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May 23, 2017

Priest charged over historic sex offence

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

MAY 23, 2017
Sonia Kohlbacher
Australian Associated Press

A Queensland priest has been charged over an alleged sexual offence that occurred in the 1990s.

A statement issued by the Archdiocese of Brisbane on Tuesday said the priest had withdrawn from his duties after notifying the church of the charge.

The priest is not in custody and will face court later this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

'I lived in fear of this man' Court hears priest headmaster left wealthy businessman terrified after brutal beatings

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

BY DAVID LOVE
23 MAY 2017

A wealthy businessman yesterday told how he “lived in fear” of his priest headmaster.

The man, now 50 and living abroad, said Thomas Seed, known as Father Benedict, brutally beat him and “haunted my dreams”.

Seed, 83, the former 
headmaster at Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school, is on trial at Inverness Sheriff Court accused of assaulting the man and seven other pupils.

The alleged victim who gave evidence yesterday told the jury he was belted with a leather tawse, which left his hands and wrists bleeding, when he was 14 or 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Spaniens gestohlene Kinder

SPANIEN
Tagesschau

[From the 1930s to the 1990s, up to 300,000 babies were sold in Spain, estimated by victims' associations. Doctors with political friends and forces of the Catholic Church had made sure that there were never any more investigations, they say.]

Wer gegen den Diktator Franco war, dem wurden die Babys gestohlen - was in Spanien in den 1930er-Jahren als politische Säuberung begann, entwickelte sich über Jahrzehnte zum lukrativen Geschäft für Ärzte, Notare und die Kirche. Betroffen sind bis zu 300.000 Kinder.

Von Sebastian Kisters, ARD-Studio Madrid

Irgendwann konnte Manuel L. nicht mehr. Es war 1982, erzählt er. Manuel L. und seine Frau hatten sich vergeblich ein Kind gewünscht. Da hörten sie von der Möglichkeit einer Adoption. Unkompliziert, unbürokratisch. Genau wollten sie es nicht wissen. Später wird Manuel sagen, er sei "so in die Sache reingerutscht".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Former Ayrshire priest faces historic sex abuse charges with allegations of attacks at schools and leisure centres

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

Ayrshire Post

23 MAY 2017

A former priest at St Quivox Catholic Church in Prestwick has denied historic sex abuse.

Father Francis Moore, 81, was appointed to the parish in 1996.

Last week his lawyer Marco Guarino tendered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow.

The charges include a boy being attacked at a primary school in North Ayrshire and another at a leisure centure.

A third boy says he was a victim of Moore at Irvine Beach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Application made to overturn statute of limitations for sex offenders

SOUTH AFRICA
SABC News

Monday 22 May 2017

Lopang Alamu

A group, known as the Frankel Eight, are trying to overturn the statute of limitations for sex offenders. The eight claim to have been sexually abused by late billionaire Sydney Frankel.

It is estimated that 80% of sexually violated children were victimised by someone they know.

The Frankel eight have taken the first step in a lengthy legal journey. They claim they were abused over 30 years ago.

On Monday, the applicants petitioned the Johannesburg High Court. Their main task was to try and overturn a statute of limitations law. This states that after 20 years, victims of sexual abuse no longer have a criminal case against the perpetrator.

"Currently the courts are saying that sexual violence and sexual molestation is not as serious as rape because there was no form of penetration and the impact of being molested for years is much worse," says Women and Men against Child Abuse’s Miranda Friedmann.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

St. Paul’s School Acknowledges Decades of Sexual Misconduct

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New York Times

By JESS BIDGOOD
MAY 22, 2017

There was an English teacher, the investigators said, who groped a student and had a sexual relationship with another. A female student said a music teacher sexually touched her in his car. And there was a sacred studies teacher, a minister, whom one student accused of rape.

On Monday, St. Paul’s School, an elite prep school in New Hampshire, named 13 former faculty and staff members who investigators said were involved in substantiated reports of sexual misconduct from 1948 to 1988. Ten more employees, accused of lesser offenses, were not named.

The report laid out publicly, in painful detail, what an earlier investigation by the school on the same subject had not. In 2000, spurred by alumni who had gathered for their 25th reunion and decided to tell the school of alleged sexual abuse, the head of the school at the time vowed an investigation. “The chips,” he said then, “will have to fall where they may.”

But that effort ended quietly, having delved into claims against only three teachers, with few answers for alumni and no full report issued to the public. Among those named in the 2017 report are some of the teachers the alumni had raised concerns about in 2000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Sisters sexually abused by teen from Bible school settle lawsuit against Lenexa church

KANSAS
The Kansas City Star

BY ERIC ADLER
eadler@kcstar.com

The family of two Johnson County sisters who in 2014 were sexually abused by a then-17-year-old boy who attended Westside Family Church of Lenexa has agreed to settle a civil case against the church.

The case centered on Kessler Lichtenegger, who in October 2015 pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl on the grounds of the church while a children’s service was underway. He also pleaded guilty to using a cell phone to sexually solicit the teen’s younger sister, then age 11. Lichtenegger, incarcerated in the Ellsworth (Kan.) Correctional Facility, is serving a 17-year sentence.

In the civil case, filed in 2016 in Johnson County District Court, the girls’ lawyer claimed that leaders of Westside Family had long been aware that Lichtenegger had a history of sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Searching for My Sister’s Murderer: Fla. Woman Breaks Silence on Nun’s Mysterious 46-Year-Old Death

UNITED STATES
People

BY ADAM CARLSON•@ADAM_A_CARLSON

POSTED ON MAY 22, 2017

Marilyn Cesnik Radakovic’s journey to find out what happened to her older sister began nearly 50 years ago began last year when she read a news article with the headline “Buried in Baltimore.”

“And I looked at my husband and I said, ‘Oh my God,’ ” Radakovic remembers now.

It was early 2016 and the couple was at the California apartment of Radakovic’s mother, who had recently died. In the process of cleaning out her belongings, Radakovic discovered her mom had collected years of articles about the death of her eldest daughter, Radakovic’s sister, 26-year-old nun Sister Catherine “Cathy” Cesnik.

Cesnik was found on a freezing January day in 1970 in Baltimore County, nearly two months after she vanished near her apartment. Her body was partially naked and her head had been bashed in, but there was little physical evidence at the scene.

The homicide remains unsolved, and for decades Radakovic believed Cesnik was the victim of a “wrong place, wrong time” crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Priest has conviction for 1970s sex assault of boy quashed

IRELAND
Irish Times

Ruaidhrí Giblin

A priest who was jailed for indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1970s has had his conviction quashed over a trial judge’s decision not to warn the jury about the dangers of convicting in the absence of corroboration.

Tadhg O’Dalaigh (73), of Blackrock, Dublin had pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to one count of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy at Coláiste Chroí Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork on a date unknown in 1979.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, with the final two suspended, by Judge Donagh McDonagh on December 18th, 2014.

O’Dalaigh successfully appealed his conviction on Monday, with the Court of Appeal holding the trial judge erred in refusing to give the jury a corroboration warning, in a case which lacked corroborative evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Archdiocese Reacts To Netflix Series On Nun's Killing

MARYLAND
WBAL

Monday, May 22, 2017
Sean Naylor, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

The Keepers, a Netflix documentary centered around the death of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik -- who taught English and drama at the former, all-girls Archbishop Keough High School -- and the Archdiocese of Baltimore's sexual abuse allegations involving former priest A. Joseph Maskell, was released to the public on May 19.

Archdoicese Vice Chancellor Sean Caine spoke with WBAL NewsRadio 1090 Monday about the seven-part series.

"It was very difficult to watch and while I personally did not have any interactions with some of the women who shared their stories in the series, I of course read a lot about what they had said and been through and you can't help but feel tremendous empathy and sadness for what they went through and the abuse they suffered," he told WBAL News Now host Bryan Nehman.

The church has paid a number of settlements to those who alleged sexual abuse by Maskell, who denied one accusation before he died in 2001. Accusations against Maskell date back at least to 1992. He was defrocked in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

‘The Keepers’ Director Opens Up About His Personal Connection To Sister Cathy – EXCLUSIVE

UNITED STATES
Elite Daily

Dylan Kickham
May 22, 2017

The latest true-crime series everyone’s talking about is The Keepers, a gasp-a-minute deep dive into the unsolved murder of a nun in the 1960s that was released on Netflix this past Friday, and Elite Daily had the chance to speak with the director of the docuseries.

The dark and grisly new series invites viewers into the mystery by introducing evidence of cover-ups and suspects that will have you theorizing about what really happened for weeks.

The crux of the whole series is a mysterious woman named Jane Doe, who revived the cold case of Sister Cathy Cesnik’s murder in the mid-’90s by anonymously stating her high school chaplain had taken her to see Sister Cathy’s dead body months before it was discovered, in order to threaten her.

The Keepers finally reveals the identity of this Jane Doe as Jean Wehner, and the reason the new docuseries was able to get this bombshell reveal is that its director Ryan White has actually been family friends with Wehner since he was a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Report: 13 Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Ex-St. Paul's School Staffers Substantiated

NEW HAMPSHIRE
NECN

[with video]

By Katherine Underwood and Marc Fortier

Officials at one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country say they have substantiated claims of sexual misconduct by 13 former faculty and staffers, some of them accused of raping students while on campus.

St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, released a report Monday detailing allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1952 and 1999. The list includes former teachers, chaplains and an admissions officer.

The investigation was sparked by the case of Howard White, who taught at St. Paul's from 1967 to 1971. The former Episcopal priest pleaded guilty last week to sexually assaulting students from St. George's School in Rhode Island in 1973.

The investigation reviewed the alleged conduct of 34 St. Paul's School faculty and staff members from 1948 to 1988. In addition to the 13 substantiated claims of sexual misconduct, it found other reports of sexual misconduct by 10 former faculty and staff, and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct by 11 current and former faculty and staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

“I Lost Faith in God...But I’m Now Pursuing Faith in Justice”: Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Lobby For Reform

NEW YORK
Huffington Post

Ilgin Yorulmaz

Inspired by his oath of honesty when enlisting in the Navy, 21-year-old recruit Shaun Dougherty decided to be truthful about what had happened to him as a child. He finally opened up to his parents on his first Christmas break from the boot camp in 1991.

Dougherty told them about the three-year long sexual abuse he had endured in 1980 starting at age 10 as a fifth-grader at St. Clement School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His abuser was George Koharchik ― a longtime Catholic priest, pastor at St. Clement Church, and Dougherty’s basketball coach and religion teacher. His parents, who had attended the Mass conducted by Koharchik for many years at the same church where young Shaun was an altar boy, did not believe him.

Twenty-six years later, the 47-year-old married Navy veteran was in Albany last week, lobbying the New York State Assembly as part of the Coalition to Pass the Child Victims Act. The coalition includes a dozen survivors, faith leaders, and people who were victims or witnesses of sexual abuse as children, or who knew a loved one, friend or congregant who had gone through years of abuse.

Rabbi Ari Hart of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx is one of the faith leaders of the coalition. He recently started an online petition in support of the Child Victims Act that has garnered close to 1,000 signatures, 300 of whom are the clergy from Jewish, Muslim and various Christian denominations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Catholic priest jailed for four months after sexually abusing Queensland schoolgirl

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Catholic priest who sexually abused a young girl on four separate occasions in 1974 has been jailed for four months.

Anthony Colbourne pleaded guilty this morning to indecently assaulting his eight-year-old victim in the presbytery and his office on four separate occasions.

The Brisbane District Court heard Colbourne told the child her parents would not get into heaven if she told anyone what he had done.

He also threatened to prevent her mother from converting to Catholicism and to tell her stepfather, who beat her, that she had stolen a book.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

St. Paul’s School admits 13 cases of sexual abuse by former faculty

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By NICK REID
Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

An independent investigation into sexual abuse at St. Paul’s School – commissioned by the elite boarding school and carried out by a former Massachusetts attorney general – has substantiated claims against at least 13 former faculty members between 1948 and 1988.

In a yearlong inquiry, the Boston-based law firm Casner & Edwards also looked into 21 other claims that were less clear, 11 of which it deemed “unsubstantiated.”

Teachers, who live on the same West Concord campus as their students, repeatedly took advantage of the teenagers in their care, according to the 71-page report released by the school Monday. Some of the incidents from that period were reported by alumni in 2000 and never properly investigated, the report said.

The allegations, which range from boundary violations to rape, include explosive stories: One teacher, Larry Katzenbach, committed 10 acts of sexual misconduct, according to the report, including multiple sexual relationships with students. One of his students, who claimed he had groped her, reported his behavior to a trusted administrator in 1974 and received the reply, “What did you do to make him (Katzenbach) behave that way?”

In another case, a then-junior had a two-month-long consensual sexual relationship in 1973 with a French teacher, Robert Maurice Degouey. Five years later, after the student graduated, Rector William Oates learned of the relationship, met the male student in Boston and “accused him of ‘boasting’ about a sexual relationship with Mr. Degouey,” according to the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Former Catholic priest, 75, jailed for just four months after forcing a Year 4 student to fondle him by threatening that she would go to hell

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Daniel Peters For Daily Mail Australia

A predator Catholic priest who fondled an eight-year-old girl in 1974 will spend just four months behind bars after pleading guilty to the historic sexual abuse offences.

Friar Anthony Colbourne, now aged 75, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday to indecently assaulting the girl on four separate occasions in the presbytery and his office.

In a police statement, the victim said Colbourne told her she had to fondle him because she was a 'good girl who wants to go to heaven with your mummy and daddy'.

Colbourne was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be suspended after he has served four months behind bars.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Latest sex abuse victim: "I forgive you"

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Francis Charfauros says it was the testimony of Roy Quintanilla, who says the late Father Jack Niland ignored his cry for help when Quintanilla was sexually abused, that gave him the courage to finally share his story.

Guam - After numerous sex abuse lawsuits being filed by victims who have chosen to conceal their identities. The latest comes from a man who revealed his identity, noting that he now just wants closure.

Francis Charfauros spoke with us via Skype, opening up about his experience and sharing with us that he came forward because of others who came before him.

Charfauros’ lawsuit against the Catholic Church is now the 68th lawsuit to be filed involving civil claims of sexual abuse. It happened 35 years ago when Charfauros was just 14 years old. He never shared it with anyone and soon the abuse became repressed memories of a painful time in his life. It wasn’t until about a year ago when Charfauros heard about Roy Quintanilla’s story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

May 22, 2017

Chelsea Pastor Barred From Priesthood Sues Church Over Child Porn Claims

NEW YORK
DNA Info

By Maya Rajamani | May 22, 2017

CHELSEA — A former Chelsea pastor who was barred from the priesthood last year for allegedly possessing child pornography claims in a new lawsuit that the Archdiocese of New York falsely accused him.

Rev. Keith Fennessy filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling and the archdiocesan newspaper Catholic New York in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, claiming they made “defamatory statements" about him last year, the filing shows.

All of the defendants “falsely alleg[ed] that… Fennessy possessed child pornography with at least reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity of the statements,” the suit adds.

Fennessy, a former Community Board 4 member, was the pastor at St. Columba Parish, on West 25th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, from August 2011 to June 2015. Before that, he served as pastor at St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church on Staten Island.

Zwilling on Monday said the Archdiocese could not comment on the suit, as it had not yet seen it.

“Please note that our Lay Review Board carefully examined his case and recommended that Fennessy not be allowed to function as a priest,” he wrote in an email. “Cardinal Dolan accepted their recommendation and thus Fennessy will not ever serve as a priest again.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM

Former Fort Augustus Abbey school priest goes on trial

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A former head teacher at a Catholic boarding school in the Highlands has gone on trial accused of assaulting boys in his care.

Father Benedict Seed, 83, is charged with assaulting eight pupils at the now closed Fort Augustus Abbey school in 1970s and 1980s.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the alleged attacks included hitting boys with a hockey stick and a golf shoe.

Appearing under the name Thomas Michael Seed, he denies all the charges.

The trial in Inverness, being held before Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood and a jury of nine men and six women, is expected to continue throughout the week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 PM

New priest named in sexual abuse lawsuit

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post May 22, 2017

A 14-year-old altar boy who aspired to be a priest in the early 1980s is the latest victim to come forward alleging sexual abuse by a member of the clergy.

Francis Charfauros, who now resides in Arizona, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Capuchin Franciscans accusing the late Father John "Jack" Niland of sexually abusing and molesting him when he was a young boy.

The civil complaint, filed by Charfauros' attorney David Lujan, alleges the abuse happened when Niland was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Agat under then-Father Anthony Apuron.

Niland became a Capuchin in 1967 and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1976, court documents state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Ex priest jailed for molesting pupil has conviction quashed on appeal

IRELAND
Sunday Word

By Ruaidhrí Giblin

A retired priest jailed for indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1970s has had his conviction quashed over a trial judge's decision not to warn the jury about the dangers of convicting in the absence of corroboration.

Tadhg O'Dalaigh (73), of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, had pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to one count of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy at Colaiste Chroi Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork on a date unknown in 1979.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh on December 18, 2014.

O'Dalaigh successfully appealed his conviction today with the Court of Appeal holding that the trial judge erred in refusing to give the jury a corroboration warning, in a case which lacked corroborative evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Manis Friedman Headlines Event With Child-Rapist Protector

UNITED STATES
SOME PEOPLE LIVE MORE IN 20 YEARS…

MAY 22, 2017
ASHER LOVY

Manis Friedman, inspirational religious leader, and well known speaker, renowned in the Chabad community, and well known for his infamous comparison of sexual abuse to a case of diarrhea, is headlining a shavuos retreat being organized by JEM Retreats, and the Illulian family. The same Illulian family that steadfastly protected registered sex offender, Mendel Tevel, and allowed him to be around children.

People might not understand the extent of the damage caused by this pairing. Let’s start with Manis. Many people feel that because Manis is such an influential figure, and because he’s “helped” and “inspired” so many people, he should get a pass for saying something that’s at worst insensitive. Like, what’s the big deal, right? So he compared sexual abuse and its devastating effects to diarrhea, he apologized, didn’t he?

His apology was half-baked, insincere, a non-apology apology that he forced out to get the “angry bloggers” off his back. But his attitude, and the attitude of the community that worships the ground that Manis walks on hasn’t changed at all. It’s the attitude that tells victims that the community’s comfort is more important than their safety, than their justice. It’s the attitude that would rather pretend that the problem either doesn’t exist, or that it’s not nearly as prevalent as activists would have you believe.

But let’s examine who’s hurt more by which. Sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic. It’s horrific. It’s painful to think about. It turns the stomach. It offends the conscience to even think about the kind of evil required to commit such a heinous act. It’s almost inconceivable to believe that someone who has ostensibly accepted what they believe to be a moral way of life would be able to do such a thing and live with themselves. But while it may offend your sensibilities to accept that sexual abuse happens, that’s the most you’ll suffer in accepting it as reality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Report: 13 former faculty, staff members at NH private school engaged in sexual misconduct

NEW HAMPSHIRE
NH1.com

CONCORD – St. Paul's School said 13 former faculty and staff members engaged in sexual misconduct.

The school made the report public Monday after a yearlong investigation that followed the announcement that former teacher Howard White, who taught at St. Paul's from 1967-71 had been terminated from St. George's School in 1974 after admitting sexual misconduct.

The school reviewed allegations against 34 faculty and staff members.

The school substantiated 13 of those allegations, and said they had other reports of sexual misconduct by 10 former faculty and staff and unsubstantiated allegations by 11 current and former faculty and staff. Those claims were shared anonymously and could not be substantiated, the report states.

The investigation was performed by Casner & Edwards law firm in Boston and led by Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.

“We offer our most sincere apology to survivors for the wrongs that were done to them at St. Paul’s School,” said Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld in a letter to the St. Paul's community that he co-signed with Board of Trustees President Archibald Cox Jr. “The failures uncovered in this report have hurt every member of our School community, none more so than the survivors of these abuses. It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the candor and courage of the survivors and witnesses who shared their experiences with Mr. Harshbarger and his team.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

St. Paul's School: Claims of sexual misconduct against ex-staff members substantiated

NEW HAMPSHIRE
WMUR

KC Downey
Digital Media Manager

CONCORD, N.H. —
Independent investigators substantiated claims of sexual misconduct against more than a dozen St. Paul’s School faculty members and staff over a 40-year period, the school announced Monday.

The report, by the Casner & Edwards law firm, covered abuse and misconduct claims from 1948 to 1988.

>> Read the report (.pdf)

Investigators said they fully substantiated claims against 13 former faculty members.

Unsubstantiated claims were made against 11 current and former faculty members. Investigators said they did not receive enough victim or witness accounts or find any documentation to support those allegations.

Investigators said another 10 former faculty members fall into a different category because they did not meet as many of the criteria as the substantiated cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

St. Paul’s admits 13 staffers engaged in ‘sexual misconduct’

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Boston Globe

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF MAY 22, 2017

A new investigation at the elite St. Paul’s School found that 13 former faculty and staff members engaged in “substantiated” sexual misconduct, a discovery that officials said showed school leaders had failed students.

The results of the independent investigation by a Boston law firm were released by the school Monday along with an written apology from top school leaders, Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld and Archibald Cox Jr., president of the board of trustees.

“We offer our most sincere apology to survivors for the wrongs that were done to them at St. Paul’s School,” the two men wrote in a letter sent to the school community. “The failures uncovered in this report have hurt every member of our School community, none more so than the survivors of these abuses.”

The two leaders credited survivors of the sexual misconduct for their persistence and insistence that the private Concord, N.H., school recognize its failures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Laundries inquiry told of Tuam mother and baby home deaths in 2012

IRELAND
Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The McAleese inquiry into Magdalene laundries was informed 5 years ago about “disturbing” infant death rates at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
The information was sent by Professor Jim Smith of Boston College and the Justice for Magdalenes Research group, more than two years before the Tuam babies story made international headlines.

The figures sent to inquiry chairperson Martin McAleese reported infant mortality rates of 51% and 55% for children sent to the home from Galway and Mayo that year.
According to the Irish Examiner, the Department of Justice said the McAleese Committee “no longer exists and is therefore not in a position to respond to specific queries”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Latest accuser wanted to be a priest himself

GUAM
KUAM

May 22, 2017

By Sabrina Salas Matanane
. -
The latest victim of clergy sex abuse had aspirations of becoming a priest, until he was sexually molested by one. 49-year-old Francis Charfauros now lives in Arizona. In his $5 million dollar lawsuit filed at the District Court of Guam on Monday, he details being sexually abused by Capuchin priest Father John "Jack" Niland in 1982. Father Jack was a priest under Father Anthony Apuron at Mt. Carmel Parish in Agat. Charfauros alleges he sought advice from Father Jack on how to become a priest. The priest suggested he come to live at the rectory which his parents agreed to. One night, however, Charfauros alleges he woke up to the priest performing oral sex on him. Despite his best effort to get up, the priest held him down. Charfauros returned home, his dreams shattered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Indian woman cuts off penis of Hindu holy man who allegedly tried to rape her

INDIA
Independent (UK)

Samuel Osborne @SamuelOsborne93

An Indian woman cut off the penis of a Hindu holy man who tried to rape her and who she accused of sexually assaulting her for the past eight years, police said.

The 24-year-old law student was at home in the Kerala state capital of Thiruvananthapuram when she was allegedly attacked by Gangeshananda Theerthapada, who claims to be a spiritual healer.

The 54-year-old was reported to be in a stable condition after reconstructive surgery.

Police officer G Sparjan Kumar said the woman fled her home after the attack on Friday night and called police.

​When he again visited her home on Friday night and tried to force himself on her, she got hold of a knife and attacked him, Mr Kumar said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Inderin schneidet Prediger Penis ab

INDIEN
Badische Zeitung

[New Delhi (dpa) - A young Indian woman has cut off her penis from her alleged long-time rapist. The 54-year-old Hindu Guru had sexually abused her for eight years, the 23-year-old told the police in the state of Kerala.]

Neu Delhi (dpa) - Eine junge Inderin hat ihrem angeblichen langjährigen Vergewaltiger den Penis abgeschnitten. Der 54-jährige Hindu-Guru habe sie acht Jahre lang sexuell missbraucht, gab die 23-Jährige gegenüber der Polizei im Bundesstaat Kerala an.

Der selbsternannte Prediger war demnach immer wieder in das Haus der Familie gekommen, um Gebetszeremonien für den gelähmten Vater durchzuführen, so die Polizei. Als er am Freitagabend erneut versucht hatte, sie zu vergewaltigen, habe ihm die Frau mit einem Messer sein Geschlechtsteil größtenteils abgetrennt. Im Krankenhaus versuchten Ärzte vergeblich, den Penis wieder anzunähen. Die Polizei ermittelt gegen den 54-Jährigen. Den Beamten gegenüber sagte der Guru, er habe sich selbst kastriert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Minister faces questions over sex abuse priest

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Sean O’Driscoll
May 22 2017
The Times

An independent TD has asked the health minister to reveal how long a former US priest who sexually abused schoolgirls was employed by the South Eastern Health Board as a psychologist.

Joseph Maskell, who is also suspected of involvement in the murder of a nun in 1969 and is the subject of a new Netflix documentary series, worked for the health board and in private practice in Wexford in the 1990s. The Ferns diocese warned the board to stop him from practising on a number of occasions, according to a file disclosed by the diocese.

Clare Daly, the Socialist Party TD for Dublin North, asked Simon Harris for details on Maskell’s employment after the HSE told The Times that the information would not be released because of data protection laws. Her question was sent in on Friday on the same day that Netflix launched The Keepers, a seven-part series on the crimes of Maskell, who is accused of sexually abusing girls at a Catholic high school in Baltimore, Maryland. He died in 2001.

The Ferns diocese said that he may also have worked in a Kilkenny hospital, after locating correspondence with the Kilkenny bishop. Maskell met with two South Eastern Health Board doctors to discuss his case in 1996. In March 1998 he gave a written undertaking to the board that he would not treat young people under the age of 18. In Baltimore he had used counselling as a front for sexually abusing teenage girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Father Jack Niland is 12th Guam priest accused in latest sex abuse lawsuit

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published May 22, 2017

Former Agat altar boy Walter Denton, who has accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of raping him when he was a child, has said he told another priest — Father Jack Niland — about the rape at the time, but said Niland's response was that "priesthood is a very lonely life."

Niland, who died in 2009, is now accused of molesting Francis Charfauros, now 49. Charfauros, who said Niland was supposed to train him to be a priest, filed a lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court of Guam, suing the church for $5 million.

Father John "Jack" Niland is now the 12th Guam priest accused accused of sexually abusing children decades ago.

Charfauros, who now lives in Arizona, alleged in his complaint that Niland sexually abused him in 1982, when he was around 14, during a sleepover at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church rectory in Agat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Survivors of abuse to stage vigil at inquiry

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Stephen Naysmith

A newly formed group of survivors of childhood abuse in care is planning a vigil in Edinburgh at the public launch of an inquiry expected to be Scotland's largest ever.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) will begin to hear evidence in public from May 31st, when campaigners say they will hold a vigil to help raise awareness of its work.

The new group SAFE (Seek and Find Everyone abused in childhood) is calling on politicians and the inquiry team itself to support a minute's silence for abuse victims and says its aim is to encourage more people to come forward and give evidence to the inquiry.

However critics said that if people were already in two minds about revealing that they had been abused, the presence of a demonstration outside the venue for the inquiry was more likely to put them off.

The inquiry, which has so far cost more than £5.7 million, is charged with investigating abuse within state care at any time in the living memory of victims. This includes physical and sexual abuse, but also psychological and spiritual abuse, and settings range from council-run residential schools and children's homes to church and charity-run projects and foster care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson given standing ovation in moving tribute

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
22 May 2017

“IT’S good to have you in your cathedral.”

With those eight words from Bishop Peter Stuart, and the standing ovation that followed, retiring Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson was acknowledged and embraced at a thanksgiving service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday night.

There were tears from, and for, the Muswellbrook-born bishop whose stand against child sexual abuse led to strong opposition from some in the diocese, and a public concession by him that he was the bishop who was not welcome in his own cathedral.

“When the history of this diocese is written, yours will be known as the second shortest, but one that made a profound, lasting, deep cultural difference,” Bishop Stuart said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

McAleese inquiry told of Tuam mother and baby home deaths in 2012

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, May 22, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The McAleese inquiry into Magdalene laundries was informed in 2012 about “disturbing” infant death rates in excess of 50% at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

The information was sent by Prof Jim Smith of Boston College and the Justice for Magdalenes Research group to the chairperson of the inquiry, then Senator Martin McAleese on 21 February 2012 — more than two years before the Tuam babies story made global headlines.

Prof Smith was submitting archival evidence demonstrating that the Department of Health always knew that mothers of children in the Tuam Home were recorded as “In the Magdalen”.

In the letter, Prof Smith informed Senator McAleese of a circular he had discovered relating to a 1948 Government survey which recorded the number of ‘illegitimate’ children who were born and died in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes for the year ending March 31, 1947. All Public Assistance Authorities were asked to respond to the circular.

“According to the returns submitted to the government, 12 of the 22 ‘illegitimate’ children from Co Mayo born at the Baby Home, Tuam, died within the year. Likewise, 25 of the 49 ‘illegitimate’ children from Co Galway born at the Baby Home, Tuam, for the same period also died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Brave woman who was sexually abused by schoolmaster speaks publicly about her long fight for justice

AUSTRALIA
Now to Love

MAY 22, 2017

BY LORNA GRAY

A woman who was sexually abused when she was just 12 years old has broken her silence.

Lyndal was abused by housemaster Kevin Guy for eight months while boarding at the prestigious Toowoomba Prep, an Anglican Church private school.

Bravely speaking to 60 Minutes, Lyndal said:

“My will for life was stolen from me, at times I didn't care about the world. Things like my first kiss were stolen from me. Having a first boyfriend. All those sorts of things, was all... taken. And without permission.”

During the time she was abused, she’d beg her parents not to take her back to school after holidays but she didn’t tell anyone about the abuse. Lyndal said the predator could “make her life hell” at school and repeatedly told her: “Don't tell, no one's going to believe you”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Government's redress scheme 'will not meet ongoing needs of trauma survivors'

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Charlotte King

Abuse survivors in Ballarat say they are concerned the Federal Government's planned redress scheme will not meet the ongoing needs of trauma survivors, and has ignored the lifelong impacts of non-sexual institutional abuse.

The Federal Government has set aside $33 million to establish the scheme, and has been working to convince states, territories and religious institutions to sign up before the planned rollout in 2018.

Over the weekend, around 150 survivors and their supporters marched through the regional Victorian city chanting "no more silence".

The community was marching for the third time in support of the city's child sexual abuse survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Netflix Series 'The Keepers' Will Absolutely Enrage You And That's A Good Thing

UNITED STATES
Movie Pilot

By Allanah Faherty, writer at CREATORS.CO

With one massively successful true crime docuseries already under their belt, Netflix released their brand new true crime series, The Keepers, just days ago. But while all the trailers and teasers for #TheKeepers promised one thing — a series delving into the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik — it ends up delivering something else altogether, uncovering dark secrets about the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and decades of sexual abuse the church did nothing to prevent.

It's this unexpected diversion that really separates The Keepers from most other true crime shows you've seen before, because this series isn't one that predominantly focusses on those that committed the atrocities described, it's about the incredibly brave people who survived it, and have now risked it all by talking about it.

All too frequently in a true crime series of any form, the story is told from the perspective of the person who either committed the crime, is alleged to have committed it or is suspected of having committed it. Victim are often left at little more than a name, a photograph, and perhaps a few sound bites from friends or family. Names such as Teresa Halbach, Hae Min Lee and Susan Berman may all sound fairly unfamiliar, but paired with the names Steven Avery, Adnan Syed and Robert Durst they suddenly click into place. However this is where The Keepers differs, placing the victims front and center, and offering them a chance to tell their story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Fifty years on, Melbourne priest charged with sexual assault of Aboriginal girls

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Cameron Houston

A retired Catholic priest from Melbourne has been charged with the sexual assault of four Aboriginal girls at a West Australian orphanage more than 50 years ago.

Father Allan Mithen, 78, was recently arrested in Clifton Hill over the sexual abuse that allegedly occurred when he served as rector at the Wandering Mission between 1965 and 1969.

The elderly priest was charged with one count of rape, six counts of indecent assault and a further six counts of indecent dealing with a girl under the age of 13.

The four alleged victims were aged between eight and 15 at the time of the attacks.

Detectives from the WA Police's child abuse squad also charged two former teachers, aged 82 and 83, with sexually abusing Aboriginal girls at the mission, which housed orphans and members of the stolen generation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

May 21, 2017

15 years after Boston investigation, still work to do with clergy abuse

OHIO
The Columbus Dispatch

By Danae King
The Columbus Dispatch

Fifteen years after an investigation exposed widespread child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, critics say little has changed.

The Columbus Diocese, however, says it put measures in place to prevent abuse and believes they’ve made a difference.

Though the investigation done by the Spotlight investigative reporting team at The Boston Globe and published in 2002 surely raised awareness about clergy sexual abuse, it didn’t seem to reverberate in Columbus as it did in other dioceses, even others in Ohio.

In Cincinnati, attorney Konrad Kircher heard from about 100 victims in the three years after the investigation and estimates that he’s talked to 300 overall in the past 15 years.

“Everything blew up,” said Kircher, now partner at Rittgers and Rittgers in Lebanon in southwestern Ohio. “The Spotlight articles ... caused ripples throughout the nation.”

Kircher was among attorneys in the state who took on the cases, as well as one in Toledo and another in Cleveland. He said there wasn’t another attorney at the time taking cases in Columbus, which could be why there weren’t as many cases filed here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Report: Former Staten Island pastor brings $2M suit against Cardinal Dolan

NEW YORK
Staten Island Advance

BY TRACEY PORPORA Porpora@siadvance.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A former Midland Beach pastor is suing Cardinal Timothy Dolan and other Roman Catholic Church officials for $2 million for what he says were false child pornography claims, the NY Post reports.

The Rev. Keith Fennessy was barred from priestly ministry and booted from his position as pastor of St. Columba's R.C. Church in Manhattan on June 15, 2015, by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

An archdiocesan review board determined that Rev. Fennessy had images of minors on his personal and office computers that violated the church's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Dolan accepted the board's recommendation that Rev. Fennessy would no longer be allowed to serve as a priest, according to Catholic New York and Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the archdiocese.

In legal papers, Rev. Fennessy says that the cardinal, the archdiocese and its spokesman Joseph Zwilling and the Catholic New York newspaper made accusations "with a reckless disregard" for the truth," the report says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
5.21.2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.

Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an auxiliary bishop whose archbishop is not a cardinal; he is Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, the current auxiliary bishop of San Salvador.

The other churchmen who will receive red hats are: Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, 73; Archbishop Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, 71; Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden, 67; and Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, 73.

After briefly talking about the day's Gospel reading, leading the crowd in St. Peter's Square in reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer and greeting various groups present, instead of wishing everyone a good Sunday and a good lunch -- the normal procedure at the noon prayer -- Pope Francis made his announcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

Pope names five new cardinals, all from outside Italy and the Vatican

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella | VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis is to elevate five Roman Catholic prelates from outside Italy and the Vatican to the rank of cardinal, the elite group of churchmen who are his closest advisers and can enter a conclave to choose his successor.

The pope, making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, said the men came from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. The ceremony to elevate them, known as a consistory, would take place on June 28.

The fact that none of the five are Italian and none hold Vatican positions underscores Francis' conviction that the Church is a global institution that should become increasingly less Italian-centric.

Naming new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of the papacy, allowing a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

The new cardinals were named as Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako, Mali, Archbishop Juan José Omella, 71, of Barcelona, Spain, Bishop Anders Arborelius, 67, of Stockholm, Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, 73, of Pakse, Laos, and Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, 74, of San Salvador.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

Urgent plea to Irish adoptees and "home children" in US to tell their stories

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
IrishCentral

Dara Kelly @IrishCentral May 21, 2017

Were you adopted from Ireland? Or are you a mother whose child was adopted because you were unmarried there?

Were you born in a Mother and Baby Home, a County Home or similar place in Ireland?

Or are you a relative of an adopted person from Ireland? Or did you once work for an institution or agency involved with unmarried mothers and their children there?

The Adoption Rights Alliance and the Justice for Magdalenes Research group launched Clann in 2016 to gather the data and submit a group report to the ongoing Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Guam reaches Vatican, global audience a year since clergy sex abuses exposed

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com May 20, 2017

Within a year since former altar boy Roy Quintanilla came forward on May 17, 2016 to accuse Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of sexually abusing him in the 1970s, not only has the Vatican promptly stepped in but also placed a global spotlight on Guam’s clergy sex abuses.

“We’ve come a long way,” Quintanilla told Pacific Daily News. “We wouldn’t have come this far were it not for the Catholic community’s support. It’s amazing what we can do as a community.”

In a predominantly Catholic community, publicly accusing any priest, much less the Guam archbishop for some 30 years, was unthinkable, until Quintanilla and other former Agat altar boys stepped forward.

A year later, 66 clergy sex abuse lawsuits involving 11 Guam Catholic priests including Apuron have been filed in local and federal courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Anglican priest in adultery storm

ZIMBABWE
Nehanda Radio

Anglican Manicaland diocese priest, Reverend Gilbert Sambona, has been accused of having a romantic affair with a married parishioner.

Mr Clever Ndiringepi, a church member, claimed that the man of cloth was in an intimate relationship with his wife, Bridget. In November last year, Mr Ndiringepi wrote a two-paged letter of complaint to the Anglican Manicaland diocese leader, Bishop Erik Ruwona. “On the 1st of November 2016, I checked my wife’s (Bridget Ndiringepi) phone. I went through Whatsapp chats and came across a disturbing chat between her and a person saved as Mbona Rev, with the cell number +263 773 436 942 on the 31st of October 2016 and Sunday 30th October 2016.

“All these were love messages. It’s undoubted that the two are in love as per attached copies of the chat. I also noticed messages of the same nature between the two, even in my wife’s Netone number. “There were also Ecocash transfers from the Reverend to my wife… I have become very unsettled with this issue so much that I am now suffering from hypertension,” reads part of the letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Priest sues Timothy Cardinal Dolan over child porn claims

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Kathianne Boniello May 20, 2017

A Chelsea priest allegedly caught with child porn is suing Timothy Cardinal Dolan, among others, for $2 million, claiming he was falsely accused.

The Rev. Keith Fennessy was tossed from the pulpit at St. Columba Church in 2015 after the Archdiocese of New York said it discovered “pornographic material” on his computer. Fennessy was not criminally charged.

The priest now says in legal papers that the cardinal, the archdiocese and spokesman Joseph Zwilling and Catholic New York newspaper made the accusations with a “reckless disregard” for the truth.

In the 2016 Catholic New York article on the allegations being referred to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Zwilling confirmed the images found on Fennessy’s computer were “of minors.”

The DA eventually declined to prosecute Fennessy, and he was never defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

PROVOLO; la chiesa non consegnerà i documenti alla giustizia.

ITALIA/ARGENTINA
Rete L'Abuso

[PROVOLO: The church does not hand over the documents to justice.]

Al di là dei proclami della Santa Sede puntualmente riportati dalla stampa, nel concreto l’ennesimo rifiuto della Santa Sede a collaborare con la giustizia.

PROVOLO la chiesa non informerà la giustizia

La commissione del Vaticano che indaga sulle denunce di abuso all’istituto Provolo, ha dichiarato che lo impedisce un accordo tra Vaticano e Argentina .

Il giorno prima di partire, dopo la sua seconda visita per l’indagine interna alla chiesa che vuole accertare se i due sacerdoti dell’istituto (già denunciati a Verona anni fa) sono colpevoli delle decine di abusi di cui sono accusati. Il vicario giudiziale del vaticano ha dato appuntamento ai giornalisti in un hotel del centro per una conferenza stampa , per parlare del suo lavoro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

State to change sex-abuse laws

ILLINOIS
Journal Courier

AP

Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases, a change prosecutors and a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for after Hastert was imprisoned for violating banking laws while trying to silence a student he abused decades ago.

The Illinois House unanimously approved the legislation Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who supports it.

State Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued Hastert’s case provided a prime example of why Illinois should join 36 other states and the federal government in removing its time limits for charging people accused of child-sex crimes.

A federal judge dubbed Hastert “a serial child molester” at his sentencing last year, saying the former speaker sexually abused at least four former students at Yorkville High School in suburban Chicago from 1965 to 1981.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Places Father Joseph Maskell Worked Show That 'The Keepers' Subject Was Employed By Several Ministries

MARYLAND
Bustle

ByALAINA URQUHART-WHITE

With its new docuseries The Keepers, Netflix is diving into a cold case that has remained unsolved for decades. The series takes a deep look at the mysterious 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, who was a beloved teacher at Archbishop Keough Catholic High School in Baltimore. But, the series isn't only focused on Cesnik's story. It also delves into the many allegations of sexual abuse against Keough's chaplain, Father Joseph Maskell. Maskell was never charged with a crime and denied the allegations until his death in 2001, and told The Baltimore Sun in 1994 that "I never had sex with a kid ... It is absolutely untrue." Because of the allegations, The Sunday Times reports that Maskell was stripped of his ministry by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1994 but continued to gain employment after fleeing to Ireland in 1996. So, where else did Father Maskell work?

According to the Archdiocese of Baltimore website, before working as chaplain at Keough High School, Maskell served at Sacred Heart of Mary in Baltimore from 1965 to 1966. After that, he moved on to work at St. Clement in Lansdowne from 1966 to 1968. He then worked as the chaplain for Archbishop Keough Catholic High School from 1967 to 1975 and was also chaplain for the Baltimore police department during that time, according to The Times article. Additionally he worked at Our Lady of Victory from 1968 to 1970. Between 1970 and 1980, Maskell was living and "assisting" at St. Clement, while he served at the Division of Schools from 1975 to 1980. Between 1980 and 1982, he served at Annunciation before moving on to Holy Cross from 1982 to 1992. His final stint of employment in the United States before he fled to Ireland was for St. Augustine in Elkridge from 1993 to 1994.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore acknowledged the allegations against Maskell in a statement to Bustle.

"Since the 1990s, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore first learned of an allegation of child sexual abuse against Maskell, and on numerous occasions since, the Archdiocese has publicly acknowledged and apologized for the horrific abuse committed by him. The Archdiocese reported the allegations to civil authorities in the 1990s and cooperated fully in any investigation, removed Father Maskell’s faculties to function as a priest, apologized to victims and offered them counseling assistance, sought additional victims, and provided direct financial assistance to 16 individuals abused by Maskell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Who Is Teresa Lancaster On 'The Keepers'? She's A Survivor Telling Her Story

UNITED STATES
Romper

By Megan Walsh

Netflix's upcoming true crime documentary series The Keepers revisits the 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, who was brutally killed decades ago. Cesnik taught at the Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore alongside the school chaplain Father Joseph Maskell and Director of Religious Services Father Neil Magnus, both of whom were allegedly abusing some of the girls (neither Maskell or Magnus was convicted of sexual assault, denying any part in accusations). Years later in the '90s, two women came forward to share what happened to them during their time at Keough. One of those women was named Teresa Lancaster. But who is Teresa Lancaster on The Keepers?

Currently, Lancaster is an attorney living in Baltimore and a child sexual abuse activist who works with victims through the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests. But she was also one of the women who brought Father Maskell's abuse to light. In 1994, she and another former Keough student named Jean Wehner filed a suit against Maskell, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (who ran the school), and a gynecologist named Dr. Christian Richter. Neither Lancaster nor Wehner truly saw justice served for what happened to them, but they did make public the abuse that had formerly been a closely-kept secret. (Like Maskell, Richter maintained his innocence and said he had not been part of any abuse.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Pope Francis’ and Trump’s Common Ground

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on May 21, 2017 by Betty Clermont

“There’s an expectation that the relationship between President Trump and Pope Francis will be difficult to establish [but] that is not the case at all,” Louis Bono, temporary charge d’affaires in the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, said. When the pope and Trump meet on May 24, “They’ll have the opportunity to speak frankly if there are any areas of differences, but more so, to focus on those areas where we do have common ground and to identify how we can work together further,” Bono said.

In a White House Rose Garden ceremony on May 4, Trump decried the “attacks against the Little Sisters of the Poor” before signing his executive order on “religious freedom.” He invited the sisters present to stand beside him and shook the hands of two of them. Trump congratulated them and told the sisters that they “sort of just won a lawsuit.” He added, “I want you to know, your long ordeal will soon be over,” referring to their lawsuit against Obamacare that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

After Trump’s announcement, Sister Constance Veit, a spokesperson for the religious community, “summed up her hopes for what lies ahead with a football analogy. ‘We’re on the one-yard line, first down. We just have to get it over the goal line,’” she said.

Pope Francis met with the Little Sisters of the Poor while in the U.S. in support of their lawsuit. The year before, the pope granted a private audience to Hobby Lobby’s Green family, asking them “how their Supreme Court fight against President Obama’s contraception mandate was progressing.” ...

“MY CARDINALS”

During the primaries, the USCCB video, “The Right to Religious Freedom,” showed a clip of Hillary Clinton while a voice-over intoned that “the government is stopping us from practicing our faith.”

When Wikileaks released the “hacked Democratic National Committee data from Russian intelligence” on Oct. 11, Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails were included. His correspondence relating to the Catholic Church was seized upon by the U.S. bishops, although it was several years old and had nothing to do with Clinton or any political campaign.

In short, the bishops’ attacks against Clinton and Podesta were hyperbolic, dishonest and highly partisan, including those made by the prelate of Wall Street, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the elected president of the USCCB.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Who Killed Sister Cathy? New Netflix Series Alleges Church Cover-Up

MARYLAND
National Catholic Register

A question posed by the Netflix series is whether Sister Cathy Cesnik knew of a priest's abuse – and whether that knowledge played a part in her murder.

Kathy Schiffer

A seven-part Netflix docu-series scheduled to air beginning Friday, May 19 will focus on priestly sexual abuse of high school students in Baltimore in the 1960s, and the subsequent murder of a 26-year-old nun who may have discovered the abuse.

“The Keepers” will no doubt titillate viewers with its sordid tale of sex and murder; but what it is not expected to do, say officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is accurately reflect the Archdiocese's efforts to deal with the abuse and to cooperate with the murder investigation of the nun.

The series will reportedly suggest a connection between the abuse cases and the death of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, S.S.N.D. – although the recent exhumation of the body of Fr. Joseph Maskell fails to substantiate that connection.

Does “The Keepers” Accurately Reflect the Archdiocese's Role?

In their quest to produce a blockbuster exposé, the writers of “The Keepers” interviewed women who were sexually abused as high school girls in the 1960s and '70s by Fr. Joseph Maskell, then chaplain of Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School. The victims allege that Fr. Maskell was involved in the death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, who once taught at the same school, and that there was a cover-up on the part of the Archdiocese – although they provide no evidence to support their claim. In fact, neither the abuse nor the suggestion that Maskell might be involved in the nun's death were known to the Archdiocese or to the police until the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Loud Fence march 2017: Victims, supporters march against abuse | Photos

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Jeremy Venosta
@jeremyvenosta

21 May 2017

Victims and their supporters made their voices heard in the fight against sexual abuse during a march on Sturt Street on Sunday afternoon.

Two years two the day after the Loud Fence movement first took to Ballarat’s streets, community members returned to make a stand and keep the issue at the forefront of public debate.

Loud Fence started during the Royal Commission into child sex abuse by the Catholic clergy in the Ballarat.

Its message was about giving support to victims so they felt comfortable enough to come forward and talk about their experience.

