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April 30, 2017

‘Secret dossier’ of Jehovah’s Witness child abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

David Brown
May 1 2017
The Times

The Jehovah’s Witnesses should be forced to hand over a secret dossier of followers accused of child sexual abuse, a senior barrister said yesterday.

Pressure for the organisation to be included in the official inquiry into child abuse has intensified after it was revealed that details of alleged abusers were kept by the church in Australia and America.

The organisation follows rules in the scriptures requiring two witnesses to give evidence against a suspect, meaning many allegations of child abuse can not be pursued, the Sunday programme on BBC Radio 4 claimed.

A royal commission reported in November last year that it had found no evidence of the organisation telling police about a single one of the 1,006 alleged child abusers it had recorded in Australia since the 1950s. It said: “The Jehovah’s Witness organisation relies on, and applies inflexibly even in the context of child sexual abuse, a rule which was devised more than 2,000 years ago.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 PM

Simon Harris to consider public ownership options for NMH

IRELAND
Irish Times

Harry McGee

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to consider options for the partial public ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Mr Harris indicated for the first time on Sunday that the State will seek a stake in the ownership of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) after its transfer to St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, which is owned by a religious order.

As controversy and public disquiet over the Sisters of Charity retaining ownership of the facility continued, Mr Harris issued a statement on Sunday night pointing to a public ownership element being included in the legal agreement that will be reached by the NMH and by St Vincent’s later this summer.

He pointed to the agreement already brokered by mediator Kieran Mulvey and its reference to the State requiring a “lien” on the new facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 PM

Harris considers leasing maternity hospital land in U-turn on controversy

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Niall O'Connor
May 1 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris has said the issue of ownership of the planned National Maternity Hospital must be addressed as the debacle continues to jeopardise the €300m project.

In a significant shift in stance, the Government is now considering the option of a long-term lease agreement to circumvent current legal prohibitions on the Order of the Sisters of Charity selling or gifting the hospital to the State.

One source last night likened the lease option, which could run beyond 900 years, to the agreement surrounding the ownership of the Guinness storehouse in Dublin.

The minister is also understood to be preparing proposals for Cabinet which are designed to tackle the issue of ownership of other hospitals aside from St Vincent's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 PM

SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR CHILD AT ST. PATRICK’S PARISH AND CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN LAWRENCE, MA

MASSACHUSETTS
Road to Recovery

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 30, 2017

One Boston Archdiocesan priest from St. Patrick’s Parish, Lawrence, MA, and four Marist Brothers of the Schools from Lawrence, MA, Central Catholic High School are accused of sexual abuse of a minor child, “John Doe,” who is represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA

The Boston Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Paul Rynne, has been publicly named before, and three of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Br. Edward Michael, FMS, Br. Xavier Leonard Boulanger, FMS, and Br. Albert, FMS, have been publicly named before. The allegations include:

1) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Fr. Paul Rynne in approximately the mid 1960s in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Parish, when “John Doe was approximately 10-11 years of age;

2) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by , FMS, an athletic trainer and teacher, in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 14-15 years of age

3) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Br. Xavier Leonard Boulanger, FMS, teacher, in a room at Central Catholic High School and at least one other location in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 15 years of age; and,

4) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Br. Albert, FMS, in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 15 years of age

A fourth Marist Brother of the Schools, not previously publicly named and not named herein, is accused of sexually abusing “John Doe” in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 14 years of age

What
A press conference announcing that the scandal of sexual abuse of minor children at Lawrence Central Catholic High School and St. Patrick’s Parish, Lawrence, continues

When
Monday, May 1, 2017, at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Lawrence, MA, Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 – 978-682-0260

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, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why
See above

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc., P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey, 07039 - 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

TIED UP IN CONTROVERSY St Vincent’s Hospital’s ‘refusal’ to carry out sterilisation procedures on women sparks outrage

IRELAND
Irish Sun

By Michael Doyle
30th April 2017

DOCTORS and maternity groups have blasted St Vincent’s Hospital ‘refusal’ to carry out sterilisation procedures on women.

A letter to GPs claimed the hospital didn’t carry out tubal ligations — but that the same medical experts could carry out such ops in the National Maternity Hospital.

Leading oncologist Professor John Crown described the situation at the Catholic Sisters of Charity-owned Dublin hospital yesterday as “sectarianism”.

He said: “I have first-hand seen some evidence of sectarianism in the way the institution does its business — there is simply no escaping that.”

He told Ivan Yates on Newstalk radio: “This very week; GPs have been ­contacting me showing me letters they’d received saying; ‘No we do not do tubal-ligations in St Vincent’s, we’ll take them someplace else’.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Latest: Minister for Health asks for time to pursue 'acceptable solutions' to maternity hospital controversy

IRELAND
Breaking News

30/04/2017

Update 6.20pm:The Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked for "time to pursue solutions" to the ownership controversy of the new National Maternity Hospital.

In a statement issued by the minister this evening, Mr Harris said he believed the State can "devise creative and acceptable solutions" to the ownership of the facilities.

It follows the row over the news that the Sisters of Charity will own the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be located on the St Vincent's site in South Dublin.

Mr Harris, who said that the "structure of our health service is diverse and complex", said that he wanted a broader conversation on the issue which he said "is long overdue".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Government to ‘clarify’ position on National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Sarah Burns

The Government plans to address the “public concern” surrounding the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said on Sunday.

There was an “issue regarding the ownership that needs to be resolved” and told RTÉ’s Week in Politics the Government “will move towards a position of clarification” on the matter over the next four weeks.

Mr Flanagan said there were various options to resolve the matter, including the possibility a long-term lease.

“I believe it’s important in the context of health and medicine and church and State that there be a separation of interest,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Mary Lou McDonald says the State needs to get maternity hospital site 'by any means'

IRELAND
The Journal

SINN FÉIN’S DEPUTY leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that she thinks the Sisters of Charity should “gift” the controversial maternity hospital site to the State.

The site is on Merrion Road on Dublin’s southside and is part of the wider St. Vincent’s Hospital site.

It’s planned that the new National Maternity Hospital will be built beside St. Vincent’s and the Sisters’ of Charity will own it as it is providing the land.

The State is funding the construction of the €300 million hospital and the proposed deal has sparked objections to the role of the religious order in its future operation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Irish catholics resent relentless condemnation, says Archbishop

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Priests, religious congregations and committed Catholics in Ireland resent being “unfairly under attack as they live out their faith and their ministry generously and with dedication,” Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.

He said there appeared to be a “culture of relentless reminding the Church of the sins of its members”. He said at time this culture appeared to be “painting every individual and every moment in the history of the Church with the same condemnation,” he said.

“I notice a certain justified resentment among priests and religious [congregations] and committed Catholics at somehow being unfairly under attack as they live out their faith and their ministry generously and with dedication.

“There is a sense in which they feel that it is time to stand up and respond.”

Archbishop Martin was speaking at the ordination of Carmelite priest Fr James Eivers in Terenure College in Dublin.

Although supporters of the Church may be frustrated by this, he said the respond cannot be to deny the mistakes and the wrongdoings of the past or get into unfruitful or polemical quarrel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Montana Catholic officials say bankruptcy ‘best and only way’ to compensate the sexually abused

MONTANA
Billings Gazette

By CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com

The recent bankruptcy filing by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings was the “best and only way” it could meet its obligations to all victims with sexual abuse claims and continue its ministry, church officials said.

The bankruptcy filing is part of mediation talks in mid-March in Seattle between attorneys representing 72 people with abuse claims, the diocese and its liability insurance carrier.

The bankruptcy is likely to be complicated and take time. How it could affect the diocese’s operations, along with parishes, schools and other church programs, is not yet clear.

But church officials and attorneys for the victims say they are working to reach a fair and equitable settlement for all claims and avoid fighting in costly and time-consuming jury trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Hey Mr. Irish Prime Minister - Why won’t you meet this amazing Tuam babies survivor?

IRELAND
IrishCentral

Ciaran Tierney @IrishCentral April 30, 2017

I met an extraordinary man last week, only he doesn’t really believe he’s so extraordinary. Neither does his country. Its leaders need to meet him.

In recent months, he has found a voice he never realized he had. Now in his 60s, he has learned how to tell his story and speak out against injustice.

This man spent much of his childhood in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, a place which is now notorious all over the world.

It took him an awfully long time to learn to love and take care of himself.

It’s not easy to care about yourself when you are told you are inferior to others.

When you walk to school in hobnail boots and you are forced to sit apart from the rest of the class.

When you are beaten for the most minor of transgressions, not given enough food, and branded with labels like “home baby” and, worse, “illegitimate”, because your mother committed an alleged terrible crime just by bringing you into the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Prof John Crown has seen "some evidence of sectarianism" at St Vincent's

IRELAND
Newstalk

30 Apr 2017
Stephen McNeice

Consultant oncologist and former senator Professor John Crown has said he has seen some firsthand evidence of 'sectarianism' in the way St Vincent's Hospital operates.

The controversy erupted after it emerged the St Vincent's Healthcare Group - which is controlled by the Sisters of Charity - will own the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be located on the site at St Vincent's Hospital in South Dublin.

The Health Minister and the NMH board have insisted the clinical freedom of the new hospital will be guaranteed - but many commentators, including former NMH Master Peter Boylan - have raised concerns about the arrangement.

The Irish Times has highlighted some of the procedures and treatments banned by the Sisters of Charity.

Prof Crown suggested there is some 'subtle' religious influence at St Vincent's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Latest: Walking away from new National Maternity Hospital 'is the thinking of somebody who is defending some other interest'

IRELAND
Breaking News

30/04/2017

Update 1pm:There are renewed calls for the deal over the new National Maternity Hospital to be renegotiated.

The plan to hand ownership to the Sisters of Charity in exchange for land at the site at St Vincent's continues to cause outrage, despite assurances by the Health Minister that there would be no religious interference in the running of the new facility.

Well known consultant oncologist at St Vincent's, Professor John Crown, says he continues to be troubled by the ownership problem but adds that if the country ends up without a new hospital, nobody wins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

KIERAN MULVEY: ‘CREATIVE SOLUTION’ COULD KEEP NEW NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL IN STATE OWNERSHIP

IRELAND
Kildare Nationalist

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

The man who brokered agreement between the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital says a “creative solution” can still be found to resolve the row over the ownership of the new facility.

Kieran Mulvey has told the Sunday Business Post an acceptable solution is possible to keep it in State ownership.

The row erupted after it emerged the Sisters of Charity will own the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be located on the St Vincent’s site in South Dublin.

“When the issue of ownership comes to the final stage, I have no doubt in my mind that a creative, acceptable solution will be found between them,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Catholic ethos is not compatible with National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Dr Ciara Kelly
April 30 2017

The public outcry over the gifting of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the Sisters of Charity, who own St Vincent's Hospital, has been described by Dr Rhona Mahony - the current Master of Holles Street - as a storm in a teacup.

She said the clinical independence of the proposed state-of-the-art hospital is unequivocal and that the agreement between the two hospitals - NMH and St Vincent's - will result in a fully self-governing maternity hospital free from any outside interference.

I could sense her frustration on Morning Ireland last week, on which she gave a strong and emphatic defence of the project, ending with her saying, in no uncertain terms, that the nuns will have nothing to do with the new maternity hospital.

Of course, she is wrong. They will have something to do with the hospital. They will own it. The State will gift it to them in exchange for us being allowed to build the €300m hospital on their land. Some people have described that as a fair exchange - the land for the hospital - except the Sisters of Charity get to keep the land, too.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Irish experience of church's role in healthcare is mirrored in US

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Maeve Sheehan
April 30 2017

Ireland is not the only country grappling with a Catholic influence on public healthcare. So are our American cousins.

One in six hospital beds there is Catholic-owned or affiliated, as are four of the top 10 healthcare systems in America, according to a report published by the Catholics for Choice organisation.

The Catholic bodies operate to "directives" written by the Church hierarchy and circulated across all states that forbid procedures ranging from abortions to sterilisations. The Catholic influence on the sector is expanding as Catholic organisations merge with secular facilities, according to the report called Is Your Health Care Compromised?.

Commenting on the US experience, Jon O'Brien, the Irish-born head of Catholics for Choice, told the Sunday Independent: "There is a bit of a problem when you have a religious authority whose antiquated, outdated, unscientific and sectarian perspectives on what services should be provided to whom, get in the way of people getting the services that they need.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Boylan and Mahony in new clash over warning on nuns' influence

IRELAND
Irish Independent

April 30 2017

According to a story told by Dr Peter Boylan, he and Dr Rhona Mahony were not always so divided on the future of the National Maternity Hospital. Dr Boylan, a former master of the hospital, and Dr Mahony, the current Master who also happens to be his sister-in-law, had offices beside each other in the crumbling Holles Street building.

The plan to move the hospital to a new state-of-the-art building co-located on the grounds of St Vincent's Healthcare Group's Elm Park campus had started and stalled. St Vincent's, which is owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, wanted ownership and ultimate control of the maternity hospital.

St Vincent's was playing "hardball", insisting the National Maternity Hospital submitted to ownership and control. "We had a lot of discussions about negotiating with St Vincent's who were playing very hardball. Minister [Leo] Varadkar was very supportive of the National Maternity Hospital position," said Dr Boylan. "But then after Simon Harris was appointed [last year], that all seemed to change. Minister Harris, on his first weekend, said: 'I will deliver this hospital.' That was all fine. He appointed Kieran Mulvey [a professional mediator]."

Dr Boylan claims that in May last year, Dr Mahony asked him to write to the Minister for Health and to the board of St Vincent's Healthcare Group "expressing concerns about the nuns' potential involvement" in the National Maternity Hospital. He says he was asked to write because he was chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

Religion and health care: What role does the Catholic Church play in Irish hospitals?

IRELAND
The Journal

THE PLANNED MOVE of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s, a site owned by the Sisters of Charity, has opened up a new discussion about religion and health care in Ireland.

The situation of religious orders providing health care services is not unique to Ireland – the Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world....

The proposed deal for the new National Maternity Hospital would see the Sisters of Charity owning the facility in Dublin 4 as it would be providing the land at no cost.

There has been strong criticism of the financial deal, with objectors pointing out that the Sisters of Charity still owe €3 million to the redress scheme for survivors of Magdalene Laundries, which it ran along with three other congregations.

Almost 100,000 people have signed a petition which demands an apology from the Sisters of Charity and that it pays its share of the redress scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 AM

Salvation Army church member William Steele found guilty of historical child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Irena Ceranic

A 73-year-old former Salvation Army church member, who a Perth court heard had a hidden sexual desire for teenage boys, has been found guilty of child sex offences dating back more than 50 years.

In a majority verdict, a District Court jury convicted William Edwin Steele of eight offences including indecently dealing with a child under 14.

The victims were five boys aged between 11 and 18.

The offences happened over a 27-year period from 1963 to 1990 at various places, including a room at the back of the Salvation Army church in Subiaco and a fruit and vegetable market where he worked as the general manager.

Steele, who has a wife and four children, committed the first offence a year before he got married.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Pesch: Litigation needed to expose abuse

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Bill Pesch, For PDN April 30, 2017

As I near the end of my series on family-related laws passed by the 33rd Guam Legislature, I turn my attention to statute that’s received tremendous public attention since its passage in September 2016 — Public Law 33-187. This law removed the statute of limitations for acts of sexual assault and allowed long ago sexual assault victims to sue both the abuser and those institutions that failed to stop the abuse.

Since the law passed, more than 50 people have filed lawsuits against the Catholic Church. A few cases have also been filed against the Boy Scouts of America. There is a strong probability more lawsuits will follow.

Those who have filed claims against the Church and the Boy Scouts allege various priests sexually molested them. From what we have learned so far, the abuse appears to have been widespread, frequent and intentionally suppressed by Church officials.

The unfolding events clearly demonstrate the power of laws to address egregious wrongs. For more than 50 years, these alleged acts of sexual abuse and cover-ups went officially undetected and unpunished. Why this is true is the subject of some debate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

April 29, 2017

INDEPENDENT BOARD Sisters of Mercy unlikely to have any involvement in the running of the new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By Fergus O'Shea
29th April 2017

RELIGIOUS leaders are unlikely to have any say over the running of the new National Maternity Hospital, a spokesperson has claimed.

The Irish Sun contacted the hospital with a series of questions over the controversy which has seen two high-profile medics quit their board posts in recent days.

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick said on Friday that doctors will find it “very difficult” to have clinical independence working in a hospital that is owned by a religious organisation.

Dr Fitzpatrick stepped down from his role on the project board of the National Maternity Hospital in solidarity with Dr Peter Boylan and expressed his concerns about the Sisters of Charity having ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded facility.

But, while the hospital would not comment on their decision to step aside, it did move to allay fears of clerical interference on the St Vincent’s site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Third master raises NMH fears

IRELAND
The Sunday Times

Justine McCarthy and Colin Coyle
April 30 2017
The Sunday Times

A former master of the Rotunda Hospital has said the state is “wrong” to grant ownership of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the Religious Sisters of Charity, and fears it could set a precedent for Dublin’s other maternity hospitals.

Michael Darling, a member of the Rotunda’s board of governors, is the third former master of a Dublin maternity hospital to warn against allowing the nuns to own the €300m hospital when it is built in the grounds of St Vincent’s University Hospital.

“I am concerned and I do feel strongly about this,” said Darling. “Regardless of the reassurances that have been given, it is not a cut-and-dried arrangement. There is a grey area about the governance. The provision in the agreement for a golden share [for the minister for health] suggests to me people are aware it is not as clear-cut as it should be, and this is a mechanism to appease them.

“This should have been simple. You have an NMH which works well, but its physical structures are inadequate and it drastically needs to be modernised. A good solution is to have it adjacent to a general hospital but I don’t see why it can’t be moved with its present governance. I believe ownership of the new hospital should be given to the NMH.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM

Ancient Order of Malta faces era of change as interim leader is elected

ROME
Religion News Service

By Josephine McKenna

ROME (RNS) The nearly thousand-year-old Order of Malta is bracing for major reforms in the wake of the election of an Italian nobleman to lead the Catholic chivalric order that carries out charitable works around the globe.

The election of Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto came in a closed-door vote in a Roman villa on Saturday (April 29) and followed a bitter internal clash that led Pope Francis to oust the previous leader.

