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June 26, 2017

Lakewood rabbi, multiple couples arrested in FBI raids over alleged welfare fraud

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

BY SPENCER KENT AND THOMAS MORIARTY
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

LAKEWOOD -- A rabbi, his wife and multiple other couples were arrested Monday morning in a series of raids by federal and state authorities in a massive welfare fraud investigation, authorities said.

Those arrested included Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, who runs the Congregation Lutzk synagogue, his wife, Tzipporah, and Mordechai Sorotzkin and his wife, Rachel, and Shimon and Yocheved Nussbaum, authorities said.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the arrests early Monday. A half-dozen couples were arrested in total during the coordinated raids, authorities said.

They are accused in a $1.3 million fraud scheme involving under-reported income to illegally obtain Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps, Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income, authorities said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Lakewood rabbi, others arrested in alleged million-dollar welfare fraud

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Payton Guion and Alex N. Gecan , Asbury Park Press June 26, 2017

LAKEWOOD -- A prominent rabbi and several others were arrested in simultaneous federal and state raids Monday morning on charges related to alleged public assistance fraud on a scale rarely seen before in New Jersey, according to law enforcement sources.

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, who runs the synagogue Congregation Lutzk and businesses linked to the synagogue, was taken into custody Monday and is en route to face a judge in Superior Court in Toms River.

Also arrested in the sting headed by the FBI, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and other agencies were Zalmen’s wife, Tzipporah Sorotzkin, and married couple Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin. The three also face state criminal charges, according to a source close to the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. Their first appearance before a Superior Court judge is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

LORD CAREY : STATEMENT FROM THE RT. REV DR STEVEN CROFT, BISHOP OF OXFORD

UNITED KINGDOM
Anglican Diocese of Oxford

“I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him. In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford. Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.

He said in his statement on Thursday: “I accept the criticisms made of me. I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations. I regret that after Peter Ball was cautioned I did not place his name on the Lambeth list.”

Along with many others, I have been deeply distressed to read Dame Moira Gibb’s report with its narrative of the abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball which remained hidden for so long. I hope that the focus of attention will continue to be on the survivors of abuse and offering to them the care and support they need.

As the Diocese of Oxford we are committed to improving continually the quality of safeguarding and care and will seek to learn the lessons of Dame Moira Gibb’s review and put its recommendations into practice”.

For further enquiries please call Jillian Moody: 07824 906839 or Jo Duckles: 07880 716761

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Lord Carey quits Church of England role after report found he 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Olivia Rudgard, religious affairs correspondent
26 JUNE 2017

George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned from his post in the Church of England over a report that said he was among senior figures who "colluded" with paedophile bishop Peter Ball.

Lord Carey stepped down from his role as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, urged him to "consider his position".

Last Thursday, an independent report by Dame Moira Gibb found that church leaders had mishandled Ball's case by failing to offer his victims adequate support and concealing evidence of his wrongdoing.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the Rt. Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, said: “

“I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him. In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

"Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.

"Along with many others, I have been deeply distressed to read Dame Moira Gibb’s report with its narrative of the abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball which remained hidden for so long. I hope that the focus of attention will continue to be on the survivors of abuse and offering to them the care and support they need.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

George Carey resigns honorary Oxford post over Anglican sex abuse scandal

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
Monday 26 June 2017

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford following a damning independent report criticising the Church of England’s handling of a high-profile sex abuse case.

Carey, 81, quit after Justin Welby, the current archbishop of Canterbury, made the unprecedented decision to ask him to “carefully consider his position”. The report concluded the church had “colluded [with the abuser] rather than seeking to help those he had harmed”.

Steven Croft, the bishop of Oxford, met with Carey this week following Welby’s letter. In a statement, Croft said Carey had resigned in the light of the independent review. “Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him … and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.”

Ball, the former bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Ex-Archbishop Lord Carey resigns after child abuse review

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has resigned from his last formal role in the church after a review into historical child sex abuse.

Lord Carey was criticised in an independent review of the church's handling of abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball, 85, who was jailed in 2015.

Dame Moira Gibb's review revealed he had failed to pass information on Ball to the police back in 1992.

Justin Welby, current Archbishop of Canterbury, asked for his resignation.

Lord Carey had been given a role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford, a position given to many retired bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

New Bessborough revelations show wider range of products tested on children

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, June 26, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Previously unseen details of a medical trial by Glaxo in 1974 at a Cork mother and baby home have generated a whole new series of questions for the nuns and the companies involved, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

For almost two decades, the public has been drip-fed revelations about medical testing by British pharmaceutical companies on children in care in Ireland.

These tests involved the trialling of various vaccine combinations by predecessor companies of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) — Glaxo Laboratories and Burroughs Wellcome. These revelations generated more questions than answers — answers it is hoped the Mother and Baby Homes Commission can provide.

However, it has now emerged thashoot Glaxo Laboratories was also trialling other products on children here — namely lactose and baby formulas.

This occurred in 1974 in the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in Cork and had never been made public. Once again, the revelation has generated lots of questions but few answers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

AP: AUTHORITIES DELAYED INVESTIGATING GAY 'DEMONS' CASE

NORTH CAROLINA
Associated Press

BY MITCH WEISS AND HOLBROOK MOHR
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his "homosexual demons."

An Associated Press investigation found that Rutherford County investigators and then-District Attorney Brad Greenway delayed investigating and told Fenner his only option was to pursue misdemeanor charges against the church members he said assaulted him for nearly two hours in the evangelical church's sanctuary.

The AP's conclusions are based on more than a dozen interviews and court documents, along with a series of secretly made recordings that were provided of Fenner's meetings with law enforcement authorities, including Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis.

In February, the AP detailed how many Word of Faith Fellowship congregants were regularly attacked both physically and verbally in an attempt to "purify" sinners by beating out devils.

The church has come under scrutiny by law enforcement and social services authorities on numerous occasions with little effect, mostly because followers refused to cooperate. But Fenner's relentless pursuit eventually led to the indictment of five congregants, who were charged with kidnapping and assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Forschungsprojekt zum sexuellen Missbrauch im Bereich der katholischen Kirche wird verlängert

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

[Research project on sexual abuse in the area of ​​the Catholic church is extended. The interdisciplinary research project about sexual abuse by priests, deacons and male members of religious orders has been extended nine months until September 2018 on advice and recommendation of the research consortium. This is necessary because of the complexity of the project.]

Das interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz“ („MHG-Studie“) wird auf Anraten und Empfehlung des Forschungskonsortiums um neun Monate bis September 2018 verlängert. Aufgrund des Umfangs und auch der Komplexität ist dieser Schritt notwendig. Nachdem sich auch der Beirat des Projektes dafür ausgesprochen hatte, hat der Ständige Rat auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung dieser Verlängerung zugestimmt.

Das Forschungskonsortium, das die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz seit März 2014 mit der Studie beauftragt hat, wird von Prof. Dr. Harald Dreßing vom Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit in Mannheim als Verbundkoordinator geleitet. Neben dem Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit Mannheim (Prof. Dr. Harald Dreßing, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Salize) sind das Kriminologische Institut der Universität Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. Dieter Dölling, Prof. Dr. Dieter Hermann), das Institut für Gerontologie der Universität Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Kruse, Prof. Dr. Eric Schmitt) und der Lehrstuhl für Kriminologie der Universität Gießen (Prof. Dr. Britta Bannenberg) Mitglieder des Forschungskonsortiums.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Sexueller Missbrauch in Kirche – Aufklärung verzögert sich

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Westen

[The investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is stalled. It is not the first problem of the project. Actually, the researchers wanted to present the results by the end of 2017. The deadline for dealing with sexual abuse within the Catholic church was now extended until September 2018. "This step is necessary because of its scope and complexity," a statement from the German Bishops' Conference of Monday.]

Die Aufarbeitung des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch katholische Priester gerät ins Stocken. Es ist nicht das erste Problem des Projekts.

Berlin. Eigentlich wollten die Forscher Ende 2017 die Ergebnisse vorlegen – nun wurde die Frist für die Aufarbeitung des sexuellen Missbrauchs innerhalb der katholischen Kirche bis September 2018 verlängert. „Aufgrund des Umfangs und auch der Komplexität ist dieser Schritt notwendig.“, heißt es in einer Mitteilung der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz vom Montag.

Die katholische Kirche hatte sich mit dem Zugang zu den internen Akten, die über den sexuellen Missbrauch „durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige“ Aufschluss geben sollen, lange schwer getan. Ein erstes Forschungsprojekt mit dem Kriminologen Christian Pfeiffer war gescheitert, weil dieser der Kirche vorwarf, seine Forschung zensieren und kontrollieren zu wollen. Das Angebot der Kirche, Opfer finanziell zu entschädigen, wurde zudem lange als Strategie verstanden, sich der Aufklärung zu entziehen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Jail term increased for paedophile Tony Mitchell, of Thorpe Edge, Bradford, who admits further offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph & Argus

Jenny Loweth

A FORMER church bus driver had his prison sentence for sexually abusing young girls increased to 13 years at Bradford Crown Court after admitting five further similar offences.

Tony Mitchell was jailed for 11 years in October 2015 for raping a child of 11 and molesting five more girls, aged between seven and 13.

Mitchell, 47, formerly of Idlethorp Way, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, was brought back to court from prison to have his jail term increased by two years.

He pleaded guilty to inciting two little girls to touch one another indecently, inciting a child to touch him indecently and two offences of sexually assaulting a girl under 13.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Victoria Police warned over charging George Pell

AUSTRALIA
Starts at 60

Victoria Police has been warned against charging Cardinal George Pell over allegations of child sexual abuse in the face of intense public pressure on the issue.

President of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, Robyn Speed, told The Australian that bringing charges against Pell before obtaining solid evidence would only lead to a show trial that would appease “the mob” but do nothing to help alleged victims.

Intense public interest in the case has lead to fears a jury could be prejudiced against Pell if the case ever goes to trial.

As Australia’s most senior Catholic figure, Pell drew intense public scrutiny over his handling of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse last year.

He refused to return to Australia from Rome to give evidence at the hearing, claiming he was too sick to fly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Goulburn Catholic parish to hold Liturgy of Lament

AUSTRALIA
Goulburn Post

26 Jun 2017

A special church service on Friday night will acknowledge previous “wrongdoing” within the Catholic Church but also remember past schools.

Mary Queen of Apostles Parish Priest, Father Dermid McDermott said the ‘Liturgy of Lament’ was not sparked solely by sexual abuse cases at the former Saint Patrick’s College. However, these and the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse of Children in Institutional Care had impacted on the Parish.

“I personally don’t know anyone (past students) affected by sexual abuse but they are there; it is underlying,” he said.

“There seems to be a gap between the apology and what’s happened since and sometimes the only response is to get on your knees and pray.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Brooklyn priest sexually abused woman who sought spiritual guidance: lawsuit

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY JAMES FANELLI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, June 26, 2017

A Catholic priest preyed on a vulnerable Brooklyn parishioner by twisting church theology in order to pressure her into performing sex acts on him, a lawsuit charges.

Father Andre Bain is accused of sexually abusing the young woman, who came to him for counseling shortly after he became the head of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in East Flatbush in July 2014.

Instead of providing spiritual guidance, Bain, 44, pushed the woman — who was in her 20s — into sexual acts over the course of several months, according to the lawsuit. The priest kept her quiet about the abuse by telling her they weren’t committing a sin because it was not vaginal intercourse, the lawsuit says.

The accuser — who filed the lawsuit anonymously — is suing the Brooklyn Diocese and its bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio, for negligence, saying that they were slow to respond to the woman’s complaint, allowing Bain to prey on her and other women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

June 25, 2017

The Guardian view on abuse in the Church of England: a reputation deservedly damaged

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Editorial

Sunday 25 June 2017

The report of Dame Moira Gibb into the Church of England’s handling of the abusive bishop Peter Ball makes shocking reading. It reveals a concern for appearance over reality, for the institution over the individual and, most of all, for the strong and powerful over the weak and vulnerable. From the moment the first victims came forward, the response of the church up to the highest level was one of institutional self-protection.

The complaint was not reported to the police, but only to the archbishop of Canterbury, then George Carey, who persisted long past the point of reason in hoping that his colleague was innocent. The police were not told until after the first victim to come forward, Neil Todd, had attempted suicide twice – and even then it was his parents and not the church who made the complaint. The diocese of Gloucester hired a former policeman to investigate, and if possible discredit, the witnesses.

After news of Bishop Ball’s arrest broke, Lambeth Palace received seven independent accusations about his earlier behaviour. Two were seen by Archbishop Carey, who replied to them personally. Only one of the seven, though, was passed to the police, and that the least damning. Lord Carey’s message to the diocese after Bishop Ball was arrested urged prayers for the bishop and said nothing about victims. After Bishop Ball had retired on spurious grounds of ill health and accepted a caution – though remaining in denial about his crimes – Lord Carey worked to have him rehabilitated. True, he did so with less ingenuity than Peter Ball’s identical twin Michael, himself a bishop, who has admitted allowing his twin to deputise for him at “one or two events”, even after his disgrace.

Lord Carey nevertheless gave Peter Ball £12,000 from church funds, leading to loud complaints from the brothers, who had wanted £20,000. He deliberately kept Peter Ball’s name off the Lambeth blacklist of unemployable clergy; he had the disgraced bishop to stay at Lambeth Palace twice; he attempted to find him work in South Africa (writing to Desmond Tutu for this scheme) and in prisons; he wrote to an American parish that “Peter was possibly the victim of a plot but that, of course, cannot be proved”. Lord Carey’s only objection to a full rehabilitation of Bishop Ball as a retired bishop was that it might provoke unfavourable publicity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Man taken from mother after birth urges justice for baby home abuse victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Breaking News

A man who was forcibly removed from his mother as a baby by the Catholic Church has begged for justice for the victims of abuse at former mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland.

Eunan Duffy was taken from his mother against her will minutes after his birth in 1968 in the former Marian Vale mother and baby home in Newry, run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, and put up for adoption.

Mr Duffy only discovered he was adopted in February 2016.

He immediately launched a search for his birth mother, believing she had willingly given him up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

The Silence of the Lambs

UNITED STATES
New Republic

Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?

BY KATHRYN JOYCE
June 20, 2017

It was a hot day in July, a Saturday afternoon, and Kim James was bored. Her older sisters had taken her to a church event in their small hometown in Indiana, where the girls were spending their summer. Her parents were back in Bangladesh, working at the remote Baptist missionary compound where the family had lived, on and off, for five years. For an adventurous and high-spirited 13-year-old like Kim, Indiana seemed dull compared to Bangladesh. She missed her friends, the dozen or so missionary kids everybody called “MKs.” She missed the menagerie her parents let her keep: goats, cows, a parrot, a monkey. She missed the jackals that called in the distance at night, and the elephants that sometimes crashed through the compound fence.

As she thought about the mission, though, Kim felt troubled. Something was weighing on her mind. So she decided to skip out of the church event—it was for little kids, anyway—and go see the pastor. She found him in his office, trying to compose the next day’s sermon. Kim ambled around his desk, picking things up, putting them back down. Eventually, with feigned casualness, she pointed between her legs and said, “Is it wrong when someone does this—touches you here?”

The pastor dropped his pen and looked up. “Kim,” he asked, “has this happened to you?”

At first, Kim said no. But as the pastor gently persisted, she began to sob. Yes, she had been touched, there and there, lots of times.

The pastor asked Kim who had touched her.

Uncle Donn, she said.

Donn, the pastor would soon learn, was not really Kim’s uncle. He was Donn Ketcham, the 58-year-old chief doctor at the mission hospital in Bangladesh. His father had co-founded the Baptist denomination that sponsored the missionary group, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism; its goal was to create a “militant, missionary-minded, Biblically separate haven of Fundamentalism.” Little known outside the world of Christian fundamentalists, ABWE is among the largest missionary groups in the United States, deploying more than 900 Baptists to 70 countries. His father’s legacy made Ketcham a sort of prince within the world of ABWE: the doctor with the “magical name,” as one missionary later put it, much beloved by the family of churches that supported the group. He’d been the undisputed patriarch of the Bangladesh mission for almost three decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Warning over George Pell ‘show trial’

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

TESS LIVINGSTONE
The Australian
June 25, 2017

Victoria Police has been warned not to charge Cardinal George Pell over alleged child sexual abuse to clear the air, or to stage a show trial in response to intense public interest and anger over clerical sex abuse in general.

Lawyer Robin Speed, president of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia said prosecutors should act against Cardinal Pell only if they were fully satisfied about the quality of the evidence. “They should not act in response to the baying of a section of the mob,’’ he said.

Retired High Court judge Ian Callinan QC said he was “always concerned about the impact of pre-trial publicity to contaminate a trial’’ in high-profile cases and about the capacity of judges to dispel the prejudices it caused in the minds of potential jurors.

Mr Callinan said widespread media emphasis on investigative agencies “getting scalps’’ did not help the legal process. “Pre-trial by media is a serious problem,’’ he said.

Mr Speed said that if the cardinal was charged and found innocent the drawn out conduct of the investigation over two years could warrant a judicial inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Why did diocese wait 3 years to make abuse allegations public?

NEW YORK
Observer-Dispatch

By GREG MASON / gmason@uticaod.com

Three years ago, when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse found credibility to allegations that a Utica priest committed acts of child sexual abuse, it was not Bishop Robert Cunningham’s policy to make public those matters, said Danielle Cummings, the diocese’s chancellor and director of communications.

The diocese quietly removed the Rev. Felix Colosimo from priestly ministry in 2014 in response to claims from California man Matthew Strzepak that the priest molested him as a child. Colosimo served at several Utica-area churches, including St. Leo’s Church in Holland Patent, St. Peter’s Church in North Utica and — most recently — Our Lady of the Rosary in New Hartford.

Strzepak filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Colosimo and the diocese in federal court in Connecticut. Declining to speak in further detail, Cummings said Strzepak going public is why the diocese chose to address the allegations publicly, though she reiterated that the past claims were markedly different than those in the June 2 lawsuit.

In past years, Cunningham has rejected requests to release the names of 11 diocese priests connected to credible sexual abuse allegations. That stance has not changed, said Cummings, who noted a challenge in balancing disclosure and respecting the wishes of victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Abused by a priest, now a champion of the church

OHIO
Cincinnati.com

By Dan Horn, dhorn@enquirer.com

The letter is in a folder on the mantel, near a crucifix that once belonged to a Catholic bishop.

Michael Vanderburgh sits a few feet away, sipping coffee and reading email on his phone. The sun isn’t up yet on this early January morning, but he’s trying to get a head start on work while the kids are still sleeping.

Michael can’t remember the last time he looked at the letter. Years, probably. He found it in a cabinet in the basement over the weekend, stashed with some old bills and receipts. He isn’t sure how he feels about seeing it again.

It is not the kind of letter someone gets every day.

He reaches for the folder and opens it. “We recognize this was a difficult process for you,” the letter says. “We are certain that no amount of money can sufficiently compensate a victim of abuse.”

The letter arrived in March 2005 and is from a tribunal created by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to resolve clergy abuse cases. Michael, who was abused by a priest as a child, was one of those cases. The tribunal sent him a check for $21,600.67.

More than 100 abuse survivors got similar letters back then, along with similar checks for oddly precise amounts. Some survivors were angry, others forgiving. Some left the church, others stayed. None responded the way Michael did.

Two years after receiving the letter, he took a job with the archdiocese. And not just any job. As director of stewardship, Michael is responsible for the largest fundraising campaign the archdiocese has ever undertaken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Two N. Y. Times Business Articles Have Ties to Vatican Bank Officials

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on June 25, 2017

by Betty Clermont

Both of the following appeared in today’s New York Times business section:

“Lessons From the Collapse of Banco Popular: When Spain’s fifth-largest bank failed this month, Banco Santander swooped in to the rescue, and regulators breathed easy. They should have been scared.”

“Does God Want You to Spend $300,000 for College? The retail price of joining Father John I. Jenkins at the University of Notre Dame is climbing ever higher.”

(Since NYT articles are not free over a certain number, I won’t link to them but they’re easy enough to find.)

Banco Popular and Banco Santander are both connected to Opus Dei, at the top, an international secret society of plutocrats (Robert Hutchison, Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei).

Both banks have been charged with ripping off customers: “The scandalous economic practices of Opus Dei,” “Santander Bank fined $10m for deceptive marketing techniques,” and subpoenaed for predatory subprime loans.

Two Santander officials sit on the six-member Board of Superintendence of the Vatican Bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Churchill: Two moments illustrate one sorry disconnect

NEW YORK
Times Union

Chris Churchill

Albany

Much of what's wrong with New York government can be summed up by two moments from the waning hours of the legislative session.

The first came at a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday, when Sen. Majority Leader John Flanagan revealed that there would not be a vote on the Child Victims Act.

The second arrived 28 hours later, when Flanagan introduced an 11th-hour bill to name the Tappan Zee Bridge after the governor's father. It passed the Senate unanimously.

What a juxtaposition. Really, you couldn't ask for a better illustration of how Albany power brokers put the wants of the political class over the needs of ordinary people — especially the weak and the powerless. It was out-flipping-rageous.

The Child Victims Act is about protecting children from sexual abuse. It would do away with a disgraceful statute of limitations — one of the most restrictive in the nation — that bars child sexual-abuse victims from proceeding with cases once they turn 23.

It would allow survivors to bring civil cases until they turn 50 and felony criminal cases until they're 28. It also includes a one-year window to revive old cases.
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Victims have been lobbying for the bill for more than a decade. They've made endless trips to Albany to cajole lawmakers. They have worked tirelessly for their cause.

Even if you oppose the Child Victims Act, which easily passed the Assembly, there's no justification for denying it a Senate vote. Advocates deserved that much for their hard work. They deserved to see which lawmakers were on their side.

Flanagan denied them that. The Republican from Long Island couldn't even be bothered to offer an explanation. The arrogance is staggering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Opponents of Child Victims Act for adults sexually abused as kids mostly operated in the shadows to kill the bill

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, June 24, 2017

ALBANY — When it came to again killing the Child Victims Act this year, few stepped forward to take credit.

Many opponents of the measure to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to bring cases as adults preferred operating in the shadows, leaving the heavy lifting of fighting the bill publicly to the Catholic Church.

“My gut tells me there's safety in silence,” said survivor and advocate Kathryn Robb. “These are youth serving organizations and very much like the Senate (that killed the bill), this will be something that defines them.”

In all, just two formal memos opposing the bill were filed with the sponsors during the legislative session.

The state Catholic Conference headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a statewide evangelical Christian advocacy organization, were the only groups to outline in writing their opposition to the legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Mysterious exit of Vatican auditor begs question: Is reform even possible?

ROME
Crux

John L. Allen Jr. June 25, 2017
EDITOR

Almost a week later, it remains mysterious why Libero Milone, an Italian businessman and auditing expert hired in 2015 for a five-year term as the Vatican's first-ever Auditor General, abruptly resigned. Whatever the case, the optics don't seem encouraging in terms of the current state of Pope Francis's reform effort.

This past Monday, phone lines across Rome began to heat up with rumors that something had happened with Libero Milone, a veteran Italian businessman and expert in auditing and tax services who had been hired in June 2015 as the Vatican’s first-ever Auditor General, billed as the final piece of the puzzle in terms of building a culture of accountability and transparency.

On Tuesday, the other shoe dropped: The Vatican released a terse, four-line statement saying that Milone had submitted his resignation, Pope Francis had accepted it, and, by “common agreement,” his relationship with the Vatican was over.

The statement wished Milone well, and said that a search will soon be launched to find his successor.

What the statement didn’t offer was any explanation of why Milone was walking away, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year term, and well before anything like an actual audit of Vatican finances had been brought to completion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Alleged abuse victims demand apology from Anglican Church Trust

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

HELEN KING
June 25 2017

Two people who claim they were abused in Anglican-run state care are demanding an apology for what they say are systemic failures.

Rachel Smith* and Ernie Parore were placed in foster homes run by the Anglican Trust for Women and Children during the 1970s and 1980s. The Trust is part of the Anglican Church's social services network.

Both say they suffered physical abuse that caused psychological scars they still wear today.

The Anglican Trust says it needs to meet with the pair and check their claims before it can apologise to them – but Smith and Parore say the Trust has rebuffed their efforts to talk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Archdiocese deals with deep financial, trust issues

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes calls for sacrifices as the Archdiocese of Agana deals with financial problems, the details of which will be released to the public in the weeks to come.

"Using an analogy, in simple terms, we have maxed out our credit cards and payment is due," Byrnes said in a June 18 pastoral letter.

David Sablan, president of Concerned Catholics of Guam, said the group is aware of an option to have the Catholic schools help the archdiocese with its finances, but he said this could end with increased student tuition and dwindling enrollment at those schools.

'Trust issue'

Byrnes said it is unfortunate that some entities under the archdiocese got in over their financial heads, but urged everyone to come together and help those units experiencing financial difficulty.

In the weeks ahead, he said, the archdiocese will share its financial realities and challenges as well as strategies to resolve them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

A gesture of good faith: NYC dioceses abuse-compensation fund

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

Editorial

Another legislative session has passed, marred by another total failure to fix New York’s unconscionably short statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse.

But there’s a bright spot in this sordid story: a second private institution has stepped up to make things right for those victimized.

The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn (which includes Queens) will follow in the footsteps of the New York Archdiocese in developing a compensation program to settle claims with those violated by clergy as children.

To execute the Brooklyn version of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is even using the same mediator — Ken Feinberg, best known for his oversight of the 9/11 victims fund.

Under Feinberg and his colleague Camille Biros, the New York Archdiocese’s fund has proven remarkably successful. Of 140 offers made in the first phase of settlements — reserved for victims who had already lodged complaints against the church — 125 have so far been accepted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Guam Priest, Father Ray Techaira, Accused Of Raping And Sexually Assaulting A Boy From 1984 To 1987

GUAM
Business News

By Kari Megeed - June 24, 2017

A Guam priest is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a boy continuously in the eighties, starting on the boy’s seventh birthday, in a lawsuit issued Thursday.

The “Priest”

Father Ray Techaira reportedly raped and sexually assaulted a boy from 1984 through 1987, the lawsuit issued in the District Court of Guam says. Techaira, on the other hand, is now dead, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff, who was identified in court documents only as J.A. to keep his identity and image, is now 40 years old and resides in Oregon.

J.A reportedly filed a plea to conduct a jury trial and $5 million in minimum damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

June 24, 2017

In God's name, how many more did he violate? Horrifying real-life TV series The Keepers about a priest who preyed on high school girls and may have killed a nun grips viewers

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (UK)

By Caroline Graham for The Mail on Sunday

One cold November afternoon in 1969, a 17-year-old schoolgirl called Jean Wehner was driven to a remote rubbish dump on the outskirts of the American city of Baltimore. There, she was led to the rotting corpse of her murdered teacher, Sister Cathy Cesnik.

‘This is what happens when you say bad things,’ the terrified teenager was warned.

The chilling scene from the new Netflix series, The Keepers, may seem like the plot of a Scandi-inspired thriller, but the hit show keeping millions of viewers on the edge of their seats is not a voguish noir fiction, but a cold-case documentary.

Already one of Netflix’s most successful series ever, the gripping seven-part show follows the real-life unsolved murder of Sister Cathy, who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer – apparently because she was threatening to expose widespread child sex abuse at the girls’ school in which she worked.

The murder of a nun is only matched by the revulsion viewers feel when the prime suspect is revealed to be Father Joseph Maskell, a paedophile Catholic priest who died in 2001 without ever being brought to justice.

The series reveals stunning new evidence in the case and brings to light disturbing allegations from victims who claim powerful figures in the Church and police – Maskell’s brother was a Baltimore police officer – colluded to shield him from justice. Already it has forced detectives to look again at the case, and has sparked an inquiry 3,000 miles away in Co. Wexford, Ireland, a country where the Church has been forced to apologise for a series of abuse scandals perpetrated by Catholic clerics and nuns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

Umstrittener Priesteramtskandidat zum Diakon geweiht

DEUTSCHLAND
Radio EINS

[Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke, a bishop of Eichstatt in Germany, consecrated a priesthood candidate who was controversial because of racist utterances. The man had left the Würzburg priest seminary in 2013, because he had made fun of the Nazi concentration camps and imitated Adolf Hitler. In Eichstätt he now gets a new chance to become a Catholic priest.]

Eichstätt (dpa/lby) – Der Eichstätter Bischof Gregor Maria Hanke hat einen wegen rassistischer Äußerungen umstrittenen Priesteramtskandidaten zum Diakon geweiht. Der Mann war 2013 aus dem Würzburger Priesterseminar geflogen, weil er sich über die Konzentrationslager der Nationalsozialisten lustig gemacht und Adolf Hitler imitiert haben soll. In Eichstätt bekommt er nun eine neue Chance, katholischer Priester zu werden: Die Diakonenweihe gilt als Vorstufe zur Priesterweihe. Für den Dienst brauche es den liebenden Blick des Herzens für jede Not, sagte Hanke in seiner Predigt am Samstag.

Der Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland hatte vor der Weihezeremonie heftige Kritik geübt. «Meine tiefen Zweifel an der Eignung des jungen Mannes für das Priesteramt bleiben bestehen», hatte Zentralrats-Präsident Josef Schuster gesagt. Die Gutachter bei der Untersuchung der Vorwürfe im Jahr 2013 hätten dem Seminaristen eine höchst bedenkliche Grundhaltung, nicht einen Ausrutscher aufgrund von jugendlichem Leichtsinn, attestiert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Priester nach Missbrauchsfällen nicht mehr Mitglied der Kapuziner

SCHWEIZ
Luzerner Zeitung

[Because of the abuse of children, the Vatican Congregation for the Congregation of the Faith released a Capuchin priest living in Switzerland from his orders' vows and released him from the clerical state.]

LUZERN/FREIBURG ⋅ Wegen Missbrauchs von Kindern hat die vatikanische Glaubenskongregation in Rom einen in der Schweiz lebenden Priester von seinen Ordensgelübden entbunden und aus dem Klerikerstand entlassen.

24. Juni 2017, 15:02

Das bedeute den Ausschluss aus dem Kapuzinerorden und aus dem Priesterstand, heisst es in der Mitteilung der Agentur Kathpress. Der heute 77-jährige Priester sei krank und gebrechlich. Deshalb wolle der Orden ihn "nicht einfach auf die Strasse stellen", sondern ihm werde weiterhin Unterkunft gewährt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Former Utah Mormon bishop arrested for allegedly sexually abusing two teens in his congregation

UTAH
The Salt Lake Tribune

By MARIAH NOBLE | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jun 23 2017

A former LDS Church bishop is behind bars for allegedly sexually abused two boys several years ago when they were teenagers in his congregation.

Erik Wayne Hughes, 51, of Mapleton, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of forcible sexual abuse, dealing in materials harmful to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and tampering with a witness.

According to a probable cause statement from the Mapleton Police Department, an 18-year-old told police in April that when he was 15, he had been sexually abused by Hughes, who at the time was his bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

An emailed statement from church spokesman Eric Hawkins on Friday confirmed that Hughes "has been removed from any position within the church."

The teen told police that Hughes was "always interested in his personal growth and if he was going through puberty," the document says. On one occasion, Hughes gave the teen a white pill he believed was melatonin, but the pill made him "feel weird" and his perception of his surroundings seemed "disproportionate," documents say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Former Utah LDS bishop accused of drugging 2 teen boys, sexually abusing them

UTAH
KUTV

by Cimaron Neugebauer

(KUTV) A former LDS bishop in Utah County has been arrested after police say he gave two teen boys a pill and sexually abused them.

Erik Wayne Hughes, 51, of Mapleton was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday Apr. 21 for suspicion of forcible sexual abuse, dealing harmful materials to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and tampering with a witness.

Hughes is no longer a bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, police say.

A male victim who is now 18, reported to the Division of Child and Family Services that was sexually abused by his bishop when he was 15. He made the report on April 20 and police took over the case since the victim was now an adult.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Benedictines ‘can’t accept’ blame for child abuse at school

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL

24 June 2017

The head of a religious order has expressed “sorrow” that monks abused boys at Fort Augustus Abbey School but said his congregation cannot be held responsible for what happened.

Dom Richard Yeo, abbot president of the English Benedictine Congregation, said he believed the allegations of former residents who say they were abused at the fee-paying Highland boarding school, which closed in 1993.

But the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was shown a submission from the congregation which said it had “no remit or authority” to acknowledge or accept abuse.

The inquiry heard allegations have been made against six monks who taught at either Fort Augustus, on the banks of Loch Ness, or Carlekemp Priory School in East Lothian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Seventh victim names priest as abuser

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A 71-year-old Guam resident has come forward with allegations that he was sexually abused and raped when he served as an altar boy at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago.

S.N.J.V., whose initials were used to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint against the Archdiocese of Agana on Friday in the District Court of Guam, naming deceased priest Antonio C. Cruz as his alleged perpetrator.

The lawsuit alleges that S.N.J.V. was repeatedly sexually molested and abused by Cruz during the two years he was an altar boy at the Chalan Pago parish where Cruz served as a priest.

'Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you'

The complaint states the sexual abuse started in 1960 after Sunday Mass one day, when Cruz instructed the boy to stay back and meet him at the rectory where he resided.

Upon entering the rectory, S.N.J.V. saw the priest naked and playing with himself, the lawsuit states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Bishop George Murry makes appointments

OHIO
The Review

Published: June 24, 2017

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. has made the following appointments to the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was effective June 1: Joseph Irilli, Brigid Kennedy, Alan Kretzer, Ronald Mikilich, Joseph Mosca, Sister Jean Orsuto, Timothy Schaffner, the Rev. John Sheridan, the Rev. Mark Williams, Deacon Gregory Wood and Mary Ann Woods.

The Review Board of the Diocese of Youngstown is established under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Polices Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Priests, Deacons and other Church Personnel as published by the United States Conference of Bishops.

The review board assists the bishop by reviewing and assessing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons and other church personnel in order to advise the bishop as to whether the allegations appear to be credible.

The board makes recommendations concerning fitness for ministry in particular cases and reviewing the policy and procedures of the Diocese for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors, recommending to the bishop any appropriate modifications.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

June 23, 2017

The Child Victims Act | June 21, 2017 Part 2 | Full Frontal on TBS | Full Frontal on TBS

NEW YORK
YouTube

Sam goes full “Spotlight” on a bill trapped in state senate limbo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

Former Mapleton LDS bishop accused of drugging, assaulting 2 teens

UTAH
Deseret News

By Pat Reavy @DNewsCrimeTeam
Published: June 23, 2017

MAPLETON — A former LDS Church bishop has been arrested and accused of drugging and sexually abusing two teenage boys.

Erik Wayne Hughes, 51, of Mapleton, was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of 20 counts of forcible sexual abuse, dealing in harmful materials to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and witness tampering.

An 18-year-old man recently came forward to report that when he was 15, there were at least two occasions he believes he was drugged by Hughes, who was his bishop, according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court. In one incident, he said Hughes gave him a pill he claimed was melatonin, typically used to help a person's sleep cycle.

The boy said the pill made him feel "weird and things seems disproportionate," according to the affidavit, and "he has never felt that way before after taking melatonin." Hughes allegedly told him "he must have given him the wrong pill and that it would not happen again."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Papal abuse commission member suggests changes to group expected in fall

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 23, 2017

ROME
A member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse has suggested the composition of the advisory body may change at some point this fall, as the original three-year terms granted to individuals in the group expire.

Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner, who was appointed by Francis with seven others in March 2014 as the initial members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said the group is hosting its last planned plenary session in September.

"People know that the mandate of this commission comes to a close," said Zollner, speaking Thursday at the Pontifical Gregorian University. "The mandate is of three years and at the end of this year the mandate finishes."

"We look forward to seeing what will be the follow-up," the Jesuit said.

"There is one more plenary session ... which will be the last plenary session," he continued. "From there, we need to see what will be the follow-up and how [the] commission will look and what will be the membership."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Abusi su minori: prete condannato 8 anni

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Abuse of minors: Priest sentenced 8 years.]

Cagliari, per altri 10 non potrà frequentare luoghi con ragazzi

(ANSA) – CAGLIARI, 22 GIU – Otto anni di reclusione scontati i quali, per i successivi dieci, non potrà avvicinarsi ai luoghi frequentati dai ragazzini per effetto delle misure di prevenzione. E’ la sentenza di condanna pronunciata dal giudice di Cagliari Ermengarda Ferrarese nei confronti del’ex parroco di Mandas e Villamar, don Pascal Manca, accusato di violenza sessuale su minori.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

'The Keepers': How 2 women delve into the dark mystery of their teacher's unsolved killing

UNITED STATES
ABC News

By NICOLE PELLETIERE
Jun 23, 2017

Two retired women who took it upon themselves to investigate the unsolved slaying of their former high school teacher, Sister Catherine Cesnik, are hoping a new Netflix documentary about the nearly 50-year-old case brings some kind of resolution.

“The Keepers” tells the story of those who said they survived sexual abuse at the hands of a priest who was the school chaplain, and the belief among many that Cesnik was killed because she was about to expose the alleged abuse.

Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, who were students at the old Baltimore city school when Cesnik died, appear in the Netflix original. In an interview last week with ABC News, the women shared how they came to be involved with the true crime series, which premiered May 19.

"For me, I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, and I feel like this was actually the reason why I was put here [on Earth]," Hoskins told ABC News. "The series is released, everybody knows who I am in the whole world; they want to hear what [we] have to say."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Time limit lifted on damages in child abuse cases in Scotland

SCOTLAND
Holyrood

Written by Jenni Davidson on 23 June 2017

A bill lifting the time limit on damages for child abuse cases has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs unanimously voted to approve the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill yesterday.

The bill removes the current three-year limitation period for personal injury actions in cases of child abuse where the person was under 18 at the time of the abuse.

It will apply to all cases of child abuse after 26 September 1964.

The aims of the bill have attracted broad support, but some concerns have been raised about the potential costs to organisations such as councils, religious organisations and charities of paying out compensation for a large number of historic cases.

In its submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee, local government umbrella body COSLA said: “COSLA supports the intent of the legislation is and is clear that removing any barrier to justice for survivors of historical childhood abuse is a positive move.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Victims of child abuse get 50-year compensation window after MSPs vote to remove time bar

SCOTLAND
Police Professional

The Scottish Parliament has voted to remove the three-year limit on child abuse survivors suing for damages in court.

This will allow victims of abuse dating back to September 26, 1964 to claim compensation for their injuries following the implementation of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was unanimously approved by 115 votes from MSPs.

Under the Bill, the individual responsible for carrying out the abuse can be sued directly, and damages can also be sought against employers for their current or former employees.

The Scottish government estimates a potential 2,200 victims will be affected by the changes in the law.

When the Bill was tabled in February, Alistair Gaw from Social Work Scotland warned the payouts could cost around £200 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Damning Review Exposes Church Sex Abuse Cover Up

UNITED KINGDOM
Slater and Gordon

By
Jack Bowman
Media Executive

The Church of England “colluded” with a bishop to hide sex abuse of young men, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The state church “concealed” evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, according to a new major independent review.

The Church’s report, Abuse of Faith, shed light on how it handled the case of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes who was jailed for 32 months in 2015, having pleaded guilty to offences, including two counts of indecent assault.

The court was told Ball hand-picked 18 vulnerable victims to commit acts of "debasement" in the name of religion, including praying naked at the altar and encouraging them to submit to beatings.

The review stated: "The Church at its most senior levels and over many years supported [Ball] unwisely and displayed little care for his victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Disgraced sex abuse bishop Peter Ball used links to Prince Charles to boost his position in cover-up, report finds

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

Disgraced former bishop and convicted paedophile Peter Ball tried to used his “status of confidant” with Prince Charles to boost his position, a damming report has revealed.

A major independent review found the Church of England “concealed” evidence of child abuse against Ball for more than 20 years.

He was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting to a string of historical sex offences against teenage boys and young men between the 1970s and the 1990s.

The report, Abuse of Faith, found that Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, suggested “on many occasions” to the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey and others that he “enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales”.

He "sought to exploit his contact with members of the royal family in order to bolster his position, particularly in the eyes of Lord Carey and others from whom he hoped to receive sympathetic treatment,” the report says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Brooklyn Diocese announces abuse compensation program

NEW YORK
National Catholic Reporter

Peter Feuerherd | Jun. 23, 2017

BROOKLYN, N.Y. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced June 22 that the Brooklyn Diocese will compensate victims of sex abuse by clergy and church workers via a program modeled on one in the neighboring New York Archdiocese.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program will allow survivors of sexual abuse by priests or deacons of the diocese to seek financial compensation.

"I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse," but the compensation program is "a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends," DiMarzio said in a video statement.

The Brooklyn Diocese's program will be administered by compensation experts Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, both of whom worked on a program compensating the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Feinberg and Biros are administering the archdiocesan program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Backers of George Pell tipping sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
The Weekend Australian

June 24, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Those closest to George Pell are increasingly pessimistic about his chances of avoiding charges over historical child sex abuse ­allegations.

The Weekend Australian has been told by multiple sources that — despite his vehement ­denial of wrongdoing — there is a growing resignation that ­charges will almost certainly be laid, plunging the church into what would be an unprecedented scandal.

Sources familiar with Cardinal Pell’s thinking expect him to return to Australia to fight any charges, with Victoria Police in the final stages of deciding whether to prosecute. If charges are laid, it is expected that Cardinal Pell would resign as the head of the Vatican’s finances.

He has consistently vowed to fight any charges, stating that he has done nothing wrong.

It is likely that if he were to ­return to Australia, in the event of charges, the church would provide him with accommodation and legal support in order for him to defend himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

The Ins and Out of the IRCP Part 2: Phases and Deadlines

NEW YORK
The Worthy Adversary

June 23, 2017 Joelle Casteix

Part two of this series was originally going to be a little about IRCP plan administrator Ken Feinberg, but since the Diocese of Brooklyn has posted its official IRCP website (full of legalese), I thought I would go over some of the details here. *

The only survivors who qualify are those to whom the diocese has reached out directly. (That’s why we knew this announcement was coming – You can’t call a bunch of survivors and not have the word get around)

Whom did they call? People who had come forward to them in the past with complaints of abuse by priests or deacons of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Does it count if their parents/teachers/neighbors/therapists complained? I don’t know.

This phase does NOT include victims abused by teachers, order priests, nuns, brothers, volunteers, or employees of the Diocese of Brooklyn … beginning to see the problem?

It only gets worse when we look at the Archdiocese of New York.

If you have not been contacted by the Diocese of Brooklyn, there is nothing you can do in Phase One. But if you were sexually abused in the diocese, you can register for Phase Two. That will probably begin sometime in September, when Phase One ends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Lord Carey steps back from ministry after ‘harrowing’ report on Peter Ball case

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by HATTIE WILLIAMS 22 JUNE 2017

BOTH the Archbishop of Canterbury’s predecessors have issued personal apologies, and the Archbishop has asked Lord Carey to consider his position as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford, after the publication of an independent report on the Peter Ball case and the Church’s part in it.

Lord Carey has been strongly criticised in the report of the review group, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, which was published on Thursday, almost two years after the review was announced by Archbishop Welby (News, 7 October 2015).

The 81-page report, Abuse of Faith, sets out in detail the events and circumstances leading up to, surrounding, and following the arrest and imprisonment of Ball, who received a three-year sentence in October 2015, having admitted to a series of indecent assaults and the abuse of 18 young men aged 17-25. One of his victims took his own life. Ball, who is 85, was released in February after serving 16 months of his sentence.

The report criticises the conduct of several senior Church of England figures — in particular, Lord Carey, who, it says, failed to respond to repeated expressions of concern and allegations against Bishop Ball — most notably those of the late Neil Todd, who was repeatedly abused by the bishop during the 1980s and ’90s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Charles's friend the paedophile priest and a cover-up that shames the Church

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Tom Kelly for the Daily Mail

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey colluded with senior clergy to protect a paedophile bishop, a damning report revealed yesterday.

As a result, serial sex offender Peter Ball – who boasted of being a confidant of Prince Charles – escaped prosecution for more than 20 years.

An independent inquiry into the scandal found that the Church of England knew of a string of allegations against Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, but failed to alert the police. Current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged Lord Carey to step down from his role as an assistant bishop after the report covering his time as head of the Church of England.

Some of Ball's victims called for a criminal investigation into senior clergy after the report found that the Church was 'more interested in protecting itself' than helping those he had abused, and that at least nine bishops knew allegations had been made against him.

Ball, a former suffragan bishop of Lewes, was let off with caution for molesting a teenage novice monk in 1993. Although the Church knew of other allegations against him, it was not until 2015 that Ball was finally prosecuted and jailed.

He admitted abusing 18 teenagers and young men who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

79th alleged victim accuses Chalan Pago priest of molestation

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jun 23, 2017

By Krystal Paco

71-year-old "S.N.J.C." is the latest victim to file suit against the Church.

When he was a teen attending the Chalan Pago church, S.N.J.C. alleges he was sexually molested and raped by Father Antonio Cruz, who is now deceased. During the sexual acts, the priest reportedly stated "Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you" and called the boy "mannge" which means "good" in Chamorro.

S.N.J.C. is suing for $5 million.

Although his attorney David Lujan previously stated he was in settlement talks with Hope and Healing Guam and would file a motion to stay - or suspend the cases in federal court, he tells KUAM today "I haven't seen their insurance policies."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

U.S. Bishops Will ‘Stay the Course’ Against Children, Women and LGBTQ Persons

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Betty Clermont

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held their semi-annual meeting June 14-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Child Sex Abuse

They began with a Mass “held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church.”

In an excellent work of investigative journalism, Nicole Sotelo researched the location of 33 Chicago Archdiocese former priests accused of child sex abuse who are still alive. She was able to locate the whereabouts of 29. “At least 16 – approximately half – of the abusive former priests currently reside or have recently resided within close proximity of a school or child services facility, ranging from less than 500 feet to under 1,500 feet….Two are currently in state or federal mental health facilities. [O]nly one former priest is part of a sex offender registry.” None are being monitored by the archdiocese.

“Church officials covered up crimes for so long that in many cases the statute of limitations for criminal charges expired. [I]t is a sobering reminder that if Church officials had not shielded these men from the law or fought to keep the statute of limitations, some of these men would be registered sex offenders and, thus, identifiable to concerned parents and teachers,” Sotelo noted.

Shortly before their meeting, the bishops released their 2016 Annual Report on clerical sex abuse in the U.S. For the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 combined, 1333 victims made “new credible allegations” against 799 clerics. Even a conservative extrapolation from Sotelo’s findings would be horrific.

In their report, the bishops do not give us the names of the credibly alleged predators, nor which ones are free men and where are they located, nor which ones – if any – they reported to the police. They do not act because Pope Francis protects sexual predators and so, will never hold them accountable for following his lead.

During the Mass, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the U.S. bishops “can never say that we are sorry enough for the share that we have had in this tragedy of broken fidelity and trust – the clergy sex abuse crisis.” But he failed to commit to the above measures nor did he pledge that the bishops would stop obstructing statute of limitations reform for all American victims of sex abuse.