The Royal Commission has finished hearing from victims and maintaining support for them remains a key issue for Loud Fence members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Victims Name Ex-Westchester Priests Who Sexually Abused Them

NEW YORK
Lewisboro Daily Voice

A group of men who were sexually abused as children by Archdiocese of New York priests who worked in the Hudson Valley named their abusers as financial terms of settlements they received through the archdiocese’s new sexual abuse survivor compensation fund were released, according to the New York Times.

The lawyer for the seven victims said they had each received settlements of $150,000 to $350,000 each from the archdiocese, The Times reported.

The cases involved the following priests from the area:

* Rev. Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, who was removed from the ministry in 2002, after working at Holy Name of Mary in Croton-on-Hudson, St. Mary's in Wappingers Falls, St. Joseph's Seminary and St. Eugene's in Yonkers, St. Mary's in Poughkeepsie, St. Denis in Hopewell Junction and Immaculate Conception in Tuckahoe.

* Rev. Richard Gorman, who worked at St. Barnabas Church in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx about a block away from Yonkers, was removed in January 2016 after being accused of abusing Westchester minors.

* Rev. Peter Kihm, who was removed from Good Shepherd in Rhinebeck in 2016 following abuse allegations after earlier working in Westchester and Rockland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

May 20, 2017

Abusi, la vergogna e la lotta dei vescovi argentini

ARGENTINA
Rete L'Abuso

[Shame, guilt and sadness. Ache. These are the words of monsignor Sergio Buenanueva, responsible for the prevention of sexual abuse against children in the Argentina episcopate.The church in the birth of the pope is going through a serious crisis following the scandal in the institute for deaf children "Provolo" in Mendoza.]

Intervista con Sergio Buenanueva, vescovo di San Francisco e presidente della Commissione dei Ministeri della Conferenza episcopale argentina, sulla risposta della Chiesa contro le violenze sessuali su minori

Vergogna, rimorso e tristezza. Dolore. Sono le parole di monsignor Sergio Buenanueva, responsabile della prevenzione degli abusi sessuali contro i minori nell’episcopato argentino. La Chiesa nel Paese natale del Papa sta attraversando una grave crisi a seguito dello scandalo nell’istituto per bambini sordomuti “Próvolo”, a Mendoza. Di questo e di altro Vatican Insider ne parla con il vescovo di San Francisco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Il prof di religione accusato di atti sessuali con un’alunna di 14 anni

ITALIA
Giornalettismo

[Teacher of religion accused of sexual acts with a student, 14.]

Un 48enne, sposato e con figli, a processo a Palermo

Un ex professore di religione dell’istituto Gonzaga di Palermo è finito a processo con l’accusa di aver fatto sesso con un’alunna di 14 anni. Per l’insegnante, 48 anni, sposato e padre di due figli, la Procura ha chiesto e ottenuto il giudizio immediato. Avrebbe abusato dell’allieva minorenne nel 2015. A maggio dello scorso anno è finito agli arresti domiciliari. Ha poi scelto il rito abbreviato. Il processo è iniziato da poco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

How bishops should respond to news of an alleged sex abuse case

ROME
Rome Reports

[with video]

2017-05-20

When a bishop receives news of an alleged sex abuse case, some may be surprised to know there is a process when handling each case.

MIGUEL YAÑEZ
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
"When this large number of cases exploded in some countries in the Church, in my opinion the greatest indignation was not only the existence of these cases, but the mismanagement by the leaders of the Church. I think that point is a point that is changing. Today there are some clear rules about what a bishop or religious superior must do when he receives a complaint from a victim."

FR. JUSTIN WACHS
Canon Lawyer
"When a bishop receives an accusation, he's going to do everything he can to make himself or his staff available to receive the alleged victim's story and denunciation of the cleric: the priest or deacon or maybe even a bishop. That's not an easy moment because that person usually comes hurting. It's a very challenging moment.”

The first step is to question the truth and credibility of the case and reliability of the persons involved. There should be a clear statement of compliance with both civil and Church authorities, and requirements and neutrality in order to investigate the matter.

Once the bishop receives the news, he begins the process of the preliminary investigation, gathering all evidence from both sides. He must act quickly, but not react to the case without listening and considering both sides.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Alhambra Catholic School teacher arrested for sexual relations with former student

CALIFORNIA
Fox LA

MAY 17 2017

(FOX 11) - An Alhambra teacher was arrested today for allegedly having sexual relations with a former student at an all-girls Catholic school.

Alhambra Police arrested 42 year old Diana Yniguez also known as Diana Wendel. They say she had unlawful sexual relations with her former 17 year old student

Police say the high school teacher met the girl in her class two years ago at Ramona Convent Secondary School.

On Tuesday, investigators say one of the girl's family member saw sexual text messages the teacher had sent, and told the girl's father, who showed police the phone.

Detectives say the relationship started in March of this year...and the interactions took place at school and in the teacher's car.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Ramona Convent teacher arrested for sexual relationship with student, cops say

CALIFORNIA
ABC 7

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (KABC) -- A female teacher was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a student at an all-girls Catholic school in Alhambra, according to authorities.

Alhambra police said 42-year-old Diana Wendel, a teacher at Ramona Convent Secondary School for the past three years, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a graphic text was found on a student's phone by her relative on Tuesday.

Officials said the student's father reported the text message and turned the cellphone over to police.

"A concerned relative of the female victim actually discovered the sexually graphic text messages and obviously alerted the parent who in turn came to the police department to report this," Sgt. Steven Carr with the Alhambra Police Department said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Female teacher, 42, at all-girls Catholic school is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, 17, after 'graphic texts were uncovered by the pupil's parents'

CALIFORNIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

A female teacher at an all-girls Catholic school has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a student after a graphic text message was allegedly uncovered by the girl's parents.

Diana Wendel, a teacher at Ramona Convent Secondary School, was arrested on Wednesday in Alhambra, California.

The 42-year-old, who has taught at the school for three years, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old girl over the past two to three months.

The sexual contact allegedly took place on the school's campus in Wendel's car.

Police said the girl's father alerted them to the situation after being made aware of a graphic text message on Tuesday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Lawsuit: Film raised memories of sexual abuse by Albuquerque priests

NEW MEXICO
The Taos News

By Uriel J. Garcia
The New Mexican

A lawsuit filed in April 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 6:16 AM

"The Keepers" elicits local reaction

MARYLAND
ABC 2

[with video]

Brian Kuebler

BALTIMORE - “The Keepers” dropped early Friday morning.

The seven part documentary lays bare all the theories surrounding the 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and the role Father Joseph Maskell may have played in it.

But the abuse Maskell was accused of is also at issue.

"Oh I think it is a story that is highly relevant, needed to be told," said attorney Sheldon Jacobs.

Jacobs represented 13 victims who alleged Maskell abused them some 45 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Former St. Francis principal to be back in court for embezzlement next month

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Union Leader

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON

NASHUA — A local judge will consider next month whether the former principal at St. Francis of Assisi School, accused of stealing more than $152,000 from the private school in Litchfield, is now competent to stand trial.

It has been nearly four years since Shannon Dannible, 40, of Amesbury, Mass., was indicted on a felony count of unauthorized taking or transfer in connection with the alleged embezzlement; she has been free on bail since her arrest several years ago. Last August, Judge Jacalyn Colburn deemed that Dannible was incompetent to stand trial, but said at the time that if Dannible continued attending psychotherapy and treatment, her competency may potentially be restored within the year.

Dannible allegedly stole $152,468 from the Catholic school’s bank accounts by issuing herself checks, withdrawing cash for herself and directing school funds to pay off personal debts during a four-year period when she was an administrator at the school from 2007-2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

May 19, 2017

Manter vs. Abdelahad: Memorandum Denying Motion for Summary Judgment

MASSACHUSETTS
Pokrov

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 05/18/2017
Publication: Pokrov.org

Memorandum of Decision and Order on Defendants' Motions for Summary Judgment

Pokrov.org has obtained a copy of the Memorandum of Decision and Order on Defendants’ Motions for Summary Judgment in the case of Manter vs. Abdelahad. A copy of the order is linked above.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 PM

Priest’s Defense Lawyer Back In Court For Possible Gag Order Violation

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

May 19, 2017 By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — While the re-trial of Monsignor William Lynn in the church sex-abuse scandal may be a year away, lawyers were back in court for a hearing on whether his defense lawyer violated the judge’s gag order.

After a routine hearing recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer incorrectly described the charge Msgr. Lynn faces.

The caption below his photo read he is “accused of sexual misconduct.” He is not.

The 66-year old Lynn is charged with one count of child endangerment involving his supervisory role over priests accused of sexual misconduct.

Even though Judge Gwendolyn Bright imposed a gag order barring the lawyers and parties from publicly discussing the case, when defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom opened his Inquirer the following morning, he admits to “losing his temper.”

He sent off a flurry of emails to longtime Inquirer reporter Joe Slobodzian, who had absolutely nothing to do with the error. His story was correct. The people who wrote the caption got it wrong.

Judge Bright did not fault Bergstrom for getting the paper to fix the mistake, but she did lay into him for cc’ing – copying his remarks – to another reporter who writes an on-line blog.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 PM

Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize for residential schools in Canada

CANADA
Hamilton Spectator

Waterloo Region Record
By Joanna Smith

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis for a formal apology for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the residential school system when the two meet during a private audience later this month.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — among the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark history and legacy of residential schools.

Trudeau, who has promised to act on all 94 recommendations, has previously promised to speak to the Pope about an apology, but noted he could not compel him to agree.

"It is a conversation that is going to have to happen between the two gentlemen," said a federal government official, who spoke on the condition that sources not be named.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM

When the clergy are the 1%

UNITED STATES
Questions from a Ewe

This might strike readers as unusual but sometimes I just don’t know what to say.

Earlier this month I received an email from the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) inviting me to join its rector on a pilgrimage. PNAC is the US bishops’ seminary in Rome. Somehow, I do not think of myself as being on the PNAC’s “A” list for invitations to anything. Nonetheless, I received the invitation.

Maybe some readers would like to join the PNAC trip so here’s a link to the flyer advertising the trip.

Receiving the invitation is not what left me speechless. It was the pilgrimage’s description and price…$7,699 per person for a 9 night luxury cruise on the Mediterranean. There is also an option for $12,399 per person for folks with more discerning tastes. The flyer describes free-flowing champagne, butlers, room service, shoe shine service, spas and marble-clad bathrooms…you know…all the amenities Jesus had. I am sure there will be reflection exercise on “where would Jesus cruise” and “what kind of marble would inspire Jesus to excrete.”

To put this in perspective, the global annual median salary in 2012 was estimated at about $1,225 USD. Thus, the modest per person pilgrimage package, in the name of Jesus, is equivalent to about 6 people’s annual income. About every day and a half on the cruise, each of these fine pious folks will burn through the equivalent of one person’s entire annual income. The more luxurious package equates to 10 people’s annual income, burning through more than a person’s annual income equivalent per day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

Según enviados del Vaticano “los chicos se enamoran y denuncian por despecho”

ARGENTINA
El Dia

[According to Vatican envoys "the boys fall in love and denounce by spite"]

"Hay personas despechadas. Por ejemplo, una chica, un chico… se enamora de un sacerdote, y éste no le responde. Tan despechado puede ser el varón como la mujer. Entonces, lo denuncian". En esos términos se refirió uno de los sacerdotes, que forma parte de la Comitiva enviada por el Vaticano a investigar los casos de abusos en el Instituto Provolo, al referirse al origen de las denuncias por ataques sexuales que involucran a miembros de la Iglesia Católica.

Según la mirada del cura Dante Simón muchas de las denuncias por abuso que se radican no son verdaderas y se fundamentan en “despechos” que tienen los denunciantes con los ministros religiosos por “no responder”. Simón se encuentra desde hace algunas semanas en Mendoza para tratar de echar luz sobre los sucesos ocurridos en el Instituto Antonio Próvolo de Luján de Cuyo. Junto a Juan Martínez encabezan la comisión investigadora.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Herald

In an interview addressing scandal in Mendoza, Father Dante Simón talks of kids who ‘fall in love with a priest’ and are rejected

A Vatican envoy sent to investigate a shocking paedophilia cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province — where priests and employees have been accused of the systematic sexual abuse of minors over decades — has sparked outrage after describing some of the children who laid claims as “spiteful.”

Father Dante Simón, one of the two envoys sent by the Vatican to probe the scandal, suggested that some accusations have been dismissed because they were invented by “spiteful” boys who had fallen in love with priests and were rejected. Despite the fact that more than 60 former students have come forward with allegations involving sexual abuse at the institute, Simón chose to highlight “dismissed” cases.

“A few (cases) have been dismissed,” the priest told the Mendoza Post. “Because there are people who are spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back. The boy can be very spiteful like a woman can. So, they denounce him (the priest),” Simón told reporter Martín Tejerina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

School pitches that are to be sold by Christian Brothers are zoned for housing

IRELAND
The Journal

OVER SEVEN ACRES of school playing fields to be sold by the Christian Brothers to pay compensation for child abuse are already zoned for housing for any potential developers.

Yesterday, it emerged how the land surrounding Clonkeen College in Deansgrange, south Dublin, was to be sold without the prior knowledge of the Board of Management or parents of pupils.

The land, which is expected to fetch over €18 million, has been zoned for housing since as 1998, making it a desired target for developers.

The news has been condemned by locals and school officials. They said a lot of money has been put into the school’s facilities and that the strategy for the next 10 years revolved around keeping the fields.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Victorian state prosecutor lobbied by Cardinal’s lawyers

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 20, 2017

REBECCA URBAN
JournalistMelbourne
@RurbsOz

Lawyers acting for George Pell lobbied the Victorian state prosecutor over a new book about the senior Catholic figure in an apparent bid to thwart its planned release in the midst of an active police investigation.

Law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth also wrote repeatedly to publisher Melbourne University Press to warn of potential legal consequences if the book made it to print.

The publisher’s chief executive, Louise Adler, confirmed she had received three letters from lawyers representing Cardinal Pell in the lead-up to the release of journalist Louise Milligan’s book Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell on Monday.

By Wednesday, Victoria Police confirmed the Office of Public Prosecutions, which had been considering a brief of evidence relating to historic sex-abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell since February, had provided official advice on whether charges should be laid.

The allegations have been vehemently denied by Cardinal Pell, a senior church official based at the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Pell publicity an abuse of process, warns Pearson

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 20, 2017

DENNIS SHANAHAN
Political EditorCanberra

Noel Pearson has delivered an ­impassioned plea for fair treatment for George Pell as concern grows about “journalistic vigilantism” in the form of allegations that risk undermining any chance of a fair trial.

The indigenous rights campaigner, lawyer and respected public advocate says what is happening to Cardinal Pell is “just not right”, and an abuse of process that threatens everyone’s rights.

“Those who seek truth and justice for victims of abuse should be alarmed at the way this journalistic vigilantism imperils fair legal process,” Mr Pearson said.

He said he was ashamed “more of us” had not spoken out and ­lifted “our heads above the parapets to face the certitude of these ­latter-day Robespierres”.

The Law Institute of Victoria has also raised concerns about publicity jeopardising Cardinal Pell’s chance of a fair trial should he face an Australian court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Bill Pushed in 2016 by Hastert Victim Eliminating Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Crimes Set to Become Law

ILLINOIS
WSPY News

Tyler Bachman May 19, 2017

A bill that will eliminate statutes of limitations for child sex crimes and one that highlights former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's child sex scandal is on its way to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk for a signature.

That measure passed in the Illinois House on Thursday and the Gov. has indicated his intention to sign the bill - ultimately doing away with any and all limitation against a felony Criminal Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse crime against a child.

Current law states that serious sexual offenses against children must be reported and prosecuted within 20 years of the survivor turning 18. Two exceptions to the law are listed, one, in which physical evidence proved the abuse, and the second in which a mandated reporter didn’t report the abuse.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Scott Cross testified in 2016 about Hastert's sexual abuse and their support of the bill that passed, Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Lawmakers Vote To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations On Child Sex Crimes

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Pointing to former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s admission he molested boys decades ago when he was a teacher and wrestling coach, Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation to do away with the statute of limitations on child sex crimes, and Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to sign it.

Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term for violating banking laws to cover up hush money payments to one of his victims. At his sentencing, he admitted to sexually abusing boys when he was a teacher at Yorkville High School. However, prosecutors were not able to charge him with sex abuse, because his crimes did not come to light until after the statute of limitations had passed.

One of his victims, Scott Cross, testified at an Illinois Senate hearing last year, urging lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes. Cross was only 17 when he was abused by Hastert in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Sozial untauglich, sexuell missbraucht

SCHWEIZ
Neue Zurcher Zeitung

[There were cases of sexual abuse or other violence against children in several children's homes.This is evidenced by a study. Graubünden plays a special role in coercive measures.]

von Jörg Krummenacher 18.5.2017

In jedem zehnten Bündner Kinderheim gab es Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch oder sonstiger Gewalt gegen Kinder. Dies belegt eine Studie. Graubünden spielt bei Zwangsmassnahmen eine Sonderrolle.

Rund 150 staatliche und private Kinderheime gab es im Zeitraum zwischen den 1950er und den 1980er Jahren im Kanton Graubünden – eine im nationalen Vergleich hohe Zahl. Dass es in manchen Heimen der Schweiz wenig idyllisch zu und her ging, ist im Lauf der vergangenen Jahre bereits mehrfach ans Licht gekommen. Graubünden stellt dabei keine Ausnahme dar, wie nun eine 2015 von der Kantonsregierung in Auftrag gegebene Studie belegt. Das Autorenteam um Tanja Rietmann vom Zentrum für Geschlechterforschung der Universität Bern stellt fest, dass massive Schläge, Essensentzug, Einsperren oder Herabwürdigen gängige Praktiken waren. Zudem liessen sich für knapp zehn Prozent der Bündner Heime Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch oder sonstiger Gewaltanwendung gegenüber Kindern in den Akten nachweisen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Government considers advice on Tuam mother-and-baby home

IRELAND
Irish Times

Lorna Siggins

Advice from international experts on the future of “significant” children’s remains found at a mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway will be considered by a Government inter-departmental committee on Friday.

The interdepartmental committee has been established by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone with a remit to source “appropriate” technical expertise, both national and international.

The remains were found during archaeological work initiated last year for the Commission on the Investigation of Mother and Baby Homes, and have been referred to the county coroner.

The inter-departmental group, which is chaired by her department’s secretary-general Dr Fergal Lynch, is expected to report back before the end of May on the best expertise to advise on the next stages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

Two more sex abuse cases filed against church, Boy Scouts

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post May 19, 2017

Two more victims, who allege that former Guam priest Louis Brouillard sexually abused them, have filed lawsuits recently in the local court.

Attorney Michael Berman and his two clients, with the initials E.T. and J.S., filed complaints in the Superior Court of Guam earlier this month against the Archdiocese of Agana, Brouillard and the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council Chamorro District. Both victims are former altar boys and Boy Scouts.

Berman is the latest attorney to join a growing list of attorneys who have filed, collectively, more than 60 sex-abuse cases involving former Guam priests.

The first, a 53-year-old man of Barrigada, E.T., alleged Brouillard sexually molested him between 1977 and 1979 when he was 13 or 14 years old and an altar boy at the San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada.

According to court documents, Brouillard served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Agana and a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. Brouillard had access to his alleged victims through both church and Boy Scouts functions, the lawsuit alleges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

NEW YORK TIMES SHOWS BIAS IN ABUSE REPORTING

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the way the New York Times covers stories on the sexual abuse of minors:

Newspapers are expected to print news, but that was most certainly not the case today with the New York Times.

It ran a story of almost 800 words on the compensation program of the New York Archdiocese for victims of sexual abuse. There was nothing new in the article: The names of the six priests, who committed their offenses in the 1970s and 1980s, had already been made public. So what was the point? None of the priests are in ministry and five were booted.

It could be argued that the New York Times has an obligation to cover everything and anything about the sexual abuse of minors. But that is simply not true, and I will prove it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

If you’re a conservative christian, don’t expect the benefit of due process

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 20, 2017

GERARD HENDERSON
Columnist

If Cardinal George Pell was anything other than Australia’s best known Christian who happens to be a social conservative and holds the third most senior position in the Vatican, the civil libertarians in our midst would be calling for him to receive due process.

Instead, with the notable ­exception of lawyer Terry O’Gorman in Brisbane, there has been ­silence as a baying pack of jour­nalists and some politicians effectively have branded Pell guilty of historical child sexual abuse. ­Before charges have been laid or a trial conducted.

This is what we know of the ­allegations against Pell. In February last year, the Herald Sun revealed that he was to be subjected to a police investigation concerning crimes that allegedly took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne between 1996 and 2001. To accept this allegation you have to believe that Pell was an ­active pederast at the very time he set up the Melbourne ­Response to deal with child sexual abuse in co-operation with Victoria Police and after consulting the Victorian governor, premier and solicitor-general, along with male and female lawyers. Pell must have been completely reckless or is innocent of the allegations made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Sexual abuse victims set to get access to compensation

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 19, 2017

REBECCA URBAN
JournalistMelbourne
@RurbsOz

The federal government is expected to release draft legislation for the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of sexual abuse by August and is confident the states and territories, as well as non-government groups, will choose to take part.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter today met with state and territory attorney’s general as well as the heads of major churches and charities in a bid to work out arrangements for the scheme, which will provide financial compensation as well as support services to a potential 60,000 claimants across the country.

Mr Porter has encouraged them all to opt-in to the scheme, arguing that a national approach was the best way to ensure that victims received redress as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“There was a large amount of good faith and very positive contribution.” he said following the meeting, which was held in Melbourne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

First photo of fugitive principal Malka Leifer since she fled Melbourne

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL
Herald Sun

Shannon Deery, Herald Sun
May 19, 2017

A PRINCIPAL on the run from Victorian authorities is living overseas after beating attempts to have her extradited.

The first new picture of Malka Leifer emerged this week almost a decade after she fled Melbourne hours after allegations of her rampant sexual abuse were made public.

The mother of eight had been living under house arrest but is now free to come and go as she pleases while living in hiding in Israel.

She claimed she was psychotic to beat extradition attempts but was this week spotted enjoying herself during a traditional Jewish festival in the town of Meron.

The picture was taken by a Melbourne woman and has been verified by Leifer’s alleged victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Alleged abuse victims angry after photos surface of wanted former principal 'living free' in Israel

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL
ABC News

By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill

Victims say they are angry a school principal wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse has been allegedly spotted at a religious festival in Israel, despite her lawyers' claims she is too ill to attend two years of extradition hearings.

Israeli prosecutors have told the ABC they are examining purported photos of Malka Leifer taken last week in a town in northern Israel.

Police want Malka Leifer returned to Melbourne, but for two years she has been fighting her extradition to Australia in the Israeli courts.

For the alleged victims of Ms Leifer's abuse, like 29-year-old Dassi Erlich, the surfacing of the photo has turned her world upside down.

Starting when she was 15, Ms Erlich said she endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of Ms Leifer, then principal of her ultra-orthodox Jewish girls' school in Melbourne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

St. Petersburg court extends detention of Russian priest charged with pedophilia

RUSSIA
RAPSI

ST. PETERSBURG, May 19 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The St. Petersburg City Court has extended detention of Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who stands charged with sexual abuse of children, until June 14, RAPSI learnt on Friday from the court’s press-service.

According to investigators, Grozovsky committed several crimes against minors in 2011 and 2013.

In 2013, he fled to Israel and applied for citizenship. However, his application was dismissed.

In April 2014, Grozovsky was put on the international wanted list. Israeli police arrested him in September. In January 2015, a court in Jerusalem ruled that the priest should be extradited to Russia pursuant to the European Convention on Extradition. The ruling was appealed but rejected. In April 2016, the Justice Minister signed an order on Grozovsky’s extradition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Update: Lawsuit Against Archpriest Michael Abdelahad

MASSACHUSETTS
Pokrov

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 05/10/2017
Publication: Pokrov.org

On May 1, 2017, the judge in the case of Manter vs. Abdelahad denied the defendants motion for summary judgment. Pokrov.org is working to obtain a copy of the memorandum denying the motion.

The case is currently scheduled for jury trial to begin on June 1, 2017. However, the defendants recently filed motions to postpone the upcoming court proceedings.

Susan Manter filed her lawsuit against the priest and others more than three years ago, in September of 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Former priest Grecco found guilty of molestation

CANADA
The Standard

By Allan Benner, The Standard
Thursday, May 18, 2017

For the second time since 2010, former priest Donald Grecco pleaded guilty to charges related to the molestation of two boys more than 40 years ago.

He was in a St. Catharines courtroom last Friday, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of gross indecency, following the September 2015 arrest of the then-75-year-old by Haldimand County OPP officers.

The charges were related to incidents that took place between 1977 and 1982 in Niagara Falls, Haldimand County and in the United States at a time when Grecco was working as a priest at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls, St. Kevin’s Church in Welland and St. Stephen’s Church in Cayuga.

Grecco is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 7.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Teachers at Deansgrange school feel ‘betrayed’ over sale of pitches

IRELAND
Irish Times

Carl O'Brien, Tim O'Brien

The decision by the Congregation of the Christian Brothers to sell eight acres of playing fields in a Dublin school has “betrayed” its teachers, the school’s principal told parents last night.

Clonkeen College in Deansgrange will lose most of its playing fields after the Christian Brothers-created trust announced plans to sell off two-thirds of the school’s sports pitches.

Speaking before nearly 500 people at an emergency meeting last night, the school’s principal, Mr Edward Melly that he is “still in shock” after he learned of the sell-off plan. ...

Redress payments

He said he was told €10m had to be paid to the Minister for Education as part of the Christian Brothers’ redress payments for abuse of children who had been in their care. Unspecified amounts of money from the sale would go towards sustaining the ageing Brothers community and legal costs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Rabbi ordered to pay $20 million for sex abuse allegation

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

By Daniel Tepfer

BRIDGEPORT - A local lawyer has won a $20 million verdict against a prominent rabbi accused of sexually abusing a teenage student in 2002.

A federal court jury deliberated nearly two days before ordering New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven on Thursday to pay the plaintiff, Eliyahu Mirlis, now 28, $15 million plus $5 million in punitive damages.

“The justice system works,” said Mirlis’ lawyer, Antonio Ponvert III, of the local law firm Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder. “My client came forward showing great courage to right a wrong and to protect other children. Child abuse in all its forms must end and this is a step in that process.”

The lawsuit claims that beginning in the fall of 2002 and continuing for the entirety of the victim’s sophomore, junior and senior high school years, when he was 15, 16 and 17 years old, “Rabbi Greer repeatedly and continuously sexually abused, exploited, and assaulted him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Jury awards victim $20M in Connecticut rabbi sexual abuse case

CONNECTICUT
WTNH

[with video]

By Jesse Gosselin, News 8 Digital Executive Producer
Published: May 18, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A jury Thursday awarded $20 million to the victim in a sexual abuse case against a New Haven rabbi.

New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were was ordered to pay the victim, 29-year-old Eliyahu Mirlis, $15 million, plus $5 million in punitive damages, after a jury in the federal civil case deliberated for nearly two days.

Mirlis filed the federal lawsuit against Greer in 2016. Greer was his former principal at Yeshiva of New Haven. The suit alleged that the rabbi had sexually abused him hundreds of times over the course of three years while he was a student.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court because the victim resides in New Jersey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Man who says New Haven rabbi sexually abused him awarded $20 million

CONNECTICUT
Fox 61

MAY 18, 2017, BY DOUG STEWART AND CARMEN CHAU

NEW HAVEN -- A jury awarded $20 million to a man who accused a New Haven rabbi of repeated sexual abuse.

In the federal suit, Eliyahu Mirlis accused Rabbi Daniel Greer, founder of an Orthodox Jewish school and prominent neighborhood resident, of sexual abuse him while Mirlis was a student at the school.

The jury awarded $15 million to the plaintiff. He was also was entitled to punitive damaged of one third of the verdict by state law.

The lawsuit said Rabbi Daniel Greer, the principal and rabbi for the all-boys Yeshiva of New Haven / The Gan School, sexually abused the plaintiff, Eliyahu Mirlis, now 28. Attorneys filed the lawsuit in federal court last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer found liable for $15 million in civil trial alleging he sexually abused a student

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register

HARTFORD >> A federal jury Thursday awarded a New Jersey man $15 million in his civil lawsuit accusing Daniel Greer, a prominent New Haven rabbi, real estate developer and founder of an Orthodox Jewish school of sexually abusing him for years while he attended Greer’s yeshiva.

The verdict was read at 3:40 p.m., with jurors in agreement that there was enough evidence to find Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven legally liable over the victim’s accusations that Greer raped and sexually molested him over several years.

The jury was tasked with determining liability on civil counts against Greer and the yeshiva. The counts included negligence by the school, intentional infliction of emotional distress by Greer and the school, recklessness by the school and Greer and assault and battery against Greer.

The jury found there was sufficient evidence on each count.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Man gets $15M in suit against prominent rabbi accused of rape

CONNECTICUT
New York Post

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — A federal jury on Thursday awarded $15 million to a New Jersey man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.

Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay the compensatory damages to Eliyahu Mirlis. Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit that Greer sexually abused him for three years while he was a student at the Jewish boarding school from 2001 to 2005.

Greer was the school’s principal. He has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who say they were sexually abused, but Mirlis’ attorney said he wanted to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Jury Awards $20M to Man Who Said Rabbi Sexually Abused Him

CONNECTICUT
NECN

[with video]

Matt Austin

A federal jury has awarded $20 million to a man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.

"The jury wacked him and the school for a $20-million verdict. Justice was done," Antonio Ponvert III, attorney for Eliyahu Mirlis, said.

Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit that Greer, the school's principal, sexually abused him for three years while he was a student at the Jewish boarding school from 2001 to 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

National child abuse redress scheme closer despite 'differences of opinion', minister says

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By James Hancock

"Very substantial progress" has been made towards setting up a proposed national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse, with no state or territory government ruling out signing up to the project, according to Social Services Minister Christian Porter.

He met with Attorneys-General and representatives of various church and community groups in Melbourne on Friday morning to discuss details of the scheme.

The Federal Government has allocated $33 million for its establishment by the middle of next year, with victims to receive up to $150,000 in compensation.

The Commonwealth lacks the powers to force the states to sign up, but Mr Porter is confident after the meeting that any issues can be resolved.

"Now each of them have offered up views and suggestions and nominated challenges but these are things I think, based on the goodwill and good faith of today's discussions, can be worked through," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

7 Victims Name Priests Who Sexually Abused Them as Children

NEW YORK
New York Times

By SHARON OTTERMAN
MAY 18, 2017

Seven men who were abused as children by priests of the Archdiocese of New York revealed on Thursday some of the details of the settlements they had received through the archdiocese’s new sexual abuse survivor compensation fund.

Since October, more than 100 victims have settled their sex abuse cases with the archdiocese by taking their claims to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. But very few details have been revealed because the program keeps the cases confidential, and no victims have yet spoken out.

The seven victims who revealed details on Thursday did so through their lawyer, J. Michael Reck. He said that they had received settlements of $150,000 to $350,000 each from the archdiocese. And he named the men’s abusers, saying his clients hoped that other possible victims would come forward and file claims.

“It’s a public safety imperative, because these are individuals who in many cases have an extended history in the archdiocese,” Mr. Reck said.

New York Archdiocese Offers Compensation Program for Sexual Abuse Victims OCT. 6, 2016

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson to be farewelled at Christ Church Cathedral

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
19 May 2017

TWO months after telling the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he needed a long break to think about his future, possibly beyond the Anglican Church, retiring Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson will be farewelled at a service on Sunday night.

The bishop who exposed the culture that supported crimes against children for decades – and who was made to feel “not welcome in his own cathedral” for doing so – will be thanked at a service in Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral.

“In his short time as our bishop he has been the catalyst for deep cultural change around the protection of children and the support of victims of abuse. He called us to face our past and in doing so shape a healthy future. This will be his enduring legacy,” Bishop Peter Stuart said in a statement this week on behalf of the diocese.

Bishop Thompson became the head of the Anglican church in the Hunter in February 2014. In a later interview with the Newcastle Herald he said returning to the region where he was born and raised forced him to confront abuse in his past.

In a statement to the royal commission Bishop Thompson said he was sexually abused as a child by boarders who stayed at his family home, and later by Anglican clerics Canon Eric Barker and Bishop Ian Shevill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Review: ‘The Keepers’ on Netflix: True Crime, and Lots of It

UNITED STATES
New York Times

By MIKE HALE
MAY 18, 2017

What quality does a true-crime story need most to become a national conversation piece? Lurid details (“The Jinx”)? A complicated mystery (“Making a Murderer”)? A social-justice angle (“Serial”)?

“The Keepers,” a seven-part Netflix documentary series (available on Friday) bidding to be the next true-crime must-watch, has all of those in abundance. It incorporates a half-century-old unsolved murder case, shocking details of sexual abuse and devastating indictments of the indifference and obstructionism of the Roman Catholic Church as well as of the Baltimore and Maryland criminal justice systems.

All of these make “The Keepers,” directed by Ryan White (“The Case Against 8”), an often fascinating and devastating experience. If it’s not quite as addictive, across seven hours, as the best of its competition, it’s not for lack of effort or craft. But yoking together the disparate elements of the story Mr. White is trying to tell would have been a tall order for anyone.

The show’s primary hook is its cold case, the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a young Baltimore nun and schoolteacher who disappeared in November 1969 and whose body was found two months later, dumped in a field. No one was ever charged in her death. Mr. White starts with that story and immediately introduces two memorable and appealing figures: Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, former students of Sister Cesknik’s who have devoted themselves in recent years to investigating her case.

But there’s more. In the series’s second episode, we meet Jean Hargadon Wehner, who figures significantly in the Cesnik case but has her own, separate story to tell, about horrific abuse at the hands of a male faculty member at the same school where Sister Cesnik taught.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Lawsuit against diocese weighed

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

MAY 19, 2017

KAY STEPHENS
Staff Writer
kstephens@altoonamirror.com

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is being asked to examine the validity of fraud, constructive fraud and conspiracy allegations in one of two civil lawsuits filed last year on behalf of a pair of sisters who said they were sexually molested by an Altoona priest between 1975 and 1981.

In courtroom arguments Thursday, an attorney on behalf of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese and two related defendants advised Judge Jolene G. Kopriva that arguments on behalf of Renee Rice provide no valid legal basis for the civil case to move forward.

It was the diocese, said Pittsburgh attorney Eric N. Anderson, that sent Rice a letter in July 2006, acknowledging her allegations and suggesting she take part in additional review.

“The diocese asked her to come to them … so how can she project any fraud?” Anderson asked.

But why did the diocese make that request, Altoona attorney Richard Serbin asked in court, pointing out that Rice had already provided details to a diocesan investigator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Archbishop of Sydney condemns treatment of Cardinal Pell: ‘Australians have a right to expect b

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Herald (UK)

Archbishop Fisher said parts of the media and legal systems were already treating the cardinal as guilty

Public prosecutors have submitted recommendations to Victoria Police on whether to try Australian Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public.

Until police decide how to proceed, Archbishop Anthony Fisher has said he will not be commenting on the case.

“Justice must be left to run its course,” Archbishop Fisher said in a statement this week.

Archbishop Fisher said Cardinal Pell, currently head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, “has cooperated in every way with multiple police, parliamentary and Royal Commission investigations.”

May 18, 2017

Former priest faces court

AUSTRALIA
Warwick Daily News

A SOUTHERN Downs man who was this month charged with nine historical child sex offences faced court in Armidale on Wednesday.

Granted conditional bail during his first court appearance, the former priest was ordered this week to continue serving the same bail arrangements and the case was adjourned until June 21.

Aged in his 70s, the man was extradited to New South Wales from Warwick Magistrates Court earlier this month to answer to allegations of indecent assault upon a male.

Police said four alleged victims had come forward in relation to alleged offences between 1970-1982 in the Armidale area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Central Catholic teacher resigns amid misconduct probe

MASSACHUSETTS
Lowell Sun

Sun Staff Report

LAWRENCE -- Two weeks after Central Catholic's dean and basketball coach resigned for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a former student, another school employee has resigned for alleged misconduct, according to The Eagle Tribune.

John Housianitis, the social studies teacher who allegedly posted "compromising photos" of himself online, has resigned, the school's president announced on Thursday.

Housianitis has been on administrative leave since late April. He is a former Lawrence School Committee member.

"I accept Mr. Housianitis' resignation with regret. John's violation of our policies was regrettable, however, it was not physically harmful to any student," Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan said in a statement released Thursday. "John's service to the school and its students will long be remembered. I wish him well in the future."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Government ‘failing Tuam Home survivors

IRELAND
Galway Independent

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to challenge her Cabinet colleagues to do much more to bring clarity to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home scandal, and allow access to records and documents which would help survivors to come to terms with what happened to themselves and their family members.

Speaking during a Seanad debate in relation to the Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said, “The relatives and campaigners don’t want sympathy and feign praise, they want information and access to records and the truth. Many of them believe that the state and establishment are closing ranks to ensure that doesn’t happen and are becoming increasingly frustrated and angry.

“When we debated this issue with the Minister in March I asked questions on a number of specific issues which have not been answered. I challenged her to clarify if she had questioned Galway County Council in relation to allowing relatives and researchers such as Catherine Corless access to public records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Jury Awards Rabbi’s Rape Victim $20M

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 18, 2017

Hartford — A federal jury Thursday ordered prominent Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Elm Street yeshiva to pay a former student $15 million in compensatory damages because the rabbi raped and repeatedly abused him 15 years ago.

The jury awarded an additional $5 million in punitive damages, to pay the lawyers.

In adjudicating a civil lawsuit brought by Eliyahu Mirlis, a former high school student at the Yeshiva of New Haven, the jury deliberated in U.S. District Court here for 12 hours over two days before coming to its unanimous decision.

The eight jurors slapped Greer with the eight-figure bill for the emotional suffering he caused Mirlis by assaulting and battering the boy over a three-year period, from his sophomore to senior years at the high school. The panel calculated the total after also concluding that Greer and the yeshiva had shown recklessness and intentional infliction of emotional distress and the school separately had displayed negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

That sum was less than half of the $38 million that the plaintiff’s attorney, Antonio Ponvert III, had requested.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Second Central Catholic staffer resigns following misconduct investigation

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle-Tribune

By Kiera Blessing kblessing@eagletribune.com

LAWRENCE — A second staff member has left Central Catholic High School following allegations of inappropriate behavior.

John Housianitis, a social studies teacher at the school and a graduate of the Class of 1977, resigned his position after he was found to have posted "compromising photos of himself on an adults-only, password-protected website," according to Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan.

"I accept Mr. Housianitis' resignation with regret. John's violation of our policies was regrettable, however, it was not physically harmful to any student," Sullivan said in a statement released Thursday. "John's service to the school and its students will long be remembered. I wish him well in the future."

Sullivan announced Housianitis' resignation Thursday afternoon, but said his departure from the school was effective beginning April 26, the day he was placed on leave from the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Seven men abused by priests as kids win $2M settlement through archdiocese’s compensation program

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Seven men abused by priests as children were paid nearly $2 million total through a settlement program founded by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, their attorney said Thursday, urging more victims to come forward.

The men, whose identities were not revealed, were abused by six priests in separate incidents, attorney Mike Reck said during a press conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Each victim received $150,000 to $350,000 through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program founded by the Archdiocese of New York.

“This is a full measure of accountability and it is a way of saying that this happened. It was wrong. And it was not your fault,” attorney Mike Reck said.

Five of the alleged abusers — Msgr. John O’Keefe and priests Peter Kihm, Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, Francis Stinner and Ralph LaBelle — have been defrocked. A sixth, Richard Gorman, has been removed from the ministry and is awaiting a proceeding about whether he will be defrocked, Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said. Most of the ex-priests could not be reached. LaBelle declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

VICTIMS’ PROS LIE ABOUT NY ARCHDIOCESE

NEW YORK
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on lies told by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) about the New York Archdiocese compensation program for victims of sexual abuse:

When it comes to clergy sexual abuse, the New York Archdiocese has one of the best records in the nation: it has not only handled the relatively few cases brought before it with diligence, it instituted a program to compensate victims. But to some, it is never enough. Worse is when critics lie about the facts.

SNAP is a disgraced outfit whose ethically challenged leaders recently did themselves in. Now someone whom we have never heard of has surfaced demanding that the New York archdiocese publish the names of six miscreant priests, the implication being that there is a cover-up.

This is a non-starter: the names of the offending priests have already been published by the archdiocese. It is scurrilous to imply otherwise.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Former Moncton priest who molested 9 boys faces another charge

CANADA
CBC News

By Tori Weldon, CBC News

Former Catholic priest Yvon Arsenault was back in court Thursday to face a charge of indecent assault against a male dating back to the 1970s. He's already in prison for molesting nine boys between 1971 and 1980.

The 74-year-old man is accused of assaulting a male between January 1970 and December 1973 in Shediac. The charge reflects the Criminal Code at the time. The age of the alleged victim was not provided.

Arsenault appeared without a lawyer and is scheduled to return to court June 22.

At his court appearance Thursday, Arsenault appeared to be heavier, with a beard, glasses and a buzz cut that he didn't have at his sentencing in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Australia does what U.S. won’t: Investigate Jehovah’s Witness cover-up

AUSTRALIA
Reveal: The Center for Investigative Reporting

By Trey Bundy / May 18, 2017

A former Jehovah’s Witness in Australia is scheduled to appear in court this week to face charges that he sexually abused four teenage boys between 1993 and 2013, according to a news report.

The case is significant because it stems from an ongoing investigation by the Australian Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which found that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement as a matter of policy.

The commission obtained records from the religion’s headquarters in Australia detailing allegations of child abuse going back to 1950. Investigators identified 1,006 alleged abusers, none of whom had been reported to authorities. The commission referred hundreds of those cases to law enforcement and now we’re starting to see criminal charges filed.

“We hope that this arrest is one of many that police make against perpetrators within the JW faith that have got away with their crimes for far too long,” said Lisa Flynn, an attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse, including former Jehovah’s Witnesses and some who have appeared before the Royal Commission. “It is a very positive step that we are seeing police investigations, and now, subsequent arrests.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Connecticut Rabbi Sued For Sex Abuse Pleads Fifth

CONNECTICUT
Forward

May 18, 2017 By Josh Nathan-Kazis

A prominent New Haven, Conn. rabbi facing a civil lawsuit in federal court has refused under questioning to say whether he forced his accuser to have sex with him.

“Did you force Eli Mirlis to have sex with you when he was a child?” Mirlis’s attorney asked Rabbi Daniel Greer at a May 11 hearing, according to a report in the New Haven Independent.

Greer’s attorney interjected to advise Greer to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights. “I invoke the right to privilege,” Greer said, according to the paper.

The trial began early this month. Mirlis claims that Greer sexually abused him while he was a student at Greer’s yeshiva in New Haven. Greer denies the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Blair judge delays ruling on diocese, church leaders in alleged abuse case

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Rev. Charles Bodziak and Renée Rice sat inside a Blair County courtroom on Thursday, separated by only a few feet, decades after the priest allegedly sexually abused the then-young child.

Neither spoke.

But they were the key figures in a civil case brought by Rice against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown, retired Bishop Joseph Adamec, and the estate of deceased Bishop James Hogan. She has accused them of committing fraud, constructive fraud and conspiracy. Bodziak is also included in the conspiracy charge.

Afterwards, both talked to reporters.

“All I know, myself as a priest, (I'm) a victim because I'm innocent. I never did anything,” said Bodziak before his attorney, Thomas Foor, subtly guided him away from reporters.

When asked how it felt to learn her alleged abuser called himself a victim, Rice said, “It's hard. It's really hard.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Judge to hear arguments in civil case alleging diocese covered up abuse of girls by priest years ago

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

A Blair County judge is expected to decide on Thursday if a civil case involving the alleged sexual abuse of two children decades ago can continue.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown, retired Bishop Joseph Adamec, and the estate of deceased Bishop James Hogan are accused of fraud, constructive fraud and conspiracy in the case.

Last June, sisters Cheryl Haun and Renée Rice, now in their late 40s, filed the case, alleging they were molested by Rev. Charles Bodziak, who is also named as a defendant, when he served at St. Leo’s in Altoona during the 1970s and into the 1980s. (The Tribune-Democrat does not normally identify alleged victims of sexual crimes. The sisters, however, have publicly identified themselves and spoken with reporters.)

The defendants are asking for the dismissal since the statute of limitations has expired for the crime of child sexual abuse in the case of Bodziak. The request has been made specifically in the Rice accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Fears for trial fairness if George Pell faced charges

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 19, 2017

REBECCA URBAN
JournalistMelbourne
@RurbsOz

Cardinal George Pell and his alleged victims should know within weeks if police will lay charges over historical child-sex-abuse allegations, as concerns mount about whether a fair trial would be possible.

Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton yesterday said a decision would be made quickly. However, the assurance of a deadline is understood to have been met with scepticism by church officials, given the matter has gone back and forth between police and prosecutors for more than a year.

Combined with the long-running Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which has probed allegations of child sex abuse by some Catholic priests and others, claims against Cardinal Pell that date back about 40 years have been the subject of extensive media attention and public scrutiny. Interest culminated this week with the high-profile release of a book about him.

The Law Council of Victoria has raised concerns about publicity and whether it has jeopardised Cardinal Pell’s chance of receiving a fair trial should he face an Australian court.

Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Christian Porter begins task of convincing states to join child sex abuse compensation scheme

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Amy Remeikis

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has begun the delicate job of convincing the states and other groups to join a Commonwealth scheme designed to compensate survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Mr Porter will sit down with attorneys-general from across the nation in Melbourne on Friday to discuss the scheme in the first step towards convincing the states and territories to join it.

Separate meetings will be held with leaders of churches, charities and other non-government institutions as part of the same mission, with the government hoping for a "nationally consistent approach" to compensating about 60,000 survivors, which has been estimated to cost about $4 billion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Judge laments $15M in legal fees in St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese bankruptcy

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 18, 2017

The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis expressed concern Thursday over the legal fees being racked up in the case — about $15 million to date.

"It bothers me so much that all these attorney fees are being run up," U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel said at a hearing Thursday, adding that legal fees are consuming funds that could be directed to survivors of archdiocese clergy sex abuse.

In an attempt to curb the spending, Kressel ordered that no expert witnesses be hired for the time being. He also ordered an expedited schedule for both parties to argue their legal objections to each other's compensation plan, setting a June 15 status conference to review them.

"I'm trying to save money and time and get this decided," Kressel said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Dianne Williamson: Clergy abuse case would reopen old wounds

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

By Dianne Williamson
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Until this week, Susan Manter hadn’t set foot in a courtroom in five years, not since her shocking testimony about a beloved priest roiled a parish and sent the clergyman to jail.

In May of 2012, the Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad of Shrewsbury was convicted of physically abusing the vulnerable mother of three during bizarre counseling sessions in which he slapped her, swore at her, kicked her in the shins, struck her with a miniature bat, knocked her head against a radiator, ripped her clothes off and bit her breasts. When she complained, the priest known affectionately as Father Mike explained that the two were engaged in “spiritual warfare” and that her body was “a battleground.”

Today, Manter said she wants people held accountable “for what they did.” More accurately, perhaps, she also wants them to pay for what they didn’t do, as these horrific counseling sessions dragged on for three years.

On Tuesday, the 49-year-old Holden woman sat in the front row of a Worcester Superior Court courtroom while her lawyer recounted the stunning actions of the priest and shameful inaction of those who knew what was happening at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, but did little to confront the priest or protect his victim. Manter has filed a civil suit against Father Mike and three others. One of the defendants is the late primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, Philip Saliba, who did nothing to intervene even when notified about the sessions. Archbishop Saliba died in 2014.