That dispute — ostensibly sparked by disagreements over the inadvertent distribution of contraceptives through an aid program in Myanmar — set up a proxy battle between traditionalists opposed to Francis and reformers who want to see the church take a more flexible approach.

It also proved to be a classic Vatican soap opera that featured out-sized personalities while casting a harsh light on a quietly influential church charity — one which is also a bastion of clerical and aristocratic privilege.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Knights of Malta find compromise after papal clash

ROME
Reuters

The Knights of Malta, a Catholic chivalric order and global charity, elected a new, interim leader on Saturday to oversee a period of reform and restore calm to the organization after its recent row with the Vatican.

The previous grand master, Briton Matthew Festing, resigned in January after a month-long, highly public spat with the Vatican over the running of the group, which laid bare tensions between a reformist Pope Francis and his conservative critics.

In a secret ballot, 56 electors appointed Italian Giacomo Dalla Torre as Lieutenant of the Grand Master, giving him just a one-year mandate while reforms are carried out.

"Pope Francis has been informed by letter of the election result," the Knights said in a statement.

The Vatican appointed a special delegate to run the Rome-based body following Festing's departure and had pushed, behind the scenes, for the appointment of a compromise, interim leader.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

ROME
Yahoo! News

AFP

A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order.

Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto takes the reins for one year after Pope Francis ordered the resignation in January of the Order's Grand Master, Britain's Matthew Festing, following a power struggle.

A centuries-old lay religious mission, the order provides humanitarian aid in crisis zones around the world.

It comprises 13,500 members ranked by their noble titles and who are expected to lead an exemplary Christian life while participating in the Order's charity activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

AOIFE BANNON Latest hospital row is excuse to bash Catholic Church – we shouldn’t forget the atrocities but religious orders did a lot of good in the past

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By Aoife Bannon
29th April 2017

IF you want to cause an unholy row in modern ­Ireland, just mention the ­Catholic Church.

The religion that once ruled supreme now seems to be a dividing force amongst the Irish public.

The hysteria this week over the ­National Maternity Hospital is definite proof of this.

There’s been huge outrage as the public grappled with the fact that the new €300million facility is to be built on land owned by the Sisters of Charity, beside St Vincent’s Hospital.

We are all aware that the religious order has a tainted history when it comes to mothers. The Magdalene Laundries is a sad part of Irish history that we should never forget.

And this week we saw how the contempt many hold the Church in almost derailed the building of the badly needed new maternity hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Harris called "out of touch" over new Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Newstalk

The Magdalene Survivors Together group has said that the Minister for Health, Simon Harris is totally out of touch with the majority of people in Ireland over the new National Maternity Hospital.

They said that the proposed 'gifting' of the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity has angered many women who passed through the religious order's institutions in the past.

Chairman Stephen O'Riordan, said they're now calling for the minister's resignation.

He said "Their faith and their ethical views and the code of practice of how they operate as an organisation is in complete contrast to how the majority of women might feel in the context of receiving medical care.

"If that is not a reason for us to be really concerned then the Minister doesn't understand the role or conflict of interest."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Minister for Health 'out of touch' with public over new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Breaking News

29/04/2017

The Magdalene Survivors Together group says the Minister for Health is totally out of touch with the majority of people in Ireland over the new National Maternity Hospital.

They say the proposed 'gifting' of the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity has angered many women who passed through the religious order's institutions in the past.

Chairman Stephen O'Riordan, says they are calling for the minister's resignation.

"Their faith and their ethical views and the code of practice of how they operate as an organisation is in complete contrast to how the majority of women might feel in the context of receiving medical care.

"If that is not a reason for us to be really concerned then the Minister doesn't understand the role or conflict of interest."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Ex-McAuley principal seeking apology

AUSTRALIA
Tamut and Adelong Times

By Frances Vinall - April 29, 2017

A former Principal at McAuley Catholic Central School is requesting an apology and a payment from Archbishop Christopher Prowse, for his historic forced resignation on behalf of the Catholic Education Office (CEO) in 1998.

He believes his treatment was the result of his speaking out against the CEO, and it is his hope that the increased scrutiny the Catholic Church has received in the past few years will encourage the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese to admit what he says is their mistake in terminating his position.

Lee Borradale, now retired in Queensland, believes there are parallels between his experience with the Archdiocese, and the treatment of Father Brian Hassett that has recently come to light.

“There’s a pattern of behaviour in the Catholic system,” Mr Borradale said.

“They don’t tell the community what’s going on, they move people somewhere else and deal with it out of sight. It’s just wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Catholic priest in sex scandal

MALAWI
Malawi 24

BY BRIGHT MALENGA ON APR 29, 2017

A Roman Catholic Father has been arrested after he was found performing sexual acts on a 17 year-old girl.

Dedza Police spokesperson Edward Kabango has identified the Father as 60-year-old Andrew Timpuza who is based at Mtendere Parish.

He said the Catholic priest was caught red-handed at Malawi College of Forestry campus with the girl who is in Standard 4.

“He packed his car in the bush and was found touching the private parts of the little girl in readiness for sex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Former Arlington Heights priest pleads guilty to child pornography

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Barbara Vitello

A former associate pastor at an Arlington Heights church pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Clovis Vilchez-Parra, formerly of Mission San Juan Diego, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in exchange for pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, court records show.

Vilchez-Parra, 36, received credit for 460 days in custody. He was also ordered to pay $1,654 in fines.

The Palatine resident was arrested in February 2015 following an undercover investigation by the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force into individuals downloading child pornography. Palatine, Bartlett and Chicago police departments cooperated with the investigation, according to prosecutors.

Chicago Archdiocese officials removed Vilchez-Parra from ministry, including his duties at Mission San Juan Diego, following his arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Molestation suspect's bail revoked after luring same victim, officials say

FLORIDA
WESH

[with video]

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —
A molestation suspect out on bail ended up back in jail, accused of the same crime that put him there the first time.

Former church youth director Jon Schils, 28, allegedly targeted the same 14-year-old victim.

Schils faces charges that could lead to life in prison.

In December, Schils was charged with 14 counts of lewd and lascivious battery, accused of luring a girl to a ballfield on the pretext of giving her private coaching lessons.

Prosecutors said the victim was a member of a church youth group at Bethel Baptist Church in Cocoa, where Schils was a youth director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

New law seeks to combat vulnerable adult exploitation, abuse

WASHINGTON
Daily Progress

By ALEXIS MYERS Associated Press Apr 28, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Vulnerable adults would be better protected against financial exploitation and neglect in Washington state under a new law awaiting the governor's signature.

The legislation, requested by the attorney general, would create a new crime of theft involving a vulnerable adult - any person 18 years or older who is clearly mentally or physically unable to care for himself or herself or suffers from a cognitive impairment.

House Bill 1153 unanimously passed in the Senate earlier this month and was approved in the House in February. A date has not yet been set for the bill to be signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, though it will happen within the next few weeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Protecting children every day

OKLAHOMA
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

By Sen. Wayne Shaw

Child abuse can include sexual, physical and mental abuse, encompassing anything from neglect, abandonment, or even exploitation.

In Oklahoma, 15 out of every 1000 children were abused in 2014, which was almost twice the rate that was reported in 2011.

The national statistics are just as sobering, with an estimated 679,000 children suffering as victims of abuse and neglect, with 47 states reporting that almost 3.1 million children received preventative services from various child protective services across the nation.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but every day we should seek ways to empower young abuse victims to break their silence and stop the cycle of abuse.

Each year, the annual Field of Flags is displayed on the south side of the Oklahoma State Capitol to remember the thousands of children who are victims of abuse.

The Oklahoma flags are in place this month to remember the 42 Oklahoma children who died in the last year due to abuse or neglect, while the American flags represent the thousands of children across the country who are victims of child abuse.

This session, there are two bills moving through the legislative process aimed at helping child abuse survivors seek justice against their abusers. The measures would amend the timeframe for abuse survivors to file criminal and civil cases against their abusers.

House Bill 1468, the Hidden Predator Act, eliminates the current 12-year statute of limitations and allows criminal charges to be filed against an alleged perpetrator until the victim reaches their 45th birthday.

HB 1470 would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors to file a civil lawsuit from age 20 to the 45th birthday of the claimant.

Both measures passed on the Senate floor Monday afternoon by a vote of 44-0.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Ex-student says assistant principal gave him booze, drugs

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

[with video]

David Bienick
Reporter

LAWRENCE, Mass. —
A former student at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence said Friday he was one of the students who received drugs and alcohol from a former assistant principal.

The former student, who asked not to be identified, said he and classmates visited Andrew Nikonchuk’s apartment in Lowell on two occasions.

“Everybody was smoking marijuana there,” said the man, who is now in his mid-20s.

At the time, Nikonchuk was a science teacher at the school.

“It was strange, but it was kind of cool at the same time for students to hang out with him. So nobody really thought much of it way back,” he said.

The man also said he knows another former student who recently told the school that Nikonchuk had drugged and raped him in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Sex Abuse Survivors Group to Hold Rally at Central Catholic High School Monday

MASSACHUSETTS
Patch

By Lisa Redmond (Patch Staff) - April 29, 2017

LAWRENCE -- Road to Recovery, an international group that supports sexual abuse survivors, plans to rally at Central Catholic High School on Monday after a school administrator was fired after being accused of drugging and raping a student in 2006, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

Dr. Robert Hoatson, the leader of Road to Recovery, a non-profit, sexual abuse recovery organization based in Livingston, New Jersey, told the Eagle-Tribune he received phone calls about the Central Catholic situation from sexual abuse survivors living in the Merrimack Valley.

Hoatson said a demonstration is planned at 11 a.m. on Monday at Central Catholic High School at 300 Hampshire St, in Lawrence.

Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell, was fired Tuesday for violating "the school's policies pertaining to appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Dean/coach on leave at Central Catholic High

MASSACHUSETTS
The Lowell Sun

By Kori Tuitt, ktuitt@lowellsun.com
UPDATED: 04/29/2017

LAWRENCE -- The Central Catholic High School dean of students and basketball coach allegedly sent inappropriate messages on Snapchat to a former student, leading to the school placing him on administrative leave this week.

The Central Catholic administrator on leave for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a former student is Dean of Students and basketball coach Richard Nault, according to The Eagle Tribune.

The action on Nault -- who has led the perennial powerhouse basketball team in Lawrence for about a decade -- comes in the wake of the school firing Andrew Nikonchuk, of Lowell.

Also, the employee who was placed on administrative leave for allegedly posting "compromising photos" of himself online is social studies teacher John Housianitis, according to The Eagle Tribune. He's a former Lawrence School Committee member.

Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan sent an email to families on Thursday stating that an administrator was on leave for sending inappropriate messages through social media to a former student last month. A teacher was also placed on administrative leave for posting compromising photos of himself to an "adults-only, password protected website."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Suspended Central Catholic staffers identified

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The two members of the Central Catholic High School staff who were placed on leave pending the outcome of misconduct investigations have been identified as Dean of Students and basketball coach Richard Nault, and social studies teacher John Housianitis, according to parents, students and law enforcement officials.

The two staff members were suspended while investigations of their behavior are conducted, according to a letter sent out Thursday evening to students, parents and alumni by Central President Christopher F. Sullivan. The two were not identified in Sullivan's letter.

Allegations involving the two staff members came to the school's attention in the wake of the firing of Andrew Nikonchuk, the former director of curriculum and instruction at the school. Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell is under investigation for the drugging and rape of a student in 2006.

The first of the new allegations involves Housianitis, who posted compromising photos of himself on an adults-only, password-protected website, according to Sullivan's letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Child sex abuse survivors Bridie Farrell, Steve Jiminez visit Wall Street's Fearless Girl, urge to fix child-rape law

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY MICAH DANNEY
LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, April 28, 2017

The "Fearless Girl” has nothing on child sex abuse survivors Bridie Farrell and Steve Jimenez.

The unflinching pair came to Wall Street Friday, urging passage of a long-rejected proposal that would finally give a full voice to the victims of sexual predators.

Farrell and Jimenez stood behind the “Fearless Girl” statue in the Financial District to recount their own stories of abuse — and support the 11-year-old “Child Victims Act.”

“When the truth comes out, you’re protecting other children,” said Jimenez, who was abused by a Catholic brother.
The legislation — first introduced in 2006 — has failed to pass on five occasions.

The proposal would eliminate New York’s civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes and open a one-year legal “window” for older victims to bring their cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

The Vatican’s quiet reformer

UNITED KINGDOM
Crux

Austen Ivereigh April 29, 2017
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

The President of the Vatican Information Authority (AIF), René Brülhart, was speaking at Oxford University’s Blavatbik School of Government on reforming Vatican finances on Thursday night. Brülhart has sought to create a “tailor-made” system of regulation — a term he used often in his talk — that brings the Vatican into line with contemporary European standards but without sacrificing its uniqueness.

It was an unusual way for a Vatican official to begin a talk at Oxford University’s shiny new school for public policy wonks: By commemorating a dead cardinal. And even more unusual when the official is a layman.

After beginning with a joke that the Vatican had rather more thick walls and fewer windows than the glass-and-steel Blavatbik School of Government - “but still we hope we are introducing transparency in our own way” - René Brülhart asked the students and professors to observe a moment’s silence for his predecessor as head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog, Cardinal Attilio Nicora, who died earlier this week.

The Swiss regulator, president since 2012 of the Vatican Information Authority (AIF), has had remarkable success in creating and implementing new laws and regulations to prevent Rome’s finances ever again exploding in scandals. After seeing him talk to students of change management, I think I know why.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

SNAP: Put survivor on Hope and Healing board

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com April 29, 2017

The world’s largest network of priest sex abuse survivors says a program to help Guam clergy abuse victims should have an abuse survivor on its board.

“To claim to know what survivors want and need in a ‘Hope and Healing’ program without having a survivor on the board is a bit patronizing," said Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director for the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. "Survivors are the ones who truly know how they can be helped the best."

Hope and Healing Guam is a program initiated and funded by, but independent of, the Archdiocese of Agana. Its goal is to provide professional counseling, treatment, spiritual healing, compensation and justice to clergy sex abuse victims. The initial funding for the program is $1 million.

Alicia Limtiaco, former U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, chairs the program’s board. Six other members will be named in the weeks ahead. The board will review and evaluate claims by each person accusing Guam clergy of sex abuse. Counseling and treatment has started for those who call the program's hotline, 1-888-649-5288.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Patrick Murphy: Maternity hospital row another sign Catholic Church in south losing its relevance

IRELAND
The Irish News

Patrick Murphy
29 April, 2017

Did you ever think you would see protests in Dublin against nuns? Well, there were last week, when hundreds of demonstrators assembled outside the Department of Health.

In fairness, they were not protesting against all nuns, just the Sisters of Charity. The reason was that the Dublin government has agreed that the sisters should inherit the earth, or at least a €300 million, state-funded maternity hospital on a part of the earth which the nuns happen to own. Somewhere deep in Irish government there remains residual, religious sentiment.

The protesters have two objections. The first is that the sisters apparently owe the state at least €3 million, as part of their €5 million payment towards government compensation for child abuse in their former institutions.

Opponents of the deal argue that giving the nuns a hospital just because they own the land on which it is to be built, is a bit too charitable.

The second argument suggests that a religious order should not have any role in a maternity hospital in view of its likely Catholic ethos, which would not necessarily be shared by all taxpayers who use the service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

St Vincent’s silent on selling hospital land

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Ellen Coyne
April 29 2017
The Times

St Vincent’s Healthcare Grouphas refused to say if it would consider selling the site for the National Maternity Hospital to the state.

Two senior obstetricians have resigned from the board after it emerged that the Sisters of Charity will own the new hospital after it is built with more than €300 million of taxpayers’ money.

The Department of Health told The Times that the prospect of buying the land at St Vincent’s “never arose”.

St Vincent’s last night declined to answer questions about the prospect of selling the land and said the board was “not making any further comment on these matters at this point in time”.

The Times first reported last month that the Sisters of Charity would own the maternity hospital when it is built on its land at Elm Park. The existing National Maternity Hospital, based at Holles Street, will move to the St Vincent’s campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Nuns consented to plans with 'reproductive clinic'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 29 2017

The Sisters of Charity gave consent to the planning application for the new national maternity hospital which includes accommodation for fertility services.

Documents seen by the Irish Independent show Vicar General Sr Patricia Lenihan wrote to the HSE on behalf of Sr Mary Christian (Superior General) of the religious order in late February saying the order was giving consent to the application.

The application to build the €300m maternity hospital at the St Vincent's campus includes 244 beds, each with a private room, and five operating theatres.

On the first floor it will have a "reproductive medicine facility", which will allow for fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

March to protest over ownership of new maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Joyce Fegan

A national march has been organised in protest against the “religious ownership” of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The march, which takes place next Sunday, May 7, is entitled “We Own Our Hospitals”.

It comes after almost 100,000 people signed an Uplift petition to prevent the Sisters of Charity becoming sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital planned for the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group site in Dublin 4.

The march will begin at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and finish at Merrion Square at Leinster House.

It is being organised by Parents for Choice, who want to ensure that public healthcare facilities are accountable to the citizens of Ireland.

“We want to ensure that healthcare facilities paid for by the people of Ireland are accountable to and run by the people of Ireland,” said Parents for Choice spokeswoman Sinéad Redmond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Mulvey: It's not possible for nuns to hand over maternity hospital land as it is 'tied up

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
April 29 2017

The Sisters of Charity cannot sell the land on which the new National Maternity Hospital will be built because it is tied up in financial and legal agreements, mediator Kieran Mulvey has said.

His comments follow the ongoing public row over the State’s decision to build the €300m hospital on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus on land which automatically makes the Sisters of Charity the owners of the facility.

It has led to repeated calls on the religious order to simply give the hospital to the State, removing the concerns about the impact the Catholic ethos might have on services.

However, Mr Mulvey, who was privy to private details of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group during the six months of negotiations, told the Irish Independent it is not possible to cede ownership of the land at this stage.

Diarmaid Ferriter: St Vincent’s was built with public money

IRELAND
Irish Times

Diarmaid Ferriter

It is a pity the former master of Holles Street, Dr Peter Boylan, abstained rather than voted against the deal to relocate the national maternity hospital to the St Vincent’s campus. It reminded me of Fianna Fáil’s Des O’Malley choosing to make a stand on contraception when legislation liberalising access to it was being voted on in the Dáil in 1985 with his now famous “I stand by the Republic” speech. He only stood by it rhetorically; after his speech, rather than vote for the legislation he decried Fianna Fáil for opposing, he abstained, partly “out of deference to some of my colleagues”, the same reason Boylan offered for his choice.