As Marci Hamilton, a distinguished scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote on June 15, New York’s Child Victims Act amending the statute of limitations “would have been law long ago but for the bishops’ lobbying against it … Indeed, they invest millions and concoct arguments to scare lawmakers away from doing what is right for the unjustifiably exiled victims … The diocesan bankruptcy filings to date have generally been a way of reorganizing to protect assets, to keep victim compensation low, and to cut off future claims for past victims.”

Republicans are primarily responsible “for blocking simple legislative change that would identify the hidden predators and provide justice to victims” killed the New York legislation on June 21.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Gov. Cuomo bemoans failure of child victims act

NEW YORK
Washington Times

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s disappointed lawmakers have ended their session without loosening the statute of limitations for molestation to give victims more time to report abuse.

The bill would have given victims more time to file civil lawsuits or seek criminal charges against their abusers. It also would have created a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it often takes far longer for victims to report their abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Bishop of Chichester responds to report into handling of abuse claims against Peter Ball

UNITED KINGDOM
Brighton and Hove News

Posted On 23 Jun 2017

Frank le Duc

The Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner has responded to a report about the church’s failings when claims of sexual abuse were made against the former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

Dr Warner said: “We who serve in the diocese of Chichester welcome the report of the independent review by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church of England’s handling of the abuse committed by Peter Ball.”

Ball, 85, was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing teenage boys and young men more than 20 years after his behaviour was brought to the attention of the church authorities.

He started his career as a curate in Rottingdean, having been to school at Lancing College. He went on to found a religious order called the Community of the Glorious Ascension in Lewes before he became Bishop of Lewes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Clergy sexual abuse fund created by Diocese of Brooklyn to compensate victims

NEW YORK
am New York

By Ivan Pereira ivan.pereira@amny.com June 22, 2017

The Diocese of Brooklyn announced on Thursday the creation of a compensation program for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, or IRCP, will first provide monetary compensation to survivors who have previously reported abuse by a priest or deacon. Those who come forward with unreported claims will have a chance to register with the program during phase two in October.

The Brooklyn Diocese, which oversees the churches in Brooklyn and Queens, said the funds will come from loans — not parishioners’ collections — and it will keep the survivors’ identities confidential.

A committee, including retired NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Joseph P. Dunne, retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph G. Golia and former president of the Queens Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association Barbara L. Ponieman, will oversee the process. Settlements will be administered by attorneys Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Man alleges he was repeatedly raped by Father Antonio C. Cruz

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

A now-deceased Guam priest, Father Antonio C. Cruz, allegedly raped and sexually abused an altar boy in Chalan Pago from 1960 to 1962, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as S.N.J.C. to protect his privacy, alleged Cruz sexually abused and raped him when he was around 14 to 16 years old and serving as altar boy at the Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church.

Now 71 years old, S.N.J.C. filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Guam on Friday. He's represented by attorney David Lujan.

The lawsuit says the alleged abuses started after a Sunday Mass when Cruz instructed S.N.J.C. to stay behind and meet him at the rectory. The priest allegedly told the boy that it was mannge, which means good in Chamorro, the complaint says.

"The sexual abuse and rape continued for the next two years," the lawsuit alleges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

FRANCIS 'SOUNDING BOARD' RETIRED US ARCHBISHOP JOHN QUINN DIES AGED 88

CALIFORNIA
The Tablet

23 June 2017 | by Catholic News Service

Archbishop Quinn was a staunch defender of immigrants and an early voice in combatting clerical sexual abuse

Retired Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died on 22 June after a long illness. He was 88.

"Our hearts are breaking at losing such a great priest and friend," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in an announcement. "Join me in praying for the repose of his soul."

The archbishop had moved to the Jewish Home of San Francisco from St Mary's Medical Centre on 16 June, but he "experienced difficulties with his breathing early this morning. He was transported to the nearest hospital but could not be revived." ...

Archbishop Quinn was an early leader in combating clerical sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of San Francisco put into force in 1992 a sexual abuse and harassment policy, and at that time urged all victims of child sexual abuse by a priest or church worker to "come forward and tell us their story."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

June 22, 2017

LDS bishop arrested by Mapleton police on reports of sexually abusing two underage males

UTAH
Daily Herald

Kurt Hanson Daily Herald

Officers with the Mapleton Police Department arrested a man Wednesday on reports of sexually abusing two underage boys.

Police reports state on April 20, a now 18-year-old man told police he was sexually abused by a man about three years ago.

The young man said Erik Hughes, 51, was at first very friendly and provided him with what the male thought was melatonin to help him sleep. But it made him disoriented and Hughes told him he must’ve given him the wrong pill.

On another occasion, Hughes gave the young man a smoothie. The young man reported that the smoothie was bitter and after he finished drinking it, he felt woozy and disoriented, just like when he took the pills earlier.

Hughes helped the young man to his bed, where he dozed off. The next thing he reportedly remembered was Hughes touching him inappropriately. The young man fell asleep again and when he awoke, the young man’s underwear was removed and Hughes was again touching him inappropriately, reports state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 PM

Demonstrate Against Agudah’s Protection of Child Molesters this Sunday at 3pm

NEW YORK
Frum Follies

I urge all my readers to become part of this demonstration in front of the Midwood home of the Exec VP of Agudath Israel of America (aka Agudah), Dovd Zweibel.

Agudah discourages reporting of child molesters by misrepresenting halacha to claim one must consult with a rabbi. Most Agudah rabbis then either rule against reporting or discourage it for non-halachic reasons

Agudah, together with the Catholic Church, has blocked New York State legislation to strengthen prosecution of molesters as criminals and to force them and their protectors to pay for the damage they cause. For the 9th year in a row, they have blocked attempts to reform the NYS Statute of Limitations. Why? Because they want to avoid embarrassment and avoid paying for the damage caused by tolerating and covering up for molesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 PM

Archbishop John R. Quinn, Catholic progressive, dies in S.F.

CALIFORNIA
SFGate

By Carl Nolte Thursday, June 22, 2017

John R. Quinn, archbishop emeritus of San Francisco and a former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, died early Thursday after a long illness.

Archbishop Quinn, who was an advocate of interfaith cooperation, died at the Jewish Home of San Francisco after a long hospital stay. He was 88.

He served as archbishop of San Francisco from 1977 to 1995, and had built a reputation as an advocate of social justice and a leader in the liberalization of the Catholic Church. In his retirement, he lectured and wrote two books on reform of the papacy and was working on a third when he died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 PM

Local child victim speaks out about Legislature’s failure to pass Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
News 10

[with video]

By Lexi Nahl
Published: June 22, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Senate struck down a bill Wednesday that would have loosened the statute of limitations of child molestation for the 11th year in a row.

“New York has the worst laws on the books anywhere in the country pertaining to the statute of limitations for crimes of child sexual abuse,” Senator and Bill Sponsor Brad Hoylman (D) said.

This year, the bill, called the Child Victims Act came closer than ever to passing. It received support across the aisle in both the Senate and Assembly. It passed in the Assembly for the first time since 2008. The bill died before it hit could the Senate floor.

Right now, victims have until the age of 23 to come forward and file claims, but the bill would have given them something invaluable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

The need for truth and apologies

SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is now underway to the point where Lady Smith, the Chair, is hearing witnesses on behalf of different organisations involved in residential child care in Scotland within living memory. Many organisations within Scotland have been asked to report to the Inquiry and to give details about their involvement in such care, the Church is among them.

At the moment, the Inquiry seems to be examining the broad picture and learning about structures and how children came to be under the care of different establishments.

The work of the Inquiry will be complex and lengthy and will inevitably involve difficult press coverage for the Catholic Community. For that reason, I hoped that the Catholic Media would be a great resource in explaining the evidence given to the Inquiry in a way which helped Catholics understand the truth. I found myself fundamentally disagreeing with the angle which last week’s SCO used in covering the story of my testimony to that Inquiry. This article is designed to help clarify the story.

From the beginning, the Bishops of Scotland have been unanimous in their desire to assist and cooperate with the Inquiry and created a group which would prepare materials and respond on the bishops’ behalf. As a member of that group, I found myself standing in the Inquiry’s hearing room recently, raising my hand and swearing to tell the truth. Unfortunately, the SCO headline and story was presented last week, didn’t serve the complexity of the truth I tried to tell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Brooklyn diocese announces sex abuse compensation program

NEW YORK
San Francisco Chronicle

KAREN MATTHEWS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced Thursday it is setting up a compensation program for victims of past sexual abuse by priests, modeled after a program the larger New York archdiocese started last year.

"I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzo said.

DiMarzo said the diocese will take out a loan to pay the claims and will not use money intended to support parishes, schools or charitable works. He did not specify the loan amount.

The program will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, who are also running the New York archdiocese program. They will review claims and determine how much money to offer.

Under the first phase of the program, the diocese is contacting about 235 people who previously reported being abused when they were minors and explaining how to file a claim. The deadline for filing a claim under Phase 1 will be Sept. 30. ...

Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston-based lawyer representing victims of childhood sex abuse by clergy members, said some abuse survivors will welcome the Brooklyn diocese's compensation program.

"For those victims who want to try to heal and move on, the program will be helpful," Garabedian said. "For others who want their day in court and want to obtain transparency through a court proceeding, the program will not be helpful."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Abuse survivors call for action on George Pell sex claims

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

June 23, 2017

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Victoria Police faces demands from survivors to act or explain its slow investigative progress into claims of sexual abuse against Cardinal George Pell.

Catholic Church officials are on edge over the possibility of ­Cardinal Pell being charged but Australia’s most senior Catholic remains insistent that he has done nothing wrong.

Police are believed to be winding up their investigations into the cardinal but senior church figures have yet to be told whether or not charges will be laid.

Peter Blenkiron, who was 11 when he was abused by a Christian Brother at school in Ballarat, said it was unhelpful for police to leave people speculating about reasons for the delay.

The Office of Public Prosecutions returned the second brief of evidence on Cardinal Pell to the police in mid-May, with officers as recently as this month still trawling through unsubstantiated allegations against the former archbishop of Melbourne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Catholic Church in Brooklyn to compensate sexual abuse victims

NEW YORK
Reuters

By Jonathan Allen | NEW YORK

The Roman Catholic Church in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has set up a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by its clergy, the Diocese of Brooklyn said on Thursday.

The program is modeled on one set up last year by the neighboring Archdiocese of New York, which encompasses the city's boroughs of Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Both programs were created in part to give victims who were abused a long time ago, beyond statutes of limitations, a chance for compensation.

"I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends," Nicholas DiMarzio, the Bishop of Brooklyn, said in a video statement. He said he had met more than 50 victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

The Roman Catholic Church, which has more than 1.2 billion adherents, has grappled in recent years with the damage done to its role as a moral authority as more than a thousand people around the world have said they were abused by clergy, typically when they were children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Church Of England 'Colluded And Concealed' Bishop's Sex Abuse, Leader Says

UNITED KINGDOM
NPR

June 22, 2017

COLIN DWYER

When faced with allegations of sex abuse against one of its bishops, the Church of England "colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward," the church's leader acknowledged Thursday.

"For the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology," Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, said in a statement. "There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades."

Welby was responding to the findings of an independent investigation into how the church handled the allegations against Ball, a former bishop who pleaded guilty in 2015 to indecent assault against young men. That report, also released Thursday, found that Ball "abused many boys and men over a period of twenty years or more."

"That is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the Church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years," Moira Gibb, who led the investigation, said in the report. "Ball's priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Monsignor Richard Mouton passes away

LOUISIANA
The Advertiser

[Msgr. Richard Mouton Funeral Announcement - News15]

Claire Taylor , ctaylor@theadvertiser.com June 21, 2017

Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette passed away Wednesday. He was 86 years old.

Mouton died at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday at Lafayette General Medical Center, according to his brother, Frank Anthony Mouton.

Funeral arrangements are not complete but will be handled by the diocese, he said.

"The monsignor would be the first to admit he didn't walk on water," Ted Power, former Daily Advertiser publisher, wrote in response to Mouton's passing. "But he was a man with immeasurable passion for his faith and he spent his life driven to instill that passion and faith in others." ...

When Mouton was pastor at St. Mary Magdalene Church two parishioners approached him in 1976 with allegations about the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe, according to Jason Berry, an investigative reporter at the time with The Times newspaper. Mouton, he wrote, confronted Gauthe and required him to see a psychiatrist.

Gauthe pled guilty to 34 counts of sexually abusing children and served time in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Peter Ball report

UNITED KINGDOM
Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Statement by Archbishop Justin Welby on the publication today of the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church's handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case.

"Abuse of Faith makes harrowing reading: the Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour and although Dame Moira notes that most of the events took place many years ago, and does not think that the Church now would conduct itself in the ways described we can never be complacent, we must learn lessons.

"I fully endorse the recommendations in the report and will ensure that the House of Bishops addresses how we can implement these as soon as possible, working with the National Safeguarding Team. For the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Archbishop Welby asks Lord Carey to consider his position as assistant bishop over Ball abuse ca

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

James Macintyre 22 June 2017

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has written to his predecessor George Carey asking him to consider his position as an honorary assistant bishop in Oxford over criticism of his conduct in the case of the former bishop and convicted abuser Peter Ball.

The letter was written ahead of publication today of a damning report into the handling of Ball's case by the respected former social worker Dame Moira Gibb, who concluded that the Church of England 'colluded' in abuse by Ball.

At a press conference with Dame Moira launching the independent report today, Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the lead bishop on safeguarding in the Church, confirmed that Archbishop Welby had 'written directly' to Lord Carey asking him 'carefully' to consider his position.

Bishop Hancock said that 'this is now a matter for Lord Carey and the Bishop of Oxford' who have been having conversations on the telephone and are set to meet in the next two days.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Ex-Archbishop asked to leave Diocese of Oxford over sex abuse 'collusion'

UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford Mail

A SENIOR figure in the Church of England has been asked to step down from his role in the Diocese of Oxford over 'collusion' in covering up historic sexual abuse.

Lord Carey was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of abuses carried out by former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester Peter Ball between the 1970s and 1990s.

Ball, now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

Lord Carey has now been asked to step down by current Archbishop Justin Welby from his role as an honorary assistant bishop at the Diocese of Oxford.

A newly-published independent review found that Lord Carey received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency, but failed to pass six of them to the police.

He chose not to put Ball on the Church of England's 'Lambeth List', which names clergymen about whom questions of suitability for ministry have been raised, and also gave Ball funds to support him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Church of England 'colluded' and hid bishop's sex abuse, says Justin Welby

UNITED KINGDOM
Sky News

By Alice Udale-Smith, News Reporter

The Church of England "colluded and concealed" the sexual abuse of young men by one of its bishops, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has offered an "unreserved apology" to the victims of Peter Ball, a former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester.

The Archbishop's statement came as the Church published an independent review, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, of how it handled the case.

Mr Welby described the report as "harrowing reading" and said: "The Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Church of England ‘Colluded’ With Bishop to Hide Sex Abuse, Report Says

UNITED KINGDOM
New York Times

By DAN BILEFSKY
JUNE 22, 2017

LONDON — Senior people in the Church of England “colluded” over two decades with a bishop to help cover up his serial abuse of young men and boys, an independent review found on Thursday.

The unsparing report, titled “An Abuse of Faith,” centers on Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office and of indecent assaults against 18 victims over a 15-year period from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Now 85, Mr. Ball was released from prison in February after serving half his 32-month sentence.

Overseen by Dame Moira Gibb, a former social worker, the report shines an uncomfortable light at the highest echelons of the church. The report was commissioned by the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, who called it “harrowing reading.”

Among the report’s most damning criticisms is its rebuke of the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, now the honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford. It accuses him of setting “the tone for the church’s response to Mr. Ball’s crimes” and enabling Mr. Ball’s declarations of innocence to be accepted, even as victims and members of the public came forward to expose abuse by the former bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

"Nobody told us she had died" - the story of Margaret Bullen, who spent her entire life in a Magdalene Laundry

IRELAND
The Journal

THE FASCINATING AND tragic story of a mother who spent her life in a series of Magdalene Laundries will be told this evening.

RTÉ’s Liveline Callback will tell the story of Margaret Bullen, a mother-of-three who spent her entire life in state institutions such as the infamous Laundries.

Samantha Long was 29 years old and seven months pregnant in October 2003 when she listened to an edition of Liveline on RTÉ Radio in which a woman was decrying the fact that one of her good friends had died and been buried in a communal grave by the nuns at her laundry.

And then she heard the woman’s name. Margaret Bullen. Her mother, who she had first met just eight years previously. Who met her and her twin sister in the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street carrying an empty handbag because she owned nothing to put in it.

“When we were just two weeks old, Margaret was sent back to work,” Samantha says today, five years after first sharing her story with TheJournal.ie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Christian Brothers apologise for abuse of boys at Fife school

SCOTLAND
Fife Today

LIZ ROUGVIE

22 June 2017

A religious order has apologised for ‘systemic failures’ which allowed paedophile priests to abuse boys at a residential school in Fife.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard that safeguarding measures put in place by the Christian Brothers at the former St Ninian’s school in Falkland fell ‘well short’ of what would be expected today.

Last year two former teachers were jailed for a total of 15 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in their care.

Victim Dave Sharp, who was sent to St Ninian’s at the age of 10, has previously told how he was repeatedly raped, shut in a coffin with the lid closed and even taken to Ireland to be passed around priests at sex parties.

His abuser has since died. Appearing before the inquiry in Edinburgh on behalf of the Christian Brothers, Michael Madigan said the congregation acknowledged with ‘deepest regret’ that children had been abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Diocese announces compensation plan for sex abuse survivors

NEW YORK
Queens Chronicle

by Anthony O'Reilly / Associate Editor

The Diocese of Brooklyn on Thursday announced a program to compensate survivors of sexual abuse committed by clergy members.

“I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this compensation program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, head of the diocese, said in a statement.

The program, called The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, will be administered by attorneys Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros — both of whom have years of experience in overseeing settlements, the former with the Department of Justice.

Both will have "total independence in determining compensation for survivors," according to the diocese.

An Independent Oversight Committee has also been established — made up of retired NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Joseph Dunne, retired state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Golia and American Psychiatric Association Queens Chapter President Dr. Barbara Ponieman — the panel will review the program's protocols and oversee its implantation but cannot overturn decisions made by Feinberg and Birosm, the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Brooklyn Diocese Sets Up Abuse Victim Compensation Fund

NEW YORK
NY 1

A major part of the city's Catholic community is reaching out to survivors of abuse.

The head of the Brooklyn Diocese says it will financially compensate parishioners who were abused in the past by priests or deacons.

The fund will be overseen by a committee which is independent from the church.

The Diocese, which covers Brooklyn and Queens, will abide by the committee's decisions.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio says this will help mend the relationship between the Church and the communities it serves.

"I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this is a program and a concrete expression of our contrition, and our desire to make amends. We hope it will help with the healing process, and bring survivors some amount of healing," DiMarzio said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

THE INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (“IRCP”)

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

for Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors Previously Submitted to the Diocese of Brooklyn (Phase I)

June 22, 2017

An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to pay victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse of minors was announced today by Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York (the “IRCP”). Read Press Release

The Administrators, Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, will begin this assignment and will work with Bishop DiMarzio and the distinguished members of the IRCP Independent Oversight Committee.

* The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with, and agrees to accept, the offered compensation, does the individual agree to waive his/her rights to litigate against the Diocese of Brooklyn.

* The Program is limited in scope to those individuals who previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor to the Diocese of Brooklyn. Individuals who allege clergy sexual abuse, but have not previously complained to the Diocese of Brooklyn, will have an opportunity to seek compensation later this year during Phase II of this Program. These individuals may register immediately with the Program, providing their names, contact information and a summary description of the nature of the claim, including the dates, time, location of the alleged abuse and the name of the alleged perpetrator.

* Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros retain complete and sole discretion over all compensation awards to eligible victims, including eligibility to participate in the Program and the amounts of compensation. By agreement, the Diocese of Brooklyn cannot reject the Administrators’ final determinations as to eligibility and the amount of compensation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Brooklyn Diocese begins compensation program for clergy sex abuse victims

NEW YORK
PIX 11

JUNE 22, 2017, BY CHRISTINA REINWALD

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced it is starting its program to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests and deacons within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is modeled after the Archdiocese of New York’s sexual abuse settlement process that launched in October 2016.

“This Bishop [DiMarzio] is listening to survivors,” Anthony Hughes said in a statement. “People need to know that the Church is moving in the right direction.”

Hughes, now 41, said he was sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn in the 1980s. He came forward in 2006, but said at the time, the church was "unsupportive." Now, he said there's been a "significant shift" in how the church handles these allegations.

Two mediators and an oversight committee “will have total independence” to determine payment to victims, the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Samantha Bee Takes the Catholic Church and New York State Senate to Task for Failing to Help Child Abuse Victims

NEW YORK
Slate

[with video]

By Marissa Martinelli

New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, and as of Wednesday night, that’s not about to change. Samantha Bee dedicated a segment of Full Frontal to shaming the New York state senate after they wrapped up their 2017 legislative session without voting on the Child Victims Act, which would allow adult victims of child abuse to seek justice up to the age of 28 in criminal cases, and age 50 in civil cases.

Who could possibly oppose such a piece of legislation? Most notably, the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church, who have been lobbying against it, ostensibly because it could open them up to more lawsuits from adult victims—which means spending more money. As Bee puts it: “I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that if you’re an institution that has hurt so many children that paying out civil settlements would make you go bankrupt, maybe you should.” Bill Donohue, who is president of the Catholic League (an organization independent from the church), has even reached Milo Yiannopoulos levels of trolling in his opposition to the Child Victims Act, calling it “a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church.” Seriously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

SAMANTHA BEE’S DISHONEST HARANGUE

BEW TIRJ
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on last night’s edition of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”:

Samantha Bee is no stranger to Catholic bashing, so it was hardly surprising to learn that she ripped the Catholic Church in her June 21st show. Her focus was the Child Victims Act, a bill being considered by the New York State legislature. The least controversial aspect of the bill is extending the number of years that alleged victims could sue; the most controversial component is allowing a one-year window to revive old cases.

According to Bee, the bill’s opponents are evil-minded persons who seek to justify child sexual molestation (she went off-the-rails on me). She interviewed a sponsor of one of the bills, State Senator Brad Hoylman, who said opposition was coming from the Catholic Church, yeshivas, and the Boy Scouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

Samantha Bee: NY's Slogan Should Be 'We Protect Child Molesters'

NEW YORK
Gothamist

BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ ON JUN 22, 2017

Keeping with a decade-long tradition, the New York State senate has once again refused to take up a widely-supported bill extending the amount of time that child sexual abuse victims can seek justice as adults. On Wednesday, the senate ended its legislative session by refusing to vote on the Child Victims Act [CVA], despite Governor Cuomo's repeated promise to survivors that this was the year the legislation would finally pass.

The bill's failure was the topic of a caustic segment on Wednesday night's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, in which the comedian does her best to understand, "Why have they been blocking this bill for 11 years?"

As State Senator Brad Hoylman notes, the bill would lift New York's restrictive 5-year civil and criminal statute of limitation on childhood sexual assault, sending a lifeline to the majority of survivors who take years to report their abusers. But according to the Manhattan representative, "Churches, Yeshivas, the Boy Scouts of America, they're all trying to quash the ability for survivors of child sex abuse to file claims."

Of those powerful institutions, none has done more to stop the CVA than the Catholic Church. Between 2007 and 2015, the Tim Dolan-led Catholic Conference paid out more than $2.1 million to Albany lobbyists to block the legislation. Meanwhile, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has taunted those pushing for the bill as "losers," and claimed last year that the act is "a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

The Ins and Out of the IRCP: Is it a Hoax? Why Brooklyn?

NEW YORK
The Worthy Adversary

June 22, 2017 Joelle CasteixClergy Abuse Crisis, IRCP

~PART ONE OF A MULTI-PART SERIES ON THE IRCP~

I had planned on talking about the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) in this blog, but I wanted to wait until after the end of the current New York legislative session.

My hope was that the plan would be rendered redundant—that the Child Victims’ Act (CVA) would have passed, and survivors of child sexual abuse across the state would have the ability to use the civil courts for justice.

But the CVA died. Less than 24 hours later, the Diocese of Brooklyn danced of the grave of the CVA and announced their own IRCP.

So it’s time to start talking.

Is the IRCP a Hoax?

In a previous a post, I called Hope and Healing Guam—a plan almost exactly like Dolan’s on the island territory—an outright hoax.

The reason I did so is because survivors of sexual abuse on Guam have the right to use the civil justice system to expose the archdiocese-wide conspiracy to cover up child sexual abuse—a conspiracy that lasted decades and included the cover-up of alleged sexual abuse by the archbishop himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Fr. Zollner on clerical sex abuse: Our goal is for victims of abuse to feel listened to

ROME
Rome Reports

[with video]

2017-06-22

With the recent resignation of Marie Collins, the last clerical sex abuse survivor on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Commission and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican are attempting to point out the problem areas and move forward.

The president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Hans Zollner, S.J., opens up about what else the Commission and the Vatican can do so each case is handled properly when it arrives to the congregation.

FR. HANS ZOLLNER
Pontifical Commission Protection of Minors

"What they can do and what they should do and what they want to do also is at least acknowledge that they have received that letter. But you must realize that at the Congregation, that section of the congregation that deals with these cases. I think, at the moment, there are 10 people who deal with 100s of cases, not only from this year but from decades ago. It's not like in the US or Canada or Ireland, where for decades you have spoken about this, in some countries they are starting now. So things come up that have happened yesterday or 50 years ago.”

Now, some victims are contacting the Vatican, opening up about their situations that may have been hidden for years. However, they usually don't receive an answer, as the case is being investigated and the letter could be seen as an "interference in the process.”

The other problem is when these letters are forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, there are not enough people to respond to each victim and resolve the cases, leading many victims of abuse to think the Vatican does not care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

John Clegg was a welfare officer and man of God who raped students

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
22 Jun 2017

A TEENAGER who was sexually assaulted by a St John of God Brother was expelled from his school after punching the Brother in the face during an attempted sexual assault in the 1980s.

The student walked 10 kilometres before catching a train and ending up at Newcastle railway station in the middle of the night, Justice Anthony Payne said after rejecting the appeal of former Brother John Clegg against his conviction and sentence for child sex offences against two teenage boys.

Clegg, 64, was found guilty in June, 2015 of seven offences against one student, 14, including multiple charges of sexual intercourse, and four offences against a second student, 14, including sexual intercourse.

He was sentenced to seven years’ jail, with a minimum term of four years and six months and an earliest release date in June, 2022. Clegg’s name was suppressed until the appeal against his conviction was published on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Diocese of Brooklyn launches fund for victims of clergy sex abuse that mirrors Cardinal Dolan program

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
DENIS SLATTERY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Diocese of Brooklyn is setting up a fund to compensate people who were abused by clergy when they were kids, mirroring a plan set up by Cardinal Dolan across the East River.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, announced Thursday by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, will allow victims of sexual abuse by priests or deacons of the diocese to seek financial compensation.

“I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this compensation program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends,” DiMarzio said in a video statement.

The Brooklyn diocese oversees 186 parishes and 211 churches in both Brooklyn and Queens.

A loan will be taken out by the church to pay for the cost of compensating survivors, church officials said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Bishop of Truro left appalled by report into abuse cover up by the Church of England

UNITED KINGDOM
Cornwall Live

By DaveCDM | Posted: June 22, 2017

The Bishop of Truro has admitted feeling 'appalled and deeply saddened' after an independent report was published showing how the Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one its bishops.

The report says the church showed little care for the victims of abuse and tried instead to support Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes, who was jailed for 32 months at the Old Bailey in 2015 after pleading guilty to a string of historical offences, including two counts of indecent assault.

Peter Ball's identical twin brother Michael was Bishop of Truro from 1990 to 1997, and Peter served as a priest in Truro for six months in 1995 - two years after he had accepted a police caution for gross indecency.

The church today published Abuse Of Faith, an independent review chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, which found that "Ball's conduct has caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Church of England bosses helped to cover up former Bishop of Gloucester’s sexual offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Gloucestershire Live

BY ROBIN JENKINS
22 JUN 2017

Some of the Church of England’s most senior figures colluded with a disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester who tried to cover up his sexual offences.

The situation was revealed today in an independent report into Peter Ball’s abuse of boys and men over at least 20 years.

Dame Moira Gibb’s report revealed that one man, Neil Todd, killed himself in 2012 after being abused by Ball in Gloucester in 1992.

The expose of what happened, and the failure of the Church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, led to the current Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek, saying she was “greatly shocked and distressed” by what she described as a “devastating account” of Ball’s abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Senior Church of England figures 'colluded' with bishop convicted of abusing young men to conceal his crimes

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

BY HELEN WILLIAM
RHIAN LUBIN
22 JUN 2017

Senior Church of England figures helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one its bishops instead of helping victims, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby's statement came as the Church published Abuse Of Faith, an independent review of how it handled the case of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes who was jailed for 32 months at the Old Bailey in 2015.

He pleaded guilty to a string of historical offences, including two counts of indecent assault.

The review, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, found that "Ball's conduct has caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Church 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop Peter Ball

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Senior figures in the Church of England "colluded" with a former bishop who abused young men, an independent review has found.

Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

The former bishop of Lewes and bishop of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s

Dame Moira Gibb's review criticises ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey.

He accepted the criticism and apologised to Ball's victims.

The review found Lord Carey received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency - when he stood down as bishop of Gloucester - but failed to pass six of them to the police.

He also chose not to put Ball on the Church of England's "Lambeth List", which names clergymen about whom questions of suitability for ministry have been raised.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Dissenting Indonesian priests seek Vatican help over bishop

INDONESIA
Vatican Radio

Nearly 70 of priests of Ruteng Diocese in eastern Indonesia have sought the mediation of the Vatican to help resolve a bitter dispute with their bishop, whom they accuse of misappropriating more than US$100,000 in church funds.

Representatives of the priests, accompanied by a bishops' conference official met Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi on June 16, seeking his help for a complete overhaul and transparency from Bishop Hubertus Leteng regarding how things are run in the diocese. The move comes after dozens of priests in the diocese on Catholic-majority Flores Island quit their posts in protest against their bishop.

Father Alfonsius Segar, one of the priests who met Arch. Filipazzi, told UCANEWS that the Holy See’s representative to Indonesia, has promised to help resolve the dispute. "He will immediately take this issue up with the Vatican," Father Segar said. The priest also said the nuncio will send someone to the diocese to appraise the situation. "We are looking forward to a swift Vatican decision on this," Father Segar added.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Antonius Agus Sriyono told Vatican Radio he was currently observing the crisis in Ruteng Diocese, but if “requested” he was ready “to become a mediator” of his government with the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Advocates confused and angry over handling of the Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Legislative Gazette

Written by THOMAS GIERY PUDNEY, assistant editor on June 21, 2017

Activists pushing for the long-contested Child Victims Act were left wondering the motives of lawmakers after a week in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced and then questioned the chances, of his own program bill.

“The advocates feel his office hoodwinked us by appeasing victims with his program bill and than appeasing Cardinal Dolan and the church by killing his own bill,” said Gary Greenberg, founder of Fighting for Children Public Action Committee. “I say to this Governor Cuomo: shame on you!”

Greenberg is referring to comments made by Cuomo on a conference call with the press on Friday, two days after introducing his own program bill, that he “was not optimistic,” about its passage in the Senate.

“Cuomo needs to get back to Albany and pass a Child Victims Act,” added Greenberg. “He has disappeared from Albany the last few weeks, the governor has the power to stop 150 kids a day from being sexually abused in New York.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Sanford rabbi accused of impregnating teen

FLORIDA
ClickonOrlando

SANFORD, Fla. - A rabbi accused of molesting and impregnating a 15-year-old girl has been arrested, the Sanford Police Department said.

Investigators arrested Lloyd Haughton for sexual assault on a minor living in the custody of Haughton.

The Sanford Police Department said it was notified March 31 by the 15-year-old girl that Haughton had been molesting her for the past two years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Sanford rabbi sexually assaults, impregnates minor, police say

FLORIDA
WESH

SANFORD, Fla. —
Sanford police arrested a rabbi for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

Authorities said a 15-year-old girl contacted them in March, telling police Lloyd Haughton, a rabbi affiliated with the Synagogue Beth Israel on Maple Avenue, had been molesting her for the past two years.

The victim told police Haughton touched her inappropriately.

When confronted and questioned about the incidents, police said Haughton denied all allegations.

In late April, investigators were informed by the victim's mother that the victim was pregnant with Haughton's child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Sanford rabbi charged with impregnating 15-year-old

FLORIDA
WFTV

[with video]

SANFORD, Fla. - A Sanford rabbi was arrested Wednesday on charges he molested a 15-year-old girl over the course of two years before impregnating her earlier this year, investigators said.

The investigation into Lloyd Haughton, who is affiliated with the Synagogue Beth Israel on South Maple Avenue, started on March 31, when the girl told police about the alleged abuse.

Officers questioned Haughton, who denied the allegations, the Sanford Police Department said in a media release.

Less than a month later, the girl’s mother contacted police and told them that her daughter was pregnant and claimed Haughton was the father.

The girl terminated her pregnancy, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined Wednesday that Haughton was the biological father of the fetus, investigators said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Sanford rabbi accused of molesting 15-year-old girl, police say

FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

Michael Williams

ASanford rabbi is accused of molesting and impregnating a 15-year-old girl who lived in his custody, according to the Sanford Police Department.

On March 31, authorities say, they began investigating Lloyd Haughton — a rabbi affiliated with Synagogue Beth Israel in Sanford, a Messianic congregation — after the victim told police that Haughton had been molesting her for the past two years.

On April 25, the victim’s mother told police that the 15-year-old was pregnant by Haughton, police said.

A blood test confirmed that Haughton was the father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Le pape accusé d’avoir protégé des prêtres soupçonnés d’actes pédophil

ARGENTINA/ITALY
Le Monde

[Pope accused of protecting priests suspected of pedophile acts in Argentina and Italy]

Le scandale provoqué par la révélation des viols subis par des dizaines d’enfants sourds et muets dans un institut religieux d’Argentine éclabousse jusqu’au pape François.

LE MONDE | 19.06.2017

Par Christine Legrand (Mendoza (Argentine), envoyée spéciale, avec Jérôme Gautheret à Rome)

Le pape François a-t-il ignoré plusieurs alertes sur la présence, dans un institut pour enfants sourds-muets en Argentine – son pays d’origine –, de prêtres qui avaient été accusés de pédophilie lorsqu’ils officiaient pour le même institut en Italie ?

C’est ce qu’affirment des avocats représentant des enfants qui disent avoir été victimes d’agressions sexuelles dans l’institut catholique Provolo de Mendoza, au pied de la cordillère des Andes, à 980 kilomètres à l’ouest de Buenos Aires.

Selon Carlos Lombardi, conseiller de la Fédération des survivants des abus sexuels ecclésiastiques, le réseau L’Abuso, une association de victimes de pédophilie, avait fourni dès 2014 – quelques mois après l’élection au Vatican du pontife argentin Jorge Mario Bergoglio, le 13 mars 2013 – une liste de quinze prêtres qui auraient quitté l’institut Provolo de Vérone (Italie), la maison mère de l’établissement de Mendoza, après avoir été impliqués dans des scandales d’agressions sexuelles.

En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/enquetes/article/2017/06/19/en-argentine-et-en-italie-un-scandale-de-pedophilie-entache-l-eglise_5147049_1653553.html#2Uxy14mZsqZTeDRc.99

Did Pope Francis help cover for pedophile priests in Argentina?

ITALY/FRANCE/ARGENTINA
La Croix

An Italian association of sexual abuse victims is seeking to prove that the Pope ignored several alerts to the presence of pedophile priests at an institute for deaf-mute children in Argentina, his country of origin.

Marie Malzac

Did Pope Francis cover up for pedophile priests at the Provolo Institute, an establishment for deaf-mute children in Mendoza at the foot of the Andes, 980 km to the west of Buenos Aires?

This question was raised by the French newspaper Le Monde on Monday, June 19, following accusations relating to the pope earlier over the matter of several days by an Italian association, the Federation of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Sexual Abuse.According to the Federation, Pope Francis was aware of the background of several priests suspected of having abused children in Italy who were later sent by their superiors to the Provolo Institute in Argentina.

These priests, who were arrested in November 2016, are now in prison.According to a document uncovered by the “L’abuso” network and other victims’ associations, the Vatican was made aware several times of the actions of the 14 priests from the Verona region. Moreover, at that time, Pope Francis was no longer in Argentina but at the Vatican since the first report dates to 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Justin Welby admits Church colluded and concealed abuse of children

UNITED KINGDOM
Premier

Thu 22 Jun 2017
By Marcus Jones

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued an unreserved apology after admitting the Church of England colluded and concealed the abuse committed by Bishop Peter Ball.

The Church has released the findings of an independent review into its handling of the abuse.

The review, titled 'An Abuse of Faith' was launched after Ball was sentenced in 2015 to 32 months' in prison after admitting the abuse of 18 children between 1977 and 1992.

He was released from prison earlier this year having served half his sentence.

The review by Dame Moira Gibb found the Church failed to respond appropriately while the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, Lord Carey, didn't listen to survivors of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

CHURCH OF ENGLAND HEAD SAYS IT 'COLLUDED WITH' SEX ABUSE

UNITED KINGDOM
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- The head of the Church of England has said that the institution "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, made the statement Thursday as the church published a review of how it handled the case of former bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 after pleading guilty to offenses including two counts of indecent assault.

Welby said the report was "harrowing reading" and that the church didn't help those who were brave enough to come forward.

The report said Ball's conduct "caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men," and that "the church at its most senior levels and over many years supported him unwisely."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Bishop 'shocked' by Ball abuse report

UNITED KINGDOM
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

Thursday, 22 June 2017 By Mark Elson

THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev Rachel Treweek, says she is "greatly shocked and distressed" by the findings of an independent report into disgraced church leader Peter Ball.

‘An Abuse of Faith’, produced by Dame Moira Gibb, claims that senior figures in the Church of England "colluded" to cover up evidence of former Gloucester bishop Ball’s abuse of boys as young as 12.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey is among those criticised in the report, which was commissioned by the church after Ball was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for misconduct in public office and indecent assault. Ball was freed last February having served 16 months.

He was first reported to Gloucester Police by novice monk Neil Todd and others in 1992, but no charges were brought against him after police reportedly received supportive phone calls from MPs, former public school headmasters, magistrates and even a Lord Chief Justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Anger at compensation delay for sex abuse victims in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Staff Reporter
June 22 2017

Victims of historical child abuse in Northern Ireland have been told they will not receive promised financial compensation for at least another 10 months because of the political crisis.

Many have been left devastated to discover that no provision was made in the 2017/18 budget to cover the scheme.

Politicians have been advised by the head of the Civil Service that, with no working Executive, it is unlikely any financial redress will be made before April 2018.

Financial payments were promised to victims more than a year ago.

Politicians have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and recommendations of a four-year inquiry into State and Church abuse have still not been presented to the Assembly. The report, which was published just days before the Assembly collapsed in January, promised victims State-backed compensation payments of up to £100,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Church of England colluded in abuse by former bishop, says damning report

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

James Macintyre 22 June 2017

The Church of England 'colluded' with the former bishop Peter Ball over his abuse of young boys and men, a new independent report into Ball's case states.

The report, Abuse of Faith by the respected former social worker Dame Moira Gibb is damning of the Church's handling of the 84-year-old former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting a string of historical sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

The report has led to apologies from two former Archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, over how they handled the allegations against Ball.

Following Ball's conviction, Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned the report into Ball, who was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

'This report considers the serious sexual wrongdoing of Peter Ball...who abused many boys and men over a period of twenty years or more. That is shocking in itself but it is compounded by the failure of the Church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years,' Dame Moira writes in the report's foreword.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Senior church figures 'colluded' with disgraced bishop Peter Ball to cover up sex offences, report finds

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Olivia Rudgard, religious affairs correspondent
22 JUNE 2017

Senior church figures "colluded" with a disgraced bishop to cover up evidence of his sex offences, a report has found.

The report, the result of a year-long enquiry by Dame Moira Gibb, found that senior figures "trivialised" the actions of the disgraced bishop and sought to protect its reputation by covering up evidence of further abuse.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has been heavily criticised by a damning report which condemns the Church of England over its handling of the case of bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted of sex offences in 2015.

The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester admitted abusing boys as young as 12. He was released from prison earlier this year.

The report found that Lord Carey wrote to Peter Ball's twin brother Bishop Michael Ball in 1993, after Peter Ball had accepted a caution for gross indecency, saying he believed he was "basically innocent".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent

Thursday 22 June 2017

Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.

“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”

Two former archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, apologised to the victims of Peter Ball after being criticised for their failures in relation to him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Bishop Peter Hancock statement at Peter Ball review press conference

UNITED KINGDOM
Church of England

The first thing I want to say at the start of this Press Conference is that I am truly sorry that as a Church we failed the survivors of the abuse perpetrated by Bishop Peter Ball. Having read the report I am appalled and deeply disturbed by its contents. As Dame Moira says in her foreword, Peter Ball abused boys and men over a 20 year period and as a Church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses.

The Church of England commissioned this review so we could learn from it and this detailed account of what went on provides a clear picture both of Peter Ball's abusive actions and our
woeful response.

Whilst this is about moving forward - making the Church a safer place for all in 2017 and beyond - nevertheless we have taken very seriously the comments and criticisms in the report of some senior church figures and where appropriate have taken further action. Relating to this it was very disappointing to hear about a leak of a private letter this morning from the Archbishop to Lord Carey, when the focus should be on the survivors.

As the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding I am hugely conscious of the importance of the first recommendation that our bishops must take steps to demonstrate our individual and collective accountability for the safety and protection of all within the church.

In his statement the Archbishop of Canterbury makes it very clear that he is taking a lead on this, as Dame Moira recommends, working with me and the National Safeguarding Team. Every bishop has therefore been sent the report this morning and it is now online for everyone to read.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Independent report into the Church’s handling of Peter Ball case

UNITED KINGDOM
Church of England

22 June 2017

An Abuse of Faith, the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church's handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case, has been published today. Peter Ball was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office and indecent assaults against teenagers and young men. The report was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, following the conviction.

In her foreword Dame Moira states:

"This report considers the serious sexual wrongdoing of Peter Ball, a bishop of the Church of England who abused many boys and men over a period of twenty years or more. That is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the Church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years. Ball's priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.

We were asked to consider changes necessary to ensure that safeguarding in the Church is of the highest possible standard. The Church has made significant progress in recent years in its understanding of abuse. We have no doubt that the Church has a genuine commitment to meeting its responsibilities towards the victims of abuse. However we can see how difficult it is to make change across the complex structures of the Church. Progress has been slow and continuing, faster improvement is still required. It is the leadership of the Archbishops and Bishops which will determine whether change is effective."

The report has 11 recommendations for the Church focusing on a range of issues including focusing on getting the right support in place for survivors, the leadership of bishops, strengthening guidance, reviewing the Archbishops' Lists and the effectiveness of our disciplinary measures with regards to safeguarding related cases.

Receiving the report on behalf of the Church, Bishop Peter Hancock, the CofE's lead safeguarding bishop, said: "I am truly sorry that as a Church we failed the survivors of Peter Ball; having read the report I am appalled and disturbed by its contents; as Dame Moira says in her foreword Peter Ball abused boys and men over a 20 year period and as a Church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses. We accept all the recommendations and are working to action them.

"For the survivors, it may feel this is all too late. I am personally aware from my meetings with individual survivors in the course of my work that they live with the effects of this abuse for their whole life. I once again offer them my wholehearted apology. This Report affirms the direction and steps that we have taken to improve the consistency, robustness and rigour of our practice, but progress has been too slow. It has taken longer than it should have done, but we are absolutely committed to implementing Dame Moira's recommendations and my role as lead bishop is to ensure this happens."

Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

"Abuse of Faith makes harrowing reading: the Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour and although Dame Moira notes that most of the events took place many years ago, and does not think that the Church now would conduct itself in the ways described we can never be complacent, we must learn lessons. I fully endorse the recommendations in the report and will ensure that the House of Bishops addresses how we can implement these as soon as possible, working with the National Safeguarding Team. For the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades."

If you are affected by this report and want to talk to someone in the Church, your local diocese has a safeguarding adviser or team who can be contacted via the relevant diocesan website. Alternatively, please email the National Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@churchofengland.org. If you want to talk to someone outside of the Church of England you can call the CCPAS helpline on 0303 003 11 11

Notes

Full statement from Bishop Peter Hancock read at press conference

October 2015

Archbishop commissions independent review of Peter Ball case
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/10/archbishop-commissions-independent-review-of-peter-ball-case.aspx

Statement on sentencing of Peter Ball
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/10/statement-on-the-sentencing-of-peter-ball.aspx

Feb 2016

Dame Moira Gibb announced as Chair of independent review into Peter Ball case
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2016/02/dame-moira-gibb-announced-as-chair-of-independent-review-into-peter-ball-case.aspx

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Church of England failed child victims of sexual abuse while 'colluding' with disgraced

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

Tom Batchelor @_tombatchelor

The Church of England “concealed” evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said, following a major independent review.

The report, Abuse of Faith, found senior figures in the church “displayed little care” for the victims of disgraced Peter Ball, who was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting carrying out a string of historical sex offences against teenage boys and young men in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

Dame Moira Gibb, its author, said the Church's "failure to safeguard so many boys and young men still casts a long shadow".

"Ball's priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused," the report said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Montreal’s Catholic Church will fingerprint priests who work with children

CANADA
VICE News

By Rachel Browne on Jun 21, 2017

In an attempt to protect young and vulnerable parishioners from abuse, the Catholic Church of Montreal will start fingerprinting all priests before they work with children.

New rules announced this week will require priests to provide digital fingerprints, and expands on a pilot project called “Responsible Pastoral Ministry” launched within 10 churches in the city last year that imposed screening processes for those working and volunteering within the diocese. All churches in the jurisdiction will have to follow these rules, which prohibits an adult from being alone with children, by 2020.

“If someone would like to do something wrong or abuse anyone, knowing there’s all this filtering, they won’t ask to become volunteers in our church,” Bertrand Montpetit, a pastor at a church in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, told reporters.

It’s all a response to allegations of rampant sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests in Montreal — and around the world.

In March, a 55-year-old Montreal priest was charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault and touching of three children. Father Brian Boucher was very involved with activities at the church, including assisting youth during confirmations and first communions. The Archdiocese of Montreal denounced any violence within the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Granger reeling from priest issue

WASHINGTON
Daily Sun

By John Fannin Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GRANGER — Area residents are still in shock over a local priest’s dismissal following allegations of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos, 51, served Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 604 E. Ave., and offered Spanish-language mass in Mabton. He was removed from ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, Yakima Diocese.

Bishop Joseph Tyson said the action was taken because the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor “… was determined to be credible,” Tyson said.

“The whole situation is bad for the victims, the priest, the whole church,” said Al Ramos, who attends mass in Zillah. “It’s bad for everybody.”

Gomez Santos was placed on leave May 5 after Yakima County Sheriff’s Office detectives shared an interview with a 21-year-old former Mattawa resident who reported he had been fondled by the priest five or six years earlier, while the priest was serving as pastor of St.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Advocates Say Fight for Child Victims Act Not Over

NEW YORK
Spectrum News

By Sarah Blazonis
Updated Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AMHERST, N.Y. -- It can take decades for people who were sexually abused as children to reach a point where they're ready to come forward and tell their story.

