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July 31, 2017

Filipino priest in child abuse case suspended

PHILIPPINES
The Gulf Today

By Manolo B. Jara August 01, 2017

MANILA: The influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday ordered the suspension of a 55-year-old parish priest, also the president of a Catholic-run college, who was arrested by the police for allegedly soliciting the services of a 13-year-old girl.

In a statement, the CBCP also announced in its website, it would conduct a separate but parallel investigation with the police on the case of Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos who was arrested on Friday by the police in suburban Marikina City in Metro in Manila in the company of the girl aboard a vehicle on their way to a motel.

The CBCP named Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, its former president, to conduct a separate inquiry which, if found guilty, would lead to his dismissal from priesthood.

His suspension also meant Lagarejos was stripped of his priestly duties like celebrating mass, according to CBCP.

Earlier, Lagarejos was likewise relieved of his post as the president of the Cainta Catholic College in the town of Cainta, Rizal province in Southern Luzon where he was the concurrent parish priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

‘No whitewash in Taytay priest probe’

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY NEIL ALCOBER, TMT ON JULY 31, 2017

MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro on Monday gave assurance that the truth will not be concealed in the investigation of Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, who was caught with a 13-year-old girl while on the way to a motel in Marikina City.

“There will be no whitewash on the case. No pressure [from the Catholic church],” Teodoro told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

He also urged parents to monitor their children’s use of social media, citing the growing incidence of sex crimes in the country associated with the popularity of Facebook and other social sites.

Senior Supt. Roger Quesada, Marikina police chief, said Lagarejos had brought the girl twice to a motel on separate dates and paid her P2,500 each time.

The priest is now detained at the Marikina City jail and facing charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Archbishop heads probe of priest caught with minor

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Tina G. Santos - Reporter / @santostinaINQ

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz has started investigating the case of Taytay priest Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos who was arrested while bringing a 13-year-old girl to a motel in Marikina City on July 28.

Cruz told reporters that Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon had assigned him to look into the “pedophile case.”

“This case is considered the gravest violation of the commandments, abuse of minors… I don’t know [how long the investigation would take], it depends on how fast I could gather evidence … how fast I could get my testimonies,” he said.

Cruz explained that once the Vatican has decided on the priest’s case, it would forward its ruling to De Leon.

Lagarejos, the parish priest of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested in an entrapment operation after the girl and her mother went to the police for help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM

Brisbane girls school Mt St Michael's College receives historical sexual abuse complaint

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Jennifer Huxley

An exclusive Brisbane girls school has revealed it received a formal complaint of historical sexual assault, dating back 40 years.

Mt St Michael's College, an all-girls Catholic high school in the inner suburb of Ashgrove, has written to former students about the allegations.

The letter, signed by principal Sharon Volp, said the abuse allegedly occurred between a student and a former staff member in the 1970s.

"With great sadness, I need to confirm that we have received a formal complaint regarding an allegation of sexual abuse in respect to one of our students and a former staff member going back to the period 1976-1978," the letter reads.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

What Happened Next To Fr. Wachs?

SOUTH DAKOTA
Keloland

June 29, 2017

Angela Kennecke reports:

Sioux Falls, SD

Our Eye on KELOLAND Investigation has uncovered allegations of sexual harassment in a Sioux Falls parish against its priest.

The alleged incidents happened back in 2014. We've brought you the story from the victim's point-of-view, who told us what happened and that her job was threatened for continuing to push the matter. We agreed to keep her identity hidden and change her name and voice.

"And when Matt (Althoff) said to me, that I will lose my job if I say another report and when Twila said, 'This is not good for you. Maybe you should look for another job,' it hurt me very badly because I went in there so they could help me. And it looks like they wanted to get rid of me," Cindy said.

Months after she reported it and the diocese first tried to save the working relationship and establish professional boundaries between Cindy and Fr. Justin Wachs, Fr. Wachs resigned from the parish and went on medical leave.

But it's what happened next that caused someone to threaten the diocese with going public with the matter, which they eventually did.

The Sioux Falls diocese told KELOLAND News that anonymous person who alerted KELOLAND Investigates to this incident is trying to hurt the church. The writer didn't agree with Fr. Wachs' "reassignment." Fr. Wachs' spoke to us only through his attorney who says his new assignment was in the works before he was accused of sexual harassment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Against Sioux Falls Priest

SOUTH DAKOTA
Keloland

June 27, 2017

Angela Kennecke reports:

Sioux Falls, SD

A Sioux Falls woman says she was sexually harassed while on the job. Her boss? A priest.

While she reported his behavior to leadership in 2014, she now takes issue with the way the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese handled it.

As this investigation unfolds, you may be surprised by what happened to this priest as well.

In the Roman Catholic religion, priests are viewed as a direct line of communication to God.

A church employee, whom we are calling "Cindy," agreed to come forward to talk about her allegations of sexual harassment against Fr. Justin Wachs on the condition we don't show her face and have someone else say her words.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Shapiro Urges Victims to Call Clergy Abuse Hotline

PENNSYLVANIA
WNPV

July 31, 2017

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro continues to remind citizens that child sex abuse is often carried out by predators who know how to get to their victims.

Shapiro recently commented on this fact after another catholic priest was arrested in Western Pa. for allegedly sexually abused a 10 year old boy in the early 1990’s. Shapiro urges victims to get in touch with the Attorney General’s office.

“If anyone has information regarding child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church here in Pennsylvania, please contact, the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-888-538-8541.

Retired priest John Thomas Sweeney was arrested in the Western, Pa case. The sex abuse allegedly happened during the 1991-92 school year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Ian George investigated over how St Peter’s College sex abuser priest John Mountford fled Adelaide in 1992

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Exclusive — Nigel Hunt, The Advertiser
July 31, 2017

FORMER Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Ian George is at the centre of a major SA Police investigation over the role he played in disgraced St Peter’s College priest John Mountford fleeing Australia in 1992.

In a shock development in the St Peter’s College abuse case, detectives are investigating if any of those involved in Mountford’s rapid exit from Adelaide perverted the course of justice or impeded an investigation into his activities.

They are also investigating if former St Peter’s headmaster Richard Burchnall, his deputy Ray Stanley or Dr George breached the Child Protection Act by not immediately reporting the sexual abuse of a student by the then Reverend Mountford to police.

The revelation comes after former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, appeared in a Melbourne Court last week on historic child sex charges and as current Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson prepares to fight a charge in Newcastle Local Court of concealing child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

St Peter’s College sex abuse case: Victim’s mother Helen continues to fight for justice for David

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Nigel Hunt, The Advertiser
July 31, 2017

FOR the past 25 years, Helen has been fighting for justice for her son, David.

At first it was against disgraced priest John Mountford, the man who sexually abused her son while he was a student at St Peter’s College. Once that avenue was exhausted, she took on the school that allowed the abuse to occur by employing the paedophile priest and allowing him to prey on the school community.

And once that fight was won, with a compensation settlement for her son, she turned her sights on not just those in charge of the school, but the head of Anglican Diocese of Adelaide at the time — Dr Ian George.

Helen, who does not wish to be identified, wants Dr George and the school to be held accountable over the role they played in Mountford’s rapid departure from Adelaide after he confessed to abusing a student.

While this occurred in June, 1992, she only became aware of the facts surrounding it in May, 2004, when an independent Board of Inquiry into the Adelaide diocese’s handling of sexual abuse allegations report was released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

AUSTRALIA’S WAR ON CHRISTIAN KIDS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why Cardinal George Pell will not be able to secure a fair trial in October:

If it weren’t for Cardinal George Pell, it would not matter a whole lot to the Catholic League if a free nation like Australia decided to emulate the totalitarian regime in North Korea. But he does matter, and that is why we are concerned. He has been the target of character assassins for a very long time, and will appear in a Melbourne court on October 6. Judging from recent events, it seems near impossible for him to get a fair trial.

Queensland, Australia’s second largest state, declared war on Christian children last week: they have been told to stop talking about Jesus in the school yard. Christmas cards that refer to the birth of Jesus have been banned, as have creating Christmas tree decorations. Beaded bracelets that share “the good news about Jesus” have also been prohibited.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Former priest launches challenge to stop trial on charge of indecent assault of young boy

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, July 31, 2017

A former Catholic priest has launched a High Court action aimed at stopping his trial on a charge he indecently assaulted a young boy more than thirty years ago, writes Ann O'Loughlin.

The man who has been sent forward to face trial before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court claims he is at risk of not getting a fair trial.

It is the man's case the DPP has allowed an unexplainable delay to occur in the prosecution of the case. The case, he also claims, has not been dealt with in an expeditious manner.

He claims he was charged with the offence more than three years after a complaint was made to the Gardaí.

It is also claimed that the man cannot get a fair trial because certain documents and records which the man had sought were destroyed.

He also claims that he has been denied fair procedures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

The Implosion of the Roman Catholic Church

ROME
Commonweal - Letter from Rome

By Robert Mickens
July 31, 2017

Some five years ago I was invited to speak at the City Club of Cleveland, Ohio.

“Since 1912, the City Club has served as one of the (United States’) oldest, non-partisan and continuously operating free speech forums,” says the organization’s website.

The topic of my talk was the Vatican implosion and, as a result, the long and gradual collapse of the Catholic Church’s monarchical structure of governance and ministry.

I argued that as the last absolute monarchy in the West (and most anywhere else in the world), the organization of the Roman Church has become an anachronism. It made sense when monarchies were a fundamental feature of human society. But no longer.

This outdated model of the Catholic Church’s structure no longer incarnates the reality of the lived experience of believers, the staggering majority of whom live in societies that are becoming more and more, and to varying degrees, participatory and representative democracies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

CBCP Asks 13-Year Old Girl Victim's Mother to Forgive Priest Who Was Arrested for Attempted Sexual Abuse

PHILIPPINES
Philippine News Courier

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spoke in connection with the priest who was arrested Friday night, July 28 in Marikina City for attempting to sexually abuse a 13-year old girl. The suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation, after the victim’s mother reported to the Marikina City police’s women and child protection department.

"As Christians, we are bound to forgive those who sin against us as we ask God to forgive our sins. So much so if the sin was not really committed.” Outgoing CBCP President Socrates Villegas said during his mass in his hometown Lingayen, Pangasinan, Sunday morning. He will be replaced by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles this coming December 1.

And although he did not mention the name of Rev. Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, who was arrested while he was on his way to a motel along with a pimp, Archbishop Soc Villegas reminded everyone that even priests are also tempted to commit sin. "No one is excuse for committing sins, even we priests are prone to commit mortal sins." He added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

La rivincita della Curia nella finanza In bilico anche il presidente dello Ior

ROMA
Corriere della Sera

di Massimo Franco

S i va delineando un Vaticano ad interim nelle sue strutture economiche. L’uscita di scena in rapida successione del supervisore generale Libero Milone e del superministro delle Finanze, il cardinale George Pell, ha portato alla nomina di personaggi di transizione. E entro l’estate potrebbe essere sostituito anche Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, presidente dello Ior, la cosiddetta «banca del Vaticano». Nominato nel luglio del 2014, il francese de Franssu da tempo si sente esautorato. Avverte una freddezza crescente nei suoi confronti dopo la controversa nomina a direttore generale di Gianfranco Mammì, avvenuta alla fine del 2015: una scelta personale di papa Francesco, che si presentò nella sede dello Ior e disse che l’incarico sarebbe toccato a Mammì. Ormai, de Frannsu va a Roma soltanto un paio di giorni a settimana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Commentator sees ‘thin results’ from Pope’s financial ‘shock therapy’

ROME
Crux

One of Italy’s most respected political journalists wrote on Saturday in "Corriere della Sera," considered the country’s paper of record, that the “shock therapy” Francis tried to impose on Vatican finances has yielded “thin results.” Massimo Franco also suggested things are drifting back toward what Vatican insiders call “normality,” meaning the situation prior to the initial reforms three years ago, and that another key figure in the pope's attempted reform may soon be gone.

Perceptions of setbacks and power struggles, the recent exits of two key financial officials, and a Vatican trial for misappropriation of funds in which a cardinal at the heart of the affair has not been charged or even investigated, all have prompted some observers to start writing obituaries for the pontiff’s plans for a sweeping reform of Vatican finances.

One of Italy’s most respected political journalists didn’t go quite that far on Saturday, but writing in Corriere della Sera, considered the country’s paper of record, Massimo Franco declared that the “shock therapy” Francis imposed on Vatican finances has yielded “thin results,” and that things are drifting back toward what Vatican insiders call “normality,” meaning the situation prior to the initial reforms three years ago.

In particular, Franco said that the Secretary of State, the Vatican’s powerful central coordinating department, is reacquiring its traditional supremacy with regard to financial management. Curbing that domination originally was considered among the pillars of Francis’s reforms.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Twice Silenced: The Underreporting of Child Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities

UNITED STATES
ReseachGate

[with download]

Article · July 2017

1st David Katzenstein
New York University

2nd Lisa Aronson Fontes
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract
Child sexual abuse remains an underreported crime throughout the world, despite extensive research and resources dedicated both to improving investigative techniques and helping children disclose their experiences. The discovery of rampant cover-ups within the Catholic Church has exposed some of the ways religious and cultural issues can impede reporting to authorities. This article examines specific factors that contribute to the underreporting of child sexual abuse within Orthodox Jewish communities. It also explores ways in which these communities have handled child sexual abuse reporting in the past and describes recent progress. Implications are offered for CSA prevention, detection, and recovery in Orthodox Jewish communities as well as other minority religious groups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Investigation of home in Cork where hundreds died will go ahead

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, July 31, 2017 Conall Ó Fátharta and Noel Baker

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission investigation of Bessborough mother-and-baby home will not be affected by the planned sale of the site.

The Irish Examiner recently revealed that the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary have put the site up for sale. It is likely to fetch a multimillion-euro sum.

The campus now houses the Bessborough Centre, a charity that works with vulnerable families. It offers therapeutic care and education.

The cemetery and remembrance site are not included in the portfolio, and any sale will be on condition that a new building is put in place to house the continuing work of the Bessborough Centre.

The sale is subject to several conditions, including that the buyer provide a new facility for the present service, which involves residential and community-based family assessment and support services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

'I feel you saved us from a lot of grief' - son thanks mother for refusing to allow paedophile priest Brendan Smyth take him on drive

IRELAND
Irish Independent

In a chilling letter in the Sunday Independent a man has thanked his mother for not allowing a priest, who was later found to be a serial child abuser, to bring him and his brother for a drive.
The letter is part of the Letter I wish I'd Sent series running in the Sunday Independent.

The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, penned a letter to his mother and thanked her for the loving environment he and his siblings were raised in.

He went on to say that his mother declined the offer from Fr Brendan Smyth to take he and his brother for a drive.

"I feel that your refusal saved both your sons a lot of grief and abuse and allowed us to continue growing up having a great childhood in a great family in a great little town," he said.

The letter in full reads:

Dear Mam,

After reading the 'Letter I Wished I'd Sent' on page 10 of the Sunday Independent of July 23, I turned to page 14 and there staring at me was a picture of Brendan Smyth, the serial child sex abuser, below. You and Dad created a loving environment for our large family, in our small West of Ireland town.

How fortunate my younger brother and myself were, when aged 10 and 12 as Mass servers during a week's Retreat by the said Brendan Smyth, you were strong enough as a very religious woman to decline Smyth's offer on two different evenings when he called to our house to take my brother and myself out for "a drive to the neighbouring town".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Cop: Priest had booked minor twice

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Aie Balagtas See - Reporter / @ABalagtasSeeINQ

Friday night was not the first time Taytay, Rizal parish priest Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos had booked a 13-year-old girl through her pimp who was also a minor.

“They had met before. According to the girl, [Friday] would have been the third time,” Marikina police chief Senior Supt. Roger Quesada told the Inquirer in a phone interview on Sunday.

The 55-year-old Lagarejos, parish priest of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested by authorities on Friday night as he was taking the girl to a motel in Marikina City in his sport utility vehicle.

“The girl went with the priest because there was money involved. She said the priest paid her P2,500 per booking,” Quesada said.

According to him, Lagarejos met the girl through the 16-year-old pimp who was her friend. The police, however, have yet to establish how and when the priest met the pimp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Southwark delivers Leifer petition

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL
Australian Jewish News

MEMBER for Caulfield David Southwick has presented Israeli politicians with a petition calling for the extradition of alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer.

The Victorian MP met with Likud Member of the Knesset (MK) Sharren Haskel, Labor MK Michal Biran and director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Yuval Rotem while in Israel last week.

“I am confident the petition I presented to the Israeli Knesset on behalf of the victims and the Victorian Jewish community will build momentum to have Malka Leifer extradited to face allegations of sexual abuse,” Southwick said.

“I thank all of those 17,000 people who signed this important petition and supported the victims’ fight for justice.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

July 30, 2017

Paedophile priest's pic taken down at Dunedin's Kavanagh College

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

By Chris Morris

A paedophile priest's picture has been removed from the wall at Dunedin's Kavanagh College after a group of old boys complained.

But the group's call for the Catholic college to consider a name change, to end another association with the priest's dark past, has been rejected.

The situation emerged after Dr Murray Heasley and 12 other old boys of the college and its predecessor, St Paul's High School, wrote to college principal Tracey O'Brien to raise concerns.

Heasley said he was horrified to discover a picture of former priest and convicted sex offender Magnus Murray on display at the college when he visited earlier this year.

Murray was jailed for five years in 2003, after admitting 10 charges of sexual offending against four young boys between 1958 and 1972.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Diocese settles three sexual abuse lawsuits involving late priest Linus Bastien

CANADA
Windsor Star

TREVOR WILHELM

The London diocese has settled lawsuits from three victims of an accused pedophile priest who died before facing justice in a criminal trial.

Lawyer Robert Talach said the three victims of Linus Bastien settled for a total of less then $400,000, but the money wasn’t the point for them.

“Beyond the money they got acknowledgment and they got confirmation that the evidence overwhelmingly leads to the conclusion that Bastien did this,” said Talach, with Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers in London. “Just because the criminal part didn’t get to the end of the road, I think what this process allowed is these guys got acknowledgment that there’s no doubt in either side’s mind here that Bastien did what they say he did.”

The London diocese couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday night.

The three victims were altar boys in their early teens at St. Paul Parish in LaSalle when they were allegedly abused in the 1970s. The lawsuits were settled last week. Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers has another five lawsuits from Bastien victims that are still ongoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

'You're presumed guilty and priests are terrified' - Irish priest falsely accused of sexually abusing a child

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kathy Armstrong
July 30 2017

A priest who was falsely accused of sexually abusing a child has called the ordeal "years of hell" and said he received no official support from the Catholic church.

Father Tim Hazelwood said that factors such as years of scandals involving the church and an increased workload are putting our clergymen at an increased risk of suicide and he is encouraging them to reach out if they are under strain.

In 2009 he said he was informed that an anonymous complaint about child abuse had been made against him to the diocese.

The individual never came forward and the complaint was forwarded to the HSE and the gardaí.
The man then proceeded to send anonymous letters and threatening phone-calls to the priest directly Fr Hazelwood said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Delays common in reporting child sexual abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
WITF

(Harrisburg) -- Last Monday, the State Attorney General announced charges against another priest accused of sexually abusing a child.

The alleged abuse happened two-and-a-half decades ago.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the case against retired priest John Thomas Sweeney outside the Westmoreland County Catholic school where the alleged abuse occurred in the 1991-92 school year.

In outlining the accusations, Shapiro noted that it is often decades before such abuse allegations surface, due to misplaced shame and confusion in the young victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

"Wir haben ein monarchisches System in der Kirche"

DEUTSCHLAND
Domradio

["We have a monarchical system in the Church."]

Mit Entsetzen wurde fast einhellig auf den Bericht über den Missbrauch bei den Domspatzen reagiert. Wolfgang Beck erklärt im domradio.de-Interview, was schief lief und warum die Skandale eine Chance für die Kirche sind.

domradio.de: Das waren deutliche Worte, die Sie da am Samstag gewählt haben. Sie sind selbst Priester. Hat Sie das schockierende Ausmaß des Missbrauchs und der Misshandlungen auch von Amtskollegen überrascht?

Pfarrer Wolfgang Beck (Professor für Pastoraltheologie an der katholischen Hochschule in Sankt Georgen): Nein, man muss auch sagen, dass man als katholischer Christ schon einiges in den letzten Jahren gewohnt ist. Der Aufarbeitungsprozess in Regensburg dauert auch schon einige Jahre an, sodass klar war, dass der Bericht sicherlich vieles enthalten würde, was noch mal für Erschrecken sorgt. Was dann aber auch wichtig ist, sind zwei unterschiedliche Ebenen: Das eine ist die Aufarbeitung, die geleistet werden muss und dass man sich um die Opfer kümmert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

German Jesuit urges the public to pressure bishops on abuse investigations

GERMANY
La Croix

“The idea that the Church, the Christian faith, and even the Bible message would be harmed if one openly discusses the problems and calls a spade a spade has become too deeply rooted in Catholic circles,” Fr Wolfgang Beck said.

Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

A young Jesuit theologian has called on the wider public to force Germany’s bishops into investigating Church structures that foment clerical power and lack of transparency, elements he said are directly linked to abuse of minors.

“Please help to keep up the pressure,” Fr Wolfgang Beck said on July 23rd while making one of his frequent appearances on the widely viewed “Word for Sunday” program on German state television’s flagship channel.

The 43-year-old pastoral theologian spoke about the shame he felt after the reading the recently published Regensburg Domspatzen report, which revealed that more than 500 choir boys had been physically and sexually abused.

Fr Beck, who teaches at the Sankt Georgen Jesuit University and seminary in Frankfurt, said some commentators had described the report as a “glimpse of hell”.

“When one thinks of what the victims went through and the sluggish reaction of those responsible in the Church, I can only say once again that words fail me. As a citizen I am horrified and as a priest deeply ashamed,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Gefangen in den Wäldern der Wut

OSTERREICH
News

[Georg P. is a church abuse victim in Austria, recognized by the responsible commission, but not by his own family - for his own brother is a Catholic dignitary. The commission of the Catholic Church had no doubts about the police protocols and psychological expertise: Georg P., an agriculturist from the Innviertel and now 41 years old, was abused by a Benedictine priest named Berthold between his 10th and 15th years. The abuse happened regularly, systematically and brutally. The man of God is now even classified as a "dangerous criminal" and is considered to be mentally ill. Too late for Georg for Father Berthold passed away eight years ago without ever being accountable before an earthly court.]

Georg P. ist ein kirchliches Missbrauchsopfer, anerkannt von der zuständigen Kommission, nicht aber von der eigenen Familie - denn der eigene Bruder ist katholischer Würdenträger

Für die von der katholischen Kirche eingesetzte Opferschutzkommission bestanden nach Einsicht in die polizeilichen Protokolle und psychologischen Gutachten keinerlei Zweifel mehr: Georg P., Landwirtschaftstechniker aus dem Innviertel und heute 41 Jahre alt, war zwischen seinem zehnten und 15. Lebensjahr von einem Benediktinerpater namens Berthold missbraucht worden. Regelmäßig, systematisch und brutal. Kirchenintern wird der Gottesmann mittlerweile sogar als "gefährlicher Krimineller" und "hochgradig psychisch kranker Mensch" eingestuft. Zu spät für Georg, denn Pater Berthold verstarb vor nunmehr acht Jahren - ohne je vor einem irdischen Gericht Rechenschaft abgelegt zu haben. Und ohne etwas von der Strahlkraft eingebüßt zu haben, die er in all den Jahren zuvor auf Georgs Familie ausgeübt hatte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Taytay priest faces dismissal over ‘child trafficking’

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

TAYTAY (Rizal) parish priest Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos will be removed as priest and stripped of all his Church duties if proven guilty of human trafficking allegations involving a 13-year old girl, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“Abuse of minors is very grievous offense. If he is proven grievously immoral for abuse of minors, he will be removed as priest. He will be stripped of all his rights and duties as priest,” former CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz told The Manila Times.

“Molestation of minors is the most grievous offense that can be committed by a cleric. That is a serious matter that will be dealt with appropriately by Church authorities,” Cruz said.

He has been designated by Antipolo Bishop Francis de Leon to lead the Diocese of Antipolo’s panel of investigators that will determine the veracity of the accusations against Lagarejos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

The Cardinal, The Church and Legal Theatre: Historic Procedure in Melbourne Magistrates Court

AUSTRALIA
Center for Research on Globalization

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Global Research, July 29, 2017

“The world is watching.” – Cathy Kezelman, Blue Knot Foundation president, The Washington Post, Jul 25, 2017

The show on Wednesday was grim, busy, crowded. Cardinal George Pell, the highest Vatican official thus far to be brought within the legal fold of accusation and accountability for historical crimes of sex abuse, fronted for the briefest of shows at a lowly Magistrates Court in Melbourne.

There was much chatter prior to his arrival on Wednesday morning as to what would happen. For one, a taster was provided that the number of police was simply not enough to contain matters. Ringed by the boys and girls in blue, he seemed in a floating daze, though officially committed to the task at hand.

The other point was that the media outlets seemed indifferent to the linguistic differences of “historic” and “historical” in terms of designating the alleged crimes. Would historical sex abuse charges become historic in due course?

A bigger court room, one that would have enabled more spectators to sit, was not in the offing. An ordinary magistrates setting seating up to 80 was going to supply distinct shock treatment, a cold shower of immensity far from the plushness of the Vatican setting. Some journalists grumbled that a more expansive setting should have been provided.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Retired priest facing charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

JUL 29, 2017

SEAN SAURO
Staff Writer
ssauro@altoonamirror.com

A retired Catholic priest with ties to Saint Francis University turned himself in to police Wednesday in Fairfax County, Va., where he is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Gervase Cain, 86, a retired priest living in Loretto, has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child for an alleged 2003 incident.

In 2003, Cain — then 72 years old — allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl inappropriately during a “consultation” at her Fairfax home, according to a Fairfax County Police news release.

The incident was first reported to police in 2004, but the complaint was later withdrawn, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

The Three Musketeers of the Court of Pope Francis

ROME
L'Espresso - Settimo Cielo

Sandra Magister

The classic communist parties had their “organic intellectuals.” But Pope Francis has them, too. Their names are Antonio Spadaro, Marcelo Figueroa, Víctor Manuel Fernández.

The first is an Italian and a Jesuit, director of “La Civiltà Cattolica.” The others are Argentine, and the latter is not even Catholic but a Presbyterian pastor, and in spite of this Francis has put him at the head of the Buenos Aires edition of “L'Osservatore Romano.”

Spadaro has turned “La Civiltà Cattolica” into the organ of Casa Santa Marta, meaning of the pope. And together with Figueroa he put his name to an article in the latest issue of the magazine that slammed into the United States like a hurricane, because it accused both Catholic and Protestant conservative circles of acting in that country “with a logic not different from that which inspires Islamic fundamentalism,” none less than that of Osama bin Laden and the Caliphate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

‘This is about protecting the children’: Notorious child raping priest walks free from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Crime Online

by Lawrence Bonk
July 29, 2017

Paul Shanley, a priest convicted of multiple counts of child rape, has walked free, as reported by FOX8.

Shanley, 86, has spent the last 12 years behind bars after being convicted in 2005 of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and two counts of rape and abuse of a child, according to the sex offender registry.

The Massachusetts man now begins 10 years of supervised probation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Shanley was one of a number of Catholic priests convicted of child rape, the fallout from an infamous Boston Globe investigation which was chronicled in the critically acclaimed film Spotlight.

His release, however, has sparked a backlash. Barbara Dorris, managing director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, spoke to reporters and said that pedophiles rarely change their gruesome appetites.

“Age, a change of title or location doesn’t change a pedophile,” she said. “For now, I just hope the officials who housed him, employed him, and protected him have an obligation to make sure this never happens again.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Antipolo diocese 'looking into' arrest of priest caught with 13-yr-old girl

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

Published July 30, 2017

The Diocese of Antipolo in Rizal on Sunday said it is "looking into" the arrest of a priest, who was caught with a 13-year-old girl while while on his way to a motel in Marikina City.

"The Dioecese of Antipolo is looking into the matter involving the arrest of Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos as allegedly identified as a suspect in [an] entrapment operation in Marikina City," the diocese said in a statement.

It asked the public to "refrain from issuing unnecessary comments that might worsen the situation."

Lagarejos was arrested on Friday night while in the company of the girl, who was allegedly pimped out by a 16-year-old friend.

The alleged pimp was also arrested by the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

No VIP treatment for priest arrested with minor in Marikina

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

The priest arrested last Friday while allegedly on his way to a motel with a 13-year-old girl is being kept with ordinary detainees at the Marikina police headquarters, radio reports said.

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, of the Diocese of Antipolo, spent Saturday til Sunday morning at the Marikina City jail after going through inquest proceedings for trafficking in persons.
READ: Priest nabbed ‘en route to motel’ with 13-year-old girl

While no VIP treatment was being accorded to the priest, security was tight with police strictly screening his visitors and preventing media from speaking to him, according to a report of radio dzMM.

Radio reports said colleagues of Lagarejos had been constantly visiting him since his arrest early Friday night near Blue Wave Mall along Sumulong Highway in Marikina City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

July 29, 2017

Revira sacerdote con una denuncia penal por el caso Ciudad de los Niños (Video)

MEXICO
Aristegui Noticias

[Priest Pedro Gutiérrez Farias was identified in the media as the alleged perpetrator of physical, sexual and psychological abuse against minors at the Ciudad de los Niños shelter.]

Pedro Gutiérrez Farías fue señalado en medios de un presunto abuso físico, sexual y psicológico en contra de menores, en el albergue Ciudad de los Niños.

El sacerdote católico Pedro Gutiérrez Farías presentó una denuncia penal de hechos en contra de quien o quienes resulten responsables por los presuntos delitos de “difamación y calumnia” contra la institución de la Ciudad de los Niños y el propio presbítero.

Bajo la carpeta 76301 en la Agencia Siete del Ministerio Público de la Ciudad de Salamanca quedó asentada la denuncia que personalmente presentó el religioso este jueves, señaló Julián García, asesor jurídico de la Ciudad de los Niños y del sacerdote católico.

“Es una denuncia por hechos, hechos que fueron publicados en los medios, todo en torno a que hay delito de trata de personas y otros donde se atreven a pronunciarse sobre esos hechos, esos delitos sin que haya pruebas y esto le originó un agravio a la institución y al sacerdote para efecto de que ante la autoridad correspondiente, que es el ministerio público que es el que se encarga de investigar los delitos, concluirlos y resolver sobre los mismos, no otras personas…es una denuncia por hechos a la difamación, calumnia a la institución y a la persona del padre Pedro” indicó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Explotación sexual, desapariciones, violaciones y adopciones ilegales, las anomalías en Ciudad del Niño

MEXICO
Proceso

POR VERÓNICA ESPINOSA , 26 JULIO, 2017 ESTADOS

GUANAJUATO, Gto. (apro).- Adolescentes desaparecidas, otras embarazadas como producto de violaciones cometidas presuntamente por uno de los responsables del albergue, recién nacidos entregados en adopción a parejas estadunidenses de manera irregular y a cambio de dinero, son algunas de las graves anomalías que se acumulan a los hallazgos detectados en los centros de asistencia de la organización Ciudad del Niño de Salamanca, fundados y manejados por el sacerdote Pedro Gutiérrez Farías.

Testimonios de vecinos, profesores, e incluso de adolescentes que escaparon de la Ciudad del Niño y la Ciudad Juvenil –ambos centros manejados por el sacerdote católico y con domicilio en Salamanca- fueron recabados en un informe del Centro de Promoción de los Derechos Humanos de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, NIMA, en el que se ratifican además las omisiones cometidas por distintas autoridades, desde el DIF municipal, el Sistema DIF estatal, la Procuraduría de Protección a Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, la Procuraduría de Justicia del estado y la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos del Estado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

En La Ciudad de los Niños, ‘complicidad’ de curas y políticos

MEXICO
La Jornada

Ciudad de México. Los abusos sexuales y físicos ocurridos contra varios menores de edad en el albergue religioso la Ciudad de los Niños fueron posibles no sólo por la ineficiencia de las autoridades para vigilar lo que ocurre en este tipo de centros, sino también por la complicidad entre los directores de los mismos y grupos políticos, afirmaron especialistas en derechos de la infancia.

Nashieli Ramírez, coordinadora general de la organización civil Ririki Intervención Social, consideró que lo ocurrido en los albergues del sacerdote Pedro Gutiérrez Farías es una muestra de la falta de capacidad del gobierno para monitorear y supervisar lo que ocurre en las estancias infantiles, tanto públicas como privadas.

Dicha falla representa una violación a la Ley General de los Derechos de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes, pero también a diversos convenios internacionales en materia de protección a menores de edad, sobre todo aquellos que se encuentran sin cuidado de sus padres o de algún adulto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Priest abused orphans, rights group charges

MEXICO
Mexico News Daily

Mexico News Daily | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Physical and sexual abuse of children by their caregivers at an orphanage in Guanajuato is the result of collusion between the Catholic church and the government of Guanajuato, a non-governmental organization has charged.

The orphanage and shelter called Ciudad de los Niños (City of the Children) in Salamanca was founded 40 years ago by Catholic priest Pedro Gutiérrez Farías, who has registered 134 children as his own before local authorities.

A report compiled by the children’s rights advocacy group Nima claims that the mothers of the children registered by the priest were teenage girls raped within the orphanage’s premises.

Institutionalization and Violence in the City of the Children gathered witness accounts of individuals that survived the violence. The babies of other raped girls “were given up for adoption by people in the United States,” said the report, declaring that it is necessary to review the legality of all such procedures undertaken by the shelter.

Father Gutiérrez’ alleged abuse of the children was such that they began calling him him El Castigador (The Punisher), continued the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Parish priest accused of abusing minor

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY FRANCIS EARL CUETO, TMT ON JULY 29, 2017

A PARISH priest was arrested in Marikina City Friday evening, after he allegedly abused a 13-year-old girl while on their way to a motel.

Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director, identified the priest as Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, 55.

He was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. while inside his gray Ford explorer with plate number TGO 350 at the parking area of Blue Wave Mall along Sumulong Hi-way, in Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina City.

If proven guilty, Lagarejos will be charged with violation of the anti-trafficking in persons act.

A report by the Marikina police said Lagarejos allegedly booked the minor, also an out-of-school youth, through 16-year-old “ARB,” who served as pimp. They were reported to be meeting at the Blue Wave Mall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Priest pulls gun on cops when caught with girl, 13, at motel

PHILIPPINES
Philippines Lifestyle News

POSTED BY: M G MARTIN JULY 29, 2017

A Catholic priest pulled a gun on police after being discovered at a Motel with a 13-year-old girl.

Monseigneur Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos, aged 55, was caught during a crackdown on children being pimped via social media in Marikina City yesterday (Friday, July 28).

Officers said they were “shocked” to discover a priest involved in the crime.

The priest’s superior today issued a statement, urging parishioners to “pray that the truth may come out”.

Antipolo Bishop, Francisco de Leon, wrote: “The Diocese of Antipolo is looking into the matter involving the arrest of Monseigneur Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos as allegedly identified as a suspect in an entrapment operation in Marikina City.

“Thus, we assure the public that we respect the necessary procedures as provided by law in order to further investigate the matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Taytay priest nabbed for 'booking' 13-year-old girl

PHILIPPINES
Rappler

Paterno Esmaquel II
@paterno_ii
July 29, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – A 55-year-old priest from a parish in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested for allegedly "booking" a 13-year-old girl with the help of a 16-year-old pimp, the Marikina police said.

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos was detained immediately after his arrest in Santo Niño, Marikina City, on Friday evening, July 28.

Because of this, Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon said in a message on Saturday evening, July 29, that Lagarejos has been relieved of all his designations in his diocese.

Lagarejos was president of Cainta Catholic College (CCC). He was also parish priest of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Poblacion, Taytay, Rizal.

Lagarejos holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate in theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City, according to his profile on the CCC website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

After priest is caught with 13-year-old girl, bishop seeks prayers for truth

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

MANILA - The superior of a priest who was allegedly caught bringing a 13-year-old girl into a motel urged the faithful on Saturday to "pray that the truth may come out."

Police have filed a human trafficking complaint against Msgr. Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos, 55, who was arrested in an entrapment in Marikina City late Friday.

"Let us refrain from issuing unnecessary comments that might worsen the situation," Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon said in a statement.

"The Diocese of Antipolo is looking into the matter involving the arrest of Msgr. Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos as allegedly identified as a suspect in an entrapment operation in Marikina City," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

“Spotlight” movie helps abuse victims come forward

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

Chuck Biedka
Tribune Content Agency

A Hollywood movie helped motivate a former Lower Burrell man to come forward with allegations he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the 1990s.

Former priest John Thomas Sweeney is accused of abusing a 10-year-old boy sent to him for misbehavior at St. Margaret Mary Church's school in Lower Burrell, outside Pittsburgh, during the 1991-92 academic year.

And that alleged victim isn't alone in being motivated by “Spotlight,” according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP.

“We don't know exactly how many, but we know it has caused people to come forward, sometimes after years,” said Judy Jones, SNAP's Midwest regional leader. “It takes a lot of courage for them to come forward,” she said.

The 2015 Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” tells the story of the Boston Globe's investigation about alleged priest sexual abuse and cover-ups in Boston.

Greensburg diocese Communications Director Jerry Zufelt said there was no such cover-up here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

He was a priest central to the ‘Spotlight’ child sex abuse scandal. Now he’s a free man.

MASSACHUSETTS
Washington Post

By Alex Horton July 29

Phil Saviano, an advocate for sexual assault victims, had a list of Boston-area clergymen alleged to have raped young boys. And it was growing.

He created a New England chapter of a support group for people who said they had been abused by priests and drew up the list of alleged offenders, along with other data points, beginning in 1997.

One of the names kept coming up in discussions: Paul Shanley.

Shanley was a well-respected clergyman nicknamed the “Street Priest” for his habit of roaming dangerous neighborhoods to help troubled youths. But he also secretly used the anonymity of vulnerable, wayward boys as a weapon and a shield.

Shanley, 86, was released from state prison Friday after serving a 12-year sentence for the rape and indecent assault of a boy in a Massachusetts church in the 1980s. He was defrocked by the Vatican in 2004 and convicted the following year.

“The fact he was sent away for 12 years was a triumph for the survivor community,” Saviano told The Washington Post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Explotó artefacto en Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano

MEXICO
Politico

Este martes por la madrugada ocurrió una explosión en la puerta principal de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM).

De acuerdo a información del CEM, un artefacto, del cual se desconoce su origen, fue colocado en la puerta y detonó alrededor de la 1:50 am. Informaron que ninguna persona resultó herida y que sí hubo daños materiales afectados por el impacto de la explosión.

Las oficinas de la CEM se encuentran en la colonia Tepeyac Insurgentes de la capital del país y los jerarcas de la Iglesia católica aseguraron que ya se realizan las investigaciones pertinentes pues no es la primera vez que ocurren ataques de este tipo en la Ciudad de México.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Grupo feminista se adjudica ataque contra sede del Episcopado mexicano

MEXICO
ACI Prensa

[Explota BOMBA en Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano CDMX - YouTube]

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 26 Jul. 17 / 04:14 pm (ACI).- Un grupo extremista autodenominado “Comando Feminista Informal de Acción Antiautoritaria” se atribuyó el ataque con explosivo cometido ayer contra la sede de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM) y que solo dejó daños materiales.

“Después de medianoche, el 25 de julio de 2017 colocamos un artefacto explosivo hecho con dinamita, gas LP y butano en la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (…). ¡Ni Dios, ni Amo!”, expresó el grupo a través de internet.

Sin embargo, estos componentes no coinciden con los hallados por los peritos de la Procuraduría General de Justicia de la Ciudad de México.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Comunicado sobre incidente en la CEM

MEXICO
Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano

[At about 1:50 a.m. July 25 an artifact at the front door of the Mexican Episcopal Conference exploded. No one thanks to God's providence was hurt. The conference is grateful for the support and solidarity displayed by our brother bishops, the faithful, priests and institutions. Many people of good will have approached us with genuine concern. The authorities, both federal and local, have shown their support and are investigating.]

Ciudad de México a 25 de julio de 2017

Es de su conocimiento, que el día de hoy, alrededor de la 1:50 de la mañana, en la puerta principal de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano, explotó un artefacto, que por providencia de Dios, no afectó a ninguna persona.

Agradecemos el apoyo y la solidaridad mostrada por parte de nuestros hermanos obispos, fieles, sacerdotes, instituciones, así como a muchas personas de buena voluntad que se han acercado a nosotros con genuina preocupación. También a las autoridades, tanto federales como locales, que han mostrado su apoyo y colaboración para aclarar este suceso.

Como órgano colegial de los Obispos de México, queremos hacer un llamado a la serenidad, la prudencia y al respeto de la vida humana y sus instituciones. Este hecho nos invita a reflexionar enfáticamente sobre la necesidad de reconstruir el tejido social, para propiciar un ambiente de seguridad para todos los ciudadanos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Radical feminist group claims responsibility for Mexico bishops HQ bombing

MEXICO
Christian Today

Mark Woods MANAGING EDITOR 27 July 2017

A radical feminist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the headquarters of Mexico's Catholic Council of Bishops.

An explosive device was set off two days ago but did little damage and caused no casualties.

Bishop Ramon Castro of Cuernavaca said he believed the attack 'reflects the situation in Mexico', where three priests have been killed so far this year.

A statement signed by the 'Informal Feminist Command for Anti-Authoritarian Action' was posted on the anarchist website Contra Info claiming it carried out the attack and implying it was in retaliation for abuse carried out by Catholic priests.

It says the device was made with dynamite, LP gas and propane.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Der Bericht – Teil 1: Vorschule

DEUTSCHLAND
Eule

[The report - Part 1: Preschool. Since last week the independent investigation report on the abuse cases at the Regensburger Domspatzen is available. What really stands out in the report: The report of the independent investigator team undermines excuses by providing a thorough and, in some cases painfully detailed, information on the events in preschool and high school choir and boarding schools. Anyone who has actually read it can no longer come to simple explanations. It is also about much more than a time-worn rude education style or some isolated cases of sexual abuse. It is about a totalitarian system that was installed and kept alive by a few main players in which students were subjected to the most severe violence and humiliation.]

Seit letzter Woche liegt der unabhängige Untersuchungsbericht zu den Missbrauchsfällen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen vor. Was wirklich im Bericht steht:

Von Philipp Greifenstein, 29. Juli 2017

Am 18. Juli 2017 haben die unabhängigen Ermittler Ulrich Weber und Johannes Baumeister ihren Untersuchungsbericht zu Gewaltausübungen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen vorgelegt (Download des gesamten Berichts). Der Missbrauch bei den Domspatzen wurde seitdem abermals kontrovers diskutiert, häufig offensichtlich ohne weitere Kenntnis der im Bericht zusammengefassten Ergebnisse.

Ich habe in den letzten Tagen den Untersuchungsbericht gelesen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

‘He does not meet the criteria’

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Owen Boss Saturday, July 29, 2017

Convicted child rapist and defrocked Catholic priest Paul Shanley was released from prison yesterday after two state-contracted psychologists ruled that because of his advanced age and medical status, he wasn’t a “sexually dangerous” person. Here are excerpts from the psychologists’ reports:

* “In reviewing Mr. Shanley’s risk from an actuarial perspective, the Static 99R, a commonly accepted actuarial tool, yields a result of -1, which places him within the ‘below average risk’ rage of sexual reoffense.”

* “Mr. Shanley’s behavior meets the threshold required by the statute for Mental Abnormality. He demonstrates a persistent or chronic deviant sexual interest in prepubescent and under aged male children. In my opinion, Mr. Shanley suffers from a condition that predisposes him to the commission of criminal sexual acts and makes him a menace to the health and safety of others as required by the statute.”

* “Age is a factor that can mitigate risk. Individuals who sexually assault children, victims under the age of 16, demonstrate the most precipitous decrease in risk at the age of 50. Mr. Shanley’s current age 86 would suggest a mitigation risk. Factors associated with age include health, motivation, and opportunity.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Fitzgerald: Despicable among them tarnish innocent priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Joe Fitzgerald Saturday, July 29, 2017

Though many columns decrying the blanket indictment of priests reaped anger and resentment here during the scandal that rocked the Catholic Church, they never minimized the horrible things done to young victims by vultures camouflaged in Roman collars.

Indeed, you read about some of them here, like Ron, who was 41 the day he called, weeping.

“I’d like you to hear how my life was ruined,” he said. “I was 11 when it happened. I trusted this man more than you could imagine. Then he reached inside my pants and proceeded to do things to me. Today I trust no one.

“I didn’t get married until I was 36 and my wife still doesn’t understand what’s wrong with me. I sleep on the couch more than I should. I’m not close to her like I ought to be and I’m sure she thinks it’s her fault. She’s the nicest woman in the world. But even now, there’s still so much guilt associated with sex, it’s unbelievable.”

There are many Rons in the files here, all of whom bear painful witness to traumas that haunt them to this day.

But they were not the only victims of predators such as the defrocked Paul Shanley, now 86, released yesterday from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater after completing a 12-year-sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Psychologist: Shanley Was A ‘Monster’

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

[with video]

WARE (CBS) — A forensic psychologist says that convicted sex offender Paul Shanley should still be behind bars.

Shanley is classified as a “Level 3 Sex Offender” and that designation is given to those who are considered to be high risks to re-offend.

Paul Zeizel, in fact, referred to Shanley as a “monster.”

“Shanley was a monster and there’s no doubt about that,” Zeizel said about the 86-year-old former priest. “From mu understanding the age of his victims were remarkably young.”

At least one of his victims was six-years-old. ...

“The most dangerous subset of the sex-offending population are pedophiles–male pedophiles who have male victims,” Zeisel said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Einer brach das Schweigen

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

[One broke the silence. Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg is considered a bishop of the conservative. Vorderholzer was director of the Institute of Pope Benedict XVI, before following Gerhard Ludwig Müller in the Regensburg bishop's office. After his appointment as a bishop, he began working on the abuse scandal around Germany's most famous boyhood choir. Excuses, distraction maneuvers, and half-hearted excuses should no longer be the bishop's response to the decade-long suffering of the Domspatzen.]
 
Von Christian Feldmann
28. Juli 2017

Die Wende von Regensburg begann 2012 mit einem Mann, dem kaum jemand einen Bruch mit der Linie seines Vorgängers zugetraut hatte: Rudolf Voderholzer aber hat nach seiner Ernennung zum Bischof damit angefangen, den Missbrauchsskandal um Deutschlands berühmtesten Knabenchor aufzuarbeiten. Ausflüchte, Ablenkungsmanöver und halbherzige Entschuldigungen sollten nicht mehr die Antwort des Bistums auf das jahrzehntelange Leiden bei den Domspatzen sein.

Der frühere Dogmatikprofessor aus Trier ist kein innerkirchlicher Reformer: Der 57-Jährige ist Herausgeber von Papst Benedikts Gesammelten Werken und eng verbunden mit dem Rom Joseph Ratzingers. Dessen enger Vertrauter Gerhard Ludwig Müller war nicht nur Voderholzers Vorgänger auf dem Regensburger Bischofssitz, sondern auch sein Doktorvater. Müller blieb auch nach seiner Ernennung zum Präfekten der Glaubenskongregation eine Autorität in Regensburg. Zuvor hatte er die Aufklärung eher verschleppt und den Medien eine kirchenfeindliche "Kampagne" unterstellt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

War da was?

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

[Why Gerhard Ludwig Müller still does not want to see the abuse.]

Warum Gerhard Ludwig Müller den Missbrauch noch immer nicht sehen will

Von Julius Müller-Meiningen
28. Juli 2017

An diesem Samstag endet das Annabergfest in Sulzbach-Rosenberg mit einem feierlichen Pontifikalamt. Gerhard Ludwig Müller wird dazu aus Rom erwartet; der Kardinal, der seit vier Wochen vor den Trümmern seiner Laufbahn steht, soll die Abschlussmesse feiern. Papst Franziskus hatte den 69-Jährigen Anfang Juli als Präfekten der Glaubenskongregation entlassen. Müller spekulierte eigentlich darauf, mindestens bis zum für Bischöfe festgesetzten Pensionsalter von 75 Jahren eine feste Aufgabe zu haben. Jetzt steht der gebürtige Mainzer in Rom vor einer unklaren Zukunft und muss auch noch zur Seelsorge ins Bistum Regensburg. Es gibt derzeit angenehmere Orte in Deutschland für ihn.