“I’m really looking forward to having my story told,” Manter said Tuesday. Asked if she was nervous about seeing the man who abused her, she said, “I’m angry. Nauseated. Nervous? Of course I’m nervous. It’s human nature.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Lawyer for seven victims to identify New York priests who abused them as children

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017

An attorney for church sex abuse survivors will name and shame priests from the Archdiocese of New York, who allegedly molested his clients when they were kids, on Thursday.

The seven men each received settlements between $150,000 and $350,000 through a compensation program founded by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

“It is some measure of justice,” said the victims’ attorney, Mike Reck.

“They’ve been handled professionally in the program. They’re treated with respect.”

Six priests abused his clients, according to Reck. Some of the clergymen are well known, Reck said; others have not been publicly identified. He will share details of the cases, some of which he said involve “the most horrific abuse you can imagine” during a press conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

The seven victims — whose identities will remain secret — were all part of Phase I of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program created by Dolan. That phase was open only to people who previously documented allegations of abuse to the Archdiocese. By accepting the settlements, they agreed they’d never pursue their cases in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

Priest imprisoned following charge of raping minor, police say

BURUNDI
Iwacu

LORRAINE JOSIANE MANISHATSE 05-18-2017

The police arrested Abbot Jean Marie Ciza, the principal private secretary of the Archbishop of Gitega in the afternoon of 16 May 2017. He was sent to Gitega Central Prison for raping a minor, police spokesman says.

According to sources from Gitega central province, Jean Marie Ciza was arrested in the evening of 16 May on the orders of the Attorney General of Gitega province. Police sources say he was directly sent to Gitega Central Prison because he could not spend the night in Gitega Commune dungeon due to his fragile health.

Pierre Nkurikiye, the spokesman for the police says Abbot Jean Marie Ciza is accused of raping an under-age girl.

“The victim filed a complaint against the abbot accusing him of having raped her. The girl showed the police a video she recorded when the priest was raping her, “Nkurikiye says. The police spokesman says the video showed the priest dancing naked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Confession to priest puts paedophile behind bars

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Thu 18 May 2017
By Eno Adeogun

A paedophile has been jailed for two years and eight months after confessing his crime to a priest with the false belief that the chaplain was bound to keep the secret.

Stanley Wood, 66, admitted that he had sexually assaulted a six year old girl to the clergyman while he was in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for hip surgery.

Prosecutor Robert Price told Wolverhampton Crown Court: "He asked for God's forgiveness and said he had had sex with a six year old girl.

Wood expected the admission to be kept secret but the cleric told the safeguarding nurse on the ward who according to the Express and Star, notified the defendant that the police would be informed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

Former priest named in suits may reside in Barrigada

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

May 18, 2017

"We think we know where he lives, but our special process server can't seem to find him." – Attorney David Lujan

A former Catholic priest who has been named in at least five sex abuse complaints may still be residing on island.

Raymond Cepeda, a former priest who was defrocked in December 2009 following an investigation into abuse allegations, is believed to be currently residing in Canada, Barrigada, according to attorney Gloria Rudolph, of the Law Office of Lujan and Wolff LLP, which represents the plaintiffs in the cases currently pending in federal court.

During a scheduling conference held before Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan of the District Court of Guam, prosecutor David Lujan responded to questions from the judge about Cepeda, confirming that the former Guam priest has not yet been served a summons.

"We think we know where he lives, but our special process server can't seem to find him," Lujan told the judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

Víctima de abusos del clero acusa al Vaticano de encubrimiento masivo de casos de pederastia

CHILE
Univision

[Victim of clergy abuse accuses the Vatican of massive cover-up of cases of pederasty. Juan Carlos Cruz, who was abused by a priest in Chile, says that Pope Francis' confession after his trip to Fatima that there are 2,000 cases of clergy abuse backlogged at the Vatican is contrary to what the pontiff promised in 2014 when he created the commission of inquiry.]

Juan Carlos Cruz, qiuen fue abusado por un sacerdote en Chile, dice que la confesión de Francisco tras su viaje a Fátima, que hay 2000 casos de violaciones acumulados, es contrario a lo que prometió el pontífice en el 2014 cuando creó la comisión investigadora.

Por: Jorge Cancino

Una víctima chilena de abusos del clero criticó este lunes el reconocimiento del papa Francisco, quien el fin de semana dijo que el Vaticano tiene acumulados 2,000 casos de abuso sexual cometidos por sacerdotes.

“La situación es tremendamente frustrante”, dijo a Univision Noticias Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas chilenas del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, quien el 16 de febrero de 2011 la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe (exSanto Oficio) declaró culpable de abusos sexuales contra menores con violencia y abuso de potestad eclesiástica. “Puedo asegurar que los 2,000 casos son muchos más, esto es un encubrimiento masivo”, agregó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson seeks to have charge of hiding child sex abuse thrown out

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By court reporter Karl Hoerr

Lawyers for Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, accused of concealing child sex abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, have fronted court again for their third attempt to stop the case against him from going ahead.

Wilson, who has retained his position amid the criminal proceedings, is accused of failing to pass onto police information he had between 2004 and 2006 that might have helped convict Father Jim Fletcher.

It is alleged a boy told the senior clergyman, he had been indecently assaulted by Father Fletcher several years earlier.

Prosecutors claim Wilson came to believe the allegation decades later, after learning of other cases

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Kapuziner setzen Untersuchungskommission ein

SCHWEIZ
Blick

[Although the sexual abuse of Friborg's Daniel Pittet (57) by Father Joël (76) is legally barred, the Swiss capuchin province wants to deal with the case with a neutral investigation commission.]

LUZERN/FREIBURG - Obwohl der sexuelle Missbrauch Freiburgers Daniel Pittet (57) durch Pater Joël (76) rechtlich verjährt ist, will die Schweizer Kapuzinerprovinz den Fall mit einer neutrale Untersuchungskommission aufarbeiten.

Die Schweizer Kapuzinerprovinz will den Fall um den pädophilen Pater Joël (76) aufarbeiten – mithilfe einer neutralen Untersuchungskommission. Die Ergebnisse dieser Kommission sollen bereits in einigen Monaten vorliegen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Bistum Hildesheim: Transparenz wird zum Dilemma

DEUTSCHLAND
NDR

[Diocese of Hildesheim: Transparency becomes a dilemma.]

von Florian Breitmeier

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Hildesheim hat das Vorpreschen des Bistums wegen eines möglichen Missbrauchfalls an der katholischen Marienschule am Mittwoch kritisiert. Das Bistum hatte am Dienstag unter anderem bekanntgegeben, dass neben den kirchlichen Ermittlungen auch Anzeige bei der Staatsanwaltschaft erstattet worden sei. Die Diözese steckt nach der zögerlichen Informationspolitik bei früheren Missbrauchsvorwürfen offenbar in der Klemme. Offenbar wollte das Bistum unbedingt den Eindruck vermeiden, dass man aus früheren Fällen nichts gelernt habe. Ein Bistumssprecher erklärte auf Nachfrage, man habe die Öffentlichkeit angemessen und zeitnah bei Wahrung der Persönlichkeitsrechte informieren wollen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Australien: Polizei prüft Anklage gegen Kardinal Pell

ROM
Radio Vatikan

[Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican financial chief, has once again rejected abuse charges against his person.]

Der vatikanische Finanzchef Kardinal George Pell hat erneut Missbrauchsvorwüfe gegen seine Person zurückgewiesen. Er respektiere aber, dass die Staatsanwaltschaft im australischen Bundesstaat Victoria der Polizei eine Anklage gegen ihn empfohlen habe und werde „selbstverständlich vollständig kooperieren", sagte der frühere Erzbischof von Melbourne in einem TV-Interview.

Pell droht Medienberichten zufolge eine Anklage wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs. Die neuen Vorwürfe gegen den Kardinal beziehen sich nicht auf Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen durch ihm zugeordnete Kleriker, sondern auf angeblichen Missbrauch durch Pell selbst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

NSW abuse school 'not for faint-hearted'

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

MAY 18, 2017

Tom Rabe
Australian Associated Press

The NSW boys school where a Catholic brother is alleged to have raped and beaten young boys in the 1970s and 80s was "not for the faint-hearted" his defence has told a Sydney court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces 125 charges including indecent assault and buggery at the school for intellectually disabled and "criminally inclined".

"This organisation, this school, was not for the faint-hearted, by any stretch of the imagination," defence counsel Alex Radojev told the Downing Centre District Court on Thursday.

"Bad things happened. Evil things happened."

But Mr Radojev stressed the trial was not about the Catholic Church, rather the actions of an individual.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Priest's DNA does not match profile from cold-case

MARYLAND
MyHighPlains

(CNN) - A DNA sample taken from the exhumed remains of former priest A. Joseph Maskell does not match the DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, according to Baltimore County Police.

Police announced on Wednesday that they had received results from Bode Cellmark Forensics laboratory in Lorton, Virginia, excluding Maskell as a contributor to a DNA profile developed from evidence taken in 1970 from the scene in Maryland where the decomposed body of Cesnik was found by a father and son out hunting. The 26-year-old nun had been missing for nearly two months.

County police opened Maskell's grave on February 28, after securing an order from the state's attorney, according to Elise Armacost, director of public affairs for Baltimore County Police.

Baltimore County Police have compared the DNA of several other people as part of their investigation into the never-closed case, according to Armacost, but those tests did not match the DNA profile from 1970.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

George Pell: Police likely to rule on possible charges against Cardinal 'fairly quickly'

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The head of Victoria Police has indicated a decision is likely in the next few weeks on whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell in relation to sexual abuse allegations dating back to the late 1970s.

Police confirmed on Wednesday they had received advice from Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] and were considering whether to lay charges.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said a decision would be made on the basis of the evidence and the likelihood of conviction.

"They're the litmus tests here and that's the decision that needs to be taken now," Commissioner Ashton said.

"It doesn't need to be too long from now if we've got advice back.

"Generally the process from here, on cases of this nature, are generally done fairly quickly within a case of a few weeks."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Victim of sexual abuse by a former Christian Brothers College teacher tells Adelaide court his childhood was destroyed

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Mitch Mott, The Advertiser

THE victim of sexual abuse by a former Christian Brothers College teacher has told an Adelaide court that his childhood was destroyed — and that he and his family continued to suffer decades after the abuse had ended.

Stephen John Hamra, 61, abused the boy, who was not a student at the school, between 1977 and 1986.

His victim, who is now an adult, read an emotional victim impact statement to Judge Paul Rice in the District Court yesterday, outlining the difficulties that he has faced since the abuse.

“Before the abuse, I was a happy, fun-loving child,” he told the court.

“Afterwards I was angry, depressed and suicidal. I wonder where my life would have been without this abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Another victim of clergy sex abuse surfaces

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: May 18, 2017
By Krystal Paco

Another victim of clergy sex abuse surfaces.

57-year-old B.J. was neither altar boy nor boy scout but met Father Louis Brouillard when he was around 11 or 12 while playing baseball in the village. The priest offered to take him and friends to Lonfit River to swim. During one such trip, while they were alone, the priest allegedly tied B.J. to the ground and told him he was going to teach him rescue skills because B.J. said he wanted to join the military. The priest stated, "It's okay, don't worry, I'm going to teach you how to get out of this and escape if you ever get tied up." The priest performed sex acts on the boy and raped him multiple times. The boy reported bleeding and feeling like he was dying. When the priest was finished, he told the boy he was "blessing him" and compared the experience to confession in which it was between B.J., Brouillard, and God.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Another batch of clergy sex abuse cases heard...some defendants no-show

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: May 18, 2017
By Krystal Paco

Roy Quintanilla started it all, as he announced in 2016, "I have been silent for 40 years mainly because I thought all this time I was your only victim and because I was embarrassed, humiliated, degraded, and terribly confused about what to do. I thought if I said anything that people would not believe me or people would retaliate against me for coming forward. Archbishop Apuron, I will not be silent anymore."

This week marks one year since the first victim of clergy sex abuse surfaced. Quintanilla is now joined by nearly 70 others who are suing the Archdiocese of Agana. In some cases involving former priest Father Louis Brouillard, the Boy Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council Chamorro District are also named defendants.

On the docket today, 11 cases. For those involving Father Antonio Cruz, plaintiffs' counsel David Lujan clarified for the court they aren't naming his as a defendant because he passed away in 1986. As for Raymond Cepeda who was defrocked, Lujan says they have yet to formally serve him. "We tried. We think we know where he lives but our processor can't seem to find him," he said.

A similar case for Brouillard who Lujan states "I don't think we've served him. We attempted to depose him through his counsel but that fell apart."

While some defendants were no-shows, counsel for the Boy Scouts was present today, attorney Patrick Civille noting they've filed a motion to dismiss. Patrick Civille said simply, "Read it. It's fascinating reading."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Don't Tell review – film about landmark child sexual abuse case plays the story too safe

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Luke Buckmaster
@lukebuckmaster
Wednesday 17 May 2017

Litigation thrillers and courtroom dramas are not necessarily the same thing – and a movie encompassing both can do one better than the other.

Don’t Tell – debut director Tori Garrett’s well made, if heavy-handed movie about speaking out in the most challenging and degrading of circumstances – is also a reminder that films depicting real-life events are in just as much danger of indulging in caricature and ham-handed dialogue as anything from the realm of pure fiction.

Adapted from a non-fiction book by Queensland lawyer Stephen Roche, Don’t Tell recounts a landmark 2001 civil litigation case against the Anglican Church’s Toowoomba Preparatory School. In a cinematic context, one is tempted to peg it as a sort of Spotlight Down Under, given the obvious similarities in subject matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Archbishop Philip Wilson seeks permanent stay against conceal charge

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
18 May 2017

FORMER Hunter priest Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing the child sex crimes of another priest, has launched his third attempt to stop the case against him from proceeding.

Barrister Bret Walker, SC, for the archbishop, told three judges of the NSW Court of Appeal on Thursday that the charge against his client was invalid because of changes to the law since 1971, when Hunter priest Jim Fletcher is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy at Maitland.

Archbishop Wilson was charged with failing to tell police between 2004 and 2006 of what he allegedly knew or believed about Fletcher, based on alleged conversations with two alleged victims of Fletcher in 1976.

Police allege the information might have helped in 2004 after Fletcher was charged with offences against a third victim, and convicted of serious child sex offences. Fletcher died in jail in 2006. The police case is that a Hunter woman and a priest told Archbishop Wilson in 2004 that Fletcher had sexually assaulted a fourth victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Indecent liberties trial delayed for Warrenton pop singer, son of Manassas church leaders

VIRGINIA
Fauquier Times

Hannah Dellinger May 17, 2017

A judge last week delayed the indecent liberties trial of model and pop singer Jordan David Baird, and fired his defense attorneys due to a possible conflict of interest.

Baird, 27, of Warrenton, is the son of a Manassas megachurch leader. Court records show one of his defense firm’s lawyers also oversaw a church investigation into allegations Baird had an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.

Baird – second-place winner of CW’s singing competition show, The Next, in 2012 -- is charged with seven counts of indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial position for alleged sexual abuse at The Life Church, according to a criminal complaint filed in Prince William County Circuit Court. Baird has maintained he is innocent since the allegations went public, according to his attorneys.

According to prosecutors, Baird was a youth pastor at The Life Church in Manassas and was in a supervisory role over the girl during several alleged acts of sexual abuse between January and September 2015. However, his attorneys say Baird was the church’s director of music and was never employed as a youth pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Supreme Court upholds Price sex convictions

KENTUCKY
The Messenger

By Laura Harvey Lead Reporter lharvey@the-messenger.com

MADISONVILLE -- The Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals has denied a request from disgraced Life Temple Church pastor John Price to overturn his 2001 sexual assault convictions based on a recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision he believes modified what constitutes as "forcible compulsion."

Price filed his appeal with the commonwealth in 2016 after filing an unsuccessful petition with Hopkins Circuit Court contending that the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence that he physically forced sexual contact with his victim, a female member of his church.

Price, now 62, was found guilty by a Hopkins County jury in 2001 of two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree attempted rape and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse in events stemming from numerous sexual encounters that took place from approximately 1983-1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Gripping film shines spotlight on child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Annelies Gartner

‘Don’t tell, no one will believe you anyway,” 12-year-old Lyndal was told of her sexual abuse at a prestigious Anglican school in Toowoomba in 1990.

Almost 10 years after she was abused Lyndal was a tormented young woman suffering flashbacks and self-medicating in an attempt to block out memories of the molestation she endured at the hands of her boarding master Kevin Guy.

Lyndal returned to her home town and with lawyers Stephen Roche and Jodie Collins and barrister Bob Myers took on the powerful church that denied her abuse for over a decade.

Guy was never brought to justice for his crimes. He committed suicide 40 minutes before he was due to face criminal charges in court, leaving the Church and its legal team believing the case against them ended with his death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Hemmerle enters guilty plea

KENTUCKY
WHAS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former Louisville priest and teacher has now entered into a plea agreement in his ongoing sex abuse case in Meade County. The terms of the deal have not yet been released.

Hemmerle, who previously worked at Trinity High School, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and five counts of sodomy and faced the possibility of life in prison if convicted at trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Archdiocese speaks ahead of Netflix series on murdered nun

MARYLAND
Angelus

Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2017 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. A young nun who was on a year’s leave of absence, Sister Cathy, as friends called her, was murdered sometime while running an errand on the evening of November 7, 1969. She was 26 years-old.

Her body was found in a dump two months later, though authorities have never been able to identify her killer. This summer, a Netflix documentary series called “The Keepers” is reopening the case, talking to witnesses and examining the evidence before the case goes cold forever.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Sr. Cathy are precarious. A member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame since the age of 18, Sr. Cathy and her friend Sister Helen Russell Phillips both took a leave of absence in 1969 and moved out of the convent into an apartment together. A thoughtful and well-liked teacher, Sr. Cathy had taught English at Archbishop Seton Keough Catholic High School for several years before transferring to Western Public High School in 1969.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Latest sex abuse victim recounts being tied to tree and repeatedly raped

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The alleged victim says he was only 11 or 12 years old at the time and he begged Father Louis Brouillard to stop, screaming "I think I'm dying."

Guam - Horrid details have been revealed in the latest sexual abuse lawsuit filed against former priest and Boy Scout master Father Louis Brouillard. This latest case describes a rape so violent that it might be hard for some people to stomach.

But the Boy Scouts is moving forward in seeking dismissal of the cases even with a confession from the disgraced priest.

It’s perhaps the most disturbing and frightening one yet. A lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and Boy Scouts of America revealing the horrid details of how a minor was repeatedly raped while he was tied up to a tree back in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

May 17, 2017

Parishioner claims priest who 'sexually assaulted' her was fired only for breaking his vows - and when she complained to the church was told 'what man wouldn't want a piece of a** every now and then?'

CALIFORNIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com

A female churchgoer claims she was sexually assaulted by a former parish priest - and when she complained to the church was told 'what man wouldn't want a piece of a** every now and then?'

Dorothy Small, filed a lawsuit against Rev. Renerio Sabuga Jr., the Sacramento Catholic Diocese, and Holy Rosary priest Jonathan Molina, on Monday over the alleged assault and the church's handling of it, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Her suit describes how Sabuga - known as Father Jong - became a close confidante after he joined Woodland's Holy Rosary Catholic Church, California, in April 2014.

The 62-year-old said the priest began by inviting her along for bicycle rides and for dinner, but the relationship changed and he began pursuing her romantically, according to her lawsuit.

The situation escalated until February 17, 2015, when she claims the priest 'cornered (Small) in her bedroom and sexually assaulted' her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Kentucky priest pleads guilty in child molestation case

KENTUCKY
WDRB

By Chris Turner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky priest accused of molesting a boy forty years ago pleaded guilty to reduced charges one day before his trial was set to begin.

On Wednesday, a Meade County, Kentucky, judge accepted Father Joseph Hemmerle's guilty pleas to two counts of first degree wanton endangerment and five counts of third degree sexual abuse, in exchange for a recommended sentence of two years of prison followed by eight years of probation.

Hemmerle made an Alford plea, in which he does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to warrant a conviction. Legally, it carries the same weight as a guilty plea.

The case involved allegations that Hemmerle abused a boy in the summers of 1977 and 1978 at Camp Tall Trees, a Catholic youth camp in Meade County.

Formal sentencing is scheduled June 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Police: DNA from exhumed former priest does not match evidence from nun's murder

MARYLAND
Fox Baltimore

by Christine Boynton
Wednesday, May 17th 2017

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) – DNA from the remains of a former Baltimore priest does not match DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, police announced on Wednesday.

The nun’s murder has been under investigation for almost 50 years.

The body of former priest Joseph Maskell was exhumed on February 28, 2017 so that DNA could be compared to evidence gathered at the crime scene.

“Maskell is not the first suspect whose DNA has been compared to the crime scene sample,” police wrote in a release. “Over the years, BCoPD detectives have developed DNA profiles of about a half-dozen suspects and compared them against the crime scene evidence. None of these suspects’ profiles have matched.”

Investigators say their best hope now lies with interviewing anyone willing to come forward with information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Police: Exhumed priest's DNA does not match evidence from crime scene in killing of Sister Cathy

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Alison Knezevich
The Baltimore Sun

DNA evidence from a priest whose remains were exhumed does not match crime-scene evidence from the unsolved killing of Baltimore nun Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, Baltimore County police said Wednesday.

The Randallstown grave of the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell was exhumed in February so detectives could compare his DNA to physical evidence. Police had previously tested the DNA of about six other suspects in the nun's death.

"The fact that the DNA profiles of the various suspects have not matched the crime scene evidence -- it doesn't necessarily exonerate them," police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Cesnik, who taught at Archbishop Keough and Western high schools, went missing in November 1969. Her body was found in January 1970 in Lansdowne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Former Priest’s DNA Doesn’t Match DNA From Nun Murder, Police Say

MARYLAND
CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A DNA sample taken from the remains of former Baltimore priest A. Joseph Maskell does not match DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

In January 1970, Sister Cathy’s decomposed body was discovered in a field in Lansdowne.

A recent WJZ investigation revealed that the 26-year-old was about to blow the whistle on widespread sexual abuse at the hands of Maskell.

Baltimore County police revealed first to WJZ that they exhumed Maskell in February to get his DNA.

Maskell, a former guidance counselor at Archbishop Keough High School, has long been suspected in Cesnik’s death. Cesnik also worked at the school.

But on Wednesday, police say they received lab results from Bode Cellmark Forensics in Lorton, Va., that excluded Maskell as a contributor to DNA preserved from the crime scene.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM

Baltimore Co. Police Say Former Priest's DNA Doesn't Match Scene Of Nun's Killing

MARYLAND
WBAL

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

A DNA sample from the exhumed remains of a former priest doesn't match DNA from the murder scene of a Catholic nun whose death has attracted renewed interest 47 years later.

Baltimore County police on Wednesday said they got the results from an accredited laboratory that ruled out A. Joseph Maskell as a contributor to DNA preserved from the scene where Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik was killed.

Her body was found in a Lansdowne dumping area in January 1970. She was last seen alive at her Baltimore City apartment before she left to run errands in Edmonson Village the previous November. Police believe whoever killed Cesnik accosted her as she was returning from the store and forced her back into her car. They believe she was driven to Monumental Avenue, where she was assaulted and murdered. Her car was found in the early morning hours the next day.

At the time, Cesnik was on sabbatical from the church and teaching at Western High School in the city.

Cesnik's death is the subject of a seven-episode Netflix series premiering Friday titled "The Keepers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Exhumed priest’s DNA doesn’t match evidence in case of ‘Sister Cathy’ slaying from 1969

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Tom Jackman May 17

The unsolved slaying of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik in Baltimore in 1969 hit another dead end Wednesday when police learned that DNA from a long-deceased priest did not match crime scene evidence that Baltimore County cops have preserved for almost five decades.

In February, police exhumed the body of the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, the former chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, where Cesnik had taught. Years after Cesnik disappeared in November 1969, and was discovered in the Lansdowne area of Baltimore County in January 1970, a number of women came forward and accused Maskell of sexually abusing them while he was at Keough. Two of the women sued Maskell, the high school and the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1994, but the suit was dismissed due to an expired statute of limitations. Maskell became a suspect in Cesnik’s death but denied any involvement to police. He died in 2001.

The death of the popular “Sister Cathy” is the subject of an upcoming documentary series, “The Keepers,” to be released Friday on Netflix.

Baltimore County police said Maskell’s DNA was sent to Bode Cellmark Forensics in Lorton, Va., to develop a DNA profile. The profile was compared with crime scene evidence and did not match, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

Wife, Secretary Come To Rabbi Greer’s Defense

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 17, 2017

Hartford — After two full days of testimony from the plaintiff’s witnesses, Rabbi Daniel Greer’s team presented a short-winded rebuttal Tuesday morning in a civil trial here over accusations of long-running sexual abuse.

Defense attorneys called only two witnesses — Greer and his longtime secretary, Jean Ledbury — and wrapped their questioning after less than 45 minutes.

Throughout the trial, the defense lawyers have tried to slight the rabbi’s accusers, Eliyahu Mirlis and Aviad Hack, as a troublemakers with ulterior motives. Mirlis filed the suit in U.S. District Court charging that Greer, a prominent rabbi who built an Orthodox community and renovated homes around a yeshiva in New Haven’s Edgewood neighborhood, repeatedly sexually abused him from 200 through 2005. Greer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked on the stand about those allegations.

On Monday, Sarah Greer, the rabbi’s wife, testified that she never liked her husband’s accuser, from the time he started at the Yeshiva of New Haven. On Tuesday, Ledbury recounted an episode when Mirlis stole and made a copy of the school’s keys. More recently, she added, she saw Facebook pictures of him waterskiing, allegedly showing him apparently unfazed by his the trauma of his teenage years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

NETFLIX FILM ON CHURCH IS SCURRILOUS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on a Netflix documentary series, “The Keepers,” that will premiere on May 19:

Netflix is about to air a series that imputes the integrity of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for its handling of a miscreant priest from the 1960s. It relies heavily on conjecture and voodoo psychology. It must: it lacks the evidence to make its case. But it will surely feed the appetite of those ready to believe the worst about the Church.

The series focuses on the unresolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. It invites the audience to consider whether she was killed to cover-up sexual abuse at the high school where she worked, Archbishop Keough in Baltimore.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

David Joseph Perrett complying with bail to live Armidale on historical sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Northern Daily Leader

Breanna ChillingworthBreanna Chillingworth
@breannachill

17 May 2017, 6 p.m.

A FORMER New England priest accused of indecently assaulting young boys has appeared in open court for the first time, two weeks after he was extradited from Queensland by detectives.

David Joseph Perrett was flanked by his brother, Ron Perrett, also a retired priest, in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday morning.

He is facing nine counts of indecent assault on a male after a lengthy investigation spearheaded by Armidale detectives.

Perrett, now aged 79, was not required to enter pleas to the charges as the DPP sought court orders for a brief of evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Justice must run its course: Sydney archbishop on abuse claims against Cardinal Pell

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Register

BY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
May 17, 2017

SYDNEY – Public prosecutors have submitted recommendations to Victoria Police on whether to try Australian Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public.

Until police decide how to proceed, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said he will not be commenting on the case.

"Justice must be left to run its course," Archbishop Fisher said in a statement May 17.

Archbishop Fisher said Cardinal Pell, currently head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, "has cooperated in every way with multiple police, parliamentary and Royal Commission investigations."

"Everyone supports just investigation of complaints, but the relentless character attacks on Cardinal Pell, by some, stand the principle of innocent-until-proven-guilty on its head," Archbishop Fisher said. "Australians have a right to expect better from their legal systems and the media. Even churchmen have a right to 'a fair go.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Catholic Church demands ‘fair go’ for George Pell

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 18, 2017

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

PIA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@pia_akerman

Cardinal George Pell is expected to return to Australia voluntarily if police lay charges over histor­ical sex-abuse allegations but health fears could force him to take a slow sea voyage.

As Victoria Police detectives weigh up whether to initiate proceedings after further advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, senior Australian Catholics threw their support behind the cardinal and turned on his critics for denying him a “fair go”.

Cardinal Pell, 75, is serving as prefect of the secretariat of the economy to the Vatican, a role he has held since 2014.

He has strenuously denied all allegations. Although Australia has no extradition treaty with the Vatican, supporters of Cardinal Pell believe Australia’s most senior Catholic would return home voluntarily to face court if he were charged on a brief of evidence that prosecutors have now sent back to detectives for a second time, without a recommendation on court action.

Speaking in Rome, Cardinal Pell strongly denied any wrongdoing, declaring: “I’d just like to restate my innocence, I stand by everything I’ve said at the royal commission and in other places.’’

Asked if he was prepared to ­return, Cardinal Pell replied: “I will continue to co-operate fully.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Katherine Zappone seeks excavation of entire Tuam home site

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Cabinet ministers will be told today to make a decision “quickly” on the potential excavation of the entire Tuam mother and baby home in order to identify the people buried at the site.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will issue the call as she outlines plans for a Government group to begin appointing technical experts to oversee the work.

Earlier this year, the Government confirmed the presence of the bones of hundreds of babies and children at a former septic tank on the grounds of the Tuam site.

Ms Zappone is expected to say that specific decisions on the appointment of technical experts must now be taken “quickly” to have the best chance of identifying remains and assisting relatives of the people involved.

The Irish Examiner understands the minister will tell Cabinet colleagues these measures will include site excavation options; best international practice for identifying the remains; and technical work on how to protect human remains on the site during excavation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Entire Tuam Mother and Baby Home may be exhumed to identify baby remains

IRELAND
IrishCentral

James Wilson @jameswilson1919 May 17, 2017

Ireland’s Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is seeking cabinet permission to order a complete excavation of the notorious mother and baby home in Tuam.

The Irish Examiner reported that she will urge colleagues to “quickly” back her call so her department can begin to put together a working group to oversee the project.

The excavation is expected to be lead by experts from overseas and is expected to comply with international best practice. The team will also have to preserve the children’s remains on the site after excavation.

Currently, no excavation is planned for any of the other mother and baby homes in Ireland but it is expected that, in due course, they, too, will be excavated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Baylor hit with 7th Title IX lawsuit, plaintiff alleges gang rape by football players

TEXAS
Waco Tribune-Herald

By PHILLIP ERICKSEN pericksen@wacotrib.com

Baylor University on Tuesday night was served with a seventh Title IX lawsuit which alleges as many as eight football players drugged a student and took turns raping her in 2012.

The plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit as "Jane Doe," remembers hearing the players yell, “Grab her phone! Delete my numbers and texts!” following the rape in an off-campus apartment with glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, according to the suit.

The lawsuit comes as Baylor continues to deal with fallout from a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of President Ken Starr and head football coach Art Briles and the resignation of Ian McCaw as athletics director almost a year ago.

“These girls affected by this are seeking their day in court,” Houston lawyer Muhammad Aziz, who represents the plaintiff, said by phone Wednesday. “We thought about this a lot, and me and my client thought about it and discussed it. Eventually, we decided to proceed. Really, what we are seeking to enforce is just a safe education environment for the girls at the school.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Former priest described as “cold and calculating”

IRELAND
Wicklow News

Former Rathnew priest Denis Nolan was sentenced to eight years in jail this week for the rape and sexual assault of a young boy.

The former priest has 20 previous convictions relating to sexual assault but refuses to admit his guilt.

He was described in court as “cold and calculating” he is already serving time for the abuse of another local boy.

The abuse of his victims first came to light in May of 2012.

The 64-year-old denied two counts of rape and four of sexually assaulting the boy in Co Wicklow between January 2005 and September 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Victim recounts rape at Lonfit River

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

"I never told anybody back then. Who was gonna believe me? Back then it was very strict." – B.J., describing abuse by former Guam priest Louis Brouillard

As he walked with his cane into the grassy area leading to Lonfit River, there was trepidation in his step. This was the first time he'd been back in more than 40 years.

The hot sun beating down on him caused beads of sweat to run down his forehead as he became weak, having flashbacks of a traumatic trip to this river in the early 1970s.

"He told me it was time to become a man," the 57-year-old man said as his voice faded.

B.J., using initials to protect his identity, was only 12 years old when he was brought to Lonfit River by then-Father Louis Brouillard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Un prêtre condamné pour avoir commis trois agressions sexuelles

BURUNDI
La Depeche

Jean-Marie, prêtre burundais, a été accueilli en 2014 par le diocèse de Pamiers. Il en a profité pour commettre trois agressions sexuelles, dont une sur mineure de moins de 15 ans. À chaque fois, même scénario. Jean-Marie, rentré dans son pays depuis, se retrouve avec elles pour discuter, les prend dans ses bras, les colle contre lui alors que son sexe est en érection et les caresse. Pendant sa garde à vue, il a plus ou moins reconnu les faits. «Étant malade et privé d'activité valorisante, il a pu décompenser», note le psychiatre à propos de Jean-Marie. Ce qui ne manque pas d'étonner le ministère public : «Il ne peut plus dire la messe, donc il compense par des agressions sexuelles», ironise François Hébert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Burundi police arrest priest over rape accusations

BURUNDI
Xinhua

BUJUMBURA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The Burundian police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a priest over rape accusations, the country's police spokesman told a press conference on Wednesday.

"Abbot Jean Marie Ciza working in Gitega Archdiocese was arrested yesterday afternoon in Gitega town. The prosecutor who ordered his arrest accuses him of having raped a school girl," Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.

Nkurikiye indicated that the arrested priest was the private secretary of the Archbishop of Gitega, adding that he had recently escaped from France where he had committed rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

WJZ EXCLUSIVE: A Nun Murdered; Allegations Of Police Sex Abuse

MARYLAND
WJZ

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– There are shocking new allegations from a woman who told only WJZ she was sexually abused by a Baltimore County police officer and a priest when she was just 11 years old.

WJZ is protecting the identity of the woman who is being called Abby.

She is still terrified of police decades after horrific abuse by one powerful officer, who picked her up and raped her repeatedly for years.

Once Abby said he forced her to have sex with other officers and a catholic priest.

“He actually raped me with a cross,” she says.

“He” was Father Neil Magnus. Once he was finished, Abby said the Baltimore County police officer raped her next, then one by one other officers took turns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Kardinal wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen im Fokus

AUSTRALIEN
Bluewin

Der australische Kurienkardinal George Pell - einer der höchsten Würdenträger im Vatikan - muss in seiner Heimat mit einer Anklage rechnen. Ihm wird zur Last gelegt, als junger Priester in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren mehrere Jungen sexuell belästigt zu haben.

Die Polizei im australischen Bundesstaat Victoria bestätigte am Mittwoch, dass eine Stellungnahme der Staatsanwaltschaft dazu geprüft werde. Der 75-Jährige war früher Erzbischof von Melbourne und Sydney. Heute ist Pell im Vatikan für den Haushalt zuständig und damit die inoffizielle Nummer drei der katholischen Hierarchie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Survivors call for action to find Scotland's missing victims ahead of historic abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
The National

Janice Burns, Journalist / @janthenational

SURVIVORS of historic sexual abuse are today making a plea for more to be done to find Scotland’s missing abuse victims.

Seek and Find Everyone Abused in Childhood, also known as SAFE, has made the call to action with only two weeks left before the formal inquiry into historic abuse starts taking evidence.

SAFE, a group of survivors who have set aside their own time and money to campaign on this issue, want to send a message to all those survivors who are too afraid to speak out.

Survivor and spokesperson for SAFE, Dave Sharp, said: “We understand that victims are looking for like-minded people to connect with. Survivors are looking for people who understand their vulnerabilities and uncertainties and SAFE wants to help them find a path to justice and to have their voice heard.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

PROVOLO: Papa Francesco manda gli ispettori in Argentina, il PM li interroga e ora rischiano l’accusa di falsa testimonianza.

ITALIA/ARGENTINA
Rete L'Abuso

[Pope Francis has sent inspectors to Argentina to investigate the alleged abuse at a home for deaf children.]

Colpo di scena, almeno per noi che in Italia siamo abituati ad un eccesso di riguardo nei confronti del clero, ma in Argentina, pur restando il rispetto per l’abito talare, di fronte alla legge si è tutti uguali.

Ed è così che i due 007 inviati da papa Francesco per “indagare” sull’orribile vicenda degli abusi sessuali sui bambini sordi nell’Istituto cattolico Antonio Provolo di Mendoza, da investigatori, si sono trasformati in test per la procura, sottoposti quindi anche al segreto istruttorio e se entro venerdì non risponderanno a quelle che sono le richieste, potrebbero ritrovarsi anche incriminati per falsa testimonianza, come secondo l’articolo 275 del codice penale argentino che punisce con la reclusione da un mese a quattro anni.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Extradition obstacle if Pell charged

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

MAY 17, 2017

Megan Neil
Australian Associated Press

The absence of an extradition treaty with the Vatican would potentially complicate matters if Cardinal George Pell is charged with abuse offences unless he returns to Australia voluntarily.
Victorian police are deciding whether to charge Australia's most senior Catholic over historical sexual assault allegations, which Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied.

Australian National University professor of international law Donald Rothwell believes Cardinal Pell, who has been co-operating with the police investigation, will want to return to defend himself if charged.

"I really do not think that given what we know of Cardinal Pell and given what we know of the Pope's position on these issues that it would come to a serious legal tussle," he told AAP on Wednesday.

"I think more than likely Cardinal Pell would want to return to Australia to mount a vigorous defence to these charges if they are brought against him."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Cardinal Pell proclaims innocence on sex abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

CARDINAL George Pell has proclaimed his innocence, after the Herald Sun revealed Victoria Police had received the final advice to decide whether to charge him following historical sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Pell on Wednesday said he would “just like to restate my innocence”.

“I stand by everything I have said at the Royal Commission [into institutional responses to child sexual abuse] and in other places,” he told Channel Seven at the Vatican.

“We have to respect due process, wait until it is concluded and obviously I will continue to co-operate fully.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Justice must take its course for Pell: Fisher

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Beau Donelly
17 May 2017

UPDATE: Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell is being subjected to relentless character attacks instead of being regarded as innocent until proven guilty of abuse allegations, Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher says.

Victorian police are deciding whether to charge Australia's most senior Catholic after receiving final advice from the state's Director of Public Prosecutions about historical sexual assault allegations.

Archbishop Fisher said the decision rests with police and until then "we must wait and see".

"Justice must be left to run its course," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Everyone supports just investigation of complaints but the relentless character attacks on Cardinal Pell, by some, stand the principle of innocent-until-proven- guilty on its head.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Cardinal Pell proclaims innocence after allegations of child sexual abuse

ROME
7 News

[with video]

Cardinal George Pell has proclaimed his innocence from Rome after allegations of child sexual abuse as Victorian detectives consider whether to lay charges.

Cardinal Pell addressed the allegations outside his Rome apartment on Wednesday and said he would "continue to cooperate fully" with a police investigation.

“(I would) just like to restate my innocence,” he said.

“I stand by everything I’ve said in the Royal Commission and other places.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Cardinal George Pell 'tried to get journalist to destroy correspondence in which he demanded onerous conditions for an interview for book on child sex allegations'

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Brianne Tolj For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

An ABC journalist claims Cardinal George Pell's lawyers urged her to delete any correspondence between them after she asked for an interview.

Louise Milligan said she tried to contact the cardinal and his lawyers repeatedly while working on her book 'Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell,' which looks at the allegations of child sexual abuse surrounding him.

'I made several attempts to try and engage with him, through his office and his lawyers and he declined to take up that invitation except on the most onerous grounds, which included giving him the entire manuscript of the book. I've never heard that happen in two decades of journalism,' the 7.30 reporter told 9News.

'When we refused to do that his lawyers asked us to destroy the correspondence and if we didn't destroy the correspondence they wanted us to give it back to them.'

Cardinal Pell has since slammed Milligan's recently published book as a 'character assassination.'

He has strongly denied the allegations.

'Each and every allegation of abuse and cover up against him is false. The book is an exercise in character assassination,' a statement from Cardinal Pell's office issued on Monday night reads.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers demanded reporter destroy emails over book

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Kate Kachor

An ABC journalist has claimed Cardinal George Pell's lawyers demanded she destroy all correspondence between them or return it after refusing their "most onerous" terms in exchange for an interview with Australia's most senior Catholic for her book on his role with the church.

Louise Milligan, an award winning reporter with 7.30, endeavoured to contact the Victorian-born Cardinal – who is now based in The Vatican - a number of times about the allegations of child sexual abuse against the Catholic Church and his role as one of its leaders for her book, 'Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell'.

"I made several attempts to try and engage with him, through his office and his lawyers and he declined to take up that invitation except on the most onerous grounds, which included giving him the entire manuscript of the book. I've never heard that happen in two decades of journalism," Milligan told nine.com.au.

"When we refused to do that his lawyers asked us to destroy the correspondence and if we didn't destroy the correspondence they wanted us to give it back to them.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Former St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School staff member has been charged with alleged sexual assault of student 25 years ago

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Mitch Mott, The Advertiser
May 17, 2017

A FORMER St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School staff member has been charged with the sexual assault of a student more than 25 years ago.

The Glenelg primary school wrote a letter to old scholars, informing them a former teacher, now aged in his 50s, had been charged after an investigation began in 2015.

Principal Christopher Prance urged former students to contact police if they had any information or further accusations against the teacher.

“I have written this letter to you to keep you and others in the school community informed,” Mr Prance said in the letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Church encouraged to give more support in curbing child abuse

JAMAICA
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, is encouraging the church to undertake more activities that support the government's programmes aimed at curbing child abuse.

Speaking at a recent child abuse forum at the Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew, the state minister said the church's actions are critical in assisting to create the environment that assures an abused child that “there is somebody they can turn to for assistance”.

Green said child abuse poses a major challenge for Jamaica, as state agencies with responsibility for safeguarding children's welfare receive an average of 1,200 reports of child abuse each month.

“We are talking about 1,200 children who are in very difficult and trying circumstances who need to be helped,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Don't Tell: 'Australia's Spotlight' shines on a dark chapter of institutional cover up of child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Peter Gunders

Child protection advocates hope a film dealing with one young woman's battle to fight institutional cover up of abuse in Toowoomba will inspire others to tell their stories.

"I was brought up in an era where children had to be seen and not heard," said author and lawyer Stephen Roche, for whom Don't Tell is an intensely personal story.

Based on Mr Roche's book of the same name, the film is the story of a Toowoomba school student, known only as Lyndal, her experience of abuse while a boarder at a prestigious Anglican school in the 1990s, and the legal proceedings that followed 11 years later.

"I think it's a film about justice," Mr Roche said.

The high-profile case has been credited by Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston as an important step leading to the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sex Abuse.

"If she wasn't such a courageous girl all those years ago, we wouldn't know what had occurred at this place," Mr Roche said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Transgender sex offender sentenced

WEST VIRGINIA
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

By GREG JORDAN Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — After citing a lack of remorse and attempts to discredit a victim, a special judge sentenced an admitted transgender man to spend between two to 10 years in prison for first-degree sexual abuse.

James Lilly, 25, of Bluefield was brought before Special Judge John A. Hutchinson of Raleigh County, who was appointed after Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope recused himself. Lilly pleaded guilty in August 2016 in Mercer County Circuit Court to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Each charge carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.

Lilly, a former youth pastor, was arrested Jan. 12, 2016 and later indicted on 28 counts of first-degree sexual abuse as well as charges of third-degree sexual assault and incest. After his arrest, Lilly told detectives with the Bluefield Police Department that he was transgender and in the process of becoming a woman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Woodland Woman Files Lawsuit Against Sacramento Diocese, Alleging Sexual Assault by Priest

CALIFORNIA
Fox 40

WOODLAND -- A Woodland woman has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, alleging she was sexually assaulted by a former parish priest.

The suit accuses Father Renerio Sabuga Jr., took advantage of the woman being a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and abuse throughout most of her adult life, and positioned himself as a counselor to her, paying her visits at her home and sending her text messages.

She alleges Sabuga, also known as Father Jong, ultimately sexually assaulted her in her home. She didn't file suit immediately, only after the church prohibited her from singing in the church choir. The woman also asked the Diocese to pay for more counseling.

Kevin Eckery with the Diocese of Sacramento released the following statement:

“In 2014, Fr. Jong received a written warning and was briefly suspended for what we understood to be an inappropriate relationship with an adult woman. In 2016, we received information that the relationship in question had resumed even after Fr. Jong had been suspended and warned to terminate the relationship and refrain from such conduct. As a result of that additional information, Fr. Jong was terminated, his visa was revoked and he returned to his native diocese in the Philippines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

George Pell innocent until proven guilty, Archbishop Anthony Fisher says

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AAP

Cardinal George Pell is being subjected to relentless character attacks instead of being regarded as innocent until proven guilty of abuse allegations, Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher says.

Victorian police are deciding whether to charge Australia’s most senior Catholic after receiving final advice from the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions about historical sexual assault allegations.

Archbishop Fisher said the decision rests with police and until then “we must wait and see”.

“Justice must be left to run its course,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “Everyone supports just investigation of complaints but the relentless character attacks on Cardinal Pell, by some, stand the principle of innocent-until-proven- guilty on its head.

“Australians have a right to expect better from their legal systems and the media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

'Even churchmen have a right to a fair go': Top cleric backs Cardinal George Pell

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

[with video]

Beau Donelly, Melissa Cunningham

Cardinal George Pell maintains he is innocent of historical child sexual assault allegations as police decide whether to charge the senior Catholic figure.

Victoria Police received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions about its investigation into Cardinal Pell, days after fresh details of the claims were aired.

Police and the DPP would not comment on the advice, but is understood the brief suggests that there is sufficient evidence to charge Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal Pell, who was a priest in Ballarat before becoming Archbishop of Melbourne, is accused of sexually abusing a number of boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Cardinal George Pell declares innocence from the Vatican over abuse allegations

ROME
9 News

[with video]

Cardinal George Pell has proclaimed his innocence as detectives in Australia investigate abuse allegations against him.

“I’d just like to restate my innocence, I stand by everything I’ve said in the Royal Commission,” he told 9NEWS outside the Vatican this afternoon.

“We have to respect due process, and wait until it’s concluded. Obviously I’ll co-operate fully.”

The cardinal did not answer directly when asked whether he would return to Australia amid investigations over historical sex abuse allegations against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

AUSTRALIAN POLICE CLOSER TO DECIDING VATICAN ABUSE CHARGES

AUSTRALIA
Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian police said Wednesday they were a step closer to deciding whether to charge a top Vatican cardinal over allegations of sexual assault dating back decades.

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, has long been dogged by allegations he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and, later, Sydney. More recently, Pell has faced accusations of child abuse himself when he was a young priest in the 1970s. Pell, who runs the Vatican's economy ministry, has repeatedly denied all the allegations.

Last year, detectives from Australia's Victoria state flew to the Vatican, where 75-year-old Pell agreed to be interviewed over allegations of sexual assault, police said.

A police statement on Wednesday said investigators have since received advice from Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion, the state's top prosecutor, on the sexual assault investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

May 16, 2017

Prep school dean, parish priest abused me, man alleges in suits

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

BY THOMAS MORIARTY tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK -- A former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School is suing both institutions and the Archdiocese of Newark, claiming they failed to protect him from repeated sexual abuse by two priests in the 1960s.

The plaintiff, whose representatives asked that he be identified only as "John Doe," claims Revs. Robert Gibney -- who was a priest at the now-closed Vailsburg church -- and William Giblin, the former headmaster of Seton Hall Prep, both sexually abused him in the 1960s.

Gibney, who died in 2012, is alleged to have abused the boy on several occasions. Giblin, who died in 2011, is alleged to have abused the boy at the prep school, according to John Doe's lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston.

