy of child abuse and child rape. As the Pope knows, one should not forgive a sinner until the sinner truly repents.

Last month Marie Collins, who was molested by a Dublin hospital chaplain when she was 13 years old, resigned from a special Vatican commission that was created by Pope Francis to propose child protection initiatives and address the issue of clerical sex abuse. Ms Collins lamented that some senior figures in the church continue to put “other concerns” before the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

She also complained that the reluctance of some in key sections of the Vatican to implement recommendations or co-operate with the work of a commission set up to improve the safety of children and vulnerable adults around the world was “unacceptable”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Judge praises former LDS bishop, while sentencing him for rape, as victim listens

UTAH
KUTV

by Chris Jones, KUTV Friday, April 14th 2017

Provo, Utah — (KUTV) — Fourth District Court Judge Thomas Low had glowing praise for a man who was convicted of molesting two female relatives while they stayed at his home three years ago.

"The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said just moments before sentencing Keith Vallejo to prison for sexually abusing the two females. "But great men, sometimes do bad things," Low continued.

During the sentencing, Low appeared to be emotional as he read the sentence. His praise came as at least one of the victims, Julia Kirby, sat in the court room.

"For him to say that in a court room in front the victim who was abused and raped by this man, that he is a great person, to me was unacceptable and unprofessional," she told 2News by phone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Pervert choirmaster jailed for abusing five young girls during the 60s and 70s in Stockton and Lancaster

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

A PERVERTED choirmaster has been jailed for a string of sex offences on young girls during the 60s and 70s.

John Gilbert Blacktop, who went on the run for nine days following his conviction, has been imprisoned for 21-years for a catalogue of offending on five young victims.

The 81-year-old, of Morecambe, Lancashire, was sentenced in his absence last month after he failed to attend Bradford Crown Court where a jury had earlier convicted him of 33 counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one count of attempted rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Cardinal prays for abuse survivors, urges solidarity with bombing victims

WASHINGTON (DC)
Crux

Richard Szczepanowski April 14, 2017
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During an April 11 Mass for healing of abuse victims, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl offered prayers for sex abuse victims, reiterated the Archdiocese of Washington’s commitment to keep children safe, and offered sympathy and solidarity to victims of the recent Coptic church bombings in Egypt.

Cardinal Wuerl - offering the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on the Tuesday of Holy Week - said it was appropriate to offer the Mass “during the first three days of Holy Week when the Gospel focuses on human failure and our need for God’s gracious mercy.”

The cardinal said the Gospel reading at the Mass, in which Jesus at the Last Supper announces Judas’s betrayal, shows “the tragic consequences of giving in to human frailty” and the “betrayal, failure, pain and sorrow” that ensues.

About 60 people - including members of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Child Protection Advisory Board - attended the Mass that was concelebrated by Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout; Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson, rector of the cathedral; and several other priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Healing prayer service for survivors of abuse held at Cathedral

GEORGIA
Southern Cross

Following is the homily Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM. Conv., gave March 29 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah during the diocese’s first Lenten prayer service for survivors of abuse.

The suffering of the innocent has mystified and bewildered people of Faith long before Isaiah the Prophet wrote the moving description of God’s suffering Servant that we just heard in our first reading.

The suffering of the innocent goes back to Cain killing his brother Abel out of jealously; out of a complete lack of respect for the sanctity and the preciousness of human life.

Christians have always envisioned Jesus as the unique Innocent One whose suffering is a unique source of healing and life for all of us. Yet we also know that Christ is not the only innocent person ever to have suffered.

Recently we have had to admit that far too many innocent ones have lived with the pain of abuse at the hands of those who should have protected them, nurtured them, and sanctified them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Jury rules in favor of Fr. Jiang and archdiocese

MISSOURI
St. Louis Review

By Joseph Kenny | jkenny@archstl.org | twitter: @josephkenny2

A jury in Lincoln County took little time April 6 to find in favor of both Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis in a civil lawsuit that alleged the priest had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in 2012. In the trial, the plaintiff sought more than $1 million in compensatory damages. The jury began deliberations just past 1 p.m. and returned the verdict just before 3 p.m.

A statement from the archdiocese reported that "the archdiocese and Father Jiang have steadfastly denied these allegations since they were first raised and are pleased with the jury's decision."

In closing arguments, Jerry Carmody, an attorney for Father Jiang, detailed dozens of reasons why the jury should dismiss the allegations. First, he said, Father Jiang, a native of Shandong, China, could have returned to his home country instead of remaining to fight the allegations. He also said Father Jiang never attempted to be alone with the teenage girl, now 21. The allegation was unbelievable, he said, because it was said to have happened in a family room with the teen's parents and siblings present, seven people in all. It was alleged to have occurred while they were sitting under a blanket on the living room couch.

The two didn't have sexual or romantic texts, Carmody said. The family didn't contact the police with their suspicions, he added. The girl, he said pointing to testimony, was controlled by her mother and afraid of the consequences if she didn't go through with the lawsuit.

Father Jiang adamantly denied the accusation that he had sexually abused her and maintained his innocence throughout the time frame.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Former Newcastle priest jailed for 17 years for historic sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Chronicle Live

KATIE DICKINSON
13 APR 2017

A Catholic priest from Newcastle has been jailed for 17 years for repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy while working as a teacher in the 1970s.

A church spokesman for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has issued an apology to the victim after Father Michael Higginbottom was sentenced for the abuse, which happened when he worked at St Joseph’s College in Upholland, Lancashire.

The 74-year-old of West Farm Road, Newcastle, had denied four counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault but was found guilty after a trial.

Liverpool Crown Court heard his victim attended the seminary, for boys who wanted to become priests, for six months when he was aged between 13 and 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

April 13, 2017

Rev. Bernard Lynch, S.M.A. – Assignment History

UNITED STATES/IRELAND/ZAMBIA/UNITED KINGDOM
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Bernard Lynch was ordained in his native Ireland for the Society of African Missions in 1971. After a short stint in Zambia, he was sent to New York to study counseling and psychotherapy. While in New York he assisted at a Bronx parish and was chaplain for a private boys' school, Mount St. Michael's. He also became involved with the support group for gay Catholics, Dignity, and ministered in the 1980s to men dying of AIDS.

In July 1987 Lynch became the subject of a criminal investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse, after Mount St. Michael's teachers filed a complaint that he and acting principal, Marist Brother Timothy Brady, were possibly molesting students. Both were charged; Brady was convicted. Lynch was tried in April 1989 on charges of molesting one Mount St. Michael's student in 1985 or 1986. Lynch's attorney said it was the boy who made a pass at Lynch. Lynch strongly denied the accusation and claimed he was the victim of a witch-hunt by the church because of his AIDS ministry. He was found not guilty.

Lynch moved in 1992 to England where he started a ministry for closeted gay priests. He was expelled from his order in 2011 and, in a 2012 memoir, he announced that he had been married to a man for fourteen years. In April 2017 Lynch works independently as a counselor and spiritual director. He has not been laicized.

Ordained: 1971

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Pacific News Minute: Guam Archdiocese Moves for Dismissal of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

GUAM
Hawaii Public Radio

[with audio]

By NEAL CONAN

This week, the Archdiocese of Guam asked a federal court to dismiss dozens of law suits filed by former altar boys who say they were raped and assaulted by priests as far back as the 1970s. The key to the suits was a law passed last year that lifted the statute of limitations, and as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, that law is also the basis of the Archdiocese’s argument.

Under the old law, suits had to be filed within one or two years after the alleged abuse. But as outrage grew following publication of the altar boys stories, the legislature approved a bill that removed the time limit entirely. Even as he signed the bill, Governor Eddie Calvo wondered whether it was constitutional to lift the statute of limitations retroactively. Afterwards, 47 cases were filed, which ask for millions of dollars in damages from individual priests, from the Archdiocese and, in some instances, from the Boy Scouts.

On Monday, attorneys for the Archdiocese argued that, even if the law is constitutional, it only applies to perpetrators, and not to third parties.

Last week, attorneys for Archbishop Anthony Apuron asked the federal court to find the 2016 law entirely unconstitutional, and dismiss the four suits that name him as an abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

DCU’s James Gallen appointed to assist Commission on Mother and Baby Homes

IRELAND
Dublin City University

Dr James Gallen of the DCU School of Law and Government has been appointed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs as an expert adviser to assist the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes by mapping out a model of ‘transitional justice’ as a means of giving voice to former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes.

Dr Gallen’s expertise in transitional justice will help to develop an approach which can acknowledge the experiences of former residents and further enhance public awareness and understanding of this part of our history.

13th April, 2017

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Rev. Morgan J. Kuhl – Assignment History

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Morgan J. Kuhl was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1993. He assisted for five years at Holy Child parish on Staten Island, moving to St. Mary of the Assumption in November 1998 where he served as the sole priest and administrator.

In October 1999 Kuhl was arrested in New Jersey in a sting operation. He had traveled to Perth Amboy after arranging over the internet to have sex there with a 15-year-old boy. The 'boy' was actually an undercover FBI agent. Kuhl admitted to his intentions. He reportedly had attempted previously to meet up with another New Jersey boy. He was sentenced in October 2000 to four months in a halfway house and four months under house arrest; a U.S. district judge later reduced his sentence to five years' probation and ordered him to "adhere to the program" at Trinity Retreat in Larchmont, New York. Kuhl was arrested again in September 2002, this time on charges that he fondled a 16-year-old boy in 1999. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in May 2003 to 45 days in jail. The judge gave him a one-year conditional discharge.

In April 2017 Kuhl's whereabouts and status are unclear.

Ordained: 1993

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

CA--Parish honoring admitted child molester

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Parish honoring admitted child molester

He has been banned from LA and Chicago archdioceses and taken out of ministry by his religious order
He was sued for abuse last year, however
San Gabriel Parish still calls him priest, gives him award
May 25 event will also honor actor Edward James Olmos, others
Victims to Archdioceses: Act now to stop dangerous callous behavior

Victims of child sex abuse wrote a letter today to the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and Chicago and a Chicago-based religious order to express their outrage that a banned priest and admitted child molester is being honored by a local Los Angeles-area parish.

That man, Bruce Wellems, has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, removed from the priesthood in both Los Angeles and Chicago, and has also been taken out of ministry by the Claretians, a religious order—all for allegations of sexual abuse.

[Chicago Tribune]

Last year, he was sued for child sexual abuse.

[Associated Press]

Despite this, San Gabriel Mission is honoring Wellems at a scholarship dinner alongside actor Edward James Olmos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Suit: Priest seized every opportunity to molest boys

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

The Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America should have known about the "sexually abusive and exploitative propensities" of a priest who served in parishes around the island for more than two decades and also served as a leader in the Scouts organization in Guam, said a new lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam.

An individual identified with the initials "J.D." to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit that marks the 49th civil complaint lodged against the Catholic Church in Guam.

J.D. alleges that he was sexually molested and abused by Father Louis Brouillard over a three-year period while J.D. was an altar boy at San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj and a Boy Scout.

The lawsuit alleges that Brouillard obtained permission from J.D.'s parents to spend the night so the boy wouldn't be late to serve the next day as an altar boy during early morning Masses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Banned priest and admitted abuser slated for San Gabriel Mission award

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

April 13, 2017 Joelle Casteix

Not fake news. They’re really doing it. And Edward James Olmos is gonna be there, too.

Bruce Wellems is a problematic guy, to say the least.

He’s been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He’s been removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago and by the Claretian order. Last year, he was sued for child sex abuse by one of his alleged victims.

He’s even admitted to molesting the alleged victim.

But the San Gabriel Mission (where he was working when he was banned from Los Angeles—and whose leadership is well aware of everything I have written here) is still honoring him at their May 25 Build the Dreams Scholarship Fundraiser, alongside actor Edward James Olmos.

My sources tell me that Olmos has known for more than a year about Wellems. We will see if he pulls out of the event.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

On Holy Thursday, a Letter I Wrote a Bishop Twenty Years Ago: "Will a Church That Destroys the Careers of Valuable Lay Ministers, While Protecting Pedophile Priests, Have a Bright Future?"