Thomas Travers says he was a boy when he tried to report what happened to him.

"I came forward when I was that age. I was told I was a liar. I was told that what happened to me did not happen, that a priest would never do that to a child," said Travers.

He was 48 before he was ready to talk again — 25 years too late to take legal action. Right now, state law sets the statute of limitations on child sex abuse civil actions at the victim's 23rd birthday.

"An age limit of 23 is both unrealistic and archaic. People who are abused as children, studies show more often than not, repress those memories, and they can resurface as late as someone's 40s, 50s," said attorney William Lorenz, Jr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Priest at Belfast school quizzed pupils about sex - report criticises child prote

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Allan Preston
June 22 2017

A west Belfast school has been criticised for multiple weaknesses in its child protection measures after three pupils complained when a priest invited to the school asked them sexual questions in confession.

An independent review - ordered by De La Salle College's Board of Governors in January - detailed several flaws in how the school dealt with the childrens' complaints.

This included delays in reporting complaints to police, poor record keeping, and a lack of understanding of child protection issues.

The report centres on a visit by a Dublin priest to De La Salle College during May 2013, and of alleged inappropriate sexual conversations with three children.

The pupils complained separately to school authorities in June 2013, September 2014 and March 2015.

Lawsuit: Boy abused more than 100 times, victim was 7 when it started

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

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

A former Guam resident filed a civil lawsuit in the District Court of Guam yesterday alleging he was sexually abused by a priest “more than 100 times” beginning on his 7th birthday.

Now residing in Oregon, the plaintiff, using his initials J.A., sued the Archdiocese of Agana, alleging he was subject to three years of sexual molestation and rape by father Ray Techaira, who is now deceased.

Techaira was the priest assigned to the Nino Perdido y Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Asan where J.A. and his family regularly attended Mass and volunteered their services at the parish, court documents state.

In 1984, J.A. was helping his grandfather wipe down the church pews when Techaira allegedly instructed the boy to go to the Asan rectory because the priest wanted to give the boy a birthday gift.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Latest lawsuit names new priest, parish

GUAM
KUAM

[with video]

Updated: Jun 22, 2017

By Krystal Paco

It appeared prayers were answered weeks ago when parties expressed optimism for out-of-court settlement for dozens of clergy sex abuse cases.

Today, it appears these talks - at least for those cases filed by attorney David Lujan - have come to a screeching halt.

Late this afternoon, the attorney filed yet another $5 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana.

The latest lawsuit names a new priest and parish.

He kept his secret because it would make him a "good Catholic."

Or at least that's what Father Ray Techaira would tell J.A. after he was sexually abused.

J.A. marks the 78th victim to file suit against the Archdiocese of Agana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

New lawsuit alleges Father Ray Techaira allegedly raped and molested boy more than 100 times

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

[with video]

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com June 22, 2017

A 14th Guam priest is accused of raping and sexually molesting a boy more than 100 times in the 1980s, starting on the boy's seventh birthday, in a lawsuit filed Thursday, June 22.

Father Ray Techaira allegedly raped and sexually molested the boy from 1984 through 1987, the lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam says. Techaira is now dead, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as J.A. to protect his identity, is now 40 years old and is living in Oregon.

J.A., represented by attorney David Lujan, demands a jury trial and $5 million in minimum damages.

The alleged rape and molestation happened mostly at the Nino Perdido y Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Asan, the lawsuit says.

"From approximately 1984 through 1987, around the ages of 7 through 10, J.A. was sexually molested and raped by Techaira more than one-hundred times," the lawsuit states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Before Her Teacher’s Murder, This ‘Keepers’ Witness Was Already Living A Nightmare

UNITED STATES
WBHM

[with audio]

Posted 06-21-2017 by Kelly McEvers

This story includes content some readers may find disturbing.

Who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik? The Baltimore nun and school teacher was murdered in 1969, and in the Netflix documentary series The Keepers, her students tell a troubling story of abuse by priests, alleged police complicity and a possible cover-up by the Catholic Church.

Jean Wehner is one of those students. She attended Archbishop Keough High School in the late 1960s. Wehner tells NPR that she was “systematically abused, manipulated, raped, conditioned by [school chaplain] Joseph Maskell for a good year and a half before any of this with Sister Cathy happened.”

Wehner buried her memories of the abuse, and they stayed buried until 1992, when she began to remember things — like telling Cesnik about what was happening to her. After their conversation, Cesnik transferred to a different school, then disappeared. She was found dead nearly two months later. Her murder remains unsolved.

Wehner believes Cesnik may have been killed for knowing too much, but Maskell always maintained his innocence in both the killing and any abuse allegations. (He died in 2001.) The Archdiocese of Baltimore denied that there was any cover-up, but they have paid nearly $500,000 in settlements to 16 people (including Wehner) who accused Maskell of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

June 21, 2017

Nuns ‘could find no evidence’ of abuse at Smyllum, Lanark

SCOTLAND
Carluke Gazette

Heart-rending allegations of decades of maltreatment at Lanark’s former Smyllum Orphanage featured in the very first sitting of what will be a marathon inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland.

Nearly four decades after the institution closed its doors, the now-ageing former occupants of the orphanage finally had their long-awaited day in court as the Scottish child abuse inquiry got under way in Edinburgh last week.

But it is understood that there is anger among those who term themselves ‘survivors’ of Smyllum Orphanage at some of the evidence given at the hearing by members of the religious order that ran the institution, the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

There were audible groans from the public benches at their claims that Smyllum’s punishment and medical records could not now be found despite a search of the order’s archives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 PM

Time bar on abuse payouts to be lifted

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The three-year limit on survivors of childhood abuse suing for damages is to be scrapped by MSPs.

The move will allow victims of abuse dating back as far as 1964 to seek compensation for their injuries though the civil courts.

Victims currently have just three years from the date of their injury - or from their 16th birthday - to bring a court action.

The limit will be removed by the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill.

The bill is likely to be unanimously approved when MSPs vote in the Scottish Parliament later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 PM

Who killed Sister Cathy, and faith in the Catholic Church?

UNITED STATES
Lexington Herald-Leader

BY MIKE RIVAGE-SEUL

You really ought to see “The Keepers.” It will scare the hell out of you — especially if you’re a Catholic. The Netflix docuseries in seven parts tells the story of an unsolved murder of a young Catholic nun in Baltimore. The apparent perps were two Catholic priests.

I watched the film with one of my sisters who had attended Catholic schools for 12 years. “The Keepers” became our point of discussion for our two days together. Its portrayal of the cynical use of religion to exploit innocent children had us discussing Catholic schools, the pedophilia scandal, confession, outdated church teachings in general — and especially the exclusion of women from church leadership.

We found ourselves sympathizing with those (including close friends and relatives) who have left the church as irredeemably corrupt. No wonder, we agreed, “former Catholics” represent the second largest religious “denomination” in the country (with 22.8 million), behind members of the official Catholic church at 68.1 million.

“The Keepers” investigates the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a high school English teacher, who disappeared shortly after confronting authorities about widespread sexual abuse at the prestigious Keough Girls’ High School in Baltimore. Two chaplains there used the confessional to identify young females who would be vulnerable to their sexual depredations. Eventually they ended up sharing their victims with school outsiders, including police officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 PM

Pastor arrested for sexual assault of a child

TEXAS
Hay Free Press

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested a Buda man who works as an east Austin assistant pastor on indictments of sexual assault of a child in Hays and Nueces Counties.

Ruben Garcia, 59, of Buda, was arrested by the Task Force June 12 and was booked into the Hays County Jail. Garcia is being held on $300,000 bond.

Garcia, who was on the run for the past two months, was the subject of an arrest warrant stemming from a 2015 sexual assault of a child investigation by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release.

A Hays County Grand Jury indicted Garcia in April on two separate counts of sexual assault of a child, along with one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Those indictments stemmed from an investigation that began in early 2016.

According to the release, Task Force officers established surveillance at the Betania Baptist Church on Tillery Street in east Austin. Garcia worked as an associate pastor at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 PM

Church youth leader admitted to fondling child, say investigators

TEXAS
Fox San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - A church youth leader was arrested and charged with fondling a child who later told a school counselor about the alleged incidents.

According to court documents, the child told the counselor that the youth leader, identified as Omar Roman Salas, 25, undressed and touched him at a home a few months ago.

During the second incident in early May, the alleged victim claimed Salas performed a sex act on him.

The counselor called the victim's mother and she confronted the church pastor, who told police Salas had admitted to fondling the victim.

Salas is charged with sexual assault of a child. The church where he led a youth group is not named in court papers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 PM

4 S.A. men arrested on sexual assault of a child charges within 24 hours

TEXAS
San Antonio Express News

Four San Antonio men were arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual assault of a child in connection with four separate cases of abuse.

Omar Roman Salas, 25; Johnny Gonzales, Jr., 30; Brandon May, 30; and Kenneth Perez, 36, are the accused suspects in the cases.

All four men were booked into the Bexar County Jail on Tuesday evening. Salas and Gonzales are being held on $50,000 bail each, May and Perez on $75,000 bail each.

Salas, a youth minister at a local church, is accused of fondling and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy that goes to the same church. The first incident allegedly occurred sometime in April, when the victim spent the night at Salas' home.

The second incident occurred around May 5 or 6, again while the victim was spending the night at Salas' house. The victim told Salas he was uncomfortable with what happened the first time and didn't want it to happen again, according to police records. Salas allegedly assaulted the boy anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 PM

Former Christian Brother guilty of indecent assault of school boys

IRELAND
Irish Times

David Raleigh

A former Christian brother who would “lick” his pupils ears while sexually abusing them in class, has been found guilty by a jury of 15 counts of indecent assault.

James Treacy (75), with an address at Ashford Close, Swords, Dublin, showed no emotion as a jury at Limerick Circuit Court found him guilty, by unanimous decision, of abusing three male victims.

The court heard evidence from the victims, who were aged ten years old and in fifth class at the time.

The victims said he would abuse them in front of one another while he taught a “military style” class. His modus operandi, the court heard, was to place his hands down the front of the boys trousers and fondle their privates.

One victim told the court: “It was a military style class. What I mean by that is that we had to be neat and clean; Our hair had to be cut and we had to clean our ears, and if you’re ears weren’t clean, he would actually lick your ears.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 PM

BISHOP DIMARZIO’S WRITTEN STATEMENT IRCP

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

I am announcing a significant new step in the ongoing effort of the Diocese of Brooklyn to address the wounds of those sexually abused by members of the clergy. It is called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). It is one more way our diocese, which serves Brooklyn and Queens, can acknowledge the harm that was done by those who were priests or deacons and show our solidarity with survivors. Our Program is modeled after the program recently launched by the Archdiocese of New York. Compensation decisions will be made by Kenneth R. Feinberg who administered numerous high-profile compensation programs, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the compensation fund for the victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, served as a mediator for sexual abuse cases for Penn State University and administered many other corporate and charitable independent compensation programs. Mr. Feinberg will have total independence in his decisions.

Throughout my time as a diocesan bishop, first in Camden and then in Brooklyn and Queens, I have met with more than 50 survivors. It is difficult to hear about the pain caused by the criminal behavior of members of the clergy. I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends. We hope it will help with the healing process and bring survivors some element of healing.

The Diocese of Brooklyn will continue all of our past efforts to support survivors. Those efforts include paying the cost of therapy provided by independent professionals who are unaffiliated with the Church, offering various support groups, providing monthly prayer groups, and holding our annual Mass of Hope and Healing.

Four years ago, survivors of clergy abuse in the Diocese of Brooklyn formed a “Survivors Advisory Committee.” This program, along with all of our outreach efforts, has been discussed with this group of survivors. I will continue to listen to and be guided by these survivors in developing new ways to respond to the needs of victims.

I wish to assure every parishioner and every donor to our diocese in Brooklyn and Queens that not a penny of their contributions or bequests will go toward compensating victims of abuse. The Diocese will take out a loan to cover for the cost, and pay it back with rental income. The Diocese will not use money given by the faithful to support parishes, schools, charitable works, ministries, apostolates, or the Generations of Faith fundraising campaign. The financial burden will rightly be felt by the central diocesan administration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

Breaking: Diocese of Brooklyn announces Dolan-esque compensation plan

NEW YORK
The Worthy Adversary

June 21, 2017 Joelle Casteix

And the corpse of the New York Child Victims Act isn’t even cool yet.

Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio (pictured above) has issued a written statement announcing an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan mirroring that of Cardinal Dolan’s IRCP across the river.

These plans compensate victims for the child sex abuse they suffered, while keeping documents, evidence, and some wrong-doers names secret.

The plan will also be administered by Kenneth Feinberg.

This Brooklyn announcement was the world’s best unkept secret. Victims from Brooklyn have been getting calls from the diocese for months.

And considering the dirty deals that just went down in Albany with the death of the Child Victims’ Act, survivors and advocates were pretty sure that “promises were made.” Perhaps these plans were part of those promises.

I have met with Ken Feinberg (and brought a crew of experts much smarter than I am) in order to do due diligence about the Archdiocese’s plan and its execution. I’ve also watched the roll-out of Phases One and Two.

- See more at: http://theworthyadversary.com/4578-breaking-diocese-of-brooklyn-announces-dolan-esque-compensation-plan#sthash.xxOLwYtM.dpuf

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

AP, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER SEEK ACCESS IN CHURCH BEATING CASE

NORTH CAROLINA
Associated Press

BY MITCH WEISS AND HOLBROOK MOHR
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Associated Press and the Charlotte Observer filed legal motions Wednesday to gain access to documents and lift a gag order in the case of a North Carolina minister accused of orchestrating the beating of a congregant to expel his "homosexual demons."

The motions filed by the news outlets are related to the case of Brooke Covington, a minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina. She is charged with kidnapping and assaulting Matthew Fenner in the church's sanctuary.

Covington is accused of urging others to slap, punch and choke Fenner for nearly two hours in January 2013 in a practice known as "blasting," which involves intense screaming meant to drive out devils.

Judge Gary Gavenus declared a mistrial June 6 after the jury foreman brought unauthorized documents into deliberations. The judge sealed those documents and issued a gag order preventing witnesses, prosecutors, defense attorneys and jurors from discussing the case.

One of the news organizations' motions, filed in Rutherford County Superior Court, called the gag order "a blanket, unconstitutional prior restraint on speech which would effectively and improperly curtail public discussion of this case by anyone with knowledge of the case."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Un sondaggio sulla pedofilia boccia Bergoglio

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

Stando ai servizi della tv italiana, si direbbe che Bergoglio goda di una popolarità a dir poco straordinaria: semplice, alla mano, bonaccione, pronto a farsi delle belle e sonore risate, appare proprio come un nonnino universale, un vicino di pianerottolo, un buon parroco di campagna, se non addirittura un rivoluzionario dei costumi vaticani senza precedenti storici. L’apparenza inganna, mai proverbio fu più vero e potremmo constatarlo tutti se soltanto la stampa facesse parlare anche i suoi detrattori. Lo prova un sondaggio realizzato dalla Rete L’Abuso fondata e diretta da Francesco Zanardi e incentrato proprio sulla sua persona: Giorgio Bergoglio alias papa Francesco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Netflix drama The Keepers stirs memories of school murder

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

June 22, 2017

JUSTIN BURKE
JournalistSydney
@justinburke

For Sydney teacher Denise ­Imwold, the recent true-crime ­series The Keepers was a traumatic viewing experience.

The seven-part documentary, aired on Netflix, focuses on the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a teacher at a Baltimore high school. Ms Imwold was taught English and drama by Cesnik at the school in the years ­immediately preceding her death.

“After watching the first four episodes, I got an emotional hangover,” she said. “Sister Cathy was my teacher, and seeing the school corridors I had walked up and down so many times, and the faces I knew, I felt like I’d gone in a time warp, thinking: did all this ­really happen?”

The series explores the theory that Cesnik was killed to ensure her silence about students being sexually abused at the school by Father Joseph Maskell, who died in 2001. Jean Wehner, a classmate of Ms Imwold’s younger sister, is featured claiming that Maskell took her to see Cesnik’s body in the woods and telling her: “You see what happens when you say bad things about people?”

While Netflix refuses to confirm viewing figures, the low-key series is believed to have been in the top 10 most streamed shows alongside Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

Ms Imwold says she had no notion of sexual abuse going on at the school, known as Keough, but she remembered Cesnik, then in her early 20s, as a passionate teacher and a gifted writer.

“Six months before she died, she directed me in a production of The Sound of Music; the irony was she was basically in the same position as the character Maria, about to embark on a leave of ­absence from the convent.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

The 7 Most Interesting Updates In The Murder And Abuse Cases Of 'The Keepers' Since The Series Aired

UNITED STATES
Movie Pilot

By Emily Browne, writer at CREATORS.CO
Twitter: @emrbrowne

Major spoilers for The Keepers ahead. Proceed with caution.

If you haven't binge-watched Netflix series The Keepers yet, stop what you're doing right now and get on it — but come back when you're done! For those that have finished the seven-episode series, you are probably now in the same boat as me, hitting up Google, Reddit and Facebook for any of the latest developments in the Sister Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki murder cases. The series — which delves into Cathy's brutal murder, as well as the alleged sex abuse which took place at Keogh High School in the 1960s — broke open a 40-year-old cold case, primarily thanks to two retired former Keogh students who were determined to discover the truth about Sister Cathy's death.

What followed was monolithic power structures being weakened by the voices of victims determined to seek justice some 30 years later. In 1992, "Jane Doe" came forward with testimony stating that she was taken to see Sister Cathy's body by her primary abuser Father Joseph Maskell. It was there that he threatened her, saying "See what happens when you say bad things about people." As the case unfolded, more and more was revealed about the possible suspects, as well as events leading up to the discovery of Sister Cathy's body in January 1970. However, the series failed to solve the case entirely, but that doesn't mean it's over. Since the completion of The Keepers, there have been further intriguing updates which add yet more depth to this gripping case.

1. Maryland's Statute of Limitations Has Been Extended

In Episode 7, 'The Conclusion', we saw survivors of Maskell's crimes (as well as other sex abuse victims) attempt to pass a bill which would extend the statute of limitations past the age of 25. The bill finally passed this year, and from July 1, 2017, victims in Maryland have until the age of 38 to sue their abusers. This is obviously a huge step in the right direction for those suffering with repressed memories, and will hopefully see more victims feel empowered to come forward in future.

2. The Exhumation of Maskell's Body

Just before The Keepers hit Netflix, Father Joseph Maskell's body was exhumed to test his DNA against that which was found at the original crime scene. As DNA is so much more advanced now than it was in 1970, Baltimore Police were able to conclude that the (assumed) cigarette butt found at the scene of the crime did not match Maskell's DNA. While this is an important update, the series all but ruled out Maskell as the murderer, instead looking at two other men who were far more likely to have carried out the crime itself. Whether there are plans to test the DNA against either of them is unclear.

3. There Is A Brand New Facebook Group Moderated by Gemma Hoskins

The Justice For Sister Catherine Cesnik and Joyce Malecki Facebook page — which featured heavily in the series as a way to connect amateur sleuths and possible victims — was closed down a few days after The Keepers aired. The site was inundated with requests, and Hoskins told the Baltimore Sun that, "It was necessary to close the page temporarily due to a traffic jam and a technical glitch." However, there is a brand new Facebook group open to everyone called The Keepers Official Group — Justice for Catherine Cesnik and Joyce Malecki where information pertinent to the case can be discussed and shared. The group currently has 82,000 members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Albany Republicans Kill The Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Village Voice

by LAUREN EVANS

JUNE 21, 2017

The Child Victims Act will not be voted on this legislative session, despite a monumental push from survivors and lawmakers, and even a program bill from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan confirmed to reporters yesterday that the bill was done for the year. “It’s under discussion, but the senate is not going to be taking that bill up,” he said.

Advocates of the CVA had high hopes that this would be the year the bill — a version of which has existed since 2006 — would finally get passed, particularly after one Republican, State Senator James Tedisco, signaled his support for it. Earlier this month, the legislation passed the state assembly for the first time since 2008, and last week Cuomo introduced his own version that matched the assembly’s.

The act, though, has powerful detractors. The Catholic Church has worked diligently to keep the bill from passing, fearing a deluge of costly lawsuits. The Boy Scouts of America shelled out $12,500 per month since February to the lobbying firm of a former state senator in an effort to have it killed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Abuse victims told no financial compensation for at least another 10 months

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

June 21 2017

Victims of historical child abuse in Northern Ireland have been told they will not receive promised financial compensation for at least another 10 months because of the political crisis.

Many have been left devastated to discover that no provision was made in the 2017/18 budget to cover the scheme.

Politicians have been advised by the head of the civil service that with no working executive, it is unlikely any financial redress will be made before April 2018.

Financial payments were promised to victims more than a year ago.

Victims have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and recommendations of a four-year inquiry into state and church abuse have still not been presented to the assembly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Another church official resigns

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Louella Losinio | The Guam Daily Post

"The archdiocese confirms that Monsignor James Benavente has submitted his resignation as delegate of coadjutor archbishop for church patrimony." – Statement from the Archdiocese of Agana

Monsignor James Benavente has resigned as delegate of the coadjutor archbishop for church patrimony of the Archdiocese of Agana.

"The archdiocese confirms that Monsignor James Benavente has submitted his resignation as delegate of coadjutor archbishop for church patrimony. The archbishop is praying for Monsignor James and has not made any decision on the resignation at this time," according to an official statement from the archdiocese.

Benavente is the second recent church official to step down from his post. On June 18, Monsignor David C. Quitugua also resigned as a member of the College of Consultors.

"Archbishop Byrnes withdrew Quitugua's membership in the College of Consultors in light of the current climate in the Church on the island," the archdiocese stated. "He extends prayers to Monsignor David."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

'Systemic failures' let priests abuse boys at Fife school

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL

21 June 2017

A religious order has apologised for “systemic failures” which allowed paedophile priests to abuse boys at a residential school.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard safeguarding measures put in place by the Christian Brothers at St Ninian’s school in Fife fell “well short” of what would be expected today.

Last year two former teachers were jailed for a total of 15 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in their care.

Appearing before the inquiry in Edinburgh on behalf of the Christian Brothers, Michael Madigan said the congregation acknowledged with “deepest regret” that children had been abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Researcher calls for public inquiry into medical experimentation on students not compensated in settlement agreement

CANADA
APTN National News

Paul Barnsley
APTN Investigates

After he published his research in 2013 exposing medical experimentation on students at residential schools involving withholding of certain foods, the invitations started coming in for Dr. Ian Mosby.

“A lot of communities wanted me to come and explain to people myself, in person,” he said, during an interview in Toronto.

Mosby heard repeatedly that former students felt vindicated by his findings.

“People have been telling these stories of experimentation, of abuse, of all sorts of things that have now been documented by historians like myself. But people could have believed what survivors were saying a long time ago, and I think we would be a lot further than we are right now,” he added.

The stories he heard about more recent events involve complaints about how survivors were treated under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), the system created under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to compensate survivors for sexual or severe physical abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

Is it possible to get a fair trial if you're a priest accused of sexual abuse?

WEST VIRGINIA
WCPO

PAULA CHRISTIAN
Jun 21, 2017

David Harper was 10 years old when a Catholic priest and family friend allegedly woke him in the middle of the night in a rectory bedroom and raped him.

For nearly two decades, Harper, now 35, told no one about what allegedly happened on his trip with Robert "Father Bob" Poandl to Spencer, West Virginia in August 1991, where Poandl celebrated Mass as a visiting priest and Harper served as altar boy.

When his allegations emerged years later, Poandl, of the Fairfield-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was charged and convicted in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati of taking a minor across state lines for sexual activity. He was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

Now as Poandl, 76, is being treated for life-threatening kidney cancer at a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, he is seeking to overturn that conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

Quick progress report on the Church's finances

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jun 19, 2017

By Krystal Paco

In simple terms, Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes says, "We have maxed out our credit cards and payment is due."

Positive news to report, however, as he announces the Archdiocese's financial advisors have developed an acceptable plan to bring the Church back to good economic health. While the plan won't be unveiled until coming weeks, he says, "We will all need to make sacrifices, big and small... I firmly believe we will emerge as a stronger church and Archdiocese."

He also stresses that no parish or school funds are being used to pay for the Archdiocese's legal fees as a result of over 70 clergy sex abuse lawsuits. The pastoral letter was printed in a recent Umatuna Si Yu'os, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Agana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Senate leader: Child victims act won't get a vote

NEW YORK
Post-Star

ALBANY — The leader of the New York state Senate says his chamber will not vote this year on a measure loosening the statute of limitations for molestation.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan of Long Island announced his decision to reporters on Tuesday without explanation.

The proposal would have given victims more time to file civil lawsuits or seek criminal charges against their abusers. It also would have created a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it often takes far longer for victims to report their abuse.

The bill was supported by the Assembly and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo but faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church and other institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

NY Senate won't take up Child Victim's Act

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jon Campbell , jcampbell1@gannett.com June 20, 2017

ALBANY - A bill to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes will not get a vote in the state Senate before lawmakers leave town this week, according to the Senate's Republican leader.

Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, told reporters Tuesday that the Senate would not take up the Child Victim's Act, which supporters have pushed as a way for abuse survivors to seek charges or civil cases after they've grown older.

“It’s under discussion, but the Senate is not going to be taking that bill up," Flanagan said after exiting a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.

Versions of the bill have bounced around at the Capitol for more than a decade, but none have yet to make it through both houses of the Legislature.

The Assembly approved a version of the bill on June 7 that would allow abuse victims to seek criminal charges until they turn age 28, up from the current 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

State Senate Republicans kill the Child Victims Act again as majority leader says bill won't get a vote this year

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
GLENN BLAIN
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ALBANY — State Senate Republicans once again turned their backs on child sex abuse victims.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan responded “yes” when asked Tuesday afternoon if the Child Victims Act is done for the year.

“It's under discussion, but the Senate is not going to be taking that bill up,” Flanagan told reporters.

Flanagan killed the bill’s chances a day after the hopes of survivors for a vote before the legislative session’s scheduled end on Wednesday were raised by Sen. James Tedisco, of Schenectady, who became the first Senate Republican to come out in favor of the Child Victims Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

Monsignor Benavente resigns as archbishop delegate

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

Monsignor James L.G. Benavente has resigned as delegate to the archbishop for church patrimony, a post he held since Oct. 1.

The position has oversight over properties of the Archdiocese of Agana, working with the reconstituted Archdiocesan Finance Council.

"I write this letter to let you know that after much prayer and reflection I have decided to tender my letter of resignation as Delegate to Coadjutor Archbishop for Church Patrimony," Benavente said in a June 16 letter addressed to Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes.

The letter does not cite a reason for the resignation.

Benavente, when sought for comment, said he resigned from the post on his own.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Woman Who Says Relative Sexually Abused Her Fights For Other Victims to Sue Later in Life

NEW YORK
CBS 8

by Caitlin Nolan - Inside Edition

It took a made-for-TV movie, a friend recognizing there was something wrong and almost a decade of passed time to give Kathryn Robb the courage to finally talk about the man she says abused her.

It was another five years before she spoke about him again, finally sharing what a relative did to her for years after she went to bed in their Long Island home.

“It’s like a flood, and you’re drowning in the truth of it, and you have to shut it off,” Robb, 57, told InsideEdition.com. “It comes in layers.”

For Steve Jimenez, from Brooklyn, N.Y., four decades of therapy went by before he felt he could confront the Catholic Church about the sexual abuse he endured at the hands of a Xaverian brother in the 1960s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Montreal Catholic priests who work with kids will be fingerprinted under new rules

CANADA
CTV

New rules on how Catholic priests, staff and volunteers interact with some the most vulnerable people in the archdiocese -- such as children -- are being rolled out in Montreal.

Under the new rules, no adult working with the church can be alone with a child. Church members who work closely with minors, the sick or the elderly will be required to be fingerprinted and undergo police background checks.

The updated code of ethics comes after a one-year pilot project involving 10 parishes. The new rules take effect by 2020 and will include all 194 Montreal parishes within the archdiocese, which includes Laval, Repentigny, and L'Assomption.

Father Betrand Montpetit, a Montreal priest of 28 years, says the new rules are an important step forward.

“We want to have more credibility also, and the confidence, you must earn it,” Montpetit told CTV Montreal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

June 20, 2017

Flanagan: Senate won’t take up Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Matthew Hamilton on June 20, 2017

Though he said discussions continue, state Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan said after leaving the governor’s office on Tuesday afternoon that the Senate will not take up the Child Victims Act legislation.

That bill, which would extend the time during which young victims of sexual abuse could bring a case against their abuser, has passed the Assembly and has the support of the governor. Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, who is one of those negotiating the sticky end-of-session legislation, has a bill that is slightly different than the one pushed by the Assembly and Cuomo.

“It’s under discussion, but the Senate is not going to be taking that bill up,” he said when asked to clarify that the bill is dead for the year.

Klein said Child Victims Act has not been discussed on Tuesday.

Leaders also are continuing to discuss mayoral control of New York City schools. Klein expressed hopes for a two-year extension of mayoral control, though Flanagan said leaders are not yet close on a deal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

Montreal Catholic Church will fingerprint all priests working with children

CANADA
CBC News

The Catholic Church of Montreal will expand its pilot project that bars priests and church volunteers from being alone with children and requires them to provide digital fingerprints to work with vulnerable populations.

Around 10 churches have been taking part in the pilot project, which was launched last fall. All churches will now have to follow these rules by 2020.

The rules apply to those occupying roles deemed as "high risk" in the diocese's 194 churches and ministries — working with minors, the sick and the elderly — and also include mandatory police background checks.

"In terms of whether or not we were going to (implement the plan), that wasn't even in question. We're going. This has to happen," said Bishop Thomas Dowd, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal.

"The Catholic Church has to be the safest place for the vulnerable."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Vatican's first General Auditor resigns abruptly

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2017 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected move in the Holy See’s ongoing financial reform, the Vatican announced on Tuesday the resignation of Libero Milone, General Auditor of the Holy See, effective immediately.

The brief Vatican statement simply said that Libero Milone had offered his resignation, and that the Vatican had accepted it.

The lack of reason given for the resignation has some speculating that it is another part of the ongoing, internal conflicts of Vatican financial reform.

Milone’s resignation comes as a surprise because of the emphasis the Vatican placed on the importance of his position when it was created. ...

During his time as General Auditor, Milone’s personal computer was hacked, and he also clashed with the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, the treasury of the Vatican. Milone showed his commitment to maintaining the separation of powers of his office when he declined an offer in April to become part of the Board of Directors of the Italian public broadcasting service Rai, saying that he wanted to maintain his independence in the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Vatican’s Auditor General Unexpectedly Resigns

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Register

Libero Milone had only been in the new post two years during which time he faced a number of challenges, including resistance to more rigorous audits.

Edward Pentin

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Holy See’s auditor general, Libero Milone.

In a statement released today, the Vatican said by “mutual agreement” the Dutch-born financier’s “collaborative relationship” with the Holy See ended yesterday, but did not give any reasons.

It added that the search for his replacement would begin “as soon as possible.” Milone was the first auditor general after the position was set up by Pope Francis in 2014 and the office given statutes the following year.

His departure is surprising as just three months ago, he reportedly said he had no regrets since accepting the assignment in 2015. On the contrary, he said he was ready to go “all the way with great enthusiasm” and that he was “highly motivated by the privilege of being available to the Pope.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Leading Group for Church Abuse Victims Faces Uncertain Future

UNITED STATES
Religion and Politics

By Lilly Fowler | June 20, 2017

David Clohessy often looks as if he’s on the verge of tears when he talks about survivors of sexual abuse. When his vivid blue eyes start to well up, he’ll reach for his glasses and wipe his eyes. He comes across as emotional, but sincere and well-intentioned. We sit at a coffee shop near his home in Maplewood, a neighborhood of St. Louis. Clohessy is recovering from minor surgery and wears a cast on one foot. He says since his resignation in January from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, he’s focused on his health. The sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church consumed Clohessy for nearly 30 years. Now his own organization is under fire for alleged malfeasance.

Barbara Blaine, a lawyer and former social worker who is an abuse survivor herself, founded SNAP in 1988 in Chicago. Clohessy joined the organization in 1991, and it became one of the premiere advocacy groups for victims of sex abuse. The group operated in obscurity until the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-prize winning series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church ran in 2002. After that, SNAP’s phones wouldn’t stop ringing.

Both SNAP and Clohessy have received widespread media coverage over the years. SNAP makes a cameo in Spotlight, the 2015 Oscar-winning film about the Globe investigation. Clohessy has garnered high-profile media coverage, including a New York Times profile and appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes and Good Morning America. Today SNAP boasts 25,000 members, but foes and friends alike are unsure if the organization will be able to survive its latest scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Music director at southwest Missouri church indicted for child porn

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. • The former music director of a Springfield church has been indicted on child pornography charges.

The U.S. attorney's office says the indictment was returned last week and unsealed Monday after Craig Wieneke, of Springfield, was arrested and made his initial court appearance.

The indictment alleges that Wieneke, 31, received and distributed child pornography over the Internet from November through April, when Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield fired him because the FBI, police and the Greene County Sheriff's Department were investigating.

Executive pastor Wayne Barron told the Springfield News-Leader that Wieneke didn't work with children for his job.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Chandler man files sex abuse lawsuit against Catholic archbishop in Guam

ARIZONA
The Republic

[with video]

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, The Republic | azcentral.com June 20, 2017

Chandler resident Francis Charfauros, 49, wanted to be a priest when he was younger, but he said an encounter with Father Jack Niland when he was 14 and living on the small Pacific island of Guam changed that.

Charfauros is now one of many who have brought lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana in Guam for alleged sexual abuse that went on at the rectory there.

The lawsuit alleges that Niland molested Charfauros while he was living at the rectory in 1982 during a sleepover at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church rectory in the Guam village of Agat.

Charfauros is the 67th person to file a Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuit in local and federal courts after the statute of limitations was lifted late last year. Charfauros filed his suit in federal court in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Northern Ireland: Open Letter from victims of institutional child abuse

NORTHERN IRELAND
Amnesty International

We write as victims and survivors of institutional child abuse, which we suffered in children’s homes across Northern Ireland over many decades.

Today (June 20 2017) marks six months since the publication of the report of the Historic Institutional Abuse inquiry.

We welcomed its main findings – that the State was responsible for widespread and systemic failings, which left us as vulnerable children to suffer physical, sexual and mental abuse in supposed “care” homes.

But six months in, with no devolved government ministers in position to act on the report, its recommendations for apologies, a redress scheme and support services for victims, have gathered dust on Stormont’s shelves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Indonesian priests seek Vatican help in row with bishop over church funds

INDONESIA
Catholic Register

BY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
June 20, 2017

RUTENG, Indonesia – A group of priests in Indonesia's Ruteng Diocese appealed to the Vatican to intervene and resolve a dispute with their bishop, whom they accuse of misappropriating more than $100,000 in church funds.

Representatives of the priests, accompanied by a bishops' conference official, met Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi, the outgoing apostolic nuncio in Indonesia June 16 to call on the Vatican to help them achieve their demand that Bishop Hubertus Leteng heed their calls for an overhaul of how the diocese is run.

The move came after dozens of priests in the diocese on Catholic-majority Flores Island quit their posts in protest against their bishop.

Father Alfonsius Segar, one of the priests who met with the nuncio, told ucanews.com that Archbishop Filipazzi has promised to help resolve the dispute.

"He will immediately take this issue up with the Vatican," Father Segar said.
The priest also said the nuncio will send someone to the diocese to appraise the situation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

Vatican's first auditor-general resigns unexpectedly

VATICAN CITY
DNA

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Reuters

The Vatican's first auditor-general, who was appointed two years ago in a move aimed at ensuring transparency in the finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has resigned, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

A brief statement gave no reason for the resignation of Libero Milone, saying merely that he had presented it on Monday to Pope Francis and that the pontiff had accepted it.

It said Milone's relationship with the Vatican, where he had been expected to serve until 2021, had been concluded "by mutual accord".

A search for a new auditor-general will begin soon.

Milone, a 68-year-old Italian who is a former chairman and CEO of the global auditing firm Deloitte in Italy, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Decision on George Pell child sex charges 'imminent': police

AUSTRALIA
7 News

[with video]

AAP on June 20, 2017

A month after getting legal advice on whether to charge Cardinal George Pell over historical child sex allegations, Victoria's highest-ranking police officer says a decision is "imminent".

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told ABC radio Cardinal Pell's lawyers will be told first, once a decision is made whether to charge him.

"A decision is imminent," Mr Ashton told ABC this morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

USA: Bericht bestätigt Zusammenhang Missbrauch - Homosexualität

WASHINGTON (DC)
Kath.net

[A recent annual report from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the USA: About 80 per cent of the victims of sexual abuse by priests are male and the vast majority of victims is older than ten years.
The latest annual report of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the United States shows a link between sexual abuse in the Church and "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" among priests.]

Neuster Jahresbericht der katholischen Bischofskonferenz der USA: Etwa 80 Prozent der Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Priester sind männlich, in der großen Mehrheit älter als zehn Jahre.
Washington D.C. (kath.net/LSN/jg)

Der neueste Jahresbericht der katholischen Bischofskonferenz der USA zeigt einen Zusammenhang zwischen sexuellem Missbrauch in der Kirche und „tief sitzenden homosexuellen Neigungen“ bei Priestern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Abuse victims slam Stormont stalemate

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Allan Preston
June 20 2017

Victims and survivors of institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland care homes have said plans to help them are “gathering dust” on Stormont’s shelves while those affected are “still denied justice to their death beds”.

In an open letter signed by 260 victims and survivors, the group spoke of their deep frustration that six months after the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry’s findings were published, no action was being taken.

In its report published in January, the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry recommended that the Stormont Executive “create a publicly funded compensation scheme”. The Executive was already well on its way to collapsing at this point, and ministerial decisions on compensation are still on hold.

The letter from the victims reads: “We welcomed its main findings — that the State was responsible for widespread and systemic failings, which left us, as vulnerable children, to suffer physical, sexual and mental abuse in supposed ‘care’ homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

The Rev. Henry Lyons forced out as pastor of Tampa church amid accusations of theft, misconduct

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

By Corey G. Johnson and John Romano, Times Staff Writers
Friday, June 16, 2017

TAMPA — The second coming of the Rev. Henry J. Lyons was not as celebrated or lucrative as his previous life.

The one-time leader of the largest black Baptist organization in America — toppled by infidelities and imprisoned on fraud charges — has kept a relatively low profile while running a century-old church in Hillsborough County the last dozen years.

Lyons no longer has the ear of the President of the United States, and his empire does not include the same luxuries as during his heyday in St. Petersburg in the 1990s.

Yet the final, uncomfortable hours of Lyons' reign at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church have a disturbingly, familiar echo.

Church leaders have accused the 75-year-old Lyons of misappropriating funds for his personal benefit, and voted Thursday evening to remove him as pastor, ending what had once looked like a story of personal redemption.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Dianne Williamson: Attitudes that keep victims silent

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

By Dianne Williamson
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Susan Manter was watching coverage of the Bill Cosby trial last week when the man once hailed as “America’s Dad” left the courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

“We love you, Bill!” someone shouted from the crowd.

The Holden woman cringed. Late last month, she settled a civil case against a different kind of father, a Shrewsbury priest convicted in 2012 of beating her and ripping off her clothes during horrific counseling sessions that dragged on for three years.

The cases involving Cosby and the Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad are different, of course. Outside the courtroom, Cosby has been accused by more than 40 women in claims dating back more than a half century, virtually his entire career. Father Michael was accused of abusing only Manter.

But both of these men were charismatic, powerful authority figures. Both were immensely popular. Both used their position to violate vulnerable women because they knew no one would believe the victims. And their respected status made it easier to discredit women already faced with the cultural incredulity that comes with cases of sexual assault.

“I watched that and had flashbacks,” Manter said Monday. “I could hear people saying, ‘I love you, Father Michael.’ There were crowds of people supporting him. I can relate to how people try to make the woman the bad guy.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Local officials urge state Legislature to vote on Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Saratogian

By Joseph Phelan, jphelan@digitalfirstmedia.com,, @jphelan13 on Twitter
POSTED: 06/19/17

ALBANY, N.Y.>> On Wednesday, the state Legislature is scheduled to end its annual session, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, along with public officials, urged the Senate GOP to allow a discussion and vote on the Child Victims Act Monday morning.

“This is an issue that’s crying out for justice. People who have committed criminal acts, particularly heinous criminal acts against children, need to be held accountable,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “And we know if they are not, they continue to abuse, so simply because an individual reaches a certain age it’s not acceptable. It doesn’t give justice to the victim and it doesn’t keep the rest of us safe. It doesn’t protect the children of today, while it’s punishing the children of yesterday.”

Desirae Brown and her sisters were sexually abused by their father in different states. Brown and one of her sisters were abused in Utah and successfully prosecuted their father. He’s serving a 10 year to life prison sentence. Desirae’s sister Melody, however, was abused in New York. The statute of limitations for the crimes committed against her ran out by the time she was ready to prosecute. She was only 24.

Presently, current law allows adults, who suffered sexual abuse as children, up to the age of 23 to file a lawsuit against their sexual abuser. Earlier this month, a bill in the state assembly passed, allowing people up to the age of 50 to bring a lawsuit. The senate bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes and filing civil lawsuits for damages against individuals, public institutions and private institutions related to child sexual abuse. It would also create a one-year revival period for previously time-barred civil actions, which alleged conduct representing the commission of certain sexual offenses committed against a child less than 18 years of age.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Startling Look at Cost of Child Abuse

UNITED STATES
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant
June 19, 2017

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Protection(CDC) study, The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention, was both interesting and frightening. The CDC states that

… the total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is approximately $124 billion.

The CDC notes the report looked at:

… confirmed child maltreatment cases – 1,740 fatal and 579,000 non-fatal—for a 12-month period. Findings show each death due to child maltreatment had a lifetime cost of about $1.3 million, almost all of it in money that the child would have earned over a lifetime if he or she had lived. The lifetime cost for each victim of child maltreatment who lived was $210,012, which is comparable to other costly health conditions such as stroke with a lifetime cost per person estimated at $159,846 or type 2 diabetes, which is estimated between $181,000 and $253,000.

A byproduct of Minnesota’s Child Victims Act has been our involvement in abuse cases that happened a very long time ago. So we witness the results of the devastation that hit peoples lives after they were abused. People in their 40 to 60’s that have suffered all sorts of challenges without any help at all. The Act has given them a chance at real justice that has been delayed too long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Le pape accusé d'avoir protégé des prêtres pédophiles en Italie et en Argentine

ITALIE/ARGENTINE
L'Express

[Pope Francis, who has advocated for zero tolerance of pedophilia, was he aware that priests of an institute for deaf-mute children in Argentina were already accused of sexual assaults on children when they officiated in the same institute in Italy. Obviously according to lawyers of children who say they have been victims of sexual assault and rape in the Provolo Catholic institute in Mendoza.]

Pope accused of protecting pedophile priests in Italy and Argentina

Une liste des violeurs présumés avait été établie et une lettre avait même été remise en mains propres au pape François par l'une des victimes.

Le pape François -qui prône la tolérance zéro en matière de pédophilie- était-il au courant que des prêtres d'un institut pour enfants sourd-muets en Argentine étaient déjà accusés d'agressions sexuelles sur mineurs lorsqu'ils officiaient dans le même institut en Italie? C'est évident, selon les avocats des enfants qui disent avoir été victimes d'agressions sexuelles et de viols dans l'institut catholique Provolo de Mendoza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Pädo-Pfarrer besass Zürcher Kinderkrippe

SCHWEIZ
Blick

[The retired reformed pastor Wolfgang S. (68) from Biberstein AG has been in investigation since the end of March (BLICK reported). He is said to have sexually abused four of his grandchildren. Wolfgang S. has already admitted this in an official confession.]

ZÜRICH - Für eine Kinderkrippe in der Stadt Zürich ist der Superg-GAU eingetreten. Der langjährige Chef und Besitzer, Wolfgang S. (68), ist wegen sexueller Übergriffe auf Kinder in Untersuchungshaft.

Beat Michel

Der pensionierte reformierte Pfarrer Wolfgang S. (68) aus Biberstein AG sitzt seit Ende März in Untersuchungshaft (BLICK berichtete). Er soll vier seiner Enkelkinder sexuell missbraucht haben. Wolfgang S. hat das bereits in einem offiziellen Geständnis zugegeben. Übergriffe ausserhalb der Familie streitet er ab.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Pfarrer missbrauchte seine Enkel

SCHWEIZ
Blick

[Pastor abused his grandchildren. Once again a god-man is behind bars because of child abuse. Scary: Working with children is a common thread through his life.]

AARAU AG - Wieder wandert ein Gottesmann wegen Kindsmissbrauchs hinter Gitter. Beängstigend: Die Arbeit mit Kindern zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch sein Leben.

Ralph Donghi und Beat Michel

Der pensionierte reformierte Pfarrer Wolfgang S. (68) aus Biberstein AG sitzt seit Ende März in Untersuchungshaft. Er soll vier seiner Enkelkinder sexuell missbraucht haben. Der Anwalt von Wolfgang S. bestätigte in der SRF-Sendung «Schweiz aktuell», dass sein Mandant ein Geständnis abgelegt hat.

Die Enkelkinder waren zwischen 6 und 14 Jahre alt. Angezeigt hat ihn die eigene Familie. Sein Sohn und seine Tochter wollten sich gegenüber BLICK allerdings nicht äussern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Quitugua resigns as archbishop advisor

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

Monsignor David C. Quitugua resigned, effective June 18, as a member of Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes' team of advisors, known as the College of Consultors, according to the Archdiocese of Agana. Byrnes asked him to step down, the Archdiocese stated.

Quitugua had been on the advisory team less than two weeks, after being appointed June 7, and his removal comes after lobbying by the Concerned Catholics of Guam, which has expressed concerns about Quitugua allegedly abusing his authority as vicar general under Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

"The Archdiocese can confirm that Monsignor David C. Quitugua is no longer a member of the College of Consultors. He was asked to resign in light of the current climate in the Church on the island. It was effective June 18, 2017," the archdiocese stated.

"I am very glad on behalf of all concerned Catholics on Guam, that David C. Quitugua resigned as a member of the College of Consultors," said Concerned Catholics President David Sablan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

Male child sex abuse survivors charity 'struggling with demand'

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

Catriona Stewart @LadyCatHT
Columnist/reporter

SCOTLAND’S only child sexual abuse service for male survivors is struggling to keep up with demand.

Speak Out Scotland (SOS), based at Port Dundas, has just been awarded £146,595 from the Big Lottery Fund to help fund its work for the next five years.

But staff said their work is only the tip of the iceberg and the charity could be helping dozens of more men.

Julie Harkins, Project Development Worker, said: “It was really after the Jimmy Savile scandal broke that we started seeing more men come forward and now we also have the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry so the topic is being discussed and brought more into the public consciousness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Coos Bay man pleads not guilty to sexually abusing Cambodian boys

OREGON
The Register-Guard

By Jack Moran
The Register-Guard
JUNE 20, 2017

A federal grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against a missionary worker from Coos Bay who is accused of molesting six underage boys while in Cambodia between 2005 and 2013.

