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August 22, 2017

Former El Paso priest admits to sexual misconduct

TEXAS
KFOX14

by Adriana Candelaria | Jessica Gonzalez

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
A priest who once served at El Paso churches has admitted to sexual misconduct with a teenage girl during the 1980s.

Miguel Luna, 67, who served at eight El Paso parishes, was ordained for the Diocese of El Paso on July 1, 1982.

In 2013, Bishop Mark Seitz removed Luna from the ministry upon the recommendation of the Diocesan Review Board.

A spokesperson for the diocese said the recommendation was made because allegations of sexual harassment had been made but not involving a minor.

It wasn’t until last year that a woman who asked to remain anonymous, came forward, saying that Luna had sexually abused her years ago when she was a teenager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Boy Scouts files brief in Apuron abuse case

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

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

The Boy Scouts of America, which faces 54 lawsuits accusing former Scouts leaders of sexually abusing children on Guam, recently filed a "friend of the court" brief in one of the abuse cases filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Catholic Church on Guam.

District Court of Guam Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan on Tuesday rejected the brief, stating the Boy Scouts are not a party to the Apuron case, and their brief does not provide unique or relevant information.

The Boy Scouts, which wants the cases dismissed, had asked the court to separately address some of the arguments related to the abuse cases. That's because the Boy Scouts have presented a different set of arguments as to why the cases should be dismissed.

A 2016 law retroactively removed the statute of limitations on civil cases related to child sex abuse, prompting nearly 100 lawsuits to be filed against the Catholic Church and clergy members. More than half of those lawsuits also accuse the Boy Scouts — primarily because of abuse allegations against former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, who also was a Scoutmaster here. He is accused of sexually abusing boys on church grounds and during outings with the Boy Scouts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

Pastor spared jail for beating children with belts and wires

UNITED KINGDOM
Metro

Georgia Diebelius for Metro.co.uk
Tuesday 22 Aug 2017

A pastor who blindfolded children and whipped them with belts, has been spared jail.

Rose Amadasun was reported to the police by South Norwood Leisure Centre after she was seen hitting youngsters with wires and not feeding them for days on end.

According to witnesses, the pastor of the Shine Forth Evangelistic Ministry in central London, shouted ‘Jesus’ as she beat the children.

If they screamed she would ‘force them to fast’ for several days as punishment.

Amadasun, 49, of South Norwood, South London was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily hard on June 30 2016.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Ribbons show solidarity

AUSTRALIA
Shepparton News

by TARA WHITSED AUGUST 22, 2017

Coinciding with Child Protection Week (September 4 to 10), the Tatura Sacred Heart Parish will show its support by taking part in the Loud Fences initiative next month.

The parish will hand out coloured ribbons at Mass on September 3 and 10 when parishioners will be invited to tie them to the fence afterwards.

Parishioner Judith Steele said ribbons would also be available in the foyer of the Church.

‘‘So we invite everyone in the community to join with Sacred Heart parishioners in tying a coloured ribbon on our fence throughout the month of September to express support and solidarity for the victims of abuse of any kind,’’ she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Queensland school 'failed' student after gang-rape allegation

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

Jorge Branco

A Queensland boarding school failed to properly care for a student after she was allegedly gang-raped by older boys while boarding there in 2006, a royal commission has been urged to find.

Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, David Lloyd, made submissions harshly criticising Townsville's Uniting Church-run Shalom Christian College's response to the trauma.

He said, 10 years on, the school still did not have enough money to provide a safe environment for its students.

During hearings in Sydney in November last year, the young woman's tearful parents said they were pressured not to press charges against the four men involved because they came from "well known and influential families" and that former principal Christopher Shirley was "trying to paint a bad picture of my daughter".

Mr Shirley gave evidence that he did not try to blame the student, referred to as CLF, and that he did not tell her parents not to report the matter to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Royal Commission: North Queensland school failed student after indecent assault by boys

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Isobel Roe and David Chen

A north Queensland Indigenous boarding school did not have the money to properly care for a student after she was indecently assaulted by older boys, according to the findings of a lawyer assisting a child sex abuse inquiry.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard in November last year that the 14-year-old girl was assaulted by four boys behind a classroom at Shalom Christian College near Townsville in 2006, when the students were supposed to be in the boarding house.

The victim's parents told the royal commission that after the incident, the boys were put into lockdown at the school, and their daughter sent to another school campus and offered no counselling or care.

The findings, by counsel assisting the royal commission David Lloyd, were released on Monday

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Diocese revamps review board; follows pledge in March to make changes

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By David Hurst
dhurst@tribdem.com

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is overhauling the Diocesan Review Board initially established 15 years ago to help internally investigate abuse allegations.

In line with a multistep reform plan outlined in March by the diocese and the United States Attorney’s Office, Bishop Mark Bartchak announced the appointment of an all-new, seven-member review board that will now be comprised of area professionals, one Catholic priest and at least two people representing other Christian faiths – a first for the board.

“In the interest of providing objectivity and transparency, two of the review board members are from other Christian churches,” diocese spokesman Tony DeGol wrote in a release to media.

“All of the newly-appointed members were recommended to the bishop because of their personal integrity, expertise and experience,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Ex-El Paso priest accused of sex abuse served at 8 parishes

TEXAS
KXAN

Daniel Marin/KTSM
Published: August 21, 2017

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A former El Paso priest accused of committing sexual abuse decades ago served at eight local parishes, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso said Monday.

At a news conference, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz said the ex-priest, Miguel Luna, 67, admitted to sexual misconduct with a “young female adolescent” in the 1980s. Luna has since been removed from the ministry.

The allegation came to light last November, according to Seitz who declined to say which parish was involved to protect the identity of the accuser.

The diocese said it has contacted El Paso police but the victim, now an adult, wishes to remain anonymous and no criminal charges have been filed.

The state of Texas has no statute of limitations for felony criminal cases involving sexual assault of a minor or indecency with a child. There is a limitation of 15 years from the victim’s 18th birthday for civil cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Nottinghamshire MP named as core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Nottingham Post

BY HANNAH MITCHELL
21 AUG 2017

A Nottinghamshire MP has been named as a "core participant" in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Nottinghamshire.

The inquiry will look into claims of abuse over a 60 year period in Notitinghamshire after it was announced in 2015 that Nottinghamshire’s councils would be among the first to be investigated by the independent inquiry.

John Mann, Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw, first applied to be a core participant in March but was declined by the chairman Professor Alexis Jay on the grounds that he had not played a significant role in relation to the matters.

However, Prof Jay announced in May that she had reconsidered her view and the MP would play an important role in the inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Bartchak appoints members to diocese’s review board

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona Mirror

Aug 22, 2017

Ryan Brown
Staff Writer
rbrown@altoonamirror.com

Bishop Mark Bartchak named a new slate of members for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown’s Dio­cesan Review Board, fulfilling a plan he first publicly detailed in March.

The new membership sweeps out past members of the board, which the state attorney general once described as a tool for concealing sexual abuse allegations. The revamped board is part of a series of changes Bartchak promised at a March press conference alongside federal prosecutors.

The Review Board’s seven new members are the Rev. Leo F. Arnone, Joyce Cunningham, Joseph Grappone, Todd Mahalko, Robert Skelly, Brent Stoltzfus and the Rev. Miles Zdinak. They are set to review sexual abuse allegations and determine clergymen’s suitability for the ministry.

Diocese Secretary for Communications Tony DeGol said he was unable to immediately provide further biographical information on the new members Monday. Searches online, however, suggest the new board includes a licensed social worker, a former state police trooper and a Carpatho-Russian Orthodox priest, among others.

“(Bartchak) feels that each of them brings a great deal of expertise in their respective fields,” DeGol said. “You have some who have backgrounds in law enforcement, in pastoral care, some in psychological treatment.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

August 21, 2017

Children of priests: 'an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect'

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 21, 2017
by Patricia Lefevere

No one knows the number of sons and daughters of Catholic priests in the United States or in the world, but what is known is that hundreds — perhaps thousands — of these offspring have lived in secret, hiding their fathers' past from the world, frequently even from family members.

Still other children of clergy dads have grown up not knowing who their real father was, often mistaking him for an uncle, godfather or some other male friend or relative whom they have known from their youth. In many instances, the children of Catholic priests have failed to have their emotional, legal and financial needs met.

When they have discovered who their real father is — often later in life — some of these daughters and sons have undergone spiritual disillusionment, unable to separate themselves from the faith they love and have been raised in, and the man who did not, or could not, come forward and be a genuine dad to them. Some have experienced psychological trauma from having to carry a secret — a lie — for life.

These are among disclosures presented in a two-part series on the progeny of priests published by The Boston Globe's Spotlight team Aug. 19 and 20 and written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes. In interviews over many months, the investigative news team found that children of Catholic priests "form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Judge: Baton Rouge diocese, area Catholic priest to remain in suit involving confessional

LOUISIANA
The Advocate

BY JOE GYAN JR. | JGYAN@THEADVOCATE.COM AUG 21, 2017

A state judge refused Monday to dismiss the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and a priest from a 2009 lawsuit by a woman who says that when she was a teenager she told the priest she was being sexually abused by a church parishioner, but he did not stop the alleged abuse or report it.

A legal battle over whether a Louisiana priest should have reported a teenager’s claims of s…
District Judge Mike Caldwell said it will be up to an East Baton Rouge Parish jury to decide whether what Rebecca Mayeux allegedly told the Rev. Jeff Bayhi in the confessional was in fact a confession as defined by the Catholic Church, and therefore confidential, or whether she was merely seeking support and guidance instead of confessing sins.

Caldwell and a state appeals court both ruled last year that Mayeux can tell a jury what she allegedly told Bayhi in the confessional.

The Louisiana Supreme Court also ruled last fall in the long-running case that a priest has no duty to report confidential information heard during the sacrament of confession.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Former priest for the Diocese of El Paso allegedly admits to sexual misconduct with a minor

TEXAS
KVIA

EL PASO, Texas - The Diocese of El Paso announced on Monday Miguel Luna, a former priest, allegedly admitted to sexual misconduct with a young girl in the 1980s.

The victim reached out to the diocese in November of 2016, and the Diocese conducted an investigation.

"It is directly contradictory to the sacrificial love to which a priest has committed himself before God," Bishop Mark Seitz said. "I am deeply sorry for the pain caused by these actions of Miguel Luna, and ask those who know of other situations of misconduct or abuse to please inform law enforcement and the Diocese."

Luna was removed from ministry back in 2013.

"There had been some accusations against him that would probably be labeled sexual harassment," Seitz said. "We determined after an investigation from the review board that he needed simply to be removed from ministry."

The Diocese said Luna was ordained July 1, 1982. Here is where Luna has served:

Blessed Sacrament
Corpus Christi
Our Lady of Assumption
Our Lady of Peace -- Alpine
San Antonio De Padua
San Lorenzo
St. Joseph Mission -- Fort Davis
St. Mary Mission -- Marathon
St. Matthew
St. Pius X
St. Thomas Aquina
St. Thomas/St. Joseph -- Kermit

The Diocese of El Paso said it is reaching out to all of its parishes to learn if there any more potential victims. The victim who came forward in 2016 wishes to stay anonymous and is not pressing charges.

"We have informed the El Paso Police about this case, about Luna. They're ready with their Crimes Against Children, that respond and would help any victims who come forward to them after this notification." Seitz said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Diocesan Review Board announced

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

Hollidaysburgh, Blair County, Pa - Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced the appointment of an entirely new membership for the Diocesan Review Board. The group assists in the assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and if a cleric is suitable for ministry.

The members of the review board are as follows: Rev. Leo F. Arnone, Joyce Cunningham, Joseph Grappone, Todd Mahalko, Robert Skelly, Brent Stoltzfus and Rev. Miles Zdinak.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth, every diocese is to have a review board. The majority of the members must be Catholic lay persons not employed by the diocese. The board is a confidential consultative body.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Diocese names new members of review board

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

by Matthew Stevens

HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has named the members of its new review board.

The objective of the board is to assess allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

The board consists of Catholic members not employed by the diocese and two members of other Christian members.

The new members are Rev. Leo Arnone, Joyce Cunningham, Joseph Grappone, Todd Mahalko, Robert Skelly, Brent Stoltzfus and Rev. Miles Zdinak.

The newly-appointed members were recommended to Bishop Mark Bartchak and have experience in pastoral care, education of children, safe environment for children, psychological care and treatment of sexual abuse of minors and law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Falsely Accused Catholic School Teacher in Philly *Finally* Released From Prison; Philly Media Doesn’t Care

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
TheMediaReport

Philadelphia Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero, who was falsely convicted in 2013 along with the late Rev. Charles Engelhardt in a high-profile trial for child sex abuse that never occurred, is finally going to be a free man.

After being falsely accused of sex abuse by a lying drug addict named Danny Gallagher, Shero will exit prison after serving four-and-a-half years of a maximum 16-year sentence.

The news was first reported by journalist Ralph Cipriano at BigTrial.net.

An insider blows the lid off

Regular readers of this site have long known that Gallagher's claims of abuse are wildly false (see this and this for background). It is now an incontrovertible fact that the Philadelphia D.A.'s office – spearheaded by D.A. Seth Williams, who now sits in solitary confinement on multiple charges of corruption and bribery – orchestrated a malicious scheme against innocent men and the Catholic Church based on Gallagher's bogus stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Catholic brother Francis Brophy guilty of BoysTown sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Courier-Mail

Alexandra Patrikios, The Courier-Mail
August 21, 2017

A CATHOLIC brother who inflicted “sheer terror” on vulnerable boys at a Queensland orphanage, sexually abusing nine of them, has been jailed for his historical crimes.

“Your legacy disgusts me and every right-minded member of society,” Brisbane District Court Judge William Everson told Francis Brophy today.

The 87-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury of five offences and sentenced for more than 30 counts in total, sexually abused the orphans at BoysTown, near Beaudesert, between 1978 and 1983.

Judge Everson denounced him as “a cowardly, evil paedophile” who masqueraded as a follower of God while inflicting lifelong damage on the children who were meant to be in his care.

He said Brophy presided over a “Gulag right in our midst” that left some of his victims ravaged by nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Diocese: Ex-El Paso priest admits to sexual misconduct

TEXAS
El Paso Proud

[with video]

EL PASO, TEXAS - The El Paso Catholic Diocese says a former local priest has been removed for sexual misconduct.

Bishop Mark Seitz is expected to hold a news conference at the Diocese of El Paso Pastoral Center's Flores Conference room at 10 a.m. on Monday to inform the public.

The Diocese tells us the priest in question is named Miguel Luna and that the case goes back to the 1980s.

The Diocese says Luna recently admitted to sexual misconduct with someone, who they only describe as a 'young female adolescent.'

According to the Diocese Luna has since been removed from the ministry and all parishes have been given notice of Luna's removal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Irish bishops tell priests who father children to “face up” to responsibilities

IRELAND
Crux

The bishops of Ireland say that in the case of a child fathered by a Catholic priest, the priest should not walk away from his responsibilities - legal, moral and financial. The guidelines written by the Irish Bishops' Conference were written as the Vatican faces a deadline to respond to UN recommendations to “assess the number of children fathered by Catholic priests, find out who they are and take all necessary measures to ensure that the rights of those children to know and to be cared for by their fathers is respected.”

If a priest father’s a child, the needs of the child should be given the first consideration, according to guidelines agreed to in May by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The guidelines have not been published on the conference website, nor on any individual diocesan website, but were obtained by The Irish Times newspaper.

The document - called “Principles of Responsibility Regarding Priests who Father Children While in Ministry” - was written in consultation with Vincent Doyle, an Irish psychotherapist whose own father was a diocesan priest.

Doyle helped found Coping International, which seeks to protect the rights of the children of priests. (Doyle’s story was the subject of a feature last week in The Boston Globe.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Submissions for public hearing into children with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours in schools published

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

21 August, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published written submissions for the public hearing into children with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours in schools (Case Study 45).

The public hearing was held in October-November 2016 and inquired into the response of Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill NSW, The King’s School, Parramatta NSW and Shalom Christian College, Condon QLD to incidents of problematic or harmful sexual behaviours by students which occurred at those schools.

It also inquired into the systems, policies, procedures and practices for responding to allegations of problematic or harmful sexual behaviours of children within educational institutions promoted and implemented by the schools listed above as well as St Ignatius’ College, Riverview NSW, the NSW Department of Education, the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Read the submissions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Receiver: St. Joseph Pension Bankruptcy Will Impact As Many as 3,800, 40% Cuts to Benefits

RHODE ISLAND
GoLocalProv

Saturday, August 19, 2017
GoLocal News Team

The bankruptcy of St. Joseph Health Services pension fund will hit between 3,600 and 3,800 existing or future pensioners — and the loss of pension payments may be 40 percent, according to the court appointed receiver Steven Del Sesto, a partner at Donoghue Barrett & Singal. But, DelSesto said the plan for winding down the pension fund is only in the preliminary phase.

The loss of benefits and the total number of beneficiaries impacted may both be records for Rhode Island. The now pending plan before the court, the draft documents would treat all existing and future retirees the same and both classes would take a 40 percent cut to their existing and future benefits, according to court documents. That plan is not final said DelSesto in an interview with GoLocal on Friday afternoon.

Del Sesto was appointed by the court late Thursday afternoon and is yet to talk to many of the players in the collapse. He is scheduled to talk to the Attorney General’s office on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Pater spricht über sexuellen Missbrauch an Achtjährigem

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

[Pope Francis wrote the foreword to the book. Papst bittet Missbrauchsopfer um Vergebung - Bild]

[For four years Daniel Pittet was raped as a young boy by a Capuchin monk and even forced to view porno films. Pittet has written a book on this martyrdom.]

Vier Jahre lang wurde Daniel Pittet als kleiner Junge von einem Kapuzinermönch vergewaltigt und sogar zu Porno-Aufnahmen gezwungen. Pittet hat ein Buch über dieses Martyrium geschrieben. Das Ende des Buches bildet ein Interview mit Pittets Peiniger. FOCUS Online veröffentlicht das Gespräch in Auszügen.

Daniel Pittet war der Überzeugung, dass eine Aussage seines Schänders einen interessanten Beitrag zur Aufklärung leisten könne, heißt es in seinem Buch. Ihn persönlich zu treffen lehnt er aber ab. Das Gespräch führte die Co-Autorin des Buches, Micheline Repond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Priest who claimed 'gay mafia' controls Catholic church seeks parish return

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

JOHN FERGUSON
21 AUG 2017

A Catholic priest at the centre of gay mafia accusations is set to return to a Scottish parish.

Father Matthew Despard, 52, was forced to quit after being rapped by the church over explosive claims in his book Priesthood in Crisis.

He wrote that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic hierarchy and was responsible for sexual ­bullying.

Despard was forced to stand down from his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

But he could now return after a Vatican court “partly reversed” the decision of a Scottish church tribunal.

Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Toal said: “Fr Despard has requested he be allowed to return to public priestly ministry by being given a new pastoral assignment.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Catholic brother jailed for abusing boys

AUSTRALIA
Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A Catholic brother who inflicted "sheer terror" on vulnerable boys at a Queensland orphanage, sexually abusing nine of them, has been jailed for his historical crimes.

"Your legacy disgusts me and every right-minded member of society," Brisbane District Court Judge William Everson told Francis Brophy on Monday.

The 87-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury of five offences and sentenced for more than 30 counts in total, sexually abused the orphans at BoysTown, near Beaudesert, between 1978 and 1983.

Judge Everson denounced him as "a cowardly, evil pedophile" who masqueraded as a follower of God while inflicting lifelong damage on the children who were meant to be in his care.

He said Brophy presided over a "Gulag right in our midst" that left some of his victims ravaged by nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Former Bunbury teacher charged with historic child sexual offences

AUSTRALIA
Bunbury Mail

Bunbury Detectives have charged a 64-year-old man of Bicton with sexual offences against two children at homes in Bunbury and Willetton.

The charges are a result of ongoing investigations stemming from the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual offences.

It will be alleged that between 1979 and 1983 the man, who was a teacher at the Bunbury Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, sexually abused a student at his home.

The child was aged between five and 10 years of age at the time.

It is further alleged that between 1987 and 1988 the man sexually abused a second student from the school at his home in Willetton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

King's School had 'catastrophic failure', child-sex abuse royal commission told

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

The King's School in Sydney demonstrated a "catastrophic failure" in its handling of a child-sexual assault allegation, a submission to a royal commission states.

The submission by David Lloyd, counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, stated that the school was advised to report the allegation to police but failed to do so.

The claim relates to a 2013 incident at a cadet camp in which one student was alleged to have masturbated on another student's sleeping bag.

In a public hearing into harmful sexual behaviour in schools, the royal commission was told the Parramatta school sought advice from a police officer who wrote an email saying a formal report should be made.

The commission heard The King's School's then headmaster Timothy Hawkes did not make a report to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Census, 2016: Bathurst has become less religious

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

Nadine Morton
@nadine_morton

21 Aug 2017

HISTORIC cases of sexual abuse, and the subsequent Royal Commission inquiry, has impacted the number of believers, Bathurst’s religious leaders say.

The number of Bathurst people who say they are not religious has tripled compared to 15 years ago, recently-released 2016 Census data shows.

In Bathurst, 22.4 per cent (9532 people) of the population said they have ‘no religion’ on the form, this has spiked dramatically compared to the 9.6 per cent (3435 people) who selected this answer in the 2001 Census.

Catholicism has recorded the biggest fall in Bathurst believers – from 35.4 per cent in 2001 to 31.1 per cent last year.

The percentage of Anglicans in Bathurst has also dropped – from 26.3 per cent to 19.2; while Presbyterian and Reformed has fallen from 5.2 to 4.2 per cent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Jeff Corbett: The con in the confessional

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

As I watch the growing protest in the Catholic Church against the call for priests to be required to report child abuse confessions, my mind goes to Islam's Sharia law. Forgive me, I can't help it.

The church is fighting, as you have read in this paper, the call by the child abuse royal commission for priests to face criminal charges when they fail to report child sexual abuse that has become known to them in the confessional.

Confession is a cornerstone of Catholic religious practice, a regular event, often weekly, for practising Catholics.

The person confessing to a priest who may be seated behind a partition opens with the words “Forgive me, father, for I have sinned”, discusses those sins with the priest, is given a penance that may be a prayer to recite a certain number of times, and is absolved of those sins.

Catholics believe, or are supposed to believe, that the priest in the confessional is channelling God, that they are talking with God through the priest, although I suspect the godliness of priests has been reduced more than a modicum in the past decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Paedophile priest gets 26 months in jail

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

MIKE MATHER

A former Catholic priest jailed for molesting boys in the 1970s and 80s has again been jailed for 26 months, on charges against three new historic victims.

Before Mark Mannix Brown was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Monday, one of his victims revealed harrowing details of the consequences of his abuse.

Brown, 74, had earlier plead guilty to four charges of indecent assault and attempted sodomy. Some of those charges were representative, meaning they cover a variety of incidents.

He had been jailed for 15 months in 1990 for sexual offending against altar boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Former priest Mark Mannix Brown jailed for 26 months for abusing boys

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

Two sex abuse victims of former priest Mark Mannix Brown say his jail sentence brings them closure but say anything less would have belittled his actions.

It is now the second prison term Brown, 74, will have served for molesting young boys while he worked as a priest in the Catholic Church around Hamilton and Auckland in the 1970s and 80s.

Brown pleaded guilty to four representative charges after a sentence indication in the Hamilton District Court in May this year.

Today, Judge Simon Menzies sentenced Brown to 26 months' jail.

He was first jailed for 15 months in March 1990 for indecently assaulting two altar boys in the 1980s when he was at St Mary's Church, Hamilton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

SNAP's evolution evident at gathering, in wake of departures

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 21, 2017
by Tom Roberts

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — SNAP, the organization that has become synonymous with uncovering the clergy sex abuse scandal, may be outpacing its acronym.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, established in 1988, has been at the forefront of advocating for victims of clergy abuse and at pressing for accountability by church leadership. However, it was evident at a gathering of 300 victims, advocates and supporters Aug. 11-13 in Alexandria, Virginia, that the organization is in the midst of change.

"We're in transition," said Barbara Dorris, who took over as president when the group was left leaderless when founder Barbara Blaine and longtime national director David Clohessy, resigned within weeks of each other. Both longtime leaders said their resignations has been in the works for months and were not connected to a lawsuit filed in January in which both were named.

“We’ve gone from founder-led into an organization that is going to work more trying to build partnerships with other organizations, to build a stronger voice to protect children and do more outreach,” said Dorris. She also expressed a willingness to discuss a suggestion advanced by an expert that SNAP do more to connect victims with professional counselors.

The outreach is evidently underway. Dorris said this year’s conference included representatives of a number of other denominations as well as organizations such as the Boy Scouts.

“So, where we were focused on Catholics, we feel we’ll be stronger and have a better chance of accomplishing our goals if we become more inclusive,” she said.

If there is a natural expansion to the project — Joelle Casteix, a western regional leader for SNAP, reports that the vast majority of calls she now receives are not related to church abuse — the Catholic Church remains a central component of the group’s work. Survivors of abuse by priests are still predominant in its membership, the preponderant conversation is about elements of the church scandal and the new areas of the globe where reports of priest abuse are now beginning to surface.

Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle and former Benedictine priest Richard Sipe both took the main stage at different times to recount their personal history in the struggle and to exhort survivors to work together in support of each other and the pursuit of justice.

The back page of the conference program was further evidence that the Catholic piece of the problem is still prominent. Bishopaccountability.org, an extensive digital repository of information and data about the scandal, lists 59 new names of those considered credibly accused that made it into the organization’s database in the past year. The database, which contains voluminous documentation, including legal transcripts and depositions as well as correspondence, currently lists as credibly accused of sexual abuse 27 bishops, 3,774 priests, 59 deacons, 23 seminarians, 290 brothers and 95 women religious. Not included, according to those managing the website, are 2,645 priests counted as credibly accused by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops but not yet identified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

New lawsuit filed against church naming Brouillard yet again

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 21, 2017

The alleged victim is represented by Attorney David Lujan.

Guam – Over 90 sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Guam and its agents, last Friday, another suit was filed seeking $10 million in punitive damages against retired Catholic priest Louis Broulliard.

Retired priest Louis Broulliard has been named as the perpetrator in a majority of the sex abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese. Last Friday, another alleged victim identified as V.Q. came forward sharing his recollections of sexual abuse that occurred at the hands of Louis Broulliard when V.Q. was just 14 years old. Broulliard served as a priest on Guam for over four decades, holding many positions within the church as well as serving as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.

According to court documents, V.Q. joined the Mongmong Troop 18 Boy Scouts in 1977, when Broulliard was scoutmaster. As part of the requirements, the boy scouts met several times a week at the Mongmong parish to study the Scout Oaths, Laws and practice marching, drills and map reading. The Boy Scouts of America also encouraged their scouts to be faithful in their religious duties and as a result V.Q.’s participation revolved around the church in order to fulfill the Scout oath and laws.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

August 20, 2017

Poll: Decline in faith

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

A new survey shows a strong decline in trust for religious institutions in Guam. The decline is attributed to the filing of more than 100 sex abuse cases against former and current members of the clergy and the loss of trust in the Catholic Church.

The poll was conducted by a private entity at the request of attorney David Lujan who represents dozens of child sex abuse victims. The results are expected to be released to the Archdiocese of Agana in the coming weeks.

During the last status conference before District Court Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr., Lujan mentioned that the poll found an unfavorable attitude toward the church from those surveyed.

Three hundred Guam voters were surveyed over the telephone in May. The average age of those polled was 40. Individuals between ages 18 and 90 participated in the poll and surveyors noted a sample error of +/- 3 percent

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

HASTA CATÓLICOS EXIGEN A MÁRQUEZ QUE NO SEPULTE EL CASO DE ABUSOS SEXUALES EN ALBERGUE DE NIÑOS

MEXICO
Concentrado

[Organizations called for investigation into cases such as the "Ciudad de los Niños" in the state of Guanajuato to continue. They also ask that the ecclesial structure and the code of canon law be modified "in order to eliminate the cover-up of crimes of clerical pederasty". Among the plaintiffs are Catholics for the Right to Decide.]

Organizaciones pidieron que las investigaciones por casos como la “Ciudad de los Niños” en el estado de Guanajuato, continúen, y se entreguen responsabilidades penales. También que sea modificada la estructura eclesial y el código de derecho canónico “a fin de eliminar el encubrimiento de los crímenes de pederastia clerical”. Entre los demandantes está Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir.

Ciudad de México, 18 de agosto (EFE).- Organizaciones de la sociedad civil exigieron ayer la reapertura de la investigación con el fin de atribuir responsabilidades penales a los supuestos autores de abusos sexuales perpetrados en el refugio juvenil “Ciudad de los Niños” en el estado de Guanajuato, entre otros albergues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Siete meses de prisión a un sacerdote español por abuso sexual en Perú

PERU
El Nacional

[Seven months imprisonment of a Spanish priest for sexual abuse in Peru. The Catholic priest abused the four students of the John Paul II Minor Seminary between 2014 and 2017. The newspaper La Republica says that the clergyman used his spiritual guidance to infiltrate the students' rooms and assault them sexually.]

Un tribunal peruano de justicia dictó siete meses de prisión preventiva al sacerdote español Santiago Martínez Valentín-Gamazo, acusado de presuntos tocamientos indebidos a cuatro menores de edad alumnos de un seminario religioso en Perú, informó el sábado el diario limeño La República.

El fallo de la Sala Penal de Apelaciones de Moyobamba (nororiente) revocó la decisión de un juez instructor de primera instancia, quien semanas atrás desestimó el pedido de prisión preventiva que presentó la fiscalía alegando falta de pruebas. Ello le permitía al denunciado afrontar el proceso en libertad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Director del colegio Champagnat admitió haber abusado de un alumno

ARGENTINE
Ambito

[The director of the traditional Marist School Champagnat, located in the microcenter of Buenos Aires, Angel Duples, admitted having abused a student 38 years ago, according to a statement issued by that institution. The accused was removed from office and transferred to a geriatric hospital.]

El director del tradicional Colegio Marista Champagnat, situado en el microcentro porteño, Ángel Duples, admitió haber abusado de un alumno hace 38 años, según se aseguró en un comunicado difundido por esa institución. El acusado fue removido del cargo y trasladado a un geriátrico.

"El Instituto de los Hermanos Maristas tomó conocimiento de un hecho ocurrido hace aproximadamente 38 años en el que un exalumno del colegio marista de Morón padeció un manoseo agraviante, por parte de un Hermano, en el contexto de un campamento", expresó el colegio en el comunicado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Vado man gets 18 months for sexually assaulting girl

NEW MEXICO
Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — A Vado man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a child, according to the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Jesus Luna-Armenta, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration of child (between 13 and 16 years old) and one count of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.

According to prosecutors, Luna-Armenta had sought a relationship with the 14-year-old victim through Facebook. His advances escalated, and on at least three occasions, he picked the victim up from her house with the intent to have sex, according to police reports.

On one occasion, Luna-Armenta took the girl to his house while his fiancée was not at home and forced her to engage in sexual activity, despite her objections, prosecutors said. In another instance, he took her to a motel room in Anthony, Texas, intending to force her to perform a sexual act.

At his sentencing, Luna-Armenta told the court that he teaches confirmation classes to teens at his church in Del Cerro, according to prosecutors. He also said he hopes to pursue a career in youth counseling one day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Dan prisión a maestro católico por abuso sexual

NEW MEXICO
El Diario de El Paso

[A teacher who taught confirmation classes at a Catholic church in New Mexico was sentenced to 18 months in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Jesús Luna Armenta, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration of one minor and one for giving or selling liquor to a minor.]

Karla Valdez
El Diario de El Paso

Un maestro que impartía clases de confirmación en una iglesia católica de Nuevo México, fue sentenciado a 18 meses de cárcel por sostener relaciones sexuales con una adolescente de 14 años.

Jesús Luna Armenta, de 29 años, se declaró culpable de tres cargos por penetración sexual criminal de una menor y otro por dar o vender bebidas alcohólicas a un menor de edad.

Luna Armenta dijo haber conocido a la víctima por Facebook y admitió tener relaciones sexuales con ella por lo menos en tres ocasiones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Pérou: un prêtre espagnol mis en détention pour abus sexuels sur mineurs

PEROU
kath.ch

[Peru: Spanish priest detained for sexual abuse of minors.The Moyobamba Criminal Appeals Chamber in Peru ordered the seven-month pre-trial detention of a Spanish priest accused of sexual abuse of four minors committed between 2014 and 2017 at the John Paul II seminary which is located in the region of San Martín.]

19.08.2017 par Maurice Page

La Chambre d'appel pénale de Moyobamba, au Pérou, a ordonné la mise en détention préventive pour sept mois d'un prêtre espagnol accusé d'abus sexuels sur quatre mineurs commis entre 2014 et 2017 au petit séminaire Jean-Paul II, situé dans cette localité de la région de San Martín.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims 'consented'

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday Telegraph

Olivia Rudgard, social and religious affairs correspondent
19 AUGUST 2017

The Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims "consented" in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.

Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.

The revelation comes after news that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a Government agency, was denying some children compensation because it said they had "consented" to abuse - even if they were of an age where they could not do so legally.

Siobhán Crawford, of London-based firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, one of the largest firms in the field, said the defence is normally used where a child turns 16 during the abuse.

She said the firm had dealt with ten such cases, and there had been an increase in the past two years as authorities became aware that it was an option.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Mormon church faces new lawsuits over alleged failure to protect children from abuse

UNITED STATES
Christian Today

Lorraine Caballero 20 August, 2017

Mormon church leaders are now facing several lawsuits over their alleged failure to protect children from sexual abuse under a now-defunct foster program which ran from the 1940s to 2000.

Five lawsuits have been filed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2016 on behalf of Navajo tribal members who alleged that the Mormon church failed to protect children from sexual abuse at the hands of foster families. Three other similar lawsuits were recently filed in Navajo Nation court and Washington state, The Associated Press detailed.

During a news conference in Phoenix on Aug. 15, a new Navajo plaintiff identified as A.H. said she told her local bishop that her foster father was abusing her. However, the bishop told her not to talk about it and that the matter would be addressed.

According to A.H., the abuse continued and the Church did not report it to authorities. She sought legal advice after she observed that the same thing was happening to other Navajos such as a woman identified only as J.C.

The attorneys of the plaintiffs said the Church leaders failed to report the abuse to authorities or to other church members even though they knew about what was happening. They also allege that the Mormon church did not properly monitor foster families.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

August 19, 2017

Priest ‘killed doctor to hide secret lovechild’

IRELAND
The Times

Lynne Kelleher
August 19 2017
The Times

A Leitrim priest had a local doctor murdered in 1923 because he knew the priest had fathered a child with his teenage housekeeper, the GP’s relatives have claimed.

An RTÉ radio documentary reveals that the priest was never charged with the murder but did go on trial for abandoning a two-week-old girl a month before the shooting.

Father Edward Ryans, 37, and Kate Brown, his 19-year-old housekeeper, were caught leaving the baby, Rose Brown, opposite the Black Church in Dublin in February 1923.

A month later, Paddy Muldoon, 32, was shot dead in the town of Mohill, Co Leitrim, when walking out on to the street after a card game during the final months of the Civil War. He had treated the housekeeper during the early stages of her pregnancy, and, asked by her family to arrange an illegal abortion, had refused.

The story of an IRA-supporting rebel priest allegedly arranging the execution of the local doctor and the efforts by the state, church and rebel forces to keep it under wraps will be aired on RTÉ Radio 1 at 1pm today.

Newly discovered archive material from sources, including the Muldoon family, are used to piece together the events surrounding the murder and the maverick priest who once used his car to ferry escaped IRA convicts.

In archive footage, Thomas William Muldoon, a nephew of the doctor, tells how his father was told who killed the GP by a canon at the funeral.

“On the day of the funeral, a priest, he was a Canon Pitman, told my father, ‘I believe it was Father Ryans who shot him’.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Did priest order doctor's murder to cover up his abandoned daughter?

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Fr Edward Ryans was the prime suspect in the killing of a GP, Paddy Muldoon, in Dublin, but the crime was never solved. A new documentary, however, claims there may have been a conspiracy of silence. Kim Bielenberg looks at the evidence

August 19 2017

In February 1923, as the Irish civil war was drawing to a close, a Catholic priest was arrested with his housekeeper on a charge of abandoning a baby on the doorstep of a house in Dublin's north inner city.

Three local women had noticed the curate, Fr Edward Ryans, and the teenage girl acting suspiciously before they left the infant and a package wrapped in brown paper near the Black Church in Broadstone.

The vigilant women apprehended the couple from Leitrim as they tried to hurry away, before reporting them to police.

A month later, Paddy Muldoon, a young doctor from the same area in Leitrim, was walking late at night down the street in Mohill with a friend, Edward Geelan, when suddenly three men appeared in trenchcoats.

Muldoon and his friend were just saying goodbye near the bridge, when one of the men opened fire at Dr Muldoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Catholic bishops create guidelines for priests with children

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

The wellbeing of the child should be the primary consideration for any Catholic priest who becomes a father, guidelines approved by Ireland’s Catholic bishops state.

The guidelines say the priest “should face up to his responsibilities – legal, moral and financial. At a minimum, no priest should walk away from his responsibilities.”

In arriving at any decision concerning his child, it is “vital” that the mother, “as the primary caregiver, and as a moral agent in her own right, be fully involved”. It was also “important that a mother and child should not be left isolated or excluded”.

The guidelines, Principles of Responsibility Regarding Priests who Father Children While in Ministry, were approved by the bishops last May, but have yet to be published on their website or any Catholic diocesan website in Ireland.

They were prepared following discussions with Galway-based psychotherapist Vincent Doyle (34), whose father, Co Longford priest Fr JJ Doyle, died of lung cancer in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Ex-Salvation Army pastor Christian Siebert has been found guilty by the District Court of sexually exploiting two sisters in SA church

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Meagan Dillon, Court Reporter, Sunday Mail (SA)
August 19, 2017

A FORMER South Australian church pastor has been found guilty of sexually exploiting two young sisters more than 40 years ago — crimes that were examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse.

District Court Judge Gordon Barrett this month found ex-Salvation Army officer Christian Siebert guilty of two counts of the persistent sexual exploitation of two girls — then aged four and six — between 1976 and 1978.

Both victims first made statements to Victoria Police in 2004, and went on to give evidence at the royal commission two years ago.

The District Court heard a Salvation Army couple were posted to an SA country town and moved there with their two daughters and son in 1976.

Siebert, who would later become a pastor, was aged 20 at the time and was an active member of the church congregation where he spent a lot of time with the siblings, who lived next to the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Bistum Hildesheim liegt das Missbrauchsgutachten jetzt vor

DEUTSCHLAND
kath.net

[Diocese of Hildesheim: The abuse report is now available. However, the results will be publicized in October. According to the NDR, the current Hildesheimer Bishop Norbert Trelle will no longer be in office at the time of publicizing the results because he will have to submit the request for retirement to Pope Francis in September since he will be 75 years old.]

Die Ergebnisse werden allerdings erst im Oktober der Öffentlichkeit bekannt gemacht.

Hildesheim (kath.net) Das Gutachten über die Missbrauchsfälle im Bistum Hildesheim liegt jetzt der Bistumsleitung vor. Die Ergebnisse werden aber erst im Oktober der Öffentlichkeit bekanntgemacht, wie der NDR berichtete. „Wir werden das Gutachten jetzt genau lesen und schauen, welche Schlüsse wir aus den Ergebnissen ziehen müssen“, erläuterte dazu Weihbischof Heinz-Günter Bongartz. Das Bistum hatte das Gutachten vor einem Jahr selbst beim Münchner Institut IPP in Auftrag gegeben, es geht nicht zuletzt um Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen den 1988 verstorbenen früheren Hildesheimer Bischof Heinrich Maria Janssen und gegen den pensionierten Priester Peter R. zu prüfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Ermittlungen gegen Jugendbetreuer wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs

DETUSCHLAND
WDR

[The Wittgenstein Protestant Church District has dismissed its senior youth counselor. The 54-year-old is said to have sexually abused a teenager.]

Der Evangelische Kirchenkreis Wittgenstein hat seinen leitenden Jugendreferenten entlassen. Der 54-Jährige soll eine Jugendliche sexuell missbraucht haben.

Die Tat soll sich in einem Reisebus auf der Rückfahrt von einer Jugendreise ereignet haben, wie am Freitag (18.08.2017) bekannt wurde. Laut Siegener Staatsanwaltschaft und Kirchenkreis hat sich der Mann selbst angezeigt. Die Ermittlungen wegen des sexuellen Missbrauchs einer Schutzbefohlenen laufen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

United Nurses and Allied Professionals Statement on Bankruptcy of St. Joseph’s Retirement Fund

RHODE ISLAND
GoLocalProv

Friday, August 18, 2017
GoLocal News Team

United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) general counsel Christopher Callaci released the following statement today after GoLocal Prov unveiled the bankrupcty on Friday:

“We are deeply troubled by the potential impact this receivership may have on our members and their families who, for years, have been told they would be able to rely on this fund when they needed it the most.”

The UNAP intends to be centrally involved in the receivership process and looks forward to working with the court-appointed receiver to preserve the benefits of its members.

This receivership raises a number of serious questions regarding how the fund was managed.

We expect the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence to be transparent about how the fund has been bled and left with a $43 million shortfall and what they plan to do to about it. There is a moral obligation to act soon so that people may retire with dignity and the financial stability the plan was supposed to provide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Sex abuse prevention experts: Brentwood Academy student policies may send troubling message

TENNESSEE
Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani and Holly Meyer, Knoxville Aug. 18, 2017

At the center of allegations that a 12-year-old boy was raped in 2015 in the locker room of an elite Brentwood Christian school are questions about how school officials respond to student misconduct.

A review of a Brentwood Academy student handbook reveals a biblical-based approach to student conduct.

Sexual abuse prevention advocates said portions of that guidance may be sending a troubling message to students.

And a comparison of Brentwood Academy student conduct and discipline guidelines to other local Christian and public schools shows a different approach to communicating how the academy responds to allegations of sexual misconduct.

'Treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt taxpayer'

The academy's "Student Conduct and Discipline" policy begins by quoting this version of Matthew 18:15-17 as its model:

"If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won the person back.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

August 18, 2017

Defamation suit against Bill Donohue ends as appeal period expires

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 18, 2017
by Brian Roewe

A defamation case brought against Bill Donohue by a Kansas City man, whose account of clergy sexual abuse the Catholic League head doubted, closed Aug. 17 after the plaintiff opted not to appeal its dismissal by lower courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In April, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a federal district court's October 2015 ruling to dismiss charges of defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress brought by Jon David Couzens. The claims against Donohue traced to past press statements he issued about Couzens with regard to a 2011 lawsuit he brought against the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, Diocese.

The 90-day window to appeal the appeals court's ruling closed on Thursday.

Both the district and appeals courts ruled that because the statements originated in New York, where Donohue and the Catholic League are based, that the case was subject to the state's one-year statute of limitations, rather than Missouri law and its two-year statute of limitations. Couzens' attorney argued that the Missouri statute applied because the state was the site where he sustained the alleged injuries.

Rebecca Randles, Couzens' attorney, told NCR in an email an appeal was not pursued due to a belief that the case presented more of a state, rather than federal, issue, and the "slim chance" the Supreme Court would take it up. While she disagreed with the courts' ruling on the statute of limitations, she added, "The opinion of the lower court is pretty clear that Donohue defamed my client."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Major RI Pension System Files for Bankruptcy

RHODE ISLAND
GoLocalProv

Friday, August 18, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

GoLocalProv has learned that the St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island pension fund has filed for receivership — the filing puts thousands of pensions at risk.

This is one of the largest pension failures in Rhode Island in recent history. It will take months to determine the total financial impact on the pensioners.

Kilmartin Signed Off

According to sources close to the matter, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 pension accounts will be impacted, but the exact number of individuals affected is not known.

The triggering event was a decision by the Diocese of Providence to exit the system. The fund is not connected to CharterCARE or their parent company, Prospect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

Former Boy Scout recalls alleged abuse

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

"Brouillard would swim completely naked and routinely instructed V.Q. and the other boys to remove their clothes. Brouillard would grope and touch their private parts."

– Lawsuit filed by attorney David Lujan on behalf of "V.Q."

In 1977, "V.Q." – using initials in recent court documents to protect his identity – joined the Mongmong Troop 18 Boy Scouts in hopes of participating in new activities and learning new things.

V.Q. said he was 14 when he joined the organization. He recalls attending meetings several times a week at the Nuestra Señora De Las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong to study the scout oaths and laws, and to practice marching, drills and map reading.

During those troop meetings, the boy met Father Louis Brouilard, who not only served as a priest for the Archdiocese of Agana but also as scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts.

According to a civil complaint filed yesterday in the District Court of Guam, during weekly outings with Brouillard to earn his swimming merit badge, V.Q. said he was sexually molested and abused on "numerous occasions" by the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Released from U.S. prison, former pastor deported to face alleged sex crimes in the UK

UNITED STATES
Baptist News

BOB ALLEN | AUGUST 18, 2017

U.S. immigration officials have deported a former British Baptist minister and convicted sexual predator wanted for additional alleged sex crimes in the United Kingdom.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Aug. 16 that upon his release from a Virginia prison, 53-year-old Robert John Dando was accompanied by deportation officers on a commercial flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Heathrow Airport in London and turned over to authorities there.

Dando, one-time unpaid traveling assistant to British Baptist leader David Coffey when Coffey served as president of the Baptist World Alliance, appeared at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. He is charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse relating to nine victims over 23 years. Charges include rape and sexual assault of boys in the south of England and Wales between 1986 and 2009.

At the time senior minister at Worcester Park Baptist Church in suburban London, Dando entered the United States in July 2010 under a program that allows citizens of certain countries into the country for tourism, business or while in transit up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.

He was arrested in Oakton, Va., on July 24, 2010, and eventually pleaded guilty to four counts of sexually molesting the young sons of family friends while on visits to their Northern Virginia home over a period of several years. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in Fairfax County Circuit Court in 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Sex abuse and the seal of the confessional

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 18, 2017

by Kieran Tapsell

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just released its Criminal Justice Report in which it deals with many matters relating to the way child sexual abuse within institutions is handled by the Australian criminal justice system. In the course of that report, it recommends mandatory reporting of all suspected child sexual abuse within institutions and the creation of new offences of failing to take proper care to prevent such abuse.

One recommendation that understandably created some media interest is that there should be no exemption to the reporting requirements for information provided in confession.

The commission’s report produces convincing evidence, not only in Australia, but also overseas, that priest sex abusers used confession as a means of assuaging their guilt. It made it easier for them to repeat their crimes because confession was always available.

In a response to the report, Jesuit Fr. Frank Brennan stated that a civil law requirement for priests to break the seal of confession was unlikely to lead to better protection for children because abusers would not confess such matters if they knew they had to be reported. Brennan said that he would disobey any such law and accept the consequences.

Archbishop Denis Hart, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, in his response said that the secret of the confessional is a “fundamental part of the freedom of religion…and it must remain so here in Australia.” In an interview on ABC Radio, Hart said he would go to jail rather than breach the secret.

It is surprising that no church representative has mentioned a way in which the church could significantly reduce the risk of breach of the seal by a fairly simple change to canon law based on a problem that has a long history.

Ever since private confession became the practice in the church in the early Middle Ages, there has been a continual problem of priests soliciting sex in the confessional. The church was so worried about the practice that the Council of Treves in 1227 required such priests to be excommunicated. In 1622, Pope Gregory XV required penitents to denounce such priests to the Inquisition or to the bishop, and that confessors should advise penitents of their obligation to do so. In 1741, Pope Benedict XIV confirmed this decree, and added that absolution should be refused to solicited penitents until they denounced their confessors. He also decreed that only popes could give absolution to penitents who falsely accused priests of soliciting.