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

It's Holy Thursday, and so I'm thinking, of course, about Jesus' command that his followers serve each other and not seek to lord it over others. As was typical in his ministry, he put this message into action by taking a basin and towel and washing his disciples' feet, an action people considered "lower" than others — slaves and women — undertook in his culture.

Thinking about the significance of the gospel accounts on which Holy Thursday is based brings to mind another letter I wrote to the the-bishop of Charlotte, North Carolina, in September 1997. As with the letter I shared on Palm Sunday, I have spoken about this letter in a previous posting without sharing its entire text here. Now I'd like to share the letter in full.

Colleen responded to the letter I shared on Palm Sunday by noting that it struck her as amazing that I spoke out in 1997 in the way I did in that letter, when the abuse crisis had not yet taken place. She's right about the fact that my 1997 letters predated the breaking open of the abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Later in the year in which I wrote the letter I shared on Palm Sunday, I began to have more and more inklings that something was looming on the horizon for the church — revelations about clerical sexual abuse. Already in 1997, as a lay theologian, I had begun to hear hints about this from priests, who usually carefully guarded their tongues when speaking about clerical secrets — hints of abuse cases and pay-offs to silence families filing such cases.

I heard discussions, in fact, between two former monks of Belmont Abbey about two cases in which there had been pay-offs to silence victims, about which they knew in a very direct way, and I believe they wanted me to overheard their conversation. One of these actually made the news when information about it reached the media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Catechista accusato di abusi su minori, si cercano altre vittime

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[The prosecutor of Palermo is assuming that catechist Benedetto Salemi, who was arrested last month for alleged sexual assault on a 11-year old-girl, could have raped other youngsters.]

La Procura di Palermo ipotizza che Benedetto Salemi, arrestato il mese scorso a Termini per presunte violenze sessuali su una ragazzina di 11 anni, possa aver violentato altri adolescenti.

Conosceva tanti ragazzini, non solo perché a Termini Imerese per diversi anni è stato catechista alla chiesa Madre, ma anche perché, sempre lì, è contitolare di una cartolibreria, molto frequentata dai più giovani. E’ per questo che la Procura di Palermo ipotizza che Benedetto Salemi, 44 anni, arrestato lo scorso 3 febbraio per presunti abusi su una ragazzina di 11 anni, possa aver violentato altri adolescenti. Le indagini del procuratore aggiunto Salvatore De Luca e del sostituto Federica La Chioma si stanno muovendo adesso proprio in questa direzione.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Come e perché un prete diventa pedofilo. Presentazione del libro “Chiesa e pedofilia, il caso italiano” di Federico Tulli (L’Asino d’oro ed.)

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[A special program on pedophilia among clergy in the Catholic Church will be held April 28 in Rome. The program will be presentation of a book about pedophilia in the Italian church by Federico Tulli.]

Libreria Feltrinelli di viale Libia 186 a Roma, venerdì 28 aprile 2017 ore 18

Perché in Italia, la Chiesa non ha ancora disposto un’indagine nazionale come quelle che in Irlanda, Usa, Olanda, Belgio, Australia, Germania etc, hanno consentito di arginare notevolmente la diffusione della pedofilia nel clero?

«Perché in Italia non ce n’è bisogno» si sentì rispondere nel 2012 il giornalista Federico Tulli dall’allora portavoce vaticano mons. Federico Lombardi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Further Inquiries into Abuse by British Barrister, John Smyth QC

UNITED KINGDOM
Lexology

Bolt Burdon Kemp

Further questions are being asked in relation to an alleged cover up of child abuse which was endured by teenage public school boys at the hands of a British barrister, John Smyth QC, in the 1970s and the 1980s.

On behalf of the Iwerne Trust, John Smyth ran religious summer camps in the 1970s and early 1980s, which were attended by boys from elite public schools. It is alleged that Smyth subjected the school boys to horrific beatings in order to purge them of their “sins”.

Allegations of abuse emerged back in 1982 after one of Smyth’s alleged victims attempted to commit suicide. In response, the Iwerne Trust commissioned an internal inquiry into the abuse which was conducted by Mark Ruston, a Church of England vicar. The report detailed the prescribed punishments for “sins” such as masturbation and pride, 100 and 400 strokes respectively. It was reported that over a three year period, eight boys had received 14,000 lashes between them, with two of the boys being whipped 4,000 times each. The report also stated that these beatings were carried out while the boys were either naked or semi-naked in order to “increase humility”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Sex abuse priest jailed for 17 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Wigan Today

A “cruel sadistic” catholic priest who repeatedly raped a boy almost 40 years ago in a former Wigan seminary was jailed for 17 years today.

A judge told 74-year-old Father Michael Higginbottom: “For about six months in the late 1970s you made a young boy’s life a living hell.”

The offences, which a jury found him guilty of yesterday, took place at St Joseph’s seminary in Upholland in UpHolland where the defendant was a priest and teacher.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC described Higginbottom as “someone who undoubtedly had a mean and cruel strike.

The evidence makes plain that when you were teaching you employed methods that today - if not then - would be recognised for what they were cruel sadistic bullying.”

He said that the victim, now aged 52, “has been haunted by demons” ever since and an eloquent and moving impact statement from the victim was read to the court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Jury rules in favor of priest

MISSOURI
Lincoln County Journal

By Megan Myers
Staff Writer

An emotional scene unfolded inside a Lincoln County courtroom Thursday, after a jury ruled in favor of a Catholic priest who had been accused of sexually abusing a minor.

The jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching their decision.

No punitive damages were awarded to the plaintiff in the civil suit on either counts of sex assault or battery.

The female accuser, who lived in Old Monroe during the time of the alleged abuse, left the room in tears after the verdict was read by St. Louis judge Steven Ohmer.

Her family and legal team joined her outside the courtroom, where they declined to comment on the ruling.

The accused priest, Father Xui Hui “Joseph” Jiang, also reacted emotionally when the verdict was read. He collapsed into the arms of his defense counsel and sobbed loudly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

17 years for priest who repeatedly abused teenage boy

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

A Catholic priest from Newcastle has been jailed for 17 years for repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Father Michael Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, had denied four counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault but was found guilty after a trial.

The abuse took place when Higginbottom, 74, worked as a teacher in the 1970s. He worked at St Joseph's College, a boarding school in Upholland, Lancashire.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that his victim attended the seminary, for boys who wanted to become priests, for six months when he was aged between 13 and 14.

In a victim statement read to the court, he said:
My sexual abuse happened so often I became numb to what was happening to me.

I cried so often I believe I could have drowned in my own tears.
– VICTIM

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Catholic priest who raped a young boy until he prayed for death is jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

NEIL DOCKING
13 APR 2017

A Catholic priest has been jailed for 17 years after a catalogue of horrific sexual abuse against a young boy which left him praying for death.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, repeatedly raped his victim who told the court that the “evil” priest had ruined his life.

Higginbottom revelled in “cruel, sadistic bullying” at St Joseph’s College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, near Wigan .

He used a strap and cane on boys as punishment and said he could “make this as easy or as hard” as the victim wanted before carrying out sickening sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

Bid to build priest case

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Taelor Pelusey
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Lawyers building a case against the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury are seeking witnesses to the alleged sexual crimes of a former South West priest who died almost 20 years ago and once served in Margaret River.

Canberra-based Porters Lawyers are preparing to file individual lawsuits against the diocese on behalf of three people who claim they were abused as children by Father William Kevin Glover in Esperance during the 1960s and 1970s.

Principal solicitor Jason Parkinson told the Times the claim would be that the diocese was “vicariously liable” for the alleged crimes of Fr Glover and was calling for witnesses in all regions where the priest had served.

“He was their (the diocese’s) agent and we have to prove they knew, or ought to have known, he was a risk to children,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Anti-Sexual Violence Groups Tell Whole Foods CEO to "Get Real" at Philadelphia Conference

UNITED STATES
Digital Journal

An open letter from advocacy leaders asks: "Will Whole Foods CEO 'Get Real' About Sexual Assault Awareness Month?" John Mackey to lead "Get Real" session at Conscious Capitalism 2017 conference in Philadelphia, April 18-20

An open letter from anti-sexual violence leaders to Conscious Capitalism, Inc. urges Whole Foods CEO John Mackey to disavow spiritual leader Marc Gafni, a former rabbi facing allegations of sexual abuse.

The letter's lead signer, Matthew Sandusky, is founder of nonprofit Peaceful Hearts Foundation, and adopted son of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, a convicted pedophile.

The open letter is in response to an announcement about the Conscious Capitalism annual conference in Philadelphia, April 18–20: “Conscious Capitalism, Inc., the nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating humanity through business, announced today the addition of a ‘Get Real with…’ session featuring Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown questions whether Maynooth is fit for purpose in the 21st Century

IRELAND
The Irish News

Marie Louise McConville
13 April, 2017

THE future of crisis-hit Maynooth and its suitability as a national training base for seminarians is "an important question", Bishop Donal McKeown has said.

The Bishop of Derry was responding to questions about the recent crisis at the Co Kildare seminary amid claims of inappropriate behaviour among some of the trainee priests.

Last August it was reported that some students had been using the gay dating app Grindr.

Questions were raised about the seminary's suitability by Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin who has since opted to send his student priests to the Irish College in Rome.

The Archbishop however played down any link between his decision and the allegations of inappropriate behaviour at the seminary saying he had made the decision before the crisis arose.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

More child sexual assault cases in court but fewer convictions: Justice Peter McClellan

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

Light sentences for people convicted of historical sexual offences against children could "undermine community confidence in the administration of justice", the chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will tell a conference of leading legal professionals.

In the second part of a presentation about justice for victims, Peter McClellan raised concerns about sentencing historical offenders in accordance with standards at the time of the crime.

Research commissioned by the royal commission found it can take decades for people abused as children to report to authorities. In one case, almost 52 years passed between the offence and the sentencing of the perpetrator.

"In most Australian jurisdictions, an offender is sentenced with reference to the sentencing standards in existence at the time of the offending. There are a number of concerns with this practice," Justice McClellan will say in a keynote address to the Modern Prosecutor Conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Justice Peter McClellan signals sweeping changes, but likely resistance from lawyers and judges

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
13 Apr 2017

PUBLIC prosecution offices across Australia could be held accountable for their decision-making for the first time after “significant problems” identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Prosecution offices could be subject to oversight, have to provide reasons for discontinuing or failing to proceed with prosecutions, or be subject to internal reviews, royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan will tell a prosecutors’ conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

He also flagged the likelihood of resistance from the legal fraternity to significant recommendations expected in a criminal justice report to governments in August, ahead of a final royal commission report to Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove in December.

“There are likely to be some, perhaps many, practitioners and judges, who are resistant to change,” Justice McClellan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

49th alleged victim files suit for child sex abuse by priest

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 13, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Another former altar boy and Boy Scout sues for clergy sex abuse. "J.D." alleges he was around ten years old when he sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard in the early 1970s. Brouillard was a priest at San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj at the time.

J.D. recalls being forced to sleep on the priest's bed during sleepovers at the Convent and waking up to Brouillard performing oral sex on him. On camping trips, he alleges the priest would come into his tent and also perform the sex act on him and his tent mate.

J.D. marks the 49th plaintiff since local law was changed to lift the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. J.D. is suing for $10 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Mother and Baby Homes report misses the mark

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The language and scope of the Mother and Baby Home Commission is questionable, says Conall Ó Fátharta

WE WAITED seven months for the Government to publish the second interim report of the Commission to Inquire into Mother and Baby Homes. It did not make for encouraging reading.

Running to 16 pages, the report has three main sections — on redress, its terms of reference, and on the issue of the false registration of births.

However, on the issue of the real elephant in the room — illegal adoptions — it was remarkably, and worryingly, lukewarm. In fact, the section is not even titled “illegal adoptions”. It is given the more euphemistic title — one favoured by government departments — “false registration of birth”.