In addition to the priests' alleged injuries to him in violation of New Jersey law, Doe's two complaints in state Superior Court seek punitive damages for what the lawsuits claim were gross negligence and intentional misconduct by the institutions, whose officials he says should have known of the abuse and prevented it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Trial Mines How Victims Process Trauma

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 16, 2017

Hartford — During the three years when Eliyahu Mirlis claimed Rabbi Daniel Greer sexually molested him, why didn’t Mirlis try to stop it?

Why didn’t the teenaged student phone his parents in New Jersey and flee to another school in another state?

Why didn’t he fend off the 60-year old man, weakened by a hernia?

Why didn’t he admit the alleged abuse to the assistant dean, Aviad Hack, another one of Greer’s alleged victims, or to Ezi Greer, the rabbi’s son and Mirlis’s closest friend?

Why didn’t he report the case to the state’s child welfare agents, who were investigating the Yeshiva of New Haven?

“That’s probably a hard question to answer, but I want to ask you to try,” Antonio Ponvert, Mirlis’s attorney, said after his client took the witness stand on Monday afternoon here in U.S. District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Victoria Police receives advice on investigation into Cardinal George Pell

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Beau Donelly

Victoria Police has received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions about its investigation into Cardinal George Pell, days after fresh details of historic sex abuse allegations were aired.

Detectives from the Sano taskforce, the squad set up to investigate historic child abuse allegations, will now consider the DPP's advice, police spokeswoman Creina O'Grady said on Tuesday night.

"Victoria Police can confirm that it has received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to a current investigation into historical sexual assault allegations," she said.

"As with any investigation it will be a decision for Victoria Police as to whether charges are laid. As this remains an ongoing investigation, we will not be commenting further at this time."

Police would not comment on any recommendations contained in the brief.

Cardinal Pell, Australia's highest ranking Catholic official, was interviewed by three members of Victoria Police in Rome last October. The 75-year-old took part voluntarily.

Cardinal Pell has always vehemently denied sex abuse allegations made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Green light for charges on Cardinal Pell, DPP says it’s up to police to act on sex abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

James Campbell and Keith Moor, Herald Sun
May 16, 2017

TWO MEN CLAIM PELL SEXUALLY ABUSED THEM

POLICE have received their final advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions on its investigation into historic sex abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell — and the force must now decide whether to charge Australia’s highest-ranked Catholic.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal that the Victorian police force has received key advice from John Champion SC regarding a brief of evidence prepared by officers after they interviewed the 75-year-old in Rome last October.

It is understood that Victoria’s DPP has advised police that based on its assessment of the evidence they can charge the Cardinal. But despite the green light, the DPP advice makes it clear that ultimately it is up to police whether to act.

Asked about the status of the case, police spokesman Charlie Morton said: “Victoria Police can confirm that it has received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to a current investigation into historical sexual assaults.

“Detectives from Taskforce Sano will now take time to consider that advice. As with any investigation it will be a decision for Victoria Police as to whether charges are laid. As this remains an ongoing investigation, we will not be commenting further.”

The Daily Telegraph ­revealed in February last year that the Sano taskforce was investigating allegations that Cardinal Pell sexually abused up to 10 boys between 1978 and 2001 during his time as a priest in Ballarat and when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

D-Day for George Pell: Police must decide whether to charge cardinal over historic child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Sinead Maclaughlin For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

Advice on historical sex abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell has been sent to Victoria Police by the state's Department of Public Prosecutions.

It must now be decided whether Australia's most senior Catholic official will be charged over allegations of sexual abuse.

Allegations the Cardinal abused boys while a priest in Ballarat were aired last year and a new book released on Monday makes further claims.

The 75-year-old has denied all abuse allegations made against him and called the book, titled Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell, 'an exercise in character assassination'.

Victoria Police confirmed in a statement on Tuesday night that it had received advice from the DPP 'relating to a current investigation into historical sexual assault allegations'.

'Detectives from Taskforce Sano will now take time to consider that advice,' the statement reads.
'As with any investigation it will be a decision for Victoria Police as to whether charges are laid. As this remains an ongoing investigation, we will not be commenting further at this time.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Vic police considering George Pell charges

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Victorian police have received advice from the state's Director of Public Prosecutions regarding further historical sex abuse allegations involving Cardinal George Pell.

Detectives from Taskforce Sano will now take time to consider the advice before deciding whether or not to take further action.

'As with any investigation it will be a decision for Victoria Police as to whether charges are laid,' the force said in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.

'As this remains an ongoing investigation, we will not be commenting further at this time.'

News Corp newspapers reported that the advice relates to allegations against Australia's most senior Catholic official, who has vehemently and repeatedly denied all abuse allegations made against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Call to charge Pell rests with police

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 17, 2017

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

The decision on whether to charge George Pell with historical sexual-abuse allegations now rests with Victoria Police after the Office of Public Prosecutions ­yesterday returned the brief of evidence.

A police spokesman confirmed advice from Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion SC concerning the investi­gation of Cardinal Pell had been received.

The OPP advised police that, based on its assessment of the evidence, they could charge the cardinal, Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported last night. Despite the green light, the advice made it clear that ultimately it was up to the police whether to act. “Detectives from Taskforce Sano will now take time to consider that advice,” police spokesman Charlie Morton said last night. “As with any ­investigation, it will be a decision for Victoria Police as to whether charges are laid.”

Cardinal Pell has strenuously denied all allegations.

It is understood the latest ­development took lawyers for the cardinal by surprise.
Cardinal Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, had been sent to the OPP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Reports suggest Pell could face sex abuse charges in Australia

AUSTRALIA
Crux

Police in Australia will “take time to consider ... advice” from prosecutors over the allegations Cardinal George Pell engaged in inappropriate behavior with young people decades ago. The cardinal, currently the head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, has issued a “vehement” denial of all accusations against him.

According to multiple media reports, Cardinal George Pell, currently the head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, could face legal charges in his native Australia over decades-old allegations of sexual abuse.

Police in the Australian state of Victoria, in which Pell’s home Diocese of Ballarat is located, confirmed on Tuesday they “received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to a current investigation into historical sexual assault allegations.”

Pell has long denied the allegations vehemently.

The police investigations surround accusations that Pell inappropriately touched two young boys while swimming in the late 70s, and that he exposed himself in a change room in a surf club in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Barrister contracted to conduct review into Archdiocese's handling of disgraced priest quits

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

Katie Burgess

The barrister contracted to independently review the Canberra-Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese's decision to place a disgraced priest next to two Canberra primary schools has quit.

Sydney barrister Jane Seymour had been brought on to scrutinise the breakdown in communication that led Father Brian Hassett, a priest with substantiated complaints of improper conduct towards children, to be housed next to Sts Peter and Paul Primary School and Malkara School without either principals being told of his background.

But Ms Seymour handed back the brief several weeks ago to take up a role with the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, The Canberra Times has learnt.

A spokeswoman from the archdiocese confirmed Ms Seymour was no longer conducting the review and had been replaced by another Sydney barrister, Juliet Lucy.

"As per the brief given to Jane, and subsequently Juliet, the timeline is for the review to be finalised by the end of May. The archbishop will then respond to the report by the end of June," the spokeswoman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

New Trial Bid Denied For Former Priest William Casey

TENNESSEE
The Greenville Sun

By Ken Little
Staff Writer

A Sullivan County judge has denied a petition for post-conviction relief seeking a new trial for former Catholic priest and Greene County resident William Casey.

Casey’s lawyer said Monday he will file an appeal on the April 26 ruling by Criminal Court Judge James F. Goodwin.

Casey, now 83, was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated rape in 2011 by a Sullivan County Criminal Court jury.

The longtime Camp Creek community resident was sentenced in November 2011 to a 35-year prison term. Casey won’t be eligible for parole consideration until 2025 when he is 91, according to the state Department of Correction.

The sex abuse charges stemmed from conduct that occurred in 1979 and 1980, while victim Warren Tucker attended a Kingsport school associated with St. Dominic Catholic Church in Kingsport. Casey was a priest at the church and Tucker was an altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

The church fired a priest for ‘carrying on a relationship.’ She says it was sexual assault.

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

BY SAM STANTON
sstanton@sacbee.com

Dorothy Small met the new priest at Woodland’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church in April 2014, and almost immediately the Rev. Renerio Sabuga Jr. began inviting her out for bicycle rides or dinner, Small says.

Within weeks, she said, the priest – known to parishioners as “Father Jong” – would confide in her with intensely private thoughts.

“I’m a man like any other man,” she recalled him telling her. “I can do everything like any other man, just from the waist up.

“I can’t have sex.”

In a matter of months, that stance changed as Small and Sabuga became close and the priest pursued her romantically until Feb. 17, 2015, when the priest “cornered (Small) in her bedroom and sexually assaulted” her, a lawsuit filed Monday in Sacramento Superior Court alleges.

The allegations in Small’s lawsuit are explosive, charging that church officials routinely ignored Small’s requests for help. Her suit was filed by Sacramento attorney Joseph George against the Sacramento Catholic Diocese, Sabuga and Holy Rosary priest Jonathan Molina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

Bistum zeigt Lehrer der Hildesheimer Marienschule an

DEUTSCHLAND
Bistum Hildesheim

[The bishopric of Hildesheim has filed a complaint against a teacher of the Hildesheimer Marienschule who admitted sexual assault against a teenager.]

16.05.2017

Das Bistum Hildesheim hat gegen einen Lehrer der Hildesheimer Marienschule Strafanzeige gestellt, der sexuelle Übergriffigkeit gegenüber einer jugendlichen Schülerin zugegeben hat.

Der Pädagoge wurde vom Unterricht suspendiert und fristlos entlassen. Außerdem darf er die Schule nicht mehr betreten.

Die Eltern der Schülerin informierten die Schulleitung in der vergangenen Woche über den Missbrauch. Der zuständige Direktor der Hauptabteilung Bildung im Bischöflichen Generalvikariat Hildesheim, PD Dr. Jörg-Dieter Wächter, lud den Lehrer daraufhin unverzüglich vor. Im Gespräch mit Wächter gab der Mann zu, sexuell übergriffig geworden zu sein.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Sexueller Missbrauch: Bistum entlässt Lehrer und erstattet Anzeige

DEUTSCHLAND
inFranken

[The teacher of a Catholic school in Hildesheim has allegedly abused a minor pupil. Now he was dismissed summarily and reported to the police.]

Das Bistum Hildesheim hat gegen einen Lehrer der katholischen Marienschule in Hildesheim Strafanzeige wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs Schutzbefohlener gestellt. Der Pädagoge habe zugegeben, gegenüber einer jugendlichen Schülerin "sexuell übergriffig" geworden zu sein, teilte das Bistum am Dienstag (16. Mai) mit. Er sei vom Unterricht suspendiert und fristlos entlassen worden. Außerdem dürfe er die Schule nicht mehr betreten. Bischof Norbert Trelle zeigte sich "schockiert und bestürzt".

Lehrer gibt Tat in Gespräch mit Schulleitung zu

Die Eltern der Schülerin informierten dem Bistum zufolge die Schulleitung in der vergangenen Woche über den Missbrauch. Der zuständige Direktor im Bischöflichen Generalvikariat Hildesheim habe den Lehrer daraufhin unverzüglich vorgeladen. Im Gespräch habe der Mann seine Tat zugegeben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 15, 2017

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

“John Doe” has filed a civil action in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey, alleging that two Archdiocese of Newark priests sexually abused him as a minor child on numerous occasions. “John Doe” originally contacted Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA

“John Doe” alleges that Fr. Robert Gibney sexually abused him as a minor child on numerous occasions when Fr. Robert Gibney was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in the Vailsburg section of Newark, New Jersey, in approximately 1962/1963

“John Doe” alleges that Fr. William Giblin, a former Headmaster of Seton Hall Preparatory School, sexually abused him as a minor child from approximately 1966-1967 on numerous occasions when Fr. William Giblin was assigned to Seton Hall Preparatory School as Dean of Men and possibly another position or positions. Seton Hall Preparatory School was located at the time on the campus of Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

What
A press conference announcing the filing of a civil lawsuit in Essex County, Newark, New Jersey Superior Court, by “John Doe,” a victim of childhood sexual abuse in approximately the 1960s by two Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, priests, Fr. Robert Gibney, and Fr. William Giblin

When
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Seton Hall Preparatory School, 120 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Allegations:
“John Doe” was a minor child at Sacred Heart Parish in the Vailsburg section of Newark, New Jersey, in approximately 1962/1963 when he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Fr. Robert Gibney who was assigned by the Archbishop of Newark to serve as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Newark, New Jersey. “John Doe” was a minor child attending Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey in approximately 1966/1967 when he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Fr. William Giblin who was assigned by the Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, to serve at Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey. “John Doe” has filed an action in the Civil Division of Essex County Superior Court, Newark, New Jersey requesting compensatory and punitive damages against the two named defendants and the Archdiocese of Newark; Sacred Heart Parish; Seton Hall University, and Seton Hall Preparatory School

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Vatican financial watchdog registers three-fold decrease in suspicious activity in 2016

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | May. 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY
The Vatican’s financial watchdog registered a three-fold decrease in suspicious transactions undertaken in the city-state’s financial institutions in 2016, stating in a yearly report the downtick indicates more effective implementation of Pope Francis’ reforms.

The Financial Information Authority, or AIF, says in the report that it marked 207 activities as questionable last year and suspended four suspicious transactions worth a total of 2.1 million Euro. In 2015 the agency had marked 544 activities and halted 12 transactions worth 15.3 million Euro and $2.4 million.

The AIF says in the report, released Thursday, that the decrease indicates “an ever-increasing and effective implementation of reporting requirements.”

The agency also reveals it made 22 reports to the Vatican’s Office of the Promoter of Justice, the city-state’s prosecutorial division, for possible review of crimes including fraud and “serious tax evasion, misappropriation and corruption.”

The watchdog agency gave the statistics in its fifth annual report. The agency, which was started by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 but continued and strengthened under Francis, has been working to bring the Vatican’s diverse set of financial organizations into compliance with international standards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Priest pleads guilty to abusing boy

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

MAY 16, 2017

BOSTON — A former Episcopal priest, who has been living in Bedford, Pa., has been given an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a student during trips to Boston in 1973.

Howard “Howdy” White, 75, was associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., when he took a 15- to 16-year-old boy on several overnight trips, including two to Boston where the teen was sexually assaulted. White had been accused of five counts of assault and battery.

Since moving to Bedford in 2007 until last year, White had served as a part-time replacement priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford. Church officials suspended him in January 2016, and Audrey Scanlan, Episcopal bishop for central Pennsylvania, formally removed White from the priesthood in October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Ex priest raped boy he paid for gardening

IRELAND
Sunday World

A FORMER priest who raped and assaulted a child he had paid to do his gardening has received an eight-year prison sentence.

Denis Nolan (64), formerly of The Presbytery, Rathnew, Co Wicklow, is already serving a sentence for sexually abusing a different child six years ago and has since been defrocked.

Last March, a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted him of six counts of oral rape, defilement and sexual assault in his home between 2005 and 2006.

The victim was aged between 10 and 11 at the time.

Nolan, who was a parish priest in Co Wicklow and served on the board of management of a local school, had denied the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Inquiry looks at failure to report abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Making institutions criminally liable for failing to report child sexual abuse is likely to encourage reporting, the head of the child abuse royal commission says.

The royal commission is considering whether other states and territories should follow the lead of NSW and Victoria in having an offence relating to failure to report.

The issue of abuse being known to a responsible person in an institution but not reported to the authorities has been raised in number of its public hearings.

The criminal law does not generally impose a positive duty requiring a person to act, commission chair Justice Peter McClellan says.

'Failure to report abuse to the authorities may leave a child, or perhaps a number of children, exposed to abuse,' he said in a speech to be screened at a National Council of Churches conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Child abuse royal commission: Justice McClellan warns churches to change or risk illegitimacy

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Paul Kennedy

Every major Australian church has been cautioned to better protect children or risk illegitimacy.

In a speech to the National Council of Churches, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse chairman Justice Peter McClellan urged religious leaders to act on his recommendations.

"What we can be certain of is that any institution which does not acknowledge past wrongs and the need for change will lose the confidence of Australians," he said via a recorded video.

"The community will not accept the legitimacy of any institution which does not give priority to the safety and wellbeing of the children for which it has responsibility."

Justice McClellan detailed the exhaustive work of Australia's largest royal commission, which has examined 1.2 million documents and heard evidence from more than 1,200 witnesses over 440 sitting days.

They have wide-ranging powers to cross-examine, obtain evidence, and protect witnesses
Fifty-nine per cent of abuse reported to the royal commission has come from within religious institutions.

Justice McClellan revealed the commission had referred 2,025 cases to police and other authorities but only 127 have been acted upon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Safe as churches?

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

[with video]

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM
Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

National Council of Churches
Safe as churches? Conference

Thank you for inviting me to address your conference today. I am sorry that I am unable to deliver this address in person. Unfortunately the other demands on my time have made that impossible.

I last spoke to you in September 2015. Since that time the Royal Commission had held a further 25 public hearings. That brings the total number of public hearings to 57. Our public hearing program concluded in March this year with a discussion of the nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse.

Our public hearing program was extensive. We examined more than 1.2 million documents. We heard evidence from more than 1,200 witnesses. The Commissioners sat for more than 440 days. Hearings have been held in every state and territory and in a number of regional centres and towns.

In addition to the hearings in which we sought to understand the conduct of individuals and institutions, the Commission has conducted public hearings with a policy focus. These include Case study 24 – Out of Home Care and Case studies 38 and 46 into Criminal Justice issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Experts to advise on exhumation of Tuam babies site

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kevin Doyle
May 16 2017

International experts are to be brought in to provide advice on the potential mass exhumation of bodies from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site.

The Government will today consider the 'next steps' for the site, where it is believed hundreds of dead babies were buried by nuns between 1925 and 1961.

Among the decisions to be taken in the coming months is whether officials believe it will be possible to ID any of the remains.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone will update the Cabinet on developments at the site since it was revealed in March that "significant quantities" of human remains were found.

Ms Zappone's office declined to comment ahead of her Cabinet briefing, but it is understood she will tell colleagues decisions need to be taken quickly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Child Abuse Bill Becomes Law In Oklahoma, Amendment Sparks Controversy

OKLAHOMA
News 9

BY JESSI MITCHELL, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill into law last week, giving child sex abuse victims longer to come forward, but critics say an amendment to the bill may actually be detrimental to some of the victims.

HB1470 was part of the Hidden Predator Act, meant to increase protections to child sex abuse victims. A paragraph was added, however, that protects the employer of the abuser, and some attorneys fear that clause is unconstitutional.

In March, Rep. Kevin McDugle (R-Tulsa) opened up for the first time about being molested by his youth minister. McDugle shared how hard it was to talk about the incident for decades and urged his colleagues to allow victims up to the age of 45 to come forward.

“That one night, for me, took me 35 years to get to a point that I could actually openly talk about it,” McDugle said. “I’m a Marine Corps veteran, a drill instructor, so it’s not a story that I wanted to tell.”
When the act passed through the legislature the bill's author Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) commended voters in support of the bill in a letter, stating, “The Legislature has done right by the victims of these crimes, and I’m humbled to have played a part in extending the statute of limitations.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

New Kansas Laws Protect Abuse and Assault Victims

KANSAS
KOAM

[with video]

May 15, 2017
By Mike Mahoney

PITTSBURG, KANSAS -
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt congratulated state lawmakers Monday for making the state a better place for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Governor Sam Brownback recently signed a couple of bills that will aid those victims.

One bill extends the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims. The other elevates domestic assaults from simple battery to aggravated battery.

Brooke Powell is a program director at Safehouse, a program with a Pittsburg office that aids victims. She's thrilled the statute of limitations are being extended to aid victims of sexual assault. It will mean her clients can receive crime victim's assistance even if the sexual assault happened more than two years ago.

The bill sets the two year statute of limitations to the day a victim is notified that DNA testing has identified a suspect's genetic profile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

NEWARK ARCHBISHOP CARDINAL JOSEPH TOBIN RE-VICTIMIZES CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS, THUS ACTING CONTRARY TO THE STATEMENTS OF POPE FRANCIS

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

Newark Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin to hold Town Meeting at Holy Family Parish, Nutley, New Jersey, to “meet and greet” Catholics of the Archdiocese of Newark

Since Cardinal Joseph Tobin became the Archbishop of Newark, he has “dragged his feet” in settling credible cases of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, thus acting contrary to the statements of Pope Francis

It is time for Cardinal Joseph Tobin to justly and fairly settle cases of sexual abuse by Newark Archdiocesan clergy in a timely manner so the victims can try to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation

What
A press conference and demonstration calling on Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the new Archbishop of Newark, to settle cases of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and other religious persons that have stalled, thus re-victimizing childhood clergy sexual abuse victims

When
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Holy Family Parish, 28 Brookline Avenue, Nutley, New Jersey 07110

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Since Cardinal Joseph Tobin became the Archbishop of Newark several months ago, the Archdiocese of Newark has stalled settling cases, thus causing further harm to and re-victimization of victims. The stalling has prevented victims from trying to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation. Contrary to the statements of Pope Francis, the Archdiocese of Newark has ignored the claims of childhood sexual abuse victims through the tactic of stalling. Demonstrators will call on Cardinal Joseph Tobin to settle childhood sexual abuse claims in a timely manner so that victims are treated fairly and justly, thus allowing them to try to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation.

Contact
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 6:41 AM

Royal commission has led to more than 100 child abuse prosecutions, says head

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Melissa Davey
@MelissaLDavey
Monday 15 May 2017

The head of the royal commission into child sexual abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, has referred 2,025 incidents of abuse to authorities since 2013, provoking 127 prosecutions to date.

McClellan will share the figures at the National Council of Churches conference in Melbourne on Tuesday via a video address. He will tell the conference the volume of referrals was so great that there may be further prosecutions once they had been fully assessed by police.

The commissioners have held more than 6,700 private sessions for survivors of institutional abuse. While some survivors gave evidence during the commission’s public hearings throughout the country, many more chose to give evidence to the six commissioners in private.

To date, the commission has analysed the information from 6,302 of those private sessions, and McClellan will for the first time reveal the breakdown of institutions in which those survivors were abused.

Thirty-two per cent of survivors who attended a private session reported abuse in a government institution, while 10% reported abuse in a secular institution. Religious institutions comprised 59% of reported abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Campbell County ministry leader files defamation lawsuit

VIRGINIA
The News & Advance

Christopher Cole

A home-school Christian ministry leader in Campbell County has filed a nearly $1 million defamation suit against a Lynchburg woman, her husband and a law professor over an internet blog post alleging he made inappropriate contact with her years ago.

Rickey G. Boyer also seeks millions of dollars in damages for alleged conspiracy against his home-school business Character Concepts by the woman, Ashley Easter, along with Robert William Easter.

The defamation claim names a Liberty University professor, Basyle Tchividjian, as one of the defendants.

Boyer filed the suit April 14 in Lynchburg Circuit Court, but the complaint had not been served on the three defendants as of Monday. Once served, they will have 21 days to respond.

According to the lawsuit, Ashley Easter defamed him by publishing a blog article titled “Rick Boyer Sr. and Sexual Boundary Crossing: My Story,” which she put on her blog in April 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Former Spencer pastor receives 5-year prison sentence

IOWA
The Daily Reporter

Monday, May 15, 2017
Russ Mitchell, Northwest Iowa Publishing

Kevin Grimes, the former DaySpring Assembly of God pastor and director of the nonprofit Spencer Dream Center had to make at times tearful admissions Monday as part of a plea agreement surrounding allegations of sexual abuse.

Grimes confirmed that he sent “inappropriate text messages” and images to young men who attended his church and arranged meetings to “engage in sexual activity,” with other male victims.

“I accept full responsibility for what I’ve done,” Grimes told told District Court Judge Don Courtney.

The sexual advances are illegal and led to six criminal charges — Grimes isn’t allowed to use his position as counselor to take advantage of vulnerable people under his care. Altogether, four men came forward with enough information to warrant a criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Abuse survivor wants papal panel to push back on Vatican resistance

IRELAND
Crux

John Allen, Inés San Martín and Claire Giangravè
May 16, 2017

On Saturday, Pope Francis called Marie Collins, an abuse survivor who recently quit his Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors citing Vatican resistance to reform, a "great woman" and said she's "right on some things." In a Crux interview, Collins expressed gratitude but also said that the Church still needs uniform global standards and a way to hold bishops accountable.

A survivor of clerical sexual abuse and a former member of a panel created by Pope Francis to lead the reform effort said Monday that while she’s grateful for positive things the pope said about her over the weekend, she also wants the commission to push back against perceived Vatican resistance to reform that she insists led her to resign.

Marie Collins, an Irish lay woman, told “The Crux of the Matter” on the Catholic Channel, carried by Sirius XM, “If resistance continues, then the commission itself should speak. It shouldn’t be up to one member having to resign to make it public.

“If there is resistance, it’s got to be overcome, because there’s no place for resistance to change when it comes to child protection,” Collins said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

CARDINAL PELL WILL NOT RESPOND TO 'UNJUSTIFIABLE, SCANDALOUS' ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST HIM IN NEW BOOK

AUSTRALIA
The Tablet (UK)

16 May 2017 | by Mark Brolly

Pell's Rome office has accused the book's publisher of "interfering with the course of justice"

Cardinal George Pell's Rome office says he will not seek to respond to allegations against him in a new biography released on Monday, "other than to restate that any allegations of child abuse made against him are completely false".

Fairfax Media reported on 13 May that 'Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell', by Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Louise Milligan, contains allegations of abuse involving two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the late 1990s while then Archbishop Pell was Archbishop of Melbourne.

Fairfax, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age newspapers, said the book records the testimony of one alleged victim, a man now aged in his 30s, and the family of a second alleged victim, who died from a drug overdose in 2014. Soon after the alleged abuse took place, both boys asked to leave the choir, the book says.

The newspaper group also reported that the book contains new information about the child abuse cover-up within the Catholic Church in Australia, including allegations that Cardinal Pell - Prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy since 2014 and before that Archbishop of Melbourne from 1996-2001 and Archbishop of Sydney from 2001-14 - knew about paedophile priests earlier than he claimed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

'COLD AND CALCULATING' Serial paedophile Fr Denis Nolan caged for eight years after raping ‘child of great innocence’

IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By Eavan Murray
15th May 2017,

SERIAL paedophile Fr Denis Nolan has been sentenced to eight years for the rape and sexual assault of a young boy.

The disgraced Wicklow-based former priest, described in court as “cold and calculating”, is already serving time for sickening abuse of another teenage lad.

The 64-year-old fiend denied two counts of rape and four of sexually assaulting the boy in Co Wicklow between January 2005 and September 2006.

The court heard Nolan’s horrific crimes left his victim feeling that he would be better off dead.

In sentencing Judge Patrick McCarthy said the accused engaged in a concentrated effort to groom his victim who was “a child of great innocence”.

The victim was aged 13 when the abuse began after Nolan gave him a chance to work in his garden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Thomas V. Daily, Bishop With Legacy Tarnished by Response to Abuse, Dies at 89

NEW YORK
New York Times

By SAM ROBERTS
MAY 15, 2017

Thomas V. Daily, the bishop emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, who raised tens of millions of dollars to repair schools and churches but whose last years were marred by criticism of how he had handled the church’s sexual abuse scandals in Boston and Brooklyn, died early Monday in Queens. He was 89.

A diocesan spokeswoman announced his death, at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, where he lived at the Bishop Mugavero Residence, named after his predecessor, Francis J. Mugavero. ...

But the bishop’s legacy was clouded by criticism, coupled with his own second thoughts, about his response to lawsuits by people alleging that they were abused as minors by priests in Brooklyn and especially in Boston. Bishop Daily had been chancellor and vicar general in the Diocese of Boston under two former archbishops, Cardinal Humberto Medeiros and, briefly, Cardinal Medeiros’s successor, Cardinal Bernard F. Law.

It was Bishop Daily who allowed the Rev. John J. Geoghan on a planned two-month sabbatical to Italy before placing him back in the same parish near a family whom Father Geoghan had traumatized. Bishop Daily informed neither law enforcement nor the parish priest of the allegations against Father Geoghan, who became the country’s most notorious example of a predatory priest.

Bishop Daily was named as a defendant in dozens of suits filed by people who claimed that Father Geoghan, who was later defrocked, had molested them in his three decades as a priest. In 2002, the Boston archdiocese settled the Geoghan lawsuits for millions of dollars.

Father Geoghan, who was accused of molesting almost 150 boys, was convicted of groping a 10-year-old boy and was serving a sentence of nine to 10 years in a Massachusetts state prison when he was strangled by another inmate in 2003.

Asked in a deposition why he never investigated whether Father Geoghan had molested children beyond those of a family he had met with in 1982, Bishop Daily replied: “I’m not a policeman. I am a shepherd. I am a pastor who has to go after the Lord’s sheep and find them and bring them back to the fold and give them the kind of guidance and discipline them in such a way that they will come back.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

George Pell demands apology over child sexual abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
Starts at 60

Cardinal George Pell has slammed allegations made about him in a new book, describing it as “character assassination” and an “interference with the course of justice”.

Lawyers representing the cardinal have demanded an apology and retraction from media outlets Fairfax and The Guardian over articles detailing the child sexual abuse claims made in ABC journalist Louise Milligan’s book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.

Published by Melbourne University Press, the book was released on Monday and includes unsubstantiated allegations against Cardinal Pell over his role in the sex abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church.

Last year Milligan interviewed two men who claimed Pell abused them in the 1970s when he was a priest at Ballarat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Victims of clergy sex abuse ask other survivors to enter N.Y. Archdiocese compensation program

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
DALE W. EISINGER
STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 15, 2017

Victims of sexual abuse by priests urged fellow survivors Monday to enroll in a compensation program founded by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Phase II of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is open to anyone who has not previously reported a complaint of abuse to the Archdiocese.

Only victims abused by a deacon or priest in the Archdiocese of New York are eligible.

Applicants face a July 31 deadline.

“Your window of opportunity is only open until the end of July,” said Shaun Dougherty, 47, who was abused as a child by a priest in Pennsylvania.

“Protect future generations of children from having to live the nightmare that we lived again.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Second alleged victim won’t testify via phone

MICHIGAN
The Alpena News

MAY 16, 2017

JORDAN SPENCE
jspence@thealpenanews.com

ALPENA — The second alleged victim in the case against Sylvestre Obwaka, who is accused of accused of raping another priest, will not be allowed to testify over the phone.

The second victim’s possible testimony was discussed during a hearing Monday in 53rd Circuit Court.

“For the record my position is that testimony telephonically would not be permitted,” Judge Scott Pavlich said. “He would have to appear and give testimony.”

Pavlich said if the prosecution wants to have this person testify — the victim is male and alleged a sexual assault took place sometime around 2003 — they would have to provide more details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

May 15, 2017

Church responds to latest suit

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post May 15, 2017

"We extend our prayers to the claimant, known by the initials of B.W.J., and his family." – Archdiocese of Agana

The same day news of a new lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic school teacher became public, the Archdiocese of Agana issued a response apologizing to the newest victim as well as those recently named in several other lawsuits.

"The Archdiocese of Agana acknowledges the latest lawsuit and allegation of child sexual abuse filed involving Ray Caluag, a former music teacher at Saint Anthony Catholic School in Tamuning in the 1990s," the Archdiocese of Agana stated. "We extend our prayers to the claimant, known by the initials of B.W.J., and his family."

According to Post files, B.W.J.'s suit filed Sunday names Ray Caluag, a former music teacher at Saint Anthony Catholic School, who also may have taught for a few years at St. John's School, as his alleged abuser.

The plaintiff is a former Saint Anthony Catholic School student who alleges in the case he was sexually molested and abused by Caluag, who was his music teacher in the early 1990s. According to court documents, B.W.J. alleged he was abused by Caluag in 1993 after he got a ride home with his former music teacher following a rehearsal for a school Christmas play.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Thomas Daily, retired Bishop of Brooklyn & Queens, dies in Douglaston at age 89

NEW YORK
QNS

By Robert Pozarycki / rpozarycki@qns.com / Monday, May 15, 2017

Retired Bishop Thomas V. Daily, who led the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens for 13 years until becoming ensnared in the global Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, died early on Monday morning, May 15, at his Douglaston residence at the age of 89.

Daily became the sixth Bishop of Brooklyn in 1990 after previously serving as the first Bishop of Palm Beach, FL. A native of Massachusetts, he was ordained a priest by the Archdiocese of Boston in 1952 and would serve the first eight years of his ministry at St. Ann’s Church in the Boston suburb of Quincy.

In 1960, Daily left St. Ann’s for five years and headed to Lima, Peru as part of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, working with the poor in the South American nation. He would return to St. Ann’s in 1965 as its assistant pastor until 1971, when he was appointed by Boston Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros as his secretary and, later vicar for temporalities.

Daily was named an auxiliary bishop in 1975 and appointed the following year as vicar general for the Archdiocese of Boston. After his stint in Palm Beach, he arrived in Brooklyn in 1990 at a time when the entire diocese was undergoing financial hardship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

George Pell labels new book on sexual abuse a 'character assassination'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

AAP

Allegations aired in a new book of sexual abuse by Australia's highest ranking Catholic official, George Pell, are nothing but "character assassination" says the cardinal.

The book, Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell, by ABC journalist Louise Milligan was released by Melbourne University Press on Monday.

"Each and every allegation of abuse and cover up against him is false. The book is an exercise in character assassination," a statement from Cardinal Pell's office issued on Monday night reads.

"The decision by MUP to bring forward the publication of the book prior to any findings by the Royal Commission and while allegations are still under consideration by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions is a blatant attempt to interfere in the course of justice.

"Unlike MUP, the Cardinal will not interfere with the course of justice. He will await the outcome of due process before launching defamation action."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Pell labels book 'character assassination'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 15, 2017

Allegations aired in a new book of sexual abuse by Australia's highest ranking Catholic official, George Pell, are nothing but "character assassination" says the cardinal.

The book, Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell, by ABC journalist Louise Milligan was released by Melbourne University Press on Monday.

"Each and every allegation of abuse and cover up against him is false. The book is an exercise in character assassination," a statement from Cardinal Pell's office issued on Monday night reads.

"The decision by MUP to bring forward the publication of the book prior to any findings by the Royal Commission and while allegations are still under consideration by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions is a blatant attempt to interfere in the course of justice.

"Unlike MUP, the Cardinal will not interfere with the course of justice. He will await the outcome of due process before launching defamation action."

Milligan has covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and last year interviewed two men who claimed they were abused by Pell in the 1970s, when he was a priest at Ballarat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Cardinal George Pell demands apology over new book claims

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 16, 2017

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

Lawyers representing George Pell have demanded an apology and retraction from Fairfax and The Guardian over articles ­repeating child sexual abuse alle­gations made in a new book ­described by the cardinal as a “character assassination”.

The legal demands were sent to the media outlets at the weekend after a book made a series of allegations against Cardinal Pell over his role in the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church.

They include unsubstantiated claims of wrongdoing by Cardinal Pell, who has stridently rejected any misconduct.

The articles published at the weekend reported allegations made in ABC journalist Louise Milligan’s book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, published by MUP.

In a statement to The Australian last night, a spokesman for the cardinal responded by saying: “Each and every allegation of abuse and cover up against him is false. The book is an exercise in character assassination.

“The decision by MUP to bring forward the publication of the book prior to any findings by the royal commission and while allegations are still under consideration by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions is a blatant attempt to interfere in the course of justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Ex-St. George’s assistant chaplain pleads guilty to abusing student in 1970s

RHODE ISLAND/MASSACHUSETTS
Providence Journal

By Jacqueline Tempera
Journal Staff Writer

BOSTON — Former priest Howard W. White pleaded guilty to five counts of assault and battery for his abuse of a student with whom he twice traveled from St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., to Boston in the 1970s.

TIMELINE:

White, 75, is one of six named perpetrators in the sex-abuse scandal that has consumed the Episcopal prep school since 2015. He was the subject of a Journal investigation that showed White has left a trail of sex-abuse allegations spanning more than four decades.

The Boston abuse happened when White befriended a male student, who 15 or 16 years old during his time at St. George’s School, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. The victim, who chooses to remain unnamed, says White lured him with fancy dinners, movies, and his Porsche.

White raped the boy in Boston hotel rooms, prosecutors said. When the boy confronted White, then an assistant chaplain, asking him to stop, White said: “I’ll tell you what. It’s not going to stop. If you try to stop, I’ll make your life difficult,” according to prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Okemos priest charged with embezzlement

MICHIGAN
WLNS

OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) – A 66-year-old Okemos priest was arrested over the weekend and charged Monday afternoon with embezzlement of $100,000 or more. He was charged in the 55th District Court.

Rev. Jonathan Wehrle was a pastor at St. Martha Parish.

He was released on a $5,000 bond earlier today. Wehrle’s next court date is set for May 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Brooklyn DA candidate Ama Dwimoh calls for passage of Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Ama Dwimoh, a candidate in Brooklyn’s district attorney race in the fall, held a press conference near the steps of Borough Hall on Friday afternoon to call upon New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass the Child Victims Act (CVA).

“We are here to demand that the state Legislature pass the Child Victims Act so that thousands of brave men and women who are survivors of child sexual abuse can finally get their justice,” said Dwimoh, who created the Crimes Against Children Bureau at the Brooklyn DA’s Office.

The CVA would give survivors of child sexual abuse older than 23 a one-year window to file civil charges against their abusers, and it would eliminate the statute of limitations for any future cases in both criminal and civil court. It would also remove a 90-day notice of claim for public institutions that help to shield them from liability.

“One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused as children in New York state,” Dwimoh said. “That's a problem. More than half of the sexually abused children live in the same household as their abusers, and many are financially dependent on their abusers well into their 20s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Reader’s View: Demand that state lawmakers choose our children

NEW YORK
Troy Record

By Sarah J. Burger
For Digital First Media

Nearly one year ago I published an article titled “Call to Action: Protect our children, not predators.” Unfortunately, in 2016 New York again chose predators by failing to pass the Child Victims Act. With just over one month remaining in the current legislative session, the state legislature needs to choose our children.

Presently, there are bills pending in the Assembly and Senate to eliminate the time restrictions in criminal and civil actions to prosecute certain sex offenses committed against a child less than 18 years of age. Under current law a victim of child sex abuse has only until age 23 to bring a case against their perpetrator. Since victims of childhood sex abuse do not come to terms with their abuse until well into adulthood this protects the predator and leaves many victims without recourse.

The proposed bills eliminate the time limit or statute of limitations to commence childhood sex abuse cases for future cases and allows a one year retrospective window to lift the statute of limitations on past cases to allow adult survivors to seek civil damages. New York remains one of a few states nationwide to have not enacted similar legislation. The most powerful lobby against the Child Victims Act is the Catholic Church who historically had covered up child sex abuse by shuffling the clergy predator from parish to parish. In the fall of 2016, the Archdiocese of New York announced an “independent program” to investigate sex abuse claims and compensate sex abuse victims in exchange for their silence and release of all claims against the Church. The timing is not a coincidence because the Catholic Church has initiated similar programs in other States whenever statute of limitations reform makes significant progress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Justice for the victims of child sex abuse

NEW YORK
Newsday

Updated May 15, 2017

By Marci A. Hamilton and Kathryn Robb

THE BOTTOM LINE
* New York State needs to extend its too-short statutes of limitations.

New York is among the worst states in the United States for justice for child sex-abuse victims. That is because its statutes of limitations are prohibitively short.

While much of the country was expanding statutes of limitations in the past 25 years, New York has stood still. Victims must sue the perpetrator by age 23 and a responsible institution by age 21. There is no limit for the victim who seeks to press charges for rape but for most other child sex crimes, the victim has until the age of 23. These time periods are too short.

New York’s statute creates groups of victims:

Group 1: This includes those whose claims have expired — the vast majority of the state’s victims.

Group 2: This includes children who are being sexually assaulted now, so their claims are still live, but odds are that they will be unable to press charges or sue before the statute expires. It takes most victims into their 30s, 40s and 50s before they are ready to come forward. Some never do.

Group 3: This is the largest, and it includes the New York public, which knows less about existing child predators than most every other state in the country. Only Alabama, Michigan, and Mississippi statute of limitations laws are as bad.

The average citizen may ask, quite fairly, what takes these victims so long to come forward? The answer: It is the way the brain processes trauma, or, rather, what happens when it can’t. It’s no good blaming a victim for not coming forward when he or she can’t; the predator has paralyzed the voice of the victim.

Simply, sexual predators cause harm that leads to silence and confusion — and New York law punishes the victims for the silence and trauma predators caused, and that leads to more harm. This is a vicious cycle in which predators are the only winners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Rabbi Seeks To Bar Blogger from Court

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 15, 2017

Hartford — Defense attorneys for Rabbi Daniel Greer tried to prohibit a blogger who has intensely chronicled Greer’s sexual abuse case from entering a courtroom here — by misrepresenting a legal document.

William Ward, a Litchfield attorney, told a judge here that the rabbi’s legal team had obtained a restraining order against Lawrence S. Dressler, the author of at least 185 online posts about Greer.

In fact, the lawyers had only recently turned in their application for a protective order; a hearing on the matter was still 11 days away.

“Next time, read it more carefully,” Michael P. Shea, the presiding U.S. District Court judge, admonished Ward, shaking his head in noticeable frustration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Former chaplain at elite New England boarding school gets 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to abusing teen boy during field trips in 1973

RHODE ISLAND
Daily Mail (UK)

By Associated Press and Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

A former Episcopal priest who worked at an elite Rhode Island boarding school has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student during trips to Boston in 1973.

Prosecutors say Howard White Jr., who was stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church, received an 18-month sentence.

Prosecutors say the now 75-year-old White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston when the boy was 15 and 16, and White worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

White, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Can One Have Faith in Justice when Faith Itself is Corrupt?

UNITED STATES
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mark Bello
May 15, 2017

Many of my readers know that I recently wrote the book, “Betrayal of Faith“. Some of you may have already read it; thank you and I hope you enjoyed it. For those that are not familiar with the book, “Betrayal of Faith” is a fictional account of two teenage clergy abuse victims and their mother who hire a lawyer, file a lawsuit and begin a “David vs. Goliath” legal battle, seeking justice against a corrupt church. The book is based loosely on an actual case I handled toward the end of the 20th Century. In this legal thriller, the Church defends the case vigorously and dispatches “The Coalition”, a clandestine internal organization within the church. “The Coalition” and its mysterious leader orchestrate a conspiracy to cover-up the priest’s prior misconduct and thwart, by any means necessary, all attempts at holding the church accountable in a court of law. In the book, The Coalition will stop at nothing, even criminal activity.

Fast forward to today, a typical day in Minnesota in the 21st century. Such cases of clerical abuse still occur, but now there is an additional problem on the rise – a real-life “Coalition” is trying to cover up transgressions of the past. As I read the following case I wondered, does fact mimic fiction in our 21st century courtrooms?

A man on the verge of being ordained a Church deacon has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota bishop and diocese on the grounds of blackmail and coercion. The case represents the first time that a U.S. bishop has been individually sued for coercion by a victim.

In 2010, the victim visited with the bishop in question to explore how he would go about becoming a deacon. At that time, he told the Bishop about having been molested by a priest at the age of 16. According to the current lawsuit, the Bishop advised him to tell no one, suggesting that the truth would damage that priest’s reputation. This intimidation led to silence, while the mane continued with his deaconate program. Consequently during this time, his son was ordained a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Retired priest faces trial for alleged sexual abuse on Irvine beach

SCOTLAND
Irvine Times

A retired priest is to stand trial accused of historical sex abuse.

Francis Moore, 81, faced the allegations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow last week.

One boy is said to have been attacked at a primary school in North Ayrshire while a second was allegedly abused at a leisure centre.

It is claimed a third boy was a victim at Irvine Beach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

EX-BOARDING SCHOOL PRIEST PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSING TEEN BOY

MASSACHUSETTS
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- A former Episcopal priest who worked at an elite Rhode Island boarding school has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student during trips to Boston in 1973.

Prosecutors say Howard White Jr., who was stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church, received an 18-month sentence.

Prosecutors say the now 75-year-old White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston when the boy was 15 and 16, and White worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

White, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

'Find common cause,' Knights spokesman advises NCR

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Tom Roberts | May. 15, 2017

The Knights of Columbus refused to answer specific questions about data on its Form 990 tax filings and turned down an invitation to have the organization's leader address issues raised by the documents. But a spokesman issued a lengthy, seven-point justification for the organization's activity as well as an assessment of NCR's journalistic intentions and how our reporters might better spend their time.

In preparing the story, NCR submitted to the Knights a list of questions seeking more details about entries lacking description on the Form 990 filings and other details regarding the filings. The Knights of Columbus was also asked to provide some further details about the compensation of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, as detailed in the main story. Spokesman Joseph Cullen responded with a terse line or two saying the organization followed the law and that it did not discuss tax filings.

The much longer email response came when NCR sought an interview with Anderson through Cullen and sent an email describing the comments about the Knights by Catholic historians Massimo Faggioli of Villanova University and David O'Brien, long-time historian and social analyst, retired from College of the Holy Cross. Because they were not named in the email, Cullen presumed they were anonymously cited.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Knights of Columbus' financial forms show wealth, influence

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Tom Roberts | May. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON
The Irish Catholics who poured into the United States by the hundreds of thousands in the mid-19th century, hoping to escape famine and professing a faith that was despised by many, strained to gain a toehold in a hostile culture.

The Knights of Columbus was born out of that struggle, one of a spate of fraternal and beneficial organizations to emerge in Catholic circles in an effort to provide protection and a path to assimilation into a new country. Founded in 1882, the Knights' original mission was to save women and children from poverty through an insurance program.

But today, one wonders what Fr. Michael McGivney, the charismatic young priest who founded the Knights of Columbus in a church basement in New Haven, Connecticut, would make of his organization. Almost 2 million men call themselves Knights of Columbus, and the organization reported revenues of more than $2.2 billion in 2015, the latest year such information is available. Moreover, in the past decade, the organization has donated $1.55 billion to charity, according to the Knights.

Much of the Knights' influence occurs behind the scenes, but it's not hidden. Most of it is contained on tax forms that are public and that nonprofits are required to file annually. The data in this report is largely contained in Knights of Columbus' 990 tax forms filed for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as from news releases and other statements contained on the organization's website. While no simple means exists to measure the effect of the Knights' spending, there is hardly a corner of the Catholic world where the resources of this international force have not left an impression.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Pope Francis names Fr. Ned Shlesinger Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta

UNITED STATES
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh

This morning, it was announced that Father Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, will be ordained a bishop and will serve as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Below is the public announcement released by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta:

With deep gratitude, I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis for the appointment of The Reverend Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, a Priest of the Diocese of Raleigh as an Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta. Bishop-Elect Shlesinger [Ned] comes to us from a diocese within the Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta where he has longed enjoyed the endorsement of the bishops of our Province and the well-deserved respect, admiration, and affection of the clergy, religious, and faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh. I warmly welcome him to the Archdiocese of Atlanta and I look forward to working with him in service to this local Church.