Notwithstanding, there is a weight of history adding force to Boylan’s concerns and in response, the current master Dr Rhona Mahony was alarmingly dismissive – “nothing” she insisted, “must be allowed stand in the way” of the new hospital. Such a stance is unwise and insensitive. Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, former master of the Coombe who resigned from the board managing the project, was calm and measured in claiming the new hospital should be given possession of the site by the Sisters of Charity. He gave credit to the sisters for making their campus available, but reasonably asserted that it is completely inappropriate in this era that ownership of a publicly funded hospital would be entrusted “in any shape, way or form to a religious organisation”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Dublin Lives: Vaccine trial victim 'insulted' over National Maternity Hospital ownership debacle

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY CLAIRE SCOTT
29 APR 2017

A mother and baby home survivor who was subject to vaccine trials during infancy is horrified the Catholic church may be given a new opportunity to care for Ireland's mums and children.

David Kinsella, 58, was hospitalised six times and even required a blood transfusion during the first four years of his life while staying in the notorious St Patrick's Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road.

The home was run by the Daughters of Charity, a Catholic order with a similar ethos to Magdalene Laundry owners - the Sisters of Charity who are set to manage the new National Maternity Hospital.

And the prospect of the Church once again controlling the provision of care to Ireland's mothers and babies is a "horrifying" thought, according to David.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

'The Law Penalizes Us for Remaining Silent': New York Sex Abuse Survivors Won't Stop Pushing for Reform

NEW YORK
Jezebel - The Slot

Ellie Shechet

MANHATTAN—Past a crush of tourists posing delightedly in front of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull,” a small crowd gathered around the “Fearless Girl” statue as lawmakers and childhood sexual abuse survivors called for passage of the Child Victims Act.

Repeatedly derailed over the years in the New York State Senate, the CVA would lift the state’s five-year statute of limitation on childhood sexual abuse, which requires most survivors to take legal action by the age of 23—although many survivors, out of fear or shame, don’t speak out until decades later. The bill would also create a one-year civil “window” for survivors over 23 to bring cases retrospectively, and would remove the 90-day notice of claim requirement that protects public institutions from being held accountable past that time frame. The Fearless Girl’s questionable corporate roots notwithstanding, advocates leaned heavily on the message of standing up to powerful interests.

The state of New York has fallen far behind the majority of the country with one of the narrowest windows for victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring civil or criminal charges—a notable gap that’s come under scrutiny alongside reports of abuse at elite schools like Choate and Horace Mann, as well as horrifically widespread claims of child sexual abuse against Catholic priests. Last week, the New York Daily News reported that Senate Republicans sent the legislation to the Rules Committee in order to avoid a vote. “The State Senate spat in the face of survivors last week,” CVA sponsor Sen. Brad Hoylman shouted hoarsely at the presser. Republicans control the Senate by a slim margin in New York, aided by rogue Democrats in the Independent Democratic Caucus; the state Catholic Conference, which strongly opposes a one-year lookback, has spent millions over the years lobbying to block versions of this bill from passage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Opinion: You can prevent abuse

UNITED STATES
Mennonite World Review

A church that keeps children safe meets three essential standards

Apr 10, 2017 by Anna Groff and For Meetinghouse

For many of us, church feels good and safe. We were loved there as children and respected there as adults. In fact, we often describe our churches as “families” or caring communities where all are accepted. We trust one another and feel confident that others want the best for us and our families.

But for some of us, church was not only unsafe, it was destructive. Abuse by a church leader or an adult in the church community impacts us forever and can drastically change how a victim/survivor understands God.

We know one in six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse and one in four girls. While this abuse hasn’t necessarily occurred in church settings, we can consider how much of our lives and our children’s lives are connected to church and church institutions like schools, camps and more.

No church is immune to an abuse crisis. And if we’re not a part of the solution, we may be part of the problem.

The clear majority of victims/ survivors know their offender as a family member or friend of the family. This gives new meaning to the “we’re like family” description. We don’t need to start distrusting everyone, but we should acknowledge that the higher the trust, the higher the risk that an offender may exploit our trust. “Stranger danger” is a myth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Garvin County Sheriff investigating local pastor in molestation case

OKLAHOMA
KXII

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KXII) -- A pastor is being investigated after his daughter was arrested for molesting a 10-year-old boy in the pastor's home.

Stormy Ledbetter, 30, was arrested last month.

And now Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said her father, Claude Ledbetter is being investigated. Rhodes wouldn't release any other details.

Claude is a former police chaplain, and current pastor at the Pauls Valley Church of the Nazarene.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Furore over proposal to charge Catholic schools rent

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Deborah Snow

Senior Catholic educators are warning in a confidential paper that any move by NSW bishops to start collecting rent from Catholic schools could be seen as a way of "paying for the 'sins' of the clergy".

And the serious "reputational, political and canonical risks" involved could trigger a perception that government money meant for the education of children was being diverted to other church activities, the paper says.

The internal briefing paper, obtained by Fairfax Media and dated early April, was prepared for the heads of the 11 different Catholic education offices in NSW, who each report to their local bishop.

At least one diocese, Newcastle–Maitland, has confirmed to Fairfax Media it is considering a proposal to charge its schools rent.

Two others, Armidale and Bathurst, did not rule it out when asked if they had it under consideration.

The dioceses of Lismore, Paramatta, Sydney, Broken Bay, Wollongong and Wilcannia-Forbes said they did not have plans to start collecting rent from the schools they administer, and Wagga Wagga said it had not been discussed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

York gathers to form child sexual assault awareness campaign

MAINE
Seacoast Online

By Deborah McDermott
dmcdermott@seacoastonline.com

YORK, Maine – Jean Browne had been sexually abused at 5, and as a teenager, was a victim of date rape. “I’ve walked the path, so hopefully I can share my story with kids and help them,” she said.

Dennis O’Connor was abused by his parish priest when he was a kid, and his disclosure ultimately led to the priest’s prosecution. “We need to figure out how keep these people away from kids,” he said.

Heather Brower was 11 years old when she was sexually abused. Now the mother of an 11 year old girl, “I want to know what I can do to keep her safe.”

These York residents were among a group of about 30 people who came to the York Library Friday afternoon to become involved in a local campaign to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.

The event was organized by Dr. Jeanine Ward, an emergency room physician at York Hospital; resident Kara DioGuardi, a music producer, songwriter and former “American Idol” judge; and York Police Officer Jamie Rooney – all of whom are comfortable now sharing their own child sexual abuse stories. But they recognize that many people are not, and many more do not want to hear about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

April 28, 2017

Abuse survivors group will rally at Central Catholic

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle-Tribune

By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

LAWRENCE -- An international group that supports sexual abuse survivors plans to rally in front of Central Catholic High School next week after an administrator was accused of drugging and raping a student in 2006.

Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell was fired Tuesday for violating "the school's policies pertaining to appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty."

The former Central Catholic director of curriculum and instruction was fired Tuesday after the former student, a male who graduated in 2008, reported the incident to authorities on April 20. The Middlesex County district attorney is investigating the allegations. To this point, no criminal charges have been filed.

Dr. Robert Hoatson, the leader of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit, sexual abuse recovery organization based in Livingston, New Jersey, said he received phone calls about the Central Catholic situation from other sexual abuse survivors living in the Merrimack Valley.

Hoatson said a demonstration is planned at Central Catholic at 11 a.m. Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Latest: Fine Gael TD calls on Government to buy maternity hospital land from religious order

IRELAND
Breaking News

28/04/2017

Update 3.35pm: A Government TD has broken ranks to call on Health Minister Simon Harris to consider buying the €300m land on which the new national maternity hospital will be built in a bid to end the escalating scandal, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell urged the move as a way to resolve the stand-off, saying either entering into a long-term lease with the Sisters of Charity or buying the land outright is the only realistic option.

Speaking on RTE Radio's Today with Sean O'Rourke as Sinn Féin confirmed it will table a motion seeking legal guarantees the hospital "remains entirely within public ownership" and will be independent in all clinical matters, Ms O'Connell said ownership remains the key issue in the dispute.

While Minister Harris has to date refused to speculate on purchasing the new National Maternity Hospital site, she said the Health Minister must consider the move during the coming month of talks with all groups involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM

10 days that shook the nation: how the Holles Street mess unfolded

IRELAND
Her

BY ALISON BOUGH

Today sees the tenth day of extraordinary chaos, political fallout, and public outcry surrounding the ownership and governance of the new €300 million National Maternity Hospital building.
Following the latest resignation of Professor Chris Fitzpatrick, in support of Dr Peter Boylan, we look back at how the crisis has unfolded...

Tuesday, April 18th: News breaks that the Sisters of Charity, a religious order who have (to date) failed to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims, are to be given sole ownership of the planned €300 million State-funded National Maternity Hospital to be built on a site at Elm Park in south county Dublin.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health tells media outlets that 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."

Throughout the day, opposition parties condemn the decision to grant sole ownership of the new hospital to the religious congregation. The Workers’ Party states that the situation presents a 'nightmare scenario' for women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Sinn Féin to call for National Maternity Hospital’s independence

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mary Minihan
 
Sinn Féin will call on the Government to ensure the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) has “legally-guaranteed independence” from all non-medical influence when the Dáil returns next week

The party’s spokeswoman on health, Louise O’Reilly, has published a private members’ business motion on the governance of the new hospital.

The motion will be debated in the Dáil on Wednesday.

Describing conditions at the maternity hospital’s current Holles Street site in Dublin as “deplorable”, she said the new NMH should be built on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus as quickly as possible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Rev. Randolph "Randy" Nowak, OFM.Cap – Assignment History

NEW YORK/HAWAII/GUAM
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Randolph "Randy" Nowak was ordained for the Capuchin order in 1952. He spent over twenty-five years of his early ministry working with high school-aged seminarians at St. Mary's Seminary in Garrison NY. He appears to have subsequently moved for a brief time to the Capuchin residence in Hawthorne, followed by several years at the Order's Provincialate in White Plains. He returned to the minor seminary in Garrison for five years beginning in 1975, leaving there for a year in Yonkers, where he resided at Capuchin monastery and parish while working as a hospital and nursing home chaplain.

In 1979 Nowak was transferred to Guam. There he was a parish priest, assisting at many Capuchin parishes and pastoring a few, in Agat, San Isidro and Ordot. He was assigned to Hawaii in 1988, assisting and leading parishes in Ewa Beach, Pahala and Waikane. There is a gap in his assignments 1994-1996, after which he is noted in the Official Catholic Directory to be retired in Hawaii until 2001. The following six years show Nowak to be back in Guam, no longer retired, assisting at an Agat parish and as the "Senior Friar" of the Capuchin Fraternity.

In 2008 a man wrote in a letter to the Capuchin's New York provincialate that Nowak molested him when the man was a young seminarian in the 1960s at St. Mary's in Garrison. Nowak, in turn, wrote in an email to his former student, apologizing for "what happened between us." Nowak's accuser also said that he told a Capuchin priest in the 1970s about the abuse, but that nothing was done. In 2008 the priest in question said he didn't "recall such a conversation... ."

According to his Order, Nowak's faculties were removed in 2004 due to past allegations that "arose elsewhere." Nowak has been living in retirement since at least 2007 at the St. Fidelis Friary in Agaña Heights. The Capuchins agreed to pay Nowak's accuser's fees counseling fees, beginning in 2006.

Born: July 21, 1925
Ordained: September 6, 1952

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Lawrence high school administrators suspended following misconduct allegations

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By Kristin LaFratta | kristin.lafratta@masslive.com

At least two administrators at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence were placed on leave this week following allegations of misconduct.

A letter sent to students, parents and alumni on Thursday by Central President Christopher F. Sullivan said that two staff members were suspended while the Catholic school investigates their behavior.

Reports say the two new allegations come just after the firing of Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, the school's former director of curriculum and instruction, for allegations of rape. The school said a former student, who graduated in 2008, came forward recently to say he was drugged and raped by Nikonchuk in 2006. Those allegations are under investigation by the school and police.

The letter sent home on Thursday explained the misconduct of two new administrators. The administrators were not identified, and the allegations do not include any physical harm against students as in the case of Nikonchuk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Allegations shake Central Catholic High

MASSACHUSETTS
The Lowell Sun

UPDATED: 04/28/2017

LOWELL -- Central Catholic High School fired an administrator on Tuesday due to allegations by a former student that he drugged and raped him in Lowell 11 years ago.

The student, who graduated in 2008, recently came forward with the allegation against Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, who lives in Lowell.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2006, according to the student.

Two other staff members are also being investigated for misconduct and have been placed on administrative leave, according to a newsletter sent out to students' families by the school on Thursday.

The alleged victim recently responded to another person's Facebook post that was supportive of Nikonchuk using the hashtag #ImwithNiko.

The victim, who on Facebook said he was 15 at the time, said Nikonchuk was his best friend and described the night of the incident, when he had been at Nikonchuk's home. He said he and Nikonchuk had been drinking beer, smoking marijuana and playing video games.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Two Central Catholic Staff Members Placed On Administrative Leave

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Two staff members at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence have been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates accusations of inappropriate behavior.

The investigation into the staff members comes just days after Director of Curriculum and Instruction Andrew Nikonchuk was fired when a former student accused the administrator of drugging and raping him.

“My son is innocent. If you know my son, you know he would never do this,” Nikonchuk’s father, Andrew Nikonchuk said in a statement to WBZ-TV.

On Thursday, Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan said in a letter to parents an allegation surfaced Wednesday that another staff member was posting “compromising photos” of himself on a website that is adults-only and password protected.

Copies of the photographs had been circulated around the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

2 more Central Catholic High School employees accused of misconduct with students

MASSACHUSETTS
NH1.com

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Two more staff members at Central Catholic High School have been placed on leave only a few days after the school fired its assistant principal over rape allegations.

Central Catholic High School officials said Thursday that they have found more incidents of alleged misconduct against other staffers while investigating allegations against former administrator Andrew Nikonchuck.

A spokesman for the school says a former student alleges he was drugged and raped by the administrator in 2006.

An investigation into the allegation reportedly found that in one case, a staff member allegedly posted compromising photos of himself on an adults-only website. A second staff member allegedly sent inappropriate messages through social media to a student who graduated in 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Central Catholic suspends two staff members

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE -- Two members of the staff at Central Catholic High School have been placed on leave pending the outcome of misconduct investigations.

The two staff members, who were not named, were suspended while investigations of their behavior are conducted, according to a letter sent Thursday evening to students, parents and alumni by Central President Christopher F. Sullivan.

Allegations involving the two staff members came to the school's attention in the wake of the firing of Andrew Nikonchuk, the former director of curriculum and instruction at the school. Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell is under investigation for the drugging and rape of a student in 2006.

The first of the new allegations involves a staff member who posted compromising photos of himself on an adults-only, password-protected website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF ORPHANAGE FOUNDER LAWSUIT

MAINE
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit against a Maine activist who publicized sexual abuse accusations against a Haiti orphanage founder.

A federal jury concluded in 2015 that Paul Kendrick defamed orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld and awarded more than $14 million in damages. But a judge later ruled that Geilenfeld lacked grounds to sue in a U.S. courtroom because the Iowa native wasn't living in the U.S. when he filed his claim.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of the suit.

Geilenfeld, founder of St. Joseph's Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, accused Kendrick of making unsubstantiated accusations that led to him being imprisoned for eight months and cost the Hearts with Haiti charity several million dollars in donations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Former pastor convicted of sexual battery of teen boy

FLORIDA
Bradenton Herald

BY JESSICA DE LEON
jdeleon@bradenton.com

A former Wimauma pastor has been found guilty in the 2015 sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy during a hunting trip.

Juan Gomez, 53, was convicted by a jury Thursday afternoon of sexual battery upon a minor between the ages of 12 and 18 and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. The jurors deliberated for just under an hour at the conclusion of a four-day trial.

Gomez, who is facing up to life in prison, will be sentenced on June 16.

The assault first came to light July 21, 2015, after investigators received information Gomez sexually assaulted the boy earlier that month at a hunting ranch in northern Manatee County.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/crime/article147175449.html#storylink=cpy

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Pastor who impregnated teen sentenced to prison in Chesco

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

by Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer @MichaelleBond | mbond@phillynews.com

The former Chester County pastor who impregnated a teenager who had viewed him as a surrogate father was sentenced Friday to three to six years in prison.

Jacob Matthew Malone, 35, pleaded guilty at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester to institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children. The former pastor at Calvary Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Downingtown, also will serve five months' probation.

The woman, now 20, told police Malone gave her alcohol as an 18-year-old and raped her on several occasions while she lived with him, his wife, and their children in Malone's home. Malone, who was her guardian, admitted that he gave her alcohol but said that the sexual encounters were consensual.

Sexual contact, which included kissing and touching, occurred almost daily during her senior year in high school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Accused child molester sues synagogue in ‘hostile takeover’ attempt, congregation charges

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, April 28, 2017

Leaders at a Brooklyn synagogue say a former congregant is trying to force his way into a leadership role and accuses him of inappropriate conduct with teenage boys.

In August, Zvi Geller, 40, sued Beth Jacob Ohev Sholom on Rodney St. in Williamsburg, calling for new board elections. He also said the board wouldn't let him build a youth center.

But the synagogue leaders, which members describe as the last Orthodox, non-Hasidic place of worship in the neighborhood, say Geller is attempting a "hostile takeover."

In an affidavit filed Tuesday against Geller's suit, synagogue president Martin Needelman said Geller opposed the appointment of a new rabbi after its longtime leader retired.

"Geller strongly opposed the Congregation's attempt to seek a new rabbi and without being formally appointed, he began acting as if he were the effective rabbi of the Congregation," Needelman stated.

The affidavit further accuses Geller of sleeping on the synagogue's premises at least three Friday nights while alone with a 16-year-old boy who'd joined him for the Sabbath. The document also cites an ad in a local Jewish publication that accuses Geller of being a molester.

Geller has not been charged with any criminal conduct and vehemently denies the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

'You can't afford to take their word for it. The church has tentacles everywhere'

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mick Heaney

As a cursory scan of the airwaves attests, the decision to hand over ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the Sisters of Charity is an almost unavoidable topic of conversation, much of it heated.