While the commission notes that illegal adoptions cover a “wide variety of situations including actions taken (or not taken) prior to the adoption and illegality in the adoption orders made”, it makes no effort to highlight any of these. Instead, the focus of the section is on false (or more accurately, illegal) birth registrations. These occurred where the birth was registered in the name of adoptive parents and — crucially, from the State’s perspective — no formal adoption order was ever made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Galway TD concerned over ‘gaps’ in mother and baby homes report

IRELAND
Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East T.D is warning that there are ‘large gaps’ in the recently published Second Interim Report from the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte says she also has ‘grave concerns’ about the length of time it has taken to see this report published.

Deputy Rabbitte says are still a large number of questions which remain unanswered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Feds release 1,200 pages of blacked-out emails about abuse at St Anne’s residential school

CANADA
Toronto Star

By JESSE WINTER
Staff Reporter
Wed., April 12, 2017

The federal government is continuing to obstruct justice for the survivors of St. Anne’s residential school by “thumbing their nose” at the information commissioner and releasing 1,200 pages of almost entirely blacked-out documents, NDP MP Charlie Angus says.

Last week the justice department sent Angus’s office the first batch of some 70,000 pages of emails, speaking notes and memos related to the notorious residential school as part of an ongoing access to information request. The disclosure came after the federal information commissioner threatened to sue the government for originally refusing to disclose the documents.

But of those 1,200 pages, all but a handful have been stripped of any information beyond email addresses and the occasional emoji.

“This is clearly them thumbing their nose at the access to information law and the information commissioner who already threatened to take them to court,” Angus said.

Angus hopes the emails he is after will shed light on how and why the justice department decided not to disclose thousands of pages of police records detailing horrific abuse at St. Anne’s during the residential school claims process for survivors of the church-run school.

Neither the justice department nor Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office returned the Star’s requests for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Man charged over alleged sexual assault of a young child - SCC Child Abuse Squad

AUSTRALIA
New South Wales Police Force

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A man has been charged after allegedly sexually assaulting a child he met at a south-western Sydney church at the weekend.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually assaulted by a man within the church facilities.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 66-year-old man at a home at Ashcroft yesterday (Wednesday 12 April 2017).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Archdiocese program offers services to abuse victims

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published April 13, 2017

As the number of lawsuits against Guam clergy continues to grow, a new independent support program, initiated by the Archdiocese of Agana, already has started to provide professional counseling and other support to victims of clergy sexual abuse, said attorney Michael W. Caspino, executive director of the non-profit organization Hope and Healing Guam.

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes has also started meeting with victims, Caspino said.

Caspino said the archdiocese and Byrnes acknowledge the victims' pain, and the creation of Hope and Healing aims to do that — provide hope and healing.

The archdiocese will fund Hope and Healing Guam using payments from its insurance providers and also from the sale of church property, Caspino said, adding it is expected to bring millions in funding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Gerald Ridsdale, paedophile priest, pleads guilty to more sexual abuse involving 11 children in western Victoria

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Emma Younger

Notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has pleaded guilty to more historical sexual abuse offences committed against 10 boys and a girl during his time at parishes in western Victoria.

The 82-year-old faced the Melbourne Magistrates' Court via video link from prison and admitted to 20 offences including rape, attempted rape, buggery and indecent assault.

The victims were abused between 1961 and 1988 in various locations, including Merbein, Edenhope, Riverside, Mortlake, and Quantong.

Ridsdale was first convicted and jailed for sexually abusing children in 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Priest Gerald Ridsdale pleads guilty to child molestation in Ballarat

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

Padraic Murphy, Herald Sun
April 12, 2017

DISGRACED priest Gerald Ridsdale pleaded guilty this morning to a raft of molestation offences of ten boys and one girl in the Ballarat area.

Ridsdale abused the boys and the girl during the 1960s, 70s and 80s when he was a priest in Ballarat.

Charges involving another female victim were on Thursday formally dropped by prosecutors.

Ridsdale appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court via videolink and the 82-year-old’s walking frame could be seen in the background.

“I plead guilty to all charges as presented, your honour,” Ridsdale said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Pedophile priest admits more offending

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Megan Neil and Angus Livingston
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The harm caused by Australia's worst pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale is still being felt, a victims' advocate says.

The former Victorian Catholic priest has admitted to abusing more than 60 children, but the true number could be as high as 1000.

Ridsdale, 82, on Thursday pleaded guilty to 20 new charges including rape, buggery and indecent assault against another 11 victims between 1962 to 1988.

"I plead guilty to all charges as presented," Ridsdale told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

He will now face a two-day plea hearing on August 15 before being sentenced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Gerald Ridsdale pleads guilty to 20 more child-abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Jane Lee

One of Australia's worst child-sex offender priests, Gerald Ridsdale, has pleaded guilty to a string of new abuse charges against 11 children.

Ridsdale pleaded guilty on Thursday to 20 historical abuse charges. This included 14 counts of indecent assault, two counts of buggery, two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of taking part in an act of sexual penetration of a child.

Prosecutors withdrew 18 more charges against Ridsdale.The crimes occurred between 1962 and 1988 in various places around the state, including Ballarat, Edenhope, Merbein, Riverside, Mortlake, Quantong and Burnt Creek.

Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns - who died last year - moved Ridsdale to various parishes around Victoria over about three decades where he continued to abuse children, despite persistent allegations of child sexual abuse against him.

Ridsdale appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link, represented by Victoria Legal Aid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

The dark history of Ballarat’s worst pedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

One of Australia's worst pedophile priests has pleaded guilty to abusing another 11 victims during his time in Ballarat.

Former Ballarat priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale used his exalted position in the eyes of Catholic families and communities to find his prey.

Gerard Ridsdale - already convicted of abusing 53 children - appeared via video link at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to a number of child abuse charges.

Over these decades his modus operandi appeared to follow a pattern; he appeared to be a friendly and hardworking priest who helped his parishioners, particularly youths and the needy.

But it was all a ruse that was allowed to continue for decades and, as one judge put it, plummeted to the depths of evil hypocrisy.

Australia's most prolific pedophile priest has now admitted in five court cases that he abused more than 60 children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Priest to be sentenced for sexually abusing boy at Lancashire boarding school

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

A Catholic priest will be sentenced today for abusing a teenage boy at a Lancashire boarding school.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, was convicted for subjecting a teenage boy to repeated sexual abuse when he worked as a teacher at St Joseph's College in Upholland, Lancashire, in the late 1970s.

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court took 10 hours and 20 minutes to find him guilty of four counts of indecent assault and four counts of buggery.

All the verdicts were decided by a majority of 10 to two.

During the trial, which began on Monday April 3, the court heard the victim was aged between 13 and 14 at the time of the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

30th clergy sex abuse lawsuit filed against Brouillard

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 13, 2017

A former altar boy on Thursday filed a clergy sex abuse lawsuit in federal court, alleging that former priest Louis Brouillard routinely sexually abused him during sleepovers at a Malojloj convent and during Boy Scouts of America camping trips in the early 1970s.

Brouillard, now 95 and living in Minnesota, has admitted to abusing at least 20 boys while he was on Guam.

As of Thursday, 30 men have sued Brouillard, accusing him of sexually abusing and molesting them, including one man who said the priest also raped him.

The latest plaintiff, identified in court documents only as J.D. to protect his privacy, is now 54 and lives in Malojloj. J.D.'s complaint is the 49th Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuit filed so far in the federal and local courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

April 12, 2017

Chicago Archdiocese pays $3.15 million to settle priest sex abuse suit

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.15 million to settle lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused by a notorious former pastor of a West Side Catholic church more than a decade ago, the plaintiffs' attorney said Wednesday.

The accusers, all identified in court papers as John Doe, said former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused them more than once during their participation in an after-school program called S.A.F.E. at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School.

The settlements were reached March 17, according to Lyndsay Markley, an attorney for the three plaintiffs.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said she could not discuss the case.

"The Archdiocese does not comment on the details of settlements out of respect for the privacy of those involved," said spokeswoman Colleen Tunney-Ryan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

Betrayed: Survivors’ fury as Irish Government refuses redress to mother and baby home children

IRELAND
Irish Post

By Erica Doyle Higgins

SURVIVORS of institutional abuse have expressed their fury at the Irish Government for its ‘immoral’ exclusion to certain survivors in a redress scheme.

The recommendation came in a 34 page report which suggested that the re-examining of the exclusion of ‘unaccompanied children’ from mother and baby homes and county homes from the redress scheme.

Children were considered ‘unaccompanied’ if they were resident in a home, county or otherwise, without their mother.

The unaccompanied children were situated in homes such as the Protestant Bethany Home, the Bessboro Home and Castlepollard Home.

The report said it is “clear that children who were resident” at the mother and baby homes under investigation “have a real cause for grievance” at being left out of any redress scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

'Immoral and repulsive': Fury at Zappone's refusal for redress for mother and baby home survivors

IRELAND
The Journal

Updated 3:46pm

THE COALITION OF Mother and Baby Home Survivors (CMABS) has said that it “utterly rejects” Minister Katherine Zappone’s refusal to offer redress to survivors of these homes.

Measures of redress were recommended in the second interim report by the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes, published yesterday.

In a statement, the government said it had “carefully examined the Commission’s recommendation regarding redress, and has concluded that it is not possible to implement it”.

Minister Zappone said that she had “consulted in great detail with the Taoiseach, the Attorney General and other Ministers” before this conclusion was reached.

CMABS said this failure to provide redress was “immoral, repulsive and cold-hearted” and all it does is “kick the can down the road waiting for more and more elderly survivors to die”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Mother and baby home survivors brand Katherine Zappone's decision not to include them in redress scheme as 'immoral'

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY JAMES WARD
12 APR 2017

Mother and Baby Home survivors have branded Zappone's decision not to include them in a redress scheme recommended by the inquiry as immoral repulsive and cold blooded."

The second report from the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes was released on Tuesday, despite having sat with the Children’s Minister since last September.

It said the Government should re-examine the decision to exclude children who lived without their mothers in the hellhole homes from the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Minister Zappone said it was “not possible” to implement the recommendation.

She added: “The Government is conscious that the Commission has made no findings to date regarding abuse or neglect, and believes it would not be appropriate to deal with the question of redress in advance of any conclusions on this issue by the Commission.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM

Zappone defends decision not to open redress scheme to those in Mother and Baby Homes

IRELAND
Breaking News

The children's minister is defending the decision not to open the residential institutions redress scheme to those in Mother and Baby Homes.

Katherine Zappone says there is so far no finding of abuse or neglect from the Commission of Investigation into the homes.

The minister has told the Dáil it would be premature to deal with the issue of redress at this time.

"This Government is conscious that the Commission has made no findings today regarding abuse or neglect, and believes it would not be appropriate to deal with the question of redress in advance of any conclusions on this issue by the Commission."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Government will consider redress issue – Zappone

IRELAND
Irish Times

Marie O'Halloran

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has insisted the Government will consider redress for people in other mother and baby homes once the commission of investigation has finished its final report.

Ms Zappone was sharply criticised in the Dáil for “adding to the abuse” over the Government’s response to the publication of the second interim report, seven months after it was received.

And Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton called for the “cowardly unnamed Minister” referred to in an Irish Times report, to “out themselves”. The Minister was quoted as saying the sky would be the limit on potential future State liabilities if redress from other institutions was accepted.

Ms Zappone said she had not information about that Minister. She said that in 2010 the government took a decision not to extend the redress scheme following publication of the Ryan report on institutional abuse. The last government also decided in 2013 not to extend the scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Former industrial school inmate wants documents archived for public

IRELAND
RTE News

A former inmate of a Co Limerick Industrial school has said he wants documents related to the institution archived in a place where they can be made public for all to see.

Earlier this week Tom Wall removed the documents, which he says he saved from a bonfire at Glin Industrial School, from the University of Limerick's Glucksman library over concerns that they were not being placed in the public domain.

Mr Wall had donated the files to UL in 2015. Since then they have remained unexamined in boxes, pending resolution of a dispute over their ownership.

RTÉ News has seen the documents, which include hundreds of court documents committing children to the institution.