Ned is a man of prayer, prudence, and apostolic zeal. He has served in many different capacities within the Diocese of Raleigh as a Pastor, Vocation Director, Member of the Presbyteral Council, and recently as Director of Spiritual Formation for Saint Charles Borromeo Theologate in Philadelphia. He is eminently qualified to assume these new responsibilities as Auxiliary Bishop in Atlanta and I welcome him with an enthusiastic and jubilant heart. I am certain that we all will come to know and love him and discover how truly fortunate we are to have been sent this man of faith and pastoral skill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Pope Francis names North Carolina priest auxiliary bishop for Atlanta

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Father Bernard E. Shlesinger III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Bishop-designate Shlesinger, 56, is currently the director of spiritual formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Priest who came to Ireland in 1990s linked to nun's murder in new Netflix documentary The Keepers

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
Irish Independent

Aoife Kelly
May 15 2017

A priest who moved to Ireland from the US in the mid 1990s has been linked to the murder of a nun in Netflix's new documentary The Keepers.

The seven part series, which debuts on the streaming site on Friday, examines the unsolved murder of Catholic nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, in Baltimore in 1969.

Nobody has ever been charged despite a lead emerging in the 1990s when one of her former students at Keough High School came forward to claim she was sexually abused by the high school's chaplain Father Joseph Maskell.

She also revealed that she was taken to see Sister Cathy's undiscovered body and was told, 'See what happens when you say bad things about people.'

Police believe she was murdered to prevent her revealing abuse at the school.

In The Keepers director Ryan White goes beyond the murder and uncovers clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says “at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Review: Don’t Tell

AUSTRALIA
thereelbits.com

Summary
4.0 stars

A deeply thoughtful examination of the persistence of truth and the way the legal system puts the victim on trial in this moving and impeccably cast drama.

While 2015’s Oscar winning Spotlight explored the journalistic investigation into child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests, Australia’s own disgraces had only recently been brought to light. The 2013 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard hundreds of tales of systemic cover ups of the crimes of child abusers.

Over a decade before, lawyer Stephen Roche represented a young woman who was abused while in the care of an Anglican preparatory school. This landmark case formed the basis of his subsequent book, and the inspiration for director Tori Garrett’s debut feature DON’T TELL. Following the suicide death of a former client, Roche (Aden Young) is initially reluctant to involve himself in the case of the troubled Lyndal (Sara West), but together they doggedly take on the Church in a quest for justice.

Earnestly told, the strength of DON’T TELL is in its unwavering commitment to the notion of truth. A few bits of legal terminology notwithstanding, the story is told through the accurate lens of a legal procedural. Like an extended episode of Law & Order: SVU, albeit told in a far less formulaic manner, the reality of the adversarial system and unreliable witnesses play an important role in the pursuit of justice. Yet the structure of the film never allows the Chruch’s defence barrister (Jacqueline McKenzie) to become the villain of the piece, with that role falling on the administrators of Lyndal’s school and perhaps more broadly on the system at large.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Latest child sex abuse victim files suit against Catholic school and former teacher

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

Former St. Anthony Catholic School music teacher, Ray Caluag, is the latest offender named in the recent complaint.

Guam - After 65 reported lawsuits against the church, the 66th is the first to file a child sex abuse complaint against a Catholic school and a former teacher.

There's strength in numbers, and more abuse victims are finding the courage to speak out about the once-unspeakable acts that were committed against them when they were innocent children frozen into silence.

Last week saw a total of 65 child sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana and former clergymen. Yesterday, another complaint was filed, but this time, a former Catholic school teacher was named as the offender.

Ray Caluag was a music, drama, and religion teacher at St. Anthony Catholic School, an Archdiocese of Agana-run elementary and middle school supervised by the Sisters of Mercy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse at South Valley church

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque Journal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer
Monday, May 15th, 2017

A Bernalillo County man alleges in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe that he was sexually abused as a boy by two priests in the late 1980s at a South Valley church.

The lawsuit alleges that the Rev. Edward Donelan and the Rev. Laurier Labreche abused him while he served as an altar boy at Church of the Ascension Parish in Albuquerque.

The alleged abuse began in 1989 when the man, identified only as John Doe 66, began serving as an altar boy and continued until he was 13, according to the lawsuit, which was filed last month in 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque.

It is the latest of 66 lawsuits filed by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall against the archdiocese alleging clergy sexual abuse.

Attempts by the Journal to contact Labreche were unsuccessful. Public records list Labreche as an Albuquerque resident, but no one answered the door at the listed residence this week. Nor did anyone respond to a written message left at the house.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Murder suspect priest said Mass in Wexford

IRELAND/UNITED STATES
The Times (UK)

Sean O’Driscoll
May 15 2017
The Times

A defrocked priest who fled from the United States to Ireland to escape murder and sexual abuse allegations worked as a psychologist in Co Wexford, the Ferns diocese has said.

A file compiled by the diocese on Joseph Maskell shows that he had a contract with the local health board to provide counselling services, according to Father Joseph Carroll, a spokesman for the Ferns diocese.

He also posed a priest and said Mass in Wexford, even though he had been stripped of his ministry.

The archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, last year paid out compensation to 11 women who said that Maskell sexually abused them while he was offering psychological and career counselling at their high school. In 1994, Maryland police found a box of the girls’ psychological reports that Maskell buried in the grounds in a Catholic cemetery, after a tip off from the cemetery groundskeeper. The Baltimore archdiocese stripped him of his ministry as a result.

Maskell, who fled to Ireland in 1995, is a suspect in the murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, whose body was found in Maryland in 1970.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Ireland-based priest subject of new Netflix documentary linking him to a nun's murder

IRELAND/UNITED STATES
Irish Mirror

A priest based in Ireland in the 90s is the subject of a new Netflix documentary linking him to a nun’s murder.

The late Father Joseph Maskell arrived here in 1994 after fleeing the US as he was about to be arrested on child abuse charges.

Police investigating the 1969 slaying of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik in Baltimore exhumed his body in February with DNA results expected this summer.

The Keepers, which will premiere on Friday, was directed by Ryan White and he claims both government and religious institutions “at best dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up”.

He also said it was “chilling” to think Fr Maskell could have been around children in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

35-year-old claims sex abuse by teacher in 1993

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: May 15, 2017

By Krystal Paco

A 64th victim files suit against the Church for child sex abuse - not against a priest, but a teacher.

And a teacher who reportedly still works with children, just not in Guam. Filed in the District Court of Guam on Sunday night, 35-year-old B.W.J. alleges it was in December of 1993 when he was sexually molested by St. Anthony School music and religion teacher Ray Caluag.

According to the complaint, B.W.J. was only 11-years-old when the teacher was supposed to drop him home from an after school rehearsal. Instead of going straight home, they made a stop at the teacher's house. Inside the room, the boy was instructed to lay on the bed where the teacher allegedly spooned, caressed, and groped and fondled him before masturbating and digitally penetrating the seventh grader.

The teacher told him not to tell anyone because "parents and others wouldn't understand the type of love I have for my students." After the incident, B.W.J. distanced himself from the teacher and went to a new school the following year.

The complaint lists the Archdiocese of Agana, St. Anthony Catholic School, and Ray Caluag as defendants. Represented by attorney David Lujan, B.W.J. is suing for $5 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Guam Catholic school sued

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post May 15, 2017

"Parents and others wouldn't understand the type of love I have for my students." – Ray Caluag, quoted in a recently filed sex-abuse lawsuit

After more than 60 sex-abuse lawsuits named former priests as alleged perpetrators, a new lawsuit accuses a former Guam Catholic school teacher for the first time in recent years.

And unlike the previously filed cases, in which the former priests no longer hold positions in the church that directly involve children, the newly accused still teaches music to youth, but he's no longer in Guam.

This latest Guam case was filed yesterday by a 35-year-old man against former St. Anthony Catholic School teacher Ray Caluag, the school, and the Archdiocese of Agana, which has jurisdiction over the Catholic school.

The plaintiff, identified through his initials, B.W.J., filed the lawsuit electronically in the District Court of Guam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 AM

A week after priest’s ouster, St. Joseph congregation continues to grapple with allegations against him

MAINE
Morning Sentinel

BY KATE MCCORMICK
MORNING SENTINEL

WATERVILLE — A week after the sudden removal of Rev. Larry Jensen, longtime priest at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church on Appleton Street, parishioners struggle to reconcile the allegations that led to his ouster with the man they came to know over the last decade.

Jensen, 62, was relieved of his duties last week following a “substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse of a minor 15 years ago in Connecticut, according to Michael Thomas, vicar general of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, New York. On a cold, rainy Sunday, members of the St. Joseph’s congregation expressed shock and sadness over Jensen’s abrupt departure.

“He wasn’t just a standoffish priest,” said Margaret May Lambert, who, along with her mother, has attended St. Joseph’s since 2013. “He was family to a lot of us.”

Little is known about the accusations against Jensen except that the alleged male victim was 17 years old at the time of the incident and did not attend the St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Danbury, Conn., where Jensen served for eight years before coming to Waterville, according to Thomas. When confronted about the alleged abuse, Jensen neither admitted nor denied it, though he did say this was an isolated incident. As of last week, Thomas said he had received no additional sexual abuse complaints regarding Jensen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 AM

Ex-chaplain at St. George’s School pleads guilty to 1973 molestation

RHODE ISLAND/MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Cristela Guerra GLOBE STAFF MAY 15, 2017

A former associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Rhode Island has pleaded guilty to molesting a student during trips to Boston in 1973. Howard White Jr., who was also accused of sexual abuse in three other states and stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church, received an 18-month sentence, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Officials in the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office said last year that the charges against White grew out of a Rhode Island State Police investigation into allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by former faculty and students at the elite prep school in Middletown, R.I., going back to 1970. He was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court last December.

“The parties came to an agreement on a plea and sentence that we thought was fair,” said David Duncan, White’s defense attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 AM

Pope aide denies new Australia abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

AFP

Vatican finance chief George Pell accused sections of the Australian media of interfering in the course of justice Monday as he denied new child sex abuse allegations.

Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric, was interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over historical sex assault claims against him. No charges have yet been laid.

It coincided with the final stages of a long-running national inquiry into institutional responses to child sex abuse. Pell has appeared before the royal commission three times, once in person and twice via video-link.

During his evidence, he admitted he "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests in Victoria state in the 1970s.

A book by investigative journalist Louise Milligan, "Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell", now includes fresh details on allegations against him, and new information claiming a cover-up within the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 AM

Sunday protests continue outside Hagåtña Cathedral demanding Apuron be defrocked

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: May 15, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Rain or shine, there's no stopping the picket line. Dozens of protestors continued their march to have now suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron defrocked. Sunday's picket marks the 46th week of Sunday protests outside the Hagatna Cathedral. Laity Forward Movement's Therese Tayama has been with the group since its inception.

"I'm still here because a little over a year ago there was just a group of us with one purpose in mind, and that was to bring change and progress to our church, and those changes are happening now and we must continue on because we can see that this is going to be, this is going to bring about what is much needed and that's why I'm here," said Tayama.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 AM

Fury at sex abuse inquiry snub: Ex pupils ‘devastated’ by bombshell U-turn

SCOTLAND
Sunday Post

Written by Gordon Blackstock, 15 May 2017

VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 AM

May 14, 2017

Violenza sessuale, mercoledì al via a Palermo il processo a padre Anello

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[PALERMO. Trial begins Wednesday of Father Salvatore Ring Cappuccini , known as a healer and exorcist, and an army officer, Colonel Salvatore Muratore, one of the most active leaders of the Renewal in the community Holy Spirit of Palermo. They are charged with sexual assault.]

PALERMO. Comincerà mercoledì prossimo, davanti alla seconda sezione del Tribunale di Palermo, il processo a padre dei Cappuccini Salvatore Anello, conosciuto come guaritore ed esorcista, e un ufficiale dell’esercito, il colonnello Salvatore Muratore, uno degli animatori più attivi della comunità del Rinnovamento nello Spirito Santo di Palermo.

I due, arrestati a ottobre scorso, sono accusati di violenza sessuale. Il sacerdote, che faceva anche da cappellano all’ospedale Civico, è accusato in particolare di aver palpeggiato due donne e tre minorenni che si erano rivolte a lui per essere aiutate. Fra riti e benedizioni avrebbe commesso violenze. Poi, il racconto di una vittima ha infranto il muro dell’omertà.
Secondo la ricostruzione del sostituto procuratore Giorgia Righi e del procuratore aggiunto Salvatore De Luca, il carabiniere avrebbe invece approfittato di quattro donne e di una minorenne che si trovavano in uno stato di fragilità psicologica. “Io faccio preghiere di guarigione”, avrebbe detto. Le violenze sarebbero avvenute nelle abitazioni delle vittime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Outdated Laws, Unpunished Child Abusers

NEW YORK
New York Times

By GINIA BELLAFANTE MAY 11, 2017

Beginning in 1997, and then for the next 13 years, Ama Dwimoh ran the Crimes Against Children Bureau in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, observing a theater of atrocities. Early in her tenure, Ms. Dwimoh told me recently, she handled a case involving a young man who had been sexually molested by his family’s landlord for a decade, starting when he was 5.

The abuse had come to her attention through a photo developer, who had contacted the police when he noticed unseemly images in a roll of film brought in for processing. With a picture of someone who appeared to be the victim of various predations in hand, law enforcers went in search of the boy. When they found him and knocked on his door, Ms. Dwimoh recalled, he appeared to feel he was being outed; he got sick and vomited. He knew that what had happened to him was wrong, but he had also experienced his abuser in less monstrous moments. How was the child, or even the young adult he would become, to make sense of all this, of such horrors entwined with the semblance of affection?

A search of the perpetrator’s home revealed a trove of old photographs of many other children, indicating he had been a pedophile for years. Ms. Dwimoh, who is running to become the Brooklyn district attorney, realized that if the police had never knocked, it was unclear whether the boy would have come forward soon, or ever, and if he hadn’t, how many more children would have been imperiled?

Under New York State statute as it is currently written, someone sexually exploited as a child, with rare exceptions, has only until the age of 23 to bring criminal or civil proceedings against an abuser. This is in spite of the fact that the mental-health professions, as well as the news — witness the recent accounts of abuse at Choate Rosemary Hall, the Connecticut boarding school, or at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, that transpired decades ago — repeatedly tell us that it can take many agonizing years, often signified by anxiety, depression, addiction and other destabilizing conditions, for victims to understand what had happened to them and come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Abuse survivors want their own personal records handed over from institutions

AUSTRALIA
Moree Champion

Tom McIlroy
14 May 2017

Survivors of abuse in Australian children's homes and orphanages have called for a new national strategy to secure the release of their own historic personal records held by churches and charities.

As the landmark royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse prepares to hand its report to the federal government by Christmas, a national summit has discussed how to give a voice to adults whose lives have been impacted by failings of record keeping and archiving systems in institutions around the country.

Care Leavers Australasia Network chief executive Leonie Sheedy said many survivors, including those who have given evidence to the royal commission process, have spent years trying to track down records about their time in institutional care.

Even current record keeping processes could be important in instances of historic abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Brian O'Neill: Justice for Sister Cathy is long overdue

MARYLAND
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

BRIAN O'NEILL
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
boneill@post-gazette.com
MAY 14, 2017

Catherine Cesnik was the valedictorian of her Catholic high school class in Lawrenceville in 1960, where she’d also been the May Queen and the president of the senior class and student council.

Nine years later, Sister Cathy was brutally murdered in Baltimore. Nearly 48 years have passed and the killer has yet to be named, but Baltimore County Police haven’t given up.

The body of a priest was exhumed in February in hopes of finding DNA evidence that could be linked to an item found near the body.

The murder and possibility of a decades-long coverup are the subject of a Netflix documentary, “The Keepers,” set to begin streaming May 19 in seven one-hour episodes. It’s filled with the testimony of the students of Sister Cathy, who taught English at Archbishop Keough High, an all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore.

Many of them believe that Father John Maskell, the priest whose body was exhumed, was either the killer or an accomplice. He was the school chaplain and guidance counselor, and several of these women say he sexually molested them. At least three women say uniformed police officers also participated in the abuse; Maskell was also the Baltimore County police chaplain and the brother of a police officer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Police: Amish bishop failed to report 2 child sex abuse cases in Dauphin County

PENNSYLVANIA
Lancaster Online

MEAGEN FINNERTY | Website Producer

An Amish bishop in Dauphin County is facing charges after being accused of failing to report two cases of alleged sexual abuse of children.

Christ M. Stoltfus, 69, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to report, according to court documents.

Clergymen are legally required to report suspected child abuse.

A church member told Stoltfus, of Elizabethville, about two cases both involving Daniel Ray Fisher, 44, that occurred in 2011. Stoltfus reportedly told state police that he'd been told the abuse "wasn't really that bad."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 AM

Netflix show asks if US priest killed nun then fled to Wexford

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
The Sunday Times (UK)

Pavel Barter
May 14 2017
The Sunday Times

A priest who fled the United States to live in Co Wexford during the 1990s following child abuse and murder allegations is the subject of a new Netflix documentary.

Fr Joseph Maskell is the subject of The Keepers, a documentary series released this week, in which it is alleged he killed a nun in Baltimore in the 1960s.

Baltimore county police recently exhumed the priest’s body in the US as part of an investigation into the killing of Sr Catherine Ann Cesnik.

It is understood Maskell, whose father was from Limerick, travelled to Wexford in 1994 after two women — Jean Wehner and Teresa Lancaster, known at the time as Jane Doe and Jane Roe — filed a $40m (€36.5m) civil lawsuit against him, ­alleging child abuse at Keough High School in Baltimore, where he had served as chaplain from 1967 to 1975.

“There was an attempted arrest,” said Tom Nugent, a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

“A policeman in the sex crimes unit went in the front door. Maskell went out the back door, got in a car, raced to the airport, and went to Ireland.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 AM

Cardinal Pell blasts ‘trial by media’ after latest allegations

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Melissa Cunningham and Beau Donelly
14 May 2017

UPDATE

Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has hit back at media outlets which have aired allegations against him prior to the release of a new book.

The new claims of sexual abuse against Cardinal Pell during his time as Melbourne’s Archbishop in the 1990’s have been made in a soon-to-be released book by ABC journalist Louise Milligan.

The excerpts published in Fairfax newspapers on Saturday, will maximise publicity for the book, to be released next week, but Cardinal Pell’s office has accused the outlets and publisher Melbourne University Publishing of interfering in the proper course of justice.

The statement issued late on Saturday, said the Cardinal would not seek to interfere in the course of justice by responding to the allegations other than to restate “any allegations of child abuse made against him were completely false”.

His office said there had been no further updates from the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions or Victoria Police in regard to investigations over incidents alleged to have occurred at Eureka Pool in 1970’s and which have been underway since at least February 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

Sentencing delayed for North Bergen pastor convicted of child molestation

NEW JERSEY
The Jersey Journal

By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal

The long-delayed sentencing of a North Bergen pastor convicted of child molestation has been adjourned until this summer.

Gregorio Martinez, who in 2015 was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy and left the country before being sentenced for his crime, was set to learn his fate this morning. However, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said the sentencing has been postponed until July 7.

In February 2015, Martinez was convicted of touching a 13-year-old's genital area and kissing him on the lips inside a minivan in 2012. Martinez, who was out on bail during his trial, remained a free man until his sentencing but was nowhere to be found when that day came.

NJ Advance Media tracked Martinez to Nicaragua in early 2016 and he was arrested in neighboring Honduras in late August. He was swiftly transferred to a detention facility in Miami and fought extradition to New Jersey, but was returned to Hudson County in December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

Pope says he will not pre-judge Trump, will seek common ground.

America

Gerard O'Connell
May 13, 2017

“I never judge someone without listening to him,” Pope Francis said tonight when asked about the policies of U.S. president Donald J. Trump that are diametrically opposed to his own views on the questions of building walls, welcoming immigrants and tackling climate change, and what he expects from the meeting with Mr. Trump on May 24.

In a press conference that lasted more than 30 minutes on the return from Fatima to Rome, a relaxed Pope Francis responded to all 10 questions presented to him, including one relating to the resignation of abuse-survivor Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and others relating to Medjugorie, Fatima and the future of the dialogue with the Lutherans. ...

Speaking about Marie Collins’s resignation from the papal commission, Francis began by praising her as “a good woman, a brave woman” who had “explained everything” to him. He said she had “made accusations which have some reason” because “there are many cases” and there is “a delay in dealing [with them].” He explained that some of the problems have to do with “legislation” at the diocesan level, but much progress has been made there. Another problem is that “there are few people” in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to deal with the outstanding cases—around 2,000. “We need more people,” the pope said, and two or three have already been added. He said that the head of the section for discipline has been changed and replaced by “a good, efficient, fine person,” Father John Joseph Kennedy.

He said another problem is that bishops sometimes send dossiers on abuse cases to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that are incomplete and have to be sent back to be properly done. He revealed that the possibility of having continental tribunals (such as in Latin America) to enable the local churches to deal with abuse cases in a more effective way.

Furthermore, he said, there are situations where an accused priest lodges an appeal after a negative judgment has been made against him. Francis said he has a right to such an appeal and to have a lawyer to assist him; to ensure that accused priests are given fair trials. Francis said, he has set up a second tribunal to hear the appeals. He explained that this second tribunal is separate from the ones that first judged accused priests and said that he has appointed as its president Archbishop Charles Scicluna, whom he described “an indisputable authority in combatting abuse.”

Reports have circulated in the media and other circles in recent months claiming that Pope Francis is “soft” toward some priest who have been judged guilty of sexual abuse by competent church tribunals. Some have alleged that he reversed judgments against such priests. Francis tonight left no doubt on this important question, emphasizing, “I have never signed a pardon.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 AM

May 13, 2017

Pope acknowledges 2,000-case backlog in sex abuse cases

Breaking News (Ireland)

The Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases, and criticism of the slow pace is justified, Pope Francis has said.

But he said Saturday that more staff were being added and insisted the Vatican is "on the right path".

Francis was making his first comments about the criticism levelled at the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March.

Ms Collins quit because of what she said was the "unacceptable" level of resistance within the Vatican to implementing the group's proposals to better care for victims and protect children from priests who rape and molest them.

Speaking to reporters while flying home from a trip to Portugal, Francis called Ms Collins "a great woman" and said she was "a bit right" to complain about the slow pace in processing cases.

"Marie Collins was right on that point. But we are on the right path, as there were 2,000 cases backlogged," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

Francis on meeting Trump: 'There are always doors that are not shut'

National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | May. 13, 2017

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PORTUGAL Pope Francis has said he will focus in his upcoming meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on finding even little openings where the two might have common interests and can work together.

In a half-hour press conference aboard the papal flight from Portugal Saturday, May 13, the pontiff also praised clergy abuse survivor Marie Collins. He said Collins, who resigned from the papal sexual abuse commission in March, was "right" in critiquing Vatican officials' resistance in fighting abuse. ...

Marie Collins 'right' and 'capable'

On clergy abuse, the pope was asked about Marie Collins' resignation from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Collins, a survivor of abuse, left the group in March due to frustration with Vatican officials' reluctance to cooperate with its work to protect children.

Francis said he has spoken to Collins and she was "right" in the frustration she expressed at the time of her resignation.

"Marie Collins has explained things to me very well," said the pontiff. "She is a capable woman who wants to work."

"She is a bit right," the pope continued. "There are many cases in which we are behind."

But Francis also praised steps the global church has taken in recent years to protect children. He cited the fact that most dioceses around the world now have policies in place about how to treat priests accused of abuse, calling that "great progress."

The pontiff suggested that the Vatican could decentralize some of its authority to judge priests accused of abuse by creating regional or continental tribunals, saying implementing such an idea is "in the planning stages."

Francis also said he respects all decisions made by Vatican tribunals about priests accused of abuse and has never issued a pardon for a priest found guilty, known in Italian as issuing a letter of grazia.

"I have never signed a grazia," the pontiff said bluntly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

POPE ACKNOWLEDGES 2,000-CASE BACKLOG IN SEX ABUSE CASES

Associated Press

BY NICOLE WINFIELD
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is "on the right path."

Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March. Collins quit because of what she said was the "unacceptable" level of resistance within the Vatican to implementing the group's proposals to better care for victims and protect children from priests who rape and molest them.

Speaking to reporters while flying home Saturday from a trip to Portugal, Francis called Collins "a great woman" and said she was "a bit right" to complain about the slow pace in processing cases.

"Marie Collins was right on that point. But we are on the right path, as there were 2,000 cases backlogged," he said.

Francis didn't respond to the other issues raised by Collins, including the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - which handles abuse cases - to create a tribunal to judge bishops who covered up for pedophile priests. Instead, he focused on explaining why cases can take so long to process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Pope says abuse survivor who quit Vatican panel was ‘right on some issues’

CRUX

Inés San Martín May 13, 2017
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

ope Francis on Saturday praised an abuse survivor who quit his own reform commission citing Vatican resistance, saying she was "right on some issues," but also defended the Church's record in recovering from the abuse scandals. He also talked about his looming May 24 meeting with Donald Trump, the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, and Medjugorje.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis on Saturday said a former member of his reform commission on sex abuse who quit citing Vatican resistance “was right on some issues,” and that when he meets President Donald Trump on May 24, he’ll be looking to find doors that “aren’t closed” to cooperation between the Vatican and the White House. ...

Clerical sexual abuse and the Collins resignation

English-speaking journalists also asked Pope Francis about the recent decision by Irish lay woman Marie Collins, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse herself, to resign from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors which he instituted at the beginning of his papacy.
When she announced her resignation, Collins said in various interviews that resistance within the Roman Curia, meaning the Vatican’s governing body, drove her decision.

“Marie Collins explained the situation to me, I spoke with her. She’s a great woman,” the pope said, adding that she’ll continue to work with the Vatican in the formation of priests in the fight against the clerical sexual abuse.

“She’s right on some things,” he acknowledged, saying “there are too many delayed cases … backed up here,” referring to the Vatican.

He added, however, that several steps have been taken to advance the Church’s promise of fighting clerical sexual abuse.

Among the things the pope said still need attention is the shortage of personnel capable of dealing with these cases, so both the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the chief of the doctrinal office, which handles abuse cases, German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, are looking for more people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Caspino: Some abuse cases resolved

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Gaynor D. Daleno | The Guam Daily Post

Claims from victims of decades-old sex abuse at the hands of former Guam priests have recently been resolved, but the outcome, including whether money was paid, and how much money was paid, won’t become publicly known.

Mike Caspino, director of the Hope and Healing program, which was recently established at the request of the Archdiocese of Agana, said victims in the recently resolved claims reached out to the nonprofit directly and are not represented by lawyers.

Additional victims are in the process of getting their claims resolved through Hope and Healing, he said.

Caspino said the victims who have resolved their cases don’t want their identities or the details of the resolution known to the public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Christian Brothers €100m land transfer offer ‘similar’ to 2013 plan

IRELAND
Irish Times

Colm Keena

The Department of Education is considering a proposal from the Christian Brothers concerning the transfer of lands worth approximately €100 million which, the department said, resembles a proposal first made by it in 2013.

Following contacts between the two sides over recent weeks, Minister for Education Richard Bruton received a letter from the Brothers in which they made an offer “very similar to the proposal originally made by former minister Ruairí Quinn”, a spokeswoman said.

Mr Quinn’s proposal was made in 2013 and would have seen approximately 200 acres, mostly playing fields associated with schools, being transferred to the Edmund Rice Schools Trust but with a proviso that half of any future sales proceeds would go to the State.

A spokeswoman for the Minister said that in March he had expressed “frustration and disappointment at the lack of progress by the religious congregations in meeting the costs of compensating victims of residential institutional child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Obispo Buenanueva reconoce que la Iglesia protege a curas abusadores

ARGENTINA
La Izquierda Diario

[Bishop Buenanueva recognizes that the church protects abusive priests.]

El Obispo de San Francisco y presidente de la comisión de Ministerios de la Conferencia Episcopal Argentina, Sergio Osvaldo Buenanueva, realizó declaraciones a Télam, a raíz de las innumerables denuncias de abusos que vienen saliendo a la luz, contra la Iglesia Católica.

"La Iglesia no debe proteger al cura abusador, ese fue uno de nuestros grandes errores. Lo peor que nos pasó como institución es que perdimos la sensibilidad por tutelar el buen nombre o la reputación de la Iglesia", confesó el Obispo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Provolo: denuncian que el Arzobispado accedió irregularmente a la causa

ARGENTINA
La Izquierda Diario

Los abogados Sergio Salinas y Oscar Barrera, representantes de niños y niñas víctimas de abuso en el Instituto Provolo de Mendoza, denunciaron que las autoridades eclesiásticas, a través de su abogado Héctor Cuervo, accedieron a uno de los cuerpos de la causa.

De esta manera, el arzobispo accedió a la trascripción de las declaraciones testimoniales de 11 denunciantes, la de un testigo de identidad reservada, tres informes del Cuerpo Médico Forense y las imputaciones contra los 5 detenidos que había hasta ese momento (la monja Kumiko, la sexta detenida en la causa, se entregó a la justicia hace pocas semanas luego de haber estado un mes prófuga). Los abogados querellantes denunciaron que la decisión del fiscal de permitir el acceso a la causa a la Iglesia atenta contra tratados internacionales, en especial las convenciones internacionales sobre los Derechos del Niño y de las Personas con Discapacidad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

La lista de los 62 curas denunciados por abuso sexual en la Argentina

ARGENTINA
Infobae

[includes a list of accused priests]

[The cases of denunciations against members of the Catholic Church were known from the scandal of Father Julio César Grassi in 2002.]

Abusos, silencio, protección. Este entramado se repite en muchos de los 62 casos denunciados en la Argentina desde 2002, luego de que estallara el escándalo del padre Julio César Grassi.

Una investigación de la Agencia Télam –de las periodistas Lucía Toninello y Mariana García–, deja al descubierto que la denuncia contra Grassi no es un hecho aislado: desde entonces cuatro nuevas denuncias se sumaron por año y sólo tres casos fueron sancionados con la máxima pena prevista por el derecho canónico: la expulsión del sacerdocio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

Aberrante confesión de un cura del Próvolo de Verona

ARGENTINA
El Dia

[A priest is recorded on a hidden camera as saying that priests accused to abusing students at a Provolo school for the deaf in Italy were transferred to Argentina.]

El video corresponde a una cámara oculta que un periodista italiano le hizo a un cura del instituto Próvolo de Verona acusado de abusos contra alumnos de esa institución, haciéndose pasar por un ex interno. Y aunque está desde febrero subido a YouTube, sólo en las últimas horas se difundió provocando una gran conmoción, ya que en él, el entrevistado reconoce que al menos diez sacerdotes abusaban de los menores en el instituto y que, cuando eran descubiertos, inmediatamente se los trasladaba a la Argentina.

El contenido del video se conoce en momentos en que se investigan abusos cometidos en las sedes argentinas del Instituto Próvolo. En el marco de esa investigación ya suman seis los detenidos: a la monja japonesa Kumiko Kosaka imputada del delito de abuso sexual gravemente ultrajante cometido contra un menor se suman los sacerdotes Horacio Corbacho, de 55 años; el italiano Nicolás Corradi (82), quien tenía acusaciones similares en Verona, Italia, en los años 80 y fue trasladado a Mendoza; el monaguillo Jorge Bordón (55); el ex empleado del instituto, José Luis Ojeda (41), quien también es sordo, y el jardinero Armando Gómez (46).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

De 62 curas denunciados por abuso sexual en la Argentina, 4 son salteños

ARGENTINA
89.9 FM

[Of 62 priests reported for sexual abuse in Argentina, 4 are Salteños.]

12/05/2017. Entre Los casos de denuncias contra integrantes de la Iglesia católica que se conocieron a partir del escándalo del padre Julio César Grassi en 2002.

"Donde sobreabundó el pecado, sobreabunda la gracia de Dios", les respondió monseñor Edgardo Gabriel Storni, arzobispo de Santa Fe, a los angustiados padres de un adolescente quien confesó entre lágrimas que había sido abusado por el cura Luis Brizzio durante un encuentro de jóvenes de la Acción Católica en el pueblo de Gálvez.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Louise Milligan

Broadly speaking, my aim in introducing the Melbourne Response was to make it easier for victims to achieve justice, and to seek financial compensation and counselling, without needing to establish legal liability. I believe that it was the first scheme of its kind implemented anywhere in the world to respond to victims of child sexual abuse. I was, and remain, proud of its establishment and the assistance it has provided to victims since 1996. Statement of Cardinal George Pell, August 2014

It was 1996 and the media was going after the issue percolating child abuse crisis in a big way. The victims were becoming emboldened. It was becoming a dominant narrative: terrible PR for a Church whose mass attendance numbers were already in freefall. It was also potentially costly in terms of compensation payouts. And it was unclear just how many priests Pell as archbishop might lose to criminal prosecutions, but suffice to say they were falling over like dominoes.

Melbourne had more paedophile priests than any other place in the country. And most of them operated during George Pell's time in Victoria as priest or bishop. The Cardinal is proud of his record in being the first Australian bishop to respond to the child abuse crisis. He consistently cites it when he is being scrutinised in the media and points out that he was probably the first in the world, let alone here in Australia, to boldly go where no other bishop had dared to tread.

In 2016, he said: "When I became Archbishop, I turned the situation right around so that the Melbourne Response procedures were light years ahead of all this obfuscation and prevarication and deception."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Cardinal Pell 'hijacked' abuse compensation scheme

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Beau Donelly
14 May 2017

Senior figures in the Catholic Church have accused Cardinal George Pell of hijacking the national compensation scheme for clergy sex abuse victims by swooping in at the last minute to announce his own initiative.

Cardinal Pell, one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, launched the Melbourne Response in 1996 when he was Archbishop of Melbourne.

The controversial scheme was set up as an alternative to civil litigation, with victims of paedophile priests given access to counselling and compensation. Cardinal Pell has long said he was the first bishop to develop a program responding to the scourge of child sex abuse in the church.

But accounts from officials present at an Australian Catholic Bishops Conference shortly after Cardinal Pell announced his scheme have challenged his decades-old account, and strongly suggest he undermined the church's plan to present a unified front in dealing with the crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

MORE PELL CLAIMS, BUT BEWARE

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
May 12, 2017

So many allegations against Cardinal George Pell have been dropped and disproved, and police are still unable after a year to prosecute Pell over shaky claims aired on the ABC.

But now one of the ABC reporters responsible for that report tries again:

A soon-to-be-released book about Cardinal Pell contains detailed claims that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the late 1990s....

In her television report from last year, Milligan referred to allegations that Cardinal Pell had also been accused of abusing two choirboys, but the book contains details that have never before been made public.

The boys, who were both students at St Kevin's College in Toorak and sung in the choir at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne, were allegedly abused in a back room of the church.

Of course, I don't know whether the allegations are true or false.

But the timing of the alleged abuse - which Pell denies - is very odd. Is it really likely that Pell, having been under fiercely hostile scrutiny by the media over his conservatism and his attempts to clean out pedophiles in his church and compensate victims, would then risk everything by abusing boys himself?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Cardinal George Pell flies from Rome to London as he strenuously denies new abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Melissa Cunningham

Cardinal George Pell flew from Rome to London as explosive new details of alleged child sex abuse were levelled against Australia's most senior Catholic.

Lawyers for Cardinal Pell last night strongly denied the allegations and said they were false, "unjustifiable, scandalous, deliberate and calculated to cause the most shocking damage imaginable to Cardinal Pell".

The legal letter also claimed the publication of the book's allegations were a "deliberate attempt to influence the public opinion in a manner that would make it impossible for our client to receive a fair hearing in court should he be charged".

A soon-to-be-released book, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, by ABC reporter Louise Milligan, contains detailed claims that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the late 1990s.

The alleged abuse is said to have occurred after the introduction of the Melbourne Response, the compensation scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse that Cardinal Pell established in 1996 after breaking ranks with the rest of Australia's bishops who had been working on a national scheme called Towards Healing.

A separate statement last night from his Rome office, in response to a request for comment on the allegations, accused the book's publisher, Melbourne University Press, and media organisations including Fairfax Media of "interfering with the course of justice".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Inquiry into sexual abuse of children calls for victims in South West to come forward

UNITED KINGDOM
The Herald

By Carl_Eve | Posted: May 12, 2017

A wide-ranging inquiry into the sexual abuse of children in the South West needs victims and survivors to come forward and tell of their experiences.

A number of organisations attended a workshop earlier this week where staff from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) urged them to reach out to their clients and urge them to take park in the inquiry's Truth Project.

Groups like the Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Intercom Trust and North Devon Against Domestic Abuse were asked to help inform survivors who stories and experiences will hopefully inform recommendations to government in an effort to improve upon past failures by the authorities.

David Poole, head of the South West Inquiry office said the meeting included more than a dozen different organisations where they discussed how to work together to encourage victims and survivors to speak out and have their voices heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Haitian orphanage founder asks courts to reconsider defamation suit against Paul Kendrick

MAINE
Portland Press Herald

BY EDWARD D. MURPHY
STAFF WRITER

The founder of a Haitian orphanage is appealing a court ruling that affirmed a decision to toss out his defamation suit against a Freeport man.

Michael Geilenfeld, the orphanage founder, had sued Paul Kendrick over an email campaign that began in 2011 in which Kendrick accused Geilenfeld of sexually abusing boys in his care. Later, Kendrick expanded his campaign to include Hearts with Haiti, a North Carolina charity that raised funds for the orphanage.

Geilenfeld won his suit in 2015 and a federal jury awarded $14.5 million in damages, roughly split between the charity and Geilenfeld. But last summer, a federal judge in Maine threw out the case and the award, determining that Geilenfeld hadn’t lived in the U.S. for years and therefore lacked standing to bring the suit in an American court.

Geilenfeld, a native of Iowa, has been living in Haiti and, more recently, the Dominican Republic, for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Christian Brothers €100m land transfer offer ‘similar’ to 2013 plan

IRELAND
Irish Times

Colm Keena

The Department of Education is considering a proposal from the Christian Brothers concerning the transfer of lands worth approximately €100 million which, the department said, resembles a proposal first made by it in 2013.

Following contacts between the two sides over recent weeks, Minister for Education Richard Bruton received a letter from the Brothers in which they made an offer “very similar to the proposal originally made by former minister Ruairí Quinn”, a spokeswoman said.

Mr Quinn’s proposal was made in 2013 and would have seen approximately 200 acres, mostly playing fields associated with schools, being transferred to the Edmund Rice Schools Trust but with a proviso that half of any future sales proceeds would go to the State.

A spokeswoman for the Minister said that in March he had expressed “frustration and disappointment at the lack of progress by the religious congregations in meeting the costs of compensating victims of residential institutional child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

New Haven Rabbi Testifies in Sex Abuse Case

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Rich Scinto (Patch Staff) - May 12, 2017

NEW HAVEN, CT — Prominent city Rabbi Daniel Greer took the Fifth Amendment multiple times in a civil trial after he was accused of sexually molesting a former student on multiple occasions.

Greer denied having sex with plaintiff Eli Mirlis on a parcel of land in Hamden, the only time during testimony he flat out denied a sex abuse allegation, according to the New Haven Independent.

Greer, leader of Yeshiva of New Haven, Inc. and The Gan School, Inc., was sued by a former student in federal court. Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit that Greer sexually assaulted him beginning in 2002 when he was 15-years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Priest 'sexually abused boys at primary school and beach

SCOTLAND
STV

A retired priest is to stand trial accused of historical sex abuse.

Francis Moore faced the allegations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday.

One boy is said to have been attacked at a primary school in North Ayrshire while a second was allegedly abused at a leisure centre.

It is claimed a third boy was a victim at Irvine beach in North Ayrshire.

The offences allegedly occurred between 1977 and 1981. The trio were aged between five to 13 at the time.

Moore is further accused of indecently assaulting a student priest and a separate breach of the peace allegation between 1995 and 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Baltimore braces for documentary on nun's death, sex abuse at Catholic school

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Alison Knezevich
The Baltimore Sun

Donna Von Den Bosch climbed to the attic of her home so she could watch the footage alone.

The images flashed on her computer screen: the police car, the churches, the priests.

Her heart raced.

"I'm 60," she told herself, again and again. "I'm not 15 anymore."

Von Den Bosch was watching the trailer of the upcoming Netflix documentary "The Keepers." The seven-part series focuses on sexual abuse in the 1960s and '70s at Archbishop Keough High School and the unsolved 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, an English teacher at the Catholic school in Southwest Baltimore.

Von Den Bosch, who has received a settlement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for abuse she suffered at Keough, is featured in the series. She is among the many across the region who are bracing for its release Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Seton Keough writes to parents about upcoming Netflix series 'The Keepers'

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Alison Knezevich
The Baltimore Sun

The president of Seton Keough High School in southwest Baltimore wrote to parents this week about the upcoming Netflix series "The Keepers," which focuses on sexual abuse and the unsolved killing of a nun who taught there decades ago.

The documentary series tells the story of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s. She was found slain, but no arrests were ever made. The series explores the theory of whether Cesnik, 26, may have been killed because she knew about sexual abuse allegedly committed by the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, then a school chaplain and counselor.

Archbishop Keough and Seton high schools merged in 1988.

"We expect that the contents of this series will include adult themes and graphic descriptions, so we wanted to provide you with this information and suggest that you talk with your daughter about this series and consider watching it with her if she is going to watch it," school President Donna Bridickas wrote in the email sent to parents Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Explosive allegations Cardinal George Pell sexually abused a choirboy in the 1990s revealed in new book - but Australia's most prominent Catholic strenuously denies the claims

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Bryant Hevesi For Daily Mail Australia

An explosive new book by an investigative journalist has detailed sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most prominent Catholic.

Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell was written by ABC Four Corners and 7.30 reporter Louise Milligan and is set to hit book shelves on Monday.

In the book, Ms Milligan reveals new details surrounding accusations Cardinal Pell, 75, sexually abused a choirboy, The Age reported.

The alleged abuse was said to have taken place in the back room of Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in the late 1990s, with the choirboy then asking to leave the choir, the book alleges.
Cardinal Pell has strenuously denied abuse allegations levelled against him.

There is no suggestion Cardinal Pell is guilty of any allegations of child sex abuse, only that they have been investigated by police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

New book levels explosive sex abuse allegations at George Pell

AUSTRALIA
Starts at 60

A new book makes some explosive allegations about Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic official.

Cardinal: The Rise And Fall of George Pell, written by well-regarded ABC journalise Louise Milligan, claims that Pell sexually abused two choirboys in the late 1990s.

Fairfax News reports that the book contains detailed claims that the abuse occurred at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, it alleges, after Pell established the church’s compensation scheme for sexual abuse victims in 1996. The boys were in the choice and abused in a back room at the church, Fairfax said, citing the book.

The book also alleges that Pell, who has been criticised last year for his refusal to return to Australia to give further evidence to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse within the Catholic church, knew about the activities of paedophile priests earlier than he claims to have known. At the time, Pell cited illness for his inability to travel from Rome in Italy to Australia for the hearings.

The book, due to be released next week, doesn’t suggest that Pell is guilty of the allegations. He has always denied any allegations of abuse, which started emerging as early as 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Longtime Suffolk DA Thomas Spota will leave under a cloud

NEW YORK
Newsday

Updated May 12, 2017

By Joye Brown joye.brown@newsday.com

Early on, in his decade and a half as Suffolk’s district attorney, Thomas Spota earned a reputation as a reformer, and at one point, as Long Island’s most aggressive fighter of public corruption. But with his low-key — and not unexpected — announcement to staff Friday that he would not seek a fifth term, Spota will leave that office under a cloud.

“I will end the constant controversies and political vendettas that for years characterized the district attorney’s office,” Spota said during his 2002 swearing-in, after winning a decisive victory over opponent James M. Catterson Jr.

During the campaign, Spota claimed that Catterson had abused the district attorney’s office by pursuing vindictive, politically motivated prosecutions. “I envision an office that’s going to be guided not by politics but by principles,” Spota promised.

And, indeed, the new district attorney started off with a bang — impaneling grand juries to delve into allegations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and, later, allegations of political corruption. Spota investigated allegations of Medicaid fraud and at one point subpoenaed hundreds of thousands of documents to dig into allegations of fiscal improprieties in Suffolk school districts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Timeline of Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s career

NEW YORK
Newsday

Updated May 12, 2017

By Paul LaRocco paul.larocco@newsday.com

* 1971-1982: Serves as an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County. Includes stint as chief of homicide bureau, where he prosecuted high-profile cases, including the murder of 13-year-old John Pius in Smithtown. That case featured teenage witness and later Spota protégé James Burke, who would go on to work as Spota’s chief investigator before becoming Suffolk police’s chief of department in 2012.

* 1982-2001: Works in private practice. Gains political prominence representing county law enforcement unions.

* 2001: Switches party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to run for Suffolk district attorney against longtime Republican DA James Catterson. After bruising campaign, Spota wins by a large margin.

* 2003: Releases grand jury report on sexual abuse by 58 priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre dating back decades. Wins national attention for issuing one of the first such reports in the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 AM

May 12, 2017

LIC Restaurateur and Child Sex Abuse Survivor Pushes for Changes to NY Law

NEW YORK
DNA Info

By Jeanmarie Evelly | May 12, 2017
@jeanmarieevelly

LONG ISLAND CITY — In the state of New York, victims of childhood sexual abuse have only until their 23rd birthdays to seek justice against their abusers — though the effects of abuse often last much longer, survivors say.

"I can tell you this is a lifelong problem," said Shaun Dougherty, 47, a Queens restaurant owner who was molested by a priest and teacher at his Pennsylvania Catholic school starting at the age of 10.

"I've met 81-year-olds that cry at the drop of a hat, because they remember," he said. "I have heard the most horrific acts done to children that you can imagine, and 78-year-old people recalling it like it happened this morning."

Dougherty, who now runs Crescent Grill, a successful farm-to-table eatery in Long Island City, is among a group of abuse survivors fighting to change New York's statute of limitations for sex crimes committed against children.

He and other advocates are pushing for passage of the Child Victims Act, urging lawmakers to vote on the bill — which has been languishing in the State Senate's judiciary committee since January — before the current legislative session ends this spring.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 PM

'The Keepers,' Netflix's look at Baltimore nun's murder, is true-crime storytelling at its best

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun

It is hard to imagine a true-crime docu-series that has more winning story elements than "The Keepers."

More elements than Netflix's "Making a Murderer," HBO's "The Jinx" or even the "Serial" podcast that dealt with young love, death and a Muslim man who is still in a Maryland prison for a crime he might not have committed.

The seven-part production that arrives Friday on Netflix features a decades-old unsolved murder involving a beloved 26-year-old Baltimore nun, Sister Catherine Cesnik, who went shopping at a local mall on a Friday night in 1969 and never returned to her apartment.

Alongside that core narrative is the allegation of a horrifying sexual abuse ring that preyed upon high school girls at the school where the nun taught. And at the center of the ring is a priest who served as guidance counselor, a clergyman whom survivors describe as a monster, the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM

Nearly 10 years later, conflict over $12 million settlement between Catholic Diocese of Charleston and victims of sex abuse continues

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Post and Courier

By Gregory Yee gyee@postandcourier.com

After nearly a decade, legal wrangling continues over a $12 million settlement paid to victims who were sexually abused by Catholic priests in the Charleston area more than 30 years ago.

A lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims, identified only as John Doe 10, was filed in September 2010, according to court documents. The plaintiff was molested at his church school and parish beginning in 1983 according to the suit.

"The priest involved, Frederick Hopwood, had an extensive history of molesting children that covered the decades before 1983," the documents said.

Hopwood pleaded guilty on March 21, 1994, to one count of a lewd act upon a minor. As part of his plea agreement, the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office gave Hopwood statewide immunity from further prosecution.

The case is scheduled to move forward on Monday and stems from fallout over the settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

FORMER LOS BANOS PRIEST PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SECOND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

CALIFORNIA
ABC 30

By Nathalie Granda

LOS BANOS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Robert Gamel's appearance in court was brief Friday, but during that time he pleaded not guilty after being found with child porn again.

"The allegations do include possession of illicit material again in that new complaint as well," prosecuting attorney Travis Colby told the court.

Gamel was arrested back in April for violating his probation. He faces a charge of possession of child pornography with a prior conviction. He was a priest at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Los Banos.

Gamel was arrested for having images of an underage parishioner in 2014 and then sentenced for the crime last year in March. According to the report from the probation department, officers found a single large envelope with three images of a young male fully nude.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

Sex trafficking Nigerian pastor in SA illegally appears in court

SOUTH AFRICA
eNCA

PORT ELIZABETH – A Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and sexual assault was found to have been living in South Africa “illegally” after it was discovered that at least one of his permits were “issued fraudulently”, it emerged in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Testifying in the pastor’s bail application, senior immigration officer, Ivan Klaasen, said that he had also discovered that the pastor had six passports, and not four as the the court was previously told.

Klaasen said that he had conducted investigations on the department’s movement control system which picked up that the pastor had travelled in and out of South Africa three times during the year 2000 without a relevant visa.

“He was issued with a temporary residence not a visa, as per the regulations a Nigerian national must be in possession of a visa, so there is a contravention of the Act here. He was not allowed to enter South Africa without a visa, he was issued a single entry only and came into South Africa without a relevant visa,” said Klaasen adding that he had no idea how this could happen at various ports of entry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

On Stand, Greer Invokes 5th On Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 12, 2017

Hartford — Speaking publicly for the first time about sexual abuse allegations that have ripped apart the Orthodox Jewish community he built in New Haven, Rabbi Daniel Greer denied under oath ever having counseled a teenaged yeshiva student named Eliyahu Mirlis about spiritual matters, let alone having repeatedly assaulted him.

Then, under further questioning, Greer refused to say whether he took Mirlis to motels overnight, showed him porn, plied him with alcohol, molested him in the bedroom where he sleeps with his wife and fondled him at several other rental properties he controls throughout the Edgewood neighborhood.

“Did you force Eli Mirlis to have sex with you when he was a child?” Antonio Ponvert, Mirlis’s attorney, questioned after Greer took the stand here Thursday in a civil lawsuit here in U.S. District Court.

“I advise Mr. Greer to invoke his privilege” — the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — David Grudberg, one of the rabbi’s three defense attorneys, interrupted.

“I invoke the right to privilege,” Greer said. Ponvert moved on to the next allegation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

David Marr
Friday 12 May 2017

New allegations of child abuse are being levelled against Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s financial chief and the most senior figure in the Australian Catholic church.

Fairfax Media has reported claims contained in a new book, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick’s cathedral after becoming archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

The author Louise Milligan first flagged these claims on the ABC’s 7.30 Report in July last year. But according to Fairfax Milligan’s book, to be released on Monday, contains details of the accusations that have not been made public before.

After the 7.30 Report Pell accused the ABC of conducting a “scandalous smear campaign.”

The boys, students at St Kevin’s College, sang in the cathedral choir and were allegedly abused by the archbishop in a room somewhere in the precincts of the cathedral. They left the choir and the school shortly afterwards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Amish bishop didn't report child sex abuse, says it 'wasn't really that bad': Police

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Joe Elias | jelias@pennlive.com

An Amish bishop in Dauphin County has been charged with failing to report two cases of child sexual abuse.

Christ M. Stoltzfus, 69, of Roller Road in Mifflin Township, told investigators that he was informed that one of the incidents "wasn't really that bad" during an interview in February, according to state police.

State police said that under the law clergymen are required to inform law enforcement about cases of child sexual abuse.

In January, a member of Stoltzfus' church told troopers he informed the bishop of the cases of child sexual abuse that occurred in 2011.

Both cases involved Daniel Ray Fisher, 44, of Weaver Road in Mifflin Township, records state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Ballarat child sex abuse survivor seeks to inspire hope through photography

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Sue Peacock

Thousands of photographs captured on a smartphone are at the centre of a new exhibition in Ballarat documenting one child abuse survivor's path to healing.

Peter Blenkiron's photographs are on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat alongside video diaries and a documentary film about his story of abuse at the hands of Christian Brothers.

Blenkiron is seeking healing from the debilitating legacy of abuse that was inflicted on him as an 11-year-old by a St Patrick's College Christian Brother.

He says he wants the exhibition to inspire hope in other abuse survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Truth of child sexual abuse rises to surface in film Don’t Tell

AUSTRALIA
The Weekend Australian

AMANDA GEARING
The Australian
May 13, 2017

The story of the Queensland girl whose fight for justice sparked a revolution in child protection in Australia — and brought down a governor-general — will be ­released in cinemas next week.

Don’t Tell is based on the book by Stephen Roche, the lawyer who represented Lyndal, a 22-year-old who brought action in 2001 against the Anglican Church over sexual assaults at the prestigious Toowoomba Preparatory School. Lyndal had been a 12-year-old boarder at the time of the abuse in 1990.

It was a landmark case, securing a record $815,000 in damages and exposing a cover-up by the Anglican Church that was found to have involved the alleged abuse of at least 20 girls by predatory housemaster Kevin Guy. The scandal eventually ensnared the then governor-general, Peter Hollingworth, who had been the Anglican archbishop of Brisbane at the time of the abuse.

It was the Toowomba case that first prompted calls for a royal commission into child sex abuse in institutions, finally ordered by Julia Gillard as prime minister in 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

New Orleans Wiccan priest sentenced to 20 years in child porn case

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

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

Kenneth "Kenny" Klein, the New Orleans Wiccan priest and folk singer convicted last month on 20 counts of child pornography charges, was sentenced Friday (May 12) to serve 20 years in prison.

Criminal District Judge Byron C. Williams imposed the sentence after first denying Klein's motion for a new trial. The judge said he had never before received so many letters both in support of and opposed to leniency for a defendant before a sentencing decision.

"Your partner talks about your kindness and others say you don't pose a threat to society," Williams said. "But just as many have negative things to say about you, calling you an objectionable human being, and a lot of people contend you are a monster.

"Healing and redemption are available to you right now, but will have to begin in the custody of the Department of Corrections. The unsuspecting victims of juvenile pornography also must be able to heal."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Cries and whispers from Wandering Mission finally heard a half-century on

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 13, 2017

VICTORIA LAURIE
Reporter Perth

This week, the deep silence that has hung for 50 years over Western Australia’s now-crumbling and derelict missions ended in two short police statements.

The WA child abuse squad announced it had charged two men with a string of sex offences dating back to their duties, as Catholic priest and former teacher respectively, at the isolated Wandering Mission. The charges include rape and indecent assault of several girls aged between eight and 15.

A day later, another media release: a second teacher was charged with sexually abusing five girls aged nine to 13 across a period that began when he was at Wandering Mission in 1959 and continued until 2003.

Although a court will have to determine guilt or innocence, three old men — retired priest Allan Mithen, 78, teachers Michael Moran, 82, and Keith Chesson, 83, all non-Aboriginal — face charges dating back more than 50 years. This hints at the stifling silence that has long enveloped 50 or more Aboriginal missions and children’s homes that once oper­ated across the state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

What did Cardinal George Pell know about allegations of child sex abuse within the church?

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

New allegations of alleged conspiracies, cover-ups and broken lives have emerged, with questions about what Pell knew about paedophilia in the Catholic Church before he become Archbishop of Melbourne.

Louise Milligan

When the Most Reverend George Pell was still Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, he had the passing acquaintance of a priest in his region called Father Noel Brady. Brady is now parish priest at Resurrection Kings Park, a thriving western suburbs community where he ministers to a distinctly multicultural group of worshippers. He is an understated man and he blanches from any colourful descriptors of Pell or indeed of Pell's motives. Brady says he prefers to stick to the facts. And the facts he alleges fly in the face of everything Pell now says about what he knew about paedophilia and how he handled it in the Catholic Church before becoming Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.

Brady was ordained a priest in 1992 and his first parish, where he worked as assistant priest, was St Mary's, Dandenong, in Melbourne's outer south-east. Dandenong was in the southern region for which Pell was responsible for ministering as auxiliary bishop. Brady was appointed to St Mary's on July 8, 1992, and that date is significant, he tells me. About four months after Brady arrived at the parish, he says a young couple who were parishioners came to see him after Mass.

They were extremely concerned about the husband's brother, who lived a bit further out in Narre Warren. The young man was a victim of Father Kevin O'Donnell and Brady went to see him. "I will never forget walking around the property with [him] and the telling of his story reducing us both to tears," Brady later wrote.

O'Donnell was by then a retired priest who was still living in a house on Church property in Dandenong. "It was awkward to say the least," says Brady of the living arrangement – particularly since O'Donnell was good friends with Brady's superior, the parish priest. In a 1989 confirmation ceremony video at Sacred Heart in south-west Melbourne's Oakleigh, where O'Donnell was ministering at the time, Pell praised O'Donnell and another priest "for all the work they are doing here".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Cardinal George Pell allegedly sexually abused cathedral choirboys, book claims

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Beau Donelly

Explosive claims of child sex abuse have been levelled against Australia's highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell.

A soon-to-be-released book about Cardinal Pell contains detailed claims that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the late 1990s.

The book, Cardinal: The Rise And Fall of George Pell, also contains new information about the child abuse cover-up within the church, including allegations that he knew about paedophile priests earlier than he claimed.

It is written by ABC journalist Louise Milligan, who revealed historic sex abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell in a 2016 report for the 7.30 program.

Earlier this year, Milligan and her colleague Andy Burns won the Melbourne Press Club's Gold Quill for their report.

Milligan interviewed two men, Lyndon Monument and Damian Dignan, who claimed they were sexually assaulted by Cardinal Pell, then a priest, at Ballarat's Eureka Pool in the late 1970's.

Police confirmed earlier this year that a brief of evidence against Cardinal Pell had been returned to the Office of Public Prosecutions for consideration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Thrissur: Salvation Army Church Pastor Sanal K James sentenced to life imprisonment until death for raping minor

INDIA
India.com

By Zeeshan Shaikh | Updated: May 12, 2017

Thrissur, May 12: A Pastor who was once attached with the Salvation Army Church at Peechi, in Thrissur has been given life sentence until death by a POCSO court after he was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl. The judgement was given today by session court judge Nickson M Joseph, as the court found Pastor Sanal K James (35) guilty of sexually abusing a minor girl on several occasions at his official residence from 2013 to 2015. According to a report, the victim belonged to a poor Dalit family who lived near the Salvation Army Church.

According to Deccan Chronicle, Pastor Sanal K James had also sexually abused another minor girl during the same period for which he was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment by the same court a few months ago.

The Pastor was slapped with charges under both POCSO and Indian Penal Code. The child sexual abuse was reported after the victim revealed her ordeal to her teacher who alerted the Childline. After the case came on the public domain the issue was first brought before the Child Welfare Committee, which later informed that the police after which a case was filed against Pastor James. The pastor was then arrested after the medical report found the girl was raped several times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Lawsuit alleges priest took nude photos of boys

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon |For The Guam Daily Post May 12, 2017

A swimming outing to Agana Springs in 1960 will forever haunt a man who was 9 years old at the time, according to documents filed in court yesterday.

P.W., whose initials are being used to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam yesterday against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and Louis Brouillard, a former priest and Boy Scout Master on Guam.

The complaint states P.W. met Brouillard during weekly outings with the Mangilao parish and Boy Scouts, but he was not an altar boy or Boy Scout.

He alleges Brouillard would routinely drive around the village of Mangilao to pick up boys at their homes to take them swimming.

On one occasion, Brouillard allegedly picked up P.W. from his home and took him to Agana Springs to swim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

The Moral and Ethical Bankruptcy of the Haredi Leadership in Bet Shemesh

ISRAEL
Israel Blogger

By Zev M. Shandalov
May 12, 2017

I recently posted an article in which I made a suggestion about how, perhaps, the residents of Bet Shemesh can come together to try to resolve the ongoing religious conflicts and violence in their community. I wrote this as a total outsider, but with the intention of trying to voice an opinion of a potential way to move forward. While many were very complimentary about the ideas, there were some who felt I was blaming the victim; preaching only to the choir; putting the burden on the Dati LeUmi community, etc.

I hear all of the arguments on both sides.

First, let me say that I, in no way, believe that I have THE answers. I simply sit in utter frustration, watching from the sidelines, as Jews act in ways that are similar to the pre-Churban days. It is frustrating to no end to KNOW that there are good people out there, who are trying to right this immeasurable wrong of Jews taking to the street to attack other Jews, and they are met with deafening silence.

In yet an earlier post, I wrote about the potential tragic results of leaders NOT publicly condemning these acts of violence–and that was BEFORE a woman was recently sent to the hospital after being attacked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Anglican church short $1m for abuse redress

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Megan Neil
12 May 2017

NEWCASTLE’S Anglican diocese maintains it will pay proper compensation to child abuse victims despite needing to find almost $1 million after underestimating its redress obligations.

The diocese has already paid almost $5 million in compensation to people sexually abused as children by Anglican clergy and lay people. It had budgeted for $1.5 million in redress for 2017 and 2018.

But Bishop Peter Stuart says the estimates for redress funding for 2017 and 2018 may be too low and many of the claims relate to events not covered by insurance, or where the insurer has refused to pay due to the failure of diocesan processes.

The projected funding shortfall for 2018 is nearly $950,000, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

63rd victim alleges childhood clergy sex abuse by Guam priest

GUAM
KUAM

May 12, 2017

By Krystal Paco

He's 66 years old now, but when he was nine or ten years old P.W. alleges he was molested by a Mangilao priest. That priest was Fr. Louis Brouillard. Although the latest victim says he was not an altar boy nor a boy scout, he was invited to go along on a swimming outing. P.W. alleges on his first trip he along with the other boys was told to swim naked, as did the priest. They were taken back to the rectory where Fr. Brouillard then took nude pictures of the children. P.W. marks the 63rd person to come forward alleging childhood clergy sex abuse perpetrated by priests in Guam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Recent filings make 65 child sex abuse lawsuits against the church

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Donna De Jesus

A total of five lawsuits were filed this week against the church.

Guam - After five recent child sex abuse filings in recent weeks, there are now 65 lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana.

Three out of the five alleged victims, using their initials E.T., J.S., and R.B.R., claimed that former priest and Boy Scout master, Louis Brouillard, abused them in the late 1970s when they were altar boys at the Barrigada Parish as well as boy scouts in the Barrigada troop. All three allege that Brouillard would grope them when he would make them swim naked. They claim he would also sexually abuse them in the church rectory. R.B.R.’s complaint states that Brouillard reassured him by saying “It’s okay. All of the other boys do it,” before forcing him to perform various sex acts.

The latest to file, P.W., claims Brouillard abused him in the early 60s when Brouillard was a priest at the Mangilao parish. P.W. was not an altar boy or a boy scout, but the complaint states that the former priest allowed him to hang out at the parish. P.W. claims that Brouillard would line the boys up in front of a mirror and take nude photos of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

The List

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
WHYY

[video]

05/09/2017

The List tells the hidden story of one of the worst criminal cover-ups in America's history. The victims, hundreds of children whose lives were destroyed. The perpetrators, Catholic clergy protected by their church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Banks hold cards in lease deal for maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
May 12 2017

The response of banks to loans linked to St Vincent's Hospital campus in Dublin is believed to be key to defusing the row over ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

Health Minister Simon Harris and his officials met with members of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group yesterday to discuss securing a lease which would allow the State to own the €300m maternity hospital to be built on the campus.

The revelation that the Order of the Sisters of Charity, which controls the group, will own the hospital caused a public outcry. This is despite the insistence that an agreement between the existing National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street and St Vincent's guarantees its independence.

The new effort by the State to gain ownership is complicated by the fact that the banks have fixed and floating charges on the entire campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

The Crusaders Fighting Sex Abuse in the Underbelly of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Community

ISRAEL
Haaretz

The practice was simple: If you don't speak about sexual violence, it doesn't exist. Then these three started a Haredi awareness revolution

Nati Tucker May 11, 2017

Jerusalem in late 2015 was a place marked by fear. It was mainly fear of lone wolf terrorists with knives, but Avigail Karlinsky thought it time to explain something to men: Maybe they weren’t used to constantly being alert, warily looking left and right for attackers, but women were. “I hereby tell you that a woman walking in the street alone at night walks just like that,” the 28-year-old Karlinsky, who is ultra-Orthodox, wrote on Facebook. “Every woman knows what I’m talking about. There isn’t a single one who doesn’t.”

Publishing a post like that in October 2015 was highly unusual in the Haredi community. Sexual violence isn’t a topic for conversation, certainly not something to be spoken about out loud. It turned out she had touched a very sore nerve.

“I wasn’t prepared for what happened after I posted that,” says Karlinsky, who belongs to the non-Hasidic (Lithuanian) ultra-Orthodox community. “I had entered a vacuum so immense in the Haredi community that everybody who had anything to say about sexual harassment, a personal story or somebody near them – everybody came to me. Dreadful stories started to pour in. I was inundated. It affected me physically. For two weeks I was just sick. I couldn’t stand on my feet.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER MENDEL TEVEL MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

UNITED STATES
Jewish Community Watch

Posted on May 11, 2017
Written By Meyer Seewald

It’s been almost six years since I found myself in tears, sitting on a floor as a victim of childhood sexual abuse described to me in detail how, at 14 years old, Mendel Tevel performed oral sex on him. Tevel was seen by many as a beloved, caring, and charming “mashpia” (spiritual guidance counselor) within the Chabad community of Crown heights Brooklyn and beyond. I remember this conversation as if it happened yesterday. It would be one of many sleepless nights to come which I experienced during my years of confronting childhood sexual abuse within the Orthodox Jewish community.

At the time he told me of the matter, this victim was not ready to press charges. I started doing research on Tevel and found out that he was a staff member at a school and camp in upstate New York. After months of investigation that included hundreds of hours taking phone calls, ten separate people alleged to me that they were victims of Mendel Tevel. The acts theydescribed Tevel forcing them to be a part of where some of the most depraved and terrifying accounts of sexual torture I have ever heard. These included, but are not limited to, whipping them with hangers until they bled, and leaving one victim tied up naked and left on the floor. (Click here to read more stories in the Jewish Journal.)

Shortly after Jewish Community Watch warned the Los Angeles Jewish community of the danger he posed to their children, several people contacted us with stories of how tevel tried groom their children for potential sexual abuse. Instead of taking action, the JEM Community Center, which is owned and operated by the Illulian family – and the family that Tevel married into – continued to support Mendel Tevel and provide him with unfettered access to children at the JEM center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Yom Tefilla Announced To Fight Technology; Silence Still Deafening On Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
SOME PEOPLE LIVE MORE IN 20 YEARS…

MAY 11, 2017
ASHER LOVY

Apparently, the Moetzes Gedolei Yisrael of Israel have called for a “Day of Tefilos” to raise awareness about the spiritual problems technology posed by technology. As a community, we’ve become accustomed to these mass displays of piety, and international calls for prayer in hopes of inspiring a generation, and perhaps some divine assistance, to rid itself from the potential stumbling blocks in the way of spiritual purity, and connection to God. From asifos against the Internet in Citi Field, to international days of prayer, the Charedi world is awash in the mass organization of truly astounding feats of community organizing. One imagines that this kind of response could only be triggered by something perceived as an existential thread to the international charedi community. That is, after all, how they perceive modern technologies like smartphones and the ubiquity of the Internet: as an evil ploy of the Evil Inclination, whose only interest is in making sinning easier than its ever been before.

But what of the other existential threats that plague our communities? What of the rampant sexual abuse that is enabled by polices like those of Agudath Israel of America, which enable abuse and protect abusers, by mandating that victims of abuse and their families go to rabbis rather than law enforcement when they are abused? Surely this is as much an existential crisis as any other. Surely, with the number of people who eventually leave Orthodoxy, going “off the derech,” as a result of abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of a seemingly indifferent community, something must be done!

Apparently not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Principals shed light on teacher’s arrest

AUSTRALIA
Australian Jewish News

VICTORIA Police is working with Bialik College to identify students who may have been photographed by a former teacher who has been charged with making child pornography.

The media studies teacher, a 52-year-old man from Noble Park, worked at Bialik until 2015. He then moved to Mount Scopus, where he worked until he was suspended last week.

In an exclusive interview with The AJN this week, Bialik principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner and Mount Scopus principal Rabbi James Kennard explained what happened and how they dealt with the issue.

Stowe-Lindner said that the teacher left a hard drive at Bialik when he left the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Manny Waks: ‘My life is not what is was’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Jewish News

BY FRANCINE WOLFISZ May 11, 2017

My life is not what it was. I had a comfortable job, a serene life, I was involved communally. Things were going very well. Then this happened and it changed my world.”

Three decades may have passed, but Manny Waks, now 41, admits not a day goes by without acknowledging the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Raised in a strictly-Orthodox Jewish home in Melbourne, the second oldest of 17 children was betrayed by two men trusted by his family.

For years, Waks resisted telling anyone, but in 2011 he went public about his experiences in an attempt to bring his abusers to justice.

That testimony was more explosive than he imagined: it became the catalyst for an Orthodox sex abuse scandal that rocked Australia and resulted in the conviction of several men for sexually abusing boys during the 1980s and 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Clergy abuse victims favor survivors' compensation plan over archdiocese proposal

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Staff and wire reports MAY 11, 2017

An overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors' committee, attorneys representing the victims said Thursday.

According to the attorneys, 406 people who have been victims of abuse in the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, recently voted on competing compensation plans. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel ruled late last year that the proposals would be voted on by victims, but the final decision on what plan prevails remains up to the court.

Of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan submitted by an abuse survivors' committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, according to victims' attorney Jeff Anderson.

The plan from the archdiocese includes a fund of more than $155 million for abuse victims who filed claims in bankruptcy court. Most of that money would come from insurance payments. The survivors' committee plan calls for the archdiocese to increase its contributions to the victims' fund to at least $80 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

Former WA Jehovah Witness charged with alleged historic child abuse offences

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Brendan Foster

A former member of the Jehovah Witness congregation will appear in court next week after he was charged with sexually assaulting four boys.

The charges stem from ongoing investigations linked to the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual offences.

Police allege between 1993 to 2013, the 44-year-old man sexually assaulted four boys aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the offences.

The alleged abuse is said to have occurred in Chidlow and Mundaring and during the period in question the man was an active member of the Mundaring Jehovah Witness congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

Jehovah's Witness charged with child abuse

AUSTRALIA
PerthNow

AAP, PerthNow
May 11, 2017

A PERTH man has been charged with sexually abusing four teenage boys over a 20 year period while he was a Jehovah's Witness.

Police say the man abused the boys between 1993 and 2013 when they were aged between 14 and 16.

The 44-year-old faces numerous charges, including four counts of indecent assault, and will appear at Midland Magistrates Court on May 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 AM

Archdiocese bankruptcy reorganization plan rejected by sex-abuse survivors

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By TAD VEZNER | tvezner@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
May 11, 2017

A group of sexual abuse survivors engaged in bankruptcy court mediation with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has overwhelmingly rejected the archdiocese’s proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan, which includes how much it should pay victims.

The archdiocese and a group of survivors — the largest class of the archdiocese’s “creditors” in the bankruptcy court — have submitted opposing plans over how much the archdiocese should offer survivors for abuse that occurred at the hands its clergy.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel ruled in December to allow both plans to move forward to a vote by all creditors.

On Thursday, 94 percent of the survivor group — comprising over 400 members — voted that they preferred their plan over the archdiocese’s.

Kressel could still rule in favor of the archdiocese plan over that vote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 AM

ABUSE INQUIRY REVEALS HUGE WORKLOAD IN REVIEW OF NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CLAIMS

UNITED KINGDOM
Care Appointments

Written by Helen William

The independent inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales is looking at "tens of thousands of pages" of information about any potential failures to protect children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils alone, its counsel said.

The scale of the task of officials currently trawling through information, including material from councils, police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Health Department, "cannot be underestimated", Inquiry counsel Patrick Sadd said.

He told a preliminary hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): "To date this investigation has received tens of thousands of pages of which a large proportion have already been reviewed in some form.

"This means that we are considering the contents, deciding upon their relevance and using them to inform our decisions about the approach that the investigation will take going forward."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 AM

Newcastle Anglican church may sell some assets to pay abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Melissa Davey
@MelissaLDavey
Friday 12 May 2017

The Anglican church of Newcastle has told its members it may sell some of its assets to meet redress payments for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

In a background briefing document sent to the church’s members before a Synod meeting on 27 May, the bishop Peter Stuart said the Synod must renew its commitment to facing abuse within the church.

“We fully support the establishment of a best practice Commonwealth Redress Scheme for abuse survivors and will do all that we can to enable the Diocese to exercise the option to ‘opt in’ into the scheme,” the document, seen by Guardian Australia, says.

“We welcome the fact that the scheme will be independent of the Church and will assist survivors access the support and counselling they seek.”

The Synod meeting will occur one week after the retiring bishop Greg Thompson delivers his final service in Newcastle. Thompson had announced that he would stand down in May, citing the unrelenting abuse he received for helping the child sexual abuse royal commission gather information. He also told his own story of abuse, and faced subsequent harassment from members of his own church for doing so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 AM

CARIBBEAN: Jamaican pastor on buggery charge offered bail

JAMAICA
St. Lucia News

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Embattled pastor of the Bunker’s Hill New Testament Church of God in Trelawny, Presley Smith, who has been charged with a sexual offence against a minor, was granted bail in the sum of $450,000 when he appeared in the Falmouth Parish Court yesterday.

He is scheduled to return to court on June 22 when the matter will again be mentioned.

As part of his bail condition, the 27-year-old pastor, who is a native of Kingston, is to report to the Constant Spring Police Station three days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) between the hours of 6:00am and 7:00pm.

He is also to surrender his travel documents, have no communication with the complainant, and not to visit the parish of Trelawny unless he is attending court in that parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 AM

Already sentenced to 40 years, Kerala pastor gets life until death in second child rape case

INDIA
The News Minute

Both the girls were raped repeatedly but were scared to reveal the deeds of a ‘man of god.’

TNM Staff

Friday, May 12, 2017

A serial child rapist in Kerala was sentenced to life imprisonment until death by a special court in Thrissur on Friday. Pastor Sanil K James, already serving a 40-year sentence for raping a minor girl, was convicted for a second time. Sanil was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl multiple times since 2013.

The Sessions court judge Nixon M Joseph, sentenced the 36-year-old pastor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Public Prosecutor Pious Mathew told TNM, "This sentence should be a deterrent to others, there should be no leniency. The man did this heinous crime on two girls, and misused his position. He should never be allowed to ever abuse a girl."

Sanil reportedly raped the minor thrice over the years. The first time was in 2013, after the Christmas Carols were sung at the Church. The second time was in 2014, where the pastor raped the minor at her residence. The third time was at his residence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 AM

Clergy Abuse Survivors Vote No on Archdiocese's Bankruptcy Plan

MINNESOTA
KSTP

A group of over 400 clergy abuse victims rejected a reorganization plan submitted by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case, according to a release from the law firm Stinson Leonard Street.

The archdiocese originally filed a reorganization plan in May of 2016. The sexual abuse survivors submitted their plan in August of 2016, after the court denied a request from the Creditor's Committee that the archdiocese's assets be consolidated.

Both parties amended their plan in November.

In December, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel allowed both plans to be moved to a vote.

According to the release, the plan submitted by the creditor's committee received 94 percent of the votes. According to a release from Jeff Anderson & Associates, 406 of the 447 people eligible to vote participated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 AM

Minnesota bishop denies coercing abuse victim from reporting allegation

MINNESOTA
Catholic Philly

By Maria Wiering • Catholic News Service • Posted May 11, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner of Crookston “categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged” a candidate for the permanent diaconate not to report his claim of sexual abuse against a priest of the diocese, the Diocese of Crookston stated May 9.

The diocese issued the statement in response to a lawsuit filed that day against the bishop and the diocese.

At a news conference held at attorney Jeff Anderson’s St. Paul office, the plaintiff, Ron Vasek, said he told Bishop Hoeppner about the abuse, which he said he suffered as a teenager, while he was considering becoming a permanent deacon for the diocese in 2009 or 2010. He said the bishop told him that he couldn’t tell anyone, including his wife, because it would damage the reputation of the accused priest, Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, who had held leadership positions in the diocese.

According to the Diocese of Crookston, the abuse allegation was reported to law enforcement in 2011. According to Anderson, Msgr. Grundhaus’ name was not included on a list of priests accused of abuse that the diocese released in 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 AM

May 11, 2017

Pressure group accuses C of E of failures in reporting abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Hattie Williams

Posted: 12 May 2017

A PRESSURE group that campaigns for mandatory reporting of suspected or known child abuse in the UK has criticised the Church of England for prioritising its reputation over the protection of children.

The group, Mandate Now, is supporting an ongoing government consultation, Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse, which was tabled by Baroness Walmsley in 2014 as an amendment to the Serious Crimes Act 2015.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

Sex abuse survivors turn down archdiocese's plan to compensate them

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan May 11, 2017

In a landslide vote, sex abuse survivors have rejected a reorganization and compensation plan from the bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The church was offering at least $155 million. But 94 percent of abuse victims voting endorsed a competing plan that they expect would treat them more justly and extract much more money from the church and its insurers.

"The vote speaks volumes to the unity and perseverance of victims and survivors," said James Keenan, an abuse survivor and chair of the creditors' committee. "We're going to stand together and see this thing through to the end. And we're going to do this thing right.

The creditors' committee believes there could be more than $1 billion available from insurers. But insurers would no doubt fight claims tenaciously. They can, for instance, argue they can't be on the hook for abuse that the church knew about but failed to stop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

Clergy Abuse Survivors Vote No on Archdiocese's Bankruptcy Plan

MINNESOTA
KAAL

A group of over 400 clergy abuse victims rejected a reorganization plan submitted by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case, according to a release from the law firm Stinson Leonard Street.

The archdiocese originally filed a reorganization plan in May of 2016. The sexual abuse survivors submitted their plan in August of 2016, after the court denied a request from the Creditor's Committee that the archdiocese's assets be consolidated.

Both parties amended their plan in November.

According to the release, the plan submitted by the creditor's committee received 94 percent of the votes. According to a release from Jeff Anderson & Associates, 406 of the 447 people eligible to vote participated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM

Survivors vote in Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

By: Rose Heaphy
POSTED:MAY 11 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The sexual abuse survivors have voted for a plan in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case.

In December 2016, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge decided the survivors would vote on the two proposed reorganization plans.

The Archdiocese submitted one plan and the Creditors' Committee submitted the other. Last May, the Archdiocese filed its plan, which called for a total of $155 million in payments to abuse survivors and other creditors - with $65 million coming from the Archdiocese and the rest from insurance.

Attorneys representing the survivors believed the Archdiocese was attempting to conceal its assets. The survivors and the Creditors' Committee submitted their plan, which states the Archdiocese would provide $80 million and more to be received from insurance in payments to survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

Media Advisory: Voting Complete, Results Tallied in Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis Bankruptcy Case

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson and Associates

Archdiocese Ballot Report Tabulation

(Minneapolis, MN) – In December 2016, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert J. Kressel ruled that two proposed reorganization plans would move forward to a vote in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis bankruptcy case. One plan was submitted by the Archdiocese and one plan was submitted by the Creditors’ Committee.

Of the 447 people eligible to vote, 406 people participated in the voting process. The plan submitted by the Creditors’ Committee received 94% of survivors’ votes and 93% of the survivors who participated voted to reject the plan proposed by the Archdiocese.

“We applaud all the courageous survivors who have come forward to speak their truth. Your voices have been heard,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson.

This is the first time in a Diocesan or Religious Order bankruptcy that two competing plans went to vote. The plan filed by the Creditors’ committee in August of 2016 was the first of its kind filed by sexual abuse survivors in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Minnesota clergy abuse victims favor survivors' panel plan

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Associated Press MAY 11, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors' committee.

Attorneys representing the victims say 406 people voted on competing compensation plans. Of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan by the survivors' committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda says the balloting does not necessarily dictate the final plan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 PM

Newcastle's Anglican Diocese $1m in red under weight of sexual abuse redress

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Katheryn Magann and Giselle Wakatama

Newcastle's Anglican Diocese says it may have to sell church assets to make up a $1 million shortfall in the amount due to be paid to survivors of abuse this financial year.

Bishop Peter Stuart said despite the significant deficit, everyone entitled to compensation would receive it.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse has led to the diocese already making 27 payments totalling almost $5 million.

The royal commission's probe into alleged abuse and cover-ups within the Newcastle Anglican diocese was damning.

The average payment made to survivors of abuse so far has been about $183,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Attorney for Louisville priest rejects plea deal in child sex abuse, sodomy case

KENTUCKY
WAVE

[with video]

By Kayla Vanover, Reporter

BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville priest convicted of sex abuse dating back to the 1970s could now be facing life in prison. His attorney abruptly left court before entering a plea deal on more charges.

Father Joseph Hemmerle was director and camp counselor for Camp Tall Trees in Meade County for 30 years. In November, Hemmerle was acquitted on one charge of engaging in a sexual act but was found guilty on a count of inappropriate touching.

In February, he was sentenced to seven years in prison after the court found him guilty of molesting Michael Norris. The incident is believed to have happened 43 years ago while Norris was attending the summer camp. Norris said he got a bad case of poison ivy and Hemmerle told him he could help. Norris visited Hemmerle's cabin where he said he was abused.

Now, Hemmerle is involved in a similar sex abuse case. This time, he's charged with two counts of sex abuse with a victim under 12 years old, and five counts of sodomy with a victim under 12 years old. If found guilty on all charges, Hemmerle could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Former Louisville priest heading to trial in child sex abuse case

KENTUCKY
WHAS

[with video]

Shay McAlister, WHAS May 11, 2017

MEADE CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- A local priest convicted of sexually abusing children is heading to trial on additional charges. Father Joseph Hemmerle is a Louisville native and former Trinity High School teacher.

He was accused of abusing a 10-year old boy in the 1970s and convicted of the crimes in 2016. In court Thursday, his attorney denied a plea agreement on his behalf, agreeing to go to trial.

Inside a packed courtroom at the Meade County Courthouse, Prosecutor Leilani K.M. Martin was ready to sign off on a deal she called “forgiving and lenient."

"We spent weeks hammering out a plea agreement and it was a very faithful plea agreement. The victim agreed to it because he is a practicing, practices his faith," Martin said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Prosecutor outraged after 'lenient' plea deal on pedophile priest falls through

KENTUCKY
WDRB

May 11, 2017

By Gil Corsey

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's both a convicted pedophile and a priest, and on Thursday Father Joseph Hemmerle was set to confess to molesting a second young boy.

"We spent weeks hammering out a plea agreement," said Special Prosecutor Leilani Martin. "It was signed."

It's why Martin was stunned by the reversal in Meade County Circuit Court.

"Out of the blue, defense attorney David Lambertus decided not to go through with it -- suddenly announced he was going to trial instead -- and it was sort of a shock," Martin said. "He announced it in the courtroom without his client present and just turned around and left."

The attorney also refused to answer any questions from WDRB News outside the courthouse. The deal he turned down offered two years to serve for sex abuse and sodomy but no new prison time as Hemmerle's already behind bars. He's serving a 10-year sentence for child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s when he served at Camp Tall Trees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

Former priest, scout leader pedophile target of $110M lawsuit

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Alexandra Paul
Posted: 05/11/2017

A former Anglican minister and boy scouts leader convicted in dozens of sex abuse cases against young indigenous boys is now the focus of a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking more than $100 million.

The suit alleges Ralph Rowe abused hundreds of boys in northwestern Ontario and Manitoba First Nations where he worked in the 1970s and '80s.

Despite dozens of criminal convictions, Rowe served only about five years in prison, the result of a deal Rowe's legal counsel arranged with the Crown in return for guilty pleas in nearly 40 cases against him.

The 43-page suit was filed in the Ontario Supreme Court in Thunder Bay Thursday. Until it is formally certified by the courts it remains a proposed class-action suit and no statements of defence have been filed.

It seeks $110 million in damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

Class action suit launched against pedophile ex-priest Ralph Rowe

CANADA
CBC News

By Jody Porter, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2017

A former priest convicted of 75 sex crimes is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit along with his employer, the Anglican Church's Synod of the Diocese of Keewatin and Scouts Canada with whom he volunteered.

Ralph Rowe flew his own plane into remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario in the 1970s and 80s. First Nations leaders and mental health professionals who work in the region estimate as many as 500 people were abused by him. For all his convictions, Rowe served less than five years in jail.

Dozens of men who were victims of Rowe settled previous suits against the Anglican Church and Scouts Canada but lawyer Jonathan Ptak, whose firm launched the class action on Thursday, says this case aims to bring public awareness and policy changes along with the $110 million claim for damages.

"There's never been a light shone on this horrific and very important story involving rampant sexual abuse of Aboriginal youth in Canada's north," Ptak said.

"There have been some individual settlements but there's never been an opportunity such as this class action where all the victims can come forward, have their stories be told and hopefully we can bring about some real change in the policies and practices in the organizations that employ these people," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM

Koskie Minsky LLP and Watkins Law P.C. Bring Class Action on Behalf of Victims of Sexual Abuse by Scout Leader and Anglican Priest Ralph Rowe

CANADA
CNW

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto, and Watkins Law, P.C., in Thunder Bay, Ontario, have commenced a class action against Ralph Rowe, Scouts Canada and the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of Keewatin on behalf of hundreds of aboriginal youth who allege they were sexually abused by Ralph Rowe, who was a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and a Scout leader.

The claim seeks $110 million in damages for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and vicarious liability from Rowe, Scouts Canada and the Synod of the Diocese of Keewatin.

It is estimated that Rowe has abused as many as 500 aboriginal youth in northern Ontario and Manitoba First Nations communities during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Statement of Claim alleges that during this time, Rowe travelled throughout isolated First Nations communities as a priest of the Anglican Church and a Scout leader. In connection with his roles as a priest and Scout leader, Rowe took young aboriginal boys on camping trips and church outings and hosted children's activities and sleepovers in various cabins and Mission Houses. It was during these activities that Rowe sexually abused boys in his care.

Rowe has already been found guilty of dozens of counts of sexual assaults perpetrated on young aboriginal boys in remote First Nations communities. A July 2007 sentencing decision from Justice E.W. Stach states, "By way of overview I think it fair to say that from 1975 and continuously until the year end in 1987 Ralph Rowe adopted what, in retrospect, is fairly considered as a purposeful, premeditated, formulary and ultimately predatory approach towards the pursuit of his own personal sexual gratification. More dangerously he was well positioned and well armed to do so."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

62nd plaintiff to accuse church of sex abuse seeks $10 million

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: May 11, 2017

By Krystal Paco

A 62nd plaintiff files suit against the Archdiocese of Agana. 51-year-old "R.B.R." alleges he was sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard as a boy scout in the Barrigada troop. Aside from being sexually molested during swimming trips to Lonfit River, R.B.R. details an occasion in which he was with the priest at the rectory and the priest performed oral sex and digital penetration on him.

The priest assured the boy that all the other boys did it.

R.B.R. was only 11 or 12 years old at the time of the abuse. He quit the Boy Scouts immediately after. The $10 million lawsuit was filed at the District Court of Guam on Thursday by attorney David Lujan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Former Boy Scout alleges sexual abuse by priest

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post May 11, 2017

A former Boy Scout alleges he was sexually abused during swimming outings and while at the rectory of the San Vicente Ferrer-San Roke church parish in Barrigada when he was 11 years old.

An individual, using the initials "R.B.R." to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday alleging he was sexually abused by his former scoutmaster and Barrigada priest Louis Brouillard.

The lawsuit alleges the priest would force the Boy Scouts to swim completely naked during outings at the Lonfit River and would grope and touch their private parts.

R.B.R. said the priest would often reward the boys by taking them out to eat and occasionally they would spend time at the Barrigada rectory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Rabbi Sexual Abuse Jury Picked

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | May 11, 2017

Hartford — A bespectacled, ponytailed man reading the true-crime thriller In Cold Blood in the front row of a federal courtroom here was selected as the eighth and final juror who will decide if prominent New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer repeatedly sexually abused yeshiva students and if the school shirked its duty to intervene.

The jury selection took place Wednesday in U.S. District Court, a day before the scheduled beginning of Greer’s trial.

Eliyahu Mirlis filed a lawsuit making those charges against Greer in May 2016. (The case landed in federal court, rather than state, because the jurisdiction is split, with Mirlis in New Jersey and Greer in Connecticut.) Mirlis’s complaint alleged that Greer repeatedly raped him for three years, starting in 2002, while he attended the Yeshiva of New Haven, one of two Orthodox Jewish schools that Greer ran within the former Roger Sherman School at 765 Elm St. in New Haven’s Edgewood neighborhood. The civil suit contends that Mirlis has suffered from emotional distress and seeks damages for the injury. In a 218-page pretrial deposition, a second former student, who became the school’s assistant principal, spelled out further, separate allegations of being sexually abused by the rabbi, who denies all the accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Bishop Of Killaloe Uncomfortable With Religious Link To Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Clare FM

[with audio]

The Bishop of Killaloe says he’s not comfortable with the idea of a maternity hospital being guided by Catholic ethos.

It comes as talks on the ownership of the new national maternity hospital are expected to be substantially completed by the end of the month.

At the weekend, around 2,000 people took to the streets demanding that ownership and control is not given to the Sisters of Charity, thorugh the St. Vincent’s Hospital Group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Budget 2017: child sex abuse compensation to cost feds $600m

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

RICK MORTON
Social Affairs reporter Melbourne
@SquigglyRick

DAN BOX
Crime reporter Sydney
@DanBox10

The federal government will be forced to set aside $600 million for survivors of child sex abuse in its national redress scheme, 50 per cent more than estimates made by the royal commission into the issue.

The Australian understands the government has run an actuarial analysis on its share of the redress scheme, which it seed-funded with $33m in Tuesday’s budget, and has settled on a figure of about $600m.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended a ­single, national redress scheme valued at $4.3 billion to provide compensation and medical and therapy support to 60,000 victims of abuse.

Federal and state governments would be “funders of last resort” under this model, picking up the pieces where non-government organisations have closed or been bankrupted and, in some cases, funding their own redress where they were responsible.

Their share of the scheme — across all jurisdictions — was estimated by the commission to be $632m but, given the federal government’s portion alone is set to be almost as much, it is likely states will need to chip in more than first thought.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Cardinal Dolan’s Actions Show a Surprising and Welcomed Reversal of Position

NEW YORK
Catholic Whistleblowers

The actions of Cardinal Timothy Dolan endorse the value of a ‘lookback window’ in providing some justice to victims / survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors.

Indeed, the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, imperfect as the program is, appropriately pays out millions of dollars to clergy sexual abuse victims whose claim exceeds the New York State statute of limitations. In short, no matter when the sexual abuse occurred, Cardinal Dolan is willing to financially compensate the victim, and we welcome this reversal of position.

A New York State statutory ‘lookback window’ would serve the same meaningful role in society by allowing the victims / survivors of child sexual abuse to pursue legal recourse against public and private institutions of all sorts regardless when the abuse took place.

Additionally, a ‘lookback window’ enhances the protection of children and young people by identifying perpetrators and warning the public. However, Cardinal Dolan’s program does not identify the perpetrators and, thus, does not warn people about predators in their midst. Of course, he could change the program to make it better by publicizing the names of the abusers, just as he did in 2004 when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Consequently, Catholic Whistleblowers, a national network of current and former priests, women religious, brothers, deacons, and laypersons who actively support survivors of sexual abuse, strongly encourages New York State Senators and Assemblypersons to enact legislation that reforms the State’s statutes of limitations in both criminal and civil cases of child sexual abuse, a reform that would include a ‘lookback window’ of two years for civil cases.

Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee who submit this message are:
Sr. Sally Butler, OP (Brooklyn, NY); Sr. Claire Smith, OSU (Bronx, NY); Rev. Ronald D. Lemmert (Peekskill, NY); Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (West Orange, NJ); Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN (New Castle, DE); Rev. Bruce Teague (Sheffield, MA); Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, OP, J.C.D. (Vienna, VA); Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D. (Milwaukee, WI);

Contact Persons: Sr. Sally Butler, OP (Brooklyn, NY) 718-237-0905 sbuttlerop@yahoo.com
Sr. Claire Smith, OSU (Bronx, NY) 718-885-0893 newskete@gmail.com
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (West Orange, NJ) 862-368-2800 roberthoatson@gmail.com
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN (New Castle, DE) 610-212-2770 maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com
Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D. (Milwaukee, WI) 414-940-8054 connell.james951@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Survivors of child sexual abuse find support in SAMSN

AUSTRALIA
Parramatta Sun

Harrison Vesey
@harrisonvesey

11 May 2017

Shane McNamara is a firm believer that even when the odds seem stacked against you, it’s still possible to win with the right team.

A survivor of child sexual abuse, Mr McNamara knows the isolation many male victims feel, as well as the lack of support.

But he also knows that living a good life is possible.

“Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy life. It’s not all doom and gloom. There is a lot of good things in the world, there is a lot of good people,” Mr McNamara said.

He and Craig Hughes-Cashmore are the founders of Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN), Australia’s first national not-for-profit dedicated to adult male survivors and their families.

The two became friends when they were both going through the long process of criminal investigation in 2010. They thought it would be good to have a group to talk to other men about their experiences, but no such group existed – so they started their own.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Priester der Piusbruderschaft erhielt 16 Jahre Gefängnis wegen Missbrauch

SUISSE/FRANKREICH
cath.ch

[Menzingen ZG, 10.5.17 (kath.ch) On 5 May in France, the priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, Christophe Roisnel, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in France. The Secretary General of the Pius Brotherhood, based in Menzingen ZG, Christian Thouvenot, told cath.ch that the cases had been first investigated within the community without their seriousness being recognized.]

Menzingen ZG, 10.5.17 (kath.ch) Wegen mehrfacher Vergewaltigung wurde der Priester der Priesterbruderschaft St. Pius X., Christophe Roisnel, am 5. Mai in Frankreich zu 16 Jahren Freiheitsstrafe verurteilt. Der Generalsekretär der Piusbruderschaft mit Sitz in Menzingen ZG, Christian Thouvenot, erklärte gegenüber cath.ch, die Fälle seien innerhalb der Gemeinschaft untersucht worden, ohne dass deren Schwere erkannt worden sei.

Pierre Pistoletti

Die Bruderschaft habe den Fall der Justiz nicht gemeldet, so der Generalsekretär. In Frankreich haben mehrere Zeitungen die Bruderschaft wegen dieser Unterlassung angegriffen. Die in Paris erscheinende Zeitung «La Croix» schrieb: «Diese Affäre unterstreicht das schlechte Management der Bruderschaft im Fall von sexuellem Missbrauch.»

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Un abbé intégriste condamné pour viol à 16 ans de prison

FRANCE
La Croix

[A Society of St. Pius X abbot was sentenced for rape to 16 years in prison.]

La Croix avec AFP, le 06/05/2017

Le religieux de 43 ans, qui dirigeait un établissement scolaire proche de la Fraternité sacerdotale Saint-Pie X, était accusé de viols sur trois enseignantes

L’abbé Christophe Roisnel, 43 ans, qui comparaissait depuis mardi devant la cour d’assises des Yvelines pour « viols » et « viols avec actes de barbarie » sur trois enseignantes a été condamné à 16 ans de réclusion criminelle.

La cour, qui a reconnu sa culpabilité mais n’a pas retenu les actes de barbarie dont l’accusait l’une de ses victimes, a suivi les réquisitions du ministère public et a assorti cette peine d’une injonction de soins durant six ans, dans le cadre d’un suivi sociojudiciaire. Le religieux sera par ailleurs inscrit au fichier des auteurs d’infractions sexuelles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Commonwealth announces funding for child sexual abuse redress scheme

AUSTRALIA
The Record

An initial $33.4 million in this year’s budget to kick-start the setting up of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse has been welcomed by the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Francis Sullivan, Council CEO, said the funding is a good start and that the Catholic Church fully supports, and will be part of the new scheme.

“What we now need to see is all state governments and all other institutions where child sexual abuse took place become part of the scheme. The scheme will not work unless the state governments step up,” he said.

“It is now time for the state premiers and the chief ministers to demonstrate that they can lead beyond politics and they can respond to the genuine need of victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

‘I felt betrayed.’ Former Idaho Scouts speak about abuse they suffered as children

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

BY CYNTHIA SEWELL
csewell@idahostatesman.com

For the second time in his life, Riley Gilroy is turning to the courts to right a wrong.

The first time was when he was 9 years old and his mother, a single parent in Caldwell, thought he needed a male role model.

She asked around for recommended youth programs. Caldwell’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4th Ward recommended the Boy Scouts — Scouting has been a sanctioned LDS program for nearly 100 years, and the church is Idaho’s largest sponsor of it.

Gilroy and his best friend joined the ward’s Cub Scout den in 1982.

“That’s where I met Jim Schmidt who, over a period of time, proceeded to molest me and other Cub Scouts,” Gilroy said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Aust bishops retreat from Rome delegation

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

MAY 11, 2017

Megan Neil
Australian Associated Press

Australia's Catholic bishops have retreated from an archbishop's push to go to Rome seeking answers on whether the seal of confession can be broken to protect children from sexual abuse.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson had proposed sending a delegation of Australian bishops to Rome to seek the Pope's guidance on the confessional seal and other issues raised in the child abuse royal commission.

But the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference's week-long plenary meeting in Sydney has ended without that commitment.

The nation's bishops discussed issues raised by the royal commission such as whether the seal of confession effectively protects everything said in the confessional, including if a child reveals they are being abused.

"The discussion was pastoral rather than tactical," the ACBC said in a statement to AAP on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

The Keepers

UNITED STATES
EW

JEFF JENSEN @EWDOCJENSEN

POSTED ON MAY 10, 2017

In The Keepers, the pain of the past morphs from curiosity to responsibility. For journalist Tom Nugent, the past is a paying puzzle that became an obligation to solve. For retirees Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, the past is a hobby that grew into a crusade. And for a woman known for decades only as “Jane Doe,” the past is a forgotten trauma that rocks her anew and reframes her life. In a culture of comic book escapism and stranger things, The Keepers gives us ordinary people as superheroes. They’re the real justice league of Baltimore.

A seven-part Netflix docuseries dropping May 19 (four of which were made available for review), The Keepers is addictive serial made for the post-Serial market, synthesized with the compounds that have rejuvenated this very old, often dubious genre and made it a buzzy, conscionable kick. Director Ryan White gives you socially aware pulp nonfiction, driven by cliffhanger storytelling and advocacy. But he tweaks the recipe somewhat by redirecting our gaze, profiling the victims of evil and those who would champion them — not the evildoers. The cold case he’s chosen to re-investigate also frustrates the pleasures of true crime in some provocative ways. Here, what is true may ultimately be unknowable, and the crime might be impossible to rectify. The nettling ambiguities provoke valuable questions for reality pulp junkies at a time when the genre is transitioning from pop phenomenon to pop fixture, complete with prestige expressions and celebrity roadshow fandom. Why am I entertained by suffering? How do I know what’s true? Do I really care?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Abuse accused monk eligible for extradition from Australia

SCOTLAND/AUSTRALIA
BBC News

By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

A former Catholic monk accused of abusing boys at a Highlands boarding school is eligible for extradition, according to a magistrate in Australia.

The decision on whether to send Father Denis Chrysostom Alexander back to Scotland for trial now rests with Australia's attorney general.

Fr Alexander denies the claims relating to the Fort Augustus Abbey school.

He was returned to Australia by the Catholic Church in 1979 after abuse allegations first surfaced.
He continued working as a priest for at least 20 more years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Priest Faces Removal From Church Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

CALIFORNIA
NBC Los Angeles

[with video]

By Colleen Williams and Mary Harris

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has begun formal proceedings with the Vatican to defrock a priest who served at six different churches within LA, following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Father Ramon Palomera's accuser is a devout Catholic and a single mother.

"Rosa" had volunteered and worked for the Archdiocese of LA for nearly 30 years. The church was the center of her life.

"I don't need the church right now," said Rosa. At her request, NBC4 is shielding her identity.

Father Ramon Palomera was assigned as an associate pastor to Saint Francis Xaviar Church in Pico Rivera in 2014.

"I consider him to be a sexual predator," said Ben Meiselas, an attorney who represents Rosa in a civil lawsuit against the LA Archdiocese and Palomera.


Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Archdioces-Moves-to-Remove-Priest-421943853.html#ixzz4glaQDELC
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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

May 10, 2017

Trio face historic child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Advocate

10 May 2017

CHILD Abuse Squad detectives have charged three men as a result of ongoing investigations stemming from the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Offences.

All three men worked at the Wandering Mission during the 1960s, one as a Catholic priest and two as teachers.

It is alleged between 1965 and 1969 the priest sexually abused four girls who were aged between eight and 15 years at the time of the first offence.

The man who is now 78 years old has been charged with:

• Six counts of Indecent Dealing of a Girl under 13 years of age;

• Six counts of Unlawful and Indecent Assault on a Female and

• One count of rape.

He was arrested in Melbourne and he is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court via video link on June 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 PM

Sheldon Kennedy Advocacy Centre partners with Catholic school board to confront child abuse

CANADA
Calgary Herald

ALANNA SMITH

A groundbreaking partnership is uniting schools and social services to curb child abuse.

The Calgary Catholic School District and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre are signing a memorandum of understanding Wednesday evening to formalize their collaboration.

The centre is a non-profit organization focused on ending child abuse and helping those affected.

“In the majority of cases we see, children are being hurt by their parents or caregivers, so the safest place for them, a lot of times, is in schools,” said centre founder Sheldon Kennedy.

“I think for a long time there has been a disconnect between schools and social services, so what we have tried to do is include schools in the conversation and give them a seat at the table so we can work together to better integrate the kids back into school.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 PM

Rev. Bruce N. Ritter, O.F.M. conv. – Assignment History

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Born and raised in New Jersey, Bruce Ritter was ordained for the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans) in 1956, in Rome, Italy. After doctoral studies in theology, he returned to the United States in 1959 where he was assigned to his Order's seminaries in Rensselaer, NY, Granby, MA and then Pittsburgh, PA. From 1963 to 1968 he was a Manhattan College faculty member.

With permission from his superiors, in 1968 Ritter began to take in homeless youth in New York's East Village, beginning with six teenage boys and girls, whom he allowed to sleep on the floor of his tenement apartment. Ritter's Covenant House for homeless youth was officially incorporated in 1972. With Ritter's drive, gift for fundraising and charismatic personality, the shelter grew by 1990 to sixteen cities in North and South America and had 3,700 staff members, both paid and volunteer. Ritter became a widely known and admired public figure, earning praise from Presidents Reagan and Bush, Sr.

In December 1989 a 26-year-old male prostitute claimed publicly that he and Ritter had recently had an eight-month affair, which the priest funded with money from Covenant House. Soon thereafter, three more young man came forward, each alleging sexual contact over the years with Ritter, beginning when they were young teens and had gone to him for help at Covenant House. Ritter denied the allegations. In February 1990 he resigned under pressure. The Manhattan District Attorney investigated the alleged financial misconduct, but did not press charges. An internal Covenant House investigation yielded "extensive evidence" that Ritter had engaged in sexual misconduct with residents. One of Ritter's accusers filed suit, but it was thrown out in 1991 due to the statute of limitations.

Ritter left his order and went on to live a quiet life in a farmhouse in rural Ostego County, going by his given name, John. He died in October 1999.

Born: February 25, 1927
Ordained:1956
Died: October 7, 1999

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 PM

Former Area Priest Added to List of Credibly Accused

NEW MEXICO
Cibola Beacon

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Donald Jaramillo

CIBOLA COUNTY – “When I became the Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, I committed to ensuring that the children in this Diocese and in the Parishes, Missions or Schools that operate within the Diocese were protected,” said Bishop James S. Wall in a letter to the affected parishes and survivors. “In the past the Diocese published names of those working within the Diocese against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.”

On Wednesday evening, Bishop Wall and the Diocese of Gallup added three more names to the list of 31, including Fr. Diego Mazon, OFM who was assigned to the St. Joseph Church in San Fidel between 1980 and 1981. The other two names are Brother Mark Schornack, OFM, who is now deceased according to a press release from the Diocese, and Fr. Ephraim Beltramea, OFM. Schornack was primarily responsible for a church in Arizona while Beltramea was at St. Francis in Gallup.

The list now at 34 is available on the Diocese website at www.dioceseofgallup.org.

“The publication of additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here as it remains ongoing,” Wall added in the release. “The survivors who have come forward should be commended for their bravery and courage, and I express my deepest apologies for the actions of those who violated the trust of the survivors and the parishioners within the Diocese by committing these terrible acts.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 PM

Minn. bishop rejects claim he pressured alleged abuse victim

MINNESOTA
Catholic News Agency

Crookston, Minn., May 10, 2017 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minn. has rejected a lawsuit’s assertion that he coerced a deacon candidate into renouncing his claim that a priest sexually abused him as a teen.

Ronald Vasek has filed a lawsuit against the bishop and the Diocese of Crookston seeking both unspecified damages exceeding $50,000 and the release of records of sexual abuse by priests in the diocese, Reuters reports. Vasek has claimed that the bishop threatened the man’s efforts to become a deacon and his son’s career in the priesthood.

“Bishop Hoeppner categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek not to pursue his allegations,” the diocese said, adding that the bishop and other leaders are “deeply saddened and troubled” by the allegations.

Vasek charged that in 1971, at the age of 16, he was molested during a trip to Cincinnati by Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, a priest of the diocese who went on to become vicar general. The trip was for a meeting of canon lawyers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 PM

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Last Taboo

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Monthly

By Leslie Garisto Pfaff | May 10, 2017 | Appears in the May 2017 issue

Fred Marigliano remembers afternoons in the Times Square movie theater when his conscious mind would separate from his body, float to the ceiling, and look down on the shadowy row of seats where Father Contardo Omarini, his parish priest, was sexually assaulting two preteen boys. One of those boys was Marigliano himself. Later, long after the years of abuse had ended, he learned that this state of dissociation was a normal response to stress that otherwise might be unendurable. As a kid in Plainfield, though, he wondered if he might be going crazy.

Today, at 69, Marigliano, now a resident of Green Brook, tells the story of his three years of repeated abuse with remarkable equilibrium. But for decades he didn’t talk about it at all, his silence imposed by fear, guilt and shame. It wasn’t until his own kids were in their preteen years and Omarini phoned to say he’d like to meet them that Marigliano admitted the abuse to his parents and his wife. (Omarini, who died in 1995, was never charged in any abuse case.)

Marigliano is not an outlier in hiding his abuse. In fact, the harm inflicted by childhood sexual abuse persists well beyond the crime itself. Without treatment, victims can experience a lifetime of depression, anxiety, or both. They can find it hard to establish or sustain long-term relationships, and they’re particularly vulnerable to addiction, alcoholism and suicide.

It’s not unusual for those abused as children to keep the crimes committed against them secret for years. While men and women suffer these repercussions more or less equally, abuse also leads many men to question their masculinity, a state of affairs that makes speaking out particularly difficult.

“The sexual abuse and exploitation of men is really our last taboo in this country,” says Keith Rennar Brennan of Bayonne, who claims he was repeatedly abused as a child. The crime is also startlingly widespread, affecting one in six men, according to the nonprofit National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Currently, New Jersey victims of sexual abuse have only two years in which to file a civil suit after they first recognize a connection between their abuse and profound personal problems like depression, anxiety, PTSD, divorce and addiction. But the law doesn’t take into account how difficult it is for victims of this particular crime to come forward. In addition to suffering fear and shame, says Keith Smith, author of the sexual-abuse memoir Men in My Town, many male victims “feel complicit in their own abuse.”

Since 2010, survivors of abuse and their supporters have been fighting for passage of a bill that would remove the state’s two-year statute of limitations. Given the reticence of men to come out about their abuse (which is not to say that women find it easy) and the near-universal horror with which child sexual abuse is regarded in our culture, you’d think such legislation would be a cinch to pass. It’s been anything but.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 PM

Child sexual abuse victims to have more time to bring civil suit under bill signed Wednesday

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa World

By Barbara Hoberock Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed a measure giving victims of sexual abuse until age 45 to bring a civil suit against the perpetrator.

The current age is 20, said Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa, the House author of House Bill 1470.

Bush said it often takes a long time for survivors of child abuse to heal enough to talk about what happened to them.

“It gives some sort of closure on a bad chapter of their lives so they can move on,” Bush said.

Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, is the Senate author. He said research shows that child sexual abuse victims normally do not want to talk about the crime until they are in their 40s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 PM

Lawsuit claims Catholic youth minister sexually abused teen in St. Louis County

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joel Currier St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A former Catholic youth minister at the Immacolata School in Richmond Heights sexually abused a teenage girl there more than 13 years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

"Jane Doe" accuses Kris D. Wilks, a former St. Louis County man who now lives in Pueblo, Colo., of sexually abusing her at the school at 8900 Clayton Road between September 2003 and March 2004 when she was 16 years old.

She is now 30; Wilks is 36.

The suit claims that at the time of the abuse, Wilks was an Immacolata School youth minister and an "employee or agent" of Life Teen Inc., a Eucharistic-centered nonprofit founded in 1985 that serves students in hundreds of Catholic parishes around the country.

In addition to naming Wilks and Life Teen as defendants, the suit also accuses the St. Louis Archdiocese and the Immacolata School of negligence and concealment of the alleged abuse. None could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Cardinal Pell Reprimands Vatican’s Real Estate Body for Exceeding Its Authority

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Edward Pentin

The Vatican body responsible for managing the Vatican’s real estate has been accused of far exceeding its authority by unilaterally telling Vatican departments to supply their financial information to an outside auditor.

The surprise move by the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) which came in the form of two letters on May 3 and 5, was firmly rebutted by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy (SPE), and the Holy See’s auditor general, Libero Milone, who wrote a reply saying “with deep regret” they had to intervene to refute the APSA letter.

In both of his letters, APSA’s Secretary, Msgr. Mauro Rivella, had asked dicasteries of the Holy See, as well as institutions associated with them, to “pass information to their banks (including the Institute for Works of Religion), legal and fiscal consultants, so that the data could be transmitted directly to the external auditor, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC).”

Despite the Secretariat of State suddenly suspending the PwC audit last April and then ending it two months later, leaving it just with a consultancy role, Msgr. Rivella stated that PwC was carrying out the auditing activities of the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Early parole rejected for former Bishop Heather Cook

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Jonathan M. Pitts
The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Parole Commission on Tuesday denied the parole request of Heather Cook, the former Episcopal bishop who is serving a seven-year prison sentence for the drunken-driving crash that killed a bicyclist in 2014.

Commission chairman David Blumberg said the two commissioners who ruled on the case told him they denied Cook parole in part because she "took no responsibility" for her actions and displayed a "lack of remorse" during the 90-minute hearing at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.

Cook's attorney for the hearing, Hunter L. Pruette, left without addressing reporters and could not be reached for comment.

Cook, 60, pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving, driving while texting and leaving the scene of an accident in the crash that killed 41-year-old Thomas Palermo on Dec. 27, 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Ex-Episcopal Priest Heather Cook Denied Early Parole for 'Lack of Remorse'

MARYLAND
Christian Post

BY LEONARDO BLAIR , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 10, 2017

Heather Cook, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland who was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2015 for the death of a 41-year-old father in a drunken hit-and-run incident, was denied a request for early parole Tuesday by the Maryland Parole Commission.

Commission Chairman David Blumberg told the Baltimore Sun that Cook was denied parole in part because the two commissioners who ruled on the case felt she "took no responsibility" for her actions and displayed a "lack of remorse" during the 90-minute parole hearing at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.

Cook made history in 2014 when she became the first female bishop and second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Dioecese of Maryland. She was stripped of that position less than a year after she was promoted due to the drunk-driving incident which resulted in the death of Thomas Palermo, a 41-year-old married father of two, on Dec. 27, 2014.

Cook reportedly fled the scene twice and was later found to have been drunk and texting as her struggle with alcoholism made national and international headlines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Priest on leave amid embezzlement probe

MICHIGAN
WNEM

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) -
Another Roman Catholic church in Michigan is dealing with an embezzlement investigation.

Officials say the pastor of St. Martha Church in Okemos, near Lansing, has been placed on leave. The Rev. Jonathan Wehrle already planned to retire at the end of June.

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing said Wednesday that auditors uncovered a "possible significant embezzlement" at St. Martha. Meanwhile, in St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan, the Rev. Richard Fritz is charged with stealing more than $100,000. He liked to buy lottery tickets.

The Rev. David Fisher is charged with embezzlement from St. Joseph Church in Owosso in Shiawassee County. Diocese officials say $450,000 is missing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Alleged victim of sexual abuse by Jesuit priest settles for $925K

ILLINOIS
Fox 32

SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE - An alleged victim of sexual abuse by a deceased Jesuit priest has reached a $925,000 settlement agreement with the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.

The alleged victim, now in his late 50s, claimed he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Father Donald O’Shaughnessy while he attended Loyola Academy in north suburban Wilmette, according to a statement from his attorney, Eugene Hollander.

The man claimed to have suppressed the memories until he saw the movie “Spotlight,” then began remembering the abuse, according to the attorney.

The $925,000 settlement was reached during a voluntary mediation conference before a lawsuit was filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Calling Bullshit On Supposed Charedi Sexual Abuse Progress

UNITED STATES
SOME PEOPLE LIVE MORE IN 20 YEARS…

MAY 10, 2017
ASHER LOVY

In an article published in The Forward on May 2nd, Barbara Finkelstein painted a very optimistic picture of the shifting landscape in the Charedi world concerning child sexual abuse policies. In that article, she claimed that “Virtually no mainstream religious Jewish organization or sect publicly insists anymore that victims speak to their rabbi before going to the police.” As proof she cited the grassroots efforts of rabbis from Chabad, Yeshiva Chovevei Torah, Yeshiva University, and the Rabbinical Council of America.

While it is true that progress has been made over the past 5 years in regards to sexual abuse awareness and prevention, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Of course, Finklestein might argue that it depends on how you define ‘mainstream religious Jewish organizations.

Arguably, Agudath Israel of America is a mainstream religious Jewish organization. It’s constituent organizations and demographic include large swaths of the Charedi, Litvish, and Yeshivish populations in North America. The official policy of Agudah, as of writing this, is still that a rabbi must be consulted before any abuse allegation can be brought to the authorities.

Presumably, the hundreds of different sects of Chassidim living in New York qualify as mainstream Jewish organizations, and yet there has been no public change in policy from any of them toward advocating reporting abuse directly to the authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Minnesota bishop sued for coercion, blackmail over sex abuse accusation

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | May. 10, 2017

A deacon candidate for a rural Minnesota diocese sued his bishop this week on grounds of blackmail and coercion after the prelate allegedly threatened his ordination if he didn't renounce a prior revelation of sexual abuse by the diocese's former vicar general.

In the civil lawsuit filed May 8, Ronald Vasek alleges that Crookston, Minnesota, Bishop Michael Hoeppner in October 2015 coerced him into signing a letter that retracted his disclosure to the bishop approximately five years earlier that Msgr. Roger Grundhaus had sexually abused him on a trip to Ohio while a teenager in the 1970s.

The suit, which names Hoeppner and the Crookston diocese as defendants, requests a jury trial and seeks $50,000 plus court and other related fees. It charges Hoeppner with coercion — the first such count brought against a U.S. bishop, according to attorney Jeff Anderson — and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and brings against the small northwestern Minnesota diocese three counts of negligence and two counts of public nuisance.

At a press conference Tuesday at Anderson's St. Paul offices, Vasek, 62, said the request from Hoeppner to renege his abuse accusation in a prepared letter came during a meeting on the back patio of the bishop's residence. He arrived expecting to discuss his progress in the diaconate program but instead the conversation turned to Grundhaus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Diocese of Crookston - Hoeppner denies coercion accusation

MINNESOTA
Crookston Times

By Times Report

In response to the coercion lawsuit filed by Ronald Vasek saying Crookston Diocese Bishop Michael Hoeppner coerced him into signing a document denying sexual abuse by Father Roger Grundhaus, the Diocese says Hoeppner denies that he in any way “forced, coerced or encouraged” Vasek not to pursue allegations against Grundhaus.

Vasek said in a Tuesday press conference in St. Paul with Jeff Anderson and Associates that he was sexually abused when he was 16 years old in 1971 while on a trip to Ohio with Father Grundhaus. Vasek says that Bishop Hoeppner was informed in 2010 and that Hoeppner allegedly told him to not tell anyone about the abuse, and, later, in 2015, had him sign a document stating that the abuse never happened.

Tuesday afternoon, after the press conference, the Diocese of Crookston issued this statement:

“Bishop Hoeppner and other diocesan leaders are deeply saddened and troubled about the allegations made today by Ron Vasek.

The Diocese of Crookston takes all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously. Mr. Vasek’s allegation of sexual abuse dates to 1971 and involves Msgr. Roger Grundhaus. Msgr. Grundhaus has been retired since July 1, 2010 and is currently suspended from active ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Bishop, diocesan leaders deny coercion

MINNESOTA
Post Bulletin

Kay Fate, kfate@postbulletin.com May 10, 2017

ST. PAUL — A former vicar general for the Diocese of Winona accused of coercion "categorically denies" the claim that he covered up an allegation of clergy sexual assault, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Crookston, where he now is bishop.

Michael Joseph Hoeppner, 67, is the first bishop in the United States to be individually sued for coercion, said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney who's represented hundreds of survivors of clergy abuse. The personal injury lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

Hoeppner was vicar general at Winona from about 1998 until being named bishop at Crookston in 2007, church records show.

In 2010, Ron Vasek was exploring the possibility of becoming a deacon in the Catholic Church when he allegedly told Hoeppner he'd been sexually assaulted in about 1971 by Roger Grundhaus.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Grundhaus was a priest at the diocese; he was vicar general of the Crookston diocese from 1991 to 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

PHILLY PRIEST ACCUSER UNMASKED

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the latest bombshell in the Msgr. William Lynn case:

The star witness in the Philadelphia D.A.’s ongoing witch-hunt against the Catholic Church has now been totally discredited.

The D.A.’s office had relied heavily on the incredulous claims of Danny Gallagher, a.k.a. “Billy Doe,” to send three priests and a Catholic school teacher to prison.

But now retired Detective Joseph Walsh—the prosecution’s own lead investigator into Gallagher’s lurid tales of being violently sexually abused—has filed a 12 page affidavit exposing Gallagher’s claims as a pack of lies. Walsh recounts—as he has done before—how prosecutors repeatedly blew off his warnings about Gallagher’s credibility, such was their zeal to nail these men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

Denied documents cost taxpayers, director $10,170

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com May 4, 2017

A violation of the Sunshine Reform Act, which requires the government to release information to the public, will cost the Department of Land Management $9,170.40 in legal fees and its director, Michael J.B. Borja, $1,000 from his own pocket, according to a court judgment.

The case is related to attorney Robert Klitzkie’s complaint against the Land Management director for not making available public records related to a Yona seminary property.

Superior Court of Guam Judge Maria T. Cenzon, in an April 26 judgment, said Land Management must pay $464 in court costs, and $8,706.40 in attorney’s fees incurred by Klitzkie in the case, for a total of $9,170.40.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Neighbors react to Crookston priest accused of abuse

MINNESOTA
WDAZ

[with video]

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Parishioners say Father Roger Grundhaus wasn't at services Tuesday morning. Some thought he was out of town. Turns out he is home, but not saying a word to the media.

Roger Grundhaus' garage door was open, so WDAZ knocked on his front door.

As WDAZ was packing up to leave the neighborhood, Grundhaus shut his garage door and went back inside.

Neighbors say the reverend is a nice man and pillar of the community. They want the Bishop to respond to the allegations but he refused to go on camera.

But the diocese did release a statement, denying Bishop Michael Hoeppner "forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek to not pursue his allegations."

It also states that Grundhaus retired in 2010, and is suspended from active ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

'It will never be the same without Frank': Fellow child abuse survivor wants to live to see justice served in memory of charity founder

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

BY ANDREA O'NEILL
10 MAY 2017

Elderly survivors of state care child abuse may not live to see the day justice is served.

This is the view of Jim Buckley, vice-president of In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) as he prepared to pay his final respects to the charity's late president Frank Docherty yesterday.

Tragically, the death of a leading campaigner for child abuse survivors means the 74-year-old Murray grandad never got the closure he fought more than 20 years for after his own abuse hell.

Frank suffered years of mental and physical abuse from the age of nine at the hands of nuns in Lanark’s brutal Catholic-run orphanage Smyllum Park during the 1950s.

But, thanks to his tireless campaigning, his lasting legacy is a public inquiry into the traumatic childhood experiences of survivors in care.

Along with Frank, Jim was the first in Scotland to give testimony for The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on the cruel regimes they were forced to endure throughout their childhoods.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

New York State Senate GOP urged to approve Child Victims Act before legislative session ends in five weeks

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY — With just over five weeks left in the legislative session, child abuse victims Tuesday pleaded with state Senate Republicans to side with them over predators.

A group of adults who were abused as kids, including a former priest, were back at the Capitol to push for passage of a bill to make it easier for survivors to seek justice that has been blocked by the Senate GOP for years.

One version of the Child Victims Act supported by advocates would do away with the civil and criminal time for adults who were abused as kids to bring cases, open a one-year window for victims who can no longer sue under the current law to do so, and treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to sex abuse cases.

“There’s no statute of limitations on the murder of the body; why is there a statute of limitation on the murder of the soul?” said Robert Hoatson, a former priest who was abused as a kid and now heads Road to Recovery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

New Haven Rabbi Ordered to Testify in Sex Abuse Case

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Rich Scinto (Patch Staff) - May 9, 2017

NEW HAVEN, CT — A prominent city rabbi and landlord has been ordered to testify after being accused of sexually abusing teenage boys in a civil case. Rabbi Daniel Greer was accused of abusing a boy more than a decade ago and it is alleged in the lawsuit that the victim wasn't the only one.

Jury selection is scheduled for Wednesday and the trial could start later this week, according to the New Haven Register.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

New Haven Rabbi Accused Of Sexual Abuse To Testify At Trial

CONNECTICUT
WNPR

By LORI MACK

A prominent New Haven rabbi who’s been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy has been ordered to testify at a civil trial. Jury selection for Rabbi Daniel Greer is set to begin Wednesday in federal court in Hartford.

A lawsuit filed last year accuses Greer, 76, of repeatedly raping and molesting a student who attended the Yeshiva of New Haven school. During that time, Greer was the rabbi, dean, and director.

The former student, now 29, is suing Greer and the school on allegations of sexual assault, infliction of emotional distress, and other claims.

The lawsuit also alleges that Greer sexually abused at least one other student.

Greer has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Jury Selection Begins In New Haven Rabbi Sexual Assault Case

CONNECTICUT
WSHU

By DAVIS DUNAVIN

Jury selection is scheduled to start tomorrow in a civil trial for a Connecticut rabbi accused of sexual abuse. Rabbi Daniel Greer, the principal of the Yeshiva of New Haven, is accused of molesting a teenage student hundreds of times between 2001 and 2005.

The student, now 29, says Greer sexually abused him at more than a dozen locations in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, including at school, in motels and at Greer’s home. His lawsuit alleges Greer abused at least one other male student at the all boys school.

Greer is still principal of the New Haven school. He faces civil charges only and hasn’t been criminally charged. He’s denied the allegations, and his attorney questioned the student’s decision to wait 14 years before coming forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Priest and teachers 'abused girls' at Aboriginal mission

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Heather McNeill

A WA priest and two teachers who worked at the Wandering Mission during the 1960s have been charged with historical child sex offences.

Charges against the three men, now aged 78, 82 and 83, came after an investigation was launched stemming from the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Offences.

Police will allege the priest - who now lives in Melbourne - sexually abused four girls aged between eight and 15 between 1965 and 1969.

He has been charged with rape, six counts of indecent dealing of a girl under 13, and sex counts of unlawful or indecent assault of a female.

One of the teachers, 82, who lives in Shelley, is alleged to have sexually abused a 10-year-old girl between 1960 and 1963.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Aboriginal Wandering Mission: third man charged over sex offences

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 10, 2017

VICTORIA LAURIE
Reporter Perth

Another former teacher at the isolated Wandering Aboriginal Mission was last night charged with a string of offences spanning more than forty years.

The man, who is now 83 years old, is accused of sexually abusing five girls who were aged between nine and 13 years at the time of the offences.

He is the third man who worked at the Pallottine-run mission, which has since closed, to be charged this month by Child Abuse Squad detectives in Perth. A former teacher, now aged 82, and a former priest, aged 78, have already been charged with sex offences against girls aged between 8 and 15.

The charges have emerged from ongoing investigations stemming from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which identified historic and persistent child sex offences occurring at the Wandering Mission and other locations within Western Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Rape Survivor Pushes for New Law to Protect Victims of Child Sex Assault

NEW YORK
Spectrum News

By Geoff Redick
Updated Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. — If you can call it luck, then Kat Sullivan is one of the "lucky" ones.

Sullivan is a rape survivor, which means in New York State she can seek criminal prosecution against her attacker whenever she pleases — even 20 years after the rape, which happened in 1998 on the campus of the Emma Willard School in Troy, where Sullivan attended as a student athlete.

But potentially, hundreds of teenage girls who attended Emma Willard School, like Sullivan did, were the victims of sexual abuse. Such abuse is considered different from forcible rape under the state's legal definition. Because of a statute of limitations preventing legal action after five years have passed, those hundreds of girls cannot report the crimes against them with any hope of confronting their attackers.

Children who are victimized younger than the age of 13 can report sex abuse at any time for the rest of their lives, leaving only minors between the ages of 13 and 18 as those who must tell authorities within five years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

VictimsSpeakDB.org announces the launch of the SACCADAS DB Profiler.

UNITED STATES
EIN News

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- We are pleased to announce a new feature of the VictimsSpeakDB website, the SACCADAS DB Profiler. It provides summary statistics about Catholic clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database. VictimsSpeakDB viewers can request profiles of individual states/ provinces, countries or regions by sending a Profile Request. Profiles of individual clerics, such as priests, brothers or nuns, are also available upon request.

The SACCADAS DB Profiler was created to provide summary data about specific locations and/or individuals. Not every user requires the detail provided on the dozens of charts on this website. In some cases, the user would like to obtain an overview of clergy abuse in his particular state/ province or by a specific abuser. Viewers can request a profile of a specific state/province or abuser by sending a Profile Request. We have included on this website a profile of the entire SACCADAS database as well a sample of an individual state/province. The state/province we chose was the U.S. territory of the Guam. We chose Guam because the pattern exhibited in the data is a primary reason this website was created.

There are 67 records of victims abused in Guam. Of those 67 records, only one victim was abused in this century (in 2015). Of the remaining 66 records, 57 records represent victims abused prior to the 1980s. On the other hand, 57 records of the 67 records represented victims who made the first public accusation of abuse in the 2015-2017 time slot. Why? In September 2016, Guam enacted a law removing the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Fifty five of the 67 records are from victims who made their first accusation of abuse after September 2016. Clearly, eliminating the statute of limitations had a major effect. Moreover, when victims come forward it encourages other victims to come forward who might otherwise have continued to remain silent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Polizei bestätigt Anzeige gegen Lehrer

DEUTSCHLAND
General Anzeiger

[ECKIGER TISCH BONN]

[The victims association “Eckiger Tisch Bonn” has broken off the dialogue with the school because of the new alleged abuse at the Aloisiuskolleg (Ako) in Bad Godesberg. They now call for consequences. Police said on Monday that they had received a criminal complaint.]

"We are talking about the processing of the previous cases up to a detailed presentation of the Kolleg about the facts and a public opinion," explained the association's board on Tuesday.It is necessary to fill the vacant position of the managing Ako Rector for a period of three years with a church-external person with competences in the preventive field "capable of detecting maladmin ties and breaking structures".On Monday, the police confirmed that a criminal complaint had been received.

BAD GODESBERG. Der Betroffenenverein Eckiger Tisch Bonn hat wegen des neuen mutmaßlichen Missbrauchsfalls am Aloisiuskolleg (Ako) in Bad Godesberg den Dialog mit der Schule abgebrochen. Er fordert nun Konsequenzen.

Von Ebba Hagenberg-Miliu, 09.05.2017
„Wir setzen die Gespräche über die Aufarbeitung der früheren Fälle bis zu einer ausführlichen Darstellung des Kollegs über den Sachverhalt und einer öffentlichen Stellungnahme aus“, erklärte der Vereinsvorstand am Dienstag.

Man fordere, die derzeit bis September vakante Stelle des geschäftsführenden Ako-Rektors für drei Jahre mit einer kirchenfremden Person mit Kompetenzen im Präventionsbereich zu besetzen, „die in der Lage ist, Missstände zu erkennen und Strukturen zu durchbrechen“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Minnesota bishop sued for coercion over sex abuse incident

MINNESOTA
Yahoo! News

By Timothy Mclaughlin

(Reuters) - A Catholic bishop in Minnesota threatened to thwart a man's attempt to become a deacon and derail his son's career as a priest for reporting sexual abuse by a senior church member 46 years ago, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

The personal injury lawsuit, filed in Polk County Court in Crookston, Minnesota, against Bishop Michael Joseph Hoeppner by Ronald Vasek, marks the first time a U.S. bishop has been individually sued for coercion, according to the plaintiff's attorney, Jeff Anderson.

Hoeppner, who has been bishop of Crookston since 2007, refuted the charges.

"Bishop Hoeppner categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek not to pursue his allegations," the Diocese of Crookston responded in a statement.

The diocese is also a defendant in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000 and the release of records of abuses carried out by priests in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

The Latest: Diocese denies bishop coerced deacon candidate

MINNESOTA
Washington Post

By Associated Press May 9

MINNEAPOLIS — The Latest on a lawsuit accusing a Minnesota bishop of suppressing a report of sexual abuse (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A Catholic diocese in Minnesota says its bishop denies coercing a deacon candidate into remaining silent about a priest he alleges abused him decades earlier.

The Diocese of Crookston says in a statement that Bishop Michael Hoeppner (HEP’-ner) “categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged” Ronald Vasek not to report his allegations against Monsignor Roger Grundhaus.

The statement also says Vasek’s allegations against Grundhaus were reported to law enforcement in 2011.

The diocese said it plans to conduct a thorough investigation and that it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further until it’s completed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Crookston Diocese responds to the allegations of coercion

MINNESOTA
Crookston Times

Minnesota Bishop Michael Hoeppner responds to allegations made in a coercion lawsuit from Ronald Vasek in regards to alleged abuse that happened in 1971.

By Times Report

In response to the coercion lawsuit filed by Ronald Vasek saying Crookston Diocese Bishop Michael Hoeppner coerced him into signing a document denying sexual abuse by Father Roger Grundhaus, the Diocese says Hoeppner denies that he in any way “forced, coerced or encouraged” Vasek not to pursue allegations against Grundhaus.

Vasek said in a Tuesday press conference in St. Paul with Jeff Anderson and Associates that he was sexually abused when he was 16 years old in 1971 while on a trip to Ohio with Father Grundhaus. Vasek says that Bishop Hoeppner was informed in 2010 and that Hoeppner allegedly told him to not tell anyone about the abuse, and, later, in 2015, had him sign a document stating that the abuse never happened.

Statement made by the Diocese of Crookston:

“Bishop Hoeppner and other diocesan leaders are deeply saddened and troubled about the allegations made today by Ron Vasek.

The Diocese of Crookston takes all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously. Mr. Vasek’s allegation of sexual abuse dates to 1971 and involves Msgr. Roger Grundhaus. Msgr. Grundhaus has been retired since July 1, 2010 and is currently suspended from active ministry.

Mr. Vasek has also alleged that Bishop Hoeppner coerced him into signing a document against his will and to not pursue the reporting of the allegations against Msgr. Grundhaus. Bishop Hoeppner categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek to not pursue his allegations regarding Msgr. Grundhaus. Mr. Vasek’s allegations of abuse regarding Msgr. Grundhaus were reported to law enforcement in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Crookston bishop and longtime Winona priest allegedly covered up sexual abuse

MINNESOTA
Winona Daily News

Kyle Farris
Daily News

Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who spent 42 years as a priest in the Diocese of Winona, has been accused of covering up a decades-old case of child sexual abuse, and of blackmailing the accuser into keeping the claims to himself.

Hoeppner was named in a civil complaint filed Monday in Polk County district court.

Ronald Vasek, a longtime parishioner in the Crookston diocese and the father of one of the priests there, said he was abused by a diocesan priest in 1971, when he was 16, and that Hoeppner learned of this around 2010.

Vasek said Hoeppner discouraged him from sharing the allegations with anyone, and then used his family’s aspirations within the church — Vasek himself hoped to become a deacon — to force Vasek into silence.

“I felt like I had been abused all over again,” Vasek said at a news conference in Saint Paul on Tuesday. “To this day, I never have doubted one thing the Catholic church teaches …. But I saw nothing but immorality within our diocese — how things had been covered up for years and years. There could be other victims like me who have been silenced by the bishop or by anybody.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Crookston Bishop accused of covering up alleged sexual abuse

MINNESOTA
WDAY

[with video]

CROOKSTON, MN—For the first time in the United States, a Bishop of the Catholic Church is being sued for coercion.

Bishop Michael Hoeppner is in charge of the Crookston Diocese, and sees over most of Western Minnesota.

He's accused of forcing a Deacon candidate to stay quiet about alleged sexual abuse.

That candidate is now saying he was abused 46-years ago and again in 2015.

"What the bishop told him is "Ron you must keep this quiet," said Jeff Anderson, Attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

WA priest, 2 teachers on child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
9 News

AAP

A priest and two teachers who worked at a West Australian Catholic school for indigenous children in the 1960s have been arrested on multiple child abuse charges.

A 78-year-man, who was a priest at the Wandering Mission and was arrested in Melbourne, has been charged with rape and 12 other offences.

A Perth man, now aged 83, who worked as a teacher at the mission has been charged with 14 offences involving abuse, including rape of five girls who were aged between nine and 13 between 1959 and 2003.

An 82-year-old Perth man is facing seven charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Priest, 78, and two male teachers charged with multiple sexual abuse offences against four girls as young as eight in a remote school

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail (UK)

By Australian Associated Press and Ashleigh Davis For Daily Mail Australia

A 78-year-old priest and two other male teachers who worked at WA's Wandering Mission school are facing historic child sex abuse charges.

The trio, who worked at the West Australian Catholic school for indigenous children in the 1960s, were arrested on multiple child abuse charges.

The day school with a dormitory for Aboriginal girls was established in 1944 and was one-and-a-half hours south east of Perth, before being closed in 1979.

The 78-year-old priest was arrested in Melbourne and has been charged with rape and 12 other offences.

It is alleged between 1965 and 1969 the priest sexually abused four girls who were aged between eight and 15 years at the time of the first offence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

61st person makes accusation of church sex abuse

GUAM
KUAM

May 10, 2017

By Krystal Paco

More allegations of clergy sexual abuse surface, this time against Father Andy Mannetta.

Filed in the Superior Court of Guam today, N.Q. alleges he was sexually molested by the Talofofo priest over 50 times when he was a teen attending the parish. The priest allegedly groomed him for the abuse, inviting him to the rectory to eat and drink sacramental wine as well as watch X-rated videos. On such occasions, the priest would tell him to go into the room for a nap, but would instead perform sex acts on the teen boy, including full body massages with emphasis on the private parts as well as penetration.

N.Q. states to avoid the abuse, he quit attending mass and ceased to be a Catholic. In addition, he turned to drugs to self-medicate. N.Q. is represented by attorney Anthony Perez and asks that the Church come clean and list all known sexual abusers within the Archdiocese of Agana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Victim alleges priest abused him more than 50 times

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon |For The Guam Daily Post May 10, 2017

A Talofofo resident alleges he was subjected to repeated sex abuse by former Guam priest Andrew Mannetta while he attended San Miguel Church in Talofofo in the 80s.

The man, identified through initials N.Q., to protect his privacy due to the graphic nature of the child sex abuse allegations, filed a civil complaint with the Superior Court of Guam through his attorney Anthony C. Perez.

The lawsuit alleges that N.Q. began helping out at the Talofofo church in 1985 when he was 15 years old.

Mannetta was the parish priest at the time and gradually increased contact with N.Q. inviting him to eat, drink and watch television in the parish rectory. The lawsuit alleges Mannetta began offering the teen sacramental wine and providing x-rated videos for him to watch.

The priest then suggested N.Q. take naps at the rectory and frequently began giving long and “powerful” hugs while sniffing and kissing the boy’s face and body, the lawsuit states. On several occasions Mannetta allegedly threw N.Q. on the bed and other times ordered him to lay down on his stomach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

DNA from exhumed body of priest could solve cold-case murder of nun

MARYLAND
Fox 43

The exhumation of a Catholic priest’s body by Baltimore County Police could hold the key to solving the 47-year-old cold case of a murdered nun.

On February 28, police opened the grave of Rev. A. Joseph Maskell after securing an order from the state’s attorney, according to Elise Armacost, director of public affairs for Baltimore County Police.

Police took DNA samples from the corpse to check against a DNA profile developed from evidence taken in 1970 from the scene in Maryland where the badly decomposed body of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik had been found by a father and son out hunting. The 26-year-old nun had been missing for nearly two months.

In the decades since the nun’s killing and as DNA testing has become a vital investigative tool, Baltimore County police have compared the DNA of several other people as part of their investigation into the never-closed case, according to Armacost, but those tests did not match the DNA profile from 1970.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

May 9, 2017

Whistleblowers group offers Cardinal Dolan support, criticism

NEW YORK
National Catholic Reporter

Peter Feuerherd | May. 9, 2017

NEW YORK

Before embarking on a May 9 lobbying day in Albany in support of proposed New York state legislation that would extend the statute of limitations on child abuse claims, the watchdog group Catholic Whistleblowers offered both support and criticism of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

The group praised the New York Archdiocese's Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to compensate victims with claims against clergy sex abusers. The program offers compensation even to those who come forth beyond New York's window for presenting claims, five years after a person reaches the age of 18.

The bishops of New York state have fought efforts to extend the statute of limitations in the past, stating that it would stretch the ability of witnesses to remember events that happened decades ago; would unfairly target private institutions like the church while leaving other entities untouched, such as public schools; and threaten dioceses with bankruptcy.

The effort to extend the statute of limitations has become an annual Albany legislative struggle, successfully fought off by the state's Catholic bishops. A similar struggle is expected in this year's session before the legislature adjourns this summer.

The Catholic Whistleblowers group comprises some 30 priests, religious and laypeople, including supporters of those sexually abused as well as victims who have worked for the church. In a statement, the group praised Dolan for instituting the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Parishioners mourn loss of priest removed from church amid sexual abuse allegations

MAINE
CentralMaine.com

BY AMY CALDER
STAFF WRITER

WATERVILLE — Experts who deal with sexual abuse issues say it is understandable that parishioners of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church are in shock and disbelief that their former priest, the Rev. Larry Jensen, was removed swiftly from the church amid allegations that he sexually abused a teenage boy 15 years ago in Connecticut.

After all, a spiritual leader is someone they look up to, trust, admire, invite to family gatherings and holiday celebrations, and regard as part of their family. But it is for that precise reason that often people can not imagine any abuse could have taken place, experts say.

Cara Courchesne, communications director for Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, cited as an example the case of former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who sexually abused young boys over a period of at least 15 years.

“I think that with a lot of cases, and we saw it with Jerry Sandusky, that when somebody who is part of a community, who is well-known and well-liked and something like this comes out, it makes us question our own beliefs and what we know to be true and it can be very, very hard,” Courchesne said.

Jensen, 62, was the priest at St. Joseph for 10 years until Sunday, when Bishop Gregory Mansour, of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Saint Maron, of Brooklyn, New York, read aloud a letter in the church saying Jensen had been removed from his priestly ministry and that the Rev. James Doran would be replacing him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

News Release: Abuse Survivor Breaks Silence About Abuse by Former Top Official of the Diocese of Crookston

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Sexual Abuse Survivor Ron Vasek Breaks Silence About Abuse by Former Diocese of Crookston
Vicar General Msgr. Roger Grundhaus

Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner Sued for Coercion

(St. Paul, MN) – A Minnesota man sued the Diocese of Crookston and Bishop Michael Hoeppner on Tuesday, claiming that Hoeppner coerced him into keeping silent about his alleged abuse by a Diocese of Crookston priest 46 years ago and signing a document stating the abuse never occurred.

Ron Vasek and his attorney, Jeff Anderson, announced the filing of the lawsuit in St. Paul. Vasek alleges that he was abused as a minor by Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, a Diocese of Crookston priest, and that Hoeppner coerced Vasek into signing a document stating the abuse did not occur. This is the first time in the United States that a bishop has been sued individually for coercion, Anderson said.

Grundhaus allegedly sexually abused Vasek in 1971 while on a trip to Ohio. Vasek was approximately 16. Grundhaus was working as a priest at Holy Trinity Church in Tabor, Minn., where Vasek and his family were parishioners.

Vasek kept the secret to himself for many years to protect his parents and their relationship with the Church. But he remained devoted to the Catholic Church and trained to be a deacon in the Diocese of Crookston. In 2009 or 2010, while considering becoming a member of the dioceses’ diaconate program, Vasek disclosed the Grundhaus abuse to a priest in another diocese. That priest reported the abuse to the vicar general of his diocese, who reported it to Hoeppner.

Hoeppner scheduled a meeting with Vasek at the Diocese of Crookston Chancery, where Vasek told Hoeppner about the abuse. Hoeppner told Vasek not to tell anyone about the abuse as it would harm Grundhaus and his reputation. Hoeppner told Vasek his diaconate program would not be affected by his disclosure as long as he didn’t tell anyone else about the abuse. Vasek felt intimidated and threatened by Hoeppner, and told no one else.

In 2010, Vasek’s son was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Crookston. Vasek entered the diocese’s diaconate program in 2011. In August 2015, a Mahnomen County (Minn.) District Court ordered the Diocese of Crookston to produce information on clergy accused of child sexual abuse in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit. In response, the diocese did not produce Grundhaus’ name or information in its court-ordered disclosures. In October 2015, Hoeppner had Vasek come to his private residence, where he told Vasek to sign a letter retracting Vasek’s statements regarding the sexual abuse by Grundhaus and indicating that the abuse in Ohio never happened. Vasek initially refused to sign the letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

Church supports alternative to Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
The Legislative Gazette

Written by KALEB H. SMITH, assistant editor on May 9, 2017

As lawmakers prepare for the closing weeks of session, victims of childhood sexual abuse are pushing once again for a controversial bill that would give them a chance to seek justice for decades-old cases.

The Child Victims Act (S.809) would allow victims to file legal action against their abusers, regardless of when the crime took place.

But opponents of The Child Victims Act — mainly churches and other organizations that may be held responsible for decades-old cases of abuse — say passage of the bill could bankrupt them if it is adopted as written.