Few ecclesiastical voices are heard on the matter, however, which is strange given that church influence over medical care is the nub of contention. So kudos to Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) for landing an interview with the man behind the most high-profile Irish cleric of recent times.

True, writer Graham Linehan may not be familiar with the intricacies of canon law – “I’m not up on the ins and outs of what Catholicism does and doesn’t allow,” he concedes – but as co-creator of Father Ted, he helped change our perception of the church, from all-wise guardians of morality to institutional bumblers and chancers. On that basis alone, Linehan’s views on the controversy are instructive, no matter his comedic characterisation of the clergy now seems unduly benign.

Linehan is hardly neutral on the proposal to locate the new Dublin maternity facility on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital, owned by the nuns; he has spoken at a protest against the plan. He is sceptical about promises to respect clinical independence. “You can’t afford to take their word for it,” he says, adding that “the church has its tentacles everywhere”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 PM

National Maternity Hospital plans thrown into chaos after resignation of another top doctor

IRELAND
The Irish Mirror

BY PAT FLANAGAN
28 APR 2017

Plans to build the new National Maternity Hospital were thrown into more chaos yesterday after the resignation of another top doctor.

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick has said he felt he was left with no alternative but to stand down from the Board planning the new €300million facility.

He said he was doing so in support of Dr Peter Boylan, who resigned the previous day, adding that he shared his fears about gifting the new facility to the Sisters of Charity.

Prof Fitzpatrick said it is absolutely critical that there is total separation between church and medicine, especially when it comes to female reproductive healthcare.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Father Danilo Ferrandiz named Delegate to the Neocatechumenal Way

Updated: Apr 28, 2017

By Krystal Paco

A priest is named Delegate to the Neocatechumenal Way in the Archdiocese of Agana.

According to an Official Aviso posted on the Umatuna Si Yu'os website, Father Danilo Ferrandiz assumed the position effective April 7th. His appointment follows a pastoral letter from Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes last month in which he announced a pause on the formation of new communities for a period of one year. According to his letter, the delegate's role will be to help the Archbishop review the Catechetical Director of the Neocatechumenal Way and help ensure that catechists are sufficiently formed and certified for their important role.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Listen up! Irish are screaming 'Keep nuns out of maternity care'

IRELAND
IrishCentral

Cahir O'Doherty @randomirish April 28, 2017

Last week the Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that an order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity, would be given sole ownership of the new €300 million state-of-the-art National Maternity Hospital in Dublin by the Irish government.

But the look of shocked surprise on Harris’ face when confronted with intense public outrage over the decision was the surprise of Ireland’s 19th century political model colliding hard against the 21st.

Recall that in 2009 the Ryan report into sexual abuse in Ireland’s state-funded, church-run institutions (which cost the Irish taxpayer €82 million) exposed decades of abuse and cruelty directed at children in the care of Catholic organizations, including the Sisters of Charity.

Now we are told the same Sisters of Charity will be “the sole owners” of the Irish taxpayer-funded facility. For critics, the government’s latest decision beggars belief. It’s a move so insupportable, so indifferent to the lessons of history that it demonstrates Fine Gael has learned precisely nothing from the raft of government commissioned reports into decades of abuse, cruelty and neglect at these religious order run facilities.

The Sisters of Charity famously ran five residential schools and Magdalene Laundries where, studies have concluded, Irish girls were often abused, and where women worked unpaid while being treated like petty criminals, with many incarcerated for life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Man 'healed' as child by televangelist Benny Hinn speaks out

TEXAS
WFAA

Lauren Zakalik, WFAA April 27, 2017

For the second day in a row, federal investigators remained on scene Thursday at the Grapevine office of internationally known televangelist Benny Hinn.

An IRS special agent said Wednesday they executed a search warrant.

"Criminal investigation primarily investigates financial crimes against the government," said Special Agent Michael Moseley of the IRS Criminal Investigations department.

And few are likely paying more attention to what's going on than 25-year-old William Vandenkolk.
"I really just want justice," he said Thursday from his home in Nevada. "I want him to admit what he did was wrong."

We still don't know exactly why the government is raiding Hinn's office. But Vandenkolk is interested regardless. You can see Vandenkolk's story posted publicly in a YouTube video, which shows him at a Benny Hinn service when he was just 9 years old. He was supposedly "healed" by Hinn during a service in Las Vegas.

Vandenkolk is legally blind. He said while he was on stage, he felt he could see people's faces clearly in the crowd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Feds raid televangelist's Texas office while he was in Paris

TEXAS
Fox 29

GRAPEVINE, Texas —
As the feds raided his Grapevine office, television evangelist Benny Hinn was in Paris -- that's according to hinn's website.

Federal investigators aren't talking, but they spent most of the day at Hinn's North Texas headquarters.

CNN affiliate KTVT's cameras caught what appeared to be IRS and postal inspector police officers walking in and out of the building.

One man saw the moment they arrived.

"They all just hopped out," John Ebert said. "It just happened real quick. A line of cars just came."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Benny Hinn Ministries 'Cooperating' After Headquarters Search

TEXAS
NBC DFW

[with video]

Administrators at the North Texas headquarters of prominent televangelist Benny Hinn say they are cooperating with investigators after federal agents were seen searching their offices this week.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators removed boxes from the Grapevine offices of Benny Hinn Ministries Wednesday and Thursday.

Investigators have not revealed any information on what they were searching for or if there is an active investigation.

"As has been widely reported, Benny Hinn Ministries is cooperating fully with the governmental entities that are reviewing certain operations of the church," read a post on the church's official Facebook page.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

IVF, sterilisation and morning-after pill banned by Sisters of Charity

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Bishop Kevin Doran may have been speaking “in general terms” last Sunday about healthcare provision in Catholic-run institutions, but he accurately reflected the views of the Sisters of Charity.

Replying to the Sunday Times, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics said Catholic hospitals have an obligation to care for all those who need it. However, they have to have “a special responsibility . . . to Catholic teachings about 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,” said the Bishop of Elphin, who was in touch with the newspaper from Lourdes.

In an April 2010 document, Religious Sisters of Charity Health Service – Philosophy and Ethical Code – the last such document known to have been issued, the Sisters of Charity laid down clear rules for what should happen in their hospitals.

The morning-after pill is not permitted, while in vitro fertilisation, vasectomies, the sterilisation of women and abortion are always beyond the ethics Pale, too.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Priester die 15-jarige jongen misbruikte alsnog op non-actief gezet door Oud-Katholieke Kerk

NEDERLAND
Volkskrant

[The Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands has suspended aallegedly sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in 1973 andhas denied him the ability to lead in church services.]

De Oud-Katholieke Kerk van Nederland heeft de emeritus pastoor die in 1973 een 15-jarige jongen seksueel misbruikte alsnog op non-actief gesteld en 'hem de mogelijkheid tot het voorgaan in kerkdiensten ontzegd'.

Dat heeft het kerkbestuur donderdag meegedeeld naar aanleiding van een interview met het slachtoffer in de Volkskrant.

In 1973 woonde de nu 58-jarige Alan vijf weken in de pastorie van de parochiekerk in Alkmaar wegens 'een onveilige thuissituatie'. Zijn moeder had zware psychische problemen en als tiener was hij al eens weggelopen van huis. De priester, toen nog kapelaan, ontfermde zich over de jongen die ook misdienaar was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Freeport man wins appeal in long-running defamation lawsuit

MAINE
Portland Press Herald

BY EDWARD D. MURPHY
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

A federal appeals court in Boston ruled Thursday in favor of a Freeport man who had been sued and found guilty of defamation because of statements he made about the founder of an orphanage in Haiti.

Paul Kendrick was accused of defamation after he began a widely disseminated email campaign in January 2011 accusing Michael Geilenfeld, the American founder of an orphanage in Haiti, of sexually abusing the boys in his care. Kendrick later widened the campaign to include Hearts with Haiti, the North Carolina charity that raised donations to fund the orphanage.

The lawsuit led to a complex, long-running case and ultimately to Thursday’s ruling, which happened to be written by David Souter, a retired U.S. Supreme Court justice who sometimes takes on circuit court cases.

In the ruling, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a June 2016 decision by a federal judge in Portland who dismissed the defamation case and a $14.5 million verdict against Kendrick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

TREACHERY AMONG THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA

UNITED STATES
Church Militant

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • April 27, 2017

Greed, cover-ups, betrayal, corruption surround ancient military order

An explosive exposé is revealing an intricate web of deceit and treachery within the ranks of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, including collusion from the German bishops as well as shady financial dealings. Members of the order, long roiled by the disturbing happenings over the past several months, are now going public with the truth.

Church Militant obtained a document circulated internally among the Knights of Malta showing that the disgraced Grand Chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, actively colluded with high-ranking Vatican prelates to bring about the ouster of Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing — his superior to whom von Boeselager owed obedience. Even more, the document reveals financial corruption and a power struggle between the faithless faction, largely led by dissident Germans, and the more orthodox members, who favor and support Festing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Knights of Malta draw battle lines after clash with pope

ROME
Reuters

By Philip Pullella | ROME

They will not be drawing swords like their predecessors did 1,000 years ago, but battle lines have been drawn between conservatives and reformers in the Knights of Malta, the Catholic chivalric order and global charity.

Its former leader, Briton Matthew Festing, has returned to Rome for a decisive boardroom confrontation over its future this Saturday, defying a request to stay away by a representative of Pope Francis, who ordered his resignation in January.

Festing will be among 56 men who will vote on the leadership of an organisation with a budget of billions of dollars and 13,000 members, 80,000 volunteers and 20,000 paid medical staff running refugee camps, drug treatment centres, disaster relief programmes and clinics around the world.

His supporters have been moving behind the scenes to reassert their power and perhaps even try to reinstate him, against the wishes of the Vatican, which demanded he step down after he fired the organisation's number two.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

National Maternity Hospital: March against hospital ownership to take place in Dublin

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY LAURA LYNE
28 APR 2017

A national march against the ownership of the National Maternity Hospital is set to take place next month.

Parents for Choice will march through the capital on Sunday, May 7 against the decision to grant ownership of the National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

The march, themed ‘We Own Our Hospitals’, will gather at 2pm outside the Garden of Remembrance and finish at Merrion Square outside Leinster House.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

National Maternity Hospital: Doctor in charge of planning €300 million hospital steps down

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY LAURA LYNE
28 APR 2017

The doctor in charge of planning the €300 million National Maternity Hospital building has resigned from the project board.

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick stepped down from the board in support of Dr Peter Boylan who stepped down yesterday.

Boylan has been highly critical of the plan to give ownership of the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity, which owns the St Vincent's site where the new NMH will be built.

Dr Fitzpatrick is the former master of the Coombe hospital and has compared the controversy to a row between the Catholic Church and minister for health Noël Browne over the Mother and Child Scheme in the 1950s.

According to the Irish Times, he said in his recognition letter that he shared Dr Boylan's concerns about plans for the ownership of the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

IVF clinic has hospital space despite ethos clash

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn
April 28 2017

A fertility clinic is to move to the National Maternity Hospital's (NMH) new location at the St Vincent's campus.

Its clinical director, Professor Mary Wingfield, has brushed aside fears that treatments like IVF won't be allowed there due to its ownership by a religious order.

Instead she argued that the move by the Merrion Fertility Clinic will "benefit our patients".

The clinic - where NMH master Rhona Mahony is a voluntary director - is currently based on Lower Mount Street, and pays rent to the NMH next door.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

John McManus: Maternity hospital row has as much to do with money as God

IRELAND
Irish Times

John McManus

It is strange state of affairs when a former president of the High Court has to come out and publicly declare that a new maternity hospital will not be run by nuns. But such is the level to which the debate about the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) moving to the St Vincent’s hospital campus has descended.

It is of course physically impossible for the Sisters of Charity to run anything at this stage. There are just 213 of them in Ireland and their average age is 76. You cannot help feeling that after a lifetime of thankless personal service all that the majority of them want to run is as far away from this mess as possible.

Their ability to influence what sort of medicine is practised at St Vincent’s and possibly the new NMH is very limited, and by the time the new hospital is built and opened it will be even less.

In any case Nicholas Kearns, the former High Court president and deputy chairman of the NMH, is confident the agreement they have with the St Vincent’s Hospital Group (SVHG) is bulletproof. Rhona Mahony, the master of NMH, is equally confident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Senior doctor quits project board in support of Peter Boylan

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kathy Armstrong
April 28 2017

The former Master of the Coombe Hospital has resigned from the project board of the new National Maternity Hospital in solidarity with Dr Peter Boylan.

Dr Boylan resigned from the board yesterday after criticising ownership of the new €300m taxpayer-funded facility being given to the Religious Sisters of Charity, saying they were "blind" to their actions.

RTE reports that in his resignation note Professor Chris Fitzpatrick echoed these sentiments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

EOGHAN MCDERMOTT ‘The fact the Church could still be dictating the medical welfare of Irish citizens in 2017 is frightful’

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

by Eoghan McDermott
28th April 2017

DR Peter Boylan resigned from the National Maternity Hospital board yesterday and issued a stinging parting shot that perfectly summarises this most Irish of situations.

He said: “I can’t remain a member of a board which is so blind to the consequences of its decision to transfer sole ownership of the hospital to the religious Sisters of Charity and is so deaf to the concerns of the public which it serves.”

In his resignation letter he offered more detail as to why this move would be an utter disaster and fail the very people it is intended to serve.

He wrote: “Hospitals on land owned by the Catholic Church are obliged to follow Catholic teaching and canon law on medical practices and procedures.

“The proposed hospital will be built on land owned by the religious Sisters of Charity, the hospital will be owned outright by the religious Sisters of Charity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

'There must be separation between church and medicine': Dr Chris Fitzpatrick on quitting the project board

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kathy Armstrong
April 28 2017

Doctors will find it "very difficult" to have clinical independence working in a hospital that is owned by a religious organisation, Prof Chris Fitzpatrick said today.

Dr Fitzpatrick stepped down from his role on the project board of the National Maternity Hospital in solidarity with Dr Peter Boylan and expressed his concerns about the Sisters of Charity having ownership of the €300m taxpayer-funded facility.

Speaking on Today With Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio one, he said: "I was concerned and have been concerned in relation to the ownership ad governance model that has emerged from recent negotiations.

"I very much share the view of Dr Peter Boylan and felt I'd no alternative other than to resign from my position on the project board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Additional lawsuit filed against former CNMI bishop

GUAM
Radio New Zealand

The Northern Marianas' former bishop Tomas A. Camacho is facing a second sexual abuse lawsuit.

A 65-year-old former altar boy has come forward, alleging the former bishop sexually abused him when he was a 10-year-old in Guam.

The accuser, known only as B.C., filed a $US5 million lawsuit in the federal court in Guam against Mr Camacho, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana, and 50 other unnamed entities and persons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

SECOND OLD-CATHOLIC PRIEST SUSPENDED ON CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES

NETHERLANDS
NL Times

By Janene Pieters on April 28, 2017

The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.

Last week the Old Catholic Church suspended another priest, Nico S., after he was arrested in Cambodia. The Cambodian authorities found a large number of nude photos of boys under the age of 15 in his possession. It is believed he paid the boys to pose naked for him. After his arrest the Church admitted that they knew about S.'s sexual preferences for young boys.

After that arrest a 58-year-old social worker from Amsterdam told the Volkskrant that he was abused by another Old Catholic Church priest in 1973. The priest took nude photos of the then boy and made him perform sexual acts. The victim reported this to the church and an independent complaints committee in 2014. The complaint was ruled well-grounded, but the priest was not suspended. He was only banned from working with young people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

N. Liberty man arrested for inappropriate contact with multiple children

IOWA
KCRG

[with video]

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A youth church leader is under investigation for allegedly having inappropriate contact with children.

32-year-old Benjamin Craig Tweedt, of North Liberty is charged with one count of sexual abuse third degree, two counts of lascivious acts with a child, three counts of indecent contact with a child, and two counts of lascivious conduct with a minor.

According to police, it is alleged that Tweedt had multiple one-on-one sessions as a youth church leader with four victims over 10 years. Some of the sessions occurred on church retreats or in victims' bedrooms. Parkview Church removed Tweedt from their student ministry as soon as they were aware of the situation.

"We're grieving for the families of the victims that have been involved in this situation" said Doug Schillinger, the lead pastor at Parkview Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Pastor speaks out after a church youth leader is accused of sex abuse

IOWA
KWWL

[with video]

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
We are hearing from the pastor of an area church where a former youth leader is facing several charges including Sexual Abuse.

32-year-old Benjamin Tweedt of North Liberty is accused of inappropriately touching several children.

Many parents trusted Tweedt as a mentor for their kids.

Tweedt was immediately removed from student ministries at Parkview Church in Iowa City when they became aware of the accusations.

The alleged sexual contact took place during one-on-one mentoring sessions between Tweedt and four different victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Canberra Catholics push for more power in church decision-making

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

Katie Burgess

Ordinary parishioners would have a greater say in the future direction of the Catholic Church in Canberra, in reforms overwhelmingly supported at a meeting of concerned churchgoers on Thursday night.

More than 200 people attended a meeting convened by the recently formed Concerned Catholics of Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese.

The group has called for more lay people, including women, to play a greater role in church decision-making, after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse pointed to power imbalances in the church as a reason why abuse in many cases carried on with impunity.

The group is also pushing for a diocesan pastoral council to be established, with more members of the laity given a seat at the table.

Meeting chair Professor John Warhurst described it as a watershed for Catholics in the Canberra region.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Pensioner charged with sexual offences at former Cathedral school

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Thu 27 Apr 2017
By Premier Journalist

An 81 year old man has been charged with historical child sex abuse against boys at a former cathedral school in Lincoln.

Roy Griffiths, from Dorset, is accused of eight offences.

The charges are six counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 and two counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

He has been bailed to appear at Lincoln District Magistrates Court on Thursday 8 June.

The charges come as part of Operation Redstone, an ongoing enquiry into allegations of abuse dating back to 1958 following a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Police appeal for sexual assault victims at Lincoln school following arrest

UNITED KINGDOM
Lincolnshire Live

By James Peck | Posted: April 28, 2017

Police have urged potential victims and witnesses of sexual abuse at a Lincoln school to come forward.

The force is trying to track down 127 former pupils who attended the Cathedral School in the city between 1963 and 1970 as it investigates alleged historic sexual abuse.