Daniel Stephen Johnson, 39, pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Eugene. Johnson appeared via telephone from a federal prison in Sheridan, where he’s being held while his case is pending.

One of the charges listed in the indictment, aggravated sexual assault, carries a minimum prison sentence of 30 years upon conviction.

Johnson was arrested in the case in December 2014, after authorities in Cambodia handed him over to a team of FBI agents who brought him to Oregon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Survivor’s court case could win damages for residential schools intergenerational harms

CANADA
APTN National News

June 20, 2017

Paul Barnsley
APTN Investigates

As the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) nears completion, a potentially explosive case brought forward by a former national chief is slowly making its way to court.

Del Riley, who occupied the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations’ office from 1980 to 1982 – during the final days of negotiations that led to Aboriginal rights being enshrined in Canada’s newly-repatriated constitution – refused to participate in the IRSSA.

He saw the settlement agreement as too limited – so he hired the London law firm Harrison Pensa to sue the federal government and the Anglican Church of Canada.

Riley aims to expand the scope of the defendants’ liability as he seeks compensation for his time at the Mohawk Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ont.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Child sex abuse survivors urge CVA passage

NEW YORK
WNYT

[with video]

June 19, 2017

ALBANY - Shaun Dougherty, a Long Island restaurant owner, and veteran, was molested by his parish priest when he was 10-years-old. The pain and anguish, he says, remains with him in adulthood.

"I died in 1980, mentally, in my soul," Dougherty says, "I attempted to take my life. I swallowed over 300 pills in 1994."

Dougherty was at the state Capitol Monday, along with other child sexual abuse survivors and advocates, urging passage of the Child Victim Act to eliminate the statute of limitations that's currently set at 23, and allow survivors to file civil lawsuits against their abusers.

"There is no money amount we are going for, it's not about that," said Brinie Farrell, a former speed skater, who was abused by an Olympic teammate in Saratoga Springs when she was 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Advocates continue to press Senators to pass the Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
News 10

By Nick Perreault
Published: June 19, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – For the second week in a row, victims along with local officials are asking senators to pass a bill that will help victims of sexual abuse press charges against their accusers.

The conference says they’ve supported legislation in previous years that protects children from sexual predators.

Both victims and local officials are still asking why the Senate has yet to take up a bill that would increase the time a victim has to file both criminal and civil lawsuits against their attacker.

“It doesn’t give justice to the victim and it doesn’t keep the rest of us safe,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said.

“The Republican majority conference has been a leader in taking a lead with those who prey on young people and sexual predators. I don’t know why this hasn’t passed,” Senator Fred Akshar said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 AM

Republican state senator voices support for Child Victims Act breaking ranks with party

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017

ALBANY — A GOP state senator broke ranks from his colleagues Monday — saying he’d vote for a bill to help child sex abuse survivors.

“If it comes to the floor, I’ll support any of the versions that are out there,” Sen. James Tedisco (R-Schnectady) told the Daily News. He urged state leaders to strike a deal before Wednesday’ scheduled end to the legislative session.

Child sex abuse, he said, “can cause psychological, mental and physical problems for a lifetime.”

His position was first reported by News10 in Albany.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 AM

June 19, 2017

Death investigation underway in Rutherfordton

NORTH CAROLINA
WSPA

By Brianna Smith
Published: June 19, 2017

The Rutherfordton Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the death of Robert Rape.

Rape was found in his backyard on Briarwood Circle Saturday June 17th, shot in the chest. Investigators say Rape was shot with a shotgun.

The police department says the investigation is ongoing and few details will be released.

Rape is the grandfather of Matthew Fenner, whose case against five Word of Faith Fellowship church members recently ended in a mistrial due to jury tampering.

A new hearing against Word of Faith Fellowship minister Brooke Covington is set to take place in September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 PM

Philly Diocese Fogs Up Again

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

JUNE 19, 2017 BY SUSAN MATTHEWS

Is there a new transparency issue? Why isn’t Father Louis Kolenkiewicz listed in the online Archdiocesan clergy directory? He is listed in the clerical appointments that went into effect today.

Father Kolenkiewicz is returning from a removal from ministry and his new gig as parochial vicar at the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul prompted an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Given this, you’d think all the i’s wouldn’t have been dotted and t’s crossed. But as of 3pm today – his name does n

The clergy directory omission is important. Both priests and laity have come to rely on the directory as a source of information. For example, a bride may request a specific priest for her wedding. Her pastor may check the clergy list to see if the priest has full faculties. Some priests don’t want to enable those removed to falsely present themselves. They know these guys bring them down and I’m sure they resent the tarnish.

Child safety and victim advocates also routinely check this list to track information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Australian Royal Commission Inquiry Victim “BCB” Shares More of Her Story

AUSTRALIA
JWVictims

BY ALEXANDRA JAMES ON JUNE 19, 2017

During the first day of the Australian Royal Commission Inquiry into Jehovah’s Witnesses, victim “BCB” spoke very bravely of her sexual abuse at the hands of a local elder, Bill Neill. Click this PDF of the Transcript-(Day-147) of the Inquiry, or you can visit the ARC website here, to read her entire testimony; Barrister Stewart’s summary of her story begins on page 15147.

Recently, “BCB” contact me through this website and wanted to share more of her story and viewpoint. This is a very powerful statement of how such abuse can so easily happen in the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, one that I hope all readers will share:

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If you have never been a victim of child sexual abuse then of course you wouldn’t understand how difficult it is to talk about what is happening to you. Long before the abuse starts the perpetrator begins their grooming campaign. For example, the following circumstances were in place to enable an Elder to abuse me:

First, become an Elder in a religion where young children are taught from birth that it is God’s chosen religion, that God has a personal name of Jehovah whom everyone is encouraged to have a personal relationship with, and that the teachings of the religion are referred to by everyone as “the Truth”. Teach them that the Elders are chosen by Jehovah God’s Holy Spirit and must be deferred to in all matters of spirituality and morality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

VATICAN: POPE TO VISIT CHILE AND PERU IN JANUARY 2018

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

BY FRANCES D'EMILIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in 2018, the Vatican announced Monday.

The Holy See said Francis will visit Chile from Jan. 15-18, then head to Peru, where he'll stay until Jan. 21. The cities on the Argentine-born pontiff's itinerary include Santiago, Temuco and Iquique in Chile and Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo in Peru, with details of his schedule to be announced later.

Puerto Maldonado is the capital city of Peru's Madre de Dios region, an epicenter of illegal gold mining, a lucrative business which feeds criminal activity such as sex trafficking, including of minors. Francis in his papacy has repeatedly denounced trafficking and the exploitation of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Survivors “falling through the cracks” of Indian residential schools settlement agreement

CANADA
APTN National News

Paul Barnsley
APTN Investigates

Despite being exposed to the worst horrors of the Indian residential schools, Garnet Angeconeb refuses to give in to bitterness or anger.

Born on the Lac Seul First Nation near Sioux Lookout, Ont., he was taken from his family to the nearby Pelican Indian Residential School when he was six years old.

He stayed there from 1963 to 1969.

During that time, Angeconeb and 18 other boys were sexually abused by a dorm supervisor. His abuser was eventually convicted in 1996 and sentenced to four years in prison.

While Angeconeb battled through his “lost years” afterwards, dealing with alcohol problems and living through the criminal trial of his abuser, he managed to graduate from high school and then earn a journalism degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, (Dis)Honorable Mention: Guam and the Hope and Healing Hoax

GUAM
The Worthy Adversary

Fifteen Years After Dallas, A Seven-Part Series: Introduction
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Two: Is There a Crook in the Diocese of Crookston?
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Three: A Priest Admits Abusing, Chicago Cardinal Does Nothing
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Four: Convicted Priest Deemed “Safe” by Oklahoma City Archbishop, Catholics Rightly Upset
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Five: Naughty Nienstedt and the Vatican Shred
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Six: A seminarian in Ohio attempts to buy babies. The Bishop? He pretends nothing happened
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Seven: Sister Cathy Turns Baltimore into a Troll

June 19, 2017

Joelle Casteix

This would have been Part Eight, except for one little loophole:

Guam/the Archdiocese of Agaña is NOT TECHNICALLY a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Archdiocese of Agaña is a member of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CE-PAC).

Guam’s disgraced Archbishop Anthony Apuron (pictured above with the pope) used to attend USCCB meetings and the like, but I think he used the “buffet” approach when it came to what window-dressing reforms he would adopt and what he wouldn’t.

Now that the Archdiocese of Agaña is headed by Archbishop Michael Byrnes out of Detroit, I think that the bonds to the USCCB are going to become much stronger.

Onto my story:

The saga of Archbishop Anthony Apuron is long and horrific.

Catholics began protesting his financial mismanagement and mobster tactics, including improper financial dealings with a Catholic sect called the Neo-Catechumenal Way.

Then, multiple alleged child victims—who risked their reputations, their families’ well-being, and their livelihoods by coming forward and saying that Apuron abused them—came forward. They all said that Apuron sexually abused them.

Apuron is now subject of a Vatican tribunal that will do little more than, I believe, give him a slap on the wrist and allow him to live in hiding on the mainland (with a monthly retirement check) for the rest of his life.

Last year, Guam lawmakers passed a civil window that allows child sex abuse victims to use the civil courts to get accountability. Other victims came forward and exposed a web of child sex abuse and cover-up going back decades. This is the same law that that victims in New York are protesting and begging to have.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Research identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

19 June, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a new research report that identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

Professors Patrick Parkinson and Judy Cashmore from the University of Sydney were contracted by the Royal Commission to establish a means of differentiating between types of institutions in terms of level of risk of child sexual abuse according to their characteristics and the services they provide.

The research report, Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of risk of child sexual abuse in institutions, proposes situational, vulnerability, propensity and institutional risks as the four main dimensions.

* Situational risk provides potential perpetrators with the opportunity to be alone with a child or form relationships that involve physical contact or emotional closeness. This can lead to grooming and unlawful sexual behaviour. The research suggests that residential institutions of all kinds including juvenile detention, immigration detention centres, residential out-of-home care and boarding schools carry an elevated situational risk.

* Vulnerability risk arises from the characteristics of the children present in the institution. The research suggests that the main factors influencing vulnerability risk are the ages of the children, children with disability, children with prior experience of maltreatment and children with an incentive to remain silent.

* Propensity risk arises from a disproportionate clustering of adults with a propensity to abuse children or children with harmful sexual behaviours.

* Institutional risk takes into consideration characteristics of the institution that may make abuse more likely to occur and less likely to be identified and responded to effectively. The research suggests that these characteristics include institutions placing greater importance on the protection of reputation than on the wellbeing and protection of children. Other characteristics include a culture of not listening to and respecting children.

The report concludes that situational risk is a precondition for sexual abuse while vulnerability risk makes it more likely that a child will be targeted. The research suggests that an institution with a low situational risk can starve even the committed sex offender of opportunity or greatly increase the likelihood of detection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Editorial: A last-minute session list

NEW YORK
Times Union

State lawmakers should not leave town this week without making a meaningful attempt to rein in the corruption that has plagued government in recent years. ...

Child sexual abuse: For all the laws passed on punishing future sexual abuse, lawmakers have yet to let untold numbers of victims of past abuse seek justice. Recognizing that victims sometimes take years to come forward, the Assembly has passed legislation to extend the statute of limitations on civil and criminal cases of child sex abuse. Mr. Cuomo backs a similar measure. Senate Republicans, however, have bowed to pressure, especially from the Catholic church. They need to hear the pleas of victims who simply want their day in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Former church organist, 74, who sexually abused young girl is jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
Wirral Globe

Lynda Roughley

A former church organist who sexually abused a vulnerable young girl was put behind bars - 40 years after the offences.

Martyn Poole, who assisted at a church in Wallasey, denied molesting the girl, who was aged about 12, but was convicted after a trial.

A judge told 74-year-old Poole, “You befriended her, earning her trust and she came to look up to you as a father figure.

"You betrayed that trust on two occasions, sexually abusing her having invited her to your home when your wife and family were elsewhere.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

High school teacher investigated for impregnating student

BELIZE
The Reporter

By Marion Ali
Assistant Editor

A teacher at Eden Seventh Day Adventist high school in Santa Elena, Cayo, is under investigation by San Ignacio police and the Ministry of Education, on allegations of sexual misconduct with as many as four of his students.

One of the girls may have had an abortion or two over the last year and a half.

Reporter’s investigations have showed that the teacher, whose name we have withheld until the Ministry and the police have concluded their investigations, has been involved with one of the girls, now an 18-year-old third form student, for the past two years. The others, as we understand, are girls with whom he has had sexual encounters.

This newspaper has learned of the existence of text messages, purportedly exchanged between the student and the teacher, that pertain not only to them having a sexual relationship, but about her having undergone an abortion as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

June 18, 2017

State urged to change sex-abuse law

NEW YORK
Times Herald-Record

By Chris McKenna
Times Herald-Record

MOUNT MARION - At age 60, Brian O’Leary is still deeply scarred from the sexual abuse a neighbor inflicted on him more than 40 years ago when he was growing up in Saugerties.

The perpetrator lived across the street and worked at IBM with O’Leary’s father.

For five years, he repeatedly assaulted the boy in his home and his car, a string of violations that began when O’Leary was only 12 and ended when he stopped his tormentor at age 17 - because he realized how badly he wanted to kill himself.

O’Leary was so traumatized that he told no adults about the abuse then and couldn’t bring himself to tell his parents until many years later.

His abuser died in Florida in 1984, unpunished for the crimes he committed and the emotional havoc O’Leary has carried for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Sen. John DeFrancisco supports one-year window for malpractice cases — but not child sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco opposes opening a one-year legal window to revive old cases for child sex abuse survivors — yet he supports the concept for other victims.

The powerful Syracuse Republican opposes a bill designed to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice, largely because of a provision that would give victims who can no longer sue under current law one year to bring cases.

At the same time, DeFrancisco is pushing legislation that would give patients the ability to bring medical malpractice cases beginning from when they discover the error, not from when the mistake occurred, which is current law. The bill has a provision to open a one-year window to revive old cases that are currently time-barred under current law.

DeFrancisco and other Senate Republicans also have routinely supported legislation every two years to extend the statute of limitations to soldiers exposed to Agent Orange between 1961 and 1975 — cases that would have otherwise been time-barred since 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Extradite former principal back to Australia, victim of alleged molestation asks Israel

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL
JTA

June 18, 2017

MELBOURNE (JTA) – A Jewish woman who said she had been molested repeatedly by her former principal called on Israel to extradite the woman back to their native Australia.

Dassi Erlich, a 29-year-old mother of one who said that her alleged molestation by Malka Leifer had left her emotionally scarred, made the plea Sunday during a speech before approximately 200 participants of Melbourne’s Limmud conference of Jewish learning.

Leifer, who left Australia for Israel in 2008 shortly after molestation accusations against her surfaced, has skipped several extradition hearings in Israel because she had committed herself to psychiatric institutions for short periods, coinciding with her court dates. Leifer is wanted for questioning in Australia in connection with 74 charges of molestation, including rape, of several teenage girls, the ABC broadcaster reported.

In 2015, Erlich received one of the largest sexual abuse damage payouts in Australia’s history with the Victorian Supreme Court ordering the Adass Israel School pay her more than $750,000 for its failure to prevent the systemic abuse suffered by Erlich since she was 15. During her speech, Erlich said she had witnessed Leifer molest another girl, but “said nothing.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Catholic group calls for 5 to be removed

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

"The Catholics of Guam cannot trust or have confidence in the Chancery leadership with these clergymen still enjoying some position of authority within our Archdiocese and benefits from our contributions." – David Sablan, president, Concerned Catholics of Guam

The Concerned Catholics of Guam is calling on the leaders of the Archdiocese of Agana to remove four priests and a deacon from administrative and ministerial duties within the church in order to "restore some trust in the leadership," according to CCOG president, David Sablan.

Sablan said CCOG is calling for the removal of the following five men: David C. Quitugua, former vicar general; Adrian Cristobal, former chancellor for the Archdiocese of Agana; Alberto Rodriguez Salamanca, former vice chancellor; Edivaldo da Silva Oleveira former spokesman and an aide to Archbishop Anthony Apuron; and Deacon Frank Tenorio.

Sablan told The Guam Daily Post the five were closely involved with Apuron during his tenure as the highest authority within the Archdiocese of Agana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Seven: Sister Cathy Turns Baltimore into a Troll

MARYLAND
The Worthy Adversary

Fifteen Years After Dallas, A Seven-Part Series: Introduction
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Two: Is There a Crook in the Diocese of Crookston?
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Three: A Priest Admits Abusing, Chicago Cardinal Does Nothing
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Four: Convicted Priest Deemed “Safe” by Oklahoma City Archbishop, Catholics Rightly Upset
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Five: Naughty Nienstedt and the Vatican Shred
Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Six: A seminarian in Ohio attempts to buy babies. The Bishop? He pretends nothing happened

June 18, 2017

Joelle Casteix

Netflix’s recent documentary, The Keepers, has been a blockbuster for true crime and documentary fans (it was the talk of CrimeCon).

A gripping tale of abuse, cover-up, and murder, the series tells the story of how a group of former students are trying to find justice for their teacher Sister Cathy Cesnik, a murdered nun from Baltimore.

Representatives from the Archdiocese of Baltimore—who play a large role in the series for their part in covering up the child sex abuse of numerous girls at Archbishop Keough High School and throughout the archdiocese—did not appear in the film and only agreed to answer questions in writing in the final episode.

After the film’s release and blockbuster success, the archdiocese, led by Archbishop William Lori, began trolling the filmmakers on social media. They used silly emojis and “spoiler alerts” in posts about Father Maskell, the serial abuser in the film. They even tried to create trending hashtags like #thekeeperstruth.

Then, instead of doing outreach, apologizing, finding new victims, or helping those who are suffering, they trolled the filmmakers on a Reddit AMA.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Local judges continue to stay away from clergy sex abuse cases

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com June 18, 2017

Superior Court of Guam judges continue to recuse themselves from hearing Catholic clergy sex abuse cases, even as plaintiffs' lawyers have started exploring the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.

Sixteen clergy sex abuse lawsuits have been filed in local court between March 7 and May 10.

The Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in each case, along with some priests, the Capuchin Franciscans, or the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council Chamorro District.

Seven local court judges have filed disqualification forms in some of these lawsuits as of early June, based on information from the Judiciary of Guam Administrative Office.

Former altar boy Anthony Flores' lawsuit, the earliest filed on March 7, still has no scheduled hearing yet as judges cite potential conflicts of interest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Kinky ‘cake porn’ priest in hot water over missing money

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Melissa Klein June 17, 2017

A Greek Orthodox priest who enjoyed kinky “cake crush” romps with a parochial school principal may now be in hot holy water over hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing money and murky credit-card expenses.

A forensic audit of St. Spyridon Church in Washington Heights found financial irregularities, according to a preliminary draft of the audit obtained by The Post. The May 19 report labeled “for discussion purposes only” is not final.

Rental income from four church-owned apartment houses allegedly paid for $99,249 in credit-card bills racked up by the Rev. George Passias, but the auditors said they could find no documentation for what the money was spent on.

Passias, 68, was pastor of the church until he was forced to resign in September 2015 over his affair with Ethel Bouzalas, 47, a married parish school principal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Editorial: If lawmakers do anything, pass the Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
The Daily Gazette

Mark Mahoney | June 17, 2017

New York state lawmakers have left a lot of important matters until the last minute before they end this year’s legislative session later this week.

If they do anything, they need to pass the Child Victims Act and give victims of child sex crimes more time to get the justice they deserve.

The Assembly earlier this month passed a bill (A5885/S6722,S6575) that would do just that.

Child sex abusers have long been protected in New York by a relentlessly early statute of limitations that often does not give a traumatized victim enough time as an adult to remember and report the abuse.

Under current law, there is a five-year statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges in certain sex-related felony crimes involving minors.

Right now, the clock on that five years starts when the victim turns 18. The new law would keep the same five-year statute of limitations, but would start the clock when the victim turns 23 years old. That means victims could be 28 years old and still have charges brought. The clock on the 2-year statute of limitations on certain misdemeanor sex crimes would also start at age 23, giving victims another five years —until they reach age 25 — to bring charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Bolivar man forms Faithful Catholics Against Pedophilia

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Thomas Venditti wants Roman Catholics who are outraged by the cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown and elsewhere to unite in an effort to remove pedophiles and their protectors from the institution.

So the Bolivar resident has formed the Faithful Catholics Against Pedophilia.

“We are Catholics who are offended that this has happened within our church,” Venditti said.

“We’re interested in seeing the Catholic Church cleansed of all pedophiles and all those who cover for pedophilia.”

The newly formed group is still small and mostly united through social media, including a Facebook page.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

I complici di papa Francesco

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[What is really doing the Vatican to eradicate from within violence against children?]

Cosa sta facendo davvero il Vaticano per sradicare dal suo interno la violenza sui bambini? I risultati di un sondaggio online di Rete l’Abuso mettono sotto accusa l’inerzia di Bergoglio, delle istituzioni italiane e della Conferenza episcopale.

di Federico Tulli

Appena eletto, papa Francesco ha messo in cima alla agenda pontificia la lotta contro la pedofilia. Dedicando a questo tema almeno un annuncio a settimana, non mancando mai di farsi fotografare con atteggiamenti affettuosi – a volte ricambiati, a volte no – in mezzo a dei bambini, emanando una serie di decreti volti ad accentrare in Vaticano tutte le indagini e le decisioni sui casi più scabrosi e ad avvicinare le norme della Santa Sede alle indicazioni della Convezione Onu sui diritti dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza siglata nel 1991 e ratificata nel 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

PEDOFILIA/ Ex catechista condannato per molestie a bambine di 9 anni

ITALIA
Il Sussidiario

[A sad story of pedophilia comes from Florence: A former catechist was sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of two children who at the time were being prepared for First Communion.]

15 GIUGNO 2017 FABIO BELLI

PEDOFILIA, EX CATECHISTA CONDANNATO - Una triste storia di pedofilia arriva da Firenze: un ex catechista è stato condannato ad otto anni di reclusione per aver compiuto abusi sessuali su due bambine che, all’epoca dei fatti stavano effettuando con lui il corso di preparazione alla Prima Comunione. Inizialmente le piccole non hanno avuto il coraggio di denunciare i fatti, poi col passare degli anni e con le vittime ormai divenute adolescenti anni dopo, il ricordo del catechista che toccava le bambine nelle parti intime durante il periodo della Prima Comunione si è fatta insopportabile. Una delle due piccole si è recata dalle forze dell’ordine ed è successivamente partito un procedimento nei confronti del pedofilo cinquantenne, che è stato condannato a otto anni di reclusione. La sentenza è stata emessa in tribunale in assenza sia dell’uomo, sia della vittima che ha sporto la denuncia, che avrà ora diritto ad un risarcimento.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Milano – Prete accusato di abusi, la Diocesi ha agito con scrupolo e coscienza?

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Milan - Priest accused of abuse: The diocese acted with care and conscience?]

«La diocesi e la parrocchia di Rozzano – si legge in una nota dell’Ufficio comunicazioni sociali della diocesi di Milano – hanno gestito il caso con scrupolo e coscienza, provvedendo cautelativamente a sollevare don Mauro Galli dal ministero e a trasferirlo a Roma per completare i suoi studi. Il trasferimento è avvenuto diversi mesi prima che fosse presentata la denuncia querela da parte del legale del giovane, intervenuta solo nel luglio 2014. Tutto questo in attesa che la giustizia faccia luce con il processo penale».

Curiosa la nota dell’Ufficio comunicazioni sociali della diocesi di Milano che si precipita a precisare che sia la diocesi che la parrocchia di Rozzano hanno gestito il caso “don Mauro Galli” con scrupolo e coscienza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Adoption in Ireland: 'We're still going through it, we're still carrying the shame'

IRELAND
The Journal

WHEN ACTRESS AND playwright Noelle Brown was 35, she decided to search for her birth family.

Born in Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home – or mother and baby institution, as she feels it should be called - Brown was adopted when she was eight weeks old. Her adoptive family was always very open about her past. But when she went looking for her own personal documentation in her mid-30s, she hit a brick wall.

Her experiences as an adopted person in Ireland have led to her play Postscript, which looks at the reality for a person like Brown trying to find their birth family in Ireland.

It’s a tale of secrets, lies, identity, and lingering questions.

Brown tells TheJournal.ie that she believes a stigma exists around adoption and mother and baby homes in Ireland which can affect people throughout their lives. She is also highly critical of forthcoming legislation around adoption in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Clerical sex-abuse cover-up in Australian church

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Fiction: Crimes of the Father, Thomas Keneally, Sceptre Books, hdbk, 400 pages, €26.59

Andrew Lynch
June 18 2017

Antipodean Booker-winner Thomas Keneally's new novel tells the story of a liberal priest's uncovering of paedophilia in the Catholic church during the mid-1990s.

In an early scene from Thomas Keneally's poignant new novel about clerical sex abuse, a young Australian woman called Maureen Breslin goes searching for her Irish roots on the Donegal coast. She is particularly impressed by an outdoor Mass stone, where fugitive Catholic priests used to hold ceremonies for their followers in defiance of Britain's Penal Laws.

Thinking about the "barefooted, shawled and huddled poor" quietly praying in stiff Atlantic gales, Maureen feels an overpowering responsibility to honour their memory.

"This stone is my inheritance, I thought. An inheritance of the oppressed, too. How could I let the people who stood here, hungry and ill-clothed, go from my life?"

Shortly afterwards, Maureen's faith is put to its most severe test yet. She wants to enjoy normal sexual relations with her husband, but the year is 1968 and Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae has dashed any hopes that the church might ease its ban on contraception.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Give sex abuse victims their day in court

NEW YORK
Post-Star

Ken Tingley

The stories are horrific.

I know, I’ve heard quite a few of them. Each time I write about the sexual abuse of children, I get another email or phone call from someone wanting to tell their story.

The victims are decades removed from the abuse — many at the hands of the clergy — and are still searching for what has so far been elusive: justice.

In New York, victims of child sexual abuse cannot bring charges after the age of 23. Considering what we know today about victims repressing these crimes, blaming themselves and fearing no one will believe them, the law is a travesty.

What is an equal travesty is that the Legislature in Albany has been unable to deliver that justice for more than a decade, and with time running out in the legislative session, the chances don’t look much better.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Methodist Church apologises to victims of 'hypnosis' sex abuse minister John Price of Bedale

UNITED KINGDOM
Darlington and Stockton Times

Andrew Douglas @EchoADouglas
Deputy News Editor

THE Methodist Church last night apologised to the victims of pervert minister and mentor John Price jailed this week for abusing four boys.

One of the victims reported the then-Reverend for his sexual advances towards him, but was told he was “being silly” and his claims were ignored by bosses.

He said in an impact statement that he bravely read to Teesside Crown Court: “I was sent away with a flea in my ear, and made to feel even more worthless.”

The court heard how the victim - now a middle-aged man, with severe psychological damage - reported the abuse three times before it was taken seriously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Proposed D.C. Council bill lifting civil statute of limitations for abuse cases ‘does nothing to make a single child safer,’ chancellor testifies

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic Standard

By Richard Szczepanowski, Catholic Standard
Friday, June 16, 2017

The Archdiocese of Washington – offering its support to a proposal that would eliminate in the District of Columbia the statute of limitations for prosecuting criminal cases of sexual abuse – has urged a D.C. City Council committee not adopt a companion proposal that would eliminate the statute of limitations in pursuing civil cases of sexual abuse.

“Retroactively eliminating the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits against private institutions does nothing to make a single child in the District of Columbia safer,” Kim Viti Fiorentino, chancellor and general counsel for the Archdiocese of Washington, told the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety June 15. “Legislation that mandates comprehensive, ongoing, preventive and transparent child protection procedures and policies would serve our community well.”

Fiorentino was one of more than a dozen people to speak at a public hearing on the two proposals.

Bill 22-0021, the “Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Elimination Amendment Act of 2017,” would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for first, second, third, and fourth degree sexual abuse and for first and second degree sexual abuse of a child. Bill 22-0028, the “Childhood Protection Against Sexual Abuse Amendment Act of 2017,” would eliminate the civil statute of limitations for recovery of damages related to child sex abuse claims and would provide a two-year period for people with previously barred child sex abuse claims due to statute of limitations to bring those claims to court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

June 17, 2017

Catholic Church engulfed in new abuse scandal after Scots priest admits affair with vulnerable woman

SCOTLAND
Sunday Herald

Peter Swindon @PeterSwindon
Group Investigations Writer

A SCOTTISH priest has been struck off by the Catholic Church after he admitted having a 16-year affair with a “vulnerable” woman who went to him for counselling when he was a parish priest in Australia.

A senior bishop has also issued a “full and sincere apology” to the victim after the priest admitted he “allowed the situation to develop inappropriately” when the woman was feeling “grief, fear and loss of sense of her worth”.

The priest, Alistair Maclellan, now 79, first propositioned Sue Mason in 1999 when she sought “spiritual guidance” after her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

They had a long-term sexual relationship which ended when Mason, 63, caught him having late night chats with another woman on Skype. Maclellan has since returned to Scotland.

Despite Mason’s heartbreak she has insisted she still loves her abuser and blames the Catholic Church for enforcing a vow of celibacy which prevents priests from marrying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 PM

Victims pull out of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Sex abuse victims have been "utterly marginalised" by an inquiry set up to help them, one of the victims claimed.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is examining the extent to which religious groups and local authorities failed children.

Earlier this week a latest victims group - Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse (SOIA) - withdrew from the process.

The IICSA said it had "taken on board" a number of issues raised by SOIA.

SOIA said the group had taken the decision to withdraw "with regret" but said the inquiry was "not fit for purpose".

Set up in 2014, the inquiry has been beset by controversy, with three chairwomen stepping down, lawyers quitting and victims losing faith in the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Claims against church exceed $530M

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

"There is no reason to believe that survivors will stop coming forward and filing civil lawsuits. ... If history is a prologue to the future, the litigation will end in a combination of three ways after the Archdiocese of Agana publicly produces the personnel files: private settlements, public trials with jury verdicts and or filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection." – Patrick J. Wall, attorney and former priest

The last few weeks have seen a momentous development in Guam's clergy sex abuse crisis when the attorney representing more than 80 percent of the alleged victims told a federal court judge he intended to put the cases on hold as he and his clients entered into settlement talks with Hope and Healing Guam.

This brief reprieve was shaken somewhat last week when, during a status conference before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan, attorney David Lujan told the court he was unable to file his motion for a stay until the Archdiocese of Agana provides him with copies of its insurance policy and audited financial statements stretching back to 2010.

These signals of potential settlement talks come at a time when, since the start of this month, damages being sought by accusers of clergy abuse, as filed in federal and local courts, now exceed half a billion dollars.

As of the latest case filings on June 2, total minimum damages from the 76 pending cases come out to $530 million, and the total does not yet take into account 13 cases pursuing damages in amounts to be proven at trial. With the Archdiocesan Finance Council reporting net book assets at about $132 million, which includes churches and schools under the archdiocese, Guam's Catholic Church now finds itself facing claims that easily surpass its current assets by more than four times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Six: A seminarian in Ohio attempts to buy babies. The Bishop? He pretends nothing happened

OHIO
The Worthy Adversary

June 17, 2017

Joelle Casteix

Joel Wright (being led away in handcuffs above) was a legally blind seminarian at Columbus, Ohio’s Pontifical College Josephinum in 2016 when he was arrested for attempting to buy a one- and four-year-old child off of Craigslist to rape and molest.

A native of Steubenville, Wright had wanted to be a priest for many years. In fact, Wright’s mother claimed the he had been rejected by 45 other seminaries due to his blindness and other physical handicaps.

Despite what the church calls “rigorous psychological testing” for every candidate going into the seminary, media accounts say that Wright was placing ads on Craigslist as early as 2014, offering parents $150 to watch their children, a “red flag” behavior that was reported to church officials. Although Steubenville police were informed, Wright was allowed to remain in the seminary in Columbus.

Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell remained silent throughout the entire scandal. No statement. No apology. No promise that he would reach out to the Josephinum to make sure this never happens again.
Although the Josephinum operates only with Campbell’s permission and seminarians must meet his standards, Campbell did not offer any condolences to possible victims, or promise that anything would change to make sure that men like Wright would not be allowed to become priests in Columbus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

WMAR interviewed gynecologist featured in 'The Keepers' in 1994

MARYLAND
ABC 2 News

[with video]

Christian Schaffer
May 30, 2017

In addition to the allegations against Father Joseph Maskell, several of the women interviewed in "The Keepers" also say they were abused by a local gynecologist, Dr. Christian Richter.

At one point in episode four of the documentary, Teresa Lancaster -- who in 1994 sued Dr. Richter, Father Maskell and the Archdiocese under the name "Jane Roe" -- is seen viewing a VHS tape of a news clip from an interview with Dr. Richter.

The story Lancaster was viewing was from WMAR's news broadcast on August 25, 1994; it focuses on the filing of the lawsuit by Lancaster and Jean Hargadon Wehner, who at the time identified herself only as Jane Doe.

She says Father Maskell took her to the doctor's office "on several occasions," and Maskell raped her in the examination room while Dr. Richter was in the room.

In the interview, the doctor admits that he knew Father Maskell. Maskell died in 2001; Richter died in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

A good priest, an abuser and his victims

IRELAND
Irish Times

John Boyne

Perhaps the best way for a novelist to portray evil is through detachment, allowing the story and characters to engage the reader at such an elemental level that a deep emotional response is unavoidable. The evil of child abuse within the Catholic Church is, of course, not a phenomenon limited to Ireland. The Oscar-winning film Spotlight depicted atrocities in Boston parishes while Canadian novelist Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man took on similar events in Nova Scotia. And now the great Australian writer Thomas Keneally – he of Schindler’s Ark – examines abuse within the Sydney diocese in this compelling novel and inevitably finds the clergy to be more interested in protecting the institution than caring for the child.

Keneally makes the decision to set his novel in 1996, before the truth of the scandals was as widely accepted as today. It’s a wise move for it allows us to witness both the scepticism of parishioners and the cynicism of the church as it employed lawyers to discredit victims to minimize both the financial and reputational damage.

The novel opens with a middle-aged priest, Fr Frank Docherty, returning to his home city of Sydney from Toronto to deliver a lecture on priestly paedophilia to an audience of his peers. By chance, the taxi driver who brings him to his Order’s house is a victim of childhood abuse and, as she drops him off and sees the “nineteenth century mansion… with the Celtic cross at the apex of the façade” her previously calm demeanour vanishes and she orders him from her car in a barrage of profanity, but not before he, upset by her distress, leaves his card in the back seat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Gov. Cuomo isn’t ‘optimistic’ about Child Victims Act passing before legislative session’s end

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo on Friday said he does not see the Child Victims Act and other big-ticket items passing before the state legislative session ends next week.

Just two days after giving victims hope by introducing his own bill designed to help survivors of child sex abuse seek justice as adults, Cuomo threw a cold dose of reality on them.

The governor said while he supports the Child Victims Act and would be open to working on compromise legislation, he doesn’t see it happening.

“I’m not optimistic about passage of a Child Victims Act, but hope springs eternal,” he said.

The Legislature is scheduled to end its annual session on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Changing of the guard in Maynooth seminary

IRELAND
Leinster Leader

Conor McHugh
16 Jun 2017

A new President has been appointed to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the national seminary.

Monsignor Hugh Connelly has departed from his position after he completed the usual 10 year term in the role.

He will take up the position of chaplain in the Irish College in Paris. A fluent French speaker, he is reportedly very fond of languages.

Monsignor Connolly was widely popular among students and teaching colleagues on both sides of the campus of Maynooth University.

And he managed to weather some controversy there amid allegations seminarians using a gay dating app.

Meanwhile the Reverend Professor Michael Mullaney has been appointed to replace Monsignor Connolly as President of Saint Patrick’s College, for the next three years, with effect from September 1 next.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Maynooth seminary to be overhauled after turbulent period

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Fr Michael Mullaney has been appointed president of the national seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, for the next three years as the Catholic bishops announce plans to separate out the seminary from the Pontifical University there. The Pontifical University is a separate entity from NUI Maynooth.

In time, a rector will be appointed to oversee the seminary with a separate office of president appointed to run the associated university.

Last August the college had been at the centre of controversy when it emerged the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said he was no longer going to send seminarians there because of its “poisonous” atmosphere. He said students were accessing gay dating apps and anonymous letters were being circulated accusing seminarians of misconduct.

In June 2016, Fr David Marsden, vocational growth counsellor at St Patrick’s, resigned unexpectedly due chiefly to concerns about theological formation there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Independent Review Group into Church safeguarding meets for the first time

SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

The Independent Review Group (IRG) established as a result of the McLellan Commission Report into safeguarding within the Catholic Church in Scotland recently held a successful inaugural meeting.

May 27 saw the group meet for the first time, and saw working groups founded, which will develop and assess the future activities of the group.

An autonomous body that works separately from the Church, the IRG will look at the standards of safeguarding and do independent audits at the reccomendation of the McLellan Commission.

“This group has been set up six months ahead of schedule and the experience members bring to this vital role is considerable indeed,” said Helen Liddell (pictured above with Archbishop Tartaglia), who was appointed chair of the IRG by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in December last year. “I am very grateful to them for their willingness to serve.

“The IRG is committed to ensuring the safeguarding procedures in the Catholic Church in Scotland meet the highest standards and it will conduct its business with transparency, vigour and compassion,” added the former MP and Secretary of State for Scotland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Paris : un instituteur suspecté d'abus sexuels sur plusieurs enfants

FRANCE
Le Figaro

[Paris: Teacher suspected of sexual abuse of several children.]

Par Alicia.Paulet Mis à jour le 16/06/2017

Une enquête judiciaire a été ouverte mercredi en raison de soupçons d'agressions sexuelles à l'école primaire catholique Sainte-Jeanne-Elisabeth (VIIe arrondissement). Pas moins d'une demi-douzaine de fillettes auraient été victimes d'attouchements.

Une semaine seulement après la fermeture de l'école L'Angélus située à Presly (Cher), une autre école se retrouve au coeur d'un nouveau scandale. Un instituteur du groupe scolaire catholique sous contrat Sainte-Jeanne Elisabeth, situé dans VIIe arrondissement de Paris, aurait abusé sexuellement plusieurs de ses élèves. Une information judiciaire pour «agression sexuelle sur mineur de moins de 15 ans par personne ayant abusé de ses fonctions», confiée à un juge d'instruction, a été ouverte ce mercredi par le parquet de Paris.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Un enseignant soupçonné d'agressions sexuelles sur des élèves de CM2

FRANCE
RTL

[Several schoolgirls from a private Catholic school in Paris denounced the behavior of a former teacher. An investigation was opened by the Paris public prosecutor's office for suspicions of sexual assault.]

Ce sont en tout sept jeunes filles de 6e qui se sont résolues à dénoncer, ensemble, les agissements de leur ancien enseignant. Elles auraient décrit "des câlins, des embrassades sur la joue, de façon régulière, notamment pendant des classes vertes" de l'année précédente, alors qu'elles étaient toujours en classe de CM2.

L'école concernée est Sainte Jeanne-Elisabeth, un établissement privé catholique sous contrat avec l'État situé dans le VIIe arrondissement de Paris. Le chef de l'établissement, qui avait recueilli le témoignage des collégiennes, a fait "un signalement aux autorités" le 31 mars dernier. Une enquête préliminaire a été ouverte pour "agressions sexuelles sur mineurs de 15 ans par personne ayant abusé de ses fonctions", a indiqué à l'AFP une source judiciaire, confirmant une information du Parisien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

«Das Tabu muss durchbrochen werden»

SCHWEIZ
SRF

[In the 1990s, a teacher at the Gymnasium in Immensee had a love affair with a student and also sexually abused her.The case became known when the victim made the accusation a month ago in an article of the "Tages-Anzeiger" and made it public.The teacher did not deny the relationship. Any sexual actions are punishable by law.]

Das Gymnasium Immensee ist mit einem Missbrauchsfall konfrontiert. Eine Anlaufstelle hilft bei der Aufarbeitung.

In den 1990er-Jahren soll am Gymnasium Immensee ein Lehrer eine Liebschaft mit einer Schülerin unterhalten und sie auch sexuell missbraucht haben.

Der Fall wurde bekannt, als das Opfer vor einem Monat in einem Artikel des «Tages-Anzeigers» Vorwürfe erhoben hatte und diese öffentlich machte.

Der Lehrer stritt die Beziehung nicht ab. Allfällige sexuelle Handlungen sind strafrechtlich verjährt.
Die Schule hat die Stiftung Linda in Aarau als Anlaufstelle beauftragt. Bei ihr können sich allfällige weitere Opfer oder Täter melden.

Die Stiftung Linda ist auf Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch spezialisiert. Sie setzt sich zum Ziel, Opfern aber auch Tätern zu helfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Aargauer Pfarrer sitzt wegen Missbrauchs von Kindern in U-Haft

SCHWEIZ
Aargauer Zeitung

[A reformed pastor has been arrested in the Canton of Aargau for suspected sexual abuse of children. The 68-year-old accused has been in detention since the end of March. He made a partial confession.]

Ein reformierter Pfarrer ist im Kanton Aargau wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern verhaftet worden. Der 68-jährige Beschuldigte sitzt seit Ende März in Untersuchungshaft. Er legte ein Teilgeständnis ab.

Der Verhaftete war in diversen reformierten Kirchgemeinden in den Kantonen Aargau, Solothurn und Schwyz tätig. Das sagte Elisabeth Strebel, Mediensprecherin der Aargauer Staatsanwaltschaft, am Freitag auf Anfrage. Sie bestätigte einen entsprechenden Bericht der Sendung "Schweiz aktuell" von SRF.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

NSW school says sorry to sex abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

A Catholic boys boarding school in NSW's central west has formally apologised for historic sexual abuse at the school.

St Stanislaus College in Bathurst held an apology service on Friday night for students abused between the 1970s and 1990s.

"We wish to speak directly to the victims first - this is their apology," the school's head Dr Anne Wenham said in a statement on the school's website ahead of the service.

"We cannot come close to ever living the pain and suffering that the victims of sexual abuse at Stannies and their families have experienced and continue to experience."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Lawsuit against LDS church permitted to move forward

WEST VIRGINIA
The Journal

JUN 17, 2017

DANYEL VANREENEN
Staff Writer
dvanreenen@journal-news.net

MARTINSBURG — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 Berkeley County Circuit Court on Wednesday, making it possible for the case against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to proceed to trial, according to counsel for the plaintiffs.

The case against the church was initially investigated after a church leader and member was found guilty and sentenced in July 2013 to 35 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing two minors — 4 and 3 years of age at the time of the abuse.

Christopher Michael Jensen, 25, of Hedgesville, was initially accused of sexually abusing young children in 2004 when he was 13-years-old. Living in Provo, Utah at the time, Jensen was arrested at his middle school and charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse for pinning two 12 and 13 year old females against a wall and fondling them inappropriately and without consent.

Court documents said Jensen’s Sexual Behavior Risk Assessment indicated that he was highly likely to reoffend, but his charges were reduced to two misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. Jensen’s grandfather, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader in Utah, was present for Jensen’s court proceedings, and the church allegedly knew of Jensen’s criminal history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

The 'sex monster' who injected teens in genitals after claiming they had Chernobyl radiation poisoning

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

BY ANDREW BARDSLEY
16 JUN 2017

A judge branded a former trainee church minister who injected teenagers in the genitals for his own ‘twisted’ gratification a ‘sexual monster’.

John Beaumont, 58, was today sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison for the sexual abuse, which happened after he convinced his three victims that they may have suffered radiation poisoning following the Chernobyl disaster.

In a victim impact statement, one of the victims said Beaumont can ‘rot in hell’.

After being arrested, Beaumont continued to deny the abuse and branded the victims ‘liars’, saying they lived in ‘fantasy land’.

Beaumont, a former minister in Scotland, told his victims that he was medically trained and had been instructed by the military to carry out medical examinations on them to test for radiation poisoning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Former church youth leader pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charges

IOWA
Press-Citizen

Stephen Gruber-Miller, sgrubermil@press-citizen.com June 16, 2017

A former church youth leader is pleading not guilty to multiple accusations of child sexual abuse and related charges.

Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, of North Liberty on Thursday entered a written plea of not guilty to all charges against him, online court records show.

Police say Tweedt, a former youth leader and mentor at Parkview Church in Iowa City, fondled or had inappropriate sexual interactions with at least four children between the ages of 11 and 13 from 2006 to 2013. He was arrested in April, but was released after posting bond.

The church, which reported the allegations to police in February, says Tweedt was a volunteer but was never an employee.

Police said most of the abuse occurred during one-on-one visits with children in Tweedt's capacity as a volunteer with the church. North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga said the abuse happened in homes and church retreat locations in North Liberty and Coralville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Retired teacher who arranged child sex abuse in Philippines jailed for life

UNITED KINGDOM
Nottingham Post

By rod malcolm | Posted: June 16, 2017

A 57-year-old retired teacher has been jailed for life arranging the sexual abuse of children in Philippines over internet.

Paul O'Neill, of Wroxham Drive, Wollaton Vale, pleaded guilty to 30 charges of procuring children as young as four for sex acts, including rape, and will serve 12 years before he can apply for parole.

He was a teacher at The Becket School in West Bridgford. He retired last August after 25 years working at the school. The offences do not relate to The Becket School.

He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday, June 16) and followed the proceedings using a hearing aid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Man arrested for inappropriate contact with multiple children

IOWA
KCRG

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - The North Liberty Police Department were made aware of an incident regarding a youth church leader and mentor at Parkview Church in Iowa City having inappropriate contact with victims.

Upon investigation Benjamin Craig Tweedt, 32, of North Liberty, has been charged with one count of Sexual Abuse Third Degree, two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child, three counts of Indecent Contact with a Child and two counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor.

It is alleged that Tweedt had multiple one-on-one sessions as a mentor/youth church leader with four victims over the past 10 years. The investigation revealed that inappropriate sexual contact was made with the victims during the meetings.

As soon as Parkview Church was made aware of the incident, they immediately removed Tweedt from any further participation with the student ministry.

If anyone has additional information about Tweedt and crimes against children, please contact the North Liberty Police Department Investigations at (319)626-5724.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Sunday school teacher directed sex offences via internet from 7,000 miles away

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

16 JUNE 2017

A Sunday school teacher was jailed for life today for a string of sickening child sex offences against girls as young as four in the Philippines – despite being 7,000 miles away.

Married father-of-two Paul O’Neill, 57, who taught maths at a Catholic secondary school, arranged for youngsters to be raped and abused by adults, watching live on a webcam and directing the offences from his home in Wollaton Vale in Nottingham.

At Nottingham Crown Court O’Neill admitted 30 charges, involving 12 girls aged from four to 15, including three child rapes, arranging or facilitating the commission of child sex offences, causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, conspiring to rape a child, and arranging child prostitution.

In a case thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, O’Neill, who was a minister with special responsibilities for children with the New Apostolic Church, was charged despite not being present or physically taking part in the abuse.

Prosecutors described O’Neill as a "virtual sex tourist" with a "very dark secret", and said he "relished" the financial imbalance between himself and his poverty-stricken victims.