Seit seiner Zeit als Bischof von Regensburg (2002–2012) begleiten Müller eine Reihe von Vorwürfen. Sie reichen vom autoritären Umgang mit Mitarbeitern und katholischen Laien bis hin zur Verschleppung von Missbrauchsfällen. Auch im kürzlich vorgestellten Aufklärungsbericht des von der Diözese bestellten Rechtsanwalts Ulrich Weber über Körperverletzung und sexuellen Missbrauch bei den Regensburger Domspatzen, dem Elitechor des Bistums, geht es um den Kardinal. Als die gesamte katholische Kirche in Deutschland Anfang 2010 mit der Veröffentlichung von Missbrauchsfällen zu kämpfen hatte, stand auch der Regensburger Bischof im Kreuzfeuer. Für viele Betroffene war Müller damals das offizielle Gesicht einer vertuschenden Amtskirche und Feindbild schlechthin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 28, 2017

NEW YORK
Road to Recovery

FR. TIMOTHY ZAK, SDB, WHO HAS BEEN IN CHARGE OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SALESIAN PRIESTS AND BROTHERS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADA, WILL BE INSTALLED AS PROVINCIAL (GENERAL SUPERIOR) OF ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE PROVINCE IN NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK, NY AND WILL BE IN CHARGE OF ALL SALESIAN PRIESTS AND BROTHERS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADA

BUT,

FR. TIMOTHY ZAK IS NOT A CREDIBLE LEADER – HE PROMISED OVER A YEAR AGO TO SETTLE TWO CASES OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST SALESIAN PRIESTS AND BROTHERS, YET ONE OF THOSE CASES REMAINS UNSETTLED AND THE SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS CONTINUES TO BE RE-VICTIMIZED

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting parishioners and supporters of the Salesian priests and brothers of Don Bosco that the newly-appointed PROVINCIAL (GENERAL SUPERIOR) of St. Philip the Apostle Province, encompassing the eastern United States and Canada, has reneged on his promise of over a year ago to settle the case of sexual abuse of a minor child against a Salesian priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB

When
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:30 am until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers of St. Philip the Apostle Province, 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, New York 10801

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists sexual abuse victims and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Nearly two years ago, Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, assured a childhood sexual abuse victim that his claim of having been sexually abused by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at a Salesian school and facility in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was going to be settled within days. The victim is still waiting for Fr. Zak to keep his promise. Now, Fr. Timothy Zak has been appointed PROVINCIAL (GENERAL SUPERIOR) of the Salesians of Don Bosco Eastern United States and Canadian Province, based in New Rochelle, New York. He will be installed as Provincial at a Mass and picnic on Saturday, July 29, 2017, beginning at Noon, BUT, the childhood victim of sexual abuse by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, continues to be re-victimized each and every day that Fr. Timothy Zak breaks his promise to the settle the case. Demonstrators will call upon those attending the Mass and picnic to urge Fr. Zak to keep his promise, do the right and moral thing, and settle the childhood sexual abuse case against Fr. Joseph Maffei, a serial pedophile of children.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Stay granted in sex abuse cases; mediation to begin in Oct.

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Janela Carrera - July 28, 2017

A mediator will be on island in late October to begin the mediation process for settling the sex abuse cases out of court.

Guam – A mediator has been picked and mediation for the 70-plus sex abuse cases filed in District Court against the church have already been scheduled. But even with these dates and names announced, whether this process actually succeeds is still uncertain. In the meantime, US Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan has granted a stay on the cases for now.

October 30 to November 3—those are the dates retired Oregon District Judge Michael Hogan will be on island to arbitrate settlement negotiations between the scores of sex abuse victims and the Archdiocese of Agana. How many cases is Judge Hogan expected to mediate? To be exact: 76 cases that were filed in District Court and possibly more for those pending in local court.

“They’re gonna attempt to address it as much as possible. If more days are needed, more days will be used,” noted Atty. John Terlaje who represents the Archdiocese of Agana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Settlement back on the table for majority of church sex abuse cases

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jul 28, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Settlement is back on the table - at least for a majority of the sex abuse cases lodged against the Archdiocese of Agana and possibly the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council.

The majority of the cases of clergy sex abuse filed in the District Court of Guam have been put on hold. On Friday, Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted a motion to stay for over 70 civil cases. His decision followed news that parties have secured a mediator, Oregon-based retired federal Judge Michael Hogan.

Archdiocese of Agana legal counsel John Terlaje and plaintiffs' attorney David Lujan expressed great confidence in their chosen mediator. Terlaje said, "He is very well known. Very well respected. He's done hundreds of cases involving child abuse and dioceses around America, so because of that, both parties reached out to him to see if he was willing to do the mediation process."

Lujan added, "He's a great mediator, so he should be able to resolve."

Hogan will be on island from October 30 to November 3rd to address the claims, including those filed in the Superior Court of Guam. "Well we're going to attempt address as much as possible. If more days are needed, more days will be used," Terlaje added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Junior Minister apologises to United Nations for Ireland's human rights record

IRELAND
Breaking News

Junior Justice Minister has apologised to the United Nations for our human rights record.

The Government has been criticised for its lack of progress on investigations into the Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, and other issues.

Minister David Stanton said many of these were legacy issues which Ireland was not proud of.
"A lot of the questions asked refer to chapters in our past," he stated.

"These are legacy, historical issues of which we are not proud. We recognise and apologise for the serious wrongs that were made in the past and where we can, we will try to remedy these wrongs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Feminist group says it detonated explosion at Mexican bishops’ offices

MEXICO
Catholic Philly

By David Agren • Catholic News Service • Posted July 28, 2017

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — An anarchist group calling itself “Informal Feminist Commando of Anti-Authoritarian Action Coatlicue” has claimed credit for detonating an explosive device outside the Mexican bishops’ conference offices.

The group said via an online posting in late July: “Not God nor master. For each torture and murder in the name of your God. For every child abused by pedophile priests.”

Little is known about the group, though it is believed to have detonated a similar device March 17, Mexican media reported. Coatlicue is an Aztec goddess known as the mother of gods.

The group also claimed the device at the bishops’ office was made with dynamite, butane and propane. The Mexico City attorney general’s office said in a statement the device was made with a fire extinguisher, gunpowder, adhesive tape and a wick. It also said it was turning over the case to the federal attorney general’s office as the attack was on “a building administered by a religious association.”

No arrests have been made for the July 25 explosion, which occurred at offices across the street from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country’s most visited religious site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Priest arrested for trafficking minor in Marikina

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Jodee A. Agoncillo - Reporter / @jagoncilloINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer

A parish priest was arrested in a joint police operation for allegedly trafficking a 13-year-old female minor while they were on their way to a motel in Marikina City on Friday evening, police said.

A report reaching Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director, said Arnel Lagarejos, 55, the parish priest of St. John the Baptist Parish in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. at Blue Wave Mall on Sumulong Highway, in Barangay (village) Sto. Niño, Marikina City for an alleged violation of the anti-trafficking in persons act.

A report by the Marikina police said Lagarejos allegedly booked the minor, also an out-of-school youth, through 16-year-old gay boy “ARB” who served as pimp and was reported to be meeting them at the Blue Wave Mall.

Recovered by police as evidence were an iPhone 5s cellphone containing messages of their transaction between the victim, pimp and suspect priest , and a gray Ford explorer with plate number TGO 350 reportedly owned by the suspect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

With arrival of ex-priest Paul Shanley, Ware residents angered their neighborhood has become a magnet for sex offenders

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By Jim Russell
Special to The Republican

WARE -- With the arrival of a defrocked ex-priest convicted of child rape, a quarter-mile, one-way street in town is now home to another sex offender -- angering residents who question why their neighborhood has become a magnet for criminals released from prison.

Paul Shanley, convicted in 2005 for the 1980s rape of a boy inside a Newton parish, saw the end of his prison sentence this week and moved into an apartment at 31 Pulaski St. According to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, 24 sex offenders reside in Ware, including five on Pulaski Street alone.

"I would like to have known a rapist is moving in next to me,"said, Jessica Welch, 25, in an interview outside her Pulaski Street home. "I would like to have known before it happened; it angers me -- I don't want to live next door to that."

Sara Wall, 28, was standing on the sidewalk near the multi-family home of her new neighbor, holding her 19-month-old girl. "As long as he keeps to himself, I'm OK with it," she said. "But this whole building, the landlord is constantly renting to sex offenders."

The state registry includes Joel Pentlarge among the sex offenders residing in Ware, and it lists his work address as "31-33 Pulaski St." Pentlarge, who used to maintain a law office on Prospect St. in town, was convicted in 2000 of "rape and abuse of a child," according to the registry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

McGovern: Clinicians let pedophile priest walk without in-person meet

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Bob McGovern Saturday, July 29, 2017

The two state-contracted psychologists who determined that convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley did not need to be civilly confined never looked into the aging predator’s eyes.

State law doesn’t require it, and a former top prosecutor says potentially sexually dangerous people should be required to speak to the clinicians who will determine whether they are still a threat to themselves and society.

“This is to make sure that this person isn’t going to have the same proclivities and inclinations they did that landed them in jail in the first place,” said former Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone. “It doesn’t bother me that they would be required to aid in the assessment.”

Marian Ryan, the current Middlesex district attorney, brought in psychologists Mark Schaefer and Katrin Rouse Weir to determine whether Shanley met the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. However, neither of them spoke to Shanley during the evaluation process.

“I did not interview Mr. Shanley,” wrote Weir in her report, dated July 24. “He cannot be compelled to meet with me at this stage in the statutorily defined process.”

The evaluation by Schaefer, dated July 26, makes no reference to any interview of Shanley. Meghan Kelly, spokeswoman for the Middlesex DA’s office, confirmed that neither clinician spoke to Shanley before writing their reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Neighbors of pedophile ex-priest fear he’ll re-offend

MASSACHUSETTS
WWLP

[with video]

Abbie Burke, WPRI
Published: July 29, 2017

WARE, Mass. (WPRI) – Former priest and convicted pedophile Paul Shanley settled into his new home in Ware, Mass. Friday night as a free man.

Shanley was released Friday morning from the Massachusetts Old Colony Correctional Facility in Bridgewater after serving 12 years of a 15-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980’s. Dozens of men came forward decades later saying Shanley had molested or raped them too.

Paul Shanley, priest convicted of rape, moving to Ware
Shanley, now 86, first had to register with local police as a Level 3 sex offender, which is the highest level and considered the most likely to re-offend.

“It’s their decision where they can live,” Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier said.

“We’re definitely concerned about this,” said Liz Pelletier, a mother who lives in Shanley’s new neighborhood.

Several of Shanley’s alleged victims and other victim advocates have also voiced concerns, saying they believe he will re-offend.

Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest’s whereabouts
“This is a man I don’t think will stop abusing,” Dr. Robert Hoatson said. “He’s a very dangerous person.”

Hoatson showed up in Ware Friday morning to protest, holding signs and saying he was acting as a voice for many.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Lawyers scrambling to prevent deportation of priest accused of sexually abusing girls at church

ILLINOIS
The Beacon-News

Hannah Leone

With his ordered deportation looming, a former Aurora priest charged with sexually abusing two young girls at their Catholic church got a new trial date Friday that no one knows if he'll be able to make.

By Sept. 18, when his trial is now to start, Afredo Pedraza Arias may be back in his native Columbia, as directed in a June 14 deportation order signed by a federal immigration judge.

If Arias were deported, prosecutors could ask to have him tried in absentia, but they've said it's unclear if that would work or if he could be extradited for proceedings.

Kane County prosecutors said they learned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can't hold Arias beyond Monday, and that he'll be deported if he's not in the jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

‘Street priest’ took major role in scandal

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Paul Shanley, once known as a “street priest” who reached out to young people, became a prominent face in the massive clergy abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in Boston and worldwide.

Shanley, 86, was released from prison yesterday after serving 12 years for the rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child at a Newton parish in the 1980s. While he was only convicted of abusing one boy, nearly two dozen other men came forward to say they too were victimized by Shanley as allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic church emerged in the early 2000s.

Shanley was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to 12 to 15 years instead of the life sentence requested by then-Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley. Shanley appealed the decision, calling into question the victim’s recollection of his abuse through repressed memories, but that was denied.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Canon expert: Vatican protected bishops for centuries

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News July 29, 2017

The ongoing canonical trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron is significant in that it’s only the second time in centuries a bishop has been put on trial by the church, said Thomas Doyle, a Catholic priest and former board member of the Canon Law Society of America.

The last archbishop to undergo a canonical trial — Jozef Wesołowski, who was accused of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic — was defrocked in 2014.

“It’s very, very rare, and the reason it’s rare is because the Vatican or the popes have protected the bishops. They consider them to be the most important part of the church, so they protect them, no matter what they’ve done,” Doyle said. “As a result, the bishops have gotten away with both sexually abusing children and promoting the sexual abuse of children by allowing priests, who they knew were abusive persons, to carry on repeat sexual abuse.”

There have been 95 cases filed in federal and local court on Guam, accusing priests and others associated with the church of child sexual abuse, including several cases which allege some children reported the abuse to other church officials who didn't help them.

If the accusations are true, Guam’s last three bishops and archbishops, including Apuron, sexually abused children or knew about clergy sexual abuse on island and did nothing to stop it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

July 28, 2017

Judge grants motion to stay in sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Manny Cruz | The Guam Daily Post

"It's my goal to have all of these cases mediated no later than late October, especially since many of my clients are in their late 70s."

– Attorney David Lujan

Judge Joaquin Manibusan of the District Court of Guam granted a motion to stay for the vast majority of the 76 sex abuse cases against the local archdiocese and the Boy Scouts of America on Friday.

Counsels representing the victims, the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron were present at a status hearing yesterday.

The motion to stay prevents the filing of new documents while the archdiocese and the Boy Scouts of America attempt to reach some sort of resolution – monetary or otherwise – with the many victims in the cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 PM

Preacher who molested N.J. boy, fled to Central America, gets 4 years

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Jessica Remo jremo@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

JERSEY CITY -- An evangelical preacher who fled to Central America after he was convicted of molesting a 13-year-old boy was finally sentenced on Friday morning after being brought back to the U.S. last year.

Gregorio Martinez, 49, a native of the Dominican Republic, was found guilty in 2015 of molesting the 13-year-old inside the boy's mother's minivan in a North Bergen parking lot on June 10, 2012.

Martinez was out on bail and fled to Nicaragua and Honduras. His flight from justice was chronicled in a special report by NJ Advance Media. He was eventually apprehended and brought back to the U.S. last year, but a scheduling conflict and his change of lawyers delayed his sentencing.

During his trial in 2015, Martinez was also charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man, and after his conviction he was charged with two more sexual assaults of two other 19-year-old men. He was also accused by a parishioner of molesting another boy during his time in Central America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Paul Shanley, convicted child rapist and former priest, released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By John R. Ellement, Maria Cramer and Travis Andersen GLOBE STAFF JULY 28, 2017

WARE — A frail-looking Paul R. Shanley used a cane and was helped by another man as he arrived in this small town Friday, where the convicted child rapist will be living across the street from a new dance studio whose clients are as young as 2 years old.

Shanley, 86, a former Roman Catholic priest, gained notoriety in the clergy sex abuse scandal that spread from Boston and shook the church worldwide. He was released from state prison earlier Friday after wrapping up a 12-year sentence for raping and indecently assaulting a boy in a Newton church in the 1980s.

Shanley’s freedom was opposed by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, but two forensic psychologists concluded he did not qualify as a sexually dangerous person who could be civilly committed for up to the rest of his life.

The Sex Offender Registry Board, however, has classified Shanley as a Level 3 sex offender, considered the most likely to reoffend, and has made his convictions and his new address publicly available on its website. ...

Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier said Shanley is the third Level 3 sex offender who will be living on Pulaski Street in the Hampden County town of about 10,000 people. He said Shanley’s conviction and notoriety presents a public safety challenge because he needs to protect Shanley from being assaulted, and needs to protect the public from Shanley.

“Everyone’s safety is a primary concern, regardless of how they are,’’ he said. “We are going to protect everybody’s rights.”

After registering with police, Shanley drove off, lying down in the backseat of a Nissan sedan.

Shanley’s new residence on Pulaski Stris across the street from a recently opened dance studio whose 23-year-old owner, Arielle Lask, said some of her clients are as young as 2. Lask vowed to install “state-of-the-art” security systems and to make sure every child leaves Limelight Dance Studio accompanied by a parent or an adult.

“It’s awful that he’s even on the streets of Ware,’’ said Lask, a recent UMass-Amherst graduate. “Whether it’s across the street or down the road, there are children everywhere.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

The Latest: Pedophile ex-priest lives near studio for kids

MASSACHUSETTS
ABC News

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Jul 28, 2017

The Latest on the release from prison of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of child rape (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley will be living across the street from a children's dance studio.

The 86-year-old Shanley moved to the Massachusetts town of Ware on Friday shortly after being released from a prison in Bridgewater, where he finished serving a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s.

His new home in a multiunit building is across the street from a recently opened dance studio that teaches children as young as 2.

The studio's owner told The Boston Globe she plans to install "state-of-the-art" security systems and make sure every child leaves the studio accompanied by an adult.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Psychologists didn't interview Paul Shanley before OK'ing his release

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Jennifer Miller Friday, July 28, 2017

Convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley — released from a Massachusetts prison today — was never interviewed by the two state-contracted psychologists who determined that, thanks to his advanced age and medical status, he did not meet the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person, a Herald review of their evaluations found.

“Mr. Shanley is now 86 years of age, and current research would suggest that recidivism rates for sexual offending by individuals that age are extremely low,” psychologist Mark Schaefer wrote in his report.

“Mr. Shanley . ... would benefit from treatment,” psychologist Katrin Rouse Weir wrote in her report. “. ... However, his age and his health impact his ability to act out on his sexual arousal and his interest in sexual matters,”

Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater early this morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. The state’s sex offender registry lists Shanley as a Level 3 offender, meaning he is most likely to re-offend, and states he will be living in an apartment in the small town of Ware in western Massachusetts. He will remain on probation for 10 years.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office hired Schaefer and Weir to evaluate Shanley to see if he met the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. Both found he did not, according to their reports, which were released by the Middlesex DA’s office today.

Meghan Kelly, spokeswoman for the Middlesex DA's office, confirmed today that neither clinician spoke to Shanley before writing their reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Shanley Wasn't Interviewed by Psychologists Before His Release

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC Bay Area

By Alysha Palumbo

A former priest at the center of Boston's Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was quietly released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.

Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, prison officials said. He plans to live in an apartment in Ware, a town of about 10,000 people about 65 miles west of Boston, according to the state's sex offender registry.

Prosecutors opposed his release, and several men who say they were abused by him when they were young called on the public to help them track his whereabouts. They said they are concerned Shanley will reoffend.

The registry designates Shanley a Level 3 offender, considered the most likely to reoffend. But two psychologists hired by state prosecutors cited Shanley's advanced age and his health issues in concluding that his likelihood to reoffend is low. The contradiction was cited by sexual abuse victims and their advocates.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented dozens of men who said they were abused by Shanley, said the evaluations by the two psychologists were incomplete because they didn't interview Shanley. Instead, they reviewed police reports, prosecutors' files and Shanley's church personnel file containing numerous sexual abuse complaints against him.

"The fact that neither expert spoke to Paul Shanley leaves a hole in the report you could drive a trailer truck through," Garabedian said.

"Paul Shanley should be in a hospital being treated and not in the outside world where he can easily gain access to innocent children," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Ware neighbors reel as child rapist Paul Shanley moves in

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

O’Ryan Johnson Friday, July 28, 2017

WARE - This small western Massachusetts town today reeled as one of the state's most notorious child molesters abruptly moved in after his release from prison this morning.

"I don't want him on this street at all," said Leslie Mansour, 45, a mother of five, said she followed his trial 12 years ago and never dreamed she'd end up next door to convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley. "He doesn't belong here. My kids walk up and down this street, but not anymore. They're going to be stuck in the yard. I don't want them anywhere near him. He belongs in jail. I don't care how many years he did. They should have never let him out. He should have died in there."

Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater early this morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. The state’s sex offender registry lists the 86-year-old as a Level 3 offender, meaning he is most likely to re-offend. He will remain on probation for 10 years.

Shanley now lives in an apartment in a well-maintained, bright yellow house on a street street lined with modest single-family homes, and a few multifamily residences.

He refused to answer questions from reporters as he walked up the driveway, holding a cane, this afternoon.

Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier said police will add patrols to the area and vowed to address any problems quickly.

"Pulaski Street is a good neighborhood," he said. "Neighbors look out for each other there. I'm not anticipating any problems from Mr. Shanley."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Former priest accused of sex abuse was supportive of parishioners

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

STEPHEN HUBA | Friday, July 28, 2017

On Sept. 21, 2016, Holy Family Catholic Church in West Newton became a parish without a pastor.

Members of the large parish weren't quite sure why the Rev. John T. Sweeney was no longer there. Some thought he had retired — he was, at 74, at the normal retirement age for Catholic priests. Others thought that he was taking a medical leave.

But, as disclosed by the Diocese of Greensburg on Monday, the real reason for Sweeney's abrupt departure was an allegation of sexual abuse dating back 25 years from a parish in another part of the county.

To a person, parishioners at Holy Family, Sweeney's last pastoral assignment, confessed to being “shocked” at the allegations. They described him as an attentive pastor who served the congregation faithfully for eight years, until his removal in September.

They remember him as a man who enjoyed photography, tinkering with mechanical things in his basement workshop and eating at Gary's Chuck Wagon in downtown West Newton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

ROMANIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST REMOVED FOR SUSPECTED SEX GROOMING

ROMANIA
Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Orthodox Church has voted to defrock a priest who is suspected of trying to sexually corrupt a teenager - a rare case of a cleric being disciplined for alleged sexual misdemeanors.

The spokesman for the Alba Iulia bishop's office, Oliviu Botoi, said Friday that Cristian Pomohaci had been suspended for "bringing extraordinary prejudices on the (church's) image." He can appeal the vote by the bishop's office council.

Prosecutors are investigating Pohomaci on charges of attempted sexual corruption of a 17-year-old after a tape emerged where he apparently tried to persuade the boy to have sex with him and to co-opt other minors.

Pomohaci was temporarily suspended from his duties in June. Church spokesman Vasile Banescu said earlier Pohomaci had requested a leave for medical reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Glasgow priest suspended amid probe over 'inappropriate conduct' with teenage girl

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

A catholic priest has been suspended amid a police probe into an alleged relationship with a teenager, church chiefs have confirmed.

Father John Sweeney, 41, was reported to prosecutors over incidents said to have happened with a 17-year-old girl in the past year.

The clergyman, who lead services at Saint Maria Goretti in Glasgow , is also accused of making a sectarian slur.

The investigation centres on allegations of “inappropriate conduct whilst in a position of trust”, reports The Scottish Sun .

Each alleged incident, including a sectarian breach of the peace, is said to have taken place at his parish between July 2016 and last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

NightSide – Shanley’s Release Leaves Victims Shaken

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston - Nightside

[audio]

BOSTON (CBS) – Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest who was convicted of rape and indecent assault and battery on a child, will be released from prison this Friday. Shanley, now eighty-five years old, was sentenced to twelve to fifteen years back in 2005. He will be on probation for ten years following his release, and will not be allowed to have contact with children under the age of sixteen. Phil Saviano is a survivor and a New England leader for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). He joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about Shanley’s release and the long-term impact Shanley’s crimes have on his victims’ lives. Do you think the twelve year penalty fits the crime?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Former Priest And Convicted Child Abuser Paul Shanley Released From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
NRP

July 28, 2017

LAUREL WAMSLEY

Paul Shanley, a Boston priest notorious for his role in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, was released from prison on Friday morning.

He was convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping a boy over a number of years in the 1980s.

Shanley was one of the first priests to go to prison for abuse as the scandal began to unfold more than a decade ago; the statute of limitations had been frozen in Shanley's case because Shanley, 86, served 12 years of a 12- to 15-year sentence, and was released for good behavior. He will be on supervised probation for 10 years.

Some of Shanley's other alleged victims have voiced dismay that the defrocked priest is going to be released into the community. But Massachusetts authorities say they can't detain him.

"The commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person," Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement, Reuters reports.

"This is a guy, Shanley, who has manipulated the system, the church, and the public, and knows how to manipulate people," said John Harris, 59, who says he was raped by Shanley in 1979 at a retreat the priest had created for gay people, according to the Globe. "I'm concerned he's going to abuse again."

"If Paul Shanley doesn't qualify as a sexually dangerous person, then nobody will ever qualify," said Carmen Durso, an attorney who represented many Shanley victims, the Globe reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Fargo Diocese Priest Will Not Be Charged, Remains on Administrative Leave

NORTH DAKOTA
KVRR

July 28, 2017 Joe Radske

WAHPETON, ND – Charges will not be filed against a Fargo Catholic Diocese priest accused of inappropriately touching girls.

Father Thomas Feltman was being investigated for what the diocese called “alleged conduct” involving his interaction with youth.

Richland County States Attorney Ron McBeth says that although Feltman’s behavior was socially unacceptable, “there is no evidence that the touching was done by Father Feltman for sexual reasons, which would be necessary in order to prove an element of a sex offense.”

Father Feltman’s Attorney said, “Father Feltman has always denied any “inappropriate touching”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Priest won't be charged, but will remain on leave from Fargo Diocese

NORTH DAKOTA
West Fargo Pioneer

By Robin Huebner

FARGO — A Catholic priest who won't be criminally charged over allegations of 'inappropriate activities' with youth will remain on administrative leave until the Diocese of Fargo completes its own investigation, according to a diocese spokesperson.

Paul Braun, communications director for the diocese, released a statement July 28, a few hours after the Richland County State's Attorney's office said it would not pursue criminal charges against the Rev. Thomas Feltman.

Bishop John Folda will determine any future ministry assignments that best benefit the parishes, parishioners and the Rev. Feltman after the internal review is completed, according to the diocese release.

Feltman, 48, has been on paid administrative leave from churches in Wyndmere and Milnor since late May after he told church officials about concerns brought to him regarding his interaction with youth.

A statement from Richland County State's Attorney Ron McBeth referenced incidents that occurred in Wyndmere in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Defrocked priest and convicted child rapist Paul Shanley released from prison, to settle in Ware

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By Patrick Johnson pjohnson@repub.com

Paul Shanley, the defrocked Roman Catholic priest who served 12 years in prison following a 2005 conviction for child rape has been released from prison and will take up residence in the town of Ware.

The state's Sex Offenders Registry Board disclosed that Shanley, 86, will take up residence in an apartment at 31 Pulaski St. in Ware.

As a result of his conviction, Shanley, 86, has been declared by the registry board to be a level 3 sex offender, the designation given to offenders who are considered most likely to reoffend.

As a level 3 offender, Shanley for the rest of his live will have to register with the local police each year or every time moves to a new address. His public file with the SORB is already updated to show his Ware address.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Disgraced former priest who repeatedly raped a boy in the 80s and was exposed after the 'Spotlight' sex abuse report is released from prison after 12 years

MASSACHUSETTS
Daily Mail (UK)

By Ap and Daniel Roth For Dailymail.com

A disgraced former priest convicted of repeatedly raping a boy in the 1980s was released from prison on Friday after serving a 12-year sentence.

Massachusetts prison officials say Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday. They did not provide an exact time.

Convicted in 2005, Shanley's crimes were finally brought to light after The Boston Globe's Spotlight team published an in-depth report in 2002 on pedophile priests the Catholic Church was helping to protect.

The report led to thousands of accusations from alleged victims, providing evidence that the abuse spanned over decades.

It was later discovered that senior Church members helped cover-up the scandal and shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish.

Originally believed to be only a few isolated cases, the Spotlight investigation sparked an international crisis within the Church, with victims coming forward from numerous countries across the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

The Latest: Experts says priest's age makes abuse unlikely

MASSACHUSETTS
ABC News

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Jul 28, 2017

The Latest on the release from prison of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of child rape (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Two psychologists who evaluated a defrocked pedophile priest concluded that he is unlikely to sexually abuse more children because he is now 86 and has health issues.

Both psychologists found that Paul Shanley meets the psychiatric criteria for pedophilic disorder. But they said in written reports that research suggests that recidivism rates for people of his age are extremely low. They also cited the fact that his last reported offense was in 1990.

Shanley was one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal. Dozens of men came forward and reported that Shanley had molested or raped them when they were children.

He was released from prison Friday after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a young boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Read the Allegations Against Rabbi Daniel Greer and Weep

CONNECTICUT
Frum Follies

As I reported, Rabbi Daniel Greer of New Haven was arrested yesterday on criminal charges of sexually molesting Eliyahu Mirlis (who chooses to have his name revealed).

The New Haven Independent published more details following the first report of the arrest. The arrest warrant affidavit is an excruciating, vivid portrait of the alleged oral and anal sex, almost every week, for years as well as a regime of threats and bullying.

Mirlis already won a $20,000,000 verdict in a civil trial. Yep, you read that amount right. But according to Mirlis’ lawyer,

One of my client’s goals in bringing Greer’s abuse to light was to get this pedophile off the streets and far away from other people’s children,..Sexual predators — especially this so-called ‘rabbi’ and others who twist spiritual beliefs for their own sick pleasure — deserve to suffer all available civil and criminal penalties.

According to the afidavit:

Mirlis said that the abuse began during his sophomore year, when he was about 14 years old. Greer told him to meet on the first floor of 777 Elm St., one of the dormitories next to the yeshiva. The rabbi allegedly served him alcohol (usually a bloody mary, single-malt scotch or wine) and sat him down on a couch, engaged in an emotional conversation, then leaned in and kissed him on the mouth. Mirlis “freaked out,” he told the cops, and left.

A week or two later, Greer told him to come to the same spot. Again, he served him alcohol and sat him down on the couch, Mirlis claimed. Greer then allegedly told Mirlis to stand, undid the boy’s belt, pulled his pants down to his ankles and had oral sex.

Mirlis told the detectives that the sexual assaults became a “regular thing” after that. On a weekly basis, usually on a weekday evening or a Sunday afternoon, he was sexually assaulted at the dorms and at rental properties on Norton Street, Edgewood Avenue, Maple Street and Park Street, Mirlis stated in the interview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Doctors: Paul Shanley not likely to reoffend because of his advanced age, exile from church

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF JULY 28, 2017

The two psychologists who cleared Paul R. Shanley for release from prison on Friday found that, despite his long history of pedophilia, the notorious former priest is not likely to reoffend because he is 86 and no longer holds a position of authority over children in the church.

The psychologists’ opinions were revealed in reports that they wrote to the Middlesex district attorney’s office, which partially redacted them and released them on Friday in response to a public records request from the Globe.

Shanley was one of the most detested figures to emerge during the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis more than a decade ago. A so-called “street priest,” he is alleged to have abused dozens of victims over three decades, many of them children and teenagers who came to him for counseling. He was released from prison Friday after serving 12 years behind bars for raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s. ...

The psychologists, Katrin Rouse Weir and Mark Schaefer, found that Shanley remains a pedophile, with a sexual interest in boys ages 6 to 12, which would meet the statutory definition of a “mental abnormality.”

But both psychologists said Shanley’s sexual interest in children is mitigated by his age, which research shows is associated with a greatly diminished sex drive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Call The 'Church Scandal' What It Is: Sexual Assault By Priests

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

Commentary

July 28, 2017
Lawrence Jack Cohen

It was big news across New England and beyond when Paul Shanley was released from prison on Friday. Shanley is a defrocked priest who was at the center of the exposure of widespread sexual abuse of children — and its cover-up — within the Archdiocese of Boston.

As I followed the coverage of this story, I noticed the repeated use of the word “scandal” to describe the sexual assault of children by clergy and the cover-up and abetting of abuse by the hierarchy of the Archdiocese. (For a sampling of this usage, see WBUR, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and the New Hampshire Union Leader.)

The word "scandal" implies a damage to reputation or a violation of propriety. Certainly the reputation of the Church was damaged, and certainly convicted pedophiles are guilty of violating social norms, but let's call it what it is: a violent crime. I don't think any of these news outlets would describe any other pattern of violent criminal activity as a “scandal.” Let's also call the cover-up what it is: the protection of rapists at the expense of victimized children and adult survivors who courageously came forward despite disbelief and re-traumatization.

I think it must have been easier for higher-ups in the Archdiocese of Boston to shuffle "molesters" from parish to parish than it would have been to shuffle child "rapists."

There’s another word that caught my attention in most of the coverage of Shanley’s release: molestation. CNN, for example, posted a moving video of Rodney Ford, describing the way that Shanley destroyed his son Gregory’s life, and naming the crimes for what they were: brutal rapes. CNN’s caption for this clip, however, referred to the crime as “molesting.” That word appears in most of the articles about the case.

Like “scandal,” the word "molestation" minimizes the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse. To molest someone is to bother them. Once again, let's call it what it is: rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and battery. These are the proper terms in the statute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Pedophile priest Shanley released from Bridgewater prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Turn to 10

by NBC 10 NEWS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. —
A notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex-abuse scandal was released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.
Massachusetts prison officials said Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday. They did not provide an exact time.

The state's sex offender registry lists Shanley as a Level 3 offender, meaning he is most likely to re-offend. The registry says Shanley will be living in an apartment in Ware, a town of about 10,000 residents about 30 miles west of Worcester. State law prohibits people from using information in the registry to harass people.

Abuse victims say they're concerned Shanley, who isn't required to wear an electronic monitoring device, will not have enough supervision.

"Paul Shanley should be in a hospital being treated and not in the outside world where he can easily gain access to innocent children," Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer who represented dozens of men who said they were abused by Shanley.

Shanley's lawyer says he's served his time and is not dangerous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

THE LATEST: TOWN POLICE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SEX OFFENDERS

MASSACHUSETTS
Associated Press

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- The Latest on the release from prison of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of child rape (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Police in the town where a notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest child abuse scandal is expected to live have plenty of experience with sex offenders.

Paul Shanley was released Friday from prison after spending 12 years behind bars on a child rape conviction. The state's sex offender registry shows Shanley is the 20th Level 3 sex offender to move to Ware. Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to re-offend.

Several other sex offenders already live on the street where the 86-year-old Shanley will live.

Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier says it's one the most heavily patrolled areas of the town.

He says he will "do what we need to do to make sure the citizens are protected and (Shanley's) rights are also protected."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

Kommentar zum Missbrauchsskandal Den Druck auf die Kirche aufrechterhalten

DEUTSCHLAND
Berliner Zeitung

[Commentary on the abuse scandal. Keeping the pressure on the church.]

Eines ist das „Wort zum Sonntag“ im Abendprogramm der ARD sicher nicht: der Ort, an dem die Kirche um Hilfe ruft. Genau das aber hat der katholische Pfarrer Wolfgang Beck jetzt getan. Im Missbrauchsskandal seiner Kirche brauche es „den Druck von Mitbürgern“ auf die Bischöfe, es brauche „die kritische und häufig als störend empfundene Öffentlichkeit“, sagte Beck und wandte sich an sein Publikum: „Gerade deshalb: Helfen Sie mit, dass dieser Druck nicht nachlässt!“

Ein solch dramatischer Appell mutet zunächst seltsam an – mehr als sieben Jahre, nachdem der Pater Klaus Mertes systematischen sexuellen Missbrauch am Berliner „Canisius Kolleg“ der Jesuiten bekanntgemacht hatte. Bedeutete die Fülle weiterer Enthüllungen danach nicht schon maximalen Druck?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Der jahrelange Kampf um Gerechtigkeit

DEUTSCHLAND
Heute

[Abuse in the Protestant Church: The struggle for justice for many years.Not only the incidents at the Domspatzen show how important the elucidation of abuse and sexual abuse within the church is. But what does it mean for the victims to go public with their reproaches?]

von Sandra Theiß, Magdeburg

Nicht nur die Vorfälle bei den Domspatzen zeigen, wie wichtig die Aufklärung von Misshandlungen und sexuellem Missbrauch innerhalb der Kirche ist. Doch was heißt es für die Opfer, mit ihren Vorwürfen an die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen?

"Unterdrückt keuchend, stark schwitzend und penetrant stinkend presst sich der alte Mann an meinen jungen Körper. Die wollüstigen Grunzlaute, die er kurzatmig ausstößt, sind leise, klingen aber dennoch laut in meinen Ohren." Mit diesen Worten beschreibt Joachim Schwarze in seinem Tagebuchroman "Der Trümmermann", was der Pfarrer ihm angetan hat. Die Übergriffe liegen mehr als 40 Jahre zurück, sie ereigneten sich in Bad Lauchstädt, einer Kleinstadt in Sachsen-Anhalt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Paul R. Shanley—Assignments and Archdiocesan Documents

MASSACHUSETTS
BishopAccountability.org

Paul R. Shanley is a pivotal figure in the Catholic abuse crisis. The civil suit filed by four of his alleged victims resulted in the largest release of diocesan documents ever achieved, and Shanley's criminal case shaped the Boston crisis and the media's approach to it. Shanley is alleged to have abused dozens if not scores of people, and his victims are unusually disparate and exceedingly damaged. His voluminous files have been sanitized, but they still offer a detailed look at the man and the bureaucracy that fostered his alleged crimes.

Below we offer a timeline of Shanley's career, linked to the archdiocesan documents and press coverage. Then we present links to key sources of information and Frequently Asked Questions as a thematic guide to some of the issues in the documents. For a more detailed look at Shanley's record and the tolerance of his bosses, we invite you to explore our comprehensive selection of hundreds of Shanley documents. Soon we will post the rest of the Shanley documents, making him the first Boston priest whose file is widely available in its entirety.

Born: 1/25/31 in the Dorchester section of Boston MA
Seminary: St. John's Seminary in Brighton MA, class of 1960
Ordained: 2/2/60 at Holy Name church in West Roxbury MA
Incardinated: Boston MA

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

Paul Shanley, priest convicted of rape, moving to Ware

MASSACHUSETTS
WWLP

By Anthony Fay
Published: July 28, 2017

WARE, Mass. (WWLP-AP) – Released from state prison Friday morning, defrocked priest Paul Shanley is now moving to a new home in western Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, the 86 year-old Shanley’s new address is an apartment on Pulaski Street in Ware. He is registered as a level three sex offender; the type considered most likely to re-offend.

Shanley was a “street priest” who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and ’70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them. He was defrocked by the Vatican and convicted of raping a boy at a Newton parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Convicted Pedophile Priest Paul Shanley Moves From Prison To Ware

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

[with video]

WARE (CBS/AP) – One of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese priest sex abuse scandal is moving to central Massachusetts.

Paul Shanley, 86, was released from prison Friday morning after serving a 12-year sentence for repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at St. Jean’s parish in Newton in the 1980s.

Shanley left the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater and will now be living in an apartment about 100 miles away on Pulsaki Street in Ware, according to the state sex offender registry.

The Sex Offender Registry Board has classified him as the most dangerous, a Level 3 offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to re-offend. The classification also gives the public access to information to where he will be living.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

CATHOLIC LEFT GOES MUTE ON PAUL SHANLEY

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the release of former priest Paul Shanley from prison:

Paul Shanley was thrown out of the priesthood in 2004, and convicted of sexual assault in 2005. Now, after serving 12 years, he is free.

Boston-area media outlets such as CBS, NBC, Fox 5, New England Cable, and WHDH have all labeled him a pedophile. This is inaccurate: he had sex with children, adolescents, and adults. There was one proviso—they had to be male. Not to even mention his homosexuality is a cover-up.

Shanley is a creature of the Catholic Left. They helped to shape him ideologically and support him organizationally. Now they have gone mute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

UN committee is unsparing over State’s human rights record

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

Ireland, for all its faults, is not a country normally associated with the practice of torture.

The very appearance, therefore, of a Government delegation before the United Nations Committee Against Torture has high embarrassment potential, if nothing else.

No fewer than 22 Irish civil servants and diplomats lined up in Geneva on Thursday to listen to a litany of human rights concerns delivered by the members of the committee. Given the range and seriousness of the issues raised, it must have been a torturous experience.

Eradicating torture was one of the challenges taken up by the UN in the era that followed the second World War.

The search for universally applicable standards meant it was 1984 before the UN General Assembly adopted a Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

‘State denying the Magdalene laundry abuse’

IRELAND
The Times

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 28 2017
The Times

Ireland is walking away from Enda Kenny’s famous apology for the abuse suffered by women in Magdalene laundries, a United Nations committee against torture has claimed.

In 2011 the same committee called for an independent investigation into the laundries that should include offering redress to the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators of the abuse.

Its scrutiny preceded Mr Kenny’s apology to the women involved and the launch of the McAleese commission to examine their cases.

During a hearing yesterday the state was criticised for claiming there was no factual evidence of systematic torture or ill-treatment in the laundries. Felice Gaer, the committee vice-chairwoman, said that the state was “walking back” from Mr Kenny’s apology by returning to a position of believing it was not liable for the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Government criticised over lack of progress on Magdalene Laundries in Galway and other areas

IRELAND
Connacht Tribune

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The UN has criticised the government’s lack of progress on investigations into the Magadelene Laundries, industrial schools and mother and baby homes, such as those in Galway

An Irish delegation has appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture to face questions on various human rights issues.

The Committee was particularly critical of the state’s assertion that it has no basis for believing that serious harm was perpetrated in the Magdalene Laundries, such as the one based at Forster Street in the city.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Ex-Priest Convicted of Child Rape Released From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC Boston

[with video]

Shanley was a former priest who was convicted of raping a child in the 1980s

By Jeff Saperstone and Caitlin Fichtel

A former Massachusetts priest convicted of child rape has been released from prison after serving 12 years of his sentence as victims and sexual assault awareness advocates are set to protest his release.

Paul Shanley, 86, a former priest who counseled gay and troubled youths, was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Following Shanley's released the Department of Corrections said, "Paul Shanley was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA. on July 28, 2017 upon expiration of sentence."

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board, Shanley will be living in Ware, Massachusetts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

EX-PRIEST CONVICTED OF RAPING BOY RELEASED FROM PRISON

MASSACHUSETTS
Associated Press

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- A notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal has been released from prison after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.

Massachusetts prison officials say Paul Shanley was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday.

Shanley was a "street priest" who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and '70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them. He was defrocked by the Vatican and convicted of raping a boy at a Newton parish.

Abuse victims say they're concerned the 86-year-old Shanley will not have enough supervision. He isn't required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Paul Shanley, convicted child rapist and former priest, released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Emily Sweeney and John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF JULY 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - Convicted child rapist and former Roman Catholic priest Paul R. Shanley is was released Friday after spending 12 years behind bars for raping a boy in Newton in the 1980s, a crime that emerged during the church’s pedophile priest scandal.

“Paul Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA. on July 28, 2017 upon expiration of sentence,’’ Cara Savelli, a Department of Correction spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.

Shanley’s release was opposed by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, which sought to have the 86-year-old civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person. But two experts who examined Shanley concluded he did not meet the stringent legal and psychological criteria.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Pedophile priest Paul Shanley released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. —
A notorious figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s.

Paul Shanley was released shortly after 7 a.m. from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.

Shanley will be living in an apartment on Pulaski Street in Ware, according to state officials.

Shanley was a "street priest" who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and '70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them. He was defrocked by the Vatican and convicted of raping a boy at a Newton parish.

But lawyers for priest sex abuse victims say he abused dozens of
children and remains a risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

BRAZIL CHURCH REJECTS ABUSE CLAIMS DETAILED IN AP STORIES

BRAZIL
Associated Press

BY PETER PRENGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- One of Word of Faith Fellowship's two churches in Brazil has rejected claims made by former members that they were subjected to physical and verbal abuse at the hands of ministers and that young congregants were sent to the mother church in North Carolina and forced to work without pay.

The allegations were detailed in investigative stories published by The Associated Press this week.

In a statement released late Wednesday, pastors of the Ministerio Evangelico Comunidade Rhema church in Franco da Rocha, Brazil, called the former members' accusations "many lies and distorted facts."

The statement, published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, said the church had maintained a strong relationship with pastors at the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, for 30 years. "They are good people, they live God's love and in trying to help people they have been slandered," it read.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Former priest convicted of raping boy released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Fox 25

Updated: Jul 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Former priest Paul Shanley, who was convicted of raping a boy in 1980s has been released from prison after completing his 12-year sentence, the Department of Correction said Friday.

The release comes as protesters vowed to demonstrate outside the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday.

Shanley was a "street priest" who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and '70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them. He was defrocked by the Vatican and convicted of raping a boy at a Newton parish.

Sexual abuse victims say they're concerned the 86-year-old Shanley will not have enough supervision after he's released.

He'll be monitored by probation officials, but isn't required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

A predator walks while his protectors never had to stand

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen GLOBE COLUMNIST JULY 26, 2017

It seems achingly unfair that Joe Crowley is dead and Paul Shanley is about to go free.

Shanley, a predator in a Roman collar, is wrapping up a 12-year sentence for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s.

Some have the audacity to suggest that Shanley was overpunished, that he got more time in prison than he deserved because he eluded justice for his multitude of other crimes on technical grounds.

The reality is that Paul Shanley ruined countless lives, including Joe Crowley’s, and he was never held accountable or punished for that. Shanley got off easy, if you ask me. The bigger scandal is that so many of his fellow predators, and their supervisors, never saw the inside of a prison cell.

Joe Crowley was 15 years old, a student at Boston College High School on a path to college, when a 40-year-old Shanley raped him, then passed him on to other men like a cigarette.

Like a lot of young, vulnerable teenagers who fell under Shanley’s charismatic street priest spell, Crowley walked right into his clutches. Crowley spent years blaming himself, ruining his health, mental and physical, with booze and cigarettes and whatever else might dull the memories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Convicted Former Priest Paul Shanley To Be Released From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

[audio]

July 27, 2017
Kathleen McNerney
Meghna Chakrabarti

As early as Friday, one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal could be released from prison.

Paul Shanley has spent the last 12 years in prison for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s. He was accused of sexually abusing roughly two dozen others over several decades.

Middlesex prosecutors had taken steps to try to get Shanley civilly committed indefinitely, but two doctors who assessed Shanley said he did not meet the legal criteria as a sexually dangerous person. Family members of Shanley's alleged victims are upset at Shanley's impending release.

We speak with two attorneys who disagree about whether Shanley should be back on the streets.

Guest

Eric Tennen, defense attorney specializing in sexual offenses. He tweets @Swomley_Tennen.

Mitchell Garabedian, attorney specializing in sexual abuse cases. He has represented several alleged victims of Paul Shanley. He tweets @migarabedian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Court hears alleged victim accuse Keighley minister of touching her indecently

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph and Argus

Vivien Mason @VivienM_TandA
Senior Reporter

AN ALLEGED victim of a church minister who is said to have sexually abused seven vulnerable women to “rid them of evil spirits” said she didn’t report the abuse because she thought no one would believe her.

John Wilson, who was attached to churches in Keighley and Shipley, is alleged to have carried out the abuse between 1984 and 2010 during “secret prayers” and in the women’s homes.

An investigation began against Wilson, 70, of Shann Avenue, Keighley, in July 2014 after the husband of one of the women called the police.

A recording of an interview with the woman made in 2014 was shown to the jury at Bradford Crown Court. In it she described how Wilson had touched her during a one-to-one prayer session. She said she would have been around 15 years old at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Dapto Pastor Kevin Harris hits back against criticism

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

Lisa Wachsmuth
@LisaWachsmuth

28 Jul 2017

Dapto’s Pastor Kevin Harris claims his views on marital rape and violence against women have been ‘’misrepresented’’.

The leader of the Illawarra Community Baptist Church walked out on a 60 Minutes interview which aired on Sunday, after questions turned to the marital rape of his mother by his father.

Queensland-based Pastor Larry Harris is serving five years in prison for two counts of rape against his wife Joy, who told the current affairs program she was raped ‘’six or seven times’’ a day.

On the program, the Dapto pastor said he did not think his father had been justly treated, claiming there had been ‘’disobedience to the Lord on both parts’’.

However in a statement sent to the Mercury, Pastor Harris said he’d been led to believe the segment would be about a particular sermon, and not his family matters.