The appeal follows the arrest of 81-year-old Roy Griffiths from Dorset, who has been charged with eight sexual offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Boston Globe reporter headlines child abuse conference

NEW YORK
Democrat and Chronicle

Victoria E. Freile and Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Democrat and Chronicle Published April 27, 2017

A reporter who was part of The Boston Globe investigative team to uncover the Catholic church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse is the keynote speaker at a child abuse conference in Rochester.

"If someone doesn't have the courage to speak up, problems will persist," said Sacha Pfeiffer, who was part of the paper's Spotlight investigative team than won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003. The same team was featured in the 2015 film by the same name, which won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture. "The damage that something like sexual abuse does plays out through your entire life."

More than 750 people from across the country are taking part in the two-day conference at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, said Mary Whittier, executive director for the Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester.

The summit features workshops for child abuse experts ranging from cyber crime, technology and trauma assessment and treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Students petition university to cancel archbishop's speech

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

Cardinal not wanted after his role in handling sex abuse allegations

By Lindsay Ellis
April 27, 2017

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York since 2009, will speak at the University of St. Thomas' May commencement ceremony despite student calls for the university to reconsider.

Students say they are concerned about Dolan's role in handling sexual abuse allegations when he was archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the early 2000s.

A petition calling for the private Montrose university to cancel the speech brought more than 100 signaturesin the last several days, and four students Thursday afternoon distributed leaflets from the heart of campus with photos of Dolan's face, media coverage of allegations against him and a link to an online petition.

"Send it to everyone you know," said Victoria Villarreal, a senior studying communications, as she passed a flier to a woman.

"I did," she responded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Santa Fe archdiocese faces new suit as it seeks to conceal documents in separate abuse case

NEW MEXICO
The New Mexican

By Uriel J. Garcia
The New Mexican

A new lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a 2015 film about widespread child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the Boston area triggered a New Mexico’s man’s childhood memories of being sexually abused by two priests at an Albuquerque church.

Attorneys representing the man, identified as John Doe 66, filed the suit Thursday in the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque. It also names the Church of Ascension Parish in Albuquerque’s South Valley as a defendant.

The lawsuit, one of more than 60 similar complaints against the archdiocese filed in the last few years by the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall, comes as the archdiocese has asked a state judge in the First Judicial District in Santa Fe to seal records in a separate case alleging sexual abuse by one of its priests.

Filed in December, that suit says seven San Miguel County men, who are not identified, were molested as children by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas, N.M. The priest, Monsignor Hubert C. Lomme, died in 1986 at age 79. The men’s attorneys are asking a judge to reject the archdiocese’s request earlier this month to conceal documents in the case. The request is “overbroad, complex and limiting,” the attorneys say, calling it a “gag order.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Old Catholic church suspends second pastor after abuse claims

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

The Old Catholic church in the Netherlands has suspended a second pastor involved in a child abuse scandal, this time involving a retired priest who abused a young teenage boy in the 1970s.

Earlier this month the church suspended a pastor who was arrested in Cambodia and charged with taking photographs of boys and possessing child pornography.

It later transpired church officials were aware of his sexual tendencies but allowed him to continue as a priest on condition he was monitored closely. In the new case, a 58-year-old social worker from Amsterdam told the Volkskrant that he had been groomed and abused by the pastor while under his care.

Despite his complaint against the man, first made two years ago, the pastor was not suspended. Instead he was banned from having contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Website launched containing database of child sex abusers

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

Guam - A new website has been launched which provides statistical information about alleged sexual abuse of minors by the Catholic Church in 49 countries. It was created and designed to encourage legislation to expand the statute of limitations on sex crimes committed against minors. According to the website’s creator and analyst, G.R. Pafumi, the database took him two and a half years to complete. VictimsSpeakDB.org contains a database of Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence, or SACCADAS.

"It’s almost like a standardized profile, and it extracts data from the database. It tells you how long it has been since a priest in Guam was reported for abuse, in other words, the diocese knew about it, and when the last time an abuse occurred," Pafumi explained in a telephone interview with PNC. "Looking at Guam now, there’s almost 60 years between the first report of abuse in 1956 and the last incidence of abuse that I have on the database of 2015. When you put it all together in one page, it paints a pretty ugly picture of the Catholic Church."

Since the statute of limitations was lifted on Guam, Pafumi was able to identify 14 clergymen in the SACCADAS database. In a phone interview with PNC, Pafumi said he is working on a comprehensive analysis on Guam abuse, and specifically on former priest Father Louis Brouillard. Although, he says since many church records were destroyed before 1950, there could have been more instances of abuse.

"That doesn’t mean that’s all the abuse that’s out there; that’s only the abuse that I have been able to identify. Right now, my database has got 37 records just on Brouillard. He may have been the worst offender in Guam. The real uncertainty is what is the real number of victims who have not come forward, and how many will come forward," Pafumi said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

April 27, 2017

Former Catholic pastor pleads guilty to child porn, gets 4-year sentence

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

George Houde
Chicago Tribune

A former associate pastor at an Arlington Heights church was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for distributing child pornography, according to court records.

Clovis Vilchez-Parra, 36, also was ordered to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to the charge during a hearing in Cook County's Rolling Meadows branch court. Numerous other pornography charges were dropped in exchange for his plea.

Vilchez-Parra was a priest at the Mision San Juan Diego Catholic Church at the time of his arrest in 2015 by police in Palatine, where he lived in housing provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Vilchez-Parra used computer file-sharing software to locate, download and distribute pornographic images of children younger than 13. The computer activity was traced by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, prosecutors said. Authorities obtained a search warrant and found the images on a laptop computer and a flash drive at his residence, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

MSPs support end of time bar on child abuse payouts

SCOTLAND
BBC News

MSPs have unanimously backed the general principles of a bill to scrap the time bar on survivors of childhood sexual abuse suing for damages.

The Scottish government wants to end the three-year limit on bringing a civil actions in such cases.

The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill has passed its first legislative hurdle at Holyrood.

The justice committee previously heard that the cost of compensation could total at least £200m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

"Spotlight" reporter Sacha Pfeiffer delivers keynote at Bivona Child Abuse Summit

NEW YORK
WXXI

By BETH ADAMS

A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist whose reporting was the subject of the 2015 film "Spotlight" was the keynote speaker today at the Bivona Child Abuse Summit in Rochester.

Sacha Pfeiffer was part of the Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team that uncovered decades of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston.

Some of the survivors who divulged the details of their abuse to Pfeiffer had not revealed their stories for decades, even to spouses or other family members.

"We were very worried that our reporting, and later the movie, might make people somehow feel re-victimized or re-traumatized,” she said, “But I was so glad that I think it almost across the board it had the opposite effect. It made people feel like finally their stories were being told, finally they don't have to be ashamed, finally they don't have to keep the secret anymore, and finally the church is being held accountable, so I think it was an empowering thing for most of them."

Pfeiffer has kept in touch with some of the survivors she interviewed for the 2002 reports. One of them, Joe Crowley, told Pfeiffer that when he was a teen questioning his sexual identity, he attended counseling sessions with a priest who ended up sexually abusing him. Crowley died earlier this month at the age of 58.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

St. Thomas Students Protest Cardinal Dolan's Planned Address

TEXAS
Patch

By James Brock (Patch Staff) - April 27, 2017

HOUSTON, TX — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is no stranger to controversy, and the decision to have him give the commencement address to students at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic school in Houston, has embroiled him in yet more.

Some students at the university say that Dolan's opposition to same-sex marriage and his handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests in Milwaukee — he's a former archbishop of that diocese — make him an unsuitable speaker. As of Thursday afternoon, about 100 St. Thomas students had signed a petition urging the university to cancel Dolan's speech.

Priests in Milwaukee accused of sexual abuse against minors were under Dolan's leadership offered as much as $20,000 each to leave the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

University of St. Thomas students protest archbishop as commencement speaker

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

By Lindsay Ellis Updated Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York since 2009, will speak at the University of St. Thomas in Montrose’s May commencement ceremony despite student calls for the university to reconsider.

Student concerns relate to his role in handling sexual abuse allegations and his reported remarks criticizing same-sex marriage.

A petition calling for the university to cancel the speech brought 100 signatures in the last several days.

University President Robert Ivany said Thursday morning that he does not believe the critical view reflects the general campus opinion. The university's governing board of directors selected Dolan to speak two years ago in a unanimous decision, he said.

Ivany, who will step down after this semester, plans to meet with graduate student Christina Cochran on Monday to discuss her concerns, he said.

A small group of students is "outraged" by the selection, Cochran said by phone Wednesday.

"In my opinion, this student does not reflect in any way shape or form the attitude of the students of St. Thomas," he said. He said he will listen to her concerns but that Dolan will speak at commencement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

IRS investigators search televangelist Benny Hinn's offices in Grapevine

TEXAS
The Dallas Morning News

Julieta Chiquillo, The Dallas Morning News

Investigators with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Service served a search warrant Wednesday at the Grapevine offices of televangelist Benny Hinn.

A large number of agents walked in and out of the offices with boxes, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported, but officials wouldn't confirm to the TV station what they're investigating or whether they're looking into Hinn.

A woman who answered the phone for the Benny Hinn Ministries headquarters said she had no information.

Hinn was the subject of a 2007 U.S. Senate inquiry that looked into the spending of six televangelists. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questioned the personal use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes and credit cards by pastors and their families, but there was no definitive finding of wrongdoing when the investigation ended in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Benny Hinn’s Texas headquarters raided by feds

TEXAS
The Washington Times

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

The North Texas headquarters of televangelist Benny Hinn was raided this week by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators, according to local news reports.

The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mr. Hinn’s Grapevine offices and continued Thursday morning, NBC 5 reported.

The station reported seeing a large number of federal agents walking in and out of the building with boxes, but investigators would not confirm nor deny an investigation into Mr. Hinn.

“Today, we are here on official business, we are conducting a search warrant on the premises, basically that’s all I can tell you today,” Special Agent Michael Moseley with IRS Criminal Investigations told ABC News affiliate WFAA on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Sex, lies and horsewhipping boys: a history of clerical cover-ups

IRELAND
Irish Times

Mark O'Brien

In one of the few self-critical reflections on journalism in mid-twentieth century Ireland, journalist Michael O’Toole observed that up to the 1960s journalists were generally “a docile lot, anxious to please the proprietor, the advertiser, the prelate, the statesman”. The era was, he argued, characterised by “an unhealthy willingness to accept the prepared statement, the prepared speech, and the handout without demanding the opportunity of asking any searching questions by way of follow-up”.

There were many reasons for this. The Censorship of Publications Act had hobbled journalism by curtailing reportage of certain types of court cases; poor pay and employment conditions along with low educational levels among journalists hampered the development of journalism as a viable career; and strict censorship during the second World War, as one journalist put it, “had an effect on both the press and the public for some years after”. As a result, many of the more unpleasant aspects of life in newly independent Ireland were, for many decades, kept out of the public arena.

Writing in 1941 Seán O’Faolain noted that “it is a tradition in Dublin newspapers not to exploit personal scandals, however juicy the news. You can call that anything you like – Hush-Hush, Cowardice, Prudery, Decency . . . Whether the thing is good or bad it is an instructive approach to standards of behaviour in Journalism”.

Unsurprisingly, given their institutional power, court cases involving Catholic priests were an absolute no-go area for the press. In 1941 a High Court case in which two schoolboys sued one of their teachers, Rev John Kearney, was completely ignored by the Irish press but received sustained coverage in the British press. As reported in the Daily Mirror, the boys alleged that “Fr Kearney had forced them to strip and gave them each twenty lashes with a loaded sporting whip”. The description of the assault left nothing to the imagination: the student was “was told to take off his coat and trousers, and even his shirt was pulled up by Fr Kearney. He was told to get across a chair, and received nearly twenty fierce lashes with the whip. He called for mercy, but none was shown. Then he had to witness the same horrible exhibition of cruelty. Later he was expelled.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Mother of deceased altar boy: It's now up to Vatican

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com April 27, 2017

Doris Y. Concepcion said Thursday it is now up to Rome to decide Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s fate, after she testified before a Vatican tribunal about Apuron’s alleged sexual abuse of her son in the 1970s.

Concepcion said her deceased son, Joseph “Sonny” A. Quinata, shortly before he died 12 years ago, told her that Apuron molested him when he was an altar boy in Agat.

“I did what I have and needed to do from the get-go. All I ever wanted from all this was to expose Apuron and have him defrocked,” said Concepcion, now living in Prescott, Arizona.

The Vatican tribunal led by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke received Concepcion’s personal testimony in Arizona in March, followed on March 17 in California by former altar boy Walter Denton, who accused Apuron of raping him in a church rectory when he was 13 in 1977.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Vince Ryan, Brother Romuald fresh abuse charges mentioned in court

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

SAM RIGNEY
27 Apr 2017

A CONVICTED Catholic paedophile priest and a convicted Hunter Marist Brother each charged with fresh child sex offences dating back to the early 1970s have had their matters mentioned in court for the first time.

Vincent Gerard Ryan, 79, of Ryde, has been charged with six fresh offences against three alleged victims between 1973 and 1991.

He did not appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday and his solicitor, Sally Rostron, did not enter pleas to three charges of indecent assault on a male, two counts of sexual assault with a person under 16 years of age and attempted sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 16.

Detectives allege the offences occurred at The Junction between 1973 and 1974 and Cessnock between 1987 and 1991, court documents state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Former CofE priest charged with historic child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Thu 27 Apr 2017
By Alex Williams

A former Church of England priest from Surrey has been charged with seven child sex offences during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker from Sutton is accused of inciting the boy to commit an act of gross indecency and gross indecency.

The charges also include one offence of conspiracy with another ex-clergyman, Roy Cotton (deceased) to commit sex acts with the boy.

The charges all span between February 1987 and February 1993. The boy was then aged between 12 and 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Byrnes names priest to review Neocatechumenal Way

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 27, 2017

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes appointed the Rev. Danilo “Danny” Ferrandiz to, among other things, review the Neocatechumenal Way’s basic pastoral theology principles or teachings.

In an official aviso, Byrnes said Ferrandiz’s appointment as delegate to the Neocatechumenal Way in the Archdiocese of Agana is effective April 7.

The Neocatechumenal Way is a movement within the Catholic church whose practices sometimes are at odds with those of Guam's traditional Catholic community.

Ferrandiz is parochial administrator at Santa Barbara Chapel in Agafa Gumas in Yigo, the Archdiocese of Agana's website says. Calls and emails to Ferrandiz were not returned as of press time Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Nuns’ ownership of new Irish maternity hospital a ‘technical detail’ as critics say Ireland doesn’t take women’s health seriously

IRELAND
Irish Post

April 26, 2017, By Erica Doyle Higgins

AN IRISH maternity hospital chief has said nuns’ ownership of a new €300m unit in Ireland is a ‘technical detail’ as criticism for the decision continues to roll in.

The Sisters of Charity are 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.

Late last year Ireland’s Department of Health said 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 – had agreed a new governance structure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

National Maternity Hospital: Sisters of Charity won't be able to sell new facility

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY BLANAID MURPHY
27 APR 2017

The Sisters Of Charity will be blocked from ever selling off the new National Maternity Hospital, the Government said yesterday.

The Health Minister has confirmed the facility in St Vincent’s, Dublin, will be left in religious ownership despite public fears.

But he stressed the nuns’ order will be prevented from ever flogging it without the Government’s approval.

Simon Harris said: “I heard very clearly from the people of this country that they do not want a hospital via which a private entity be it religious or otherwise would profit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Nasty nuns – a lethally convenient caricature

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

by David Quinn
April 27, 2017

Nuns in Ireland have been so stereotyped in Irish public debate that they have been reduced to the role of the villain in an old-fashioned Hammer horror movie.

The archetype of this villainous nun is the character played by Geraldine McEwan in The Magdalene Sisters, which Irish TV channels love to air. As played by McEwan the head nun, Sr Bridget, is full of vicious intent.

In one scene we see her shaving the head of one of the girls with sadistic relish and then she beats two girls on the back of the legs with a cane until welts appear. (By the way, the official report into the Magdalene laundries conducted by Martin McAleese spoke to 100 former inmates of these institutions. They experienced mental cruelty but none reported experiencing or witnessing anyone being beaten or having their heads shaved).

In any event, ‘Sr Bridget’ is now the image of nuns many people have fixed in their heads when they think of nuns at all. It is no longer the nuns of The Sound of Music, much less real-life nuns like Mother Teresa, or Sr Consilio here in Ireland who has spent her life caring for addicts, or all the other nuns helping to care for countless number of people across the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Hospital shambles proof we must aim for evidence-based delivery of major projects

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Richard Curran
April 27 2017 2:30 AM

The debacle around the new National Maternity Hospital has sparked an enormous debate about the role of the Catholic Church or Catholic religious orders in providing maternity services. The row is unlikely to be the last about the place and role of religious orders in the area of healthcare.

However, there is a wider issue around the role of the State and the question of value for money. The obvious question being asked is how could the State spend €300m building a new hospital that someone else would own?

The resultant shambles has now placed the future plan for locating the new hospital at St Vincent's in doubt and - even more importantly - it runs the risk of delaying the delivery of this vital piece of social infrastructure.

It follows on from the omnishambles that was the location of the new National Childrens' Hospital. I am not talking about the row over whether it should be at St James's or not, but the fact that around €30m was spent on fees and consultants preparing the groundwork for it to be located in at the Mater Hospital site before it unravelled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

'I can't remain a member of a board that is so blind' - Dr Peter Boylan resigns from National Maternity Hospital board

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Denise Calnan and Cathal McMahon
April 27 2017

Dr Peter Boylan has resigned from the board of the National Maternity Hospital with immediate effect.

Speaking on Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show, Dr Boylan said the board is "deaf to concerns of the public it serves."

He claimed he was a "lone voice" more or less on the board but added that he was not a lone voice in the community or the medical profession.

Dr Boylan voiced his concerns late last week about controversial plans to build a new €300m maternity hospital, which would be built on land owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

National Maternity Hospital controversy: Five things you need to know today

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Amy Molloy
April 27 2017

After refusing to step down from the board of the National Maternity Hospital earlier in the week, Dr Peter Boylan has today announced his resignation.

Dr Boylan has been a very outspoken critic of plans to have the new €300m National Maternity Hospital built on a site owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity.

Plans to have the new hospital located on the Elm Park campus at St Vincent's Hospital have also been met with public outcry.