The persons solicited were mostly women, less so men, but rarely young children because until 1910, they did not go to confession until they reached the age of 12 to 14 years. In 2010, Pope Pius X reduced the age to 7 years thus broadening the opportunities for paedophiles to find their victims. A number of case studies examined by the Australian Royal Commission confirmed that such soliciting of young children in the confessional had occurred in Australia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Besieged Catholic Church is wounded, but will not fall

AUSTRALIA
The Weekend Australian

August 19, 2017

GREG CRAVEN
Columnist
Melbourne

Have things ever seemed worse for the Catholic Church in Australia? If it were a boxer, it would look tangled in the ropes, sliding towards the canvas and spitting blood. The past four years have been horrendous. Endless, horrifying accounts of historical child abuse. A royal commission relentlessly critiquing failures of bishops and processes. The media baying for yet more blood. Cardinal ­George Pell charged with abuse offences. The cardinal has the full presumption of innocence, but the communal trauma is palpable.

And now, a report from the commission eviscerating the Catholic sacrament of confession. How much worse can this get?

The entire spectacle has been relished by journalists, activists and downright bigots praying fervently to a non-existent God for the implosion of the Catholic Church. It would not be fair to say such critics have no interest in child abuse. No one can stomach the victimisation of children, by Catholics or others.

But to inveterate enemies of the church, the appalling reality of the scandal is incidental. They have battled Catholicism bitterly for decades on issues such as abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage. To anti-Catholic enthusiasts such as David Marr and Peter Fitzsimons, Catholicism has stood — if not alone, then lonely — against their self-focused creed of secular politics. This is their opportunity to kick the church hard when it is down. In normal circumstances, you could make these points without tarring and feathering. But these are not normal times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

The Bishop scandal-The other side

BOTSWANA
Mmegi blogs

By KGOSIETSILE NGAKAAGAE Fri 18 Aug 2017

It often takes a lifetime to build a reputation and a moment to have it all come crumbing down. Sexual scandals, in particular, make interesting reading but behind each, there is a hurting human being who may very well be totally innocent.

When news surrounding the resignation of the Roman Catholic Bishop broke out in a screaming headline last Friday, and went viral in social media, I paused to think of the hurt that the man was inevitably going through. I focused on him not out of lack of empathy for his accusers but because he was, at that moment, the one at the wrong end of the stick. Overnight, he had moved from being a symbol of all things right to one of all things wrong with the Catholic Church and the Christian clergy. His fate was sealed before his trial commenced. He stood disgraced, his reputation in tatters and social media gnawing at whatever remained of it.

I don’t know the Bishop from Jack. I have heard of him but I have never seen or met him. I do not purport to speak for him but purely for principle. Further, I do not know if he actually did the things he is alleged to have done. My point is that whilst it is impossible not to be concerned at such allegations, it is important to refrain from judgment on matters affecting people’s reputations until all facts are on the table. Any person would ask for that, similarly circumstanced. The need is especially pronounced in his case where, ex facie, the complaint as narrated, elicited more questions than answers. Let us consider the allegations, briefly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Ex-school officials accused of embezzling $3M from federal lunch program

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Emily Saul August 17, 2017

These Yeshiva school “suppers” were definitely not kosher.

Two former leaders of a prestigious, Brooklyn-based chain of Yeshivas are facing up to 20 years prison for claiming they were serving kids federally subsidized suppers five nights a week — and instead pocketing the $3 million in subsidies, the feds said Thursday.

Elozer Porges and Joel Lowy, formerly executive director and assistant director of Central United Talmudic Academy, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud at their arraignment in Brooklyn federal court.

The yeshiva bigwigs had submitted phony documents claiming that between 2014 and 2016, low-income and at-risk children stayed late and ate supper every weeknight at three of their schools — at 762 Wythe Ave., 25 Franklin St. and 84-88 Sandford St. — the charges allege.

But while many of the schools’ kids ate federally subsidized breakfasts, lunches and snacks, they wouldn’t stay for supper, the feds said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

BOSTON GLOBE’S NEW ATTACK ON PRIESTS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the Boston Globe’s selective concern about fatherless children:

The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team is out with another attack on the Catholic priesthood: this one a two-part series on “Children of Catholic priests” who “live with secrets and sorrow.”

Using a few highly publicized cases, and several anecdotal stories, reporter Michael Rezendes concludes that by “any reasonable measure, there are thousands” of children around the world “who have strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests.” Yet as he acknowledges, with over 400,000 priests worldwide, even if the unsubstantiated “thousands” estimate is accepted, that could amount to as little as one percent or less of priests having fathered a child. And as he further acknowledges, some of these priests “took their responsibility seriously.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Why a Nashville priest is reminding his congregation to report suspected child abuse immediately

TENNESSEE
Tennessean

Holly Meyer, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Aug. 18, 2017

A Nashville priest reminded his congregation recently that suspected child abuse within their church community should be immediately reported to civil authorities.

Prompted by news of a lawsuit filed against Brentwood Academy, the Rev. Thomas McKenzie, who leads Church of the Redeemer, sent a letter to members reiterating the church's reporting policy.

"This is just one of those moments where it's now in the public consciousness and so I felt like we need to remind people of how this is supposed to be done," said McKenzie, whose church is not connected to the school.

The lawsuit accuses the prestigious Christian school of not protecting a 12-year-old boy from repeated sexual assaults by teen boys in a locker room at the school.

McKenzie emphasized that he did not know what happened at Brentwood Academy, but the allegations prompted the need to revisit the congregation's responsibility to children in its care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Brooklyn Hasidic school officials busted for stealing federal meal program cash

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
ANDREW KESHNER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two ex-administrators at a Brooklyn Hasidic school system are accused of taking food out of the mouths of children.

Elozer Porges, 43, and Joel Lowy, 29, formerly of the Central United Talmudic Academy, were indicted Thursday on charges that they bilked a federal school meal program out of $3 million — putting in claims on food that was never served.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors said the unreal meal scheme took place between 2013 and 2015. They said the pair padded reimbursement claims so they could reap larger checks from the U.S. Child and Adult Care Food Program — a program meant to feed at-risk children.

The FBI and the city Department of Investigation launched a joint investigation into the reimbursement process in 2014 — specifically looking at whether dinners were actually served at the Williamsburg schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

The Catholic Church Can Start Fixing Itself by Changing Its Celibacy Rule

MASSACHUSETTS
Esquire

A new Spotlight investigation in The Boston Globe shows it's high time.

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
AUG 17, 2017

Now that all that pesky Oscar Buzz has died down, it's important to note that my old Boston Phoenix running buddy, Mike Rezendes, is Still On The Case. As part of The Boston Globe's Spotlight team, Mike has written a sad and remarkable series about people who are the sons and daughters of purportedly celibate Roman Catholic clergy, and the shameful abandonment of those people by the institution for which their fathers worked.

Jim Graham couldn't know in that moment that the stunning secret which had seemed his alone was not that unusual. By any reasonable measure, there are thousands of others who have strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests, though most are unaware that they have so much company in their pain. In Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Paraguay, and other countries, in American cities big and small — indeed, virtually anywhere the church has a presence — the children of priests form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect, a Spotlight Team review has found. Their exact number can't be known, but with more than 400,000 priests worldwide, many of them inconstant in their promise of celibacy, the potential for unplanned children is vast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Retired Diocese Of New Ulm Priest Facing Allegation Of Sexual Abuse

MINNESOTA
KEYC

By Kelsey Barchenger, Morning/Midday Anchor

A retired priest with the Diocese of New Ulm faces an allegation of sexual abuse.

A statement from the diocese says police and parishioners have been notified.

The alleged abuse dates back to the 1990s when Fr. James Devorak was assigned to the St. Pius X parish in Glencoe.

A statement from Bishop John LeVoir goes on to say Fr. Devorak's last assignment in the Diocese of New Ulm ended in July of 2015 and the Diocese is unaware of any other abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Clergy sex abuse suit says former priest Brouillard swam naked, molested Scouts

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 18, 2017

A former Boy Scout accused former priest Louis Brouillard of sexually abusing him around 1977 or 1978 at Lonfit River, according to a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam.

The accuser, identified in court documents only by his initials V.Q., filed a $10 million lawsuit Friday afternoon against Brouillard, the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council Chamorro District.

V.Q., represented by attorney David J. Lujan, is the 98th person to file a childhood sexual abuse lawsuit on Guam involving the Catholic Church.

As Scouts, V.Q. and other boys were required to meet several times a week at the Nuestra Senora De Las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong, the complaint says.

The lawsuit says Brouillard's sexually predatory practices included weekly outings in which he would take V.Q. and other Scouts to the Lonfit River in Ordot Chalan Pago to compete for their swimming badges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Brokenshire criticised on historical abuse compensation

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

Victims of institutional abuse have said they are angry that NI Secretary James Brokenshire will not to use his powers to make interim compensation payments.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry recommended a state apology and compensation for victims.

The collapse of Stormont in January meant the process was put on hold.

A spokesperson said Mr Brokenshire had made "no decisions" on the issue.

The government spokesperson added that it "remains a devolved issue" and that abuse compensation was "one of the many reasons (Mr Brokenshire) remains determined to get an NI Executive back up and running".

"He continues to urge the parties to seek urgent resolution to restore the executive so that a response can be provided to Sir Anthony's (HIA) report at the earliest opportunity."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Abuse commission may need secret volumes

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Lisa Martin
AAP

The royal commission into child sex abuse may need to have separate public and confidential volumes in order to avoid prejudicing Cardinal George Pell's legal case.

The final report is expected to be in the order of 15,000 pages long and goes to the federal government on December 15.

AAP understands the commission and government are grappling with potential legal issues over the Pell case.

The royal commission has only examined Pell's handling of abuse allegations against other clergy in the church while he was Melbourne Archbishop and a Ballarat priest and not claims against him personally.

Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic official and ranked number three in the Vatican, was charged in June with multiple historical sex offence charges involving multiple complainants.

There has been speculation in legal circles that the public release of the final report and Melbourne and Ballarat case studies may have to be delayed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Bishop says sanctity of confession must be upheld

AUSTRALIA
Wollondilly Advertiser

The region’s highest-ranking Catholic does not believe priests should be compelled to report child abuse admissions made during the sanctity of Confession.

Bishop Peter Ingham, head of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong – which encompasses the entire Macarthur region – says Catholic faith dictates the Seal of Confession “cannot be broken” and it is equally important to “preserve the sanctity” of confession and “protect, defend and help children”.

He said it was not an “either or” situation, but rather a “both and”.

The Bishop has clarified his position in response to a recent recommendation out of the Royal Commission into child abuse within the Catholic church.

The recommendation suggested priests should be compelled by law to report to authorities any instances of child abuse admitted to them during Confession.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Child safety trumps sanctity of Catholic Church's confessionals

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Editorial

It is understandable that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Australia is resistant to the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that priests be legally compelled to report to police information received via the confessional. But the church's hostility is not reasonable, and legislators should implement this and other recommendations in the commission's Criminal Justice Report, one of the publications flowing from the four-year investigation.

Transgression of the centuries-old seal of the confessional (the duty of priests to never divulge what penitents have confessed) is penalised with automatic excommunication. The commission has heard evidence of the misuse of the confessional. Priests guilty of serial child rape have used it to seek absolution before repeating their crime. Predatory paedophile priests have used it to groom victims. The commission concludes: "The report recommends there be no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence granted to clergy for failing to report information disclosed in connection with a religious confession."

That is a just and logical proposal. Notwithstanding the separation of church and state (which protects religious freedom, entrusts lawmaking to the polity and enshrines a secular society), priests, like everyone else, are not above the law. Mandatory reporting is seen as effective in other professions that work with children. Tradition per se is an insufficient argument against change. The priority is the protection of children. The seal of the confessional has protected paedophile priests.

The commission's other recommendations include: allowing multiple victims to give evidence against a single alleged abuser; increased sentences for historical offences; criminalising an institution's failure to protect a child or report abuse; and stronger anti-grooming laws. The rule of law – and the associated principles that we are all equal under the law and that justice is blind – is fundamental to our social, economic and political stability. In this case of a clash between canonical law (law stemming from papal edict) and statute, it is in the public interest that child protection trump all other considerations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Magdalene Laundries campaigner calls for removal of Sisters of Mercy statue in Dublin

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Claire Fox and Cillian Sherlock
August 17 2017

A Magdalene Laundries campaigner has called for the removal of a statue dedicated to the Sisters of Mercy outside a former laundry in Dublin.

Patricia McDonald, founder of Justice for Magdalene Laundries, told Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One's Liveline that the statue of a nun welcoming a poor woman and baby outside the Sisters of Mercy convent does not reflect the suffering that women experienced at the laundry.

"It does not record the actual reality of suffering and distress experienced by generations of women. It's inappropriate. I'm not decrying the piece. It's a nice piece of art," she said.

Ms McDonald grew up in the Baggot Street area of Dublin and recalled how she would see the women emerging from the back of laundry but didn't understand the significance of what they were doing.

"I remembered as a child seeing huge wooden doors open occasionally and steam coming out and women in uniforms appearing out in the lane way. As a child I didn't know the significance of that and that it was in fact a laundry," she added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 AM

UNCHASTE PRIESTS SIRE CHILDREN, SCANDAL

MASSACHUSETTS
Church Militant

by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • August 17, 2017

New investigation uncovers more evidence of Church in crisis

BOSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Fifteen years after its bombshell report on clerical sex abuse, the Boston Globe is again throwing light on a dark corner of the Church — this time exposing the plight of children fathered by unchaste priests.

In a two-part series published Wednesday and Thursday, the paper released findings from an investigation led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes, who in 2002 first unmasked the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

Rezendes' new report reveals that across the world, thousands of people are uncovering "strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests." The prevalence of the phenomenon is such that in 2014, Vincent Doyle, the son of an Irish priest, established Coping International, an organization devoted to providing support to offspring of Catholic priests and religious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 AM

Sexual abuse: Catholic priests must confess to regain our shaken faith

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Nick O'Malley

Father Michael McArdle was reportedly so distressed by his acts of child sexual abuse in Queensland that he would often seek the succour of the confessional. Over a 25-year period, before he was convicted in 2002, he confessed to sexually assaulting children an estimated 1500 times to 30 different priests. In keeping with Catholic tradition in Australia, the priests did not report to his crimes to authorities, but moved him on to different parishes, to greener pastures.

McArdle's case resonates this week because on Monday the royal commission into child sex abuse released 85 recommendations on improvements to the criminal justice system. Among them was the proposal that the seal of the religious confessional be broken and that clergy who fail to report child abuse revealed in confession face criminal prosecution, just as anyone else in Australia would. Since the Catholic Church is the only major religion in Australia that still insists its canon law be held above secular law in this regard, this was rightly seen as a challenge, and the Catholic Church, defensive of its significant privileges, responded.

On Tuesday Melbourne's archbishop, Denis Hart, told the ABC: "I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of a higher order which priests by nature respect, they don't ever want to do anything that would hurt children," he said.

Writing for Fairfax Media this week, Father Frank Brennan said he would go to jail before abiding by such a law and sought to explain his reasoning. "Common sense tells me that a sex abuser would be even less likely to present for confession if he knew that the confessional seal did not apply," he wrote. "If the seal of the confessional were maintained, there is a chance, just a chance, that a child sex abuser might be convinced by the priest to turn himself in. Take away the seal, and that ever so slim chance will be snuffed out."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 AM

Alleged Catholic School Sex Abuse Victim Sues Legion of Christ

CONNECTICUT/NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Connecticut Law Tribune

ROBERT STORACE, The Connecticut Law Tribune
August 17, 2017

A 48-year-old California man allegedly raped as a teenager by an employee at the Connecticut-based Legion of Christ has filed a federal lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, claims the victim identified only as John Doe was first sexually assaulted at the now-defunct Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in New Hampshire when he was 13 years old. The teenager was allegedly raped every two to three weeks for about three and half years at the Roman Catholic boarding school for boys grades 7-12.

Cheshire-based Legion of Christ oversaw the school.

It's alleged that a man known as Brother Fernando Cutanda abused John Doe and another boy at the school, and that officials did nothing to stop it, according to the lawsuit. John Doe claims he told Father Patrick O'Carroll about the alleged abuse during confession, he was told to pray "five rosaries for his sins, gave him penance and said 'God will take care of things.'"

Jeffrey Herman, one of John Doe's three attorneys, said his client "is strong, but deeply damaged. He thought it was time to come forward."

Herman said Cutanda allegedly "groomed" the boy for sex. Herman said he does not know where Cutanda is today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 AM

MARIST BROTHERS: SCHOOL DIRECTOR ADMITS ABUSING STUDENT

ARGENTINA
Associated Press

BY ALMUDENA CALATRAVA
ASSOCIATED PRESS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The general director of an elite school founded by the Marist Brothers in Argentina has admitted he sexually abused a student 38 years ago, an official for the order said Thursday.

Gonzalo Santa Coloma, the order's official for protecting children in Buenos Aires province, told The Associated Press that Brother Angel Duples acknowledged the abuse after the order began an investigation following a report by a former student who had talked with the victim.

At the time of the abuse, Duples was a lay brother working at a branch of the Champagnat school on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. He has been director of the school's main branch in downtown Buenos Aires over the past decade.

"I asked him: Did this really happen or is it just another tale? And he told me that it had happened, that there was fondling," Santa Coloma said in recounting a conversation he had with Duples.

"He realizes the seriousness of this issue and the evil that he might have done," the official said, adding that Duples asked to be removed from his duties at the school.

Santa Coloma declined to let AP contact Duples, saying he is "depressed and medicated" and has been sent to a nursing home owned by the Marist Brothers where he has no contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 AM

August 17, 2017

The Editors: A threat to the confessional seal anywhere is a threat to it everywhere

UNITED STATES
America

The Editors

In a scene reminiscent of many Hollywood movies, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has announced that he would rather go to prison than report an allegation of sexual abuse he heard during a sacramental confession. “It is a sacred trust,” Hart told a radio station in Melbourne on Aug. 15. Archbishop Hart’s defense of the confessional seal was prompted by a report released the day before by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that included a recommendation to criminalize priests’ failures to report sexual abuse heard during confession. While the commissioners noted the Catholic mandate that the seal never be broken, “we heard evidence of a number of instances where disclosures of child sexual abuse were made in religious confession, by both victims and perpetrators,” the report added.

In 2012 in Ireland, horror at the extent of sexual abuse of minors (as well as a gimlet eye toward a church that had long operated with a heavy hand in Irish civic life) led legislators to propose a similar law. Here in the United States, legislative battles have been waged from Louisiana to Massachusetts to California over “confession carve-outs” in laws that allow for exemptions to mandated reporting for sacramental confessions.

Such stories always draw media attention, in part because of our cultural obsession (and not just among Catholics) with the mysteries and terrors of the confessional box. Nary a cop drama has existed in the history of television without a police officer hiding in a confessional to hear evidence of a crime. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film “I Confess” has as its major plot point a priest who hears a murderer’s confession; the 1994 film “Priest”also features a cleric who is unable to act on a confession of sexual abuse because of the inviolability of the seal.

To the secular mind, the confessional seal is madness—a loophole in the law, a violation of state neutrality with regard to religion, a “medieval law” (to quote a member of the Australian Parliament), a tool for institutional corruption and coverup. And who, after all, wants to see abusers hide behind the sacraments?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

BOGUS LAWSUIT ENDS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a lawsuit brought against him and the Catholic League:

At every step of the way, a lawsuit filed by Rebecca Randles against me and the Catholic League was knocked down by the courts. I never libeled anyone, and she knows it. She lost in the U.S. District Court, and then lost again in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. She wisely decided not to appeal her bogus lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, though it would have been fun to watch her lose again.

Randles tried to silence me, and she failed. She should have known better.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

When I was 16, I went to confession. I wish the priest had reported what I'd told him

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Mary-Rose MacColl

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has said he’ll risk going to jail rather than report what’s said to him in the sacrament of confession, even if what’s confessed relates to child sexual abuse.

His latest comments, made on ABC radio, were responding to a recommendation from the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse to make reporting child sexual abuse allegations mandatory in institutions including when an allegation is made in religious confession. Failure to report would be a criminal offence.

The recommendation is one of a suite of proposed reforms to improve transparency and reporting of sexual abuse and improve the law’s effectiveness to apprehend sexual abusers and protect children.

Archbishop Hart wouldn’t report something said in confession by a child who’s been abused or by an abuser. Non-Catholics don’t understand confession, he said. Confession is sacrosanct, above the law, which is what makes it different from other forms of telling. It’s communication with God of a higher order.

Like many Catholics, I spent my childhood in fortnightly confession and frankly I don’t understand confession either. I recall the queasy light and the slightly creepy whispering of the priest in that little tardis of shame that sat on one side of the church. I got the same penance every fortnight by making up the same sins. I’d say I lied, I stole, because I couldn’t think of any actual sins. My penance was always a couple of Hail Marys.

The seal of confession, its secrecy, was important, we were told in religion class at school. A priest was hanged for a murder he didn’t commit because he wouldn’t reveal the murderer’s true identity, which he’d learned through confession. That’s how tight the seal was. It amazed us.

When I was 16, I went to confession for real. I’d been sexually abused by a Catholic high school teacher and her husband. I went to see a priest on the suggestion of one of my abusers, because I was so upset.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Former Hutchinson priest accused of sexual abuse

MINNESOTA
Hutchinson Leader

BY JEREMY JONES jones@hutchinsonleader.com Aug 17, 2017

Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter confirmed Thursday morning that police are investigating an accusation of sexual abuse against the Rev. James Devorak.

Devorak was assigned to St. Pius X parish in Glencoe from 1985 to 1995, and at St. Anastasia parish in Hutchinson and St. Boniface parish of Stewart from 1995 to 2000.

According to the New Ulm Diocese, he has been accused of sexual abuse while serving in Glencoe. Raiter said he could provide no other details about the investigation.

“Police, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and affected parishes are being notified of this allegation,” Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm said in a statement. “Fr. Devorak is a retired priest of the Diocese of New Ulm. His last assignment in the Diocese of New Ulm ended in July 2015. From July 2015 to July 31, 2017, he was assigned within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as a parochial vicar.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

A Guardian column has literally called on the Catholic church to protect the secrets of child rapists [EDITORIAL]

UNITED KINGDOM
The Canary

AUGUST 17TH, 2017 Kerry-anne Mendoza

The Guardian has published a call that confidentiality rules should protect Catholics who admit to child sexual abuse in confession. While the author rightly calls on us to consider our own humanity, she neglects entirely the issue of widespread child abuse within the church. Abuse is about shame, and silence. And it’s time to break both.

The priest abuse scandal

First, we need to set the piece in the context of the priest abuse scandal. Representatives of the Roman Catholic church have engaged in child sexual abuse on an industrial scale.

The church abused children in the US, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, Ireland, the Dominican Republic and Australia. From local priests to cardinals, church leaders conspired to rape and sexually assault children; and protect each other (and the church) from justice. In 2012, experts advised the Vatican that there could be 100,000 victims of clerical child sexual abuse in the US alone.

Australia provided one of the most robust responses to the scandal. It launched a royal commission into both the abuse and the cover up, with extraordinary powers of subpoena. And it found that, between 1950 and 2015, 7% of Australian priests were accused of abusing children. In some orders, up to 40% of brothers had allegations of abuse against them. The commission later established a key reason that so few accusations ever made it to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

What’s going on in the Philippines, Part Two: The Horror Story

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

August 17, 2017 Joelle Casteix

Rita Milla had a horror story.

It was a story that no one could believe.

It was 1978. The California teenager said she was being sexually abused by seven priests from the Philippines. She was 16.

Who would believe a horrible story like that?

The abuse continued.

Then she got pregnant. One of the priests, Santiago Tamayo, urged her to have an abortion. When she wouldn’t, he and the father of the child, Father Valentine Tugade, convinced Rita’s mother to send the now-19-year-old to the Philippines, where she could have the child in secret. Rita’s mother didn’t know her daughter was pregnant.

Rita gave birth to a healthy and beautiful daughter. In 1983, Rita went public.

Milla and her family demanded answers from the Archdiocese. All hell broke loose.

Scattered priests

The priests scattered … All under the protection of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and bishops in the Philippines.

Why? Rita’s allegations had merit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Evil hid behind handy seal of confession

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

CHRISSIE FOSTER
The Australian
August 18, 2017

This week saw the publication of the Criminal Justice report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It calls for sweeping change to the Catholic Church’s seal of confession.

The confessional seal can be hideous: it has been proven to be so in the case of former Catholic priest Michael McArdle and shows emphatically why change is needed.

This case is not from some far-away Third World country; it is from here in Australia, in Queensland. It is an expose of blatant criminal behaviour that can be hidden by the confessional seal — a noxious secret between a priest and a pedophile colleague that facilitates and enables heinous crimes to continue and be swept under the carpet at the expense of children, their lives and their wellbeing, all of which neither sinner nor holy forgiver give a damn about.

It is rare to obtain powerful insight into a pedophile’s private, secret confessions because the “good” priest will not tell and neither will the criminal priest … usually. That’s what makes the Mc­Ardle case gold; this one example we have needs careful examination because it exposes what happens behind the private and closed seal of the confessional for criminal child clergy rapists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

A priest’s son takes his case directly to the Pope

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Michael Rezendes
Photos by Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff August 17, 2017

This is one story in a two-part Spotlight series. Click here to read part one.

HE CARRIED HIS DOUBTS and disappointment across miles and decades, from childhood to adulthood, and finally at the age of 48 to the kitchen table of a modest house outside of Buffalo. There, he would ask an elderly aunt and uncle to help him answer the question that had troubled him all his life: Why had his father always seemed to dislike him so much?

With his parents already dead, Jim Graham pleaded with his Aunt Kathryn and Uncle Otto to tell him the truth about his family. Finally, Kathryn unfolded a newsletter published by a Catholic religious order and slid it across the table. She jabbed a finger at a picture of a sad, balding figure wearing a priest’s clerical collar.

“Only the principals know for sure,” she said, “but this may be your father.”

Jim Graham studied the picture. Those were his eyes, his nose, his mouth. Then he skimmed the obituary of the priest, the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, a cleric who had graduated from Boston College and trained for the priesthood in Tewksbury.

If a life can have a crystallizing moment, for Jim Graham that 1993 meeting was it, discovering that his father might have been a Catholic priest, rather than John Graham, the distant man who raised him with scarcely a kind or comforting word.

Jim Graham couldn’t know in that moment that the stunning secret which had seemed his alone was not that unusual. By any reasonable measure, there are thousands of others who have strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests, though most are unaware that they have so much company in their pain. In Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Paraguay, and other countries, in American cities big and small — indeed, virtually anywhere the church has a presence — the children of priests form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect, a Spotlight Team review has found.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

He molested a child twice in a church van and now a former pastor gets his day in court

MISSISSIPPI
Sun Herald

BY JEFF CLARK
jclark@sunherald.com

AUGUST 16, 2017

A former pastor at a Pearl River County church is facing jail time after pleading guilty to two sex crime charges in Hancock County.

The Sea Coast Echo reports that David Matthew Thorne, 35, of Picayune, on Monday pleaded guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to one count of sexual battery and one count of touching a child for lustful purposes. He will be sentenced Sept. 25.

Thorne was arrested in March 2016 for molesting a 15-year-old girl in a church van while he was the youth pastor at Goodyear Baptist Church in Picayune.

He was also arrested on a charge of sexual battery, his third sex crime charge, in Pearl River County less than 24 hours after his arrest in Hancock County. The alleged crimes came under investigation after the child’s parents notified law enforcement officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Spidaro-Figueroa Article and the Media: Ad Majorem Francis Gloriam

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Betty Clermont

The phrase Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God – is the motto of the Jesuits and their founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The point of Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Figueroa’s July 13 article in the Jesuit weekly, La Civiltà Cattolica, is the greater glory of Pope Francis. He is the “courageous” pontiff opposed to the “ecumenism of hate” formed by American “Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists.”

Spadaro is an Italian theologian and editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, the content of which is approved by the Vatican Secretariat of State. Spadaro’s book, Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet, was published in 2012. He built a website in the early ‘90s, then a blog, “was on Twitter in 2005 and Facebook pretty much as soon as it opened to the public,” he said in an interview.

Spadaro was contacted by Pope Francis shortly after his election. His first interview with the pope eventually took place soon after “Who am I to judge,” taken out of context, made headlines and went viral. The comment by the pope in Spadaro’s interview that “It is not necessary to talk about abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods all the time,” extracted from a very lengthy interview, also made headlines.

Spadaro did several more interviews with Pope Francis becoming his “mouthpiece” and one of his “trusted advisers.”

The Argentine Figueroa is a longtime friend of Pope Francis. The pope was not satisfied with the Spanish edition of the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, as directed by the Argentine Silvina Pérez, according to Vatican reporter, Sandro Magister. He wanted an edition just for Argentina to “promote direct access to [his] actions, gestures and texts,” wrote papal biographer, Austen Ivereigh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Opinion: Confessional seal does not protect children from predators

AUSTRALIA
The Courier-Mail

Terry Sweetman, The Courier-Mail

POLITICS is where good ideas go to die, to be crushed by raw numbers, suffocated by belief or prejudice, or left to perish in the face of expediency.

One such good idea is the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse that priests be forced to accept the same legal responsibilities as the rest of us.

Among its wish list of 85 recommendations was that failing to report child sexual abuse be a criminal offence and there should be “no excuse, protection, nor privilege” for priests who fail to alert police because the information was received in confession.

The commission noted evidence of multiple cases in which priest penitents went unreported, unpunished, and protected.

Worse, it heard of cases where abuse disclosed by child victims was kept close to the confessional chest.

“We are satisfied that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt,’’ it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

A Hunter child sex offender priest and the price of power

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
17 Aug 2017

IN October, 1995 a Hunter Catholic priest took down a short statement from a woman who had been sexually abused by a priest from when she was eight, once while he was hearing her confession.

The child sex offender priest was Denis McAlinden, an Irish cleric sent to Australia at the age of 26.

The woman told of repeated sexual abuse over three or four years.

I’ve spoken with her many times. I’ve spoken with two other McAlinden victims who were also sexually assaulted by him while in the confessional.

If you go to the Vatican website and find the Code of Canon Law it includes Canon 1387. It says that a priest who “under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment” – thou shalt not commit adultery – “is to be punished . . . by suspension, prohibitions and privations”. In graver cases “he is to be dismissed from the clerical state”.

It’s accepted by some theologians that the sixth commandment covers the whole of human sexuality, and not just the strict interpretation of adultery. In other words, sexually abusing a child in the confessional could invoke Canon 1387.

Documents show retiring Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Leo Clarke, Father Brian Lucas, incoming bishop Michael Malone and the priest who took the statement had roles to play in an unsuccessful attempt to defrock McAlinden in 1995, with his “good name protected by the confidential nature of this process”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Kluwgant quits Adass

AUSTRALIA
Australian Jewish News

RABBI Meir Shlomo Kluwgant has resigned as principal and CEO of Melbourne’s Adass Israel School.

The AJN can reveal that Rabbi Kluwgant tendered his resignation because of concerns raised by child sexual abuse survivor Dassi Erlich, who met with the board last month.

Erlich was sexually abused by former Adass principal Malka Leifer, who was spirited out of the country by members of the Adass community in 2008 after allegations of her abuse became public.

Welcoming news of Rabbi Kluwgant’s resignation, Erlich told The AJN, “I feel heartened that I was able to speak out for the students past and present of the school and the school board heard my concerns and acted. It really gives me hope that the school is moving in the right direction and positive change is happening.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

New study shows link between hunger in residential schools and long term health issues

CANADA
Regina Leader-Post

Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader-Post

Conrad Weenie was diagnosed with diabetes in 1997. Now 53 years old, he has lost a leg due to complications and is close to losing another. Once that happens, he’ll go from getting around on crutches into a wheelchair.

He said the results of a recent study that show a link between hunger and malnutrition in residential schools and long-term health issues, such as obesity and diabetes, in Indigenous peoples doesn’t surprise him at all.

“My grandfather raised me … He went to he Delmas residential school and he told me stories about what they ate, the nuns and priests, they had all the good food and (the students) were just given porridge all the time,” said Weenie who attended the North Central Health Fair and BBQ on Wednesday.

“They only ate good once a year and that was Christmastime he told me. But most of the time it was just the church, the priests and the nuns, that ate all the good food and the Indians were … hungry all the time,” said Weenie.

He attended the health fair, which focused on diabetes risk awareness, after a home care worker told him about it. Hosted by Diabetes Canada at the Rainbow Youth Centre in the North Central neighbourhood, the fair provided an opportunity for residents to get a diabetes risk assessment done as well as get information about resources available to them in the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Residential school survivor remembers hunger that never went away

CANADA
APTN National News

August 16, 2017

Shirley McLean
APTN National News

Emma Shorty still remembers her days at the Chooutla residential school and more specifically, the hunger that went along with it.

“There was hardly any food,” Shorty told APTN National News.

According to a study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the severe hunger and malnutrition students faced at residential schools are still causing health issues for Indigenous peoples today including diabetes, and obesity.

Co-author Ian Mosby said previous research on malnutrition in schools, along with testimony from survivors, was the basis for the report.

“What we found was what many survivors have talked about is this unending hunger,” said Mosby.

Read the CMAJ Report here: Hunger was never absent

Shorty was born on her family trap line in 1933.

At the age of four, she was taken from her family and placed in Chooutla in Carcross, Yukon.

“The food wasn’t good and they said it was because of world war two but we could have eaten better,” said Shorty.

According to the Shorty, students often had to fend for themselves to eat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Military clergy struggle with directive to report sexual misconduct, documents show

CANADA
CBC News

By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2017

The Canadian military's marching orders for chaplains who counsel perpetrators or victims of sexual misconduct is causing a crisis of conscience for some clergy, federal documents reveal.

A series of morale and welfare reports obtained by CBC News under Access to Information legislation show the issue of pastors being compelled to testify in court has become a matter of increasing unease among military clergy.

"There is concern by chaplains that they are potentially breaching the confidentiality of those receiving spiritual care," said a March 2015 summary prepared by the military chaplain general's office. Moreover, the report said, "the existing framework for legal assistance to chaplains does not provide legal advice for them."

Pastors on bases along the West Coast seemed the most concerned about the ethical dilemma, and at one point they consulted with the regional prosecutor's office to review legal issues related to chaplain confidentiality in courts martial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Catholic school teacher convicted of child rape freed early

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

A former parochial-school teacher, whose conviction of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia years was thrown out amid questions about his accuser’s truthfulness, has pleaded no contest to a lesser crime, a decision that allowed him to be released from prison.

Rather than face a new trial, Bernard Shero, 54, a former teacher at St. Jerome school, pleaded no contest Monday to less serious child rape and assault charges and was sentenced to the roughly four years in prison he has already served.

In 2013, Shero was convicted in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault, and sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison. He was released Wednesday.

George Bochetto, one of Shero’s lawyers, said he was “deeply, deeply concerned with the way the prosecution took place in this matter.”

Prosecutors declined to comment on the ruling or the plea, citing ongoing litigation in related cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Sandhurst Bishop Les Tomlinson backs right to seal of confession

AUSTRALIA
Bendigo Advertiser

Emma D'Agostino
@amassedmedia

17 Aug 2017

SANDHURST Bishop Les Tomlinson has defended the sanctity of confession, despite recommendations to prioritise children’s safety from sexual abuse.

The bishop’s comments were prompted by a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

One of its 85 recommendations was to enforce failure to report offences for information about child sexual abuse that was disclosed during, or in connection with, religious confession.

“There should be no excuse, protection nor privilege in relation to religious confessions for the failure to report offence,” the report states.

The writers said they understood the significance of confession. But they said they had heard evidence of confessions relating to child sexual abuse that were not reported to police, and resulted in re-offending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Pope Francis calls clergy child abuse 'an absolute monstrosity' in foreword to victim's book

ROME
Christian Today

James Macintyre 17 August 2017

Pope Francis has branded the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests an 'absolute monstrosity' and pledged action against the perpetrators as well as bishops and cardinals who have protected them.

The Pope made the comments in the foreword of a new book entitled Father, I Forgive You: Abused But Not Broken, written by a Swiss man, Daniel Pittet, who was first raped by a priest when he was eight years old.

Pope Francis, whose repeated promises of zero tolerance have been criticised by victims who say the Vatican needs to do much more, called sexual abuse 'an absolute monstrosity, a terrible sin that contradicts everything that the Church teaches'.

The Pope's foreword was published on Wednesday by the German daily newspaper Bild.

Francis said that the fate of abused children, especially those who had taken their own lives, weighed on his soul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

No Justice in ‘Notorious’ Catholic Priest Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Metro

Described by a Philadelphia grand jury in 2005 as one of the most notorious serial abusers in Philadelphia, Catholic priest Rev. James J. Brzyski was never charged. Now, a man who says he was one of his victims is speaking out.

John-Michael Delaney, 46, of Sevierville, Tennessee, grew up in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philly and attended St. Cecilia's Catholic school where he lived with his mother and stepfather, as well as his little sister, who is now a Philadelphia police detective.

“My earliest memory of church was my first confession. I became an altar boy. Father James J. Bryzski was the head of the altar boys. That's when the abuse started,” said Delaney. “I was raped by the time I was 13. He befriended my family and was at our house a lot inviting us to the rectory all while he was molesting me and at least a dozen other boys in St. Cecilia’s.”

This shocking and detailed information is told in graphic detail in the 2005 Philadelphia grand jury report. Delaney was identified as “Sean” in the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Group calls on Bishop Malesic to acknowledge link between clergy sexual abuse and opioid epidemic

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Review

STEPHEN HUBA | Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

A group of Catholic lay people and clergy is calling on Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic and other church hierarchs to acknowledge that the clergy sexual abuse scandal is feeding the opioid epidemic.

“He's got to take some responsibility,” said Tom Venditti, founder of Faithful Catholics Against Pedophilia.

Venditti of Bolivar said he founded FCAP earlier this year to help victims of clergy sexual abuse and encourage them to stay in the Catholic Church.

The group held a news conference Wednesday prior to the last of seven Summer Diocesan Drug Education and Prayer Service Evenings led by Malesic. The final event was held at St. Thomas More University Parish in Indiana Borough.

Venditti said he wanted to address “Malesic's failure to acknowledge clerical sexual abuse as a doorway to heroin abuse and death.”

“We're here specifically because one of the things you're not going to hear tonight … is that the majority of victims of clergy sexual abuse become addicts, whether it's to alcohol or heroin or other hard drugs,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Church reform groups support call for Year of the Laity

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 17, 2017
by Peter Feuerherd

Emboldened by Pope Francis, church reformers are endorsing a call by the Brazilian bishops for a Year of the Laity, expanded to include conferences and observances around the world from November of this year until November 2018.

The meetings will focus on why "the people of God need to be treated equally in the church" and "the people taking the Gospel out into the world," Rene Reid, director of Catholic Church Reform International, told NCR.

Groups lining up in support of the Year of the Laity include Catholic Church Reform International as well as Call to Action, she said. Participants from those groups will be urging an increased role for the laity in the church. They will promote lay participation in the selection of bishops, an end to mandatory celibacy for clergy and openness to allowing the Eucharist for divorced and remarried Catholics as well as the LGBTQ community.

Reid said the impetus for the movement comes from Pope Francis. "He wants the people of God to step up and take a leadership role, and we are," she said.

Catholic Church Reform International began in 2013, after Reid took a pilgrimage to Spain, walking the Camino de Santiago and reflecting upon Pope Francis' call for change in the church. A writer, former religious and director of religious education, Reid, based in Reno, Nevada, was inspired to connect church reform groups around the world. Thanks to the internet, she has made extensive connections.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

August 16, 2017

Boston Globe Spotlight Team Uncovers Secret Children Of Catholic Priests

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – One of the Boston Globe reporters made famous in the movie “Spotlight” has a new bombshell story on the Catholic Church – thousands of people claim they were fathered by priests.

Globe Spotlight reporter Michael Rezendes appeared on CBS This Morning Wednesday to discuss the first part of his report, “Children of Catholic Priests Live with Secrets and Sorrow.”

“We know there are many more than people assume, probably in the thousands. Just recently, about two years ago, a son of a priest in Ireland set up a website called Coping International and he’s heard from scores of people from all over the world who are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests,” Rezendes said.

Rezenedes first heard from a man named Jim Graham, who’s profiled in the Globe story.

“Jim spent many years tracking down evidence that a priest was his father. I was impressed with what he suffered, the pain he endured, and I was impressed with his detective work, but still it was just one person and it wasn’t until Vincent Doyle called me and gave me the information he collected through his website that I realized this was a systemic situation and deserved my full attention,” Rezendes said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Pastor blindfolded and hit children with belts and wires while shouting 'Jesus'

UNITED KINGDOM
International Business Times

By William Watkinson
August 16, 2017

A south London pastor who blindfolded children then hit them with belts and wires while shouting "Jesus" at them has been spared jail.

Croydon Crown Court heard how Rose Amadasun, from Beauchamp Road, South Norwood,
The investigating detective said that he came up against "resistance" from the congregation "as they closed ranks to protect their religious leader" before she was convicted.

An investigation was triggered after two members of the public said they had witnessed the 49-year-old hitting children with a belt while shouting "Jesus" aggressively at them.

It was then that detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command began their investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Another pastor charged with raping a minor

JAMAICA
Loop

A pastor and businessman from the Corporate Area has been charged with five sexual offences in relation to a minor.

The accused is 55-year-old Kenneth Blake of a Kingston address.

Officers from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) charged the minister with rape, forcible abduction, sexual touching of a child, sexual intercourse with a person under age 16, and grievous sexual assault.

The allegations are that he had repeated sexual relations with an underage girl between 2015 and 2017.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Former Pastor Arrested For Sexually Abusing Children

TEXAS
CBS DFW

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police have arrested a 52-year-old man for sexually abusing two women when they were children.

Jose Francisco Bernal was taken into custody at his home in the 7200 block of Deville Drive in North Richland Hills and charged with two counts of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.

The charges were the result of a criminal investigation where two adult females made outcries of numerous sexual abuse incidents at the hands of Bernal.

The women were children living in the city of Hurst between the years of 2007 and 2013 when they met Bernal. He was their pastor at the Tabernaculo De Vida Pentecostal Church on W. Dickson Street in Fort Worth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Catholic school teacher convicted of child rape freed early

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
San Francisco Chronicle

ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 16, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher convicted of raping a child was released more than a decade early from prison on Wednesday after a judge threw out his conviction amid questions about his accuser's truthfulness.

Rather than face a new trial, however, Bernard Shero, 54, pleaded no contest on Monday to less serious child rape and assault charges and was sentenced to the roughly four years in prison he's already served. He originally was sentenced in 2013 to up to 16 years.

The accuser had helped to convict three other church officials, including a monsignor who became the first to be criminally charged for mishandling complaints about sexual abuse by priests.

Retired detective Joseph Walsh, who had worked on the case for the district attorney's office, told prosecutors several times that he could not corroborate the accuser's story. But the detective said they dismissed him, with one assistant district attorney going so far as to tell him "you're killing my case," according to a court filing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Boston Globe's Spotlight team unveils bombshell report on children of Catholic priests

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS This Morning

[with video]

The Boston Globe's Spotlight team is unveiling a report on what it calls a worldwide and "systemic problem" within the Catholic Church: priests fathering illegitimate children.

Reporter Michael Rezendes, who was depicted in the 2015 Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," writes thousands of people across the world – "in Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Paraguay, and other countries, in American cities big and small" – have "strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests." The children say they're often neglected or shamed into silence.

Here's an excerpt from Rezendes' report:

He carried his doubts and disappointment across miles and decades, from childhood to adulthood, and finally at the age of 48 to the kitchen table of a modest house outside of Buffalo. There, he would ask an elderly aunt and uncle to help him answer the question that had troubled him all his life: Why had his father always seemed to dislike him so much?

With his parents already dead, Jim Graham pleaded with his Aunt Kathryn and Uncle Otto to tell him the truth about his family. Finally, Kathryn unfolded a newsletter published by a Catholic religious order and slid it across the table. She jabbed a finger at a picture of a sad, balding figure wearing a priest's clerical collar.

"Only the principals know for sure," she said, "but this may be your father."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM

An invisible legion of suffering: the stories of children of priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

Read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on children of priests

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

By Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff August 16, 2017

Their father was a priest who left their mother to die

James Perry was watching the news for snow cancellations on a December evening back in 2002, when a story unexpectedly caught his eye. The Boston Archdiocese had released records showing that a local priest had fathered two children and later abandoned their mother to die, after she overdosed on sleeping pills.

The woman had lived in Needham, just like Perry’s mother. And she died in 1973, the same year as Rita Perry. Perhaps most telling, the TV reporter said the woman had undergone a lobotomy — a procedure similar to one that Perry’s mother had undergone.

That’s how James and Emily Perry discovered their real father was not the man who raised them, but the Rev. James D. Foley, a deeply troubled priest who admitted in an interview with the Globe to his “ugly and tragic” involvement with Rita Perry. What’s more, church records show that Cardinal Bernard Law, Boston’s former archbishop, allowed him to remain in ministry for nine years after he admitted to fathering the children and playing a role in their mother’s death.

“The thing that stuck out to me when I read the documents is, what is the responsibility to the children? Anything?” said Emily Perry, who was 3 years old and sleeping in an upstairs bedroom the night of her mother’s death.

The only comfort for the siblings was the revelation that their mother had not deliberately taken her own life, abandoning her children.

“My mom didn’t commit suicide on purpose,” said Emily Perry. “This idiot was there and didn’t do anything about it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Pope phones Argentinian who spoke of abuse by Irish priest

IRELAND/ARGENTINA
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Pope Francis has phoned a man in Argentina following reports the man was sexually abused by an Irish priest who was chaplain at an elite Christian Brothers’ school in Buenos Aires.

Allegations have also been made against an Irish Christian Brother who served there.

Twenty other former pupils have made similar abuse allegations against the priest and the brother at the school, while at least four former pupils have given media in Argentina accounts of witnessing or suffering abuse there.

Both alleged abusers are deceased but their names are known to The Irish Times.

Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri is a past pupil of the same school, the Colegio Cardenal Newman, opened by the Irish Christian Brothers in 1948.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

‘The safety of children should outweigh religious freedom’

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

Lucie Morris-Marr

It’s little wonder an alarming tantrum by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has gone global this week.

The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said protections for confession should be respected – even if details of child abuse are raised.

The long-time supporter and friend of Cardinal George Pell said he would rather go to jail than break the holy “seal” of confession.

His comments came after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse detailed 85 proposed sweeping changes to the law in a report – including the recommendation that clergy who failed to report information about child abuse would face criminal charges.

Instead of accepting or even considering this change, Archbishop Hart immediately retorted that confession was a “fundamental part of the freedom of religion”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Montana's reservations were 'dumping grounds' for predatory priests, suit alleges

MONTANA
Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson, slarson@greatfallstribune.com

HAYS – For decades, even lifetimes, the Catholic Church refused to turn in priests with known pasts of sexually abusing children, women and men. The story is known in as many corners of the world as the Catholic Church exists, including Montana's two dioceses.

In the Pacific Northwest, however, the Catholic Church and the Jesuit Order have been accused of using Indian Reservations as their “dumping grounds” for the worst recidivist priests accused of sexually abusing children throughout the 1900s. Here, church officials reportedly determined predatory priests could remain undetected. Here, the church that acted as an anchor for the communities, and the victims lived with the abuse in silence.

Attorney Vito de la Cruz said Montana reservations were no different: They were the church's rural and remote sites for hiding predatory priests. Cruz’s Seattle law firm has represented victims from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, and he said the systematic issue is told from church documents revealed in cases already settled, and the active one against the Great Falls-Billings Diocese.

"I think the evidence points to that," Cruz told the Tribune. "Those who had problems in respect to abusing kids, it's easy to hide in the reservations; people won't complain much, it's isolated there, and there are massively disproportionate balances of power."

In the case against the Great Falls-Billings Diocese, a majority of those who have come forward with names and locations were allegedly abused on the remote Indian reservations. Off the reservations, victims who have come forward came largely from the former Catholic orphanage in Great Falls, two parishes in Billings and far flung communities in eastern Montana.

In many instances, the church has boosted conditions in reservation towns, but with the past practice of splitting Indian children from their parents to boarding schools often operated by the church, the history of Catholicism on the Montana reservations is complicated at best. Fort Belknap Tribal President Mark Azure previously knew about the abuse by priests, but was furious to learn of the church’s designs to continuously funnel bad priests to the reservation during the 1900s, a recently added layer to a complicated history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on children of priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

AUGUST 16, 2017

Read the statement from Cardinal Sean O’Malley regarding the Boston Globe Spotlight story about children of Catholic priests.

“The gift of life must be protected and cared for in any and all circumstances. Every child is a precious gift from God, deserving the respect accorded to all people.

At their ordination, Catholic priests make a promise of celibacy, a commitment to the Church and the people they serve. If a priest fathers a child, he has a moral obligation to step aside from ministry and provide for the care and needs of the mother and the child. In such a moment, their welfare is the highest priority.

In 2016 ‘The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors’ received correspondence regarding the children or priests. After careful consideration of this important issue, it was judged to be beyond the Commission’s mandate. The Commission functions as an advisory body to the Holy Father, proposing norms and practices for protecting minors from sexual abuse. In particular, the Commission seeks to assist dioceses and religious orders throughout the world as they implement education and training programs for the prevention of sexual abuse. It is not within the charge of the Commission to become involved with individual cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Pope apologises to sex abuse victims

GERMANY
Premium Times

Pope Francis on Wednesday asked for forgiveness from the families of child sex abuse victims who had killed themselves as a result of their trauma.

He equally commended one survivor for telling his story.

In comments published in German tabloid Bild, the pope described Daniel Pittet’s memoir “Father, I Forgive You’’ as a testament to “how deeply embedded evil can be in the heart of a servant of the church.’’

Pittet was subjected to repeated rape and sexual abuse by a Capuchin friar as a child.
Today, he is a priest and campaigns against paedophilia in the Catholic Church.

The pontiff expressed his “love and pain’’ to families who had lost abused loved ones to suicide, asking them “with full humility for forgiveness.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Papst bittet Missbrauchsopfer um Vergebung

DEUTSCHLAND
Bild

[Pope begs abuse victims for forgiveness.Daniel Pittet was just eight years old when he was raped by a Capuchin monk.Over the hell of his childhood and his path of liberation and forgiveness, the 58-year-old has written a book that makes one speechless. The special thing: No less than Pope Francis (80) has encouraged him. Moreover, in a preface, the Holy Father begs forgiveness for the crimes of priests. BILD prints it exclusively.]

Daniel Pittet war gerade acht Jahre alt, als er von einem Kapuzinermönch vergewaltigt und zu Porno-Aufnahmen gezwungen wurde. Über die Hölle seiner Kindheit und seinen Weg der Befreiung und Vergebung hat der heute 58-Jährige ein Buch geschrieben, das sprachlos macht. Das Besondere: Kein Geringerer als Papst Franziskus (80) hat ihn dazu ermutigt. Mehr noch: In einem Vorwort bittet der Heilige Vater um Vergebung für die Verbrechen von Priestern. BILD druckt es exklusiv.

★★★

Es ist eine große Herausforderung für die Opfer pädophiler Gewalt, das Wort zu ergreifen und davon zu berichten, was sie aushalten mussten, zu beschreiben, wie die traumatischen Erlebnisse von einst noch Jahre später sie quälen.

Aus diesem Grund ist das Zeugnis von Daniel Pittet so notwendig, so kostbar und so mutig. Ich habe Daniel Pittet im Jahr 2015, im Jahr des geweihten Lebens, im Vatikan kennengelernt.

Daniel war damals mit großem Eifer dabei, ein Buch mit dem Titel „Lieben heißt alles geben“ zu verbreiten. Für das Buch wurden Zeugnisse von religiösen Männern und Frauen, Priestern und Ordensleuten zusammengetragen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Pope, in Book Foreword, Vows Crackdown on Sexual Abusers and Protectors

GERMANY
US News

By Andrea Shalal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Pope Francis - in comments in the foreword of a new book - has branded sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests a "monstrosity" and pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them.

The book titled "Father, I Forgive You: Abused But Not Broken" was written by Swiss man Daniel Pittet, 58, who was first raped by a priest when he was eight years old.

Francis, whose repeated promises of zero tolerance have been criticized by victims who say the Vatican needs to do much more, called sexual abuse "an absolute monstrosity, a terrible sin that contradicts everything that the Church teaches".

The foreword was published on Wednesday by the mass circulation German daily Bild.

Francis said the fate of abused children weighed on his soul, especially those who had taken their own lives.

"We will counter those priests who betrayed their calling with the most strenuous measures. This also applies to the bishops and cardinals who protected these priests – as happened repeatedly in the past," the pope wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

News 12 probe finds loophole that could let sex offenders work at camps

NEW YORK
News 12

[with video]

WEST NYACK -
A News 12 investigation has revealed a shocking legal loophole that could allow registered sex offenders to work as counselors at children’s camps.

The Turn to Tara investigation revealed that if a child attends a camp that is focused on a single recreational program like baseball, ballet or basketball, for example, they could be at risk due to an outdated New York state law.

Single-purpose camps are not regulated despite their growing popularity. This means that the camps are not legally required to check counselors against the sex offender registry the same way that traditional and sleepaway camps are. Regular camps are also subjected to frequent Health Department inspections, staffing ratios and minimum age requirements for counselors.

Sen. David Carlucci has introduced legislation that would legally hold single-purpose camps to the same standards as all the others, which would include background checks on all employees.

"We have a sex offender registry for good reason. We want to make sure they are not around our kids," says Carlucci.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

South Norwood pastor Rose Amadasun who starved and beat children with belts and wires avoids jail

UNITED KINGDOM
This is London

Riley Krause

A South Norwood pastor who would blindfold children before hitting them with belts and wires has avoided jail.

Rose Amadasun, 49, of Beauchamp Road, was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months at Croydon Crown Court on August 9.

She had admitted five counts of child cruelty at a previous hearing.

On Saturday, August 2, 2015 police were called by the manager of South Norwood Leisure Centre stating that two members of the public had informed her they had witnessed the female leader of a church group hitting children with a belt.

Officers spoke to the members of the public who stated they had seen a group of children being assaulted by a woman with a belt and shouting "Jesus" as she did so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Research explores the nature and extent of child sexual abuse in contemporary institutional settings

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

16 August, 2017

Two new research reports, released by the Royal Commission, suggest that a significant proportion of reports to police of child sexual abuse in institutional settings involved another child as the person of interest.

The research reports, Child sexual abuse in Australian institutional contexts 2008-13: Findings from administrative data and the follow-up study Child sexual abuse in institutional contexts: The reliability of police data, nature and allegations reported to police, and factors driving reporting rates were released today.

Prepared by researchers from the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Child Protection and the University of New South Wales’ Social Policy Research Centre, the reports explore the nature and extent of child sexual abuse in contemporary institutional settings.

The reports are based on administrative data from a range of sources including police and education departments.

The research found that police data was the most useful source of information to explore the nature and extent of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts across states and territories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Jack the Insider: Failures of church and state created monster Gerald Ridsdal

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 16, 2017

JACK THE INSIDER
ColumnistCanberra
@JacktheInsider

Gerald Ridsdale, the former Ballarat priest has pleaded guilty to a further 20 offences against 11 victims and his conviction formally handed down.

On the basis of convictions, numbers of victims and number of offences, Ridsdale is the worst sex offender in this country’s history. While Ridsdale’s defence team laughably called for the prospect of parole, he must die in jail.

I read a copy of one man’s victim impact statement over the weekend. It made me weep. It was no surprise that, when he delivered it to the court yesterday, County Court Judge Irene Lawson also broke down in tears. The court adjourned briefly while the judge composed herself. In all ten of the 11 victims in this round of prosecutions provided statements, detailing lives in disarray, filled with emotional, lifelong pain, surviving rather than living.

Despite having their moments in court, the mystical, magical word ‘closure’ and all it connotes continues to elude them.

The obvious question is how did a pedophile priest, active for thirty years or more, with more than 60 victims having now come forward, escape justice for so long? Ridsdale had been offending against children from the moment he became a priest in 1962. He was first convicted of child sex offending in 1993.

The answer, in part, lies in the conduct of the Ballarat diocese under Bishop Mulkearns and his predecessor, Bishop James O’Collins. These senior figures within the Church, effectively the chief executive officers of the Ballarat diocese were aware of Ridsdale’s offending and merely shuffled him around the diocese to new parishes and new groups of children.

UN evaluation: A mixed report card

IRELAND
Irish Times

The Irish Times View

Ireland received a “could do better” report from the United Nations Committee Against Torture, following detailed hearings in Geneva last July. Concern was expressed about the limited nature of an investigation into Magdalene laundries, in spite of recommendations made by the committee in 2011. And the authors worried that a similar approach was being taken in relation to the operation of mother and baby homes.

On a positive note, the committee welcomed Government efforts to support those who were abused in residential care and it regarded the Citizens’ Assembly as a creative initiative. On improving accountability and transparency, it identified the Protected Disclosures Act as important.

The glass was less than half-full, however, in relation to policing and prisons. In view of the internal problems besetting the Garda Síochána; funding difficulties and the intractable nature of prison reform, that does not surprise. But there was positive news there too. Efforts to end “slopping out” in prisons were praised and the report recognised “significant progress” was being made elsewhere. However, it recommended that solitary confinement should only be used as punishment in extreme cases and never for juveniles. It proposed that “appropriate facilities” should be provided for asylum seekers and called for a fundamental review of the prison healthcare system; an increase in staff numbers and greater funding and independence for the Inspector of Prisons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Anglican Church abuse: Paedophile victim's suicide amplifies call for action against Philip Newell

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Rhiannon Shine

A Tasmanian survivor of clergy abuse is demanding answers after his friend, a fellow victim, suicided before disciplinary action was taken against a senior Anglican Church figure.

Beyond Abuse spokesman and survivor Steve Fisher said his friend, a victim of convicted paedophile priest Louis Daniels, took his own life last week.

Mr Fisher said his friend's death increased frustration over the slow progress of an internal review into findings involving retired Tasmanian bishop Philip Newell.

Earlier this year the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released a report that referred to evidence Newell was made aware in 1987 that now-convicted paedophile Daniels had sexually abused three boys.

Bishop Newell allowed Daniels to stay in the church and subsequently promoted him to a high-ranking position on the basis he amended his life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Sexueller Missbrach an katholischer Schule in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINIEN
euro news

[More than 20 former students of the Catholic private school Cardenal Newman in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires have gone public with accusations of sexual abuse by the clergy.]

Mehr als 20 ehemalige Schüler der katholischen Privatschule Cardenal Newman in der argentinischen Hauptstadt Buenos Aires sind mit Vorwürfen des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch den Klerus an die Öffentlichkeit gegangen.

Einer der ersten, der offen darüber sprach, ist Rufino Varela. Er war zwölf, als er einem Priester von sexuellem Missbrauch zu Hause erzählten wollte.

Varela sagt: “Ich habe also angefangen, Pater Alfredo davon zu berichten, was mir ein Bekannter zu Hause antat. Doch der Pater sagte, ich sollte meine Hose und Unterhose ausziehen und mich auf sein Bett legen, mit dem Gesicht nach unten. Er legte ein Kissen über meinen Kopf, zuerst schlug er mich mit einem Gürtel auf den Hintern, dann begann er, mich anzufassen.” Danach habe Pater Alfredo ihm Süßigkeiten gegeben und gesagt, was geschehen sei, müsse ein Geheimnis bleiben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Früherer Arzt der Colonia Dignidad muss in Deutschland in Haft

CHILE
Spiegel

[The boys were raped, the girls beaten, opponents of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet were tortured and killed: The site of the German secret settlement Colonia Dignidad was a place of brutal crimes. In 2005 the founder of the sect, Paul Schäfer, had been arrested in Argentina. In 2010, he died in prison. Other leaders denounced Chilean judges as long-term imprisonment in recent years.]

Von Martin Knobbe

Die Jungen wurden vergewaltigt, die Mädchen geschlagen, Gegner des chilenischen Diktators Augusto Pinochet wurden gefoltert und getötet: Das Gelände der deutschen Sektensiedlung Colonia Dignidad war ein Ort brutaler Verbrechen. 2005 war der Gründer der Sekte, Paul Schäfer, in Argentinien festgenommen worden, 2010 starb er im Gefängnis. Andere Führungsmitglieder verurteilten chilenische Richter in den vergangenen Jahren zu langen Freiheitsstrafen.

Nun hat auch das Landgericht Krefeld den Weg für eine Bestrafung eines der Täter bereitet: Es entschied, dass eine in Chile verhängte Freiheitsstrafe gegen den langjährigen Sektenarzt Hartmut Hopp in Deutschland vollstreckt werden kann. Hopp war bereits im November 2004 in Chile wegen Beihilfe zu sexuellem Missbrauch und Vergewaltigung in mehreren Fällen zu fünf Jahren und einem Tag Gefängnis verurteilt worden. Im Januar 2013 hatte der Oberste Gerichtshof in Santiago de Chile das Urteil bestätigt. Da aber lebte Hopp mit seiner Frau Dorothea, einst Krankenschwester der Siedlung, schon längst unbehelligt in Krefeld. Er hatte sich dem Gefängnis 2011 durch eine schnelle Flucht entzogen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

New lawsuits say Mormon church failed to protect American Indian children

ARIZONA
Salt Lake Tribune

By Felicia Fonseca | The Associated Press

Flagstaff, Ariz. • The number of lawsuits alleging Mormon church leaders failed to protect children from sexual abuse has grown to include two more Navajos and a member of the Crow Tribe.

Thousands of American Indian children, most of whom were Navajo, participated in a now-defunct church-run foster program from the late 1940s until around 2000. The program was meant to give children educational opportunities that didn’t exist on the reservations.

The lawsuits contend certain foster families harmed children.

One of the latest Navajo plaintiffs, identified as A.H., said at a news conference Tuesday in Phoenix that she told her local lay bishop about the abuse by her foster father but was told to keep quiet and that it would be handled.

“Understand that you are not alone. It is not your fault,” she wrote in a statement. “The shame is not yours. Rather, the shame belongs to those who abused, as well as those who allowed the abuse to happen.”

The latest three lawsuits were filed in Navajo Nation court and Washington state. Five others have been filed since 2016 on behalf of Navajo tribal members, seeking monetary damages, written apologies and a guarantee that Mormon leaders will report suspected abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Catholic Church unlikely to change, abuse review head Elizabeth Proust says

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Andrew West for The Religion and Ethics Report

The senior Australian businesswoman appointed to supervise the Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis says she is "pessimistic" about the Church's willingness to reform.

Elizabeth Proust, the head of the Church's own Truth, Justice and Healing Council, fears the institution will emerge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse only "partially cleansed and unreconstructed".

"I fear there's a view that once the royal commission reports, and the publicity around what will be a fairly dire report all dies down, that life will go back to what it was," Ms Proust told The Religion and Ethics Report.

"I hope I'm wrong. I'd like to think that the possibility for real transformation of the Church exists, but it's an institution that's been very slow to change on a whole range of issues."

She wants the Church to establish permanent and independent protocols to deal with future cases of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe


Read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on children of priests

By Michael Rezendes
Photos by Suzanne Kreiter | Videos by Emily Zendt, Globe Staff August 16, 2017

This is the first of a two part Spotlight series.

HE CARRIED HIS DOUBTS and disappointment across miles and decades, from childhood to adulthood, and finally at the age of 48 to the kitchen table of a modest house outside of Buffalo. There, he would ask an elderly aunt and uncle to help him answer the question that had troubled him all his life: Why had his father always seemed to dislike him so much?

With his parents already dead, Jim Graham pleaded with his Aunt Kathryn and Uncle Otto to tell him the truth about his family. Finally, Kathryn unfolded a newsletter published by a Catholic religious order and slid it across the table. She jabbed a finger at a picture of a sad, balding figure wearing a priest’s clerical collar.

“Only the principals know for sure,” she said, “but this may be your father.”

Jim Graham studied the picture. Those were his eyes, his nose, his mouth. Then he skimmed the obituary of the priest, the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, a cleric who had graduated from Boston College and trained for the priesthood in Tewksbury.

If a life can have a crystallizing moment, for Jim Graham that 1993 meeting was it, discovering that his father might have been a Catholic priest, rather than John Graham, the distant man who raised him with scarcely a kind or comforting word.

Jim Graham couldn’t know in that moment that the stunning secret which had seemed his alone was not that unusual. By any reasonable measure, there are thousands of others who have strong evidence that they are the sons and daughters of Catholic priests, though most are unaware that they have so much company in their pain. In Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Paraguay, and other countries, in American cities big and small — indeed, virtually anywhere the church has a presence — the children of priests form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect, a Spotlight Team review has found.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, lawyer tells court

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

Adam Cooper
16 Aug 2017

Notorious paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale has served enough time in prison, his Legal Aid defence lawyer says.

The claim comes despite Ridsdale admitting this week that he sexually abused 12 more children while a priest in regional Victoria.

The 83-year-old has now pleaded guilty over the course of five court cases to abusing 64 children.

He has been in jail since 1994, serving an effective total sentence of 28 years.

On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including rape and buggery, for sexual assaults against 11 boys and a girl between 1962 and 1988 while he was a priest in Ballarat, Mildura, Horsham, Edenhope and other locations.

County Court judge Irene Lawson must now decide whether to add to Ridsdale's existing sentence, under which his earliest possible release would be April 2019, when he will be eligible for parole. If he served his current full term he would be due for release in 2022.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

August 15, 2017

Settlement expected to affect diocesan services

MONTANA
Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson, slarson@greatfallstribune.com Aug. 15, 2017

The Great Falls-Billings Diocese this month is working through the claim review and settlement process with victims alleging sexual abuse and their attorneys. Church officials believe the settlement won’t directly affect the parishes, although some are waiting to believe it until the final settlement amount is announced.

Since the deadline to file a claim in the case, 86 people have come forward to enter claims of sexual abuse by priests, nuns and brothers, according to Vito de la Cruz, a Seattle attorney representing 38 of them. The dates of abuse range from 1947 to 1994. Attorneys for the victims say the Great Falls-Billings Diocese is the 15th to file for bankruptcy en route to settling with sexual abuse victims.

Bishop Michael Warfel said before negotiations that the settlement will impose a loss of resources, and already has.

“I used to have a person staffed in the office of worship, I don’t anymore, and I’m not planning on hiring anyone right now for that position. That would be an example,” Warfel said. "There would be a curtailing of some [services], realistically, until we get back on our feet."

The Great Falls-Billings Diocese covers approximately 94,158 square miles, almost 64 percent of the state. The region contains approximately 400,000 people, 35,000 of them members of Catholic parishes spread throughout the region.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM

Archdiocese of Mexico Counters Claims That Cardinal Covered Up Abuse

MEXICO
National Catholic Register

According to the archdiocese, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera instructed his episcopal vicars ‘immediately to notify the appropriate authorities.’

CNA/EWTN News

MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Mexico has countered claims made by two former priests that Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera covered up the actions of pedophile priests, calling the allegations an “orchestrated farce.”

The communications office of the Mexico City Archdiocese reported that Cardinal Rivera had spoken to a Public Ministry official July 26 in response to the June 2 complaint filed by Alberto Athié and José Barba.

Athié and Barba filed their complaint with the Attorney General of the Republic’s Office, accusing Cardinal Rivera of the alleged cover-up of 15 pedophile priests. In the 1990s, Athié had brought allegations against Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ. Father Maciel was later removed from public ministry after it was verified he had committed sexual abuse and fathered several children.

The Archdiocese of Mexico indicated that Athié and Barba based their charges on a Dec. 19, 2016, news brief published in El Universal “in which a meeting was made known that the cardinal had with journalists where the archbishop mentioned that during his administration as head of the Primatial Archdiocese of Mexico he had sanctioned 15 priests — not all for the crime of pederasty, but with other illicit acts classified in canon law.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

Feltman will not be charged criminally

NORTH DAKOTA
News-Monitor

by Frank Stanko franks@wahpetondailynews.com Aug 9, 2017

The State’s Attorney’s Office of Richland County, North Dakota, will not be bringing criminal charges against the Rev. Thomas Feltman, pastor of two Richland County parishes. An investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office was launched regarding concerns over Feltman’s interaction with youth following an incident reported in Wyndmere, North Dakota, in May 2017.

In a Friday, July 28 statement, State’s Attorney Ron McBeth said it was reported that as Feltman would go to hug young women, his hand would allegedly touch the women on the side of their breast or on their behind.

“Although this made the girls feel uncomfortable and this touching was socially inappropriate, there is no evidence the touch was done by Rev. Feltman for sexual reasons, which would be necessary in order to prove an element of a sex offense crime,” McBeth continued. “The State’s Attorney’s Office, by way of its prosecutorial discretion, has declined to charge Feltman with any crime based on that evidence.”

Prior to the investigation, Feltman was pastor at St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Church, Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church, Milnor. He was placed on paid administrative leave from both parishes by the Diocese of Fargo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Retired priest Roy Catchpole reveals how "heartbreaking" sex abuse allegations "wrecked his life"

UNITED KINGDOM
Somerset Live

BY DANIEL MUMBY
15 AUG 2017

A retired priest who was cleared of sexual assault has spoken out about his experience for the first time.

The Reverend Dr Roy Catchpole was arrested at his home in Sherborne in 2014 after being accused of sexually assaulting a female member of his congregation.

After two trials, he was "set free as an innocent, falsely accused person". He was subsequently offered an apology by Dorset Police and awarded costs.

Now the retired reverend, 71, has spoken out about how the legal process has affected him and his family, and what should be done to protect people who are wrongfully accused of sex crimes.

Following his arrest in 2014, he spent two years going through the Dorset courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Funeral of Falls Road stalwart John Leathem

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish News

ALLISON MORRIS
15 August, 2017

The funeral of west Belfast community stalwart John Leathem will take place today, leaving from his Divis flats home where he passed away after a battle with cancer on Saturday.

A former chairman of the Divis Tower Falls Residents' Association, he had told friends that he did not want to spend his final days in the hospice but instead chose to die in his flat on the 19th floor of the tower block surrounded by family and friends.

The 59-year-old, who spent much of his childhood in Catholic Church run care homes gave evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry about his time in Nazareth Lodge where he was subjected to horrific abuse.

He was also credited with being one of the first people to speak out about the stigma and lasting impact of church child abuse and the the depression and self harm that blighted his late teens and early 20s as a result.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

AUSTRALIA: COURT HEARS HARROWING ACCOUNTS OF CHILD ABUSE IN DIOCESE LINKED TO VATICAN CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

AUSTRALIA
Newsweek

BY SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO ON 8/15/17

An Australian court heard harrowing details of historic child abuse perpetrated by former priest Gerald Ridsdale, one of Australia’s most notorious pedophiles.

Eighty-three-year-old Ridsdale pleaded guilty to 23 charges Tuesday, including two counts of rape and one of buggery, for abusing 12 children, aged six to 13, between 1962 and 1988 in the Victoria state city of Ballarat and the surrounding area.

Ballarat is considered to be one of Australia's worst affected areas for incidents of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. It is named in Vatican Cardinal George Pell’s charges of historic sexual abuse as he served in the diocese first as an assistant parish priest in 1972 and later, between 1973 and 1984, as an episcopal vicar. Pell pleased not guilty in a first hearing at a Melbourne magistrate's court in July and will return to court in October.

One of Ridsdale’s victims was a girl whose father woke her up on two occasions to see the priest, who then sexually assaulted her, the court heard on Tuesday.

“[Her] father carried her to the confessional booth and took her clothes off her, then carried her to the altar and lay her down,” crown prosecutor Jeremy McWilliams said of the second occasion, in 1974, quoted in the Australian Associated Press.

According to the prosecutor, Ridsdale indencently assaulted her, then told her: “Jesus died for our sins so we could be forgiven and if I confess to this sin I might be forgiven,” before kissing her on the cheek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

Research links severe hunger at residential schools to today's health of Indigenous peoples

CANADA
Medical Xpress

The severe hunger and malnutrition that many Indigenous children suffered at Canadian residential schools have contributed to Indigenous peoples' elevated risk of obesity and diabetes, according to University of Toronto public health and anthropology researchers.

"Hunger has always been central to survivors' accounts of their residential school experiences, and we strongly believe that this testimony must be taken more seriously by researchers and medical practitioners," said Ian Mosby, a food historian who is an adjunct lecturer at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Mosby and Tracey Galloway, an assistant professor of anthropology, at U of T Mississauga, published their findings in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. They found that for most of the history of the residential school system, Indigenous children were fed poor quality, often rotting food.

Based on survivor testimony, they estimate that the typical diet described by survivors delivered, on average 1,000 to 1,450 calories a day, with moderately active children requiring between 1,400 and 3,200 calories a day.

"We can now be fairly certain that the elevated risk of obesity, early-onset insulin resistance and diabetes observed among Indigenous peoples in Canada arises, in part at least, from the prolonged malnutrition experience by many residential school survivors," said Galloway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Accused former All-American Boys Chorus vocal coach can be extradited, UK judge rules

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

August 15, 2017 Joelle Casteix

A former vocal coach for Orange County’s All-American Boys Chorus—and a member of the FBI’s Most Wanted List—can be sent back to California from the UK, a judge there ruled this week.

Roger Alan Giese, 42, according to KABC:

has been charged with five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, 10 counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15, three counts of anal penetration by a foreign object and one count of oral copulation of a person under 18 years of age, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child.
He escaped to England in 2007.

Once there, Giese changed his name, started a public relations company, and claimed that he couldn’t be sent back to the U.S. because of our “civil commitment” laws.

According to the OC Register:

Under civil commitment, a convicted sex offender who has served his sentence can be committed to a state mental hospital indefinitely if medical experts believe that person is likely to reoffend. The law exists in 19 other states.

The British courts agreed. Until this week.

Chorus has a record of abuse

Giese is the second All-American Boys Chorus official to be accused of child sexual abuse.

The first, founder Fr. Richard T. Coughlin, has been accused by numerous former singers, removed for allegations of abuse, and put on the Diocese of Orange’s list of credibly accused clerics.

Call me a broken record, but just think about this: the same people who covered up for Coughlin and Giese still run The All-American Boys Chorus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Attorney General Madigan: Illinois Eliminates Statutes of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse Crimes

ILLINOIS
eNews Park Forest

Measure Initiated by Madigan to Eliminate Criminal Statutes of Limitations for Felony Child Sexual Abuse and Assault Crimes Becomes Law

Chicago —(ENEWSPF)—August 13, 2017. Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced Illinois has now eliminated the statutes of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children. Senate Bill 189, initiated by Madigan, was passed by the General Assembly unanimously and signed into law by the governor Friday.

Sponsored by Sen. Scott Bennett and Rep. Michelle Mussman, the legislation eliminates Illinois’ criminal statutes of limitations for all felony child sexual abuse and child sexual assault crimes that can allow predators to go unpunished. The law, effective immediately, applies to future felony child sex crime cases as well as current criminal cases in which the previous statute of limitations has not expired.

“Sex crimes against children are a horribly tragic violation of trust that can take a lifetime to recover from,” Madigan said. “This new law will ensure that survivors are provided with the time they need to heal and seek justice.”

Prior the new law, Illinois’ statutes required that the most egregious sexual offenses against children must be reported and prosecuted within 20 years of the survivor turning 18 years old. Two exceptions existed for cases in which the crimes were committed on or after Jan. 1, 2014 and either corroborating physical evidence exists or a mandated reporter failed to report the abuse. The then-law restricting a survivor’s ability to come forward prevented former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert from being prosecuted for allegations of abuse against minors while he was an Illinois high school coach decades ago. Scott Cross, a survivor of Hastert’s abuse, joined Attorney General Madigan in advocating for today’s change in the law, recounting his experience before lawmakers and urging them to pass Senate Bill 189.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Illinois wipes out statute of limitations for child sex abuse

ILLINOIS
ABC 7

By Sarah Schulte
Monday, August 14, 2017

MOKENA, Ill. (WLS) -- Illinois is making it easier to prosecute sex abuse crimes against children. Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation that removes the statutes of limitation for those crimes.

Sex abuse victims are calling the new law a great step forward. They say pursuing justice criminally will help with the closure process.

Survivors of abuse say eliminating the statutes of limitations will give them the time they need to come forward and report a crime to police.

During his first confession at St. Mary's Parish in Mokena, David Rudofski said he was sexually abused by Father James Burnett when Rudofski was just 8 years old. But, it wasn't until he was in his mid-30's when Rudofski reported the abuse.

"It takes years - sometimes decades - to have the courage to come up and talk about or even realize what happened," Rudofski said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Creating a world outside of Castlepollard's Mother & Baby home

IRELAND
Longford Leader

Aisling Kiernan
14 Aug 2017

Last month, as part of Cruthú Arts Festival, Ambroise Donnelle launched his exhibition ‘Reborn’ at Longford Library.

The exhibition has been inspired by the artist’s mother Ann who was born at the mother and baby home in Castlepollard in 1950.

“It's my mother who has always been the main influence in my life and still is,” said the 38-year-old Armagh native.

“We are alike in so many ways; she even likes to dabble in pastels and watercolours occasionally - so the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.”

And indeed it appears that his sentiments are true because Ann is a wonderful artist and a person who, it has to be said, has dealt with more challenges in her 67 years than most.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

FORMER AREA PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

MINNESOTA
KDUZ

(KWLM/New Ulm MN-) A priest who served at several area churches has been accused of sexual abuse.

In a letter sent to parishioners by Bishop John Levoir of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, Levoir says they have received notice of an allegation of sexual abuse against Father James Devorak when he was assigned at St. Pius X parish in Glencoe in the 1990s.

Devorak, who retired two years ago, was senior associate at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar and assisted at Our Lady of the Lakes at Spicer, St. Thomas Moore in Lake Lillian and St. Patricks in Kandiyohi in 2013 and 2014.

During his 43-year career, Devorak also worked at churches in Clara City, Montevideo, Granite Falls, Hutchinson, Stewart and many more.

He was also an associate at St. Mary’s in Willmar in 1975 and 76.

Looking at Devorak’s resume provided by Bishop Levoir, it appears Devorak was moved to a different church in the New Ulm Diocese every two or three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Perry Noble files paperwork for new church; NewSpring says he’s not qualified to pastor

SOUTH CAROLINA
WYFF

Carla Field

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —
Former megachurch pastor Perry Noble is not being given a second chance by the church he founded, so he is giving himself a second chance with a new church, despite church leaders saying he no longer meets Biblical standards to be a pastor.

Noble, the former pastor of NewSpring church, filed paperwork July 14 with the South Carolina Secretary of State to incorporate Second Chance Church. The filing shows the request as made by a nonprofit in good standing.

Noble founded NewSpring more than 20 years ago after holding services in a living room, according to the NewSpring website. The church grew to 17 campuses with more than 30,000 members.

In July 2016, Pastor Shane Duffey announced that the leaders of NewSpring had removed Noble from the pulpit because of his “personal behavior, which included alcohol, and marital issues.”

Duffey read a statement from church officials that said, "Perry has made some unfortunate decisions," and that he "is no longer qualified" to continue as pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Perry Noble Recounts Sexual Abuse He Suffered at 5, Then Later Again by a Different Abuser

SOUTH CAROLINA
Christian Post

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter | Aug 15, 2017

Former NewSpring Church senior pastor Perry Noble revealed in a Facebook video details about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, which left him struggling with "soul destroying" shame.

"I am a victim of sexual abuse," Noble said in the video, posted on Sunday.

"I remember like it was yesterday. It happened when I was about 5 years old. There was an older guy in the neighborhood" who coerced him, the former pastor revealed.

"The whole time it was going on, I knew it was wrong. It just felt wrong, but I felt helpless, and afterwards I felt hopeless. A few years later, it happened again, I was sexually abused by a different person," he said, revealing that for "years and years I felt the chains of shame were wrapped around me."

"I thought it was something I had caused, and because of that I held it inside and I didn't tell anyone. As I look back now I see what was happening was that my soul was being destroyed through the chains of shame," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Catholic Church rejects push to report abuse

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The Catholic Church believes the seal of confession must remain intact despite the prospect of its priests facing criminal charges for failing to report child sexual abuse.

The child abuse royal commission wants a new crime of failure to report child sex abuse in institutions, including when the information came from religious confessions.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, says confession is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion that must continue to be recognised by Australian law.

'What goes on in the confessional is between God and the person and I am there for them to know that they are forgiven,' he told Sky news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Australia church abuse: Why priests can't spill confession secrets

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

By Claudia Allen
BBC News

Priests who suspect child abuse after hearing confession should report it to the authorities - or face criminal charges. That is one of the conclusions reached by Australia's four-year Royal Commission investigating child sex abuse.

The proposal applies to the suspicion of child abuse in an institutional context - for example within an organisation which provides services to children or cares for them, such as a church or a children's home.

But the Roman Catholic Church in Australia is opposed to the proposal, despite saying that outside of the confession it is "absolutely committed" to reporting all offences against children to the authorities.

So what is different about confession?

Surely priests would have a moral duty - if not a legal one - to report any concerns, in order to protect children?

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane appeared to recognise that it can be hard for non-Catholics to understand why this is not the case:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

JEWISH CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY GROUP: ‘ALIYA BEING USED BY CHILD SEX OFFENDERS’

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

BY BENJAMIN DUKAS AUGUST 15, 2017

Watchdog groups claim pedophiles who immigrate can live in communities with children nearby and even get jobs at schools.

A global Jewish children’s advocacy group has accused Israel of providing a safe haven for dozens of child sex offenders.

Shana Aaronson, director of the Jewish Community Watch (JCW) office in Israel has told The Jerusalem Post that the group found there are 42 suspected or convicted child sex offenders who moved to Israel from the Diaspora.

“Because Israel has the concept of the Law of Return, and Israel being a national homeland for the Jewish people, and the numerous legal rights that Jews have: to be here, to come here, to seek safe haven here, this is a particular issue with Israel, where you are going to come here and by and large you’re going to be granted automatic citizenship, and as the case may be, safe haven,” Aaronson said.

The Jewish Agency denied the allegations and said any candidates for aliya with either the Agency or the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization had to face extensive background checks before they could immigrate.

The JCW is a global group that seeks to expose offenders and warn communities about potentially dangerous people in their neighborhoods. In addition to 42 child sex offenders it says who have taken residence in Israel, the group has also identified several offenders who regularly travel in and out of Israel with ease.

Founded in 2006 by a child sex abuse survivor, the JCW is active in the US, Canada and Israel, and is dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Sex-assault case against Rabbi Greer, of New Haven, transferred to Church Street courthouse

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Randall Beach, rbeach@nhregister.com @rbeachNHR on Twitter

NEW HAVEN >> Rabbi Daniel Greer, accused of sexually assaulting a student of his at a religious school, made a brief appearance Monday in Superior Court and had his case transferred to the Part A courthouse on Church Street, where more serious charges are handled.

Greer was in front of Superior Court Judge Karen Nash Sequino for only about 30 seconds. He did not speak and did not enter pleas to the charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.

Greer’s not guilty pleas probably will be entered during his next court appearance Aug. 29.

Greer’s attorney, William Dow III, said after he left the courtroom with Greer: “We will try our case in court.” Greer, acting on Dow’s advice, made no comment.

Greer was dressed in a black suit, red tie and yarmulke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Rabbi accused of molesting teen makes bail

CONNECTICUT
News 12

[with video]

NEW HAVEN -
The New Haven rabbi accused of raping and molesting a teenage boy made bail Monday.

Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, was arrested last month and charged with sexually assaulting the victim at a New Haven yeshiva school between 2001 and 2005. Greer was a founder and principal of the school, which opened in 1977.

A federal jury awarded $15 million in damages to the teen in a civil lawsuit in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Rabbi charged with sex assault makes first court appearance

CONNECTICUT
ABC News

AP

A Connecticut rabbi accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a teenage boy who was awarded $15 million in a civil lawsuit appeared Monday before a judge for the first time since being arrested last month.

Rabbi Daniel Greer did not speak during the brief hearing in New Haven Superior Court. His next hearing is Aug. 29.

The 77-year-old Greer is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy who attended the Yeshiva of New Haven school from 2001 to 2005. Greer, of New Haven, was a founder and principal of the school, which was established in 1977.

Greer's lawyer, William Dow III, has said Greer will plead not guilty to the felony charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Greer did not enter pleas Monday and remains free after posting $100,000 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Bishop Seane in shameful sex sandals

BOTSWANA
The Monitor

Reverend Valentine Seane’s alleged insatiable sexual needs are behind his sudden and seemingly unceremonious resignation as Bishop of Gaborone. Seane has been at the helm of the local chapter of the church for eight years.

By TSAONE BASIMANEBOTLHE Fri 11 Aug 2017

This is according to letters written to the Holy See in Rome, Italy and Pretoria, South Africa this year. In a letter to Marc Cardinal Quellet in Rome written by Sisters of Calvary, Gaborone, they appealed that Eminence Archbishop Peter Wells had not acted on their grievances to date “while on the other hand, Bishop Seane continues to sexually abuse us”. Wells is the Vatican Apostolic Nunciature in Pretoria.

“Bishop Seane’s insatiable sexual needs are putting us at risk, more so that he does not use condoms, hence the urgent resolution of this matter (sic). The end result of his actions, we are in spiritual crisis of unending abortions,” the sisters wrote. They claimed that some of them are on the verge of resigning from sisterhood and are afraid that their congregation will die a natural death. Hence they appealed to Quellet to save them from this shameful misery.

“We submit that we are ready to testify before an enquiry against the abuse under reference. We are also determined to go public if the church is not willing to protect us!” Before they wrote to Rome, they appealed to Wells over Seane’s impropriety.

“We write to formally lodge a complaint against Bishop Seane’s verbal and sexual abuse on some of us… In every Diocesan event, our Bishop always publicly capitalises in belittling us (sic). He likes saying that we are lacking proper orientation in our formation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Roma Admits Bishop Seane Resigned To Clear His Name

BOTSWANA
The Monitor

Despite last week’s denials by the Vicar General, Father Andrew Makgetla that Bishop Valentine Seane was forced to resign, a statement he sent to different Roman Catholic branches, shows that the Bishop resigned to clear his name.

By TSAONE BASIMANEBOTLHE Mon 14 Aug 2017

Seane resigned last week following an investigation into accusations of sexual abuse.

In the press statement issued last Friday to the Catholics around the country, Makgetla explained that the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Gaborone “is extremely saddened by circumstances surrounding the recent resignation of its Bishop. Bishop Seane resigned his post to assuage the accusation and allegations against him. This painful event took the church by surprise. In the light of this, we want to assure Catholics that the leadership of the Church is looking into all aspects of the current situation.”

Father Makgetla said The Holy See, through the apostolic Nunciature to Botswana received unsigned letters from different groups including a group calling itself Catholic Community of Botswana, something that the Father denied last week in an interview with sister publication, Mmegi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Royal commission confession recommendation lights a spark

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

SOLICITOR Vivian Waller summed up the case for legislation requiring clergy to report all child sex allegations to authorities – even allegations raised during confession.

“I think it's about time the Catholic Church was dragged out of the dark ages,” she said on Monday after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its Criminal Justice report.

It might have had 85 recommendations to address what commission chair Justice Peter McClellan identified as the almost “insurmountable barriers” currently facing child sex victims when they negotiate the criminal justice system.

But all focus was on just one recommendation that directly challenges the Catholic Church – the seal of the confessional.

Vivian Waller put the perspective of survivors and their advocates: “We can no longer think about sexual offending against children as some kind of forgivable sin.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Mexico City Archdiocese clarifies number of abuse cases reported

MEXICO
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 14, 2017
by David Agren, Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Mexico City said it reported six cases of priests accused of sexually abusing minors to prosecutors between 2010 and 2017, following a change in Mexico's Religious Associations Law requiring such crimes to be brought to the authorities' attention.

"Cardinal Norberto Rivera left it clear that, starting with the implementation of (the law in 2010) — which requires religious leaders and their representatives to inform the corresponding authority about the probable committing of crimes — he had knowledge of the probable commission of six acts, presumably criminal, after being told by his vicars," the archdiocesan publication Desde la Fe said in an Aug. 10 article. "He instructed (the vicars) to report them immediately to the corresponding authorities."

The article followed news that Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera was interviewed by an investigator from the federal attorney general's office over criminal complaints of covering up 15 cases of abuse. Rivera's lawyer, Armando Martinez Gomez, said the complaints were filed by a pair of former priests.

Fr. Hugo Valdemar Romero, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, said the accusations were brought to "create a scandal of such a level that the pope would accept (the cardinal's) resignation" more quickly. Rivera turned 75 June 6 and, in accordance with canon law, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Stateside law firms withdraw as church’s legal counsels

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Janela Carrera - August 15, 2017

Local attorney John Terlaje will remain counsel of record for the Archdiocese of Agana.

Guam – The stateside legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Agana has made a request to withdraw as attorneys of record for the church.

The request comes amid talks of moving forward with settlement negotiations between the scores of sex abuse victims and the archdiocese. Attorneys Mary McNamara and Britt Evangelist of the law firm Swanson & McNamara, LLP, and Paul Gaspari and Daniel Zamora, of the law firm Weintraub | Tobin, filed the request Tuesday as an unopposed motion.

No specific reason was provided but the motion did indicate that local attorney John Terlaje will continue to represent the archdiocese and that no trial date has been set on the matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Priest Frank Brennan warns he will defy confessional crackdown

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 15, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Australia’s best credentialed priest on legal matters will defy any new laws to convict Catholic clergy for breaking the seal of the confessional on child sex abuse but gravely doubts he will ever be confronted with this dilemma.

Father Frank Brennan, a Jesuit priest and professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, yesterday rejected recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that would force priests — under the threat of criminal sanctions — to break the confessional confidence of offenders.

Under the church’s canon law, priests must maintain sec­recy about sins that a person confesses in a manner sometimes compared with client-lawyer confidentiality but in a holy context it is considered an ­untouchable imperative. But the royal commission headlined its 85 recommendations in its long criminal justice report on a crackdown on one of the church’s central pillars.

Father Brennan said if the law were to be introduced in Australia his only options as a priest would be to stop hearing confessions or to defy any legislation that sought to break the seal of confidentiality.

Father Brennan’s position was backed yesterday by the ­nation’s most senior bishops but rejected by the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which had previously argued the seal should remain intact.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Why is the Catholic Church protecting paedophiles?

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Susie O’Brien, Herald Sun
August 15, 2017

WHY is the Catholic Church continuing to protect and forgive paedophiles?

This is the only way to interpret the church’s desire to allow allegations of abuse made in the confessional to be exempt from mandatory reporting to police.

In an extraordinary admission, Catholic bishops have opposed any move to force priests to report details of child sexual abuse received during confession.

This is despite calls from the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse to make it illegal for them not to do so.

Recommendations released by the commission this week suggest clergy who fail to report such information would face criminal charges.

The report states confession has been a forum where both victims and perpetrators have disclosed sexual abuse in the past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Marshall, St. Mary’s College principal in Sault Ste. Marie from 1980-85, died in 2014

CANADA
Sault Star

By Harold Carmichael, Postmedia
Monday, August 14, 2017

A trial date is expected to be set Sept. 6 in a $5-million lawsuit filed by an alleged victim of a now-dead Catholic priest at a Sudbury high school decades ago.

The victim, now 61, was 12 when he attended St. Charles College in the late 1960s, where William Hodgson Marshall was a teacher and sports coach.Marshall was later principal of St. Mary's College in Sault Ste. Marie.

According to the man's statement of claim, the sexual assaults lasted for more than a year. The alleged victim claims he was expelled from the school for reporting Marshall's behaviour.

Individuals and parties listed in the lawsuit include Marshall, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, the Basilian Fathers and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

None of the allegations contained in the lawsuit have been proven in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Casey steps down from church professional standards role

AUSTRALIA
Goulburn Post

Louise Thrower
@ThrowerLouise

15 Aug 2017

If Matt Casey’s Catholic faith was ever tested over the past eight years, he remembered his late father’s wise words.

“He said it was important not to let the church, a human organisation, get in the way of your faith. It’s the best piece of advice I ever had,” he said.

“People have said to me that they don’t want anything to do with the church ever again, but it doesn’t mean God doesn’t love them.”

Mr Casey, a former Goulburn detective, retired from his role as director of the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding on June 30. It was established by the Archbishop of Canberra/Goulburn, Christopher Prowse, in October, 2015 in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. However Mr Casey’s previous work with the Archdiocese since 2008 has covered child protection and safeguarding across not just schools and churches but its organisations. It was during his initial work as coordinator for parish support that he discovered several professional standards matters and raised them with the Archbishop.

“We then realised the extent of work that had to be done in ensuring people had appropriate working with children checks. When I later took on the role I picked up historic complaints of abuse, some of which dated back to 1946,” Mr Casey said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Two women abused as children to advise inquiry on Welsh victims

WALES
Daily Mail

By Press Association

Two women have promised to champion the cause of Welsh victims after being appointed to advise the public inquiry into child sexual abuse.

May Baxter-Thornton from Newport and Emma Lewis from Swansea, who have both experienced child sexual abuse, will sit on the victims and survivors panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Their role will include advising the inquiry on how best to reach and listen to victims and survivors in Wales.

Inquiry chair, Professor Alexis Jay OBE said: “May and Emma have demonstrated a proven commitment to reaching and supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Australia Archbishop Rejects Sex-Abuse Exception to the Secrecy of Confession

AUSTRALIA
New York Times

By JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
AUG. 15, 2017

It’s confidential and considered sacred — a conversation strictly between a confessor and priest, never to be divulged. The secrecy of the confessional, a centuries-old sacrament, is taken so seriously that some priests would die before disclosing what has been shared.

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, who as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference represents all Roman Catholic clergy in the country, said Tuesday that he would rather go to jail than breach the seal of confession.

“The laws in our country and in many other countries recognize the special nature of confession as part of the freedom of religion, which has to be respected,” Archbishop Hart told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

His comments came a day after religious institutions across the country were forced to defend the secrecy of confession after Australia’s Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended a sweep of legislative and policy changes, one of which would require priests who hear about sexual abuse in the confessional to report it to the authorities. The 85 recommendations were aimed at reforming Australia’s criminal justice system to provide a fairer response to sex-abuse victims, the commission said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Man pleads to sexually abusing boy years ago

MICHIGAN
WOOD

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A former youth pastor has admitted to sexually abusing a young boy in Jenison a decade ago.

Daniel Hoffman, 31, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Authorities say Hoffman was being treated at a Zeeland hospital for a “psychotic break” last autumn when he told a nurse about the abuse. The victim, who used to be neighbors with Hoffman and is now an adult, confirmed to detectives that it happened between 2003 and 2008.

Since the period when the abused happened, Hoffman has worked at Jenison Public Schools and as a youth minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Gerald Ridsdale victim taken to priest by her father, court told

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Adam Cooper

WARNING: This story contains content that may distress some readers.

A young girl was woken from her bed and driven by her own father to be left with paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale who then sexually abused her, a court has heard.

Ridsdale, arguably Australia's most notorious paedophile priest with past convictions for assaults on more than 50 children, on Tuesday formally pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another 12 children, including the girl, when he was a priest in Victoria.

He pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including two counts of rape and one of buggery.

Ridsdale told one altar boy the abuse was "part of God's work", the Victorian County Court heard.

A day after findings were handed down in the royal commission into child sexual abuse, Ridsdale, 83, used a walking frame to enter the County Court dock and kept his head bowed as more of his devastating offending was outlined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale assaulted girl on altar of Ballarat church, court told

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Melissa Brown and Helen Vines

A father took his daughter to a notorious paedophile priest to be abused, including one time when she was assaulted on the altar of a Ballarat church, a Victorian court has heard.

Gerald Ridsdale is back in court after pleading guilty to more historical sex offences, including rape and indecent assault.

The 83-year-old has been in jail since 1994 for abusing numerous children, but has now admitted to raping and indecently assaulting 12 more victims between 1961 and 1988 in western Victoria.

The County Court heard his youngest victim was six years old, several victims endured excruciating pain during the abuse and many of the offences happened in Ridsdale's car, including when he was driving.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale facing sex charges over 11 more victims

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Shannon Deery, Herald Sun

VICTORIA Legal Aid has urged a judge to give vile sex monster Gerald Ridsdale the chance at parole despite shocking new admissions he raped a girl in a church.

The horrific ordeal of the young girl whose father left her on a church altar to be raped by Ridsdale on Tuesday moved a courtroom to tears.

But his taxpayer funded lawyer Tim Marsh, VLA’s chief counsel, urged County Court judge Irene Lawson not to interfere with Ridsdale’s earliest release date which is currently April 8, 2019.

“Mr Ridsdale is clearly a repugnant figure to many, for reasons that are only too understandable,” he said.

“The task for this court is not to pass a sentence that addresses community sentiment, but to impose a sentence that’s just in all the circumstances and applies the fundamentals of sentencing law.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale 'abused girl, 10, on the altar'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A father undressed his daughter and laid her on a church altar where pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale indecently assaulted her, a court has heard.

Ridsdale, 83, has pleaded guilty to 23 charges, mainly indecent assaults but including rape, involving offences committed against 11 boys and one girl between 1962 and 1988.

Crown prosecutor Jeremy McWilliams said on one occasion in 1974 the 10-year-old girl was woken up by her father, while Ridsdale waited in the hallway, and driven with the priest to the church.

"(The girl's) father carried her to the confessional booth and took her clothes off her then carried her to the altar and lay her down," Mr McWilliams told the Victorian County Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

August 14, 2017

Three New Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in the Mormon Indian Placement Program are Filed Detailing Abuse in Three Different States (Utah, Arizona and Washington)

ARIZONA
Noaker Law

Contact Info:

Craig Vernon
Lee James
Cell: (208) 691-2768
cvernon@jvwlaw.net

James Vernon & Weeks
1626 Lincoln Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Patrick Noaker
Cell: (612) 839-1080
Patrick@Noakerlaw.com

Noaker Law Firm LLC
333 Washington Ave N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Billy Keeler
Cell: (505) 979-0688
billkeeler@keelerandkeeler.com

Keeler & Keeler, LLP
108 East Aztec Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONFERENCE: Plaintiff AH, will discuss being removed from the Navajo Nation to be placed in a Mesa, Arizona home in the late 1970's where she was sexually abused on multiple occasions by her Mormon foster father. AH's attorneys will be available to answer any questions regarding the two other lawsuits filed yesterday; one by another Navajo survivor, sexually abused by her Mormon foster father in Utah, and another adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse who was taken off the Crow Reservation in Montana and placed in a Wenatchee, Washington home where she was sexually abused by her foster grandfather.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

WHERE: Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Mural Room,
2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

WHO: Plaintiff AH and her attorneys, Billy Keeler of Gallup, New Mexico and co-counsel, Craig Vernon

Click Here for File-stamped Copy of the AH Complaint

Click Here for the File-stamped Copy of the JC Complaint

Click Here for the File-stamped Copy of the Jane Doe 1 (Chelan County, Washington)

Please contact Craig Vernon on his cell phone (208 691 2768) for any requests or additional information

THE DETAILS:

(August 15, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ).

Three separate lawsuits have been filed (two, by enrolled members of the Navajo Nation and the third by a member of the Crow Reservation) against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the "Mormon" or "LDS" Church, and against LDS Family Services.

These three lawsuits follow five other lawsuits filed by adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the controversial Mormon "Lamanite (or Indian) Placement Program."[1] "Not only were our clients sexually abused but the core tenants of this placement program subjected them to cultural and emotional abuse as well," explains attorney Craig Vernon, a former member of the LDS Church and an attorney who has helped survivors of childhood sexual abuse across the nation in claims involving the LDS Church, the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, and other entities.

"Canonized Mormon scripture teaches that Native Americans are descendants of a group of people that fled from Israel in the year 600 B.C. and settled somewhere in the Americas. According to Mormon scripture, these people then split up into two groups: The Nephites, a righteous people; and the Lamanites who, after becoming wicked and hardening their hearts, were cursed by God with a 'skin of blackness'. This 'curse' doctrine, which equates having a 'skin of darkness' as a curse from God because of wickedness, is damaging to our clients' self-esteem and to their culture. Telling our clients and other Native Americans that they were 'cursed', that they needed Mormonism to break this 'curse', is troublesome, to say the least." added Vernon.

Two of the lawsuits were filed in the Navajo Nation District Court. The third was filed in Chelan County, Washington.

In the Washington lawsuit, Plaintiff Jane Doe 1 was taken off the Crow Reservation and placed with a foster family in Wenatchee, Washington. There, she was sexually abused on four separate occasions by her foster grandfather over a three-year period starting in 1970.

The Navajo Nation lawsuits both involve sexual abuse by two Mormon foster fathers. Plaintiff AH was sexually molested and abused by her Mormon foster father on multiple occasions starting in 1979. As part of this sexual abuse inside the perpetrator's Mesa, Arizona home, AH was also forced to watch the perpetrator masturbate. AH, who currently lives in Gallup, New Mexico, will speak at the press event.

Plaintiff JC was forcibly raped on multiple occasions, in a violent fashion, by her Mormon foster father at his Enterprise, Utah home in the late 1960's.

"Unfortunately, childhood sexual abuse isn't a plague unique to the Catholic Church" adds Billy Keeler, a Gallup, New Mexico lawyer who, along with Mr. Vernon, represent a total of eight adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within this program who have filed lawsuits. "It is tragic that our other clients were sexually abused during this program. Religious organizations and programs such as this should be places where children are safe from harm, not places that protect sexual predators," comments Mr. Keeler.

"What has happened in these lawsuits is exactly why professionally-trained law enforcement should investigate reports of childhood sexual abuse. There is no evidence that any of the perpetrators of abuse were ever disciplined by the Church or criminally charged. We hope that these civil lawsuits will 'out' the perpetrators and answer some questions as to why the Church failed to protect these kids back in the day," comments Mr. Vernon

Keeler points out a disturbing trend within this program: "Many of our clients informed either Church leaders or LDS Family Service case workers about the sexual abuse, yet these cries for help fell on deaf ears. They didn't remove these vulnerable kids from these horrific homes and the abuse continued."

The rise and fall of this program appears linked to George P. Lee, who was a key figure during the program's most robust years. As reported in the November 1975 edition of the Mormon Church magazine, the Ensign, "Lee, in the 1950s, was one of the first participants in the Church's Indian Placement Program and later went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, a master's from Utah State University, and a doctorate from BYU. In 1975, he was called by President Spencer W. Kimball to be the first Native American general authority in the Church." Lee's primary focus was the Lamanite Placement Program. While the program grew during the George P. Lee years, such growth was accompanied by scandal.

George P. Lee served as a general authority until 1989, when he was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for what Mormon leaders called "conduct unbecoming a member of the church." As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune on July 31, 2007, "George P. Lee pled guilty in 1994 to sexual abuse of a child. The victim of this abuse, a girl, age 17 at the time of the 1994 trial, said Lee exploited the religious respect she had for him to fondle her breasts, buttocks and genitals. She said the abuse began when she was nine years old (in approximately 1986) and lasted for three years."

"We know of George P. Lee's guilty plea and the sexual abuse of this nine-year-old girl; what we don't know is how many other survivors of abuse are out there. When the General Authority that the Church assigned over this program was sexually abusing young girls, it is no wonder we see abuse within the foster families as well," comments Vernon.

"Because of the nature of this program which took children from their homes and placed them in a strange environment, protection of children should have been paramount. It appears that was not the case," adds Keeler.

As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse within this program, AH has chosen to speak out at this press event. While AH will tell her story at the press event, she wishes to send a message of hope for any other survivors of sexual abuse within this program. "Understand that you are not alone. It is not your fault. The shame is not yours, rather the shame belongs to those who abused, as well as those who allowed the abuse to happen."

[1] The Book of Mormon reads: "And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them." (emphasis added) (2 Nephi 5:21, Book of Mormon).

Patrick Noaker | Noaker Law Firm LLC | (612) 349-2735 | patrick@noakerlaw.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Bunbury bishop Gerard Holohan writes to parishioners to reiterate apology to church sexual abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
Bunbury Mail

Andrew Elstermann
@AElstermann

14 Aug 2017

Diocese of Bunbury bishop Gerald Holohan has written to parishioners to reiterate his apology to victims who suffered abuse at the hands of Father William Kevin Glover in the 1960s and 70s.

Last month, the Mail published documents tendered to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in February that revealed in 1959, Bunbury bishop John Goody agreed to hire a priest despite knowing he had previously sexually abused a number of boys.

Father Glover ministered in Esperance, which was part of the Diocese of Bunbury from 1959 and was shifted to Margaret River in 1979 where he remained until his retirement in 1992. He died six years later.

The commission has recorded five allegations of child sexual abuse filed in WA between 1997 and 2014 against Father Glover for offending in the Diocese of Bunbury between 1967 and 1986. One was also received in Victoria in 1998 for alleged offending in 1956.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Let's Make A Deal -- Bernard Shero Getting Out Of Jail Early

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Like the Pope used to be, prosecutors think they're infallible.

And when they screw up, or get caught playing dirty, they don't apologize.

But today in Common Pleas Court, the nearest thing to a correction just happened -- Judge Ellen Ceisler signed off on a deal struck between the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and Bernard Shero's lawyers to let Shero out of jail nearly a dozen years early.

Shero, 54, is the former schoolteacher doing 8 to 16 years for his 2013 conviction by a jury on charges that included rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault. But Shero's conviction comes with a big asterisk -- the alleged victim in the case was Danny Gallagher, AKA "Billy Doe," the former altar boy who has since been outed as a complete fraud.

Shero, 54, has already done 4 years, 6 months and two weeks in jail for crimes that never happened. He has another 11 1/2 years to go on his maximum sentence. But as soon as tomorrow, he'll be walking out of State Correctional Institution in Houtzdale, thanks to a deal finalized today during a half-hour teleconference between the prison and Judge Ceisler's courtroom at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Child abuse inquiry to reconvene in the autumn

SCOTLAND
Police Professional

The second phase of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will continue with its investigation into children’s homes run by the Catholic order Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

The Lady Smith-led hearings are to reconvene on November 28 in Edinburgh to examine historical allegations of the abuse of children in care.

The public inquiry, which began in May, has already heard a series of religious organisations apologise for historical abuse in damning testimonies.

Legislation lifting the time-limit on damages for child abuse cases was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year, removing the current three-year period for personal injury actions in cases of child abuse where the person was under 18 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Chiles Menschenrechts-Katastrophe in der Demokratie: Über 1.300 Kinder starben in den Händen des Staats, privater und katholischer Kinderheime

CHILE
Nach Den Seiten

[Chile Over 1,300 children died in the hands of the state, private and Catholic children's homes.As a cause of death, the investigation report identifies the systematic violation of the duty of supervision, neglect, life-threatening medication, the use of violence, the formation of prostitution and the rape of hundreds of minors. The former bishop of La Serena and Chillán, Francisco José Cox Huneeus, is among the sex offenders. In order to escape the judicial authorities, the Vatican and the Chilean Church withdrew the "dignitaries"and ordered him "penance and prayer work" in the Father's house of the Schoenstatt movement, in the Palatinate Vallendar.]

Zur falschen Zeit, beim Auftakt des Präsidentschaftswahlkampfs, platzte vor wenigen Wochen in Chile die schwerste Anklage wegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch den chilenischen Staat seit Ende der Militärdiktatur im Jahr 1990. Eine Untersuchungskommission des Parlaments in Valparaíso warf dem Nationalen Dienst für Minderjährige (SENAME) und den chilenischen Regierungen seit 2005 vor, für den Tod von mindestens 1.300 Kindern und Jugendlichen im Verlauf der vergangenen 11 Jahre verantwortlich zu sein. Als Todesursachen benennt der Untersuchungsbericht die systematische Verletzung der Aufsichtspflicht, Verwahrlosung, lebensbedrohliche medikamentöse Behandlungen, Gewaltanwendung, Bildung von Prostitutionsringen und Vergewaltigungen hunderter Minderjähriger, auch durch Leiter beauftragter katholischer Kinderheime. Unter den schon vor Jahren schwer belasteten Sexual-Straftätern befindet sich der ehemalige Bischof von La Serena und Chillán, Francisco José Cox Huneeus. Um den Justizbehörden zu entkommen, zogen Vatikan und die chilenische Kirche den “Würdenträger” aus dem Verkehr und verordneten ihm „Buß- und Bet-Arbeit” im Vaterhaus der Schönstatt-Bewegung, im pfälzischen Vallendar. Von Frederico Füllgraf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Adass Israel School backtracks on (Rabbi) Kluwgant appointment

AUSTRALIA
Manny Waks

Child sexual abuse survivor and victims advocate Dassi Erlich posted publicly regarding her recent meeting with the Adass Israel School (Melbourne) board:

​On the 28th of July, Ted Baillieu accompanied me to a meeting with the Adass School board. With the board's permission I recorded the meeting. I have attached some excerpts below. Overall, I felt the meeting was a positive step forward. I look forward to seeing their sincere apology followed up with sincere actions - public statements of support.

Transcription of Recording:

Abe Weiszberger: Now going to Rabbi Kluwgant, since your letter came along he is not working, only as a consultant in the school.

Dassi Erlich: Have you told the board, the parents that this is what his position is?

Abe Weiszberger: The parents have never been told that he is going to be that he is principal. The letter came out to the staff and I have been to the staff and explained to the staff exactly what is his position is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Adass Israel School and (Rabbi) Meir Shlomo Kluwgant part ways

AUSTRALIA
Manny Waks

On behalf of several victims of child sexual abuse and other members of the community, I welcome the news that the Addas Israel School Board and (Rabbi) Meir Shlomo Kluwgant are parting ways.

Both Adass and Kluwgant have horrific histories when it comes to mishandling matters relating to child sexual abuse. Kluwgant’s appointment was a slap in the face to the Yeshivah victims who worked so hard to expose his true character and to the Adass victims who continue to suffer terribly as a result of the lack of education and poor decision-making of the Adass School Board. The appointment also needlessly brought the entire Adass community into disrepute and the community is entitled to question whether this Board can be trusted with ensuring the safety of their children and whether it is appropriate for them to continue in their current roles.

There were many parties who worked behind the scenes to ensure the right outcome was achieved and it was particularly heartening for many to see Rabbi Beck (long-standing head Rabbi of Adass), members of the Adass staff, members of the Adass community and the broader community standing up for victims on this occasion, something for which we have been crying out for too long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Ultra-Orthodox baby trafficker exposed

ISRAEL/UNITED STATES
YNet News

Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth investigate allegations against Haim Aharon Yosefi, a well-known figure in the Haredi world, for taking young, pregnant Haredi woman from Israel to the US to give birth before giving the child away in an 'adoption' arrangement for a fee; ‘If I tell you who I'm connected to, it'll blow your mind,’ he tells undercover journalist.

Ariella Sternbach and Yehuda Shohat|Published: 13.08.17

Haim Aharon Yosefi—a well-known businessman and figure in the ultra-Orthodox world—trades in babies. He is a central figure in a network that allegedly takes young, pregnant Haredi women from Israel to the United States to give birth before giving the child away in an "adoption" arrangement for a fee.

In a series of meetings with undercover reporters from Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth, Yosefi unwittingly provided a rare glimpse behind the curtain, openly divulging how he and his accomplices operate. He also revealed a string of other related activities including the distribution of pills to suppress sexual desire, forging identification documents and more.

Over the last few weeks, Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth sent "Devorah Leah," a young Haredi woman with a cover story, to Yosefi. "I got pregnant by a married man, and I'm in trouble," Devorah told Yosefi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

Accused clergy member teaches at Simon Sanchez High School

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 14, 2017

Until the Guam Department of Education's legal counsel is done researching personnel policies and rules, a science teacher who is named in the latest clergy sexual abuse lawsuit will continue his job at Simon Sanchez High School, an education official said.

Vernon T. Kamiaz has been accused of sexually abusing a minor, identified in local court documents only as E.M., who was taking confirmation classes between 1989 and 1990.

Kamiaz is a science teacher Sanchez High. Thursday is the opening of classes for public schools.

Kamiaz could not be reached for comment and did not respond to a message last week to his Facebook account, asking for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Child sexual abuse disclosed in confession should be reported: royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

Priests would no longer be able to use the secrecy of the confessional to avoid reporting allegations of child sexual abuse, a royal commission recommends in its latest report.

In the wide-ranging report into the criminal justice system, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made 85 recommendations aimed at better protecting children.

One key recommendation is that failing to report information about child sexual abuse disclosed in confession should be made a criminal offence.

"The report recommends there be no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence granted to clergy for failing to report information disclosed in connection with a religious confession," it read.

Australia's Catholic archbishops were divided on the issue of the Seal of the Confessional when quizzed about it at a public hearing this year which was told that it had been used as an excuse not to report crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

ARCHBISHOP: I'D GO TO JAIL RATHER THAN DOB IN SOMEONE WHO'D CONFESSED

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

[video]

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
August 14, 2017

The royal commission into child sexual abuse today said priests should be punished if someone taking confession admits to child abuse and the priest doesn't tell police. Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart says no priest can break confidentiality - and doing so will hurt children by making abusers less likely to admit anything even to their priest.

From The Bolt Report - Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart says confession is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion, and must remain so in Australia:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Child sex abuse: How the royal commission plans to protect kids

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Danny Tran

Fairness and reform - that's what the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says are its goals in releasing dozens of recommendations on the criminal justice system.

The royal commission has made a total of 85 recommendations, including major legal and policy changes which it hopes will be adopted across the nation to stamp out child abuse and prosecute more offenders.

But what are the most important changes being proposed, and how will they change the way Australia responds to child sex abuse?

1. You could be charged for failing to report child abuse

Most child abuse laws in Australia are aimed at perpetrators but this particular law will be aimed at other people, including the owners and managers of places that have children in their care.

The royal commission is recommending that state and territory governments make it a crime not to go to the police about child abuse.

But it goes further, arguing that reasonable people who "suspect, or should have suspected" that a child is being molested would be committing a crime if they did not go to the police.

The commission said the law was necessary, "particularly in light of the evidence we have heard from a number of senior representatives of institutions effectively denying that they had any knowledge or had formed any belief or suspicion of abuse being committed in circumstances".

"Their denials are very difficult to accept," it said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Breaking the seal of confession could pit church against state

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

ANALYSIS
By Noel Debien

Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just made recommendations that could electrically charge the relationship between church and state.

It has advised that legislators in Australian states and territories should enact laws to specifically overrule the confessional seal. The recommendation would require mandatory reporting to police from priests who hear confessions concerning child abuse.

The recommendations, if enacted, would place the church and the state in direct legal conflict and would require fundamental change within the international Catholic Church.

While priests in other Christians denominations do hear confessions, for many of Australia's five and a half million Catholics the "seal of confession" is a sacred and secret matter, even when it comes to the heinous crime of child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Melbourne priest wouldn’t break the seal of confession

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Drive

[audio]

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended 85 changes to the law in a new report.

One of the most controversial recommendations is that clergy who fail to report information about child sexual abuse heard during confession, would face criminal charges.

The proposed change has already been met with opposition from some members of the Catholic Church because of the ‘seal of confession’.

Talkback caller Martin from Heidelberg, a Melbourne priest for 34 years, told Ali Moore on Drive, “We can’t reveal what someone says to us in confession…There’s a higher law and that is - I can’t reveal.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Confessional secrets won’t be protected under abuse probe recommendations

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 14, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Secrets of the confessional would no longer be an excuse for failing to report child sexual abuse under royal commission recommendations.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse today released 85 new recommendations to reform the nation’s criminal justice systems.

The report recommends making the failure to report child sex abuse in institutions a criminal offence, extending to religious confessions.

It specifically states that clergy should not be able to refuse to report a sex abuse crime detailed in the confessional.

The recommendation will spark an uproar, particularly in the Catholic Church, which treats as strictly confidential matters discussed in the confessional.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Clergy who fail to report child abuse heard in confession should be charged – royal commission<

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Melissa Davey and agencies
Sunday 13 August 2017

Clergy who refuse to report child sexual abuse because the information was received during a religious confession could face charges if recommendations for new institutional criminal offences are accepted.

The child abuse royal commission wants failure to report child sex abuse in institutions to be a criminal offence, extending to information given in religious confessions.

People in institutions who know, suspect or should have suspected a child is being sexually abused and fail to act should face criminal charges, it says in its criminal justice report released on Monday.

Stephen Woods – who was abused by the notorious pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale and the convicted pedophile brother Robert Charles Best while a student at St Alipius primary school in Ballarat– praised the commission for the recommendation but said it was overdue.

Abuse confessions could see clergy charged

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Megan Neil
Australian Associated Press

Clergy who refuse to break the seal of confession to report child sex abusers to police may end up facing criminal charges.

The child abuse royal commission wants a new crime of failing to report child sexual abuse in institutions, including for those people who should have suspected the abuse.

The commission says the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse means there should be no exemption for clergy over information received during a religious confession, despite the Catholic Church believing the confessional seal must not be violated.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, says confession is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion that must continue to be recognised by Australian law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Connecticut Rabbi in Alleged Sex Assault Case to Face Judge

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

A Connecticut rabbi accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a teenage boy is set to make his first court appearance since being arrested last month.

Rabbi Daniel Greer is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in New Haven Superior Court on felony charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty, but it's not clear if he will enter pleas Monday.

The 77-year-old Greer is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy who attended the Yeshiva of New Haven school from 2001 to 2005. Greer was a founder and principal of the school, which was established in 1977.

A federal jury in May awarded $15 million in damages to the now-former student in his lawsuit against Greer and the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Red Cross now advising group investigating infant remains

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Maeve Sheehan
August 13 2017

An international authority on excavating human remains has advised the expert group investigating the infant remains buried beneath the former mother and baby home in Tuam.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has worked to recover and identify bodies from mass graves in conflicts across the globe, has been consulted by the expert group, as it nears the end of its technical examination of the site.

The charity is a leading expert on searching for, recovering, analysing, identifying, and managing large numbers of unidentified remains in varying states of preservation. Extraction and analysis of DNA are among the key issues the group is considering.

An update, published on the Department of Children's website last week, said that the group had also liaised with An Garda Siochana and the coroner for North Galway, who has a role in investigating sudden, suspicious or unnatural deaths. It has also liaised with the National Monuments Services and Forensic Science Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Clerical Abuse Scandal Hits Argentine President's School

ARGENTINA
US News

AP

By PAUL BYRNE, LUIS ANDRES HENAO and ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Rufino Varela was a distraught, confused 12-year-old when he went looking for help from the school chaplain to tell him he'd been sexually abused by a mason at his family's home.

Instead of aiding, Varela says, the Rev. Finnlugh Mac Conastair took off the boy's pants, flogged him and fondled him in a room below the chapel at one of Argentina's most prestigious schools. Then, the Irish priest known by many as "Father Alfredo," offered him candy and told him that they should keep it as a secret with God.

"I had come looking for help, but I felt that it was a punishment from God," Varela said. "I came back to the classroom, holding back tears, went home and never spoke about it."

The secret was kept for nearly four decades. But in recent months, Varela's decision to break his silence has led several other former students to denounce clerical abuse at a school that has educated President Mauricio Macri and many other members of Argentina's elite.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

Survivor frozen out of child abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter
August 14 2017
The Times

A man who was thanked personally by Theresa May for his “invaluable assistance” in setting up the child abuse public inquiry has been excluded from its investigations.

Andi Lavery campaigned for the inquiry and met Mrs May when she was home secretary to describe the abuse he had suffered as a schoolboy from Benedictine monks. Mr Lavery said last night that he was “extremely distressed” and had been treated for self-harm since Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), ruled that she would not investigate Fort Augustus Abbey, the school where he was assaulted.

Mrs May wrote to Mr Lavery in 2015 thanking him for his “openness and honesty” and expressing the hope that he would “continue to work with the independent inquiry as your experiences and your knowledge will be invaluable”.

Professor Jay has ruled that because Fort Augustus is in Scotland it falls outside the remit of her inquiry, which is considering abuse at institutions in England and Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 AM

Report on Criminal Justice released

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

14 August, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

The report Criminal Justice, which was released today, recommends a sweep of legislative and policy changes. It includes reform to police and prosecution responses, evidence of complainants, sentences and appeals, and grooming offences. It also recommends new offences, including ‘failure to report’ and ‘failure to protect’.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the criminal justice system is often seen as not being effective in responding to child sexual abuse cases and conviction rates are lower compared to other crimes.

"Child sexual abuse cases are often ‘word against word’ cases with no eyewitnesses or medical or scientific evidence. Complainants often take years or decades to disclose their abuse," Mr Reed said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM

Australia church abuse: Priests 'must report' confessions

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.

It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in the nation.

The inquiry had heard harrowing tales of abuse, which were never passed on to the relevant authorities.

The Church has indicated it will oppose altering the rules around confession.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which began in 2013, was contacted by thousands of victims from both religious and non-religious organisations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Leader

By Mark Bowling

PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said.

Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if it is revealed in the confessional.

The recommendation was one of 85 contained in a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today.

The report, titled Criminal Justice, includes reform to police and prosecution responses, evidence of complainants, sentences and appeals, and grooming offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 AM

Priests should report confessions of sexual abuse: Australia’s Royal Commission

AUSTRALIA
Hindustan Times

AP

Australia’s most powerful investigative authority has recommended that priests who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse should face criminal charges, even when they learn of abuse through confession.

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended in a report on Monday that all states and territories in Australia introduce legislation that would make it a criminal offense for people to fail to report child sexual abuse in an institutional setting. Clergy who find out about sexual abuse during a confidential religious confession would not be exempt from the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 AM

Commission in Australia says priests should report abuse heard in confession

AUSTRALIA
Crux

Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says the right to practice one’s religious beliefs “must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse.” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said in a statement the inviolability of the seal of confession is a “fundamental part of the freedom of religion.”

A government commission in Australia on Monday said Catholic priests must violate the seal of confession if they hear about the sexual abuse of children.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established in 2013 to investigate how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organizations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

On Monday, it issued its report on criminal justice, including 85 recommendations for new legal standards.

Recommendation number 35 said laws on reporting sexual abuse of children “should exclude any existing excuse, protection or privilege in relation to religious confessions.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 AM

August 13, 2017

Le cardinal Barbarin devait être jugé début 2018

FRANCE
Sud Ouest

[Cardinal Barbarin and six other personalities of the church will appear before the courts in the case of priest Bernard Preynat. The case of Father Bernard Preynat, charged with "sexual assault on minors, will have a new episode in September at the Lyon Criminal Court before which Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and six others were summoned to appear by the victims. But this will be only a first step. As the Le Monde newspaper says, "the trial on the merits could open in early 2018".]

Le cardinal Barbarin et six autres personnalités de l’église comparaîtront devant la justice dans le cadre de l’affaire Bernard Preynat

L’affaire du père Bernard Preynat, mis en examen pour "agressions sexuelles sur mineurs", connaîtra un nouvel épisode en septembre au tribunal correctionnel de Lyon devant lequel le cardinal Philippe Barbarin et six autres personnalités de l’église ont été cités à comparaître par les victimes du prélat pour non dénonciation de faits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

New law removes statute of limitation for sexual abuse crimes

ILLINOIS
KWQC

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will remove the statutes of limitation for sexual abuse crimes.

Rauner signed the measure Friday. Sponsor state Sen. Michael Hastings of Frankfort says the legislation puts in place "best practices for dealing with sexual assault cases statewide and puts a system in place that will encourage survivors to come forward and receive justice when they are ready."

Statutes of limitation restrict the time when authorities can charge someone after a crime occurs. The legislation Rauner signed removes those limitations for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children. That will allow for the prosecution of those crimes at any time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Crucial test for Benedictine monks’ new leader as order faces sex abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Catherine Pepinster
Saturday 12 August 2017

He has been an abbot, an author, a TV star and a radio breakfast show regular and has been described as the country’s most influential Benedictine monk since Cardinal Basil Hume. Now Christopher Jamison is to attempt his most important role: saviour of the reputation of his monastic order.

At the start of August the monks of the English Benedictine Congregation – an association of 13 Roman Catholic communities of monks and nuns – elected Jamison as their leader. His installation as abbot president came just days after Professor Alexis Jay confirmed that the public inquiry she is chairing into child sexual abuse in England and Wales would focus its hearings during October and November on scandals at Benedictine schools and monasteries. The choice of Jamison was almost certainly no coincidence.

The Benedictines have been mired in controversy for 20 years following a series of revelations about sex abuse scandals at their prestigious private schools, Ampleforth, Downside, Worth and St Benedict’s, Ealing, west London. And with both the independent inquiry into child sex abuse, led by Jay, and a separate crown court trial of a Benedictine abbot on child sex abuse charges taking place this autumn, the order and its educational establishments will be under severe scrutiny.

Listeners to Chris Evans’s Radio 2 breakfast show, used to Jamison’s spiritual musings in its Pause for Thought slot, may be surprised to learn that he is taking on the difficult task of leading the order. Jamison is most at ease in front of a microphone and a camera. He has a knack of making Catholicism clear to a secular audience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Institutional abuse victims ask Brokenshire for help in accessing compensation

NORTHERN IRELAND
Breaking Newe

12/08/2017

Victims of institutional abuse in the North have urged the Secretary of State to intervene immediately to enable them to access stalled compensation payments.

Campaign group Survivors & Victims of Institutional Abuse (Savia) urged James Brokenshire to act after holding a meeting with the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling.

Mr Sterling met with the Panel of Experts on Redress - a body made up of individual survivors, survivor groups, human rights organisations, academics and lawyers - on Friday afternoon.

In January, a Stormont-commissioned inquiry into abuse committed in church and state run homes in the North recommended compensation payments for victims of up to £100,000 each.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

August 12, 2017

Le cardinal Barbarin : « Face à la pédophilie, ma réponse n’était pas à la mesure de l’enjeu »

FRANCE
Le Monde

[In an interview with Le Monde, the prelate of Lyon denies having covered-up abuse by a priest.]

Le 24 juillet, il était à Karakoch pour célébrer une messe dans la grande ville chrétienne du nord de l’Irak, après l’éviction de l’Etat islamique de Mossoul. En septembre, il répondra à une citation à comparaître de victimes du père Bernard Preynat, un prêtre de son diocèse accusé d’avoir sexuellement agressé des enfants dont il avait la charge jusqu’en 1991.

Le cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 66 ans, qui fêtera en septembre le quinzième anniversaire de sa nomination à la tête de l’archevêché de Lyon, demeure l’une des principales voix de l’Eglise catholique en France. Prélat atypique, cet électron libre allie un conservatisme doctrinal et sociétal à une ouverture aux problèmes sociaux, un catholicisme d’affirmation et une proximité avec le pape François. Le primat des Gaules revient sur les leçons de l’affaire Preynat, les premiers pas du gouvernement et le pape François.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Le cardinal Barbarin devrait être jugé début 2018 pour non-dénonciation d’agressions sexuelles

FRANCE
Le Monde

[Cardinal Barbarin should be tried in early 2018 for non-denunciation of sexual assaults.The date is not yet fixed, but Cardinal Barbarin and six personalities of the church, including two bishops and one of the most senior Vatican officials, will have to answer in a few months for non-denunciation of sexual assaults on minors who have accused them of covering-up abuse by Father Bernard Preynat.]

Par Emeline Cazi

La date n’est pas encore fixée mais le cardinal Barbarin et six personnalités de l’Eglise, dont deux évêques et l’un des plus hauts responsables du Vatican, devront dans quelques mois répondre des faits de non-dénonciation d’agressions sexuelles sur mineurs dont les accusent depuis deux ans des victimes du père Bernard Preynat, réunies au sein de l’association La Parole libérée.

Le père Preynat, ancien aumônier scout de l’ouest lyonnais, mis en examen pour « agressions sexuelles sur mineurs », est suspecté d’avoir fait des dizaines de victimes au sein de la troupe Saint-Luc dont il a eu la charge pendant vingt ans. Les sept personnes citées à comparaître en auraient eu connaissance mais n’ont jamais alerté la justice. Une première audience évoquera l’affaire le 19 septembre. Le procès sur le fond pourrait s’ouvrir début 2018.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

French archbishop admits failings in response to pedophile scandal

FRANCE
Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon acknowledged shortcomings in his response to a pedophilia scandal in his archdiocese and said more rigorous checks were in place to prevent past errors in the appointment of priests being repeated.

In an interview with Le Monde, published ahead of the Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption celebration, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin reiterated that he had never concealed acts of sexual abuse by Father Bernard Preynat, a priest under his authority.

Preynat is accused of sexually abusing Catholic boy scouts during the 1980s and early 1990s. He is due to appear before a court next month. Preynat's lawyer has said the priest admits the abuse but that the cases have passed the legal statute of limitations when they were reported.

Prosecutors in 2016 extensively questioned Barbarin, one of France's top Catholic clerics, over why Preynat's activities had not been reported to civil authorities earlier before dropping their investigation into allegations of a cover-up.

Barbarin told Le Monde he became aware of Preynat's activities in 2007. When he "knocked on doors" for advice nobody gave him a satisfactory answer, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Police unhappy with priest abuse sentence, likely to appeal

MALTA
Times of Malta

Saturday, August 12, 2017by Matthew Xuereb

The police and the Attorney General’s Office are likely to appeal the sentence handed down to Fr Charles Fenech, who was found guilty of the violent indecent assault of a vulnerable woman.

Sources have said the police were not happy with the punishment meted out to the former director of the Kerygma Movement, who was given a three-month jail term, suspended for a year.

Times of Malta is informed that the victim, who at the time had mental health problems, is also disappointed with the punishment.

According to the law, the police have eight working days – until Wednesday – to file a note in the acts of the case, through which they can express their intention to appeal.

The Attorney General will then be notified and, in turn, will have another eight days to file his appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

Russian Orthodox Priest Charged with Procuring Belarusian Prostitutes

RUSSIA
Latin American Herald Tribune

MOSCOW – A priest of the Russian Orthodox Church has been formally charged with recruiting women in Belarus and trafficking them to work as prostitutes in Russia, the Belarusian Investigative Committee announced on Friday.

The clergyman, identified as Nikolay Kireev, 39, was arrested on Aug. 3 in the northern Belarusian city of Vitebsk when he was about to board a bus to St. Petersburg accompanied by two women, aged 20 and 30.

According to a statement by the IC, police found that Kireev had allegedly persuaded the women, both of whom were Vitebsk residents, to move to St. Petersburg and work in the sex trade there.

The cleric, who served at the Peter and Pavel Cathedral in Imeni Morozova – a settlement on the banks of Lake Ladoga, near the Finnish border –, was put in pre-trial detention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

LISTEN: Historic child abuse panel member: “I was silenced by Theresa May’s advisors to ensure she became PM”

UNITED KINGDOM
Evolve Politics

In an extraordinary interview recorded yesterday, a child abuse survivor who served on the Government’s independent inquiry into historic child sexual abuse has claimed she was silenced by Theresa May’s advisors to ensure that Ms May became Prime Minister.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of Ms Evans’ startling claims about her time serving on the inquiry.

Speaking to talkRADIO, Sharon Evans, a former journalist and the founder of Dot Com Children’s Foundation, said that the panel were “promised the child abuse inquiry would be open”, but after a short while she saw that it was ‘so obvious that everything was about the control and suppression of information” and that the supposedly independent inquiry had absolutely “no independence’.

Ms Evans claimed that the contracts panel members were made to sign by the Home Office were used to stop them from speaking openly about “very serious allegations about very public figures” – allegations which she says were taken back to the inquiry leaders, but ‘nothing was being done about” them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Canonist warns Church oversight of troubled lay groups has ‘no teeth’

UNITED STATES
Crux

Claire Giangravè
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Through the years the Vatican has developed strong rules and regulations to fight sex abuse in the clergy, but two recent sex abuse scandals in Catholic lay associations show that in these cases the Church is still very slow to respond and that often local bishops fail to exercise the necessary monitoring.

ROME - In an effort to respond to cases and allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church over the years, Pope Francis has affirmed a “zero tolerance” policy and stressed that the Vatican must be committed to enforcing accountability.

Yet two recent scandals suggest that while the Church may have developed strong controls over clergy, in cases that involve lay organizations, it sometimes struggles to impose effective oversight.
“Let’s put it this way: The process in the Church for dealing with lay people has got no teeth,” Father Francis Morrissey, a Canadian expert on canon law, told Crux.

One case is rooted in Peru, where the leader of a lay Catholic movement called the Sodalitium of Christian Life was accused of sexually and physically abusing members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Magdalene abuse must not go unpunished, UN tells Ireland

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Ellen Coyne Senior Ireland Reporter
August 12 2017
The Times

Members of the Catholic Church must be prosecuted and punished for their role in the Magdalene laundries, the United Nations has said.

The UN committee against torture has unequivocally dismissed the state’s investigation into the institutions and claims damning documents showing church and state collusion against women have been ignored.

The international human rights body has said that the government must ensure that religious orders responsible for perpetrating abuse against women and children for decades must be forced to hand over evidence.

In 2011 the committee called for an independent investigation into the laundries, which helped lead to the McAleese commission and Enda Kenny’s apology in 2013 to the women who had been affected. Despite the apology, the state has maintained that it was not liable for how women and girls were treated in the institutions.

Finishing its second examination of Ireland’s compliance with torture laws yesterday, the committee criticised the McAleese commission, saying there had been no independent, thorough and effective investigation into the treatment of women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Ireland criticised by UN for response to Magdalene Laundries allegations

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner Reporter

The UN has criticised Ireland for failures in investigating allegations of ill-treatment of women at Magdalene laundries and for not prosecuting perpetrators.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) asked the Government to undertake a “thorough, impartial investigation” in this area and ensure that all victims obtain redress.

UNCAT said it was “seriously concerned” at the failure of the State’s delegation to it to provide further information regarding their claim that there have been a sizeable number of investigations into abuse at reformatory and industrial schools, as documented in the Ryan Report.

The committee, which monitors adherence to the UN Convention Against Torture, issued its concluding observations, after taking submissions from Irish NGOs and holding hearings with the Government.

In its observations, UNCAT called on the Government to:

* Bring in a specific offence of domestic violence, and ensure all such allegations are recorded by gardaí and investigated;
* Hold immigration detainees separate from people charged or convicted of criminal offences;
* Ensure solitary confinement is “never applied to juveniles” and to “urgently” undertake an independent review of the prison health-care system;
* Establish a national mechanism, which would have access to all places of deprivation of liberty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Former student alleges repeated abuse by Calgary priest, high school teacher

CANADA
Calgary Herald

Meghan Potkins, Calgary Herald

When Brian was a teenager, he attended the funeral of a man he says sexually abused him for months.

He sat in St. Mary’s Cathedral in January of 1983, for the special funeral mass presided over by the bishop: a solemn occasion befitting the untimely death of a much-loved priest.

“It was huge. Everyone in full regalia, and I was just one little person in this whole church,” recalls Brian.

“They saw him as a saint.”

On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in Calgary court against a religious order of the Catholic church, alleging decades-old sexual abuse at the hands of a Calgary priest and teacher at Bishop Grandin High School that left a former Calgary resident permanently scarred.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

August 11, 2017

Abuse inquiry set to put orphanages in spotlight

SCOTLAND
Evening Times

Hannah Rodger @hannahwritesHT
Senior Reporter

AN INQUIRY into historic child sex abuse will examine practices at two west of Scotland orphanages during its next stage.

Phase two of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will hear evidence about two care homes in Lanark and Rutherglen run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

The inquiry has called for applications to give evidence about practices at Smyllum Park in Lanark and Rutherglen’s Bellevue House.

It has previously been reported that children who lived at the Smyllum Park orphanage endured years of harrowing treatment and abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

CALL FOR FURTHER REDRESS FOR SURVIVORS OF MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES AND MOTHER AND BABY HOMES

IRELAND
Galway Bay FM

Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a call for further redress to survivors of Magdalene laundries and Mother and Baby Homes, such as those in Galway

The UN Committee Against Torture says its previous recommendations on historical abuse have either been only partially implemented, or not at all.

Following a review of Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on Torture and Other Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Ireland is complimented for its progress on ending the incarceration of children in adult prisons, and the Citizens Assembly, but it’s sharply critical of other issues.

The UN Committee against Torture or UNCAT says Ireland should undertake a thorough impartial investigation into Magdalene Laundries that has the power to compel witnesses and ensure punishment of those responsible.

The UNCAT also wants redress for survivors of Mother and baby homes, and is concerned that some survivors of institutional abuse have been left outside the now-closed redress scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

UN torture committee voices "serious concern" over State response to historical abuse

IRELAND
Newstalk

[The Ryan Report - BishopAccountability.org]

The UN Committee against Torture has voiced "serious concern" over the lack of information provided by Irish State regarding investigations into historical abuse outlined in the Ryan Report.

The committee has published its final report on the Irish Government’s performance on issues including historic institutional abuse, detention and healthcare.

It has warned that its call for the State to investigate all allegations of ill-treatment of women at the Magdalene Laundries have not been implemented.

It said the state has also failed to prosecute those responsible and ensure that victims get redress for their suffering.

It has urged the Government to collect data on all criminal investigations undertaken by the gardaí into allegations of abuse at religious run institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Govt criticised by UN over lack of Magdalene investigation

IRELAND
RTE News

A United Nations committee has criticised the Government for failing to implement its recommendations to investigate allegations of ill treatment of women in Magdalene Laundries.

It has also called for urgent measures to improve the staffing of the Republic's prisons and to convene an independent review of the entire prison health care system.

The report underlines many achievements in the six years since the UN Committee Against Torture's previous review.

These include the creation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the provision of community service as an alternative to imprisonment.

It also notes the 2013 McAleese Report on the State's involvement with the Magdalene Laundries and the ex gratia scheme to help women who worked in the Laundries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

UN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries

IRELAND
The Journal

A UNITED NATIONS committee has criticised the government for its failure to undertake an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at Magdalene Laundries.

It said that it “deeply regrets” that the Irish State has failed to prosecute and punish perpetrators, which was a recommendation it had made previously.

Last month, Minister David Stanton told the UN Committee Against Torture that Ireland had a “strong human rights record” and hailed positive developments that have been made since the last report on the matter submitted to the UN in November 2015.

On the issue of investigations, accountability and redress in the context of Magdalene Laundries, the UN committee said that it had noted the creation of an “ex-gratia scheme that has provided over €25.5 million to 677 former Magdalene women to date”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

UN Committee Concerned At Lack Of Information Provided By State On Abuse

IRELAND
K FM

A UN Committee says its seriously concerned at the lack of information provided by the Irish State into investigations into historical abuse outlined in the Ryan Report.

The UN Committee against Torture has published its final report on the Irish Government’s performance on issues including historic institutional abuse, detention and healthcare.

It’s urged the Government to collect data on all criminal investigations undertaken by the Gardai into allegations of abuse at religious run institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

UN committee against torture urges inquiry on all mother and baby homes

IRELAND
Irish Times

Marie O'Halloran

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mother and baby homes, not just some of them.

The committee said the inquiry should include claims of forced adoption and prosecution of perpetrators.

It criticised the Government’s failure to fully investigate allegations of ill-treatment in Magdalene laundries as the committee recommended six years ago.

The UN committee calls for a fundamental review of the prison system’s health care system, highlights the urgent need for increased staffing in prisons and warns the State that it must end solitary confinement in prisons as a punishment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

UN criticises Government for not investigating Magdalene Laundries

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Catherine Devine

August 11 2017

The United Nations has criticised the Irish Government for failing to implement its recommendations to investigate allegations of ill treatment of women in Magdalene Laundries.

The UN Committee against Torture also criticises the Government for failing to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that victims have an enforceable right to compensation.

The Committee is the most important international human rights treaty that deals with torture. It obligates countries who are parties to the treaty to prohibit and prevent torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in all circumstances. 

In the report the Committee also highlighted the need to improve staffing at prisons and to review the prison healthcare system.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Institutional abuse victims ask Brokenshire for help in accessing compensation

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

August 11 2017

Victims of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland have urged the Secretary of State to intervene immediately to enable them to access stalled compensation payments.

Campaign group Survivors & Victims of Institutional Abuse (Savia) urged James Brokenshire to act after holding a meeting with the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling.

Mr Sterling met with the Panel of Experts on Redress - a body made up of individual survivors, survivor groups, human rights organisations, academics and lawyers - on Friday afternoon.

In January, a Stormont-commissioned inquiry into abuse committed in church and state run homes in Northern Ireland recommended compensation payments for victims of up to £100,000 each.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Disturbing details revealed in allegations against San Mateo teacher

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KTVU) - There are disturbing new details involving a San Mateo preschool teacher who was arrested back in April for taking lewd photos of his young students. For the first time, a parent of one of the victims is speaking out about the alleged crimes that happened at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School where the teacher was employed.

The mother said it's been a traumatic experience. Her daughter has stomach aches every time she hears the teacher's name. She wanted to come forward saying the school failed to protect her child.

The mother asked KTVU to conceal her identity. She found it odd when her eight-year-old asked her to buy her tights not realizing she said it was because her teacher Anthony Satriano wanted her wear them.

“She was very upset about something. One night, she had told me what had happened and that it made her feel weird and she didn't know what to do,” said the mother.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Vatican investigates claims against bishop after dozens of priests resign

INDONESIA
Catholic Herald (UK)

by Catholic News Service
posted Thursday, 10 Aug 2017

Bishop Leteng of Ruteng, Indonesia, is accused of diverting funds to a mistress but denies the charge

The Vatican has appointed an apostolic visitor to investigate claims by Indonesian priests that their bishop had a mistress and misappropriated church funds.

Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunyamin of Bandung, Indonesia, told ucanews.com that the Vatican had asked him to look into the accusations against Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng, Indonesia.

Bishop Bunyamin, also general secretary of the Indonesian bishops’ conference, was scheduled to visit the diocese on Catholic-majority Flores Island next week, ucanews.com reported.

The appointment followed social media postings that Catholics in the Ruteng diocese living in Jakarta would gather at the apostolic nunciature for a vigil calling for a speedy resolution to the situation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Bischof soll Affäre haben: Vatikan prüft Vorwürfe

INDONESIEN
Katholisch

[Serious accusations are raised by Indonesian priests against their bishop Hubertus Leteng: He is supposed to have embezzled church money and have an affair. Now the Vatican sends an investigator.]

Der Vatikan hat einen apostolischen Visitator für das indonesische Bistum Ruteng eingesetzt. Dem dortigen Bischof Hubertus Leteng werfen Priester der Diözese Veruntreuung von Kirchengeldern in Höhe von rund 100.000 US-Dollar und eine Beziehung zu einer Geliebten vor. Der Generalsekretär der indonesischen Bischofskonferenz, Bischof Antonius Subianto Bunyamin, soll nun im Auftrag des Vatikan die Vorwürfe untersuchen. Das sagte er dem Nachrichtenportal "UCAnews.com" am Dienstag (Ortszeit). Er wird nächste Woche in die Diözese auf die Insel Flores reisen.

Priester protestierten mit Kündigungen

Die Ernennung eines Ermittlers durch den Vatikan ist eine Reaktion auf die Protestaktion von Priestern des Bistums Ruteng: Im Juni 2017 hatten 69 Geistliche ihre Kündigungen als Pfarrpriester und Bischofsvikare eingereicht. Sie verlangten, dass Bischof Bunyamin die Vorgänge im Bistum Ruteng überprüfe. Sie reagierten damit auf Vorwürfe, Leteng habe sich heimlich 94.000 Dollar von der indonesischen Bischofskonferenz und 30.000 Dollar von der Diözese geliehen, ohne für dessen Verwendung Rechenschaft zu geben. Kurz vor dieser Protestaktion hatte Leteng die Vorwürfe nicht kommentieren wollen, berichtet das Nachrichtenportal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to resume hearing evidence

SCOTLAND
SBS

Dan Vevers

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will resume hearing evidence as part of the first phase of its investigations in October.

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

Fresh hearings to wrap up the inquiry's first phase will begin in Rosebery House in Edinburgh on October 31 and will include expert testimony.

Investigators also announced they will launch the second phase of the inquiry on November 28, which will start by focusing on two children's homes in South Lanarkshire run by the Catholic Church.

They are Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen, both run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Paedophile remains a priest

NEW ZEALAND
Otago Daily Times

By Chris Morris

The Catholic Church is defending its decision not to defrock a paedophile priest who abused boys in Dunedin.

It was confirmed this week Magnus (Max) Murray, now aged 90, is in the care of a Catholic-owned rest-home in Auckland. Despite admitting 10 charges of sexual offending against boys in Dunedin, dating back to the 1950s, Fr Murray has retained his status as a priest following his conviction in 2003, the church has confirmed.

It was a discovery that outraged Murray Heasley, the head of a group of former pupils campaigning for Kavanagh College to adequately acknowledge its links to Fr Murray’s dark past.

He was a teacher at St Paul’s High School, which later became Kavanagh College, at the time of his offending.

A picture of him was on the college’s honours wall until earlier this year, when a complaint from Dr Heasley and 12 other former pupils prompted its removal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Michigan woman says pastor sexually assaulted her during 'anointing ritual'

MICHIGAN
WXYZ

[with video]

Kim Russell
Aug 9, 2017

KIMBALL, Mich. (WXYZ) - A young woman went to investigators at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and said she went to her pastor asking for help getting forgiveness for her sins.

He offered an anointing ritual but what happened during that ritual has her believing she is a victim of sexual assault.

Justine Morden says she worshipped at Grace Ministries in Kimball for years.

Last year she decided she wanted to repent for her sins, strengthen her relationship with god, and get more involved - so she met with Pastor Mitch Olson for counsel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Trudeau to apologize for residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador

CANADA
CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize to former students of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Prime Minister's Office confirms that Trudeau will apologize in Labrador.

An exact date and location have not been confirmed, but an update is expected later this summer.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper excluded the province's former residential schools from a national apology and compensation package in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Cardenal Rivera declara a la PGR que sólo supo de una acusación de pederastia

MEXICO
Proceso

[MEXICO CITY (AP) - Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera testified before the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) on 26 July that he had heard of one accusation of pederasty against one of its priests, who is already "being prosecuted criminally," with information that the "own archdiocese provided to the ministerial authority."]

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- En su comparecencia ante la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), realizada el pasado 26 de julio, el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera, arzobispo primado de México, declaró que tuvo conocimiento de una sola acusación de pederastia contra uno de sus sacerdotes, el cual ya está “siendo enjuiciado penalmente”, con información que la “propia arquidiócesis proporcionó a la autoridad ministerial”.

De esta manera, el cardenal respondió personalmente a la demanda penal que, el pasado 2 de junio, interpusieron en su contra Alberto Athié y José Barba, quienes lo acusaron de haber encubierto a 15 sacerdotes de su arquidiócesis acusados de pederastia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Judge rules Dominican priest to be held in altar boy's death

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
National Post (Canada)

[Revelan escena de crimen de adolescente se extendió por toda la casa cural - Diario Libre]

AP

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A Dominican judge on Thursday found enough evidence to hold a Catholic priest in jail for one year after police detained him in the killing of a 16-year-old who once served as an altar boy in his church.

Prosecutors said the victim, Fernelis Carrion, was hit twice in the back of the head with a hammer, suffocated with a plastic bag and stabbed nearly a week ago. They also said his hands and feet were tied with shoelaces and that he was gagged.

Police arrested 41-year-old Rev. Elvis Taveras after the teen’s body was found near a road north of the capital Monday.

“A person who does something like this is not human, they never were, they’re the devil!” yelled the victim’s father, Freddy Carrion, after the court hearing ended.

Local law allows Dominican authorities to temporarily hold suspects in jail before a trial as authorities continue to investigate a case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Byrnes sends 3 Guam seminarians to California

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 11, 2017

Three former Guam seminarians, including two from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona, have been sent to St. Patrick's Seminary in California.

A committee of Catholic priests said last year the Yona seminary — which is run by the Neocatechumenal Way — may need to be closed for the good of the Archdiocese of Agana unless the seminary can clarify its purpose, seek formal accreditation to ensure the quality of its priest formation program, and ensure its financial independence.

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes decided to send the three seminarians to St. Patrick's Seminary, which for decades has had strong ties with the Archdiocese of Agana, the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Laurence Soper accused of abusing boys at St. Benedict's School

UNITED KINGDOM
Ealing Today

The former Abbot of Ealing Abbey, 73-year-old Laurence Soper has denied charges of sexual abuse against ten underage boys in a short hearing at the Old Bailey.

The 18 counts he is accused of date back to the seventies and eighties when he was teaching at St Benedict’s School.

He had failed to return when arrested and bailed in 2011 and a European Arrest Warrant was issued for him in 2012. He was detained in Kosovo last year after reportedly living in the country for several years. The extradition process was started at this point to bring him back to the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Mediation Conference to be held in September

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 10, 2017

Guam – The Catholic Church has scheduled a conference to finalize the mediation process to be utilized in the sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Guam.

According to Court documents, 73 of the Church Abuse cases are participating in the mediation. At this time, all parties are working together to determine how each proposed mediation process differs and ultimately decide on which mediation process they will follow.

Attorney Anthony Perez says, “my understanding from the church’s side is they want to meet September 5th to finalize the process. On my end correspondence has been ongoing. We have already submitted our proposal which is based upon Hawaii mediation order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Opinion: Isn't Apuron innocent until proven guilty?

GUAM
Pacific News Center

R.B. Eusebio Published Aug. 11, 2017

The recent media headlines reporting allegations of sexual impropriety involving Rev. Justin Wachs in the diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is recycled news from a news report from June. As reported, Wachs served as a notary for the Vatican tribunal investigating sex abuse charges against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

However, he is not one of the five judges tasked with examining evidence, evaluating and determining the validity of the evidence and finally rendering judgment. He has no say or influence in the case’s outcome.

Nevertheless, all the media appear to deem this newsworthy enough to publish as the expected conclusion of the trial draws near. Yet it aligns with the schema of those who stand to gain from Apuron’s permanent ouster from the island.

Why? By discrediting the Vatican tribunal — which has conducted the most thorough investigation into the claims against Apuron to date — those accusing the Church have more leeway to negotiate via mediation a growing number of unproven sex abuse claims. They have steered the public, via the media, to question his innocence and deemed him guilty before, during and now, near the conclusion of his trial, by discrediting the legal process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 AM

Dominican Republic priest arrested on suspicion of killing teen

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Angelus

Catholic News Agency

The National Police of the Dominican Republic have arrested a priest on suspicion of killing a teenager, who was allegedly sexually abused by the cleric while serving as an altar boy.

Fernely Carrión had been missing since Aug. 4, after a taxi driver dropped the 16 year-old boy off with Father Elvin Taveras. The boy’s body was later found along the road of Los Mina, a sector located outside of Santo Domingo Este. Reports indicate the teen was stabbed several times.

The young man had lived in El Torito and Villa Mella, where the priest said Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Carrión began altar serving for Father Elvin at 10 years-old. Father Elvin has also been accused of molesting Carrión, who was allegedly being paid by the priest to remain silent.

According to a Aug. 8 statement by the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, the priest will be suspended from his duties and the church will fully cooperate with the police. The victim's family was distraught over the news but relieved that the priest is in custody and that plans for legal action are underway, reported Hoy Digital.

Freddy Carrión, the father of the victim, said “justice has been done, a person who does something like that is not a priest,” according to the news agency. Prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías said that both he and the victim’s family will be aiming for “the maximum sentence of 30 years” for the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Urgent research needed into 'boyfriend model' of sex abuse, say experts

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Frances Perraudin
Thursday 10 August 2017

Calls are being made for urgent research into the “boyfriend model” of sex abuse that was used by the Newcastle sex trafficking network and others in high-profile grooming scandals.

It is characterised by a vulnerable person being encouraged to believe they are in a loving relationship with their abuser. The victims are often then coerced into having sex with the abuser’s friends or associates.

In a series of four trials at Newcastle crown court, juries found 17 men and one woman guilty of nearly 100 offences between 2011 and 2014 – including rape, human trafficking, conspiracy to incite prostitution and drug supply.

The female victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 25, were plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually assaulted. Northumbria police characterised the abuse as following the boyfriend model.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 AM

Supporters of sex-pest accused pastor to protest in Durban

SOUTH AFRICA
Herald Live

August 11, 2017 Bongani Mthethwa

Supporters of sex-pest accused Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso will take to the streets of Durban today in solidarity with the controversial televangelist.

He has been charged with human trafficking and sexual violence.

The Jesus Dominion International church and its members are demanding that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stop delaying Omotoso’s case – and also that he be released on bail.

The church has warned that the charges against their pastor could result in xenophobic violence.

“The allegations against him have never been tested in any court of law,” the church said yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 AM

Former Maitland Marist student alleges caning so hard it required ambulance treatment

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
11 Aug 2017

THE Marist Brothers order has paid compensation to a former Hunter student who alleged he was sexually abused by a lay teacher in the 1970s, and physically assaulted so severely that he was treated by an ambulance officer on one occasion.

The former Marist Maitland student alleged he was physically and emotionally abused by four male lay teachers and three Marist Brothers, including former principal and convicted child sex offender Brother Nestor, also known as John Aloysius Littler, and sexually abused by a lay teacher outside the school.

The order denied the allegations and did not admit “any wrongdoing for any of the claims”, but agreed to a financial settlement with the man in December that included recognition of his need for on-going counselling and treatment.

The settlement occurred only weeks after a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle heard shocking evidence of sexual and physical abuse of students at Marist Brothers schools at Maitland and Hamilton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

August 10, 2017

Clergy sexual abuse case filed against Brother Vernon T. Kamiaz of Agana Heights Church

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 10, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Another case of clergy sexual abuse filed today. This time, against Brother Vernon T. Kamiaz of Agana Heights Church who, according to Simon Sanchez High School's website, is a science teacher at the Yigo campus.

The alleged incidents occurred in 1989 or 1990 when victim E.M. was about 15 or 16 years old and attending confirmation classes instructed by Brother Vernon.

According to the complaint, Brother Vernon insisted on talking about E.M. and his sexual relations with his girlfriend who wanted to wait until marriage to have sex.

E.M. alleges that during a car ride, Brother Vernon reached over and grabbed his private parts announcing "I'm trying to teach you what to do so you can have sex with her."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Capuchin friar on Guam accused of abusing boy taking his confirmation classes

GUAM
USA Today

Haidee V. Eugenio, Pacific (Guam) Daily News Aug. 10, 2017

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — A Capuchin brother is accused of sexually abusing a boy by grabbing his private parts, purportedly to teach the child how to have sex with his girlfriend, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Guam Superior Court.

The suit represents the 97th person alleging clergy sexual abuse. The lawsuits so far have been filed in both local and federal courts and involve the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña or a religious order.

"Brother Vernon (T. Kamiaz) told plaintiff that he could teach plaintiff how to 'break down her defenses' so that he could have sex with her," according to the lawsuit. "Plaintiff objected, saying that he respected his girlfriend's wishes to abstain until marriage."

The alleged abuse happened between 1989 and 1990 while the boy, identified as E.M., was taking confirmation classes at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Agaña Heights, about a mile south of Hagåtña where Kamiaz was the instructor, the lawsuit states. E.M. was 15 or 16 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Catechism teacher accused of abuse

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 10, 2017

An incident in a car with a catechism instructor has haunted a man for the last 27 years, causing him to suffer from severe anxiety attacks, according to a sex abuse civil lawsuit that was filed yesterday in the Superior Court of Guam.

E.M., who used his initials to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Capuchin Franciscans and Brother Vernon Kamiaz.

Kamiaz is identified as a religious clergyman and/or lay brother of the Capuchin Order, who was the instructor for confirmation classes at the Agana Heights parish in 1989 and 1990. The lawsuit seeks to hold him liable for alleged wrongful conduct.

The complaint alleges that when E.M. was 15, and was attending confirmation classes at the Agana Heights parish, Kamiaz began questioning the teen about engaging in sexual relations with his girlfriend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Diocese of Paterson: Priest accused of groping was properly trained

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Peggy Wright, @PeggyWrightDR Aug. 10, 2017

MORRISTOWN - The Diocese of Paterson on Thursday refuted a suggestion that a Polish priest who is charged with groping a 13-year-old girl in Boonton may have skipped some training and put on an ordination fast-track.

Before the accused priest, Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, appeared Wednesday in Superior Court, Morristown, a former priest who co-founded a company to assist people sexually abused by clergymen led a protest in front of the courthouse. Besides saying he was there in support of the allegedly-groped teen, Robert Hoatson said he wondered whether Nurek truly completed all his training since he only arrived in the United States from Poland in 2015.

Nurek was ordained a Catholic priest on July 1. On Aug. 3, he allegedly followed a group of young girls down a Boonton street, grabbed the buttocks of one girl under her skirt but over her underwear and said she was "sexy." He was apprehended shortly after the encounter and is charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Nurek spent six nights in the Morris County jail before a Superior Court judge Wednesday ordered his release pretrial under special conditions that include having no contact with children and reporting to the court twice a month. Nurek was released from the jail Wednesday night after supplying the Morris County Prosecutor's Office with his passport.

Richard Sokerka, director of communications for the Diocese of Paterson, said that Nurek completed all educational and programmatic requirements before being ordained. Sokerka said that any suggestion that Nurek was fast-tracked is false.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Rewarding sexual predators

MALTA
Times of Malta

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Ramona Depares

I’m fed up of having to write these posts, seriously. Then again, the alternative is to just accept everything without a whisper, allowing the system to ride roughshod on unfortunate individuals as it pleases.

So, despite, knowing that I will not make the slightest iota of difference, I’m still here, typing away to put my disappointment and disgust with our legal system on record, for posterity.

Maybe in a few centuries’ time, if Earth is still around, future lecturers in legal history will point their fingers at Maltese case-law from the 21st century and do the whole LMFAO thing (if that is also, still around) before turning to students to explain exactly why those Malteasers really had no clue.

We’ve had dozens of sexual assault and rape cases where the perpetrators were pretty much let off scot free. This latest one though, starring none other than former Kerygma golden boy Charles Fenech, takes the biscuit, the cake and the whole flipping confectionery. Charles Fenech has not so much gotten off scot free, as much as he is actually being given a conciliatory pat on the back.

The facts: priest in a position of authority and respect takes advantage of a person undergoing several mental problems and sexually assaults her on multiple occasions. His reward? A three-month suspended sentence and an ‘u ijja, she says he filled an emotional void in her life’. Oh yeah, and because “by her own admission, she saw him as a caring paternal figure”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Updated: Fr Charles Fenech gets three-month suspended jail term for sexually abusing woman<

MALTA
Malta Independent

Helena Grech
Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fr Charles Fenech, former leader of the philanthropical Kergyma movement, was found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable person, landing him a three-month jail term suspended for one year.

Fenech was also charged with detaining a woman against her will and offending a person’s morals in a public sphere. He was acquitted of the last two charges.

The woman involved had testified in court, about how separation from her husband had left her very depressed, and that Fenech had become a patriarchal figure in her life.

The woman filed her first police report in August 2011. She was working at Dar Tal-Providenza and described how the priest had urged her to perform oral sex on him. Battling depression, she was eventually admitted to Mt Carmel psychiatric hospital to receive treatment.

She testified that at a later stage when she was in a better place, celebrations were being hosted at her home and Fenech was among the guests. At one point, the priest asked to speak with her alone and attempted to give her a French kiss, the victim testified.

Former Kerygma director Fr Charles Fenech guilty of attempted violent indecent assault

MALTA
Malta Today

Matthew Agius 10 August 2017

Former Kerygma director Fr Charles Fenech has been found guilty of attempted violent indecent assault, but cleared of illegal arrest and committing indecent or immoral acts in public.

It was in December 2014 that Fenech, 57, from Rabat, was charged before Magistrate Tonio Micallef Trigona with sexually abusing a woman in her 40s who was working at the Dar tal-Providenza at the time.

The woman had told police in 2011 that she been going through a period of turmoil, due to her separating from her husband and had been admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital after attempting suicide. She had explained that she had also been part of the Kerygma movement and had found an understanding and caring ear in Fr Fenech.

After her release from hospital, she had held a party at her home and invited her close friends, amongst them the accused. At one stage Fr Fenech had isolated her and attempted to French kiss her, but she had refused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

MALTESE PRIEST CONVICTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A WOMAN

MALTA
Associated Press

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- A Maltese priest has been handed a suspended three-month sentence after he was found guilty of violent indecent assault on a woman who was undergoing psychiatric care.

The woman testified that Charles Fenech, 57, a priest who was popular in the Mediterranean island nation in the 1990s for organizing activities to raise funds for disabled people, forced her to perform oral sex on him on several occasions in 2011.

The woman was under the care of a psychiatrist after trying to commit suicide while her marriage was breaking up.

The verdict Thursday was the first involving a Maltese priest accused of sexually abusing an adult. In 2011, two Maltese priests were sentenced to a total of 11 years in jail for sexually abusing minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Marikina women’s desk chief sacked over Taytay priest case

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro has ordered the sacking of the city police women and children protection desk’s chief for mishandling the case of Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, and sought a reinvestigation of the case by the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Teodoro said he ordered the relief of Chief Insp. Melanie Redon after some pieces of evidence went missing in the case against the priest who was recently caught with a 13-year-old girl on the way to a motel.

The mayor cited, among others, that there was no mention in Redon’s report of Lagarejos’ gun during the arrest and his cellphone, which was allegedly returned to the priest.

Teodoro said these are material pieces of evidence vital to the investigation.

He added they are preparing to file a motion for reconsideration on the prosecutors’ resolution accusing Lagarejos only for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and released him after posting P120,000 bail last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Cura Elvin Taveras Durán calló durante primera entrevista con el Ministerio Público

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
Diario Libre

[SANTO DOMINGO. Prosecutor for the province of Santo Domingo, Olga Diná Llaverías, said that suspended priest Elvin Taveras Durán, accused of killing the minor Fernelis Carrión Saviñón, fell silent during the first interview held between the Attorney General and his defense lawyers, so the alleged admission of homicide to investigating police officers is not evidence that can be sustained in the merits trial.]

SANTO DOMINGO. La fiscal de la provincia Santo Domingo, Olga Diná Llaverías, declaró que el sacerdote suspendido Elvin Taveras Durán, acusado de matar al menor Fernelis Carrión Saviñón, calló durante la primera entrevista sostenida entre el Ministerio Público y sus abogados defensores, por lo que la supuesta admisión del homicidio ante los agentes policiales investigadores no es una prueba que se pueda sostener en el juicio de fondo.

“Por el momento la confesión no representa un elemento probatorio, por eso el Ministerio Público tiene que agenciarse sus propias pruebas. Ha habido una entrevista, no ha sido un interrogatorio con su representante”, declaró.

“El Ministerio Público continuará la investigación para arrojar elementos que puedan fortalecer la imputación que se ha hecho de manera provisional porque no sabemos con qué podemos encontrarnos en el camino”, dijo la fiscal y a seguidas agregó: “Por el momento el Ministerio Público ha presentado pruebas que lo vinculan al hecho, pero el Ministerio Público tiene el compromiso de presentar todos los elementos de prueba necesario para una acusación fuerte”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Dominican police arrest Catholic priest for teen’s murder

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
La Croix

Police in the Dominican Republic have arrested a Catholic priest for the murder of a 16-year-old who previously served as an altar boy in his church.

Father Elvin Taveras was detained after being questioned by police and prosecutors who searched his residence in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo.

The priest is also accused of sexually abusing the teenager, and paying for his silence.

Fernely Carrion’s body was found in long grass along a road in the outskirts of the capital.

A taxi driver told the Diario Libre newspaper that he had taken the teen to meet the priest and that Taveras paid the fare.It is not clear how the boy was killed.

Taveras has been suspended from his duties as a precaution, Santo Domingo Archdiocese said in a statement on Aug. 8.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Ex-priest Laurence Soper denies sexually abusing boys

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

An ex-Roman Catholic priest has denied sexually abusing 10 boys at a west London school in the 1970s and 80s.

Laurence Soper, 73, is charged with 18 counts of sexual assault against boys aged under 16, at St Benedict's School in Ealing, where he taught.

The former Abbott of Ealing Abbey appeared before the Old Bailey via video link and spoke only to confirm his name and deny the charges.

He is due to go on trial at the same court on 2 October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Emmy nominee Ryan White (‘The Keepers’ director) admits he ‘had no idea how deep and dark the story actually ran’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

UNITED STATES
Gold Derby

[with video]

Zach Laws
Aug 9, 2017

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), director Ryan White describes the Emmy nomination for his multi-part documentary “The Keepers” as “a validation of the people who shared their stories in the series, and how brave that was of them.” This Netflix original examines the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, an English teacher at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School, and the belief held by former students she was murdered to cover-up rampant child sexual abuse by one of the school’s priests, A. Joseph Maskell. “I know it was very rewarding for them to hear we got an Emmy nomination,” reveals White of the films subjects.

The documentarian divulges he first became interested in the story through a personal connection.

“My family is a big Catholic family in Baltimore,” he explains, “and my aunt was Sister Cathy’s student.” From there, he was introduced to Jean Wehner (a.k.a. Jane Doe), a former student who was repeatedly abused by Maskell. White admits he “had no idea how deep and dark the story actually ran.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Evangelical Church Investigated in Brazil for Forced Labor

BRAZIL
Folha de Sao Paulo

08/09/2017

ANA ESTELA OF SOUSA PINTO
FROM SÃO PAULO

The Labor Prosecutor's Office of São Paulo heard pastors Juarez and Solange Oliveira, founders of the Rhema Community Evangelical Ministry (Ministerio Evangelico Comunidade Rhema), regarding a forced labor investigation, on Tuesday (8).

In July, Associated Press news agency published statements from former members of the Rhema Community claiming they were forced to work in the American church Word of Faith Fellowship, in Spindale, North Carolina.

The churches deny the allegations.

CORRECTIONS

Evangelical churches encourage members to pitch in, according to researchers who study the subject. However, lack of material or psychological support and the emphasis on supernatural forces may make it easier to explore followers.

According to Mr. Corrêa (pseudonym), who left Rhema a year ago, the influence of Americans changed the Brazilian church. "It was a normal, pleasant Evangelical church. Then, they began to adopt harsh procedures."

According to him, it was then that the "corrections" began: scolding and public or private humiliation, including physical aggression.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Priest accused of groping teenage girl in NJ is released from jail

NEW JERSEY
PIX 11

[with video]

AUGUST 9, 2017, BY MAGEE HICKEY

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won't have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey.

Rev. Marcin Nurek, newly ordained, wore an orange jumpsuit instead of a priest collar in court Wednesday. His hands looked like they were clasped in prayer, but they were really just holding up handcuffs.

He said little in court, but Judge Paul Armstrong said a lot.

Specifically, the judge detailed the allegations that this 37-year-old priest from Poland, who was set to become parochial vicar of Saint Catherine of Sienna Church in Mountain Lakes next week, instead stands accused of a crime involving a 13-year-old girl on a downtown Boonton street

"Female xx states that he groped her under her skirt and over her underwear," Judge Paul Armstrong said. "The defendant then self admitted to touching victim on her buttocks."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Comunidad católica sorprendidos por crimen cometido por padre Elvin Taveras

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
CDN

[con video]

Santo Domingo RD.- Miembros de la zona parroquial donde el ex sacerdote Elvis Taveras Durán ofrecía oficios religiosos expresan sentirse sorprendidos por el asesinato competido por el religioso al joven Fernely Carrión.

Este miércoles fue oficiada una misa en la Capilla Nuestra Señora de Fátima del sector El Tamarindo, donde el ex cura presidía los orificios religiosos los domingos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRIEST HELD IN DEATH OF FORMER ALTAR BOY

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained a Catholic priest as a suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old who previously served as an altar boy in his church.

The Rev. Elvis Taveras was taken into custody after questioning by police and prosecutors who searched his residence in eastern Santo Domingo. He was expected to make his initial appearance before a judge Thursday.

Prosecutor Gilberto Castillo said he would seek to have the priest held while authorities continue the investigation. Taveras did not yet have a lawyer.

Fernelis Carrion's body was found in brush along a road leading north out of the capital. A taxi driver told newspaper Diario Libre that he had taken the teen to meet the priest and that Taveras paid the fare. Authorities have not disclosed the cause of death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Response to sexual abuse

PHILIPPINES
Cebu Daily News

By: Sofia Aliño Logarta
@cebudailynews

Recent cases of sexual abuse, especially of minors, move us to reflect on certain characteristics of our society. The report on incest shows how some parents view their children.

Fathers in the case of incest feel they have a right to do as they please because the children belong to them. This sense of ownership has been seen in the cases of cyberpornography that victimized our children.

Mostly this has resulted in a degree of emotional, psychological confusion on the part of the children who had been victims. With the presence of child and women advocates, these children have undergone debriefing. Those who had not benefited from these experienced lifelong trauma from such violation.

Before, I noticed a great deal of victim-blaming. Why was she roaming around late at night?

She deserves such treatment because of that provocative get-up. Aside from those, complainants became further victimized by macho jokes. Recently I have been relieved to hear that there has been assistance and a variety of support.

The action of church officials towards the priest charged with qualified trafficking (accused of using the services of a pimp to have sexual services of a young girl — both minors) has been speedy and business like, with no defensive statements.

This an improvement from our being asked to stop pursuing a case of a priest accused of sexual harassment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

PRIEST ACCUSED OF GROPING TEENAGE GIRL IS RELEASED FROM JAIL

NEW JERSEY
Associated Press

MOORISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won't have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey.

A judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting requests from Morris County prosecutors that the Rev. Marcin Nurek remain jailed until the matter is resolved or be required to wear a monitoring device.

The 37-year-old priest was charged last week with child endangerment and criminal sexual contact. He's accused of touching the girl's buttocks over her underwear and telling her she was "sexy."

The Diocese of Paterson has put Nurek on administrative leave. But his lawyer said Wednesday that the diocese has offered to provide Nurek with housing while the charges are pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Priest charged with groping teenage girl appears in court in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY
WABC

By Toni Yates
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

38-year-old Father Marcin Nurek came into court in handcuffs, and stood next to his attorney, who has a gazillion doubts about this case.

"My sense is that something doesn't smell right," William Ware, Nurek's attorney.

He says Nurek, of Poland, dreamed all his life of becoming a priest.

"The whole allegation is bizarre. He doesn't know this person, he has no history of this," Ware said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Priest accused of molesting teen must surrender passport

NEW JERSEY
News 12

[with video]

MORRIS COUNTY -
A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest who is accused of molesting a teenage girl was ordered to surrender his passport and cannot have contact with the victim or other children.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek, a polish immigrant, appeared before a Morris County Judge Wednesday. Nurek is accused of putting his hand under a 13-year-old girl’s skirt and rubbing her buttocks over her underwear. He also allegedly told her that she was “sexy.”

Police say that Nurek admitted to doing all of this, but his defense attorney questions if that is true.

“We heard a lot today about the admissions on part of the defendant. Well did he have an interpreter? Because he doesn’t speak English and what little he does is limited,” says attorney William Ware. “I’m curious about the admissions because it’s apparently a big part of the state’s case.”

Ware ways that Nurek also has no history of this type of behavior.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Mapleton LDS bishop charged with sexual abuse likely to take plea deal

UTAH
Daily Herald

Kurt Hanson
Daily Herald

An LDS bishop charged with sexually abusing two underage males in his ward is expected to enter into a plea deal soon.

The defendant, Erik Hughes, appeared Wednesday in Fourth District Court before Judge Thomas Low with his attorney, John Allan.

Allan told Low he and David Sturgill, Utah County deputy attorney, are prepared to enter into a plea agreement.

“We have a resolution but we’re trying to tie up a few ends,” Allan said.

Allan asked for another hearing in two weeks where it is likely that Hughes, 51, will enter pleas. He was arrested just 49 days ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Request for literature: The scale of online-facilitated Child Sexual Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Inquiry has commissioned the Secure Societies Institute at the University of Huddersfield to provide us with a review of the most up to date available information that can be used to quantify the scale of online-facilitated child sexual abuse. The findings will help pinpoint areas where further research is needed and help inform the Inquiry's investigation into the Internet and CSA'. They may also inform recommendations for policy and practice. The Inquiry and the University of Huddersfield are asking organisations to let us know about any unpublished literature or ongoing research in this area. Full details of the request can be found in the library on our website.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Second phase of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry announced

SCOTLAND
BBC News

The second phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is to open with a case study centring on care establishments run by a Catholic order.

The independent inquiry is looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care in Scotland.

The inquiry has been separated into a series of phases, the first of which continues on 31 October.

Phase two starts on November 28 with a study of homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

Applications to appear in relation to this case study are now open, with a particular focus on Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen. The deadline for applications to appear, for people with a direct or substantial interest in the hearings, close on 4 September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Supporters of sex pest accused Pastor Omotoso take to the streets

SOUTH AFRICA
Times Live

10 August 2017

BY BONGANI MTHETHWA

Supporters of sex pest accused Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso will take to the streets of Durban on Friday in solidarity with the controversial televangelist‚ who has been charged with human trafficking and sexual violence.

The Jesus Dominion International Church and its members are demanding that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stop delaying Omotoso's case and that he be released on bail. The church has also warned that charges against their pastor could result in xenophobic violence.

“The allegations against him have never been tested in any court of law. As South African members of the Jesus Dominion International we feel that these allegations are politically motivated and have a potential to create xenophobic sentiments and violence‚” the church said in a statement.

Omotoso was arrested in a bathroom at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in April. The 59-year-old father of three is alleged to have molested and raped at least 30 young women who attend his church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Opinion: Don't assess Guam's Catholic schools

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

David. J. Sablan Aug. 10, 2017

The sexual abuse of our children by members of our Catholic clergy is the worst violation of trust, when supposedly holy men take advantage of our young for their own pleasure. This is truly sad and our prayers continually go out to the victims and their families.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron's administration of our archdiocese was a disaster.

As a result, many in the community have lost trust and confidence in the leadership of our Church, and it is still at a very low point. People still are hesitant to contribute to the support of the chancery and anything it does until they are sure their money is being put to good use for the well-being and future of our Church.

Assessments

So now comes this announcement from chancery officials that effective July 1, 2017, and monthly thereafter (no end date stated), all 14 Catholic schools on Guam are directed to pay $12 per student per month to cover the annual debt service and old accounts payable owed by two Catholic schools.

Additionally, there’s another $25 per student per year to fund an office in the chancery of the Archdiocese of Agana, established to support the schools with a "system of administrative, accounting and human resource support for our schools."

On the surface, this may seem to be a prudent assessment of students in schools still operating, to cover debts of two other Catholic schools: one which closed and whose debt balance of $2.4 million, plus payables of about $60,000, was assumed by the archdiocese; and the other which fell behind in paying its past-due accounts totaling approximately $180,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Child abuse inquiry to probe Lanarkshire childrens homes run by nuns

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Alan Simpson

THE second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry will further investigate controversial children’s homes run by a Catholic Order of nuns.

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

Officials said the first part of the second phase starting in autumn will focus on homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, such as Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen.

The head of the religious order which ran the controversial children’s homes has already described allegations of abuse as a “mystery”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Child abuse survivors hope to agree interim payments this week

NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish Legal News

A child abuse survivors’ group has spoken of hope that interim payments for historical child abuse victims could be agreed this week with David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Margaret McGuckin of Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) is on the expert panel meeting Mr Sterling on Friday.

The Panel of Experts on Redress was recently told by Jeffrey Donaldson MP that the DUP would support payments, amid mounting pressure on Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire.

Ms McGuckin, who suffered abuse as a child at Nazareth House children’s home, told The Irish News: “We were over the moon after the meeting with Jeffrey Donaldson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Convicted Moncton ex-priest will face preliminary inquiry on new sex charge next month

CANADA
CBC News

A preliminary inquiry for a former Moncton priest facing another allegation of indecent assault is going to take place in September.

Yvon Arsenault, who is serving a four-year prison sentence for molesting nine boys while he was a priest in the 1970s in the Shediac and Collette areas, appeared in Moncton court Wednesday morning on the latest charge.

The former Catholic priest, who has been behind bars since February, was in handcuffs as he was escorted into the courtroom by a sheriff's deputy and sat down in the prisoner's box.

Arsenault pleaded guilty last year to the sex crimes that put him in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Mediation Conference to be held in September

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 10, 2017

Guam – The Catholic Church has scheduled a conference to finalize the mediation process to be utilized in the sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Guam.

According to Court documents, 73 of the Church Abuse cases are participating in the mediation. At this time, all parties are working together to determine how each proposed mediation process differs and ultimately decide on which mediation process they will follow.

Attorney Anthony Perez says, “my understanding from the church’s side is they want to meet September 5th to finalize the process. On my end correspondence has been ongoing. We have already submitted our proposal which is based upon Hawaii mediation order.

Meanwhile, it has been made clear that Archbishop Anthony Apuron will not be participating in the mediation process. Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s currently has four motions to dismiss in the defamation cases before the District Court of Guam which are set to be heard on August 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Tuam site report due next month

IRELAND
Galway Independent

An expert group considering the future of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial site is due to complete its final report next month.

The group was appointed earlier this year by Minister Katherine Zappone at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Commenting on the group’s work, a spokesperson for the Department said, “There is no precedence for a situation such as this in Ireland, or indeed further afield, and the cooperation of all relevant government agencies is required in moving forward. This is to ensure that the dignity and integrity of the human remains at this location may be acknowledged and respected with their future to be secured as swiftly as possible.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

AUSTRALIA'S BALLARAT DIOCESE ACCUSED OF BREAKING CHURCH SEX ABUSE GUIDELINES BY CHALLENGING COMPENSATION CLAIM

AUSTRALIA
The Tablet (UK)

10 August 2017 | by Mark Brolly

The Diocese is alleged to be denying the circumstances of the victim's abuse, despite fact it was accepted by the Court three years ago

The Diocese of Ballarat, one of the Catholic bodies most scrutinised by Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has been accused of breaking the Church’s guidelines in resisting a compensation claim by a victim of laicised priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The guidelines state a claimant cannot be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the Church authority had already accepted to be true.

But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Diocese was challenging parts of her client's claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse. Her client was seven years old when sexually abused by Ridsdale, who is now in jail, in 1980.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

August 9, 2017

Dave Sablan to seminary occupants: pay rent or get out

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 09, 2017

By Krystal Paco

One longtime advocate for transparency in the Church speaks out about what he's calling "freeloaders". The property in question is the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona.

Pay rent or get out - that's the sentiment from Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan, who told KUAM News, "We have this property now that is back in the church patrimony. That is the Yona property, where the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is situated. We still have people staying there."

Sablan has written to RMS leadership to find out who's staying in the former hotel and has yet to receive a response. He alleges the group consists of members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including missionaries, seminarians, and presbyters.

Though their operations are no longer financially supported by the Archdiocese, he reports they use the space free of charge. "A free hotel for a bunch of freeloaders from around the world," he strongly stated. Sablan takes issue with this considering 14 Catholic schools and all Catholic parishes are being assessed fees to keep Church operations afloat.

"Here they are, staying at the RMS rent-free, exposing actually the archdiocese and the church to liability risks, on the other hand we're charging our school kids to cough up some money to pay off old debts that is now been assumed by the archdiocese," he said. Sablan added, "In my opinion, this is another type of abuse of our children. If we are going to charge them now to pay our old debts. They should be kept out of this - there should be other ways and means."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM

Concerned Catholics says Neocatechumenal Way should help pay church debts

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 9, 2017

Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan said the Neocatechumenal Way should start paying rent for using the Archdiocese of Agana's Yona property.

Sablan said it is unfair that Guam's 14 Catholic schools and their students are being assessed to pay for some $2.64 million in church debts, while the Neocatechumenal Way "gets free rent" from the archdiocese.

Catholic schools will be assessed new fees of $25 per student each year to fund the operations of a Catholic education superintendent, and $144 a year per student to help the church weather its financial crisis, church officials said in previous statements.

The new fees are not for costs associated with clergy abuse cases, church officials have said.

"I questioned why this organization is getting a free ride from the Archdiocese, and the kids in our Catholic schools are being assessed to cover part of the cost of operations of the Chancery, including 100 percent of the debt assumed by the Archdiocese from two schools," Sablan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

Temporary stay issued in sex abuse cases

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

Judge Michael Bordallo of the Superior Court of Guam issued a temporary stay of 20 childhood sex abuse cases that were filed in Superior Court against the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America, to see if the parties can agree on the mediation process.

Attorney Anthony Perez, who represents several sex abuse victims, advised the court that his clients agreed to mediation but are still working out concerns they had with the protocol. He anticipates those issues being resolved in the next week or two.

The parties are scheduled to have their first meeting in Hawaii on Sept. 5 to iron out all of the details of the mediation that is expected to begin in Guam on Oct. 30.

A retired federal judge, Michael Hogan, has been selected by the parties to act as mediator and work with the archdiocese, the Boy Scouts of America, other defendants and the victims' attorneys in an effort to resolve the cases through a settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

No action on sex abuse lawsuits...for now

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 09, 2017

By Krystal Paco

No action will be taken on 20 clergy sex abuse lawsuits as well as a defamation lawsuit filed in the Superior Court. At least...for now.

On Wednesday, the local court granted a motion to stay on both matters in light of settlement talks.

"We requested the motion to stay for the same reasons we had in the District Court; hopefully we'll be able to come to a settlement through the mediation process with the victims," said And as Archdiocese of Agana's attorney John Terlaje requested on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo granted a motion to stay on 20 clergy sex abuse cases.

The stay is only for 30-days - just enough time to give parties who've expressed willingness to participate in settlement talks time to discuss the processes with mediator, Oregon-based retired federal judge Michael Hogan.

That meeting is scheduled for September 5th in Hawaii followed by Hogan's trip to Guam in late October. "We seem pretty confident, as long as everyone comes in good faith. We think that the settlement will happen," Terjale continued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 PM

Superior Court grants motion to stay church sex abuse and defamation cases

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 9, 2017

The stay will be in effect for 30 days.

Guam – Following a stay granted in the District Court of Guam in the church sex abuse lawsuits–with the exception of the cases involving Archbishop Anthony Apuron–a temporary stay was also issued by the Superior Court of Guam this morning.

When the sex abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Guam were originally filed at Superior Court, all judges recused themselves, including Judge Michael Bordallo. Out of necessity and at the request of District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewoo, however, 20 sex abuse and 4 defamation cases are back at Superior Court where they are now talking about how to proceed with litigation.

There are over 90 sex abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. With multiple plaintiffs and defendants, the issue of how to proceed with mediation, in particular, what mediation process to follow, has arisen as all parties must be in agreement. In court today, Judge Bordallo issued a 30-day stay to allow all parties to sort out the mediation process.

Attorney Patrick Civille says his client, the Boy Scouts of America, supports the motion to stay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 PM

Local court judge postpones further action in $2M libel suit, in clergy abuse cases

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 9, 2017

Further action on clergy sex abuse cases filed in the Superior Court of Guam, as well as a libel suit filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron in Superior Court, has been delayed until at least Sept. 12 because of pending settlement talks.

Superior Court Judge Michael J. Bordallo Wednesday morning held a status hearing for 20 clergy sex abuse cases and the $2 million libel and and slander lawsuit filed by former altar boys against Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana.

Bordallo during the hearing ordered a temporary stay on the libel case and abuse cases until an agreement has been reached on the mediation process for the nearly 100 abuse cases pending in local and federal court. The church had requested the stay.

Apuron’s counsel, Jacqueline Terlaje, told Bordallo that Apuron’s motion to dismiss the defamation case had been filed about a year ago.

Terlaje said Apuron is not participating in the mediation process at this time.

“On the defamation suit, what our grounds are, is that every person has the right to assert their innocence; that they cannot be sued in defamation simply by asserting their innocence,” Apuron’s counsel said after the status conference. “The court has ordered a temporary stay. 30 days is not going to be a huge delay in the matter and I am pleased with that, the court has an interest in moving the case forward.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

Lafayette, diocese has history of sex offenses by priests

LOUISIANA
The Daily Advertiser

Ken Stickney, kstickney@theadvertiser.com Aug. 9, 2017

Accusations of sex crimes involving Roman Catholic priests and Acadiana children might date back some seven decades, court records reveal. They also include two notorious court cases in the past few years.

The case of the Rev. F. David Broussard, whose scheduled Aug. 14 court appearance has been delayed until Nov. 27 in St. Martin Parish, is the most recent occurrence. Broussard is not accused of sexual contact with children, but the former Breaux Bridge pastor, 51, was charged in July 2016 with 500 counts of possession of child pornography. Some 500 images of children were found on his personal computer.

Broussard wrote a public letter of apology after his arrest but pleaded not guilty to the felony charges in May. He remains free on $25,000 bond. Most Rev. Douglas Deshotel, bishop of Lafayette, placed him on administrative leave and he performs no priestly duties.

But the Breaux Bridge case was not the only recent one to land a local priest in trouble. Former priest Mark A. Broussard, convicted in March 2016 of molesting altar boys in the neighboring diocese of Lake Charles in the late 1980s, was arrested in 2012 after a man wrote to Lake Charles Bishop Glen John Provost to reveal accusations against Broussard, who had served as a priest in several Catholic churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 PM

Cops hunt pastor accused of getting teen pregnant

JAMAICA
The Star

A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Law-enforcement sources revealed that the girl, who is now 14 years old, has given a detailed statement alleging that the 52-year-old clergyman first forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

Confessed everything

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother.

The names of the clergyman and the church he leads are being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Testimony begins in 2000 indecency case with former Lubbock pastor

TEXAS
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

August 9, 2017

By GABRIEL MONTE A-J Media

Testimony began Tuesday for the trial of a 17-year-old indecency with a child case in which a pastor is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old parishioner at his church.

Amado Miranda, 68, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, which carry a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.

Miranda is accused of sexually molesting the girl in 2000, however, prosecutors said the abuse began in 1999. Police investigated an outcry the girl made in 2004 and Miranda was arrested and indicted in 2005. Prosecutors presented jurors with a timeline to explain the 12-year delay in trying the case.

Court records showed Amado was released on bond set at $25,000 after his arrest. In April 2006, Miranda’s bond was surrendered after he failed to show up for court to enter a guilty plea on the case. Miranda’s scheduled guilty plea was not revealed to jurors during the trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Pastor under investigation for alleged sex assault

MICHIGAN
The Times-Herald

Nicole Hayden, Times Herald

The St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing allegations that local Pastor Mitch Olson sexually assaulted a former member of his church.

The St. Clair County Sheriff Department submitted the case against the pastor of Grace Ministry Center to the prosecutor Wednesday morning seeking a criminal sexual conduct charge.

The investigation comes nearly 10 months after the alleged abuse occurred. The 20-year-old female victim from Marysville filed a police report in June. She was 19 years old at the time of the alleged criminal sexual conduct. The Times Herald does not publish names of sexual assault victims.

Olson told the Times Herald Tuesday night that he did not wish to comment for this story. Wednesday morning, Olson said he would provide a statement, but has not done so.

St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said his office is currently investigating the case to determine if a crime has been committed. Wendling said his office had been communicating with the sheriff department during its investigation as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Sex abuse victim advocates protest as priest accused of groping NJ girl heads to court

NEW JERSEY
Fios 1 News

[with video]

MORRISTOWN — Protestors are out in full force Wednesday, as the priest accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl heads to court.

Fr. Marcin Nurek is expected in court for a detention hearing. He is accused of groping a teenage girl.

"It is outrageous that a priest who was ordained for 33 days would be already having the arrogance and the chutzpah, you know, to sexually abuse somebody," said Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

The demonstration is a result of the arrest of Fr. Nurek who is accused of groping a teenage girl last week in Boonton.

The priest was ordained just last month. He was set to begin his work at St. Catherine of Siena in Mountain Lakes as an associate pastor, but the Diocese of Paterson has revoked his assignment in light of the arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Priest accused of groping teen in Boonton released from jail, can't function as cleric

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Peggy Wright, @PeggyWrightDR Aug. 9, 2017

MORRISTOWN - A newly-ordained priest from Poland who is accused of groping a 13-year-old girl's buttocks under her skirt in Boonton will be released from the Morris County jail to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester as soon as he surrenders his passport, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Over the objection of Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez, Judge Paul Armstrong ruled that the Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, shall be released under special conditions while charges of criminal sexual contact and child endangerment are pending.

The conditions include reporting twice monthly to the Superior Court Pretrial Services unit, having no contact with children, and not serving as a priest - a condition that Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli already mandated following Nurek's arrest on Aug. 3. Nurek also must remain in New Jersey and cannot be transferred elsewhere by the Diocese of Paterson while the charges are pending, Armstrong ruled. ...

Nurek, appearing grim-faced, appeared Wednesday in a jail-issued jumpsuit before Armstrong with defense lawyer William Ware and assisted by a Polish language interpreter. A citizen of Poland, he is in the United States on a religious work visa and was ordained a priest on July 1.

Ware told the judge that the Diocese, while ordering that Nurek cannot function as a priest, is still supportive. The Diocese has made arrangements for Nurek to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester, and he will be monitored by a monsignor and a deacon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Youth pastor sues Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church over sexual harassment

CALIFORNIA
San Diego Reader

By Dorian Hargrove, Aug. 8, 2017

A former associate pastor at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is suing the church and it's new pastor Bryan Stamper for sexual harassment and for terminating her after she complained to church administrators.

Dawn Neldon was hired in 2008 to serve as a youth minister. After a number of years working for the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, Neldon was promoted to a "minister of missions and serving" position inside the church.

In March 2017, the church named Bryan Stamper, a pastor from Texas, as its new head pastor. That same month Neldon and Stamper, along with other church staffers, took a bus to a conference in Irvine, California. During the ride, Stamper sat next to Neldon. He told Neldon about a former parishioner, an older lady, who, according to the complaint, liked to grab "his butt every time he saw her." He said he was happy to give her that little thrill.

The story, in addition to his flirtatious behavior, made Neldon uncomfortable. Later at the conference, Stamper addressed Neldon as "honey, baby, and sweetheart." During the ride home Stamper approached Neldon and compared his body to a "Lamborghini" that "couldn’t be kept in the garage."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Church forced out woman after she complained pastor asked her to take his ‘Lamborghini’ body out of the garage

CALIFORNIA
Raw Story

SARAH K. BURRIS
09 AUG 2017

A church’s youth pastor was forced to resign after she complained about a new pastor who acted inappropriately.

Dawn Neldon is suing Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego and its new pastor Bryan Stamper after she said she reported he sexually harassed her and was subsequently fired, The San Diego Reader reported.

She’s worked at the church for nearly 10 years and was even promoted to “minister of missions and serving.” But in March, the church hired the new Texas pastor to lead the congregation. His first month of service, Neldon went with Stamper and other church staff to a conference in Irvine, California. While on the bus, Stamper sat with Neldon and told her a story about an older lady who liked to grab “his butt every time he saw her.” He said that he was always happy to indulge in her desire.

She also said that their conversations has a “flirtatious” manner about them, the complaint claimed. Stamper would call her “honey, baby and sweetheart” and during the ride home compared his body to a “Lamborghini” that “couldn’t be kept in the garage.” There were other incidents in which Stamper asked her to dance with him in his first sermon before the entire congregation. He also commented on her clothing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis, Activists Take on Pedophilia in Public Rally

ISRAEL
Haaretz

Religious leaders take on the issue at rare public gathering in Haredi town of Bnei Brak, dismiss rumors of ‘cult’ hunting children on street

Aaron Rabinowitz Aug 09, 2017

In a rare gathering that took place Saturday night in Bnei Brak, ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) rabbis and activists spoke publicly for the first time on the issue of pedophilia (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.710150) in the community, providing a glimpse into how attackers and victims are dealt with.

The assembly was convened following a wave of rumors about a “missionary cult” that was snatching children, sexually assaulting them, inciting them against their parents and even threatening to murder them. These rumors were making local parents hysterical, especially since dozens of children had complained in recent months about strangers who approached them, grabbed them and sexually assaulted them. An in-depth examination, however, showed that the panic was apparently unjustified; although there had been cases of children being assaulted, these attacks had been perpetrated by pedophiles acting alone and not as part of any network or cult.

The story is also rooted in cases that took place earlier in Jerusalem. In 2011 a number of suspects were arrested in a series of attacks on children in the Nahlaot neighborhood. Residents believed there was a wide network of pedophiles in the area who had attacked dozens of children, but an intensive police investigation uncovered no evidence of this, although there had been a few individual instances.
A few years later there were rumors of a similar network operating in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sanhedria. In August 2016 police arrested a number of people suspected of spreading the rumors about a “missionary cult” and using them to extract hundreds of thousands of shekels from people who contributed to help stop the imaginary cult.

After similar rumors started in Bnei Brak a few months ago, activists and rabbis who intervened determined that these were groundless and that a significant number of the children’s reports could not be proven sufficiently or were outright lies.
As the Saturday assembly was called to calm frightened parents, the phenomenon of pedophilia was discussed. At the start of the conference, however, Rabbi Shlomo Levinstein, who is active in this area because of his position in the Mishmeret Hakodesh Vehahinukh (“Guardians of Holiness and Education”) organization, said, “For reasons of modesty, questions to the rabbis will be allowed only after the gathering on a private basis.” Teenagers were ordered out of the hall.
During his address, Levinstein said, “When we know who the attacker is, there is sometimes an option to deal with it in the community. We know how to do this, either through the Mishmeret Hakodesh or through Rabbi Chananya Chollak [chairman of the Ezer Mizion aid organization]. We have ways of sending people for treatment and we do so with a waiver on medical secrecy. When we don’t know who did it, we call the Israel Police.”

He added, “Our community has all sorts of sensitivities that don’t exist in other populations. When police are called, the detectives don’t know our language and can sometimes ask things that a child wouldn’t know what they want of him. Sometimes we arranged to have children questioned in Rabbi Chollak’s office, and that’s acceptable to the police. But the first thing that must be done is to protect the children – that is, to warn them not to speak to strangers and that you are the sole proprietor over your body.”

Nothing new

Chollak also addressed the gathering, saying, “Unfortunately, assaults on children are nothing new. Almost every week there’s an incident, in our community as well, to our great regret. There was a story in Bnei Brak a while back. Twenty-eight children were assaulted within 10 days, three of them girls who were hospitalized. I couldn’t sit in my office and I went out on ambushes with the police.”

Rabbi Yehuda Sillman, a senior rabbinic court judge, told the gathering, “This story started in the Nahlaot neighborhood in Jerusalem, where there were evil people who did terrible things and they’re sitting in jail. There’s no doubt that in various instances you have to go to the authorities, but in the current case [the rumored missionary cult in Bnei Brak] it’s clear the story isn’t credible. Hysteria and imagination work overtime in these cases and cause even worse damage – people who won’t leave their homes, children who aren’t permitted to play in the park, and more.”

Sillman added, “If there have been cases of assaults on children, they should be reported to the police, in coordination with the rabbis and activists to make sure the attackers indeed get punished and that there’s oversight so that the complaints are checked in a manner suited to the Haredi community. But there’s no need for exaggerated panic.”

In conclusion, the rabbis instructed the parents to repeatedly tell children that they shouldn’t approach or talk to strangers, and that they must explain to them that only they have say over their bodies.

“There are a lot of question marks in this case,” said Eli Schlesinger, crime reporter for the website Bechadrei Haredim, who has been continuously covering the issue of sexual assault in the community. “One city resident collected the information and gave the rabbis a document with 30 instances of assault. Rabbi Yehuda Sillman investigated but could not find evidence of a cult operating in the city.”

Yisrael Cohen, a journalist for the Kikar Shabbat website, which divulged the recordings from the Bnei Brak gathering, told Haaretz, “The rabbis and the Haredi activists work in cooperation with the police, who in certain cases look away and allow treatment within the community. The police understand that the advantages of cooperation with Haredi officials outweigh the disadvantages.”


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Pfarrer tötet Messdiener durch Hammerschläge und Messerstiche

DOMINIKANISCHE REPUBLIK
RP

[Santo Domingo. A Catholic priest in the Dominican Republic has confessed to the murder of a 16-year-old boy. He had obviously maintained a sexual relationship with the boy for years. As local media reported on Tuesday, the victim had succumbed to the serious injuries caused by hammering and knife-cutting. The priest had buried his victim in a bush.]

Santo Domingo. Ein katholischer Pfarrer in der Dominikanischen Republik hat den Mord an einem 16-jährigen Messdiener gestanden. Mit dem Jungen hatte er offenbar über Jahre eine sexuelle Beziehung aufrechterhalten.

Wie lokale Medien am Dienstag berichteten, sei das Opfer an den schweren Verletzungen erlegen, die durch Hammerschläge und Messerstiche verursacht wurden. Der Priester hatte sein Opfer nach der Tat unweit der Hauptstadt Santo Domingo in einem Gebüsch verscharrt. In seinem Geständnis erklärte der Geistliche, er habe den Jungen getötet, weil dieser gedroht habe, ihn mit kompromittierenden Fotos und Videos aus der Zeit der Beziehung zu erpressen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity no more euthanasia for patients

BELGIUM
Crux

The Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, formally implemented its euthanasia policy in June, just weeks after the bishops declared they would not accept euthanasia in Catholic institutions. About 12 psychiatric patients in their care are believed to have asked for euthanasia over the past year, with two transferred elsewhere to receive the injections to end their lives.

Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients.

Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August.

Brothers who serve on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group, the organization that runs the centers, also must each sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they “fully support the vision of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, which has always confirmed that human life must be respected and protected in absolute terms, from the moment of conception till its natural end.”

Brothers who refuse to sign will face sanctions under canon law, while the group can expect to face legal action and even expulsion from the church if it fails to change its policy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Pastor On The Run - Clergyman Flees After Claims Of Sex With Underage Girl

JAMAICA
The Gleaner

August 9, 2017

Livern Barrett

A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Law-enforcement sources revealed that the girl, who is now 14 years old, has given a detailed statement alleging that the 52-year-old clergyman first forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother.

The names of the clergyman and the church he leads are being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Father Figures

NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe Reporter

The untold financial, emotional and spiritual cost of New Mexico’s Catholic priest sex crimes
August 9, 2017

By Matt Grubs

The two friends had laced up and hit the court together many times before. They’d played on the same team in an Albuquerque recreational basketball league for years. In a Bernalillo County league, too. They were in their mid-20s and their lives stretched out before them, disappearing into a horizon of possibilities.

It was the early 1980s, and Brad Hall was looking to blow off steam. He’d soon start classes at the University of New Mexico law school. The rec-league team, a rotating cast of characters, practiced on Sunday afternoons at the Queen of Heaven Catholic School in Albuquerque’s Quigley Park neighborhood.

Every once in a while a priest would wander through, padding along the court. Hall never had a reason to give him a second thought.

He couldn’t have known, though, what his teammate Clifford Esquibel was thinking at that same moment; the horror and fear he must have felt.

A quarter century after the last time Hall can recall seeing his basketball pal, Esquibel walked into his office. “I was the first person he ever told all about being an altar boy in the archdiocese,” Hall says.

Esquibel revealed that the Rev. John George Weisenborn, a priest at a different parish in Albuquerque who had a history of sexual abuse known to the church, had sexually molested him as a boy over the course of several years.

Then, Hall says, Esquibel walked outside and threw up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Youth pastor already sentenced for filming girls in shower sentenced in second county

MICHIGAN
UpNorthLive

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The former Emmet County youth pastor who was already sentenced to four years in prison was sentenced in a second county.

Benoni Enciso was sentenced Monday in Emmet County to 54 months to seven years on the four convictions of using a computer to commit a crime and two years to five years on the four convictions of capturing an image of an unclothed individual. The sentences for the computer crime will run consecutive to the sentences for capturing an image.

In Charlevoix County, Enciso was sentenced in May to up to four years in prison after admitting to taking videos of underage girls in the shower.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

August 8, 2017

In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

GUAM
Catholic News Agency

Hagatna, Guam, Aug 8, 2017 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 100 lawsuits have accused Catholic clergy in Guam of sex abuse over a 50 year timespan, alleging assault, manipulation and intimidation of the alleged victims, according to a new report.

The accused include Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor and a Boy Scout leader. The Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in 96 lawsuits, which concern claims from 1955 to 1994, reports the USA Today Network’s Pacific Daily News.

“We care deeply about every person who steps forward and we look forward to a full resolution of all cases,” the archdiocese said July 28, saying it takes all allegations “very seriously.”

The large number of lawsuits is in part due to the actions of lawmakers in September 2016, when they retroactively eliminated the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits involving child sexual abuse. The criminal statute of limitations, which cannot be applied retroactively, was lifted in 2011.

About 85 percent of Guam’s population of 163,000 people is Catholic, served by 26 parishes. The island is only 30 miles long and about one-fifth the size of Rhode Island. All eight of Guam’s trial judges have recused themselves because they have family or business ties with either the plaintiffs or the defendants in the suits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

Protest planned as newly ordained priest faces sex charges

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

Posted on August 9, 2017

By Rob Jennings rjennings@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MORRISTOWN -- A priest accused of putting his hand under a teen girl's skirt and touching her buttocks, just a month after being ordained, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek, 37, was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, and remains in the Morris County jail. The unidentified girl is described as older than 13 but younger than 16, and the assault allegedly happened in Boonton, officials said.

Nurek was ordained into the priesthood on July 1 and had been expected to start Aug. 15 as Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, according to the Diocese of Paterson.

As a judge decides whether to free Nurek, a former Catholic priest plans to hold a protest outside the courtroom.

Ex-priest Robert Hoatson of West Orange said his group, "Road to Recovery," advocates for clergy sexual assault victims and will gather outside Superior Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Man Captured on Video Groping Teen Girl on New Jersey Street Is Newly Ordained Priest: Police

NEW JERSEY
NBC New York

[with video]

By Ida Siegal

Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt after surveillance video captured him allegedly following a group of girls and grabbing one of them.

Surveillance video obtained by News 4 shows a group of four girls walking down Main Street in Boonton, and then a man with a backpack comes from behind. He grabs the buttocks of one of the girls, then takes off down the street.

The 37-year-old man allegedly told the teenage girl she was "sexy," according to the Morris County prosecutor's office.

The girl told reported the incident to police, and the man with the backpack -- who turned out to be the Rev. Marcin Nurek -- was arrested on Essex Avenue about 20 minutes later, police say.

He's charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

Nick Fernicola, who works across the street, said he saw the aftermath.

"Thursday afternoon I came out from my office and looked out the window and saw four young girls with the police, they looked all very upset," he said.

The Diocese of Paterson put Nurek on administrative leave. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Newly ordained priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY
PIX 11

AUGUST 8, 2017, BY SAMANTHA TATA

BOONTON, N.J. — A priest in New Jersey is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl and allegedly telling her, “You’re sexy,” less than five weeks after he was ordained.

Rev. Marcin Nurek was arrested Aug. 3 in Boonton and charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Nurek allegedly put his hand under a girl’s skirt and touched her buttocks, officials said. The girl is between 13 and 16 years old.

He allegedly told the child, “You’re sexy,” the Daily Record reports.

Nurek came to the U.S. in 2015 from Poland, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 1 of this year, according ot the Diocese of Paterson.

He was set to begin his assignment this month at St. Catherine of Siena in Mountain Lakes, N.J., the diocese said. But that has been “concluded” in the wake of his arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

New priest grabbed teen’s butt, called her ‘sexy’: cops

NEW JERSEY
New York Post

By Tamar Lapin August 8, 2017

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest is accused of groping a teen girl, calling her “sexy,” as he touched her, authorities say.

New Jersey reverend Marcin Nurek was arrested by Boonton police on August 3 and charged last week with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Morris County Prosecutor’s office said.

The pervy priest is accused of putting his hand under the skirt and touching the buttocks of a girl who is between 13 and 16.

Boonton police said the girl was walking along Main Street with friends last Thursday when Nurek put his hand under her dress and told her she was pretty, according to ABC7 New York.

Cops said the 37-year-old priest also told the girl she was “sexy.”

Nurek was immediately placed on administrative leave by the Patterson Diocese, according to spokesperson Richard Sokerka.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 8, 2017

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

The reported arrest of Paterson, New Jersey, newly-ordained diocesan priest, Fr. Marcin Nurek, for criminal sexual contact of a child indicates that there are not adequate safeguards in place to protect children in Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions

Fr. Marcin Nurek, who was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, came to the United States approximately two years ago from Poland, appears to have not been properly vetted, trained, and/or supervised, and instead of being ordained in four years, was ordained in two years

The Diocese of Paterson and the Catholic Church still don’t care when it comes to safeguarding children, supervising its clergy, and properly accepting and preparing men for the priesthood

What
A demonstration alerting Catholics, the general public, and the media that the Catholic Church still has not adequately created or effectively implemented policies and procedures that protect children from predatory priests, deacons, and other church personnel

When
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Morris County Superior Court, One Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 (sidewalk is on Washington Street in front of old courthouse steps)

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.; Fred Marigliano, who walked across the State of New Jersey to dramatize the need for legislation to protect children and who was sexually abused by a priest; and Sam Rivera, victim/survivor of sexual abuse by a priest; and others.

Why
Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Paterson on July 1, 2017. According to reports, he came to the United States in 2015 from Poland. One month after his ordination and approximately two years after arriving in the United States, Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child at a parish in Morris County, New Jersey, thus raising significant concerns and questions:

1) Did Fr. Marcin Nurek have issues regarding sexual abuse of children that Bishop Serratelli and the Diocese of Paterson knew or should have known about?
2) What vetting processes were used by the Diocese of Paterson in the acceptance process?
3) It is clear that the Diocese of Paterson still doesn’t care when it comes to safeguarding children and adequately creating and implementing policies and procedures that protect children.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Angels Plot: 'More babies were secretly buried by Catholic orphanage' in Ireland

IRELAND
International Business Times

By Josh Robbins
August 8, 2017

A man who survived vaccine trials as a child growing up in a notorious Catholic orphanage says he believes there are more children secretly buried in a cemetery that was attached to the project.

David Kinsella, 59, spent the first four years of his life St Patrick's on Dublin's Navan Road – one of nine 'Mother and Baby Homes' that operated in Ireland in the last century, accommodating women who fell pregnant out of wedlock and their offspring.

A series of revelations have exposed that some of the homes subjected the children to vaccine trials at the behest of major pharmaceutical companies. They were separated from their mothers at birth, who would then typically work for a year to pay back the Catholic church.

David was hospitalised six times and required a blood transfusion after he was pumped full of drugs at the Navan Road facility, he told the Irish Mirror. He could not talk or walk when he was adopted a the age of four.

Infant mortality rates at the home were high as a result of the drug trials and other mistreatment of the children, including chronic malnutrition. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 children died there between its opening in 1904 and closure in 1985.

Many of dead were buried in a special mass grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, known as an 'Angels Plot', but it has also been revealed that several hundred were donated to medical institutions for research purposes. A memorial is taking place on Sunday 13 August at the plot in Glasnevin and David is attending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Sudbury teachers face disciplinary hearings

CANADA
Sudbury.com

by: Darren MacDonald

Some teachers in Greater Sudbury are facing disciplinary hearings over allegations of misconduct.

The teachers – two from the English Catholic school board and one from Rainbow District – face hearings for a range of issues, from sexual abuse of a student to criminal charges related to an incident outside the classroom.

In the first case, a male teacher with the Catholic board was accused of rubbing a female student's leg on two different occasions over two school years.

As a result, he's facing allegations of student sexual abuse, as well as physical and emotional abuse, of failing to live up to professional standards and of engaging in conduct unbecoming to someone in the profession.

In the second case, another Catholic board teacher was found guilty of professional misconduct for a variety of issues, such as swearing at students, losing his temper and tearing cords out of the wall, hugging male and female students, hitting one male student with a yardstick and telling a female student to wear something sexy for a performance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

After a year of judges' recusals, Apuron libel suit is up for a hearing

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 8, 2017

A $2 million libel and slander lawsuit against suspended Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana, which was filed more than a year ago, is scheduled to have its first status hearing this week.

Until now, most of the activity in the case has involved judges recusing themselves from hearing it.

Judge Michael J. Bordallo, now assigned to the case, is scheduled to hold a status conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The libel and slander lawsuit was filed by former altar boys Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton and Roland Sondia along with Doris Concepcion, mother of deceased former altar boy Joseph Quinata, after Apuron accused them of lying about him.

The four plaintiffs, who accused Apuron of sexually abusing or raping altar boys in Agat in the 1970s, sued Apuron and the archdiocese for calling them liars and for accusing them of “instilling hatred, ignorance and violence in the people.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Trial date stands for accused Aurora priest facing deportation

ILLINOIS
The Beacon-News

Hannah Leone
Aurora Beacon-News

A Kane County judge decided not to move up the jury trial of a former Aurora priest facing deportation along with felony charges of child sex abuse.

Prosecutors last week filed a motion asking for the trial of Alfredo Pedraza Arias to start sooner. However, Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson Monday ordered the trial date to remain Sept. 18.

Arias' attorney, David Camic, said it "didn't make sense" to try an earlier start. The trial would only have been moved up a week, he said, and people were already subpoenaed for the proceedings as scheduled.

Meanwhile, a deportation order signed in June by a federal immigration judge means Arias could be sent back to Colombia, where he is from, at any time. If that happens, prosecutors could ask to have him tried in absentia, but they've said it's unclear whether that would work or if he could be extradited for proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

What’s Going on in the Philippines: 101 East’s Sins of the Father

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

[with video]

August 8, 2017 Joelle Casteix

In February 2017, Al Jazeera’s 101 East produced this 25-minute documentary feature about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

It’s a great primer for anyone interested in learning more about the clergy sexual abuse crisis in this VERY Catholic country.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll see:

* The Catholic Church in the Philippines is the strongest institution in the country, in many ways even stronger than the government.

* Victims who come forward to report abuse are met with intimidation and fear. One girl was beaten by her family for reporting. Even a lawyer for priests—men who are his friends—says that these matters are best handled “behind closed doors.” The only priest who was ever convicted for abuse soon found his conviction overturned.

* Sexually abusive priests are transferred from parish to parish, without church leaders informing local Catholics that the man leading Mass has admitted to molesting children.

* According to Fr. Jaime Achacoso, the secretary for the Canon Law Society of the Philippines, in many dioceses, 1 in 5 priests have fathered children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Concerned Catholics: Freeloaders should pay

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

This new school year, the families of Guam's 4,424 Catholic school students will fork out an extra $12 monthly fee per student to help pay for the debts left behind by a closed college preparatory school and the financial problems caused by another school – but it shouldn't be that way, said an official with Concerned Catholics of Guam.

Each student will also be assessed a $25 fee for an administrative office for the 14 Catholic schools.

A closed school left behind $2.4 million worth of debts plus payables of about $60,000, and the obligations were assumed by the archdiocese, said David J. Sablan, president of Concerned Catholics. The other school, which fell behind in paying its past-due accounts, owes approximately $180,000, he said.

"The debts should be assumed by the Archdiocese of Agana, which then should find other ways and means" to pay the debts, Sablan said. ...

'Freeloaders' living at former hotel

To spare Catholic students from the extra cost, the archdiocese can also charge rent to people who live as "freeloaders" in a prime church property – the former oceanview Hotel Accion in Yona, Sablan said.

The former hotel, which the archdiocese is trying to sell, and which was previously valued at around $40 million, houses more than 30 seminarians from all over the world, according to Sablan.

"There are seminarians there from other countries all wanting to be ordained as presbyters for the Neocatechumenal Way," Sablan said. "Additionally, there are priests staying there who are NCW presbyters, not doing anything for our archdiocese; yet we probably are paying their monthly stipends as required by Church law."

"And there are people from other countries living there rent-free," Sablan said. "There is a term we use to define such individuals: freeloaders."

The Neocatechumenal Way seminary began occupying the former hotel under the leadership of now-suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who is facing child sex-abuse cases before a Vatican tribunal and in the federal court in Guam.

Until that property is sold to cover claims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, including Apuron, Sablan said charging rent to the occupants of the former hotel should be done instead of making students pay more to attend Catholic schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Newly ordained priest charged with groping teenage girl in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY
WABC

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Morris County prosecutor's office said that the Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

Boonton police say the girl, younger than 16 but older than 13, was walking along Main Street with friends last Thursday when she says Nurek put his hand under her dress and commented on how pretty she was.

Authorities say the 37-year-old touched the teen girl's buttocks over her underwear and told her she was "sexy."

The incident was reported to police at 4:55 that day. Nurek was arrested less than a half an hour later. Three hours after that, the Diocese of Paterson was informed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Petition seeks to place ex-priest in secured treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Reporter

Aug 8, 2017
by Maria Benevento

Ex-priest Paul Shanley was released from prison on July 28 after serving 12 years for child sex abuse, but some worry he still poses a danger to children.

Two organizations, Real Women Real Stories and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, are co-sponsoring an online petition, "Victims' Plea: Place Rapist Ex-Priest in a Secured Treatment Center," that urges "the Boston Archdiocese and the State of Boston to insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children, and to wear a GPS bracelet so that his whereabouts can be tracked on anytime." Organizers clarified to NCR that the state of Massachusetts is the intended government recipient of the petition.

To emphasize the danger of letting Shanley move freely, the petition cites the example of a 72-year-old Irish ex-priest who was convicted of abusing at least 25 children in California, but was later reported to be living yards from a playground in the Netherlands and volunteering at a Catholic parish under an assumed identity.

Although Shanley is 86, the petition warns his advanced age could actually make him more dangerous by allowing him to seem "harmless."

"Everything we hear about predators says they'll tend to repeat the crime," said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for SNAP. "Many people came forward saying Shanley hurt them, yet he's being turned loose in society."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

What’s Going on the Philippines Part One: The Priest Who Broke the Rule

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

August 8, 2017 Joelle Casteix

In the introduction to this series, I called the Philippines the “Holy Grail” of cover-up.

Simply put, it’s the place where priests accused of abuse can hang out and still be priests. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether or not the priests abused in the Philippines or elsewhere.

The Philippines is a place where treatment centers for sexually abusive clerics thrive, even though the clerics cannot be cured and are not reported to local authorities.

It’s a place where local bishops turn a blind eye to abuse. Unless of course, you break the one, unspoken rule.

Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos broke that rule. He trafficked a 13-year-old child through a pimp last month.

Lagarejos was caught in a police anti-trafficking sting operation and couldn’t be saved by his local bishop. The global media caught wind and jumped on the story. Locals were outraged. They couldn’t believe that a priest would engage in something so horrible.

What locals didn’t realize, however, was how abuse and cover-up have been rampant in the Philippines. Lagareros just made the mistake of getting busted.

And when I say abuse and cover-up are rampant, I mean RAMPANT!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Apuron could have ammo to fire back

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 08, 2017

By Krystal Paco

It appears Archbishop Anthony Apuron could have ammo to fire back should he not be satisfied with the results of his canonical trial in Rome. This according to one expert who chimes in after sexual harassment allegations were made against one of the priest investigating Apuron's case.

A decision is expected any day now. This according to Guam's Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes who previously reported Archbishop Anthony Apuron's fate now rests with three unnamed judges. He told KUAM News, "The discovery period of the trial has ended, and the next phase that will happen in the next several weeks, will be a convening of the three judges to deliberate on what they heard."

"There's three possibilities: not guilty. Guilty. Or not proven."

While we wait for a judgment from Rome, it's recently been revealed that one of Apuron's investigators stands accused of sexual harassment.

Father Justin Wachs, according to South Dakota news reports, allegedly touched a woman inappropriately and sent her suggestive text messages. The woman, who remained anonymous, worked at his former parish. Patrick J. Wall, an advocate, former priest, and canonist tells KUAM this development could be used to Apuron's advantage.

Wall said, "So that will be very interesting to see if Archbishop Apuron's attorneys - canonical attorneys - challenge the canonical process now."

Father Wachs was on Guam earlier this year along with other members of the Tribunal tasked with investigating Apuron and collecting testimony. Wall says Father Wachs plays a critical role as the notary and should have a reputation that is both unimpaired and above all suspicion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

'We've been left to rot' - Bethany Home survivor claims he is ignored by the State bec

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Kathy Armstrong
August 7 2017

A survivor of the Bethany mother and baby home claims he has been "left to rot" by the State because he is a Protestant.

Despite Derek Leinster suffering physically and emotionally after being born in the Dublin institution in 1941, he has never received any kind of redress.

He told Independent.ie he is determined to get justice for survivors, saying, "I won't give up until the day I die."

Derek was born to an unwed mother in the home and from when he was seven months old he was "nursed out" to families to be cared for.

He said: "We would be sent to families to be looked after, they would get paid a few shillings.

‘Hole in my heart’: Searching for a mother I never knew

IRELAND
Irish Times

Michelle McDonagh

Don Stiffe knew from an early age that he was adopted but while he had always been curious about his birth family, it was not until he was in his late 40s and a father himself that he took the decision to search for his birth mother.

That search was to prove far more torturous than the award-winning singer songwriter could ever have imagined. He did manage to find out who his birth mother but never got to meet her – by the time he discovered her identity, she had been dead two years.

However, Don also learned that he was one of nine children born to his mother, and through his unrelenting search, he has been reunited with some of his siblings. His story mirrors the storyline of the Bafta award-winning movie Philomena – Philomena Lee even plays a part in his tale.

Don Stiffe (now 50) was adopted from the Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, by Margaret and Dominic Stiffe, who brought him to live in Cooke’s Terrace, Bohermore, when he was three and a half months old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

NJ priest groped girl just a month after being ordained, cops say

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey 101.5

A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office says the 37-year-old touched the teen girl’s buttocks in Boonton over her underwear and told her she was “sexy.”

According to a statement from the Diocese of Paterson, Nurek was arrested at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 3. After learning about the arrest, the diocese’s statement said, the “Rev. Nurek was immediately placed on administrative leave, his faculties were revoked and his assignment as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Mountain Lakes was concluded.”

The diocese said Nurek came to this country from Poland in March of 2015 and that he had just been ordained on July 1. Prior to his arrest, Nurek was assigned to begin work at the church in August. The statement also said he had undergone a full background check in October of 2014 that came back clear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Child sex abuse inquiry chair: 'North Wales institutions failed to protect victims from predators'

WALES
Daily Post

BY MARC WADDINGTON
8 AUG 2017

The chair of a major inquiry into child sexual abuse said institutions in North Wales failed to protect young victims from sexual predators.

Professor Alexis Jay said she and her team wanted to hear accounts of people who were let down by those who were meant to look after them.

The Truth Project, which is being run as part of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, will be in Bangor and Caernarfon in October, where trained staff will be on hand for one-to-one sessions with victims.

Professor Jay OBE (pictured right) said: “For too long the voices of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have not been heard and many have been made to feel ashamed for reporting the abuse in the first place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

August 7, 2017

Report Uncovers Nearly 100 Sex Abuse Lawsuits Against Catholic Leaders In Guam

GUAM
HuffPost

By Antonia Blumberg

The latest sex abuse scandal to rock the Catholic Church shines a spotlight on the small, predominantly Catholic U.S. territory of Guam.

According to an ongoing investigation by the USA TODAY Network’s Pacific Daily News, Guam’s Archdiocese of Agana is listed as a defendant in 96 lawsuits detailing abuses spanning nearly 40 decades.

Two archbishops of Agana, as well as multiple priests, bishops, teachers and even Boy Scouts leaders on the Western Pacific island are implicated in the suits.

The lawsuits alleged that leaders repeatedly preyed on children, some as young as seven years old, and include claims of molestation, rape, and priests exposing themselves and displaying pornography in the company of young altar boys.

Louis Brouillard, who served as a priest and scoutmaster on Guam from 1948 to 1981, is named in 55 lawsuits and has admitted to abusing at least 20 boys on the island. In an interview with the Associated Press last year, Brouillard, now 96, said other priests on the island who he confided in advised him to pray and “do better.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

SEX ABUSE CRISIS ROCKS CHURCH IN GUAM

GUAM
Church Militant

by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • August 7, 2017

Almost 100 lawsuits filed against clergy, former archbishop

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Church in Guam is reeling from a clerical sex abuse scandal.

Since September 2016, the Catholic archdiocese of Agana has been named in 96 sex abuse lawsuits. After lawmakers passed a bill retroactively terminating the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases, dozens of men came forward, alleging that between 1955 and 1994, as minors, they were raped and subjected to other forms of sexual abuse by priests in the archdiocese.

Some cases involve up to 50 defendants. Among them are 13 priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor and Anthony Apuron, the former archbishop of Agana, who oversaw the Church in Guam for three decades.

As with abuse cases elsewhere, the suits allege that Guam's Church leaders knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it. One priest, an admitted molester, confirmed the leadership's complacency in court testimony.

Apuron has denied accusations of raping altar boys in his care. After the allegations surfaced, he refused to resign forcing Pope Francis' hand. In June 2016, the Pontiff stepped in, stripping Apuron of his pastoral and administrative authority and appointing Auxiliary Bp. Michael J. Byrnes of Detroit as coadjutor archbishop of Guam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Newly ordained priest charged with groping teen girl

NEW JERSEY
San Francisco Chronicle

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

The Morris County prosecutor's office said that the Rev. Marcin Nurek was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

They say the 37-year-old touched the teen girl's buttocks in Boonton over her underwear and told her she was "sexy."

The Diocese of Paterson put Nurek on administrative leave. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Nurek is an immigrant from Poland and was ordained into the priesthood in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

Cops: Priest touched girl's buttocks, said 'You're sexy'

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Peggy Wright, @PeggyWrightDR Aug. 7, 2017

MORRISTOWN - A newly-ordained priest has been charged with putting his hand under a teenager's skirt in Boonton, touching her buttocks and telling her "You're sexy," according to court records.

The Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, was ordained a priest on July 1 and was supposed to start a post as parochial vicar this month at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes. That assignment will not take place and Nurek has been placed on administrative leave and cannot function as a priest, said Richard Sokerka, director of communications for the Diocese of Paterson.

The alleged incident occurred in the town of Boonton last Thursday, when Nurek put his hand under the girl's skirt and touched her buttocks over her underwear. Court records did not state where the incident allegedly occurred but said the teen was upset but not injured.

Nurek was charged with endangering the welfare of a child - whose age was listed as being at least 13 but younger than 16 - and criminal sexual contact. Via a closed-circuit television link between the Morris County jail and Superior Court, Nurek appeared on Friday for an initial review before Judge Ira Cohen.

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez said the state has filed a motion to detain Nurek in the county jail until the charges are resolved. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM

Priest accused of groping girl a month after being ordained

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

[Rev. Marcin Nurek - Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson]

August 7, 2017

By Rob Jennings rjennings@njadvancemedia.com,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MORRISTOWN -- The Diocese of Paterson has revoked the church assignment of a newly-ordained priest accused of putting his hand under a teenage girl's skirt and touching her buttocks.

The Rev. Marcin Nurek, 37, was ordained into the priesthood on July 1 and had been expected to start Aug. 15 as Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, the diocese's spokesman told NJ Advance Media.

However, diocesan officials reversed course after Nurek was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.

He allegedly put his hand under the girl's skirt, touched her buttocks over her underwear and told her, "You're sexy," the Daily Record reported. The girl was described as over the age of 13, but under 16.

Richard Sokerka, spokesman for the Diocese of Paterson, said, "The diocese is deeply saddened by the charges filed against Rev. Nurek and offers its prayers to everyone involved, especially the minor who has come forward."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

Attorney: Apuron wants his ‘day in court’

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 8, 2017

Suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron will get his "day in court" as the District Court of Guam will hear his motion to dismiss four child sex abuse lawsuits later this month.

Apuron's attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, opposed a stay in the lawsuits involving allegations of sexual abuse filed against her client.

"There is no absolute necessity at this juncture that Apuron participate," Terlaje told the court during a status hearing yesterday.

The parties in the other 73 cases have agreed to a stay of the cases to participate in non-binding mediation that will be held in Guam beginning Oct. 30. But Terlaje urged the court to proceed with her client's cases.

"I think it is important for Apuron to have his day in court," the archbishop's attorney said. Terlaje asked that the court address her client's motion to dismiss and weigh the competing interests in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Washington County Youth Pastor Sentenced In Child Porn Case

MINNESOTA
Patch

By William Bornhoft (Patch Staff) - Updated August 7, 2017

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MN — A youth pastor out of Cottage Grove will serve a federal prison sentence after distributing child pornography. William Leonard Helker, 47, pleaded guilty on March 3, to one count of distribution of child pornography. On July 27, United States District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Helker to 150 months in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release.

“Helker is a dangerous child predator who disguised himself as a youth pastor. Instead of providing guidance to young people, he used his position as a trusted leader to prey upon them,” said Assistant United States Attorney Katharine Buzicky in a statement.

“This child sexual exploitation case originated in Finland with the arrest there of another child predator,” said J. Alex Khu, special agent in charge of HSI Saint Paul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Dark Cloud of Alleged Sex Abuse Continues to Follow Former Phoenix Bishop O'Brien

ARIZONA
Phoenix New Times

BY SEAN HOLSTEGE
MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

The dark cloud of child sex-abuse allegations still follows the former bishop of Phoenix.

Years after he resigned from the top post in the Catholic diocese here, after acknowledging he knew that priests he supervised had sexually abused children, 81-year-old Thomas O’Brien now faces new allegations in court that he was himself an abuser.

He has denied the accusation and last week won a partial victory when a judge tossed out four of 14 claims against him in a civil suit brought by a man identified only as Joseph W.

The man claims, in a suit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2016, that O’Brien assaulted him from 1977 to 1982. The suits says the attacks occurred when he attended second to fifth grades at the St. Aquinas and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic schools and parishes in Litchfield Park and Phoenix, respectively.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse occurred before or during church services and involved kissing and touching as well as oral intercourse by and to the priest.

Joseph W., who lives in Tucson, says in court documents that he suppressed the memories of these attacks until two years earlier, when he readied his son for baptism. The abuse caused Joseph W., now 47, to suffer for almost his entire life, the complaint says, naming among other things distress, disgrace, and humiliation prompting psychological therapy and loss of income.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Athié acusa a la PGR de dar trato especial a Norberto Rivera en la investigación sobre pederastia

MEXICO
SinEmbarago

[Alberto Athié accused the PGR of giving special treatment to Cardinal Norberto Rivera who is accused of covering-up abuse by priests. Athié has been fighting the silence of the Mexican Catholic Church for 20 years against the crimes of clerical pederasty. In 2003 he resigned from the priesthood for what he considered to be protection of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and of different popes towards the Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, one of the most well-known cases of sexual abuse against children at even international level. Today he is one of the authors of the lawsuit against Cardinal Rivera for covering up at least 15 pedophile priests.]

Por Dulce Olvera
SinEmbargo
agosto 6, 2017

El ex sacerdote Alberto Athié acusó que la comparecencia del Cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera ante la Procuraduría General de la República se dio en un contexto de “falta de transparencia” y exigió que no haya “privilegios” durante el proceso.

Athié lleva 20 años en lucha contra el silencio de la Iglesia Católica mexicana ante los crímenes de pederastia clerical. En 2003 renunció al sacerdocio por lo que consideró protección del Cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera y de diferentes papas hacia el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel Degollado, fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, uno de los casos más conocidos de abuso sexual contra menores a nivel incluso internacional.Hoy es uno de los autores de la demanda en contra del Cardenal Rivera por encubrimiento a al menos 15 sacerdotes pederastas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Judge denies stay in Apuron cases; Lujan calls objection a “scam”

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 7, 2017

So as long as there is uncertainty on the validity of the statute, it’s supposed to make everyone scared and come to a quick and cheaper settlement. That’s the scam. — Attorney David Lujan

Guam – US Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan has granted Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s objection to a stay that would allow the church to continue with settlement negotiations in the sex abuse lawsuits related to Apuron.

Meanwhile, Attorney David Lujan, who represents a majority of the alleged victims, is calling the objection a scam.

Both parties argued a motion to stay the proceedings. While the motion was denied in regards to Apuron, the motion stands as granted for all other defendants. Apuron’s leagal counsel, Attorney Jaqcue Terlaje is requesting that the District Court address the merits of Apuron’s motion to dismiss, arguing that the court does not have authority over his case and therefore cannot continue to hear his case.

“We are basically challenging the plaintiffs’ rights to pursue the cause of action of a civil TORT against Archbishop Anthony. Basically, the statute of limitations law that was passed by the legislature is unconstitutional,” she pointed out. “So the plaintiff and the Archdiocese of Agana have asked the court to put that in abeyance while they try to mediate their cases and we said no way. You can’t trample on the rights on a one-party litigant and advance the competing interest of the other interests and so the court agreed with me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Lujan calls foul on mediation

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 07, 2017

By Krystal Paco

Defense Attorney David Lujan has never been one to mince words, and he only needed one to describe what he thinks is happening with mediation in the child sex abuse cases against local clergy. And that word is "scam".

Loud and clear - Lujan blasted the Archdiocese of Agana and Archbishop Anthony Apuron in federal court on Monday. "Of course it's a scam," he professed. When asked the why he elected to proceed with mediation if you believe its a scam, he replied, "Because mediation is non-binding, either."

In court today, attorney Lujan alleged the plaintiffs and the court are being "played by the Church and Apuron." Lujan questioned their motive to rush resolution and further alleged there's a deal to ensure Apuron stay a priest and remain on Church payroll.

"But ask yourself, do you think that Apuron, who has a chance of coming back wants to bankrupt this archdiocese? Ask yourself that," he said.

Apuron's attorney Jacque Terlaje fired back, calling Lujan unprofessional for not only his accusations, but also for yelling in the courtroom. Ultimately, the court ruled in Terlaje's favor and denied the motion to stay on Apuron's cases.

That means the four lawsuits against Apuron will proceed in the federal court - and soon - a hearing on Apuron's motion to dismiss is scheduled for August 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Clergy sex abuse mediation on shaky ground

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Aug. 7, 2017

Dozens of clergy abuse lawsuits are scheduled to go through mediation later this year, but David Lujan, the attorney representing those plaintiffs, on Monday said he is prepared to abandon mediation altogether and take the cases to trial.

At issue is four abuse lawsuits filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who does not want to participate in mediation with his accusers and who instead wants the federal court to move forward and rule on his motions to dismiss the cases.

A stay already has been granted for the cases of dozens of accusers represented by Lujan, but a federal judge, during a hearing Monday, denied Lujan's motion to postpone further action on the Apuron lawsuits.

Apuron, through his attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, succeeded in blocking Lujan's request to stop a hearing on the motion to dismiss the cases involving Apuron.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

By Elaine Thompson
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2017

WARE – Many of the 23 registered Level 3 sex offenders who live in Ware rent from another Level 3 sex offender who owns several properties and plans to provide a home for other offenders who need help.

Joel Pentlarge, 67, a disbarred attorney and former town official, declined to say how many of his tenants are Level 3 sex offenders, the category considered the highest risk of reoffending.

“Not enough,” he said during a recent interview in a basement apartment in his four-unit complex at 14 Park St. that also serves as his office. Another Level 3 sex offender lists the unit as his secondary place of residence.

Mr. Pentlarge, a 1968 graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, has served on the Ware Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and on the board of directors of a local social service agency. He was imprisoned for three years after pleading guilty in 2000 to the statutory rape of four boys, ages 12 to 15. ...

Mr. Pentlarge’s effort to help sex offenders was recently in the spotlight when his latest tenant, high-profile child rapist Paul R. Shanley, moved into an apartment that Mr. Pentlarge owns at 31 Pulaski St. Mr. Shanley had been incarcerated for 12 years for repeatedly raping a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s. The former street priest was at the center of the Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal and was defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Vic priest jailed for Rupertswood abuse

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Victorian priest who repeatedly molested boys at Victoria's notorious Rupertswood boarding school in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for two years.

Frank Peter De Dood will spend at least 20 months behind bars after he was sentenced on Monday for indecently assaulting five boys between 1978 and 1983.

The 64-year-old had pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to six counts of indecent assault.

Dozens of students were abused by a number of priests at Salesian College Rupertswood in Sunbury in the 1970s and '80s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Salesian priest Frank de Dood jailed for child sex crimes at Rupertswood, Sunbury

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

SHANNON DEERY, Herald Sun
August 6, 2017

ANOTHER priest is behind bars for sex crimes against children while teaching at the notorious Salesian College, Rupertswood.

Former students say a sickening club of sex abusers roamed its grand halls and manned its dormitories at Sunbury in Melbourne’s northwest for decades, from as early as the 1950s.

Frank de Dood was for a short while in the 1980s in charge of monitoring the dormitories, and like dorm masters before him took his chance to abuse a young boy as he slept.

The child was one of five boys de Dood has admitted abusing between 1978 and 1983.

Four of the students were abused at the Salesian’s Rupertswood college where de Dood taught between 1981 and 1986.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Victim gets justice, Salesian College priest gets 20-month minimum term

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Adam Cooper

One of the victims of the latest Salesian priest jailed for sex crimes at a notorious boarding school outside Melbourne hopes his case will encourage others to contact police and seek justice.

Richard Brown was one of five boys sexually assaulted by Frank De Dood​, who was on Monday jailed for three years for abusing children he was either teaching or responsible for between 1978 and 1983.

Four victims attended Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury, the scene of a string of sex assaults when a group of paedophile priests worked at the school and preyed on students.

De Dood also abused one boy at a Salesian residence in Oakleigh before he was posted to Rupertswood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Sexually deviant priests sent to Tagaytay for rehab

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

Anton C. Onato, VERA Files
Posted at Aug 07 2017

On a two-hectare land tucked away somewhere in Tagaytay City stands a gated retreat house run by priests for priests.

At any one time, the center can accommodate up to 45 priests in need of spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological renewal. It also serves as the temporary home of priests “exiled” by their bishops for sexual misconduct, including pedophilia and siring children.

Constructed in 2007, the John Mary Vianney Galilee Development and Retreat Center for Priests, or Galilee Center as it is commonly referred to, serves as a kind of “extended” seminary formation.

Named after the patron saint of priests and the religious, the 54-room institution is a brainchild of now retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

During the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) in 1991, the country’s bishops agreed to build a national center for the ongoing renewal and rehabilitation of clergies to operate under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness review – a tale of betrayal by the church

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Peter Stanford
Monday 7 August 2017

Pope Francis has taken great strides in challenging all sorts of entrenched attitudes and prejudices in the Vatican that have given the Catholic church such a bad name of late. Progress has been disappointingly slow, however, on the commission he appointed in 2014 to tackle the appalling scandal of clerical sexual abuse. In March of this year Marie Collins, the last remaining member of the panel who was a survivor of abuse, resigned after a Vatican department failed to comply with the commission’s recommendation that it respond to every correspondent who writes in with allegations that they have been a victim. If the curia is resisting such simple steps, how to have faith that they will tackle the bigger underlying issues?

Reluctance to face up to the consequences of clerical abuse remains hard-wired into the structures of the church: an instinct to protect the institution at the cost of the individual who has suffered, and a brick-wall resistance to addressing the profound questions about the nature of vocation posed by such abhorrent behaviour. And so church leaders – not all, granted; certainly not Pope Francis –tend to speak of “historical allegations” whenever victims find the courage to speak up 20, 30 or even 40 years after events that are not for them in any way historical, but are a psychological and emotional trauma they will live with until their dying day.

Individuals like Graham Caveney. The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness recounts with great courage and candour how, in the 1970s, as the clever, awkward, nerdy, only child of devoutly Catholic working-class parents in Accrington, Lancashire, he was groomed by a priest at his local grammar school in Blackburn, and then sexually abused by him.

A casual glance might suggest he has managed to “put it behind him” – he has a successful career as a writer on music (the sounds of the 70s are one thread of this well-structured, rounded memoir) and biographer of William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. But as he describes, without self-pity, Caveney dropped out of university, struggled to form adult relationships, turned to drink and drugs to blot out the trauma, and on occasion attempted suicide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Mormon high priest Darran Page admits 21 child sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

WAYNE FLOWER, Herald Sun
August 7, 2017

A DEPRAVED movie director who was a high priest in the Mormon church when he molested young boys has pleaded guilty to a series of child sexual assaults.

Darran Scott — formerly known as Darran Page — faces years behind bars for his sickening acts of depravity committed against vulnerable boys under his care.

Scott, 52, is most notable for writing and directing the independent movie The Spirit of the Game, which told the real-life story of a team of Mormon basketballers who helped the Australian team prepare for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

He also worked as an actor and freelance cameraman for Channel 9 affiliate WIN.

Today (Monday) he pleaded guilty in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court to 21 charges, including two of raping a boy aged under 16.

Scott met six of his young victims through his position of authority with the Church of Jesus Christ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Victim gets justice, Salesian priest gets 20-month minimum term

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

Adam Cooper
7 Aug 2017

One of the victims of the latest Salesian priest jailed for sex crimes at a notorious boarding school outside Melbourne hopes his case will encourage others to contact police and seek justice.

Richard Brown was one of five boys sexually assaulted by Frank De Dood???, who was on Monday jailed for three years for abusing children he was either teaching or responsible for between 1978 and 1983.

Four victims attended Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury, the scene of a string of sex assaults when a group of paedophile priests worked at the school and preyed on students.

De Dood also abused one boy at a Salesian residence in Oakleigh before he was posted to Rupertswood.

Mr Brown was in the County Court as De Dood was jailed for a minimum 20 months and afterwards urged other victims of sexual assaults to contact police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

A teddy bear in Newcastle

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Damon Cronshaw
7 Aug 2017

Topics was strolling along Newcastle foreshore last week, basking in the winter sunshine under a fat blue sky, as the coal ships did their thing.

We were surprised to see a teddy bear out the corner of our eye.

This teddy was looking very relaxed, lying back on an anchor. It was put there in memory of merchant mariners lost in wartime. The anchor, that is, not the teddy.

As it turns out, the teddy was also doing a very important job.

A note was left with the cuddly toy, saying it was to honour children who suffered sex abuse “within the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses were castigated at the Royal Commission for refusing to accept accusations of sex abuse, unless there were two witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

August 6, 2017

Priest 'sorry' for sermon gaffe on evil paedo Smyth

IRELAND
Sunday World

By Nicola Tallant

A priest who caused upset in his parish when he mentioned Fr Brendan Smyth during a sermon says he regrets bringing him up at all.

The priest, from Grange in Carlingford, says he was not trying to defend Fr Smyth when he spoke about his experience of hearing of his death from a newspaper headline exclaiming ‘The Beast is Dead’.

A number of parishioners had claimed that he said prayers for the paedophile priest and said he was not a “beast”.

But the priest has denied the allegations and said he was merely taken up wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Vic priest to be sentenced for sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Victorian priest is due to find out how long he will spend in jail after pleading guilty to molesting boys at Victoria's notorious Rupertswood boarding school.

Frank Peter De Dood, 64, is scheduled to face the Victorian County Court for sentencing on Monday after pleading guilty in July to six counts of indecently assaulting five boys.

De Dood's victims were aged 11 to 16 when they were abused between 1978 and 1983 at Rupertswood and at a theological residence at suburban Oakleigh.

One remembers wearing his altar boy robe when molested, while another woke to find the priest assaulting him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Youth commish asks for statutory rape age coverage to be raised from 12 to 16

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

The National Youth Commission on Friday asked both houses of Congress to raise the legal coverage of statutory rape from 12 years old to 16 years old.

In a statement, the chair of the NYC's Committee on Social Inclusion and Equity called attention to the bigger picture behind the priest who was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with a 13-year-old girl.

“If only our laws recognize teen prostitution as rape, that monsignor who allegedly abused that 13-year girl would be charged with rape and most probably he would not be out on bail today," Commissioner Perci Cendaña was quoted to have said.

"With the proposal of the NYC, sexual intercourse or sexual relations with a child under 16 years of age would be penalized as rape, regardless of whether or not there was force, threat, intimidation, deprivation of reason, fraud, or grave abuse of authority," the statement added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM

A Weapon of Mass Destruction: Catholic Priests Falsely Accused

UNITED STATES
These Stone Walls

Published on August 6, 2017

Gordon J. MacRae

A year before the 2002 wave of clergy sex abuse claims rippled out of Boston across the country, Sean Murphy, age 37, and his mother, Sylvia, demanded $850,000 from the Archdiocese of Boston. Sean claimed that three decades earlier, he and his brother were repeatedly molested by their parish priest. In support of the claim, Mrs. Murphy produced old school records placing her sons in a community where the priest was once assigned. No other corroboration was needed. Shortly thereafter, Byron Worth, age 41, recounted molestation by the same priest and demanded his own six-figure settlement.

The men were following an established practice of “mediated settlements,” a precedent set in the early 1990s when a multitude of molestation claims from the 1960s and 1970s emerged against Father James Porter and a few other priests. In 1993, the Diocese of Fall River settled some 80 such claims in a single negotiated deal. Other Church institutions followed that lead on the advice of insurers and attorneys.

Before the Murphys’ $850,000 demand was paid, however, Sean, his mother, and Byron Worth were indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury for conspiracy, attempted larceny, and soliciting others to commit larceny. It turned out that Sean and Byron were once inmates together at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Shirley where they concocted their fraudulent plan to score a windfall from their beleaguered Church.

On November 16, 2001, Sean Murphy and Byron Worth pleaded guilty to fraud charges and were sentenced to less than two years in prison for the scam. The younger Murphy brother was never charged, and Mrs. Murphy died before facing court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Church’s motives questioned

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon |The Guam Daily Post Aug 7, 2017

“I’ve been clear. I don’t trust them.”

Attorney David Lujan has not minced words when it comes to how he feels about current and former members of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Agana as well as players involved in the settlement discussions for clergy sex abuse cases filed by more than 70 of Lujan’s clients.

“If there’s one reason I didn’t hesitate going into the mediation, it’s because it allows for a quick resolution especially with a portion of my clients who want a resolution,” Lujan told The Guam Daily Post.

With many clients in their 60s and 70s and several of them ill, Lujan said he believes his clients would want to get “something” for their families before they pass away.

District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. recently issued a temporary stay in dozens of the sex abuse cases. A separate hearing is scheduled for today for the lawsuits filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Retired federal Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, has agreed to serve as alternative dispute resolution mediator in the cases and mediation is expected to begin as early as October.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM

Priest in child abuse charge faces 12 years in jail

PHILIPPINES
The Gulf Today

By Manolo B. Jara August 06, 2017

MANILA: Police on Saturday said the Filipino priest arrested and indicted for allegedly “booking” the sexual services of a 13-year-old girl could face up to 12 years in jail if convicted by a regional court.

Police explained the stiff jail term was the maximum penalty that a court could impose for those accused and found guilty of violating the country’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

At the same time, Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the head of the Metro Manila Eastern Police District, appealed to other victims to surface and file charges against Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, who was arrested in suburban Marikina City on July 28 along with a minor aboard a late model sport utility vehicle he was driving on their way to a motel.

Sapitula said his office has received reports that Lagarejos allegedly victimised other minors in Marikina and Rizal province in Southern Luzon but they were afraid to file complaints because the priest allegedly threatened them with a gun.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Pope to decide on priest accused of child trafficking: prelate

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

MANILA - Pope Francis will have the final say on whether the Filipino priest caught with a 13-year old girl will be expelled from the priesthood or not, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said on Sunday.

Cruz told radio DZMM that the most serious punishment the Church can impose on Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos is to strip him of his priesthood.

Lagarejos was arrested in Marikina last July 28 while allegedly on his way to a motel with a 13-year-old girl.

Cruz said Lagarejos' case will be sent to a congregation of the clergy who will then make a recommendation to Pope Francis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Bankrupt archdiocese files objections to creditors' reorganization plan

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan St. Paul · Aug 5, 2017

The bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says the latest reorganization plan proposed for the church by creditors would strip it of all assets required to pursue the church's mission.

The archdiocese filed its objections to the creditors' plan Friday and urged acceptance of its own $156 million settlement.

"The committee's plan isn't a reorganization plan, it's an unlawful dismantling of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities," read a joint statement from Tom Abood, chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and Brian Short, a member of the Archdiocesan Corporate Board of Directors. "The committee's plan is also simply unworkable from a legal or practical basis."

The Twin Cities archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2015, motivated by hundreds of claims of sex abuse against archdiocesan priests.

The archdiocese says to fulfill the creditors' demands, assets would include all cash and the cash value of property, including religious vestments and relics. Also included would be the church's financial stake as landlord in the Cathedral of St. Paul and two high schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Thousands sign petition calling for Shanley to live in treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Danny McDonald GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 05, 2017

This story has been updated.

Thousands have signed an online petition calling for convicted child rapist and former priest Paul Shanley to live in a treatment facility where he will have no access to children.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 15,000 people had signed the petition, which also calls for Shanley’s whereabouts to be monitored with a GPS bracelet.

“This is a dangerous man and we all know it,” said Matan Uziel , the founder of a women’s rights advocacy group, who launched the petition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

The Latest: Attorney says priest freed from prison 'frail'

MASSACHUSETTS
WRAL

BOSTON — The Latest on the release from prison of a former Boston priest who served 12 years for a child rape conviction (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A lawyer representing a former Boston priest recently released from prison after serving time for a child rape conviction says he's in "frail health" and isn't a danger to anyone.

Attorney Robert Shaw Jr. says 86-year-old Paul Shanley has served his sentence and it's time for people to "leave him alone."

Shanley was convicted of raping a boy in the 1980s and served 12 years in prison. Last week he settled into an apartment near a children's dance studio in Ware, 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Boston.

A St. Louis-based group representing survivors of priest sex abuse said Thursday it wants Shanley to be placed in a secure treatment facility far from children. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the facilities "are quite nice."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Diocese, former priest want sexual relationship lawsuit dismissed

MICHIGAN
MLive

By Michael Kransz mkransz@mlive.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI -- Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and an ousted priest want a lawsuit against both parties relating to a sexual relationship the priest had with a Central Michigan University student dismissed.

Motions, both filed in mid-July, claim the lawsuit is baseless on a number of grounds and that they should be awarded fees and costs associated with battling the suit.

The lawyer for the then-student and parishioner who filed the lawsuit, Megan Winans, has not yet responded to the motions.

Winans brought the lawsuit against former-priest Denis Heames, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and Saint Mary's University Parish in January of 2016, stating she should be awarded funds for a number of things suffered during and after her secret, intimate relationship with Heames.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

How CBCP probes clergy sexual abuse

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

Anton C. Onato, VERA Files
Posted at Aug 06 2017

The human trafficking case filed against Taytay-based priest Arnel Lagarejos is one of the rare instances a member of the Roman Catholic clergy has been haled into a criminal court.

But the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is no stranger to complaints of sexual misconduct, including child molestation, against priests.

Retired Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, who is investigating 55-year-old Lagarejos following his arrest on July 28 for bringing a 13-year-old to a motel, has been leading the CBCP’s national tribunal that probes about 60 cases of clergy misconduct every year, including those against priests involved in money scandals, priests siring children, and pedophilic priests.

Last year, the tribunal looked into 14 cases of pedophilia, Cruz said in an interview months before the Lagarejos incident.

“As per experience, there are more cases of pedophilia. More of it,” he said.

The figure, however, is but a fraction of the actual number of cases, he pointed out, adding that bishops are empowered to conduct the investigation at the diocesan level and not all cases end up at the national tribunal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Priest's abuse victim slams Ballarat Catholic Church over compensation dispute

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Emma Younger

The Catholic Church in Ballarat is being accused of breaking its own guidelines in its legal fight against a compensation claim from a victim of notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.

The church released new guidelines for dealing with civil claims for child sexual abuse in November 2015, which it said would promote a more compassionate approach towards victims.

They state a claimant would not be required to prove the elements of an abuse case that the church authority had already accepted to be true.

But lawyer Paula Shelton said the Ballarat Diocese was challenging parts of her client's claim that were accepted by a court when Ridsdale was convicted of the abuse.

"What is very irritating and irking to our clients is that we have these bishops who show up ... at the royal commission and say they're going to treat these plaintiffs compassionately and this is what we get," lawyer Paula Shelton said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

The Catholic Church's words ring hollow in light of merciless legal tactics

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

ANALYSIS

By Paul Kennedy

In public, the Catholic Church has made promises of compassion to survivors of child sexual assault for decades.

Privately, however, it empowered lawyers to "strenuously" defend every Common Law claim brought against the institution.

"The way the church is treating us now is actually adding to the abuse we suffered when we were kids," a survivor confided.

The church has built a ruthless reputation for its range of legal tactics, from stonewalling to counter-attack.

One of the worst known examples of intimidation occurred in the 1990s, when a long-suffering survivor sued the church for allowing a paedophile priest to work in several parishes, leading to horrendous crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Los laicos de Osorno confían en que Bachelet interceda ante el Papa para forzar la salida de Barros

CHILE
Religion Digital

[The lay people of Osorno continue in their struggle to get rid of the bishop Juan Barros, who is alleged to have known of the sexual abuse of priest Fernando Karadima but did nothing about it. They will request a hearing with President Michelle Bachelet in the hope that the president will send her complaints to the pope when he visits the country in January. Meanwhile, Bishop Barros has said that although he is aware of the controversies surrounding him, these will not lead him to resign.]

(C.D.).- Los laicos y laicas de Osorno siguen en su lucha para librarse del obispo Juan Barros, encubridor del sacerdote pederasta Fernando Karadima. Solicitarán una audiencia con la presidenta Michelle Bachelet con la esperanza de que la mandataria lleve sus quejas al Papa cuando éste visite el país en enero de 2018. Mientras tanto, el obispo Barros ha afirmado que aunque es consciente de las controversias en torno a su figura, éstas no le llevarán a renunciar, tal y como informan Dennys Salazar y Eduardo Palacios en Bío Bío Chile.

Los representantes del Movimiento de Laicos y Laicas de Osorno pidieron a Benito Baranda, nombrado por el Gobierno como coordinador de la visita del Papa Francisco a Chile, que les ayude a conseguir una audiencia con la presidenta Bachelet, para que ella se transforme en el puente con el líder del Estado Vaticano.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

August 5, 2017

Thousands sign petition calling for Shanley to live in treatment facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Danny McDonald GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 05, 2017

Thousands have signed an online petition calling for convicted child rapist and former priest Paul Shanley to live in a treatment facility where he will have no access to children.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, more than 13,700 people signed the petition, which also calls for Shanley’s whereabouts to be monitored with a GPS bracelet.

“This is a dangerous man and we all know it,” said Matan Uziel , the founder of a women’s rights advocacy group, who launched the petition.

Uziel hopes the petition will create “positive pressure” that will prompt authorities to do something

The petition urges the Archdiocese of Boston and the state -- misidentified as “the State of Boston” -- to work to place Shanley in a treatment facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Priest accused of embezzlement seeks $800K seized by police

MICHIGAN
Crux

AP

MASON, Michigan - The attorney for a Michigan priest accused of bilking a Catholic church that’s missing millions of dollars asked a judge Friday to authorize the release of $800,000 seized by police to his client.

Father Jonathan Wehrle (WUR’-lee) is charged with embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Parish in Okemos, Michigan, but prosecutors say an ongoing audit shows an estimated $5 million is missing from the Lansing-area Roman Catholic church.

Wehrle’s attorney argued during a Friday court hearing that the priest and his mother should have access to nearly $800,000 seized by Michigan State Police as part of the ongoing investigation, the Lansing State Journal reported.

A judge who heard that request must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Wehrle to trial. The hearing resumes Sept. 1 with testimony from Bishop Earl Boyea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Clerics should answer cases of child abuse

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY FR. SHAY CULLEN ON AUGUST 6, 2017

The recent arrest of a Catholic parish priest, accused of trafficking a 13-year-old in Marikina City, is highly unusual. He was charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. Most cases of clerical child abuse go unreported or are covered up in the Philippines. In other countries, the scandal of clerical child abuse has also left thousands of victims without redress, help, therapy or a chance for justice.

The Philippines’ Child Protection Law, otherwise known as Republic Act 7610, has a provision in Section 6 that punishes acts such as the taking of a child to a secluded place, in a vehicle or a motel, by an adult not her relative for purposes of sexual abuse. This provision of the law is to prevent rape and to bring the suspect to justice.

The institutional church, that is, the hierarchy in many countries, has failed in its obligation and duty to protect children and actively pursue child abusers when the evidence was strong. In the past, the church institutions in different countries even facilitated payoffs to parents of child victims and tried to use influence with the authorities to have charges against priests and members of religious groups dropped. Other clergy were moved to other parishes when complaints of child abuse were made.

In many cases, no action was taken by church authorities to protect the child and report the alleged abuser to the authorities. Now, there have been big changes in church procedures in dealing with child abuse cases and a zero tolerance policy is in place, thanks to Pope Francis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Anmerkungen zum Domspatzen-Abschlussbericht

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg Digital

[Notes on the Domspatzen final report: Over two years after lawyer Ulrich Weber jumped into a basin, the depth of which he did not know, he came up with an outstanding final report. Its importance is to be assessed all the more highly, since its diocesan clients, with their temporal, local, and personnel restrictions relative to the Domspatzen institutions, apparently did not strive for a comprehensive explanation, but rather strove for an act of liberation and probably a tactical pacification of the publicly affected victims.]

Von Robert Werner

Über zwei Jahren nachdem Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber in ein Becken sprang, dessen Tiefe er nicht kannte, ist er mit einem herausragenden Abschlussbericht aufgetaucht. Seine Bedeutung ist umso höher zu bewerten, da seine diözesanen Auftraggeber mit ihren zeitlichen, örtlichen und personellen Einschränkungen bezogen auf die Domspatzen-Einrichtungen offenbar keine umfassende Aufklärung angestrebt, sondern eher einen Befreiungsschlag und wohl eine taktische Befriedung der öffentlich aufgetretenen Betroffenen angestrebt haben. Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung.

Der neulich veröffentlichte Abschlussbericht von Rechtsanwalt Ulrich Weber („Vorfälle von Gewaltausübung an Schutzbefohlenen bei den Regensburger Domspatzen“) hat die Debattenlage in Regensburg wesentlich verändert. Seine sehr reichhaltige Materialfülle und wichtigen Ergebnisse sind von wegweisender Bedeutung und dürften das diffamierende Gerede, die öffentliche auftretende Betroffenen seien vor allem Kirchenfeinde, geldgierige Figuren und oder Trittbrettfahrer, zumindest eindämmen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Guam clergy story reaches national audience

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Guam’s clergy abuse scandal reaches a national audience Saturday in a story published by USA TODAY.

The story, available at usatoday.com, will also be published in the print edition of the newspaper next week.

Guam residents are familiar with the allegations of clergy sex abuse, which have made headlines for more than a year on island, and which started with accusations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Nearly 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal and local court, accusing clergy members or others associated with the Catholic Church on Guam of sexually abusing children decades ago.

The USA TODAY story summarizes the issue for a national audience, including interviews with church experts and Guam residents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Victims' Plea: Place Rapist Ex-Priest in a Secured Treatment Center

MASSACHUSETTS
Care 2 Petitions

On Friday, July the 28th, Mr. Paul Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese sex abuse scandal, has been released from prison. He will not be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet, and will not be staying in a secure treatment facility.

The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. Please sign this petition to urge the Boston Archdiocese and the State of Boston to insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.

Many survivors of priest sexual abuse around the world are very disturbed by this news. Age and prison time do not cure pedophilia. Mr. Shanley has a long history of rampant child sexual abuse, much of which was covered up by the Church. Pedophile priests are a very real danger, a threat to women, men and children, especially young boys. Hurting a child like that scars them forever.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.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

13K Want Newton Priest Paul Shanley In Secure Treatment Facility

MASSACHUSETTS
Patch

[the petition]

By Jenna Fisher (Patch Staff) - Updated August 4, 2017

NEWTON, MA — Now that he's out of prison, more than 13,000 people want the 86-year old former priest convicted of raping a small boy while he was a pastor at Newton's St. Jean L'Evangeliste church to get special treatment.

Thousands of people from near and far have signed a Care2 petition asking the state and the Boston Archdiocese put the former priest, Paul Shanley, who was released after serving 12 years in prison for raping a boy while he was head of a Newton church, in a secure treatment center.

He will now begin 10 years of supervised probation, but Matan Uziel who started the petition says it’s not enough. (( Follow the Newton Patch for all the latest news on Newton))

Uziel, founder of Real Women, Real Stories, a video project that seeks to promote awareness of the hardships women face, says he is concerned because prison does not treat pedophilia, and because Shanley will not be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Another Russian Connection: The Pope and Putin

UNITED STATES
The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

August 5, 2017 by Betty Clermont

The most powerful man in the Vatican after Pope Francis, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will make an “historic visit” to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of August “with the aim of improving Holy See relations both with the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church.” The trip “will also pave the way for a potential visit by Pope Francis which some believe could happen as early as next year,” according to Vatican reporter Edward Pentin.

Pope Francis has met Putin twice at the Vatican in November 2013 and June 2015.
In February 2016, the pope made a stop at the José Martí airport in Havana on his way to Mexico for a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. That meeting would not have happened “without a green light from Putin.”

Pope Francis said that Metropolitan Archbishop Hilarion, foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, “has come many times to speak with me.”

“One of the most skilled and experienced Vatican diplomats,” Archbishop Celestino Migliore, was appointed as the pope’s ambassador to Russia in May 2016 after serving as his ambassador to the United Nations, reported Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci.

Migliore’s predecessor in Moscow, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, was then assigned as ambassador to the UN in Geneva. The “widespread saying among Vatican diplomats” is that “Geneva is where the UN headquarters’ decisions are prepared” and Jurkovic “knows very well the Russian world and its sensitivities,” Gagliarducci attested.

Before Jurkovic, Archbishop Antonio Mennini was the papal representative to Moscow from 2002 to 2010. (The Vatican and Russia established full diplomatic relations in 2009.) Mennini was made an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State in January 2017.

Within two months of Pope Francis’ election, Putin appointed Alexander Avdeev as his ambassador to the Vatican. Avdeev was Russia’s deputy Foreign Affairs minister from 1998 to 2002, special ambassador and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Paris until 2008 and then the Kremlin Minister of Culture until his appointment to the Vatican.

In view of the above, it would be safe to say that the Vatican is closer to Russia than any other country and the Russian Orthodox Church more than any other religion.

TRADITIONAL VALUES

Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor at Reuters, explained the alliance between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. “With strong financial backing from oligarchs, [the Russian Orthodox Church’s] global reach amounts to a network of the new Russian presence around the world, parallel to Moscow’s embassies and trade missions.”

Under Putin, “the Church has developed into a thriving institution that works closely with the Kremlin to promote common interests.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Prosecutors seek to move up former priest's trial date

ILLINOIS
The Beacon-News

Dan Campana
Aurora Beacon-News

With custody issues seemingly settled at the moment for Alfredo Pedraza-Arias, the former Aurora priest accused of sexually abusing two young girls, Kane County prosecutors plan to go to before a judge Monday to ask for an earlier trial date than scheduled, court records show.

Recently, Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson ordered Arias to stand trial beginning Sept. 18 on multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving two girls who were under the age of 6 when, according to prosecutors, Arias fondled them at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora between 2012 and 2014. He was charged in February 2016.

The case took a turn in May when, while free on bond, Arias was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. A few weeks later, a federal judge ordered Arias to be deported to his native Colombia. That move prompted prosecutors to ask Abrahamson to revoke or increase Arias' bail, which she did by $100,000 in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Former Ararat priest Ryan fails to appear in court over rape charges

AUSTRALIA
Ararat Advertiser

A former Ararat Catholic parish priest accused of historic child sexual abuse in regional and suburban Victoria has not appeared in court for health reasons.

Paul David Ryan, 68, was summoned to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday on seven charges including rape and indecent assault at Warrnambool and the Melbourne suburb of Lower Plenty in the 1980s.

At least some of the allegations relate to a victim aged 16 and 17 at the time.

The court was told Ryan, now living in Western Australia, has prostate cancer and could not be in court for health reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Push on to let older sex abuse victims sue institutions

GEORGIA
Joplin Globe

By Jill Nolin | CNHI State Reporter Aug 4, 2017

ATLANTA – Victims of child sexual abuse will have more time to pursue legal action against their abuser and, in some cases, the institutions that failed to protect them as children, under a bill that awaits state lawmakers.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, seeks to build on a 2015 measure that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations and allowed older victims to come forward and take their abuser to civil court.

State law gives victims until they 23 years old to file a civil lawsuit. That age cut-off was suspended for two years, during which time 13 cases were filed all across the state, Spencer said.

But Spencer said those cases have revealed a major flaw in the 2015 bill, known as the Hidden Predator Act: These older victims could not go after the institutions that may have covered up the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

August 4, 2017

Uncovered allegations a 'violation' of trust in church

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is outraged to learn the note-taker of the Vatican tribunal involved in the canonical trial of suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron had been accused of sexual harassment in 2014 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rev. Justin Wachs is accused of sexually harassing a female employee of the Sioux Falls Diocese in 2014.

"The presence of Father Wachs, without his disclosing the accusations against him to the survivors, their attorneys and the Catholic faithful – was a complete violation of that trust," said SNAP Western Regional Leader Joelle Casteix.

Keloland Investigates, a television program in Sioux Falls, uncovered the allegations and interviewed the parish employee. The woman accused Wachs of inappropriately touching and speaking with her on multiple occasions, and said the priest resigned and sought medical treatment after certain parameters had been set for his contact with her.

"We believe this violation proves once again that neither the Vatican nor its representatives take Apuron's alleged sexual abuse of children seriously," Casteix said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Catholic Church Embroiled In Nearly 100 Lawsuits Over Sexual Abuse In Guam

UNITED STATES
The Daily Caller

JOSHUA GILL

Nearly 100 lawsuits alleging sexual abuses over four decades were filed against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America in Guam, beginning in 2016.

Ninety-six lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana as a defendant, while 52 lawsuits named the Boy Scouts of America as a codefendant for enabling the priests to continue their abuse, according to a Friday report from USA Today’s Pacific Daily News (PDF). The allegations of sexual abuse span from 1955 to 1994, and involve an archbishop, 13 priest (one of whom was also a Boy Scout leader), and a janitor and a teacher from a Catholic school.

The population of Guam, a U.S. island territory, is 85 percent Catholic, with a total of 26 parishes on the island. The ongoing legal battle bears echoes of the Boston sex abuse scandal uncovered in 2002 by the Boston Globe, but Guam’s scandal goes deeper. Guam has a population of fewer than 163,000, with 59 lawsuits per 100,000 people in this case, compared to 12 lawsuits per 100,000 in the Boston scandal. The Catholic church’s influence in Guam goes far beyond the walls of the cathedrals, as certain priests allegedly wield political power rivaled only by the local military.

Many of the instances of sexual abuse alleged in these lawsuits previously went unreported, as the defendants allegedly used their positions as figures of spiritual and political authority to prey on vulnerable children. Those allegedly abused said the piety of the local population and the threat of retribution from their local church authorities discouraged them from telling anyone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Former pastor back for court

ARKANSAS
Harrison Daily

Friday, August 4, 2017

By JAMES L. WHITE jamesw@harrisondaily.com

Larry Berkley, the former Harrison pastor facing numerous charges regarding abuse of juveniles, was booked back into the Boone County Jail late Wednesday on those charges.

A Harrison Police daily log of activity shows Boone County authorities contacted the HPD about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for warrant confirmation on Berkley, 38, for sexual solicitation, four counts of first-degree sexual assault, seven counts of second-degree sexual assault, six counts of knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of loaning pornography to minors.

The log said the warrant was confirmed valid and he remained incarcerated with a hold for the HPD.

Berkley is accused of allowing minors and juveniles go to his house to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. In addition, he is accused of sexually assaulting young males, all over 14 but under 18, and allowing them to watch pornography.

One of the victims told police Berkley had taken him to the funeral home where he worked part time and showed him a dead body. The victim said Berkley had stored marijuana in a very expensive casket he didn’t think people could afford to buy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Pastor accused of rape liked to show kids dead bodies – and had casket full of weed: police

ARKANSAS
Raw Story

BOB BRIGHAM
04 AUG 2017

A Baptist pastor who has been charged for child rape in multiple states is back in jail in Arkansas.

The Boone County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office booked Pastor Larry Berkley on charges of failure to appear, the latest in a three year legal battle against the former pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Harrison, AR.

“A Harrison Police daily log of activity shows Boone County authorities contacted the HPD about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for warrant confirmation on Berkley, 38, for sexual solicitation, four counts of first-degree sexual assault, seven counts of second-degree sexual assault, six counts of knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of loaning pornography to minors,” the Harrison Daily reports.

Berkley is accused of furnishing drugs and alcohol to teenage boys that he sexually assaulted.

After posting bond in Arkansas, Pastor Berkley was indicted by a Lauderdale County, Tennessee grand jury on two counts of rape, four counts of aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure. The charges date to the time Berkley worked as a pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Henning, Tennessee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien accused of sexual abuse

ARIZONA
12 News

William Pitts, KPNX August 04, 2017

PHOENIX - A Tucson man alleges Bishop Emeritus Thomas J. O'Brien sexually abused him more than 35 years ago.

O'Brien has already admitted to helping cover up suspected pedophile priest, but this is the first lawsuit to allege O'Brien was personally responsible for abuse. O'Brien stepped down as bishop in 2003.

The lawsuit, filed by a Tucson man going only by "Joseph W.", alleges O'Brien molested him between 1977 and 1982, when the boy was in second to fifth grades. The lawsuit was filed in September of 2016.

"The abuse often took place before or during church services attended by Joseph W. and his family," the lawsuit claims, "and under the guise of Bishop O'Brien showing Joseph W. how to assist with some aspect of the ceremony."

The lawsuit alleges the abuse happened at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School.4, 2017

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Priest accused of child sex crimes bonds out of jail

KANSAS
KSHB

[with video]

KANSAS CITY, Kans. -
A local priest accused of child sex crimes is back in Kansas after his recent arrest in Maryland.

Father Scott Kallal was in Maryland for counseling, but he was accused of inappropriately touching a young girl while serving at Saint Patrick Church in Kansas City, Kansas.

He has been charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Thursday night, Kallal was booked into the Wyandotte county jail on $250,000 bond. Friday, though, Kallal had his first appearance and a judge reduced his bond to $50,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Catholic priest facing child sex charges returns to Kansas City area

KANSAS
The Kansas City Star

BY TONY RIZZO
trizzo@kcstar.com

AUGUST 04, 2017

A Catholic priest charged in Wyandotte County in a child sex case has been returned from Maryland where he was arrested last month.

The Rev. Scott Kallal, 35, was booked into the Wyandotte County Detention Center Thursday night and is being held on a bond of $250,000.

Kallal is charged in Wyandotte County District Court with two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The incidents allegedly occurred in 2015, according to prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Abuse victim says the law protects paedophiles and needs to change

UNITED KINGDOM
Hull Daily Mail

BY DAVID SPEREALL
4 AUG 2017

A man who was sexually abused by Catholic priests in an East Yorkshire children's home is marching to Downing Street to campaign for a change in the law in how alleged victims are treated by the courts.

Darren Furness, 52, was one of a number of children to have suffered abuse at St William's Catholic School in Market Weighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Former headmaster James Carragher and the school's then chaplain Anthony McCallen were jailed for a total of 24 years when the cases of 18 victims were brought to Leeds Crown Court in January 2016.

It came after the biggest child abuse investigation ever undertaken by Humberside Police.

Now Mr Furness is marching to the Prime Minister's official residence to ask for a public inquiry into the crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

‘Molest me, Father, for I have sinned’

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS ON AUGUST 5, 2017

OF the figures in the Catholic Church, it is the parish priest who works at the grassroots. He is tasked to counsel those who are lost and those who are last. He is the representative of Rome with the people. He receives confessions from the sinners and gives communion to the faithful. He directly touches and ministers to his flock. His position embodies not only one that is holy, but also one that is trusted.

Thus, it is utterly offensive that a priest should be the one who should break that trust, and undermine his representation of the sacred.

This is the sin of that priest who now stands accused of violating the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act, after he was arrested for allegedly procuring the services of a 13-year-old sex worker whom he was caught taking to a motel.,

That the girl was a minor, and that her pimp was also a minor, only affirm what is fairly known. Child prostitution is already pervasive, where boys and girls render sexual services for as low as the cost of a mobile phone loads.

These are loud indictments of moral decadence, things which adults, more so spiritual leaders like priests, must address.

And this is where the crime of this priest becomes more repugnant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Difunden que el cardenal Norberto Rivera compareció ante la PGR

MEXICO
e-Consulta

[Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera appeared last week before the Special Prosecutor for Violence Against Women and Trafficking in Persons (Fevimtra) of the PGR. Armando Martínez Gómez , president of the Association of Catholic Lawyers, said Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera attended a judicial proceeding because former priest Alberto Athié denounced him for covering up 15 priests accused of pedophilia.]

El cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera compareció la semana pasada ante la Fiscalía Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas (Fevimtra) de la PGR.

Armando Martínez Gómez, presidente del Colegio de Abogados Católicos, afirmó que el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera asistió a una diligencia judicial, debido a que el ex sacerdote Alberto Athié lo denunció por encubrir a 15 sacerdotes acusados de pederastia.

El presidente del Colegio de Abogados Católicos le dijo al portal Noticias MVS que el cardenal compareció en calidad de persona investigada, no como imputado, y que su declaración la realizó en su oficina, debido a que es una persona de la tercera edad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Insurance firm denies it advised Church to cut ties with sex abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
Gloucestershire Live

BY ANDREW MERRELL
4 AUG 2017

Ecclesiastical Insurance has vehemently denied it advised the Church of England to sever ties with sex abuse victims after compensation has been paid and stressed its independence.

The Church withdrew support for victims of abuse on the advice of its insurers, Ecclesiastical, according to an independent report by child safeguarding specialist Ian Elliot.

Mr Elliot’s independent review into the case said the insurance firm’s advice has “directly conflicted” with the pastoral and compassionate duties of the church and “financial interests were allowed to impact practice”.

One victim who was paid £35,000 compensation after being raped by a member of the clergy in the 1970s blamed the Gloucester-headquartered insurer for the church cutting ties with him.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury - the most senior bishop of the Church of England – is said to have accepted in full the findings of the review.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Bilder und Videos mit Kinderpornografie Pädophiler Pfarrer aus Braunsbedra verurteilt

DEUTSCHLAND
Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

[Pictures and videos with child pornography: Pedophile priest from Braunsbedra, diocese Magdeburg is condemned.]

Von Diana Dünschel

Braunsbedra -
Der ehemalige katholische Pfarrer von Braunsbedra ist wegen des Besitzes kinderpornografischer Schriften zu einer Freiheitsstrafe von einem Jahr auf Bewährung verurteilt worden. Der Strafbefehl des Amtsgerichtes Merseburg ist rechtskräftig. Außerdem wurde gegen den Mann ein Ausbildungs- und Beschäftigungsverbot von Jugendlichen ausgesprochen. Er darf damit Kindern und Jugendlichen zum Beispiel keine Anweisungen mehr erteilen oder sie unterrichten. Das teilte Staatsanwalt Dennis Cernota auf Nachfrage der MZ mit.

Die Ermittlungen der Staatsanwaltschaft hatten aufgrund des umfangreichen Materials an Daten, die bei dem Pfarrer gefunden wurden, sehr lange gedauert. USB-Sticks, Festplatten und Digitalkameras mussten ausgewertet werden. Die beschlagnahmte Technik umfasste insgesamt 46 Terrabyte, das entspricht zirka 46.000 Gigabytes oder einer Speicherkapazität von mehr 9,6 Millionen Musiktiteln. „Eine überwältigende Menge“, wie Dennis Cernota sagte. Letztlich verurteilt wurde der Angeklagte aufgrund des Besitzes von mindestens 30.000 Bilddateien und knapp 300 Videodateien mit Kinderpornografie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Kirche braucht auch künftig Druck der Öffentlichkeit

OSTERREICH
Katholisch

[Christian churches also need the media public as a "critical corrective" seven years after the exposure of the abuse crisis. This was underscored by Marianne Heimbach-Steins, a social ethics professor from Münster, during a lecture at the "Salzburg University Week".]

Die christlichen Kirchen brauchen auch sieben Jahre nach der Aufdeckung der Missbrauchskrise weiterhin die mediale Öffentlichkeit als "kritisches Korrektiv": Das hat die Münsteraner Sozialethikerin Marianne Heimbach-Steins bei einem Vortrag im Rahmen der "Salzburger Hochschulwochen" unterstrichen. So wie die jahrzehntelange kirchliche Praxis der Vertuschung und des Herunterspielens der Missbrauchsfälle nur durch eine öffentliche Aufdeckung durchbrochen werden konnte, so brauche es weiterhin das wache Auge der Medien und einer kritischen Öffentlichkeit: "Kirche ist auf das kritische Potenzial der Öffentlichkeit angewiesen, um Strukturen der Sünde in ihr aufzudecken und zu überwinden", so die Theologin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Priester (55) hatte Sex mit 13-Jähriger - Festnahme

PHILIPPINEN
Heute

Priest (55) had sex with 13-year-olds: A Catholic priest has been arrested in the Philippines for sexual abuse of a child. His victim is only 13 years old.]

Der Priester soll das Mädchen bereits mehrere Male über einen Zuhälter bestellt haben, teilte die Polizei am Dienstag mit. Die Mutter des Kindes meldete den Zuhälter bei den Beamten und erstattete Anzeige.

Die Festnahme des 55-Jährigen ereignete sich bereits am Freitag im Zuge einer Polizeiaktion. Der Priester brachte das kleine Mädchen gerade in ein Motel, vermutlich um mit ihr Geschlechtsverkehr zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 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 accusations?]

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 10:33 AM

S*X STATT SEGEN – WENN PRIESTER KINDER MISSBRAUCHEN UND DIE KIRCHE ES VERTUSCHT

DEUTSCHLAND
Bash

[S * x instead of blessings - When priests abused children and the church hushed it up. The German Basic Law allows the church to have its own legal system and to sort out cases of any kind internally so that they do not penetrate the outside world. Sexual assaults on children are omnipresent in the Catholic Church.]

Ich war sein kleiner Liebling. Jeden Abend schlich er sich leise in den großen Schlafsaal des katholischen Jungeninternats, setzte sich auf mein Bett und strich mir zärtlich über die Wange. Dann küsste er mich, legte sich zu mir und schob langsam seine Hand in meine Hose. Er begann mich zu berühren und ich spürte ihn an meiner Hüfte hart werden. Dann nahm er meine Hand und zwang mich, ihn anzufassen. So lange, bis er gekommen war. Dann ging er und ich schwieg. Jahrelang. Damals verstand ich nicht, wieso alle um mich herum behaupteten, dass er ein guter Mensch sei. Tun gute Menschen so etwas? Oder sind sie nur gut, weil sie Priester sind, egal was sie uns wirklich antun? Und wie kann es sein, dass so viel vertuscht wird?!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Missbrauchsermittlungen gegen Sekte in Sizilien

ITALIEN
Katholisch

[In Sicily, an allegedly Catholic organization is investigeated. The head of the association is called "archangel" and is said to have forced minors to engage in sexual acts.]

In Sizilien wird gegen eine vorgeblich katholische Organisation ermittelt. Der Leiter der Vereinigung bezeichnet sich als "Erzengel" und soll Minderjährige zu sexuellen Handlungen gezwungen haben.

Missbrauch | Catania - 04.08.2017

Vier Mitglieder der Organisation "Associazione Cattolica Cultura ed ambiente" ("Katholische Vereinigung für Kultur und Umwelt"), darunter ihr Vorsitzender, wurden in Sizilien wegen des Verdachts auf sexuellen Missbrauch Minderjähriger verhaftet. Die Festnahme fand italienischen Medien zufolge bereits am Montag im sizilianischen Aci Bonaccorsi statt. Der Leiter, Pietro C., bezeichnet sich Medienberichten zufolge selbst als "Erzengel" und habe der Organisation eine sektenartige Struktur gegeben. Dem Laien wird vorgeworfen, mindestens sechs weibliche minderjährige Mitglieder seiner Organisation zu sexuellen Handlungen gezwungen zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Law Enforcement Officials in Maryland Are Now Studying Six Unsolved Murders with “Possible Links” To Sex Abuse At a Former Girls’ Catholic High School in Baltimore City

MARYLAND
Inside Baltimore

—All six of the still-unsolved killings may be connected
to rapes by two “serial abuser-priests” at former Archbishop Keough High School, investigators say.

“That’s beyond coincidence – something’s going on.”
–A Top Maryland Law Enforcement Official, July 2017

By Tom Nugent

BALTIMORE – More than four decades after the still-unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun who was reportedly killed while attempting to blow the whistle on widespread sexual abuse at her Catholic girls’ high school, law enforcement officials in Maryland say they’re concerned about new findings that may link six different unsolved murders to two priests who were involved in the abuse during the late 1960s and much of the 1970s.

“This [new information] is deeply troubling and it absolutely should be checked out,” said one former high-ranking law enforcement investigator in Maryland recently, after reviewing the new findings by Inside Baltimore. Added the now-retired officer: “As a former investigator, I’m concerned that there may be a pattern here which points to involvement by the abusing priests.”

Another top law enforcement official in Maryland said after learning about new information related to the cold cases: “That’s beyond coincidence – something’s going on and these unsolved murders should be reviewed carefully.”

Three of the unsolved murder victims were teenaged girls and another was a 14-year-old boy. The nun was 26 at the time of her death, and Joyce Malecki was only 20 years old when she died. Malecki’s still-unsolved murder took place only a few days after the disappearance of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik in November of 1969.

All but one of the killings, which occurred between 1969 and 1981, involved victims with alleged ties to two priests involved in the abuse – Father A. Joseph Maskell and Father Edward Neil Magnus, both of whom taught at the former Archbishop Keough High School in southwest Baltimore – or to two Catholic Baltimore-area parishes (St. Clement in Lansdowne and Our Lady of Victory in Catonsville) where Maskell served or lived frequently for many of the years during the 11-year period of the unsolved murders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Lawsuit by victim of Catholic priest should have a trial date soon

CANADA
Sudbury.com

by: Darren MacDonald

A $5 million lawsuit by one of the molestation victims of a Catholic priest in Sudbury will be back in court this fall to set a trial date.

The victim, now 61, was just 12 years old when he attended St. Charles College in the late 1960s, where Fr. William Hodgson Marshall was a teacher and sports coach. The sexual assaults lasted for more than a year, and, in the statement of claim, the victim says he was expelled from the school for reporting the abuse to school officials.

Marshall was convicted in 2011 of indecent assault of 15 boys and one girl, and of sexually assaulting another boy. Six of his victims are from Sudbury, while most of the others are from Toronto or Windsor. He died in 2014.

Named in the lawsuit are Marshall, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, the Basilian Fathers, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Bishop Ronald Fabbro, a former head of the Basilians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Clonkeen College to take legal action against Christian Brothers over land dispute

IRELAND
Breaking News

03/08/2017

The board of a south side school is taking a case against the Christian Brothers in a row over its playing fields.

7 and a half acres of land at Clonkeen College in Deansgrange is being sold, in a deal reportedly worth €18m.

The religious congregation owes money to a redress scheme for survivors of clerical abuse.

But principal Edward Melly has said the sale has not closed and they are taking legal action to block it.

The case will be filed based on an agreement made with the Brothers in 2006 which guaranteed the land for the schools use.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

US CHURCH DENIES FORMER MEMBERS' ALLEGATIONS OF FORCED LABOR

NORTH CAROLINA
Associated Press

BY MITCH WEISS
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- An evangelical North Carolina sect that is the focus of an ongoing Associated Press investigation has issued a statement denying former members' allegations that they were brought to the U.S. from congregations in Brazil and forced to work for little or no pay.

The statement, issued by Word of Faith Fellowship attorney Josh Farmer, comes a week after the AP published reports about what dozens of former members described as a human pipeline from two churches in Brazil to the sect's headquarters in rural Spindale, North Carolina.

"We are appalled to learn of the allegations published by the Associated Press regarding foreign members of our church being 'enslaved,'" the statement read. "Many of these allegations are obviously preposterous on their face and they are all false. It is ludicrous that people now claim they were in an abusive environment at our church but admit that they traveled from Brazil to the United States many different times, returning repeatedly to their place of alleged enslavement."

Word of Faith Fellowship and both churches in Brazil had not responded to numerous requests for comment before publication of the AP's stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

No jail for pervy priest who filmed men in toilets

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday World

A "well-regarded" clergyman who filmed men using a public toilet in a shopping centre has been sentenced to a suspended four-month jail term.

The Very Rev Martin Thrower admitted two counts of voyeurism at an earlier hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

William Carter, prosecuting, said the 56-year-old rector was caught when a 17-year-old heard a noise above him as he sat on the toilet at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The teenager saw someone's hand holding a mobile phone that was filming him over the cubicle partition. He grabbed the phone and Thrower was arrested.

Judge Katharine Moore, sentencing on Thursday, told Thrower he had been "well-regarded" by those he helped, adding he had been a listening ear "in times of great sadness and some in happier times".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Abuse survivors tell C of E: Insurer Ecclesiastical must lose say

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by TIM WYATT 28 JULY 2017

TWO survivors of sexual abuse in the Church of England have demanded that the Church overhaul its process for handling abuse claims, and have criticised its relationship with its insurer, Ecclesiastical.

The survivors say that they were treated poorly, and that their pastoral care and counselling were cut off, because of an overly defensive approach and legal advice from Ecclesiastical.

The survivors are: Gilo, a man who was sexually assaulted by the late Garth Moore, a former diocesan chancellor (News, 4 December 2015); and Teresa Cooper, who blew the whistle on the decades of abuse at a C of E-run children’s home, Kendall House, in Kent (News, 15 July 2016).

Gilo does not want his surname published, to protect his identity, and was previously known only by the pseudonym “Joe”.

After he made a compensation claim against the Church, having tried for years to report his ordeal, with little response, the pastoral support finally being offered to him was temporarily cut off. An independent review of the case concluded that this was because of incorrect advice from Ecclesiastical (News, 18 March 2016).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Putting abuse survivors first

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

04 AUGUST 2017

John Titchener responds to recent criticism of Ecclesiastical’s handling of claims

THERE has been much recent discussion in the media about Ecclesiastical’s handling of abuse claims brought against the Church of England, with particular focus on the experience of one survivor at the centre of the Church of England’s Elliott review (News, 28 July).

As the only insurer to publish our approach on handling abuse claims, we believe in making the claims-handling process transparent and understandable. Recent media discussion has misrepresented our claims process to such an extent that we feel we must put the record straight.

Child abuse is reprehensible and traumatising. We agree with the broad thrust of the Elliott review in promoting the needs of survivors and the importance of listening to them. But its assertion that Ecclesiastical instructed the Church of England to deny a survivor pastoral care is untrue. Unfortunately, we were not asked to participate in the review, and so had no opportunity to provide the evidence that showed this. On the contrary, we have always been clear that pastoral care and counselling can and should continue in parallel with an insurance claim.

This inaccuracy has led to broader misperceptions among victims and survivors about what actually happened, about how abuse claims are managed, about our own claims-handling record, the nature of our business, and our independence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Former Santa Barbara altar boy alleges abuse

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 3, 2017

A former altar boy at Santa Barbara Catholic Church has filed a civil lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused when he was 10. He filed the lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Raymond Cepeda.

A.C.J., who filed using initials to protect his identity, alleges Cepeda sexually molested and abused him while he served as an altar boy at the Dededo parish in 1980.

Cepeda was the priest at Santa Barbara Church in the early '80s and resided at the rectory.

The plaintiff, who is represented by attorney David Lujan, alleges that one day after Mass and cleaning the church, Cepeda instructed the boy to follow him to the sacristy.

Cepeda allegedly fondled and raped the boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Youth pastor accused of molesting child in ministry

FLORIDA
ABC Action News

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - Hillsborough County deputies arrested a youth pastor accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl who knew him through his ministry that he runs out of his home.

Court documents say the girl was spending the weekend at 43-year-old Timothy Peterkin's home. After playing outside with some neighborhood children, she asked Peterkin for some medicinal cream for an allergic reaction on her legs. The report says Peterkin took the girl into his bathroom, applied the ointment and asked her to take her shorts off to see if the reaction was on other parts of her body. The pastor is then accused of placing the child on his lap and putting his hands in her underwear.

Peterkin didn't wish to speak with ABC Action News on camera or in detail about the accusations, saying he would be willing to talk after the legal process is handled. However, Peterkin did deny the allegations, saying he believes someone has a vendetta against him.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says, due to his position as a youth pastor, they are looking into the possibility of more victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Disgraced priest Yvon Arsenault will plead not guilty to new sex charge

CANADA
CBC News

By Gabrielle Fahmy, CBC News Posted: Aug 03, 2017

Disgraced catholic priest Yvon Arsenault will pleading not guilty to a new charge of indecent assault.

Arsenault is already serving four years behind bars. He was sentenced in February after he pleaded guilty to molesting nine young boys in the seventies, when he was priest around Shediac and Collette.

The boys were all between nine and 17 years-old.

Arsenault was almost unrecognizable as he appeared in Moncton provincial court Thursday to elect a mode of trial in front of judge Troy Sweet.

He looked around the courtroom appearing confused after being brought in to the prisoner's box by a sheriff.

He was wearing a blue T-shirt, had grown a beard and appeared heavier since going to prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Anglican vicar arrested at Sunshine church faces court on child porn charges

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Emily Woods

An Anglican vicar who enjoys acting and writing in his spare time has appeared in court on child pornography charges, after he was arrested at his church in suburban Melbourne during a police raid.

Father Philip John Murphy, 52, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with 10 offences allegedly committed in East Burwood over five months, from September last year to February this year.

Detectives searched the Holy Apostles' Anglican Church, on Anderson Road in Sunshine West, on Thursday morning and arrested Father Murphy.

Police said the arrest was part of a 12-month investigation into online child exploitation, by the joint anti-child exploitation team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

'Miracle babies' pastor Gilbert Deya extradited to Kenya, to face child trafficking charges

KENYA
The Star

Controversial preacher Gilbert Deya, 65, has been extradited to Kenya to face child trafficking charges.

Deya arrived at 5 am on Friday aboard a KQ flight.

This is after his appeal over the extradition request was rejected by a UK court.

The preacher runs an evangelical church in Peckham, south-east London.

He has been on the list of most wanted persons for human trafficking since 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Adass: Kluwgant not principal

AUSTRALIA
The Austrlaian Jewish News

The Adass Israel School appears to have backflipped on its appointment of Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant as principal.

In June, Abe Weiszberger, Adass board secretary wrote to all staff informing them that Rabbi Kluwgant would assume the role of principal and CEO next year. Several victims of child sexual abuse were outraged at the appointment. While there has never been any claim or implication that Rabbi Kluwgant acted inappropriately with children himself, concerns were raised over how he had previously handled issues related to child sexual abuse.

Dassi Erlich, an abuse victim of former Adass principal Malka Leifer, met with the board last week and was informed that Rabbi Kluwgant’s position is not secure.

Weiszberger told Erlich, who was accompanied by former Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu that Rabbi Kluwgant is currently “a consultant” and that he would only take over as principal if victims’ advocacy group Tzedek gave Adass “the go ahead”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Ex-priest not in Vic court due to health

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A former Catholic priest accused of historic child sexual abuse in regional and suburban Victoria has not appeared in court for health reasons.

Paul David Ryan, 68, was summonsed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday on seven charges including rape and indecent assault at Warrnambool and the Melbourne suburb of Lower Plenty in the 1980s.

At least some of the allegations relate to a victim aged 16 and 17 at the time.

The court was told Ryan, now living in Western Australia, has prostate cancer and could not be in court for health reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Tables have turned: priest involved in investigating Apuron now accused of sexual harassment

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 04, 2017

By Krystal Paco

One of the priests charged with investigating Guam's Archbishop Anthony Apuron now faces accusations of sexual harassment himself. Could this compromise Apuron's ongoing canonical trial? It depends on who you ask, as this now has two leading clergy sex abuse victim advocates at odds with one another.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron may be undergoing a canonical trial in Rome, but its Father Justin Wachs, one of the men involved in investigating Apuron, who's now in the spotlight. On Friday, Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Western Regional Leader Joelle Casteix firing at the Vatican for failing to put victims first.

According to South Dakota's Keloland TV, Father Wachs is subject to allegations of sexual harassment. His accuser alleges that in 2014 the priest touched her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable and sent suggestive texts. Wachs then resigned and was assigned to Rome.

Among his duties - serving as notary for the Tribunal - the group tasked with investigating Apuron in light of four allegations of clergy sex abuse.

Wachs, and other Vatican officials met one by one with Apuron's accusers in closed door meetings earlier this year.

"We were horribly dismayed to find this out," said Casteix. "This is a horrible breach of trust. We believe that this puts the entire canonical trial in some state of limbo. How can we trust the process if these are the men they put in charge?" She added, "Those victims were not notified. They were not told that Wachs had these allegations against him. The victims were not allowed to have their attorneys present - they were told that the men in the interview were trustworthy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Priest on Apuron investigation accused of sexual harassment

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Janela Carrera - August 4, 2017

“The Vatican is full of notaries. They could’ve chosen a million other ones to go to Guam. They didn’t have to choose Justin Wachs.” — Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director.

Guam – An alarming twist has surfaced in the canonical trial of Archbishop Anthony Apuron–Father Justin Wachs, one of the investigators from the Vatican who worked on Apuron’s sex abuse case, has been previously accused of sexual harassment but this was never disclosed before Father Wachs paid the Archdiocese of Agana a visit back in February.

Father Wachs was among three Vatican officials who visited Guam back in February with the goal of taking depositions from the alleged victims of ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron. His role was as a notary—essentially, a note taker.

While no statements were taken during that trip, the tribunal eventually took depositions from other Apuron accusers in the mainland and Hawaii. As it turns out, Father Wachs is no stranger to allegations of sexual misconduct himself. Back in 2014, Wachs was accused of sexual harassment by a parish employee in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“We have copies of the letters he wrote the woman. We have memos of the meetings where guidelines were set. We have all kinds of stuff that was laid out. We have the alleged victim’s recorded–these meetings,” said Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP or Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

96th lawsuit against church alleges rape

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Jolene Toves - August 4, 2017

A.C.J. was only 10 or 11 years old at the time he says he was raped by Raymond Cepeda.

Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana and its agents, “priests,” are charged with the protecting children who are under their care and supervision but according to the latest lawsuit filed in District Court on Thursday, this was not the case.

The latest lawsuit was filed by A.C.J. who was about 10 or 11 years old when he alleges that now-defrocked priest Raymond Cepeda sexually molested and abused him. According to court documents, A.C.J. was an altar server at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo when Cepeda took him to the sacristy, began touching and rubbing his private area before raping him.

The complaint further states that the Archdiocese knew that Cepeda had sexually abused and molested A.C.J. and other minor children for years, alleging that the Archdiocese did nothing to prevent Cepeda from engaging in additional instances of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Netflix’s ‘Keepers’ stars keep fighting for abuse survivors

UNITED STATES
Ocean City Today

By Greg Ellison | Aug 03, 2017

(Aug. 4, 2017) Since the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary series, “The Keepers,” debuted in May, Ocean City residents Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub’s campaign to solve a nearly half-century-old murder and sexual abuse scandal has gained a global audience.

The seven-part series delves into the November 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik an instructor at Archbishop Keough High School, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school in Southwest Baltimore. Two months later on Jan. 3, 1970, her body was discovered in a nearby wooded area.

Although still unsolved, former Keough alumni, including Hoskins and Schaub, have connected the Cesnik’s murder to alleged sexual abuse by Father Joseph Maskell.

Victims and others have theorized that Maskell killed Cesnik because she was about to reveal information about the abuse. He was removed from the ministry in 1994 and went to his grave in 2001 denying having any knowledge of abuse at the school. Keough was officially closed this June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

GUAM
USA Today

Haidee V Eugenio, Steve Limtiaco and Dana M Williams, Pacific Daily News Aug. 4, 2017

Editor's note: Some details in this report, while important to the understanding of the story, are graphic. Also, the USA TODAY Network does not identify alleged sexual abuse victims who do not wish to come forward.

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — It started off innocently: a 15-year-old boy helping out at San Miguel, a local church named for Archangel Michael, the leader of all angels.

There was yardwork and cleaning, followed by invitations to the rectory to eat and watch TV. Soon, there were offers to drink sacramental wine and watch X-rated movies. Then sexual assault.

More than 50 times over three years.

By the parish priest.

Those jarring allegations come from a recent lawsuit claiming assault from 1985 to 1988. It is one of nearly 100 lawsuits that describe rampant child sexual abuse by some of Guam’s most revered men: the Catholic clergy.

An investigation by the USA TODAY Network's Pacific Daily News unearthed allegations of decades of assault, manipulation and intimidation of children reared on this remote, predominantly Catholic U.S. territory. Among the accusations: a boy fondled on the way to his grandmother’s burial, and another molested for the first time on his seventh birthday, then raped or assaulted 100 more times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Da Capuana a Rotella, i segreti del “gruppo di Lavina” fra santoni e santini (elettorali)

ITALIA
La Sicilia

03/08/2017

di Mario Barresi

Ascesa e (recente) oblìo degli "acchiappavoti", ben radicati nel cenacolo, dove oggi - dopo l'inchiesta sugli abusi sessuali mascherati da riti religiosi - in molti si chiedono: «Ma dove siamo stati in tutti questi anni?».

ACI BONACCORSI - Il risveglio è un pugno nello stomaco. E una ferita nell’anima, di quelle difficili da far rimarginare. Il chiacchiericcio assurge a cronaca (nera), il pettegolezzo riposto con distratto fastidio in un armadio diventa un rimorso di coscienza. «Ma dove siamo stati in tutti questi anni?».

La domanda rimbalza fra centinaia di persone - tutte perbene - che non riescono a darsi pace. Circa cinquemila, di tutto il Catanese, i frequentatori della “Associazione cattolica cultura e ambiente” con sede ad Aci Bonaccorsi in via Roma 51. Ovvero in quella che era la casa di don Stefano Cavalli, 97 anni, parroco della chiesa di Lavina, frazione di Aci Bonaccorsi. Il sacerdote, morto a 97 anni nell’ottobre del 2015, fu il primo parroco e rettore del Santuario di Maria Ss. Ritornata. Qui tutti lo ricordano, «padre Cavalli».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

L’arcangelo Capuana violentava minorenni e guidava una comunità laica ad Aci Bonaccorsi. Arrestati in quattro VIDEO

ITALIA
Gazzettino

Il rapporto sessuale non come atto fisico, ma come ‘amore pulito, purificatore’. Era il plagio a cui sei minorenni, tre delle quali intanto diventate adulte, sarebbero state sottoposte da Piero Alfio Capuana, bancario di 75 anni in pensione, da 25 anni alla guida di una comunità laica di ispirazione cattolica che, secondo l’accusa, avrebbe violentato ragazzine di età compresa tra i 13 e 15 anni, anche con la complicità delle madri delle vittime.

E’ il quadro che emerge dall’inchiesta ’12 apostoli’ della Procura di Catania che ha portato all’arresto dell’uomo, finito in carcere, e di tre donne poste agli arresti domiciliari: Katia Concetta Scarpignato, di 57 anni, Fabiola Raciti, di 55, e Rosaria Giuffrida, di 57.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Self-proclaimed ‘Archangel’ arrested for sex abuse in Sicily

ITALY
Crux

Claire Giangravè
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

The leader of a Catholic lay organization in Sicily, who proclaimed himself to be an Archangel, was arrested August 1 for sexually abusing at least six underage girls with the help of three female accomplices. The association was founded by renowned exorcist and 'spiritual son' of Padre Pio, Father Stefano Cavalli, who died in 2015.

ROME - Sexual abuse scandals have dogged the Catholic Church this summer from Australia to Germany, with the latest coming in the small Italian town of Aci Bonaccorsi on the island of Sicily, where four members of a lay movement were arrested August 1 for conspiring to sexually abuse minors.

The lay movement in question was founded by a legendary local priest, Father Stefano Cavalli, who was a spiritual heir of Padre Pio, the famed 20th century Capuchin stigmatic and healer. So revered is Cavalli in Aci Bonaccorsi that the town’s central square is named for him.

According to the allegations, at least six young female members of the ‘Culture and Environment Catholic Association’ were coaxed into performing personal and sexual favors to its leader and Cavalli’s successor, layman Pietro Alfio Capuana, who claims to be the physical manifestation of an Archangel.

Investigations began after a concerned mother found compromising text messages sent by her 15-year-old daughter to a friend discussing the instances of abuse and later warned local authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Lawsuit Accuses Former Phoenix Bishop of Sexually Abusing Boy

ARIZONA
The New York Times

By MATT STEVENS
AUG. 4, 2017

A Roman Catholic bishop who once led the Diocese of Phoenix has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a boy decades ago, according to a lawsuit filed in Arizona Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that in the late 1970s and early ’80s, the bishop, Thomas J. O’Brien, placed his hands on the boy’s thighs, kissed him on the lips and performed oral sex on him. A hearing connected to the case was held this week, drawing additional attention to the lawsuit, which was filed last year.

In a telephone interview late Thursday, Tim Hale, the lawyer for the unidentified plaintiff, said the bishop’s acts caused his client to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and emotional distress.

The abuse, a court document said, also caused the man to repress “all memory” of what had happened.

Mr. Hale said Arizona case law allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to file claims within two years of recovering those memories, regardless of when the crimes may have occurred.

“Recovering these memories has turned his world on its head,” Mr. Hale said of his client. “He’s really concerned about his ability to provide for his family.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

August 3, 2017

Priest investigating Apuron accused of sexual harassment

GUAM
KUAM

Updated: Aug 03, 2017

By Krystal Paco

A Vatican official recently on Guam and charged with investigating Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands accused of sexual harassment.

Father Justin Wachs previously worked in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. According to Keloland TV, the alleged incidents occurred in 2014 and his accuser is a woman who worked at the parish. The woman alleges the priest would hug her daily, hold her hand, touch her leg, and touch her neck and back down to her waist. The priest also allegedly sent romantic texts during his trips away from the parish.

Wachs, however would be re-assigned to the Vatican. Among his new duties was to investigate the allegations made against Apuron.

In February, Wachs joined Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Father James Conn on Guam for Apuron's canonical trial. Though the group attempted to meet with Apuron's accusers here, they were unsuccessful. They would eventually meet with accusers in the states over the next few months. The canonical trial is near complete, as confirmed by the Archdiocese of Agana who reported a decision should be out any day now.

The matter is unsettling for SNAP's Joelle Casteix who issued a statement.

"Fr. Justin Wachs, the Notary in Archbishop Anthony Apuron's Canonical Trial, was presented to these brave survivors and the public as a trustworthy person who, survivors assumed, had never been accused of sexual misconduct. The brave men told Wachs their deeply personal stories of sexual abuse and betrayal. They trusted the Vatican and its representatives so much, that they agreed to speak without their attorneys in the room. The presence of Fr. Wachs—without his disclosing the accusations against him to the survivors, their attorneys, and the Catholic faithful—was a complete violation of that trust."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 PM

Ex-Catholic bishop of Phoenix accused of sex abuse of boy

ARIZONA
Star Tribune

By JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press AUGUST 3, 2017

PHOENIX — A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago.

Retired Bishop Thomas O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O'Brien denies the allegation.

O'Brien, now 81, led the diocese in Phoenix as it became embroiled in a global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church after allegations surfaced in Boston about pedophile priests going unpunished.

The bishop acknowledged in a 2003 immunity deal that he let church employees accused of sex abuse continue to have contact with children. Weeks after the deal, O'Brien resigned as bishop after he was arrested in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian.

O'Brien's accuser says the clergyman sexually abused him when he was a child and he had suppressed his memories of it, said Tim Hale, his lawyer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

Lawsuit accuses former Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien of abusing boy more than 35 years ago

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy and Michael Kiefer, The Republic | azcentral.com
Aug. 3, 2017

The former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, who stepped aside in 2003 after acknowledging he had protected suspected pedophile priests, faces personal accusations of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The lawsuit names Bishop Emeritus Thomas O'Brien, the Diocese of Phoenix and three Catholic churches, alleging the plaintiff was the victim of childhood sexual abuse, sexual battery, negligence and fraud.

Filed in September 2016, it accuses O'Brien, now 81, of sexually abusing the plaintiff from 1977 through 1982, when the plaintiff was a boy.

Attempts to reach O'Brien for comment were unsuccessful. No one answered the door at his residence in Phoenix, and phone calls were not returned.

The diocese released a statement from spokesman Robert DeFrancesco.

"Bishop O’Brien was never assigned to any of the parishes or schools identified in the lawsuit," it said. "Bishop O’Brien categorically denies the allegations."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM

Kin of girl ‘trafficked’ by priest moved to safehouse

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Jodee A. Agoncillo - Reporter / @jagoncilloINQ
August 04, 2017

The family of a 13-year-old girl who accused a priest of paying her for sex has been moved by the Marikina City government to another house for their own protection.

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told the Inquirer on Thursday that they decided to transfer the girl’s family to an undisclosed location after her mother reported receiving threatening phone calls from strangers.

One of the callers identified himself as a Major Rosales from Mandaluyong City who claimed he was the girl’s uncle.

According to the girl’s mother, he angrily demanded to speak to the minor and when she refused, he hinted that it would be better for them to drop the case against Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos.

Another caller also made the same request, asking the mother to not file charges “kung maaari” (if possible) against the 55-year-old parish priest of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Vatican tribunal note-taker accused of sexual harassment

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 3, 2017

The note-taker for the Vatican tribunal who came to Guam to investigate child sex abuse allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron was accused of sexual harassment in his home parish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rev. Justin Wachs, the notary and recorder for the tribunal, has faced allegations of sexual harassment filed by a former employee of the Sioux Falls Diocese, according to Keloland Investigation in South Dakota. The woman alleged Wachs inappropriately touched her and interacted with her in 2014.

According to the Keloland report, Wachs and the diocese tried to save the working relationship and establish professional boundaries between the woman and Wachs, but months later, he resigned from the parish and went on medical leave.

The Sioux Falls Diocese has paid nearly $2,000 in co-pays for the victim's counseling and medical bills as a result of the alleged harassment that Wachs, through a statement from his attorney, disputed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Consumer Watchdog Warns Big Tech Is Trying to Pull End Run Around New Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Hold Backpage.com Accountable

UNITED STATES
Consumer Watchdog

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that would protect websites like the notorious Backpage.com that facilitate child sex-trafficking.

The tech industry efforts come as Congress is taking bipartisan steps so websites like Backpage.com can be held accountable by victims and their families. Twenty-one Senators introduced a bill Tuesday, endorsed by Consumer Watchdog, amending a key Internet law to combat such abuses. A similar House bill has 101 co-sponsors.

Tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter say that law, Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act, protects Internet Freedom and are pushing for similar language in a new NAFTA deal.

“Internet freedom must not come at the expense of children who are sex trafficked,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director. “Just as the First Amendment does not allow you to shout fire in a crowded movie house, or to assist hit men and drug dealers in their criminal activity, CDA Section 230 must not be allowed to protect an exploitative business that is built on child sex-trafficking. Such language cannot be included in trade agreements."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

VATICAN CITY
The New York Times

By JASON HOROWITZ
AUG. 2, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces.

The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”

The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.

It is not clear if the article, appearing in La Civiltà Cattolica, received the pope’s direct blessing, but it was extraordinary coming from a journal that carries the Holy See’s seal of approval. There has apparently been no reprimand from the pope, who is not shy about disciplining dissenters, and La Civiltà Cattolica’s editor has promoted the article nearly every day since it was published in July. ...

Not long after Francis’ election, Vatican ambassadors briefed the pontiff about various situations around the world and suggested that he be especially careful when appointing bishops and cardinals in the United States.

“I know that already,” the pope interrupted, according to a high-ranking Vatican official familiar with the details of the conversation, who asked that his name not be used while discussing internal Vatican deliberations. “That’s where the opposition is coming from.” ...

Massimo Faggioli, a professor of historical theology at Villanova University and a contributor to liberal Catholic journals, said the Civiltà Cattolica article would “be remembered in church history as one of the most important to understand the Vatican of Francis and the United States and American Catholicism.”

American Catholicism, he argued, echoing the article’s thesis, “has become different than mainstream European Catholicism and mainstream Latin American Catholicism,” and has fallen “into the hands of the religious right.” ...

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, a standard-bearer for conservatism in America, likened the Civiltà Cattolica authors in his weekly newsletter to the “useful idiots” who supported the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. He called the article “an exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues.”

If Archbishop Chaput’s own thwarted ambitions are any indication, Francis might not agree. The pope has vexed conservatives by repeatedly declining to elevate Archbishop Chaput to the rank of cardinal, a requirement for entrance into the conclave that will choose the pontiff’s successor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Apuron’s victims: Locked in a room with a priest on a run

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

August 3, 2017 Joelle Casteix

Fr. Justin Wachs was hiding out. After getting caught sexually harassing a parishioner in 2014—touching her without permission and leaving her suggestive notes— he quit his job as pastor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Church officials thought the “geographic solution” would be best: get him as far away from Sioux Falls as possible. They even had a job for him: investigate allegations of sexual abuse.

Where did he end up? Guam and Hawaii. Locked in rooms with the victims of Archbishop Anthony Apuron … rooms where their attorney, David Lujan, was not allowed.

I have been very vocal in my criticism of the Canonical Trial of suspended Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

For those of you just catching up, Apuron has been accused of child sexual abuse by at least four boys. He’s out of the office for now, replaced by Detroit native Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes.

The trial process, which will take months—if not years—to complete, is not a criminal process like you or I know it. It is not public, there is no jury, there is no prison sentence.

In fact, I believe that in the end, the decision will be to allow Apuron to live a life of “prayer and penance” on the mainland. And I am betting that the decision will be kept secret.

What does that mean? Whatever Apuron wants it to mean.

Remember: this is not a criminal proceeding. No one is going to drag him off in handcuffs. Most likely, he will collect his retirement and frolic around the mainland, untouched.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Vic priest charged over child pornography

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

AUGUST 3, 2017

Christopher Talbot
Australian Associated Press

An Anglican priest has been charged with child pornography offences following police searches at a Melbourne church and home.

The 52-year-old was arrested on Thursday when officers visited a church at suburban Sunshine and a nearby residence, following a 12-month police investigation.

A spokesman for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne confirmed the man was a priest and said he has been "stood down by the archbishop with immediate effect."

The church will cooperate fully with the investigation, the spokesman added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Storia tra prete e donna sposata: marito risarcito, per la Chiesa sacerdote "riabilitato"

ITALIA
Giornale di Sicilia

01 Agosto 2017

L'AQUILA. Per la love story tra un sacerdote e sua moglie, un marito ha ottenuto dal Tribunale di Roma un risarcimento di 15 mila euro per la depressione in cui era piombato dopo la scoperta del tradimento: i giudici, al termine di un processo durato cinque anni, hanno però condannato solo la donna e non il prelato. Ma c'è di più: il Tribunale, nella sentenza di un anno fa passata in giudicato da sei mesi, ha respinto l'istanza risarcitoria contro il bergamasco don Vito Isacchi, che da anni si è trasferito da Roma all'Aquila, condannando il marito tradito a corrispondere all'adultero in paramenti sacri la somma di 3.200 euro.

E mentre i legali dell'uomo chiedevano alla Chiesa di adottare provvedimenti contro il prete, che secondo loro avrebbe violato il diritto canonico, considerando che nella sentenza veniva certificata, con tanto di prove fornite da un investigatore privato, la relazione extraconiugale, si scopre addirittura che per le autorità ecclesiastiche don Vito è un sacerdote "recuperato", quindi riabilitato a tutti gli effetti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Italian man awarded 15,000 euros after affair between wife and Catholic priest

ITALY
Telegraph (UK)

Josephine McKenna, in Rome
2 AUGUST 2017

An Italian priest has been forced to resign after a Rome court ordered his alleged lover to pay her estranged husband 15,000 euros (£13,400) for depression he suffered over their affair.

The court ruling came at the end of a five-year trial and is the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the Catholic Church in Italy.

Father Vito Isacchi, the priest named in the court case, tendered his resignation in the archdiocese of L’Aquila on Tuesday after news of the court ruling was made public.

The woman, who has not been named, was ordered to pay thousands of euros, 45-year-old Father Isacchi, known as ‘Don Vito’, was excused from paying any compensation as the court found him “irrelevant” to any violation of the marriage.

In a surprise ruling, the court ordered the cuckolded husband to pay 3,200 euros as a contribution towards the priest’s sacred vestments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

In solidarity with Msgr. Lagarejos

PHILIPPINES
Manila Bulletin

By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

I and some SVD confreres who know Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, a friend of mine, are shocked by the alleged accusation against him.

We deeply sympathize with him and are in deep pain and solidarity over the harrowing experience he is going through now.

* * *

As the official statement of the Diocese of Antipolo rightly puts it: “Let us refrain from issuing unnecessarily comments that might worsen the situation.”

The statement adds that the diocese assures the public “that we respect the necessary procedures as provided by law in order to further investigate the matter.”

* * *

Let us pray that the truth will come out and pray, too, that Msgr. Lagarejos will overcome this most difficult test and tribulation he is going through.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Family of girl ‘booked’ by priest gets death threats

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Jodee A. Agoncillo - Reporter / @jagoncilloINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer
August 03, 2017

The family of the 13-year-old girl who was allegedly pimped out by her friend to a priest has sought help from police after receiving death threats and phone calls from suspicious people.

Eastern Police District director, Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, on Wednesday said he had ordered the Marikina police to provide protection to the girl and her family.

The threats and suspicious phone calls were reported to authorities by the victim’s mother, he added.

On July 28, Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, parish priest of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested in Marikina as he was bringing the girl to a motel. According to the minor, the priest had “booked” her twice before through her 16-year-old friend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

'Not even one centavo' for bail of priest charged with trafficking — CBCP official

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

A high-ranking church official said the Catholic Church did not pay for the bail of the priest, who allegedly solicited sex with a 13 year-old girl, according to a post on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

"Not even one centavo," Archbishop Oscar Cruz was quoted as saying.

Cruz, the head of the Church's clergy dispensation office, was referring to 55-year-old Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, who was arrested on Friday night in an entrapment operation while he was about to enter a motel with the girl.

Lagarejos, who is facing criminal charges for violating RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, posted a bail bond of P120,000 on Tuesday.

Cruz said priests accused of any criminal offense are responsible for their own legal expenses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Cardinal George Pell Is on Trial, and So Is Australia

UNITED STATES
These Stone Walls

POSTED BY FR. GORDON J. MACRAE ON AUGUST 2, 2017

The trial of Cardinal George Pell for “historic” sexual abuse claims is underway in Australia, but the state of Australian justice also has the world’s attention.

“Trial by Media.” The ominous term has already been a part of the public record in regard to Australia’s Cardinal George Pell. I used the term myself in a post two years ago entitled, “Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell: A Trial by Media.”

The concern for the poisoning of justice through leaks to a toxic and predatory news media is nothing new, but “Trial by Media” hangs like the burial shroud of justice itself over the trial of Cardinal Pell on 40-year-old claims of sexual abuse.

Lest anyone doubt the power of the media to both generate such claims and shape justice and due process in a case like this, consider a recent issue of The Week, a popular weekly news magazine. The Week presents itself as “The Best of the U.S. and International Media.” It selects excerpts from online media and newspapers throughout the world and presents them as the best written accounts of the week’s top stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Mom of alleged teen abuse victim sues San Gabriel Mission High School, former athletic director

CALIFORNIA
Pasadena Star-News

By City News Service
POSTED: 08/02/17

LOS ANGELES >> The mother of a teenager who was allegedly seduced and taken to Nevada by the then-athletic director of San Gabriel Mission High School filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter against the school, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the coach, court papers obtained today show.

The Pico Rivera teen is identified only as Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Tuesday. Her alleged abuser, Ivan Barajas, was criminally prosecuted in Nevada, according to the suit, which alleges sexual abuse of a minor, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and breach of a required duty to report suspected child abuse.

Before Barajas allegedly began abusing the plaintiff, another coach at the school and a parent both expressed concern that he was having inappropriate relationships with underage female students, the suit states.

Despite having such knowledge, the archdiocese and the school administrators did not investigate the claims and allowed Barajas to continue working, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Christian Brothers are ‘disappointed’ by school’s legal action

IRELAND
Irish Times

Colm Keena

The Christian Brothers have expressed their “enormous disappointment” at the decision of the board of management of Clonkeen College in south Dublin to take legal action over the sale of its playing fields.

The board lodged legal proceedings in the High Court last month and has secured a lis pendens, or notice of the existence of a legal dispute, in relation to the disputed property.

The congregation said it was “enormously disappointed that the board of management has sought to take legal action against its most consistent and significant benefactor”.

It said that, as the matter was now before the courts, it would not be appropriate for it to comment further. It is understood the Brothers now want the case to proceed to hearing as soon as possible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Abuse redress scheme heads to parliament

AUSTRALIA
SBS

AAP

Laws to provide money, counselling and personal responses to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will go to federal parliament in the spring sittings.

A national scheme with states, territories and non-government institutions able to join on a "'responsible entity pays" basis was a key recommendation of the royal commission.

Redress under the scheme will have three parts: a payment of up to $150,000, psychological counselling and a direct personal response and acknowledgement from the responsible institution.

The 2017/18 budget committed $33.4 million to set up the scheme and confirmed funding for support services.

A dedicated telephone helpline and website is expected to be operating in early 2018 to provide information to survivors and their families about the scheme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Abused as children, victims may get more time to sue

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Alan Judd - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Christopher Gaba thought he was the only one.

He could not imagine that others who attended the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, also had been sexually abused. He certainly had no idea that others had accused the same teacher who molested him.

So he said nothing. The statute of limitations for a civil case passed years ago. But this summer, other Darlington alumni went public with allegations of decades-old abuse. “After more than 30 years,” Gaba said, “I realized I wasn’t alone.”

Gaba exemplifies the need for new laws governing civil cases by adults who were abused as children, state legislators and attorneys said at a news conference Wednesday in the Georgia Capitol.

Current laws “protect child predators and deny justice to abuse survivors,” said state Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine). Spencer is sponsoring House Bill 605, which would allow victims to sue not only abusers but also institutions that sheltered them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM

Sex abuse litigation prompted effort to update state law regarding statute of limitations

GEORGIA
Gainesville Times

By Nick Watson
nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com
@NickWatsonTimes
POSTED: August 2, 2017

The sponsor of 2015 Georgia General Assembly legislation that extended the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits is now supporting a tougher bill.

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, held a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday morning surrounded by victims’ advocates and those who have filed litigation under the Hidden Predator Act.

The act allowed for a two-year civil suit window that expired July 1, and a number of cases were filed before the expiration date.

One includes Robert William Lawson III, who filed a suit last year involving former Gainesville scoutmaster Royal Fleming Weaver Jr. and the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. The case is still pending in Cobb County Superior Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Church didn’t pay for arrested priest’s bail—archbishop

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Pathricia Ann V. Roxas - @inquirerdotnet

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said the Church did not pay for the bail of a Taytay priest who was arrested for “booking” a 13-year-old girl for sex.

“Not even one centavo,” Cruz said in a statement posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website Wednesday.

This is following the release of suspended Catholic priest Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos of the Diocese of Antipolo after posting bail worth P120,000 on Tuesday.

Lagarejos, parish priest of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal, was accused of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act for bringing a minor in a motel in Marikina City on July 28.

“Priests accused of any criminal offence are responsible for their own legal costs,” said Cruz, the Church’s lead investigator in Lagarejos’ case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Jack the Insider: jail those who cover up sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 3, 2017

JACK THE INSIDER
ColumnistCanberra
@JacktheInsider

From hippy spiritual groups to the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Salvation Army, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Uniting Church, Yeshiva schools in Melbourne and Sydney, Scouts Australia, disability service providers, the Australian Defence Force, the YMCA, hospitals, orphanages, sporting and artistic organisations, government and non-government schools have all been in the gun over the last four years.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse established in 2013 has ceased its public hearings. Its final report will be presented to the federal government in December.

We have lost a great deal of focus as events have unfolded. The media reporting has caused many of the problems, rattling the skeletons of an old unloved and unlovable sectarian Australia and obsessed with gotcha moments as if victims’ pain can only find some expression when a big name comes to grief in a public hearing.

In the wake of the Commission’s investigations, offenders certainly should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and those who have covered up, moving the offenders on to new groups of unsuspecting children, should be publicly shamed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Former Dededo altar boy

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | mindy@postguam

A former altar boy at Santa Barbara Catholic Church has filed a civil lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused when he was 10. He filed the lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Raymond Cepeda.

ACJ, who filed using his initials to protect his identity, alleges Cepeda sexually molested and abused him while he served as an altar boy at the Dededo parish in 1980.

Cepeda was the priest at Santa Barbara Church in the early 80s and resided at the rectory.

The plaintiff, who is represented by Attorney David Lujan, alleges that one day after Mass and cleaning the church, Cepeda instructed the boy to follow him to the sacristy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Lawsuit alleges priest raped boy waiting to be picked up after Mass

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News Aug. 3, 2017

A former Dededo altar boy has sued the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Raymond Cepeda for $5 million, accusing Cepeda of molesting and raping him in the early 1980s while he was waiting for his parents to pick him up after Mass.

The federal lawsuit, by a plaintiff identified with the initials A.J.C., is the 96th lawsuit filed in federal or local court accusing clergy members or other people associated with the church of sexually abusing children. Dozens of those cases have been put on hold in federal court in anticipation of a mediation process later this year.

It’s the 10th lawsuit accusing Cepeda of abusing children. He was defrocked by the church around 2010 following allegations of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

August 2, 2017

Court system is unfair and traumatic for child sexual abuse victims, inquiry chair says

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Calla Wahlquist
Wednesday 2 August 2017

The court process is unfair and often traumatic for child victims of sexual abuse, the chair of the royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse has said.

In a speech delivered at a conference in Sydney on Wednesday, Justice Peter McClellan said that reliance on cross examination in criminal trials, which was intended to help juries determine the truth of any particular witnesses’ claim, was damaging to vulnerable witnesses like children or victims of sexual abuse.

The royal commission is expected to recommend changes to the trial process when it hands down its final report on 15 December. Among the options being considered, McClellan said, are introducing to all states and territories the Queensland crime of persistent sexual offences, which does not require the victim to recall the details of specific incidents.

Other options under consideration are providing a standard document to all complainants and witnesses explaining the process of giving evidence; introducing victim intermediary schemes; and recommending the further use of special hearings that would allow complainants to give evidence and be cross-examined several months before the jury is empanelled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Retired Judge Behind P120K Bail Approval for Priest Who Was Arrested for Trafficking 13-Year Old Girl?

PHILIPPINES
Philippine News Courier

Rev. Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, the Catholic priest who was arrested in Markina City last Friday night for allegedly trying to sexually abuse a 13-year old girl is now a free man. The suspect priest was released Tuesday afternoon, August 1 after he was allowed to post a P120,000-bail. Apparently, a retired judge was believed to have influenced the decision.

"All along when I go to sleep Monday my gut feeling was that the priest would be denied bail. But when I woke up this morning I was surprised that it was the pimp who was denied bail," Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told reporters Tuesday, as he expressed his dismay over the decision to free Fr. Arnel Lagarejos for his human trafficking case.

Mayor Teodoro added that he has received reports that a retired judge was behind the bail recommendation for Fr. Arnel Lagarejos. And although he did not reveal further details, the city mayor said he will be looking into it very closely. Nevertheless, he noted that the prosecutor’s decisions were based on the gravity of the documents provided by the police.

Based on the documents, Fr. Arnel Lagarejos, the parish priest of St. John the Baptist Parish in Taytay, Rizal when he arrested, only “used” a trafficked person while the pimp was the one trafficking the 13-year old girl. Apparently, this is the reason why the suspect priest was only charged for violating Republic Act 9208, of the anti-human trafficking law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Sons of murdered mum Maria James want priest’s body exhumed as cold case evidence bungle reveale

AUSTRALIA
9 News - A Current Affair

The sons of a woman brutally stabbed to death in Melbourne's north in 1980 have called for the exhumation of a Catholic priest's body for DNA testing as an evidence bungle comes to light.

Victoria Police have admitted an exhibit from the murder scene of Maria James - one that had been used to eliminate suspects - was in fact from another case.

A Current Affair can also reveal the quilt cover police took from Mrs James' home as an exhibit in the investigation, is now missing.

Nearly 40 years ago, the mother of two was stabbed 68 times while on the phone to her ex-husband, in the Thornbury bookstore that was her home and workplace.

Her ex-husband, John James, grew concerned after claiming to hear screaming over the phone, and went to the store to investigate.

Provisional, suspensión de Tomás Herrera

MEXICO
Dossier Politico

El arzobispo de Hermosillo, Ruy Rendón Sánchez, quien dijo estar fuera de la ciudad tomándose unos días de descanso, expresó que en esta semana platicará el padre Tomás para seguir analizando lo sucedido…

César Fraijo Dossier Politico
Dia de publicación: 2017-08-01

Hermosillo, Sonora (DP).- Queda suspendido el "nombramiento verbal" de Administrador de la Parroquia San Pedro Apostal al padre Tomas Herrera Seco, luego de que éste último evidenciara su vida sexual en un medio de comunicación.

El arzobispo de Hermosillo, Ruy Rendón Sánchez, quien dijo estar fuera de la ciudad tomándose unos días de descanso, expresó que en esta semana platicará el padre Tomás para seguir analizando lo sucedido.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Condom-carrying Mexican priest under investigation

MEXICO
Crux

Inés San Martín
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

After Father Tomás Herrera Seco said in a video interview that he always carries a condom because "he might need it," and that sexual flings are a good thing because "affection is a gift, a wonder," he's been placed under investigation by his bishop and barred from the parish where he had been serving. Herrera also asked his brother priests not to condemn him.

A Mexican priest who said during a recent media interview that he always carries a condom because “he might need it,” is being investigated by his diocese and, pending further notice, has been banned from the parish where he’s been informally serving.

“I always carry my condom ready if necessary, because having a fling is never disagreeable to anyone, and gives one emotional stability,” said Father Tomás Herrera Seco in a video interview with an online news site called Proyecto Puente (Project Bridge).

“The condom is just in case I need to use it. I lead a chaste sexual life, if I carry it is to use it if it’s needed. I haven’t needed it so far, but never say ‘I shall not drink from this water’,” he said on July 20.

In truth, Herrera actually hasn’t worked as a priest for years. He was a state employee during the administration of former governor Guillermo Perez (2009-2015), and served as the main counselor on ethics and morals for public employees in the state of Sonora, which shares the U.S.-Mexico border with the states of Arizona and New Mexico. According to news-site El Universal, he trained 3,300 public employees in his job.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Former Tallahassee youth pastor facing additional charges

FLORIDA
WTXL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A former Tallahassee youth pastor is facing five additional charges for lewd and lascivious acts with victims ranging from 11 to 15 years in age.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that five additional warrants were issued for Roshad Thomas.

Thomas' new charges are as follows: Lewd and Lascivious Acts on Child Older than 12 (3), Lewd and Lascivious Acts on Child Younger than 12 (1), Lewd and Lascivious Exhibitionism on Child Older than 12 (1).

On July 17, 41-year-old Thomas was arrested on six counts of sex offense against a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Youth pastor facing more child sex charges

FLORIDA
Tallahassee Democrat

Karl Etters, Democrat staff writer Aug. 1, 2017

A youth pastor who in July was charged with six counts of child fondling is facing additional charges.

Warrants for three counts of lewd and lascivious acts or exhibitionism with children were issued against Roshad Thomas Tuesday.

Thomas, 41, is being held in the Leon County Jail on $215,000 bond after his arrest July 17.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the victims related to the new charges were between 11 and 15 years old at the time of the incidents.

Investigators did not detail how the new charges came about.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Priest caught with young girl freed on P120,000 bail

PHILIPPINES
The Manila Times

BY NEIL ALCOBER, TMT ON AUGUST 1, 2017

THE Marikina City Prosecutor’s Office allowed Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, the priest caught with a 13-year-old girl while on the way to a motel over the weekend, to post bail and was released from detention at 2:49 p.m. on Tuesday.

In a resolution, Prosecutors Nikolai Salinas, Ricardo Paet Jr. and Linda Adame-Conos granted Lagarejos’ petition and was allowed to post bail of P120,000.

Lagarejos is facing a complaint for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

The Prosecutors, however, did not recommend bail for the 16-year-old gay who allegedly pimped the 13-year-old girl to Lagarejos.

The alleged pimp, being a minor, is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Catholic priest caught taking 13-year-old girl to hotel faces Vatican investigation

PHILIPPINES
International Business Times

By Jordan Bhatt
August 2, 2017

A priest in the Philippines has been stripped of his post after he was caught driving with a 13-year-old girl to a hotel.

Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos, a parish priest at St John the Baptist Parish in Marikina, to the east of Manila, and president of Cainta Catholic College, is now facing allegations of child abuse.

He paid the girl 500 Philippine Pesos (£7.49) to meet her at a shopping centre and take her away.

The former priest was caught as part of an entrapment sting which had been called for by the girl's mother.

Concerns were raised when the girl informed social workers about the abuse and the mother called the authorities.

He now faces charges for violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

Officials used the girl's social media to find out that the person selling her to the priest was a 16-year-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 AM

Church of England vicar, 60, dies 'after setting fire to himself at Hampshire rectory' while being investigated by police

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

A senior Church of England vicar who was being investigated by police has died after unconfirmed reports that he set fire to himself.

The Rev Martyn Neale, 60, a member of the General Synod, was found dead at his rectory in the village of Hawley, Hampshire, on Tuesday. Friends described Father Neale, who was not married and lived alone, as a ‘quietly-spoken but caring’ priest who had worked as the vicar for Hawley, in the Diocese of Guildford, for 20 years.

The diocese said he had been suspended ‘as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation’.

Father Neale became a member of the Church’s ‘parliament’, the General Synod, earlier this year and recently attended his first meeting in York. A prominent traditionalist, he was a council member of the pressure group Forward in Faith, which opposes women priests.

Two weeks ago his congregation at Holy Trinity was told that he had been suspended pending the outcome of the police inquiry, but no details were given.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

FATHER TRAGEDY ‘Quietly spoken’ vicar, 60, died after ‘setting himself on fire at his village rectory

UNITED KINGDOM
The Sun

By Guy Birchall
30th July 2017

A SENIOR vicar in the Church of England who was under investigation by police has died after reportedly ‘setting fire to himself’.

The Rev Martyn Neale was found dead at his village rectory in Hawley, Hampshire on Tuesday.

Pals described the 60-year-old General Synod member as a “quietly spoken but caring” clergyman who had worked in the village for 20 years.

The Mail on Sunday reports that the Diocese of Guildford said that Rev Neale had been suspended “as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation”.

Earlier this year he became a part of the C of E’s legislative body, the General Synod, attending his first meeting in York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Vicar who set fire to himself in rectory had been suspended from church after 'ongoing police investigation'

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

ANNA SLATER

A senior church vicar set fire to himself at his rectory after he was suspended as part of an "ongoing police investigation."

The Rev Martyn Neale died in dramatic circumstances on Tuesday - two weeks after the Diocese of Guildford temporarily removed him from his role.

No details about the nature of the investigation have been given.

The 60-year-old had been a member of the General Synod and a Church of England vicar for Hawley for 20 years.ER

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

August 1, 2017

Child sex abuse royal commission chair calls for change as cases double but conviction rates fall

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Jean Kennedy

The chair of the royal commission into child sex abuse is calling for legal changes to help victims, saying in a speech to be delivered today that while the number of cases before the courts has almost doubled in recent years, conviction rates are down and the number of acquittals has risen.

Justice Peter McClellan is calling for changes to legal processes and the rules of evidence to ensure victims are given the best chance of receiving justice.

In a speech to be delivered to a conference in Sydney today, Justice McClellan said the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had seen many more victims coming forward to police.

But official data shows conviction rates are down and the chances of an offender being acquitted have risen rather than fallen.

Justice McClellan said some victims who had been through the process of a criminal trial had spoken of the trauma involved in giving evidence, with some characterising it as "as bad as the abuse itself".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

Criminal Justice Issues for the Royal Commission

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Wednesday 2 August, 2017

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM
Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

In our system of criminal justice the victim of an offence is not given a central role. This was not always the case.

Historically the role of the state in the criminal trial process was very limited. Criminal disputes were considered private matters. Until the start of the 1400s, the laying of charges and the conduct of the prosecution was performed almost exclusively by the victim or their family.[1]

Over the next three centuries the royal courts and officers of royal justice would exercise increasing influence in the criminal justice process, conducting both investigations and prosecutions.[2] However, victims remained, in many cases, responsible for apprehending the offender, filing charges, collecting evidence and running the trial.[3]

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution, and as cities became more densely populated, the criminal justice process began to change and ultimately became the modern adversarial trial.[4] The rise in crime associated with increasingly dense populations led government to offer incentives for the apprehension of criminals.[5] Miscarriages of justice resulted from increases in false evidence.[6] Accused were regularly imprisoned before trial and, accordingly, faced difficulties in preparing a defence. The evidence against an accused was not disclosed before trial. They could not subpoena witnesses.[7]

The disadvantaged position of the accused ultimately led to changes in the criminal trial process. The most significant change was to allow the accused to be legally represented.[8] The presence of defence counsel encouraged the development of rules of evidence and the modern style of cross-examination. The core elements of the modern adversarial trial began to appear: the judge as neutral arbiter, the jury as passive observer, and defence counsel advising their clients to remain silent and put the prosecution to proof.[9]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

Priest in trafficking of minor case posts bail

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By: Jodee A. Agoncillo, Tina G. Santos - @inquirerdotnet

Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, a 55-year-old priest who was arrested while taking a 13-year-old girl to a motel, was released late Tuesday afternoon after posting bail worth P120,000, according to Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director.

Marikina City Prosecutor Ricardo Paet Jr. recommended the bail.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Lagarejos came out of the Marikina City Police Station around 3 p.m.

Lagarejos, parish priest of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Taytay, Rizal , was accused of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

He underwent inquest proceedings on Saturday afternoon, July 28, following his arrest around 6:30 p.m. near Blue Wave Mall on Sumulong Highway in Barangay Sto. Niño in Marikina.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Diocese in Philippines will “fully cooperate” after priest arrested for child prostitution

PHILIPPINES
Crux

After the arrest of a priest for hiring a child prostitute, the Diocese of Antipolo in the Philippines issued a statement saying it “condemns in the strongest terms possible the trafficking in persons,” adding that “history will prove the claim that the Church, at various times in its history, has been the liberation of trafficked persons.”

A diocese in the Philippines said it “will not condone trafficking in persons” after a priest was arrested in a child prostitution sting conducted by local police, adding that it will “fully cooperate” with the investigation.

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, was arrested on July 28 after arranging a meeting with a 13-year-old prostitute through her pimp in Marikina City, which is in the greater Manila region.

Police said the priest already had two previous encounters with the same girl.

Marikina police official Roger Quesada told The Inquirer, a local newspaper, that the girl did not know he was a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Mother sues Dallas JCC alleging employee raped her 14-year-old daughter

TEXAS
JTA

(JTA) — A mother has sued the Aaron Family JCC of Dallas alleging that a fitness center employee molested and raped her then-14-year-old daughter.

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier in July, also names the Jewish community center’s CEO, Artie Allan, and the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The mother and daughter are not named in the lawsuit, according to the newspaper.

The suit alleges that when the mother tried to talk to Allen about the fact that the employee was harassing her daughter and rumors they may be dating — before she knew about the molesting and rape. Allen allegedly responded that “it takes two to tango.”

According to the lawsuit, the assaults began in 2014, when the unnamed employee began stalking the girl, who is now an adult, when he trained her at the JCC gym. The lawsuit charged that the employee also molested, sexually assaulted, threatened and raped her at the center and off-site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Teen repeatedly raped by fitness trainer at Dallas Jewish community center, lawsuit alleges

TEXAS
The Dallas Morning News

Claire Ballor, Breaking news reporter

A woman is suing the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, alleging that her 14-year-old daughter was molested and raped repeatedly by a fitness center employee.

The mother, who is not named in the lawsuit, says she only knew that the man was harassing her daughter when she complained several times to the center's staff.

She alleges that when she confronted CEO Artie Allen about the employee's behavior and rumors that her daughter was dating the 24-year-old, Allen told her, "It takes two to tango."

Allen, who is also being sued, along with the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Sex abuse survivors push for ex-GG to lose pension

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 2, 2017

HEDLEY THOMAS
National Chief Correspondent
Brisbane

Peter Hollingworth’s “misleading” evidence to a child sexual abuse inquiry when he was governor-general should cost him his vice-regal pension and other ­public benefits totalling $500,000 a year, according to survivors of abuse in the Diocese of Brisbane.

They say fresh adverse findings in February against Dr Hollingworth, the Anglican Church’s former archbishop of Brisbane, by the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have not been well understood or scrutinised at a time of high interest in the Catholic Church and Cardinal George Pell.

The findings include that he misled a formal child sexual abuse investigation, called the Brisbane Inquiry, in December 2002 when he was governor-­general and under pressure to explain his handling of serious cases of pedophilia in the diocese during his 12 years as archbishop.

He misled the Brisbane inquiry in 2002 about his contact with people, including victims who had brought the molestation to his personal attention early in the piece in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Turning a blind eye to child sexual abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

August 2, 2017

HEDLEY THOMAS
National Chief Correspondent
Brisbane

When Australia’s ongoing $500 million Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse makes a legally binding finding that a governor-general, Peter Hollingworth, misled an earlier child sexual abuse inquiry about his ­direct knowledge and handling of a priest’s pedophilia, should anything happen?

Can taxpayer-funded entitlements of more than $500,000 a year for a vice-regal pension and other perks be withheld from someone found this year to have misled an inquiry at the time he held the country’s highest public office 15 years ago?

These are questions Malcolm Turnbull has been asked to consider for child sexual abuse sur­vivors. They are perplexed that the commission’s adverse findings in February this year went largely under the public radar but say Hollingworth should nevertheless be parted from a public purse that has paid out more than $6m for his pension and expenses since he resigned as Australia’s 23rd governor-general.

The historical context is key. During a term as governor-general that lasted just 23 months until he quit amid public opprobrium in May 2003, Hollingworth, the former Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, faced grave accusations about his role in an alarming series of child sexual abuse cases in the diocese. The perpetrators were clergy and teachers in the Anglican churches and schools while he was in charge for 12 years until 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Former governor-general Peter Hollingworth slammed for sex abuse evidence to Brisbane Inquiry

AUSTRALIA
The Courier-Mail

Staff writers, News Corp Australia Network

SEX abuse survivors want former governor-general Peter Hollingworth to lose his $500,000-a-year pension for “misleading” a sex abuse inquiry.

The Australian reports that sex abuse survivors believe findings announced in February by the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have been brushed over.

Those findings include that he misled the Brisbane Inquiry into sexual abuse back in December 2002 when he was governor-general.

Dr Hollingworth, the Anglican Church’s former archbishop of Brisbane, is said to have misled the inquiry about his contact with those who had brought the molestation claims to his attention in the 1990s.

He had knowledge of the chances of further abuse by serial-offending priest, John Elliot, but let him continue in the parish and retire with benefits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Lawyer said evidence exists to press charges over John Mountford St Peter’s College abuse case

AUSTRALIA
The Advertiser

Exclusive — Nigel Hunt, The Advertiser

A SENIOR Adelaide criminal barrister believes there is enough evidence to press charges over the John Mountford St Peter’s College abuse controversy.

In a lengthy legal opinion, barrister Michael Woods’ view is that it was “abundantly clear’’ the three individuals who dealt with Mountford the day he admitted to abusing a Year 10 St Peter’s College student should have immediately reported it to police.

The trio were former archbishop Dr Ian George, former St Peter’s College headmaster Richard Burchnall and his deputy Ray Stanley.

“They were obliged to report it to Family and Community Services and to the police,’’ Mr Woods states in his legal opinion, obtained by The Advertiser.

“In our view, the headmaster and deputy headmaster had a clear duty of care to other students at the school to launch a proper investigation in order to establish whether this was an isolated incident or a wider course of conduct.’’

The legal opinion was commissioned by the mother of one of Mountford’s abuse victims, David, who has fought for justice for her son since learning of his abuse in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Former Vic priest faces 1970s sex offences

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A former Catholic priest has appeared briefly in a Melbourne court via video link facing historical sex charges