‘’It seems that the intent was that I would be caught off guard so that I would look guilty,’’ he said. ‘’… Not knowing what the interviewer was getting at with some of his questions, I stumbled to answer some questions clearly.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Efforts Underway to Strengthen Lawsuits Against Sexual Predators

GEORGIA
Daily Report

Katheryn Hayes Tucker, Daily Report
July 27, 2017

Following the dismissal of the deep pockets in lawsuits against institutions accused of allowing sexual abuse of children to continue in secret, lawyers and lawmakers are teaming up to toughen Georgia's Hidden Predator Act in the next legislative session.

Plaintiffs attorneys are gathering with legislators at the Capitol for a news conference Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss strengthening the current Hidden Predator Act. The law opened a window for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits without being shut down by the statute of limitations. Several plaintiffs attorneys filed lawsuits before the July 1 deadline.

But earlier this month, Cobb County Superior Court Judge LaTain Kell dismissed the defendants with the most ability to pay—the Boy Scouts of America and the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, ruling that the law exempted the institutions from liability and leaving only individual scout and church leaders in the case.

"I am holding this press conference in light of the recent developments regarding litigation implicating child sexual abuse cover-ups by various organizations," said Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, the primary author of the Hidden Predator Act, in a news release. "The details of these cases highlight the need for new and tougher changes to the current Hidden Predator Act. It is necessary that we address many of the injustices uncovered in recent child sexual abuse litigation and the short comings of a shortened statute of limitations."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Settlement back on the table for majority of church sex abuse cases

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jul 28, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Settlement is back on the table - at least for a majority of the sex abuse cases lodged against the Archdiocese of Agana and possibly the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council.

The majority of the cases of clergy sex abuse filed in the District Court of Guam have been put on hold. On Friday, Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted a motion to stay for over 70 civil cases. His decision followed news that parties have secured a mediator, Oregon-based retired federal Judge Michael Hogan.

Archdiocese of Agana legal counsel John Terlaje and plaintiffs' attorney David Lujan expressed great confidence in their chosen mediator. Terlaje said, "He is very well known. Very well respected. He's done hundreds of cases involving child abuse and dioceses around America, so because of that, both parties reached out to him to see if he was willing to do the mediation process."

Lujan added, "He's a great mediator, so he should be able to resolve."

Hogan will be on island from October 30 to November 3rd to address the claims, including those filed in the Superior Court of Guam. "Well we're going to attempt address as much as possible. If more days are needed, more days will be used," Terlaje added.

According to his website, Hogan retired as a judge to become a full-time mediator. He's mediated thousands of disputes, including sexual abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Guam's clergy sex abuse cases up for mediation

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

A federal judge on Friday agreed to temporarily halt proceedings in dozens of clergy sex abuse lawsuits so they can instead go through an out-of-court settlement process, scheduled to take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan granted attorney David Lujan's motion for a stay, pending arbitration of the cases.

"We progressed tremendously from the last hearing to today's hearing," Lujan told the judge during a hearing Friday morning.

Lujan said some of his clients are now in their 70s, so time is of the essence to resolve the cases.

Lujan and attorney John C. Terlaje, general counsel for the Archdiocese of Agana, told Manibusan that retired U.S. District Court Judge of Oregon Michael Hogan has agreed to serve as mediator, and will be on island for the mediation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Affidavit: Scar Gave Rabbi Greer Away

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by CHRISTOPHER PEAK | Jul 27, 2017

A one-to-three-inch scar, and the way he pulled his pants over his shoes, helped seal Rabbi Daniel Greer’s fate with police investigating whether he repeatedly sexually assaulted yeshiva students over a period of years.

That point emerged in an arrest warrant affidavit made public Thursday, one day after the prominent Edgewood rabbi turned himself in to police on charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Greer, who is 77 years old, is free on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 11, after his lawyer, prominent criminal defense attorney Willie Dow, returns from vacation. In an interview, Dow denied the charges on Greer’s behalf. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Stacey Miranda is handling the case for the government.

The arrest warrant affidavit, written by lead police investigator Detective Kristine Cuddy, details the information she gathered from an alleged victim of the rabbi as well as information she relied on to buttress the allegations.

Her investigation stemmed from a complaint police received last August from a former student at the yeshiva Greer started in the Edgewood neighborhood. Though the affidavit doesn’t name the student, a lawyer for the victim, Eliyahu Mirlis, confirmed that he is the one who came forward to police. Mirlis also brought a federal civil lawsuit against Greer that wrapped up in May, when Greer lost a $20 million verdict in federal court. That trial, which was decided on a lower standard of a “preponderance of the evidence,” or who’s case was more likely, included testimony about years-long abuse of at least one other victim at the school. Greer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to decline responding to the allegations. (The rabbi is seeking a new trial.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Arrest warrant affidavit outlines graphic allegations of sexual assault by New Haven rabbi

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register
POSTED: 07/27/17

NEW HAVEN >> A former student who accused a prominent rabbi of sexual assault told police that refusing to perform sexual acts with Rabbi Daniel Greer had been punishable by bad grades and threats of expulsion from the Yeshiva in New Haven, according to the newly released arrest warrant in the case.

The alleged victim in this case, Eliyahu Mirlis, told New Haven Police Department detectives in August that he had been forced by Greer, the founder of the Yeshiva in New Haven and the Gan School, to perform various sexual acts while he was a student at the Yeshiva School. The alleged abuse occurred between 2002 and 2005.

Mirlis’s lawyer, Antonio Ponvert III, confirmed Wednesday that Mirlis is the victim in this criminal case, though he is not named in the arrest warrant. The New Haven Register does not usually identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Mirlis reported through Ponvert that he wanted to come forward with the allegations. Mirlis is now 29.

Greer, 77, turned himself in to police Wednesday after the criminal charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury were filed. He appeared in court Thursday for an arraignment and is due back on Aug. 11, according to the clerk’s office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

New Haven Rabbi awaits court date following sexual assault arrest

CONNECTICUT
Fox 61

JULY 27, 2017, BY BOBBY MARTINEZ

NEW HAVEN - After being found liable in a federal civil lawsuit, stemming from a series of alleged sexual assaults, a New Haven Rabbi is gearing up to answer to criminal charges of sexual assault and risk of injury.

77-year-old Rabbi Daniel Greer, a former Police Commissioner in New Haven, and outspoken opponent of gay marriage, stands accused of sexually assaulting Eli Mirlis, a male student at New Haven's Yeshiva school, from 2001 to 2005. Greer was then the school's dean.

"Initially this came in through the reporting person's attorney," said Officer David Hartman, the spokesman for New Haven Police Department. "The investigation certainly supported probable cause."

Mirlis, who claims he was 15 when the years of sexually assaults began, was awarded $15 million a civil suit judgment against Greer in May. He alleges, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, a sexual relationship began during his sophomore year. Mirlis, now 29, told police that whenever he refused to meet with Greer, he was threatened with bad grades and even expulsion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

German abuse report ‘shocking’ and not the end, Church expert says

ROME/GERMANY
Crux

Inés San Martín VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a leading anti-abuse expert and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, called a report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a German boys' choir "shocking," and warned that as the taboo lifts in other parts of the world, similar accounts are likely to keep emerging.

ROME - A recent German report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a famed boys choir in Regensburg, led for part of the seventy-year span covered in the report by Pope Benedict XVI’s brother, was “shocking,” according to one of the Church’s leading experts on child abuse - and what’s worse, he warns, the story hardly ends there.

“I’m sad to say, but from all I see on other continents, I’m quite sure we are going to encounter more cases like this. I [especially] anticipate it in other parts of the world where this issue has not been talked about, either in the Church or in society at large,” said German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner.

“This topic is starting to surface now in countries like India, where up until five years ago one heard nothing about this. Yet today the topic is openly discussed in the media again and again, both regarding [cases] in the Church and in society at large,” he said.

Zollner runs the Center for Child Protection at Rome’s Jesuit-sponsored Gregorian University, and is also a member of Pope Francis’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Pedophile priest Paul Shanley being released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

BOSTON —
Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley is scheduled to be released from a Massachusetts prison early Friday morning after spending 12 years in prison.

Shanley is scheduled to be freed from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater sometime Friday morning.

On Thursday, we got a glimpse of what the former priest looks like after spending 12 years in prison.

The new picture of Shanley was posted on the state's Sex Offender Registry Board website.

It shows a balding and now bearded Shanley and lists the 86-year-old as a high-risk Level 3 sex offender who's incarcerated, but that status is about to change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

On abuse: Francis yet to make critical clerical changes

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Kieran Tapsell | Jul. 28, 2017

COMMENTARY

NCR's editorial, "On Abuse: church has changed but not enough," rightly identifies the all-male clerical culture as a critical factor in the sex abuse scandal, but it fails to point to the failure of Pope Francis to change parts of canon law that embody that culture.

Pope Francis may feel restrained by theology from having women priests. But Canons 478 and 1420 require vicars general, episcopal and judicial vicars also to be priests. They therefore can't be women except with a dispensation given by the men in Rome. This can be changed with the stroke of a pen.

A more serious example of clericalism is canon law's imposition of the pontifical secret on all allegations and information about child sexual abuse by clerics. The only exception that would allow reporting to the civil authorities was given to the United States in 2002 and to the rest of the world in 2010, and it was limited to where there are applicable civil reporting laws. Very few jurisdictions have comprehensive reporting laws. In the United States, only half the states have clergy as mandatory reporters.

Pope Francis' attempts to hold bishops accountable have meant very little because his capacity to do so is limited by the Code of Canon Law. The three bishops he forced to resign — Archbishop John Nienstedt and his auxiliary, Bishop Lee Piché, of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri — had breached canon law in force in the United States since 2002 that required them to comply with civil reporting laws.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Shanley release moves gov to review civil commitment standards

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Brian Dowling Friday, July 28, 2017

Lawyers for sexual abuse survivors are heartened by Gov. Charlie Baker’s vocal support for a review of the standards to civilly commit criminal sexual predators ahead of today’s anticipated release of convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley.

Baker said the issue of how a notorious pedophile priest could be released from prison and not found to be a danger to society is on his “to-do list” — and the issue is personal.

“I know people who were horribly affected and were damaged by Paul Shanley, and I think this is an issue we are going to take a good look at,” Baker said. “Paul Shanley did terrible things and terrible damage to many, many people.”

Attorney Carmen Durso, who represented many of Shanley’s abuse victims, called Baker’s support for a review of the standards “good news.”

“I’m happy the governor understands this,” Durso said. “I’m pleased he thinks it’s an important issue and he’s going to deal with it. We will help him any way we can.”

Durso said his review of the standards for civil commitment found the process focused on age and whether violence was a factor in past abuse.

“It had a bunch of questions that weren’t relevant to Paul Shanley,” Durso said. “I’m only a lawyer. But like others, we are lawyers who listened to what the perpetrators did hundreds of times, and you get some sense of what’s going on. Then you look at what a professional looks at to see if someone’s dangerous, and the two don’t match up.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Pedophile Priest Shanley Classified As Level 3 Sex Offender Upon Release From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

[with video]

BOSTON (CBS) – Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley will be released from prison on Friday. Even though two psychologists said Shanley was not sexually dangerous, the Sex Offender Registry Board is classifying him as the most dangerous, a Level 3 offender.

The 86-year-old’s photo and status as a Level 3 offender will be on the Mass.gov website.

The Level 3 designation by the board means they believe he is dangerous and has a high risk to re-offend. The classification also gives the public access to information as to where he will be living.

Governor Charlie Baker said he would re-examine the release of sexually dangerous persons. “I know people who were horribly affected and damaged by Paul Shanley and I think this is an issue that we’re going to take a hard look at,” Governor Baker said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Victims, Advocates, Set to Protest Release of Convicted Sex Offender Paul Shanley

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC Boston

[with video]

By Caitlin Fichtel

Victims and advocates of sexual assault are set to protest the release of a former priest who was convicted of the rape of a child.

Paul Shanley, 86, a former priest who counseled gay and troubled youths, was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

He is set to be released sometime Friday, despite protests from many, including dozens who have accused Shanley of sexual abuse.

Protesters plan to gather outside the Massachusetts Old Colony Correctional Facility in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, around 9 a.m. until the release of Shanley.

The protest will be led by members of Road to Recovery Inc., a charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, victims and survivors of Shanley's abuse, as well as advocates, supporters, and concerned citizens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Victims Advocates Alarmed as Mass. Pedophile Priest Released From Prison: ‘We Fear for the Safety of Children’

MASSACHUSETTS
People

BY STEVE HELLING•@STEVEHELLING

POSTED ON JULY 27, 2017

A disgraced Catholic priest is set for release from prison 12 years after his conviction for child rape, PEOPLE confirms.

Paul Shanley was convicted in 2005 for raping a boy in the early 1980s. His victim, who was 27 years old during the trial, told jurors Shanley would regularly pull him out of Sunday School for what he called “special duties.” The victim said that Shanley had molested him in several rooms of the parish in Newton, Massachusetts.

The high-profile trial turned Shanley into one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal. He was among the first priests to stand trial after the Boston Globe unearthed allegations against several clergymen, as well as coverups by the Boston Archdiocese.

Shanley, then 74, was convicted of two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery. Prosecutors asked for a life sentence, but the judge gave Shanley 12 to 15 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

ABUSE VICTIMS TO PROTEST RELEASE OF PRIEST WHO RAPED BOY

MASSACHUSETTS
Associated Press

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- Protesters are vowing to demonstrate outside the Massachusetts prison where a notorious figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal is being released after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s.

Paul Shanley is expected to be released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday.

Shanley was a "street priest" who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and '70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them. He was defrocked by the Vatican and convicted of raping a boy at a Newton parish.

Sexual abuse victims say they're concerned the 86-year-old Shanley will not have enough supervision after he's released. He'll be monitored by probation officials, but isn't required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Syracuse diocese files motion to dismiss claims in child abuse case

NEW YORK
Observer-Dispatch

By GREG MASON / gmason@uticaod.com

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has requested the dismissal of claims against it as part of a lawsuit accusing a former Utica-area priest of sexually abusing children about three decades ago.

The diocese filed its motion July 10 in Federal District Court in Connecticut in the case involving former priest Felix Colosimo. Colosimo is accused of abusing California resident Matthew Strzepek on multiple occasions from 1987 to 1990 when Strzepek was 12 to 15 years old.

The Syracuse diocese removed Colosimo from priestly ministry in 2014 upon finding Strzepek’s allegations credible. Among other allegations, Strzepek’s lawsuit claims the diocese is liable for Colosimo’s alleged actions and accuses the diocese of failing to respond appropriately.

Strzepek is seeking $25 million in damages each from Colosimo and the diocese. The diocese, however, wants to completely dismiss the allegations against itself.

The court motion is supported with an affidavit from Timothy Elmer, the diocese’s vicar general who served as chancellor from July 2010 to December 2014, according to his affidavit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Priest investigated over claims of relationship with teenage girl

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A priest is being investigated over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
Father John Sweeney, 41, has been suspended by the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

He will not carry out any parish duties at Saint Maria Goretti in the city's Cranhill area until further notice.

Father Sweeney was arrested and charged under a section of the Sexual Offences Scotland Act which alleges he committed a sexual abuse of trust.

He was due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this week but was released while investigations continue.

It is understood the allegation involves a 17-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

July 27, 2017

2 new lawsuits filed against ex-priest and Moncton archbishop

CANADA
CBC News

By Tori Weldon, CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2017

A man who attended Saint-Henri church in Barachois and another who went to Sainte-Thérèse in Cap Pelé have each filed lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by former priest Yvon Arsenault and seeking damages from him and the archbishop of Moncton.

Arsenault is serving a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to nine counts of molestation going back to the 1970s. All the victims were minors. He has one charge of indecent assault before the criminal courts.

The latest allegations, in statements of claim filed in Moncton on June 30, involve a trip to Massachusetts that Arsenault is said to have organized around 1972.

Both men claim the former priest used his position of power and authority to prey upon and sexually abuse them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

CHURCH SHOCK Catholic priest Father John Sweeney axed from Cranhill parish over cop probe into his alleged trysts with teenage girl and sectarian slur

SCOTLAND
Scottish Sun

By Rebecca Gray and Ashlie McAnally
27th July 2017

A CATHOLIC priest has been suspended amid a cop probe into his alleged relationship with a teenage girl, church chiefs have confirmed.

Father John Sweeney, 41, was removed from his parish after he was reported to prosecutors over incidents said to have happened with the 17-year-old during the last year.

The clergyman, who leads services at Saint Maria Goretti in Glasgow, is also accused of making a sectarian slur. A source said last night: “The allegations have rocked the congregation.”

Sources said the investigation centres on allegations of “inappropriate conduct whilst in a position of trust”.

As inquiries continued, one insider said his parishioners were stunned by the police investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Retired priest charged with indecent liberties against 15-year-old Fairfax girl

VIRGINIA
WTOP

By Jack Moore
July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — A retired priest accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl in 2003 has been arrested in Fairfax County and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.

Fairfax County police said Thursday Gervase Cain, who was then 72, inappropriately touched the girl “sometime in 2003” during a consultation at her home in Fairfax.

Cain, now 86 and living in Pennsylvania, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Police said a complaint was first filed in 2004 and later withdrawn. The case was reopened in May 2017. Police said they consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney before a warrant was issued on July 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

86-year-old retired priest arrested for ‘indecent liberties’ with 15-year-old girl in 2003

VIRGINIA
WJLA

FAIRFAX, Va. (ABC7) —
In a case that goes back 14 years, a retired priest turned himself in and was arrested for inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl.

Gervase Cain, now 86, touched the girl while he was consulting at her home in Fairfax in 2003, according to a statement released by Fairfax County Police.

The case was first reported in 2004, but it was withdrawn. In May, the case was reopened and a warrant was issued for Cain’s arrest on July 17.

After becoming aware of the warrant, Cain turned himself in Wednesday at a police station.
From Fairfax County Police:

We would like to hear from anyone who may have additional information on this case, or may be a victim. You can call Detective J. Linebaugh at 703-246-7800, or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Retired priest charged with taking indecent liberties with a child in 2003

VIRGINIA
Washington Post

By Rachel Siegel July 27

A retired priest was arrested in Fairfax County on Wednesday and accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl nearly 15 years ago.

Gervase Cain, now 86, is alleged to have had the contact with the 15-year-old girl during a consultation at her home in Fairfax in 2003, police said Thursday.

The case was initially reported in 2004, though the complaint was later withdrawn, police said. They said the complaint was reopened in May and a warrant was issued July 17. Cain, who resides in Loretto, Pa., turned himself in Wednesday after learning of the warrant, police said.

Cain was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

UN calls on Government to explain lack of progress on Magdalene Laundries & mother-and-baby homes

IRELAND
Breaking News

The UN has today called on the government to explain what further investigations it intends to carry out into the Magdalene Laundries, industrial schools and mother-and-baby homes.

A delegation has appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture to face questions on the progress it has made since 2011.

Minister of State David Stanton led a 20-strong Irish delegation to the UN Committee Against torture this morning.

The committee had several questions on human rights issues, including why there has been a lack of progress on investigations in the wake of the Ryan Report on abuse in industrial schools.

“Only 15 cases were brought forward, even for the criminal investigation, and the only one resulted in prosecution,” said Committee vice chair Felice Gaer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

State ‘walking back’ from apology to Magdalene survivors, says UN

IRELAND
Irish Times

Marie O'Hallroan

The United Nations has sharply criticised the State’s approach to alleged abuse in Magdalene laundries and its claims that there was no basis to believe serious harm was done to women and girls in them.

The UN committee against torture in Geneva said it had received a “great deal of evidence that there has indeed been abuse”.

Rapporteur Felice Gaer referred to the McAleese report on the laundries and asked: “How can the McAleese report establish that there was no systematic abuse when the terms of reference did not extend to allegations of abuse?” or an investigation of such allegations.

She also asked if the State could claim there was no serious harm “when it made no public call for evidence”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Mediation to begin in church sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon |The Guam Daily Post

Attorneys representing 75 childhood sex abuse victims and the Catholic Church in Guam believe alternative dispute resolution will resolve a majority of the cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana, and possibly cases filed against the Boy Scouts of America.

Retired federal Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, has agreed to serve as alternative dispute resolution mediator in the cases and the Archdiocese of Agana has retained Seattle, Washington-based attorney Michael Patterson as defense counsel for all pending litigation filed against the Catholic Church in Guam.

Patterson has represented dioceses and archdioceses across the country for more than 30 years and has been instrumental in resolving more than 2,000 childhood sexual abuse cases across the nation, according to the website of his law firm, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch.

The civil litigator will work with the Archdiocese of Agana's legal counsel, attorney John Terlaje, and Hope and Healing Guam.

"These are very difficult cases for all involved ... however, I am very confident that, in cooperation with Hope and Healing Guam, the archdiocese will work successfully with plaintiff's counsel to find a fair and reasonable resolution to these claims," Patterson told The Guam Daily Post.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Appeal now underway in Nunavut for convicted child molester

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Online

July 27, 2017

STEVE DUCHARME

Newly assigned lawyers representing the convicted sex offender Eric Dejaeger, a former Oblate priest who lived in Baker Lake and Igloolik in the 1970s and 1980s, have begun the process of appealing some of his convictions, following a judge’s decision to direct legal aid to the former priest.

One of Dejaeger’s lawyers, Scott Cowan, told Justice Susan Cooper at Nunavut’s Court of Justice on July 26 that his office received the files from his client’s lengthy trial, which ended after almost a year in September 2014.

“This file has priority,” Cowan told Cooper.

Cooper set the next appearance on the matter to Nov. 15, when lawyers will update the court on their preparations.

Dejaeger is currently serving the remainder of his 11-year prison sentence at the medium-security Warkworth Institution in Ontario, and did not appear during the afternoon court proceeding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Papst Franziskus’ erste große Krise

ROM
Mittelbayerische

[ROME. The cardinal had to make his way through a crowd of reporters. On Wednesday the court action against George Pell, the head of the Vatican Secretariat for Economic Affairs, had begun in Melbourne. The former archbishop of Sydney is the highest Catholic clergyman ever accused sexual abuse of minors. It is about several - so far not announced accusations - from the 70s and 80s. The 76-year-old, who was exempted by Pope Francis from the management of the economic secretariat, now also asserted his innocence in court. The process is to be continued in October. However, Pope Francis must be accused of having a failure in the field of sexual abuse as well as the reforms in the Vatican, two of the most important topics of his agenda. Pell, who represents the papal failure in both thematic complexes, is by no means the only sting in the flesh of the pope.]

von Julius Müller-Meiningen, MZ

ROM.Der Kardinal musste sich seinen Weg durch einen Pulk von Schaulustigen und Reportern bahnen. Am Mittwoch hatte in Melbourne der Prozess gegen George Pell, bislang Chef des vatikanischen Sekretariats für Wirtschaft, begonnen. Der ehemalige Erzbischof von Sydney ist der ranghöchste katholische Geistliche, der jemals wegen Vorwürfen des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen angeklagt worden ist. Es geht um mehrere, bislang nicht bekannt gegebene Vorwürfe aus den 70er und 80er Jahren. Der 76-Jährige, der von Papst Franziskus von der Leitung des Wirtschaftssekretariats freigestellt wurde, beteuerte nun auch vor Gericht seine Unschuld. Der Prozess soll im Oktober fortgesetzt werden. Doch schon jetzt kann man festhalten: Der Prozessbeginn markiert einen negativen Höhepunkt im Pontifikat Jorge Bergoglios.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Funeral of Jean McConville’s son Billy takes place in west Belfast

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Times

Gerry Moriarty

The findings of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry must be implemented immediately, a priest has urged at the funeral of Billy McConville in west Belfast on Wednesday.

Fr Patrick McCafferty told mourners at Mr McConville’s funeral Mass in St Paul’s Church on the Falls Road that all of society had an obligation to make reparation to those who were abused in church and state institutions.

Mr McConville (50), the son of Disappeared victim Jean McConville, died from cancer last Sunday in the Northern Ireland hospice. The funeral Mass for his mother was held in the same church in 2003.

As a six year-old he was taken into care along with his nine brothers and sisters after the IRA abducted, murdered and secretly buried Jean McConville in 1972. Her remains were discovered on a beach in Co Louth in 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 27, 2017

MASSACHUSETTS
Road to Recovery

DANGEROUS SERIAL SEXUAL ABUSER OF MALE AND FEMALE CHILDREN, TEENAGERS, THE DISABLED, AND VULNERABLE ADULTS,
PAUL R. SHANLEY,

DEFROCKED PRIEST OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON ON FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

VICTIMS, ADVOCATES, AND CONCERNED CITIZENS TO PROTEST THE DECISION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO ALLOW PAUL SHANLEY TO BE FREE WHILE HIS VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER IRREPARABLE HARM

What
A demonstration to protest the release from a Massachusetts correctional facility of former Archdiocese of Boston priest and serial sexual abuser of children, teenagers, the disabled, and vulnerable adults,
PAUL R. SHANLEY

When
Friday, July 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM until Noon OR until the release of Paul Shanley

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Massachusetts Old Colony Correctional Facility. Demonstrators will gather at the corner of Administration Road and Titicut Street (for GPS purposes, the address is:
1 Administration Road, Bridgewater, MA 02324)

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; victim/survivors of Paul R. Shanley and their family members; advocates, supporters; and, concerned citizens

Why
Paul R. Shanley, former Archdiocese of Boston parish and “street” priest, who sexually abused dozens of children, teenagers, and adults during a many-decades reign of terror, has been deemed “fit” for release on Friday, July 28, 2017, from the Massachusetts Old Colony Correctional Facility in Bridgewater, MA after serving 12 years of a 15 year sentence. Paul Shanley, 86 years of age, will be monitored for 10 years by the Massachusetts Probation Department, but he will not be required to wear an ankle bracelet. Since he will not be electronically monitored, it is believed that he will continue to pose a threat to the public. Demonstrators will be present as Paul Shanley is driven away from the Old Colony Correctional Facility and they will remind Paul Shanley that his victims, their families, advocates, and concerned citizens will be especially vigilant in warning the citizenry about the danger posed by him, especially to male and female children, teenagers, the disabled, and vulnerable adults.

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

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Timeline: The Criminal Investigation of Cardinal Pell

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

2015

* The Victoria Police have been investigating alleged abuse by Pell since at least 2015. This two-year span was confirmed last month by Pell himself, at the beginning of his June 29 statement declaring his innocence.

A specialized team within the Victoria police called the SANO Task Force has been investigating the complaints against Pell. The police established SANO in 2012 to follow up on criminal complaints of child sexual abuse emerging from the Victorian parliament's Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations. By the time the Inquiry concluded in November 2013, the national government had launched a broader inquiry, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. SANO has remained active to handle criminal complaints emanating from the Royal Commission's probe.

* In December 2015, the SANO task force asked the public to contact them with any information about child sex crimes at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne between 1996 and 2001. This was the exact tenure of Pell's role as archbishop of Melbourne, where the Cathedral was his parish, seat of power and focus of activities.

2016

* In January 2016, Victoria police issued a public appeal in local Ballarat news outlets "for information in relation to allegations of sexual assault at the Eureka Stockade Pool, Ballarat East in the late 1970s. The male victims were aged 8 years old at the time of the alleged incidents." During the late 1970s, Pell was a priest at St. Alipius parish in Ballarat, serving as diocesan vicar for education.

* On February 19, 2016, one week before Pell was scheduled to give evidence to the Royal Commission from Rome, the Herald Sun broke the news that Victoria Police were investigating multiple complaints that Pell himself had abused minors. The alleged incidents took place when Pell was a priest in Ballarat and archbishop of Melbourne and involved abuse of five to ten boys, now ranging in age from their late 20's to early 50's. The Herald Sun cited "legal sources" who described the alleged crimes as involving "both grooming and opportunity."

Pell responded immediately. A statement from his office called the accusations "without foundation and utterly false." He accused the Victoria Police of leaking the information in an attempt to embarrass him: "The Cardinal has called for a public inquiry into the leaking of these spurious claims by elements in the Victoria Police in a manner clearly designed to embarrass the Cardinal, in a case study where the historical failures of the Victoria Police have been the subject of substantial evidence."

* On July 28, 2016, Victoria Police confirmed an ongoing investigation of alleged sexual abuses by Pell. In an email to The New York Times, a police spokesperson said, "Detectives are investigating allegations of historical sexual assaults committed in Ballarat East between 1976 and 1980 and East Melbourne between 1996 and 2001.” The email said the evidence had been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice, but that "as with any investigation, it remains a decision for Victoria police as to whether charges will be laid."

The police statement was prompted by a special TV report aired by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Its program 7:30 revealed details about the police investigation. (See the program transcript.) ABC reporter Louise Milligan said she had obtained the information from "eight police statements from complainants, witnesses and family members who are helping the [SANO] taskforce with their investigation."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

UK helps former child migrants find their families, sorry for abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
International Business Times

By Frenalyn Wilson on July 27 2017

A UK inquiry has wrapped up public hearings on Wednesday in relation to how child migrants were used in slave labour at Australian farm schools. They were also beaten and abuse.

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that the UK government provided assistance to the Child Migrants Trust. The $11.5 million funding will provide counselling to former child migrants and will help them find the families they had been separated from.

The trust has called for full financial redress for former child migrants and ongoing funding for family reunification and counselling. Hunt assured that the government will carefully consider the recommendations of the inquiry.

A report is slated to be published later this year. It is expected to provide recommendations on a redress scheme for former child migrants, following one planned in Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

US, BRAZIL INVESTIGATE SECT ACCUSED OF ABUSE, TRAFFICKING

NORTH CAROLINA
Associated Press

BY HOLBROOK MOHR, MITCH WEISS AND PETER PRENGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ten former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship church say they have been contacted by U.S. federal and state authorities investigating allegations of abuse, forced labor and visa fraud after a series of Associated Press stories about the North Carolina-based evangelical sect, which has branches in Brazil and Ghana and affiliations in other countries.

In Brazil, the federal police told AP the justice department has asked for a 2012 inquiry to be reopened into complaints that Word of Faith Fellowship's two churches in the country were illegally sending minors to the United States. The country's foreign ministry said it was contacting the U.S. consulates in Brazil and U.S. law enforcement agencies for more information, and added that its embassy in Washington, D.C., was trying to reach Brazilians who came to the U.S. via the church.

In February, the AP published its initial story about Word of Faith Fellowship in which 43 former members said congregants were regularly punched and choked in an effort to "purify" sinners by beating out devils. This week, AP revealed how Word of Faith Fellowship took over two congregations in Brazil and created a pipeline of young laborers who say they were brought to the U.S. and forced to work for little or no pay.

Neither church founder Jane Whaley nor the pastors at the Word of Faith Fellowship branches in the Brazilian cities of Sao Joaquim de Bicas and Franco da Rocha responded to repeated requests for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Cardinal sins mean a long hot summer for the Pope

ROME
The Commentator

Tim Hedges

The weather has been hot since April, and Italians have been getting away to the seaside whenever possible, at weekends, saints’ days and sometimes pulling a crafty sickie.

But now the holidays proper are approaching, the two, three weeks, often a month spent showing off your beach body and chatting with the friends you always chat to at this time of year, under your reserved umbrella.

Not so, however, in the Vatican. Of course, the Pope has refused to use his summer house, Castelgandolfo in the Alban Hills (now a tourist venue), but there is no shortage of places to go. It’s just that there is a lot to do and, seemingly, not many people to do it. Beach body ready priests and monsignors are having to stay at the office.

Where to start? Australian Cardinal George Pell, who heads up the Vatican’s finances, has returned to Australia to face some historic child abuse allegations. He says he is innocent, and many Vatican observers believe him to be so.

Not that George Pell is a great loss to Francis. The Australian is a conservative, one of a number of cardinals who signed a letter to the Pope saying that there was progressive interference in the Synod on the Family. It was, of course, Francis himself who was interfering.

If Pell is innocent, people will suspect that someone has been stirring up trouble for him, and that someone will almost certainly be of the pope’s progressive faction.

Things are not going too well for Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. Last month police were called to a disturbance in a flat occupied by one of his senior aides, Luigi Capozzi. They found what has been described as a homosexual orgy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Police Arrest Rabbi Greer

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Independent

by PAUL BASS & CHRISTOPHER PEAK | Jul 26, 2017

Prominent Edgewood rabbi Daniel Greer turned himself in to police Wednesday for arrest on sexual assault charges.

Police arrested Greer, who is 77 years old, on a warrant charging him with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Police said the arrest stems from a complaint they received last August from a former student of Greer at the yeshiva he started in the Edgewood neighborhood. Police said the abuse occurred in the “early to middle 2000s.”

Greer in May lost a $20 million verdict in a federal civil lawsuit filed by former yeshiva student Eliyahu Mirlis, which included testimony about years-long abuse of at least one other victim at the school. Greer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to decline responding to the allegations. The rabbi is seeking a new trial.

Greer showed up at 1 Union Ave. at 11 a.m. along with attorney David Grudberg (who was accompanying him while his lawyer in the criminal case is on vacation) to surrender Wednesday. Bond was set at $100,000. Greer posted bond. As he left the police station, he declined comment when asked by a reporter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Rabbi Daniel Greer Arrested on Child Molesting Charges

CONNECTICUT
Frum Follies

Rabbi Daniel Greer was arrested today (7/26/17) in New Haven, CT on charges of sexually assaulting Eliyahu Mirlis, a student in his yeshiva, around 13 years ago. Mirlis recently won a twenty million dollar judgement against Greer in a civil trial.

Bail was set at $100,000 and promptly paid by Greer.

For the full story, see the New Haven Independent Report.

Had the same crime happened in New York State, the alleged crime would not have been prosecutable becuase it was past the state’s very skimpy statute of limitations which force the victim to initiate the police complaint before their 23rd birthday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Peter Robinson's surprise comments on abuse victims get broad welcome

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish News

Suzanne McGonagle and John Manley
27 July, 2017

POLITICANS and campaigners have welcomed an extraordinary intervention by former first minister Peter Robinson calling for action for institutional abuses victims.

The ex-DUP leader yesterday said the issue had been "swept under the carpet for too long" and the delay in implementing the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) had been "unfair and unnecessarily deferred" by the collapse of the Stormont institutions.

Writing in the Irish News, he called on Secretary of State James Brokenshire to act on the inquiry's recommendations. He also described how he and the late Martin McGuinness had been "deeply affected" by the victims' experiences.

Patrick Corrigan for Amnesty International last night said Mr Robinson's remarks were "timely and welcome".

"I remember those initial meetings which Peter Robinson referenced in his article when he and Martin McGuinness met abuse victims," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Vic priest abuse case cites school culture

AUSTRALIA
9 News

The "disgusting" and "reprehensible" molestation of boys by a Catholic priest more than three decades ago has been linked to a culture of abuse at Victoria's notorious Rupertswood boarding school.

Frank Peter De Dood has been taken into custody while a Victorian County Court judge considers a jail term for the 64-year old after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting five boys.

Dozens of students were abused by a number of priests at Salesian College Rupertswood in Sunbury in the 1970s and 1980s.

A psychiatric assessment of De Dood raised the possibility of a link between his crimes and the culture of both the Salesian order and the school.

"The culture of the school and religious order may likely be linked to his offending," the doctor said in a report tendered in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Time for action to help Northern Ireland abuse victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Editor's viewpoint
July 27 2017

The inquiry set up to investigate the abuse of children in Northern Ireland's state and church-run institutions was comprehensive and detailed in its recommendations. No one could deny, even on a cursory reading of the report, that it presented a humane and just response to the suffering that children had suffered at the hands of evil predators.

Yet it is a report which is gathering dust at Stormont. The victims, as former First Minister Peter Robinson said, were again being let down by political stalemate.

His comments came as the funeral of one of the abused, Billy McConville, took place.

He, like a reported 60 other victims, have gone to their graves never getting the recompense that his traumatic experiences demanded and which were recognised by the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry.

Like the victims of the Troubles, the abused children - some of whom were shipped out to Australia where they were violated - are growing old, hoping that they will one day get the full justice they demand and deserve.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Jehovah’s Witnesses let convicted paedophile interrogate victims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

David Brown, Chief News Correspondent
July 27 2017
The Times

The Jehovah’s Witness policy of allowing convicted paedophiles to interrogate their victims has been condemned by the charities’ regulator.

A report into a congregation in Manchester said that elders misled investigators, concealed evidence and allowed a senior member convicted of abusing two girls, aged five and ten, to cross-examine them.

Similar disciplinary policies at the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, which oversees local groups and distributes literature, are being investigated by the Charity Commission.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have 138,000 congregation members, known as publishers, in the UK. The charity regulator is examining a rule that requires two witnesses to give evidence before a member can be expelled and the running of “judicial committees” which allow abusers to question their victims.

An investigation into the Manchester New Moston Congregation was prompted by a complaint that Jonathan Rose, an “elder” of the group and trustee of its associated charity, had abused a young female member in 2002.

He was later convicted of abusing two girls and it was revealed that he had been cleared in 1995 of similar charges against a third teenager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Jehovah's Witnesses criticised by charity commission over handling of sex abuse case

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

BY CHRIS OSUH
26 JUL 2017

Victims of a convicted paedophile were made to attend a Jehovah’s Witness meeting where they were interrogated by the man who molested them, a Charity Commission investigation has found.

Back in 2014, the M.E.N revealed how three women who complained Jehovah’s Witness elder Jonathan Rose, 43, had molested them as children were forced to relive their experiences in detail as eight other senior congregation members looked on.

The women had wanted Rose barred from the Manchester church, and were told that they would have to take part in the bizarre process if Rose was to be ‘disfellowshipped’.

Following our report, national regulator the Charity Commission launched an inquiry into the church at the centre of the controversy, which is a registered charity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Jehovah’s Witnesses criticised over handling of child abuse case

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Alice Ross
Wednesday 26 July 2017

A Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester has been criticised by the Charity Commission over its handling of allegations of child sex abuse by a senior member.

Victims of a convicted paedophile, Jonathan Rose, were forced to confront him face to face and answer questions about their abuse, including from him, at a three-hour meeting, the charity watchdog found. One alleged victim was criticised in correspondence as a troublemaker who was “economical with the truth”.

The charity’s trustees failed to provide “accurate and complete answers” to the investigation, the commission wrote, identifying “misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity”.

The Charity Commission launched an inquiry into the Manchester New Moston congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2014. This followed reports that women who were abused by Rose, an “elder” who was jailed for child sex abuse in 2013, had been forced to confront him after his release from prison as he sought to rejoin the congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Jehovah's Witnesses attacked by Charity Commission over paedophilia cover-up

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Camilla Turner, education editor
26 JULY 2017

A Jehovah’s Witness charity has been attacked by the Charity Commission for covering up allegations of paedophilia against one of its former leaders.

In a damning report by the charities watchdog, Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses was criticised for failing to report its members claims of sex abuse to the police.

“The inquiry found that the trustees of the charity did not report the allegation of child sexual abuse to the police or to other authorities,” the report said. “Nor did it report the matter as a serious incident to the Commission.”

It added that the charity "badly let down" victims of child abuse in its handling of allegations against Jonathan Rose, a former trustee who was subsequently convicted of indecent assault against a member of the congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Jehovah's Witnesses let sex offender interrogate victims

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Michael Buchanan
Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

Jehovah's Witnesses have been severely criticised by the Charity Commission for allowing a convicted sex offender to interrogate his victims.

The commission's report said the women had endured "inappropriate and demeaning questioning".
And Jonathan Rose had challenged them during a meeting with Church elders, after he was released from prison.

A Jehovah's Witness statement said "appropriate restrictions" were imposed on anyone guilty of abuse.

Rose was convicted in 2013 of the historical sexual abuse of two girls, aged five and 10, and sentenced to nine months in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Karriere trotz Missbrauchsskandal

AUSTRALIEN
Deutschlandfunk

Von Sarah Zerback

Hunderte Kinder, missbraucht von hunderten australischen Priestern, die sich gegenseitig gedeckt haben und die geschützt wurden – auch durch George Pell, den ehemaligen Erzbischof von Melbourne und Sydney. So der Vorwurf. Persönliche Schuld weist der Kurienkardinal jedoch vehement zurück. Lediglich eine allgemeine Verantwortung der Kirche habe es gegeben.

"Die Kirche hat es verbockt und Menschen im Stich gelassen, an vielen Orten, gewiss auch in Australien. Ich bin nicht hier, um das zu rechtfertigen, was sich nicht rechtfertigen lässt", sagt Kardinal Pell bei seiner Befragung im Vatikan – nur wenige Monate, bevor er in seiner Heimat Australien nun selbst vor Gericht steht. Er, der mächtige Mann in Rom, soll sich vor Jahrzehnten an kleinen Jungen vergangen haben. Für den Heiligen Stuhl sind die Anschuldigungen äußerst unangenehm. Hatte Papst Franziskus doch angekündigt, Missbrauchsfälle und andere schwerwiegende Delikte in der katholischen Kirche strenger aufzuklären. Dazu hat er ein neues Gremium geschaffen, das Kirchenrecht weiter verschärft und die Taten öffentlich verurteilt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

"Wir sind viele"

DEUTSCHLAND
inFranken

[Hedwig Herrath Beckmann (72) was born in the last months of the Second World War. Her life as a child and adolescent was characterized by psychological and sexual abuse, especially in the home of Catholic nuns of the Order of Divine Providence. She wrote about it a book "Hilifi - Gottes Vermaledeite Brut".]

von SUSANNE WILL

Hedwig Herrath Beckmann (72) wurde in den letzten Monaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges geboren. Ihr Leben als Kind und Jugendliche war geprägt von seelischem und sexuellem Missbrauch, vor allem im Heim durch katholische Nonnen des Ordens der göttlichen Vorsehung. Sie schrieb darüber ein Buch, "Hilifi - Gottes vermaledeite Brut".

Was ihr dann widerfuhr, ist selten: Ein Bischof bezeichnete das Buch als bleibendes Mahnmal einer gequälten Kindheit. Bischof Felix Glenn aus dem Bistum Münster entschuldigte sich bei ihr. Am Donnerstag, 27. Juli, liest sie um 19.30 Uhr im Salon des Hauses 1 in der Deegenbergklinik in Bad Kissingen aus ihrem Buch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

"Regensburger Domspatzen" - Nach dem Abschlussbericht

DEUTSCHLAND
MissBit

["Regensburger Domspatzen" - After the final report.
July 26, 2017
The abuse officer of the DBK, Bishop Ackermann, remains silent today to the final report.
July 25, 2017: "In Trier, for example, Bishop Stephan Ackermann and his predecessor, today's Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, had to admit mistakes in dealing with a priest, who repeatedly indicated that he was being attacked , But was never condemned.]

27. Juli 2017
Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der DBK, Bischof Ackermann, schweigt bis heute zu dem Abschlussbericht.

26. Juli 2017
"In der Verdrängungsschleife
Der Klage der Missbrauchsopfer über die Ignoranz und das Desinteresse des Klerus sowie über die mangelnde Unterstützung aus dem Vatikan möchte ich mich anschließen und aus eigener Erfahrung Folgendes beitragen: Nachdem das Bistum Münster den Bericht über meine Erlebnisse als Messdiener in den Jahren 1949 bis 1951 monatelang ignoriert hatte, wandte ich mich an den Beauftragten der katholischen Kirche, Stephan Ackermann, um diesen zu bitten, seinen Münsteraner Kollegen zur Kenntnisnahme aufzufordern. Von Ackermann habe ich nie eine Antwort erhalten..."
"sueddeutsche.de"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Changes to allow underage sexual crime victims to get legal advice

MALAYSIA
The Star

BY MARTIN CARVALHO

KUALA LUMPUR: Amendments to the Legal Aid Act 1971 will allow underage victims of sexual crimes and their family members to seek legal advice.

The Legal Aid (Amendment) Bill was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic) for the first reading in Parliament on Thursday.

Azalina said the Bill is expected to be debated and passed by lawmakers during the current Parliament meeting which runs till Aug 10.

Changes to the law include the creation of a new provision with regard to services of a “legal companion” provided to a child victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

What happened to other clergy abuse perpetrators?

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Roy Greene and Jeremiah Manion GLOBE STAFF JULY 26, 2017

Defrocked priest Paul R. Shanley is slated to be released from prison as early as this week after serving 12 years in prison for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s. Shanley, 86, is one of the most notorious Massachusetts figures in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. Here is a look at some of the others, and details of what happened to them.

JOHN GEOGHAN For decades, Geoghan preyed on more than 100 young boys in a half-dozen Boston-area parishes. In February 2002, he was sentenced to nine to 10 years in state prison for fondling a youth at a pool in Waltham. On Aug. 23, 2003, while in protective custody at the maximum security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death in his cell by another inmate.

RONALD H. PAQUIN In 2002, Paquin pleaded guilty to three counts of child rape involving a boy from Haverhill from 1989 to 1992, when he was an associate pastor of St. John the Baptist Church there. Paquin, who is 75, was released from prison in 2015 but arrested again in February following his indictment on 29 new counts of sexual misconduct in Maine.

JOSEPH BIRMINGHAM Birmingham, who died in 1989, was accused of being one of the worst abusers in the Archdiocese of Boston. More than 50 men claimed they were abused by Birmingham during the priest’s 29-year tenure with the Archdiocese.

ROBERT M. BURNS In 2005, Burns pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting five boys while working as a priest in Jamaica Plain and Charlestown in the 1980s and 1990s. He was given an eight- to 11-year prison sentence. Burns has been released and as recently as 2015 was living in Boston.

JAMES F. TALBOT
A former Boston College High School priest, teacher, and hockey coach, he faced multiple accusations of abuse. In 2005, when he was 67, Talbot pleaded guilty to molesting two teenage boys during wrestling practice in the late 1970s and was sentenced to five to seven years in jail. He was released in 2011.

Sources: Globe archives; news reports; and BishopAccountability.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

An English norm?

CANADA
Northumberland Today

By Grahame Woods, Northumberland Today
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What happened was ... the boy told his father, who talked to another father. The two of them talked to the vicar – and the curate left for another parish. It was never talked about again. By anyone.

Which was how it was done in 1940s England – for, in those days, sexual abuse never happened. The priest ‘interfered’ with young boys and was quietly sent somewhere else. And that, shush/shush, was that. Fast forward to 2017 – same country. 560 (reported) young soccer players sexually assaulted and over 250 team managers, so far, have been charged. A welcome change in the wording from ‘abuse’ to assault. And then, in the hallowed halls of the BBC there was .... but, wait. Hasn’t sexual assault and physical abuse, especially of boys by men, something of the norm in England?

Recently, drawn by a review in an American magazine, and having grown up in England, I have just finished reading Alex Renton’s Stiff Upper Lip, subtitled, Secrets and Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class, a book that exposes the truth and perversions of private, all-boys boarding schools in that country. Fee paying, unregulated schools perfectly designed to lure innocent children, some as young as six years of age, into the waiting, welcoming clutches of predatory, sadistic teachers – well, Masters, as they are called over there – facing a life of ‘beating, bullying, fagging, cold baths, vile food and paedophile teachers.’

Renton adds; ‘Just some of the elements of the potion the British elite has applied to its sons and daughters to prepare them for a role in the ruling class.’ It is difficult to imagine any parent sending their six-year-old child off to boarding school for the rest of its schooling life, many of the parents having been through the system themselves, knowing, perpetuating (co-conspirators?) what goes on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Rabbi confesses and convicted of sexual offenses against eight women

ISRAEL
YNet News

Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg was convicted of committing sexual offenses against eight women after he confessed to the allegations. Sheinberg admitted as part of a plea bargain stating that the prosecution would seek to sentence him to eight years and nine months in prison.

The prosecution said that at the end of the day the prosecution decided to accept the recommendation of the magistrate and the outline she had proposed, and to conclude the case in a plea bargain, in light of the overall view of the public interest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Rabbi from Tzfat convicted of sexual offenses

ISRAEL
Arutz Sheva

Ido ben Porat, 26/07/17

The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday convicted Ezra Sheinberg, a former head of the Orot ha-Ari yeshiva in Tzfat, of sexual offenses against eight women.

The original indictment against the former yeshiva head included a long list of serious offenses, including rape, sodomy, indecent acts, disruption of proceedings, and fraud.

