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May 31, 2017

Cries of 'witch-hunt' ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivors

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Louise Milligan

When you write a book which details allegations of paedophilia against a man who was once one of the nation's most powerful people, curious things happen. One of the crazier things is a tiny circle of people who still unquestioningly defend this person, saying he could not possibly have committed acts they know nothing about and accuse you of leftist bias.

How on god's green earth, you ask yourself, did the prospect that someone might have abused children suddenly become a matter of left and right?

Let this be known: George Pell's politics are of zero interest to me. But this is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric. He's a man who for years was telling the rest of us how to live our lives – not least how to live our sex lives (a matter with which, as I document in Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, he was somewhat preoccupied). He has been accused many times of abusing little kids.

Those accusations now form part of a comprehensive investigation by Victoria Police's Taskforce SANO. I think that warrants a look. It often occurs to me that this band of defenders, who shrink with each day in number as the allegations pile up, have painted themselves into a corner and now flail about, trying to come up with something to throw back at those who would tumble down their rather shaky house of cards.

But it also strikes me that when you are someone, like they are, who interprets everything in the world from a single, unshakeable, ideological standpoint, you make the erroneous assumption that everyone else does too. Here's the thing: I don't. Journalists, unlike people who rant at clouds for a living, are constantly required to look into things that perhaps challenge our world view.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

Farewell to a courageous, remarkable man

AUSTRALIA
Bendigo Advertiser

ANNIE YOUNG
1 Jun 2017

One story above all others which can reduce me to tears is the story of Anthony and Chrissie Foster.

What heartbreak after so many years of fighting the Catholic Church for justice for their daughters, two of whom were sexually assaulted by a priest, that Anthony Foster died unexpectedly last week.

This is a man who endured years of stonewalling to find justice for the survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, including two of his three daughters. As chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan said: “With dignity and grace, Anthony and Chrissie generously supported countless survivors and their families whilst also managing their own grief”.

Anthony Foster was a tireless advocate for the survivors of sexual assault by priests. He died following a stroke. It is such a tragic loss for those still seeking a way through the grief and anguish they have suffered at the hands of appalling out of control predatory priests. His wife Chrissie was by his side, as she has been through every step of this heartbreaking, tragic story. Their marriage only became stronger as they fought for justice for the survivors, where many other relationships broke down irretrievably.

It was years before their daughters could describe to their parents the sexual assaults they experienced at the hands of local priest Kevin O’Donnell, which then explained something of their own behaviours as teenagers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Church of Scotland set to give evidence as child abuse inquiry opens

SCOTLAND
Premier

Wed 31 May 2017
By Craig Wakeling

An inquiry into allegations of abuse of children living in care in Scotland opens today, with the Church of Scotland among a number of bodies set to give evidence.

The first hearings take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday and are expected to last several weeks.

Faith based organizations as well residential and foster care providers are due to give evidence as well as expert witnesses, the Scottish Government and survivors.

It will cover a period within living memory of anyone who suffered such abuse, no later than 17th December 2014.

The inquiry aims to establish to what extent institutions and bodies with legal responsibility for the care of children failed in their duty to protect children in care in Scotland, as well as seek to identify any systemic failures in fulfilling that duty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

‘Unreserved’ apologies over abuse fail to satisfy victims

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Stephen Naysmith

CHARITIES and church groups queued up to apologise on the opening day of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) as the long-awaited investigation took evidence in public for the first time.

The chair of what is expected to be Scotland’s biggest and most expensive public inquiry, Lady Scott, had invited them to do so, using their opening statements to consider ‘retrospective acknowledgement’ if abuse had taken place.

Some were more forthcoming than others. Quarriers offered an “unreserved apology” to those abused while in the care of the charity, via Kate Dowdalls QC, while Laura Dunlop QC for the Church of Scotland’s social care arm Crossreach said it was “Inescapable that the church has provided the setting in which children were abused. That is profoundly regretted by all ... connected with the Church of Scotland in any way.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Care groups use child abuse inquiry hearing to apologise to victims

SCOTLAND
News & Star

31 May 2017

Scotland's national child abuse inquiry has heard a succession of apologies from organisations to survivors who say they were abused as youngsters in residential care.

Groups including Quarriers, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Nazareth, De La Salle Brothers, the Bishops' Conference of Scotland and Crossreach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland, were among those voicing regret for past cases of abuse or alleged abuse.

The apologies were offered in opening statements from a range of bodies as the public hearing phase of the far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care in Scotland got under way.

It followed remarks from chairwoman Lady Smith who said the process will be "painful" for many, but necessary to achieve "real, substantial and lasting change".

In their opening remarks, representatives of Quarriers and the Marist Brothers offered "unreserved" apologies to anyone who was abused in their care.

Canon Boyle, representing the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, told the hearing in Edinburgh that Archbishop Philip Tartaglia had offered a "profound" apology in 2015 to those harmed as a result of the actions of anyone within the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Here's What Happened to Father Maskell After 'The Keepers'

UNITED STATES
Inverse

By Caitlin Busch on May 31, 2017

Father Joseph Maskell, a previous chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, is the key “villain” of Netflix’s recently released docu-series The Keepers. Maskell’s name is intrinsically tied to allegations of systematic sexual abuse at Keough, an all-girls high school, and the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, both of which are large focuses of the series. Father Maskell died of a major stroke on May 7, 2001, at the age of 62, seven years after escaping the Archdiocese of Baltimore and fleeing to Ireland. He has never been officially charged with any of the accused crimes.

A controversial figure even before the premiere of The Keepers, Maskell had been accused of abuse many times over the years without any of the accusations sticking. A 2015 feature from Huffington Post did a deep-dive on the Cesnik case before The Keepers introduced the masses to the nun’s story, and reported on what Maskell’s fate entailed.

See, Maskell has never, to this day, been charged with any wrong-doing, though he’s been accused of abuse many times over the years. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests reports that “Baltimore City prosecutors have charged only three of the 37 Baltimore priests who have been accused of sexual abuse since 1980,” according to the Huff Post article. “Just two of those priests were convicted, and one of those convictions was overturned in 2005.” Charging a priest, it turns out, is a hard thing to do, especially when that priest is as well-connected as Maskell seemed to be.

Maskell in particular was a difficult target. At the time, he served as the chaplain for the Baltimore County police, the Maryland State Police and the Maryland National Guard. Maskell kept a police scanner and loaded handgun in his car, drank beer with the officers at a local dive bar, and often went on “ride-alongs” with his police friends at night to respond to petty crimes or catch teenagers making out in their cars.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Former Cottingham priest Terence Grigg appears in court over historic child sex abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Hull Daily Mail

By Angus Young

A former Cottingham priest has appeared in court to face charges of historic child sex abuse.

Canon Terence Grigg, 83, is charged with nine offences of indecent assault and two charges of buggery.

The charges relate to incidents said to have taken place between 1975 and 1995 involving five different under-age boys.

Seven of the charges involve alleged assaults at his former rectory in the village. Two others are alleged to have been committed at the Liberal Club in London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Religious groups apologise to Scottish child abuse survivors

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL
Wednesday 31 May 2017

The abuse of children in care has been described as a source of "sorrow" and "overwhelming shame" as a series of organisations offered apologies to survivors. The national child abuse inquiry, which is being led by Lady Smith, held its first public hearing in Edinburgh today.

Lady Smith said is was a "tragedy" many survivors had died without accountability for what happened to them, including a leading campaigner who died just weeks ago.

In opening statements to the inquiry, a number of care providers and religious orders gave "unreserved apologies" for physical and sexual abuse that took place in the past.

Representing the Catholic Church, the Bishops Conference of Scotland said "red flags and warning signs" had been missed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Scottish child abuse inquiry hears apologies over 'deplorable' attacks

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The first hearing in the Scottish child abuse inquiry has heard apologies from organisations which ran children's homes around the country.

More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools and church bodies, are being investigated.

The inquiry, which is being chaired by Lady Smith, is looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care.

It is expected to report in late 2019 - four years after it was set up.

The opening session in Edinburgh heard apologies from groups who said they "deplored that physical sexual abuses could occur".

They included Quarrier's, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Nazareth, Good Shepherd Sisters, De La Salle Brothers and Christian Brothers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

45 years later, a measure of justice for Navy Vet in priest sex-abuse case

NEW YORK
Fios 1

[with video]

Peter Marghella was just 12 years old in 1973 when he attended "Camp Spes Mundi" in Hope Falls, New York. It was there that Marghella was raped and sexually abused by Father Kenneth O'Connell, the Boy Scout Chaplain of the camp and pastor of Saints John and Paul Parish in Larchmont until his death in 1984.

"He raped me, he sodomized me. It was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life," Marghella told FiOS1 News.

Marghella is just one of hundreds of victims who have come forward, taking his claims to the Independent Reconciliation Compensation program, created by Timothy Cardinal Dolan in 2016, for victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

However, Marghella's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of victims of sex abuse, says that the program is simply a step in the right direction, not a solution to a much bigger issue within the Catholic Church.

"There isn't one victim I've ever represented who wouldn't give all the money back they've ever received in exchange for not being abused." Garabedian told FiOS1. "They all want the truth, they all want to know what the Catholic Church knew about, for instance, Monsignor O'Connell? When did they know it? Why didn't they stop him from abusing children?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Oireachtas committee hears call on Caranaua chief executive to resign

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Kitty Holland

The chief executive of Caranua, the independent statutory organisation charged with managing a fund to improve the lives of survivors of institutional abuse, should “step aside” an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Senator Lynn Ruane called on Mary Higgins to resign from her role, at the Education Committee on Tuesday. All committee members present said they had had significant complaints from survivors about their engagement with Caranua.

Ms Higgins said she was not aware of the complaints and it was difficult for Caranua to address them as a result.

Caranua, which means ‘new friend’, was established under the 2012 Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act, to manage a €110 million fund provided by the religious, to improve survivors’ lives. Survivors can apply to the fund for grants for such services as counselling, medical treatment, education or therapies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Editorial: Knights' monetary influence skews our church

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

EDITORIAL

The Knights of Columbus have been a fixture in the American church for the past 135 years, the friendly uncle of the family who oversees the Friday fish fries, occasionally going off to secret ceremonies and, at a certain level of membership, breaking out odd costumes replete with cape, sword and plumed hat for special occasions that often involve members of the hierarchy.

But as our recent examination of the organization's spending on the national and international levels shows, the Knights are far more than parish helpers and a ceremonial presence (See link below). The Knights of Columbus organization has moved well beyond its original mission of rescuing widows and children from penury and giving young Irish lads a path to assimilation into American culture.

Related: Knights of Columbus' financial forms show wealth, influence (May 15, 2017)

The degree of wealth the organization has amassed from its insurance business and other ventures, and the influence it exerts within the church and in shaping the Catholic narrative in the public square raise serious questions for 21st-century Catholicism. Those questions should be pursued, from the highest levels of the Vatican to the Knights' local chapters — about the nature of spending, about exorbitant salaries of Knights' executives, about the increasingly political nature of the organization's involvement in the culture and the influence of that ideological approach within the church.

Though the organization donates abundantly to charity, and members volunteer countless hours for good causes, its funds also fuel some of the most divisive agents in society and some of the most strident and acrimonious voices within the church. ...

We cringe for the future of the Catholic community having arrived at the point where the leader of one of the most influential Catholic organizations in the world can describe as "pro-life" an administration that, among other regrettable anti-life initiatives:

* Brutalizes refugees and migrants, tearing families apart by deporting people who have no greater wish than safety, opportunity and hard work;
* Is willing to rip health care from tens of millions of people;
* Denies climate change and jeopardizes creation itself with retrograde policies on the environment;
* Intends to increase defense spending more than $50 billion while cutting social welfare programs for the most vulnerable;
* And whose leader, the president, boasts openly of sexual conquests that many would describe as assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Queensland priest allegedly wrestled altar boy naked

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Jorge Branco

A Queensland Catholic priest wrestled naked with an altar boy who had come to him for support and groped his genitals, police will allege.

Father Michael Joseph McKeaten's case was mentioned in court on Wednesday, less than a month after he withdrew from the ministry and more than 25 years after the alleged sexual offence.

He ministered at more than half a dozen parishes and was still the parish priest at two schools west of the Gold Coast until earlier this month, when he was farewelled by students with a cake at his final mass.

The priest of 38 years was expected to take the helm of four parishes in Ipswich but last Tuesday, the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane revealed he had alerted them of the charge and withdrawn from "active ministry".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Queensland priest steps down after he is charged with sexual offence that happened in the 1990s

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Australian Associated Press

A Queensland priest charged with an historic sexual offence will appear in court in July.

Father Michael Joseph McKeaten withdrew from his duties earlier this month after notifying church authorities he had been charged over an alleged sexual offence believed to have occurred in the 1990s.

He was not required to appear at a hearing at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday with the matter adjourned to July 3.

He is charged with one count of procuring a sexual act by false pretence.

A lawyer representing McKeaten declined to comment.

The priest was ordained 38 years ago and has served in parishes and schools across south-east Queensland, most recently at the Beaudesert parish - south of Brisbane.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Research identifies promising approaches for children with harmful or problem sexual behaviours

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

30 May, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a new research report that finds children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours should have access to effective therapeutic services.

The Royal Commission contracted researchers from the University of Melbourne, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute to examine current best evidence on treatment for children with problem sexual behaviour (aged under 10 years), harmful sexual behaviour (aged 10-17 years), and children who have sexually offended (aged 10-17 years).

The research report, Rapid evidence assessment: Current best evidence in the therapeutic treatment of children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours, and children who have sexually offended, finds there are few rigorous, high-quality studies on this topic.

It finds information about the children who have received treatment is limited, particularly for children outside of the juvenile justice system and for children with problem sexual behaviour under the age of ten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Teen alleges man inappropriately touched her

TEXAS
Times Record

A Wichita Falls man has been accused of inappropriately touching a child several years ago.

Russell William Detwiler, 74, is charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact. He was booked into Wichita County Jail Thursday morning and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit:

A licensed therapist reported to Wichita Falls police that a 14-year-old patient made an outcry of sexual abuse against Detwiler.

The girl was forensically interviewed at Patsy's House Child Advocacy Center. During the interview, the girl said one time while she was at Detwiler's house he placed his hand inside her pants and was "feeling around." She said he touched her inappropriately but did not penetrate her digitally.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Wichita Falls man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl

TEXAS
Newschannel 6

By Danielle Malagarie, Reporter, Weekend Anchor

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -
A man is behind bars charged with Indecency with a child following a call to Wichita Falls Police.

On April 26 a licensed therapist reported that one of her patients, a 14-year-old girl, made an outcry of sexual abuse against Russell William Detwiler, 74.

The victim was interviewed about the outcry at Patsy's House by a trained forensic interviewer.

During that interview, the victim said Detwiler had touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion.

The investigator spoke to the victim's mother who said she had previously confronted Detwiler about these allegations. ...

A check of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church website directory shows Detwiler listed as a deacon for the Parish.

Newschannel 6 is working to learn if Detwiler is still a deacon there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

SCOTS ABUSE PROBE What is the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry? What is its aim and what organisations are being investigated?

SCOTLAND
Scottish Sun

By Matt Coyle
30th May 2017

THE Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will focus on the abuse of children in care with the first hearings starting today.

The inquiry will raise public awareness of institutionalised abuse and reveal the reality of the suffering of child victims.

Senior judge Lady Smith is chair and will lead the inquiry. She has been a judge since 2001 and brings a wealth of experience.

The judge was appointed chair of the inquiry after lawyer Susan O’Brien QC quit the post along with another panel member, Prof Michael Lamb, last year.

When do the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry hearings start?

The first hearings of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will start on Wednesday May 31, in Edinburgh.

It is one of the most far reaching public inquiries to take place in Scotland and the first round of hearings will see opening statements from the organisations asked to appear.

Expert witnesses will then discuss the laws governing children in care in Scotland up to 1968; the early development of care services in Scotland; attitudes towards children and the prevalence of child abuse in Scotland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Scottish child abuse inquiry to start hearing evidence today

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

A far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care in Scotland will begin hearing evidence on Wednesday.

The first phase of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will hear evidence from faith-based organisations and residential and foster care providers.

Expert witnesses, the Scottish Government and survivor groups will also give evidence at the hearings.

The inquiry is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring.

It covers the period within living memory of anyone who suffered such abuse, no later than December 17 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to hold first hearings

SCOTLAND
STV

Chris Foote

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will hold its first hearings in Edinburgh.

It will hear evidence from faith organisations and carers regarding allegations of historical abuse in Scotland.

Expert witnesses and survivor groups will also speak at the hearings, which begin on Wednesday.

The inquiry has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring.

It will consider whether or not institutions failed in their duty to protect children in care from abuse and attempt to identify any systemic failures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Scottish child abuse hearings get under way

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The first hearings in the Scottish child abuse inquiry are getting under way in Edinburgh.

More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools and church bodies, are being investigated.

The inquiry, which is being chaired by Lady Smith, will look in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care.

It is expected to report in late 2019 - more than four years after it was set up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Bishop McNally High School teacher arrested over alleged sexual offences against student

CANADA
Calgary Herald

Allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a student have led to the arrest of a teacher at a northeast high school.

The Calgary police child-abuse unit announced Tuesday that a 45-year-old Bishop McNally High School teacher, whose name has not yet been released, will be charged in connection with sexual offences dating back more than a decade.

Police began investigating in January 2017 after a former student at the high school reported that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher between 2007 and 2009.

The alleged incidents occurred at several residences in Calgary, as well as at the school, according to a news release from police.

“Despite the age of consent in 2007 being 14, the suspect was in a position of trust and authority over the victim for the duration of alleged offences,” police said in the release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Calgary teacher arrested in connection with ‘inappropriate sexual contact’ investigation: police

CANADA
Global News

By Phil Heidenreich

Calgary police said a teacher has been arrested in connection with an investigation into “inappropriate sexual contact with a student dating back more than a decade.”

On Tuesday evening, police said two charges are pending against a 45-year-old man: sexual contact with a youth by a person in authority and sexual assault.

In January, detectives began investigating a complaint from a former student at Bishop McNally High School in the city’s northeast. Police said she told them she “had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher” while she was a 16-year-old student at the school and alleged the encounters happened both at the school and at several different homes in the city.

On Tuesday, police said even though the age of consent is 14, they expect to lay charges because the suspect “was in a position of trust and authority over the victim for the duration of alleged offences.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Bishop McNally teacher accused of sexually assaulting student starting in 2007 faces charges

CANADA
CBC News

By David Bell, CBC News Posted: May 30, 2017

A Calgary teacher is facing charges relating to incidents at Bishop McNally High School that began in 2007, police said in a release Tuesday.

"In January 2017, detectives began an investigation into a complaint from a woman who alleged she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher while she was a student at Bishop McNally High School between 2007 and 2009," said police.

"The victim was 16 years old when the offences began. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at several residences in Calgary, as well as at the school."

'Position of trust'

A 45-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charges of sexual contact with a youth by a person in authority and sexual assault are pending.

The suspect was in police custody Tuesday evening waiting to have the charges read.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Calgary high school teacher arrested over allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a student

CANADA
Calgary Sun

BY MEGHAN POTKINS, POSTMEDIA
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

Allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a student have led to the arrest of a teacher at a northeast high school.

The Calgary police child-abuse unit announced Tuesday that a 45-year-old Bishop McNally High School teacher, whose name has not yet been released, will be charged in connection with sexual offences dating back more than a decade.

Police began investigating in January 2017 after a former student at the high school reported that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher between 2007 and 2009.

The alleged incidents occurred at several residences in Calgary, as well as at the school, according to a news release from police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

AHPRA probes Catholic nun Lydia Allen over psychology credentials

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

A federal health watchdog is investigating a Catholic nun who has practised as a psychologist assessing candidates for the priesthood in Sydney for the past eight years despite allegedly being unregistered.

Sister Lydia Allen, who told a royal commission she conducts psychological assessments at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, is under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency which oversees the registration of health professionals.

Only psychologists registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, which works in partnership with AHPRA, can use the title psychologist.

Sister Allen appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse earlier this year where she was questioned about her role at the seminary, which is one of the largest in Australia with 50 seminarians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

George Pell: If police charge the Catholic Archbishop, we're in uncharted territory

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

ANALYSIS
By Noel Debien

As Victoria Police deliberate whether or not to lay charges against Cardinal George Pell, they are also weighing up whether to prosecute a potential world leader. This bold notion is not purple media prose. It is simply stating the facts.

Cardinal Pell strenuously denies the allegations made against him.

The Ballarat-born 75-year-old is potentially the pope in waiting. All it takes is for Pope Francis to die suddenly, and one of the 120-odd Cardinals will be the next pope. It could be Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal Pell is the head of the Vatican secretariat for the economy. Effectively he is the third in charge of the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church. The Cardinal has diplomatic immunity as a Vatican official, and Australia has no extradition treaty.

In the modern era, laying serious or criminal charges against a Cardinal-Archbishop has not been done in free and democratic nations where immunity could apply.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Vale Anthony Foster

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Outlook

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv
Bishop of Parramatta

It is with much sadness that we learned of the sudden death of Anthony Foster in Melbourne over the weekend.

Anthony and his wife Chrissie dedicated their lives to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse.

In 2010, when I was still living in Rome, I read the book Hell on the Way to Heaven in which they told the harrowing story of the sexual abuse of their daughters by a Catholic priest. I was deeply moved by their suffering but also inspired by their determination, courage and resilience.