They also include letters from children to relatives, and from relatives to children at the home. These letters were apparently never sent or received, but kept in the institution files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Pope taps James Martin and EWTN chief as communications consultants

VATICAN CITY
Crux

Inés San Martín April 12, 2017
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

ROME - In a fairly obvious attempt to project openness to different voices, Pope Francis on Wednesday green-lighted the appointment of 13 new consultants to the Vatican’s Secretariat for communications, including both Jesuit Father James Martin of America magazine and Michael Warsaw of EWTN.

Those names will speak for themselves for many American Catholics, but to spell it out, Martin is widely seen as a progressive voice in Catholic affairs, including on LGBT issues, while EWTN is generally perceived as solidly conservative.

Both Martin and Warsaw will now work together as consultants of the Secretariat for Communications, a body created by Pope Francis in 2015 to manage and overhaul the Vatican’s different news and media outlets.

The body is headed by Italian Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, who, seeking inspiration for a reform of the Vatican’s communications operations, has declared himself open to turning towards unlikely sources of inspiration such as Walt Disney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Archdiocese to pay $3.15M to alleged McCormack victims

ILLINOIS
Fox 32

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The Archdiocese of Chicago has reached settlements totaling $3.15 million with three alleged victims of convicted child molester and defrocked priest Daniel McCormack.

John M. Doe sued the Archdiocese in April 2015, claiming he was abused by McCormack on two occasions between 2000 and 2001 when he was 13 or 14, according to a statement from the victim’s attorney, Lyndsay Markley, announcing the settlement. The case was scheduled to go to trial in July.

John T. Doe, also represented by Markley, sued the Archdiocese in April 2015, alleging he was abused on more than one occasion between 2003 and 2005, according to the attorney.

Another plaintiff represented by Markley, John J. Doe, sued the Archdiocese in July 2015, alleging McCormack sexually abused him during his attendance at the after-school program “S.A.F.E.” at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School on more than one occasion between 2003 and 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Parishioners were left in the dark for years over reasons for Father Michael Higginbottom's absence

UNITED KINGDOM
Northern Echo

PARISHIONERS were left in the dark over why their priest had been suddenly suspended – and the wall of silence went on for several years.

In 1998, Father Michael Higginbottom arrived in Darlington and, as priest of St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, quickly became popular with parishioners, establishing a reputation as a respectable and hard-working man.

Sparking a mystery that lasted more than a decade, the popular priest and former teacher was unexpectedly banished from his parish in 2004.

Church authorities had learned that an ex-pupil of his claimed he was abused by him as a child – but this was not made public at the time.

At Sunday service on December 12 that year, Fr Higginbottom was absent and in his place, Canon Seamus Cunningham told the congregation that their much-loved priest was spending time away from the parish because the diocese had received information that required investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

New lawsuit accuses Capuchin friar of sexual abuse

GUAM
Guam Daily Post

Allegations of sexual abuse have been raised against a former priest on Guam who is credited with having established the altar boy program at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in the early 1970s.

A civil lawsuit, filed by an individual with the initials “J.M.,” alleges Father Sigmund Hafemann sexually abused the plaintiff while he was a parishioner at the Agat church.

Hafemann is credited with establishing the altar boy program at Mount Carmel Catholic Church, said the plaintiff's local counsel, Kevin Fowler, who filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in the Superior Court of Guam.

The victim, who is now 54, alleges he was first abused when he was 10, when he accompanied his mom while she cleaned the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Catholic priest guilty of St Joseph's College sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing a pupil at a Catholic boarding school in the 1970s.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, denied subjecting a teenage boy to repeated sexual abuse while he was a teacher at St Joseph's College in Lancashire.

Higginbottom was convicted of four counts of a serious sexual offence and four counts of indecent assault at Liverpool Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on Thursday.

The victim was aged between 13 and 14 at the time of the abuse but only went to the police in 2014 after telling a friend who encouraged him to report it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Opferverein ruft im Korntaler-Fall zu Boykott auf

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

[Victims' association calls for boycott in the Korntaler case.]

Kurz nach dem Start der Aufarbeitung von Missbrauchsfällen in der evangelischen Brüdergemeinde Korntal (Kreis Ludwigsburg) hat eine Opfergruppe am Mittwoch zum Boykott aufgerufen.

Der Verein Netzwerk Betroffenenforum um Sprecher Detlev Zander riet seinen Mitgliedern: „Geben sie unter keinen Umständen Informationen an die neu beginnende von der evangelikalen Brüdergemeinde Korntal und deren Helfershelfer gesteuerte Aufklärung weiter.“ Trotzdem soll das Netzwerk Betroffenenforum demnächst die Bitte erhalten, seine Mitglieder zur Teilnahme an der Aufklärungsarbeit einzuladen, wie der Moderator des Aufklärungsprozesses, Gerd Bauz, auf Anfrage mitteilte. „Wir möchten, dass alle ehemaligen Heimkinder wenigstens die Information erhalten, dass hier aufgeklärt wird und dann selber entscheiden können, was sie tun.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

"Missbrauchsopfer werden vor einer Anzeige zurückschrecken"

DEUTSCHLAND
Domradio

[Surprisingly, a court in the Spanish city of Granada has exonorated the Catholic priest Roman Martinez Velazquez of allegations of sexual abuse.]

Überraschend hat ein Gericht im spanischen Granada den katholischen Priester Roman Martinez Velazquez vom Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Messdieners freigesprochen.

Wie spanische Medien am Dienstag berichteten, zog die Staatsanwaltschaft, die zuvor neun Jahre Haft wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs und Vergewaltigung geforderte hatte, die Klage gegen Martinez zurück. Zur Begründung gab die Behörde fehlende Beweise und Widersprüche in den Aussagen des mutmaßlichen Opfers an.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Missbrauchsopfer klagt auf Schadenersatz

OSTERREICH
HPD

[Abuse victim seeks damages for abuse suffered at a Catholic school.]

Von:
Jakob Purkarthofer

12. APR 2017

Ein neuer Fall von sexuellem Missbrauch bringt die katholische Kirche in Bedrängnis: Der ehemalige Schüler besuchte in den 70er Jahren das Dachsberger "Gymnasium der Oblaten des hl. Franz von Sales". In den Jahren 1976 bis 1978 sei er Opfer regelmäßiger körperlicher und sexueller Gewalt zweier Pädagogen der Schule geworden. Im Alter zwischen 9 und 12 Jahren habe er regelmäßige orale Vergewaltigungen und andere sexuelle Übergriffe sowie Schläge durch Pater Josef P. und Pater Josef B. über sich ergehen lassen müssen. Beide waren als Lehrer und Erzieher an der Schule tätig, letzterer sogar als Rektor. Sie seien äußerst brutal vorgegangen und hätten einander bezüglich der Vorwürfe gedeckt.

"Nachhilfe in Religion"

Mit dem Argument, der Schüler müsse für seine unbefriedigende sportliche Leistung und seine mangelnde Fußballbegeisterung "bestraft" werden, habe Josef P. regelmäßig orale Penetration am Zögling vorgenommen, so der Kläger. "Ich bin gezwungen worden, an privaten Religions-Nachhilfestunden teilzunehmen und habe dabei auf dem Schoß des Rektors und Lehrers Pater Josef B. sitzen müssen, der unter seinem Talar nackt war. Er habe mich unsittlich berührt und mich zum Oralsex gezwungen. Mir hat so geekelt vor dem Priester" sagt das Opfer heute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Ex-Schüler klagt Orden wegen Missbrauchs

OSTERREICH
religion@orf

[A former pupil has alleged abuse at the Dachsberg Gymnasium of the Oblates of St. Franz von Sales in Upper Austria and seeks damaged. The independent prosecutor's office is also criticized.]

Ein ehemaliger Schüler klagt das Dachsberger Gymnasium der Oblaten des hl. Franz von Sales in Oberösterreich wegen Missbrauchs auf Schadenersatz. An der Unabhängigen Opferschutzanwaltschaft wird ebenfalls Kritik geübt.

Der Mann habe in dem 1970er Jahren das Dachsberger Gymnasium besucht und sei in den Jahren 1976 bis 1978 „Opfer regelmäßiger körperlicher und sexueller Gewalt zweier Pädagogen der Schule“ geworden, so eine Aussendung der Plattform Betroffener Kirchlicher Gewalt am Mittwoch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

IRELAND’S REPORT ON HOMES FIZZLES

IRELAND
Catholic League

Bill Donohue

Catherine Corless, the local typist from Galway behind the “mass grave” hoax, must be furious. She has every right to be. Just last Friday she spent two hours listening to Ireland’s Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, wax emotional about the Mother and Baby Homes. Corless was all jacked up awaiting the release of the second interim report on this subject. But now she has nothing to chew on.

The report is a dud. Zappone’s commission examined the Homes over the period 1922-1998, issuing its first interim report in July 2015. The second interim report, released yesterday, has been sitting on Zappone’s desk since last September.

It sat because the government was scared to death of its own liabilities. The Attorney General and others were weighing all of the nitty-gritty legal and financial problems connected to this matter. They prudently concluded that the government would be deeply implicated in any alleged wrongdoing. To top things off, there was no finding of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Appointment of Consulters of the Secretariat for Communication

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has appointed as Consulters of the Secretariat for Communication the Rev. Fr. Ivan Maffeis, under-secretary for the Italian Episcopal Conference; Fr. José María La Porte, dean of the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross; Dr. Peter Gonsalves, S.D.B., dean of the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences of the Pontifical Salesian University; Fr. Eric Salobir, O.P., Promoter General for social communications for the Order of Preachers; Fr. James Martin, S.J., Jesuit Magazine America; Fr. Jacquineau Azétsop, S.J., dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University; and Dr. Paolo Peverini, lecturer in Semiotics at the LUISS “Guido Carli”; Dr. Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, president and delegator advisor of Radio Popolar Cadena COPE; Dr. Ann Carter, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications; Mr. Graham Ellis, deputy director of BBC Radio; Dr. Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network; Dr. Dino Cataldo Dell'Accio, Chief ICT Auditor at the United Nations; and Dr. Michael Paul Unland, executive director of the Catholic Media Council (CA.ME.CO.).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Cases Against Holy Trinity Priest

MASSACHUSETTS
Cape Cod Chroncile

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — A long shadow of sexual abuse came to light this week with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River settling eight sexual abuse cases against the late Rev. James Nickel, who served as a priest in Holy Trinity Church from 1972 to 1978.

Seven of the eight boys sexually abused by Nickel were alter boys. Six of them served in Holy Trinity Church and one at Our Lady of Annunciation in Dennisport. The other child was abused by Nickel on a trip to Abaco Island, Bahamas, said attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented the eight victims.

A press release issued by Garabedian stated the Congregation of Sacred Hearts and the Diocese of Fall River recently found all of the men's accounts of having been sexually abused as children credible, and settled the eight cases for $880,000.

Garabedian said the sexual abuses took place between 1973 and 1983 and occurred in West Harwich, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Illinois, New York, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Garabedian said Nickel received the permission of parents to take trips with the boys to baseball games, amusement parks and to visit his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Priest at former Wigan seminary found guilty of historical sexual abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Wigan Today

A catholic priest has been convicted of sexually abusing a young boy in his care nearly 40 years ago.

Father Michael Higginbottom, who stood in the dock listening to proceedings using the loop system, showed no reaction when the jury found him guilty following ten hours 21 minutes deliberations.

He was convicted by 10-2 majority verdicts and one of the six women jurors wiped away tears as their verdicts were announced by the foreman.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, told 74-year-old Higginbottom that a custodial sentence was inevitable but adjourned sentencing until tomorrow.

“It is a delicate matter which requires careful consideration,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Catholic priest guilty of campaign of sexual assault against boy in the 1970s

UNITED KINGDOM
Visiter

BY NEIL DOCKING

A Catholic priest faces jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, told Liverpool Crown Court he did not remember the victim, who is now in his 50s.

He denied molesting the pupil at St Joseph’s College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, near Ormskirk.

Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, denied eight offences, including four of buggery and four of indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Abuse victim meets with Bishop Bartchak

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

Shaun Dougherty, who is a victim of priest abuse as a child, met with Bishop Mark Bartchak on Tuesday. This was there first meeting since Dougherty attended a rally for retroactivity in Harrisburg. That rally was made up of survivors of child abuse, who wanted changes made to the statute of Limitations Bill.

"These bills are for today's children, Dougherty said. "The raw deal is it's an enabler's bill that allows my predator, who's walking these streets freely, nobody knows he's a pedophile, he's not registered or anything. It would let them off the hook and open these children up for the greatest horrors of their life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Defrocked priest agrees to mental health counseling

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Union Leader

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

Defrocked monsignor Edward Arsenault shaved 60 days off his incarceration by participating in mental health counseling and is finishing out his prison sentence on house arrest somewhere in Rockingham County, according to state corrections officials.

Meanwhile, a top state prosecutor said no criminal charges will be brought in connection with a consulting contract that Arsenault had with Catholic Medical Center.

When Arsenault pleaded guilty to theft charges in 2014, he promised to work with police, who were looking into the $200-an-hour consulting contract he had signed with then-hospital President Alyson Pitman Giles.

Last week, Catholic Church officials announced that Arsenault — the face of the New Hampshire Catholic Church during the priest-sex abuse crisis of the early 2000s — had been formally stripped of his clerical duties and obligations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Hotline offered to church sex abuse victims as church seeks dismissal of lawsuits

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The Hope and Healing fund is a separate entity from the Archdiocese of Agana and all phone calls will be made confidential.

Guam - A day after the Archdiocese of Agana filed for dismissal of 36 federal cases of sexual abuse, they introduced the executive director of the Hope and Healing fund. His name is Michael Caspino, an attorney with extensive background in handling similar cases for other catholic dioceses.

So if the church is asking the federal court to dismiss the cases on grounds that the law that lifted the civil statute of limitations for sex abuse cases is unconstitutional, then how can they, in the same breath, offer a Hope and Healing fund for the same victims who are seeking monetary damages in court?

"My main commitment to this is to the healing of the victims and that we’re ready to do whatever it takes to accomplish that," said Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

More claims emerge of alleged abuse at Christian camp

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Tue 11 Apr 2017
By Alex Williams

It has been claimed a man at the heart of a child abuse scandal in the Church of England recruited one of his victims to help him carry out beatings.

Alleged victim Andy Moorse told the BBC that barrister John Smyth QC convinced Simon Doggart to join in committing the sadomasochistic abuse at Winchester College in Hampshire during the mid-1970s.

He alleged that the boys would "bleed everywhere" from the attacks.

Mr Doggart, who has been the headteacher of Caldicott preparatory school in Buckinghamshire for the last two decades, is said to be critically ill and unable to respond to the allegations, the broadcaster said.

There is no suggestion that any pupil at Caldicott Preparatory has ever suffered harm at the hands of Mr Doggart.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

NSW launches web training to protect children

AUSTRALIA
Daily Liberal

12 Apr 2017

The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) said on Tuesday it has launched a free online learning tool to help staff and volunteers in all child-related organisations build their capacity to become child-safe.

This forms part of the Child Safe Strategy for NSW and will complement the draft Child Safe Principles which have now been released for public consultation, OCG said.

It said the eLearning initiative is a free resource for all child-related organisations and means quality training is available at the click of a button to all child-related organisations in remote, rural or regional areas.

“The OCG’s Child Safe Organisations eLearning is made up of eight key modules and addresses real issues including how to identify and respond to potential risks in the organisation, identifying grooming practices, developing policies and guidelines for workers, how to recruit and retain staff and how to create a culture where children are valued and listened to.”

The NSW Children’s Guardian, Ms. Kerryn Boland said: “I cannot emphasise enough, the importance of the role that child-related organisations play in meeting the health, educational, social, religious and cultural needs of our children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Victim advocates meet with bishop, volunteer to help church protect future generations

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

What was described as a “very emotional conversation” took place between Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak and a group of prominent local advocates for victims of child sexual abuse on Tuesday.

In a private meeting, Bartchak spoke with the co-founders of a new local Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests chapter – Thomas Venditti and John Nesbella, reported victim Shaun Dougherty and another unidentified victim.

The get-together lasted about 2 1/2 hours, as the participants discussed an array of subjects that have arisen since the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General released a grand jury report in 2016 that alleged the diocese conducted a decades-long cover-up to protect predator priests.

“It went well,” Dougherty said. “I think it was a productive meeting.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

NORTHERN IRELAND ABUSE SURVIVORS 'ASHAMED' OF GOVERNMENT AS THEY AWAIT PROMISED PAYMENTS

NORTHERN IRELAND
Care Appointments

Written by Deborah McAleese

Historical abuse survivors have accused Northern Ireland's politicians of putting their own needs before victims as they continue to wait for financial payments promised 17 months ago.

Victims have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and recommendations of a four-year inquiry into state and church abuse have still not been presented to the assembly.

The report, which was published just days before Stormont collapsed in January, promised victims state-backed compensation payments of up to £100,000. Victims and government bodies were advised in November 2015 that the report would be recommending financial redress.

However, the failure of the region's two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, to form a powersharing government has meant the inquiry's recommendations have not been implemented.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Facilitators of illegal adoptions may receive amnesty

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

An amnesty from prosecution for those involved in facilitating illegal adoptions has been suggested by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

In its second interim report, the Commission briefly highlights that illegal adoptions covered a wide variety of actions but focuses exclusively on the issue of illegal birth registrations. This is where a child was registered as the natural child of the adoptive parents and, in most cases, an adoption order never occurred.

The report notes an amnesty from prosecution may help “to encourage those responsible to come forward and correct the record”.

However, the Commission is lukewarm on the issue of investigating such practices stating that, while it sympathised with people in this situation, “it is difficult to see what assistance could be provided by further investigation” and that the practice was “very difficult to establish”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Commission on Mother and Baby Homes: Second Interim Report published today

IRELAND
Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (11 April 2017) published the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.
The Minister thanked the Commission for its important work and said:

“I want to deal sensitively with the matters raised by the Commission to date. The focus in this report is on children who were unaccompanied by their mothers in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes.

I want to see what supports and services can be offered to this specific group now in the area of health and well-being. The Commission will continue its work and deal with issues affecting all former residents in its final report, but for now I want to identify how we can be of assistance to those who were left unaccompanied in these institutions. I am going to consult with those affected, and then bring proposals to Government before the summer break.”

The Commission was set up to inquire into the conditions in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes in the period 1922-1998. Following a short first interim report last July, it submitted a second interim report in September 2016. This deals with a number of issues that had come to its attention during its work and analysis based on information collected up to August 2016.

In its interim report published today, the Commission:

- suggests that the exclusion of children who were resident in Mother and Baby Homes and in County Homes without their mothers from the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme which was established in 2002 and has since closed, or a similar such scheme should be re-examined;
- is satisfied that the institutions it is investigating are ‘unquestionably’ the main such homes that existed during the 20th century, and does not currently recommend that other institutions be investigated;
- is not recommending any changes to its terms of reference at this time but may recommend further investigations when its current investigation is completed; and
- does not make findings to date that abuse occurred in these institutions, but notes that its work is not yet complete;
- recognises that people whose births were falsely registered have a need to establish their identity but recognises that the false registration of births is a very difficult issue to investigate because of a lack of accurate records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Bethany Home survivors incensed as government dismiss redress for Mother and Baby Home children

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY CLAIRE SCOTT

The Bethany Home survivors group have condemned the government’s refusal to accept the redress recommendation from the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Inquiry.

The Commission's interim report was published today and recommended that the government should re-examine the exclusion of those in mother and baby homes from the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Alternatively, it suggested the state establish and additional redress scheme for those who lived in these homes.

In a statement released by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, it said: "The Government has carefully examined the Commission’s recommendation regarding redress, and has concluded that it is not possible to implement it.

"The Government is conscious that the Commission has made no findings to date regarding abuse or neglect, and believes it would not be appropriate to deal with the question of redress in advance of any conclusions on this issue by the Commission."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Govt rejects immediate redress for mother and baby home children

IRELAND
RTE News

The Government should re-examine the exclusion of children who lived without their mothers in the country's mother and baby homes and county homes from the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress Scheme, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has suggested.

As an alternative, it has suggested that Cabinet look again at establishing a similar redress scheme for the homes' former residents.

The Residential Institutions Redress Scheme was established in 2002 and has since closed.

However in a statement accompanying the publication of the commission's report, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said that the Government concluded that it is not possible to implement the commission's recommendation on redress.

She said Cabinet is conscious that the commission has made no findings to date regarding abuse or neglect, and that it believes it would not be appropriate to deal with the question of redress in advance of the commission reaching any conclusions on these issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Mother and baby homes' redress ruled out by Cabinet

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Immediate redress for thousands of women and unaccompanied children who were in mother and baby homes has been rejected by the Government.

It comes as the second interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission recommended an amnesty from prosecution for those involved in illegal adoptions may help “encourage those responsible to come forward”.

The commission also recommends the Government re-examines the exclusion of children who lived without their mothers in mother and baby and county homes from the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress Scheme. It also states the Government could consider “other redress options” for those involved.

As its work is not complete, the commission said it is not yet asserting that abuse took place in any of the institutions it is examining.

It confirmed that around 70,000 women “and a larger number of children” went through the 14 mother and baby homes and four county homes under investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Redress for mother and baby homes could cost up to €1bn

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fiach Kelly

Extending the institutional child abuse redress scheme to those who lived in mother and baby homes as unaccompanied children could cost as much as €1 billion, the Cabinet has been told.

The Government has decided that it is “not possible” to implement such a recommendation from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

The proposal was contained in the commission’s second interim report, which was published yesterday despite having been submitted last autumn. Its central recommendation of reopening the previous scheme caused alarm in the Government and delayed its publication for months.

The Cabinet finally decided against extending the original 2002 scheme, which cost €1.5 billion up to 2015 because of cost and legal implications. The initial estimated cost of the 2002 scheme was €250 million.

Religious orders

However, the prospect of future redress for those who spent time in mother and baby homes was not entirely discounted, and the Government will ask religious orders to carry some of the cost in future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Support considered for children who lived in mother baby homes

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fiach Kelly

Support for unaccompanied children who lived in mother and baby homes may be better than access to a redress scheme, the Government has said.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she would carry consultations “regarding the nature and type of services and supports in the area of health and well-being that they consider would be helpful to them at this stage”.

This process will be completed by the end of June, and Ms Zappone will bring firm proposals back to Cabinet before the summer with supports expected to be in place by the autumn.

The Government said it was “not possible” to implement a recommendation to reopen the 2002 redress scheme for survivors of institutional abuse for children who lived in mother and baby homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Government rules out redress for mother and baby home residents

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn
April 12 2017

The government's decision to not include children from mother and baby homes in a redress scheme has been criticised as "shameful" and "devastating".

An interim report of the Commission investigating the homes has said that children that lived in the homes without their mothers "have a real cause for grievance".

It recommends that the government re-examine a decision not to include them in a redress scheme for survivors of institutional abuse.

However, Children Minister Katherine Zappone confirmed that following an examination of the report the government decided that it is not possible to implement the recommendation that unaccompanied children at the homes should have access to a redress scheme.

A survivor of the Protestant Bethany Home in Dublin, Derek Leinster, called for a reversal of the decision which he described as "shameful".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Notice- 11th April 2017

IRELAND
Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (11 April 2017) published the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.

Notice- 3rd March 2017

The Commission has completed its test excavation of the Tuam site.

The stratigraphic survey which was conducted in October 2015 identified a particular area of interest and identified a number of sub surface anomalies that were considered worthy of further investigation. These were further investigated by a test excavation in November/December 2016 and in January/February 2017. Test trenches were dug revealing two large structures. One structure appears to be a large sewage containment system or septic tank that had been decommissioned and filled with rubble and debris and then covered with top soil. The second structure is a long structure which is divided into 20 chambers. The Commission has not yet determined what the purpose of this structure was but it appears to be related to the treatment/containment of sewage and/or waste water. The Commission has also not yet determined if it was ever used for this purpose.