Sheinberg was arrested after senior rabbis in the city of Tzfat, led by Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, dismissed him from the yeshiva he headed, claiming that he had sexually abused women from his community as well as other women.

At first, Sheinberg rejected the charges against him, asserting that they were part of a deliberate plot against him. "The claims are dissipating one by one," he said in one of the remand hearings. "Complainant after complainant asserts that she said things she was forced to say. Things will become clear later."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Safed rabbi convicted of rape for ‘sex therapy’

ISRAEL
Times of Israel

A well-known rabbi and yeshiva head from Safed was convicted on Wednesday of committing sexual crimes against eight women.

Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg confessed and was convicted in Nazareth District Court as part of a plea deal over a series of crimes committed against women who came to him for advice and counseling.

The prosecution demanded that the former head of the Orot HaAri yeshiva receive a nine-year jail sentence after his conviction for crimes, including rape and indecent assault.

A total of 14 women made allegations against Sheinberg to a special investigation team and police suspect that many other victims were afraid to come forward. The victims were all religious women who had come to the rabbi for advice or help on various issues including health.

Sheinberg had been a popular Kabbalist and respected figure in Israel’s national-religious community and author of several books of Torah ideas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

COURT CONVICTS SAFED RABBI OF SEX OFFENSES

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

BY JEREMY SHARON JULY 27, 2017

The rabbi, a renowned yeshiva head from Safed, was originally indicted in July 2015 on 12 charges of sexual offenses including rape, sodomy and indecent assault.

The so-called “rabbi of the North,” Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, was convicted on Wednesday of sexual offenses against eight women by the Nazareth District Court.

Sheinberg admitted to the crimes in a plea bargain with the prosecution that will see him sentenced to almost nine years in prison.

The rabbi, a renowned yeshiva head from Safed, was originally indicted in July 2015 on 12 charges of sexual offenses including rape, sodomy and indecent assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Survivors decry decision to free pederast priest

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

Brian Dowling Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sexual abuse survivors and their lawyers protested the clinical findings that led to the release of convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley and warned the 86-year-old defrocked cleric will be a public danger to children and adults when he gets out of jail tomorrow.

Attorney Carmen L. Durso, who represented many of Shanley’s victims, slammed the conclusions of two doctors who said the former priest is no longer considered “sexually dangerous” for the purposes of having him civilly committed after serving 12 years for the rape and indecent assault of a child.

“If Paul Shanley doesn’t qualify as a sexually dangerous person then nobody will qualify,” Durso said. “The standards used here are archaic, erratic. The law has to be changed.”

Durso and attorney Mitchell Garabedian said officials from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office who commissioned the clinical evaluations told them Shanley was found not to be “sexually dangerous” partially because of his advanced age.

“Age is not a factor when it comes to pedophile priests sexually abusing innocent children,” Garabedian said.

Rodney Ford, the father of Gregory Ford, whose abuse case sent Shanley to jail, said the former priest destroyed the lives of his son, his family members and “so many other victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Stone-faced and silent, Pell faces first court hearing amid a heaving media circus

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

Lucie Morris-Marr

It wasn’t the way Cardinal George Pell likes to start his morning.

On a normal weekday the 76-year-old is usually found working inside the grand confines of Saint John’s Tower on the western tip of Vatican City.

In the medieval building, the official seat of the office he holds as Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, there are assistants to bring him coffee or run errands across the ancient Roman cobblestones.

The restored tower is a place he can work in peace.

On Wednesday, however, there was nothing peaceful about the scene that greeted Cardinal Pell at Melbourne Magistrates Court, where he arrived just before 9am for his first hearing on multiple charges of historic sexual abuse.

This reporter had been the first in line at the doors of the court in the darkness at 5am. But very soon the William Street building was under siege, with an unprecedented media army of over 150 local, national and international journalists and TV crews.

We all morphed into one huge, breathless, heaving and agitated pack.

In truth, we were hungry for breakfast as well as the story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

So what are the charges against Cardinal Pell? Mystery continues despite media storm

AUSTRALIA
Asian Correspondent

By Jo Lane | 27th July 2017

TO SHOUTS, jeers, a media scrum and chaotic scenes outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Cardinal George Pell made his first appearance in what is predicted to be a drawn-out case into allegations of historical sex offences.

In scenes reminiscent of other high-profile cases such as the trial by media of Lindy Chamberlain, the Cardinal’s first stoic, silent fronting to the court, that has either satiated or whetted the public and media’s appetite, has also left no one the wiser about what exactly he is charged with.

“Historical sex offences” and “matters that have been under investigation for two years” are some of the phrases that have been thrown around in explanation, but the fact remains that the details of the allegations have not been made publicly available.

On this perplexity, The Guardian columnist David Marr wrote of his coverage of the filing hearing, “My apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on. A great billowing, lace-edged cloak of secrecy still surrounds the case of the Director of Public Prosecutions v. G Pell.

“Months down the track, we don’t know what the charges are. Even if they fell into my lap, I would not say a word. Why not? Sorry, that’s a secret too.”

And that, Catholic parishioner Michael Curtin said, is forcing the public to make a decision when there isn’t yet enough information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Salesian priest Frank De Dood admits child sex crimes

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Shannon Deery, Herald Sun

ANOTHER priest has admitted sex crimes against children at the ­notorious Salesian College in Rupertswood.

Frank De Dood on Thursday admitted abusing five boys, four of them at the Sunbury college while he taught there between 1978 and 1983.

Dozens of young pupils have emerged as victims of relentless abuse at the hands of the Salesian priests, who ran what has been dubbed a “school of horrors”.

At the County Court on Thursday, De Dood, 64, pleaded guilty to six indecent assault charges against the five, aged 11 to 16. He abused one of the boys at the Salesian campus at Chadstone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Defrocked Priest Is About to Be Freed Amid Renewed Fury

MASSACHUSETTS
New York Times

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
JULY 26, 2017

BOSTON — When he was 21 and coming out as gay, John Harris was referred to a charismatic street priest, Paul Shanley, for guidance.

“He raped me, under the pretense of helping me,” Mr. Harris, now 59, recalled Wednesday. Since the episode, in 1979, Mr. Harris said he had had difficulty trusting people, which led to heavy drinking and depression so severe that he was hospitalized.

Mr. Shanley was defrocked by the Vatican in 2004 and convicted in 2005 of raping a boy repeatedly during the 1980s in a suburban parish. Sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison, he became one of the most notorious priests in the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church.

While the scandal of priests abusing children has faded somewhat from the explosive headlines of the early 2000s, the issue continues to play out here in Boston, the epicenter of the abuse.

Mr. Shanley is now 86. After 12 years of incarceration, he is scheduled to be released on Friday from the Old Colony Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Bridgewater, Mass. His pending release has distressed his victims and their families, who on Wednesday said they hoped that residents of whatever town Mr. Shanley is released to will monitor him and report his whereabouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

July 26, 2017

Prominent Connecticut rabbi charged with sexual assault of a former student

CONNECTICUT
JTA

July 26, 2017

NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations.

Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, police told the New Haven Register. Bond was set at $100,000.

Eliyahu Mirlis of New Jersey, now an adult, claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hundreds of times when he was a minor and a student at the religious boarding school in the early to mid-2000s. Mirlis has urged media outlets that normally would not identify an abuse victim to use his name.

In May, a federal jury ordered Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven to pay Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The criminal investigation proceeded more slowly than the civil trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

New Haven rabbi charged with sexual assault

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Register Staff
POSTED: 07/26/17

NEW HAVEN >> A rabbi turned himself in to police Wednesday morning following a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a minor.

Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, of West Park Avenue, New Haven, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, police said. Bond was set at $100,000.

New Haven attorney William F. Dow said Wednesday Greer intends to plead not guilty during a court appearance, which Dow said will likely be in the second week of August.

“I proudly represent Rabbi Greer,” Dow said. “Rabbi Greer has a long history of positive contributions to the New Haven community. He intends to plead not guilty. He looks forward to addressing these unfounded charges in court.”

Attorney Antonio Ponvert III confirmed Wednesday the victim in this criminal charge his is client, Eliyahu Mirlis, who was awarded $15 million in his civil lawsuit accusing Greer in May. The New Haven Register generally does not identify people who allege sexual abuse, but Mirlis wanted to come forward. Ponvert represented Mirlis in the civil trail.

Mirlis, now 29, said the abuse has led him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as distress, humiliation, depression, low self-esteem and an inability to maintain emotional relationships, according to court documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

Rabbi at center of abuse scandal charged with sexual assault

CONNECTICUT
Washington Post

By Associated Press July 26

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A rabbi who founded a Connecticut school and is the center of an abuse scandal there has turned himself in to police to face charges of sexually assaulting a minor.

The New Haven Register reports 77-year-old Rabbi Daniel Greer was charged Wednesday with sexual assault and risk of injury. Defense attorney William Dow says Greer intends to plead not guilty.

A federal jury in May awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to a former student who alleges he was repeatedly raped and molested by Greer when he attended the Yeshiva School of New Haven from 2001 to 2005. Greer founded the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Investigation leads to improvements in safeguarding at Jehovah’s Witnesses charity

UNITED KINGDOM
The Charity Commission

From:The Charity Commission
Published:26 July 2017

The charity regulator reports on its investigation into Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

A Charity Commission investigation has led to improvements in safeguarding at a Jehovah’s Witnesses charity, according to a report published today (26 July 2017). The report also makes findings of misconduct and mismanagement against the charity’s trustees.

The Commission concludes that trustees of the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses did not deal adequately with allegations of child abuse made against one of the trustees in 2012 and 2013. The individual was subsequently convicted of 2 counts of indecent assault.

The report details the findings of the regulator’s statutory inquiry into the charity, which opened in May 2014 to investigate the charity’s handling of safeguarding matters, including the potential risks to the charity and its beneficiaries relating to this individual.

The report also acknowledges that, since the inquiry was opened, the charity has improved its child safeguarding policy and its procedures for handling misconduct allegations.

The regulator’s detailed report highlights that the trustees did not identify one allegation as potential child abuse, dismissing it as ‘a matter between 2 teenagers’. The report also finds the trustees did not:

* fully enforce the restrictions they decided to place on the individual’s activities at the charity
* adequately consider and deal with potential conflicts of loyalty within the trustee body
* keep an adequate written record of the decision-making process used to manage the potential risks posed by the individual to the beneficiaries of the charity

The regulator’s report examines the events surrounding an internal disciplinary procedure, held to determine whether the abuser should be allowed to continue as a member of the congregation. The Commission finds that the victims of abuse were ‘effectively required’ to attend a hearing at which they had to repeat their allegations in the presence of the abuser, and the abuser was permitted to question the alleged victims. The trustees had argued that they were not responsible for the procedure and that the victims took part in the hearing voluntarily.

The Commission accepts that the trustees did not themselves conduct the disciplinary procedure, but concludes that they carry ultimate responsibility and must be held accountable for the impact it had on the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

Jehovah's Witnesses guilty of serious safeguarding failings

UNITED KINGDOM
Third Sector

26 July 2017 by Andy Ricketts

A Charity Commission report on the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses says its handling of child abuse allegations was inadequate

The Charity Commission has criticised a Jehovah’s Witnesses charity that allowed a convicted sex offender to question his alleged victims as part of proceedings to decide whether he should continue as part of the congregation.

A report from the regulator on the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, published today, says trustees failed to deal adequately with child abuse allegations against former board member Jonathan Rose.

The report says the commission began looking into the charity after being told that Rose was appearing in court in August 2012 charged with sexual offences that took place in 2002, before he became a trustee of the charity.

The commission asked the charity’s trustees for further information and gave advice and guidance. Rose resigned as a trustee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Yorkshire church minister sexually abused seven women 'to rid them of evil spirits', court told

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Evening Post

ALEX EVANS

A church minister raped and sexually abused seven vulnerable women to "rid them of evil spirits", a court heard.

John Wilson, 70, allegedly told one victim: "Queens need to be dethroned, God has made me a king so I am allowed to do this" before raping her.

On another occasion he told a victim that if she had evil spirits in her he would need to "go into the womb to release them", it was said.

Wilson is accused of carrying out the attacks during one-to-one prayer 'deliverance' sessions at church and at the homes of his victims - the youngest aged just 13.

Opening the prosecution at Bradford Crown Court, David McGonigal QC said: "This case involves the sexual abuse of seven women in the name of religion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Pennsylvania Baptist church implicated in Australian sexual assault case documented on '60 Minutes'

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Nora Shelly nshelly@pennlive.com

A Valley Forge church has been implicated in a case of sexual assault in Australia documented on the country's version of "60 Minutes."

The episode, which aired earlier this week, featured Joy Harris, whose former husband Larry Harris is serving a five-year prison sentence in Queensland, Australia for two counts of rape against her, according to the show.

Joy Harris moved with her then-husband, Pastor Larry Harris, from the United States to Australia in 1994, to serve as missionaries for the Valley Forge Baptist Church, located in southeastern Pennsylvania. According to the show, the church was referred to as a "cult" by former members and is a part of the breakaway Independent Baptist Movement.

On the "60 Minutes" episode, Harris details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. According to Harris, the church uses the Bible to justify teaching women to submit to their husbands.

The church's senior pastor, Scott Wendell, said on the show the accusations against Kevin Harris were not surprising. Once he was informed of the accusations -- Wendell said he brought the couple back to Pennsylvania for marriage counseling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

UK govt slammed over child migrant abuse

UNITED KINGDOM/AUSTRALIA
9 News

Former ABC managing director David Hill has told a UK inquiry the British government betrayed thousands of child migrants who were sexually abused, beaten and used as slave labour at Australian farm schools.

The 70-year-old told the child sexual abuse inquiry sitting in London that former prime minister John Major's assertion that child migrants were not the British government's responsibility once they were sent away was "disturbing".

At age 12, Mr Hill was sent to the Fairbridge Society farm school at Molong in NSW in 1959 along with other children who had been put into care.

His 2007 book The Forgotten Children details the routine abuse suffered by children there.

In May, the inquiry heard former child migrants tell of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse they suffered at institutions run by Fairbridge, the Christian Brothers and other church and charity groups in Australia up to the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Legal loophole reinstates controversial clergymen

AUSTRALIA
Northern Star

Claudia Jambor | 27th Jul 2017

ANGER has erupted among church abuse victims after a legal loophole within the laws of the Anglican Church has allowed a Bishop and Reverend to be reinstated two years after being deposed.

Former bishop, Rt Rev Keith Slater and Rev Patrick Comben were stripped of their Holy Orders due to their handling of sexual and physical abuse claims by former residents at the North Coast Children's Home between 1940-1980.

Their attempted defrocking was the result of a church inquiry into evidence of historic child sex abuse at the home at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Rt Rev Keith Slater appealed the decision before an Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia in November last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Diocese sex abuse settlement: Proceedings nearing as deadline looms for filings

MONTANA
Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson, slarson@greatfallstribune.com July 26, 2017

The window is closing for victims and survivors to file claims of abuse committed by church officials who served under the Great Falls-Billings Diocese.

The diocese earlier this year filed for bankruptcy to begin financing a settlement fund for those reported to be abused by priests, brothers and nuns. More than 70 victims have emerged as alleged victims of abuse, claiming they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused by priests. The timeline of reports so far stretches from the 1940s to 1990s.

"To be considered in part of the settlement in this pool of money, the plains would have to be made by July 31," Molly Howard, an attorney representing about 40 victims in the Great Falls-Billings Diocese case.

Forms for filing abuse claims are available on the Great Falls-Billings Diocese website and will be submitted to bankruptcy court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Alleged victims of former Catholic priest criticize his release

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF JULY 26, 2017

When John Harris was 21 and just coming out as gay, a professor at the University of Lowell referred him to a priest named Paul R. Shanley, who had started a retreat for gay people called the Exodus Center in Milton. There, he said, Shanley raped him in February 1979. He was one of scores of the priest’s alleged victims, whose lives were irreparably damaged by sexual abuse at the hands of someone they trusted.

On Wednesday, Harris stood with other alleged victims and denounced the doctors who cleared the 86-year-old defrocked priest for release from prison Friday, finding he was no longer a threat to the public after 12 years behind bars for raping a young boy at a Newton church in the early 1980s.

By turns angry, solemn, and resolved, the victims and their attorneys demanded changes in the standards used to determine whether a prisoner is a “sexually dangerous person” who can be held behind bars even after their sentence is completed. They also said they want the public to be on notice that they believe Shanley remains a dangerous predator, despite the doctors’ opinion.

“This is a guy, Shanley, who has manipulated the system, the church, and the public, and knows how to manipulate people,” Harris, 59, said calmly at a press conference at an attorney’s office in downtown Boston. “I’m concerned he’s going to abuse again.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Vic priest faces court on abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Victorian Catholic priest is set to face court for a plea hearing charged with historical child sexual abuse.

Father Frank De Dood, of the Salesian order, will face a plea hearing in the County Court in Melbourne on Thursday, charged with six child sex abuse related crimes dating back to 1978.

The priest's first hearing was adjourned after it was revealed Judge Gerard Mullaly, who was to hear the case, had an indirect family link to one of the victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Accused former Aurora priest back in federal custody

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Dan Campana
Aurora Beacon-News

Kane County prosecutors plan to file an emergency motion seeking a Friday hearing in a last-ditch attempt to keep former Aurora priest Alfredo Pedraza Arias, who is accused of sexual abuse, from being deported.

Arias, 50, had been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since May until Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson, who raised his bail by $100,000 earlier in the month, on July 21 agreed to remand the one-time Aurora priest to the Kane County Jail. Prosecutors sought the move because federal authorities issued a June 14 deportation order for Arias.

Court records show someone posted the additional $10,000 on Monday to allow Arias to be released, however ICE records indicate Arias was taken back into their custody not long after. He is again being held in a Kenosha, Wisconsin, facility, according to immigration officials.

Arias has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving two girls who were under the age of 6 at the time of the alleged incidents, which occurred between 2012 and 2014 while he was at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest's whereabouts

MASSACHUSETTS
San Antonio Express-News

BOSTON (AP) — Men who say they were raped by a Catholic priest at the center of the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal say they're worried for children's safety once he's released from prison this week.

Paul Shanley is scheduled to be freed Friday after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy at a suburban Boston church.

Victim advocates, lawyers, and two men who said they were raped by Shanley in the 1970s called on the public Wednesday to help track Shanley's whereabouts once he gets out and is placed on probation. They urged people to call their local police to report on Shanley.

Shanley's appellate lawyer says his 86-year-old client has served his time and is not dangerous.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

‘The Keepers’: luta de mulheres corajosas por justiça resulta em série poderosa do Netflix

ESTADO UNIDOS
Cineset

['The Keepers': Courageous Women's Struggle for Justice Results in Powerful Netflix Series.]

Por Ivanildo Pereira · Publicado em 25 de julho de 2017

The Keepers é uma série sobre mulheres. A nova minissérie documental da Netflix tem como ponto de partida o enigma do que aconteceu com uma delas. Em novembro de 1969, a irmã Cathy Cesnik, residente de Baltimore, Maryland, EUA, saiu do seu apartamento para fazer compras e desapareceu. Quase um mês depois, seu corpo foi encontrado num terreno distante. A investigação policial nunca descobriu quem a matou, ou por que. Ela tinha 26 anos.

O capítulo inicial da minissérie, de sete episódios, estabelece as circunstâncias do crime. A irmã Cesnik também era professora do colégio católico Arcebispo Keough, e pouco antes de desaparecer, ficou ciente dos abusos sexuais de algumas alunas do colégio cometidos por uma dupla de padres. E também, logo de cara, somos apresentados às duas investigadoras e ex-alunas do colégio e da freira, que criaram uma página de Facebook para compartilhar dados sobre o caso e hoje mantém ativa a luta por justiça pela irmã Cesnik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Patrick Carlyon: Turmoil shows Cardinal Pell is not just anyone

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun
July 26, 2017

THE word had been that Cardinal George Pell would be afforded no special favours at court on Wednesday.

Yet he wasn’t like everyone else. The journalists camped out in the pre-dawn inkiness, before the tinkle of the first tram, told you as much.

The cardinal arrived at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court a tick before 9am, to be confronted, as all are, by security scanners. But his presence did not set off beeps and whines, as everyone else’s seems to.

By the time he had passed, after a wave of the electronic wand, everyone was looking at the stooped man in the black suit and coat.

Conversations had stopped mid-sentence, though Pell hardly played to the attention. His was a balding head in a wash of hi-vis security.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Paul Shanley Victims Furious He’ll Be Released From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

[with video]

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Several victims of convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley are furious that he’ll be getting out of prison later this week.

Shanley, 86, is one of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal.

He was convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at St. Jean’s parish in Newton in the 1980s, and he was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

At a news conference in Boston Wednesday, the parents of Shanley victim Greg Ford called the former priest “pure evil.”

“He brutally raped, sodomized children. He pimped out women and children. He brutalized the handicapped. You can’t tell me Paul Shanley doesn’t fit the criteria for a sexually dangerous person,” said Ford’s father Rodney.

“Every parent has to be vigilant with their kids if they see Paul Shanley in their neighborhood,” Ford continued. “Paul Shanley should never feel comfortable in his skin. Paul Shanley is a threat and I can’t believe that the doctors don’t see that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

'Paul Shanley is a threat,' alleged abuse victims say before priest's release

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

WORCESTER, Mass. —
People who say they were assaulted by former priest Paul Shanley spoke out Wednesday about his scheduled release from prison.

Shanley was convicted in 2005 of raping a boy at his former Newton parish in the 1980s. There are about two dozen other allegations against the 86-year-old.

Prosecutors tried to keep him behind bars past his 12-year prison sentence but said doctors determined he wasn't sexually dangerous.

Paula and Rodney Ford, whose son, Gregory, was allegedly molested by Shanley in the 1990s, said they are upset that Shanley will be released.

“If anyone ever fit the profile of a dangerous sexual predator, it is Paul Shanley,” said Paula Ford.

Rodney Ford choked back tears as he called for accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

MEDIA CAST WIDE NET IN PELL CASE

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Cardinal George Pell’s day in court and the media’s treatment of it:

In the United States it would be unheard of for someone to be summoned to court to face a judge without knowing what the charges are and who the accusers are. But not in Australia.

Cardinal George Pell was summoned to travel from Rome to Melbourne to appear in court today. He did. The proceedings, which were nothing more than a filing, lasted six minutes. Pell said nothing. Moreover, his lawyer did not enter a plea. That’s because the mystery continues—Pell has not been told what he is being charged with or who his accusers are. All we learned is that he must appear again on October 6.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

'Paul Shanley Is Evil': Survivors, Family Members Speak Out Against Priest Being Released

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC Los Angeles

Survivors and family members of those who were sexually abused by convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley spoke out Wednesday after hearing that he is scheduled to be released from prison on Friday.

"Paul Shanley is evil," said Rodney Ford, whose son Greg's case resulted in Shanley's conviction. "He destroyed my son's life, my family's life and so many other victims' lives."

Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal, was sentenced in 2005 to 12 to 15 years in prison for raping a boy repeatedly at St. Jean's Parish in Newton, Massachusetts, in the 1980s. He was defrocked after dozens of men came forward and said he had molested them when they were children.

Shanley is currently being held at the medium security Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said that upon release, Shanley is scheduled to begin 10 years of supervised probation. He is not allowed to have contact with children under the age of 16.

Denis O'Connor and John Harris, two adult survivors of Shanley's abuse, said they are concerned about the safety of other children and adults upon his release.

"He doesn't think he's done anything wrong," victims' attorney Carmen Durso said.
Notorious Pedophile Priest Shanley to Leave Prison This Week

The clergy sex abuse scandal exploded in Boston in 2002 after a series of stories by The Boston Globe revealed that dozens of priests in the archdiocese had molested and raped children for decades while church supervisors covered it up and shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish. Thousands of victims came forward in Boston and around the world, describing sexual abuse by priests that dated back decades.

Shanley was arrested that year in San Diego, California.

Phil Saviano, a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of a different priest, was the whistleblower who exposed the abuse hidden by the church for decades. He said Shanley was one of the worst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Cardinal Pell to plead ‘not guilty’ in abuse case

AUSTRALIA
Vatican Radio

[with audio]

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal George Pell made a brief appearance at an Australian court on Wednesday in a preliminary hearing regarding the accusation of “historical sexual offences”.

His lawyer said he would plead “not guilty” to the charges leveled against him by police in the state of Victoria.

Escorted by Australian police, Cardinal George Pell made his way through a mass of journalists and protesters to arrive at a filing hearing before the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.

Once inside, his lawyer Robert Richter told the court Cardinal Pell would plead “not guilty”.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, might I indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain his presumed innocence that he has."
Cardinal Pell remained silent throughout the six-minute hearing.

At a Vatican press conference in June, Cardinal Pell announced he would be taking a leave of absence from his role as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for as long as the trial would require.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Nach vier Monaten in U-Haft: Pädophiler Aargauer Pfarrer kommt frei

SCHWEIZ
Aargauer Zeitung

[Since the end of March, a Reformed Aargauer pastor has been under investigation for suspected sexual abuse of children. Recent research by the daily newspaper «Blick» now shows that the accused is to be released from custody.]

Seit Ende März sitzt ein reformierter Aargauer Pfarrer wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern in Untersuchungshaft. Aktuelle Recherchen der Tageszeitung «Blick» zeigen nun: Der Beschuldigte soll aus der Haft entlassen werden.

Der Fall sorgte im Kanton und darüber hinaus für Entsetzen: 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 und legte ein Teilgeständnis ab.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Abus sexuels: un commissaire apostolique nommé pour les ‘instituts Provolo’

ARGENTINE
cath.ch

[Bishop Alberto Bochatey, auxiliary bishop of La Plata (Argentina), was appointed Apostolic Commissioner for the Society of Mary for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, according to the Argentine Periodista digital on July 24, 2017. This congregation is currently marked by a scandal of sexual abuse.]

Mgr Alberto Bochatey, évêque auxiliaire de La Plata (Argentine), a été nommé commissaire apostolique pour la Compagnie de Marie pour l’éducation des sourds-muets par la Congrégation pour les instituts de vie consacrée et les sociétés de vie apostolique, a rapporté le site argentin Periodista digital le 24 juillet 2017. Cette congrégation est actuellement marquée par un scandale d’abus sexuels.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

Houston pastor charged with sexually assaulting child

TEXAS
KHOU

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - A Houston pastor has been charged with sexually abusing a child and investigators are worried there may be other victims.

Hollis Vaughn, 66, is accused of sexually abusing a child over a number of years.

The victim told a family member and they called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Vaughn is a pastor of two north Harris County ministries: God’s Awesome Army Ministry; and El Shaddaj World Outreach Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Texas pastor charged with sexually assaulting child

TEXAS
CBS News - Crime Sider

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Houston pastor has been charged with sexually abusing a child repeatedly over the course of several years, reports CBS affiliate KHOU.

Investigators say the child told a family member that Hollis Vaughn, 66, about the alleged abuse. Vaughn was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that it is investigating whether there are any additional victims.

Vaughn is a pastor for two church groups that operate out of his home: God's Awesome Army Ministry and El Shaddaj World Outreach Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

Randy Reverend Blames Holy Ghost for Church Sex Attacks

UNITED KINGDOM
Keighley Online

A church pastor who sexually assaulted seven of his congregation claimed he was doing God’s work, a jury heard.

Rev John Wilson, 70, gave the women cups of tea possibly laced with drugs to put them into a trance before trying to exorcise ‘evil spirits’ and demons from their bodies.

His wife Mary, 79, and assistant pastor Laurence Peterson, 59, helped the self-styled holy healer commit the offences at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, a court heard.

Rev Wilson sexually abused the vulnerable and trusting women over 30 years, and his alleged victims include a mother and daughter, orphaned sisters and a fellow minister’s wife.

Wilson admits inserting his fingers inside many of the women to perform, what he termed ‘deliverances’ or ‘internal ministries’, but claims he was placing his hands where God directed him, to make them better Christians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Harris County pastor charged with sexually abusing child for years

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

By Andrew Kragie Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A 67-year-old man who operates two Christian ministries out of his north Harris County home has been charged with sexually abusing a child over several years.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office expressed concerns about the possibility of other victims and urged anyone with information to call child abuse investigators at 713-830-3250.

Hollis Albert Vaughn faces a first-degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to court records. It appears to be the first time he has faced a criminal charge in Harris County.

Vaughn's defense attorney, Tom Zakes, said in a phone interview that Vaughn had "no inappropriate contact with the child whatsoever." The lawyer questioned some of the specific allegations in the probable cause affidavit, which is not yet public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Legal proceedings at a snail’s pace as city stops for George Pell

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

July 27, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

There has never been a walk like it in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia.

A couple of hundred steps to and from Melbourne Magistrates Court; a cardinal ever-so-slowly navigating blind hate and blind faith on the way to and from his appointment with the law.

For George Pell, the three-­minute struggle from Crockett Chambers, in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct, looked deeply ­uncomfortable as scores of media scrambled for the defining image of a one-time church superpower charged with multiple historical sex offences.

The visual untidiness of the media and police scrum was juxtaposed with the image of an old man — he’s 76 — in immaculate clerical attire making his way into the well-ordered court precinct.

Cardinal Pell’s court hearing provided an opportunity to broadcast his defiance, even if the walk was slow and the welcoming on the concrete steps of the court was mixed. There were those blindly hateful of the cardinal and those blind in their faith, neither group likely to give ground.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Sacerdote convicto de violar niños será libre

MASSACHUSETTS
Telemundo Boston

Se espera que el sacerdote pedófilo convicto, Paul Shanley, sea puesto en libertad el viernes después de haber cumplido 12 años de prisión por abusar sexualmente a varios niños.

Shanley, una de las figuras más notorias en el escándalo del abuso sexual del clero, fue sentenciado en 2005 a 12 a 15 años de prisión por violar a un niño repetidamente en la parroquia de St. Jean en Newton en los años ochenta. Fue expulsado después de que decenas de hombres revelaron que los había abusado cuando eran niños.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Ex-priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released; follows release of former Haverhill priest

MASSACHUSETTS
Eagle Tribune

By Denise Lavoie AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

Paul Shanley was known in the 1960s and '70s for being a hip street priest who reached out to troubled youths. But in 2005 he was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a suburban parish in the 1980s, and he was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Tuesday that her office hired two psychiatric experts to evaluate Shanley, now 86 years old, to see if he should continue to be held after completing his sentence. Both experts told prosecutors that he does not meet the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person.

Once Shanley is released Friday, he will begin 10 years of supervised probation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Vatican treasurer George Pell faces Australian court

AUSTRALIA
CNN

[with video]

By Lucie Morris-Marr, CNN
Wed July 26, 2017

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will plead not guilty to multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses, his lawyer told an Australian court on Wednesday.

Cardinal George Pell faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court Wednesday for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month.

The 76-year-old, who has consistently and strenuously denied the charges, has been given a leave of absence from his role at the Holy See as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy while he fights the case in the city where he was once Archbishop.

A huge media scrum followed Pell as he entered and exited the court house, requiring police officers to help clear the way for the cardinal.
Both supporters and protestors crowded outside the Magistrates Court for a chance to see the cardinal.
Wednesday's brief court hearing marked a significant moment in Australia, where Pell is the country's most senior Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Statement on Pell case by bishopaccountability,org

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Jul. 26, 2017

Cardinal Pell in Court: Statement by Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director, BishopAccountability.org

Although today's hearing in Melbourne was merely procedural, its impact will be felt worldwide. Whatever the outcome of the case against Pell, his presence today in a secular courtroom marks the victory of transparency over secrecy, and of the rule of law over the Vatican's failed strategy of containment.

Cardinal Pell accuses the Victoria police of targeting him unfairly. There may be some truth to this. But it's also true that the police have been neither hasty nor cavalier. They have been investigating complaints against the cardinal for more than two years, issued at least two public appeals for witnesses, and twice submitted evidence to prosecutors, seeking advice. (For more on their investigation, see our Timeline: The Victoria Police Investigation of Cardinal Pell.)

And Pell is not the only Australian bishop subject to criminal charges. Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson, charged with failure to report child abuse, is preparing for trial. Bishop Max L. Davis, head of the military diocese, was recently tried and found not guilty of child sex abuse.

In its quest to stop the sexual abuse of children, the Australian government has put the Catholic church on equal footing with other institutions, and treated its leaders as fellow citizens. Credit for this goes to its astonishingly open and thorough inquiry, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. That probe is singular in its sweep and power. But Catholic bishops are facing similar demands for accountability from authorities in Pennsylvania, Mexico City, Argentina, Ireland and France.

Accountability is trending, and Pope Francis should take note. He could begin with a simple but hugely constructive step: release the names of the more than 3, 400 priests that the Church itself has found guilty of child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Ex-priest’s release upsets lawyer for sex abuse victims

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger

By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger

The scheduled release from prison of an ex-priest convicted of raping a child shows the need for changes in the state’s civil commitment law, an advocate for clergy sex abuse victims said.

BOSTON – A lawyer for victims of clergy sex abuse said the release of a former priest convicted of raping a child shows why the state’s civil commitment law needs to be changed.

Paul Shanley, who as a Catholic priest was assigned to Braintree’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the 1960s, will be released Friday from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater. He was convicted in 2005 of two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said her office was unsuccessful in getting a civil commitment to keep Shanley, 86, in custody.

“The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next 10 years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under 16 years of age,” Ryan told WCVB-TV in a statement.

Carmen Durso, a South Shore lawyer who has represented many of Shanley’s victims, said the basis for civil commitment leans too heavily on statistics rather than an evaluation of the individual.

“If Paul Shanley doesn’t fit into the category of a sexually dangerous person then no one would fit,” Durso said. “No one is more dangerous than Paul Shanley.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

ISRAEL OFFERS UNPRECEDENTED BENEFITS TO BRING HOME JEWISH CULTISTS

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

BY TAMARA ZIEVE JULY 25, 2017

The offered benefits are the result of cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Justice Ministry as well as the police.

The Labor and Social Services Ministry on Tuesday called on Israeli members of the extremist ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor, or “Pure Heart” cult to “come home,” offering each family unprecedented absorption benefits.

The ministry appealed to dozens of families in the sect with the hope they will return to Israel following the death of their leader, Rabbi Shlomo Erez Helbrans, who drowned in Mexico two weeks ago. A statement from the ministry referred to the members as “victims” of the cult and emphasized the large number of children among them.

The benefits offered include flights to Israel, immediate residency and entitlement to children’s health insurance, financial support, housing assistance for a year, the placement of children in educational frameworks, the provision of tools and skills for an independent livelihood and psychological treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Catholic Brother Bernard Hartman released from jail

AUSTRALIA
Star Weekly

JULY 25, 2017

BY GOYA DMYTRYSHCHAK

A Catholic Brother who sexually abused children in the Altona area in the 1970s and ’80s was released from jail on Sunday to return to the supervision of his church in the US.

Bernard Joseph Hartman, 78, a former teacher at St Paul’s College in Altona North, was jailed for three years with one year suspended for sustained sexual abuse, including penetration, of a boy and two girls as young as eight.

Altona’s Mairead Ashcroft, who brought the first charge against Hartman that led to his extradition from the US, said she held concerns about his supervision by his Marianist order.

“When we were in court we heard that while he was being supervised here, he was allowed to go for a 10-day holiday to Apollo Bay with the Christian Brothers over the Australia Day weekend while families were having a holiday at the beach,” Ms Ashcroft said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Ring of police shields Pell from media

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

A ring of police officers linked arms to shield Cardinal George Pell from about 100 journalists, photographers and camera operators who swarmed outside a Melbourne court.

The cardinal walked 100 metres from the office of his high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC to the front steps of the Melbourne Magistrates' Court through perhaps the largest press pack the city has seen.

Scores of local and international reporters, plus members of the public, queued from early on Wednesday to ensure a seat in the court room to witness Pell's appearance on historical sexual offences.

The demand for seats forced the court to allocate a second room, so more people could watch a live stream.

Pell, 76, arrived at the court just before 9am, after Victoria Police officers barged their way through the media pack making way for Pell and his lawyer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Neil Mitchell explains why Cardinal George Pell should be given ‘special treatment’

AUSTRALIA
3AW

Neil Mitchell says Cardinal George Pell should receive “some special treatment” at his first court appearance today.

The 3AW Mornings host predicted “bedlam” outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court when Cardinal Pell arrived.

Up to 100 local and international media are already camped outside, with supporters and protesters also there.

Neil Mitchell said it was undignified and dangerous.

“They won’t do it, but I think George Pell – to some extent – should get some special treatment today,” the 3AW Mornings host said.

“He should be taken in under the building, if possible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Secrecy and security envelop George Pell's magistrates court show

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

The appearance of the cardinal in a Melbourne court on sexual abuse charges attracted the biggest crowd anyone can remember, but it was still wrapped in mystery, writes David Marr

David Marr

Wednesday 26 July 2017

My apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on. A great billowing, lace-edged cloak of secrecy still surrounds the case of the Director of Public Prosecutions v. G Pell.

Months down the track, we don’t know what the charges are. Even if they fell into my lap, I would not say a word. Why not? Sorry, that’s a secret too.

Old timers round the Melbourne courts can’t remember the last time the public was left so much in the dark before a great criminal trial. It was certainly baffling for the press of the world who gathered outside the Melbourne magistrates court before dawn for what is usually one of the dreariest rituals of the criminal law: a filing hearing.

But this was entirely Cardinal Pell’s show. He didn’t need to turn up at all and we were only there because he wanted to brave the cameras. Twelve were lined up along the gutter by the time the sun came up. The queue of reporters at the door of the courts went half-way down the wheelchair ramp.

Pell hove in sight a little before 9am dressed all in black with a black overcoat over his arm and black brogues on his feet. He was entirely impassive. Businesslike. Obedient. He did what he was told.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Exsacerdote arremete contra Norberto Rivera por proteger a pederastas

MEXICO
HuffPost

[Ex-priest Alberto Athie attacks Norberto Rivera for protecting pedophiles. The ex-priest mentioned that Norberto Rivera previously acknowledged in December 2016 that 15 cases of pedophilia had been investigated by the church and the cases were sent by him directly to Rome and the pope. These cases were not turned over to law enforcement, he maintained."It should be remembered that the same cardinal accused ex-members of the Legionaries of Christ of defaming Marcial Maciel, and being in a plot against the church," says Athie. Rivera made these statements knowing that Maciel had abused hundreds of his disciples and had two women and two children, one in Mexico and another in Spain.]

Luis Baylón Editor HuffPost México

Alberto Athié Gallo es un exsacerdote católico que colgó el habito tras comprobar directamente la protección que brindaba el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera a pederastas, declaró en 2007 a La Jornada.

En declaraciones más recientes publicadas por Jorge Ramos en Univisión, Athié Gallo arremetió contra el exarzobispo primado de México (Norberto Rivera sí presentó su renuncia al Papa Francisco), "el cardenal Rivera tiene un historial muy grave, muy delicado por encubrimiento de muchos sacerdotes pederastas, comenzando por Marcial Maciel".

El exsacerdote menciona que previamente Norberto Rivera reconoció en diciembre de 2016, la existencia de 15 casos de casos de pederastia por los que había realizado las investigaciones correspondientes y por las que se resolvieron sentencias directamente desde Roma y por el papa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Spencer proposes changes to Hidden Predator Act

GEORGIA
The Brunswick News

By GORDON JACKSON gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com

WOODBINE — The author of a law that enables victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits against their attackers is proposing new legislation to strengthen the Hidden Predator Act.

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 2, at the state capitol in Atlanta, where he will be joined by a bipartisan group of co-sponsors.

Organizations that knowingly cover up child sexual abuse could face civil lawsuits if the Hidden Predator Act of 2018 is approved during the next legislative session. Increasing the statute of limitations age for victims is another goal of the bill.

“I am holding this press conference in light of the recent developments regarding litigation implicating child sexual abuse cover-ups by various organizations,” Spencer said. “The details of these cases highlight the need for new and tougher changes to the current Hidden Predator Act. It is necessary that we address many of the injustices uncovered in recent child sexual abuse litigation and the shortcomings of a shortened statute of limitations.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Abuse Survivors Press For Statute Bill

NEW YORK
The New York Jewish Week

BY CHAIM LEVIN July 25, 2017

In a bid to turn up the pressure on Agudath Israel of America over its policies towards sexual abuse victims, activists and abuse survivors protested Sunday in front of the Novominsker shul in Borough Park, the second such protest this summer.

About 30 protesters — including at least 10 of whom said they were abused as children — spent nearly three hours demonstrating their frustration with Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, one of the leaders of Agudah. The charedi umbrella group is one of a few organizations in the Jewish community that has strongly objected to the Child Victims Act, a bill that would increase the statute of limitations for sex crimes committed against minors in New York State. Other groups opposed to the bill include the New York State Catholic Conference and the Boy Scouts of America; they argue that increasing the statute of limitations would expose them to potentially crippling legal bills.

Currently, a victim of childhood sexual abuse can bring charges or a lawsuit until the age of 23. The bill would extend that period until a survivor’s 28th birthday for felony criminal charges and until age 50 for civil cases. It also includes a one-year window to revive old cases.

Upper West Side Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced the bill in the Assembly, where it passed. Midtown state Sen. Brad Hoylman sponsored it in the Senate where it was never voted on, marking the 11th year in a row that the bill has stalled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Notorious Pedophile Priest Shanley to Leave Prison This Week

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC New York

[with video]

Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley has completed his prison sentence and is expected to be released this week.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented Shanley's victims and numerous other victims of the Roman Catholic church child sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts, told NBC Boston that Shanley is set to be released on Friday. He is currently being held at the medium security Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.

Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal, was sentenced in 2005 to 12 to 15 years in prison for raping a boy repeatedly at St. Jean's Parish in Newton in the 1980s. He was defrocked after dozens of men came forward and said he had molested them when they were children.

During his trial, Shanley's accuser, then a 27-year-old firefighter, said Shanley would pull him from Sunday catechism classes and rape and fondle him, beginning when he was 6 years old. The man said he recovered memories of the abuse as the clergy sex abuse scandal unfolded in the Archdiocese of Boston during the early 2000s.

"Even though he is an old man, and even though he's served his time, I worry that, that No. 1, the population is still at risk, and No. 2, this is a terrible thing to put Shanley's alleged victims through," said Terence McKiernan of Bishop-Accountability.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Pell camp wary of 'get the bishop' case

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Supporters of Cardinal George Pell are worried court proceedings against Australia's most powerful Catholic could turn into a case of "get the bishop".

Among the throng of media, protesters and public onlookers gathered outside Melbourne Magistrates' Court, where the 76-year-old appeared on Wednesday facing historical sex abuse charges, was supporter Karen Baxter.

"We're here to say this person needs to be given the benefit of the doubt," she told AAP.

"We're worried it's going to be the sort of Azaria Chamberlain media pack, let's just go get the bishop, you know."

Ms Baxter said she had known Pell since he was a child and described him as polite, friendly and methodical.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

„Gewalt war eine ständige Bedrohung“

DEUTSCHLAND
Stuttgarter Zeitung

[In the past residential children were educated with penance to piety. Those who violated rules were severely punished. An outgrowth of this system was sexual abuse. Professor Benno Hafeneger, as was the case with the Brüdergemeinde Korntal-Münchingen - church, state, parents - many people were responsible for the residential education of the 1950s and 1960s. But the fate of a few children shows: All have failed. Nobody can escape the responsibility, says the scientist Benno Hafeneger. What influence did national socialism, later the GDR, have?]

Früher sollten Heimkinder mit Buße zur Frömmigkeit erzogen werden. Wer gegen Regeln verstieß, wurde hart bestraft. Ein Auswuchs dieses Systems war sexueller Missbrauch. Professor Benno Hafeneger untersucht, wie das bei der Brüdergemeinde war.

Korntal-Münchingen - Kirche, Staat, Eltern – für die Heimerziehung der fünfziger und sechziger Jahre waren viele verantwortlich. Doch das Schicksal etlicher Kinder zeigt: Alle haben versagt. Keiner könne sich der Verantwortung entziehen, sagt der Wissenschaftler Benno Hafeneger.

Herr Hafeneger, Sie äußern sich nicht im Detail zu Korntal. Gleichwohl sprechen Sie bereits von einem System der Gewalt. Schließen Sie in Korntal irgendetwas aus?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Warum es der katholischen Kirche so schwerfällt, Missbrauch einzugestehen

AUSTRALIEN
Sueddeutsche

[Why it is so difficult for the Catholic Church to admit abuse?]

Von Matthias Drobinski

Kardinal George Pell ist zurück in seiner australischen Heimat; eine kurze Filmsequenz zeigt, wie er, von Singapur kommend, auf dem Flughafen von Melbourne von Polizisten und Sicherheitsleuten zu einer weißen Limousine geleitet wird. Es hat ja nicht das Heimweh den 76-Jährigen dazu gebracht, die lange Reise von Rom um die halbe Welt auf sich zu nehmen. Kardinal Pell, als Quasi-Finanzminister des Papstes einer der mächtigsten Männer im Vatikan, soll an diesem Mittwoch vor einem Gericht in Melbourne Rede und Antwort stehen. Der Vorwurf: "historische sexuelle Übergriffe".

Was damit gemeint ist, bleibt unklar. Seit einigen Jahren gehen immer wieder Männer an die Öffentlichkeit und berichten, Pell habe sich an ihnen vergangen, als er Ende der siebziger Jahre Priester in Ballarat war, einer 80 000 Einwohner-Stadt nahe Melbourne. In seiner Zeit als Erzbischof von 1996 bis 2001 soll er außerdem dazu beigetragen haben, Missbrauchsfälle zu vertuschen. Die australische Justiz hält die Vorwürfe für schwerwiegend genug, um ein Verfahren einzuleiten. Und Papst Franziskus hat dem Kardinal die "Erlaubnis für eine Auszeit" gegeben. Seine Ämter in Rom ruhen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

North Carolina church investigated for importing hundreds of Brazilian worshipers and turning them into slaves

NORTH CAROLINA
Raw Story

TOM BOGGIONI
24 JUL 2017

A North Carolina church that is already under investigation for kidnapping a gay man and attempting to beat his homosexuality out of him is once again in the spotlight after it was revealed that church members have been importing worshipers from Brazil and turning them into slaves.

According to the Associated Press, the Word of Faith Fellowship recruits young members from two affiliated churches in Brazil to come to the U.S. on tourist and student visas where they are put to work on the church’s 35-acre compound in Spindale for no pay.

One man, identified as Andre Oliveira, told the AP that he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, cleaning offices and warehouses owned by the evangelical church. He well also forced to work at private businesses owned by some of the church’s ministers. Olivera stated that failure to comply resulted in beatings and shaming from the pulpit.

“They kept us as slaves,” Oliveira explained. “We were expendable. We meant nothing to them. Nothing. How can you do that to people — claim you love them and then beat them in the name of God?”

According to AP, “Under U.S. law, visitors on tourist visas are prohibited from performing work for which people normally would be compensated. Those on student visas are allowed some work, under circumstances that were not met at Word of Faith Fellowship.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

North Carolina church used branches in Brazil to funnel 'slaves,' ex-members say

NORTH CAROLINA
Christian Times

Jardine Malado
25 JULY, 2017

A North Carolina church allegedly used its branches in Brazil to entice its members to come to the U.S. and make them work for little or no pay.

An investigation conducted by The Associated Press (AP) has found that the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, North Carolina used its two branches in Brazil to siphon a steady flow of young workers who came to the U.S. on tourist and student visas.

Andre Oliveira, one church member who was invited to Spindale when he was 18-years-old, recounted that the church leaders confiscated his passport and money when he arrived. He said that he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, cleaning warehouses for the church and toiling at business owned by senior ministers.

"They trafficked us up here. They knew what they were doing. They needed labor and we were cheap labor — hell, free labor," he said, noting that the church leaders also beat and shamed members who deviated from the rules.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Evangelical Word of Faith church 'siphoned young slave labourers from Brazil,' AP investigation finds

NORTH CAROLINA
Christian Today

James Macintyre 25 July 2017

The controversial Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Brazil to siphon young labourers on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre compound in rural Spindale, North Carolina, to work as 'slaves', an investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has found.

The 'slave pipeline' was used by the secretive evangelical church despite US law requiring that visitors on tourist visas are prohibited from performing work for which people would normally be compensated. Those on student visas are allowed some work, under circumstances that were not met at the Word of Faith Fellowship.