Back in Melbourne as an Auxiliary Bishop, I sought them out and eventually met them on a number of occasions. I was kindly received into their home a few times and offered hospitality – a privilege I treasure. Each time we met, the Fosters would share with me their pain and suffering. They would also challenge me to do all I could as a church leader to treat victims and their loved ones with the Christian justice we profess.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM

Priest Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, of Raymond Avenue, Canterbury, jailed for 22 years for non-recent sexual offences against children

UNITED KINGDOM
Kent Online

By Joe Walker
joewalker@thekmgroup.co.uk

A priest has been convicted of abusing children across four decades as detectives urge other victims to come forward.

Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, of Raymond Avenue, Canterbury, was jailed for 22 years after a jury convicted him of seven counts of indecent assault, four of indecency with a child and two of buggery.

All of the sex attacks took place in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

The indecent assault and indecency offences were committed against one victim in the Islington area, while a second child was victim to buggery offences at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hackney.

Fitzpatrick was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday and sentenced the following day.

DC Lorraine Simpson and DC Klementina Balint, the investigating officers, said: "Eugene Fitzpatrick is a predatory sex offender who abused his position of trust, preying on vulnerable youngsters and subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse over a period of years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Nightmare lingers for Navy vet in priest sex-abuse case

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon , jfitzgib@lohud.com May 30, 2017

One of the worst panic attacks for Peter Marghella came during the Gulf War as he sat in a military tent in the sweltering heat of Bahrain.

For Marghella, a highly decorated U.S. Navy medical officer, the 17 years that had lapsed since his encounter with the Rev. Kenneth O'Connell at an upstate New York Boy Scout camp had done little to quell his nightmares.

“I took out the pistol and I cocked it and I put it in my mouth," Marghella said. "I was literally just about to pull the trigger when the command surgeon, who was in the room next to me, divided by a partition so he couldn’t see me, just started talking to me."

"I can’t remember what it was," he said. "It was just kind of innocuous banter. He talked with this kind of South Carolina drawl. And I just started to concentrate on what he was saying and I took the gun out of my mouth.”

It was the second near-suicide for Marghella, and it came seven years before he finally sought help and opened up about his childhood nightmare.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Child sex abuse survivor says Catholic Church’s ‘hush money’ settlement won’t ease horrifying nightmares of assault

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY KENNETH LOVETT STEPHEN REX BROWN REUVEN BLAU
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When Peter Marghella hurt his ribs wrestling with some friends at summer camp he had no idea it would change his life forever.

Marghella, who was 12 in 1973, was away at Camp Spes Mundi in Hope Falls, when, he says, a priest sodomized him inside a private house.

The priest, Kenneth F. O’Connell, suggested Marghella stay with him after the injury, away from the other campers, so he could keep an eye on him throughout the night.

"Sometime in middle of the night, I woke up and O’Connell had crawled into bed with me naked and sodomized me," Marghella recalled Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Investigation into Russian priest charged with pedophilia completed

RUSSIA
RAPSI

ST. PETERSBURG, May 31 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Investigators have completed a probe into the Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who stands charged with sexual abuse of children, RAPSI learnt in the St. Petersburg prosecutor’s office.

A prosecutor is to make a decision on the approval of indictment within 10 days, and then the case will be forwarded to court, a representative of the prosecutor’s office said.

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 5:51 AM

May 30, 2017

Vigil to be held for abuse victims as inquiry begins

SCOTLAND
Fife Today

LIZ ROUGVIE
Tuesday 30 May 2017

A man who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of priests at a Fife school is staging a vigil tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Scottish child abuse inquiry gets under way.

Dave Sharp, now 58, spent six years at the then St Ninian’s School in Falkland, where from the age of 10 he says he was brutally raped, drugged, beaten, shut in a coffin with the lid closed and even taken to Ireland to be passed around men at sex parties.

His abuser, Father Gerry Ryan, has since died, but two men were jailed last year for abusing boys at St Ninian’s between 1977 and 1983.

Following his ordeal, Dave slept rough on the streets and succumbed to drink and drunk addiction.

But he’s now a campaigner for other abuse survivors and has set up a charity, SAFE – Seek and Find Everyone – with the aim of encouraging them to come forward and make their voices heard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Retrial of Philly monsignor may wait until '18

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Newsworks

BY AARON MOSELLE

The Philadelphia Courts website still lists Tuesday as the start of Monsignor William Lynn's retrial, but an unresolved defense appeal means the former church official won't face another jury for months, perhaps not until 2018.

Lynn, currently a free man, was convicted in 2012 of recommending the Archdiocese of Philadelphia transfer a known pedophile priest.

Much of Lynn's three-month trial focused on clergy sex abuse allegedly committed by 21 priests over several decades. Some examples dated back to the 1940s — well before Lynn was a supervisor with the archdiocese.

Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn Bright, who is presiding over the case, has ruled that Lynn's next trial will spend far less time on these "prior bad acts."

In late April, Bright ruled that prosecutors could detail allegations against three priests, according to court documents. Lynn's lawyer then filed an appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

Fargo Catholic Diocese puts priest on leave over concerns about 'his interaction with youth'

NORTH DAKOTA
Grand Forks Herald

By Archie Ingersoll on May 27, 2017

FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has placed a priest on paid administrative leave after he told church officials about "concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth," Bishop John Folda said in a statement Saturday, May 27.

Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere, N.D., and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor, N.D., won't be performing any priestly duties and won't be living on diocesan property while the complaint is investigated, diocesan spokesman Paul Braun said.

Braun said the diocese has reported the matter to the Richland County Social Services. When asked to elaborate on Feltman's "interaction with youth," Braun declined to comment.

"The diocese is cooperating fully with authorities, but due to the ongoing investigation, the diocese is referring all questions to the Richland County Sheriff's Office," Braun said.

A phone message left Saturday for the sheriff's office investigator handling the case was not returned.

On Saturday, Bishop Folda told members of the Milnor and Wyndmere parishes that it was the previous week when Feltman told the diocese of the concerns about his dealings with youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Former priest jailed for 22 years for 'horrific sexual abuse' of children in London

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Standard

JONATHAN MITCHELL

A former priest who subjected London children to decades of “horrific sexual abuse” including rape has been jailed for 22 years.

Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found to have sexually assaulted one boy in Islington, as well as raping a boy at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hackney.

The offences were all committed in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, police said.

But police fear that the “predatory sex offender” could have assaulted other children in that time, and have pleaded for survivors of his abuse to come forward.

Fitzpatrick, of Raymond Avenue, in Canterbury, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, May 25, of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and two counts of buggery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Update: Priest Investigation Involves “Inappropriate Activities”

NORTH DAKOTA
KVRR

May 30, 2017 Joe Radske

WAHPETON, ND – Law enforcement officials are releasing few details about an investigation involving a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Fargo.

The Richland County Sheriff’s office is looking into allegations involving Fr. Thomas Feltman, the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor.

Investigator Josh Beto says he can’t comment on the details of the case, but says it involves “inappropriate activities.”

Beto says the sheriff’s office became involved last week after the department was contacted by Richland County Social Services.

He says at this time, he considers the investigation “open-ended” and can’t discuss the number of potential victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Former priest jailed for historical sex abuse of children as police urge more victims to come forward

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Post

May 30, 2017, By Erica Doyle Higgins

FORMER priest Eugene Fitzpatrick has been jailed for 22 years for historical sex abuse, and detectives are urging any further victims to come forward.

Fitzpatrick, 68, of Raymond Avenue, Canterbury was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, May 25 of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and two counts of buggery.

He was sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment the following day.

The offences took place between the 1960s and 1990s.

The indecent assaults and indecency offences were committed against one victim in the Islington area throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The first assault took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when Fitzpatrick was 17 years old and the boy was under the age of 8.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Buried In Baltimore: The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much

MARYLAND
Huffington Post

By Laura Bassett

On a frigid day in November 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, the chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a student into his office and suggested they go for a drive. When the final bell rang at 2:40 p.m., Jean Hargadon Wehner, a 16-year-old junior at the all-girls Catholic school, followed the priest to the parking lot and climbed into the passenger seat of his light blue Buick Roadmaster.

It was not unusual for Maskell to give students rides home or take them to doctor’s appointments during the school day. The burly, charismatic priest, then 30 years old, had been the chief spiritual and psychological counselor at Keough for two years and was well-known in the community. Annual tuition at Keough was just $200, which attracted working-class families in deeply Catholic southwest Baltimore who couldn’t afford to send their daughters to fancier private schools. Many Keough parents had attended Maskell’s Sunday masses. He’d baptized their babies, and they trusted him implicitly.

This time, though, Maskell didn’t bring Wehner home. He navigated his car past the Catholic hospital and industrial buildings that surrounded Keough’s campus and drove toward the outskirts of the city. Eventually, he stopped at a garbage dump, far from any homes or businesses. Maskell stepped out of the car, and the blonde, freckled teenager followed him across a vast expanse of dirt toward a dark green dumpster.

It was then that she saw the body crumpled on the ground.

The week prior, Sister Cathy Cesnik, a popular young nun who taught English and drama at Keough, had vanished while on a Friday-night shopping trip. Students, parents and the local media buzzed about the 26-year-old’s disappearance. People from all over Baltimore County helped the police comb local parks and wooded areas for any sign of her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Trial of 5 accused of beating ex Word of Faith church member starts

NORTH CAROLINA
WSPA

RUTHERFORD Co., N.C. (WSPA) – Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in a trial connected to church abuse allegations.

Five members of Word of Faith Fellowship were charged in 2015 after a former member claimed he was attacked for being gay.

The church disputes the former member’s claims, as well as allegations of abuse that others say they also endured.

Justin Covington, 20, Brooke Covington, 56, and Adam Bartley, 25, all of Rutherfordton, along with Robert Walker Jr., 26, of Spindale, were indicted on charges of second-degree kidnapping and simple assault.

Sarah Covington Anderson, 27, of Rutherfordton, faces the same charge and one count of assault inflicting physical injury by strangulation

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Jury selection begins for Word of Faith minister accused in beating

NORTH CAROLINA
Blue Ridge Now

By MITCH WEISS and HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press

RUTHERFORDTON — Jury selection began Tuesday for a North Carolina church minister accused of beating a man to expel his “homosexual demons.”

Brooke Covington, 58, a longtime minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, is the first of five church members to face trial in the case. Each defendant will be tried separately.

Covington has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and assaulting former church member Matthew Fenner in January 2013. If convicted, Covington faces up to two years in prison.

Fenner, 23, said he was leaving a prayer service Jan. 27, 2013, when nearly two dozen people surrounded him in the sanctuary. He said they slapped, punched, choked and blasted him — a church practice that involves intense screaming — for two hours as they tried to expel his “homosexual demons.”

As part of an ongoing, two-year investigation into abuse of Word of Faith Fellowship congregants by church leaders, The Associated Press interviewed four former church members who said they witnessed Fenner’s assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Ein Mann, der Angst gemacht hat

DEUTSCHLAND
Stuttgarter Nachricten

[A clergyman is now focus of an investigation in the Korntal community.]

Von Franziska Kleiner 29. Mai 2017

Bei der Aufarbeitung des Missbrauchsskandals rückt nun ein Pfarrer in den Fokus, der die Brüdergemeinde seit den 1950er Jahren geprägt hat.

Ditzingen - Erzieher, Hausmeister, Lehrer – und nun sogar der Seelsorger der Gemeinde: Auch der inzwischen verstorbene Pfarrer der Pietistengemeinde in Korntal soll zu den Mitarbeitern gehören, die in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts in Einrichtungen der evangelischen Brüdergemeinde Korntal Kindern psychische und physische Gewalt angetan haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Australia takes steps to prevent paedophiles abroad

AUSTRALIA
Aljazeera

Australia plans to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas in what the government said is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation.

Australian paedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby South-east Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there.

Australian officials said no country has such a travel ban.

They said 2,500 new convicted paedophiles would be added to the sex offender register each year and would also lose their passports.

The register contains 3,200 serious offenders who will be banned from travel for life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Catholic priest who raped and assaulted boys jailed for 22 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Hackney Gazette

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys has been jailed for 22 years.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty of the horrific attacks at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday and sentenced the next day.

He raped one boy multiple times between 1986 and 1992 while working at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road, Islington.

He also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

Fitzpatrick was found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and indecency with a child relating to the first victim, for which he received a total of five years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

'I FINALLY FEEL IT'S TIME' Woman who was abused in church-run home in Co Derry set to make emotional return to Scotland after five decades in bid to find family members

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Sun

By Deborah McAleese
29th May 2017

A VICTIM of historic child abuse at a Catholic Church children’s home is to make an emotional return to her hometown in a bid to trace her long lost family.

Kate Walmsley, 60, was seven years old when she was taken from her home in Glasgow and placed in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry following the break-up of her parents’ marriage.

While there she was regularly sexually assaulted by a priest and beaten by the nuns.

After more than five decades away from home Ms Walmsley is to make her first trip back to Scotland on Wednesday where she hopes to trace some family members.

Ms Walmsley said: “I have always wanted to go back to the place where I remember being happy, before all the abuse. I finally feel it is time.”

“I just want to stand on the street I used to live with my parents. I have so many happy memories of there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 30, 2017

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

MSGR. KENNETH F. O’CONNELL – PUBLICLY NAMED AS A SEXUAL ABUSER FOR THE FIRST TIME

SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT REACHED IN ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM AGAINST MSGR. KENNETH F. O’CONNELL WHO WAS THE CHAPLAIN OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING

Peter Marghella, formerly of the Bronx, New York, was approximately a 12 year-old child when he was sexually abused by then Fr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, a New York Archdiocesan priest and Boy Scout chaplain, when Peter Marghella attended Camp Spes Mundi (Latin for “hope for the world”) in Hope Falls, New York, as part of Troop #21 which was located in Mount Vernon, New York. Fr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, who eventually became Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell (hereinafter referred to as Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell), was chaplain of Troop #21.

Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell was Chaplain of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (1973-1975). After Msgr. O’Connell’s death at the age of 54 in 1984, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting instituted an award (Spes Mundi Award), named after the camp Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell founded, honoring an adult who financially supports the promotion of the Catholic faith through scouting.

Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell was also executive director of the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New York. When he passed away, Msgr. Kenneth F. O’ Connell was Pastor of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Larchmont, New York.

Peter Marghella was also sexually abused as a child by Br. Damian Galligan, FMS, a Marist Brother.

Peter Marghella, his attorney, and advocate will be available by telephone to discuss the sexual assault by Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, who has been named for the first time, and the recent settlement with the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Contacts
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com (portrayed in “Spotlight”)

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Victim of child abuse at infamous children's home returns to Scotland for vigil

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

BY JAMES MONCUR

Historic abuse survivor Kate Walmsley fought back tears as she told of the heartbreaking moment she was ripped from Scotland more than 50 years ago.

The mother of two was shipped from her home in Glasgow to the “giant doors” of an infamous children’s home in Derry, Northern Ireland, aged eight.

Within minutes of arriving, she was stripped, scrubbed with Jeyes Fluid and had her beautiful long hair shorn off, as a matter of protocol.

And a seven-year nightmare of abuse at the hands of nuns and priests began.

Kate survived and waived her right to anonymity to give heart-wrenching testimony at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Belfast in 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Paedophile priest admits charges against three new victims

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

MIKE MATHER
May 30 2017

A former Catholic priest jailed for molesting boys in the 1970s and 80s has admitted charges against three new victims.

Mark Mannix Brown, 74, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault and attempted sodomy.

Some of the charges are representative.

He was remanded on continuing bail by Judge Kim Saunders, to be sentenced on July 19, following the compiling of a pre-sentence assessment and a restorative justice conference with one of his victims.

Brown was jailed for 15 months in 1990 for sexual offending against altar boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

I'm no fan of organised religion but George Pell's trial by media has to stop

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Amanda Vanstone

The media frenzy surrounding Cardinal George Pell is the lowest point in civil discourse in my lifetime. I'm 64.

What we are seeing is no better than a lynch mob from the dark ages. Some in the media think they are above the law both overseas and at home. Deep pockets of your boss or lesser pockets on your victim, build bravado. If your assets aren't on the line you can trash a reputation with gay abandon.

The systemic abuse of predominantly young boys in churches, government institutions and schools and the cover up is a stain on our past. It did irreparable harm to many young people and the Catholic Church was a chief perpetrator. Even the Victorian Police joined in the cover up.The career of a good and decent policeman who didn't want to let sleeping dogs lie was ruined.

At least they've sought to right that wrong. Whether they have pursued everyone involved in ruining that career, and everyone who covered up, I don't know. Throwing out principle, treating Pell as guilty from the start won't right all the wrongs perpetrated on innocent children. It will simply perpetrate other evils.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Child abuse inquiry set to drop investigation into Ealing Abbey monks

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter
May 30 2017
The Times

An investigation into one of the worst scandals to afflict the Catholic Church in Britain is set to be dropped from the public inquiry into child abuse.

Next week lawyers for Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will propose that no evidence be called about decades of abuse of pupils at Ealing Abbey and its adjoining independent school, St Benedict’s.

Victims were furious and accused Professor Jay of backtracking on her previous promise not to reduce the scope of the inquiry. They said the move undermined the credibility of the inquiry, which has lost three chairwomen, cost more than £20 million and shown little tangible progress since it was set up by Theresa May in 2014.

The 60-year history of abuse at the school and abbey in Ealing, west London, was exposed by The Times, leading to an independent review by a respected barrister, an emergency visit by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and intervention by the Vatican.

A report by Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, concluded in 2011 that there had been a “lengthy and cumulative failure” by monks at the abbey to protect children in their care. He named five monks and three lay teachers as abusers. The report said that monks who had been banned from teaching because of abusive conduct had continued to live next door to St Benedict’s School and had access to children.

Lord Carlile’s report said “there were repeated acts of abuse committed by monks” and it was difficult to believe that “other monks were not suspicious of, or at least alerted to, the possibility of abusive or inappropriate behaviour by colleagues.” He recommended an overhaul of governance which would remove control of the school from monks.

A preliminary IICSA hearing will be told that it will focus on abuse allegations at three Benedictine institutions — Ampleforth, Downside and Worth — but will abandon its previous commitments to investigate Ealing and Fort Augustus in Scotland.

IICSA lawyers will say that proposed dates for hearings into the Benedictines in November and December clash with the criminal trial of a man previously connected with Ealing Abbey who has been charged with child abuse offences. Rather than delay the hearings, they will say Ealing should be removed from the inquiry. The examination of Fort Augustus is being dropped because the inquiry’s remit is to examine cases in England and Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Former Waikato Catholic priest Mark Brown admits more historic sex charges

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

Belinda Feek

A former Waikato Catholic priest convicted and jailed for molesting young boys in the 1970s and 80s has today admitted further historic offending.

Father Mark Mannix Brown pleaded guilty to four representative charges when he appeared today in Hamilton District Court.

The former priest was jailed for 15 months in March 1990 for indecently assaulting two altar boys in the 1980s.

The now 74-year-old was the parish priest at St Mary's Church, Hamilton, at the time.

While he has not reoffended since being jailed, he hit the headlines 11 years ago when he took in serial child-molester Howard Vivian Kitching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

'It was clear that public opinion influenced the Sisters of Charity's decision'

IRELAND
The Journal

THE RELIGIOUS SISTERS of Charity have stepped back from their involvement in the new National Maternity Hospital after a massive public backlash.

Although their statement yesterday said that they had been considering this option for the past two years, it’s clear to stakeholders that it was the outrage from the public that pushed them to give up ownership.

AIMS Ireland, the representative body of maternity service users in Ireland, praised both the Minister for Health Simon Harris, and the Sisters of Charity for achieving this result, which was “undoubtedly down to the people’s voices”.

National Maternity Hospital board member Mícheál Mac Donncha (Sinn Féin) said that “it was clear that public opinion influenced their decision”.

"I’ve no doubt that their withdrawal was caused by the controversy."

Social Democrats leader Róisín Shorthall said that the decision showed that ”the wide-spread public outcry” in relation to the National Maternity Hospital “has been heard and heard loudly”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Exit of Sisters of Charity from St Vincent’s a victory for people power

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

The announcement by the Sisters of Charity that they are ending their involvement with St Vincent’s Hospital at Elm Park, Dublin, after 183 years is a major turning point in the history of religious involvement in Irish healthcare.

It also represents a huge victory for “people power”, much of it expressed online after controversy erupted last month over the fact that the nuns would, through their ownership of St Vincent’s, also take control of the new national maternity hospital to be built on the same campus.

The “people” who made the running on the issue were unhappy at the extent of religious involvement in healthcare, and incensed at the notion that this involvement might be increased further though the “gifting” of ownership of the maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity.

In Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), this viewpoint found an unlikely, yet articulate and determined, hero. Now in retirement, Dr Boylan spoke out against the interests of his alma mater, which had already signed up to the deal mediated last November that would give the nuns ultimate ownership of the site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Edmonton archbishop says Vatican should consider an apology for role in residential schools

CANADA
CBC News

Edmonton's Catholic archbishop says he has spoken with Pope Francis about calls for the church to consider formally apologizing for its role in Canada's legacy of residential schools.

Over a breakfast with journalists Monday, Archbishop Richard Smith said during visits to the Vatican earlier this year he and other Canadian bishops spoke with the pope about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and calls for the pontiff to visit Canada to make an apology.