In this second structure, significant quantities of human remains have been discovered in at least 17 of the 20 underground chambers which were examined. A small number of remains were recovered for the purpose of analysis. These remains involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years. Radiocarbon dating of the samples recovered suggest that the remains date from the timeframe relevant to the operation of the Mother and Baby Home (the Mother and Baby Home operated from 1925 to 1961; a number of the samples are likely to date from the 1950s). Further scientific tests are being conducted.

The Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way. Meanwhile, the Commission has asked that the relevant State authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains. The Coroner has been informed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors demands meeting with Taoiseach

IRELAND
Breaking News

12/04/2017

The Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors is demanding to meet the Taoiseach immediately.

The call follows the release of the second interim report of the Commission on the issue, which recommended the Government reconsider including children - who lived without their mothers at such homes - in the State Redress scheme.

However, the Government says it is not appropriate to do that at the moment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Sexual assault charges against former pastor tossed

CANADA
Calgary Sun

BY KEVIN MARTIN, POSTMEDIA NETWORK
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

Ruling he was the victim of an abuse of process because of a negligent police investigation, a Calgary judge on Tuesday tossed out sexual assault charges against a former Calgary pastor.

In a brief ruling which will be followed by a more extensive written decision, provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten stayed four charges Wagdi Iskander was facing.

Van Harten agreed with defence lawyer Jennifer Ruttan that there were problems in the police investigation into her client.

Ruttan had argued there were multiple problems with the investigation, including there could've been tainting of witnesses and there was evidence lost. But Van Harten in his oral reasons did not specify what exact facts led to his finding there was an abuse of process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Homophobic so-called pastor convicted on child molestation charges

GEORGIA
Dallas Voice

You know what they say about karma: She is a bitch. And today karma bitch-slapped so-called pastor Kenneth Adkins smack across his face.

Adkins, of Brunswick, Ga., gained notoriety last June 13, the day after 49 people were murdered and more than 50 others wounded in the attack on Orlando LGBT bar Pulse, when he tweeted: “been through so much with the Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

The next day Adkins claimed that his tweet wasn’t referring to those killed and wounded at Pulse, but instead to the LGBT community of Jacksonville, Fla., and others in that city who were advocating for the expansion of the city’s nondiscrimination laws to include protections for LGBT people. (Adkins had served as a panelist the previous December when Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry convened community forums to discuss LGBT people to the anti-discrimination law in Jacksonville.)

Of course, the “they got what they deserved” tweet came on the heels of a string of other anti-LGBT tweets by Adkins earlier that day, including one that declared: “Dear Gays, Go sit down somewhere. I know y’all want some special attention; yall are sinners who need Jesus. This was an attack on America.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Historic sexual assault charges against former Calgary pastor thrown out

CANADA
Global News

By Heide Pearson
Online Journalist

Charges have been stayed against a former Calgary pastor who was accused of historic sexual assault.

Outstanding charges against Wagdi Iskander have been thrown out “because the prosecutions against him were an abuse of process,” according to a release from Ruttan Bates Barristers and Solicitors.

Iskander was originally charged in 2015 with sexual assault and sexual interference with a child under the age of 14, after an investigation into assaults against a minor.

The alleged victim of the assaults told police the assaults happened during counselling sessions between 1994 and 1996.

The decision from Judge Harry Van Harten came after four days of evidence presented from multiple witnesses, the release states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

California lawyer leads $1M aid fund for clergy abuse victims

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published

April 11, 2017

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes on Tuesday named the head of a new independent body to help victims of clergy sex abuse on Guam find healing and closure, using an initial $1 million in funding.

California attorney Michael Caspino was named executive director of the non-profit Hope and Healing Guam, which the Archdiocese of Agana said could impact the dozens of clergy sex abuse cases currently in local and federal courts.

In the weeks ahead, the archdiocese plans to ask the federal court to postpone the clergy sex abuse cases for three to four months while the church tries to address the complaints outside of court, through the new program.

The archdiocese, through its attorneys, this week also asked the federal court to dismiss the lawsuits, arguing the 2016 law that retroactively lifted the statute of limitations was unconstitutional.

Caspino, who served as general counsel to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, and who has dealt with hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse, said experience has shown that court litigation does not necessarily solve abuse cases and can make the victims feel more alienated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Former midcoast theater director pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charges

MAINE
Portland Press Herald

BY EDWARD D. MURPHY
STAFF WRITER

The former leader of a youth theater group and part-time teacher in Brunswick pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland to two counts involving child sexual abuse.

Henry Eichman, 56, of Topsham also faces 16 counts alleging child sexual abuse in Sagadahoc County.

Most details on the latest charges against Eichman have been removed from his case file in Cumberland County Superior Court, but it does say that the alleged victim was a student. Eichman was a part-time teacher at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick.

The alleged abuse occurred Sept. 8, 2016, and Eichman was arrested the following day in Topsham after police executed a search warrant at his home. He initially faced six counts in Sagadahoc County, was indicted on seven counts and then arraigned in January on 16 counts as more alleged victims came forward.

Officials at the school referred questions about the case to Dave Guthro, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Guthro declined to comment because the situation involves a criminal investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Retired commander to head Diocese Office of Safe Environments

DELAWARE
Hockessin Community News

Michael D. Connelly, retired commander of the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigation Division, will become the coordinator of the Diocese of Wilmington’s Office of Safe Environments.

Connelly spent 20 years as a Delaware state trooper and managed 35 detectives at the time of his retirement in 1998. He also served as director of security for a retail center and performed investigative and security services for government, business and residential customers.

The Office of Safe Environments for the Diocese of Wilmington is responsible for the continuing implementation of the For the Sake of God’s Children program, which focuses on the developing and maintaining safe environments for children and young people in Catholic parishes, schools and youth ministries in Delaware and Maryland’s eastern shore.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Spanish court acquits Granada priest accused of sexually abusing teenage altar boys

SPAIN
The Local

AFP

12 April 2017

A Spanish court on Tuesday acquitted a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a teenage altar boy, in a case in which Pope Francis had pushed for an investigation.
The court in the southern city of Granada, where the abuse was alleged to have taken place, ruled there was insufficient evidence against 63-year-old Roman Martinez.

It said the young man's testimony during the trial held in March had inconsistencies and contained "absolutely improbable aspects".

Martinez had been charged with "continued sexual abuse, with the introduction of a bodily member anally and attempt to introduce the penis" involving an underage boy between 2004 and 2007.

His accuser, born in 1990, would have been 14 when the alleged abuse began.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

New child sex abuse lawsuit names Capuchins as defendants

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

For the first time, Guam's Capuchin Franciscan Order has been named as a culpable party.

Guam - More lawsuits have been filed alleging sexual misconduct of local Catholic Priests — and for the first time, Guam’s Capuchin Franciscan order has been named as a culpable party.

Earlier today, Attorney Michael Pfau announced his client, identified only as J.M. was seeking damages from the Archdiocese of Agana, and the Capuchins — to include the Province of St. Mary located in the Northeastern United States. Attorney Pfau and his firm, according to a release, “has handled claims against the Capuchins and other religious orders in other jurisdictions.”

This complaint alleges that during a 3-year period in the 1970s, the alleged victim: 10-years-old at the time, was abused by Father Sigmund Hafemann at the Mount Carmel Church in Agat. The accused clergy member has since passed away, according to Attorney Pau’s release. No specific amount of damages sought was detailed in the media notice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

April 11, 2017

Grand jury hears testimony about alleged abuse in Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

PENNSYLVANIA
WPXI

Updated: Apr 11, 2017

PITTSBURGH - A grand jury has been meeting behind closed doors about sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Jurors heard testimony on Tuesday during the secret proceedings about cases that could date back 70 years.

Target 11’s Rick Earle learned one man who testified claims that he was abused by a priest and nun. Earle previously spoke with Johnny Hewko about the allegations.

Hewko said he was abused over a nearly three-year span of time.

“I'd have to say, on average, maybe once a week would be around right,” he told Earle in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

El cura Román, absuelto

ESPANA
El Mundo

11/04/2017

"No existe acreditación alguna de los hechos que son imputados al procesado, ni en lo esencial ni en lo accesorio o circunstancial". Bajo esta premisa, la Sección Segunda de la Audiencia Provincial de Granada despacha el 'caso Romanones' de supuestos abusos del sacerdote Román Martínez a un monaguillo de su parroquia con la absolución del cura, en una larga sentencia dada a conocer este martes a las partes en el juicio, que en sus 80 folios niega credibilidad al denunciante 'Daniel' -nombre supuesto-, al que condena al pago de las costas procesales.

El tribunal, presidido por el magistrado José María Requena, recoge las conclusiones de la Fiscalía, que si en un principio pedía cárcel para el sacerdote terminó retirando la acusación, y de la defensa de Román Martínez, que ejerció el letrado Javier Muriel: la sentencia, ya en el primer párrafo de los fundamentos de derecho anticipa que "prácticamente la totalidad" de los hechos denunciados " o bien no están acreditados, o bien se ha probado la inexactitud y falta de certeza de la versión ofrecida por el denunciante", sobre el que el fallo judicial descarga las múltiples contradicciones en que incurrió en la vista oral y otros testimonios del joven durante la fase de instrucción.

En este panorama, el tribunal entiende una "conducta desleal" en el denunciante, "al ir aportando datos de manera sucesiva, de menor a mayor gravedad, mintiendo respecto de circunstancias objetivas", entre las que menciona la fecha de la llamada telefónica del Papa, "o pretendiendo ocultar otros al negar su presencia en determinadas fotos o fecharlas en un momento equivocado".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM

La Audiencia Provincial de Granada absuelve al sacerdote Román Martínez de la acusación de abusos sexuales a menores

ESPANA
Confilegal

Carlos Berbell 11 Abril, 2017

El tribunal de la Sección Segunda de la Audiencia Provincial de Granada ha absuelto al sacerdote granadino, Román Martínez, de 63 años, de los abusos sexuales de los que le acusaba un joven por la “inconsistencia del relato del acusador particular, sin apoyo periférico alguno y, al mismo tiempo que determinadas circunstancias que él daba por ciertas e inequívocas, han sido desmontadas a través del material probatorio que obraba”, dice la sentencia, que consta de 80 folios.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Spanish Court Clears Priest in Abuse Case Taken Up by Pope Francis

SPAIN
New York Times

By RAPHAEL MINDER
APRIL 11, 2017

Ending a sexual abuse case in which Pope Francis intervened three years ago, a Spanish court on Tuesday cleared a parish priest in Granada who had been accused of molesting an altar boy.

The court found no evidence that the Rev. Román Martínez had sexually abused one of his former altar boys more than a decade ago.

An investigation began after David Ramírez Castillo wrote to Pope Francis in 2014, detailing the sexual abuse that he said he and others suffered repeatedly when they were teenagers at the hands of a group of priests led by Father Martínez.

Pope Francis phoned Mr. Ramírez Castillo and urged him to pursue his complaints. The pope also ordered a church investigation into the case, demanding complete transparency.

In an 81-page ruling, the court said it had exonerated Father Martínez not only because of the lack of evidence against him but also because the testimony of Mr. Ramírez Castillo included elements that were “completely implausible.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

The door has shut again: victims' stories as abuse payments stalled

NORTHERN IRELAND
News Letter

BY DEBORAH MCALEESE, PRESS ASSOCIATION

Tuesday 11 April 2017 The political crisis at Stormont has stalled the implementation of recommendations made in the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, including financial compensation for hundreds of victims. Here are some of their stories.

Kate Walmsley, 60

"I was put into Nazareth House in Belfast at the age of two. At the age seven I was transferred to Nazareth House Bishops Street (in Londonderry).

I was moved around to other homes until I was released at 15. I then lived in a derelict house in Derry and stole food to survive.

"I have wanted for so long to go out to America to see my eldest son and my two wee grandchildren. They are in Wisconsin. When I heard about the compensation I put a deposit down on flights.