Some 16 Brazilian former members told the AP they were forced to work, often for no pay, and physically or verbally assaulted.

One of those was Andre Oliveira, who answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, when his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders, supposedly for safekeeping.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Anglican Church won't licence reinstated clergymen

AUSTRALIA
Daily Examiner

Tim Howard | 26th Jul 2017

TWO ANGLICAN clergymen controversially returned to Holy Orders after being defrocked for their roles in covering up historic cases of child sex abuse, are unlikely to minister again.

Former Bishop of Grafton Keith Slater and Grafton Deacon Rev Pat Comben have been returned to Holy Orders this year after attempts to "depose” them in 2015.

The pair were found to have acted inappropriately to victims of the notorious North Coast Children's Home who came to them seeking redress for past abuses.

The attempted defrocking came after an church inquiry into evidence of historic child sex abuse at the home at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

But last year Bishop Slater successfully appealed against the decision on the ground the diocese did not have the necessary powers to strip clergy of Holy Orders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

REGENSBURG CHOIR ABUSE REPORT 'SHATTERS' BISHOP

GERMANY
The Tablet

26 July 2017 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

'This is not a matter of individual cases of abuse as Cardinal Müller always insisted when he was Bishop of Regensburg'

The Bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, has asked the hundreds of victims in the Domspatzen choir scandal for forgiveness saying that he is “absolutely shattered” by the findings of the report released last week.

Published on 17 July, the report, commissioned by the diocese of Regensburg and compiled by the lawyer Ulrich Weber, stated that 547 boys were abused at the prestigious choir school in Regensburg, Bavaria, between the years 1945 and 1992.

Bishop Voderholzer’s response contrasted with that of former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who was bishop of Regensburg form 2002 to 2012, who admitted that he “experienced shame for what has happened in the Church” but emphasised “everything that was possible and necessary was done” and refused to apologise.

“All this makes me feel deeply guilt-ridden and fills me with shame”, Bishop Voderholzer wrote in a pastoral letter that was read out in all the parishes in the Regensburg diocese on 23 July. “It weighs all the heavier as all these children were, in good faith, put in the trust of priests and church employees who were under obligation to act on behalf of Christ the Good Shepherd.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Chaos as Cardinal Pell makes first court appearance

AUSTRALIA
Starts at 60

After being charged with multiple counts of child sexual assault Cardinal George Pell has appeared in a Melbourne court today.

His appearance resulted in chaos. Escorted by police there was a surge of people, including a large contingent of media from all over the world, calling out questions. Protesters and supporters had gathered early, holding posters showing their opposing thoughts on the matter.

Dressed in a black overcoat and his usual clerical garments, Cardinal Pell remained silent, staring mostly at the ground as he entered the court.

The court was only small, so only media who arrived early were able to witness the proceedings first hand.

The Cardinal’s barrister, Robert Richter, QC, spoke in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today and said Pell will plead not guilty to all charges, and will maintain his presumed innocence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Cardinal George Pell fronts court on ‘momentous, symbolic day’

AUSTRALIA
New Daily

Rachel Eddie
Reporter
@heyracheddie

A child sex abuse survivor has called Cardinal George Pell’s first court appearance a “momentous” and “symbolic day”.

Cardinal Pell, 76, fronted Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on historic child sex abuse charges from multiple complainants.

While the Cardinal was not required to enter a plea, his defence barrister Robert Richter, QC, told the courtroom: “I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has.”

Cardinal Pell has repeatedly and strenuously denied the allegations.

Philip Nagle, a survivor of abuse by convicted Ballarat priest Stephen Francis Farrell, told The New Daily it was a relief to see Cardinal Pell face the allegations.

“It’s a very symbolic day today, because he entered the court as a normal man, not as the third-most powerful man in the Catholic Church,” Mr Nagle said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Top Vatican official Cardinal Pell in court on sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

By Sharon Marris, News Reporter

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal has denied the charges against him.

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis's top financial adviser, made his first appearance at a court in Melbourne, Australia, since he was charged with multiple historical sex offences last month.

Full details of the charges faced by the 76-year-old have not yet been released to the public but there are multiple complainants in the case.

The Cardinal, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic, did not say anything during his court appearance and, although no formal plea was entered, his lawyer told the court that he planned to plead not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Chaotic scenes greet Cardinal George Pell outside Melbourne court

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

A large media scrum of journalists from around the world swamped Cardinal Pell as he arrived then left the court hearing, flanked by scores of police.

There was also a contingent of supporters, protesters and curious passersby.

In one of the most chaotic scenes ever witnessed at the court in William St, it almost took longer for Cardinal Pell to walk the 100m to his lawyer’s offices afterwards than the eight minute hearing.

He was flanked by a dozen police who largely managed to shield the Cardinal as media threw questions.

This is how the morning unfolded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Cardinal Pell denies abuse charges in Australian court

AUSTRALIA
The Local (Italy)

AFP
news@thelocal.it
26 July 2017

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse on Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations.

The 76-year-old, the number-three figure in the Vatican, returned from Rome earlier this month to face the charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Details of the charges have not been made public although police said they involved "multiple complainants". The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop has always maintained his innocence.

Looking sombre and frail, he attended the hearing with his lawyer, top criminal barrister Robert Richter, who told the court his client was not guilty - even though a formal plea is not required at this stage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Pell starts court battle amid media glare

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Megan Neil, Jacqui Le, Kaitlyn Offer and Angus Livingston - AAP on July 26, 2017

Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance lasted only minutes under the intense glare of the world's media, signalling the start of a lengthy legal fight by the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse.

The third most senior Vatican official did not have to be at the Melbourne Magistrates Court for the brief administrative hearing, nor again profess his innocence, but chose to do both.

High-profile barrister Robert Richter QC noted Pell did not have to enter a plea at this early stage but said he will plead not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

"For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, might I indicate that Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to all the charges and will maintain his presumed innocence that he has," Mr Richter told a packed courtroom.

Pell entered the court as he left it a short time later: shepherded by a ring of police officers, their arms linked, in an attempt to keep a 100-strong media contingent at bay as he walked the short distance to and from Mr Richter's office.

Several photographers were knocked over as they climbed the steps to the court building.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Cardinal George Pell stresses innocence as he appears in court to face sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Telegraph (UK)

Jonathan Pearlman, in melbourne
26 JULY 2017

Cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican and Australia's most senior Catholic, appeared in court to face historic sex assault offences and declared he was “not guilty” despite not yet being required to enter a plea.

Greeted by a mix of jeers and applause, Cardinal Pell, who has returned from the Vatican to try to clear his name, appeared tired but assured as he entered Melbourne Magistrates Court, which was packed with journalists and onlookers.

Wearing his clerical collar, Cardinal Pell did not speak during the six-minute hearing.

“For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest might I indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain his presumed innocence that he has,” Mr Richter told the court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Let us grieve, urge family of campaigner McConville

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Staff Reporter
July 26 2017

The brother of victims' campaigner Billy McConville, who died from cancer on Sunday, has said that the family now need the time and space to "quietly grieve" for him.

Mr McConville (50) suffered sexual and physical harm as an orphan at Rubane House in Co Down, where he was sent after the IRA murdered his mother, Jean McConville.

The Belfast man had recently been living at a hospice while bravely coping with cancer.

In recent days he had called on politicians to secure justice and compensation for abuse survivors, dragging himself from his hospital bed to support a Belfast rally.

Speaking before Billy's funeral today, his brother Michael said: "Billy lived out his last days in a media spotlight campaigning for justice for the victims of institutional sexual and physical abuse, a cause he felt passionately about.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Funeral of victims’ campaigner Billy McConville to take place

NORTHERN IRELAND
ITV

The funeral of victims’ campaigner Billy McConville takes place later in west Belfast.

The 50-year-old passed away on Monday without seeing any form of justice or compensation for years of abuse he suffered in care following the abduction and murder of his mother Jean McConville in 1972.

A Requiem Mass will be held in St Paul's Church on the Falls Road at 1pm followed by burial in Milltown Cemetery.

Michael McConville said his brother's last days had been spent in the media spotlight as he campaigned for justice for other victims of institutional abuse, but now his family needed time and space to “quietly grieve”.

“When he was physically at his weakest he showed the greatest strength of character and we are proud of him for that,” he said ahead of the funeral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Peter Robinson calls for action over HIA compensation delay

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

Peter Robinson has called for immediate action to compensate abuse victims after payments recommended by a inquiry were delayed by Stormont's collapse.

The ex-first minister suggested seeking "consensus" from political parties that could allow the payments to be set up in the absence of devolved government.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry recommended a state apology and compensation for victims.

But the collapse of Stormont in January meant the process was put on hold.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Fulfil Billy McConville's dying wish and compensate abuse victims, brother says

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

July 26 2017

A brother of abuse victims campaigner Billy McConville has urged politicians in Northern Ireland to fulfil his dying wish and compensate those who suffered

Mr McConville, 50, died at the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was the son of IRA "Disappeared" murder victim Jean McConville.

After her killing in 1972, he was placed in residential care at Rubane House in Co Down, run by brothers from the De La Salle religious order. Mr McConville claimed he suffered sexual and physical harm in their care.

He appeared before a Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) public inquiry in 2014 to detail his experience and in the days before his death called on politicians to secure justice and compensation for abuse survivors, dragging himself from his bed to support a Belfast rally.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

VATICAN CARDINAL PELL FACES AUSTRALIAN COURT ON SEX CHARGES

AUSTRALIA
Associated Press

BY KRISTEN GELINEAU
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis' top financial adviser, is accused of sexually abusing multiple people years ago in his Australian home state of Victoria, making him the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis. Details of the charges have yet to be released to the public, though police have described them as "historical" sexual assault offenses - meaning crimes that occurred years ago.

Pell has not yet entered a plea. But on Wednesday, his lawyer told the court that the 76-year-old cardinal plans to formally plead not guilty at a future court date.

"For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has," lawyer Robert Richter told the court. ...

Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org, an archive of clerical sex abuse documents, said in a statement that while Wednesday's hearing was procedural, its impact would be felt across the world.

"Whatever the outcome of the case against Pell, his presence today in a secular courtroom marks the victory of transparency over secrecy, and of the rule of law over the Vatican's failed strategy of containment," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Pope's financial adviser makes brief court appearance charged with multiple historic sex offences

AUSTRALIA
The Mirror (UK)

BY NATALIE EVANS
26 JUL 2017

The Pope's financial adviser and third-highest cardinal in the Vatican has appeared in court charged with historical sexual offences.

Cardinal George Pell did not speak as he was escorted to and from court in his native Australia by police through a large crowd of media, protesters and supporters.

The 76-year-old was not required to enter a plea at Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Australian police said last month Pell had been summoned to appear on charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Australia tries Vatican official on sex abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Standard Republic

By Alexander Simon

An Australian court has begun the trial of the most senior Vatican official that has ever been charged in Catholic Church sex abuse scandals، according to “Press TV”.

Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis’ top financial adviser، Cardinal George Pell، made his first court appearance on Wednesday after being charged last month with sexual abuse of multiple individuals years earlier in his Australian home state of Victoria.

While the details of the charges against the 76-year-old cleric — who has maintained his innocence — are yet to be revealed to the public، police have described them as historical sexual assault offenses، which means the alleged crimes happened years ago.

The development came after Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed earlier this year that seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of having sexually abused children across Australia over the past several decades.
Pell said nothing during his court appearance on Wednesday، and although he has still not entered a plea، his lawyer Robert Richter said at the brief hearing that the cardinal intended to formally plead not guilty at a future court date.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Top papal advisor silent as he enters Melbourne court facing charges of sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Christian Today

Joseph Hartropp 26 July 2017

Cardinal George Pell, the Pope's financial adviser and highest-ranking figure in the Australian Catholic Church, was silent this morning as he entered Melbourne Magistrate's Court where he faces charges of historic sex offences.

Pell announced late in June that he was taking leave following historic allegations of sex abuse.

Pell, 76, is the most senior Vatican official to have faced charges of sexual abuse. At a Vatican press conference in June, he strongly denied the accusations and plans to clear his name from the charges. 'I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me,' he said.

Today, he entered silent, surrounded by a gaggle of press and onlookers, into Melbourne Magistrate's Court, where the small courtroom was also packed with reporters, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Cardinal Pell faces court on sexual abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
Aljazeera

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell made his first appearance in an Australian court on historical sex abuse charges on Wednesday, facing a massive media scrum before the primarily administrative hearing.

The 76-year-old, a top adviser to Pope Francis, returned from Rome earlier this month to face multiple charges in Melbourne relating to offences allegedly committed decades ago when he was a senior cleric in Australia.

Details of the charges have not been made public although police said they involved "multiple complainants". The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop has always maintained his innocence.

Pell has not yet entered a plea. On Wednesday, his lawyer Robert Richter told the court Pell planned to plead not guilty at a future court date.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Cardinal George Pell appears in Australian court on sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Financial Times

by: Jamie Smyth in Sydney

The most senior Catholic priest ever to be charged with sex offences appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday in a case that has dealt a blow to the Church’s efforts to put decades of sexual abuse scandals behind it. 

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican finance chief, was flanked by about a dozen police officers as he was led through onlookers and a media scrum to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. He did not reply to reporters’ questions and did not speak during the brief hearing. 

Cardinal Pell’s barrister, Robert Richter, told the court the 76-year-old would plead not guilty to all charges, which police said last month related to claims of “historical sexual offences” lodged by more than one person. 

The filing hearing, an administrative procedure, lasted just over five minutes. Prosecutors have until September 8 to prepare their brief of evidence related to the charges. 

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Sex-Scandal-Hit Moravian Church Adopts New Childcare Policy

JAMAICA
The Gleaner

Damion Mitchell, Integration Editor

The sex-scandal-hit Moravian Church in Jamaica has adopted a new policy to govern the interaction of its leaders, workers and volunteers with children.

The policy was approved at the just-concluded 75th Provincial Synod held at the Bethlehem Moravian College in Malvern, St Elizabeth.

The Synod is the highest decision-making body of the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

In a release Tuesday evening, the church did not detail the provisions of the new policy and a copy could not be immediately obtained.

However, the church says the new Child Care and Protection Policy was developed based on the Child Care and Protection Act, adding that the guidelines will be supported by a programme of training and sensitisation of church leaders and staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Ex-priest’s release upsets lawyer for sex abuse victims

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger

By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger

The scheduled release from prison of an ex-priest convicted of raping a child shows the need for changes in the state’s civil commitment law, an advocate for clergy sex abuse victims said.

BOSTON – A lawyer for victims of clergy sex abuse said the release of a former priest convicted of raping a child shows why the state’s civil commitment law needs to be changed.

Paul Shanley, who as a Catholic priest was assigned to Braintree’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the 1960s, will be released Friday from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater. He was convicted in 2005 of two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said her office was unsuccessful in getting a civil commitment to keep Shanley, 86, in custody.

“The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next 10 years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under 16 years of age,” Ryan told WCVB-TV in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley to be released from prison

MASSACUSETTS
WHDH

Tim Caputo

BOSTON (WHDH) — After more than a decade behind bars, convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley will be released from prison this week, according attorney Mitchell Garabedian’s office.

Garabedian, who represented Shanley’s victims, told 7News that he will be released on Friday. A press conference announcing the news will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Shanley, who was one of the central figures in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal, was convicted in 2005 of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office originally pushed for life in prison, but Shanley was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison.

Shanley, now 86, repeatedly raped and fondled a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s. Shanley was known in the 1960s and ’70s as a priest who helped troubled children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Lawyer: Release will ‘re-victimized’ those Paul Shanley hurt

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

O’Ryan Johnson Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Those abused by defrocked pedophile priest Paul Shanley were “re-victimized” yesterday when they learned he is soon to be released from prison, according to a lawyer for the victims.

“They’re re-victimized,” said Mitchell Garabedian, who represented several of Shanley’s victims in their suit against the Archdiocese of Boston. “They feel like he should spend the rest of his life in jail. He’s a threat to innocent children.”

Shanley was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child in February 2005. He is expected to be released from Old Colony Correctional Center later this week.

“At sentencing our office requested that he be imprisoned for life,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan in a statement. “Shanley was sentenced to a 12- to 15-year prison sentence. He is now scheduled to be released from that sentence and begin 10 years of supervised probation.”

Ryan said Shanley will be on probation for 10 years once he’s released. She said her office hired experts to examine Shanley, in an attempt to have him civilly committed after his release as a sexually dangerous person.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Ex-priest convicted of child rape set to leave prison

MASSACHUSETTS
CNN

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN)A defrocked US Roman Catholic priest is set for release from prison 12 years after his conviction on child rape charges, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Tuesday.

Paul Shanley was among the first clergymen to stand trial after the Boston Globe's Spotlight team unearthed allegations against priests of serial child sexual abuse and coverups by the Boston Archdiocese.

The scandal reverberated through the church, exposing similar allegations worldwide that compromised its moral authority and led to years of multimillion-dollar settlements.

Shanley was 74 years old when a Middlesex County jury convicted him in 2005 of repeatedly raping a boy from his parish in the 1980s. His victim, who was 27 years old during the trial, testified that Shanley regularly pulled him out of Sunday catechism class for what he called "special duties" and molested him in various rooms of St. John the Evangelist, a defunct parish in the Boston suburb of Newton. After one day of cross-examination from Shanley's lawyer, who tried to cast doubt on the victim's recollections and credibility, the victim begged the judge to not make him return to the stand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Vatican treasurer makes brief Australian court appearance over historical sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Reuters

Byron Kaye

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell made a brief court appearance in his native Australia on Wednesday to face what police described as "historical sexual offences", making him the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.

Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, did not speak as he was escorted to and from Melbourne Magistrates' Court by police through a large crowd of media, protesters and supporters. He was not required to enter a plea.

Australian police said last month Pell had been summoned to appear on charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants.

"For the avoidance of doubt ... Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to all charges, and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has," Pell's lawyer, Robert Richter, told the court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 AM

TOP VATICAN OFFICIAL FACES AUSTRALIAN COURT ON SEX CHARGES

AUSTRALIA
Associated Press

BY KRISTEN GELINEAU
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis' top financial adviser, has maintained his innocence since he was charged last month with sexually abusing multiple people years ago in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old cardinal have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as "historical" sexual assault offenses - meaning crimes that occurred years ago.

Pell entered the small courtroom dressed in a black suit, face devoid of expression as he took a seat behind his legal team. He said nothing during the brief hearing, which dealt largely with administrative matters. Though he has not yet entered a plea, his lawyer, Robert Richter, told the court that Pell planned to formally plead not guilty at a future court date.

"For the avoidance of doubt and because of the interest, I might indicate that Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumed innocence that he has," Richter told the court.

The hearing lasted just minutes and was remarkably routine. Yet the image of one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church standing before a cramped courtroom overflowing with journalists and spectators was anything but.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 AM

Court hears Cardinal Pell intends to plead not guilty

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Sean Davidson

A packed courtroom has heard Cardinal George Pell intends to plead not guilty to charges of historical sexual offences.

Cardinal Pell today made history as the first cardinal to face court over such offences, arriving at Melbourne Magistrates Court flanked by police who escorted him through a packed scrum of waiting journalists and demonstrators.

The court heard the case for less than six minutes, as the third-highest ranking member of the Catholic Church sat silently behind his defence team, including top Melbourne lawyer Robert Richter.

The 76-year-old looked back at the crowded room once before staring straight ahead during the proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 AM

Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Barney Zwartz | Jul. 25, 2017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The circus – as the media have been calling it – began around 5 a.m.* when a large CNN crew arrived outside the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, though the mass-circulation Herald-Sun already had reporters there to notice that.

By 6 a.m. dozens of local and international media had arrived, followed by supporters of clergy abuse survivors about 7 a.m. They were all hoping to be in Courtroom 2, which has just 37 seats for public and press, at 10 a.m. Security guards had reportedly been there since 9:30 the night before.

Just before 9 the focus of all the attention arrived at court, Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranked Catholic prelate to face sexual abuse charges. He was flanked by his legal team – including Robert Richter, one of Australia’s leading, and most expensive, barristers – and enclosed by a phalanx of about a dozen police.

At this point the inaccuracy of the epithet “circus” became apparent, for a circus is usually a highly choreographed and well-organised affair, and this was simply a heaving, shouting scrum. The cardinal, in a heavy black overcoat, remained silent as journalists fired a barrage of questions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 AM

A First: Cardinal Pell Appears in Australian Court on Sexual Charges

AUSTRALIA
New York Times

By JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
JULY 25, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday after becoming the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses.

Cardinal Pell, 76, was flanked by police officers as he entered Melbourne Magistrates’ Court through a thicket of camera crews, reporters and photographers.

He said nothing during the filing hearing, which lasted about six minutes.

One of the cardinal’s lawyers, Robert Richter, told the court that his client would plead not guilty to all charges and vehemently maintained his innocence. Magistrate Duncan Reynolds set the next court proceeding for Oct. 6.

Journalists from around the world started lining up outside the court as early as 5 a.m. to get a seat at the hearing, which was purely administrative in nature and allowed the magistrate to set dates for future hearings. ...

The case will test the credibility of Francis’ efforts to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world.

In recent decades, more than 50 Roman Catholic bishops worldwide have been accused of sexually abusing children, according to BishopAccountability.org, an advocacy group in Massachusetts that documents sexual abuse in the church. Few, however, have faced criminal charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 AM

July 25, 2017

Cardinal George Pell Appears in Australian Court for Sex Abuse Hearing

AUSTRALIA
NBC News

by ALEX JOHNSON

Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday to face multiple counts of "historical sexual assault offenses."

Pell, 76, who as Pope Francis' top financial adviser is the No. 3 official at the Vatican, said nothing as he fought his way through a crowd of media and onlookers into Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning (Tuesday evening ET).

The hearing was a procedural session intended to set the dates of future hearings, and cameras weren't allowed in the courtroom.

Police have released no details of the charges, other than to say they represented "multiple complainants."

When the charges were announced last month, Pell promised to defend himself vigorously, saying, "The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."

The charges came as yet another shock to the church, coming only four months after Pell appeared to side with critics of the Vatican's handling of decades of sexual abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM

Cardinal George Pell appears in the court and pleads not guilty to historic sex charges in Melbourne magistrates

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

[with video]

By Australian Associated Press

Cardinal George Pell has pleaded not guilty during his brief court appearance to face historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

Pell did not speak during the brief filing hearing, which lasted six minutes.

But his lawyer Robert Richter QC told the court the 76-year-old denies all charges.

'Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all the charges and will maintain his presumed innocence that he has,' Mr Richter told the court.

Cardinal Pell's defence team did not ask the magistrate to excuse the cardinal from appearing when the case returns to court.

The 76-year-old has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

The third most powerful person in the Catholic Church was confronted with a massive contingent of Australian and international media on his arrival at court on Wednesday morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to historical sexual abuse offences

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Calla Wahlquist

Cardinal George Pell has appeared in the Melbourne magistrates court charged with multiple historical sexual abuse offences.

Seated behind his lawyer, Robert Richter, QC, dressed in a simple black suit and clerical collar, Pell did not speak throughout the six-minute filing hearing.

Richter said that while Pell was not required to enter a plea unless and until the matter was committed for trial, he would, because of the media and public interest in the case, indicate a plea of not guilty now.

“Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to all charges and will maintain the presumption of innocence,” he said.

Magistrate Duncan Reynolds ordered that the prosecution serve a brief of evidence by 8 September with Pell to return to court for a committal mention on 6 October.

Prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, said Pell was facing “multiple historic sexual offence charges with respect to multiple complainants”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

Cardinal George Pell's first day in court

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AAP

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL'S FIRST COURT APPEARANCE

WHAT CHARGES DOES HE FACE?

Multiple historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants

Cardinal Pell denies all the allegations

HOW WAS HE CHARGED?

Pell was charged on summons on June 29 while he was in Rome. The charges were served on his legal representatives in Melbourne and filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

WHAT IS WEDNESDAY'S COURT HEARING?

A filing hearing is the first step in the Magistrates Court.

It is a brief administrative hearing to set a timetable for the early part of the court process.

The magistrate will fix a date for a committal mention and a timetable for the exchange of information between the prosecution and defence.

That determines when the defence receives the prosecution's brief of evidence (or hand-up brief) that contains all the evidence in the case in the form of witness statements, the accused's record of interview and copies of exhibits.

The filing hearing may include any other directions the court believes are necessary, such as about the forensic examination of exhibits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Beginning fight against abuse charges, Cardinal Pell goes to court

AUSTRALIA
Crux

John L. Allen Jr. EDITOR

Australian Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Melbourne early on Wednesday, fighting to clear his name from what police have described as 'multiple' complaints of 'historical sexual offenses.' In the brief hearing,

In the first step of what could be a long legal journey, Australian Cardinal George Pell appeared before a court in Melbourne on Wednesday morning for an initial hearing related to charges of sexual abuse, which established that the next act in the drama will come Oct. 6.

The hearing, which began at 10:00 a.m. local time and lasted just six minutes, was a procedural matter intended only to establish when prosecutors will turn over their evidence to defense attorneys and the next time Pell has to appear.

Although details of the charges against Pell have not been revealed, police spokespersons in the Australian state of Victoria, which included, Melbourne, say he’s been accused of “historical sexual offenses” from “multiple complainants.”

Pell has asserted his innocence vigorously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Lawsuit against Crookston diocese sees multiple judge recusals

MINNESOTA
WDAY

By Andrew Hazzard

CROOKSTON, Minn. — A lawsuit filed by a northwest Minnesota man against against the Diocese of Crookston and its Bishop, Michael Hoeppner, saying the diocese covered up abuse and the bishop tried to coerce the victim into silence has reached its fourth judge in a series of recusals and is being contested on grounds some its counts are past the statute of limitations.

Ron Vasek says his efforts to become a deacon, the Roman Catholic Church's highest lay position, were thwarted by the diocese after he told them he was abused by in 1971 by the Rev. Roger Grundhaus when he was 16 years old and on a mission trip in Ohio and that Bishop Hoeppner asked him to sign a letter retracting his claims in 2015.

Vasek, whose son Rev. Craig Vasek is a priest in the Diocese of Crookston, signed the letter under circumstances he described as blackmail.

A suit filed on Vasek's behalf in May by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who specializes as an advocate for victims of abuse within the Catholic Church, is the first case in which a bishop has been sued for coercion, according to Anderson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Assignment Record– Rev. Donald J. Whelan

NEW YORK
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Donald J. Whelan was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained in 1957. He was assigned to assist in Pearl River, Bronx and Nyack parishes before being named Administrator of a Newburgh parish in 1979. He left Newburgh in 1985 to return to Nyack as lead priest. He reportedly died in 1988.

Whelan was accused in a February 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy during 1964-1965, when the boy was ages 11-12 and Whelan was assigned to St. John Vianney parish in the Bronx. According to the suit, Whelan stepped in to help the boy's mother after she and her husband divorced, leaving her alone with seven children. The abuse, including penetration, allegedly took place in the parish rectory, in a beach cabana and during overnight trips to the Rockaways. Whelan was said to have told the boy not to tell because it would hurt his mother, and no one would believe him.

Ordained: 1957
Died: 1988

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Paul Shanley, Priest At Center Of Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal, To Be Released

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

July 25, 2017

Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

Paul Shanley was known in the 1960s and '70s for being a hip street priest who reached out to troubled youths. But in 2005 he was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a suburban parish in the 1980s, and he was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Tuesday that her office hired two psychiatric experts to evaluate Shanley, now 86 years old, to see if he should continue to be held after completing his sentence. Both experts told prosecutors that he does not meet the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person.

Once Shanley is released Friday, he will begin 10 years of supervised probation.

Shanley was defrocked after dozens of men came forward and said he had molested them when they were children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Overland Park Catholic priest charged with child sex crimes

KANSAS
KCTV

[with video]

Posted by Chris Oberholtz, Digital Content Manager

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
Authorities say a Catholic priest charged in Wyandotte County with child sex crimes has been arrested in Maryland.

The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that the Rev. Scott Kallal was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Online court records show the 35-year-old was arrested Monday in Rockville in Maryland's Montgomery County.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Jonathan Carter said he didn't know whether Kallal had an attorney. No details were provided about the allegations.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced last week that Kallal was pulled from public ministry duties after two sources accused him of "boundary violations." The archdiocese said its preliminary investigation "revealed violations of some of the archdiocese's safe environment guidelines which all clerics, employees and volunteers are asked to observe when interacting with young people."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Priest in KCK archdiocese charged with indecent liberties with a child

KANSAS
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
jthomas@kcstar.com

JULY 25, 2017

A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas who was suspended this month has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office said the alleged incidents took place in the summer and fall of 2015.

The Rev. Scott Kallal, 35, is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., after being picked up by the Maryland State Police, records show.

The archdiocese said it learned Monday that Kallal had been taken into custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Catholic groups working to protect children as Overland Park priest faces charges

KANSAS
Fox 4

BY KERA MASHEK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Wyandotte County priest is now facing criminal charges. Father Scott Kallal is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, stemming from an incident involving a young girl at St. Patrick's School in Kansas City, Kan. in 2015.

Parishioners at St. Pat's and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park just learned of the allegations the weekend of July 15-16, when it was announced during mass that Fr. Kallal had been relieved of his duties.

While incidents like this are relatively rare, the church says it remains committed to ensuring no child becomes a victim.

The inside of a Catholic Church is often beautiful, and a place where many find comfort. But allegations and criminal charges against church leaders like Fr. Scott Kallal can tarnish its prestige.

"The church is in the business of saving souls and in spiritual life. They're experts in spirituality. But they've brought in experts now and worked together with them to ensure safety of children is a top priority," said Carrie Cooper, director of the Office of Child and Youth protection for the Kansas City, Mo. Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Cardinal George Pell arrives to make first court appearance

AUSTRALIA
3AW

Cardinal George Pell has just arrived at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The 76-year-old has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

He was flanked by several police upon his arrival.

Local and international media have swarmed on the courtroom, with supporters of Cardinal Pell also outside court.

The appearance is expected to last just minutes, the first stage of a lengthy legal process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Cardinal Pell hearing to begin in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

Cardinal George Pell has arrived at an Australian court, amid a large media scrum, to face charges of sexual assault.

The Vatican treasurer, 76, is accused of historical assaults involving "multiple complainants", police in the state of Victoria said last month.

Cardinal Pell has said he will strenuously defend himself against the allegations.

Last month, Cardinal Pell said he was "looking forward" to his day in court.

Australia's most senior Catholic figure arrived in his home country earlier this month, after being granted a leave of absence from the Vatican to fight the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

George Pell arrives at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on historical sexual offence charges

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video]

Cardinal George Pell has been escorted into the Melbourne Magistrates' Court by police, surrounded by a large media scrum, ahead of his first appearance over historical sexual offence charges.

Australia's most senior Catholic was charged by Victoria Police detectives late last month with offences involving multiple complainants.

Details of the allegations have not been made public.

He arrived at court with his legal team, including top criminal barrister Robert Richter QC.

Pell was taken through security as routine and there was a smattering of applause from a crowd inside the building.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Cardinal Pell arrives for Australian sex abuse court hearing

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

AFP

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived for his first appearance in an Australian court on historical sex abuse charges Wednesday, facing a huge media scrum ahead of the largely administrative hearing.

The 76-year-old, a top advisor to Pope Francis, returned from Rome earlier this month to face multiple charges in Melbourne relating to offences allegedly committed decades ago, when he was a senior cleric in Australia.

Details of the charges have not been made public although police said they involved "multiple complainants". The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop has always maintained his innocence.

Pell, looking sombre and frail, made no comment as he was escorted by a group of police through a crush of cameras, reporters and photographers outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, which hears hundreds of cases a week for alleged crimes ranging from theft to murder.

Several photographers were knocked over in the melee.

He was not required to attend the hearing, which allows lawyers to discuss when the prosecution brief can be handed over and set out the next dates in what is expected to be a lengthy court process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Protesters, queues, security for Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Adam Cooper Tom Cowie Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Cardinal George Pell has arrived at a Melbourne court to make his first appearance as the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse.

One of the most powerful people in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Pell, made the short trip from his lawyers' offices on Lonsdale Street to Melbourne Magistrates Court just before 9am on Tuesday.

The 76-year-old has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to return to Australia to fight historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants. Details of the charges are yet to be revealed.

Cardinal Pell was shepherded into court by a group of police officers through a crush of camera operators, reporters and photographers from across the country and the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

Cardinal George Pell arrives at court for first hearing on sexual abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Calla Wahlquist
Tuesday 25 July 2017

Cardinal George Pell has arrived at Melbourne magistrates court to appear on charges of multiple historic sexual offences.

Pell is the third highest ranking official in the Vatican and the highest ranking Catholic church official to be charged with sex offences.

The cardinal was shepherded into court by a group of police officers through a crush of camera operators, reporters and photographers. Pell did not answer any questions from the media. Several people clapped as he arrived.

He was screened by court security, like everyone else, and taken to a room in the court house.

Victoria police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said at a press conference announcing the charges that there were “multiple charges” and “multiple complainants,” but no further details have been released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

George Pell to make history through Melbourne court appearance

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Brett McLeod

If, as expected, George Pell walks into the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning, he will make history.

Never before has a Cardinal appeared in a courtroom to answer charges of sex offences. Not in Melbourne, not in Australia, not anywhere else in the world.

Unless special arrangements are made the third-highest ranked member of the Catholic Church – the man dubbed the Vatican’s Accountant – will enter via the front steps, where he will encounter a media contingent which may well be larger than any ever seen on William Street.

While reports of swarms of international media being flown by the planeload into Melbourne are probably overstated, there’s likely to be little room for the Cardinal to walk through the phalanx of cameras and microphones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

Queues, security for Pell court appearance

AUSTRALIA
7 News

The media and spectators are already lining up to ensure a seat in the Melbourne court room where Cardinal George Pell is expected to appear later on Wednesday.

Security has also been stepped up outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, hours before Pell is scheduled to appear for a filing hearing.

The queue started forming before 7am, more than three hours before Pell's scheduled 10am hearing.

The court has made no special arrangements for the appearance despite Pell's high profile and the intense worldwide media attention.

More than 70 media, including many from international organisations like CCN and The Telegraph in London, are already in place outside the court in central Melbourne and have spilled onto the roadway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

Cardinal Pell court appearance attracts unprecedented media attention

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Sean Davidson
Jul 26, 2017

Journalists and supporters of abuse victims are lined up outside a Melbourne court ahead of Cardinal George Pell's first appearance, which is expected to attract an unprecedented amount of international media attention.

Before the sun even rose and hours before the court opened, a line of people began to form outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

The court appearance has attracted media attention from around the world, with journalists from outlets like CNN, BBC News and The New York Times flying crews to Melbourne to watch history in the making.

If the 76-year-old, who is not required to attend the filing hearing, shows up it will be the first time in the world a Cardinal sat in court to face historical sexual assault charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Queues, security for Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Adam Cooper

Cardinal George Pell will be greeted by a large media pack when he fronts court for the first time on historical sex offence charges.

Reporters and camera crews began assembling outside Melbourne Magistrates Court on William Street well before 6am on Wednesday, ahead of Cardinal Pell's scheduled appearance later in the morning.

International media also gathered outside the court, including a large crew from US news broadcaster CNN. Security has also been stepped up outside the court, with guards standing in front of the main doors.

Cardinal Pell will be in court for what should be a short administrative hearing, where his lawyers and prosecutors will discuss with the magistrate the timetable for his case, and the date of his next court appearance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Notorious predator priest released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

A notorious predator, Fr. Paul Shanley, will be released from prison later this week after serving twelve years behind bars for raping a child.

[Boston Globe]

While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released.

Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.

The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. We hope that they will insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.

Contacts - Melanie Jula (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Advocacy group demands Greensburg Diocese release "secret files"

PENNSYLVANIA
WTAE

Brittany Hoke
Reporter

GREENSBURG, Pa. —
An advocacy group believes that Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic may be withholding evidence, hidden in secret files known as Canon 489 files, pertaining to the arrest of the Rev. John T. Sweeney.

The group thinks the files could contain evidence of the sexual abuse of children.
Diocesan law describes the files as archives meant to be "kept secret, locked, and protected."

On Tuesday, the Diocese said it has turned over every file on Sweeney, including the Canon 489 files, to the attorney general.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Cardinal Pell in court: A ‘momentous’ day for sex abuse survivors

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Liz Burke
news.com.au
@lizeburke

FOR Ballarat sex abuse survivor Phil Nagle, it’s a momentous day.

The 53-year-old has made the journey from his hometown to Melbourne and he’ll this morning head to the Melbourne Magistrates Court where Cardinal George Pell is due to answer historic sexual offence charges.

The powerful clergyman and senior Vatican figure is expected to be met by crowds of survivors and advocates, and a throng of local and international media, when he arrives for the filing hearing.

Mr Nagle has no links to the complaints against Cardinal Pell. Still, he says the court appearance is something he and others have been “waiting many years for”.

He says he’ll be in court to support the complainants, and hopes to see them and their claims respected by the court and by Pell’s legal team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE - 11:30 A.M.

BOSTON (MA)
Law Office of Carmen L. Durso
Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian

CONVICTED Priest Child Sex Abuser PAUL SHANLEY will be released from Prison on Friday.

WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE, 11:30 a.m., at 175 Federal Street, Suite 1425, Boston, with survivors of sexual abuse by Shanley, attorneys Mitchell Garabedian and Carmen Durso, who have represented multiple other Shanley victims, and Jetta Bernier, Exec. Dir. of MASS KIDS, to discuss and protest why Sexually Dangerous Person civil proceeding to recommit Shanley will not occur.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Court upholds priest's sex-abuse conviction involving orphans in Honduras

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By Mark Pesto
mpesto@tribdem.com

Todd Berkey
tberkey@tribdem.com

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Somerset County priest who was found guilty in 2015 of traveling to Honduras to sexually abuse orphans and sentenced last year to more than 16 years in federal prison.

The Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., who at the time of his September 2014 arrest was the pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Central City, had asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn his conviction.

Maurizio and his attorneys had argued, according to the appeals court's opinion, that his conviction should have been overturned because:

"the weight of the evidence did not support his conviction on counts relating to illicit sexual conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography";

"the Government withheld material exculpatory evidence with respect to one of the counts of illicit sexual conduct with a minor";

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

July 25, 2017 - Archdiocese of Boston Statement on Paul Shanley

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

"Paul Shanley's crimes against children were reprehensible. No young person should ever have to experience such violations of their safety and dignity. We continue to assure all victims of abuse of our prayers and our concern. Any person who has been harmed by clergy sexual abuse, and in particular those who may need additional support at this time, are encouraged to contact the Archdiocese's Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5995."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Convicted pedophile priest to be released from prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Fox 25

BOSTON - Convicted pedophile and defrocked priest Paul Shanley is set to be released from prison Friday.

In 2005, Paul Shanley was convicted of two counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Shanley was sentenced to a 12 to 15-year prison sentence. He is now set to be released on Friday and begin ten years of supervised probation and cannot have contact with children under the age of 16.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan released a statement to Boston 25 News:

“The Commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. To that end we hired two qualified examiners. We are awaiting their final reports; however both doctors have informed us that they have concluded that Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria for a petition to be filed.
The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next ten years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under sixteen years of age. Our office continues to provide support and assistance to the victims in this matter.”

Other priest abuse victims are fighting his release, saying he is still a danger to the public. ...

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has also expressed concern over Shanley's release, saying in a statement:

"While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released.
Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.
The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. We hope that they will insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Paul Shanley, Newton priest convicted of raping young boy, to be released from prison Friday: reports

MASSACHUSETTS
MassLive

By Dan Glaun dglaun@masslive.com

Paul Shanley, a former Boston Archdiocese priest convicted in 2005 of raping a young boy during the 1980s, will be released from prison on Friday, according to media reports.

Shanley has completed a 12 to 15 year sentence for abusing a boy he knew from religion classes he taught in Newton. The abuse occurred between 1983 and 1989, when the child was between the ages of six and 12.

Shanley now will be set free, the Middlesex District Attorney said in a statement, which acknowledged an unfruitful attempt by prosecutors to examine whether the ex-priest could be held in custody as a danger to the general public.

"The Commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person," the DA's office said. "To that end we hired two qualified examiners. We are awaiting their final reports; however both doctors have informed us that they have concluded that Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria for a petition to be filed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

Massachusetts ex-priest convicted in abuse scandal to leave prison

MASSACHUSETTS
Reuters

Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - A defrocked U.S. Roman Catholic priest who was one of the first to be convicted when the church's worldwide sex abuse scandal was first exposed more than a decade ago is due to be released from prison, a Massachusetts prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The now 86-year-old priest, Paul Shanley, was convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping a boy over a period of years in the 1980s and was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

The scandal undermined the church's moral authority and sapped its finances as it paid out billions of dollars in settlements.

"He is now scheduled to be released from that sentence and begin 10 years of supervised probation," Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. "The Commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person."

State regulations forbid disclosing Shanley's date of release, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, who said he remains in custody at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Preti pedofili, se ora gli scandali emergono vuol dire che la Chiesa sta agendo

ITALIA
Il Fatto Quotidiano

[Pedophile priests:Now that scandals emerge means the Church is acting.]

Francesco Antonio Grana
Vaticanista

Sulla pedofilia del clero non si può continuare a fare propaganda. Per decenni i vescovi che coprivano gli abusi sessuali dei loro preti sui bambini venivano valutati positivamente e perciò promossi. Era un titolo di merito agli occhi del Vaticano essere riusciti a tenere lo scandalo sotto silenzio, quando in realtà si trattava di reati gravissimi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Monsignor Domenico Sigalini: “Sbagliato ridurre i preti pedofili allo stato laicale”. La nostra risposta

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[Monsignor Domenico Sigalini: "It is wrong to reduce pedophile priests to the lay state".]

Secondo un’intervista a firma di Bruno Volpe pubblicata da La fede quotidiana monsignor Domenico Sigalini alla domanda “Cosa ne pensa della pedofilia nel clero” avrebbe risposto;

“Un orrore e un crimine orrendo e chi sbaglia deve pagare. Un prete che si macchia di questo è moralmente più grave. Però, lo ripeto, io non seguo il consenso e dico che è un errore e sbagliato ridurre allo stato laicale il prete pedofilo. Perché, ridotto alla stato laico e una volta maestro di ginnastica, per esempio, state certi che cambierà inclinazione?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Controversial clergy back in Holy Orders

AUSTRALIA
Daily Examiner

Tim Howard | 26th Jul 2017

A FORMER defrocked Deacon of Grafton says the Anglican Church appears to have learned little from the traumas of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Former Queensland Education Minister and Grafton City Councillor Pat Comben has been returned to Holy Orders, despite an admission of guilt to the offences that saw him defrocked as the Deacon of Grafton in July 2015.

The Royal Commission found the Diocese of Grafton had denied responsibility for sexual abuse, denied compensation to victims of abuse at its North Coast Children's Home, failed to comply with its own policies and dealt with victims insensitively.

Mr Comben admitted that he as deacon had taken a legalistic approach to victims which is now seen to be in error. But Mr Comben, 67, said the church was now dealing with him in the same legalistic fashion.

He said when he learned former Bishop of Grafton, Keith Slater, had appealed against his defrocking and been successful because due process had not been followed, he realised the same rules could apply to him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

FOES OF CARDINAL PELL IN HIGH GEAR

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the foes of Cardinal George Pell:

The hoopla over Cardinal George Pell’s first day in court, July 26, rivals the media hysteria over OJ. There is one important difference: unlike OJ, the hyperventilation over Pell is confined to select quarters.

At the Melbourne courthouse there will be dozens of professional victims, men and women—mostly men—who claim to have been molested decades ago. Though Pell has never been found guilty of anything—and God knows rapacious lawyers have tried to nail him several times—he is being treated by victims’ advocates as if he were Jack the Ripper. Journalists are having a field day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Convicted Pedophile Priest Paul Shanley to Be Released From Prison

MASSACHUSETTS
NBC Boston

By Eli Rosenberg and Marc Fortier

Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley is scheduled to be released from prison this week.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented Shanley's victims and numerous other victims of the Catholic church child sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts, told NBC Boston that Shanley is set to be released on Friday. He is currently being held at the medium security Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.

Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal, was sentenced in 2005 to 12 to 15 years in prison for raping a boy repeatedly at St. Jean's Parish in Newton in the 1980s.

District Attorney Marian Ryan confirmed that Shanley is set to be released, but didn't say exactly when. Upon release, she said he is scheduled to begin 10 years of supervised probation. He is not allowed to have contact with children under the age of 16.

Ryan said her office is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a "sexually dangerous person."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Paul Shanley, Convicted Pedophile Priest, To Be Released From Prison Friday

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese sex abuse scandal, will be released from prison later this week.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian told WBZ-TV Tuesday that Shanley, who is now 85, will be released from the Old Colony Correctional Center Friday.

Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison in 2005 after being convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.

He will be on probation for 10 years and will be ordered to have no contact with children under 16 years old.

He will not be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet, according to Garabedian.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s office said they hired two doctors to examine Shanley and determine if he “meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person.” Without testimony from those doctors, the state isn’t able to further push for Shanley’s imprisonment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Paul Shanley, notorious priest in Catholic church sex abuse scandal, to be released this week

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF JULY 25, 2017

Paul R. Shanley, a former “street priest” who became one of the most notorious figures in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, is set to be released from prison this week, after serving 12 years behind bars for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s.

Middlesex prosecutors said they had hoped to have Shanley, 86, declared a “sexually dangerous person” which would require him to remain behind bars after his sentence was completed. But two doctors who examined the defrocked priest found that he did not meet the required criteria, prosecutors said.

“We are awaiting their final reports,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office said in a statement Tuesday. “However, both doctors have informed us that they have concluded that Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria for a petition to be filed.”

As a result, Shanley is set to be released from Old County Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in Bridgewater. He will be monitored by the state Probation Department for the next 10 years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 16, Ryan’s office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Appeals court upholds Somerset priest's molestation convictions

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

BRIAN BOWLING | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A federal jury had enough evidence to convict a Somerset County priest on charges of molesting Honduran orphans, an appeals court ruled Monday.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest defeat for the Rev. Joseph Maurizio, 71, who contends he's innocent.

He is serving his sentence at a low-security federal prison in Ohio with a projected release date of April 3, 2029, according to Bureau of Prison records.

His appeal attorney, Thomas J. Farrell, and the U.S. Attorney's Office declined comment on the latest ruling. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown couldn't be reached for comment.

The appellate court also denied Maurizio's motion for a new trial based on the government withholding favorable evidence it obtained near the end of his 2015 trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Disgraced Catholic priest loses appeal of 'sex tourism' convictions for molesting orphans

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Matt Miller mmiller@pennlive.com

A former Catholic priest from Somerset County who was convicted of engaging in "sexual tourism" to molest poor orphans in Honduras has lost an appeal of his nearly 17-year prison sentence.

That defeat came this week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected Joseph D. Maurizio Jr.'s claims that he didn't receive a fair trial.

Maurizio, now 72, has consistently denied abusing children he met through ProNino Honduras, a charitable organization he co-founded in 1999. ProNino received considerable financial support from Maurizio's parishioners and others who donated to another charity he created, Honduras Interfaith Ministries.

The Maurizio case is just one of scores of sex-abuse allegations leveled at priests and other religious leaders in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Youth pastor charged in teen’s dismemberment slaying wants his guns back while he awaits trial

FLORIDA
Raw Story

TRAVIS GETTYS
25 JUL 2017

A Florida youth pastor charged with the cold-case murder of one teen and the sexual abuse of others wants his guns back while he awaits trial.

Ronnie Hyde pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and child pornography charges in March related to the 1994 slaying of 16-year-old Fred Laster, whose dismembered body was found in a Dumpster.

Laster’s decapitated torso was found behind a trash bin near Lake City, but the remains went unidentified until a DNA test in 2015 matched the slain teen to his twin sister.

Police said the 61-year-old Hyde befriended the runaway teen more than two decades ago as youth pastor at Strength for Living Church in Yulee, prosecutors said.