"He is a man with a very serious pastoral faith, so we trust he will do what is right and what is good," Smith said.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he asked Pope Francis during an official meeting to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in the tragedy of residential schools.

The schools enlisted First Nations children into Catholic boarding schools with terrible living conditions. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission documented the deaths of more than 6,000 residential school students as a result of their school experiences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Justin Trudeau asks pope for public apology to Canada's indigenous communities

VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

2017-05-29

"Morning.”
"Good morning.”
"Nice to meet you.”
"It's a pleasure. It's a pleasure to meet you, Holy Father.”

While evidently holding in his emotion, Catholic Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, respectfully met with Pope Francis Monday morning.

The two spoke with official translators about "issues of integration and reconciliation, along with religious freedom and current ethical issues.”

Trudeau asked Pope Francis for a public apology, on behalf of the Church, to Canada's first indigenous communities, who suffered physical and sexual abuse by Catholic-run schools.

It is a drama that affected about 150,000 natives in the late nineteenth century, who were forced to abandon their customs and assimilate the rest of the population in schools belonging to federal authorities, Catholics or Protestants.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI apologized and "expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the Church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Another Voice: Law protecting child sex abusers must be changed

NEW YORK
The Buffalo News

By Melanie Blow

I know where a dangerous sex offender lives. He’s not registered under Megan’s Law and can pass a background check. I believe he is still abusing kids. I know where he meets them and where he abuses them. There is nothing I can do to stop him.

I know this man is dangerous because when I was a child he sexually abused me. I didn’t tell anyone, because he’s a relative and I didn’t want to cause family strife.

When I heard he sexually abused another girl, I called the police hoping to protect other kids. However, I learned that at the tender age of 24, I was too old to press charges. New York’s statute of limitations had closed.

I’ve attended hundreds of support groups and met thousands of survivors. My story is common. One in five children are sexually abused. It takes them an average of 21 years to disclose their abuse. By the time most survivors can talk about their abuse, they can’t press charges. That’s wrong, and dangerous to children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Thousands of Nottingham sex abuse victims could be suffering in silence

UNITED KINGDOM
Nottingham Post

By Laura Hammond | Posted: May 30, 2017

Thousands of Nottingham people who were abused as children could be suffering in silence, it has been claimed.

Professor Alexis Jay, the chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has said she wants victims to speak about what happened to them - and has promised they won't be judged or challenged.

The Inquiry has launched The Truth Project, which aims to listen to victims who suffered abuse in institutions such as children's homes and schools. The findings will not be used as evidence, rather form recommendations for the nationwide inquiry.

Professor Jay said: "For generations, not facing up to child sexual abuse and its terrible consequences was a shameful blight on our national conscience. This has to change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Ex-state senator hired by Boy Scouts to lobby against Child Victims Act shows Albany swamp needs draining

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
NIKKI DUBOSE
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 29, 2017

When you're a crook, there are no limits to the depths you will go to cover up your filth. Just ask most of the New York politicians, including former Senator Craig Johnson, who is a key ally and fundraising partner for the Independent Democratic Conference, led by Senator Jeff Klein.

Conveniently, Johnson is also a paid lobbyist, representing the Boy Scouts and opposing the Child Victims Act, the bill I have been advocating for since the start of the New York legislative session. The Child Victims Act seeks to eliminate the statute of limitations for children who have been sexually abused and provides a one year look back window in civil court for adult survivors.

Just as with the tremendous lobbying efforts of the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts appears to be covering up some major pedophile actions. Why else would they be opposing a bill to protect children from sexual abuse? The opposition have been relying on excuses to delay the passing of the bill for ages now. First, there is the "one year look back" defense. But let me just throw that one out of the window. Senate Bill 813, the Justice for Victims Act, passed in California last year, but adults still have to go through a due process; there have been no flooded jails or courts filled with frivolous lawsuits.

Then there was the "lack of public support," made by Governor Cuomo's spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi in a previous NY Daily News article. What a sham. Everyone from Reddit to the Women's March NYC, to an outpouring of survivors, advocates, and organizations have been sending in letters, tweeting and calling the Governor and legislators, demanding that the bill be brought to the floor for a vote. We have the public's support. What we lack is the moral backbone and decency in New York politics to protect children from sexual predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Pope’s apology for residential schools key step for reconciliation: survivor

CANADA
Global News

By Tania Kohut
Senior National Online Journalist, Breaking News Global News

Justin Trudeau has invited Pope Francis to travel to Canada and offer a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

The move, which the prime minister said the Pope seemed open to, would help strengthen the reconciliation process.

“The Catholic Church is unique in the sense that it’s really a global church,” said Reid Locklin, associate professor of Christianity at the University of Toronto.

“There have been lots of apologies issued, but really in terms of who speaks for the Catholic Church ultimately is the Pope.”

More than 150,000 indigenous children attended residential schools over more than 100 years. Sexual and physical abuse were “rampant” at many of the institutions, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Netflix's Keepers doc prompts police to launch online sexual abuse forms

UNITED STATES
IrishCentral

James Wilson @jameswilson1919 May 30, 2017

The release of Netflix's documentary series about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun has generated such a level of interest that police have created an online submission form in relation to the case.

“The Keepers” tells the tale of Keough High School’s English teacher Sr Cathy Cesnik, whom many suspect was murdered because she knew too much about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

"We have been contacted by victims from the past who want to report the sex offenses that occurred to them," the local police department said in a statement. "The murder investigation related to this Netflix series was handled by the Baltimore County Police Department."

Decades have passed since the crime was committed, but local people are still desperate for police to get to the bottom of it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

Latest sex abuse victim says 2 other Boy Scouts leaders also raped him

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Father Louis Brouillard is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

Guam - Yet another lawsuit filed against the church but this time the complaint details sexual abuse not by one but by at least two other boy scout leaders during a camping trip at Ypao Beach in the 1970s.

The most recent case is now the 71st lawsuit to be filed against the Archdiocese of Agana for civil claims of sexual abuse. Like many of the other lawsuits filed, it dates back to the 1970s and details rape committed by former Guam priest and Boy Scout master Father Louis Brouillard.

The lawsuit was filed by a 54-year-old man with the initials A.N.D. who is represented by Atty. David Lujan. A.N.D. says he was just 11 years old at the time he was first raped. It happened in 1974 during a camping trip at Ypao Beach for a Boy Scout Jamboree session in which each village’s Boy Scout troop met at Ypao Beach during the summer for 2 weeks.

One night, according to the complaint, Brouillard went around the tents and handpicked 10 boys, including A.N.D., took them to a nearby building and sexually abused all the boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

May 29, 2017

Trial near for North Carolina sect members accused of beating demons out of people

NORTH CAROLINA
News & Record

AP

RUTHERFORDTON — It has been nearly 4½ years since Matthew Fenner said he was beaten in a church sanctuary by a group of congregants hell-bent on expelling his “homosexual demons.”

After countless twists and turns, the long-delayed, high-profile case finally appears ready to move forward in North Carolina Superior Court.

Jury selection could begin today for the first of five Word of Faith Fellowship members charged in the attack. Each defendant will be tried separately.

The first defendant, longtime minister Brooke Covington, 58, has pleaded innocent to one count each of kidnapping and assault. If convicted, she faces up to two years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

'Goodbye, brave man': Anthony Foster was a fierce advocate, and a friend

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video and audio]

ANALYSIS
By Paul Kennedy

Two weeks ago Chrissie Foster said to her husband Anthony: "You know, you are perfect."

"No, no," said the modest man with silver hair and kind eyes.

"Yes, you are," she said. "You're perfect."

Chrissie and Anthony were married 36 years but never tired of telling each other how much they were adored.

Their love was stronger than anything; it helped them survive the terrible crimes against their family.

It is why Anthony's sudden death was so unthinkable.

I met Chrissie and Anthony 21 years ago while covering a story of clergy sex abuse as a cadet newspaperman.

Two of the Fosters' daughters, Emma and Katie, were among the many victims of jailed Father Kevin O'Donnell, who had been grooming and raping children since the 1950s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Residential school survivors shouldn't have to beg Pope for apology, says survivor

CANADA
CBC News

By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: May 29, 2017

The Pope shouldn't have to be asked to come to Canada and apologize for the harm inflicted by the residential school system, says one survivor.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Pope Francis Monday and asked for an apology on behalf of residential school survivors. Following the meeting, the Vatican issued a statement saying Pope Francis will consider the request. No timeline has been given.

That doesn't sit well with Eugene Arcand. The Saskatchewan man has held a number of national positions representing survivors. In an interview Monday afternoon, Arcand emphasized he is stating his own views, and other survivors and their surviving children should be asked for theirs.

That said, the Vatican has long known about the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He said survivors deserve better.

"Surely, he could find it in his heart to come here and apologize," Arcand said.

"We shouldn't have to go on our hands and knees again to this particular church to seek some level of dignity and redress for the destruction of generations of the First Peoples of this country."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Trudeau says Pope working on request for residential schools apology

ROME
The Globe and Mail

ROBERT FIFE
ROME — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May 29, 2017

Pope Francis has offered to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s bishops on a “path forward” to issuing a historic papal apology for the role the Catholic Church played in the dark legacy of residential schools.

The pontiff signalled to Mr. Trudeau during a 42-minute private audience that a formal apology would be forthcoming to Indigenous survivors for the sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered at church-run schools.

“I told him about how important it is for Canadians that we move forward on real reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology,” Mr. Trudeau later told reporters.

“He reminded me his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world and fighting for them and he looked forward to working with me and the Canadian bishops to figure out a path forward together.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE Child abuse survivors in Scotland organise vigil to remember tragic victims

SCOTLAND
Scottish Sun

By Lisa Boyle
29th May 2017

BRAVE survivors of historic child abuse in Scotland will gather for a poignant vigil to remember victims who have lost their lives.

They will be joined by survivors from Northern Ireland as well as politicians from both Scotland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The service will be held outside The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry building in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning.

At 1pm survivors will gather to take part in a minute’s silence to remember youngsters whose lives have been taken by abusers, and those who have died without gaining justice for the crimes committed against them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Suit: Boy repeatedly raped

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

The mounting cases of abuse of children have turned even worse with the filing of a civil case alleging repeated sexual abuse of a very young boy, who was a Cub Scout, while attending mandatory Boy Scout jamborees decades ago.

That Cub Scout, now a 54-year-old man, with the initials A.N.D. to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and former Guam priest Louis Brouillard.

A.N.D. alleges he was 11 in the summer of 1974 when he was sexually abused and raped by Brouillard, who was a priest and scoutmaster during a jamboree at Ypao Beach. The lawsuit states Brouillard went around the different camps and selected several boys, including A.N.D., and took them to a small building near Ypao where he allegedly forced himself on the 10 boys, sexually molesting and raping them and forcing the boys to perform sexual acts on him.

The civil complaint states as Brouillard abused the boys, they were crying. This happened every night for seven nights during the jamboree, court documents state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Appointment of bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America, His Excellency Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., of the U.S. “Moreau” province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, currently pastor of the Saint Ignatius parish in Austin, Texas.

Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C.

Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., was born on 28 June 1967 in South Bend, Indiana, in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the “Notre Dame” University (1990), and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the “Notre Dame” University (1993) and then obtained a diploma in executive management from the same university (2002).

He gave his solemn vows in the Congregation of the Holy Cross on 28 August 1993. He was ordained a priest on 9 April 1994 for the same congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Anthony Foster: Tireless fighter against Catholic sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

By Jay Savage
BBC News, Sydney

Clutching a photo of two smiling girls, Anthony Foster last year delivered a powerful statement about what had become his life's mission.

"These are my girls," he said before television cameras in Rome.

"A Catholic priest was raping them when this photo was taken so that's why we've been fighting for so long... This was my perfect family. We created that, the Catholic Church destroyed it."

That fight occupied much of his final two decades. Mr Foster died in hospital at the weekend not long after suffering a fall at his home in Melbourne. He was 64.

Along with his wife, Chrissie, Mr Foster had relentlessly pursued the church for answers since his daughters, Emma and Katie, were abused at their primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Bishop-Elect Named For Diocese Of Pensacola-Tallahassee

FLORIDA
WKRG

By Chris Best
Published: May 29, 2017

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee announced Monday that it has a new Bishop-elect. William Wack with be the sixth bishop of the diocese. It was announced in a press release on the diocese website:

On May 29, 2017, it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop-elect William A. Wack the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Bishop-elect Wack comes to the diocese from the Diocese of Austin (TX), where he has been pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Parish.The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee has been without a bishop since January 4, 2017, when Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed as Bishop of St. Petersburg. In the interim, the diocese has been under the guidance of Msgr. James Flaherty, diocesan administrator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Trudeau asks Pope to apologize in Canada for residential schools

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Register

BY CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
May 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he asked Pope Francis to help Canadians "move forward on a real reconciliation" with the country's indigenous people "by issuing an apology" on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in harming their communities.

The Prime Minister spoke to a handful of reporters in Rome's Villa Borghese Park May 29 following a 36-minute private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

"He reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world, fighting for them," the Prime Minister said, adding the Pope said that "he looked forward to working with me and with the Canadian bishops to figure out a path forward together."

The 2015 report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focused on past treatment of the Indigenous communities and concrete steps for a future of greater inclusion, included a recommendation that the Pope come to Canada to apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church for its participation in the residential schools for indigenous children.

Pope Benedict formally apologized in 2009 for the Church’s complicity in residential schools in a meeting with Phil Fontaine, then National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and other Native leaders, who met with the Pope in the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Trudeau says Pope appeared 'open' to the idea of a residential schools apology

VATICAN CITY
Sudbury.com

VATICAN CITY — Justin Trudeau says he told Pope Francis it's important for all Canadians to move forward with reconciliation, and that the pontiff could help by issuing an apology for the role of the Catholic Church played in residential schools.

The prime minister says the Pope appeared to be open to it, noting that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world.

Following his visit to Vatican City, Trudeau says Pope Francis looked forward to working with the prime minister and the Canadian bishops on finding a way forward.

Trudeau says he also invited Pope Francis to visit Canada in the coming years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Justin Trudeau meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY
eOntarioNow

May 29, 2017 by Beth Owens

Pope Francis received Monday in a seemingly relaxed atmosphere the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, come to speak to him about the aboriginal people of Canada victims of the policies of assimilation in which the Catholic Church has actively participated.

Trudeau was to ask the Pope to come to Canada to apologize to the aboriginal people, who had been victims of more than a century of abuse in residential schools governed mainly by the Church.

This was one of the end-2015 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which heard testimony from nearly 7,000 alumni over six years.

Visibly relaxed during the public minutes of the audience, the Pope and Mr. Trudeau exchanged smiles and jokes without mentioning their 36 minutes of private conversation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

An Open Letter to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NEW YORK
Catholic Whistleblowers

From the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee

May 22, 2017

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Re.: Child Victims Act
Dear Governor Cuomo,

If you had been sexually abused when you were a child, what would you be doing today? Or if such sexual abuse had happened to a member of your family, what would be your response?

Sexual abuse of children is a reality in New York State just as it is throughout the United States and around the world. And the voice of each of these victims must be heard whenever the voice speaks out – no matter how long it takes for the victim’s voice to come forth.

For the good of the society, when sexual abuse of a child becomes known, the victim needs access to justice and the society needs to know the name of the culprit so as to protect other children.

Thus, looking forward New York State needs to remove all statutes of limitations in both criminal and civil cases of child sexual abuse, as well as adding clergy to the list of mandated reporters and requiring criminal background checks for all employees and volunteers who work with children in either public or private settings.

Moreover, to render justice in civil cases where the current statute of limitations bars victims from speaking up in a court of law, a ‘lookback window’ of at least one year is necessary so as to provide the victims of child sexual abuse an open door to justice. Of course, guilt and responsibility would need to be established in the court, but with a ‘lookback window’ the victims at least would have the chance to prove their allegation.

Actually, by his actions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan supports a ‘lookback window’ in that 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 claims exceed 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.

However, Cardinal Dolan’s plan limps severely in that it excludes compensation for victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated within the context of the Catholic Church by priests, sisters, and brothers who are members of religious orders, as well as for victims of abuse committed by lay employees or volunteers. His plan also does not provide for the public naming of priests against whom there is a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor as he did in 2004 while he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

In addition, even while doing right by a limited number of victim/survivors, Cardinal Dolan, using the expertise of lobbyists representing the New York State Catholic Conference, appears to spare no expense in opposing any proposed legislation that includes opening a civil ‘lookback window’ which would give those victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse, by anyone, access to the justice they have been denied for so long.

Finally, it is disingenuous for the Catholic bishops in the United States to purport adherence to a zero tolerance policy for anyone credibly accused of sexually abusing a child. Their claim is off point. As a single yet very important example, the bishops prohibit their independent ‘Charter’ auditors (StoneBridge Business Partners located in Rochester, New York) to review the sexual abuse allegation files in the diocesan offices throughout the country to verity that each diocese is in compliance with the related civil and church laws. In short, no independent source verifies that the Catholic bishops actually handle allegations of clergy sexual abuse according to procedures required by civil and church laws.

Therefore, we members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee urge you to do all in your power to bring about the enactment of the Child Victims Act.

Respectfully submitted,

Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee who submit this Open Letter 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. Patrick Winchester Collins, Ph.D. (Douglas, MI); Rev. Thomas Doyle, OP, J.C.D. (Vienna, VA); Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D. (Milwaukee, WI)

Contacts: 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 10:21 AM

Trudeau arrives at Vatican, looking for formal apology for residential schools

VATICAN CITY
CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the Vatican on Monday with plans to raise reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the global fight against climate change and the importance of religious and cultural diversity during a meeting with Pope Francis.

He will also ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

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.

The Liberal government has promised to act on all of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

‘The Keepers’ Is the Best True-Crime Docuseries Yet

UNITED STATES
Variety

Sonia Saraiya
TV Critic
@soniasaraiya

The Netflix docuseries should be a model for others — it avoids the mistakes that "Serial," "Making A Murderer," and "The Jinx" made

One of the most distinctive characteristics of Netflix’s “The Keepers,” a seven-part docuseries that premiered May 19, is that nearly every speaking character is a middle-aged woman. This is rare enough that it begins to be surprising, and soon after that, it becomes one of the defining elements of the show — following an interviewee into her living room as she is accompanied by her five small dogs, or reminiscing with another about her loving husband, now deceased. The B-roll notices things like the decorations on the walls, the family photos on the mantle, and the niceties of small talk. These are no Hollywood-friendly million-dollar kitchens, or carefully composed sitcom living rooms. The subjects of “The Keepers” keep cozy homes, in an unassuming, uncontrived way that indicates much about them. In this largely Catholic, working-to-middle class community of Baltimore, “The Keepers” manages to convey a mindset and shared, accepted values by just following the interviewees home.

“The Keepers” tells the true story of the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a young nun and high school teacher who disappeared in late 1969 only to be found dead two months later. Her disappearance was followed a few days later by another murder of another young woman named Joyce Malecki. Both cases remain unsolved. But Cesnik and Malecki had in common a connection to a powerful local priest, Father Joseph Maskell. As Cesnik’s former students started to ask questions about what happened, they began to uncover a shocking legacy of sexual abuse and coercion around Maskell and the high school he and Cesnik worked at: Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls school with a primarily Catholic student body. Two former students of Sister Cathy’s, Abbie Schaub and Gemma Hoskins, started a Facebook page and a tip line. A third, who remained anonymous for years to protect her reputation, comes forward in “The Keepers” to identify herself as Jean Wehner, one of Maskell’s most-abused victims who had repressed much of what happened to her. Schaub, Hoskins, and Wehner work together to compile information, pursue leads, and corroborate Wehner’s own disturbing memories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Northern Ireland abuse victim's search for long lost Scottish family

IRELAND/SCOTLAND
Belfast Telegraph

May 29 2017

A victim of historic child abuse at a Catholic Church children's home is to make an emotional return to her hometown in a bid to trace her long lost family.

Kate Walmsley, 60, was seven years old when she was taken from her home in Glasgow and placed in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in Londonderry, following the break-up of her parents' marriage.

While there she was regularly sexually assaulted by a priest and beaten by the nuns.

After more than five decades away from home Ms Walmsley is to make her first trip back to Scotland on Wednesday where she hopes to trace some family members.

"I have always wanted to go back to the place where I remember being happy, before all the abuse. I finally feel it is time," said Ms Walmsley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Saddleback Church Members React To Arrest Of Youth Pastor Accused Of Lewd Acts With Teens

CALIFORNIA
CBS Los Angeles

LAKE FOREST (CBSLA.com) – A youth volunteer at an Orange County megachurch has been arrested on suspicion of having inappropriate relations with at least two boys.

Ruven Meulenberg, who volunteers as a junior high youth mentor with Saddleback Church, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child following a parent’s report, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

He was booked into Orange County Jail and is now being held on $100,000 bail.

Today was the first time Sunday services were held since the arrest.

CBS 2’s Greg Mills spoke to congregants who, suffice to say, were not happy hearing the news.

“It’s not acceptable,” said Lennard Cowans.

Many, like Cowans were hearing the news for the first time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Compassionate account of a terrible era of moral dictatorship

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Margaret Madden
May 29 2017

Fiction: The American Girl
Rachael English, Hachette Ireland, €18.40

Boston-Irish Rose Moroney shocks her family when she finds herself pregnant at 17. It is 1968 and while Rose insists she will marry her boyfriend, her mother is having none of it. "There are ways of handling these things."