The offences took place between 2008 and 2016, and involved girls between four and 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Paul O'Neill jailed after directing child abuse in the Philippines

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former teacher who paid men to abuse children as young as four in the Philippines while he watched online has been jailed for life.

Paul O'Neill, 57, from Nottinghamshire, ordered the abuse in advance, giving specific instructions on what he wanted to see, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He admitted three counts of rape and a further 27 sexual offences. He was told he would serve a minimum of 12 years.

The CPS said the virtual rape case was thought to be the first of its kind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Retired teacher who used webcams to direct the 'horrifying and chilling' rape and sexual abuse of girls as young as four in the Philippines is jailed for life

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By JOE SHEPPARD FOR MAILONLINE

A retired maths teacher who used webcams to direct and record the 'horrifying and chilling' rape and sexual abuse of girls as young as four in the Philippines has been jailed for life.

Sunday school teacher Paul O'Neill, 57, from Nottinghamshire was told he must serve a minimum of 12 years but may never be released for the unprecedented crimes committed against at least 12 victims over the internet.

The paedophile - who has now quit his post as 'minister with special responsibilities for children' with the New Apostolic Church - pleaded guilty to 30 child sex offences in what is believed to be the first prosecution of its kind.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that the father-of-two preyed on poverty-stricken families from his home, becoming a 'virtual' child rapist during years of sickening abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Monroe County DA's Office admonished in sex abuse trial

NEW YORK
Democrat and Chronicle

Gary Craig and Will Cleveland, Democrat and Chronicle June 16, 2017

A regional appellate court has admonished the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, saying that the appeals court has had to recently reverse several verdicts “based upon prosecutorial misconduct.”

The court did not, however, reverse the conviction in the case at issue: The sexual abuse conviction of former pastor Joe Flowers Jr., who authorities maintained repeatedly sexually abused a boy younger than 13 years old.

In its ruling, the appellate court said the recent cases of concern were mostly cases that “involved charges of sexual abuse against a child” and the same prosecutor.

The prosecutor is not named, but former Assistant District Attorney Kristina “Kitty” Karle, who is now in private practice, confirmed it is her. She is now running for District Attorney in Ontario County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

June 16, 2017

Who Killed Sister Cathy?

MARYLAND
Commonweal

By Peter Jeffery
June 16, 2017

In November 1969, Sister Catherine Cesnik, a popular, twenty-six-year-old teacher at an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore, disappeared. Two months later her frozen body was found in a nearby landfill, her skull fractured and her clothes partly removed. No one was ever charged in her murder, which is now the subject of The Keepers, Netflix’s latest foray into true-crime original programming. The Keepers follows a pair of Cesnik’s former students who have devoted their retirement years to pursuing the case. The two women have amassed vast quantities of evidence, apparently more than the police know, but the drama of the documentary lies in the tantalizing possibility that Cesnik was killed just as she was about to expose the most outrageous and bizarre case of clergy sexual abuse I have ever heard of.

If the allegations are true, a gun-toting priest-psychologist, working as a guidance counselor at the school, not only took advantage of the many troubled students who came to see him, but—abetted by a local gynecologist—also pimped them out to a large circle of men, including local politicians, uniformed police officers, other priests, and teaching brothers. The teenage victims, who barely understood what was happening, were bullied into silence: terrified by threats that they might end up like Cesnik, mortified with shame when they were diagnosed with “whore personality,” they were told they had to submit to these acts before God could forgive them. The abuse was accompanied by Latin prayers and signs of the cross to make them seem like rituals. Only decades later, long after the statute of limitations ran out, did the victims begin to come to terms with what had been done to them, recalling horrifying memories they had suppressed and speaking out.

The early episodes of The Keepers seem to build a strong case that Cesnik was killed by the pedophile priest to keep her from telling what she had been hearing from some of the victims. That priest, Fr. A. Joseph Maskell, was also the chaplain of the Baltimore police, where he had a highly placed brother, and where he is alleged to have found clients for his covert procurement operation. Were the police protecting him? Was the Church? The non-Catholic state’s attorney who won’t pursue the case seems unaccountably blasé about the many boxes of evidence that have disappeared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

'We failed you': St Stanislaus in Bathurst formally apologises to sex abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Gavin Coote

Victims of sexual abuse at Australia's oldest Catholic boys' boarding school have welcomed a formal apology, but say there is a long way to go in the healing process.

A formal service was held last night at St Stanislaus College at Bathurst in central west New South Wales to apologise for historic acts of abuse.

At least 160 students were abused by former staff and priests at the school between the 1970s and 1990s.

Dozens of people gathered at the school's performing arts centre to hear an apology on behalf of the school and the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Rev. Leonard R. Chambers – Assignment History

MISSOURI
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case
: Leonard R. Chambers was ordained in 1965 for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. He was assigned to more than twenty parishes during his career, assisting and serving as administrator early on, then assigned as pastor for the first time in 1974. Chambers held a number of diocesan positions, serving as president or chair of several.

In August 1982 Bishop Bernard Law placed Chambers on leave after the parents of a teenage boy complained that the priest had molested their son. Chambers admitted to the abuse. He spent ten months at the Servants of the Paraclete's treatment facility in Jemez Springs, NM, after which he was returned to ministry. In the mid-1990s Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop Leibrecht placed restrictions on Chambers, prohibiting him from being alone with minors. When Chambers was found alone with a minor in 1998, Leibrecht forced him to retire. Chambers is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 2002. He is last known to have been living in Joplin, MO.

Ordained: 1965

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Cuomo Introduces Late-Session Senate Bill To Expand Statute Of Limitations For Childhood Sex Assault Victims

NEW YORK
Gothamist

BY EMMA WHITFORD IN NEWS ON JUN 16, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo alleviated some advocate concerns on Thursday by introducing a Senate bill that would give victims of child abuse a larger window of time to seek justice. The program bill could still face an uphill battle in the Senate, which has been historically hostile towards efforts to expand the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims. But advocates hope the governor's end-of-session move could push its hand.

Research shows that a majority of childhood victims wait at least five years before speaking. Under current law, most New York victims have only five years after they turn 18 to bring civil or criminal charges against their abusers—thanks to statute of limitations laws that are more prohibitive than most U.S. states, according to the victim abuse network Safe Horizon.

Cuomo's bill, which mirrors a law passed 139-7 this session in the State Assembly, would extend the statute of limitations to age 28 for victims of felony criminal cases, and age 50 for civil cases. The bill would also create a one-time, one-year "look back" window, in which victims of any age would be permitted to bring civil suits against individuals or institutions.

Cuomo indicated months ago that he would prioritize heightened protections, but advocates noted his silence on the issue in recent weeks, as time ran out in this legislative session.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Cuomo not optimistic about mayoral control, child victims act

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau on June 16, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on a conference call primarily about Penn-Farley train station plans in New York City, said he wasn’t optimistic about the chances for an extension of mayoral control in the NYC schools, passage of a Child Victims Act or extension of sales tax increases happening by the end of the session.

Cuomo also noted that he’s offered his own Child Victims bill in addition. His bill mirrors that sought by the Assembly but it hasn’t moved in the Senate.

Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein has offered a compromise that would include the use of a special commission to review abuse allegations before they went to court.

Despite that, Cuomo expressed doubt that a bill would be passed this session, which is set to end on June 21.

“I’ve put in a bill. There’s been talk about a compromise bill,’’ said Cuomo.
“I’d be open to a compromise. I’m not highly optimistic about passage of the child victims act.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

NEW: Florida pastor sentenced to prison for child sex offense

FLORIDA
Palm Beach Post

Ryan DiPentima Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Florida minister who was found guilty of traveling to meet an underage boy for sex received his sentence on Tuesday.

David Donald Hoppenjan, 53, will serve 21 months in state prison and will be designated a sexual offender upon release, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Hoppenjan, who was a pastor at First United Methodist Church of Pace, was arrested in a sting operation conducted by local and state law enforcement officials in September.

He was one of 22 men arrested as a part of Operation Undertow, in which undercover agents posed as teenagers online and set up meetings with them. Hoppenjan went to two locations to meet with who he thought would be a 14-year-old boy, according to the Santa Rosa Press Gazette.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Pastor accused of stealing church

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

By Daniel Tepfer Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BRIDGEPORT — The pastor of the Fountain of Youth Cathedral won the hearts of his congregation — then stole their church, police said.

Bishop Franklin L. Fountain may eventually have to answer to a higher authority but in the meantime he will face a Superior Court judge.

Fountain is charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery after police said he forged deed documents and sold the Madison Avenue church to himself for $1.

City property records show Fountain is now the owner of the church and property valued at $1.5 million.

“Isn’t this all ridiculous,” Fountain, 55, said Wednesday after being released on a promise to appear in court. “I am the pastor and I deserve respect and I expect that this will all be worked out.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Buddhist priest in Augsburg trial admits to child sex abuse

GERMANY
DW

A man has admitted in court to sexually abusing seven boys while heading a Buddhist community in southern Germany. The abuse, which took place over a period of 10 years, involved boys aged 4 to 13.

At the start of his trial in the southern German city of Augsburg on Friday, a Zen Buddhist priest fully admitted to sexually abusing a total of seven boys over the course of a decade.

The 62-year-old man is accused of 22 cases of sexual abuse, several of which have been deemed as "severe abuse" by prosecutors. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

The defendant's lawyer, Hermann Christoph Kühn, read off an explanation of the crimes at the beginning of the trial, which the man later confirmed to be true.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Five: Naughty Nienstedt and the Vatican Shred

MINNESOTA
The Worthy Adversary

June 16, 2017

Joelle Casteix

In 2013, Minnesota passed a landmark bill that allowed victims of child sexual abuse to use the civil courts to expose their abuser, no matter when the abuse took place. We are hoping to get one passed in New York right now.

Ensuing lawsuits showed that the Archdiocese under Archbishop John Nienstedt (pictured above) and his predecessors actively covered up the sexual abuse of minors for decades. It was bad. Really bad.

Then, allegations began to swirl about Nienstedt himself—allegations that he lived an openly gay lifestyle, propositioned seminarians, and caused all kinds of problems while he was a priest in Detroit and Rome. His favorite gay bar? The Happy Tap in Windsor, Canada. And he loved to have a good time.

In 2014, an independent law firm was hired by the Archdiocese to investigate numerous allegations against Neinstedt. Ten seminarians came forward providing affidavits saying that if they refused Nienstedt’s sexual advances, he would interfere with their careers. Sound familiar?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Obituary: Anthony Foster was a tireless fighter for truth and justice

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Judy Courtin

Never has the fight for justice been so acknowledged and celebrated than at the state funeral on June 7 of Anthony Foster. This remarkable man, who died from a brain haemorrhage on May 28, two days after he collapsed, was only 64. His sudden death is shattering for his beautiful family and it leaves the entire community grieving.

Chrissie and Anthony Foster after a hearing of the parliamentary inquiry. Photo: Justin McManus
For 21 years, Anthony and his beloved wife Chrissie fought for justice, not only for their daughters Emma and Katie but for all victims of institutional child sexual abuse. They could not have predicted in 1996 that they would still be fighting the Catholic Church in 2017.

Throughout those years, Anthony and Chrissie were valiant in their lionhearted fight with what continues to be a legalistic and cold-hearted hierarchy. Denials, obfuscations and the protection of assets and reputations have remained paramount.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Zen-Priester gesteht Missbrauch von sieben Kindern

DEUTSCHLAND
Augsburger Allgemeine

[At the trial in Augsburg, a accused Zen priest has confessed to having abused several children. The victims are boys. He also said he made child pornography.]

Beim Prozessauftakt in Augsburg hat der angeklagte Zen-Priester gestanden, mehrere Kinder missbraucht zu haben. Bei den Opfern handelt es sich um Jungen. Von Jörg Heinzle

Er hat alles verloren: Seinen guten Ruf als Zen-Priester, seine Ehefrau, seine Freiheit. Seine leiblichen Kinder haben sich von ihm abgewandt. Außerhalb des Gefängnisses hat er nicht einmal mehr eine Meldeadresse. Seit diesem Freitag steht Genpo D., 62, vor der Jugendkammer des Landgerichts. Der Vorwurf: Er soll mehrere Kinder - in allen Fällen Jungen - sexuell missbraucht haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Bischof lässt sich nicht in die Karten sehen

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbruecker Zeitung

Freisen. Gläubige in Freisen sind enttäuscht von der vagen Antwort Dr. Stephan Ackermanns auf ihren Brandbrief. Melanie Mai

Der Bischof hat geantwortet. Oder besser gesagt: Domvikar Marco Weber. "Lapidar", wertet diese Antwort Liane Bonenberger, die stellvertretende Vorsitzende des Pfarreienrates der Pfarrgemeinschaft Freisen-Oberkirchen. Sie hatte im Mai im Namen des Pfarreienrates nicht nur einen offenen Brief vor der Freisener Kirche ausgehängt, sondern auch an Stephan Ackermann persönlich geschrieben. Darin fordert sie mehr Rückendeckung für Pfarrer Hanno Schmitt, der seit den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen den ehemaligen Freisener Pfarrer öffentlich angefeindet wird und gar Drohbriefe erhält (wir berichteten).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

PRIEST: I WAS WITH PELL AND KNOW HE'S INNOCENT

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

ABC reporter Louise Milligan has peddled an implausiby lurid claim: that Cardinal George Pell caught two choir boys drinking altar wine after Mass at St patrick's Cathedral and made them give him oral sex.

Melbourne University Press has even published Milligan's book claiming detailing this allegation, which police have spent more than a year investigating.

And now a priest who was always with him at Mass at this cathedral says it simply could not have happened.

But first: from the very start this allegation seemed almost literally unbelievable.

Pell, an ambitious man then in his late 50s, would suddenly do something so reckless and criminal - something he'd never been accused of before?

Pell would force two boys to do this, knowing how much higher the risk was of being reported and found guillty?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

‘Spotlight’ director: Globe building was one of movie’s stars

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Tom McCarthy JUNE 15, 2017

Editor’s note: When we heard that “Spotlight’’ director Tom McCarthy would be picking up a screenwriting award at the Nantucket Film Festival just days after the Globe had decamped from its longtime Dorchester digs for new quarters in downtown Boston, something clicked. Who better to write about this venerable building, immortalized by his cinematic vision? What had he expected when he first walked into our newsroom a few years ago? What surprised/delighted/vexed him about what he found? And how on Earth had he managed to capture this place and its people so accurately? This is his answer.

I spent the better part of a year wandering the endless maze of hallways and stairways that make up the Boston Globe’s soon–to-be-abandoned headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard. The purpose of my frequent visits was research for my 2015 film, “Spotlight,” which chronicled the investigation by the Globe’s Spotlight team into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of the priest abuse scandal.

My co-writer Josh Singer and I had more luck managing the endless hours of interviews and source material than we did navigating the 800,000-plus square feet of the massive structure we came to refer to as the “SS Globe.” Time and again we found ourselves walking in circles or emerging through the wrong exit or making our way down the up escalator. (In truth, the escalator was often non-operational, so that worked in our favor.)

In our defense, even the Globe’s former editor, Marty Baron, quipped that he communicated with the Spotlight team by e-mail in part because he had a hard time locating the Spotlight offices, which were tucked away on the mezzanine level of the building.

Our saving grace was the generosity of spirit of the good people who worked there. We were constantly being directed, redirected, and even escorted by the industrious crew of that mighty ship. Their contribution was all the more notable because we had been clearly identified not only as snoopy Hollywood screenwriters but also as unrepentant fans of both the Yankees and Phillies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Democratic Leaders Call on Senate Republicans to Support Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Spectrum News

By Terry Stackhouse
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Advocates for victims of child sexual assault are urging lawmakers to pass the Child Victims Act, which would make it easier for survivors to file lawsuits, before the end of the legislative session next week.

“I know what it is to go through that and every day I still have to tell myself to be strong,” said Gary Greenberg, a survivor of child sexual assault.

The Greene County businessman founded Protect NY Kids, a PAC backing candidates who support legislation ending statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse cases. He supports a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases and create a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

At the Capitol Thursday, Senate Democrats held an event to rally support for the Child Victims Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Scotland: Catholic Church Safeguarding Review Group established

SCOTLAND
Independent Catholic News

June 15th, 2017

Source: SCMO

In December 2016, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Scotland announced that Helen Liddell would Chair the Independent Review Group (IRG) set up as a result of the McLellan Commission Report into the current safeguarding policies, procedures and practices within the Church in Scotland.

The IRG is an autonomous body which will function separately from the Church and will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits as recommended by the McLellan Commission.

The Group met for the first time on 27 May and established working groups to develop and scope the future activities of the IRG. The current membership of the Group is listed below. Further members may be recruited if requirements for additional expertise are identified by the working groups.

Commenting on the IRG Helen Liddell said: “This Group has been set up six months ahead of schedule and the experience members bring to this vital role is considerable indeed. I am very grateful to them for their willingness to serve.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Catholic monk admits 'alarming failure' to protect children from abuse

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Brian Donnelly @BrianDonnellyHT
Senior News Reporter

A SENIOR Catholic monk has admitted there was an "alarming failure" by brothers to protect children in care, a public inquiry into child abuse heard.

Brother Laurence Hughes, provincial of the De La Salle Brothers, also accepted there was a "disturbing lack of awareness" of abuse in schools run by the order in Scotland.

He also apologised at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh for abuse inflicted by both those who were convicted of offences and other brothers who were not convicted.

As well as Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict or Brother Ben to children in his care at St Joseph's List D School in Tranent, East Lothian, being convicted of 15 charges of assault and indecent assault involving eight boys spanning the decade up to 1981, Brother Hughes accepted it was possible further abuse was carried out against children.

In the order's report to the inquiry Brother Hughes said wrote: "The congregation acknowledges that abuse may not be confined to those with convictions."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Abuse victims to New York lawmakers: lift statute of limitations

NEW YORK
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

ALBANY (AP) — Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse.

A statement released Wednesday and signed by several survivors called on top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold negotiations on the bill before the legislative session ends next week.

The proposal would eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations for several child sexual abuse crimes and create a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it can take years before victims feel comfortable stepping forward to report their abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Lawsuit makes additional claims in sexual assault on Buffalo school bus

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Rey
Published Wed, Jun 14, 2017

The young boy who was sexually molested by an older student while on a Buffalo school bus in 2015 was sitting immediately behind the bus driver when it happened, according to a lawsuit filed by the boy's mother.

The molestation happened not once, but at least five times on the bus over the course of eight days, according to the lawsuit.

And on one of those occasions there also was an aide on the school bus.

Those are some of the new accusations that emerged from a lawsuit filed by the boy's mother. The suit was filed against First Student Inc., the transportation provider; the Buffalo Public Schools, which contracts with First Student to provide busing to both public and private schools; and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Our Lady of Black Rock School, where both boys attended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

George Pell: priest challenges choir boy abuse allegations

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

TESS LIVINGSTONE
The Australian
June 16, 2017

A priest who says he accompanied George Pell every time he was at St Patrick’s Cathedral has challenged one of the most salacious allegations against the former archbishop of Melbourne — that he abused two teenage choir boys in a backroom of the Cathedral — in an interview with Victoria Police.

The priest, who was on the then-Archbishop’s staff from September 1996 to January 2001 told police late last year it was “physically impossible for Archbishop Pell to have been alone with anyone in the Cathedral, before, during, or after the celebration of Sunday Mass or on any other occasion’’.

The cathedral abuse allegation, raised on ABC’s 7.30 a year ago, forms one of the most provocative chapters of journalist Louise Milligan’s book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, published by Melbourne University Press. In it, Milligan compares Cardinal Pell with an “Easter Island statue of a man, gliding through the cathedral, papering over emotion, lest he snap’’.

The priest, who has refused to become embroiled in a defence-by-media, answered police questions related to an alleged incident after a Sunday Mass at the Cathedral between July and December one year. Cathedral publications and photographs show the building was closed for restoration for most of that year until a Saturday night in November, when a Vigil Mass was held to celebrate Christ the King.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Vatican II reforms contributed to child abuse mistakes, priest says

SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

A senior priest has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that the reforms of the Second Vatican Council ­contributed to rare but ‘horrible ­mistakes’ that the Church made in dealing with clergy accused of ­abusing children.

IAN DUNN

A senior priest has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that the reforms of the Second Vatican Council ­contributed to rare but ‘horrible ­mistakes’ that the Church made in dealing with clergy accused of ­abusing children.

Mgr Peter Smith, a priest of Glasgow Archdiocese and former Vatican attache at the United Nations, told the inquiry last week that during the 1970s the Church accepted the standards of the day that ‘it was better to repair the person, to fix them or to redeem them, and that was a huge mistake.’

“The circumstances of the Second ­Vatican Council made a significant ­difference to the whole way that the Church proceeded,” he said. “Prior to that we proceeded fairly legalistically and fairly authoritarian, whereas the Second Vatican Council asked us to proceed ­pastorally and caring for people. And that pastoral care was exercised very strongly towards the priests who had been accused and I think perhaps less strongly towards those who had been on the receiving end of such a vicious thing to do.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Hawaii’s Catholic Church Must Confront Its Past

HAWAII
Honolulu Civil Beat

By James Wright

There are two Roman Catholic Churches when it comes to taking responsibility for child sex abuse cases in Hawaii: the repentant and the defiant.

The repentant is occasionally seen in public statements. A typical example appeared in a Jan. 9, 2004, letter to the Honolulu Advertiser by Patrick Downes as editor of the Diocesan newspaper:

“The Diocese of Honolulu acknowledges the devastating and long-lasting damage caused by the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. It pledges to deal with the problem strongly, openly and consistently in the future.”

Downes is a familiar name locally in connection with clergy sex abuse having more than 30 years of stridently defending the Church and the perpetrators — often by disparaging the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

June 15, 2017

New York Must Choose: Stand With Children or With Their Abusers

NEW YORK
Faith Forward

By Rabbi Ari Hart

When victims of child sex abuse come forward to seek justice and stop abusers from harming others, unbelievably they are blocked by New York State law. New York ranks among the worst in the nation — alongside Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan — for how its courts and criminal justice system treat survivors of child sex abuse.

If you think a law doesn’t make much difference, take a moment to consider Sara:

“When I was 13 and 14 years old, I suffered repeated violent sexual assault by a man who was part of my religious community, a family friend who stayed over at our house. He told me that if I told anyone what he was doing, I would bring my family shame and they would blame me. I believed him. When he came to my bedroom at night, I would try to push him away, but he was stronger than me: I was trapped. I did not have words to describe the horror that I was enduring. By the time I healed enough to understand that it was not my fault, that I was a victim and could speak up about the abuse, it was too late. The New York State statue of limitations for sexual abuse was up. Our legal system no longer considered my story valid.

The predator who abused me is still at large, and because of the statute of limitations, I can do nothing to protect his present and future victims.”

As faith leaders, this issue is particularly painful and urgent. Rather than being a source of healing for victims of child sexual abuse, our religious institutions have too often discouraged victims from getting the legal and social help they need; faith leaders have been enablers; and horrifically, they have been perpetrators. Faith communities are beginning to acknowledge and undertake the hard, painful and sometimes disruptive work of confronting the specter of child sex abuse in our communities, develop policies for prevention, and support its victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Pressure mounts on Senate Republicans to pass child sex abuse law

NEW YORK
Legislative Gazette

Written by THOMAS GIERY PUDNEY, assistant editor on June 15, 2017

Senate Democrats held a press conference today urging Senate Republican Conference to get behind legislation to allow child sex abuse victims more time to take their abuser to court.

Advocates and legislators, including Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, sponsor of the Assembly Child Victims Act (A.5885-a) that passed by a telling bipartisan vote of 139-7 earlier this month, believe that this is the year the CVA makes it to the floor for a vote and, onto the governor’s desk.

“Protecting New York’s children against sexual abuse and rape and giving justice to those that have been harmed in the past is what our duty is as state legislators,” said Rosenthal. “There should be no question, it should not be up for debate.

“Without doing this bill, New York state is protecting predators.”

This most recent push comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday evening a program bill that is the same as the bills passed by Rosenthal in the Assembly and sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman in the Senate.

This could signal to the Senate Republicans that depriving victims of the look-back window they have pushed for, or the independent tribunal that determines validity of victim’s claims on a case by case basis, as offered in Sen. Jeff Klein’s compromise bill, are not what the governor considers the best option for New York’s childhood abuse victim’s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

Cuomo introduces Child Victims Act bill; advocates plead for Senate action

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Matthew Hamilton on June 15, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced his own version of the Child Victims Act to the state Legislature, mirroring his proposal on bills that already are being pushed in both the Assembly and the state Senate.

The bill was introduced through the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, advocates, bill sponsors and Cuomo are continuing to press the Senate to take up the legislation as lawmakers head toward the scheduled end of the legislative session on June 21.

“This is about justice and I urge this measure to be passed before the end of session and allow these victims the ability to hold their abusers accountable — something they’ve wrongly been denied for far too long,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The bill would change when the the five-year statute of limitations clock for felony sexual abuse crimes starts ticking. Under current law it starts when the abuse victim turns 18. Under Child Victims Act, it wouldn’t begin until the victim is 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Push for passage of the Child Victims Act in the NY Senate

NEW YORK
News 10

[with video]

By Nick Perreault
Published: June 15, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A bill is headed to the Senate that would help child victims report abuse.

The bill passed the Assembly 139 to seven, but the Senate’s failed to pass similar legislation for over a decade.

“I personally was 15 years old when I was molested by a 33 year-old man,” Bridie Farrell, a victim, said.

Farrell didn’t tell anyone.

“I thought it was really my mistake, I thought it was weird and something that wasn’t supposed to be public, but not necessarily a crime.”

It would take her a decade to realize what happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Child sex abuse survivors urge legislation

NEW YORK
WNYT

[with video]

June 15, 2017

ALBANY - Survivors of child sexual abuse and their advocates were at the Capitol Thursday pleading with Senate Republicans to "ease their pain."

Anna Wagner, a Long Island mother of three, who was abused by a family friend when she was 9, says the emotional scars remain and the nightmares are constant.

"I ask that the Senate take a stand and help conserve children's rights and help conserve the sweet dreams of children tomorrow," Wagner said. "When is it going to be a priority to stop the nightmares, when we know these monsters are not haunting other children?"

The Child Victims Act would eliminate the statute of limitations and open up a one-year window so that sex abuse victims can file civil suits.

"There's nothing more repulsive than the sexual exploitation of children by adults, "said Assembly woman Linda Rosenthal (D - New York City), "Without doing this bill, New York State is protecting predators and allowing current predators to continue their ways."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Cuomo enters fight for child sex abuse bill in late action

NEW YORK
Newsday

Updated June 15, 2017
By Michael Gormley michael.gormley@newsday.com

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday introduced his own bill to give victims of child sexual abuse more time to accuse, prosecute and sue their abusers in a move that advocates of the effort called a “breakthrough moment.”

“This is about justice and I urge this measure to be passed before the end of session and allow these victims the ability to hold their abusers accountable — something they’ve wrongly been denied for far too long,” Cuomo said.

Despite a decade of opposition by the Senate’s Republican majority, advocates of the bill introduced in the final days of session said Cuomo’s action adds to momentum in what would be a major result in a so-far lackluster end of session.

“We have the momentum, we have every piece,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who has pushed the bill for years. This year, victims of childhood sexual abuse streamed into the Capitol for months telling their stories and carrying school pictures of themselves. “And we have the governor now,” Hoylman said. “This a breakthrough moment.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Former Virginia Beach youth pastor found guilty in 15-year-old sexual assault

VIRGINIA
WYFF

BECCA MITCHELL

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA —
A former youth pastor charged with sexual penetration has been found guilty by a Virginia Beach judge.

Jeffrey Bondi, 47, is charged with a crime that allegedly happened 15 years ago while he was working as a youth minister at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

A woman who was 18-years-old at the time told police that Bondi sexually assaulted her while he was working at her church.

All we know about the victim is that she now lives in California and is a comedian/writer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Newcastle retired solicitor Lou Pirona has criticised his former college over child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
16 Jun 2017

RETIRED Newcastle solicitor Lou Pirona lost a son who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest, and whose suicide in 2012 after “too much pain” was the catalyst for a royal commission.

Now Mr Pirona is speaking up for survivors of sexual abuse at his old school, St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, over a controversial apology at the college on Friday and the Vincentian order’s failure to acknowledge the full extent of crimes committed there.

“I just wanted the survivors to know I support them. I wanted them to know I understand a little bit of the impact of these sorts of things, so it really comes from the heart,” Mr Pirona said.

Survivor Damien Sheridan and son Zakarie, survivor Tor Nielsen and mother Carole, St Stanislaus Old Boy Terry Jones and NSW Greens MP and justice spokesman David Shoebridge will hold a vigil outside the college on Friday from noon. They will protest against an apology during a liturgy at the school where the crimes occurred, which a leading survivor group said would be “inherently re-traumatising” for many people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Catholic Church Says Sexual Abuse by Clergy Still Unresolved With 25 New Cases: Annual Report

UNITED STATES
Christian Post

BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
Jun 15, 2017

Sexual abuse by clergy continues to be a problem within the Roman Catholic Church, according to a recent annual report.

The Church's National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People found in May that between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, there were 1,232 abused individuals who brought forth 1,318 allegations of sexual abuse by clergy.

"These allegations represent reports of abuse between a specific alleged victim and a specific alleged accused, whether the abuse was a single incident or a series of incidents over a period of time," noted the annual report.

"Compared to 2014 and 2015, the number of allegations has continued to increase. This is due to six dioceses experiencing an influx of allegations during the 2016 audit year. Of the increase in these six dioceses, two were due to bankruptcy proceedings and the other four were due to the state opening the statute of limitations."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

FACES 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTS OF 10 GIRLS

CURACAO
NL Times

By Janene Pieters on June 15, 2017

A 54-year-old pastor from the Rains of Blessing church on Curacao is standing trial for raping 10 girls. His youngest victim was 11 years old. On Wednesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 18 years in prison against him, and that he be banned from leading any church for 20 years, NOS reports.

The allegations of sexual abuse refer to incidents dating back to 2003. Late in 2015 one girl was brave enough to report what happened. After that, reports started streaming in. More than 20 cases came in, with victims from Curacao and the Netherlands - the church also has branches in Tilburg, The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Orlando B. is currently on trial for 10 of those cases.

B. raped girls under the guise of exorcism, according to the broadcaster. He told his victims that they were possessed by demons he put in them, and that he would wake the demons up if they went to the police. He used a lot of violence. Some girls woke up covered in blood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Objections to Twin Cities Archdiocese bankruptcy plans aired in court

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune JUNE 15, 2017

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was back in bankruptcy court Thursday, as U.S. Judge Robert Kressel heard objections to the competing victim settlement plans.

A key issue was whether the plan put forth by attorneys for the clergy abuse victims complied with Chapter 11 bankruptcy law, which allows an organization to reorganize its debt. The victim's plan would tap what attorneys say is $1 billion in archdiocese property and assets not accounted for in the archdiocese's settlement plan.

"Chapter 11 doesn't expect a body to liquidate its assets," Kressel told the court. "It doesn't mean [the archdiocese] is not complying with bankruptcy code."

Kressel also labeled "inflammatory" some of the language used in court documents filed by victims' attorneys when describing the archdiocese's proposed settlement. The archdiocese had filed a motion seeking the removal of the language, which attorneys did.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Bishop Malooly responds to “The Keepers”

DELAWARE
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

“The Keepers,” the Netflix documentary series that explores sexual abuse at a Baltimore Catholic school for girls, and the murder of a nun in the 1960s, hints that Bishop Malooly may have participated in a cover-up regarding the abuse by A. Joseph Maskell, a Baltimore priest. The abuse apparently took place at the school from 1967 until 1975. Bishop Malooly served in various administrative roles with the Archdiocese beginning nine years later in 1984 and continuing until his appointment as the Ninth Bishop of Wilmington in 2008.

Here is Bishop Malooly’s response to these insinuations:

“In the spirit of truth, I would like to make some clarifications regarding some of the claims and insinuations that were made in ‘The Keepers.’ My intention is to set the record straight, and in no way do I wish to minimize the pain and suffering caused by the abuse perpetrated by Joseph Maskell, or any other priest.

In 1992, while serving as Chancellor and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I was first made aware of the accusations of sexual abuse of minors by Joseph Maskell. At that time, the adult survivor and her attorney were urged to report the abuse to civil authorities, and the survivor was offered counseling assistance. Maskell was removed from ministry and referred for evaluation and treatment with full disclosure to the facility as to the reason for the treatment. Maskell denied the allegation, and after months of evaluation and treatment, he was returned to ministry in 1993 after the Archdiocese was unable to corroborate the allegation following its extensive investigation.

When additional allegations were made in 1994, Maskell was permanently removed from ministry on July 31, 1994. The Archdiocese of Baltimore publicly stated that it wanted to speak with individuals who had information regarding Maskell. A detective was hired to search for anyone who may have been abused by him. In 1994, a music director at a Catholic church told the Archdiocese that Dr. Charles Franz may have information regarding Maskell, and so we reached out to him and set up a meeting for October 20, 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Bishop Malooly denies Netflix series 'The Keepers' allegations

DELAWARE
The News Journal

Jessica Masulli Reyes, The News Journal June 15, 2017

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington denies allegations in the Netflix documentary "The Keepers" that he tried to cover up sexual abuse by a Baltimore priest decades ago.

The seven-part series released in late May focuses on a priest, Rev. Joseph Maskell, who was accused of sexually abusing students at Baltimore's Archbishop Keogh High School in the 1960s and 1970s.

The series explores a theory that Sister Catherine Anne Cesnik, a teacher at the school, was killed in 1969 because she suspected Maskell was abusing students. Cesnik's murder remains unsolved, and Maskell was never criminally charged for the abuse before his death in 2001.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, who was assigned to the Archdiocese of Baltimore before he became Wilmington's bishop in 2008, is mentioned only in the final episode of the series. Malooly posted to the Archdiocese of Wilmington's website a lengthy statement challenging the accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Dozens of Indonesian priests resign after accusing bishop of embezzlement

INDONESIA
Catholic Register

BY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
June 15, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Dozens of Indonesian priests have quit their posts after accusing a bishop on the Catholic majority island of Flores of embezzling more than $100,000 of church funds for personal use.

Ucanews.com reported that at least 69 priests from Ruteng Diocese submitted letters of resignation in mid-June, quitting their posts as episcopal vicars and parish priests, and demanded that Bishop Hubertus Leteng heed their calls for a complete overhaul of how the diocese is run.

Bishop Leteng told reporters June 12 that he did not want priests to leave their posts, but stepping down "was their free choice."

"If you love the church, you must create calm among people," he said. The bishop refused to comment about the allegations against him.

Father Marthen Chen, spokesman for the priests, said the overhaul is desperately needed "so the church can be truly in line with the guidance of the Holy Spirit."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Agudah Follows the Romans For the Same Dirty Reasons

NEW YORK
Frum Follies

Important groups stand in the way of strengthening legislation against child sex abusers in New York State: the Roman Catholic Church and its pipsqueak partner, Agudath Israel of America (aka Agudah).

Both groups decry sexual immorality, preach protection of the weak, and rhapsodize about their children. Yet they both have long, ugly histories of helping their molesters escape prosecution and financial reparations.

In 2010, Governor Andrew Cuomo badly wanted to legalize gay marriage in NYS. As always, the obstacle was the lobbying of the RCC and Agudah. So he cut a deal with them. They would denounce the act but not pressure legislators. In return they got his off-the-record promise not to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. Instead, NYS would continue to have one of the shortest SOL’s in the US, requiring survivors to file criminal and civil complaints before their 23rd birthday.

Most survivors need more time before they are ready to confront their own demons and take on their abusers. He also protected them from what they feared, a window allowing survivors to sue for abuse that happened before the SOL’s were changed. Such windows expose abusers and force culpable individuals and institutions to compensate victims. They are embarrassing and costly for institutions that long covered up abuse, such as yeshivas, camps (e.g., Camp Agudah), and the RCC.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

De La Salle Brothers 'failed' abused boys

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL
Thursday 15 June 2017

The leader of a religious order has apologised for a “disturbing lack of awareness” which allowed staff to physically and sexually abuse boys at residential schools.

Brother Laurence Hughes, head of the De La Salle Brothers in Great Britain and Ireland, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he would have expected other members of staff to have known what was going on.

Br Hughes said he had already met with survivors abused by the congregation in Northern Ireland and was prepared to do so in Scotland.

The inquiry, before Lady Smith, was told an estimated 9,300 pupils, many with emotional and behavioural difficulties, attended five institutions run by the Brothers between 1914 and 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Four: Convicted Priest Deemed “Safe” by Oklahoma City Archbishop, Catholics Rightly Upset

CALIFORNIA/OKLAHOMA
The Worthy Adversary

June 15, 2017 Joelle Casteix

Jose Alexis Davila accepted a plea deal for battery against a 20-year-old female parishioner in 2012. The plea agreement came when the victim was too scared to testify. Why? Well, a parishioner ‘lynch mob’ tried to stop her mother from attending prayer group and accosted her brother. They also called her a liar and a slut. Nice.

Then-San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores did nothing to help the victim or reach out to parishioners and warn them about the harm they were doing.

Prosecutors were able to get a sentence of three years’ probation and community service. Despite this, the Diocese of San Diego tried to reinstate Davila, until local outrage and media attention stopped the move.

Davila disappeared until 2016, when he showed up at a parish in in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. When parishioners became upset, Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley said that he had all of the information necessary about Davila and considered him “fit for ministry” and safe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

3 Friars Ask Judge to Dismiss Charges of Failing to Supervise Suspected Sexual Predator

PENNSYLVANIA
NBC Philadelphia

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

Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva has set a hearing Wednesday on the defense motions filed by attorneys for Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli.

State prosecutors say the friars assigned or supervised Brother Stephen Baker when he served at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown in the 1990s. Baker killed himself in 2013, shortly after a settlement was announced that he had molested students at a school in Youngstown, Ohio.

That settlement prompted more than 80 former McCort students to come forward with molestation allegations, that have resulted in more than $8 million in settlements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Judge hears pretrial arguments in friar abuse case

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

by Katie O'Toole

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Judge Jolene Grubb Kopriva heard arguments for pretrial motions Wednesday in the case of three Franciscan priest accused of covering up for an alleged child sex abuser.

Brother Stephen Baker, who has since killed himself, was accused of molesting more than 100 children. He did so while at schools where the three priests had allowed him to work.

Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli are each charged with endangering the welfare of children, and criminal conspiracy.

The defense asked for a change in venue Wednesday due to the local public opinion and knowledge about the case, but Kopriva suggested that decision would be too premature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Franciscan friars should not face charges in sex abuse case, attorneys say

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Attorneys for three Franciscan friars accused of failing to properly supervise suspected serial child sexual abuser Brother Stephen Baker presented reasons on Wednesday why they believe charges against their clients should be dismissed.

The priests are charged with one count each of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children.

Lawyers argued a conspiracy did not exist between the Revs. Anthony “Giles” A. Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli and that the statute of limitations has expired on endangerment. Daniel Dye, a prosecutor from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, disagreed with their positions, telling the court: “There was no error in holding this matter for trial.”

Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva said she will rule on the issues “as quickly as possible.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Friars attempt to get charges tossed

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

JUN 15, 2017

KAY STEPHENS
Staff Writer
kstephens@altoonamirror.com

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Attorneys for three Franciscan friars tried Wednesday to convince a Blair County judge that prosecutors have no case to support the criminal charges filed against their clients.

“There’s zero evidence of a conspiracy. There’s zero evidence of a course of conduct,” attorney Charles Porter told Judge Jolene G. Kopriva on behalf of Anthony “Giles” Schinelli.

Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli previously served as ministers provincial for the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Hollidaysburg, starting in 1992. In those roles, they supervised Brother Stephen Baker whose work assignments allegedly put him in a position to sexually abuse male youths.

In criminal charges filed in March 2016, three years after Baker fatally stabbed himself at his monastery residence in Hollidaysburg, the state attorney general accused Baker’s three supervisors of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Friars appear in court

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa. - Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli appeared in court Wednesday morning for pretrial arguments. The three face conspiracy and child endangerment charges.

Lawyers for the three Friars moved to have the dispute over what their duty entailed as Minister Provisional determined by the judge and not by jury. They say the prosecution's definition of their duty is too generalized.

The also argued that there is no evidence to suggest that the Friars engaged in a conspiracy. They say there is no documentation of an agreement between them to conspire. The prosecution argued that information about allegations regarding Brother Stephen Baker was available to all three of them and that their course of action indicates a conspiracy.

The defense claims that only Schinelli knew of the allegation against Baker from 1988 that was discovered in 1992. They say that this was never discussed with D'Aversa nor Criscitelli. They say that the evidence suggests that Schinelli took appropriate follow-up action on the allegations and found no further evidence to suggest any wrongdoing by Baker. It's said that Schinelli then had Baker see a doctor and it was found that there was nothing to suggest that Baker was a pedophile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:41 PM

Homily – Mass of Prayer and Penance

INDIANA
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Wilton D. Gregory
Archbishop of Atlanta

In the very same chapter of his Gospel in which St. Matthew presents his rendition of the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us that He has not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Clearly, the Beatitudes are in fact a startling new edition of God’s Law. Jesus is Himself both the new law and the fulfillment of the old law.

He calls us to see with new eyes how to live in a world so continually filled with sorrow, injustice and violence and how important it is to acknowledge our own share in causing or compounding the sorrows, suffering and violence that often seem to surround us.

We bishops have learned a great deal about the sorrow and pain of those we love and serve, even as we have to acknowledge humbly, publicly and pitifully our share in bringing much of that pain to bear. We feel, we see, we live with, as they do in much greater measure, the impact of behaviors, responses and revelations that have no place in Matthew’s Gospel, in the Beatitudes, or in the narrative of Jesus’ promise to fulfill God’s Law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

US BISHOPS 'CAN NEVER SAY WE ARE SORRY ENOUGH' FOR TRAGEDY OF ABUSE

UNITED STATES
The Tablet (UK)

15 June 2017

'The Holy Father has called us respectfully to acknowledge our own share in causing the pain that so many are still enduring,' said Gregory

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said today (14 June) that the US Catholic bishops "can never say that we are sorry enough for the share that we have had in this tragedy of broken fidelity and trust" - the clergy sex abuse crisis.

He made the comments in the homily at an evening Mass said to commemorate a "Day of Prayer and Penance" for victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The liturgy was celebrated at St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis at the end of the first day of the bishops' spring assembly.

"At this Mass, we bishops humbly and sincerely ask for the forgiveness of those who have been harmed, scandalised or dispirited by events that, even if they happened many years ago, remain ongoing sources of anguish for them and for those who love them," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Case of former Los Banos priest accused of possessing child pornography will go to a trial

CALIFORNIA
ABC 30

By Nathalie Granda
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOS BANOS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Robert Gamel's case will now move to trial after law enforcement took the stand Wednesday.

Gamel was arrested back in April for violating his probation after deputies found illicit images in his Merced residence.

"First thing I noticed was a briefcase in the closet," said Jose Grandanos, Merced County Deputy Probation Officer.

Granados testified in court he was the one who found the briefcase with three sexually explicit images inside.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Warning issued about deaths of 'illegitimate' children in 1945

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Kathryn Torney

A warning about the level of infant mortality among illegitimate children in Northern Ireland was sounded in 1945.

The warning on the Church of Ireland home is included in the files on the North’s mother-and-baby homes that are available to view at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Proni).

Other files have been retained by religious orders.

In a letter to the North’s ministry of finance in 1945, Major David Anderson, the chairman of the committee of Hopedene Hostel for unmarried mothers and their children, raised concern about “the heavy mortality figures among illegitimate children” and 'illegitimate children are allowed to die'.

He also asked for “sympathetic attention” to be given to his request for financial assistance for the home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Media Release - June 14, 2017 - For Immediate Release

INDIANA
Catholic Whistleblowers

Organizations dedicated to the protection and safety of children in the Catholic Church; namely, the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc. will call on Pope Francis and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to fulfill a promise made by Pope Francis in 2015 that he would establish a Vatican commission “with teeth” that would hold accountable those bishops who mishandled and covered up cases of childhood sexual abuse by priests and deacons. Pope Francis’ refusal to set up the commission to hold bishops accountable and instead allow members of the Vatican bureaucracy to determine the culpability of fellow bishops is outrageous and unacceptable.

What - A demonstration by advocates for victim/survivors of childhood, teenage, and vulnerable adult sexual abuse protesting Pope Francis’ suspension of the commission he promised to establish in order to hold bishops accountable for their mishandling of sexual abuse cases in their dioceses.

When - Wednesday, June 15, 2017, from Noon until 1:30 PM

Where - On the public sidewalk outside the JW Marriott Hotel, headquarters of the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Who - Members of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc.

Why - Demonstrators will call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, President of the Vatican commission on child protection, to support the Catholic Whistleblowers requests of 2015 and 2016, contained in extensive credible documentation, that it act in a timely manner on the removal of four American bishops who were particularly egregious in their handling of childhood sexual abuse cases: Cardinal Raymond Burke (formerly of St. Louis, MO, and La Crosse, WI; Archbishop Justin Rigali (formerly of Philadelphia, PA); and, Archbishop John Myers (formerly of Peoria, IL, and Newark, NJ). Added to this list for the first time is Bishop W. Francis Malooly, currently bishop of Wilmington, DE, who was exposed recently for covering up and mishandling cases in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD, including the unsolved murder of a Catholic nun as featured recently in the Netflix seven-episode series, “The Keepers.”

Contacts - Kristine Ward (Ohio), Chairperson, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 937-272-0308; Ginny Hoehne (Ohio), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 937-726-9360; Mary Heins (Indianapolis), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 317-359-7128; and Robert Hoatson (New Jersey), President, Road to Recovery, Inc., and Member, Catholic Whistleblowers

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Gov. Cuomo introduces own Child Victims Act bill as legislative session nears end

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ALBANY - With just a week left in the legislative session, Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday introduced for the first time his own Child Victims Act bill.

The bill, obtained by the Daily News, mirrors the one passed by the Assembly last week.

"This is about justice and I urge this measure to be passed before the end of session and allow these victims the ability to hold their abusers accountable — something they've wrongly been denied for far too long,” Cuomo said.

The move won praise from many of the victims who have been fighting for the issue for more than a decade.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo's strong leadership and his commitment to justice and the safety of children,” said Kathryn Robb, who was one of the survivors and advocates who have been working with the governor’s staff in recent months. “He is, to my mind, the justice governor.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Justice denied sex abuse victims: The state Senate must finally pass a bill extending N.Y.'s statute of limitations

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
MARCI HAMILTON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently holding its annual General Assembly in Indianapolis, where no doubt church leaders are discussing politics as much as doctrine.

As they continue to run from their clergy sex abuse scandal, furiously trying to push it into the past, they cannot be happy with the release of Netflix’s “The Keepers,” the extraordinary docuseries about the death of a nun who blew the whistle on horrendous sex abuse in a Catholic high school.

Nor can they ignore the ardent momentum for the passage of New York’s Child Victims Act. It would have been law long ago but for the bishops’ lobbying against it with their alternative facts on how such laws operate.

Until now, New York has been among the worst states for justice for child sex abuse victims. Bills have been introduced to reform the statutes of limitations for these most heinous of crimes no less than a dozen consecutive years in the Assembly, only to die a painful death in the Senate each time as the bishops with their insurance-carrier lobbyists exult.