The money has not come through and now I won't be able to go. "I have another son who lives in Derry and he hasn't been well. I really wanted to help him with the money.

"I feel like nobody cares. The government don't care about us. We are not a priority. It seems that the victims of the Troubles are more a priority than we are.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Historical abuse survivors continue to wait for compensation in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND
Sunday World

Historical abuse survivors have accused Northern Ireland's politicians of putting their own needs before victims as they continue to wait for financial payments promised 17 months ago.

Victims have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and recommendations of a four-year inquiry into state and church abuse have still not been presented to the assembly.

The report, which was published just days before Stormont collapsed in January, promised victims state-backed compensation payments of up to £100,000. Victims and government bodies were advised in November 2015 that the report would be recommending financial redress.

However, the failure of the region's two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, to form a powersharing government has meant the inquiry's recommendations have not been implemented.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Complaint alleges priest raped altar boy in late '70s

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A former priest "seized" upon every opportunity to molest and sexually abuse young boys when he served in Guam, said a new civil lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam Tuesday against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and Louis Brouillard.

The lawsuit, filed by an individual using the initials "P.J.M.S.," alleges Brouillard raped and sexually abused him when he was 11, and serving as an altar boy at San Vicente Ferrer-San Roke Church in Barrigada. At the time, the plaintiff was also a Boy Scout with the Barrigada troop.

The victim, now 48, recalled the abuse in the lawsuit, alleging the abuse happened between 1978 and 1980 on the parish grounds and at Boy Scout outings.

The lawsuit alleges Brouillard would swim naked and order young boys to do the same, while groping and touching their private parts under the guise of teaching the boys to swim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Archdiocese moves to dismiss 36 sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

The Archdiocese of Agana has asked the District Court of Guam to dismiss the 36 pending child sexual abuse cases that have been filed against it.

The archdiocese contends the recently passed law, which prompted the filing of the suits, does not actually provide for claimants to file such actions against third parties.

"The plaintiffs assert that (Bill 326-33, now Public Law 33-187) revives these long-expired claims against the archdiocese," court documents state. "It does not."

In supporting arguments made in court documents, a legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Agana, John Terlaje, explained the law eliminates the statute of limitations for future claims, "attempts" to revive expired claims against "alleged perpetrators," but "does not revive expired claims against third parties such as the archdiocese."

Pointing to both what he termed the "plain language" of the final version of Bill 326 as well as the legislative history, Terlaje said it was clear the law did not permit any of the plaintiffs who have come forward so far to file claims against the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

This Easter, it's the Catholic Church that needs redemption

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Kristina Keneally

There was a time I would attend church every day of Holy Week. Not this year – it is too hard to reconcile a church that makes special claims to grace with the findings of the royal commission into child sexual abuse

It’s Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Catholic liturgical calendar. Between Thursday and Saturday, Catholic liturgies will recount the last days of Jesus of Nazareth, including his last supper with his followers, his condemnation to death, his crucifixion and his burial.

There would have been a time in which I would have attended church every day of this week. Holy Week marks the key message of the Catholic Christian faith: that Jesus suffered, died, was buried and on the third day he rose again, breaking the bonds of death and redeeming humanity.

In short, Jesus’ death and resurrection saves us from our sins.

This Holy Week I won’t be at church.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no saint. I make no claim to sinlessness. I could use some of that forgiveness and redemption. But it is hard to take seriously a church that, in its very organisation, seems so sinful.

If Jesus’ death and resurrection imparts some saving grace to humanity, how is it that the very institution that is meant to mediate Christ to his followers can be so intrinsically flawed?

I know the church hierarchy is made up of human beings, and human beings are not perfect. But these particular human beings make special claims to holiness and grace, and yet they spawn and support an institution that grotesquely violates children.

Jesus said that children are special, that they are holy. The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse says that there have been nearly 4,500 reported cases of alleged abuse of children in Catholic institutions over the past 35 years. No doubt many more remain unreported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Atlanta archbishop says clericalism continues to hinder sex abuse reforms

UNITED STATES
America

Michael O'Loughlin
April 11, 2017

Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who led the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the tumultuous years when the wide scope of the clergy sexual abuse scandal was brought to light, said in a new interview that clericalism is still hampering efforts to address the issue, even at the highest levels of the church.

“I would say there is a resistance to do the hard thing,” the Atlanta archbishoptold NPR affiliate WABE in a March interview broadcast on April 10. “I think it’s culturally driven as much as it is ideologically driven.”

Archbishop Gregory addressed allegations by Marie Collins, an Irish laywoman and survivor of sexual abuse who resigned from the pope’s child protection commission. She complained that the Vatican refuses to implement recommendations from the group, even with the backing of Pope Francis himself. Ms. Collins, the archbishop said, “has touched on a truism.”

“It is the ugly face of clericalism that unfortunately still has too much influence in our church,” Archbishop Gregory said. “Marie Collins is a very brave woman, and she is a very determined woman, and I believe she’s a grace for the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Survivor of sex abuse by Lebanon pastor to speak

TENNESSE
The Tennessean

Andy Humbles , USA Today Network - Tennessee

April 11, 2017

A Lebanon college student sexually abused as a teenager by her youth pastor has progressed from victim to survivor, but there is another step.

Courtney Greene, 21, told her story last year to The Tennessean just after Christopher D. Ross pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure in March 2016. Ross was sentenced to six years in prison.

Just over a year after her case was closed legally, Greene will speak publicly for the first time April 22, at a kickoff event for a new Wilson County organization whose mission includes helping women who have experienced tragedy.

“You aren’t magically healed when the plea is entered or the verdict is given,” Greene said. “The immediate danger has subsided, but the residual damage is very much still in place. That’s what I’m fighting now.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Minister Rejects Calls For Redress For Mother & Baby Home Children

IRELAND
Midlands 103

The Government has rejected immediate redress for children from mother and baby homes.

A second interim report of the Commission on Mother and Baby homes recommends the Government reconsider excluding residents of the homes from the state redress scheme.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said the Government is conscious that the commission has made no findings to date regarding abuse or neglect and that it would not be appropriate to deal with the question of redress in advance of any conclusions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

A NEW GENRE OF CIVIC LITERATURE: OFFICIAL REPORTS OF GOVERNMENT INQUIRIES INTO INTERNATIONAL CASES OF ABUSE OF INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILDREN

UNITED STATES
Los Angeles Review of Books

APRIL 10, 2017

By Arthur McCaffrey

This is a story about institutional crime and social justice. At times, it may seem there is too much of the former and not enough of the latter. That’s the bad news. The good news is, when the institutional crime involves the abuse and exploitation of children, a number of different governments, in different countries, in different parts of the world, are finally beginning to do something. Unfortunately, the US government is not one of them.

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for its exposé of the criminal abuse of children inside the Catholic Church; the movie about those Globe reporters, Spotlight, won an Oscar. As the Boston conflagration spread to other cities and dioceses around the country, more hidden abuse was exposed, more predators identified, and their institutional cover blown. But the task of exposure fell primarily to local media, local judiciaries, and local attorneys who brought victims’ lawsuits against their offending archdioceses. The nation’s fourth estate, a free press, did the bulk of the heavy lifting — collecting and broadcasting the evidence in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, Milwaukie, and everywhere else religious institutions had colluded. But to date, in contrast to public initiatives in some other countries, there has been no national-level, governmental investigation of child abuse in America.

The wheels of justice, even if they grind exceeding fine, still grind exceeding slow. While grassroots victim-advocacy groups sprung up quickly enough after the Boston stories, it usually takes much longer to jumpstart official public inquiries — especially those with enough clout to do some far-reaching, consequential investigation into the historical record of public and private institutions charged with the welfare of children assigned to their care.

But now those wheels have momentum, and we are experiencing a spate of public inquiries around the globe, which are producing voluminous reports on their investigations into the institutional abuse of children. Serious students of social justice should make room on their bookshelves for this burgeoning library of official publications.

Ireland

Ireland, which was probably wounded earliest and longest by Catholic criminality, has produced the Murphy (2009), Ryan (2009) and Cloyne (2011) reports dealing with, among other things, sexual abuse in Catholic industrial schools, and the role of both church and state in (mis)handling cases of sexual abuse of children by local diocesan priests. These reports helped expose orphanages, homes, workhouses, asylums, and other religious institutions where former residents made claims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse against nuns and priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Sarasota Film Festival concludes with awards and red-carpet ceremony

FLORIDA
Orlando Weekly

Posted By Cameron Meier on Mon, Apr 10, 2017

The 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend with an awards and red-carpet ceremony at the Sarasota Opera House and appearances by Rosanna Arquette, Kenny Anderson, Aisha Tyler, Stanley Tucci and Diane Lane. The last three also participated in “conversation with” Q&A sessions at the Florida Studio Theatre. ...

I asked the same of Tucci.

“Every movie is different,” he says. “[I look at] the director, the other people in the film, the location, the money – all those things. They’re all factors.”

I also asked how he prepared for his role in the Oscar-winning Spotlight.

“I looked at a lot of video of that fellow [Mitchell Garabedian],” Tucci explained. “He’s a really interesting, more-than-interesting guy. There’s a lot of footage [of] him on the internet. So that was very helpful. … All he’s trying to do is sort of fight the good fight.”

Though Tucci said, at Sunday’s Q&A session, that he never met or spoke with Garabedian before filming Spotlight, he admitted that Garabedian was so impressed with the finished product that the two became friends after the movie’s release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Jesuits Accused of For-Profit Forced Adoption

NEBRASKA
Courthouse News Service

TED WHEELER
April 7, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (CN) – In a lawsuit against the Jesuit order and Catholic church, a woman who gave her child up for adoption decades ago claims the church ran a “for-profit adoption conspiracy scheme” that forced hundreds of unwed mothers to give up their infants.

In a strongly worded statement, the Jesuit order denied the allegations in Kathleen Chafin’s lawsuit.

“These allegations are false and it can prove that these allegations are false,” the Jesuit order said. “The Province did not ‘conspire’ with anyone and it did not ‘profit’ from the adoption of any infants, Ms. Chafin’s included. Indeed, many of the allegations in the complaint are known to be untrue and can be shown to be untrue.”

Chafin sued the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuit order) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha on April 4 in Douglas County Court.

The Jesuit order was founded in 1534 by Ignatius of Loyola, and approved as an apostolic order in 1540 by Pope Paul III. Its members take vows of chastity and poverty and, later, obedience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

New rape allegation against Brouillard

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com
April 11, 2017

A former altar boy filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that former priest Louis Brouillard raped and sexually abused him multiple times around 1978 through 1980.

The man, identified in court documents only by his initials P.J.M.S. to protect his privacy, is the 47th person to file a clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana.

He said he was only about 10 to 12 years old when the rape and abuses happened on Catholic church grounds and during Boy Scouts of America activities.

P.J.M.S. is now 48 and living in Barrigada. He also named the Boy Scouts of America, its Aloha Council Chamorro District and Brouillard as defendants. Brouillard was P.J.M.S.' scout master and the parish priest in Barrigada at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Rev. John W. Lennon – Assignment History

UNITED STATES/PHILIPPINES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: John W. Lennon was ordained for the Maryknoll order in 1955. After a year of studies in New York, the Philippines, Massachusetts and Ireland, he settled into ministry in the Philippines. There for over a decade, Lennon pastored several parishes, directed high schools, was a college president and served as superintendent of schools for the Tagum diocese. He was also a U.S. Military chaplain. Lennon returned to the United States in the late 1960s, teaching pastoral ministry for a short time at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by a brief stint as associate pastor of St. Anthony's in New York's Bronx borough. In 1970 Lennon was assigned to New York's Cardinal Hayes High School where he he served as a teacher, administrator and moderator of athletics. He appears to have left the Maryknolls in approximately 1975. In 1981 he left Hayes to pastor St. Gregory's parish in Manhattan, remaining there until 1989 when he became pastor of St. John the Baptist in Yonkers.