Here are the five latest things you need to know about the controversy:

1. Why has Dr Peter Boylan decided to step down now?

Explaining his decision on Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show, Dr Boylan said he felt like a "lone voice" on the hospital board and couldn't "remain a member of a board that is so blind."

His decision follows a board meeting on Wednesday night where plans to build the new hospital on the Elm Park site were re-endorsed by the board of Holles Street maternity hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Boylan resigns: ‘I can’t remain a member of a board so blind to consequences’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fiona Gartland

Dr Peter Boylan has resigned from the board of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), saying it is “blind to the consequences” of transferring ownership of the hospital to the religous-owned St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

Dr Boylan, a former master of the NMH, announced his decision on Newstalk on Thursday following a meeting of the hospital’s executive board on Wednesday night over the proposed move to a site on St Vincent’s Elm Park campus, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity.

“I can’t remain a member of a board which is so blind to the consequences of its decision to transfer sole ownership of the hospital to the religious Sisters of Charity and so deaf to the concerns of the public which it serves,” he told the Pat Kenny Show.

The executive board’s deputy chairman, former High Court president Nicholas Kearns, had previously asked Dr Boylan to resign from the board after the medic criticised the move from Holles Street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Peter Boylan resigns from National Maternity Hospital board

IRELAND
RTE News

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan says he has resigned with immediate effect from its board.

Earlier this week he refused to resign after publicly criticising the planned move of the hospital to the St Vincent's campus due to the deal giving ownership of the new tax-payer funded facility to the Religious Sisters of Charity.

Speaking on Newstalk, Dr Boylan said he was a lone voice, more or less, at last night's meeting of the National Maternity Hospital board.

However, he said he was "not a lone voice" among the community and the medical profession with regard to objecting to the proposed deal for the National Maternity Hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Former youth minister arrested on sexual assault of a child charge

TEXAS
Amarillo Globe-News

By Ronald Balaskovitz ronald.balaskovitz@amarillo.com

A former youth minister in Amarillo was recently arrested on a sexual assault of a child charge following an incident in March, according to public records in Randall County.

Tate Jeffrey Pigg, 22, of Amarillo, formerly a youth pastor at Pinnacle Community Church, was arrested on April 8 following a March incident with an underage girl, according to police. He was booked in the Randall County Jail but was released on the same day.

Pigg is facing charges of sexual assault of a child and purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor from an incident that happened on March 13, according to records.

According to Texas State Law, sexual assault of a child involves sexual activity with a person under 17 but older than 14. The crime, if indicted and convicted, could be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Former Youth Pastor Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

TEXAS
My High Plains

By: Aaron Langston
Posted: Apr 26, 2017

A former youth director at a local church was arrested earlier this month.

Tate Pigg was arrested on April 8th for sexual assault of a child, and two counts of purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Vatican Reverses Decision, Allows Festing to Take Part in Order of Malta Election

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

In a volte-face, former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing will vote in elections this week which are being spearheaded by the Vatican.

Edward Pentin

The Vatican has reconsidered an earlier instruction forbidding the Order of Malta’s former Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing from attending the election of his successor this week.

According to sources within the order, Fra’ Festing will be coming to Rome to vote in the Saturday election partly because his absence as a professed knight would have invalidated the ballot.

In January, Pope Francis asked the former grand master to resign, saying his plans to investigate and reform the order would be better served were he not leading it. In February, the order announced an election would be held April 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Disgraced priest sentenced to three years in prison

CANADA
Kingston Whig-Standard

By Sue Yanagisawa, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A retired Roman Catholic priest convicted in September of sexually assaulting a young boy in Kingston over a period of about four years in the late 1980s and early 1990s was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

Robin Quinton Gwyn, 69, has also been ordered included on the Sex Offender Information Registry for 20 years and Superior Court Justice Wolfram Tausendfreund has imposed a 20-year judge’s order that forbids the priest attending public parks, swimming areas and other places where children are or could reasonably be expected to be present, including play grounds, school grounds and community centres. He’s prohibited as well from volunteering in any capacity that places him in a position of trust or authority over anyone under 16 and is barred from having personal contact with children under 16 unless supervised by a responsible adult approved by the court.

Gwyn was a teacher for 10 years before entering seminary and while still a candidate for the priesthood in 1985 was assigned to work for a summer with the pastor at Holy Family on Wiley Street and the following summer at St. Anthony of Padua in Centreville, north of Camden East.

He served as a deacon at St. Mary’s Cathedral in 1987, was ordained there in 1988, and was then assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Brockville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

'SA will face disaster for arresting Pastor Omotosho' - Church member

SOUTH AFRICA
Pulse

Following the arrest and detention of Pastor Tim Omotosho, a Nigerian pastor based in South Africa over allegations of sexual abuse, a member of his church, Jesus Dominion International, has declared that the country will face a calamitous disaster in seven days.

The church member who said that the South African police erred in arresting a man of God no matter what he did, have incurred the wrath of God and a devastating natural disaster awaits them within the next seven days if he not released.

The controversial Pastor Omotosho was arrested at the Port Elizabeth Airport after he was declared wanted by the police for allegedly abusing over 30 young female church members over a period of time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Man, 81, charged with eight sexual offences as part of enquiry into historic Lincoln school abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
The Lincolnite

Emily Norton
April 26

An 81-year-old man has been charged with eight sexual offences as part of an ongoing enquiry into allegations of abuse dating back to 1958.

Operation Redstone follows a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Roy Griffiths from Dorset has been charged with six counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 and two counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

He has been bailed to appear at Lincoln District Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 8.

As part of the investigation, officers say they are working in partnership with the Diocese and the Cathedral and are keen to hear from anyone who might have information that could assist the enquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Roy Griffiths, 81, of Dorset, has been charged with eight sexual offences under Lincolnshire Police's Operation Redstone investigation

UNITED KINGDOM
Dorset Echo

A DORSET pensioner has been charged with eight counts of sexual offences.

The charges date back to the 1950s and are alleged to have occurred in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed that 81-year-old Roy Griffiths, of Dorset, was charged with six counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 and two counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

He has been bailed to appear at Lincoln District Magistrates Court on Thursday 8 June.

The charges come as part of Operation Redstone, an ongoing enquiry into allegations of abuse dating back to 1958 following a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

As part of this investigation officers are working in partnership with the Diocese and the Cathedral and are keen to hear from anyone who might have information that could assist the enquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Don’t let old child abusers off hook, new Pennsylvania attorney general says

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

The possible inclusion of a retroactivity clause is the most contentious sticking point in the discussion about changing Pennsylvania’s statute-of-limitations laws for cases of child sexual abuse.

Many elected officials seem to be in agreement about increasing the current age limits of 30 for civil actions and 50 for criminal complaints.

However, one side, led by state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and advocates in the Johnstown region, want any new law to include a two-year window during which alleged victims could file civil claims against perpetrators of past abuse. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Republican, backed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, opposes retroactivity, believing it would violate the commonwealth’s constitution.

The state’s top law enforcement officer has taken an unequivocal stance.

“I have made my position quite clear on that issue, both as a lawmaker when I was in the (Pennsylvania) House (of Representatives), as a candidate for this office, and since I’ve been in this office that I think we should have a retroactivity provision,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said when meeting with members of The Tribune-Democrat staff on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Judge asked to review church’s proposed ‘gag order’

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque Journal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A Santa Fe judge has been asked to take up the question of how much information the Roman Catholic Church can conceal in clerical sex abuse cases.

Attorneys representing seven New Mexico men who allege they were sexually abused as boys by a Las Vegas priest asked a judge on Friday to reject a proposed order that would allow the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to seal a wide variety of records filed in the lawsuit.

In their response, attorneys for the alleged victims called the proposed order “overbroad, complex and limiting” and “a near complete gag order” unnecessary for ensuring a fair trial.

“Even cases involving sensitive trade secrets are not typically accompanied by such restrictive protective orders” as the one sought by the archdiocese, the response said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Saipan bishop named again as sexual abuse perpetrator

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

This is the second time Saipan Bishop Tomas Camacho was named as a perpetrator.

Guam - Another victim has filed a suit against the Catholic Church. The victim, using the initials B.C., claims Camacho began abusing him in the early 60s when he was about 10 years old.

Camacho was serving as a parish priest at the Mongmong Church at the time, and, according to the complaint, would grope and fondle B.C. on numerous occasions when he was an altar boy. Court documents state that B.C. spent a lot of time at the church and enjoyed being an altar boy. His family was less fortunate and meals were limited, so having leftover bread that was stored in the rectory was a treat for him, documents state. An incident documented in B.C.'s complaint was when he found pornographic magazines in the rectory and began reading them. Camacho caught B.C. and threatened to tell his parents. That's when he began to molest him. B.C. says he never told anyone about the abuse out of fear that Camacho would tell his parents about the pornographic magazines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

April 26, 2017

Ethical environment to differ in various parts of St Vincent’s campus

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

Picture the scenario, say a decade hence: a pregnant woman with diabetes is told by her doctors that giving birth may threaten her health, even her life. The woman is entitled to terminate her pregnancy under legislation, should her doctors decide this is necessary.

But where should this termination take place, if the woman is being treated for her diabetes in St Vincent’s hospital and is due to deliver her baby in the new national maternity hospital to be located there?

Best practice suggests the procedure should take place close to where adult medicine is being practised in St Vincent’s, in case something untoward happens. But will this be possible given the Catholic ethos in force in the hospital?

This is the kind of real-life scenario which can be teased out endlessly as part of the debate over moving the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to St Vincent’s, where the site will be owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Archbishop seeks own removal from chair at Holles Street

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, considers it is “anachronistic” for holders of his post to be appointed automatically as chair of the board of governors of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH).

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese pointed out that under the NMH Charter Amendment Act of 1936, the Archbishop of Dublin is also designated as chairman of the hospital’s executive committee.

She added: “Archbishop Diarmuid Martin considers this situation anachronistic, and he has requested two ministers for health to change the structures so that he is no longer chair.”

She said Archbishop Martin does not attend or chair board meetings and the deputy chairperson has acted in that role for several years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

No borrowings against land proposed for maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Colm Keena

There are no borrowings against the land on which the proposed new National Maternity Hospital is to be built, a spokeswoman for the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) has confirmed.

The new hospital is to be provided out of public funds, but will be in the sole ownership of the SVHG owned by the Sisters of Charity. The group is contributing the site for the project on the St Vincent’s hospital campus at Elm Park, Dublin.

There have been calls for the compulsory purchase by the State of the land so the hospital could be publicly owned.

A spokeswoman for the SVHG confirmed the land earmarked for the hospital is owned by the group rather than the congregation, but is not covered by any of the mortgages registered against the group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

Minister urges broad discussion on ownership in health service

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen, Pat Leahy

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called for a “discussion” on ownership in the health service, which could lead to lead to hospitals moving from religious to State control.

Mr Harris said he intended to bring proposals to Government to have a broader discussion about ownership in the health service, similar to that seen in recent years in education.

The forum on patronage and pluralism set up by former Labour minister for education Ruairí Quinn was a useful model to follow, he suggested.

The report of the forum recommended in 2012 that religious schools in 28 areas divest to multinational patrons, though progress in giving effect to this has been slow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Board of National Maternity Hospital 're-endorses' St Vincent's deal

IRELAND
Newstalk

The board of Holles St has voted to press ahead with building the new National Maternity Hospital at the St Vincent's campus in Dublin.

At a meeting this evening, it reaffirmed its commitment to the original deal by a large majority.

In a statement, the board said: "This agreement provides that the clinical, financial and operational independence of the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC shall be enshrined in its memorandum and articles of association and all related legal agreements."

Sinn Fein Councillor and board member Mícheál Mac Donncha was one of those who voted against the motion tonight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

NMH board reaffirms commitment to St Vincent’s move

IRELAND
Irish Times

Jack Power, Ronan McGreevy

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) reaffirmed its commitment to moving to the St Vincent’s Hospital campus at a board meeting on Wednesday evening.

In a statement, the board of the hospital said it welcomed Tuesday’s statement from St Vincent’s in which the south Dublin hospital said the new national maternity hospital would carry out any medical procedure that was legal.

The NMH board said it had “re-endorsed its commitment to the agreement mediated by Kieran Mulvey in November last”.

This agreement ensured that the clinical, financial and operational independence of the new national maternity hospital “shall be enshrined in its memorandum and articles of association and all related legal agreements”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

McCormack victims to receive $4.5M settlements from Archdiocese

ILLINOIS
WLS

Apr 26, 2017

(CHICAGO) Three victims of defrocked priest Daniel McCormack will $4.5 million in settlements from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

John Q. Doe, who sued the Archdiocese in March 2016, alleged he was abused by McCormack on multiple occasions in 2004 and 2005, when he was an 11-year-old participating in a basketball program at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School, according to a statement from Doe’s attorneys, Mark A. Brown of Lane & Lane LLC.

The $1.75 million settlement was reached late last week, according to the attorneys.

Two brothers also agreed to a settlement of their suit, which alleged they were sexually assaulted in 2004 and 2005 when they were participants in an after school program and summer camp at the parish called “S.A.F.E.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Belgische kerk excuseert zich bij metissen uit koloniale periode

BELGIE
De Redactie

[Belgium's Roman Catholic Church has apologized to mestizo children for the role that Roman Catholic orders and institutions played during the colonial period. The Bishop of Antwerp, Johan Bonny, voiced the apology during a colloquium in the Belgian senate this week. Mestizos are the children of European fathers and African mothers. In Congo, Rwanda and Burundi there was no place for these children as blacks and whites were supposed to live completely separate lives. African mothers were pressured to give up their children. Sometimes described as "the children of sin", they ended up in Roman Catholic institutions in Africa.]

De Belgische katholieke kerk excuseert zich bij de metiskinderen voor de rol die katholieke ordes en instellingen hebben gespeeld in die koloniale periode. Dat heeft de Antwerpse bisschop Johan Bonny namens de Belgische bisschoppen gezegd tijdens een colloquium in de Senaat over de kwestie.

Wie zijn de metissen?

In Congo, Rwanda en Burundi was er onder Belgische voogdij geen plaats voor metissen of "halfbloedkinderen", met koloniale blanke vader en een zwarte moeder. Blank en zwart moesten in die periode strikt gescheiden leven. Afrikaanse moeders van metissen werden onder druk gezet om hun kinderen af te staan. De "kinderen van de zonde" kwamen dan in katholieke instellingen terecht, zoals dat van de Witte Zusters in Save, in Rwanda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Knights of Malta leaders recommend election of temporary head of order

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Apr. 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY

The leadership of the Knights of Malta has recommended that the members of the order voting to elect its new leader decline to appoint a new permanent head of the group. It has asked instead that they consider electing a temporary leader with a one-year appointment.
Knights were informed of the recommendation Tuesday in an email from the order’s headquarters, which was obtained by NCR. The email included a lengthy opinion from the order’s juridical council that the members voting in the election have the possibility of deciding to elect only a temporary leader.

The Knights of Malta, a prestigious chivalric order founded in the 11th century, is holding an election for its new leader Saturday. The order’s previous leader, Briton Matthew Festing, resigned Jan. 25 following months of tension between the order and the Vatican.

The leader of the order is known as its Grand Master and is normally given a life appointment.

Several Italian language reports indicate that Pope Francis asked the order to consider the possibility of electing a temporary leader. Website Faro di Roma reports that Francis will be meeting at the Vatican Wednesday afternoon with some of the members taking part in the election.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

McCormack victims to receive $4.5M settlements from Archdiocese

ILLINOIS
Fox 32

UPDATED:APR 26 2017

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Three victims of defrocked priest Daniel McCormack will $4.5 million in settlements from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

John Q. Doe, who sued the Archdiocese in March 2016, alleged he was abused by McCormack on multiple occasions in 2004 and 2005, when he was an 11-year-old participating in a basketball program at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School, according to a statement from Doe’s attorneys, Lane & Lane LLC.

The $1.75 million settlement was reached late last week, according to the attorneys.

Two brothers also agreed to a settlement of their suit, which alleged they were sexually assaulted in 2004 and 2005 when they were participants in an after school program and summer camp at the parish called “S.A.F.E.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE TO SETTLE PRIEST ABUSE SUITS FOR $4.45M

ILLINOIS
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $4.45 million to settle three lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused over a decade ago by a former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender.

Mark Brown, the plaintiffs' attorney, tells the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2q7NYd3 ) that two brothers reached settlements in late January. They accused Daniel McCormack of sexually abusing them more than once during an after-school program at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School in the mid-2000s.

The other man, who was a basketball player on a team McCormack coached, reached his settlement April 20.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Former priest due in court accused of sexual offences against a young boy

UNITED KINGDOM
The Argus

Siobhan Ryan / Argus_SiobhanR

A FORMER Church of England priest has been charged with sexual offences against a boy.

Ifor Whittaker, who was previously known as Colin Pritchard, has been charged by Sussex Police following offences which are said to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993.

The 72-year-old of Rectory Road, Sutton, Surrey, is accused of two counts of citing the boy to commit an act of gross indecency, two for gross indecency, two for buggery and one offence of conspiracy with another man - Roy Cotton - to commit acts of indecency.

Whittaker was Vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, at the time the offences which are alleged to have taken place in the vicarage when the boy was aged between 12 and 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Woodside pastor will spend 7 years in prison for sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl

NEW YORK
QNS

By Angela Matua / amatua@qns.com / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Woodside pastor who sexually abused a six-year-old girl in his wife’s daycare for one year has been sentenced to seven years in prison, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

James Love, 46, of 51st Street in Woodside, abused the child from June 2015 through June 2016. The victim had attended Love’s wife’s daycare that was being run in their home. He was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Once he serves his prison sentence, Love will be on post-release supervision for 10 years and will have to register as a sex offender.

According to Brown, the the church pastor, who worked at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Harlem, touched the victim’s vagina through her clothes on numerous occasions. He also rubbed himself against the girl and tried to kiss her. He also exposed his genitals and forced the victim to touch them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Abusi al Provolo Gli indagati salgono a nove

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Abuse at Provolo: The number of suspects rises to nine.]

Legati e violentati al Provolo». A Mendoza la procura iscrive altri tre nomi sul registro degli indagati:si aggiungono ai 5 arrestati (tra cui il veronese don Nicola Corradi) e alla suora latitante.