Indeed, they invest millions and concoct arguments to scare lawmakers away from doing what is right for the unjustifiably exiled victims. They tell lawmakers that statute-of-limitation reform will clog the courts with a mountain of cases and reputations will be sullied by false claims. They especially fight a “window,” which provides the only justice available for victims from the past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Abuse victims to NY lawmakers: lift statute of limitations

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse.

A statement released Wednesday and signed by several survivors called on top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold negotiations on the bill before the legislative session ends next week.

The proposal would eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations for several child sexual abuse crimes and create a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.

Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it can take years before victims feel comfortable stepping forward to report their abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Ex-residents of mother and baby homes demand public inquiry into abuse claims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Independent

Deborah McAleese
June 14 2017

Former residents of mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland have called for a public inquiry into allegations of abuse and forced adoptions.

The institutions, which were run by the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland and the Salvation Army, housed women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage.

Oonagh McAleer, who was forced into Marianvale mother and baby home in Newry when she became pregnant at 17, gave birth to a son in 1980.

However, she claims she was prevented from seeing or holding her baby before he was taken away for adoption against her will.

"My baby was taken from me as soon as he was born. I never even got to hold him, or even to look at his face. He was adopted against my knowledge or agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

5 Things To Know Thursday

MINNESOTA
KSTP

June 14, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: ...

4. Archdiocese to Appear in Court in Bankruptcy Case

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the creditor's committee in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case are set to appear in court Thursday. Both parties had the opportunity to file objections to the case's plans of reorganization by June 7. Thursday's hearing will determine a schedule to further address objections to plans of reorganization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Nun admits ‘things not right’ at Nazareth homes for children

SCOTLAND
The Times

Mike Wade
June 15 2017
The Times

An order of nuns has admitted abusing children in its four understaffed homes where youngsters survived on “frugal” rations of food and clothing.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard that 404 civil actions and complaints had been taken out against the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth, which operated homes known as Nazareth House.

In total, 14,766 children were cared for in Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Glasgow and Edinburgh between 1930 and 1985, but none of the homes was staffed by more than ten sisters, and often only three or four nuns were in residence.

The congregation “didn’t have the finance to pay lay staff”, said Sister Anna Maria Doolan, the regional superior. While the aim was to care for children “as best we could”, she acknowledged “things weren’t right”.

Sister Doolan said most of the nuns had no qualifications in childcare.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Nun admits children were abused by stretched staff

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Stephen Naysmith

NUNS who abused children at homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth were unsuited to work with young people, while staff took on too many children to care for them all properly, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard yesterday.

The inquiry was told 257 former residents of the Catholic order’s four Scottish homes have started civil actions over alleged abuse, while an additional 147 have complained they suffered while in the sisters’ care.

Sister Anna Maria Doolan, the UK regional superior in charge of the Sisters of Nazareth, told the inquiry there had been complaints against all four Nazareth houses, in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

She said the congregation had been guilty of wanting to help too many vulnerable or destitute children. Staffing ratios at the homes were described as meaning one nun was responsible for up to 20 children, although figures presented to the inquiry appeared to show the ratios were sometimes much higher, particularly in Aberdeen.

Sister Doolan said: “With the gift of hindsight, these large numbers were probably too big for the sisters looking after them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

It’s the first apology I’ve heard ... it means a lot, says campaigner

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Stephen Naysmith

JIM BUCKLEY has been campaigning for 19 years for an inquiry into the abuse he suffered in care, he said.

But the 72-year-old has waited more than six decades for an apology from the Sisters of Nazareth, to whom he and his three younger brothers were entrusted when he was just seven, after leukaemia left them without a mother and with a father who couldn’t cope.

When the apology came, he was stunned. “I can’t describe how I feel,” he said outside the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry yesterday.

“I was quite surprised by some of the things Sister Doolan admitted. It was an apology, and it’s the first time I’ve actually heard that. It meant a lot.”

As a Glasgow family sent to the Nazareth House in Aberdeen, all four boys were told they were the “lowest of the low”, he said. Bed-wetters were humiliated, he claimed, and nuns were liberal with the use of sticks which they kept up their sleeves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Bathurst's St Stanislaus College confronted by former student

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
15 Jun 2017

A FORMER Newcastle journalist and St Stanislaus College, Bathurst Old Boy, whose endorsement of the college led to a friend’s son being sexually assaulted, will lead a silent vigil on Friday as the college holds a controversial apology service.

Terry Jones said he would never get over the pain of knowing his recommendation led to a boy being sexually assaulted by notorious St Stanislaus chaplain Brian Spillane. It has driven Mr Jones’ campaign to have the Vincentian Catholic order and the college acknowledge the full extent of crimes committed by its representatives.

“People in Bathurst did not believe, and many still won’t believe, these things happened, and so the college sits up there on top of the hill looking over the city, still trying to control things,” Mr Jones said.

“I was a journalist working in Bathurst when a bunch of these priests were charged and when I saw my friend’s name as a victim of Spillane I was shocked. I was horrified. I was devastated. I rang my friend to apologise. His son became suicidal. He became a recluse. He’d only been a little boy when he went to the school.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Police: Children's ministry director at Anona United Methodist Church in Largo inappropriately touched 14-year-old girl

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

Kathryn Varn, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LARGO — The director of children's ministry at Anona United Methodist Church and a prominent member of the local theater and dance community has been arrested after police said he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl.

Domenic Victor Bisesti, 31, faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation after the girl told police he touched her buttocks several times and tried to kiss her at the church at 13233 Indian Rocks Road, according to Largo police. Investigators and church officials don't know of any other victims.

Jack Stephenson, senior pastor at Anona, said Wednesday that the church has removed him from programming and barred him from campus pending the investigation.

"He's turned in his keys, he will not be on campus, he's cleaned out his office," Stephenson said.

Bisesti was also involved in Eight O'Clock Theatre, a community theater group based in the Central Park Performing Arts Center, and Tutterow Dance Academy, a well-known local dance troupe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

NEW YORK
Chelsea Now

June 14, 2017.

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The Governor’s office is still talking about” a program bill could eliminate time limitations on child abuse survivors filing criminal actions and ease such limitations on civil action.

Currently, childhood sexual abuse survivors must either make a criminal complaint or file a civil lawsuit by age 23. Experts agree it can often take decades for a survivor to be ready to come forward.

Last week, the Democratic Assembly, by a vote of 139-7, adopted Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal’s Child Victims Act, which would allow victims to bring criminal cases up to the age of 28, file civil suits up to age 50, and allow what essentially is an 18-month look-back window for abuse survivors whose cases couldn’t be brought under current law to step forward.

Hoylman’s companion bill in the Senate — which would eliminate any statute of limitations on criminal or civil action — was denied a hearing in the Judiciary Committee earlier this year by the Republican Majority and diverted to the Rules Committee, where Hoylman said “it will never see the light of day.” Hoylman’s hope for overcoming the GOP’s resistance has been for Cuomo to follow through on a January commitment to eliminate all limits on the time a victim can come forward with a criminal complaint, allow civil suits to be filed for up to 50 years after any abuse, and create the look-back the Assembly approved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Victims of sexual abuse to hold silent vigil before Stannies apology

AUSTRALIA
Central Western Daily

Jacinta Carroll
15 Jun 2017

ORANGE victims and their families are being invited to stand in solidarity with victims of historical sexual abuse in a silent vigil to be held in Bathurst on Friday.

Greens MP and the party’s spokesman on justice, David Shoebridge, who also led the fight for a stand-alone inquiry by the Royal Commission into historical sexual assaults at Bathurst’s St Stanislaus’ College, All Saints’ and The Scots School, said everyone is invited to attend the Centennial Park event.

“I’m coming up to support the victims,” he said, adding he will not be attending the official public apology being held at St Stanislaus later in the evening.

“I certainly won’t be going to any religious ceremony. I find that deeply disrespectful to the victims, and I won’t be part of it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Catholic school St Stanislaus under fire for staging apology service for victims of abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By the National Reporting Team's Lorna Knowles and Alison Branley

One of Australia's oldest Catholic boarding schools is under fire for turning an apology to victims of child sexual abuse into a religious service.

At least 160 students of St Stanislaus College in Bathurst were abused by paedophile priests and staff over three decades, between the 1970s and 1990s.

The school plans to host an "Apology Service of Sorrow and Hope" tomorrow night but victims say asking them to attend the school – where the abuse happened – and incorporating the apology into a religious service would trigger painful memories.

The head of the school, Dr Anne Wenham, said the event was intended as a genuine commitment to say sorry to victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Annual audit of church abuse allegations shows work still needed

INDIANA
National Catholic Reporter

Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service | Jun. 14, 2017

WASHINGTON

The 14th annual report on diocesan compliance with the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" shows that church leaders have taken steps to help many find healing as victims of clergy sexual abuse, but there is still work to be done.

Introductory remarks in the 2017 report urge church leaders not to assume that "sexual abuse of minors by the clergy is a thing of the past and a distant memory. Any allegation involving a current minor should remind the bishops that they must rededicate themselves each day to maintaining a level of vigilance," wrote Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, which oversees the audits.

Cesareo, who is president of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, reiterated that message June 14 at the bishops' spring meeting, held this year in Indianapolis. He reminded them that their commitment to stopping clergy sexual abuse and supporting victims of abuse must remain "at the forefront" of their ministry.

The newly released report — based on audits conducted between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016 — shows that 1,232 survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy came forward with 1,318 clerical abuse allegations in 132 Catholic dioceses and eparchies. The allegations represent reports of abuse that occurred from the 1940s to the present.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Concerned Catholics seeks removal of 5 church officials

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com June 15, 2017

Concerned Catholics of Guam said the Archdiocese of Agana should be rid of five priests or ministerial officers who allegedly abused their power. Some of them destroyed chancery records to hide clergy sex abuse cases, the group alleges.

"They, in fact, should be put through a canonical trial for the destruction of chancery records, the lies and deceit that caused tremendous scandal among the Catholic faithful on Guam," Concerned Catholics President David Sablan said Tuesday.

Sablan was reacting to Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes' recent expansion of the membership of the Presbyteral Council and retaining Monsignor David C. Quitugua.

As of Thursday, the Archdiocese of Agana hadn't replied to a request for comment.

The consultative body, which has Byrnes as president, advises the archbishop on pastoral concerns and other matters of importance.

Byrnes also recently appointed members to the College of Consultors, a governing body when the archdiocese becomes impeded or vacant. Quitugua is a member of the college.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Updates from the U.S. bishops' meeting: Continue to fight Trump-backed immigration proposals

INDIANA
America

Michael J. O'Loughlin
June 14, 2017

We will provide live updates to this page as the bishops gather in Indianapolis for their annual spring meeting. ...

Chair of National Review Board: Sexual abuse by clergy “not a thing of the past”

June 14, 4 p.m.

Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the bishops to continue to keep their commitment to stopping clergy sexual abuse and supporting victims of abuse "at the forefront" of their ministry.

He said sexual abuse of minors by clergy is "not a thing of past" and stressed the bishops have to always be vigilant and be sure to not "let complacency set in" in their efforts to stop it.

The review board is a group working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address and prevent sexual abuse of minors in the U.S. by clergy and other church personnel.

Cesareo pointed out there was still work to be done in this area, but he also praised the bishops for what they've accomplished and stressed that dioceses in the United States are among the safest places for children and are also models for rest of the world.

In his report to the bishops, he presented some of the key points of the recently issued 14th annual report on diocesan compliance with the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."

The report—based on audits conducted between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016—shows that 1,232 survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy came forward with 1,318 clerical abuse allegations in 132 Catholic dioceses and eparchies. The allegations represent reports of abuse that occurred from the 1940s to the present.

One weak spot he noted in the audit process is the overall lack of parish participation, which he urged bishops to do something about to provide full transparency.

The bishops also announced the appointment of four new members to serve on the review board: Amanda Callanan, director of communications for the Claremont Institute; Suzanne Healy, a former victims assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Dr. Christopher McManus, a Virginia physician; and Eileen Puglisi, former director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

-- Catholic News Service

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

U.S. Bishops’ Spring Meeting: Day One

INDIANA
National Catholic Register

Matthew Bunson

The U.S. Bishops began their annual spring meeting on Wednesday, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and while it brought little fireworks such as can occur at their longer annual fall gathering, the day was not without poignancy and a powerful apology from the bishops for clergy sex abuse.

The spring meetings have drawn little media attention over the years, overshadowed by the fall session and slightly hampered by the limited number of public sessions. Nevertheless, in a time of heightened political, social, moral and economic challenges, there is no respite from the issues facing the Church in the United States. ...

Clergy Sex Abuse

As they have for the last fifteen years, the bishops also devoted time to the seemingly never-ending tragedy of clergy sex abuse. National Review Board chair Dr. Francesco Cesareo delivered a moving annual progress report on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. While he praised the bishops for the immense progress over the last decade in curbing the scourge of clergy abuse and in creating a safe environment in dioceses of the United States, he called on the bishops to remember that sexual abuse of minors by clergy is “not a thing of past” and that the care of the victims must remain paramount.

Based on diocesan audits conducted between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, the latest report revealed that 1,232 survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy came forward with 1,318 clerical abuse allegations in 132 Catholic dioceses and eparchies. The alleged abuse occurred from the 1940s to the present day.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB, also announced the appointment of four new members to serve on the review board: Amanda Callanan, director of communications for the Claremont Institute; Suzanne Healy, a former victims assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Dr. Christopher McManus, a Virginia physician; and Eileen Puglisi, former director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

The Cardinal wrote in a letter to the newly appointed members, telling them, “The National Review Board plays a vital role as a consultative body assisting me and the bishops in ensuring the complete implementation and accountability of the Charter… The whole Church, especially the laity, at both the diocesan and national levels, needs to be engaged in maintaining safe environments in the Church for children and young people.”

The first day ended with yet another profound moment. The bishops gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. Held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of clergy sexual abuse within the Church, the somber Mass included an apology to victims and an act of penance and humility during which the bishops knelt and recited a commemorative prayer written for survivors of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Second man charged in police probe of historic child sex abuse in Lincoln Diocese

UNITED KINGDOM
Lincolnshire Live

By Paul Whitelam | Posted: June 15, 2017

A second man has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into historic child sex abuse in the Lincoln Diocese.

The investigation, called Operation Redstone, is a probe into allegations of abuse dating back to 1958 following a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed in September 2016 that it was looking into historic abuse claims surrounding the Cathedral School in Lincoln, which educated the minster's choristers and was amalgamated with others in 1996 to become Lincoln Minster School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Man charged with 23 sexual offences in Lincolnshire abuse investigation

UNITED KINGDOM
The Lincolnite

A 76-year-old-man has been charged with 23 sexual offences as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse involving children.

John Bailey, 76, from Ash Tree Park in Kipped, Leeds, faces Indecent Assaults charges on females under the age of 14 between 1957 and 1981.

He has been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on July 27.

The Operation Redstone investigation follows a review of historic safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Officers previously charged 81-year-old Roy Griffiths with eight sexual offences, including six counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14, as part of the ongoing enquiries about Lincoln Cathedral School – also under Operation Redstone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Gov. Cuomo’s vow to push Child Victim’s Act brings hope to journalist and other survivors abused by priests

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
STEVE JIMENEZ
SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Three weeks ago, my father passed away peacefully after a year-long bout with pancreatic cancer; he lived to be 95. A crucial element of his peace was hearing from me at his bedside that Gov. Cuomo would soon introduce his version of the Child Victims Act to the state legislature.

My father had followed the bill's progress for a decade and was relieved to know that the Governor was standing with survivors, advocates, and families — leading us in our final push for justice. And Gov. Cuomo is not alone in Albany: other leaders on the front line include Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, and Senators Brad Hoylman and Jeffrey Klein.

My father was a devout Catholic who had fought in two wars before he turned twenty — the Spanish Civil War and World War II; he had a finely-tuned moral compass and sense of justice. (Please listen up, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan!)

Like my mother, he felt terrible regret about failing to protect me from the predator who had sexually assaulted me for four years — my favorite teacher at Holy Name elementary school in Brooklyn. At the time, my father traveled frequently for work; my mother also worked full-time. It never dawned on them that this teacher they trusted — with whom I played hockey in the winter and went to Coney Island all summer long — was forcing me to engage in sexual acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 AM

June 14, 2017

POPE AGAIN FLEXES PAPAL MUSCLE TO KEEP TABS ON CARDINALS

VATICAN CITY
Associated Press

BY NICOLE WINFIELD
ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is once again flexing his papal muscle by seeking to keep tabs on his cardinals who live in Rome.

Francis asked the head of the College of Cardinals to remind his fellow Rome-based princes that they must inform him when they leave town and where they're going.

It wasn't known if there was a particular cardinal whose activities irked the pope, but some of his more conservative critics have delivered speeches and lectures abroad that have questioned Francis' pastoral line, particularly concerning his divisive opening to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive the Sacraments.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano reminded his confreres in a May 31 letter that there is a "noble tradition" of cardinals informing the pope of their whereabouts. He asked that they revive it, particularly when away from Rome for long periods.

Asked Wednesday about the letter, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said merely that it was a good and "long-standing tradition."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Three: A Priest Admits Abusing, Chicago Cardinal Does Nothing

ILLINOIS
The Worthy Adversary

June 14, 2017

Joelle Casteix

<– Back to Part Two: Is There a Crook in the Diocese of Crookston?

In 2014, Fr. Bruce Wellems was banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church officials there found out that he had sexually abused a seven-year-old boy when Wellems was fifteen. Los Angeles booted him back to Chicago where he had ministered for years.

But they only went halfway: they sent Wellems home, but they didn’t tell parishioners that it was for sexual abuse. When I was at the parish in 2014, parishioners told me that the allegations came from a dating relationship.

What did Cardinal Blase Cupich (pictured above) do when Wellems returned to Chicago? He immediately put the priest back into ministry. Why? Because Chicago officials had known about the abuse all along. They didn’t think it was a big deal. Even when Wellems lied about it in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Editorial: Young victims of abuse need chance to fight back

NEW YORK
Times Herald-Record

Opinion

As the end of the regular legislative session in Albany nears, John Flanagan, leader of the Republican majority in the state Senate, continues to refuse to allow to allow a vote on the Child Victims Act. This is the measure that would, as the sponsors explain, recognize the “unique character of sex crimes against children, which can have a multitude of effects upon victims, including being justifiably delayed in otherwise timely taking action against their abusers and/or those who facilitated in their abuse.”

The bill would acknowledge in New York the universally acknowledged dilemma that child victims often take years to understand what happened to them and even more time to get the courage to speak about it and press charges. By extending the statute of limitations for such crimes in the future, the bill would bring New York into line with other states which have adopted this humane and civilized approach.

Recognizing that this change would not help victims of previous abuse, it also would open a one-year window in which those making allegations could get a chance to have their day in court.

The Assembly approved the bill by an overwhelming margin, 139 to 7, the kind of result that is unprecedented in all but the most noncontroversial issues.

Yet Flanagan stalls and seems to be hoping that he can continue to keep the vote from coming to the Senate floor, effectively condemning the victims of child sexual abuse to another year of waiting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Child sex abuse victims call on Cuomo to help pass bill that would let them win justice as session's end looms

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ALBANY — Child sex abuse survivors and advocates on Wednesday issued a call to Gov. Cuomo to convene a meeting with legislative leaders to hash out a deal on the Child Victim's Act.

"With less than a week to go until the end of the 2017 legislative session, time is running out for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in their fight for justice," the 28 victims and advocacy groups said in a statement obtained by the Daily News.

"If the governor is serious about justice for survivors, he needs to convene a leaders meeting and hammer out the Child Victims Act now."

The legislation would raise or eliminate the legal timeframes that adult victims of child abuse can bring criminal and civil cases. It would also treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to child sex abuse.

Supporters also want a one-year window that would allow old cases currently time-barred under law to be revived — perhaps the biggest obstacle to a bill getting done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

Another ‘significant milestone’ for the Yeshivah Centre

AUSTRALIA
The Australian Jewish News

Nechama Bendet’s decision to leave the Yeshivah Centre has been met with cheers by victims of child sexual abuse, who believe she should have left years ago.

Less than a week after Nechama Bendet announced that she has left the Yeshivah Centre, she told The AJN that she is “deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that victims” of child sexual abuse have endured.

Bendet, whose decision to leave is not directly connected to child sexual abuse allegations, spoke about her 27 years at the school.

“It has been a privilege to work with so many talented and dedicated people and I am grateful for all the assistance that I received throughout my time at Yeshivah,” said Bendet.

“I am overwhelmed by the beautiful outpouring of support that I received since my departure from Yeshivah was announced to staff last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Emmanuel College principal supports Edmund Rice Education Australia's national apology

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

Madeleine McNeil
@madeleinemads

14 Jun 2017

Emmanuel College principal Peter Morgan “fully endorses” a national apology to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse in former Christian Brothers’ schools.

In an historic first, Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) made its first official apology on behalf of its schools to victims of sexual abuse at the National Arboretum in Canberra on June 1.

Apology: Emmanuel College principal Peter Morgan "fully endorses" a national apology to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse in former Christian Brother’s schools.
Apology: Emmanuel College principal Peter Morgan "fully endorses" a national apology to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse in former Christian Brother’s schools.
Representatives of the education body, which now governs schools and educational facilities previously under the control of Christian Brothers, met with victims of sexual abuse.

Mr Morgan said he was aware of the national apology which was made on behalf of more than 50 Catholic schools across the country. He said he would include the EREA apology in an upcoming school newsletter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

THE ROLE MODELS OF THE KEEPERS

UNITED STATES
MTV

IN HOLLYWOOD, WOMEN OVER 40 ARE RARELY THE HEROINE — EVEN OF THEIR OWN STORIES. BUT WITHIN NETFLIX'S HORRIFYING TRUE-CRIME SHOW ARE BRAVE AND BRILLIANT WOMEN WE CAN ALL LOOK UP TO.

INKOO KANG

[Spoilers for The Keepers ahead.]

The Keepers is probably the most brutal and devastating watch of the year. Streaming now, the Netflix documentary revisits a cold case — the murder of a 26-year-old nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, nearly half a century ago — and chronicles a sexual-abuse case involving scores of teenage victims at a Baltimore Catholic girls’ high school. The rapes and other sexual assaults of as many as 100 girls (and in an earlier incident, at least one boy) by the school priest, Father Joseph Maskell, and his associates may have never come to light if it weren’t for one of Sister Cathy’s students, Jean Hargadon Wehner, who alleges in the doc that the nun was killed for her knowledge of the priest’s crimes. Wehner had already suffered sexual abuse by an uncle when she met Father Maskell and his collaborator Father Neil Magnus. The latter exacerbated her feelings of guilt about the earlier assault(s) by telling the 14-year-old victim, “I don’t really know if God can forgive this.” Wehner’s accounts of the priests’ cruelties are nauseating and infuriating — as is the decades-long guilt Father Maskell fostered in his spiritual ward by essentially blaming her for Sister Cathy’s murder. The nun disappeared shortly after Wehner reported the priest’s sexual assaults to her teacher. Months later, Wehner desperately brushed maggots off Sister Cathy’s face as Father Maskell threatened to kill anyone else the girl told her secrets to.

That Wehner and Father Maskell’s other survivors have been through hell and back is abundantly clear. But a few days after bingeing on The Keepers, I found myself recalling the doc with a smile thanks to the graceful aging of many of its protagonists. I’ve spent the better part of the past decade worrying about getting older. Pop culture — which I’m steeped in as a critic — just might be the worst lens through which to consider female aging, and the films and TV shows on the subject that stick out in my mind foretell nothing good. From All About Eve to The Clouds of Sils Maria, movies about women on the “wrong” side of 40 mark them for obsolescence and replaceability, like a leaking refrigerator. Since Getting On (HBO) is set in a gerontology ward, the hospital comedy naturally focuses on the mental and physical decline of the gray-haired. Amour, about an elderly man who kills his longtime wife after she suffers a debilitating stroke, is a personal nightmare. “Have you seen The Golden Girls?” you might ask. Yes, I have. I adore it, in fact — and, by the way, three of the four cast members are dead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Nuns say 'sorry' amid hundreds of child abuse allegations

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL
Wednesday, 14 June 2017

More than 400 allegations of child abuse have been made against an order of nuns which ran four orphanages in Scotland until the 1980s.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard details of 257 civil actions and a further 147 complaints made in connection with children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth, the last of which closed in 1985.

The inquiry, before judge Lady Smith, also heard that 71 child residents of the homes were sent to Australia. Giving evidence on behalf of the congregation, Sister Anna Maria Doolan admitted children had been abused and said the order was “very sorry”.

The inquiry, which is investigating the abuse of children in care dating back decades, heard that 14,766 boys, girls and babies had been accommodated in homes in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Lasswade, near Edinburgh, between 1925 and 1984.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Obituary for Fr. John A. Cannon

PENNSYLVANIA
Cavanagh Funeral Home

September 2, 1922 - May 31, 2017
Darby, Pennsylvania | Age 94

The Reverend John Alexander Cannon was born in Oxford, Pa. in 1922. He attended West Catholic High School for Boys and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1948, and died on May 31, 2017, in Manor Health Care in Yeadon, Pa.

He was the son of the late Alexander T. and Mary Ellen [nee Keeley] Cannon, his late sisters were Margaret Mary Conway [Daniel] and Frances Cecelia Legg [Richard] and he was the nephew of the late Henrietta T. and Katherine E. Cannon.

Father Cannon is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. All are grateful to him for his guidance and support.

In the course of sixty nine years, he resided and served in Philadelphia and suburban counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Residential schools settlement: Retired judge James Igloliorte to lead healing portion

CANADA
CBC News

By Geoff Bartlett, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2017

Just over a year after Ottawa agreed to pay $50 million to people who suffered abuse at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, work on the healing portion of the agreement has begun.

Last week, the Department of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development announced that retired judge James Igloliorte will be its ministerial special representative.

That means he will lead the healing and commemoration portion of the agreement, going into mostly northern Labrador communities and speaking with students from all three affected Indigenous groups who attended residential schools. His activities will be funded by the federal government outside of the $50 million settlement.

Igloliorte said the task before him may seem daunting, but he plans to start small by opening conversation with the former students and their families and then going from there.

"We will hear the stories, both good and bad," he told the St. John's Morning Show.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

Claims of abuse at orphanage ‘a mystery’

SCOTLAND
The Times

Mike Wade
June 14 2017
The Times

The head of a Catholic order that ran an orphanage notorious for its cruelty has claimed that allegations of child abuse there are shrouded in “mystery”.

Sister Ellen Flynn, the leader of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in Britain, said that the order “can find no evidence” of physical abuse of the children who lived at Smyllum Park House, Lanark.

Sister Flynn told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that she accepted that accusations had been made, saying she was “appalled to think something had happened” and was “very sorry”. The elderly nuns who survived from the 1950s and 1960s were nervous about the inquiry, she added.

Sister Flynn was giving evidence during phase 1 of the inquiry in Edinburgh, a period of six weeks in which providers of childcare are offered an opportunity to lay out their understanding of the extent of historical abuse within their organisations. At a later date, conditions within individual institutions will be examined in detail and accusations of abuse laid bare.

Horrific tales of physical abuse at Smyllum were first published in the News of the World in 1998. There was public revulsion when it emerged that at least 100 children who died in the home were buried in unmarked graves near Lanark racecourse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Nuns describe Catholic orphanage abuse claims as ‘a mystery’

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

NUNS from a charity accused of abusing children at a Catholic orphanage throughout the 1980s have said the claims were a “mystery” as the institution was described as “a safe haven” for deprived children.

One local councillor had described it as a “showpiece” for childcare, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told.

However Smyllum Park, in Lanark, has been the focus of claims children were systematically physically abused, and routinely humiliated for offences such as bedwetting.

It is notorious for the graves of up to 158 children who died at the home, left unmarked in nearby St Mary’s churchyard.

At the inquiry, two members of the Catholic order the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul, were quizzed about the management of six children’s homes run by the congregation. However Smyllum Park, which operated from 1864-1981 dominated the questions from inquiry lead senior counsel Colin Macaulay QC.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Judge asks if head of religious order did not want to know details

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Stephen Naysmith

One of the clear intentions of Lady Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, has been to give organisations which potentially might face criticism later, the chance to acknowledge historic failings early on in the process.

In that context, she may have been unimpressed by Sister Flynn’s claims that nuns who worked there at the time abuse is alleged can only recall that a lot of “good things” happened for the children.

The claim, for instance, that birthdays were celebrated with presents, parties and cakes, may be directly contradicted by former residents still to speak, who say presents and cakes delivered by relatives were routinely confiscated.

Sister Flynn also said that she had only spoken briefly to the surviving sisters about the abuse claims, before the order’s lawyers took over.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Finding Voice open forum series to discuss Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
The Leader

Posted Jun 13, 2017

The Finding Voice open forum series will discuss the New York state Child Victims Act at 5:45 p.m. June 20 at the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning.

Speakers will include Leslie Danks Burke, founder and president of Trailblazers PAC; Melanie Blow, Stop Abuse Campaign; Dina O’Herron, Chemung County Child Advocacy Center director of administrative services.

An open mic discussion will be held after the speakers.

The Finding Voice series is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Steuben County and the library. For more information, call 607-936-3915.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Supporters of Child Victims Act launch ads in Long Island district of GOP Senate boss John Flanagan

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ALBANY — Advocates pushing for passage of the Child Victims Act have begun running a digital ad campaign that largely targets those living in the district of state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who has kept the legislation from coming to the floor for a vote.

"Survivors are banding together to protect the next generation and to stand up for their rights," said victim Ana Wagner, who is featured in the video. "We have over 70,000 signatures on a petition in support of this bill. Sen. Flanagan needs to ask himself how hard he's going to fight against children?"

The ads will appear on social media across the state but largely target Flanagan’s Suffolk County district, said Stop Abuse Campaign Committee founder Andrew Willis.

In the Stop Abuse Campaign video, Wagner doesn’t mention Flanagan. She recounts being raped as a child and the terror she feels when she looks at her kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Austin pastor charged with sex assault of child also led youth ministry

TEXAS
KXAN

By Lauren Lanmon
Published: June 13, 2017

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — An associate pastor at Betania Baptist Church in east Austin is facing charges of sexual assault with a child. Church members say Garcia has played a big role at the small church for many years, including his role as the youth minister.

According to court documents, 59-year-old Ruben Garcia, of Buda, has been wanted by authorities for the past two months. Garcia was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force on Monday, after investigations in Hays County and Nueces County resulted in charges.

“It took me and my family by surprise. It’s kind of heartbreaking if it’s true especially knowing he was around children at that time,” said one of the church members who asked to remain anonymous.

Garcia is being charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact. According to court documents, Garcia groped and assaulted a female child younger than 17 on three separate occasions in Hays County in 2013 and 2014.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

México pide a Interpol emitir ficha roja contra sacerdote de SLP por abuso sexual

MEXICO
24 Horas

[Mexico asks Interpol to issue red card against SLP priest wanted for sexual abuse.]

La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) solicitó a la Secretaría General de Interpol la publicación, en el sitio web de la institución internacional, de la Notificación Roja del sacerdote, Eduardo Córdova Bautista, quien es buscado en 190 países por contar con una orden de aprehensión en su contra.

El mandamiento judicial en contra del sacerdote fue decretado por el Juez III Penal en San Luis Potosí por su probable responsabilidad en la comisión de los delitos de privación ilegal de la libertad, abuso sexual calificado, corrupción de menores de 18 años de edad o de personas que no tienen capacidad para comprender el significado del hecho o para resistirlo, y de violación equiparada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Ex-residents of mother and baby homes demand public inquiry into abuse claims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

June 14 2017

Former residents of mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland have called for a public inquiry into allegations of abuse and forced adoptions.

The institutions, which were run by the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland and the Salvation Army, housed women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage.

Oonagh McAleer, who was forced into Marianvale mother and baby home in Newry when she became pregnant at 17, gave birth to a son in 1980.

However, she claims she was prevented from seeing or holding her baby before he was taken away for adoption against her will.

"My baby was taken from me as soon as he was born. I never even got to hold him, or even to look at his face. He was adopted against my knowledge or agreement.

"The nuns and the government did that to me. And they did it to my child and to so many other women and girls and their babies across Northern Ireland for decade after decade," said Ms McAleer, who is chairwoman of the Birth Mothers and their Children for Justice NI campaign group.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Mother and baby homes: the case for a public inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Detail

By Kathryn Torney, 14 June 2017

THERE are growing calls from victims and campaigners for a public inquiry into Northern Ireland’s former mother and baby homes, with claims the findings would “shock this society to its core”.

Detail Data has examined archive documents and interviewed women and children who survived conditions in the homes for unmarried mothers that existed in Northern Ireland until the early 1980s – including institutions run by the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland and the Salvation Army.

Files at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) include correspondence homes had with government departments, the minute book for one home and inspection records for a children’s home where some of the children would have moved to after their birth.

Pregnant girls as young as 13-years-old were sent into mother and baby homes and a letter from 1945 shows how the chairman of a home for unmarried mothers appealed for money and warned the government about the high infant mortality rate among "illegitimate" children.

Our research led us to look at the treatment more generally of children labelled as 'illegitimate' in Northern Ireland's recent past. Official records from 1942 show that the 'legitimate' infant mortality rate for Northern Ireland was 72 per 1,000 births - it was 157 for 'illegitimate' children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Milltown Cemetery, 1942 Infant Death and Burial Records

NORTHERN IRELAND
Detail Data

Information from burial records and death certificates of children from Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge in Belfast who died in 1942.

There are 63 children identified in the records as having died in 1942, including 43 babies who died from marasmus (malnutrition). Burial records are available only on microfilm and 1942 was chosen as records for that year were the most clearly legible.

The table was created by Detail Data using information from Milltown Cemetery's burial records - owned by Down and Connor Diocese and available from the Public Records Office of NI - and death certificates from the General Register Office NI. Children's surnames have been removed at the request of Down and Connor Diocese, due to Data Protection legislation, to prevent the potential identification of living relatives. Parents' names and children's former addresses have also been removed.

The Nazareth babies were among 388 children aged under 18 interred in Milltown Cemetery’s Public Ground site that year. Detail Data’s investigation identified the cause of death for 56 of the 63 children identified in the burial records through searching for matching death certificates held by the General Register Office.

As well as being unable to locate seven certificates, information in the burial records contradicted details recorded on the death certificates found by Detail Data. For example one death certificate states that the child died 10 days after the recorded burial date from the burial record. Children’s ages vary widely between the two sets of records, in some cases their gender is contradicted and the date of death comes after the burial date in at least nine cases involving the deaths of children from the homes. In other cases, the spelling of surnames varies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

The lost lives: The 43 children who died from malnutrition in one year

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Detail

AT least 43 babies died from severe malnutrition at two Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Belfast in a single year.

That is the disturbing key finding from the examination of a year of burial records for Milltown Cemetery’s Public Ground site – otherwise known as the Bog Meadows. Thousands of stillborn and unbaptised babies are among those buried in unmarked mass graves on the west Belfast site.

We now know that they include 63 children - 21 girls and 42 boys - from Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge who were aged between two weeks and almost two-years-old when they died in 1942. See full details on each case in the table below.

One of the babies was six-week-old George who died from severe malnutrition (marasmus) and a “septic scalp” in October 1942.

Marie died aged two-months-old in January 1942 from “cardiac failure due to marasmus”. It appears to be her twin sister Jean who died two weeks later from “haemoptysis due to congenital heart disease”. The sisters were buried in separate mass graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Calls for probe into former Belfast mother and baby homes - 43 infants died of malnutrition in one year

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

June 14 2017

Calls are growing for a public inquiry into Northern Ireland's former mother and baby homes after it has emerged that 43 babies died from severe malnutrition at two Belfast homes in a single year.

The institutions, run by the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland and the Salvation Army, housed women and girls who were pregnant outside of marriage.

The Detail website found that in the year 1942 the mortality rate of babies born outside of marriage was twice that of those born to married parents.

Files at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland show that pregnant girls as young as 13-years-old were sent to stay in the homes that existed from 1934 to 1949.

Among the key findings from an examination of a year of burial records for Milltown Cemetery’s Public Ground site by the investigatory website, was that 43 babies died in a single year from severe malnutrition from Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge in Belfast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Former residents call for NI mother and baby homes inquiry

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

New research into infant mortality rates at former mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland has added weight to calls for a public inquiry.

The institutions housed women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage.

An investigative website has found that in 1942, the mortality rate of babies born outside marriage was twice that of those born to married parents.

The Detail's research also claims the deaths of many babies in the homes were caused by "severe malnutrition".

The website compiled its research by examining death certificates and archive files at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

It also analysed burial records for Milltown Cemetery, Belfast's biggest Catholic Cemetery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Fostering Safe Environments in the Church

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

COMMENTARY: The U.S. bishops’ June 14 penitential Mass for survivors of sex abuse comes on the 15th anniversary of the Dallas Charter.

J.D. Flynn

On June 14, as they begin the spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Indianapolis, the bishops of the United States will celebrate a “Mass of Prayer and Penance” for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church.

This is a good and important occasion. Sexual abuse is a heinous crime, one that cries out for penance and prayer. This is especially true when the Church, the sacrament of salvation, is the setting in which sexual abuse has taken place, violating sacred trust and causing real spiritual harm.

The survivors of sexual abuse within the Church have suffered gravely and, in many cases, will continue to suffer in relationships, in health and in faith. The Church does well to continue praying for them and to continue making penance for the grave sins perpetrated against them.

The Church also does well to continue supporting survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or other church personnel, providing them resources for psychological assistance, pastoral care and personal healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Marianvale survivor: ‘My son was taken away and no one cares’

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Kathryn Torney

Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes closed decades ago, but their legacy continues to have an impact on birth mothers and their children.

Oonagh McAleer is chairwoman of the group Birth Mothers and Their Children for Justice NI, which is calling for a public inquiry into the former homes.

Ms McAleer was 17 and pregnant when she was sent to live in Marianvale mother and baby home in Newry in 1979. The home, run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, opened in the 1950s and closed in the early 1980s.

Ms McAleer, from Co Tyrone, told Belfast-based data journalism project Detail Data: “I was in the early stages of pregnancy and I was sent there initially by the priest and social services. I was brought there by a social worker in a car. I didn’t know where I was going.

“After a couple of hours at Marianvale, I realised that I was being put away. I didn’t know how long it was going to be for and I thought I was never going to get out of there.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Dozens of baby deaths at Belfast homes due to malnutrition

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Kathryn Torney

At least 43 babies died of severe malnutrition at two Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Belfast in a single year.

An examination of a sample year of burial records for Milltown Cemetery’s Public Ground site has established the graves include those of 63 children from Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge who were aged between two weeks and almost two years when they died in 1942.

Some babies born to women sent to mother and baby homes went home with their mothers or were adopted, but others went into baby or children’s homes, including the Nazareth homes.

Belfast-based data journalism project, Detail Data, established the cause of death for 56 of the 63 children by searching for death certificates held by the General Register Office, which is part of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Detail Data is a partnership between the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and The Detail news website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Statement from Diocese of Down and Connor on Nazareth House and Lodge

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Statement from Diocese of Down and Connor

“It is always a matter of deep sadness when a baby or child dies. The sense of loss to a family and often a wider community is deeply felt. When we hear of the number of deaths of children and babies in 1942, at this distance in time, our hearts go out to those who endured and carried the trauma of the loss of their babies and children. All life is a gift and during a time of war, when so many lost their lives, the deaths of these children can so easily be forgotten. We acknowledge the loss and express our deep sadness for the sorrow that these deaths caused at the time and in the years that followed.

In 1884 the Sisters of Nazareth opened ‘Nazareth House’ on the Ormeau Road in Belfast to care for girls placed into adoption. A few years later, in 1900, ‘Nazareth Lodge’, Belfast, was opened for boys by the Sisters of Nazareth as a separate community, and was registered as an industrial school in 1902 where it served as an industrial school for boys until 1951.

The homes originally provided only for older children but there was a need to also provide a home for babies and younger children. The first baby was admitted to Nazareth Lodge on 16 October 1934, when the home took on the role of providing a diocesan service for babies. A purpose-built nursery named ‘Bethlehem’ was later established within the precincts of Nazareth Lodge with places for up to 90 babies. This was a Diocesan babies’ home staffed by the Sisters of Nazareth. These homes relied very heavily on charitable donations and the voluntary care provided by the Sisters.

It is a matter of deep regret that the homes were unable to provide the requisite care for the children and the recent HIAI Report noted that as state funding and training improved the facilities and care also improved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Institutional abuse: NI report scathing at how Nazareth homes were run

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry (HIA) report last January was unequivocal in its findings about the Nazareth House (girls) and Nazareth Lodge (boys) homes in Belfast, both run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

It investigated abuses in Northern Ireland residential institutions for children in the period between 1922 and 1995.

The HIA report concluded that at the homes in Belfast “the shortage of finance and its consequent impact on staffing levels and physical standards of care amounted to a form of neglect and constituted systemic abuse. Although both central government and the welfare authorities bore some responsibility, this was primarily the responsibility of the Sisters of Nazareth.”

Up to the 1960s, the state, it said, “was content to allow the Sisters to continue to proceed as before, relying solely on the funds they could raise from the Catholic community to cover their running costs”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Royal Commission rejects call for stand-alone Bathurst inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

JACINTA CARROLL
13 Jun 2017

A CALL for the Royal Commission to hold a stand-alone inquiry into historic sexual abuse at three of the city’s private schools has fallen on deaf ears, angering victims who say their voices have gone unheard for too long.

Victims of abuse at St Stanislaus’ College, All Saints’ College and The Scots School, backed by Greens MP David Shoebridge, had called for a stand-alone inquiry.

However, that now appears unlikely after the Royal Commission released a one-line statement to the Western Advocate stating it had “completed its public hearing program” and had “no further comment”.

This week, one of the schools at the centre of the historic abuse, St Stanislaus’ College, will hold a public apology and service of healing aimed at expressing sorrow for the past and hope for the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Sets Deadline for Crosier Survivors

MINNESOTA
Legal Examiner

Posted by Mike Bryant
June 13, 2017

Survivors of sexual abuse have until Sept 28th, 2017 to seek justice against their attackers.

That is just a little over four months away. The Window that has been limited due to bankruptcy by the diocese is part of a federal court order. Anyone who was sexually abused by an priest of the order, or who believes the order is liable for their abuse must act before the Sept 28th bankruptcy filing.

Nationally renowned priest abuse attorney Jeff Anderson’s website details instructions. There are a number of key points:

• You must file a claim by Sept 28th.
• Your privacy and confidentiality can be protected.
• Filing your claim can help you and help protect children.

Please act now, because any further delay will result in loss of your right to make a claim

Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Compensation plan offers healing for Staten Island clergy abuse survivors (commentary)

NEW YORK
Staten Island Advance

COMMENTARY BY SHAUN DOUGHERTY

The New York Archdiocese compensation program provides access to compensation for adult survivors of child sexual abuse even though their claims may be barred under New York law. Clergy sex abuse survivors in Staten Island have a very small window to pursue their abusers in court--one of the shortest in the country and one that is woefully inadequate. New York's "statute of limitations" leaves survivors with little recourse; however, for a short period of time the New York Archdiocese is offering its own compensation program, and I encourage all eligible survivors on Staten Island to participate before it's too late.

As a survivor of clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania, I understand how difficult it can be to come forward. I was abused at 10 years old by Father George Koharchik, who was my priest, teacher, and coach, as well as a close family friend. I kept silent about my abuse and years passed before I could share my story with family and friends.

During this time, I struggled in school and in relationships and experienced depression, addiction and even a suicide attempt. I am now happily married, have built a successful restaurant in Long Island City, and am an outspoken advocate for survivors in both Pennsylvania and New York. I've been fortunate, but I still struggle. I know others do too, which is why survivors need to be able to access services and support that can help them rebuild their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Broken episode 3 review

UNITED KINGDOM
Den of Geek

REVIEW

Louisa Mellor

This review contains spoilers.

Give me the child and I’ll give you the man, says an old Jesuit adage I’m paraphrasing and probably misattributing, but nonetheless the wisdom stands: what we learn in childhood forms us as adults. Of Broken’s many messages, that’s the loudest.

In childhood, Michael Kerrigan learned there was something wrong with him. He learned to keep quiet. He learned the sexual abuse he suffered was his fault. None of that’s exclusive to Catholicism – those are the lessons all abused children learn and they’re the fastest to sink in. Unlearning them can be the job of a lifetime.

It’s a job that Father Michael, now in his fifties, is still working on. As he struggles to support his bruised community and atone for his past wrongs, he’s also trying to make sense of the abuse he suffered. Why him? Why was it allowed to continue? And why didn’t he speak out about it? Episode three shows him still reeling from the trauma, and, in its most powerful scene, finally confronting his painfully indifferent abuser.

Father Michael’s story is Broken’s most affecting strand. Not because it’s the saddest—you can hardly rank these desperate stories by weight of wretchedness, they’re dreadful to a one—but because it has the most complexity. As a child, Sean Bean’s character suffered physical and sexual abuse by priests and then became a priest, a vocation in which he clearly believes. Michael was terribly wronged by the adults in his life, later went on to wrong others—women, and now lives a life of atonement. He gets angry. He can be selfish. He could have, but didn't, save a boy’s life for want of picking up the telephone. He struggles to square his anger and pain with his faith’s aspirations to forgiveness and mercy. Put simply, he’s not perfect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

June 13, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 13, 2017

UNITED STATES
Catholic Whisleblowers

Three national organizations dedicated to the protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults unite to call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to re-open and re-assess the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The USCCB is meeting from June 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What – A press conference featuring the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc. which will call on the Catholic Bishops of the United States to place on its November, 2017, meeting agenda the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that was developed in 2003 as “The Dallas Charter” and has not been fully complied with or implemented by dioceses and eparchies throughout the country.

When – Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Where – On the public sidewalk outside the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1347 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Who – Kristine Ward (Ohio), Chairperson, National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Ginny Hoehne (Ohio) Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Mary Heins (Indianapolis), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Rev. James Connell (Wisconsin), Member, Catholic Whistleblowers; and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson (New Jersey), President, Road to Recovery, Inc., and Member, Catholic Whistleblowers

Why – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has used the nearly two decades-old “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” as its guide for handling allegations of sexual abuse of children and young people, but the “Charter” has not been faithfully or successfully followed or implemented. Children, young people, and vulnerable adults continue to be at risk across the country. Several serious “issues” with the “Charter” will be exposed and discussed, including the fact that the “Charter” generally has “no teeth” to it. Advocates for victim/survivors, including a Church canon lawyer, will call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to strengthen its commitment to and protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

Contacts – Kristine Ward, 937-272-0308; Ginny Hoehne, 937-726-9360; Fr. Jim Connell, (414) 940-8054; Robert M. Hoatson, 862-368-2800

Mary Heins, 317-359-7128

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

St Stanislaus College, Bathurst in the firing line over apology to child sex survivors

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
14 Jun 2017

A FORMER Newcastle man who was sexually assaulted by a priest at a Vincentian Brothers college has slammed the order, the college and the Catholic Church for an apology to victims on Friday, June 16, the day Vincentian founder St Vincent de Paul was made a saint.