In April 2002 Lennon was suspended from ministry after an accusation emerged that he had molested a Hayes High School student in the mid-1970s. His accuser said that he was on the school's hockey team when Lennon was in charge of athletics, and that the abuse occurred during weekend trips. Lennon denied the accusation.

In April 2008 it was reported that Lennon had been "quietly" laicized by the Vatican. He died in December 2012.

Born: January 20, 1928
Ordained: June 11, 1955
Educated: Maryknoll Jr. Seminary, Maryknoll Jr. College, Maryknoll Major Seminary
Laicized: 2008
Died: December 16, 2012

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Jury Exonerates Falsely Accused Priest and Archdiocese of St. Louis in Bogus Abuse Claims; Local Media Can’t Stand It

MISSOURI
The Media Report

A civil jury in Missouri took merely minutes to decide what many of us have already known for a long time: that Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis are completely innocent of wild charges related to sex abuse of a teenage girl.

To illustrate how clear it was to the jury that the charges against Rev. Jiang were ridiculous: The jury was given the case at 12:30pm. And even with the staggering anti-Catholic atmosphere in the St. Louis area, and even though the trial's arguments and testimony took a full two weeks, the jury returned its exonerating verdict by 3pm, and that included a lunch break.

More lunacy from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Yet if one were to get their information from the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch – who has a well-established track record of animus against the Catholic Church – a reader missing the headline would barely even understand that a jury had cleared Fr. Jiang.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Another resident seeks $10M from church for alleged sex abuse

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 11, 2017

By Krystal Paco

The number of lawsuits continues to climb. Filed today in the District Court of Guam, 48-year-old "PJMS" alleges he was sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard in the late 1970s.

PJMS was an altar boy and boy scout for the Barrigada parish.

One night during a sleepover at the rectory with other boys, alleges he woke up to Brouillard penetrateing him. He cried and begged the priest to stop, but the priest stated "keep calm, don't worry. I'm not going to hurt you."

PJMS is suing for $10 million. He is represented by attorneys David Lujan and Gloria Rudolph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

2017 Easter Message from Bishop Bill Wright

AUSTRALIA
mnnews

[with video]

The ancient Hebrew people, like every other human society, had to try to make sense of their world. And like every society, part of what they saw around them was a certain prevalence of greed, selfishness, violence and all the things we collectively call 'evil'. Like our own indigenous people, the Hebrews used to explain their world to themselves by telling stories of the things that had happened to the ancestors long, long ago to make things the way they are now. So it was they told stories around their campfires of how the first ancestors had had it good but had broken God's rules and a world of troubles had flowed from that.

One significant part of that Adam and Eve story is what happens after the first sin. All we're told is that Adam and Eve feel shame. They hide, they literally cover themselves up, and then they start blaming each other and the wretched serpent. That's shame. It's not feeling proper guilt, the pangs of conscience when you recognise and take responsibility for the wrong you've done. And neither of these, shame or guilt, measures up to the Christian idea of repentance. Repentance is deep sorrow for the wrong done, a decision to do whatever you can to make it right and, above all, a determination to change. 'Repentance', as the Latin root of the word suggests, is a 're-thinking' of the direction of your life, of how you're living, of what you're on about.

Our church in these past years has been living through a period of experiencing all these reactions to our wrongdoing. Great evil has been done by some of our people and leaders. Sexual abuse of children. As this has come to light, there has certainly been shame. But as always, shame is an utterly inadequate response, what with its hiding, its covering up, its looking for excuses and its blaming others. There has been proper guilt too in many quarters, with its sorrow for the harm done and acceptance of responsibility. Of course most Catholics, most of you, have no personal responsibility for the crimes or cover-ups. But many of us are still deeply uneasy, to say the least, that perhaps there was something in our Catholic way of doing things, in our habits of mind, our ways of relating, in the way we put value too much value on some things and not enough on others – in what the Royal Commission calls 'the Catholic Culture' – that first allowed abuse to go undetected and then allowed it not to be exposed, punished and stopped. Some of us feel a sort of community guilt about that, a communal responsibility. But where we need to get to is repentance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Hope and Healing Guam details plans to provide victims with help

GUAM
KUAM

[with video]

Updated: Apr 11, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Prayers were answered. Just a month after the Archdiocese of Agana announced the establishment of a $1 million settlement fund for clergy sex abuse victims, a third-party custodian has been identified. Announced in a press conference today, Attorney Michael Caspino of California will serve as Executive Director of the non-profit group, Hope and Healing Guam.

It may have been divine intervention. "I was on the way to work one day listening to Catholic Radio in Orange County and I heard about the settlement program," Caspino announced. "What that turned into is here I am here today." The mainland-based Caspino is a longtime attorney whose handled hundreds of clergy sexual abuse cases. Today, he was announced as executive director of Hope and Healing Guam, a separate entity from the Archdiocese of Agana charged with addressing claims.

The announcement follows the establishment of a million-dollar settlement fund last month giving victims an option to a lengthy legal battle - what Caspino says only re-victimizes the victim. "Litigation just doesn't solve these cases," he said. "Slugging it out in court just makes victims a victim twice - we're putting the victims first here. That's the whole emphasis of what we're trying to do here."

"Over the years, we've learned better ways to resolve these types of cases."

Hope and Healing Guam will also provide victims with much-needed services, including counseling and spiritual guidance. Caspino said, "There is a great deal of pain on this island that has been caused by this abuse and we want to do everything we can to help in that pain."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

COASTAL GEORGIA JURY CONVICTS PASTOR OF CHILD MOLESTATION

GEORGIA
Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia jury has convicted a pastor of molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick.

Media outlets report 57-year-old Kenneth Adkins was found guilty Monday of eight criminal counts, including aggravated child molestation.

Prosecutors said the pastor pressured two teenagers - a boy and girl, both 15 - to have sex while Adkins watched in his office at Greater New Dimension Church in 2009. They said the pastor also touched the girl inappropriately.

The male victim testified against Adkins during his trial. But the young woman testified the allegations were false.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Controversial Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation, Other Charges

GEORGIA
WJCT

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — After a six-day trial of a Brunswick pastor on sexual molestation charges, a Glynn County jury deliberated less than an hour Monday, finding Ken Atkins guilty of all charges.

Adkins was convicted of two counts of aggravated child molestation, five counts of child molestation and one of enticing a child. He faces up to life in prison on the charges when he is sentenced, which is scheduled for April 25.

Adkins' defense on accusations that he molested a teenage boy years ago centered on whether the young man had reached the age of 16 — the age of consent in Georgia — and if he remembered the dates and events correctly.

In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper said Adkins took advantage of the teenager and wanted to take him for everything he had — sex, women and money. She said all the victim wanted out of this trial was to be able to sleep again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

‘We created the abuse’: Church official leading response to child sexual abuse tells priests its time to listen to the community

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Leader

April 11, 2017

By Mark Bowling

AN official leading the Church response to child sex abuse has told priests in Brisbane, “we created the abuse”, now it is time for parish priests to listen to their communities, including people who have been abused and are angry with the Church.

“We created the abuse. That is the harsh reality,” chief executive of the Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan said, addressing about 180 priests from the Archdiocese of Brisbane attending an annual convocation.

“Our culture grew the abusers and our culture protected the abusers and our culture for so long denied the victims.

“We didn’t listen. We didn’t believe.”

Mr Sullivan, through the TJHC, has led the Church’s response to the four-year child sex abuse royal commission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Retired Saipan bishop wants child sexual abuse complaint dismissed

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

Retired Saipan Bishop Tomas Camacho wants the charges against him to be dismissed because nearly 50 years have passed since the alleged incident.

Guam - After being accused of raping a Guam altar boy in the early 1970s, the now-retired Saipan bishop, Tomas Camacho, of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, has moved to dismiss the complaint.

55-year-old Melvin Duenas accused Camacho of locking him in a room when he was 10 years old, and sexually assaulting him almost nightly at the rectory of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Inarajan when he was an altar server.

Camacho’s attorney, William Fitzgerald, filed in court documents that the claims made by Duenas are time-barred and were not revived by the passage of Guam Public Law 33-187 in 2016.

Atty. Fitzgerald remarks “by retroactively changing the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse in Guam, the Guam Legislature unconstitutionally impaired vested rights, opened the door to unverifiable and potentially undefendable claims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Seal of Confession Tested in Australian Clergy Sex-Abuse Debate

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Register

John Power

MELBOURNE, Australia — A far-reaching national inquiry into institutional child sex abuse in the Church in Australia is fueling debate on whether the law should be changed to force priests to divulge information received in the confessional.

The ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been examining what role, if any, the seal of confession played in the cover-up of child sex abuse within the Church, as well as issues such as celibacy, priest selection and Church governance.

The scrutiny of the sacrament comes after the commission sent shockwaves throughout the Church and Australian society last month by revealing that 7% of priests who worked between 1950 and 2009 had been accused of child sex crimes.

Since the royal commission’s establishment, politicians, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, have argued that priests should have to report information they receive about child sex abuse, even if it means breaking the confessional seal, considered inviolable under canon law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

8 settle Cape clergy sex abuse claims for $880K

MASSACHUSETTS
Cape Cod Times

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

BOSTON — Eight men who say they were sexually abused by a Cape Cod priest in the 1970s and 1980s have reached an $880,000 settlement with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious order and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River.

The men, who were between 10 and 20 years old at the time, say they were abused by the Rev. James Nickel while he was a priest at Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich and Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel in Dennis Port.

Three of the men, including the son of former Boston Red Sox player Jimmy Piersall, spoke of the settlement and told stories of years of abuse at a press conference in Boston on Monday.

“It screwed up my life for a long time,” one of the victims, Christopher Hopkins, said at the press conference. “I look back and he was a sick person and my anger isn’t with him, it’s with the hierarchy.”

Nickel died in 2008. He was executive director of Damien Ministries, an HIV/AIDS organization in Washington, D.C., at the time of his death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Leader

April 11, 2017

By Emilie Ng

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their vows publicly and oils used throughout the liturgical year were blessed.

The Mass coincided with the final day of the annual Convocation of Priests, where recommendations following the Royal Commission’s final hearing into the Catholic Church response to sexual abuse were discussed, including clericalism as a primary cause of abuse.

Archbishop Coleridge used his homily to explain a concept questioned by the Royal Commission, notably the profound ontological change that occurred in men ordained to the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Archdiocese: Perpetrators can be sued, church cannot

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 11, 2017

The Archdiocese of Agana says a 2016 Guam law that retroactively lifted the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse cases is not only unconstitutional but would apply only to the alleged perpetrators, and not institutions such as the church.

Dozens of former altar boys have sued priests, the archdiocese, and in some cases the Boy Scouts of America in federal court, asking for millions of dollars in damages for sexual abuse they said happened decades ago, when they were children.

The Archdiocese late Monday for the first time provided the federal court with the specific reasons it believes the lawsuits should be dismissed. Its attorneys challenged the idea that the statute of limitations can be lifted retroactively and also the idea that institutions such as the church could be retroactively held liable, in addition to the alleged perpetrators.

The archdiocese’s attorneys said while not every retrospective law violates the due process clause of the island's Organic Act, extending an expired civil limitations period can unconstitutionally infringe upon a vested right.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

April 10, 2017

Two more suits amended, accuse Boy Scouts and demand $10M

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

Attorney David Lujan amended two more suits filed on behalf of plaintiffs accusing Guam clergy of child sexual abuse, to include the Boy Scouts of America as a named defendant and double the amount sought in damages to $10 million.

The complaints filed in the District court of Guam on behalf of plaintiffs Norman Aguon and Felix Manglona were amended yesterday to allege the Boy Scouts of America knew, of should have known, that then-Guam priest Louis Brouillard was abusing boys under his care in Troop 24 when he served as both a priest with the Archdiocese of Agana and a scoutmaster for the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Both plaintiffs allege Brouillard abused them multiple times during the early 1970s when Manglona and Aguon served as altar boys at the San Isidro Catholic Church of Malojloj and members of Boy Scout Troop 24.

According to Aguon's complaint, Brouillard abused him at the Carmelite Conven