The family's hard-earned reputation is everything to them and Rose is dispatched to Ireland, where she can conceal her condition and place her baby up for adoption.

Young Rose is met by her aunt, a nun in Carrickbrack Mother and Baby Home, and is soon swallowed whole by the religious institution.

The girls are treated abysmally and their babies seen as commodities; sold with no emotional involvement.

Sister Agnes justifies the adoptions in the typical Catholic way: "Unfortunately, many modern girls have peculiar ideas. They think they can do whatever they like without considering the consequences. And, of course, they never pause to consider the pain and shame they're visiting on their families."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Religious group Sisters of Charity 'end involvement' with National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY ANITA MCSORLEY
29 MAY 2017

Religious order Sister of Charity will have no involvement with the new National Maternity Hospital.

The order confirmed the news this morning as they announced they will part ways with the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG).

Sisters of Charity, which helped run the depraved Magdalene laundries, are stakeholders in SVHG, which incorporates St Vincent's University Hospital, St Vincent's Private and St Michael's in Dublin.

The new €300m National Maternity Hospital is set to be built on the St Vincent's University Hospital campus.

By relinquishing their ownership, the nuns will no longer be able to appoint directors to the board of the group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

National Maternity Hospital: Sisters of Charity to relinquish ownership of St Vincent's Healthcare Group

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, May 29, 2017

Update 11.21pm: The Sisters of Charity said they had spent the last two years trying to find the best way to give up their ownership of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG).

"Just as our Founder Mary Aikenhead saw the need in 1834 to establish a hospital to meet the needs of the sick and poor, we believe that it is in the best interests of the patients and children born in the National Maternity Hospital today that they be provided with modern maternity and neonatal services that are women and infant centred and integrated within the Elm Park campus," Sr Mary Christian, the leader of the order said.

"It is now time for us to relinquish completely our involvement in SVHG.

"We are confident that the board, management and staff of SVHG will continue to maintain a steadfast dedication to providing the best possible acute healthcare to patients and their families in line with the values espoused by Mary Aikenhead."

The potential involvement of nuns in the running and governance of a maternity hospital had caused deep unease in some medical circles and among the public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Nuns 'will not be involved' in new maternity hospital

IRELAND
RTE News

The Religious Sisters of Charity are to relinquish ownership of three hospitals they are involved with, St Vincent's University Hospital, St Vincent's Private and St Michael's.

A new company with charitable status is to be formed, called St Vincent's.

It is to replace the Sisters of Charity as the shareholders in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

The sisters will no longer have the right to appoint directors to the board of the group.

The moves follows controversy over the proposed ownership of the planned new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent's Hospital campus.

The current requirement of the healthcare group to conduct and maintain SVHG facilities in accordance with the Catholic code will be amended, to reflect compliance with national and international best practice guidelines on medical ethics and the laws of the Republic of Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Nuns 'will not be involved' in new maternity hospital, Sisters of Charity confirm

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn
May 29 2017

THE Religious Sisters of Charity has said they will end their involvement in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group and won't be involved in the ownership of the planned new National Maternity Hospital.

It comes after a row erupted over the plan to move the maternity hospital from Holles Street to the St Vincent's campus, which is owned by the religious order.

Now they have confirmed that they "will not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital".

There was concern that procedures to be carried out at the planned hospital, including fertility treatments like IVF, are against Catholic teachings and would not be allowed at the new site.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he wanted until the end of May to address the issue issue of ownership of the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Sisters of Charity to ‘end involvement’ in maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

The Sisters of Charity are to end their involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) and will have no involvement in the new national maternity hospital on its campus, the Catholic religious order has said.

Ownership of the St Vincent’s group is to be transferred to a newly-formed company with charitable status to be called “St Vincent’s”, according to a statement from the order.

It said the Sisters of Charity would have no involvement with this new company.

Existing codes governing medical ethics at the St Vincent’s would be amended and replaced to reflect compliance with national and international best practice guidelines and the laws of Ireland, the order continued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

LOVETT: Abuse survivors rip Boy Scouts for hiring ex-state senator to lobby against Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 29, 2017

ALBANY — The Boy Scouts of America has hired a former state senator to lobby against legislation that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults.

The Boy Scouts this year are paying Dentons US $12,500 a month to lobby on three bills, including against the Child Victims Act.

Former Sen. Craig Johnson, a Long Island Democrat, is a principal for Dentons’ public policy and regulatory practice and one of two people from the firm registered since February to represent the Boy Scouts in Albany, according to filings with the state ethics commission.

Johnson referred questions to the Boy Scouts.

In an email, a spokesman for the organization confirmed Johnson was hired to work “on a variety of legislative matters in New York that impact youth-serving organizations” — including the Child Victims Act.

The spokesman did not respond to a followup email asking why the scouts are fighting the legislation. The organization is said to oppose for financial reasons the push to create a one-year window to revive old sex abuse cases that can’t be pursued under current law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Destroy 'highly personal' residential school records, NTI says

CANADA
CBC News

Inuit are opposed to the federal government's position in the Supreme Court case which will decide whether to preserve or destroy "highly personal" accounts of residential school survivors.

The Government of Canada is arguing that the Federal Access and Privacy legislation mandates these records be preserved in national archives.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, which speaks for Inuit in Canada, says all Independent Assessment Process records should be destroyed, unless an individual survivor opts for theirs to be kept.

The Supreme Court started hearing arguments in the case on Thursday.

"The main issue is whether the 30,000 highly personal and descriptive, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse records by residential school survivors will be destroyed or not," NTI's Bruce Oviluk said.

He says the nature of small Northern communities means, even if names were redacted, making these stories public could expose Inuit residential school survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Guam clergy sex abuse cases tracked in database

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

Guam is a great example of how changing the law can provide enormous but long-delayed benefits to clergy sex abuse victims, according to the publisher of one of the most comprehensive databases on Catholic clergy sex abuse of minors worldwide.

G.R. Pafumi, publisher of Victims Speak Database or VictimsSpeakDB.org, said Guam alone has 75 Catholic clergy sex abuse cases involving 70 unique victims and 15 clergy.

The bulk of the alleged abuses are contained in 69 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far in local and federal courts since Guam lifted on Sept. 23, 2016 the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse.

The law allows victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers, and the institutions with which they are associated, at any time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Netflix Show The Keepers Has Made It Easier To Report Sexual Assault

UNITED STATES
Elle (UK)

BY LOUISE DONOVAN
MAY 29, 2017

Sick of the binge-watching shamers? If someone ever tries to discredit you inhaling several hundred hours of TV, simply roll out this titbit of news: after Netflix's new true-crime series The Keepers premiered last Friday, the Baltimore police created an online form for those who want to report abuse related to the documentary.

The show delves into the unsolved murder of 26-year-old Baltimore nun and teacher Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik (aka Sister Cathy) who went missing in 1969.

Two months after she disappeared, her decomposing body was found in a field. The show suggests she was murdered after she was about to expose serious levels of sexual assault happening in the Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls Catholic high school where Cesnik taught.

In the Netflix original documentary, six people claim they were repeatedly sexually abused by Father A. Joseph Maskell, a priest who worked at the school as a chaplain/guidance counselor throughout the 1960s and '70s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Lawsuit claims Brouillard, older scouts raped boy during jamborees

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Published May 29, 2017

Former island priest Louis Brouillard allegedly raped and sexually molested a former boy scout every night during the Boy Scouts of America's summer jamborees around 1974 and 1975, a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam Monday afternoon says.

The complaint, filed by a man identified in court documents only as A.N.D., also alleged that two older scout leaders took turns raping the boy in the 1975 summer jamboree.

That was after A.N.D. allegedly told Brouillard he was going to report what the priest was doing to him, the lawsuit says.

"During the period in which he was a boy scout, A.N.D. was sexually molested and raped by Brouillard," the complaint says. "Brouillard was a Catholic priest for the Agana Archdiocese, and was also an employee, volunteer and/or agent of the Boy Scouts of America, who worked as a scoutmaster and performed duties for the Aloha Council."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

May 28, 2017

Trudeau to urge Pope Francis to apologize to residential school victims

ROME
The Globe and Mail

ROBERT FIFE - OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF
ROME — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, May 28, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hopeful Pope Francis will heed a personal call to make a formal apology to aboriginal survivors of sexual and physical abuse at Catholic-run residential schools during a private audience with his holiness at the Vatican on Monday.

Mr. Trudeau will use the one-on-one meeting in the Apostolic Palace to request a papal apology and an “open invitation” for the Pontiff to visit Canada to address victims of the residential school system.

“The Prime Minister is using this opportunity to talk to the Pope about Indigenous issues and reconciliation and one of the things aboriginal communities want is an apology,” a government official said.

Canadian and Vatican officials have been working behind the scenes to arrange the meeting, which officials say is an opportunity for Pope Francis to make amends for a dark chapter in the Catholic Church’s attempt to “Christianize” Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Trudeau to raise Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and diversity in meeting with Pope

ROME
Metro

By: Joanna Smith The Canadian Press Published on Sun May 28 2017

ROME — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to raise reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the global fight against climate change and the importance of religious and cultural diversity when he meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday.

There, he will also ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

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.

The Liberal government has promised to act on all of them.

Trudeau, who is religious, is also expected to discuss the Catholic community in Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Former altar boy reported sexual abuse

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A former altar boy who was allegedly sexually abused when he was 9 years old said he reported the abuse decades later to Catholic Church officials.

G.J., who used his initials to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday against the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Andrew Mannetta.

The lawsuit states G.J. became an altar boy at the Mangilao parish in 1985 to learn about priesthood and considered the Mangilao church his "second home."

Attorney David Lujan, who represents G.J., accuses Mannetta of developing an "evil campaign" to induce altar boys to spend the night at the rectory so they wouldn't be late to serve at early morning Mass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Pastor of two Fargo Catholic Diocese churches placed on leave

NORTH DAKOTA
KFGO

Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Jim Monk

FARGO (KFGO) - The pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor has been placed on administrative leave for what the Diocese of Fargo calls "alleged conduct" involving his interaction with youth.

The Diocese says Father Thomas Feltman has been removed from his duties and will not be residing at the parish pending the outcome of an investigation.

Bishop John Folda says the report is being taken seriously and says "appropriate civil authorities" have been contacted.

Statement from Bishop Folda:

The Diocese of Fargo has placed Father Thomas Feltman, Pastor of St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor, on administrative leave from his priestly duties pending the outcome of an investigation into his alleged conduct at the Parish.

In a statement, Bishop John Folda of the Diocese of Fargo told parishioners of the two parishes: “Late last week, Father Thomas Feltman came to the Diocese to inform us of concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth. We take any such concerns very seriously. We have reported the concerns to appropriate civil authorities at Richland County Social Services for them to review and investigate as they deem appropriate; we have placed Father Feltman on administrative leave and have removed him from his priestly duties pending a complete investigation of this matter. Father Feltman will not be residing at the Parish during the period of this investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Pastor on Administrative Leave for Alleged Conduct with Youth in Richland County

NORTH DAKOTA
KVRR

Nick Broadway

RICHLAND COUNTY, N.D. — A Richland County pastor was placed on administrative leave for alleged conduct with youth.

Officials with the Diocese of Fargo said Father Thomas Feltman is being investigated.

He was a pastor for churches in Wyndmere and Milnor.

They said Feltman told the Diocese last week about concerns regarding his interactions with youth.

Andrew Jasinski was chosen to be the Temporary Administrator of the parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Richland County sheriff investigating pastor's possible inappropriate conduct with children

NORTH DAKOTA
Valley News Live

Parishioners head back to church this morning a day after the Fargo diocese dropped a Memorial weekend bombshell that one one of their own was being investigated for his interactions with children.

Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of the St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor is on administrative leave after concerns were brought to his attention regarding his interaction with children.

The Fargo Diocese says that Father Feltman approached the organization saying that there were "concerns that had been brought to him about regarding his interaction with youth."

The Diocese then placed Father Feltman on administrative leave and reported the issue to investigators. He also won't be living in the parish until the end of the investigation.

A Saturday evening press conference to address the media brought forward little new information. When asked about the nature of the accusations against Father Feltman, a Fargo Diocese spokesperson said that any of those questions would have to be directed towards the Richland County Sheriff's office. The spokesperson also couldn't say if there were similar claims made at Father Feltman's previous parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Area pastor placed on administrative leave

NORTH DAKOTA
WDAY

[with video]

FARGO -- A local pastor has been placed on administrative leave after possible inappropriate interactions with children.

According to the Diocese of Fargo, concerns were made against Father Thomas Feltman, Pastor of St. John and the Baptist’s Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor.

The incident has been reported Richland County Social Services for a review and investigation.

Father Feltman has been removed from all priestly duties and will not be residing at the Parish during the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Pastor put on leave after concerns of interactions with youth

NORTH DAKOTA
Valley News Live

May 27, 2017

UPDATE: A press conference to address the media was held tonight, but little new information came from the meeting.

When asked about the nature of the accusations against Father Feltman, a Fargo Diocese spokesperson said that any of those questions would have to be directed towards the Richland County Sheriff's office.

The spokesperson also couldn't say if there were similar claims made at Father Feltman's previous parishes.

Currently, the Richland County Sheriff's Office detective assigned to the case is out of the office.

ORIGINAL STORY: Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of the St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor is on administrative leave after concerns were brought to his attention regarding his interaction with children.

The Fargo Diocese says that Father Feltman approached the organization saying that there were "concerns that had been brought to him about regarding his interaction with youth."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Artist urging Supreme Court to preserve residential school testimony

CANADA
CBC News

An artist who's the son of a residential school survivor is urging the Supreme Court of Canada to rule to preserve the stories of more than 35,000 people like his father so future generations can learn from the tragic chapter in the country's history.

Carey Newman founded the group Coalition to Preserve the Truth to save the testimony delivered to adjudicators as part of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was set up to determine individual compensation for survivors who suffered as a result of being forced into residential schools.

But some, like the Assembly of First Nations, want those records destroyed to protect the privacy of survivors. The documents are now in the hands of the Supreme Court, which will decide their fate.

"I think that future generations do have some right to those stories, because we are also impacted," said Newman, who came to Ottawa Thursday to argue his case to the Supreme Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM

Victim Services seeing more sexual assault clients than expected

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Attention surrounding the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown child sexual abuse scandal has not only affected the victims themselves, but also other individuals who have been assaulted at some point during their lives.

The issue has been prominently discussed from 2013, when allegations were first made that Brother Stephen Baker molested students at Bishop McCort High School, through the release of a grand jury report last year in which the diocese was accused of perpetrating a coverup to protect predator priests, until today.

Victim Services staff members believe it has played a role in the number of people coming to their organization for help.

When making a July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, fiscal year budget, Victim Services anticipated seeing about 800 sexual assault clients throughout Cambria and Somerset counties. That expected total was already surpassed by the end of February.

“I think that, especially with the media attention that this particular scandal has gotten, this particular issue, we have seen a lot of survivors who aren’t even related to this issue who are struggling a lot more because it’s constantly brought up and they’re constantly being triggered,” said Erika Brosig, Victim Services clinical supervisor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Child advocates, agencies seek 'a movement' aimed at helping kids

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

By Marcia Moore
CNHI News Reports

Health officials around Pennsylvania are sounding the alarm on child protection.

Pat Bruno, director of the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center in Sunbury said the public needs to understand how adverse childhood experiences affect adults later in life.

“What we need now is a movement,” Bruno said. “We need to make people aware that we’re dealing with a public health crisis.”

Researchers of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study found traumatic childhood experiences can lead decades later to physical and mental health problems.

“We know the more adverse childhood experiences you have, the more likely in the long term you’ll have physical problems, behavioral problems, psychological problems as an adult,” Bruno said. “We know your life expectancy will be decreased by as many as 20 years.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

6 Important Things That Happened After the Events in The Keepers

UNITED STATES
Popesugar

May 27, 2017 by MAGGIE PEHANICK

There are things in The Keepers that you can never un-hear. Netflix's latest true crime series explores the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, and it's not long until the story takes a horrific turn. The seven-part series delves into allegations of unthinkable sexual assault, perpetrated by a trusted Father at the all-girls Catholic High School where Cesnik worked. Hearing from the victims is traumatizing enough, but the way the show concludes is both frustrating and depressing. That said, the story isn't over. Here's every bit of news that has come out since The Keepers wrapped production.

1. Maskell's DNA Was Tested Against DNA Found Near the Crime Scene

In February, Father Joseph Maskell's body was exhumed. His remains were tested by a forensics lab, and his DNA did not match a sample that was taken from the Cesnik crime scene. "For now, we've pretty well reached the end of the road when it comes to forensic evidence," said a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department. "Our best hope for solving this case at this point lies with the people who are still alive. And we hope that someone will be able to come forward with conclusive information about the murder.

2. Maryland's Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse Reports Has Been Extended

In April, C.T. Wilson, the delegate who was featured in The Keepers, was finally able to pass his bill. Beginning on July 1, survivors of sexual abuse will have until age 38 to sue their abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Man claimmg sex abuse by priest at Mangilao church is 70th accuser

GUAM
KUAM

May 28, 2017
By Krystal Paco

Another $5 million lawsuit is lodged against the church. 41-year-old G.J. alleges he was sexually molested and raped by Father Andrew Mannetta while he was an altar boy at the Catholic Church in Mangilao in the mid-1980s. During sleepovers at the rectory, the priest allegedly let the altar boys watch "softporn."

On one such sleepover, Mannetta allegedly called G.J. to the bedroom where the boy was instructed to massage and masturbate the priest before he was raped. The incident was life changing and prompted G.J. to quit as an altar boy as well as give up on his dream of becoming a priest. In 2009 or 2010, the civil complaint states G.J. reached out to the church.

Deacon Jeff Barcinas and Deacon Steve Martinez were able to determine G.J.'s allegations were true. He marks the 70th plaintiff to file suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Child sex abuse victims’ advocate Anthony Foster to have state funeral

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

AAP, Herald Sun
May 28, 2017

THE FAMILY of Anthony Foster has accepted the Victorian government’s offer of a state funeral, which Premier Daniel Andrews says was to honour a man who “quietly and profoundly changed Australian history.”

Mr Foster, 64, died this week, reportedly after a major stroke.

Mr Andrews said in a statement today:

“History will record that a man named Anthony Foster quietly and profoundly changed Australian history.

“This afternoon, I offered his family a State Funeral in his honour.

“His wife, Chrissie, has accepted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

'He roared like a lion': Father who waged decade-long war against the Catholic Church over the shocking sexual abuse of his two daughters dies aged 64 after suffering a major stroke

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

A high-profile advocate for child sex abuse victims, whose daughters were repeatedly raped by a Melbourne priest, has died after suffering a major stroke.

Anthony Foster, 64, became a relentless campaigner after his daughters Emma and Katie were sexually abused by priest Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

He is believed to have died on Friday evening after falling and hitting his head.

Mr Foster rose to prominence after engaging in a decade-long battle with the Catholic church for a compensation payout.

The Fosters were offered a $50,000 payout from the church which they rejected - later taking them to court.

The church settled the Fosters in 2006 for $750,000.

Mr Foster publicly accused Cardinal George Pell - who was archbishop of Melbourne at the time - for stalling their compensation claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Who killed Sister Cathy? That is — and isn’t — the story of Netflix’s latest true crime show

UNITED STATES
Salon

ERIN KEANE

Note: This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series “The Keepers.”

True crime fans cleared their schedules for a Netflix binge last weekend when the streaming service dropped the nonfiction cold case investigation “The Keepers,” a seven-part series about the 1969 disappearance and murder of a young nun in Baltimore. Comparisons to Netflix’s 2015 sensation “Making a Murderer” were unavoidable — another fascinatingly ambiguous criminal case for fans to get lost in, debate with fellow fans, and maybe even engage in some amateur sleuthing of their own.

Once upon a time — as recent as two years ago, a lifetime in Peak TV years — new seasons of fictional prestige dramas like “House of Cards” were awaited breathlessly. True crime was more the domain of documentary features and magazine shows like “Dateline” or “The First 48,” those nonfiction procedural counterparts to the “CSI” and “Law & Order” franchises. But three influential shows paved the way for true crime stories to claim a solid berth in the prestige tier of mass entertainment. Of course networks are now looking for the next story that could stretch into a multi-part binge-worthy series rather than a one-and-done feature film.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Irish victim alleges abuse by Maskell

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Toby Harnden, Washington
May 28 2017
The Sunday Times

A potential Irish victim of Joseph Maskell, an American priest who fled to Co Wexford in the 1990s following allegations of sexual abuse in Baltimore, Maryland, has come forward after a Netflix documentary revealed his possible involvement in murder.

Maskell fled to Ireland in 1995 after US police uncovered a trove of incriminating documents, including psychological profiles of his victims, that he had buried in a Baltimore graveyard the previous year. While in Ireland he worked as a psychologist in private practice and with the local area health board.

One potential victim has come forward in Ireland, where Maskell said mass despite being defrocked. “One of the attorneys in my office took a call concerning a potential victim of sex abuse in Ireland by Maskell,” said Joanne Suder, a Baltimore lawyer who represents many of the victims.

There have been no previous reports of allegations against Maskell in Ireland, which Suder said had in the past protected paedophiles. “Historically, Ireland has not been receptive to sending priests back. It’s been a safe haven for priests and it doesn’t make Ireland safer,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Anthony Foster's death is a national loss

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
28 May 2017

ANTHONY Foster was integrity personified.