«Incatenati e violentati all’Istituto Provolo». A Mendoza la procura argentina iscrive altre tre persone sul registro degli indagati: devono rispondere di abusi sessuali ai danni di bambini e ragazzi sordomuti e i loro nomi vanno ad aggiungersi a quelli dei 5 già arrestati a ottobre 2015 (tra cui spicca il prete veronese don Nicola Corradi) e della suora latitante.

Al momento don Nicola ( foto) è agli arresti domiciliari per ragioni di età (ha 82 anni) e salute, mentre in carcere risultano tuttora detenuti

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

La pesante critica degli argentini a Bergoglio “Qui 27 ragioni per le quali Francesco ha consolidato la cultura del clero abusatore”.

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[The heavy criticism of Pope Francis by Argentinians. Here 27 reasons why Francis has consolidated the abuser" clergy culture. The list was made by the lawyer Carlos Lombardi, advisor to a network of survivors of clergy abuse (AR). He has designated cardinals in the Vatican Curia who participated in the conclave that elected him as pope, members of the so-called " dirty dozen " because they were accused of covering pedophile priests. They are: Leonardo Sandri (Argentina), member of the Vatican communications office, George Pell (Australia), Prefect of the Secretariat of the Holy See for Economics; Marc Ouellet (Canada), Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America; Seán O'Malley (USA), the C8 Councilor and President of the Pontifical Commssion for the Protection of Minors; Peter Turkson (Ghana), Prefect of the Congregation for the Integral Development of Human Services; Oscar Rodríguez Madariaga (Honduras), Director of C9.]

L’elenco fatto dall’avvocato Carlos Lombardi consigliere della rete dei sopravvissuti agli abusi del clero (AR)

Scarica PDF in lingua originale.

AZIONI DEL PAPA FRANCESCO CHE CONSOLIDANO IL SISTEMA DELLA COPERTURA VATICANA DEL CLERO ABUSATORE SESSUALE

– Ha designato nella Curia vaticana cardinali che hanno partecipato al conclave che lo ha eletto come papa, membri della cosiddetta “sudicia dozzina” perché sono stati accusati di coprire sacerdoti pedofili. Loro sono: Leonardo Sandri (Argentina), membro della segretaria per la Comunicazione del Vaticano; George Pell (Australia), Prefetto della Segreteria di Economia della Santa Sede; Marc Ouellet (Canada), Prefetto della Congregazione per i Vescovi e Presidente della Pontificia Commissione per l’ America Latina; Seán O’Malley (USA), Consigliere nel C8 e Presidente della Pontificia Commssione per la Protezione dei Minori; Peter Turkson (Ghana), Prefetto del Dicastero per il Servizio dello Sviluppo Umano Integrale; Oscar Rodríguez Madariaga (Honduras), Consigliere del C9.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

New National Maternity Hospital will not be ‘run by nuns’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Nicholas Kearns

The proposed new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at the St Vincent’s hospital campus at Elm Park in Dublin will not be run by nuns. It will be run by an independent board under a new company. It will operate in accordance with the law of the land, not canon law – just as it does now. It will have no religious ethos.

The deal brokered by Kieran Mulvey after lengthy mediation says the company called the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC will exercise all key powers “in an undiluted manner” in order to preserve its autonomy “in specific clinical and operational matters”. It could not be clearer.

And lest there be any doubt this is spelled out fully in the agreement between the two hospitals. This autonomy covers “clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology, obstetrics and neonatal services (without religious ethnic or other distinction), in the hospital at Elm Park, Dublin and the provision of medical, surgical, nursing midwifery and other health services”. The agreement says we control our budget, and that we make our own agreements with the Health Service Executive on our service-level agreements. The first chairperson when the hospital opens will be nominated by the NMH directors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

Maternity hospital row: Health official did not tell Simon Harris of concerns

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Catherine Shanahan

The Department of Health’s secretary general failed to tell Health Minister Simon Harris of serious concerns over the independence of the new national maternity hospital when they were raised in May 2016.

The fresh controversy emerged last night as St Vincent’s Hospital Group published the 25-page legal independence document for the hospital and Holles Street’s clinical director said it will perform any legal procedure when it opens, potentially including abortions, despite ongoing fears it will fall under religious control.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland, Holles Street board member Peter Boylan — who will refuse to resign over his criticism of the hospital site at a board meeting this evening — claimed the department was warned of the religious interference concerns a year ago.

Citing a letter from 2016, Dr Boylan said Department of Health secretary general Jim Breslin was told of the concerns by the HSE’s Ireland East Hospital Group chairman, Tom Lynch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

'There is no place for any religious organisation in 21st century care' - Irish midwives

IRELAND
Irish Independent

A representative for Irish midwives said they want relocation but they do not want any religious order to have a say in modern hospitals.

Ally Murphy, of the Irish Midwives Association told Breakfast Newstalk that they want what is best for Irish women.

She was speaking as the controversy over the decision to give ownership of the new €300m National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity rumbled on.

She told hosts Shane Coleman and Paul Williams that midwives want relocation.

"However the decisions made today will shape the future of our maternity care. We do want hospitals for the 21st century. We do feel that there is no place for any religious organisation in this 21st century care."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

'There will be abortions': Master of maternity hospital says they'll be entirely independent

IRELAND
The Journal

THE MASTER OF the National Maternity Hospital has defended the decision to relocate the new hospital on grounds owned by a religious order, saying that they will have complete control over medical procedures and governance.

On Morning Ireland today, Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, said that the Sisters of Charity “will be an independent company”, and that they will retain their medical practices without religious interference.

It’s the board’s duty to do their best for women and babies. We will not mention any religious, ethnic or other distinction [in hospital governance].

When asked about the clear dispute over governance, Dr Mahoney said they are the first of the co-locations, but that the integrity of their services and autonomy over them will be protected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Latest: Master of Holles St describes NMH controversy as a ‘storm in a tea cup’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Update 8.30am: Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of Holles St, has come out strongly in defence of the agreement to build the new National Maternity Hospital on land that will remain in church ownership.

Controversy has raged in recent days over the fact that the new facility, to be built by the state at a cost of more than €300m, will be built on land belonging to the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Dr Mahony insisted the chosen location was the right place for the hospital, saying: “We want people to have access to the wide range of facilities and expertise available at St Vincent’s”.

She dismissed concerns over ownership as a 'storm in a tea cup'.

Her comments follow a statement from the Bishop of Elphin who angered campaigners by claiming Catholic rule will have to be obeyed there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Retired bishop again accused of sex abuse

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com April 26, 2017

Former Guam priest and now Saipan Bishop Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho on Wednesday was accused for the second time of sexually abusing a former altar boy, this time by a man identified in a federal court complaint only as B.C.

B.C., represented by attorney David Lujan, said in the complaint he was about 10 years old around 1962 when Camacho sexually abused him numerous times when Camacho was priest at the Nuestra Señora de las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong.

B.C.’s complaint brings to 57 the total number of clergy sex abuses cased filed so far in local and federal court.

"One particular occasion, while B.C. was in the rectory eating bread after cleaning around the church, he found porn magazines in the rectory and started to look at them. A few minutes later, Camacho walked in and caught B.C. looking at the porn magazines and threatened to tell B.C.'s mother. B.C. was scared and begged Camacho, 'Please don't do that,'" the complaint says. Camacho again sexually abused B.C., the lawsuit states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Papst Franziskus wirft Ex-Generaloberen des Mercedarierordens aus dem Priester- und Ordensstand

CHILE
Katholisches

(Rom/Santiago de Chile) Am 20. April veröffentlichte die chilenische Mercedarierprovinz die kaum beachtete Nachricht, daß gegen den ehemaligen Generaloberen des Ordens, Mariano Labarca Araja, von Papst Franziskus strengste Kirchenstrafen verhängt wurden. Der Vatikan gab dazu bisher keine Stellungnahme ab.

Die Mitteilung des Ordens, das Schweigen des Vatikans

Der Chilene Mariano Labarca war von 2004-2010 86. Generalmagister des 1218 gegründeten Ordens Unserer Lieben Frau von der Barmherzigkeit vom Loskauf der Gefangenen (Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede redemptionis captivorum), besser bekannt als Mercedarierorden. Seit 1574 wird der Generalmagister jeweils auf sechs Jahre gewählt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 AM

Iglesia expulsa del clero a sacerdote y ex rector de colegio penquista acusado de abusos

CHILE
Bio Bio

[The Catholic Church by means of a decree of Pope Francis expelled priest Pedro Mariano Labarca Araya, who belonged to the Order of La Merced, from the priesthood. He has been accused of sexually abusing minors and seminarians. He was provincial and world leader of the order and served as rector of the San Pedro Nolasco School in Conceptcion in 2011.]

Publicado por
Cecilia Bastías

La Iglesia Católica, por medio de un decreto del papa Francisco, expulsó del estado de sacerdote a Pedro Mariano Labarca Araya, que pertenecía a la Orden de La Merced, y fue acusado de abusos sexuales contra exseminaristas y menores de edad.

Labarca fue líder provincial y mundial de la Orden, y ejerció el cargo de rector del Colegio San Pedro Nolasco de Concepción, entre febrero y septiembre de 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

Court dismisses two claims launched by St. Anne’s residential school survivors

CANADA
Toronto Star

By TANYA TALAGA Staff Reporter
JESSE WINTER Staff Reporter
Tues., April 25, 2017

An Ontario Court has dismissed two claims by St. Anne’s Indian Residential School survivors, saying no judicial probe is needed into the actions of the Canadian government because it did not hide 12,000 documents detailing abuse suffered while at the notorious school.

Survivors of the James Bay residential school have spent years trying to convince authorities that an investigation was needed regarding the access to 12,000 documents that were part of a lengthy criminal probe concerning abuse at the school. Five former church employees were convicted.

Ontario Superior Justice Paul Perell dismissed the claim concerning the 12,000 documents, known as the Cochrane documents, which are transcripts of confidential and privileged examinations for discovery of the testimony of nearly 1,000 St. Anne’s survivors who suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse while at the school. Perell said Canada has provided a “transparent explanation for why the balance of the Cochrane documents have not been produced. The documents are confidential and privileged,” he wrote in his April 24, 2017 ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

Update: Man Extradited Back To U.S. After Sexually Abusing Girl, 6, Was Defrocked Priest: DA

NEW YORK
Patch

BREAKING: The priest was also a registered sex offender, arrested at JFK after being found by Interpol, the DA said.

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

HAMPTON BAYS, NY — A man extradited back to the United States after sexually abusing a girl, 6, in Hamptons Bays, was a defrocked priest, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Augusto Cortez pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment before Judge Barbara Kahn in Riverhead, Spota said.

Cortez, 53, pleaded not guilty to the three charges in the indictment: first degree criminal sexual act, first degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child, Spota said.

The court remanded the defendant without bail and set a return date of May 15; a temporary order of protection was issued for the victim, Spota said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 AM

Mary Sanchez: Wounded diocese taking steps to heal in aftermath of abuse

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

BY MARY SANCHEZ
msanchez@kcstar.com

On a Sunday afternoon last summer, the new bishop lay prostrate at the altar in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. was taking a step that his predecessors never fathomed as he lay face down, his body in a state of submissive penance and apology.

That day, the Service of Lament, was the most public statement yet by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, which for decades did more to cover up than stop sexual abuse committed by diocesan priests. Johnston continued to lay prone as statements were read from the balcony, detailing the anguished thoughts of victims.

It was a deeply moving ceremony, filled with hope.

But it’s the less visible, far more behind-the-scenes shifts that have occurred in the last year that will ultimately heal the diocese. At the service, Johnston also announced a series of commitments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 AM

Former Saipan bishop Tomas A. Camacho accused of clergy sex abuse again

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Apr 26, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Former Saipan bishop Tomas A. Camacho stands accused a second time of clergy sex abuse. Filed in the District Court of Guam late Wednesday, 65-year-old B.C. alleges he was sexually molested by Father Camacho in the early 1960s at Nuestra Senora de las Aguas Parish in Mongmong.

B.C. was an altar boy when he found porn magazines in the rectory. According to the complaint, Camacho caught him looking at the magazines and threatened to tell B.C.'s mother. The priest then performed sex acts on the boy and he never told anyone out of fear Camacho would tell his parents he was looking at porn magazines. B.C. is suing for $5 million. He is represented by attorney David Lujan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 AM

New Website Details the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Minors by Roman Catholic Clergy in 49 Countries; Advocates Expansion of the Statute of Limitations

UNITED STATES
Benzinga

April 26, 2017

Spring Valley, NY, April 26, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Author and quantitative analyst G.R. Pafumi announces the launch of his newest website, VictimsSpeakDB.org. It is derived from the proprietary Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence (SACCADAS) database. The site provides comprehensive analyses of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in 49 countries on six continents. VictimsSpeakDB.org includes statistical data detailing the alleged abuse of over 9,000 victims molested by nearly 3,000 Catholic clergy, dating as far back as the 1920s, and as recently as 2017. The launch of the new website was timed to coincide with pending state legislation to expand the SOL (statute of limitations) for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Pafumi's key findings of the Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence (SACCADAS) database regarding alleged abuse include:

· Abuse patterns in Australia/New Zealand and Canada mirror patterns observed in the United States, including the gender of the abused and the decades in which the greatest abuse occurred (1960-1989).

· The average age at the time the abuse was first reported was 43 years for victims who came forward in the 21st century. Their average delay in reporting that abuse was 29 years after the abuse ended. This is strong evidence as to why the statute of limitations to report sex crimes against children must be expanded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 AM

Fugitive former priest accused of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl is extradited to the US to face charges

NEW YORK
Daily Mail (UK)

By Dailymail.com Reporter

A defrocked priest on the run for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in 2014 was tracked down in Guatemala and extradited back to the US, where he will finally face abuse charges in Long Island, NY.

Interpol, working with US Marshals, found ex-priest Augusto Cortez, 53, in Guatamala and put him on a flight to New York over the weekend, according to authorities.

Upon landing at JFK Airport on Saturday, Cortez — a former Catholic priest of the Vincentian Congregation — was arrested and sent to jail without bail.

Cortez pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child on Monday, according to WABC.

The charges all stemmed from a June 2014 incident in which he is accused of molesting a six-year-old girl at a family party in Southampton, Long Island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 AM

The unhappy leadership history of St. Luke’s Institute

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler
Apr 25, 2017
There’s irony in the news that a laicized priest, who once ran a counseling center, has agreed to counseling as a condition of his parole.

In case you missed the story, Edward Arsenault resigned from his post as head of the St. Luke Institute in Maryland in 2013, after he was charged with financial as well as sexual improprieties. He was eventually sentenced to a 4-year prison term after pleading guilty to misappropriating over $300,000 from the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he once served as chancellor. The sexual improprieties, involving an adult male recording artist, were not criminal offenses.

One more disgraced priest; one more instance of clerical corruption. But the fact that this particular priest was once the president of the St. Luke Institute—the most prominent of the centers that treated pedophile priests—begins to look like something more than ironic happenstance.

The St. Luke Center has an unhappy leadership history. Its founder, Father Michael Peterson, died of AIDS in 1987. In 1989, the institute brought aboard a Jesuit, Father Curtis Bryant, as head of therapy. Writing in Catholic World Report in February 1997, investigative journalist Lesley Payne quoted one therapist’s report on Bryant’s odd behavior:

Sometimes a visiting bishop would meet Curtis, seeing him prance around like a peacock, and say, “Who the hell was that?” We’d say, “Oh, he’s our director.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 AM

Scrutiny Turns to Child Abusers Among Clergy

CAMBODIA
The Cambodia Daily

BY HANNAH HAWKINS | APRIL 26, 2017

Up to seven foreign clergymen are serving time in Cambodian prisons for child sex crimes, according to the executive director of a child protection NGO, a situation highlighted by the arrest of a Dutch priest who was charged last week with producing child pornography.

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, who was a parish priest in the Netherlands, is accused of paying 19 boys, all under the age of 15, a few dollars each to pose nude for photographs in Siem Reap City.

Another four victims have been identified since the 19 were interviewed by police last week, and other unidentified victims could have been photographed in the Philippines, where Mr. Sarot may also have worked as a priest, Samleang Seila, head of Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), said on Tuesday.

Police said Mr. Sarot was found to have nearly 1,300 images on his camera and 3,715 more on a laptop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 AM

Chicago Archdiocese to pay $4.45M to settle priest abuse lawsuits

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $4.45 million to settle three lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused more than a decade ago by former Roman Catholic priest, basketball coach and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack, the plaintiffs' attorney said Tuesday.

According to Mark Brown, the attorney for the three plaintiffs, two brothers reached settlements in late January. They accused McCormack of sexually abusing 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 in the mid-2000s. The other man, who played basketball for the team McCormack coached at Our Lady of the Westside, reached his settlement April 20.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said she could not discuss the case "out of respect for the privacy of those involved," but did confirm the settlement had been reached.

Now 24 years old, the former basketball player, identified in court papers as John Doe, said in an interview with the Tribune that he told his parents and the archdocise about the abuse once he was out of Our Lady of the Westside and attending high school. The archdiocese offered to cover the cost of therapy, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 AM

April 25, 2017

Maternity move back on track as hospital boards soften stance

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen, Pat Leahy

The €300 million move of the National Maternity Hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s University Hospital is back on track after both institutions gave assurances about its autonomy.

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group last night dropped its threat of last week to review the project and gave its most explicit promise yet of the operational independence of the Dublin maternity hospital after it moves from Holles Street to the Elm Park campus.

“In line with current policy and procedures at SVHG, any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland will be carried out at the new hospital,” its chairman, James Menton, said in a statement.

Sources say the more conciliatory approach by St Vincent’s followed the call by the National Maternity Hospital’s deputy chairman, Nicholas Kearns, for its former master Dr Peter Boylan to resign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 PM

Revealed: Read the full agreement between St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Maeve Sheehan and Catherine Devine
April 25 2017

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has released the full agreement between St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital.

The full statement can be found here .

Details of the agreement were first revealed in the Sunday Independent.

The 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.

The company will be a 100pc subsidary of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. However the group's ownership is conditional on allowing the State a ‘golden share’ in the company to protect its independence, and a ‘lien’, so that it cannot be used as collateral against loans or sold.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 PM

Harris welcomes publication of National Maternity Hospital agreement

IRELAND
RTE News

The 25-page agreement between Holles Street Hospital and the St Vincent's Healthcare Group on the new National Maternity Hospital has been published this evening by the two hospitals.