Investigators strongly suggested they suspect Hyde — who had been a counselor at Crosswater Community Church in Nocatee up to his arrest — is a suspect in other unsolved cases by plastering his face on eight billboards seeking information in the Jacksonville area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Paul Shanley, notorious pedophile priest, set to be released from prison, 5 Investigates reports

MASSACHUSETTS
WCVB

Mike Beaudet
5 Investigates Reporter

BOSTON —
Infamous pedophile priest Paul Shanley is scheduled to be released from prison later this week, 5 Investigates has learned, drawing outrage from priest abuse victims and their advocates, who say the now-86-year-old is still a danger to the public.

Shanley was convicted in 2005 of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14. The case that relied on the repressed memory of the victim, who said he was abused by Shanley between 1983 and 1989 when he was attending CCD classes at St. Jean’s Church in Newton.

Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.

Some of Shanley's other alleged victims and their attorneys are planning a press conference later this week, angry that Shanley has been is being released.

They have been told by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office that prosecutors had Shanley evaluated to see if he could be held after his prison sentence as a sexually dangerous person, but that those evaluations didn’t provide the evidence needed to proceed.

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Correction confirmed that Shanley is being held at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater but said regulations prevented the DOC from providing his scheduled date of release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Another priest pedophilia case: How long?

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

Editorial

A former pastor accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy at St. Margaret Mary Church's school in Lower Burrell during the 1991-92 academic year should cause all to wonder, in Psalm 13's words, “How long, O Lord?”

Indeed, how long until pedophilia's blight by church clergy upon innocent children is eradicated?

The Rev. John Thomas Sweeney, 74, of Greensburg, will plead not guilty to the single count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse filed against him by the state Attorney General's Office, his lawyer says. The alleged victim, now 35 and in the Coast Guard, didn't report the abuse until last September, then testified before a state grand jury, which last year detailed horrific, widespread abuse and cover-ups in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

This case seemingly lacked a cover-up. The Diocese of Greensburg said it was unaware until the victim came forward, then took action to keep the accused from acting as a priest and interacting with minors, and stayed mum at authorities' request.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

Federal panel upholds Maurizio conviction

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

Jul 25, 2017

Phil Ray

The conviction and 200-month prison sentence of a Somerset County priest for the sexual abuse of several children who were living at an orphanage in El Progresso, Honduras, was upheld Monday by a federal appeals court.

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson 16 months ago sentenced the priest, Joseph D. Maurizio, now 71, of Central City, for the sexual abuse of two children, possession of child pornography consisting of nude photographs of several other children, and the use of charitable funds collected in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown “to promote illicit sexual contact with a minor.”

Altoona attorney Steven P. Passarello represented Maurizio during the lengthy September 2015 trial.

The jury convicted Maurizio on five counts but acquitted him on three other charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Vatican treasurer faces Australian court on sexual assault charges

AUSTRALIA
NBC Montana

LUCIE MORRIS-MARR CNN
Posted: Jul 25, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNN) - One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will on Wednesday face a court in his native Australia on multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses.

Cardinal George Pell will appear in the dock at Melbourne Magistrates Court for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month.

The 76-year-old, who has consistently and strenuously denied the charges, has been given a leave of absence from his role at the Holy See as Secretariat for the Economy while he fights the case in the city where he was once Archbishop.

Although expected to be brief, Wednesday's court hearing marks a significant moment in Australia where Pell is the country's most senior Catholic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

‘The Keepers’ on Netflix: Will There Be a Season 2?

UNITED STATES
The Wrap

Beatrice Verhoeven | May 23, 2017

Netflix’s new docuseries “The Keepers” is taking the nation by storm as its filmmakers attempt to solve the 1970 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, while investigating sexual abuse allegations by teenage students at a Baltimore high school. But will there be a follow-up season?

“I have no plans to continue documenting it,” filmmaker Ryan White told E! Online. “This was a painful process for a lot of the people involved…and it’s draining for them to have to retell the most horrific parts of their lives…but that’s not to say that I’m not excited to see what answers come out of it.”

“The Keepers” explores the murder of Sister Cathy, who disappeared in November 1969 and whose body was discovered in January of 1970. The coroner determined she was hit by a blunt object in the head. However, the documentary delves into a deeper issue — it uncovers the alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic school in Baltimore, Maryland. It is believed Sister Cathy was going to expose the sexual abuse scandal — and was killed for it.

The documentary features six victims who allege sexual abuse by one Father Joseph Maskell, who has since passed away. However, in a recent interview with TheWrap, White said he knew of at least 40 victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 AM

‘The Keepers': Here’s What Has Happened Since the Netflix Series Debuted

UNITED STATES
SFGate

Beatrice Verhoeven, provided by The Wrap

Netflix’s “The Keepers” debuted two months ago, and since then, filmmaker Ryan White has seen positive developments in the case: More victims have spoken out and police are investigating further into Father Joseph Maskell’s past life.

“I am seeing that ‘The Keepers’ is having a positive impact, not just in the sense that more victims have come forward but it is also having a positive impact in showing people that they aren’t alone and that it’s possible to move forward and confront your painful past,” White told TheWrap during a recent interview.

White said that many new victims have come out of the woodwork since the series was released: “A lot of people watched the series and realized that they weren’t the only ones and now have the courage to talk about it. Hopefully, it will lead to a lot of healing.”

There has also been a lot of movement in terms of investigating Maskell. “The Keepers” explores the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, who disappeared in November 1969 and whose body was discovered in January of 1970. The documentary investigates whether Maskell had Sister Cathy killed because she was about to expose him and others for sexual abusing teenage students at Archbishop Keough High School. Maskell died in 2001, and until his death, he had denied the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM

Abuse victims determined to see Cardinal George Pell in court

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

July 26, 2017

TESSA AKERMAN
ReporterMelbourne
@TessaAkerman

Catholic Church abuse victims from across Victoria — with no connection to the charges against George Pell — are expected to ­attend a court hearing for the cardinal at the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning.

Philip Nagle, a Ballarat survivor of abuse by Christian Brother Stephen Farrell in the 1970s, had promised other survivors he would attend.

Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, was charged last month with historical sex offences relating to multiple complainants. The court has yet to release the charges.

Mr Nagle said he wanted to see the complainants and their claims handled in a respectful way. He said it was important to make sure it was a just court case.

He said it did not matter that the hearing might only last a few minutes . “(It’s important) to witness it,” he said.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court has said it will be “business as usual” during the cardinal’s first court appearance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

PA--Victims group to Greensburg Bishop: Turn over secret files on arrested priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

The nation’s largest support group for survivors of sexual abuse in institutional settings today is demanding that the bishop of Greensburg, PA turn over all secret files pertaining to a priest arrested yesterday for sexual abuse.

[PennLive]

That priest, John T. Sweeney, was criminally charged for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the 1990s.

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network, (SNAPNetwork.org), believe that Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic may be withholding evidence, hidden in secret files otherwise known as Canon 489 files. These files, that every bishop must keep according to church law, outline abuse allegations and include letters, memos, reports from parents and victims, psychological reports, witness accounts of abuse, and other important evidence that law enforcement can use to help bolster their case.

[Los Angeles Times]

“Sometimes, dioceses will hide these files in their lawyers’ offices under attorney-client privilege so that they can’t be subpoenaed,” said Judy Jones, Midwest Regional Leader, SNAP. “Other times, they just don’t turn them over. These files are so secret and so protected that law enforcement has to know exactly what they are asking for. Otherwise, men like Bishop Malesic are only going to turn over a sanitized file and then issue a statement saying that they knew ’nothing’ about allegations.”

Jones says that until now, Malesic’s efforts ­as well as the efforts of other bishops to be forthcoming about abuse­ have been failures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Gemischte Reaktionen auf Hirtenwort des Bischofs

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

[Mixed reactions to the bishop's pastoral word: "All this makes me deeply distressed and filled me with shame." With these words, Regensburg bishop Rudolf Voderholzer apologized in a pastoral word for the victims of violence and abuse at the Domspatzen. He promised help to those affected. Bavarian governor Seehofer (CSU) praised the bishop's apology as a "sincere gesture".]

"All das macht mich zutiefst zerknirscht und erfüllt mich mit Scham." Mit diesen Worten hat sich Regensburger Bischof Rudolf Voderholzer in einem Hirtenwort für die Gewalt- und Missbrauchsopfer bei den Domspatzen entschuldigt. Den Betroffenen versprach er Hilfe. Ministerpräsident Seehofer (CSU) lobte die Entschuldigung des Bischofs als "aufrichtige Geste".

Voderholzers Hirtenwort wurde am Wochenende in den Gemeinden des Bistums verlesen. Der Bischof schreibt darin, dass er bei dem, was die Betroffenen in dem Abschlussbericht des Sonderermittlers Ulrich Weber schildern, "Entsetzen und Betroffenheit" spüre. Er könne deshalb nur in Demut um Entschuldigung bitten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Bischof Voderholzer wendet sich an Opfer anderer Einrichtungen

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg Digital

[Did Bishop Voderholzer and his assistants in the episcopal ordinariat really learn from the mistakes regarding the far-reaching violence in the Domspatzen institution? Obviously not. A few days after the Domspatzen final report, Bishop Voderholzer went to the public with an extended appeal. He called for the first time for those who suffered bodily violence in church institutions to turn to the relevant authorities of the diocese. Voderholzer protects himself against his predecessor Gerhard Ludwig Müller.]

Von Robert Werner

Wenige Tage nach dem Domspatzen-Abschlussbericht geht Bischof Voderholzer mit einem erweiterten Aufruf an die Öffentlichkeit. In seinem aktuellen Hirtenwort ruft er neben den Betroffenen, die in kirchlichen Einrichtungen körperverletzende Gewalt erleiden mussten, erstmals auch Opfer sexueller Übergriffe auf, sich an die zuständigen Stellen des Bistums zu wenden. In Sachen Aufklärung der Vorfälle bei den Domspatzen stellt Voderholzer sich schützend vor seinen Vorgänger Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

An diesem Wochenende wurde in den katholischen Messfeiern der Diözese Regensburg ein Hirtenwort des Bischofs verlesen. Darin wendet sich Rudolf Voderholzer „mit einem sehr ernsten Thema“, sprich mit einer eher wissenschaftlich gehaltenen Zusammenfassung des Abschlussberichts von Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber, an seine „Liebe(n) Schwestern und Brüder in Christus, dem Herrn!“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

60 Minutes Australia: Sins of the father, part one

AUSTRALIA
YouTube

60 Minutes Australia: Sins of the father, part two

Published on Jul 23, 2017

There’s never been more scrutiny of the world’s major religions, with a series of sex abuse scandals and cover-ups testing the most faithful. But there’s an equally sinister doctrine being openly preached in small suburban churches scattered around Australia. They call themselves the Independent Baptists, a radical, non-aligned movement with no connection to the mainstream Australian Baptist Ministries. Under the extreme teachings of this church, women must submit to their husband’s every whim. Now one very brave victim of this evil doctrine has decided enough is enough. She lived through hell by being married to a so-called Christian pastor who raped her several times a day. She unfortunately discovered that this cruel dogma runs deep, as her own son, also a pastor, has now turned against her.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Unfair time limits denying child sex abuse victims the right to compensation

UNITED KINGDOM
TG Daily

Awais Ahmed, 24th July 2017

Historical sex abuse victims are being denied thousands of pounds in criminal injuries compensation due to unfair time limits on making claims.

Children who were victims of sexual abuse have until their 20th birthday to apply for compensation if they reported the crime to the police before they reached 18 and campaigners are urging the government to change the regulations

The official line of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is that victims of historic sex abuse have two years from their 18th birthday to make a claim if the crime was reported to police when they were children.

The same two-year rule also applies to survivors who make a complaint to the police as adults.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will still consider a criminal injuries compensation application if the time limit is not met, as long as it can be proved that there were exceptional circumstances preventing the application from being made sooner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Courageous ultra-Orthodox survivor shares his (and his family's) horrific story

ISRAEL
Manny Waks

Last week on Thursday (20 July), the Jerusalem District Court sentenced (Rabbi) Aharon Shlomo Lisson to a minimum of seven years for sexually abusing three brothers. Later that day, one of the courageous victims/survivors, Yaakov (Yankie) Rainitz, wrote a powerful public post in Hebrew about what transpired. Below is the unedited English version (published with Yankie's permission):

​I don’t know where to start, from the beginning or maybe from the end. You have heard a lot about me. You have seen me flickering across your TV screen on news sites where they refer to me as ‘Y’! I have decided to reveal my identity. I am Yankie Rainitz and I am 21 years old. I studied for many years with a respected teacher who will go to jail next month for a very long time!

My life story has been paraded during the past two years numerous times on national television and on different internet sites. But today, I have decided for the first time to remove the cloak of secrecy and to reveal my identity through my Facebook page, to reveal a little of the stormy ocean in my life. I am doing this to encourage, strengthen, uplift and give hope to all those children and young people who are going through the abuse behind closed doors which I experienced.

I was 12 years old when I started Year 8, where the respected, righteous and revered Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Lisson was teaching. This man, known as ‘Rav Lisson’, would consistently praise me in front of my class mates and the Talmud Torah staff. He would give me presents and send notes of satisfaction home with me to my parents. In the community and at home, this man was known as something rare and special, a real angel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

PROPERTY: Sale of former mother and baby home – Bessboro – must be halted says Cork MEP

IRELAND
The Cork

24 July 2017
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for plans to sell Bessborough House to be frozen at least until a forensic dig of the grounds has been completed.

The Ireland South MEP was speaking after it was revealed that the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary confirmed that they intended to sell the site of the controversial former mother and baby home.

“A total of 470 infants, that we know of, died in Bessborough House between 1934 and 1953,” she said.

“It is a ghoulish and uncomfortable thought but it is plain to see that the small plot set aside for those infants in the cemetery on the site is simply not big enough to hold that many bodies; so where are they?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Jury sworn in for trial of church minister, his wife and pastor accused of indecent assault

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph and Argus

Jenny Loweth

A JURY has been sworn in to try a church minister accused of a string of alleged sexual offences dating back more than 30 years.

The Reverend John Wilson, 70, of Shann Avenue, Keighley, denies 24 charges of indecent assault, four allegations of conspiracy to commit indecent assault, two offences of rape and a count of sexual assault.

His wife, Mary Wilson, 79, of the same address, pleads not guilty to two charges of indecent assault and a single allegation of conspiracy to commit indecent assault.

A third accused, Laurence Peterson, 59, of Eric Street, Keighley, denies three charges of indecent assault and four allegations of conspiracy to commit indecent assault.

Wilson, who was a pastor at the Liberty Pentecostal Church in Sunderland Street, Keighley, appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court yesterday alongside with his wife and Peterson to witness the jury being sworn in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Church has learned very little in the 20 years since evil Fr Brendan Smyth died, says victim

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Donna Deeney
July 24 2017

One of the victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth has said the Catholic Church has learned nothing in the two decades since the notorious child abuser died.

Smyth was jailed for more than 140 offences in 1994, dying of a heart attack behind bars on August 22, 1997.

Brendan Boland was abused by the twisted cleric for two years, starting from when he was an 11-year-old altar boy serving in his home parish in Dundalk, Co Louth.

In 1975, when Mr Boland was 14, he reported Smyth's abuse of him and other children but was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement that prevented him from speaking about it to anyone.

Mr Boland told the Belfast Telegraph that the Catholic Church still had work to do to tackle clerical abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Lawmaker pushing to change statute of limitations in criminal cases

PENNSYLVANIA
WPXI

A local priest was charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy more than 25 years ago and prosecutors say because of the time that has passed, they're limited on the charges they can file.

One lawmaker says he's trying to change that.

Retired priest John T. Sweeney last served as pastor at the Holy Family parish in West Newton before the diocese was made aware of this investigation and removed him.

One member told Channel 11 off-camera she doesn't believe he would do something to harm a child.

Another woman, whose grandkids went there, now wants answers.

“These people are there and they're supposed to give hope to these children and they're taking it away,” said Diane Konopka.

Sweeney is charged with sexually abusing a boy in 1991 and 1992 while he was pastor at St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell.

“It's important to note that we would have charged him with additional counts, but the statute of limitations had already expired on those other charges of indecent assault and corruption of the morals of minors,” Shapiro said, as he called for change.

State Rep. Joe Petrarca of the 55th District says there is legislation right now to remove the statute of limitations in criminal cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Cardinal George Pell's Journey From Ballarat Boy To The Vatican, And Now To Melbourne Magistrate's Court

AUSTRALIA
HuffPost

Eoin Blackwell Senior Associate Editor, HuffPost Australia

From rural Australia to the country's most senior Catholic who, until last month, sat at the Pope's right hand, Cardinal George Pell has lived most of his professional life under scrutiny and controversy.

But now, far removed from the protective halls of the Vatican city, the stalwart defender of the Catholic Church's assets is preparing to face potentially legacy-defining allegations: multiple charges of historical sexual offences levelled against him by multiple complainants.

Pell, 76, who last month stepped away from his role as the Vatican's finance chief, strenuously maintains his innocence.

His expected appearance at Melbourne Magistrate's court on Wednesday marks just one stage of preliminary hearings into the multiple charges of historical sexual offences.

The details of the charges have not yet been made public.

The former Archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne volunteered to be interviewed by Victorian police in Rome in October last year. It was later announced he would be charged and he said he would come back to fight allegations he has described as a "character assassination" and a smear campaign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Cardinal George Pell faces court over historical sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Shannon Deery, Herald Sun

CARDINAL George Pell is about to begin the fight to clear his name over sex offence allegations as he faces court for the first time.

When he was charged with historical sex offences last month the Cardinal said he was looking forward to having his day in court in a bid to prove his innocence.

The Cardinal will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in a historic hearing for the Catholic Church which has been rocked by the criminal proceedings against the Vatican official.

When he does he will become the most senior Catholic to ever face court charged with sex offences.

The nature of the charges being faced by Cardinal Pell have not yet been revealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Pell's first court day to last few minutes

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

Megan Neil

Top Vatican official Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance will be over within minutes but will create history.

Australia's most senior Catholic plans to appear in person at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday for the first stage of what will be a lengthy legal process.

The 76-year-old has returned from Rome vowing to clear his name over multiple historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

Cardinal Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Church of England draws criticism for withdrawing pastoral care from sex abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Christian Times

The Church of England has drawn criticism for withdrawing pastoral care and emotional support for sex abuse victims after it reached a financial settlement with them.

An independent review by child safeguarding specialist Ian Elliot alleged that the church withdrew emotional support from the victims after paying compensation on the advice of its insurer Ecclesiastical.

The review found that the advice had "directly conflicted" with the pastoral responsibilities of the church and that "financial interests were allowed to impact practice" at least in one victim's case.

One victim, identified only as Gilo, told the BBC that he had attempted to contact senior members of the Church more than 20 times after he decided to report that he had been raped, but he received no reply.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

RETIRED PRIEST ACCUSED OF FORCING BOY TO PERFORM ORAL SEX

PENNSYLVANIA
Associated Press

BY MARK SCOLFORO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

A now-retired Roman Catholic priest was charged Monday with forcing a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy to perform oral sex on him while counseling the fourth-grader about misbehaving on a school bus.

The state attorney general's office accused the Rev. John Thomas Sweeney of committing felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell during the 1991-92 school year.

The boy, now 35 and serving in the Coast Guard, told investigators that after the attack Sweeney's secretary gave him milk and cookies, prosecutors said.

"He is a hero for his service," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. "Today we know him as a hero for coming forward to share his story with us."

Defense attorney Francis R. Murrman said Sweeney, 74, "vehemently" denies the charges, noting they date back some 26 years and the details were only disclosed as Sweeney was being arraigned.

"There's abbreviations in there, there's dates, there's all kinds of allegations," Murrman said. "We don't know if 75 percent of them are accurate, 60 percent of them are accurate or 30 percent of them are accurate."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Retired Catholic priest charged with forcing 10-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him

PENNSYLVANIA
Independent (UK)

Mark Scolforo

A now-retired Roman Catholic priest has been charged with forcing a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy to perform oral sex on him while counselling the fourth-grader about misbehaving on a school bus.

The state attorney general's office accused the Reverend John Thomas Sweeney of committing felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell during the 1991-92 school year.

The boy, now 35 and serving in the Coast Guard, told investigators that after the attack Sweeney's secretary gave him milk and cookies, prosecutors said.

“He is a hero for his service,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “Today we know him as a hero for coming forward to share his story with us.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

A Former Rabbi’s Proclamation On Tznius

UNITED STATES
Neshamas

Fellow Jews, I believe it’s essential we come to realize that the rabbis are right. Lack of Tznius is certainly one of the biggest problems in Yiddishkite today and indeed causing the Jewish people so much hardship.

I, as a former rabbi, have suffered for years watching helplessly as our community has endured the tremendous hardships of our neglect on addressing these critical issues properly. Therefore I am making my own Kol Koreh – public proclamation – to address this horrific breach in our moral standards. Tayreh Yidden! What has our nation come to!

1. Rabbis, cheder rebbes, maggidei shiurim, seminary teachers etc must not rape, molest, take advantage of students whether they are minors or young adults.

2. When we rabbis catch a known rapist or molester we must deliver then to the authorities immediately and not let them continue to rape and even worse Chas veshalom go onto run a seminary for young women. This also applies to cheder rebbeim. Don’t just fire them and send them to spiritual counseling, too many cheder rebbeim return to violating children. Once we catch a predator Report them immediately and protect our children and save countless lives from the horror of becoming victims to our antipathy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 AM

Documents: More victims of abuse in former youth pastor's murder case

FLORIDA
First Coast News

Julia Jenae and First Coast News , WTLV July 24, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former youth pastor accused of the dismemberment and murder of a Nassau County teen in the 1990s has been accused of sexually abusing more victims according to newly obtained court documents.

The documents, which were filed on July 18, state that Ronnie Hyde, 60, was sexually abusing two boys around the same time he was sexually abusing Fred Laster.

Laster, 16, went missing in 1994. A passerby came across a decapitated torso that was missing its hands and lower body at a BP Gas Station in Lake City. Authorities didn't know who the torso belonged to until 2015 when a DNA test was conducted with Laster's twin sister, confirming the torso was his and solving a 23-year-old cold case.

On March 7, the FBI executed a search warrant at Hyde's Jacksonville Beach home. Agents arrested him that same day on second-degree murder charges over Laster's death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 AM

July 24, 2017

Son of Disappeared victim Jean McConville loses cancer battle

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Suzanne Breen
July 24 2017

A son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, who was abused in a care home after he was orphaned, has died of cancer.

Billy McConville passed away in the NI Hospice days after appealing to politicians to secure justice for institutional child abuse survivors.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Paul's Church on the Falls Road. He leaves behind four children and is survived by eight brothers and sisters.

Fellow abuse survivor, Margaret McGuckin, said it was damning that he had died before a scheme to secure compensation for victims had been set up. Political deadlock at Stormont had halted progress.

She described him as a "courageous and unselfish man" who had inspired those who met him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Billy McConville dies following plea for justice for abuse victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Live

BY MAURICE FITZMAURICE
24 JUL 2017

A son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville has passed away after suffering from cancer.

Billy McConville died before seeing any form of justice for abuse he suffered during years in care following the infamous abduction and killing of his mother in 1972.

The 50-year-old had given evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry about his suffering in care homes. HIA recommendations made in the wake of the inquiry, which included compensation for victims, are being delayed due to political deadlock at Stormont.

Just weeks ago Billy spoke to the Irish News, despite being in the final weeks of his life, saying he hoped his plight “can help others who were abused".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Victims' campaigner Billy McConville dies aged 50

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

A "courageous" victims’ campaigner orphaned and allegedly abused in Northern Ireland following the murder of his mother Jean McConville has died.

Billy McConville, 50, died at a hospice where he had been living after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Belfast father-of-four described suffering sexual and physical harm in residential care as a child at Rubane House in Co Down, run by brothers from the De La Salle religious order.

Mrs McConville, a mother-of-ten, was abducted, shot and secretly buried by the IRA at the height of the conflict when her son was aged six and he was put into care shortly afterwards.

It was one of the most notorious killings of the Troubles and claims that she was an informer for the British were later dismissed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Two former bishops guilty of polygamy involving isolated sect in Bountiful, B.C.

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

BILL GRAVELAND
CRANBROOK, B.C. — The Canadian Press
Published Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

Two former bishops of an isolated religious commune in British Columbia have been found guilty of practising polygamy after a decades-long legal fight launched by the provincial government.

Winston Blackmore, 60, was married to Jane Blackmore and then married 24 additional women as part of so-called “celestial” marriages involving residents in the tiny community of Bountiful.

The court heard his co-defendant James Oler, 53, had five wives.

Justice Sheri Ann Donegan said Monday the evidence proves Blackmore has been a practising member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a breakaway Mormon sect that believes in plural marriage.

“His adherence to the practices and beliefs of the FLDS is not in dispute,” she said, reading her written ruling in a Cranbrook, B.C., courtroom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Western Pennsylvania Catholics, victims react to latest abuse arrest

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

STEPHEN HUBA | Monday, July 24, 2017

Area Catholics and ex-Catholics who testified before a state grand jury that met in 2014 to investigate Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse reacted Monday to the news of another abuse allegation with a mixture of relief and anger.

“Being one of those people who came forward, this is a very proud day for me,” said Shaun Dougherty, 47, formerly of Johnstown. “If this arrest came as a result of anything I testified to … that's why I came forward.”

Dougherty, who owns a restaurant in New York City and no longer is a Catholic, said he was abused by the Rev. George Koharchik at St. Clement Church in the early 1980s.

“I don't know that I ever had faith. I was 10 years old when this happened,” he said.

Dougherty was one of six alleged victims of Koharchik's whose names were redacted from a 2016 Pennsylvania attorney general's report on clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Cardinal George Pell WILL appear in person at Melbourne court this week on historical sex assault charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Australian Associated Press

Cardinal George Pell plans to be at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday for the first court hearing on historical sexual assault charges.

Cardinal Pell, 76, was charged on summons on June 29 with multiple historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

It is understood Cardinal Pell could have asked to have his lawyer appear on his behalf at the filing hearing, but he will appear in person.

It will be a short administrative hearing to set the next dates in the court process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

George Pell confirms he will attend court hearing on historical sexual assault charges

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Cardinal George Pell will face a Melbourne court in person this week after being charged with historical sexual assault offences.

Australia's highest-ranking Catholic has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against a number of complainants.

Pell was not required to appear in person and could have opted to have a lawyer represent him for the file hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Speaking in Rome last month after Victoria Police announced he had been charged on summons, Pell strenuously denied all of the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Priest arrested for sexually abusing 10-year-old boy

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Ivey DeJesus idejesus@pennlive.com

A Catholic priest from Westmoreland County has been criminally charged for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.

The arrest on Monday of the Rev. John T. Sweeney, of Greensburg, marks the latest crackdown on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania and is part of a broader ongoing investigation by the state Attorney General's office into additional allegations of abuse by priest.

Sweeney was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony.

"Children are targeted by predators because they are vulnerable," said Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who announced the charges at the news conference in Lower Burrell Township, Westmoreland County, near the St. Margaret Mary's Catholic School where, authorities say, the victim was a fourth grade student when the sexual assault took place during the 1991-92 school year. The school is in the Greensburg Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Winston Blackmore found guilty of polygamy by B.C. judge

CANADA
CBC News

A former religious leader in B.C. has been found guilty of polygamy after marrying more than two dozen women over the course of 25 years.

Winston Blackmore was charged with practising plural or "celestial" marriage in the fundamentalist community of Bountiful, B.C.

In B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Sheri Ann Donegan said he "subscribed to beliefs and practices of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," a Mormon sect that believes in plural marriages.

The verdict was delivered in Cranbrook, northeast of Creston.

Another former leader from the same community, James Oler, who is accused of having five wives, is also facing a single polygamy charge. Both Blackmore and Older were charged with one count each in 2009.

The judge has yet to rule on Oler's case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

AG files sexual assault charges against Westmoreland County priest

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. — Attorney General Josh Shapiro Monday announced criminal charges against a Catholic priest in Westmoreland County for a sexual assault committed against a 10-year-old boy.

The Rev. John T. Sweeney, of Greensburg, was arrested this afternoon and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony.

The charge against Sweeney was recommended by a Pennsylvania statewide investigating grand jury conducting a broader investigation of sexual abuse by priests, under the supervision of the Office of Attorney General.

Attorney General Shapiro announced Sweeney’s arrest at a news conference in Lower Burrell Township, Westmoreland County, near the St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic School where the victim was a fourth grade student when the sexual assault took place during the 1991-92 school year.
“Children are targeted by predators because they are vulnerable,” Attorney General Shapiro said at the news conference. “It often takes victims of child sexual abuse years or decades to come forward, because they struggle with shame, confusion or fear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Priest in Greensburg Diocese charged with sexual abuse of a minor

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com

A 74-year-old priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

The Rev. John T. Sweeney was arraigned in Leechburg Monday afternoon on a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor, with $50,000 unsecured bond under the condition that he stay away from minors and witnesses in the case.

The abuse was alleged to have happened around 1991-92, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. The victim came forward after watching the movie “Spotlight,” which was about the sexual abuse scandal in Boston. Father Sweeney was a pastor at St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell at the time of the alleged abuse, which reportedly happened at the school there.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a press conference the charges were recommended by a statewide grand jury. Mr. Shapiro lauded the alleged victim as a “hero” seeking to protect other children. He asked anyone with information about abuse cases to come forward: “We care about you.”

Lower Burrell police started the investigation after reports were made to Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. According to the criminal complaint, the priest forced the victim, then a fourth grader, to perform oral sex on him, warning him he would be in trouble if he didn’t comply. The victim said that Father Sweeney’s secretary brought him milk and cookies after the sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Attorney General Shapiro Charges Western PA Priest with Sexual Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Attorney General Josh Shapiro

[criminal complaint]

Clergy Abuse Hotline:- 1-888-538-8541

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against a Catholic priest in Westmoreland County for a sexual assault committed against a 10-year-old boy.

Reverend John T. Sweeney, of Greensburg, was arrested this afternoon and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony. The charge against Sweeney was recommended by a Pennsylvania statewide investigating grand jury conducting a broader investigation of sexual abuse by priests, under the supervision of the Office of Attorney General.

Attorney General Shapiro announced Sweeney’s arrest at a news conference in Lower Burrell Township, Westmoreland County, near the St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic School where the victim was a 4th grade student when the sexual assault took place during the 1991-92 school year.

“Children are targeted by predators because they are vulnerable,” Attorney General Shapiro said at the news conference. “It often takes victims of child sexual abuse years or decades to come forward, because they struggle with shame, confusion, or fear.

“But once a victim finds the courage to come forward, law enforcement should take action,” the attorney general said. “For his crime, Sweeney now faces a serious felony charge for the sexual abuse of a child.”

According to the grand jury’s presentment, while in 4th grade, the victim was sent to Sweeney for discipline because he had been disruptive on a school bus. The grand jury found that Sweeney used his authority and position as a priest, under the guise of a disciplinarian, to gain access to the victim and to force the victim to perform oral sex on Sweeney in a conference room next to Sweeney’s office inside the St. Margaret Mary Parish.

After Sweeney finished sexually assaulting the 10-year-old boy, Sweeney’s parish secretary brought the boy milk and cookies.

Last September, Special Agents of the Office of Attorney General learned the victim had come forward to Lower Burrell police with his allegation of abuse by Sweeney. Police referred the victim to the Office of Attorney General on the advice of the Westmoreland County District Attorney. Prosecutors brought this information to the grand jury, where the victim later testified.

According to the grand jury presentment, the victim was concerned that Sweeney could still be harming other children. The victim testified he kept his abuse secret his entire life to protect his parents, who he feared would blame themselves. During the intervening years, the victim grew up and entered the service, where he currently serves in the United States Coast Guard.

“He is a hero for his service,” Attorney General Shapiro said, “but today we know him as a hero for coming forward. He was motivated to come forward and tell the difficult truth about Sweeney because of his concern that other children could be harmed if Sweeney were not held accountable.”

Sweeney continued in ministry as a priest for approximately 16 years after abusing the victim and was in contact with children on a regular basis. Sweeney was assigned to various parishes during his tenure as a priest in the Diocese of Greenburg. Sweeney’s assignments:

Associate Pastor
Holy Family Church, Latrobe
June 24, 1970

Associate Pastor
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg
August 8, 1975

Pastor
St. Hedwig Church, Smock
May 22, 1980

Pastor
St. Mary, Freeport
February 16, 1982

Pastor
St. Margaret Mary, Lower Burrell
August 6, 1985

Pastor
St. James Parish, Apollo
July 7, 1998

Pastor
Holy Family Parish, West Newton
October 30, 2008

Attorney General Shapiro asked any member of the public with information about sexual abuse by Sweeney or any priest to contact the Office of Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-888-538-8541. The investigation into sexual abuse by priests is ongoing.

“If anyone is aware of other incidents involving this man, or if you yourself were a victim, we urge you to come forward,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “We are committed to protecting and supporting all victims of sexual abuse. No one is above the law. Our prosecutors and investigators want to hear from you. We will pursue the facts without fear and without favor.”

Attorney General Shapiro said his office would have charged Sweeney with additional crimes, but the statute of limitation had expired on those charges. Shapiro noted that following the investigation of child sexual abuse within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, a statewide investigating grand jury called for the abolishment of the criminal statute of limitations for crimes against children.

“It is time to reform these arbitrary timeframes and to seek justice for our children,” Attorney General Shapiro concluded. “This victim, all victims, are entitled to justice.”

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Westmoreland County priest arrested, charged with sexually abusing 10-year-old boy in 1990s

PENNSYLVANIA
WTAE

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. —
A retired priest who has served at various parishes throughout the Greensburg Catholic Diocese in Westmoreland County was arrested on child sex abuse charges Monday.

The Rev. John Sweeney is accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy to perform sex acts on him while the child was a student at Saint Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell in the early 1990s, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

In addition to Lower Burrell, Shapiro said Sweeney's assignments in the Greensburg diocese have included Holy Family Church in Latrobe, Blessed Sacramant Cathedral in Greensburg, Saint Hedwig in Smock, Saint Mary in Freeport, Saint James in Apollo and Holy Family Parish in West Newton.

Sweeney's arrest is part of "a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests," Shapiro said. He is asking for more help from the public to identify alleged abusers and their victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Former Lower Burrell priest charged with sexual abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

CHUCK BIEDKA AND BRIAN C. RITTMEYER | Monday, July 24, 2017

A former pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell is charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in 1991 and 1992.

The Rev. John Thomas Sweeney, 74, of Greensburg was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by the state Attorney General's office. Sweeney was being arraigned on the charges at District Just Cheryl Peck-Yakopec's courtroom Monday afternoon.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is expected to announce the charges at a 4 p.m. press conference to be held in front of the church.

The charges stem from a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests.

Joe Grace, an attorney general spokesman, said more details will be released at the press conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Westmoreland priest abuse case: 5 things we know now

PENNSYLVANIA
WPXI

A former Westmoreland County priest is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child from an incident more than 25 years ago.

John Thomas Sweeney, 75, was arraigned Monday afternoon at the magistrate’s office in Allegheny Township.

This is what we know from a criminal affidavit:

1. Sweeney was formerly a priest in the Diocese of Greensburg, from 1970-2016.

2. He served at seven stations in the diocese, including St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell, where he is accused of abusing the child. He also served parishes in Latrobe, Greensburg, Smock, Freeport, Apollo and West Newton
.
3. He was indicted by a state grand jury, which heard testimony from him, his alleged victim and a friend in whom the victim confided as an adult.

4. Sweeney allegedly forced the victim, who was in fourth grade at the time, to perform oral sex on him sometime between September 1991 and June 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Former priest arrested for sexual abuse in Westmoreland County

PENNSYLVANIA
WPXI

[with live stream}

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - A former Westmoreland County priest is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child from an incident more than 25 years ago.

John Thomas Sweeney, 75, was arraigned Monday afternoon at the magistrate’s office in Allegheny Township.

The allegations stem from the St. Margaret Mary School in Lower Burrell.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is expected to announce more about the investigation at a news conference at 4 p.m. in Lower Burrell.

Shapiro said the arrest and subsequent charges are the result of a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Pope's treasurer faces sex abuse charges in Australia, a grim reminder for his home town

AUSTRALIA
Reuters

Byron Kaye

BALLARAT, Australia (Reuters) - One of the pope's top advisers, Cardinal George Pell, makes his first court appearance in Australia this week on charges of historic sex crimes, a bitter reminder for his home town reeling from more than a dozen abuse cases.

Pell, the Vatican's economy minister, last month became the most senior Catholic to be charged with sex crimes. He has vowed to fight the still-unspecified charges, calling them false and the result of a "relentlelss character assassination". He declined to respond to interview requests for this story.

He is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Police have not released details of the charges, but the start of Pell's court battle in Melbourne revisits a troubled past for Ballarat, the former gold town of 100,000 people 75 miles (120 km) to the west where Pell grew up and cut his teeth as a priest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Before a 2013 state government inquiry into institutional abuse, Ballarat was best known to Australians as the site of the Eureka Stockade, a bloody 1854 uprising by goldminers against colonial authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Headed to court, Cardinal Pell is no stranger to controversy

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Barney Zwartz | Jul. 24, 2017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Cardinal George Pell, who this week will become the highest ranked church official ever to face sex abuse charges in court, may be the most polarizing religious leader in Australia's brief history.

The former Archbishop of Sydney will appear in the Melbourne Magistrate's Court on July 26 to answer yet-unspecified charges of historical sexual abuse involving multiple complainants, which he resolutely denies.

The complaints apparently long predate his present Vatican role as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, often but misleadingly referred to as number three in the Vatican hierarchy behind the pope and secretary of state.

It is a staggering fall from grace for the combative cardinal. Even if he is utterly exonerated, mutterings from Rome suggest the 76-year-old will not return to his secretariat post. His credibility seems destroyed — largely self-inflicted in a series of appearances before official inquiries into how the church handled child sexual abuse. Increasingly he revealed himself — and confessed to being — a man who put the institutional church first, second and third. He also revealed a man deeply deficient in compassion and empathy. Of this, more below.

No Australian prelate has been so admired and so excoriated: He is adored by his followers for his fearlessly strident support for a highly conservative orthodoxy and old-fashioned authoritarianism and loathed by his critics for his relentless determination, often perceived as brutal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Priest arrested for sexual abuse in Westmoreland County

PENNSYLVANIA
WPXI

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - A priest has been arrested for sexual abuse in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday.

The identity of the priest has not been released. A news conference will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in Lower Burrell.

Shapiro said the arrest and subsequent charges are the result of a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

AG to announce arrest of western Pa. priest on sex abuse charges

PENNSYLVANIA
PennLive

By Barbara Miller bmiller@pennlive.com

The Pennsylvania attorney general will be announcing details later this afternoon on the arrest of a priest accused of sexual abuse in Westmoreland County.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro will announce the arrest of a priest at 4 p.m. in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County.

The charges are the result of a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests, with investigators seeking the public's help in completing the probe.

Last year, Shapiro announced the result of a grand jury investigation that accused priests and church leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese of sexually abusing hundreds of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Attorney General Accusing Pennsylvania Priest of Sex Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
U.S. News

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro plans to announce criminal sexual abuse charges against a western Pennsylvania priest.

Shapiro's office says he'll be in Lower Burrell to announce the charges this afternoon.

It wasn't immediately clear if the priest serves at a parish in that area, and the priest has yet to be identified. Lower Burrell is about 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh and is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg.

Shapiro says the arrest being announced Monday is part "of a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests." Sharpiro says he'll ask the public for more help in identifying alleged abusers and their victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Priest charged with sexual abuse in Westmoreland

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

BRIAN C. RITTMEYER | Monday, July 24, 2017

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will announce sexual abuse charges Monday against a priest in Westmoreland County.

The announcement will be made at 4 p.m. at Leechburg Road and Park Drive in Lower Burrell near St. Margaret Mary Church.

The attorney general's office has yet to release the priest's name, and St. Margaret Mary was not identified in a media advisory issued Monday morning.

The charges stem from a broader investigation into sexual abuse by priests, the advisory states.

Joe Grace, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, would not answer questions, including about the identity of the priest or the location of the announcement and if St. Margaret Mary was involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Müller kritisiert Spekulationen um sein Amtsende

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

[Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig criticized an ideological instrumentalization of his departure from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was wrong "to divide the church, so to speak, into two ideological wings and invest its own energy in the fact that the one overcomes the other," he told the Würzburger newspaper "Die Tagespost" on Friday. "We are Catholic and there are not conservative and progressive truths." The reports on the end of his term were thus "instrumentally assured by various sides".]

Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig hat eine ideologische Instrumentalisierung seines Ausscheidens aus der Glaubenskongregation kritisiert. Es sei "falsch, die Kirche sozusagen in zwei ideologische Flügel aufzuteilen und die eigene Energie darin zu investieren, dass der eine den anderen überwindet", sagte er der Würzburger Zeitung "Die Tagespost" am Freitag. "Wir sind katholisch, und es gibt nicht konservative und progressive Wahrheiten". Die Berichte über das Ende seiner Amtszeit seien demnach "von verschiedenen Seiten sicher" instrumentalisiert worden. So verfalle nun ein Teil der Beobachter in Jubel, "weil er die Rolle des Präfekten völlig falsch einschätzt", sagte Müller.

Weiter erklärte der Kardinal, er habe mit seinem Nachfolger als Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation, Kurienerzbischof Luis Ladaria, "in vollkommener Harmonie" zusammengearbeitet. Auch bei der Auslegung des Päpstlichen Schreibens "Amoris laetitia" habe es keinen Dissens zwischen ihnen gegeben, sagte Müller. Der ehemalige Regensburger Bischof war Anfang Juli überraschend bereits nach einer ersten fünfjährigen Amtszeit als Präfekt aus der wichtigsten Kurienbehörde ausgeschieden. Zum Nachfolger hatte Franziskus den bisherigen Sekretär, den aus Spanien stammenden Ladaria, ernannt. In der Folge kam es zu Spekulationen, wonach Müllers Lesart von "Amoris laetitia" Grund für sein Ausscheiden gewesen sein soll.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

"Es gab niemanden, an den sie sich wenden konnten"

DEUTSCHLAND
Spiegel

["There was nobody to turn to." Hundreds of children were victims of physical violence in the Regensburg catspasks; there were also sexual assaults. The abuse commissioner of the federal government explains why enlightenment in the church is so difficult.]

Von Annette Langer

"Liebe, liebe Eltern. Ich habe euch so, so gerne. Bitte, bitte, ich möchte so, so, so gerne nach Hause. Holt mich gleich ab, wenn ihr den Brief gelesen habt und meldet mich beim Herrn Direktor ab, das wäre mein Geburtstagswunsch, aber vergesst den Koffer nicht."

Diese Zeilen stammen aus den Sechzigerjahren, geschrieben von einem Kind aus der Vorschule der Regensburger Domspatzen. Sie werden im Abschlussbericht des Rechtsanwalts Ulrich Weber zitiert, der die jahrzehntelange körperliche und sexuelle Gewalt bei den Domspatzen im Auftrag des Bistums Regensburg untersucht hat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

"Ich suche keinen Kampf mit der katholischen Kirche"

DEUTSCHLAND
Domradio

[The abuse commissioner of the Federal Government, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, insists that victims of abuse be heard. In addition, they would have to be involved in "transparent" rework processes - "whether it is a matter of dealing with acts in the church context, in sport, in a school or in a childhood or youth leisure," Rörig emphasized in an interview with Spiegel On-line.]

Betroffene in Missbrauchsfällen dürfen keine Bittstreller sein, fordert der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig. Der Fall der Regensburger Domspatzen

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, dringt darauf, dass Opfern von Missbrauch zugehört wird. Außerdem müssten sie in Aufarbeitungsprozesse "transparent" einbezogen werden - "ganz gleich, ob es um eine Aufarbeitung von Taten im kirchlichen Kontext, beim Sport, in einer Schule oder bei einer Kinder- und Jugendfreizeit geht", betonte Rörig am Sonntag im Interview mit Spiegel Online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

New victim sues Archdiocese of Ottawa for alleged sexual abuse

CANADA
Ottawa Sun

BY ANDREW DUFFY, POSTMEDIA NETWORK
FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

An Ottawa man has become the latest victim to sue the Archdiocese of Ottawa for sexual abuse that he allegedly suffered at the hands of the city's most notorious Catholic priest, Rev. Dale Crampton.

Robert Sullivan has filed a $2-million damages claim for abuse that he says began when he was just 10 years old.

"No matter how much work I do, and try to forgive, it's still something inside me: It killed part of me," Sullivan, 51, said in an interview with the Sun.

He is the tenth person to come forward through the legal system in the year since the Sun published a series about the dark history of clergy sex abuse in Ottawa.

Three have lodged criminal complaints against Rev. Barry McGrory, 82, a retired priest who is scheduled to stand trial next year on eight charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

„Alle Elemente des gelebten Glaubens sind zusammengebrochen“

ROM
Idea

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller - until the beginning of July Prefect of the Congregation of the Congregation for the Congregation of the Faith - has drawn a dramatic image of Christianity and the Catholic Church in Europe. "All the elements of the faith lived, the popular piety, have collapsed", he said in an interview with the Italian daily "Il Foglio" (issue 21 July). All of Europe is in a "process of forced de-Christianization, which goes far beyond simple secularization."

Rom (idea) – Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller – bis Anfang Juli Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan – hat ein dramatisches Bild des Christentums und der katholischen Kirche in Europa gezeichnet. „Alle Elemente des gelebten Glaubens, der Volksfrömmigkeit, sind zusammengebrochen“, sagte er in einem Interview mit der italienischen Tageszeitung „Il Foglio“ (Ausgabe 21. Juli).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

BRAZILIANS FUNNELED AS "SLAVES" BY US CHURCH, EX-MEMBERS SAY

NORTH CAROLINA
Associated Press

BY MITCH WEISS, HOLBROOK MOHR AND PETER PRENGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders - for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers. Any deviation from the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said, ranging from beatings to shaming from the pulpit.

"They trafficked us up here. They knew what they were doing. They needed labor and we were cheap labor - hell, free labor," Oliveira said.

An Associated Press investigation has found that Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Latin America's largest nation to siphon a steady flow of young laborers who came on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre compound in rural Spindale.

Under U.S. law, visitors on tourist visas are prohibited from performing work for which people normally would be compensated. Those on student visas are allowed some work, under circumstances that were not met at Word of Faith Fellowship, the AP found

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

MICHIGAN PRIEST ACQUITTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING PRIEST

MICHIGAN
Associated Press

ROGERS CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting another priest after a night of drinking in northern Michigan has been found not guilty.

The Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka was acquitted Thursday, the third day of trial in Presque Isle County. Obwaka admits that sexual contact occurred, but he said it was consensual.

The other priest told jurors that he was assaulted in February while visiting Obwaka and spending a night at the rectory at St. Ignatius Church in Rogers City.

The trial witnesses included Gaylord Bishop Steven Raica, who spoke to Obwaka after the other priest said he was assaulted. Raica says Obwaka didn't indicate that any sex was consensual.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

HSE stays silent on concerns over baby homes

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, July 24, 2017

By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The HSE has refused to say why concerns about infant deaths and possible trafficking from Bessborough in Cork and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home were not reported to the then health minister.

The Irish Examiner revealed, in 2015, senior management within the HSE had raised concerns about “shocking” infant mortality rates and possible trafficking of children at both the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home as well as the Tuam home in 2012 — two years before the Tuam babies scandal emerged.

A note of a teleconference call on October 12, 2012, involving then head of the medical intelligence unit, Davida De La Harpe, and then assistant director of Children and Family Service, Phil Garland, revealed management felt what had been discovered in Tuam warranted a state inquiry.

The note concludes by stating, due to the gravity of what was being found, an “early warning letter” be written to the national director of the HSE’s quality and patient safety division, Philip Crowley, suggesting “that this goes all the way up to the minister”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Inquiries should rebuild faith in our institutions, not conveniently kick problems into the long grass

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

JULIET SAMUEL

How far back does accountability stretch? The Bible tells us the sins of the fathers can be visited upon the children even to the third and fourth generation. What if the father isn’t a man, though, but an institution? What if the institutional staff involved in a crime are now dead? The biblical answer being rather frowned upon nowadays, we have developed a new catch-all answer: set up an inquiry.

In the last two weeks, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been holding the first of many hearings to demand answers from institutions suspected of facilitating abuse. Victims involved in the current investigation gave their testimony in February and now, it is the institutions’ turn.

The current investigation – the only one to hold any hearings so far – looks at the child migration programme, a government-sponsored, charitably-run scheme that sent 130,000 British children to far-off Commonwealth countries to live at boarding schools or with adoptive families. In its day, it was supported by royalty and feted for spreading British influence and helping wayward or orphaned youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Norberto Rivera critica a los medios: No todo es trigo bueno, la cizaña aparece sin cesar, dice

MEXICO
Animal Politico

[In criticizing the media, Cardinal Norberto Rivera said Sunday that "in our world, not everything is good wheat, the tares make their appearance without ceasing." Media that should help remove barriers, he said, "often become creators of abysses." In another moment of his homily, in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Rivera said that the media instead of helping human progress have often become weapons against society. His statements come after a report from the newspaper Reforma, dated July 5, which indicated that ex-priests Alberto Athié and José Barba accused Rivera for alleged cover-up of 15 pedophilia priests .The PGR initiated an investigation into the case, with the folder FED / SDHPDSC / UNAI-CDMX / 0000425/2017.]

Al criticar a los medios de comunicación, el cardenal Norberto Rivera dijo este domingo que “en nuestro mundo no todo es trigo bueno, la cizaña hace su aparición sin cesar”.

Medios de comunicación que deberían ayudar a quitar barreras, apuntó, “se convierten con frecuencia en creadores de abismos”.

En otro momento de su homilía, en la Catedral Metropolitana, Rivera dijo que los medios de comunicación, en lugar de ayudar al progreso humano, se han convertido muchas veces en armas contra la sociedad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Critica el cardenal a los medios de comunicación

MEXICO
Periodico Correo

[The primate archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrerea , attacked the media during the mass he offered yesterday in the Metropolitan Cathedral. On June 2, ex-priests Alberto Athié and José Barba filed a complaint with the General Prosecutor of the Republic (PGR) against the cardinal for allegedly protecting 15 priests who sexually abused minors.]

CDMX.- El arzobispo primado de México, el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrerea, arremetió contra los medios de comunicación durante la misa que ofreció ayer en la Catedral Metropolitana.

En la homilía, el arzobispo comparó a los medios de comunicación con la cizaña que crece en los campos de trigo.

“Medios de comunicación que deberían ayudar a quitar barreras se convierten con frecuencia en creadores de abismos”, afirmó, y que en lugar de ayudar al progreso humano, los medios de comunicación se han convertido muchas veces en armas contra la sociedad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Questions multiply by the day in latest Vatican money scandal

VATICAN CITY
Crux

Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Secretary of State under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, has denied rumors of involvement in a scheme to overpay for remodeling on his Vatican apartment in order to benefit an Italian businessman and longtime friend. Meanwhile, questions remain about how the businessman was able to bill two different Vatican departments almost $1 million for the same work, which was never even finished.

A Vatican trial focusing on a financial scandal involving a papally-sponsored hospital, and featuring a powerful cardinal at the heart of the affair, may be on hiatus until early September, but that doesn’t mean questions surrounding the case are taking a vacation.
Instead, they seem to be multiplying almost by the day.

Just in the past week, there have been conflicting reports about whether that cardinal, Italian Tarcisio Bertone, the former Secretary of State under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, did or didn’t provide a previously unknown memo to investigators last November, offering a chronology of his actions in the affair and rejecting any suggestion of involvement in fraud.

Some are also asking question why Bertone was never even a subject of the Vatican investigation, despite long-standing ties to the Italian businessman who benefited from it.

Finally, there are also question marks about how the situation reflects on the broader project of Vatican reform under Pope Francis, at a time when his hand-picked auditor general, Italian Libero Milone, has departed under mysterious circumstances, and his pick to head the new Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, is home in Australia facing sexual abuse charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

'An apology after death is no apology at all,' says lawyer for N.L. residential school sur

CANADA
CBC News

By Mark Quinn, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2017

A federal government apology to Newfoundland and Labrador residential school survivors is long overdue, according to a lawyer who represented almost a thousand of them in a class-action lawsuit settled last year.

"The judge and all of the lawyers in this case recognize the general urgency to get this thing done. We learn of people within the class dying almost on a daily basis," said Steven Cooper, a lawyer with the law firm Cooper Regel.

One class member who died recently is Inuk Nicky Obed. When he spoke to CBC news in 2015, the nine-year court battle to reach a settlement hadn't ended yet.

At the time, Obed said Newfoundland and Labrador residential survivors like him, who had suffered sexual abuse and lost their indigenous languages and cultures, wanted an apology more than compensation for their suffering.

Denuncian intento de abuso de un cura a dos menores

ARGENTINA
Elancasti

[A priest in the northern part of the capital city is alleged to have sexually abused two children, whom he had tried to kiss. Two mothers filed the complaint in the Judicial Unit 8.]

n sacerdote fue denunciado por supuesto caso de abuso sexual a dos menores, a las que habría intentado besar, en la zona norte de la ciudad Capital.

Dos mamás radicaron la denuncia en la Unidad Judicial 8 y aseguraron que el sacerdote fue el autor del intento de ultraje.

El caso se conoció en las últimas horas y la investigación de los hechos fue girada a la Fiscalía que corresponde en relación con las fechas del hecho.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

George Pell to front court over abuse charges

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

July 24, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Cardinal George Pell will appear in person in a Melbourne court this week for a filing hearing on historical sexual abuse charges.

Cardinal Pell, who does not have to appear, has decided to travel to Melbourne to appear on Wednesday before a magistrate in a case that will attract world interest.

The appearance will come after months of speculation about whether or not he would appear or, indeed, whether he would leave Rome.

The appearance has created a logistical nightmare for court officials with what is expected to be unprecedented interest.

Cardinal Pell stressed last month that he is innocent of charges of historical sex abuse and that he had taken leave from his Vatican post to fight what were multiple charges allegedly committed against multiple people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

All roads lead to William St: World awaits Cardinal George Pell's day in court

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Adam Cooper

He is one of the highest ranking officials in the Catholic Church, but Cardinal George Pell could find himself rubbing shoulders with drink-drivers, drug users and other accused criminals when he attends court for the first time to answer to historical sex charges.

Melbourne Magistrates Court maintains it will take a business as usual approach to the high-profile case, which means Cardinal Pell could join the queue of accused criminals, solicitors and police waiting to get into the court on Wednesday morning.

Fairfax Media understands the Cardinal will be there on Wednesday morning.

A court spokeswoman confirmed the Cardinal would be required to enter the building through the front door, be scanned by security staff, sit in general seating and have his name read on the daily list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Boy Scouts seeks dismissal of clergy sex abuse cases in local court

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

A 2016 Guam law does not allow the Boy Scouts of America to be retroactively sued for alleged child sexual abuse, its attorney stated in documents filed in the Superior Court of Guam.

"The court should dismiss with prejudice all claims against BSA and Aloha Council," Boy Scouts attorney Patrick Civille said in a July 14 motion to dismiss.

Civille stated the 2016 law retroactively lifted the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases, but only for cases against the alleged abusers. He said the laws does not allow cases to be filed against third parties or institutions, such as the Boy Scouts, that are associated with the alleged abusers.

Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, who also was a scoutmaster, allegedly sexually abused minor boy scouts during scouting activities and on parish grounds, dozens of lawsuits filed in local and federal court state. Most of the cases accusing Brouillard list the Boy Scouts, its Aloha Council Chamorro District and the Archdiocese of Agana as defendants. Four of those cases name only the church, and not the Boy Scouts as defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

"It killed part of me," clergy abuse victim says

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa man has become the latest victim to sue the Archdiocese of Ottawa for sexual abuse that he allegedly suffered at the hands of the city’s most notorious Catholic priest, Rev. Dale Crampton.

Robert Sullivan has filed a $2-million damages claim for abuse that he says began when he was just 10 years old.

“No matter how much work I do, and try to forgive, it’s still something inside me: It killed part of me,” Sullivan, 51, said in an interview with the Citizen.

He is the tenth person to come forward through the legal system in the year since the Citizen published a series about the dark history of clergy sex abuse in Ottawa.

Three have lodged criminal complaints against Rev. Barry McGrory, 82, a retired priest who is scheduled to stand trial next year on eight charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

July 23, 2017

Tutto tace sui preti pedofili, così il demone celebra messa. In tre anni la commissione vaticana ha fatto poco

ITALIA
La Notizia

[The state is silent. The Vatican hides. And in the end the demon remains in the house and in the church. The abuse of minors perpetrated by the priests are a problem of little talk, except when the media breaks a major case. There is the scary case of the 547 children abused in Regensburg but the dioceses are full of pedophile priests and "burial" bishops. In Italy a check back 15 years showed only 132 convictions and more than 100 priests have been investigated, according to Francesco Zanardi, president of Rete L'Abuso. He said these figures obviously are only a partial counting of abuse cases.]

.eicase breaks down, all faithful and non-ecclesiastical and laity, in front of a cross that state and church should take charge of. Yeah, because there is not only the scary case of the 547 abused children in Regensburg: the dioceses are full of pedophile priests and "burial" bishops. Suffice it: "We went back to 15 years and we rebuilt, only in Italy, 132 convictions definitively and over a hundred priests investigated at present", says Francesco Zanardi , president of the association L'Abuso , which for years has Occupies the phenomenon. "However, the figure is obviously partial",

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Obwaka to remain on administrative leave

MICHIGAN
The Alpena News

Following Thursday’s not guilty verdict in the charges against Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, the Diocese of Gaylord issued a statement saying Obwaka will remain on will remain on administrative leave from his priestly assignments while the diocese addresses any ecclesial issues that may exist.

“These past months have been extremely painful and difficult for everyone involved,” Candace Neff, director of communications for the Diocese of Gaylord, stated in a press release. “While (Thursday’s) verdict begins the path toward closure, healing will take time, patience and grace. The diocese will be doing all we can to help facilitate that.”

Rev. Joseph Muszkiewicz will continue as temporary administrator for St. Ignatius parish and, in collaboration with parish staff and leadership, will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the parish. Rev. James Fitzpatrick will continue serving as sacramental minister.

“This has indeed been a very sad time in our history,” Bishop Steven J. Raica said. “Yet, even in times of tribulation, we know we do not walk alone. Christ walks with us. I am so thankful for the expressions of support and for the many prayers that have been offered for our priests, parishes and the diocese during this time. I ask for continued prayers for everyone involved as we move forward and, together, let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

‘It’s evil’: Woman was raped repeatedly every single day by pastor husband and her own son won’t speak to her until she repents

AUSTRALIA
Crime Online

by Lawrence Bonk
July 23, 2017

An Australian court has convicted a pastor of repeatedly raping his wife and he is serving five years in prison, as reported by Daily Mail.

Larry Harris is involved in a denomination of the Baptist church that preaches women must submit to anything their husband demands. As such, Joy Harris said she was raped multiple times a day for decades.

“He thought the more times a day he had it the more of a man he was. It got up to six or seven times a day,” she told 60 Minutes.

Larry, an American who moved to Australia in 1994, preached on behalf of Valley Forge Baptist Church, a church that some former members have likened to a cult, according to Daily Mail.

Joy Harris is finally free from her daily abuse, but her own son, who was raised with the same doctrine, has turned his back on her. According to Joy Harris, he will not speak to her until she repents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

'She was a sex slave': Wife of preacher reveals horrific torture at hands of her husband

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Liz Little
Jul 23, 2017

The wife of a radical Australian preacher has broken her silence for the first time on the horrific abuse she suffered for years at the hands of her cruel husband.

But Joy Harris, 63, revealed the most devastating aspect of her ordeal was being shunned by her own son – an Independent Baptist pastor like his Dad – because he blamed her for his father’s evil actions.

“I’m totally heartbroken. He hasn’t even let me see his children, because I have to repent first.”

Speaking in a 60 Minutes exclusive, the Cairns grandmother said she had been raped up to seven time a day by her husband, Pastor Larry Harris.

“He thought the more times a day he could have it, the more of a man he was. He would get up to 6, 7 times a day and he didn’t care if it caused me pain,” she told reporter Liam Bartlett.

Pastor Harris pleaded guilty to two counts of rape in Queensland in January, however Joy will seek to have him charged in New South Wales, where the majority of abuse allegedly occurred, when he is released.

Joy told Bartlett any sense of justice will be forever overshadowed because her son Kevin, who leads the Illawarra Community Baptist Church in Dapto, has turned his back on her for speaking out against the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Child abusers should be listed on a centralised register - Church commission head

MALTA
Sunday Times of Malta

Sunday, July 23, 2017 by Ivan Martin

Sexual offenders could be slipping through the net in the absence of a centralised register accessible by different entities, the head of the Church’s Safeguarding Commission has warned.

Andrew Azzopardi told The Sunday Times of Malta that the only way for an offender to end up on the official register, which bars them from working with children, was for victims to brave court proceedings – something most were reluctant to do.

Even once this was done, it was at the magistrate’s discretion to decide whether or not to add offenders to the list.

“The problem is that we have victims who don’t want to go to the police and don’t want the matter to end up in court. In fact, most of those who come forward to us don’t want to go to court,” Mr Azzopardi said.

Victims, he added, were reluctant to go through legal proceedings as they often wound up in the news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Human remains fears raised over Bessborough House sale

IRELAND
The Times

Justine McCarthy
July 23 2017
The Sunday Times

Katherine Zappone, the children’s minister, has contacted the Mother and Baby Homes Commission about the sale of Bessborough House in Cork, over concerns about the consequences for human remains buried there.

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are selling the house, which was once Ireland’s biggest mother and baby home. A 2012 report prepared for the McAleese inquiry into Magdalene laundries said a “shocking” number of children died in the institution in the mid-20th century. Bessborough’s records show, on average, 25 children a year died there in 1934-1953. Campaigners want the sale to be stopped.

“I share the concerns about recent reports of the redevelopment of the Bessborough site and its effect on possible burials on the grounds, or access to the burial garden,” said Zappone.

“The commission has been tasked with examining the burial arrangements in respect of Bessborough. It will consider available records and witness testimony. It has all the necessary legal powers to facilitate its investigations,” she added.

“It is for the commission to decide on the necessity for any further investigation it may deem necessary to enable it to establish the facts on these questions.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Catholic parishes to pay higher fees

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

To help Guam's Catholic Church correct past financial mismanagement, pay debts and properly fund chancery operations, village parishes will see an average of 186-percent increases in assessment fees.

This means up to a 1,146-percent hike for the Maina parish, for example, which used to pay only $107.82, church data shows.

The Dededo parish, the biggest, will be assessed $10,763.45 instead of the $5,481.26 imposed six years ago, or an increase of 96 percent.

The parish was only making $4,603.95 in actual payments, archdiocese data shows.

The proposed assessment for each of the Catholic Church's 25 parishes, excluding the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagåtña, was published in the July 16 issue of the archdiocese's weekly newspaper, Umatuna Si Yu'os.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Former altar boy alleges abuse by choir director, sues Portland church for $3.1 million

OREGON
The Oregonian

July 21, 2017

By Everton Bailey Jr. ebailey@oregonian.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive

A former Northeast Portland church altar boy and choir member is suing the parish for $3.1 million, claiming he was repeatedly sexually abused by a choir director in the early 1960s on church grounds and nothing was done to stop the abuse.

The Portland man, now in his late 60s and identified in the suit as M.W.R., is alleging battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress against St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. The lawsuit accuses former choir director Jay Shisler of befriending and grooming M.W.R. when he was 11 and 12 years old and later kissing, sexually touching and sexually abusing him.

The lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday, and M.W.R. is being represented by attorneys Barbara Long and Randall Vogt.

The church rector, the Rev. Christopher Craun, declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday because she wasn't aware of the allegations and hadn't seen the lawsuit.

Shisler died in 2001 at age 60.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Kinder in der Kirche schlagen

DEUTSCHLAND
Pro

[The harm which priests, teachers, and educators have given to the image of the church and of trust may be irreparable to many. And who says, "The time back then was so," does not make the behavior better. "My happy childhood ended when my parents left me at the boarding school in Etterzhausen on the first day of class 3," one of the victims is quoted in the report, which was published on Tuesday.]

Wieder kommt heraus, dass Kirchenangehörige Menschen das Leben zur Hölle gemacht haben. In dem Abschlussbericht zu den Missbrauchsfällen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen ist von mindestens 500 Schülern die Rede, die zwischen 1945 und den 90er Jahren geschlagen wurden. 67 wurden Opfer sexueller Gewalt. Ein Kommentar von Jörn Schumacher

Der Schaden, den Priester, Lehrer und Erzieher dem kindlichen Bild von Kirche und von Vertrauen zugefügt haben, dürfte bei vielen irreparabel sein. Und wer sagt: „Die Zeit damals war nun mal so“, macht das Verhalten nicht besser. „Meine fröhliche Kindheit endete, als meine Eltern mich am ersten Schultag der 3. Klasse in dem Internat in Etterzhausen zurückließen“, wird eines der Opfer in dem Bericht, der am Dienstag veröffentlicht wurde, zitiert. Von da an hätten die Erzieher „uneingeschränkt Gott“ gespielt. „Angst ist bis heute mein ständiger Begleiter“, heißt es weiter. Mit dem Siegelring haben Kirchenangehörige Kinder blutig geschlagen. Etwa wenn ein Junge beim Gottesdienst stolperte. So ein Siegel-Ring gilt in der Katholischen Kirche übrigens - ähnlich einem Ehering - als Zeichen der Treue zur Kirche.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Voderholzer zeigt sich entsetzt

DEUTSCHLAND
BR

[Bishop Voderholzer of Regensburg said he is horrified by what is contained in the report on abuse at the Domspatzen choir.]

"All das macht mich zutiefst zerknirscht und erfüllt mich mit Scham," schreibt der Regensburger Bischof Voderholzer in einem Hirtenwort zu den Übergriffen bei den Domspatzen. Den Opfern verspricht Voderholzer Hilfe.

Voderholzers Hirtenwort wurde am Wochenende in den Gemeinden des Bistums verlesen. Der Bischof schreibt, dass er bei dem, was die Betroffenen schildern, "Entsetzen und Betroffenheit" spüre. Er könne deshalb nur in Demut um Entschuldigung bitten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Bischof Voderholzer entschuldigt sich

DEUTSCHLAND
Mittelbayerische

[Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, the Regensburg bishop, dealed with the Domspatzen final report this Sunday in his pastoral letter and said he was horrified. Voderholzer said "Whoever reads these descriptions can only feel horror and sorrow." It is deeply distasteful and fills him with shame. He says further. "Dear fellow Christians, in the face of the above descriptions, I can only apologize in humility," the bishop said."

Von Dagmar Unrecht, MZ

REGENSBURG.Der Regensburger Bischof Rudolf Voderholzer hat sich in seinem Hirtenwort von diesem Sonntag mit dem Domspatzen-Abschlussbericht beschäftigt und sich entsetzt gezeigt. Zu den geschilderten Berichten der Betroffenen sagte Voderholzer: „Wer diese Schilderungen liest, kann nur Entsetzen und Betroffenheit spüren.“ Es mache ihn zutiefst zerknirscht und erfülle ihn mit Scham, heißt es in dem Hirtenwort weiter. „Liebe Mitchristen, angesichts der obigen Schilderungen kann ich nur in Demut um Entschuldigung bitten“, so der Bischof. Darüber hinaus dankte er Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber und sagte, es sei ein „sehr umfassendes, reich differenziertes und vor allem unabhängiges Werk“ entstanden.

Lesen Sie hier das gesamte Hirtenwort des Bischofs im Wortlaut.

Voderholzer zitiert Müller

Bischof Voderholzer zitiert in seinem Hirtenwort auch eine Aussage seines Vorgängers, des heutigen Kardinals Gerhard Ludwig Müller, aus dem Jahr 2010: „Den Opfern dieser Zeit, aber auch allen, die sich heute erst melden, gilt unser tiefes Mitgefühl. Ihrer Ehre und Würde schulden wir, dass ihnen Gerechtigkeit widerfährt.“ Müller stand fünf Jahre der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan vor, die auch für die Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen zuständig ist. Papst Franziskus hatte Müllers Amt Anfang Juli überraschend nicht verlängert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Cartas revelan el horror de los abusos en el Newman

ARGENTINA
Perfil

[The sexual abuse scandal at Mauricio Macri's school does not stop. After the complaint made by a former student against the priest Alfredo Mac Conastair, PERFIL received the letters written by three of the alleged 22 victims in which they revealed the sufferings of more than forty years ago.]

.Nadia Galán

El escándalo por los abusos sexuales en el colegio de Mauricio Macri no se detiene. Después de la denuncia realizada por un ex alumno del Cardenal Newman contra el cura Alfredo Mac Conastair, PERFIL accedió a las cartas que escribieron tres de las supuestas 22 víctimas, en las que cuentan con lujo de detalles los padecimientos que sufrieron hace más de cuarenta años.

Rufino Varela (52) fue el primer ex alumno que se animó a dar la cara y denunciar los ataques sufridos cuando era niño. A partir de la difusión de su historia, las autoridades del Newman “pidieron perdón sin reservas a todas las víctimas” (ver aparte).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Legal experts forecast prosecutors’ objectives in launch of St. Paul’s probe

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By ALYSSA DANDREA
Monitor staff
Sunday, July 23, 2017

The attorney general’s launch of a criminal investigation into St. Paul’s School’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations over several decades is an uncommon move in New Hampshire that could require the school to make significant cultural changes, legal experts say.

The probe, announced 10 days ago, has put the elite boarding school under a microscope, as investigators work to determine what school officials knew about sexual misconduct by both staff members and students, when they knew about it, and how they responded to it.

While criminal investigations into specific incidents of sexual assault and abuse are commonplace at educational institutions, the attorney general’s probe into St. Paul’s will chart new territory.

Legal experts said the nature and scope of this probe is unusual, noting that they could draw similarities only to the attorney general’s criminal investigation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester in the early 2000s. But even then, they cautioned, the global reach and influence of the Catholic church created a far different set of circumstances for investigators than that of a single – although prominent – boarding school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Brendan Smyth's evil deeds can never be forgotten

IRELAND
Irish Independent

On the 20th anniversary of the serial abuser's admission of his crimes, Liam Collins retraces the scandal that shook Ireland to the top

Liam Collins
July 23 2017

It is high summer in Kilnacrott, Co Cavan. Not even the ominous evergreen trees that surround the one-time Norbertine house and its small graveyard can darken this glorious summer's day.

On a country road near the village of Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, there is a grotto to the left of the entrance gates, but the statue of the Virgin Mary has been "removed for maintenance" and a sign declares that this is now a 'Soul Sanctuary.' Ignoring a garish blue sign tacked to one of the trees declaring 'Private Grounds', I cross a stile and walk up the pathway to where the most notorious paedophile in the Irish Catholic church's sorry history of abuse is buried.

Apart from the distant drone of a tractor saving hay, there is a stillness and silence that belies the harsh reality of one man's notorious life.

Can you feel evil?

Not on the short walk from the gate to the graveside.

To the left, is the large modern complex bearing a white cross that the priests deserted in 2015, leaving the building now known as Holy Trinity Abbey and, to the right, a rectangular formation of graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

July 22, 2017

Question, find and publish the truth: motto of a Spotlight reporter

INDIA
Mint on Suday

Vidhi Choudhary

Michael Rezendes is a Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter on The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. In over two decades with the Globe, he has worked as a reporter and editor, covering presidential, state and local politics. In 2003, Rezendes did a story that revealed the cover up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, chronicled in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight.

On his maiden visit to India, Rezendes spoke at The Media Rumble, a news media conference organized by Newslaundry. In an interview to Mint on the sidelines of the event, Rezendes talked about the need to fund investigative media outlets and the financial difficulties news organizations face today. His advice to other journalists: question the truth, find the truth and publish the truth.

Edited excerpts from the interview:

What’s the biggest change that you’ve seen in the US journalism landscape over the last 5-10 years?

I’ve seen a very terrible, discouraging financial weakening of most news organizations in the United States. Most traditional news organizations... are cutting their staff, city halls are not being covered, state houses and courts are not being covered. I think because the revenue model has been destroyed by the internet, basic accountability journalism is not happening in cities all across America and I think its very troubling.

What could address this financial weakening?

I think there is going to be a new financial model that will evolve or maybe there’ll be several that evolve. I’m very interested in the non-profit model right now. There are some non-profit organizations in the United States that are doing very well. Pro Publica, the Centre for Investigative Reporting and the Centre for Public Integrity. These are all news organizations that exist with donations and they are doing very well and producing great work. ...

The expose of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was the biggest story of your career. Personally, what stays with you?

Always question authority.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Sylvia Demarest’s Gift of Disturbing Data

TEXAS
The Texas Law Journal

'Wake up the Pope': The North Texas verdict that shook the Catholic Church two decades ago - WFAA

By Bruce Tomaso

(July 20) – After the Rudy Kos case, plaintiffs’ attorney Sylvia Demarest went on to represent another dozen or so victims of sexual abuse in lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

She could have kept that lucrative practice going forever; with thousands of priests accused of having molested children, there was no shortage of potential clients.

But in 2004, Demarest retired from active litigation. She’d had enough.

“After a while, I just couldn’t take another abuse case,” she said. “There’s only so much sadness and suffering you can tolerate.

“Emotionally, it took a toll. I went all in for my clients. It took me a long time to move beyond what had happened to them—what their church allowed to happen to them.”

The Dallas lawyer found a way for her work to live on: She donated a trove of records she’d collected over 11 years—information on 2,600 priests accused of pedophilia, plus her litigation files from the Kos case and others—to BishopAccountability.org, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit project dedicated to documenting the Catholic crisis.

Today, that database, augmented by records from other sources, is online and accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

“What Sylvia did was momentous. She was a visionary,” said Terry McKiernan, a co-director of BishopAccountability.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

'Wake up the Pope': The North Texas verdict that shook the Catholic Church two decades ago

TEXAS
WFAA

Sylvia Demarest’s Gift of Disturbing Data - The Texas Law Book

TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, AN EXTRAORDINARY TRIAL TOOK PLACE IN A DALLAS COUNTY COURT. IT PITTED 10 YOUNG MEN AND THE FAMILY OF ANOTHER AGAINST THE DALLAS CATHOLIC DIOCESE. THIS SPECIAL REPORT TELLS THE STORY OF THE TRIAL OF RUDY KOS, A REMARKABLE AND HISTORIC TALE OF COURTROOM JUSTICE.

Bruce Tomaso, The Texas Lawbook

Editor’s note: The following article contains sexually explicit references.

A dozen jurors walked into a Dallas courtroom two decades ago to deliver their verdict. For more than two months, they listened to graphic, horrifying testimony about a pedophile priest who preyed on young boys for years.

Witness after witness told their detailed stories of sexual abuse that stretched years by Rudy Kos, a long-time priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Even lawyers for the church and its bishop provided evidence against the priestly pervert in their own ranks.

Twenty years ago this month, the 12 Texas jurors issued a decision that rocked the very foundation of the church. They decreed that the church itself had sinned – that church leaders were grossly negligent because they knew about the sexual abuse but did nothing to stop it.

The jury ruled that the Catholic Diocese engaged in fraud and conspiracy to hide the crimes of Kos from the public, from law enforcement and even from parishioners. The jury awarded a historic and unprecedented $119.6 million to 10 young men who had been repeatedly molested as children by Kos. An 11th plaintiff had killed himself prior to trial.

In an extraordinary move, the jurors wrote a letter to the diocese, which they read in open court after their verdict was rendered. The letter urged church leaders to change their policies on dealing with reports of child abuse.

“Please admit your guilt,” the jurors said, “and allow these young men to get on with their lives.”

“We asked this jury to speak to the world, and they have done that,” Dallas lawyer Windle Turley said after the verdict.

Sylvia Demarest, another lawyer involved in the case, told reporters, “I hope they wake up the pope with this verdict.”

The diocese, claiming the jury’s judgment would plunge it into bankruptcy, settled with the plaintiffs for $30.9 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Child abuse claims: Rules change will put responsibility on organisations

AUSTRALIA
The Sunday Telegraph

LINDA SILMALIS, chief reporter, The Sunday Telegraph

ORGANISATIONS responsible for children would no longer be able to sidestep child abuse claims by shifting blame on to individuals under major changes being considered by the state government.

The introduction of “non-delegable” duty of care would apply to religious organisations, out-of-home care facilities, juvenile detention centres, day and boarding schools, early childhood education, long daycare, family daycare, outside school hours services and preschool programs.

The institutions would be ­liable for the actions of “everyone” associated with them.

The onus of proof for child abuse claims would also be ­reversed, with liability hinging on an institution proving that it took “reasonable steps” to prevent the crimes.

And churches and other religious bodies with members ­accused of child abuse would no longer be able to avoid being sued as a result of being an “unincorporated association”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Tasmania’s Anglican Church frustrated with inquiry delays

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

CHRIS PIPPOS, Sunday Tasmanian

TASMANIA’S Anglican Church hierarchy has aired its frustrations over delays into the internal investigation of a former bishop who allegedly allowed a paedophile to remain in the church.

Anglican Church Vicar General Chris Jones said he “absolutely” understood the frustration felt by victims about the slow progress of the review into findings involving former Tasmanian Bishop Phillip Newell, adding the matter was “with the lawyers”.

“We want this sorted,” Dr Jones said.

“I think it’s really important for our commitment to survivors that we can conclude this matter.’’

In February, a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse report found evidence that now-retired Bishop Newell was made aware in 1987 that now-convicted paedophile Louis Daniels, involved with the Church of England Boy’s Society, had sexually abused three boys, then was later promoted within the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

El ático del cardenal Bertone se pagó con fondos de un hospital infantil

ROMA
El Pais

[Money was diverted from the Bambino Geso children's hospital to pay for renovations to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's apartment.]

DANIEL VERDÚ

Roma 13 JUL 2017

El ático tenía más de 300 metros cuadrados y una magnífica terraza de otros 100. El todopoderoso cardenal Tarcisio Bertone, secretario de Estado del Vaticano con Benedicto XVI (cargo similar al de un primer ministro) trasladó ahí su residencia y quiso reformarlo, aunque la idea fuese a costar algunos cientos de miles de euros. Más allá de la escandalosa cifra, el problema es que parte de ese dinero, como quedó demostrado, se obtuvo de los fondos del hospital para niños del Vaticano Bambino Gesù. Su antiguo presidente, Giuseppe Profiti, y el extesorero, Massimo Spina, serán juzgados ahora por un tribunal del Vaticano por malversación. Bertone, que sigue viviendo en el famoso ático, a 50 metros de la mucho más modesta residencia del Papa, no se sentará en el banquillo. La gran incógnita es si durante el proceso será llamado a declarar como testigo.

El baile de cifras que rodeó al polémico ático —dos apartamentos unidos para él y las tres monjas que le acompañan— fue el primer síntoma de los desmanes que durante un tiempo se produjeron en el Vaticano. Primero se supo que la aventura inmobiliaria había costado unos 150.000 euros, dinero que el propio Bertone —quizá empujado por el papa Francisco— restituyó al hospital cuando trascendió el escándalo. Posteriormente, Bertone aseguró que también había puesto otros 300.000 euros de su bolsillo y finalmente trascendió que lo que desembolsó el centro médico fueron 442.000 euros. Entre unas cosas y otras —se habló de un equipo de música de 18.000 euros, mármoles de lujo y suelos de roble— la factura que cobró la sociedad radicada en Londres de un constructor italiano en bancarrota, muy cercano al propio Bertone, salió por 792.544 euros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Sacerdote es condenado por abuso sexual en Chile

CHILE
ACI Prensa

[Priest condemned for sexual abuse in Chile: The 14th Court of Guarantee of Santiago de Chile declared the priest and former vice-rector of the National Sanctuary of Maipú, Fr. Rodrigo Gajardo, to be guilty of sexual abuse.]

SANTIAGO, 19 Jul. 17 / 07:43 pm (ACI).- El 14° Juzgado de Garantía de Santiago de Chile declaró culpable de abuso sexual al sacerdote y ex vicerrector del Santuario Nacional de Maipú, P. Rodrigo Gajardo.

El sacerdote reconoció su responsabilidad en el hecho y fue condenado a la pena de “61 días de presidio menor en su grado mínimo y a la suspensión de cargo u oficio público durante el tiempo de la condena”, según señala el fallo del 27 de junio de la magistrada Claudia Santos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Abusi sessuali su un ragazzino Un altro parroco sotto processo

ITALIA
Rete L'Abuso

[A judge investigates a teacher for child abuse at a school of the Legionaries of Christ in Boadilla.]

Era responsabile di una parrocchia a Monselice. L’intervento del vescovo e la «sospensione»

PADOVA Doveva essere un luogo sicuro, uno di quei posti in cui poter mandare tranquillamente i propri figli, convinti che lì non sarebbe potuto succedere loro nulla di male. E invece quella canonica, tra paramenti sacri e incensi, si è trasformata in un luogo da evitare, così come il padrone di casa. Perché il parroco ora si ritrova bollato di un’accusa pesantissima, violenza sessuale su un minore, un suo parrocchiano, e per questo sta affrontando davanti al giudice per le udienze preliminari di Padova, Margherita Brunello, un processo in abbreviato. A finire sotto inchiesta è un giovane prete che, fino a qualche tempo fa, era il titolare di una delle parrocchie di Monselice. Così come pure di Monselice è quella che sarebbe la sua vittima, un ragazzo quindicenne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Die sündige Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutschlandfunk

[The sinful church: The public pressure on the abuses in the Catholic Church should have to continue, commented Joachim Frank in the Dlf: Otherwise, those who still had not understood anything would get the upper hand - like the former prefect of the Congregation for the Congregation of the Faith Gerhard Müller.]

Der öffentliche Druck zu den Missbräuchen in der katholischen Kirche müssten, anhalten, kommentierte Joachim Frank im Dlf: Ansonsten würden diejenigen, die immer noch nichts verstanden hätten, wieder Oberwasser bekommen - wie etwa der ehemalige Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation Gerhard Müller.

Von Joachim Frank

Destruktiv, zerstörerisch war die katholische Kirche lange genug. Die Seelen ungezählter Kinder und Jugendlicher hat sie zerstört. Nein, nicht die Kirche als Ganzes. Wohl aber all jene Priester, Ordensleute, Seelsorger, die sich an Schutzbefohlenen vergingen, sie schlugen, misshandelten, sexuell missbrauchten.

Und die Kirchenoberen, die wegschauten, abwiegelten, sich um die Täter sorgten, noch mehr aber um die heilige Kirche. Das alles hatte System: Institutionenschutz vor Opferschutz. Schon deshalb ist es falsch und gefährlich, die Vergehen auf Einzelfälle und individuelles moralisches Versagen zu reduzieren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Domspatzen: Zweierlei Maß bei Berichterstattung

VATICAN/DEUTSCHLAND
Vatikan Radio

[A sharp criticism of the media coverage on the fall of the Regensburger Domspatzen comes from the Vatican medium Osservatore Romano. The recently released final report on the scandal had aroused great interest in the Italian media. In an editorial of this Saturday the author writes Luccetta Scaraffia that it is measured in the distribution of news "with two dimensions".]

Scharfe Kritik an der Medienberichterstattung zum Fall der Regensburger Domspatzen kommt vom vatikanischen Medium Osservatore Romano. Der kürzlich veröffentlichte Abschlussbericht zu dem Skandal hatte in den italienischen Medien großes Aufsehen erregt. In einem Leitartikel von diesem Samstag schreibt die Autorin Lucetta Scaraffia, es werde bei der Verbreitung von Nachrichten offensichtlich „mit zweierlei Maß“ gemessen. Denn während beispielsweise Praktiken von sexistischen und körperlich wie seelisch verletzenden Initiationsriten in einer römischen Kaserne aus den 1980er Jahren, die vor einigen Tagen bekannt geworden waren, keinerlei öffentliche Empörung oder größeres Medienecho ausgelöst hätten, sei der Missbrauch im Kinderchor der Domspatzen auf reißerische und tendenziöse Weise durch die Medien gegangen. In den Berichten sei teilweise sogar der Eindruck entstanden, es handele sich um 547 Fälle von schwerem sexuellen Missbrauch der Chorknaben. Außerdem wurde verschwiegen, dass der Abschlussbericht zur Aufklärung der Fälle von der Diözese selbst in Auftrag gegeben worden war, um „den Gerüchten und Anzeigen zu diesem Skandal auf den Grund zu gehen“, wie Scaraffia schreibt. Die Autorin ist Historikerin und Mitglied des italienischen Komitees für Bioethik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Vom Scheiterhaufen zum Schweigegebot

DEUTSCHLAND
Domradio

[From the pyre to the silence. The Congregation of the Inquisition - formerly called the Holy Office and now as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - is the oldest authority of the Holy See. Since its foundation 475 years ago, it has experienced a changing history and continuous development of its tasks.

Die Kongregation der Inquisition ist die älteste Behörde des Heiligen Stuhls. Seit ihrer Gründung vor 475 Jahren hat sie eine wechselvolle Geschichte und ständige Weiterentwicklung ihrer Aufgaben erlebt.

Sie ist die älteste der neun vatikanischen Kongregationen. Am 21. Juli 1542 unter Papst Paul III. (1534-49) als "Kongregation der Römischen und Universalen Inquisition" gegründet, war sie lange Zeit die oberste, aber auch die am meisten gefürchtete Behörde des Heiligen Stuhls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Ex-Aurora priest charged with sex abuse avoids deportation

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

Hannah Leone
Aurora Beacon-News

A former Aurora priest charged with sexually abusing two young girls at their Catholic church appears to have eluded deportation to his native Colombia — for now.

Alfredo Pedraza Arias entered a courtroom late Friday morning in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and left in the custody of the Kane County judicial center in St. Charles.

A June 14 deportation order signed by a federal immigration judge cast uncertainty on whether Arias, 50, would be in the U.S. when his felony trial on the sexual abuse charges was scheduled to begin July 31. The case has been continued, however, with no new trial date set.

On Friday, Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson remanded Arias to the county judicial center's custody based on a bond increase ordered earlier this month. That change stipulates that he must post 10 percent toward an additional $100,000 in bail in order to be re-released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Church cuts ties with sex victims on insurer's advice, claims report

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

Martin Evans, crime correspondent
22 JULY 2017

The Church of England withdrew support for sex abuse victims on the advice of its insurers, it has been claimed.

Officials allegedly severed ties with victims who had suffered at the hands of clergy, once compensation had been paid.

One sex abuse victim, who was paid £35,000 in compensation after being raped in the 1970s by a member of the clergy, claimed he was cut adrift once the payment had been made and blamed the church's insurers, Ecclesiastical.

An independent review into the case stated that the insurer's advice had "directly conflicted" with the pastoral and compassionate responsibilities of the church, adding that "financial interests were allowed to impact practice".

The findings of the review, conducted by Ian Elliot, a child safeguarding specialist, were accepted in full by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES A "PARADISE FOR PEDOPHILES": REPORT

NETHERLANDS
NL Times

[Kinderen Jehova’s slecht beschermd tegen misbruik - Trouw]

[Ouderling is rechercheur, rechter én psycholoog - Trouw]

By Janene Pieters on July 21, 2017

Children of Jehovah's Witnesses are easy targets for pedophiles, newspaper Trouw reports after speaking to victims, members and ex-members of the Jehovah's Witnesses. One victim called the Christian society a "paradise for pedophiles".

The victims Trouw spoke to were abused in the 80s and 90s. But according to the victims and others involved, abuse is still happening. The Netherlands counts about 30 thousand Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands follow the international guidelines of the organization. Their own legal system is above that of international authorities. In the organization, male elders are the judges. According to Trouw, for a conviction in the society, at least two witnesses are needed. This creates a problem as in many child sexual abuse cases, the only witnesses are the victim and the perpetrator. And perpetrators don't tend to testify against themselves.

Perpetrators are also not forced to leave the community, unless he or she shows no regret. Other members are not told about the abuse, because talking about such a case without a conviction is seen as slander.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Mistrial declared in pastor sex abuse case

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

Matthew Glowicki, @MattGlo July 21, 2017

The trial of a former Louisville pastor accused of sexually abusing three young sisters in the 1990s ended abruptly on the second day of testimony.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett declared a mistrial Thursday shortly after one of the now-adult sisters took to the witness stand to testify.

On Wednesday, the first day of evidence in the trial, prosecutors told jurors that 79-year-old Allen Lehmann sexually abused the girls a number of times during the '90s when they made short visits to his home.

Lehmann, who now lives in Indiana, was living in Louisville at the time as pastor at Trinity Chapel Assembly of God church.

The three girls were all under age 15 at the time, according to court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Concord police deny ‘Monitor’s’ records requests on St. Paul’s School

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By ALYSSA DANDREA
Monitor staff
Friday, July 21, 2017

Concord police files requested by the Monitor two months ago are being withheld because of a criminal investigation launched last week by the attorney general into St. Paul’s School.

Concord police Chief Bradley Osgood said in a letter Thursday that the documents are now exempt from disclosure under New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know law in light of the attorney general’s probe into how the elite boarding school responded to cases of sexual misconduct over several decades.

Previously, Osgood said the city needed approximately 60 days to fulfill the Monitor’s May 25 request for all calls for service to St. Paul’s School, and all related offense reports referencing assault crimes at the institution, dating back to 2007. The newspaper also requested all police reports on now-closed sexual assault investigations during the same time frame.

The Monitor filed a second Right-to-Know request June 27 requesting the same type of information and documentation from 2007 to 1987. Police acknowledged receipt of the request, but had not indicated a time frame for completion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Diocese of Gaylord priest found not guilty of sexual assault charges

MICHIGAN
Gaylord Herald Times

Jordan Spence The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY — The Rev. Syvestre Obwaka was found not guilty of two criminal sexual conduct charges on Thursday, following approxmiately two hours of jury deliberation in 53rd Circuit Court. The trial lasted three days.

After the verdicts were read, Obwaka said “Jesus thank you,” as he was embraced by family and friends.

Obwaka was charged on two counts of criminal sexual conduct in February. He was charged with a count of first degree criminal sexual conduct with personal injury and third degree criminal sexual conduct force or coercion.

The alleged victim in the case is a male priest who also is part of the Diocese of Gaylord.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Former North Catholic teacher completes Australia prison sentence for sex abuse

PENNSYLVANIA/AUSTRALIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETER SMITH
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
petersmith@post-gazette.com
JUL 21, 2017

Brother Bernard Hartman, a former teacher at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, is expected to be released from an Australian prison this weekend and return to the United States after completing his two-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three children in that country in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hartman, 77, a member of the Marianist religious order, “will be resident in a non-Marianist facility, specializing in supervision of men with significant personal issues and/or court referrals,” said a statement from the Rev. Martin Solma, provincial for the Marianist Province of the United States. The facility will provide “24/7 supervision,” and he said Hartman would have “no external ministry or freedom of movement.”

Father Solma did not specify where Hartman would live, but he said it would not be in Pennsylvania, where Hartman once taught. Nor, he said, would it be in Ohio, where Hartman lived in a Marianist facility in Dayton between his abrupt removal from North Catholic in 1997 and his extradition to Australia in 2013 to face charges there.

Hartman joined the Marianists in 1958 and was a science teacher. He was not an ordained priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

No statute of limitations on horror of sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Albuquerque Journal

By Diane Dimond / Crime and Justice | Diane@DianeDimond.com
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert cut a pitiful figure this week as he left a federal prison in Minnesota and his wheelchair stuck on a bump in the sidewalk. His wife, fumbling at his side trying to manage his aluminum walker and other items, wasn’t immediately able to help him over the hurdle. The just-released prisoner was momentarily stuck. Pathetic for a man who was once second in line to the presidency of the United States.
I didn’t feel sorry for him one bit. Hastert is one of the worst kind of criminals in my book. He robbed children of their innocence and damaged their futures forever.

When Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison last April, the judge called him “a serial child molester” and noted he had sexually abused at least four members of the wrestling team at Yorkville High School in suburban Chicago from 1965 to 1981. I’m betting there were more young boys who fell victim to coach Hastert’s lust. Preferential serial child molesters rarely stop at four.

But Hastert was not convicted of sexually abusing children because the statute of limitations in Illinois had long since run out. In that state, a victim has 20 years from their 18th birthday to report a sex crime and Hastert’s popular position in the community back in the day had been enough to keep all his victims quiet – for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

July 21, 2017

Six out of 24 complaints of abuse of children, vulnerable adults ‘substantiated’ - Curia co

MALTA
Malta Independent

Six out of 24 complaints made in 2016 to the Commission for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Safeguarding Commission) were substantiated, and the necessary steps were taken, the commission said today.

During 2016, out of the 12 complaints involving minors received by the Commission, two allegations were substantiated and the necessary steps were taken in all cases. The other concluded cases were either not proven or were referred to the relevant entities as they did not fall under the Commission’s remit. Up to December 2016 assessments were being carried out on 12 complaints, of which 6 had a restriction imposed on the pastoral activity as a precaution.

In the case of vulnerable adults, the assessment on the concluded cases was carried out in less than 6 months. Out of the 12 complaints received by the Commission in 2016, 4 allegations were substantiated and the necessary steps were taken in all cases.

The other concluded cases were either not proven or were referred to the relevant entities as they did not fall under the Commission’s remit. Until the end of the year, the assessments of 10 complaints were underway, and while in each case the necessary action was taken, in one particular case a restriction on the pastoral activity was imposed as a precaution.

Azzopardi would later say that high-risk individuals would be placed under strict restrictions, such as a suspension from pastoral activities.

John Major lambasted over child migrants

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O'Neill
July 22 2017
The Times

Sir John Major should have been called before a public inquiry to explain why his government refused to accept any responsibility for the plight of child migrants, a leading campaigner said yesterday.

Margaret Humphreys, director of the Child Migrants Trust, told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that as the scale of the scandal emerged in the 1990s her efforts to engage the Conservative government were in vain. Sir John and other ministers repeatedly said that the issue of ill-treatment of the migrants was a matter for governments in Australia and other countries.

Some 7,500 children were taken from their families in Britain and deported to farm schools and institutions in Australia and other former colonies between 1948 and 1970. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse, neglect and deprivation.

The inquiry allowed Sir John to submit evidence in writing this week in which he said he had no useful recollection of the issues.

Dr Humphreys said the attitude of the government in the 1990s had been very distressing for former migrants who wanted help to be reunited with surviving parents.

She said: “I was very disappointed he did not attend this inquiry.” She also told the inquiry to reject arguments that standards were different in the 1940s and 50s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Searching for answers

IRELAND
Sligo Champion

Jessica Farry
July 22 2017

"Nobody should have to go through life without knowing who they are, especially when there are people out there who have the answers."

Those are the words of Councillor Gino O'Boyle is looking to find information on his father Seamie's family, and where he came from.

Seamie sadly passed away in 2015, but he, and his wife Mairead, had spent decades searching for answers.

Seamie was brought to the Nazareth House in Sligo on the 25th of July 1957 from Cavan by a Maureen McCabe and Cyril McCaul and was organised by Fr Patrck Gallagher from Rockcorry (Monaghan). The McCabe family home in Tullyvin (Cavan) was the last place Seamie was before being brought to Sligo.

That was the only information he had.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM

Court rules men cannot reopen abuse claims against State

IRELAND
Irish Times

Five men who sued over alleged abuse as children in Christian Brothers’ schools have failed in their attempt to have their damages actions against the State restarted.

The men previously discontinued their actions against the Minister for Education and the State after the Supreme Court, in the landmark 2008 case of Louise O’Keeffe, found the State could not be held vicariously liable for the actions of abusers employed in national schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Child migrants kept being sent to farm schools in Australia despite officials knowing some harboured paedophile rings

UNITED KINGDOM/AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Australian Associated Press

Child migrants kept being trafficked from Britain to Australia despite officials knowing that some institutions they were sent to harboured pedophile rings, a U.K. inquiry was told.

Dr Margaret Humphreys of the Child Migrants Trust told the child sexual abuse inquiry in London that recruiters were sent to the U.K. to select children for church and charity-run farm schools in Australia.

'We would categorise that now as child trafficking,' she said on Friday.

The inquiry is examining the sexual, physical and emotional abuse suffered by thousands of children in care who were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia up to the 1970s.