“If he saw what’s happened at that school he’d be turning in his grave,” said Damien Sheridan of Bathurst’s St Stanislaus College, where 16 priests, Vincentian Brothers or laymen associated with the college have been the subject of serious child sex allegations, with multiple convictions.

“They’re saying sorry to try to make themselves look good, but putting it on that day shows it’s still all about them. It’s still all about the church. They couldn’t even make an apology without putting a church angle on it.”

Mr Sheridan was sexually assaulted by notorious St Stanislaus teacher and college chaplain Brian Spillane in 1985 when he was 13 and a boarder at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Challenging a culture of silence

AUSTRALIA
Anglican Journal

BY MARITES N. SISON ON JUNE, 13 2017

(This editorial first appeared in the June issue of the Anglican Journal.)
In March, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its initial report on how Australian institutions—including churches, schools, sports clubs and government organizations—have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The groundbreaking report revealed that children were allegedly sexually abused in more than 4,000 Australian institutions, including the Catholic and Anglican churches.

From 1980 to 2015, about 4,500 allegations of child abuse involving 1,880 alleged offenders were brought to the attention of authorities in the Australian Catholic church. In that same period, more than 1,100 complaints of child sexual abuse were made in the Anglican Church of Australia. The alleged abuses involved 285 laypeople and 247 clergy from 22 of the church’s 23 dioceses.

Since the numbers do not include unreported cases, the true magnitude of the abuse remains unknown. However, the inquiry clearly established the lasting and multi-generational impact of childhood sexual abuse and the great lengths institutions went to protect predators. The commission interviewed more than 1,200 witnesses in public hearings and held 6,500 private sessions with survivors and witnesses, including those in nursing homes and hospitals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

THE HERALD'S OPINION: Former Novocastrian rejects Vincentian Brothers apology

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

SAINT Vincent de Paul was a French Catholic priest who died in 1660 after a life dedicated to helping the poor.

He was canonised a saint in 1737 and the modern society that bears his name was begun in France in 1833 by a lawyer and academic, Frédéric Ozanam. Known originally as the Conference of Charity, it expanded around the world during the 19th century, and today serves its mission in more than 130 countries.

Its work for the poor stands unchallenged, but as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shown, it has also – like many Catholic organisations – been a home to substantial numbers of paedophiles.

In its February 2017 analysis of child sexual abuse claims made against Catholic institutions, the Royal Commission, the Congregation of the Mission, as the Vincentian society is known, came 15th in a list of Catholic organisations ranked by the amount of compensation paid to victims.

All up, 49 people had made claims against the Vincentians, with 28 of these receiving a financial payment: the total of $3.7 million amounted to an average of $137,000 per person.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM

Theresa May urged to implement redress scheme for N Ireland child abuse victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

June 13 2017

Theresa May must immediately implement a promised redress scheme for victims of historical child abuse in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Unionist Party has said.

The collapse of Stormont has meant that victims have been left without any redress, despite promises of a public apology, compensation and counselling following a major public inquiry into historical child abuse at churches, charities and state institutions.

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said that due to the lack of a functioning government in Northern Ireland it is up to the Prime Minister to implement the redress scheme.

His comments come after the chairman of the inquiry into historical child abuse, former High Court Judge Sir Anthony Hart, publicly raised concern over the delay in introducing the scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Judge denies new trial for St. Louis priest's accuser; orders her to pay$48,000 in legal expenses

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joel Currier
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TROY, Mo. • A judge has denied a woman's request for a new civil trial seeking damages against a Roman Catholic priest after a Lincoln County jury in April found insufficient evidence that he fondled her at her home.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer on Monday also ordered the woman to pay legal expenses of the St. Louis Archdiocese and the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang totalling $48,516.84. Ohmer's order requires she pay $19,316.51 to the archdiocese and $29,200.33 to Jiang.

The woman sought a new trial last month after a jury found in favor of Jiang following a two-week trial. She had accused him of molesting her as a 16-year-old in June 2012 while her relatives were in the same room. The jury also rejected her claims that the St. Louis Archdiocese failed to protect her and should have known Jiang was dangerous to children.

Jiang denied the woman's claims at trial and told jurors the woman's family was trying to steal his dreams of serving as a priest in the United States.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Cuomo’s Silence Is Deafening As Time Runs Out On Child Sex Abuse Bill

NEW YORK
Village Voice

by LAUREN EVANS

JUNE 13, 2017

As the state’s legislative session winds to a close, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to announce his support for the Child Victims Act despite his promises to survivors that he’d help get a bill passed this year.

The act, which would extend the restrictive time frame for victims of child sexual abuse to seek justice, recently sailed through the Assembly with a vote of 139 to 7 before stalling, as such bills do, in the state Senate.

Politico reported that Cuomo met with survivors’ advocates last week, but his spokesperson, Rich Azzopardi, remained noncommittal. “All options remain on the table,” Azzopardi said.

But senators in the powerful Independent Democratic Conference have drafted an amended version of the legislation that stands a modest chance of appeasing everyone from abuse survivors to the act’s foes, who face intense pressure from the Catholic Church to oppose it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Inquiry launches consultation on the impact of CSA and support services

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

13 June

The Inquiry has today launched a consultation on the impact of child sexual abuse on victim and survivors and access to and use of support services.

The consultation marks the start of an ongoing engagement with victims and survivors and their families to gather views about support service provision. The consultation will be open for three months, from now until early September.

The consultation will examine a series of issues relating to victims’ and survivors’ experiences of support services. There are questions dealing with a range of issues connected to the impact of abuse and support service provision. We want to know more about experiences of the different types of support and the differences in the way they are experienced by children and adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Second victims group quits sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The MJ

By Mark Conrad | 13 June 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.

Senior figures within the Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse (SOIA) group - which represents many victims of alleged historical sexual abuse at local authority homes - have said the organisation has withdrawn its support for the inquiry, citing a loss of confidence in the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Nuns have 'no evidence' of abuse at Smyllum orphanage

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL

The head of a religious order which ran a controversial children’s home has described allegations of abuse as a “mystery”.

Sister Ellen Flynn, leader of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in Great Britain, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry her congregation could find “no evidence” of abuse taking place at Smyllum Park in Lanark, South Lanarkshire.

The inquiry, led by Lady Smith, heard more than 4,000 children passed through the home between 1930 and its closure in 1981.

Former residents have alleged the sisters administered severe beatings at Smyllum, where the bodies of up to 100 orphans lie in an unmarked grave.

Asked by Colin MacAulay QC, the senior counsel to the inquiry, if she accepted children had been abused at Smyllum, Sr Flynn said: “The first view is that we are extremely saddened that accusations were made. We are very apologetic, but in our records we can find no evidence or anything that substantiates the allegations.”

Asked what her reaction would be if the allegations were proved to be true, she said: “If true, it tells us there was a systemic failure, but we have no evidence there was.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Bishop appoints board to review allegations of sexual abuse

OHIO
Vindicator

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown appointed 11 people to a committee that will review allegations of sexual abuse of minors by church personnel.

The Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People is comprised of Dr. Joseph Irilli, Brigid Kennedy, Atty. Alan Kretzer, Dr. Ronald Mikilich, Dr. Joseph Mosca, Sister Jean Orsuto, Timothy Schaffner, Rev. John Sheridan, Rev. Mark Williams, Deacon Gregory Wood and Mary Ann Woods.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Controversial article likens child sex abuse in the Church to 'terrorism' and 'Catholic extremism'

AUSTRALIA
Christian Today

James Macintyre 13 June 2017

A leading Australian writer and former politician has likened child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to 'terrorism' and extremism, arguing that it is responsible for many deaths, mainly by suicide.

Kristina Keneally, a former Australian Labor party leader and premier of New South Wales, wrote in the Guardian that the label 'institutional sexual abuse' was inadequate and 'too bland to confront us with the terror and deadly impact on the victims'. She added: 'It allows abusers – individually or as a class – to continue hiding behind the institution.'

Instead, Keneally wrote: 'The end result of this flawed theology and ecclesiology is the nauseating, terrifying, grotesque, ritualised and repeated violent assaults and rapes of children by Catholic clergy and religious.

'Should we label this "Catholic terrorism"? The Australian victims of sexual abuse have been terrorised by the Catholic church, no doubt. Is it "radical Catholic ideology" or "extremist Catholic belief" to cover up the sin of sexual abuse for "the greater good"? It's hard to deny it. As a Catholic, I shudder at the thought. But I know that such labels would be truthful. '

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Police probe still seeking George Pell sex abuse evidence

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

June 14, 2017

DENNIS SHANAHAN
Political Editor
Canberra

Police are still canvassing for new evidence and allegations against George Pell in relation to sexual abuse claims almost a month after Victorian Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said a decision on laying charges would be made “fairly quickly”.

Victoria Police confirmed last night that a decision on laying charges was expected “soon”.

Last week, however, police were still investigating the claims and interviewed at least three men who were choirboys at St Patrick’s Cath­edral between 1996 and 2001, when Cardinal Pell was the archbishop of Melbourne

The Australian understands the police were told none of the men had any knowledge of any abuse when they were there and they had offered to make further statements for police or in court.

Police have been investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Cardinal Pell for more than two years, including that he sexually abused two choir boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne, and have twice sought advice from the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions in the past year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Trial of Russian priest charged with pedophilia to begin on June 22

RUSSIA
RAPSI

ST. PETERSBURG, June 13 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) - The Priozersk City Court in the Leningrad Region will begin hearing the case against Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who stands charged with sexual abuse of children, on June 22, RAPSI reports from the court on Tuesday.

Earlier, the court extended Grozovsky’s detention until December 2, his attorney Mikhail Utkin told RAPSI. A motion to return the case to prosecutors has been dismissed, the lawyer added.

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 12:49 PM

Court rejects child molesting priest's appeal

LOUISIANA
KATC

An appeals court has rejected the appeal of a former priest convicted of rape, molestation and sexual battery of children.

Mark Broussard was convicted by a Calcasieu Parish jury last spring of five child sex charges. The crimes occurred while he was a Catholic priest in the 1980s. He's no longer a priest; he left the church in 1994, according to evidence presented at his trial.

Broussard was convicted of molesting and raping an altar boy over the course of four years, beginning when the child was 10 years old. He is serving two life sentences, plus 55 years on the charges. All the sentences are being served consecutively, or one after the other. The life sentences are without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Shortly after he was sentenced, he asked the Court to reconsider that sentence. His motion was denied without a hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Two: Is There a Crook in the Diocese of Crookston?

MINNESOTA
The Worthy Adversary

June 13, 2017

Joelle Casteix

<– Back to Part One: Altoona-Johnstown

Last month, Crookston, MN Catholic deacon and child sex abuse survivor Ron Vasek (pictured above) came forward and filed a lawsuit saying that “Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner threatened to undermine his religious work and that of his son’s [a priest in that diocese] if he didn’t retract a child sex clergy abuse claim.”

This alleged threat happened in 2015. Yes … 2015. As in TWO YEARS AGO.

Vasek says he was sexually abused as a child by Monsignor Roger Grundhaus, the former Vicar General of the Crookston Diocese, a very powerful and well-known priest.

According to the lawsuit, during a closed-door 2015 meeting, Hoeppner said that Vasek’s son’s priestly career would be in jeopardy if he didn’t sign the document saying he was never sexually abused by Grundhaus.

That’s bad news. No one likes to ruin their son’s vocation. So Vasek signed the letter. And he immediately regretted it. So in 2017, Vasek decided to come forward and tell the truth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Denby Fawcett: Church Can’t Seem To Stop Using Name Of Pedophile Priest

HAWAII
Honolulu Civil Beat

By Denby Fawcett

Sometimes people call me with information that’s so maddening I wish I had never heard it.

Such was a call I received recently from a friend who told me St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua is still referring to its parish hall as “Father Henry Hall.”

Father Joseph Henry was a serial child sex abuser.

One of his victims, on learning that the now deceased Catholic priest’s name is still on the church website, was surprised and upset.

“”Father Henry destroyed many lives,” says John Michael Pedro Jr. of Kailua. “His name should not be anywhere, not on St. Anthony’s parish building, not on the website, not in church publications.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Bishop Charles C. Thompson to become next archbishop of Indianapolis

INDIANA
Fox 59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will introduce its new archbishop Tuesday morning.

Pope Francis named Bishop Charles C. Thompson as the seventh archbishop of Indianapolis. Thompson will be introduced during a 10 a.m. news conference. He’ll succeed Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who was relocated to Newark, N.J., last year.

Thompson, 56, is the oldest of three children and was born in Louisville, Ky., according to the archdiocese. He attended Moore High School in Louisville and graduated from Bellarmine College in 1979 with a degree in accounting. He attended St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana, where he earned a master of divinity degree in 1987. He received his Licentiate (Master in Canon Law) from Ottawa’s St. Paul University in 1992.

He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville in May 1987. His previous assignments include: Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, in Bardstown, 1987-90; Part-time Associate Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Louisville, 1992-93; Metropolitan Judicial Vicar & Director of Tribunals, 1993-98; Parish Administrator of St. Peter Claver Parish, in Louisville, 1994-96; Pastor of St. Augustine Parish, in Lebanon, 1996-2002; Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, in Louisville, 2002-June 2011).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Chair of abuse inquiry calls on north's politicians to set up compensation scheme

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish News

CLAIRE SIMPSON
13 June, 2017

THE chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry has called on the north's political leaders to implement a compensation scheme for victims.

Sir Anthony Hart said he had taken the "highly unusual" step of writing to the politicians asking them to urgently set up the payments.

The inquiry, which found widespread abuse and mistreatment of children in homes run by some churches, charities and the state, published its report in January.

It recommended victims receive compensation of between £7,500 and £100,000.

However, the collapse of power-sharing has meant the report's recommendations have not been advanced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

NI abuse inquiry chairman concerned over redress delay

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

The chairman of an inquiry into historical child abuse has demanded that Northern Ireland's political leaders implement a victims' redress scheme as a matter of urgency.

Former High Court Judge Anthony Hart said he had taken the "highly unusual" step of writing to all party leaders at Stormont to voice his concern over the delay in bringing forward a promised redress scheme.

He said the delay was adding to the burden already being carried by abuse victims, many of whom are in poor health.

In January the inquiry into historical institutional child abuse found that children's homes run by some churches, charities and state institutions in Northern Ireland were the scene of widespread abuse and mistreatment of young residents.

Judge Hart recommended compensation, a memorial and a public apology to abuse survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

HIA report implementation 'urgent', says chairman

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry panel has written to political party leaders urging a "speedy implementation" of its recommendations.

The inquiry studied allegations of abuse in 22 homes and other residential institutions between 1922 to 1995.

Its verdict recommended compensation, a memorial and a public apology to abuse survivors.
The panel was chaired by Sir Anthony Hart.

Sir Anthony said a tax-free payment should be made to all survivors, including in homes and institutions that were not covered by the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

No settlement talks for Apuron until canonical trial decision

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | neil@postguam.com Jun 13, 2017

Archbishop Anthony Apuron has not agreed to any settlement talks as he expects a decision in the ongoing canonical trial as soon as this summer, according to his attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje.

"I've received word that there may be a decision forthcoming but it's always prospective," she said.

Terlaje's announcement came as the U.S. District Court of Guam held a status conference this morning on cases involving the island's suspended leader of the Catholic Church.

Walter Denton, Roy Quinatanilla, Roland Sondia and Doris Concepcion, on behalf of her late son Sonny Quinata, filed civil suits against Apuron accusing him of child sex abuse when they were altar boys at the Mount Carmel Church in Agat in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Apuron will not be part of settlement talks--for now

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

His attorney, Jacque Terlaje, says the archbishop's canonical trial should be coming to an end sometime this summer.

Guam - Attorney Jacque Terlaje says her client, Archbishop Anthony Apuron, will not be participating in any settlement negotiations pending the outcome of Apuron’s canonical trial in the Vatican which she says should be rather soon.

There are still a number of issues that are tying up settlement talks between the Archdiocese of Agana and the scores of victims suing for civil claims of sexual abuse. Specifically, Attorney David Lujan, who represents all victims who have filed in federal court, says he’s still waiting for Hope and Healing Guam Executive Director Michael Caspino to turn over financial statements for the archdiocese as well as the church’s insurance policy.

In addition, Lujan told US Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan that he needs more time to determine which parties will be a part of an alternative dispute resolution or ADR. This ADR would open up the door for a settlement agreement. Most parties are on board with only a few who have yet to state their position. However, so far, out of the parties who are aware of the potential settlement, the one defendant who is not willing to participate is Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Let’s call child sexual abuse in the church what it is: Catholic extremism

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Kristina Keneally

Call it the Abbott Test for Moral Action. We can’t defeat a threat until we properly identify and name it, and the most important threats are those that have already proven deadly.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott led a chorus of voices last week demanding that political leaders define recent deadly terrorist attacks as Islamic. Abbott rejected concerns that such comments could inflame anti-Islam sentiment: “Islamophobia hasn’t killed anyone,” he said.

Abbott is wrong on that point. The recent murders in Portland, Oregon appear to be just the latest prompted by “Islamophobia.” But Abbott is right that we ought to correctly identify the mortal threats we face.

I’ve never had a problem using phrases like “radical Islam” or “extremist Islamic terrorists.” Being theologically trained, I understand that scripture is always interpreted in context and culture, and some interpretations are radical, extreme and seriously flawed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Granger pastor removed from position following accusation of sexual abuse

WASHINGTON
NBC Right Now

Posted by Veronica Padilla, Reporter

GRANGER, WA - The pastor of the Catholic Church in Granger is permanently taken out of his parish by the bishop of the diocese of Yakima after an allegation of abuse that was found by the Diocese to be credible. This is the first abuse allegation against a priest in the diocese of Yakima in 18 years, and they are taking it seriously.

"We know that sexual abuse is a reality throughout our society," said Monsignor Robert Siler, Episcopal Vicar & Chancellor for the Diocese of Yakima. "In our families, in our schools, and in the church too...but we want to make the church a safe place for everyone. Especially for our children and youth."

Bishop Joseph Tyson removed Father Gustavo Gomez Santos from all public ministry, including being a pastor of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish in Granger.

"You know, it's a shock for people to hear that someone that they love who has been so kind and good to them could even possibly do this," Monsignor Siler said. "We're just going to continue to reach out to the community and help them to work their way through this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

June 12, 2017

Sacerdote de Granger es suspendido por acusaciones de abuso sexual

WASHINGTON
El Sol de Yakima

MOLLY ROSBACH EL SOL DE YAKIMA

El sacerdote Gustavo Gómez Santos, de la parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, en Granger, ha sido suspendido de todo ministerio público tras las denuncias de un joven, a quien Gómez Santos abusó sexualmente durante su adolescencia, informó la Diócesis de Yakima, esta mañana.

La víctima, de 21 años, vivía en Mattawa, cuando el sacerdote lo manoseó por cinco o seis años mientras Gómez Santos servía en la Parroquia de San Juan Diego en Cowiche, declaró la víctima ante la oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Yakima.

Gómez Santos, de 51 años, es de Guadalajara, México, y fue ordenado en Yakima en 2002. Luego de las acusaciones, fue puesto en libertad el 5 de mayo, después de que la Oficina del Sheriff compartió las declaraciones con la Diócesis. Éste continuará viviendo en un “ambiente supervisado”, mientras sigue la investigación de la iglesia, dijo la Diócesis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

CENSORSHIP ALERT: Boston Globe Bans Those Who Disagree With It!

MASSACHUSETTS
TheMediaReport

For many people, sometimes the facts hit too close to home, and there comes a breaking point.
For many years, TheMediaReport.com has been a relentless critic of the Boston Globe and its corrupt reporting on the Catholic Church abuse story.

This site has repeatedly exposed the paper's dishonest "Spotlight" narrative and unmasked its rank hypocrisy in reporting sex abuse.

So it comes as little surprise that the folks at the Globe would eventually reach a point that they would snap. And that point apparently came with our post last week. Using data from the actual report, we revealed how the Globe completely deceived its readership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 PM

Settlement talks for Apuron child sex abuse cases on hold pending canonical trial

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jun 12, 2017

By Krystal Paco

The attorney representing Archbishop Anthony Apuron in four of his clergy sexual abuse cases isn't proceeding with out-of-court settlement. According to Attorney Jacque Terlaje, it's too soon to do so.

This is because Archbishop Apuron is currently undergoing a canonical trial in Rome. According to Attorney Terlaje, a decision is expected to be made in the summer months.

Attorney David Lujan who represents the plaintiffs says he too can't proceed with out-of-court settlement until he's received financial documents from Hope and Healing Guam, specifically the Archdiocese of Agana's insurance policies and audited financial statements dating back to 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

Apuron won't consider settling lawsuits till canonical trial is over

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com June 13, 2017

Archishop Anthony Apuron isn't considering settling sex abuse lawsuits against him while his canonical trial is ongoing.

The canonical trial may be coming to a conclusion, said his attorney in the abuse lawsuits, Jacqueline Terlaje.

"I've received word that there may be a decision forthcoming but it's always prospective, especially when it comes from a sovereign nation," Terlaje said after a hearing at the District Court of Guam Tuesday morning.

Attorney David Lujan, counsel for all Guam clergy sex abuse cases filed in federal court, said he doesn't care much about Aputon's Vatican canonical trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 PM

VATICAN BANK REPORTS MORE THAN 100 PER CENT INCREASE IN PROFITS THANKS TO 'PRUDENT' MANAGEMENT, REVEAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

VATICAN CITY
The Tablet

12 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb

Results will be seen as a boost for Pope Francis’ Vatican financial reforms, which he has entrusted to Australian Cardinal George Pell

The Vatican Bank has reported a more than 100 per cent increase in profits in their latest annual report thanks to what they describe as a “prudent approach” to managing investments.

In the 136 page annual report, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) report that net profits for 2016 were €36 million up from €16.1 million the year before, with these gains then being distributed in aid of the Holy See’s mission.

The latest statement, released this afternoon (12 May), also reveals a €4 million decrease in expenses to €19.1 million which was achieved by a “rationalisation” of outside contractors.

These results will be seen as a boost for Pope Francis’ Vatican financial reforms, which he has entrusted to Australian Cardinal George Pell. Soon after taking over as Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, Cardinal Pell announced a new management of the bank, including appointing billionaire hedge fund guru Michael Hintze to its board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 PM

Vatican's IOR publishes annual financial statement

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) A statement from the Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican Bank, published its annual financial report on Monday, showing net gains of €36 million for the year 2016.

That figure is more than twice the €16.1 million income of the previous year, which the statement says was achieved through “a prudent approach in managing IOR’s investments in a year characterised by high volatility, global political uncertainty due to unexpected outcomes of major electoral events and low interest rates”.

The statement shows that in 2016 the IOR served nearly 15,000 clients worldwide, who entrusted to the Institute assets worth € 5.7 billion.

Please see below the full statement from the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR)

Vatican City, 12 June 2017 – For the fifth year, the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) has published its financial statements. The financial statements have been audited by the independent audit firm Deloitte & Touche S.p.A. The Board of Superintendence of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione unanimously approved the 2016 financial statements on April 26 and proposed to the Cardinals Commission the distribution of the entire amount of profits to the Holy See. In 2016 IOR has continued to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide and the Vatican City state. The highlights are as follows.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

Vatican bank reports $40 million profit in 2016

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
6.12.2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, made a profit of 36 million euros (about $40 million) in 2016, according to its annual report.

The institute held assets worth 5.7 billion euros at year's end, which included deposits and investments from close to 15,000 clients -- mostly Catholic religious orders around the world, Vatican offices and employees, and Catholic clergy.

Before the report's release, the 2016 financial statements were audited by the firm Deloitte & Touche and were reviewed by the Commission of Cardinals overseeing the institute's work.

According to a statement from the bank June 12, all of the profits will be turned over to the Holy See, with none being placed in the institute's reserve account.

According to the report, most of the institute's clients "are active in missions or perform charitable works at institutions such as schools, hospitals or refugee camps." That work is conducted all over the world, including "in countries with very basic infrastructure and underdeveloped banking and payment systems," which means they rely on the institute, particularly in transferring donations from wealthier nations to poorer ones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

Child Abuse Survivors Say Cuomo Has Gone Silent On Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
Gothamist

BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ ON JUN 12, 2017

Back in January, Cuomo promised that passage of the Child Victims Act—a law extending the amount of time that abuse victims can seek justice as adults—would be one of his top priorities. But six months later, in the waning days of the state's legislative session, some survivors of sexual assault are beginning to wonder if the governor has hung them out to dry.

"[Cuomo] looked me in the eye three times while shaking my hand and said to me 'I got this, Andrew, I got this,'" Andrew Willis, a childhood survivor of rape and the founder of the Stop Abuse Campaign, told Gothamist. "But I'm getting nervous. There's very few days left for the governor to show that he's got it, and I keep saying to myself: Why wouldn't he want to get this bill passed?"

The bill, which passed 139-7 in the State Assembly last week, extends the current statute of limitations for childhood abuse victims seeking to bring civil or criminal charges against their abusers. Under current state law, most victims can only bring charges against their abusers until the age of 23. In the assembly's version of the CVA, that statute of limitations would be extended between five and fifty years (depending on the nature of the suit). Additionally, the bill would create a one-time "look back" window for one year, in which victims of any age would be permitted to bring civil suits against individuals or institutions.

These changes would throw a life raft to the estimated 43,000 children who are abused in New York each year, Willis says, as research shows that a majority of childhood victims wait at least five years before telling anyone. Willis himself was raped at the age of 10, but says he was too racked with guilt to mention it to anyone until he was almost 50 years old. The teacher responsible was eventually accused of abusing more than 100 other students, Willis told me.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Granger pastor accused of sexual abuse, removed from position

WASHINGTON
KIMA

by Marie Schurk

GRANGER, Wash. - A Granger pastor has been removed from his position in the Roman Catholic Church due to reports of sexual abuse of a minor.

Reverend Gustavo Gómez Santos, who was most recently the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, was permanently removed from all public ministry, according to a June 12 news release from the Yakima Diocese.

Gómez Santos, 51, was placed on leave May 5 after Yakima County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) detectives shared an interview from a 21-year-old former Mattawa resident with the Diocese.

The victim reported he was fondled by the priest while he was serving as pastor at St. Juan Diego Parish in Cowiche roughly five years ago.

The Diocese began an investigation after YCSO officials determined the incident could not be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations, reports said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

Failure to report alleged pedophilia: Retired French bishop charged

FRANCE
La Croix

Emeritus Bishop André Fort of Orleans was charged last Thursday with failing to report pedophile acts allegedly committed by a priest of his diocese in 1993. This comes as a relief for victims of the priest, who was finally charged in 2012 after three successive bishops failed to report him to authorities.

Gauthier Vaillant

The decision of the Republic Prosecutor of Orleans last Thursday to prosecute Emeritus Bishop Fort is the first such case for more than fifteen years.

The last similar case and the only other one to date took place in 2001 when Pierre Lacan, a former bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux, was charged.He was eventually convicted and given a suspended prison sentence of three months.

Bishop Fort, now 81, was bishop of Orleans from 2002-2010. He now lives in a retirement home in the sanctuary of Notre Dame du Laus in the Diocese of Gap in the Hautes Alpes region.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

Priest removed from ministry after allegations of abuse

WASHINGTON
Clay Center Dispatch

GRANGER, Wash. (AP) — A Catholic priest in the Yakima Valley town of Granger has been removed from all public ministry following allegations by a young man that the priest sexually abused him.

The Catholic Diocese of Yakima said Monday that it took the action against the Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos from Our Lady of Guadalupe parish.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says the 21-year-old victim told the Yakima County Sheriff's Office the priest had fondled him five or six years earlier when Gomez Santos was serving in a church in the town of Cowiche.

The priest denies the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, A Seven-Part Series: Introduction

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

June 12, 2017 Joelle Casteix

The 2002 Dallas Bishops’ Conference was a barn-burner. On the heels of the Spotlight series and scandals in dioceses across the nation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) got together at their annual June meeting to put together “massive reforms.”

Those reforms became the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its accompanying Norms. It was later referred to as the 2002 Dallas Charter.

CrimeCon to BishopCon

Flash forward to 2017. The bishops’ June meeting is currently underway in Indianapolis. As luck or fate would have it, I found myself in the same city, at their very hotel (The JW Marriott Downtown) as the 2017 USCCB June Conference. I am in town attending CrimeCon 2017 (a conference for true crime aficionados) to meet some people interested in my work. (And wouldn’t you know it, The Keepers was the talk of the conference.)

Less than 3 hours after CrimeCon checked out last night, the bishops began checking in.

While the USCCB official schedule says the spring meeting doesn’t begin until June 14, they are well entrenched in the third floor conference center of the hotel, where CrimeCon signs still point people to the USCCB conference rooms (ah, the irony). Meetings are going on as I type.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report

PENNSYLVANIA
The Worthy Adversary

June 12, 2017 Joelle CasteixChild

Read the Introduction to this series here.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced that “a statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-­Johnstown.”

The two-year investigation included a search warrant of the Altoona Bishop’s “secret archive.” That secret archive is the file cabinet under lock and key in the bishop’s office that holds evidence of child sex abuse and cover-up, including letters, reports, photos, records, statements, memos, etc. A bishop is required to keep this file under Canon Law.

The report also determined former Altoona Bishop Joseph Adamec was at the forefront of the cover-up and acted to avoid scandal rather than protect children.

The widespread abuse involved at least 50 priests or religious leaders and endangered thousands of children and allowed proven child predators to abuse additional victims.

The complete grand jury report can be read here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Shira Berkovits

UNITED STATES
The New York Jewish Week

BY HANNAH DREYFUS May 25, 2017

he seeds for Shira Berkovits’ organization were planted in rural Minnesota at the breakfast table of a devout Lutheran family.

The table belonged to Victor Vieth, founder of a national child protection training center and an expert in addressing child abuse in small communities. During the summer of 2013, Berkovits, who is Orthodox, lived with Vieth and his family in order to absorb everything she could about systematically preventing abuse.

“We’d sit at the breakfast table and start brainstorming,” recalled Berkovits, who was a law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at the time — the summer experience with Vieth was a legal internship.

“I remember saying, ‘Victor, what would it look like if we did all this in the Jewish community?’”

Sacred Spaces, a nonprofit that aids institutions across the broader Jewish communal landscape in developing policies to prevent institutional abuse and properly handle it when it occurs, is the realization of that dream. Launched last July, the initiative aims to train Jewish community professionals around the world about child protection policies, best practices and boundary violations. The end goal is to create an accreditation system for the Jewish community.

Unlike other initiatives that have sprung up to address this problem, Sacred Spaces is not focused on helping victims or exposing offenders — it is aimed at reshaping institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Granger priest removed after sexual abuse allegations

WASHINGTON
Yakima Herald

By Molly Rosbach
mrosbach@yakimaherald.com Jun 12, 2017

GRANGER, Wash. -- Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos from the Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Granger has been removed from all public ministry following allegations by a young man that the priest sexually abused him in his teenage years, the Yakima Diocese reported Monday morning.

The 21-year-old victim is a former Mattawa resident who told the Yakima County Sheriff's Office the priest had fondled him five or six years earlier when Gomez Santos was serving in the St. Juan Diego parish in Cowiche.

Gomez Santos, 51, is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and was ordained in Yakima in 2002. He was placed on leave on May 5 after the Sheriff's Office shared the allegations with the diocese. He will continue to live in a "supervised setting" while the church's investigation continues, the diocese said.

The priest continues to deny the allegations. But his credibility was undermined by admissions that he violated the diocese's code of conduct in numerous other ways, including giving alcohol to minors, giving and receiving massages to and from minors, giving them expensive gifts, and allowing them to stay overnight in his residence in several parishes, the diocese release said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Hoylman calls for floor vote on Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
The Legislative Gazette

Written by THOMAS GIERY PUDNEY, assistant editor on June 12, 2017

With the legislative session winding down, advocates as well as legislators, are looking to Governor Cuomo to cut through the cacophony and use his political influence to pass a bill that would expand protections for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

A version of the Child Victims Act passed by the Assembly on Wednesday faces an uncertain fate in the Senate as the factioning within the state’s upper chamber — and multiple versions of child victims’ rights bills — causes some confusion as to what comes next. The bill passed Wednesday (S.6575) is sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman, and provides for some of the strongest legal options for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Hoylman’s bill would raise the statute of limitation for sexual abuse of a minor. Currently in New York, there is a five-year statute of limitations for filing legal actions once the victim turns 18, meaning that a victim must take action against their abuser before the age of 23. Hoylman’s bill would start the clock on that five-year statute at the age of 23, effectively doubling the current limit. It also would provide a one year look-back window during which victims of abuse that occurred many years ago would have an opportunity to take legal action against their alleged abuser.

Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeff Klein has sponsored a CVA bill (S.6585) similar to Hoylman’s with the exception of a commission set up by Klein’s, which would determine if cases occurring beyond the statute of limitations have merit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Jerusalem man accused of raping dozens of ultra-Orthodox women

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

BY TAMAR PILEGGI June 12, 2017

A Jerusalem business owner now working at a girl’s seminary was arrested Sunday on suspicion of raping dozens of ultra-Orthodox women he employed.

Police launched an undercover investigation into the suspect last month following a tip-off by a nonprofit organization that works with rape victims that had received numerous sexual assault complaints by the female employees of the 30-year-old advertising manager.

On Monday, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court approved a police request to search the suspect’s home and office. The judge ordered the suspect’s name not be released out of consideration for his victims.

A statement from police spokeswoman Luba Samri on Monday said an initial investigation revealed the suspect carefully groomed each of his victims prior to assaulting them. He promised certain women and girls help in advancing their careers and lavished them with attention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Prete accusato di abusi, la Diocesi: “Noi agito con coscienza

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Priest accused of abuse in the Rozzano the diocese: "We acted with conscience".]

«La diocesi e la parrocchia di Rozzano – si legge in una nota dell’Ufficio comunicazioni sociali della diocesi di Milano – hanno gestito il caso con scrupolo e coscienza, provvedendo cautelativamente a sollevare don Mauro Galli dal ministero e a trasferirlo a Roma per completare i suoi studi. Il trasferimento è avvenuto diversi mesi prima che fosse presentata la denuncia querela da parte del legale del giovane, intervenuta solo nel luglio 2014. Tutto questo in attesa che la giustizia faccia luce con il processo penale».

Così sul quotidiano cattolico Avvenire viene commentata dalla Diocesi di Milano la vicenda che vede coinvolto un sacerdote, don Mauro Galli, con un passato a Legnano, accusato di reati sessuali ai danni di un giovane della parrocchia di Rozzano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Connecticut yeshiva embroiled in sexual abuse controversy is not certified, state says

CONNECTICUT
Cleveland Jewish News

JTA

A Connecticut yeshiva whose founding rabbi was ordered to pay $20 million to a former student who claimed he was raped by the rabbi is operating without proper certification, the state said.

The school came under additional scrutiny from state regulatory agencies last month after a federal jury ordered Rabbi Daniel Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven to pay Eliyahu Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in a civil lawsuit filed last year.

The yeshiva has not filed any paperwork with the state since 2011 and never received permission to operate as a boarding school, the New Haven Independent reported.

The newspaper reported that the school lost most of its students in 2016 when news of Greer’s alleged molestation became public. Today the students come from outside the state and the school is under new management transplanted from New Jersey. Greer, the Orthodox Jewish school’s former principal, reportedly does not play a large role in the yeshiva, but does participate in daily prayers with the students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Sexual Abusers Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Run the Clock

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By FABIO COTZA
JUNE 12, 2017

I was only 9 years old when my landlord’s teenage son led me into the basement with the promise of new toys. Instead, he forced me to touch him. He made me do things my young body and mind weren’t prepared to do. I distinctly remember how the damp floor and walls smelled of mildew, and how cold it was. I begged him to stop.

He said he would call me a “faggot,” and warned that his father could kick my immigrant family out of our apartment if I ever told anyone. Terrified, I kept silent.

But the memories tormented me every single day into adulthood. One night, I wrote my goodbye letter to the world and swallowed a bottle of pills.

My suicide attempt failed — luckily. But I decided that after 20 years of silence and fear I had to face what happened to me. I was 28 when I finally told someone that I had been sexually abused. But the law told me that I was five years too late to seek justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Rabbi Eliezer Berland rushed to hospital

ISRAEL
Arutz Sheva

David Rosenberg, 12/06/17

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the former dean of the Shuvu Banim Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem, was rushed to the hospital Monday morning.

Berland was convicted in a plea bargain agreement and sentenced to 18 months in jail last November after two female followers complained of sexual abuse by the 80-year old Breslov rabbi.

After the complaints surfaced in 2012, Berland fled the country, evading authorities in Europe and Africa until he was finally caught and extradited to Israel in 2016.

Berland served five months in jail and was released to house arrest in April.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Honorary degree for man who chaired Truth and Reconciliation Commission

CANADA
CBC News

The chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Calgary.

Sen. Murray Sinclair, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the upper chamber in 2016, spent six years documenting the dark legacy of Canada's residential schools.

Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, will receive a doctor of laws, the highest academic honour at the University of Calgary, which is bestowed upon individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, borne out of the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history, issued 94 calls to action at the end of its mandate touching on a host of problems including health and education.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

'Is commitment to justice genuine?' Church denies abused adults a compo top-up

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Jane Lee

People who were sexually abused by Victorian clergy as adults are being excluded from the Catholic Church's pledge to top-up historic compensation payments.

Last November, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart doubled the ceiling for payments to victims, through the Melbourne Response compensation scheme, to $150,000.

This was one of the recommendations of former federal court judge Donnell Ryan, QC, who reviewed Melbourne Response in 2014.

The church also came under pressure to make the scheme more generous and transparent during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

June 11, 2017

CCOG supports settlement talks

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post Jun 11, 2017

Although their ultimate mission is to see Archbishop Anthony Apuron defrocked, the Concerned Catholics of Guam considers out-of-court settlement talks for the victims of sexual abuse by former Guam priests a positive effort toward community healing.

"That is excellent that the attorney for the victims is willing to sit with his clients and the (Hope and Healing program) to seek justice and fair compensation for the pain and agony experienced by these former young children and altar boys who suffered such terrible abuse," Sablan told The Guam Daily Post.

The Archdiocese of Agana established Hope and Healing to receive complaints of abuse, provide counseling and try to negotiate a possible compensation on a case-by-case basis.

The attorney representing the bulk of the now 70-plus cases in both local and federal courts, David Lujan, announced Thursday he would be asking the U.S. District Court of Guam hold off on the cases he has filed against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America, and several former priests, including Apuron, who are accused of abusing and molesting young boys under their care in decades past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Sondaggio su chiesa pedofilia e possibili soluzioni; ecco cosa pensano gli italiani

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Survey on pedophiles in the church and possible solutions; Here's what the Italians think.]

Un sondaggio di cinque domande rivolte a chiesa, governo e legislatore che ha l’obiettivo di capire quale è la percezione dello stato delle cose da parte dell’opinione pubblica e proporre possibili soluzioni già attuate con ottimi risultati in altri paesi.

La partecipazione è stata notevole basti pensare che un sondaggio simile era stato proposto nel 2014 da IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO e, sulla base già buona di un campione di circa 1600 votanti, il risultato come vedremo è coerente con quello che abbiamo ottenuto noi tre anni dopo ma su un campione notevole, 4010 votanti raccolti tra il nostro sito e i vari social network in 31 giorni.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Abusi sessuali, la Cassazione: il parroco non può evitare il processo

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Sexual abuse. The Supreme Court: the parish priest Don Vito Canto cannot avoid prosecution.]

Già condannato dal tribunale ecclesiastico, don Vito Cantò patirà anche il giudizio terreno: il suo ricorso ritenuto «inammissibile»

PESCARA. «Inammissibile». Un parroco, accusato di presunti abusi sessuali, non può sottrarsi al giudizio di un tribunale dello Stato. Anche se, per lo stesso reato, è stato condannato già dalla Chiesa. Lo ha deciso la Corte di Cassazione che ha bocciato il ricorso presentato da don Vito Cantò, l’ex parroco della chiesa di San Camillo de Lellis a Villa Raspa di Spoltore accusato di presunti abusi sessuali commessi su un minorenne tra il 2011 e il 2012 e per questo finito sotto processo. E, nell’udienza di ieri, si è parlato proprio di quel ricorso che avrebbe potuto cambiare i rapporti tra Stato e Chiesa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Le diocèse d'Orléans en pointe contre la pédophilie

FRANCE
Le Parisien

[Bishop André Fort was indicted for non-denunciation of acts of pedophilia to authorities after receiving a report of sexual abuse in the Orleans diocese.]

Florence Méréo|10 juin 2017

Un ex-évêque est mis en examen pour non-dénonciation. Une procédure rare.

Le silence n'est plus d'or dans l'Eglise. Pour ne pas avoir dénoncé à la justice des actes de pédophilie dont il avait été informé, l'ancien évêque d'Orléans (Loiret) a été mis en examen jeudi. André Fort, 81 ans, aujourd'hui retraité, était resté muet, même après avoir reçu Olivier, victime présumée d'attouchements en 1993 de la part d'un prêtre. Un tournant dans la lutte contre la pédophilie dans l'Eglise : depuis 2001, aucun évêque n'avait été mis en examen pour ne pas avoir dénoncé de tels faits. «On est très heureux. Le cœur de notre indignation, de notre combat, c'est le silence coupable de ceux qui savent mais ferment les yeux», commente François Devaux, président de l'association de victimes la Parole libérée.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Bericht: Missbrauchs-Kommission hat zu wenig Geld

DEUTSCHLAND
Evangelisch

[The Independent Commission for the Elimination of Sexual Child Abuse set up by the federal government in 2016 does not have enough money according to a report by "Spiegel". It can therefore no longer accept applications for confidential hearings of interested parties.

This year the commission received only 1.6 percent of the funds that it had originally calculated were necessary, the news magazine continued. A commission set up in England and Wales with similar tasks would have 23 million euro per year. The Commission's website states that the budget of the Commission is € 1.4 million annually from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens.]

Die 2016 vom Bund eingesetzte Unabhängige Kommission zur Aufarbeitung sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs hat nach einem Bericht des "Spiegels" zu wenig Geld. Sie könne deshalb keine Anmeldungen für vertrauliche Anhörungen von Betroffenen mehr entgegennehmen, schrieb das Nachrichtenmagazin am Wochenende unter Berufung auf einen Zwischenbericht, den die Kommissionsvorsitzende Sabine Andresen am Mittwoch in Berlin vorstellen will.

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Zwar reichten die Mittel für die knapp 1.000 Anmeldungen, die das Gremium bislang bekommen habe. "Wir wissen aber schon heute, dass der Bedarf viel höher ist", zitiert "Der Spiegel" die Kommissionsvorsitzende Andresen: "Doch dafür brauchen wir mehr Zeit und mehr finanzielle und personelle Ressourcen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Child Victims Act advocates to Cuomo: Keep promise to pass law

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, June 10, 2017

ALBANY — Some child sex assault survivors fear they've been strung along by Gov. Cuomo in their push to enact a law making it easier for victims to seek justice as adults.

Cuomo in January said passage of the Child Victims Act was a top priority this year.

But while his staff continues to meet with advocates behind closed doors, he has barely brought the issue up publicly since January nor has he introduced his own version of a bill that staffers told advocates for weeks was coming.

With just two weeks left in the legislative session time is running out.

"We saw in the marriage equality fight that the governor was able to bring Republican senators to the table and stand up to the Catholic Church, which also opposed that bill," said Kat Sullivan, who was raped as a student in 1998 at Emma Willard, a private Albany-area girl's school. "But with the (Child Victims Act) he thinks there's no political cost to short-changing survivors by cynically claiming he ‘cares’ about the issue while failing to take any action."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Pope Involved in New Sex Abuse and Dirty War Cases per Argentine Press

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

[Pope Francis and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Argentina - BishopAccountability.org]

Posted on June 11, 2017

by Betty Clermont

Recent Argentine articles reported the pope’s personal involvement in the sexual torture of children (one of the two UN committees the Pope Francis obstructed and ignored “found that the widespread sexual violence within the Catholic Church amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”) and his role in the aftermath of the Dirty War.

His envoy heaped insult on top of injury after Pope Francis, informed of horrible sex abuse, did nothing and children suffered.

On May 19, the priest sent by the pope to investigate the horrific sexual assaults in the Provolo Institute for the Deaf in Argentina, dismissed some cases because, he said, children can be “spiteful. For example, [when] a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back.” On the same day, the pope’s representative stated he was refusing to cooperate with the civil court prosecuting the atrocities.

By open letter and video message “handed to Pope Francis” in May 2014, former students at the notorious Provolo Institute for the Deaf in Italy begged the pope for justice. More than one hundred deaf and mute children had been sexually abused at the boarding school.

The letter told Pope Francis that three of the Italian perpetrators – including Fr. Nicola Corradi – held current positions at the Provolo Institute in Argentina. The pope took no action to stop the pedophiles.

Corradi and four others in the Argentine school were arrested in Nov. 2016 and charged with raping and molesting at least 22 children. Other reports poured in and “it’s now thought that as many as 60 children fell victim to abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

On the dark trail of Fr Joseph Maskell, subject of 'The Keepers' documentary who fled US amid child abuse allegations

IRELAND
Irish Independent

A new TV series has shone a light on a low-key American priest who counselled vulnerable Irish children in the 1990s after fleeing multiple allegations of abusing US schoolgirls and a suspicion of being involved in murder. John Meagher on Father Joseph Maskell

John Meagher
June 11 2017

The green fields and high hedgerows in the Wexford countryside around the villages of Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe must have felt utterly alien to Joseph Maskell.
Born and bred in the blue-collar city of Baltimore, Maryland, Maskell found himself in his mid-50s - after a completely urban life - in the rural heartland of the country of his father, who hailed from Limerick.

He arrived in this south-east corner of Wexford in 1994 and lived in Castlebridge - just a few miles from bustling Wexford town - but he would have been familiar with the pretty churches that were a short drive away, such as St Cyprian's in Screen and St Margaret's in Curracloe.

And it was in one of these churches, in April 1995, that he first came to the attention of the Diocese of Ferns. The file does not confirm whether it was in St Cyprian's or St Margaret's that Maskell - a Catholic priest - said Mass in place of Fr Frank Barron, who had been seriously ill, but word reached the bishop's office and it immediately sought a response.

"I wish only to offer Mass privately and carry out my spiritual activities in a like manner," Maskell wrote, adding that the had been granted temporary leave from his last posting and had no "plan or desire to engage in any public ministry while here". He did not respond to a follow-up letter from the diocese seeking confirmation of his status. Fr Barron died shortly afterwards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

'The Keepers': Netflix documentary presents a heartbreaking mystery

VIRGINIA
The News & Advance

Casey Gillis

I never watched “Making A Murderer” or “The Jinx,” and I didn’t listen to the insanely popular podcast “Serial” when it became a phenomenon back in 2014.

But, for some reason, I decided to queue up Netflix’s crime documentary series “The Keepers” last weekend.

I was instantly hooked, and kept watching even as the subject matter became increasingly more disturbing with each installment.

The seven-episode series focuses on the 1969 disappearance and murder of Baltimore nun Catherine Cesnik, as investigated by two of her former students, as well as an allegedly wide-ranging cover-up that protected a priest accused of sexual abuse at the Catholic high school where Cesnik taught.