His death on Saturday, aged 64, after he collapsed on Wednesday, has shattered everyone who knew him.

His death has added to the merciless toll that’s a consequence of the Catholic Church’s history of child sexual abuse.

Anthony and wife Chrissie’s two eldest daughters, Emma and Katie, were sexually assaulted by Catholic priest Kevin O’Donnell when they were barely five and six years old, and O’Donnell was in his 70s. Emma died of a medication overdose in 2007, aged 25. Katie was struck by a car in 1999, aged 16, after periods of binge drinking. She survived, but with profound disabilities.

Since the 1990s Anthony and Chrissie Foster have fought the church on behalf of their daughters, but increasingly on behalf of all survivors.

On my desk I have the book Chrissie wrote in 2010, Hell on the Way to Heaven, about that fight, including their attempt to meet Pope Benedict in Sydney during World Youth Day events in 2008, and the church’s shocking response – that some people were “dwelling crankily on old wounds”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Abuse victim advocate Anthony Foster to be honoured with a state funeral

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

Kaitlyn Offer

High-profile child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster will be honoured with a state funeral.

Mr Foster’s wife, Chrissie, was on Sunday offered the service to commemorate a man who “quietly and profoundly changed Australian history” and she accepted, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

Mr Foster, 64, died on Friday, reportedly after a major stroke.

Anthony Foster and wife Chrissie spent years battling for justice for their abused daughters.He became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O’Donnell at their Melbourne primary school in the suburb of Oakleigh between 1988 and 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Anthony Foster: Family accept state funeral for 'brave' child sex abuse victim advocate

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The family of long-time advocate for child sex abuse victims, Anthony Foster, has accepted an offer from the Victorian Government for a state funeral.

Mr Foster, who died in a Melbourne hospital on Friday, aged 64, after a fall last week, was yesterday hailed as "brave and gracious" and a "hero" for his campaigning for victims.

He dedicated his life to seeking justice for child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church after two of his daughters were repeatedly raped by a priest in the 1980s.

"History will record that a man named Anthony Foster quietly and profoundly changed Australian history," Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

"This afternoon, I offered his family a state funeral in his honour.

"His wife, Chrissie, has accepted."

In a two decade-long quest to hold the Catholic Church accountable for crimes against children, Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie told the harrowing story of their family's treatment at the hands of the church to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster to receive state funeral

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Josh Gordon

Anthony Foster, the tireless advocate for victims of child sexual abuse, is to receive a state funeral.

Mr Foster, who ran a high-profile campaign accusing the Catholic Church of covering up abuse, died on Friday evening at the age of 64 after suffering a stroke.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he offered Mr Foster's family a state funeral on Sunday afternoon, and his wife Chrissie had accepted.

Mr Andrews said Mr Foster would be remembered as a man who "quietly and profoundly changed Australian history", after campaigning for justice from the Catholic Church.

"He fought evil acts that were shamefully denied and covered up," Mr Andrews said in a statement. "He and Chrissie lost so much, but never their dignity, grace and strength. Anthony won't be forgotten, and the fight for justice goes on."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Child sexual abuse victims advocate to get state funeral

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Kaitlyn Offer - AAP on May 28, 2017

High-profile child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster will be honoured with a state funeral.

Mr Foster's wife Chrissie was on Sunday offered the service to commemorate a man who "quietly and profoundly changed Australian history" and she accepted, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

Mr Foster, 64, died on Friday, reportedly after a major stroke.

He became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Apuron accuser's family meets with new archbishop

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com May 28, 2017

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes met in private for the first time with a family who says their life has been broken by Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron. Forty years ago, he allegedly raped the now deceased, former altar boy Joseph "Sonny" Quinata.

But the family said it is now putting the broken pieces together so they can all heal.

"The actions of one man have affected a whole generation of my family...I lost a brother and my children lost a father. This man affected my brother and myself," John Michael "Champ" Quinata, 47, told Pacific Daily News.

Champ Quinata publicly accused Apuron of repeatedly raping his older brother Sonny when Sonny was 9 years old, in 1977.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Lawsuit claims church knew of 1985 priest abuse

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com May 28, 2017

The Archdiocese of Agana investigated and found to be true, in 2009 or 2010, an allegation that former Guam priest Andrew Mannetta sexually abused a former altar boy in 1985, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam.

The man, identified in court documents only as G.J., alleged that Mannetta sexually molested and abused him when he was 9 or 10 years old and serving as an altar boy at the Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.

“After the sexual abuse, G.J. began to fail in school and lost interest in the priesthood,” the lawsuit says. “Eventually, G.J. ceased being an altar boy and gave up on his dreams of becoming a priest.”

The lawsuit says around 2009 or 2010, at a stage in G.J.’s life where he continued to suffer deep trauma from his childhood abuse at the hands of Mannetta, the former altar boy reached out to the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

May 27, 2017

Catholic priest who worked at Balls Pond Road church faces jail for raping and assaulting boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Islington Gazette

26 May 2017 Sam Gelder

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys is facing jail.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty of the horrific attacks at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday after he denied all charges.

He raped one boy multiple times between 1986 and 1992 while working at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road, Islington.

Fitzpatrick also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Mubeena Cockar-Khan said: “Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

From 'Spotlight' to 'Keepers,' Richard Sipe sees celibate priesthood as problem for the Catholic Church

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks
The Baltimore Sun

Richard Sipe, the former priest who spent 25 years studying the sexual behavior of the Catholic clergy, appears in “The Keepers,” the Netflix documentary series about the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnick and the monstrous abuse of some of her students by the chaplain of a Baltimore high school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sipe is the bearded fellow with the cool eyeglasses in Episode 4.

A Benedictine monk and priest for 18 years, Sipe came to Baltimore to study counseling at the old Seton Psychiatric Institute. He left the priesthood at 38 and married a former Maryknoll sister. He practiced psychotherapy in Maryland before moving to California with his wife in the late 1990s. He has written six books and contributed to numerous documentaries on the celibate priesthood and sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. He estimates that he has reviewed more than 1,500 cases and provided expert testimony in 230.

Sipe famously helped the Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of widespread abuse by priests in Massachusetts. In “Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning film about the Globe’s investigation, the actor Richard Jenkins plays Sipe – or at least his voice, by phone – telling reporters that his lengthy study of priests found that six percent of them had had sex with children. Sipe provided the Globe Spotlight team with guidance throughout its lengthy investigation.

So he’s an old hand at this. He’s heard a lot of stories and told many.

But even Sipe felt physically ill – “I got sick,” he says – when he heard the descriptions of sexual abuse by the victims of the late A. Joseph Maskell, the former priest who served as chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School more than four decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Netflix claims about priest linked to Wexford

IRELAND
Wexford People

By Maria Pepper
May 27 2017

A new Netflix documentary series 'The Keepers' which was released last weekend, has broadcast harrowing descriptions of sex abuse allegedly carried out by the deceased American priest, Fr. Joseph Maskell who spent over three years living in Wexford where he worked as a psychologist for the former South Eastern Health Board.

During his time in Wexford from approximately late 1994 to 1998, Fr. Maskell lived in Castlebridge and worked for about eight months as a clinical psychologist for the SEHB (now the Health Service Executive) which referred children to him for assessment. He later spent about three years in private practice at an office in Common Quay Street.

During his stay, the Diocese of Ferns became aware of his activities and contacted the Archdiocese of Baltimore for information, subsequently notifying the SEHB and the gardai about the risks of him having access to children.

The HSE has refused to release any information about Fr. Maskell due to a data protection policy relating to current and former employees although at the time, it informed the Diocese that Fr. Maskell had given an assurance not to work with anyone under the age of 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Priest to return after porn investigation, but questions remain

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

by David Gambacorta & Maria Panaritis - Staff Writers

One name stands out on an otherwise innocuous list of upcoming clerical assignments issued this month by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: the Rev. Louis Kolenkiewicz.

He’s scheduled to return from a leave of absence on June 19, and become a parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, around the corner from the archdiocese’s administrative offices. What’s left unsaid in the announcement is the reason why Kolenkiewicz has been on leave since 2015.

Bucks County prosecutors investigated the priest in 2011 for more than 12,000 pornographic images found on a computer he used at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, where he had been assigned. And while they did not file charges, they said they remained so concerned about the priest returning to active ministry that they helped provoke his suspension two years ago.

District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub described the news of Kolenkiewicz’s reinstatement as a surprising development after a frustrating investigation he said was hobbled by the church’s failure to preserve evidence found a decade ago and leaving local law enforcement in the dark.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Trudeau to ask Pope for apology for Canada's residential schools

CANADA
BBC News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected next week to ask Pope Francis for a formal apology over the Catholic Church's role in the country's residential school system.

The request stems from a report into Canada's history of taking indigenous children from their parents and sending them to residential schools.

Many children experienced neglect and abuse while far from their families.

Mr Trudeau meets with the Pope on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Fife abuse victim to hold ‘vigil’ outside Scottish child abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
The Courier

Michael Alexander
May 27 2017

A man who claims he was trafficked to Ireland and drugged and raped by multiple men whilst in the care of a former residential home in Fife is to hold a vigil in Edinburgh on the opening day of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.

Dave Sharp, 58, who says he was abused whilst in the care of the Christian Brothers running the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland, intends to hold the vigil outside of Rosebury House on Wednesday May 31 to remember “all victims of abuse”.

Mr Sharp, who was awarded a £15,000 pay out from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2015, said: “As far as the programme goes the plan is for the vigil to be from 9am till 5pm.

“At 1pm we will all stop for a minute’s silence to remember all the children (across the country) whose lives were lost or taken because of child abuse and also to remember all the survivors who died without ever seeing justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Former Fort Augustus Abbey school priest guilty of assault

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A former priest has been found guilty of assault to injury of a pupil at a former Catholic boarding school at Fort Augustus in the 1970s and 1980s.

The jury in Father Benedict Seed's trial found five other charges not proven by a majority.

The 83-year-old, who appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court under the name Thomas Michael Seed, belted Paul Curran on the wrists until he bled.

Seed, of Brora, denied all the charges against him. He has been fined £1,000.

Mr Curran, now a 50-year-old businessman living in Hong Kong, told the jury at Inverness Sheriff Court that he had dreams of being "hunted" by Seed for the five years he attended the now closed Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Saddleback Church youth mentor accused of lewd conduct with teen boys

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

A youth mentor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest has been accused of lewd acts involving two teenage boys while he volunteered there, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Ruven Meulenberg, 32, was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and is being held on $100,000 bail, authorities said. Jail records show he is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Detectives were alerted after a 14-year-old boy told his parents that Meulenberg had molested him, Lt. Lane Lagaret said. The parents told the church’s youth pastor, who called the Sheriff’s Department, Lagaret said.

Another 14-year-old boy turned up during the detectives’ investigation, Lagaret said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Vale Anthony Foster

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

27 May, 2017

Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan said the Commissioners and staff of the Royal Commission are deeply saddened by the death of Anthony Foster. We extend our condolences to Chrissie Foster and her family.

Anthony and Chrissie dedicated many years of their lives to bringing about justice for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Their tireless advocacy helped bring about this Royal Commission.

They attended hundreds of days of public hearings and participated in many of our policy roundtables.

With a dignity and grace, Anthony and Chrissie generously supported countless survivors and their families whilst also managing their own grief.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

NSW Parliament needs to face facts about the Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

27 May 2017

IT took the NSW Upper House seven months to debate Newcastle Animal Justice Party Upper House MP Mark Pearson’s motion to condemn the Catholic Church for its history of child sexual abuse in Australia.

He first raised it in October, 2016, in a powerful speech in Parliament after a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle about abuse in the Hunter Catholic Church over decades.

He was supported by barrister and NSW Greens Justice spokesman David Shoebridge, who has been a champion for survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia for many years.

It was not until Thursday that the major parties responded, and survivors and survivor groups experienced a chill about the future – after the royal commission has delivered its final report in December and politicians are responsible for how governments address its recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Ex Boys' Brigade leader and charity founder David Wall jailed for sexual abuse of four children

UNITED KINGDOM
Bournemouth Echo

Alex Winter / Winter_Alex

A FORMER Boys' Brigade leader and charity founder who sexually abused four children has been jailed.

One of David Wall's victims were driven to attempt suicide as a result of the attacks, which took place between 1981 and 2001.

Wall, a married church-goer, abused his power in the Christian organisation to indecently assault three boys in his care.

The father-of-two, now 53, went on to abuse a fourth child, who was not a member of the Boys' Brigade. Wall later founded Hampshire-based Christian charity Acts 4 Sharing.

He was finally brought to justice around two decades after the last offence he committed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Yorkshire School will be focus of inquiry into abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

The national child sexual abuse inquiry is to hold its preliminary hearing into allegations relating to a leading North Yorkshire independent school early next month.

The preliminary hearing relating to Ampleforth College will be held in London on June 6 to examine procedural issues ahead of the full inquiry which is due to start in December.

Now Ampleforth faces charity probe linked to sex abuse claims It is part of an investigation into “the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church”, which is one of 13 separate areas of investigation being looked into as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

The first case study in the Catholic church investigation is into the English Benedictine Congregation, a Catholic religious order whose affiliated monasteries run or have run a number of prestigious private boarding schools around the country, including Ampleforth. Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the national inquiry, told a conference in York that the inquiry has set out a work programme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Pastor Faces Third Lawsuit Alleging 'Sexual Exploitation'

TEXAS
Christian Post

BY LEONARDO BLAIR , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 26, 2017

A third woman and former member of the now defunct Renew Ministries in New Braunfels, Texas, has alleged in a new lawsuit that former Pastor Terry Knighten took advantage of his position as spiritual leader and counselor to have sex with her, and is now seeking $1 million in damages.

The woman, Kristi, and her husband, Samuel Guerrero, who were wed by Knighten in 2011, accuse him in the lawsuit of conducting "a scheme of sexual exploitation" that caused repeated sexual contact between the disgraced pastor and Kristi Guerrero.

The lawsuit filed April 28 called Knighten "a sexual predator," who groomed Kristi Guerrero before forcing her into "unreciprocated sexual intercourse" in May 2015 at his New Braunfels home which she was paid to clean, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

It charges that officials at Renew Ministries, formerly known as Celebrate Life Church, did not act when they became aware of Knighten's alleged misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Anthony Foster: campaigner for child sexual abuse victims dies

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

AAP

The chair of Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission has said he is “deeply saddened” by the death of tireless victims advocate Anthony Foster.

Foster, who became a relentless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, was reported to have died on Friday evening from a major stroke.

Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Justice Peter McClellan extended his condolences to the Foster family and praised their dedication to achieving justice for survivors of child sexual abuse.

“They attended hundreds of days of public hearings and participated in many of our policy roundtables,” McClellan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Anthony Foster demanded justice for children abused by priests

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 27, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Anthony Foster, the relentless and deeply respected advocate for Catholic abuse victims, has died, sparking tributes from across the community.

Mr Foster, aged in his early 60s, died after complications relating to an apparent brain injury incurred this week.

Child sex abuse royal commission chairman Peter McClellan today described Mr Foster’s work as having been key to the formation of the national inquiry.

Mr McClellan offered the commission’s condolences to his wife Chrissie, with the pair having campaigned for abuse survivors as recently as last weekend in Ballarat.

“Anthony and Chrissie dedicated many years of their lives to bringing about justice for survivors of child sexual abuse,’’ he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Anthony Foster remembered as a 'voice for survivors'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

AAP

Tributes have poured in for Anthony Foster, who dedicated his life to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.

He is believed to have died from a major stroke after falling and hitting his head on Friday night. He was 64.

Mr Foster became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Mr Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Their daughter Emma took an fatal overdose of medication in 2008, and Katie was hit by a car after binge drinking in 1999, leaving her brain-damaged and in need of 24-hour care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

South Africa: Time Could Be Up for Sexual Offenders Who Have Escaped Justice

SOUTH AFRICA
AllAfrica

By Pontsho Pilane, Carl Collison

A test lawsuit will determine whether the time limit on reporting sexual assault will be lifted.

It took more than three decades for Gavin Hendricks to come to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered during his teenage years and lay charges against the priest he accuses of abusing him.

"It took a lot of courage to lay that charge. I was very intimidated and kind of reluctant, but I knew it was something I had to do," says 51-year-old Hendricks, who chose to use a pseudonym. For years, he was sexually abused by the priest - "a trusted family friend" - in the Cape Flats township of Bonteheuwel.

After opening a case at the Bishop Lavis police station last year, Hendricks was told that, because the abuse had taken place more than 20 years ago, the matter could not go to court. The man he accuses of abusing him would never face his day in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

May 26, 2017

Pell sex charges possible but doubts rise over fair trial

AUSTRALIA
The Weekend Australian

May 27, 2017

REBECCA URBAN
JournalistMelbourne
@RurbsOz

The former prosecutor who put gangland killer Carl Williams behind bars has suggested charges against George Pell are a distinct possibility but warned that he had concerns about whether he could get a fair trial.

Retired Victorian senior crown prosecutor Geoffrey Horgan­ QC told The Weekend Australian there were unique pressures when weighing up cases. “It seems to me it’s going to take a tough-minded police ... to say ‘we will not try this case’,” Mr Horgan said. “It’s much harder to decide to not prosecute than to prosecute. The public backlash would be enormous.”

Mr Horgan’s comments come as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton confirmed this week that police were reviewing final advice from the state’s ­Office of Public Prosecutions on allegations of child sexual­ abuse against Cardinal Pell and a decision on charges was ­“imminent”.

Mr Horgan, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Peter Dupas during almost two decades with the OPP, has backed concerns about whether the Ballarat-born clergyman could receive a fair trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Father and advocate of abuse victims dies

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Simone Ziaziaris - AAP on May 27, 2017

High-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims, Anthony Foster, has reportedly died after suffering a major stroke.

Mr Foster, who became a tireless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, is believed to have died on Friday evening after falling and hitting his head, media are reporting.

Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

His daughters, Emma and Katie, were traumatised by the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of pedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne school between 1988 and 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Anthony Foster, long-time advocate for child sex abuse victims, dies aged 64

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Anthony Foster, who dedicated his life to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church after two of his daughters were repeatedly raped by a priest, has died in a Melbourne hospital, aged 64.

In a two decade-long quest to hold the Catholic Church accountable for crimes against children, Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie told the harrowing story of their family's treatment at the hands of the church to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The couple's daughters Emma and Katie were raped by Melbourne paedophile priest Father Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school in the 1980s.

Emma suffered from eating disorders, drug addiction and self harm. In 2008 she overdosed on medication and died at the age of 26.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster dies

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Melissa Cunningham

Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest.

Mr Foster died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening.

He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family's compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

It is believed Mr Foster fell and hit his head before suffering a major stroke. He died with his wife Chrissie by his side.

Two of the Fosters' daughters, Emma and Katie, were repeatedly raped by disgraced Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell while pupils at a primary school in Melbourne's Oakleigh parish.

After years of turmoil and a decade-long court battle, Emma died by suicide at the age of 26.

Her sister Katie drank heavily before being left severely disabled when hit by a drunk driver in 1999.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Father of abuse victims fights for life

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 27, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Anthony Foster, a relentless and high-profile advocate for Catholic abuse victims, is gravely ill after suffering what is believed to have been a major stroke.

Key members of the community rallying against church abuse were told yesterday that Mr Foster faced the battle of his life to survive the illness.

Mr Foster, aged in his early 60s, rose to national prominence during the 2008 visit to Australia by Pope Benedict for World Youth Day, when he publicly chided the pontiff and Cardinal George Pell over the church’s handling of the scandal that engulfe­d his family.

Two of Mr Foster’s daughters were raped by Father Kevin O’Donnell at a primary school in Melbourne’s Oakleigh parish, with one committing suicide in 2007 and another profoundly injured­ after apparently self-medicating and being struck by a car in 1999.

Peter Blenkiron, an abuse survivor from the western Victorian diocese of Ballarat, said Mr Foster was a relentless supporter of victims. “I think we’ve all fought alongside him on the battlefield for truth,’’ he said. “It’s bought so many people together. It just breaks my heart.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

School priest assaulted pupil with tawse

SCOTLAND
The Times

David Love
May 27 2017
The Times

A former priest has been found guilty of assault to injury of a pupil at a Catholic boarding school more than 30 years ago.

Thomas Seed, 83, faced another five charges, all of which the jury found not proven by a majority.

Fining Seed £1,000, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood said: “I am obliged to deal with you by the law that applied when the offence was committed. You were in a position of trust and you abused that.”

Also known as Father Benedict, Seed belted a young private schoolboy until his wrists bled at the Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school on the shores of Loch Ness.

Paul Curran, 50, now a businessman in Hong Kong, told a jury at Inverness sheriff court that he “lived in fear” of the Benedictine monk. Mr Curran said that after being caught swearing by the monk he was belted with a tawse, which left his hands and wrists bleeding, swollen and bruised.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Father and son sue State over plan to hand new National Maternity Hospital over to nuns

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY AENGUS O'HANLON

A father and son are taking on the State to in a bid to stop the Sisters of Charity from taking ownership of the proposed €300million National Maternity Hospital.

Veteran campaigner Dick Spicer, 70, and his son Norman have launched a High Court challenge against the decision, which they claim is unconstitutional.

The Spicers were keen to state that they had no issue with any religious order, or their beliefs, but rather the Government, for what they said was the "inexplicable decision" to build the new hospital at St Vincent's.

There was a public outcry when it announced last month that the Sisters were to be handed full ownership of the taxpayer-funded facility, which will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in Dublin 4.

Mr Spicer, a co-founder of the Campaign to Separate Church and State, said: "There is a State-owned site in Tallaght right beside a major hospital with gynaecology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

Men Sue Willow Creek Community Church, Allege Sex Abuse By Counselor

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men are suing Willow Creek Community Church in suburban South Barrington and say they were allegedly sexually abused over several years by a youth minister at the church.

The complaint, filed Thursday under the aliases John Doe and Joe Doe, claims Brian Wongkamalasai, 30, sexually abused them beginning in 2009 when they were 16 and 14 years old and Wongkamalasai was 22.

Wongkamalasai was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in 2013, and is a registered sex offender currently living in Denver, Colorado, Illinois State Police records show.

According to the suit, John Doe and Joe Doe were sexually abused in more than 300 instances between September 2009 and December 2011. Both said Wongkamalasai masturbated them and performed oral sex on them.

Wongkamalasai was working for Willow Creek Community Church as a counselor, youth minister, youth leader, supervisor, monitor and accountability partner to Joe Doe and John Doe when the abuse occurred, according to the suit. In return for those services on behalf of Willow Creek Community Church, he was allowed to stay in John Doe’s and Joe Doe’s homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Two men accuse former Willow Creek youth minister of sexually abusing them over 300 times

ILLINOIS
Christian Today

Leonardo Blair 26 May 2017

Two men who say they were sexually abused as teenagers more than 300 times over several years by a former youth minister at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, are now suing the church, seeking more than $50,000 in damages for pain and suffering.

The men, identified by aliases John and Joe Doe, alleged that former Willow Creek youth minister Brian Wongkamalasai, now 30, started sexually abusing them in 2009. They were just 16 and 14, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The former counselor, who is now a registered sex offender living in Denver, Colorado, was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in 2013.

His current accusers alleged that between September 2009 and December 2011, Wongkamalasai masturbated them and performed oral sex on them more than 300 times.

During the time of the abuse, Wongkamalasai was allegedly working for Willow Creek as a youth minister, youth leader, supervisor, monitor and accountability partner to the men. He was allowed to stay in the home of the then teenagers in exchange for his work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Second suit against Caluag

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A second victim has filed a civil lawsuit against former St. Anthony Catholic School music and religion teacher Ray Caluag, alleging school officials and police took no action against the teacher, who allegedly sexually abused and raped him as a boy.

Troy Torres, through his attorney, David Lujan, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam against Caluag, St. Anthony Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Agana yesterday accusing Caluag of repeatedly sexually abusing and raping him when he was a student at St. Anthony's in 1993.

Torres, the governor's senior policy adviser, was in the 8th grade and was required to take music class.

Caluag was a trusted mentor and friend who manipulated his authority to procure compliance with his sexual demands from his victims and induce the victims to continue to allow the abuse, the lawsuit states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

AACO police: FBI is investigating Joyce Malecki's murder

MARYLAND
ABC 2

[with video]

"The Keepers" series on Netflix has Anne Arundel County residents asking questions about the 1969 murder of 20-year-old Joyce Malecki.

In response to requests from the public, The Anne Arundel County police released the following statement saying the FBI is investigating her case.

"There is information circulating among on-line blogs and websites that state the Joyce Malecki murder investigation was at some point in time handed over to the Anne Arundel County Police Department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This is not an accurate statement. Because Ms. Malecki’s body was found on Federal property, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigating agency for this case."

"The Keepers" suggests that Joyce Malecki’s murder may be linked to the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik at the Old Archbishop Keough.

Malecki's body was found near a Fort Meade shooting range and left in a similar manner as Sister Cesnik's.

Anne Arundel County Police said they've been fielding calls from viewers who want to know what is going on with the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

8 tidbits from 'The Keepers' director's Reddit AMA — including an Archdiocese appearance

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Kate Coiro

If you’ve watched “The Keepers,” on Netflix, chances are you have some questions about Sister Cathy Cesnik’s unsolved killing and the allegations of sexual assault at Baltimore-based Archbishop Keough High School.

Fortunately, director Ryan White turned to the social networking site Reddit on Thursday for an “AMA” (short for ask me anything), where he answered fans’ questions about Netflix’s new seven-part production.

Here are eight tidbits from White’s AMA.

1. The Archdiocese of Baltimore showed up. A user named ArchBalt, presumably, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, chimed in when White mentioned that he wished the Archdiocese would release their internal records on Rev. Joseph Maskell, who was at the center of the abuse allegations detailed in the show.

“Archdiocesan records related to Maskell are confidential, and Archdiocesan policy and state law would preclude us from disclosing much of the information in them as they include confidential personal information (e.g. names of alleged sexual abuse victims), personnel records, health records, attorney-client communications, personally identifying information (such as social security numbers), etc.,” ArchBalt wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Priest who repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted boys convicted of child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Crown Prosecution Service

25/05/2017

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted boys more than 25 years ago has been convicted of child sex offences.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty by a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court today [25/05/2017] of raping a boy on multiple occasions between 1986 and 1992.

Fitzpatrick was working in Our Lady & Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Kingsland in the borough of Hackney at the time.

He was also found guilty of 11 counts relating to non-consensual sexual activity with another child in the 1960s and 1970s. The first assault took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when Fitzpatrick was 17 years old and the boy was under the age of 8.

Mubeena Cockar-Khan, London CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Catholic Church funded legal representation for priest who successfully appealed sex abuse conviction

IRELAND
Offaly Express

Ruaidhrí Giblin
26 May 2017

The Catholic Church funded legal representation for a retired priest who successfully appealed his conviction for indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1970s, according to lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Earlier this week, Tadhg O'Dalaigh (73), of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, successfully appealed his conviction for indecently assaulting a schoolboy at Colaiste Chroi Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork in the 1970s.

He had been found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to five years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh on December 18, 2014, a sentence which he had served by the time his appeal was determined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Jurors told to judge ‘excessive force’ case against priest “by the standards of that era”

SCOTLAND
The Press and Journal

A jury has begun considering its verdict in the case of a former monk accused of excessively punishing six schoolboys with a belt and cane at a Highland school.

Defence counsel John Campbell QC yesterday delivered his closing speech in the trial of 83-year-old Thomas Seed from Brora, known as Father Benedict when he taught at Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the 1970 and 1980s.

He told the jury that everyone would find the use of the cane and tawse (leather strap) as “abhorrent” now.

But he added: “We simply cannot judge this by the standards of today. What was reasonable chastisement in the 1970s is not compared to today.

“Teenage boys are hard work and there was a need for discipline and punishment. You have to translocate yourselves back in time and judge this by the standards of that era.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

High Court bid to stop nuns owning maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
May 26 2017

A High Court challenge has been lodged to prevent the new National Maternity Hospital being built on land owned by the Order of the Sisters of Charity on the campus of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

The new twist comes as talks between the Department of Health and St Vincent's Healthcare Group over the future ownership of the €300m State-funded hospital enter a crucial phase today.
Challenge

The legal challenge is to be announced this morning by Dick Spicer (70), co-founder of the Campaign to Separate Church and State, and his son Norman.

He confirmed yesterday he has already lodged the High Court summons against the State, the Health Minister and the Attorney General.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Alexis Jay calls for Yorkshire victims to help with 'once-in-a-lifetime' chance to expose nation's child abuse evils

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

CHRIS BURN, MULTIMEDIA REPORTER
Friday 26 May 2017

The woman who brought the scale of the horrifying Rotherham scandal to light is now urging other child abuse victims in Yorkshire to come forward.

Chris Burn reports. Professor Alexis Jay is not a woman to sugarcoat the truth in any aspect of her life. An unflinching inquiry by the softly-spoken Scotswoman revealed that 1,400 children in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham had been sexually exploited, largely by men of Pakistani heritage, and failed desperately by police and social services.

Almost three years on, she arrived back in Yorkshire on Thursday as the chair of national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in a bid to encourage victims and survivors from all walks of life to come forward and share their experiences with her and her team.

Meeting the Yorkshire Post before speaking to a conference in York on the aims of the Truth Project, Professor Jay gives a glimpse of her no-nonsense attitude as a cup of milky tea she is handed fails to meet with her approval.

“Baby tea,” she says with a grimace after a sip. “You are obviously not used to northern tea!” That straight-talking approach in even the most minor of matters gives an insight into what has made her an ideal choice as the chair of the independent abuse inquiry, providing it with new focus and impetus after a deeply-troubled beginning which saw the resignations of the three previous chairwomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Ottawa seeks to preserve residential-school testimonies

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

GLORIA GALLOWAY
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 25, 2017

The federal government and the centre created to preserve the memory of Canada’s residential schools are asking the Supreme Court to rule that the intimate and heart-wrenching tales of abuse recounted by survivors in closed-door compensation hearings should be preserved in national archives.

They urged the top court on Thursday to overturn the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that documents related to the hearings held under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) should be maintained for 15 years and then destroyed unless the claimants explicitly agree that the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) in Winnipeg should have them.

Justice Department lawyers argued that federal privacy, access and archive legislation demands the documents be saved.

And a lawyer for the NCTR told the court that reconciliation requires knowledge, not the destruction of the past. The documents of the IAP “provide a unique window into the horrors of the residential schools and Canada’s efforts to come to grips with those horrors,” Joanna Birenbaum said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Governor's senior advisor files sex abuse lawsuit against former music teacher

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

Troy Torres is seeking $5 million in damages.

Guam - Troy Torres, the governor's senior advisor, has filed a sexual abuse complaint in District Court against his former music Teacher at St. Anthony Catholic School, Ray Caluag.

Torres' complaint is the first to indicate that the sexual abuse was reported to the Guam Police Department as well.

"However, Caluag was never arrested," court documents state.

Torres has previously indicated on social media that he was sexually abused as a minor by a former teacher. In his complaint, Torres alleges that he was first raped by Caluag when he was 13 years old and in the 8th grade at the catholic school. Torres says it happened on December 8, 1993, which is when the island usually celebrates the procession for Santa Marian Kamalen. Torres was ordered to report to school for drama practice, but says he was the only student there.

Caluag then took Torres to his home, forced him to perform oral sex on Caluag, the complaints states, and then raped him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Judging George Pell

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

John Silvester
26 May 2017

Cardinal George Pell is not someone who attracts public sympathy. He presents as cold and aloof and as someone who at best did not have the capacity to deal with systemic child abuse committed within the Catholic Church.

For an intelligent man he misread the play alarmingly when giving evidence to the child abuse royal commission saying of one case, "It is a sad story and it wasn't of much interest to me." (He later desperately sought to clarify his meaning).

But now he is accused of being more than just an arrogant prick with the empathy of a polar bear stalking a seal pup. He is under investigation as a child molester - with police likely to decide whether to charge within weeks.

This began when two men came forward and alleged that when students at St Alipius in 1978 Pell sexually assaulted them at a Ballarat swimming pool.

The Sano Taskforce investigated the allegations, three detectives flew to Rome to interview the Cardinal, a Brief of Evidence was prepared and has bounced around between prosecutors and police ever since. One source in the know described it as "an exercise in arse covering".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

The Archdiocese Tried To Troll The Keepers' Director On Reddit

MARYLAND
Refinery29

MORGAN BAILA
MAY 25, 2017

The Keepers, currently streaming on Netflix, documents the heartbreaking and completely shocking accusations about events happening within the walls of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1960s and '70s. The seven-part documentary centers around the death of a 26-year-old nun teaching at the school, Sister Cathy Cesnik. From there, the story widens to include the sexual abuse allegations against one Father Joseph Maskell, now deceased, by "Jane Doe," later identified as Jean Wehner. The true crime series has been hailed for its ability to focus on the victims (Sister Cathy's murder is still unsolved, and Wehner patiently waits for justice to be brought to the men she says sexually abused her), instead of merely highlighting the horrific details of the crimes themselves.

Now, nearly a week after its premiere, the series director, Ryan White, hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything forum (shorthanded as AMA) for invested fans to ask him questions and even potentially spur new leads. And would you believe that the Archdiocese made an appearance to defend the Catholic Church? Because, as E! Online points out, they sure did.

A redditor asked: "Who would you most like to talk to, still living, that you think has information? Either for a follow up interview or a first timer."

White passionately responded: "The Archdiocese!"

He then expanded as to why: "They have internal records on Maskell. I would love for them to be transparent and show the world what they have. I'm especially interested to see the files on the investigation they supposedly did in the 1990's after Jane Doe came forward. Jean's family found dozens of victims just by sending out a letter in the mail, so I'm confused on what this Archdiocese 'investigation' involved."

An hour later, would you guess who came to troll White's AMA? The Archdiocese themselves, under the very obvious username, "ArchBalt," a referenced to the Arch(diocese) of Balt(imore). The talking head for the Catholic Church wrote: "Archdiocesan records related to Maskell are confidential, and Archdiocesan policy and state law would preclude us from disclosing much of the information in them as they include confidential personal information (e.g. names of alleged sexual abuse victims), personnel records, health records, attorney-client communications, personally identifying information (such as social security numbers), etc."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

'The Keepers,' pending closure shadow Seton Keough's final days

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Jonathan M. Pitts
The Baltimore Sun

This was already going to be a bittersweet spring at Seton Keough High School. The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced in October that it would be closing the Catholic school for girls at the end of the school year, and the community has spent the final months honoring the school's history before bidding it farewell.

But the release of the hit Netflix documentary series "The Keepers," which explores sexual abuse at then-Archbishop Keough High School decades ago and the still unsolved killing of a young teacher, has cast a darker shadow on the last days of the beloved institution.

"The Keepers" debuted last week. The school is to celebrate its final graduation ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Students, staff and alumni voice strong support for the seven-part documentary, which depicts the struggle of six women to bring to light their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest at the school in the 1960s.

Many just wish it weren't happening right now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

From 'Spotlight' to 'Keepers,' Richard Sipe sees celibate priesthood as problem for the Catholic Church

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks
The Baltimore Sun

Richard Sipe, the former priest who spent 25 years studying the sexual behavior of the Catholic clergy, appears in “The Keepers,” the Netflix documentary series about the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnick and the monstrous abuse of some of her students by the chaplain of a Baltimore high school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sipe is the bearded fellow with the cool eyeglasses in Episode 4.

A Benedictine monk and priest for 18 years, Sipe came to Baltimore to study counseling at the old Seton Psychiatric Institute. He left the priesthood at 38 and married a former Maryknoll sister. He practiced psychotherapy in Maryland before moving to California with his wife in the late 1990s. He has written six books and contributed to numerous documentaries on the celibate priesthood and sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. He estimates that he has reviewed more than 1,500 cases and provided expert testimony in 230.

Sipe famously helped the Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of widespread abuse by priests in Massachusetts. In “Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning film about the Globe’s investigation, the actor Richard Jenkins plays Sipe – or at least his voice, by phone – telling reporters that his lengthy study of priests found that six percent of them had had sex with children. Sipe provided the Globe Spotlight team with guidance throughout its lengthy investigation.

So he’s an old hand at this. He’s heard a lot of stories and told many.

But even Sipe felt physically ill – “I got sick,” he says – when he heard the descriptions of sexual abuse by the victims of the late A. Joseph Maskell, the former priest who served as chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School more than four decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Adelup adviser Troy Torres sues over alleged rape by Catholic school teacher

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Published May 26, 2017

Troy Torres, Gov. Eddie Calvo's special policy adviser, sued the Archdiocese of Agana on Friday, alleging his former Catholic school music teacher, Ray Caluag, raped and sexually abused him when he was about 13 years old in 1993.

Torres, now 37, named Caluag and Saint Anthony Catholic School among the defendants in his lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam. Represented by attorney David Lujan, Torres demands a jury trial and $5 million in minimum damages.

Nearly 70 lawsuits have been filed since late last year, when Guam lifted the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse civil cases. Torres' lawsuit is the second that doesn't accuse a priest.

Torres was required to take music class while attending Saint Anthony Catholic School, the lawsuit states. At the time, Caluag was the school's music and religion teacher, as well as director of drama productions, the complaint states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

May 25, 2017

Judge to decide on trial relocation in John Feit case 'sometime next week'

TEXAS
ValleyCentral.com

by Freddy Vela

Former priest John Feit, who is accused of allegedly killing Irene Garza in April of 1960, was back in court on Wednesday.

Feit’s attorneys motioned to get the trial moved outside of the Rio Grande Valley, claiming the jury has an unfair bias due to pre-trial media coverage of Feit’s case.

The defense presented two witnesses and a pre-trial expert in an attempt to show how much Hidalgo County residents know about the 1960 murder.

The prosecution argued that most cases receive media coverage, and residents are able to separate personal opinions and offer a fair, unbiased judgement during the case. The prosecution also tried to discredit the expert after the expert referenced the 2014 district attorney race and a 48 Hours report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Crown to appeal stay of sexual assault charges against N.L. priest

CANADA
CBC News

By Stephanie Tobin, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2017

The Crown is planning to appeal a stay of proceedings in sexual assault charges against a former priest who was accused from his time in western Newfoundland.

Gary Gerard Hoskins was charged Nov. 8, 2012, with assaults between Jan. 1, 1984, and Dec. 31, 1986.

Hoskins, who worked in Stephenville when the assaults are alleged to have happened, applied for a stay of proceedings, stating his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been breached.

He applied for the proceedings to be stayed under the new rules out of R. v. Jordan. Corner Brook Supreme Court Justice David Hurley granted the stay.

Hoskins, who now lives in Ontario, has had previous convictions of sexual assault from the late 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Swedish priest loses job after posting sex ad online

SWEDEN
The Local

A priest who had created a profile on an online dating website deemed to be 'pornographic' has been defrocked by the Church of Sweden.

In his profile on the dating website, which is classified as 'pornographic' by the Church of Sweden's internet policy documents, the priest stated he was seeking a mistress, friend, sex buddy, a relationship, partner, date, or fellow nude swimmers.

It was also clear from his presentation and picture that he was a priest, and the information he had provided could be linked to his name.

The diocese of Strängnäs found that to actively seek sexual relations with several people in the way the priest had done was not compliant with the way of life a priest ought to have, reports Swedish Radio's local news in Södermanland, where the priest was working.

"He has been defrocked and is no longer allowed to be a priest," Miriam Arrebäck, press secretary at the diocese, told TT newswire.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Fall Trial Will Decide If Ex-Priest Daniel McCormack Can Be Committed For Sexual Abuse

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge this fall will determine whether defrocked Chicago priest Daniel McCormack will remain in state custody indefinitely, even after serving prison time for molesting young boys at his West Side parish.

McCormack has been held at a state Department of Health institution in downstate Rushville, following his release from prison on a five-year sentence for fondling five boys. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter will rule on whether to commit McCormack to custody of the state Department of Human Services after a bench trial set to begin on Sept. 6.

Prosecutors and the state Attorney General’s Office moved to have McCormack ruled a “sexually violent person” in 2010, as his parole date was approaching. Proceedings dragged on as McCormack faced criminal charges as other boys came forward with allegations of abuse, but those cases had largely fallen apart as his accusers refused to testify.

Under the state’s Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, a person can be committed if they have been convicted of a sexually violent offense and suffer from a mental disorder that makes them likely to commit future violent sexual acts. Once committed, offenders can’t be released from custody until another evaluation determines they are fit for less stringent confinement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

‘I am not a monster’… Priest denies using excessive force while punishing pupils at Highland boarding school

SCOTLAND
The Press and Journal

A priest denied he was “a monster on the loose who exploded with temper” as he punished pupils at a Catholic boarding school.

Thomas Seed, an 83-year-old former monk who taught at Fort Augustus Abbey, was giving evidence during the third day of his trial in which he denies assaulting eight boys in his charge.

A jury was told by five former pupils that Seed, also known as Father Benedict, would cane or belt them until they bled, with one accusing him of using a spiked golf shoe.

The boys, now adults, were aged between 11 and 15 at the time, and claimed Seed was excessive in his use of the cane or tawse. They also accused him of being “in an uncontrollable rage.”

However asked by his defence counsel, John Campbell QC: “You have been characterised as an intemperate, quick to anger, aggressive and disproportionate with your punishment man – a monster on the loose who explodes with temper.

“Does that ring true for you?” Mr Campbell asked.

Seed replied: “No. It is not me. I could have been impatient or mistaken. None of us are perfect all the time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

French cardinal to face new legal action over pedophile cover-up

FRANCE
La Croix

Bénévent Tosseri, Lyon
France

Almost a year after the French justice system decided to drop criminal proceedings against Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, and six others for failing to report sexual abuse of boy scouts committed by a priest, the case has been reopened.

The abuses took place between 1978 and 1991.

“If we stop now, who will bring the debate into the public domain?” said François Devaux, the head of La Parole Libérée (“Lift the Burden of Silence”) an organisation of former Saint-Luc Scout Group members, many of whom who were allegedly sexually abused by the priest who led the group, Bernard Preynat.

After a preliminary investigation, it was decided in August 2016 not to pursue a case against Barbarin and the other six.But the priest’s alleged victims have now come together to bring a civil action against that decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Judge to Decide on Venue Change in 1960 Murder Case

TEXAS
KRGV

[with video]

EDINBURG – A former priest accused in a 1960 murder case was back in court on Wednesday. He’s asking the judge for a change of venue.

John Feit is accused in the murder of Irene Garza.

Feit’s attorney said there has been so much publicity about the case there is no way Feit can be tried in Hidalgo County and get a fair, unbiased trial.

“The pretrial publicity in this case was, in fact, prejudicial and prejudiced. But more importantly the pretrial publicity has reached that point where there is no reasonable likelihood we can reach a fair and impartial jury to sit on this case,” Defense attorney Oscar Rene Flores said.

But prosecutors from the district attorney’s office said that’s simply not true and his trial should happen in the community where the crime was committed. The state filed an 84-page objection to Feit’s motions to move his trial out of the Rio Grande Valley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Judge mulls change of venue in Irene Garza case

TEXAS
The Monitor

NAXIELY LOPEZ-PUENTE | STAFF WRITER

EDINBURG — The judge presiding over the case of a former priest accused of murdering a McAllen beauty queen will wait until next week before ruling on a change of venue petition by the defense — but his ruling could be to delay the decision even further.

State District Judge Luis Singleterry heard arguments Wednesday from both the defense and prosecution regarding the media attention surrounding the Irene Garza case.

The defense for John Feit said the case was too important to the community and had even swayed the last Hidalgo County district attorney election. The emotion surrounding the case makes it difficult for jurors to be impartial, the defense argued.

“That’s just how our brains work,” expert witness Bryan Edelman told the court Wednesday.

Edelman, co-founder and jury consultant at Trial Innovations, travels across the country conducting pre-trial research for various cases, including the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Attorneys for a former priest accused of murdering a beauty queen argue for change of venue

TEXAS
San Antonio Express-News

By Aaron Nelsen Updated Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EDINBURG — Attorneys for a former priest accused of murdering a beauty queen 57 years ago say pervasive media coverage has made a fair trial virtually impossible in Hidalgo County.

John Feit, 84, was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, last February and charged in the 1960 slaying of Irene Garza, a 25-year-old elementary school teacher from McAllen.

“The pretrial publicity has reached that point where (Feit) cannot … reasonably receive a fair and impartial jury in this case,” said Attorney O. Rene Flores, who is representing Feit.

A trial consultant testified Wednesday that media coverage of dramatic events are seared into the public conscience and can prejudice jurors. According to a survey conducted by the expert witness, 76 percent of prospective jurors had heard, read about or seen television news reports about the killing.

“Despite the passage of time, this case is really important to this community,” said Bryan Edelman, a trial consultant with the California-based Trial Innovations. “Actually it was an important factor in determining the outcome of the election for district attorney.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Supreme Court to decide who owns the 38,000 stories of residential school survivors

CANADA
Toronto Star

By TANYA TALAGA
Staff Reporter
Wed., May 24, 2017

Who ultimately controls the stories of 38,000 residential school survivors may finally be decided on May 25 when the question goes before the Supreme Court.

The courts have consistently ruled it is up to the survivors to decide what happens to their own accounts of their experiences, stories that led to Ottawa paying out more than $5 billion in compensation, and that it is the survivors’ wishes that must be upheld and respected. The courts say the 38,000 survivors have 15 years to decide individually if their stories should be preserved in an archive at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba or be destroyed.

But a coalition representing the children and grandchildren of residential school survivors was recently granted intervention status at the hearing. They want to save the 38,000 stories, which they say are the largest firsthand accounts of the residential school system.

“When I ask people if they want their story deleted, I ask them to think about it in the intergenerational perspective,” said Carey Newman, founder of the Coalition to Preserve Truth and the artist behind the Witness Blanket, a massive, art installation — made up of leftover pieces of residential school items, churches and government buildings. The blanket is currently touring the country. Newman is of British, Kwagiulth and Salish descent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Top court to hear federal government's appeal on residential school records

CANADA
Metro

By: Kristy Kirkup The Canadian Press Published on Thu May 25 2017

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government's appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise.

Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.

"To ensure that the history of what happened at the residential schools is not forgotten or lost on future generations, the documentary record must be preserved," the attorney general argued in her factum to the court.

The government also argues that the use of the court's "inherent jurisdiction" to order the wholesale destruction of the records "fails to respect the intentions"of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which settled the largest class action in Canadian history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Inquiry boss in city visit

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press

Mike Laycock, Chief reporter

THE chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will visit York today to raise awareness of a project giving victims and survivors the chance to share their experiences.

Professor Alexis Jay will meet more than 80 delegates from organisations from across the north-east, including the police, NHS, local authorities and charities, at a meeting being held at the Principal Hotel near York railway station.

She will talk about the ‘Truth Project’, which gives victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the chance to share their experiences and offer suggestions to the inquiry on how to keep the next generation safe.

She will say she wants to collaborate with organisations that have local expertise working with victims and survivors, said a spokeswoman.

“The north east was one of the first regions to open the Truth Project in June 2016,” she said. “So far, over 700 people have now come forward across England and Wales and the inquiry has taken accounts from victims and survivors in the north west, Wales, the south west and London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

It's no wonder abuse survivors are anxious about the national redress scheme

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

ANALYSIS
By Paul Kennedy

Survivors of child sexual assault and cover-ups are watching with familiar trepidation the making of an unprecedented national redress scheme.

The Government does not yet know how many states or institutions will opt into its proposed model for victims unable to find justice through common law.

The only certainty is a limit on payments.

Attorney-General George Brandis and Social Services Minister Christian Porter have already defied part of an expert recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

In 2015, the royal commission found negligent institutions should make "modest monetary payments as a tangible means of recognising the wrong survivors have suffered". It estimated 60,000 survivors would be eligible to make a claim under a $4.3 billion scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Decision on Pell abuse charges 'imminent'

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

MAY 25, 2017

Australian Associated Press

A decision on whether or not to charge Cardinal George Pell over historical child sexual assault allegations is imminent, Victoria's police chief says.

Detectives are reviewing final advice from the state's Director of Public Prosecutions about the allegations, which Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says a decision is "not too far off".

"The decision is imminent on that," Mr Ashton said during a regular appearance on Fairfax Radio on Thursday.

Mr Ashton said the DPP advice was being reviewed by the lead detective and officer in charge of the Sano taskforce, which investigates allegations arising from a Victorian parliamentary inquiry and the royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Caranua paid €100k to Church-funded counselling service for clerical abuse survivors

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, May 25, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Caranua paid almost €100,000 to a Catholic Church-funded counselling service to provide support to abuse survivors over the last two years.

The revelation is contained in documents sent by Caranua to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), following its appearance before the committee last month. Caranua was established by the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 to oversee the use of cash contributions of up to €110m, pledged by the religious congregations, to support the needs of survivors of institutional child abuse.

In the documents, Caranua outline details of €94,648 it paid to the Towards Healing counselling service in respect of 59 individuals in 2015 and 2016. The bulk of this, €87,263, was paid in 2015, with the remainder paid the following year.

Towards Healing provides a face-to-face and telephone counselling service to people who experienced abuse in institutions managed by religious congregations on behalf of the State, clerical sexual abuse, and to others impacted by such abuse. According to its website, it is funded by way of a €3m budget every year, which comes exclusively from the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Another Georgia Boy Scout leader sued for sex abuse

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s become a familiar narrative: Respected community leader, active in the Boy Scouts, accused of sexual abuse but shielded for decades from prosecution and exposure.

Ernest Boland, whose predatory behavior was detailed in so-called “perversion files” that the Boy Scouts of America maintained for decades to identify volunteers accused of child molestation, was named in a lawsuit filed this week by two former Scouts who say they were among his many victims. Filed in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court, the suit comes with a little more than a month remaining on a special provision that extended the statute of limitations in Georgia for childhood victims of sexual abuse seeking damages.

The plaintiffs, whose names are being withheld by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution because they were victims of sexual assault, allege the Boy Scouts of America and its Northeast Georgia Council knew of the accusations against Boland dating back to 1961 — several years before they were abused — but did nothing to stop him.

Two Athens churches named as co-defendants — Green Acres Baptist and Beech Haven Baptist — were also aware of the accusations, the suit alleges, but “undertook no actions to protect minor Scouts from Boland’s sexual predations or provide information to the general public.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

$1.4 million home owned by controversial Williamson County ministry for sale

TENNESSEE
Tennessean

Holly Meyer , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee May 24, 2017

A controversial Williamson County ministry scrutinized for being a cult is selling its 7,400-square-foot house and more than 5-acre lot for nearly $1.4 million.

The 5 bedroom home on Old Natchez Trace northwest of Franklin listed on the real estate service website Redfin is owned by Wayne Jolley Ministries, Inc., according to online Williamson County property records.

A Christianity Today report published in Dec. 2015 revealed serious concerns with how the late Wayne Jolley treated the members of The Gathering International, a small church group connected to his ministry.

Former members told the magazine that Jolley's ministry took their money, ruined families and covered up accusations of physical and sexual abuse. The church group met at the property on the outskirts of Franklin, the report said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

'The Keepers' victims: a daughter's view

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Jerri von den Bosch

We moved from Baltimore to a small suburb in Pennsylvania when I was 7 years old. I remember the day my mom enrolled me in public school. I was upset. I wanted to go to Catholic school like my friends and cousins back in Maryland. Today, I understand. My mother is one of the women featured in the latest Netflix crime saga "The Keepers." She was sexually abused by A. Joseph Maskell, the former chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, and a string of other men to whom Maskell gave access.

The trauma she and his other victims suffered is unspeakable. But that trauma has had a ripple effect, often overlooked, affecting their friends and families. We are the sounding board for victims even when we don't want to be. Even when we believe we are incapable of it.

My family has spent the last two and half years hearing about "The Keepers" in its various stages, giving my mother space so she can be filmed with no pressure from the family, driving her to Baltimore for various meetings, and just listening to her talk about her abuse. What probably does not come across in the docu-series is that the sexual abuse that was committed against these girls at Keough in the 1970s is a 24/7 reality for them. It affects how they act, think and communicate. My mom does everything in a guarded manner. No amount of money, prayer or time will change her life now. Because of my mother's abuse, she has only ever been able to be a friend to me, and a distant one at that. This may seem fun growing up, but children need parents, someone to set parameters and guide them.

My mom and I sat down a week ago Friday, the day "The Keepers" premiered, to watch it. We were excited to see our friends and cousins on Netflix, despite the gravity of the topic. It was funny to us that these very not famous people were on TV. We watched the entire series together in one day. Sometimes an expletive would fly, and sometimes there was radio silence in the living room. About three hours into viewing, I logged onto Facebook to find hundreds of messages of support from around the world. I told my mom and she broke into tears: "No one ever believed us before!" she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

CHURCH DID NOT INTERFERE IN UNSOLVED MURDER CASE OF BALTIMORE NUN, CONFIRMS ARCHDIOCESE AS 'THE KEEPERS' DOCUMENTARY SERIES RELEASED

UNITED STATES
The Tablet (UK)

24 May 2017 | by Ellen Teague

The Netflix documentary series is exploring whether alleged sexual abuse by a Catholic priest played a role in the nun’s death

Church did not interfere in unsolved murder case of Baltimore nun, confirms Archdiocese as 'The Keepers' documentary series released

As Netflix released a seven-part documentary about the unsolved 1969 murder of a Baltimore nun on 19 May, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore reaffirmed that the Church did not interfere in the investigation of her death.

Sr Cathy Cesnik was a 26-year-old teacher when she was killed on 7 November 1969. Her body was found two months later.

The Archdiocese says, “unfortunately, the producers asked very few questions of the archdiocese before releasing the series and did not respond to the archdiocese’s request to receive an advance copy of the series”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Netflix’s New Show The Keepers Prompted Police to Create an Easier Way to Report Sexual Assault

MARYLAND
New York Magazine

By Catie L'Heureux

After the premiere last Friday of Netflix’s true-crime series The Keepers, the Baltimore Police Department created an online form for sexual-assault survivors to report abuse related to the documentary.

The Netflix series investigates the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a 26-year-old nun who went missing in Baltimore in 1969. The film suggests that Cesnik was killed because she planned to expose rampant sexual abuse at Archbishop Keough High School, a Catholic all-girls school where Cesnik taught. In the documentary, six people claim they were sexually abused by Father A. Joseph Maskell, a priest who worked at the school as a chaplain and guidance counselor in the 1960s and ‘70s. Maskell died in 2001.

“People have since come forward [after] watching this documentary,” a police spokesman told the Baltimore Sun. He declined to share how many people called, but said each person claimed “they were victims of sex offenses that went unreported back then.” The spokesman explained the new online form is meant to inform detectives and make it easier for survivors to share their stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Baltimore archdiocese reaffirms cooperation with nun’s murder probe, subject of Netflix docu

MARYLAND
The Catholic Spirit

Catholic News Service | Chris Gunty | May 24, 2017

As Netflix prepared to release a seven-part documentary about the unsolved 1969 murder of a Baltimore nun, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore reaffirmed that the Church did not attempt to interfere in the investigation of the death of Sister Catherine Cesnik.

Sister Cathy, as she was known, had been a popular teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s. She was on a year’s leave of absence from her order, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, to teach in the Baltimore public school system when she was reported missing after she left her apartment Nov. 7, 1969, and never returned, the Catholic Review reported Jan. 9, 1970, after her body was found near a garbage dump.

Related to the investigation into her murder are allegations that she was aware of alleged sexual abuse by a priest at Archbishop Keough High School, where Sister Cathy had taught. That priest, Father A. Joseph Maskell, was not a suspect during the original investigation of the murder in 1969-1970.

The Netflix documentary series, titled “The Keepers,” debuted May 19 and focuses on allegations of sexual abuse in the 1960s and ’70s at Archbishop Keough High by Maskell and of a relationship between that abuse and Sister Cathy’s death. As of press time, neither the Catholic Review nor the Archdiocese of Baltimore had been provided with an advance copy of the series, although advance copies were provided to other media outlets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Fall trial will decide if ex-priest can be committed for sexual abuse

ILLINOIS
Chicago Sun-Times

Andy Grimm
@agrimm34 | email

A Cook County judge this fall will determine whether defrocked Chicago priest Daniel McCormack will remain in state custody indefinitely, even after serving prison time for molesting young boys at his West Side parish.

McCormack has been held at a state Department of Health institution in downstate Rushville, following his release from prison on a five-year sentence for fondling five boys. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter will rule on whether to commit McCormack to custody of the state Department of Human Services after a bench trial set to begin on Sept. 6.

Prosecutors and the state Attorney General’s Office moved to have McCormack ruled a “sexually violent person” in 2010, as his parole date was approaching. Proceedings dragged on as McCormack faced criminal charges as other boys came forward with allegations of abuse, but those cases had largely fallen apart as his accusers refused to testify.

Under the state’s Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, a person can be committed if they have been convicted of a sexually violent offense and suffer from a mental disorder that makes them likely to commit future violent sexual acts. Once committed, offenders can’t be released from custody until another evaluation determines they are fit for less stringent confinement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Decision on Cardinal George Pell abuse charges 'imminent', police chief says

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Beau Donelly

Sex crimes detectives are poised to make a decision about whether or not charges will be laid against Cardinal George Pell.

Victoria's police chief on Thursday said a decision about charging the senior Catholic figure was "not too far off".

"The decision is imminent on that," Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

The SANO taskforce is reviewing advice received last week from the Director of Public Prosecutions about the historic child sexual assault allegations against Cardinal Pell.

Police and the DPP would not comment on the advice, but it is understood the brief suggests that there is sufficient evidence to charge Cardinal Pell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

May 24, 2017

Argentina, la Chiesa può non collaborare con le indagini sugli abusi al Provolo

ARGENTINA
Rete L'Abuso

[Argentina: The church does not cooperate with the investigation into abuses at Provolo due to an old agreement where they do not have to turn over information to the courts.]

Un vecchio concordato concede alla Santa Sede di poter indagare in modo del tutto indipendente, senza l’obbligo di fornire le informazioni raccolte con la magistratura ordinaria

È terminata la seconda fase dell’indagine dei sacerdoti inviati da Papa Francesco per far luce sugli abusi sessuali contestati ad un gruppo di laici e religiosi dell’istituto Provolo di Mendoza, in Argentina. Nella prima parte, hanno ascoltato i due sacerdoti accusati, tra cui il veronese Nicola Corradi, mentre in questa seconda missione hanno raccolto informazioni dalle vittime. Tutto il materiale raccolto sarà portato in Vaticano, dove si deve decidere se procedere anche con giudizio canonico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Former Culpeper priest pleads guilty to fondling 87-year-old parishioner

VIRGINIA
Culpeper Star-Exponent

By Rhonda Simmons | Culpeper Star-Exponent

CULPEPER — A former Precious Blood Catholic Church priest received a 30-day suspended jail sentence Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to groping an 87-year-old parishioner.

Culpeper County General District Judge Dale Durrer approved an agreement Wednesday in which the Rev. Anselme Malonda–Nkuanga pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and was given a suspended sentence and $400 fine, which the judge reduced to $200.

The suspended sentence and reduced fine are contingent on Malonda–Nkuanga remaining on good behavior for two years. He also must pay $89 in court costs.

Malonda–Nkuanga, who served as the parish pastor in Culpeper from July 2012 until July 2016, also was instructed not to contact the victim or her family. Malonda–Nkuanga left Precious Blood last summer and was serving as minister at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell, North Carolina, when the incident occurred on Oct. 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Abuse victims are 'spiteful' boys who were rejected by priests, claims Vatican envoy

ARGENTINA
Christian Today

Ruth Gledhill EDITOR 24 May 2017

Some children who have accused priests of child sex abuse are no more than 'spiteful' boys who fell in love with priests and were rejected, according to a Vatican envoy.

The Buenos Aires Herald reports that Father Dante Simon, one of two envoys sent to investigate an alleged cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province, said some cases had been dismissed because the accusers were 'spiteful'.

More than 60 former students have made allegations of sexual abuse at the institute.

Simon told the Herald's reporter Martín Tejerina. 'A few have been dismissed. 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 [the priest]."

The Herald reports that Simon's attempts to meet with victims and family members of victims have been unsuccessful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Former Fort Augustus Abbey school priest denies being 'a monster'

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A former priest has denied he was "a monster" who "exploded with temper" as he punished pupils at a former Catholic boarding school at Fort Augustus.

Father Benedict Seed, 83, is charged with assaulting eight pupils in the 1970s and 1980s. He denies the charges.

Appearing under the name Thomas Michael Seed, he has given evidence in his trial at Inverness Sheriff Court.

He told the court that caning pupils at Fort Augustus Abbey school "was very rare" and belting was "pretty rare".

The jury in his trial has heard from five former pupils that Father Benedict Seed would cane or belt them until they bled, with one accusing him of using a spiked golf shoe.

Another said he was repeatedly punched, kicked and hit in the private parts with a hockey stick because he refused to go to sports as he was ill in bed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Making the Netflix crime series 'The Keepers' was 'sickening' for filmmaker Ryan White

UNITED STATES
KPCC

[with audio]

by Michelle Lanz and John Horn | The Frame May 23

A year ahead of “Spotlight” winning the best picture Academy Award, and months ahead of the premiere of the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” filmmaker Ryan White was hard at work in Baltimore, looking into a decades-old murder.

The 1969 killing of Sister Cathy Cesnik was the genesis of White's “The Keepers,” a new seven-part series that just dropped on Netflix.

As White dug deeper into the nun’s still-unsolved murder over the course of three years, his documentary series shifted into a tale of pedophile priests and an apparently well-orchestrated coverup by local Roman Catholic leaders, all bound together by the heartbreaking accounts of several victims of sexual abuse.

Unlike the professional Boston Globe journalists at the center of “Spotlight,” a lot of the investigative work in “The Keepers” was performed by ordinary citizens who were compelled to bring the killer or killers of Cathy Cesnik and another local woman to justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Bill would give more time to charge Illinois sex predators

ILLINOIS
Our Quad Cities

By: Krista Burris
Posted: May 23, 2017

MOLINE, Ill. - Young victims of sexual abuse might have more time to file criminal charges against their offenders.

Illinois state lawmakers passed legislation to remove the statute of limitations on these crimes.

"Research shows the brain blocks these memories. People don't even remember them until they're finally ready to process them," said Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities Executive Director Mark Mathews.

Mathews says the legislation is necessary because many victims aren't ready to take action against offenders until they're well into adulthood.

"I think it will help more people feel comfortable coming forward. In the cases of Dennis Hastert or Penn State University, what built the case was the pattern of abuse and so many different people coming forward with similar stories," said Mathews.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

St. Paul’s School pushes to ax statute of limitations on some sex crimes

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By ALLIE MORRIS
Monitor staff
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

St. Paul’s School is lobbying New Hampshire lawmakers to repeal the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes involving underage victims, as a new report revealed 13 faculty members had inappropriate relations with students at the prep school decades ago.

A bill filed at the request of St. Paul’s would let victims of sexual assault file criminal charges at any age. But it would preserve restrictions preventing victims from seeking civil damages once they turn 30 years old.

The bill stalled this year after advocates said the repeal should apply evenly to victims of all ages and to both civil and criminal cases.

“If we are going to be moving forward with a statute of limitations reform, it needs to be comprehensive,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

»Kein Platz mehr unterm Teppich«

DEUTSCHLAND
Juedische Allgemeine

[The subject of abuse is taboo in ultra-orthodox circles. After the recent incidents, more and more rabbis realize that something has to change.]

18.05.2017 – von Lissy Kaufmann

Erst als ihr fünfjähriger Sohn versuchte, vom Balkon zu springen, um sich das Leben zu nehmen, wurde Lea klar, dass sie nicht länger schweigen konnte. Sie musste handeln, sie musste schnell weg von hier, aus ihrem Zuhause, um sich und die vier Kinder in Sicherheit zu bringen.

Mehr als sechs Jahre war Lea, damals 25 Jahre alt, verheiratet. Mehr als sechs Jahre lang hat ihr Mann sie, wie sie sagt, emotional missbraucht, geschlagen und zum Geschlechtsverkehr gezwungen. Ein Nein habe er nie akzeptiert. »Ich wusste nicht, dass ich sechs Jahre lang vergewaltigt wurde. Ich wusste nicht, dass es für Frauen schön sein kann, ja schön sein muss. Ich dachte, ich mache das, um Kinder zu kriegen«, sagt sie heute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Wer kann bei der Aufklärung helfen?

DEUTSCHLAND
Elbe Wocheblatt

[Abuse allegations relate to the 1980s in the church kindergarten Margaretenhort.]

Missbrauchsvorwürfe betreffen die 1980er Jahre im kirchlichen Kinderheim Margaretenhort

Von Olaf Zimmermann.

Im kirchlichen Kinderheim Margaretenhort in der Haakestraße wurden Anfang der 1980er Jahre offenbar Mädchen und Jungen sexuell missbraucht. Der Kirchenkreis Hamburg-Ost hatte Ende Oktober 2016 entsprechende Vorwürfe öffentlich gemacht und Betroffene gebeten, sich zu melden. Einige Personen haben dies getan, weitere werden noch gesucht. Nicht nur Missbrauchsopfer, sondern auch Menschen aus dem Umfeld, die mitteilen können, was sie in der Zeit, in der die sexuellen Übergriffe geschehen sind, wahrgenommen haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Nice : Accusation de pédophilie plus de 50 ans après les faits

FRANCE
France 3

Par LUCAS BARON
Publié le 23/05/2017

[Two people originally from Nice accuse a priest, now deceased, of having abused them in their childhood. The bishop of Nice asked for forgiveness on Tuesday, 23 May in the name of the diocese.]

Plus d'un demi-siècle après, ils ont décidé de briser le silence. Jean et Serge se sont rencontrés sur le site internet "coabuse.fr". Une plateforme qui met en lien des victimes d'abus sexuel d'une même personne pour leur permettre de s'entraider en communiquant de manière anonyme.

Jean (64 ans) vit aujourd'hui à La Réunion, et Serge (71 ans) à Toulon. Petit, ils fréquentaient la même paroisse à Nice. Tous deux ont connu l'abbé Dallas (auteur présumé des faits), qui officiait à l'église Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'enfant-Jésus, quartier Magnan. Leur rencontre tardive a tout changé et se sont tant bien que mal confessés.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

[DOSSIER] Le diocèse de Lyon dans la tourmente

FRANCE
RCF Radio

[The revelation of the Preynat affair provoked a stir in the diocese of Lyon. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is now directly implicated in his management of sensitive cases linked to attacks on minors.]

23 MAI 2017 Par Valérie-Anne Maitre

La révélation de l'affaire Preynat provoque des remous dans le diocèse de Lyon. Le cardinal Philippe Barbarin est désormais directement mis en cause dans sa gestion de dossiers sensibles liés à des agressions sur mineurs.

[MàJ le 23 mai 2017 à 15h]

MAI 2017

23 mai: La Parole libérée sollicite à nouveau la justice : une citation directe pour sept personnes, dont le cardinal Barbarin, pour non-dénonciation d'abus sexuels est déposée auprès du tribunal correctionnel de Lyon. Le cardinal Barbarin et Régine Maire le sont pour le motif supplémentaire de non-assistance à personne en danger. Dix victimes présumées du père Preynat se constituent parties civiles.

MARS 2017

20 mars: Une enquête du site Médiapart, du magazine Cash investigation (ainsi que d'un livre) sur la pédophilie dans l'Eglise est publiée sur internet et à la télévision. 25 évêques dont le cardinal Barbarin n'auraient pas dénoncés des faits de pédophilie dans leurs diocèses. La Conférence des évêques de France dénonce les méthodes des journalistes dans un communiqué.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Procédure relancée contre le cardinal Barbarin

FRANCE
La Croix

[Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and six other people are summoned to appear before the Criminal Court of Lyon, announces the association La Parole Libérée.]

Bénévent Tosseri à Villeurbanne (métropole de Lyon), le 23/05/2017

Le cardinal Philippe Barbarin et six autres personnes sont citées à comparaître devant le tribunal correctionnel de Lyon, annonce l’association La Parole Libérée

« Si nous arrêtons maintenant, qui portera le débat sur la place publique ? » Personne, a répondu en substance François Devaux, président de La Parole Libérée, association regroupant des victimes présumées du Père Bernard Preynat, fondateur du groupe scout Saint-Luc à Lyon. Alors que la procédure pénale suit son cours, la « non-dénonciation » des abus sexuels commis par ce prêtre entre 1978 et 1991 avait fait l’objet en août dernier d’un classement sans suite.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Pédophilie : le cardinal Barbarin cité à comparaître en septembre par des victimes

FRANCE
Le Monde

[Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and six other people are summoned to appear before the Lyon Criminal Court in September by victims of sexual assault within the church who accused them of not having reported the abuse to justice, lawyers for the victims announced .]

Les victimes d’agressions sexuelles au sein de l’Eglise reprochent au cardinal Philippe Barbarin et à six autres personnes de ne pas avoir dénoncé ces faits à la justice.

Le Monde.fr avec AFP | 23.05.2017

Le cardinal Philippe Barbarin et six autres personnes sont citées à comparaître en septembre devant le tribunal correctionnel de Lyon par des victimes d’agressions sexuelles au sein de l’Eglise, qui leur reprochent de ne pas avoir dénoncé ces faits à la justice, ont annoncé mardi 23 mai leurs avocats.

Cette procédure de citation directe survient après le classement sans suite, il y a dix mois, d’une enquête préliminaire diligentée sur ce dossier par le parquet de Lyon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Cardinal George Pell may NEVER return to Australia and face any potential child sex abuse charges - because he is a high-ranking member of Catholic Church and has diplomatic immunity

AUSTRALIA/ROME
Daily Mail

By Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

Police could be powerless to make Cardinal George Pell return to Australia to face charges because he is so high up in the Vatican that he has diplomatic immunity.

Cardinal Pell was appointed to the Vatican's Secretariat of Economy in 2014, the third highest ranked position within the church.

His high ranking grants him diplomatic immunity in Australia, meaning he cannot be forced to attend court or provide information, according to legal experts.

Cardinal Pell has been accused of sexually abusing and grooming boys.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4536068/Cardinal-George-Pell-police-powerless-return-Australia.html#ixzz4hzbS2a5u
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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Deal with police says schools don't have to report every instance of assault

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Union Leader

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

CONCORD — St. Paul’s School does not have to report every instance of assault involving a student to Concord police, according to an agreement the school provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader Tuesday.

The school provided its updated agreement with the Concord Police Department, signed in September 2012, upon request.

The Union Leader made inquiries about any written agreement with police in light of the blockbuster report, released Monday, that detailed decades of sexual misconduct at the prestigious preparatory school.

The current agreement is written in compliance with the New Hampshire Safe Schools Act and spells out what crimes must be reported to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Third congregant at New Braunfels church sues former pastor

TEXAS
San Antonio Express News

By Zeke MacCormack Updated Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NEW BRAUNFELS — A third lawsuit has been filed in state court here accusing former Renew Ministries Pastor Terry Knighten of abusing his position to have sex with female congregants, while a related fight in federal court pits the now-defunct church against its insurer.

The newest plaintiffs are Samuel and Kristi Guerrero, a local couple wed by Knighten in 2011 whose suit accuses him of pursuing “a scheme of sexual exploitation” that resulted in repeated sexual contact between Knighten and Kristi Guerrero.

The suit, which seeks $1 million in damages, also names as a defendant Renew Ministries, formerly known as Celebrate Life Church. It accuses church officials of failing to properly supervise Knighten and of not acting when they became aware of his alleged misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Scout lawsuit reveals years of abuse

GEORGIA
Gainesville Times

By Nick Watson
nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com
@NickWatsonTimes
POSTED: May 24, 2017

A lawsuit and Boy Scouts of America documents show a former Gainesville scoutmaster continued working with the organization for more than a decade after confessing to church and scout leaders about sexually abusing scouts.

Royal Fleming Weaver Jr. is the subject of a lawsuit filed in Cobb County Superior Court by Robert William Lawson III. Lawson claimed he was raped by Weaver during an Order of the Arrow scouting event in 1985.

Weaver was the former Gainesville scoutmaster of Troop 26, based at First Baptist Church of Gainesville. Lawson filed an amended complaint Thursday which includes more documentation from the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to the Boy Scouts, Weaver and the church, the lawsuit names former First Baptist pastor Steven Brown, the Northeast Georgia Council and the estate of Gene Bobo, who served in council leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Toowoomba child sex victim speaks out on national TV

AUSTRALIA
Central Telegraph

A WOMAN who sustained sexual abuse as a 12-year-old at the hands of the boarding master at a Toowoomba private school has appeared publicly for the first time to speak of her experiences.

Lyndal's story is the subject of a book by prominant Toowoomba lawyer Stephen Roche who represented her during a landmark civil case in Toowoomba against the Anglican Church and Diocese of Brisbane and is now a movie titled Don't Tell currently in cinemas.

She was repeatedly sexually abused by her boarding master Kevin Guy in the early 1990s and 10 years later successfully sued the church and diocese.

Now a mother and working in education, Lyndal appeared on Channel 9's 60 Minutes program last night to speak out against the scourge of child sexual abuse and the system that, in her view, doesn't support the victims as well as it should.

"We need to keep that conversation alive… to let other victims know that… they're not alone," Lyndal told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Netflix series ‘The Keepers’ spurs Baltimore police to create online crime reporting form

MARYLAND
Washington Post

By Tom Jackman May 23

The Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, who died in 2001, is a suspect in the 1969 slaying of Sister Catherine Cesnik, the subject of a new series on Netflix. (Baltimore Sun)
The new Netflix series “The Keepers” focuses on the slaying of Sister Catherine Cesnik in 1969, but also examines allegations of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests and covered up by the church. On Tuesday, Baltimore police created an online form for those who think they were victimized long ago and may now want to report it.

Cesnik taught at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore and disappeared in November 1969. Her body was found just over the city line in Baltimore County in January 1970. She had been beaten to death, and her killer was never found. In the 1990s, a number of women came forward to allege that the chaplain at Keough, the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, had sexually molested them. One woman told the Baltimore Sun that Maskell had taken her to Cesnik’s body. Other women said that they confided in Cesnik about sexual abuse by Maskell and that she may have been preparing to confront the priest about this. Maskell denied committing any sex crimes or murder and was never charged before his death in 2001. A seven-part documentary about the case was released by Netflix on Friday.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said after the series was released, “We’ve heard from people who previously hadn’t reported their offense. We just wanted to streamline the process. This is a crime that occurred to them, they don’t need to constantly relive the nightmare, telling the story over and over again.”

Smith said he did not know how many calls his department had received but noted that victims in the case were probably teenagers at the time, and “this is bringing back memories for them. We just wanted to cut out the middleman and want to rout them directly where they need to go.” He said sex crimes detectives will receive the online submissions and reach out to anyone who believes they were victimized. The form is here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Nun's 1969 cold case murder is kept alive by retired 'grandma Nancy Drews' and docu-series 'The Keepers'

UNITED STATES
Los Angeles Times

Amy Kaufman

They call themselves retired grandma Nancy Drews. One is a former emergency room nurse, the other a longtime elementary school teacher.

They make notes on coffee filters instead of index cards and wear clam diggers and sensible sneakers.

But thanks in part to the amateur sleuth work of Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, the 47-year-old unsolved murder of a young Catholic nun is gaining national attention. Earlier this year the Baltimore County Police Department conducted DNA tests on the exhumed body of a priest in relation to the case. And now, with the debut last Friday of Netflix’s “The Keepers,” the seven-part docu-series in which the two are central figures, Hoskins and Schaub are being treated like Cagney and Lacey.

The two were classmates at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s, where Sister Cathy Cesnik served as their teacher. But the nun disappeared suddenly on Nov. 7, 1969, after driving to a local shopping center to buy some Muhly’s dinner rolls, cash a paycheck and purchase an engagement gift for her sister. She never returned home, and her car was found directly across the street from where she lived, parked haphazardly, the rear jutting out into the road. The tires were caked with mud, and a twig hung from the steering wheel. The Muhly’s bag was still inside the vehicle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

May 23, 2017

$1.5M settles claims against Lower Hudson Valley priests

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon , jfitzgib@lohud.com May 23, 2017

The Archdiocese of New York paid out more than $1.5 million through a victim compensation program to settle sexual abuse claims filed against six former Catholic priests from the Lower Hudson Valley.

The cases date as far back as the 1970s and involve defrocked priests who include the former president of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and onetime pastors at churches throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

The claims against them come from seven men who were abused by the priests as children and filed claims against them through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, receiving individual settlements between $150,000 and $350,000.

“I think that the suburbs are a particularly troublesome area because it’s more diffused with these large parishes that were able to kind of hide multiple perpetrators over multiple time periods," said J. Michael Reck, an attorney for the seven men, whose identities will remain confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 PM

Baltimore Police Launch 'Keepers'-Related Abuse Tip Site

MARYLAND
WBAL

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

Baltimore police are asking anybody spurred by the new Netflix series "The Keepers" to report abuse allegations online.

Anyone who may have been abused at Archbishop Keough High School or anywhere else is asked to report the abuse online.

Before and, largely, since A. Joseph Maskell's 2001 death, the defrocked priest has been the target of a number of sexual assault allegations. Before he died, Maskell denied allegations of misconduct. However, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has paid out numerous civil settlements stemming from the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

Fort Augustus Abbey trial – 'Priest beat me with spiked golf shoe'

SCOTLAND
Express

By DAVID SCOTT
Tue, May 23, 2017

Two former pupils were giving evidence in the trial of 83-year-old Thomas Seed, also known as Father Benedict, and one told a jury that bullying was common at the Fort Augustus Abbey school on the shores of Loch Ness.

Tax inspector Sean Stone claimed the OAP beat him with a cane “in a rage”, until he was bleeding, after he retaliated against a school bully.

“I have a vivid memory of Father Benedict in his black cassock running towards me and striking me on the side of the head with his fist,” he said.

“Then, he took me by the scruff of the neck, bounced my head off the ground and punched me on the face.

“His anger was severe, shouting at me in an uncontrolled rage.”

The 52-year-old added: “I didn’t think it was a caning. This was a beating. Sitting down was impossible and I spent two days off school at home lying face down.”

He was giving evidence in the second day of Seed’s trial at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM

Bill Donohue, Catholic League Head Loser, Trashes Famed OC Catholic Sex-Abuse Survivor

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Bill Donohue, for those of you who aren't mackerel snappers, is the Roger Ailes of the Catholic Church: a big, fat CHAVALA who depends on the elderly to fund his comfy lifestyle and be able to trash good people for a living. He's the head of the Catholic League, which is as relevant to modern-day Catholics as the rhythm method yet still gets play in conservative media. We've featured Donohue's whining before—like when he tried to accuse me of targeting only Catholic pedophiles instead of ALL pedophiles, or when he inadvertently defended Eleuterio Ramos, OC's worst-ever pedophile priest, a guy who admitted to molesting "at least" 25 boys.

And now Donohue returns to Orange County with another whiny screed—although he doesn't dare call out his target by name. In a May 18 press release titled "Victims' Pros Lie about NY Archdiocese," Donohue rails against the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which has only been one of the most important organizations in the United States fighting against pedo-priests and their enablers in the Catholic Church. Donohue has never liked them because they do a great job, and he's now mad that "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," Dononhue continues. "The names of the offending priests have already been published by the archdiocese. It is scurrilous to imply otherwise. The only real story here is how far some will go to try to discredit the Catholic Church."

What the hell is the lace-curtain Irish crying about? He provides no links, no context, no nada in his write-up (which you can go ahead and Google on your own). But the person he was targeting is someone well-known to OC Weekly readers, a heroine we should all emulate.

Say her name, Billy: Joelle Casteix.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Former Fort Augustus Abbey school pupil 'hit with golf shoe'

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands has told a court he was hit with a spiked golf shoe by a priest.

Clark Baxter, 51, accused Father Benedict Seed, 83, of hitting him "more than once" with the shoe.
Appearing under the name Thomas Michael Seed, he is charged with assaulting eight pupils in the 1970s and 1980s.

Father Seed, who is on trial at Inverness Sheriff Court, denies all the charges.

Mr Baxter, from the Wishaw area, told the court that he was frequently belted and caned by the former priest in his four years at school in Fort Augustus, which has since closed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

NBSCCCI Annual Report Published

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

The National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) published its annual report today. It details the work done by the Board and its National Office during the year ending 31st March 2017. During the 2016/17 period, 86 new allegations were received including 72 new allegations relating to sexual abuse as well as 10 allegations of physical and emotional abuse, 1 relating to boundary violation and 3 where the abuse was unspecified. The bulk of these allegations relate to the period from the 1950s through to the 1990s, with a sharp drop in numbers after the year 2000.This represents a significant reduction on previous years; from 153 during 2015/16 and 265 new allegations during 2014/2015. “The downward trend in allegations being made that we highlighted last year continues,” said Teresa Devlin, CEO, NBSCCCI. “But an examination of the trend dating back as far as 2009 when we started compiling these figures shows that we cannot assume the work is complete. Over those years there have been years where the figures rose and only constant vigilance will keep children safe.” Following the completion of the first set of reviews of practice and extensive consultations with affected parties, a revised set of standards was created along with a revised set of protocols for the next round of safeguarding reviews. This Annual Report emphasises two of the revised standards in particular.">annual report today. It details the work done by the Board and its National Office during the year ending 31st March 2017.

During the 2016/17 period, 86 new allegations were received including 72 new allegations relating to sexual abuse as well as 10 allegations of physical and emotional abuse, 1 relating to boundary violation and 3 where the abuse was unspecified. The bulk of these allegations relate to the period from the 1950s through to the 1990s, with a sharp drop in numbers after the year 2000.This represents a significant reduction on previous years; from 153 during 2015/16 and 265 new allegations during 2014/2015.

“The downward trend in allegations being made that we highlighted last year continues,” said Teresa Devlin, CEO, NBSCCCI. “But an examination of the trend dating back as far as 2009 when we started compiling these figures shows that we cannot assume the work is complete.

Over those years there have been years where the figures rose and only constant vigilance will keep children safe.”

Following the completion of the first set of reviews of practice and extensive consultations with affected parties, a revised set of standards was created along with a revised set of protocols for the next round of safeguarding reviews. This Annual Report emphasises two of the revised standards in particular.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Downward trend in reports of new clerical child sex abuse allegations continues

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog received reports of 72 new allegations of clerical child sex abuse as well as 10 of physical and emotional abuse in the year to March 31st 2017, as a downward trend in such allegations continues.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), based at Maynooth, also received one allegation relating to boundary violation during the year and three where the abuse was unspecified. Most allegations related to a period from the 1950s to the 1990s, with a sharp drop after the year 2000.

The figures were supplied in the latest annual report from the NBSC published on Tuesday morning. They represent a significant drop in new allegations, from 153 in 2015/16, and 265 in 2014/2015.

Teresa Devlin, NBSC chief executive, noted however that an examination of the downward trend “shows we cannot assume the work is complete.” Since 2009, when the NBSC began compiling such figures, “there have been years where the figures rose and only constant vigilance will keep children safe,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Priest who championed corporal punishment had children living in fear

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

By David Love

TWO businessman have told how they “lived in fear” of a Catholic priest who had used corporal punishment against them and other pupils at a Highland boarding school, a court has heard.

Hong Kong-based Paul Curran, 50, told a jury that he dreamt of being “haunted and hunted” by 83-year-old Father Benedict Seed for the five years he attended Fort Augustus Abbey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Statement Regarding Mark Huberty

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

Mark Huberty, who was a priest of this Archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by Pope Francis. Mark Huberty can no longer serve as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

A Catholic priest acquitted in 2014 of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult parishioner has been relieved of his work as a priest by Pope Francis.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Mark A. Huberty’s departure from the church in a May 18 statement on its website, but did not explain why, or note whether it was linked to his old criminal case in Ramsey County.

“Mark Huberty, who was a priest of this Archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by Pope Francis,” the statement said. “Mark Huberty can no longer serve as a priest.”

Huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relationship with a married woman he had been counseling. The two met when he was pastor at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

Child sex abuse victims want governor to renew his commitment to justice

NEW YORK
The Legislative Gazette

Written by KALEB H. SMITH, assistant editor on May 23, 2017

As the session enters its final weeks, child sex abuse victims are calling out the governor and Senate Republicans for not expanding their legal rights to hold their abusers accountable.

Sen. Brad Hoylman’s Child Victims Act, and related legislation, would extend the statute of limitations on legal actions for sex crimes against a minor, allowing abuse victims more time to prepare and file lawsuits against their attackers.

Victims and their advocates say the governor has forgotten them, and they accuse Senate Republicans — who have blocked the bill for years — of acting like hypocrites.

“The Senate Republicans seem to love to talk about domestic violence and sexual abuse and put out 10 different kinds of bills every other week about how to protect those victims,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat. “However the grown-up victims, no one cares about. They think they’ll just go away. But we are here to say we are not going away. We will never go away until justice is done and we pass this bill into law.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

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 t