The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the bishops of New York state in matters of public policy, supports another bill (S.5660/A.7302) that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for the prosecution of certain sex offenses and extend the time for civil claims to be brought by survivors of child sexual abuse until they are 28 years old.

It also expands mandated reporter requirements by adding clergy to the list of those who must report suspected cases of sexual abuse of a child, and requires all mandated reporters to not only report suspected familial abuse, but also suspected abuse at the hands of other mandated reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Ex-Emma Willard student doubts Cuomo's eagerness to change statute of limitations in sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Robert Gavin Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY -- A former Emma Willard student who revealed allegations of sexual abuse and a cover-up at the school last year on Tuesday questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commitment to passing a law to end a five-year statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

Kat Sullivan, who said she was raped by a teacher at Emma Willard in 1998 and shipped away to New Orleans, called child sexual abuse a "pandemic" that needs to be addressed this year with the passing of the Child Victims Act.

The bill would end the statute of limitations civilly as well as criminally, create a one-year retroactive window for survivors over 23 to sue and end a 90-day notice of claim for public institutions that the sponsors say now shields the facilities from lawsuits.

The bill has been pushed in Albany for 10 years. Cuomo backed its passage in his State of the State in January, saying survivors of the abuse deserve justice.

"I have been following Gov. Cuomo and his statements in the newspapers very carefully and I read promises in the newspapers to prioritize the Child Victims Act, which gave me hope he would be a champion," Sullivan told reporters in a packed news conference in the Legislative Office Building, where she was joined by lawmakers, advocates and other victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Gunning for the Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the latest con-job against the Church:

An American man says that a half-century ago he was sexually abused by another adult man; the abused was an adult at the time. The incident took place in a foreign country, and now the man who says he was abused is suing the American company the abuser once worked for, even though the abuser was subsequently fired by the organization.

This sounds like a fairy tale, except it is true. It is true because those gunning for the Catholic Church will stop at nothing to discredit it.

The alleged offender is a former Catholic priest who supposedly abused an 18-year-old man in Canada in 1969. Now the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where the priest was stationed, is being sued for $3 million in Ontario courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Lawsuit accuses Crookston bishop of coercion, cover-up

MINNESOTA
Grand Forks Herald

By Andrew Hazzard

ST. PAUL—A northwest Minnesota man has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Crookston and Bishop Michael Hoeppner, alleging a cover-up of abuse and coercion.

Ron Vasek, alongside his wife and attorney Jeff Anderson, announced his lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday where he made an emotional plea for victims to come forward and the truth to be revealed.

"He brought this suit because the truth of what has been done in the past and in the present needed to be revealed," Anderson said.

The lawsuit, filed in Polk County Monday, accuses Bishop Hoeppner of coercion and inflicting emotional distress. It levies one count of negligence, a count of negligent supervision, a count of negligent retention and two nuisance counts against the Diocese of Crookston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

UPDATE - Diocese of Crookston’s Hoeppner sued, Grundhaus accused

MINNESOTA
Crookston Times

Hoeppner is first bishop to be sued for coercion, case dates back to 1971

By Times Report

The former Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston, Father Roger Grundhaus, is being accused of child sexual abuse and Minnesota Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first bishop to be sued for coercion for suppressing a report of abuse, according to a media advisory by Jeff Anderson and Associates attorney’s office.

At a news conference Tuesday in St. Paul, attorney Jeff Anderson, a child abuse survivor, and a Minnesota priest announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the survivor, Ronald Vasek, naming Bishop Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston as defendants.

This is the first time in the United States a bishop has been individually sued for coercion.

According to the release, in 2010, Vasek, who was exploring whether to become a church Deacon, reported his abuse by Fr. Roger Grundhaus in approximately 1971 to Bishop Hoeppner. Hoeppner advised the survivor to tell no one of the sexual abuse. In 2015, the Diocese of Crookston was court ordered to produce all information on clergy accused of child sexual abuse. However, Fr. Grundhaus was not included in the required, court-ordered disclosure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

22 Men Arrested: A Blessing For The Community

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

By Dr. Michael J. Salamon

A few weeks ago, in an early morning action, Israeli police arrested 22 haredi men for the alleged sexual abuse of minors and adult women. These men came from four cities in Israel and, until their arrest, had allegedly been investigated, tried, and treated within their own communities – not by proper governmental authorities.

This internal communal method, where a local rabbi or bet din determines how to best handle specific abusers and control sexual offenders, has been an open secret for years. And while community members may have thought the process worked, I can assure you it never really did.

I learned several years ago that in at least one haredi community, sexual predators who were caught by local “modesty squads” had to submit to an ongoing course of chemical castration if they wanted to remain in their neighborhoods.

While I might privately agree that castration, chemical or otherwise, may seem deserved (albeit barbaric), this approach, in which vigilante-style justice is meted out, creates a series of problems for the larger society.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Lawsuit: Minnesota bishop coerced hopeful deacon into abuse cover-up

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A man who claims he was sexually abused by a Minnesota priest in 1971 is filing a lawsuit against Bishop Michael Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston, alleging the bishop coerced him into signing a document stating the abuse never happened. St. Paul, Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson says this the first time a bishop has been sued for coercion in the United States.

According to the civil complaint filed in Polk County, Minnesota, Ronald Vasek was exploring whether to become a deacon in 2010 when he reported the alleged abuse to Bishop Hoeppner.

According to court documents, Vasek told Bishop Hoeppner that Fr. Roger Grundhaus had sexually abused him in Columbus, Ohio when he was 16 years old. Hoeppner allegedly asked Vasek “how he was going to proceed with the accusation” and whether he intended to formally report the abuse or press charges, adding that “it would be detrimental to Msgr. Grundhaus and his reputation in the Diocese if the accusations were made public.”

Vasek claims the bishop recommended he keep quiet, and that his future as a deacon and his son’s future as a priest in the Diocese of Crookston would be in jeopardy if he went public with his allegations.

Bishop Hoeppner allegedly gave Vasek a letter authored by Msgr. Michael Foltz, Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston, which “essentially retracted” his statements regarding the sexual abuse involving Grundhaus and “indicated that the abuse in Ohio never happened.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Another victim names Father Mannetta as abuser

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

The plaintiff is only identified by the initials C.C. and is represented by Attorney David Lujan.
Guam - A 60th lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and former Guam priest Andrew Mannetta is named as the perpetrator.

This is not the first time that Father Mannetta has been named, he was previously named in two other lawsuits that were filed in April. Like the first two victims to accuse Father Mannetta, the 60th plaintiff to file suit is only identified by initials C.C.

According to the complaint, the sexual abuse happened in the early 1980s when C.C. was between the ages of 8 to 10 years old. The now 40-year-old man says Father Mannetta sexually assaulted him during sleepovers at the Santa Teresita church rectory even as Mannetta cried through it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Accuser: Priest told him 'big boys don't cry'

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post May 10, 2017

A third victim has come forward alleging he was sexually abused by former Guam priest, Andrew Mannetta, for two years while he served as an altar boy at the Mangilao parish in 1983.

An individual, using the initials "C.C." to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday against Mannetta and the Archdiocese of Agana.

C.C., who is now 43, alleges that the abuse began when he was 8 years old.

Mannetta was the priest at the Mangilao church at the time and allegedly required C.C. and other altar boys to sleep at the rectory to help prepare for early morning masses.

The lawsuits states Mannetta sexually molested and abused C.C. on one sleepover. Mannetta told him, "Big boys don't cry." The victim alleges he awoke later that same night to find Mannetta touching him, again causing him to cry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Just One Little Kiss: A Case of Clergy Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

A Conversation with Brian McLaren

To draw attention to the ever-present and devastating reality of clergy sexual abuse and to provide resources for churches, lay members, and ministers, the Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force formed jointly by Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will sponsor an ongoing blog series featuring informational articles, helpful sermons, and relevant materials.

Several years ago, I made a presentation on ministerial boundary issues and sexual misconduct. Following the presentation, Sally Johnson* (not her real name) asked to speak with me privately. We went to a quiet spot, and she disclosed to me an alleged incident of inappropriate ministerial boundary crossing. Sally has given permission for me to relate the following information from that conversation and subsequent ones relative to her alleged abuse.

Sally told me that our conversation was the first time she recalled having spoken of the incident since its occurrence back in 1974. As she told me her story, the memories pained Sally deeply. She spoke very softly, with obvious anxiety, and with tears. Because I had known Sally for fifteen years and because of her demeanor in this conversation, I found her story very believable. She did not identify the pastor who had abused her, and I did not ask. I told her that if she wished to disclose his identity either to me or especially to her current pastor, it might be helpful in case others came forward and named the same perpetrator. Sally told me that she would give it some thought. But feeling better already for having shared the story with me, Sally said she felt no particular need to have anything else done about it for her own sake.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Budget 2017: Child sex abuse victims to be compensated in Federal Budget

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Lanai Scarr, Senior Writer, News Corp Australia Network
May 9, 2017

COMMONWEALTH child sex abuse survivors will get access to payments of up to $150,000 under a new redress scheme to be live by mid next year.

The Turnbull government tonight announced a $33.4 million commitment to establish the scheme that would provide abuse survivors with counselling, apologies from the organisation responsible and financial compensation.

The funding will be used to establish IT services, an online presence and a direct hotline for victims to inquire about how they can apply for payments.

“The Turnbull government has listened to survivors and accepts the recommendation of (the Royal Commission) that each jurisdiction and all individual institutions must make amends and take responsibility for wrongdoing,” a statement from Social Services Minister Christian Porter said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Former Danbury Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minor: Report

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Joe Lipovich (Patch Staff) - May 9, 2017

DANBURY, CT — A former priest of the St. Anthony Maronite Church in Danbury has been removed from his post amid a "substantiated" allegation of sexual abuse of a minor while working in Danbury, reports Maine's The Morning Sentinel. Rev. Larry Jensen "can not represent himself as a priest anymore," Michael Thomas, vicar general of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, NY, told the newspaper Monday morning after an allegation of sexual abuse was "substantiated."

Thomas also told the paper the alleged abuse victim was a male, close to the age of 18 but not yet 18. Thomas also told the newspaper that when he confronted Jensen, "he didn't admit it, but he didn't deny it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Former Winona diocese official faces lawsuit

MINNESOTA
Post Bulletin

Kay Fate, kfate@postbulletin.com May 9, 2017

ST. PAUL — A former vicar general for the Diocese of Winona is expected to be named today as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges he suppressed a report of child sexual abuse.

Michael Joseph Hoeppner, 67, now the Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston, is the first bishop in the United States to be individually sued for coercion, said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney who's represented hundreds of survivors of clergy abuse.

Hoeppner was vicar general at Winona from about 1998 until being named bishop at Crookston in 2007, church records show.

The survivor, who was participating in a program to become a deacon in the Catholic Church, allegedly told Hoeppner in 2010 that he'd been sexually assaulted in about 1971 by Roger Grundhaus, who was vicar general at the diocese at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

MN bishop faces lawsuit for coercion

MINNESOTA
KARE

[with video]

Melissa Colorado, KARE May 09, 2017

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - A Saint Paul attorney who specializes in defending victims of clergy sex abuse is set to file a lawsuit against a current bishop for threatening a clergy sex abuse victim to remain silent about his abuse.

According to Attorney Jeff Anderson, this is the first time that a U.S. bishop has sued for coercion.

Anderson is expected to a hold press conference in Saint Paul on Tuesday morning, during which the abuse survivor will go before cameras and identify the bishop.

According to a press release released by Anderson's law firm, the plaintiff wanted to become a church Deacon and reported his account of abuse to the bishop.

The bishop then allegedly advised the survivor to tell no one of the abuse or face retaliation for breaking his silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Rabbi accused of raping student ordered to testify at trial

CONNECTICUT
Associated Press

By DAVE COLLINS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A rabbi accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a teenage boy has been ordered to testify at a civil trial after invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a deposition.

Jury selection for Rabbi Daniel Greer’s trial in federal court in Hartford is scheduled to start Wednesday. Jurors could begin hearing evidence later in the day or Thursday.

Greer, 76, remains the principal at the Yeshiva of New Haven school. A former student at the Jewish boarding school, Eliyahu “Eli” Mirlis, now 29, is suing Greer and the school on allegations of sexual assault, infliction of emotional distress and other claims.

Mirlis, who attended the school from 2001 to 2005, also alleges in the lawsuit that Greer sexually abused at least one other male student. The Associated Press generally does not name people who allege sexual assault, but Mirlis wanted to come forward, his lawyer said.

Greer has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged. New Haven police say they’re looking into a sexual assault complaint filed by Mirlis’ lawyer, Antonio Ponvert III.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

Man Sues Crookston Bishop for Allegedly Suppressing Abuse

MINNESOTA
KAAL

A man who says he was abused by a priest 46 years ago is suing Bishop Michael Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota, alleging the bishop coerced him into signing a document saying the abuse never happened.

The lawsuit says Ronald Vasek was exploring whether to become a deacon in 2010 when he reported the abuse to Hoeppner. He says the bishop advised him not to tell anyone. It also alleges Hoeppner suppressed his report by threatening to make it hard for him to become a deacon, and threatening Vasek's son's career as a priest.

Attorney Jeff Anderson says it's the first time a U.S. bishop has been sued individually for coercion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

Nuns are unfairly vilified in hospital debate, says Cork priest

IRELAND
Evening Echo

Fr Liam Kelleher

WHO can protect our Christian ethos?

I write this at the end of April, exactly a year to the day since my brother, Denis, passed to his eternal reward at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

I had visited him there on a number of occasions for the previous six weeks.

In the light of the controversy surrounding the hospital on the recent announcement that it would be the site of the new National Maternity Hospital, I would like to make a few observations.

First of all, regarding my visits to the hospital a year ago, I must say I was not impressed by it, and my sister, who is a nurse, was of the same opinion.

On one occasion during my visit, my brother’s wife, a member of the medical profession herself, picked up his chart to have a look at it and received what I consider was an unwarranted tirade of abuse by a member of the staff.

To her credit, she stood her ground and demanded that she had a right to know what was going on, simply saying “he is my husband”.

My sister, Maureen, who succumbed to the dreaded disease of cancer 12 years ago, was a member of the order of the Daughters of Charity and a member of the National nursing board. She did her general nursing there before going on to do a tutor’s degree in Scotland and becoming head tutor at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Priest, teacher sex charges from 50 years ago

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 10, 2017

VICTORIA LAURIE
ReporterPerth

Decades of alleged abuse at Aboriginal missions and children’s homes in Western Australia could now find their way into the courts, after charges were laid against a former teacher and a Catholic priest who worked at Wandering Mission, in remote forest east of Perth, more than 50 years ago.

The charges are some of the first against Aboriginal mission workers to arise directly from the Royal Commission into Instit­utional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which received hundreds of submissions from Aboriginal adults alleging abuse as children in WA institutions.

Yesterday a former teacher, who is now 82, was charged by WA Child Abuse Squad detectives with four counts of indecent dealings with a child under 13 years and three counts of unlawful and indece­nt assault on a female.

A Catholic priest who is now 78 was arrested in Melbourne and charged with sexually abusing four girls aged between eight and 15 years at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Former priest to be sentenced for raping boy he paid to do gardening

IRELAND
Sunday World

A former priest is to be sentenced next week for raping and sexual assaulting a young boy whom he paid to do his gardening.

The 64-year-old man, who cannot be named in order to protect the anonymity of the victim, had denied two counts of rape and four of sexually assaulting the boy in Co Wicklow between January 2005 and September 2006.

The accused, who has since been defrocked, was found guilty by a jury and faces sentencing next Monday at the Central Criminal Court .

The court heard that the victim was aged around 13 at the time of the offences and had, from an early age, shown an interest in horticulture and animal husbandry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Ex-Danbury priest removed after sex abuse allegations

CONNECTICUT
News Times

By Jim Shay
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DANBURY - A Roman Catholic priest in Maine - who served at Danbury’s St. Anthony Maronite Church for eight years - has been removed following allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

The allegations say the sex abuse of the minor happened 15 years ago while the Rev. Larry Jensen served at St. Anthony Maronite Church in Danbury.

The Morning Sentinel of Maine reported that Jensen, 62, was removed amid a “substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

“He has been permanently relieved of priestly ministry and he can not present himself as a priest anymore,” Michael Thomas, vicar general of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, New York, told the The Morning Sentinel on Monday.

Thomas said the alleged abuse victim, a male, “was close to 18, but not 18” when the alleged abuse occurred at the time Jensen was a priest at St. Anthony Maronite.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Detective: "Billy Doe" Admitted That He Lied And "Just Made Stuff Up!"

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Detective Joe Walsh wasn't buying the BS that Danny Gallagher was peddling.

Back in March 2012, Walsh was prepping Danny Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," for his role as the D.A.'s star witness in the child endangerment case against Msgr. William J. Lynn, scheduled to go to trial in just a few weeks. Walsh was quizzing the former altar boy about his claim that he was high on drugs when he told two social workers "graphic details" about violent rapes and beatings he supposedly suffered at the hands of two priests and a Catholic schoolteacher.

But Walsh had interviewed Gallagher's father, a Philadelphia police sergeant, who said his son wasn't high on drugs the morning he talked to the two social workers. Because just a few minutes earlier, the father had driven his sober son home from the drug clinic. Danny Gallagher had also told many of those same graphic details the day before to his drug counselor, who told Walsh that Gallagher wasn't high when he made those same accusations.

"I asked" Gallagher about "all those graphic details," Walsh wrote in a blockbuster, 12-page affidavit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Those graphic details included allegations of brutal anal rapes, death threats, getting tied up naked with altar sashes, strangled with a seatbelt and being beaten by his assailants.

In his affidavit, Walsh said he asked the D.A.'s star witness: "Did he just make all that up?" According to the detective, that's when Gallagher admitted, "He just made up stuff and told them anything."

The startled detective asked a follow-up question.

"So I asked him did he lie about what happened when he told [the drug counselor] and the two women about what he said occurred," Walsh wrote. "He said yeah I guess so," Walsh quoted Gallagher as saying.

"I asked him if he was lying about anything else and he would not answer me," Walsh wrote. "He just sat there and did not answer me."

But Walsh came to his own conclusions about the truth of Danny Gallagher's allegations of abuse. In his affidavit, Walsh states three different times that he concluded that Gallagher wasn't telling the truth when he claimed he was raped in separate attacks by two priests and a Catholic schoolteacher.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

Lawsuit: Crookston bishop threatened to retaliate against abuse victim

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune MAY 9, 2017

Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner threatened to retaliate against a man who told him that a former top official in a Catholic diocese had sexually molested him as a child, according to a lawsuit filed in a Minnesota district court.

It marks the first time in the nation that an individual U.S. bishop has been directly accused in a clergy abuse lawsuit, said attorney Jeff Anderson, who is holding a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The lawsuit also claims that the bishop failed to release the sex abuse allegation against the Rev. Roger Grundhaus as required by a 2015 court order.

“The coercion and concealment in real-time demonstrates the crisis continues, ” said Anderson. “This is another Catholic bishop who made a conscious choice to conceal a crime and then commit coercion to keep a secret.”

More than 500 claims of sex abuse by Minnesota clergy have been made in the past four years, most through a three-year law that allowed older civil cases to be filed. Catholic leaders across the state have stated that the abuse scandal is in the past, and that reforms have been made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

LAWSUIT ACCUSES MINNESOTA BISHOP OF SUPPRESSING ABUSE REPORT

MINNESOTA
Associated Press

BY STEVE KARNOWSKI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A man who says he was abused by a priest 46 years ago is suing Bishop Michael Hoeppner (HEP'-ner) and the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota, alleging the bishop coerced him into signing a document saying the abuse never happened.

The lawsuit says Ronald Vasek was exploring whether to become a deacon in 2010 when he reported the abuse to Hoeppner. He says the bishop advised him not to tell anyone. It also alleges Hoeppner suppressed his report by threatening to make it hard for him to become a deacon, and threatening Vasek's son's career as a priest.

Attorney Jeff Anderson says it's the first time a U.S. bishop has been sued individually for coercion.

The diocese's vicar general, Monsignor Michael Foltz, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Media Advisory: Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner Sued for Coercion, Abuse Survivor to Speak Publicly Today

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Vasek Summons and Complaint
Doe 19- Order to Compel Discovery Diocese of Crookston Filed 08-13-2015
Oath of Fidelity
Vasek Timeline

First Bishop in the United States Sued for Coercion

In 2015, Minnesota Bishop Michael Hoeppner Suppressed Report of Child Sexual Abuse

Survivor to speak publicly for the first time today about abuse by Fr. Roger Grundhaus,
former Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston

Bishop Hoeppner threatened harm to survivor’s vocation and his son’s career as a priest if he did not recant his abuse report

(St. Paul, MN) – At a news conference on today in St. Paul, attorney Jeff Anderson, a child sexual abuse survivor, and a Minnesota priest will announce the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the survivor naming Bishop Michael Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston as defendants. This is the first time in the United States a bishop has been individually sued for coercion.

“The coercion and concealment in real-time demonstrates the crisis continues unabated,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson. “This is another Catholic bishop who made a conscious choice to conceal a crime and then commit coercion to keep a secret.”

In 2010, the survivor, who was exploring whether to become a church Deacon, reported his abuse by Fr. Roger Grundhaus in approximately 1971 to Bishop Hoeppner. Hoeppner advised the survivor to tell no one of the sexual abuse. In 2015, the Diocese of Crookston was court ordered to produce all information on clergy accused of child sexual abuse. However, Fr. Grundhaus was not included in the required, court-ordered disclosure. After the court order was issued, the bishop actively suppressed the survivor’s abuse report by threatening harm to his vocation as a deacon and his son’s career as a priest in the Diocese of Crookston, and coercing the survivor into signing a document stating the sexual abuse never happened.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00AM CT

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

* The press event will be live-streamed from our website at www.andersonadvocates.com and will be streamed via Facebook Live from our Facebook account Jeff Anderson & Associates.

*The Complaint and other information will be posted to our website this morning under “News & Events.”

Contact: Jeff Anderson: Cell: 612.817.8665, Office: 651.227.9990
Mike Finnegan: Cell: 612.205.5531, Office: 651.227.9990

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Editorial: Senate shields abusers

NEW YORK
Times Union

By TU Editorial Board on May 8, 2017

Our opinion: The state Senate’s Republican majority is effectively enabling child sexual predators when it refuses to extend the statute of limitations on criminal and civil action.

It wouldn’t be a legislative session without at least one news release boasting of what New York’s Republican Senate majority is doing to crack down on sex crimes. What should concern New Yorkers, though, is what the majority is trying to tamp down.

The Senate’s latest crusade is a bill that would bar low-level sex offenders from driving for ride-hailing companies, like Uber and Lyft. Yet behind the scenes, the GOP majority is doing its best to block even a vote on a different type of sex crime legislation — a bill to extend the statute of limitations on prosecution and lawsuits involving child sexual assault.

The ride-hailing bill would modify the just-approved law that allows outfits like Uber to operate in the state. The original bill prohibited Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from driving for those companies. The new measure would add to the list Level 1 offenders — those considered to have a low likelihood of committing sex crimes again.

As potential crime goes, this is pretty minimal. The Senate is focusing on relatively low-risk individuals who would be constantly monitored on the job by technology that would record the driver, the fare, and the pickup and drop-off locations and times, making it unlikely anybody could get away with a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Ordensfrau soll an Missbrauch beteiligt gewesen sein

ARGENTINIEN
Katholisch

[In Argentina, an indictment moves the nation: A nun is accused of aiding abuse of children in a school for the deaf.]

In Argentinien ist eine Ordensschwester festgenommen worden, die jahrelang an sexuellem Missbrauch in einem Behindertenheim beteiligt gewesen sein soll. Die 42-jährige Nonne hatte sich der Polizei in Buenos Aires am vergangenen Dienstag gestellt, berichtete die argentinische Tageszeitung "Clarín". Die Argentinierin mit japanischen Wurzeln war zuvor seit mehr als einem Monat mit internationalem Haftbefehl gesucht worden.

Mehrere Bewohner eines kirchlichen Heims für taubstumme Kinder in der Kleinstadt Luján de Cuyo im Westen Argentiniens werfen der Ordensfrau vor, in den Jahren zwischen 2007 und 2013 Kinder für den Missbrauch durch eine Gruppe von Priestern und Mitarbeitern der Einrichtung ausgesucht zu haben. Bei einer ersten Befragung vor Gericht wies die Angeklagte die Anschuldigungen zurück: "Ich bin unschuldig und wusste nichts von den Missbrauchsfällen. Ich bin eine gute Person, die ihr Leben Gott geweiht hat."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

David Joseph Perrett granted conditional bail to live in Armidale on historical sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
The Ararat Advertiser

Breanna Chillingworth
@breannachill

9 May 2017

AN EX-priest accused of molesting young boys in the New England has been granted bail amid reports detectives have received another complaint.

Since The Leader revealed David Joseph Perrett’s extradition to NSW on Friday, police have been contacted by other members of the public looking to speak to investigators.

New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy told The Leader investigations were continuing.

“We would encourage anyone with knowledge of any related incident, whether it is a witness or a complainant, to make contact with police,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

How Roman Catholic Nun Helped 5 Priests to Forcefully Have S2x With Deaf Children

ARGENTINA
Nigeria Today

A Roman Catholic nun stands accused of helping five priests sexually abuse deaf children.

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, allegedly helped the priests cover up anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex at the institution for deaf students in Argentina.

The abuse allegedly took place in the bathrooms, dorms, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

Authorities began investigating Kumiko when a former student claimed she made her wear a nappy to cover up bleeding after she was raped.

At least 24 children have come forward to report abuse at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Sex assault statute of limitations bill pondered in Nevada Legislature

NEVADA
Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Ben Botkin Review-Journal Capital Bureau
May 8, 2017

CARSON CITY — Victims of child sexual abuse may get another decade to decide if they will sue an attacker.

The clock would start after a victim turns 18 or discovers as an adult, through counseling or other means, that they were abused. Assembly Bill 145 would extend the statute of limitations for civil suits from 10 years to 20 years from the later date.

Supporters say the measure is needed because children need more time to understand and grasp the crime committed against them.

“Victims deserve to have justice and closure,” Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner, R-Reno, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

The bill has bipartisan support, with Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Irene Bustamante Adams, D-Las Vegas, co-sponsoring it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Pastor from Plaistow jailed for child porn offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Newham Recorder

A pastor who admitted making and possessing indecent images of children has been jailed.

Daniel Erickson-Hull, of Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

The 41-year-old, also known as Pastor D, was a preacher at the Higher Ground United Reformed Church in Chigwell.

He had pleaded guilty to one charge of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph, and one count of possessing an indecent photograph, at an earlier hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Police need help to tackle paedophiles, charity warns

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Tom Wills, Louis Goddard, Times Data Team
May 9 2017
The Times

A child abuse charity has called for police to be given more resources to tackle indecent web images, after The Times exposed an online paedophile network with up to 10,000 British members.

Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said that the Freedom Hosting II network was likely to be “the tip of the iceberg”.

The network operated on a clandestine part of the internet designed to frustrate attempts by the authorities to identify website users and operators. It hosted at least a dozen forums where users exchanged images of abuse and was free to operate for almost two years before being shut down by hackers.

“Police should be given far more resources to smash these corrupt, evil groups of people and the people who facilitate this disgusting trade,” Mr Saunders said. He added that an obsession with targets within the police was preventing forces from dedicating time to complex child abuse investigations.

Paedophiles accessed the network using Tor, a system that anonymises internet browsing. Paradise Village, the largest of a dozen forums on the server, hosted more than 80,000 users. Details of the network came to light after hackers leaked its databases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Dublin City Council: New maternity hospital should be State run

IRELAND
Irish Times

Olivia Kelly

Dublin City Council has recommended that the new National Maternity Hospital be placed under the control of the State, if it secures planning permission from An Bord Pleanála.

The Health Service Executive in March applied to An Bord Pleanála for the €300 million move of the hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s Hospital, following the resolution of an 18-month dispute between the two hospitals over governance of the new facility.

However, the announcement the following month that sole ownership of the hospital would be given to a healthcare group owned by the Sisters of Charity sparked public protest, and resignations from the Holles Street hospital board and the project board planning the move.

Earlier this month Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the new hospital will have full clinical independence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Inquiry into sexual abuse of children will hear from victims and supporters in Plymouth

UNITED KINGDOM
The Herald

By Carl_Eve
May 09, 2017

A landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse is in Plymouth today to listen to organisations supporting victims and survivors.

Groups like the Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Intercom Trust and North Devon Against Domestic Abuse will hear from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) about its Truth Project.

The Truth Project has been hearing from victims and survivors around the country for over 18 months, and opened in the south west in February. So far, more than 700 victims and survivors have come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Simon Harris to meet hospital boards over national maternity hospital standoff

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Health Minister Simon Harris is due to meet the boards of St Vincent’s Hospital and Holles Street over the national maternity hospital standoff this week amid ongoing public anger over the location of the facility.

He said the voices of those who protested over the issue on Sunday have been heard and ownership of the hospital is “on the table”.

Speaking to reporters at an organ donation launch in Dublin, Mr Harris said he understands the anger of almost 2,000 people who protested in the capital at the weekend calling for the Sisters of Charity to have no role in the new hospital and to gift the site to the State.

Saying he has “heard the people very clearly”, Mr Harris said it is understandable the public wants ownership of the new facility and that the issue will be raised at meetings with the two hospitals’ boards this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Waterville Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child

MAINE
WABI

MAY 8, 2017
BRIAN SULLIVAN

A Waterville based priest has been removed from his post after accusations of sexual abuse of a minor.

A church official from New York told the Morning Sentinel the Rev. Larry Jensen was permanently removed from the ministry because of the claim he abused a child more than a decade ago in Connecticut.

That official says the church became aware of the allegation last week.

The Jensen, 62, had served for the last decade at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed In Canada Against Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The scene of the crime, they say, was Ontario, Canada.

It was 1968.

A Philadelphia area teen and his parish priest had taken a camping trip. It’s claimed it was anything but innocent.

And 49 years later, Paul Eberz, of Freehold, New Jersey, has come out from the shadows to talk about the sexual abuse he says he endured in Canada.

“The priest, he’s a bad guy,” Eberz said.

The priest he’s referring to is Father John Mulholland. Eberz, at 18, says Mulholland sexually abused him on that trip north across the border. Paul knew “Father John” from his parish, St. Joseph Church in Warrington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Abused by a Catholic priest as a child, this man turned back to faith for forgiveness

CALIFORNIA
KALW

By JAKE J. SMITH

When Miguel Prats revs the engine of his Harley Davidson, it might sound angry to some — but not to him.

“When I’m on this bike, I literally feel surrounded by angels,” he says. “You can be frustrated, you can be anything. You get on this and go for a ride, and it just goes away.”

Today, Prats has a wide-eyed, happy-go-lucky demeanor. But he says 15 years ago, he was angry and tortured inside. In 2002, when the Boston Globe uncovered widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the story brought back a memory that Prats says he had repressed: shortly after he turned 18, he himself had been sexually abused by a priest.

When this memory came flooding back, Prats felt furious and alone. He went on the internet looking for someone to talk to. What he found was a group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). SNAP had helped the Globe uncover the abuse scandal. You may remember them from the film Spotlight.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

May 8, 2017

Priest at Waterville church removed over sexual abuse allegation

MAINE
Bangor Daily News

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 08, 2017

WATERVILLE, Maine — A priest at a Waterville church was removed from the priesthood Sunday after a report of sexual abuse of a minor about 15 years ago in Connecticut was substantiated, according to a church official.

The Rev. Larry Jensen, 62, was removed from the St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, by Bishop Gregory John Mansour, head of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, New York, the official said.

Jensen may never again conduct Mass in public or present himself as a priest, but will take early retirement and receive a portion of his retirement benefits, Michael Thomas, vicar general of the church, said Monday in a telephone interview. Jensen had been pastor since July 2006, according to information posted on the church’s website.

The bishop announced Jensen’s removal at weekend Masses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Rev. Patrick W. Quigley – Assignment History

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Patrick W. Quigley was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1981. He was assigned to a Staten Island parish for six years, followed by a brief stint at Staten Island's St. Joseph by the Sea High School, after which there is an unexplained two-year assignment gap. In 1990 he resurfaced as an assistant at a Manhattan parish and, in 1993, he was transferred to Stony Point.

In September 1994 Quigley was arrested for soliciting teenage boys for sex in Haverstraw, New York. He pled guilty in December 1994 and was sentenced to probation. The archdiocese sent him to Maryland for treatment of "alcoholism." His status thereafter was 'Absent on Leave', and he was laicized in 2005.

Quigley was last known to have been living in Brick, New Jersey. He died in 2010.

Ordained: 1981
Laicized: 2005
Died: April 4, 2010

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Death of Johnstown man, 31, claims a voice for abuse survivors

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com
MAY 8, 2017

Just over a year ago in a Hollidaysburg courtroom, Corey Leech took the stand and, in a poised and confident voice, testified in excruciating detail how a Franciscan friar began sexually abusing him from his early teens.

Mr. Leech gave voice to scores of victims of the late Stephen Baker in his testimony, which took place in the pretrial hearing of three Franciscan supervisors who face criminal charges for allegedly failing to protect children from the abusive friar.

Mr. Leech told of Baker abusing him on the athletic training table at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown. He spoke of the friar abusing him on car trips and at his monastery.

“He wanted to prevent other children from living his nightmare,” Mr. Leech’s family wrote in his obituary. “While he did more than his share to help others, it was too late for Corey. His nightmare was inescapable.”

Mr. Leech, 31, was found dead on Friday in his apartment in Richland Township near Johnstown in Cambria County. He had struggled with substance abuse, according to his obituary.

Mr. Leech’s family and supporters recall him as someone long concerned for child welfare. He was a nurse in a neo-natal intensive care unit in Johnstown, recalled for his gentle manner both with at-risk infants and their families.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Attorney: Suit alleges Minn. bishop threatened retaliation against victim

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Paul Walsh Star Tribune MAY 8, 2017

A Twin Cities law firm intends to file a lawsuit Monday against a current Minnesota bishop and a Roman Catholic diocese in the state alleging that a survivor of clergy sex abuse was threatened with retaliation if he revealed how he was assaulted as a child.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who for many years has pursued many legal cases in connection with clergy sex abuse in Minnesota and elsewhere, said this is the first time a U.S. bishop has been sued for coercion.

At a news conference scheduled for Tuesday at Anderson’s offices, the abuse survivor and a priest from the diocese will speak publicly for the first time about “how the bishop threatened retaliation against the survivor and a family member if he disclosed the sexual abuse,” a statement from Anderson’s law firm read.

The bishop “threatened harm to [the] survivor’s vocation” and the “survivor’s son’s career as a priest if he did not recant his abuse report,” the statement continued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Pope and delegation of Hasidic Jews meet, dance at Vatican

ROME
JTA

[with video]

ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis danced with a delegation of Hasidic Jews and discussed with them issues including the protection of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and combating child sex abuse.

The pontiff held a 45-minute audience at the Vatican on Monday with the group, which was led by Rabbi Edgar Gluck.

A video on the Yeshiva World News website and also posted to YouTube shows the pope swaying to the music as members of the delegation dance and serenade him with the song “Long years shall satiate him.”

Yeshiva World News quoted Gluck’s son Zvi, who was part of the delegation, as saying the pontiff pledged to work toward enacting “stronger rules against destroying Jewish cemeteries to build roads or homes.”

Zvi Gluck, the founder and director of Amudim, an organization dedicated to helping Jewish victims of abuse and addiction, also tweeted that the pontiff had pledged “zero tolerance” for the sexual abuse of children and said “We need to keep kids safe.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Pope Francis busts a move with Jewish delegation from Poland

ROME
Crux

Pope Francis on Monday met with a delegation of Jewish leaders from Poland, discussing serious matters such as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and even child sexual abuse, but also lighthearted moments, including the pope ... sort of ... joining in a song and dance performed by the group.

ROME - Since the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, popes meeting Jewish leaders has become commonplace. Not every day, however, do you see a pope busting a move with those Jewish leaders, but that was the scene Monday in the Vatican.

Pope Francis received a delegation led by Rabbi Chaim Boruch (Edgar) Gluck of Poland in a 45-minute private audience, who was joined by his son, Zvi, the founder and Director of Amudim - an organization dedicated to helping abuse victims and those suffering with addiction within the Jewish community, as well as another Rabbi and other people.

Gluck had met Francis when he travelled to Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day in July 2016, when they discussed the destruction of Jewish cemeteries around the world, and the pontiff suggested the two continue their conversation in the Vatican.

There was serious business in the discussion, as reflected in a tweet dispatched by Zvi Gluck after the encounter. Apparently the topic of child sexual abuse came up, and he quoted the pontiff as saying, “Zero tolerance … We need to keep kids safe,” which he said the pope said to him, his father, and members of the delegation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Waterville priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor

MAINE
WGME

WATERVILLE (WGME) - The Diocese of Portland says there has been a claim of sexual abuse against a pastor of St. Joseph Maronite Church in Waterville.

The diocese says a substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor has been made against Fr. Larry Jensen. Jensen is not a priest of the Diocese of Portland.

The diocese says it was notified by Bishop Gregory John Mansour, the bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Bishop Mansour says that Jensen has been removed from the ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Waterville priest removed after sexual abuse allegations

MAINE
WMTW

WATERVILLE, Maine —
A priest at a Waterville church has been removed after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Fr. Larry Jensen had worked at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville since 2006.

The Diocese of Portland said the abuse allegations involved a 17-year-old boy and were related to abuse more than 15 years ago outside Maine.

Church officials in New York said a complaint had been filed against Jensen in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The diocese said that once the claim was substantiated, Jensen was removed from the Waterville church and permanently removed from the ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Waterville priest removed from duties over allegations of sexual abuse 15 years ago in Connecticut

MAINE
CentralMaine.com

BY AMY CALDER
STAFF WRITER

WATERVILLE — The Rev. Larry Jensen of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church on Appleton Street has been removed from the church amid allegations of sexual abuse of a minor 15 years ago in Connecticut.

“He has been permanently relieved of priestly ministry and he can not present himself as a priest anymore,” Michael Thomas, vicar general of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, N.Y., said of Jensen Monday morning in a telephone interview.

Thomas said the victim, a male, “was close to 18 but not 18,” when the alleged abuse occurred at the time Jensen was a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

“Father had some sexual contact with this minor, and we were kind of shocked when we got the call last week,” Thomas said. “I confronted Father with it and he didn’t admit it, but he didn’t deny it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Gli italiani vanno sempre meno in chiesa: a messa solo uno su 4

ITALIA
Giornalettismo

[Only one in four of Catholic Italians always go to Mass.]

Gli italiani entrano sempre meno in chiesa. Nel nostro Paese va regolarmente a messa ogni settimana solo una persona su quattro. È quanto emerge dai dati Istat aggiornati al 2016 ripresi da un articolo pubblicato oggi sul Giornale a firma di Pier Francesco Borgia. I dati analizzati dal sito Truenumbers segnalano un carlo di 6 punti percentuali in 10 anni.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

Media Advisory - Bishop Sued for Coercion

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

5/8/2017

First Bishop in the United States Sued for Coercion

In 2015, a Minnesota Bishop Suppressed Report of Child Sexual Abuse

Survivor to speak publicly for the first time Tuesday about abuse by a former top official in Minnesota diocese

Bishop threatened harm to survivor’s vocation and his son’s career as a priest if he did not recant his abuse report

(St. Paul, MN) – At a news conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, attorney Jeff Anderson, a child sexual abuse survivor, and a Minnesota priest will announce the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the survivor naming a current Minnesota bishop and diocese as defendants. This is the first time in the United States a bishop has been individually sued for coercion.

“The coercion and concealment in real-time demonstrates the crisis continues unabated,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson.

In 2010, the survivor, who was exploring whether to become a church Deacon, reported his abuse to the bishop. The bishop advised the survivor to tell no one of his abuse. In 2015, the diocese was ordered to produce all information on clergy accused of child sexual abuse, however the perpetrator’s name, a former top official in the diocese, was not included in the required, court-ordered disclosure. After the court order was issued, the bishop actively suppressed the survivor’s abuse report.

Tomorrow, the survivor, as well as a priest of the diocese, will speak publicly for the first time about how the bishop threatened retaliation against the survivor and a family member if he disclosed the sexual abuse.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00AM CT

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

* The press event will be live-streamed from our website at www.andersonadvocates.com and will be streamed via Facebook Live from our Facebook account Jeff Anderson & Associates.

Contact: Jeff Anderson: Cell: 612.817.8665, Office: 651.237.5143
Mike Finnegan: Cell: 612.205.5531, Office: 651.237.5143

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Harris aiming to resolve maternity hospital dispute within weeks

IRELAND
Newstalk

8 May 2017
Michael Staines

The Minister for Health is hoping to bring forward proposals to end the ownership dispute that has engulfed Ireland’s new National Maternity Hospital by the end of the month.

Minister Simon Harris said officials from the Department of Health are meeting with both hospitals this week – after which he plans to attend talks himself.

Over the weekend an estimated 2,000 people took to the streets calling for the new facility to be kept in public ownership.

Protestors gathered at the Garden of Remembrance before marching to government buildings.

Marchers carried a petition signed by 103,607 people demanding that the decision to hand ownership of the hospital over to religious group, the Sisters of Charity be overturned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Child sex abuse victims cannot wait any longer

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY SHAUN DOUGHERTY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 8, 2017

With less than two months left in the legislative session, it looks like once again lawmakers will leave survivors of child sex abuse behind and fail to pass meaningful reforms to our statute of limitation laws. All New Yorkers, not just survivors like myself, should be disappointed that Senate Republicans choose to hide behind legislative procedures and avoid a vote on the Child Victims Act, instead of committing to helping victims.

New York’s statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes are the most restrictive in the country. Survivors have only five years after they reach legal age to file criminal or civil charges against their abusers. I know first-hand how inadequate this amount of time is; it took me a decade to share my story of clergy abuse with my family and more than 30 years to speak publicly about it.

My abuse occurred in 1980 in Johnstown, Pa., by Father George Koharchik, who was my teacher and coach. He was also a trusted friend of the family who had a weekly bowling game with my parents. His betrayal led me down a road of depression, drug addiction and attempted suicide. It made learning difficult and relationships hard.

I’m fortunate that I have been able to build a successful life — I’m married now and own a restaurant in Long Island City — but I know others that haven’t been so lucky. Many battle mental and physical illnesses and struggle to get the help they need.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Child abuse victims being forced to take fight for justice to the courts

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Victims of historical child abuse are being forced to take their fight for justice to the courts after being "abandoned" by Northern Ireland's warring politicians.

In January a landmark report into state and church abuse recommended compensation, a memorial and a public apology to abuse survivors.

Dozens of victims had given evidence during a four-year public inquiry about the abuse they suffered as children in care.

However, the collapse of the Stormont government has meant a promised redress scheme has not been set up.

A lawyer for abuse survivors, Claire McKeegan of KRW Law, said they now face the trauma of lengthy court proceedings for justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

'WE LIVED IN TERROR' Army veteran who suffered horrific abuse in boys home fears survivors wouldn’t live to see justice

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish Sun

By Adam Higgins
7th May 2017

A DEFENCE Forces veteran who suffered terrible abuse in a boys home has told how he fears some survivors will not live long enough to see justice done.

Patrick O’Rourke, now in his seventies, says political upheaval in the North has prevented a vital report being published.

He relived the horrors of his childhood when he told the Historical ­Institutional Abuse Inquiry of the sexual and physical abuse he ­suffered at the Termonbacca Home for Boys in Derry.

But with negotiations to restore a government in Stormont, dragging on, and further delayed by the UK snap General Election, he fears some of the older survivors will pass away without seeing justice.

The Stormont impasse means the Inquiry report has still not been presented to the Northern Ireland assembly and survivors must continue their wait for a formal apology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Since You Asked: Former youth pastor has June trial date in privacy invasion case

OREGON
Mail Tribune

What’s happening in the case of Donald Courtney Biggs, the former Medford pastor who was arrested a couple years ago?

— No name given, via email

Biggs, 38, formerly a youth pastor with Mountain Church in downtown Medford before his 2015 arrest, has a trial set for June 12 in Medford, U.S. District Court records show.

He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail, where he’s been since January 2015 on federal charges alleging he secretly recorded minors while they were changing their clothes, solicited photographs of them and transported three victims across state lines in incidents between June 2012 and March 2014.

His last court appearance was in November. Case filings show that Biggs is on his third court-appointed defense lawyer, previously requesting different federal public defenders in November 2015 and June 2016. Reasons behind the disagreements with his previous lawyers aren’t listed in court documents.

Nine juvenile victims are identified by their initials in case filings, three of whom Biggs is accused of taking to California. Biggs pleaded not guilty to nine counts of using or attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct and three counts of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Onderzoek naar misbruik binnen oud-katholieke kerk

NEDERLAND
Trouw

[Investigation of abuse in the Old Catholic Church.]

Opnieuw zijn er priesters opgedoken die in de oud-katholieke kerk seksueel over de schreef zijn gegaan. Het kerkgenootschap, dat als liberaal bekendstaat en in Nederland zo'n vijfduizend leden telt, maakte dit zelf bekend nadat een crisisteam vorige week een inventarisatie had gemaakt.

Bij zeven geestelijken blijkt sprake te zijn geweest van een 'onaanvaardbare seksuele houding in pastorale relaties', zo schrijft de oud-katholieke kerk in een officiële mededeling. De zaken speelden volgens de kerk 'lang geleden' en vijf van de priesters zijn inmiddels overleden. "Ook al zouden sommige van deze zaken reeds lang zijn verjaard, de kerk wil niet doen alsof ze daarmee ook niet zouden zijn gebeurd", melden de oud-katholieke leiders Joris Vercammen en Jan Schoon in de brief.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

SPEAK OUT Girl who was abused by her dad from the age of 11 sought help from Jehovah’s Witnesses only to be molested by one of their elders

SCOTLAND
The Sun

By Lauren Windle
7th May 2017

A WOMAN who was molested by her father over five years and then by the Jehovah’s Witnesses she asked for help has spoken out about her ordeal.

Terrified Angie Rodgers, from Ayrshire, was abused weekly by her perverted Jehovah’s Witness father Ian Cousins from the age of 11.

The brave teen eventually plucked up the courage to confide in the Jehovah’s Witness elders, who took little action and she was later abused by one of them too, Harry Holt.

Angie, now 36, said: “I turned to the church for help and I was abused a second time.

“I was a child and they should have helped, but they turned on me. They make me feel sick.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get over what happened. I’ve just learned to live with it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Protesters want public to own maternity hospital

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Michael Cogley
May 8 2017
The Times

More than 1,500 people marched in Dublin yesterday against the Sisters of Charity taking ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The Times reported in March that the Sisters of Charity, which owns St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, would own the new hospital on the Elm Park site in Dublin after it is built with €300 million of taxpayers’ money.

The protest march, which began at the Garden of Remembrance and finished at Merrion Square, was organised by Uplift, a campaign organisation. The rally ended up with a presentation of a petition of 103,607 signatures printed on 50 metres of paper close to the current maternity hospital on Holles Street. The petition aims to prevent the Sisters of Charity becoming the sole owners of the hospital.

Siobhán O’ Donoghue, the director of Uplift, said the petition was collected over two weeks and would keep pressure on Simon Harris, the health minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Council backs maternity hospital move despite building height

IRELAND
Irish Times

Olivia Kelly

The relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s Hospital is being supported by Dublin City Council, even though the new building breaks height rules for the site.

The Health Service Executive in March applied to An Bord Pleanála for the €300 million move, following the resolution of an 18-month dispute between the two hospitals over governance of the