It says there will be "clinical independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology, obstetrics and neonatal services (without religious, ethnic or other distinction) in the hospital".

There will be "legal autonomy of hospital operations" and "protection of State investment and interests".

The agreement does not specifically state that any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland will be carried out at the new hospital however St Vincent's says this is the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM

Here is the deal reached by St Vincent's and Holles Street over the new National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
The Journal

THE ST VINCENT’S Hospital Group will have ‘corporate oversight’ of the new National Maternity Hospital when it moves to its new campus, according to the agreement reached between the two hospitals.

The agreement reached in November between the SVHG and the current National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street has been released to the public.

The agreement between the two hospitals over the provision of the new NMH is in the form of a 25-page report by mediator Kieran Mulvey.

The hospital is to be located at Elm Park alongside St Vincent’s University Hospital on the campus owned by the SVHG.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 PM

Papa Francisco expulsa de la Iglesia a sacerdote chileno por abusos sexuales contra menores

CHILE
El Dinamo

[Pope Francisco expels Chilean priest from church for sexual abuse of minors.]

El Vaticano informó que, por decreto del Papa Francisco, expulsó de la Iglesia Católica al sacerdote chileno Pedro Mariano Labarca Araya, por su participación en casos de abuso sexual contra menores y ex seminaristas.

Según un comunicado dado a conocer por la Provincia Mercedaria de Chile, se deja en claro que Labarca “ya no es más sacerdote ni religioso de la Orden de la Merced”.

Mariano Labarca fue rector del Colegio San Pedro Nolasco de Concepción, entre febrero y septiembre de 2011, consignó radio Biobío.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM

Catastrophically injured Oregonians ask for right to sue for more than $500,000 for suffering

OREGON
Oregonian

By Aimee Green | The Oregonian/OregonLive

UPDATE Monday, April 24 at noon: The Senate did not vote Monday morning on Senate Bill 737. A new date for a vote hasn't been set yet.

Amaia Rennie told a state senator that she was 35 years old, healthy and less than five months into her pregnancy when her water broke and she headed to the hospital.

But things went from bad to worse when medical staff made a series of errors, she said.

She ended up with a life-threatening infection that put her in a coma and sent her into surgery to repair her heart, she said. She lost both of her legs below the knee and nine fingertips. She could no longer have children, she said.

Rennie won a confidential settlement three years ago that allowed her to cover the $120,000 cost of a surrogate birth so she could become a parent and pay for the state-of-the-art prosthetic legs that help her keep up with her now 3-year-old. ...

Backing Senate Bill 737 as part of the coalition is the the ACLU of Oregon, Crime Victims United, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon and the plaintiff’s attorneys group known as the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 PM

NEW: Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause Flaherty Violated RI Ethics Code

RHODE ISLAND
GoLocalProv

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

The RI Ethics Commission voted 5-2 Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Francis Flaherty violated state ethics code.

The Rhode Island Ethics Commission on Tuesday found probable cause that Supreme Court Justice Francis X. Flaherty violated state ethics code by failing to disclose that he was the President of a Catholic non-profit in Rhode Island for five years.

Flaherty had served as President of the St. Thomas More Society of Rhode Island, whose mission is to encourage Catholic lawyers to apply Christian principles to modern problems.

Ethics Complaint

A complaint had been brought against Flaherty in September by Helen Hyde, a former Rhode Island resident currently living in Connecticut, who had a sexual abuse case before the Rhode Island Supreme Court - under Flaherty - involving Roman Catholic priest Brendan Smyth.

Smyth had been convicted of hundreds of indecent assaults against children in native Ireland. Smyth died in prison in Ireland in 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Panel finds probable cause that R.I. Supreme Court justice violated state ethics code

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Journal

Apr 25, 2017

By Katie Mulvaney
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state Ethics Commission voted 5-2 Tuesday that there was probable cause to find that Supreme Court Justice Francis X. Flaherty violated the state ethics code by failing to disclose his leadership position in a Catholic nonprofit organization.

Helen L. Hyde, of Brookfield, Connecticut, in September filed a complaint faulting Flaherty for not indicating on his financial disclosure statements from 2010 to 2015 that he served as president of the St. Thomas More Society of Rhode Island. The nonprofit society’s stated mission is to “promote the study by Catholic lawyers of the application of Christian principles to modern problems, especially in so far as they are connected with civil or ecclesiastical law,” according to the complaint.

“The omission is not a neglectful oversight, but rather occurred five successive years in a row,” Hyde wrote, referring to the nondisclosure as “knowing and willful.”

Hyde, a former Rhode Island resident, alleges that Flaherty held that role while presiding over her appeal before the state Supreme Court. She and a man who alleged that a Roman Catholic priest sexually abused them more than four decades ago sought to recover damages from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence. Flaherty wrote the decision denying Hyde and Jeffrey Thomas damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Editorial: Call it Denny Hastert's legacy: End the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

At his sentencing hearing a year ago, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert apologized for sexually abusing boys he'd mentored decades before as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. "For 11 months, I have been struggling to come to terms with events that occurred almost four decades ago," he said at the emotional Chicago hearing in which a federal judge called him a "serial child molester."

Hastert wasn't convicted on any sexual abuse charges, however. The statute of limitations had long ago expired. Instead, he was convicted on charges relating to bank fraud. A federal investigation into suspicious bank transactions by the former Illinois legislator and congressman had eventually revealed the sexual abuse. ...

Illinois is already a leader in providing victims of sexual abuse a pathway to justice. Several years ago, in reaction to the priest abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church, the state removed the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes against children. But there were crucial exceptions. Victims needed to produce corroborating physical evidence, for instance.

Few cases meet that criteria, leaving most abuse cases subject to a statute of limitations that gives a victim only until he or she is 38 (20 years after he or she turns 18) to file a complaint. The new law would remove those extra requirements and effectively eliminate the statute of limitations for cases in which the current legal time limit hasn't yet expired.

Here's why this is important: Ending the statute of limitations would acknowledge that many victims are simply unable to deal with, let alone talk about, the abuse they suffered as children until much later in life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

The Rise and Fall of George Pell

AUSTRALIA
MUP

George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church. He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican's indispensable 'Treasurer'. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, 'Big George's' ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

The nation's most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Adkins gets 35 years in prison for child molestation

GEORGIA
Golden Isles News

By WES WOLFE wwolfe@goldenisles.news

The Rev. Kenneth Adkins stood unrepentant after Glynn County Judge Stephen Scarlett read his sentence, declaring that he did nothing for which he was convicted, nor even knew the victims in his child molestation trial at the time accused.

“I’m not going to let this moment define me,” Adkins said.

But that does not change what he faces — the real possibility of the end of his natural life occurring in state prison.

Adkins, 57, for three counts of aggravated child molestation, received three concurrent sentences of 35 years confinement, with the balance of his life sentence served on probation. That would make Adkins 92 years old by the time he walked free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Judge sentences Kenneth Adkins to 35 years for child molestation

GEORGIA
Florida Times-Union

BRUNSWICK, Ga. | The fate of controversial pastor Kenneth Adkins has been decided. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett sentenced him to 35 years in prison for eight counts of child molestation.

Prior to becoming a pastor in Brunswick, the 57-year-old spent many years in Jacksonville as a public relations and political consultant, raising the ire of many when he called gays sinners and attacked his critics on social media with crude anti-gay rhetoric and cartoons.

At 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, Adkins walked into a courtroom a very different-looking man. Gone were his tailored suits he wore during his trial. Gone was his confident and pleasant-looking face. Instead, a handcuffed Adkins emerged in a forest green jail-issued jumpsuit. His hands clasped a Styrofoam cup of coffee. His face sullen.

Moments later he learned the state wanted the judge to follow strict interpretations of Georgia law that would mandate that Adkins receive the maximum sentence with no chance of parole because of his past convictions in Florida. At a minimum, that maximum would be life plus 30 years. Scarlett called for a recess at 9:50 a.m. and headed into chambers with a stack of paperwork detailing Adkins’ various prison and jail sentences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Ken Adkins sentenced for aggravated child molestation

GEORGIA
First Coast News

[with video]

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A judge has sentenced Brunswick Pastor Kenneth Adkins to life for aggravated child molestation Tuesday morning.

Adkins' sentencing states he must serve a minimum of 35 years in prison, with the rest served on probation. He also faces up to 20 years for every additional charge, all to run concurrently.

Adkins turned himself in on one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation back in August of 2016. Authorities said that their investigation into the pastor focuses on suspected molestation in multiple locations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

'Planting seeds of hope;' Q&A with child sex abuse victim about his recovery journey

ILLINOIS
The Southern

MOLLY PARKER The Southern

This is the full Q&A, with minor edits, of the interview The Southern Illinoisan conducted last week with Paul Wesselmann, who grew up in Carbondale, for the story that published Sunday titled "Light shines out of darkness." Wesselmann said he wanted to speak out about being victimized at a Catholic church camp in Southern Illinois in the mid-1980s so that his story of healing might encourage other victims of abuse to reach out for help, and know they are not alone.

1. Let’s start off with the basics. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born June 2, 1967 (currently 49 years old; will turn 50 in a few weeks!) I grew up in Carbondale. I attended Thomas, Parish and Lewis schools as well as Lincoln Junior High & CCHS Class of 1985.

I attended McKendree University in Lebanon (BA psychology, 1989), and then left Southern Illinois to attend grad school at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (MA, higher education, 1991). After that I lived in Wisconsin 1991-2012, and currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio (2012-present).

2. Describe what it has been like to live with the abuse you endured.

I didn’t really experience it as a burden or trauma at first … it just seemed a normal part of life because that was the life I knew. I think the most damaging outcome of the actual abuse was assuming that my feelings of attraction to other guys was somehow related to what happened to me, and the fear that I myself could/would become a predator terrified me for years — well into adulthood in fact. The church’s concealment of the abuse contributed to the shame I felt, and made it tough to trust and respect others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Fox 9 wins Murrow for Archbishop investigation

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

Former Archbishop Nienstedt's never-revealed secret - broadcast May 4, 2016

UPDATED:APR 25 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A FOX 9 investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt's past has been honored with a regional Murrow Award for investigative reporting.

The story uncovered how 40 years ago, as a young priest, Nienstedt failed to protect a child in his own family who was allegedly abused by his best friend, a fellow priest. That priest, Fr. Sam Ritchey, would go on to abuse at least three other boys.

The victim, the son of Nienstedt's cousin, told the FOX 9 Investigators how Nienstedt introduced Fr. Ritchey to the family, and how Nienstedt, an ambitious priest on a career fast track, failed to acknowledge the sexual abuse or report it to law enforcement or church authorities.

Nienstedt's failure to address the sexual abuse allegations in his own family, and his cold and calculated response to the family decades later, would foreshadow his failure to adequately address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. Nienstedt resigned from the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in June 2015 while it was under criminal investigation and in bankruptcy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Apuron accusers to appear before Vatican tribunal in Hawaii

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

The Vatican tribunal investigating allegations of sexual abuse against Archbishop Anthony Apuron will meet two of the former Guam Catholic leader's accusers in Hawaii next week.

Attorney David Lujan confirmed with The Guam Daily Post that his clients, Roland Sondia and Roy Quintanilla, have agreed to meet with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke at a church in Hawaii on May 6. Burke is presiding over the church tribunal tasked with hearing the case against Apuron.

"We have reached a compromise," Lujan said on Tuesday.

The attorney will not be allowed to be in the room, but can be outside while his clients testify.

"I'm satisfied that Roy and Roland will testify and stick to what Apuron did to each of them, respectively," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Court rules that extremist Haredi community is a cult

ISRAEL
YNet News

An Israeli family court judge rules that Lev Tahor, currently located in the Guatemalan jungle, is a cult with children who are at-risk, including for being married as young as 15 to partners 20 years their elder.

Gilad Morag|Published: 25.04.17

An Israel court ruled Tuesday that the extremist ultra-Orthodox community Lev Tahor ("A Pure Heart"), which lives in a jungle in Guatemala and has many Israeli members, is a cult.

"It is sufficient for my ruling to consider the conduct of the community towards its children, in order to determine that this is an abusive cult that severely harms the bodies and souls of the children of the community," wrote Judge Rivka Makayes, vice president of the Family Court contained within the Central District Magistrate's Court. Makayes ruled in the petition filed by the attorney general and relatives of minors who are in the cult.

The judge further wrote, "The evidence presented to me, both in direct testimony and in indirect testimony, led me to the conclusion that the Lev Tahor community treats the children of the community, inter alia, with severe physical punishment, with underage marriage (from the age of 14 for boys and 15 for girls), with spouses who sometimes have age differences of up to 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Israeli court rules rules Lev Tahor sect a ‘dangerous cult’

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

An Israeli judge rules the Lev Tahor community of ultra-Orthodox Jews who live in the Guatemalan jungle are a “dangerous cult.”

“Based on the conduct of the sect toward minors, it’s sufficient to call this group a dangerous cult that severely damages the physical and emotional well-being of the children of this community,” Judge Rivka Makayes of the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court says in her ruling.

The ruling comes in response to a petition filed to the court by the attorney general and several family members of sect members.

Makayes agreed with the petition that requested the categorization of ultra-Orthodox children who were illegally taken to Guatemala with their parents to join the group as “at-risk” minors.

While the ruling will have little effect on those already in South America, Makayes hopes the ruling will dissuade other ultra-Orthodox families from joining the group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Salvation Army senior commanders are related to alleged abusers

AUSTRALIA
The Austrlaian

April 26, 2017

DAN BOX
Crime reporterSydney
@DanBox10

Three of the Salvation Army’s most senior commanders are closely related to men who have been accused of, charged with or convicted of sexual offences, ­including against children.

The revelation demonstrates how deeply the church child-sex scandal has affected the tight-knit Salvation Army community and comes after a royal commission uncovered evidence of horrific ­assaults allegedly committed by its officers and staff.

The commission identified at least 19 alleged child abusers within the Salvation Army over recent decades, while an ongoing police investigation into boys’ homes run by the church has led to two arrests so far.

The Salvation Army’s national chief secretary, Colonel Mark Campbell, is the son-in-law of a former major, Errol Woodbury, who was the subject of “historical allegations” that led to his being stripped of his position in 2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Catholic bishop clarifies weekend comments on National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Ciarán D'Arcy
 
The Catholic Bishop of Elphin has clarified comments attributed to him in a weekend newspaper article about the patronage of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Last week’s announcement by the Department of Health that the Catholic Sisters of Charity order would be given ownership of the €300 million facility once it is up and running caused a backlash from the public and politicians. ...

Speaking to local radio station Shannonside FM on Tuesday, Dr Doran said he did not specifically mention the National Maternity Hospital in his comments to the newspaper.

He said the comments attributed to him were in response to a question about canonical obligations regarding the disposal of existing church property, and were intended to be general in nature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Latest: Department of Health 'has no record' of warning from Dr Peter Boylan

IRELAND
Breaking News

25/04/2017

Update 1.40pm: The Department of Health has denied claims from Dr Peter Boylan that it was warned last year about a possible religious influence on the new National Maternity Hospital.

The former master of Holles Street says the Department was given the warning "some time ago" by the head of the Dublin-based hospital group.

However, the Department of Health says it has no record of any such letter being received.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

St Vincent’s requires ‘oversight’ when maternity hospital moves in

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

St Vincent’s hospital requires “corporate unitary oversight” of all services after the National Maternity Hospital moves to its campus, according to the agreement reached between the two hospitals.

St Vincent’s wants “integration” of the activities of the NMH with existing activities on its campus to ensure their effective and efficient operation, the agreement states.

The 25-page document, seen by The Irish Times, says the new hospital will be required to treat patients “without religious or ethnic or other distinction”.

It takes the form of a report by mediator Kieran Mulvey to Minister for Health Simon Harris on the terms of agreement between the NMH and St Vincent’s Hospital Group last November.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Fintan O’Toole: Church control of hospitals maintains myth of charity

IRELAND
Irish Times

Fintan O'Toole

In 1990, my second son was born in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Of the women in the ward with my wife, one was 42 and had just had her seventh child. She was desperate to be sterilised. Another woman was younger – somewhere in her mid-30s – and obviously poor. She had just given birth to her fifth child. She, too, did not want any more children. She wanted, as she put it, “to have my tubes burnt”. The curtains were drawn around her bed but everyone in the ward could hear the conversation with the doctor to whom she put this request.

The doctor, a woman, was professional and sympathetic. But she was also emphatic: “This is not a decision for you and it is not a decision for me. It is a decision for the ethics committee of the hospital. If you wish to make a request, your file will be sent to the ethics committee. They will read your file and on the basis of the file they will decide whether or not you can have a tubal ligation. But I must warn you that even if they rule in your favour, the procedure will not be covered by your medical card. It will be separately means-tested.”

We were ashamed to be listening in on this poor woman’s humiliation, but even more ashamed of her absolute powerlessness. There was nothing about it that we did not know already, but that knowledge of how Irish society worked for women – and especially for women without money – took on a brutal reality and a stark clarity: This is not a decision for you. The “this” was her body, her future, her self, her supposed status as a citizen of a free republic. It was what women were told all the time. ...

Corrosive myth

Nothing corrodes civic democracy in Ireland quite so badly as the myth of charity. It has a long reach because it has deep roots. It comes in part from the history of colonisation. But its most insidious form is the belief that the Irish would have had nothing were it not for the Catholic Church. The truth is that the church fought ferociously to prevent the development of any form of public education or healthcare that it did not control. It destroyed and then took over the non-denominational national school system in the 19th century. It blocked the extension to Ireland of the sickness and maternity benefits introduced in the UK by Lloyd George’s pioneering National Insurance Act of 1911. It stopped the mother-and-child healthcare scheme in 1951.

These key victories shaped and kept alive the idea that Ireland could never fully create a culture in which we as citizens and taxpayers owned our own public services. We evolved a half-baked welfare state, a chaotic and enormously inefficient mix of public, private and charitable provision. And many parts of the political and bureaucratic systems are not unhappy with this. The difference between having rights and receiving charity is accountability. Charity is unaccountable – it speaks to the goodness of the heart not the good of the citizens. And having this unaccountability at the core of so much of our system of public provision doesn’t just suit the church – it suits all those whose lives are made easier by not having to answer to the people they supposedly serve.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

‘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