Among the worst offenders were the Catholic order the Christian Brothers who ran farm schools in Western Australia and the royals-backed Fairbridge Society which ran farm schools in NSW.

The inquiry has heard from former child migrants that say they were routinely sexually abused and flogged by staff, were poorly fed, clothed and educated and used as virtual slave labour on the farms.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Some Good News in the Saga of Bruce Wellems

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

July 21, 2017 Joelle Casteix

This week, a lawyer for the Claretian Missionaries announced that Bruce Wellems was forced to petition the Vatican to give up his collar.

That’s right. He can’t be a priest.

For those of you who have been following this blog, that’s huge news. But for this person, it’s vindication:

That’s Eric Johnson. Bruce Wellems was 15 when he sexually abused seven-year-old Eric. I don’t say “allegedly,” because Wellems has admitted it.

Eric has been fighting for years to expose what happened to him and to get some semblance of justice.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

“I could have chosen to remain anonymous, but I did not, which was not easy for my family nor myself. Yet I continue to push for justice,” [Eric Johnson] said. “[Wellems] is a danger to the kids and the community.”

Wellems contends that his good work since the time he abused Eric should make up for his past. But here’s the rub: Not once has he apologized for what he did to Eric and/or may have done to others. Not once has he understood the lifelong pain that sexual abuse causes victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

The Woodlands pastor charged with prostitution

TEXAS
ABC 13

By Mayra Moreno
Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (KTRK) -- A Montgomery County religious leader has been charged with prostitution.

According to charging documents, 52-year-old Eddie Hilburn was taken into custody after he agreed to pay for sex.

Officials at The Woodlands First Baptist Church confirmed that Hilburn is an associate pastor.

According to the church's website, Hilburn has been with the church since 2012 and had previously served at other churches across Texas and Wisconsin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Nigerian pastor pushes to get bail

SOUTH AFRICA
SABC

Friday 21 July 2017
Olwetu Matsipane

Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday for a new bail application.

He faces charges of human trafficking and sexual abuse after allegedly keeping under-age girls at his house in Durban.

The Jesus Dominion International Church leader was denied bail after his previous application.

While handing down judgement, presiding magistrate Thandeka Mashile said the nature and gravity of the offences permitted no bail.

She cited that Omotoso was in the country illegally, with false documents, and therefore could be a flight risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Former youth pastor accused of child molestation appears in court

FLORIDA
WCTV

[with video]

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Tallahassee youth pastor accused of fondling boys made his first appearance in court Thursday morning.

Roshad Thomas appeared before a judge via video from the Leon County Jail.

Thomas was arrested Monday and charged with six counts of sex offenses against children ages 12 to 16. Investigators have identified five victims.

The first victim said the incident with Thomas happened ten years ago, when he was 13.

Thomas' younger sister spoke out in court Thursday. She said, "He is loved. I love him dearly. But, I'd also like you to know that we are here, available to do whatever it takes to get healing and restoration for Roshad, and more importantly for the community and any victims that might be involved."

Other supporters were there, too.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

It's a crime: Sexual assault on campus

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Union Leader

EDITORIAL
July 20. 2017

Sexual misconduct on the campuses of two of the nation’s most prestigious prep schools has prompted a closer look at how these New Hampshire institutions protect their students.

Phillips Exeter Academy kept quiet about a professor who had sexual relationships with his students for decades, quietly shuffling him into retirement. St. Paul’s School in Concord knew about decades of sexual misconduct by students and faculty.

When an alleged victim of sexual assault comes forward to school officials, making these allegations public must be a difficult decision. The school would want to shield the victim, particularly if he or she is a minor, from a public ordeal. Yet the school also has an inherent conflict of interest.

Too often, schools have chosen to keep parents and the public in the dark about crimes happening on campus.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has promised to revisit Obama administration guidance urging colleges to crack down on sexual assault. But schools are not courts. Rape is a crime, not an honor code violation. Colleges are ill-equipped to provide justice for victims or due process to the accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

‘We’re not as far from Magdalene days as we’d like to believe’

IRELAND
Irish Times

Carol Hunt

“Dear Ellen, I see where you are looking for some information about the Magdalene laundry. I was in the Magdalene laundry for a good many years and I live out in the country now. But I never will forget it to my dying day. The cruelty we got. Slaved like blacks. Some of the girls were dragged by the hair of their heads and more, their hair was cut off simply if they gave the least back answer or were too slow at their work.”

I’m listening to Julian Vignoles RTÉ radio documentary which first aired in 1992.

He explains; “A letter with no name and no address. It was written last summer in response to a newspaper advertisement. For nearly 100 years single women who became pregnant, women who weren’t wanted, were banished, by their families, to the Mary Magdalene Home Laundry in Galway City. It was one of many such institutions in Ireland. Their detention was legally dubious. Some women spent the rest of their lives there. This year, a play and a song brought the memory back in Galway . . .”

The play Vignoles talks about is called Eclipsed. Written by a former postulant nun, Patricia Burke Brogan, the first I heard of it was in December 1991 when a friend of mine told me a fledgling theatre company in Galway, Punchbag, was auditioning for a new play set in a Magdalene laundry. I had just finished a two-year acting course and was willing to try out for it. It was my first audition and I landed the part of Mandy, described in the script as one of the “penitent women” signed into a fictional Magdalene laundry for the sin of getting pregnant “outside marriage”. There were eight of us in the cast. Eight women! A record number in what was, and still is, a male-dominated theatre world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

The Fall of the Vice-Pope

UNITED STATES
The New York Review of Books

Ingrid D. Rowland

A photograph taken in Argentina in 2007 shows two cardinals, Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Tarcisio Bertone, sitting side by side, although their chairs are on two different levels. At the time, Bertone was the Vatican’s Secretary of State, having traveled to a village in northern Patagonia “in the name of His Holiness Benedict XVI” to preside over the beatification of a turn-of-the-century religious student.

Bertone’s wooden armchair sits on a dais that puts him a good six inches higher than Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who perches uncomfortably on his metal-and-plastic seat, and the man known to many as the “vice-pope” occupies his virtual throne with kingly complacency, clad in yards of fine Italian filetto lace beneath his golden chasuble, with a sporty pair of aviator sunglasses to complement his gold-embroidered miter (and is that a Rolex on his wrist?). Next to him, in Jesuit black under plain white robes, Cardinal Bergoglio, with his iron cross and his horn-rimmed spectacles, looks open-mouthed upon the radiant spectacle, his famously mobile face providing the perfect caption to the picture. Six years later, Bergoglio became Pope Francis, and things have not been the same since.

On May 19, the glossy, gossipy German newspaper Bild Zeitung printed a report that made immediate headlines in Italy: Vatican prosecutors had begun to investigate allegations that Cardinal Bertone, as the Holy See’s Number Two from 2006 to 2013, had embezzled 15 million euros ($20 million) from Vatican accounts, apparently to benefit an Italian television producer, a former director of the state broadcaster RAI named Ettore Bernabei, with deep connections to Italy’s conservative establishment and a longtime membership in the powerful Catholic organization Opus Dei. The transfer of these funds allegedly occurred in December 2012. The Vatican press corps swiftly denied that a “criminal investigation” was underway, and Bertone himself insisted that the deal had followed “all the rules.”

But the timing of the presumptive transaction is, to say the least, interesting. It came at the very end of the remarkable year in which confidential documents from Pope Benedict’s private office began leaking to the press, revealing power struggles within the Curia and suggestions of widespread corruption within the Church. In these “Vatileaks” documents, Cardinal Bertone figured prominently: he had personally reproved the general secretary of the Vatican governorate, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, for reporting detailed evidence of nepotism, cronyism, and crooked property deals within the Vatican, and soon Pope Benedict had transferred the whistle-blowing prelate from the Vatican to Washington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

The clergy's task is unfinished in confronting sex abuse

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Tom Roberts | Jul. 21, 2017

The story of Marie Collins, an Irish victim of clergy sex abuse and a witness of unimpeachable integrity, is a dual tale of how far the church has come in acknowledging and handling the scandal and of how wholly and demonstrably incapable the Catholic clerical culture is of dealing with its own sin.

Collins was one of two survivors of clergy sex abuse who were appointed in 2014 to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, an agency created by Pope Francis. She resigned the commission in March, providing NCR with a long explanatory statement.

Her decision to leave was not lightly taken. She had rejected the logic of some critics early on that any cooperation with church efforts was selling out to an institution that had generally ignored or re-victimized the abused for decades. She had later defended the work of the commission when its only other victim member, Peter Saunders, openly criticized the group for the slow pace of reform.

In March, however, three years after her appointment, she wrote: "I have come to the point where I can no longer be sustained by hope. As a survivor, I have watched events unfold with dismay."

Among the primary reasons for her despair, she listed "lack of resources, inadequate structures around support staff, slowness of forward movement and cultural resistance."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

As latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off ‘About Doctrine’?

VATICAN CITY
Crux

John L. Allen Jr. Editor
July 20, 2017

Back in the 19th century, French novelist and journalist Edmond About was considered the Tocqueville of the Papal States, and he had a fairly cynical view of papal justice. As the latest Vatican trial opens, it's interesting to apply his tests. There's also some question marks about the timing of the trial, and a juicy irony waiting to be exploited surrounding the name of one of the defense lawyers.

As the latest Vatican trial opened on Tuesday for alleged criminal shenanigans, it occurred to me that you really have to go all the way back to the 1800s to find the last time the “courthouse beat” formed any part of covering the Vatican for most reporters in Rome.

In that era, the pope still ruled over a swath of territory in central Italy known as the “Papal States,” and criminal trials were a regular event. The pope even had his own executioner, the most famous of which was “Mastro Titta,” a nickname that was a corruption of the Italian phrase maestro di giustizia, or “master of justice.”

So famous was he in the mid-19th century that Roman mothers sang their little ones to sleep with a rhyme that goes, “Sega, sega, Mastro Titta.” Segare is the Italian verb “to saw,” so the mental image is ghoulishly accurate.

In the century and a half since, the Vatican has banned capital punishment, and today is a global leader in the abolitionist movement. The pope now only exercises civil power over about 109 acres of territory, representing the physical footprint of the Vatican City State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Reverend Obwaka Cleared of All Charges

MICHIGAN
WBKB

[with video]

Reverend Sylvester Obwaka walked free today after months of rape allegations brought upon him by a younger priest. The reverend was accused of raping the young man during a one–night stay at his home, and today charges of sexual assault in the first and third degree were dropped.

First to the witness stand was Hope Shores Alliance Advocacy Coordinator Jennifer Baker. The prosecution and defense questioned Baker about victim tendencies in the moment of a sexual assault, focusing on responses such as non–resistance that might seem inconsistent with how a typical juror would expect a victim to respond

“Absolutely. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s inconsistent because it’s a safety issue. So your brain is going to do whatever is going to keep you safest in that moment. So if that’s freezing, it’s freezing. Not responding, not fighting back,” said Baker.

The majority of her statements supported the theory that victims may not resist sexual encounters due to the fight, flight or freeze response, and may not even remember the events correctly because of the way a victim’s brain processes trauma. After her testimony judge Scott Pavlich dismissed the jury to take a short recess, which is when the defense made a motion for the judge to dismiss the charges, believing they had provided enough evidence to prove consent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault

MICHIGAN
9 and 10 News

[with video]

Updated: Jul 20, 2017
By Aaron Parseghian, Reporter

A Presque Isle County jury has decided Father Sylvestre Obwaka is not guilty of the sexual assault of a fellow priest, who was sleeping in his home in February.

The verdict was handed down Thursday evening.

9&10's Aaron Parseghian was in court Thursday where Obwaka took the stand in his own defense.

“He was another priest trying to give me an understanding,” said Obwaka.

Before the jury acquitted him of first and third degree sex crimes, Father Sylvestre Obwaka told his side of the story on the witness stand.

He says he had consensual sex with the alleged victim.

During cross examination the prosecuting team questioned whether any basis of consent was discussed between Obwaka and the alleged victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Jury finds Obwaka not guilty on CSC charges

MICHIGAN
Presque Isle Advance

Another Alleged Victim Revealed During Rev. Obwaka Hearing Monday - YouTube

More Setbacks With Father Sylvestre Obwaka's Trial Dates: More Details Needed From Second Victim - YouTube

July 20, 2017

by Angie Asam–Staff Writer

A 12-member jury found the Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka not guilty on two charges of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) Thursday evening.

After listening to testimony Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and most of the day Thursday the jury was sent to the jury room to deliberate shortly before 4 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the jurors knocked on the door to let the court officer know they had reached a verdict.

Once in place the Honorable Scott L. Pavlich reviewed the verdict form before handing it back to the floor person to read the verdict. The prosecution was seeking charges of CSC first degree causing personal injury and CSC third degree using force or coercion.

The alleged incident occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 1 and was reported to the Michigan State Police Feb. 17. The charges stemmed from a sexual encounter with a male victim, 28. Both Obwaka and the victim are Catholic priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Britain ‘waiting for abused child migrants to die’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter
July 21 2017
The Times

A British high commissioner to Australia said that the government was not interested in the plight of abused child migrants because it was waiting for them to die, a public inquiry was told yesterday.

The claim was made by Norman Johnston, 75, who said it had taken 30 years of campaigning to get the British government to apologise for the suffering of children taken from their families and sent to schools in former colonies. Mr Johnston, president of the International Association of Former Child Migrants, told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: “The British government sent us to places that they knew were not safe for children. I want the British public to know that.”

More than 130,000 children were sent to the colonies by charities and churches under state-approved migration schemes that ran for more than a century. Between 1948 and 1970 some 6,000 children were sent to Australia, of whom about 2,000 are alive.

John Major’s government denied during the 1990s that Britain had any duty towards the migrants. He told parliament in 1993 that he was aware of allegations of physical and sexual abuse but “any such allegations will be a matter for the Australian authorities”.

In 2005 Mr Johnston said he had a meeting in Canberra with Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, a former Labour minister who was the British high commissioner. He said: “We tried to give the message to the high commissioner about the lack of support we were getting from Britain to help to find our families and we were given short shrift.” Mr Johnston said the meeting had been “very frank” and claimed that it ended with Lady Liddell saying: “You will have a very long wait. The British government are waiting for you all to die.”

It was, he said, “an eye-opener and a complete shock” but the remark was “the first truthful thing we’d actually heard from the British government”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Vollkommene Gemeinschaft?

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

[The Domspatzen boys were beaten, abused, degraded: Why didn´t Church representatives move in on the events but instead hushed them up? The reasons lie in the self-image of the church.]

Missbrauch | Bonn - 20.07.2017

Der Untersuchungsbericht zum körperlichen und sexuellen Missbrauch bei den Regensburger Domspatzen ist eine erschreckende Lektüre: Auf über 400 Seiten wird schonungslos deutlich dokumentiert, wie Schüler über Jahrzehnte hinweg geschlagen, missbraucht, entwürdigt wurden. Versuche, die Missstände zu benennen, wurden über Jahre ignoriert oder diffamiert. Der Schutz des Rufs der Institution stand über dem Schutz der Schutzbefohlenen. Das Verhältnis von Tätern und Opfern wurde geradezu umgekehrt: die heilige Institution als Opfer von Nestbeschmutzern.

Der Umgang mit Missbrauch in den eigenen Reihen ist nicht nur eine rechtliche Frage – er ist auch eine Frage nach den Bedingungen, unter denen Missbrauch in der Kirche geschehen kann und gedeckt wird. Letztlich ist es damit eine Frage der Ekklesiologie, der Lehre von der Gestalt der Kirche.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Der Balken im eigenen Auge

DEUTSCHLAND
HPD

[The tormentors do not want to talk about abuse. The press conference held by Ulrich Weber to discuss the final report on abuse cases at the Regensburg Domspatzen was hardly over when the alleged perpetrators started pointing their fingers at others.]

Von: Jan Weber

20. JUL 2017

Die Pressekonferenz ist kaum beendet, bei der Anwalt Ulrich Weber den Abschlussbericht zu den Missbrauchsfällen bei den "Regensburger Domspatzen" vorstellte, als die Täter schon mit dem Finger auf andere zeigen. Das macht sprachlos und wütend.

Der ohrfeigende Ex-Papst-Bruder Ratzinger hält die Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle für "Irrsinn". Dem Bayrischen Rundfunk sagte Ratzinger: "Diese Kampagne ist für mich ein Irrsinn. Es ist einfach Irrsinn, wie man über 40 Jahre hinweg überprüfen will, wie viele Ohrfeigen bei uns verteilt worden sind, so wie in anderen Einrichtungen auch." Der ehemalige Leiter der "Domspatzen" nennt es "Kampagne", wenn das hundertfache Leid von missbrauchten, geschlagenen und gequälten Menschen untersucht wird? Er wagt es tatsächlich, die Opfer nachträglich zu verhöhnen?

Ihm kann ja nichts mehr geschehen, seine Ohrfeigen sind längst verjährt. Die Opfer hingegen haben jahrzehntelang gelitten und für die Anerkennung der Schäden gekämpft und werden von Ratzinger noch einmal verbal geprügelt. Scham und Schande über den alten Mann!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Church should stand back from hospital operations, says HSE

IRELAND
The Times

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland News Reporter
July 21 2017
The Times

The HSE chief executive has suggested there was confusion and “tension” about how much control religious groups had in hospitals, adding that he welcomed plans to distance the Catholic Church from national hospitals.

Tony O’Brien praised a proposal by Simon Harris, the health minister, to carry out a review of voluntary hospitals after the national uproar over a decision to let a religious order own a new maternity hospital.

In March The Times reported that the Sisters of Charity would own the new National Maternity Hospital after it was built with almost €300 million of taxpayers’ money on the order’s land.

Following the controversy, the sisters announced that the order would be stepping back completely from healthcare for the first time in 183 years. It will no longer own St Vincent’s healthcare group, the existing hospital or the new maternity hospital.

Negotiations on the maternity hospital being owned by a new private group, are continuing.

The health minister has expressed concern that a publicly built maternity hospital would not be publicly owned. Mr Harris is also bringing forward plans for a national review of religious involvement in health.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Former altar boys, student sue for $25M

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Jul 20, 2017

Two men who once served as altar boys and were Boy Scouts filed civil complaints in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America.

The suits, filed by Attorney David Lujan, seek $10 million each in damages for alleged sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Louis Brouillard, a priest who worked in Guam for several decades and also served as a Boy Scoutmaster.

A.M., now 56, alleges Brouillard exposed himself to altar boys at San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj in 1972.

The complaint alleges the priest would talk about pornography and then sexually molest the boys, including A.M., while at the convent after Boy Scout practice, or after serving Mass.

Once the sexual abuse began, A.M. would regularly wear two pairs of jeans whenever he was around Brouillard, the lawsuit states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Former church assistant sues Diocese of Orange, high-ranking priest over alleged sexual assault

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Register

By KELLY PUENTE | kpuente@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: July 20, 2017

A former Irvine church assistant is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange alleging that she was sexually assaulted by one of its high-ranking priests who previously spent time in a treatment facility for “sexually deviant” clergy.

In her lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday, the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by Father Alex Kim in 2016 while working as his assistant when he was pastor at St. John Neuman Church in Irvine. He is also being sued.

The suit alleges that Kim, ordained in 1991, was circulated to various parishes in Orange County and ultimately promoted to pastor despite a decade-long history of sexual misconduct complaints by female parishioners. The diocese sent him to a treatment facility in 2012 before naming him as pastor at St. John Neuman, the suit says.

David Ring, the woman’s attorney, said the diocese was aware of Kim’s “history of exploiting female parishioners” but “turned a blind eye” because of his popularity and success at fundraising.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

UPDATE: Munster churchgoer charged with sexual misconduct with 14-year-old girl

INDIANA
nwi.com

Steve Garrison and Lauren Cross steve.garrison@nwi.com, 219-662-5331 lauren.cross@nwi.com, 219-933-3206 Jul 20, 2017

CROWN POINT — A 22-year-old man who previously attended Family Christian Center in Munster is accused of having sex at the church with a 14-year-old girl.

Javyon M. George-Boatman was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to court records.

Court records listed George-Boatman as a youth leader at the church, but John Ponder, the pastor of Christian Education and Pastoral Care, told The Times on Thursday that George-Boatman is not a youth leader, nor did he serve the church in any official capacity.

The church barred George-Boatman from accessing church property immediately after learning of the allegations, Ponder said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Amendment to legal aid act gives underage victims of sex crimes access to legal advice

MALAYSIA
Astro Awani

KUALA LUMPUR: The amendment to the Legal Aid Act 1971, which is expected to be tabled at the next Parliament session, will enable underage victims of sexual crimes and their family members to get access to legal advice from the Legal Aid Department and lawyers approved by the department.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the amendment would create a term of Legal Companion, in which legal officers from the department would give the necessary aid and advice to the victims in accordance with the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

"However, this will not include the court process, only to introduce and to explain to them about the law," she told reporters at a luncheon with senior new editors here on Thursday.

She said the proposed amendment was a continuity to the government's efforts to introduce the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and the newly established Special Child Sexual Crimes Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Church of England 'withdrew emotional support for abused'

UNITED KINGDOM
Church of England

By Martin Bashir and Callum May
BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme

Victims of abuse by clergy have criticised the Church of England's close relationship with the insurer advising it on compensation claims.

They said the Church had cut contact and emotional support from them on the advice of Ecclesiastical - which has a senior clergy member on its board.

An independent reviewer said in one victim's case "financial interests were allowed to impact practice".

The Church said it aimed to separate pastoral care from insurance issues.

'Moral responsibility'

Gilo - a middle-aged man who lives in the south-west of England - told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme he had been raped in the early 1970s by a City of London clergyman, the Reverend Garth Moore.

Gilo - whose surname he has asked us not to use - said he had made more than 20 attempts to contact senior members of the Church after his decision to report the assaults, but often received no reply.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

24 new complaints submitted to Church body tasked with probing abuse, neglect

MALTA
Times of Malta

Updated at 11.35am

Twenty-four new complaints were submitted to the Church body tasked with investigating cases of abuse and neglect, according to its annual report.

The Commission for Safeguarding this morning announced that it had received 12 new complaints involving minors and another 12 involving vulnerable adults. It did not specify the details of the complaints.

It also revealed that the commission had seven ongoing complaints involving minors, which had been carried over from 2015 and another five involving adults.

Court action, it said, had been taken on behalf of 335 people.

The commission said these had all been court applications filed under the Protection of Minors Act (2012).

The Safeguarding Commission was set up in 2015 taking over from its Response Team. It is tasked with assessing whether a person working for the Church was a risk to children or vulnerable adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Lawsuit accuses O.C. priest of sexually assaulting his assistant at Irvine church

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

Richard Winton

A senior Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange sexually assaulted and harassed a female church employee last year at a prominent Irvine parish where he was placed despite a similar prior accusation, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman.

Father Alex Kim is accused by his former assistant of sexually assaulting her several times at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. She alleged in the suit that she felt compelled to take a leave of absence to avoid his attacks.

In July 2016, Kim pushed her against a wall in the rectory “and forcibly kissed, groped and fondled her,” said the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday. Kim then “pulled his genitals out of his pants and rubbed it against” her,” the woman’s complaint alleges. The next day, according to the lawsuit, he sent her “innocuous texts messages as if nothing happened.”

The woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, has known Kim since she was a child and described him as once being her spiritual mentor, the suit says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

July 20, 2017

Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub Discuss 'The Keepers' on The View

UNITED STATES
ABC - The View

[video]

The Emmy nominated docuseries 'The Keepers' tries to unlock a terrifying mystery of a nun who was murdered nearly 50 years ago. Some believe Sister Kathy was trying to expose a Baltimore priest who spent years sexually abusing girls at the local Catholic school. Did the church and police cover it up? The two women who are seeking the truth Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub join the table to talk about how the cold case brought them together and developments that have occurred since 'The Keepers' has been on Netflix.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

Report into RUC's handling of alleged abuse at Kincora Home to finish in 2017

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

July 20 2017

The Police Ombudsman's investigation into child sex abuse at the notorious Kincora Boys' Home in Northern Ireland is to conclude this year.

Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire launched the review after alleged victims complained about the Royal Ulster Constabulary's (RUC) handling of reports in the 1980s of wrongdoing.

A separate public inquiry, which published its findings in January this year, has already rejected claims that senior establishment figures used the East Belfast institution to target children. Instead, it blamed failings by the health authorities and the RUC after dozens of residents raised concerns.

The Ombudsman's office said: "We are investigating a total of seven complaints about how police dealt with reports of child sex abuse at the Kincora Boys' Home in East Belfast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 PM

Northern Ireland: Child abuse survivors tell Secretary of State: “deliver redress if Stormont can’t”

NORTHERN IRELAND
Amnesty International

Victims of child abuse have told the Secretary of State that they expect him to set up a redress scheme without delay if devolved government is not re-established at Stormont in the coming months.

The abuse survivors, part of the Panel of Experts on Redress, on which Amnesty International is also represented, met the Secretary of State today at Stormont House, where they provided him with a 30-page document and letter calling for action and a start to negotiations with victims. The detailed briefing paper from survivors is based on widespread consultation with abuse victims across Northern Ireland.

Victims are angry that there has been no progress in delivering apologies, a redress scheme and support services for victims because of the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland government. They want UK government to step in without delay, if there is no return of the Northern Ireland Executive in the Autumn.

The report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was published in January 2017, just days after the collapse of the power-sharing Executive at Stormont. That has meant there have been no Ministers to act on the recommendations contained in the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Abuse victims call for compensation if devolved government is not restored

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

July 20 2017

Compensation should be paid without delay if devolved government is not restored at Stormont after the summer, child abuse victims said.

Survivors of wrongdoing at residential homes dating back decades urged Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to establish a redress scheme without delay if powersharing is not re-established in the coming months.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry has recommended compensation worth up to £100,000 for the worst affected.

Margaret McGuckin, who suffered abuse as a child at Nazareth House children's home in Belfast, said: "Today we put the Secretary of State on notice that we expect urgent action from him to establish a redress scheme which meets the needs of victims, should Stormont not be up and running again after the summer.

"Victims of child abuse have been waiting their whole lives for justice. Now they have been hit with further uncertainty and no government, just when they need it most. For abuse survivors, justice delayed truly is justice denied.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction

ROME
Headlines from the Catholic World

Rome, Italy, Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of Pope Francis' commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500 choir boys in Germany points to a current reality in many non-western countries – and that bringing these things to light means progress for everyone.

“It will take time, but this kind of sensitivity that is created by publicly discussing these things of course will push, because people realize what is right and what is wrong, and they realize that they will be questioned if something goes wrong,” Fr. Hans Zollner told CNA July 19.

Fr. Zollner is vice-rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, director of the university's Center for Child Protection (CCP), and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

He spoke following the July 18 publication of a report on an investigation German lawyer Ulrich Weber carried out on the Regensburger Domspatzen, the official choir for the Regensburg Cathedral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Ex-Priest Gets Trial Date for Beauty Queen’s Murder

TEXAS
Courthouse News Service

ERIK DE LA GARZA
July 20, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas (CN) — Seriously ill and 84 years old, former Catholic priest John Feit will be tried for the 1960 murder of a South Texas beauty queen in late summer, when the last pieces of prosecution evidence arrive, a judge told him Wednesday.

At a brief hearing Wednesday, state prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to a plan to begin searching for jurors. Both sides said they will be ready for trial after prosecutors receive results from their final evidence tests.

“My understanding is that the analysis has been completed and we are waiting on the reports to come in,” said Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney Michael Garza. “Apparently, they go through a review process and there’s some delay in that.”

Feit, dressed in orange prison clothes, sat silent and expressionless on the walker he uses in courtroom appearances as Hidalgo County Judge Luis Singleterry addressed him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

September 11th Trial Date Set In Irene Garza Murder Case

TEXAS
KURV

Final preparations have been set for the murder trial of the former McAllen priest believed to have killed former beauty queen and teacher Irene Garza 57 years ago.

During a brief court hearing Wednesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys confirmed they’re ready for trial, and Judge Luis Singleterry set September 11th as the date for the final pre-trial hearing prior to the start of jury selection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

New Haven pastor sentenced to 3 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Randall Beach, New Haven Register
POSTED: 07/19/17

NEW HAVEN >> A New Haven pastor has been sentenced to serve three years in prison for second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Walter Williams, who was 59 at the time of his arrest last July, lives in Northford section of North Branford. He is senior pastor at the Walk of Faith Church of Christ in New Haven, according to the church’s website.

Police said he was accused of having as many as six sexual encounters with a minor who was a member of the church. According to police, the incidents occurred between July 2015 and April 2016.

The victim’s mother contacted police after she discovered text messages between her daughter and Williams on her daughter’s phone, police said. The mother told police she also saw a graphically disturbing Facebook message from Williams to her daughter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Mormon bishops’ interview policy opens the door for sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

A guest post by Mette Harrison

Yet again, a Mormon bishop is in trouble because of sexual abuse.

Erik Wayne Hughes of Mapleton, Utah has been charged with 20 counts of forcible sexual abuse of minors, among other charges. Two now-adult men have come forward to say they remember being drugged and sexually abused by this bishop, a man who ought to have been interested only in their spiritual welfare. They were in their teens at the time.

The police chief said he is “concerned that there is more” abuse in this case, and that other victims may come forward in the future. Furthermore, Hughes has been accused of trying to silence the young men by manipulating their feelings for him as their bishop, allegedly telling them that others had been spreading false rumors about his deeds.

The LDS Church has long prided itself on its “Gold Standard” of protecting abuse victims, including a hotline for bishops to call if they find out about abuse. But there is no such system in place for ward members when the bishops themselves are the problem.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Georg Ratzinger, “I wasn’t aware of any sexual abuse”

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

"I wasn’t aware of any sexual abuse". This was stated by Georg Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI’ brother, when he was heard during the investigation into the abuses of the Regensburg Cathedral choirboys from the post-war period to the early 1990s. As the German state is no longer required to investigate time-barred crimes, it was the diocese, and therefore the Catholic Church itself, to promote and finance an independent investigation, which also encouraged victims to give information anonymously.

As it is known, the results presented in a solid 440-page report by lawyer Ulrich Weber, unveils the shocking number of 547 children victims of violence, 67 of whom were sexually abused. The names of some of the abusers, who are now dead, were already known. These facts, which cannot be underestimated or minimized, should however be put in context, namely that for decades corporal punishments were common throughout all schools in the country.

The stories of some of the victims are gruesome because they speak of both excessive punishments but also of ill-treatment at the limit of sadism and of repeated sexual abuse, which took place in the school as well as in the dormitory where the "Cathedral sparrows" lived. The choirboys told that the ones responsible of the blood-beatings were also responsible of the sexual harassment: for this reason, Weber's lawyer suggested that the molesters would get sexually aroused by knocking out the kids.

What does Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, nowadays in his nineties, have to do with all of this? Benedict XVI's brother directed the choir for thirty years, from 1964 to 1994. From the report emerges, though it is not so explicit for privacy issues, that the most serious episodes of sexual abuse took place in the 1950s, when he was not there. Monsignor Georg during his thirty-year career as a director has slapped some of the boys, and has publicly apologized for it seven years ago. He has never been, even remotely, accused of having in any way harassed the boys of the Cathedral. However, he was pulled into the scene because someone said he had told him about what was happening in school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Gordon Brown tells sex abuse inquiry that child migrants should be compensated for ‘trafficking’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill
July 20 2017
The Times

Britain should establish a compensation scheme for surviving child migrants who were taken from their families, deported to former colonies and suffered sexual abuse, Gordon Brown told a public inquiry today.

The former Labour prime minister said sending children to farm schools and austere institutions overseas was “a government-enforced form of human trafficking”.

Mr Brown told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that an official apology he made on behalf of the government to former child migrants in 2010 only dealt with some of the issues. More evidence had emerged about the scale of sexual abuse of children and the failure of Whitehall to address the problem, he said.

Mr Brown said the issue was even larger than the Jimmy Savile scandal, in terms of the numbers of victims, the period of time involved and Britain’s failure in its duty of care towards children sent overseas.

More than 130,000 children were sent overseas by charities and churches over more than a century. Some 2,000 who were sent to farm schools in Australia between 1948 and 1970 are still alive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Forced migration was UK's worst child abuse scandal, says Brown

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Press Association
Thursday 20 July 2017

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has described the forced migration of British children as a bigger sex abuse scandal than that perpetrated by Jimmy Savile.

Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Brown said the mass transportation of 130,000 British children overseas between the 1940s and 70s amounted to “government-enforced trafficking”.

He said: “This seems to me as probably the biggest national sex abuse scandal. Bigger than what people have alleged about Savile. Bigger than what people have alleged about individual children’s homes.

“Bigger in scale, bigger in geographical spread, and bigger in the length of time that it went on undetected. I’m shocked about the information that I have seen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

MÜLLER ADMITS SHAME BUT DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOLLOWING GERMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL ABUSE REVELATIONS

ROME
The Tablet (UK)

20 July 2017 | by Daniele Palmer

He 'experienced shame for what has happened in the Church' but emphasises 'everything that was possible and necessary was done'

After being accused of bearing “clear responsibility” for the mishandling of over 500 abuse cases in a Bavarian choir school, Cardinal Müller admits that he feels “shame” but emphasises that he did all that was possible.

Published on Monday (17 July), a report states that 547 boys were abused at a prestigious choir school in Regensburg, Bavaria, between the years 1945 and 1992.

In the report, commissioned by the diocese of Regensburg and compiled by the lawyer Ulrich Weber, Cardinal Müller is accused of having mishandled the cases of abuse, despite them being well known.

In an interview with the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, bishop of Regensburg form 2002 to 2012 and ex-prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, admits that he “experienced shame for what has happened in the Church” but emphasises “everything that was possible and necessary was done.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

THE WAR AGAINST CARDINAL PELL

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

To read Catholic League president Bill Donohue’s account of the controversy over Australian Cardinal George Pell, click here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Three more sex abuse cases filed against Catholic church

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Jul 20, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Three more clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in the District Court of Guam today.

44-year-old K.Q. alleges he was sexually molested by Father Ray Techaira, who is now deceased. While attending San Vicente Catholic School., K.Q. alleges he and four other boys were being disciplined by the priest when he told them to drop their pants. The priest then allegedly fondled and kissed each of the boys' private parts.

56-year-old A.M. and 56-year-old D.M. allege they were sexually molested by Father Louis Brouillard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

Former altar boy alleges priest took him and others to watch porn

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Janela Carrera - July 20, 2017

A.M. alleges Louis Brouillard raped him while he was in the shower at the rectory.

Guam – Now facing 93 cases of sexual abuse, the latest claim against the Archdiocese of Agana is by a man who says former priest Louis Brouillard regularly took him and other Boy Scout members to the movie theaters to watch pornographic films.

The latest case is filed by a 56-year-old man with the initials A.M. who says that in the early 1970s, Brouillard would regularly molest him and other altar boys and boy scout members.

A.M. says Brouillard took the boys several times to the Johnston Theater to watch pornographic films “with the specific purpose of grooming the minor boys to be comfortable with sexuality and make them amenable to Brouillard’s act of molestation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Ex-Vatican doctrine chief says Church did what it could on German abuse scandal

ROME
Crux

Inés San Martín VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

ROME - Earlier this week, an independent investigation commissioned by the Diocese of Regensburg in Germany found that at least 547 former members of the Regensburg Domspatzen boys’ choir were subjected to some form of abuse over a fifty-year period, including 67 who were victims of sexual violence.

The 440-page report, which spanned the years between 1945 and early 1990s, found plausible accusations against 49 members of the Church for physical abuse, including nine for cases of sexual molestation.

The report collects cases of corporal violence, from slaps to physical punishment, and sexual abuse, ranging from inappropriate caresses to rape. It was released on Tuesday by the diocese on its website, and presented in a press conference by Ulrich Weber, the lawyer leading the investigation of claims of abuse at the choir and two associated boarding schools..

Most of those named by the victims have already died. The crimes, however, fall outside Germany’s statute of limitations, meaning they are no longer open to prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Convicted soul: A priest-perpetrator of child sexual abuse shares his story

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter

Luke Hansen | Jul. 20, 2017

WEST ST. PAUL, MINN.

Gilbert Gustafson was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1977, served as an associate priest at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, until 1982, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a minor in 1983, and served four and a half months in jail and 10 years' probation. Gustafson has admitted to abusing four boys between 1978 and 1982. He was not criminally charged in the other cases.

From 1983 to 2002, Gustafson was not assigned to parish ministry, but he was in residence at two different rectories, and he served as a chaplain for a local monastery of women religious. From 1983 to 1997, Gustafson served in various administrative roles for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. From 1997 to 2002, he worked in the archdiocese's chancery office.

In June 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, commonly known as the Dallas Charter, to address sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. Following the charter, Gustafson was permanently removed from active priestly ministry. He could no longer present himself as a priest, use a clerical title, wear clerical attire or celebrate the sacraments.

Gustafson, however, remains in the clerical state. Thus, in accord with the Code of Canon Law, Canon 1350, Paragraph 1, the archdiocese has continuously provided financial support for his basic needs. In 2006, the archdiocese concluded that Gustafson, since he had sexually abused minors, was "permanently and totally disabled" from engaging in his occupation as a priest, and therefore was "entitled to vested retirement benefits" under the Pension Plan for Priests in the Archdiocese. Gustafson also participates in an archdiocesan monitoring program akin to civil probation.

From 2004 to 2014, Gustafson worked for a consulting firm that contracted with Catholic parishes and other non-profit groups to provide services like strategic planning, executive coaching and human resource utilization. Today he continues to do consulting work with non-profits, including some Catholic institutions (but not parishes), as a consultant in the area of leadership development. Gustafson said he has never had any contact with children in his consulting work.

Since 2012, Gustafson has collaborated with Susan Pavlak on the project Uncommon Conversation, which seeks healing and reconciliation among survivors, perpetrators and others involved in child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In a separate interview, Pavlak describes being sexually abused by her high school religion teacher, a former nun. This interview with Gustafson, edited for length and clarity, took place in West St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hansen: What was your early experience of the church?

Gustafson: I was born in 1951 — the youngest of four children — and grew up in a classic middle class family of the 1950s. Mom and Dad were very engaged in our parish. I always liked church. It was a wonderful, warm, safe environment. The nuns and priests were an extension of my family. Church became my second family and still is family.

I started being an altar boy at about age 9. In junior high, when I could serve during the Triduum, I was just taken by it. I felt moved inside.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Demonstrate Against Agudah’s Protection of Child Molesters this Sunday (7/23) at 3 pm against Novominsker Rebbe

NEW YORK
Frum Follies

I urge all my readers to become part of this demonstration in front of the Boro Park beis medrish of the Novominsker Rebbe, head of Agudath Israel of America’s Council of Sages (aka Moetzes), @ 1644 48th St., Brooklyn, NY at 3 pm, Sunday July 23.

The target of this demonstration, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Noveminsker Rebbe, and head of Agudath Israel of America, is personally culpable for protecting abusers from criminal prosecutions. He even helped keep “Rabbi” Yehuda Kolko on as a teacher in spite of his known record of abusing yeshiva boys for 30 years. He did it in spite of pleas for involvement by the late Rabbi Avigdor Miller, an extremely important Haredi leader.

At present Agudah and its head, the Novominsker Rebbe discourage reporting sex abusers to the police, and lobby the New York State legislature (successfully) to not reform the statute of limitations. All sorts of attempts have been made to persuade the Rebbe to change his stance, all to no avail. He is more interested in protecting yeshivas from embarrassment and from having to pay former students for the terrible damage caused by abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

Religious school teacher gets 7 years for sexual assault

ISRAEL
YNet News

Ariela Sternbach, Yael Friedson|Published: 19.07.17

A teacher at a religious school—who was convicted of indecent assault on his students—was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison and two years of probation.

Aharon Shlomo Lisson, 34, from Beitar Illit, was a teacher at an ultra-Orthodox middle school in the city. In December, he was convicted of sexually assaulting three brothers aged 13-15.

The teenagers' mother left the courtroom in tears after the verdict, saying, "Justice has finally been served, but no punishment can give my children back their joy of life and their lost childhood and teen years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Episode 81 - The Keepers Controversy

UNITED STATES
SoundCloud

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In this controversial episode the #RCP team discuss Netflix's latest docuseries The Keepers about the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. After disappearing on Nov. 7, 1969, Cathy's body was found nearly two months later but to this day, the case remains unresolved. Only days later Joyce Malecki disappeared from a shopping mall on Nov. 11 1969 in Glen Burnie, a suburb of Baltimore. Her body was found the next day face down in remote woods. This case also remains unresolved.

In the '90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cathy's former students accused the high school's chaplain of sexual abuse, and claims that she was taken to Cathy's body and threatened.

Jim and Laura deep dive into these murders and discuss with Lisa the victimology, their crime scene assessment and analysis and opine as to whether the murders of Sister Cathy Cesnick and Joyce Malecki are linked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Pope Benedict's 'fanatical, merciless' brother led German boys choir embroiled in sex abuse scandal

GERMANY
International Business Times

By Isabelle Gerretsen
July 20, 2017

The brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI established a "reign of fear" while head of boys' choir at one of Germany's most famous Roman Catholic schools, where more than 500 pupils were physically and sexually abused between 1945 and 2015.

A report published this week accused 49 members of abusing 547 young boys who sang in the Regensburger Domspatzen choir over a period of 60 years.

Benedict's older brother, Georg Ratzinger, was the choirmaster between 1964 and 1994.

His successor, Roland Büchner, told German newspaper Die Zeit that Ratzinger was an "impulsive, fanatical and merciless"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Youth Pastor’s Facebook Page Reveals Clues About Child Molestation Case

FLORIDA
No Sacred Cows

July 19, 2017 by David G. McAfee

Details are still emerging from authorities about Roshad Thomas, a Florida youth minister and businessman who admitted to molesting young boys, but his Facebook posts are revealing even more information.

Thomas, 41, worked with children at a church and a private school – both in Tallahassee. He is now being investigated for molesting at least five different boys, and his social media posts are enough to raise some eyebrows.

For starters, it seems like Thomas directed a great number of his posts directly toward “high school guys” or “middle school guys.” Often these posts advertised camping events or private bible studies, and the timing overlaps with the victims’ abuse.

Just last month, Thomas posted that “ALL high school guys” are invited to a retreat to discover “the man that God has called you to be.” He added, “Don’t be scared! Come! You won’t regret it. I promise.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Former music director at Bellingham church molested girl for years

WASHINGTON
Bellingham Herald

BY CALEB HUTTON
chutton@bhamherald.com

A former music director at Bellingham Baptist Church must serve time in prison for molesting a girl for years, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis sentenced Paul Michael Bane to 5 years in prison, the same amount of time she handed the church’s youth pastor, Christopher Trent, a month ago in a separate case of long-term sex abuse of a different girl.

Confession

Bane, 57, arrived at the Bellingham police station one morning in October 2015 to confess he had been sexually touching a girl for about 8 years, according to court records. At that point police had not spoken with the girl, who was living in the Midwest, but Bane told police the girl’s story, whatever it might be, could be trusted.

According to his report, Bane became a kind of father figure to the girl when she was younger. The sexual abuse began around the time the victim turned 12 years old. Bane would kiss her, sexually touch her, and later, started tying her with a clothesline during sex acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Former Louisville pastor on trial in 90s child sex abuse case

KENTUCKY
Courier-Journal

Matthew Glowicki, @MattGlo

Jurors heard from one of three women Wednesday who allege they were sexually assaulted by a former Louisville pastor when they were children in the 1990s.

On the first day of evidence in the trial, prosecutors told jurors that 79-year-old Allen Lehmann sexually abused the three girls a number of times during the 90s when the youth made brief visits to his home.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Lehmann was living in Louisville as pastor at Trinity Chapel Assembly of God church.

The three girls were all under age 15 at the time, according to court records.

The youngest of the sisters, now 25, testified for more than two hours Wednesday. She told jurors of the Lehmann's welcoming home where she enjoyed many a sloppy Joe and Jell-O salad. But those recollections were intertwined with painful memories of Lehmann touching her sexually on three occasions beginning when she was 6.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Wir sind Kirche fordert jetzt Aufklärung von Missbräuchen über die Domspatzen hinaus

DEUTSCHLAND
Wochenblatt

[The laity movement We are Church has asked the Regensburg bishop Rudolf Voderholzer to have further church institutions investigated after the final report on abuses at the Domspatzen.]

Die Laienbewegung Wir sind Kirche hat den Regensburger Bischof Rudolf Voderholzer aufgefordert, nach dem Abschlussbericht zu Missbräuchen bei den Domspatzen auch weitere Kircheneinrichtungen untersuchen zu lassen.

Die KirchenVolksBewegung Wir sind Kirche sieht den Abschlussbericht des vom Bistum Regensburg beauftragten Sonderermittlers, des Rechtsanwalts Ulrich Weber, als schmerzhaften und notwendigen Schritt an, dem jedoch weitere Schritte im Bistum Regensburg und auch in anderen deutschen Bistümern noch folgen müssen. In dem Bericht klingen mehrfach die besonderen systemischen Bedingungen innerhalb der Domspatzen-Organisation an, die dazu beitrugen, dass die verschiedenen Formen der Gewalt dort in besonderem Maße ausgeübt wurden und trotz der Exzesse damals nicht an die Öffentlichkeit gelangten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Regensburger Domkapellmeister erhebt Vorwürfe gegen Papstbruder Ratzinger

DEUTSCHLAND
Spin

[In the context of the abuse scandal at the Regensburger Domspatzen, Kapellmeister Roland Büchner raised serious accusations against his predecessor Georg Ratzinger. "There was a system of fear," said Büchner about the time the brother of Pope Benedict XVI was choir master at the school.].

Missbrauchsbeauftragter fordert in Domspatzen-Fall Entschuldigung von Ex-Bischof

Im Zusammenhang mit dem Missbrauchsskandal bei den Regensburger Domspatzen hat Kapellmeister Roland Büchner schwere Vorwürfe gegen seinen Vorgänger Georg Ratzinger erhoben. "Es herrschte ein System der Angst", sagte Büchner über die Zeit des Bruders von Papst Benedikt XVI. als Chorleiter der Domspatzen der Wochenzeitung "Die Zeit" laut einer Vorabmeldung vom Mittwoch. "Das muss ans Licht, auch wenn es weh tut."

Büchner warnte davor, die Gewalttaten gegen 547 ehemalige Chorknaben zu verharmlosen. Zwar habe es sich meist nicht um Missbrauch, sondern um Schläge gehandelt. "Das waren aber nicht 'nur' Ohrfeigen, sondern regelrechte Misshandlungen - es wurde gewütet, es waren Körperverletzungen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Regensburg: Schwere Vorwürfe gegen Papst-Bruder

DEUTSCHLAND
religion@orf

[Regensburg: Heavy accusations against Pope's brother.]

In Zusammenhang mit dem Missbrauchsskandal bei den Regensburger Domspatzen hat Kapellmeister Roland Büchner schwere Vorwürfe gegen seinen Vorgänger Georg Ratzinger erhoben.

„Es herrschte ein System der Angst“, sagte Büchner über die Zeit des Bruders von Papst Benedikt XVI. als Chorleiter der Domspatzen der Wochenzeitung „Die Zeit“ laut einer Vorabmeldung vom Mittwoch. „Das muss ans Licht, auch wenn es wehtut.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Ein Kapitel in Missbrauchs-Bericht zu Papst-Bruder: „Verlor sein Gebiss aus Jähzorn“

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

[George Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI, was an accomplice to physical and sexual abuse at the Domspatzen cathedral choir, according to the survivors an witnesses.]

Die Bilanz ist erschreckend: Mindestens 500 Kinder aus dem Regensburger Domspatzen-Chor wurden Opfer von Gewalt, 67 wurden sexuell missbraucht.

Unhaltbare Zustände, in die offenbar auch Georg Ratzinger, der Bruder des früheren Papst Benedikt XVI., verwickelt war – als Mitwisser, wenn es nach der Analyse der Ersteller des gestern veröffentlichten Untersuchungsberichtes geht. Als Mittäter, wenn es nach Aussagen der Opfer und Zeugen geht, die ebenfalls in dem Bericht zu Wort kommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Sünden an den Sängerknaben - Die Akte Regensburger Domspatzen - SWR betrifft HD

DEUTCHLAND
YouTube

Published on Mar 2, 2015

[The Domspatzen file.]

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