Now in their 60s, those former students, Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, doggedly pursue leads, talk to witnesses and even suspects, and reconnect with former classmates from the school, Archbishop Keough High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

David McGrath: The need to protect children

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

[assignment record - BishopAccountability.org]

By DAVID MCGRATH |
June 11, 2017

Father Kenneth Gansmann, pastor of St. John’s Church in Union Hill in New Prague, sexually assaulted me when I was 6 years old.

He was a friend of the family and a Franciscan who wore the familiar brown robe, knotted white cord, and sandals, when he wasn’t saying Mass.

I remember him as a people-friendly monk: soft spoken, with an infectious laugh, more like a chuckle, when he talked about baseball with my father, or politics with my uncles.

And Gansmann was implicitly trusted by my parents, who felt honored to have a man of God visit their home. With charm, deception, and gifts, he manipulated a family who revered his office and power.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

June 10, 2017

Bail denied for Nigerian pastor charged with child sex abuse and human trafficking

SOUTH AFRICA
Christian Today

Joseph Hartropp 10 June 2017

A Nigerian pastor accused of child sex abuse and human trafficking was yesterday denied bail from the Magistrate's Court at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Tim Omotoso, the televangelist pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Durban, has been held in jail since April 20, and was expected to flee South Africa if granted bail, according to Independent Online.

Magistrate Thandeka Mashiyi made the judgement, and said that the pastor, a Nigerian national whose family are all UK nationals, faced a sentence of at least life imprisonment.

'His family, wife and children are all United Kingdom citizens, his church has international branches which he visits from time to time, he is regarded as an illegal immigrant [and] there is nothing tying the applicant to South Africa, Mashiyi said.

Omotoso is also accused of using fraudulent travel documentation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

RCMP investigating teen sex assault possibly shared on social media

CANADA
CKNW

Charmaine de Silva
Posted: June 08, 2017

Mounties are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving students from a Metro Vancouver Catholic school.

“A report was made to the police over the weekend about an incident between a small number of our students.”

Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese Superintendent Dan Moric says details of that report aren’t clear.

However, CKNW has learned the allegations involve a sexual assault with an aspect of it captured and shared on social media.

Moric says it’s sensitive because there are no charges, and official complaints haven’t been made to the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Police investigating report of sex assault involving high school students

CANADA
CTV

CTV Vancouver
Published Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mounties are investigating sexual assault allegations involving students of a North Vancouver Catholic high school.

Few details have been provided because of the age of the students, but police said the incident occurred over the weekend. Officers have asked that the media not name the school due to privacy concerns.

The Vancouver Archdiocese, which oversees the school in question, said the incident involved several students and occurred off school property, after school hours.

"I know there was a misconduct of some nature that purportedly has a criminal element to it and that the police are investigating it," said Dan Moric, superintendent of the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

RCMP investigate possible sex assault involving Vancouver-area Catholic school teens and social media

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

Stephanie Ip

The RCMP is looking into an alleged sexual assault involving teens at a Vancouver-area Catholic school.

The investigation was first reported by CKNW on Thursday and involves an unknown number of students from one school. It is believed the alleged incident was possibly captured and shared via social media.

Dan Moric is the superintendent with the Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese. In an email to Postmedia on Friday, he confirmed the investigation was taking place and that it was prompted by a report “made directly to police.”

“I believe concerned parent(s) may have also let the school know, but not sure about timing of that,” Moric wrote. He also couldn’t confirm if or how social media was involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

‘Horrible mistakes’ saw abusive priests escape justice

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL

A “dreadful misunderstanding” of child abuse led the Catholic Church to offer therapy to paedophile priests and agree deals to avoid prosecutions.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard the Church attempted to “repair” clerics who committed offences against children and had made “horrible mistakes” in its treatment of victims.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Peter Smith said the Church “seldom” used its own formal processes in the past to punish sex offenders, choosing instead to send them to retreat houses for therapy.

Mgr Smith said in cases where the police and prosecution service became involved, often no further action was taken when it was agreed the priest would receive help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

OFFICIALS QUESTION LICENSE OF SCHOOL IN SEXUAL ABUSE CASE

CONNECTICUT
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Jewish boarding school's licensing is now under scrutiny by Connecticut officials after the school was ordered to pay more than $20 million in a lawsuit accusing its founding rabbi of sexually abusing a student.

Officials say the school - Yeshiva of New Haven - apparently has been operating without the proper state credentials for several years. The state Department of Children and Families is warning the school it could face court action if it doesn't obtain required state approvals.

A federal court jury last month awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to a former student who alleges he was repeatedly raped and molested by Rabbi Daniel Greer when he attended the school from 2001 to 2005. This week, a judge tacked on $5 million in punitive damages and about $1.7 million in interest to the sum the school and Greer must pay.

Greer denies the allegations and has not been criminally charged. His lawyer has said an appeal is planned. During a deposition in the case, Greer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

N.Y. senator who leads breakaway group of Dems agrees to amend proposal helping child sex abuse victims

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, June 9, 2017

ALBANY — The head of a breakaway group of state Senate Democrats is amending his proposal to help child sex abuse victims in a way that has won over some skeptical advocates.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein’s bill contained a provision to create a commission to examine, evaluate and make binding recommendations on time-barred civil claims within a one-year window to determine if they could move forward.

Klein said the idea of the commission is to screen cases that are barred from proceeding to trial under current law to make sure they’re not frivolous and allowing legitimate ones to proceed.

But after a number of survivors complained a commission would merely set up another hurdle that victims have to get through that victims of other crimes do not, Klein agreed to make changes.

According to his spokeswoman, in addition to having a former prosecutor and a defense attorney, the five-member commission would now also be required to include a medical trauma expert and another plaintiff lawyer with experience litigating sexual abuse claims. The panel would also have to use a “good faith standard” when deciding whether a case can proceed.

Klein initially proposed having the court system develop new standards for the commission.

With the changes, Klein said that “I stand by the legislation as the best way to move forward to get a very important issue resolved.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Former youth leader indicted on child sex charge

ALASKA
KTVA

A woman who served as a youth leader at an Anchorage church is facing one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Anchorage Police launched the investigation into 37-year-old Hannah Morris in February after the victim reported she had been “sexually contacted and penetrated on several occasions” by a woman who had been a youth leader at her church in South Anchorage. The allegations stemmed from the time the victim, now-32, was in high school back in 2002 and 2003.

The victim told police that she came forward because she’s concerned other high school girls could be going through the same experiences she did, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Former Annapolis Bible study instructor charged with sexually abusing child

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Phil Davis
Baltimore Sun Media Group

A former Bible study instructor at an Annapolis church was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a child, Anne Arundel police said Friday.

Police said Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon, 39, was arrested without incident at his home in the 1700 block of Oldtown Road in Edgewater on Thursday.

A child told investigators he had been sexually abused by Granados-Zeledon, who was a chaperone and Bible study instructor at Iglesia Hispana Emmanuel in Annapolis. The child was 10 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said none of the abuse happened at the church, but the department is concerned there may be more victims because Granados-Zeledon's position put him in regular contact with children.

Charging documents state Granados-Zeledon was a friend of the victim's family through the church and that he would take the child "from [the family's] residence to church, out to eat and occasionally to his residence in Edgewater."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Child sex abuse claims against George Pell explored by Louise Milligan

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

GERARD WINDSOR
The Australian
June 10, 2017

Two confessions. First, I’m a practising, albeit sinful, Catholic. Second, I’ve crossed swords, in print, with ­George Pell.

So, is the lengthening charge sheet against the cardinal merely a vast smear campaign? In particular, is it one fuelled by a fierce antipathy to religion, to Christianity, and especially to Catholicism?

Certainly there is a stark contemporary context for this public indictment. By virtue of his status as a cardinal, his uncompromising personality and his position in the Vatican, Pell is perceived as the representative Australian Catholic. And that too at a time when the Catholic Church is seen as the major obstacle to a raft of proposed liberal social reforms: euthanasia bills before the NSW and Victorian parliaments, an abortion liberalisation bill in NSW, and the nationwide marriage equality debate.

The logic is obvious: discredit Pell and you discredit Catholic opinion on these issues. It’s a knockout blow.

Certainly we are seeing widespread expressions of the feeling that the Catholic Church has lost any right to be dictating, or even joining a discussion, on moral issues. There are secular zealots barracking shrilly as each new nail is hammered into the Pell coffin. And you know that it’s not simply justice they’re after.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Priest’s sex assault in New Fairfield reverberates over decades

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

By Daniel Tepfer Saturday, June 10, 2017

NEW FAIRFIELD — When The Rev. Martin Federici looked out the window of the rectory of St. Edward Confessor Church that spring afternoon in 1984, he spied a 15-year-old boy getting the best of another in a fistfight.

“Father Fed,” was drawn to athletic boys.

Thirty-four years later the boy— who said he was sexually abused by Federici over a six-year period, starting that very day — accepted a settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. The Church’s action this past week was the last to address the more than 60 people who claimed in lawsuits they were similarly victimized by priests in the 1970s and 80s.

Now an adult, that boy says he is still suffering the aftershocks of those long ago sex assaults.

Because he hasn’t told members of his family about the abuse, including his four teenage sons, he asked that Hearst Connecticut Media identify him only as “Patrick.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally review – a powerful study of clerical abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Michael Arditti
Saturday 10 June 2017

Although Christ equivocally declared that some men “have made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake”, nowhere in the New Testament is celibacy enjoined on priests. St Paul, while advocating chastity as an ideal, assumed that most church leaders would be married, and St Peter, traditionally regarded as the first pope, had one of the most prominent mothers-in-law in the Bible.

Priestly celibacy, which was only enshrined in law in medieval times, emerged less for spiritual than for practical reasons. The church was determined to consolidate its property and its power: in the first case, by preventing priests from leaving their possessions to their children, and in the second by controlling their most powerful human instincts. Carnal passion was denigrated as animalistic and women as the instigators of their downfall. Priests should strive to emulate the sinless, sexless Christ.

Historically, clerical celibacy has been more honoured in the breach than in the observance. The most notorious offenders were the Renaissance popes, but there has been a long tradition of “the priest’s woman”, often his housekeeper. Statistics are understandably hard to obtain, but in a survey by the University of Chicago, quoted by Thomas Keneally in his new novel, 60% of Catholic priests admitted to sexual experience of one kind or another, findings that have been duplicated elsewhere.

It is those who repress their sexuality until, at breaking point, they target their most vulnerable charges who wreak irreparable damage on both their victims and their church. In an authorial preface, Keneally, who as a youth trained for the priesthood, acknowledges that “the education to make me celibate … could create, encourage or license the young men whose abusive tendencies are mourned in this novel”. That awareness permeates the entire book, from its central conflict to case studies, such as that of the priest who, having abused an altar boy, declares with horrifying candour that “a man is only human”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 AM

June 9, 2017

Annapolis Church Volunteer Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges

MARYLAND
CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former chaperone and bible study instructor at Iglesia Hispanic Emmanuel Church in Annapolis faces several charges after being accused of sexually abusing a juvenile.

The Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit launched an investigation in May, interviewing the victim identifying 39-year-old Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon as a suspect.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and charged the suspect with Second Degree Sex Offense, Second Degree Child Abuse, Third Degree Sex Offense, Fourth Degree Sex Offense, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Sodomy and Second Degree Assault.

On Thursday, they arrested him without incident at his residence in the 1700 block of Oldtown Road in Edgewater.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Annapolis bible study instructor charged with sexually abusing child

MARYLAND
Capital Gazette

Phil DavisContact Reporter
pdavis@capgaznews.com

A 39-year-old bible study instructor at an Annapolis church was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a child, Anne Arundel police said Friday.

The police department said Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon was arrested without incident at his home in the 1700 block of Oldtown Road in Edgewater on Thursday.

A child told investigators they had been sexually abused by Granados-Zeledon, who was a chaperone and bible study instructor at the Iglesia Hispanic Emmanuel Church in Annapolis.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said none of the abuse happened at the church itself, but the department is concerned there may be more victims as his position put him in regular contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Church volunteer accused of child sex abuse

MARYLAND
WBAL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —
A church chaperone and Bible study instructor is accused of sexually abusing a child, Anne Arundel County police said.

Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon, 39, of the 1700 block of Oldtown Road in Edgewater, is charged with second-degree sex offense, second-degree child abuse, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, sexual abuse of a minor, sodomy and second-degree assault.

Police said detectives interviewed the juvenile victim and learned that Granados-Zeledon was a volunteer at the Iglesia Hispanic Emmanuel Church in Annapolis.

The church has been cooperating with law enforcement in regards to the investigation, police said.

Police said Granados-Zeledon is no longer a volunteer at the church and had no affiliation with its private school or day care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

U.S. Bishops Will Gather For A Mass Of Prayer And Penance For Healing Of Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse; Mass Will Mark Opening Of June Plenary Assembly

UNITED STATES
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—As they begin the Spring General Assembly, Bishops from across the U.S. will gather at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church and will be held June 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

The bishops will gather together in solidarity to pray for victims and to acknowledge the pain caused by the failures of the Church in the past. The Mass will mark the opening for the June Plenary Assembly of bishops taking place June 14-15 in Indianapolis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be the principal celebrant. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, of Atlanta, and former President of the USCCB, will be the homilist.

In an act of penance and humility, the bishops will also kneel and recite a commemorative prayer that has been written for survivors of abuse in their healing. Intercessory Prayers of the Faithful will also be offered for those who have suffered due to clergy sex abuse. All dioceses and eparchies have been provided the suggested intercessory Prayers of the Faithful for use at any time of their choosing after June 14.

In addition to this specific Day of Prayer and Penance, many dioceses and eparchies will also schedule their own Masses or other events to promote healing within their diocese/eparchy throughout the year.

The Mass is scheduled to be livestreamed. The livestream link will be available on the USCCB website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Annual audit of church abuse allegations shows work still needed

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service
6.8.2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The 14th annual report on diocesan compliance with the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" shows that church leaders have taken steps to help many find healing as victims of clergy sexual abuse, but there is still work to be done.

Introductory remarks in the 2017 report urge church leaders not to assume that "sexual abuse of minors by the clergy is a thing of the past and a distant memory. Any allegation involving a current minor should remind the bishops that they must rededicate themselves each day to maintaining a level of vigilance," wrote Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, which oversees the audits.

The newly released report -- based on audits conducted between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016 -- shows that 1,232 survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy came forward with 1,318 clerical abuse allegations in 132 Catholic dioceses and eparchies. The allegations represent reports of abuse that occurred from the 1940s to the present.

The report also shows an increase of 730 allegations from the previous year's report and stresses that a most of the increase in allegations this year comes from the six dioceses in Minnesota, because the state in 2013 opened its civil statute of limitations for such claims until May 2016, giving victims over age 24 a three-year window to sue for past abuse. These six dioceses reported 351 more allegations than they did in the 2015 audit year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Rev. Kenneth F. O'Connell – Assignment History

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Kenneth F. O'Connell was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York in 1956. He served as an assistant at parishes in Manhattan and Mt. Vernon before being named pastor in Larchmont in 1981. O'Connell was involved throughout his career with the Catholic Boy Scouts, locally and nationally; he was chaplain and chair of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting 1973-1975. He also held leadership positions for the Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organizations, as assistant director 1973-1975, then director 1975-1978. In 1973 O'Connell founded a scouting camp called Camp Spes Mundi, in Hope Falls, NY. He died in 1984 at age 54.

In May 2017 O'Connell was accused publicly of having perpetrated sexual abuse against a boy scout in 1973. O'Connell's accuser claimed that when he was 12-years-old, O'Connell raped him at Camp Spes Mundi. The former boy scout said that, after injuring his ribs while wrestling with fellow campers, he was prescribed muscle-relaxants by a doctor and told to sleep indoors. That was when he said O'Connell had him spend the night in his room to "keep an eye" on him, then forcefully sodomized him. He said O'Connell left camp the next day and he never saw him again.

O'Connell's accuser received a financial settlement from the archdiocese in 2017 via its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Ordained: 1956
Died: November 21, 1984

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Justice For Magdalenes Research group voices redress concern

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Friday, June 09, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The Justice For Magdalenes Research (JFMR) group has written to the Ombudsman expressing its long-held concerns over the Magdalene redress scheme.

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall notified the Department of Justice of its intention to launch an investigation into the scheme last December.

In February, JFMR sent a 14-page letter to the office of the Ombudsman outlining eight separate areas where it claimed the scheme was not being administered fairly by the department, including:

The failure to provide the full range of health and community care services recommended by Mr Justice Quirke in 2013;

* Failure to backdate pension payments to retirement age;
* The lack of assistance for particularly vulnerable Magdalene survivors;
* The failure to establish important aspects of the recommended dedicated unit;
* The lack of fair procedures and/or transparency regarding the duration of time assessment;
* The unreasonable exclusion of women who worked as children in Magdalene Laundries on the basis of an irrationally narrow interpretation of the “admitted to” criterion;
* Lack of public access to the archive of state records informing the IDC Report;
* The refusal to accept state responsibility for forced labour or other abuse in Magdalene Laundries.

The department has at all times claimed it is administering the scheme in line with recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Pédophilie: l'ex-évêque d'Orléans (et de Perpignan) Mgr André Fort mis en examen pour non-

FRANCE
L'Independent

Dix ans après avoir été informé par une victime présumée d'attouchements sexuels de la part d'un prêtre de son diocèse, l'ancien évêque d'Orléans André Fort a été mis en examen jeudi pour n'avoir pas dénoncé les faits à la justice.

Mgr André Fort, évêque d'Orléans de 2002 à 2010, a été mis en examen jeudi matin par un juge d'instruction à la suite d'une décision de la chambre d'instruction d'Orléans, ont indiqué Martin Pradel et Edmond-Claude Fréty, avocats de trois victimes présumées du prêtre, qui se sont portées partie civile.

Mgr André Fort fut évêque du diocèse de Perpignan-Elne entre 1995 et 2002, date à laquelle il a été transféré à Orléans.

French ex-bishop charged for failing to report pedophilia

FRANCE
GMA News

Published June 9, 2017

ORLEANS, France - The former bishop of the French city of Orleans was charged Thursday with failing to report a pedophile priest under his watch, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.

Andre Fort, who was bishop of Orleans from 2002 until his retirement in 2010, was charged by investigators in the northern city, according to Martin Pradel and Edmond-Claude Frety, lawyers for three alleged victims pressing civil charges against disgraced priest Pierre de Castelet.

De Castelet, 66, is accused of child abuse dating back to 1993 when he served as chaplain at a camp for young Christians and was charged in 2012. He also worked as a chaplain for the European Scouts movement.

It was Fort's successor Jacques Blaquart who reported de Castelet to authorities after one of the alleged victims contacted him in 2011. Blaquart said last year that the case involved "eight or nine cases of the touching of minors, of victims aged around 12".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Clergy sex abuse victim to discuss NY Archdiocese compensation program

NEW YORK
Staten Island Advance

BY DIANE C. LORE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Clergy sex abuse survivor Shaun Dougherty will be attending upcoming community board meetings in Staten Island to discuss the New York Archdiocese compensation program for abuse victims.

The deadline to apply for the program was set for July 31, but the Archdiocese has extended it to Nov. 1.

A total of 145 victims have submitted claims under the program so far since it was announced by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in October, 2016; 122 have accepted the compensation offered, according to archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling.

Dougherty said he wants to encourage survivors to register before the program expires.

As part of his effort to raise awareness for the program, he is also sending letters to local churches urging them to discuss the program with their parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

DPC gets vaccine record alteration complaint

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Friday, June 09, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Gardaí have forwarded a complaint for the personal attention of the Data Protection Commissioner that files relating to vaccine trials in Bessborough mother and baby home were altered in 2002.

The complaint was made by Mari Steed after the Irish Examiner revealed in November that the files of mothers and children used in the 1960/61 4-in-1 vaccine trial were altered in 2002 — just weeks after the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse sought discovery of records from the religious order running the home.

Ms Steed was one of the children used in the trial and was subsequently adopted in the US. Her natural mother’s file is one of those listed as having been changed. Gardaí investigating the matter have written to her to say the complaint has been forwarded for the “personal attention” of Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.

Ms Steed said she felt she had a personal obligation to make a Garda complaint on the matter, She said Tusla, which now holds the records, has “an ethical, moral, and public interest” in contacting all of the people it can confirm were part of a trial.

The Irish Examiner put a series of questions to the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in relation to the document outlining the above changes. The order declined to answer any of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Revealed: Police were ‘given name of paedophile priest Father Eugene as early as 1992’

UNITED KINGDOM
Islington Gazette

Sam Gelder

The name of a paedophile priest who raped and assaulted boys for decades before being jailed last month was handed to police in 1992, the Gazette can reveal.

“Father Eugene” was identified in information about suspected child abuse given to former Islington social worker and whistleblower Liz Davies, who passed it on to police.

Dr Davies contacted the Gazette after reading our story last week about Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, who was jailed for 22 years for carrying out horrific abuse at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road and elsewhere in Islington.

It follows an investigation by the Gazette that revealed new evidence about child abuse in the borough in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Dr Davies and former Evening Standard journalist Eileen Fairweather, who blew the lid on the borough’s child abuse scandal in 1992, have both confirmed the name “Father Eugene” was passed to Scotland Yard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

‘Horrible mistakes’ saw abusive priests escape justice

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

CHRIS MARSHALL
Friday 09 June 2017

A “dreadful misunderstanding” of child abuse led the Catholic Church to offer therapy to paedophile priests and agree deals to avoid prosecutions.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard the Church attempted to “repair” clerics who committed offences against children and had made “horrible mistakes” in its treatment of victims.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Peter Smith said the Church “seldom” used its own formal processes in the past to punish sex offenders, choosing instead to send them to retreat houses for therapy.

Mgr Smith said in cases where the police and prosecution service became involved, often no further action was taken when it was agreed the priest would receive help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Catholic Church sent paedophile priests away 'for them to be fixed': Prosecutors turned blind eye to abuse

SCOTLAND
The Daily Mail

By Graham Grant For The Daily Mail

The Catholic Church in Scotland has admitted it made a 'huge mistake' by sending paedophile priests away to be 'fixed' rather than prosecuting them.

A senior cleric said yesterday that abuse was seen as a 'sin' and the church focused more on 'treating' child molesters than on helping their young victims.

He said there were occasions when prosecutors turned a blind eye and agreed not to bring charges on the condition abusers received therapy, with their crimes seen as a 'moral fault that could be fixed by prayer and retreat'.

Some abusers were sent to a hospital in Ireland, he revealed.

Monsignor Peter Smith, former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, told a hearing of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh that abuse had 'always been seen as a serious sin for a cleric' and that there was an internal court process for accused priests.

But he said the 'reality was these processes were seldom used' because the abuse was seen as a 'sin' that could be 'sorted'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Gallup Diocese’s healing service in Thoreau postponed

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., June 6, 2017

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent
religion@gallupindependent.com

GALLUP — Officials with the Diocese of Gallup have postponed a healing service for clergy sex abuse survivors that had been scheduled this week in Thoreau.

The healing service was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School. It has been pushed back three weeks to June 29.

“In order to properly accommodate the 30-day requirement we found it necessary to reschedule the healing service,” Suzanne Hammons, the diocese’s spokeswoman, said in an email Friday.

According to the non-monetary provisions of the diocese’s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, Gallup Bishop James S. Wall is required to visit each operating Catholic parish or school in the diocese where sex abuse occurred or where a credibly accused abuser was assigned. The diocese is also required to publicize each healing service 30 days in advance through notices posted in parishes, church bulletins, on the diocesan website, and in the diocese’s Voice of the Southwest publication.

Hammons was asked how the diocese is publicizing the St. Bonaventure healing service since the school will be closed for the summer and Thoreau has no Catholic parish and therefore no church bulletins.

Hammons said the new date has actually been posted on the diocesan website for several weeks, and notices have been sent to several parishes near Thoreau for inclusion in their bulletins.

“The new date was not made to fit in the schedule of the school year,” she said. “Students at St. Bonaventure are not the intended audience for the healing service — our first priority is the survivors.”

However, the one publicly known clergy sex abuse survivor from Thoreau is a former St. Bonaventure student who was abused at the school by the Rev. Douglas McNeill, the school’s former director for 20 years. That abuse survivor filed a clergy abuse lawsuit in 1994 and signed a settlement agreement with the Diocese of Gallup and St. Bonaventure in 1995. His settlement of approximately $135,000 has been the only individual settlement amount publicly disclosed in the Gallup Diocese.

The abuse survivor, who lives in northern New Mexico, attended one of the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy hearings in Albuquerque in 2016. In comments to the Independent after the hearing, the man alleged he was not the only male student at St. Bonaventure to be sexually abused by McNeill, but he said he was the only one who came forward.

Thoreau area abusers

According to the Diocese of Gallup’s list of credibly accused clergy sex abusers, the following abusers have worked in Thoreau or nearby parishes or missions:

- Clement Hageman: Mission Center for Navajo Indians at Smith Lake and Thoreau, 1939.

- Douglas McNeill: St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, 1974-1994.

- Santino Casimano: St. Paul Parish in Crownpoint, 1975-1976.

- Michael Aten: St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, June 1976.

- John Boland: St. Paul Parish in Crownpoint and Risen Savior Mission in Bluewater, 1999.

Any abuse survivor who attends the healing service at St. Bonaventure is invited to meet privately with Wall after the service. The service is expected to be about 35 minutes.

According to the non-monetary provisions, any abuse survivor who wants a private meeting with the bishop at a different time has the right to make that request. In addition, communications to abuse survivors are required to be returned within two business days. Currently, there are two safe environment contacts in the diocese. Elizabeth Terrill, the victims’ assistance coordinator, can be contacted at 505-906-7357 or victimsassistance@dioceseofgallup.org. The Rev. Matthew Keller, the vicar general in the diocese, can be contacted at 505-722-6644 or vicargeneral@dioceseofgallup.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

WOFF minister faces 2nd trial next month

NORTH CAROLINA
WLOS

by Jennifer Emert

Thursday, June 8th 2017

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A minister at Word of Faith Fellowship faces a second trial next month.

Brooke Covington is charged with kidnapping and assaulting former church member Matthew Fenner. Four others are also charged in the case.

The judge declared a mistrial earlier this week after the jury foreman passed out documents to other jurors.

The next court calendar is set for July 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

New York Assembly Extends Statue Of Limitations For Child Abuse — Will Senate Act?

NEW YORK
Forward

June 8, 2017 By Sam Kestenbaum

The New York State Assembly on Wednesday approved the Child Victims Act legislation to extend the statute of limitation for criminal and civil child sex abuse cases.

It was the first time either chamber of the Legislature has approved that bill since 2008, the Times Union reported — though the legislation’s chances of passing in the state Senate are uncertain.

Under current law, the statute of limitations for felony sexual abuse crimes runs five years and begins at age 18.

But under this legislation, the five-year statute wouldn’t begin until the victim is 23, according to the Times Union, and the statute of limitations (for civil cases) would extend to age 50. The legislation would also create a one-year window for past victims of sexual abuse whose time period to bring a lawsuit has passed to file a civil lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Rabbi urges passage of child victims legislation

NEW YORK
Riverdale Press

By Alexandra Hutzler

It’s happened in our own backyard.

Oftentime, Riverdale can seem like a leafy oasis separate from outside chaos and corruption, with its stately red-brick homes and charming stony sidewalks built for raising families and hosting students.

But the community was rocked in 2012 with the revelation that Horace Mann School was the site of decades of sexual abuse. Then, in 2015, others claimed a rabbi at the Riverdale Jewish Center was taking naked boys as young as 12 into the sauna after games of racquetball or squash, though he was never accused of overt sexual acts.

As New York state law now stands, victims of child sex abuse have five years to bring forward a case once they turn 18. This means they have until they are 23 to confront their abusers — the same age many young adults graduate college or move into their first apartment.

The only other states with such a statute of limitations are Mississippi, Alabama and Michigan — all of which rank among the worst in the nation in terms of how their criminal justice laws treats victims, according to the National Association for the Prosecution of Child Abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Negotiations to begin in church sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | The Guam Daily Post

The attorney representing the plaintiffs in more than 50 clergy child sex abuse cases filed in federal court announced yesterday he would be filing a motion to stay his clients' cases as he enters negotiations for possible out-of-court settlements with the Hope and Healing program.

Attorney David Lujan is representing dozens of named and unnamed plaintiffs who have accused former archdiocese clergy including priests and bishops, the Boy Scouts of America and the Archdiocese of Agana as a whole of either perpetrating, aiding or abetting the sexual abuse of minors from as far back as the 1950s up to as recently as the 1980s. Lujan told District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan yesterday that he would be filing for a stay sometime next week.

Lujan reported that Hope and Healing's goal is to settle all the cases by Sept. 1. However, given the short period of time between now and the start of September, he added that if settlement talks began and his clients were satisfied with the result, he feels it would not matter whether all of the cases had been completely resolved by then.

"As each case is evaluated and settled, some I expect will settle and some I expect may not settle because perhaps the offer that is being given is not enough," Lujan said. "It depends on the particular plaintiff."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Elders of Cape Town church expel alleged abuser John Smyth

SOUTH AFRICA/UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by TIM WYATT 09 JUNE 2017

JOHN SMYTH, the man accused of savagely beating young men at Evangelical Christian camps during the 1970s and ’80s (News, 13 April), has been formally expelled from his church in South Africa, where he now lives.

In a lengthy statement, the elders of Church-on-Main, Cape Town, where Mr Smyth and his wife, Anne, have worshipped since 2013, announced that the Smyths would be “excommunicated, with all its scriptural implications”, because of Mr Smyth’s refusal to engage with the church leadership about the allegations.

The statement explains that the church was aware that some had criticised Mr Smyth’s holiday-camp ministry in Zimbabwe when he first joined Church-on-Main, four years ago, but had been assured that this was nothing more than jealousy at the ministry’s success.

Last September, however, the church elders found out that Mr Smyth was regularly meeting young men from Church-on-Main at a sports club, playing squash before showering together and then questioning them about “pornography, masturbation, and other sexual matters”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Dump antiquated laws to finally give victims their day in court

NEW YORK
Riverdale Press

Posted June 9, 2017

There’s a big difference between being prayed for and preyed upon. That’s one of the many lessons moviegoers learned from the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” a couple years back about The Boston Globe journalism team that uncovered a child sexual abuse problem that extended well beyond a handful of bad priests.

The abuse scandal continues to rock the Catholic Church, even today, although we should be careful not to forget such heinous, innocence-destroying acts aren’t limited to a single group.

The Crimes Against Children Research Center, part of the University of New Hampshire, has found that 1-in-20 boys are victims of sexual abuse. It’s far worse for girls, however, where 1-in-5 are victimized.

And that’s just what’s reported. The shame and fear that floods a sexual abuse victim traumatizes these children into long-term silence, many well into adulthood — if not forever. It easily could take years for a victim to seek justice, yet in New York, if you don’t recover enough by the time you’re 23, you’re out of luck.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

'Unspeakably horrible': Man recalls rape by Somers priest

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, jfitzgib@lohud.com June 9, 2017

Long before he was defrocked, the Rev. Francis Stinner was a familiar figure in his Somers neighborhood, walking his poodle along the narrow residential streets where local kids were frequently found playing stick ball, kickball or basketball.

Many of them were from Italian- and Irish-Catholic families, and they knew Stinner from the old St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls. Some would ultimately sit in his classes at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, just a few miles away on Goldens Bridge Road, where he taught for years.

His home was a neatly-kept, one-story corner house that still sits there today. It is where he raped one of those boys.

"He would give me rides sometimes, buy me, like, soda or that type of thing. I’d be over to his house, and that’s when the incident happened," said the then-12-year-old boy, now a middle-aged father and businessman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

‘The Keepers’ Director Ryan White on Burning Questions, Theories, and New Developments

UNITED STATES
Collider

BY ADAM CHITWOOD JUNE 8, 2017

The true crime “docuseries” format is a relatively new phenomenon, but one that’s seen great success with watercooler shows like The Jinx and Making a Murderer. Netflix recently went all in on a new docuseries, The Keepers, which chronicles the murder of a nun in 1969 Baltimore, but what sets The Keepers apart from these others shows is its emotional core. While the series does indeed delve into the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnick, there’s an even more sinister undercurrent having to do with systemic sexual abuse by a Catholic priest at an all-girls school.

Throughout the series, director Ryan White maintains a laser focus on the survivors of this abuse, allowing them to tell their stories—no longer silenced. It makes The Keepers all the more emotionally involving and, in the end, long-lasting. It’s not a thrilling yet fleeting walk through a crime story. It’s a complex web of abuse that occurred and was allowed to occur by those in power, and one that’s taken years to fully uncover.

I recently got the chance to speak with White about the series. We discussed how he first became involved with this story, the evolution of its focus as time went on, aspects of the story that were left out of the finished series, and trying to keep everything together as the story got more and more convoluted. Given that there are so many unanswered questions we also addressed some theories regarding certain events and discussed the recent revelations having to do with Father Maskell as Baltimore continues to investigate Sister Cathy’s murder. It’s a wide-ranging interview that hopefully provides some insight into what it was like to bring this show to life, and the emotional impact that these stories had on White himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

'The Keepers' (Ep. 3): Covering Up The Cover Up

UNITED STATES
Oxygen

by Eric Shorey
June 8, 2017

Episode 3 of Netflix's true crime doc starts with Jean Hargadon Whener, the Jane Doe who came forward with startling accusations against the administrators at Archbishop Keough High School. “This is not just a story, this really happened,” she says as she lights a candle.

Doe remembers being taken to the body of Sister Cathy as an intimidation tactic to keep her from coming forward, with the abuses she suffered growing increasingly horrendous. Doe maintains she completely buried the memories for two decades before they arose again – she had created a completely normal life with no recollection of her trauma for 20 or so years. Interviews with Whener's family reveal a semi-idyllic upbringing in Baltimore and an inclination towards religiosity. In the early 90's, Wehner has a chance encounter with a former Keough high school student who asks her to come to a class reunion. Wehner reports experiencing extreme discomfort, although she couldn't explain why. While praying on her confusion later, she slowly began recalling the abuse she detailed in episode 2.

Whener talks about the denial she dealt with while she recovered these deeply repressed memories – and the antecedent guilt about not reporting it. Jean attempted to inform various pastors about the abuse. They begin to build a case against the abusive administration, with Jean eventually making a formal statement to the Archdiocese. They asked Jean to find another student who faced abuse to corroborate on her story. Not only couldn't she, she was also unwilling to ask anyone to re-live their trauma. Whener brought forward more names of potential abusers, but the archdiocese refuses to cooperate until someone else comes forward with allegations – they're baseless otherwise.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step aside from duties to prepare trial defence

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

David Marr
Friday 9 June 2017

Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, is preparing to step aside from his duties after the New South Wales court of appeal unanimously dismissed his latest attempt to have a charge of failing to report child abuse quashed.

A spokeswoman for archbishop told Guardian Australia. “Now that there has been clarification on some of the points of law which arise, the archbishop is keen to move onto the trial preparation phase and will take time away from his duties when the trial approaches so that he can prepare his defence and demonstrate his innocence.”

Wilson is the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged with failing to report child sex abuse. He stood aside in March 2015 after a magistrate held he had to stand trial but resumed duties in Adelaide early last year as his legal team continued to fight through the courts.

The archbishop has now failed at every hurdle. The magistrate, a supreme court judge and now three members of the court of appeal – including the chief justice of NSW Tom Bathurst QC – have all found that the archbishop must stand trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

‘The Keepers’ Will Make You Totally Re-Think Trauma On TV

UNITED STATES
Junkee

by MEG WATSON 9 JUNE 2017

If Netflix had a category labelled Trauma – and it surely can’t be far away – The Keepers would be a Top Pick. There’s never been any secret that this, a show about a murdered nun, was full of tragedy. But the sheer scope and depth of that hurt has taken many by surprise.

This is a show primarily about a 26-year-old woman who was abducted and murdered; her head caved in and body left to rot, infested with maggots. The first episode then tells us of a second woman, abducted, killed, and largely forgotten; and their two families who are without answers. This is, ostensibly, our mystery.

But The Keepers, as we go on to learn in six more gut-wrenching instalments, is also a story of rape and assault and psychological torment; of institutional abuse, and men who were given powers to act like gods. It’s a story of women (it is almost exclusively women) who were manipulated and silenced and defeated, by threat or circumstance. The series lets us get to know these survivors, and tracks their pains as it collides with the monolithic structures of the Catholic Church and police.

The tragedy of The Keepers isn’t just in a dead nun and those she left behind. The tragedy is that the documentary barely has a starting point to go off, and often doesn’t know exactly what it’s looking at. How do you hunt for a killer – let alone feel any thrill in the chase – when you’re watching everyone wash someone’s blood off their hands?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

June 8, 2017

One year later: still waiting for the Vatican policy on negligent bishops

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler Jun 08, 2017

The short piece that appears below was originally posted on this site one year ago: on June 6, 2016. The references are now dated (when I refer to “last June,” for instance, it’s now the June before last; and the motu proprio now more than year old), but the logic still holds. We’re still waiting for reassurance that the Vatican under Pope Francis is serious about a crackdown on bishops who ignore sexual abuse.

The new motu proprio is entitled Come una Madre Amorevole, but it might just as well have been named “And This Time We Really Mean It.” The papal document does not (despite what you might have read in the headlines) create a policy for removing bishops who neglect evidence of sexual abuse. The Code of Canon Law already provided for the removal of bishops “for grave causes.” The new motu proprio only clarifies the process for ousting a bishop, and states clearly what everyone should already know: that failure to curtail sexual abuse of minors by clerics is a “grave cause.”

Thus it was already possible—a week or a year or a decade ago—for the Vatican to remove a bishop who protected sexual predators. With the release of the motu proprio we know more about how the Vatican would go about ousting a negligent bishop. We still don’t know whether or when the new procedures will be put to use.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM

Former Emmaus priest admits to child porn charge

PENNSYLVANIA
Lehigh Valley Live

BY SARAH CASSI scassi@lehighvalleylive.com,
For lehighvalleylive.com

A former Emmaus priest admitted on Thursday to downloading nude pictures of children for sexual gratification.

John Mraz, a monsignor and pastor of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Emmaus before being removed from public ministry, pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: possession of child pornography, illegal use of a communication facility and obtaining obscene/sexual images.

He is slated to be sentenced at a later date, following a presentence investigation. Under the plea deal, Mraz's minimum sentence is capped at 6 months in jail, meaning the judge could

The 67-year-old Mraz has "serious medical issues," according to prosecutors, and used a walker to walk into court and up to the judge's bench. Mraz currently lives at Holy Family Villa for priests in Bethlehem while being free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Former Waynesville priest pleads guilty to sex assault charge

NORTH CAROLINA
WLOS

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
A former Waynesville priest pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a Rhode Island boarding school student.

Howard White Jr. was rector at Grace Church in Waynesville from 1984 until 2006.

Prosecutors say the now 75-year-old White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston when the boy was 15 and 16. At the tim, White worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

White, who was stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church, received an 18-month sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Allentown Diocese Catholic priest pleads guilty to child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

Laurie Mason Schroeder
Of The Morning Call

A Roman Catholic priest forced to step down after child pornography was discovered on his computer, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lehigh County Court.

Monsignor John S. Mraz, formerly of St. Ann Catholic Church in Emmaus, told Judge Maria L. Dantos that he didn't remember downloading the child pornography but didn't contest that he possessed it.

"This is the first that I'm hearing a description of the pictures," Mraz said. "I don't recall those types of images, but if they're on the computer, they're there."

Mraz, 67, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, criminal use of a communication device and possessing obscene or sexual materials, all felonies. He will be sentenced in about 90 days, following a Megan's Law review.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Assembly passes child victims act bill; sponsor “demands” Senate vote

NEW YORK
Legislative Gazette

Written by By THOMAS GIERY PUDNEY, assistant editor on June 8, 2017

The Assembly passed a long-contested Child Victims Act bill Wednesday afternoon, giving childhood sexual abuse victims hope they may soon have the opportunity seek justice for crimes committed years ago.

Passing by a margin of 129-7, the Child Victims Act (A.5885-a) extends the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of sexual acts committed against a child from 23 to 28 years of age, and allows for civil action until the victim’s 50th birthday. The bill also allows for a one year “lookback window” during which victims are allowed to file suit against abusers formerly protected by the statute of limitations in New York state, which is one of the most limited in the country.

This one-year window has been the main sticking point for this bill over the last several years. Churches and other organizations fear an onslaught of legal actions for abuse that may have happened decades ago, holding innocent members and donors financially responsible for crimes they didn’t commit.

On the other hand, proponents of the bill say allowing previous victims to seek compensation is the only way victims will find justice and closure.

“Legislators have a responsibility to protect kids. Senate Republicans have failed miserably at this.” said Gary Greenberg, an abuse survivor and founder of the Fighting for Children Public Action Committee. “I call on this governor to speak up now . . . provide safety, protect our kids, bring justice for victims and take predators off the street.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Missbrauchs-Skandal bei Domspatzen vor Abschluss

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburger Nachricten

[The investigations have been taking place for several years and now the number of possible victims amounts to about 422 former at the Domspatzen.cathedral choir.]

Seit mehreren Jahren laufen die Ermittlungen, mittlerweile beläuft sich die Zahl der möglichen Opfer auf etwa 422 ehemalige Domspatzen. Erstmals trat 2010 Alexander Probst mit seinen Erfahrungen ans Licht, von Pax Christi wurde ihm deshalb dieses Jahr ein Preis für Zivilcourage verliehen. Bis Ende 2017 sollen die Opfer mit zwischen 5.000 und 20.000 Euro Schmerzensgeld entschädigt werden, je nach Schwere des Missbrauchs.

Die Opfer, die in den vergangenen Jahren nach und nach vortraten, wurden zwischen 1945 und Anfang der 1990er sexuell und körperlich missbraucht und gedemütigt. Viele trauten sich nicht darüber zu reden – bis Alexander Probst (Foto unten), in der Hoffnung endlich Frieden und Aufklärung zu finden, den Schritt wagte und als Erster an die Öffentlichkeit trat. Wie die Anderen, die ihm später folgten, hatte er Geschichten von Grausamkeit, Pädophilie und Perversion zu erzählen, ein Schicksal, das viele berührte und viele, die es teilten, dazu ermutigte auch an die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Diözese Würzburg zeigt Ruhestandspriester an

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

Das Bistum Würzburg hat einen 55-jährigen Ruhestandspriester bei der Staatsanwaltschaft wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Minderjährigen angezeigt. Dieser Missbrauch soll Anfang der 1990er Jahre in Österreich passiert sein. Dort war der Priester damals Mitglied einer Ordensgemeinschaft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Diözese Würzburg zeigt Ruhestandspriester an

DEUTSCHLAND
Bistum Wurzburg

[Würzburg (POW) On Thursday 8 June, the Diocese of Würzburg denounced a retired priest (55) to the Würzburg prosecutor's office for an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor.]

Würzburg (POW) Die Diözese Würzburg hat am Donnerstag, 8. Juni, einen Ruhestandspriester (55) bei der Staatsanwaltschaft Würzburg wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Minderjährigen angezeigt.

Dieser Missbrauch soll sich Anfang der 1990er Jahre in Österreich ereignet haben, wo der heute in der Diözese Würzburg lebende Priester als Mitglied einer Ordensgemeinschaft in einem Kloster tätig war. Erste Hinweise auf den angezeigten Vorfall waren in den vergangenen Wochen an das Bischöfliche Ordinariat Würzburg herangetragen worden. Nach eigenen Recherchen und der Konfrontation des Priesters mit dem Vorwurf erfolgte durch Generalvikar Thomas Keßler die Anzeige. Die Diözese Würzburg informierte unverzüglich die römische Glaubenskongregation von dem Vorfall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Diözese Würzburg stellt Anzeige wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs

DEUTSCHLAND
Main Post

[The diocese of Würzburg has advised Würzburg prosecutor's office of a retired priest who allegedly abused a minor. This was announced by the Ordinariat on Thursday.]

Christine Jeske
WÜRZBURG

Die Diözese Würzburg hat einen Ruhestandspriester bei der Staatsanwaltschaft Würzburg wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Minderjährigen angezeigt. Das teilte das Ordinariat am Donnerstag mit. Die Diözese stützt sich auf Hinweise, die sie durch den Vorsitzenden einer Opferinitiative, Johannes Heibel, und dieser Redaktion erhalten hat. Ebenso auf eigene Recherchen.

Aufgrund dieser Anfragen wurde der Diözese bekannt, dass sich der mutmaßliche Missbrauch Anfang der 1990er Jahre in Österreich ereignet haben soll. Ab 2000 wurde dem Priester eine Gemeinde in der Diözese Würzburg anvertraut. Dort hat er nachweislich 2002 einen Jungen missbraucht und wurde zu einer Freiheitsstrafe von zehn Monaten auf Bewährung verurteilt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Closed Scituate church on market for $2.2 million

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Johanna Seltz GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JUNE 08, 2017

The Scituate Roman Catholic church occupied for nearly 12 years by parishioners opposed to its closing is on the market for $2.2 million.

St. Franccs X. Cabrini church and its surrounding 16.2 acres are likely to become a residential development, according to the realtor listing the property.

“We are getting a lot of interest in the land from many, many developers,” said Elaine Bongarzone of the Jack Conway real estate firm.

Vigilers held their last service at St. Frances X. Cabrini in May 2016.

The Archdiocese of Boston closed the church in 2004 -- a move challenged by parishioners who staged an almost 12-year vigil and occupied the church round-the-clock until their legal appeals ran out. The parishioners held a farewell service in May 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Lawmaker gives emotional account of being molested by her pastor when she was 10, before Assembly passes child victim bill

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ALBANY - The Assembly on Wednesday gave long-awaited passage to a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice — but not before a lawmaker emotionally recounted how as a 10-year-old she was molested by her pastor.

Assemblywoman Rodneyese Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) during the two-hour debate talked about being bedridden and home-schooled after a horrific car accident.

She said her religious mother arranged a large prayer group that eventually dwindled down to one — her pastor — as she recovered. That’s when things turned “sinful,” she said.

The pastor began to touch and kiss her in different parts of her house, including the living room and near the garage.

It was 34 years ago, but Bichotte said “that is an experience that I will never forget.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Vatican II, the sexual revolution and clergy sexual misconduct

AUSTRALIA
Eureka Street

Stephen de Weger | 06 June 2017

In light of the proposed Catholic Synod in 2020, there is an issue that, if not included, may prove to be a fatal flaw for the current church hierarchy.

As distasteful as it may be, having now been dragged through the public square of the royal commission, unless the Synod faces up to another plank in the Church's own eye, that of clergy sexual activity and misconduct involving adults, its hopes may well be dashed before they are even discussed.

Such sexual activity may be perceived in many ways. While it may be seen as a deeply human and spiritual expression of love between a celibate and an understanding other, it has also been described and experienced as 'mistakes' or 'experiments' on the journey to celibacy; the repercussions of mandatory celibacy; professional sexual misconduct; sexual/indecent assault; or simply spiritual and power abuse.

Regardless of how it is perceived, sexual activity between clergy and adults happens, and must be addressed. Not only does it happen, but research has shown 'clerics are more likely to engage in sexual misconduct with adults than minors'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM